so after weeks of planning and organzing and rsvping, my sxsw was a little lackluster. i don't know if i mentioned this but my parasite isn't dead. it was only sleeping. this became apparent to me a few days before sxsw started. i tried to persevere but ultimately i knew that i really needed to take it easy most of the time so i could make it to the things that were really important to me (buddy and gomez). this is long but, trust me, you want to read it :) and i'm including one picture from each day. pictures are fun, right?
i woke up around 4:00am and could NOT go back to sleep. finally, around 5:00 i got out of bed and got dressed. i think we arrived at waterloo around 6:40 to get in line for the ifc crossroads ticket drop. yes, we waited in line for 3.5 hours for free tickets to see gomez and the decemberists. and i would do it again. i got to spend the morning with my friends, drinking mimosas on the sidewalk outside of waterloo. it was actually rather pleasant.
that was also my birthday. i had dinner at vivo with 20 or so friends and it was great! i felt very special that so many people came out to celebrate my birthday. and i scored some fabulous gifts as well!
i had to work until 6:30 and, let me tell you, it was the longest day of my life! right after work i showered and headed to dana's. i think we got to pangea around 8:30 but i can't be certain. doors were supposed to open at 10:00 but i don't think they opened until closer to 10:30. you see, the tickets we waited in line forever for said, "first come, first served" so we wanted to make sure we would get in. while waiting in line i got to see meghan!! she had flown in earlier that afternoon but we hadn't seen each other yet. reunited and it felt so good!
anyway, we finally got inside and headed straight for the open bar. btw, "open bar" to ifc means wells and domestic bottled beer. whatevs, it was free. we squeezed up front on the "tom side" and i was finally reminded why i love gomez so much. i guess after you don't see a band live for almost 2 years, it's hard to remember what it is that you see in them. but now i remember. they played a nice mix of old and new stuff and i really enjoyed myself!
to be honest, the decemberists set is a little hazy for me. oh well, you can't win them all. and i don't really have a good picture from this day. they're all scary.
we headed out to pick up our wristbands in the early afternoon. we stopped by rusty's spur and the radio room before deciding that we needed heavy metal pizza. after that it seemed like a good time to try to pick up our wristbands to the fader fort. we got sidetracked by "free margaritas" at a hair salon on 6th. fyi, they weren't margaritas but margarita flavored wine coolers. but they were still free. while i was "enjoying" my "margarita" my wristband snapped! i decided to deal with it later. once we got to the fort and saw the 45 minute line, i decided to skip it and go see blind pilot at the emo's annex. yay yay yay! i had hoped to see them a couple more times during the week but that didn't work out. but i still have april 7 to look forward to!
after blind pilot i made jason go with me to get my wristband replaced. then we met megz, bombus and lisa at guero's. and when asked what she would like to drink meghan exclaimed, "queso! oh but not to drink!" when we dropped meghan back off at her hotel i realized that my second wristband was starting to crack. ughhh.
i showered and got all ready to go out that night and then decided that i just couldn't do it. instead, i headed home to pick up posters from ato for gomez.
i went to get my third and final wristband. you all know the story about that so...moving on. josh and i hung gomez posters all over downtown. and it was hot hot hot. good lord! i wanted to hit the paste party that day but the line was crazy long and i was already starting to feel pretty icky. i napped/relaxed all afternoon. after i got myself together i headed down to meet meghan, jason, buddy and will for a drink at shakespeare's. after that, some of us went to see holly conlan at the parish. love love loved it! she's a member of the buddy band but she also has some really fantastic solo stuff. you guys should all check her out. i think she's so much more talented than most of the female artists you hear on the radio these days. her songwriting is superb!
after a quick stop at side bar i headed to stubb's for...gomez! i kept changing my mind about going to that show for a couple of reasons. 1)i thought it would be too crowded to get into because andrew bird and ben harper played after gomez and 2)no one else was going and i wasn't sure i wanted to go alone. but i am really, really glad i went! since i was alone it was pretty easy to squeeze down near the front. although, i guess i picked the wrong spot in the crowd because i was the only person dancing down there. boo! tom made a comment about everyone having gum on the bottoms of their shoes and maybe that's why they weren't dancing. later, i would discover that i actually did have gum on one of my shoes. haha!
we made a quick stop at the parish and saw meiko and one of greg laswell's songs (the song that i love!). then heavy metal pizza. again. don't judge me. jason and i stopped by the "backstage" area at the emo's annex to bug meghan then went to side bar. it was crowded and i was tired so i decided to call it a night.
woke up and piddled around until it was time to hike to la zona rosa. it took me about 30 minutes to walk there from casey and paul's house. oy. sarah and sarah were in town for the day and we all met up with amber, robin, and greg for the village voice party. vip for that party included "complimentary cocktails" which i figured would either be a couple of drink tickets or wells like the ifc party. i walked up to the vip bar and asked the bartender what the complimentary cocktails included and he said, "if you see it behind me, it's included." yikes. they also had free fajitas, chips and queso, beans, rice...all kinds of stuff! it was fanastic.
the gomez set was short but i had a great time singing and dancing with meghan. we stayed through m. ward's set but i wasn't really paying much attention to it. sorry! at one point josh decided to leave and jason left me to go look for meghan. so i was left alone sitting on a couch in the back bar of la zona rosa. in retaliation to being left alone, i threw jason's silly putty under a couch. haha like a 3 year old! we finally left la zona rosa and hiked (and i mean HIKED) to east cesar chavez. good lord, that was far. i definitely had blisters on my feet by the time i got back to the house.
after having such an eventful afternoon, i decided to lay low that night. josh and i went to amber's to hang out with everyone for a couple of hours. we left super early, like, 10:30 though. i was just so worn out!
buddy played at some mtvu party at the compound. it was pretty hot in the sun and the sound there was kind of awful. but, of course, i enjoyed myself immensely. a couple of days ago i read on the compound's myspace that they have, "the best stage and sound in town." uhhh, no. just no. that's absolutely 100% incorrect. i would dare to say that they have the worst sound of any venue i've been to in austin. it was terrible. everything was way too loud and there was wayyyy too much bass. i can't possibly imagine why they would think they have good sound.
i think we all know what happened to me after i left the compound so...
i had been confirmed plus one guest for the perez hilton party. my initial reaction was not to go but then i thought maybe i would go early (it started at 7), score the free shit, then leave. well after the ordeal with my car, it was already 6:45 and i hadn't showered so i knew i wasn't going to make it. it took me an extra long time to get motivated that evening but i finally got ready and went to get some heavy metal pizza. there, that's it. it was my last slice for who knows how long. i went to mohawk for a couple of hours for the mae shi and some other shit, then booked it over to the ale house (aka the shit alley) for buddy. the entrance is in the alley between 6th and 7th and trinity and san jacinto. barfy dumpsters galore! and the doors were open so the inside of the place smelled like shit too. but buddy was fab-fab-fabulous! i still don't understand why more people aren't in love with that band. aside from being tremendously talented, they are some of the kindest, sweetest people ever. what's not to love??
i had to work sunday morning so i was trying to make it an early night. i think i finally left the alley around 1:00 after buddy tried to convince me to call in sick the next day.