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March 11, 2006
By: Roxanne Cooper

DREAM SHOW....It's a good thing I won't be attending the Music Festival portion of SXSW... because in looking at the daunting list of amazing bands performing this year, it's hard to know where to start. I wouldn't miss Beth Orton, Tokyo Nites, Jad Fair & Lumberob, The Gena Rowlands Band, The Silos, and Midori Umi. If you were there, which bands would you see?

If you were in charge of programming your very own show at SXSW, what would your line-up look like? For me, Cake, Gomez, Joe Ely, and The Paladins would make for quite a evening.

Roxanne Cooper 9:03 AM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (44)

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Joe Ely for sure. Can't go to the Armadillo Republic and miss Mr. Ely.

But don't play dominos with him. You'll regret it.

(Feeling nostalgic for smoky..ahem...nights listening to Angela wail at Antoine's - hell for Antoine's period. And Chuy's - "Don't Mess with Tex-Mex"!)

Posted by: CFShep on March 11, 2006 at 9:13 AM | PERMALINK

Gretchen Wilson!

Posted by: Paddy Whack on March 11, 2006 at 9:17 AM | PERMALINK

My list would include Kris Kristofferson, the New Pornographers, And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead, the Secret Machines, and the Plimsouls reunion (another '80s band finally getting their due?).

Posted by: EdgewaterJoe on March 11, 2006 at 9:24 AM | PERMALINK

Ah, the Plimsouls. That takes me back to San Diego State and a little place called "Mom's Saloon."

Posted by: Roxanne on March 11, 2006 at 9:25 AM | PERMALINK

I think Kevin's blog attract a lot of forty and fifty-somethings who wouldn't know these bands from a sandwich. Is Led Zeppelin at the festival?

Posted by: Stephen Kriz on March 11, 2006 at 9:25 AM | PERMALINK

Ponty Bone & the Sqeezetones...Conjunto meets Cajun and a good time sure to be had by all.

The Tejana Dames. Whoopee!

Posted by: CFShep on March 11, 2006 at 9:29 AM | PERMALINK

Rory Block. Lucinda Williams. Angela Stregli.

Posted by: CFShep on March 11, 2006 at 9:31 AM | PERMALINK

I would see Buckwheat Zydeco and BeauSoleil with Michael Doucet.

Posted by: JDC on March 11, 2006 at 9:33 AM | PERMALINK

I would see Buckwheat Zydeco and BeauSoleil with Michael Doucet.
Posted by: JDC

I know a lot of NOLA artists and musicians have washed up in the Armidillo Republic but if you want to see see those guys you're in the wrong state and at the wrong festival.

Gotta go to Threadgill's for a little homage to Janis and the best biscuits and gravy in the known universe.

Posted by: CFShep on March 11, 2006 at 9:37 AM | PERMALINK

Hey, Kriz, sweetie, don't take this the wrong way but.....

>>>bronx cheer

Posted by: CFShep on March 11, 2006 at 9:41 AM | PERMALINK

It's bad enough that I'm stuck in the office, but in a desperate attempt for relief I take a blog break and see this post. And I realize I have no idea who the f**k any of these bands are.
I'm old.

Posted by: C.J.Colucci on March 11, 2006 at 9:50 AM | PERMALINK

The Bottle Rockets -- www.bottlerocketsmusic.com -- are the finest live rock band out there today. I've seen them described as John Prine fronting Crazy Horse, but I prefer Waylon + VanHalen. They are the perfect soundtrack for any 21st Century roadhouse.

Posted by: So-Called "Austin Mayor" on March 11, 2006 at 10:02 AM | PERMALINK

Don't miss Flight of the Conchords, I think they're there for SXSW.

Posted by: Holly on March 11, 2006 at 10:15 AM | PERMALINK

I'd go see the bands from Athens Georgia playing at the Hideout like Elf Power and Gerbils.

Posted by: thel on March 11, 2006 at 10:19 AM | PERMALINK

The Blue Aeroplanes, first new record in 10 years soon. Get Swagger, "total poetic guitar bejewelled rock'n'roll folk art let's dance godstar unalloyed alcoholic genius".

Posted by: fluxisrad on March 11, 2006 at 10:29 AM | PERMALINK

Ah, The Paladins. I saw them cold--I had never heard of them before--at the Reptile Room in Grand Rapids in 1994. They blew my socks off.

