In anticipation of Japan Nite’s twentieth anniversary, I put together a short radio segment for The Texas Standard.
On stage, a woman is dying. Struck by invisible opponents, she gasps. Knees hit the floor. Her body falls back onto her legs and in another moment, she is motionless on the floor. A crystallizing silence hangs in the air. … Read More »
Americana music brings to mind a beckoning road that never ceases or mountainous visions filtered through Appalachian nostalgia—ideas born from the land, from the mountains and plains. But in the hands of Pirates Canoe, a mandolin and a fiddle, even … Read More »
Japan Nite, the annual tradition of shipping a bunch of great Japanese artists to SXSW in Austin, TX and a subsequent tour in a few major North American cities, is upon us.
We are T-minus three months (roughly) from the South By Southwest Music Conference in Austin, TX. I thought I’d be busy scrambling to find last-minute gifts for my loved ones and quaffing fancy-ass mulled wine right about now. Nope. SXSW … Read More »
By quitting time on the last Friday of SXSW 2012, the influx of Austin’s employed barely registers a drop in the pulsating crowd already clogging her streets and bars. So as I double-time it over to Elysium, I hardly notice … Read More »
THURSDAY MARCH 15, 2012—SXSW continues to transform Austin from a town known for live music and partying to a town locked in a continual hangover. Fliers for tonights parties are packing-taped over the ones from last night. The streets are … Read More »
Yes, it’s true. Somehow I’ve survived another SXSW here in Austin, Texas. I’ve spent the last five days fighting exhaustion while rocking out to a non-stop barrage of Japanese music showcases. As per usual, I’m wiped, currently in possession of … Read More »