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TomAz
04-17-2011, 08:57 AM
What a good, but kind of weird, day.

Got there earlier than intended - smooth sailing all the way in - so went to Joy Formidable because people said I should. People were right. The drummer is an absolute monster. This was one of the best early sets I've ever seen in all my Coachellas.

So wandered over to Trampled by Turtles and sat in the grass in the sun and enjoyed some really hopping bluegrass. Actual quote from my close personal friend bmack: "Homeboy in the overalls is bringin it!".

Group photo shoot. Nice to see people and I got to meet a few people I really wanted to meet. Can't wait to see the pics Mike.

The Gobi was packed as all hell for Tallest Man on Earth. I had no idea he was this big (get it? big? ha ha), or maybe people wanted to get out of the sun? Even the new improved bigger Gobi couldnt' hold everyone, people were spilling out all over. Somebody help me here -- did he really cover "Gentle on My Mind" or did I dream that? Anyway yeah he was great.

Then I went and caught the last part of Gogol Bordello, who were doing their usual thing in the bright hot sunlight. Everyone seemed to be digging it, and I thought it was fun, but I didn't get into it as I had in prior shows with them. It wasn't bad by any means, but I'm starting to wonder if I am getting a little tired of their one trick schtick.

Met up with some of the 40+ board members and then went to Glasser, which I think is not really my thing.

I listened to Broken Social Scene, the New Pornographers, and then Bright Eyes in succession, just laying in the shade in the grass and taking it easy and enjoying the music. That is not my normal Coachella style but it just seemed right for the time and the music. I thought Bright Eyes was stellar, one of the highlights of the night.. Conor seems to be taking his music more seriously or something. It just seemed like a much more professional show than the previous times I'd seen him. The band sounded and looked great.

I went to the Kills for a bit but then went to get a good spot for Wire.. which really wasn't very hard cuz there was hardly anybody there. I mean it was almost shameful, the Gobi was not even close to half full. They were late getting started and so I only heard 3 songs I didnt' know before heading to the Outdoor to get a spot for BAD.

Who were amazing. The sound was so good, the band so fucking tight, playing a hit-filled set.. it wasn't nostalgia it was just grooving so great. BAD was one of the bands I was most looking forward to and they did not disappoint.

So then to Animal Collective, which I enjoyed for a while but then decided to go catch the last bit of the Felice Brothers*, who were good but not great.

I was going to go see Suede but decided I didn't give a shit enough. Texts from the Mojave tell me this was a mistake on my part. Oh well.

I also decided not to deal with the mass of people who would be clogging Arcade Fire. Having just seem them a couple days ago, I left, instead.

This day was weird in that while nothing sucked there were no surprises (other than Joy Formidable right at the start of the day) and no disappointments. (Well I guess I was surprised at Conor Oberst not missing cues or chatting mindlessly to the crowd.) The day was weird for being not weird.

I hope I have the energy for Sunday, I'm kind of dragging right now.


*edit Sunday night. So I just realized reading that other thread that the guy in the hooded jacket that I couldn't see that was onstage with the Felice Brothers was Conor Oberst. mother fucker.

gaypalmsprings
04-17-2011, 09:13 AM
Great day #2.

Favorites:

Erykah Badu
Gogol Bordello
The Twelves
Perry Ferrel & Chris Cox
Foals

Plus: Coachella photo meetup!
The big silver shoebox
Watching the moon through the ferris wheel (will post pix later) - sorry, I didn't catch anyone trying to jump!
The Palm Springs shuttles. There were 4 shuttles waiting for riders in the morning, and only a ten minute wait to get back. Shuttles forever!
Seeing Odd Future being assholes to security. I'm surprised they were let back in.
My smooch from Salah. :-)

lowfront
04-17-2011, 09:15 AM
Arcade fire melted my heart....

Favorite set ever

getbetter
04-17-2011, 09:21 AM
I think I liked joy formidable the best on saturday.They just seemed to bring it.

malcolmjamalawesome
04-17-2011, 09:26 AM
Got Shpongled. Believe the hype.

abbeyroad 04
04-17-2011, 09:32 AM
Elbow, Foals, Empire, Two Door Cinema Club and Scissor Sisters were all good. Mumford played a good set but the crowd of hipsters pushing through the whole tome sucked

Harrisment
04-17-2011, 09:33 AM
Bright Eyes was fantastic. The perfect set to catch as the sun died off. I also went to Glasser and recognized some of the boardies, but was too lame to go up and introduce myself.

091300s
04-17-2011, 09:33 AM
Elbow as the set of the day. a gentleman performer, gracious and mellow, sharing with a crowd of believers.

