our love is inexperienced


A strong marriage bond connects Jack Gladney and his current wife Babette in Don DeLillo’s White Noise. Gladney muses: “Sometimes I think our love is inexperienced. The question of dying becomes a wise reminder. It cures us of our innocence of the future. Simple things are doomed, or is that a superstition?” He continues: “Babette and I tell each other everything… turned our lives for each other’s thoughtful regard, turned them in the moonlight in our pale hands, spoken deep into the night… In these night recitations we create a space between things as we felt them at the time and as we speak them now.” DeLillo’s handwritten notes for the novel are featured in the exhibition.
In the Galleries: “Love and Relationships”


One perk of living in Austin that I have not taken advantage of is going to The University of Texas at Austin's Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center to check out the Archive of Don DeLillo. Back when I was really interested in being a Novelist, I got really pissed off at his book "Underworld" because every other page had a paragraph so amazing that it made me give up writing. I can't think of the root cause of why I gave up writing. I think I had an ex that fucked all the talent out of me. She was the PJ Harvey to my Nick Cave. Except Nick at least got "The Boatman's Call" out of that relationship.

ACL Fest 08 /day3


Lady sitting next to me: "ACL is too much of an endurance test".

And the prize for whiniest band goes to.......THE KILLS. The heat was killing them, and apparently they've never done a daytime show, so "Hotel" wanted to give out the number to their agent so we would call between the hours of 2am and 4am and ask him why the fuck they were playing during the daytime. Last words of their set: "Stay Out Of The Sun".  One twitter message from the local paper said something along the lines of "I wonder what it would take for the Kills not to wear black. maybe 94 degrees would do it." At one point Alison said "My feet are on fire".

+ Austin City Limits report: FNL's Adrianne Palicki on John Fogerty
+ Austin City Limits report: FNL's Scott Porter on N.E.R.D and the Swell Season

Tegan and Sara ACL 2008 

the Kills, ACL, Last Day of Magic 

ACL Fest 08 /day1


+ Austin City Limits, guest-starring 'Friday Night Lights'

Early in the day, one of the more enthusiastic songs I heard was Asleep at the Wheel's "Boogie Back To Texas".
+ Barack Obama Boogie Back To Texas with Asleep at the Wheel


Vampire Weekend at Austin City Limits 2008 w/Tosca

Vampire Weekend, new song, at Austin City Limits 2008 


Yes, I played "Beat It" on Guitar Hero: World Tour and kicked ass at it.

Pre (ACL) Austin City Limits`08 stuff


+ Why festivals are the new normal
+ Austin360 ACL Twitter
+ Austin 360 coverage
+ Austin Chronicle coverage
+ Austin City Limits Music Festival To Be Webcast This Weekend
+ Austin City Limits Festival to begin in less than 48 Hours
+ Allen Boots has an ACL blog?
+ Austin City Limits Festival latest to offer VIP comforts
+ Texas Music Matters
+ Nylon: I see dancing people

sxsw 08 /4

Lykke Li by Nilina Mason-Campbell

+ Lykke Li - I'm Good, I'm Gone @sxsw
+ LiveDaily SXSW: March 15, 2008
+ FADER Video: Lou Reed & Friends | Fader Issue 52

Longwave @ SXSW's Filter Magazine Showdown from AchtungBaby on Vimeo.

+ Spin: Minipop SXSW '08 Pick
+ (This one is for my Austin pals) I didn't see this one coming: Live from SXSW the Barton Creek Food Court.
+ Austin Chronicle: Off the Record - "For those of you in town for South by Southwest who didn't get the memo, 2008 is the Year of Austin Music. Seriously"

sxsw 08 /3

Zooey Deschanel is way prettier in person. The number of men and women that were swooning in the 90+ heat was high.

She & Him at SXSW - short clip from AchtungBaby on Vimeo.


Priceless: The faces of the radio personnel when Devonte Hynes said "This song is called Happy Fucking Birthday" at the NPR/World Cafe live broadcast.
+ NPR blog: Lightspeed Champion

+ SXSW Review: Duffy ("Shelby Lynne, your career will be history when Duffy’s “Rockferry” is released in the U.S. in May.")

