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  1. Tuesday, April 21, 2015

    coachella is exhausting expensive eclectic electric 

    coachella 2015

    psychedelic nauseating uncomfortable unreal unnatural and absolutely beautiful

    you’ll see bands you’ve never seen before and’ll never see again even though you loved them

    you’ll pay $11 for a beer and tip $3 because the computer screen suggested it.

    it’ll be so warm you wont even need a flannel at 2am on your walk back to the traffic jam.

    but you will hit some out of the blue moments of clarity.

    inspirational insights.

    music should always be playing and at a festival it is.

    except when you need it most: on the long walk back to your ride.

    coachella should invite all of the best buskers to line the paths and sing songs to the kids

    songs of freedom.

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    the kittens play it tough during the week and keep their distance for the most part

    but if i leave for a few days they get super affectionate and downright clingy on my arrival.

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    i dont like drake but i did watch his performance at coachella

    it was inspiring because i saw my own failures in his and it was painful

    but it will help me be better at stuff which is good.

    one thing i learned was dress up when people pay you a wheelbarrow of money

    the other was always have a live band back you up when you can

    and the most important thing that jack white had that drake didnt was

    give the drummer some.

    this is hip hop, a descendant of r&b, which gave birth to rock.

    it is american music rooted in african american beats.

    the drums are everything.

    grateful dead was the whitest band ever and even they had two drummers

    drake is just not that interesting alone on a giant stage in the middle of the night

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    get your crew on that stage too

    and let them shine.

  2. Sunday, April 19, 2015

    my nose is sniffling from the dust 

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    but my soul is clear. there was a boat in the desert.

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    spent a lot of time in the craft beer tent because it was shady and had craft beer

    they had these double the power beers that had twice the alcohol

    but they only gave them to you in little cups.

    for the low price of $11.

    so i stuck to the regular sized cups.

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    my man paul, the secret weapon of the LA Times recently quit the paper for a start up.

    we ran into him at the grocery store on Thursday, turns out he’s renting a house near us

    so we said meet us at the craft beer tent at 4:20 and there he was with his bro and his friend.

    his bro wins for that beebs shirt

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    behind the craft beer tent is this run down bar. my guess is the polo club uses it but they pull up the carpet when they know we’re arriving. or maybe they never use it. seems run down, but homey.

    decided this should be a pop-up Denny’s next year.

    breakfast served all day

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    the best of the night was Jack White who shredded and stopped and preached and made everyone turn to their neighbor and say peace be with you.

    this was katie after it was all over.

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    best invention: the phone chargers all over coachella

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    last night we met some cool people from the LA Weekly, one of whom i’d met before, the famous hip hop writer Jeff Weiss.

    after i introduced myself  he was all, of course, tony pierce, i know you, ive read the busblog.

    made my night

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    last night’s ac/dc was super good. they played all their hits and a few new ones, never once acknowledging us. playing at us, basically.

    i was super curious what the kids who had never seen them thought, but watching their smiles as we went home told me my answer.

    as Jack White said last night, music is sacred

    it has been a joy to share that bounty with these kids in this magical desert.

  3. Thursday, April 16, 2015

    we’re back in palm desert 

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    these digs are so much better than my rancid air bnb from last week.

    in fact thats a sony xbr above the fireplace and a denon bose sound system

    we’re blasting nirvana through my bluetooth speaker because theres no mini to RCA cord

    design flaw

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    rarely do i get to drink because im ubering

    but this weekend im not driving.

    thus, say hi to my delicious friends

  4. Monday, April 13, 2015

    challenge accepted 

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    the more difficult things are, the better. it’s the only way to learn.

    last year i drove out to coachella weekend one and barely made $100. the place was swarming with uber drivers, all the most important roads were closed. i was staying in a beautiful house with cool people near the rock fest. and i went to sleep too early.

    and on top of it, i got there too late.

    so i left frustrated.

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    this year i got a decent hotel the first night out in the boonies, and the lowest priced air bnb near palm springs (and, yep, you get what you pay for) for the other few days.

    i was completely focused on driving.

    no distractions.

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    because of the law of murphy, when you’re set on that path

    obstacles will come out of the woodwork

    for the sole purpose in which to distract you.

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    there was a time when i woulda jumped at the shiny flashy fun thing

    but you know what else is fun?

    science.

    creating a hypothesis, trying new things through experimentation

    and seeing it through to a conclusion

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    one of my theories was that if you drove in the day and took a good nap around dinner time

    youd be able to drive until 5am, when most of the newbie drivers were sleeping.

