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Posted at 1:23 PM ET, 01/27/2011

Taking sides: Coachella 2011 draft

By Chris Richards

kanye julianYour respective first picks in our mock draft: Kanye West and the Strokes.

So much for the thought that California mega-festival Coachella was fading in popularity. The three-day April extravaganza sold out just six days after tickets went on sale.

With over 100 acts performing, Click Track's Chris Richards and David Malitz tried to imagine a better, svelter Coachella the only way they know how: With a draft. It's worked before.

For this week's Taking sides post, they each condensed Coachella into ten acts they'd like to see on one stage. Here's how it all went down...

David Malitz: Since I won the Reunited Pixies commemorative coin-toss, I'll kick this off. And how can the first pick not be Kanye West? With his first major performance in support of the still-that-awesome "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy," I expect a spectacle and lots of famous guests.

Chris Richards: You surprise me, Malitz. I thought you'd go with the band making its first major performance since Julian Casablancas released that migraine of a solo album. I'll take 'em! Ladies and gentlemen, the Strokes!

(The rest of the picks, after the jump.)

coachella poster

Malitz: I need the Strokes to prove it to me again before I spend such a high draft pick on them. So for my next pick I'll take a band that has proven it many times over -- Animal Collective. That gives me consensus Album of the Year acts for 2009 and 2010 with my top two. Not bad.

Richards: You're doing pretty good, but I'm taking the best performer on the entire bill: Robyn. There's no doubt in my mind that she'll deliver the most kinetic set of anyone at Coachella.

Malitz: That certainly would have been my next pick, but I think PJ Harvey is a pretty nice backup plan. More femme fatale than fembot, but that's fine with me.

Richards: When she brings her A-game, no one is more compelling that Erykah Badu. And this is Coachella. A-games abound.

Malitz: I would absolutely love to hear "Rush" and "The Globe" performed live, so just for those two songs, give me Big Audio Dynamite.

Richards: Bless. You. Meantime, since I can count on an excellent R&B set from Badu, so I'm going to roll the dice and pick Ms. Lauryn Hill.

Malitz: That means all set times for your stage will be very tentative if Ms. Hill is part of the bill. I'll do the opposite of that pick and go with a sure thing: Jersey boys (and girl) Titus Andronicus.

Richards: My stage times are going to be thrown out the window? Dude, you drafted Kanye. At least we're getting into the small fonts, now. I know Titus made one of your favorite rock albums of 2010, so I'll go with the band responsible for mine: Best Coast.

Malitz: I'm almost ready to make pure curiosity picks but before I do that I'll go with electro weirdos YACHT, whose "Psychic City" was my favorite song of 2009.

Richards: I'd like my Coachella to include an era-defining rock band that put a premium on easy-to-swallow melodrama. No, not Arcade Fire. I'll take Duran Duran.

Malitz: This seems like a good spot to show a little love for Charm City and take young firebrand Rye Rye, who will hopefully have an album for us to listen to at some point in the not too distant future.

Richards: Man. I was hoping Rye Rye's name was too small on the poster for you to notice her. So that means I'll have to make a revenge pick. I'll take Wiz "I-like-Pittsburgh-sports-teams-almost-us-much-as-David-Malitz" Khalifa.

Malitz: Unfortunately (for me), the only Pittsburgh team I like is the Pirates. I will still sport my black and yellow hat even if Wiz is performing on your stage. And I will reverse the trend of going into the smaller fonts and go with one of the semi-headliners who I have long had a soft spot for: Bright Eyes.

Richards: Because Coachella should be like my iPod's most-played list brought to life, I'm going with Swedish indie-pop band the Radio Dept.

Malitz: I really don't know how they will sound 30 or so years past peak but given the festival setting I'd like to think Wire would play a set light on new material and just churn through all those "Pink Flag" classics. So that's my pick.

Richards: Deja vu, sorta. I'd like my Coachella to include a rock band that puts a premium on easy-to-swallow melodrama. No, not Arcade Fire or Duran Duran. I'll take Jimmy Eat World.

Malitz: Last pick is supposed to be a wild card, right? So I guess that means I will make a very rare selection of Lil B.

Richards: Wild card, schmild card. I want to close out the night with Green Velvet, a.k.a. Cajmere of "Percolator" fame. It's always time for the percolator.

And so ends our Coachella draft. The final results...

The Malitz Stage:
Kanye West
Animal Collective
PJ Harvey
Big Audio Dynamite
Titus Andronicus
Rye Rye
Bright Eyes
Lil B

The Richards Stage:
The Strokes
Erykah Badu
Ms. Lauryn Hill
Best Coast
Duran Duran
Wiz Khalifa
The Radio Dept.
Jimmy Eat World
Green Velvet

By Chris Richards  | January 27, 2011; 1:23 PM ET
Categories:  Taking sides  | Tags:  Animal Collective, Coachella, Kanye West, Lil B, Robyn, The Strokes, Titus Andronicus  
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Seriously, no one picked the Arcade Fire? I mean, I know they're no Bright Eyes, but still.

Posted by: agl132 | January 27, 2011 3:08 PM | Report abuse

richards comes out on top

Posted by: hercules3 | January 27, 2011 3:30 PM | Report abuse

That's tight. I'd see half of both lists and ghost for the other halves.

Posted by: sockpuppet68 | January 28, 2011 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Malitz gets the win for Yacht, Titus and Lil B. Although I would pay decent money to see a Robyn/Duran Duran tour.

Posted by: M__N | January 31, 2011 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Considering The Strokes played Lollapalooza last August, I wouldn't say this is The Strokes "first major performance" since Julian's solo. And their performance there was absolutely amazing.

Posted by: ortizdupri | January 31, 2011 5:21 PM | Report abuse

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