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bballarl
04-26-2007, 02:20 PM
Friday:
The first thing I noticed as I walked into the festival were the differences: the new location for the entrance, more fences, new traffic-related stuff, the fact you had to get your own schedule pamphlet thing, etc. And the actual festival grounds had changed a bit as well, in terms of art (there seemed to be more, which is certainly a good thing) and other things. But my friend Nate and I arrived around 1:15ish so I could show him around and I could see the changes for myself. Around 2:00 we heard Flosstradamus starting across the field, and we went to watch. The 15 minutes I saw were certainly enjoyable, cool mash-ups.

From there Nate and I walked over to the Mojave to get a spot for the Noisettes. I watched from the side of the soundboard and couldn’t see too well for parts, but they sounded great. Their guitar player can shred pretty fucking hard, which was kind of a surprise, and their singer is about 400 times better than Karen O because she can sing and doesn’t shriek all the fucking time. I want to catch this band in a club in the future. The reaction to their music was great. I didn’t get the whole setlist, but they played most of the tracks of their new record.

I had time to kill till around 5:00, so Nate and I watched a few minutes of Charles Feelgood in the Sahara, which was boring. We decided to get food, so we went to the food area by the Outdoor Theater, where I had a good pulled pork sandwich. We watched/heard Nickel Creek and Satellite Party from where we were sitting. Nickel Creek sounded great, and Satellite Party sounded like a shredfest based on what snippets I caught. They did play “Stop”, which I was afraid of. But I don’t think they played “Jane Says” so I wasn’t too upset. At least I could hear “Stop” from the food court.

Around 4:50 we walked over to the main stage to catch Silversun Pickups. They played a good enough set, the highlight being “Lazy Eye”, which surprised me. They didn’t play “Melatonin”, which was a bummer, but they sounded pretty good. The singer/guitar player continues to be one of the weirdest people ever. The setlist:

Well-Thought Out Twinkles
?
Rusted Wheel
Little Lovers
Future Foe Scenarios
Kissing Families
Three Seed
Lazy Eye
Common Reactor

We decided to camp out for the Arctic Monkeys, which would provide a better spot for JAMC. They were easily my huge surprise of Friday. I enjoyed their first record, thought the second was over-produced but had good tunes, and thought their EP was great. But none of the records stood out, in terms of being really exciting. As a live act, the band is FANTASTIC. Extremely tight, surprisingly loud (had to have been the speakers at the Coachella stage), and energetic. I will not miss them in the future. Setlist:

If You Found This, You're Probably Too Late
Brainstorm
Still Take You Home
Dancing Shoes
From the Ritz to the Rubble
I Bet That You Look Good on the Dancefloor
Teddy Picker
If You Were There, Beware
Fake Tales of San Francisco
Do Me A Favour
The View from the Afternoon
Flourescent Adolescent
When the Sun Goes Down
Leave Before The Lights Come On
A Certain Romance

The Jesus and Mary Chain were fucking brilliant. I was standing pretty close to the front to the right of the stage and it was really loud and really good. They started a bit slow, and William fucked up briefly on “Far Gone and Out”, but otherwise they were great. I was disappointed it ended so soon. Oh yeah, Scarlett Johansson added nothing to “Just Like Honey”. Fuck that. I hope they come around again soon. The new song was great as well. William is too fucking cool also. He had a decent sense of humor about the whole gig, and seemed shocked by the crowd to an extent. Anyway, setlist:

Never Understand
Head On
Far Gone and Out
Sidewalking
Snakedriver
Happy When It Rains
Some Candy Talking
Between Planets
Blues From A Gun
Cracking Up
All Things (new song)
Teenage Lust
Just Like Honey (w/ Scarlett Johansson)
Reverence

EDIT: I'm going to assume they played the same set as the Glasshouse, so I'll fill out the setlist

From that set we went to watch Jarvis Cocker. He was quite late, so we grabbed some food (the chicken naanwich was good, I had one each day) and waited for him to start. When he played, he sounded good. His between song banter was funny. I would have enjoyed him more if he were on time. As for the setlist, all I remember is that he opened with "Fat Children", closed with "Cunts Are Still Running The World" and played "Black Magic" towards the end. Sounded good, but I guess my expectations were a little high.

From there, we went to catch a portion of Faithless, as Sonic Youth were going to be late. They sounded pretty good, and I enjoyed hearing "God Is A DJ" before I left. The tent wasn't terribly crowded, but I don't think I saw it truly full the whole weekend.

On the way back we heard one Sonic Youth tune from afar before heading over to listen to Bjork. I have to see her on her tour now, because she sounded awesome. Her band was great, she sounded great, her outfits were awesome, and the electronics guy (I forget his name) had the coolest toys I had ever seen. Very futuristic. "Earth Intruders" sounded amazing, as did the rest. I was pretty lazy on the setlist, so feel free to fill me in on what I missed. We left early as well, but heard stuff on the way out, and "Army Of Me" sounded killer. Setlist, courtesy of Brandon:

Earth Intruders
Hunter
Oceania
All Is Full Of Love
Pleasure Is All Mine
Joga
Pagan Poetry
Bachelorette
Vokuro
Army Of Me
Innocence
Wanderlust
Hyperballad
Pluto
-----------
Declare Independence


Nate wanted to check out DJ Shadow as well, which was the initial reason for leaving Bjork early, but he was late, so we bounced. Friday was great. The weather was fairly decent, though it was pretty warm early in the day.

Saturday:

It was hot. Hottest I can remember since 04. But I'm sure it wasn't really. It just seemed that way.

Started off with Pharoahe Monch. I don't know if it was the heat or what, but I wasn't into it. He was great when I saw him previously, but not so much at Coachella. It wasn't bad though. It's all relative.

From Pharoahe Nate and I headed to The Fratellis and grabbed some shaved ice (from the food court by the Virgin Megastore, which was good. Not the one by the Outdoor Theater, which was bad shaved ice). The tent was way crowded, so we listened to the first song from outside and headed to the Sahara tent to lie down.

Steve Aoki was spinning in the Sahara, and the best part was how he looked (a kind of Japanese hippie/Jesus hybrid). I don't know if it was the spot I was sitting in or what, but it sounded like he couldn't do mash ups to save his life, or beat match, or anything. But watching him was fun so whatever.

We left the Sahara, caught "Flathead" as we walked by the Mojave again, Nate went elsewhere, and I went to watch the first part of Roky Erickson. He was very bluesy and both he and his band sounded top notch. Definitely didn't get any 13th Floor Elevator vibes from his set though, which was partially a bummer. But the four songs I heard were awesome...the other guitar player could really play.

I left Roky early to see Hot Chip in the Mojave. They were a big surprise. I thought they would be good, but they exceeded my expectations. Really danceable, good energy, and played to a really packed Mojave tent that was digging it. Question: do they always sing the first verse from "In Your Eyes" by Peter Gabriel at the beginning of "Boy From School"? They did today, and I thought that was cool. Anyway, first excellent set of Saturday for me.

From there I went to see one of my guilty pleasures, Travis, on the main stage. They were really excited to be playing the festival. The new tunes sounded great, as did the old ones, and they were much heavier live than I expected. A really good live group though. They fucked up the beginning of "Driftwood" 3 times because the frontman's guitar was out of tune (his name escapes me at the moment. He made some comment about Hell probably consisting of tuning a 12 string for eternity, which I thought was funny and probably true. Anyone who has a 12 string knows what I mean. Anyway, they were great. I will definitely catch them again.

I was convinced by Nate to watch The Decemberists, despite not really digging their albums. I watched with Gabe, Jennie, Keriann, Chris and the friends of said people. It was a lot of fun, and a really good sunset show. Definitely a relief from the heat, which was the worst of the weekend by far. Highlights included the band being eaten by a whale and a dance circle. A good festival set for sure. But no wedding! And I think I saw Alma and Steve after this set...I can't remember when I talked to them. Sue me.

While the rest of the world went to watch The Arcade Fire, I met up with Valarie and Ryan for Ghostface Killah. He was fun for awhile (he played a bunch of Wu-Tang songs), but what he played was mostly snippets, and he just seemed like he was fucking around. I left when he brought a bunch of girls on stage to dance, because I wanted to hear music, not watch some dumb bitches try to act sexy.

From Ghostface I went to the Gobi tent for Girl Talk. That set was quite the party. Everyone was dancing, there was confetti, balloons, people on stage, etc. While the mash-up work wasn't my favorite sometimes, the overall product was awesome. One of the most fun sets I experienced, in a totally packed Gobi tent.

After Girl Talk I wanted to relax, so I went to the pretty empty Mojave to watch Sparklehorse. I saw Gabe, Jennie and John here, but they went to be true fans while I laid down on the grass and relaxed. The first couple of tunes sounded great, and I will definitely be checking this band out further in the future.

If I had known Gotan Project would be a half hour late, I would have stayed at Sparklehorse. When they finally came out, they were exceptional. I loved the visuals and the all white motif going on on stage (in terms of outfits and whatnot). Really danceable but relaxing at the same time. People were either grooving or lying down (I was the latter), but enjoying it either way. The two guys doing electronics were on a raised white platform, while the string section and guitar and whatever were below them. Anyway, one of my favorites for the weekend. I can't wait till they come around again.

Unfortunately, since Gotan were really fucking late, The Good, The Bad & The Queen were as well. I held out hope they wouldn't be quite so late, so I could justify missing The Black Keys, but they were and it sucked. I only caught "History Song" before I had to go. They were much more energetic live (especially Paul Simonon), with awesome visuals and stuff. The entire look of the band was great. Really dubby too. I hope they come around to SF...they had a string section. Fuck.

On the way out, we caught Tiesto's uncreative wankery. While I think he sucks, there is something undeniably powerful about a ton of people dancing in an open field while someone is bumping loud music. It's just a shame it was him.

Sunday:

Sunday was the nicest weather of the weekend, and the best day bandwise. We got in to the festival a couple of songs into Lupe Fiasco's set, which we heard from outside. He was definitely a three-way tie for the best hip-hop set of the weekend. Really energetic with good stage presence, and best of all, he sounded good. A lot of fun.

After Lupe, Nate and I went to the Outdoor Theater to listen to Mando Diao, who were pretty good. Again, a lot of energy, and I like the type of music they play, so it would take a lot for them to fuck it up for me. I would like to see them in a club...they were great.

Nate left to go elsewhere and I watched The Coup from the food court, while having one of the crappy shaved ices (the other ones ruled) and some Thai food. They were very much a funk group live, and were really good. But I didn't watch the whole thing because...

Explosions in the Sky were being ridiculous on the main stage. I had no intention of seeing them again, but they were totally fucking destroying it. So I watched it, and enjoyed it much more than the El Rey show. But it was no Mogwai 06. That was untouchable.

After EITS I stuck around at the main stage and met up with Nate again for The Roots. I heard very little of their own material: they did their "Hip-hop isn't dead" medley thing, and a BRILLIANT 10 minute or so cover of Bob Dylan's "Masters of War", complete with drum solo. They were really tight and funky.

I then ventured to a half-full Gobi tent for Konono No.1. Last year's Amadou & Mariam set taught me how awesome live world music is, and Konono were no exception. They played what I supposed amounted to 3 songs...the songs were lengthy, droning grooves that attracted a lot of people to the tent and had everyone dancing. I saw Bryan, Brandon, Kerrie, Greg, Ronnie, Gabe, Chris and Chris' friend (Thompson right?) at this set, and we had an excellent time. One of the best of the festival, and Konono are definitely on my "Don't Miss This Band in your area EVER" list now.

After the awesome thumb-piano grooves of Konono, Brandon, Kerrie and myself went to watch the first part of Klaxons in the Mojave. They opened with "The Bouncer" and "Atlantis to Interzone", the two songs I really wanted to hear. I watched a third song as well (I can't remember the name right now). They had the tent moving. I will check them out when they inevitably come my way again. But the Outdoor Theater was calling...

Placebo sounded very good from what I heard. The five songs were certainly concentrated on the newest release, which was just rereleased for whatever reason in America. The setlist for what I saw:

Infra-Red
Because I Want You
Meds
Drag
Song To Say Goodbye
Every Me Every You

I proceeded to go to the main stage for my most anticipated set of the weekend, Crowded House. The douchebag contigent of RATM's fans were out in full force and started throwing shit. Ridiculously disrespectful and stupid. I want to see them in a club with a crowd that isn't comprised of fucktards. Fortunately, most of the crowd seemed to enjoy it. I saw Erik there as well, which was a plus. Brandon and Kerrie and John joined just in time for a nice singalong. They sounded great, and looked like they were having fun despite the bullshit. I felt bad for them but I'm sure they weren't bothered too much. Still a highlight, just on the strength of their playing. The singing was fantastic, per expectations. Setlist:

When You Come
World Where You Live
Don't Dream It's Over
Don't Stop Now
Fall At Your Feet
Silent House
Private Universe
Locked Out
Something So Strong
Better Be Home Soon

I went to the Outdoor Theater next to watch Air, but they were taking forever. I grabbed a chicken naanwich for the third time over the weekend and ate that in the food court, expecting Air to start, but no dice. So I went to get a Belgian waffle and watched the first part of Manu Chao from afar. He sounded really good and energetic. I will hopefully catch him in SF at the end of the month. But what I really wanted to go see was the Sahara because of a certain British group...

...called Happy Mondays. As I arrived, Paul Van Dyk was finishing. He's not really my thing but sounded good enough. Anyway, the Mondays consisted of two guitars, keys, bass, Shaun Ryder on vocals, a black chick who can actually sing unlike Shaun Ryder on vocals, and a drummer. Bez couldn't make it due to a visa issue, which was a bummer, but a guy from the crowd jumped on stage for a song and danced to it. Security was cool about it. The Mondays sounded great. Everyone was dancing behind them, and Shaun seemed genuinely excited to be there, despite not moving really the entire show. Poor fucker has fried his brain. The guy who hopped on stage to dance shook his hand before he went back into the crowd, and Shaun looked like he really appreciated it. They sounded fantastic and had awesome energy. Also, I think the Factory Records dude introduced them. They also had some guy come on stage to sing a few songs. When they started "Step On", the crowd went apeshit. Amazing. Here is the setlist, which I copied because it was on the soundboard which I was standing by:

Loose Fit
Kinky Afro
Rev (Black Grape)
In The Blood
Hallelujah
Devients
Jelly Bean
Step On
Angels N Whores
24 Hour Party People

Songs on setlist but not played due to time:
Playground
W.F.L.

The last two I couldn't really see completely, but I think that's what they said. There was more to "Playground" than just that word, so any help would be nice. Also, I left after Angels N Whores and ran into both Adam Nikyo and Mrs. Nikyo on the way out. No Silas Nikyo, which was a bummer. We walked over to Rage, where I proceeded to punch both of them in the face as we parted so I could get into the mood.

The crowd was ridiculous for Rage Against the Machine sizewise. I think it was bigger than the Pixies in 04, which has been my benchmark for large crowds. I'm going to be 100% honest: I thought the first two songs sucked. "Testify" especially. They just sounded off. They were more on for "Bulls On Parade", but the sound was terrible. Afterwards it really gelled and was awesome. But I couldn't help but be semi-disappointment. I guess if I had been in the thick of it I would have been more excited, but I was standing by the tripod since I had come from the Sahara tent. Anyway, setlist:

Testify
Bulls On Parade
People Of The Sun
Bombtrack
Bullet In Your Head
Know Your Enemy (no Maynard, imagine that!)
Down Rodeo (THANK YOU BRANDON AGAIN...I wasn't paying close attention because I was purchasing an underwhelming churro)
Guerrilla Radio
Renegades
Calm Like A Bomb
Sleep Now In The Fire
Wake Up

Encore:
Freedom
Killing In The Name

Also, what was with the stupid people with clown paint TP'ing the tripod? Good revolution guys. There was one with a hat that said "Suicide" (not the cool band). I wanted to punch him in the face. Anyway, those people sucked ass. As did the people throwing things during Crowded House. Fuck off cunts.

Then we walked out. And reminisced about how it was over. I can't believe it's over again so soon. After this weekend, I can't imagine how two days ever felt like enough. Another amazing year. It sucks to have to go back to real life after the wonderful Coachella oasis that we all get to escape to for a little while.

P.S. I really enjoyed seeing everyone/meeting new people at the preparty. I'm not surprised that everyone was thoroughly awesome and enjoyable to be around. I hope everyone else had as much fun as I did.

P.S.S. Tessa, I saw Claire from Lost with her bf when I was walking to get a Belgian waffle after Air wouldn't start. She is tiny.

fober
04-26-2007, 02:47 PM
No it won't.

BoneDaddy
04-26-2007, 09:45 PM
This thread doesn't seem official enough.

the909
04-26-2007, 10:13 PM
I officially name this the officially official in depth review of coachella 2007 so long as coachella 2007 is officially going on.God i'm bored, but i can't sleep because i'm too excited.

goose
04-27-2007, 01:24 AM
I officially name this the officially official in depth review of coachella 2007 so long as coachella 2007 is officially going on.God i'm bored, but i can't sleep because i'm too excited.

me too

xxxxxxxxxx
04-27-2007, 02:38 AM
i had fun

TomAz
04-29-2007, 08:54 PM
A List

Gillian Welch
Sonic Youth
Roky Erickson
Arcade Fire

these sets will define Coachella 07 for me

B+ List
New Pornographers
Fountains of Wayne

very enjoyable

B List
Noisettes

fun

B- List
Nickel Creek

funnish.

C List
Decemberists
Arctic Monkeys

Neither of these were bad, and I'm a fan of both bands, but they just didn't really connect. It could just be me, I was way back for most of both sets, laying in the grass.



Incomplete with favorable impressions (meaning I only caught a part of the set but liked what I heard)
Bjork (this was really good but SY ran late and I missed a good chunk and then heard the rest from way back)
Pharoahe Monch

Incomplete with unfavorable impressions
Jarvis Cocker
Rufus Wainwright
RHCP


These grades are all relative. I didn't see a bad set all weekend.

CuervoPH
04-29-2007, 09:08 PM
I envy your getting to see your A list. Would love to have seen any of them. I'm glad Fountains of Wayne got added to Virgin Festival line-up, though. At least I'll get to see them this year. Would you know if they did mostly stuff from the new album, or more of a mix of all their material? (I'd be happy either way).

elChurro
04-29-2007, 10:02 PM
i thought the decemberists connected quite nicely with the crowd. Especially during the mariners song.

TomAz
04-29-2007, 10:22 PM
like I said it was probably just me.

airguitarvet
04-30-2007, 06:10 AM
BEST THREAD EVER

Suffacated
04-30-2007, 08:12 AM
Glad its over...
Something was missing.....
just not the same.....call it evolution?
or lack of planning, or everyone just pointing the finger and passing the buck?
They call me to do a job, but now I need a different wrist band?
I was OK yesterday but now I'm not good enough?
Well kiss my ass! You called me.
"Well, we ran out of those"....
Thats not my fuckin problem.....
But thats always your excuse....
I know we are all tired...
Maybe, next year will run smoother....

ewiggy
04-30-2007, 08:42 AM
like I said it was probably just me.

nah - Adam and i left after 3 or 4 songs. we were bored. got a great spot for Arcade Fire, though!

bballarl
04-30-2007, 06:06 PM
What an amazing weekend. Full review is up now. I hope everyone enjoyed it and I can't wait for next year. Sniff.

mountmccabe
04-30-2007, 06:15 PM
Dude Andrew I didn't know you were gonna be there for Happy Mondays. I loved that set.

bballarl
04-30-2007, 06:18 PM
It was unbelievable. And how the place went nuts for "Step On"? Fantastic. I wish I didn't leave early.

mountmccabe
04-30-2007, 06:31 PM
The crowd was really into it. Small, but really into it. By the end I was ten people from the front and I didn't get there early at all.

