Category Archives: SXSW

SXSW 2009 Music Pix: Janes Addiction Reunion Show

I know, I know. I’m terribly behind on these pix, but I am trying to catch up. This show was on the night of March19-20 at the Playboy Rock The Rabbit party during the SXSW Music, Film and Interactive Festival and conference. It was their first show with their original lineup in, well, a long time! I’m not a big fan of the band, but I have to say, it was a blistering 45-minute set and the crowd left on a serious high! I’m posting a few pix here and after the jump, with 50+ more on Flickr, here: Jane’s Addiction Reunion

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GSRT – A SXSW Road Trip To Lockhart or “Meat or Bust!”

NB: My apologies for the lack of posts, recently. My computer died and was in the shop for a while. Now, on with the Great Southern Road Trip!
If you haven’t already figured it out, a big part of this trip and my life is food. I love to cook for people, introduce them to new things and I love to try new things myself. In fact, I was very close to trying baby eel at Chez Phillippe in the Peabody Hotel in Memphis until I read that they were overfished, often counterfeited and $30 in addition to the already steep prix fixe menu… Anyway, way back near the beginning of the trip were the SXSW Film, Interactive and Music Festivals and Conferences, from which I have a lot of pix and video to come soon. But first, meat!
That’s right. On this, my 3rd visit to SXSW, I finally made it out to Lockhart, Texas and Smitty’s Market. SXSW Film Conference & Production Manager Jarod Neece was kind enough to put together a little outing of filmmakers, press and SXSW staffers on the last Friday of the fest and chuck us into a van for the 40 minute drive to the cradle of Texas Bar-B-Q. You see, Lockhart has not one, not two, not three but 4 “world-class” BBQ joints, or so they claim. I’ve only been to Smitty’s, and about Smitty’s I can swear that if there were a god, she’d eat there. There ain’t, so I guess that makes my analogy useless, but whatever. It’s some fan-fucking-tastic BBQ. Now, Texas is known for beef BBQ. if pork’s your thing, I would suggest you head to Tennessee, Arkansas, Alabama, etc. I’ll be writing plenty about the pork in those places, but for now, concentrate on the beef. Don’t get me wrong, they have the pork, but in Texas it seems like the swine is a secondary food source much of the time. I beg to differ, but when in Rome….J3872x2592-00411_2.jpg

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SXSW 09 Film: Texas Film Hall Of Fame Awards

One of my favorite nights of the year on the festival circuit is the annual Texas Film Hall of Fame cocktails and dinner and auction. Don’t ask me why I love it so much, I just do. Part of it is because it is a benefit for the Austin Film Society and I think they’re a very worthy group. Also, the indieWIRE guys and I, along with other friends, like UT prof John and new SXSW Film Festival & Conference honcho Janet Pierson get to mingle, have some drinks, a dinner and watch a better than average awards ceremony and auction, which is cool, too. Last year Law & Order SVU’s Mariska Hargitay was moved to tears when accepting for her mother, Jayne Mansfield.
This year’s honorees include Wes Anderson’s Rushmore, which is receiving the Tiffany & Co. Star of Texas Award, Larry Hagman, Powers Boothe, Catherine Hardwicke and Billy Bob Thornton. About Boothe a friend of mine once said: “They should create a TV channel for him and just call it Powers Boothe.” I kind of agree.
Other expected guests for the evening include Dennis Quaid, Keith Carradine, John Cusack, Linda Gray, Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, Brad Leland and Dana Wheeler-Nicholson who will host a new feature for the evening, Party in the Red Room with actor and writer Paul Saucido. This year’s host is Thomas Haden Church.
From 2002-5, the event was hosted by former Texas Governor, the late Ann Richards who passed away in late 2006. In 2007 the award was emceed by Richards’ close friend and 2001 inductee, Liz Smith and in Richards’ honor, the organizers handed out some special party favors:Annes.jpg

SXSW Music Pix: Nicole Atkins, 2008

One of my favorite new artists from the past couple of years is Nicole Atkins who, both with and without her band, The Sea played several sets at SXSW over the past couple of years and who I’ve seen live 4 or 5 times in the same time span. Her song “The Way It Is” gives me shivers every time I hear it. The first time I heard her excellent debut CD (which I wrote about back in November of 2007) I compared the sound to long time David Lynch collaborator, Angelo Badalamenti and what do you think I saw when I just perused Nicole’s Wikipedia entry?

“Atkins also feels a kinship with Angelo Badalamenti, who has scored many of Lynch’s films. She once emailed an mp3 of “The Way It Is” to Badalamenti, who is said to have replied, “I think our Sicilian great-great-great-grandparents must have laid down on a picnic blanket in the park and done something together, if you know what I mean.” Atkins subsequently received an invitation to Badalamenti’s home in Morristown, New Jersey to talk music.”

All I have to say to that is “Ha!” At any rate, I saw Nicole at SXSW 2008 and it was a typically fantastic set and she was wearing an absolutely stunning dress. See?DSC_0063lg.jpg
More pix on my Flickr stream, here.

SXSW Music Pix: X at Stubbs

Last year’s Spin Magazine show at Stubb’s BBQ was pretty amazing, with the lineup of The Raveonettes, Vampire Weekend and X, among others. Talk about a super bill. Last month I posted some pix from this show and others and now…..X! Here’s a few pix of X from the Spin show and the rest can be found on my Flickr stream.
Billy Zoom. Is there anyone cooler?DSC_0075.jpg
Exene Cervenka can still bring it!DSC_0079.jpg

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