If there’s one thing we know you, the Matablog faithful, hate more than anything else, it’s hyperbole. And yet here we are in the middle of SXSW, where hyperbole is the norm that inevitably leads to mediocre band after mediocre band being lauded as “killing it,” “slaying,” or “destroying it,” usually with hashtags involved. Clearly, mere hyperbole is no longer enough to separate the proverbial men from the boys, and in that spirit: Chelsea Light Moving will be literally murdering the audience this afternoon as part of their 1:30PM CDT performance at Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop (400 Nueces St.), a performance which is free and open to the public and will also be broadcast live on KEXP (90.3FM in Seattle, and streaming on kexp.org).
Those of you at SXSW who are wondering why one would go to a show where the band is going to literally murder the audience should note that Chelsea Light Moving’s long-term plan is to literally turn Austin into a smoldering, bloody crater by the time they leave, so you’re pretty much screwed no matter what.
Chelsea Light Moving’s new self-titled album is, of course, available for purchase in many fine formats at our webstore. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I see a margarita with my name on it.
I hope you’ll excuse my weary tone — it’s not that I don’t look forward to South By Southwest or the plethora of free, unaffiliated events (especially those that take place in glorified jello-shot emporiums masquerading as music venues for one week out of the year). It’s just that I’m really pissed off someone told all of the bands below they’re staying at my place.
CHELSEA LIGHT MOVING
Tue 3/12 Austin TX Queue Day Party 3 pm Mohawk (w/ Delorean)
Wed 3/13 Austin TX Waterloo Records 12 pm (parking lot performance)
Wed 3/13 Austin TX Consequence of Sound 5 pm The Parish
Thu 3/14 Austin TX KEXP Session 12:30 pm Mellow Johnny’s
Thu 3/14 Austin TX Thrasher/Converse party 4 pm Scoot Inn
Fri 3/15 Austin TX Rolling Stone Party 2 pm La Zona Rosa
Fri 3/15 Austin TX Ground Control Touring, 12:15 am Mohawk* (w/ Trash Talk, Merchandise and more)
Tue 3/12 Austin TX Queue Day Party 4 pm Mohawk
Tue 3/12 Austin TX Fader Fort 8 pm Fader Fort
Thu 3/14 Austin TX Pitchfork Day Party 1:40 pm 1100 Warehouse
Thu 3/14 Austin TX Filter Party 11 pm Clive Bar*
Sat 3/16 Austin TX True Panther 1 am Mohawk* (with Majical Cloudz, Empress Of, XXYYXX , Silent Diane and more)
Thu 3/14 Austin TX Spin Party 4 pm Easy Tiger
Fri 3/15 Austin TX Urban Outfitters 2 pm Urban Outfitters Lot
Fri 3/15 Austin TX M For Montreal 9 pm Swan Dive
Sat 3/16 Austin TX True Panther Presents 9:30 pm Mohawk* (with Delorean, Empress Of, XXYYXX, Silent Diane and more)
Fri 3/15 Austin TX “Our Heart Aches For Syria” / Red Cross benefit 8 pm Long Center (w/ The Black Lips, White Lung and more)
Sat 3/16 Austin TX Ground Control Touring 2 pm Beerland (w/ Merchandise, Spider Bags and more)
(* – denotes an official SXSW event ; wristband or badge required for admission. There’s public admission if venues aren’t at capacity SOMETIMES, but we can’t guarantee it)
Notice how careful I was not to use the trademarked brand-name, S—- By S——–? That’s because the several of the events below require neither a badge nor a wristband to attend. We’ve helpfully pointed out the exceptions, however. As always, we’re thrilled to bits to taking part, even in the tiniest of ways, in this great annual rock biz circle jerk (that sometimes features former members of the Circle Jerks) and on behalf of my fellow Austin residents, I’d like to welcome you to America’s most self-satisfied Live Music Parking Lot Capitol.
