The 12 Days of Coachella: 8 Don't I Know You From Somewhere?

Posted by Amoebite, April 12, 2010 05:58pm | Post a Comment
"One man's attempt to dissect the method to 3 days of madness in the desert"
  - By Scott Butterworth

On the 3rd weekend of April my Coachella will give to me.....
12 DJ's DJing.....11 Angelenos....10 Duos Duet-ing....9 Debut Albums....

....and 8 "Don't I Know You From Somewhere?":  

Public Image Limited
She & Him
The Cribs
Perry Ferrall vs. Steve Porter
Major Lazer
Bad Lieutenant
Charlotte Gainsbourg
Owen Pallet

Coachella Lineup

To the casual music fan, the Coachella lineup can often look like a foreign language. There's lots of unfamiliar names, underground artists, and just all around too many styles/genres/scenes to process.  Before I worked at a music store, it was hard for me to keep up with all the new hip bands, side projects, supergroups, singers gone solo, and all other such variations. But more often than not, if you dig a little bit, you'll find a flowing well of familiar names and very popular artists. So don't worry, you're not going to need to do that this year.....I did it for you.

Artist Spotlights:

The Cribs:

The Cribs with Johnny Marr

You're going to notice one guy in the band who stands out slightly from the rest. He might look a little older that the other members. He might be a slightly better performer than the others. You might notice a higher ratio of cameras in the audience pointed at him than the rest of the band. And there might be an oddly large contingent of The Smiths t-shirts in the audience.

That's right, The Smiths' guitar legend Johnny Marr joined this "band of brothers" on their recent album, Ignore The Ignorant and will be performing with them at Coachella!!! They are literally three brothers...kinda like the UK version of Kings Of Leon. I guess they finally decided to let Uncle Johnny join the band.

"We Share The Same Skies" from the album Ignore The Ignorant (2009):

Public Image Limited:

Public Image Limited

The Sex Pistols broke up at the end of their disastrous tour of the US in 1977. In 1978, lead singer Johnny "Rotten" became John Lydon and formed
Public Image Limited. The band, led by John Lydon and a few shuffled lineups, had a prolific career, releasing 8 albums, until disbanding in 1992. They reunited at the end of 2009, and Coachella with be their big return to the US for the first time in 18 years. John Lydon's name might have become slightly more conservative than his days in the Sex Pistols, but his attitude and antics haven't let up. Deep down, I would bet money that he is a mellow, nice guy. But in public, I wouldn't be surprised if he slapped an old lady or kicked a baby, purely for the shock value. 

"Rise" from the album Compact Disc (1986):

Charlotte Gainsbourg:

Charlotte Gainsbourg

The new Beck album is my favorite Charlotte Gainsbourg album. Ok...let me explain. Although Charlotte's day job is acting (and she's pretty successful at that), her latest album IRM is her third dive into the music world. Her first album came in 1986 at the age of 15, but it took twenty years for her follow-up album to arrive in 2006. Her third record, released in January, was actually written, produced, performed and recorded by Beck Hansen. You know...."Beck," Beck. The guy with two turntables and a microphone. Basically, IRM is a Beck album channeled through a female voice. Beck did turn up to perform with Charlotte on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic radio program here in LA recently. I don't know if he's going to do the same for her Coachella performance...but if I was a betting man, I wouldn't bet against it. (Charlotte will also be doing a signing at the San Francisco Amoeba for Record Store Day!)

"Heaven Can Wait" ft. Beck, from the album IRM (2010):

Bad Lieutenant:

Bad Lieutenant

You know Joy Division and New Order, right? Well, even if you don't, you're going to say you do if someone asks you at a party, for fear of losing "hip" points. Ok, if you do know J.D. and N.O., then you are already half way to knowing Bad Lieutenant. Let me give you the bullet points:

 - Joy Division (1976-1980) = Ian Curtis (Vocals), Bernard Sumner (Guitar), Peter Hook (Bass, Vocals), Stephan Morris (Drums)

 - Ian Curtis committed suicide in 1980, and the group continued as New Order

 - New Order (1980-2007) = Bernard Sumner (Vocals, Guitar, Synth), Peter Hook (Bass, Vocals), Stephan Morris (Drums). And later, Phil Cunningham (Guitar, Synth)

 - Peter Hook quit New Order in 2007, and the group formed Bad Lieutenant

 - Bad Lieutenant = Bernard Sumner (Vocals, Guitar), Jake Evans (Guitar, Vocals), Phil Cunningham (Guitar), Thom Chapman (Bass), Stephen Morris (Drums)

"Twist Of Fate" from the album Never Cry Another Tear (2009):

Owen Pallett:

Owen has put out three solo albums as a one-man violin-playing band, but he has worn many hats in the indie rock world, and been a significant contributor to many influential bands of recent years. He has written/performed string arrangements for Grizzly Bear, Beirut, and Last Shadow Puppets. He's also been a violinist, co-writer and touring member of Arcade Fire on both of its albums, and is currently in the studio with the band for its third album. Check him out performing with Arcade Fire in 2005, in the one of the most talked about performances in Coachella history:

Arcade Fire - "Rebellion (Lies)" Live at Coachella 2005, from the album Funeral (2004):

Owen Pallett - "Lewis Takes Off His Shirt" from the album Heartland (2010):

She & Him:

"She" is actress Zooey Deschanel, the "cool" older sister we all wish we had from the movie Almost Famous, and the girl from (500) Days of Summer that every guy wishes he met in an elevator while listening to The Smiths. "Him" is M. Ward, acclaimed musician and member of 2009's singer-songwriter supergroup Monster of Folk. Together, they are music duo She & Him.

Zooey Deschanel in (500) Days Of Summer trailer:

M. Ward in Monsters of Folk - "The Right Place" from the album Monsters of Folk (2009):

Major Lazer:

Major Lazer is the new collaboration between DJ/Producers Diplo and Switch, the masterminds behind the "film trailer heard 'round the world." By that I mean the producers of M.I.A.'s "Paper Planes," featured in the stoner-comedy film Pineapple Express. For Major Lazer, the two producers teamed up with a militia of guest vocalists for a glitched-out reggae influenced assault.

"Pon De Floor" from the album Guns Don't Kill People...Lazers Do (2009):

Perry Ferrall vs. Steve Porter:

Perry Ferrall is best known as the frontman for late 80's/early 90's rockers Jane's Addiction. But as far as this blog is concerned, Perry has the distinction of being the only artist to perform at all ten Coachella festivals, as either a part of Jane's Addiction, Satellite PartyHybridDJ Peretz, or under his own name -- and this year's DJ set with Steve Porter will make it 11 straight years.

Perry Ferrall in Jane's Addiction - Mountain Song (Live in 1997) from the album Nothing's Shocking (1988):

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