Disney's Joy Division Controversy, the Future of CBC's Music Archives and Behind the Darcys' 'Aja' in This Week's News Roundup
Published Jan 28, 2012With another weekend now officially here, we're back again with our news roundup to help make sense of it all.
First up this time out, Disney caused a lot of controversy thanks to its "Joy Division-inspired" Mickey Mouse T-shirt, which aped the classic cover of the group's 1979 LP Unknown Pleasures. The offending shirt left the band's surviving members a bit divided over the whole deal, but they didn't have that long to think about things, since Disney quickly pulled the T-shirt from its shops following the uproar.
Also striking a lot of controversy this week, the CBC revealed that the broadcaster is currently dismantling its archives of CDs and vinyl, something that again left a lot of people feeling very divided. Also, Google was accused of homophobia over its rejection of Perfume Genius's latest video.
In Canadian news, the Darcys released their cover album of Steely Dan's Aja and spoke to Exclaim! all about it, Neil Young revealed he's again recording with Crazy Horse, both Patrick Watson and Yukon Blonde have new albums on the way, and Canadian rock photographer Andrew MacNaughtan tragically passed away while on assignment covering Rush.
On the more international front, the Books called it quits, Akron/Family got a lot of heat over their T-shirt design and Ben Folds Five revealed they are recording a new album.
Finally, not to toot our own horn, but Exclaim! is turning 20 years young in 2012, and to help celebrate, we've lining up quite the killer show in Toronto, featuring the Sadies and the Elwins, as well as members of Fucked Up, Broken Social Scene and Sloan. Head here to read all about it and to get ticket info.