Welcome back to another edition of Music Dispatch. First order of business: the Coachella lineup has been announced.
Check out Nerdist’s not-to-be-missed set picks. But first, maybe go to the Coachella ticketing website and hit refresh on your browser a few dozen times; tickets went on sale today at noon, and will surely sell out soon! Once you’ve taken care of that, we have a new track from Joey Bada$$ and Kiesza, an interactive website from Panda Bear, and a tribute to Talking Heads. Here we go…
Neil Young’s much-hyped, Kickstarter-funded, high definition answer to the MP3, the PonoPlayer, is finally available for purchase online, and will be hitting a limited number of stores (mostly Fry’s Electronics) next week. “Designed to be the next best thing to live music,” the player sells for $399, with 24-bit 192kHz tracks and albums costing about twice as much as their iTunes and Google Play counterparts. In a period where most of the discussion seems to revolve around the cost of streaming music, Pono is a high-end toy for serious audiophiles. But considering vinyl just had a killer year of sales, there’s certainly an audience to keep the Pono in play. [The Verge]
Redditgifts‘ annual Secret Santa is not only the world record holder for largest gift exchange, it’s also a shining beacon of positive feels, packed full of inspirational stories of people going above and beyond to brighten a stranger’s day. You never know just who might be sending a care package your way, as one lucky redditor learned, when a nondescript box arrived with a Snoop Dogg branded vaporizer, Snoop Dogg embroidered slippers, socks and a thumb drive with a personalized video from, you guessed it, Bigg Snoop himself.
The redditor, who had experienced a difficult year after losing her brother, said Snoop’s thoughtful gift provided her “The happiest of holidaze.” [RedditGifts]
One of our Coachella favorites, Parquet Courts (aka Parkay Courts), was on The Late Show last night to treat Letterman to some good, ol’-fashioned post-punk revival, performing “Bodies Made of” off their Sunbathing Animals record. SPIN Magazine’s Band Of The Year embark on their U.S. tour January 24th.
Panda Bear, yet another of our Coachella favorites, is preparing to release a new album, Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper, and has launched a super-trippy, interactive website to induce nightmares everywhere. On the site, titled PBvsGR, you can click through video of a girl eating ice cream, a grim reaper motioning to come hither, a montage of reptilian eyes, and enough animated graphics to keep you reeling clean through 2016. According to Pitchfork, the site features an all new score by Panda Bear and Sonic Boom, and visuals by Danny Perez, Marco Papiro, Patakk, and Hugo Oliveira.
Eclectic Australian auteur Nick Cave is expanding into the world of cube-gleaming, endorsing a skateboard for the skate company Fast Times. The Fast Times X Nick Cave Cruiser Deck features a full wrap graphic by artist Chuck Sperry, and lyrics from Nick Cave and the Bad Seed’s “Nature Boy.” The price is yet to be shared, but the boards will be available February 1st. Gleam that cube, Nick! [Stereogum]
Coachella may have some impressive rock deities in AC/DC and Jack White, but the UK’s Glastonbury Festival’s headliner will be truly transcendent. His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama will give a speech Sunday, June 28th at the Pyramid Stage, focusing on “the promotion of compassion, the fostering of inter-religious dialogue and the preservation of the Tibetan Buddhist culture of peace and non-violence.” His speech will be followed that evening by a performance by His Hello-liness, Lionel Richie. [Consequence of Sound]
Also worth a listen (before it gets played everywhere anyway), is this collaboration in double-time by Joey Bada$$ and Kiesza, called “Teach Me”. Guaranteed to be sticky in your head space. [Pitchfork]
Finally, if you find yourself in NYC on March 23rd, swing by Carnegie Hall for Michael Dorf’s tribute to David Byrne and Talking Heads. Among the 20 artists to perform will be The Roots, O.A.R., Steve Earle, Perry Farrell, Rufus Wainright, Billy F Gibbons (of ZZ Top) and Alexis Krauss (of Sleigh Bells). Tickets are available now, with net proceeds benefiting charity. And if you need to ask how you get to Carnegie Hall, the answer is: Practice, practice, practice! [Relix]