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 Post subject: Anybody going to SXSW???
PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2003 12:02 pm 
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Anybody going to SXSW??

I am.
neener neener poo poo.

but don't be too envious...I get to ride in a van for 18 hours with the Two Cow Garage boys and their gear. What am I going to do for 18 hours!?!? I only know 4 fart jokes and get sick to my stomach if I try to read in the car. I'm planning to learn a few more songs from their roster on accordion and concertina but that's not gonna take 18 hours...

Let's weigh the pluses and minuses, shall we?

Minus: 18 hours in a van.

Pluses: Jucifer, Paper Lions, Trail of Dead, Pretty Girls Make Graves, The Party of Hellicopters, White Light Motorcade, Blur, Nada Surf, Pedro the Lion, Grandaddy, The Jayhawks, Michael Penn, Spoon, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Daniel Johnston, Supergrass, Slobberbone, Grant Lee Phillips, Drive By Truckers, Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Lucinda Williams, I am the World Trade Center, Calexico, Jay Farrar, Tift Merritt, Damien Jurado, Idlewild, Death Cab for Cutie....

Nevermind. I'll stop complaining now. :)


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2003 12:15 pm 
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don't forget Chris Lee. he's gonna be there. he should be on your PLUS list. if you get a chance, go see him, and tell him i said hi. he'd be very happy.

how lucky you are.

our band got the officil SXSW rejection notice a few weeks ago. boohoo.

have a great time.

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 Post subject: i know...
PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2003 12:36 pm 
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he's playing at the same time as The Jayhawks (which are 1 of my 3 absolute must see's) and The Sun is also playing at the time which are from Columbus - i'd feel if I didn't get into the Jayhawks show, I'd hit the Sun and represent. word.


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Maybe I'll go to SXSW next year. I really want to get out there.

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 Post subject: Re: i know...
PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2003 1:22 pm 
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tallgirl wrote:
he's playing at the same time as The Jayhawks (which are 1 of my 3 absolute must see's) and The Sun is also playing at the time which are from Columbus - i'd feel if I didn't get into the Jayhawks show, I'd hit the Sun and represent. word.


that makes sense.
anyway, you're gonna have a great time, and i am jelly.


yeah, you should go, Rob. take notes for when you're ready to put on a Colombus Festival.

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 Post subject: Re: i know...
PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2003 2:10 pm 
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brother stephen wrote:
yeah, you should go, Rob. take notes for when you're ready to put on a Colombus Festival.



shhhh!

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 Post subject: MY SXSW REPORT FOR YA'LL!
PostPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2003 12:16 pm 
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Howdy ya'll-
i'm back and happy to give you a quick recap on SXSW. First of all, god damn, I fell in love with Austin, TX in 3 days time. It may just be the next town I call home. It might have been the awesome weather (sunny and 75-85 every day), might have been the friendly people, the fact that flowers and trees were blooming, but I was glossy-eyed from the moment I stepped outta the van. Every music venue has good sound guys, every venue was within walking distance of my hotel and the other venues and the free/cheap beer flowed like water - you just had to be hungry enough to find it. It was run MUCH better than the CMJ events in NYC that I've attended, the most expensive taxi ride I had (drunk back to my hotel) was $3.75 and the best damn BBQ chicken I've ever had at Stubb's. I could get into almost every show that I wanted to see just with my wristband, I just had to be there an act or two before who I wanted to see (and usually those acts were good too) and if not, 1/2 the venues were outdoors so I could sit around back and listen. The weather was gorgeous, the music fantastic and the food even better...the most packed 3 days of gorging myself on BBQ, tacos, beer, whiskey and music I've ever had, but also the most enjoyable....I think its in my top 3 roadtrips of all time for me. Worth the 20 hours one-way in the van for sure.

Here's who I got to see:
THURS (rolled into Austin about 1PM - missed Chris Lee's noon performance unfortunately)
Hit the New West Records private party (had an invite)
-saw Tim Easton, Flatlanders, Drive By Truckers & Slobberbone. drank free Lonestar beer for 4 hours. ate BBQ pulled pork. walked to Austin Music Hall: saw Jay Farrar & Michael Penn, walked to 3rd venue: saw Simian, The Rapture and BLUR!! And this is just day one people!! Fucking BLUR had a surprise performance, I heard it from a friend who is in 'the know' but I think 75% of the people at the show had no clue. First performance in 4 YEARS and first performance of all the new songs on the upcoming album. I love Graham Coxin (think he was an intricate part of Blur, loved his solo album) but the new songs are decent, a new style for Blur which rubbed me the wrong way that evening, but have a feeling they'll grow on me. I was just just dirty, drunk as all hell, sweaty and packed in to a pretty small venue for Blur, I couldn't even raise my hand to get a puff on my smoke, that packed and i get claustrophobic in those kind of situations. But they did play a few old classics and that made me smile.

