Posted in music | pictures on March 22, 2010

As anyone following along on @bvSXSW knows, after some serious transportation issues, Andrew Frisicano eventually made his way down to Monterrey, Mexico from Austin, TX (counting waiting for the bus to show up, it took him something like 18 hours which was 4 hours shorter than it took Ryan Muir) in time for a bit of the 2nd night and all of the third day (aka today, 3/22). Here is some of his story so far...

The Coathangers @ MtyMX (by TiTa_Elizondo)
MtyMx

"You Will Remember Tonight" was the song that stuck out in Andrew WK's headlining set at MtyMx Festival last night in Monterrey, Mexico. It was the second night of the fest, and the only set I saw because of a lengthy, complicated bus trip that started much earlier in the day.

There were a lot of questions coming down to Mexico: transportation, accommodations and food were mostly left in the hands of the festival, and at MtyMx now (5pm Monterrey time), most of those continue to be issues, sadly distracting from the bands who did make it. For some bands and showgoers the trip took 20+ hours of waiting and riding on buses, but if one thing has been consistent, it has been that no two MtyMx trips have been the same.

Due to spotty bus service from Austin, shaken confidence in the festival and scheduling issues, a number of the bands on the bill have canceled or been unable to make it down. Those bands (editor's note: which Todd P sarcastically addresses in a video below) include Washed Out, Small Black, Tanlines, No Age, Lucky Dragons, Anamanaguchi, Pocahaunted, Beach Fossils, MNDR, Sun Araw, Total Abuse, Talk Normal, The Wave Pictures, Fucked Up, The Sandwitches and Liturgy. On the festival's last day, arranging transportation back to Austin or elsewhere has been an overriding theme.

story continued below with video & more pics...

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Dan Deacon @ MtyMX Sunday night (by nediaz)
MtyMx

"Todd P talks about "pussy" bands @ Festival MTYMX" (via)

Some remain positive - Alex from Lemonade expressed his enthusiasm for the MtyMx adventure on the way down, and across the border he was incredibly helpful in guiding the busload through customs and tolls en route the fest. For others, who've had their possessions stolen on the festival grounds, the experience has been less positive.

Andrew WK @ MtyMX Sunday night (by Andrew Frisicano)
MtyMx

The show itself, at the base of a mountain as promised, was a welcome sight on Sunday night, with Andrew W.K. and Cherie Lily on stage blasting songs like Aleister X's "Bangers and Beans" and AWK classics like "I Love New York" and "Party Hard." The crowd in front of the stage (and on it) seemed to be enjoying themselves.

The Yo Garage afterparty - located within a couple hundred feet of the fest-affiliated Hotel Fundadore - featured sets by Teeth Mountain, Das Racist and early '90s DJing by Dan Deacon (Aqua's "Barbie Girl" welcomed me to the Garage). Those who attended had good things to say.

Today, High Places played first around 2pm. Mentira Mentira, a two-man garage rock band, ran into the crowd and climbed the light poles. The music continues - I'm still working on booking a bus back to Austin. Check @bvsxsw for up to the minute updates.

The schedule today is still evolving - Thee Oh Sees were unable to make it across the border for the second time in their van, and it remains to be seen if they can get across any other way. Update: they definitely aren't getting into the country. And The Sandwitches have cancelled too.

More pictures and reports from the trip and the events last night and today are coming soon. Liars, HEALTH, Indian Jewelry and Neon Indian are all scheduled still to play tonight.

UPDATE: Best Fwends killing it (Monday, 3/22, 5:30pm):

TUESDAY UPDATE: The story finishes HERE.

MtyMx

and last night:

Das Racist @ MtyMX afterparty Sunday night (by Katie Rush)
MtyMx

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Comments (117)

bust

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2010 7:17 PM

didn't think fucked up were such pussies

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2010 7:21 PM

damn, major fail mtymx

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2010 7:21 PM

he's creative and tries new things. we could all learn from him.

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2010 7:34 PM

wow...that's a whole lotta cancelled bands. why did any of them agree to this in the first place if they were just gonna cancel? it's not like Mexico suddenly got *more* scary in the past week.

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2010 7:39 PM

panache fell for it

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2010 7:41 PM

can't you guys read? its mostly because of the bus snafu from austin.

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2010 7:42 PM

i dunno, i think this is a mixed bag. hope the delays were worth it for the people who went, because it was a really ambitious project, and maybe next year todd will have worked out the kinks.

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2010 7:45 PM

How many dead? Zero? Well, they're now officially safer than Bonnaroo, Coachella and Sasquatch.

Bus fail does not equal Fest fail. The bands that canceled really fucked themselves in terms of their credibility. Todd should post a list of the cancel-pussies on his site.

