March 27, 2015

SXSW After party...Mad Tiger

To celebrate the end of ten days of constant SXSW parties, there are several Sunday after parties... The Chicken Ranch Records Mad Tiger Festival has evolved into a bit of a kids show. It was a nice sunny day in the park

mother falcon sxsw 2015 mad tiger

Mother Falcon sounded great, as always.

mother falcon sxsw 2015 mad tiger 

Peelander Z mad tiger 

Peelander Z was fun, but they had another show to run off to. They didn't perform many of our favorites, less stunts etc. (no ninja high school!?)

peelander z sxsw 2015 mad tiger 

We closed the weekend with a big sushi meal, and slept like logs...  

 

SXSW Saturday, final day 3-21-2015

whole foods sxsw with kids

Saturday was rainy... all rain, all day. We chose a VIP covered area party at the Whole Foods rooftop. Took the kids with us.  

whole foods sxsw 2015 kid friendly

whole food sxsw 2015 vip  

the national did not play sxsw  

vip area sxsw quantum collective whole foods sxsw 

With an entire Whole Foods at our disposal... we ate well, and drank a bottle of really good champagne.  When that bottle was done, our friend Darla would call down to the wine dept and have them ready another... this went on for a while. HEY! you got to beat those rainy day blues! 

x ambassadors whole foods sxsw 2015 

We saw several bands at Whole Foods, then we stepped over to Little Woodrow's. Ran into more friends and caught a show by Hey Marseilles

March 26, 2015

SXSW Music Thursday 3-19

That Lagunitas party was good fun... but we managed to get up and out Thursday Morning. A quick restorative lunch at La Condesa and we got in on the VIP list for the UNDER THE RADAR showcase at Flamingo Cantina.

 They'd already run out of all the free Kirin, but that might've been for the best. We had a great spot for the shows and we saw several, Jacco Gardner, SOAK, East India Youth, MEW, Of Montreal

(VIDEOS POSTED AT THE END OF THIS ENTRY) 

of montreal sxsw under the radar 2015 

Of Montreal above. We closed the evening with dinner, drinks and dancing at the W Hotel. 

dancing at the w austin  

disco gnome at the w hotel austin 

Bird Peterson and my Disco Gnome got the people on their feet, which is sort of amazing at this point because the dogs should be barking by now.  

And while all this was happening... let me tell you about Laura and Lyle... 

#helpmemeetlyle 

Our friend Laura has been coming to SXSW with the hopes to meet Lyle Lovett. She stepped up her game this year, made a T-shirt and set up a twitter account in the hopes of tracking him down. So, there we are, at the W. Then Mark casually mentions, "Weird, I just ran into Lyle Lovett over at the bar" (Mark had no idea Laura was actively seeking him). Then it happened, just like that, her goal was attained.  

laura ross and lyle lovett 

It's true, the man was just right there. He was patient and polite. She was happy, we were all happy. Such happiness. (full disclosure I snagged the previous two pics from Laura's FB)

dj at the w hotel austin 

CMoore and I used Uber to get home, but some guy claiming to be our driver (in a DUNE BUGGY) picked us up, drove us half way home before we realized he had no association with UBER! We had a brief dispute about cash and how much CMoore weighs, but we made it home. Dune Buggy SHOULD'VE tipped us off he wasn't with UBER....

 

SXSW Music Friday 3-20

We made it out of the house by Noon, got a quick lunch at the MPress Records party. Then another quick lunch at Canada House before making our way to Brooklyn Vegan SXSW party at Red7.

We did not let the rain stop us. 

rain at the brooklyn vegan sxsw party 2015 

side note, SXSW is not a good time to get together with a bunch of different people. I have my list of bands and places to go, and it just doesn't work well with a large group that has no plan, hasn't RSVP'd or wants to get lunch some place in the opposite direction. We left the house with a plan, and we stuck to it.

single mothers at sxsw brooklyn vegan 2015 

I was sure the Single Mothers were going to break themselves. This was old-school hardcore punk. Singer was already missing front teeth and the bass player was drooling all over himself as they threw themselves around... they had more energy than we did. We all soldiered on.

After Single Mothers, we saw The Pianos Become The Teeth, Mac McCaughan and Swervedriver. 

Mac McCaughan superchunk portastatic 

I have long been a fan of SUPERCHUNK and recently fell in love with Portastatic. The highlight of the show was Mac McCaughan  solo show. However, without drums, and in the rain to a half attentive crowd that was probably there to see swervedriver, Mac had an uphill battle. He was polite and smiled as he told us "THANK YOU FOR COMING, YOU GUYS ARE THE BEST!" Then he closed the set with Slack Motherfucker! It made my day.

 

After some more snacks at TRACE at the W Hotel, We made our way to the Stereogum Exploding in Sound Party at Hole In The Wall. The bands there were REALLY good, but the volume was too loud and distorted. I hate it when you can't understand the vocals. Baked was great, as was the other band that came on after them...

March 24, 2015

Fantastic Negrito, King Tuff at Lagunitas Brewing Party SXSW

I'll preface it this way, SXSW is not easy. It can be hard. Hard on relationships (friends, family, spouses and girlfriends and pets too), hard on the feet, hard on the ear drums, hard on the liver. But each SXSW morning, we muster the drive to get out there and do it again, because it will not wait for anybody. Lagunitas Brewing laid it out like this "Remember, it's a marathon, not a sprint". Then they poured more free beer than I've ever seen in my life.

