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Coachella 2009 30/30 Initiative: Noah and the Whale

Posted by Amoebite, March 28, 2009 09:27pm | Post a Comment
127 Bands, 5 Stages, 3 Days and 1 Mean Sunburn.

"Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival - April 17-19th, 2009 or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Find 30 Reasons To Love a Weekend in the Desert."

- By Scott Butterworth


Coachella Lineup 

Day #12 - Artist #12 - Noah and the Whale:

Noah and the Whale Noah and the Whaleformed in 2006 in Twickenham, London, England, playing a brand of folk influenced indie-pop rock and released their debut album Peaceful, the World Lays Me Down in August 2008. At first I wanted to just write these guys off as just another indie-pop band singing love songs. But the more I listened to it, the more curious I was. I promised I wasn't going to use the cheesy "metaphor" method of describing a band after I used it in The Hold Steady profile, but again, this band's music seemed unique, yet there was something oddly familiar about it. It was as if they were channeling someone or something in order to create their music. After two or three listens, I couldn't hear the band anymore. It wasn't that the music was inaudible, it was that I couldn't hear Noah and the Whale on the surface. I could only hear a particular voice that was coming from within it.

Do you remember Krang, from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon show? The pink, brain-like villian with arms that controlled the overpowering mechanical body Chang from inside a stomach chamber? Noah and the Whale were appearing to me as an external vehicle for something that was really controlling it on the inside. And I don't mean that in a negative way, I just mean that the band seems brought to life by an internal inspiration that will be showcased at Coachella on Friday April 17, 2009.
Noah and the Whale
In the case of Noah and the Whale, I think the "Chang" (body) is the light hearted indie-pop band that makes the girls in the shiny shoes and knit hats blush. And the "Krang" (brain) is something more complex, calculated, and developed. I think I've figured it out. So, to break my own rule, here's the metphor for indie-pop domination.

The brain of Noah and the Whale is created when The Jesus and Mary Chain and The National meet each other in a movie theater on opening night of Wes Anderson's film Rushmore. Let's see what this sounds like:

The Jesus and Mary Chain - "Just Like Honey" from Psychocandy (originally 1985):


The National - "Fake Empire" from Boxer (2007):


Noah and the Whale - "Do What You Do" from Peaceful, the World Lays Me Down (2008):


This next video would make Max Fischer proud.

Noah and the Whale - "2 Bodies 1 Heart" (2008):


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Coachella 2009 (26), Rushmore (2), Wes Anderson (8), The Jesus And Mary Chain (1), The National (7), Noah And The Whale (1)