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Coachella 2009 30/30 Initiative: N.A.S.A.

Posted by Amoebite, March 27, 2009 08:19pm | 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


 

Day #11 - Artist #11 - N.A.S.A.:

Have you ever sat around with friends and posed the question, "If you could hypothetically pick any musical artists, from any time period or genre of music to create a band or musical collaboration, who would you choose?" Before my friends and I were old enough to drive and we were too broke to actually get out of the house and do something, we would gather in a friend's bedroom on a Saturday night listening to our favorite CDs and posing this timeless question to each other. I remember us being fifteen years old debating this topic vehemently, each of us thinking we were the ultimate authority on music. But the only "dream collaboration" input I can remember from the discussions of that age is being adamant about Dave Grohl on drums and Maynard James Keenan (Tool) on vocals. 

Anyone have any other ideas? How about:
David Byrne (Talking Heads), Chuck D (Public Enemy) and Z-Trip
or
Tom Waits and Kool Keith
or
Rza (Wu-Tang Clan) and John Frusciante (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
or
Karen O (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and Ol' Dirty Bastard (Wu-Tang Clan)

Ladies and gentlemen, N.A.S.A. has done it! They've made our dreams come true. These hypothetical collaborations are now an actuality. N.A.S.A., which stands for North America South America, the creation between producers Squeek E. Clean (Los Angeles) and DJ Zegon (Brazil), accomplished these collaborations on their five-year-in-the-making debut album The Spirit of Apollo, released February 17, 2009.

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Coachella 2009 30/30 Initiative: K'naan

Posted by Amoebite, March 26, 2009 08:45pm | 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

  

Day #10 - Artist #10 - K'naan:

Many famous musicians have come from hard times and rough backgrounds. Jay-Z grew up in the Marcy Housing Projects in Brooklyn, Kurt Kobain lived under a bridge for a time in Aberdeen, Washington, and K'naan grew up in the Wardhiigleey ("Lake of Blood") District in Mogadisho, Somalia. Sound familiar? Anyone seen the movie Blackhawk Down? Yeah, K'naan spent his childhood right in the middle of that violence and chaos.  His farther, being an intellectual, left for New York City to work and sent money back to Somalia to support his family. K'naan and his mother were able to get their exit visa approved on the last day the US embassy was open before the Somali government's collapse in 1991, and they boarded the last commercial flight out of the country. If I had to choose...I think I'd take the bridge in Aberdeen. (For more detail on his experience, click
here). 

Coachella 2009 30/30 Initiative: Friendly Fires

Posted by Amoebite, March 25, 2009 11:13pm | 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



Day #9 - Artist #9 - Friendly Fires:


Friendly Fires, from St Albans, England, first played together at age 14, under the name First Day Back. They parted ways to attend university and after returning in 2006, formed Friendly Fires. Over the next year they released a trio of EPs:  Photobooth, Cross the Line, and The Remix. Their first single "Paris," released at the end of 2007, was named "Single of the Week" by influential English publications The Guardian and NME (New Musical Express), and launched their career with appearances on Channel 4's (England) Transmission Program and (tastemaker English DJ) Zane Lowe's Radio 1.

This led to them supporting Interpol on a tour of the U.K. and numerous performances in the U.S., including opening for Bloc Party here in Los Angeles this past July. Their debut album, Friendly Fires, was released September 1, 2008 and the band just finished promoting the album on the NME Awards Tour 2009 with two of the hottest U.K. bands at the moment, and fellow Coachella 2009 newcomers, White Lies and Glasvegas

Coachella 2009 30/30 Initiative: Band of Horses

Posted by Amoebite, March 24, 2009 06:12pm | 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 LineupBand of Horses

Day #8 - Artist #8 - Band of Horses:
Band of Horses
Sub Pop, the Seattle record label that threw kindling on the spark of Grunge music with early signings of Nirvana, Soundgarden, and Mudhoney in the late 1980s, deserves their own stage at this year's Coachella festival. With appearances from four of their artists, Fleet Foxes, Band of Horses, Blitzen Trapper, and No Age, toting some of the "buzzworthy-ist" albums of the past year, Sub Pop is still staying relevant in the indie rock world with 20+ years under their belt.

Among those in the Sub Pop fraternity, Band of Horses has the largest font size on this year's Coachella lineup. The Seattle-based band were first discovered and signed by Sub Pop while opening for future label-mate Iron & Wine during local area shows. Band of Horses released their debut album Everything All The Time in 2006 and grabbed attention with the standout track "The Funeral." They followed that up quickly with Cease to Begin in 2007. Again the band gained critical attention from songs "Is There a Ghost" and "No One's Gonna Love You," finding its way to many yeBand of Horsesar-end "Best of 2007" lists. This is the kind of band you can gain "indie-cred" from by introducing to your guy friends, and get just as many "sensitive-guy points" for putting it on a mixtape to impress that certain girl.

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Coachella 2009 30/30 Initiative: Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Posted by Amoebite, March 23, 2009 11:21pm | 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 LineupYeah Yeah Yeahs

Day #7 - Artist #7 - Yeah Yeah Yeahs:

Yeah Yeah Yeahs
For some reason my internet wants to cut out on me every two minutes tonight, so this is going to have to be brief...which is good because sometimes actions speak louder than words. I didn't really have much to say about these guys, but I caught their new single "Zero" for the first time when I was up late one night working on this blog with MTV on in the background. Everyone says MTV doesn't play videos anymore --  well, they do. You just have to know where to look for them...like 3:00am.

YYY's have been off my radar for awhile, so I had no knowledge of a new release from them. As I was watching the video, I was unsure of what I was hearing. It looked like Karen O from the YYY's (who doesn't these days?), but it didn't quite sound like them. The YYY's have always sounded "black and white" to me. But this song sounded like "Blu-ray on a brand new Plasma screen!" And it's been on non-stop rotation on my iPod since. 

As my roommate and I were dissecting the Coachella lineup and planning our wish list of performances to catch, I had all but physically cut the YYY's off the flyer with a pair of scissors. But I think they just earned an extra man in the audience when they perform toward the top of the bill on Sunday April 19th. And I think that extra man will be me.
 

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