Our Man On The Ground: Mr Jones' SXSW Blog Posted by 24/03/10 in blog on
Tuesday – DAY 1:
Land in the evening have a quick drink with the lovely folks of Beggars
then cab off to see the garage rock of the Ooh Sees and the mighty Strange Boys playing at the Scoot Inn venue.
Wednesday – DAY 2:
Following morning hit Mohawk as i want to see Toro Y Moi as he is first on and has released an interesting album “Causers of This”, bolt down the road to see Tobacco and an impressive Bear in Heaven who play over driving rhythms. Saw Small Black and Washed Out back at Mohawks.
This evening we have the Rough Trade 2010 showcase!
Geoff Travis DJ’s first.
The Strange Boys who are sounding more like Bob Dylan / Exile On Mainstreet meets Fun House Stooges due to the addition of Jenna E. Thornhill deWitt on Sax and vocals,and lead guitarist Ryan’s vocal drawl. I love them.
The beguiling Unthanks and folk power of Basia Bulat follow and make a great impression and variation to the bill.
I’m next up on the decks and get to play Nutbush City Limits before being turned down as the soundman needs to do a line-check.
Next onstage is our latest signing Dylan LeBlanc a 19 year old long haired kid from Shreveport Louisana who draws inspiration from American artists such as Townes Van Zandt, Neil Young and Willis Alan Ramsey we are very excited about him and he plays mighty fine.
Another Rough Trade DJ gets on the decks could be Scott, Steve or Scouse Ruth try to play over the line checks.
LA all girl four piece Warpaint next on and blow me away, last time i saw them at CMJ they were good but with the addition of Stella on drums they have become a unique entity sometimes sounding like Dirty Projectors with Cure flanged guitars – quite mesmerising.
Finally Morning Benders come on to end the night playing a most moving and melodic set overcoming some technical electric gremlins, and showing what a great record their Big Echo album is.
Have drinks with Dylan LeBlanc’s band who have a keen interest in Tennessee Whisky and the Warpaint girls afterwards…they rock.
Thursday – Day Two:
Cab up to Urban Outfitters North of City to see Toro Y Moi then walk down to French Legation see Dylan LeBlanc play in the glorious sunshine, here is a clip from my iphone:
I then do a meet and greet at the Indie Center in the heart of the Convention Center.
Went out to an Ethiopian Restaurant’s backyard called Karibou to witness the R&B band Fergus and Geronimo play although they are fighting some sound problems then took a punt by going well out of town to a place up north called the Spider Cafe to see Moon Duo play at 12amish.
They feature Ripley from Wooden Shjips and make some great Spaceman 3 meets Suicide music.
Friday – Day 3:
It ended up being a late one last night and hence peeved off when my roomate wakes me up early just because she wanted to. I sulk for a bit then go to see Active Child and Twin Sister play at Mohawke then over to the Tiniest Bar in TX with Scouse Ruth (work colleague and sometimes mate) to see Young Buffalo in the sunshine, walked over see Warpaint storm the Dickies party over otherside of town, hung out with them while watching Broken Bells and Surfer Blood, ended up in rickshaw race with them over to a late late bar called Crack Village with some sergeant major bouncer with a chip on his shoulder my wristband was stuck together with chewing gum and they were checking them thoroughly somehow i got in…
Saturday – Day 4:
Winter arrives! This is not good as i spend a lot of the day watching bands in car park lots, I watch the poptastico sounds of Diamond Rings get blown around in the freezing wind with my mate Sam from 4AD.
Spend the rest of the day/evening in Beerland where i bump into Bim from Dylan’s band talk the merits of US vs Uk humour over drinks and get to watch Sonny and the Sunsets (a good Jonathan Richman) sounding act and The Baths (Very unique sounding 4 piece from San Fran) remaining part of night gets messy hooking up with Warpaint and quite a large crew in the Driskell then ending up at some wharehose party with a band that are copying a band called Foals onstage. Retire to bed around 5am.
Sunday – Day 5
Check out and eventually board a once flooded after they vacuumed it all up airplane homeward bound to England.
Cheers to Scouse Ruth for buying me drinks and food