A Monday night in Austin
Win Win is a great, big-hearted film about a New Jersey lawyer Mike Flaherty, the high school wrestling team he coaches, a couple of families and what happens when Flaherty becomes the guardian to his one of his elderly clients. …
Win Win is a great, big-hearted film about a New Jersey lawyer Mike Flaherty, the high school wrestling team he coaches, a couple of families and what happens when Flaherty becomes the guardian to his one of his elderly clients. Directed by Thomas McCarthy and with a fabulous cast (including the always reliable Paul Giamatti, the excellent Bobby Cannavale, Amy Ryan and Jeffrey Tambor) It’s got a bang of Little Miss Sunshine to it, which I’m sure is great news to the producers. It also features “Think You Can Wait”, a brand new tune from The National (click on link to hear song). Trailer for film follows.
While SXSW Music doesn’t get underway until tonight, there are still lots of bands in town doing Interactive and Film festival parties. Last night, Zynga threw a bash in a downtown warehouse and paid the bills for Sleigh Bells, Flying Lotus and TV On the Radio to play. Sleigh Bells rattled ribcages as only Alexis Krauss and Derek E. Miller can rattle your ribcage with great stonking shards of superfried sonics. Flying Lotus did a short DJ set which was perfectly offkilter and alluring and largely consisted of his own tunes.
Headliners TV On The Radio, though, stole the show. There has been a bit of a line-up shuffle due to bassist and keyboardist Gerard Smyth’s lung cancer diagnosis and this was one of the first engagements of what’s going to be a long SXSW week and tour to promote new album “Nine Types Of Light”. What stood tall for me were the new songs – album taster “Will Do” sounds quite spinetingling live, while the other new tunes (ie the ones without names which I didn’t recognise from previous albums) had a real shot of energy and ballast to them. Best of the oldies was “Staring at the Sun”, a tune I first heard when I saw TVOTR at SXSW back in 2004 (and called them “what you’d get is Curtis Mayfield fronted the Pixies”) and which is now a sturdy, emotional, powerful nugget, and “Dancing Choose”. A great start to a week of premier league gigging.