“B” FOR TEXAS: Blurt at SXSW 2010

Migas. Music. Mayhem.
Day parties. Nighttime showcases. Blurry memories. We’ve done it all before and
now we’re doing it again.

 

BY FRED MILLS

 

Everybody ready for Austin?
The BLURT crew is packing our plastic flasks, party clothes and portable
defibrillators and headed to the annual South By Southwest music conference and
festival this week. You may have heard about it. And we’re thrilled to be
partnering with several labels and organizations this year for some seriously
fun parties and showcases.

 

First and most importantly, we’re cohosting the Second Motion Records showcase featuring Adam Franklin & Bolts of Melody (Franklin, of course, is also a
member of the mighty Swervedriver), Grant Hart (late of Husker Du), Tommy
Keene, Marty Willson-Piper (of the Church), singer-songwriter Gemma Ray and
Irish rockers the Walls. This takes place Saturday night at the Taproom At Six
and you really don’t want to miss it – arrive early, as we predict the joint will
be stuffed to the gills with SXSW badgeholders and wristband-wearers. Should be
a most excellent way to wrap up the week and return home with your ears still
ringing. Full details, address and relevant links are below.

 

Backtracking a few days, on Thursday from 12-5 at B.D.
Riley’s the iNSIDERS NETWORK will be
presenting their showcase, then on Friday we’ll be at both the 15th Annual Bloodshot Records Party (12-7, at the venerable Yard Dog Gallery) and the Sonicbids Official Party (11:30-5:30, Maggie Mae’s). And prior to
the Second Motion bash, there’s the Mpress
Records Showcase
, 12-5:30, at the Soho Lounge. Again, see below for
complete details.

 

What else? Who the hell knows! Aside from heading down to
South Congress every morning for migas and tortillas at Gueros Taco Bar, all we
know about our itinerary is that it’s, er, flexible.
Panels at the Convention Center? Check. Day parties we’ve RSVP’d to? Check.
Harassing the roller girls who skate up and down 6th Street? Check. Asking
everyone we know, “So, like, you gonna waste time spending in line just to see Hole?!?” Check. Buying lukewarm
pizza from that dude at the corner of 6th and Red
River at 2 in the morning? Check. Hungover on Sunday morning and
finally getting around to calculating if that piece of Jon Langford art we
bought earlier in the week at Yard Dog will actually fit in our carry-on of if
we’re gonna have to get the hotel to ship it back for us? Check!

 

Incidentally, a very special thanks to our hosts at each of
these events, as we are damn proud to be a cosponsor. Please drop by for the
festivities and refreshments, grab some free BLURT swag, and make sure you come
up and introduce yourselves to us.

 

 

 

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BLURT’S SXSW LINEUP

 

Saturday, March 20:

Blurt/Second
Motion Official SXSW Showcase

Taproom at Six, 311 Colorado
Street, 8 – 1am

Confirm your attendance at our special Facebook page!

8pm – The Walls (from Ireland)

9pm – Gemma Ray

10pm – Marty Willson-Piper (of The Church)

11pm – Tommy Keene (full band)

12am – Grant Hart

1am – Adam Franklin
(of Swervedriver) & Bolts of Melody

 

 Thursday, March 18:

THE
iNSIDERS NETWORK Showcase

BD Riley’s, 204 E 6th Street,
12-5

Cosponsored by BLURT

 12:00-12:35 Karl Mullen

12:50-1:25 Seth Glier

1:40-2:15 Robert Deeble

2:30-3:05 Michael Miller

3:20-3:55 Steve Poltz

4:10-4:45 Roman Candle

 

Friday, March 19:

 15th Annual Bloodshot Records Party

Yard Dog Gallery, 1510 South
Congress Avenue, 12-7

Cosponsored by Rolling Rock and Blurt

12:15-12:45    The Silos
12:55-1:25    Whitey Morgan & the 78s
1:35-2:05    Ben Weaver
2:15-2:45    Ha Ha Tonka   
2:55-3:25    Rosie Flores
3:35-4:05    Justin Townes Earle
4:15-4:45    Exene Cervenka
4:55-5:25    Deadstring Brothers
5:35-6:05    Waco
Brothers

Sonicbids
Official SXSW Party

Maggie Mae’s, 323 E Sixth
Street, 11:30-5:30

Cosponsored by BLURT

Twelve bands, two stages: The Law, Cassavettes, Bad Veins Obi Best, The
Uglysuit, Cosmo Jarvis, Jets Overhead, The Broderick, Bear Hands, Kate
Miller-Heidke, Francis, Family of the Year. Free drinks, free food, sweet
giveaways and great music. RSVP for the Party here: http://www.sonicbids.com/SXSWParty/

Saturday, March 20:

MPress Records
Showcase

Soho Lounge, 217 E. 6th Street, 12-5:30

Cosponsored by BLURT

Rachael Sage, Seth Glier, Katie Costello, The Mieka Canon, The Paper
Raincoat,

Melissa Ferrick and The Kin.

 

SXSW Panel Action: BLURT’S Kate Bradley will take part in the panel “From
the Stage – An Artist’s Perspective
,”
discussing how artists
are handling the transition from the physical to the digital world. The panel
was put together by recording artist Samantha Murphy (who operates her own
multimedia company The Highway Girl) and will feature Bradley (also of
Outlandos Music and the Insider’s Network), Michael Petricone (SVP Government
Affairs of the Consumer Electronics Association), recording artist Rob Giles
(of The Rescues) and recording artist Anais Mitchell. It all takes place,
naturally, at SXSW ground zero, the Austin
Convention Center, on
Wednesday March 17, 3:30 – 4:30.

 

 

 

 

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