Malcolm McLaren's Passing, Godspeed You! Black Emperor's Return and Shad's <i>TSOL</i> Lead This Week's News Round-Up

BY Brock ThiessenPublished Apr 10, 2010

It's weekend time yet again, and that means we're back with our trusty News Round-Up. Here are a few of the stories that grabbed our headlines this week.

Okay, bad news first: former Sex Pistols manager and pop music impresario Malcolm McLaren has died. McLaren was 64 and his death follows a long battle with cancer. Many online tributes to McLaren have been pouring in since his death (read some here, here and here). For an interesting slice of McLaren's life, also check out this chapter from Simon Reynolds's great Rip It Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978-1984, which dedicated more than a few pages to McLaren and his influence.

In less dour news, we also had Led Zeppelin's earliest known live recording surfacing online, M.I.A. tearing Lady Gaga a new one and Slash attempting to bury the hatchet with Axl.

And on the more Canadian front, Montreal post-rock heroes Godspeed You! Black Emperor announced their return this week, while the Sadies have began sharing their new album online and word leaked that Spike Jonze and Arcade Fire have teamed up for a new film project. Finally, Shad announced his new studio album this week, as well as gave us the scoop on his upcoming tour.

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