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COACHELLA 2010: Sunday, April 18th (Part 2)

May 12, 2010

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We watched the beginning half of Spoon as the sun was starting to draw lower in the sky. Ever so nice; ever so picturesque. Ever so euphonious! We only stayed for about half, but definitely heard some favorites. “Don’t Make Me a Target”, “The Way We Get By”, “I Turn My Camera On”, “I Summon You” <333 Lead singer Britt Daniel is easy on the ears… and eyes. Haha.

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Had to tear ourselves away to catch the latter half of Miike Snow. Which was worth doing, but it again made me sad I couldn’t catch the whole set. They had a huge crowd going and everyone seemed really into it.

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They also had a lot of fog and blue/white lights, made for a very mystical look and feel. These dudes know how to wield some frickin synths… their set very much had the aesthetic of a rock show, but with totally badass synths that act kind of like an electric guitar would in more traditional rock. Rly awesome! Heard many a good track from the album – “Black & Blue”, “Sylvia”, “Sans Soleil” (reeeeally gorgeous slow burner at sunset), “Plastic Jungle”, and of course finishing with a rousing rendition of “Animal”. Party tiiiime!

Then MORE set-splitting sadness, but we caught the last third or so of Phoenix, which was absolutely the largest crowd I can even imagine at the Outdoor theater, but it made it even cooler. You didn’t really need to see what was going on onstage (I guess their lighting guy got stranded because of Eyjajofafyullkullayahfyll) and the sound was sooo incredibly beautiful and perfect. This was just as the sun’s light was disappearing, so it was dusky and *magical*.

Every song was sooo so good, but I especially liked “If I Ever Feel Better” (wow, my new fave song.. where have I been all these years, haha), “1901” (ho-leee shit, biggest sing/jumpalong EVER? So sublime and heartwarming! Srsly.), “Love Like a Sunset”, et al. Thinking about this set always makes me feel warm and happy inside. It was such a special thing, and probably one of my all-time favorite Coach sets.

Ok, interlude… the art this year was SICKK. I already talked about the crane, but this electricity-tube organ thing was INTENSELY DOPE.

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It made the most dramatic sounds ever. People were lined up to take turns playing it. Throughout the fest you would hear hilariously dramatic electricity organ music to all kinds of amusing recognizable songs.

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Plus it just looked crazy awesome.

Anyway, this evening seriously blew my mind in so many ways, and it just didn’t stop. Next up was Little Boots. Whose name I feel should be announced like, LITTLE. FUCKING. BOOTS. Who DESTROYED me!! (in the best way).

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Holy SHEEEIT, GIRL!

I found out afterward a number of her crew had also been volcano’d, but I think it seemed to work out for the best, because not only is she an amazing performer/musician no matter what the circumstances, they tricked her out with some FAT LASERS and a really cool sparkly outfit, haha (‘Little Boots, and littler pants’ was my comment.) Having seen her show in SF in early March, I thought I had some idea of what to expect at Coach, but I was wrong, ‘cause this was even more ahhhmazing.. it was a little bit new and different and surprising, and above all… DOOOOPE.

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The setlist was pretty much perfect. Similar to the SF show, but it was a shorter performance. The only omission that made me sad (and was probably due to volcano) was the bitchen keytar rockout on “Symmetry” (didn’t play that one, prob cause of no male singer present either). She started with “Ghost” which is such a cool opener (disco druid.. yes!), into “New in Town”, then proceeding through 4-5 more awesome tracks like “Meddle” and “Mathematics”, each one seemingly more awesome than the last, haha.

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Oh yeah, then she played her fucking LASER HARP. OH MY GAWWWWD. *dies* Coolest shit ever. (Note: Ke$ha’s thing on SNL srsly makes me want to PUKE. Preferably on Ke$ha. Fuck yoooou) I fondly remember when they first fired up the harp and she was playing the opening bars of “Earthquake”, and EJ to my right was shouting, “What the..? WHAT THE?? OH GOD!! OH FUCK!!!!” Pretty much saying what everyone was thinking. ahahahah ^_^ Sooo good.

Then an awesome danceblast version of “Remedy”, and a barnstormer finale with “Stuck on Repeat”. The bass was so fatt that my camera speakers got totally blown out in the video I took :\ Haha. Oh well. I can only be a little bit sad. Cause this is also one of my top amazing tiems had at Coachella ever! I might even say second only to last year’s Ghostland Observatory set in terms of sheer make-me-lose-my-mind-itude.