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2010 7:47 PM

not for nothin' but a lot of violence has gone down in the city in the last week.

http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/americas/03/22/mexico.students.killed/

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2010/03/19/world/international-us-mexico-drugs-blockades.html

MONTERREY, Mexico (Reuters) - Armed men likely linked to drug gangs blocked highways with trucks and buses in the northern Mexican city of Monterrey on Friday in an apparent attempt to hamper army operations near the U.S. border.

Gunmen pulled truck and bus drivers out of their vehicles in the wealthy business city and used them to set up blockades on major four-lane highways, sometimes slashing tires to make it harder to tow them away, police and motorists said.

Some similar roadblocks were set up on Thursday.


But hey, fuck those pussies for skipping out on that gig which probably wasn't paying well and was looking like a cluster fuck in the making when "armed men linked to drug gangs blocked highways with trucks and BUSES in the northern Mexican city of Monterrey on Friday"

Fucking pussies. No Fear man!

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2010 7:47 PM

uh. anybody see this story about armed gangs hijacking busses to from blockades around the city?

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2010/03/19/world/international-us-mexico-drugs-blockades.html

MONTERREY, Mexico (Reuters) - Armed men likely linked to drug gangs blocked highways with trucks and buses in the northern Mexican city of Monterrey on Friday in an apparent attempt to hamper army operations near the U.S. border.

Gunmen pulled truck and bus drivers out of their vehicles in the wealthy business city and used them to set up blockades on major four-lane highways, sometimes slashing tires to make it harder to tow them away, police and motorists said.

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2010 7:50 PM

"The bands that canceled really fucked themselves in terms of their credibility. "

um, a lot of the bands cancelled because they couldn't get there. How does that fuck their cred?

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2010 8:09 PM

Hey 7:50PM, how many people die in NY every day? Your point is meaninglesss

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2010 8:10 PM

i think the bands that cancelled will be just fine.. maybe some of them wont be able to play Todd P shows anymore and they'll be forced to play venues with licenses and electricity and real soundsystems and other uncool stuff..

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2010 8:26 PM

where would you leave your gear/tour van if you rode the bus?

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2010 8:26 PM

excuse me, but how are you a pussy if you cannot physically get into the country?

It's possible some bands canceled because they were afraid of the "violence" but it appears most backed out because they couldn't get to the damn festival.

Todd P suck a big dick and shut the hell up!

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2010 8:30 PM

8:10, your counterpoint is meaningless.
There's an advisory about tourism in mexico, and a day before the festival drug cartels were reportedly creating roadblocks into Monterrey. I think that's a pretty good reason for these bands not to play, along with the fact that a crap load of the bands couldn't even make it because of the giant failure that was the bus fiasco.

Todd tried to be ambitious and do something above his means in a very stubborn way. luckily there's been no reported violence but it's certainly a mess, and Todd owes a lot of people an apology for this. and he definitely needs to suck up that big ego of his and admit to his mistakes.

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2010 8:31 PM

I hope none of the bands that cancelled play a Todd P show again. Way to throw the bands under the bus Todd. Pun intended!!! What an asshole everyone knew that this would fail and it did. Back to your comfort zone of Brooklyn Todd.

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2010 8:32 PM

Bands aren't pussies. Craigslist just isn't the place to get reliable bus drivers. Todd (ri) p

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2010 8:36 PM

if todd p were an electroclash band he'd be T.H.E.W.O.R.S.T.

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2010 8:40 PM

lmfao

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2010 8:40 PM

historic. this is our generations Woodstock 1999

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2010 8:42 PM

Todd sounds like a professional wrestler

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2010 8:44 PM

wonder if Todd P would be yelling "pussies" if the Drug Cartels showed up and payed the festival a little visit. Dude is a dick if he's calling bands pussies. You're the dick for promoting a show in a fucking warzone. You want a desert party? Throw it in New Mexico you dipshit. Heard the festival is a major failure.

Posted by Chuy from La Puente | March 22, 2010 8:49 PM

ya'll just got monterrey jacked

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2010 8:50 PM

No Age and Fucked Up...two of the three best bands scheduled canceled? (The only better band is The Liars.) Haha sucks.

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2010 8:51 PM

"Bus Snafu from Austin" is a better band name than most of those on the bill.

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2010 8:54 PM

TODD Pussy

Posted by Carmen Diaz | March 22, 2010 8:58 PM

much respect for everything Todd P does around Brooklyn, and I"m glad for those who made it there and had a good time despite the circumstances.

But the big question, bigger than how to decide how much violence has to go down in a country/area before you're not considered a pussy for skipping out, is how do you throw a festival with 60+ bands over the course of 3 days and still decide it's OK to party in Austin the night before it all goes down?

