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Drop Kick: SXSW 2012 Recap Day 3

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Continuing on my binge cleanup of old posts, Day 3 from my last SXSW visit. Some fun shows that somehow fell off my radar (I think I saw Kendrick this day as well?????? Who will ever know if it wasn’t captured in social media?????) but nice to unleash my old memories and 2 min reactions on new artists.

Join me in reminiscing all of the hyped names from Stereogum and Pitchfork I willingly stood in line (for a while to see). Note – not a single thought on Nicolas Jaar. Wasn’t he the second coming of moody ambient electronic music (or maybe he was too busy literally running away from fame)?



Day 3
1100 warehouse
Doomtree – In case you haven’t noticed, POS has built his following. The crew is steady, the fans are ready. And it’s all very tight live. A marked progression from last year’s showcase  – both in  performance and stature – and I can only imagine it’s a matter of time before they finally have one single filter to the mainstream.


Fader Fort
SBTRKT (no mfn comment??? He was just there???? What would I do to my 2012 self…)
Mister motherfuckin Xsquire- Brooklyn hip hop with fur hat

Convention Center
Movie – Sunset Strip

Fader fort
Nicolas Jaar

Ritz- White rapper from Atlanta

Ghetto Boo- Bad female rapper from Memphis

Doritos Stage
Turquoise Jeep – Hip hop parody. How you like your eggs?


Delicate Steve – bluesy jammy rock band/ Allman brothers esque, real young, Singing guitar for the melodies.

St David’s sanctuary

Firehorse – fully formed studio band. Each member represented a stereotype of a band type. Big voice female.  Hated on me when I met them, then chatted me up when they thought I worked for noise pop

LP-  not to be confused with El-P.  family . Disconnect in voice- low speaking tamber, bright singing. Big voice folky.  Andrew Bird like whistling. Citibank commercial

whisper town- hippies from Dolores park found instruments

Rachel Yamagata

Fiona Apple – she’s back! Still slight, still a flight risk, still angry at life. But  consistent. And a reminder of a time when you really believed women were going to take over the world in ALL genre’s. Thank you 90s.

Written by TopDrop

December 27th, 2017 at 8:31 am

Drop Kick: SXSW 2012 Recap Day 2

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Great Scott, I’ve gone back in time! This gem of a post from Day 2 of SXSW 2012 is too good to not post. As is. All first impressions, half baked. No fun linking or songs on this. But such fun to see who made it 5 years later. I’ll just leave this here…


A month and change later, on to Day 2. Make sense? Sure it does.

Day 2
Mellow Johnnies
The War on Drugs- Had these guys pegged for a listen at some point during the festival and was on a massive hunt to find the right show. Little did I know that a bike shop  would save me.

Hype hotel
Jonquil – British dance rock with trumpet. Great sound, evolving presence. Would love to learn more (and so should you)

Ed Shearen (2017 self interjection: !!!!!!! He wasn’t even the headliner!!!!!!!!!)- looped vocals and guitar. Uncanny ability for being 21 (apparently he played 300 shows in one year. Practice makes perfect.). Based on feedback from random Australians, he’s huge down under (pun firmly intended). Based on this show, I could see some promise state side.

Of monsters and men- Icelandic and chill
Avalanche city- screamer rock from Austin

fun – mika is back. Bright voices, big melodies, aptly titled band name

1100 warehouse
Skrillex – bro step at it’s finest.

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December 27th, 2017 at 8:19 am