Last weekend (April 26-28) I had the opportunity to shoot pictures at Austin Psych Fest for my friend Greg who writes for the Examiner. He posted an awesome write up of the music here. I also got to shoot “bonus” material in the Sailor Jerry air stream trailer, that full slide show is on Examiner here.
I really enjoyed hanging out in the air stream seeing the tattoos getting done, and drinking some yummy Sailor Jerry drinks in between sets. (Shout outs to Dana Dynamite, and Leslie Merinoff for their great hospitality!)
After that weekend, I decided I needed to drink some Sailor Jerry at home. I’ve been making a drink called Dark and Stormy. It’s super easy and very refreshing. Here’s how we mix it at home:
You can find more drink recipes on the Sailor Jerry page. I’m also partial to the backyard tea recipe.
Tons of bands came through to get tattoos from the legendary Keith Underwood and his pal Philip LaRocca. Keith apprenticed with Mike “Rollo Banks” Malone, who was trained by the man himself – Sailor Jerry. So you can imagine the great classic tattoos that were done at Psych Fest. Philip helps run The Austin Tattoo Company, where they’re conveniently doing Traditional Tuesdays. These guys were super nice, I even got a little tattoo on Sunday night.
I got to see a couple of the girls from Warpaint, King Kahn and BBQ show, and The St. James Society all get tattoos. Below are my faves from the weekend.
It’s over. I am tired. I am attempting to figure out what to do with life now that I am no longer watching a tiny person 3 days a week. While I sort that out, you can check out what I was up to during the fest.
Sunday-Thursday- Volunteer wrangling
Friday- Headed straight to my shift from a day of client meetings. Finished shift and headed out to meet M at Belmont. Sadly we arrived after the free drinks stopped flowing. We decide to go to Gingerman instead
Saturday- Work , laundry, and hanging with my kiddo. Made it downtown around 7. We hit a few parties (something at Stubbs, then Buffalo Billiards, then AMOA) then I met a friend for drinks before the rains came. Luckily, I had the car that day and we didn’t get too soaked.
Sunday- I biked down in time to see the Hidden Room Theater in ACC. Then I rolled with the theater peeps to a few parties (liqu-or-treating). I must say, film people know how to throw a party. Forget the processed cheese. Bring out the plate with the cheese with cute labels on toothpicks. We ended the night with Spring Breakers.
Monday- Worked from home.Biked to Zach Scott for Loves Her Gun. Minor work emergency leading to bike ride home and more work. Biked to the Long Center for Zero Charisma. Closed the night out with Pit Stop.
Tuesday- Never again will I schedule a 9 am client meeting during SXSW. That was pure stupid. Then there was a bridal fitting, more stupid on my part. Didn’t make it downtown until late so I ended up driving in. Thought about seeing Cirque, but ended up going to the the IA closing party at Stubbs (Local Natives, Joy Formidable, Deadmau5 and Richie Hawtin) then headed home.
Thurs- Worked from home. Biked in to see the Improvement Club. Stopped at the Samsung Lounge to see if it was still possible to win Prince tickets. Missed out on a film. Caught Sixpence None the Richer (Gibson Room). Headed to the Pandora Den to meet up with a friend and caught Dawes, and Nicki Blume and the Gramblers. It was a party hopping day so we ended up at Patagonia free Pizza and Split Squad then Lucky lounge for Ian McLagan. Real dinner at Roll on Sushi. Then the Daptone Showcase at Grownup town (aka ACL Live). I finished the night at the Music Hall. There was no line and I finally got to see Tegan and Sara
Fri- I biked in for We Cause Scenes and then walked to the Drafthouse for Finding the Funk. I met up with a friend for dinner. Then I went to Antone’s for Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears before heading to the Pandora Den for Angel Haze. the plan was to see Talib Kweli but that didn’t happen. I finished out the night at Antone’s and saw Little Green Cars and Thao and the Get Down Stay Down.
Sat- I biked in for Brother’s Hypnotic . I managed to get in to the Finding the Funk Panel.I met the guys from Wallpaper. I killed some time exploring Flatstock. I grabbed a quick dinner at Naan Stop and spent the rest of the evening tweeting from the Doritos Silo.
I had planned to camp at the Pandora Den last night in order to see Talib Kweli in a smaller setting close to “grown up town.” I was hanging out with a friend, I discovered a new artist, Angel Haze. Things were looking good.
Next up, Third Eye Blind. Not so excited by this. Sure, there was a little high school nostalgia going on, but for the most part, I could have lived with out it (BTW, they announced themselves as a new band. Seriously. You can’t do that when your audience is comprised mostly of 30 somethings. Oh well, at least there was a place to sit down. I could take care of email and such on my phone.
No such luck. Not only was there no 4g signal, but apparently the cops were shutting the venue down. While I was complaining about first world problems, people had filled the streets and the parking garage behind me.
