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As posted on Twitter this week :
@PetePirates March-ing forward http://yfrog.com/h0tz98j
So I guess it's official then ?
Think they are going to try and do as many parties as possible again.
Unfortunately, work circumstances prevent me from attending any day parties during the weekdays of SXSW this year. Hopefully I can spread the word and get my friends to go. Maybe they'll finally understand why I keep going on and on about them
Jen, Yeah I'm in South Austin. Do you know of many other PATP fans in Austin or South TX?
We should try to get a good crowd together for at least one of their gigs. I've only been here for a few months and haven't been to SXSW yet.
What way do the day parties work?
I've been doing my best to spread the word in Austin about PATP since I saw them at SXSW in 2009 .
I hope I can make it to at least 1 PATP performance during SXSW this year (stupid work schedule...grrrr). I've volunteered for the festival the past few years and earned my music badge or wristband (an advantage when it comes to official SXSW events and events reserved for SXSW registered attendees).
When it comes to day parties, it depends on the party. Some day parties are invite only and/or require an RSVP. Other day parties and unofficial showcases are usually open to the public. The band is pretty good at updating their gig schedule and its pertinent details so keep an eye on the official website as well as their Facebook page and Twitter (@petepirates).
The SXSW website is listing a showcase on Wed, March 16th at Red Eyed Fly (located at 7th and Red River).
I picked up the latest Austin Chronicle (local free weekly paper) and it included a SXSW schedule. Of course, it's subject to change and additional updates, etc.
But I found one showcase. It's March 16th at the Red Eyed Fly as part of the Transgressive/Rockfeedback showcase. Other artists on this showcase included Dry The River, Liam Finn, Pulled Apart By Horses, and a couple of others I don't recall at the moment.
Caffeine will be needed since PATP are listed as playing last at 1 am. I know I'm also going to need caffeine the next day since I have to be at work at 8 am. The sleep deprivation is going to be worth, right, lads ?
http://www.rockfeedback.com/gig/283/roc … case-2011/
Another showcase has been added for Saturday, March 19th at 1 pm at the Austin Convention Center (Dot Com Day Stage). For the lucky folks that attend and stick around, Edwyn Collins is on at 2 pm. This stage is presented by Clash Music on March 19th. The sponsors vary for each day at this venue.
SXSW events (like the day stage) at the Austin Convention Center are restricted to those with credentials (festival badges, artist wristbands). Not open to the general public.
Clash wraps up its Austin Action with a stunning 'day time' line-up full of weekend wonder on March 19th at the Dot Com Day Stage at the Austin Convention Center with three diverse talents and one bona-fide legend.
Live from the city’s cultural epicentre, Clash is on hand for some afternoon delights. Entry is again free to SXSW delegates.
12:00 - 12:40pm Mystery Guest
Expect something special from our mystery guest. Clash is honour bound not to reveal their identity, but we can promise you something hotter than red hot Texas chilli!
1:00 - 1:40pm Pete And The Pirates
Indie charmers Pete And The Pirates hit Texas just as their second album is about to drop. Adept with chipped guitar hooks and perfect pop choruses, this Reading quintet turn suburban dramas into three-minute anthemic gems that make real life so much more bearable.
2:00 - 2:40pm Edwyn Collins
The second-best thing to come out of Scotland besides Clash (though a far superior song writer), Edwyn Collins formed the much-loved ’80s post-punk group Orange Juice, then pursued a solo career in the ’90s. Feted by artists such as The Cribs, Franz Ferdinand, The Drums and The Maccabees, Edwyn is a giant of indie, who won’t let even a brain haemorrhage halt his almighty career.
http://www.austin360.com/blogs/content/ … sic_source
The Dog & Duck Pub has got three nights of live music during SXSW. Let’s take a jump for the full schedule, which is very impressive, especially on St. Patrick’s Day, which the D&D has owned the past few years.
**There is no cover or wristband needed to attend.
21st Annual St Patrick’s Day Celebration
12:00 - 12:30 The Capitol City Highlanders
12:45 - 1:00 Jeenna and The Band Of Brothers
1:15 - 1:55 The Black Irish
2:15 - 2:55 Sean Orr and Black Dagger
3:15 - 4:30 Ed Miller And Rich Brotherton
4:45- 5:00 The Capitol City Highlanders
5:00 - 5:40 Pete And The Pirates (U.K.)
6:00- 6:40 Pinata Protest
7:00- 7:40 The Bremen Riot
8:00- 9:00 The Minus 5 (Featuring Members Of R.E.M And The Dream Syndicate)
9:15-Ian McLagan & The Bump Band
Fingers crossed I'll lbe able to leave work on time on the 17th so I can head straight for The Dog and Duck which is a wonderful little pub near the Univ of Texas campus. For this party, there's a stage and tent set up in the car park in front of the pub.
Nice bonus with Ian McLagan and his band in the lineup. Perhaps you might recognise his name from his time playing with The Faces and The Small Faces. He's lived in the Austin area for several years now and plays here frequently when he's not on tour.