This doesn’t mean, however, you can come over to my house.
Friday, March 16, Brooklyn Vegan / Power of the Riff / Thrasher / Converse “Death Match”, Scoot Inn, 1308 E. 4th St. , 2pm (free)
Saturday, March 17, Mess With Texas, outside stage, 1105 E. 5th St., 2:45pm (free)
Saturday, March 17, Flower Booking Presents at Red 7, 611 E. 7th St., 8pm*
THE YOUNG :
Monday, March 12, The Mohawk (inside stage), 10:20pm, (free)
Wednesday, March 14, Bar 96, 96 Rainey Street, 10pm* (with Screaming Females, Titus Andronicus)
Thursday, March 15, Mess With Texas, 1105 E. 5th St., 1pm (with The Men, Cults)
Thursday, March 15, Brooklyn Vegan Presents at Hotel Vegas, 1500 E. 6th St., 4pm (free)
Saturday, March 17, Red Eyed Fly, 715 Red River, 2pm (free) (with Bleached)
Saturday March 17, Pure Volume House at Roy’s, 340 E. 2nd St., 4:15pm (with Cymbals Eat Guitars) (free)
Thursday, March 15, Mess With Texas, 1100 E. 5th St., 3pm (free)
Thursday, March 15, High Road Booking Presents at Stubb’s, 801 Red River, 10pm*
Friday, March 16, Rhapsody Party, Club DeVille, 900 Red River 1:4pm (with Washed Out, Zola Jesus) (free)
Friday, March 16, Windish Agency Presents at ND Studios, 501 North IH-35, 8pm *
Saturday, March 17, Mess With Texas, 1105 E. 5th St., 4pm (free)
* – official SXSW event : badges and wristbands get first shot. Venue might elect to sell tickets if they’re not at capacity.
A number of Matador / True Panther Sounds artists will be playing multiple times in and around Austin during the week of March 12-17, including but not limited to Girls, Ceremony, Tanlines, and The Young. An exhaustive update of all the relevant shows is coming next week, but since The Young bothered to make their own poster for the occasion(s)*, they’re getting THE EARLY PUSH.
*- 3/14 Bar 96 w/ Titus Andronicus and Screaming Females, official SXSW event (badges/wristbands get first crack)
3/15 MWTX free show w/ The Men, RSVP here.
If, like most good folk, you keep up with the whats and whys of America’s favorite freeform radio station, WFMU, or if, like most of the music industry, you are in Austin for SXSW, you may have come across the glaring “Special Guest TBA” in the midnight slot of tonight’s WFMU’s SXSW showcase at Barbarella (611 Red River, right in the heart of the fabled 6th Street red light district). Meme-conscious readers may have noted the day of the showcase and assumed that the ever-resourceful WFMU had snared the first-ever live performance by tween sensation Rebecca Black, but if I do say so myself the actual truth is even better: tonight’s Special Guest at the WFMU showcase is Philadelphia’s own Kurt Vile, whose new album Smoke Ring For My Halo is still just as crazily good as we’ve been saying for a while now.
If you happen to be stuck in some cultural backwater that doesn’t even have its very own Stevie Ray Vaughan statue, fear not, because WFMU will be broadcasting the entire showcase, starting at 9:00PM EST/8:00PM CST, at 91.1FM and online at wfmu.org. Those of you who are familiar with time zones will be aware that that means Kurt is on at 1:00AM EST, which is technically Saturday, which kind of screws up the Rebecca Black reference from earlier in this post. What can I say.
(scenes from SXSW 2005 : Matador co-owner, Austin resident for all of 15 minutes politely instructs a motorist to “go the fuck back where you came from” before recognizing his dog’s veterinarian)
It’s that time of year, when the fair of city of Austin is besieged by thousands of aspiring musicians, label creeps, bloggers, tech pimps, cinema parasites and self-styled marketing reptiles, all of ‘em urinating in my front garden on their way to and from some dubious “showcase” or launch party designed to appeal to their MOST CRAVEN INSTINCTS. I watch all of this from my front porch, my air rifle sitting atop a cooler of Guyaki Yerba Matte, wondering exactly how much jail time I’d serve for shooting the bluetooth earpiece off the skull of a gentleman trying to negotiate a contract at the foot of my driveway.
