With dreams of free-flowing Red Stripe and dancing rock & roll bands still fresh in my head (I slept from take-off to landing on the flight from Chicago), I walked off the plane only to be slapped in the face by a gust of 40 degree wind. Did the flight attendant let me sleep all the way through the return flight to Chicago? Nope. It was cold in Austin... really cold. The first few hours in Austin Wednesday were mostly spent checking into the hotel, waiting in line for badges and of course having the traditional first Austin Meal at the Avenue Cafe on Congress.
The Levi's/FADER Trading Post, like last year, was a great place to get the pre-party on with some free beer and great bands, including inspired performances from the likes of The Cribs, The Immediate, Something For Rockets, indie rock legend Lou Barlow and of course, Long-View, who where high on everyone's list of must-see acts this year. The surprise of the night (or early evening) was a little band from San Francisco called Every Move A Picture. This young and unsigned outfit played like complete professionals with years of experience their belts. Think Killers, Interpol, The Faint, etc. and you'll get the vibe these guys are going for. The thing is, they completely nail it. You can check out their song "Signs Of Life" on the Player .058.
There was some excitement planned for the evening. Some of our crew hit up teen queen sensations Smoosh, other checked out Devin The Dude, The Crystal Skulls, Gratitude, Boy, and believe it or not, Billy Idol. I've heard tons of people talking about that show, so I guess the guy still has it. Wednesday night was for taking it easy, but the excitement really begins tonight. Doves, LCD Soundsystem, Louis XIV, Hot Hot Heat, and more more more. Luckily, the sun came out today and afternoon margaritas were in order. So all is well... We'll keep you in the loop as the week goes on.