Outside Lands 2009: Day Two

Taking Muni to Golden Gate Park. First they only take coins. But they don’t provide change; that would encourage more ridership or something. Now we’ve been sitting in the hot sun for ten straight minutes without moving. Why do San Franciscans stand for this? It makes Emeryville traffic a bit more bearable.

The Dirtbombs deliver danceable, dirty Detroit rock n roll to open the Twin Peaks stage. “Underdog” is predictable highlight. Great vocals from female vocalist. Who needs GM when we got the Dirtbombs? Well, okay, NUMMI. Never mind.

Bostitch and Fussible from Tijuana’s fabulous
Nortec Collective sound great. They’re like Ennio Morricone for the club set. Just too bad they went on at 1:30 p.m. and not 1:30 a.m.

The weather is great. Light breeze. The crowd is mellow. The beer and bathrooms are plentiful. The logistics are incredible: Handicapped viewing platforms, media uploading stations, and everything seems on time so far.

Raphael Saadiq is covering “Search & Destroy” by Iggy and the Stooges. C for execution but A+ for effort.

Extra Golden, a blend of American indie rock and African pop, whose members hail from DC and Kenya, is devoutly upbeat. And everyone is sitting.

A large green dragonfly hovers helicopterlike above the sunbaked, dancing crowd at Groundation. Maybe thinking what the fuck? Many gawk but it isn’t fazed and stays throughout an excellent reggae set.


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