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    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.
    Last edited by bballarl; 05-04-2007 at 04:58 PM. Reason: Brandon filled out some setlists, Dani filled me in on Mondays, Gabe helped with Silversun, Arctic Monkeys

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    i had fun

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    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.
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    Anyone know who the guy in the Cardinals jersey is? I've seen him in pictures on the board and I thought I saw him this year.

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    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).

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    i thought the decemberists connected quite nicely with the crowd. Especially during the mariners song.

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    like I said it was probably just me.
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    Anyone know who the guy in the Cardinals jersey is? I've seen him in pictures on the board and I thought I saw him this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TomAz View Post
    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!

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    BEST THREAD EVER
    coachella vet: 02, 03, 06, 07, 08, 09......
    http://mrgwillgo.blogspot.com/

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    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....

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    Quote Originally Posted by airguitarvet View Post
    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.

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    Yes, you were being made fun of.
    I like it. It's not my favorite shit in the world, but it's a smart, funny show.

    P.S. I'm gay

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingsblend420 View Post
    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.

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    What an amazing weekend. Full review is up now. I hope everyone enjoyed it and I can't wait for next year. Sniff.

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    Dude Andrew I didn't know you were gonna be there for Happy Mondays. I loved that set.
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    I feel like dad-rock wouldn't get so bad of a rep if we called it pop-rock

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    It was unbelievable. And how the place went nuts for "Step On"? Fantastic. I wish I didn't leave early.

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    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.
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    I like a lot of groups. I can't help myself. And I would have kicked myself if I missed the beginning of RATM.

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    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.

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    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.
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    Okay, cause I just jotted down in my phone what it said on the set list given to the soundboard.

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    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.
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    That RATM song I can't think of is bothering me. And the JAMC songs. I should know those.

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    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!
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    These are the bands I saw:


    I'll post reviews/comments later.
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    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 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.
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    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.
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    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.



    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:


    Nick Peill:


    And here is Valarie playing bass guitar in her pink pants:


    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."



    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.



    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.
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    ......... 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.
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    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
    Day 1
    Day 2
    Day 3
    The Cool-Down

    Enjoy!
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