SXSW 2013

March 25, 2013 at 12:41 am | Posted in Photos, SXSW | Leave a comment

This was my 7th trip to Austin for SXSW, but the first one that I actually drove down there instead of flying. It’s also the first one where I brought a camera and tried to take a bunch of photos. I just got a digital camera recently and I’m still sort of learning how to use it, so bear with me here.

Monday, 3/11/2013
We had just arrived in Austin the previous afternoon after driving for a day straight, and none of the SXSW shows really started until Tuesday, so Monday was just a driving around Austin and record-shopping kinda day. Unfortunately a bunch of cool stores have closed since the last time I visited Austin (namely Backspin Records and Cheapo Records), but my favorite store, End Of An Ear, is still there.

End Of An Ear

End Of An Ear


We walked around South Austin for a bit and looked around at some other buildings.
Shack behind End Of An Ear

Shack behind End Of An Ear


Next to End Of An Ear

Next to End Of An Ear


Turntable Records

Turntable Records


Next to Turntable Records

Next to Turntable Records


Resistancia bookstore

Resistancia bookstore


Welcome To South Austin (with a guest appearance by The Attorney That Rocks)

Welcome To South Austin (with a guest appearance by The Attorney That Rocks)


Food trucks on 6th St. the day before the craziness starts

Food trucks on 6th St. the day before the craziness starts


Torchy's Damn Good Tacos

Torchy’s Damn Good Tacos


Torchy's Damn Good Tacos

Torchy’s Damn Good Tacos


Tuesday, 3/12/2013
Not too much happened this day, mostly just wandering around downtown waiting for stuff to start happening. We went to the Texas State History Museum for a bit, went to some steampunk bar and saw ASSACRE, I went to The Hideout and saw Twigs & Yarn (whose album I reviewed for Foxy Digitalis) and then ended up at Barcelona and saw Dark Sky and Jimmy Edgar and Travis Stewart (aka Machinedrum).
Texas State History Museum

Texas State History Museum


6th Street at sunset

6th Street at sunset


Red River at sunset

Red River at sunset


Gear clocks at Metal & Lace (steampunk bar)

Gear clocks at Metal & Lace (steampunk bar)


ASSACRE dressed as some sort of spelunking ninja, playing wireless guitar in the middle of the audience @ Metal & Lace

ASSACRE dressed as some sort of spelunking ninja, playing wireless guitar in the middle of the audience @ Metal & Lace


Jung People @ The Hideout

Jung People @ The Hideout


Twigs & Yarn @ The Hideout

Twigs & Yarn @ The Hideout


Twigs & Yarn @ The Hideout

Twigs & Yarn @ The Hideout


Dark Sky @ Barcelona

Dark Sky @ Barcelona


Jimmy Edgar and Travis Stewart @ Barcelona

Jimmy Edgar and Travis Stewart @ Barcelona


Wednesday, 3/13/2013
Lots more wandering around and taking photos of stuff. I got up early so I could see Sun Araw at 1PM (who were 2 guys this time instead of a solo project the first 2 times I saw him and a full band the last time, and had a bit more of a dancey sound this time out), saw Ducktails at the Fader Fort (who have become a full band since last time I saw him, a few years ago at a friend’s house in New Brunswick, NJ), saw Troller twice (awesome band, review of their LP coming soon), was going to see Jandek but he cancelled, so I went to Elysium and saw Andy Stott and John Talabot instead. Andy Stott absolutely killed it, he started out with the slower Luxury Problems type tracks, then accelerated to more breakbeat-heavy stuff, like the stuff he did a few years ago under the name Andrea. I only stayed for half of John Talabot’s set, but it sounded pretty good.
6th Street at noon

6th Street at noon


Red River at noon

Red River at noon


Sun Araw @ Red 7

Sun Araw @ Red 7


On 7th Street near the highway

On 7th Street near the highway


Donut Taco Palace 4

Donut Taco Palace 4


Donut Taco Palace 4 (front view)

Donut Taco Palace 4 (front view)


