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    1. The spotlights. Why were they so toned down from last year? I was really expecting that to be back this year and although they did a little bit of their tricks there was clearly a distinct cutback in the orchestration and awesomeness of those spots. It took the wind out of my sails a bit.

    2. The main stage lighting/screens. What the fuck? You couldn't see anything on those screens before nightfall worth half a shit. And seeing as The Black Keys and Yeah Yeah Yeahs both went on before the sun had set, it kinda took away from what were my two favorite sets of the weekend. Also, the lighting scheme on the main was kinda weird. During The Cure it looked like there were a few scattered lights trying to poke through a black curtain behind them. There was a vid screen behind McCartney--did The Cute just not want to use it? Felt like that during Franz too.

    Otherwise I was pretty pleased I suppose. It felt a lot like 2007 to me though, where Friday was awesome and then things got progressively less interesting Saturday and Sunday. Saturday was really, really weak. I tried. I went around to every fucking stage I could and there just wasn't anything that good happening. Chem Bros were weak despite what everybody says, Crookers were great though, and MSTRKRFT was horseshit as usual.
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    I'm pretty sure the general air was cleaner this year and therefore you couldn't see the spotlights as well. Yes, some things like the smoke from burning flesh and the flaming serpant generated solid smoke, but it was very localized and blew east with the evening breeze, highlighting only a couple of the searchlihts.

    I remember it very still in the night last year and if you looked up, there was a layer of haze hanging out over the festival. It made the lights so awesome.

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    i agree with the screens...during the day you couldn't see shit unless the cameraman got a shot with the blue sky in the background

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    I agree about the screens too. Hard to see during the YYYs.

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    I was close enough so the screens didn't play in but agree, since they were see through and weren't bright enough...

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    yeah that was a pretty lame idea with that kind of projection. Same goes for the sahara, you couldn't see any of the visuals untill it was night time.

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    Randy, your opinion on Sunday is moot.
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    I kind of agree with you about the 2007 similarity. Friday was definitely the best day. However, for me this year wasn't as uneven as 2007. Saturday actually suprised me. The Chemical Bros, Gang Gang Dance, Thievery Corp & TV on the Radio were all superb imo. Amanda Palmer was pretty good too. The Chems may had more to do with my surroundings & the people I was with, but I thought they were fantastic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kreutz2112 View Post
    Randy, your opinion on Sunday is moot.
    I loved Sunday. Saw some great sets.

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    I felt like, barring MSTRKRFT, Girl Talk and the Crystal Method, virtually no DJs really used the projection screens to their fullest extent, whereas last year I remember, vividly, Boys Noize, Erol Alkan, et. all using the screens very well. The Dome screens, however, were very well done.

    The main stage screens were weird, I agree.
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    The after hour djs in the dome were horrible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by downingthief View Post
    I loved Sunday. Saw some great sets.
    me too. favorite day I have ever attended at coachella. randys opinion on sunday is very skewed though and does not hold any weight.
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    Sunday was great. MBV made up for any disappointment. Prior to their set there were a few bummers for me, but they made all that negativity go away.

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    I kinda liked the screens that way (unclear until night). I thought it was sort of artistically cool. I like the idea of the bands coming into focus as night approaches.

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    I agree with Randy on the screens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by downingthief View Post
    I loved Sunday. Saw some great sets.
    agreed. randy's full of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PassiveTheory View Post
    MSTRKRFT, Girl Talk and the Crystal Method, virtually no DJs really used the projection screens to their fullest extent, whereas last year I remember, vividly, Boys Noize, Erol Alkan, et. all using the screens very well.
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    Friday was my favorite day by far (and yes, Saturday was extra weak). Sunday was good.

    One thing I noticed is that every fucking stage had technical problems.

    We Are Scientists had a bit of tech problems with some feedback. (Main)

    Molotov's lead singer's guitar didn't work for more than half of the set. (Outdoor)

    the Sahara had the weakest sound of all on Friday. This took a toll for Felix Da Housecat. I don't know if the speakers at the back of the Sahara where turned off or they didn't work, but that sucked big time. (Sahara)

    The Bug.... don't even get me started..... Warrior Queen's mic didn't work for like 3 minutes and the song had to be started 3 times. (Gobi)

    White Lies had some feedback problems. (Mojave)
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    I found the sound problems to be very minimal. Of note, only Fleet Foxes (poor mixing, lack of pure power), Crystal Method (rear Sahara speakers kept on going out), Blitzen Trapper (they kept on needing their mics turned up) and Antony (needed his mic up higher in the mix) had sound issues. And none were horrendous.
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    The change of the water refill policy, very uncool. I had the Coachella bottle so I had no problems, but once you announce something, just stick to it.

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    Oh, and the sound during The Horrors was a disaster, they kept lowering the singer's volume.

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    Cutting off the Cure was a big disaster. at least someone got to keep Robert Smith's guitar when he dropped it in the crowd.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PC-2 Violence View Post
    The after hour djs in the dome were horrible.
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    In general the Gobi sound was awful. Los Campesinos was unbearable for the first couple of minutes. Then Blitzen trapper couldnt ever get away from that distortion. I thought the sound was better in the mojave though, and great on the outdoor and main.

    Sahara was bumpin as usual but on friday only the front speakers were turned on and it was not loud at all. It was not a real sahara experience. I could hold a conversation by the sound booth.

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    I disagree, Blitzen Trapper weren't distorted, they just kept on asking for their sound levels to be raised and that was the price they paid.
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    the screens were honestly pissing me off and helping me to really have a hard time getting into a couple sets, mainly TVOTR and YYYs....and mostly because they looked amazing last year all day, so i had big expectations

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    Sunday was fine, there were some really good acts, but as you know I'm not an MBV fan so I had a big dead zone in the middle of my Sunday night. It was VASTLY better than Saturday though, where there was literally nothing at night worth watching.
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    But mostly I'm just complaining that it looks like they went back down to the number of spotlights in 2007 instead of the big increase they had in 2008 and they didn't do nearly enough with them. That and the lighting/screen fuckups on the main.
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    besides the screens, my only other beef was scheduling problems regarding soundbleeding...like Fleet Foxes vs. thievery Corp...that bleed basically ruined Fleet Foxes for me, I was pissed off

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