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SXSW 2010: Day 2 Recap

If it seemed like day one was full of tough decisions, day two really put my prioritization skills to the test. I had marked up to five or six options for several time slots, but in the end cheap beer and proximity probably played a larger role in decision making than I should admit. There was still plenty of great music and here’s the rundown for the day.

Venice Is Sinking
Venice Is Sinking
Listen: Ryan’s Song | Pulaski Heights

Having woken up too late to catch a free brunch we had been planning to hit up, our schedule was free to head directly to the Team Clermont and MBV Music Official SXSW College Party. Kicking the party off was Venice Is Sinking, a band we’ve featured plenty here on The PhiLL(er), but I’ve never had the good fortune to see live.

As part of the festivities there were vinyl/tote giveaways and our previous coverage of Venice Is Sinking’s third album paid off in helping me answer a trivia question to win one. Hooray for winning and the day was off to a great start!

Following Venice Is Sinking, we took a brief break from the music so that I could finally meet Jasper Borgman (@JasperPlanNine) in person. Also met Michael Butler (@rnrgeek) who Jasper does the Good Clean Fun show with. Then, it was off to the east side of the IH-35.

Ume
Ume
Listen: The Conductor | Pendulum

Last year, some of the best times we had were east of IH-35 and our first adventure east of the interstate this year was to check out Ume. This short trek was certainly worth it as they absolutely rocked. We ended up with some great photos and video which we’ll be sure to post on The PhiLL(er) Facebook page later. If you want an idea of Ume, think Kim Gordon leading a power trio and going more rock and less art.

While enjoying Ume, we were reminded via Twitter that Liars were performing at the Insound day party. This led to the tough decision of skipping both Dosh and Danielson (which would have furthered our east side adventure) to head over to the party and take advantage of their unlimited drinks for $3.

Small Black
Small Black

I have to admit that I wasn’t really focused on the set while Small Black were performing due to a number of other things including water pistols and a lack of the “unlimited” drinks. Only after their set did I learn that a guy I went to college with was in the group when I noticed someone that looked quite familiar outside. Small Black still have a few SXSW performances left in them and are touring through early April (see tour dates on their MySpace page) so I plan to take advantage of one of those occasions to focus.

The same basic story above (with the exception of having gone to college with them) applies to Vivian Girls as well. I think at this point it is worth mentioning that staying up all day, watching bands and staying focused is hard work!

Liars
Liars
Listen: The Overachievers

By the time Liars took the stage, the lack of unlimited drinks issue had been resolved and we were all set to enjoy the set which closed out the Insound day party. Really got to thank Penner (@someboredkiddo) for the reminder Tweet about this.

So Many Dynamos
So Many Dynamos

So Many Dynamos is another band that we’ve featured in the past on The PhiLL(er), but just now got the chance to check out live. Plus, it took care of the obligatory visit to Emo’s during SXSW. The venue has a special place in my heart since my first SXSW trip ten years ago when it was one of the few all ages places I could find. The band’s performance (their only one at SXSW) was great and the energy had the crowd moving like crazy.

Titus Andronicus
Titus Andronicus

Titus Andronicus put on one hell of a performance an great intensity throughout. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to hear the complete set as their last song ran quite a bit over their allotted time (I think this occurred somewhere past the 10-minute mark) and they pulled the plug on it with 45 seconds left. They’re touring through late April so be sure to check them out if you have the chance.

Man Man
Man Man

With they’re varied instrumentation which included saxophones, baritones, trumpets, bells and keyboards at different points throughout the set, Man Man can certainly keep a crowd engaged and wondering what is going to happen next.

Joan of Arc
Joan of Arc
Listen: Explain Yourselves #2

We decided to close our day out with Joan of Arc and if I could do it again, I’d pick another way to close the day out. Despite a very enthusiastic Bobby Burg on bass, the performance (and between song banter) was rather flat and they lost the crowd as the set progressed. The highlight might have been the comments regarding Kinsella’s ex-wife’s ex-boyfriend at the end of the set as he was covering what other times they’d be performing at SXSW.

Out Now: June 9, 2009 New Releases

Note: Album streams and MP3s may only be available for a limited time.

Jhelli Beam CoverBusdriver – Jhelli Beam
Listen: Full Album Stream
Buy It: Amazon | iTunes


Mechanical Advantage CoverThe Cubists – Mechanical Advantage
Listen: “She’s Got Blood” (mp3)
Buy It: iTunes


Bitte Orca CoverThe Dirty Projectors – Bitte Orca
Listen: Full Album Stream
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Taller Children CoverElizabeth & The Catapult – Taller Children
Listen: “Taller Children” (mp3)
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Cope CoverFreeland – Cope
Listen: Full Album Stream
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Flowers CoverJoan of Arc – Flowers
Listen: “Explain Yourselves #2” (mp3)
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West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum CoverKasabian – West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum
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Introducing Kate Earl CoverKate Earl – Introducing Kate Earl
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Two CoverKathryn Williams and Neill MacColl – Two
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Survival Strategies in a Modern World CoverLiechtenstein – Survival Strategies in a Modern World
Listen: “Roses in the Park” (mp3)
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Illuminations EP CoverLittle Boots – Illuminations EP
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Concrete Class CoverThe Lonely H – Concrete Class
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Oh My God, Charlie Darwin CoverThe Low Anthem – Oh My God, Charlie Darwin
Listen: Full Album Stream | “Charlie Darwin” (mp3)
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Miike Snow CoverMiike Snow – Miike Snow
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The Ecstatic CoverMos Def – The Ecstatic
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Perfect Cities CoverOther Girls – Perfect Cities
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Battle for the Sun CoverOther Girls – Perfect Cities
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The Thao & Justin Power Sessions CoverOther Girls – Perfect Cities
Listen: “Tallymarks (featuring Thao Nguyen)” (mp3) | “Travel (featuring Justin Power)” (mp3)
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Rhett Miller CoverRhett Miller – Rhett Miller
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The Eternal CoverSonic Youth – The Eternal
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New Song Daily #282: Joan of Arc – “Explain Yourselves #2″

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Flowers Cover

Joan of Arc
“Explain Yourselves #2″
from Flowers
(Polyvinyl Records)

Release Date: June 9, 2009

Joan Of Arc July Tour Dates

Joan Of Arc will be touring this July in support of their recent release Boo Human. In case you missed  it when it was featured on New Song Daily #82, be sure to check out the track “A Tell Tale Penis” (mp3).

Tour Dates
07/17: Toronto, ON, Canada @ Lee’s Palace
07/18: Montreal, QC, CANADA @ Club Lambi
07/19: Cambridge, MA @ The Middle East
07/20: New Brunswick, NJ @ Court Tavern
07/21: New York, NY @ Knitting Factory
07/22: Brooklyn, NY @ The Yard
07/23: Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
07/24: Baltimore, MD @ FLORISTREE SPACE
07/25: Cleveland, OH Z@ Grog Shop
07/26: Chicago, IL @ Wicker Park
07/27: Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen