Well, the Coachella lineup has finally been announced. This year's festival has been expanded to three days - Friday 4/27/07 to Sunday 4/29/07. Still no word on whether the Police or Smashing Pumpkins reunions will take place.
Here are my initial thoughts:
Friday has the strongest pull for me. Bjork is an outstanding live performer. I don't sit around my house and listen to her CDs that much, but she's a very compelling live performer. I've seen Interpol a couple of times. They're totally hit or miss for me.. The Jesus and Mary Chain is a fantastic choice. I never saw them in their prime and I'm a huge Darklands and Psychocandy fan. I saw Arctic Monkeys at Spaceland and they were fun. I'm kind of a Pulp greatest hits guy, but I'd still be curious to see Jarvis Cocker live. I've seen Sonic Youth about 10 times, so it's hard to get really excited, but it's still a solid choice. It all depends on what DJ Shadow decides to do? I'm very happy to see Silversun Pickups on the bill. They've been working hard all year and they're blowing up right now, so it's a just reward. The Comedians of Comedy might be a nice break from music. I'm a little curious about the Noisettes, Tilly and the Wall, Gogol Bordello, Busdriver, El P, Gillian Welch andTokyo Police Club. I'm less excited about Peaches, Peeping Tom, Brazilian Girls and We Are Scientists.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers headline on Saturday. I have no desire to see them again, but I did see them a few times back in the early 90s. The Arcade Fire is a great choice and they're capable of putting on a fantastic show. Last time I saw them at Coachella I couldn't get close enough to really hear them. Tiesto? No clue. The Decemberists I haven't seen since they played Spaceland a really long time ago. I'd like to see them again. The Good, the Bad and the Queen is Damon Albarn from Blur's new band with Danger Mouse. I haven't heard the album, but I'd like to see them. Travis isn't my thing, but it's a decent choice. I've never understood how Coldplay got so big and they didn't. Kings of Leon isn't really my thing, but it's solid rock'n'roll. Gotan Project I know almost nothing about. The Rapture isn't really my thing. LCD Soundsystem will please a lot of hipsters. I love Blonde Redhead and think they're fantastic live. I love the New Pornographers music, but I'm always a little sad that Dan Bejar and Neko Case don't tour with them (maybe they'll join them at a giant festival?). The Black Keys, !!!, Hot Chip are good choices that I honestly haven't listened to very much. I'm very excited about Ghostface Killah, Cornelius, Sparklehorse, Peter Bjorn & John and Fields. I'm less excited about Girl Talk, The Cribs, MSTRKRFT, Ozomatli, Fountains of Wayne, Nightwatchman. I'm apprehensive about Roky Erikson.
Sunday's lineup looks the weakest to me. Rage Against the Machine is the headliner. I'm sure poeple are excited about this reunion show and while I don't mind their music, I think it will create a bit of a hostile environment. I really haven't heard Manu Chao. The Happy Mondays will probably excite people, but I always thought they were a little bit of a weak link to their scene. I'm not really an Air fan, but I don't have anything against them. I love Willie Nelson, but I just saw him last year. I wouldn't mind seeing Lily Allen, Spank Rock, Junior Boys, Grizzly Bear, Explosions in the Sky, the Roots but I don't have see them at a festival. I don't have much interest in Paul Van Dyk, Kaiser Chiefs, Damien Rice, Crowded House, Soulwax, Amos Lee, Jose Gonzalez, the Kooks, Ratatat, CSS, Klaxons, Tapes 'n' Tapes, Lupe Fiasco or Fair to Midland.
Tickets go on sale this Saturday.