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Stream the new Tullycraft covers comp plus free MP3s

So remember that Tullycraft covers compilation we mentioned a while back, Wish I'd Kept A Scrapbook? Well, it's done, and will be available for purchase next month. And, you can stream the whole thing on their website! I've been swooning over this all day. (Conflict of interest note: my band, iji, is on this comp, but even if we weren't I'd still be school-girl-giddy about this amazing collection of bands.) This compilation features so many of my crush bands, like Gold-Bears, Fishboy, the Smittens, Bunnygrunt, and Math and Physics Club.

 

The folks at Unchikun Records have been nice enough to share a few MP3s, so for your listening pleasure, check out two of my favorite songs from the comp, Hot Lava covering "Pink Lemonade" and the Medusa Snare covering "Every Little Thing".

 

Some highlights:

Galactic Hereos make "Pop Songs Your Boyfriend's Too Stupid To Know About" (in my opinon, one of the most perfect pop songs ever) perfect clean and sparkly indie pop without a hint of snark.

– Both Darren Hanlon and Rose Melberg (in the greatest indie pop duet of this century) and the Besties cover "Our Days In Kansas" (pretty much impossible to choose a favorite), and they each take wonderful ownership of the song. It's also the last Besties track recorded before they broke up.

The Medusa Snare (members of Manhattan Love Suicides) make "Every Little Thing" noisy and shrill and wonderful (download it above!).

The Smittens make "Sweet" sound sexier than it really has any right to be.

The Poison Control Center turn "The Last Song" into a dub jam and it doesn't suck. 

The Special Places (Corianton and Jenny from Tullycaft) have been playing their cover of "Fall 4 U" live for a while, so it's nice to have a recorded version of it. It might even be cuter than the original!

 

As in the best covers compilations, no one just does a straight cover. Everyone professes their love for the ever amazing Tullycraft in their own special way. Listen for yourself!

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Wish I'd Kept A Scrapbook: Tullycraft covers comp

photo by steve louie

{Tullycraft photo by Steve Louie}

Holy indie pop incredibleness! Do you miss Tullycraft as much as I do? It’s only been less than a year since their farewell set at San Francisco Popfest (which still gives me chills just thinking about), but just knowing that there may be another chance to sing along to such glorious pop gems makes me happy. Well, this isn’t a new Tullycraft record, but the next best thing: all your favorite (well, at least my favorite) indie pop bands together on one comp covering their favorite Tullycraft songs!

The wonderful folks who are putting the comp together put up an experiment of sorts on the site Kickstarter (a great website for getting funding for projects!) to see if they could raise a little scratch to make this cover compilation huge; to spread the love of Tullycraft to the masses! Only if they raise their amount will you be charged. Think of it like a pre-order: by paying in advance, you get tons of awesome benefits!

Full band list after the jump.

Darren Hanlon & Rose Melberg (just thinking about this makes me swoon so hard!)
Hot Lava
Bunnygrunt
The Medusa Snare (members of Manhattan Love Suicides)
Galactic Heroes
The Smittens
Casper & The Cookies (ex Of Montreal)
Folklore (Jimmy from Elf Power)
Hotpants Romance
The Special Places (Corianton & Jenny from Tullycraft, getting a little meta there)
LA Tool & Die
The Besties (their last recorded song!)
Fishboy
Poison Control Center
The Awesomelies
Math & Physics Club (get a sneak peek at their song if you pick up their Record Store Day only floppy 7″ at Jigsaw Records!)
Iji
Japanese Master Track
Sprites (when was the last time this band put something out?!)
Moustache of Insanity

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imaginary liz’s favorite albums of the last decade

The Thermals by Bobby McHugh

Yesterday I divulged my favorite albums of the year. Today I am ready to let go of my latest obsession: My album recap of how I spent my 00’s.

The below listage rant is my own little time capsule to remind myself why 2000-2009 musically ruled. As with my other list posts, I’m certain I totally forgot to add something really important to my end-all-be-all-recap. It’s up to you to remind me by posting your favs of the 00’s below.

