Southby

This has nothing to do with this post. I love parfaits. Actually, SXSW is like my life's musical parfait. The crunchy, the smooth and nutritious. Yeah? That works.

No funny business today.  Every March, swarm of bands, companies and filmmakers descends upon Austin looking to make a name for themselves, connect with their markets or flat-out rawk face!  I am personally excited about the music events.  Every year there’s someone that takes me by surprise.  A few years ago it was The Hush Sound and Dead to Fall.  I hope the same happens this year.  Anyway, here’s a few peepz I’m excited to see.

Wednesday is going to be a pretty brutal day.  The Funeral Pyre are a death metal band hardened by the beautiful weather of Southern California.  They’ll be playing at the Mohawk at 9:40.  If you wanna get brutal wif me, you can at Emo’s which will play host to one of the greatest hardcore bands our generation has seen, Dillinger Escape Plan.  I can’t fucking wait.  Then it’s to the Amsterdam Cafe with me to catch Kiss Kiss and The Forecast, both of which are drastically different from the Funeral Pyre and Dillinger Escape Plan.

I’ll be working the SXSW Trade Show on Thursday, so I’ll be missing the Texas Metal Showcase during the day.  Iwrestledabearonce will be there. Thursday night seems like slim pickin’s to me except for Pattern is Movement at the Mohawk at midnight and The Fall of Troy at Opal’s on 6th at 1am.  I can’t make both, but I’m sure I’ll be at the FoT show. I think The Fall of Troy are everything that’s right with music.  Their use of complex rhythms, melodies, chord progression and flare make them so fun to listen to and watch. Unfortunately, the band has decided to break up after this tour.

Friday is going to be jam packed. Gotta hit the Beauty Bar. Murder By Death is doing an acoustic set, and folky outfit the Low Anthem will be playing later at the HearYa.com showcase.  Also, later in the day, brutalists Mychildren Mybride and Goatwhore will be playing at the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival Does Austin at Emo’s.  At night I have some choices to make.  It’s between seeing Murder By Death again or channeling my inner-hipster by catching An Horse and Local Natives at the Galaxy Room at the Backyard.  Later on I have my MUST SEE of the night, and that’s Native.  They are amazing.  Wrestling Moves has become one of my favorite albums of the year thus far.  Afterward, I have to decide between Sum 41… whom I still love, and dancey pants Foxy Shazam, and then somehow make my way to Attack! Attack!.  I really wanna catch Attack! Attack and Evergreen Terrace’s showcase because that’s where the metal God squad is going to be, and that’s always cause for a good time. There will definitely be a lot of running around on Friday night.  I might just decide to sit around one place. Who knows? I have lofty goals.

Saturday I get to catch my favorite band at the moment and that’s La Dispute at Emo’s at the Alternative Press Day Party.  Ruiner, Circa Survive and Sum41 will be there as well. I will wrap up my night for sure at the Galaxy Room to catch Joan of Arc and Japandroids, after trying to catch some of the Fat Wreck Chords Showcase at Emo’s Annex.

So, hit me with any recommendations.  I’m open to pretty much anything.  Those of you who know how to contact me through phone should, and those that don’t know me but want to through me a recc should do so through TWITTER. http://www.twitter.com/tehdago

Anyway, thanks, for reading, y’all.  This has been a useless post. :D

-dago

My Albums of the Decade

A lot of people are compiling their lists of favorite albums, bands, movies, television shows or whatever of the decade.  I decided it would be fun to try to get a list together for my favorite albums of the decade.  I was initially optimistic about the list, but I quickly realized how lame the past decade has been.  Anyway, these are my personal albums of the decade.  I’m sure most of you will either hate the bands or albums.   A lot of these are sort of sentimental picks.  Many these albums got me through some tough times.  Others were my introduction into whole new genres.  Some are bands that grew on me and have left a huge impression.  I encourage you all to make your own lists.  I would love to read them. :D

The List

  1. Between the Buried and MeColors (2007) link
  2. At the Drive-InRelationship of Command (2000) link
  3. The Mars VoltaDe-Loused in the Comatorium (2003) link
  4. Coheed and CambriaIn Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: III (2003) link
  5. Circle Takes the SquareAs the Roots Undo (2004) link
  6. MuseAbsolution (2003) link
  7. Jimmy Eat WorldBleed American (2001) link
  8. La DisputeSomewhere At The Bottom Of The River Between Vega And Altair (2008) link
  9. ThursdayFull Collapse (2001) link
  10. The Mountain GoatsAll Hail West Texas (2002) link
  11. The Number Twelve Looks Like YouMongrel (2007) link
  12. The Fall of TroyManipulator (2007) link
  13. Café Tacvba – Cuatro Caminos (2003) link
  14. The Postal ServiceGive Up (2003) link
  15. Three 6 MafiaThe Most Known Unknowns (2005) link
  16. Queens of the Stone Age Songs for the Deaf (2002) link
  17. Ted Leo & the Pharmacists Hearts of Oak (2003) link
  18. The Blood BrothersYoung Machetes (2006) link
  19. Rodrigo y GabrielaRodrigo y Gabriela (2006) link
  20. mewithoutYou[A–>B] Life (2002) link
  21. Tenacious D Tenacious D (2001) link
  22. ParamoreRiot (2007) link
  23. Taking Back SundayTell All Your Friends (2002) link
  24. The Plot to Blow Up the Eiffel TowerDissertation, Honey (2003) link
  25. System of a DownToxicity (2001) link

