Lou Reed's Olympic Performance, Lhasa's Passing and New Pornographers' New Album in This Week's News Round-Up

Lou Reed's Olympic Performance, Lhasa's Passing and New Pornographers' New Album in This Week's News Round-Up
Despite still struggling to wrap our heads around this whole 2010 thing, we were hardly short of juicy little items to fill our news pages with this week.

First off, we were unfortunately met with the news of even more artist deaths, with Juno winner Lhasa passing away at 37 and legendary soul producer Willie Mitchell dying of a heart attack.

Then, cheering us up a bit, we discovered that Lou Reed would be making an appearance at this year's Vancouver Olympics, while Courtney Love again grabbed headlines by announcing her new "Hole" line-up and European tour. Also, Smashing Pumpkin/Jessica Simpson lover Billy Corgan decided to start himself a little vanity label, which has signed an eclectic bunch of bands that are way past their prime, such the Electric Prunes, the Strawberry Alarm Clock and the Germs.

On the Canadian rock front, the New Pornographers let us know that their new album is done and the Weakerthans dropped word of a new live album.

Finally, feel free to check out Andrew W.K. desperately trying to clear up his massive identity confusion. Seriously, the whole thing is starting to make our head ache.