A really great day. This is how Coachella should be. (with perhaps a couple of minor exceptions). If you are looking for Tom to bitch and moan about shit like I have in past years, move along, you're gonna be disappointed.
So I started early on Friday, I was in the gates before noon, which, if you don't like standing in line, is a great way to do it. I explored the grounds a bit and I approve. the 5 extra acres on the Terrace really works well. the artwork is great this year. moving the do lab is very much an improvement. the redecorated gobi is pretty cool. Two thumbs up all around. Weekend 2 people, time to get excited.
I went early to see the Gabba Gabba Heys, who are a Ramones cover/tribute band. Now there seems to be something inherently uncool about tribute bands generally, so I think I feel kind of guilty for having enjoyed this set as much as i did. they were loud and fast and played a great setlist and I had fun. Good start to my tenth Coachella.
Caught part of Waxahatchee, which was fine. The singer has a really nice voice, even if the band does seem to lack a bit of charisma.
GOAT was next and they were superb. I was surprised they didn't have any keyboards in the band, I guess I just kind of assumed there was an organ. But they sounded great.. exotic and rhythmic and trippy.
Dum Dum Girls were next, Dee Dee looking sexy as hell wearing a sheer black see through top with black pasties underneath (google it). They had sound issues early on -- something happened with one of their guitars and i don't know what else. Eventually they got it fixed and finished really strong. They closed with "Coming Down", one of my favorites of theirs, and it was great. I was singing along like an asshole. Woke up with that song in my head this morning.
Went to see Title Fight. I like their record, and I liked them at FFF last fall, but this set was different somehow. It was more emo than I like. oh well. But here's the thing. What is it with bands thanking their audience so profusely between each song? "Aw, thank you, you're a great audience, we're Title Fight, we're happy you're here, ok, we have 4 more songs to go, thank you."
I wasn't feeling the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion either. It may have been more my fault than theirs, I needed to eat and stuff. By the way the vietnamese spring rolls (on the terrace, can't remember the name of the place) are really good. Tasty and light. try them
(EDIT: someone came up to me during Jon Spencer and introduced himself and the only words I could hear were "Tom" and "message board". Sorry, it was loud as fuck in there. I still don't know who you were, but, nice to meet you).
Neko Case was fucking fabulous. Talk about getting the day back on track. Her band was really tight and voice clear and rang like a bell. I could have stayed for the whole thing but I left early to see the Afghan Whigs. Talk about conflicts..
the Afghan Whigs were really great. They sounded good, i mean the sound quality was perfect. Setlist was heavy on the new album. no "John the Baptist", no "Debonair", but still, this set was a highlight of the day. They fucking rocked.
A beer break and then the Replacements, who also fucking rocked, and who also had a weird setlist. Lots of stuff from the first two albums, a Grandpaboy song, with most of the 'hits' left for the end.. and still no "I Will Dare", no "Unsatisfied". But they sounded really great and it ended way, way too soon. I could have listened to a 3 hour set from them. I am sure I annoyed some of the people around me with my singing. those who weren't themselves also singing i mean.
More beer, then I watched part of the Knife, eh, so then I was gonna see the Cult but i didn't. I considered staying for Outkast but decided to call it a day (a long day).. from what I've read I'm not sorry for that decision.