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I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness

Mar. 23rd, 2006 | 10:59 pm
music: ILYBICD - According To Plan

Wow, I finally found time to really listen to them. They've got the most important part of rock down: the bass guitar.. Oh yea.

Free sample track: http://www.scjag.com/mp3/sc/accordingtoplan.mp3

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Mar. 22nd, 2006 | 02:38 pm
mood: sicksick
music: Enon - In This City

Ritz Chips put the crack in crackers.

That is all.

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New Music

Mar. 21st, 2006 | 02:32 pm

Got four new CD's today:
John Vanderslice's Pixel Revolt
Enon's High Society
Neko Case's The Tigers Have Spoken and Canadian Amp

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Brightblack (Morning Light)

Mar. 21st, 2006 | 12:46 pm
music: Neko Case - Deep Red Bells

I'm trying to figure out a little more about this band but so far information is somewhat sketchy. Sometimes they appear to go by Brightblack and sometimes they go by Brightblack Morning Light. Their label's (matador) website seems to indicate that they were just signed and a new album will be coming out in the Summer of 2006 but www.insound.com shows one album from Brightblack titled "Ala.Cali.Tucky". I am very confused. This article helps to clear things up a bit but still leaves some questions unanswered.

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SxSW Saturday

Mar. 19th, 2006 | 04:37 am
music: Giant Drag - Yflmd

As I sit in the Austin, Texas airport listening to Giant Drag and trying to drown out the country hack the airport plays over the PA speakers (live music capital of the world and they can't play some decent music) I shall finish my Saturday update.

First off, let me say that Giant Drag really was amazing even through Annie being sick. I think Neko Case and Giant Drag were the highlights of my trip and that's paying a pretty big compliment to Giant Drag! Annie looks taller in person that she seems to be in pictures and she's very cute and quite beautiful in my opinion. Sadly Annie did not do the meows at the end of Kevin Is Gay. If you have the means, I highly recommend going to see them.

I also saw Gitogito Hustler which had to be one of the cutest things I've ever seen. The lead singer spoke the best english which generally consisted of requesting more beer and saying "Rock and Roll!". They were very energetic and fun and they did a cover of Locomotion which was very amusing.

After that we stood in line for about an hour and waited to get into see I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness, Okkervil River and Magnolia Electric Company. We got in around the time that Okkervil River was starting. Both bands were quite good but I liked Magnolia Electric Company a bit better.

I'll post a summary of the bands I discovered and albums I bought in a few days after I recover from the mass onslaught of music. It was an amazing experience and I enjoyed the entire trip from beginning to end. It was also nice to talk to Barbi and hang out with her cool friends. The airport is slowly filling up with SxSW people waiting for their morning flights. It's sort of comfortable to be around a lot of people with the same general musical tastes and such.

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SxSW Sat Mini-update

Mar. 18th, 2006 | 06:32 pm
music: Giant Drag - YFLMD

Went to see Giant Drag at a small, outside venue. Annie walked out looking very sick and slouched over. When she got on stage she didn't look much better but she gave an amazingly good performance. She talked (ok, mumbled) a bit between the songs about how she woke up in the morning next to someone and her stomach hurts so she must be pregnant.. or something. She told us all that if she pukes to please not tell anyone and asked the people recording the show not to tell anyone. I got lots of pics of her which I'll post later.

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SxSW Friday

Mar. 18th, 2006 | 01:39 pm

I'm going to do this SxSW Journal entry in the style of Memento since the last show I saw was the best.

Neko Case Neko Case. When I got to the venue there was already a line around the building for people with wristbands (badges get priority but they're much more expensive). We started talking about how we might not get in but I was going to stay till the very end of Neko Case's set just in case I could hear even one song. Over the next hour and a half the line moved very slowly and I was standing at the door.. first person to get in for the wristband line. The doorman we letting about twenty people with badges in and then one or two people with wristbands in. Neko came on stage as I was waiting and I could see her through the open door. About half way through the first song he let me in. I spent a song trying to get a good spot in the crowd (which were talking during Neko's singing for some reason). Neko's voice is just so amazing and powerful and her band was very good. She played I Wish I Was The Moon, Look For Me (I'll be around), The Needle Has Landed and Star Witness among others. All songs were amazing. I stayed through the three-song encore and left feeling very pleased.

Before that was John Vanderslice and Earlimart at an outdoor venue. Both bands were very good but the entire night felt like a lead up to Neko Case.

