Day...what the hell day is it? The last 48 Hours in Austin:
So, Friday and Saturday kinda blended into one big conglomerate of awesome, so I'll just roll 'em both into one post.
Friday started off with free beer and Marijuana Deathsquads for breakfast (and a sighting of Susannah Hoffs from the Bangles!) at the Gimme Noise/First Avenue day party. Even at noon, the joint was filled with friends from Minnesota, New York, Austin, and LA, which created an awesome vibe to start the day. Kudos to City Pages' Andrea Swensson and First Avenue's Sonia Grover for getting some of our best local bands together and throwing one of the most successful and fun parties of the week. On the roster was Jeremy Messersmith, Sims, Sick of Sarah, Solid Gold, and .
The Last Day started off with a jaunt south of town to Austin staple brunch Magnolia Cafe with the MPLS.TV crew. Rolling up, we spotted several Broken Crow paintings on several of the buildings in the vicinity. Hometown pride swelled.
After a leisurely brunch, I headed back to Fader Fort to peep one of my most anticipated shows of the week, James Blake, who straight killed his set. This kid has the voice of an angel, and paired with the thundering dub-step bass it made for one of my favorite sets yet.
Yoko Ono and the , featuring Sean Lennon (who looks freakishly identical to his father), Nels Cline, from , and members of Deerhoof simply could not be missed. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity, and there was no way I was sleeping on it. Really, there are no words. Spending my evening surrounded by legends that I have grown up adoring and admiring was enough to make my heart explode. It was unbearable and brilliant. It is also worth mentioning that the show was produced by Minneapolis summer resident and ex-Babes in Toyland drummer , another musician figure I grew up admiring. Overwhelming can't even being to describe this night, I had stars in my eyes for hours.
I'm home now, finally, and I feel like the kid in when he arrives home from tour, writes his opus article for Rolling Stone, and then sleeps for days. That's exactly what I'm going to do now. See you next year Austin!
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