Thursday morning music news: ‘Loveless’ turns Japanese, Yo La Tengo turns on and Major Harris and Cleve Duncan pass away

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The first round of SXSW 2013 bands is out.

RIP Major Harris. The Detroit soul man has passed away at the age of 65.

Listen to Billy Bragg deliver the John Peel Lecture for the BBC.

Billboard considers how the 2012 elections will impact the music biz.

Holy benefit concerts: Bruce, Kayne, Billy, Alicia, Paul and Roger will be in the same arena at the same time for post-Sandy relief.

Long-form journalism is Uncool and it has a Kickstarter.

And speaking of long-players, Jeff Weiss’ long day’s journey into Alaska’s music scene is a great read.

Shuggie Otis hits the road, but alas, no St. Louis date as of yet.

Everyone loves harmony. Wired explains why.

The weirdest album of the year is still Beck’s “Song Reader,” which can only be “heard” by playing the songs yourself. So The New Yorker takes up the challenge.

When it comes to streaming royalties, the math really doesn’t work.

The brilliant graphic artist/cartoonist Krent Able takes aim at all your rock ‘n’ roll heroes.

Pun resistance is futile: Brandon Flowers wilts.

What to make of the Japanese tribute to My Bloody Valentine’s “Loveless”?

NPR profiles A&M records.

The Independent hangs with Brian Eno in the studio.

Cleve Duncan, the voice of “Earth Angel,” has died at age 77.

Dear crafters/artists who like to makes stuff from old records: The bar has been raised.

Documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock — of “Super Size Me” etc. — is making a One Direction movie.

Yo La Tengo announces first new album in four years. Great cover.

The RFT picks the 10 best music photographers in St. Louis. Complex goes national.

Sufjan Stevens is really into Christmas.

What to get the cougar who has everything?: A Rick Springfield interactive app, of course.

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