Thursday, March 29, 2007

Bad News For Some

I just recently checked Explosions in the Sky's "shows" section of their website, and it looks like their show here on Monday at The Granada has been sold out. If you haven't gotten your ticket yet and are still trying to find one, I wish you the best of luck, because Explosions is one of the best bands live and it doesn't look like they will be making their way back here this year. If they do, I will just need to give them all a huge hug because of all of the hard work that they are doing this year. Seriously, their tour is huge this year and it would be a miracle if they came back through here again. If they play Austin City Limits again this year, it will be a big year for Explosions fans in Texas.

Also, the Gypsy Tea Room will be closing down for good in a day or two. I really can't believe that they aren't having a farewell show! Wouldn't it be a good idea? It will be an injustice if their last show is The Plain White Tee's.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Day 3: Revisited

The Pitchfork/Windish Showcase at Emo's was my favorite show of SXSW. The lineup was incredible and I am very glad that it took place. I am really considering figuring out how to get up to Chicago this summer for the Pitchfork Festival. There were a couple of disappointing elements about the showcase, and one of them was that Do Make Say Think only had a 3-song-set. Apparently, the people coordinating the sets were only going to give them 2 songs, but the band was obviously mad and so where the handful of people who came to see them, so they got to play their third song. Justice was served!

The Pipettes took the stage after an introduction from one of their backup musicians. They loaded all of their equipment in, so I thought that they were the band, but I got quite the surprise when three British girls, all in somewhat matching outfits came out onto the stage and played do-wop-ish songs. I was very surprised when I looked around the venue and saw that more males knew the lyrcis than females.

The Ponys were not very impressive, but their last song, riddled with noise, kept the crowd's attention long enough to put a smile on some of their faces. Their singer played some jumbled keys, took drags off of his cigarette, and their guitarist tossed his guitar on the stage when the song was done.

I believe that this was only RJD2's second time playing with a full band (I'm probably wrong), but it wasn't obvious. He mixed in his samples with their instruments (and his own guitar and synth playing) and everything flowed together nicely. It reminded me that I need to pick up his newest album, as it will probably be on my year end list somewhere. I don't know what the "Fondle Me Emo" sign was about, but I wish I did.

I hadn't ever heard Menomena before their set at the showcase, and I really wish I had a time machine to go back in time, listen to their music, and enjoy their set a whole lot more. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed it a lot, I just wish I had more knowledge of their music. I've picked up their record several times at Good Records, but I just haven't purchased it yet. The sax was a beautiful break from all of the days guitars, and it fit in nicely with the rest of their sound. The saxist/ bassist/ singer was hitting a trigger (or keys?) on the ground that put hits of intense bass into the club, which served as a nice precursor to Girl Talk.

Girl Talk's set was probably my favorite performance of the entire festival. I wish I could have gone to his other shows that week, but life isn't always fair. His stage antics (diving into his laptop, confetti, throwing water, numerous crowd interactions, etc.) were some of the best/ craziest/ funniest/ confusing things I've ever seen on a stage or venue floor. Everyone in the club was dancing and having a good time. I think that everyone was waiting for something like that, and it was such a breathe of fresh air. His new record is going to be pretty damn good from what I heard of his new mixes. I would elaborate more on is set, but I will let the pictures speak for themselves.

Peter Bjorn and John are another band that I will be watching more closely after seeing them perform at the showcase. I don't remember seeing them on the bill when it was first announced, but I'm really glad that they played. I have heard their song Young Folks played in Good Records just about every time I have been in there, but I didn't know who it was. I knew I loved it, and hearing and seeing it played live was quite a treat. I was so tired after Girl Talk, but they kept me awake and made me enjoy myself that much more.

Do Make Say Think

The Pipettes

The Ponys



Girl Talk

(He took her camera, took a picture of her, and then gave it back!)

(Notice the guy with the glasses)

Peter Bjorn and John