Recent Posts in SXSW - Page 7
March 20, 2007
The Stooges @ Waterloo Records, Austin, TX - March 16, 2007 (CRED)
"Like Moz fronting an early 80's new-wave band" [Torr]
SXSW day shows are what they are. My Thursday day show with AAM during SXSW this year (March 15, 2007) was in a semi-remote location on a week day, and up against a zillion other day shows going on at the same time. That said, the show was a huge success, but not that many people showed up right at noon when we started. That's when Norway's New Violators went on - right at noon, but they handled it really well. They mostly spoke in Norweigian so it was hard to understand, but I think they were joking a little at how silly the whole thing seemed.
All I could think about during their set was how much fun it would be to see them fully awake, at midnight, and at a packed club full of drunk dancing people (myself included). Then again, it was awesome that we were getting our own private show right there outside in Texas at the Scoot Inn.
Anyway, they were great, but you probably won't think so if you get too caught up on WHO the band sounds like. Instead just enjoy their catchy-dancey-big-synth-eighties sound. They're completely "fun", amusing, talented, and they have the charisma - even if at times they seem just like a really good cover band (listen @ MySpace).
I didn't see any of their other SXSW or NYC shows so far, but I'm hoping to catch them at least one more time while they're in NYC this week - and hopefully next time at something like a Mother f*cker party, or Studio B or something.
New Violators play again tonight (March 20) @ Mercury Lounge, and tomorrow (March 21) @ Pianos. More pics below...
The Young Knives @ Friends, SXSW - March 16, 2007 (CRED)
As you can see in the picture above, the UK's The Young Knives made it to SXSW last week. They were supposed to play NYC earlier this month, but never made it due to visa issues. One of their shows was supposed to be with the View at Luna Lounge. The View had to cancel for visa issues too. The Young Knives rescheduled for tonight (March 20), and are playing a total of three NYC shows this week. The View will be back in May. All tour dates below....
O'Death played a bunch of shows in Austin during SXSW last week. One of them was at the day party I did with AAM @ The Scoot Inn on Thursday. Their performances are always top notch, and it was definitely one of my day's highlights.
O'Death @ The Scoot Inn, Austin, TX - March 15, 2007
More pics & tour dates below....
De Novo Dahl will be in NYC three times in the near future....
Apr 2 - Piano's New York, New York
Apr 3 - Piano's New York, New York
Apr 20 - The Luna Lounge Brooklyn, New York
All tour dates below....
Daniel Johnston & THe Nightmares @ SXSW - March 17, 2007 (CRED)
Daniel Johnston played SXSW this year. I was there, but I never saw him. Though I was pretty excited Daniel was playing, I didn't even make a serious effort to see him when I got there. I never checked to see exactly how many shows he was playing, but I knew I'd have to ditch my own day show to see him one time, and that another one of his shows was in the convention center (aka I wasn't getting in without a badge).
Sunday night over dinner I was telling a friend from Austin how disappointed I was - if only I had planned more maybe I could have caught him. My friend asked if I had heard about Daniel's recent interest in anti-semitism and Nazis. I said I hadn't. He said it was true. I said I guess I didn't regret missing him as much anymore. Neither of us had heard anything about how the SXSW shows went.
Today I did a search, and it looks like not only is it true, but it surfaced in Daniel's act at SXSW too. Here's an interesting review:
Today at the Convention Center, Austin icon and OG “outsider artist” Daniel Johnston told two jokes before a jam-packed day stage crowd:Further confirmation at The Mercury News and at James Hill's blog.
1. “I heard they just sentenced a man to the death penalty… for trying to commit suicide.”
2. “I heard the Jews are having a pajama party… at the concentration camp.”
Daniel punctuated the last one, which drew a pretty uncomfortable silence, with a Nazi salute and a screechy “Heil Hitler.” [scan]
Can you blame Daniel for anything he says? His mental illness is well documented. Is it just for shock value? As usual, I don't know, but I don't really like it. I guess I'd need to know more about the context before rushing to judgement, but either way I say he drops it.
I missed all three of them....
"But all thoughts of the Melvins' agedness go right out the window when Crover and Coady fall into a martial lockstep that defies the lobes. As the sun beats down, they beat down, appearing as stereophonic hallucinations, two parts of one machine." [Idolator]
The Melvins @ Stubb's, Austin, TX - Mar 15, 2007 (CRED)
"The Buzzcocks were presented at SXSW by former Jane’s Addiction singer Perry Farrell who noted how influencial Pete Shelley and company have been over the years." [GlossLip]
Buzzcocks @ Stubb's, Austin, TX - Mar 16, 2007 (CRED)
"Live, the Stooges are exactly as you would imagine. Pop is out front comanding all the attention, and the other band members are in the back, dutifully mixing up the magic." [River Front Times]
The Stooges @ Stubb's, Austin, TX - Mar 17, 2007 (CRED)
"Despite significant sound problems, the crowd lurved Condon's every move, whether he was singing or playing either ukulele or trumpet (or maybe it was a cornet). He sang in French and in vibrato-filled English, covering Gulag Orkestar and Lon Gisland material." [Pitchfork]
Beirut @ Emo's, Austin, TX - Mar 14, 2007 (CRED)
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March 19, 2007
The Pogues @ Roseland, NYC - March 15, 2007 (CRED)
Hey all, sorry about the site going dead the past few days. I tried to make sure I could keep things going during SXSW, but obviously failed miserably. On top of that, I didn't realize my email was full the whole time so I pretty much haven't received anything to my POS Hotmail since Wednesday - please re-send if someting was returned to you (but no attached MP3s please). Thanks.
I'm actually still in Austin while I'm writing this, but am managing to get these few new posts up before my plane leaves back for NYC. Full SXSW coverage will start tonight (Monday) or tomorrow at which time things will be back to normal. Hopefully in the future I can make sure the site runs even during vacation.
I saw a ton of stuff while I was here, but of course still feel like I missed everything. People keep telling me Rage Against the Machine played, but then others say it didn't actually happen. Both of my day shows kept me really busy, but were great. Everyone asks "what was the best thing you saw?" It's all such a blur right now, so I have no idea, but semi-randomly catching Roky Erikson and Spoon at the annual during-SXSW "Ice Cream Social" was pretty cool, and Todd P's late night outlaw party on train tracks where rappers were performing on top of a car was also really great even though I was so tired at it.
A bunch of stuff I went to got shut down early by the police who were shutting down unofficial night parties left and right this year. That sucked. I fell asleep and missed the last night VICE party at an Elk's Lodge (it's 2nd location after getting moved), but that also got shut down early after a wall or balcony collapsed. Les Savy Fav managed to play one song before the police swarmed in. Nobody was hurt.
More later.....pictures obvs...
How were the Pogues? How was your SXSW? What other good stuff happened?