SXSW is a veritable smorgasbord of music- there are shows at auditoriums, in bars, back yards, street corners, churches, alley ways, hotel rooms…pretty much anywhere you can think of at every second of the day. I landed on Wednesday evening and headed straight out to Duran Duran (girls on film! the chauffeur! hungry like a wolf!), but the surprise highlight of the week may have been Austra who opened for the Kills at the Domino Records showcase. These girls have moves, and I’m quite sure everyone (and I do mean everyone) fell in love that night. Definitely keep an eye our for these Toronto up and comers and take a listen to their album.
Below are some of my personal highlights:
Simon Le Bon!
Weekend playing at the Insound showcase
Pitchfork x Christianity
Dancer @ Big Freedia
Alison Mosshart of The Kills
Dan Deacon at StyleCaster
Hunx and His Punx
Tim of the Fresh and Onlys
My only regret is not getting to see more of Austin on this whirlwind trip. I’ll definitely be heading back soon for a proper tour…and perhaps some serious vintage shopping. Stay tuned for SXSW Street Style!
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Went down to Athens Friday night for a show organized by Henry of Chunklet Magazine featuring Man…or Astro-Man? at the 40 Watt club. Soundscreen Design did a limited edition 7″ record for the event to celebrate Touchable Sound, our new book on rare, DIY and underground 7″ design. You can check out images of the packaging (which included an old computer circuit board) on Chunket’s site, linked above.
Fiend Without a Face opened, feat. Brent Hinds of Mastodon
Saturday night was another amazing time with the Of Montreal gang at Variety in ATL.
Kevin and his adorable daughter backstage before the show
Onesies. Lots and lots of onesies.
Of Montreal has never disappointed me with their live shows. Such a talented group of musicians and always a great performance…not to mention an all around stellar group of people.
Thanks to everyone for the good times!
I’ve been hard at work these last couple months coordinating the 2010 apparel collection at Soundscreen Design. I have been fortunate enough to wrangle five amazing designers;
- Slow and Steady Wins the Race
- Rob Carmichael
- Hisham Bharoocha
- Samantha Pleet
- Patent Pending (formed by Jesse LeDoux and Jeff Kleinsmith, creative director at Sub Pop)
Each designer is asked to pick two bands influential to them- the only rule being that it’s a band currently making music.
There will be ten original designs for ten awesome bands: Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Animal Collective, Atlas Sound, Beach House, HEALTH, Pantha du Prince, Chairlift, Band of Horses, TV on the Radio and one TBA (its a secret!).
We’re doing a staggered release for this collection, the first four by Hisham Bharoocha and Rob Carmichael. Hisham is well known as a member of Black Dice, Lightening Bolt, and his solo project Soft Circle as well as the creative director of the new Phosphorescence sunglasses line, featuring designs from Erin Wasson, No Age, Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth), Maria Cornejo, and more- you can grab these at Opening Ceremony. Rob has his own studio and record label in Brooklyn, and serves as Animal Collective’s go-to man, designing all their album art and packaging.
I’m pretty psyched to wear this Pantha du Prince tank.
You can check out the rest on our site- http://www.soundscreendesign.com
Also, if you’re in the area on Thursday I’ll be holding it down at the Insound Warehouse sale where you can buy SSD merch and also Insound vinyl, posters, headphones, and all the audio accoutrement your little arms can carry. Oh, and there’s FREE BEER!