TCB: Saturday

SXSW music news and carryings on

"I hate bands." – Austin American-Statesman music writer Michael Corcoran at the Spin party

Taint Misbehavin

P to the E
P to the E (Illustration By Nathan Jensen)
Y'all ain't ready for Taint, the punk-rock/Southern rap supergroup co-managed by TCB and the Houston Press' John Lomax. Staying up until 5:30am Friday plotting their imminent SXSW domination was a little rough on the minibar, but necessary. You thought Chamillionaire, who wound up dropping out of Tuesday's show at the Carver Museum even before it got rained out, was ridin' dirty. Sadly, we couldn't get them added to Saturday's Camel party at La Zona Rosa for a dream Faint/Taint bill, but Austin gloomsayers I Love You but I've Chosen Darkness were added a couple of days ago. Lomax and TCB met up at the huge Texas rap showcase at the former Fox and Hound, now descriptively named 401 Guadalupe. Host Matt Sonzala gave a clinic in how to clear a stage: "Everyone who is not performing, get out!" Even SXSW managing director Roland Swenson and wife Roseana Auten, who loved Brooklyn B-girls Northern State, were straight ballin'. "I think [SXSW] is going pretty well," Swenson said. "So far, no one's died. I guess that's pretty good for 21 years." When headliners UGK came out, the question of the night was "Where the trill niggas at?" They were making their way to the stage as quickly as possible after SXSW made it a free show. Things got even more crunk afterward, with UGK's Pimp C reportedly in the middle of a huge free-for-all, but the Taint strategy session was already in progress by then. At press time, Public Enemy was making waves down on Auditorium Shores, which puts us in mind of a Taint debut on Flava Flav's reality show, Flavor of Love

Stop the Insanity

TCB was a little groggy early Friday afternoon, but the day's first bit of news was that the Spin party at Stubb's came sponsored by the folks at Cazadores, thus free tequila. Brilliant. The second bit of news was Pete Townshend, spotted in line for Amy Winehouse Thursday night, joining Scottish buzz band the Fratellis on the Who's "The Seeker." Detroit country troupe Blanche was the sharpest-dressed band TCB had seen all week (until the White Ghost Shivers), and Denmark's Mew a funkier, meatier Death Cab for Cutie. At the Mohawk, Austin City Limits publicist Maury Sullivan said another hot Scot, Paolo Nutini, will tape an episode Sunday evening. Upcoming are Nashville star Dierks Bentley next month and hopefully Arcade Fire. Across the highway, Longbranch Inn owner Kumbala said the TABC situation at sister bar the Scoot Inn is back to normal after its license was abruptly pulled Wednesday afternoon. "We had 1,000 people in there last night," added co-owner Jim Stockbauer inside. "I went through $200 in diesel fuel." Sounds about right.

Mountain Jam

Renegades (l-r): Slash, Morello, Bettencourt, and Farrell
Renegades (l-r): Slash, Morello, Bettencourt, and Farrell (Photo By Jay West)
Tom Morello must have a thing for supergroups. At Thursday night's Parish showcase for his new Woody Guthrie homage Nightwatchman, the guitarist yielded the spotlight to a few friends: Perry Farrell, Slash, Nuno Bettencourt, Wayne Kramer, Les Claypool, and, um, Road Trip actor Breckin Meyer joined Morello for a wicked set that kicked off with Jane's Addiction's "Mountain Song" and "Ain't No Right." Chronicle music writer Austin Powell saw the whole thing.

High on the Hog

If a complete stranger sits down at your table and promptly begins rolling a joint, it must be the High Times party, a SXSW perennial since 1996. "I like Redrum," publisher Steve Bloom said. "It's good to have a tucked-away place for our event." This year the 32-year-old stoner bible's SXSW party doubled as the Doobie Awards, its top musical honors first bestowed in 2000. Hellapeno took Best Austin Band ("They deserve more attention"), KLBJ-FM Best Austin Radio Station, and Willie Nelson, who's been on the cover twice, received the Lifetime Achievement Doobie. Nelson was unable to attend – in fact, he was launching his new record label with a press conference and performance at the Four Seasons – but Bloom understood. "Willie's always been very supportive," he said. "Nobody stands up for marijuana in the music world like him. Him and Snoop Dogg."

SXSW, Etc.

After antagonizing the audience their entire set at the Red Eyed Fly Thursday night, the Horrors singer dumped a full-sized trash can on the unfortunate souls up front, who promptly started throwing it right back at them... Someone stole two of Swedish soon-to-be pop stars Peter, Bjorn & John's basses, so Bjorn bought another and immediately christened his "Texas bass" at Emo's Pitchfork party Thursday. "We're going to keep playing until somebody steals our other bass," he added... TCB was walking into the Omni to file this column when who should stroll up but Austin indie-rock royalty Britt Daniel, headed to his hotel to rest up for Public Enemy. His cargo was a plastic bag of Tecate and tea: "The essentials"...

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