It's just over 48 hours until I leave for South By South West. I really can't believe how packed my calendar is. I have scoured Austin Tx, Showlist for all the non-sxsw parties, festivals and showcases that look cool. I have spent waaaay too much time on sxsw.com going through the band list, and I've also been poking around places like SXSW Baby! see what other intelligence I can gather.
This year's gonna be different.... This years gonna be different..... Say it with me "This years gonna be different." I'm going to have a plan when I set out each day. That will probably last until I hit 6th street and a cool day party beckons or my nose leads me to some Tamales or breakfast burritos. So as I forlornly stare at my quintuple booked thursday afternoon, here's a list of shows,parties, other happenings that I am leaning toward attending or are at least on my short-list.
Saturday the 8th:
Protest The Hero at Emo's. My favourite band in the whole world just happens to be in Austin the evening that I arrive. All I can say is my flight better be on time! Protest has cancelled this show and a couple of others. With the terrible weather headed my way I was doubting whether I'd get to Austin in time anyway.
Sunday the 9th: A Conversation with Helen Hunt. 3pm at the Convention Center
Tuesday the 11th: A Conversation with: Michael Eisner. 11:30am at the Convention Center A Conversation with: Billy Bob Thornton. 1pm at the Convention Center A Conversation with: Moby. 3pm at the Convention Center Billy Bob Thornton and the Boxmasters. 9:00pm at Antones. Cancer Bats. 11:45 at Red 7
Wednesday the 12th: Daryl Hall. 8pm SXSW Live at the Convention Center Laura Barret. 8pm at Habana Calle 6 Marianas Trench. 10pm at the Wave Rooftop Daniel Lanois. 11pm at Pangaea R.E.M. Midnight at Stubb's Johnette Napolitano. 1:00am 18th Floor at the Hilton Garden The Lemonheads. 1:00am Emo's Annex
Thursday the 13th:
Here's where it gets tough..... Christopher Rees 2:00pm at the New Music From Wales showcase at Latitude 30. Redeye Distribution Party. 12:00-6pm at the Dirty Dog. The Donnas play at 5:15 Vice/Scion Metal show 12:00-6:00pm at Stubb's with Motorhead. The A.V. Canvas Saddle Crafts Club 12:00-6:00pm at Emo's. With Tokyo Police Club, Constantines, Tapes and Tapes Planetary presents Skewer BBQ. 12:00-5:30pm at Maggie Mae's Billy Bragg. 3:00pm at the SESAC Day Stage. Body of War Showcase 7:00pm at Stubb's. Serj Tankian, Tom Morello, etc. Enter Shikari. 9:30pm at La Zona Rosa. MGMT 10:45 at the Rio My Morning Jacket. 11:00pm at the Austin Music Hall Billy Bragg. 1:00am Cedar Street Courtyard
Friday the 14th: Spin Magazine Party. Noon-6:00pm at Stubb's Care Bears on Fire. 1:00pm SESAC Day Stage City and Colour. 3:00pm The Pure Volume Ranch The Lemonheads. 5:00pm SESAC Day Stage Daniel Lanois. 8:00pm SXSW Live Crystal Castles. 8:45pm Emo's Foreign Born. 10:00pm Antone's Vampire Weekend 11:00pm Antone's She and Him Midnight at The Parish Paramore 12:45 at La Zona Rosa
Saturday the 16th: Care Bears on Fire. 9:00pm Lambert's Patio Matthew Good. 10:00pm Momo's Attack in Black. 11:00pm Momo's The Donnas. 11:15 Emo's City and Colour Midnight at Momo's Christopher Rees. Midnight the 18th Floor at the Hilton Garden Alex Skolnick Trio. 1:00am at the Ale House Tokyo Police Club. 1:00am at The Dirty Dog Bar NQ Arbuckle 1:00am the Velveeta Room Deana Carter 1:00am Opal Divine's Freehouse Sea Wolf 1:00am Buffalo Billiards
There you have it. A glimpse at only a fraction of what I have on my calendar during SXSW. Wish me luck, and I'll do the same for all of you attending.