13 March 2008

sxsw highlights, day one

Celebrity spottings:

- Elijah Wood, while we were checking in and picking up badges/wristband. He is very short, but seems totally normal. He was getting his own badge; he didn't have an assistant doing it for him.

- John Norris interviewing Lightspeed Champion on the streets. John Norris is, in fact, not Skeletor, as I had always previously assumed. He's actually quite nice and friendly.

Bands:

- LIAM FINN. I can't EVEN, you guys. Ugh, so amazing. For those who don't know him, go to youtube and type in Liam Finn + Letterman to get an idea of what his set is like. He uses loops to build a bass line and a guitar lead, and then goes to fucking town on the drums. His vocalist, EJ, is completely adorable and was wearing a pair of red sequined converse, like if Dorothy played basketball.

- Kitty, Daisy and Lewis. I got DENIED from the Antone's showcase, so I did what you're supposed to do at sxsw - went to see a bunch of bands I'd never heard of. They were all good, but these guys were the standout. They're a family of five - the kids are only 14, 17 and 19 - and they play balls-out Americana music. They're all so talented and their music makes you want to dance your face off. If you get a chance to see them, do so.

Something funny:

- Lightspeed Champion's interview question: "Are you from Brooklyn and, if so, are you Vampire Weekend?"

- running into the members of Popup, a Scottish group I saw last year, and them being chuffed that their showcase was highlighted on my schedule. I love people who are easy to please.

That's all for tonight, guys. Keep tuning in for crappy cell-phone picture updates tomorrow, when I see: Shout Out Louds, Bon Iver, Vampire Weekend, Popup, The Pan I Am, and more.

3 comments:

Meredith said...

Yay for daily updates! This is almost as good as our rabid lightspeed back-and-forth e-mailing at work. Guess what, Erin's readers? I bet I found out before any of you that she saw Elijah Wood! Did any of you think to insist she text you the very SECOND she sees a celebrity? I bet you did not. I win!

gus away from the metroplaza said...

That Antone's scene at 8pm was ridiculous. There were a ton of badge people that didn't even get in. Totally blew my schedule; which is what I get for not coming up with any backup plans.

I'll look for the button if I actually manage to get into the Bon Iver/Vampire weekend show.

Erin said...

gus, you and I are everywhere! Today I'm wearing a robot shirt and glittery shoes, but no phlebotomy badge.