Sunday, March 21, 2010

i wish there were a soundtrack to my life.

i've just made it through my third sxsw and i need to be sleeping. and then i need to clean. and then i should probably bask in my newfound freedom of having my house back to myself, but i already miss my friends and i want them to all come back and stay for forever.

here is a really long account for the shows and music we saw this weekend. sorry if it is boring. sorry if i sound pretentious. sorry, i just like the tunes, you know?

okay. here goes.

delorean and surfer blood were playing at club deville. and it was free high life and free mike's hard punch. the beer was tolerable, i mean it was free, but the punch was like drinking death. stomach ache city! the music more than made up for it though, and on such a bright sunny day with my sunglasses on, it could not have been more perfect.

deli- delorean
floating vibes- surfer blood

real estate and the xx were also fantastic. being practically front row at the xx was so great and they intro'd with 'intro' and played crystallised and infinity and blew my mind. i wish they had played their cover of florence + the machine's 'you've got the love' and i wish they had come back for the encore that everyone wanted them to give, but i realize they are a high commodity at this festival and needed to probably jet on to the next scene. still, freaking amazing.

younger than yesterday- real estate
you've got the love (florence + the machine cover)- the xx

neon indian was near the top of the list for music i most needed to be at. and i got my dream come true. we were packed in like sardines, and toes were getting stepped and people were smiling and dancing and the music lifted spirits and put a jig in everyone's step the rest of the day. memory tapes went on before neon indian, and it was as if they were meant to be. those two shows made the fact that my skirt kept blowing up all over downtown austin on that windy day totally worth it.

bicycle- memory tapes (3:25 and then when the guitar kicks in, you'll be feeling this for sure)
psychic chasms- neon indian

oh, and andrew w.k. fist pumps, head banging, etc. party hard, duh.

frightened rabbit has become one of my favorite bands to listen to over the past year and getting to see them was a dream come true. the music was moving, their accents were scottish, their smiles were charming and the cold, cold weather was completely forgotten as i listened to their beautiful, perfectly put together tunesies. i hope they continue to do well in the music biz.

the modern leper- frightened rabbit
keep yourself warm- frightened rabbit

boxer rebellion was on before frightened rabbit, and it was my first time to ever hear them. they were pretty good, too. very interpol-ish and black rebel motorcycle club and muse, even. plus, the bassist was the doppleganger of one of my friends and i think they need to meet and be friends. i mean, if i knew of my doppleganger, that is how i would feel.

i would be remiss if i were to never mention GWAR. and the fact that we saw them. and the fact that we all got fake blood sprayed at us. and the fact even though it was 39 degrees outside, somehow the fake dismemberment of robots and babies and MJ helped to erase the pain of frozen fingers, toes and noses. oh GWAR, you are disgusting and so completely vulgar. but i couldn't stop watching you anyway.

last but not least, to top off an epic weekend, the hood internet played an entirely, way too incredible dance party, and i danced my face into oblivion. lots of stage dancing and top of speaker dancing (?) and it was the best night ever. if you ever get the chance to hear them mix, you should never ever turn down the opportunity. the next girltalk? maybe.

1993 barry bonds (kanye west vs. lil wayne vs. dj signify)- the hood internet
tambourine reckoning (eve vs. radiohead)- the hood internet
stop feeling it (three six mafia vs. memory tapes)- the hood internet
billie 'wildcat' jean (michael jackson vs. ratatat)- the hood internet

in fact, just go check out the site and spend some quality time there., fools.