Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Thoughts on the Coachella Announcement

 The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival sent out an email last week informing fans that a big announcement would be made on their site Tuesday morning at 10am. I didn't think much of this, since around this time of year they usually announce which weekend the festival would be taking place the following year. Instead they made an announcement that in my opinion could dramatically change the concert industry for better and for worse. 
The 2012 Coachella music fest will be taking place over two weekends in April. April 13-15th and April 20-22. That's six days of music! They're reasoning for doing this is due to the high demand of tickets previous years, they feel that enough people missed out that would justify them repeating the whole experience again. Goldenvoice may try and make it seem like they're appeasing their fans, but really this is a money issue. Coachella generates a huge amount of revenue and on top of the swarms of kiddies who feel entitled to Coachella, this would justify them trying to recreate the magic a second weekend. 
That is my first complaint about the change, the "magic" of it all. Part of the allure of going to a music festival is that it's an entirely unique experience, it's the sense of having 'been there' that makes each Coachella unique and legendary. Now with a repeat weekend to compare to, will that diminish from its glory? Will the ability to compare and contrast weekends add or detract from its overall experience? Not to mention this is an absolute logistical nightmare for whomever is scheduling the bands. Since the promoters want to have identical weekends, will this dissuade some performers from wanting to stick around for both weekends? Not to mention that most bands schedule their tours around the big music festivals, and having to commit being at Coachella for an entire week might be a wrench in many artists' touring schedules. I also feel sorry for the lower-tier bands who are still trying to establish themselves in the industry. For these bands a festival like Coachella is a great opportunity for getting noticed, yet hotels are expensive and this change might be a financial burden for some artists. Also, what happens if they sell out both weekends at capacity? Then there's two identically packed weekends, then what was the use of making this change at all? If that happened the only people that would benefit would be the promoters stuffing their pockets with even more money.
However my biggest complaint about this switch is the potential consequences this change will have on the surrounding music scenes. Coachella, like other music festivals force their artists to sign an exclusivity contract preventing them from performing within a certain radius around Coachella to prevent conflict. It's purely a business move, but whenever Coachella comes around the LA scene is absolutely dead. The added weekend is going to result in more independent venues suffering for a longer period of time. This move must put independent venues around the country on edge, because if Coachella pulls off two successful weekends next year, you bet your bottom dollar other big name festivals will follow suit. 
On the other hand, my biggest complaint about Coachella when I attended two years ago were the crowds. There were too many people in attendance for the facilities, which for some made the experience not worth it. Perhaps Goldenvoice's idea will go over smoothly and a greater amount of people will get to experience new and interesting music without feeling overly claustrophobic. If they achieve this then Coachella is a success and ultimately this change is a huge help to the independent music industry. Goldenvoice certainly has the infrastructure to pull this off, but it is a extremely risky move that could either be the dawn of a bright new chapter in music festival history, or the death of Coachella as we know it.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Roberto Cacciapaglia

 There's only one way I know how to celebrate Memorial Day and that's by listening to 70s Italian minimalist avant-garde orchestral music! I heard a sample of this piece not too long ago on a mixtape and I had to rush out and hear the entire album. Roberto Cacciapaglia, an Italian composer still active today crafted Sei Note In Logica in 1979. It's a unique composition of music because he was one of the first composers to integrate computers into orchestral music and another unique aspect is that Sei Note In Logica is that it's comprised of only six notes. I have attached the first of two parts to this album. While I admit this music is not for everyone, and you have to be a real fan of avant-garde to appreciate it, Sei Note In Logica has still proven to be one of the more unique things I have ever heard put to disc. He's able to create such complexity under very limited circumstances. I would bet that modern chamber-pop artists such as Sufjan Stevens could have drawn influence from this record. 
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Sei Note In Logica (Part One)

Friday, May 27, 2011

The Reflectacles @ The Echo 5/24

Last Tuesday, I had the pleasure of seeing The Reflectacles perform their homecoming show at The Echo. It's been a while since they had played Los Angeles and it was the first time I was able to see them perform with their full lineup. They managed to gain quite the crowd for a Tuesday night, and the fans were eager to welcome the boys back. What amazes me about this band is how they effortlessly weave in and out different genres and musical styles. One minute they're covering "Man of Constant Sorrow" in the style of The Band, the next song begins like a George Clinton jam and their third sounded like a mix between Emerson Lake & Palmer and The Doobie Brothers. The Reflectacles cannot be pinned down! Another impressive attribute about this band is how comfortable they looked together on stage. Their relaxed nature allowed them to take on some heavyweight standards including Cash's "Ring of Fire" and Woody Guthrie's "This Land is Your Land." The group's own material fit in quite nicely between the select covers they chose to play. The Reflectacles have grown quite a lot in a short span of time. They continue to discover and experiment with their classic sound which breathes life into their music. Check out The Reflectacles on Itunes and if they come to your town make sure to check them out, this is a band that does not disappoint.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Ty Segall

ST&SP is back bitches! I apologize for the two week absence, I've been busy adjusting to the life of a graduate, and on top of that my computer crashed (music is safe, thanks for the concern) but I promise to you now that the posts will be as regular as my dad is after a bowl of Raisin Bran.
Behold! That cute flaccid puppy is the cover of the new Ty Segall record Goodbye Bread which drops in late June. Segall was on my end of the year list last year for his epic record Melted and is my favorite artist from the San Francisco slime garage scene. I was a little hesitant when I read in an interview that this new album was going to be more toned down and serious. While I can tell with "You Make The Sun Fry" he has certainly put more effort into his songwriting, his overall sound remains as gloriously grimy as before. Give it a whirl.

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You Make The Sun Fry

Thursday, May 5, 2011


This weekend is graduation for me, hence the lack of posting. In addition for preparing for the big day, I've been listening to the now famous Numero rare soul collection series. Collection #16 has to do with the subject of school, and one song in particular called "Now That School Is Through" by Cindy & The Playmates asks the same question that has been rattling around in my mind, "what are you going to do?" It's a fun loving summer song.

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Cindy & The Playmates - Now That School Is Through

Monday, May 2, 2011

Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears

It's a big week in the world for me, so this will most likely be the only post for this week, good thing it's pretty funky. Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears return with Scandalous and the lead single "Booty City." This track keeps in line with Lewis' previous party anthems "Sugarfoot" and "Gunpowder" which is fine, this artist is meant to keep it funky and fresh. Black Joe Lewis is able to move forward by staying exactly the same.

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