I Was There: Daft Punk’s Coachella 2006 and the Return of the Future

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Daft Punk kill it on “Alive” tour at the L.A. Sports Arena, July 21, 2007. Photo by Thomas Kelley.

I started the Museum of Lost Tales blog in 2006. It kicked off primarily when I saw Daft Punk blow open popular culture at Coachella that spring. I had written for Lotus, BPM and XLR8R magazines in the 1990s and early 2000s, and the new technology platforms for self-publishing were very appealing. I did it primarily for fun. Eventually my blog would turn into Electrohound and then finally Ghost Deep, a digital magazine that focuses on rave history, technology, electronic art and music.

What follows are a series of journal entries on that morphing chronicle. Going back to 2006 through these posts should reveal just how rich and astonishing the return of techno and the rise of EDM has been in the new millennium, from Daft Punk to LCD Soundsystem to EDC, and onward.

Techno 2006, the return of the future —Sept. 16, 2006

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Testshot Starfish at Terra Byte, 2006. Photo by Thomas Kelley.
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Tycho basked the crowd in water color nostalgia, Arboretum. August 26, 2007. Photo by Thomas Kelley.
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Daft Punk at Coachella 2006. Photo by Thomas Kelley.

Ratatat and 120 Days in Los Angeles — April 4, 2007

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120 Days brought dream-tidings from the north. April 2, 2007. Photo by Thomas Kelley.
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Stanton Warriors at Monday Social, Feb 6, 2007. Photo by Thomas Kelley.
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Speedy J at Droid Behavior, Dec. 16, 2007. Photo by Thomas Kelley.
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Playing on a calmer mood, Ratatat whipped the crowd with its booming, electric lullabies. April 2, 2007. Photo by Thomas Kelley.

LCD Soundsystem and Planningtorock — June 22, 2007

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LCD at the El Rey, Wilshire, June 10, 2007. Photo by Thomas Kelley.
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James Murphy and crew on stage. Photo by Thomas Kelley.

Daft Punk destroys L.A. — July 22, 2007

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Daft Punk at L.A. Sports Arena, July 21, 2007. Photos by Thomas Kelley.
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Video of “Around the World” light ring. Video taken by Thomas Kelley.
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Detroit techno legend Jeff Mills plays at King King, Hollywood, April 14, 2011. Photos by Thomas Kelley.

Jeff Mills: The Wizard shows the way in L.A. — April 14, 2011

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Jeff at the controls, with TR-909.
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The man. The master.
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Dancers in the storm, in the sea, mind and body.
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The Wizard holds it down.
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Insomniac’s visionary “Night Owl Experience,” June 22, 2013. Photos by Thomas Kelley.

EDC Vegas 2013 and the Night Owl Experience — Oct. 16, 2013

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Bumble Bees on stilts and wings.
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Hard techno and hardcore area.
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Booka Shade at the HARD stage.
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Richie Hawtin gets techy in the Neon Garden.
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The Night Owl abides in the Kinetic Field.
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The Electric Daisy
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Hunter S. Thompson puppet. Photo by Thomas Kelley.

Editor-in-chief at ghostdeep.com. Rave historian and pen for The Quietus, L.A. Weekly, XLR8R, Magnetic, and more. From Los Angeles, Memphis and Paris.

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