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So anyway, I freakin love that Little Boots. Sooo much. She really kicks ass and is so talented with the songwritin’ and the singing and the synthing, and she is darn adorable too. Little B, let’s hang out, k? ❤

(Haha since Coach I have bought 2 diff formats of her Hands album – GAWD IT’S GOOD – a cd of it for my mom for Mother’s Day 😀 and the LP for meee. I also got her sickk Areceibo EP record at Coach, which has the sweet-ass-sweet long danceout version of “Stuck on Repeat” and several other good tracks.)

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When that sadly had to end, we decided to make a run for the ferris wheel. The line wasn’t that long and we got to do it!! Yay! How neat. The festival grounds are such a magical place to me, and that has never been more apparent than on this Sunday evening.

Back on land, we rolled over to the Sahara to investigate what Plastikman was up to. Only stayed for maybe 10-15 minutes, weren’t all too impressed with the section we saw, TBH. I guess I was just expecting more, based on the videos I saw to check out who Plastikman was and why so many people were excited for his thing beforehand. It sounded like.. minimal deep deep house, and the tent was really dark, with a trippy red&black video projection in the center that wasn’t all that exciting. It was all pretty simple compared to pretty much every set I saw this year. Also I imagine it would probably seem cooler on *crazy* drugs. Hahaha.

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Annnd lastly… GORILLAZ. Wow. Now, there have been a lot of things said about this set. Many insults and rebuttals bandied back and forth. After contemplating it a bit, I feel it was a very good set overall, but the expectations for it were impossibly high/totally different from what they gave us. A lot of people seemed to expect 3-D holograms of the characters, but the band played as… themselves. I know I wasn’t expecting to see that, but when it’s Damon Albarn playing ringleader to a sizeable and eclectic posse of awesome musicians, it shouldn’t really be seen as a detraction.

(After the festival, they seemed to come up with a better story – that the “real”, cartoon band had too been stranded by Ejyafyallefakull, and that this real, live band were ‘”mercenaries” of a sort. They propounded this story on The Colbert Report soon after, also doing a cool performance of “Stylo”. Watch the full episode on Hulu.com!)

I will admit some parts of the set seemed off (like the canned rapping/other problems with “Clint Eastwood”, though the singalong chorus was awfully fun). but the music itself was incredibly awesome, and it was a really well-chosen setlist mixing mainly new songs from Plastic Beach with some favorites from Demon Days. However they ended with “Cloud of Unknowing”, a new, slow, melancholy and kind of haunting track featuring Bobby Womack, and this was not really the best way to end a festival. Especially right after “Feel Good Inc.” got the entire crowd, well, feeling good. The crowd seemed confused by this ending, especially when the band just walked offstage without a word… HmmmMMm. Strange, and not very fulfilling, but the day had been so thoroughly amazing I couldn’t really complain…

So that was it! We headed back to the campsite, where most of the world was swiftly being dismantled around us, with huge lines of cars queuing up to leave for hours into the night. Glad to say we weren’t among them. This was my first year spending Sunday night there, and I gotta say it beat the hell out of making that loooong terrible drive back up I-5 all night.

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Getting back home to SF was a 2-day ordeal since I decided to come back “via” Reno, which is of course not at all in the same direction. Haha. Driving back up the road through the Sierras was gorgeous though, and then I took the train to SF. Very fun/relaxing, and I saw all kinds of lovely scenery. And listened obsessively to all the great music from this year!!

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We drove past this really pretty lake, Mono Lake, which has interesting salt formations called tufas. (The white rocklike things are the tufas.)

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Anyway! Tufas aside, that’s my writeup for Coachella 2010. What a grand time it was. It was not without its snags, but overall I think it was probably the best one yet for me. And I’m already looking forward to next year, gahh!! Haha. My top ten acts from this year (loosely ordered):

Little Boots, Muse, Devo, Phoenix, Gossip, Hot Chip, Yeasayer, Miike Snow, Rusko, Aeroplane. Runners-up: The Dead Weather, Gorillaz.

(One last entry on the topic will be my videos. I’ll try to get those up tomorrow.)