Suffacated
04-17-2011, 09:37 AM
Got Shpongled. Believe the hype.

Us as well.
The pics meet up was a blast. The elderly meet up was kinda small. I believe most of us old folks are slowly dieing off.

Life in the Sahara is mind blowing. FLG put on an amazing show.

For now, my eye to hand coordination isn't what it should be.
What in the fuck happened to me last night.

Here are a few from yesterday and the remains from interesting evening.
Sorry Tod the God and Diva....couldnt resist :lips

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abbeyroad 04
04-17-2011, 09:45 AM
Elbow as the set of the day. a gentleman performer, gracious and mellow, sharing with a crowd of believers.

My thoughts exactly. That was the best set of the day. Hurts was the same way on Friday. Did you catch them?

djjoshchambers
04-17-2011, 09:49 AM
Saw Gogol bordello for the first time and they were amazing. Hype, Andy c and fedde le grand through down as expected. Overall another great day. Too bad tonight Is conflictachella.

Jman4321
04-17-2011, 09:57 AM
Cults were mired by technical difficulties, however the set was enjoyable at the least. The singer was cute as well.

Riflesmile
04-17-2011, 10:00 AM
Elbow were superb - says it all when the guy next to me had tears down his face during lippy kids.

Glad I made the hard choice to skip arcade fire and caught the scissor sisters - you just HAD to dance - great show

Went to see Empire who I thought were outstanding and then the last few songs from suede who were playing to an almost empty Mojave - but wow the energy was amazing and Brett Anderson gave 110%

The biggest disappointment for me yesterday was One Day As A Lion - take off the blinkers people - I don't think the material is strong enough and whilst Theodore was amazing on drums - it totally drowned out Zack

jamesc2929
04-17-2011, 10:01 AM
As usual the best shows were off the main stage.

The best from Saturday:

Big Audio Dynamite: Mick Jones needs to be here every year.
The Kills: Yes!!!!!
Suede: Only one show in America...Need to tour!!!
Foals: Garnered many new fans..
The Robots in The Creative Project tent: They can dance.

The worst from Saturday:

Whatever is going on in the Sahara tent. Whenever I stop by...its the same beat over and over and over and over.

The Radio Dept. He said he was nervous and it showed.

Sorry...but the Arcade Fire blow...They are on their way to King of Leon Land.
Did I mention they SUCKED and mailed it in.

Tandemind
04-17-2011, 10:03 AM
Yelle absolutely destroyed the Gobi. I've never seen anything like it. It was unreal.

Riflesmile
04-17-2011, 10:04 AM
Oh and also - whilst I don't particularly like their music - I went to see Two Door Cinema Club as coming from Northern Ireland they are a local band and I was keen to see them do well at Coachella - wow - I couldn't believe the size of the crowd they drew and they knew all the material ! When did these guys hit big in the US? They probably had twice the crowd that Elbow got and back home Elbow can headline festivals!

rasooli
04-17-2011, 11:51 AM
TDCC has become big here in like the past 3 months. To the guy who says AF is the new KOL...thats one of the most ignorant statements I've ever heard. From the webcasts it seemed like AF put on arguably their best shows ever (this coming from a guy whose seen them live 4 times). Your statement regarding the sahara loses all the credibility you had too.

nothingman00
04-17-2011, 01:06 PM
Tallest Man was incredible. Caught him a few years back at Roky Erickson's Ice Cream Social during SXSW and recall thinking "if he ever gets stage presence, he'll be a force". Well, he not only has stage presence, he also has the balls to cover John Hartford in a sweaty tent full of peeps who've mostly never heard of John Hartford. Only wish he wouldn't insist on opening with "I Won't Be Found"... Such a great potential closer and yet he's opened with it the 3 times I've caught him live. Then again, closing with the duet with his wife was fairly poignant.

MissingPerson
04-17-2011, 01:13 PM
Oh and also - whilst I don't particularly like their music - I went to see Two Door Cinema Club as coming from Northern Ireland they are a local band and I was keen to see them do well at Coachella - wow - I couldn't believe the size of the crowd they drew and they knew all the material ! When did these guys hit big in the US? They probably had twice the crowd that Elbow got and back home Elbow can headline festivals!

I'm not at Coachella, obviously, but I do find TDCC's success pretty mental. They get a good crowd at Oxegen and whatever, and they got some good exposure here on Vodafone ads and all, but how did they take off in the US the way they did?

Crazy.

BlackSwan
04-17-2011, 05:59 PM
Glad to hear Elbow delivered.

GuyInTucson
04-17-2011, 06:22 PM
Got Shpongled. Believe the hype.

Shpongle was outstanding.

