High Five – week of April 19 2012

I. Tupac’s back

Of all the ridiculous things people were Tweeting from Coachella (you know stuff like “Refused rules” and “Coachella is fun”) the hardest to believe was that Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre had rapped alongside a hologram version of deceased rapper Tupac Shakur. Then the videos surfaced and we were all treated to the creepy futuristic appearance by a shirtless dead guy who managed to rap a full set. Now everyone’s speculating about how much the cartoon rapper cost and spreading rumours of a potential tour. That’s not to mention the wild daydreams of other potential artists they could bring back via hologram. Imagine all the crazy shit a cartoon GG Allin could do (no pun intended).

II. Cobain

One person who’s got to be high on the rock ’n’ roll scientists’ hologram list is Kurt Cobain. After all he’s been all over the news in the last week from the rumours that he was working on a solo album at the time of his death to the revelation that Dave Grohl Krist Novoselic and Nirvana producer Butch Vig have been working together on a recording project with a secret guest. Here’s hoping the guest is a 3D Cobain if only because it would be so awkward and weird.

III. X-Fest

A place that would die for a computer-animated Nirvana is X-Fest. After all it’s on par with Boonstock as the most depressing tribute to washed-up alt heroes and a new generation of radio-friendly rock bands. This year’s lineup is no different: on September 1 Fort Calgary will be overrun by bros and bro-ettes hoping to vibe out to the expired sounds of Linkin Park and Incubus alongside Silversun Pickups Young the Giant Mutemath and the Pack A.D. The world probably won’t end this year but this might be the devastating event that the Mayans confused with the apocalypse.

IV. Metric

Taste be damned however there’s nothing wrong with a bunch of macho rockers reliving their high school glory days with some washed-up alt bands. What’s worse is when people take similarly stale ideas and dress them up like they’re hip fresh and relevant. Which is why I am not the tiniest bit excited about Metric’s upcoming new album Synthetica which will arrive on June 12. I’m holding out until I can see them at X-Fest in a few years.

V. Killa Cam

Holograms and washed-up rock dads aside there’s a lot of exciting things going on. Take for example Dipset hero Cam’ron who has promised to release a track a day for the next 30 days (though he’ll take weekends off). Calling the project UnLost Files Killa Cam has stuck to his word and dropped some lost gems. So far it’s been more quantity than quality as none of the tracks have quite reached the heights of last month’s “Fuck You” but any Cam’ron is better than a lot of rap music out there. Better yet he’s expected to release a proper studio album called More Gunz Less Buttah later this year.