okay finally finally i am going to write about sxsw but it is probably going to be not as long as i hoped. although i will probably edit this in the future and make it longer, as i remember more stuff, because i am writing this basically from my memory (and it was more than half a year ago and i was pretty much constantly drunk) and from pictures i took that i just found in my photobucket. and felt guilty about never writing about.
it's not that i dont like writing, i really like it; it's just that when something feels like an obligation i have a tendency to put it off. it is bad of me, but oh well.
so anyway, sxsw.
wednesday morning toni and i drove to ginou's house, and ginou's father drove us to the airport. he is a real awesome dad. we took the plane to houston, i think, but it might have been dallas, i dont remember, and then had to transfer to another plane from there to get to austin. but the airline (american airlines, HIGHLY NOT RECOMMENDED) had screwed up our tickets and only two were together and another one was way in the back with some other people. since i had a book (the niebelungenlied!) and my ipod, i opted to sit by myself so toni and ginou could talk to each other. of course i sat next to two people who were hardcore making out the whole time. hottt.
we got to austin and took a taxi to our hotel. (the hilton). it was nice, and big, but not even close to as nice as the hilton in nyc. that's a fact. we unpacked our stuff and hit the town. actually first we hit the place where we had to get our sxsw badges, which were very important (and expensive). then we looked at our schedule for the night. the one band we really wanted to see was belle and sebastian and they werent playing until 11 so we decided to walk around for a while and scope things out.
AUSTIN IS AN AWESOME FUCKING CITY, we discovered.
we ate at some restaurant/bar, i dont know what it was called, and i called this kid john i know who lives in austin. he was like 'oh that restaurant, i know a girl who works there, it is very good.' so, we ate, then we left to do something else, probably see a band but i forget who. then toni realized she had forgotten her camera in the restaurant! i called john austin again and he was actually at that restaurant then so he asked the girl he knew and she said 'oh yes, i found that camera'. and the day was saved. hurrah!
then john austin invited us to go see some bands that were playing at a sort of not-sponsered-by-sxsw thing that was going on. we walked down to see those bands, and they were pretty good, but then we had to leave to see belle and sebastian. i am pretty sure that a sort of creepy and annoying guy walked with us when we left. i believe he was drunk, and we didnt know him. i dont remember if john austin came too, or not. (i am sorry it has been a while).
so we got to where belle and sebastian were playing and the line was incredibly long. we were sad because we thought we could never ever get in, so we went to see other bands instead. we saw a band called the hot springs, from canada, and they were very good. then, i dont know what we did, but i know we killed an hour (probably saw more bands, but i dont remember who) and then we went to see the go! team. but i was so, so tired, that i only stayed for about 15 minutes and then i went back to the hotel room to go to sleep. fin wednesday.
i am pretty sure that on thursday i slept until lord knows when. i dont remember realy what we did during the day, either, although i'm pretty sure that's the day jimmy got there with an albatross and we saw an albatross play a show. (<2 jimmy!) so, anyway, fast forward through the day that i dont remember and get to: THENIGHTTIME.
morrissey was playing at 930 so we headed over really early to see him. we also wanted to catch richard hawley who was opening for him. and corrinne bailey rae, she was opening for him too. so we got there at like 730, and (shades of belle and sebastian) THE LINE WAS ABOUT A MILE LONG, and i am not exaggerating. it was really super long. we were like fuuuuuuuuck. some lady was walking down the line saying 'hey, sorry, moz is completely sold out, there is no way you are getting in, everyone go somewhere else, sorry.' then she got to us and saw our BADGES and was like 'hi, you guys can just go to the front of the line, you dont have to wait.' let me tell you about the stares of death we got from all other people who had to stand in line. haha, actually i wont tell you, you can just imagine. STARES OF DEATH.
but whatever, we were upset because we realized that we could have gotten to see belle and sebastian! so it was like, on one hand, hey cool we get to go right into morrissey. but on the other hand, damnit!
corinne bailey rae was awesome, and so was richard hawley. during richard hawley's set these incredibly jock-like creep dudes were hitting on me and i wasnt really appreciating it. then suddenly out of nowhere comes my hero! patrick!
PATRICK is an awesome guy from austin. he came up and said 'hello, do you know who the first guy was who played, he was very good.' and i said 'richard hawley!' then somehow we started talking about other things, like how i am from holland and patrick wants to move there, and he is a physicist and i LOVE physics. the two creepy hitting-on-me guys got pretty upset that i wasnt even pretending to pay attention to them anymore - they didnt realize that patrick is gay - and made some dumb comments to me like 'oh, who is your new friend,' as if they had any right to care. ah well.
so after morrissey there was supposed to be some 'super secret special guest' and then goldfrapp was coming on. calla was playing too, at the same time as 'super secret special guest' but me, ever the optimist, i was like what if secret person is billy bragg! because i know he and moz are chummy. so i made everyon wait... for a long time, actually an hour, and then goldfrapp came on! the duplicity of it all! there WAS NO super secret guest! i was upset. we left. patrick came too!
here is morrissey, a dapper gentleman
we ran to see an albatross play, and see jimmy again, and it was awesome. and then we went to see eagles of death metal play, and that was also awesome. the dudes in that band are TALL, it is the truth. they walked in right next to me and i was kind of scared, i am pretty sure they are each 6'9" or so. like they could be their own basketball team. i was intimidated. they were good though. FIN THURSDAY
i think friday was the day i got up kind of early and walked with gino to the gigantic wholefoods in austin. we bought lots of food, and it was raining a bit, and we walked back to the hotel and ate it and watched some tv i think. there was also an anti-war protest going on in town and that was interesting to watch. then it was time to see billy bragg do his talk interview thing! it was so awesome! i love billy bragg i think he is just a really amazing dude, very talented and he uses his powers for good, not evil. we walked into the building where the interview was gonna be and i saw him just walking around. i am not very easily star-struck; in fact i dont believe i have ever been 'star-struck,' but when i saw him i almost had a heart attack. hahaa i was like 'THATS BILLY BRAGG OMG' in a very loud whisper to toni and ginou. then we went into the room and sat down.
