View Full Version : In depth reviews of Coachella 2008

04-26-2008, 12:06 AM
When the weekend is done I will post mine. Please post your reviews, pics, thoughts, whatever as well. Friday was a good start.

04-26-2008, 12:35 AM
Tonight was really good and I especially liked it because unlike last year it was really easy to WALK AROUND!! It wasn't nearly as full as last year.. The sahara was cracking all day/night!

04-26-2008, 12:56 AM
I agree, one of the smallest crowds ever for Coachella made for a fun easy day. Even the weather was nice for a change. Goldfrappe was the big surprise for me, awesome set. I also liked the band from Iceland, Radiohead meets Bjork lol, the soul singer from Brooklyn, the guy from the Frames, and the breeders. But I think Racontuers were my fav, they killed it as usual. They should have been headliners. Red Kross was good but didnt play long enough. The Black Lips and Pendulum were blowin down their tents. And of course the vibe at Fatboy was the highlight of the night.

04-26-2008, 02:12 AM
IF you were at LES SAVY FAV, and you saw a fat guy getting his foot rubbed by TIM, that was me. Just thought I would tell you about it.

04-26-2008, 08:50 AM
Our blog's coverage from Day One:


04-26-2008, 08:56 AM
We liked dan le sac vs. scroobius pip a lot and regretted leaving early to see goldfrapp.

04-26-2008, 09:22 AM
Our blog's coverage from Day One:


Um, that's not coverage. You guys never left the Sahara Tent.

04-26-2008, 09:26 AM
We just went from beer garden to beer garden. Great day!!

Cheddar's Cousin
04-26-2008, 09:53 AM
I wish the Sahara tent was moved to...THE SAHARA!

Redd Kross still rocks.

04-26-2008, 10:11 AM
well we got there early. lockers are a great luxury. totally enjoyed the heineken tent great place to cool off. they did add 2 tents for people to cool off. crowd seemed smaller but that was nice to be able to move around also the way they have it setup it seemed a lot easier to get feom where the merchandise is to the tents. more reviews to come.

04-26-2008, 10:23 AM
LOVED the lesser crowds!

who i saw (partial & full): les savy fav, black kids, jens lekman, cut copy (full set), vampire weekend, goldfrapp, santogold (full set), aphex twin, swell season, sharon jones (full set), black lips (full set), fatboy slim

my top 3:
1. cut copy
2. black lips
3. santogold

last 20 minutes of aphex twin was great.

regrets: bummed 'bout not seeing battles again b'cos i arrived late - opted to see les savy fav instead b'cos of this

04-26-2008, 04:55 PM
the end of black lips slayed

04-26-2008, 05:00 PM
We just went from beer garden to beer garden. Great day!!

Was the beer cold?

04-27-2008, 07:08 AM
prince was the most epic set ever. And it felt much more crowded today, obviously. Mainly at night because the tents were often almost completely empty during downtime. And i just walked up to the front 10 minutes before kraftwerk and was 25 feet from the rail. Too bad some fuck rag stole my camera so i couldnt get any pics of the big 3. Unless someone has a change of heart and finally turns it in. But those pics on that camera were priceless, and what would have been even moreso.

04-27-2008, 07:46 AM
^ oh man. that sucks Boourns. Sorry that happened. I would be major pissed! I have been taking about 400 pics / 25 videos a day. Prince was awesome, but I didn't stay long into his set.

And yeah, it was really easy to walk up really close to all the bands I wanted to see so far.

Here's to another day!! ROCK ON COACHELLA!

04-27-2008, 07:49 AM
IF you were at LES SAVY FAV, and you saw a fat guy getting his foot rubbed by TIM, that was me. Just thought I would tell you about it.



04-27-2008, 08:08 AM
I've seen prince 16 times now live and this one was right up there as one of the best. what it made great was it was very guitar driven and he rocked it. amazing santana medley jam. version of creep was pretty cool. classics like 1999 u got the look little red corvette purple rain let's go crazy were all home runs! amazing nite . I'm tired but ready for one more magical night

04-27-2008, 08:20 AM
I was right at the fucking rail for kraftwerk and portishead. Portishead was the most amazing performance I have ever seen. The emotion and skill Beth put into each and every song was heartbreaking. AND I fucking shook her hand at the end. The sound for both was astonishingly good--clear as a bell. Loved the videos for Kraftwerk, and the ROBOTS! cool.

04-27-2008, 08:22 AM
I've seen prince 16 times now live and this one was right up there as one of the best. what it made great was it was very guitar driven and he rocked it. amazing santana medley jam. version of creep was pretty cool. classics like 1999 u got the look little red corvette purple rain let's go crazy were all home runs! amazing nite . I'm tired but ready for one more magical night

damn.. much jealousy. Did Prince have any special guests come up and perform with him? I can't believe he threw in a radiohead song for shits n giggles.
and fuck everyone who also gets to attend tonight. The entire Dark Side of the Moon performed live under a desert sky.. should make for a tough year to beat, despite Fri. being so underwhelming.

04-27-2008, 08:26 AM
I was actually very impressed with kraftwerk and portishead. both had excellent sound and performed them well. amazing tripleheader last night!

04-27-2008, 08:42 AM
Day 2 over at CoS:


04-27-2008, 08:50 AM
Did Prince have any special guests come up and perform with him?

morris day and sheila e.

04-27-2008, 10:37 AM
"Don't you never say an unkind word about the Time! Me and Silent Bob modeled our whole fucking lives around Morris Day and Jerome. I'm a smooth pimp who loves the pussy. And Tubby here is my black man servant. What?"

04-27-2008, 11:04 AM
And they still got the moves...

04-28-2008, 08:52 PM

My friend and I got to the festival pretty late by my standards...2:00ish. Redd Kross was my first must-see act of the day. They were just as fun as the last time I saw them, and they played "Lady in the Front Row" to make me extremely happy. It was lame when the annoying girl from Be Your Own Pet came out and yelled and danced for two songs but whatever. She can enjoy herself too, even though her band sucks Le Balls. Also, the guitar player from Redd Kross, who normally would look like the most square dude ever, totally rocks and I love how geeky he is.

