Well I'm finally settling in from last week's SXSW in Austin. I got to see some great music, some not-so-great music and hook up with new and old friends alike. I also had my fair share of BBQ. I have to send out kudos to the sound engineers in Austin. They went from the full sonic assault of the Fuck Buttons to the soft kalimba music of Laura Barrett. A few artists that really stood out were Headlights, Dawn Landes and Time Fite. Below are some others that I saw perform:
The Blakes, Von Bondies, Moby, Lightspeed Champion, The Weakerthans, Bon Iver, Wye Oak, Aloha, Danial Lanois, These United States, The Radar Brothers, Evangelicals, Black Angels, Raveonettes, Pleasant Grove, Hopewell, Peasant, My Brightest Diamond, Nada Surf, Loquat, Scrabbel, South, Sia, Emmy the Great and the Bo Deans.
And, as some of you may know, Lou Reed's Berlin is probably my favorite album of all time. I was able to see the movie (directed by Julian Schnabel) and attend the Q & A sesiion afterwards. The film features some great guitar work from both Steve Hunter and Lou Reed. There are also three "encore" songs that work really well. Antony (from Antony and the Johnsons) brings a tear to your eyes with his take on Candy Says and the version of Rock Minuet is one of the best I've seen. There is also a rendition of Sweet Jane as the credits are rolled. I hope these encores are included as extras on the DVD as Berlin should be just that.
See you in Austin next year!