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Coachella 2014 – A Complete Guide To This Year’s Festival (Spotify Playlists Included)


Musicheads,

Coachella is mere hours away and I am here to present to you your survival guide to the actual music of the festival.  For those of you going that haven’t yet figured out what you are going to see, look no further.  For the rest of us who aren’t going (or happen to be doing Weekend #2) read on and get yourself acquainted with these acts that are worth seeing, hearing, feeling and any other sense you would like to utilize to enjoy the music.

So if you really hadn’t given much thought as to who to see this weekend, or moreso, who to pay attention to, look no further.  Let me give you the skinny/4-1-1/low down, (whatever you want to call it) on what’s worth your time.  First off, I just have to say, the festival promoters really packed Saturday.  While Friday and Sunday are pretty manageable and straightforward, Saturday is a real cluster for picking one quality act you want to see over another all day long.  Now let me breakdown my ideal schedule for each day, maybe you’ll agree with me.

Note: When I mark conflicts the first listed act would be my winner

 

Spotify Playlist: Coachella 2014 – Friday – “A Good Start”

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Let’s start off with making a schedule for the opening day:

 

Spotify Playlist: Coachella 2014 – Saturday – “Fantastic Lineup, Terrible Conflicts”

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Now onto the day from hell (scheduling-wise):

 

Spotify Playlist: Coachella 2014 – Sunday – “The Final Day: A Fitting End”

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Last day, are you tired yet? Let’s close this baby out!:

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With regards to this schedule, who are my Not-To-Miss Acts?  Well, I don’t think I need to speak about many of the “larger font” bands, however, some smaller print bands definitely do deserve attention.

Here is my DO NOT MISS list:

Be sure, if you are going to Coachella, to make time for these acts.  They are well worth your time and ears.   Now show us some of your fancy footwork!

 

 

This year as well, Coachella has decided to live stream some of it’s shows so all of us non-attendees can still partake in the auditory 7 visual enjoyment.

Here is the live streaming schedule: Coachella LIVE! on YouTube

COACHELLA WEEKEND ONE WEBCAST:

Friday, April 11th:
03:30 – Flatbush Zombies
03:30 – ZZ Ward
03:30 – Jagwar Ma
04:15 – Grouplove
04:20 – Wye Oak
05:15 – MS MR
05:20 – AFI
06:00 – Bastille
06:05 – ASAP Ferg
06:10 – GOAT
07:00 – The Afghan Whigs
07:00 – Kate Nash
07:50 – Neko Case
08:15 – Woodkid
08:40 – Ellie Goulding
09:05 – Chromeo
09:30 – Broken Bells
09:30 – Carnage
09:55 – Bryan Ferry
10:30 – Girl Talk
11:00 – The Cult
11:20 – Martin Garrix
12:00 – Anti-Flag
12:20 – Zedd

Saturday, April 12th:
03:30 – White Lies
03:30 – Bear Hands
03:30 – Foxygen
04:10 – CHVRCHES
04:15 – Temples
04:30 – Ty Segall
05:20 – The Head and the Heart
05:30 – Bombay Bicycle Club
06:10 – City and Colour
06:30 – Washed Out
07:00 – Capital Cities
07:05 – Future Islands
07:55 – Lorde
08:00 – Warpaint
08:25 – Dillon Francis
08:45 – Foster the People
09:00 – Pixies
09:25 – Fatboy Slim
09:40 – Queens of the Stone Age
10:25 – Empire of the Sun
10:35 – Pharrell Williams
10:45 – Sleigh Bells
11:25 – Skrillex
11:35 – Pet Shop Boys
11:35 – Muse

Sunday, April 13th:
03:30 – Preservation Hall Jazz Band
03:30 – J. Roddy Walston & The Business
03:30 – Surfer Blood
04:15 – Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
04:30 – Frank Turner
05:10 – Fishbone
05:30 – Superchunk
06:00 – Blood Orange
06:00 – Flosstradamus
06:30 – The 1975
07:15 – Little Dragon
07:40 – The Naked and Famous
07:50 – Alesso
08:30 – Daughter
08:30 – Calvin Harris
09:00 – Big Gigantic
09:25 – Beck
09:55 – Adventure Club
10:10 – Nas
10:20 – Arcade Fire
10:45 – Duck Sauce
11:10 – Disclosure

 

So….what are your thoughts?  Like my daily schedules? Hate them? Did I leave someone out I shouldn’t be? Let me know your thoughts.  If you are going to Coachella, and you use these lists, drop me a line as well!   Also, be sure to check out each day’s Spotify Playlist, chocked full of each day’s lineup from the official poster.  Hours of listening pleasure in each of those playlists, so be sure to get your fill.

