I downvoted, in a vain attempt to get it back to 13. Still love ya, Raptor!
It’s pretentious, but I don’t really see a problem with it. I won tickets to their release day show, and since I wasn’t part of the social media blitz, I forgot the theme was “be a reflektor.” My gf and I were in the small amount of people who weren’t dressed up. I didn’t feel awkward or out of place, and it was cool seeing some of the stuff people wore; lots of shiny, reflective things. It made the experience more interesting.
People wear colorful stuff to EDM shows, they wear smelly clothes to hardcore shows. Just throw on a cheap coat and be cool with it, I think.
Philip, I think you captured it pretty well. I’m not a huuuuge Arcade Fire fan, but I had a good time. It did feel more like a promo event thing then what an intimate, contest-winner gig *should* feel like, but I won tickets the day before on KROQ, so I’m not about to complain. It was the most fun Tuesday I’ve had in a while. I think I’d be a bit more disappointed if I were a huge AF fan, and I’d done some social media nonsense trying to get into a “secret show, OMG.” I was towards the front, and there a ton of people wearing weird costumes, and just being very energetic, so that was fun.
Having said that, would it have killed them to play something off of ‘Neon Bible,’? Hello!
My favorite Drake song is “Pink Moon.”
He’s using his brain to command Jonathan Ross to spit out Flaming Hot Cheetos.
20,000 more ticket holders? Jeebus, that’s gonna be way too crowded. Anywho, I’ve lived in LA my whole life, yet this was my first Coachella (personal reasons as to why the last weekend of April was a no-go for me, and why it’s different now). Overall, it’s pretty grueling. Our hotel was farther away than I’d anticipated, (“20 miles from Indio,” doesn’t mean “20 miles from Empire Polo Fields”), so that didn’t help, but yeah, the sun, and just the hours and lack of sleep were a beater. As fun as it would be to try and cover Coachella, just attending as a regular person was tough. I’d love to go again, but yeah, I don’t know if I’ll do it too many more times.
I’m surprised at how small some of the crowds were for acts that constantly get a lot of love on LA area twitter feeds. Both Hanni El Katib, and Father John Misty were more sparsely attended in the tents than I’d anticipated. Hanni was during the day, but he’s getting played on KROQ now, and FJM was at night, but both had like, 25% capacity when they started. La Roux, on the other hand was packed even as she was starting. It’s easy to forget that LA success doesn’t always mean mainstream success. Also, I’ve never seen FJM before, but I wonder if someone pooped in his oatmeal that day, because he was being so cynically hilarious between songs. Sounded great, though.
I liked Blur, too, but, was it just me, or was Damon Albarn on a good one? His voice sounded good, but most of the time his eyes were either closed, or staring up into the heavens. Grizzly Bear’s light show was gorgeous, and I wonder if they elected to take a nighttime tent slot instead of a daytime outdoor slot because of it; they seem big enough for the outdoors.
We got there early on Sunday for Robert Delong, and it seemed like he might’ve been a bit nervous, or maybe the crowd in the tent wasn’t feeling him as much as I’d hoped, but I think I he did better at Amoeba, and the Echo, and even Silver Lake Jubilee (RIP). I’m so glad that he’s made it as far as he has, though, and I think he’ll just keep on getting bigger. I saw an older couple with his t-shirts on in the VIP area beaming with pride, whom I assume were his parents, so that was really nice to see.
I was watching Divine Fits, and the snail just wandered right into the area in front of the stage. It was actually nice, because it offered some shade, and I was lucky enough to be in front of it, though it must’ve sucked for the people behind us. I like to think that the snail was drunk.
And yes, this will go down as NickCavechella in my mind. I didn’t see Grinderman, ’cause I was watching Band of Horses, whom I’d never seen. I honestly didn’t know how much of a limited time only thing they were, and now I regret it, ’cause everyone says they killed. But yeah, Cave’s mainstage set was amazing, even though I think he only played for, what, 40 minutes? I was hoping for way more (I wanted
to hear “Babe, I’m on Fire”), since there was so much time between him and RHCP, but he was still great.
You’re right about RHCP fans being oblivious about Nick Cave, too. There was a group of people literally sitting with their back to the Bad Seeds, as they were destroying. Honorable mention for best thing: The ASL interpretors having to sign all of Nick Cave’ and RHCP’s crotch-related lyrics.
Do you guys think, that when Pablo Honey was coming out, that Thom thought he’d one day be choreographed dance videos? I can dig it.
I’d fuckin’ love some free lemons.
Do I get an assist for Donnytilla’s EC pick? I’m giving myself an assist there.
Hey, it’s your pool, I’m just dive in it. I love bad comments, that my fuckin’ problem.
They were effing terrible on SNL! (the eff stands for forgettably)
At least we’ll have the Stereogum “best comments” posts to remember them by. :(
The fact that it was the highest weekly album sales in a decade probably had something to do with it.
Not enough Animal Collective.
Motley Crue in whatever year they got the most breezies. For the breezies, man… the breezies.
More like rap game Randy Travis.
I know this is gonna sound weird, but one thing that bugged me about Chris Brown was that he once referred to Rihanna on Twitter as “Robin,” the name they used for her on the police report. He winked and smiled when he said it, or something to that effect (sadly, she responded in a similar manner).
Aaaaanyway, the point is, we all make mistakes, and if you’re mature enough, you take stock of what you did, own up to it, and try to grow from it. He hit a woman, and years later, was like “Haha, remember that time that I hit you? Wasn’t that funny?” I *know* that that is not anywhere in the realm of hitting a woman, but it just irks me for some reason.
I was gonna say “yeah, but disco wasn’t as polarizing at the time as dubstep is now,” but then I remember some kind of riot or something at a baseball stadium during “destroy disco night,” no? They were gonna burn a bunch of disco records.
I know this is gonna sound sarcastic, but I mean it sincerely: what would be real dubstep? I ask as someone who’s curious, not challenging. Cerebus, I know I saw you post about a few dubstep artists and/or that you liked, but that was so long ago that I can’t even remember what the thread was about.
Give me three examples.
Couldn’t they have at least picked a shot where his face is at the proper angle? Creepy. :/
On second thought, it is that bad. Seriously, the only reason I could picture putting it on is to say “Come check out this new Muse song, it’s terrible!” Another thing is how out of time it already sounds. You know how sometimes you’ll think “Man, I can’t believe the Rolling Stones, and Rod Stewart, and even Kiss made very disco-ey songs. Oh well, I guess it seemed like a good idea at the time.” This Muse song is not that: it sounds like a future I want no part of, and yet embarrassingly dated at the same time.
Now, having said that, and realizing that this is a protest song, I now want Muse to cover Bob Dylan using the exact same style. “The times, they are a- *bass drop* CHANGINNNNN!!!!”