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    Heavy D Autopsy Yields No Clear Cause of Death

    As plans to honor the late Dwight "Heavy D" Myers fall into place, just what caused the rap trailblazer's death last week at age 44 remains unknown. Autopsy results were unclear, officials told the Los Angeles Times, saying it may be several weeks before toxicology tests can provide a more conclusive determination. Best known for smooth hip-hop hits like "Nuttin' But Love," Hev died on November 8. While authorities uncovered no illegal drugs at his Beverly Hills home, Heavy D had recently been prescribed medication for a cough, a spokesman for the LA. County coroner's offices told the Times. Toxicology tests apparently aren't unusual when a fairly young person who isn't sick passes away. Meanwhile, a new website — — has sprung up with information on Heavy D's upcoming public wake.

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    OK Computer: Deadmau5 Covers Radiohead's 'Codex'

    A conventional wisdom appears to be emerging that critics roundly panned Radiohead's The King of Limbs, which came out earlier this year. In our 8-out-of-10 review of the album, however, SPIN specifically singled out choice cut "Codex" as "gorgeous," noting that Thom Yorke sings "over his own piano, about diving into a crystal-clear lake, with no witnesses but the dragonflies." In a new cover version by festival-dominating electronic dance man Deadmau5, Yorke's wisp of airy vocal is gone, replaced by electro producer Joel Zimmerman's painstaking recreation of those melancholy keyboards, distant brass whines, and gently throbbing beats. It's one of Radiohead's most haunting songs recast as a computerized lullaby — and it contains no samples from the original recording, according to blog ...Hang the DJ, which brings us the stream (via the Daily Swarm).

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    Courtney Love Flips Out Onstage Over Cobain Poster

    Courtney Love launched into a bizarre rant Sunday night at the SWU Festival in Brazil. According to Antiquiet, the Hole frontwoman flashed the crowd, said her status as "a gay icon" allows her to use a certain epithet that recently got Brett Ratner ousted from the Oscars, and requested "a Chapstick for my herpes sore." She also reportedly claimed she was the inspiration for almost everything on the Smashing Pumpkins' landmark mid-'90s albums Siamese Dream and Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. She even took credit for the key lyric on SPs hit "Disarm," saying she wrote the line "The killer in me is the killer in you" in a letter to Billy Corgan. But the crazy really hit the fan when Love noticed someone in the crowd carrying a photograph of Kurt Cobain. As you can see for yourself in the video below, the singer somehow went from fairly reasonable anger to wild insults.

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    Jimmy Fallon Busted for 4-Month-Old Beyonce Performance

    Beyoncé, pop's reigning queen of old-school glamor in an age of social media salespeople. "Countdown," the happy, not-so-crazy, most-definitely-in-love standout from Sasha Fierce's current album, 4. The Roots, "the greatest band in late night" (and so much more). With a lineup like that, it would be hard for Jimmy Fallon to go wrong. And he didn't, really — Beyoncé's performance, which aired Friday night, was ebullient and bewitching, the Roots' boisterous live backing and Queen B's offhand smiles only improving a great tune. But as Consequence of Sound points out, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon weirdly tried to pass off the song as fresh when it was clearly pre-recorded. Anyone who's been watching B's growing womb would surmise this performance must've taken place around the same time as Mrs.

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    Justin Timberlake Dances With Marines, Blogs About 'Moving Evening'

    Justin Timberlake doesn't need to keep proving he's cooler than the rest of us — it's already been almost a decade since hits like "Cry Me a River" began convincing a generation of boy-band haters to stop worrying and just love the guy — but that doesn't mean he's showing any signs of slowing his charm offensive. Late last month, the former 'N Sync star joined Jimmy Fallon for the third installment of their "History of Rap" series. A recent Esquire cover story saw him wandering around Comic-Con with writer Chris Jones in costume as Bert and Ernie (Timberlake was Ernie).

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    Jay-Z Pulls Controversial Occupy Wall Street T-Shirt

    Jay-Z's much-criticized decision to release a T-shirt cashing in on the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations last week should hardly have been surprising. As cultural critics such as Thomas Frank have argued pretty persuasively, it's in our economic DNA to go from the Beatles' "Revolution" to Nike TV spots, from Black Flag to Hot Topic. Nor is it really even so weird that Jay's "OCCUPY ALL STREETS" T-shirt would be sold without any of the proceeds going to the movement itself. It's all part of the same long and hugely complicated tradition as Che Guevara chic and The Matrix movies. But this time, there's a twist! What's unusual here is that Jay-Z actually reversed himself, dropping his countercultural profit grab from the market.

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    Atlas Sound, 'Parallax' (4AD)

    Solo acoustic guitar. Two-thirds of the way into the astral-folk voyage "Terra Incognita," on Bradford Cox's third record as Atlas Sound, the only sound you hear is solo acoustic guitar. There was a time when such a barely adorned moment would've been unthinkable from the notorious, fake-blood-spewing, cross-dressing Deerhunter frontman. It would've been as unlikely as Parallax's cover image -- Cox as a slicked-back greaser clutching a vintage microphone. Not anymore. On Deerhunter's critically acclaimed 2010 effort, Halcyon Digest, the Atlanta band distilled their downcast noise-rock ecstasy into still-dreamier reveries; now it's time for Cox's dreamier half to get dreamier still.

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    Doctored 'Sgt. Pepper' Cover Named Most Rare Album

    Why would you want to own a record with a bunch of label honchos on the cover? We can think of about 70,000 reasons. An adapted sleeve for the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band that puts the faces of Capitol Records executives on the Fab Four members is worth roughly £70,000, or almost $112,000, according to Record Collector magazine. The artwork tops the magazine's list of the rarest album covers, the BBC reports. Only about 100 copies of the Capitol-exec Sgt. Pepper's sleeve are reportedly believed to exist. The artwork was made ahead of Christmas 1967 to commemorate the success of the album, which came out in June. Sir Peter Blake designed the original Sgt.

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    Listen to a 40-Minute Unearthed 1990 Nirvana Show

    The 20th anniversary of Nirvana's Nevermind arrived with much fanfare last month. But rarities from the Seattle grunge legends continue to hit the Web and the Boston Phoenix has got its hands on a recording of of the band's show at now-shuttered club ManRay in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on April 18, 1990 — before Dave Grohl joined as the drummer. The crowd only numbered between 60 to 75 people, according to the Phoenix.

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    Lou Reed, Metallica's Next Victim: Darren Aronofsky

    Lou Reed and Metallica released their new collaborative album, Lulu, on Tuesday, but the record's strangely gripping saga refuses to end. The avant-garde rocker and the heavy-metal titans previously roped in Dutch director Anton Corbijn, a longtime Metallica associate, who took promotional photos for the album.

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