SXSW 2014 — Say What?!

One of my favorite parts of SXSW is the crazy things you see and hear along the way. Here are a few choice selections.

We’ve got about 20 minutes to make you love us. Chris Masterson stating what could be the SXSW mantra.

One in, one out. The other SXSW mantra, overheard at the men’s room.

It’s worth the wait. Don’t fucking give up hope. Guy leaving the men’s room, to those waiting in line.

It’s not on the record because mom listens to the record and it’s a little risqué. Andrew Duhon introducing an unreleased song.

You’ve got three more free drinks. Bartender
Is that a challenge? My response

The album is a tribute to brotherly love. It’s not necessarily about us, but the concept of brotherly love. Dave Alvin on his new album recorded with his brother Phil.

I’ve been in the polar Vortex all winter. There’s a word I never want to hear again. Archie Powell

He owes me money. Stage manager at the Continental Club when Garland Jeffreys went over his allotted set time.

It’s all licks. Note at the bottom of the iPad displaying the music for Garland Jeffreys’ guitarist

We’ve been a band for about 13 years and this is our first time playing the Continental Club. It’s kinda like our bar mitzvah. Riverboat Gamblers lead singer Mike Wiebe

I’m trying to get a record deal. I’m growing a beard. Jesse Malin

Nobody had the balls to say “Elvis, you’re a bit fat. Have an apple. BP Fallon

Getting on the plane it was like summer camp for musicians. Rusty Anderson, on traveling to Austin

It’s the sound of SXSW. It’s really great music blended with really great music from somewhere else. Ellis Paul, on the proximity of music venues to one another during SXSW

I’ll try to play everything in the same key and at the same tempo as the band across the street. Ellis Paul, a few minutes later.

I apologize for the state of my voice but I’ve had a fucking great time. Shane Sweeney of Two Cow Garage at the end of his SXSW run of shows.

South by South shit show. Ward Hayden of Girls Guns and Glory, reflecting on a portion of his SXSW experience

I’m not just here to entertain ladies and gentlemen, I’m here to teach. John Doe, on his SXSW experience

A friend of mine’s mother asked me why I don’t write more songs about Jesus. So I wrote this song which has nothing to do with Jesus. Andrew Duhon, introducing his song “Just Another Beautiful Girl”

We’ve all just learned a valuable lesson. Don’t open with a song that requires tuning. Urge Overkill’s Nash Kato

Chris, on the other hand, is a slut and will go home with any man woman or child. John Doe introducing his band.

Anyone know any jokes? We literally can’t play without power. Archie Powell, after the power blew in the middle of his band’s set

We’re like that old pair of Chuck Taylor’s that you can’t throw away. Shane Sweeney of Two Cow Garage, on the band’s longevity.

This song is about what all of my songs are about. Lydia Loveless, introducing “I Really Wanna See You Again”

Has the rain stopped? Has anyone checked their handheld device? T. Hardy Morris to the crowd standing in an outdoor parking lot.

This is a song about living in my car. (crowd applause) I’m glad we can cheer about it now. It wasn’t so much fun back then. Micah Schnabel of Two Cow Garage

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Langerado 2008 – The Quotes

It’s taken me awhile to get to posting this stuff, but I came home with over 50 pages of notes, and it took some work to get them all into a legible state.  Here are the best and the brightest, the most memorable quotes of Langerado (at least the ones that I heard).  I’ll be doing individual show reviews in the days and weeks to come, but for now, this is a good primer.  Expect full reviews of Josh Ritter, Will Hoge, The Wood Brothers, Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood, G. Love, Beastie Boys, and Ben Folds, and coverage of The Dynomites, Sam Bush, Les Claypool, That 1 Guy, The Wailers, 311, REM, State Radio, Gov’t. Mule, Jonah Smith, Keller Williams and Grace Potter & The Nocturnals.  It’s a lot to tackle, but I figure if I could see them all in one weekend, by god, I can write about them all in a month.

“Tell everyone at Twangville I said ‘Hi and thanks’.” – Will Hoge

“Send my regards to everyone over at Twangville.” – Josh Ritter

“It’s a beautiful night in the Glades, we rode in on a fan boat because that’s how we do.” -Mike D.

“Did you just say the Glades are in the house?” – Adam Horovitz         “Yup.  I did.” – Adam Yauch

“I’m having some delicious hair for lunch today.” – Oliver Wood, about the wind blowing his hair in his face

“This is the windiest gig of our Wood Brothers career, it’s a momentous occasion.” – Chris Wood

“I need some SPF 1,000.  I’m a little pale.” – Chris Wood, in response to people asking him to stay on stage longer

“I forgot my band-aids and now I’ve broken a nail.  Most people, if they broke a nail, they’d just go home, but not me.”- Ben Folds

“I’m pretty sure there are some Floridians here, and I’m pretty sure there are some people from neighboring states here, and I’m pretty sure there are some Norwegians scattered throughout the crowd.” – Stipe

“Is that Moby?” – A guy who passed me in the crowd during REM’s set

“We hopped outta the van, got on the stage, and when this is over, we’re gonna hop back in the van and go back to Nashville, so this song is for us.” – Will Hoge, introducing the song “The Highways Home”

“We were in Ottowa yesterday and we had everything, ponchos and ski pants and at the bottom we had itty bitty little speedos.  It was great.” – Josh Ritter

“This is a song about falling in love in a missile silo.  I hope you get the chance.” – Josh Ritter introducing the song, “The Temptation of Adam”

“I’m from the generation of declining vocabulary, apparently, so I’ll just say it’s really cool to be here.” – Josh Ritter

“I wanna talk to you about two things, love and temptation…and I hope that in the remaining few hours you all get lucky.” – Josh Ritter

“My name is actually Josh Ritter, not John Ritter, like it says in the program, but I’d like to thank Landerado for everything.” – Josh Ritter

“That’s pretty hot.” – Josh Ritter, on people slow dancing at his show

“The Line is of utmost importance!” – Dan Deacon, trying to organize people into playing games during his set

“Really sassy now!” – Dan Deacon, on how to sing the line “Silence like the wind overtakes me”

“This next song I want to dedicate to my mother.” – G. Love, introducing the song “My Baby’s Got Sauce”

“Put ‘em up, Langerado, I’m pullin’ up in my El Dorado.” – G. Love

“We’ve been glad to start your day off funky.” – The Dynomites

“No matter what you do, do it with soul.” – The Dynomites

“Play because I’m yelling!” – Guy in crowd after Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood, as people were yelling for an encore there was no time for