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Japandroids
Japandroids

I do too many BV parties to make it to the Fader Fort anymore. This is the second SXSW in a row I completely missed it (didn't even get to see Bone Thugs). Luckily I have these pictures and videos (and stories about a band being booed off stage)...

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A Tour of The Levi's® FADER Fort

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Japandroids interview @ Fader Fort

Real Estate @ Fader Fort

Yelawolf, "Pop The Trunk" live at the Levi's® FADER Fort

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, "Crossroads" live at the Levi's® FADER Fort

Salem @ Fader Fort

"I did get to see Salem play once during SXSW, at our [Fader] space. They were booed off stage. That is, because, unfortunately, honestly, they were not good. But that "good" needs so many asterisks and quotation marks that it barely exists as a measure of worth. The show was outside, during the day. The smoke machine suffered because of the wind, its effects blown backwards behind the tented stage. The sound was crisp and when Jack rapped, you could hear it clearly, which is not a good thing. There was no slowing down the speed, no frying the smooth edges, no haze from which to emerge. Salem's ingenuity comes in the invention of its own creation myth. Played clean, there is no mystery. Even if they feel no partiality to a hidden agenda, their music deserves a shrouding daylight does not deliver. Turns out the truth is a detriment to their story.

Salem did deliver one mystery, however, a ponytailed and kind of sweaty-faced woman on stage with them. She played no instruments, nor did she sing. In fact, after the first song she sat down. She was cool. She smoked and sipped from a Budweiser tall can. I later saw she had collected the free Levi's® given to performers. And why not." [Fader]

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Comments (30)

Salem should not have taken the day show if that is their 'thing', no?

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2010 1:13 PM

why does japandroids always have that orange mic

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2010 1:33 PM

OMG just watched that salem video. they make telepathe look good. i feel sorry for those 2 dudes - why is the chick in the band? SHE CANT SING. mortifying :(

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2010 1:38 PM

Thei are cool.

Posted by Lars | March 28, 2010 1:39 PM

ouch. i normally hate seeing someone get booed off, but that was pretty painful to watch.

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2010 1:44 PM

i like salem but that just looked painful to stand through

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2010 1:49 PM


Salem followed Dam-Funk. Dam-Funk absolutely destroyed, so that limp bullshit they call a live show stood no chance whatsoever. Epic fail

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2010 1:55 PM

What that singer was to singing that dude on the drum machine was to rhythm. Holy fuck. The guy on the synths was shooting death stares left and right.

They look like coked out morons anyway. It was just bad music played really poorly. Have any of you tried just goofing around with a synthesizer? This is the sort of shit that comes out on like, hour four.

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2010 2:19 PM

an embarassment to wearing a tigers hat

Posted by anonymous | March 28, 2010 2:20 PM

This is good !

Posted by maria | March 28, 2010 2:27 PM

Fader chided their writer in a lame-ass backpedal from his honest assessment a couple of days after that piece was posted.
http://www.thefader.com/2010/03/26/salem-redlights-at-the-levis%C2%AE-fader-fort/

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2010 3:03 PM

the salem clip reminds me of those fake "shredding" videos where someone plays wanky garbage over santana, clapton, etc.

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2010 3:41 PM

salem bad, jean shorts worse

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2010 4:34 PM

3:41 - I was thinking the exact same thing.

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2010 4:36 PM

Japandroids = suck.

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2010 4:38 PM

Jack needs to pull the hair out of his ears.

Posted by mm bop | March 28, 2010 6:52 PM

Japandroids don't suck... they're good...

Posted by Roman Sahakov | March 28, 2010 7:38 PM

jorts, how ironic.

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2010 8:17 PM

Dude wore those all last summer, too. They're Canadian. You make allowances.

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2010 8:40 PM

fader fort is like pure volume house in that people go there to be ASSHOLES. i saw japandroids at the bv emos free vegan food thing and they sucked. but the vegan food and black angels were good.

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2010 11:06 PM

They all look scary and angry.
It this it is enough of that in nowadays.

Posted by Jules | March 29, 2010 11:38 AM

i forgot to mention that i saw harlem open up for the strange boys at red eye fly and they sucked. i also did not realize that i saw titus a play at emos right before the black angels. titus a also sucks. the black angels were great. then i went to go see the muffs at beerland.

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2010 2:03 PM

Holy shit, epic story.

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2010 2:14 PM

Surfer Blood were painful to watch. They had a line around the block with people to see them and they stopped in the middle of their song because they messed up. So pro.

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2010 2:38 PM

Salem: JAZZ ODYSSEY!

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2010 4:49 PM

Congratulations Japandroids for Juno nomination! FYI urMusic is giving away tix to the show, plus airfare (to Newfoundland!) for 2 and more. Get more info at http://www.facebook.com/urmusic.

Keep the music live!
urMusic Shan

Posted by urMusicShan | March 29, 2010 11:08 PM

pretty bad when the crowd at the fader fort boos you, that crowd of free beer mongers loves pretty much anything

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2010 4:46 PM

Hilarious! These guys have got to give hope to "failed" musicians everywhere. Utterly ridiculous.

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2010 11:06 PM

feel dumb for liking salem now

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2010 6:02 PM

I've seen worse

Posted by shmehh | January 31, 2011 11:52 PM

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