I just came home from a week in La Quinta California. My good friends Ryan and Brian traveled with me to see the Coachella Music & Arts festival. Two days of music where surrounded by several days of video games, high-fat foods, Makers Mark and a whole lot of inactivity. The vacation had been planned for several months – which ultimately took place at a perfect time. Just before leaving for my trip, I was hired as a user experience designer (on contract) at Microsoft. My new job starts next Monday (the 8th of May). The gods were on my side for this one – allowing me to take the trip just before starting what will probably be one of the most intense jobs I’ve had to date.
Back to the show – the festival included some of the best names in music. Artists attending included: Depeche Mode, Daft Punk, Franz Ferdinand, Bloc Party, Madonna, Common, Kanye West, Seu Jorge, Pheonix, stellastarr*, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Tosca, Lady Sovereign, Massive Attack, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and many more (see the full lineup). We didn’t get to see everything we wanted due to overlap and timing, but of the bands we did see, several were very good. Daft Punk, in particular, was one of my favorites. Not only did their robot costumes make me happy, but their stage – which was completely covered in lights – was one of the best I’d ever seen. I took some video with my digital still camera – I’ll try to post it soon.