Published Feb 26, 2011If you're looking to fill some possible blanks in your music news reading, you've come to the right place. As always, our weekend news roundup will catch you up on everything from Radiohead conspiracies to Smashing Pumpkins cover controversies to very public arguments about Arcade Fire's Grammy win.
First off, Radiohead have once again sparked a new conspiracy theory with their newly released The King of Limbs (not to mention one bad-ass Tumblr page). According to some fans, this record is only the first part of a double-album plan, with several bits of "evidence" slowing filling up space on the interweb. It's hard to say if they're onto anything here, but they sure are digging mighty hard for a King of Limbs Part 2.
In a somewhat similar vein, there's sure something fishing going on with that crumbling Smashing Pumpkins band. Remember that whole thing about their new bass player being one of the young girls on the cover of Siamese Dream? Well, turns out that may be total BS.
Then we had a music exec lambasting the Grammys and dishing out some conspiracy theories of his own, a move that led Arcade Fire's manager to respond in their defence. Also, Kanye West's video for "All the Lights" came under fire due to concerns over seizures, Red Hot Chili Peppers unveiled perhaps the worst album title ever and Daft Punk got their very own line of Coca-Cola.
In some exciting new-album announcements, this week we learned Sloan are coming back at us with their tenth LP, Battles have a new one coming and Fucked Up have a new live album, as well as GG Allin covers project heading our way (not to mention roped in Ted Leo, Mountain Goats and Ben Gibbard to lend a hand).
Finally, this week saw the death of Extreme Noise Terror vocalist Phil Vane, as well as the passing of Excepter's Clare Amory.