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We gather up our hearts and go


Leonard Cohen: A Thousand Kisses Deep Recitation

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Give me one night, a thousand kisses, a well rehearsed whisper during a handpicked song, a dance, a photo, a reading from our bed (think "The Favorite Game"), a map with a heart drawn on your next location, the chance to condense your favorite film into an hour and meet me on the "other side of intimacy".

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Inspired by the frisky one.

I could never see tomorrow, but I was never told about the sorrow

ByMartin Demiralay
Metin Demiralay

“ If you are sad, ask yourself why you are sad. Then pick up the phone and call someone and tell him or her the answer to the question..."
Miranda July

Diana Krall: How Can You Mend A Broken Heart

Dear [  ] ,
You Said Something; "Your heart only knows extremes. Weird to say it but they are good extremes. To me anyways. Only passion or despair. Call me when you get stuck in the middle: Adoration."

SXSW 2009: Notes from the field by Doc Brown


/// RA RA Riot @ Rachel Ray Party

  Photos taken by Doc Brown and I [ part 1 ]

From the first show of Laura Marling to Kanye’s "Love Lockdown" finale at the Fader Fort, my three days in Austin were packed with good music, food, dancing, weather, and people.  I was quite fortunate to have Juan as my personal “Lonely Planet.”  For those of you planning a trip to SXSW 2010, let Achtung Baby be your guide. Mr. Luna has lived in Austin for 10 years, SXSW veteran and blogger artist; he knows how to navigate the ever increasingly growing list of day parties, showcases, and after parties.  Thank you, Juan.

I was impressed with SXSW’s ability to attract such a diverse audience.  I met people from all ages, ethnicities, nationalities, and the number of free events certainly makes it possible to do SXSW on a budget.  Also, perhaps due in part to my jaded East Village expectations, I was surprised by how friendly everyone was (staff, musicians, and attendees).  Time between acts were ideal for finding for sharing information.  Rather than speaking to those around me in the audience, however, I twitted them my thoughts on SXSW. Talking is so SXSW 2007. Needless to say, a lot of people were talking about the semi-secret rumor that Kanye was going to play Fader Fort on Saturday night.  

“I’m too fat to be a hipster, skinny jeans don’t come in my size.” Someone said this to me while waiting on line at Fader Fort.  I was surprised by how many overweight people there were at SXSW.  In particular, the late 20’s to 40’s male contingent seem to be getting rounder in the mid section.  I know that this scene is characterized in part by its slacker style, and eating and drinking behavior at SXSW is hopefully not representative of peoples’ habits for the rest of the year, but this socially-conscious group might want to consider becoming more nutritionally conscious , as well.  SXSW help. The free food and drinks consisted mainly of BBQ, beer and hard alcohol.  Fine with me for spring break, but perhaps we could accompany the brisket with a few vegetables, or add some organic smoothies alongside those free mojito’s. From what I hear, Austin City Limits brings in a lot of local food vendors for their festival. It would be great if SXSW could do the same.  I am thinking of starting a healthyhipster website or organize morning wii fit class to help hipsters keep their blood pressure in check. 

Iron Chef Special: Brooklyn Vegan vs. Rachel Ray Showdown 2010? Rachel Ray clearly knew what she was doing at her party. She was able to organize an excellent group of bands and her jalapeno burgers and macaroni and cheese were a plenty.  Perhaps the veganless menu was not an accident.  I think Rachel Ray threw down the gauntlet for next year. BV, we’re waiting for your vegan BBQ next year. Besides, if Rachel Ray can sponsor a showcase, you can certainly organize a menu.  Personally, I’m hoping for a live competition with guest judges to see “whose cuisine reigns supreme.”

Some of the highlights:


Parenthetical Girls put on an impressive show in the back of the Beauty Bar.  I had liked some of their recorded stuff, but I was far more impressed after seeing them live.  It was obvious that they were having fun, feeding off each other, and the crowd responded in kind.