interesting protest times in the rain
it was a pretty small room and not too many people were there; toni and i were easily the youngest and we were also in the very minority of girls. he spoke about a lot of things, his book coming out, his music, activism, the clash, everything that is important about being billy bragg. afterwards people got to meet him! so i got in line and shook his hand and kissed him on the cheek! now that is incredible because he is really a hero of mine and how many people get to meet their heroes? not many, i reckon.
i said 'i have been listening to you for 11 years now' and he said 'how is that possible? what are you, 16?' har har. i guess he's not used to seeing 23 year old girls telling him about how much he means to them. after that was over i actually went in the other room and cried a little bit. out of being so happy! haha. i dont care if you make fun of me it is the truth.
then we went to eat more, and crossed the river to the other side where there was another thing going on. still sxsw but different bands, more country and bluegrassy. it was cool. i dont remember who the bands were though. and i think that this was the day i saw tom phillips and paul yavarone too! they were riding bikes and yelled 'hey mandy!' and i was very confused as to who would know my name in texas. but it was them! haha. good times.
and then we went to a party which was being given by ginou's friend alex. there was an open bar involved. i got nicely trashed. i was telling everyone i met billy bragg. ginou's friend alex is very nice, and there was another fellow who was talking to me who was in the band pompeii i believe. he gave me a pin which i put on my jeans and i still have - otherwise there's no way i would have remembered what band he is in. and kiss kiss played, and they are very good. patrick came with us to the party and he and toni drank a bit and then left; i stayed and did jaeger shots? i think. then ginou walked me home. he was yelling at the grackles - or brackles? i dont remember, they are these crazy ubiquitous birds in austin.
the guy from the loved ones (they are very good)
and then, a funny thing that i am still kind of (very) embarassed about, even though it was really nothing: billy bragg walked out of the hilton - where we were staying - and i saw him across the street and i started yelling 'LOOK ITS BILLY BRAGG' hahaha. he walked away pretty quick. i'm sure he didnt see me but haha it was funny.
so we went back to the hotel where i had a bit of a thing, you see i hate television and there was a big television and i was throwing things and ginou told me to throw the tv out the window; and when i am drunk i am very susceptible to the powers of suggestion and i really wanted to do it. but i didnt, so the thing was not really a thing at all.
then we went to see the loved ones! and i drank more. we got into their set early (badges again!) and got to see them run through all their songs once for practice. then they started to play and it was awesome because they are very good. the guy, the singer guy, dave i think his name is, said at one point 'who has everyone seen so far' and i yelled 'billy bragg!' i was only about two feet away from the stage at the time. so the guy dave said 'hey, billy bragg, that's cool' or something like that and then toni yelled 'she kissed him!' haha.
then! we ate - or maybe we ate before that, i'm not sure. this was on saint patrick's day so there was a lot of other stuff going on too. we saw billy bragg play again and then saw the arctic monkeys. and then neko case! FIN FRIDAY
i am pretty sure on saturday we went out to breakfast with ginou's cousin and her family. that was pretty sweet. also, just so everyone knows, it's kind of hard to get vegetarian food in austin unless you are at the kind of place that would obviously serve it. i mean, this regular breakfast place, i remember having to look pretty hard through the menu before i found something. i dont remember what it was though.
patrick all wet after being in the pool getting my bed all wet
actually i'm pretty sure i've got something screwed up, because i think saturday actually ginou's friend alex came by and they all went to breakfast with him, and i stayed at the hotel and slept for a while. i forgot to take my medication and i didn't feel so well.
but whichever one it was, later on saturday (i think it was saturday? i really should have written this a couple months ago) patrick came over again and he and ginou and toni and i all went swimming in the awesome hilton pool. we definitely didnt take advantage enough of all the amenities the hilton had to offer. and THEN we went to see richard hawley again, and then paint it black played at emo's, and that was really good too.
then some other stuff, i dont remember what, and then ginou and i went to a HOOTENANNY where a lot of awesome people played: RAMBLIN' JACK ELLIOTT, and BILLY BRAGG, and GREG GRAFFIN, and some other people. i had been drinking then too, so even though the hootenanny lasted for like 2 hours, i fell asleep sort of halfway through. oh well. FIN SATURDAY
sunday, i think, was the day we went home. but first we went to a breakfast buffet! ginou and i did, anyway. toni slept. and then, i think, we walked all the way up to where the university was, to say goodbye to toni's english friend alec who was going to school there. then we took a bus back to the hotel, finished packing, and took a taxi to the airport.
paint it black! another terrific band.
AND AMERICAN AIRLINES FUCKED US OVER AGAIN. we got into dallas (or houston? haha still dont remember) after our plane was delayed for about a million years, and then there was a lot of flooding or something so they wouldn't let our plane fly out! they took about a thousand years, then finally put us up in a horrible hotel. it was so gross and disgusting. i thought i was going to get lice or crabs or syphilis or something from staying there. and then we had to get up at like 7 am to get the next plane; which was delayed! again! augh! american airlinessssss!
anyway though, we got home okay and then i got a haircut.
there was a LOT MORE STUFF going on, but that is all i can remember right now okay? give me a break. i have more pictures too but i dont feel like putting them up. SO DEAL. if you want to see it so much, you should have gone!