From there I went to Battles. I got there maybe five minutes late, and the tent was super packed. So I watched from the back of the Gobi. They were fucking awesome, and the singer barely did the obnoxious Smurf effect, which probably helped me enjoy it more.

I watched the very end of Les Savy Fav and enjoyed whatshisname's climbing and the band photo. The music? Not so much. It wasn't bad but it didn't really do anything for me.

After that I went to the food court and heard part of Architecture in Helsinki, who sounded really 80s. Then I walked over to The Breeders. The sound was TERRIBLE the first few songs. Once that was fixed, they sounded pretty good. Their success in the past seems almost flukeish to me though...their songs are really fucking weird. Even "Cannonball." I left before the last song ended but they were fun. I would give them another chance.

Mum was really good. I would have enjoyed it more if I was sitting down, but the music was really pretty and they were charming and Icelandic. The girls could fucking sing.

Then I saw The National, who impress me waaaaaaay more live than on record. Very big 80s sound to them live (I mean that in an epic way, not a synthy way.) Tom and I were trying to place it and he mentioned Simple Minds, which I think is accurate in describing their bigness. Great sunset band. I liked the horn section. Here is the setlist from the setlist thread:

Start a War
Mistaken for Strangers
Secret Meeting
Baby, We'll Be Fine
Slow Shot
Squalor Victoria
Apartment Story
Fake Empire
Mr. November

Then I watched a few minutes of The Raconteurs. Because I worship at the altar of Jack White, I wish I could have seen the whole thing. But I figure they will come around again. Jack was melting faces and the band sounded fucking fantastic. The jam they were having on “Blue Veins” was sick. But I decided to go watch Aphex Twin, because he almost doesn’t exist in real life.

I thought I had missed all of Goldfrapp because I couldn't bring myself to leave The National. She was running over time, becasue as I walked by as she was singing the one song I really wanted to hear (which I guess is called "Ooh La La".) I love how glammy it is. So I was pleased about that. The tent was dancing pretty good, which was fun. Then I watched Aphex Twin for about five minutes. This was during what was evidently the "boring" section of his show, but at least I can say I have seen him now. It was cool enough.

EDIT: She closed with "Strict Machine", not "Ooh La La". That is the song I heard. I like both songs.

I watched the intro/first song from Aesop Rock on my way back, and I am sure he was good. But I had far more important things to do, namely getting as close as possible for The Verve.

I was expecting big things. I fucking love their music. The Verve completely met and then exceeded my expectations. They blew me away. Their sound is tailor made for festivals. I tore my voice to shreds singing (yelling) along with all their tunes. God damn they were good. Bryan made a really great point afterwards, saying that he didn't think he would want to see them in a smaller venue. This was magical. "Bittersweet Symphony" gave me chills. And the last song, "Love Is Noise", was an unbelievable set closer. I cannot wait to see them again. Hopefully in a field with thousands of other people. Hot damn. So good.

This Is Music
Space and Time
Life’s An Ocean
Weeping Willow
Sit and Wonder
Rolling People
The Drugs Don’t Work
Lucky Man
Bittersweet Symphony
Love Is Noise

After The Verve thoroughly destroyed my face, I caught the last part of Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings’ show. She ruled, as usual. I saw maybe five minutes of it and it was still amazing. There is no excuse to miss her live. Ever.

I walked by the Gobi to check out Spank Rock but they were doing something lame and some chick was on the mic and I didn’t give a fuck. I wanted to hear “Backyard Betty” or “Touch Me.” So I left and hung out in the Sahara tent, waiting for Fatboy Slim’s lazy British ass to come out and play some records.

I didn’t get to hear any derivation of “Star 69” but he was still cool. I really liked his set-up and the introduction music/video (hooray for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.) I watched until maybe 11:50 then left.

I caught the last song from Professor Murder, who sounded like they would have been a good time. I will check them out in the future. Then I left.


We got to the fest around 1:45 on Saturday. Carbon/Silicon started a bit late, which was convenient, because I wanted to catch part of their performance. They were pretty good, but the entire time I was thinking I could have done what they were doing and that I could write songs that were at least as good. Which may be obnoxious considering Mick Jones was in The Clash, but this certainly was not his best work. Still good though.

I promised Bryan that I would give Man Man a chance, so I did. And I enjoyed it. I still don’t think they are the greatest thing ever, but they were certainly fun and I can see why people dig it. Part of the fun was listening to Bryan chant all the songs and groove. Because he was feeling it, big time. Bryan knows his Man Man, make no mistake.

Then I watched 120 Days, who went on late and played extremely druggy, shoegazey dance music. I was surprised at the lack of guitars, but they sounded really Primal Scream/Suicide, so I was really digging it. They played until the sound guy shut off the speakers. I want to see them again.

I had nothing to do for awhile, so I screwed around until Boyz Noize. He completely fucking destroyed it. Completely exceeded my expectations. I would have loved to stay for the whole thing, but Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks were going to be starting at the Outdoor Theater.

On the way over, I heard a song from Bonde Do Role, and they sounded fun. Maybe I will try them sometime.

Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks were fucking great. They were extremely loose, psychedelic, fuzzy and jammy, without noodling like a bunch of hippies. The drummer from Sleater-Kinney really held shit together. They were reminiscent of The Doors at times, the way they would bring songs down and back up. Their performance had a really heavy 60s vibe. I was definitely feeling it and would like to see them again.

Then I made my way to the Sahara tent for Hot Chip, who got the whole place dancing and really sounded great. I was waaaaaay at the back, but from what I could see they were really into it and feeding off the crowd. I could have kept a setlist but I was too lazy.

