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09 March 2010

The Mynabirds - SXSW Interview and Video (Laura Burhenn solo)


Omaha, NE

SXSW Show Times:
Mar 17 12:00P - Live on WOXY (TUNE IN!!)
Mar 18 4:00P - Dominican Joe’s - All Your Friends Are Here Day Party
Mar 18 9:00P - Maggie Mae’s - Saddle Creek Showcase w/RAA, MBAR, UUVVWWZ
Mar 19 3:00P - Design Within Reach - Everloving / Origami Vinyl / LA Record Day Party
Mar 20 12:00P - Red Eyed Fly - WXPN Day Party

What do like most about playing at SXSW?
Free beer! No, seriously... Almost all the world is in one (warm and sunshiny) place for one week, so you inevitably run into 50 people you haven't seen in a year (or more), 30 people you've never met in person but have emailed or chatted with on the phone, and have made at least 10 new friends by the week's end. The world is so small and inter-connected anyway. And SXSW really intensifies that fact. All the great music and delicious Mexican food is just a bonus.

Are you out promoting anything?
Our debut album is coming out on Saddle Creek on April 27th (the day before my birthday). So I'm very excited to be sharing the songs for what will be the first time for most people.

Are there any bands or musicians that you are looking forward to checking out?
I'm always excited to see my friends' bands. I never quite know who's playing or when or where, so I mark up my guide as soon as I get it. Texts and phone calls abound, and I see if I can synchronize my crazy schedule to theirs. When you're there working, it's hard to find enough time to see every band you'd want to see. That said, I'd absolutely love it if I could catch Wale, Vandaveer, These United States and Raphael Saadiq (DC love), as well as Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Thurston Moore, Solange (she killed that "Stillness is the Move" cover), Dr. Dog, Aloha and BRAHMS. Cale Parks (of Aloha and BRAHMS) toured with Georgie James' went we went out with Camera Obscura a few years back. He's a brilliant person and a musical genius. I'm always excited to hear what he's up to.

What are the challenges in playing at SXSW?
Parking a van. And trying not to kill anyone in the process.

Do you have any survival tips?
Flexibility, at least one fresh, sit-down meal a day, and time for meaningful conversations. These three things are magic. In fact, I'd recommend them for everyday life -- not just SXSW.

Are you more "stick around, check out music and enjoy the scene" or "play as many shows as possible then get out"?
I've done both things, and I think there's a happy medium. Given that we've got a new record coming out in April, we're going to play as many shows as possible. But we're also going to have a ton of fun doing it.

Any additional comments?
I cannot wait for SXSW, the springtime Austin sun, and all the good fun that's sure to ensue. We've all had enough of this snow and ice and I, for one, am counting the days til I can meet up with you and everyone else for some meaningful conversation -- over a free drink. I mean, if someone's handing them out, you wouldn't just turn down that Austin hospitality now, would you?


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