Started the morning out at Filter Magazine BBQ. Very impressed with Zee Avi.  Originally from Kuala Lumpur, she was discovered on youtube under the name KokoKaina.  Her acoustic cover of Interpol’s Slow Hands was incredible. 

Later that afternoon, I had the chance to see Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head, a band’s whose name was curious enough for me to check out their myspace page before I even got to SXSW. Great high energy rhythm driven dance set.  Noticed lots of people dancing, despite the fact that it was a hot and sunny afternoon.  I know they played several other sets, including the much discussed Perez Hilton party. Wonder if they were able to create some buzz this week?

Speaking of Perez Hilton, he introduced Tori Amos at La Zona Rosa that night for the Columbia Music showcase.  Although my knowledge of her music before the show was somewhat limited, her performance was well crafted and mature.  She has an unbelievable ability to command the attention of her audience.  Between notes you could hear a pin drop.  While SXSW is somewhat dedicated to promoting new artists, I felt bad for the opening acts.  Juxtaposed next to Tori, they were totally eclipsed.  


Filter’s blogger brunch offered generous food and drinks, and had the chance to hear Anya Maria. Was a little disappointed that Bats for Lashes was only a listening party. Would have been great to hear their new stuff live.

From there we hunkered down at the Flamingo Cantina for the Under the Radar showcase:  Lonely Dears, Chairlift, Jason Lyttle, and Camera Obscura.  I recently saw Chairlift open for Clap Your Hands Say Yeah at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, but was able to enjoy their music much more in this small space. I would say that this true for all of SXSW.

The highlight of the evening was Peter, Bjorn, and John at Fader Fort. We had been hearing mixed reviews on twitter about their performances earlier in the week. Maybe they needed to get warmed up, because their performance was really dynamic and they sounded cohesive.

[ Ed. Note: We were supposed to catch Iglu And Hartly but something had happened the night before ]


A day of surprises. Surprised by how good the line-up was at Rachel Ray’s. Enjoyed watching the Semiprecious Weapons from NYC. Was starting to feel a bit fatigued that morning, but their mix of loud glam and punk rock did the trick. I am still reeling from Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic  Zeroes.  Perhaps the most difficult (and fun) band to describe.  Someone in the audience said they reminded her of a mix between Arcade Fire and Polyphonic Spree (I agree).  I was surprised to hear that they were from LA, as they look like more like a band of nomads roaming through the desert.  They seem interested in cultivating this semi-spiritual image, as the photo of their tour bus has the name of their band in Hebrew-style font. Ironic? Hard to say.  What I can say is that whatever energy there are channeling makes for an incredible live show. All twelve members of the band were banging out songs, dancing in the audience with drums, and the male and female vocalists had such great interactions.  Check out the videos.  

Ra Ra Riot was next, and was also extremely impressed by the young band from Syracuse, NY. There is a  lot of buzz about them, and I concur.  Juan took some great videos. [ Ed. note: I love you Ra Ra Riot Cello chick! ]

We then walked over to the Filter party for some DJ sets. We were hoping to see Flostradamous and N.A.S.A.  The line-up was running late so we only had time to see Flostradamous. I said to Juan earlier in the week that I thought that DJ’s were going to be the highlight of SXSW this year—and they proved me right.  From Chicago, home of House Music, this DJ duo seamlessly mixed beats with crowd favorites (P.Y.T.) and new stuff, including their first single that’s about to be released.  Their set exploded when they invited the crowd onstage to dance under the hot Texas sun.  

Choose your own adventure. Stay for N.A.S.A. or head over to see Diplo at Fader? We decided on the latter for two reasons. 1) Saw Diplo two years ago at the Hiro Ballroom for the New Yorker Festival, and he was amazing 2) The local Austin paper confirmed Kanye at Fader , so we were expecting big lines. Next year I plan to clone myself, because I would have loved to see N.A.S.A and the crowd was severely lacking at Diplo. His set was largely Dancehall, and I don’t think the crowd got it.  Hope to see N.A.S.A. in NYC.

