Posts Tagged ‘music’

SXSW Music | My last free SXSW beer & lunch @ Yard Dog Gallery, South CongressMy last free serving of meat @ the Yard Dog Gallery, SXSW

I have eaten enough free beef to form a new cow in my toilet. Thank god SXSW 2007 is officially over.

But enough of my bowel woes. For those of you there for the entire 10-day festival, I applaud you for your stamina and ability to get up out of bed by the third morning. For those of you not present, or don’t even have a clue what SXSW entails, please start planning your trip next year and experience the madness for yourself. Interested in film, interactive media, live music, and free stuff including Saucony shoes, food, and beer? Then get yourself ready for one of the most fantastically gut-rotting times in your life, mixed with a lot of good hearted networking and entertainment on the side.

It was life amplified to the extreme, packed into 10 days of constant schedules and activity, and it already breaks my heart to sit here at home, wondering what to do next. I’m more overwhelmed than bored; it was an inspiring time down in Austin, and I’m all pumped to bring all my dying projects to fruition. I just don’t know where to start.

Until I see you all again on 6th Street in the next few years, I’ll be busy reviewing my conference notes, milking this new-found creative inspiration, and labouriously digesting the 50 pounds of free barbecue brisket that festers in my tummy.

Toilet says, “moo.”


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I’ve been a failure with the written blog. Please check flickr for the most up-to-date images from SXSW.

SXSW Music | The Pipettes @ Flamingo Cantina

I can’t explain how amazing this week has been, intellectually, creatively, and socially. Even the entertainment is more than I expected, and believe me, it takes a lot to please this little girl.

SXSW, I’m definitely coming back for more love. xoxo.

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I stumbled into Austin a few hours ago, and already I’m in love. It’s kind of a blind love, really; it’s pitch black outside, and I haven’t been exposed to any of the nightlife that the city boasts. Still, I think it’ll be good.

SXSW | Taking their advice...

My accommodation this evening is situated two miles from the downtown core — that’s about 3.5 kilometres to those of you back home — right along the banks of the Colorado River… I can see the city across the way, yelling something like, “Hey! This is going to be your life for the next 10 days! Love me! Take me now!” And Austin, I think I will certainly love you, but it’ll have to start some time tomorrow. With the day-long interactive conference in full force tomorrow, mixed with free evening parties with free booze and hors d’oeuvres, followed by free concerts at the music festival and more free booze, and then pulling 2:00-3:00am nights in various SXSW clubs, it’s going to be a rough week.

It’s probably best that I just relax on the shore with a chunky issue of The Austin Chronicle, take a deep breath in, and enjoy the balmy evening breeze (71 Fahrenheit / 20 Celsius), since it probably won’t happen back in Vancouver for another couple of months.

Thanks for being my temporary home, Austin!

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For someone who suffers from Internet A.D.D., scheduling for SXSW should only be done with the aide of an administrative assistant and a cup of soothing chamomile tea. Otherwise, you’ll end up like me, overwhelmed and quivering in a corner of the apartment.

The good thing about this whole event is that 1. I’ve scored myself a wristband, which, though overpriced and does not guarantee me a single thing, at least offers the opportunity to weave in and out of clubs at leisure and the luxury to move from one group of annoyingly inebriated spring breakers to another. And 2. I actually have accommodation set with an awesome host from couchsurfing.com, which is more than can be said for a lot of last-minute planners who will probably end up sleeping in public libraries, movie houses, or a puddle of their upchucked Pabst Blue Ribbon between gigs.

For other SXSW virgins like me, here’s a list of some useful sites to plan your week full of great music, sore feet, and ringing ears. Maybe you’ll become just as overwhelmed and sick as me. That’s right; I’m bringing you down with me!

SXSW Official Schedule of Bands

Get it.

An incredible site listing great free day shows. If you’re low on cash, you’ll probably be able to see all of your favourite bands if you plan accordingly and are willing to wake up before noon hour. Indie favourites Architecture in Helsinki are playing around 3-4 free day shows, if that’s any indication.

Need to compare checklists with friends? Need to know where you’re going and if you’ll be able to leave the datarock show and make it in time to see Matt & Kim in time before you have to leave 15 minutes early to see Daniel Johnston and get back to the first club to see Peter Bjorn & John? (Gasp.) This is the place to do it, with Google Map and all.

This isn’t specific to the music festival or of SXSW in general, but it does have a lot of great interviews and show announcements for anyone wanting to have fun in the city.

You’re getting sick, aren’t you?

Have fun.

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…And I want in on the action.


I’m thisclose to booking a trip to Austin for the 2007 SXSW festival held this March 9-18. I’m excited. Heck, the mere whisper of the thought gets me all giggly and shivery.

Of course, there’s a responsible adult in me shaking her head, constantly reminding me that I do not yet have a full-time permanent job to even guarantee that my rent will be covered. But then the opportunist in me starts throwing punches and believes I can pretty much get work when I return. Besides, perhaps this trip will give this fledgling blog the zing that it’s needed over the past couple of months of neglect.

Beyond satiating my travel and live music needs for the year, it has the potential to pose as a portfolio builder, if I can manage to string together enough awe-inspiring words on the subject of hot indie bands. Jon-Rae and the River? The Presets? Margot and the Nuclear So and Sos? And let’s not forget big names like Interpol and Bloc Party. It’s the Cannes of the live music scene, and it’s bound to be a juicy, exhilarating festival cocktail, spanning 10 days, crammed in a city of 1.4 million scenesters. Sassy. The ratio of cool to uncool will be so overwhelming I could soil my trousers! And I could blog about it like all of the other web savvy, self-centered music industry types and walk around with a wristband all day long, looking like I’m all that. Nothing but the ultimate dream of cool come true. Ha!

Hold your breath, ladies and gentlemen of the live music persuasion. The decision will be made in the next week. I will be finding inspiration and combing the pages of Craigslist, Donewaiting, Showlist Austin, The Austin Chronicle, and Austinist to make or break this deal. Let’s make it.

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