Posted in music | pictures on April 19, 2010

photos by Rachel Carr, words by Daiana Feuer

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The third and final round of the Coachella Music & Arts Festival was funky, and not just because the port-a-potties reeked. Keeping a loose theme every day (see Friday & Saturday), Sunday focused on relentless rhythm and groovy basslines. The absolute golden moment belonged to Yo La Tengo's blistering final song. Rhythm that revels in repetition + guitar that tries to destroy itself = wee mind blown. Sometimes the moodiest things are the most uplifting.

Thom Yorke brought his dancing shoes, his favorite Flea, and Nigel Godrich. His band Atoms For Peace played almost every song off The Eraser, many of which featured strong world rhythm sections. When Yorke didn't have a guitar in hand, he danced, whirled, and punched the air like he was rehearsing a scene from Fame. We wanted a high kick, but it didn't arrive. King Khan & The Shrines, on the other hand, featured legs flying all over the place, DJ Lance Rock and Yo Gabba Gabba characters, burning money, as well as a visit from the police-who crept on stage to snap pictures. Probably the first time Khan runs into cops and doesn't leave wearing cuffs. Sunny Day Real Estate had the audience offering bids to buy property, and Phoenix had people choking on dinner as they tried to dance and eat at the same time.

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Not every Julian Casablancas song captivated, but his band delightfully binged on rhythms. Each musician had a personal backbeat player supporting each fill. The drummer plus his sidekick especially sounded great. Matt & Kim's ebullient smiles inspired chaos in the audience, as usual. Mayer Hawthorne and the County revived Motown soulful brassiness and covered Biz Markie's "Just a Friend." The Big Pink played some new songs from next year's album, reaching out for Depeche Mode with a drummer in a pink bathing suit. Electro sweet popper Little Boots forgot her pants as well, wearing a sparkly shirt and knickers, and played with the lasers on stage. Charlotte Gainsbourg inaugurated her "first tour, first everything" with a feminine "Candy-O" sensibility, sometimes in French. Florence & the Machine rounds out the great lady performances of the day, and brought on Nathan Willett of Cold War Kids.

All clad in white, France's DJ ego-powers Club 75 demonstrated the ability to cooperate together with just a few elbows thrown. Cassius, Justice, Busy P, and DJ Mehdi still use CD's (so old school), and took turns passing on the headphones between them and finishing each other's remix sentences, trading places at each station. Backstage security bobbed along while staying tough. When it was their turn, Rusko turned the Sahara tent into a mechazoid robot battle and Orbital live-produced virtual reality anthems for Satan wearing Matrix miner lights around their heads. Infected Mushroom instructed on the benefits of "Becoming Insane" flanked by two mushrooms with red eyes.

The Middle East should not be confused with The Soft Pack, formerly The Muslims. The former may be from Australia but it sounds like a back porch band from Woodstock, and the latter offers a "Parasite" infestation that's as pure as sunshine and a neat drum set up that packs a giant tom punch. What appears as regular rock on headphones reveals its brilliance when experienced live. One of the strangest live moments of the festival belongs to Sly Stone, who played four hours late and on the wrong stage. He bitched, he slurred, he cursed, lay down, walked off, stopped songs and good grief, made a total mess of himself. But that's rock and roll.

Sly Stone made history look unable to get past its youthful drug phase, but Jonsi, Pavement, and Spoon come from a music scene that did a little bit less cocaine. Jonsi repped the awesomeness of Sigur Rós and great hats. Steve Patterson of White Rabbits joined Britt Daniels and the rest of Spoon to add percussion on "I Turn My Camera On". Spoon's tour-mate Bradford Cox (who played earlier in the day in Deerhunter) also joined Spoon on stage, like he did on their recent Kimmel appearance. Pavement ran through the hits during one of their first U.S. shows since reuniting. "That's the 90's in a nutshell," said Stephen Malkmus after the angsty "Unfair"...

"...Pavement, the iconic slacker band of the '90s, who took the main stage against what turned out to be one of the fest's chief attractions, the finally wildly popular French dance-rock band Phoenix, who wowed possibly the biggest crowd of the entire fest ... while Pavement played to a field half-full of true believers rather than the massive throngs many expected, and thought the band deserved.

No matter, though. Pavement still delivered a set that vindicated the group of prior crimes -- namely a Coachella performance near the end of their career so notoriously bad, many in attendance point to it as the moment the band decided to break up.

