Tuesday, April 27, 2010

In Case You Missed It...

I'm not sure how many of my readers check out/subscribe to the Bloggy YouTube but in case you missed it, I have added some new video from last week. One reviewer/commenter has already said that one of the vids is, "Pretty good". If that shining review doesn't make you want to check these videos out then I don't know what will.

For the purposes of this post I am only going to include my videos of Local Natives and Suckers at Antone's from Friday night. HOWEVER, I also saw Beach House at Emo's last Thursday night. Unfortunately, that is one of the worst LOOKING BloggyCam videos I've ever shot so I relegated it to the Bloggy Facebook page. It still sounds quite nice, but it was SOOO dark and I had a fairly crappy vantage point throughout most of the night. I also saw Washed Out but could not jockey for position well enough to shoot anything for you.

Local Natives - World News video via YouTube

I don't want to do a full-on review of the performances other than to say that both bands were quite stellar. I would recommend seeing both acts if and when they come to your town. Also, Local Natives', Gorilla Mansion is a really bad-ass CD that I highly regard.

I do want to make a few notes/critiques about Antone's though. First, I should mention that I have only been to the venue a few times, and I think it's REALLY weird that this particular show was moved from Emo's to Antone's to provide more space?!?! I'm sure Antone's MUST hold more people but it certainly doesn't look like it. Also, the general layout of the venue sucks ass! It's shaped like a rectangle, you enter on the short side and the restrooms are on the opposing wall. Between the door and the restroom is where you'll find the stage, on one of the long walls, with 2 bars opposite the stage. So, in practical terms, this means to get from the door to the bar to the bathroom and back could take you a half hour in which time you'll have to rudely push through a sea of people who don't want to let you pass and hate you for trying. Also, 1 Lone Star and 1 bottled water should cost me $6.50!?! I know beers cost more in the bar but I feel like I could get the EXACT same order for $4.50 at Emo's maybe I'm wrong, but I doubt it.

Local Natives - Wide Eyes video via YouTube

On a positive note, I do like Antone's merch area. Also, I think it's really nice/unique that the speaker stacks hang from the ceiling allowing a less-obstructed view for the majority of the crowd. It's also cool that they have a VIP area, it would be cooler if you could get up in there though. Speaking of getting up in there, the dude who runs the light board has the best seat in the house, directly across from the stage in a crow's nest. My last positive Antone's comment is it's nice to not have to deal w/the Red River portion of 6th st. sometimes.

Suckers - It Gets Your Body Movin' video via YouTube

If you like the above Suckers video be sure to head on over to the Bloggy YouTube to check out 2 more Suckers videos from SXSW this year. Also, another friendly reminder that if you want to see my Beach House video you'll have to "Like" the Bloggy Facebook page.