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Saturday, March 20, 9:30 p.m. Maren Parusel plays the Requiemme showcase. Krautfolkpop. The group has been approached by two record companies and has a date with another tomorrow.

10:30ish. Mad Juana. Sexy gypsy banda punk. Accordion and Mexican kitsch.

11:30 p.m. The line for Wallpaper at Beauty Bar isn’t moving.

Midnight. Lady Dottie and the Diamonds at Wave. The crowd hops around like the Tower days. Dottie bellows, “Yeah! Yeah! Oh, hell yeah!” Cameo by Andrew McKeag of Presidents of the U.S.A.

1:00 a.m. The Zeros finish with MC5 cover “Ramblin’ Rose.” Bassist Hector Penalosa tells me, “We’re like the Sha Na Na of punk rock. We’re not pretending to be new.”

We head out at daybreak. Our voices are raspy and our hearing hardly works. Whiskey no longer has any effect.

We stop at a Taco Bell somewhere in New Mexico and dress up like freaks. We zip through all the checkpoints without a hitch. Everything flows.

I suppose we’re just that lucky.

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SDaniels April 1, 2010 @ 1:07 a.m.

"...which left us feeling both patronized and immortal."

I love this feeling! Except for the patronized part--unless you change it up to mean you just made somebody a happy customer ;)

“I can’t f**king dance!” Steve yells. “I’ve been holding a guitar my whole life!”


"In no time, a quixotic old-timey mood possesses me and I propose to Lety, who I met about 44 hours ago. She does the sensible thing and tells me to ask again in the morning."

...and speaking of sensible things, what DID Lety say in the morning? It was pretty gauche not to wait until a solid 48 had passed.

"4:15 p.m. Tobacco at the Onion A.V. Club party"

Can you tell more about this, Chad-igami? Have you written for them?


Intended as ekphrastic but...it should be the name of a band!

"...stop at a Taco Bell somewhere in New Mexico and dress up like freaks. We zip through all the checkpoints without a hitch. Everything flows.

I suppose we’re just that lucky."

Nah! You're just that devious! Perfect reverse-psych move--to be boringly freakish? The Sha Na Na of freakdom gets you through checkpoints?

Often wonder what life would have been like if I'd chosen UTA for grad school over NYU...

AG, as our resident Texan, and, I believe, former resident of Austin, needs to step in here and set us all straight...:)


antigeekess April 1, 2010 @ 5:15 p.m.

jealous I say every year that I'm going to make it to SXSW. Hasn't happened yet.

Never lived in Austin, Daniels. Dallas area. Love Austin, however. Last visit was 2008. I could end up there someday.

And Chad, if you didn't make it into Nuno's to hear Sonny Wolf play some SRV, you missed it.



JohnnyJ April 11, 2010 @ 2:45 a.m.



Enrique_Limon April 18, 2010 @ 1:02 p.m.

“the Live Music Capitol of the World” ??? I think you mean Capital--it's right there in the pic, btw. Typo Patrol hit me up! You've got my stats...


antigeekess April 18, 2010 @ 3:14 p.m.

Print only, Limon. Otherwise I would've busted Chad on this already, (as would a few others, I'm sure).



Origami_Astronaught May 1, 2010 @ 7:46 p.m.

Woah, where have I been? SD, never worked for the Onion or A.V. Club, but love what they do and started a blog semi-inspired by their satirical news here: http://helladeepbackground.wordpress.com/

For better or worse, I never got around to popping the question to Lety again.

Austin is a really unique city and I look forward to getting back there someday.

Enrique, keen eye dude! You should totally be a writer!


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