send an rsvp email to BigG@euphoriafest.com if youre interested….a guy told me at the big gigantic show last night that it only applies for 24 hours after that show, something like that…..so you only have a few more hours? think it’s $60 otherwise. welder, zoogma, archnemesis, etc.
instrumental hip-hop that essentially sheds its own label, functioning more as downtempo sunday morning hangover music. the muffled trombone blends gently with guitar, piano, and periodic organ chords, while a handclap flam punctuates the beat at the end of every other bar. this wholecloudsalbum is really mellow stuff, definitely worthy of multiple listens through, and rarely commands any kind of lyricist or singer to elevate it past the current product. ‘heirloom' isn't even particularly a standout track or anything, just a short beat directly in the middle of the album, but epitomizes the mood presented by the rest of the material. a few tracks remind me of the seminal record beat journey by dr. who dat?/jneiro jarel, and you can hear dilla and pete rock variously represented within this album as well.
two fresh - bright lit recoated (remix of ariel pink’s haunted graffiti)
i’m finding that this song reminds me of sxsw more than most any other. at the time when i saw them perform it, it seemed like an unmistakably familiar tune, something i’d heard on radios at grocery stores, shopping malls, dentist’s offices, etc. it was only after a bit of research that i realized ‘bright lit blue skies' is actually a recent ariel pink song, a mid-tempo surf rock sort of jam.
i have a video of the trio performing this track, from sometime around 3am this past saturday, which i’ll post soon. the repossessed vocals take me back to oldies music, while the abrasive chops provided by twin brothers kendrick and sherwyn nichols (aka kendo & shweez) transport me to the jamtronica realm envisioned by their labelmates on 1320 records. colby buckler accompanies them on drum set, and brings a mesmerizing element to the live show, expressed here in the form of punchy rhythms and occasionally escalating to some truly rapid-fire cymbal work. the closest reference to their style would be big gigantic, who utilize a tenor sax and a sampler pad instead of two performers on hardware, and are also thrilling to see up close. the group is originally from asheville, nc, but recently relocated to colorado, and are currently over on the west coast, closing up an extensive tour that’s lasted a month and a half and spanned almost all of north america.
a dusty compilation of hip-hop, jazz, and distant psychedelia, presented by one of the original masters of glitch-hop, guillermo scott herren, aka prefuse 73. his appreciation for the intricacies of classical music makes him an ideal candidate to put such a sprawling mix together; from the startling eccentricity of the art ensemble of chicago to the reassuring tunes of de la soul, prefuse takes you on a deep journey here but is certain to keep things from getting too musically foreign. s/o to ladnva for scoping this out.
I think I’ve probably posted this to tumblr before, or maybe a small youtube clip? No matter, I’m in the mood for it so it’s back again. Favourite part kicks in around the 18 minute mark. Can’t wait to see this performed live later this year (Barbican again).
lars horntveth - kaleidoscopic
i don’t recall if i’ve already posted this before either. it’s a lengthy piece of so called ‘classical’ music composed by one of the founding members of jaga jazzist, and performed by the latvian symphony orchestra. i consider it one of the loveliest pieces of music written of the last few decades at the least, and if i remember correctly, that 18-minute section is one of my favorites as well. if you can get into orchestral film scores, this piece is certainly worth an investment of your curiosity, and if you’re especially impatient, set the scroll bar a bit past halfway through, and go from there. this hopefully gives some insight into why jaga jazzist are my favorite band; with geniuses like lars involved with the project, it’s no surprise that the group’s songwriting and musicianship are at a level rarely surpassed in contemporary music. ideal with a pair of headphones on to catch all the nuances, ‘kaleidoscopic' is akin to seeing something in an entirely new light, and placidly contemplating this enlightened perspective.
