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Turns out Internet in the desert sucks

Posted by Chris Rattey  April 13, 2013 07:49 AM

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Good morning, Boston!

coachella_apple_blog.jpgYes, it's about 5 a.m. out in the California desert - which turns out to be optimal internet surfing time in the broadband wasteland of Indio, California. But in no way am I complaining. I am hanging out with an amazing crew, in a gorgeous house, and we're just hours away from throwing a party that includes a dozen-or-so bands doing interviews and playing live with the backdrop of a sweet pool, palm trees and a fire pit. So yes, the Internet has not played well thus far. But much like a desert varmint ... we adapt. Here I am borrowing some wifi from a friendly Apple Store. Looks like Operation Sidewalk Upload will be the name of the game through the remainder of Coachella.

Yesterday we had our first band come through, a California crew that goes by the name of Guards. Great people with a really catchy tune which you will find below. It was a crucial day in the realm of learning to prepare for today. You see, we have this jacked up backpack (literally) that houses five or six powerful wireless cards from a slew of carriers. The pack picks the best network, then rolls from there. This allows us to stream live without an ethernet path. So yesterday was a nice two-hour window of trying to stuff a square peg through a round hole. We stumbled, tripped, succeeded, sucked, but eventually came out fairly unscathed and ready for battle today. Let's get our Internet helmets on and prepare for battle.

We start streaming at 2 p.m. So kick back, crack a cold Sapporo, and hang with the RadioBDC crew throughout the day. You can see today's lineup on our main Coachella page.

Tomorrow night I'll capture a ton of footage from the festival itself. Driscoll tells me it's a lot like Mars inside the gates. That's inviting.

We have another full slate of streaming live on Sunday that will culminate in the Red Hot Chili Peppers taking the main stage to bring the whole festival home.

Cheers. See you later.

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