Tag Archives: SXSW

VEGA: Interview with ABC News Online

Since I’ve been in the business of promoting my friends’ bands lately, it seems appropriate to share with you a little gem from ABCnews.go.com. It’s an interview with my good friend Alan Palomo, who fronts the Austin-based “dreamwave” trio VEGA.

I’m not smart enough to figure out the embedding function on ABC’s video player, so you’ll just have to follow the link here.

Once again, I’m too close to the person behind the music to give you an unbiased review; but, as with Febrifuge’s excellent A Short Instance of Separation, you should really do yourself a favor and check out this big, sticky mess of badassity for yourself.

[VEGA’s Official MySpace Page]



*Caution: Profanity Wordz

I have been diggin’ the new Fuck Buttons album Street Horrrsing somethin’ fierce.  It’s like Christian Fennesz and Kevin Shields got together and convinced Wolf Eyes to collaborate on a bliss-noise album full of sweet feedback lullabyes to grind teeth to.  Name droppp out.  Here’s the video to the top 40 single “Bright Tomorrow”:

And here’s a live SXSW performance of “Sweet Love for Planet Earth”:

Mixtapes in Miniature

Banksy Drawing

Image: Banksy 

I try my best to keep up with the new hip swinging sounds the kids bop in their boomboxes.  Still, the constant pursuit of finding the next ________ can leave me feeling a bit overwhelmed by information and wanting for lasting impressions.  I just don’t have the time to keep up with bedroom demos of future One Blog Wonders. 

I think of this blog as more of a multimedia mixtape for friends and my mixtapes have always been filled with nostalgia and lost hymns. 

So, here are three songs by bands (The dB’s, The Go-Betweens, and Catherine Wheel) that are about a generation removed from SXSW photo-ops: