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The Deli at SXSW: My Final Chapter - SXSW Do’s and Don’ts

I am happy to say that after a fairly massive delay in resplendent St. Paul, Minnesota and a drenched drive back to school, I have made it home. I am thoroughly exhausted. The trip was one for the ages, and I hope to recover in time to get back next year. I’d say it’s 40% at this point. Being a total SXSW n00b, I knew that I had some serious catching up to do. I wouldn’t say that I should be writing a travelers guide or anything, but after spending some of the most hectic and enthralling days of my life in Austin, TX, I thought that I might pass on some survival tips for those who think next year will be the year that they finally sack up and get down to the lone star. Here are some do’s and don’ts for ya!
Do: bring around some attention-attracting device for those snippy male/female bartenders who “can’t see you behind all those regularly sized men” or “can’t trade a tequila shot for a cigarette”.  In my case, I brought around a finger puppet of a tiger that worked wonders.
Do: buy two drinks at a time all the time. Whether booze are free or not, the lines get massive, and if you are actually there to see some music, then you reduce your line time and look totally awesome rocking out while double fisting. 
Do: see Free Energy! I can’t say enough about their live show, and they are overall congenial dudes that are all about having a good time, and damn good at it. Jorts strongly suggested.
Do: eat at Bestwurst. The name says it all, and it’s open all night, but don’t be impatient. Once the bars close down and the penises with crew cuts flood the street, the place gets wild.
Do: check out Emo’s. It is a sight to be seen with a stage in nearly all of its 6+ rooms, and you can play DJ by running back and forth between rooms with a sweet pair of Technics headphones over an ear.
Don’t: take taxis. Traffic stays at a standstill, and they are generally dick-ish. 
Don’t: hang out with little Indian girls who are acting like hyenas and pouring you drinks.
Don’t: wear shoelaces. I tripped over mine in front of a bouncer and was denied entry because I “was too drunk and smelled like a brothel”.  I tried to get back in line and was turned away despite my line of “needing to get in because Mayor Hawthorne is my brother and he needs me”.
Don’t: drink Lonestar. That shit tastes on the way down like it does on the way up, and you don’t look nearly as hip as when you’re bear clawing a PBR like the rest of the mustached folks. Plus, you can get Shiner Bock equally as cheap, and it makes Sam Adams taste like Natty Ice.
Don’t: worry about being “too weird”, but definitely trying to stick out is futile. I met so many furies, men with breast implants and fire eating ventriloquists that I thought I was tripping even for the short time that I wasn’t. 
Don’t: try and get into all the bars you have heard of. The lines are ridiculous. The beer is horribly overpriced, and the bands are often underwhelming. 
Don’t: leave Austin without eating some TexMex. It is a phenomenon that your stomach will thank you for. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same for your asshole.
Don’t: pull on the catheter. Shit sucks.
Be merry, be safe, be hungry, be grateful, be my friend. That is all.
(Photo by Joey F.)
- Adam G.



Power Animal Celebrate People Songs at Kung Fu Necktie March 25

I wrote a review about Power Animal’s Female Wrestler EP for our December CD of the Month 2009 pretty soon after I received the CD-R in the mail. Well, since then Power Animal has been picked-up by Waaga Records, an offshoot of indie label Lefse (Neon Indian, Tape Deck Mountain). You can download a Waaga compilation aptly titled Waaga Records Compilation from Pitchfork here. Tonight is Power Animal’s album release show for People Songs at Kung Fu Necktie, and they’ll be celebrating it with The Ruby Suns and Toro Y Moi. Check out Keith Hampson with his new live band. They are just amazingly awesome - definitely one of my faves in Philly! Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 8pm, $10, 21+ myspace.com/poweranimalpa - Q.D. Tran



DIY BUSHWICK FEST: Participating venues - Part 1

he 2010 DIY Bushwick Music Festival (March 24-27), brought to you by the Deli, Bushwick Music Studios and Arts in Bushwick, kicks off tomorrow night! It will feature some of the neighborhood’s best bands, DJs, and artists, and will take place in nine of the area’s best DIY spaces. In addition to Bushwick Music Studios, the venues include Brooklyn Fire Proof, House of Yes, Northeast Kingdom, Party Expo, Don Pedro, Eastern District, Goodbye Blue Monday, The Opera House Lofts, and Castle Braid. Below is a quick rundown of each space, and some of the featured bands playing at each. You can see the full schedule and a map here: http://www.diybushwick.com/index.html

