SXSW 2011 Party Recap

This year’s SXSW was the most insane to date. There were more parties (and way more people) than any of the 6 years that I’ve been in attendance. People bum-rushed and tore down fences at The Strokes free show at Auditorium Shores, Odd Future were pelting audience members with water bottles, people in the mosh-pit during Trash Talk’s set at Fader Fort were throwing trashcans, and there were even complaints of people sleeping and bathing at the state cemetery. Oh, and I met Voltron.

March 17

The Bravery @ Pure Volume House | “Time Won’t Let Me Go”

March 18

Odd Future @ Fader Fort | “Sandwitches”

Matt & Kim @ Fader Fort | “Silver Tiles”

March 19

Das Racist @ Pure Volume House | “Rooftop”


We will be M.I.A. this week. Not like the chick rapper, but as in “Missing In Action” on our blogging because it’s SXSW and we live in Austin.  So, if you want some updates check out our Twitter and Merch’s Twitter, because we always seem to get right in the middle of everything.  If you see us around, say hello!

And don’t forget to snag our SXSW 2011 Sampler for all the best underground acts of this year’s festivities!

[New] The Strokes | “Macchu Picchu” & “Taken For A Fool”

It’s been 5 years since The Strokes have released an album, so it’s no surprise to say that their upcoming release, Angles, is one of the most anticipated albums of the year. Alright, so I may have toned that down a bit, because people are freaking the eff out over this. The Strokes are headlining festivals all over the country (Bonnaroo, Coachella and South By Southwest) and every song leaked spreads like wild fire across the music blogosphere.

Both of these tracks will appear on Angles, and they’re both what you’d expect from The Strokes, great indie-rock.

The Strokes | “Macchu Picchu”[mp3]

The Strokes | “Taken For A Fool” [mp3]

From The Vault: Young Love | “Discotech”

Oh front man Dan Keyes, you are so cool. Young Love’s debut full-length album, Too Young to Fight It, released on January 30, 2007; and we played multiple tracks on our radio show a few years back. In case you didn’t know, Mr. Keyes is an Austin native and used to front the hard-core band Recover. Just a little different from the dancey antics that followed.  Nowadays you can spot him at high-profile parties in NYC writing songs for big ballers, and we hope to see him this coming SXSW.  Below is a crazy video Merch shot at a Young Love show at SXSW in 2009.

Merch: I was so obsessed at this show, and I believe you can hear my squeal in this video when he was pretty much standing over me. Watch till the very end. Love.

BC: It was a great show. Also, I love how Dan looks exactly like Michael Cera on this album cover.

Merch: Yeah, he was way younger and had a baby face. But now look at him. Hottie. Pants. Click!

BC: I like the way you put “Click!” there. It almost looks like a spam link. “Click here to save money on our car insurance, and see find sexy singles in YOUR area!”

Merch: “Click here for a free iPad and mack out with Merch!” Just kidding…

Young Love | “Discotech” [mp3]

SXSW 2010: BC Messin’ With Texas

While everyone was busy net-twerking and getting their booze-on at the day parties, BC spent South By Southwest 2010 at the Mess With Texas showcase.

Mess With Texas is probably my favorite South By showcase, in that the line-up is full of punk, hardcore and electro bands. And it’s free and open to the public. That means no wristband or no 21+ age limit. Just show up and have your face rocked. MWTX alumni include NOFX, The Black Lips, Kid Sister, Circle Jerks, Les Savy Fav, Cursive, and Lucero.

This year’s Mess With Texas line-up included buzz bands like Neon Indian, The Soft Pack, and Crystal Antlers, and such legends as Andrew W.K., GWAR, and Billy Bragg.

Despite a 30 minute bus ride from West Campus, followed by a 15-block walk to the MWTX grounds, we made it just in time to catch punk icon Billy Bragg’s set. He ripped through classics like “To Have And Have Not” and “There Is Power In The Union.” Bragg is always awe-inspiring with his political banter and aggressive songs, considering his act consists himself and an electric guitar.

As miserable as the weather was on Saturday, it didn’t seem to bother anyone watching Fucked Up tear up the North Stage at MWTX. As usual, singer Damian Abraham (aka Pink Eyes) was shirtless and pants less, even taunting the cold by pouring audience members’ drinks into his underwear. Though I’ve seen Fucked Up before, I still can’t get used to seeing Pink Eyes naked. And I’d like to let you feel my pain, enjoy!

Pink Eyes also wowed the crowd by sticking plastic cups to his head, and climbing a ladder… I guess to show off his junk.

I am fucking awesome!!!!

Fucked Up, as always, is fun as hell to see live. They even closed with a cover of The Ramone’s “Blitzkrieg Bop”.

After Fucked Up, we waited for Andrew W.K. to take the stage. Actually, we waited for Andrew W.K. to party onto the stage, party our faces off, and party Austin into Armageddon. Needless to say, he did exactly that.

