When I started this weekly playlist, my goal was to get good music out there where people would actually listen to it. Now, I don’t know if people are actually listening, but we do get a decent amount of traffic and some of my playlists have subscribers, so at least it’s some kind of a success so far. A few years back I hosted an online radio show called In The Mix. My opening line to every show was always “open your ears and open your MIND” because that’s exactly what I wanted people to do. I was playing mostly new music (like I usually put together here) and mostly music of a certain genre but occasionally I’d throw in other things that people may not THINK they would like, but I hoped they would listen to it anyway.
This week’s edition of The Weekly Dose is one that might not interest those who are mostly into new music, and indie rock, as this is the first real “flashback” edition, with an older artist, but I’m hoping you’ll still give it a listen and love it as much as I do.
Well, it’s a been a couple of weeks, so I finally decided to sit down and compile my thoughts about this year’s Coachella Music and Arts Festival, which took place April 16 – 18, 2010 in Indio, CA. This was the sixth time that I had attended the festival, and it was the fifth year in a row.
From a logistical standpoint, this year’s Coachella was FAR from perfect. Months before the festival began, people were already upset that there were no single day tickets this year. If you wanted to attend, you had to purchase a 3-day pass for the whole weekend. Then, when the first day finally came around, there were problems with parking, ticket/wristband exchange, bands who had to cancel due to the Icelandic volcano, and a huge sold out crowd (75,000 people as opposed to 60,000 or less the last few years). If you want to read complaints, there are other sites for that, including the official Coachella message board. While this year WAS a bit unorganized, for me it was one of my favorite years overall, so I’ll focus on the (mostly) positive instead.
“Daft Punk Is Playing At My House” by LCD Soundsystem (2005)
When you first see the title of this song, you sort of think it’s probably going to be a joke, or some kind of novelty song. A song written about electronic duo Daft Punk coming and playing at somebody’s house? Come on! But after you HEAR it, you know that it’s no joke at all. It’s incredible!
LCD Soundsystem is the musical project of New York music producer James Murphy, and “Daft Punk…” comes his first full self-titled CD, released in 2005. All of the LCD Soundsystem is excellent… a mix of dance and techno and rock and pop. I definitely recommend checking out the entire catalog. James Murphy released another LCD Soundsystem disc, Sound Of Silver, in 2007 and is now working on his third CD, hopefully to be released this year. He is also doing new music for the soundtrack of the upcoming Ben Stiller film Greenberg, and will be performing at the Coachella festival in April.