Andy Clockwise – “Cocaine & Champagne”

Andy Clockwise “Cocaine & Champagne”

We love Andy Clockwise.  One of my favorite performances of SXSW this year, these guys are as much fun off stage as they are on it. The LA (by way of Australia)-based band is fresh off an Australian tour with Julian Casablancas and is back in SoCal celebrating the release of their new EP “Are You Well” tonight at the Troubador. They also released a new single today, “Remember Love”. Check out the video for it and enjoy this yummy track I just got, “Cocaine & Champagne.”  One day we’ll get them up here in SF, I promise.

A Dirty Old Man’s Recap of SXSW 2010

As reported by the OCMD’s very own dirty old man, Blogger Mike.  All the more reason to love him!

The Peelies“Debra Lane”

Five barely legal chicks from Montreal.  They sing in French and they rock sloppy.  They played Sonny’s Vintage, Spiderhouse and more. Their new EP “Together Forever” is out now.

Victoria Williams“Water To Drink”

Mature, quirky little number… lives in my fave desert, Joshua Tree.  Some Harley guy was checkin’ her out.  She sang a real sad song about death that made me cry, once at Maria’s Taco xpress, and again at Jovitas.

Dum Dum Girls “Catholicked”

Need I say more?  Truth be told, they bored me.  Some kind of inferior, slick, LA version of the Vivian Girls.  The French Legation does have a great lawn though.

Venice is Sinking “Ryan’s Song”

Mmmm legs and violin.  LEGS look good to me in the morning….LEGS look good to me at night.  I bought 2 cd’s and a shirt with a whale on it.

Allo Darlin‘ – “Dreaming

I must admit my fetish, yes…ukelele, and this cutey can play.  Sweetest pop songs I have heard in some time.  Nearly got me dancing, and I don’t dance.  Very delicious (free) beer at Waterloo Cycles.  2nd of 3 shows I caught.

The Coathangers “Shut The Fuck Up”

Talk about fetish.  These girls got their freak on.  Nasty, yes, but intriguing.  Caught these ladies in the parking lot of an Ethiopian restaurant called Karibu.  Followed by Fungi Girls.  No actual girls but still great!

Dengue Fever “One Thousand Tears of a Tarantula”

Wow, now that is a dress. Funky, 60’s laced Cambodian goodness.  Her sister was at the show.  She hadn’t seen her sister in 7 years!

? – played just before Wetdog at Cheer Up Charlies around 1pm.  I wanna say her name is Sierra, yes I will call her Sierra… Made for a nice surprise 1st show of the day.

Wetdog “Lower Leg”

Sometimes you just need a woman with a sense of humor.  These nerdy, UK, art school drop-outs got it going on.  Great show.

Golden Triangle “Prize Fighter”

What is not to like?  They come from the land of Vivian Girls (Brooklyn), share some garage roots and even a bit of psychedelia.

Sixteen Deluxe – “Fetus

Back from retirement and rocking harder than ever.  Any band that starts a set with Eno and ends with Big Star’s Kangaroo gains my lust and devotion.  Spiderhouse sure has lots of stages!

Titus Andronicus“Titus Andronicus”

The chick has this thrift store librarian thing goin’ on.  Her and the boys have loads of energy.  Sounded great on Scoot’s new patio with $2 Schlitz.  They sound nothing like the boss.

Gone to SXSW…Follow Me on Twitter

Follow me on Twitter – @indierockgirl – for SXSW updates, pics and more!

Well, we’re off to Austin.  And semi-shutting down shop for the next few days while we drown ourselves in music, Tex Mex and beer. You may find a few errant, incoherent posts here and there.  But for the live action coverage – the good, the bad and the ugly – be sure to follow us on Twitter.  AT&T willing.

SXSW Pick: Ty Segall

Ty Segall – “Cents

Have I told you lately how much I love SF’s Ty Segall? Well, it’s been a couple weeks since my last declaration so I’ll say it again.  I love Ty Segall. Few things make me happier than listening to his variety of lo-fi garage rock. No, happy isn’t the right word.  Giddy is more like it. And if musical happiness is what you seek in Austin then I suggest you run – not walk – to the following gigs.

Mar 18 2010 2:30P
SXSW – Bay Area Takeover at the Beauty Bar Austin, Texas
Mar 18 2010 4:00P
SXSW – The Independent Austin, Texas
Mar 18 2010 7:00P
SXSW – Burger Records Showcase @ Trailer Space Austin, Texas
Mar 19 2010 4:00P
SXSW – Trouble In Mind Showcase @ The Longbranch Austin, Texas
Mar 19 2010 5:45P
SXSW – Club 1808 Austin, Texas
Mar 20 2010 2:15P
SXSW – Goner Showcase @ Beerland Austin, Texas
Mar 20 2010 4:00P
SXSW – Waterloo Austin, Texas
Mar 20 2010 11:45P
SXSW – Panache Showcase @ The Mohawk -indoor stage Austin, Texas
Mar 21 2010 5:00P
SXSW – Panache Hangover @ Beerland Austin, Texas

SXSW Pick: The Dandies

Check out this homemade video of the Swiss group, The Dandies.  Talk about infectious rock and roll. Yum. The group is ready to release their debut album and hopping to Austin to unleash their raunchy sound to the masses.

Mar 17 2010 8:00P
Encore Club @ SXSW – Official Showcase Austin, Texas
Mar 18 2010 2:00P
Captiva Records Showcase @ Bayou Lounge Austin, Texas
Mar 19 2010 12:00P
Spring Fling Music Festival @ Giddy Ups Austin, Texas
Mar 19 2010 5:00P
Spiderhouse Cafe Austin, Texas
Mar 20 2010 11:45P
Six Stages Over Texas (Haiti Benefit Concert) Austin, Texas
Mar 21 2010 12:00A
The Ghost Room Austin, Texas

Blogger Mike’s Guide to SXSW & Artist Picks

With less than 4 days to go, those of us lucky enough to attend South By Southwest are frantically combing the schedules.  For the OCMD attendees at SXSW this is no easy task!  How many times can one person possibly consult the multiple blogs devoted to the fest?  As one of the longest running SXSW blogs, is always worth a look (at least once a day).  ShowlistAustin is great for daytime events. Myspace is a must to check on those bands you really want to see multiple times.  This will get you that information lickety splitly.  Let us not forget the actual SXSW site.  The main source for “official” evening showcases, and as the days count down it is worth a quick scan to make sure a band didn’t change venues or time slots.

If you have been to this festival before, you know that creating a schedule is a precious opportunity for those stricken with OCMD.  The perfect schedule is not merely a list of your favorite bands, oh no.  Consideration must be made to cool-ness of venue, probable crowd size, likelihood of long lines, proximity to next show, number of shows each band performs during the fest, and yes even plentifulididitty of free booze and grub.

With all this in mind, I present some top picks for your enjoyment:


  1. 4:40pm Lovvers at Epoch Coffee, these UK boys have been on my radar ever since I saw their myspace page noting the Real Kids as an influence.
  2. 8pm Strange Boys at Emo Jr.  Except for those arriving Tuesday, this seems to be the only chance this year.  If you saw them at the Elbo Room in San Francisco recently you will understand the need for more.
  3. 9-11pm Pharmacy, Floating Action and Giant Cloud at Flamingo Cantina.  Always hard to pass up a chance to see a few great bands all in one place.  This line-up should please without all the walking.
  4. 12pm Califone at Club Deville, but the line could be a problem.
  5. 1am This spot is always a tough call.  As many times as I have vowed my comittment to Howe Gelb (Opal Devine’s is a long walk!), I may go for local favorite Sixteen Deluxe.  They return from retirement for a rare engagement at Encore.

Let’s Wrestle is the pick of the day.  UK genius.  3 shows to choose from, and 2 tomorrow (Friday).  May just have to go to all 5.  Free beer and nachos at the Lovejoys gig.  Their official showcase provides another chance to stay in one venue for more than an hour.  They start at 8 and are followed by Radar Bros., She and Him, Wye Oak, and if your really lazy you can stay for Lou Barlow.   Otherwise chug that Shiner Bock and head out for Dr. Dog, Centromatic, Roky Erickson, or perhaps the Vivian Girls!!

I love the Red Eyed Fly and sippin’ free bloody marys on the patio with OCMD buddies, Those Darlins, could be reeeeeal niiiice.  If you find yourself in love, fear not, they play 4 more shows.

If it’s a warm day, curl up on the grass with the Dum Dum Girls and Yellow Fever at the lovely French Legation Museum.

The Dialtone Records show at the Amsterdam Cafe deserves special mention.   This is a chance to see some old school, real deal, raw rock and blues (mostly from Texas).  Check out Rev KW Williams tune on the SXSW site to see what I mean.  These are the kind of showcases that generally have no line, but provide something you can get no where else.  Really how many times can you see Let’s Wrestle?

5:30pm Victoria Williams will make a very rare appearance (outside of Joshua Tree) at Jovitas party/benefit for the amazing Sweet Relief Musicians Fund that assists ailing musicians.

The day also provides 3 chances to catch New Jersey psychedelic band, Real Estate (they have 10 shows listed already!).  There are 2 chances to see Chicago based, T-Rex inspired, Smith Westerns (they have a mere 5 SXSW shows listed including one Saturday show at a fave venue-the Scoot Inn, built in 1871!).  Friday also provides the first (of only 2?) chances to see Alabama’s spazzy and catchy pop wunderboys, Thomas Function, at the Broken Neck.

The Bloodshot records party at the very cool Yard Dog Gallery is always a good time, and it is not simply the free beer.  Enjoy all the Bloodshot stars:  Silos, Justin Townes Earle, Rosie Flores, X-ene (from X), and of course those crazy Waco Brothers.  Shop for boots next store and spend some quality time in the alley.

Hmmm…just when you think you can’t hear one more band!  Consider something you haven’t seen at all!  Could it be Avi Buffalo (Long Beach), This Bike is a Pipe Bomb (Pensacola), or Montreal’s answer to the Vivian Girls–the Peelies (mmm….they sing in French)!!

Free Tequila at the Gas Pipe where you can show your drunken support for local recording guru, part time Gris Gris guy, Greg Ashley.

Later that evening consider checking out a rare treasure from rock history.  Big Star at Antone’s!  Be warned:  this one will have a line and the staff are a bit lame, but hey this is Big Star.  Chris Gerniottis from the Zachary Thaks will be at the must-visit Continental Club.   And maybe strangest of all….Death play a 1am show at Mohawk.  Death are quite a story.  1973, three black dudes from Detroit see The Stooges and quickly form a band.  They make some amazing early punk recordings and vanish….until 2009 when the great Drag City label releases the full album in its entirety.

Or, fuck it all and go to Speakeasy where you can see 6 mostly punk bands direct from China.  I like Carsick Cars and PK14 best of all.  A few blocks away at Buffalo Billiards see former Emeralds, now Rubies direct from Japan.

I’m exhausted just thinking about it.  Do get some sleep, try and get some sleep.

SXSW Pick: WhoMadeWho

The Copenhagen-based indie disco/funk group, WhoMadeWho, is one of those bands I’ll be seeking out when I need to get my groove on. Having opened for bands like Daft Punk, Soulwax, Hot Chip, Justice and LCD Soundsystem, the band seems primed to, well, pop.

Mar 18 2010 9:30P
Lose Control party sponsored by Hype Machine Austin, TX
Mar 19 2010 3:30P
Danish Dynamite Party Austin, TX
Mar 19 2010 10:00P
Emo´s Jr – SxSW Austin
Mar 20 2010 2:00P
Do512 Party – SxSW Austin, TX
Mar 20 2010 5:00P
Obscure Magpie Party Austin, TX

SXSW Pick: Tape Deck Mountain

Tape Deck Mountain – “Scantron

I missed these guys at NoisePop, but it certainly won’t happen again. One of my favorite albums of 2009, I’m looking forward to catching up with this San Diego-based group while in Austin. The band’s debut album, Ghost, was written by frontman Travis Trevisan during all the free time he had after being laid off from his job. With a self-proclaimed ‘mid-fi’ sound, the album title is befitting of the slacker-fuzzed lullabies it creates. Filled with ambient electronics and intricate layers that give way to walls of crashing guitars, the album is intoxicating.

Mar 17 2010 3:00P
SXSW – Lustre Pearl (SD Hoe-Down) Austin, Texas
Mar 18 2010 12:00P
SXSW – Muse Box daytime party at Rusty Spurs Austin, Texas
Mar 19 2010 7:00P
SXSW – Friendly Fire Showcase @ Lamberts Austin, Texas
Mar 20 2010 3:00P
SXSW – The Rumble @ Shangra La Austin, Texas

SXSW Preview: Jeff The Brotherhood

Hell yeah. These guys made the short list of my Best Albums of 2009 with their debut album, ‘Heavy Days’. I will definitely be paving a path to one of their gigs in Austin. Their live shows are reportedly not to be missed.

3/17 – the Longbranch (12:15am Impose Magazine & Famous Class Showcase)
3/18 – Emos Annex (1:20pm Soundcheck Party)
3/18 – Pizza Guys Pizza (TBA at The Best Damn Day of Duo’s Ever)
3/19 – Karibu’s (3pm)
3/19 – Club 1808 (5pm Chaos In Tejas Party)
3/19 – Club 1808 (7pm Texas Size Headache)
3/20 – The Mohawk (9:30pm Panache Booking Showcase)
3/21 – Beerland (TBA Panache Finale Party)

SXSW Preview: Nive Nielsen – “Room”

Wow, check out this enchanting songstress from Greenland, Nive (pronounced Nehvee) Nielsen. The Inuk will perform at SXSW with an all-star cast of stellar indie musicians for this special occasion. Expect members from Giant Sand, Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Ralph Carney (Tom Waits, Pixies, Black Keys) to be part of this unique set up.  Later this year, her debut full-length album “Nive Sings – as played by Nive Nielsen & The Deer Children”, will be released featuring an all-star list of collaborators, including John Parish (PJ Harvey), Howe Gelb (Giant Sand), Ralph Carney, Patrick Carney (Black Keys), Eric Craven (Godspeed You! Black Emperor), Lisa Gamble (Hrsta, Evangelista), Alden Penner (Clues, Unicorns), Matt Bauer (Alela Diane) and Arlen Thompson (Wolf Parade). I think some people are banking on her to be big, no?

3/17/10                                  Austin, TX @ Gibson Room  @ 4PM (Crossing Border Event/SXSW)
3/18/10                                  Austin, TX @ 18th Floor at Hilton Garden Inn @ 10PM (SXSW)
3/21/10                                  Austin, TX @ tbc