Posted in music | pictures on March 26, 2010

by Andrew Frisicano

Dan Deacon

After spending four days in Austin for SXSW, my personal MtyMx experience started with an all-day trip from Austin to Monterrey on Sunday. I arrived to see Andrew W.K.'s set that night, the after-party at the Garage, and Monday from first to last band (minus the comedy set with Dan Deacon, though there are pictures of him too). I'm now writing this from Tennessee where the Big Ears Fest is about to begin. Stay tuned for reports about that, and check out my pictures from the festival in Mexico, with captions, below...

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Sunday, March 21st

the Sunday 10am bus didn't make it...
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Talk Normal...
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Best Fwends & others waiting for bus #2...
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Cheer Up Charlie's turns into an awesome farmers' market...
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getting off the bus to cross the border...
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Coathangers and others are already headed back to Austin...
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waiting around for the bus in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico - a creepy parking lot...
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after a walk to the bus, which is actually really nice...
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MtyMx check-in late Sunday night...
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Dan Deacon is already there...
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Andrew WK...
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Hotel Fundador, interior...
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the Sunday night after-party is warming up at the Garage...
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Monday, March 22nd

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this lineup changed - pictures below reflect the actual order...
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High Places...
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MtymMx tent city...
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Sr. Amable & Mr. Racoon...
Sr. Amable and Mr. Racoon

Sr. Amable and Mr. Racoon

Sr. Amable and Mr. Racoon

Sr. Amable and Mr. Racoon

Sr. Amable and Mr. Racoon

Sr. Amable and Mr. Racoon

Mentira Mentira...
Mentira Mentira

Mentira Mentira

Mentira Mentira

Mentira Mentira

Mentira Mentira

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Alexico...
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Best Fwends...
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Mockinpott...
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Jovenes y Sexys...
Jovenes y Sexys

Jovenes y Sexys

Jovenes y Sexys

Jovenes y Sexys

Jovenes y Sexys

Jovenes y Sexys

Jovenes y Sexys

Jovenes y Sexys

Jovenes y Sexys

Jovenes y Sexys

Jovenes y Sexys

BamBam...
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Das Racist in a VW Beetle (these cars are all over Monterrey)...
Das Racist

Dan Deacon

Dan Deacon

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Lemonade...
Lemonade

Lemonade

Lemonade

Lemonade

Lemonade

Lemonade

Lemonade

Lemonade

Lemonade

Lemonade

Lemonade

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Lemonade

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Indian Jewelry...
Indian Jewelry

Indian Jewelry

Indian Jewelry

Indian Jewelry

Indian Jewelry

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Indian Jewelry

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Ratas Del Vaticano...
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Neon Indian...
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HEALTH...
Health

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Health

Liars...
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the bus was stuck, but it got out....
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Read more about my trip to Mexcico HERE and HERE.

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Comments (51)

great photos. who did that first drawing?

Posted by Anonymous | March 26, 2010 11:09 AM

Wow, it must of been soooo fun for hipsters to actually be driving in a real VW beetle, huh? Bet there were some really keeewl pictures taken.

Does Andrew WK roll around in the dirt when he wakes up?

Posted by Anonymous | March 26, 2010 11:12 AM

ive been looking at this from afar but it seems like these horrible bands are talking shit about other horrible bands for not going to the middle of mexico to play one show.

sounds pretty stupid.

Posted by Anonymous | March 26, 2010 11:16 AM

RICH KIDS RULE!!!

Posted by Anonymous | March 26, 2010 11:22 AM

That table is right, fuck Todd P!

Posted by Anonymous | March 26, 2010 11:25 AM

what's the point of DIY when it's pushed like a brand?

it may not be corporate but the means are still the same.

Hello, Monterrey- Todd P brings you America. Enjoy

Posted by Anonymous | March 26, 2010 11:34 AM

um looking at these sets it looked like the mexican bands were more prevalent.

Posted by Anonymous | March 26, 2010 11:43 AM

fuck the haters, go outside and live.

Posted by Anonymous | March 26, 2010 11:45 AM

This looked like a total unorganized nightmare. YAY!

Posted by Anonymous | March 26, 2010 11:46 AM

So did the 4 people who went to this (who weren't in one of the bands that was performing) enjoy themselves?

