So, I'm back. Yay, whatever, moving on.
Basically I've gotten over the fact that Jack Johnson is headlining Friday. Sure it sucks, but whatever, there'll still be other things to see that day.
What I think is a fucking crime, right now, is something I saw Boourns touch upon earlier: The 3rd line. The 3rd line of every day last year was jam-packed with diverse acts as far reaching as Willie Nelson, Damien Rice, Faithless, Sonic Youth, Placebo, The Rapture, The Roots, Crowded House, and Jarvis Cocker. This year we get rookie bands like the National (who I adore) and Chromeo, repeat acts like Gogol Bordello, Justice and Hot Chip, and one band that should be nowhere near the 3rd line (Tegan and Sara).
Now, when I make my case that there isn't a 35$ improvement in terms of talent and-all this year compared to last year, it is not because of Jack Johnson headlining. It's because of a distinct lack of middle-tier talent. Bands like the Raconteurs and Love and Rockets are sub-headliners this year where they would have been 3rd-liners last year. I don't see where my extra 10$ is going to, and I only pray it's going towards a tremendous Portishead light show and an equally tremendous Roger Waters light show (and hopefully technological improvements to the Outdoor Theatre so it stops having goddamn delays).
As the days go on I'm finding more to like about the lineup. Today I had the fortune of being able to listen to MGMT's new LP in full, and process it, and I have them pegged to see at Coachella. All it took were 2 youtube videos to convince me to see dan le sac VS Scroobius Pip, and I'm sure this kind of thing will continue to happen for me.
Part of me is starting to understand that GV is aiming at a different audience this time around, but part of me feels like certain components of the lineup are just fucking amateur (especially with the sheer number of bands who have more myspace hits than concert stops; basically the kind of hipster, Pitchfork-crazy-supporting band that have only an EP's worth of material to show for). I'm going to give the Swell Season a prompt listen-through, but any band whose press and material essentially comes from a MOVIE doesn't warrant a 3rd tier slot in my mind. I also don't understand how the Breeders' reunion is being trumped by the Love and Rockets reunion... That doesn't make sense. Also... Why in fuck's name did Goldenvoice book Slightly Stoopid?... Yeah, I know we need to tie over the JJ fans, but couldn't they get Ben Harper for that? (Also, I'd like to apologize on behalf of San Diego for ever producing music as utterly, undeniable shit as Slightly Stoopid...)
Onto the good things; the GOOD surprises!
KRAFTWERK - I missed one set of robots at Coachella, and I am damn sure not going to miss the other. The idea of Death Cab leading into Portishead leading into Kraftwerk fills me with more excitement than ANYTHING else on the poster this year! I definitely feel confident that, yet again, EDM has saved Coachella.
Flogging Molly - Woah. Did not see this one coming... Awesome.
Madness - Woah x2. Even better... But it's got me to think that... With Gogol Returning, Battles and Animal Collective on the same day, and Portishead headlining, that Paul Tollett is secretly in cahoots with... NONE OTHER THAN RAGE PATTON. *insert dramatic chipmunk*
Love and Rockets - Out of left field, really, and, despite being controversially the "biggest" reunion this year, will rock the house. Besides, David J is one of the coolest bassists ever.
I've so far pegged 26 (now 27 with MGMT) acts that I want to see. I definitely feel that Friday and Sunday are going to see some adds (PJ Harvey for Friday, please for the love of god?), and that the festival in of itself is going to be great.
I just honestly hope Jersechella tanks. It wont, but I hate that bastard child of a festival more than I hate Jack White. It's nothing more than a cop out on the people who helped make Goldenvoice a concert promoting force to be reckoned with; the Coachella attendees. I definitely feel betrayed this year, especially with talks of My Bloody Valentine and Radiohead headlining Capitalistchella. Just because it works on the west coast doesn't mean that there ought to be Coachella's everywhere, especially in New York (New York, New Jersey, same difference) who blew their chance at housing festivals with Woodstock 99's disaster...
Anyway, I'm done bitching, so tear apart my post to pieces! Meanwhile, I'm going to start listening to obscure bands that're playing this year that I've never fucking heard of!!!