So I started the day by wanting to see a bit of New Pants, but with the new tents and the new layouts I went to the Mojave by mistake and saw something called Hurts. One song. Not very interesting.
Quickly discovered my error ("ello everyone, we're urts") and went to the Gobi and caught some New Pants. These are some very young Asian fellows who play 80s-styled new wave pop rock. They werent' bad at all, and actually the singer is quite talented.
but I left there to go see the first band I actually had on my list to see, the Rural Alberta Advantage. (try saying Rural Alberta fast three times). They played an intense bit of folk rock for a while and were a pleasant way to pass some time.
[This is also where I discovered the new fenced off areas up close to the Outdoor Stage -- I hear they have them at the main stage too -- and I guess they are for VIPs? Wish I'd known. They actually made springing for a VIP pass seem possibly worth the price. Hey Paul T, if you're selling something, you generally try to make its best features known to your public. Just saying.]
so after Rural i was gonna go see Black Joe Lewis but ran into Sean and Ivy and Amy and got something to eat and sat and chatted with them for a while instead. This is an Important Part of the Coachella Experience and even sometimes worth missing a good band for.
then it was !!! and the day really got going. They were really fun, really tight, really good. A highlight of the day. Hanging out with a bunch of board members getting our groove on.
Stayed at the outdoor and waited for Titus Andronicus. They came on and their sound was kind of bad -- it was way too quiet for a band that explosive. But we got kind of close and it got louder or I got used to it or something. Other than the sound though they played an awesome set. Really really great. Also I fell in love with Amy Klein. She's beautiful, she beams a laser bright smile, and she plays punk rock guitar in what is probably my favorite band in the world right now.
By the way, good TA review here.
So after Titus I was pretty hot and sweaty and needed nourishment so Sean and I went to go get a beer. Stopped and chatted with Randy briefly there too, I guess he wasn't banned from Coachella altogether.
I went wander a bit and settled on seeing Cee Lo, except he didn't show up, so I had another beer instead and then went to see the Pains of Being a Brooklyn Hipster. They were ok, no, better than ok, they were pretty good, though nothing special. Except I totally missed my chance. I'm watching the band with some board members and then they start clapping and pointing. I didn't understand why. Turns out Amy Klein had walked right in front of us and I was oblivious. I could have said hi, introduced myself, asked her to marry me -- but no. dammit.
After Pains I wandered a bit and decided to go check out Lauryn Hill despite warnings from a bunch of people that she sucked last time they saw her. Holy shit was I glad I did. Ms Lauryn Hill was in fucking credible. Sounded so great, and she just seemed totally dialed in to what she was doing. If I'd known she was going to be this good I would have gotten there early for a good position. damn. This is how it's done, people.
So by now it's 7 pm and my day is made. Titus and Lauryn Hill killed it so great that everything else was sort of a letdown. I went to Interpol but I guess I got bored, so I went to listen to them from the beer garden instead. Then I decided I needed something completely different so I pulled a name out of a hat (not literally) and went to Marina and the Diamonds. Who.. were late. They couldn't get one of their keyboards to work right is what I guessed watching the activity onstage. Scheduled 8:15, at 8:30 I left without seeing her.
On my way to the Black Keys I had to walk past the Outdoor and heard Brandon Flowers covering "Betty Davis Eyes" quite earnestly. I picked up my pace and kept walking.
So then the Black Keys who were a lot better than they were at ACL last fall. They did this odd set where at first it's just the two of them, and there's no video and the sound is sort of off -- it's almost like they just miked their monitors or something -- I guess to give it a 'small band in a barroom' feel? I dunno*. on the main stage it just seemed underpowered. But then their backups came out and they turned the video boards on and the volume up and it was a lot more accessible.
After Black Keys I looked at the schedule and didn't see anything I wanted to see right then and didn't feel like waiting two and a half hours for Scala or Flogging Molly or Gayngs so I left.
In summary: A very very good day.
* - edit: others seem to think it was technical difficulties.