I know my wish was for them to stop, but I didn’t want the whole venue to close. Of all the places to get shut down, this was an alcohol free, all ages show. But, what can you do when a mob of people has decided to camp out on the street and block traffic? The folks at Pandora tried to remedy the situation by blocking the view of the people on the street, but by then they were out of time. It was pretty close to curfew for the noise ordinance so they had to shut the venue down completely. I ended up going inside Antone’s to catch a few bands and wait until the angry mob cleared out. The 4g signal came back and I chuckled at the irony that was Third Eye Blind performing “Jumper” to a crowd of people camped out on the upper floors of a parking structure.
“I wish you would step back from that ledge my friend, You could cut ties with all the lies, That you’ve been living in, And if you do not want to see me again, I would understand. I would understand.” Deep down, I think that they knew the crowd was there for Talib.
This year I decided to skip the media pass, the PIP, the coordination with other people on what shows to see. At first it was a little lonely, but in the end I think I made the right choice. I saw 27 bands, spent no money, and thanks to my trusty surgical mask, I was able to be outside during peak allergy season in Austin.
Day 1: Me and my surgical mask biked down to the park just in time to catch Icona Pop. I chose alternate bike parking to avoid having to dig my bike out of the fest parking at the end of the night (I also prefer to park in places that have better lighting). The rest of the day went like this: Cursive, Sharon Van Etten, beer with @theneener, Penguin Prison, Astronautalis (how did I not know about this band?), El Ten Eleven, Minus the Bear, Superchunk (because you have to see the “old” band at the fest), Santigold (I’ve seen this show before and I was merely camping out to keep my extremely amazing spot), and Run DMC (BTW Jam Master Jay’s kids are pretty amazing.
Day 2: I started off the day with Braid (I wasn’t feeling Anamanaguchi). Then it was DMC (who dedicated a song to Betty White and went on to perform with some dude that looked like the black and white, bearded version of the Heat Miser from “A year without Santa Clause”), Kreayshawn, Tanlines (I felt bad for them, they were on the side of the blue stage that always has sound issues), Schoolboy Q (I was sticking around for Charli XCX only to find out that Franki Chan would be spinning instead. After a few minutes and a wardrobe malfunction gone bad, I set off to find @theneener and claim a #freebeer), Real Estate, Danny Brown (meh). I closed out the night at the black stage (where I was greeted by the Soundwave Yeti from Scott Pilgrim). The Sword and Refused were amazing. I rarely make the trek out to the black stage, but these guys were worth it.
Day 3: After my bag was thoroughly searched at security I headed off to the blue stage for Nite Jewel. I only stayed for part of Class Actress‘ set, I ventured off to the black stage for Japandroids (those Canadians rocked it out as the hot Texas sun attempted to obliterate them). I finished off the night at blue stage: Octopus Project (I finally got to see a full set. They are from Austin, yet I always catch them just as their set is ending), Omar Rodriguez Lopez aka Bosnian Rainbows (this is Rakim’s 2nd year of cancelling on the fest), Araabmuzic (this is the part where I was jumping up and down with the rest of the club kids and wondering if I was the only one who noticed Black Moses on stage shooting. I was also wondering how fast Araabmuzic could type and what his Mavis Bacon score would be). De La Soul made my night (why weren’t they headlining?). From the moment they stepped out on stage until the moment they left, they had grabbed on to the puppet strings of the audience and made us feel alive. They used the whole stage, demanded that the people in the photog pit have a good time, and proceeded to insult the sound engineer (little did they know that they were on the side of the stage that actually produced sound). Some called them diva’s by the end of the night. I say, when you have been doing this longer than most of the crowd has been a live, you get to channel the honey badger and go all out. I decided that my fest should end here. I set out to find @theneener and loan her my hoodie while she finished out the fest with Edward Sharpe. In return she hooked me up with another beer.
Things I missed from last year: The fest streaming online.
Things purchased: nada! @theneener gifted me 3 beers in gratitude for ACL fest parking.
Here’s the slideshow of my time at the fest. One of these days I will get a camera that can shoot at night.
Hey kids. Sweet Leaf Tea is giving away tickets to ACL Fest (as I’ve mentioned before, it’s not my type of festival, but I am not one to turn down free stuff). Winners will receive a pair of VIP tickets, flights, hotel and airport transportation accommodation. The contest starts July 30th and goes through August 31st. One prize will be awarded each week. To enter, head over to their Facebook page www.facebook.com/sweetleaftea and look for a link to the Summertime Sweeps.
This is why you buy your tickets early. RUN DMC! That’s right, Fun^3 Fest has done it again. They have assembled another amazing lineup for their seventh year (and they announced the line-up via bingo). I plan on camping out at the Blue Stage and hope to avoid being crushed by the people moshing. Hopefully some nice person will build a Spotify playlist so I can plan my schedule. (edit 4:12PM: Apparently Santa of Christmas in July heard my wish. The Spotify Playlist is up. I know that I shouldn’t be greedy, but if someone out there is listening, can they please send me the Google Nexus 7?)
Buy your 3-day passes NOW! This thing will sell out. Do not wait for the schedule and one-day passes.
So, life has been a little on the heavy side lately. But, when you are in charge of a tiny cave man half the week you are bound to shake off that rain cloud.
