Published Feb 13, 2010While parts of the country settle in for a long weekend and others welcome that whole Olympics thing, here at Exclaim! we've stuck with our weekend tradition, which is offering up our convenient link-filled guide to the week's top stories.
First up, Metric found themselves in a world of trouble over their recent T-shirt campaign to help the earthquake-stricken people of Haiti. Much of the public called foul when the band unveiled the design for their charity shirt, which was emblazoned with the title of their 2009 single "Help, I'm Alive." Since the outcry, the band have canned the T-shirt design, issued a statement and, for their sake, hopefully calmed a lot of tempers.
Speaking of tempers, Axl Rose lost it this week on a fan message board over the rumoured ban on Slash merch at recent GN'R shows. In a similar vein, the White Stripes got pretty pissed over a recent Air Force Reserve ad, which featured a song that was just a bit too similar to their "Fell in Love With a Girl" for their liking. The song's composer, however, has since issued an apology and the ad has been pulled.
Also, this week we had Lil Wayne's sentencing postponed due to dental surgery, some controversy erupting over the Crazy Heart soundtrack, Canadian indie rock heroes Thrush Hermit announcing a box set and, um, Limp Bizkit revealing that they're copping a "Daft Punk vibe" on their next alum.
Oh, and poor Matthew Herbert was barred from recording the death of his pig. Seriously, WTF? If the man wants to document the swine's death blow, we say let him have at it.