At which point, I’m reminded that he’s actually a guest in my home and our conference call that I’ve been ignoring is already 10 minutes old. Where are my manners? Sure, Austin’s chock-a-block with SCHMUCKS ON THE MAKE this week, but who am I to point an accusatory finger at these lovely visitors when they provide this label with such a fabulous opportunity to hawk our wares? The following Matador artists are playing (too many times) in Austin this week. Shows marked * will require an SXSW badge or wristband for priority entry ; happily, such gigs are in the overwhelming minority compared to the open-to-the-great unwashed public events listed below. I look forward to seeing you around town this week, and thank you again for keeping Austin, TX’s property values well above the national average.
Esben and the Witch :
Tuesday, March 15, 10pm, M for Montreal Showcase, Spill, 212 E. 6th St. (SXSWi event)
Wednesday, March 16, 2:30pm Flavorpill / I Rock I Roll Day Party, Lipstick, 24, 606 E. 7th St. (RSVP)
Wednesday, March 16, 8pm, Windish Booking Showcase*, ND Studios, 501 N. Highway I-35 (5th St. and Brushy Avenue)
Thursday, March 17, 2:30pm, Pop Montreal Party, Beauty Bar, 617 E. 7th St.
Thursday, March 17, 6:45pm, FADER Fort, 1101 E. 5th St. (RSVP)
Friday, March 18, 3:15pm, Windish Agency Party, Emo’s Jr., 603 Red River
Friday, March 18, midnight, BBC/Huw Stephens Showcase *, Latitude 30, 215 San Jacinto
Saturday, March 19, 2:40pm, Mess With Texas, Eastside Drive, 1001 E. 6th St. (RSVP)
Saturday, March 19, 4:40pm, Dazed & Confused party, Flamingo Cantina, 515 E. 6th St.
Ted Leo (solo)
Wednesday, March 16, 10pm, Brooklyn Vegan Showcase*, The Swan Dive, 651 Red River,
Thursday, March 17, 5:30pm, Other Music/Dig For Fire present, French Legation, 802 San Marcos
Friday, March 18, 3pm, Flower Booking/Onion AV Club Party, Mohawk, 912 Red River
Saturday, March 19, 4:55pm, Mess With Texas, Eastside Drive, 1001 E. 6th St. (RSVP)
Thursday, March 17, 10pm Pitchfork presents *, Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E. 8th St.
Friday, March 18, Rhapsody Pary, Club Deville, 900 Red River (RSVP)
Kurt Vile & The Violators
Friday, March 18, Rhapsody Party, Club Deville, 900 Red River (RSVP)
Saturday, March 19, 3:30pm, Auditorium Shores, 950 W. Riverside Drive, free, all ages
Saturday, March 19, 6pm, Waterloo Records parking lot, 600 N. Lamar Blvd.
2 of the first documentaries ever made about music* are set to grace Austin’s silver screen later this month when Alamo Drafthouse teams up with End Of An Ear and Matador to bring you Watch Me Jumpstart and Slow Century — two films about esteemed Matador alums Guided By Voices and Pavement — as part of the Alamo’s Music Monday Series.
$2 gets you admission along with some killer food and drink specials.
And be sure to catch the bands when they come to the Casual Victi…. er…. Live Music Capital.