From the moment Andrew W.K. ran out on stage, the crowd was going completely ape shit. He played with a full band, complete with three guitarists and a back up dancer (who happens to be his wife, celeb fitness instructor Cherie Lily). They partied through classic tracks like “We Want Fun,” “She Is Beautiful,” and “Party Hard.” We were up in front, and maybe it was everyone jumping around, shouting to every song, or perhaps Andrew W.K. simply pumped a cloud of pure “party” and “fun” into the audience, but it was one of the most fun sets I’ve ever been a part of.

Then it was time for GWAR. Now, if you aren’t familiar with GWAR’s infamous live performances, you have obviously been living under a rock. GWAR wear sci-fi/horror inspired costumes and sacrifice pop culture celebrities on stage, spraying blood and bile into the audience. Oh, and they also play metal.

During their set, they managed to dismember Lady Gaga and rip the face off of a resurrected Michael Jackson.

Somehow avoiding the splatter-fest of GWAR, we trekked to the South Stage to catch Neon Indian to close out the night. Fighting against the wind, they sounded great and the dancing helped bring up my body temperature.

Other SXSW 2010 shows we caught:

3/18 – Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings – WOXY In-studio

3/18 – The Cool Kids – Auditorium Shores

3/19 – Cheap Trick – Auditorium Shores

3/20 – Zlam Dunk – House of Guys house party

All photos and videos by Shawn Dullye (aka BC)

6 Bands You Can’t Miss At SXSW 2010… Or You Will Die.

South by Southwest is just around the corner and odds are you took one glance at the ridiculously long schedule and said “Fuck it, I’ll just go to whatever my friends are going to.” Well, you are a lazy d-bag, but luckily for you, BC and Merch have made a list of bands you need to see at South By and failure to do so could end with you in the bottom of Town Lake… Just kidding, it’s more likely you’ll just be taken away by a swarm of homeless under I-35.

Anyway, here’s the list, consume it within yourself… and smoke while you are doing so.

Andrew W.K. – How could you NOT want to see Andrew W.K.? Are you against partying? Do you, therefore, hate life? I mean, not only are 95% of his songs about partying, he also hosts a show on Cartoon Network about blowing things up! If only we could all live the life of Andrew W.K. He will be at about a million SXSW parties this year, so make sure to at least see one, or he will come to your house and party your parents to death.

Also, keep an eye out for BC. He’ll be the one Andrew W.K. will be asking security to “remove” from the stage because he isn’t wearing any pants.

Woodhands – Merch will forever remember Woodhands‘ set at SXSW 2009 as the night she danced so hard she threw up (don’t worry, Merch only throws up puppies, rainbows and Care Bears).

These two Canadian dance-commanders will bring the synth and 4/4 beat, as well as some ridiculously kick ass covers (“I Kissed A Girl” and “Electric Avenue” to name a few… that rhymed. Gangster).

We Are Scientists – These guys have a tendency to open for bands at their break-out (Arctic Monkeys in 2006, Kings of Leon in 2008), but they always seem to outshine their headliners. Maybe it’s their silly onstage banter about writing the “sexiest song ever” or that their live performance incites white people dance moves straight outta Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing In The Dark” video… the one where Courtney Cox has that total dude haircut.

Kid Sister & Flosstradamus – Quite possibly the most kick-ass bro/sis combo since The Wonder Twins, rapper Kid Sister and DJ J2K are pairing up to rock your pants right off (in a good way). As half of DJ group Flosstradamus, J2K is actually Kid Sister’s kid brother (just to make things confusing, of course). So, if you didn’t catch Kid Sister at Fun Fun Fun Fest this year, you totally suck, because not only was it a great set, she also told Merch “Get up here, bitch!” as she pulled her on stage. How great is THAT? But now you get a chance to make up for it, and Flosstradamus will be there to feed us the dance beats we all need to survive.  

Lyrics Born – One-half of legendary bay-area rap group Latryx, Lyrics Born, brings the funk both on and off the record. Rapping over funk-heavy beats, which includes a full band at his live shows, Lyrics Born will have all the ladies shakin’ their ba-donka-donks on the dance floor (thanks to Urban Dictionary for giving me the proper word for “an extremely curvaceous female behind”). BC missed his chance to see Lyrics Born at San Francisco’s Outside Lands Festival in 2008, so there’s no way he’ll screw that up again.

Fat Mike (Cokie The Clown) – NOFX frontman Fat Mike as a coked-up clown, what about that sounds uninteresting? Nothing, that’s what. In addition to his extremely creepy make up, Cokie sports a giant “gag” flower. But instead of spraying people with water, the flower (hooked up to a CO2 cartridge) explodes powder into victim’s faces. Classic Fat Mike, someone will kick his ass one day. At least he got his iPhone stolen recently.

Here’s a list of other kick-ass SXSW schedules, along with top picks, you may want to check out:

BC – (Andrew WK, Lyrics Born, Fat Mike) – Ultimate Schedule of DEATH