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.
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:
You know how I saw 19 films last year? Well this year I saw 20. Technically, 19 during the fest and one pre-screening of 21 Jumpstreet on Thursday before Interactive. I am going to count it since the screening was hosted by SXSW for staff. Here’s what I saw. I will write about what little music I heard later and give you part two of my SXSW recap.
Monday – Somehow I didn’t see any films
It’s been ages since I have posted anything here. M and I have been extremely busy. Most of you know how to find out about our side projects because you follow us on FB or Twitter.
Both of us managed to take time out to return to our volunteer gigs. It’s my eighth year and it’s too sweet of a deal to pass up. We work the entire week before SXSW and then we get to make use of those badges.
Now that interactive has come to a close I will let you know what I have been up to. Stay tuned for a more in depth discussion on some of the panels/movies that inspired me.
Day 1, Friday:
Day 2, Saturday:
Day 3, Sunday:
Day 4, Monday:
Day 5, Tuesday:
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.
M happened to track down We Were Promised Jetpacks while I was checking out Mates of State. We were able to sit down and interview Sean their bassist.
M accidentally kicked off the interview by saying that we were with Sean of Frightened Rabbit. We quickly jumped into our first question about touring with the other Scots. The last few times we saw them they were playing with Frightened Rabbit or Twilight Sad. We asked if they could play a gig with any band, who would it be? Sean said they like touring with friends. They’ve toured with Royal Bangs and they would like to tour with Lady North.
We asked if they were happy to be back in the states. They were exited. M mentioned that they would be touring up until Christmas (that’s what the tour schedule looked like on the website). We were wrong on that one. They guys are going to get a break soon and they will spend some time in England. They plan to practice and watch football (aka soccer). At this point in time 2.0 got really excited about football (he managed to hold his questions until the end.). We asked what his Fun^3 Fest highlights were. He said that they played Dallas last night and arrived in Austin at 4am. They wouldn’t have time to check anything out. He said that he enjoyed playing today. I thanked him for the sunshine they summoned during “Roll up your sleeves”. He enjoyed playing today. He said it’s been his best festival experience.
Apparently the guys will be back in Austin for SXSW 2012. They were here for SXSW 2009 and 2010. One of Sean’s favorite venues to play is Emos. We had to give him the sad news that the venue is no more. They moved. We asked if it was the venue or the crowd that made it is favorite. He said the crowd. But he also mentioned the sound was good. We had to burst that bubble as well. They bring in sound people for SXSW.
If you have some time, check out the new album and catch them at SXSW in March.
So, I am officially free of the government shackles that held me steady for the last 10 years. As of December 1st I am a free agent. So what does that mean? Infants and Hipsters is a reality. I watch Scout three days a week and I stitch at Frock on Vintage on Fridays and Saturdays. Most importantly, I have a weekend.
The last month of transitions was rough (the last 6 months of engineering this plan was rough). I think everything is in order. I have health insurance, a dba, a new bank account, and I applied for a sales tax permit. I managed to get it all done before Mercury went into Retrograde (I am not into astrology, but it is more than coincidental that something in my life goes wrong during this time).
What’s on Tap for December? I’ve already crossed off decorating for xmas. I need to convince Scout that napping is a good thing (she is opposed to sleeping in general). Getting my business stuff in order for filing taxes. Making a suit for M. Writing. Reading the stack of books on my nightstand. Researching bands for SXSW [BTW. They released the third round of artists.] Working with Savannahred on her plus sized clothing line.
This was year 7 of volunteering my way to platinum. I I took 2 weeks off from work and this time around I stayed at my own place (Yay for living close to downtown!).
(You should go back and read the daily recaps. I put this stuff out on the internet for you, little readers)
Total # of bands: ~11 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.
Total # of movies: 19 ( 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.
Total $ spent: ~61 tips, 2 dinners and a Go Local card.
Carbon Footprint: I biked at least 58 miles (from my house to downtown is about 7 miles round trip). The car was used once during the two week period (I was lazy and drove to the Alamo Lamar).
And now for the Rants/Raves (mostly rants though). (more…)
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
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