It’s that time again… Coachella 2011 Survival Guide

It’s the most wonderful time of the yeaarrr….almost. Coachella season is OFFICIALLY here and so is my annual Chellz Survival Guide (find last year’s here). I am ready for the heat, the pain, the crowds, the over priced booze, and ready to try and face my fear of porta potties (fingers crossed). I am also ready to find Unicorn Girl again, DON’T LET ME DOWN LADY. Now that I am a well-seasoned veteran (hahah yeah right) I feel it only fair to pass on some pearls of wisdom for the Summer music festival goer this year. Things like:

1. Remember to pre-party. Unless you enjoy paying $9 for a fuckin Heineken or $10 for the sweetest margarita you will ever guzzle down (which leaves you with little more than a sugar high and a sticky mouth), sneaking booze in or keeping a steady supply of libations in your car or campsite is ardently suggested.

2. Don’t forget a sweater/hip cardigan and sunblock. The desert gets real cold at night y’all, a mistake I learned firsthand at our first Chella night as I practically froze my romper-clad bum off. And unless you are all blessed with the bronzed goddess-like tan I so easily acquire upon standing in the sun for 2.5 seconds, you’re gonna want to protect yourself from some tomato red tinged pain and shame.

3. Hydrate. Don’t forget to drink water! Excessive sun exposure + inevitable children almost overdosing on ecstasy should probably lead me to change this to #1 but I am, of course, too lazy to hit backspace in this bitch.

4. Baby Wipes. I don’t think this one needs any further explanation.

5. Set up a rendezvous point for you and your fraaands. You will have limited to pretty much zero cell reception so when you do break away from your group always have a meeting spot and check in times so you’re not left all alone, like a creep. This lone state will lead to super freaky lurkers or free love hippies trying to recruit you into their masses. Remain vigilant.

Anyways onto the good stuff and the only reason you have subjected yourself to my ramblings. Here is my compilation of the artists I am most excited about seeing this weekend. Hard, Sophie’s Choice-esque decisions will have to be made to fit in the maximal amount of musical goodness, I fear.


Tracklist after cut —>

Red Socks Pugie –   Foals
Fire Eye’d Boy   – Broken Social Scene
When I’m Small  –  Phantogram
Between Us and Them –  Moving Units
Rebellion (Lies)  –  Arcade Fire
Romantic Rights  –  Death From Above 1979
The Island (Steve Angello, AN21, & Max Vangeli Remix)  –  Pendulum
Big Jet Plane  –  Angus & Julia Stone
I Go Hard, I Go Home  –  The Presets
Monster (feat. JAY-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj & Bon Iver)  –  Kanye West
Crazy For You –   Best Coast
Maybes (James Blake Remix)  –  Mount Kimbie
I Cant Wait –   Twin Shadow
Jeffer  –  Boys Noize
Fancy Footwork  –   Chromeo
Undercover Martyn  –  Two Door Cinema Club
Triceratops (Cfcf Rmx)  –  Health
Life Magazine  –  Cold Cave
Take Over Control (Featuring Eva Simons)  –  Afrojack
Creep (Radiohead Cover)  –  Scala & Kolacny Brothers
Viento  –  Caifanes
Road To Joy  –  Bright Eyes
Crips  –  Ratatat
I Am Not A Robot  –  Marina & The Diamonds
Black Panther  –  Crystal Castles
Stella Was a Diver and She Was Always Down  –  Interpol
Star Guitar  –  The Chemical Brothers
Collector –   Here We Go Magic
Standing On The Shore  –   Empire of the Sun
Black History Month  –  Death From Above 1979
Sandwitches  –  Tyler, The Creator And Hodgy Beats (OFWGKTA)
You Only Live Once  –  The Strokes
Home  –  Glasser
Indestructible (Laidback Luke Club Mix)  –  Robyn
Still Blazin –   Wiz Khalifa
Alter Ego  –  Tame Impala
Where Damage Isn’t Already Done –  The Radio Dept.
Undertow –   Warpaint
Fuck You  –  Cee-Lo Green
Put Your Hands Up For Detroit  –  Fedde Le Grand
Big Wave  –  Jenny & Johnny
Dancing On My Own  –  Robyn
Excuses  –  The Morning Benders
Alala  –  CSS
Youth Blood (12th Planet & Flinch Remix)  –  Jinder
Hospital Beds  –  Cold War Kids
Aquarium  –  Nosaj Thing
Let’s Go Surfing  –   The Drums
Summertime Clothes  –  Animal Collective
Fake Empire  –  The National
Je Veux te Voir  –  Yelle
Boyz (The Twelves Remix)  –  M.I.A.
Slats Slats Slats –   Skrillex
Black Balloon  –  The Kills
Doo Wop (That Thing)  –  Lauryn Hill
Help I’m Alive (the Twelves Remix)  –  Metric
Tighten Up –   The Black Keys
Stay Close  –  Delorean
Hearts On Fire –   Cut /// Copy
Through The Roof ‘n’ Underground  –  Gogol Bordello
For Kate I Wait  –  Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti
Young Adult Friction –   The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart
Barbra Streisand –   Duck Sauce
Go Outside  –  Cults

Enjoy and see you in the desert bbz



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