Friday, January 6, 2012

Last Minute Coachella Wishlisting

The inevitable revelation the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival lineup became a matter of "sooner" rather than "later" on Wednesday, with an official confirmation of Azealia Banks. Following Azealia Banks' appearance on the festival's homepage were videos of AraabMuzik and Jimmy Cliff yesterday and today, respectively. Although an official release date for the lineup has yet to be announced, months of rumors, fan-made posters crafted with dubious levels of competence, and equally incompetent journalists spreading these fakes as gospel are expected to finally come to an end within the next couple weeks.

Because there has already been near-endless speculation for headliners, reunions, and the obvious critical darlings du jour, here are some videos of artists that have evaded rumor-mongering, but Simply Fuss Free would love to see featured as part of the big reveal.

Emmy the Great

What better way to continue the tradition of Coachella's Gobi tent showcasing female singer-songwriters from the UK than with a rare stateside appearance from Emmy the Great? On her latest album Virtue, Emma Lee-Moss' voice exudes vulnerability, but eviscerates lyrically, while the lush, church-evoking production and instrumentation paints a fairy tale-like setting for tales that run the gamut from heart-wrenching to tongue-in-cheek.

LA Font

Simply put, LA Font puts the rock back into indie rock. The Los Angeles-based quartet has struck a chord with tastemakers such as Buzzbands LA and Rawkblog is currently fundraising for their next album via Kickstarter.


Hailing from Japan, Nisennenmondai recently embarked on a long-awaited proper American tour in support of Battles, showcasing their hypnotic and alarmingly danceable mastery of repetition that blends post-punk and Krautrock.Unfortunately, despite the presence of Battles at both the Treasure Island and Moog festivals, this instrumental trio was not part of either lineup. Hopefully Coachella will pick up the ball that others dropped and host the American festival debut of Nisennenmondai.

Eric Prydz

Some attendees practically live in the Sahara tent during the entire weekend of Coachella, while others occasionally get an itching for some dancing. Why not scratch that itch with a live production that is officially titled EPIC? Could the two-story light and hologram extravaganza be adapted for a festival stage? Here's hoping.

Summer Camp

You probably heard them in Tyler, the Creator's mix of the same name. Since then, Summer Camp has released their long-awaited, produced-by-Pulp's-Steve-Mackey full-length debut Welcome to Condale, which set a new standard for nostalgia in the world of indie synth pop.

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