“In their eyes I would be strange and ragged and like the prophet who has walked across the land to bring the dark word the only word I had was ‘wow’.” – Kerouac
The greatest spectacle in music (I’ve heard they have movies too) has just wrapped up and for all it’s brilliance and mind blowing moments all I can say is “thank god it is over.”
I don’t think my body could have taken another day of free PBR and eating meals out of food trucks. SXSW lived up to, and surpassed, the hype and I didn’t even have a wristband. All in all I walked away from the week having spent $52 ($22 on food and tips, another $15 on cigarettes and $15 on gas). I was originally slated to have a press pass but somewhere along the line things got messed up, I thought that would be a damper but it.was.not.
The only negative I had all week was this. Most bands that I think are over-hyped end up being crammed full of REALLY “hip” people who only care about one song from one band and act like they are way too cool for everything else around them. My distaste for Pitchfork was one of the major catalyst to why I started Heycoolkid! in the first place but things have developed into a raging disgust. I hold bands accountable for the people that listen to their music, why can’t I do the same thing with websites? If you keep up with me on Twitter you know a little more about my feelings here.
That’s it for complaints though. It was one of the better weeks of my life; from sun up to practically sun up there is incredible music, even without a plan you end up just wandering into these random places and catching absolutely incredible music. I shot a ton of photos, a few will be on this page but if you feel like checking the rest I have them up on the heycoolkid! facebook page (everything on here is lower quality due to compression).
I’m huge on lists, I make them for everything and enjoy the process, so without too much talk and more focus on what’s important here are
The Top 10 Best Sets I Caught at SXSW 2012: