Forget baking in the desert heat with the masses at Coachella, or elbowing hipsters at the Pitchfork Festival in Chicago. If you want to experience what is on the way to becoming the best music festival this country has to offer, head to the Pacific Northwest this holiday weekend for Sasquatch Festival. The brainchild of organizer Adam Zacks, every year Sasquatch puts together a line-up that is a perfect combination of old school favorites, the latest alternative flavor and the best of the up and comers. This year features three days brimming with talent – Pavement, Massive Attack, My Morning Jacket, Avi Buffalo, Local Natives, Freelance Whales, The xx, Midlake, Broken Social Scene, Dirty Projectors, Fruit Bats, Girls and many more… Not typically an industry destination, the atmosphere at the festival is laid back and friendly, though the absolute highlight is the location. Held at the Gorge Amphitheater, perched on a bluff with the Columbia River Gorge as a backdrop, you would be hard pressed to find a more stunningly beautiful vista for a music festival anywhere in the world. Don’t be to quick to jump on a plane and jet to the Northwest for a spur-of-the-moment Memorial weekend getaway though, as you will likely be out of luck – Sasquatch (as always) sold out months ago.
If you are looking for a getaway of a totally different flavor, immerse yourself in a copy of the latest (and definitive) tome on Fender instruments, Fender – The Golden Age 1946-1970. Compiled by Heavenly Records‘s MD Martin Kelly, with photography and design by his brother Paul Kelly (who was responsible for some iconic British record sleeves of the 90′s), the book is a love affair with the legendary brand. It’s brimming with classic adverts, rare pictures, and beautiful photographs of the company’s guitars and amplifiers, including a number of rare items worth tens of thousands of dollars.
And in the event you have been overwhelmed by the extensive media blitz for the reissue of The Rolling Stones Exile on Main St album (or balking at the $170+ price tag for the deluxe version of the album), maybe spend the long weekend with some of that record’s bastard spawn. Revisit Liz Phair‘s much lauded Exile in Guyville album – a track-by-track response to the 1972 release. Or better still, visit the dark side and download Pussy Galore‘s sloppy and devilishly lo-fi version of the Stones classic.
-Cool Hand Luke