Friday, January 2, 2009

SXSW 2009. Already?!?

So we just got the deposit form for our housing at SXSW this year. Holy Shit. They don't waste any time once the fiscal year turns over. It got me thinking what a time-consuming festival SXSW is. We start planning months in advance for what essentially amounts to 3 or 4 planned events surrounded by controlled chaos and misery / exhaustion. One week later though, the power of memory floods a thick rose sheet over the whole thing. Hangovers and pain don't seem to come out in the photos, we're all smiles, the stack of records actually provides some decent noise (contrasted with the "sound" guy's interpretations the week before), and then a week later you get the email about advance badges for next year. Ahh. I can't wait.

SXSW 2009 Bands so far:

Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele, St. Vincent, Beach House, Anni Rossi, Future of the Left, White Lies, Passion Pit, Ra Ra Riot, Gabriella Cilmi
, Ximena SariƱara, Primal Scream, Friendly Fires, B.o.B, Sage Francis, Buraka Som Sistema, Arc Angels, Courteeners, Raul Malo, 8Ball & MJG, Reflection Eternal, Wale, Pete & the Pirates, Ben Harper and Relentless7.

Last years doings:

Last year I threw a day-party with a friend of mine, over two days at a little coffee house on South Lamar. It was great. The line up was awesome, we had great sponsors - free beer, free tacos, and a free live recording from It was a trip, and I never really did anything with all the pics / recordings. So here they are. It is gonna take me a couple of posts to get it all up, as there were 10 bands: Paul Banks and the Carousels, The Swimmers, Phonograph, Russell Huie, Jukebox The Ghost, Goldcure, Dertybird, Will Evans, Language Room, and The Boy Bathing. Some of the tapes from the first day got screwed up by an annoyingly high level on the backing vocal mic, and the board overheated at one point, but other than that, it sounds great! First post will be tomorrow or the next day. I'll try to salvage the Thursday lineup.

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