Also I forget that you're one to really move around.

bballarl
04-30-2007, 06:41 PM
I like a lot of groups. I can't help myself. And I would have kicked myself if I missed the beginning of RATM.

bballarl
04-30-2007, 06:42 PM
By the way, any help with set lists would be great. I need completion/confirmation of the following:

Silversun Pickups
Arctic Monkeys
The Jesus and Mary Chain
Bjork

Placebo
Crowded House
Happy Mondays
Rage Against the Machine

I believe that is all I noted down.

mountmccabe
04-30-2007, 06:47 PM
Brandon knows the Bjork setlist. I need to re-listen to those last two Happy Mondays songs to make sure they played them both. I have a feeling one got cut.

bballarl
04-30-2007, 06:51 PM
Okay, cause I just jotted down in my phone what it said on the set list given to the soundboard.

mountmccabe
04-30-2007, 08:50 PM
But what I really wanted to go see was the Sahara because of a certain British group...

...called Happy Mondays. As I arrived, Paul Van Dyk was finishing. He's not really my thing but sounded good enough. Anyway, the Mondays consisted of two guitars, keys, bass, Shaun Ryder on vocals, a black chick who can actually sing unlike Shaun Ryder on vocals, and a drummer. Bez couldn't make it due to a visa issue, which was a bummer, but a guy from the crowd jumped on stage for a song and danced to it. Security was cool about it. The Mondays sounded great. Everyone was dancing behind them, and Shaun seemed genuinely excited to be there, despite not moving really the entire show. Poor fucker has fried his brain. The guy who hopped on stage to dance shook his hand before he went back into the crowd, and Shaun looked like he really appreciated it. They sounded fantastic and had awesome energy. Also, I think the Factory Records dude introduced them. They also had some guy come on stage to sing a few songs. When they started "Step On", the crowd went apeshit. Amazing. Here is the setlist, which I copied because it was on the soundboard which I was standing by:


Oh, I read but not closely enough, I guess. Yeah, that was Tony. And that was Mickey Avalon that came on stage to sing.

bballarl
04-30-2007, 08:54 PM
That RATM song I can't think of is bothering me. And the JAMC songs. I should know those.

thinnerair
04-30-2007, 08:58 PM
Really Good
Rage Against The Machine
Peeping Tom [with introduction by Danny Devito]
Explosions in the Sky [though they shouldve played the smaller stage]
Jose Gonzales
Arcade Fire
Ghostface Killah
Interpol

Good Stuff

Air [too bad it was cut short or it wouldve been great]
Bjork
DJ Shadow [did anyone else notice the ton of technical issues he was having?]
Amy Winehouse
Paul Van Dyk
The Roots [too much medley, not enough songs]

Not Bad
Konono No. 1
The Rapture
RHCP
Rufus Wainwright
Hot Chip
Silversun Pickups
Tiesto

Ugh
Circa Survive
The Fratellis
Kaiser Chiefs
that stupid tunnel thing that got smaller and smaller...only to lead out in a circle full of hippies being uninteresting. What a disappointment!

mountmccabe
04-30-2007, 09:06 PM
These are the bands I saw:
http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i269/mountmccabe/Coachella/2007/32fbfd3c.jpg

I'll post reviews/comments later.

hawkingvsreeve
04-30-2007, 11:15 PM
BJORK SET LIST


Earth Intruders
Hunter
Oceania
All Is Full Of Love
Pleasure Is All Mine
Joga
Paegan Poetry
Bachelorette
Vokuro
Army Of Me
Innocence
Wanderlust
Hyperballad
Pluto
-----------
Declare Independance


aM8SXfB5NHg

75WFTHpOw8Y

bmack86
05-01-2007, 12:09 AM
Goddamn that setlist is amazing. I was so happy with that whole show.

bmack86
05-01-2007, 12:09 AM
wait, didn't she play Isobel? I could have sworn she did.

bballarl
05-01-2007, 12:32 AM
I didn't hear it during what I heard, but I obviously missed some stuff on my initial setlist.

I am still upset about Crowded House. At least they will tour this summer.

bmack86
05-01-2007, 12:38 AM
I think she played it toward the end. Maybe between Innocence and Wanderlust? I remember hearing it, but maybe i'm mad trippin'.

gmoneyak
05-01-2007, 12:44 AM
[QUOTE=bballarl;176486] The Good, The Bad & The Queen were as well. I held out hope they wouldn't be quite so late, so I could justify missing The Black Keys, but they were and it sucked. QUOTE]

Too bad you missed The Black Keys, I definitely enjoyed myself there, great vibe in the tent!!

sydaud
05-01-2007, 05:59 AM
Unfortunately, since Gotan were really fucking late, The Good, The Bad & The Queen were as well. I held out hope they wouldn't be quite so late, so I could justify missing The Black Keys, but they were and it sucked.


There is no justification for missing The Black Keys. You should have known better.

psychic friend
05-01-2007, 07:13 AM
Playground
W.F.L.

happy mondays didnt play those songs. they were on the set list but they didnt have time.

man that was fun though.

bballarl
05-01-2007, 09:15 AM
Wasn't the reaction to "Step On" amazing?

downingthief
05-01-2007, 09:35 AM
I'm crazy busy at work but my brief highlights were...

Arcade Fire
Artic Monkeys
Crowded House (completey agree with Andrew on this...was VERY pissed at the Rage crowd. Thought Neil and the boys handled it very well/professionally, though)
JAMC
Noisettes (shame on anyone who missed this set...the "find" of Coachella, IMO)
Roderigo y Gabriela
Travis
Regina Spektor

Among others...definitely saw a lot of very good performances. Only one that I can say I was "disappointed" on was the Kooks. But, they weren't God Awful, at least.

On a side note...was it just me, or were there more late bands than in past years?

amyzzz
05-01-2007, 09:46 AM
Comments on other posts here:

Bjork did not play Isobel. i don't remember that anyway.

Also, The Happy Mondays sounded groovy, but I never really liked them and my husband's friend had recommended Ratatat earlier, so I went over and caught the last 5 or so songs of Ratatat's set in the Mohave. AMAZING.

The Arctic Monkeys were great. I threw an orange beach ball up. Did anyone see it?

I will post my full Thurs to Mon review of the weekend later.

lindseyb
05-01-2007, 10:40 AM
Saturday:

It was hot. Hottest I can remember since 04. But I'm sure it wasn't really. It just seemed that way.
it was so fucking hot on saturday. it got to the point where i was sitting in the shade saying "i'm so hot right now i don't even care about music anymore!". not just uncomfortable hot, i was ready to pass out/vomit/kill myself hot. then, my boyfriend came up with the ingenious idea of pouring cold water onto a napkin and putting cold wet napkin on face, neck, arms, etc. that helped revive me. i can't imagine it being any hotter, though. i don't think i could handle it.

hawkingvsreeve
05-01-2007, 11:42 AM
Bjork did not play isobel. I entered each song into my phone as it came up. Would have been cool though. I thought It's Oh So Quiet might have been played, with all of the horns, but alas, it was not.

amyzzz
05-01-2007, 11:45 AM
I entered each song into my phone as it came up.
Clever. I'll try that sometime.

Brandon, I looked for during Noisettes because that was the first set I knew you'd be at. Were you there? I was to the left of the soundboard.

bballarl
05-01-2007, 11:48 AM
Clever. I'll try that sometime.

Brandon, I looked for during Noisettes because that was the first set I knew you'd be at. Were you there? I was to the left of the soundboard.

I use to bring pen and paper to shows until I realized my phone had a memo function.

I was to the left of the soundboard too. My friend was standing next to me without a shirt. I was wearing a green soccer jersey. We obviously didn't recognize eachother.

amyzzz
05-01-2007, 11:50 AM
I use to bring pen and paper to shows until I realized my phone had a memo function.

I was to the left of the soundboard too. My friend was standing next to me without a shirt. I was wearing a green soccer jersey. We obviously didn't recognize eachother.
Yeah, I saw that you posted that in another thread. I didn't recognize you. :( They were awesome, weren't they?

bballarl
05-01-2007, 11:55 AM
It was good, yeah. On par with expectations. I want to see them in a club.

hawkingvsreeve
05-01-2007, 12:56 PM
No, it took us 2.5 hours to get in on Friday. We missed our first 2 bands.

mountmccabe
05-01-2007, 05:53 PM
I'll post reviews/comments later.

The Noisettes were a good first band, loud and energetic. Shingai had her voice going strong and was all over the stage.

Next I moved over to the Coachella stage for Brother Ali. He was clearly hot up there in the sun but he sounded good.

After that I rushed over to the Mojave to catch the last half of Tokyo Police Club. They sounded a little rough but maybe it was just that I was starting to get really hot.

I went to the AT&T Blue Room for a little while to cool off while waiting for people by the Gobi for Gillian Welch. I liked that dark, cool room. It was just the thing to allow me to enjoy...

meeting up with TomAz. Heh. I saw him in the Gobi so we chatted and then fullonidle and PotVsKittie showed up. Gillian Welch and David Rawlings showed up in rhinestones so you knew they were ready. During "Elvis Presley Blues" I picked up on David's odd hip gyrations which I thought were special for the Elvis song but he kept up with it. It was rather hilarious. They both played guitar (David had his acoustic archtop (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archtop_guitar) and Gillian switched between a standard acoustic and a banjo. The setlist was quite wonderful and she was funny. She talked about being flashed on stage at Bonnaroo and described that fest as 'the Coachella of Nashville.' (paraphrase.)

Next I ran out to catch the last two songs by Silversun Pickups. They were straining but still came off as epic.

I didn't have anything to do before JAMC so I got some food (I forget what) and decided to find my friends at Arctic Monkeys. That didn't happen (wrong side) but I was surprised to enjoy their set quite a bit. At first i figured Alex Turner was bored to be there but then I realized he's just English. That's just how his face looks. He was laughing and chatting with his bandmates. Anyway I found myself being bored by most of each song but being surprised by how they climaxed.

