Published Feb 19, 2011If you feel you might have missed some critical music news this week, we're not going to blame you. While we're used to busy news weeks around here, the last few days were more than a little insane. We had everything from Britrock heroes dropping surprise albums on us, to Montreal bands turning the music world upside down with Grammy wins, to reclusive indie folk legends coming out of hiding for full-fledged tours.
First off, Radiohead had our heads spinning almost non-stop this week. On Monday, they made a surprise announcement about their new album, The King of Limbs. This was followed by some Twitter-fuelled mystery and then the album coming out a day early online. Yep, buy a download over on the band's website (or find it through less-honest means), and freely stream the entire LP here. Plus, you can check out the album's first music video. And if all that wasn't enough Radiohead, we also found out guitarist Jonny Greenwood is scoring yet another film.
Then there was Arcade Fire. In case you live in a hole, the Montreal rock outfit took the Grammy for Album of the Year. Yes, it was surprising -- almost as surprising as learning how much of the world has never even heard of the band. Thankfully, we had a song to teach us all about them.
It was also a week of highs and lows for touring. In highs, Neutral Milk Hotel recluse Jeff Mangum emerged from hiding to announce a North American tour, which includes a pair of shows in Toronto. In lows, the Sadies' Western Canada tour was derailed thanks to singer Dallas Good breaking his leg, an unfortunate event that caused the group to called off all their Western Canadian dates. Also, Slayer were dealt a blow after their guitarist caught the flesh-eating disease due to a spider bite. Thankfully, the thrash titans found a temporary replacement for their upcoming dates.
Then we had Josh Homme giving us more details on the new QOTSA album, Caribou's Dan Snaith introducing his new Daphni project and fast-rising hip-hop crew Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All getting some major attention thanks to an insane Fallon performance.
Finally, to end on a sad note, Montreal rapper Bad News Brown was found dead, while the Fluid guitarist Rick Kulwicki passed away at the age of 49.