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    that plan worked perfectly.

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    but because im human, i got cocky and thought i might give the picking up of the ppl at the show a shot

    and of course it didnt and i wasted three hours of what could have been a nice dinner followed by a peaceful sleep.

    lesson learned

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    my hands hurt the first two days but i lathered them in icy hot and paid attention to how i was holding the wheel.

    just thumbs after a while on11128209_10153201144753057_1036196505_n the long stretches of the 10 freeway going back and forth

    back and forth

    from palm springs to indio and back.

    risky because if i just went half way i could possibly have gotten more rides or more rides west with passengers,

    but this year the experiment was to be ok with driving back empty.

    be patient.

    trust the system.

    because my air bnb was nothing to write home about, i was out of the bed early

    just the right time to pick up the people who were off to brunch

    or on their way to pick up makeup or hot dogs

    or chokers

    or flowers.

    i was there to pick them up. i was there to soak in their energy

    i was there to listen as they told me about their globetrotting lives which even if they werent from LA always seemed to have a story about LA, like this young lady who had never been there before so went to Venice and Beverly Hills and drank at the Chateau

    and then met me

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    it was a long drive from indio to the ace hotel, pretty much the most westerly part of palm springs

    but that meant if you got someone, there was a good chance that they wanted to go to the most easterly part of the valley, coachella

    making for a $60 or more fare.

    something, even in the uber plus, i rarely would get.

    there was no uber plus at coachella, but that was fine, the rates were higher and the runs were longer. even if they just wanted to go halfway to pre-party it was still a bigger fare than youd get on a friday in one ride in LA

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    then on saturday night, my last night, i took a nap from 7pm to 11pm, way longer than you should they say, but i was so tired.

    i woke up groggy, dicked around on my phone for an hour and finally motivated.

    drove over to the ace and picked up a latino man with a british accent and two very hot black girls.

    i hoped they wanted to go to the neon carnival which had started at 11pm and went till 5am, and they did. a very long drive.

    i asked the ladies what kind of music they wanted to hear.

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    uh

    “hip hop!”

    ahhhh. old school or new school, i asked.

    new! they requested and i said, shade 45 and we were off.

    we talked about food, LA, how everything was behind gates in Palm Springs.

    it was a little difficult because the man was in the back with a very soft spoken woman

    and up front with me was the other woman who was less shy. or did the two in the back just want some alone time?

    it was hard to read.

    nearly an hour later we were there but the line to get in was long and the gentleman had received a text that the carnival was no longer fun.

    our plan was to pick up wristbands from them in the parking lot but the ladies were tired and just wanted to go back to palm springs. so we did. but first a stop at the del taco. and then to the AM/PM. and then back to their hotel where, to my surprise, he got the backseat girl’s number and asked me to drive him back to indio where his motel was.

    but first another stop at Del Taco because the fish tacos were so good.

    i knew the fare would be a record setter for me, so i bought the tacos for both of us.

    got to the bnb at 5am fully energized from breaking my record on such an interesting ride of mostly highway driving, packed my two bags, wrote a note on the fridge, and headed to LA.

    but first i pulled over about a half hour into the return, found a shady spot, and slept in the benz for the first time. for about three hours.

    right when it started to get hot.

  5. Friday, April 10, 2015

    if you get a chance to soak in the winds of coachella 

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    and top it off with a whirlpool of healing hot waters

    i recommend it.

    11139764_10153193402563057_236511085_nim in a town in desert springs halfway between the soulfulness of joshua tree and the inevitable peacefulness of palm springs

    its the west part of the coachella valley and a good half hour away from the campgrounds of the music fest

    tonight i will be closer to the action.

    but last night i was in it.

    what there was.

    two people told me the Culture Collide party was an empty room with people in it.

    they left before the band dressed like Chewbacca was about to rock

    these two ladies Periscoped in the back of my car.

    first time thats ever happened.

    they had lots of people watching and they’d say “helllo instabul!” “hi san paulo!”

    they even let me give a little shout out to the world when we arrived at the ace,

    their destination.

    i think Tumblr had a party there or something.

    were there dbags? oh yeah.

    you forget how many people live in san diego.

    but there were also grateful and weary travelers.

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    got to bed at 4am, my work alarm woke me up at 7am, threw the phone all the way to LA

    got back to sleep, woke up three hours later and called the front desk

    whens checkout time?

    nooon?

    omg.

    sat in the mineral water hot tub and was struck by the spirit

    so i said a little prayer.