This night, however, they were tight, they were loud, and they sounded large on that vast field -- an odd statement, given the fact that in their heyday they were far more known for being introspectively small rather than arena-ready..." [The OC Register]

Virtual Snoop Dogg introduced the Gorillaz set, but Blur's Damon Albarn appeared in the flesh, with a few special guests including Paul Simonon, Mick Jones, De La Soul-who kicked their own old school jams earlier in the day-and Little Dragon's Yukimi. One unique rhythm transcended the next, showing the mutability of hip hop and dance music. And then that was it, suddenly. The festival ended and tens of thousands of people started wondering where they left their car keys...

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Daiana's Weekend Top 10:
1. Yo La Tengo's last song
2. Little Dragon's Yukimi
3. Gossip leading a revolution
4. Thom Yorke dancing to African rhythms
5. PiL giving a history lesson
6. Sly Stone wigging out
7. Bouncing penises + fat people in undies (Die Antwoord + Major Lazer)
8. Devo putting on the hats that ushered in modern pop culture for "Whip It"
9. John Waters corrupting many young minds
10. The Gorrilaz lyric: "Super fast jellyfish going super fast. You can't even see him but you wanna eat him."

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Owen Pallett, Local Natives, Miike Snow, and Yann Tiersen also played the fest Sunday. Gary Numan was among those who couldn't. Reviews & pictures from Day One, HERE and Day Two, HERE. Setlists (Thom Yorke and Pavement), pictures, and videos from Day Three, below...

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And there was a naked guy.

See also: Friday & Saturday

Phoenix @ Coachella

John Waters @ Coachella

Atoms For Peace (Thom Yorke) Setlist:
01 The Eraser
02 Analyse
03 The Clock
04 Black Swan
05 Skip Divided
06 Atoms for Peace
07 And it Rained All Night
08 Harrowdown Hill
09 Cymbal Rush
ENCORE:
10 Give up the Ghost
11 Airbag
12 Everything in its Right Place
13 Paperbag Writer
14 Judge, Jury & Executioner
15 The Hollow Earth
16 Feeling Pulled Apart By Horses

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Pavement Coachella setlist
"Silence Kid"
"In the Mouth a Desert"
"Stereo"
"Frontwards"
"Father to a Sister of Thought"
"Two States"
"Shady Lane"
"Gold Soundz"
"Grounded"
"Perfume-V"
"Date With Ikea"
"Fight This Generation"
"Range Life"
"Trigger Cut"
"Starlings of the Slipstream"
"Summer Babe (Winter Version)"
"Unfair"
"Cut Your Hair"

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Comments (27)

what was yo la tengo's final song

Posted by Anonymous | April 19, 2010 5:16 PM

"The absolute golden moment belonged to Yo La Tengo's blistering final song."

This person has obviously never seen YLT before. They have been ending almost every show this way for two decades.

The song most likely was "Story of Yo La Tango". Perhaps "Blue Line Swinger".

Posted by Anonymous | April 19, 2010 5:55 PM

Ah, Yo La Tengo--looking as engaged and happy as always.

Posted by Anonymous | April 19, 2010 6:57 PM

"The absolute golden moment belonged to Yo La Tengo's blistering final song."

This person has obviously never seen YLT before. They have been ending almost every show this way for two decades.

The song most likely was "Story of Yo La Tango". Perhaps "Blue Line Swinger".

It was neither of these
Yo La Tengo's last song was "Pass the hatchet, I think I'm goodkind" Ira went through 2 guitars with his end solo!

Setlist from what I remember:
Big Day Coming
Sugarcube
Autumn Sweater
You Can Have it All (James and Ira danced)
Mr. Tough
Periodically Triple or Double
Stockholm Syndrome
and Pass the Hatchet

maybe one other but I can't remember, it was hot during their set.
not at all in that order but all awesome!

Posted by Anonymous | April 19, 2010 7:37 PM

OMG, thomas yorke is like so money!

Posted by Anonymous | April 19, 2010 9:17 PM

jonsi looked like it might have been one of the best things all wknd...

Posted by Anonymous | April 19, 2010 10:52 PM

charlotte is lookin good these days. . .

Posted by Anonymous | April 19, 2010 10:56 PM

@10:56 believe it or not, her mom was better looking at the same age

Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2010 12:49 AM

OMG Charlotte is looking so great!!

Posted by Hamilton | April 20, 2010 3:47 AM

thanks for the meaningless-snarky-half-ironic comments Daiana Feuer

Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2010 8:05 AM

gorillaz setlist???

Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2010 8:39 AM

Was this written by Cindy Adams?

Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2010 9:34 AM

not a single mention of plastikman, who made coachella the site of his first u.s. set in like 8 years? instant fail!

Posted by b | April 20, 2010 10:03 AM

Charlotte Gainsbourg was so gorgeous that I took far too many pictures of her.

Posted by rachel | April 20, 2010 2:59 PM

I like Daiana Feuer's writing and I don't think it's meaningless. It's actually full of nuances and observations. If you look at all three pieces as a whole, she follows up on ideas introduced in the first throughout. Covering this many bands in so many words while at the festival, I think she did a good job. She obviously did her homework and she's got a sense of humor. I would love to see what she does with a longer review on one band. Good find, BV.

Posted by georgia | April 20, 2010 5:35 PM

"This person has obviously never seen YLT before. They have been ending almost every show this way for two decades."

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Who gives a fuck if the review has never seen one of the bands covered? Really?
I hope I'm there the first time you take a bite of a really fucking good esoteric sandwich so I can smack it out of your hand and call you a dipshit when you proclaim how good it is (anonymously, of course). "Hey Dipshit!" I'll say, "Everyone who's anyone already knows that esoteric sandwich is rad!" You're just too late is all.

And the fact you know how they've ended almost every show for two decades just proves you're esoteric-sandwich pallet is extremely slow developing. Daniel Johnston covered "Speedy Motorcycle" and that was that. Movethefuckon.

I for one liked the write up.

Posted by Satan | April 20, 2010 6:24 PM

"This person has obviously never seen YLT before. They have been ending almost every show this way for two decades."

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Who gives a fuck if the review has never seen one of the bands covered? Really?
I hope I'm there the first time you take a bite of a really fucking good esoteric sandwich so I can smack it out of your hand and call you a dipshit when you proclaim how good it is (anonymously, of course). "Hey Dipshit!" I'll say, "Everyone who's anyone already knows that esoteric sandwich is rad!" You're just too late is all.

And the fact you know how they've ended almost every show for two decades just proves you're esoteric-sandwich pallet is extremely slow developing. Daniel Johnston covered "Speedy Motorcycle" and that was that. Movethefuckon.

I for one liked the write up.

Posted by Satan | April 20, 2010 6:26 PM

@9:34am
Spot on - thx for the laugh.

Review is solid on quantity - must have hit at least 1 min of every band, but come on - way too snappy for BV.

BV - Request being made to send someone more interesting & insightful to Coachella - those passes aren't easy to come by - why waste it on that crap?

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2010 12:17 AM

Considering "Pass The Hatchet" was on a record that came out in 2006 it is quite odd that they have been ending their show with that song for two decades. Lately they have been closing the show with "And The Glitter Is Gone", are you sure it wasn't that song?

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2010 8:11 AM

Agree with 12:17a - writing isn't bad; just not BV-style. Too many adjectives describing basic info that I already know, not enough context. I'd prefer reading what was unique about their Coachella performances. The tweets BV included with the day 2 review were more revealing.

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2010 8:05 PM

There were 131 bands at Coachella, and for many outlets, only one person covering them. The writer's JOB in that situation is to see as many bands as possible, which they have to report on in a word count generally dictated/limited by whoever they're writing for.

The only way to get in-depth coverage is to have multiple writers covering it. Passes are limited, and Goldenvoice PR doles them out as they see fit (read: The L.A. Times will have 9 bloggers covering it while others have 1, 2 if they're lucky).

Just pointing out some things to consider before you go casually slamming people's work.

Posted by You Have No Idea | April 23, 2010 12:06 PM

Thanks for the pics...i felt the energy though I wasn't too close. -peace & love

Posted by Melissa Ternier | April 26, 2010 2:28 AM

Ah, Yo La Tengo--looking as engaged and happy as always

Posted by شات | April 27, 2010 2:03 AM

Siamese Dream and Mellon Collie were really good albums. Got them when they came out, still throw them on at times and think they're great. It saddens me when I hear bands from that era when I was a teenager and hear their new stuff and it's so clear how they've lost it, they sound desperate to recapture a sound/magic that they haven't had in 15 years (holy shit).... And then I realize that is not unlike a lot of us.

Posted by منتديات | January 22, 2011 8:06 AM

Perfectly composed content material , Really enjoyed reading .

Posted by miniclip | August 31, 2012 8:53 AM

Was this written by Cindy Adams?

Posted by neysimre | November 6, 2012 3:04 PM

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