Bushwick Music Studios - 55 Waterbury St., Brooklyn

[Renmimbi at Bushwick Music Studio]

Bushwick Music Studios is one of the neighborhood’s most active DIY spaces, boasting some of the best local bands and performers and featuring top-notch sound. The space has the atmosphere of a fun loft party, the equipment of a professional venue, and can be credited with truly helping to foster the music community in the vibrant East Williamsburg/Bushwick area. Run by Tito Fleetwood Ladd, BMS is also a resource for independent engineers looking for a large tracking space, or for those in need of a rehearsal and performance space. It also serves as a lighting, sound and video sales and rental facility. Check the BMS Facebook page for upcoming shows after the DIY fest—there’s always something mind-blowing going on.

Featured bands: Shinobi Ninja (in the picture), Eskalators, GunFight!, Anton Glamb, The Twees, Memberz Only

Brooklyn Fire Proof - 119 Ingraham St., Brooklyn

Tucked away in a dim-lit alleyway, Brooklyn Fire Proof East offers a cozy nest of exposed brick and character. From morning to night there is an atmosphere of creativity and flow from the surrounding artist community. There is a café which offers an extensive menu of delicious breakfast and lunch options as well as coffee and loose teas. At night there is a menu of small dinner plates and cheeses. Seasonal cocktails, specialty bottled beers, as well as draft beers and a unique list of liquors are offered. Nightly events such as Bingo and Animal Parties get the night started and our special guest DJ's keep the party going all night.

Featured bands: Aviation Orange (in the picture), Bern and the Brights, Datura, Lowry, Low Water, Otis Grove (MA)

House of Yes - 342 Maujer St., Brooklyn

House of Yes is hidden on the desolate end of Maujer Street near Morgan Avenue. Since opening in 2009, it has hosted everything from theatrical circus productions and performance-infused dance parties to dinner theatres and music showcases. The House of Yes is also home to Make Fun fabric studio and costume shop (makefunstudio.com) as well as Skybox Aerial Space (www.theskybox.org) where you can learn trapeze, silks, poll dancing and other impressive circus arts..

Featured bands: Not Blood, Paint; Tayisha Busay (in the picture); Consider the Source; David E. Beats

(image by leoxby.com)


Reckless Sons, The Auctioneers, Wyldelife live at The Studio, 03.25

After jet setting in and out of New York for writing and recording sessions, Reckless Sons have re-surfaced on the live scene with new material and a replenished swagger. Branded by Matt Butler’s distinctively gritty vocals and incandescent lyrics, that are complemented by unhinged guitars and a stomping rhythm section, Reckless Sons will rile up The Studio at Webster Hall on March 25, with their unbridled energy, rebellious attitude, rousing stage presence, and some surprises. These New York rockers have teamed up with fellow scenesters, The Auctioneers, Wyldelife, The Shooting Gallery, and Flight from LA for a highly anticipated show. Presented by renowned menswear designer, John Varvatos, who recently dressed Reckless Sons for a full-page ad in SPIN Magazine, this “NYC Line-Up" is guaranteed to be one of the better looking and better sounding events happening around town. The show is 19+, and doors open at 6:30 P.M. www.recklesssons.com -Meijin Bruttomesso


Via Audio release new CD + play Le Poisson Rouge on 04.17

Via Audio's new CD Animalore - released in early March - gives us a fresh new sound, inspired to the glorious Motown years, but also reminiscent of some of the more elegant pop of the early 90s' - for example, we hear some Prefab Sprout influences in the bands' sophisticated jazzy melodies and arrangements. Jazz as a matter of fact seems to be the main new ingredient, bringing the band's sound closer to orchestral pop artists like Claire and The Reason and My Brightest Diamond, with whom they also share high production values on record. Unlike these artists though, the upbeat pop element is still Via Audio's trademark - check out the dancey track "Babies" (streaming under this review) and other tunes on their Myspace page. Currently on tour, the Brooklyn quartet will be back live in NYC at Le Poisson Rouge on 04.17 - a venue particularly appropriate for their new sound.



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