BROKENDOLL
04-18-2011, 03:12 AM
Fedde left me breathless... and not just from dancing...he's adorable!

guedita
04-18-2011, 10:41 AM
Saturday....

I was in the festival in time to see The Joy Formidable but had a beer in the lounge by the entrance instead. After hearing rage and others later comment on how great they were, I was bummed I missed out. Hopefully they will come back to CA for a show.

Went to see the first half hour of The Twelves. They played a good set but their Fever Ray and Phoenix remixes are just soo 2009/10. I guess they realized that they are indeed not the Daft Punk of Brazil because I didn't hear any Daft Punk songs.

Before heading to the group photo I caught the beginning of Lee Burridge's set in the Do Lab and enjoyed getting misted. He opened with a remix of Caribou's "Found Out." (I think that was it). I would have liked to see the whole thing but wanted to make the group photo. It was kind of overwhelming/blurry meeting/seeing so many boardies at once.

Indulging in at least some of Perry Farrell's Coachella DJ sets is a grotesque tradition of mine and the last 15 minutes of this one really delivered the goods. He and his wife came out on stage clapping their hands and singing for us to applaud ourselves or give thanks or whatever was hilariously brutal. Joachim Garraud was standing a few feet in front of me looking like the gigantic cheeseball douchebag he is.

I thought Sander Kleinenberg would be doing a standard DJ set and not his 5K performance. The first 15 minutes were very good and dark and techy and then some chick came out and started rapping and I got mad and left. I heard 2 Foals songs from outside the Mojave and wished I had seen them instead.

Browsed the record store and then took a nap in the Gobi to the last twenty minutes of The Radio Dept., who are really only useful for falling asleep to when they play live. Woke up surrounded by boardies and watched 3 songs of Glasser which were very beautiful. I hadn't planned on checking any of her out and I'm glad I did.

SBTRKT at the Pure Filth was outrageously fun. I love that he opened with James Blake. I don't even know how to categorize his sound but I was getting down. High Contrast was watching the set, too.

The New Pornographers played a few of my all time favorite songs of theirs and were the perfect set for the beginning of sundown. Neko Case is beautiful and Brandon and I jammed out. I only caught the last Elbow song and yeah....stunning.

I did not get Shpongled but the fifteen minutes I watched certainly proved that I could get Shpongled if I wanted to.

I had never listened to a single Wire song but watched almost their whole set and really enjoyed it even though I guess they didn't play a lot of their older faster punk songs.

The only truly awful crowd I experienced on Saturday were all the Mumford & Sons bros and broettes fleeing the main stage in a flurry. Animal Collective was AWESOME and their visuals were certainly an enjoyable trip. I liked seeing people unhappily leave their set. Later bros, no My Girls for you! When Summertime Clothes came on some rude girl pushed me to the side and stood right in front of me with her backpack unnecessarily up in my face. Then she held up her camera and Sebastian screamed "WORST PERSON EVER" in her ear. Goodbye.

I love Arcade Fire. I jumped and screamed their lyrics even though other people around me were just standing still watching.

Saturday might have been my favorite day overall.

york707
04-19-2011, 04:29 PM
bump for people to add their reviews

fatbastard
04-20-2011, 06:53 PM

EE-8
DJ Heavy Grinder-7
Rye Rye-5
The Twelves-6
Freelance Whales-7
Foals-8
Joachim Garraud-6
Erykah Badu-10
SBTRKT-8
Elbow-7
Big Audio Dynamite-6
The London Suede-9
Scissor Sisters-8

Dede' Arneaux
05-05-2011, 04:11 PM
Saturday 16th April

* A day filled with conflicts. #1 12:50: Francis and The Lights or 12:55 The Joy Formidable. I was really keen to see both of them. On Thursday I was listening to our Coachella playlist on shuffle and twice I had to check out a great song by a band I couldn't name - both times it was Francis and The Lights, so again the Americans won and we'll check out the welsh female fronted group when we get back home.

* 12:50 Outdoor: Francis and The Lights. A great start to Sunny Saturday. Great front-man and another excellent voice. Light upbeat guitar led summer sounds. 'Darling, It's Alright' was a standout. Heading towards a cold Heinekein we got ourselves into the Gobi for what I believe was 'Whirring' by The Joy Formidable. An angrier guitarist I haven't seen since Weller. I've never seen a girl play guitar like that. Classic 3 piece. Drummer stage left and side on. Female lead vocal/guitar who is the spit of Wendy James of Transvision Vamp, what a great band. I'll definitely catch them back home, they could be this year's Band of Skulls.

* 2:10 Mojave: Freelance Whales. I thought I'd check these guys out as we had a gap in our Coachooser. We didn't stay long.

