03/21/2008 – SXSW Day 3 Recap – By Friday morning I was finally in the swing of things. It always takes a few days to get your schedule lined up with your endurance. This is a marathon, not a sprint after all. I slept in a little bit and then headed down to the convention center to grab some food and drinks at the Australian BBQ and then headed over to the Paste party to start the day of rock.
When I arrived Lightspeed Champion had already started his set. I really enjoyed his stage presence and his original songs. He’s made a challenge to himself to play a different Weezer cover at every show, and today he played Perfect Situation off of Make Believe.
After their set I was ready for my second show by The Weakerthans in about 14 hours. Yes, they we’re up next and I couldn’t wait. I positioned myself right in the middle and rocked out the entire time. They played a slightly different set, and it was great. NPR was there recording the show. You can stream it HERE.
Next up I headed back of to the Australian BBQ and caught The Vines before heading over to check out the Spin party at Stubb’s and She & Him at the Yaris outside stage. That was completely packed so after a song I went over to Emo’s a got to see a fun set by Bon Iver.
Back at Stubb’s I got to see a handful of songs by Vampire Weekend, and while I really like their new CD I was not blown away by the live show. Maybe 4pm on a hot and dusty friday afternoon is not ideal view conditions.
Jens Lekman was playing across the street at Club Deville, a place I played in 2004, so I hoofed it over there for his set and bumped into Kim. Really dug his set as did the entire patio full of people.
I made it back over to Stubb’s just in time to catch X rock the crowd. They brought the rock and Billy Zoom’s smile never left his face the entire time.
Super Deluxe was having a night party so I swung by there and helped put up a few posters and fold some shirts. Putting up posters, we spotted Franz Nicolay from The Hold Steady parked on a corner playing some tunes on his accordion. Very inconspicuous my fiends, what a cool idea.
As we were watching Franz play up waled Jonah Ray and Matt Braunger. We walked it down to the Fader Fort to meet up with the guys from Human Giant where they were getting interviewed (video here).
OK, I’m tired, but the night parties are just getting ready to start. I headed to the Parish with Kim for the Merge Records showcase. I’ve always loved this label and nearly everything they sign so I knew I was in for some great music.
Portastatic with just Mac solo was up first and he played a short but fun set of tunes. Wye Oak was up next and I really dug them. The drummer played drums (duh) and bass on a keyboard with his left hand while the singer also played guitar. A big sound from the two folks from Baltimore.
The Radar Brothers hit the stage next with some great tunes followed by a loose-but-fun Shout Out Louds from Scotland. She & Him we’re clearly the buzz band of the night and they brought a beautiful and charming set to the Parish.
At the end of their set I headed back down to the Super Deluxe showcase. On the way I got a text message from Atlanta that said “Kirkwood has power and seems fine. Cabbage Town hit hard, Downtown hit hard.” Turns out a tornado just slammed through town and all the Atlanta folks were really concerned about home.
Several of the folks from work either lived in hard hit Cabbage Town or nearby. It was a surreal way to end the evening and I hurried back to the hotel to check the news for the latest info.
Day 3 complete. (Photos)!