Shouldn't you be on site and at a desk tied to your phone and computer/email making sure shit is organized, on schedule, and set up properly? On site at least a week or a good 2-3 days before the first fans arrive?

Doing it Yourself does not exclude the ability to do things professionally.

Any band scheduled to play who canceled probably also took into account that the guy throwing the festival couldn't even make it there till better than half of the way through the first day.

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2010 9:11 PM

Anyone try that new Taco Bell shrimp taco?

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2010 9:14 PM

9:11 is right on point. There needs to be a balance between the mindless DIY bashing, and the Todd P nutlicking.

This event sounds like a bit of a fiasco, and a good portion of the problems were avoidable.

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2010 9:23 PM

A for effort, D- for execution.

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2010 9:27 PM

HELL YEAH WHO WANTS TO PARTY WITH DAN DEACON IN DRUG KIDNAPPING LAND

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2010 10:06 PM

I'm sure reports are going to pour in about everyone who made it down having a fucking blast.

Todd should immediately announce MtyMx 2011 to counter this mildly bad press.

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2010 10:26 PM

@8:44: LOL

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2010 10:27 PM

Hey, Todd P...next time, do it right. Why the mega busfail?! Lack of planning? Bus drivers terrified of having the bus hijacked with semi-automatic weapons? I certainly don't blame them.

i will give it to you, it was an amazing concept...in THEORY. But in a drug cartel controlled warzone? C'mon. The bands you called "pussies" probably didn't make it because they didn't wanna wait 24hrs for a bus, and neither would I. Check that ego, bro.

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2010 10:55 PM

hey 9:14, good one! I've been wondering about those tacos meself. maybe they have some of 8:50's monterey jack on 'em!

goin' to mexico you get what you get- why do you think they all come here fools?

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2010 10:59 PM

todd p tried something new and exciting and for that he definitely deserves credit. it's bad luck that the situation between the two drug cartels escalated in the last month.

"it's not like Mexico suddenly got *more* scary in the past week." - this person is moronic and clearly hasn't read anything about the border situation. the US ordered its first travel warning since early 2009 along this border on march 14th. two US aides were murdered in san juarez on the 13th, and US border agents were given leave to evacuate the border at that time.

the bus issue sucks, but i know they were trying their best to get everyone down as best as possible.

where todd DOES lose a fair amount of his credibility here is when he calls bands that couldn't make it pussies...

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2010 11:03 PM

Why would anyone take a bus from Austin to Monterrey? That's the longest fucking drive in the world and is just asking for issues along the way with everything that is going on down there. It isn't the fucking bolt bus or even the fung wah. If you were going to go and I'm sure the fest is awesome, you pony up for the plane tickets especially since they're probably cheap since no one is traveling to Mexico right now.

Posted by anonymous2 | March 22, 2010 11:12 PM

@ anon 11:03

whatever pussy

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2010 11:29 PM

I don't think he should be faulted for poking a little fun at the bands that canceled. He clearly was doing it to boost the morale of those fans and acts that did make the effort, and I'm sure that is not how he'll approach it when he returns and everything gets sorted out.

He should, however, be faulted for still going to SXSW, as was posted earlier. Especially considering that the situation with the drug cartels was heating up just weeks before half of the indie rock community is about to cross the border with all of their equipment because YOU asked them to, doing key bumps at the Fader Fort the night before just doesn't seem like a reasonable approach.

It seemed like a noble and ambitious idea, and I hope he tries something like this again. But a warehouse party in a Brooklyn loft is not (contrary, perhaps, to the deluded Bushwick residents sporting "Defend Brooklyn" t-shirts) the same thing as an unsecured empty field in a foreign country embroiled in what basically amounts to a guerrilla war, and the situation deserved a bit more attention to detail and logistics.

Then again, it's certainly a bit too soon for anyone to be making any judgments, especially anonymous assholes on message boards, myself included. Godspeed, Todd P.

Posted by anonymous asshole on message board | March 22, 2010 11:33 PM

Give it a fucking rest already Todd. So you think you saved our DIY-less souls in Brooklyn. Leave Mejico alone, pendejo!

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2010 11:53 PM

funny how Fucked Up used to boast "our shows are orgies of destruction" and shit like that. big surprise to see those pussies turn take and run back to the great white north when they see shit get REALLY "fucked up."

