SXSW (South By Southwest)

The Golden Globes, Oscars and Grammys pat the Old Guard on their backs while securing tethers to their myopic view of a withering culture. At South By, the pats are shoves forward, with a launch into our collective sensorium that compels us to pay attention, much like the record warm spring weather does this year — everywhere in the U.S. except in the West. Today it’s warmer in Chicago than in Miami…tomorrow, New York City will be in the 80s. I stood outside Katz’s Deli on Houston Street on Monday in short sleeves, eating my knish, waiting for the New York debut of Mimi Page and Choir of Young Believers, straight from their show in Austin.

Between March 13 and 18, hundreds of artists were showcased in and around Austin, turning this East Texas hill country college town into a United Nations of Artistic Energy. As always, The Bay Area was well represented — way beyond its demographic of population density. Here is a BAM shout-out to our local heroes, a complete list in order of appearance, of both our “established” stars and as-yet-unknowns:

  • Mister Loveless from Oakland
  • Sean Smith from San Francisco
  • Tycho from San Francisco
  • B. Bravo & The Starship Connection from San Francisco
  • Pillowfight from San Francisco
  • Paranoid Castle from Oakland
  • Wallpaper from Oakland
  • Michael Beach from San Francisco
  • High On Fire from Oakland
  • Carletta Sue Kay from San Francisco
  • Dirty Ghosts from San Francisco
  • Bare Wires from Oakland
  • Thee Oh Sees from San Francisco
  • Sleepy Sun from San Francisco
  • Saviours from San Francisco
  • Black Cobra from San Francisco
  • Wymond Miles from San Francisco
  • Los Rakas from Oakland
  • Prizehog from San Francisco
  • Ezra Furman from San Francisco
  • Silver Swans from San Francisco
  • DaVinci from San Francisco
  • ALO from San Francisco
  • The Brothers Comatose from San Francisco
  • aka Frank from Oakland
  • Bobby Brackins from Oakland
  • Starting Six from San Francisco
  • Berner from San Francisco
  • Roach Gigz from San Francisco
  • Main Attractionz from Oakland
  • Andre Nickatina from San Francisco
  • The Hundred Days from San Francisco
  • Noah D from San Francisco
  • Maus Haus from San Francisco
  • The Soft White Sixties from San Francisco
  • Sleepy Sun from San Francisco
  • Hottub from Oakland
  • Shawn Reynaldo from San Francisco
  • The Stone Foxes from San Francisco
  • The Grannies from San Francisco
  • Truth Live from Santa Rosa
  • Souls of Mischief from Oakland
  • Two Gallants from San Francisco
  • Geographer from San Francisco
  • Girls from San Francisco
  • Howlin’ Rain from Oakland
  • Tender Mercies from San Francisco
  • Comma from San Francisco
  • Deafheaven from San Francisco
  • Early Graves from San Francisco
  • Eligh & Amp Live from Oakland
  • Latryx from Oakland
  • Zumbi from Oakland
  • Blackalicious from Oakland
  • G-Eazy from Oakland
  • Young Prisms from San Francisco
  • Bob Mould from San Francisco
  • Loquat from San Francisco
  • DJ Amen from San Francisco
  • Kastle from San Francisco
  • Kreayshawn from Oakland
  • Ghosts On Tape from San Francisco
  • Train from San Francisco
  • Chuck Prophet from San Francisco
  • Diego’s Umbrella from San Francisco
  • Lumerians from San Francisco
  • Whirr from San Francisco
  • Rocky Rivera from San Francisco
  • Bang Data from Oakland
  • Foxtails Brigade from San Francisco
  • Ceremony from San Francisco
  • Shortkut from San Francisco

Of special note and interest were the six — count ‘em, six — SXSW performances by Tycho, the nom de plume of San Francisco’s Scott Hansen. Hansen has been manipulating wave forms for 10 years now, but perhaps only became a household name with the October 2011 release of Tycho’s Dive. Check him out here http://www.tychomusic.com/ where you can get the FREE DOWNLOAD of his re-mix of Swedish electronic band Little Dragon’s “Little Man.” Scott has assembled a full band and A/V show, headed for Europe in April.

What’s Up

I’m on the “back nine” of my travels. Before I headed out, I threw together this mix of African favorite flavors…with an optic centric to Mali and West Africa. You can audition most of these tracks on iTunes; or get some free downloads at http://www.soundcloud.com. You may have to dig a little to find all of them, but it’s worth the search. You’ll love ’em, I guarantee.

  • Amadou & Miriam — “Welcome To Mali”
  • Salif Keita — “La Difference”
  • Vieux Farka Toure — “Ma Hine Cocore” (Karsh Kale re-mix)
  • Tinariwen — “Tenere Taqqim Tossam” (Four Tet re-mix)
  • Sona Jobarteh — “Jarabi”
  • Bela Fleck — “Throw Down Your Heart”
  • Ali Farka Toure/ Ry Cooder — “Diaraby”
  • Issa Bayayago — “Clew Mawele” (Adham Shaikh’s Dusty Re-mix)
  • Youssou N’Dour — “7 Seconds”
  • Baaba Maal — “Dakar Moon”
  • Angelique Kidjo — “Agolo”
  • Dub Colossus — “Negus Dub”
  • Carlo D — “Gouree”
  • Afro Celt Sound System — “When You’re Falling”
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