Ms. Crankypants is no longer that cranky. Still teething (one day she will wake up with a mouthful of teeth). But added mobility and coordination has lead to her tiny caveman phase. She’s loud and grunts a lot (think Monica Seles’ early days of tennis). She enjoys smashing things. Everything is hers, and she will maul anyone in her way.
She has put things in perspective. If you want something… Go get it. If it isn’t yours… Go for it anyway (hopefully there is a Yo Gabba Gabba episode about stealing things or asking before you take someone else’s stuff). Persistence got her from being a complete turtle to standing up in a few weeks.
So that is my plan. Get things done, do what I want. As I mentioned in a previous post. It’s not about the money. My goal is to do well enough as a small business owner to take time off when I feel like it. This month MN, July is up in the air, August I head back to Dallas, maybe NYC in September, October Dallas again.
Today I bought my tickets to Fun^3 Fest. There’s no line up, but they have never disappointed. I was on the fence about PIP but at the end of the day, I don’t think that I will be drinking $185 worth of beer. Yes, you do get special seating. I prefer to be up the front of the stage vs. on the side. If someone were to gift me PIP tickets I wouldn’t say no. I’d even be willing to write up my experience in an article in exchange for said tickets.
SXSW is over. The rain will wash away the dirt and stench that overwhelmed downtown. Another year has taught me that I enjoy indoor shows with seating way more than the outdoor ones. The sound is better, the people tend to be more civilized.
Here’s how the rest of the week went. I am still deciphering my notes from SXSWi panels. Stay tuned.
Day 6, Wednesday:
Day 7, Thursday:
Day 8, Friday:
Day 9, Saturday:
For those of you who have been reading along, you know I had a plan:
After writing this list I revised it to say that I was going to be the opposite of my breeder friends. I was going to quit my job and focus on my art. CHECK! Some things fell into place a little later vs. sooner but, I managed to make it happen. I am thankful for the people that helped along the way. Friends old and new.
Here’s my year in lists.
This year in live music: SXSW 2011 ( Theophilus London, Foster the People, Noah and the Whale, Portugal. the Man, Charles Bradley and the Menahan Street Band, TV on the Radio , Ellie Goulding, Smith Westerns, Matt and Kim, J. Roddy Walston and The Business,and Wanda Jackson.) Reggie Watts, Arcade Fire, Thermals and Matt and Kim, and Junior Boys, Fun^3 Fest 2011 (Heartless Bastards, Thermals, Franki Chan, Big Freedia, Reggie Watts, Four Tet, Public Enemy, Passion Pit, T-Bird and the Breaks, Joy Formidable, M83, Lykke Li, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Mates of State, MNDR, Austra, Ted Leo, Architecture in Helsinki, Del the Funky Homosapien, Flying Lotus, and Diplo)
This year in Sewing: Restoration work for Amelia’s RetroVogue, participating in Vintage Vivant, Costuming for Riley Do Right and A Ride with Bob, In-store seamstress gig at Frock on Vintage, and altering a few wedding dresses.
This year on the interwebs: A few site redesigns, getting to know social media. Giving up on Gowalla.
This year in Movies: I joined AFS so I could see more new releases for cheap or free! . (theater) The Muppets, Thunder Soul, Beats, Rhymes and Life: the Travels of a Tribe Called Quest , Cowboys and Aliens, White Material, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2,White Material Submarine, Everything Must Go, WAR!: Women Art Revolution. SXSW (the Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye, Little Deaths, Documentary Shorts, Being Elmo: A Puppeteers Journey, Super, Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop, Greatest Movie Ever Sold, Narrative 2, Medium Cool, Something Ventured, El Bulli: Cooking in Progress, Fambul Tok, Blacktino, Hesher, the Other F Word, Our Day will Come, A Matter of Taste: Serving up Paul Liebrandt, Outside Industry: The Story of SXSW, and PressPausePlay.).
This year in Books: Sadly not much time for reading this year… Goodreads
This year in kicking ass: I am officially DBA Spinsta. I was a SXSW Crew Chief. I got promoted to Bookkeeper/Money wrangler for BluesShout!, Refashionista, Fun^3 Fest Blogger, Apparel Surgeon, and baby whisperer.
Unfinished Business: Just before Christmas I got an email from my friend who is a stylist for Amazon. He asked me to ship him some stuff to shoot. We had been talking about it for awhile so I made it happen. Stay tuned.
Plans for 2012 (in no particular order):
So the 3rd list of bands dropped a week or so ago. I am looking forward to seeing the following bands: Heartless Bastards (with a better sound guy than they had at Fun^3 Fest), Magnetic Fields, Talib Kweli, Metric, Neon Trees, Alice Russell, Shiny Toy Guns, Soul Khan, Spinto Band, Stars, and Three Blind Wolves.
We were Promised Jetpacks (they said that they would be there when we interviewed them during Fun^3 Fest), Mos Def (with Talib), Black Keys (they have a new album out), The Roots (they have a new album out), Blackroc (why not, the rest of the group is somewhere on this list), Broken Social Scene (’cause Metric and Stars will be in town). amd a Daptone label showcas.e
While I am wishing, I would like more bike parking and no moshing (or maybe move it to some sort of playpen type area). I have more wishes, but I will save them for another post.
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