Coachella – Saturday Rundown Pt 1
Saturday is always Coachella’s best day. From top to bottom, Saturday is always STACKED, which always makes it hard to decide what stage to attend through out the day. Last year I remember being tormented by deciding weather or not I check out Bright Eyes, The Kills or Elbow. I ended up going with Elbow, which was one of the best festival decisions I’ve ever made. But with so many amazing bands jam packed though out the day, expect tons of crowds at the main stages – so this might be your chance to sneak off and see something you normally wouldn’t. Yeah yeah yeah…I know you really love that Bon Iver album, we all do, but do you really wanna be jam packed on the main stage watchin’ Bon Iver with a bunch unappreciative festival goers when you could be in a side tent gettin’ real intimate with God Speed! Black Emperor? I don’t know..maybe it’s worth it to you, but I’ve found over the years that an intimate Coachella performance will always beat an over crowded Main Stage dud (Cee-Lo??). Like I’ve said before…the more you know, the easier some of these decisions can be. Here’s a rundown from top to bottom – enjoy,
From: Oxford, England
Genre: Rock & Roll / Electronic / Mind Blowing
Noteworthy Album: In Rainbows (2007)
About: Well…I’m not here to write a novel about each band, so I’ll do my best to summarize Radiohead into a couple of words. Here we go. So you know that feeling you got when you first heard “Wish You Were Here” by Pink Floyd and the chills you got when the line “…we’re just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl.” cam on? Well, imagine that feeling for 2.5 hours during a Radiohead set. This is a MUST SEE act. Want to know what a live show is like…watch a full one below from Glastonbury 2011.
From: Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Genre: Folk / Americana / Rock
Noteworthy Album: Bon Iver (2011)
About: We all know Bon Iver’s story by now (in 2007, Justin Vernon went to a cabin in Northwest Wisconsin, wrote a break up album, came back and released it independently, ultimately winning the hearts of every single person who listened to it). But the real question was, could Bon Iver repeat the magic, the charm, the sensitivity that was created on For Emma, Forever Ago. The answer was yes. Bon Iver truly outdid themselves on their sophomore release – making one of the most absorbing and captivating albums of our time. This will be Bon Iver’s biggest show of their career – hopefully Vernon doesn’t smoke too much pot with Snoop and doesn’t drink too much Bushmills Whiskey with David Guetta before their set.
From: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Genre: Indie Rock / Indie Folk / Rock
Noteworthy Album: Chutes Too Narrow (2003)
About: Originally The Shins began as a side project for James Mercer when he wasn’t working with his other band, Flake Music. After Flake Music disbanded, Mercer was able to concentrate fully on The Shins where they acquired minor indie success with their debut release Oh, Inverted World. But it wasn’t until the song “New Slang” was featured in the film Garden State that the band truly took off. Sense then, they have been an Indie Rock powerhouse. They have been silent for the last couple of years…in fact the original line up doesn’t even really exists anymore and Mercer is now recording on his own record label, Aural Apothecary – so to still call them The Shins is up in the air in my book. They did do some scattered shows last summer around the West Coast where they premiered some new material (I heard great reviews), but still nothing from the studio. Until the other day, when we caught wind of our first new Shins song is over 5 years…the same day Coachella’s line up was released. Check it out below,
From: Paris, France
Genre: Electro House / Hip House
Noteworthy Mix: Without You feat. Usher
About: Originally a DJ at nightclubs during the 1980s and 1990s, he co-founded Gum Productions and released his first album, Just a Little More Love, in 2002. Sense then he has gone on to sell 15 million records world wide and has become one of the most commercially successful producers of our time. Think what you want of him…but with live footage like the one below, you gotta give it to the guy. Main Stage?
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
From: Manchester, England
Genre: Rock & Roll / Alternative
Noteworthy Album: Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds (2011)
About: So, in case you haven’t heard, Oasis broke up. Who didn’t see THAT coming. But with the breakup we also got a Noel Gallagher side project that was surprisingly good. The band features an Oasis session pianist and guitar player from The Zutons. The album did very well in England, going all the way to #1 on the charts…but hasn’t seen the same success here in the states. Maybe a little Coachella time will be good for the band who produced one of the most underrated albums of 2011 here in The US. They have a new album coming out next year which Noel described as sounding like “Dark Side Of The Moon”…except more trippy. Sounds perfect for a festival…This a MUST SEE band.
From: Chicago, Illinois
Genre: Deep House / Electro House
Noteworthy Mix: Fire & Ice (2011)
About: What I love so much about Kaskade is that he’s an extremely hard working DJ that has earned his right of passage. Originally raised as a Mormon, Kaskade attended BYU in Utah, serving 2 full years as a mission. Later he moved to Salt Lake where he owned a record store and became fascinated in collecting records. What was once a hobby turned into a full fledged career once he moved to San Francisco to pursue his dreams. Today, he is one of the top International House DJ’s on the market. If you’re interested in seeing a good House DJ, this is my pick.
