Once again, I went to Austin for South By Southwest, nowadays abbreviated to SXSW, or “south by”. I had a blast. There are far too many bands to see. Here is my schedule for Thursday:

I managed to see two of the bands on the list.

The madness of 6th street – this is where most of the bands play. It gets crazier and more crowded as the days wear on. Thousands of people, most of them drunk, jostling to get into overcrowded clubs. The music blasts out from windows and doors. Lines form in front of clubs sometimes hours before the popular band plays. If there’s a buzz about a band, it’s easy to miss several other bands on your list just waiting in line to get in.


The Wrens!!!

Jimmy Webb & sons:


The clubs:






Some have unfortunate names:


Some Austin architecture:



Hey, cupcake, it’s time to eat!

Mmmmm, sweet cream.

The best ever death metal pizza in Texas.

Howzabout a chicken cone?

Yeah, I don’t know what that is either.

Every city has one:

South Congress!

Sixth Street! We love it!

My sweet ride:

Momma need a new pair of boots

You can sell anything in Austin.

Two of my lovely hosts:

Sapo, the #1 Can Man in Austin.

Until next year…..


21 responses to “South-By.”

  1. J-Man says:

    (Sorry about the late post – I thought I had this all set to post this morning but I must’ve done something wrong…)

  2. Weird: somehow I had gotten in my head that SXSW was a film festival in Austin. Guess not — looks like a lot of fun.

  3. J-Man says:

    It does have a film festival that happens a week prior to the music fest. There’s also an interactive component.

  4. Dave says:

    Chicken cone sounds kinda good, actually. Maybe this is the mysterious “chicken and waffle” intersection.

  5. lane says:

    love that longhorn bike.

    f. fawcett . . . that reminds me of that car you once had. didn’t it have longhorns on it?

  6. Scotty says:

    Jeremy and I raised a glass last night to this, the last installment of Westcoast Wednesdays. Thanks for bringing it home J-Man.

  7. What exactly is Death Metal Pizza? How is it different from normal pizza?

  8. Scotty says:

    I used to work at a punk rock bagel shop in Clifton NJ. The most punk rock part about it was that we are all effed up out of our minds when we showed up for work at 3AM.

  9. Natasha says:

    I like the little graffiti dude. Is it a rug underneath your bike?!

  10. Marleyfan says:

    Nice post, loved the photo’s

  11. LP says:

    J-Man, this post makes me feel like I was there. Thanks, I needed the mini-vacation!

  12. LP says:

    And Jeremy, congrats on surviving 3 years as West Coast editor. You may now begin collecting your pension, which unfortunately has been kept in stocks, so technically you must begin paying TGW until the market rises again.

  13. Jeremy says:

    Oh man. That looks like sooo much fun, Jen. Thanks for the awesome photos. I gotta get out there one of these years…

    (Btw, I’m wondering when swells is gonna chime in about the avocado cone…)

    (Also, yeah. Bye-bye, West Coast Wednesdays… )

  14. J-Man says:

    Yay Jeremy!!! Let’s have a West-coast Wednesdays night out in celebration of Jeremy’s 3 years of hard work. Does he get a gold watch or something?

  15. J-Man says:

    Yes, that is a rug underneath my bike. Wontcha take me down, to funky town?

  16. I got a message in my email today from a friend, saying his local paper had done a story on collecting edible mushrooms in the area; the headline was, “Won’t you take me to fungi town”.

  17. Rachel says:

    Love the photos, J-Man. And I can’t believe you got to see the WRENS! Was it like seeing a comet? The type that only comes around every jillion years?

  18. J-Man says:

    The Wrens were AWEsome, and I mean AWE-SOME! OMG. It was like seeing a comet. In fact, I had to enter a black hole first – the club was this tiny little underground cave that usually plays techno music. The stage wasn’t really great for seeing bands but we all made do and crammed down into this place. It was after 1 a.m. and I almost got too claustrophobic to stay, but I stuck it out. I’m a little ashamed to admit that I didn’t really know what they sounded like before I saw them, but Tim was excited that they were playing so I took his unspoken advice. They really rocked out – I mean, the lead guy just wailed on vocals, piano, bass – jumped around, sent his bass out into the audience, sweated, spazzed out… I haven’t seen a show that great in a long time. They’re supposed to be coming out with a new album soon as well.

  19. lane says:

    dave hickey once said that ausitn used to announce the pollen count of marijauna in the daily agriculture reports.

    they don’t do that anymore do they?

  20. Stella says:

    You SXSW, me watching American Idol. Something very wrong.

  21. Jane says:

    I loved the hand-written schedule.