IF YOU WEREN'T THERE, IT DIDN'T HAPPEN
(photos from SXSW 2008, Matt & Kim, The Death Set, Parts & Labor, The Death Set at Todd P's midnight acoustic BBQ show, Dan Deacon + Jimmy Joe Roche's Ultimate Reality, Team Robespierre, High On Fire, Motorhead, Children, The Death Set (portrait), Dark Meat, Juiceboxxx, Best Fwends, Ninjasonik, Best Fwends + Matt, The Death Set, Diplo, Hot Water Music, Mika Miko, Matt & Kim, Newmore Switchblades (group portrait), 1349, X, World Inferno Friendship Society, Mr. Free, Mark and Johnny, Monotonix, NOFX, Knyfe, Hyts, Annihilation Time, GZA, Dark Meat, Mixhell, Spank Rock + Diplo + Blaq Starr, Spank Rock, Ninjasonik,a larger gallery can be found here)
This post from SXSW is only a few months late (thanks to shitty iPods who like to lose my files). Kind of takes the wind out of it's sails, a lot. But hey, better late than never. With the 5-minute lifespan the internet affords anything, you kind of just have to think of it in the context of "posterity," I guess.
- Already bleeding the first two days there. Day 1: stabbed by a cactus while rushing to show, blood oozes down arm and hand. Day 2: cracked good by a crowd surfer at Motorhead, small head wound.
- Huge blisters on my pinkie toes (love you Vans, but you're shitty shoes for doing a lot of walking in).
- Finding that the $600 badges don't actually help with much if you tend to go to unofficial shows.
- Waiting in line for two hours to see High On Fire and Motorhead.
- Walking forever and getting lost trying to find Todd P's midnight acoustic show.
- Getting tricked into getting up way too early to see Hot Water Music, who turned out to be playing seven hours later than listed.
- Team Robespierre inserting my name into a song, and it still rhymed!
- All the young kids being confused after Dan Deacon's set with Jimmy Joe Roche's Ultimate Reality as to when Dan Deacon was going to play.
- Todd P. sharing his ice cream in the middle of the Matt & Kim craziness.
- After-party with Diplo DJing and rooftop-into-pool jumping.
- Seeing X perform in a giant TV studio.
- Naked guy (Mr. Free) performing with a rubber chicken head over his junk at the late night bridge show.
- Getting totally soaked (as in SOAKED) in beer at Dark Meat.
- Picking up the So So Glos (who were walking) a couple miles outside of town on their way to Todd P's super-secet after-after-party, it was still a good few miles to go.
- Todd P's super-secet after-after-party in a parking lot with perfomances by Spank Rock, Diplo, Blaq Starr, Ninjasonik and Deer Tick.
- Best new band: Monotonix.
- Bands I was most excited to see: tie between X and Motorhead.
- Best unexpected surprise: seeing 1349.
- Nicest staff: Emo's.
- Nastiest staff: the Vice after party (duh).
- Most over-the-top aggro security: Mohawk.
- Most annoying: aggressive audience members and even one photographer grabbing at my camera during shows.
- Most useful thing about me for others: designated driver.
- Biggest surprise: that the Vice "after party" started before midnight while all the other shows were still going on (dudes must be getting too old to stay out late anymore).
- Best quote: "What do you get when you take frat boys, dress them up in Urban Outfitters, and then get them wasted on free booze? The Vice after party."
- Most hated on: JellyNYC.
- Most complimented: Todd P.
- Best large-scale show: Mess With Texas.
- Best small-scale show: Todd P.
- Best moment I only heard about: Johnny from the Death Set throwing his amp into the pool while performing at the Garage.
- Best moment I was actually there for: Diplo, Spank Rock and Blaq Starr perfoming together in a parking lot at Todd P's super-secret after-after-party.
- Most attractive crowd: Metal Mansion.
- Best food: Best Wurst.
- Worst food: nowhere to get breakfast after 11am.
- Nicest amenity: tie between having an official press badge and getting to stay in Death Set's hotel room (thanks again guys!).
- Amenity most needed: shoes that didn't give me blisters.
- Band that reminds me how much I like them every time I see them: tie between Matt & Kim and Bon Iver.
- Biggest realization: that pursuing concert photography is a big waste of my time (So if you're getting sick of all the live band shots, relief is on the way). Unfortunately I'm kind of serious. I think I take decent photos, and get pretty good feedback, but figuring out a way to get a tiny slice of the modestly-paying pie has turned out to be too elusive for me. It's something I love to do, so I can't see myself hanging it up, but a re-evalutaion of how I spend my time and energy is in order. I never asked for or expected much, but zero is a lot less than not much. So I guess we'll see what happens. Do I even know how to take anything besides band photos anymore?
This is one of my favorite local bands to go see in crowded basements. Okay, favorite local bands to see in crowded basements where I DON'T get moshed into oblivion.
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