From: Stockholm, Sweden / New York, New York
Genre: Electro Pop
Noteworthy Album: Miike Snow (2009)
About: The band consists of producing team Christian Karlsson and Pontus Winnberg (also known as Bloodshy & Avant) who later enlisted American songwriter Andrew Wyatt. As Bloodshy & Avant, they worked with artists such as Madonna, Kylie Minogue, Kelis, and won a Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording for Spears’s track “Toxic”. Andrew Wyatt has worked extensively with other artists, writing and producing songs with Carl Barat, Mark Ronson, Dragons of Zynth & Coco Sumner. Together though, they make Miike Snow, and their Coachella 2010 set was one for the books, which is probably why they got invited back 1 year later. Welcome back boys,
From: Ruston, Louisiana
Genre: Folk / Alternative Rock
Noteworthy Album: Orange Twin Field Works Vol I (2001)
About: Jeff Mangum only released 2 albums with his band Neutral Milk Hotel back in the 90’s, but today those albums have become regarded as musical treasures. Mangum broke the band up once he started getting a lot of unwarranted media attention that placed him as a public figure. Sense then he has been found here and there playing small unannounced acoustic shows or playing at Occupy Wall Street movements… None of that matters now, Jeff Mangum is playing Coachella which is hands down one of Goldenvoices most notable snags of 2012. “In The Aeroplane Over The Sea” will be the best sing-a-long of the whole festival – you can count on that! This is a MUST SEE act.
From: Gramstown, South Africa
Noteworthy Mix: His Soundcloud Page
About: Born in South Africa, but raised in Sweden, this House producer is 1/3 of Swedish House Mafia. You know…House music with huge build ups and huge drops…if that’s your thing.
From: Chicago, Illinois
Genre: Indie Rock / Baroque Pop / Whistling Violinist
Noteworthy Album: Useless Creatures (2009)
About: This guy has his bachelors degree in violin performance from Northwestern but his interests have always extended to traditional folk. His musical style seems to incorporate it all – jazz, blues, folk, classical and rock – giving Andrew Bird one of the most unique and compelling sounds on the market. During his live shows he does a lot of looping and playing numerous different instruments on stage – he’s seriously also the best whistler I have ever heard…not that I’ve heard a lot, but I think it’s a safe assumption after hearing him. Needless to say, his live show is quite the site to see. This is hands down a MUST SEE act of Coachella 2012.
From: Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada
Genre: Indie Rock / Pop / Art Folk
Noteworthy Album: Metals (2011)
About: Leslie Feist originally got her start as one of many collaborators in the Canadian supergroup Broken Social Scene – today her success surely outlives the band that created her. Feist’s indie stardom didn’t really come until 2007 when she released the single “1234” (you know, that iPod commercial) which earned her numerous awards world wide – remember that song?! You couldn’t escape it…it was as if it was following us around from every Starbucks to every Gap we entered. Last year she released an amazing folky artsy album that really didn’t have the stand out hit “1234” was, but as a whole it was a much more complete album than her previous works. If you’re traveling to Coachella with your boyfriend or girlfriend, this is the show I would be most excited to attend with each other…she’s just so CUTE and really inspires cuteness all around.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor
From: Montreal, Canada
Genre: Experimental Rock / Ambient Rock
Noteworthy Album: Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven (2000)
About: The band is kind of like a revolving door for musicians in the experimental rock scene in Montreal. It was said by one of the founding memebrs Efrim Menuck that “it was like if anyone knew anybody who played an instrument and seemed like an okay person, they would sort of join up.” Although the band is all instrumental, they are known as a politically charged band – some have gone so far as to call them anarchists due to some politically charged lyrics set in their liner notes. Their live show is one of the best around. Hopefully they get a night set so they can show their captivating video looping screens. This is a MUST SEE act. Like seriously, MUST SEE!!.
From: Dallas, Texas
Genre: Indie Rock
Noteworthy Album: Strange Mercy (2011)
About: Annie Clack started her career in the Polyphonic Spree and then later joined Sufjan Steven’s group. She now tours and releases material on her own and does it to much critical success. Her latest album, Strange Mercy, garnered tons of press and found its way on to numerous “Best Of” lists by the end of 2011. Her live shows showcase her impeccable guitar skills, her wacky arrangements and her unique vocal style.
From: Paris, France
Genre: House / Euro House
Noteworthy Album: Smash (2011)
About: Martin Solveig is huge over in France, a place where he’s worked hard to build a large audience. He has a weekly show called C’est Le Vie that has become very popular and can be heard world wide. His last album Smash was a huge success in France, making in on the Top 20 charts. He is also enlisted to be one of Madona’s producers for her new album.
From: Guildford, England
Genre: Drum & Bass / Dub
Noteworthy Mix: BBC 1 Essential Mix
About: Sub Focus is a Drum & Bass producer from England who has seen tons of success in the UK. His second single “Rock It / Follow The Light” reached #1 on the UK Dance Charts. His live shows are some of the most sought after shows in England – where he mixes a unique blend of dub, experimental electronic, Hip-Hop and D&B. Expect a wild party from this kid. This is a MUST SEE electronic act.
From: London England
Genre: Post Dubstep / Soul Step / Progressive
Noteworthy Album: SBTRKT (2011)
About: SBTRKT is the stage name of Aaron Jerome, a musician and producer from London, United Kingdom. SBTRKT began his career as a DJ in the east London club “Plastic People”. SBTRKT has remixed songs by artists such as M.I.A, Radiohead,Modeselektor, Basement Jaxx, Mark Ronson and Underworld. SBTRKT has progressed far past just remixing, his current self tilted album is full on live, with vocals from long time collaborator Sampha. They also incorporate keys, a drum kit and other fun electronic toys. Hopefully he stays out of the Sahara Tent and gets a nice intimate evening set in the Gobi or Mojave Tent where you can really watch this duo’s music speak. This is a MUST SEE act.
“I rather not talk about myself as a person, and let the music speak for itself. The name SBTRKT is me taking myself away from that whole process. I’m not a social person, so having to talk to DJs to make them play a record is not something I want to do. It’s more about giving them a record as an anonymous person and seeing whether they like it or not. If they play it, they play it.” – SBTRKT