Posted by: Andrew Wyatt on March 11, 2006 at 10:33 AM | PERMALINK

C.J.Colucci on March 11, 2006 at 9:50 AM:

And I realize I have no idea who the f**k any of these bands are. I'm old.

Don't feel too bad, C.J...I haven't hit middle age yet and have only heard of three of the bands Roxanne mentioned in her post. Of those three, the only songs I've heard were from Cake.

It's not that I don't listen to music, but that I don't take the time anymore to learn the bands or anything about them like I used to.

Posted by: grape_crush on March 11, 2006 at 10:36 AM | PERMALINK

Voxtrot, Jose Gonzalez, Annie, Envelopes, Belle & Sebastian, Loney Dear. Very Scandinavian-heavy, but sheesh, they make good music.

Posted by: kmtam on March 11, 2006 at 10:40 AM | PERMALINK

It's not that I don't listen to music, but that I don't take the time anymore to learn the bands or anything about them like I used to.
Posted by: grape_crush

I saw a calculation once, think it was at either Salon or Slate, which calculated that given the number of CDs issued every year, you literally could not listen to them all, even if you could go without sleep for an entire year and listen 24/7 - you'd still come up short by several months worth of hours.

Posted by: CFShep on March 11, 2006 at 10:59 AM | PERMALINK

Just as there are sources for news outside of MSM, there are sources for non mainstream music.

http://woxy.com is a terrific Web-based radio station that features indy music.

Posted by: Roxanne on March 11, 2006 at 11:14 AM | PERMALINK

Going to my 10th SXSW. The fun of SXSW is planning to go see a particular band, and not being able to get in. Sometimes discovering the best bands of the week occurs when this happens. Of the 1000+ bands, I only know a 5% (disclosure-45 y. old)

Posted by: nashvegasdawg on March 11, 2006 at 11:24 AM | PERMALINK

The Queers, Neko Case and Chet Baker.

Well, why not?

Posted by: Amanda Marcotte on March 11, 2006 at 11:36 AM | PERMALINK

Joe Ely with Tom Russell, Wayne "the train" Hancock,Tab Benoit and the Jelly Roll Morton Band

Posted by: city mike on March 11, 2006 at 11:52 AM | PERMALINK

Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Lloyd Cole.
Belgium era Marvin Gaye.

Posted by: HTP on March 11, 2006 at 11:57 AM | PERMALINK

The Mississipi Sheiks, The Dixieland Jug Blowers, Gus Gannon's Jug Stompers, The Memphis Jug Band, The Harmaniacs, The Lewis Bronzman Five, The Heppcats, Mother McCree's Uptown Jug Champions, The Even Dozen Jug Band, Dave Van Ronk's Ragtime Jug Stompers, Jim Kweskin's Jug Band, John Sebastian and the J Band

Posted by: Robear on March 11, 2006 at 12:08 PM | PERMALINK

C.J.Colucci: you're old? I must be old AND out it. I don't know these bands, but trust I would like some of them. I don't even know who is still active. Jimmy Buffet maybe? Can Bob Dylan still stand up?

I just read Cynthia Lennon's new book and found it interesting.

Posted by: little ole jim from red country on March 11, 2006 at 12:17 PM | PERMALINK

If the music is good it doesn't matter how old you are.the beatles are still astoundingly popular with most of us even though they came out before a lot of us were born.Tommy Castro,the Hep Cat Boo Daddies and Chubby Carrier.Ah there ain't nothin like a Chubby party.

Posted by: frodo on March 11, 2006 at 12:48 PM | PERMALINK

I'd see the Brian Jonestown Massacre (incredible band, total crapshoot whether they hold together to finish a set), And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, Arctic Monkeys, Belle & Sebastian, Neko Case, The Charlatans, Elf Power, Th' Faith Healers, The Go Team, Mogwai, New Pornographers, Savage Republic (had no idea they were back together), The Secret Machines, Snow Patrol. I can't believe how many bands are playing, I've heard of probably less than a tenth of them.

Posted by: ChiSox Fan in LA on March 11, 2006 at 12:51 PM | PERMALINK

Ray Davies will be there, too. He just released an excellent new album called "Other People's Lives" on V2.

