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SXSW 2012 Recap part 2

by @ Tuesday, March 20th, 2012. Filed under concerts, fashion, Music, rants, sxsw

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:



Are we having fun yet?

by @ Friday, November 4th, 2011. Filed under concerts, fashion, fun^3 fest, Music

Unknown Caped Crusader

After a slight hitch with wristbands (too much to write down right now), we kicked off our fourth Fun^3 Fest.   I met M and 2.0 at the park (Bike parking is a bit of a cluster) around 2.  We watched the sheeple and planned our evening.  M and I took a stroll around the park to see if my plan to jump between blue and orange was feasible. Slightly cumbersome, but I was game for the challenge.

We managed to locate a few key things on our trip.  Media area, water refill station (Did I not say, “Bring an empty water bottle”?), cell phone charging station…  We checked out the food vendors (I could hardly think about food after ingesting my first course of festival dust).  We determined that the cheapest entree was the $4 Frito pie.  After grabbing fries from Aquarelle (BTW.  Fries + festival dust = not so good)  and charging M’s phone, we hit the beer tent.  WHAT? $9 for a beer?  Oh wait, it’s 24oz.  That’s 2 beers in one can (This is where that coozie becomes useful.  Next year I am going to have these…)

Now it was time to get to work.  We hit the orange stage so we could check out Heartless Bastards.  I am not sure what the sound guy was thinking.  With the amount of bass you would think that we were rollin’ though the hood with a low rider and spinning rims.  After M shot from the pit we moved to the other side of the stage to watch the Thermals set up (We also found our first caped crusader of the weekend).  I wasn’t going to miss them this time (some of you may recall the last time I saw the Thermals).  It was a great set until the hipsters kicked up all the dust and started crowd surfing.

After hitting the port-o-potty labyrinth, I headed over to the blue stage to catch the rest of Franki Chan.  I was a little scared that Franki had completely changed his style.  There was an untz, untz, untz… blaring from the speakers when I walked up.  It was just a phase.  He mixed in my summer skate jam of 1985. ” I’ve got a crush on you” by the Jets.  I remember collecting Kool Aid points to get their cassette and seeing them at the fair grounds in New York.

Big Freedia was on stage next.  She didn’t have as many dancers as last year, but Meg and Chris’ favorite was there.  Hipster Girl!  In addition to the usual stage show, I had the pleasure of watching Franki Chan’s reaction.  There was also an appearance by Ryan Gosling (Mr. Gosling, why weren’t you shaking your azz? Oh, you are filming a movie) . There were probably a few more celebrity appearances but I didn’t have time to find out.  I wanted to see Reggie Watts.  I saw him at the Fusebox Festival this Spring and was blown away.    I wanted to have fun.  Unfortunately some dudes decided to push to the front and start smoking. Apparently they didn’t get the memo that it wasn’t polite to smoke in a tent.  Reggie restored my happiness by mocking CYHSY singing Satin.  Hilarious.  He said it was too happy.  Like they were singing about Seitan.

I left Reggie to check out Public Enemy and managed to catch the end of Four Tet‘s set.  Four Tet sounded great. Public Enemy, not so much.  Riddle me this,  If you were a sound guy, running boards for a rap artist, is it not important to have vocals in the speaker?  I bailed and went to see the end of Passion Pit‘s set.  Their sound guy didn’t hate them as much.   I don’t know what it is about that band when they get on a big stage with lots of blinky lights, but they certainly deliver. I had another childhood flash back. Flashing lights + synth pop managed to conjure up my first Disney Electric Light  Parade.  I forgive them for that subpar performance at Emo’s a few years back.

We left the fest at during the encore to avoid getting trampled by sheeple.  I am glad I didn’t go alone.  My bike was wedged under 3 bikes.  M and 2.0 had to help free it.

So that’s a wrap for day one.  It’s time for bed. Enjoy the unedited slideshow of my day. M took a ton of photos on the BAC. Stay tuned.