  6. Thursday, April 9, 2015

    she said i feel like the desert just sucked all the bad LA 

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    and turned it into windy sand.

    wide parking spaces, pigeons, and artificial grass.

    they got charlie parker is playing over the PA trying to be classy

    but it’s too loud, too forced.

    we get it.

    vacation.

    theres very little to find bad about kids laughing splashing in the pool

    they do this concert this time of year because it’s not yet super hot

    but its nice enough to take your shirt off.

    this place is like going to your grandmas house.

    everything is just so.

    nothings just so in hollywood

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    im feeling terrific. the music sounds good.

    days off.

    and i get to drive.

    my wrists hurt, i smell like icy hot. i bought giant bananas

    obscenely

    and the struggle will be between having time to chill

    and grinding.

    the rates are higher out here and the blocks are longer.

    theres a kfc within walking distance of this poolside recliner.

    im so glad im here.

    im so lucky.

    so

  7. Tuesday, January 6, 2015

    my first concert was jackson five, my second was ac/dc back in black 

    coachella 2015 starring ac/dc

    i remind myself of that whenever im sad.

    or i look at pictures of girls ive kissed.

    thus im hardly sad for very long bc the Lord has been watching over me for ever.

    today he whispered in the ear of my favorite music festival and voila AC/DC is the headliner and so many bands i really like will be there too.

    namely Jack White, Bad Religion, Jenny Lewis, Belle and Sebastian, Florence and the Machine, The Reverend Horton Heat, Royal Blood, Yelle, St. Vincent, Desaparecidos, Off! and Chicano Batman.

    ive tried super hard to get into The Weeknd, Flyting Lotus, and Ryan Adams, so who knows maybe something magical will happen.

    ive also tried SUPER DOOPER HARD to get my long long friend Chris to rent out the house we had last year for 10 days so we wont have to worry about getting a pad but slackers gonna slack i guess, whatevs.

    heres my plan: weekend 1 im gonna Uber day and night and make that money. if i have to, i’ll sleep on Andy’s couch, if they will have me, like i did last year. except this time i will get there on Thurs 4/9 and Uber the kids everywhere. ive learned how to do it. it’s hard but not impossible.

    i will rest a lot, poolside. i will be topless.

    i should probably lose some weight before i go.

    oh boy.

  8. Monday, June 23, 2014

    the three best things i saw at coachella 

    2014 is half over which makes me wanna look back and give thanks

    to the killer things ive gotten to see so far.

    one thing i didnt expect to be as fun as it was was coachella.

    i thought it would be too hot, and that id get too tired and the music would blow

    but no it was great and miss lana del rey was a desert oasis

    she opened her set with the provocative Cola which spilled out into the front row

    tasty

    the replacements were the main reason i was there and Paul hurt his back

    so they pulled out a couch for him to lay on

    and life pulled out Billie Joe Armstrong from Green Day to play with them

    on pretty much every song. he even sang I’m In Trouble while Paul lounged.

    typical unpredictable Replacements action for 75 minutes.

    arcade fire played so long coachella shut their mics off

    but that didnt stop them from being awesome

    they did one little acoustic victory lap around so everyone knew what to sing

    as they all went on their long journeys to their cars in the parking lot

  9. Friday, April 18, 2014

    brought toothpaste and white socks and swim trunks 

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    and the sweetest cambridge audio iphone speaker box thats now discontinued and slippers and sunglasses

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    and fruits and vegetables and whole grain coffee and crystals and dream catchers and external battery packs

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    and golf clubs to go with our free in-garage golf cart and a point n shoot camera and its battery charger

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    and iphone 5 lightning cables and tshirts and hoodies and lotion and blood pressure pills a kite and a scarf

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    but i forgot pajama bottoms, vodka, and google chrome

  10. Thursday, April 17, 2014

    Standing in line at will call at Coachella 

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    Chris and I drove out tonight instead of tomorrow mostly bc I had to get my ticket from will call. Tomorrow.

    But while we were at the gate of the condo they wouldn’t let us in because we are on the list for tomorrow not today. Chris knows we are paying for tonight but bc it was last minute the company prob didn’t put us on the list.

    So he said can you let us in at midnight? Technically that’s tomorrow. She said yes.

    I noticed will call was open till 2. So we drove over. I stood in line for 5 minutes while blogging this. And now I’m registering my wristband.

    This is exactly how Jimi Hendrix imagined.