@AndyShore Coachella 2010 marked the beginning of festival season for this Crasher. Zack already got his feet wet at SXSW. He made his way to Cali sans ticket, as did my little brother, Rob. @MattSilver decided to tag along last minute. It was fun to have everyone together, and especially hilarious to watch Matt soil himself as he crashed on Friday. Zack got to cross off his #5 on our artists we still need to see list. He recently informed me he has filled that spot with Prince. Can’t say I disagree with that move. Too bad we weren’t at Coachella 2008. Speaking of Coachalla and lists, here’s my top-10 best shows at Coachella 2010. Hope you enjoy the list half as much as I enjoyed the fest.
10. Tiesto: Matt, Rob and I were hanging towards the back for the Dead Weather. Zack needed to be at the front to see Jack White up close. As soon as Tiesto took the stage, his music drained out the Dead Weather. It sounded like so much fun, we headed there rather than moving closer to the Dead Weather. Great decision no matter what Zack or @Snoogans913 may tell you. Tiesto still had Muse’s light show going, and was bumping some funky, dance-able tunes. We met up with Zack under the giant origami swan and left after a tripped out remix of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ “Heads Will Roll.”
9. Yeasayer: These guys were so much fun, I almost didn’t want to leave for Street Sweeper Social Club. Thankfully I did. More on that later. The tent was so crowded, I failed at leading us out of it. Rob told me I’d make a terrible RB, due to my poor vision hitting the hole.
8. Matt & Kim: This duo knows how to have fun. Whether it be talking about getting naked or having a dude streak across the stage, the humorous banter was mostly about nudity. Kim told the crowd she “may have small titties, but her ass could clap.” Who wouldn’t be ready to get down after hearing that? I’m talking about the show guys. C’mon.
7. Phoenix: I was glad to get another chance to see Phoenix. I had a great time the first time around, but my ankle was far from 100% at ACL 2009 and I needed to go sit down after half a show. This time I was on my feet and dancing the whole time, save for a quick sandwich.
6. MUTEMATH: All I had to go off of from this band was their music videos. I’m glad that was enough to get me there. I had a blast at this show. Rocking, danceable and an all around good time. Bodies and drums went from the stage to the crowd. The drummer even poured water on his heads so they’d splash as he played them.
5. Them Crooked Vultures: Yes, I miss Dave Grohl is a frontman. I also enjoy Josh Homme in that roll. Good thing Grohl is a monster behind the kit. John Paul Jones is a master of many instruments, and he put that on display. These guys would have been the best rock show of Friday at Coachella, but Tom Morello had something to say about that.
4. Street Sweeper Social Club: Speaking of Tom Morello…Wow. Was I not prepared for how good this set would be. I should have known better. I’ve even seen Rage Against the Machine live. Playing with a different band doesn’t take anything away from Morello. He is any band he plays with. The man played with his teeth, his forearms and did an entire solo on his tuning peg. A couple of choice covers sprinkled in, and this show cracked the top 5.
3. Atoms For Peace: I didn’t have them too high on my most anticipated shows. That is until I found out Flea was Thom Yorke’s bass player. Those two are kindred spirits. They were meant to play on stage together. The feed off each other, dancing like wacky waving arm flailing inflatable tube men. The meatier bass noise breathes new life into the tracks from The Eraser. See these guys ASAP.
2. Jay Z: Zack says this was the best show of Coachella 2010. I thought so too, until Saturday night. The man is a legend, and deservedly so. He’s got more hits than the Sopranos. He plays them all too. Add to that an appearance from Beyonce and fireworks and you have a top-2 show at Coachella.
1. Muse: Zack and I both dubbed Jay Z the MVP of Coachella 2010 after Friday night. Matthew Bellamy had something to say about that. Muse puts on a rock spectacle. The rocking trio blew my mind, even before they hit us with the lasers. My mind was still blown when we decided to record the podcast after 2am. I should have listened to Ted Mosby. All I could spit out was awesome, excellent, crazy and a whole bunch of other adjectives for great. My review did them some more justice.