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2010 12:07 AM

Todd P is a exploitive bonner hole. Fuck him . The P is for penis obviously! get a life fucktard

Posted by jeff | March 23, 2010 1:28 AM

it was living hell getting there. some bands that did go wish they didnt. havent heard of anyone not coming out of fear of anything but not getting in or being stranded.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2010 1:33 AM

i'm sure when he thinks it through he will still be pissed but apologize for the way he put it

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2010 1:38 AM

if the bands were worried about violence/transportation issues they should've never agreed to do it in the first place.

it's not like drug cartel/gang violence and border crossing problems are a new thing.

that said, i'm happy for todd to come home because there's been a drought of good shows lately. as bv suggests, he's probably being somewhat tongue-in-cheek.. but promoters assume that bands have considered all aspects of the situation when they book them.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2010 1:42 AM

well.. i dont think thats a picture of The Coathangers

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2010 1:43 AM

I dont think the bands knew getting there would be such a pain the ass. bands tried and gave up. every stories different. it took best fwends 20 hours and four different bus trips, at one point being stranded not knowing what was going on. they got there safe that wasnt the issue its just that it sucked.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2010 1:49 AM

I guess Mexico just isn't that interested in importing a D-grade Burning Man fest into their country in the middle of a drug cartel warzone. This Todd P is just gonna have to pull some cool white dude moves (since he's so down with his Mexican brothers) and get his little hippy party written into the next NAFTA. That little snip makes him look the fool, and even though it isn't the whole story it's time he owns his own fuck ups. Blaming bands that couldn't get through border checkpoints or because they were on one of his screwed up buses and then pinning it on Mexico for its bad reputation is a real scummy promoter move. If you wanna be the coolest dude in Brooklyn stay there, don't bring it to Mexico dude, it ain't Canada.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2010 2:23 AM

HEY EVERYONE TODD PATRICKS REAL NAME IS JUSTINE O'NEAL, WEIRD HUH? WHAT A LIAR!

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2010 2:32 AM

Everyone has failed to mention that Todd's buses Saturday night and Sunday morning never came to pick up the artists/festival-goers. They totally fucked up and sent a letter out to everybody apologizing literally minutes before the scheduled pickup. No buses! By the time the rescheduled buses came on sunday, most of us had already heard horror stories of 14 hour rides on rickety school buses and mass disorganization - and that's for the ones who made it. Border security obviously was stepped up after friday's events in Monterrey. If you had agreed to play a show far away festival for very little money in a strange place under the pretense that you were to have a six hour ride provided by the promoter and then twice waited for buses that never came, or even heard about it from your friends in other bands who experienced this as well, would you want to endure all of that and the possibility of not making it there? This is not the terms the bands agreed to do this under. I have no idea why not wanting to trust an organization that's been royally fucking up to be your transportation, lodging, and security in an unknown and lately more violent land makes you a pussy. I think most wouldn't even put up with that on the way to Canada.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2010 2:54 AM

Not your cheese. Or many peoples day or two.
Then again festivals are what commodified smaller indie bands fifteen years ago unfortunately.

Posted by Bt | March 23, 2010 3:31 AM

But it is true that Americans are pretty insular when it comes to playing just in their country or maybe going to the desired obligatory European countries. Not to say though that it was probably a complete mess to try to get there.

Case in point take NYC bands, or people who move here to base their bands out of which has left people many years ago thinking NYC was the shit, but the hype is a little much. People in Chicago and Minneapolis never fully bought that idea and now with the advent of vice etc we see NYC is a lot of fluff.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2010 3:44 AM

Are those of us that predicted this clusterfuck still gullible "racists," Todd P.ussy?

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2010 4:29 AM


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Posted by shdj | March 23, 2010 4:50 AM

No your all a bunch of rascal's who never made it to Mexico. Que Paso hipsters. Me gustan pantalones de tighty sustantivo ipobrecito.

Posted by C. Marin | March 23, 2010 5:47 AM

Todd P should go back to Ohio

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2010 7:34 AM

This is really about a bigger issue central to Todd P's practice and central to his philosophy, a view on scene-building that is commendable in only the most general sense, but not if you look outside broad sweeping statements he makes about "building community."

I don't even want to address his comment about bands being pussies or whatever meat-head statements he makes in the clip above, but has anyone thought about the impact his presence and his shows might have on actual communities (rather than just narrow music scenes?)? Yes, these shows bring musicians and audiences together in Bushwick or Mexico, which is a good thing. But what about the people/businesses that actually live in those communities year-round? Is the impact of these shows good for, say, the Latino families who may not want a bunch of kids walking around their neighborhoods in Bushwick or Williamsburg and making noise on their streets on a school night?

This gets even more messy when it involves another country/culture like Mexico. I am sure in many ways the little bit of money that people attending the shows bring into Mexico is welcomed by the local communities in which the shows are being held, but I also think certain bad stereotypes about Americans (and the average show goer) is also being reinforced down there.

Todd P and his many advocates seem to not think much beyond the building of their own scene/community and how it impacts larger community's even in industrial neighborhoods in Brooklyn or developing countries like Mexico. There is something profoundly narcissistic about that. Wasn't there a documentary made about him? That too seems to indicate the guy is interested in documenting his own personality/commitment to the scene, regardless of the larger impact beyond the college kids and fashion denizens that attracts.

