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Los Angeles based duo Poolside have been producing the “Daytime Disco” vibes since early 2010. Consisting of Filip Nikolic and Jeffrey Paradis, Poolside take their name seriously, with Pitchfork describing their first album, “Pacific Standard Time”, as having a “tempo and temperament that call to mind images of a palatial California, where the water is as clear as the sun is bright and the slow drip of time is inconsequential.”
Following the release of “Pacific Standard Time” last year, Poolside have found fans in LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy, (who continues to make their cover of Neil Young’s “Harvest Moon” a staple of his DJ sets), and are now the golden boys of California disco.
Next month, the boys of Poolside will be stopping by the Electric Owl in Vancouver with Jay Arner and it’s sure to make you forget that summer is officially over. It all goes down on Friday, September 6th and tickets are now available via Ticketweb, and in person at Red Cat and Zulu Records. For more information visit the Facebook event page.
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.
posted by @estabanbelchere
Photos by Scotty Hoopes