Posted by: fingerfood on March 11, 2006 at 12:51 PM | PERMALINK

Be sure to check out the documentary "Autumn's Eyes" at the SXSW film festival. It's a unique look at exteme poverty through the eyes of a five year old girl who'smother is in and out of the NY penal system. Truly amazing.....

Posted by: Eli on March 11, 2006 at 12:56 PM | PERMALINK

KRVS - Radio Acadie, the public station in Lafayette has some cool stuff: American Routes, Zydeco every Saturday morning. Blues Box.

I assume WWOZ, Jazz & Heritage Festival's offical station, is back up and running after its temporary exile in Baton Rouge.

Posted by: CFShep on March 11, 2006 at 12:57 PM | PERMALINK

Be sure to check out the documentary "Autumn's Eyes" at the SXSW film festival. It's a unique look at exteme poverty through the eyes of a five year old girl who'smother is in and out of the NY penal system. Truly amazing.....

Posted by: Eli B on March 11, 2006 at 12:58 PM | PERMALINK

I am going! I'm pretty much overwhelmed by the schedule. The two shows I'm going to fight my way into are the Pretenders/Lyle Lovett/Rhett Miller gig on Saturday night and The Minus 5 on Thursday night. The Matador showcase on Wednesday night with Belle and Sebastian and the New Pornos is also high on the list. Otherwise, there are too many great choices.

Posted by: The J Train on March 11, 2006 at 1:12 PM | PERMALINK

Hurry back, Kevin!

Posted by: ctm on March 11, 2006 at 1:13 PM | PERMALINK

If you'll forgive the Canadian chauvanism, definitely check out the New Pornogrophers, and stay for B&S...

Posted by: Scott Lemieux on March 11, 2006 at 2:09 PM | PERMALINK

the go team, laura veirs, new pornographers, wolfmother, julie doiron, neko case, animal collective, clap your hands and say yeah, tapes'n'tapes, superchunk, hot chip, islands, lady sovereign, the little willies, lovers, man man, and Hootenanny (with Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Billy Bragg, Jolie Holland, Tim Fite, Joe Henry, Busdriver, and special guests)

damn, i should really get my lazy ass down there.

Posted by: drat fink on March 11, 2006 at 5:06 PM | PERMALINK

i guess if you teach film studies at a community college (want to look hip for your students) you'd go.

If you read about in the mainstream media, (blogging, bonnaroo, whatever...) it's already been boiled down to a haircut and slogan for a beer commercial.

consume america it's patriotic!
sxsw is so last century.

Posted by: jerry wexler on March 11, 2006 at 5:12 PM | PERMALINK

Marshall Crenshaw still has a lot going for him.

Posted by: Vincent on March 11, 2006 at 5:24 PM | PERMALINK

Jolie Holland, Ludicra

Posted by: virgil on March 11, 2006 at 8:06 PM | PERMALINK

Ummm, Josh Ritter anyone? He's like John Mayer but with talent...

Posted by: Padraig on March 11, 2006 at 8:12 PM | PERMALINK

Democrats are so out of touch that they don't even realize that threat assessments are happening all the time, the response should be, "Well, what about sites A, B, C, D and E, all of which are vulnerable?" If the Republicans dismiss the plan as an unconscionable use of federal agents for show, the response should be that since sites A, B, C, D and E are all vulnerable, people should be able to see their government at work, and hold agencies accountable, rather than being satisfied with "trust us." (You might also mention Bush's own use of emergency personnel during photo ops for Katrina.) You get the idea. "Republicans will just say X" should only be dispositive if you also think "And I don't have a good answer to that.")
That is a Joke that Democraps dont know about continuing threat asessments right?
Let me give you the Link to Some Sigint information such as Menwith Hill. The People should ALSO let Democrats know that WE do KNOW that their is also a Military side to these SIGINT and often data is shared with the UK.
Please Read. The Neo-Cons cannot argue facts, they are stubborn, they deal blame game.
ennyhoo Menwith Hill info;
Menwith Hill SIGINT Fas.org
Menwith Hill Station, UK
( 54.0162 N; 1.6826 W )

Menwith Hill in the UK is the principal NATO theater ground segment node for high altitude signals intelligence satellites. The facility, jointly operated with the UK's Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), is now capable of carrying out two million intercepts per hour.

