Thursday morning music news: Josh Ritter unplugs, J Mascis plugs in and David Peaston passes on

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One of St. Louis’ most inspiring singers, David Peaston, has died.

BBC Radio celebrates the music and influence of Kraftwerk.

M.I.A.’s tour rider vs. Nicki Minaj’s tour rider.

Speaking of M.I.A., Cracked lists the top 6 ways to give record labels the finger.

The Mountain Goats cover Leonard Cohen. Watch.

Hear a new acoustic song by Josh Ritter.

The week in St. Louis concert announcements includes dates for Madonna, Bonnie Raitt and James Taylor.

iLike is officially iDead.

The New York Times explores Thomas Edison’s laboratory and IDs some gems.

Why do new musical instruments get snubbed? The Atlantic has an answer.

Banjo player and master luthier Snuffy Smith has passed away.

J Mascis and the Electronic Anthology Project reinvent some Dinosaur Jr. songs.

Hear every tune from every Super Bowl XLVI ad.

A forthcoming tribute to Jeffrey Lee Pierce of the Gun Club features Debbie Harry, Lydia Lunch and Nick Cave.

See the history of radio in the greatest infographic of the week (if not millennium).

Stereogum shares a new MP3 by Princeton.

Philip Glass chats with Sound of the City about his music and black culture.

Five North Korean accordionists play “Take On Me.” Really. Watch.

In a surprising and moving feature at Paste, nine musicians discuss living with chronic illness.

Moby has an architecture Tumblr and it is excellent.

A Soul Train line forms in Wicker Park in Chicago and it is beautiful.

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