As you settle back into the indentations in your Aeron chair, feeling an uncomfortable stretch on your spine as it readjusts to its natural office hunch, you may be wondering to yourself, as the holidays disrupted your normal work-avoidance routine of regular RSS and social network perusal, What in the hell is going on exactly? To be honest, nothing really, but let's not kid each other and pretend that you're going to lead a regular non-internet life in 2011. Here's a quick round-up of the earthshaking actions taken by your favorite artists over the last week or so along with some other things of note...
MIA released a mixtape with some old and some new songs on it.
Gorillaz released The Fall, an album they recorded on an iPad while touring the US last year, during the fall.
Teena Marie died at 54. Billy Taylor died at 89. Bobby Farrell of Boney M died at 61. Bernard Wilson of The Blue Notes died at 64. Pete Postlethwaite died at 64.