Ugh last full day of SXSW. Finally got to sleep in till 11:00 am. By this time I’m sick and tired of BBQ and Burritos. Justin Leigh our newest drummer who has been filling in for Shawn on this trip (and doing an amazing job!) Recommended The Boiling Pot a Cajun seafood restaurant on 6th st. Good drummer and good recommendation! It’s cool ’cause you order by the pound or half pound jumbo shrimp, Blue Crab, Rock Crab, Crawfish ect. The waitress covers the table with big sheets of paper and your meal arrives in a big stainless steel bowl and is dumped on the table. I had the Cajun combo which was jumbo shrimp, blue crab, red potatoes and corn on the cob all boiled together so the flavours blend. Served with slightly stale bread and spiced cajun style it was delicious. We finished our meal with some of the tartest Key lime pie I’ve ever tasted. What a treat!
Next up John and I decided to catch a seminar put on by Jeff ‘Skunk’ Baxter of Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan fame. Jeff is also one of the preeminent L.A. studio guitarists of the last forty years and a gifted physicist, currently working for the department of national defence working on various top secret projects. The talk was on how music relates to physics. I know there’s a podcast out there on the speech and when I find it I’ll put up a link because the talk was utterly mind expanding. He explained how sound and music exist on as a frequency of vibration (everything vibrates at certain frequency and every from the Big Bang to pure energy to art is vibration) and why music is such a visceral experience for us humans. That kinda covers it but I certainly don’t do it justice but I loved it as it ties and explains my idea of God (I’ll leave that topic for a future blog post).
After that we were invited to a schmancy dinner hosted by DefJam president, Joe Manda. Gotta say it was one of the nicest and laid back industry parties I’ve ever been to. I don’t know if I’ve changed or the people who run these labels have changed but everyone was nice and charming. It might have been because I was with Nardwuar’s crew. Nard has an amazing amount of cred in the hip hop community.
After that it was off to our final show of SXSW at Headhunter’s on Red River. A small club built like a two story hut with on side open to the outdoors and a balcony that looks down on the stage Headhunter’s is a sweaty arena of moshing and good times! Andrew WK joined us once more and the crowd loved it. We’ve really started to grow a loyal following in Austin the result of going to SXSW year after year and putting on killer shows. It was great because our old pals Ron Reyes who’s in Texas getting the new Black Flag ready of their return and Mar Sellars dropped by for the show. We all hung out on the street afterwards and it was a really nice finale to this years trip to Austin. Hell we even ran into Kenny Arnoff aka the human metronome, former drummer for John Cougar Mellencamp, Smashing Pumpkins and countless others. Nice guy!
I got back to the hotel happy but feeling the dread knowing that in two hours I’d have to wake up to catch my flight home. It’s always hard to come down from the crowds, the excitement and the balmy weather of Austin in March. SXSW has become huge and corporate but it’s still a lot of fun. I’m already looking forward to next years trip!