• Music,  Travel

    SXSW 2011 – Photo Journal – Day 4 – Asobi Seksu

    Yuki Chikudate of Asobi Seksu.  Officially added to list of chicks who rawk. Day 4 SXSW music list is pretty light, as I attend Style X for the majority of the day.  (Well worth it!  Check out my post on the topic.)  The evening started off perfectly with smooth sounds of the Andrew Nafziger trio in the cool and cozy basement bar, The Elephant room. Eli Paperboy Reed.  I don’t do white boy R&B/soul very well, so….Plus the venue (Phoenix) was completely obnoxious. Pleasantly surprised by Asobi Seksu!  And glad that Roy told me that asobi seksu means kinky sex in Japanese before I went spouting off about that band…

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    SXSW 2011 – Photo Journal – Day 3 – Dum Dum Girls

    Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls.  Stylish, and they totally rock out to boot.  No one said it better than John Wendland: “I think they have great taste in tights. No, I’m serious.” Joy Formidable’s Ritzy Bryan.  We returned from a lunch break to what was unfortunately their last song.  However, I knew I was in love as I watcfhed Ritzy thrash around on the ground with guitar.  Luckily, we caught them in St. Louis a month or so later for a full set.  Want to change my name to Ritzy. Le Sera (Katy Goodman, also of the Vivian Girls) unleashed sweet, sunny pop on the Waterloo crowd. The Pains…

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    SXSW 2011 – Photo Journal – Day 2 – Bob Geldof

    Highlight of SXSW Day 2, and one of the highlights of the entire festival: Bob Geldof.  A rock star like Mick Jagger is a rock star, exuding an unlikely combo of attitude and grace, Bob blew me away. Toro Y Moi.  All I have to say is:  GONG. John Grant with Midlake.  Midlake = Good.  John Grant = wanted to strangle.  Midlake, please leave your buddy at home.  JG should save his schtick for drunken karaoke parties. The sublime Civil Wars.  John Paul White is a bit Depp-ish, don’t you think? Steve Wynn and the Miracle 3 at the KDHX Twangfest party at Jovita’s. The Baseball Project, at the KDHX…

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    SXSW 2011 – Photo Journal – Day 1: Duran Duran!

    One of my favorite photos: Simon LeBon in the shadows, checking out the crowd before going on stage. Obviously everyone on the planet knows this is John Taylor and Simon LeBon, but just in case.  It’s John Taylor and Simon LeBon of Duran Duran. Seeing Duran Duran was a giant thrill.  Bigger than I could have imagined, actually.  I’ve been Duran obsessed ever since.  Simon LeBon is a brilliantly hilarious tweeter…pretty much as you’d assume and hope he would be.  John Taylor: Prolific on the Twitter, and very generous in answering fan tweets.  Hearts flying out of my head for DD. Duran Duran capped off Day One of SX2011.  The…