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Friday, January 18, 2008

The Breakfast Taco

posted by on January 18 at 10:18 AM


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.

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That list was great, but really, what band there is going to top Was (Not Was)?

"Open the door, get on the floor Everybody walk the dinosaur"

Posted by ezra | January 18, 2008 10:52 AM

I dunno...

My Brother went last year, and all he talked abou' when he returned, was how dirty & smelly Austin is.

Smelly people, copious amounts of trash on the streets, etc., etc.

Posted by Jethro | January 18, 2008 11:34 AM

In heaven, they will serve breakfast tacos from Tamale House #3. It's been 16 years since our all-too-brief love affair and I'll never forget them.

Posted by bronkitis | January 18, 2008 2:00 PM

I'm goin'. Should be a blast.

Posted by rk | January 18, 2008 3:45 PM

Also local: Lonely H, the Cops. I hear rumors about certain Coconuts...

Posted by Eric Grandy | January 18, 2008 8:20 PM

I saw Dolly perform at a Letterman taping in 2000. She was on a bluegrass kick then and was amazing. I'm no fan of country music but she's fantastic live. Just a bundle of energy trapped in a tiny little top-heavy body with one of the truest, loudest voices I've heard. Great fun -- you should definitely check her out down there, if you can.

Posted by Ryan | January 19, 2008 8:14 PM

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