Published May 19, 2012As Canada embraces its May long weekend, we're back to help you catch up all the week's goings-ons in the music world. So if you're looking to get back in the loop, check out just some of the stories that graced our news pages this week.
First up, Wolf Parade fans got some more bad news, as news came that Dan Boeckner's Handsome Furs project is no more. The husband-and-wife duo announced late this week that they're calling it quits. No reason was given for the breakup, but the band wrote, "The most important thing that needs to be said right now is how extremely grateful we are to all the fans all over the world that showered us with love and support over the years."
Like it or not, this week also came with its fair share of beefs. First, Jack White lashed out at the Guinness World Records for not including the White Stripes in their tome for performing the shortest concert ever at a 2007 show in St. John's. The folks at Guinness responded to Jack's very public complaint, leading White to issue another statement of his own saying he plans to break the record for "most metaphors in a single concert."
This was followed by drummer Bill Ward officially pulling out of the troubled Black Sabbath reunion -- a move that led his former bandmates to try to rewrite history by removing him from the band's archival promo shots on their website. Plus, Flying Lotus sounded off on the new Beach House album, and, well, dude's just not into it.
In other news, we had Feist reissuing her debut album, Kanye West revealing his new film for Cannes, Animal Collective announcing their new album, and Metric and K'naan outlining their contributions to David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis.
Lastly, the music world lost one its icons this week. Disco pioneer Donna Summer died at the age of 63.