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SXSW came and went in a whirl of margaritas, veggie tacos, daytime drinking, band watching, film watching, panel attending, WALKING EVERYWHERE, not sleeping, not eating steak, and…err… hard work. Here’s my list of lists
Top 5 Chrysalis gigs (we had 42 acts playing – this list was difficult)
1- White Lies @ Stubbs on Saturday (with PJ Harvey). Sun setting on the last night of the festival… expectations were high. They rocked (as if they wouldn’t).
2- School of Seven Bells (any of the times we saw them). Sexy shoegazing in the sunshine. Nuff said.
3- Andrew Bird @ Stubbs on Thursday. Surreal violin-playing genius playing his violin surreally.
4- Laura Marling @ the Church on Friday. No alcohol, no toilets, no talking. Perfect antithesis to the absolute mayhem of the festival in full swing.
5- Dinosaur Junior @ Cedar St Courtyard on Saturday. I heard from a distance, I couldn’t get close. Still amazing though. Like meeting up with a friend you’ve not seen in a while.
Top 3 Films
1- Blood Trail. Surreal documentary about an Amercian war photographer who was a cross between bill (or ted) and Calamity Jane.
2- ATP Film. A film about one music festival being shown at another music festival. Could they fail? No.
3- Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo. The Japanese are obsessed with insects. This film is about that obsession. Slightly weird, very watchable.
Top 2 bands who had better names than they did songs.
1- I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness.
2- We Were Promised Jetpacks.
Top 4 non-SXSW things.
1- Asking an OSCAR WINNING composer if he would like to send me a demo:
‘you’re a film composer? cool… send me some stuff if you like…. – oh you already have a publisher? Oh you’ve won an Oscar.. let me just put my foot in my mouth.. mmmmm, toes..‘
2- The Bats. Austin is home to the largest urban bat colony in the world. Sun sets, bats come out. People watch. Amazing.
3- Hay Bale at the Continental club on Sunday night. The Continental club is an Austin musical institution. Hay bale (guitarist from the Byrds and friends playing country) are a musical institution within this. Like a Russian doll of musical institutions. With non-ironic line dancing.
– Gareth the Texan
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