Slummy’s Top-10 2011 SxSW Shows

Yet another SXSW has wrapped up.  SXSW 2011 is in the books.  Four days of pure adrenaline.  Officially, as of this year, some shows now start on Tuesday, but I only arrived on Wednesday morning through Saturday night.  Departing Sunday morning.  Saw lots of good shows and was certainly an all-around good adventure, which is docuemtented herewithin.

As usual, I have compiled what I consider the best shows of the music festival.  Impossible to catch all of the shows from the 1800 or so bands that are attending, of course.  Of the shows I saw, the bands were from 16 countries, 22 states, at 38 venues.  More than 50% of the bands from USA were from TX, CA, or NY.  As I review the top shows, it seems that these bands happen to be on the punk side.  Last year, it seemed to be more noise bands.  The top ten had four different countries represented and two from Detroit.

Friday night appeared to be the most hectic among the go-ers on 6th St.  More people than ever wandered around.  Saturday day tends to be busy, too, but not so much this year, until that evening.  St Patrick’s Day was not as much of an event as last year, which is fine by me.  No doubt that the amount of people the event brought in was greater than last year.  Can’t wait to see the economic impact estimated for this year, versus last years.  Can it possibly reach $125M?  I think so.

Fads.  Each year, I try to put my fingers on the fads that I perceive noteworthy, from clothing to instruments, to types of music, etc.  This year, other than it seemed like there was a tremendous amount of punk bands, I noted the following elements.  Afros.  They are everywhere, from any race.  Lots more girl bass players than ever.  Floral “Elaine” prints.  Yuck.  At least they weren’t on dresses that much.  More for leggings and hose.  Some floral prints on the 40’s high waste shorts.  Without the floral print, these shorts were sometimes rocked in a 50’s pin-up fashion.  Many girls are holding hands (as friends) as they walk and sit.  And, someone has got to do something about all of the four week old scruffy beards on men.  Gross.  Oh no real celebrity spottings this year- the A, B, or C version.  Although, I did hear that Aziz Ansari did a few free comedy shows, which would be neat to goto.  He’s been in attendance before at SXSW.

 

I’m most disappointed with myself for not being able to make it to the Midcoast Takeover (http://www.midcoasttakeover.com).  It was held at The Liberty, which is a bit east from the main festival, but still, that should not be an excuse for not supporting my talented friends in bands from Kansas City and Lawrence.  I was able to catch some of those bands, however, at other shows around the downtown area.  I did hear on the street that everything was great at The Liberty and there was good attendance.  Regardless, a big round of applause should be given to all that were involved with that endeavor.  Huge undertaking, to say the least and it gives KC great exposure.  Thanks to everyone that made it happen. 

See The Soft Reeds here->   

So happy that SXSW2011 is over, but as you probably know, I literally plan my year around it and am already looking forward to 2012, even though, this has been the most wearing SX, I’ve had to-date.  Let me know what everyone thinks about my top shows.  Would love to hear your top shows.

 Thanks.  Slummy

 

 

 1) Human Eye at Beerland Patio on 3/17 from Detroit, USA.  http://www.myspace.com/humaneyedetroit.  Can you spot Ty Segall in the below videos?

 

2) Obits at Beauty Bar Patio on 3/16 from Brooklyn, USA.  http://www.myspace.com/obitsband  & http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obits.

 

3) Bronto Skylift at Parish Underground on 3/18 from Iverness, SCOT.  http://www.myspace.com/brontoskylift.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ginaclyne/5546454810 

 

4) Terrible Twos at Headhunter Patio on 3/17 from Detroit, USA.  http://www.myspace.com/terribletwos.

  

5) Valient Thorr at Jackalope on 3/18 from Raleigh, USA.  http://www.myspace.com/valientthorr & http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valient_Thorr.  Watch for Valient to do the rowboat on the bar.

 

6) Dikes of Holland at BD Riley’s on 3/16 from Austin, USA.  http://www.myspace.com/dikesofholland.

 

7) Moja at Headhunter Patio on 3/16 from Sekimachikita, JAP.  http://www.myspace.com/moja777.

 

8 ) Pulled Apart by Horses at Red Eyed Fly Patio on 3/16 from Leeds, ENG.  http://www.myspace.com/pulledapartbyhorses & http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pulled_Apart_by_Horses.

