While we here in Middle Tennessee have no shortage of long, large-scale, sun-drenched music festivals to look forward to, it's hard not to be jealous of the lucky fucks in Southern California today. And it's not because their hot days are dry, winters don't exist, they aren't a decade behind the cultural curve and they have an ocean. This bit of coastal-envy is inspired by the Coachella line-up that was announced yesterday. It's un-fucking-real.
Peep it after the jump.
Let's start with the reunions: Sly and the Family Stone, Pavement, Public Image Limited, Sunny Day Real Estate and Faith No More. There's also the heap of top-shelf New Wave: Echo and the Bunnymen, Devo, The Specials and Gary Numan. You're more of a hip-hop fan? How 'bout Jay-Z, De La Soul and Wale? If you're more of an indie-rocker, then get your non-committal-nod on to the sounds of Yo La Tengo, Spoon, King Khan and the Shrines, Dirty Projectors, Camera Obscura, Matt and Kim, She and Him, Grizzly Bear, White Rabbits, Deer Tick and Deer Hunter. Does your white belt match your white horse? MGMT, Phoenix, Yeasayer, Passion Pit, Julian Casablancas, Hot Chip and
Vampire Weekend will be on hand to make you dance your tight pants loose. You like rolling on ecstasy more than The Rolling Stones? Get your candy-flip on to LCD Soundsystem, Orbital, Pretty Lights, Deadmau5 and Rusko. Other notables include Thom Yorke (solo!), Gorillaz, Them Crooked Vultures, The Avett Brothers, The Dead Weather, Gil-Scott Heron, Grace Jones, Old Crow Medicine Show and Charlotte Gainesbourg. There's even music for the un-hip, as Muse, Coheed and Cambria, Vampire Weekend, Infected Mushroom and Les Claypool will make their presence known as well.
There's a lot of good shit here, but the question you ought to be asking yourself is who's planning on having an active 2010 and not on this list? They're probably playing Bonnaroo instead. Whaddup Arcade Fire?
Now for the best part: this shit is going down on the weekend of my birthday -- Apr. 16-17. Three-day passes are $269. They go on sale Friday here. If you'd like to donate money to send me and a companion to Coachella so you can read my biting commentary on the festivities, then email your PayPal contributions to agold[at]nashvillescene[dot]com. All donations will be rewarded with an original signed D. Ricky Rodriguez Photoshop of my smiley face in any scenario you desire (orders limited to 1,000).