SXSW 2011_8


This will be the last SXSW mix. We’ll be in Austin just after noon on Wednesday. On this mix, we have a perennial favorite – not much sounds better than the majestic, big sky sound of Monahans under the warm Austin sun – and a couple sure bets. We’ve seen Telegraph Canyon the last two years – the first as an intimate, creaky, country act – the second pushing into a more expansive and grander palette. Trampled by Turtles – shocked me when they sold out their Middle East Upstairs show in May – bluegrass selling out a Boston rock club!?! I was lucky enough (and a ticket purchased in advance with less pre-show sidewalk chit-chat) to catch them the next time through town when they moved to the the larger Middle East Downstairs.

I must have overlooked former Backsliders frontman Chip Robinson on earlier lists. He’s playing the Guitartown/Conqueroo kickoff party on the 16th. He’s got a great dusty voice and his album “Mylow” from 2010 included one of my favortie tracks of last year, “Fences,” with the perfect country, love song line: “The day I fell in love with you I pissed off my wife and my girlfried too.” Tom Vanden Avond is part of the great lineup at the Hillgrass Bluebilly party on the 18th. Duquette Johnson will be at Archibald’s Famous World-Class Rock’n’Roll Debacle on the 17th and also playing with his new band, The Gum Creek Killers, at the Birmingham Goes To SXSW party on the 19th. Australian Dom Mariani is playing a couple times during the week, hopefully digging into his long, hook-laden history with DM3, The Someloves, and The Stems among others.

1.) 0:00 – The Damnwells • I Am A Leaver
2.) 4:57 – Monahans • All In Love
3.) 8:10 – Telegraph Canyon • Safe On The Outside
4.) 11:13 – The Georgian Company • Apology
5.) 14:33 – The Hobart Brothers + Lil’ Sis Hobart • Almost Dinner Time
6.) 17:53 – Duquette Johnson • The Mission Is The Sky
7.) 21:11 – Chip Robinson • Story
8.) 26:06 – Tampled By Turtles • Victory
9.) 29:56 – Tom Vanden Avond • The Landlady
10,) 32:37 – Tex Smith • He’s Crazy About You
11.) 35:45 – Mr. Lewis & The Funeral 5 • Walking, Talking Country Song
12.) 41:26 – The Hounds Below • Love’s No Longer Here
13.) 43:19 – The Black Angels • Tlephone
14.) 45:07 – Surf City • Crazy Rulers Of The World
15.) 48:16 – Bare Wires • Romantic Girl
16.) 50:36 – DM3 (Dom Mariani) • 1 Time 2 Times Devastated
17.) 55:18 – Peelander-Z • Rocket Gold Star

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