 

9) Suck Piggy at Headhunters Patio on 3/19 from Kyoto City, JAP.  http://www.myspace.com/suckpiggy39

 

10) Weekend at East Side Drive-In on 3/17 from San Francisco, USA.  http://www.myspace.com/weekendmusic.  Can you spot a Slummy in the crowd?

 

 

15) Adebisi Shank at DB Riley’s on 3/18 from Wexford, IRL.  http://www.myspace.com/adebisishank.

15) Amplified Heat at BD Riley’s on 3/16 from Austin, USA.  http://www.myspace.com/amplifiedheat.

15) LaFaro at DB Riley’s on 3/18 from Belfast, IRL.  http://www.myspace.com/lafaro.

15) Twin Tigers at Parish Underground on 3/17 from Athens, USA.  http://www.myspace.com/thetwintigers & http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twin_Tigers.

15) White Mystery at Headhunter Patio on 3/17 from Chicago, USA. http://www.whitemysteryband.com.

Previously Noted) A Place to Bury Strangers at Peckerheads on 3/19 from Brooklyn, USA.  http://www.myspace.com/aplacetoburystrangers & http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Place_to_Bury_Strangers.

Previously Noted) Capsula at Nuvola on 3/19 from Bibao, ESP.  http://www.myspace.com/capsulaorg & http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capsula.

Previously Noted) We Are Hex at Peckerheads on 3/18 from Indianapolis, USA.  http://www.myspace.com/wearehex.

Honorable Mention) Hazel Dickens at Dristel Hotel on 3/16 from Washington DC, USA. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hazel_Dickens.

Honorable Mention) Yoko Ono (& The Plastic Ono Band) at Elysium on 3/19PM from New York, USA.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Plastic_Ono_Band & http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yoko_Ono.

 

 

Top-10 Most wanted to see bands, but missed ’em:

Agent Ribbons / Rock (USA)- www.myspace.com/agentribbons.
Art Vs Science / Dance (AUS)- artvsscience.net.
Black Angels / Rock (USA)- www.theblackangels.com.
Chickasaw Mudd Puppies / Alt Country (USA)- www.myspace.com/chickasawmuddpuppies.
NAAM / Metal (USA)- www.myspace.com/naamdestroysfaces.
Oberhofer / Rock (USA)- www.myspace.com/oberhofermusic.
Seasick Steve- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seasick_Steve & http://www.myspace.com/seasicksteve.

Had no idea he was going to be there.  I hear that he now officially lives in Europe.  So, what I’d do to catch one of his shows.
Simple Circuit / Rock (USA)- www.myspace.com/simplecircuitbeep.
Thee Attacks / Rock (DEN)- www.myspace.com/theeattacks.
Wizard Rifle / Metal (USA)- www.myspace.com/wizardrifle.
 
