SXSW Stream: Notes From The Field
|Photos by Chris Gray|
|Guaranteed, at least one person will completely ignore this sign this week.|
Estimated badge pickup time - media: 15 minutes
Estimated badge pickup time - artists: hours
Waiting for his badge, Rocks Off ran into old friend, Astros fan and SXSW Music Director Brent Grulke: "Pudge? Pudge? ...Well, we need somebody." We know, Brent, we know.
|And you thought cattle calls only happened at the rodeo...|
Rocks Off: "Is this the bag line?"(It turned out to be the line for the extra wristbands that come with an artists' badge.)
Random Dude: "No."
RO: "What's it for?"
RD: "I don't know."
|Ain't they precious?|
And who was Yvonne looking forward to seeing?
"Our friends," she laughed. Awwww.
Is it just Rocks Off, or does every third male under 30 at SXSW look like he's in Kings of Leon? Hell, maybe they are in Kings of Leon.
Random Recommendation No. 1: Fellow Friendswood native Chuck Stephens, former owner of Austin's Porch Light Records and current real estate agent - who says he's actually selling some real estate these days - said Future of the Left, the band that arose from the ashes of McLusky, "destroyed" earlier Wednesday.
SXSW Axiom No. 1: If you really want to see a band, there will always be a line out front. If there's no line out front, you don't really want to see the band.
Random Recommendation No. 2: Phil Schawe of Houston's KPFT said he wants to see the White Stripes-ish Pack A.D.; Seattle's Manooghi Hi, whom he described as a Bollywood-type female Indian singer fronting Metallica; and close the whole thing out with Jon Langford's hammer-and-sickle honky-tonk rowdies the Waco Brothers.
Rocks Off ran into Houston's Geschichte storyteller Benjamin Wesley outside Emo's, who said his scheduled solo performance at Eastside artists' space Co-Lab (613 Allen) was canceled due to the venue's problems attaining a sound permit. (This happens at least once every SXSW.)
However, he said the necessary paperwork should be in order in time for Friday's indiehouston.org day party, featuring every Bayou City band you ever heard of. Wesley also performs solo at the Cherrywood Coffee House off 38th St. in Hyde Park tomorrow, and with Tha Fucking Transmissions Friday at the Swishahouse showcase.
|Sweet Home Alabama: Thomas functions just fine, thank you very much.|