• 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…

  • Music,  Travel

    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…

  • Music,  Travel

    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…

  • Music,  Travel

    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…

  • Music

    “Fool me once, shame on…..shame on you. Fool me….you can’t get fooled again.” – George W. Bush

    (Back at ya, buddy.) Friday’s “Evening with Ryan Adams and the Cardinals” will be my last. What gives, Ryan Adams? If you hate your own music and your fans so much, why bother touring? Have you not negotiated your recording contract to provide sufficient income to support your, ummmmm, skateboarding habit, or whatever it is that makes you happy post-rehab? (Note: Friends of mine observed Ryan gleefully skateboarding behind the Pageant post-show, hence the reference.) I thought that absorbing the meaning of grace was part of that whole 12-step thing, but apparently that piece “didn’t take” with you. Demanding assigned seating throughout the venue, a non-smoking environment AND a closed…

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    Supreme Lame-ness

    I know! I’ve not been a very frequent blogger….well…this year. However, I intend to catch up with a vengeance. Okay, maybe not with a vengeance, but at least with a visible burst of determination. Stay tuned, because in the coming weeks I shall regale (sp? too lazy to look it up) you with tales of a trip to Nashville, a set of fests (Austin City Limits Music & Strange Folk Indie Arts & Crafts) and a trip to London that included 2 stellar concerts, one of which was the best I’ve ever seen in my LIFE. For reals. And when I finish with all that, just maybe I will still…

  • Music

    THE! STRAY! CATS!

    And no, I’m not talking about actual felines. Finally, my dream of seeing Brian Setzer live has been realized, and with the FRICKIN’ STRAY CATS, no less. My friend Dave the ticket czar scored me 6th row seats at the Scottrade Center for the High School Reunion show last night. Having just seen The Police in row 32 a few weeks back, I can tell you that row 6 on the aisle is definitely the way to go. I have loved Brian Setzer since Built For Speed was released and have never, ever seen him. I can’t really explain my love for him as I am not a rockabilly chick…

  • Travel

    Namaskara and Mascara (okay…eyeliner)

    (The view of the Miami-like pool from my room at the Ista Bangalore.) I just returned from my 3rd trip to India. Before leaving, I’d been moping about the fact that this trip would be purely business, with no time for a side adventure and little potential for spiritual connection. (Reference 2005’s Ill-Fated Attempt to Attend a Yoga Class in India. It’s harder than you’d think.) However, upon my arrival at our ridiculously hip hotel I was greeted with Namaskara (Good Morning/Good Evening), accompanied by the namaskara mudra (prayer hands). Huh. How could I have missed this before? Similar to Namaste and the angeli mudra we use to close every…

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    Austin post-script

    (Andrew and Lindsay) Yeah, it’s been months since I was last in Austin, but I couldn’t wrap up my SXSW coverage without mentioning our fab and very chill Sunday afternoon at Jo’s. Hanging at Jo’s Coffee is great even without entertainment, but the Sunday before we left we got to hear (for the first time) our friend Andrew’s trio (Andrew is married to my cute friend Mona) as well as the Jo’s house band, featuring Tina Rose (who married Mona and Andrew and is one of the warmest people you’ll ever meet). We’d seen Andrew play earlier in the week as he plays with Kelly Willis. He’s a busy guy.…