yesterday was an appropriate end to an amazing week, and one of the best days i’ve ever had as far as live music goes. woke up in the morning without a voice, oh well. made it downtown around 3 and caught jonti’s last tune at an aussie bbq party (he’s been closing out shows this week with the ukelele track ‘saturday night songs’), and then saw u.s. royalty, deerhoof (mostly listened from outside because of a long line, but made it in for the last few songs), and of montreal (mostly listened from outside because of a long line, but made it in for the last few songs). hung out in plush for a little while and ate a ganja caramel during some dnb dj’s set, and then got to that warp/brainfeeder showcase as early as possible, a few minutes after 8. that show was probably the best i saw all week, with devastatingly good acts for literally 7 1/2 hours. my homies ryat and jeremiah jae were the first two up, both showcasing the abstract approaches to electronica that earned them spots on brainfeeder’s roster. ryat sounds like a collaboration between bjork and thom yorke, with innumerable layers of syncopated production topped by enchanting vocals. jeremiah jae, who only recently relocated to los angeles after a lifetime in chicago, sounds like he’s been a fundamental of the elite electronic collective from the start, combining spacey instrumentals with jazz, funk, and rock concepts, and occasionally rapping on top of it all. they were followed by the first warp artist of the night, starkey, whose take on dubstep feels like a giant picking up an iceberg and smashing you with it. THUNDERCAT went on at eleven and performed one of the five best shows i’ve ever seen, and solidified himself as it when it comes to the bass guitar. his band featured a five-string bass player, an old analog korg, drumset, and the man himself on a six-string bass. i left the show with the understanding that he’s the savior of modern music. daedelus came on next, and somehow kept the energy level in the impossibly high place it’d been, performing a much more varied set than on tuesday to an ecstatic response. time after time people would look at each other in awe when he’d get to a drop…..unspeakably filthy, grimy, disgusting, overwhelmingly fucking rancid beats, quenching everyone’s insatiable appetite for hard-hitting tracks from all sorts of genres. he opened up with a version of ‘something bells,’ and eventually got to his cover of ‘kc accidental' by broken social scene, a tune i posted a year or two ago from his show in tallahassee. after alfred darlington was finished demolishing people's sensibilities, it was time for the world premiere of TNGHT, which was a first-time collaborative effort of the minds of hudson mohawke and lunice. i didn't feel like it lived up to the duo's melodic potential, but in every other sense, it was a pretty massive success. definitely on the ghetto side, like shlohmo the day before, but more effectively conveyed and unconventional. lunice was expectedly going wild on stage. at 2:30, two fresh came on and absolutely delivered, with beats + live drum grooves that actually were astonishingly fresh, thoroughly capturing the crowd's attention and maintaining the energy level even as the party raged into definite after-hours territory, once people were no longer allowed to buy drinks. i made it over to the hype hotel (the only place i've ever experienced in texas where you can drink until whenever) for four quick drinks and a performance by the knocks, who were alright. the people at that venue had no idea what they'd been missing. i biked home and then back out to the enchanted forest around 5am for the silent disco, which i'd bought tickets for in advance (which basically wound up costing me 15 extra bucks). this was the only event that i paid money for yesterday. eliot lipp was playing a surprise set when i got there, making it the third time this week that i've seen him, and i smoked with the twins from two fresh while listening to his beats on the green channel. austin native dj happyhappy james closed out the event with a combination of dubstep and balkan beats, and some repossessed oldies, and i went home sometime after 7 once it was already light out. saw thundercat earlier today while biking around downtown, walking around in his poncho. thanked him for his set the night before. forgot to mention the savior of music thing though.
i literally spent exactly $20 yesterday, and i’m honestly surprised it wound up being that much. other than the silent disco, ALL THOSE SHOWS WERE FREE.
this week was exactly why i moved here. so much incredible music, and so many beautiful people. exchanging hugs with total strangers in the streets. befriending some brainfeeder cats and experiencing them recognizing me at shows before i even recognized them, such a great feeling. in this one week alone, i’ve had conversations with eliot lipp, thundercat, jonti, ryat, jeremiah jae, two fresh, daedelus, and probably a bunch more that i’m forgetting. pretty surreal, and it’s hard to imagine that it’s technically over now, but all one can do is maintain that mindset and enthusiasm in the real world, just like returning home from camping festivals….make your own experience. thanks sxsw.
dreamy new tokimonsta track doesn’t disappoint. i was expecting to see her toight at the SERIOUSLY-GONNA-GET-FUCKING-RIDICULOUS warp showcase @ empire auto/club 606 tonight, by 7th and red river, but i just found out that she’s sick (so sick) and cancelled her set. but then 45 seconds later i found out that THUNDERCAT is replacing her on the bill. insane. that show is also going to feature sets by daedelus, starkey, jeremiah jae, ryat, !!!, and the debut of TNGHT, which will fuse the combined powers of hudson mohawke and lunice.
otherwise today, i’m deciding between…..beat connection, theophilus london, hard proof afrobeat, run dmt, quantic, of montreal, oberhofer, star slinger, deerhoof, war on drugs, gardens & villa, beach fossils, and potentially the shins if i can get into this one show without a twitter account. also, free beer err’whurr, so that might factor into these decisions as well.
oh and silent disco in the enchanted forest tonight. woop.
spent some time at a show outside of musicmakers (music store) early on, where i had free pizza and beer and caught a fantastic band from north carolina called pressed and, watched florida state win in the ncaa tournament and drank a bunch of free lagunitas beer, skipped star slinger, decided to skip gary clark jr. (tough call) and instead saw my old friends sleepy sun play a set, drank some free wine, hung out with them, and then eventually wound up making it over to a full dan deacon set on the east side, one of the most unique concert experiences i’ve had. lots of running around, high-fiving strangers, ecstatic dancing, a great mix of political and hilarious banter, and a whole bunch of quasi-synchronized dancing set to overwhelming electronic madness. later on as the sun set i went over to plush and smoked there while watching ohio beat michigan in the tournament, ate some brats wrapped in tortillas with queso and bought one for a guy i met earlier at dan deacon, and then paid $15 to get access to both the indoor and the outdoor stages at barbarella for their wax poetics showcase. made it towards the end of kooley high’s set, hung out with ryat (what a fucking darling….i think her name was christina?) and also jeremiah jae from brainfeeder for a while, had really good conversations with both them individually and then eventually smoked the end of the joint that JJ brought to the show until getting caught by some indignant bearded guy (some stranger came up to me a minute later and told me he buys drugs from the guy), watched lorn play an ideal set indoors (wish i remembered it better, it was fantastic but sort of understated), hopped back outside during oddisee’s set and got kicked out by the same bearded guy for smoking a one-hitter, watched the rest of his and jonti’s sets from outside the fence, wandered 20 feet down the alley and unexpectedly caught the last 15 minutes of thundercat’s set at beauty bar (and danced along with around 30 people in the alley who were also blown away by his music), gave t-cat his due props a few minutes after the show when he was hanging out in the alley in his sweet mexican poncho, biked over to the hype hotel again and saw neon indian and caveman and had plenty of free drinks and a free taco bell taco (?????), and then went home around 3:45 when everyone realized that star slinger was a no-show for the last set of the night. i need to look up caveman’s music, they were pretty excellent.
