Anyone do the drive from Phoenix before? Our group is looking at flights and we are trying to avoid LAX at all costs. We have done the trip from LAX the last two years and the drive has topped 4 hours both times. Looks like Phoenix is about three and a half hours away...but I would rather be driving for 4 hours than be stuck on the interstate for 4 hours.
LA traffic is very finicky stuff. We left around noon last year and didn't have any issues getting out there. My advice, if you don't decide on landing somewhere else, try arranging an earlier LAX arrival time.
Quick note on Rodriguez, since this thread will very soon turn into tell me who I should see, he's a 70 year old folk singer who put out two albums 40 years ago. He didn't become famous until 20 years later, at which point I'm pretty sure he wasn't even still a musician. There's a pretty crazy story about how he became famous, and a documentary about it, but I don't recall the whole story. He still only has those two proper studio albums, and there are some really interesting songs on there. He's sort of the Mexican Cat Stevens, and had a really smooth voice 40 years ago. Who knows what he sounds like now, but he's also worth 15 minutes of your time at Coachella. He'll probably be the oldest dude there.
I pulled this from the Coachella board when I noticed there is a Rodriguez thread over there (only ten posts). It explains the story I didn't quite recall.
Definitely not his best song, but possibly his most memorable. It's a dive bar song.
Post by Friendly Destroyer on Jan 29, 2013 1:34:30 GMT -8
Okay, I'm starting to get really excited about the lineup now.
Friday: Blur (can't fucking wait!), Stone Roses (still not super pumped, but it will be a blast to get wild to "I am the Resurrection"), Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Grinderman, How to Destroy Angels, Four Tet, Sparks, Lee Scratch Perry (so stroked!), and hopefully I can catch some Youth Lagoon and Wolfgang
Saturday: New Order, Hot Chip, Moby (can't wait to get wild with Moby!!), Violent Femmes, Janelle Monae, The Wombats, REIGNWOLF, Pusha T, The Selector and hopefully a little Major Lazer and Richie Hawtin
Sunday: NICK CAVE AND THE BAD SEEDS(Oh my FUCK(!) yes! Most anticipated set of the weekend for me by far), Vampire Weekend, Wu-Tang Clan, La Roux, James Blake, Gaslight Anthem, OMD, Father John Misty, Jessie Ware, Thee Oh Sees (fucking finally!), Jeff the Brotherhood. Catching Dinosaur Jr. is always fun and hopefully a little Roni Size too.
Man, it went from "who the fuck do I even want to see that would make going all the way out there even worth it?" to "I'm not going to even be able to see all these amazing bands!!!!". Other than sniffing out OMD a little further, I haven't even started checking out the shit I don't even know. This is going to be awesome. Yeah!