News Round Up!

News Round Up!
Another week has passed so here’s your news round up.

Last Sunday Bif Naked revealed her diagnosis of breast cancer on George Stoumboulopoulos’ radio program The Strombo Show. Two weeks prior to this announcement Bif was conducting a self-breast exam and found a lump. After she went to the doctor for a check up she was then sent for tests that indicated a high possibility of cancer.
Marty Crandall, the keyboard player for the Shins, did some time behind bars in Sacramento County Jail after a violent disturbance with his girlfriend on January 4. Elyse Sewell, a former America’s Next Top Model contestant and former girlfriend of Crandall, said in her LiveJournal she "escaped from the room through a blitzkrieg of violence.” Sewell was also arrested due to a bite mark she inflicted on Crandall in self-defense, but was quickly released the day after on January 5 (Crandall was eventually freed on January 7). Crandall’s label, Sub Pop, issued a statement saying: "Marty Crandall and his ex-girlfriend Elyse Sewell were both arrested over the weekend following an argument at a hotel which resulted in staff calling the police.They were both taken into police custody and released over the weekend. There will be no further comment at this time and we would appreciate their privacy being respected." In the end neither party was charged and both were cleared of the allegations. A spokesman for the Sacramento County District Attorney's office said, "Both defendants have not been charged. The case was rejected due insufficient evidence."
Joey Riordan and Mangra are trying to erect a commemorative life-size "Dimebag” Darrell Abbott statue in his hometown of Dallas, Texas. Looking to support their initiative, the two have referenced other cities that have done the same thing for other artists like Bon Scott (AC/DC) in Fremantle, Australia, Jimi Hendrix in Seattle and Elvis in Memphis. Donations can be made towards this statue at their MySpace page.
Fucked Up and Xiu Xiu have filed an official complaint, along with about 92 other independent artists, whose names were misused in Camel’s "Indie Band Universe” ad in Rolling Stone’s 40th anniversary issue from November. The class action lawsuit, filed in Alameda Country, CA, states that no member of either group was ever contacted by a representative of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company or Rolling Stone about participating in the ads and did not authorise the use of its name in connection with the sale of anything outside of its own musical works and merchandise.