This week, the 2012 music festival season officially kicked off with Coachella making their lineup announcement. This, of course, was followed by your Facebook newsfeed being bombarded with comments about people who are “so going this time” and the other people saying “I’ve already been there, and the lineup was better in (fill in year)”. Whether you decide to go or not is of no interest to us, but being in the amateur music promotion industry, we figure we would provide you with some reasons to get excited about this annual Palm Springs party.
10. Jimmy Cliff doing Rancid Covers
When people think of Jimmy Cliff, they thing of the song I Can See Clearly Now, a cover of a Johnny Nash song that was on the soundtrack of surprise hit movie Cool Runnings. What people don’t know is that Jimmy Cliff is more or less a reggae legend with ties back to the 60s. Last year that Jimmy Cliff worked with Tim Armstrong, of all people, and released an album of covers called Sacred Fire. One of the tracks he covered was the Rancid track Ruby Soho. Guess what? Both Jimmy Cliff and Tim Armstrong are on the bill for Coachella. Should be quite the show.
Did you know Palm Springs is close to Hollywood? Every year, Coachella is populated with endless young celebrities, frolicking about the campgrounds and trying to pretend they are normal. Just check out this popsugar or ONTD article of people at last year’s Coachella – Twilight actors, reality tv stars, the Transporter, Iron Man. They are all there. If you worship celebrities and enjoy music, there’s no better place of convergence. Plus, if you are lucky, you can hold up Tara Reid’s hair while she vomits.
Of all the bands reuniting to play Coachella, Refused are probably one of the least likely, but also one of the most anticipated. With their seminal record The Shape Of Punk To Come, they really did innovate the sound of punk/hardcore and even though they’ve spawned countless inferior imitators, it doesn’t really take away from the impact of that record. This will be the set a lot of people will be buzzing about afterwards.
7. At the Drive In
Like Refused, another unexpected reunion that will attract hordes of fans who didn’t manage to catch them the first time around along with those who did and want to relive the moment.
One of my favorite bands – James is playing Coachella. I’ve seen them a bunch of times and there’s no denying that they will steal whatever time slot they get. I salivate at the thought of them playing the track Laid live in a massive field. Everyone will sing along, it will be bonkers.
What’s even MORE salivating is this fact: American Reunion is released April 6, Coachella is a week after. Now as you know from this American Pie trailer:
Jame’s Laid is prominently featured in the trailer and for better or for worse, will forever be associated with this song in North America. Given the movie’s release date and the date of Coachella, can’t you imagine some kind of crazy cross promotion thing happening? Wouldn’t it be cool? Not sure if the Hollywood people are that smart though.
Anyways, James will be absolutely amazing either way and would definitely be a reason to get excited about Coachella. I was just staring at that picture of American Reunion and was wondering..what happened to these guys? I mean, that movie was huge in the 90s and you would think their careers would have gone somewhere big after that. I don’t think it has. Let’s take a look at the careers of the people in that picture (starting top left, going clockwise)
Rookie of the Year – That dude starred in the dumbest baseball movie in a long time (which was a hit) but then I don’t think he did anything after American Pie. I don’t even know his name.
Mena Suvari – Might have pulled the topless card too early in American Beauty, but that movie was a big hit and people thought she was going to be a big star from then on. Hard to believe Annette Benning/Chris Cooper has had the best post-American Beauty career of all the prominent actors involved in that one.
Guy who sleeps with Stiffler’s Mom – Where is he now? is he even an actor or someone’s best friend who landed a part? I don’t know.
Chris Klein – I remember he starred in some lame ass tragic rom com where he or his girlfriend has a terminal disease or something. His career faded faster than his hairline.
Stiffler – playing the same role over and over must be fun.
Tara Reid – Tabloid fodder. I don’t recall her being in any other movie besides Big Lebowski. However, she is a good lesson of what the harsh Hollywood party scene can do.
Jason Biggs – I think he was in some CBS sitcom last year with the girl from Scrubs, can’t really remember anything else he did.
Alyson Hannigan – By far the most successful one here, Lily from HIMYM, Willow in Buffy.
So basically, only one out of 8 had a decent career. Let’s not even count the meth addict who was found in a dumpster somewhere a few years ago in New York. Where am I going with this? I don’t know. Let’s move on.
5. Bands frolicking about during the week in between shows
Since Coachella is taking place over the course of two weekends, the question that needs to be asked is: What the hell are bands doing the week between shows? Some may play other shows around California/Arizona/Nevada, but there’s gotta be a fair amount of bands staying in Palm Springs for some chill times. If you are in Palm Springs for the week, it would definitely be interesting to see when you run into a band member. Maybe M83 goes bowling? Maybe you’ll run into the Black Keys at Walgreens. You might run into the Weeknd at the liquor store. The possibilities are endless.
4. Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg
The ultimate west coast rappers playing the ultimate west coast concert. Expect the two hip hop veterans to pull out all the stops for this show. If you have ever wanted to experience what it’s like to get high via second hand smoke, just stand in the middle of the pit for about fifteen minutes.
It goes to show you just how great Radiohead is that they are once again headlining Coachella. Here is a band that has never broken up/reunited, has never had long periods between records and still, the mere mention of seeing them live sends shivers up most people’s spines. An excellent model of consistency partnered with an excellent discography that is unlike any other. Radiohead always brings their A game to the stage and there is no reason to believe that Saturday night’s headlining slot will once again fill the desert sky with the ethereal sounds coming from one of the premier bands on Earth.
I’m not sure if this will be their stateside debut, but you can be sure there will be a few thousand people in Palm Springs who have waited a long time to hear Pulp live. This will be followed by surely the most epic singalong of Coachella. That of course, will be Common People, a timeless song about class struggles that will still hit home for people listening to it for the first time fifty years from now.
1. TO BE REVEALED
In true Hollywood fashion, we will play this one out and reveal this next week. (Trying to get ratings)