Wow! These were supposed to be quick and easy wrap ups but I got all caught up in deadlines for three writing assignments. Lame excuse, right?
First, SXSW. Here’s a link to all my photos. I haven’t updated the tags to reflect the bands and, at this point, I probably won’t for a *long* time. Sorry, but all my spare time has to go to writing. Here are a choice few.
And here’s a Spotify Playlist of the bands I saw at SXSW.
As for Coachella…
Here are the bands I saw:
Empire of the Sun
Pet Shop Boys
The Naked and Famous
Neutral Milk Hotel
Lana Del Rey
Those bands that impressed me: GroupLove, Chromeo, Chvrches, Lorde, Fatboy Slim, Pet Shop Boys, Lana Del Rey (yeah, I KNOW!), and Arcade Fire.
Those that blew me away: OutKast, Neutral Milk Hotel, Calvin Harris.
The Big Pink – Way heavier than their album and I wish they weren’t. Still, worth checking out.
Gorillaz – Damon, get your ego out of your ass and stop boring me!
On a final note, the new “in/out” policy whereby people can enter the show, leave to go back to their car and then return, resulted in way more folk rolling. Christ, I saw a pack of fourteen year-old girls doing blow, in public no less. The whole event took on a different vibe.
Okay, I’m off the soapbox. Here are my pics.
One last note. This is my 500th post. I wasn’t sure if I was gonna go all Clark Boyd but I knew I wasn’t gonna go Brian Ibbott. Instead, let this marker stand as a good place to look back, then look forward.
Although I’m on what will most likely be my fourth 16-hour day in a row, I took a minute to check out the Coachella lineup and choose the acts I want to see. Here they be (they’re the ones that have been outlined).
This was my second time seeing them but now I’m completely in love with Rachel Flotard. Why? First, she saw me singing along and mentioned it. Second, the set was awesome and she even took an off-the-cuff request from the audience. Third, she referenced both Winger and “Pigs in Space“. Seriously, Rachel, when you’re in LA drop me a line and I’ll take you out for a dinner.
Phoenix – Did a phenomenal job playing a tent during daylight so I’m only expecting the best.
Pavement – Got into them very late so I’m hoping to see what all the fuss was about.
As was the case last year, I’m kinda hoping it’s “the year of the old man act” but I’d love to mix that up with some “I never heard of those guys and they blew me away” action too. Also, there’s a good chance I’ll see most of these acts at SXSW in March but maybe some of them will be worth a 2nd whirl.
I know, I know, you’re saying, “I thought this was a film blog but all he writes about is music.” Sorry, but music is my drug. That’s why I’m heading to the desert for Coachella.
I’ll try to tweet and post pictures but as any of you that have been will know, cell signal at the festival sucks. Still, I don’t want to leave you empty handed. That’s why I’m pointing you towards some awesome free music.