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SXSW 2008 Day 4 Recap

SXSW 2008 - Austin

03/24/2008 – SXSW Day 4 Recap – Saturday is the last big day of the music festival and in years past it’s been one of the most intense as you try and see every band you’ve missed all week, and check off all those final “must-do” items. One of the first things that I wanted to check off my list was Flatstock. Flatstock is a fantastic concert poster showcase featuring around 100 artists. I could have spent $1000 in there, but I managed to get out of there with just two great Spoon posters and a few buttons.

SXSW 2008 - Film School

From there I headed briefly over to the Paste party for some food and drinks before heading up to the Mohawk to see Film School rock the crowd with their My Bloody Valentine sound.

SXSW 2008 - Big crowd!

SXSW 2008 - Brian and Eugene

SXSW 2008 - Atlas Sound

Day 75 - 3/15/2008 - Brian Posehn

SXSW 2008 - Matt & Kim

SXSW 2008 - The Breeders

Super Deluxe was sponsoring a huge day party called Mess With Texas 2 at Waterloo Park, and that’s where I spent the remainder of the day before the night shows. There were a million cool bands and hilarious comedians. I got to see Atlanta’s own Atlas Sound, Kimya Dawson, Todd Barry, Eugene Mirman, Aziz Ansari, Reggie Watts, Tig Nataro, Hard ‘n Phirm, Paul F. Tompkins, Brian Posehn, Human Giant, Matt & Kim, and The Breeders!

After a long sunburnt day spent under the Texas sun I was ready for the final night shows to get started. I didn’t really have any “must-see” shows tonight so I just winged it all night. First up was a nice set by Georgie James at the Dirty Dog. The band was quiet and the club was loud so I was straining to really catch everything. Next up was Neva Dinova, they had a nice guitar heavy sound and I stayed for most all of their set before heading over to the Parish to try and catch Los Campesinos!

SXSW 2008 - Los Campesinos!

There was a big line outside but it quickly moved inside and I made it upstairs just in time to watch the band set up for 30 minutes. They tore their set and played my favorite “Tonight I Have to Leave it” to finish out the night. Well, the end of the evening was quickly approaching and I was done. I stuck my head in a few bars on the way back to the car and picked up a big slice of pizza for the walk. Every year I want the festival to last one more day, yet I’m totally exhausted by this point. One more short day in Austin and I’d be home.

SXSW 2008 - Sixth Street

Day 4 in the books. (Photos)

Dank Weekend!

Dank at the Emerald Bar

03/18/2008 – Time sure does fly by fast at times. No sooner than I get back from Texas, I realize I never had time to fire off a quick entry about my trip dow to Florida 10 days ago. There’s not too much to report other than it was the best time I’ve had in ages.

Dank and Nessie rocked the Emerald Bar and everyone was there. I lost track of the number of parties that weekend. I had a great time. Check out all the PHOTOS!

Dank at the Emerald Bar

Dank at the Emerald Bar

Dank at the Emerald Bar

Dank at the Emerald Bar

Thanks Luna

02/29/2008 – Three years ago last night, one of my favorite bands of all time played their final show. I wasn’t there.

I first discovered the band Luna while I was working at Spec’s Music in Gateway Mall in St. Petersburg, Florida. Musically it was the middle of the grunge rock revolution and every song that played through the store’s speakers blasted out with abandon and wildness except one.There was this one CD in the 6-disc changer that was so low in volume that I always had to check to see if it was still working. It was. It was Luna’s first CD, simply entitled Lunapark. It was the copy where the name of the band had a numeral “2” after the “Luna.” I figured there must have been another band named Luna at the time and this was the way the fine folks at Elektra records dealt with it while the other “Luna” was offered money to change their name.

OK, that’s not really true at all, I just thought it was weird. After a few weeks of everyone in the store enduring that one quiet CD, the manager of the store plucked it out of the player and said “you want it?” I took the CD home, and from that time forward that CD has been on or near the top of the stack. I fell in love with every song. My old band Lie covered “I Can’t Wait.” If a girl liked Luna I took that as a sign we should get married.

The first time I saw them was at a place in north Tampa called The Stone Lounge. It was a great punk rock club run by a friend, and it served as a local band hang out for a few years. I’ve been told the name Stone is a reference to Stone Gossard from Pearl Jam. I have no reason to doubt for a second.

Low opened the show. They were fantastic. Luna played next and lifted the room a foot off the ground despite Sean’s busted amp and some drunk frat boys from USF screaming the entire time.I picked up every CD they put out from that point forward. Every little EP I could find. Every shitty mp3 I could track down on the web. They were one of those bands.

And so, as I played last night at Flicker Bar and Theater with The Good Graces, the Jazzmaster seemed to play itself. I snuck in a few Luna licks. Nobody seemed to mind. We had a great time. We ate free popcorn.

(Photos from the show)

Three nights previous, Liz and I saw an amazing set by Luna’s singer and bass player Dean and Britta at Eddie’s Attic. And despite the drunk couple standing up directly in front of the stage groping each other and making out, they lifted the room a foot off the ground again, like they always do. They played a dozen tunes from Galaxy 500, Luna, and their own Dean and Britta catalog. At the end of their set the band sat out in the main room, smoked cigarettes, talked with fans and relaxed. I was going to say hello, but I didn’t.

