April 30, 2007

Coachella 2007: Verdicts

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at April 30, 2007 10:54 PM

(Posted first so it's up while I work on the detailed report.)
(And here's last year's.)

Obviously, this only applies to the artists that I saw; I'm sure I missed a lot of good stuff.

Instruments category:
Best vocals: Win Butler (Arcade Fire)
Best guitar (electric division): Mike Stroud (Ratatat)
Best guitar (acoustic division): Rodrigo Sanchez (Rodrigo y Gabriela)
Best bass: This has to be Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers), right?
Best synth: Hot Chip
Best violin section: The Arcade Fire
Best brass section: Lily Allen

Flair category:
Best audience participation: The Decemberists
Best band name: Travis
No, seriously: !!! ("chk chk chk")
Best costumes (general): Of Montreal
Best costumes (cetacean division): The Decemberists
Most endearing display of modesty: Thurston Moore introducing the band and the lead song as if no one had ever heard of Sonic Youth, Daydream Nation, or "Teen Age Riot".
Most endearing display of immodesty: Carl Newman (The New Pornographers): "Bow before our new album cover!"
Best celebrity cameo: Scarlett Johansson with the Jesus and Mary Chain on "Just Like Honey"

Organization category:
Best stage: Outdoor Theater
Best day's lineup: Saturday
Most agonizing schedule conflict: !!! vs. The Decemberists

Song category:
Best cover: Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" played by Rodrigo y Gabriela
Bands playing songs that appear in Guitar Hero:
Satellite Party covering "Stop"
The Willie Nelson Family Band covering "Texas Flood"
Rage against the Machine playing "Killing in the Name Of"
(Did RHCP play "Higher Ground"?)
Best performance of a single song: The Decemberists, "The Mariner's Revenge Song"

Band category:
Best band I'd never even heard of: The Feeling
Best band I'd heard of but never really looked into before: Hot Chip
Best band at the festival: Arcade Fire
Best overall performance: Of Montreal

Tags: Coachella, Concerts, Music

I've heard of the band Travis before. They have had a couple of hits that I really like: "Side" and "Why Does it Always Rain on Me?".

Posted by: Mason | April 30, 2007 11:03 PM

I'd heard of them as well but I'm not very familiar with them. I didn't catch their set, since it was at the same time as the New Pornographers. Although we did hear a bit of "Why Does It Always Rain on Me?" during a break between songs at the New Pornos set. I actually have more to say about this but it'll appear in my Day 2 report.

I was hoping to write the detailed reports tonight, but since I'm suddenly exhausted I'll do it tomorrow.

Posted by: Arcane Gazebo | April 30, 2007 11:22 PM

Are you telling me I've been doing this goddamned play trying to be all artistic and theatrical and I goddamn missed Scarlett Johansson at Coachella???????????????????????????????????

Posted by: Josh | May 1, 2007 1:17 AM

Did you see Bjork's outfit?

Posted by: Wren | May 1, 2007 7:52 AM

I've been waiting for this -- you realize I'm depending on you for my vicarious concert attendance, right?

And Scarlett "really f-ing hot" Johansson? Wow.

Looking forward to the in-depth post.

Posted by: Lemming | May 1, 2007 9:53 AM

Josh: Ha ha! She sang vocals on the song "Just Like Honey", which appeared in Lost in Translation.

Wren: Briefly, on the video screen since I was too far away from the stage to see her in person. But I didn't watch the set, so I didn't see much, and had to view the outfit in press photos later.

Posted by: Arcane Gazebo | May 1, 2007 5:38 PM

And now, my impersonation of Morpheus at Coachella:

"Were you listening, Neo? Or were you looking at the woman in the red dress?

P.S. That webpage has the best title ever.

Posted by: Josh | May 1, 2007 6:10 PM
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