  1. Bright EyesFevers and Mirrors
  2. The ThermalsMore Parts Per Million
  3. TullycraftDisenchanted Hearts Unite
  4. Nana GrizolLove It Love It
  5. Los CampesinosHold On Now, Youngster
  6. Matt & KimGrand
  7. Her Space HolidayThe Young Machines
  8. ballboyClub Anthems
  9. The LucksmithsWhy That Doesn’t Surprise Me
  10. David & the CitizensUntil the Sadness is Gone
  11. Okkervil RiverDon’t Fall in Love with Everyone You See
  12. DesaparecidosRead Music/Speak Spanish
  13. WilcoYankee Hotel Foxtrot
  14. The White StripesWhite Blood Cells
  15. BOATSongs That You Might Not Like
  16. ClinicInternal Wrangler
  17. VisqueenMessage to Garcia
  18. Los HalosLeaving Va.
  19. Math and Physics ClubMath and Physics Club
  20. She and HimVolume 1
  21. The Galactic HeroesEvery Sidewalk
  22. FishboyAlbatross: How We Failed To Save The Lone Star State With The Power Of Rock And Roll
  23. HefnerDead Media
  24. The Mountain GoatsThe Coroner’s Gambit
  25. Carissa’s WierdSongs About Leaving
  26. The Postal ServiceGive Up
  27. Arcade FireFuneral
  28. The Eames EraDouble Dutch
  29. mcluskyMclusky Do Dallas
  30. Starlight MintsThe Dream That Stuff Was Made Of

 

#31-#50 (in alphabetical order)

  • – Bright EyesI’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning
  • – Bright EyesLifted or The Story is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground
  • – The CatchGet Cool
  • – The FratellisCostello Music
  • – The Go! TeamThunder, Lightning, Strike
  • – Girl TalkFeed the Animals
  • – GrandaddyThe Sophtware Slump
  • – The HivesVeni Vidi Vicious
  • – Hot Hot HeatMake Up the Breakdown
  • – The Long WintersWhen I Pretend to Fall
  • – Los Campesinos!We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed
  • – Matt & KimMatt & Kim
  • – Stéphane PompougnacHotel Costes (Vol 3)
  • – The Saturday KnightsMingle
  • – The ShinsOh, Inverted World
  • – The StrokesIs This It
  • – Suburban Kids with Biblical Names#3
  • – Tegan & SarahSo Jealous
  • – The ThermalsFuckin A
  • – TullycraftBeat Surf Fun

 

#51-#75 (in alphabetical order)

  • – Lily AllenAlright, Still
  • – Belle & SebastianFold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like A Peasant
  • – Cars Can Be BlueAll the Stuff We Do
  • – CineramaDisco Volante
  • – ClearlakeCedars
  • – The Dandy WarholsThirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia
  • – The FeaturesExhibit A
  • – GorillazGorillaz
  • – The GossipStanding in the Way of Control
  • Hedwig and the Angry Inch soundtrack
  • – Jarvis CockerJarvis
  • – The Long WintersThe Worst You Can Do Is Harm
  • – Miniature TigersTell It To The Volcano
  • – Noah and the WhalePeaceful, The World Lays Me Down
  • – The Pains of Being Pure at HeartThe Pains of Being Pure at Heart
  • – The PharmacyChoose Yr Own Adventure
  • – QuasiThe Sword of God
  • – The RaptureOut of the Races & Onto the Tracks
  • – The Scotland Yard Gospel ChoirThe Scotland Yard Gospel Choir
  • – Snow PatrolWhen It’s All Over We Still Have to Clear Up
  • – TelekinesisTelekinesis!
  • – The ThermalsThe Body The Blood The Machine
  • – The TrucksThe Trucks
  • – The White StripesElephant
  • – VisqueenKing Me
Tomorrow the plan is to list out my favorite locals of the decade… I wonder who will top the list?
{Photo by Bobby McHugh}

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Magic Marker Records Showcase in Portland

These days, with the economy still teetering on the edge of collapse, it takes a genuinely incredible line-up to get me to drive all the way down to Portland for a show. It’s not just gas prices, it’s the cost of a hotel, and a meal, a trip to Voodoo Doughnuts to see what a bacon-maple bar is – and a very well spent $10 cover.

The show last Saturday was a celebration of Magic Marker Record’s 10th anniversary, and it showcased the label’s finest pop bands, both past and present: The Galactic Heroes, Dear Nora (both reformed for this night only), BOAT and Tullycraft.  With a line-up like that, Portland really doesn’t seem too far away.