 

-Akwitz

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The Audiophile’s Voter’s Choice & Top 51 Tracks of 2013


Musicheads,

The votes are in and everything has been counted.  This year a lot of talented artists put out a lot of good music, some in bunches, some in one singular piece of musical goodness.  To keep this vote interesting I only chose 1 song per group for the list (although I could have easily thrown in a number of tracks from a few certain artists to round out my top 51).  But what did YOU, the reader select for your favorite track of the year?  It seemed to be a common theme among the voters.  2013 was a year for robots!

That’s right, Daft Punk’s smash single Get Lucky took the crown for this year’s top track of 2013.  With over 100 million streams of the track on Spotify alone, the French duo took the world by storm with its hard to forget beat and easily danceable sound.  Partnering up with legendary guitarist Nile Rodgers and the smooth-voiced Pharrell Williams, the robots had a hit machine in the works before the album even dropped.  Partnered with the incredible publicity campaign full of track snippets (see Daft Punk…a decade without) and even a 30-sec looped promo teaser that even made its way around the internet and even radio for a week before being labelled for what it was.  This song continues to be incredibly catchy and just makes you want to do and sing along.  Just look, even Colbert is doing it!

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That right there is why people love it and that is why it won in the voter’s ears and why I believe it rightly deserves the top place of honor as 2013’s Song Of The Year!

A close second in my book was the Scottish trio CHVRCHES‘ incredibly catchy tune The Mother We Share.

Listening to this song, you are not only uplifted, but want to dance and sing along to the synthesized notes and vocal samples.  It’s an instant mood changer and the pixie-ish lead singer, Lauren Mayberry, you can’t help but smile at. And the funniest/ironic part? It’s actually a very lyrically melancholy song.  This was actually the goal of the group on the song, to make a song that, while lyrically sad, tricks you with a false feeling of empowerment and excitement built in the music.  It really is quite a feat, and one the Scots pull off very well.

Feel free to continue to enjoy the Spotify Playlist linked below and here is the complete list in order of the Audiophile’s top 51 tracks of 2013:

Playlist: The Audiophile: Top 51 Tracks of 2013

  1. Daft Punk – Get Lucky (feat. Pharell Williams)
  2. CHVRCHES – The Mother We Share
  3. Vampire Weekend – Step
  4. Bastille – Pompeii
  5. Arctic Monkeys – Do I Wanna Know?
  6. Haim – The Wire
  7. Local Natives – Heavy Feet
  8. SavagesShut Up
  9. Jake Bugg – Lightning Bolt
  10. NONONO – Pumpin Blood
  11. Bat For Lashes – All Your Gold
  12. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Sacrilege
  13. Foals – My Number
  14. London Grammar – Strong
  15. Classixx – Holding On
  16. Phosphorescent – Song For Zula
  17. Wild Cub – Thunder Clatter
  18. Lorde – Royals
  19. St. LuciaAll Eyes On You
  20. San Fermin – Sonsick
  21. The Head & The Heart – Shake
  22. The Knocks – Modern Hearts (feat. St. Lucia)
  23. Crystal Fighters – You & I
  24. RAC – Let Go (feat. Kele, MNDR)
  25. MS MR – Hurricane
  26. Paramore – Still Into You
  27. Phoenix – Trying To Be Cool
  28. Arcade FireAfterlife
  29. Cut CopyWe Are Explorers
  30. Jagwar MaCome Save Me
  31. Capital Cities – Safe and Sound
  32. Frank TurnerRecovery
  33. Steve Martin & Edie BrickellLove Has Come For You
  34. The 1975Chocolate
  35. Noah And The Whale – There Will Come A Time
  36. The Naked And Famous  Hearts Like Ours
  37. Small BlackNo Stranger
  38. Everything EverythingCough Cough
  39. Atlas Genius – Trojans
  40. Lord Huron – Time To Run
  41. James Blake – Retrograde
  42. Leagues – Spotlight
  43. Cage The ElephantCome A Little Closer
  44. Royal TeethWild
  45. RudimentalFeel The Love (feat. John Newman)
  46. The Limousines – Love Is A Dog From Hell
  47. Temples – Shelter Song
  48. Kings Of Leon – Supersoaker
  49. Cayucas – High School Lover
  50. Disclosure – Latch
  51. New Politics – Harlem