Posted by Anonymous | March 26, 2010 11:50 AM

Enjoy my pics from AltaMonterrey!

Posted by Al Maysles | March 26, 2010 11:51 AM

this looks fun I hope he does it next year

Posted by Anonymous | March 26, 2010 11:54 AM

"So, we come despite the bullets and they don't? ...brave bands!"

Did anyone who went to this thing discover a great Mexican band or meet an awesome Mexican friend? Or was this whole thing just another act of hipster one-upmanship to weed out the 'pussies' from the 'kids?'

The more I read the more I'm inclined to believe the latter.

Posted by Anonymous | March 26, 2010 12:00 PM

this sh*t looks dead as sh*t. why try to pump it up when the proof is in the pictures?

Posted by Anonymous | March 26, 2010 12:06 PM

Great band just love it

Posted by Galpones | March 26, 2010 12:14 PM

Great reason to have a fest to expose mostly unnoticed bands, but come on really, fuck that...

Posted by Anonymous | March 26, 2010 12:18 PM

I hate life! I hate all living things!

I hate Todd P! I hate American bands! I hate Mexican bands!

I hate DIY!

I hate OMG!

Go for it!

Posted by scruples unscruples | March 26, 2010 12:22 PM

everyone expects this thing to be like Glastonbury or Coachella...it takes time to iron out the kinks and get momentum, give ie a few years...goddam are there a lot of bitter people out there.

at least Todd's actively doing something, rather than autonomously sniping.

Posted by Anonymous | March 26, 2010 12:22 PM

el stupido

Posted by Anonymous | March 26, 2010 12:32 PM

if you build it they will come

Posted by Anonymous | March 26, 2010 12:35 PM

if you build it they will cum

Posted by Anonymous | March 26, 2010 12:36 PM

Autonomously sniping? I always snipe by committee.

Posted by Anonymous | March 26, 2010 12:42 PM

I dunno how seriously I can take all this anymore. How DIY is it when MGMT commands 20 grand to play for a college, or Yeasayer has to start charging 30 bucks a ticket?

That's not DIY my friends, that's as corporate as anything else. And while I don't have a problem with bands making money (I actually support it!) I have an issue with supposed anti-consumor pro-DIY bands and people when they really are just waiting for a break to ditch that scene and start making real dough.

Posted by Anonymous | March 26, 2010 12:47 PM

Todd P is going to need a vacation.

Posted by anonymous2 | March 26, 2010 12:50 PM

^^^ mgmt definitely charges more than 20 grand to play a college.

Posted by Anonymous | March 26, 2010 12:53 PM

I hate autonomous. I also hate consumor! I hate college!

Posted by scruples unscruples | March 26, 2010 12:54 PM

I'm a music fan from brooklyn, no way associated with the industry.
I went.

IT WAS AWESOME. As a fan - the experience of the festival was perfect in so many ways.

I can see all the bands that canceled whenever living in nyc, and in the mean time i discovered many new Mexican bands I really liked and made many new friends from all over.

I never felt unsafe or threatened. I read the nytimes article and all the incidents they mentioned were news to me - and honestly sounded if you had any streets smart completely avoidable. Monterrey is gorgeous. Everyone was so friendly and really positive. It was intimate enough so that faces became familiar over the couple days. It was a really refreshing experience. Not like the ice cold often common experiences of shows in Brooklyn.

Seems like as long as you didnt have to deal with the bus fiasco, you had nothing to complain about in my opinion. (Other than bands canceling - lots of Mexicans were bummed about that....)

im so glad i experienced it on my own and am not left to read about it on the internet and speculate.

if youre a music fan - this is a festival for you. i had a blast.

Posted by Anonymous | March 26, 2010 12:57 PM

probably looked cool on paper. but the pics make it look desperate as fuck.

Posted by Anonymous | March 26, 2010 1:00 PM

Did any actual mexican kids go to this? In all the pics I just see white hipsters

Posted by Anonymous | March 26, 2010 1:06 PM

Todd (self-)P(romotion).

