SXSW Recap / The Fader Fort / 3.13.08
Seeing since we had so much fun at the Fader Fort yesterday, we couldn't resist and decided to head back. Once inside we grabbed a beer for each hand and headed front and center.
As we walked in, Joe Lean and The Jing Jang Jong were performing on the stage. I got to hear a few songs and liked it. I remember reading some buzz about them and I could see why. I'll have to check out some more of their stuff online.
As Grand Ole Party was setting up, I told my friends to take notice and pay attention cause they rock. Looking around the crowd, it didn't seem many people knew who they were. They are led by drummer/singer who has a Karen O demeanor to her. I'm really glad I got to check them out and I'll admit it, was singing along to their songs. They sound great live and I'm glad my friends dug em'.
I believe this is my sixth time seeing Saul Williams and I couldn't have been more ecstatic. He has so much energy and speaks with a purpose. The crowd went wild for him. He played one of my favorites, "List of Demands" and finished his set with his version of "Sunday Bloody Sunday", while it seemed like the entire crowd sang along.
The Lou Reed Tribute featured numerous bands doing Lou Reed covers: What Laura Says Thinks and Feels (the drummer informed me they had just learned to play their two songs earlier in the day), Joseph Arthur, Dr. Dog, Ezra Furman, Thurston Moore (who jumped into the crowd head first and ruined his guitar) and The New Wave Bandits, My Morning Jacket, and even Moby. Lou Reed came out to play to play "Take A Walk On The Wild Side" and it just felt so surreal to be there. LOU REED!!
N.E.R.D. came to the stage as people were getting impatient because the sound guys took forever to setup. Seriously, there was so much equipment. There were two drum kits, numerous keyboards, guitars and people everywhere. Pharrell was blinged out like no other. It was a phenomenal performance and they even brought a few girls on.