Regarding Kanye, I’ll let the videos speak for themselves. He exceeded my expectations, and it was great to see Badu and Common together on stage.  Highlights of the show for me were Common reassuring the press that things are cool between him and Badu, the Common, Badu, Kanye freestyle, and Kanye’s old stuff.  I give him credit for trying to promote his new artists, but was not impressed.  Aside from the spoken word artist who signed Love Lockdown, the other artists ranged from unoriginal, silly (see Mr. Hudson), to misogynistic.  I hypothesized that Kanye either consciously or unconsciously chooses artists who will never be as good as him.  He can feel good about promoting other artists with little risk of his artists becoming larger than him.  But to end on a positive note, Kanye’s showcase was labeled G.O.O.D. Music but, but as the closer to SXSW 2009, good seems way understated. 

south by southwest [day 2] sxsw + TORI AMOS

Videos are converting at Vimeo. Of course the one song I decided not to record ended up being the must fun/funny new one, "Mary Jane". in the meantime:

[mp3] Tori Amos @ SXSW 2009 - Intro by Perez Hilton, First Song and half of second song, both new.

+ Tori Amos South by Southwest 2009 "Crucify"

+ "Take to the Sky"

Tori Amos South By Southwest 2009 Austin Texas from Mr. Luna on Vimeo.

More coming soon.............

+" Even More New Muzik From Tori!!!!"

hmmm....long day....I went to the Pop Candy Meet Up and was briefly interviewed by Whitney b/c I was there really early and it was being streamed online.

+ Amanda Palmer - Covering Radiohead's Creep on Ukelele - SXSW 09

+ Exclusive First Listen: Leonard Cohen

In other news: Resident Evil 5 is bigger than U2 - but why?


south by southwest [day 1] Love and Lost


[ Loved ] Seeing Amanda Palmer do "Creep" live. Her whole set was stellar. The Violin player chick for Parenthetical Girl. Hearing some tracks from the new Leonard Cohen Live album at Waterloo during their a bunch of artist cover Cohen songs thing ( which will be on NPR eventually ). Fader Fort + Booze + Hipsters Chicks. Tacos at the Hype Machine party. Getting my picture taken at the convention center b/c the photographer assumed I was a muscian. 

[ Lost ] My shoulder bag with my Digital Camera, PSP, medicine, all my sxsw schedules and print outs of rsvps and such ( Which I had carefully arranged in folders - I'm organized). A laptop. A 3G Internt card. Quite Upsetting, since it had emails printed out inside of it, It sure would be nice to get a ransom email being that I would like all that stuff back - you fucking Thief.

+ "Sometimes, I think silence is going to be the new punk," she said. "We're all going to throw our BlackBerries off bridges and start talking to each other again."

+ SXSW 2009: Contxts lets you share contact details via SMS

And if, at some time, on steps of a palace,
in the green grass of a ditch,
in the bleak solitude of your room,
you are waking and the drunkenness has already abated,
ask the wind, the wave, the stars, the clock,
all that which flees,
all that which groans,
all that which rolls,
all that which sings,
all that which speaks,
ask them, what time it is;
and the wind, the wave, the stars, the birds, and the clock,
they will all reply:

"It is time to get drunk!

- Charles Baudelaire

[sxsw] day0

Good morning Austin! It is a gorgeous day out there. It is the start of my Spring Break, and SXSW is in motion. Must make hate and be out and about.  
// Twitter
// Sched

+ howtohavefunwhenallyourfriendsareatsxsw
+ Iglu & Hartly
+ David Garza
+ Paper Route
+ TweetDeck beats Twhirl to the punch, adds Facebook support
+ Voxtrot
+ PJ Harvey Lends Her Musical Talents to the Broadway Stage
+ Rumor: Transformers Tune Coming to Guitar Hero

I can see the world tonight


Paul McCartney: The World Tonight (1997)

Now that physics is proving the intelligence of the universe what are we to do about the stupidity of mankind? I include myself. I know that the earth is not flat but my feet are. I know that space is curved but my brain has been condoned by habit to grow in a straight line. What I call light is my own blend of darkness. What I call a view is my hand-peinted trompe - l’oeil. I run after knowledge like a ferret down a ferret hole. My limitations, I call the boundaries of what can be known. I interpret the world by confusing other people’s psychology with my own.
Jeanette Winterson, "Gut Symmetries" (1997)

I said I’d be your lover.....


