Monday, March 28, 2011

SXSW Photo Blog 6 - March 20, 2011 - Sunday

Sunday - the final day of SXSW began with views and vistas from a high rise midtown hotel.

Having friends who actually care about your well-being is a wonderful thing, indeed. To them I will forever be grateful.

The Austin skyline looked ready for one final foray into musical mayhem.

Note the bottles of free ice tea on the table to the left. Did you know that one can actually live on this stuff for the good part of two days?

Everyone needs to charge up their devices before heading out.

Jas and Marta share bedspace in that platonic way only road warriors know.

Masters of the roadwagon.

Sunday brunch in Austin

My fave - Huevos Rancheros

Guero's - recommended

Eat to the Beat

Dead Leaf Echo's LG was there too. You gotta be cool to be kind.

Rolling with the EE Presents posse again (this time, actually rolling via "magic bus").

Crom is on board.

Jas works on his tracks to organize his mind.

The rising stars of melodic/memorable psych-pop.
Jason and Elliott.

Hooray! Another Ringo Deathstarr show!

Elliott delivers quality soundwaves.

Daniel is a helluva drummer and may possibly be the perfect bandmate.

Alex and Dan

Speaking of almost perfect - Alex Gehring.

"If you want to sample me - I will show you how."

Pitch bends that produce chills.

Alex had a new bass for this show! It actually has 4 strings on it!

Oh, yeah - the "gender spazzmaster"

"Imagine Hearts" - I am, I am!

"Ooooooh - next to you"

Austin's finest - without a doubt.

Show time list illustrates the how everything can change quickly. Ringo Deathstarr went from playing at 2:00 pm - to 7:00 - then to 4:00. It didn't matter when - I was going to be there - whenever. Phones that send and receive texts are essential tools in working all this out. After an wonderful afternoon there at Cheer Up Charlie's, we then headed over to Emo's for one final bash. Inside the venue was someone who's work I truly admire.

Conversation -- "Hey Cromwell - that's some pretty sweet music coverage you do." Me: "Thanks, David Fricke. You're not half-bad yourself."

We were both there for the much touted Jim Jones Revue.

And it's easy to see why. They put on a dynamic rock & roll show.

Combining the good timey boogie-woogie elements of Rod Stewart & The Faces and The New York Dolls - the JJR is an exciting band worth going to see. After that, we ran around, danced to DJ music (great motown, 50's & 60's era rock n' soul) chattering and laughing in a wired state. Christo wisely suggested we go over to the other stage and watch a band called Caspian. I had been hearing about them for a while now, so definitely wanted to see what the fuss was all about.

I was immediately impressed.

The word on them was "they are like Mogwai - only better."

Guess what?

I had to agree with the above statement.

Heavy - atmospheric - instrumental music that build and pummels you.

It is power and emotion transferred to the listener.

My deeper investigation into all of their recorded works have begun. As all good things must eventually come to an end, I said my goodbye's to those who rescued and sustained me throughout the week. It was a brilliant experience

Austin Airport. They don't call it "Music City" for nothing.


Anonymous said...

Great photo's

DaveCromwell said...

Thanks, Anouk!

I enjoyed taking, editing and processing them. And the writing about them.


jennthebenn said...

Does Fricke age? Honestly now.

Fantastic as per usual, Dave. :)

DaveCromwell said...

Yeah, I think he has that proverbial portrait in his attic, Jenn.

And thank you. You know how much I admire and respect your writing.

Mr Smork said...

nice piece, again. good joke about platonic way to share bed. :))) not aprove the mess in a room (mess around - annoys me, but that sundy austin sky line was really great.
and it seemed that some bands "really did rocked hard".
and canteen pics was good with all the adverts....

but you know what i miss there?


DaveCromwell said...

Dude - you are going to have to forget about Honey (much like I have to) - there's nothing you can do about it.

But - now we have *Alex* here. Seriously. No shortage.

Anyway, where does rock fantasy end and reality meet? Somewhere on a long, twisted road. And then it veers off into another direction again.

Just ride the wave and try to enjoy it.

Mr Smork said...

i am enjoying, dude. nice piece. i think i'll go through out honey.....
oh - look i'm through...

DaveCromwell said...

Here's something to help you get over *any* girl:

Oh, and there is a great song to go along with it.

Mr Smork said...

that was heavy, dave....
i'd rather use my ways to do that... :)))
but thanks for the video - will use it in other occasions. :)))

ViewFromSpookysDoghouse said...

Really awesome views of the parking lots! I also like the look of Alex's new Grand Prix. But this blog does raise some questions. I'm thinking that a lot of cities call themselves "Music City," just like a few of them have their own version of "Chinatown." I'm pretty sure Nashville is called "Music City" and New Orleans, Chicago, Kansas City, Philadelphia, and Seattle are famous for their music. Even Athens, Georgia, and on and on... So is Austin really "Music City" or is it just one of many "Music Cities?" Secondly, what is up with that nice looking fedora on the table, as it never made an appearance on your head in any of the photos. Next, which Britney Spears song are The Vandelles covering? Lastly, who is that mysterious woman on the cover of the Guero's Menu? Her name is A---- lol!

DaveCromwell said...

VFSD - the hat makes an appearance in the previous entry here:

"Jason and Eric plot the next moves"

As far as Music City is concered - for me, it's still New York!

Anonymous said...

I've certainly enjoyed your back stage reportage on SXSW, all good things come to an end I guess. Roll on next year eh ! Excellent work, great photos !

DaveCromwell said...

Roll on to next year indeed, VP.

Let's all meet at Guero's for some Huevos Rancheros!

Patricia said...

Great "photo-review" Dave, l enjoyed one by one. I really liked the end with the guitars.

DaveCromwell said...

Muchas gracias, Paty.

I've thoroughly enjoyed compiling these photo blogs.

Anonymous said...

To sum up my thoughts on day 4, 5 & 6- it was getting better every day! Day 6 with its ultra detailed review of all things from the morning and into the night is a perfect ending to one of the most spontaneous, fresh and delightful journalistic efforts AD 2011!

Everything here was perfect. Little bits of fantastic music, sights and thoughts and conversations and everything. Beautifully executed. I hope this become a tradition of your blog Dave and that every once in a while you'll return to this form.

Rock on!

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