Here's Björk, being herself, in the phenomenal costume she wore on Friday night at Coachella. As you'll see if you click the link above, she came out for "Earth Intruders" looking like a character from Star Wars, but quickly stripped to reveal this skull bodice/multicolor hula skirt combo. Her backing band of female singers/horn players wore colored robes and similar alien markings on their foreheads, looking like the chicks in Logan's Run, or valley girls who got hold of too much neon sunscreen.
Björk sang the most rocking songs from her new album Volta (including "Wanderlust" and "Innocence"- I think...the one with an "Unh!" as a beat, the heaviest song she's made in years), and the rest was Greatest Hits territory. Fine for the diehards in the crowd, yours truly included, who pushed as close to the front as possible once Interpol ended. "Fucking Björk fans," somebody complained while going the other way in the clusterfuck. The thing is, most people seemed to be at Coachella this year to see Rage Against the Machine. I met men from NOVA SCOTIA who had traveled specifically for Rage, and when "Killing in the Name Of" came on while waiting for the Icelandic diva, the crowd reaction made me fear for the limbs of those in the pit during the real deal.
Other revelations? The crowd was a little too young to be appropriately crazed for the Jesus and Mary Chain, but was definitely not too indie-centric to lose their shit for Benny Benassi in the DJ tent. There was a lot more electronic music than I would've thought, and the crowd seemed open-minded going back and forth. The fire pod from Bumbershoot made a dazzling appearance, along with the mega-huge Tesla coils and other Burning Man-type art. Interpol was aight, ditto the Artic Monkeys. A slice of pizza cost $6.
And check it out, we still have The Most Beautiful Venue for a festival right here in this lil corner of the world. Coachella was easy to navigate and full of friendly folk, but for a sunset setting, nothing beats the Gorge. And luckily you can catch Björk (and some other bands) there during Sasquatch on May 26th!