Duffy - from her first US performance, sxsw from AchtungBaby on Vimeo.

+ R.E.M., SXSW hope big show translates to bright 2008
+ R.E.M. sxsw MP3s
+ South By Southwest Day Two: New Trend Alert!
+ Joseph Arthur Kicks Off SXSW at KUT
+ SXSW Keynote: Lou Reed

sxsw 08 /2

"Here's looking at you, kid."

Lou Reed.

Joseph Arthur - Pale Blue Eyes from AchtungBaby on Vimeo.

+ My Morning Jacket @ SXSW Levi's/Fader Lou Reed Tribute
+ Lou Reed & Moby, Walk on the Wild Side | part 2
+ Over at SXSW, Lou Reed had a Perfect Day moaning about digital music

Joseph Arthur - South by Southwest + Venus in Furs from AchtungBaby on Vimeo.

Tricia Kanne of Minipop

Minipop sxsw 2008 from AchtungBaby on Vimeo.

+ R.E.M. Stubbs, SXSW 2008 | another one
+ Daryl Hall singing Sara Smile
+ The Raveonettes @ the current
+ DeVotchka @ the current
+ Six-Word Reviews of 763 SXSW Mp3s [via]
+ My Brightest Diamond Covers Roy Orbison

Saul Williams Sunday bloody Sunday 

sxsw 08 /1

the Kills - sxsw 2008 from AchtungBaby on Vimeo.

+ SXSW Videos » U2 Cover Band...
+ The Whip
+ IFC @ sxsw
+ Exclusive Interview: Michael Stipe talks about new album Accelerate
+ Hear the Complete R.E.M. Concert from SXSW
+ Video: R.E.M. Stubbs, SXSW 2008
+ SXSW ‘08 Review: R.E.M. @ Stubb’s
+ MTV @ sxsw

+ The Kills @ BBC 6 Hub Sessions
+ What's been happening at Austin's SXSW Festival which is happening in Austin, Texas?
+ 'Spring Break for the Internet' Returns to Austin
+ How SXSW parties kick it VIP-style
+ At SXSWi, the new Twitter is...Twitter [ might I add, I've never seen so many iphones out and about in my life. I guess I can file that under "obviously expected" ]

Saul Williams' promo post card:


Austin City Limits Festival 2007 Day 1

ACL Fest 2007 Bjork from AchtungBaby on Vimeo.

+ "Toward the end of her set Bjork's speaker, which was behind a huge ACL banner, spontaneously caught on fire!"





+ The (Non-Arcade) Fire
+ Four burned at Austin City Limits Music Festival



+ ACL: Where The Streets Are Paved With Vomit

+ ACL (Day 1): A Rant: I learned today I have an incredible superpower: I have the power to turn whoever I stand next to at a large outdoor concert into the most annoying person in the world.

ACL Fest, Austin, This and That


It's ACL Fest week here in Austin.

+ The White Stripes pull out of ACL | Muse will take White Stripes slot
"One wonders whether this will solve the audience-splitting problem created by the Arcade Fire/White Stripes conflict."

+ ACL Band Clash, Round 1: Spoon Vs. Queens Of The Stone Age

The Accidental Gentrifist

And sure, since you mention it, I am a little sensitive to the whole ‘Californians are flocking here, buying up real estate and homogenizing local culture’ ideology. Because it’s just not true. It’s a generalization. A stereotype that’s more reflective of your own fear and ignorance than any actual phenomenon. About as on-beam as saying gypsies steal children, or that Jews need the blood of Christian virgins, otherwise the matzoh comes out all doughy. Or that Mexicans are leprocidal wage invaders. Or maybe you’re right-on. Maybe we’re on the verge of a massive wave of people uprooting from Santa Cruz and Marin and Santa Barbara, spontaneously deciding to give up six-figure jobs, valley produce, seven months of skiing, and an Eden-like coastline—in order to live in a hot-as-seven-hells, ocean-less city surrounded by Republicans, with scant options for decent Italian food, and where the word queso doesn’t actually mean ‘cheese.’ But Lord, do we have football. And music. And healthy, pretty, friendly people... rare enough for a place with both good football and good music. My point is, you're not going to get on the boat unless you're already on board, so to speak.