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QOTSA Rock Rehab and Other Assorted Goodies

Here's a selection of the best of last week's music blogging from around the Village Voice chain:

Enjoy this interview with Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age, where he recounts playing ambiguously pro-drug songs at a rehab center and getting into a pissing match with his label head.

It may be a little late, but if you haven't finished your shopping yet (slacker), this list has some killer ideas for the music fanatic in your life -- including you, if you need some ideas of how to blow that cash you got.

Guest-blogger Krist Novoselic -- Nirvana's bass player, in case you forgot -- shares some fond memories of the Crocodile Club on the occasion of its closing. Plus, a bonus MP3 download of a Flipper cover performed by Novoselic and some famous friends...

Local music lore has it that Morrissey rode a cock horse, and now in Seattle, word on the street is that Eddie Van Halen used to ride a unicycle.

Who doesn't love lists? Click here, here, here, and here for convenient five-album chunks of a top 50 list from our Los Angeles paper.

2 Live Crew frontman and founder of Southern rap Luke Campbell sits down with Tom Breihan of the Village Voice to talk history, hip-hop and business.

Diving deep into the doubles-standard bullshit of MTV in response to the network censoring M.I.A.

You haven't quite reached the limits of your tolerance for year-end lists, have you? Good, me either. Here's one more, from St. Louis editor Annie Zaleski.

Regardless of whether you love Van Morrison or hate him, this piece, which purports to be a concert review but is not, will give you a new perspective on the man by exposing you to a surreal record he did to fulfill contractual obligations back in the day. Truly fucking bizarre, and it links to complete audio of all 31 tracks.

Last list this week, I promise -- and not only because it's the last link either, smartass. Drenched in Blog exposes his five favorite videos of the year, complete with YouTube embeds. -- Cory Casciato