* 3:15 Mojave: Foals. I'd been looking forward to this one for a while as I'd seen a few videos of the band on NME tv. They were pretty good. Chiming guitars and lots of them, not unlike something from The Joshua Tree. They reminded me of Temper Trap last year, not in terms of sounds but song structure (big extended endings) and visually, although there aren't many beardy front-men out there (see tomorrow for The National).'Spanish Sahara' was the best live track.

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* 5:20 Outdoor: Cage The Elephant. Mental. I remember these guys from '09 - we caught the end of their set in the Mojave and the singer crowd surfed all the way to the mixing desk. This year I'd describe them as a cross between a Nirvana tribute band and the Olympic diving team. The singer wore a red dress and he gave it 110%. He was rarely out of the crowd. Amps & vocals were distorted into songs with one destination - noise central. Musically and visually it was all over the place. Bodies were coming in from all directions. They finished with 2 recognisable singles, 'Shake Me Down' and 'Aint No Rest For The Wicked'. Wicked!

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* 6:05 Main Stage: Broken Social Scene. We head this band but didn't see them as we were lying star shaped facing the blue sky to the rear of the Main Stage Area. The world drifted by as balloon chains lined up, then ducked and dived in the air. Pretty laid back music, ideal for what felt like the hottest part of the day. 'All To All' was superb and seemed to go on forever. I really enjoyed them.

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* Conflicts #2, #3 & #4. It was an easy decision to avoid Elbow at 7:30 (take your hands out your pockets Garvey) & Mumford and His Son (Radio Scotland's Sunday evening folk hour) at 8:30 but even so we could only possibly see 2 bands from The Kills, Electric Touch, One Day As A Lion & Shpongle between 7.30 and 9pm. Shpongle were dropped on the grounds that guitar music will always win over dance and The Kills were dropped on the basis that Alison Mosshardt couldn't be as good (and possibly much more erratic) as she was last year with Jack White's Dead Weather Organisation. Furthermore we wanted to get close to our discoveries of 2009, our favourite new band from the mandolin string capital of USA. Electric Touch. However, we need not have worried about being stuck at the back of the Gobi for Austin's finest.

* 7.35 Gobi: Electric Touch. The audience was appalling. I counted 30 people in the tent as the band came on stage and four of them were just passing through. A repeat of '09, which happened to be their 2nd Coachella. We had fought our way to the front after Yelle finished ... and then it got lonely. I was so close to the stage I couldn't get the whole band in shot on the panoramic flip. Anyway, to the music. Their material isn't available in the UK, so we bought the first album at Coachella 2 years ago. It's a cracker, four to the floor guitar rock'n'roll, with a great English vocal. New album is due this year after the band signed to Island in 2010. Boy do they need some record company support. ET only played one song from the debut in a set of about 12. New material didn't grab me the way the last gig did and I think that's due to the addition of an extra guitar and two more backing vocals which makes the band sound a bit freeze dried. i.e. Songs ready to go, just add stage and crowd. I'll give them the benefit of the doubt that the lack of crowd imbalanced the equation. I'm still keen to hear the new record (If it ever comes out). Hopefully they'll get more support at Lollapalooza.

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* 8.15 Mojave: One Day As A Lion. AKA Zak De La Rocha from Rage, the drummer from The Mars Volta and another bloke twisting knobs on what looked like a Moog. Sounds spicey and it certainly was. The tent was absolutely rammed and the crowd were boppin in sync for most of the show. Brutally heavy stuff, huge deep distorted grooves. We saw about 35 mins of a short 45 min set and it was probably all we could handle. Top song, 'Wild International'. Walking in there after Electric Touch was like going from Palm Springs to Philly's rush hour in 1 minute.

* Conflicts #5 & #6 to close the evening, Animal Collective and Arcade Fire on the Main Stage or Suede and Scissor Sisters in the Mojave. Suede was a must see as I hadn't seen them for years and we'd enjoyed Brett Anderson solo last year. In addition we'd seen Arcade Fire in December and although we've seen Scissor Sisters 3 or 4 times, what better place that Coachella to see them again.

