Outside Lands has come a long way since Radiohead’s solar-powered stage mess on that inaugural Friday years ago. This year’s lineup has just been announced.
My immediate takeaway? Ray Lamontagne steals Hamilton Leithauser away from The Walkmen frontman’s solo tour. Now, Ray is coming to Golden Gate Park… without Leithauser? Come on man. Didn’t you have fun at Cultivate last summer?
When the calendar turns to April, I start thinking about Record Store Day. Typically this process first involves getting overly excited about the idea: a day to celebrate brick & mortar music retail, and the glory of sliding new vinyl out of cardboard sleeve. Then comes the list: my Top 5 must-haves followed by an ever-increasing scrawl of would-be-nices. And finally, on that fateful Saturday, a disappointing trek to and fro, always a step behind the truly rabid collectors, content to go home with at least one item on my list. Or any list.
But 2014 is all about optimism and new beginnings. So I’ll start the process in earnest once again. I’m getting excited. I’m getting the band back together. I’m dusting the turntables and making a list. It starts with a new 10″ single by my favorite Australians, Cut Copy.
I’d love to see these guys live again… but there’s not much to this year’s Sasquatch lineup (other than them and The National) that gets me contemplating a road trip to The Gorge. So I’ll hold out for hope that Cut Copy’s ’14 festival circuit will include either Outside Lands or Treasure Island.