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COACHELLA 2010: Saturday, April 17th

May 4, 2010

(Note: Well, I *was* doing fine on getting these posted on schedule, but then on Saturday night after I had written more than half of the post, the stupid client froze and I lost it all!!! >< Sooo now I will just try to get them done as I can.)

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Well, after getting a much-needed good night of sleep, we arose ready for Day 2. Ventured in around 2:30 and watched partial sets by Portugal. The Man, Camera Obscura, Girls, and Band of Skulls. (All relatively enjoyable, I liked Portugal and Camera the best). (Haha, I don’t really feel like re-typing all the lengthier stuff I had written before, so I’m going to just move along.)

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Then it was time for GOSSIP. Yay!! This was one of my most-anticipated sets of the weekend, and they definitely delivered. Beth Freakin Ditto! God you are cool. And have an amazing voice. And are a delightful performer. Haha, the rest of the band looks fun too. I want to hang out with them. And judging from the crowd’s reaction, I’m not the only one. They bring the party! And they bring it with force.

They played about half the songs from their awesome newest album, Music for Men (alas, omitting some of my favorites, but it was a pretty short set), two of their previous hits (“Standing in the Way of Control” and “Now Listen Up!), and ended by bringing out James Murphy (from LCD) and some other guests to do a delightful cover of Grace Jones’ “Pull Up to the Bumper”! (One of the guests was a large black man dressed as Grace Jones.) (Grace had originally been slated to play on Friday, but was quickly dropped from the lineup. Sadtiems, but this was an awesome tribute.)

We heard/watched a little less than half of the XX while we were eating, so that was nice. Most of their stuff is too slow to hold my attention most of the time (haha) but it sounded pleasing and it was good in this context. Also they did their cover of “Do You Mind?”” (by pop singer Kyla) which I really liked.

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Then we jockeyed for position for Hot Chip. I knew they were gonna be great, and I was proven correct as they unleashed a set comprised of non-stop dance numbers, old and new. My first time seeing them was at Coach 2008, a late afternoon Sahara set, and they KILLED then too… I fondly recall how *every* single person at that set was dancing soooo hard, even the people way out the back of the tent! ❤

This time (actually their third time at Coach) they mainly did the more upbeat songs from One Life Stand, mixing in a a good amount of older favorites (start with “One Pure Thought”, season to taste with “Over and Over” and “Hold On”, finish with anthemic singalong favorite “Ready for the Floor”… recipe for success!). I can’t say it was better/worse than their 2008 set. Both were immensely enjoyable and I definitely would see them again (and probably will, many more times!)

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After this we ran back to the tent, passing by Faith No More while they were doing “Epic”, had snax and changed for the evening, and made valiant efforts to make even the smallest dent in our box of wine, haha. The camping was so good this year (other than waiting to get in, of course). We hurried back in to catch the second half of…

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Muse – HO-LEEEE SHITTT. Wow. WOW. Muse is a band I’ve wanted to see for a long time, but never have… UNTIL NOW. And I cannot imagine a more epic and perfect way to see them than in this manner… headlining the best festival (inarguable 😉 ) to a crowd of probably at least 20-30,000 people?!? I don’t think I’ve ever rocked out this hard before. It was face-melting. Brain-blowing. I don’t think I’ve even seen any other Coachella headliner that was nearly this awesome, in my opinion. And I’ve seen some shit. 😉

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Their sound is just so incredibly HUGE, and they add enough showmanship and cool lights to turn it all into a massive, epic blast of stadium rock at its best. Matt Bellamy, the badass lead singer/guitarist, issssss ahhmazing, and haha he was wearing these funny turquoise pants and STILL looked badass. They didn’t have their laser pillars sadly, so I guess I’ll just have to try to catch them again, haha.

Every song we heard was sooo cool, but some standouts were “Stockholm Syndrome”, “Time is Running Out”, “Plug-In Baby”, and best of all the last song, “Knights of Cydonia”, with the long intro with music from Once Upon a Time in the West (one of my favorite movies) GAHHHH SOOOOO FRICKIN COOL.