Dinner was amazing. I was in the mood for sushi and asked the Barbi and the other people we were with if they'd be interested. Jason suggested we go to a very nice place called Koreana. It was the best sushi I've had so far in my life and some of the best edamame. We ordered a little too much sushi so we took the rest home for Jason's room mate to eat and he seemed quite pleased.

Before dinner we saw Serena Maneesh who I'm not crazy about but Barbi seems to love. I sat in the venue's lounge since I had seen them earlier in the week. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah was up next but I was concerned about being able to eat dinner and still making it to the evening shows.

Everything started off with going to another LP show but realizing we had the times mixed up and they were playing at 1:15 AM, not PM.

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Neko Case

Mar. 18th, 2006 | 04:05 am

I saw Neko Case, my life is now complete.

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SxSW Thursday

Mar. 17th, 2006 | 01:05 pm
music: The Gossip - Standing In The Way of Control.

Today we went to a day show at Homeslice Pizza to see +/- but since we arrived early we got to see Irving, The Glass Family, Zykos and a little bit of Luminous Orange before +/- went on stage. They were good but played more of their guitar-based songs or played their songs without a proper sequencer so I wasn't as impressed as I thought I would be.

Next was on to see John Vanderslice. He seems like the nicest performer, asking everyone why they were there to see him when there are so many other great bands performing. They didn't have all their band members and the drummer was playing the drums, controlling the sequencer and playing a borrowed mini-korg (their mini-korg was destroyed by the luggage handlers on the way to SxSW).

We rushed to the next venue to see LP and arrived early so we had time for some drinks and discussion about BattleStar Galactica. LP played a great set and was very energetic and loud for being in a very small venue. One of the people I was seeing it with bought me their two albums and refused to accept my currency in exchange for them.

With a few hours before the next band we walked around taking in all the various sounds as we walked down the street. I even got a picture of the famous Austin cross-dressing bum, Leslie (I'll post pics when I get back to Cincinnati). There were three bands we wanted to see at 1am: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Gogol Bordello and The Gossip. We decided to try CYHSY but found out that we couldn't get into that venue without real badges (badges?) so we headed for The Gossip. Two Ton Boa was playing when we got there and they sounded good and had no regular guitars, just bass guitars.. and the lead singer was very cute.. and playing a bass guitar. I bought one of their albums which seems sorta disappointing. The Gossip finally came on stage and everyone in the audience went nuts. They were a great band, very energetic, everyone in the crowd bouncing and dancing. Everyone (a guitarist, drummer and the singer) were very good, talented and fun. Best show so far.

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SxSW Wednesday

Mar. 16th, 2006 | 01:57 pm
music: Brightblack Morning Light - Everybody Daylight

The evening started out with some delicious Cuban food. After that we headed to Stubb's to see the Matador Records show which included Jennifer O'Connor, Brightblack Morning Light, The New Pornographers, Belle & Sebastian and Mogwai. When we walked into the venue two guys were handing out a Matador sampler CD and a pair of 3d-style glasses that split colors and added diffusion to everything and had "Brightblack Morning Light" printed on them.

I was there to see The New Pornographers (ok, more specifically I wanted to touch Neko Case) but Matador records has some great artists so I was interested in seeing what else was there. I had heard of Jennifer O'Connor but I hadn't heard any of her stuff. Her material seemed relaxed and laid back. At SxSW every artist gets 45 minutes to play and then the stage crew comes on and has 15 minutes to tear down and set up for the next band. Bands that take longer to set up obviously get less time to play. The next band, Brightblack Morning Light was one of those bands that take too long to set up. The band members all look like the pictures of hippies you saw in textbooks about the 70s. The band sounded like records made by hippies you listened to from you parent's album collection. Spacey, slow and airy sounding; I don't think metronomes have a setting for the tempo they were going at.

Next up was The New Pornographers who were amazing. Since they only had 40 minutes to play since it took the previous band longer to break down but they used that 40 minutes as much as possible. As soon as Neko Case walked onto the stage the crowd started screaming and yelling and only stopped yelling for the music. I was blown away, some of the people I was with where not. They suck. Neko Case is hot.

We left after The New Pornographers to head for Emo's to listen to Of Montreal. Serena Maneesh was still playing and they were very.. "artistic".. meaning they enjoyed seeing what they could do with feedback and rubbing their guitars up against the walls, their faces and each other. The bass guitarist was hot. Next up was Of Montreal who didn't sound as good as I had hoped but were still very good and had a lot of fun with the crowd. Finally we saw And You Will Know Us By Trail Of Dead (*gasp*). They were loud, louder and really, really loud and I couldn't tell what they were playing since the bass guitarist was being overdriven and drowned out the rest of the group.

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