[Editor's note: As you've probably heard, massive So-Cal music festival Coachella is going on its first cruise this winter, featuring Pulp, James Murphy, and Sleigh Bells, among other acts. Liz Tracy, music editor of our sister paper in Broward County, Fl., is aboard the S.S. Coachella , so we'll be publishing her dispatches from the floating music festival all this week.]
By LIZ TRACY
No one's really interested in reading about the actual performances taking place on this musical ship of contradictions, the S.S. Coachella, amirite? Instead, you want a spoonful of gossipy anecdotal sugar, straight from the decks of this odd ship.
As you might have seen, Pulp was the largest name at the top of the S.S. Coachella flyer. The band played almost two hours on Sunday night, making cruisers swoon with Anglophilic adoration. But Jarvis Cocker — the man whose name was being whispered all around the ship — didn't sit in his room or hide out like James Murphy (the chupacabra of the boat, whom I have only spotted offstage).