I finally went to Coachella. I went to see Rage Against the Machine back in 2007 but that was only a single day. I haven’t been back since, because they made it mandatory to buy 3-day passes and up until now there weren’t enough bands I liked playing to justify spending that much money. That changed when both Refused and At the Drive-In announced they were reuniting for it. And then I looked at the rest of the lineup and realized it was going to be amazing.
So here are all the bands that I was able to see and what I thought:
“I’ve always found that the two towns that are similar in this country are Los Angeles and Washington. Los Angeles is Washington that thinks it has power, and Los Angeles people act as though they have power. In Washington, they have the power, but they really would rather just be on TV.”—Jon Stewart 4/17/12
“That this translates to Twitter being used most and probably best in the service of nonsense and amusement isn’t surprising, and it certainly isn’t a knock on Twitter—amusing nonsese is a lot of what our actual friends provide, for one thing, and contra the puckery Jonathan Franzen types there isn’t really an actual conflict between 138 goofy characters and 1,380 well-considered words or 380 well-written pages; we will not see Twitter replace the novel, or whatever, at least among people who might actually read a novel. Twitter feels like, and is made of, people. This can be why it’s unbearable, when it’s unbearable. It is also why it can be great. People are like that, after all.”—David Roth at The Classical - Best Internet Ideas: Inappropriate At-Bat Music
Top Artists for the week ending Sunday 8 April 2012
Good Old War (16)
Hot Rod Circuit (7)
Nine Inch Nails (6)
Good Old War has a new album! And it’s pretty great. I loved their first one, but wasn’t really a fan of the second so I didn’t really pay attention when the new one came out… until I saw them on Conan and they played the song, “Better Weather”, which was awesome. And now that I think about it, I don’t really remember why their second album didn’t do it for me. So I guess I need to give it a re-listen. I still would rather have their old band back though, Days Away was amazing.
Not sure how this happened, but I missed the three song EP that Hot Rod Circuit put out at the end of last year. I had the single, “Forgive Me” but missed out on the rest somehow. I was in the process of learning how to play that one on the guitar when I stumbled across the other two songs. While not quite as good as the first, they are still decent tracks and make me miss Hot Rod.
I would highly recommend picking up both of those, which collectively cost under $10 on Amazon.
Unique Artists: 64 Total Tracks: 146 Total Plays: 160
Top Artists for the week ending Sunday 1 April 2012
Murs and Slug (6)
Nine Inch Nails (4)
No Use For A Name (3)
Jimmy Eat World (3)
Last week was a shuffle week with a little Felt 3 session thrown in. As a side note, I don’t think Slug or Murs has put out anything as good as the last Felt collaboration since then… of course that could change with the new Living Legends album on the way.
Unique Artists: 61 Total Tracks: 82 Total Plays: 89
MLB is writing the book on how not to open a season this year. It’s like they are trying to just piss away all the momentum that built during the 6 month off season. Technically Opening Day was last week when the Mariners and A’s played a couple games in Japan. But they were a full week before anyone else played, and on at 2am so few American fans actually stayed up to watch. Then there’s the first day of games here in the States which is today, April 4th! …oh, just one game? and there are still Spring Training games going on? Good one, MLB. Personally, I’m not even sure I want to burn my TV out with the monstrosity that is the Miami Marlins’ team colors and stadium to watch MLB’s first game.
My Opening Day is Friday, April 6th. That’s when the Angels’ first game will be, along with most of the other teams. And that will be the first win for Pujols and company on their way to the World Series. Deal with it.