I don’t know about you, but over the weekend my social media feeds were flooded with perfectly filtered images from Coachella 2014. From celebrities to cousins to friends-of-friends, it seemed like everyone was at the Southern California music festival. I had a bit of FOMO for approximately thirty seconds, before I reminded myself that I was going to a different music festival and despite being a music freak, I don’t have to go to every single music festival in the world to be fulfilled (although it would be nice).
This weekend, Coachella weekend 2 will happen, and social media will be filled with flower crowns once more. However, I once again will not be participating in the fanfare. No, during these two weekends in April I like to participate in something I like to call “Couchella.” Never heard of Couchella? Well then you obviously don’t follow me on twitter. Couchella is choice because couches are more comfortable than the ground in the desert. And it still involves music and not showering (the two best parts of music festivals.) Now, if you want a truly authentic Couchella experience, then you should sit down and watch the Coachella livestream, which can be found on Youtube. But if you are totally over watching shoddy livestreams, I have some other musical recommendations for you. The most important thing about Couchella? You have to take a lot of selfies. Instagram the pizza you order with fervor. Go forth and don’t leave your apartment for days. Flower crowns and pants are optional (another great thing about Couchella, you don’t have to wear pants.) Perhaps Couchella isn’t quite enough for you. Take it one step further by participating in Cowchella. It’s Couchella but you eat cheeseburgers all weekend.
So, here are some viewing ideas for your Couchella weekend. Oh and guess what? They are all on Netflix (except for one of them, sorry.) You’re welcome.
Shut Up and Play the Hits
In April 2011, LCD Soundsystem played their last ever show at Madison Square Garden. It was a very calculated goodbye that was documented in the form of a documentary and show DVD called Shut Up and Play the Hits. I have seen Shut Up ad Play the Hits three times, and I still cry every time I watch it.
The Punk Singer
A documentary about Kathleen Hanna, The Punk Singer chronicles the life of the Bikini Kill front woman. Hanna was a formative figure in the riot grrrl movement, and is known for being a feminist. The film came out in 2013 and uses archival footage and interviews to tell Hanna’s story.
The only one on this list that isn’t on Netflix, but come on, it is 2014 you know where to find things. I mentioned Control a while back when I wrote about Joy Division as a part of my “College Essentials” series. This is a must see for any Joy Division fan. Or really any music fan in general.
There Are No Innocent Bystanders
There are a few powerfully influential indie rock bands of the early 2000s. The Strokes are one of those bands, but another much short lived band, is The Libertines. The Libertines career was fast, filled with turmoil and powerful. This documentary covers their reunion in 2010. I would still pay embarrassing amounts of money to see The Libertines live just once.
Rock ‘n’ Roll High School
All I wanted in high school was to be like Riff Randell. However, my life is not a Ramones movie-musical, so that did not happen for me. Rock ‘n’ Roll High School is campy. The Ramones can’t act. But it is hilarious and a must see. Especially if you were one of those people who ever owned a Ramones t-shirt from Urban Outfitters. (I’m looking at you, girls in my Sophomore year gym class.)
What will you watch during Couchella?
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