In some ways an actual venue that is a permanent anchor within a community is a politically more ethical than, say, the weekend warrior approach to this Mexico and/or Bushwick pirate show. He seems like a thrill seeker---what next? Will he organize a show in the beautiful and decimated Haiti? I heard the views are beautiful down there, now that the earthquake has leveled all those shabby houses the locals were living.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2010 8:07 AM

are those taco bell tacos available for a limited time only?

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2010 8:15 AM

8:15, you obviously haven't been to the corner of Broadway and Myrtle on the night of any Market Hotel show or you wouldn't make ridiculous comments about the "kids" disrupting "latino families" and businesses.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2010 8:56 AM

feel sorry for the bands who had to deal with this 20-hour bus ride BS! i would have cancelled too! nyc got your back

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2010 9:24 AM

8:07 apparently hasn't been out much in the streets of Bushwick. Otherwise he/she'd know that the neighborhood ruckus isn't a 'gentrifier exclusive'. Regarding the business aspect of your post: Yeah, I'm sure all those bodegas hate the shit out of the indie kids swarming their places like crazy during these shows.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2010 9:35 AM

8:56,

Actually I have been on Myrtle and and Broadway at night, Market Hotel show or not.

To assume that because some folks in these neighborhoods might make noise (I assume you are talking about in "their" bars or on "their" car stereos) assumes you only see these neighborhoods in the most general sense. I actually live there and there are plenty of older folks and middle-class families that don't adhere to your vision of how "Latino families" live. The blocks surrounding Market Hotel all have apartments above those store fronts. A diverse and wide spectrum of people actually live there, though you might not now that when you go into the bodega to buy your 40-ounce or smile at what you see as the "ghetto" or "Brooklyn" elements that make the Todd P experience so "real".

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2010 9:53 AM

Can't wait for it to end to see how many people died. Obviously none.
I think the idea of bringing together different scenes from different countries was a legitimate effort, if maybe a bit idealistic.

Monterrey is the third largest city in México. What happened there was that the drug cartels set up 31 blockades on roads... all within fair distance of the place where MtyMx was held. I mean miles.

The number of people killed last week (friday night) was a grand total of... 2.

http://www.eluniversal.com.mx/notas/667429.html

So the planning was poor. Still, it's no use blaming fear and insecurity for not allowing music to trascend borders and try to make a difference where it's needed.

Just saying.

Posted by Yun Mimihuamí | March 23, 2010 9:55 AM

I haven't heard much about the co-promoters, YoGarage. They're based in Monterrey and I'd guess responsible for booking the majority of the bands - albeit more local, lesser-know bands. But still I wonder what their take on the situation is. Can anyone interpret their tweets?

I know Todd from around Brooklyn, and he's genuinely passionate/superhardworking about music and shows. I hope there's an MtyMx 2011. I feel bad for him for all these crappy personal digs. I'm sorry but he's a promoter, and try doing that job without just a little bit of ego and brashness in you. He's a good dude.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2010 10:03 AM

What kind of shrimp do they use in those taco bell tacos. jumbo or mini? is it filling?

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2010 10:25 AM

All for transcending borders, but these borders still exist both before and after the show. Todd's framing it as bands being "pussies" or people being afraid of Mexico or Bushwick is just naive.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2010 10:27 AM

can we totally end this thread right now by saying Todd P is DICK, and Taco Bell's new Shrimp Tacos are the bomb? Ok, done.

Posted by El Guapo | March 23, 2010 10:29 AM

"Washed Out, Small Black, Tanlines, No Age, Lucky Dragons, Anamanaguchi, Pocahaunted, Beach Fossils, MNDR, Sun Araw, Total Abuse, Talk Normal, The Wave Pictures, Fucked Up, The Sandwitches and Liturgy"

A lot of these acts are internationally touring bands. One would really think that they or their respective management know(s) how to organize transportation from A to B.
Unless their personal limo service assigned by the promoter didn't show, there's really no excuse for this no show. I mean, seriously. Who takes a roundtrip bus from Austin into Mx and back?! That's like a days worth of travel even without complications. Take a fucking plane, rent equipment locally or find an agreement with one of the local bands on the bill. those bands that WANTED to play this festival did it. the rest is just a bunch of spoon fed babies.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2010 10:32 AM

Did anyone get food poisoning? That's what I want to know.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2010 10:32 AM

I got food poisoning! From the BV SXSW day party! Thanks guys!

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2010 10:55 AM

"People in Chicago and Minneapolis never fully bought that idea and now with the advent of vice etc we see NYC is a lot of fluff."

Yeah, we just can't keep up with all those Best New Music bands from fucking Minnesota.