I came, I saw, I networked

by @ Sunday, June 26th, 2011. Filed under fashion

Today I braved the heat and left my sewing cave (I was actually working on a few things for myself).  Why? Because my peeps at Cypress Vanguard were having a relaunch party  in honor of all the new artists moving into the space.  I hang out at Cypress a few times a month to catch up with  a few friends and window shop. This time I did a ton of networking, saw a great band called Sleep Talk, and managed to win the raffle.

For those of you who haven’t been to Cypress, it is a cooperative boutique.  Many of the artists use the space to create while they put in their time running the place.  One day when I quit my day job, I hope to work here.  In the meantime I plan on interning with Ms. Summerville (learning how to make lacy underthings), and convincing Anslee that she can make pants.

What was in that gift bag? (this was a serious pile of loot).  Hopefully I didn’t leave anyone out.

Merch from:


Gift Certificates and Discounts from:

On top of that there was swag.

Overall, it was a productive afternoon.  Thanks, gang.


SXSW 2011- Day Nine (stick a fork in it)

by @ Sunday, March 20th, 2011. Filed under concerts, fashion, movies, Music, sxsw

Yesterday morning I was so tired that I debated if I wanted to finish out this race.  I made breakfast, wrote for a bit and decided to see my 18th film.  It was the documentary about SXSW.  I was surprised that the machine has survived all of these years with the amount of growth.

Since it was the last day, I decided that I should go see some music and attempt to find M (I think I hung out with her once in the last week).  Wall to wall people and no bike parking (People go home, I would like my city back).  Luckily the line for the party at Stubb’s moved quickly in comparison to the hunt for something to lock my bike to.

I walked in during the end of the Bravery’s set (not a fan).  I grabbed a beer and found M. The next band was really good.  J. Roddy Walston and The Business.  M saw them the night before and said I should check them out.  I stayed for Wanda Jackson.  I was curious if she had given into the machine and altered her sound.  Nope.  She was the same as always, sass, jet black hair and a fringed jacket.

After Wanda’s set and 3 beers I headed back to the ACC for air conditioning and a film.   PressPausePlay.  Netflix this one.  It talked a lot about the film and music industry being diluted with artists who make art because they have the tools, but most of them just don’t have  the human aspect.  My thoughts exactly. There are a lot of bands out there that have made a name for themselves on the internet but they just can’t put on a good live show.  This is why I spent most of this SXSW in the movie theater.  I wanted to feel something.

I made another pass at Style X.  This time it was the fashion show.  I was curious to see if there was anything new and innovative.  Other than the awesome boots from Helm, the only thing that I liked was a yellow jacket (I need to find out who the designer was).

I checked in with M after the show and headed to Bar Congress for dinner with 2.0 and his friends from out of town.  After dinner I made the executive decision to bike home.  I wanted to shower and wash the SXSW out of my hair.

Free stuff: 3beers

Money Spent: $3 on tips and $23 on dinner


2010 – The Recap

by @ Saturday, January 1st, 2011. Filed under concerts, fashion, fun^3 fest, movies, Music, sxsw, to do list, vacation

“You can’t carry it with you if you want to survive. ” Florence and the Machine

This year, was definitely a year. Yenta said it would be my best year,  definitely a transitional one.  Moments were good, moments were bad, and some moments were down right craptastical.  Other than my family and friends, my only other survival tactic was too keep moving and not look back.  I probably lost some stuff along the way.  There were probably a few people that I didn’t keep in touch with.  I was probably less thoughtful than usual.

Last night I sat in bed thinking about what I was going to write as a recap of my year.  I had to mentally recap the stuff that I have chosen not to discuss on the interwebs.  That’s when the tears started.  I am not sure I am ready to write about the dog days of summer (some good, some really bad, all of it extremely emotional).

For those of you who have been reading along, you know I had a plan:

1) Sell my house before the end of summer. 2) Live irresponsibly in someone else’s property (aka apartment) somewhere in the numbered streets. 3) Leave the country.

Well, that didn’t quite happen as I planned. This is what happened as I flew by the seat of my pants.  1)There are people living in my house but I didn’t sell it.  2)I moved (twice).  I live near some numbered streets in the ’04. 3) My friends’ took me to Mexico for their wedding.

Ok, that’s as far as I am going to go now.  Here’s my year in lists.

