EARL PALMER, a legendary session drummer who manned the throne on songs from "Tutti Fruitti," "Something Else," "I'm Walkin'" and "La Bamba" to "Dead Man's Curve," "River Deep, Mountain High" and "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" to sessions with the Mamas & Papas, Neil Young, Elvis Costello, Tom Waits and Frank Sinatra, not to mention film scores for movies including Judgment at Nuremberg and HUD and television shows, including the Theme from The Flintstones, has passed away at 84.
PAUL WESTERBERG talks to Newsday about late Replacements drummer Steve Foley and the reissues of the band's major label albums.
BELL X-1 played the World Cafe on Friday; you can stream the gig on demand via NPR.
JOHN VANDERSLICE stopped by Oregon Public Radio for a chat and mini-set you can stream on demand, including a new song.
BAVID BYRNE & BRIAN ENO: Bryne talks to the Baltimore Sun about collaborating in the Internet Age.
BRIAN WILSON performs a goofy version of "Lucky Old Sun" for a Black Cab Session, with a bit of a Beach Boys classic tagged onto the end as a bonus.
EDDIE VEDDER has penned "All the Way," a Chicago Cubs-themed song written at the request of Cubs legend Ernie Banks. The song will be available for download soon.
JAYMAY does the four free songs thing for Daytrotter, two previously unreleased.
SILVER JEWS: David Berman recalls for Tuscon Weekly how he got into songwriting while working as a security guard.
JULIANA HATFIELD: Excerpts from her new memoir are published by The Phoenix.
THE EMMYS: Mad Men became the first basic cable show ever to win the best-drama Emmy... and did so in its first season. Creator Matt Weiner also won for writing the pilot. 30 Rock won for best comedy series, with Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin also taking home statues. The John Adams miniseries also did quite well, with Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney and Tom Wilkinson all winning. Here's the full list of winners. And Josh Groban sang a bizarre medley of TV theme songs. If that clip gets yanked from the Tube, you may be able to see it at BWE's liveblog.
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Lakeview Terrace wins the weekend with 15.6 million, at the high end for Samuel L. Jackson (who is becoming omnipresent in movies). The budget was only 22 million, so this looks like a winner. Burn After Reading comes in a solid second with 11.3 million and also looks to be a winner. My Best Fried's Girl debuts in third with 8.3 million, but may end up profitable on a 20 million budget. Igor debuts in fourth place with eight million, and will likely not recoup its 30 million budget in theaters. Righteous Kill, the De Niro-Pacino team up, rounds out the Top Five with 7.7 million, on a 53 percent drop that should embarrass its stars. Ghost Town, the best reviewed movie opening this weekend, opened in eigth place with 5.2 million, though its per screen average was decent.
TRAVIS BARKER & DJ AM -- former Blink-182 drummer and former fiancee of Nicole Richie, respectively -- suffered second and third degree burns in a jet crash that killed four people Friday. Both are expected to make a full recovery.
ROB LOWE and his wife engaged in "disgusting racially and sexually offensive behavior," according to the latest filing by their ex-nanny.
DAVID DUCHOVNY is doing really well in sex rehab, according to his Californication co-star Evan Handler.
MADONNA falls down, goes boom onstage. Video and pics at the link.
GEORGE MICHAEL busted with crack in a public washroom again. Only the type of crack has changed.
PAM ANDERSON has found a man as plastic as she is.
GARY COLEMAN has been sued by a man who claims the actor punched him and ran into him with his truck in a bowling alley parking lot. "What you talking about, Willis?" and Big Lebowski jokes ensue.
HEATHER MILLS is suing her former publicist for more than £250,000 for breach of confidence and falsehood over newspaper allegations that Mills trynedto smear her ex-husband Sir Paul McCartney during their acrimonious divorce earlier this year.
TOM-KAT UPDATE: Holmes faced a barrage of protests at her Broadway debut from a crowd of anti-Scientology demonstrators who carried protests declaring 'Free Katie!'.
OUR FRIENDS, THE SAUDIS: Saudi women find a role model in... Oprah Winfrey.
IRAN: Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who is Iran's top political and military figure, said his country's hostility to Israel extended beyond the government to the Israeli people as well. In saying so, he was brushing aside recent overtures by top Iranian officials to the Israeli public.
IRAQ: The NYT's Pulitzer winner Dexter Filkins, back in the country for the first time since 2006, seems stunned by the progress made in his absence. A spate of recent news articles demonstrate that the Iraqi Police are finally stepping up to the plate, including Iraqi policewomen. Gen. Jack Keane (Ret.) talks to the WSJ about why the surge worked, including its role in spreading the Awakening movement.
BEVERLY HILLS CHIHUAHUA star Rusco was rescued from a shelter and trained by the dude who trained squirrels for "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." BWE has pics from the movie's all-dog premiere.
A RAGING BULL roamed the streets of Queens in NYC, until lassoed by a member of the NYPD. The bull suddenly died before he could be taken to an animal sanctuary. Pics and video at the link.
HEY, IS THAT A HARE IN YOUR BRA, or are you just... oh, it is.
HUNDREDS OF UNKNOWN SPECIES lurk in northern Australian waters, including brilliant soft corals and tiny crustaceans, according to marine biologists.
CATS & DOGS can live together harmoniously, if introduced when young. That is, if you're willing to risk a disaster of Biblical proportions.