Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Chris Alfaro is a busy man. Between being one of the 3 owners of (my favorite bar/restaurant) Santa Ana's The Crosby and being the genius behind Free The Robots, I'm not sure how he's got time to do anything else.
I got a chance to interview Alfaro on music, life and the Crosby.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
For those of you not attending Coachella, have no fear. You can still have a weekend of music and art.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Paul McCartney will headline the festival Friday. The former Beatle will be playing classic hits as well as newer material. Morrissey, formerly of The Smiths, will also perform for the first time at Coachella. Other interesting acts include music mash up king Girl Talk, who takes hundreds of music samples and creates new songs from the pieces. Folk artist and half of the musical duo She & Him, M. Ward will be performing his indie-folk rock music in support of his 2009 album Hold Time. The Crystal Method will be performing a DJ set, kicking off their first live tour in five years.
The Killers are scheduled to be Saturday’s headliners. Amy Winehouse was originally slated to perform as well, but had to cancel after being unable to obtain a work Visa following an assault charge. Sri Lankan electronic/hip hop artist MIA was added to replace Winehouse. Brooklyn’s TV On The Radio will perform their diverse, jazz and soul inspired electronic alternative rock. Beatle George Harrison’s son, Dhani Harrison, will be performing with his rock band Thenewno2.
80s gothic, new wave rock band The Cure, headed by Robert Smith, will headline Coachella’s last night on Sunday. Chicago’s hip hop artist Lupe Fiasco will perform his music, which is influenced by his Islamic religion, skateboarding and robots. Antony Hegarty will perform intimate, soulful music fronting Antony & the Johnsons. Garage Rock band Murder City Devils will play after breaking up in 2003 and reuniting recently to play the Henry Fonda Theater in Los Angeles February. Legendary 80s political hip hop group Public Enemy, including Flava Flav, is scheduled to perform. Paul Weller, formerly singer of English punk band The Jam, will perform his solo material.
Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival will be held at the Indio Polo Fields in Indio, Calif., from April 17 to April 19. Day passes are sold out, but three day passes are available online through Ticketmaster for $269.
Monday, April 6, 2009
UPDATE: I was able to reach DJ Squeak E Clean for a mini-interview.
Coast Report: Why did you and DJ Zegon decide to make this album?
Squeak E. Clean: We met at a friend's party in the Hills and started talking about what type of music we enjoyed and realized we had many of the same influences. Old Brazilian funk records, hip hop, movie soundtracks, etc. Literally, the next day we were making beats together at my studio in LA. We didn't know what we wanted to do with them right away until we did "Strange Enough" with ODB, Karen O, and Fatlip. It is a somewhat strange combining of people and we realized that it would be amazing to be people together from different backgrounds, cultures, and styles and see what type of material that could create.
Coast Report: How did you manage to get so many collaborators on board with this
album? Was it difficult to get some of the people (David Byrne, Kanye, Method Man, etc?)
Squeak E. Clean: We put together a huge list of all the artists we would ever want to work with and put it up on the board and then we just started trying to figure out how we could get a hold of them to send them a letter basically stating what we were trying to do with the project, where we thought they might fit in, and hoped for the best.
As far as choosing who went on which song, it was a fairly organic process, in which we would come up with ideas for the theme of the song and try to take people who have very different backgrounds and skill sets and hoped we could bring them together in a way that played off of this and in a way that would have a very unique end result.
Coast Report: What can we expect to see at a live show?
Squeak E. Clean: 4 turntables + 3 mixers + videos that we control + our very own intergalactic dance crew = Best party in the universe!!!