Zzzz…sorry, what should I care about again?: Coachella 2010

Coachella Music & Arts Festival

As a new year dawns, so comes the rush to be excited over the cavalcade of music festivals that will bring us dreaming of summer. Per usual, the behemoth of indie music festivals, Coachella, released this week their 2010 lineup, with headlining spots going to Jay-Z….Muse….and Gorillaz. Wait, is this the same music festival that brought the world the long awaited My Bloody Valentine reunion? Kraftwerk? Cocteau Twins?

Now, don’t get me wrong, there is still TONS to get excited for. Following suit with tradition, Coachella has a long awaited reunion show in Pavement, let’s just forget the fact that this reunion was announced last year. On the flip side, it seems Coachella is continuing a new tradition of bringing on acts that don’t quite follow their history of being on the cutting edge of bringing fresh acts to a large stage, be it last years Paul McCartney headline, Roger Waters and Prince of previous, with this years being Radiohead tribute band British superstars Muse to headline the second night.

Yet, there are some aspects of this years festival that do hold true to the festivals roots (snark free assessment, promise). From the long list of smaller, indie darlings (the xx, Florence and the Machine, Little Dragon, and Elitist Scum approved Little Boots) to the first US show of the recently hell frozen over reunion of Faith No More, and even Public Image Limited.

It still must be said that what makes a festival is the headliners, and it seems year after year what was once the music festival of record, has fallen to the likes to SXSW and Bonnaroo, favoring big name closers that don’t entirely follow the format of the rest of the festival, in order to sell tickets. Which then, hey, business is business, and who knows, maybe next years Ticketmasterchella 2011 will be an even better year, with the evenings closer Miley Cyrus really bringing the house down.


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BBC Sound of 2010: Ellie Goulding

Last week the BBC released their yearly tastemaker “Sound Of…” list, giving a little publicity and exposure to new talent expected to get big in the coming year, with everyone’s favorite folk/electronica artist, Ellie Goulding taking the top spot this year, joining the likes of last years winner Little Boots and Adele who took the spot in 2008. The list is chosen by over 100 of Britain’s top music critics, broadcasters and industry insiders, who each select 3 rising artists or bands for the following year. Current and previous years nominees have included Marina and The Diamonds, Florence and The Machine, La Roux, Lady Gaga and Passion Pit.

This announcement comes after a rather fruitful few weeks for Goulding, winning the Brit Awards Critics’ Choice prize in early December, an appearance on the Times of London’s top ten acts of 2010 list, as well as a performance on the popular UK music talk show “Later…with Jools Holland” and a mini tour around the UK with last years Sound Of… winner, Little Boots.

Full disclosure time, I’ve been on the Ellie Goulding train for months now, and to finally see her get the push and success that she is receiving right now is fantastic. Granted, these lists don’t make stars overnight, or stars at all, and sometimes the BBC list just gets it wrong (yes, Little Boots has been having a stellar career this past year, but the fact she topped dance music behemoth Lady Gaga goes to show sometimes critics don’t know what the hell they are talking about).

I also have hopes this gives her the proper support to mature as an artist, her lyrics need some definite work, but I think this wave of pop artists that actually write their own lyrics and compose their own music and don’t feel the need to just jump on the sex sells bandwagon is something the industry desperately needs more and more of. Robyn hit it out of the park the last couple of years with her self titled record, so it seems an audience is here, hopefully to stay.

Ellie’s first single “Under The Sheets” (Neon Gold Records) received rather modest success for being released off a tiny tiny blog-centered label, reaching number 53 on the UK Singles Chart. And with the upcoming release of her debut album “Lights” (Polydor) coming in March with the first single off, “Starry Eyed” coming in late February, we won’t have to wait too long to see what success may come for the girl.

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