So tomorrow morning I'm off to SXSW again. Last year I said I'd be reporting from the scene, but got so weirded out by culture shock that I never got around to it, so this time I'm not making any promises. I'll probably be uploading some food reports to Dishola, and I'll undoubtedly expand on them here, especially if I find some great new places, but usually the nights of music leave me so exhausted and depressed with the sheer volume of mediocre stuff that I lack any enthusiasm for writing about it afterwards. Or that's what happened last year.
Actually, one of the more interesting SXSW-related activities is happening before the event, in the form of a blog discussing the impact of technology on the record biz. Even if you don't follow some of the more intricate details, you'll be able to pick up on how dire things are even for those heroic little guys who're supposed to be profiting from the dinosaurs' malaise. And this year I'm actually on a panel, or, rather, I'm conducting one of the live interviews with an old hero of mine, Joe Boyd, who's probably produced at least one of your all-time favorite records, even if you haven't heard it yet.
I'll also be headed off to Marin County (got a super-cheap ticket) to pay my respects to the about-to-vanish Village Music, but unless I win the lottery in Texas offering my respects is about all I'm going to be able to do. But I'll be seeing some folks from the Well, as well as some old friends from when I lived there. Then it'll be back to Texas for a couple of days, and back here at the end of March.
And a couple of days after that, you just know I'll be pissed off at Berlin again.
Thursday, March 08, 2007
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Ed, I am freshly back in love with holidays. A quick trip to Poland did me the world of good, and I'm not bored to be back in Berlin yet (though bored of being broke in it, but who isn't?). Have an excellent break and I'm sure many of us will look in eagerly for any writings from your trip. Bon voyage! (Does the trip include any time for a quick zip around Paris?)
EW, be careful over there (minimal eye contact, no sudden movements, and no satirical Allah Akbars bellowed in crowded movie houses)...and, uh, don't forget that, uh, gatefold VeeJay Beatles platter you were gonna pick up for me at Village Music. Failing that, a Brenda Holloway picture disc will do nicely...
PS If you see a hot new act called 'Komrad' while you're there, tell 'em they're fired.
Have big fun in Austin, Ed. How I could use a plate or ten of nachos from any old place in my home town....
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