Published May 28, 2011Despite the short workweek here in Canada, there was more than enough news to keep us busy these last few days. So if you worried you might have missed something in the flurry, come have at look-see at this week's news roundup.
First off, the music world was met with some tragic news late Friday (May 27), finding out that pioneering musician, poet and author Gil Scott-Heron has died. The soulful and often political songwriter, perhaps most famous for his 1970 poem/track "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised," passed away at the age of 62, leaving behind a rich and storied musical history. Needless to say, he will be missed. For more on Scott-Heron's life and music, see Exclaim!'s detailed Timeline piece here.
Carrying on, Vancouver pop punkers Living with Lions and their label Black Box both responded to the controversy surrounding the band's new album, Holy Shit, which has drawn a whole pile of negative attention recently. In response to criticism by Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore over the record's Christianity-baiting artwork, Living with Lions have gone so far as to return the FACTOR money used to help fund the album and have recalled the record. But as Living with Lions state: "The debate about government funding contributing to potentially controversial art is neither new nor truly resolved."
Also on the Canadian music front, Drake announced the second annual Ovo Festival, which is descending on Toronto this summer and bringing along the Weeknd, Rick Ross and "surprise special guests." Then we had the Besnard Lakes finally giving their Sympathy for Delicious score a proper soundtrack release, while Lowest of the Low's Ron Hawkins talked to us about his new solo album Straitjacket Love and Alexisonfire/Moneen side-project Cunter discussed their recent name change and new album with Exclaim!
In international music news, we found out Trent Reznor and Karen O are teaming up for a Led Zeppelin cover for the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo remake, the Rapture are back on DFA and have a new album heading our way, Ben Folds has a massive rarities comp in the works, and Pylon are getting reworked by Deerhunter, Sasha Frere-Jones and Sleigh Bells' Alexis Krauss.
On top of all that, Battles shed some welcomed light on their upcoming Gloss Drop LP in an Exclaim! interview and did iTunes actually leak the new Bon Iver album?