so as it turns out i know dick about american indie, i looked at this lineup and thought two things, firstly that it was crap and secondly that i don't actually know who these people are! not one of my favourite bands are on there and the ones i do know aren't inspiring me very much so i decided over the last couple of days to go hunting for stuff i would like. i can honestly say i have now listened to 90% of the bands on this lineup and although i'll never be a huge fan of electronica, whiney acoustic or the hip hop side of things i have found a fair few bands that sounds like they are definitely not shit and worth some attention. my preliminary list of bands i want to see goes as follows and i made a mix tape of it all to share with anyone in a similar position to me.
The following playlist can be found on the AJ Player at www.audiojunkies.net (top right of the homepage, click 'Coachella 08' to listen)
The Verve - This Is Music
The National - Mistaken For Strangers
Manchester Orchestra - I Can Barely Breathe
The Black Kids - I'm Not Gonna Teach...
Enter Shikari - Jonny Sniper
Les Savy Fay - The Equestrian
Turbonegro - All My Friends Are Dead
Holy Fuck - Royal Gregory
The Breeders - Cannonball
New York Pony Club - Ice Cream
Metric - Soft Rock Star
MGMT - Time To Pretend
Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip - Thou Shalt Always Kill
Hot Chip - Over & Over
Battles - Atlas
Pendulum - Granite
Vampire Weekend - Boston
Tegan & Sara - Nineteen
Death Cab For Cutie - President Of What
Rilo Kiley - My Slumbering Heart
The Raconteurs - Steady As She Goes
Pink Floyd - Time
Islands - Rough Gem
Stephen Malkmus - Baby C'Mon
The Bees - Love In The Harbour
I'm From Barcelona - Collection Of Stamps
Spiritulized - Electricity
Shout Out Louds - The Comeback
Cold War Kids - Saint John
Portishead - Glory Box
so these are the bands i'm giving my attention to over the next few months, i really hope i'll get excited about seeing them!
right now i'm pleasantly surprised by manc orchestra, metric, the national, shout out louds, les savy fav and vampire weekend.
there are a few bands on there i already know well like riol kiley, nypc and most of the headliners but if anyone can recommend other artists i might like based on my findings above then i will gladly check them out.
roll on coachella 08!