Outside Lands Video Highlights

Arcade Fire - "The Suburbs"

The Shins - "Caring Is Creepy"

Foster the People - "Call It What You Want"

Mavis Staples - "The Weight" (featuring Win Butler)

The Decemberists - "The Mariner's Revenge Song"

The Decemberists - "O Valencia!"

Junip - "Without You"

Deadmau5 - "Raise Your Weapon"

tUnE-yArDs - "Bizness"


Girl Talk

Charles Bradley - Heart of Gold

The Shins - "New Slang"

ArcadeFire - "Wake Up"


Outside Lands (highlights)

tUnE-yArDs - "Bizness" [Outside Lands]

The tUnE-YarDs will play on Sunday at this year's Outside Lands Festival from 1:15pm - 2:00pm on the Sutro Stage.

Charles Bradley - "The World (Is Going Up In Flames)" [Outside Lands]

Charles Bradley, "The Screaming Eagle of Soul," and The Menahan Street Band will play on Sunday at this year's Outside Lands Festival from 12:15pm - 1:15pm on the Lands End Stage.

It's early, I know, but if you're a fan of funk, soul and R&B (think James Brown, Otis Redding or Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings) you don't want to miss this set. It could be one of the highlights of the day, if not the entire weekend.

MGMT - "Kids" [Outside Lands]

MGMT will play on Friday at this year's Outside Lands Festival from 4:35pm - 5:45pm on the Lands End Stage.

I can understand why Another Planet decided to put MGMT on the big stage, right before Phish, but after seeing this you've got to wonder, how much better would they have been playing at night?

The Shins - "Sleeping Lessons" [Outside Lands]

The Shins will play on Friday at this year's Outside Lands Festival from 8:40pm - 9:50pm on the Twin Peaks Stage.

My guess is that the young hipsters and funky children will head towards Twin Peaks once Best Coast and Erykah Badu finish their sets at 8:35pm and 9pm, respectively. Those who decide to join the stoners, hippies and senior citizens who are already 2+ hours into Phish's set, do so at their own peril.

Note: This is from a set that James Mercer and company played during a rehearsal at the Crystal Ballroom about four years ago. Next week will be the first time I've seen The Shins since Mercer disbanded the group and formed Broken Bells with Danger Mouse.

Foster the People - "Call It What You Want" [Outside Lands]

Los-Angeles based Foster the People will play on Friday at this year's Outside Lands Festival from 3:40pm - 4:30pm on the Sutro Stage.

I expect it to be one of the day's highlights. (Sorry, Toro y Moi.)

After Foster's set, don't be surprised by the mass exodus of kids heading to the Lands End stage, where MGMT goes on at 4:35pm.

Outside Lands Festival - Friday, August 12, 2011 [PLAYLIST]

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photo by lilszeto

If you're going to the Outside Lands Festival this year and you're a procrastinator like me, you probably haven't done your homework yet.

Festival Freak is here to help. I've just loaded a 335-song playlist of artists playing Outside Lands on Friday, 8/12/11 to MOG.com.

This playlist includes the latest albums by MGMT, The Shins, Foster the People, Phish, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Phantogram, Big Boi, Best Coast, Ellie Goulding, Erykah Badu
Toro Y Moi, The Joy Formidable, The Original Meters, The Limousines, Lotus, Big Audio Dynamite, New Orleans Klezmer Allstars and Release The Sunbird.

If you're not already a MOG subscriber, sign up for a free three-day trial. You won't regret it. And stay tuned. I'll have playlists for Saturday and Sunday up soon, as well as videos by some of my favorite artists who'll be playing Outside Lands this year.


Poi Dog Pondering - "Jack Ass Ginger"

Life is a long river learned from your past/
Been reading my history to learn what the others have seen
The dying days of the Cold War were heady times in Austin, Texas. At least they were for me and my friends. We were young, romantic, pseudo-intellectual, slacker psychonauts, discovering Whitman, Nietzsche, Kerouac, McKenna and music, sweet music.

We all heard the story about how Frank Orral was from Hawai'i, but left on a big busking adventure seeking fortune and fame and found, by some cosmic accident circa 1987, a receptive audience in Austin. Frank's rag tag collective of musicians called themselves Poi Dog Pondering. None of us knew what a "poi dog" was, but we liked the sound of it.

Poi Dog Pondering provided the perfect soundtrack for those sun-dappled, carefree lazy days, combining the right amounts of pop, world music, and folk drenched in optimism and joi de vivre.

Poi Dog Pondering seemed to be everywhere around Austin those days, on the Drag, at the Union, in Zilker Park. When Frank showed up in Richard Linklater's directorial debut, "Slacker," it was no surprise. Frank was emblematic of that special time and place in the universe. It was no surprise, either, when Columbia signed Poi Dog to a record deal.

Their third record, "Volo Volo," which means "revolver" in some Polynesian tongue, was a masterpiece, but the record buying public didn't get it, so Columbia dropped the band.

This was always my favorite song, live and on record. On the surface, the song is about bodysurfing, something I take it that Frank did a lot of growing up in Hawai'i. But to me it's always been about life.
Stop for a moment and listen to the wind
See the trees, leaves the sun they catch and
their rustling din.
Breathe deep
Fill up with relief
Don't go mad, don't go mad.