21 Mar SXSW
On the way to the airport my car overheated.
Then the parking lot was 2x as expensive as I expected.
Then my assistant Aria forgot her ID and missed the flight.
Purevolume Ranch. A den of debauchery. Stolen free wine opened with a makeup brush after
drinking jack & cokes is not the best idea…
The next morning Haleh took me to a couple funky fresh Austin hangouts. It was my first morning and I was already diggin this town.
Spider house had a funky patio that was filled with about 30 chairs that looked like they had been assembled from 30 crazy old ladies yards…inside was all dark rooms and big leather seats filled w/ hipster Austintonians on their laptops.
$0.85 tacos. bam.
The first band I saw was LA group “Low vs. Diamond” I was pretty hung over…but I
still dug them. Later I ran into the group at another show and chatted w/ the guitarist on the right.
Austin, 4th St. (I think)
Tony Booch, Tony & David
The Electric Touch.
The next day on the way to the set of Austin City Limits for the KEXP live broadcast. It was
kind of a pain to hunt this place down…it’s on Guadalupe and about 25th, 6th floor. (in case
you want to go next year…)
I’m such a huge KEXP dork. I got all giddy when I saw Sheryl Waters.
Dr. Dog. This was the best sounding venue of the entire trip. Absolutely perfect.
Tony (another Tony) and Aria.
The Frost Tower.
I love these things.
Just a random group playing in a random club on some random Austin corner.
Me and Tony.
The Handsome Furs.
Aria at the Dresden. It was hot and muggy in there…and we didn’t get a drink. I think we
walked around for an hour that night – trying to get in places, not getting any booze…my
The sxSeattle Party rocked. Coffee, snacks, beer, kick ass bands.
Sirens & Sailors.
Holy Ghost Revival. They’re from Bainbridge Island…the place where the “rich kids” lived near Bremerton. As John the guitarist for the band explained to Aria.
“Bainbridge = Sushi, Bremerton = TV Dinners.”
We still kicked their asses in soccer. heh.
Nyles Lasson (I think) at the sfSXSW show.
David and his GF. (note: BGP staring at camera. heh)
Voxhaul Broadcast. This show had free snowcones. I should have got booze in mine.
The gigantic free – FU-SXSW show blocks away from the “real” SXSW shows. I really don’t like big open air shows…the energy from the band gets so dissipated.
Tokyo Police Club.
Sunday was a lazy day…I was bright-eyed and bushy tailed…but most everyone else was dragging. Or they had already left.
So I got to hang out with Haleh and Mari and do Austin-ee stuff.
Like go the UT Tower!
This part of campus is referred to as the “six pack.” Ahhh got love the University System.
Original Gold Leaf.
Straight ahead is the Capitol Dome…that’s on 11th St…so look South (right) and you’ll get an
idea of where the 6th St. madness goes down.
After the UT Tower we headed out of downtown and to a dog park…
Apparently, in the rest of Austin “crime” is a-ok.
A real creek! In Texas! Outdoors and stuff!
This dog kept running thru this one section and barking. Heh, then chasing much larger dogs.
It was a fun relaxing break from the madness of SXSW. And walking thru the creek felt really nice
on my sore feet.
A Cardinal! I’ve never seen this type of bird before! Weeee!
I told Haleh the sign should also read “Now with Outdoor Seating!”
She laughed and gave me one of those “you are such a dork” looks. =)
Polvos. Badass margaritas and tex-mex food.
I made it back to LA a little after 1am. My parking bill was $150. I got home at 2am…and the next morning I was editing ’My Little Pony’ at 9am. Nice.
I can’t wait to do it again next year…