Wednesday, March 14
Providencia on the Day Stage
Adventures in Songwriting with Paul Williams
With my recently adventures in songwriting, this was a not to be missed panel. I'm old enough to remember Paul, but I never realized how prolific he had been with his songwriting.
Paul was fantastic, and delivered a very engaging interview. What made this really special, was the he brought his musical director and piano player with him, and stopped at various points throughout the hour, to punctuate his stories with the actual songs.
Downloaded: The SxSW Interview
This was an interesting panel discussing a soon to be released documentary,
Downloaded, directed by Alex Winters (Bill of
Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure fame).
The movie is about Napster, the creation of Sean Parker, and Shawn Fanning. Having lived through this era, I was somewhat aware of the history, but I'm certain I go watch this film when it is released.
Paul Williams Still Alive
This was another great, music oriented, biographical documentary. I have developed a new found respect for Paul Williams, after watching this film. Hell, I would even contemplate going to see him perform now.
This film is loosely based on a true story, about events that took place in Carthage, Texas, in the mid 90's. The main character Bernie Tierde, was an effeminate, former mortician, who became the companion of a older widow, and eventually murdered her.
The film reunites Richard Linklater with Jack Black. It's the type of dark comedy, that's right up my alley. Richard supposedly went to Tiede's trial, and has been in contact with him in prison.
I spent the first part of the first real evening of SxSWm, at Stubbs. I wanted to see a bit of Alabama Shakes' set before heading over to see Thomas Dolby.
- Sharon Van Etten
- Dan Deacon - 2 drummers and DJ from Balto.
- Alabama Shakes
I had seen Sharon two years ago, as a solo act over at St. David's. This time she had a band. She still has an incredibly haunting voice.
Even though I was tempted to give these guys a pass, because they were from my home town, I can't say I really enjoyed this set.
Perhaps the hype for this band is a little overdone. None the less, there was a lot of roots rock goodness on display.
Thomas Dolby at the JR
I totally fucked up on this one, missing the opportunity to see Thomas at a day party. From all accounts, that appearance was fantastic.
The night time performance I chose, was one of two
showcases that he was doing. It was located at the JR's, or the club formerly known as Emo's.
Thomas and band took the stage almost a half hour later than they should have. Of course, there were insurmountable sound problems, and they never really got things straightened out. They played through their set, but you could tell that Dolby was visibly annoyed at the sound crew.