Thursday, April 25, 2013

Dead Can Dance, Dinosaur Jr. and Red Hot Chili Peppers at Coachella

Dead Can Dance

Dead Can Dance released their latest album, Anastasis last year. What an amazing album! I had the chance to see them at the Gibson Amphitheater last year and it remains one of the most amazing shows of my life. I just found out yesterday that they are closing down that amphitheater after 40 years to build a new ride for Universal. It's sad. I will have fond memories of that night Dead Can Dance were there. Their sets are always amazing. This one relies pretty heavily on songs from their latest album, but they still play some old songs. Check it out:
1. Children of the Sun
2. Agape
3. Amnesia
4. Nierika
5. Kiko
6. Black Sun
7. Sanvean
8. The Ubiquitous Mr. Lovegrove

Dinosaur Jr.

Dinosaur Jr might as well be called Dinosaur St at this point. It was very strange to see J Mascis with a full head of grey hair, but it was still suiting for them considering their age. It showed how far they had come. They were one of the main highlights at Coachella. They even played a song from their first cassette, back in the early 80s. It was a tight set and it was nice to see an 80s band still have it. They also played some stuff from the 90s when Lou Barlow wasn't in the band (Out There, Feel the Pain). A great set!
1. The Lung
2. Watch the Corners
3. Rude
4. Out There
5. Feel The Pain
6. The Wagon
7. Training Ground” (Deep Wound)
8. Start Choppin 9. Freak Scene
10. Sludgefeast

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Another great show I saw last year was the Red Hot Chili Peppers at Staples Center. The Hall of Fame group closed Sunday's set with a very long setlist. They played songs from almost all their albums and were tight as ever. Check out the video
  1. Monarchy of Roses
  2. Dani California
  3. Otherside
  4. Look Around
    (Stone Cold Bush Intro Tease)
  5. Can't Stop
    (Extended Intro)
  6. Snow ((Hey Oh))
  7. The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie
  8. Tell Me Baby
    (Beast of Burden by The Rolling Stones tease before intro)
  9. Parallel Universe
  10. Under the Bridge
    (Funky Crime Tease)
  11. Ethiopia
  12. Higher Ground
  13. Californication
  14. By the Way
  15. Encore:
  16. Chad & Mauro & Josh Jam
  17. Around the World
  18. Give It Away 

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Live at Coachella, Social Distortion, Nick Cave, Violent Femmes, New Order, Johnny Marr

Coachella is an annual music festival held in Indio, California which brings together bands of all genres to one place. Previous headliners have included Nine Inch Nails, Morrissey, Love and Rockets, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Cure, and Rage Against the Machine. This year's lineup featured an array of bands from new wave, to punk, to hiphop, to EDM, to indie rock, and so on. Here are some of the best sets this year. I will add more as I find them.

Social Distortion

Social D brings their familiar sound to the Indio stage. They started the set with their 1996 radio single, I Was Wrong and closed the set with their classic cover of Johnny Cash's Ring of Fire. They even played a song  (Machine Gun Blues) off their most recent album, 2011's Fast Times and Nursery Rhymes. Here is the setlist:

1. “I Was Wrong”
2. “Reach for the Sky”
3. “Gimme the Sweet and Lowdown”
4. “Story of My Life”
5. “Machine Gun Blues”
6. “Mommy’s Little Monster”
7. “California (Hustle and Flow)”
8. “Highway 101″
9. “Ring of Fire”

Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds

Nick Cave was doing double duty at Coachella, with his other band, Grinderman doing a set on Saturday. He performed a few songs off his most recent album, Push the Sky Away, along with old favorites such as Stagger Lee, and from Her To Eternity. Here is the complete setlist and complete video:

1. “Jubilee Street”
2. “From Her to Eternity”
3. “Red Right Hand”
4. “Deanna”
5. “Jack the Ripper”
6. “Stagger Lee”
7. “The Mercy Seat”
8. “Push the Sky Away”

Violent Femmes
The 1980s were huge for alternative music, and you could not avoid the classic Violent Femmes hit, Blister in the Sun. That song was off their 1983 debut selftitled album. The Violent Femmes have not played in over 5 years, but reunited at Coachella where they played their entire debut album in its entirety. Check out the setlist and video here:

1. “Blister in the Sun”
2. “Kiss Off”
3. “Please Do Not Go”
4. “Add It Up”
5. “Confessions”
6. “Prove My Love”
7. “Promise”
8. “To the Kill”
9. “Gone Daddy Gone”
20. “Good Feeling”
21. “Gimme the Car”
22. “I Held Her in My Arms”
23. “American Music”

New Order

The band played an amazing set. I could not find a complete video but I did find 2 songclips of opener, Crystal, and their most amazing song, The Perfect Kiss
The Perfect Kiss:

Johnny Marr

There were rumors of there finally being a Smiths reunion at Coachella, sadly it was not to be, but Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr did a set promoting his new album and did a cover of the Smiths classic, There is A Light That Never Goes Out and also performing the Jam classic with singer Paul Weller, Town Called Malice.

There Is A Light That Never Goes Out:
Johhny Marr with Paul Weller (The Jam) - Town Called Malice