Coachella Preview


Alright, hold on to your butt’s… this one’s gonna be massive. Trust me the irony is not lost on me that we’re 2 months into 07 and we’re still counting down our top ten of 06. I’m just not gonna make lame excuses or do any finger pointing in regards to that. Anyway…

Every now and then I get reminded of just how far outside the realm of mainstream music I operate in. As I’ve stated before I maybe turn on a radio once every six months and I don’t watch too much TV or read the same music rags that most other people do. Of course if you talk to me for more than ten minutes in real life chances are within that frame of time you’ll come to realize how much of a music geek I really am. I just tend to find my music through alternative sources (making me the epitome of how we define “Alternakid” around these parts). Last nights list of Grammy winners was another bizarre reality check for me.

When discussing this years Coachella line-up with a few people I was surprised at how unfamiliar they were with a lot of the acts who are playing this year. In my world these guys have been all the rage over the past year or so. Many with highly acclaimed albums released recently or with highly anticipated releases for ’07. Of course when I’m really into a certain band I usually end up doing enough research that my perspective gets skewed as to how much coverage they’re actually getting in the grand scheme of things. But that’s all neither here nor there. The point is I feel like I need to introduce some of these people to the faithful tribe of you who check this space regularly.

This post is mostly comprised of tracks that I and the other Alternakids had on hand already (save for a handful that I grabbed from my daily blog perusal and a special search for “Gogol Bordello” because they can’t be explained unless you hear them), and I tried to put a few gems in to surprise longtime fans as well as introduce those who are completely unfamiliar. For that reason I can’t guarantee that the tracks I’ve provided are the best overall repesentation of each group, but they’re the ones that I thought you all would appreciate the most.

I’ve listed all the tracks individually and I didn’t provide a zip file, so you can pick and choose what you want to keep, but if you want to save time and just grab it all for later, refer to my helpful hint’s post for how to grab everything with a single click.

I’d love to provide commentary for each track, but chances are I’ll be doing individual posts for a lot of these guys at some point or another anyway, so if you have any specific questions then just post a comment and I’ll write a reply there.

So without any further ado Here’s about 5 1/2 hours of music (25 minutes of which is one SY track alone) for you to rock out to on your road trip to Indio. Drop me a line and I’ll meet up with you there.

Coachella Lineup

Edit: Tracks are now after the break


Brother Ali – Back Stage Pacin’

Busdriver – The Troglodyte Wins

Amy Winehouse – Rehab

Silversun Pickups – Comeback Kid


Circa Survive – In Fear and Faith

Gogol Bordello – Start Wearing Purple

El-P – Everything Must Go

Tokyo Police Club – Nature Of The Experiment

We Are Scientist – This Scene Is Dead (cancelled due to recording schedule)

Damien Jr. Gong Marley (feat. Stephen Marley) – All Night

Rufus Wainwright – Grey Gardens

Felix Da Housecat – What Does It Feel Like

Peaches – AA XXX

Brazilian Girls – Don’t Stop

Peeping Tom (feat. Rahzel & Dan The Automator) – Mojo

DJ Shadow – Giving Up The Ghost (Original Version)

Faithless – Don’t Leave

Sonic Youth – The Diamond Sea (The Destroyed Room Extended Mix)

Jarvis Cocker – Don’t Let Him Waste Your Time

Arctic Monkeys – I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor

The Jesus and Mary Chain – Good For My Soul

Interpol – Specialist

Björk – Jòga

Girl Talk – Smash Your Head

Pharoahe Monch – Simon Says

Justice – Phantom (Part 1)

Sparklehorse – Sick Of Goodbyes

VNV Nation – Beloved

Peter Bjorn and John – Young Folks

Ghostface Killah – Ghost Showers

Ozomatli – Coming Up – Cumbia De Los Muertos

MSTRKRFT – She’s Good For Business

Hot Chip – Over and Over

Regina Spektor – On The Radio

!!! – Hello? Is This Thing On?

