Archive for March 2011

SXSW — Friday Recap

Saturday, March 19th, 2011

Despite it being the first full week of Daylight Saving Time, the days here at SXSW are getting progressively shorter while the nights grow much, much longer. The Austin sunshine wasn’t doing much to help my throbbing headache yesterday, so I ducked into the Alamo theatre for a screening of the new Foo Fighters documentary. I must admit, I was a huge fan of this band when I was 16, but lost interest after their first album. I had absolutely no clue they had grown into one of the biggest bands in the world (the clips of their Wembley Stadium concert are borderline ridiculous). Dave Grohl comes across at times very charming and sincere, but I left the film with the prevailing feeling that this is a guy that made cutthroat decisions against, perhaps, his own moral compass in the pursuit of mega-stardom. (more…)

SXSW — Thursday Recap

Friday, March 18th, 2011

After a late start yesterday, I decided to make up for lost time by checking out the Black Lips-curated Speed Sets at the Austin Convention Center. At these shows, bands each get 10 minutes on shared equipment, much of it provided by the gear-heads scattered about the exhibit hall. “Welcome to Guitar Center”, uttered by Natural Child’s frontman, pretty much summed up the vibe. If that wasn’t enough, a faux-Roman feel was in effect, with oversized beanbag-like lounging devices scattered around the performance area, their occupants lulled by (or in many cases, put to sleep by) the free beer being poured just feet away. Caligula would’ve been proud. (more…)

SXSW — Wednesday Recap

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Curiosity may have killed the cat, but it’s what kept yesterday incredibly interesting (if that was even an issue). While en route to the Austin convention center I passed by Waterloo Records, where I was planning on returning to see Apex Manor (fellow schmooru Adam Vine’s band) perform later in the afternoon. Checking out the day’s lineup, I saw that Wild Flag was scheduled to play at 2pm. There would be many more opportunities to see them this week, but I just couldn’t wait any longer (Mary Timony is one of my music heros) … I would have to risk missing out on the fount of party advice that was expected from Andrew W.K. at his speaking event. (more…)

SXSW — Tuesday Night Recap

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

After two near-missed flights, a (resolved) mishap at registration, a healthy dose of beer and street vendor foods, and literally tens of tweets, I’m up surprising early with some time to recount yesterday’s happenings. (more…)