@AndyShore This was my second Coachella and third festival at the Indio Polo Grounds. I think I’m ready to call Coachella my favorite music festival. It’s the perfect setting. Camping is well organized. The grass is green and you can plop down and get some rest anywhere. The scenery is perfect. Palm trees and mountains are the backdrops to each stage. It’s not too far of a walk from camping to the festival grounds or from stage to stage. They are yet to put a lineup together in their history that I wouldn’t want to attend. Here’s my top 10 that helped solidify Coachella as the best of class. Read the rest of this entry »
Archive for April, 2012
@ZackTeibloom Hologram performances are an affront to live music and need to stop immediately or “live” music will go down a path far worse than 3D movies. That’s what I want to feel. I wish I could just say that and have it be true, but I was legitimately tossing and turning last night, trying to decide if I truly despise this gimmick or if I could come around on it. It’s tough to say definitively that hologram performances are a terrible thing, especially since holograms have historically made things better. From sage advice in Star Wars to making baseball cards you turn from side to side to gawk at, holograms enhance already awesome things. Well, not Will.i.am during the election, that was ridiculous, but for the most part, holograms have always made things better.
I feel like you must already know this if you’re reading an analysis of it, but since I had to explain it to my sister and another friend today, a hologram of 2Pac performed two songs during the Dre/Snoop extravaganza Sunday night at Coachella. It was bizarre, kind of cool and really gimmicky. Look, 2Pac is dead. So are Elvis, Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix and half of The Beatles. This is a reality we have to live with. Plugging Kurt Cobain into Guitar Hero and making a hologram of 2Pac doesn’t change that. It cheapens their legacy. I understand having a recording of Nate Dogg play during his parts of a song, because he’s an integral part of the band and it wouldn’t be right to do it without him. But a hologram that has 2Pac saying “What the fuck is up, Coachella?!” Seriously, what the fuck is up? It’s sacrilegious and tacky and fake. When you have Dre & Snoop & Eminem & 50 Cent & Wiz Khalifa & G-Unit live, in the flesh, bullet wounds and all, why project 2Pac into the proceedings? It was as unnecessary and excessive as the Dre/Snoop cover of “Jump Around.” Live music is a sacred thing. I’m aware that this isn’t the first time* there’s been a digital image of one artist performing with another, but this is the first one that’s gotten huge national attention as soon as it happened. I fear that we’re heading down a terrible path if this goes from an occasional gimmick to the norm and I can’t even come to grips with how I truly feel about it. Read the rest of this entry »
@ZackTeibloom Well, we survived the weekend at Coachella. It wasn’t easy, but if you follow this advice, you won’t miss any great artists or have your tent flip over. Also, you’ll learn how to not get stuck inside the festival, how to find a half-decent bathroom and find some decent eats. First things first, if you’ve looked at the weather report for Indio, the highs are 101, 102 and 101. Or, as I like to call it, every day in summer in Austin. But unlike the never ending hell-fire that is Austin, it gets super cold at night in the desert. As silly as it may seem, bring a hoodie and tie it around your waist. It gets cold at night. Always. And bring extra blankets. Don’t underestimate the desert. Oh, and bring Chapstick with SPF. My lips are peeling. It’s gross. If you’re actually going, you’re already in festival mode and not in the mood to read anything long, so let’s get right into it. Read the rest of this entry »
@ZackTeibloom Well, here we are. It’s
the night before a couple hours before Caitlin and I fly out to L.A. for Coachella. We’re checked into our flight and printed our boarding passes. We wrote out instructions for taking care of Scooby. Andy picked up camping supplies. I’m 90% packed*. We’re ready. Thankfully it’s still more than 24 hours away, so I can listen to the awesome new Miike Snow album on repeat without hearing about the 24-hour rule. I wouldn’t go so far as to say this is the best line-up we’ve seen, as Andy likes to say, but there’s a ton to be excited about and some tough decisions to make. M83 was one of my favorite break-out bands from last year and we’ll likely miss their entire set. Neither of us have Grace Potter in our top 10. That should tell you something. I went a little heavy on bands I haven’t seen before, but am definitely looking forward to some old favorites. It’ll be nice to have Girl Talk back in my life, to see how The Black Keys transition into being a headliner and see how Radiohead’s dark show fills up Coachella. Oh, and did I mention we’re going to see holograms? Because that’s happening, apparently. Read the rest of this entry »
@AndyShore Coachella is finally here. It’s been just over six months since Zack, Caitlin and I were festival-ing together at ACL. My last festival as well. That all ends this weekend. I can’t remember (and am to lazy to look) if I made some preposterous claim that this was the best lineup in our history of Festival Crashers. It’s near the top, if it’s not the peak. The top of my list hasn’t changed since we first discussed it on the PodCrash. The news Zack linked me to earlier tonight only strengthens that choice. Read the rest of this entry »