Saturday was full of conflicts so it was hard to get up close and personal with any sets. I started by finally catching Graveyard and then running to get a good spot for Banks. She was the only set I watched front row and she is definetly my favorite new artist I found out about through Coachella. The rest of the my day was spent running from stage to stage to make sure I caught as much music as possible. Most of the photos are all from at least as far back as the sound stages. What a day of dancing! I threw out my neck and back for Sleigh Bells and somehow powered through the night/early morning.
Then my battery died and I went to dance my ass off to Skrilly…don’t judge!
My favorite weekend of the year is, by far, Coachella. Not only do I get to see some of my favorite musicians all crammed into three awesome days, I also get to do some homework and find some killer new music I had never heard before. My ultimate Coachella dream would be to one day get a media wristband so I can actually get some legit photos (or you know, the golden wristband would be cool too haha). The following photos were taken on my little point and shoot camera or with my iPhone…
Around The Festival Grounds
Slow Magic + Emancipator Ensemble-HOB Sunset 04/04/14
Jonah Matranga (AKA New End Original AKA One Line Drawing AKA Far AKA amazing musician I have been listening to since I was 16) just released a new record, and you need to listen to it, buy it, love it and go see him on tour if he plays near you! I managed to sneak in my D7000, enjoy!
I had the pleasure of attending this super intimate show at Hotel Cafe with two of my friends that have been listening to him longer than I have. Naturally, we were all totally nerding out reminiscing about basement shows and great music over a glass of wine/beer before heading to the show.
This was such a treat! We got there right on time to see him play with a friend and they covered Under Pressure….so yeah THAT happened!
For his own set he played a great balance of the hits and the new record. He even took requests! My favorite song from Me and You Are Two is “No Hurry”. I will admit when he played Superhero I def shed some tears, what a beautiful song.
Here is one with R2:
The entire set was way too short, for the audience as well as for him. Hopefully Jonah makes it back to LA after tour and plays a longer set. He said he wanted to do a living room show here (!), and that we had made a great living room vibe in the Hotel Cafe. Everyone was singing along, and having a blast all the way through.
I cried, I laughed, I sang and danced! What more can I ask for? oh yeah, I also got a sweet vinyl! Check out the new record:
You can you can purchase it with a ticket to the show!
Coldplay was in town to film a DVD special, which will also be aired on NBC next month. I was one of the few lucky people that got a golden ticket to this once in a lifetime event. There was a strict no camera policy, they didn’t even let people in with cell phones, so here are my words…
Let me start by saying THANK YOU to 1iota who issued the tickets to the shoot.
Many years ago I was in computer class in high school (yes, I am that old, they taught us how to use computers!) I would always listen/look for new music on the internet (even then!). I came across a BBC special where this new band, Coldplay, played their new album Parachutes live in the studio while also doing an interview about how the songs came about. I fell in love and listened to that segment till I knew the interview word for word. Lucky for me Yellow came out as their big hit and they were coming to the US for their first tour. Unlucky for them, their agent totally screwed it up and booked them some random radio festivals opening up for hard rock bands, it was totally the wrong crowd. I saw them get booed, and water bottles thrown at them! Someone even threw a CD at Chris Martins head while he was playing the piano. I almost got into so many fist fights with angry drunk people. Point being, my love for them goes deep!
So come Saturday, I was under the impression they where shooting a music video. The instructions just said “video shoot” so I figured they must be shooting crowd shots for “Magic”. I have never been more wrong in my life.
We where taken into Sony Studios where they had set up a dark forest with soft lights and magical vibes. Once we passed through some trees, we see that there is a stage, in the round, and a few rows of chairs circling the stage. I get escorted to my second row seat right in front of the piano! So basically Chris is 4 feet from me. I DIE.
They all walk in and are so grateful to us for being part of this shoot and start out with a few old songs as a thank you. They had to re-do some takes and play some songs a few times to get it perfect, which was fine by everyone. We got to hear a lot of the new songs from Ghost Stories and it is going to be a great album! The best part about the whole thing was seeing how nice and down to earth Chris was. He was the only one that really talked and in between every take he made sure we where all fine, thanked us a lot, made some jokes, even asked us if we had any requests! He decided he was going to play Clocks and The Scientist as the closing songs. Everyone went insane.
In between one of the takes, the director said they where taking a few minutes to set up a shot. I, being my loud self, raised my hand and said that I had a question…Chris started talking to me!
CM-“What’s your question”
ME-“At the end of the set, would it be possible if I could maybe have the set list?”
CM-“Well…don’t you think everyone else that wants a set list would be kind of annoyed?…BUT YES, Yes you can! Because I love your glasses, those are radical!”
CM-“And your nails match and everything!, I want to know…this morning when you woke up, did you think glasses or nails first? Those are amazing!”
ME-“Well I thought lipstick, glasses, then nails”
And then he said he couldn’t see my lipstick but I could have the set list and they where ready to keep filming. Hopefully I will be in the DVD, although I was second row so I doubt it. This was truly a once in a lifetime experience and I will never forget it. On our way out they gave us a thank you note and a set of pins. A production lady chased after me to make sure I had gotten the set list. I did.