It’s been a week or so since I wrote anything. Writer’s block? Laziness? Nothing to write about? Who knows? I’ve been sitting on this topic for a few days & now I feel the time is write to truly express my outrage (probably not the right word). Coachella, in case you live in a cave (talking to you Osama), is a 3 day music festival in Indio, California in April every year that highlights some of the most amazing bands & usually showcases new & old alike. This year, however, the lineup is shit. Talk about getting right to the point.
Last year the headliners were Paul McCartney, The Cure & The Killers. This year it’s Jay-Z, Muse & Gorillaz? Jay-Z is awesome & I’ve wanted to see him forever. He’s one of the best rapper’s around, but Gorillaz & Muse? I just don’t understand why Muse is blowing up so huge. They’re good, but headlining material? Not so much. I saw them at the Download festival a few years ago opening up for Beck & the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. They’re a nice band, with a nice sound. Hardly, headlining material. Don’t even get me started on Gorillaz who were another nice band about 5 years ago.
Sunday might as well be labeled has-been night with Pavement, Sly & the Family Stone & De La Soul also on the bill. 2009 had Franz Ferdinand, Morrissey, The Black Keys, Leonard Cohen & Paul McCartney & that was just the first day. What happened to getting the biggest acts in the world & showcasing them. It’s like the promoters for Coachella threw in the towel & just said “fuck it, we’ll see if Stephen Malkmus wants to get an underachieving 90′s band back together!” They’re not even headlining!
It’s get’s better. In their infinite wisdom they have decided not to sell individual day tickets, but to reduce the cost of camping. This, to me, is a sign that they know they’re not going to make their money back with such a subpar lineup. If I had their money & the time they had form one year to the next to lock down anyone I wanted here’s 10 of the artists I would get.
Bruce Springsteen – Have him headline like he did at Bonnaroo. He’ll play for 3 hours like McCartney did & leave everyone with a memorable experience. .
Born to Run (Unplugged) – Bruce Springsteen
Thunder Road (Acoustic) – Bruce Springsteen
The Avett Brothers - Yeah I know they’re playing Day 1 on a shitty side stage, but I’d get rid of Grace Jones & move in the Avett’s. Poor planning once again.
Laundry Room – Avett Brothers
It Goes On & On – Avett Brothers
The Pixies – They’ve been playing again recently & would’ve been a helluva better option than Pavement.
Here Comes Your Man (Live) – The Pixies
Hey (Live) – The Pixies
Blitzen Trapper – An amazing band that would’ve fit nicely with Passion Pit & Grizzly Bear on day 1.
Furr – Blitzen Trapper
Wild Mountain Nation – Blitzen Trapper
Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse – They came out with one of the best underground album in years (probably since The Grey Album) & John Waters will be playing on Saturday.
Revenge – Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse featuring Wayne Coyne from The Flaming Lips
Little Girl – Feat. Julian Casablancas
Dr. Dre – He’s coming out with a new album. Could’ve gotten Eminem on stage with him & screams West Coast much more than the New Jersey native Jay-Z.
Nuthin’ but a G Thang – Dr. Dre
Forgot About Dre – Dr. Dre feat. Eminem
Guns ‘N Roses – What better venue than Coachella to try & get the original line-up together for a one-off? This is what Coachella used to be about, getting bands back together after years of strife.
Don’t Cry – Guns N’ Roses
Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door – Guns N’ Roses
Led Zeppelin - They’ve been talking about getting back together for a couple of years now. Wouldn’t Coachella have reaped the benefits of getting such an amazing act on their queue?
Black Dog (Live) – Led Zeppelin
Going to California (Live) – Led Zeppelin
My Morning Jacket – They bring their own audience much like the Dead, but talented. They are a band that would bring people from across the country to the event, unlike say…Muse or Grace Jones.
One Big Holiday (Live) – MMJ
Where to Begin – MMJ
Oasis – What better venue than to get the Brothers Gallagher to kiss & make up once again than Coachella. They could bring a global audience to watch what could turn out to be great music or a great fistfight. Either way the crowd is entertained.
Live Forever (Unplugged) – Oasis