Monday, May 01, 2006


Rolled in at 4am this morning after a full day of desert sun, nuevo hippies and all the music you can handle at this year's Coachella Festival. I missed out on Day One, had to settle with Day Two that ended up with a gig list that looked something like this from where I stood:

Matisyahu (final 2 songs)
Paul Oakenfold
Gnarls Barkley
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs
[insert aborted attempt at seeing Madonna here]
Massive Attack

I was completely satisfied as a concert-goer with each of the above acts, with the exception of Oakenfold. While I like his music, standing in an overcrowded tent with a ton of people bouncing up and down sweating on me, and then watching P.O. walk off stage during a "song", letting the music speak for itself was a little more than I could handle. Fortunately the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Massive Attack and Tool more than made up for it. Maynard from Tool was insecure this night and lurked and sang upstage near the drum kit for the entire set. Regardless, he played all the nuggets that Nana used to sing me to sleep with like Stinkfist, Sober and Intolerance.

Some mediocre photos:

Oakenfold mixes

Sunset crowd

Cee-Lo of Gnarls Barkley

Karen and Nick of The Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Daddy G of Massive Attack

3D on screen

a Massive Attack on the crowd

a Coachellarized self-portrait