Ah, SXSW, time to wrap up all the kookiness. So here are a few last lists, a few last pics, though look out for a few scattered weather reports on interviewees in the not-so-distant future. Here's to the mammaries...
We get hearts; they get guitars - which breed of public art do you prefer? All photos by Kimberly Chun
Glad I caught: Psychedelic Horseshit's exhilarating, smart-ass Fall-isms; Gilberto Gil's sweet revelations; Pete Townshend's on-point reminiscences ("Isn't the Internet something of an option - we don't need to burn gas in order to be together, though we ultimately want to be together," the man who predicted the Net with Lifehouse said); the Stooges' blunt bludgeons, onstage and in conversation ("What passes for intelligence generally isn't," Iggy Pop said on getting slapped with a "dumb" sticker by Rolling Stone); Isaac Hayes in the smiling flesh at a Stax press conference; Jandek getting a standing O at Central Presbyterian Church; Load show with NOXAGT; Silver Daggers and "Monotract" show consisting of Monotract's Nancy Garcia, Thurston Moore, Burning Star Core's C. Spencer Yeh, and Magik Marker's Pete Nolan; Oxford Collapse; Oh No! Oh My!; Entrance; Slaraffenland; Rob Crow; Charlie Louvin; Panda Band; Foreign Islands; Jay Reatard; the Good, the Bad, and the Queen with top hat and strings at Stubb's; Nina Nastasia and Jim White; Vashti Bunyan live and with Gabrielle Drake at the "Nick Drake Remembered" panel; and JESU.
Blues dudes jam outside Victory Grill and a nearby Vice day party.
Sorry I missed: Mrs. B's house parties (including one with the Pack rapping atop booker Todd P's car), Pink Reason, Swishahouse showcase, Bonde do Role, My Brightest Diamond, Deerhunter, the Big Sleep, Galactic with Lyrics Born and Boots Riley, Yip-Yip, Strange Boys, Fuck by Fuck You, Horrors, the A-bones, Reigning Sound, Cody Chestnutt, the M's, Oohlas, the Ponderosa Stomp party, Miko Miko, Daniel Johnston and the Nightmares, David Garza, Clockcleaner, Gown, Michael Pitt's Pagoda, Broken West, Rosebuds, Cyann and Ben, Cortney Tidwell, Langhorne Slim, Finally Punk, Sammies, Golden Bear, Devin the Dude, the Presets, Kings of Leon, Turzi, David Karsten Daniels, Midnight Movies, Watson Twins, Malajube, Gods and Monsters, Plan B, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Swamp Dogg, Beats of Bourbon, the Saints, Andrew Bird, and Andrew WK.
Jay Reatard and co. bust up Longbranch Inn at a Vice Saves Texas shindig.
The Hylozoists send out good vibes.
Psychedelic Horseshit talks back. "This song is about Deerhunter and their samplers."
Oh, no, it's Iono, Norway's NOXAGT
Rusted Shut opens up the Load showcase.
Remembering This Moment in Black History.
Jesus, it's loud. It's JESU.
Vashti Bunyan kills us softly with her song at Central Presbyterian Church.
Here's what a capacity SXSW crowd looks like - peering in from outside the Beauty Bar Patio at Foreign Islands.
This is the end, my semi-naked friend.
By the way, anyone notice that the old-school girl-group sound is back (i.e., Amy Winehouse, the Pipettes, Mary Weiss)?