Gwar Guitarist Cory Smoot Passes On, Zooey Deschanel and Ben Gibbard Separate, and Mint Records Rolls Out Big Anniversary Plans in Our News Roundup

Gwar Guitarist Cory Smoot Passes On, Zooey Deschanel and Ben Gibbard Separate, and Mint Records Rolls Out Big Anniversary Plans in Our News Roundup
There was hardly a dull moment this week in Exclaim! news land. So if you're worried something may have passed you by, here is a collection of just some of the week's highlights.

First off, the metal world was hit with the tragic news that Gwar guitarist Cory Smoot was found dead. At this point, it's still unclear how the guitar player died, but the band will continue on with their North American tour, which includes some Canadian dates. To read more about Smoot's passing, you can check out this lengthy statement from Gwar frontman Oderus Urungus.

Also making headlines were Odd Future, as usual. First, the hip-hop act again ignited controversy following claims that member Left Brain slapped a female photographer, and then later in the week, we learned that the band were axed from New Zealand's Big Day Out festival appearance due to their allegedly homophobic lyrics. And the rock'n'roll breakups continued this week with the news that Zooey Deschanel and Ben Gibbard are separating.

In more positive news, Vancouver's Mint Records announced quite the stellar 20th anniversary show, which will see long-gone Canuck acts like Maow, Pluto, the Gay and members of Cub reuniting, while the defunct Rocket From the Crypt got back together for Yo Gabba Gabba! And speaking of reunions, David Yow discussed the reformation of Scratch Acid this week with Exclaim!, shedding some light on what we can expect from the recently reformed band in the future.

Also, we had Fist City landing themselves a record deal with Black Tent Press, Prince announcing a Canadian tour and Detroit Lions fans petitions against a Nickelback halftime appearance, something we're going to file under "good news."