I'm gonna finish this later.

caco0283
05-01-2007, 06:11 PM
PotVsKittie showed up.

thats awesome john

bballarl
05-01-2007, 07:19 PM
thats awesome john

Seconded.

full on idle
05-01-2007, 07:27 PM
meeting up with TomAz. Heh. I saw him in the Gobi so we chatted and then fullonidle and PotVsKittie showed up. Gillian Welch and David Rawlings showed up in rhinestones so you knew they were ready. During "Elvis Presley Blues" I picked up on David's odd hip gyrations which I thought were special for the Elvis song but he kept up with it. It was rather hilarious. They both played guitar (David had his acoustic archtop and Gillian switched between a standard acoustic and a banjo. The setlist was quite wonderful and she was funny. She talked about being flashed on stage at Bonnaroo and described that fest as 'the Coachella of Nashville.' (paraphrase.)
That was a really wonderful set. One of the best of the weekend. I didn't know David Rawlings' name until I read this, he was AMAZING, as was Ms. Welch. They played my two favorite songs (Miss Ohio, Time:The Revelator) back to back and I was all goosebumpy and I was going to show you John but you had your eyes closed and I didn't want to interrupt.

mountmccabe
05-01-2007, 07:38 PM
Yeah I fell asleep.

full on idle
05-01-2007, 07:43 PM
hahaha

bballarl
05-01-2007, 08:38 PM
Declare independence!!!!!!!!! Don't let them do that to you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

TomAz
05-01-2007, 08:54 PM
that set was so damned good. rawlings was so good with or without the movements. but they certainly added something. but still. they were like, on. ON. in my mind (and probably ONLY in my mind) they came out and said to the kids, you think that shit is good, check this out. and it was good.

i did wish they'd played "orphan girl" or "annabelle" or "one more dollar" but hell in the end the set list was great and my hopes/expectations for songs played were laid to waste in irrelevancy. what mattered was what they did. which was fucking awesome.

bballarl
05-01-2007, 08:55 PM
Tom I saw Sean (Shawn?) twice at the fest but not you. What gives? Did I scare you that bad?

whynotsmile99
05-01-2007, 09:02 PM
it was so fucking hot on saturday. it got to the point where i was sitting in the shade saying "i'm so hot right now i don't even care about music anymore!". not just uncomfortable hot, i was ready to pass out/vomit/kill myself hot. then, my boyfriend came up with the ingenious idea of pouring cold water onto a napkin and putting cold wet napkin on face, neck, arms, etc. that helped revive me. i can't imagine it being any hotter, though. i don't think i could handle it.

wet naps were the only thing that saved me. They were divine. I went through two packs over the weekend and will bring more next time.

hawkingvsreeve
05-01-2007, 11:24 PM
I'll stick my junk in here as opposed to starting another thread like everyone who has a "dear so and so" thread. Attention fuck faces, those go in the letters to people or organizations thread. Please leave the board immediately.


FRIDAY

Like I stated above, traffic and lines were pretty bad on Friday, causing us to get in around 4 pm. Seeing that we missed stuff we wanted to see, we took care of logistical things (ATM, water, merch, etc.) while trying to avoid Sattelite Party. I overheard them playing a Janes Addiction song. I rolled my eyes. After they were done, we made our way forward to the Main stage for:

Silversun Pickups

Now many members on here had praised their live show as the second coming of Christ, so I had high expectations. I was a bit underwhelmed. They weren't bad by any means, and I enjoyed them, but I wasn't really wowed either. They played most of my favorites, including Dream At Tempo 119. Unfortunately they played the songs where whats her name also sings. That girl can't sing. It's dreadful. Anyway, I scored them a 7/10. Afterward, we made our way to:

Amy Winehouse

Because we got there right before she started, we were well outside of the Gobi tent. Her being like 3 feet tall didn't help the view at all, and the only thing in my line of vision were the backup singers. They appeared to be having a good time. I only stayed for 4 or 5 songs, but what I heard was good I thought. Apparently by the time she was done she was trashed and was having trouble keeping her shit together. Good thing I wasn't there to hear it. I gave her a 7/10. Like I said, about halfway through I went over to the Sahara for:

Digitalism

I wasn't entirely familiar with any of their stuff before checking them out, and I did like what I heard, but I thought their set had one too many cockteases. They would drop out the bass, and build it up, like every other dance act does, and it would build. And build. And build. AND BUILD. AND BUILD. AND OH MY GOD EVERYONE IS LOSING THEIR SHIT RIGHT NOW THIS IS GOING TO BE SO FUCKING SICK WHEN THE BASS DROPS BACK IN I CANT WAIT OMG OMG OMG-...hey. where's the bass? Hey what the fuck? This is a new song. WHERE IS THE GOD DAMN BASS? Sometimes they would deliver. Most of the time, not. For that I gave them a 6/10. Around this time I felt a rumbly in my tumbly, so I went and had a quesadilla and listened to:

The Jesus And Mary Chain

I don't have much to say except I liked what I heard. I knew a couple tunes, and it was nice standing in line music. But I was at the food place near the Outdoor stage so I gave it a 7/10. After eating I meandered over closer to the Outdoor stage for:

Peaches

It seems like Peaches is very polarizing. I enjoy her a great deal. I didn't enjoy her tardiness. Anyway, this set was a blast. Highlights included Fuck The Pain Away, Shake Yer Dix, and some others that elude me at the moment. My favorite part had to have been during the last song when she broke it down into a "shirts come off. shirts, shirts come off" chant, and then watching as everyone waved their shirt in the air like it was the world cup or something. Very very fun, and vulgar as always. I loved it. I gave it a 9/10. We stuck around to kill time for Bjork and watched:

Jarvis Cocker

I just recently got into Pulp, so I firgured, what the hell, I might as well stick around. I wasn't terribly impressed with Jarvis. The songs were good and all, but maybe it was the just the fact that Peaches had just tore it up and Jarvis was a bit more mellow. I don't know. He had good banter though. I gave him a 6/10. We left after about 5 songs to get in position for Bjork and ended up catching all of:

Interpol

I didn't have Interpol on my schedule going in, but standing all day decreased my motivation to want to walk to the Sahara for Faithless, who I had never really even heard. This was my second time seeing Interpol, and it was musically infinately better than the first. I think Carlos needs to go back to looking like George McFly and lose the stache for the image to really work for them. They played stuff off of both records and a few new ones. They are still pretty boring to watch though. Also, I have a rant to insert here-

General Standing Concert Etiquette:

Look, I know there are a lot of people at Coachella, and as such, you may want to move closer to try to get a better view, or you have to leave to catch someone else, or you are trying to find friends, etc. This was me all weekend. But. Don't be a huge douche about it. If you are going to move through the crowd, take off your huge fucking backpack stuffed to max capacity with God knows what. Bricks or small children by the look of it. The rest of us are trying to watch Interpol be dramatic and wear all black while you are reeneacting Moses parting the Red Sea. Take the pack off, and carry it in front of you, while you say "excuse me" to those you are trying to get by. More than once I was sent flying onto some dumb bitches feet who got all upset because she happened to be breaking one of the cardinal rules of general admission concerts. The rule being: closed toed shoes. No fucking exceptions. I don't give a fuck how hot it is outside. If you dont want your feet stepped on, or if you at least want to decrase the pain, leave the sandals at home. This is common sense. I'm sorry that I was moved against my will forcing me to rebalance myself and step where your foot was. I am. But I'm not sorry for it hurting. That's your fault. Maybe if Pablo and his horde of Zapatistas weren't trying to move by us with their conga line like procession of friends, this wouldn't have happened. That is another thing I hate. I can understand not wanting to lose your girlfriend in the sea of people watching the show. But I swear to God if another 20 person hand holding train of fucking Paris Hilton clones tries to squeeze through the crowd, someone is getting knifed in the urethra. Back to Interpol.

So yeah. They were good listening. 8/10. Afterward we found the rest of our group and waited with baited breath for:

Bjork

As you all know, I am a fan. This was my 3rd time seeing her, and holy shit. Amazing. Simply amazing. The horns were great, and really did a wonderful job of replacing the string parts on songs from homogenic. I loved it. Army of Me was the best thing I heard all weekend, and whatever that dude was using during Hyperballad, Pluto and Declare Independance was sick as hell. We called it the Evil Chess Set. Yeah. Best set of the weekend, by far. Ronnie just linked me to what it is. The Reactable. (http://mtg.upf.es/reactable/)

A demo of the Reactable.
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I love you Bjork. 10/10.

Friday's avergae score: 7.5


SATURDAY

We got an earlier jump on things for Saturday, but not early enough to catch all of:

Fields

I have really taken a liking to this band. I bought the shirt, and Kerrie took one of the road signs to put up in our house somewhere. We only caught the last 1.5 songs, but it was rockin none the less. Hopefully they will come back state side for a proper tour. The album comes out the same day as Bjork. Pick em both up. I gave them a 9/10. I hung out with Sean and John for a while before heading over to the Main stage for:

Pharoahe Monch

I wasn't entirely into him. Maybe it was the heat, or the time slot or something, but the stuff I checked out online seemed cooler than the live show. Whatever. 5/10. We hung around for:

Fountains Of Wayne

I'm not huge into this band, and only know the singles. What they played was tight musically, which I always appreciate. The lack of Stacies Mom from the setlist was interesting, but made me respect them more. I will have to check out some of the records which seem to get glowing reviews from the likes of Greg and others. The song where the road crew came out to play percussion was a complete ripoff of Don McClean's American Pie, and for that, they get a 7/10. Afterwards we hung out and chatted with some board members before heading off to the Mojave for:

Hot Chip

This tent was a lot more crowded than I had anticipated. None the less, Hot Chip was fun, although they seemed to play a lot of stuff that isn't on The Warning. I knew Boy From School, Over and Over and No Fit State, but the rest were a mystery. 3 girls near us were getting down. That was fun to watch. 8/10. After Hot Chip were started our gauntlet of half sets, beginning with:

The New Pornographers

I just recently got into these guys, and only own Twin Cinema, but love it. I was pleased as most of the set was from this record. All of the songs sounded great. Also, I was near this over-rocker who made it twice as enjoyable. Sorry about the sideways video by the way. I didn't realize I couldn't rotate it.

