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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The Ghosts of Outside Lands Past

Posted By on Tue, Jun 1, 2010 at 11:28 AM

Now that this year's Outside Lands lineup has been released in full and stayed true to its lil-bit-hippie-lil-bit-hip-hop roots and the folk vs. funk vibe, will you be forking over some coin when the tickets go on sale tomorrow? How do you think this year's lineup fares with those of previous years? What do you remember from the years before? Let's do a little Outside Lands retrospective:

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Outside Lands 2009:
Headlined by Pearl Jam, Tenacious D (in lieu of Beastie Boys), Dave Matthews Band, with The Mars Volta, Modest Mouse, Band of Horses, TV on the Radio, Dead Weather, and Tom Jones.

click to enlarge Pearl Jam at 2009's Outside Lands - PHOTO BY CHRISTOPHER VICTORIO
  • Photo by Christopher Victorio
  • Pearl Jam at 2009's Outside Lands

2009's highs and lows:

  • A little butt wiggling by Tom Jones as panties were flung onto the stage.
  • Pearl Jam closing the first night with Neil Young's "Rockin' in the Free World"
  • The strict 10p.m. curfew.
  • Auto-bots rolling out during the Black Eyed Peas set.
  • 50,000 people singing "My Humps".
  • The manic intensity of Mars Volta's jam session.
  • S.F. weather's little sunshine c***tease as that lurking fog rolled in by Sunday.
  • Furry hats with ears.
  • M.I.A., true to style, tweet-bashing Tenacious D before they headlined.
  • M.I.A.'s Beastie Boys shout-out via sample of "Intergalactic".
  • Flocking to see Tenacious D.
  • Shared sentiments throughout the crowd for Adam Yauch's recovery.

click to enlarge The Mars Volta jam sesh. - PHOTO BY CHRISTOPHER VICTORIO
  • Photo by Christopher Victorio
  • The Mars Volta jam sesh.

click to enlarge Sharon Jones - PHOTO BY CHRISTOPHER VICTORIO
  • Photo by Christopher Victorio
  • Sharon Jones
click to enlarge Sharon Jones - PHOTO BY CHRISTOPHER VICTORIO
  • Photo by Christopher Victorio
  • Sharon Jones

Outside Lands 2008:
Headlined by Radiohead, Jack Johnson, Tom Petty with Beck, Wilco, Broken Social Scene, The Walkmen, Liars, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Bon Iver, and Rogue Wave.

click to enlarge Beck at 2008's festival. - PHOTO BY MATTHEW HICKEY
  • Photo by Matthew Hickey
  • Beck at 2008's festival.

2008's highs and lows:

  • Hiking long distances between stages.
  • Fence hoppers.
  • Raw, mashed-up nut and health food bars, claiming to be Mexican food.
  • The sound cutting out on two of Radiohead's songs.
  • The Walkmen's sleepy set.
  • Jack Johnson's do-good goodness when he gave away some toys to a little kid.
  • Snugglefests to Jack Johnson.
  • Solar powered cell phone charging station.
  • Last call at 9 p.m.
  • Petty's cover of "Gloria".
  • Plenty of mandals.
  • The lights shining up into the misty night, all Northern Lights style.

click to enlarge Broken Social Scene - PHOTO BY JULIO ENRIQUEZ
  • Photo by Julio Enriquez
  • Broken Social Scene

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