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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

SXSW10 Day 4: Cold and heat, criticism and fandom [Paul Thompson]

Posted By on Wed, Mar 24, 2010 at 4:38 PM

"'Come down to Texas! Play on a rooftop! It'll be great!'" That was Capstan Shafts mainman Dean Wells, speaking from the Wave Rooftop around 9:15 last night, who I'd suggest was dripping with sarcasm were said sarcasm not frozen to his temples. It was cold yesterday, man. Cold in a way Austin, Texas isn't used to, certainly not in the back end of March. And windy, too; oh lord, was it ever windy. Long walks between venues were swiftly reevaluated. Souvenir sweatshirts were purchased en masse. And a whole bunch of people seemed to think three days of music...

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SXSW10 Day 4: Doin’ the Don Lemon and dancing with white girls [Eric Tullis]

Posted By on Wed, Mar 24, 2010 at 3:51 PM

Today is David Hackney’s birthday. David, who passed away from lung cancer in 2000, was the lead guitarist for the 1970’s all-black punk-band, Death, compromised of David and his two brothers Bobby and Dannis Hackney, back when the concept of an all-black punk band from the Motown-stained streets of Detroit was a cultural and musical anomaly. Long story short—the band-name “Death” didn’t sit well with major labels that would have otherwise signed the group and possibly led them to worldwide notoriety. Today, however, during a SXSW interview panel discussion about Death’s recent resurgence, Bobby Hackney sits next to his...

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SXSW2010 Day 4: Blast Off [Marc Masters]

Posted By on Wed, Mar 24, 2010 at 3:39 PM

Did we mention how cold it was? All everyone at SXSW Day 4 could talk about was an actual wave of chill, and you couldn't really blame us for complaining—the 40 degree temperatures and skin-cutting wind would've been odd for January in Austin, and were downright cruel for March 20th. Given that and the natural fatigue of running from show to show for days, I decided to treat Day 4 rather randomly, yet somehow ended up seeing almost nothing but energetic, animated, hard-working bands. I guess it was something in the air-- it was like these groups were all trying...

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Saturday, March 20, 2010

SXSW10 Day 3: GWAR and effort [Paul Thompson]

Posted By on Sat, Mar 20, 2010 at 1:33 PM

I was standing there checking my phone, half-watching Bethany Cosetino of Best Coast plow through another Ronettes song of her own making, when a friend told me to fuck that noise and hit the back patio: GWAR was here. Not to pick on Bethany, who has a few good songs and really loves cats and was very sweet when I met her the other day, but watching GWAR, clad in full battle armor, blow through a crowd of half-aware, half-bewildered hipster types to talk their shit and prominently display their pockmarked, fake-bloodstained buttcheeks, well… I could see Best Coast...

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SXSW10 Day 3: The Human Serviette [Eric Tullis]

Posted By on Sat, Mar 20, 2010 at 1:25 PM

So far, I’ve had two cab drivers tell me that if it weren’t for their kindness, I’d be spending hours trying to hail a taxi. Apparently, being a black guy in Austin has its limitations and even I, a non-threatening African-American-out-of-towner, wasn’t immune to the cabbie-cold-shoulder. But gimme a break! There’s plenty of undesirables in this town for cabbies to be worrying about rather than targeting me—the black guy walking around town looking for a ride, wearing a badge with his name and face on it, the city he lives in, and the newspaper that’s he’s representing. I wonder...

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SXSW10 Day 3: Moving Day [Marc Masters]

Posted By on Sat, Mar 20, 2010 at 1:00 PM

On the PGA Tour (yes, I follow the PGA Tour), the third day of a four-day tournament is commonly known as "moving day"—the day when you'd better move up the leaderboard or spend the final round just trying to stay out of last place. Day 3 of SXSW felt a bit like that for me. I had seen tons of great bands the first two days, but Friday was the day to make sure I saw every last must-see left on my list. With Saturday already looking unpredictable (rain in the forecast, a bunch of groups leaving to play...

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Friday, March 19, 2010

SXSW10 Day 2: Bill Murray, man [Paul Thompson]

Posted By on Fri, Mar 19, 2010 at 2:28 PM

I saw Bill Murray last night. Then I saw a UFO. They have to be related....

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SXSW10 Day 2: Camping Out [Marc Masters]

Posted By on Fri, Mar 19, 2010 at 2:25 PM

The eternal dilemma at SXSW is how long to stick around at any single venue. There's at least five bands, sometimes more than 10, playing in every possible location. So the temptation is to dart all over Austin catching snippets of everything. That strategy works well at night, when more of the shows take place in the radius of a few downtown blocks, and on-the-hour schedules are more strictly adhered to. But during the day, things can happen miles apart, lineups drift off time and rearrange by the second, and crowds swell unpredictably. So you can spend 30 minutes to...

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SXSW10 Day 2: Grandmothers and Cooties [Eric Tullis]

Posted By on Fri, Mar 19, 2010 at 2:23 PM

My official SXSW initiation came with having a stranger find and return my Blackberry to me after picking it up it in the middle of 4th Street, severely injuring my big-toe after tripping over a pole-stump and later holding a brief conversation with Madlib about his two-inch wide, gold, arm-bands that he inherited from his grandmother. “It’s for protection,” he said before following J-Rocc’s DJ set at the cozy Stones Throw showcase. “She was on that voodoo-shit. All grandmothers look out for their grandkids.” I couldn’t have agreed more. So, waking up today and thinking, “Wow, today, maybe I should...

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

SXSW10 Day 1: The luck of wandering [Paul Thompson]

Posted By on Thu, Mar 18, 2010 at 2:43 PM

Every year I come down here, I swear it'll be different. I tell myself I'll get a schedule going way out ahead, plotting my days out to the minute so as to avoid that creeping feeling that I'm missing something. I promise I'll make my travel plans early to ensure a cheap flight in and a prime spot downtown. But the main thing is always this: Don't fall back on stuff you know just because it's there. I'm not a fan, I'm a journalist; ostensibly, that's why I'm here—o discover stuff. So how in tarnation did I end up...

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SXSW10, Day 1: Disorientation [Marc Masters]

Posted By on Thu, Mar 18, 2010 at 2:34 PM

The first day at SXSW is mostly about (dis)orientation—you spend much of your time figuring out where you are, figuring out where everything else is, and figuring out how to get to it all while slamming into thousands of people who are doing the same. Even more disorienting is seeing bands perform in the middle of all this chaos, in contexts that you'd never see them otherwise....

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