Posted in music | pictures on March 24, 2010

by Dominick Mastrangelo

The Black Keys
The Black Keys

"Hello, and welcome to Portland, Oregon," quipped James Mercer, as he and Danger Mouse greeted the freezing crowd at Mog Day Party on the final day of SXSW. A 40-degree drop in temperature from Friday caused flip-flops and t-shirts to be replaced by hoodies, coats and gloves. Broken Bells were just one of several excellent bands that filled the indoor and outdoor venues of the Mohawk.

I finally made it downtown before 2pm by taking the rather efficient Metro Capitol bus. Traffic along I-35 into downtown took almost an hour the day before from just 10 minutes north. Arriving a little after noon Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers were already on inside. Ray was squeezing the hell out of that squeezbox and her raspy, scowling voice was alarming so early in the day. It certainly set a tone. And Free Energy complete with free cassettes started things outside with their unabashed good times garage rock.

Back inside The Dum Dum Girls were up next with more of the same hazy lo-fi pop that drummer Frankie Rose was laying down the night before on the same stage with her band. I skipped back outside for Demolished Thoughts though Andrew WK (an advertised member along with Thurston Moore and J Mascis) was absent and the bassist for Fucked Up was filling in. It was thrashing punk stuff with silly songs like the 45-second "I Hate Kids" (those were the lyrics) followed by the 45-second "I Hate Sports" (some videos below).

Then it was back inside for a little dance - hip hop with Rye Rye and then back outside for Broken Bells - who kept busy at the festival. For a band only a couple months old they were tight and the songs sounded great. Inside again for Freelance Whales and then back outside for The Antlers, back inside for Real Estate and finally back outside for the Black Keys who straight up killed. Mercer and Danger Mouse (who produced the Keys' Attack & Release) and members of the Antlers were sidestage rocking out. The crowd was hanging over rails and pushing in toward the stage. Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney had everyone riveted and rocking. Certainly the most polished performance of the day, perhaps the festival.

Unexpectedly, as I ventured back to the convention center, I stumbled upon Fanfarlo about to perform in Brush Square with free drinks (Shiner Bock!) and heaters to keep the tent warm. Fantastic live show. "If we knew there were going to be so many photographers, we'd have done better," quipped multi-instrumentalist Cathy Lucas about the the band's appearance.

For the evening it was all about finishing strong. I made my way to the Victorian Room at the Driskill for Miss Li who was great and her band was stellar, over to St. David's Bethel Hall to see some Texas bands as part of the Western Vinyl Showcase, including an unimpressive Matthew and the Arrogant Sea. I decided to go all out and dashed over to Barbarella for the excellent Best Coast who also played a couple of new songs that sounded really good. Back to St. David's for the ambient Sleep Whale (formerly MOM) from Denton, TX down to Paradise for crazy afro-beat inflected dance music courtesy of New York's Tanlines (it was a full-on dance party.) Finally, it was back over to St. David's for the beautiful, classical-leaning experimental band Balmorhea.

Day One HERE. Day two HERE. Day Three HERE. Day Four pictures and videos continued below...

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Shilpa Ray

Shilpa Ray

Shilpa Ray

Shilpa Ray

Shilpa Ray

Free Energy

Free Energy

Free Energy

Free Energy

Free Energy

Dum Dum Girls

The Dum Dum Girls

The Dum Dum Girls

The Dum Dum Girls

The Dum Dum Girls

Demolished Thoughts

Demolished Thoughts

Demolished Thoughts

Demolished Thoughts

Demolished Thoughts

Rye Rye

Rye Rye

Rye Rye

Broken Bells

Broken Bells

Broken Bells

Broken Bells

Broken Bells

Broken Bells

Freelance Whales

Freelance Whales

Freelance Whales

Freelance Whales

Freelance Whales

The Antlers

The Antlers

The Antlers

The Antlers

The Antlers

The Antlers

Real Estate

Real Estate

Real Estate

The Black Keys

The Black Keys

The Black Keys

The Black Keys

The Black Keys

The Black Keys

The Black Keys

The Black Keys

Fanfarlo

Fanfarlo

Fanfarlo

Fanfarlo

Fanfarlo

Miss Li

Miss Li

Miss Li

Miss Li

Miss Li

Matthew and the Arrogant Sea

Matthew and the Arrogant Sea

Best Coast

Best Coast

Best Coast

Best Coast

Best Coast

Sleep Whale

Sleep Whale

Sleep Whale

The Bewitched Hands on the Top of Our Heads

The Bewitched Hands on the Top of Our Heads

The Bewitched Hands on the Top of Our Heads

Tanlines

Tanlines

Tanlines

Balmorhea

Balmorhea

Balmorhea

Balmorhea



Best Coast - "This is Real" @ Max's Wine Dive 3.20.2010
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Miss Li @ The Victorian Room (SXSW) 3/20/10
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Demolished Thoughts


Demolished Thoughts @ SXSW MOG Day Party 3/20/10
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The Black Keys @ SXSW MOG Day Party 3/20/10
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Comments (5)

Dom... c'mon, please more on Demolished Thoughts?

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2010 11:10 PM

aaaa that mog show was my fav of sxsw by a landslide. black keys' set got me pregnant i think. def worth braving the cold for!!

p.s. i was the jerk that ordered those pizzas

Posted by sarah | March 25, 2010 12:31 PM

fyi, demolished thoughts was a classic hardcore cover band. tunes loved by thurston and the rest of the band. an homage if you will. even some of the hilarious banter was taken from the classic recordings. awesome.

Posted by leon | March 26, 2010 3:24 PM

Siamese Dream and Mellon Collie were really good albums. Got them when they came out, still throw them on at times and think they're great. It saddens me when I hear bands from that era when I was a teenager and hear their new stuff and it's so clear how they've lost it, they sound desperate to recapture a sound/magic that they haven't had in 15 years (holy shit).... And then I realize that is not unlike a lot of us.

Posted by منتديات | January 22, 2011 8:35 AM

Siamese Dream and Mellon Collie were really good albums. Got them when they came out, still throw them on at times and think they're great. It saddens me when I hear bands from that era when I was a teenager and hear their new stuff and it's so clear how they've lost it, they sound desperate to recapture a sound/magic that they haven't had in 15 years (holy shit).... And then I realize that is not unlike a lot of us.

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2011 8:37 AM

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