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I interviewed LA’s Lincoln Jesser last year. (When we hung out, I got him to sing me some classic Coldplay, the same song he used to win over a high school girlfriend.) Lincoln messaged me the other day with link to his new single, “Time Will Tell.” He’s back and this time he’s working with a new vocalist Samuel Jacob. Take a listen.
And here’s the link to our hilarious chat.
I interviewed LA’s Lincoln Jesser last year. (When we hung out, I got him to sing me some classic Coldplay, the same song he used to win over a high school girlfriend.) Lincoln messaged me the other day with link to his new single, “Baby Boy.” He’s back and this time he’s working with his good friend and talented singer Yuna. Take a listen. He’s upped his production game since his first record, Modern Color.
And here’s the link to our hilarious chat.
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Lincoln Jesser led me inside Mansions on the Moon‘s luxury tour van so that we’d have a quiet place to do this interview. (You can hear the keys jingling in his hands as we talk.) The fact that he was using the headliner act’s van for his interview was fitting. (Lincoln Jesser was the opening act.) Lincoln has mastered that cool but cocky little brother vibe.
Lincoln Jesser is a indie synth pop music producer and performer who has been slowly building a fanbase thru word of mouth. His debut record, Modern Colors, has two of my favorite tracks from last year “Untold” and “Wicked Son.”
Which Coldplay track did Lincoln sing to get his first kiss from his high school girlfriend? What did touring the world with his best friend Yuna mean to him? What was it like growing up in the desert town where legendary music festival Coachella is held every year? How did Lincoln get out of trouble when his mom caught him smoking pot? Listen to our chat!
Tracks played on the show…
1) Lincoln Jesser, Modern Color (2014) “Untold” (mp3)
2) Lincoln Jesser, Modern Color (2014) “Wicked Son” (mp3)
3) Lincoln Jesser, Modern Color (2014) “Something Right”
4) Yuna, Yuna (2012) “Lullabies” (background)
5) Lincoln Jesser, Golden single (2014) “Golden”
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I remember the day I was asked to go on the S.S. Coachella and was given a synopsis of what I would be in for. “It’s gonna be like the Coachella festival, but like, on a boat.” Well I do like Coachella, I’ve been to four of the festivals held in the desert valley east of Los Angeles… and ya, I like boats too I guess. I haven’t really ever been on a cruise but let’s give it a shot.
So yes, the creators of Coachella decided to take a page from Weezer Cruise, and commandeer a cruise ship that runs from Fort Lauderdale, to the Caribbean on a three day voyage. On this ship you can do any of the frivolous things one might like to do on a cruise; pass out in the sun, get drunk, hop in a pool, eat a lot of buffet food, order room service, and gamble. Where the S.S. Coachella wanders off this path is during the night, you might see some of the best actively touring bands performing on a gently rocking theater stage.
The best part of seeing shows on this boat was the intimacy factor. There were maybe 1500 people on board and the two venues on board were not all that spacious. If you wanted to be up close and personal with an artist it was not difficult. In fact, I found myself in the buffet line-up with Grimes, on a patio with members of Hot Chip, and squashed in an elevator with Jarvis Cocker of Pulp. You literally are partying with the bands, and they really don’t have a choice but to hang out with the fans if they want to leave their VIP cabins to do anything.
The performances were overall stellar. I don’t really think I saw a sub-par performance by anyone although James Murphy’s DJ set was somewhat anti-climactic. They put him on in the big theater where he was nestled behind his decks in the very corner of the stage and he had everyone come on to the stage to dance. This turned into a smooshed pack of fans, all trying to instagram Murphy, and no one really dancing. I personally would have put James down at the DJ booth beside the pool on the top deck. Besides that there were some definite highlights.
Father John Misty might be the most memorable performer of the voyage. This guy is a serious rising star. He was once the drummer for Fleet Foxes, and has released one of the absolute best albums of 2012 “Fear Fun” under the banner of reinvisioned country and gospel music. His album is fragile and beautiful but his live set with a full band is full on rock n roll. Misty’s got wicked pipes and a hell of stage persona, as he jaunts around the stage like an actual mad pastor from late night television.
Pulp was given the big name in bold on the event poster. Mostly because of their legacy, and they live up to it well. Jarvis Cocker is one of the most charismatic frontman of any pop band still kicking it, and he can still kick it like any of his younger competitors.
Grimes was hypnotic and electrifying as ever, and now sports a duo of dancing voodoo ladies to help give her show a lot more dynamics. Watching her set on the top deck in the middle of the night in the Bermuda Triangle is an experience no one will forget any time soon.
Hot Chip was highlight of the cruise. They came on the last night, and played a synth-heavy, floor pounding dance party. Over and Over had just about every person in the theater rocking the boat.
To wrap this up I think the most important question I should answer would be, is the S.S. Coachella anything like the real festival?
No, not really at all. It’s a completely supernatural experience but you can’t recreate what happens at that festival on a luxury cruise ship. Coachella Music Festival is special because of where it takes place. People from just about all over the world come and camp in the middle of the desert for three days for the unique experience. The S.S. Coachella is attended by a much more finite group of people, the lineup of artists is smaller and more specific, and no matter what, you’re not in the desert, you’re on a fancy-ass boat. I’m pretty sure I would never go on a cruise if it didn’t have a bunch of bands I wanted to see because I’m not that type of person. Don’t get me wrong, the cruise was a fantastic and unforgettable, but this is not a substitute for the real festival. Go to the real thing and camp in the 35 degree heat with everyone, stay the full three days, and if you feel like you would have prefered to have stayed in a hotel the whole time, then maybe the cruise is just what you need.
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Photos by Scotty Hoopes
Still recovering from Coachella.
Highlights were hanging out with new friends, Major Lazer and this band that I discovered at a vice after party in a dodgy strip bar called Cougars.
They have an album coming out on Sub Pop May 11th. Check it owt.
02 All Things That Way by subpop
03 Your Contact by subpop
04 Weird Feelings by subpop
05 Franklin by subpop
06 Crooked Scene by subpop
07 TUFF by subpop
08 Nothing Remains by subpop
09 Nothing Used To Hurt by subpop
10 Pirate Key by subpop
11 Paradise Vendors by subpop
12 Pumpkin by subpop
13 Worst to Come (featuring Vivian G by subpop
big ups, Box8 YOF, Humans and Graham for the hospitality and memoriez.