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Being that it sounded like I was listening to the album and the setlist was great, I gave them a 9/10. I didn't want to to leave, but I had my sights set on the Sahara to catch some of:

MSTRKRFT

Dance party USA. It was a dj set, but it was still a great time. They dropped Daft Punk and everyone went nuts. They dropped House of Pain and everyone went nuts. It was one of those crazy fun dance party moments. The lack of my favorite MSTRKRFT songs warrants them a 7/10. Hunger and wanting to listen to literary prog rock led us to the food court by the Outdoor stage again, and after having some Teriaki bowl action, we caught the end of:

The Decemberists

Unfortunately we only got the last 2 songs (The Perfect Crime and Mariners Revenge), but Mariners Revenge was sweet. They had a giant whale! A WHALE! Yeah. I would have liked to have seen more. Also, the dance contest seemed pretty cool. 7/10. After that we braved all of the fanboys over at the main stage for:

The Arcade Fire

Seriously, I am sick of the hype. I'm also sick of the unecessary band member that runs around and hits things. Fuck that guy. It's distracting, you cant hear what the hell he is doing, and he just generally looks retarded. Get Napoleon Dynamite to play his bell parts instead of beating an unmiced drum. Anyway. Win sounded better than he normally does live which was nice, but I felt Regine and Sarah weren't loud enough in the mix. We only stayed for 4 songs because I have seen them before and am kind of over it. It sounded good though, so I gave em an 8/10. After fighting our way out of the main stage crowd we made our way to the Sahara to catch:

Justice

Except it wasn't Justice. It was Busy P and DJ Medhi, and it was lame. They played Smack My Bitch Up. Like, here. Here is a prodigy song. Yes, we are just playing tracks from cds. It was retarded. 3/10. So yeah. Justice was late, and we only got to watch 10 minutes. I give it a 5/10 because it wasn't very exciting, and we had a date at the Gobi with:

Girl Talk

ARE THERE LADIES IN THIS MOTHA FUCKA?

HELLLLLL YEAHHHHH

ARE THERE FELLAS IN THIS MOTHA FUCKA?

HELLLLLL YEAHHHHH

It was everything I hoped it would be so it gets a 10/10. After that the tent pretty much cleared out, but we stuck around to watch:

Mike Relm

Relm is a turn tablist and video scratcher dude. It was great. The songs were a lot of fun, the video was good and he quickly packed the tent with passers by who caught a whif of the sex scenes being projected up on the screen (including the one from Team America). He dropped Bjork on us to remind us of how fucking amazing she was the night before,then he did his Rage thing and everyone lost their shit.

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This might have been my second favorite set of the weekend. A great sleeper pick. 10/10. Being hungry again we headed to a random food court and got water and corn dogs before heading to the Sahara to catch the last 40 minutes of:

The Rapture

I am not a big Rapture fan but they seemed to have people all in a frenzy and I was enjoying them. We got there right as they started that Chance Of A Lifetime song. I don't even know if that is what it is called, but it's the single. I really liked the idea of the dance rock acts in the tent this year, and it seemed to work out well. I was a surprisingly pleasant way to end the evening, although the walk back to the car was quite a trek.

Saturday's average score: 7.4


SUNDAY

Originally I had planned to watch Lupe Fiasco, The Coup and Explosions In The Sky but sleeping in put on a better show. So we got in around 4:45 and headed to the Mojave for:

Junior Boys

I expected this to be a more low key show but it was pretty fun. Nothing terribly amazing, but a fun way to start the day. 7/10. Afterwards we stuck around for:

CSS

These guys were a ton of fun, and provided us with our second Paris Hilton sighting of the weekend. The first was at Girl Talk. Anyway, they played everything I wanted to hear and everybody was into it. Music was all of our boyfriends, so they got a 9/10. We left during the last song to go one tent over to the Gobi for:

Konono No. 1

This was flat out awesome. All sorts of African instrumentation, including mbiras. The 2 older dudes on the left part of the stage were probably the best, as they looked like statues while playing. It was funny. I caught another over rocker doing a barrel of monkeys kind of dance. Enjoy.

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Here are some other people getting down.

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For coming all the way from Africa and rocking everyone who was wise enough to check them out I give them a 10/10. They ended their set and we headed back to the Mojave for the first 15 minutes of:

Klaxons

It was short but it was sweet, and we got Atlantis To Interzone. We were happy about that. They get a 7/10. Afterward we made our way to the Outdoor stage for:

Placebo

Apparently Placebo and New Order are great buddies and share the same live show philosophy. Play a bunch of songs from your new album while we wait to hear something we know. I was pretty dissapointed. 5/10. We had a sing along to attend, so we went to the Main stage for:

Crowded House

This one was purely just a novelty act, and we arrived just in time for Don't Dream It's Over, which was fun until some fucking douche fuck face thought it would be cute to throw something onstage. I don't care who you are or how much you hate the band playing. You don't boo opening acts, and you sure as fuck don't throw stuff on stage. I mentioned urethra knifing earlier. This is the guy I want it done to. That kind of marred the experience, so I have to give it a 6/10. We got dinner at the teriaki place again, and met up with a large group of boardies for:

Air

Who were late as hell. And played a short set. But were good. But crowded. So it gets a 6/10. Being that they were so late, we decided to skip Teddybears all together, and head to the Main stage for:

Rage Against The Machine

The was the set I was anticipating most all weekend. This was going to be the defining moment of Coachella 07. We were here. The end. The final night. All of the sweat and tears of girls toes I had stepped on was leading up to this. Rage Against The Machine. Or how about, Rage Against the fact that it wasn't loud enough. Or, Rage Against the tempo slipping all over the place. Or, Rage Against the fact that they needed two more months of practice to lock the songs in tight enough. Or, Rage Against the short set list. Large frat guys near us thought it would be fun to rage against other Coachella attendees, so they started a mosh pit. But that wasn't enough for them. They wanted to tear the system down. To start a revolution. And what better way, than with fire.

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Yes, they raged against that machine that is holding them down. All of which, are American dreams. Seriously though, it did get better after a few songs, until Freedom, but it was never as tight as it should have been. Maybe I had it hyped up too much in my head. A fellow board member said that Rage in 99 was the single defining moment of live music in his life. I sincerly hope that 99 was better. I do think though that him and I watch concerts from a different viewpoint. A sort of technical/execution vs. stage presence/showmanship kind of thing. Who knows. So for all of the things that counted against them, it was still Rage, and for that they get a very generous 7/10.

Sunday's Average score: 7

Time to get misty eyed.

It was a pleasure to meet all of you who I had not met previously, and to those I knew, it was great seeing you, as always. You guys are the big highlight of my year. The bands are great and all, but I think what makes it so special for me, and I am sure all of us is that we have such a fun and diverse group to share it with. I love you all. Seriously.

Non musical highlights:

Greg leaving his tickets in Montana
Gabe's brother spitting Ransom 1 rhymes
Playing Wii with Erik
Renting a house with awesome friends
Jimi Hendrix's National Anthem
3 am in the jaccuzzi
As always, pie
Keriann falling into the jaccuzzi
Watching the moon set
Fishing the golf course ponds
Stefan's speeding ticket
Putting the gorilla on the golf course
Getting hassled by grandpa security. Twice.
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Seeing the dude from MSTRKRFT entering our country club


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Farewell Coachella. See you next year.

bballarl
05-02-2007, 12:09 AM
That was a prime in depth review. Whoa, green tongue. And whoa, Dustin. Dustin needs to come back.

bmack86
05-02-2007, 12:51 AM
I liked that quite a bit.

idrive1life
05-02-2007, 01:13 AM
I like it a lot (very comprehensive) though I don't agree to some of them but it's really a fantastic review.


Silversun Pickups

Now many members on here had praised their live show as the second coming of Christ, so I had high expectations. I was a bit underwhelmed. They weren't bad by any means, and I enjoyed them, but I wasn't really wowed either. They played most of my favorites, including Dream At Tempo 119. Unfortunately they played the songs where whats her name also sings. That girl can't sing. It's dreadful.

Yup, if I have one criticism of their performance. I absolutely agree on this one ->
That girl can't sing. It's dreadful.

PassiveTheory
05-02-2007, 09:27 AM
That song you're missing from the SSPU set? Future Foe Scenarios.

Lemme see...

Thursday

Camping was pretty bitchy, thankfully the folks next to us gave us enough space to fit our 3 tents. Ran into fasttrack while getting a lemonade and the picture we took was pretty bitchin'

Friday

Got in a little after 1 pm, enjoyed the view from the entrance for a second before making a beeline to the KROQ misters (did so every day), dropped 12$ on water and bought my girlfriend a Nickel Creek t-shirt since she couldn't come. I wandered about and could hear Flosstradamus from a while aways after a while, but decided to check in on...

Comedians of Comedy, first.

I essentially caught Patton Oswald's opening skit and the guy after him. If the Gobi tent weren't so fucking packed, I would have stayed... I still give kudos to the guys for puttign on a riotous act. 6/10

I'm actually glad I decided to go to the Mojave and give a band Brandon introduced me to a second shot...

The Noisettes

I was pretty damn impressed with these 3, and the lead singer gave it her all, I mean after introducing yourself with "We are the Noisettes, if you do not like punk rock or rock n' roll, PLEASE LEAVE" you had better kick ass or you will be even more lame. But like I said, they rocked it, the Mojave was actually quite cool, and they sounded great live. 8/10

Moved a little further forward for...