* 10:40 Mojave: Suede. The last time I saw them was at the V festival in '99. I dont remember the gig. Previous to that I saw them in '94 at The Queens Hall in Edinburgh. Bernard Butler's last gig. Him and Anderson were ignoring and shouting at each other in equal measure until Bernard walked off stage. 17 years later Anderson walks out like Britpop was 17 months ago, he's stick skinny. Cousin keyboards deputising on Bass because Bassman couldn't get a Visa - stick skinny. Drummer - stick skinny. Bernard's replacement on guitar, Richard Oakes, last seen as a teenager ... hang on ... who ate all the pies? Hilarious, I spent the first song laughing at the Guitarist. He might have spent 7 years without calorie control but he can still play, really well. Suede were fantastic. Great versions of 'Killing of A Flashboy', 'Animal Nitrate', 'Filmstar', 'So Young, 'We are the Pigs', 'The Wild Ones', The Beautiful Ones', 'Trash', 'Electricity', 'She's in Fashion' and many more. Anderson whooped, stood taller on the monitors and snapped the mike lead like a whip throughout the show - vocally superb. As were the keyboard-free band. 50 minute set passed in a flash - brilliant.

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* 11:55 Mojave: Scissor Sisters. We retained our spot 5 rows from the front as the SS inflated long tubular balloons and let them float into the crowd. In a set so over the top they played a stack of songs from the new album we didn't know and didn't notice we didn't know them. Filthy Gorgeous was the standout. We bounced in what could definitely not be described as a mosh pit. They do bubblegum pop like I like it - with some funk and some rock and plenty of front. This was their last night of a tour that started last June. When we saw them in Glasgow last June it was billed as the first. Global Superfans.

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jamesc2929
05-06-2011, 03:43 AM
The entire weekend was all about saturday, and it turned into one of the best days for music I have ever had. In succession:

Bright Eyes (some)
The Kills
Big Audio Dynamite
Suede
Arcade Fire (some)

It does not get any better than that...ever.

brematale111
05-06-2011, 04:19 PM
Cults-6.5
The Tallest Man on Earth- 8
Gogol Bordello-7
Two Door Cinema Club-8
Laidback Luke-6.5
Jenny and Johnny-7
Cage the Elephant-7
Broken Social Scene-7
Bright Eyes-5
Mumford & Sons-8
Animal Collective-9
Arcade Fire-10

WhyTheLongFace
05-06-2011, 04:58 PM
Damn I'm mad I missed Suede

gaypalmsprings
05-06-2011, 05:26 PM
Let's talk about 2012.

Westy
05-06-2011, 09:05 PM
Saturday 16th April


* 10:40 Mojave: Suede. The last time I saw them was at the V festival in '99. I dont remember the gig. Previous to that I saw them in '94 at The Queens Hall in Edinburgh. Bernard Butler's last gig. Him and Anderson were ignoring and shouting at each other in equal measure until Bernard walked off stage. 17 years later Anderson walks out like Britpop was 17 months ago, he's stick skinny. Cousin keyboards deputising on Bass because Bassman couldn't get a Visa - stick skinny. Drummer - stick skinny. Bernard's replacement on guitar, Richard Oakes, last seen as a teenager ... hang on ... who ate all the pies? Hilarious, I spent the first song laughing at the Guitarist. He might have spent 7 years without calorie control but he can still play, really well. Suede were fantastic. Great versions of 'Killing of A Flashboy', 'Animal Nitrate', 'Filmstar', 'So Young, 'We are the Pigs', 'The Wild Ones', The Beautiful Ones', 'Trash', 'Electricity', 'She's in Fashion' and many more. Anderson whooped, stood taller on the monitors and snapped the mike lead like a whip throughout the show - vocally superb. As were the keyboard-free band. 50 minute set passed in a flash - brilliant.

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citizenerased
05-11-2011, 09:20 AM
This day was stacked start to finish for me, pretty amazing.
The Joy Formidable - 8
Cults - 7
Freelance Whales - 8
Foals - 8.5
Two Door Cinema Club - This was way better than I ever could've imagined. Like Cut Copy, the tent was dancing and going wild the whole time. I could see these guys being future sub-headliners if they keep it up. - 9
Broken Social Scene - Great experience for my first time seeing them. Sounded perfect right before sunset. Lisa Lobsinger is too cute. - 9
Bright Eyes - 2nd favorite band, first time seeing them. SO GOOD. Conor(and his band) seems to be in the zone this tour, it'd be a travesty if he's really thinking about ending this project anytime soon. The new song Approximate Sunlight had me laughing because it was blowing my mind so much. - 10
The Kills - Was really far back but it was still really enjoyable. I was sitting down regaining energy for the rest of the night so I wish I could've been into it more but whatever. - 8
Animal Collective - I was up close for this once in a lifetime experience. Who else is gonna give them a prime slot on that kind of a main stage? Weird as fuck, but I loved it. - 8.5
Arcade Fire - These guys were born for this. It was just pure enjoyment. Got to hear Crown of Love and have Sprawl II close out the fest to the color changing beach balls, doesn't get much better. - 10

travelfan
05-11-2011, 09:50 AM
Saturday was by far the most relaxed day for me, we saw mostly full sets as opposed to the other two days where we were running from stage to stage. Saw less acts but it was also nice to get a full idea of what everybody was like.

