Published Jan 21, 2012We're only a few weeks into the new year, but it's shaping up to look like a wild one. In the last week, there's been everything from massive online protests, to highly publicized website shutdown over piracy, to even more long-gone Canuck rock outfits jumping on the reunion bandwagon. Here are just a few of the week's top stories.
First off, this week the proposed SOPA and PIPA copyright bills in the U.S. dominated the headlines, mostly thanks to widespread protests from major websites like Wikipedia and from net-concerned citizens worldwide. But come Friday, the news broke that the SOPA and PIPA bills will be delayed indefinitely, leading many to breathe a massive sigh of relief.
Strangely enough, amongst all the copyright bill chaos, file-sharing hub Megaupload was shut down by U.S. prosectors, a move that was met by an aggressive backlash from "hacktivist" group Anonymous, who effectively (if only temporarily) shut down websites run by U.S. Department of Justice, Universal Music Group, the RIAA and the MPAA, among others.
In more international music news, Bruce Springsteen announced he's returning with a new album, while Etta James died at the age of 73.
Here in Canada, we got some big blasts from the past this week, thanks to Treble Charger announcing a reunion, Mystery Machine reforming and the long-gone Big Wreck revealing their first new album in years.
Also in Canada, we had John K. Samson revealing his own book of lyrics and poems, Mares of Thrace signing to Sonic Unyon Metal, Said the Whale announcing their Little Mountain LP and director Bruce McDonald teaming up with Stars for a new film project.
And speaking of Bruce McDonald, it's almost as if one of his scripts has come to life: the singer of Hamilton, ON punk band Pantychrist has been charged with murder after an apparent robbery gone bad.