I look forward to everything to come in 2014 and hopefully our ears will have the pleasure to have just as competitive a list to determine next year!

Feel like I missed someone or left them off the list?  Let me know.  Discussion is always appreciated.

and don’t forget to follow on Facebook and on Twitter @AudiofileAkwitz at to get even more music updates that don’t make the posts.

Akwitz

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The Audiophile’s Voter’s Choice & Top 10 Albums of 2013


Musicheads,

The results are in and the voter’s choice winner for album of the year is…

  

It was a close race, but eventually the robots took the year for 2013’s Audiophile Voter’s Album of the Year.  Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories ended up running away with the vote in polling, with CHVRCHES‘ The Bones Of What You Believe coming in a close second.

It looks like the album was worth the hype in the listeners ears (albeit the best I’ve seen it do in other year-end polls is Top 10).  Personally, I couldn’t agree more with the selection.  The duo put together a uniquely interesting mysterious promo campaign which could not have worked better (see: Daft Punk…a decade without).  Although the duo took a much different approach to this album as compared to their previous albums, the Frenchmen put together a solid album filled with live instruments and working directly with both their musical inspirations (i.e. Giorgio Moroder, Paul Williams of Three Dog Night, Nile Rodgers of Chic) and contemporary artists such as Julian Casablancas, Panda Bear and Pharrell Williams.  A lot of critics were quick to write the duo off for this album because it didn’t adhere to the formula of their previous albums, and for that I wrote their opinion off.  This album is best heard on a hi-fi sound system to truly appreciate the richness of the instruments, especially the deep bass performances throughout the album.  The album is complex, and should not be written off as just a simple dance album.  With the vastly successful smash hit single Get Lucky and fellow radio singles Instant Crush and Doin’ it Right, the robots took over the music world from their release in May through the entire summer (until the Miley saga).  Where the singles are limited lyrically, other tracks on the album provide greater depth.  TouchFragments of Time and Contact are the counterpoint to the radio singles and provide far greater musical depth than one would expect from a dance album.  The album also wouldn’t be complete without a robot song, and this is where the combination of back-to-back tracks Beyond and Motherboard come in.  With Random Access Memoriesthe robots ironically did Give Life Back to Music.

All that is well and good, however the Audiophile’s personal choice for album of the year has to go with Vampire Weekend’s Modern Vampires Of The City.

I don’t mean to take away from Daft Punk, but Ezra Koenig and company truly put together the year’s best album.  Labelled by the band as the third and final piece of the “Vampire Weekend trilogy,” the group matured musically and lyrically on their 2013 album.  This album presents are much more diverse band from the Upper West Side of New York City, no longer relying solely on college-level references, the band found inspiration in religious practices and spirituality and tied them in with American cultural attitudes.  Bolstered by early radio singles Diane YoungYa Hey and Step the band took to the road to tour the new album with a new and varied repertoire.  These three singles could not be more different from each other.  Diane Young is a modulation-heavy rocking track with drum-and-bass-centric sound.  Meanwhile, Ya Hey is a Jewish-centric track lyrically, which had to have been inspired by Ezra’s upbringing (Koenig’s parents are Eastern European Jewish immigrants).   Step on the other hand, is the crown jewel of the album.  A lyrical masterpiece with brilliant writing and an incredible sound to it.  Step is a much slower, yet more iconic track which draws out feelings of nostalgia, awe, loneliness and inspiration all at once.  Paired with the simple lyric video shot with a black-and-white NYC backdrop, the font of emotions that can be drawn from this track are endless.

