Very tired now. A lot of work all this band-seeing. At the time of this writing, we've seen 31 bands/artists. Still at Bro's house, and it's 2PM local time. Heading downtown around 3:00 for last blast of shows. Got in at 3:30AM the last two nights. Head for the airport at 8AM tomorrow. Have you ever been to Vegas? sxsw is exactly like spending 4 days in Vegas: you want to maximize your sightseeing, get the most for the money you paid, thinking 4 days is not enough time your first day there, then realizing by the last day, you'd never have a 5th day in you, and get on the plane to go home a completely wrecked. Matt was comparing heading out yesterday to "punching the clock." But it's work, having all this fun! Okay, enough complaining. Some pics from yesterday...
This was a shot from "Flatstock 20," the 20th year sxsw has had this show of over 100 artists who specialize in concert/flyer posters. WAY cool. We spent about two hours walking around, and could've spent the whole day. We were in awe of all the work.
I met Dez Dickerson, the guitarist from Prince's Revolution band! We rapped for about 10 minutes, and I bought a copy of his new book, "My Time With Prince," which actually looks pretty good. Super-nice, down to earth fella. Intelligent. This was a thrill for me, as Prince has always been one of my favorites.
One of the bands we saw yesterday (we saw only 8 the whole day), Earthless. They're a Psych-Groove-Heavy instrumental trio. J. Mascis played with them at this show. Unfortch, J. did the nice thing and took a backseat, keeping his amp low, and respectfully not walking all over the main guitarist (who is awesome in his own right); but J was prodded on several occasions to 'go off' by the main gtrst, but never did. They rocked one, heavy, 54-minute song! I gave up on the 36th minute and went outside the tent to chill. It was bleepin' nuts! Also saw Andy Duvall (Zen Guerrilla drumer, Philly expat) and Jason 'Korko,' (Bardo and Night Marchers drummer currently, also from Philly). Andy was taking pics, professionally I think, and Jason was playing w/ New Zealand Band the Renderers, who we might catch today. I said hi to J. Mascis after the show (on street out front), and he was his usual "King-of-Whatever" self, and extremely mellow, just lurching about the block, oblivious all the sxsw madness going on around him.
Matt on 6th street. He keeps saying he wants to get a tat while he's down here. Maybe today...
We took a brake from the noiz and caught a comedy showcase. It was awesome! Little spot (80 people max), and 15 minutes per comic. jenneane garafolo (sp?) was fantastic, but there was a woman on before her who blew me away. Will have to get her name up here later.
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