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M Sparks
01-23-2007, 07:10 AM
Hey, I'm seriously considering coming to Coachella for the first time this year, at the very least for Friday. I think about it every year for the great reunion shows they always have. But even though I'm pretty wired musically for a mid-30s guy, I never know most of the newer bands that are playing, so I wind up staying home. Then, a year later, I look back and see most of my new favorites were playing there.

So for you people on the bleeding edge...why should I come? Who would I love to see?

Here's who I'm excited to see this year...
Bjork...Jesus & Mary Chain...Sonic Youth...DJ Shadow...Peeping Tom...Comedians Of Comedy...Fountains Of Wayne...VNV Nation...Happy Mondays

Here's who I'm interested in, even though I haven't heard much from them
Arctic Monkeys...Jarvis...Peaches...Silversun Pickups...New Pornographers...Roky Erikson (thought he was dead.)...Air

Bands I've already seen
Interpol ('04)...Chili Peppers ('91...didn't impress me then.)...The Rapture ('04)...Ozomatli (couple months ago- only saw a couple songs) ...Rage ('93)...Crowded House ('91)

Here's who I was hoping for.
The Police (duh)...Muse...Tom Waits...Shiny Toy Guns...mc chris...Hellogoodbye

Bands from last year I'm sorry I missed
Wolfmother...Lady Sovereign...TV On The Radio...Daft Punk...Coheed & Cambria...Clap Your Hands...Mogwai

Shows I saw in '06 (mostly reunion or "old-timer" shows)
Devo...Sisters Of Mercy w/The Warlocks...Revolting Cocks/Ministry...Foo Fighters...Nitzer Ebb...Pet Shop Boys...Madonna (present for my wife, eh.)

So who are some of the "new" bands I might dig? I'd really like to go at least once...I haven't been to a big multi-day festival in over 15 years.

kreutz2112
01-23-2007, 07:13 AM
Arcade Fire and Decemberists

offyerhead
01-23-2007, 07:18 AM
Go for it Sparks. I'm pretty much the same as you age wise. Went in 2004 and had a fantatic time. Flew down, did the camping, had a blast. I follow music pretty closely and still see quite a few shows. The atmosphere is very cool and open.

We thought we'd stand out as codgers but we ended up camping next to two English guys in their late 40's who are true, worldwide festival vets.

scoop49er
01-23-2007, 07:19 AM
we are around the same age. im 36 and go to festivals during the summer ( bfd in sf, ozzfest, family values etc) so im getting up there and all day sometimes is a task but im going all 3 days. i think the vibe will be great and im like you. i was going to go last year but we had things going on. and i miseed alot of bands that now im into. just do it! we r not getting younger! lol

Yablonowitz
01-23-2007, 08:00 AM
Right off the bat, I'd say check out Andrew Bird and Tapes 'n Tapes. Also, The New Pornographers are one of the best indie bands out there right now. If you are interested in some good hip hop - The Roots and The Coup are as good as they get. Manu Chao and Konono No. 1 are both sweet for "world" music (I hate that term). The Good, The Bad, and The Queen is fronted by Blur/Gorillaz's Damon Albarn and includes The Clash's bass player and a guitar player from The Verve. That's worth checking out.

Ditto on The Arcade Fire. I really like Arctic Monkeys, though the indie douche hipster squad likes to scoff at them now. There's a lot more too.

Stop calling yourself an old man, you cracker. I'm 35...we're young, dude. YOUNG.

Alchemy
01-23-2007, 08:03 AM
Hello, my elder. I just checked out Girl Talk and it is pretty clever. I think you might appreciate some of the things they throw in their songs. It is fun to listen to and guess what song is playing... You will know what I mean when you hear them.

momof5
01-23-2007, 09:49 AM
Okay--This is my first post ever!I am usually just a reader of everybody"s posts for info. I have gone to every Coachella with my kids--The oldest one is now 32 and I am 53....You will have a great time seeing so many bands that you will feel like you are 16 again! Trust me-you are not old. i come back home every year feeling rejuvenated(but really tired) . Tha first years most fans seemed to be 20-30 years old. It is expensive to go to Coachella so that leaves out a lot of teens unless their parents take them. I am excited to see Decemberists(my third time!) Arcade fire(also third time) Silversun Pickups,Sonic Youth(they were really good at Coachella)New Pornographers,Lily Allen,The Rapture and many more! I will say Bjork was great at Coachella--even though we don't check out the headliners (usually The Outdoor Stage is better)We stayed for her whole set even though "her Computer "was broken. It is a great chance to see bands you might not want to shell out bucks for an individual show but you will discover bands you will want to see again. And the rest of you--Don't be hatin' on people's old folks!

