Thursday Morning Music News: David Bowie returns, Wilko Johnson plays on and Patti Page passes away

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VVM properties the SF Weekly and the Seattle Weekly have been sold.

When David Bowie’s handlers do damage control on that wack new album cover it reads like a B+ lit-crit paper.

Meanwhile, Idolator makes itself useful and rounds up media reaction to the first single from “The Next Day.”

Dr. Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson has been diagnosed with terminal cancer.

NPR revs up the 2013 edition of “First Listen” with streams of new albums by Erin McKeown, Indians, and the Lone Bellow.

KDHX DJ Tom Ray reflects on the life and music of the late Fontella Bass.

DJ Shadow gets kicked off stage in Miami. Club apologizes.

Ann Powers goes under the radar for some anticipated albums of 2013.

Flavorwire rounds up 10 music documentaries you need to see this year.

Got a couple of hours to burn and a Replacements itch to scratch? “Color Me Obsessed” is ready.

Lemmy gets into the boutique headphone game.

Just when you think year-end listmania was over, Tone Deaf has one more head-scratcher.

The Grammy Awards lineup will include the Black Keys, Fun. and Mumford & Sons.

Patti Page, a grand vocalist and 100-million record seller, has died at the age of 85.

In anticipation of a new set of unreleased Townes Van Zandt recordings, Aquarium Drunkard shares a great, rare concert recording.

If Kickstarter isn’t the new model for record labels, what is?

Faster Louder audits the albums of Elvis Costello.

Overheard on a recent Interscope and MIA conference call: “Listen, Maya, we signed a provocateur. WTF with all this happy music?

Amazon debuts AutoRip cloud service.

The Philharmonia comes to the iPad.

Leonard Cohen is still on the road, and though no St. Louis date has been announced, he’s still freaking got it.

The enduring power of “In the Aereoplane Over the Sea.”

NPR tells the story of Mali musicians fighting the powers that be.

If Sufjan Stevens is going to sell out to Red Bull, it may as well involve people doing awesome things against the law of gravity.

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