Dana Falconberry wraps up her SXSW 2007 with a couple reviews of some puzzling music the the traditional Sunday softball game. Dana’s got a nice little midwest tour planned, here’s the dates:
Apr 10, 2007 – Oklahoma City, OK – The Conservatory – 8:00P
Apr 11, 2007 – Fayetteville, AR – The Delicious – 8:00P
Apr 12, 2007 – St. Louis, MO – The Lemp Arts Space – 8:00P
Apr 13, 2007 – Chicago, IL – TBA
Apr 14, 2007 – Chicago, IL – CAL’S Bar – 10:00P
Apr 15, 2007 – Columbia, MO – Ragtag – 8:30P
Apr 17, 2007 – Nashville, TN – TBA
Apr 18, 2007 – Memphis, TN – Java Cabana – 7:30P
Apr 19, 2007 – Conway, AR – University of Central Arkansas – 1:30P
Apr 19, 2007 – Little Rock, AR – White Water Tavern – 8:00P
Apr 21, 2007 – Dallas, TX – Secret Headquarters – 8:00P
“saturday left me with homework:
i played the Asthmatic Kitty party with Peter and the Wolf, and walked into a packed crowd just in time to see the end of The Shivers’ set. it was great, i’m a big fan and it was a treat to see them live. i bought their new cd, Phone Calls, and i’ve only listened to it fleetingly as i run around my apartment, but it sounds great so far!
Beauty – Shivers
i pushed myself through the st. patrick’s day crazies to see Marnie Stern at emo’s jr. later that night. she is insane. i’m a huge fan of dynamics, and i get bored easily unless a performer mixes noise with non-noise frequently. marnie was noise noise noise the whole time, but i stood there with a stupid look on my face, totally enthralled. watching her feels like walking in on your little sister singing and dancing into a full-length mirror in her bedroom. it is endlessly fascinating and raw, and even though you could never say if you actually thought it was good, you can’t stop watching. i couldn’t understand many lyrics, so i’ll have to check out a recording.
Every Single Line Means Something – Marnie Stern
after that, and a futile attempt to attend a party on the east side (the cops didn’t like the party), i headed down to spiro’s to see David Garza. i am totally confused. now, maybe i should have done my homework earlier, but i was basing my whole opinion of this guy on one song: My Homey Don’t Name Names, which i think is awesome. his set was completely different; he had a full band, and it was very up-beat, very rock. since then i have listened to snippets of recordings that range from latino, to rock, to more singer-songwriter. who is this guy? he lives in Austin and he’s been playing music forever, so i should know, i guess. more homework.
Ready To Fly – David Garza
there was a BBQ and softball game on sunday, where many of the hungover and exhausted sxsw-ers washed up. lots of people brought their kids, and it was great to see all of these people who have been walking around with their jaws clenched all weekend just relaxing. it’s easy to forget during sxsw that all the publicists and promoters and booking agents and managers and lead singers and drummers and reporters and crew members and critics invloved in the conference are, in fact, people. they have kids, they watch baseball, they eat potato salad. i ran into some new friends that i made this week and realized that the coolest thing about this whole conference is the fact that it brings so many people into the same city to play music. there’s industry bullshit to wade through, sure, but if you do it right, you can end up hearing and playing some great music, and making some wonderful friends that you’ll run into again on tours or at other conferences. yes indeed.
and now, back to work.
thanks for reading, guys. and thanks to craig.
see you all in chicago soon!
over and out,”