Thursday morning music news: The Soundtrack of Our Lives plays out, Amanda Palmer takes the heat and Homer Joy and James ‘Sugar Boy’ Crawford pass on

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Randy Newman is dreaming of a white Christmas president.

Homer Joy, who wrote “Streets of Bakersfield” and dozens of other country hits, has died at the age of 67.

Vladimir Putin has a new pen pal: Sinead O’Connor.

New Order and the Stooges have plans for new albums (soonish).

Bob Dylan has a plan for a followup to “Chronicles.”

The new Spotify app from Blue Note looks to be a killer.

Sylvie Simmons’ forthcoming biography on Leonard Cohen looks to be excellent.

RIP New Orleans R&B master James “Sugar Boy” Crawford.

Sample new music from Lucy Wainwright Roche.

The Soundtrack Track of Our Lives is over.

Grizzly Bear plays Fallon. Watch.

You knew a biopic of Jeff Buckley was inevitable. But Penn Badgley? Really?

Synth-rockers, take heed of Adam Utley of Portishead.

Consequence of Sound is counting down its “Top 100 Songs Ever.”

Another day, another discourse on “The End of the New Music Industry Transformation.”

What’s Ryan Adams up to lately? Just producing and playing drums for the Lemonheads.

Chuck Berry’s 1978 ES-355 is back where it belongs.

The Jackson 5 archives are deep and wide. Exhibit A.

If you haven’t seen Aimee Mann’s shot-for-shot recreation of “Voices Carry,” starring Jon Hamm, Ted Leo and Jon Wuster, welcome to planet Earth and say goodbye to your mind.

How to crowd source journalism, NME style.

Stream the new EP by Dum Dum Girls.

The Playlist culls all the songs from Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master.”

John Cale is bored with the Velvet Underground.

Amanda Palmer made $1.2 million on Kickstarter. Her horn sections? Not so much.

A great journalist takes on a great artist. David Carr meets Neil Young.

If you were the Beastie Boys, and you’d just released “Paul’s Boutique,” you’d probably throw a party with skywriting too.

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