Tokyo Police Club

I had only heard a tiny bit from these folks, but they were pretty damn good. Everyone on stage was into it, and there was some comical mid-song interaction between the lead guitarist and the drummer. They tore through their set and I have no complaints, definently a performance not to have missed. 8/10

Moved up once more and got in some prime position for the next act, had a good dialogue going on with the folks beside me.

Tilly and the Wall

I had hoped to find my friend Fred before their performance, but no luck ;_;. The Tilly girls were decently late, but they put on a stellar performance, "Urgency" and "Rainbow In The Dark" were definently highlights for me. I left midway through their set, but I was glad to see enough of them to witness them tearing it up, plus the Tilly girls were quite nice to look at ;) 8/10

Grabbed something to drink/eat (frozen lemonade!) and wandered down to the mainstage just as the next band was getting on stage...

Silversun Pickups

Were pretty damn awesome. The lead singer was getting into it, giving props to Blonde Redhead (who I missed ;_; ) Arctic Monkeys, etc. and shredding all over the fucking stage. It was definently his show, and the chick fucking dissapoints me as a bassist, then again, D'Arcy never did thrill me either... Oh, there goes another comparison to the Pumpkins! Blah, they still rocked it, and playing Future Foe Scenarios, Common Reactor and Lazy Eye before I left was just awesome. 9/10

Wandered over to the Gobi tent to try to get a good spot for Amy Winehouse... YEAH... That wasn't fucking going to happen... After realizing that there was no way I'd be able to get in, I decided to split and get some rolled tacos (MMMM... good) and saw that Stephen Marley about to start over on the Outdoor Theatre. I said, the hell with it, and wandered over there to watch him;

Stephen Marley

Good LORD that was an incredible amount of weed smoked! half the time, from the back, the view was all obscured by gray murky pot-smoke-ness... Not that I minded, though. PPL in the crowd weren't very cool, shooting me dirty looks and what not, when I tried advancing, even though I asked politely and shit... Ah well. Stephen was on though, so was Jr. Gong. Who the fuck was that one guy with the bongo drum who delivered a fiery outburst of spoken-word poetry? He was cool. Stephen stuck with the notion that "this is a Coachella crowd, not a Stephen Marley crowd" and played a ton of Bob Marley songs. Noice. Buffalo Soldier and This Is Reggae Music stood out as highlights, Mind Control and that one Jr. Gong song that wasn't Welcome to Jamrock was kickass too. 8/10

Had a choice to make: Split for Rufus Wainwright and Peeping Tom, or stay for the next two Outdoor acts... Stuck with the latter, especially since I knew the next two crowds would be TOTALLY different, and thus, much more easier to maneuver through. So I got in good position for...

Peaches

Definently one of my highlights of the weekend, and (at the time and still, even now) I don't think she was dreadfully late. Fuck the Pain Away was fucking masterful, and she totally proved her mettle by climbing up the metal barricade, the only artist to do so all weekend. I loved how the Outdoor stage had clocks, that helped with figuring out where to go to and when. Anyway, back to Peaches, she and the Herms really gave it their all, and she actually shaved her fucking armpits! WHOOOO!!! 9.5/10

SO yeah I moved up for Jarvis, felt REALLY stuck, so I moved back again;

Jarvis Cocker

Yeah... The first shitty wait of the weekend. I was only able to catch 4 of his songs, including Fat Children and Don't Let Him Waste Your Time, and I thought the visuals on the latter were amazing. I loved how Jarvis strode around stage, and especially his between-song banter (especially the one where he commented about taking his shirt off, some girl screamed, and he called it an appropriate shriek of terror, classic shit! XD) but alas, there was no way in hell, especially in light of missing Interpol, that I was going to miss the next act...

Faithless

I don't know how to put this... I'll just go with; E P I C. Yeah, that seems appropriate... Their performance reaffirmed my faith in making music, and demonstrated to me just what you can accomplish with a live show. It was the most uplifting spiritual experience I have ever witnessed, and kreutz showing up mid performance was also pretty badass. I hope you enjoyed Bjork dude! Just from start till' finish, Insomnia, God Is A DJ, I Want More, Mass Destruction, We Are 1, etc. It was a PERFECT show, for me at least. 10/10

So, after completely burning myself out at Sahara, I thought I could manage to stand for Gogol Bordello...

Gogol Bordello

'Fraid to say I only caught their first 2 songs then split... I was dead tired, but I was able to witness them bringing on the crazy dancers and shit like that. I hope you guys had fun, and I won't reserve judgment on their performance because I really didn't "witness" it... =/

Heard Bjork's "Declare Independance" on the way out (I stopped for food one final time) and headed to the campsite, tired as fucking hell. Friday was amazing, the best day for me, so I'll give it a 9/10.

I'll post at. and Sun. later on...

amyzzz
05-02-2007, 09:56 AM
Nice, Brandon.

full on idle
05-02-2007, 11:38 AM
Noise. Big Time.


Awesome pics b.

wmgaretjax
05-02-2007, 11:57 AM
Fri:
Comedians of Comedy - 8/10
Of Montreal - 8/10
Silversun Pickups - 4/10
Amy Winehouse - 7/10
Digitalism - 3/10
Rufus Wainwright - 7/10
Jesus and Mary Chain - 8/10
Jarvis Cocker - 8/10
Interpol - 7/10
Bjork - 10/10

Overall, a solid day, but I was really bummed I missed Sonic Youth, El-P and Gogol.

Sat:
Fields - 7/10
Pharoahe Monch - 5/10
The Cribs - 7/10
Chuck Dukowski - 6/10
Fratellis - 7/10
Roky Erickson - 5/10
Hot Chip - 8/10
Nightwatchman - 3/10
New Pornographers - 6/10
Peter Bjorn and John - 7/10
MSTRKRFT - 6/10
Andrew Bird - 9/10
!!! - 10/10
Arcade Fire - 9/10
Justice - 4/10
Girl Talk - 7/10
LCD Soundsystem - 7/10
Mike Relm - 2/10
Gotan Project - 6/10
TGTBTQ - 9/10

Fun day. Bummed that The Rapture went on late so I couldn't check them out. Missed Ghostface unfortunately. Was really pleased with TGTBTQ, and incredibly disappointed by Justice.

Sun:

Anathallo - 6/10
Lupe Fiasco - 7/10
Tapes n Tapes - 8/10
Grizzly Bear - 8/10
Explosions in the Sky - 5/10
Against me! - 8/10 (just for the crowd, too many new songs)
Junior Boys - 7/10
The Roots - 6/10
CSS - 8/10
Konono nr 1 - 9/10
Klaxons - 8/10
Placebo - 3/10
Air - 5/10
Manu Chao - 9/10
Rage - 5/10

Overall, disappointed in rage (left early, was bored. I don't know why I expected to enjoy music I liked in junior high), air, roots, explosions in the sky.

codytwo
05-02-2007, 01:43 PM
Friday:

Comedians of Comedy:

It was really weird sitting in a tent for such a long time, so I left during maria Bamford. I had seen most of the comedians before, but they are all very funny people, with the exception of The Black One. He was not funny at all. Something weird happened at teh beginning of the show, where everyone who was not within two rows of the front chanted "sit down" over and over again. Many people sat down, but this posed a problem for my friend and I, who were in the front row after having waited for quite a long time and would not have seen anything due to the height of the barricade. Patton Oswalt then came out and asked everyone to sit down. We were torn, not wanting to cause a scene, but also not wanting to sit through two hours of comedy without seeing anything at all. Thankfully, just as my friend began to engage in a shouting match with Patton Oswalt, to my embarrassment and horror, the entire tent scooted backward behind us to give room. it was a beautiful thing. I just had to tell that story, so I could say thank you to everyone who moved backwards to accommodate us. You are awesome people. Everything was funny after that, with the highlights being Hard 'n Phirm, who are brilliant.
6/10

Satellite Party:

Perry Farrell is a mumbling idiot. Jane's Addiciton rules, but that giant pile of steaming shred-fest bullshit was a masturbatory vomit-inducing abomination.
4/10 (one extra point for the performance of "Stop" which is a kick ass song)

Silversun Pickups:

I liked this band for a while, but the girlie voice of the lead singer, however good it is, makes me very uncomfortable. And the actual girl who sings can't actually sing. Which is strange. The drummer had a stupid drum set, which prejudiced me immediately. There is no reason for a 10 ft tall crash cymbal stand, and having one is one of the ONLY ways to make transparent blue shells look even more amateurish and retarded.
6/10

Stephen Marley:

This was my nap-time concert, so I reserve judgment. What I heard were some very skillful renditions of his father's songs, but nothing really stomach turning.