The Twelves - Such a fantastic vibe to start the day, everybody was smiling and feeling good and dancing. Sahara started only maybe a third full, but was pretty full by the end. They played all the standard remixes (Black Kids, Metric, The Virgins, Phoenix, Fever Ray, MIA) and Daft Punk, nothing surprising but it was perfect for the time of day.

The Tallest Man on Earth - I love this guy, he can do no wrong in my book. The Gobi was outrageously packed, I was really surprised, I thought we'd be able to walk right up to the first half of the tent. Instead we were stuck in the back, but he was fantastic and played my favorite song (The Dreamer).

The Radio Dept. - I get why people didn't like this set, he was nervous and there was absolutely no stage presence. But for some reason the mellow vibe that those faults created worked for me, after these two sets back to back I felt like I had just gotten a full body massage. Really enjoyed hearing Never Follow Suit.

Erykah Badu - Damn was she on her A game today. Breathtaking gem of a set, so soulful, so jazzy, so perfect. I dig her stuff but am not a huge fan so I didn't know what to expect...she was outrageously humble. She gave this speech before "Didn't 'cha Know" about how singers have songs they are particularly excited to sing to us, and that this was hers for the day. She got cut off which was disappointing.

Then we raced back to our campsite to drink before coming back for the night...we were at El Dorado and could usually just hear a lot of noise from the venue but for whatever reason occasionally you would hear a couple seconds of a song clearly. Heard clips of both Ce Jeu by Yelle and Lil' B yelling "SWAG!" and it made me realize I was an idiot for picking this time to refuel...oh well, seeing Yelle next Thursday and Lil' B is local.

Mumford and Sons - I just don't get it. The group I was with was dead set on seeing this set and they all ooh'd and ahh'd over it. For some it was their favorite of the weekend. Their musicality and instrumentation is perfect live, it's obvious their talent is not studio produced, however I can't get behind their songs. They are just a little too schmaltzy for me I think, although I do find Little Lion Man catchy.

Fedde le Grand - Nothing special, fun to dance to but nothing mindblowing.

Empire of the Sun - Pleasant little surprise here, what a crazy crazy show. They are no Shpongle/Fever Ray, I get that, but the costumes and lighting were still pretty impressive and fit their mood. They sounded pitch-perfect live, the vocals were perfect and everybody was just having a good time and dancing. We stayed for their whole set and were all impressed.

Arcade Fire - Arcade Fire can be hit or miss for me most of the time, and that's exactly how this set was. Half the songs were just phenomenal, and half of them had me kind of lost. There is just no middle ground for me...loved Intervention, The Suburbs and We Used to Wait, but Crown of Love and Rococo aren't my favorites. Still glad I saw most of it, although we left one or two songs before they played Wake Up.

Scissor Sisters - I'll admit it, I was really hesitant to go to this set because I'm newly out and have been trying to be "that guy" who is the non-stereotypical gay man. Well maybe I'm trying too hard because I'm so glad my friends dragged me here. What a dance party, all sorts of people having fun and the Mojave was packed. Don't know any of their songs except for Take Your Mama Out (which if they played we were too late to hear), but enjoyed what I heard.

Steve Angello - Caught maybe the last half of one song here, we were just trying to keep Coachella going. We couldn't have been there for more than a couple minutes before it ended.

grichsgang
05-11-2011, 10:49 AM
Love Language 9
Trampled by Turtles 7.5
Freelance Whales 6
Foals 7
Two Door Cinema Club 9
Jenny and Jonny 5
New Pornographers 6
Bright Eyes 4
Mumford 8

nbvcide
05-19-2011, 11:46 PM
Gogol Bordello - 6
Cage the Elephant - 5
Glasser - 6
Chuckie - 3
Laidback Luke - 7
Shpongle - 8
One Day As A Lion - 9
Swell Season - 6
Dj Kentaro - 6
Animal Collective - 9
Empire of the Sun - 5
Andy C - 8
Arcade Fire - 7
Scissor Sisters - 7
An-ten-nae - 8
Daedelus - 9

zircona1
05-20-2011, 12:21 PM
Joy Formidable - Kinda boring, didn't do anything for me.

Cults - Pretty good, looking forward to their album, whoever said the lead singer was cute is absolutely right.

Gogol Bordello - Not as good as when I saw them play at the ACL Fest in '08. Only saw them b/c there was nothing else going on I wanted to see.

Jenny and Johnny - Decided to check them out b/c I had never seen Rilo Kiley or Jenny solo. They were entertaining, played a good set.

