By Josh Terzino
So I’m sitting in the press suite right now, after realizing that my camera is just about out of juice and hoping to whatever it is I believe in that I can grab enough power out of this provided MacBook to last the rest of the night.
Our day started off really awesome. We headed over to The Jackelope, which is the most unsavory bar I’ve ever been inside. Chaperone was leading off the Reggie’s Showcase, and they were freaking awesome.
I don’t know if it’s the freedom of being outside the city you call home, or the streets being flooded with every kind of beer you can imagine for free, but there was something looser about the set today. Shaun Paul was screaming his head off, Miles went so crazy his guitar came unplugged and I had to grab it and hand it to him, and even Mark Sheridan was getting into things. Well, as much as Mark can.
Standing in the audience with us were members of Dastardly and Gina Bloom with her band The Congregation. Nice to see Chicago bands supporting one another, even if it means having to hang out at The Jackelope.
After that we headed over a block to do an interview with Australian quartet The Jezabels. They were minus one member for our chat, but the three that were with us were all very nice and they give a good interview.
Still kind of trying to get over the awesomeness that was Josh Ritter last night, and the fucking amazing show that Okkervil River put on in the afternoon. I looked at their website today and found out they’re touring for their new record with Titus Andronicus…and NOT stopping in Chicago!!!! I was livid. They’re playing Omaha, Minneapolis, Detroit, but not the music capital of the midwest?? I don’t know if I’ve ever been more disappointed in a band’s touring itinerary.
While the camera is charging I’m enjoying the air conditioning and free water, as well as the free MacBook I’m using. Free stuff is everywhere down here. We just hit a party that Shawn Fogel of The Golden Bloom and Neutral Uke Hotel was playing and we scored free hot sauce, some drink called iChill, and a stand for your iPhone or iPod touch.
Tonight we have some big ambitious plans, and we’ll see if they come to fruition. I’m a tad skeptical that we will accomplish everything we came down here for, but part of me thinks we will get through it. Gabe from Dastardly seems to think we will, so I’ll start looking through his rose-colored glasses.
Next door to the Jackelope Ezra Furman is playing a show that the Greenhornes are headlining. We might try to check it out since it’s right next to where we want to be. Hopefully my camera will be full by then.
Kari’s taken to shooting all our pictures in black and white. They look awesome, of course. We’ve got some really good ones. The venue Josh Ritter played last night really lent itself to being photographed.
We’re having an awesome time down here. The shuttle has been super convenient for the most part and the people here, even though there’s like a million of them, have all been really nice (except for the tech guy at the Jackalope who knocked Shaylah’s stuff on the ground and then was upset that it was in his way).
If I were to make one recommendation to anyone coming to SxSw, but not covering it for a website, would be to skip getting the wristband. It’s fairly worthless for the price that you pay. So far we’ve gone to two shows that would have cost us money if we didn’t have them. Otherwise there is so much free stuff going on that you could literally have an entire fest for free if you know someone to stay with.
Next year we will play it a bit smarter if we decide to return.