You can follow me on Twitter @Slummy9.  Below is my chatter, during the event.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 5:33:37 PM via web — Sx bands I saw were from 22 states (24 last yr) at 38 venues. Hope to release Sx Best Of by end of wk. Stay tuned.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011 5:11:46 PM via Twitterrific in reply to republictigers– @republictigers: thoroughly enjoyd da Maggies Rooftop show. Sorry I culdnt hang after 4 drinks. Luvd da new songs.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011 9:49:19 AM via web — Werkd on “Best Of” Sx show list last nyt. Saw bands from 16 countries which is the same amount as last yr. 2nyt will learn how many states.
Sunday, March 20, 2011 8:28:56 PM via Twitterrific in reply to caseybreana– @caseybreana: Oklahoma- home 2 sum srs state troopers 2.
Sunday, March 20, 2011 11:47:37 AM via Twitterrific — Had a blast @ Sx. But glad its over & happy Im home. Nice 2 c alot of friends ther. I’ll try 2 get my annual best of show list done this wk.
Sunday, March 20, 2011 11:16:17 AM via foursquare — I’m at Kansas City International Airport (MCI) ? (601 Brasilia Ave, Kansas City) w/ 11 others http://4sq.com/hiJ8Y2
Sunday, March 20, 2011 2:01:18 AM via Twitterrific — Arm be’g twistd, but dont mind. 🙂
Saturday, March 19, 2011 11:31:52 PM via Twitterrific in reply to ohmrmr– @ohmrmr cheer up marty. Heard from an authority that CIB sounded great y’day @ sxsw.
Saturday, March 19, 2011 10:18:24 PM via Twitterrific — MO’s Living Things. http://yfrog.com/hsdy9trj
Saturday, March 19, 2011 10:15:09 PM via Twitterrific — I’m NOT stayg out til 4am 2nyt! Repeat.
Saturday, March 19, 2011 10:02:47 PM via foursquare — I’m at The Lounge @ Rusty Spurs [Dirty Little Secret] (405 7th St E, Austin) http://4sq.com/ggCkip
Saturday, March 19, 2011 8:41:55 PM via Twitterrific — Treat ur #sxsw doorpersons like TSA Agents. “Yes sir.” “Yes ma’am.”
Saturday, March 19, 2011 8:29:26 PM via foursquare — I’m at 512 Bar on 6th (408 East 6th Street, btw Trinity & Neches, Austin) w/ 6 others http://4sq.com/hFYP8O
Saturday, March 19, 2011 8:27:47 PM via Twitterrific — …They all look at each other, shrug, then shack their heads. They immediately playd thru n true punk fashion. #PunkIsOneLanguage.
Saturday, March 19, 2011 8:26:09 PM via Twitterrific — Soundman stops Japanese band for a length few minutes due 2 a faulty hi hat & language barrier. I yell, “Isnt this a f’g punk show?!”
Saturday, March 19, 2011 8:20:41 PM via Twitterrific — Despite all my efforts, wont b able 2 make it out east 4 midcoastsxsw w Kansas City & Larry’s best talent. Get by ther everyone! U’ll enjoy.
Saturday, March 19, 2011 7:55:06 PM via Twitterrific — Despite all my efforts, wont b able 2 make it out east 4 @midcoastsxsw w Kansas City & Larry’s best talent. Get by ther everyone! U’ll enjoy
Saturday, March 19, 2011 7:48:29 PM via foursquare — I’m at Emo’s Annex (600 Red River, 6th, Austin) w/ 6 others http://4sq.com/gYWuQT
Saturday, March 19, 2011 5:24:57 PM via foursquare — I’m at East Side Drive-In (1000 E 5th St, San Marcos, Austin) w/ 59 others http://4sq.com/fqbWzq
Saturday, March 19, 2011 4:02:57 PM via Twitterrific — A Place To Bury Strangers. New bass player. Destroyg as usual. http://yfrog.com/h73d4mzj
Saturday, March 19, 2011 3:52:11 PM via Twitterrific — Never thought Id say this: #TooMuchFreeBeer.
Saturday, March 19, 2011 3:40:42 PM via Twitterrific — The Bitters just covered She Needs It by The Cars. Luv it.
Saturday, March 19, 2011 3:28:07 PM via Twitter for iPhone — Retweeted by you . Tulipana    The art of finding a place to take a relatively private and hygienic dump at SXSW is a required gift for this fest.
Saturday, March 19, 2011 3:23:24 PM via Twitterrific — About 2 break my no-bourbon-b4-dark-sxsw rule. Prayg 4 sunset.
Saturday, March 19, 2011 3:03:10 PM via foursquare — I’m at The Jackalope (404 E 6th St, at Trinity, Austin) w/ 12 others http://4sq.com/eZxMUr