Posted by Anonymous | March 26, 2010 1:13 PM

MouNeontain Dewndian

Posted by Anonymous | March 26, 2010 1:27 PM

Sounds like a serious pain in the ass to get there, but looks like a fun time. Like Ms. B's but way bigger. Looking forward to next year.

Posted by Anonymous | March 26, 2010 1:41 PM

Heard from a friend that lives in Monterrey that the situation there is not overstated and that people are afraid to go out as violent crime and murder has risen dramatically recently. The festival definetly suffered from this, beyond transportation issues. Its a shame. Good intentions from all parties involved worked to make something happen, they deserve a break. later, R.

Posted by R | March 26, 2010 1:49 PM

how much do you think todd p lost on this?

Posted by drummerfrommockinpottissohott | March 26, 2010 2:12 PM

I love how anyone who is not a worshipper of Todd P is assumed to be "corporate".
"DIY" existed a long time before some rich kid from the suburbs started doing magazine interviews and was declared the king of DIY in NYC. You've never heard of most of the people who are responsible for creating "scenes" because they were not publicity whores like Todd who doesn't have to worry about anything but who will interview him next.

Posted by Anonymous | March 26, 2010 2:13 PM

i was there.
yes there were hipsters who came from austin but the majority were young mexicans. i only stayed the first day due to the fact that i am too pussy to sleep in a tent in the cold, but i met lots of really nice mexicans including a few who helped me get to the bus station the next day after todd p buses failed to come through.
also i had a hamburger that was a thin patty that included a slice of ham on top. i laughed.

Posted by michizzle | March 26, 2010 4:10 PM

- 7/11 sells tequila
- 8 tacos for $4.00
- baby goat meat

VIVA MEXICO!!!

Posted by drew | March 26, 2010 4:58 PM

"how much do you think todd p lost on this?"

Cash or prestige?

Posted by Anonymous | March 26, 2010 5:07 PM

dude us hipsters seem to be getting way fat! please stick to ur lucky charms diet!

Posted by Anonymous | March 26, 2010 5:14 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 2:28 PM

Juarez is 688.479281 miles from Monterrey. Thats comparable to saying dont go to New York City because there is violence in Gary, Indiana.

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2010 2:37 PM

police chief's decapitated body found in monterrey, along with his brother's dead body in a truck

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2010 8:00 PM

I'm sure Todd P.ussy is of the opinion that the murdered were simply pussies.

PussyPussyPussy.

Don't believe government propaganda; there are cities in the U.S. that are violent, too - so that makes what goes on in Mexico OK, and well worth the 18-hour bus ride so that you can sleep on the ground and catch "non-corporate" indie bands - which you can't see anywhere else.

Pussy.

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2010 2:14 AM

This festival was an incredible experience for myself and everyone whom I have talked with who went. And all of the message board hating in the world can't take that away from us.

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2010 8:48 PM

Labeling bands and individuals that are unwilling, or unable, to attend your poorly conceived and disorganized festival as "pussies" - now THAT'S hatin'!

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2010 1:33 AM

calling them pussies is todd's sense of humor... shouldn't be taken seriously.

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2010 1:55 PM

More than 7,000 protest crime wave in Mexico

(AP) – 21 hours ago

MONTERREY, Mexico — More than 7,000 people have gathered in the northern Mexico city of Monterrey to protest a wave of violence that has affected the country's third largest city in recent weeks.

Most of the protesters wore white at a rally in Monterrey's main park and some released white balloons and a white dove as signs of peace.

Nuevo Leon state Gov. Rodrigo Medina led the protesters on a brief walk through Fundidora Park. His border state has seen a surge in violence that authorities blame on a turf war between the Gulf drug cartel and the Zetas, the cartel's former hit men.

Hours before the rally Sunday, two soldiers and a civilian were wounded in a shootout between troops and gunmen in Monterrey.

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Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2010 3:29 PM

"calling them pussies is todd's sense of humor... shouldn't be taken seriously."

Your pal Todd's a pussy...and an asshole.

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2010 8:39 AM

Dear USA:
We don't want nor need your f*cking hipsters.
Thanks,
Sincerely,
Mexico

Posted by Raul | April 29, 2010 9:04 PM

I wish Todd P got raped and decapitated. He is a big asshole.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 4:47 PM

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