voice: almost gone
house: a mess
vodka: not my friend anymore
fun times at sxsw: priceless
Yesterday was such a great laugh. Started it off with some food and a beer with Michael from Sonic Itch and then headed off downtown. Another hot day with the sun shining and the realization that the party was gonna be over soon so everybody was on form. I spent my entire day at the Fader Fort* so it was great to not to have to go from venue to venue. Of course free booze helps to keep you there but they had such a great lineup there was no need for anything else. In between bands there were some fun tune from the Fools Gold crew (as far as I know) so that kept the energy going.
David 'Fucking' Banner pretty much blew SXSW up yesterday afternoon with the whole crowd soaking it up. Originally scheduled to play at the Fader Fort earlier in the day many
people thought they had missed him. In all honesty I had never heard
any music by David Banner before
yesterday. That is one if the reasons I love SXSW so much; being
introduced to music in a live setting is much better than listening at
He is a massive figure who's personality fills the stage and beyond with boundless energy. Jumping into the crowd during the first song, spraying beers all over the place and on his way back to the stage creating a mosh pit where 15 or so people proceeded to tear it up like it was a full on metal show. Banner is obviously a very smart guy with intelligent speeches throughout the set that were well received by all.
Earlier in the day I got to see Lykke Li who was brilliant. Wonderful pop kinda sounds that remind me somewhat of Roisin Murphy. Again, an artist that was new to me and on a Saturday afternoon in the sun it was perfect. Such an adorable show that had the whole crowd smiling away with all the guys ending up with crushes. I'm off to buy the album.
Here's 'Little Bit' for your listening pleasure. Download lykke_li_little_bit.mp3. (buy the album or single)
Saw Diplo running around for most of the afternoon and then he came on stage on got situated behind the decks. Santagold came on stage with two girls in grey uniform type outfits and the stood at each side of the stage and did some great moves along throughout the set. Santagold is a top performer who obviously loves it. She was laughing away between songs the whole time and delivered a set that blew the crowd up. Diplo was pretty funny as he got trigger happy with the air horns as he grinned away to himself. Amanda Blank came on stage for a moment. I still love her.
By this time it was around 6pm and the place was packed with pretty much everyone being there for the previous two hours so there was a superb atmosphere and everybody out for a serious party.
Spankrock up next and oh man. They had the whole place bouncing like nothing else. We all just went crazy, bouncing to the deep ass bass and had a great time. What a show they came out with and again, Amanda Blank onstage (that girl is everywhere) doing a tune. and at the end of the set they called out for people to come onstage. Needless to say the crowd obliged.
2 Live Crew arrived to a rapturous applause and much screaming. First things first: get the ladies on the stage for a little booty shakin' to get warmed up. You know, its cool seeing old school like that but is also sad when you have middle aged guys signing about wanting pussy. Maybe its just me.
After Fader Fort, at around 9pm it was either the Fools Gold showcase or the do512 party and I went for the latter. Managed to get there in time for some great tunes from some DJs (sorry, didn't catch their names) and then it was 'Man Man' who definitely have listened to a little Tom Waits in their day. They put on a great show and with a backdrop of some cool looking versa tubes they captivated the audience for a nice hour long set. After that I hung out with the do512 crew for their afterparty which was great fun. Almost went with them to some party afterparty downtown with the Cool Kids but I called it day and made my merry way home.
See ya'll next year I hope.
*If you would like to know what the permitted occupancy is for the Fader Fort please follow the links.