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Notes from SXSW 2008, Part 2

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on March 24, 2008 by 30daysout

A hot parking lot was an unlikely venue at SXSW for She & Him, the folk-pop duo of M Ward and indie-movie queen Zooey Deschanel.  Kind of strange to see so many moms (with kids in tow) right off Austin’s crazy Sixth Street, but She & Him have a solid buzz that’s aimed right at that audience.  And with a full band, they sounded just fine – Zooey’s songs are pretty, straightforward 70s folk and they go down easy with her smoky voice poured on top.  You can hear their three-song set at Minnesota Public Radio’s live broadcast site at The Current

MP3: You Really Got A Hold On Me 

She & Him at Merge Records


Notes from SXSW 2008 Part 1

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on March 24, 2008 by 30daysout


Finally finished soaking the tired feet after SXSW 2008, it was another fine few days in Austin.  You usually wind up standing around about 35 minutes for every five minutes of music, but it’s worth it if you made your choice wisely. One of those good choices was Carbon/Silicon, the post-punk guitar band featuring Mick Jones (The Clash) and Tony James (Generation X).  I’m happy to report, this is closer to Clash than to Big Audio Dynamite – crashing guitars ripping through riff-fests like “The News” and “Soylent Green.”  The boys slashed through five songs for Minnesota Public Radio, then showed up at Waterloo Records the next day for more.  We’d heard rumors that maybe Steve Jones (Sex Pistols) may show up at Waterloo to jam with his old West London mates, but no luck.  Still … catch Carbon/Silicon if you can – they’re the real thing.   You may want to check out Minnesota Public Radio’s live broadcast site at The Current .

Carbon/Silicon official website