"You Made Me Realise".
Amanda Fucking Palmer.
"Maps". Cheesy choice, I know. But damn it if that didn't almost make me cry!
"All These Things I've Done". Another cheesy choice, but the singalong was great.
Being enthralled by Throbbing Gristle.
I'm sure there are more, but those are the ones that stand out.
MBV, Macca, YYYs, and The Presets. Certain moments during those sets are my favorite moments. I can't really say any of these were life changing though, but they are definitely gonna be the things I remember when I think about Coachella 09.
After Amanda Palmer hugged and kissed me on the cheek I was sort of stumbling around the gobi-sahara area for a good fifteen minutes.
Hey Jude (obviously)
Leonard Cohen (Every time he said 'Thank you so much, friends,' I could feel my heart just melt)
My Bloody Valentine was the closest I came to being in a trance during any kind of concert ever I'm not usually the kind of person to do that, but I was just staring at the stage, thinking "Holy shit."
The Cure playing a majority of Disintegration tracks was awesome, too.
leaving mstrkrft for flying lotus reminded me that you dont need a big a stage to be so dam good. he set was way different from what i expected hearing his stuff online and ended his act with a live scratching he did just there. ridiculously awesome
1. My Bloody Valentine's ending "sonic holocaust", which I described here.
2. Leonard Cohen. I was extremely excited to see him ever since he was announced, and I melted pretty much every time he opened his mouth, but when he started doing his dance during one of the more uptempo songs, I just lost it and started tearing up! Oh, Leonard! :-D But seriously, the man is a poet and it was an honor to see him in person.
3. Calexico. I'd seen them once before, but this time was spectacular. Something about the brightness of the brass mixing with the heat and the sunset and the palm trees... the difference is that they were in their element this time--the desert! Some of their songs have such sorrow in them, but it is a peaceful kind of sorrow. They embrace their sorrow and channel it into music that is artful, emotional, sincere. I am a great fan of lots of "goth music", but Calexico stands out and really hits the nail on the head when it comes to embracing sorrow and making it beautiful.
4. The Cure gained my utmost respect by playing two songs after their sound was cut off. Singing along to Boys Don't Cry with all of the fans surrounding me on the field was one of the most fun moments this weekend. Oh, and to the people to the left of me dancing like there was no tomorrow: you rock.
5. Last but certainly not least: Henry Rollins is truly inspiring. Basically, he said "Fuck the man, war is a scam, we need to stop being afraid of each other because we are all in this together" but in much more articulate words. He flies across the world to places that we are told to be afraid of, and in his words, sticks his hand out and says "Hi, how's it going, I'm Henry" and tries to make a connection with people, and he's very successful in it. I have a tremendous desire to travel as much as I can, and I really need to find a way to get out there more, and learn to reach out to people like he does so that we can come together, fight "the man" and learn from each other.
And tons more that I might add later. To sum up: COACHELLAAAAA!!!
-Just seeing Paul McCartney. Just to hear him sing in person. The Beatles are so epic and I am still processing that I was able to see one of them preform.
-The audience singing along with Robert Smith to 'Boy's Don't Cry'. That moment was the most fun out of the three days.
-Conor Oberst laughing at my boyfriend while we were watching Jenny Lewis.
-My baby boy kicking through Morrissey's whole set. He already is a fan.
-fireworks going off for live or let die during maccas set
-trip'n during the cure
-walking into camp thursday for my first time and hearing everyone yell coachelllaaaa
-leaveing camp monday morning , and looking back to say goodbye , to realize i just experienced the best weekend of my life !!!