The night started off with the Galactic Heroes, who have been split up by geography for years. Though they were not ones to do stage banter (as they themselves admitted), their bright hooks and well-worked harmonies more than made up for it. Their set included exemplary pop melodies, such as “Back in Love”, a personal favorite of mine. The poor band had to put up with a group of overly boisterous (and intoxicated) men, each of whom was probably twice the size of a Galactic Hero. Still, despite the occasional interruption, it was obvious that the loss of the Galactic Heroes was a great loss to the Northwest pop scene. I bought their album, “Every Sidewalk” as soon as I got home, and I highly recommend it.

As BOAT began to set up, the raucous Galactic Heroes fans became even more so. With shouts of “WHO THE FUCK IS BOAT?” and periodic football-fan-esque chants of “BOAT! BOAT! BOAT!”, the large men managed to be both annoying and contradictory.  BOAT took it well, even offering hi-fives to the eager group. BOAT’s performance was incredibly fun as usual, and their set was full of never-before-heard songs, including a tribute song to Tullycraft (and at one time, BOAT) drummer, Jeff Fell, and covers of two fellow Magic Marker signees, Dear Nora and The Faintest Ideas.

For the final song, D. Crane (BOAT’s singer/guitarist) invited people to come on stage with them. “But you can’t touch us!” he told the drunken man-fans (who he called the ‘Alpha…Beta Phi frat house’). Though surprisingly they didn’t storm the stage, a few other (quieter) fans did and danced around with BOAT to “Lately I’ve Been on my Back.”

For some reason, the loud men did not stick around to see Tullycraft, which may have been a blessing, but is perplexing because Tullycraft dealt out even more fantastic pop songs. Tullycraft is one of the more adorable bands in Seattle; Guitarist Chris Munford and bassist/lead singer Sean Tollefson were both wearing sweater-vests, and the always lovely singer Jenny Mears was wearing one of her trademark vintage dresses. Beyond looks, their songs are each just as adorable as the band. Their vocals complement each other perfectly and the lyrics tell elaborate stories with catchy choruses; I fell in love with one in particular that night called “Superboy Supergirl.”

The audience was in love with this twee-pop band, and all the dancing made me wonder if Seattle’s stoic reputation was actually true by comparison. More likely, I think, is that Tullycraft put on a great show that made dancing pretty much inevitable.

Unfortunately I missed Dear Nora, but I did get to see the modest speeches made by Magic Marker founders Curt Kentner and Mark Rothkopf. I owe these two men a huge debt of gratitude for allowing some of my absolute favorite bands to release their albums, and for this amazing show which had probably the best line-up I could ever hope for. Congratulations Magic Marker!

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Magic Marker Records book a roadtrip-worthy anniversary show

You better hope gas prices stay low until February. Portland's fantastic Magic Marker Records just announced their 10-year anniversary show! And it's amazing!

February 7th at the Someday Lounge in Portland. This just in from MMR honcho, Curt:

The line up looks like:

Tullycraft
Dear Nora (a one time reunion)
BOAT
Kissing Book (a one time reunion)
All Girl Summer Fun Band
Galactic Heroes (are you kidding me? )

We are working on a special release to memorialize the occasion.

Seriously, make your road mixes and get down there! Oh man, I'm already drooling about the special release!

 

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Freebies from Magic Marker this holiday season!

The Get-Arounds' album "Get Around"

I think Magic Marker Records will be well represented on the "Best Of" lists this year, with new releases from TIG favorites Tullycraft and BOAT. But just when you thought it was all over, they've announced the arrival of a new solo record by Ricky from the Galactic Heroes, using the moniker "The Get-Arounds".

I know that you've probably already spent your savings on extravagant gifts for your many friends and relations this season, and Magic Marker knows it too! That's why they're offering this new addition to your local pop collection digitally for zero dollars here!

And if that isn't enough, there are even more Magic Marker treats available to you, free of charge. Click here to hear/download an adorable cover of the Trogg's song "With a Girl Like You" by Ricky and David Crane of BOAT. What a dynamic duo! You can also listen to a Katy Davidson (of Dear Nora) cover of "This Will Be Our Year" by the Zombies, all in honor of a lovely Magic Marker wedding that took place back in September.

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An indie-pop mixtape for super-spring Friday!

Spring flowersNote to the indie-pop lovers among us: The folks at Not Quite Rocket Science have launched their own indiepop blog / podcasts with an eye on offering high quality indie-pop mixtapes for the masses. Each podcast will have a theme and their inaugural one is Superpowers/Superheros.

There are only a few blog posts (no archives to be inundated with yet), but based on the nice selection of songs on their podcast, this should be one to check out on the indierss as they've promised to also feature free song downloads and the occasional review.

