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Friday Coda: Grampa and Grandmaster Flash, U2, Neil Young's mermaid
Friday Coda: Grampa and Grandmaster Flash, U2, Neil Young's mermaid

This week was consumed by a few monolithic brands, one musical, one technological. Puppets teamed with singers. Singer cited puppets. A legend fell. A new music site arrives with promise. Grandma unintentionally shouted-out Grandmaster Flash. Below are the highlights of the week in online music writing, reading, composing and ruining.  -- Prior to this week, two innovative brands, U2 and Apple, were gliding toward the release of new, eagerly awaited products. Instead, on Tuesday the dynamic duo united to become some two-headed marketing beast, and alienated a few people in the process. In announcing Apple's new iPhone 6 and connected Watch device, the computer-maker hired the...

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