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By aphrael (Sat Aug 13, 2011 at 03:46:24 AM EST) (all tags)
While it never leaves me as high as Coachella does, I usually enjoy the Outside Lands Music Festival. This year it's somewhat bittersweet, though, as I can't drive out of my mind the memory of the fact that I'm leaving on a jet plane, in 18 days, and I do not know if I'll be back again. (Oh, visiting J-'s family and, by extension, some of our friends, probably; but it's not the same). So I stand in the crowd under the fog and watch the wind in the trees and listen to music and know, this weekend is the last time I will be in Golden Gate Park while the bay area is home, and that knowledge rains droplets of melancholy which give the joy of the music festival an odd flavor.

Due to some poor planning on my part and poor communication between me and someone else, I missed Foster the People and MGMT, my top two bands for the day. This was fine; I'd even planned for the delay by bringing the new yorker, which had a fascinating article about Michelle Bachmann and a disturbing article about eating bugs, and a very good article on DNA extraction from truly ancient corpses. But it did leave me feeling a bit behind the curve.

I wanna laugh as many times as I can before I die
I wanna love I wanna smile I don't need much, I'm a simple child
I wanna laugh as many times as I can before I die
I wanna love I wanna smile just wanna fuck every once in a while

I saw three bands today (and got an unnecessary smattering of Phish, besides) I was only previously familiar with one of them. The first band was The Limousines, who were fantastic (despite having the sound system go out on them twice during their show). They had a great energy, which was helped by the fact that the crowd was really into them, and what I could make out of their lyrics I really liked. They were mostly mellow; a hippie band, I suppose, but in a good way. (Amusingly, at one point, they covered You Can Call Me Al, and their cover was quite good, if a little bit wierd. The thing which was hilarious is that the crowd didn't recognize it until the refrain.)

Next, after some food (cherry-chicken sausage in a cherry-pepper sauce, followed by fried macaroni and cheese) (i tried and failed to get sweet potato tater tots) was Best Coast, a surf rock chick band. Ordinarily I would hate this - the Indigo Girls are basically the only chick band that I really like - but there's something about this band which works for me. Still, while they were fun to see live, their energy was low - the lead singer is sick - and that put a damper on the mood.

The last band of the night (OSL has a 10pm curfew) was The Shins. Allegedly there are sometimes mosh pits at their shows, but I didn't see one tonight; this was a bit of a disappointment, as I wanted one (albeit not badly enough to muscle my way through a Big Audio Dynamite crowd in search of one; BAD bores me). This isn't my music, and it took a long time for me to warm up to it. It helped when I noticed that the lyrics to one of their songs talked about Sir Thomas More; historically minded bands are at the very least always intriguing. :) By halfway through their set, I was enjoying their upbeat energetic numbers, and finding that their slow moody numbers matched my melancholy well ... which was nice, if not exactly energizing. :)

Tomorrow's goal is to see Muse; everything else is extra. :)

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Immensely jealous... by Mossy (2.00 / 0) #1 Sat Aug 13, 2011 at 09:44:13 AM EST
I bought tickets to an entire festival to see a half hour set by The Shins a few years ago. The Killers were also there but I didn't care.
If energetic is what you're looking for, then Muse certainly delivers.

Bastard by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #2 Mon Aug 15, 2011 at 12:43:16 PM EST
Did you have to put that sappy 70's song in my head?

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

which one? by aphrael (2.00 / 0) #3 Mon Aug 15, 2011 at 01:16:24 PM EST
This one... by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #4 Mon Aug 15, 2011 at 03:07:14 PM EST

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

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