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If I Were At Coachella

15 Apr

Another year. Another Coachella. While some of you are enjoying the brutal sun and sweat, I’m typing this from an air-conditioned Starbucks at an undisclosed location. I couldn’t possibly list all the bands at Coachella that I’d like to see this year, but here’s a sampling:

Chase and Status

Ellie Goulding

Plan B

Yelle

Empire of the Sun

Crystal Castles

Coachella 2012 better not disappoint me. By that time I’ll have a ton of money saved (and possibly a hotel with a pool!).  That is, unless a wedding or some breaking news comes up. Enjoy it you Coachellans!

Uffie’s back? Yay?

11 Mar

In the time before I entered university, when predatory loans were abundant and the trifecta of Bush, Cheney, and Condoleezza ruled the land, I thought this artist would blow away the music world:

Her name? Uffie.

Don’t quite remember her? I don’t blame you, so here’s a few blurbs about her.

An American living in Paris, she’s an electropop artist signed to Ed Banger Records. Her songs were the reason I got into electropop. I was looking forward to a full album where she would pioneer this repetitive, funky beats that resonated from Paris’s electro scene.

Months passed, then years. Now it’s 2010, Obama’s in charge and Paris is boring. But…her album is FINALLY coming out (at least that’s what Ed Banger said). It’s titled Sex Dreams and Denim Jeans. Interesting.

The problem with albums taking years and years to produce is the ever changing taste of music. If she had produced her album in the time frame that Ed Banger promised, which was in 2006-2007, the electropop scene would probably be a lot different.

However, her album couldn’t have come at the worst time. Electropop is booming, but while she should have set her foot years ago, Ke$ha, who’s musical style sounds eerily like Uffie, is on top while Uffie is…well…not quite there.

Though the album hasn’t been released yet, a couple of videos have been made for songs like “Pop the Glock.” However, the videos seem like Uffie never left the pretentious world of 2006 while the rest of the world has moved on.

They say that “good things come to those who wait.” However, I feel this may not be the case. It may be too late for Uffie unless her album has amazing tracks, which I haven’t heard yet. The singles released for the new album have been stuff I’ve heard before.

But thanks to her absence, electropop and the like have been blessed with artists/groups like Crystal Castles, Little Boots and Ellie Goulding, who have far better name recognition.