Coachella 2012 Line Up Analysis: Who’s In, Who’s Out And What’s What

by (@kat_george)

We’ve been plagued with all sort of thoughts since the official 2012 Coachella lineup was unveiled last night. Mostly, we’ve just been wetting our pants with excitement (which isn’t doing much for our social lives), but between all the puppy dog-like urination we’ve been able to take some time to reflect on the line up — what we like and what we’re not so fond of, and how it all fits together with the 2011-12 music landscape.

Coachella 2012: Now Starring Every Buzz Band From 2011…
If it buzzed in 2011, you’ll find it on a stage at Coachella 2012: Girls, Yuck, EMA, Kendrick Lamar, SBTRKT, Azealia Banka, A$AP Rocky, tUnE-YarDs, Childish Gambino, The Weeknd, Wild Flag, Real Estate, Gotye, Wild Beasts, Gardens & Villas etc. Oh and FRANK OCEAN FRANK OCEAN FRANK OCEAN FRANK OCEAN FRANK OCEAN FRANK OCEAN FRANK OCEAN FRANK OCEAN FRANK OCEAN FRANK OCEAN FRANK OCEAN FRANK OCEAN FRANK OCEAN FRANK OCEAN FRANK OCEAN FRANK OCEAN.

… But Where’s Lana Del Rey?
Noticeably missing from the lineup is THE buzz artist of 2011, Lana Del Rey. We’re assuming this would have been a conscious choice on the part of either Coachella organizers or Lana’s team, but given that her debut album, Born To Die, is about to drop it doesn’t seem likely that Lana Del Rey would pass up the opportunity to promote it at Coachella, which leaves us wondering why her name isn’t on that poster.

Our You Oughta Know Friends
We called these ones in 2011, and now some of our favorite You Oughta Know artists are set to tear up Coachella which only makes us swell with pride. Our You Oughta Know friends in the lineup include Dawes, Ximena Sarinana, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, and Fitz and the Tantrums.

The Comeback Kids
This year’s Coachella lineup has a few huge names who have been flying under the radar for the past few years. Some, like The Rapture, The Horrors and Noel Gallagher (with his High Flying Birds) made their comebacks in 2011, while others like Cat Power and the Arctic Monkeys are set for a resurgence in 2012. Not to mention The Shins, who have just released their first song since their last album five years ago.

The “No Sh*t, Finally!” Additions
There are a few artists on the line up that we’re pleased to finally see acknowledged by the Coachella Gods, but over which we’re baffled at the delayed response to. These include M83, Feist, Miike Snow and Metronomy.

Justin Vernon Gets His Own Set
Lat year Justin Vernon attended Coachella on the arm of Kanye West to perform tracks off My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. He also played with his band Gayngs and accompanied The National on stage, but this year Justin Vernon will be Bon Iver, the sensational hit that had everyone playing “Holocene” on repeat in 2011.

The Most Obvious Addition
Florence + the Machine was such an obvious addition to this year’s lineup we almost cruised passed the title on the poster without a second thought. With the hyped release of Ceremonials and what seemed like a never ending slew of television appearances, Florence + the Machine saturated airwaves for the better part of 2011. We’re hoping that Flo gets to play at sunset — we’re not sure the band’s sweeping, grand sounds will resound the way they should in a sprawling, outdoor atmosphere unless the mood is just right.

A Trend In Headliners
The headliners seem too follow the same formula as 2011 with a rock band playing the first night (The Black Keys this year/Kings Of Leon last year), a seminal, cross over, epic sort of band the second night (Radiohead/Arcade Fire) and a hip hop act on the last night (Dre. and Snoop/Kanye West). We’re not complaining; but it seems the heated debate over hip hop stars headlining traditionally rock concerts is over and the hip hop headliner is here to stay.

Just. Stop it. This is too much. Our brains are going to explode. We love Radiohead!

Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg
Yeah our brains are about to hit the computer screen and destroy our offices with blood and guts. Headliners don’t get much better than this, and considering we thought Dr. Dre was on hiatus, this is an unexpected but warmly welcomed surprise. Can anyone say “Happy Anniversary, The Chronic!”

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