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Just a Little Lovin'

The Austin Music Hall had great security. Ready for any emergency. They promptly removed the half of turkey club I had saved from earlier that evening. I should have considered throwing it away hours ago.

It was a compromise going to the Austin Music Hall. One thing that makes SXSW special is the small, club venues. The Music Hall (capacity 4,400) is larger, even larger than La Zona Rosa (700) where Van Morrison had played two nights before. It was almost full. Crowds shoulder to shoulder standing on the floor space. We went to the second level to sit on one of the concrete slabs that also serve as stairsshelby lynneshelby lynne.

Don't Tell My Friends

Known for its great Mexican restaurants and Texas bar-b-ques, Austin also is home to one Disney-like New York Deli. Time and convenience finds me eating a turkey club on rye, deli style. I can’t confess this to anyone.The Leg ManThe Leg Man

(Great connoisseurs of eclectic music also appreciate fine local cuisine. The large bar-b-qued turkey leg, for instance. Rochester's own Richard Storm is such a man.)

Age Meets Beauty: Songwriters on Parade

It’s a short hike down 6th Street, across town to Waterloo Records. Ninety degrees, sunny. Pass Mother Egan’s Irish Pub, already into Friday’s music at just past noon.

Waterloo hosts multiple bands throughout each festival. My niece Kate’s favorite in 2007 was catching Iggy Pop and the Stooges there in full glory, autograph and all. We were on our way to see Shelby Lynne.

It was forty minutes early. The crowd was active but sparse. Ten minutes later people began staking out their territory and it filled up. I planted myself right in the “S” section. Paul Simon, Nina Simone, Frank Sinatra. Plenty to check out while waiting.

Meltdown

Happy Easter.
Happy Spring.
Happy Birthday, J.S. Bach.

Kate's Take, day four

The final day of South By Southwest viewed from a foot below:

"It's the end of the tour" Last day. I've already seen so much great music this week, I'm inured and ready to start passing judgment on anyone and everyone. Unfortunately, the spring break crowd is returning tonight, and the clash of the SxSW crowd with the usual Sixth Street bunch is never pretty. Fortunately, there's a number of pleasant and random surprises.

Gina Lee and the Brisket Boys: (Botticelli's) Two-stepping country band, local regulars down at the Broken Spoke. Very funny commentary throughout by the guy on keyboards. Couples are dancing, interrupting lunch service. Very nice.

Kate's Take, day three

The view from a foot below continues with this entry from Austin resident, my niece, Kate Wright:

By day three you're the walking dead, and this morning I forgot to drink any water before I left the house. Of course, it was 90 out.

Lightspeed Champion: (Volume) Funky little folk rock trio from Britain playing an impossible number of concerts this week. Lead singer is going to go get a Star Wars tattoo in a few hours, we're invited to watch. Funny argument amongst themselves about which Weezer song they want to cover.

Our "secret" podcasts e-mail address?

Testing something here. Here's an email address that we use with our podcasts that we normally wouldn't want to post online in the clear. We'd like to hide it so that the spam doesn't come pouring in. reCAPTCHA Mailhide is supposed to take care of this for us, now. The e-mail address is: podc...@wxxi.org. Notice the ... in the middle of the address, you can click that to reveal the address... That is, if you're human! See my other post: http://interactive.wxxi.org/blogpost/recaptcha-stop-spam-rea... to learn more about this.

reCAPTCHA: Stop Spam, Read Books.

As this site becomes more popular and easier to find on the internet, we have been targeted by more and more automated "spam posting" robots. They try to post comments anonymously and/or register as members so that they can do more spam posting.

To help prevent this, we have chosen to use a very cool system called "reCAPTCHA" to test for non-humans when either of the above two things occur. You've probably seen them before... The squiggled words that are easy enough for you and I to read, but are very difficult for a computer to decipher.

But what's so interesting about reCAPTCHA is that is has two great features.

Spring Is Just Around the Corner

Actually, spring begins tomorrow. On the calendar at least. Those warm March days in Austin left us northerners feeling like we leapfrogged a season. Only to return to snow on the eve of spring back in Rochester.

Richard JulianRichard JulianSo it seems "Spring Is Just Around the Corner" could have only been written by someone up north. Richard Julian is that guy. His new cd, "Sunday Morning in Saturday's Shoes" is an excellent collection of finely honed, odd, authentic songs.

This was the first show Thursday night. I had been curious since an earlier cd of his, "Slow New York", and then his work, along with Norah Jones, with the Little Willies. Like spring, it was worth the wait.

Ode to Music in Our Schools Month

(with apologies to Walt Whitman)
I HEAR America singing, the varied carols I hear;
Those of mechanics—each one singing his, as it should be, blithe and strong;
The tubas, the timpani, the sea of clarinets.
The gymnasiums awash with sweaty sixth-graders,
Parents lolling like walruses on the beach.
The toddlers squirming,
The sibling—thumbing his PSP, distracted and intent, the body electric.
The delicious singing of the mothers,
The dutiful clapping of the fathers,
Teachers, glazed and spent--swimming in an ocean of fatigue.
The day what belongs to the day—At night, the party of students, robust, friendly,
Singing, with open mouths, their strong melodious songs.