photos by Amanda Hatfield
Jarvis Cocker & Steve Mackey's "Desperate Sound System" / Jungle
The music portion of SXSW officially kicked off yesterday (3/12) and while there weren't as many events going on as there will be tonight through Saturday, there was still plenty to see. BV photographer Amanda Hatfield ran around and caught Pulp's Jarvis Cocker and Steve Mackey doing their "Desperate Sound System" DJ night at Hype Hotel, plus The Colourist who went on before them.
Then she headed to Central Presbyterian Church for the Bella Union showcase (where Jarvis and Steve also headed, but as audience members) and caught ex-Low Anthem member Jocie Adams' indie folk band Arc Iris and piano singer/songwriter Agnes Obel. After that, a few blocks away at Latitude 30 it was the enigmatic UK funk band Jungle, who are now in Austin after having played two NYC shows last week. The band, a five-piece live, are still choosing to remain on the mysterious side (despite revealing seven members in a recent promo pic), singing behind large pop filters that seem more like they're intended to block their [white] faces than block noise....
But at a Tuesday afternoon show at Spotify House, on an outdoor stage, Jungle didn't hide that they are about as Afro-British as the Average White Band was. In a truly post-racial world, perhaps their previous offerings would just be a random artifice. But in a truly post-racial world, naming a band Jungle and putting black faces on the packaging wouldn't leave such a queasy aftertaste. [NY Times]Amanda wrapped up her night at Buffalo Billiards for Avi Buffalo. Pictures of them, and all other bands mentioned, are in this post. They continue below...
The Colourist - Hype Hotel
Desperate Sound System - Hype Hotel
Arc Iris - Central Presbyterian Church
Agnes Obel - Central Presbyterian Church
Jungle - Latitude 30
Avi Buffalo - Buffalo Billiards