was hard to drag myself out of bed for day 5 of the festival. While
there was still plenty of good stuff to see, many of the interesting
shows were spread out all over town and running back and forth was the
last thing I wanted to do. Heading over to the Yard Dog and staying put
for a couple of hours seemed like a good option. They hosted only 2
days of parties this year, both with fantastic line-ups. The Silos
played the same set as on Wednesday (which seemed like weeks ago at
this point - not surprising considering I had seen about 40 other shows
since), but Rod Hohl joined them for added guitar power.
his name might be unfamiliar to all but the most dedicated indie rock
geeks, Ken Stringfellow has been flirting with stardom for over a
decade, first as one-half of the Posies, then as a member of Big Star,
a sideman with R.E.M., and a producer for indie upstarts like Damien
Jurado." - Bret Love, allmusic.com
The stage at Yard Dog
allows for pretty direct interaction between performer and audience,
yet Ken Stringfellow felt compelled to play his set in front off the
stage surrounded by his fans. His set included duets with Alana Amram and Skylar Gudasz.
Watch a video from another show during SXSW 2012 here.
"'I'm Alive', Garland Jeffreys repeats endlessly on the second track of The King of In Between,
his first album in 13 years – perhaps for those that need reminding. A
native son of New York City, Jeffreys has been making music since the
late Sixties. A stint with major labels in the late Seventies and early
Eighties earned the singer-songwriter a cult following, a slew of radio
play, and comparisons to rock poets such as Lou Reed and Elvis Costello." – Jim Caligiuri,
Wow, that was an an unexpected treat. Sure, I remembered
"Matador", his hit from 1980, and I did recall "Hail Hail Rock and
Roll“ from 1991. He didn't play either of those songs, put he put in a
memorable performance. His ace band with Mark Patterson on keys and
guitar, Glen Fukunaga on bass, and Billy Masters on lead guitar
provided the perfect foundation for him to constantly work the crowd.
Setlist: "I'm Alive", "Coney Island Winter", "35 Millimeter Dreams",
"The Contortionist", "Modern Lovers", ''Til John Lee Hooker Calls Me",
"Wild In The Streets" and "96 Tears" with a bit of "Waiting For My Man"
Audio: Garland Jeffreys - Coney Island Winter (from SXSW event page)
I spoke to Chuck's Manager a day earlier he had told me that the
chances of shows in Canada in the near future were slim due to the
complications for American touring musicians to cross the border into
Canada. So I made sure I would at least see a couple of the three
performances they crammed the afternoon alone.
I didn’t try to catch them at the Twangfest party – which meant I
completely missed out on that party for the first time in years. Also
missed my last chance to visit Jovita's one more time, which has since
been shut down and its owner arrested on charges of drug trafficking.
At Yard Dog, two power outages lead to singalongs
and some delays, but overall this was another outstanding set by Chuck
& band in front of a packed audience: "Storm Across The Sea",
"Balinese Dancer", "Castro Halloween", "The Left Hand And The Right
Hand", "Willie Mays Is Up At Bat", "I'm Bored" (see video here), "Temple Beautiful" and "You Did (Bomp Shooby Dooby Bomp)".
hour later the band was back on stage over at Waterloo Records. A
couple of nice changes to the set, which was unfortunately cut short a
bit: "Bangkok", "Storm Across The Sea", "Always A Friend", "The Left
Hand And The Right Hand", "Willie Mays Is Up At Bat", 'Doubter Out Of
Jesus" (see video here; be warned - sound quality is a bit rough), "White Night, Big City" and "Temple Beautiful".
(c) Steffen Paulus 2012