I screwed around for a bit after that and caught the last Death Cab for Cutie song as I was getting food. They continue to do nothing for me. Although I did like their new eight minute long single. Kraftwerk, however, were fan-fucking-tastic. I was glad to have the opportunity to atone for one of my most egregious Coachella errors: missing most of their performance in 04 (I caught Tour De France 03 and that was it…I was worn out from being in the heat since 10:30 AM, but it is no excuse.) I love the presentation of their shows…visuals and sound complement each other perfectly. And I am fascinated by the perfect textures of their music. To say the textures are mechanical is too easy, but there is something about them that really interests me.

Portishead were fucking unreal. I am so glad I finally got the chance to see them. “We Carry On” is fucking badass. The whole thing was, really. Perfect vibe, and they didn’t just play the songs like the record, although that would have been okay too. I wish they had a longer set time, but I will take what I can get. One of the best sets I have seen at Coachella. Brilliant.

The Rip
Glory Box
Wandering Star
Machine Gun
Sour Times
We Carry On

Prince melted my face. There is nothing more to say. His guitar playing and posturing and everything was so fucking badass that it wasn’t even fair. Even in a set that was (relatively) short on the hits, he destroyed. And the drummer was ridiculous. That chick could play. The environment was awesome, and it was fun watching some dude climb one of the speakers near me and get nailed by security when he finally got down. Here is the setlist that I stole from the setlist thread:

Morris Day - The Bird
Morris Day - Jungle Love
Sheila E - Glamorous Life

I Feel For You
Little Red Corvette
U Got the Look
Another Lover Holden your Head
Creep (Radiohead cover)

Angel (Sarah McLachlan cover, backup singer solo)

Come Together (Beatles cover)

Purple Rain
Lets Go Crazy


Austin TV sounded really good as I walked in around 1:20 on Sunday, but they weren’t really on my list. I got to the Gobi at 1:25 for Linton Kwesi Johnson and was surprised that there were no amps around. It turns out that he was doing a spoken word tour of the USA. I thought I would be bored, but his poetry was read in a really lyrical, musical way and was really good on top of that. He is an extremely intelligent guy and I think I will buy his poetry collection. I was bummed when I had to take my obligatory one bathroom trip per year at Coachella in the middle of his set, but I came back and caught the end.

I got to The Cool Kids at the Coachella stage about five minutes after they started. I really like them…they were a lot of fun and rapped about bikes and shit. They also sprayed people with squirt guns they purchased before the show, and gave shout-outs to their moms, who were watching from the crowd. I would like to see them in a smaller room where it is less hot.

Then I watched Holy Fuck. They played the exact same set that I saw when they opened for Super Furry Animals. This did not make it any less enjoyable…I still had a lot of fun. But I was just bummed they did not mix it up a bit. And my back was killing me. I am getting old.

Afterwards I watched Duffy play in the Mojave. Her band was good, and her voice sounded really good. It was a little weak at times, but I don’t know whether that was more the volume from the Sahara or in the tent or if it was her. I like her sound a lot though. She will only get better unless she picks up some Amy Winehouse-esque self-destructive habits along the way. Let us hope she can avoid all that shit.

Then I ate and talked to people because The Field could not enter the country. Then I went to the Mojave tent, where Swervedriver played a really loud, really awesome set. Despite this awesomeness, I almost fell asleep because the humidity was kicking my ass and the rest of the weekend was catching up to me. People should see Swervedriver on their upcoming tour. Here is the setlist, stolen from another thread:

These Times
Rave Down
Son of Mustang Ford

Spiritualized would have been awesome if they were not right next to the thumping bass of the Sahara tent and if the sound had been working properly. Fortunately, I had seen Acoustic Mainlines before, so I was not bummed out, but I felt kind of bad for them and I hope that people realized the band did not suck. I only caught the first few songs, but I enjoyed singing along and hanging out with friends. And they still sounded good. Jason Pierce is a genius. I have a minor man-crush on him. Here is what I saw:

Sitting On Fire
Let It Rain On Me
True Love Will Find You in the End
Going Down Slow
Soul On Fire
Walking with Jesus

I watched the first fifteen minutes of My Morning Jacket from the beer garden, another five outside in the crowd, and then had to pull myself away. They sounded really, really good. I will definitely be checking them out on their tour. Although I feel like they are the kind of band that needs to be seen outside like that, with a lot of other people. Keriann assures me that they rule no matter what, so I will take her word for it.

Whoever missed Love and Rockets to do something else is stupid. They were probably the second best set I saw at the festival. I was really close and they were really psychedelic and awesome. I hope they tour behind their potential new record. They only played songs from the first four records, which was a huge plus, and they sounded great. They also stole my band’s intro music in the future, the theme from “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.” I was so pissed when that came on. But they are sick enough to pull it off, so I guess I can find something new. During the last song, the Bubblemen came out and danced around while Daniel Ash made noise with his guitar and everyone rocked the fuck out. Then they hit the Bubblemen with pillows and feathers flew everywhere. Then they threw the pillows into the crowd. I wish they had played longer. Also, Kevin Haskins has all these drum sounds digitized and would change things on each song, which was cool. It added another angle to their live sound. Love and Rockets are fantastic. The songs from the first record sound a lot better live, because they are distorted and rocking rather than mired in 80s production values. Setlist:

Ball of Confusion
No Big Deal
It Could Be Sunshine
Dog-End of a Day Gone By
Haunted When the Minutes Drag
No New Tale to Tell
Motorcycle (slow version)
An American Dream
Holiday on the Moon
Kundalini Express
Mirror People
Yin and Yang the Flower Pot Man

I caught the first few minutes of Roger Waters, got bored, and went to see Simian Mobile Disco. They were brilliant, and had the Sahara tent going insane. I need to see them again. I had this weird impression that they were dropping back into songs a beat or two off, but I could be wrong. Even if they did, it fucking worked. I will see them again in a heartbeat.

