2012 Coachella Line-up is finally here! Actually it’s here a little earlier than usual this year. The first glaring problem with the line-up is the same problem everyone has had for the last 5 years. NO DAFT PUNK! I’m sure they’ll return one year, but this ain’t it. The most pleasant ‘surprise’ is Dre & Snoop headlining Sunday. I predicted that a few years ago and it’s good to see my pick finally coming to fruition. Other great things include Feist (finally at Coachella), La Roux, Frank Ocean, The Weeknd (who’s incredibly high up on the poster), as well as the usual greats; Radiohead, Afrojack, Justice, Black Keys, and Noel G. of Oasis.
I have to talk about two acts separately because it is a very big deal that they are coming to Coachella. First off I am very hyped to see Mazzy Star back together and playing a big show. Lead singer Hope Sandoval is one of the best vocalists to come out of the 90s. If you’re not familiar with them their sound is like Portishead without the Electronica. Their standout track, one of my favorite songs EVER, is “Fade Into You.” Secondly I HAVE to talk about Jacques Lu Cont‘s well over due visit to America. I have been a huge Jacques Lu Cont/Thin White Duke fan for over 7 years, and have not even heard a rumor of him coming to LA. Now he finally is coming to play the epic dance tent of Coachella. Couldn’t ask for a better venue. Check out his remixes of Gwen Stefani’s “What You Waiting For?”, Juliet’s “Avalon” and one of my favorite dance tracks to get that late night party going, Royksopp’s “What Else is There”. Solid, diverse Coachella line-up.