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- Karen O scored an Oscar nomination for “The Moon Song,” the wistful acoustic track she wrote for Spike Jonze’s Oscar-nominated film, “Her.”
- San Diego-based attorney Rhonda Holmes is suing Courtney Love over a libelous tweet. SPIN’s been publishing some entertaining courtroom coverage.
- Screaming Females are going to record a live album with Steve Albini.
- Beyonce wrote an essay on gender equality.
- Manhattan’s Community Board No. 3 voted down Brooklynite LeRoy McCarthy’s proposal to rename the intersection of Rivington St. and Ludlow St. “Beastie Boys Square.”
- Neil Young and Jack White probably made a covers album.
ALBUM RELEASES, JAN. 14:
Bruce Springsteen, “High Hopes” (Columbia).
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, “Give the People What They Want” (Daptone).
STUFF & THINGS:
- Are you a visual learner? Are you also masochistic and therefore interested in music sales numbers from 2013? Take a gander at this spiffy infographic.
- Vice published a “brief history” of Brooklyn’s soon-to-be shuttered DIY performance space 285 Kent.
- BuzzFeed contributor Torie Bosch pulled a David Foster Wallace.
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