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Hologram Tupac blows my mind

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2Pac’s holographic appearance at Coachella this year may be the most overhyped/coolest thing I’ve ever seen.  If you haven’t seen it yet, view the video below:

I’ve heard from multiple people that it was better on video that it was in person, but it’s still pretty technologically amazing.  This article from the Atlantic has a different take on it.  A profoundly critical one.  Take a look:

And much like Spinal Tap, Hologram Tupac carries traces of graying desperation. Dre’s The Chronic turns 20 years old this year, and with the exceptions of Wiz Khalifa and Kendrick Lamar none of the vaunted lineup of guests onstage for Dre and Snoop’s set represented fresh talent. Eminem and 50 Cent are household names but well removed from the best music of their careers. Warren G is a sentimental favorite; Kurupt is the answer to a trivia question.

Dr. Dre is 47 years old, Snoop is 40, and Hologram Tupac is forever 25. Hip-hop may have finally aged into an era of Oldies Revues—lavish and ludicrously expensive Oldies Revues, but Oldies Revues nonetheless—and Hologram Tupac stands as a marker of faux vitality, a callback to glory days, a nod to a crowd geeked on nostalgic sentiment. Seen in this light, Hologram Tupac starts to feel crass and exploitative, a mutually agreed-upon sham between performer and audience, the high-tech evolution of the Elvis impersonator.

I don’t think I felt that strongly about it.  I was more impressed from the tech side of things than anything else.  I guess I never gave it a second thought.  Give us your thoughts below.

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Coachella Fun – Want to see the Gorillaz live?

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I feel like I spend half my time linking to Pitchfork articles, but I guess that’s because they do a damn good job at covering music.  They’ve created a big post linking to a bunch of videos from the Coachella festival.

Wired loved the festival, particularly Jay-Z’s set

But that’s not to say there weren’t highlights, the biggest I’m-texting-my-friends-about-this-right-now moment being when he brought out Beyoncé Knowles — the Bonnie to his Clyde — to sing the chorus on his track “Forever Young.” They’re a couple that eschews much, if any, attention given to their union, but for those few minutes onstage, the Coachella crowd got a small glimpse of what it’s like to see two of the biggest names in music, well, flirt. Needless to say, it went over well.

“I got goose bumps when Beyoncé came out,” Matt Johnson of indie dance-punk duo Matt & Kim said Saturday, to which his band mate Kim Schifino replied, “See? Going in [I was thinking], ‘I bet 10 bucks he brings out Beyoncé.’”

Read More http://www.wired.com/underwire/2010/04/coachella-2/#ixzz0lhVaA65v

Personally, I was a fan of watching the Gorillaz performance with De La Soul (via video of course since I couldn’t be there for real.)  Watch that below.

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Radiohead’s much cooler than Prince

The Coachella festival, which happened ages ago, was a huge hit.  Many big stars played there, including the one and only Prince.

Now everyone seems to love Prince, and I sure am not going to hate on the guy.  What shocked everyone was that Prince came out and paid some tribute to Radiohead by covering “Creep”. So obviously fans were pretty stoked, and rushed home to check it out on Youtube. And all was merry…for a while.

Prince, through his label, decided to make a copyright claim to Youtube and forced them to take down the videos.

Well before you knew it, Radiohead and waded into the fray and fully backed up Youtube, asking Prince to unblock the video;

“Really? He’s blocked it?” asked Yorke, who figured it was their song to block or not. “Surely we should block it. Hang on a moment.” Yorke added, “Well, tell him to unblock it. It’s our … song.”

And thankfully, other sites on the ‘net still have videos of this.

I don’t think that Youtube should have bowed down, considering it can’t be a copyright claim by an artist who covered someone elses song.  Especially if he didn’t have the rights to do so.  Radiohead seemed surprised when they found out that Prince had covered the song in the first place.
[Source: Billboard]