Here's another day party for Thurs March 17th :
THURSDAY, MARCH 17TH
BROOKLYNVEGAN FREE DAY PARTY
SWAN DIVE & BARBARELLA – 615 Red River St
Noon – 6 PM
STAGE 1 (SWAN DIVE)
12:00 PM Josh T. Pearson
1:00 PM Pujol
2:00 PM The Rural Alberta Advantage
3:00 PM Damien Jurado
4:00 PM Memoryhouse
5:00 PM Menomena
STAGE 2 (Barbarella Patio)
12:00 PM Savoir Adore
1:00 PM Alex Winston
2:00 PM Dom
3:00 PM Obits
4:00 PM Dominique Young Unique
5:00 PM Mellowhype (Odd Future)
STAGE 3 (Barbarella Inside)
12:00 PM Shannon & The Clams
12:30 PM Hunx & His Punx
1:15 PM Gentleman Jesse & His Men
2:00 PM Pete & The Pirates
3:00 PM Fergus & Geronimo
4:00 PM Yuck
5:00 PM Screaming Females
Trying to get through today (Thurs) on barely 4 hours of sleep. But it was so very worth it
Transgressive/Rockfeedback put on an eclectic showcase. The only band I didn't care for was Pulled Apart By Horses. Just not my cup of tea.
Waiting for 1am felt long but the guys played a cracking set. Wish it could've been just a tad longer but sets were running slightly behind schedule.
Fun to reunite with the guys while queuing up at the venue and inbetween sets of the preceding bands
I really like Pulled Apart By Horses, but you do have to be into that kind of thing.
sounds like it was worth the wait
I'd like to state my fondest wish for PATP to play every St Patrick's Day in Austin .
Thursday was a warm, gorgeous day. It was the kind of day you hope for during SXSW.
A stage and large tent was set up in the car park in front of the Dog and Duck Pub. I survived rush hour traffic and arrived just as the band was being introduced. Lucky for me, things were running about 15 min late.
The crowd was very receptive and I think a bunch of new fans were made yesterday . Planting the seeds for a future, non-SXSW gig perhaps ? Just wishing aloud here...
Incredibly fun gig and it felt more relaxed and laidback then the late night official showcase the night before. I took tons of pics and I'll try to get them up in the near future after the festival madness subsides. It was one of those gigs where I wish I had a video camera so I could share it with you. It was *that* special .
To the band : Make sure you send Dog and Duck Pub some CDs. You belong on the pub jukebox !
I only missed 1 of their day parties (for the music blog, Brooklyn Vegan) but considering how well the St Patrick's Day party went, I didn't mind.
Late Sat morning, I find my friend who works for the SXSW Festival. She gives me a pass which allows me to see the last PATP gig of the week. Walking into the room, it feels like you're walking into a business conference instead of watching a gig. Not exactly your typical gig atmosphere but that didn't matter because after a few late nights, watching a band with access to air conditioning, cool drinks, and comfortable chairs was quite nice. My good friends, Janet and Renee, also made it to this gig and really enjoyed it.
The keyboard was brought out for the first song. I wasn't sure of the title but it had the album title mentioned in the lyrics. (**I realise now that it was "Can't Fish"). I really enjoyed that one. The keyboard gets removed and they continue with the rest of the set - mostly from the new album of course but "Knots", "She Doesn't Belong To Me" and "Mr Understanding" are also included.
It was a great way to kick off my last full day of SXSW. A little bit of time to chat, say our goodbyes, and a group photo. I don't have all of my photos uploaded yet. But I'll get around to it during the week. Right now, I just need a break after the festival. Time to catch up on sleep and regroup.
I'm grateful to have an event like SXSW in my city as it brings bands to town that might not normally get to play in Austin. The best compliment about the band came from my friend, Nadine, who told Pete H : "It wouldn't be SXSW without you."
http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/culture/lu … om-death/#
There have been good and bad parts to my foray into Texan life this week. I’m here for SXSW, the biggest new music festival in the world. A total of 2,000 bands from all over the world will play by the end of the weekend; everything’s bigger in Texas.
First, the good news. It’s boiling hot, beautiful and the streets are filled with the brilliant, the bad and the bananas. Tattoo parlours rub shoulders with hot sauce stands, the streets are filled with a mist of turkey legs, gumbo and sweetcorn smells, and there’s wonderful music at every corner.
Music highlights so far have been The Strokes and Duran Duran. The former played a set at twilight in a park bursting at the seams with people. Set against a backdrop of Austin’s sci-fi skyline, and, later, fireworks, the band deserved a perfect setting. There’s a plethora of Strokes-inspired guitar rock here – I’ve almost reached saturation point if I’m honest – but the godfathers of the garage rock revival sounded even fresher and crisper than their progeny.
