Postcards From SXSW – Alela Diane and friends (Hella, Vashti Bunyan, Mariee Sioux, Matt Bauer, and Chromio)

Alela Diane tries to keep us informed of all the craziness at SXSW.The Rifle [Download]
– Alela Diane

“Tated Lace” video on KPSU

“Crazy times here at SXSW. Here are some tidbits of my journey thus far:

Been performing all over. Thursday I recorded a little podcast bit for the friendly dudes at Day Trotter, then straight to the Peacock Lounge for a Gorrilla vs. Bear day party with free Newcastle. During my afternoon wanders, I came across my home town friends in Hella, and we got some free ice cream.

The Ungrateful Dead [Download]
– Hella

It is the time of serious free everything…. In the evening, my dad, and good friend Mariee Sioux backed me up at The Leafy Green Showcase. The night was finished off when Mariee and I went over to The Presbeterian Chuch and cried our little eye balls out while Vashti Bunyan sang songs and told stories about writing them in such years as 1967.

On Friday, I started off at the beautiful historic grounds of the French Legation Museum for the Arthur day party. We pulled a band together out of thin air: Dad (Tom Menig) on mandolin, Matt Bauer on banjo, Mariee sang, and dads good friend Rich played stand up bass. We had never played together before – but pulled it off because all my friends are “pros.” Mariee, Matt and I hung around, and then wandered off and came across more free ice cream, which we gladly accepted.

We stumbled upon this crazy funk dude “Chromio” and then the crowd surfing “Panthers” where people were throwing full beers into the air and mouthing all the words… Dinner happened with dad, and I drove by a place called “Allens Boots” which I will most certainly go back to, as my boots have holes in them.

The night finished off with a Hella show at Maggie Maes, where Mariee and I danced like crazy people, and everyone else stood completely still. It was the first time we saw them performing with Aaron Ross as lead singer, who is a folk artist from Nevada City. We’d go watch him perform when we were in high school, and he is probably one of the reasons that we started writing songs in thefirst place. It is really nuts around here.”

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2 Responses to “Postcards From SXSW – Alela Diane and friends (Hella, Vashti Bunyan, Mariee Sioux, Matt Bauer, and Chromio)”

  1. Craig says:

    Hey it’s me Craig from songs:Illinois. Blogger is having some problems right now so please hang tight and hopefully this will all get resolved soon and my site will be back in full.

    Some time soon the full site will be up either here or at:

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    Craig Bonnell

  2. Craig says:

    Hey it’s me Craig from songs:Illinois. Blogger is having some problems right now so please hang tight and hopefully this will all get resolved soon and my site will be back in full.

    Some time soon the full site will be up either here or at:

    http://www.songsillinois.blogspot.com (for now this is where all the old posts are living)

    Thanks,
    Craig Bonnell