Rather than wait for Chromeo, I began to feel like I should take advantage of Roger Waters. I got back to the main stage in time to see the pig and hear him say he would come back in a few minutes for “Dark Side of the Moon.” So I waited and watched “Dark Side.” I am admittedly not a huge Pink Floyd fan. I think they are good but not the bee’s knees. I was a little bored by the performance musically, but the visuals were fantastic and kind of made the show for me. When they started playing the album, the guy next to me had tears running down his face. He wasn’t bawling or anything, but this was evidently a big deal to him. I would never pay to see this on its own, but was glad I caught it here.

To close out the night, I went to the Sahara tent. Whoever was playing the songs between acts did a great job, because I sang along to a song I can’t remember, “Superstition”, “The Immigrant Song” “Breaking the Law”, and then joined in the awesome tentwide sing-along of “Sweet Caroline.” That was one of my favorite moments of the festival, or any Coachella I have attended.

Nate wanted to see Justice, so I humored him. I like them, don’t get me wrong. Their music is fun and catchy or whatever. “Genesis” is a badass opening track. But please, people: let’s lose the Justice boner. They are good and nothing more. I grew tired of their set after ten minutes and walked outside, where I ran into Brad. We discussed at length the formula for Justice’s live show and how we could eventually do the same thing. Here is that formula, in case you guys want to be the life of the fucking party:

1. Look dirty.
2. Look bored.
3. Light cigarette. Put cigarette in mouth. Bob head while twisting knobs with lit cigarette in mouth.
4. Occasionally take a swig from a bottle of Jack Daniel’s. Ideally while still smoking a cigarette.
5. Look busy.
6. Turn the music down at a logical place, and then build it back up without really changing it in any way.
7. Find catchy, mindless vocal samples and utilize them.

Brad and I expect a cut of your earnings when you use this formula to become the next Justice. I don’t want them to go away, but I would like them to either do something new and exciting or not be the flavor of the year.

Nate got bored ten minutes later and then we left. And drove home at 1:30. We got home at 3:30 and I woke up five hours later to take him to the airport. I lasted two classes today, but realized I was going to sleep through the third one and came home to nap. I have spent the rest of the day thinking about Coachella. I am still buzzing over it. I think this may have been the best one yet. Only one year.

Random thoughts:

-The combination of a bigger field and less crowds was awesome.

-The Brazilian BBQ Chicken sandwich was the shit. Thanks Greg.

-The weather ended up being nice. Probably the nicest I can remember. Except the humidity on Sunday knocked me the fuck out.

-I can’t believe this was my fifth Coachella. I started going as a sophomore in high school. That seems like a long time ago.

-The art was cool.

-I have never once been in the Do Lab area since they have been at Coachella.

-Posters = $20? Really?

-People can be really fucking obnoxious pushing their way through the crowd. At least say excuse me. But do you really need to push towards the front for The Verve when they are loud as fuck and all you are going to do is make out with your girlfriend? The answer is no.

-Speaking of The Verve, Richard Ashcroft was so awesome that he could pull off the unzipped shirt look. And he fucking put the mic up to his beating heart during “Bittersweet Symphony.” You couldn’t hear it, but it was badass. Brilliant frontman (not like that was in question or anything.)

What a great weekend. I hope everyone had as great of a time as I did. It is really the highlight of my year.

And I really enjoyed meeting new people and seeing friends I don't really get to see the rest of the year. I would mention everyone but I don't want to forget anyone. But I have yet to meet someone from the board who sucks in real life.

04-28-2008, 09:22 PM
Andrew's post reminds me that I uh... was the asshole waving the flower during Spiritualized... Sorry if that distracted anything from the show for anyone, I just wanted to give Jason the flower I got during Stars... And I decided at the end not to be a total douchebag and toss it at him, so I just gave it to the chick standing next to me... >>;

04-28-2008, 09:24 PM
passive i saw you during shout out louds. you looked ridiculous.

full on idle
04-28-2008, 09:28 PM
IF you were at LES SAVY FAV, and you saw a fat guy getting his foot rubbed by TIM, that was me. Just thought I would tell you about it.

I was right there. That was AWESOME. Did you see him feel me up? I'm basically famous now.

full on idle
04-28-2008, 09:28 PM
I was right at the fucking rail for kraftwerk and portishead. Portishead was the most amazing performance I have ever seen. The emotion and skill Beth put into each and every song was heartbreaking. AND I fucking shook her hand at the end. The sound for both was astonishingly good--clear as a bell. Loved the videos for Kraftwerk, and the ROBOTS! cool.

I was about four rows back, on the right. Kraftwerk were amazing. They amazed me.

Also Amy, I looked for you at Metric but did not see your shirt.

04-28-2008, 09:29 PM
Hahahahaha re: Sushov/Valarie at Les Savy Fav

04-28-2008, 10:11 PM
I was at Les Savy Fav, too. Tim got the plastic liner he wore from the trashcan next to me. Here he is in action:


full on idle
04-28-2008, 10:12 PM
Roberto you can't be serious, you were right next to us! That garbage got all over Brad! We were standing right next to those bins!

04-28-2008, 10:18 PM
I really need to improve my skill at recognizing people whom I've only seen in photos. I've been told by a few others that I was standing right next to them and didn't realize it. Of course, they didn't recognize me, either, so I guess the blame isn't all mine.

04-28-2008, 10:19 PM
passive i saw you during shout out louds. you looked ridiculous.


04-28-2008, 10:54 PM
Lee, that was your best post ever

04-28-2008, 10:57 PM
At nearly 4000 posts you gotta get it right at least once...

04-28-2008, 11:32 PM

To close out the night, I went to the Sahara tent. Whoever was playing the songs between acts did a great job, because I sang along to a song I can’t remember, “Superstition”, “The Immigrant Song” “Breaking the Law”, and then joined in the awesome tentwide sing-along of “Sweet Caroline.” That was one of my favorite moments of the festival, or any Coachella I have attended.

It was Justices' ipod playing those songs before they came on. They usually do that. Ha

Great review, you saw a lot of great stuff...

We need a photo thread dang it..