Saturday, March 19, 2011 2:51:25 PM via Twitterrific — Watchg a guy dip fried cheese sticks n nacho cheese. #killurself …Bet he wont eat da celery stick.
Saturday, March 19, 2011 2:32:27 PM via foursquare — I’m at Peckerheads (402 E 6th St, at Trinity, Austin) w/ 4 others http://4sq.com/dQBkvM
Saturday, March 19, 2011 1:46:16 PM via foursquare — I’m at Beerland (711 Red River Street, E. 7th Street, Austin) http://4sq.com/dHu80I
Saturday, March 19, 2011 12:36:07 PM via foursquare — I’m at Plush (617 Red River St, at 7th st, Austin) http://4sq.com/fPg4Fa
Saturday, March 19, 2011 11:57:59 AM via Twitterrific — 2 of 2. http://yfrog.com/h0uxbkcj
Saturday, March 19, 2011 11:55:01 AM via Twitterrific — Hopefully ur not n this line. 1of 2. http://yfrog.com/gznllhnj
Saturday, March 19, 2011 11:52:17 AM via Twitterrific — Republic Tigers. http://yfrog.com/h7e1rlnj
Saturday, March 19, 2011 1:02:48 AM via foursquare — I’m at Emo’s (603 Red River St, at E 6th St, Austin) w/ 42 others http://4sq.com/elRkKQ
Saturday, March 19, 2011 12:38:51 AM via Twitterrific — Fever Fever. http://yfrog.com/gyvwmddj
Friday, March 18, 2011 10:32:59 PM via foursquare — I’m at Soho Lounge (217 East 6th St, Austin) w/ 11 others http://4sq.com/g5PoqK
Friday, March 18, 2011 10:00:41 PM via Twitterrific — Havnt been able 2 go2 @midcoastsxsw yet. Just 2 many out-of-country bands 2 c. Feel bad. Wanna support da excellent KC/Larry talent.
Friday, March 18, 2011 9:08:02 PM via foursquare — I’m at Swan Dive (651 Red River St, Austin) w/ 9 others http://4sq.com/gUVKsr
Friday, March 18, 2011 6:25:38 PM via Twitterrific — Valient Thorr is wreckg it as usual. Luv em n a small club.
Friday, March 18, 2011 6:02:34 PM via foursquare — Valient Thorr. (@ The Jackalope for Volcom Entertainment’s Free Beer Party w/ @gardeezy) http://4sq.com/faFNdx
Friday, March 18, 2011 5:04:21 PM via foursquare — I’m at BD Riley’s Irish Pub (204 E 6th St, at Brazos St, Austin) w/ 3 others http://4sq.com/eCBTB1
Friday, March 18, 2011 3:47:59 PM via foursquare — We Are Hex. (@ Peckerheads w/ 16 others) [pic]: http://4sq.com/h36EBB
Friday, March 18, 2011 3:15:42 PM via foursquare — JEFF The Brotherhood. (@ The Jackalope w/ 24 others) http://4sq.com/gxvcXY
Friday, March 18, 2011 2:04:27 PM via foursquare — I’m at Cheer Up Charlie’s (1104 E 6th St, Austin) http://4sq.com/ejB865
Friday, March 18, 2011 12:53:01 PM via foursquare — I’m at Scoot Inn (1308 E 4th St, Navasota, Austin) w/ 5 others http://4sq.com/hGckI1
Friday, March 18, 2011 1:11:00 AM via foursquare — I’m at 512 Rooftop (408 E 6th St, Austin) w/ 6 others http://4sq.com/f7Lr1E
Friday, March 18, 2011 12:43:36 AM via foursquare — I’m at Black & Tan Seventh Street Lounge (405 E. 7th Street, Trinity Street, Austin) http://4sq.com/g6sPHf
Thursday, March 17, 2011 11:15:56 PM via Twitterrific — http://yfrog.com/h787ltj. Japanther.
Thursday, March 17, 2011 10:54:26 PM via Twitterrific — Now really killg da beers. Funny,… Used da restromm all day y’day. 2day, not so much, even tho consumg just as much. Dehydr8d.
Thursday, March 17, 2011 10:31:50 PM via Twitterrific — 3yrs n-a-row w flat @ Sx.
Thursday, March 17, 2011 8:54:40 PM via foursquare — I’m at Mohawk Patio (912 Red River St, Austin) http://4sq.com/i6cEfX
Thursday, March 17, 2011 8:31:03 PM via foursquare — I’m at Latitude 30 (512 San Jacinto St, at 5th St, Austin) w/ 3 others http://4sq.com/gd2CN9
Thursday, March 17, 2011 8:21:54 PM via foursquare — Capsula. (@ Nuvola w/ 7 others) [pic]: http://4sq.com/eNJmCG
Thursday, March 17, 2011 6:13:29 PM via Twitterrific — Human Eye. http://yfrog.com/hs3n5uej
Thursday, March 17, 2011 5:32:38 PM via foursquare — I’m at Beerland (711 Red River Street, E. 7th Street, Austin) w/ 4 others http://4sq.com/gT4gGj
Thursday, March 17, 2011 4:26:44 PM via foursquare — I’m at Swan Dive (651 Red River St, Austin) w/ 6 others http://4sq.com/iaKpww
Thursday, March 17, 2011 3:48:47 PM via foursquare — I’m at Maggie Mae’s (323 E 6th St, at Trinity, Austin) w/ 8 others http://4sq.com/fXPRvl