"Is the impact of these shows good for, say, the Latino families who may not want a bunch of kids walking around their neighborhoods in Bushwick or Williamsburg and making noise on their streets on a school night?"

Are you kidding me? As someone who grew up in NYC--noise is a fact of life. Todd P is not singlehandedly responsible for gentrification. The irony is, for all your faux liberal Internet compassion, you claim to live there--you're more responsible than he is! The worst these shows do is give business to bodegas. On top of that, I know tons of native New Yorkers who go to them. Perhaps it is you who has a stereotyped portrait of these communities.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2010 10:55 AM

food poisoning is likely if you eat one of those taco bell shrimp tacos. they look nasty.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2010 10:59 AM

Hahahaha El Guapo. Thank you. Yes, Done!

Posted by Gigi | March 23, 2010 11:10 AM

@8:07 - It's very easy to demonize a couple of Bushwick loft shows by throwing gentrification and race issues into the argument, but what about when it is the other way around?

What about when long-established venues like Tonic are closed because of the new condo owners that make noise complaints (forcing venues and bands to move their shows further out into neighborhoods like Bushwick)?

Todd P, and all of us new-to-Brooklyn gentrifiers, are just one rung on a very tall ladder of economic and geographic displacement. To single any party out with blame just seems lazy.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2010 11:17 AM

and on top of that, i don't see how todd is to blame for someone else's decision to move to brooklyn and displace people because they have the wealth to do so

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2010 11:49 AM

For the record, for the sake of our street cred. when we heard the shuttles were driverless we said screw it, lets take our dodgy minivan and caravan with thee oh sees. we all spent two days trying to cross the border. even tried to continue on without papers once we realized we weren't going to be able to get them. but we just got turned back over and over. tried as hard as we all could. it sucked not to be able to get there. next time i guess - the sandwitches

Posted by heidi alexnander | March 23, 2010 11:55 AM

This was a fun event. I had a great time as a spectator. Crossing the border on a non-Toddp bus was easy as pie, as was returning back to the US on a toddp bus. I think it is possible to work out the kinks with this diy bus shuttle snafu, but really the easiest thing would be for people to be responsible for their own transport next year (there are a number of buses that go down from austin already).

in the end, the event was probably a little over ambitious trying to 'help' SXSW people get down to Mtymx... but eventually it did get a lot of spectators, bands, and attention down to the festival which was a wonderful idea and so was the end product.

now with the attention it has gained (and really for me it was a success) i see no reason for this to be overlooked next year even if say todd decides to scrap the slightly cheaper diy shuttle.

again, it was an awesome festival and monterrey was wonderful.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2010 12:41 PM

12:41, see the Sandwitches post above yours: even those trying to get in on their own were being turned away. Other bands have already said as much. We make it difficult here in the US for bands to come to our country and play. Even Canadian bands have been turned away in recent years. It is naive to think that as US Americans, borders do not apply to us.

I think most people assumed that Todd P had gotten papers in order, contacted embassies, whatever would be necessary to make this process work. If it turns out he just booked the field and left all the bands to fend for themselves at the border, then he is certainly 100% to blame, not only for the semi-failure of the event, but also for putting those bands' livelihoods at risk.

As a fan, you probably went over with a backpack and a sleeping bag, whereas those bands are traveling with all of their equipment with them. Entering an embattled drug war zone with a few grand worth of musical equipment and no knowledge of the area is asking a hell of a lot.

Posted by another anonymous asshole on the internet. | March 23, 2010 12:59 PM

12:59 speaks the tr00th

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2010 1:15 PM

12:59 that's why one gets one's shit in order prior to an event. just showing up at the border like an idiot hardly ever works out with intentions that have 'will work in your country' written all over it.

"If it turns out he just booked the field and left all the bands to fend for themselves at the border, then he is certainly 100% to blame..."

OMG, what kind of pampered rubbish point of view are you trying to sell here? mummy didn't get the necessary papers? poor baby.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2010 1:35 PM

Seriously, these bands and their handlers should be embarassed. Dan FUCKING Deacon got to Monterrey with no problem. 2010, the year Dan Deacon became a symbol of courage and Damian Abraham became the symbol of a pussy.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2010 1:41 PM

early '90s DJing by Dan Deacon (Aqua's "Barbie Girl"

good example of early 90s with this selection from 1997

Posted by g | March 23, 2010 1:50 PM

1:35 is a british 15 year old living in his "mum's" basement

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2010 1:54 PM

1:54 needs glasses

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2010 2:00 PM

@1:35 - You are a moron. I don't even think you know what point you are trying to make, you just want to insult people anonymously on the internet. I'm sure you are a talented and accomplished human being.

Bands were informed by the promoter that there would be buses to get them there. That was part of the arrangement. Even when that failed, many bands (as the Sandwitches posted here) went out of their way to continue to try to cross the border. Are you calling that "pampered?"