This year in live music: SXSW 2010 ( City Riots, Best Coast, the DJs from the Hood Internet, Le LoupTypefighterSondre LercheVivian Girls, Death Set,  :papercutzOh Snap!, Rogue Wave, Miike Snow, Fucked Up, Sharon Jones and the Dap KingsHole Frightened Rabbit, Minor Mishap Marching Band , Mayer Hawthorn & the Country, Passion Pit (DJ set) , The Pains of Being Pure at HeartBroken Bells, Ezra Furman and the Harpoons ,Everybody was in the French Resistance…Now!, and  Diplo.) Miike Snow, Middle East, Mumford and Sons, Passion Pit, Tokyo Police Club, Hood Internet, Flosstradamus, Pixies, Ratatat, Amanda Blank, Sleigh Bells, Interpol, Fun^3 Fest 2010 (Royal Forest (Formerly Loxsly), League of Extraordinary Gz, Butcher Bear and Charlie, Invincible, Devin the Dude, Slick Rick, Dominique Young Unique, Big Freedia, Man Man, Dirty Projectors, RJD2, Magic Kids, Margot and the Nuclear So and Sos, Black Nasty, Toro Y Moi, Nortec Collective Presents: Bostich and Fussible,Jean Grae, Pharoahe Monch, P.O.S., Washed Out, Deerhunter, The Hold Steady, and The Descendants)

This year in non-live music: Here’s to this year’s new albums: Forgiveness Rock Record-Broken Social Scene Miike Snow-Miike Snow, Broken Bells, Wake Up!-John Legend and the Roots, The Suburbs-Arcade Fire, Sidewalks-Matt and Kim, All Day-Girl Talk, Halcyon Digest-Deerhunter, Rubber Factory-Black Keys, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Entanglements-Parenthetical Girls, Mixtape vol 4 and Anatomy Magazine x The Hood Internet- Hood Internet, LP4-Ratatat, Treats-Sleigh Bells, xx-The xx, The Satanic Satanist [Deluxe Edition]-Portugal the Man, The Mountain-Heartless Bastards, Together-New Pornographers.

This year in Sewing: Treasure City Thrift Fashion Show

This year on the interwebs: I got a smart phone.  Here’s to more Twitter updates and Gowalla check-ins.

This year in Movies: This year I watched a lot on Hulu and other peoples Netflix.  I meant to go out but that requires $$. (theater) SXSW (The Runaways, Tiny Furniture, Canal Street Madam, Barry Munday, the Freebie, Kick Ass) the Social Network, Exit Through the Gift Shop.

This year in Books: Sadly not much time for reading this year… Goodreads Tropic of Capricorn, The Tipping Point, Middlesex, Kafka on the Shore.

This year in kicking ass– (New category because I realized I rocked it out this year): SXSW Crew Chief, Volunteer Coordinator for BluesShout!, Natural Disaster Planner, Refashionista, Fun^3 Fest Blogger, and Wedding Stylist.

Plans for 2011 (in no particular order):

  1. Leave the continent
  2. Quit my job (10 years of state employment is more than a person should endure)
  3. Take on a massive design project
  4. Read more
  5. Spend less money/time on home repair
  6. Master Indian Cuisine

Here’s to 2011 and the hopes that the Dog Days really in fact are over.


The fashionable one

by @ Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010. Filed under diy projects, fashion, identity, observations on life

WTF?! Wings? I might make the clothes but M is definitely the more fashionable of the two of us.  Here she is sporting the “Chairman Mao Mu’umu’u”  from my Smoke House Dresses line.  The design was based on this dress from Browns Fashion and the dress was made from a polyester house dress.

M has been around for most of my semi-pro sewing career.  She has inspired a lot of my work and has definitely pushed me towards being a better designer.

Thanks M for being my “Tim Gunn” for the Smokehouse Dresses line.


Treasure City Fashion Show

by @ Monday, June 21st, 2010. Filed under fashion

Designer Jen Delk, originally uploaded by Scout.

Here’s one of Jen. She doesn’t show up on camera that much, but I like this one.  She made this dress along with 3 others.  Here’s the link to her post on

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