Horton Plaza is beautiful when it’s empty, don’t you think?
And here’s the playlist (warning – very Coachella-biased):
1. Kanye West – Runaway
I don’t want to like this song, but it’s so catchy that I can’t help it.
2. Freelance Whales – Location
I AM RUNNING OUT OF FREELANCE WHALES SONGS TO PUT ON MIXTAPES. HALP.
3. Menomena – Killemall
4. Thao with the Get Down Stay Down – Know Better Learn Faster
5. Foals – Blue Blood
6. The Henry Clay People – California Wildfire
I love these dudes.
7. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – Even In Dreams
Wowed me at Coachella. Sounded pretty amazing live, and would love the chance to see a full set.
8. Broken Social Scene – Swimmers
Made time to catch their whole set at Coachella, at the expense of the New Pornographers. It was so worth it to hear “Anthems for a Seventeen Year Old Girl” live. Felt like Justin was watching them with me.
9. The Tallest Man on Earth – Kids on the Run
He’s known for his guitar-playing, but the piano on this track cuts right through me.
10. Arcade Fire – We Used to Wait
Duh. Their set was one I will remember for a long time.
12. !!! – Myth Takes
Nic Offer can break my “no short-shorts on dudes” rule anytime he wants to. Hotness.
13. The Devil Whale – Earthquake Dreams
They blew me away when they opened for The Head and the Heart. Also, I had a really great conversation about the process of making art with Brinton after the show.
14. The National – The Geese of Beverly Road
I’ve seen the National live many times, but they only played this song the first time I saw them. I’m keep hoping they’ll play it again someday.
Last night’s Casbah show with The Head and the Heart and The Devil Whale was amazing. You’d think I’d be jaded after returning from what I considered the best Coachella I’ve ever been to, but nothing beats the intimacy of the Casbah’s stage and the heart poured into their sets by both bands. Consider me 100% won over.
The Head and the Heart:
The Devil Whale:
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I love these boys. Swim Party played with them at one of their Spaceland residency shows, and it was an amazingly hilarious and awesome night that I was so happy to be a small part of. They bring a joy to the stage that is reminiscent of The Hold Steady (PS someone please get these guys on tour together), and the love they have for each other as bandmates – as evidenced by many loving mid-song headbutts – is so endearing.
I loved the sign this girl was holding for Freelance Whales’ set at Coachella. It says “My name is Hannah. Would you like a lemon Now-and-Later.”
I also loved that the Freelance Whales didn’t kick photographers out of the pit after the first 3 songs. That is the standard practice at festivals, but the best photos never happen within the first three songs (okay, there might be an exception with Kanye’s set). So I ended up watching their whole set from the front row, sitting on the barricade bench when I wasn’t shooting so as to not block anyone else’s view. I wish more bands would get on board with this – so far I’ve experienced it with Freelance Whales, Henry Clay People, the Hold Steady (at Coachella and the 94/9 anniversary show last November), and Okkervil River (on the main stage at Coachella a few years ago). It also happens that these are some of my favorite bands 🙂
Big Audio Dynamite’s set was so much fun to shoot – Mick Jones has so much stage presence, and the lighting was some of the most amazing I’ve seen at the festival.
All in all, I shot 42 bands over the three days. So glad I took today and tomorrow off of work to ease back into reality 🙂