Thursday, March 17, 2011 3:08:18 PM via foursquare — I’m at 501 Studios (501 Brushy, Austin) w/ 2 others http://4sq.com/fo7JoN
Thursday, March 17, 2011 2:18:51 PM via foursquare — I’m at Scoot Inn (1308 E 4th St, Navasota, Austin) w/ 4 others http://4sq.com/hwrl49
Thursday, March 17, 2011 1:44:34 PM via foursquare — I’m at East Side Drive-In (1000 E 5th St, San Marcos, Austin) w/ 14 others http://4sq.com/f3KQfj
Thursday, March 17, 2011 12:42:44 PM via foursquare — I’m at Barbarella (615 Red River Street, btwn 6th and 7th, Austin) w/ 3 others http://4sq.com/eHKhoU
Thursday, March 17, 2011 1:42:31 AM via foursquare — I’m at Easy Tiger Patio (709 E 6th St, Austin) http://4sq.com/iabU35
Thursday, March 17, 2011 1:38:03 AM via Twitterrific — Already thinkg about 2moro morng’s shows. #nosleeptilbrooklyn
Thursday, March 17, 2011 1:21:04 AM via foursquare — I’m at Spill Bar (212 East 6th Street, Austin) w/ 5 others http://4sq.com/eG3vJX
Thursday, March 17, 2011 12:31:57 AM via foursquare — I’m at Valhalla (710 Red River St, E 8th St, Austin) w/ 9 others http://4sq.com/hBt0bp
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 11:20:51 PM via foursquare — Hazek Dickens. (@ The Driskill w/ 22 others) http://4sq.com/eupxVx
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 10:30:02 PM via foursquare — I’m at Red Eyed Fly (715 Red River St, at E 8th Street, Austin) w/ 6 others http://4sq.com/fEDI3T
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 9:50:28 PM via Twitterrific — #LoneStarBeerOverInduldge
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 9:46:24 PM via foursquare — I’m at Habana Calle 6 Annex (708 E 6th St, at Sabine, Austin) http://4sq.com/hiH80v
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 9:21:56 PM via foursquare — B L A C K I E. (@ Barcelona w/ 4 others) http://4sq.com/g7k9TA
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 8:53:52 PM via Twitterrific — Got full charge on phone, but now mp3 recorder is dead. #electronicskillme
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 8:52:05 PM via foursquare — Moja. (@ Headhunters w/ 5 others) http://4sq.com/hUhxiJ
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 8:26:45 PM via foursquare — I’m at Friends Bar (208 E 6th St, at Brazos, Austin) w/ 2 others http://4sq.com/dKZwIH
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 7:44:09 PM via web — @AcrylicInNature: Ha. Hav’g fun. Amped!
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 4:35:14 PM via foursquare — I’m at The Parish (214-C E 6th St, Austin) w/ 22 others http://4sq.com/hj89Uv
3:15 PM Mar 16th via foursquare — I’m at Elysium (705 Red River St, at 7th Street, Austin) w/ 5 others http://4sq.com/e0bLYt
2:53 PM Mar 16th via foursquare — Ty Segall. (@ Beauty Bar (Backyard) w/ 3 others) [pic]: http://4sq.com/hkjIuj
1:49 PM Mar 16th via foursquare — I’m at Maggie Mae’s Rooftop (323 E 6th st, Austin) w/ 3 others http://4sq.com/eJXwh6
1:28 PM Mar 16th via foursquare — Cloud Nothings. (@ Red 7 w/ 17 others) [pic]: http://4sq.com/hgssqo
1:16 PM Mar 16th via foursquare — Maps For Travelers. (@ Blue Moon Rock N Blues) [pic]: http://4sq.com/hu96Cb
11:35 AM Mar 16th via foursquare — Credentials acquired. (@ SXSW Trade Show w/ 15 others) http://4sq.com/ikawRx
10:12 AM Mar 16th via foursquare — Let’s get rockin. (@ Austin Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) w/ 292 others) http://4sq.com/e3VumO
8:04 AM Mar 16th via foursquare — 1/2 way there. (@ George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) ? w/ 33 others) http://4sq.com/gVIjZ9
5:41 AM Mar 16th via foursquare — Sx bound. (@ Kansas City International Airport (MCI) ? w/ 4 others) http://4sq.com/gDwIUg
7:46 PM Mar 15th via web — Need 2 finish Sx prep. Missg Terrible Twos and Ty Segall n Larry 2nyt. Depart 2moro AM.
9:16 PM Mar 14th via web — Looks like I’m go’g 2 miss Human Eye 2nyt @ Replay. 😦 Will hav 2 catch ’em @ Sx instead. 2 much 2 do b4 departur

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