SXSW 2010 was as blissed-out an exercise in excess as an exercise in excess can be. All in all, the Visitation Rites mobile reporting team (videographer Samantha Cornwell and I) probably caught more sun, saw more live bands, walked more miles, ate more tacos, drank more beer, laughed more, bickered more, took more photos, tweeted more tweets, shot more video, and reunited with more old friends than in all of 2009 combined. After five consecutive days of non-stop partying and documenting, however, we couldn’t help feeling a bit crestfallen when we realized that SXSW wouldn’t last forever.
Our quest to see and hear as much as possible took us to pretty much every destination where one could feasibly host musicians and a crowd: to sports bars and world-weary Texan discotheques, along interstates and trailer-lined back roads, to grassy backyards and dirt-filled backyards, to a cattle ranch, the parking lot of an Ethiopian restaurant, even to the top of a pedestrian footbridge at 2:30 in the morning — though we probably just scratched the surface. I honestly spent half of my time in Austin trying to capture what we experienced through a rudimentary real-time reporting dashboard (aka OpenBeak, a Twitter application for Blackberry), but of course there were the times when my cellphone crashed or when what I saw was simply too compelling to behold through a viewfinder. The result is the following 66 Tweets on Visitation Rites‘ first SXSW visitation. Your imagination can fill in the blanks — and likewise, our memories.
DAY ONE: JOURNEY TO AUSTIN
Blastin Jay-Z’s Empire State and looking out over the JMZ one last time before I head to the airport. BK 4ever.
2:38 PM Mar 16th via TweetDeck
Air shuttle at dallas~ft worth. There is a cowboy in here. Really confused ab what time it is.
10:13 PM Mar 16th via OpenBeak
DAY TWO: SCOPING THE SCENE; UNDERWATER PEOPLES RANCH PARTY
DAY THREE: MICRO-PIXEL-RITES SHOWCASE; NIGHTCAP AT NONDESCRIPT SPORTS BAR; PARTY ON A PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE
Come to 1204 salina street austin today 1-8. Let the Micro-Pixel-Rites showcase begin!
1:46 PM Mar 18th via OpenBeak
wake up wake up! come to 1204 salina. surprise special guest no demons here going on soon
2:26 PM Mar 18th via Social Beat
Just found out there is a special sxsw~monterrey edition of showpaper. Awesome.
4:36 PM Mar 18th via OpenBeak
Ahem, that’s bleeker and freaks
7:20 PM Mar 18th via OpenBeak
Attention #swsw we bought so many kegs of shiner bock looks like we will have one left over to sell. Discount$. Direct mesg if interested
8:07 PM Mar 18th via OpenBeak
Coasting just made our wooden stage tremble with pleasure
8:09 PM Mar 18th via OpenBeak
Pill wonder revvving up to go now, then special campfires full band appearance to cap off the afternoon.
8:19 PM Mar 18th via OpenBeak
Just met the “ladies“behind butterxface. Weird.
9:26 PM Mar 18th via OpenBeak
@jheri @mathyousage @pixelwhorse @friendbracelet @samanthacornwel @georgiakral just converged on 6st. Where tha party
1:58 AM Mar 19th via OpenBeak
Ok. For some reason ended up spending the evening at a manbro sportsbar downtown? Not seeing a show?
2:43 AM Mar 19th via OpenBeak
Ok. Did any of the bands who played micropixelrites showcase leave their guitar and bass?
2:47 AM Mar 19th via OpenBeak
Ok. Watching the oc’s on a bridge right now. Hope crowdsurfers won’t fall off bridge.
3:45 AM Mar 19th via OpenBeak
DAY FOUR: GORILLA VS. BEAR/MEXICAN SUMMER SHOWCASE; WOODSIST SHOWCASE AT CHEER UP CHARLIE’S/MRS. BEA’s (TODD P HEADQUARTERS)
Cloud Nothings at Micro-Pixel-Rites, yesterday Thanks to @lizpelly @brooklynvegan
1:31 PM Mar 19th via TweetDeck
Cloud Nothings play a backyard show in Austin
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Best coast just apologized for her voice, I was just thinking ab how lovely it was to be in a giant room completely saturated w her voice
7:31 PM Mar 19th via OpenBeak
Uhhh. People keep yelling out hole requests to best coast
7:40 PM Mar 19th via OpenBeak
Rxry show at lomar pedestrian bridge is cancelled, damn
10:58 PM Mar 19th via OpenBeak
Just ran into dj harry painter from arthur radio. Told me about a sissy bounce showcase happening tomorrow. Crazy. @arthurmagazine
11:55 PM Mar 19th via OpenBeak
DAY FIVE: WEEKLY TAPE DECK/FRIENDSHIP BRACELET SHOWCASE AT KARIBOU ETHIOPIAN RESTAURANT; FORCEFIELD PR SHOWCASE AT CHEER UP CHARLIE’S/MRS. BEAS; FIRST SHUTTLES DEPART FOR MTYMX; COMEDIAN SAMEER NASEEM FRONTS TIGER CITY AT NONDESCRIPT SPORTS BAR FROM DAY THREE
Oh boy. About 4 major communication breakdowns at ethiopian restaurant.
3:32 PM Mar 20th via OpenBeak
sounds like 10am bus down to mexico just arrived. woah.
4:15 PM Mar 20th via Social Beat
Love how terse yellow fever sound. Meta melodic concision
6:01 PM Mar 20th via OpenBeak
Looking to go to the emptiest and loneliest restaurant in austin right now. I’ve had enough
9:21 PM Mar 20th via OpenBeak
DAY 6: RECOVERY
DAY 7: MORE RECOVERY; WISTFUL THOUGHTS
RT me too! @SamanthaCornwel: wish i’d vanished into the texas wasteland like a bus headed towards #mtymx
about 1 hour ago via web
Words: Emilie Friedlander
Photos: Emilie Friedlander
Video: Liz Pelly (Brooklyn Vegan)
Tags: Alex Bleeker and the Freaks, Best Coast, Big Troubles, ButterxFace, Campfires, Cheer Up Charlie's, Cloud Nothings, Coasting, Crazy Horse, Dum Dum Girls, Fader Fort, Family Portrait, Forcefield, Friendship Bracelet, Get off the Coast, Gorilla vs. Bear, Happy Birthday, Harry Painter, Jeff the Brotherhood, Karibou, Mexican Summer, Micro-Pixel-Rites, Microphone Memory Emotion, Moon Duo, Mountain Man, Mrs. Bea's, MTYMX, Olde English Spelling Bee, Pill Wonder, Pixelhorse, Rangers, Real Estate, Sam's Barbecue, Samantha Cornwell, Sameer Naseem, Show Paper, Sun Araw, SXSW, The OC's, Tiger City, Todd P, Twin Sister, Underwater Peoples, Weekly Tape Deck, Woods, Woodsist, Yellow Fever