04-28-2008, 11:35 PM
Post pics in here. And post reviews. This thread was meant to catalog people's experiences. I want to have something to read tomorrow/the rest of the week. I love being on a continued Coachella high.

04-28-2008, 11:40 PM
Photobucket is down for the count, I have stuff ready other than some material I just edited, already.

But since you asked.





Simian Mobile Disco






Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip





04-29-2008, 12:02 AM
Chris, we must have been on opposite sides of the center divider during Kraftportisprince. I was right around that same spot.

04-29-2008, 12:07 AM
I saw you Bryan, you were like 10 - 15 feet farther back then me though.

full on idle
04-29-2008, 10:35 AM
I really need to improve my skill at recognizing people whom I've only seen in photos. I've been told by a few others that I was standing right next to them and didn't realize it. Of course, they didn't recognize me, either, so I guess the blame isn't all mine.

Not yours at all. I'm just surprised that neither Brad, Jennie nor I recognized you. I was laughing so hard the whole set though my eyes were pretty blurry.

04-29-2008, 11:44 AM
I was right there. That was AWESOME. Did you see him feel me up? I'm basically famous now.

Haha, Tim was awesome. I got kissed on the cheek by him right after he did the big group hug.

My favorite moment though was when he took the TV camera from the cameraman and started swinging it. The look of absolute horror on the cameraman's face was absolutely priceless.

full on idle
04-29-2008, 11:51 AM
Yes! That guy! I laughed so, so hard. Somebody told me that's like a $10,000 camera.

04-29-2008, 11:57 AM
I'm writing up a piece on it for some website, will be a while before it's done probably. I'll post it when it is though.

04-29-2008, 12:33 PM


Aphex Twin


Austin TV








04-29-2008, 12:44 PM
fantastic pictures man!

i went through the trouble of borrowing a camera from a friend and didnt take any pics, i was way too fucked up all weekend to work that contraption

04-29-2008, 01:10 PM
Please post more pics/reviews/whatever to slake my Coachella thirst. Thanks.

full on idle
04-29-2008, 01:15 PM
I wish Suprefan would start his own thread and this could be the non-Suprefan thread.

04-29-2008, 01:19 PM
Maybe you could post something Valarie. Just a thought. Also, you should have watched the Cool Kids.

04-29-2008, 01:27 PM
I wish Suprefan would start his own thread and this could be the non-Suprefan thread.

No, this is all inclusive, why dont you say something constructive.

04-29-2008, 01:30 PM

04-29-2008, 01:31 PM

videos anyone?

Cut Copy - Lights and Music (http://www.gigasize.com/get.php/3196957721/MOV07645.MPG)

Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip part 1 (http://www.gigasize.com/get.php/3196957728/MOV07773.MPG)

Dan Le Sacvs Scroobius Pip Part 2 (http://www.gigasize.com/get.php/3196957730/MOV07774.MPG)

Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings Part 1 (http://www.gigasize.com/get.php/3196957732/MOV07917.MPG)

Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings Part 2 (http://www.gigasize.com/get.php/3196957735/MOV07918.MPG)

full on idle
04-29-2008, 01:31 PM
suck a dick Andrew.

Super Fan, try letting 10 posts go by without a brag or a tornado of the photos you took while you camped out at the barrier of the mainstage drooling over how much cred you were gonna get for your digital zoom photos and setlists.

04-29-2008, 01:33 PM

04-29-2008, 01:38 PM
Here's my review of Friday. More to come later, because I'm all about cliffhangers.

After a quick spin around the grounds, I started the day with Rogue Wave. I'm a minor fan of their music, and their set didn't do much to elevate my opinion. It's pleasant enough, and it was kind of fun to see a bunch of crusty-looking rock dudes playing quasi-Coldplay anthems, but it didn't leave much of an impression on me. I will say, however, that their last couple of songs gathered a nice head of steam, so at least they ended strong.

After they finished, I wandered to the Outdoor Stage for Les Savy Fav. Everything I heard about their live show was confirmed. Frontman Tim Harrington is a madman – tossing things into the crowd, drinking bubble solution, charging into the crowd, wearing a plastic binliner and a blond wig, scaling the scaffolding, riding a photographer like a horse – but even though I had a great time, I couldn't help but think that if he just stood onstage and sang, there wouldn't be anything special about their music. The other members of the band were tight – they'd have to be to allow Harrington's mania – but I'm not sure it's much of a compliment to say that the best thing about a band is that their singer is a fucking lunatic.

Because I go to Coachella for full sets, I baked in the sun for Architecture in Helsinki. This band was a lot of fun. There were seven or eight people on stage at a time, trading instruments and playing their Australian take on The B-52's. They were pretty excited to be there, saying they'd come to Coachella in 2004 just to watch bands, and now they were playing the opening day. It was cute. And one of their last songs was a fun cover of Matthew Wilder's "Break My Stride."

25 more minutes in the sun, and Vampire Weekend came on. Yawn. Look, Vampire Weekend: if I wanted to listen to your CD in 90-degree weather, I'd listen to your CD in 90-degree weather. You can wear pink shorts all you want, but you've got to bring something else to the table when you play live. I was unpleasantly reminded of seeing Death Cab for Cutie in 2004, which nearly put me to sleep.

The National rounded out my day on the Outdoor Stage, and it was one of my favorite sets of the weekend. I'd never seen them live before, and wasn't prepared for how much more energy and intensity they had in that setting. I think Tom's comparison with Simple Minds that Andrew mentioned earlier is a good one. They sounded huge, and much more anthemic than they do on record. Closer "Mr. November" was a storming end to a fantastic set. Also, singer Matt Berninger might be the coolest man alive.

I wanted to catch The Swell Season, but I also didn't want to pass out, so I grabbed a bite to eat and then headed to the mainstage to snag a decent spot for The Verve. I saw them on the Lollapalooza tour in 1994, playing early afternoon to less than 100 people at the Riverbend Music Center in Ohio. What a difference fourteen years makes. Drawing heavily from albums A Northern Soul and Urban Hymns, Ashcroft and Co. were properly grandiose, and there's no doubt that this is a band meant to be heard in a festival setting. The two new songs they played bode well for their new album. Ashcroft has said in interviews that the rifts that broke up the band twice before have fully healed. I hope it's true; it's good to have them back.

