Sunday, March 16, 2008

SxSW 2008- Friday.

Friday was a great day, and it only made me wish I had decided to stay until Sunday.

I started off the day wandering around listening for something that I might want to actually see a full set of, and that's when I stumbled across the Levi's/Fader Fort party. I caught the last song from The Fashion, which I think may have been a band way too hip for me. But since the Stella was flowing for free, I decided to stick around because the Lemonheads were scheduled to play. However, Evan Dando apparently lost his voice and cancelled at the very last minute. It's a shame about Evan. You know, losing his voice and all. Nyuk, nyuk.

Instead, I got to see These New Puritans from the UK, and again, I can't really tell you what they're like because I was so distracted by the guy's outfit, but I'm pretty sure it's too hip for me. As in, it didn't sound any different than most of the bands that were in Austin. Here's why I was distracted...

The best part of the set was this guy that I could not take my eyes off of. Now, my camera has no microphone, but I was able to capture part of his ritualistic dancing (it was side-splitting, really):

Luckily, after I sat through that, I got a nice dose of the soulful sounds of Langhorne Slim. I was literally moved, what with all the swaying I was doing (and, no, I didn't drink THAT much Stella to provoke that). The guy definitely reeks of talent and honesty that just oozes from his guitar and lyrics. I likey.

I got tired of sitting around there, so I moved on to the Filter Magazine Showdown party up the street and proceeded to partake in probably the best conversations I had the whole trip with my new favorite people from the Filter camp. I saw the Wombats finish up their set, and then caught the watered down (not in a bad way) sounds of Lightspeed Champion.

Here's a little visual of why everyone thinks I'm 14.

After the music, I headed into the bar to hang with the most awesome girl in Austin (besides myself, of course), Sam, Patrick from Limbeck (who I unfortunately missed this trip, but have seen before, and have also praised in the past), and Adrian from Filter. Adrian and Patrick came very close to convincing me to get another tattoo to remember my trip by. I was thinking of getting Adrian's name on my ass, because he's so super handsome, and really, I could see myself settling down with a guy exactly like him. True story. My mom is happy I ran out of daylight hours for more ink.

After parting ways with my newfound friends, I had a lovely dinner at this Rio place and walked over to see American Babies out of Brooklyn. This was another awesome find for me, because the endearing quality of sound and lyrics makes for the perfect blend of what music is all about. They totally have it together, and if you like the kind of music that you can listen to and feel good about, then this is for you. It kind of has this country vibe, mixed with bluesy, drawn-out vocals that I could stick in my ears and get lost in. Check out "Baby Don't Cry." More, more, more. That's what I want. I'm really in debt to them for sneaking me into their showcase.

So, that wraps it all up since early flights prevent me from displaying all the rockstar behavior I've been known to ride on in the past. I had fun. I will be back. Mark those words!
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