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Took a few days off from work for SXSW. My first official SXSW event was on Sunday. I went to a meet-up or meet and greet. Then, today (Monday) I went to pick up my music wristband, but they’re not available until tomorrow (later today now as I type this past midnight). Got ahead of myself.
Thought I’d feel overwhelmed, but I kind of liked walking the streets with all the other SXXombies. It took me back to when I was an undergrad in film school and volunteered for my first 2 years at UT before graduating. It was big then and it’s just huge now.
It does make me feel all over the place. As I’ve stated in previous posts, I am “in between” projects. I have all these ideas, but I want to choose the right one and execute it well, of course.
Went to a screening of Girls, upcoming HBO series by 20-something wunderkind, Lena Dunham, who was a SXSW success story a couple of years ago with her film, Tiny Furniture. We got to see 3 episodes. I stood in the ticket line and was able to get in. It was at the Paramount and it does seat a lot of people.
This girl has her stuff together (at least her career stuff as she admitted to being a mess in other areas of her life in the aftershow Q&A). Made me feel like an over-the-hill loser. The new show is produced by Judd Apatow. He was there, too. And quite funny.
The show was good. Irreverent and quirky with a lot of sex. It is HBO, after all. A lot of male asses, which I’m not complaining about. Kind of like Sex and the City for the post-collegiate set, which they were clever to reference in the pilot episode. Not as together as those ladies; more clueless than anything. Tackles a lot of serious issues like pregnancy and STDs.
Oh! And it was funny. I think it’s important to say that, but I mean it. I found myself laughing out loud more than once. And, a lot of externalized internal What?!? moments also. They hooked me with all the male ass, but two of the girls dancing to Robyn’s “Dancing On My Own” sealed the deal.
Is it just pathetic that as a 30-something-year-old male I feel as lost and misguided as and am still searching for purpose as much as these fictional 20-something females?
Anyway, just ended the night with another meet-up or meet and greet. Not sure what the proper vernacular is here. Really they’re happy hours. Let’s just face it. So, I ended the day with another happy hour.
More SXSW X AOTP madness tomorrow.
March 7, 2012 UPDATE: Looks like Doors are now open at 8:30P and not 8P.
Show of the Month: A Formal Affair Beneath Your Waves CD Release Party
LIVE@Lucky Lounge/All Ages Show/March 7/With Special Guest Fouled Out/Doors at 8P/Music at 9P/FREE ADMISSION/209 W 5TH STREET
Facebook Event Page
I figure I’m not gonna’ have time to post a bunch of shows all the time, so I thought of this. Of course, SXSW is coming and so is the OUTlander Spring Festival, but I think I want to stay away from festivals and bigger shows.
I want this to be a way to showcase smaller, up-and-coming, and/or unknown acts and one-off shows.
I’m going to try to upload one MP3 daily (which is all tumblr will let you do) between tonight and Wednesday from A Formal Affair’s debut release, Beneath Your Waves. Remember I’m new to tumblr, though, so bear with me.
A Formal Affair is from Midland and represents in the ATX.
Thanks to lead singer/piano player/songwriter, Adam Rivera, for providing me the songs.
I haven’t bought any CDs in a long time and I was craving some new music. Had a meeting in the 4th Street Warehouse District. At Halcyon to be exact. I think it went well. I already had it in my head that I was going to walk to Waterloo Records on 6th afterwards and pick some stuff up. I Just Picked Up (in this order):
I wanted to see what all the Grammy buzz and prior hubbub was about. Picked Up Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black after she passed and it just wasn’t my cup of tea. I know it’s good and that she was talented. I can appreciate it; it’s just not my preference. I’m more pop/R&B/dance-oriented. But, even though I’m so pop-ified, I’d rather pick up Adele than Lady Gaga. Been there, done that…with Madonna. Haven’t listened to 21, yet. Maybe I’ll do better with Adele’s brand of British old school/new school soul.
Whitney Houston The Greatest Hits
Had to get this. I own two Whitney CDs. My Love Is Your Love and I Look To You. I got MLIYL one of the two years I was a SXSW volunteer during my undergrad years. There was a radio station booth in the trade show and they were giving away promo versions of various CDs. They had them on the table for anyone to grab. I Just Picked Up Whitney. I got it for free and it was well worth it.
This is one of those cases where an artist gets a modern update and it works. She worked with all the hot producers-writers of the day —Wyclef Jean, Missy Elliott, Lauryn Hill, and Dark Child aka Rodney Jerkins. Not so much, ahem, Hard Candy, Madonna.
ILTY I got some time last year way before she died. I was curious about the big “comeback” project that, unfortunately, wasn’t. I don’t think it’s a bad CD. It’s good. I’d give it a ‘B.’
I thought about getting The Bodyguard Soundtrack instead or in addition to, but I went with The Greatest Hits. I can always get it later. As an aside, I had a history teacher in high school who’d always play The Bodyguard Soundtrack when we were doing classwork. She wore that thing out!
Not listening to this, yet, either. It’s a duo CD — one with the original hits; the other with the hits remixed.
Meshell Ndegeocello Weather
Though I consider myself such a huge pop fan, I’m a huge fan of Meshell Ndegeocello, and she is anything but. I have all of her music. First two projects on tape, the rest on CD (more on this later). This is her latest and this is what I popped in first when I got home and started writing this post. It’s on the second go round on the fourth song and it’s already growing on me more on this second listen.
Meshell Ndegeocello Peace Beyond Passion
This is her sophomore release. I have it on tape, but I wanted to replace it with the CD version. It’s used and was only $3.99. I like it better than her debut, Plantation Lullabies. I plan to get that one on CD, too, though. I do like it. If I hadn’t liked it at the time, I wouldn’t have continued to buy her stuff. Peace Beyond Passion is just so spiritual and incorporates and deconstructs religious dogma in such an interesting and soulful way.
I don’t usually buy this many CDs at once. I’m the type that likes to focus on one CD and just kind of live with it and get inside of it. I find the groove and dance it until I wear it out and it wears me out. I’ve done this before and I end up neglecting certain artists. I get on one artist and never find my way to the others. But, like I said at the beginning of this post, I was craving new music. Here’s to hoping that my craving gets satisfied. Hear, hear!
~Weather just finished its second go round and started its third spin as I finish things up here~