By this time, my head was pounding, so, because I'm old and weak, I headed for my car and the drive back to Palm Springs.

04-29-2008, 01:48 PM
Good first part of a review Roberto.

This is the song The Verve closed with that slayed me. Slew? Slayed.


04-29-2008, 01:51 PM
suck a dick Andrew.

Super Fan, try letting 10 posts go by without a brag or a tornado of the photos you took while you camped out at the barrier of the mainstage drooling over how much cred you were gonna get for your digital zoom photos and setlists.

Digital zoom? I dont know what that is. All I use is OPTICAL, digital adds p.o.s. grain to anything, thats not my style. I didnt camp out like you think, thats just what you expect.

04-29-2008, 01:55 PM

04-29-2008, 02:14 PM
Yikes. And I thought I was a bit grumpy today.

04-29-2008, 03:31 PM
I watched it Andrew, it was awesome. Mine of Lucky Man is almost done. Good review Roberto.



04-29-2008, 03:33 PM
I watched it Andrew, it was awesome. Mine of Lucky Man is almost done. Good review Roberto.



That was my favorite pic that you took.

04-29-2008, 03:35 PM
Chris, we must have been on opposite sides of the center divider during Kraftportisprince. I was right around that same spot.

If that's the case, we were right behind you.

04-29-2008, 05:01 PM
Some videos I am sure you guys have been waiting for.

Portishead - Glory Box (http://www.gigasize.com/get.php/3196960254/MOV08345.MPG)

Portishead - Sour Times (http://www.gigasize.com/get.php/3196960255/MOV08434.MPG)

Portishead - We Carry On (http://www.gigasize.com/get.php/3196960256/MOV08506.MPG)

Prince - 1999 (http://www.gigasize.com/get.php/3196960258/MOV08604.MPG)

Prince - Creep (http://www.gigasize.com/get.php/3196960259/MOV08700.MPG)

Prince - Purple Rain (http://www.gigasize.com/get.php/3196960261/MOV08706.MPG)

The Verve - Lucky Man (http://www.gigasize.com/get.php/3196960252/MOV07903.MPG)

04-29-2008, 05:05 PM
didnt you record lets go crazy? I'm trying to find it everywhere.

04-29-2008, 05:10 PM
Nope, I got cut off at the end of Purple Rain, gaurd stopped me, I couldnt do anything else but take photos.

04-29-2008, 06:19 PM
My pictures aren't very good, but oh well.

Rogue Wave:


Redd Kross:


Les Savy Fav:


dan le sac Vs. Scroobius Pip:




120 Days:




Stephen Malkmus:




Animal Collective:






performing Soul On Fire:


performing Anything More/Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space


Love and Rockets:


Not pictured: Architecture in Helsinki, Cut Copy, The Verve, Sharon Jones, Black Lips, Professor Murder, Carbon/Silicon, DeVotchKa, Yelle, Prince, Holy Fuck, Duffy, Modeselektor, Simian Mobile Disco, Chromeo.

04-29-2008, 06:28 PM
Cut Copy - Lights and Music (http://www.gigasize.com/get.php/3196957721/MOV07645.MPG)

ok, this is boss. thanks! guitarist resembles a young j greenwood.

04-29-2008, 06:37 PM
The two best bands I saw at Coachella were Swervedriver and the Verve, with some other bands fairly close behind. When I have more time, I will post a much more thorough and detailed review of Coachella 2008.

04-29-2008, 06:38 PM
Well look who showed up. Have fun with Prince right in your face among other acts? Have fun at the Filter party? You frame your Sweredriver setlist? Im looking at mine right now.

04-29-2008, 06:46 PM
I still have the setlist in my pocket, but mine is handwritten, is yours typed?

04-29-2008, 07:17 PM
Day 3 + Pics:



04-29-2008, 07:24 PM
I still have the setlist in my pocket, but mine is handwritten, is yours typed?

mine is handwritten too. And I got the drumsticks! That shit was so weird. The guy came all the way down just to give them to me. And I didn't even ask for them, i was just talking with suprefan and people behind me when that happened.

04-29-2008, 07:41 PM
Alright, some pics



Holy Fuck:


Les Savy Fav:


Architecture in Helsinki


Linton Kwesi Johnson


Sandra Collins:






Fatboy Slim:



04-29-2008, 07:55 PM
Nice Fatboy shots Orbit.

04-29-2008, 07:57 PM
And final review...


04-29-2008, 08:29 PM




















Sunday afternoon





It's over:


04-29-2008, 10:32 PM
When the weekend is done I will post mine. Please post your reviews, pics, thoughts, whatever as well. Friday was a good start.

Just came back home an hour ago ... busy uploading and I have to go back to work in like 6 hours.

I'll start with pics of whatever ...





Hot Air Balloon in the Desert During Vampire Weekend



04-29-2008, 10:38 PM
Misc. ;)






04-29-2008, 11:14 PM
Fatboy Slim is such a dork. It is awesome.

04-29-2008, 11:21 PM
idrive, you did not seriously camp next to the Prince flag... I must have walked by there at LEAST 30 times...

