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SXSW: dispatches from the frontline

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Day began @ 6.30 in the AM when a 30-piece Mariachi band in full regalia performed a surprise gig in my hotel bedroom. Advance warning would have been nice, but the set certainly created some buzz in the adjoining rooms and corridor. The elevator ride to breakfast was soundtracked by Congolese folk collective Papa Doodle Doo, who overcame their fear of enclosed spaces to deliver a sterling set, while the cab ride to see Petrified Aubergine made their SXSW debut in a disused coal shed was hijacked by much hyped Czechoslovakian punk outlaws The Gary Busey Experiment, who slit the driver’s throat and made off with the takings.

Special mention too must go to my top tips for 2010 – tween-psychobilly duo Cogent Housekeeper (whose debut album drops in April under the force of gravity.) Yes, Neville Cornflake and his partner in rhyme Derek “The Tractor Lawnmower” Gonzales rocked the fuck out of Austin in a gig which few present at that will live long in the memory of all who made it to their gig in that old abandoned mine shaft.

UPDATED: My find of the day for Friday were four doe-eyed young scamps I chanced upon on the kerb outside Big Larry’s Bar & Grill and immediately fell in love with. Asked if they had any CDs for sale, they explained that they weren’t musicians and were just waiting on a friend. Nonetheless I’m confident there’s a lot more to come from Steve, Chuck, Geraldo and Mary.

March 19th, 2010.

16 Responses to “SXSW: dispatches from the frontline”

  1. El Kid Says:

    I know SXSW is this incredible thing lots of exciting new acts perform blablahblah but it sometimes seems like the entire thing is staged just to rub my nose in for not being cool enough to be there.

  2. Eoin Says:

    Well at the moment I’m right up the front to see an incredibly brilliant band you’ve never heard of and I can confirm, Mike, that yer definitely not cool enough to be here….

  3. Rob Says:

    I hear some of the bands playing this year are so cool and edgy they haven’t even formed yet!

  4. El Kid Says:

    I meant not rich enough not not cool enough. By the way Eoin, its about four in the morning in Austin now. You’re up a bit early are’nt you?

  5. Eoin Says:

    @ EK – what can I say, no rest for the wicked…

  6. Peter81 Says:

    Don’t miss Todd Edgar Hoover & The Fat Predicament — they’re playing Dannys Pawn Shop.

    If you don’t know where that is, er, never mind dude, maybe next year

  7. Eoin Says:

    @ Peter81 – caught them, their set was amazing, one of the highlights of SXSW’10 imho

  8. xanu Says:

    Sour grapes boys, you’d all be here in a flash if you could!!

  9. Eoin Says:

    Haha, consider me chastened. When you say here, do you mean Austin or the Intergalactic Confederacy??

  10. Eoin Says:

    I’m not going to publish a comment was just left on here, since I can’t verify whether or not it was really left by the person purporting to have left it (email address: alexferguson@mufc.com).

    Either way, the original blog post was written in jest and I certainly wasn’t taking the piss out of any individual journalist. Least of all one I happen to really like.

  11. Eoin Says:

    P.S. If it really is from the person who purports to have left it – let’s meet up… and fight!

  12. **** Says:

    Chicken

  13. Eoin Says:

    Send me an email (to prove its really you) and I’ll gladly post both comments…

  14. Bibi Baskin Says:

    Truth is stranger than fiction:
    http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendId=34776635&blogId=531374419

  15. [redacted] Says:

    Funny how you’ll publish comments from “Bibi Baskin” but not from “*****”. Like I said above, chicken,

  16. Eoin Says:

    Anyone with half a brain knows Bibi Baskin isn’t leaving comments on my blog. But you could be mistaken for the person you’re pretending to be. That person is a friend of mine. You’re not that person. You’re some moron with a fake email address.

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