I guess I should have. I just wanted to say thanks.

The Holiday Recap!

01/08/2008 – Hey everyone, long time no see. I was going to do this great big recap of my Christmas and New Year’s break, but I’m so excited about 2008 that I can’t find the energy to look back for a moment. OK, maybe just a quick recap!

John McNicholas @ The Bunker

The holidays were a ton of fun and very hectic. Liz and I drove down to Florida on 12/22, through a ton of traffic, just in time to make my solo show at Tre Amici @ The Bunker in Ybor City. I had a fantastic time playing, and it was great too see Bob Anthony, Kenny Howes, and so many great friends out at the show.

Friends @ The Bunker

After the show, we walked around Ybor City for a while, caught up with some more more friends and had a great time. The rest of the long weekend was spent at the beach, at the Dali Museum, having drinks with friends, and eating at some of my favorite restaurants in town.

Sandy Claus - Pass-a-Grill Beach, FL

Liz - Pass-a-Grill Beach, FL

Back in Atlanta for Christmas proper, presents were opened and time was spent with more family and friends.

Molly says,

New Year’s was a low-key affair, dinner in the EAV with friends, and all sort of fireworks (gun shots?) when New Year’s hit! I swear East Atlanta sounded like a war zone when the peach dropped at midnight.

OK, that’s it for a look back. (photos)

I’m looking forward now, and there’s a ton of things happening! There’s going to be lots of music, shows and recording this year, and I hope to get a fair amount of traveling in as well.

2008 = Create!

Happy New Year!

12/31/2007 – So this is the end of the year, and I always tell myself I’m going to post a list of favorite songs, or CDs, as if anyone buys CDs anymore. Well, here’s a quick and dirty list of things that made me smile this year. I’m sure I missed some things and some people. My bad.

Super Deluxe goes live and I still have a job

Jeff Tweedy @ the Tabernacle

– Playing with The Good Graces, Mary O. Harrison and The Yum Yum Tree! Great people, every one of them!

– The Atlanta music scene

SXSW 2007! A million great shows in one town.

BAAMO

WMNF

Dean & Britta at the Variety Playhouse

ISP Space (R.I.P.)

The EARL

Smith’s Olde Bar

– Hanging with Ava in Delaware

500 Songs for Kids

See-through Souls

– Working with the CNN.com folks on Funny Lunch

Ben Gibbard at Center Stage

Sloan at the 40 Watt

AthFest

Bright Eyes at The Fox Theater

– Memorial Day weekend with my Florida friends

Corndogorama!

– The Star Bar photo booth

– “Marry Me” by St. Vincent (answer “yes”)

Java Monkey

– The Atlanta Songwriters shows

Lenny’s Bar

Rufus Wainwright, Neko Case @ the Tabernacle

– My second annual Wisconsin holiday

Milwaukee Art Museum

The Other Sound Festival

11:11 Teahouse

– The Drunken Unicorn

KEXP & KCRW podcasts

2007 Grant Park Summer Shade Festival

– Playing Kelly’s Pub in Tampa with Lance, Rebekah & Rob and Ted

Rebekah & Rob in Atlanta

– Kent and everyone at Legend’s Guitars

Midtown Music

Eskimo Kiss and Eskimo Bliss

The Preakness

Club Awesome‘s pool party

Parade

– Thunderbox rehearsal space

GutterPop

– Sandra and Raleigh

– All my Super Deluxe co-workers

– Jeff Wood (R.I.P.)

The Howlies

– The Bain Mattox crew, past and present

– James and Ali

– The East Atlanta Strut

– The 88.5 WRAS interview

The Jupiter Watts

Art Bar in Columbia, SC

Two Sheds Records

– Two days in Indianapolis with friends

– The Gardner clan

Broad Ripple Fall Music Festival

Luna Music

Indianapolis Museum of Art

Eisenhower Field Day

Atlanta People With Blogs Who Get Together To Drink

– The Clermont Lounge with Liz! Peach Cobbler!

Little 5 Points Halloween Parade

– Pittsburgh to see The Weakerthans

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater

– The Hushpuppy Gallery

Chomp and Stomp

Kavarna

– A decent car crash

– My new JamMan pedal

– My new Strat

– The 1990s, Art Brut & The Hold Steady show at the Variety

The Swell Season at the Variety

Once

Black Lips at the Variety

Happenstance 2007, “One Great Song!”

Bain Mattox and Shot From Guns at Eddie’s Attic

– The Turner Christmas Party and a busted window

– Liz’s new house and expertly manicured lawn

– All my great new friends in Atlanta.

– Molly my doggie

Have a fun and safe New Year’s Eve everyone. I’ll catch up with everyone in the next few days!

John 

The MILF Sale!

Why didn’t someone think of this years ago? People that know what MILF normally stands for will laugh, those that don’t won’t even blink an eye.

This is true.

“In the most basic way I can say it, coming from a psychological place, what I love more than anything is attention. That is about as honest of a statement that I could possibly make. I want a reaction, because I want the attention.”

Marc Jacobs in The New York Times