apparently star slinger not performing wasn’t his fault. more details and such here on his twitter. i guess cavemen performed into his time slot, and there wasn’t a stage manager anywhere for him to talk to/work with or whatever.
spent a few hours doing bike stuff, made $300+ from three brooklynites and had a quality breakfast (tacos + beer), headed downtown barely missed SBTRKT, couldn’t get into el-p, barely missed dan deacon, barely missed lunice, barely missed a shuttle going to a party in east austin on a farm, and then finally gradually got things turned around a bit before sunset — picked up some free food and an amazing organic lemonade + maple syrup drink, got free entry into barcelona for shigeto (two days in a row) and robot koch, stopped by the house for a bit and then came back and listened to mux mool from outside, and then around midnight, made my way back over to the hype hotel, where i spent around four hours last night. vip status over there has turned out to be pretty damn clutch. tonight i saw reggae legend jimmy cliff, a slightly confusing band named kindness (who were intriguing but didn’t really seem to know who they wanted to be), and shlohmo. he was on some serious hood shit tonight, lots of mainstream rap remixed not-really-all-that-ironically, but played a few tracks i was into early on. also, naturally, had more free sweet tea + tito’s than i care to count right now, and free taco bell (?????)
i seriously just typed up a longass thing, and it’s gone now, for no good reason, cool. at least i’m not falling asleep at the computer like i was last night, post-daedelus massacre. a bunch of amusing typos to fix in the morning, haha. today i woke up and did some bike rental stuff, met some people from new orleans, and checked out rubblebucket from outside a venue (realized hours later that i’d already rsvp’ed for it) after all that was an amazing showcase at 718 loft, featuring computer jay, jonti, shigeto, and plenty more, hosted by some people who were offering delicious mexican tequila and homestyle organic margarita juice. there was a room set up by the geniuses at critter & guitari that allowed everyone to play around with some spellbinding analog synths and various homemade technologies. their ‘pocket pianos’ were incredible and i might barter one tomorrow in exchange for some bike rentals. daedelus and peanut butter wolf were hanging around the venue all day, surely inspired by the daunting surplus of talent just like the rest of us. i also met sjam and yori from the dutch electronic duo nobody beats the drum, and we shared in some mutual enthusiasm over my having seen them play a silent disco set at camp bisco in 2010. i’ve met so many random and fascinating people here this week, it’s totally exhilarating.
then i went home for a bit, picked up some vip passes, and biked over to the hype hotel (the hypem showcase) and caught miike snow, madeon, and machinedrum vs salva. show ended at four, and free drinks there too…..added up, i had somewhere between 10-15 free drinks today, and literally the only thing i paid for all day were some tips for the bartenders. woof. sxsw music is just beginning, hang on to your hats.
boat party was out of control and absolutely unforgettable (check out ryat’s music, she’s a brainfeeder artist and is totally on top of her shit), listened to 4 or 5 miniature tigers songs from outside a venue (wristbands and badges only….but how many of those chumps in there knew all the words to ‘bullfighter jacket,’ huh? then i went and saw kyle rapps and daedelus at the bandpage hq venue at club 606…..daedelus mostly played a set of house music, albeit an intelligent and flexible one, along with some drum n bass and dubstep. there wasn’t too much of his occasionally ambient studio stuff, with bass clarinets and strings, but with a practically unparalleled sound system and extremely intricate visuals backing him up, i wasn’t too surprised.
….and that’s pretty much all i need to say about that. UFHBP79UH3BN3NUOF.
last night’s show was pretty spectacular — eliot lipp is an absolute monster, switching genres with uncommon expertise, robot koch threw down some devastatingly heavy 16-bit beats, lo-phi won the producer invitational and displayed more versatility than houston’s beat scene is typically known for, and the big surprise of the night….b. bravo & starship connection were INSANE. an arsenal of keyboards, samplers, and live bass, with electronic drums and masterful use of the a dual talkbox setup. they were dreadfully funky, presented some detailed and complex tracks that developed impressively over long periods of time, and utilized an engaging combination of organic and artificial bass tones. real futuristic project, sort of like pnuma trio without the drum n bass-inclined drum set in the mix, and a group whose ep i’m now eagerly anticipating. i’ll post some videos soon.
and bike rentals are going pretty damn well too. so much energy downtown right now, and i’m thrilled that it’s only tuesday.