SXSW The Breakfast Taco
posted by January 18 at 10:18 AMon
If a post is in the morning and has anything to do with South by Southwest, then it should be called a breakfast taco. If you’ve done the four-day fest before, you understand that the above taco doesn’t look gross—it looks like hangover heaven. And I don’t just mean booze recovery; the only way to overcome each of the full days and nights of music (day parties, house parties, official 6th Street showcases, post-showcase warehouse parties way out on the east side) is by way of chorizo, egg, cheese, hot sauce, lard-filled flour tortilla, and foil wrapper.
So let’s pop an Aspirin and unwrap the first breakfast taco of the year. What’s hiding in it? Looks like sausage…potato… and holy hot tits, it’s Dolly Parton!
This announcement, of course, forces me to wonder why it is I never bothered going to see her at a megadome or stadium before. Maybe I needed a few years to get past the cosmo-country material and 9 to 5; maybe I was too busy looking at her chest to look into her eyes. Whatever, redemption is coming my way in March.
Dolly’s among the 250+ acts semi-confirmed in the first big SXSW band list posted yesterday by the Austinist. The site picks a few highlights as well (X, Constantines, Q-Tip, David Banner?), but do take the time to flip through the rest. A few thoughts: Portland’s in full effect (Blitzen Trapper, YACHT, and so on). Jandek’s in full effect for the second year in a row, and the person who approved the famed recluse’s return must’ve seen a different set last year than I did. Daryl Hall’s in full effect, but Oates is not—WHA??? And though this Texas boy apologizes in advance for missing any other local names [EDIT: like Fleet Foxes, see above, slap forehead, Sam], congrats to Feral Children and The Lonely H on their SXSW invites—hope they don’t stick you guys in Spyro’s at 8 p.m. on a Wednesday. That place has a goddamned bubble machine on its roof. I noticed the lack of Cave Singers, but it just seems like Matador’s held off on announcing its acts altogether (and with upcoming albums from Malkmus and Cat Power, ya gotta wonder).
Anybody gonna bother driving/flying down for this? Anybody wonder what the hubbub is about? I’d like to know; as a SXSW addict of nearly eight years now, I’ll address both of those in posts to come.