Published Jan 15, 2011Now that the new year hangover is over, we're fully immersed in 2011, and we had an extra busy news week to prove it. Filled with deaths, controversies and even face tats, this week's batch of music news never had a dull moment. And in case you missed anything, we've wrapped it all up in our news roundup.
First off, British rock granddads Dire Straits caused quite the stir in Canada this week after their '80s hit "Money for Nothing" was deemed unfit for Canadian airwaves, or at least in its original, unedited form. The song's use of the word "faggot" caused the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council to outlaw the track, and as the resulting onslaught of online comments proved, this decision has definitely struck a nerve.
Marking this week's saddest news by far, Broadcast's Trish Keenan has died at the age of 42. With the UK-based band being long favourites here at Exclaim!, we were more than a little rattled by her death, leading us to take comfort in all the great music she left us over the years. On a more positive note, Bruce Peninsula's Neil Haverty gave us an update on his cancer treatment and things are looking good for the Toronto musician.
Then, in the weird category, we had Gucci Mane getting a face tat -- of an ice cream cone, no less -- Kanye getting his mug plastered on a diamond-encrusted watch and classic album covers being reimagined through MS Paint.
We also found out that Deerhoof have a spilt seven-inch series and a Konono No.1 collaboration on the way, posthumous Jay Reatard releases are forthcoming, the new Strokes album has a real release date and the major labels have been forced to shelled out $45 million in unpaid royalties.
Last but certainly not least, this week we also learned that MuchMusic is resurrecting The Wedge and RapCity with Fucked Up's Damian Abraham (pictured) and Tyrone "T-RexXx" Edwards serving as each show's hosts, respectively. Damian was even so kind as to talk to us about his new VJ gig, which you can read all about here.