Arctic Monkeys:

I liked this performance a lot more than their albums, which I find derivative and trite in the extreme. I was very far back, but I could not stand the attitude of the lead-singer. He seemed very bored and distant. There was not any kind of excitement going on, and i remember thinking the same thing when i saw some of their show at Sasquatch last year. This attitude infuriates me to no end. Be happy that a massive number of people inexplicably hang on your every word and spend money to hear what you have to say and the way you express yourself.
5/10

Jesus and Mary Chain:

I enjoyed this concert immensely. I haven't been a fan at all until relatively recently, but I thought they were far more energetic than I expected, which isn't saying much. They impressed a lot of people near me who were waiting for Interpol and Bjork and were nor familiar with the music, which was cool. The last song, "Reverence," was excellent, and there was a cool moment where someone in the crowd got onto someone else's shoulders and extended their arms to be crucified and screamed "I wanna die just like Jesus Christ!" at the beginning. It was very bad ass.
8/10

El-P:

I really liked El-P live, but it was strange to be at a hip-hop show with music that was so hard to dance to. The beginning was very cool, with Mad World and the build-up. The prisoner costume was a nice touch.
8/10

Gogol Bordello:

Holy shit. Gogol Bordello kicks such an incredible amount of ass live. I decided to see them over Bjork because she is playing Sasquatch this year, and I am glad I did it. The energy at this concert was incredible, and the Mojave tent was a very good atmosphere, with the large majority of people being over at the mainstage. My friend and I were up in the front, and I told him to be prepared for craziness, but he had no idea what to expect at all. He ended up in the front row holding up the drum that Eugene was crowd-surfing on. I will definitely see them again. Best show of Friday by far, and top four for the weekend.
10/10


Saturday:

Fields:

We didn't stay long for them, they weren't anything special it seemed. I can't really make a judgment, but I wasn't impressed.
meh/10

Steve Aoki:

This guy can't match a beat worth shit, and he spent too much time dancing around and not enough time doing anything resembling decent DJ'ing.
3/10

The Chuck Dukowski Sextet:

We didn't have anything else to see at this time, so we picked the band we had heard the least about. This was a huge mistake. The sound check consisted of each member of the band soloing for about two minutes while the sound guy struggled to get their levels right. When the bassist took the mic at the beginning of the set, he thanked Flea for getting them the gig. There is no way they would have gotten it otherwise, because they were among the worst bands I have ever witnessed. It was painful.
1/10

Hot Chip:

We headed over to the Mojave tent after eating so that we could get a good spot for PB and J. I hadn't planned on seeing Hot Chip, but now I wish I would have. Their albums irritated me, but they were incredibly good live, and I wish i could have made it inside the tent to see them. It was fucking packed in their.
8/10

Peter, Bjorn and John:

They were an excellent show, but I think that they need to work on their instrumentation. The album did not translate very smoothly into a live performance. Specifically, Amsterdam was lackluster and missing the whistling, which is essential to the song. I hoped for more, but when they got it right, it was fucking excellent. Up Against a Wall was extended a lot and very very good.
7/10

Busy P and DJ Mehdi:

My friends all went and saw the Arcade Fire and The Decemberists, but I had seen one and am seeing the other in a month, so I headed over to the Sahara to check out the Ed Banger crew. I thought they kicked ass, honestly, but I haven't read anything good about them from anyone else. It was a very small crowd, but a lively one. They spun a weird remix of Testify, and that was fun. I look forward to catching them at another time, with a bigger crowd.
7/10

Justice:

I was really close for Justice, and I am fucking glad. They completely tore it down. The stage set-up was really simple but it worked perfectly. "never be Alone" and "Phantom" made the tent go completely nuts, and I was not expecting the reaction they got. I can't wait for this album and a real US tour. Justice is the truth.
9/10

LCD Soundsystem:

I was in the front for LCD Soundsystem, and it was strange because it felt like th crowd was substantially smaller than the one for Justice. Murphy and his cohorts delivered exactly as expected, with a funky, soulful, entertaining set. Also, whoever is on the left in this picture, I'm pretty sure you were behind me and to the left during LCD. You looked at me and made the "This rocks!" expression.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v686/hawkingvsreeve/bb.jpg

I was very tired after LCD and went to sleep pretty soon after. Saturday was fucking hot.

I can't be bothered to finish this shit now, but on Sunday, everything kicked ass, except Air had technical difficulties and Rage was mediocre.

It was really funny to see Paris Hilton at Air. My friend yelled "YOU LOOK BETTER IN NIGHTVISION" at her. She frowned at her friend after that. And i am pretty sure most of the booing was for her, and not Air's lateness. The version of "People in the City" that they played was absolutely ridiculously amazing.

keriann
05-02-2007, 05:32 PM
Brandon those pictures are hilarious

schoolofruckus
05-02-2007, 05:46 PM
Around 4:50 we walked over to the main stage to catch Silversun Pickups. They played a good enough set, the highlight being “Lazy Eye”, which surprised me. They didn’t play “Melatonin”, which was a bummer, but they sounded pretty good. The singer/guitar player continues to be one of the weirdest people ever. The setlist:

Well-Thought Out Twinkles
?
Rusted Wheel
Little Lovers
Walls?
Kissing Families
(soft song)
Lazy Eye
Common Reactor


I don't know the 2nd song, because the traffic/ticket problems caused us to miss the first couple songs. I'm guessing it's "Dream at Tempo 119", because someone said they played it somewhere else. "Walls?" was "Future Foe Scenarios". "(soft song)" was "Three Seed".



Explosions in the Sky were being ridiculous on the main stage. I had no intention of seeing them again, but they were totally fucking destroying it. So I watched it, and enjoyed it much more than the El Rey show. But it was no Mogwai 06. That was untouchable.

I agree that they were better here than at the El Rey. They swapped out "First Breath After Coma" with "The Only Moment We Were Alone" as the closer, which was great. But Mogwai '06 might never be touched.


On the way back we heard one Sonic Youth tune from afar before heading over to listen to Bjork. I have to see her on her tour now, because she sounded awesome. Her band was great, she sounded great, her outfits were awesome, and the electronics guy (I forget his name) had the coolest toys I had ever seen.

Mark Bell

thinnerair
05-02-2007, 06:19 PM
Brandon,

My head is so much bigger than yours. Nice pictures.

Recovering from a long weekend in women's sunglasses,
nando

mountmccabe
05-02-2007, 06:20 PM
I'm gonna finish this later.

I stuck around for Arctic Monkeys. I don't like them, really. One time one of my bosses asked if I knew them and said that he had heard about them so I made a mix CD that started with a couple of their songs and then followed that up with songs by artists I liked a whole lot more that were in the same vein. He bought the Arctic Monkeys album. Anyway I found myself enjoying them quite a bit more than I figured. Also I just realized that I already wrote about them. Dammit.

I moved up for the Jesus and Mary Chain, my number one for the entire weekend; been listening half my life, never seen 'em live. They were, well, not exciting. I mean, it was great to see them but it's not like they chatted with the crowd and made jokes. It's not like they moved much more than to turn their backs to the crowd. It's not like Scarlett added anything to "Just Like Honey." What they did do is play a great selection of wonderful songs. They felt a little slow to me but one of the greatest bits from the festival for me was hearing "Reverence." That gave major shudders of wonder.

I bolted off to the Gobi to catch the last half of Busdriver's set. I made it through it all but I doubt I could've done the whole thing. He has some great songs but they do reach, at times. He came off as very manic this time, changing much of the phrasing and rhythms that make his songs great.

I found my friends and got some food and heard Jarvis Cocker from behind the bleachers. I was bored by him. I don't really like the new album. EDIT: Also we saw when he started because of the stage running late. So I knew I had more time and ran off for a good chunk of Interpol.

I saw "Obstacle 1," "NARC." My friends were ready to bolt so I said unless the next one is a new one (my main motivation for seeing them this time) or a favorite I'd go with. Next up was "Say Hello to the Angels" so I stuck around for it and then "Mammoth," a new one.

I moved to the Outdoor Theatre for Sonic Youth and couldn't get to where my camping friends were but found Erik, Alma and Tom instead so that's good. I like Sonic Youth. I thought they could've been louder. I though they could've played more than two songs not on Rather Ripped. "Candle" and "100%" are fine, fine choices, though. Also Kim Gordon is amazing. Thurston didn't get much of a chance to make beautiful non-song-focused guitar noises but oh well; that's why you see them headline.

Erik left for another set and Alma and Tom and I moved towards the Coachella stage for Bjork. She had already started. She was one maybe "All is Full of Love" when we got there. We slowly moved up and lost Tom in the process and found Brandon and Kerrie. Their energy was infectious or maybe it was stuff like "Army of Me" but I really started enjoying Bjork's set. It was a great spectacle and not what I think of when I think of live shows but hey, occasionally it can be fun. Especially when it's in support of such great songs.

Then I went back to the campsite and was extremely tired and fell asleep.


Saturday later.

bmack86
05-02-2007, 06:25 PM
Cody, that was me. I was right up front for LCD, and I definitely gave people the "This Rocks" expression.

full on idle
05-02-2007, 06:39 PM
I looked for you Bmack, and I was disappointed that I wasn't there when Brandon told me he met you.

tessalasset
05-02-2007, 09:48 PM
Also, I was near this over-rocker who made it twice as enjoyable.HAH i totally took a video of her, too, while she was losing her shit during Explosions in the Sky.

Wheres the beef?
05-02-2007, 09:57 PM
BEST THREAD EVER

I used to think that I was doing something right because airguitarvet called my threads "BEST THREAD EVER" but now I realize that every 2.7983 threads is "BEST THREAD EVER" so its kind of lame now.

chrislasf
05-02-2007, 10:05 PM
Yes, you were being made fun of.

bballarl
05-02-2007, 10:11 PM
Chris = +10 reality points, +10 stamina

luckyface
05-02-2007, 10:54 PM
I used to think that I was doing something right because airguitarvet called my threads "BEST THREAD EVER" but now I realize that every 2.7983 threads is "BEST THREAD EVER" so its kind of lame now.

Now? It has been lame since the 3rd day he started doing that.

bmack86
05-02-2007, 11:00 PM
I looked for you Bmack, and I was disappointed that I wasn't there when Brandon told me he met you.

I tried looking for people, but I realized when I got there that the only people I figured I'd recognize were Gabe, Jeff, Tessa, Jennie, Dani, Andrew (All of whom I'd met before) and Yablo, because of his amazing video. I saw John at Tapes 'n' Tapes and met Chris, Brandon, Kerrie and Ronnie thru Andrew and Gabe. O, and John and I saw PassiveTheory (we think) at Tapes 'N' Tapes, but it might have been an afro.

Jenniehoo
05-02-2007, 11:04 PM
I'm really glad I saw you again. You had a positive vibe about the whole experience that was invigorating to see in person.

bmack86
05-02-2007, 11:15 PM
I need to see you guys more often around LA

bballarl
05-02-2007, 11:17 PM
Ditto. When I return in August.

clarky123
05-03-2007, 05:32 AM
Liked about 5 bands. Its far too hot, expensive and uncomfortable at Coachella and Im afraid I won't be coming back. Its very difficult to showcase so many bands over three days and the organisers should consider a smaller line up of acts. Whinge over.

york707
05-03-2007, 06:15 AM
Liked about 5 bands. Its far too hot, expensive and uncomfortable at Coachella and Im afraid I won't be coming back. Its very difficult to showcase so many bands over three days and the organisers should consider a smaller line up of acts. Whinge over.

