Monthly Archives: March 2008

SXSW 2008: The Wrap Up

A picture of some Austin awesomeness. The full day by day wrap up is in several posts below — they start with Wednesday and go on down through Saturday night. If you want to see who we saw, here’s the … Continue reading

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SXSW 2008 Wednesday: Your Eyes Are Burning Holes Through Me

We arrived in gorgeous Austin, Texas. Our mission for today, other than getting our badges and hotel room: getting close enough for R.E.M. tonight. The badges were key. We were in a line of no more than 30 people. It … Continue reading

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SXSW 2008 Thursday: Me and Peter, Bjorn and John Down By the Schoolyard

Or at least Peter anyway. We hit our first day party at the Yard Dog Gallery and got there in time to catch Peter Moren‘s solo set. We grabbed some free beer and BBQ while he concluded by saying he’s … Continue reading

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SXSW 2008 Thursday: Kiss Me I’m Chexican

Most, not all, of the 14 year-olds in the crowd for the Cool Kids cleared out so we could get a bit closer for Okkervil River. The Stage Names was my favorite album of 2007, and a conflict kept me … Continue reading

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SXSW 2008 Thursday: All Out Gourd Assault

Blitzen Trapper took the stage at Yard Dog and over the next 35 minutes burned through tunes that incorporated themes and sounds ranging from the Dead to Hendrix to the White Stripes. We were smitten. One of the songs featured … Continue reading

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SXSW 2008 Thursday: Tuba on the Move

I’d seen Man Man before and knew they’d be a popular set at the Cedar Street Courtyard showcase, but when we got there it was packed. The bowling alley setup made it even more challenging. Man Man is a band … Continue reading

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SXSW 2008 Friday: The Vines

We got distracted from our plan of action by the Aussie BBQ across from the Austin Convention Center. Or perhaps it was this lovely sight that drew us in: The band coming off the stage, Yves Klein Blue, could literally … Continue reading

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SXSW 2008 Friday: Nada Surf v. Norwegian Black Metal

Enroute to the Mohawk, we somehow spotted the smallest setlist in Austin listing Nada Surf at the Beauty Bar at 4pm. Nada Surf was one of our targets for that evening, but given conflicts with other great bands we decided … Continue reading

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SXSW 2008 Friday: Handsome Furs Hate This City

We got to the Sub Pop showcase at Bourbon Rocks right before the Handsome Furs started their set. The duo was having a great time on stage — throwing water at relatives, spitting water at the audience. Distracting Band Member … Continue reading

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SXSW 2008 Friday: Random Notes

We chose to skip the line in the hot sun at the Pitchfork day party since the Paste/Stereogum party was literally right next door (as in the next door over) and Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin was playing. Distracting … Continue reading

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