Friday, April 22, 2011

matame porque me muero

So I missed Sleigh Bells for the third time. Last year's Coachella was an introduction, we got too late to the Hollywood Bowl show to see them open for LCD and now my heart belonged to Interpol. We caught the full set of Interpol and yes we've seen them like 6 times already so you know what you're going to get and even though they got the sunset show and we weren't that close I felt them, I danced them and I loved them. Pa que te digo, even if I still scream "Where's Carlos D.?!?" they always give a solid performance. Paul's great on the huge stage. This is also where we first experienced the Creator's Project show.

There were intense graphics and lights and after their set the stage became a metal cube with apocalyptic sounds reminiscent of MBV. It was loud, it was great and repeated several times through out the weekend. We waited under the mirrored dandelions to wait for Angelica, we hugged until we cried and hustled over to the outdoor theatre.

she can read, she can read...she's bad

Band number one was Tame Impala, an Aussie band of grungy dudes who we've been listening to pretty much over and over. They gave a great show but I walked in too late, during this song.

They have one album out and if you like bands that sound of yesteryear and it's done well then you must have this. I'm sure they'll be back, the crowd was kinda caca with the hardcores in front but I was also guilty of being chatty in the back. It had been a while and we had ran into Poncho, Rose and Carlos then convo turned to Rock en Espanol in the 90s y luego...

DAY ONE::esta enfermedad es incurable

We bought a home in the desert to have a place to crash for Coachella. No that wasn't really the reason but the 4 mile proximity was a deal maker. Brother Jim was able to bike it every day but not us, one year we'll do it bikechella style, once Indio Police make it friendly since we noted that bikes were routed and pushed off Monroe. Dark, dusty, allergy ridden, sore...I'm not ready for that yet.

I missed more than I saw. I would have liked to have seen local DJ Alf Alpha christen the festival grounds with his beats and stuck around for Tokimonsta then moved on to !!! vs. Moving Units (why were they at the same time?!?!?!), Omar Rodriguez Lopez, Ozo, Odd Future, War Paint, the Drums and the Pains of Being Pure at Heart. I'm sure they'll be Coachella repeats, if they were deemed worthy. As this show went on without me I got a much deserved and long awaited mani/pedi and had a good heart to heart with Amy at Nails for You. Yup, that's what I did.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

sometimes i wonder if the world's so small

This year I didn't troll the message boards, research the buzz bands, buy Coachella outfits. I didn't show up early to catch the small font bands or take an entrance picture. I held the camera once in those 3 days, barely spent money and showed up late. What I did do was laugh, cry and dance again. Under the sun, under the pink clouds and the full moon. I'll maybe get around to it before I forget, like I did for day 3 last year (scroll down). I'll give you my top 2 each day.

FRIDAY::: Caifanes and Interpol
SATURDAY::: One Day as a Lion and ARCADE FIRE
SUNDAY::: Strokes and PJ Harvey

Can you guess who was best in show? Alrato...