Mojave Tent; Coachella Festival 16th April 2017

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.WAV (16 Bit) > Adobe Audition CC 2021 (normalize/amplify/tracking) > Trader's Little Helper > FLAC (Level 8)

Length : 91.04

01. Intro
02. Singularity
03. Regret
04. Your Silent Face
05. Tutti Frutti
06. Bizarre Love Triangle
07. Waiting for the Sirens' Call
08. Plastic
09. The Perfect Kiss
10. True Faith
11. Blue Monday
12. Temptation
13. (encore break)
14. Decades (Joy Division cover)
15. Love Will Tear Us Apart (Joy Division cover)


First thing you must know about this recording, is that it was recorded with the gain switch on my recorder set to "high". Of course, NORMALLY, you want this set to "low", especially at a live and loud concert, because setting it to "high" will make the mics/unit extra sensitive and in the case of really loud music, basically record it a very high overloaded or "clipped" level. I generally run down my recording list of making sure the battery life is good, making sure the mic connection is good, making sure the level wheel is set properly, making sure the gain switch is set to low, then hitting the record button TWICE (once to engage it, second time to confirm it) and then setting the hold option, to avoid any accidental button presses. That's the list of checks I do EVERY TIME I record a set, except well, this night. Remember, back on my Radiohead recording from a couple days prior, I told you that there was some bad juju in the air? Well it didn't disappear Friday night, it followed me to Sunday night and messed up not only my Hans Zimmer recording, but this here recording of New Order too. Or so I thought. After I realized my mistake and got home and saw the files were severely clipped, I left the .wav file untouched and forgot about it, for literally years, up until now. I went back and decided to give it a listen on my system and then worked in Audition using the "declipper" tool to fix some of the overloaded audio. The result? Not bad at all honestly. Not perfect, but nothing is. A regular fan just wanting to relive that night, I can't see how you'd be disappointed here. I could have done better, but something IS better than nothing.

As for that night and the show. Forget whatever everyone at the main stage, seeing Kendrick Lamar, were doing, because the true headliners of Sunday night were in fact New Order. Ever since the lineup had been announced I had been hoping New Order would be given another late night Mojave Tent set, rather than a slot on the main stage or Outdoor Theatre. And when set times were announced, not only were they closing the Mojave Tent like I had hoped, but they were given a full 90 minute set, not some shitty 50 minute set (like back in 2005, my first Coachella). Talk shit about Goldenvoice if you want, but this night, they did things right regarding New Order.

Was this setlist as good as their 2013 Weekend 1 set? No, but you can't really go wrong when they're gonna end with a back-to-back-to-back-to-back banger of "The Perfect Kiss", "True Faith", "Blue Monday" and "Temptation", followed by a Joy Division encore. If you complain about that, then you're fucking bonkers. I had a lot of fun here this night. Got my usual spot in front of the soundboard on the rail dead center, and just hoped things wouldn't fly by too fast...

I met up with the same friend, from the Radiohead show and much to my enjoyment and happniess, we ended the festival together seeing New Order. I really couldn't have asked for anything better, literally, there's nothing more that night I would have wanted. If I had known at that time, that that night would be the last time I got to see her in person, up until present day and counting, well I would have stayed up all night hanging out at camp, walking the grounds and taking in all the super late (or super early) nightlife of Coachella one last time with her. But we had to split ways on our way back to our campsites and such is life. We both, for whatever reason, couldn't remember the name of the Joy Division song that New Order opened the encore with, and it was driving us crazy after the show after we walked back. Well after I got back to my tent, depressed that this beautiful weekend was coming to a close, she texted me "Decades!" and that made me smile :)