the morning benders
The quietest day musically for me.
I started the day behind the Four Seasons Hotel for the BMI Brunch. ** A note to hungry SXSW goers: this party is full of an amazing buffet and no one checks the rsvp list to see if you are on it. You can wander in from all sides, grab a plate and start filling in that hole in your stomach that was filled with beer from the night before. I feel sorry for the artists that were performing. Not only were people too preoccupied with their breakfast burritos, the wind was blowing over the stage!
After we had eaten, drank our first two drinks of the day and lay in the grass for a while, we headed to Flatstock, a yearly tradition for me and one of the coolest things happening at this festival. I dropped $100 USD, $60 of which was souvenirs.
I jumped over to the Brush Square for the Australian Party, The Vines were on the stage. Playing their classics like ‘Get Free’ and ‘Ride’, I felt as if I was transported back to the early 2000’s. Still to this day, Ride is one of my favorite music videos. Rent a gym, invite all the local bands in town to learn your song and have everyone play together. Love how the drum part out of the guitar solo looks with all the drummers in formation.
I jumped into a car to find one of the +1 parties. This company was throwing a bunch of parties that week, two days earlier they denied my request to attend the Playboy party they were throwing. I headed to Hank Sinatra’s to see if I could get a chance to see The Morning Benders. Our timing was off, we missed them but managed to down a couple beers from the keg. And I watched my friend Jon get ‘boned’ by a guy named Matthias from New York (by boned, I mean having a chicken bone tossed off his leg on its way to the garbage can). Jon’s a vegetarian. He took it pretty well considering. Couldn’t even tell you who we saw perform though. Things were starting to get hazy.
We headed to the NXNE/Manitoba Bar-b-que afterwards for Canadian Beer, more bar-b-que meats and probably every Canadian who was down in Austin. Basia Bulat was great, The Choir Practice had problems quieting the crowd, Grand Analog were solid as well.
I spent my night at either Stubb’s or Maggie Mae’s (M for Montreal /Great Escape Showcases). Got a chance to see MGMT, who I thought were good. I got a sense that these guys were rushed into this biz we call music, and that the live show wasn’t quite top notch yet. The songs are though. Anytime I play Electric Feel I get people asking who these guys are.
btw, headbands and mustaches are totally in right now.
This is not my list for favorite albums of 2007. I’m still working on that as we speak.
This list is kind of a 2007 listening road map for me.
*Some songs may have been released in ’06, but I heard them for the first time this year. As well, they are in no order whatsoever.
Down The Line by Jose Gonzalez. Check MOKB.
Northwestern Girls by Say Hi
Videotape (Acoustic) by Thom Yorke. Get it at Good Weather.
Your English Is Good by Tokyo Police Club
Lake Michigan by Rogue Wave
Pop Rocks by Saturna
Weighty Ghost by Wintersleep
Sandy by Caribou
Hold Your Secrets To Your Heart by Miracle Fortress. Get it from Matt.
It Will Find You by Maps
West Coast by Coconut Records
1 2 3 4 by Feist
Oh, The Boss Is Coming by Charlemagne
Sing! Captain by Handsome Furs
Anti-Anti (Stutter remix) by Snowden. Thats a tricky one to find, check iTunes.
Take Your Medicine by Cloud Cult
Winding Watch by Rebekah Higgs