Published Jun 26, 2010With us being out of the workweek and into the weekend, we're back with Exclaim!'s News Round-Up. As always, a lot graced our headlines this week, and here's just a samplings of what's up for grabs.
First off, do not - we repeat - do not piss off Neko Case. Do and she's likely to "pummel your fucking face." A Boston New Pornographers fan found that out the hard way after throwing a CD at New Pornos frontman Carl Newman. Like Neko says, "I am a piece of shit white trash and I will fuck you up." Consider yourself warned.
In less agro news, it was one tough week for festivals. First, the Calgary Jazz Festival was cancelled by organizers just days before the event, and we found out Lollapalooza's promoters are under investigation for anti-trust issues. Perhaps worst of all, travelling all-women fest Lilith Fair was forced to can some U.S. dates due to poor ticket sales. And if some reports are correct, more cancelled Lilith stops are just around the corner.
Also this week, we found out You Say Party! We Say Die! will return after the recent death of their drummer Devon Clifford, though now they will boast a few new members and be simply called You Say Party. And good news for Radiohead fans: a new album by the band may be done in "a matter of weeks." Plus, Dirty Projectors and Björk have announced a new collaborative release. Now, seriously, how cool is that?
On the music industry front, Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore got into a sparing match with the NDP's Charlie Angus after Moore called critics of Canada's new proposed copyright bill "radical extremists." (You can read the thoughts of one such "extremist" here.) And Universal Music CEO Jim Urie took it upon himself to save the failing music industry. How? By spamming folks like ourselves with lines like, "Never before in American history has an entire industry been so decimated by illegal behavior," and "consider enlisting your entire company to help in this fight."
Finally, check out our Five Worst Comeback Albums list. We don't want to spoil it here, but, yes, Chinese Democracy indeed made the list.