It has now been a full week since I walked onto the Polo Fields of Indio, where Mitchell, Sean, and I arrived at our tent at 4 AM, demanding that the rest of the crew awaken to join us in celebrating our arrival and the weekend of fun, music, and debauchery ahead of us with some cold brews. Typically after substantially memorable weekends like last, I usually like to wallow the following week, doing and listening to things that remind me of the fun vacation recently passed, in an attempt to relive the moments over and over again. Last weekend was no exception, and I have found myself gravitating to the most memorable music from Coachella weekend, whether it was a part of the music festival or not. So here is a short list of things I’ve bee listening to since Coachella weekend, in attempts to remind me of Coachella weekend.
Black Keys – “Grown So Ugly”
As always, it was great to see The Black Keys. I must say though, it is a much different show now than it was 2 years ago. Before their last two albums, Dan and Pat performed just by themselves. No bass or keys backing them up. After seeing a slew of new material, it was good to dive back into old classics and remember why I fell in love with these guys. I miss the days when their live shows consisted of the above video.
Black Lips – “Bad Kids”
Possibly my favorite moment of the entire weekend was moshing to this song. There simply couldn’t be a more perfect song to flail your body around too. It’s fun, playful, and punk. Everyone in the first 20 rows was going nuts, and my friend Mitchell and I were no exception, dancing like bad kids to “Bad Kids”.
Bon Iver – “Holocene”
I was taken back by Bon Iver’s set, and this song was largely why. He played it around 4th or 5th in the set, and I was rocked to my core. I still can’t get over how chilling he sounded live. Seeing it from the 5th row was a huge bonus too.
Radiohead – “Give Up the Ghost”
This song will forever hold a large place in my heart, and Coachella is why. 2 years ago, I say Thom perform this song in the encore of his Atoms for Peace set. It was among the first times the song had ever been played live, and I remember that both Wes and I were just floored. Ever since it has remained a Radiohead favorite of mine, and getting to hear it 2 years later at the same festival was a treat. I was also in a position in which I could sit down, yet hear.see everything perfectly. It was one of those very rare, perfect concert moments.
LCD Soundsystem – “Dance Yrself Clean”
Yes, I know, LCD is not still together and they certainly were not at Coachella. But sometimes, it’s the experience of a song that makes it special. After picking up my friend from the airport, this was the first full song my crew listened to in the car on the way to Coachella, and it was an all out in-car dance fest. It has been relived a few times since, but nothing compares to the original.
So there is what has been on my playlist this past week. It has made the adjustment of returning to the real world a bit easier, but it still is hard knowing that I have to wait another month and a half for my next festival. Thanks for reading!