Morning Music Notes – Why Look Out the Window When I Have Siri?
Good news! Stream Jack White’s new album, Blunderbuss
Jack White’s new album, Blunderbuss, might not be out until next week, but you can listen to it now, thanks to the magic of
piracy iTunes. Yes, this might be the first recorded time that somehow has praised iTunes. Head on over to iTunes to listen to the entire album, or if you are anti-iTunes, you can do the same thing on Jack White’s homepage.
Jack White has also announced a new webcast that will be streamed for free. And he has landed Commissioner Gordon from Batman to direct it! That is, the most recent one, Gary Oldman. This is part of the American Express UNSTAGED series, which Coldplay previous staged a show in Madrid. The show is on April 27 from New York City’s Webster Hall. If you’re already going, then you are luckier than we are. Check out the trailer below.
More Tupac Hologram News – The Cost, and His Mom’s Happiness
Some people have called having Tupac play as a hologram very lame and gimmicky. Others have praised the originality of the idea, heightening the performance, and a neat way to pay tribute to the slain rapper. Other people have continued their claim that Tupac never died, and it’s a conspiracy theory. It might’ve been cooler had to exposed the theory by showing up in the flesh, but that’s another story. In a move when I didn’t really think about when it comes to hologram homages, Dr. Dre asked Tupac’s mom, Afeni Shakur, if he could use a hologram of her son (via NME). Dr. Dre then continued to be classy, and made a donation to the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation. TMZ, who has the original scoop, said that Afeni loved the performance, although she had to watch it on YouTube.
And those rumours about Nate Dogg showing up as a hologram? The gang decided that they would do a video tribute instead. Why? Perhaps because Tupac’s image is rumoured to have cost between $100,000 to $400,000 (via Rolling Stone). A small price to pay to have a performance that will be talked about for the ages.
“We worked with Dr. Dre on this and it was Dre’s vision to bring this back to life,” Nick Smith, president of AV Concepts, told MTV. “It was his idea from the very beginning and we worked with him and his camp to utilize the technology to make it come to life.”
AV Concepts have also not revealed whether or not the rapper’s words were all taken from the large archives of Tupac’s recordings, or whether they manipulated and created others. Pretty sure Tupac didn’t walk around yelling “What up Coachella!”, but he has released a million albums since dying, so nothing would surprise me.
If you still haven’t seen the performance, check it out below.
Third Annual DeLuna Fest lands Pearl Jam and Foo Fighters
Apparently Hologram Tupac isn’t on tour, so he won’t be headlining the third annual DeLuna Fest in Penascola Beach, Florida. He does have a hilarious Twitter account through, @HologramTupac. Instead of Hologram Tupac, the festival landed Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam, as well as Florence + the Machine, the recently reunited Ben Folds Five, Silversun Pickups, City and Colour, the Gaslight Anthem, and Uncle Phil’s favourite DJ, DJ Jazzy Jeff (via Consequence of Sound). The festival runs September 21-23, and a weekend pass will set you back $159.95 USD (then up to $199.95 after the other ones sell out), and they go on sale today (April 17) at 9:00 am Eastern at DeLuna’s website.
Zooey Deschanel in the new Siri Commercial for Apple
I’m pretty sure everyone who cares about getting an iPhone knows about Siri on the iPhone 4S. But I guess if no one has talked about it in the past week, Apple’s marketing needs to bring it back to the forefront. Enter Zooey Deschanel. Even people like her use Siri, Apple’s virtual assistant – now I must get the new iPhone! Zooey asks if it’s raining outside, when the window is 2 feet away. She also asks if there are restaurants that deliver tomato soup. Baby, I’ll make you some tomato soup – now just put Siri down and get rid of the restraining order against me. Check it out below (via Gizmodo).