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SxSW 2011 Music and Film Festival

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I’m pretty fortunate to live in a town that holds a festival like this one every year.  Austin is dubbed The Live Music Capital of the World and while it’s a great place to see bands, it’s not the greatest place to be in a band.  But that’s neither here nor there for this article.

This will be the 4th SxSW festival in a row that I am attending and I always see some good bands.  For the music that I’m into, it’s only a small percentage of the 1,000 or so bands that come here from all over the world to play.  I wasn’t here for the early days of this fest where bands were really playing for their shot at a record deal, but I do find it enjoyable.

It is unfortunate, however, that many who visit Austin for SxSW treat the town like their own toilet and/or trash dump.  Sure, those who bought their passes/badges paid a lot of money for them, but that’s no excuse for poor manners and behavior.  Just my 2 cents on that.

In SxSWs past, I’ve seen Motorhead, the Lemmy movie, VoiVod (3 times last year!), and dozens of other bands of all genres just by walking the streets of downtown.  It’s pretty cool overall.

This year’s music lineup is pretty tasty for “official” shows.  It includes The Rods, Pentagram, X Japan, Saint Vitus, Christian Mistress, Agollach, Alex Skolnick Trio, Zoroaster, Naam and a slew of others.  I also always end up seeing some other good bands that I have never heard of before.  Not to mention it’s a big fun party.

I’m not the biggest moviegoer in the world, but I will make time to see Last Days Here which is a documentary about the life of legendary Pentagram singer Bobby Liebling.  I met and had dinner with Bobby and Pentagram last year and he is a really nice guy.

I’ll be posting reviews of the shows and the movie for sure.  I’m pretty excited already.

VoiVod Live @ SxSW – Red 7 – 3/17/10

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Official concert video from the Relapse Records Showcase in Austin, TX, 3/17/10 can be viewed here.  My review can be found here.  At 59:20ish in the video you can see the douche that jumped and kicked me in the head.    At 64:48 you see Blacky lean in and ask if I am alright.  Class act.  Great show.

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May 3, 2010 at 4:30 pm

Voivod Concert Review – 3/20/10

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March 20, 2010

Voivod

Live at the Galaxy Room, Austin, TX

Three Voivod shows in 4 days.  There was a show on the 18th as well but I didn’t make it thinking it was a badge/wristband only show.  Unfortunately it wasn’t and only about 40 people showed up from what I was told.  Oh well.

Yesterday’s show was pretty cool.  The Galaxy Room was an old closed venue that got a quick facelift and a coat of paint to host shows for SxSW.  This show was sponsored by Brooklyn Vegans and “M is for Montreal”.  Vegans.  Alrighty.

This particular show featured Roky Erickson (of whom I am still unfamiliar with), Andrew WK, Voivod and a bunch of other bands I have never heard of…mostly hispter bands.  I was there for Voivod, of course.

I arrived about an hour before the show just to make sure I had a place in the venue.  These SxSW shows can get filled pretty quickly sometimes, no matter who is playing.  The band arrived shortly after and I got to have a few drinks and talk with them a bit, especially with Dan Mongrain from Martyr who is a cool dude and a great guitar player.

It was oddly cold outside yesterday and had rained earl in the morning.  It was 75 for a good solid week and then a front rolled through and it was in the 40s all day.  Sucked.

The band got introduced by some dude from Montreal who is apparently pretty famous up there.  He ran through a quick repertoire of Canadian metal bands.  Voivod was slated to play at 315PM but the bands were running behind.  I think they went on around 345.  This was to be a short set, only 6 songs.  Unfortunately technical problems cut the set by one song.

As with the other shows the band was great.  They all looked to be having fun again until the amp/chord issue happened.  After tha was resolved they had time to do one final song, Astronomy Domine.  At that point they were a little more frustrated.  They were slated to leave for Canada by bus immediately after the show.  When they finished their set I helped them load off of the stage, said my thank yous and goodbyes and went foraging for food.

As stated in my first of these Voivod reviews, I was never a big fan of the early work, but after seeing them live 3 times this week, I’ll do my best to see them anytime that I can.  Great musicians, nice guys, good times all around.  No need to post more pics of them, you know what they look like!

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March 21, 2010 at 9:24 am

Voivod Concert Review – 3/19/10

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March 19, 2010

Voivod

Live at Scoot Inn, Austin, TX

I’m having a blast during SxSW this year.  Just saw legendary DC area doom band Iron Man.  Not too bad at all.  But at 5PM today I saw my second Voivod show.   Just wow.

