Morning Music Notes – Snoop Dogg Smokes Pot?!

Coachella Announced 2012 Line Up

Coachella has established itself as one of the premier music festivals in the United States, if not the world. The festival is in the desert just east of Los Angeles, and features battles against extreme heat – big surprise for a desert. It is also a festival ground with little to no cell phone reception (bring walkie talkies – seriously). What it also features is an incredible annual line up that is bound to cause you conflicts and lots of running around over the course of 3 days.

This year, the festival expands to two weekends with an identical line up for each weekend. The festival takes place in Indio, California on both April 13-15 and 20-22. Radiohead, The Black Keys, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg are the headliners, with the undercard highlights including At The Drive-In (reunited!), Pulp (reunited!), Florence + The Machine, Bon Iver, Arctic Monkeys, M83, Explosions in the Sky, The Horrors, Neon Indian, Yuck, the Shins, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Miike Snow, Godspeed You Black Emperor, Kasabian, Kaiser Chiefs, the Big Pink, the Vaccines, Girl Talk, the Weeknd, and many, many more bands. Check out the official website for the entire line up, or click the picture below to see the official, now iconic, Coachella line up poster.

Coachella 2012 Lineup

Snoop Dogg Arrested For, What Else, Marijuana Possession

I was under the impression that, like seemingly all Canadians, Snoop Dogg got a free pass when it came to marijuana possession. He is to weed what Isaac Newton is to apples gravity. Snoop has a medical marijuana prescription in California (of course he does!), but that shit don’t fly in Texas, where the police dogs found under half an ounce in a garbage bin (via Rolling Stone). He was arrested at a border checkout over the weekend.

Apple Stocks Hit All-Time High

Over the past decade, there have been numerous times when I went to buy Apple stock. When the iPod first came out. When newer iPods came out. The stock doubled, and then doubled again. No sense buying now, what else could Apple create? Then the iPhone came out. I kicked myself. I thought about buying again, but it was way too high. Then the iPad came out. That spare noose in my garage was looking pretty nice. Well, now I’m just a poor boy blogging about how Apple reached an all-time high of $427.75 during trading yesterday (via iPhone in Canada). Looks like Apple doesn’t need Steve Jobs after all (well, to make money – we’ll wait and see on the product creation over the next few years).

Grooveshark Being Sued By All Four Major Labels

In an “it had to be coming” story, the four major music labels are suing Grooveshark for not making royalty payments (via Digital Trends).

“While the lawsuit, filed in the New York State Supreme Court, does not specify the amount in damages EMI is seeking from Grooveshark, reports The New York Times, correspondence between the two companies show that EMI has requested Grooveshark pay it $150,000 in royalties. Grooveshark said in a statement that the matter is simply a “contact dispute,” which the company expects to “resolve.”

“Grooveshark currently boasts 35 million members, who are able to upload their own tracks to Grooveshark’s music library. Because of this legally dubious practice, Grooveshark is often hit with take-down orders specified under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DCMA), which requires Internet companies to remove infringing content within a specified amount of time, but protects these companies from being sued if they comply with the order.”

Getting the support of some of the major labels was a mighty task in itself, but then failing to pay royalties after securing this – well, that’s just plain dumb.

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