alternapop
01-23-2007, 09:50 AM
we're in the same age group, similar music taste... you have to dedicate time to silversun pickups. i've seen them about 5 times in the past year. fantastic EP and LP. the LP took time to grow on me.

i also would recommend the new pornographers

york707
01-23-2007, 09:55 AM
Also check out the mix depository in the Coachella Lounge part of this message board

bartelby
01-23-2007, 09:58 AM
just go see the Arcade Fire and all will be well...

trust me (and everyone else on the boards it seems)

bleep
01-23-2007, 09:59 AM
Rock on momof5!

M Sparks
01-23-2007, 10:23 AM
Right off the bat, I'd say check out Andrew Bird and Tapes 'n Tapes. ...The Good, The Bad, and The Queen is fronted by Blur/Gorillaz's Damon Albarn and includes The Clash's bass player and a guitar player from The Verve. That's worth checking out.

Ditto on The Arcade Fire. I really like Arctic Monkeys, though the indie douche hipster squad likes to scoff at them now. There's a lot more too.

Stop calling yourself an old man, you cracker. I'm 35...we're young, dude. YOUNG.

I forgot to put Tapes N Tapes on my "interested" list. The Good...sounds good- I like Damon and I saw Paul Simenon (Clash Bass player) many many years ago in his lousy Havana 3AM rockabilly band. The band stank, but I was right at Paul's feet in front of the stage, and he was very cool.

I put "old" in quotes for a reason. I don't feel old at all aside from a knee injury, but 3 days standing in the desert sun may change that. :) I live at 7000 feet, and anything over 70 degrees is HOT!

amyzzz
01-23-2007, 10:26 AM
Don't worry about your age. There A LOT of people in their 30's who go, including me. You'll have a great time, trust me.

ikedajd
01-23-2007, 11:02 AM
I'd rather have people in their 30's-40's with great musical taste (such as M Sparks and momof5) there over whiney RHCP-loving 15 year olds any day of the week...

...that being said I'm really hyped for MSTRKRFT, Mike Relm (one of the most unique DJ's out there I think), The Rapture, The Roots and Arcade Fire...just to name a few that other people haven't...

Yablonowitz
01-23-2007, 11:08 AM
I put "old" in quotes for a reason. I don't feel old at all aside from a knee injury, but 3 days standing in the desert sun may change that. :) I live at 7000 feet, and anything over 70 degrees is HOT!

7,000 feet? Jesus crimony. Where do you live?

elChurro
01-23-2007, 11:14 AM
just go, walk around and explore; thats what coachella's about, your bound to find something interesting. as for age... bah!! once your dead you can stop doing what you love... for now, live!

AbundantChoice
01-23-2007, 01:40 PM
Yeah, my whole crew started going when we were in our mid to late 20s, we're all in our 30s now.

In terms of who to check out, everyone! It's funny that my favorite act each year ends up being someone for whom I had zero expectations (like Kosheen a number of years ago, or Basement Jaxx, or Dresden Dolls, etc). And sometimes buzz bands that have a good reputation show up and &^$% the bed for some reason, while other bands that maybe don't have as much Pitchfork-annointed superhype find that extra 5th gear and just deliver the set of their lives for the festival (i.e. Stellastar a few years ago, Editors last year).

One big piece of advice is to try and hit some of non indie-rock offerings. Theyre usually not as crowded, and can be tons of fun. Konono No1 will do things with thumb pianos you never thought possible, and Gogol Bordello is dirty, sweaty fun. Also, make sure to take time and check out all the art and whatnot, it's far from a whole-day sort of thing, but some of it is usually very interesting. About the only other piece of advice is throw fashion to the wind and find a sun hat that's breathable.

gaypalmsprings
01-26-2010, 04:56 AM
M Sparks - I hope you had a great time at your first Coachella. Do you have any thought/reflections when your Coachella cherry was popped?

M Sparks
01-26-2010, 05:14 AM
GPS...did KROQKen hack your account?

I have to work out of town today...I will give it some thought on my drive and maybe post something tonight.

Stickjohn
01-26-2010, 03:57 PM
I'm waiting now too. That first post freaked me out until I checked the date.

tessalasset
01-26-2010, 11:37 PM
It freaked me out too cause I thought it's 2010 and M Sparks still hasn't been to coachella?!?

caco0283
01-27-2010, 05:40 AM
Im glad I wasn't the only once confused