It was only right that a weekday after my best man showed up for the weekend that I had the opportunity to relax and recover with the soothing sounds of Sigur Ros. Welp, it mostly happened. I’ve seen them before at the Uptown Tehater in Kansas City way back when and remember such a jovial, quiet style. I guess I didn’t remember everything correctly. They somehow managed to kick my ass in a completely eloquent style.
First off, let’s talk about the Cedar Park Civic Center. It’s WAY up north of Austin and especially from where I live. Apparently the arena hosts a multitude of minor sport teams from hockey and basketball. Good for them. More importantly, they have buffalo style chicken strips with a massive amount of fries. While the strips were tasty, it was few. I think they made up for it with the ginormous amount of fries that came with it. Well that and the condiment cart that left lots of dippins free for the take.
First up for the night was the crowd warming Oneohtrix Point Never. Okay, more like chilling. His style, a laptop musician with experimental ambient beats, fits well at a local bar but just doesn’t translate well to an arena. Oh, I enjoyed the beats and how they trickled out, but I left wanting more of an intimate situation with them instead of sitting way back in the arena hearing echoes bounce off minor sport achievement banners. I will make a note to check a club headlining tour with this guy.
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Sigur Ros came up and kicked things off in their familiar, giant sheet with bright light set style. I guessed that it was going to be that way for the whole show like in KC but was proved wrong (again) when the sheets came down and they opened up the show. Boy did they open it up. I was used to some of the classics, but I did not expect the full on harsh assault that existed in their new material. Is it a reinvention? Or mere evolution? Doesn’t matter to me, they do it with such a genuine emotion that I believe in whatetever feeling that they are trying to get across. That’s a rare breed of band and you will not see it in even the biggest stadium sellers around.
It was a real treat being able to see Sigur Ros again. Now, the next time they come, I’m not sure. I know now what to get, in all of its sweet, genuine discourse but I’m not sure I want to ride it again. The curtain thing is great but it’s been overplayed. It’s all fantastic and I think everyone should go out and see it at least once. But be sure to bring some tissue and perhaps extra napkins.
Oh what’s the twist? Finally getting something knocked out. Yeah, I went this year and am now just getting around to saying something about it. This year’s take was different in the fact that I went all wristband and not the badge. Did things work out as well? Yes and no.
First off just check out the playlist of videos. I
uploaded dumped a whole bunch of videos this week on the YouTubes and they say more than I could right here. Highlights included John Fogerty, Eric Burdon, Orange Goblin, Houses, Bear Mountain, and Black Pistol Fire. It was another eclectic year and I didn’t bother trying to get into some of the bigger name acts. That said, and what you could tell from the list, I did alright seeing both big and small acts.
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The only real downside with not getting a badge was missing out on the day parties. Yes, it was more music, but it was also tons of free drinks and food. It’s no wonder I survived this year and didn’t get sick like I did the last two times. Oh, I still got mine, though. Especially Tuesday night and Saturday. But I digress. The point is, the lows weren’t too low and I still managed to see some great acts.
I even got to see a KC buddy of mine’s band. They drove all the way from KC (on tour) to hit up the Dizzy Rooster and rock out Saturday afternoon. Good times were had by all who came to see Get Busy Living. We even had room for them to crash at our place. It gave me a good glimpse of what life on the road could be like. That van was HUGE. I can’t wait to see them again.
So that’s my short capsule review of SXSW 2013. The usual suspects applies but it was just different enough that it sold me on next year already. And I don’t have to feel pressured into getting the ginormous badge. That is, unless I want to perform and/or sell my musical chops. I guess we’ll have to see what 2014 will bring me. Until then, enjoy the videos.
I’m not going to go out on a limb and say that SXSW was the main reason I dug my roots out of Kansas City and planted myself in Austin, but it did help a little. Well, okay, I interviewed in person while I was on vacation during SXSW. I somehow managed to wedge it in between the Interactive portion and the Music portion. The rest of the story happened ultra fast. It went from feeling like I bombed the interview to accepting an offer in about 2 weeks. My start date was a month after and I had to scramble to plan something I’ve never done: relocation.
I did my research and picked up a couple of handy tools along the way. The whole trip went mostly perfect and I stayed well within a meager budget. SXSW season just kicked off and I figured, what better way to enjoy another go at it than by sharing my experiences. So I signed up for the SXSW Panel Picker and created an entry, “The Magic Carpet Ride: Relocation Made Easy.” Voting began today and I’m asking everyone out there to register and vote for my panel. There’s a ton of information to share for people who are thinking about relocating or booking their ticket tomorrow. Vote for it at http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/ideas/view/12321
Here’s the Description and Questions Answered:
After toiling long and hard to get your dream job, you finally landed it. The only problem is that it’s in another part of the world! Fortunately, there are tools both online and in the mobile world that can help. Mike Hochanadel will discuss the tools used for his relocation experience and share tips to help the tech centric crowd in their own magic carpet ride.
- What can my future employer do to help relocate?
- What is the most cost effective way to relocate?
- What are the stages of relocation?
- How I can seamlessly surf between the stages of relocation?
- What loose ends are tied up at the end of relocation?
Sometimes opportunity comes and sometimes it is so great that it inspires you to reach past your fears and take a great risk. That kind of risk manifested itself in front of me a little over a month ago. I found a job in Austin, Texas and moved from my home in the Kansas City metro area. It was scary at first, but ever since I started working on moving down here it’s been real smooth. I’m amazed at how everything has turned out.
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So Sunday was our last day here in Austin as we are heading back to Kansas City on Monday. Compared to the rest of the time here, it was pretty tame. The only official SXSW thing we did out here was a softball tournament my lovely girlfriend participated in. Bookending the tournament was a couple of walks around South Congress shopping and getting some eats. It was a vacation from the vacation. We even had some time to hot tub and relax the sore muslces from the whole SXSW experience.
That’s what SXSW is: an experience. You know when someone says you gotta try something once or go someplace once? Well, take all of those combined and come down to SXSW. From the Interactive techno fest to the long nights rocking out at the Music fest, you will take part in a get together unbeknownst anywere else on this planet. I’m trying to pick my brain and remember what all I did on this trip and I still can’t remember all of the good times I had. They say if you take out your intestines and roll them out, it will measure about 40 feet. Like that, except SXSW times.
Even more so, I have this massive schwag bucket to go through when I get back. Not for the goofy trade show trinkets, but for the contests and follow ups on all things tech and music. The vacation is almost over and the real work is about to begin. The mental schwag I picked up here as well will keep my motivation going for at least the next 6 months. The flood gates have opened and it’s time to ride it back to Kansas City. Look out, I’m not even close to the high water mark.