||[Apr. 30th, 2008|10:29 pm]
There are few things in my life right now that I would change, and the thing that's most nagging at me right now I can't talk about publicly, much less at all, so except for a minute here and there every now and then throughout the day I've been blocking it out of my thoughts, which aside from thinking really hopeful thoughts seems to be the best that I can do for this situation. If I could be more proactive, I would.|
Coachella was amazing. I guess I'll do a full on recap.
The day started with Man Man. Actually, I guess the day started long before that. We had planned on going down Friday night and camping so we wouldn't have to deal with driving in the morning, but we all decided (cept for poor Laura who would've still rather gone down with us that night) that we had too much work and could really utilize Friday night to get shit done. So we woke up early-ish Saturday morning and headed out to Indio. Had some stupid parking confusion, and met some assholes along the way who were entirely unhelpful to helping us figure out where we needed to park for overnight camping. Got into the camping area, set up our stuff, and THEN we went to Man Man.
Man Man was cool. A good way to start. We actually grabbed some food and sat in the back while the previous band finished and then we moved our way up a little more. They were definitely a fun, funky, very different sounding band, so that was cool.
In the tiny amount that we had between sets we went and checked out the electronica at the sahara tent. not really my thing at all... maybe if were on e... which i don't do, so ya.
Headed back to the mojave for MGMT. I was pretty excited to see them, and they were fun and good and enjoyable in concert, but I really wish they had more energetic songs. Their 3-4 upbeat ones were much more enjoyable than any of the others. The slow songs just get tiring to stand there and hear.
I'm not sure what we did between MGMT and Kate Nash... I guess just went and bought more water and then staked out a place inside the tent. Kate Nash was cool too. She also didn't disappoint, but like MGMT, I wish more of her songs were upbeat and danceable.
Then we had a whopping 25min in between bands we wanted to see (i feel like peeps often might have more of a lull than that, but there was always a band playing we wanted to see), so we headed for the beer garden. Grabbed me a beer and ran into my friend Julia who was bar tending, that was crazy.
Headed to Hot Chip. They were cool. Too packed to get inside the tent, so we had to dance about outside in the blazing hot sun. But we only stayed for like 2-3 songs so we could head over and see Death Cab. They were good. Pretty chill. I only went to see them cuz Laura and Em wanted to. I wish Postal Service were still kickin, cuz I like them a lot better than Death Cab.
From there we headed over to Rilo Kiley. All three of us had seen them before earlier this year, but I was so so sooo happy to see them again. Especially this time since I actually knew all their stuff from their new album which I didn't know before. They were one of my faves out Coachella, but I think I enjoyed them more where we first saw them, just because it was a smaller venue. But still... amazing.
After that we moved into the massively packed tent of M.I.A. We met up with Andrew, so he was ballsy enough to scooch us closer into the middle. I was pretty disappointed in M.I.A. I only really like maybe 3-4 of her songs anyways, because the rest are just grating on the ears, but she even disappointed me with the songs that I liked. First of all, she's fuckin nuts. She invited people on stage, and since there were so many people up there security turned the lights on. So she yelled for like 20min for them to turn the lights off. And her d.j. was bad too. Only a couple of her cd songs actually have gun shot sounds on them, but he played them non stop, through every song and in between too. and sirens too he overused massively. they loose their power when you play them that much and just get fuckin obnoxious. the highlight of that set, by far, was that we stood RIGHT NEXT to David Denman (Roy, from The Office). So cool!!
After M.I.A. we were famished, so we headed to the food section. Most of us got jumbalaya, which was A-MAZING!! and only $5 since it was the end of the night and they wanted to get rid of it. Went and chilled out to Portishead for a bit. I was pretty tired and pretty content just laying out on the grass and listening to them. Emily reminded me about Flogging Molly, which I was initially excited about seeing them, but I didn't want to pull people away from Portishead if they were enjoying it, but I figured, what the hell, if Emily wants to, I'm down to go see them.
And holy fuckin shit!!! Flogging Molly COMPLETELY made my night. We got there and there were 3 guys in front of us amazingly into it and skankin around and shit and em and i were bobbin and dancing a bit, but then things really picked up. they started playing the most amazing dancing music ever. Got so into it and danced so hard and they completely revitalized me. Not only were they my favorite at Coachella, but they are definitely up there with favorite bands I've seen in concert. GAH! So good!
and THEN, for the man himself, PRINCE! OK, I'll admit, I'm not the biggest Prince fan. I like a handful of his songs, but they also get played way too much on the radio, so I get sick of him. He put on a pretty kick ass show though. I definitely respect him now. He played some kinda mellow/boring stuff, which I just chilled out sitting for, but he definitely played his singles as if he hadn't played them a million times already. He didn't play raspberry beret, but he ended on Let's Go Crazy, which is probably his best single ever and was sooo much fun to go crazy to.
Left the concert site and into the campgrounds. Got some funnel cake before bed. And then the 3 of us crammed into a 1-2 person tent. Very very tight squeeze. Woke up at 4am-ish to the other camp ground's drum circle. And then woke up again at 6:45-ish to poor Em being sick (food poisoning?) and needing to leave.
All in all... very amazing and very worth the money. I'd love to go again if I can afford it. I think one day was plenty for me. I don't know how people have the stamina for more than 1. I think maybe I could do that if I had a real bed to sleep in at night, or at least an air mattress so I could get some decent sleep. I can see how a hotel room would provide a nice opportunity to get a good night's sleep, but I also here that it can take like 1-2 hours to leave the parking lot. That would blow.
Oh ya, and the heat wasn't that bad. Granted I just wore my bathing suit top all day, but it could've been a lot worse. I think in years past it's been closer to 115, and this year it was around 100. So being in the shaded tents most of the sunlight hours, drinking tons and tons of water, and keeping sunscreened all day made it pretty tolerable. Everyone was sweatin together, so then it's all gravy.
And the cherry on the ice cream this week... I won 3rd place in the Lewis Carrol Wonderland Awards today with my Irrationali-tea Party!! YAY!!