Memphis punk rocker Jay Reatard died in his sleep early yesterday morning. He was 29. MTV rounded up reactions from other musicians.
Meanwhile, soul singer Teddy Pendergrass passed away at age 59. A sad day for music, to be sure.
In more positive news, Stereogum premiered a new track from the slightly-less-lately-but-still-reclusive Jeff Mangum of Neutral Milk Hotel fame. Unfortunately, it's in tribute to another recently deceased musician, Chris Knox. Morbid day around here!
Here's something to lighten the mood: Lost characters explain how to make a sandwich. Pretty dead-on.
Speaking of Lost, Alan Sepinwall live-blogged the show's final press tour panel, which included some cool casting news.
This pro-Conan O'Brien poster is becoming an online sensation. This seems like a bad move, though: Conan's contract never guaranteed him the 11:35 p.m. slot. ESPN's Bill Simmons, who used to work on Jimmy Kimmel Live, claims next week will be Conan's last at The Tonight Show. And apparently this NBC infighting goes all the way back to college.
Meanwhile, over on CBS: Kiefer Sutherland in a dress.
Slate explains why rappers like Jay-Z and Kanye West are fascinated by artists who share their love of flaunting wealth and excess in their work like diamond skull sculptor Damien Hirst.
The already bizarre Billy Corgan-Jessica Simpson romance just took a stranger turn: The duo is heading into the studio to make music together.
Michael C. Hall, who plays Dexter on Dexter, is being treated for cancer.
Wyclef Jean has taken a major role in mobilizing disaster relief for Haiti.
AV Club offers a bridge into Japanese noise rock.
Lastly, is this really Justin Timberlake beatboxing for Brother Ali in, of all places, Wyoming? DoneWaiting says so. Holy crap.