Coachella 2013, by the numbers:
Bands seen (all or part of set): 29
Beers consumed: 2
Slices of Spicy Pie consumed: 3
Extremely high women who left kind words in my notebook: 1
Sunburns: 0 (suck it, desert!)
Preview articles: 2
Festival recaps: 3
Festival features: 1
Word count: 5,392
Coachella 2013, Superlatives:
Ranking art is hard.
How am I supposed to compare the Japandroids album to Frank Ocean's? “Lincoln” to “Beasts of the Southern Wild”? The gastropub fare of The Parish to the newly-relocated Mo-Chica?
There are enough top 10 of 2012 lists floating around the Internet for me to make a top 10 list of top 10 lists, so instead I'm going to take all semblances of objectivity out of it. This is not the “best of” 2012. This is the stuff that wouldn't leave my CD player, that made me smile, that made me think or just made me, as an aspiring artist, ridiculously jealous. Here are my favorites for 2012:
Over the course of the last 18 months, I've filed more than 1,000 stories for MSN Postbox about Los Angeles and the surrounding environs. I've written about a Mexican wrestling/burlesque hybrid, a spaghetti taco and a stage show called “Negros on Ice.” I used the word gastropub somewhere north of 4.3 million times, and I've had an Old Fashioned at nearly every new bar to open in the county during that time span. I've even covered Los Angeles Fashion Week (which high school classmates and ex-girlfriends alike must find hilarious).
I've loved every minute of it.
As of Sept. 1, the site has changed direction, heading away from individual city experts (like myself) and toward … something else. So, for ease of my own reference, here's a compilation of some of my favorite writing and photography for the site:
Best Coast may be the ultimate end-of-summer band. The duo's fuzzy take on power-pop seems fully a product of Betheny Cosentino and Bobb Bruno's L.A. upbringing; it takes only one listen to pick out the sounds of the Beach Boys, Jan and Dean and other heroes of surf rock's past. Tracks like “Do You Love Me Like You Used To”” and “Sun Was High (So Was I)” are the aural equivalent of an Instagram sepia filter, both modern and nostalgic at once.