The Road to SXSW: Austin (Pt 1)
so, is sxsw everything i thought it would be and more? well, yes and no. I didn’t have any accreditation due to my last minute decision to go so everything i did was free/i talked my way into/random so this ended in my seeing a lot of friends, which is fine: i have great friends who play in great bands. i would try to do it differently if i go back next year, maybe, but there is definitely a summercamp/field trip vibe to hanging out with a bunch of canucks in sunny texas that i was digging.
We hit it kind of hard for the first night, and the evening was a blur of food trucks, weird myspace zombie parties, pickle backs (consecutive shots of whisky and pickle juice – actually so delicious, like drinking a boozy sandwich), cumbia dance parties, intense ontario vs. quebec music debates, and pitchforky garage parties with buzzy bands. party party party. i wasn’t feeling awesome next day, fer sure.
i took some time off from the boys to do some exploring and reunited with my iceland crew, Frank and Lauren. I love these guys so much! If only I could just hop around music festivals with them all year. Lauren lives in London, and seeing each other was this awesome semi-surprise that practically has us in tears. I know we pierced at least one eardrum with our shrieks of joy.
Then it was over to the Canada House for another Elwin’s acoustic session, this time with CBC Radio 3, where I got to enjoy some sunshine on the balcony with Craig Norris and Andrea Gin and Connie Tsang, some of my fav CBC peeps. There are some additional snaps here; no recordings I can find yet though.
I ran around a bit with the guys at night, but while they went off to see their heroes, Deerhoof and Of Montreal, I was lucky enough to be welcomed to St. David’s for the Secret City showcase, where I took in beautiful sets by the Barr Brothers, Plants and Animals and of course, Patrick Watson. All three were just amazing, and served to remind just how world-class the Canadian (Montreal) music scene is.