S.S. Coachella: We Go Wine-Tasting with James Murphy on a Cruise Ship

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Ian Witlen

[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

Old punk guys and fancy wines: Two things that make sense together only now, mere days before the end of the world.

Nothing is more a “sign of the times” than James Murphy and Justin Chearno hosting a winetasting in the middle of the ocean for a handful of people both able and willing to ride the S.S. Coachella. It has all the elements of things we want as a culture: exclusivity, intimacy, rock stars, and, of course, alcohol. The two-evening Real Wine talk really captured the oddity of the experience, in a more wholesome way than two people discreetly doing it in the Sky Lounge to a live soundtrack of Cloud Nothings.

See also

S.S. Coachella, Day Two: Pulp's Jarvis Cocker, Most Popular Guy on the Cruise

S.S. Coachella: I Got My Nails Done Like Sleigh Bells' Alexis Krauss

S.S. Coachella Cruise, Day One: Father John Misty, Yeasayer, !!!, Pulp

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