James Blunt is a Douchebag and Other Assorted Goodies

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

The Next Big Thing has been sighted by Tom Breihan; prepare yourself for the onslaught of sensitive white-boy robo-soul.

Anyone who remembers the '80s --really remembers, as in lived and/or grew up in them, not as in "saw that VH1 show about them" -- will recall that Journey was the first rock band ever to become a video game. Well, in a strange bit of symmetry, Journey have gone back to the future via Second Life, one of the pseudo-game "virtual worlds" that have popped up in recent years. Read all about it in this blog.

His biggest claim to fame may be co-writing a Jewel song (and boning her for a while), but if this interview is any indication, Steve Poltz's real talents may lie in the comedy arena.

Bachman Turner Overdrive releases a greatest hits compilation titled The Definitive Collection and Drenched in Blog is there to ask, "Really? Why?"

Was Tom Petty a big enough star to play the Super Bowl? Who would have been better? And could Dave Matthews suck any harder? These questions and more, all answered here.

Join Hot Chip for a jaunt to the LA fantasy-land that is Jimmy Kimmel's green room.

Is anyone -- anyone -- surprised that James Blunt is a massive douchebag?

If you actually care about the Grammy's, but somehow managed to miss them, or just need another fan's take on the whole shebang, you could do a lot worse than Annie Zaleski's live blog of the event.

Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson tour together, and one demented blogger imagines the whole thing as an episode of Reba, the country star's eponymous sitcom.

If all this frivolity and humor-slinging has you wishing things were a little more depressing, this link, about the 2003 club fire that killed a bunch of Great White fans -- complete with link to a video of the incident -- should do the trick. -- Cory Casciato

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