Perhaps I am just fond of them because their name is a slight reference to one of my favorite Tullycraft songs? Perhaps it is fact that they featured Milky Whimpshake in the first podcast? Either way, SPRING is upon us (for the most part) and so it's time to get out there and celebrate with (digital) indie-pop mixtapes.

Check out the tracklisting!

Tullycraft – Superboy & Supergirl
Masters Of The Hemisphere -Meteor
Showdown At The Equator – Powers
Kissing book – Superman vs. Lloyd
Tricycle Bicycle Cycle – The Time I Learned To Yogic Fly
The Apples in Stereo – Signal in the sky (let's go)
Cars Can Be Blue – Dating Batman
The Bright Lights – You Have Amazing Powers
Basil The Mouse – Supergirls
Six Cents and Natalie – Fly With Me
Milky Wimpshake – Spidey
The Galactic Heroes – Heroes And Villains
Jim Guthrie – Where Have All The Heroes Gone?
Vaccum Tube Technology WIll Render Your Fear Obsolete – Superheroes in Love
Shermans – Fly Away
Shonen Knife – Buttercup ( I'm a super girl )
Aikagi – Invisible Friends

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SXSW 2006 Rundown

South by Southwest, where have you been all my life? If I believed in an afterlife, this is what my idea of heaven would be: endless days and nights with no greater concerns than caffeine, alcohol, and indie rock. Except there would be fewer lines, and more cabs.

I can't believe a world where so many (really attractive and nice) people care about new and interesting music exists. What an amazing experience. I'm booking my hotel room and pass as soon as they announce the 2007 dates. Who's with me??

Please note that the photos were taken by us; we can't rule out intoxication, but we also can't rule out that we're just that unskilled with a camera. Oh! Except for the gorgeous Long Winters photo, provided by the amazing Gregory Perez.

Without further ado, read our SXSW 2006:

 

Top 10 of the Pops! (in alpha order):

Art Brut
Art Brut at SXSW 2006I can't stress this enough. If Art Brut comes to your town, go! Whether you are familiar with them because of their placement on KEXP's playlist or you've yet to be introduced, you will love them within one song of their live performance. The cockney-heavy vocals a la The Streets and the hooky guitar jabs spotlight the clever lyrics that are ideal for constant quoting among your group of friends. Move over, quips like "You're so money you don't even know it" — we've now got things like, "This IS my singing voice" and "I've seen her naked… twice!" Thanks Art Brut. "Popular culture, no longer applies to me."

 

Band of Horses
Band of Horses featured slide guitars, emotive vocals, and nothing less than I expected from two former members of one of my favorite Seattle bands of all time, Carissa's Wierd. While CW expressed life's sadness to the level of morose, Band of Horses were more in the "tear in my beer" cathartic vein of indie-melancholy, and I'm sure will (or have) drawn comparisons to other twangier indie-rock luminaries like My Morning Jacket and Wilco. The fact that they were playing in a field outside Poke-e-Joe's BBQ only added to the Texas of it all.

Billy Bragg
Billy Bragg at SXSW 2006I think I experienced the luckiest day of my life in Austin. How else could I have found myself at a picnic (with free booze and tacos), surrounded by an audience of about 50 people watching Billy Bragg as he played his entire first album in order? Crazy! As you'd expect, the man was armed with timeless songs and sharp banter that could inspire action from even the most humdrum of souls. In between songs he offered words of solace to our blue-state comforted selves. He encouraged us as he talked about how he felt pride when he saw how the outrage and compassionate minority is gaining strength in our nation. He jumpstarted my belief that music can bind people, give weight to ideas and, music industry be damned, fuel change. Take that Toby Keith.

Figurines
Figurines at SXSW 2006Brit bands are a dime a dozen. Bring on the Danes! I had the pleasure of seeing Danish indie-rock sensations Figurines at the Crocodile in Seattle just days before SXSW. Here's my theory on Figurines: you need to hear them three times. The first couple of listens, you think, "Wow, nice songs!" By the third listen, you realize that not only will Skeletons undoubtedly rank in your top 10 of the year, but that you also plan to name your as-yet unconceived children "Christian" — as half the band members are called Christian — even though you are a devout agnostic. Spend some quality time with the record, and you're hooked — or as the fellas sing, "It takes time to get it together for a long time." Figurines have it all: spot on guitar work, inspiring lyrics, rugged hooks, distinctive and appealing vocals… plus swagger, pout, sweet dispositions, and hipster good looks. Think Northwest edge meets Euro-charisma. Now imagine standing right up front, watching these likely superstars rock you on a true Texas dive bar floor. It's surely a 'tell-the-grandkids-about-it' sort of SXSW memory…