Apart from the singles, there are some other fantastic tracks on Modern Vampires that make it the year’s best album in my opinion.  Hannah Hunt is a terrific track about personal experience and worldly wisdom while travelling across America.  Everlasting Arms follows this up with a track about one’s own personal struggle questioning the relationship between a higher power and their life.  Unbelievers is another fun track, reminiscent of the band’s sound on earlier albums.  The final two tracks on the album Hudson and Young Lion are excellent album closers, dropping the tempo and adding ethereal backing tracks, while leaving you surprisingly optimistic as it drifts off into the musical abyss as the album comes to a close.

For more of the album, feel free to read my original review of the album written back at the album’s release: ‘New Music Tuesdays’ – ‘Who Gives a Fuck About an Oxford Comma’ Edition.

NEW: The Top 51 Albums have now been ranked in the order in terms of best of the year (in my opinion, of course).

I also want to pay particular attention to the list below, in particular to the Top 10.  Something I never thought I would ever say, but I put a Punk band in my top 10 this year.  Jehnny Beth and the girls of Savages truly put out a spectacular album in 2013, worth listening to by everyone (even non-Punk fans like myself!).  I also wanted to highlight the sizable number of British talents on this year’s best of.  Foals, Jake Bugg, CHVRCHES and Savages all hail from the UK and all put out deservedly great albums this year.  Another major theme of this year’s music releases was the predominance of the female lead.  Haim, CHRVCHES, Savages, MS MR, London Grammar, ParamoreBat For Lashes, Lorde, Laura MvulaYoung Galaxy and The Naked and Famous all predominantly feature a female lead singer (not to mention the other bands on this list that split vocals) and I for one, am excited about this upswing.

Spotify Playlist: The Audiophile: Top 51 Albums of 2013

Here is the Audiophile’s Top 51 albums (Ranked IN ORDER this time):

  1. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires Of The City
  2. Daft PunkRandom Access Memories
  3. CHVRCHESThe Bones Of What You Believe
  4. Haim – Days Are Gone
  5. Local Natives – Hummingbird
  6. Foals – Holy Fire
  7. SavagesSilence Yourself
  8. The Head & The Heart – Let’s Be Still
  9. Arcade Fire – Reflektor
  10. Jake Bugg – Jake Bugg
  11. Paramore  Paramore
  12. MS MR – Secondhand Rapture
  13. Blood Orange  Cupid Deluxe
  14. London Grammar – If You Wait
  15. Small Black – Limits Of Desire
  16. Steve Martin & Edie Brickell – Love Has Come For You
  17. David Bowie – The Next Day
  18. Phosphorescent  Muchacho
  19. Bat For Lashes – The Haunted Man
  20. Lorde – Pure Heroine
  21. Phoenix – Bankrupt!
  22. The 1975 – The 1975
  23. St. LuciaWhen The Night
  24. Charles BradleyVictim Of Love
  25. Laura Mvula – Sing To The Moon
  26. HoundmouthFrom The Hills Below The City
  27. Noah And The WhaleHeart Of Nowhere
  28. The Naked And Famous In Rolling Waves
  29. Grouplove – Spreading Rumours
  30. Bastille Bad Blood
  31. James BlakeOvergrown
  32. Everything Everything – Arc
  33. Cut CopyFree Your Mind
  34. Atlas GeniusWhen It Was Now
  35. Cayucas – Bigfoot
  36. Capital Cities In A Tidal Wave Of Mystery
  37. Majical Cloudz – Impersonator
  38. Frank TurnerTape Deck Heart
  39. Young GalaxyUltramarine
  40. Cage The ElephantMelophobia
  41. Royal TeethGlow
  42. Lord HuronLonesome Dreams
  43. ClassixxHanging Gardens
  44. Jagwar Ma – Howlin
  45. RudimentalHome
  46. Leagues – You Belong Here
  47. Dave Grohl & the Sound City Players – Sound City – Real to Real
  48. The Limousines – Hush
  49. Kings Of Leon – Mechanical Bull
  50. Los Campesinos! – No Blues
  51. Walk Off The Earth – R.E.V.O.

Did I miss someone or leave them off the list?  Let me know.  Discussion is always appreciated.

and don’t forget to follow on Facebook and on Twitter @AudiofileAkwitz at to get even more music updates that don’t make the posts.

Akwitz

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