You can’t move for synths in Austin so it was fun to see Duran Duran, the architects of synthpop, show the city how it’s done. Listening to the Girls on Film amongst a crowd of tattooed Texans was a deliciously surreal moment only bettered by what I’d eaten for supper.
The food in Austin is exceptional. At a restaurant called The Boiling Pot, I had a dish called The Cajun Combo. Bibbed and salivating, you wait while the waitresses arrive with red baskets piled high with shrimp, crawfish, blue crab, sausage and potato. They then roll the bounty on to the middle of the table and you tuck in from there. Juicy crab meat, big fat shrimps, creamy oysters, spicy sausage… We polished it off like a bunch of hyenas.
One other memorable dish I need to mention is The Notorious P.I.G. It’s a hot dog from a place called Frank’s made from jackelope (an evil-looking rabbit) stuffed with macaroni cheese. Sounds gross? It was. If gross means delicious!
Now on to the not so good. I almost died on Wednesday evening. Soaking in the tub, I spotted a spider running around on the floor. I’m not scared of bugs and almost picked it up because it looked quite sweet. But it had a red hourglass on its rump which set off alarm bells. We nonchalantly looked up the creature on the internet, just to check if it was poisonous, and, indeed, to see if Texas was home to lethal spiders. It was a BLACK WIDOW. I smashed it and schmeared it against the bath with my Zora Neale Hurston collection of short stories. Job done.
But let’s get back to the music. Representing Blighty, Pete and the Pirates and Mount Kimbie played excellent sets. Brother, representing, erm, Slough, were OK. Braids, the most over-hyped band of 2011, were intensely annoying and self-indulgent. Das Racist were chaotic but impressive. You can read more about the music in my main review this weekend.
Right, I’m off to get a FrankCookie (a milkshake topped with bits of bacon). Someone get me a defibrillator.
I’m also tempted to get a tattoo. Should I?
The only mention of the band is that actor, Jon Hamm (from Mad Men TV series) was at the venue with his girlfriend. Great music journalism there (insert eyeroll).
http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/immaculate- … d-jon-hamm
The line in was egregious and crowd skewed older, unsurprisingly, though at least one particular attendee brought some more esteem. Mad Man Jon Hamm was in queue in front of me after I dipped out of Stubb's, and he and girlfriend Jennifer Westfeldt headed next door to Red Eyed Fly (for Pulled Apart By Horses or Pete and the Pirates?). The Bangles were in the house as well.
I'm hankering for a returen to Texas right now. Awwww.
Comments on the Telegraph article
It has been nice and warm this month but it is not "boiling hot". Come back to Texas in a few months - *that's* boiling hot.
The jackalope is a mythical creature and no foods are made from it : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackalope
Frank is a fun place to eat. Many variations on hot dogs and sausages : http://hotdogscoldbeer.com/eats/
The Jackalope item at Frank is made from antelope, rabbit, and pork sausage - not evil rabbits
I had a couple of food conversations with the guys. My guess is they would like to spend more time in Austin just for eating purposes .
The photo you've all been waiting for
Photos from St Patrick's Day party at Dog and Duck Pub : http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2 … bb37b324a0
More SXSW press snippets :
http://www.nbcnewyork.com/blogs/nonstop … 25919.html
Pete and the Pirates: Wait, you’ve never heard of these guys? C’mon now, stop resting on your laurels and start discovering some new music. I managed to see them at one of the 132 showcases hosted by the BrooklynVegan. Their brand of UK rock is recalls the elements that made Weezer a chart topping band in the 90’s and they do it with a tongue and cheek style that makes me want to dance around like a teenager whose biggest worry is whether or not I'll get my physics lab turned in on time.
http://voices.idahostatesman.com/2011/0 … _southwest
The next day was awesome, I always have a great time at the Dog and Duck Pub's St. Patricks Day party, they always have a big tent with a good sound system and being off the beaten downtown path near the UT campus it's a much less chaotic atmosphere. A couple of bands I saw that day were awesome. There was a band from England called Pete and the Pirates that were really good. My buddy being the cynic stated "the Proclaimers called and said they want their career back" which I didn't agree with other than they did a really good job of harmonizing 3 vocals at once.
http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2 … n_a_3.html
"This is the weirdest gig we've ever played. I feel like we're in Las Vegas and you are all eating dinner." Pete & the Pirates singer Thom Sanders was remarking on the weirdness of playing the Dot Com Day Stage at 1PM in the Austin Convention Center. Folding chairs were set up near the stage, there were couches around the periphery, more the kind of place where some CEO reveals annual earnings than hearing some sprightly indie pop.
Yet Pete & the Pirates made it work, 'cause they're so damn good. (The bloody mary I was drinking probably also helped.) They charmed the pants off the room. We got a smattering of songs from their first album, and a few from One Thousand Pictures which is due out in May. This was a great way to start my final day of SXSW.
Also, check out the some of the blog comments at the end of the article if you need a laugh or two. Isn't the anonymity of the internet great ? ;D
My photos from the Dot Com Day Stage gig : http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2 … e597acbac4