Don't Mess With Texas

Don’t Mess With Texas


Under the highway bridge at 6th Street

Under the highway bridge at 6th Street


Oneman @ Fader Fort

Oneman @ Fader Fort


Plant growing out of a Dell @ Fader Fort

Plant growing out of a Dell @ Fader Fort


Ducktails @ Fader Fort

Ducktails @ Fader Fort


Troller @ Beerland

Troller @ Beerland


Tugger @ Cheer Up Charlie's

Tugger @ Cheer Up Charlie’s


Troller again, this time @ Cheer Up Charlie's

Troller again, this time @ Cheer Up Charlie’s


Andy Stott @ Elysium

Andy Stott @ Elysium


Huerco S. @ Elysium

Huerco S. @ Elysium


John Talabot @ Elysium

John Talabot @ Elysium


Thursday, 3/14/2013
First thing I did this day was see ’70s Detroit proto-punk legends DEATH, who played a free afternoon show at what used to be Emo’s. They have a documentary about them now, which I hadn’t heard anything about up here in Michigan, so maybe it hasn’t been playing anywhere here, or maybe I just haven’t been paying attention. But their incredible album …For The Whole World To See was recorded in 1975 and finally released in 2009, and now they’re doing the whole reunion thing and releasing a new album soon. After that, I saw Disclosure, who played live keyboards and electronic drums, and sang one or two songs themselves, but most of the vocals were by female vocalists who weren’t present, so they were just played as samples. I also saw Destruction Unit at the suggestion of Kristin, and I also went to a juke/footwork party at a small art gallery on Congress Avenue. There seems to be a pretty active juke scene in Austin, and they have legit connections with the Chicago scene, as evidenced by this compilation and the fact that they got DJ Spinn to play at this party. There was a good circle of footwork dancing when I first got to the party, so I took a few pictures of that, but then it sort of faded away and they stopped playing footwork music until DJ Spinn got on the decks towards the end. The Bug was supposed to play two sets that night, and I went to the earlier one so I could catch the last bus back to my friend’s apartment so I wouldn’t have to stay late and catch a taxi, but he never showed up to the early set (he did show up to the later one and I wish I’d made it out for that one because Zac said it was incredible). We were also supposed to interview The Bug the next afternoon but he never showed up to that either.
DEATH @ The Main (f.k.a. Emo's)

DEATH @ The Main (f.k.a. Emo’s)


Disclosure @ Mohawk

Disclosure @ Mohawk


Destruction Unit @ the front porch of Beerland

Destruction Unit @ the front porch of Beerland


Footwork dancing @ Teklife party

Footwork dancing @ Teklife party


Footwork dancing @ Teklife party

Footwork dancing @ Teklife party


Teklife DJs

Teklife DJs


DJ Spinn @ Teklife party

DJ Spinn @ Teklife party


myself walking back to my friend's apartment from the bus stop

myself walking back to my friend’s apartment from the bus stop


Friday, 3/15/2013
Well, me and Zac were supposed to interview The Bug, but the promoter and label were having troubles getting in touch with him, so he was a no-show. So I hunted around for some grub and ended up at a day party that JD Twitch (of Optimo), Jackmaster and Rustie were DJ’ing at. JD Twitch and Optimo both played awesome sets, but the sound wasn’t always so great and the crowd wasn’t always into it. I’m not a huge fan of Rustie’s music, but his set sounded really good, and the crowd was really pumped. The main thing I was excited about Friday, however, was the Not Not Fun showcase at the Hideout. NNF has been doing at least one showcase at SXSW for a few years now, and every one I’ve been to has been amazing. In previous years I saw Ducktails, Robedoor, Sun Araw, Barn Owl, Pocahaunted, Dylan Ettinger, Umberto, High Wolf and others. This year the major draw (for me, at least) was Xander Harris, but every set was incredible.
JD Twitch wearing a 1000 Homo DJs shirt & dropping Jeff Mills, Donna Summer and Slayer into a DJ set @ Latitude 30 around 3PM

JD Twitch wearing a 1000 Homo DJs shirt & dropping Jeff Mills, Donna Summer and Slayer into a DJ set @ Latitude 30 around 3PM