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Basically our whole night on Saturday was just constant awesome. We went immediately to the Dead Weather, who were whipping their crazy black hair all over the Outdoor stage with ferocity and a lot of hard, grungy rock from all corners. They have a new album coming out soon, and the set was split pretty evenly between material from the two albums (as far as I can tell). The new stuff sounds promising! They really work as a band, in large part because Alison and Jack are such dynamos. Plus, the video screens were broadcasting in B&W, which worked really well for them. (All their albums/promo pics have been thus far)

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And then… DEVO – Were just as good as I dared to dream!! (Alas, I really couldn’t find any decent pics of their set yet, and mine didn’t come out. Oh well.) They are back and indeed better than ever. It fills my heart with joy to see them putting on such an amazing show, and not only that, they were extremely well-received by a large crowd of fans in the Mojave tent at midnight.

Their new songs sounded GREAT, but they played a really good mix of favorites from each of their albums too. Every song was so so SO enjoyable. They also had a number of fun costumes (new blue powerdomes, silver half-mask-hat things, etc), and cool video/lights for part of the time. It was apparent they were having a great time and they just kept playing songs until well after their set was scheduled to end at 12:45. 😀

I’m telling you, my 5 favorite bands on Saturday contained a whole festival’s worth of joy in themselves. Devo was just the ultimate kicker to what had already been an increeeedible day. Really looking forward to catching any of these bands when they come through SF again (plz plz make it soon!!)

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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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Wassail Weds: Volume 2

December 17, 2009

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Back for the second edition of our not-quite-Christmas-yet-somehow-seasonal songs miniplaylists, it’s WWWASSSAIL WEDNESDAYS!!

I decided to post 5 songs instead of 4 for the last two installments since I didn’t decide to start doing this until after the first Weds had already gone by >:D

Cut Copy – Cold Youth

One of their more traditionally rocking songs as compared to most of their highly synthy material (which, I have mentioned before, I adore to high heaven). Like almost all their material, though, it’s really catchy. It has great bass, great vocals, fun drums, and yes, some great synth stuff (used more as a spice than the main dish here).

Devo – Snowball

Ohh Devo. I still really want to see these guys live (my parents saw them back in the day, haha.. my mom high-fived Mark M.!) so I guess it just shows the great circle of life or something. Actually I developed an affection for them as a child while listening to their tapes and playing with My Little Ponies (see also Michael Jackson and Madonna).

But anyway, I digress. This song is a wandering yet driving New Wave number with lyrics that evoke Sisyphus and are REALLY COOL. “Snowball” is just one of many amazing tracks from their 1980 album Freedom of Choice, which I consider a must-hear classic.

Also I heard a preliminary rumor they might be a Coachella headliner..? IT’S FUN TO DREAM.

The Pipettes – A Winter’s Sky

Ok, I won’t even try to contain my rambling about the Pipettes and their greatness in this post, because it would go on for DAYZ. I love them a lot. They have an updated 60s girl group sound that works fantastically on all kinds of songs, here in a lovely swirling orchestral (and yet a bit funky) song with their awesome lyrics and superb vocal harmonies. Soooo nice.

The Russian Futurists – It’s Not Really Cold When It Snows

The Russian Futurists are one of the more “chill” bands that I like, which is not typical of me, haha. But they are delightful too. I discovered them when I was in Sweden and it was all too perfect for huddling inside when it was freezing outside (reading To The Lighthouse, but that’s beside the point).

Björk – Frosti

This song hails from Björk’s 2001 album Vespertine, which I would not hesitate to call one of the most beautiful and soul- touching accomplishments in music. [EVER.] “Frosti”, not quite two minutes long, is more of an interlude than a full song, but what a nice interlude it is – all delicate tinkling icy music-box bells.

Annnd there you have it! Be sure to tune in next Wednesday for the final installment of seasonal Wassail.

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Boys Noize

November 4, 2009

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Since I’m going to the Boys Noize show this Saturday in SF, figured I’d post about this quickly. I think this is going to be ridiiiiculous[ly awesome].. He has a pretty sick new album (‘Power’) out, so my expectations are fairly high.

More on that after the show! But right now I just have to say, I fucking love this song.

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And, check out this video involving the same song. OMG. Sara and I both agree this is like an orgasm for the eyes and ears. I want my limbs to do this.

 

In other news, I also might be going to see Devo on Friday! That would be awesome. They’re performing the album ‘Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!’ on Friday, and ‘Freedom of Choice’ on Saturday. I would prefer to go to their Saturday show, but obviously I’m busy that day.. haha. Ohhh Devo.