SXSW recap: Le Butcherettes, tacos and more on Facebook chat - Reverb

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Fried foods ruled Austin during SXSW 2011. Photo by John Hendrickson, heyreverb.com.

Fried foods ruled Austin during SXSW 2011. Photo by John Hendrickson, heyreverb.com.

We’re back. We’re kind of avoiding emails and voicemails and still looking at pictures of sunny Texas. And we’re reminiscing about last week on Facebook chat.

John Hendrickson: So, how many hours did you sleep Sunday night?

Joe Murphy: I had made, er, plans for Sunday night (with someone I didn’t get to meet up with at SXSW and who happened to be in Denver), so…not as much as I would have liked. Don’t tell my boss.

Ricardo Baca: I pulled a twelver on Sunday night. Then I woke up with an awful sore throat. But it was all better after watching that Rebecca Black video.

JH: What video is that?

JM: Funny, Ricardo, I read that as “it was all better *than* watching that awful Rebecca Black video.”

RB: Everybody was writing about “Friday” while we were in Austin. It’s amazing. And terrible. 34 million views, too.

RB: Ha!

JH: Who was the “it” band of the festival for you both?

JM: I can’t believe you linked to that. I mean, yes, this is the Internet, but, still…
…ask me next year. I only got to 25 bands — think I’d have to see more than that to make an informed decision.

JH: What else were you occupying your time with, Joe?

RB: I seemed to have missed a bunch of the “it” bands, which is O.K. The ones I did catch — Le Butcherettes and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. — were really solid. A bunch of the others — the Vaccines included — I will catch when they come through Denver in the next few months.

YEAH, TELL US, JOE?! (Kickin’ in the front seat, sittin’ in the back seat …)

JM: I have to answer all the questions you ask? Man….

[Awkward silence]

RB: And while we’re waiting for that answer…Hendi, what surprised you the most about coming to SXSW for the first time?

JH: I was surprised by the way Sixth seemed to transform at night. By day it was hipsters and music-junkies, by night it was teens from the outliers wandering with no direction.

JM: Well, I was [redacted] [redacted] [redactedly], then some [redacted] [redacted] [redacted]. All y’all where there when I [redacted] [redacted] [redacted] it, but you missed the [redacted] part [redacted] we [redacted] [redacted] [redacted].

RB: Amazing, Joe. Absolutely memorable. And Joe, tell us how SXSXm is so much better than SXSXi!

JM: I can answer the most-surprised question (this was my first time there as well)! I couldn’t believe how big SXSW was. I had been there for the interactive conference, which felt big at the time…then music comes to town, and all of a sudden there are four times as many people walking the streets of Austin.

JH: Best thing you ate all week?

JM: Ricardo, I *did* learn more at SXSWi. And I got to see pieces of the film festival there too (saw and partied with the people from the movie The Divide, my friend Karl wrote it, and it ended up getting bought for distribution for more than $1 million bucks).

That said, SXSW the music festival was the biggest party I’ve seen, and the best four days I’ve had.

RB: I ate terribly all weekend, sadly. Some of the barbecue was fine/passable, but I think the best tastes I had were on my way to the airport (with Hendrickson) — at a small Brazilian restaurant called Rio’s. We’d stopped there to see a local band, the Eastern Sea, which was playing 15 shows (15!!) during SXSW. (This was their penultimate show.) They were lovely, and the food was even better.

I raise my glass to #LEARNING.

Hendi, talk some music goodness to us! Who was great? Who was overrated? And how about that Reverb Party on Sunday?

JM: Food? It was Wednesday, my sixth day there, when I realized I had yet to eat a taco. So I went taco-crazy, and it was like it all was leading up to the taco I ate Sunday before I left. Torchy’s Tacos. The shells were quality. The insides well planned out. The taco itself, delicious. Best taco ever.

JH: It’s always good when the insides are well planned out.

As for music, Yuck lived up to my expectations. I’ve been digging that album all year. Like everyone else, Le Butcherettes made me feel all kinds of emotions. Not really in a good way. Ty Segall and Jaill were nice surprises — hadn’t listened to either before. When all was said and done, though, I had seen Thee Oh Sees three times, I think.

Head and the Heart felt a little overrated to me, to be honest. It’s a good sound but the authenticity doesn’t feel like it’s there. It feels like they’ve perfected a recipe rather than playing naturally.

JM: Man, talking about tacos is getting me hungry.

JH: The Reverb party was probably my favorite party of the week, and would have been even if I had no bias. Swanky place, good people, good bands, free mimosas, great Great Divide — all in all the perfect way to spend the last day of the festival.

RB: I loved the Reverb Party. The bands were great. The fans were psyched. The venue was plush — that balcony ruled! (And poor Tim Pourbaix even worked his way around that dumb parade.) Loved it.

Good times all the way around, fellas. Let’s do it again next year?

I need tacos. Or a salad. Yes, a salad. Maybe a taco salad.

JH: Only if Joe’s insides are well planned out.

JM: NEXT YEAR OR BUST. I’m starting saving my money now. Y’all wanna go get some tacos for lunch?

JH: Si, se puede!

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Ricardo Baca is the founder and co-editor of Reverb and an award-winning critic and journalist at The Denver Post.

John Hendrickson is the Managing Editor of Reverb and a multimedia journalist for The Denver Post.

Joe Murphy is the newsroom web developer at The Denver Post and the editor of @SXSWTweet.

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  • TimmyD

    everyone who didn’t go to austin is SO tired of hearing about austin. could you please put down the tacos and post some reviews of the outstanding shows that rocked denver while you were gone, like DBT and BSS?