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Coachella 2010: Thursday, April 15th. The Trials and Tribulations.

April 30, 2010

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So, COACHELLA was exactly two weeks ago! I’m going to try to do an entry on each day this weekend for the corresponding day of the festival… like, this time two weeks ago, I was only halfway through my 4+ hour wait to get into the campground!! Awesome. NOT.

Anyway, before I get ahead of myself, I decided to just put everything up to Friday in this entry, since my actual fest entries are going to be long enough as it is. This entry won’t involve music and I didn’t take any pictures on the way down, but I want to write about my whole experience, and you get to feel like you were right there with me, eh Reader??

Well, you’re lucky you weren’t actually there, cause we spent at least 3 hours spent in traffic, and then had the camping wait on top of that… all in all made for a voyage of about 17 hours :X Soooo exhausting.

Also, I rode down with 3 nice girls I found online (none of us knew each other beforehand). Most of the ride was actually pretty enjoyable, up until the afternoon, and then things started getting unpleasant, haha. (Just the looong delays and wanting to GET THERE!!!)

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By the time we finally got in and parked in the camping spot, it was almost 2 AM. OMFG. (We had left SF a little after 8 am.) Then I had to wrestle with my stupid tent, which turned out to be busted, finally only getting it to stand with duct tape borrowed from the neighbors.

By then it was about 3 and I was too tired to really wander or party or enjoy being at COACHELLA. 😦 Never thought I would say those words. But the campground setup actually was pretty good overall this year, and they added a lot of fun stuff for the campers, like the roller rink, glowing swings, art stations, etc.

One part that was not so cool was the pounding house music until about 3:30 am, once I actually laid down and tried to sleep. The soothing sounds of Deadmau5… haha. I put in earplugs and it did absolutely nothing. It pretty much felt like the entire earth was vibrating with that beat. I feel really bad for the people whose tents were right next to that!

Anyway yeah so it was not the best way to start off the weekend, but things improved majorly over the rest of the time, and there were really no problems after all this, so in some ways it was… kinda good to get all the dumb shit out of the way?? haha.

Afterwards I just did my best to forget this day ever happened. Like… Oh, I magically woke up and I’m at Coachella! I have no recollection of how this came to be, but I am joyful!

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Computer vs. Hot Tea; Also, COACHELLA HAPPENED.

April 23, 2010

*not my compy, thank god.

HI. Wow, it’s been ages since I posted, and there are several reasons for that, the main one being that I KILLED MY COMP with fucking hot tea ><<<< the day before I left for Coachella (second reason for not updating). Now I am on my old n busted previous computer, which is rather trying, but better than nothing.

However in good news I took the poor laptop to be repaired and evidently nothing major got ruined, and they already got it working again!! HAPPY DAY. I know you are oh so happy for me, Internet. So hopefully I get it back tomorrow!!!! I am optimistic.

Anyway, I will resume real posting soon! Coachella was FUCKING INCREDIBLE and I of course intend to prattle on at length about every aspect of it, as well as post some photos, and some videos which are mostly really shaky cause I couldn’t make myself stop dancing to take them, haha.

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DEVO

April 9, 2010

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I had heard that my childhood-through-now favorites of zany-new-wave-sci-fi synth-pop-punk band Devo was coming out with new material, but I for some dumb reason didn’t get totally insanely excited, cause now I listened to some, and yeah. YEAH. IT’S GOOD. Really good! Now they are one of the Coachella acts I am most excited for (not that they weren’t before… *EVEN MORE EXCITED*)

It sounds just like the good old band I have always loved, but with a 2010 polish (the synths! oh, the synths.) My source for this statement is the awesome website Club Devo’s Song Study, which is in itself very amusing, and a neat way to promote the album. They’re letting fans vote on which 12 out of 16 songs will be on the upcoming album, Watch Us Work It (guess that track’s going on no matter what the fans say, haha).

I find it so awesome these guys are apparently rocking harder than ever, 30 years after their “heyday”. If you’ve only ever heard “Whip It”, check out more of their material… their performances are also somewhat legendary, and I think their “ideas behind the music” are truly some of the best and most innovative the world has ever seen. Domes off to you, DEVO. ❤

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The Coachella Update

April 1, 2010

MY Coachella update, that is 😉 Sometimes we need to have these nerdout moments. And sometimes when we have them, we also have blogs. So, sorry in advance if this bores you.

