Well, I'm just back from a fun trip to the desert to RAWK at Coachella. I can't believe I'm 35 years old and I totally have an injury from being crushed into the barriers by the 30,000 people trying to get closer to the stage. I've seen the newest incarnation of Nine Inch Nails in the flesh, and can confirm that Trent Reznor has a lot of muscles, his trusty band of hired hands knows how to play "Head Like A Hole," and "Head Like A Hole" still kicks ass. Despite that, I am eager for him to drop the baggage and play the new songs, because I'm not sure all the old angst packs the same punch if he's going to work looking like a really short 40 year-old linebacker, or if he's going to smile the entire time he's trying to emo it up with "Hurt". Also, the new songs are freaking fantastic, and seriously, his entire vibe has totally changed.
So, that's my vote, ok, Trent?
Also totally bitchin' at Coachella? Bauhaus. I thought it would be a sad episode of dusting off the old codgers and rolling 'em out for one last trip down gothic nostalgia lane, but they kicked ass. Peter Murphy took the stage suspended by his feet with his hands crossed over his chest and performed the entirity of "Bela Lugosi Is Dead" upside down, thereby bringing the goth hardcore. They totally killed on all the hits - "In The Flat Field", "The Passion of Lovers", "She's in Parties", "God in an Alcove" - and were really just a very tight, straight-up rock band, but with Peter Murphy vogue-ing his ass off. As he was leaving, he tossed "Now you can say you were there" huffily over his shoulder like he had just delivered the second coming of the Christ child. AWESOME.
In other news, Weezer and Coldplay are boring, New Order is awesome, Gand of Four needs to hang it up, STAT, Perry Farrell has excellent fashion, I saw Justin Timberlake, and M83 is kickass.
Also, I saw loads of total geeks for the Rez, including the inexplicable pair pictured below. Click the image for my photo essay: