Wednesday, March 14, 2012

SxSW 2012

TEXAS TORNADOS 1996
Here's a couple of great musicians who unfortunately I won't be
seeing this year. (R.I.P Doug & Freddy!)
AUSTIN, TEXAS -- I'm here at the Live Music Capitol of the World for the South by Southwest Music Festival, my first time at SXSW since 2008.

I'm off to a great start. I rolled into town about 1 am and went to the motel I usually stay at. But to my surprise, when I booked the room in January, I boneheadedly booked the chain's other Austin location -- way way up on the north side, miles away from anything. And, as fate would have it, the northside location doesn't have wi-fi in my room. (I won't name the motel chain, but let's just say that NRBQ was WRONG!)

But I won't let a little thing like that stop me. I'll just camp out in the lobby and blog away.

Unlike past years, when, like other media elites, I'd have a press pass for the festival (and my own dear friends with me would refer to me as a "badge-wearing scum"), this year I'm trying something different. I'm going to try doing it like a regular plebeian -- hitting the free parties shows and/or paying a single cover at bars and staying all night instead of running all over the downtown area. We'll see how that turns out.

DO THE LANGFORD
Hopefully I'll see this guy this year.
So check back here every day and I'll let you about the bands I see.

(Here's a handy link to all my SXSW posts -- going back to 2004)

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