Friday, February 27, 2009

SXSW Panic

So I woke up this morning with the feeling that there was some nugget of SXSW info out in the interwebs that I was missing. Some elusive R.S.V.P. that I might miss, "Oh no!". Fear not dear reader, this is just how you're supposed to feel 22 days before SXSW. You know why? Because I was right, there is an R.S.V.P. out there that I just won't get, there are actually a lot of them. This is because it is not possible for you, I, nor anyone else, to see all the shows you want to see during SXSW week. So get over it, and plan ahead! Use the bus when you're in town, it sucks but it doesn't suck as bad as traffic and parking. Besides using the bus is a great way for you to plan to be drunk, which you should. There is free booze everywhere during SXSW, so just assume you're going to be drunk and plan accordingly. I'm thinking disposable cell phone maybe?

Here's some old, free Grizzly Bear tracks to mull over in the mean time. Courtesy of Thanks.

Free Mp3 ---> Grizzly Bear - Deep Sea Diver

Free Mp3 ---> Grizzly Bear - On a Neck, On a Spit

Free Mp3 ---> Grizzly Bear - Don't Ask [Final Fantasy Remix]

Free Mp3 ---> Grizzly Bear - He Hit Me

Free Mp3 ---> Grizzly Bear - Knife [Girl Talk Remix]

Find some videos from bands to look for after the jump, along with a review of some helpful websites to scour.

Rather than just regurgitate some links I've already posted, I'm just going to point you here. Oh, and I also wanted to mention another site that I'm adding to my sidebar. It's local, and it's informative and I always forget about it until this time of year rolls around. So you should also check out --->Ultra 8201 <--- .

I should also extrapolate on all the shhhh you can do and get done over at Do512 they sent me a follow up e-mail the last time I posted about them and it had a lot of info. Here's their little press-release type thing they sent me: is the Ultimate Guide to All Official and Unofficial SXSW Events.
Whether you're a veteran sporting a Platinum Badge, or a local looking for the best FREE parties, Do512 makes it easy to navigate SXSW:

* No Badge or Wristband? No Fear, free music and beer still awaits you! Do512 has the biggest list of free parties on the web, including exclusive RSVP-only events.

* Got a Badge or Wristband? Pick your official showcases, screenings, and panels listed by hour, so you don't miss a thing.

* Browse through the most comprehensive list of Official and Unofficial SXSW events on the web. Over 4500 showcases, films, panels, and parties, all ranked by popularity.

* Discover new bands. Browse recommendations from other media and bloggers, or by type of music. Check out audio, video, and reviews for over 2500 bands.

* Build a personal schedule by simply clicking on the artists you like or navigating events by hour.

* Share your schedule with friends by embedding your schedule widget on your blog or Myspace/Facebook page.

* Access your schedule anywhere--on your mobile phone or with our print-friendly version (coming soon).

* Who's hot this year? Check out recommendations and reviews from over 30 top bloggers and music media.

* Promote your SXSW event on Do512! It's FREE to list events, and FREE to use Do512's RSVP feature.

* Register to receive Do512's Top 10 Parties of the Day emails during SXSW week.

* Follow Do512 on Twitter ( for up-to-the-minute festival updates.

Here's some vids from bands to catch and SXSW 2009:

It's probably going to be harder to NOT see the Vivian Girls they are playing approximately a billion shows in four days.

Vivian Girls - Tell the World video via YouTube

Harlem LOVES to play house parties, book them now before it's too late.

Harlem - Beautiful and Very Smart video via YouTube

SOOOO much hype for WaVVes right now.

WaVVes - So Bored video via YouTube

White Lies are the new NME IT band.

White Lies - Death video via YouTube

Jason Lytle is the come-back hype. He used to be in Grandaddy.

Jason Lytle - Birds Encouraged Him video via YouTube

Big band to try to catch for free, I'm going to vote for The Hold Steady cause I bet they're fun live and their playing the Rachel Ray Party.

The Hold Steady - Stay Positive video via YouTube

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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Did You Say Fujiya & Miyagi?

To be honest, I don't really know much about Fujiya & Miyagi but I can tell you they are playing at Emo's inside on Friday night. I can also tell you that they share a label with Austin's own White Denim, at least in the U.K. they do.

Fujiya & Miyagi, who, are actually not a duo, and not Japanese, hail from England. They play Krautrock, which sounds racist but isn't, I swear. If that's not interesting enough for you already (jeez) did I mention that tickets are only $15 and that gets you Fujiya & Miyagi AND Project Jenny, Project Jan plus LOADS of scene points.

Warning, scene points may require skinny jeans, scarves, sunglasses at night, etc.

Mp3 courtesy of Full Time Hobby records. Thanks.

Free Mp3 ---> Fujiya & Miyagi - Dishwasher

Video after the jump...

This video is so bad-ass:

Fujya & Miyagi - Ankle Injuries video via YouTube

Fujiya & Miyagi - Collarbone video via YouTube

Just for the record Project Jenny, Project Jan are actually a duo, HOWEVER they are neither Jenny nor Jan, nor...Japanese. They're from Brooklyn, of course (scene points), and here they are:

Project Jenny, Project Jan - 320 video via YouTube

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Monday, February 23, 2009

Explosions in the Sky to Play Town Lake

That's right kids, as you'll read again and again on this blog, the best thing about SXSW is all the free stuff going on. I just heard on KGSR that Explosions in the Sky will be headlining a show at Auditorium Shores on the last Saturday of SXSW.

I have seen these guys before at FunFunFun Fest volume 2, and I highly reccomend you take the time to see them. That is, of course, unless there is a better party with MORE free stuff happening at the same time and me thinks there probably is.

Just in case you have never heard Explosions in the Sky, you'll find mp3's below and video after the jump. You can also hear their music on Friday Night Lights, both the TV show and the movie versions...the book too if you read it while playing these mp3's

Mp3's courtesy of Temporary Residence Limited

Free Mp3 ---> Explosions in the Sky - Welcome, Ghosts

Free Mp3 ---> Explosions in the Sky - Look Into The Air

Free Mp3 ---> Explosions in the Sky - Memorial

Free Mp3 ---> Explosions in the Sky - A Poor Man's Memory

Explosions in the Sky - The Birth and Death of the Day video via YouTube

Explosions in the Sky - You Hand in Mine video via YouTube

And in case you STILL can't get enough EITS there's always the good ole archive right?

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Sunday, February 22, 2009

Yeah Frightened Rabbit!

Frightened Rabbit - Modern Leper video via YouTube

Like it or not, Pitchfork is a taste-maker. I always try to collect their top 100 tracks every year because there is so much music to be discovered that way. That's how I stumbled upon Frightened Rabbit. I did attend a SXSW party or two that Frightened Rabbit played but I just never caught their set. Then they got lost in the deluge of SX hype and music. In any case Pitchfork called these guys out a while ago and I'm going to repost their mp3 of the song.

Free mp3 ---> Frightened Rabbit - Modern Leper

More videos after the jump...

Frightened Rabbit - Head Rolls Off video via YouTube

Frightened Rabbit - The Greys video via YouTube

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