Jackmaster @ Latitude 30

Jackmaster @ Latitude 30


Rustie @ Latitude 30

Rustie @ Latitude 30


some huge line at the Fader Fort that I didn't even bother with

some huge line at the Fader Fort that I didn’t even bother with


artwork on the wall at The Hideout

artwork on the wall at The Hideout


The Hideout

The Hideout


Samantha Glass @ The Hideout

Samantha Glass @ The Hideout


Samantha Glass @ The Hideout

Samantha Glass @ The Hideout


Samantha Glass @ The Hideout

Samantha Glass @ The Hideout


White Poppy @ The Hideout

White Poppy @ The Hideout


White Poppy @ The Hideout

White Poppy @ The Hideout


White Poppy @ The Hideout

White Poppy @ The Hideout


Rites Wild @ The Hideout

Rites Wild @ The Hideout


Rites Wild @ The Hideout

Rites Wild @ The Hideout


Weyes Blood @ The Hideout

Weyes Blood @ The Hideout


Weyes Blood @ The Hideout

Weyes Blood @ The Hideout


Holy Balm @ The Hideout

Holy Balm @ The Hideout


Maria Minerva @ The Hideout

Maria Minerva @ The Hideout


Maria Minerva @ The Hideout

Maria Minerva @ The Hideout


Xander Harris @ The Hideout

Xander Harris @ The Hideout


Xander Harris @ The Hideout

Xander Harris @ The Hideout


this is how crazy 6th Street gets at 2AM during SXSW

this is how crazy 6th Street gets at 2AM during SXSW


this is how polluted 6th Street gets during SXSW

this is how polluted 6th Street gets during SXSW


Saturday, 3/16/2013
This was the last day of shows at SXSW, the next day we started driving back to Michigan. We saw Jad Fair in the backyard of some bar, there were maybe 20 people there tops, and he didn’t like how soundcheck was going so he just played his unplugged electric guitar right in front of the crowd, and it was awesome. I saw Bernie Worrell (keyboard genius from Parliament/Funkadelic, Talking Heads, etc.) at another outdoor backyard show, and even though there were a lot of sound problems at that one too, his set was also great. He said at one point that George Clinton might show up if he made it through the traffic, but that never happened. After that I saw a bit of a set by Kid Congo Powers (who was in The Cramps, The Gun Club, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and a ton of other bands). I also saw Octant, an artist who programs robots to play instruments for his live show. I have his first album from the late ’90s and I liked it a lot, so it’s cool that he’s still around. The main thing I was excited about this night was the Moog showcase at Elysium. Austin’s synth store Switched On sponsored this, and they had demos of a bunch of newer Moog synths at the show. The first artist I saw at this show was Kontravoid, who was okay, but the second was S U R V I V E, who were mindblowing. And after that was Xeno & Oaklander, who I’ve wanted to see for a long time, and they were awesome as well.
priceless.

priceless.


Wackford Squeers @ Chain Drive

Wackford Squeers @ Chain Drive


Jad Fair @ Chain Drive

Jad Fair @ Chain Drive


Sinkane @ The Liberty

Sinkane @ The Liberty


cool-looking food truck @ The Liberty

cool-looking food truck @ The Liberty


The Bernie Worrell Orchestra @ The Liberty

The Bernie Worrell Orchestra @ The Liberty


Bernie Worrell @ The Liberty

Bernie Worrell @ The Liberty


the line outside the Fader Fort wasn't moving during Earl Sweatshirt's set so I watched from outside the exit

the line outside the Fader Fort wasn’t moving during Earl Sweatshirt’s set so I watched from outside the exit


Kid Congo Powers @ Barbarella

Kid Congo Powers @ Barbarella


randomly popping into Plush for a few minutes because they were playing juke

randomly popping into Plush for a few minutes because they were playing juke


the counter @ Koriente

the counter @ Koriente


eating a hummus roll @ Koriente

eating a hummus roll @ Koriente


Octant @ The Jr. (f.k.a. Emo's Jr.)

Octant @ The Jr. (f.k.a. Emo’s Jr.)


MOOGS @ Elysium

MOOGS @ Elysium


Zac and me monkeying aroung with more Moogs @ Elysium

Zac and me monkeying aroung with more Moogs @ Elysium


if you really love me you'll buy me one of these

if you really love me you’ll buy me one of these


a fortress of synths waiting to be played @ Elysium

a fortress of synths waiting to be played @ Elysium


Kontravoid (who had a strobe light flashing during his set, which obviously I couldn't photograph) @ Elysium

Kontravoid (who had a strobe light flashing during his set, which obviously I couldn’t photograph) @ Elysium


S U R V I V E (who had lots of laser effects during their set, which were hard to photograph) @ Elysium

S U R V I V E (who had lots of laser effects during their set, which were hard to photograph) @ Elysium


Xeno & Oaklander @ Elysium

Xeno & Oaklander @ Elysium


Xeno & Oaklander @ Elysium

Xeno & Oaklander @ Elysium

Leave a Comment »

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com.
Entries and comments feeds.

%d bloggers like this: