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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Silver Scooter @ SXSW 2009?

Reunions can be so bittersweet. It's been a long time. What if doesn't work? What if the spark is gone? What if it's just... weird? Do you even want to dig up those feelings again? I mean, you're a different person now. You've grown. How could it be the same? And yet... won't you always wonder? Maybe you could just go — no strings attached — and just see how it goes. You know, just enjoy the moment. It could be nice. Maybe you've both changed for the better. It could be good... It could be amazing.

In the late-'90s, Silver Scooter provided us with the songs that made us feel better when we were feeling bitter — a soundtrack filled with melody and melancholy for those lonely nights when regret set in at 10 p.m. on a Saturday night. All things must pass, though, and Silver Scooter said "Goodbye" eight years ago, when singer/guitarist Scott Garred sang, "I want to live in another town, uh-huh," and moved to Portland.

Next month, however, you'll have an opportunity to reminisce about the old-time slugs in a dirty little bar in downtown Austin, because the fine folks at Slip Productions and Lovitt Records have managed to talk the boys of Silver Scooter into getting the band back together for a one-off show during SXSW. On Saturday, March 21st, Slip + Lovitt will be throwing a day party with 17 bands on both stages of Transmission Entertainment's new venue, The Radio Room. Silver Scooter goes on at 2:45 p.m. on the big stage, but the club is sure to fill up fast, so come early.

This is not an official SXSW event, so SXSW badges are not required for entry and will not get you any special privileges. There will be a suggested donation of $10 at the door. If you want to be on the paid reserve list, you can go ahead and send $10 to via PayPal. Those who do will get a show poster and other goodies.

I think it's gonna feel good... like an old lover should.

» Slip Productions and Lovitt Records SXSW Party Details

Friday, February 06, 2009

The Octopus Project presents Visual Music

The Octopus Project presents Visual MusicThe Octopus Project's appreciation for obscure musical instruments and vintage electronics is already well-known, but later this month the band will pay homage to the moving image with a very special show at the Alamo Drafthouse theater. On Wednesday, February 25th, The Octopus Project presents Visual Music, a unique, one-night-only multi-media performance featuring brand new original music set to film.

When The Alamo Drafthouse invited The Octopus Project to do something with film & music at the downtown theater space, the band members hand-picked a series of short films spanning all eras of the past 70 years — ranging from crazy, psychedelic color explosions to quiet, sublime black and white animations — and then wrote original music to accompany the footage. The band will perform live while the films are projected onto the big screen. There will be two shows (7 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.), but seating is limited, so don't wait to buy your tickets! Check the Alamo Drafthouse website for details.

» But Tickets to Visual Music

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Super XX Man Tiny Desk Concert on NPR Music

Super XX Man Tiny Desk Concert on NPR Music

On a recent tour through the northeast, Scott Garred (aka Super XX Man) was invited to stop by the NPR offices in Washington DC and perform a Tiny Desk Concert at the request of All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen. The concert, available as streaming video on the NPR website and as a higher quality podcast via iTunes, features Scott giving an intimate accoustic performance of three songs, including two from the well-received recent album Volume XII: There'll Be Diamonds and one from 2003's Volume VI: Collecting Rocks. Boilen had previously reviewed Super XX Man's Volume X album on All Songs Considered back in 2006.

In other Super XX Man news, Scott recently discovered the master tapes from what became the Volume III EP, originally released on vinyl in 1997. While the EP only held six tracks due to the limitations of the 7" format, Garred had recorded more than 12 songs for Volume III and will be giving the tracks some special attention for a digital re-issue of the collection coming soon.

» Super XX Man Tiny Desk Concert
» Super XX Man official website
» Tender Loving Empire
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