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Thursday, March 17, 2011

SXSX Day One, Wednesday: Bad Brains And Black Lips

Posted by on Thu, Mar 17, 2011 at 8:25 AM

Didn't arrive downtown until almost 11:30 pm. Beeline for Emo's to catch rasta-punks Bad Brains. Somehow got to sneak in the side door entrance, and promptly tripped on a set of stairs in front of several members of the band. I never realized Bad Brains were tall, handsome black men. It was embarrassing, but worth it, 'cause they played a killer set. The Black Lips followed the Brains with one of the most raucous and rowdiest sets I've seen in forever. Jared screamed the lyrics to 'O, Katrina'. That song sounds better that way, if you ask me.

Today hopefully includes Davila 666, Thee Oh Sees, Duran Duran, Yelawolf, Ritchie Hawtin, Black Milk, Big Freedia, and The Wu-Tang Clan. There are 9,789,538,812,693 people here. The Kansas airport sucks whitetail deer balls. Lots more to come. Happy St. Patricks Day from Kelly O'Neil, from Ireland's own Kelly O'Neils.


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Aside from HR's repugnant homophobia (ask Tim Kerr while you're there in Austin), when I saw 'em several months ago, he seemed utterly confused, almost alzheimer's-like, forgetting lyrics, mumbling. The band was pretty good playing their early punk stuff, but their reggae songs suck by any measure ("I Luv I Jah"?).
Posted by carnivorous chicken on March 17, 2011 at 10:51 AM · Report this
If you knew Bad Brains, They have always mixed reggae and punk... Oh and see my HR interview…
Posted by therealzLIfewBlythe on March 17, 2011 at 11:55 AM · Report this
@2 No fucking shit, although they never really "mixed" the two until their shitty later records. On their earlier records the two are distinct.

Crap interview, by the way. You interrupt his answer to the only decent question (about "Bannded in DC") to ask the question more generally, citing BB's later, shittier stuff. I guess your hit count went up once because of me, though. Now it's 133.
Posted by carnivorous chicken on March 17, 2011 at 12:25 PM · Report this
The stranger sends someone who didn't know the Bad Brains were black to a music festival. Huh. I suppose it's good to know what to expect from the articles quality-wise in advance.
Posted by Kind of like reading Facebook updates. on March 17, 2011 at 7:51 PM · Report this

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