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Category: General Whining

Coachella for poor people, part 1

For those of us who aren’t in Coachella this weekend (I tried, I really tried… too acerbic, perhaps?), I will be briefly profiling some of the lesser-known bands who will be performing. It’s an amazing lineup this year. Yes, it breaks my heart not to be able to see the Airborne Toxic Event, Leonard Cohen, The Cure, Morrissey, Throbbing Gristle, Conor Oberst, Silversun Pickups, Franz Ferdinand… all on the same bill! But I’m not the only one who doesn’t have the cash to do something like this, so I’ll quit my whining.

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Yay Coachella!

Embrace your pain; use it to create art. Ok, so I embraced my pain, and I created… something. The song is called “Yay Coachella!”, and it’s sung to Weezer’s “Troublemaker”, which WFNX has played, I think, about 500,000 times to date. Once would have been enough. In fact, once would have been too much. We put together this video for their contest to win a trip to the wonderful Coachella music festival out in Indio, California, April 17-19. A partial list of bands I would love, love, love to see: The Airborne Toxic Event, Leonard Cohen, The Cure, Conor Oberst, Franz Ferdinand, Morrissey, Silversun Pickups, The Hold Steady, We Are Scientists, Band of Horses, Bob Mould, Fleet Foxes, Glasvegas, Henry Rollins, M.I.A., TV on the Radio, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Lykke Li, My Bloody Valentine, Okkervil River, Public Enemy, The Orb, Throbbing Gristle (good heavens, Throbbing Gristle??), X, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. All except for Franz and TATE I’ve never seen before, and I’ve never been to a music festival like this (save for maybe one or two low-key things in Connecticut, back in the late ’70s). Wish us luck! (I really need a vacation…)

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Victor & Julie’s not-so-excellent Adventure – Los Angeles, December 2008

View from Mulholland Drive

View from Mulholland Drive

I probably should have realized, as we were sitting on the runway on our United flight from Boston to Los Angeles, and it was announced over the loudspeaker that our pilots were having some problems with the transportation from their hotel, and we would have to wait for them to arrive (obviously), that this was not a good omen for our trip. Over an hour later, we were finally taking off.

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