Well, in personnel news, I am kind of pissed that most of my friends appear to be *lame*, or they don’t want it badly enough, or don’t want to spend the money (blah blah blah!!!! that’s all I hear. haha) so now I have to get down to the festival alone, and then meet up with EJ once I have already assembled the camp site. Oh well. I would say this only diminishes my excitement overall by about 10%. Well, it could end up being a lot more depending who I find to ride down there with 😉

ANYWAY! Let us talk of band-age. I’ve gone through the lineup now checking out bands and finding the most promising stuff (according to my tastes, obviously) so now I’m making my priority lists, like a true festival nerd. Definitely going to write longer entries about some of them beforehand, too.

(sorry for the weird formatting. also, sadly I am not loser enough to link all these to their myspaces or whatever, you can find them easily with this neat thing called google. also these are pics I took from various things during last year’s fest.)

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FRIDAYAPRIL16: Jay-Z, LCD Soundsystem,

Them Crooked Vultures, Vampire Weekend, Deadmau5, Public Image Limited, The Specials, Grizzly Bear, Passion Pit, Echo and the Bunnymen, Benny Benassi, Fever Ray, She & Him, Imogen Heap, Erol Alkan, The Avett Brothers, Calle 13, The Whitest Boy Alive, The Cribs, La Roux, Yeasayer, Lucero, DJ Lance Rock, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Proxy, Ra Ra Riot, Deer Tick, Wolfgang Gartner, Aeroplane, Iglu & Hartly, Sleigh Bells, P.O.S., Baroness, Hockey, Little Dragon, White Rabbits, Wale, Kate Miller-Heidke, As Tall as Lions, Jets Overhead, Alana Grace, Pablo Hassan, Ceu, Gil Scott-Heron, Street Sweeper Social Club, Perry Farrell vs. Steve Porter.

Hit list: LCD Soundsystem, La Roux, Yeasayer, Fever Ray, The Whitest Boy Alive, Aeroplane, Passion Pit, Little Dragon, Hockey, The Cribs, Deadmau5, Benny Benassi, Them Crooked Vultures, She & Him, Ra Ra Riot, Grizzly Bear, Sleigh Bells

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SATURDAYAPRIL17: Muse, Faith No More, Tiësto, MGMT, David

Guetta, The Dead Weather, Hot Chip, Devo, Coheed and Cambria, Kaskade, 2Many DJ’s, Major Lazer, Dirty Projectors, Gossip, Z-Trip, The xx, John Waters, Les Claypool, The Raveonettes, Mew, Sia, Camera Obscura, Tokyo Police Club, Porcupine Tree, Old Crow Medicine Show, Aterciopalados, Bassnectar, Frightened Rabbit, Dirty South, Flying Lotus, Corinne Bailey Rae, Pretty Lights, Shooter Jennings & Hierophant, RX Bandits, the almighty defenders, Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros, Craze & Klever, Zoe, The Temper Trap, Portugal. The Man, Band of Skulls, Girls, Beach House, Steel Train, Frank Turner, Bad Lieutenant.

Hit list: Hot Chip, Devo, Gossip, Dead Weather, Pretty Lights, Portugal. The Man, Edward Sharpe, Muse, the xx, Band of Skulls, Camera Obscura, Girls, 2manyDJs, Mew, RX Bandits (maybe)

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SUNDAYAPRIL18: Gorillaz, Pavement, Thom Yorke,

Phoenix, Orbital, Spoon, Sly and the Family Stone, De La Soul, Julian Casablancas, Plastikman, Gary Numan, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Sunny Day Real Estate, Yo La Tengo, MUTEMATH, Deerhunter, Infected Mushroom, Club 75, Matt & Kim, The Big Pink, King Khan and the Shrines, Florence and the Machine, Yann Tiersen, Little Boots, Miike Snow, Talvin Singh, B.o.B., Babasonicos, Owen Pallett, The Glitch Mob, Mayer Hawthorne & the County, Local Natives, Rusko, The Middle East, Hadouken!, The Soft Pack, Kevin Devine, Paparazzi, Delphic, One EskimO, Jonsi, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble.

Hit list: Gorillaz, Miike Snow, Phoenix, Spoon, Florence & the Machine, Julian Casablancas, Little Boots, Delphic, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jonsi, Gary Numan, Matt & Kim, Sly & the Family Stone, Club 75, Mayer Hawthorne, The Soft Pack, King Khan & the Shrines, the Big Pink

Oooh man. Such a good freakin lineup. So excited.

SOOOO. EXCITED.