The Black Keys – Brooklyn Bound

The New Pornographers – Sing Me Spanish Techno

Blonde Redhead – Falling Man

LCD Soundsystem – Sound of Silver

The Rapture – Whoo! Alright – Yeah…Uh Huh

Gotan Project – Paris, Texas

Kings of Leon – Molly’s Chamber

Travis – Love Will Come Through

The Good, The Bad and The Queen – History Song

The Decemberists – The Crane Wife 3

Tiesto – Adagio For Strings

The Arcade Fire – Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)


Red Hot Chili Peppers – Knock Me Down

The Coup – Takin’ These

Grizzly Bear – On A Neck

Mando Diao – All My Senses

Lupe Fiasco – The Instrumental

Teddybears (feat. Mad Cobra) – Cobrastyle

Tapes ‘N Tapes – The Iliad

Klaxons – Magick

Cansei De Ser Sexy – Music Is My Hot Hot Sex

The Kooks – She Moves In Her Own Way

Junior Boys – Like A Child

Ratatat – Gettysburg

Against Me! – Don’t Lose Touch

Rodrigo y Gabriela – Diablo Rojo (live on the Tonight Show)

Spank Rock (feat. Pase Rock) – Lindsay Lohan’s Revenge

Jose Gonzalez – Crosses

Lily Allen – Knock ‘Em Out

Soulwax – Krack

Placebo – You Don’t Care About Us

Kaiser Chiefs – Everyday I Love You Less and Less

Crowded House – Don’t Dream It’s Over

The Roots – Essaywhuman?!!!??!

Paul Van Dyk – For An Angel

Willie Nelson – On The Road Again

Air – Redhead Girl

Rage Against The Machine – Maria


It took forever to load up all these traks as it is, so I’d be insane to try and go through and post individual album graphics and links. In lieu of that I say you should support these artist by just grabbing a ticket to the show and meeting me there.







I know I’ve grabbed some of these tracks from other blogs over the past few months, but I really couldn’t tell you what came from where. If you see something “exclusive” you know I snagged from your site and want additional credit just let me know and I’ll give it where it’s due (chances are you’re already on our blogroll if I read you regularly) .



10 Responses to “Coachella Preview”

  1. nueve Says:

    holy fuck, that’s a shitton of music.

    now check this shit out.!

    it’s a DAMN good thing we got our tickets when we did.


  2. nueve Says:

    yeah, that URL is supposta inlcude the exclamation mark.

    try this.


  3. David Schatanoff, Jr. Says:

    any complaints about slow page viewing times with that much info on at one time? It took a little while to load on the PC… Mac burned through it though… weird.

    – d

  4. Nicky Says:

    This is absolute nuts, man. I was thinking I was going to do to the same on my blog, but I should seriously just link to here. Totally nuts. And I’m forever indebted to you. See you in Indio!

  5. doctashock Says:

    Looks like we’re gonna have to do a seperate post with those “Explosions in the Sky” tracks. I’m really hesitant to add anymore to this than I already have.

    Nicky – Thanks for the love. I’m glad I can finally subscribe to the RSS feed on your new site, I’ve been missing out since you moved. Shoot me a message sometime closer to April and I’ll make sure to keep an eye out for you when we get there.

    David – I sent out a warning that the site would probably be a little slow to load considering the vast scale of this post, but so far the only comments I’ve recieved about it are “that was worth the download time”

    Nueve – You goddamn skippy. We couldn’t have timed that out any better if we had known ahead of time. I just hope some of the other people we were planning to hang with got theirs too.

  6. bm4n Says:

    I have been making a list of artists to torrent so that I will no which shows I wanna get to because I only reckognize a handful of artists on the lineup, thanks! I would also like to do something like this on my site but I’ve been so blown away by Matisyahu that when I do post its gotta be him…Oh and your “helpful hints” link just goes to your blog again.


  7. doctashock Says:

    That helpful hints link should be fixed now.

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  9. Geoffrey Bell Says:

    You are amazing, and I am sure you have made my Coachella experience much better. Thank you!

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