04-29-2008, 11:29 PM
I'll attempt my review

My dad and I showed up early on Friday because we wanted to see as many things as possible. We watched a few songs by Rogue Wave. They sounded alright, but nothing spectacular. I went from there to see Redd Kross, where I had my first of many board meetups. Redd Kross were great. Corinna and I were kinda obsessing over the guitar player, who looked like an incredibly nerdy Michael Stipe. I loved all their songs, and they had great energy. Especially that guitar player. John, Corinna and I walked over to see Les Savy Fav. Battles sounded great as we walked by. Les Savy Fav had a shit ton of energy, and Tim was going nuts, as I expected. I loved the fact that he climbed the scaffolds at the end; that's why I knew I had to see them, and it was definitely a great decision. After that, i went to catch the start of Dan Deacon. The sound was so high in the Gobi that I couldn't even tell what he was playing, so I decided to leave after two songs and a few big dances. I caught a few songs of Jens Lekman with John and Chris (Sonofhal) and I think Stef was there as well. he sounded great, but I knew that I wanted to see all of the Breeders. Turns out they started slightly late, so I didn't need to leave early. I walked over with Nando, then briefly said hi to Valarie, Jennie, Pot and many others, and then watched their set with my dad. The sound was odd, but i loved their songs and they played very well. I really liked that they did Happiness is a Warm Gun. My dad wanted to see Vampire Weekend, so we left one song early. The Do lab drowned out much of Vampire Weekend's set, and they didn't sound as good as past shows, so they were probably my least favorite set of the weekend. My dad left me after that, and I stuck around to hear a few songs from the National, who I planned to leave early so as to get a good spot for Aphex Twin. The National were so good that I scrapped that plan. They were so damn intense onstage, and they were a perfect band to play during sunset. Also, I met Tom for the first time during their set, which was a fantastic surprise. Absolutely great guy. I left one song early from The National to see Aphex. He started with a weird, 25 minute conventional, 4 on the floor set before fucking with the drums and sounding generally Aphex. I absolutely loved it. It was an insane and weird show, and Richard seemed like he was happy it went well at the end. I met with my dad again to see the Verve. One of the best shows of the weekend. They had a sound made for a large, expansive audience, and they absolutely owned. The new songs were great, and the other songs were amazing. I met up with Andrew and Corinna afterwards, and we saw Sharon Jones for a bit. She was fantastic yet again, with probably the most energy of the weekend. We walked over to Fatboy Slim and worked our way into the tent. After 20 min of no show, Corinna and I decided to head over to Black Lips. They sounded great, but I wanted to see Professor Murder as well, so I headed over to Gobi. They started late as well, but brought some major energy. After about 6 songs, I went back to see the end of Black Lips. They played 4 songs I love and then set their guitars on fire, promply destroying them and throwing the charred, bruised remains into the crowd. I went back to Professor Murder and heard the last two songs, which were fantastic.

Saturday my dad and I started late. I told him I wanted to see Man Man, and we got there right before they started. Man Man were absolutely fantastic. They only played one slow song and didn't lack any energy despite the astounding heat. I also found a Roman Candle. As Andrew, John and I walked out, we met Brad, which was pretty awesome. 120 Days started late, but the new songs were fantastic. My dad and I left early to see MGMT. The tent was packed, and it took us a while to get inside. The start of their set lacked energy, and the crowd wasn't feeling it, but the last three songs were massively great, and the crowd responded in kind. My dad left me and I watched Stephen Malkmus. Him and the Jicks sound so tight onstage, which is weird considering how sloppy Pavement were. Malk can really rip on guitar. It was a great set, but I'd seen a similar show last year, so I left after Baltimore to catch Cafe Tacuba. They were good, but nothing that blew my mind. I enjoyed the set, and went over to see Dwight Yoakam, who was my dad's second most anticipated artist. I couldn't find him right away, since he was right up front, but I watched much of the set with Tom, and it was fantastic. He sounded great and the small crowd loved it. I met with my dad about halfway through, and, after Dwight quit rocking we walked over to see the end of Death Cab. We heard I Will Possess Your Heart, which sounded stellar, and then I went to get a good spot for Kraftwerk. The Death Cab fans left, and I wound up about 15 feet from the stage in the center. Kraftwerk were a spectacle in a great way, and I'm glad I got to see them. Portishead were so magical in so many ways. I don't even have words for their set. Absolute love. Prince took so long to start. I was dying from exhaustion, but I knew I had to stick it out, and I was so right. Morris Day and the Mothafuckin time. Sheila E. 1999. Cream. CREEP. I could fuckin' go on and on. I also had douchebag of the weekend moment, when a guy came over, pushed in front of me on the side raid and let his girlfriend in front. I didn't mind that, because she was in bad shape. I gave her my last bottle of water because she looked like she needed something. Instead of taking her out of the crowd, though, boyfriend just kept telling her "you'll be fine" and then watching more Prince. Then, to ice the fuckin' cake, he turned back to me and said, "Hey man, can I have another bottle of water?" Still, Prince fuckin' rocked it.

Sunday we showed up early because I had to meet with my roommates to pack up their sites. My dad and I got inside and, after buying merch, walked towards Annuals. However, we heard the start of Austin TV, and loved it so much we watched the whole set. They were so good, like a calmer EITS (Thanks Chris for that linkage). While waiting for my dad to fill all his water bottles, I watched a few songs from Grand Ole Party. They sounded as good as last time I had seen them. Annuals started with a few sound problems, but they focused fairly quickly. They played quite a few new songs, which were good, and the last song, which was new, was far and above their best song yet. Pa left for Holy Fuck, and I stayed to watch I'm From Barcelona, who were the most fun set of the weekend. They sprinkled us with Confetti, threw out tons of giant balloons, had a superhero onstage and started a train dance in the crowd. The music was fun, but the show was fantastic. I met up with my dad and tons of board people during Duffy, who I enjoyed. She reminded me of a tamer Dusty Springfield. Corinna and I were auditioning to be her backup dancers, along with Alma's mr. Steve. Great fun. Dad and I left to see Autolux, and they sounded really good. One of the new songs they played was my favorite Autolux song yet, by a large margin. It was absolutely killer. We then went back to see Spiritualized with tons of board people. My dad left really quickly because of the sound issues (Kid Sister on one side and Sahara tent on the other+acoustic set=massive bass distortion). Tom, Jeff (York), Andrew and I headed on over to see My Morning Jacket after about 7 songs. We watched the start of the set from the beer tent, where we met up with Pot. We left the beer tent (I saw Gabe on the way out, but MMJ were calling) to get a better spot, and Andrew left us to get a good spot for Love and Rockets. My Morning Jacket sounded absolutely stellar, and were in my top 10 of the weekend without any doubt. I need to see them again. Also, we ran into Pot again. I left with a few songs left because I needed to see Love and Rockets. They, likewise were fantastic. There were so many good bands this weekend that I'm still astounded. I didn't know their music, but both my dad and Andrew were so ecstatic about their set that I had to see it, and I loved every minute of it. They sounded really modern for having written the songs years ago, and they were incredibly tight onstage. My dad and I left with one song left to see Roger Waters. I don't have to say anything about this set, because it's already becoming legendary. Suffice to say, my dad, a longtime Floyd fan, was tearing up and I was laughing at how amazed I was. I couldn't wipe the smile off my face. It was a great way to end the weekend, and I should have heeded that feeling. Instead, I walked over to see a bit of Justice. I'd seen something very similar twice before, and after having stood for three days straight, I was in no mood to dance anymore. I left, and ran into Brad on the walk to the car.