FRIDAY
-woke up about 2PM, massive hangover, took about 2 hours to get moving.
-went to Athens, GA party to see all Athens, GA bands with The Possibilities - saw Dressy Bessy & Five Eight (they were amazing!). Drank free beer, ate free munchies. Helped Possibilities load up and watched them play. They are an awesome and little-known band from Athens, GREAT songs - they are like a mellower, less in-your-face pop-y Jayhawks maybe? I love them...anyways, then went and saw Dirt Bike Annie, then over to see The Sun & Bobby Bare Jr. and Idlewild.

SATURDAY:
Grant Lee Phillips to start my day at the convention center day stage, where miller lite had a free beer post set up. nothing says good morning like GLP & MGD. Then went and saw an acoustic performance by Will Johnson & Scott Danbaum of Centromatic (will's solo stuff was my killer find of the weekend, fucking amazing if you are fans of richard buckner & damien jurado you will LOVE will's solo stuff). Then saw Grand Champeen same venue. Had some more BBQ. Went and saw the Lost Highway showcase begin, with Sally Timms & Kelly Hogan and the Mekons as their backing band. Jon Langford came out and did 2 songs with Kelly Hogan. Then I sprinted 2 blocks down the street to the Touch-n-go showcase and saw Shannon Wright and then Calexico (Neko Case came out and did 2 songs with Calexico). then I went to the secretly canadian showcase and saw Damien Jurado & Songs:Ohia and then tried to get into Supergrass, but the line was long, so I bought a 40 and sat on a curb behind the outdoor venue and listened to their whole set perfectly. Perfect end to my weekend of rock.

My observations from the weekend:
1. You can smell yourself reeking after 20 hours in a van.
2. I NEED to find Will Johnson's solo record he put out, I know Centromatic has like 17 albums, but I didn't know will had a solo one! the tunes he played were amazing!
3. Michael Penn is one funny guy - telling the audience they were with him or with the terrorists and asking who in the audience was on major labels and then telling them they were fucked.
4. Damon Albarn is still cocky as all hell. He was also swearing at the USA b/c Alex's VISA was denied and he wasn't allowed in the country to play the show!
5. I can't NOT go to SXSW ever again, well worth the hours in the van, found lots of ways to cut costs once you are down there and ways around the system.
6. The Sun did Columbus proud. Rocked a packed house at Buffalo Billiards and gained many fans, mostly of the swoony female type.
7. BBQ, cold beer and good music, does it get any better???

God damn it SXSW & Austin, TX, I miss you already!!


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2003 12:21 pm 
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CRAP! Now I have to figure out a way to make it down there next year. I've never gone because it's always come down to CMJ or SXSW and since I have a free place to stay in NYC CMJ has been the logical choice even though I cringe everytime I see the SXSW bills and wish how I would have been there. My "free beer" detector doesn't work so well at CMJ and southern BBQ in NYC? Nope.

Duffy -- donewaiting.com needs to sponsor a showcase at SXSW next year so we all have an excuse to go!!!

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swizzlechip wrote:
Duffy -- donewaiting.com needs to sponsor a showcase at SXSW next year so we all have an excuse to go!!!


Oh, yeah, we may have to move the budget around a little bit but I bet we can make something happen.

I wonder how much that would cost.

Me and Kiesha/Areila were talking awhile back about going to it next year, actually. I don't know anyone to get into fancy parties, though, so I'll leave that part up to you.

I've got a friend who lives in Austin, I'm sure she could house all of us in her teeny tiny place. :lol:

TALLGIRL I want to post this on the top of donewaiting. Let me know if I should go as-is or if you want to add a little bit about your ride there, etc. Hit me with a PM.

rob

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2003 12:51 pm 
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awesome.

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I am so jealous. Next year, I'm going... which is what I said last year, but I mean it this time.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2003 4:22 pm 
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our band has been rejected from playing two years in a row. next year, though....

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Tallgirl's extended SXSW report now live: http://www.donewaiting.com/archives/2003_03.php#000680

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2003 10:16 am 
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excellent report, Jess. full of great details and valuable information. and just a vivid account of a memorable time. one of those experiences that'll forever be wonderful.

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 Post subject: sxsw
PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2003 11:10 am 
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thank you! it was a great time...

i'm thinking a donewaiting.com winnebago for next year?? eh? eh?
how much fun would that be??


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2003 11:13 am 
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oh, how i do love the winnebago!

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 Post subject: Re: sxsw
PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2003 12:13 pm 
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tallgirl wrote:
i'm thinking a donewaiting.com winnebago for next year?? eh? eh?
how much fun would that be??


Anything is possible.

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