Elbow - Best surprise of the fest for me. I remember listening to these guys a few years ago and not liking the singer's voice. But live, they were a different story - really good.

Wire - Them conflicting with BAD only allowed me to see 3 songs before rushing over to the Outdoor Theater. Wish I could've seen more.

Big Audio Dynamite - Very good set, was so glad to hear 'E=mc2' and 'V. Thirteen'. Mick Jones looks like somebody's cool grandpa.

Suede - The only song I knew from these guys was 'The Drowners', but since it was their only US show and I generally like Britpop music from the mid-90's I decided to check them out. They put on a solid show, Brett is very charismatic frontman.

Even though I love Arcade Fire, I only watched one song by them - my feet and back were hurting and I was seeing them a few days later in Kansas City anyway.

gorezilla
05-25-2011, 08:58 PM
Foals: i had lots of fun, they were great- 8

Two Door Cinema Club: exactly what i expected, lots of energy, and amazing-9

Shpongle: woah, i got Shpongled!- 8.5

One Day As A Lion: very cool- 8

Animal Collective: i got mind fucked, i want to see them again!!!- 10

Empire Of The Sun: i had high expectations for them, they were way more than what i expected, their set actually made me tear up. absolutely AMAZING!!- 10

Arcade Fire: good set vey chill- 8

Daedelus: found him in the record store looking through cd's, great guy. His set was like no other, blew my mind- 9.5

thetello
05-25-2011, 11:40 PM
saturday in video form:
(all of which was with my good friend neverhide)

skipped mariachi el bronx in favor of shade.

started the day with a little Trampled by Turtles

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not one of their bigger songs (they don't have many to choose from on youtube from thefest) but it is one of my favorites from them. they were the perfect kick off to an amazing day of blistering heat and new experiences, they brought the upbeat bluegrass to the fields. they get a 9.5

next up for me was the board meet up, you guys were awesome, everyone was very inviting and i'm glad i got to be a part of it :)

after that was The Tallest Man on Earth
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by far my favorite find of the weekend, his music is amazing. made even better by the fact that he does it solo, no need for anyone else. sound was spot on, his voice was glorious, his guitar work - godly. 9 on account of having to leave early for Gogol so i only stuck around for 1-2 songs

as you know, Gogol was next up:

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holy wine infused insanity this set was. i don't even know, i had seen them twice before their set this year... this show was easily the largest i've seen them play. this show was also the most enthused the crowd has been for their set (the first was at warped tour a few years ago and the next they were an opener). 10

after that i bounced to Two Door Cinema Club:

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i must say, i was impressed, not being much of a fan of these guys before this set... i came away a fan. their singer who looks like (for those that remember this show) all grown up (even though he look like he's 15) regardless, pretty damn good set from these guys. they get a solid 9

hopskipnotsomuchaleap to Cage the Elephant (on request of the one my leg was tied to that day):

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eh... yea. not my favorite set. sound was aweful, his voice was mediocre at best, never got into the set. wanted to leave after this song, decided to read the camp magazine instead to pass the time. 5

onward to my campsite for the night, Broken Social Scene was next up:

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amazing as i expected, first time seeing them. perfect set to kick back and lay in the grass. kudos team canada. 9.5

bright eyes was next on the list:

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(also where my shitty flip cam made its first appearance)
regardless, he played a lot of songs that i haven't heard in years (got out of his stuff after i realized that i didn't actually want to kill myself. also played a bunch of songs that he wrote after he stopped writing songs about wanting to hurt himself that i didn't know. sounded pretty good, few technical difficulties, little rapper swagger bit during one of his songs, overall not a bad set. 8

as figured, mumford was next:

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absolutely amazing, entire crowd was into it, had a good bit of room (i was second row at this time since a large group decided it was time to leave). unbelievable, again, first time seeing them. they brought it and brought it all. 10

animal collective:

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was not feeling it. the video above shows it all, you had to be on drugs and 3/4 blind to get into their set. (granted the video boards show moving to their 'music' made the set somewhat tolerable). 1.5 on what the creators did for this set.

ARCADE PARADE!

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hands down the most memorable and interactive set of the weekend. kudos to all involved. 10

DaFunkyPrecedent
06-03-2011, 10:00 AM
I ate a bunch of acid reeeeeeeeallly early in the day and pursued to have the best Coachella day of all time. I was weeping during Tallest Man On Earth. loved it.

venturas90sgirl
06-04-2011, 03:19 PM
Its been almost 2 months and I'm still reeling from the amazement of Suede and Elbow. I wish I had money to go to Europe and see some of their shows but my reserves just went to 2012 twofold.

