Coachella 2011: Day One Roundup

Well, I survived it again. For the third year in a row I made it through this, at-times, grueling festival. As with anything, there was a lot of good and bad.  If you’re interested, here’s a rundown of what I thought was good and bad throughout it, day-by-day. Here’s day one.

Friday
Bad: My wristband breaking, a few minutes after I had put it on, before I even got to the festival grounds.

Good: Being able to get another wristband at Will Call. Largely in part, because I had my receipt and it, thankfully, had happened to others as well.

Bad:  Because of the above, I had to take a detour, and miss a few acts that I wanted to see—Cold Cave, Titus Andronicus, and a majority of Warpaint.

Good: Lauryn Hill. Going into the set, I had very little hope that it would be good. I mean, I had heard stories of her cutting shows short, being extremely late, and just not being entirely there mentally.  So it was a welcomed surprise, to be completely blown away by her set.

Bad: Overlapping. There was a lot of bands this year (that I wanted to see) that played, give or take five minutes, at the same time.

Good: Sleigh Bells. They did not disappoint. I have to admit though, I wasn’t entirely sold on their album. It just didn’t click for me. But seeing them live, wow, I was impressed. Their sound translated so much better live. Or at least it sounded better. Either way, I walked out of that tent smiling.

Bad: The Heat. Granted, it wasn’t record-breaking or even remotely close to being so, but believe me, standing in the blazing sun for a few hours makes you think otherwise.

Good: Cut Copy. This Aussie dance-pop outfit released one of my favorite records (so far) this year in the form of the catchy Fleetwood Mac influenced Zonoscope. I didn’t have any major expectations with the performance other than that it would be, if anything, a dance party. Suffice to say, it wasn’t just a dance party. It was a major dance party.

Good: Robyn. If you’ve read this blog for awhile, then you’d know that I thoroughly enjoy the dance-pop sounds of Sweden’s Robyn. Like her dance-pop counterparts above, I didn’t have any major expectations with her performance. This was for me, the second major dance party of my night.

Good: Scala & the Kolacny Bros. If  you watched the Social Network or its trailer, you more than likely heard a women’s choir doing a cover of Creep by Radiohead. Scala is that women’s choir. Now in the interest of being honest, when I first saw the set-times I was a little confused as to why they had, of all choices, put a choir at midnight to close out the Gobi tent.  Yet, as I sat on the grass relaxing from the day’s activities, it made perfect sense. Their ethereal covers of the Foo Fighters’ “Everlong,” Alanis Morissette’s “You Oughta Know,”  and the aforementioned Creep provided the perfect soundtrack for the days’ cool down, or come down (depending on how many drugs you took that day).

Click here for Day Two, Day Three.

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