Again, you are a moron. And your slang is outdated.

Posted by another anonymous asshole on the internet. | March 23, 2010 2:06 PM

While you were writing shit about Todd P and the festival I was having a great time drinkin in my commemorative beer cups listening to good bands.

Posted by TiTa | March 23, 2010 2:27 PM

What alt bros here in monterrey are complaining about regarding Yo Garage (the mexican promoters) is how bad the sound sucked, how ugly the festival looked and how most local fans totally did not attend the festival. I don't know if you guys coming from the US share these impressions, but I think they're responsible at least for these things. About all the bands that didn't make it to the show, meh, there was so much ugly shit going on I rather not put the blame on anybody. What for? In the end the festival turned out awesome. Hope they get it right next year.

PS I couldn't interpret their tweets. I do not use twitter but I'll look around for their say on this.

Posted by CarlosL | March 23, 2010 2:41 PM

yeah barbie girl? dude come on, that's not cool, funny, ironic or hip. jesus christ. might as well play "cotton eye joe" now that's a classic. dan deacon, you suck! haha just kidding?????

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2010 2:50 PM

DJ who had sniffles and was tired and didn't want to wait for a bus, ie PUSSY:
http://www.newyorknighttrain.com/2010/03/23/mtymx/

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2010 3:20 PM

2:06 is one of those 'mommy boys' that got stuck at the border and are looking for someone to blame, other than their own sorry ass of course. the great american way. sue someone and blame it on god knows who...

dude, if I go on an out of country trip, I have my fucking shit in order. yes, sometimes that involves more than a valid passport if that makes me a moron, hey so be it.

I see the point of being disappointed about the no show of the announced shuttle busses. and hey, cudos to you for having choosen such a 'rocky' mode of transportation in the first place. but all that doesn't change the fact that your lack of paper work was what kept you from being admitted into the country, which really raises the question if it might not be you who is the moron here.

Posted by the decline of western civilization | March 23, 2010 4:18 PM

In some ways an actual venue that is a permanent anchor within a community is a politically more ethical than, say, the weekend warrior approach to this Mexico and/or Bushwick pirate show. He seems like a thrill seeker---what next? Will he organize a show in the beautiful and decimated Haiti? I heard the views are beautiful down there, now that the earthquake has leveled all those shabby houses the locals were living.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2010 8:07 AM


Your entire comment is asinine because first of all the venue in Monterrey is an actual venue and there was many local bands and bands from further down in Mexico that played there so it was not by residential homes.

Also people in Bushwhick could care less about some noise in a corner of an old building away from residents.

Mexico is not a developing country you idiot. Mexico city is 18 million with a subway and there is many other large cities. God that sounds like pandering or real sheltered non sense there kid.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2010 5:35 PM

4:18, before you call someone a moron, make sure you know how to spell kudos. Otherwise you look like a fucking idiot.

Posted by tricks of the trade | March 23, 2010 5:36 PM

5:35,

I assume you are talking about Mexico City, which is sort of like comparing Los Angeles to, well, Buffalo County, South Dakota.

Stats to help put things in perspective:

http://www.nationsencyclopedia.com/economies/Americas/Mexico-POVERTY-AND-WEALTH.html

Not exactly a thriving economy for the average (or even above average) person, but again, I think you are thinking of the vacation spots and Mexico City.

As to your view of Bushwick and even East Williamsburg, which you assume consists of only empty and/or abandoned buildings, take a closer look. You'd be surprised which are occupied, in some capacity, with residents of some sort. I just don't think it is entirely right to see a warehouse district as a playground for putting on shows. To that end, the only "community building" going on consists of folks who are already a part of the community.

Yes, places like Tonic, ABC No-Rio, even the early days of Brownies and other East Village/Lower East Side venues, there was an attempt for these spots to become part of the community and not just some faux underground haunt at night.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2010 6:09 PM

Todd P.ussy - bringing people together since 2001.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2010 8:37 PM

4:18, if you're going to post on a message board, have your fucking spelling in order.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2010 11:02 PM

Ya know, I was at the first Coachella and at the first Burning Man (I'm old.) They weren't exactly models of organization either. I'm sure once the kinks are worked out, you folks who prefer beer sponsorships and $300 tickets will be much more comfortable. However, since Todd isn't interested in gouging people, he will have moved on.

Posted by bk | March 24, 2010 10:50 AM

Saint Todd of Pussy.

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2010 12:26 PM

From one who was there from day 1, the festival was a great experience. The sound was great, the stages and art pieces looked wonderful and the general attitude of the crowd and bands was peaceful, energetic and fun. Sure, the bus issues and security worries were bad, and certainly something that needs more work next time, but after talking to some of the organizers, I'm confident that weighs heavily on future plans.

