Nickelback's Halftime Showdown, Brains' MuchMusic Video Ban and Raekwon's Toronto Expansion Lead This Week's News Roundup

Nickelback's Halftime Showdown, Brains' MuchMusic Video Ban and Raekwon's Toronto Expansion Lead This Week's News Roundup
The U.S. may have had their Turkey Day, but up here in Canada, we were still hard at it. So as usual, our news roundup has more than a few stories up for grabs, and here are just some of the highlights.

First up, like it or not, Canada's rock'n'roll shame, Nickelback, ended up topping the news pile this week. First, we got wind of NICKELBLOCK, a browser plug-in that could effectively make the band disappear from your digital life. Unfortunately, though, we didn't install it in time and were given a response to the whole NFL halftime show petition via a Funny or Die sketch featuring Chad Kroeger and co. Then, to top the whole thing off, we got the offending halftime performance and, um, a new Kroeger haircut. Yeah, we had no idea we'd ever report so much on these dudes either.

Also in Canadian music news, we had the Brains getting their new video banned on MuchMusic due to its graphic nature, while Rae Spoon discussed his upcoming new album with us, as well as revealed some Canadian tour dates and a new track. Then there was Bry Webb and Feist talking to Exclaim! about their joint tour, and the infamous Nardwuar revealing a new comp, which will feature tracks by Andrew W.K., the Cribs and Franz Ferdinand, among others. Oh, and Wu-Tang legend Raekwon is bringing his Ice H20 label to Toronto, a move we totally didn't see coming.

On the more international tip, we had Elvis Costello urging fans not to buy his new box set, Kanye West using the Nietzsche defence, Broadcast setting sights on a new album in the wake of singer Trish Keenan's passing, and, finally, the Promise Ring reuniting.