Weekend one of Coachella 2013 is complete — one of great success for those who long for the good old days. While the kids in SoCal bemoaned the influx of old British dudes in this year’s lineup, it was a victory lap for the artists who paved the way for anything resembling “indie” today.
The highlight of the weekend, and this post, was the triumphant stateside return of Blur. With Graham and Damon reunited and 25 years worth of material to pull from, the Britpop kings were at the height of their powers. From opener “Girls and Boys” to closer “The Universal” they touched on almost all of their many incarnations and threw down the gauntlet for the rest of the weekend’s headliners. Watch the full set:
Arguably more important, but certainly not as well-oiled, was the reunion of The Stone Roses. Incredible that this ever happened — the Roses in a headlining slot at an American festival after years of John and Ian refusing to even speak to each other. Unfortunately, this isn’t a full set but you can check out an extended jam of “Fool’s Gold” plus “Made Of Stone” and “This Is The One”:
Perhaps the most talked about item from the weekend, besides the Daft Punk trailer, was the guest appearance from R. Kelly during the Phoenix set. The French band are in full promo mode for next week’s release of Bankrupt!, and the buzz from this unlikely pairing will definitely help. Enjoy the full set:
A few more full sets worth your attention… the return of onetime indie darlings Franz Ferdinand, a blistering math rock set from Oxford’s Foals, and the jangle of Northern Ireland’s Two Door Cinema Club:
Of course New Order and Johnny Marr, who have teamed up for some gigs around the two weekends of Coachella, are the most influential of the old guard infiltrating Indio. Unfortunately, haven’t been able to track down full sets but you can get the flavor with clips of “The Perfect Kiss”, “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out” and “Sun And Moon”:
This Friday they’ll do it all again, but no webcast for weekend two. I want to go to there.