Sunday, March 19, 2006

the final hurrah ...SXSW 2006


the sickness overcame me today and progressively got worse as the day and night went on. it wasn't a particularily nice day out either as it was raining for most of the day. i also left two expensive prints that i had bought the day before in the taxi cab that we took into town...so, needless to say the day was not started on the right foot from the get-go...but here is the events that took place nonetheless...

1. 89.3 The Current Breakfast Burrito Party in the rain
2. Flatstock - concert poster print show(aka, other sick obsession that eats away at the funds)
3. Vitriol Party - Lambardi Art Gallery
*Run Chico Run
*Idle Hands
* Film School
4. Iron Works for some Bar B Q
5. Magneta Lane @ Buffulo Billiards
6. The Essex Green @ Antone's
7. The Owls @ Habana Calle 6
8. I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness @ Emo's Annex
9. The Side Bar
*where members from Clap Your Hands Say Yeah were hanging out. Also, was introduced and chilled with Robert Skoro and Tad Kubler(guitarist for the Hold Steady)
10. Jucifer

that's about it. i would have loved to go check out Lady Soveriegn and We Are Scientists with Neil, but at this point the sickness had taken full effect and have no strength or energy to walk anywhere. there is no need to complain about this week-as i think i have seen and accomplished a lot - being it my first time and all...

Saturday, March 18, 2006

DAY 3 , o MY!

this is a super brief recap of yesterday's events seeing how i am standiong at a computer in the trade show area in the convention center...but here is a summation of what went down....as always more detail will follow.

1.BMI Breakfast @ Four Seasons
2. Portastatic @ 89.3 in studio
3. Festival Booking and Touring Panel
4. controller.controller
5. The Essex Green @ Sub Pop + Merge Records Party - Pok e Jo's
6. Jane Mag Party @ Beauty Bar (with Dan from Real World Miami as Door Guy)
a. Of Montreal
b. Mates of State
7. We Are Scientists @ 89.3 In-Studio
8. IHOP
9. Fighting Records Party - Speakeasy Rooftop
a. Grand Buffet
b. Whole Wheat Bread
10. Soul Position @ Emo's
11. P.O.S. @ Emo's (Craig Finn guest once again)
12. Artic Monkeys @ La Zona Rosa
13. Tapes n' Tapes @ Latitude 30

peace to all.

Friday, March 17, 2006

Day 2: SXSW

i was ambitious to think that i would wake up at 830 this morning after being up for nearly 24 hours the day before...needless to say, we all were passed out until like 1130 and didnt get back into the action until 1230. i was kinda bummed because i wanted to see Neil Young speak, but that was soon erased from my regrets as the day went on. here is a list of what went down during DAY 2 of South by...

1. South By Stereogum party @ The Parish
-What Made Milwaukee Famous
-Thunderbirds are Now!
-Rogue Wave
-Ted Leo & the Pharmacists
2. Beastie Boys @ Stubb's
*this was a surprise, last minute show that was announced although rumors had it that they would be playing somewhere during their time here...needless to say it was pretty much one of the coolest experiences of the whole trip thus far. lance was crying when i called him :)
3. Margot and the Nuclear So and So's @ Nuno's Upstairs
4. The Plastic Constelations @ SOHO Lounge
*Craig Finn of the Hold Steady was in attendance and guested on a song too!
5. Mark Mallman @ Exodus
***after this show i was hanging out with the Vamp crew and who walks into the club but comedian Jeffrey Ross. i was a little intoxicated at this point and to make a long story short made a fool of myself while talking to him...im sure i thought i was really cool at the time (the long story upon request...:)
6. Dresdon Dolls @ Stubb's
7. Rocky Votolato @ The Parish Downstairs
8. Mates of State @ The Parish upstairs
9. Aqueduct @ The Parish Downstairs
10. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah @ Eternal

so, yeah. it was a packed day. in between all of that i managed to find my way into the poster show that is also g0ing on and pretty much decided that i wouldn't mind going further into debt to buy some of this amazing artwork. leia bell (bryan bell's sister =weezer=) was showing here work too!

i will have to get into more detail later but the cab is on it's way. hope the snow day was fun for all you kids back in minnie. take care.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

SXSW...the longest day of my life

so. i will make this short for now, and add more detail later tonight. here is a list of artists seen so far...

1. tapes n' tapes - fader/levis party
2. (some band i forgot the name to...) - Red 7
3. Say Anthing - Beauty Bar. death + taxes party
4. New London Fire
5. Brightblack Morning Light - Stubb's
6. New Pornographers - Stubb's
7. Belle & Sebastian - Stubb's
8. +/- .... Friends Bar
9. And you will know us by the trail of dead - Emo's

that's all for now. will be posting more on this plus today's events later tonight...hope all is well.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

SXSW

in 2 days! i will be heading down to one of the biggest music conferences and festivals known to music nerds all around the world. that's right, South By South West or SXSW or for uber hipsters you can simply call it South By.

neil and i are leaving early wednesday morning and as soon as we step on the plane it will be non stop rockin. i am looking forward to meeting, listening, networking and hanging with other music kids. it will be action packed...

i will hopefully be updating this blog each day that i am down there March 15-19. that is, if i have time or am not sacrificing sleep time-because i guarentee i will not be sleeping once i land in Austin. i still have to prioritize all the panels, shows, parties, and general hangs that will be going on...if you know of something that should not be passed up, let me know as i am up for anything...

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

new music


i have been on a new music kick lately and it is not helping my financial situation very much. music is very much like a drug and so hard to stay away once you start. anyway, after pawning off some cds in order to purchase some new ones i have found a few discs worth reporting.

first, a group out of Jacksonville Beach, FL by the name of Electric President has grabbed my attention and still hasn't let go. this duo of young 20 somethings is along the same lines as the Postal Service's of the world while also placing great emphasis on picture perfect singer-songwriter craftsmanship. they have also garnered the stamp of approval from death cab front man Ben Gibbard. they are currently on Morr Music (Berlin, Germany). be sure to check these guys out. track 2 is front - runner as my first fave, titled Insomnia.

next, i finally picked up local indie rock rock outfit, Hockey Night. after reading about these guys this past summer when their latest disc, Keep Guessin', came out - i recently stumbled upon them again and made my way to the record shop. they are a dash of Mason Jennings sounding vocals mixed with The Hopefuls guitar pop and Weezer-esque nerd rock. they have been on tour with Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and have made a big splash around the country. they will be performing a few shows at SXSW in a few weeks...