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Coachella Music & Arts Festival 4/27/07

It was crowded and hot, but since we got a late start – we only had to endure the heat for a couple hours until the sun went down. The bands that were on when we arrived were Tilly and the Wall and Of Montreal, both of whom I’ve seen before together. I haven’t seen Silversun Pickups and they were just starting as we left the tent where Tilly and the Wall were. It was about 5 PM, so the sun was still bright and hot. Shade was hard to find and water was expensive. I know it sounds pretty gross, but we did find some mostly full Gatorades and waters lying around. It really does beat paying $2-4 for a crappy hot drink or $5+ for a cold icy one.

Silversun Pickups

So, I have kind of seen Silversun Pickups from all their TV appearances. I enjoyed their set despite the heat and lack of sleep from the night before. The bassist was especially jumpy on stage. Their set included the radio hits “Lazy Eye,” “Rusted Wheel,” and “Kissing Families” from the album Carnavas.


Arctic Monkeys

Next up were the Arctic Monkeys, who I have seen before in San Francisco. They are really energetic live despite some people (mostly music critics) thinking the contrary. They played all the big hits, like “Brianstorm,” “Fake Tales of San Francisco” and “I Bet You Look Good On The Dance Floor.” Their frenetic sound was exciting to see even in the heat of the Coachella sun.

The Jesus and Mary Chain

Yes, the Jesus and Mary Chain reunion was probably the one thing I was most excited about for this Coachella. They sounded great to me and I enjoyed most of the songs and recognized quite a lot of them. Also, Scarlett Johansson’s vocals for “Just Like Honey” were very unpleasant. She sounded like she was trying to make her normally deep voice all high and squeaky. I have a horrible memory remembering the setlist. I think it was close to what they played at the Glass House:


The setlist:
“Never Understand”
“Head On”
“Far Gone and Out”
“Happy When It Rains”
“Some Candy Talking”
“Between Planets”
“Blues From A Gun”
“Cracking Up”
“All Things (New Song!)
“Teenage Lust”
“Just Like Honey (Scarlett Johansson on background vocals)”

Jarvis Cocker

I was pleasantly surprised by how good Jarvis Cocker’s set was. He started a little late due to technical difficulties, so I didn’t miss any of it. Unfortunately, he also ended late, so I missed some of Interpol. Still, I really enjoyed Jarvis, it was even better than when I saw Pulp at Leeds 2002. His amusing anecdotes and witty humor made the songs seem better too. He was making lots of interesting gestures during his set.


I don’t have much to say about Interpol and Bjork. They were both pretty good in their own ways. I was late to Interpol since I was enjoying Jarvis Cocker’s set so much. We came in on the new Interpol song “Mammoth” and there were so many people that we couldn’t get too close to even the right side monitors. I tried recording some of it from the side, but I’m sure it’s not too good since it’s offset. Carlos D looked really funny, I thought it was someone else. He looked like he had curly hair and a mustache.


By the time Bjork came on, my brother was too tired to take any good photos and we were too far back to get any good ones. I’m not one of those diehard Bjork fans, so I just sat down to relax and enjoy the music. This was my 2nd time seeing her, the first being at Coachella 5 years ago. She opened with the new song “Earth Intruders” and played all the hits, like “All Is Full of Love” and “Army of Me.” There was an all female backing chorus also. It was a nice way to end the evening.

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