DFrank
06-04-2011, 04:37 PM
Saturday was the most mellow day ive had since i started attending Coachella in 05. But, if there were to be a relaxing day, the 2nd day is the time to have it.

Kind of regret missing out on most of Arcade Fire, but i needed a fun ending so went for Scissor Sisters to end my night. A boardie got a shout out during the set...hilarious.

DaFunkyPrecedent
06-06-2011, 12:14 AM
Saturday was by far the most relaxed day for me, we saw mostly full sets as opposed to the other two days where we were running from stage to stage. Saw less acts but it was also nice to get a full idea of what everybody was like.

The Twelves - Such a fantastic vibe to start the day, everybody was smiling and feeling good and dancing. Sahara started only maybe a third full, but was pretty full by the end. They played all the standard remixes (Black Kids, Metric, The Virgins, Phoenix, Fever Ray, MIA) and Daft Punk, nothing surprising but it was perfect for the time of day.

The Tallest Man on Earth - I love this guy, he can do no wrong in my book. The Gobi was outrageously packed, I was really surprised, I thought we'd be able to walk right up to the first half of the tent. Instead we were stuck in the back, but he was fantastic and played my favorite song (The Dreamer).

The Radio Dept. - I get why people didn't like this set, he was nervous and there was absolutely no stage presence. But for some reason the mellow vibe that those faults created worked for me, after these two sets back to back I felt like I had just gotten a full body massage. Really enjoyed hearing Never Follow Suit.

Erykah Badu - Damn was she on her A game today. Breathtaking gem of a set, so soulful, so jazzy, so perfect. I dig her stuff but am not a huge fan so I didn't know what to expect...she was outrageously humble. She gave this speech before "Didn't 'cha Know" about how singers have songs they are particularly excited to sing to us, and that this was hers for the day. She got cut off which was disappointing.

Then we raced back to our campsite to drink before coming back for the night...we were at El Dorado and could usually just hear a lot of noise from the venue but for whatever reason occasionally you would hear a couple seconds of a song clearly. Heard clips of both Ce Jeu by Yelle and Lil' B yelling "SWAG!" and it made me realize I was an idiot for picking this time to refuel...oh well, seeing Yelle next Thursday and Lil' B is local.

Mumford and Sons - I just don't get it. The group I was with was dead set on seeing this set and they all ooh'd and ahh'd over it. For some it was their favorite of the weekend. Their musicality and instrumentation is perfect live, it's obvious their talent is not studio produced, however I can't get behind their songs. They are just a little too schmaltzy for me I think, although I do find Little Lion Man catchy.

Fedde le Grand - Nothing special, fun to dance to but nothing mindblowing.

Empire of the Sun - Pleasant little surprise here, what a crazy crazy show. They are no Shpongle/Fever Ray, I get that, but the costumes and lighting were still pretty impressive and fit their mood. They sounded pitch-perfect live, the vocals were perfect and everybody was just having a good time and dancing. We stayed for their whole set and were all impressed.

Arcade Fire - Arcade Fire can be hit or miss for me most of the time, and that's exactly how this set was. Half the songs were just phenomenal, and half of them had me kind of lost. There is just no middle ground for me...loved Intervention, The Suburbs and We Used to Wait, but Crown of Love and Rococo aren't my favorites. Still glad I saw most of it, although we left one or two songs before they played Wake Up.

Scissor Sisters - I'll admit it, I was really hesitant to go to this set because I'm newly out and have been trying to be "that guy" who is the non-stereotypical gay man. Well maybe I'm trying too hard because I'm so glad my friends dragged me here. What a dance party, all sorts of people having fun and the Mojave was packed. Don't know any of their songs except for Take Your Mama Out (which if they played we were too late to hear), but enjoyed what I heard.

Steve Angello - Caught maybe the last half of one song here, we were just trying to keep Coachella going. We couldn't have been there for more than a couple minutes before it ended.

We had just about the same day except I didn't race back to my campsite to drink...i stayed an puffed weed and watched Elbow's breath taking sunset set. And I also am not an idiot and didn't leave Arcade Fire...hope Scissor Sisters was cool....

Dede' Arneaux
06-16-2011, 01:38 PM
Gogol Bordello - 6
Cage the Elephant - 5
Glasser - 6
Chuckie - 3
Laidback Luke - 7
Shpongle - 8
One Day As A Lion - 9
Swell Season - 6
Dj Kentaro - 6
Animal Collective - 9
Empire of the Sun - 5
Andy C - 8
Arcade Fire - 7
Scissor Sisters - 7
An-ten-nae - 8
Daedelus - 9

You must have seen about 10 mins of each band to have come up with that list.