I'd like to put a little more thought (not to mention humor) into this post, but the LSU-Bama rock fight I just watched beat it out of me. But as a disclaimer, let me just say I'm not the type to instantly poo poo every festival lineup, and say things like "2006 was so much better", or "this doesn't compare to the year Arcade Fire headlined." With that out of the way, here are my thoughts on this year's desert offering:
- As always, there's plenty of good stuff -- certainly enough to keep one entertained all day long. Here's my nerdy breakdown of the bands worth seeing on each of the three days. Seriously check it out, I converted from Excel to Google Docs and everything.
- When I said it's "enough to keep one entertained" I wasn't counting Friday. I'm just one man, with one opinion, but Friday's lineup strikes me as extremely weak, if not horrible. Granted, I'm not a Black Keys fan, but even if I throw you a bone and call them good, that leaves a murderers row of M83 (should be really cool, at least for a couple songs), Neon Indian (ditto), The Rapture (fun if they play at night), LA Riots (a dance band playing sometime around 2 in the afternoon), and that's about it. I'm gonnna talk myself into GIRLS and The Horrors, but talk about a throw away Coachella day. So glad we're still forced to buy 3-day passes.
- Saturday is VERY STRONG. Like "best Coachella day I can remember since they went to three days" strong. The full list of bands I "Really Like" consists of Bon Iver, The Shins, Kaskade, Miike Snow(!), Feist, and SBTRKT. Oh, and Radiohead is headlining. Great bands, great variety, great Saturday. I can hardly wait until Miike Snow, Bon Iver, and Feist are all playing at the same time, and I'm left missing two of them and furiously punching the shirtless douche in jorts standing a little too close.
- Amazed at the billing given to Kaskade.
- I could do w/out the obligatory rapper headliner--this year handled by Dr. Dre and Snoop. Let's move on.
- The rest of Sunday is pretty solid, with Justice, Florence and the Machine, La Roux and Calvin Harris being my personal must sees. If memory serves, I closed out Coachella a couple years ago w/ CH and Justice back to back and couldn't have been happier. I wouldn't mind a repeat in 2012.
- Speaking of headliners, I'm bitter about whiffing on my Van Halen headlining prediction.
- To recap, one epic day (Saturday), one epically bad day (Friday), and one good day (Sunday). I'd call that par for the course. (Although, part of me wonders if filling the lineup was tougher this year given that bands had to commit to two straight weekends. I suppose they could still fit in mid-week gigs in SF, Arizona, etc... Someone look into this for me!)
- That's all I've got. Let's see if I actually sack up and buy tickets. Good day.