Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

The State of Current Musical Fame According to the Coachella Poster

Oh, look, the Coachella music festival lineup is announced! (The festival takes place in the desert in spring. Mostly indie-hippies attend.) And a good point is made: what conception of the fame and relevance of its performers does the festival seek to convey? To the poster!

Robyn is now more famous than Lauryn Hill!

The Kings of Leon are more famous than Robyn! (This is probably true, if sad.)

Cee Lo Green and Sleigh Bells are equally famous!

Bright Eyes and Big Audio Dynamite are a bigger draw than the Scissor Sisters and the New Pornographers! (This here? This is patently insane.)

Animal Collective and Mumford are more important than Erykah Badu! (*Makes strangling noise*)

The Strokes are more important than PJ Harvey. (This was true for two seconds in 2002.)

Das Racist will not be appearing.

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KarenUhOh (#19)

Duran Duran? Duran Duran?? Is their grandchildren?

Flaneur (#998)

Simon and Nick actually looked pretty good in New York magazine the other day.

I saw Duran Duran 10 years ago and they still rocked. I have no doubt they can still bring it.

Art Yucko (#1,321)


IBentMyWookie (#133)

Choire, you're missing the bigger picture: BRETT ANDERSON WILL BE ON YOUR SHORES.

HonoriaGlossop (#1,247)

That's what jumped out at me, too… I wonder if Bernard Butler came back.

ComradePsmith (#4,477)

This is the only thing that kind of makes up (KIND OF) for no Pulp.

Although I think the other guy is playing guitar. The Tears didn't go so well…

boyofdestiny (#1,243)

Thank goodness Duran Duran beat out the National, if only slightly.

Bittersweet (#765)

It made this 80s child smile.

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

Equally famous… among dirty hippies.

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

Also, I kept a list of all critics who insisted re: Bright Eyes there was a there there.

ehcotton (#358)

All I see in that flyer is Death From Above 1979

hman (#53)

Whatever happened to all of those "-Wolf/Wolf-" bands? (Serious question!)

carpetblogger (#306)

Been replaced by "-Whale/Whale" bands

IBentMyWookie (#133)

Pitchfork shot them from a helicopter.

Art Yucko (#1,321)

Goat/Goat is the new old ___/___.

jfruh (#713)

Why is Lauren Hill "Ms. Lauren Hill"? Is this like in the Golden Age of Hollywood when starlets could be granted as a sign of status a "Miss" prefix on promotional materials (even the ones who were married, like Miss Bette Davis?)

This is her actual billing now. Cf. the Times story on her from a couple weeks ago.

jfruh (#713)

Also the New Pornographers are so fantasically good in concert, for serious, even w/out Neko Case!

brianvan (#149)

Why is the best (relatively) day of the festival headlined by Kings of Leon? Aaaaack.

davidwatts (#72)

It's close, but I have to go with Friday as the best day. Glasser! Crystal Castles! Robyn! And, let's be real, seeing the Chemical Brothers at Coachella would kind of rule. But it is close.

joshc (#442)

In Coachellaville, that's actually a Good Thing.

KoL closing the maintage acts as a magnet, making the crowds at all of the other stages and tents much more pleasant.

Flaneur (#998)

Whoa–the London Suede! I was heavy into them for a few minutes back before electricity (or iPods, same thing). "The Asphalt World," "Modern Boys"–so right. I know what I'm listening to on my way home (since I did, in fact, transfer their stuff to my iPod).

Also? Really, New Pants, why even bother.

lbf (#2,343)

The Radio Dept. not headlining all three nights is the real scandal here.

Multiphasic (#411)

Mostly I'd be there for Suede and goat-stealing.

Niko Bellic (#1,312)

I'm confused. Is this the list of all the people who bought the tickets so far? Good too know it won't be too crowded.

sweetyardley (#8,590)

My favorite is that Lil B is listed two spaces ahead of Wire.

brent_cox (#40)

And is that Wire way down there jerking the curtain on some side stage?

Flashman (#418)

Didn't Death From Above break up? I saw them open for Metric way back and they blew my mind, the noise that just two guys w/ a bass and a drum could make.

lbf (#2,343)

reunion, according to pitchfork's twitter.

NinetyNine (#98)

No one going to comment on Kanye and The Strokes being equally famous/important? What, did all the white bloggers take the day off?

Matt (#26)


Murgatroid (#2,904)

All the people complaining about Wire's lower-than-their-status billing clearly haven't seen them live lately.

MythReindeer (#5,553)

All this tells me is that I don't know about a bunch of stupid music and I don't give a fuck.

Pandemic Endemic (#3,825)

I don't see rompers, coveralls or onesies listed anywhere on the Coachella poster. I hope it means that they too are no longer relevant. The only white elephants I'd care to see there are in Duran Duran (who still totally bring it when they are on tour!).

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