Nothing special about this — she regularly interviews people she runs into at convention and events but I figured I’d post it here. I first met Susan last year at the VloggiesWinnies, so I wasn’t surprised to find a camera thrust in my face within minutes of running into her in Austin. She asks about a crazy travel adventure and I tell her about my harrowing decision between taking the bus down the “death road” to the Mapajo Lodge in the middle of the Amazon Forest (Rurrenabaque, Bolivia) or the tiny government plane. Guess what I went with.
I’ve already posted these at LAist but thought I’d go into a bit more detail here. I caught the Raveonettes after literally getting thrown onto (not under) the bus, by Kyra who was hosting day parties Thursday and Friday at Red Eyed Fly with Little Radio.
It’s definitely a spectacle to see every side of a festival that includes 1700 bands, some 100+ venues and all of the labor, scheduling, and moving about that it entails. It’s not uncommon for bands to play 3 or more sets in a day during SXSW. So it’s crucial that the bands and their crews are on time and expedient and for the most part — this was the case. Little Radio’s setup at Red-Eyed Fly was an ADD-dream-come-true, with an outside stage and an inside stage, each with staggered 25-40 minute sets so that there was never a quiet moment. Red Eyed Fly was another establishment that participated in one of the the biggest — likely the tastiest — cocktail promotion I saw throughout Austin: The Dewars and Ginger Ale. All I could think was that someone finally set Dewars straight at a focus group… you CAN mix scotch with Ginger Ale, and it’s even tastier and more special if it’s with something like Reed’s Ginger Beer.
Anyone who heard me DJ or received a mix from me circa 2005 knows that The Raveonettes “Love in a Trashcan” is a favorite. So it just worked out perfectly that it was the song they performed when I turned on the camera.
Still absorbing the excellent music I heard in Austin last week, some of it expected — if not long-awaited, but much of it newly discovered. Here are some cuts from some of my surprisingly awesome discoveries (new to me, at least) at SXSW.
Will probably add a few more to this before all is said and done — but here are the greatest pics from SXSW 2008, Music edition. My photos from interactive are here. Click on individual photos to view captions and please click thru to flickr to add tags, comments and notes!