Awesome review. You should try the Weenie Roast.

mountmccabe
05-03-2007, 08:28 AM
Liked about 5 bands. Its far too hot, expensive and uncomfortable at Coachella and Im afraid I won't be coming back. Its very difficult to showcase so many bands over three days and the organisers should consider a smaller line up of acts. Whinge over.

Which five bands? Which day(s) did you go?

I, personally, love the fact that there're five stages and 3-5 bands playing at any given time. Even if it means I miss bands I wanna see.

PassiveTheory
05-03-2007, 09:32 AM
O, and John and I saw PassiveTheory (we think) at Tapes 'N' Tapes, but it might have been an afro.

Yeah, that was me, I was trying to get a good spot for the Kooks. =D Tapes n' Tapes were not impressive though... =/

bballarl
05-04-2007, 04:52 PM
I think I have the setlists basically right now.

summerkid
05-04-2007, 05:34 PM
The highlights

JAMC-Everything I expected perfect level of noise and feedback i was afraid they might overdo it a bit. trademark indifference. William playing guitar with his back to the audience and Jim sneering up on stage and they sounded great.

LCD Soundsystem-Great Set. Full of energy almost perfect set list.

Justice- Only negative thing i have to say was that it was too short but man did they put on a show. WE ARE YOUR FRIENDS!! indeed.

Jarvis Cocker-What a showman seemed to hit all the right notes up on stage. played some of his best songs from his album and is there an artist with better onstage banter than Jarvis Cocker?

The Roots-Flat out jam session man can these guys play. ?uestlove is the fucking man. That Masters of War cover was killer.


honorable mentions: Arctic Monkeys (not a fan of them, but they brought it liver), Hot Chip (huge Dance party in the mojave), Teddybears (just a fun set), Noisettes (Fucking Rocked!!!).

tessalasset
05-04-2007, 05:40 PM
Seriously. hot chip ruled.

Stefinitely Maybe
05-05-2007, 12:41 AM
I enjoyed the festival more than 2006 but less than 2005 and 2004. Bring on 2008.

rampaige
05-05-2007, 08:04 AM
The only other year I've been was 2006, but I must say 2007 blew last year out of the water. Maybe cause of the better lineup, but probably also due to the fact that I went in with a plan of attack each day, rather than lounging in the beer garden for hours on end.

Yablonowitz
05-05-2007, 02:08 PM
I didn't know that Nando played guitar for Amy Winehouse.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v682/yablonowitz/Coachella%2007/100_1090.jpg

ewiggy
05-05-2007, 02:18 PM
ahahah

amyzzz
05-05-2007, 06:02 PM
honorable mentions: Arctic Monkeys (not a fan of them, but they brought it liver)
Did I miss something? Did AM have a dog mascot?

mountmccabe
05-06-2007, 08:30 PM
Saturday later.

Saturday was the only day I had to walk into the festival. The others I managed to get a ride. The lines in were almost non existant so we had plenty of time before Fields so we went to Merch. Sean got a lot of shirts. I got a Jesus and Mary Chain one.

http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i269/mountmccabe/Coachella/2007/3d324383.jpg

Then we went over to the Mojave for Fields. I tried not to think of Evanescence and it was good, mostly. Not all of their songs are as good as "Song For the Fields" but tev. I took a lot of pics.

Jamie Putnam:
http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i269/mountmccabe/Coachella/2007/Fields/f9a3aff4.jpg

Nick Peill:
http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i269/mountmccabe/Coachella/2007/Fields/92a81eea.jpg

And here is Valarie playing bass guitar in her pink pants:
http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i269/mountmccabe/Coachella/2007/Fields/b9f051f8.jpg

Fine, that's actually Matty Derham. Anyway they finished and I found some board people. Brandon and Kerrie. Maybe Alma. Maybe Erik. Maybe Ronnie. Who knows. We chatted and then headed out to the Coachella Stage to watch Pharaohe Monch from afar.

He was better than the preperatory mp3s I had listen to caused me to believe. I don't remember much.

We stuck around because there were plenty of people showing up and they had that half barrier by the soundstage up so we could sit down on hot metal. I decided against moving away by myself to see the Frames or Chuck Dukowski Sextet and stayed put for Fountains of Wayne.

FOW are not particularly exciting for me but they play good straightforward power pop. We got pretty close because one member of our group was quite excited for them. And because the stage was not that packed, really. They played several songs I recognized like "Radiation Vibe."

Greg and Ronnie saw PassiveTheory and moved up to say hi as some FOWers left but I could not get closer. And I moved back to rest rather than stand up close for Regina. I figured I'd know when to move.

I didn't but whatever. Regina was quite wonderful. She played a lot of Begin to Hope songs. Sometimes she played alone with her piano, often she had a band backing her. "Apres Moi" was a favorite. "That Time" didn't do as much for me as the studio version. It's rather dependant upon the exact phrasing and all, I think. Anyway this was my first great set of the day.

I considered leaving the crowd for a quick bit of Hot Chip but decided instead on just going straight to the New Pornographers. Also Tom bought some waters which was nice.

Dialog:
Person 1: I miss Neko.
Person 2: Yeah, Carl's neice is not nearly as pretty.
Person 1: That's exactly what I meant.

or something like that. I thought Kathryn did much better on Neko's parts than Carl did on Dan's (they played "Jackie Dressed in Cobras.") Anyway lots of Twin Cinema. Lots of funny. Carl was trying to figure out who they could hear bleed over from the Coachella Stage and eventually they started singing along to a hit from Travis trying to get us to do so as well. Also Carl said "this is a math rock song" and then played "The Jessica Numbers."

http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i269/mountmccabe/Coachella/2007/104eb18e.jpg

The people in my lab have learned to love "Young Folks" (and tolerate the rest of Writer's Block) so I had special motivation to try and see them... but it seems like lots of people had coworkers wanting pics of the band. This is as close as I got, really.

http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i269/mountmccabe/Coachella/2007/b63b862b.jpg

which was during "Young Folks" with somebody or other singing Victoria's part. I obviously couldn't tell who it was and I've heard conflicting reports. Oh well. It would've been great to've seen the whole set from inside the tent but Coachella is all about conflict.

Like missing the Decemberists for going to see Andrew Bird.

Which shall be related later.

full on idle
05-06-2007, 08:37 PM
I totes agree about "That Time". I needed that drum kick-in and it didn't kick in.

My pink pants>those pink pants. Those pink pants are straight tacky.

mountmccabe
05-06-2007, 08:41 PM
I totes agree about "That Time". I needed that drum kick-in and it didn't kick in.

That's what it was. I forgot that.


My pink pants>those pink pants. Those pink pants are straight tacky.

I also forgot/don't remember you wearing pink pants. :(

full on idle
05-06-2007, 08:51 PM
It's okay, John, I'm not mad at you.

MarkO
05-06-2007, 09:11 PM
......... The lines in were almost non existant so we had plenty of time before Fields so we went to Merch. Sean got a lot of shirts. I got a Jesus and Mary Chain one. ..........

JAMC had tees ?? WTF. Damnit.

mountmccabe
05-06-2007, 09:14 PM
Now that I think of it I think I bought my shirt on Friday. Though that doesn't make any sense because they were out of the black "April Skies" one. I got a red Psychocandy one.

MarkO
05-06-2007, 09:39 PM
They had more than 1 shirt ? Even more wtf. I was in front of the damn merch tent at 1.45 on Friday !! Why didn't I see these tees ?

idrive1life
05-06-2007, 09:42 PM
Ahhhh, nice sig Mark ... Editors! (their second album is coming 6/25! go get 'em in '08, GV)

Great pics, John!

bballarl
05-06-2007, 10:06 PM
I wanted to meet Bob Mould at Coachella this year. I failed.

desphrs
05-07-2007, 08:48 AM
http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w148/desphrs/title-pic.jpg


A personal travel diary, event overview, and concert rundown of the first -- and best? -- festival of the 2007 season.

This is long, so click on the links below to read what you want.

The Warm-Up (http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=35560568&blogID=260690189)
Day 1 (http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=35560568&blogID=260816311)
Day 2 (http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=35560568&blogID=261151334)
Day 3 (http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=35560568&blogID=261761006)
The Cool-Down (http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=35560568&blogID=261763693)

Enjoy!

TomAz
05-07-2007, 09:02 AM
Greg and Ronnie saw PassiveTheory and moved up to say hi as some FOWers left but I could not get closer. And I moved back to rest rather than stand up close for Regina. I figured I'd know when to move.


Confessions time:

Greg: (pointing) "look, there's Passive theory"

Me: "huh? where"

Greg: (still pointing) "right there. passive theory"

Me: "uhhhhhhhhhhh"

Greg: (looking at me like I'm dumb as bricks) "see the 'fro?"

Me: "mmmmmmmmmm"

I had no idea who Passive Theory was. I mean of course I remember (now) the pics posted and all that, but at that moment, I had a total brain block. blame it on the sun. I thought greg was talking about some musician I'd never heard of. "Uh, passive theory, right, ok, you guys go say hi".

downingthief
05-07-2007, 02:34 PM
[QUOTE=mountmccabe;191327]Saturday was the only day I had to walk into the festival. The others I managed to get a ride. The lines in were almost non existant so we had plenty of time before Fields so we went to Merch. Sean got a lot of shirts. I got a Jesus and Mary Chain one.

Yes, I did. 3 to be exact. John, you must have got your JAMC shirt on a different day; don't remember you getting one.

Nice pics of the Fields! I'll have to get mine loaded up, one of these days.

clarky123
05-10-2007, 01:01 AM
Awesome review. You should try the Weenie Roast.

You should try stickin your head up your ass to see if it fits!