COACHELLA 2010: Friday, April 16th (part 1)

May 1, 2010


And so the festival began! Friday was the day I spent the most time wandering around checking out tons of bands rather than watching entirely whole sets. Also I was a little surprised that some of the things I had been most excited for beforehand were not as great as I was hoping, but it was still overall fun being at the fest! 😀 And of course I still saw tons of awesome stuff.

(Click any pic to enlarge. I’m gonna do a separate post with videos after the review posts.)

Sleigh Bells – First band of the fest! They were all right, but definitely no Midnight Juggernauts (my first Coach band of 2008, haha.. sorry, that was just an awesome time). They are a guy/girl duo that kinda remind me of a more hardcore/less dancey Glass Candy, or.. Crystal Castles, maybe. They had a pretty good performance and I enjoyed headbangin’ to it. The beats were pretty deafening, but I had my earplugs so it was all good. 😉


Yeasayer – This was awesome. Probably my favorite thing of the day, actually! Their set had a very lovely look and sound, and made me feel good inside (and outside, haha). They have really cool, unique voices and harmonies, and delightful songs. Plus, in addition to being really talented musicians, they all look like models. Boyband done right? O;) My favorite song of the set was definitely “O.N.E.”, but I enjoyed the entire thing.

I saw the end of Hockey, but not as much as I would have liked. Oh well! Sacrifices. I pretty much scarfed a piece of pizza for “lunch” at around 5:30 while speed-walking to catch any of Hockey at all.


Aeroplane – My first foray into the Sahara tent, and I am pleased to report it was a fabulous one. Perfect timing for the late afternoon dance party! It was really dank in a different way from most Sahara stuff, like… more wandering and disco-y than hard and driving. Also had a really cool light/video set up, but I guess that was the case with almost everyone this year! I was constantly impressed.


There were these blow-up sharks people were batting around like beach balls, so every so often one would go flipping high above the crowd. So cool! And one of my favorite moments: a couple was kissing near me, and right as they were doing that, one of the sharks ZOOMED IN from the sky and hit them right in the faces!! HAHA!

They also played their really cool Sebastian Tellier remix, and also had some fun messing around with Boys Noize’s “Jeffer”. 😀 I had a blast at this one. It was my other favorite (besides Yeasayer.)

Plus, I managed to snap some photographic evidence of this year’s fashion phenomenon I’d like to introduce to you: Fedorachella. (Last year it was the wayfarer sunglasses. This year…)


Can’t even begin to estimate how many thousands of these things I saw over the weekend! Haha, just found it amusing.

Then I checked out about 10 minutes of Ra Ra Riot and about 15 of She & Him (the M. Ward/Zooey D. collab), both enjoyable but neither all too titillating, though yes Zooey is adorable of course.

I then hustled back to the tent to change, eat, drink, and rest for a sec before beginning an evening of continued fun. Also took the opportunity to don my furry white vest, which turned out to be a highly lauded fashion choice ;D

Note: Ok, so I decided to split this entry itself into two parts, since it’s already so long and there are so many more bands to cover (and, incidentally, it’s way past my bedtime) so I will finish up Friday coverage tomorrow.


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