Honorable Mention

  • Alkaline TrioFrom Here to Infirmary (2001) link
  • Strike AnywhereChange is a Sound (2001) link
  • Blink-182Take Off Your Pants and Jacket (2001) link
  • NOFXWar on Errorism (2004) link
  • Job For a CowboyDoom EP (2005) link
  • At All CostIt’s Time to Decide (2006) link
  • The Smashing PumpkinsMachina and the Machines of God (2000) link
  • Bloc PartySilent Alarm (2005) link
  • Cursive Mama, I’m Swollen (2009) link
  • See You Next TuesdayParasite (2007) link
  • Protest the HeroKezia (2005) link
  • The DarknessPermission to Land (2003) link

Thank you, Between the Buried and Me.

Friends

Not the buddies I'm talking about, but I'm glad Disney allowed one female in the crew. It seems so balanced now. Still adorable, despite the sexism.
Not the buddies I'm talking about, but I'm glad Disney allowed one female in the crew. It seems so balanced now. Still adorable, despite the sexism.

Friendships are fucking weird. I’m not saying they’re weird in a bad way. In fact, it might be the only thing that keeps us sane. Think about it. Where would you be without your friends?

More importantly, who would we be without our friends? If it weren’t for my friends Jason and Tim, whom I’ve known since 7th grade, I wouldn’t be the same today. Together we formed our senses of humor, our tastes and our overall demeanor. We always bounced ideas off of each other in regards to music (we were in bands together), relationships, the appropriate time to make AIDS jokes, etc. I will be forever indebted to them for everything they ever did for me. Although, I don’t talk to them as much as I wish, they are still always there in my mind. Friends do that to you. No matter what stupid, sweet things you ever do with your partner it’ll never surpass that prank you pulled during the Ravens-Giants Super Bowl. I always laugh at the IDEA of predictive text. I still sometimes refer to Jason as “jarmo”. The experiences that you share will never go away. That’s how it is with childhood friends, I guess. I know I’ll never have that again. I’m not at all sad about that.

We spent hours and hours together every day for years, and it was hard going to college and having to find new friends. It honestly took me until senior year of college and after graduation to find people I was comfortable enough to be really friends with. I’m blessed to have really great friends in Austin. Truth be told, they’re probably the biggest reason I don’t leave. I’m afraid that lightening can’t strike twice and it’ll take me another 4 years to find people I can confide in and who will call me “gay” on the reg (If you click that link, read definition 3. Will changed that).

With this influx of outsiders trying to burrow their little lives into South Austin you find a lot people having trouble making friends. I feel bad for them. Outside of school and work, it’s hard to find people to befriend. In a world full of douchebags, myself included, you’re always rolling the dice when meeting someone new. Running the risk of sounding like Forrest Gump, you never know what you’re going to get. You might meet some D’n’Der who loves to talk about their favorite Viking Metal band. You might need some dude-brah with a new fucking haircut. You might find someone with the answers to why we all must cry.

Some of my all-time partnerships:

  • PB&J – I don’t like Peanut Butter, but I won’t deny its contribution to society or all-together catchiness.
  • Paul McCartney and Wings – Let’s not kid ourselves. When the Wings Remasters come out it’ll be a bigger deal than this trend the world is following called The Beatles. I refer to The Beatles as the Jackson 5 of Paul McCartney’s career, except The Beatles didn’t make Paul a sexual deviant… Or maybe it did. Who knows? “Maybe, I’m amazed at how OVERRATED MY OLD BAND WAS!”
  • Tango & Cash – Grew up knowing that a true friend was one that went into a compound with you and blew up a warehouse full of baddies.
  • Bert & Ernie – We know they were more than friends, but we look past that.
  • Arthur & Buster – Ultimate ace-wingman situation.
  • Guns & Alcohol – This is purely for the selfish reason of natural selection. All hail West Virginia!
  • Rick James & Eddie Murphy – They only knew girls who liked to party all the time.

I feel like I should branch out more. I should meet more people. On the other hand, I’m really lazy and I love my friends already.

Does anyone have an awesome duo they’d like to share?

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Anyway, I’m really excited about a few new albums, and you should be too. Next week it’s Paramore! I know what you’re going to say, “Dago, u r a t0tallie br00t4l d3wd! wut r u doin listenen 2 PARAMORZ?!” Those of you who really know me know I love pop punk with all mi corazon. That album comes out next week and I’m getting psyched. Here’s their new video.

The Fall of Troy’s new album (October 6) is getting me so hyped. I fell in love with these guys in ’07 when seeing Coheed at Waterloo Park. Coheed was awesome, but these guys totally stole the show for me. A lot of people might know them from playing their song “F.C.P.R.E.M.I.X.” on Guitar Hero III. :) Anyway, this is one of their new songs.

Finally, Between the Buried and Me is following up their masterpiece Colors with The Great Misdirect (Oct. 27). It’s a tie between these guys and The Mars Volta for my favorite band. These guys tear faces off and feast on the young of the vanquished. SO AWESOME.

This is going to be a great month. Thursday is coming with The Fall of Troy and The Dear Hunter in October.

Anyone wanna go?!

DAGO

PS: Chelsea laid into Tottenham and have secured first. The Texans went to work on Tennessee and ensured that I can hold my head up high for at least a week. Life is really good. :D