so we could hire a few paid interns at Buzznet. on the first day we got 50 killer resumes, one better than the other.
this week we got to actually work with two who marc and anthony liked. a young lady and a young gentleman.
the young lady is fresh from an ivy league school, knows a shitton about the indie scene, seems to have some cool friends here in LA, and was brave enough to join me for 99 cent soul food over by usc this afternoon.
shes pretty awesome.
the young gentleman is a myriad of beautiful tattoos, piercings, and more tattoos. this morning i picked him up outside the loft and he was halfway through henry rollins’ new book. of his many tats he has a huge black flag symbol. he knows everything about the dark side of music – my side.
so today i asked him if he would go through the 987 bands that are scheduled to play sxsw next week and advise me as to which shows i shouldnt miss. you know, because im old and out of it.
below is what he sent me.
i believe he passed the audition.
Wednesday March 15:
-Talib Kweli @ La Zona Rosa (612 W 4th St) @ 10:15PM If you don’t know who this mastermind is, I won’t tell you. Go see him.
-Shook Ones @ Redrum (401 Sabine Ave) @ 11:00pm. My band has played a couple of shows with these guys. Besides being hilarious, they can rip out one of the tightest sets I’ve ever heard. Fast, melodic hardcore in the vein of Kid Dynamite.
-Immortal Technique @ Red Eyed Fly @ 12:30AM. In my opinion, he’s hands-down one of the most intelligent lyricists/MCs I’ve ever heard. Super smart hip hop. Listen and learn.
-Genitallica @ Opal Devine’s Freehouse (700 W 6th St) @ 1:00AM. I have never heard of this band and I know nothing about them. But they’re from Monterrey, Mexico and their name is Genitallica! What the fuck? How could you NOT go? [pictured, above]
-Mogwai @ Stubb’s (801 Red River St) @ 1:00AM. I’ve never seen them live, but apparently you can get totally ripped to their live show and it makes it 100 times better. I like the music.
Thursday March 16:
-Blackalicious @ Town Lake Stage At Auditorium Shores @ 6:00pm. Go watch him rhyme your face off.
-Circle Takes The Square @ Room 710 @ 7:45 pm. Start your Thursday out right and see this thrash/grand/stoner rock/sludge/dual gender vocalist team rip shit up. You will never, ever hear a band like this. Their music is all over the place and it actually makes sense as opposed to being dissonant and weird for the sake of being dissonant and weird. DO IT.
-Morrissey @ Austin Music Hall (208 Nueces St) @ 9:30PM. Ok. So I like mopey depressing rock. And The Smiths. Hey, you never know who loves Morrissey!
-Goldfrapp @ Austin Music Hall @ 12:15am. It’s Goldfrapp. Enough said.
-GOGOL BORDELLO @ Emo’s Main Room @ 12:45AM. FUCKING. HELL. Now I’m jealous that you’re going. This is one of the most supremely awesome bands in all existence. Think a travelling gypsy band, complete with dancers and shriekers, who all listen to Black Flag and The Clash. UNREAL. Gypsy punk at its best. Fantastic live show too!!! GO GO GO GO GO GO. [pictured, right]
– Hank Williams III @ Antone’s (213 W 5th St) @ 1:00am. Guy is a godsend.
Friday March 17:
-The Loved Ones @ Redrum (401 Sabine Ave). They go on at 8:00 pm. Think catchy Green Day if they actually played punk these days. Fast, catchy, and oh so wonderful.
-Jello Biafra’s Host Show at The Jackalope, featuring a bunch of new Alternative Tentacles artists, should atleast be interesting. The man’s got a great ear for bizarre yet compelling music.
-Lucero @ Red 7 (611 E. 7th St.) at 10:30pm. Super passionate folk punk. Their shows are like giant drunken parties. Go just for that.
-Atmosphere @ Emo’s Main room at 12:30am. The guy can flow, he samples the widest variety of music (short of what Z-Trip does, but that’s a different thing), and he’s mesmerizing.
-At 12:30, Ted Leo & The Pharmacists @ Red 7. Same time as Atmosphere, but holy shit, he writes terrific pop songs.
-Helmet @ Redrum Annex @ 12:45am. I would go just to see if they play old shit. Old Helmet = Wonderful.
-Do not attend Emo’s Annex or any Drive-Thru records showcases unless you’d like to bleed out of your ears. Some of the whiniest, most contrived music ever made!
Saturday March 18:
– Division of Laura Lee @ Red Eyed Fly (715 Red River St) @ 12:00am
– Cephalic Carnage @ Room 710 (710 Red River St) @ 12:00am It’s a bunch of stoners who love grind and death metal. Their bass player puts on the most fantastic show. Amazing.
-Municipal Waste @ Room 710 @ 1:00am. If you ever dug Slayer, the first 3 Metallica albums, or Exodus, these guys are perhaps one of the greatest crossover bands I’ve heard in years. Most of their songs are less than 2 minutes long, are played at 1000bpm, and have ridiculous song titles. Check them out if you can.
Sunday March 19:
-I couldn’t find anything I even knew, let alone liked. YIKES. I am no longer cool NOR relevant!