Before the show, each one of the guys in the band asked me if I was hurt badly at the other show a few days ago.  Very nice of them.  And for my vast audience, yes, I’m fine.  No worries.

We saw a few bands before Voivod his the stage…locals Iron Age and NAAM from Brooklyn, NY.  Both bands sounded great.  Right at the end of NAAM’s set, Jeff and I worked our way into the light crowd and got front and center like we did for the 3/17 show.

After a quick soundcheck they went into the song Voivod.  Sounded great.  They are a very solid band and I wish I would have had the chance to see them years ago.  Dan Mongrain is a very competent guitar player…it’s surely a requirement to play in this band.  They have some good riffs and I really wish I could enjoy their early work a little more.  However, hearing/seeing them live is great.

They changed their setlist up a little and said that tomorrow’s set will be a little different again.  Sweet! 

I was happy to see that they had some merch today.  Do I need more black t-shirts?  Well, it’s not always a question of need is it?  They had a Nothingface shirt.  Unfortunately they were out of XXL.  I should lose some weight so I can own some cooler t-shirts.  Yeah?  I instead bought the Killing Technology shirt.

The band seems to enjoy playing live.  Lots of movement, lots of glances, laughs and smiles at each other.  I’m really excited to see them again tomorrow for the 3rd time this week.

Enjoy the picks from today.  I’ll try to get some video up soon as well.

Snake

Blacky

Dan

Voivod Concert Revew – 3/17/10

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March 17, 2010

Voivod

Live at Red 7, Austin, TX

Voivod.  Usually when I hear the name all I can think of is the song Cockroaches.  I was never a big fan.  Their breed of techno-thrash was just a tad too rough for my ears.  Then came Nothingface, Angelrat and Outer Limits.  Those album were a little more melodic and I’ve always liked them a lot.  I’ve gone back and tried listening to stuff like Killing Technology and Rooooaaaaarrrr but it does nothing for me.

I found out a month or so ago that Voivod was coming to Austin to play the SxSW.  Even with me not being a big fan, I’ve never seen them live so I figured I’d go.

I’m so glad that I did.

After leaving another show where LA Guns and Faster Pussycat were getting ready to go on, I ventured over a few blocks to Red 7.  This whole show was part of the Relapse Records showcase.   I caught the last song by a band called Tombs.  Forgettable stuff for me.  Saw a good friend up front and weasled my way to stand next to him at the front of the stage.

As the band got set up, there was a short comedy set by metalhead comedian Brian Posehn.  It was pretty funny.  The

Brian Posehn

energy in the room was pretty good.  Lots of people there to see Voivod.  It was cool to see their real fans there.

After Posehn’s set, the band comes out and fires into the song Voivod.  The crowd went apeshit.  So did I.  The setlist was right in front of me and I only knew maybe 3 songs.  Cockroaches wasn’t on the set and the only thing from the 3 albums I liked was their cover of Pink Floyd’s Astronomy Domine.  But it didn’t matter.  They sounded great.  They were lively.  The crowd loved it. They added one extra song but I don’t know what it was.

Some minor mosh pit action happening behind me.  There were a

Boot to the head...Metal, sometimes we bleed for it.

few stagedivers, one of which kicked me in the head and drew blood.  He was just some hipster douche who I don’t think even knew who Voivod was, he just wanted to be “cool” and stage dive like the other 2 dudes did.  I wasn’t really pissed about it but I found him after the show and put the fear of god in him.  I think he almost pissed himself.  I told him if he was still there when I turned around that I was going to kick his ass.  He took off.  Funny.  Anyone that knows me knows that I don’t have a violent bone in my body.  Luckily my looks and my size are intimidating to most people that I don’t get bothered much.

Blacky and new guitarist Dan Mongrain, from the Canadian band Martyr, both handed me a pick.  Pretty cool and good ones to add to my collection.

Blacky and Dan's picks

Blacky and Dan's picks

I got to see a good local friend that I haven’t seen in a while as well, and that’s always a good thing.  VoiVod is playing 2 more FREE shows this weekend within walking distance of my place, so I will try and check them out.  I sort of regret not going to see last night’s Motorhead show as I heard it was a small crowd.  Oh well.

Below are some pics from the show.  Enjoy.  I sure did.

Snake

Away

Blacky

Dan Mongrain

Setlist

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March 18, 2010 at 12:53 pm