Great weekend, and possibly my favorite Coachella yet, in no small part because I met so many of you.

04-29-2008, 11:36 PM
Nice review Bryan.

04-29-2008, 11:38 PM
I'm going to just divide this among certain categories:

Fucking mindblowing:
Roger Waters' Dark Side of the Moon
Aphex Twin
Hot Chip

Really goddamn good:
Jens Lekman
Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings
Vampire Weekend
Shout Out Louds
DJ Mehdi
Boys Noize
Grand Ole Party

Good from what I saw/for what it's worth:
Love & Rockets
Fatboy Slim
dan le sac vs. Scroobius Pip (wish I saw the full set)
Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks (wish I saw the full set)
Minus the Bear

Black Kids
Midnight Juggernauts
Death Cab for Cutie


04-29-2008, 11:39 PM
Grazie. I checked the settimes a few times for reminder, but the fact that so many of the bands were so vivid in my mind says a great deal. And, dude, Entrance tomorrow. Excited.

04-29-2008, 11:41 PM
I really, really, really want to make that work. Please let me know when they go on.

Also, Boris at GAMH on August 2nd. You have been warned.

04-29-2008, 11:59 PM
I'll get there between 9:30 and 10:00. I plan on being at that Boris show. Amoeba as well. Fuck yes, this summer is going to rule.

04-30-2008, 12:02 AM
Well look who showed up. Have fun with Prince right in your face among other acts? Have fun at the Filter party? You frame your Sweredriver setlist? Im looking at mine right now.

Thanks for the videos Chris.

Les Savy Fav:


Great Photo.

04-30-2008, 12:04 AM
/Les Savy Fav:


Corinna, you win best picture ever award.

04-30-2008, 12:06 AM
That motherfucker wass crazy. I need to go sleep off the rest of Coachella now.

04-30-2008, 12:26 AM
I'm so irritated that I was in close proximity to so many of you, but didn't recognize anyone. Next year I'm either going to carry around a photo album, or I'll wear a sandwich board with my name on it

04-30-2008, 01:58 AM
Thanks for the videos Chris.


You're welcome, more coming.


Aphex Twin (http://www.gigasize.com/get.php/3196961291/MOV07801.MPG)

Fatboy Slim Part 1 (http://www.gigasize.com/get.php/3196961295/MOV07989.MPG)

Fatboy Slim Part 2 (http://www.gigasize.com/get.php/3196961297/MOV07992.MPG)

Kraftwerk - The Man Machine (http://www.gigasize.com/get.php/3196961298/MOV08140.MPG)

Kraftwerk - Computer Love (http://www.gigasize.com/get.php/3196961300/MOV08206.MPG)

Kraftwerk - The Robots (http://www.gigasize.com/get.php/3196961301/MOV08227.MPG)

Minus The Bear (http://www.gigasize.com/get.php/3196961304/MOV08021.MPG)

Boysnoize Part 1 (http://www.gigasize.com/get.php/3196961305/MOV08064.MPG)

Boysnoize Part 2 (http://www.gigasize.com/get.php/3196961307/MOV08068.MPG)

04-30-2008, 11:54 AM
Awesome pics Chris and orbit!

04-30-2008, 02:06 PM
I saw you Passive somewhere (Swervedrive I think). You were too far away but I also got you in few of my pics. I wish I could go to that Elbow show.

04-30-2008, 02:12 PM
I wish you could go to... I think I need a ride. @_____@

Dude, it was so easy to move around during Swervedriver, I'm pretty sure you could've gotten to me, lol. Also, if you DID camp next to the Prince flag... yeah. I passed by a million times because my tent was on the same row.

04-30-2008, 02:20 PM
Dude, it was so easy to move around during Swervedriver, I'm pretty sure you could've gotten to me, lol. Also, if you DID camp next to the Prince flag... yeah. I passed by a million times because my tent was on the same row.

haha Yeah, it was easy to move around during Swervedriver. I went in little bit late (came from Stars ... lol I meant all the way from Coachella Stage) and I did not stay long (and moved & danced away with Booka Shade @ Sahara). I could see that you were enjoying it and I could not really wait for Swervedriver to finish.

05-04-2008, 08:55 PM
more pics












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05-04-2008, 09:00 PM
/\ so awesome.....nice work

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05-04-2008, 09:10 PM
I think maybe that is the Fresh Prince

05-04-2008, 09:12 PM
^heh heh

more ..

non-bands again






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rage patton
05-11-2008, 03:11 PM
Just thought I would keep the love going...










I think this is perhaps my favourite picture I took this year.






05-11-2008, 03:19 PM
Cool, timestamps are annoying...

rage patton
05-11-2008, 03:26 PM
Yeah they are... but I don't know hot to get rid of it off my camera.

05-11-2008, 05:22 PM
Yeah they are... but I don't know hot to get rid of it off my camera.

What kind of camera is it? Do you still have the manual? If it is digital could be as easy as something to turn off in the menu.