Todd P has an ego, sure. But I think rampantly demonizing him for a late night quip about bands being pussies (clearly just getting along with the crowd) is a bit over the top. I was standing there at that moment, and I cringed when he said it, but it's hardly the nail in his coffin. So many great bands couldn't make it this time due to travel, and only a rare few pulled out due to understandable security reasons which Todd's staff handled gracefully.

All in all, MtyMx was very enjoyable and I look forward to a stronger, more logistically sound 2011 fest. The people Todd has helping him on both sides of the border are phenominal, and work for little money. They should be applauded for the effort; even if it's a little lucky nothing went majorly wrong security wise. Onward and upward.

Posted by Dr Dickhead | March 25, 2010 7:35 PM

seriously, he didn't even sound arrogant or whatever. he just said some people were saying mexico is too dangerous. he didnt dis anybody for not gettin through the border. i do understand not wanting to go to mexico with all your equipment and shit with those new stories, but i mean the dude was there in the moment at this event he spent mad time planning and getting together and it just wasnt working out as he had hoped. somebody else actually said "pussies" and he agreed. he wasnt even being a dick.

Posted by Anonymous | March 26, 2010 12:40 PM

From Huffington Post, Sat March 27th:

Mexican Police Chief DECAPITATED By Drug Cartel
Mark Walsh | 03/27/10 04:29 AM |

MONTERREY, Mexico — The decapitated body of the police chief of a northern Mexico town and the body of his brother were found inside the chief's patrol truck Friday, authorities said. Hours earlier, gunmen killed a deputy police chief and his bodyguard in another part of Mexico's north.

The body of Heriberto Cerda, the police chief in Agualeguas, was found on the bed of a patrol pickup truck, which was left on a dirt road in the nearby town of General Trevino. His head was on his lap, said a spokesman for Nuevo Leon state prosecutors who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the case.

The body of the chief's brother, Jesus Cerda, was found inside the truck, the official said. He didn't say how Jesus Cerda was killed.

Nuevo Leon state secretary general Javier Trevino told reporters that Cerda and his brother had been reported missing Thursday.

The windshield and driver's door of the patrol car had "C.D.G.," an acronym for the Gulf drug cartel, written in blood, photos showed.

The border state of Nuevo Leon, where Agualeguas and General Trevino are located, has seen an upsurge in violence that authorities say is the result of a turf battle between the Gulf cartel and the Zetas, the cartel's former hit men.

The slayings came a day after Mexican marines on patrol in the Nuevo Leon town of Cerralvo came under fire after ordering a convoy of gunmen traveling in six vehicles to stop. Six of the assailants were killed.

Nearly 18,000 people have died in drug-related violence since President Felipe Calderon launched an assault on cartels after taking office in December 2006.

In the northern state of Sonora, gunmen in a pickup truck fatally shot the deputy police chief and his bodyguard in the city of Nogales, which sits across the border from the Arizona city of the same name, authorities said Friday.

Sonora state police said gunmen opened fire on the victims with Kalashnikov rifles Thursday night.

Late Friday, gunmen opened fired on a hotel in downtown Ciudad Juarez where federal agents stay, killing one and wounding two, authorities said.

Enrique Torres, a spokesman for Chihuahua state police, said the assailants shot into the hotel's restaurant. Hours earlier, a state investigator was shot to death in a residential area, Torres said.

Ciudad Juarez, which is across the border from El Paso, Texas, is the most violent city in Mexico.

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2010 2:20 PM

To those who say bands should have arranged to fly, etc...who do you think those bands are? Except for a few headliners, most of these bands are just regular bands trying to get by. Someone said "the bands and their handlers should be embarassed"...do you really think that those bands have a ton of "handlers"?

Also the NY Times article suggested that this fest was testing the "exportability of DIY"...the Garage is one of my favorite venues I've been to. It seems like Monterrey already has a lot of people doing DIY shows and bands that are doing everything themselves. They don't need it to be imported from the US

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Posted by دردشه | September 28, 2010 6:15 AM

Cool multi take picture at the start. Gives a great impression of the energy in the band.

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Posted by شات | October 10, 2010 11:03 PM

To those who say bands should have arranged to fly, etc...who do you think those bands are? Except for a few headliners, most of these bands are just regular bands trying to get by. Someone said "the bands and their handlers should be embarassed"...do you really think that those bands have a ton of "handlers"?

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Posted by منتديات | November 3, 2010 5:09 PM

He's right though. More bands need to play in Mexico. There are great fans down there and there are some really nice venues as well.

Posted by Tony | December 21, 2010 12:28 PM

That's a sick ass concert. I planned on seeing Das Racist last year, but then my flight out of Chicago was canceled. :-(

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