Guided By Voices
Thursday September 30 @ East Side Drive
w/ Times New Viking
Tuesday September 28 @ Stubb’s Waller Creek
w/ Woven Bones
This week is amounting to what passes for the Thor Harris Media Blitz, what with Shearwater’s multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire being photographed in Sunday’s New York Times (as part of the newly configured Swans lineup), as well as assisting bandmate Jonathan Meiburg in giving MTV Canada’s Sharlene Chiu a guided tour of Austin, TX. OK, The latter segment begins airing today, however you can watch a web version, just be advised the Shearwater segment doesn’t start until about 3 minutes and 56 seconds in, but if you wanna watch the members of Yeasayer eating lunch, well, there’s that, too!
Yesterday’s admittedly incomplete round up of recent activity from Casual Victim Pile alumni glaringly omitted the Austin quartet Love Collector. Not because I wish them DEAD or anything, but rather, since Dave and Robin fucked off to San Francisco for the summer, things have gone a bit quiet on the Love Collector front. As it turns out, however, I was woefully uninformed. Not only are Love Collector returning to the stage August 28 at Beerland (with The Golden Boys and John Schooley’s One Man Band), but director Amedo DiNardo has completed a video for ‘Casual Victim Pile”s “First 48″. Bottle Service‘s tambourine-playing dynamo Joe Ryan makes a cameo appearance, while Shawn and Rob reveal themselves to be track & field’s greatest revelations since Rosie Ruiz.
You know, not everyone in the music industry descends upon Austin for the SXSW Music Conference. Somebody’s got to hold the fort down. After all, these records ain’t gonna sell themselves. This is my minute-by-minute account of March 18, 2010.
9:30 am: I’m here 30 minutes early because I had to be up and at the DMV by 8 am. Wondering who in Austin is still up drinking from last night. Office is eerily quiet.
10:30 am: Still the only one here… I think.
11:18 am: Chase a dog around the office in an attempt to remove a mail order package from his mouth. Sorry J. Roger from Phoenix… let me know if your corners are bent.
11:43 am: IMing with my cousin about who it would be creepier to get hit on by (if we were girls): The Fonz or Alex P. Keaton.
12:12 pm: Make a list of fake band names. Entries include: The Shittybutts, Sweet Love, Mike Watt’s Sweaty Socks, The Super Falcons, The Burnin’ Blazin’ Mississippi Madmen (feat. Dennis DeYoung), Tugboat Crash, Doucheslayer, Cocks-A-Fire, Wicked Neptune.
12:32 pm: Get a call from Kris Chen who is either drunk or psyched. Or both.
12:35 pm: Mentally count all the people I know who are at SXSW.
12:42 pm: Get a phone call from mom to tell me that Red River is “off the fuckin’ hook.”
12:45-1:40 pm: Stared at a paperclip.
1:45 pm: Ride the elevator a couple of times.
2:00 pm: Download a program that makes my digital photos look like Polaroids. Psyched.
2:03 pm: Realize that 99% of the fun of Polaroids is waiting for the pictures to develop. Bummed.
2:12 pm: Debate telling coworkers about my plans to time-travel.
2:45 pm: Watch #2 seed Villanova squeak out an embarrassing overtime win over #15 seed Robert Morris. Almost call the university to demand a refund of my tuition.
2:50pm: Sit in Patrick’s chair. Try to sign a bunch of cover bands. No one buys it.
3:01pm: Check the Bro’d Trip twitter account to see if Adam is going on without me.
3:05: Decide to take my own Bro’d Trip… to the deli.
3:25-3:55 pm: I think I just took a nap.
4:05 pm: Think about taking up cigarettes again.
4:06 pm: Think about taking up grass again.
5:00 pm: Look up Facebook profiles of girls who dumped me in high school.
5:10 pm: Look up Facebook profiles of kids I beat up in high school.
5:30 pm: Use a Google application to determine the distance of my nightly jogging route. Feel great that it’s 1.2 miles. Immediately feel awful that I felt great over 1.2 miles.
6:15 pm: Count the emails I’ve received today: 16. New all-time low.
6:25 pm: Laugh out loud at email #17 from one of our SXSWers that simply reads “Fuck you.”