Our Swim Club San Jacintos Tank pays homage to our sunward-jutting neighbors just to the East of Ace Hotel & Swim Club — the fair San Jacintos — and to our brightest shining star. Seattle-based Jungmaven makes these from a natural white material composed of 55% hemp and 45% organic cotton. Hemp is an environmentally friendly, sustainable crop that produces more fiber per acre than trees, has naturally anti-microbial properties and goes from seed to harvest in only four months. It’s hard to smoke though — we tried. Recommended use: wearing.
William Bensussen aka The Gaslamp Killer, a hyperactive, hypersonic, LA-based channeler for all the right musical vibes, plays April 19 at Desert Gold with Warp Records in the Amigo Room at Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs — here, he represents for all the deep musical woo we love and believe in, as part of the Serato Icon Artist Series.
NPR Music is making their first venture out to the Western desert in their five years of existence, and making Ace Palm Springs their homebase during Coachella and Desert Gold. They’re doing field recordings in the area and capturing impromptu poolside recordings with artists staying with us during Desert Gold, and shooting some video. Tonight, they host karaoke in the Amigo Room with guests like Third Man Records, Warp Records, Modular, We Are Free and Stereogum, and we hope to see you on the mic as well. See the full Desert Gold schedule and get a room.
Pleased to meet you — these are Chris Haycock's little, tiny guys. Sadly he couldn't bring them to Desert Gold, but they’re definitely here in spirit. Catchella! We couldn’t help ourselves on that one… If you missed it today, you can catch The Do-Over next Sunday afternoon at the Commune at Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs.
If Desert Gold had a mascot or a spirit animal, the desert bighorn would be a natural choice — pictured above is another form of Bighorn: a Seattle hair band from the 70s. For the real thing, it’s not that there isn’t plenty of competition out here for mascots — we’ve got roadrunners, rattlers, coyotes and mountain lions. But none can best the bighorn for pure animalized rock n’ roll. They negotiate the rocky terrain of the Coachella Valley sporting massive horns cool as a cucumber — their magisterial cadence makes the nimblest human athletes look all left feet.
If you have a chance to catch one in wild while you’re here, you can almost imagine last year’s apparition of Tupac shirtless astride a bighorn, du-rag tied in front, ascending to Thug Heaven. To catch a bighorn in action, you have multiple options. James R. DeForge, Executive Director and Research Biologist at the Bighorn Institute says, “Two of the best places we can recommend to see bighorn sheep near the Coachella Valley are the Whitewater Preserve and Barker Dam in Joshua Tree. They’ve been seen year-round at both locations.” The water pooled at Barker Dam is a draw for all manner of thirsty wildlife, and you can also check out ancient Native American petroglyphs (including pictorials of you guessed who) a short walk away. And you’ve probably heard of Joshua Tree — that’s where bighorns make frequent cameos in ancient rock paintings.
In Palm Springs proper, you’re best option is Indian Canyons, where Peninsular bighorns are occasionally spotted by vigilant sheep-watchers. If you go that route, stop over at the Amigo Roomon your way back and we’ll gladly tell regale and be regaled by tales of bighorn encounters.
So for phantom-of-Pac’s sake, pack some binoculars and some trail mix when you come to town. There’s real rock ‘n roll in these hills out here.
Grandnephew of Alice and John Coltrane Flying Lotus spread a collective, energetic smile over the lot of us last night in the Amigo Room with DJ Day at ¡Reunión!, the official kick-off party for Desert Gold at Ace in Palm Springs. Tonight, we rage happily on.