Jim Carroll

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SXSW 2010 – ready, steady go!

The binge-gigging marathon to beat all binge-gigging marathons is about to begin. As I was going back to my digs last night after seeing the lovely Skateland in the Paramount, the bands were pulling into town in droves. The evidence …

Wed, Mar 17, 2010, 14:51

   

The binge-gigging marathon to beat all binge-gigging marathons is about to begin. As I was going back to my digs last night after seeing the lovely Skateland in the Paramount, the bands were pulling into town in droves. The evidence was in the battered buses, rental vans and stuffed trailers trying to find find a parking spot in and around Sixth Street and Red River.

It struck me yet again that every single one of those non-Austin events which model themselves on this Texan jamboree really don’t have a clue what they’re on about. Getting 2,000 bands in one spot for a couple of days of March madness is what makes SXSW unique. Between the day parties and the night-time showcases, this is where it’s at for the next couple of days.

For those of us who’re here to catch the action, it’s the annual Iron Man triathlon. My own schedule starts today with Julianna Barwick and runs all the way through to Saturday night/Sunday morning when it will be a choice between Japandroids, The Fresh & Onlys or the awesome Death to bring the experience to a close. I’ve a long list of bands to see and I know I ain’t going to see them all. I also know, as always happens, that tips will come in, new leads will be taken and new favourites found.

Daily updates to come here as I get from gig to gig on the officlal OTR bike (see below) and try to avoid having any more run-ins with the Austin Police Department. You have to agree, dudes, that it was not a good idea to do a test run for that new train during SXSW. I didn’t realise there was a train coming down the tracks. Or that bike didn’t have handlebar brakes. Be careful out there.

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