Published Dec 19, 2009Despite it being crunch time for last-minute Christmas shopping, we here at Exclaim! have still found enough time to pull ourselves away from the mall to bring you News Round-Up, our guide to the week's top stories.
First up, in an exclusive Exclaim! interview, Joel Plaskett gave us the scoop on the upcoming Thrush Hermit reunion. So far there are only six dates on the reunion tour, with Plaskett saying "this is a one-off." But if you live in the more eastern side of Canada, you will get that shot at seeing the reformed Canadian rock legends, and Plaskett promises "some serious riffs."
In other Canadian music news, Owen Pallett has voluntarily retired his name Final Fantasy. Apparently, Pallett is worried about legal action from Japanese videogame company Square Enix, which is behind the Final Fantasy RPG franchise. From now on, it's simply Owen Pallett.
Also this week, we had Liam Gallagher naming his new band Oasis 2.0, John Frusciante officially quitting the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kid Cudi punching a Vancouver fan over a thrown wallet and Lil Wayne's Rebirth getting leaked by Amazon.
Of course, Courtney Love caused quite the stir as well. First, Love lost legal guardianship of her daughter. Then she took to Facebook to publicly strike out at her 17-year-old while be slapped with a retraining order.
And to end things on a rather sad note, Cardinals bassist Chris "Spacewolf" Feinstein passed away this week. He was 42.