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January 30, 2009

Coachella lineup announced

paul mccartneyThe lineup for this year's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival was announced last night. Thanks to Quarterlifeparty for giving me the heads up.

Here are the big names, broken down by day -- complete with the occasional parenthesized quip:

Friday, April 17

Paul McCartney (wow), Morrissey (so much for a Smiths reunion, eh?), Franz Ferdinand (one-hit wonders?), Leonard Cohen (love his songs when other people do them), Conor Oberst, the Black Keys and Girl Talk

Saturday, April 18

The Killers (sigh), Amy Winehouse (if she lives), Thievery Corporation, TV on the Radio (nice), Band of Horses, Fleet Foxes (reverb = awesome), MSTRKRFT

Sunday April 19

The Cure (the more there is of Robert Smith, the more there is to love), My Bloody Valentine, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Lupe Fiasco, Public Enemy, Jenny Lewis, and I'm having a hard time finding big names here because there aren't many this day.

Here's a link with the full lineup.

You gonna go?

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 10:06 AM | | Comments (7)


RE: Franz Ferdinand (one-hit wonders?)

They released two albums in 2 years ('04 and '05), which were both excellent and contained multiple hits (Take Me Out, This Fire, Do You Want To). They have a new album that came out last week and though it has some bright spots, is pretty meh overall.

Oh yeah, Coachella... great lineup overall I think.

Paul, they might have had more than one hit overseas, but here in America, "Take Me Out" was their only real hit. The strength of that single, the band's frequent touring and MTV's heavy rotation of the cool video was the reason why the album went platinum here. But "Take Me Out" was it.

And if you ask me, their debut album was by far their best. "40'" is my favorite track from it.

Also, I wanna share this email I got.

the subject line was "Forget Coachella" and the email read:

Just let me know if and when “Virgin Festival at Pimlico” will happen

Don't worry, I will.

Yeah Sam seeing this Coachella thread it made me think if VFest is on this year? I saw that Glastonbury sold out and that was just on rumors of Springsteen.
Anybody going to the Black Keys show next Wed?

Cochella is a snooze.

On the third day:
I would say that X is a pretty big name - same with Brian Jonestown Massacre and Perry Ferrel, I guess. As for the rest - you'll know F***ed up, Vivian girls, and Okkervil River in the next few months when they break.

Nah...Franz Ferdinand only had that one. The rest of their songs however managed to filter their way into various EA sports games.

That lineup looks awful , I flew out to see Rage and Red Hot chili Peppers and it was an unbelievable show and setting.

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