A bit of tech gossip to kick off OMG this week.
Apple fans will be excited to hear that rumours of a new slinky MacBook coming to the US in January are true... If you trust a guy who has produced music for artists such as Jay-Z, Talib Kweli, Ghostface Killah, and the track 'Touch The Sky' for Kanye West.
US Hip Hop producer Just Blaze was recently asked to perform at a recent Apple-sponsored event, and he was offered a new MacBook as a reward - one which hadn't yet been unvieled. But he allegedly spilled the beans on the new product, before the official release has been confirmed. We'll have to wait and see.
Jose Gonzales was recently in Australia, performing late December in Sydney. Following on from his 'In Our Nature' Australian tour, Jose has decided to make the rest of his gigs (for the next 3 months) carbon neutral. He has partnered with a company called Reverb, who specialise in sustainable energy, and they will help him calculate and cancel out the carbon emissions produced by his tour - including making sure that catering supplies are biodegradable. A portion of the ticket cost is going towards this mission.
It's just two months until SXSW for 2008, and rumours are flying as to just who will be on the lineup. According to the website Austin360 R.E.M have been confirmed to play, just before their new album 'Accelerate' launches in April.
Other confirmed acts include Canadian Daniel Lanois (producer of U2s 'The Joshua Tree' & 'Achtung Baby' and Bob Dylan's 'Oh Mercy' albums), Domino Records artists the Kills, Lightspeed Champion (new music venture by Devonte Hynes of the Test Icicles), Sons & Daughters (Scotland) and French synth-punks Cheveu.
Kanye West has posted a story on his blog, about how he got his butt kicked by Beyonce... while they were playing Connect 4!
Here's the quote:
"When I was in Europe I would play this game for hours and hours... it helped me zone out. Common's manager and Consequence were the best other than me... but every now and then people would speak of this legendary connect 4 champion........... BEYONCE!!! I had 2 play her!...so last night at Jay's new 40/40 club in Las Vegas (which is sidebar, crazy big w/ 24krt gold flooring, Black Jack tables, $500 slot machines,the biggest projection screen in the universe and the best turkey burgers I've ever had in my life) she beat me 9 times in a row! (and I didn't even spaz lol) here's a photo of the only game I won!"