Leonard Cohen: You Have Loved Enough

For Rochelle Rochelle who is going to go with me to see L.C.
Inspired by the Frisky One.

+ U2 3 Nights Live: Bono was then asked what song by another artist he wished he'd written; he immediately mentioned Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah, describing it as "extraordinary" before singing a brief snippet of it. He went on to describe Cohen's latest tour as the greatest show he has seen, and that Cohen and Bob Dylan are fighting it out for the title of greatest songwriter on earth.

the preemptive [SXSW] post


First and foremost, some shout outs to people I'll see, seen in the past, will miss, will meet at South by Southwest this year: Dr. Gonzo is to Hunter S. Thompson, as Dr. Brown will be to my John Moon. He will be my conspirator in sxsw adventures. Penny I'll miss seeing you. I'll Probably run into Frank, Hi Jesse! et al.

Other than Tony and Jill, who else reading this is coming to Austin for SXSW? Dr. Brown wants to have a house party at my fortress of solitude ( a.k.a My Apartment). Me thinks a meet up downtown somewhere sometime would be best.

Places of interest
[ ] achtungbabyblog the Twitter /when out and about and bored in lines to get into venues I'll update.
[ ] My work in progress Sched

[ ] Who knows anything about getting invited to that god dammed Red Bull party?
[ ] Who's excited to hear some new Tori Amos live! ! ! between her, Amanda Palmer and Nellie McKay, I'm having a Piano Chicks trifecta over here. I would love to talk to Nellie again.
[ ]

MSTRKRFT: "Click Click" feat E-40
+ MSTRKRFT - Bounce feat. N.O.R.E & Isis
+ Hot Freaks
+ South by Girls
+ Village Voice
+ KEXP Live in Austin
+ sxswvideos
+ You Tube SXSW Music Channel
Last.fm SXSW Band Aid
+ Austin Chronicle Coverage

The ever expanding Bands of Interest..................

+ Bosque Brown
+ Great Northern's E-Card
+ N.A.S.A.
+ Melissa Auf Der Maur
+ Von Bondies


+ ultra8201
+ Austin is Burning
+ pepsicozeitgeist

She was Frisky without Apology


I can’t sleep so I’ll just pretend I had a sedulous dream about a smart, sexy and sensitive girl. I’ll apply the discipline she would expect from me to dissect a song. All messed up in my splendid isolation. “An epilogue for you” she wrote. From far away she wants me to cry her name. She listed the “realities that you chose to ignore” and pegged me a persistent outlier. She post scripted “You’re a soul I can download in a minute”. By now my heart is irritated and the weirdness is warm.

Henry Mancini: Piano and Strings
Franz Ferdinand: If I can't have you then nobody can

a cute lesbian once said I was "Quite Cryptic"


being a new feature in which I answer fan mail.

[ 1 ] "Why do you like "Achtung Baby" so much?

Because when I was 16 this album saved my life. It is my alpha and omega. My religion.

[ 2 ] "What are your favorite lyrics from "Achtung Baby"?

When I was all messed up
And I had opera in my head
Your love was a light bulb
Hanging over my bed .

+ U2 - Ultraviolet Light (Light My Way)/Live
+ U2's Kiss The Future Tour
+ U2's new album is truly gospel 

The sirens are wailing but it's me that wants to get away

[ No Line In The Horizon/Live ]

Happy U2 album release day! I wonder which song will they do on Letterman tonight.....