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Coachella awesome bands, cont’d

March 31, 2010

Wow, the festival is getting to be so close!! I finished going through the lineup investigating bands, so now I have some serious listening to do. Anyway, more fun bands I’ve discovered thus far:

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Little Dragon – A group from Sweden fronted by singer Yukimi Nagano. The songs on their new album Machine Dreams range from catchy, upbeat, synth-pop (“My Step”, “Looking Glass”) to light, lush dreams like “Feather”, to neo-soul tracks like “Never Never”. Overall a really nice, neat combo of styles into a slick new sound, for the most part very chill and atmospheric, with very distinct and affecting vocals. (Definitely going to be a good set!)

Plus, Little Dragon are featured in two songs from the new Gorillaz album, Plastic Beach. Would be more than willing to bet they’ll be joining them onstage at the festival!

Check out Little Dragon if you like Lykke Li, Sebastian Tellier, New Young Pony Club, Metric, Cibo Matto…. Here’s a shadow puppety video. And here are some songs.

Little Dragon – “Feather”

Little Dragon – “My Step”

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HockeyPortland dance rock with attitude and a really good singer! Basically, if you hate hyper hipsters, STEER CLEAR. 😀 But seriously though, these guys are really fun. Some songs are a little bit funky, and sometimes a bit soul (seems to be a theme this year… Soulchella?? Not quite). The singer’s voice reminds me of the Arctic Monkeys singer mixed with Florence (of the Machine renown).

Check out Hockey if you like Late of the Pier, Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head, the Faint, Franz Ferdinand, the Arctic Monkeys/Kooks/Cribs/Wombats… maybe even Vampire Weekend, if they didn’t SUCK. BURRRN

Also here’s a pretty fun video!

Hockey – Learn to Lose

Hockey – Preacher

In order to cover more ground before the fest I might have to cram more bands into future such entries. Ah well. There are just soooo many damn great bands at the festival this year!!!!

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Vicereine Radio Episode 2

March 29, 2010

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Vicereine Radio returns with a doubled-up episode: double the flavor, double the fun, and quadruple the grooves. Click the image above to listen, right-click to save, alternate link here

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Neon Indian, Mezzanine (SF) 3/26/2010

March 28, 2010

(NOTE: Ack, so pissed I lost my camera!!!! Not during the show. I just don’t know where it is. So I don’t have any of my own pics of this show… but I was too busy dancing anyway so it’s just as well.)

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Neon Indian. Now this was a show. To be frank, I go to a lot of great shows (imho) but it takes an extra-special something to really push a show over the edge.

Many shows I would put in this category have occurred at the Mezzanine in SF, which itself seems to be magical – it seriously seems to have a huge impact on the quality of the show and the experience. (Best example: Cut Copy, @ Mezz… BEST SHOW EVER. Third time seeing Cut Copy @ Fillmore [my second fave venue] it was still great, but really didn’t compare. Just saying! Mezz power. Anyway, I digress, and probably no one cares, haha.)

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(Not the poster for this show. Obv. I rly wanted to go to that one but I couldn’t… I do have that poster, though.)

We actually arrived in time to see the opening bands, Nite Jewel (from Italians Do It Better label… sad to say they weren’t very exciting though) and Nice Nice (kinda cool if proggish instrumental exploration type songs), and drink a goodly amount of vodka sprites.

Of course it was incredibly crowded! I knew that would happen, cause Neon Indian is tearing it up. I think it’s neat there is a band for the live shows, especially cause they are really cool. (I knew about the guitarist Ron because of the Sea of Shoes blog – she wrote an entry involving him recently when she went to SXSW!! Soooo awesome.)

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As for Alan Palomo… I mean, the man is basically a god, haha. Such is the power of his music (and the performance thereof). The crowd was totally going berserk (incl. myself and MC Cool). He definitely has some awesome synths, and the power to wield them (while singing! awesomely! *FANGIRL MOMENT*). Also, yeah, he is younger than me. NOT BY MUCH. But enough to make me feel inadequate.

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Anyway, during the encore they did a VEGA song! That was cool. Although it basically deafened me. It was one of those moments where I tried to tell myself “this is worth it…. think of the memories when you can’t hear anymore ;)”

The set was pretty non-stop, and the whole thing was a lot more intense than I was kind of expecting, since their music (on the album at least) has a somewhat more chill vibe… but I guess that’s San Francisco for you to find a way to go crazy.

He also alluded to them recording a new album (he called it “the big album”) so…. OOOH. Yes. This can only bode welllll.

Link: My first post about Neon Indian/Alan Palomo/VEGA.

Neon Indian on Hype Machine