Posted in music | pictures on December 31, 2012

photos by Greg Cristman, reviews by Nathan Stout

James Murphy, El-P, Jarvis Cocker
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The second of two S.S. Coachella cruises set sail off the coast of Jamaica last week (12/19) and returned on Sunday (12/23). (The first set sail from the Bahamas on 12/16.)

Day 1, pictured in this post, was headlined by reunited britpop greats Pulp and also included sets by The Rapture, Cloud Nothings, James Murphy (DJ), El-P, Simian Mobile Disco, and others. We didn't catch Grimes on day 1 but pictures of her set at day 2 are on the way. Killer Mike also played day 1 but unfortunately we missed him. The venues on the cruise were all pretty intimate, which was especially great for Pulp fans who got to see them in a 1,400 capacity theater with great lighting. The other venues had darker lighting but the sound and intimacy made up for any other shortcomings.

Before S.S. Coachella, Pulp played a hometown show in Sheffield where they gave their fans Christmas cards which sent them to this link, which was activated with a download to a new song on Christmas Eve at midnight, according to Pulp fansite Bar Italia. The song was actually a re-recording of an old Pulp demo, "After You," and it was done with fellow S.S. Coachella sailor James Murphy.

Writer Nathan Stout was aboard the cruise as well and he told us a bit about Pulp's set:

A neon sign reading 'PULP' in huge letters swings back and forth on stage as Jarvis Cocker rips off another piece of clothing. He shakes his hips then falls on his back, puts his forearm on his brow, squirms, and thrusts the air...all to the pleasure of hundreds of screaming fans. It is the first night of the S.S. Coachella. We are front and center, proudly wearing our neon hats. Only a few feet separate us from Jarvis and Pulp. We are drunk (but not belligerent or reckless) and living in the moment; every ridiculous moment. We dance. We yell. We exchange glances of excitement and approval. Welcome to music fan heaven. Welcome aboard the S.S. Coachella!
He also wrote about the ship itself...
The Celebrity Silhouette is largest and newest of the Celebrity Cruise Lines' fleet. The vessel weighs a whopping 122,400 tons and holds 2886 people. It was obviously built with luxury in mind. There are two large swimming pools on the top deck, four hot tubs, a lawn made of real grass, chairs, hammocks, basketball courts, a theater, restaurants, clubs, food everywhere, drinks everywhere, and as many servants as cruise patrons. Aboard this ship we lived like rock stars for four glorious days.
You can stream the Pulp song and check out more pics from day 1 of S.S. Coachella below...

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Pulp - "After You" (w/ James Murphy)

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The Rapture (DJ Set)

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Comments (26)

after seeing these Pulp pics, I kinda wish I'd ponied up the dough for this show.

Posted by Anonymous | December 31, 2012 11:32 AM

The cruise was so much better than we had hoped. Pulp and SMD were the real standouts.

James Murphy is a horrible DJ - simple as that.

Posted by Anonymous | December 31, 2012 12:01 PM

Murphy looks like Yorke these days

Posted by Anonymous | December 31, 2012 12:49 PM

no KBK no care

Posted by Anonymous | December 31, 2012 1:08 PM

nothing on hot chip? lame

Posted by Anonymous | December 31, 2012 1:26 PM

Fun, but when I go on a cruise I want a little better than the 6 to 1 guy:girl ratio that was there. That is lame.

Posted by Anonymous | December 31, 2012 2:47 PM

The ghost of KBK tits haunted the entire boat.

Posted by Anonymous | December 31, 2012 3:06 PM

Feel kind of sorry for Murphy dj'ing to about 26 disinterested people.

Posted by Anonymous | December 31, 2012 3:36 PM

this is just the epitome of STUPID HIPSTER SHIT

Posted by Anonymous | December 31, 2012 3:49 PM

LOL no one is watching poor James

Posted by Anonymous | December 31, 2012 4:43 PM

This cruise was AWESOME, although agree with 2:47 about the guy:girl ratio.

James did a surprise unannounced DJ set right after the ship set sail which is why the crowd was so thin. That said I think they massively undersold it which ended up being a good thing cause you could pretty much walk into any show midway through and walk right to the front, but shows were still full enough to be fun.

Hot Chip was on night 2 so I'd guess there are some pics coming. Hope they have pics of the James Murphy wine tasting as well which was great & I'm sure the commenters here will love.

Posted by Anonymous | December 31, 2012 7:04 PM

so what was the total cost per person? 3K?

Posted by Anonymous | December 31, 2012 8:02 PM

@1:26 & 7:04- Photos of Hot Chip (Day 2) are coming but not the James Murphy wine tasting. Day 3 & 4 will follow.

Posted by greg C | December 31, 2012 9:09 PM

Fat, bloated, alcoholic Murphy doing a Thunderbird tasting?

Posted by Anonymous | January 1, 2013 11:02 AM

It was a blast. The ship was top notch. If you get paid, you can afford to take an awesome hater-free vacation. I'd go, if they do it again.

Posted by Anonymous | January 1, 2013 9:38 PM

any gay sex went on?

Posted by Anonymous | January 2, 2013 9:28 AM

this has got to be a fundie thing

Posted by Anonymous | January 2, 2013 10:51 AM

Stephen King, aka James Murphy, was doing research on his next book, a series of hipster horror stories that revolve around shitty bands playing to even shitter people.

Posted by Anonymous | January 2, 2013 11:15 AM

What's worse? Being trapped on that boat or suffering through "This is 40"?

Posted by Earl Monroe | January 2, 2013 11:40 AM

The cruise was awesome. The ship was legit luxury. The concerts sounded great. The people on board were cool.

James Murphy is the crappiest DJ I have ever seen, but Z-Trip made up for it. Sure there could have been more girls and less twinks, but I had a blast.

Posted by Keith | January 2, 2013 1:05 PM

Speaking as a girl who was on board, we may have had the ratio in our favor, but the quality-level of the dudes was hurtin'. And that's putting it kindly.

Posted by Anonymous | January 2, 2013 3:30 PM

Speaking as a hummus enthusiast who was on board, I can attest that the quality of the tan paste was slightly below average. But I still enjoyed it.

Posted by Anonymous | January 2, 2013 3:57 PM

The pictures by Greg C are awesome.

Posted by ivankay | January 3, 2013 2:28 AM

KBK's tits made that other cruise. nice fat set of hangers on that redhead slut. think she still gags on her knees?

Posted by Anonymous | January 3, 2013 3:14 AM

Your ideas was totally easy to get. Happy to find that there’s an person online that gets it precise what its is talking about

Posted by Download Google Play Store 3.10.10 | January 28, 2013 8:31 PM

For some reason if I was there I would keep yelling out im rick james. Charlie Murphy!!

Posted by mike | May 22, 2013 12:36 PM

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