Thursday morning music news: Paul McCartney cuts some slack with Nirvana, Frank Ocean cuts some Radiohead trees and Ravi Shankar passes away

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RIP Ravi Shankar. NPR celebrates his music with five great recordings.

You heard right: Paul McCartney joined the surviving members of Nirvana at the 12/12/12 concert for Sandy relief. And you know what? It did not suck.

You heard wrong: Yoko Ono did not cover Katy Perry.

Tonight, Mavis Staples goes caroling with Stephen Colbert and Jeff Tweedy.

Everybody Taste picks its favorite album covers of the year.

What’s the hottest (and most obnoxiously-named) dance move of 2012? Slutdropping.

Noel Murray of the AV Club picks his top 40 songs of 2012.

Ann Powers’ list of best albums and songs of the year is always worth a read.

Is the Knife really getting ready to release a new album? It appears so.

Random audiophile review generator: Operational!

James Brown + 2Pac + Quentin Tarantino = Mashup gold.

Just what I didn’t want for Christmas, but I’ll take it anyway: James Murphy and Arcade Fire are making an album.

I’ve got no use for reggaeton but Cuba has gone too far.

Mexican-American singer and TV star Jenni Rivera has died in a plane crash.

Frank Ocean covers Radiohead. Watch.

The Delfonics absolutely still got it. Listen.

RIP Huw Lloyd Langton of Hawkwind.

The National recently debuted two new songs. Watch.

The Guardian tells the story behind one of the greatest modern holiday songs, “Fairytale of New York.”

Who knew Cat Power was so damn funny?

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