Thursday Morning Music News: Alejandro Escovedo covers the Beatles, Sigur Rós returns and Titus Andronicus shock themselves (and us)

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Rap legend Heavy D passes away at the age of 44.

Against all odds, the CD is holding on.

Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert and the Band Perry all win big at the CMAs.

Keith Richards wins the Norman Mailer prize for his biography, “Life.”

A glut of concert announcements this week: Radiohead, Los Lobos, Sharon Van Etten, Todd Snider, Air Supply, Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven all declare dates in St. Louis for 2012.

Hear Alejandro Escovedo’s dark take on “Help!”

Coldplay gave the finger to Spotify. 500K iTunes downloads later, who can blame them?

If you were electrocuted the first thing you’d probably do is write a song about it. At least if you were Patrick Stickles of Titus Andronicus.

The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney will produce the forthcoming Tennis album.

Pop & Hiss reviews the new Etta James album.

Listen to a new single by Cee Lo Green, co-written with Wallpaper, Ross Golan and Rivers Cuomo. Really.

The Dallas Observer counts down the top 10 replacement singers in rock.

If you ask me, auctioning off Michael Jackson’s death bed should be some kind of criminal offense. It’s not.

People really like to share what they’re listening to. 1.5 billion people, in fact.

Hey, minor hip-hop divas: It’s not cool to smack around photographers.

Solange Knowles joins Chomeo for a song on Fallon.

Sigur Rós readies new album for Spring 2012.

Smokin’ Joe Frazier died this week. Great boxer. Pretty good singer.

Cory Smooth, aka “Flattus Maximus,” of GWAR has died.

NPR is streaming new releases from R.E.M., Los Campesinos and Childish Gambino.

Lady Gaga wishes you a happy Thanksgiving.

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