6. If you are hungry, you can always find a soft taco.
Lots of wristbands makes you cool.
8. Japan Nite kicks ass—but it’s full of Asia-philes.
9. Get there early if you want the free stuff. (Side note: the Aussie BBQ had the best veggie burgers ever.)
10. Live music is awesome!!!
My favorite new bands from SXSW (not all of which I saw, but have since started listening to):
Deer Tick, Phosphorescent, Two Gallants, She & Him, Holy Conlan, Apache Beat,
Yeasayer, Bon Iver, Fanfarlo, Noah & The Whale, Sons & Daughters, A Weather,
Back Ted n Ted, Kaki King, Man Man, Laura marling, Georgie James, The Dodos
If you didn’t already know, I’m obsessed with music. Uhb-sessed. Maybe I’m kind of A.D.D. because when I’m at a party, or even at home, and the CD ends, I start twitching until a new album gets put on. So, that’s my intro. Here are some of the artists I’ve been fixating on lately:
Band of Horses . I resisted their new album for a long time, and I don’t even know why. But it’s really good twangy indie rock. I can’t stop listening to it!
Born Ruffians. They’re a bit scruffy but adorable, and the songs are fun indie pop. Check out the Hummingbirds video, it’s really cute:
Ambulance Ltd. I’m not even sure how I came across them. Andy is always bringing home new music that we’ve never heard of. They’re sort of indie/shoegaze and very laid back. Ophelia is my favorite track off LP, if you want to check it out!
Vampire Weekend. They’re going to be on SNL this weekend, which I don’t see as a good thing. I’m one of those people who sometimes likes to keep bands all to myself without them becoming superstars… but VW will no doubt be huge, as predicted by this StereoGum.com quote: “This is, in fact, what the not-so-distant future possibly maybe holds:
In late 2008, after Vampire Weekend has guested on Saturday Night Live, sold out the Theater at Madison Square Garden for nine consecutive nights, and licensed songs for commercials for every product in Apple’s lineup, Zach Braff discovers a hip, new underground band called “Vampire Weekend.” He adds them to the soundtrack for his new movie, a coming-of-age story about Zach Braff sleeping with whichever currently popular 22-year-old actress is the hottest. He explains in the CD’s liner notes: ‘Their songs sound like Graceland by Paul Simon, another artist with which I am newly familiar.’”