Hello, readers! If you’re fed up with this dull, two-dimensional world in which we’ve been experiencing music, be fed up no longer. Today, we highlight a few new 3-D multimedia projects from some of our favorite entertainers, including Jack White and Ty Segal, and also bring you news of a holographic Paul McCartney. It’s a brave, new world of music in today’s Dispatch!
Jack White is releasing an app for the DIY 3-D kit for android phones, Google Cardboard. Like an adult version of your childhood ViewMaster, or a no-frills Oculus Rift, Cardboard wears like a pair of goggles with specially equipped lenses to interpret the stereoscopic dual images on the smart phone screen. The app for Third Man Record’s White is fittingly called Third-D, is available now, and will provide “immersive 360 degree” video from live performances. Available so far are performances of “Freedom at 21”, “Ball and Biscuit” from his show at Fenway Park, and “Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground” from his recent Red Rocks concert. If you happen to be passing through Nashville today, stop by the Third Man Records Store and pick up the deluxe version of White’s latest record or one of 75 free Google Cardboard kits. [Nerdist]
Meanwhile, another rocker having a great year, Ty Segall, is promoting his latest Mr. Face EP as “the world’s first playable pair of 3D glasses.” The double record comes with both a translucent red and a translucent blue imprint, which one can hold up to one’s eyes and look through to see the Magic Eye-like album artwork in three dimensions! If that doesn’t work so well, you can still play the records while looking through an included pair traiditonal of paper 3-D glasses. Preorders of the set will ship early January.
After Seth Rogen and James Franco made a shot-for-shot parody of Kanye West’s super cheesy “Bound 2”, an unlikely friendship spurred between the comedy actors and the rap virtuoso. In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Rogen shares that he has even heard the new Yeezy album. In what may be the most uncomfortable and amazing concert experience of all time, West approached Rogan in a New York hotel lobby and invited Rogan to join him in his limo for a captive listening party of one. “There’s no lyrics, only beats,” Rogen said. “So he raps the whole album, and after each song, he stops it, like, ‘So what do you think?’ We were in the van for two hours!”
In the same interview, Rogen also shares that he is currently working on an R-rated animated feature project about anthropomorphic grocery store items on a nihilistic journey. Rogen says the picture will look like Toy Story, be presented in 3-D, and has Sacha Baron Cohen’s impressive blessing of being the craziest thing the Brüno actor has seen in his entire life. [Rolling Stone]
Sir Paul McCartney is looking very “Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi” as a space-traveling hologram, in the beautifully textured video game world of Destiny for his “Hope For The Future” music video. The track comes to us as part of Bungie’s Destiny game soundtrack, playing during the end credits, and marks McCartney’s latest entry into the world of interactive media; an interest of his ever since noticing his grandchildren’s preference for gaming over listening. Earlier, he worked with Jaunt to provide an interactive concert experience through an app. Jack White must have taken notes. [DigitalTrends]
All that singing to Baby Judith must have been good practice. Everyone’s favorite, little sister on the The Walking Dead, Emily Kinney, is crossing into country-pop territory with a music video for her newest single “Rockstar”. The video is available exclusively at Entertainment Weekly right now, but, if you are like me and still a season or two behind on The Walking Dead, DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT read their accompanying article. Massive spoilers with no warning abound. Thanks a lot, EW. Really appreciated that. In the lyrics, Kinney says she would share unreleased WD episodes with her boyfriend, which sounds like a pretty solid relationship perk.
Much hailed as one of the most exciting albums of the year is Perfume Genius‘ synthy, smooth third album, Too Bright. In this new, peculiarly wonderful video for “Fool”, apathetically androgynous Mike Hadreas rollerblades around town, steals the heart of a cashier and presents an adorable duckling to a cult of black swans. Or something? Whatever is going on here, it’s pretty great. [towleroad]
Emotions were running hot between two of the biggest names in hip hop Monday night, as Diddy took a swing at Drake outside of Miami nightclub LIV. TMZ reports the kerfuffle and scuffle was over business and money, with witnesses reporting hearing raised voices and Diddy saying, “You will never disrespect me,” before landing a solid shiner upon Drake’s… “Pound Cake” (Get it?). Specifically the fight was said to have started over the production on the song “0 to 100 / The Catch Up” [TMZ]
There are two tracks we must highlight before we leave you:
First comes Shlohmo’s dirty and dramatic electronic work, “Emerge from Smoke”, which sounds straight out of a David Fincher soundtrack.
And second is Dent May’s humorous and seasonally appropriate “I’ll Be Stoned For Christmas”. While likely one of the more honest and literal holiday tracks out there, we seriously, and sadly, doubt it will get much radio play alongside classics like “Silent Night” and “Ave Maria,” especially with lyrics like: “I’ve got an angel on the tree top and a devil in my mind.”