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Friday, March 18, 2011

SXSW Day Two: BBQ, New Moods, Ghetto Bassquake, Danny Brown, and Slaughterhouse

Posted by on Fri, Mar 18, 2011 at 12:40 PM

Soak it in.
  • Soak it in.

Vegetables are for the weak, and barbecue is always a good decision. Iron Works BBQ is right around the corner from the Austin convention center, aka the center of the lanyard universe. The result is a line out the door, bands at every table, and a client list that includes every candidate or elected official to every come through Austin.

Casual encounters.
  • Casual encounters.

Most of the day was spent at Club 1808, which is in relatively deep East Austin, meaning well off the beaten SXSW path. The occasion was the showcase put on by Pianos, the Ludlow Street purveyor of fine sounds. A couple of highlights included New Moods (a precise and raucous four-piece fronted by Billy Jones of Other Passengers and Gang Gang Dance engineer Sean Maffucci), a short but sweet set from Chicago beatsmen The Hood Internet, and your boys Das Racist.

New Moods in full swing.
  • New Moods in full swing.

The highlight of the day, however, was Tormenta Tropical, an ongoing San Francisco-based party that for the purposes of SXSW took a sojourn to Austin and pulled double duty as a full on showcase. Leading off the night was the Ghetto Bassquake soundsystem, featuring some of the most ruthless DJs of the bubbling cumbia, tropicalia, and otherwise limitless bass movements. GBQ chief Vamanos and affiliates Uproot Andy and Chief Boima led things off, and as the dance floor packed up and out, they were followed by bass-heavy sets from NYC's Matt Shadetek, Austin's DJ Orion, and the party-wreckers themselves, Germany's Schlachthofbronx. From front to back, non-stop bass and quality selections.

Chief Boima and Old Money Massive
  • Chief Boima and Old Money Massive

  • Shadetek.

Schlacthofbronx do now mess around.
  • Schlachthofbronx do now mess around.

And finally, the night wrapped up with a one-two combination of the Hybrid himself, Detroit's Danny Brown, and new Shady Aftermath Records signees Slaughterhouse, the coast to coast supergroup featuring Crooked I, Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz, and Royce da 5'9". Quite the contrast between one of hiphop's fastest rising and hard-to-define stars, and a group that carries the torch for a hiphop that is nearly one generation removed.

Youre just mad because Danny Browns styling on you.
  • You're just mad because Danny Brown's styling on you.

  • Slaughterhouse.


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derek_erdman 1
Do not the things that BBQ are made out of eat vegetables to grow? If vegetables were "for the weak" then the BBQ would then be weak as well? I am at a loss here.
Posted by derek_erdman on March 18, 2011 at 2:04 PM · Report this
Grant Brissey, Emeritus 2
Celery is the most overrated vegetable ever. Just sayin.
Posted by Grant Brissey, Emeritus on March 18, 2011 at 3:29 PM · Report this

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