Published Jun 11, 2011You don't need us to tell you there's a ridiculous amount of info out there on the interweb. But you do maybe need a hand rifling through it all. So if you feel you might have missed some music news this last week, have a look at our roundup to help get back on top of things.
First off, it was a busy week in our Beefs 2011 series. We had everything from author Ian Rankin taking on Radiohead over some Kafkaesque King of Limbs delivery debacle, to Eminem taking a swipe at Lady Gaga, to Vast Aire delivering some harsh words at El-P and his Definitive Jux imprint. In a similar vein, Kathleen Hanna weighed in on the whole Odd Future debate (whether you like it or not).
It was also a big week for new record releases. First off (and perhaps most excitingly), we got word of a new Jay Reatard release, this time involving his band the Lost Sounds. Also, for better or worse, Red Hot Chili Peppers are coming back at us with a new disc, and so too are Beirut, Propagandhi, The-Dream and Boston Spaceships (one of GBV main main Robert Pollard's many projects, which has roped in J Mascis, Colin Newman and Steve Wynn, among other guests, for their new LP).
Then we had Coldplay once again in the midst of plagiarism accusations, Jack White and Karen Elson announcing their divorce (and a party to go with it), and Joan Jett and Cherie Currie launching a lawsuit over a Runaways tribute album.
To end on a sombre note, there were a few deaths this week as well in the music world. Die Antwoord collaborator Leon Botha passed away, and so did renowned producer Martin Rushent and songwriter Andrew Gold.