VR SXSW 2010 VOYAGE, TOLD FROM START TO FINISH IN 66 TWEETS

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

Holland tunnel. Voyage to texas begins
3:41 PM Mar 16th via OpenBeak

Newark nj meets the future
5:10 PM Mar 16th via OpenBeak

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

Welcome to austin (airport)
1:10 AM Mar 17th via OpenBeak

DAY TWO: SCOPING THE SCENE; UNDERWATER PEOPLES RANCH PARTY

Tourism. VR vimeo lady on the river in austin. Walking to check out Salina st venue right now
3:11 PM Mar 17th via OpenBeak

Literally walking along the interstate. Hard knock life in austin when you don’t got wheels.
3:29 PM Mar 17th via OpenBeak

Just stumbled upon the line outside the fader fort. Something tells I am going to have to sit this one out.
3:45 PM Mar 17th via OpenBeak

Micro-Pixel-Rites going down tmw right here
4:57 PM Mar 17th via OpenBeak

In the @underwaterpeeps shuttle, on my way to the ups ranch.
6:44 PM Mar 17th via OpenBeak

Here at the @underwaterpeeps ranch. Today is going to be awesome…
7:25 PM Mar 17th via OpenBeak

Never thought I’d hear pill wonder’s full glory for the first time at a cattle ranch in tx, but here it is
8:28 PM Mar 17th via OpenBeak

Real estate at @underwaterpeeps ranch in texas, ‘carry me back to sweet jersey’
2:27 AM Mar 18th via OpenBeak

DAY THREE: MICRO-PIXEL-RITES SHOWCASE; NIGHTCAP AT NONDESCRIPT SPORTS BAR; PARTY ON A PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE

Big Troubles opening fedexed new oesb 7inch at Micro-Pixel-Rites austin hq
1:42 PM Mar 18th via OpenBeak

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

Big troubles live at micropixelrites hq as I write this. Sound is gorgeous
3:19 PM Mar 18th via OpenBeak

Cloud nothings live at 1204 salina in austin. Vive le power pop!
4:34 PM Mar 18th via OpenBeak

Just found out there is a special sxsw~monterrey edition of showpaper. Awesome.
4:36 PM Mar 18th via OpenBeak

Second live appearance by rangers EVER happening right now at micropixelrites austin hq
5:03 PM Mar 18th via OpenBeak

Some euphoric twin sister action happening now. First sxsw set ever for these guys ever. Wearing it well
5:56 PM Mar 18th via OpenBeak

Family portrait, whooping it
6:28 PM Mar 18th via OpenBeak

Beautiful lazy austin afternoon, soundtrack by bleeder and freaks w/complete real estate lineup
7:20 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

Pretty sure pill wonder is my new favorite rock band. Live the dream.
9:12 PM Mar 18th via OpenBeak

Campfire lighting with campfires…micropixelrites showcase chillaxing its way to a close
9:19 PM Mar 18th via OpenBeak

Just met the “ladies“behind butterxface. Weird.
9:26 PM Mar 18th via OpenBeak

6th street, downtown austin. Are we on the jersey shore, in las vegas, times square, or more like the gates of hell?
1:24 AM Mar 19th 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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Dum dum girls, klub krucial. Psych girl garage in the way the luv’d ones were psych. Very pleasantly surprised
5:35 PM Mar 19th via OpenBeak

Best coast, extremely on point rendition of sun was high at klub krucial gvb mexican summer showcase
7:24 PM Mar 19th via OpenBeak

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

Woah, how did I end up here? Sun araw playing in a sandbox (woodsist showcase). Psalm to the forehead!
8:16 PM Mar 19th via OpenBeak

Happy birthday, in a sandbox with woodsist, for some reason there are cops here with security cameras
9:54 PM Mar 19th via OpenBeak

Rxry show at lomar pedestrian bridge is cancelled, damn
10:58 PM Mar 19th via OpenBeak

Alex bleeker live at woodsist sxsw…
11:05 PM Mar 19th via OpenBeak

with mountain man…
11:07 PM Mar 19th via OpenBeak

…and crazy horse.
11:10 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

Woods shredding HARD
12:02 AM Mar 20th 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

Rangers jamming hard, loud and clear on this overcast morning at @weeklytapedeck @friendbracelet showcase
2:21 PM Mar 20th via OpenBeak

The sky is getting angrier and angrier. Black lab is jumping for joy
2:39 PM Mar 20th via OpenBeak

Oh boy. About 4 major communication breakdowns at ethiopian restaurant.
3:32 PM Mar 20th via OpenBeak

Somehow appropriate to be seeing jeff the brotherhood in a parking lot. Last time was above autoparts in bk.
3:37 PM Mar 20th via OpenBeak

Sure wish there were more moshing 17 year olds though
3:40 PM Mar 20th via OpenBeak

sounds like 10am bus down to mexico just arrived. woah.
4:15 PM Mar 20th via Social Beat

Twin sister all bundled up in blankets, shivering but sounding as warm as ever.
4:51 PM Mar 20th via OpenBeak

Yellow fever, live at cheer up charlie’s, forcefield pr showcase, brrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
5:59 PM Mar 20th via OpenBeak

Love how terse yellow fever sound. Meta melodic concision
6:01 PM Mar 20th via OpenBeak

Diy operation indeed. Crushed coffee cup doesn’t inspire much confidence.
6:32 PM Mar 20th via OpenBeak

This is the bus that will transport people to mtymx. Holy shit
6:40 PM Mar 20th via OpenBeak

Finally seeing moon duo for the first time, too bad we are all practically frostbitten by now
6:54 PM Mar 20th via OpenBeak

Look familiar anyone?
6:55 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

Sameer naseem, impromptu comedy rountine over tiger city: ‘who here has never heard of cocaine?’ @sameermon
1:48 AM Mar 21st via OpenBeak

DAY 6: RECOVERY

“breakfast” for three at sam’s barbecue
2:54 PM Mar 21st via OpenBeak

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)

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2 Responses to “VR SXSW 2010 VOYAGE, TOLD FROM START TO FINISH IN 66 TWEETS”

  1. sarahspy says:

    very cool round-up. i think i am too lazy to do this full of one myself… i will just refer ppl to yours since it seems like we were at a lot of the same shows (gvb dayparty, few days @ cheerup charlies, etc). hope youre recovering well!! :)

  2. Emilie Friedlander says:

    Sounds awesome, Sarah! Thanks!

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