SXSW 2009: Hits and Misses

What I liked so much I purchased it there or immediately upon returning:

Blind Pilot

The Bird and the Bee (see Standouts)

Justin Townes Earle (see Triumphs)



What I liked:

Scotland Yard Gospel Choir

Thao With the Get Down Stay Down

The Ettes (see Standouts)

Gringo Star (see Triumphs)

What disappointed:

The Hold Steady‘s growing number of idiot fans.

Amanda Palmer performing in a church (and very subdued by Amanda Palmer standards).

Thinking I liked +/- based on “Steal the Blueprints” but struggling through a whole set to determine they are ultimate dude geek rock – technically tight and amazing, but very low on evoking emotions.

Missing Glasvegas because they were late and we were heading to a panel.  Then the panel was an hour late because Quincy Jonesnamedropping keynote ran over by an hour.  I guess if you’re Quincy Jones you actually do have two hours worth of names to drop.

Missing Grizzly Bear performing in a church (especially after NPR’s twitter informed my they played their haunting cover of the Crystals’ “He Hit Me”).

Artists I unfortunately missed because they were playing opposite sets I didn’t want to miss: John Wesley Harding, PJ Harvey, Shearwater, St. Vincent, Crystal Stilts, King Khan & the Shrines, Black Lips, the Wrens, Red Red Meat, the Thermals

Artists I unfortunately missed because of flat out poor planning or tough logistics: the Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Peggy Sue, Devo, Echo and the Bunnymen, Ra Ra Riot, the Airborne Toxic Event, the Annuals, the Hard Lessons, Exene Cervenka, Camera Obscura, The Proclaimers (no not really) Daniel Johnston (ok that was because it was Saturday at 1am and I just couldn’t stand up any longer) and dozens of others

Artists I deliberately missed in order to avoid the inevitable shitshow: Metallica, Kanye West

The misses are hard to complain about when your trip starts like this:


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One Response to SXSW 2009: Hits and Misses

  1. maise says:

    Nice work! I miss the Yard Dog……

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