Published Nov 07, 2009With the weekend here that can only mean one thing in Exclaim! land: another edition of News Round-Up, our guide to the week's top stories. As always, there's a lot to be had, and a mix of good, bad and even ugly.
As for the good, this week we found out M.I.A. is fast at work on her Kala follow-up - a record Diplo says will sound like "Gucci Mane Meets Animal' - and that a new album is in the works from the Warp Records-signed Born Ruffians, who gave us the exclusive scoop. Also, Fucked Up shared their plans to record "Do They Know It's Christmas?" and will be doing it with such bands as Broken Social Scene, Vampire Weekend, No Age, GZA and maybe even a Jonas Brother.
For the bad, Slayer postponed their anticipated Canadian Carnage tour, Toronto's Hostage Life broke up, Smugglers founder Paul Preminger passed away and Ian Brown was arrested for allegedly assaulting his wife.
And that ugly? Well, the Fiery Furnaces' Matthew Friedberger gave Radiohead the ol' "fuck you" and then made sure we all knew he meant it. And just to add one more contradiction to their career, U2 celebrated the fall of the Berlin Wall by building one of their own.