Saturday, March 21, 2009

Austin - Day Three

Yesterday's highlight? Walking into Pete Townsend on the street, realizing it was Pete Townsend, turning into Porky Pig and forgetting to take a picture with him. A friend pointed out to me that he probably wouldn't have been able to hear me had I asked anyway...

Lowlight? Being approached by a random MTV street crew and asked to participate in a SXSW version of "Elimidate" with Asher Roth. "Let's make this a multi-cultural thing, because you are a pretty multi-culti lady!" Um, gross. I snuck away with my hot dog when a bunch of frat boys had surrounded Asher and started chanting "I love college!" on the street.

The day was full of parties and dead cameras, but some bands too. So now, back to the music:

Day Three - March 20

Little Boots: an adorable Brit who announced at one point during the show, "Normally we would do this rave thing right now, but we only do that after 10pm." Fun disco pop with cutesy girl vocals - a good time was had by all, even if it was one in the afternoon.

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - The Slumberland label lives up to its age old reputation with another wonderful little band, that's got all the blogs (including mine, apparently)talking. Blissfully sweet fuzzed out pop, in songs a couple minutes or less, all performed with smiles. And the lead singer even had a white cut out of a paper heart glued to his guitar. Too cute.

School of Seven Bells - Two sisters harmonizing a la Cocteau Twins with keyboards and a dude formerly from Secret Machines doing some pretty amazing guitar work. It's a soundscape thing, dreamy yet engaging, totally beautiful and hypnotizing in the best way. I fell in love with them immediately, and stayed on board the whole set.

My Jerusalem - a new project from Jeff Klein, a singer-songwriter with dark and brooding sensibilities delivered in a ferociously rock way. The band, featuring members of the Twilight Singers, Polyphonic Spree, and Great Northern, is a full throttle emotional rock and roll experience. I can't wait to hear more.

The Bird and the Bee - Ending the evening with this deliciously sarcastic electro pop was perfect. Especially when they did their sincere sing-a-long, "Fucking Boyfriend," but ended with the sweetly sincere Bee Gees tune, "How Deep Is Your Love." Everyone in the crowd swooned.

And then, to bed, to gear up for one last day...