Coachella 2014 Overview

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Coachella 2014 Overview

I was displeased with the lineup when it was released and, if it wasn’t for the Replacements, I’d might not have gone. What a mistake that would have been. This was one of the best of my ten years going to Coachella.

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Attending Coachella… something only trust fund babies can afford to do? What’s it really cost?

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Attending Coachella… something only trust fund babies can afford to do? What’s it really cost?

I’m a ten year Coachella vet now, and this year did nothing to change me from a mega-cheerleader of the festival. Yes, it is an expensive decision you have to save for, but it’s not as expensive as you think. What, wait? I thought the Daily Beast detailed a hedonistic hell for trust fund babies?

Well now, about that.

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Coachella 2014 Day Three Field Report 04-13-14

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Coachella 2014 Day Three Field Report 04-13-14

Sunday started off with a bang (Bo Ningen) and rolled along, slowly building to a pretty tremendous finish. It was quite a day, with a broad range of emotions, including rage and sadness. More after the jump.

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Coachella 2014 Day Two Field Report 04-12-14

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Coachella 2014 Day Two Field Report 04-12-14

Yesterday was a Coachella day for the ages. I went at it for over 13 hours and never fatigued. Might have hit a new record for “great” performances on a single day. More after the jump.

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Coachella 2014 Day One Field Report 04-11-1

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Coachella 2014 Day One Field Report 04-11-1

Yesterday was supposed to offer the worst weather of the weekend, but partial cloud cover and a consistent breeze made for just lovely festival weather. It was a good day for me; I barely saw a set I didn’t care for. Also, the crowd is kinda nice! They moved the Do Lab to the back of the festival grounds, near the Sahara and Yuma Tents, and as a result a particular personality quotient has been sequestered far away from my festival stomping trails. Bliss.

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Welcome to Coachella 2014

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Welcome to Coachella 2014

April is here. The bros have cheated their last college paper for the week. Los Angeles is experiencing a shortage in dresses, both sun and Native American head variety. Tents and tank tops are sold out everywhere. Watch out Coachella, here comes a regular.

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Chummer Magazine Post-Mortem

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Chummer Magazine Post-Mortem

I’ve just completed my first Kickstarted project. It wasn’t funded. Disappointing, but I still found the experience wickedly valuable. Everyone should run a Kickstarter once. The naval gazing bellow is offered to you to learn from our mistakes.

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Chummer Magazine

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Chummer Magazine

So, Chummer Magazine is a project I am involved with. It’s been very exciting. We’re trying to publish a digest of bizarro, new weird, and strange short fiction and gaming. It’s going to be such a cool thing if we can pull it off.

Big if.

Here’s the official site and the Kickstarter. Would love your $10.

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Turbo Lightning – “Faster Than Light”

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Turbo Lightning – “Faster Than Light”

My biggest band obsession so far in 2014 has been Turbo Lightning. Their creative pedigree is strong; Dana Poblete (Batwings Catwings) sings and Jeff Byron (The Mae Shi, and also BWCW now) plays guitar. Turbo Lighting sounds like a weirdo’s anthemic rock, but under a slight dreampop influence. Poblete sings with introspection, phasing between vulnerability and empowerment. I love blasting this record driving through LA mid-day with my car windows down. It’s recorded for sunshine conditions.

But you don’t have to take my word for it.

You can try-and-buy the Faster than Light EP here. My favorite track changes every day. I think I’ve settled on “Crimson Vision”. It’s a love song. Writing a good love song that sounds fresh, sincere, and true is no small thing. I’m told a full-length is in the works.

Turbo Lightning just released a music video for the single, named same as the EP.

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What I’d Have Said to Shia, #IAMSORRY

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What I’d Have Said to Shia, #IAMSORRY

I was excited when I heard of Shia Labeouf’s goofy self-serving performance art amateur hour, because when news of his egregious plagiarism broke, I fantasized about sitting him down and explaining why what he’d done was so wrong. I frequently indulged this fantasy, in fact. More than I want to admit. And now I had my chance to live-out the fantasy! I already knew what I wanted to say to him.

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