Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Oh hey I'm going, too

This is being done (or has been done, or is going to be done) by any other person with a blog going (which, I'm sure, is an abnormally large amount relative to the rest of the population), but I'm going to Coachella and I feel inclined to let everyone know that. Lame, yes, but it's true. I am going. It is fact.

For those unfamiliar, Coachella was started in 1999 and is held in Indio, California. At the time, it was established as an "alternative festival" to its commercialized and unfocused peers, i.e. Lollapalooza, as well as an attempt to make a festival in America akin to what Europeans had been putting on for the better portion of the 90's. It has been tremendously successful, particularly since 2004, when The Pixies, Radiohead, The Cure, and The Flaming Lips all shared a headlining bill. My favorite part about the thing is usually not so much the headliners, however, and more the huge variety of side-stage acts. Goldenvoice, Coachella's organizing company, does a tremendous job every year of designing a top-notch line-up, and this year is no exception. There is certainly far more competition in the way of indie rock festivals now than there was seven years ago, but Coachella still stands out as, arguably, the industry standard.

Anyway it should be a good time, and it's this weekend. If you are looking for tickets, however, Sunday is now sold out completely due to the strange billing of Madonna, of all people, as a dance tent headliner. I have tickets for both days, though, thankfully. If I can manage to procure a digital camera, between my friend and I we should be able to take a bunch of pictures, and I'll post a little "review" or whatever.

Oh wait this is an mp3 blog. Here's some stuff from some of the less-known/heralded bands playing this weekend:

Download "Think Long" by Mates Of State from their 2006 LP Bring It Back

Download "Just For the Kick" by Coldcut from their 2005 LP Sound Mirrors


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