The fable goes that many many years ago Coachella was actually a cool underground event. Basically a bunch of LA hipsters would haul generators into the desert and spend a weekend making a whole lotta racket. But no original idea can escape the clutches of exploitation for long. In a reality short amount of time the mellow camping hootenanny metamorphosed into an ultra-commercial-corporate-friendly-$99-a-day-ticket monster festival that it's known for today. Last Friday's lineup announcement was somewhat of a shocker. It appears that someone behind the scenes made a conscious effort to make 2009 the year to win back some indie credibility. Sure, there are some major insiders performing (it doesn't get any bigger than Sir Paul McCartney), but there's also some major head scratchers like: Throbbing Gristle, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti & Superchunk. Fucking Superchunk! Not to mention a handful of Revolver bands will be playing this year. Lets hope the experiment works. The complete lineup can be found here.
Revolver bands scheduled to play Coachella 2009:
Drop The Lime
Hercules And Love Affair