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Coachella House Day 2 – The Shins, The Hives, Miike Snow, Oberhofer, Death Grips

All weekend long we’ll be webcasting live from the KROQ Coachella House. Get the schedule and watch the webcast here.

Nestled in a private oasis just blocks away from the festival grounds lies the KROQ Coachella House – complete with pool, BBQ, beautiful women and some pretty huge bands.


Because of the introspective nature of his lyrics, James Mercer of indie rock band The Shins might seem a little reticent to open up, but he’s actually a sweet, normal dude who was a military brat, wrote some of his first love songs–about his wife–for the Shins’ new album, Port of Morrow, and can’t cook.

Except mussels.

“You know what I actually know how to do is an Italian mussel dish,” Mercer explained to KROQ’s Stryker. “I’ll cook you mussels. The secret thing about mussels is that they’re really easy. You put them in something hot ’til they open and they’re done.”

When asked what he did since the last record, Mercer said, “I did a band called Broken Bells with Danger Mouse and had kids.”

“I acted in a friend’s movie. I did all kinds of strange things,” Mercer continued. “I played this loser guy. Basically me before I had the Shins happening. I didn’t have to act much. It was kind of my life. Shopping in thrift shops and having odd jobs

The Matt McCormick-directed movie also features musician Carrie Brownstein and is called Somedays Are Better Than Others and is available on DVD.


Swedish rock band, the Hives, are one of those bands where everything is black and white. Right down to their perfectly pressed tuxedos on stage that juxtapose their cocksure, audacious stage presence. Frontman Pelle Almqvist preened and prodded the audience, high kicked, jumped off stage twice ensuing the audience into a near riot.

Most people remember the Hives form their 2000 hit, “Hate To Say I Told You So,” but the band is due to release a new album called Lex Hives on June 5th on their own label, Disque Hives. The band told KROQ’s Stryker that they spend three years touring and two years making an album since the release of their 2007 album The Black And White Album. They’ve also worked with Timbaland and their “very good friend” Josh Homme.

When asked why it took so long, Almqvist said, “It’s pretty fast considering it takes millions of years to make a diamond. For gold, maybe you won’t find as much. You have to gather your gold to put on an album.”

The quirky band is also really picky when it comes to the way their music sounds, which is reflected in their new music like single, “Go Right Ahead!”

“It’s the five of us,” said the Hives when asked who’s the pickiest. “It’s horrible. It’s everybody. I guess we got better at it in the latter years, but it’s not really a forgiving environment to be in: making music with the Hives. Everything sucks basically. You basically record four hundred demos and you like two.”


Christian Karlsson and Pontus Winnberg of Swedish indie electropop band, Miike Snow, didn’t meet singer Andrew Wyatt when they were working with Britney Spears for their Grammy-award winning track “Toxic.” But despite their momentary memory blank on what other major pop stars they’ve worked with, KROQ’s Kat Corbett helped them recall a project with a little artist named Madonna.

Despite their hipster reputation, Karlsson and Winnberg have also worked with Kylie Minogue, Jennifer Lopez, and Kelis, and true to their Swedish roots, think an Abba performance at Coachella Valley Arts and Music Festival would be “awesome.”

“Definitely. I think they’ve been asked to get together so many times. This year Refused. Next year Abba.”

Karlsson and Wiinnberg, as Bloodshy and Avant, have also done remixes with Depeche Mode and Passion Pit.


Oberhofer, a quirky indie rock band with a big buzz and an equally large producer at the helm of their album Time Capsules II (Steve Lillywhite who worked with bands like U2, Talking Heads, and Rolling Stones), proved their indie cred when they played their songs “Landline” and “Away FRM U” at the KROQ Coachella House.

In an interview with KROQ’s Kat Corbett, Brad Oberhofer talked about a “rough” situation where all his music was burned, saying that it was rough in the moment, but that being alive and with all working parts put things into perspective.

“The house didn’t completely burn down but the music was burned down…I was having a rough time,” elaborated Oberhofer. “Everybody goes through rough times. But rough times aren’t really rough times if you’ve got your two legs and your two hands and your two hands and stuff. Even if you only have half that many or whatever. So long as you’ve got privileges and resources and life and friends and stuff.”

-Nadia Nior, CBS Radio Los Angeles, Jay Tilles, CBS Local


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