Saturday, February 14, 2009
The schedule for SXSW showcases is out, so you can start thinking and wishing and hoping and praying. Speaking of praying I couldn't help but notice what a kick-ass line-up the Central Presbyterian Church will have. It looks like both Department of Eagles AND Grizzly Bear will be playing the church (on separate days). I think we can expect to hear some brand new Grizzly Bear tunes at SXSW. I'm still waiting for a free party that features Grizzly Bear. Can you tell I'm excited about Grizzly Bear or what?
Of course they are only one of the thousands of bands that will be playing in churches, backyards, bridges and parking structures all over the city. I love SXSW because that last statement is not hyperbole. There will be shows in parking garages, the Lamar pedestrian bridge, and tons of backyards. I'm starting to squirm already :-).
Some random video and helpful tips after the jump..
Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that SXSW.com also has some official listings of free parties you can check out here. But if you're going to get serious about combing through the interwebs for day parties you have to check out a few different sites:
ShowListAustin is pretty much your go-to guide for quick and dirty music info...always, but especially during SXSW.
SXSWbaby not as quick, nor as dirty but still helpful.
Do512 could be the sleeper hit of SXSW '09. They've got all your social-networking widgets and do-dads. They're also the first and only people thus far to mention anything about the Mess With Texas 3 party at Waterloo Park.
DoneWaiting is sort of your official, unofficial-seeming SXSW blog.
Sched SXSW is pretty self-explanatory, it straddles the gap between the official and unofficial information.
Tips are king at SX, leave your HELPFUL ones in the comments if you wish.
And now for a little tale: SXSW '07 was my first year. We rented our spare room out using SXSWbaby to these two gentlemen from England. They drank cider, they took photos, they were aghast at our food...a good time was had by all. Anywho, one of those guys is Russ Tannen who does this Oatmeal.Tv thing, courtesy of Polydor? Sweet. If I recall these two guys met in Texas at SXSW and exchanged info yada, yada, yada...So here's a little SXSW review from Oatmeal.tv.
Oatmeal.tv - Oatmeal TV Ep3 SXSW [Part 1]
Oatmeal.tv - Oatmeal TV Ep3 SXSW [Part 2] video via YouTube