Coachella Announces Lineup

Here it is. The lineup for the 2012 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival (in short, Coachella). And depending on who you ask, it’s either insanely good or insanely bad. Since this is my blog and all, I’m going with good. Even though, some of the names—or their placement—have me a little perplexed.

There’s the headliners: The Black Keys, Radiohead, and Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg. Aside from Radiohead, the other two come as a surprise to me. Of all the rumors that I heard in person or read throughout the internet, none of them pointed to those two. Sure the Black Keys had a massively successful 2011, and their newest album El Camino is solid and they deserve the headlining spot but, I thought that was going to happen in a year or two from now. As for Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg, well, that one is just surprising. Dr. Dre’s (long-time) impending album Detox has become the Chinese Democracy of Hip-Hop (in other words, a running joke) and well, Snoop in my opinion, hasn’t released anything of caliber since his Death Row days. Here’s to hoping it’s a massive Death Row-era greatest-hits set.

The Reunions: This is the part where my head exploded (figuratively speaking of course). And here’s why: Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg, Pulp, Refused, Mazzy Star, fIREHOSE, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, AND At the Drive-In! I mean, wow. As far as reunions go, this years Coachella line-up borders on epic.

Earlier I mentioned that some of the names—or their placement—have me a little perplexed because in fact, they do. For example: the Hives. Their last album came out in 2007(!), and yet, there they are. Don’t get me wrong, I like the Hives. I’ve seen them several times with my friend Jorge—who’s a big fan. However, as far as I know, they’re still working on album and who knows if when it comes out anyone is going to be interested in it.  Also, the Buzzcocks should have been higher up (because of their legacy) and Atari Teenage Riot, well that’s just going to be insane.

Which brings me to my plan for the weekend. Every year, I devise (or attempt to devise) a plan of action, a plan of attack. See band X for 15 minutes, go check out DJ Y for the remaining 10 minutes of his/her set. However, this year, I’m taking a different approach. This year I plan to focus on bands/DJ’s that I have never seen before. Of course, the exception to this plan being Radiohead and maybe the Black Keys. Hopefully, because of this my schedule would look a little less hectic. At least I hope. Fingers crossed.

So, are you going? If so, who are you excited to see?