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Coachella Day Two: Junk In The Trunk

Junkie Junkie XL was perfectly comfortable wearing a thick brown leather coat in the blazing sun yesterday at Empire Polo Field. "I would turn into a lobster," the Dutch DJ said. "So it's either that or wear the jacket."

The blistering heat obviously doesn't deter the Coachella vet (he played in 2005) from returning. "What makes this festival special is that there's music, but there's also art and people love that," he said. "It reminds me a lot of the hippie festivals where people go for the experience." Indeed, Junkie XL's early-evening Sahara tent experience was one hour of him mixing pulsating rhythms that whipped the kids into a frenzy. All done, of course, in his brown leather jacket.

Some random musings from day two of Coachella:

* M.I.A. had half the Sahara tent on stage with her at one point and then said she wouldn't continue unless they turned the lights down (after she had first told them to turn up the lights).

* Mark Ronson brought out the Charlatans' Tim Burgess to sing "The Only One I Know" -- no surprise there since he's done it before. Kelly Osbourne sang backup on "Stop Me," with Klaxons' Jamie Reynolds chipping in on vocals as well.

* Waiting for Prince to come on, who would draw the biggest cheers in the VIP section but none other than David Hasselhoff, greeted like a king and smiling as dozens of cell phones and cameras lined his path snapping shots of him.

April 27, 2008 in Coachella | Permalink


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