They also had one of the best acts we saw, Fantastic Negrito (videos inserted at the bottom of this post)

fantastic negrito sxsw lagunitas 

fantastic negrito sxsw lagunitas 

fantastic negrito sxsw 2015 

fantastic negrito sxsw 2015 

lagunitas brewing sxsw container bar couch tripping 

Lagunitas entertained us between sets with all sorts of gymnastics, clowns, burlesque shows... (one of the tamer pictures offered here)

king tuff lagunitas sxsw 

king tuff- from Vermont

lagunitas brewing sxsw king tuff 

Dulce Vida Barreled 3 SXSW 2015

The Barreled party by Dulce Vida is always one of our favorites. It's easy and they treat us really well. It's sort of the party, before the Music portion of SXSW really kicks it up.

Dulce Vida provided food from the best food trucks Austin has to offer, a great assortment of cocktails and beer (twisted X) and great music. The highlight was Michael Martin Murphey playing Wildfire (video at the bottom of the page). 

michael martin murphey wildfire sxsw 2015 dulce vida barreled 3 

troy brown paul schuster shreveport 

We also played in the photo booth. 

troy brown shreveport 

somebody could've told me my shirt collar was all wonky.... 

barreled 3 

barreled 3 dulce vida organic tequila sxsw

  

March 16, 2015

SXSW Gamer Expo and Day Parties

We took the kids to the SXSW Gaming Expo again this year.

#1 son chose to spend all this time upstairs at the LANfest.

sxsw gaming expo LANfest 2015 

back to the future delorean sxsw gaming expo 

The EXPO floor was crowded with gamers, cosplay types, kids etc. Kat was excited to go Back to the Future with the time traveling Delorean.

We ducked out during the afternoons for SXSW day parties.  

jaguar bffin's lair sxsw 2015 hangar lounge 

Jaguar was buying all the cocktails on the rooftop deck of the Hangar Lounge, renamed Boffin's Lair for the day. They even craned a Jaguar up to the roof for us to look at.  

tripit lounge sxsw 2015 

Tripit Lounge provided a food buffet and cocktails in a Yoga studio.  

combatant gents sxsw 2015 

Combatant Gents had an open bar and menswear for us to consider at a SXSW Fashion event in the new JW Marriot.  

 

 

GE BBQ Research Party:

ge bbq research sxsw 2015 

GE gave us free BBQ and Beer while showcasing the science of BBQ 

stiles and switch sxsw bbq ge party 

Pit Master from Stiles Switch operating a regular (non high tech) smoker. 

ge bbq research sxsw party  

spun ice cream sxsw ge bbq liquid nitrogen 

Spun ice cream made with liquid nitrogen. 

 

Rdio party SXSW 2015

Open bar courtesy of Don Julio and Ketel One

don julio ketel one rdio sxsw 

 

Bop English (James Petralli of White Denim): 

bop english james petralli of white denim sxsw 

 

The Twilight Sad

twilight sad sxsw rdio austin

twilight sad rdio sxsw party   

(BIG) 

James (singer) had all sort of zombie like movements. 

james of twilight sad scottland sxsw  

 

San Fermin: 

san fermin sxsw 2015 

san fermin sxsw 2015 

san fermin sxsw 2015 rdio party austin 

san fermin sxsw 2015 rdio 

san fermin sxsw  

san fermin sxsw 2015 rdio 

san fermin sxsw 2015 rdio party 

(BIG) 

san fermin sxsw 2015 

san fermin sxsw 2015 rdio party 

Thanks Rdio! 

SXSW 2015 Quiet Company Rdio party

Quiet Company at the Rdio SXSW party:

quiet company sxsw 2015 rdio

(BIG) 

rdio party sxsw 2015 Quiet Company  

(BIG) 

quiet company band from austin texas sxsw 

taylor muse quiet company sxsw 2015 rdio 

(BIG) 

quiet company rdio party sxsw 2015 

taylor muse quiet company sxsw rdio 

rdio sxsw 2015 taylor muse quiet company 

quiet company from austin tx sxsw 2015 

matt parmenter tommy blank quiet company band sxsw 2015 austin 

taylor quiet company sxsw 2015 rdio 

(BIG) 

rdio party sxsw quiet company 

rdio party sxsw 2015 quiet company band taylor muse 

(BIG) 

quiet company sxsw 2015 rdio 

quiet company sxsw rdio 2015 

Quiet Company have a great catalog of their own songs, but it's always fun to find a classic cover in a live music show. Something that everybody can sing along with, complete with a call and response participation. Great show! 

 

March 12, 2015

Max- Where the Wild Things Are at the Eanes Fashion Show

They had a fashion show at Eanes. The kids were asked to dress as a book character. #2 son chose Max from Where the Wild Things Are

homemade max where the wild thing are costume fasion show eanes

The costume effort became a collaborative event. My Mother made "the hood" (hat with wolf ears and whiskers) while Kat made the wolf tail, gloves and buttons. I sourced materials (wolf fur) and provided moral support in the form of compliments and encouragement.  

max where the wild things are costume home made eanes fashion show 

He was happy with the results, "It's PERFECT!" he exclaimed. We were all pretty happy with how it came together.   

Then came his turn to walk the red carpet. He was quite energetic and managed some great poses.

I Love To Read Fashion show Eanes

HEY! What happened to the wolf hood (hat)? Somehow it was not on his head... just flopping down his back. 

Eanes I Love To Read Fashion Show Max costume 

Oh well, he was happy.  

eanes fashion show i love to read

Teachers and Principal also joined in on the I Love to Read Fashion Show 

big bad wolf eanes principal

I Love To Read Eanes Fashion Show 2015

 

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