Friday, March 14, 2008

Aphex Twin Added to Coachella. Suck on That Bonnaroo!

As predicted, additions have been made to the lineup for the Coachella Music Festival. Analog synth God Richard D. James, more commonly referred to as Aphex Twin, has decided to come out of hibernation and join the fun in the Desert for his first US appearance in over 6 years.

Along with Goldfrapp (who was also added this week), Hot Chip, Simian Mobile Disco, Holy Fuck, Kraftwerk, Justice, Sasha & Digweed and Fatboy Slim, the addition of Aphex Twin makes this one of the strongest years in the festival's history for electronic acts. If you like your live music with tons of button pushing, knob twisting and laptops, then this edition of Coachella is a dream come true.

While Mr. James and Goldfrapp aren't enough a draw to cause a significant uptick in ticket sales, they do add an element of 'must see' appeal to the festival. Especially since James is notoriously so reclusive from live performances. Having him make a triumphant return to the US should go over well with the rabid message board users who request his presence on the lineup every year. Now, all Paul Tollett has to do is coax the even more reclusive Boards of Canada out of exile to cement his God-like status to the message board faithful.

I, for one, would be the first to organize a celebratory parade for Tollett if he could pull off such a feat, but I am realistic enough not to expect such fantasies. For now, Aphex Twin is more than enough to raise my level of excitement through the roof.

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