[Eds. Note: When Paley sent these photos in, she included a nice little caveat over email, that we've decided to reprint here in full without her permission, not only because it's too good to edit, but because her photographs of her and her weird buddies riding the snake at Coachella are some of the most beautiful coverage we've seen of the festival. Enjoy! -B.S.]
Begin forwarded message:
From: Paley Fairman
Subject: Re: Coachella photo story
Date: April 17, 2013 5:33:48 PM EDT
To: Ben Shapiro
The first day at Coachella I lurking on idiotic kids and feeling sober, bored, and misanthropic. I wanted to name the story, "I fucking hate everyone at Coachella". But then I had a journalistic epiphany...to capture the true essence of Coachella partying, I needed to be one with the party. So I took acid (for the first time, btw), and the resulting photos are moments I captured while tripping the rest of the weekend. I also made some voice notes on my phone as I shot, which I may include as some photo captions.
Here are the photos...be thankful that I excluded the 500 or so I took of a disco ball, because I thought it was 'just soooo beautiful' at the time:
2013: The Year Nelly Was Everywhere and Nowhere at the Same Time
No other artist spent as much time so close to the Zeitgeist as Nelly this year without being even remotely close to being the Zeitgeist.
You Don’t Like Childish Gambino's 'Because the Internet' Because of the Internet
Don't allow the narrative surrounding Donald Glover's musical career define the way you think.
The Real Difference Between a Mixtape and an Album
Why do rappers still about sales when they could release a mixtape, gain exposure, and cash in later?
Are the Grammys Irrelevant or Did Yeezus Actually Suck?
Breaking down Yeezy's obsession with the awards.
2013: A Year In Which Some Music Happened
A year’s art starts on Day One of the new year. If we don’t quantify it somehow by December, who are we as a people and what is our worth?
If R. Kelly Makes Us So Uncomfortable, Why Do We Keep Listening?
This is art we're talking about, and it's as real as you allow it to be.
Britney Spears: Capitalism's Last Stand
At last, the Queen has found her domain.
The Real Rick Ross Stands Up
We met with the ex-crack kingpin, who told us stories from his drug dealing days and gave us an exclusive excerpt from his upcoming autobiography.
Sorry, Dudes. The Ladies Won Punk This Year.
These are the women who kicked a particularly large amount of ass in 2013.
2013: The Most OK Year Ever
Kitty Pryde reflects on her sort of shitty, sort of amazing 2013.