Menwith Hill Station was established in 1956 by the US Army Security Agency (ASA). Menwith Hill was operated by ASA from 1958 until its turnover to NSA in June 1966. The Army 713th MI Group remains the Executive Agent for the NSA Menwith Hill field site, which was awarded the NSA's "Station of the Year" prize for 1991 after its role in the Gulf War. The Air Intelligence Agency 451st Intelligence Squadron (451 IS) as an integral part of Menwith Hill Station (MHS). Inside the closely-guarded 560 acre base are two large operations blocks and many satellite tracking dishes and domes. Initial operations focused on monitoring international cable and microwave communications passing through Britain. In the early 1960s Menwith Hill was one of the first sites in the world to receive sophisticated early IBM computers, with which NSA automated the labor-intensive watch-list scrutiny of intercepted but unenciphered telex messages. Since then, Menwith Hill has sifted the international messages, telegrams, and telephone calls of citizens, corporations or governments to select information of political, military or economic value.

The official cover story is that the all-civilian base is a Department of Defense communications station. The British Ministry of Defence describe Menwith Hill as a "communications relay centre." Like all good cover stories, this has a strong element of truth to it. Until 1974, Menwith Hill's SIGINT specialty was evidently the interception of International Leased Carrier signals, the communications links run by civil agencies -- the Post, Telegraph and Telephone ministries of eastern and western European countries. The National Security Agency took over Menwith Hill in 1966. Interception of satellite communications began at Menwith Hill as early as 1974, when the first of more than eight large satellite communications dishes were installed.

In 1984, British Telecom and MoD staff completed a $25 million extension to Menwith Hill Station known as STEEPLEBUSH. The British government constructed new communications facilities and buildings for STEEPLEBUSH, worth L7.4 million. The expansion included a 50,000 square foot extension to the Operations Building and new generators to provide 5 Megawatts of electrical power. The purpose of the new construction was to boost an cater for an 'expanded mission' of satellite surveillance. It also provides a new (satellite) earth terminal system to support the classified systems at the site. With another $17.2 million being spent on special monitoring equipment, this section of the Menwith Hill base alone cost almost $160 million dollars.

Menwith Hill Station is an extensive complex of domes, vertical masts and satellite dishes, as well as more than 4.9 acres of buildings. There are 23 spherical domes and three satellite dishes, one of which is sixty meters in diameter, all pointing in an easterly direction. The tall radio masts appear to be high frequency radio supports. Since 1985 the number of domes and dishes at the base has increased from four to 26. Current expansion plans for the base include building two more radomes, and an earth-sheltered uninterruptible power-supply bunker and a Mission Support Building. The two 16-meter domes will require moving the site boundary, including fencing and lights, around 160 meters closer to the A59 Harrogate-Skipton road to the south. The base now constructs radomes before dish construction begins so that observers cannot determine which satellites the dishes are targetted against. The expansion is to establish a European ground relay system at Menwith Hill which will be part of a new generation of satellite communications. In addition, an initiative to address security deficiencies at Menwith Hill includes fencing the perimeter of the site.

In addition, the PUSHER High Frequency Direction Finding (HFDF) system at Menwith Hill monitors radio transmissions covering the HF frequency range between 3MHz and 20-30MHz, including military and civilian embassy, maritime and air radio communications. As with other HFDF stations, PUSHER consists of three concentric rings of monopoles, each ring having a total of 24 monopoles.

Initially, tapes containing data collected at Menwith Hill were returned via air to the United States for analysis. The Post Office installed two wideband circuits to Menwith Hill in 1975 which were connected to the nearby Hunters Stones microwave radio station, a part of the country-wide microwave network which carried British long-distance telephone calls during the 1970s and 1980s. Starting in 1992 British Telecom [BT] added digital optical fiber cables, which by 1996 were capable of carrying more than 100,000 simultaneous telephone calls.

Posted by: one eye buck tooth [X^B on March 12, 2006 at 12:08 AM | PERMALINK

Now go kick some troll ass yew saterday nite yew stinking couch rott

Posted by: one eye buck tooth [X^B on March 12, 2006 at 12:14 AM | PERMALINK

Don't forget all the free music too, everywhere in town this week. A lot of the record stores have free "in stores" of bands who are playing SXSW. The whole town just feels alive.

And by the way, the weather is perfect--warm and springlike!

Posted by: CF on March 12, 2006 at 9:26 AM | PERMALINK



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