The War on Drugs

The line-up for the 2018 edition of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is here. As we’ve grown accustomed to in the past few years, it’s a mixed bag. Some surprises, some not-so-surprising, and some real headscratchers.

Headliner-wise, it’s the Weeknd, Beyoncé, and Eminem. Beyoncé was a given seeing as she canceled last year to give birth to twins, and her booking got moved to 2018. Eminem just released a new album—judging from the reviews, it’s his worst—and his booking makes sense regardless of the lame record. The Weeknd performed in 2015, and the performance was lackluster to say the least, so it’s surprising that they would bring him back.

Undercard-wise, there are some surprises and a lot of repeats from previous years. Left-field bookings this year are David Byrne, the frontman for the seminal rock band the Talking Heads. Chic, the 80’s disco and funk group that wrote such catchy hits like “Good Times,” and “Le Freak.” And rounding it out, Jamiroquai, the acid-jazz/funk-pop band from the 90’s that had that cool video for their song “Virtual Insanity.” 

That aside, other Something For All Of Us favorites, are SZA, St. Vincent, HAIM, Portugal. The Man, the War On Drugs, Fleet Foxes, Angel Olsen, Miguel, Kamasi Washington, Jessie Ware, Jungle, Chromeo, LANY, Hundred Waters, Greta Van Fleet, and the Drums, to name a few,

For those of you without a wristband for (either) weekend, the remaining allotment of them goes on-sale Friday at 12. Good luck! See you in four months, Indio!

2014

Every year, without fail, when I look back on everything that I’ve listened to this year one thought comes to mind: that was a lot of music. It may just be me (or it may be a valid perception) but, it certainly feels like this year had a lot of releases come out, and some solid ones at that. Some of them hooked me in from their opening notes, and others, revealed themselves and their charms more and more with each visit. In the end, both camps contributed notes to my 2014 soundtrack. Here are, in alphabetical order, those albums.

Aphex Twin-Syro
Aphex Twin-Syro

Banks-Goddess
Banks-Goddess

Beck-Morning Phase
Beck-Morning Phase

Caribou-Our Love
Caribou-Our Love

Grouper-Ruins
Grouper-Ruins

Jack White-Lazaretto
Jack White-Lazaretto

James Vincent McMorrow-Post Tropical
James Vincent McMorrow-Post Tropical

Jessie Ware-Tough Love
Jessie Ware-Tough Love

Marissa Nadler-July
Marissa Nadler-July

Phantogram-Voices
Phantogram-Voices

Run The Jewels- Run The Jewels 2
Run the Jewels- Run the Jewels 2

Spoon-They Want My Soul
Spoon-They Want My Soul

Sharon Van Etten-Are We There
Sharon Van Etten-Are We There

Todd Terje-It's Album Time
Todd Terje-It’s Album Time

The War On Drugs-Lost In The Dream
The War On Drugs-Lost In The Dream