Thursday morning music news: Wyman and Taylor turn back the clock, Low turns to Jeff Tweedy and Austin Peralta, Martin Fay and Earl Carroll pass on

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You know that lottery thing? Something about a cool half billion? Here’s what you can spend it on. Or this.

Bill and Mick (the other one) are back.

Doo-wop great Earl (Speedo) Carroll has passed away at the age of 75.

“Rage Against the Machine XX” gets remastered and Revolver shares it.

God save LargeHearted Boy and his massive master list of 2012 Year-End Music Lists.

Have a very metal Christmas.

Have a very Bonnie Prince Billy Christmas.

Pianist Austin Peralta, a collaborator with Flying Lotus, has died at the age of 22.

When does sampling become plagiarism? Study the case of Araabmuzik and decide for yourself.

Richard Marx has just become the most hilarious drunk musician tweeter ever.

Behold the fruitiest music list ever.

How does one “lose” a Jimi Hendrix album anyway?

What are the rarest UK releases? The Guardian (UK, natch) finds out.

Remember that time Suzanne Somers met Wire on the Late Show? Dangerous Minds does.

Is Spotify ripping off artists? Is the music biz? David Macias of Thirty Tigers runs the actual numbers and mounts a partial defense.

The Record interviews Spencer Manio, not exactly a household name, but one influential dude.

Martin Fay, founding fiddler for the Chieftains, has died at age 76.

Daily Swarm indulges in a good old-fashioned turkey shoot.

Spike Lee made a documentary about Michael Jackson’s “Bad.” Watch.

Low turns 20 and throws a party with Jeff Tweedy. OK, maybe not a party, but still.

The New Yorker resurrects the Grateful Dead. OK, maybe not a resurrection, but still.

In other birthday news, MIDI turns 30. The BBC looks back on the most important musical invention since the lipstick pickup.

Shuggie Otis returns. Watch.

Massive Attack mashes up its influences. Listen.

Talk of the Nation chats with Dolly Parton about her new, dreamy book.

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds “Push That Sky Away.”

Signs of the apocalypse #666: Forbes has a music blog.

Once seen, they cannot be unseen.

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