Galactic Heroes
Galatic Heroes at SXSWI've loved the Galactic Heroes since the first time I heard the sweet jangle of "Coffee And Pastries" from their album Every Sidewalk. Their repertoire embodies all that is sweet and nice and queen bee. Their songs hopscotch through tales of love, friendship, baby blue Volvos, and gleeful happenstances without turning trite or phony. But, given that the two leading members live in different cities, seeing them perform these tales of joy together in lovey Seattle has felt like a pipe dream.

Thank goodness for a massive 1000+ band festival for bringing us together. Live, they broke new GH ground… mainly due to a sudden, unfortunate event that forced their drummer to miss the show. That, on top of the fact that the guys hadn't been able to practice together in quite a while, made for a certain air of… uncertainty. So what did they do? They rocked the house! They gave homemade shakers (made from plastic Easter eggs filled with rice) to the 25 audience members in the front so that we could provide a backing beat to the songs. Then, halfway through the set, Mike (who had just started learning the drums) took to the set and simultaneously sang and drummed. As you would expect, the songs were scaled down but the end result was a lo-fi Lucksmiths-esque set that left the audience grinning from ear to ear.

The Gossip
Playing at 1am on a stage in a parking lot, I was able to fully appreciate the force that *is* Gossip front-diva Beth Ditto. Against the evening chill after a hot Texas day, she channeled that old soul of hers to exorcise the traditions and skeletons of the South. This, with intense, archaic, bare bones rock foundation laid by her two fellow Gossip-ers (Brace Paine and Hannah Blilie), made for a set of hymns for hipsters. As Beth chimed lines like "I don't want the world, I just want what I deserve." I was reminded of all that is great about independent music. Whereas the masses accept songs from The Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs as the end all of soul inspired, angular anthems, The Gossip are the real thing. Glory glory hallelujah!

The Long Winters
The Long Winters at SXSWLong Winters' frontman John Roderick has the rare ability to win over the drunkest/surliest of audiences with the power of just one sideways pleasantry. In between eloquently espousing about the his excitement of sharing the bill with Smoosh and the underlying music industry presence at the festival, Roderick made the crowd sway to the LW songs old and new. Poles on each end of the spectrum were hit as we enjoyed old favorites ("Stupid," "Unsalted Butter"), newbies ("the commander thinks aloud" from the recent Ultimatum EP), and we got a sneak listen to songs from their upcoming release (to be released in July?). I was so relieved to not only hear the new songs, but find out that they are glorious! Countdown to the new Long Winters album begins… NOW!

The Magic Numbers
As my friend Barbara said to me during the show, the world can't be too bad a place when a band as amazing as The Magic Numbers headlines a major label showcase (Capitol Records) at SXSW. As talented as they are unlikely, this band of two sets of siblings charmed the audience with their extraordinary song writing, their incredible vocal harmonies, and more importantly, with their dazzling sense of joy expressed through music. They've been compared to the psychedelic Flaming Lips as well as the folksy 60's of the Mamas and the Papas; both comparisons are apt. More joyous than an afternoon spent with good friends and free Jack Daniels!

Margot and the Nuclear So-And-Sos/The Rakes
Margo and the Nuclear So-and-Sos at SXSW 2006OK, I cheated to sneak an extra band into the Top 10 list. But you have to hear about them both, and both have new US releases on V2-affliated labels, so I thought it only fair to munge them. Margo and the Nuclear So-and-Sos — I agree, that name is tedious at best — were a complete surprise, a dense wall of delicious sounds emanating from no less than eight people onstage: two percussionists, trumpet, cello, two vocalists, and all the rock standards. Their debut release drops end of March, and the hype machine has aleady whirled into motion, so expect to know their name soon (even if you can't quite remember all of it). As for The Rakes, I saw them headline two showcases, at the UK show case at Flamingo and the V2 showcase at the Blind Pig. Equal parts updated Blur-pop and JCrew's autumn pullover collection, these savvy Brit rockers got the floor moving with their exuberant performances, and frontman Alan Donohoe has the best angular, nerdy dance moves since Molly Ringwald in The Breakfast Club

Okkervil River
Okkervil River at SXSW 2006Will Sheff just might be the most atypically sexy performer alive. As frontman for Okkervil River, he brought to each song so much passion and angst and emotion, rolling over expansive melodies and closed-eye mic grinds, it nearly felt like each member of the crowd had been intimate with him by the end of the {screaming, sweaty, yet all-too-short} set. Musically, the band spins a unique blend of folk earnestness and indie-rock pathos with poignant lyrics, and Sheff's inimitable gravelly voice, which can murmur or howl with equal ferocity. This just might be what igLiz sees when she watches Conor Oberst. I barely made it into this show at the end of the final night (thank you, Heather Hydra!), but it easier was one of the most memorable and electrifying shows of the weekend.

