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Coachella 2009 30/30 Initiative: Ghostland Observatory

Posted by Amoebite, April 6, 2009 10:23pm | 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   Ghostland Observatory

Day #21 - Artist #21 - Ghostland Observatory:

Ghostland Observatory

At first listen you might think Ghostland Observatory were sharing drinks with The Rapture in dingy downtown NYC bars long before anyone cared about either band. But nope, Ghostland Observatory are not from the scene that gave us the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, LCD Soundsystem, The Strokes, etc. The duo are from the land that most recently brought us Jessica Simpson and George W. Bush. That's right...Texas. While they now make their homebase in Austin (the "Berkeley" of red-state America), these aren't big city hipsters moving to Austin to get a different "vibe." They're country boys at heart, frequently returning to the farms they grew up on in small-town San Saba, Texas.

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Coachella 2009 30/30 Initiative: The Courteeners

Posted by Amoebite, April 5, 2009 10:21pm | 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 LineupThe Courteeners


Day #20 - Artist #20 - The Courteeners:

Twenty-two year old singer-songwriter Liam Fray grabbed three of his childhood friends from Manchester, England to form The Courteeners in 2006. Their debut album, St. Jude, was released in April 2008.The Courteeners

Listen to the Courteens, if you like -- you get a little bit of each of these:  The Walkmen, The Smiths. The Kooks, Arctic Monkeys, Stone Roses, Oasis. Paul McCartney, The Cribs, The Jam. And also listen to The Courteeners...because Morrissey said so!! Apparently now-a-days, New Musical Express (NME), Rolling Stone, Village Voice and pitchfork.com are all out the window -- to be crowned the "new hip band," all you have to do is get David Bowie or Morrissey to sign your permission slip.

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Coachella 2009 30/30 Initiative: Paul McCartney

Posted by Amoebite, April 4, 2009 09:34pm | 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


Paul McCartney  Paul McCartney

Day #19 - Artist #19 - Paul McCartney (Motha F%&*#in' Beatle!):

We all know Paul McCartney. Former Beatle, one half of the greatest songwriting partnership of all time, and successfull solo artist. But you know what I want to know? When did it become "cool" (and I use that term very loosly) to hate Paul McCartney!?!? What year was it that the hipster constitutional convention convened and declared, "We, the hipsters of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union...agree that we will try to claim personal validation by systematically hating Paul McCartney?" It was ridiculous then, it's recoculous now, and absolutely asinine to ever contribute to in the future! C'mon, let's just put our hipster pride aside for one second.

Paul McCartney is without a doubt one of the greatest songwriters, musicians and cultural innovators in modern history. There is supposed controversy about whether or not he will "fit in" as a headliner in the Coachella environment. I've yet to hear a legitimate argument to support that. I'm willing to bet my entire next paycheck that more performers from the entire ten years of Coachella have been inspired by the music of Paul McCartney than by any other artist. And I'm willing to make the same bet that attendees at this year's festival own more albums of Paul McCartney's music than the Paullast two years of headliners' put together!! Yeah...I said it! I just don't get it...where the #%&* is the controversy?

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Coachella 2009 30/30 Initiative: White Lies

Posted by Amoebite, April 3, 2009 08:02pm | 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   White Lies

Day #18 - Artist #18 - White Lies:
White Lies
One part Joy Division, one part Muse, one part Interpol, served in a tall glass to a West Londoner sitting in a downtown New York bar. The White Lies released their debut album, To Lose My Life..., less than a year from the date of the trio’s first gig and entered the UK Charts at number one in January, but the album wasn't released in the US until a few weeks ago in March. These lads (sorry...I've just always wanted to use that word) from Ealing, West London, England, have been the talk of the town, playing packed shows throughout the UK since last summer.  White Lies

Strangely, as they were selling out shows in the UK, they could hardly give away a show here in the US, as was evidenced when their free show at The Roxy here in Los Angeles drew a crowd of maybe 100 back in October of 2008. I know...I was there. My roommate and I had a tough decision that night between attending the White Lies show or the Secret Machines playing just next door at the Key Club. But we went with the free show and it was priceless (literally and figuratively)! It seemed like something special...more than the usual local club gig, but there was not much of an audience to receive it. With the American press just starting to catch on and a standout performance at the South By Southwest festival in Austin a couple weeks ago, I think America is finally ready for the White Lies.

Coachella 2009 30/30 Initiative: Etienne De Crecy

Posted by Amoebite, April 2, 2009 04:10pm | 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    Etienne De Crecy

Day #17 - Artist #17 - Etienne De Crecy:
Etienne De Crecy
Until I attended Coachella in 2006, I always thought of DJ/Electronic music as something that was just anonymous background music in a dark club. Even the few DJs that became superstars throughout the '90s and '00s hardly had a "face" to their music in a traditional popular music sense. I mean, except for a few strobe lights at the raves out in the desert, the DJ could be performing his set from inside a port-a-john and the crowd wouldn't know if there was even a DJ on stage or not.

But the top DJ/electronic acts booked at Coachella have started a trend over the past several years of turning the large Sahara Tent Stage ("Dance Tent"), which might otherwise be 10 hours of monotonous strobe lights and loud music, into a complete rock and roll spectacle, which is fitting since Coachella is one of the preeminent rock festivals in America. And this year, Etienne De Crecy is going to bring his unique spectacle to the "Dance Tent" toward the top of the bill, Saturday April 19, 2009.
Etienne De Crecy Cube
Etienne De Crecy is a French DJ and producer who was very influential in pulling the spotlight toward the Paris dance music scene in the 1990s, working with renowned French artists Air, Alex Gopher and Phillipe Zdar, among many others. He first made a name for himself with his collaboration with Zdar in 1991 called Motorbass. He shined on his own for the first time with the album Super Discount in 1994, and followed that in a tad bit different direction on Tempovision in 2000. Both earned praise from dance music critics around the world. He's been laying low for a while but he's ready to make his long awaited return at Coachella this year.

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