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Coachillin’ 09

April 22, 2009

The Outdoor Stage- who needs a backdrop when you’ve got the desert?

New ‘friend of a friend’ Freddie took some amazing (as in, way better than mine) photos of many of the same sets we saw, so for the time being I’m just going to link to his flickr as well as the SomaFM Twitter play-by-play, thanks to Meghan 🙂

Day 1: Off to a bad start- missed my damn flight- but eventually got in to see Franz Ferdinand, Leonard Cohen, Beirut, Girl Talk, the Presets, Paul McCartney, a bit of Bajofondo, and Crystal Method. Leonard Cohen, Beirut, and Girl Talk were my faves, especially Lenny’s rendition of ‘Dance Me to the End of Love,’ Beirut’s trumpeting, and Girl Talk’s on-stage entourage waving flags to a balloon drop and the swirling statement- “I am not a DJ.”

Day 2: Saw Liars, Para One, Amanda Palmer, Calexico, TV On the Radio, Fleet Foxes, Band of Horses, MIA, bits of Atmosphere and Gang Gang Dance, and MSTRKRFT. Top honors go to the ladies- MIA rocked light-up pants and jungle-woman antics (post-baby boobs be damned) and miss Amanda, who crowd surfed across the Gobi Tent to cover Radiohead’s Creep on ukelele. Band of Horses follows close behind with such pitch perfection it made my jaw drop.

Day 3: Saw Okkervil River, Lykke Li, Sebastien Tellier, Peter Bjorn & John, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the Kills, My Bloody Valentine, Groove Armada, and the Cure. The ladies win again- YYYs blew my mind with their eyeball-and-gold-filled sunset performance, fell in love with Lykke’s fragile and mysterious voice combined with an eclectic stageshow, and the Kills made me want to drink whiskey and whip my hair around. Can’t go wrong with the Cure though, which went well with my garlic fries topped with crab aioli. That and Spicy Pie are tied for best festival food.

Serpent Mother- repping Oakland

Was bummed to miss Morrissey the first day, but can now brag that I’ve seen one of the Beatles. My Bloody Valentine almost made my head implode with minutes upon minutes of crazy distortion, and Devendra Banhart should have been in one of the bigger tents to house the overflowing amount of fans who turned out. The art installations were awesome- especially the interactive ones and those using pyrotechnics. Slight miss with the electric cars themed after the festival’s acts though- they just sat there, although the Whinehouse one was fun to pose with!

the Do Lab

Overall, it was awesome to be back. I hadn’t gone since it was still a two-day gig back in ’06, and was glad to see they moved it up a week or two for more bearable temperatures. Enjoyed the nicer bathrooms available this time, along with the addition of the hazy Do Lab, Heineken bubble, and retail-oriented “lobby” area. We got to stay in downtown Palm Spring, which was awesome- and I definitely plan on returning, perhaps for a more tanning & shopping related trip though. It was so great to see so many friends down there, all coming together for our shared love of music! A great vacation, which is exactly what I needed.

Rock on!

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