Honorable Mentions (in alpha order):

  • The Black Angels {Jim Morrison meets Perry Farrell, if you can believe that.}
  • Camera Obscura {Lovely and precious as I ever imagined.}
  • Conner {Great new signee to local label Sonic Boom Recordings}
  • The Cops {Why is it so fun to see hometown bands play in Texas? I dunno, but it is!}
  • Morningwood {Audicious and crazy and maybe all the free Jack Daniels didn't hurt either},
  • The Pale Pacific {If I didn't already know of the splendor that is the Pale Pacific, this would have been *that* sxsw showcase… wandering into an under-attended showcase midday, not knowing what to expect… and being blown away. Knowing the Pale Pacific in no way dimished my joy at their too-short-but-oh-so-sweet set.}
  • The Pretenders {yes, OMG *The* Pretenders!!}
  • Schoolyard Heroes {If I'd caught more than just the last song, I'm sure they'd have made the top 10}
  • Smoosh {I can't believe how much more assured and talented they have become. And Asy announced that their next release in June would be on Barsuk Records (!!). The label declined comment, but smiled broadly when asked.}
  • Something for Rockets {Especially when USE's Noah jumped onstage like a sprite and joyously bounced alongside them}
  • Stars of Track and Field {Dreamy and swirly despite technical issues}
  • Sukpatch {They've mastered the synth driven, guitar pedaled, lo-fi psychedelic vocals line up in the vein of bands that they predate (specifically Grandaddy and The Postal Service). The intimate show was like a mid-evening siesta. The swirling keyboards with soothing guitar waves and whispery vocals rejuvenated the saucy crowd.}
  • Tullycraft {The Tullycraft-ers certainly made Seattle proud as they debuted four new songs to knock the knee high socks off pony-tailed girls across the globe. With their signature guitar hooky, harmonizing vocals and nimble lyrics, the set spanned the spectrum from cute to crack-up. They made the audience feel like they were having the Spring Break that popfest dreams are made of as the band members joked about their rockstar moves and rewarded the best dancing audience members with t-shirts. Surely, their set was the sprinkles on the cupcake of my SXSW experience. Thanks to Dan Machold for the amazing photos.}
  • Two Gallants {Oh how I love the Two Gallants' way of mixing Bright Eyes and the White Stripes into an authentic / original / religious experience.}

Totally Overrated (in alpha order):

The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster {blew their wad on the first song}, Battle {dull, uninspiring}, Sound Team {so forgettable I couldn't even remember their name}, Two Gallants {I know I'm gonna catch shit for that one, but perhaps my expectations were too high?}.

 

Other than the bands I had to miss because of double booking, I don't have any regrets. With 1,000+ bands to choose from and limited time, if I suspected something wasn't going to knock me off my feet, I headed next door. There was always something stellar 10 feet away, even if it was just a bathroom with no line.

Thank Yous:

SXSW 2006 would not have been the same without love, support, and cocktails from the following amazing people: BreEllen and April {you RULE, ladies!!!}, Marc at 1 Percent Promotions, Gabe, Cameron, Justin, and Greg {thank you, Cingular
!}, Lindsey at V2 {those wristbands ruled!}, Chris the cab driver, the free JANE photo booth, mimosas as the Driskill, DJ Phil and DJ Mike, Heather Hydra, Noah and the USE crew, Derby, Barbara, Scott P. {your list was life-saving, and your company, even better!}, Jason {happy birthday!} and Nabil, the Slender Means van ride, Tes, Jackie, Sarah Q., Paul Tao and the Aversion fellas {and the terrible Las Maritas service}, and the taco stand behind Emos {Seattle totally needs one of those!!}. Woot! Woot!!!

 

Thanks to everyone for the unbelievably good time. I'm still detoxing from the fun! Too much fun gives you a swollen tongue and a head cold, right?