Aussie Week: Andy Clockwise

Andy Clockwise – “Everybody’s In a Band” 

“Hyperballad”

Good music + good people = good times.  It’s a fairly straightforward equation. And if it’s a good time you’re looking for, definitely call Andy Clockwise (aka Andy Kelly). These Aussies (masquerading as Angelenos) know how to get a party started with their variety of self-described schizo pop.  Their music runs the gamut from balls to the wall, rock your socks off numbers like “Everybody’s in a Band” to softer ballads and cover songs like Bjiork’s “Hyperballad”.  Their forthcoming LP “The Socialite” is due out this year. Meanwhile, the group will head back to Australia for a tour the month of May.  And oh, did I mention that they have the most badass female drummer you’ve laid your eyes on? Her name’s Stella Mozgawa and she’s rad.  (She also drums for Warpaint.) File under: One To Watch.

My Best of SXSW 2010

Yeah, I know.  This post is like a month overdue.  But since Austin I’ve been in work hell, life hell and  right-after-I-downloaded-all-my-SXSW-photos-to-my-Mac-the-hard-drive-fried hell. Thank God for Apple Care and Drobo. I’m back on line and slowly getting back on track. So, without further ado, here are my highlights from SXSW. Better late than never, right?

Best SXSW Anthem & Best Performer: Andy Clockwise, “Everybody’s in a Band”

Best Venue: Luster Pearl on Rainey St. hands down. Great vibe, great bands, great people.  Kudos Filter Mag!

Best Celebrity Sightings – The Fader Fort VIP area with Adrian Grenier and Billy Idol to name a few.

Biggest Buzz Band: Broken Bells.  Though their cool quotient has substantially dropped now that their debut album is being retailed at Starbucks.  Ah well, can’t blame them really.  Their album was probably one of the biggest leaks on record.

Cutest Couple: Al and Claire, who after The Broken Bells show at Lustre Pearl dropped on bended knee and proposed. (Sniff.)  While that album will always be sentimental for that moment, I will personally always think of them when I hear The Temper Trap’s “Love Lost”.  We had such a great time at that show and it’s one of the best, sappiest love albums ever.  So this one’s for you, you saps. Congrats!

The Temper Trap“Love Lost”

Best Surprises: Boxer Rebellion, Best Coast and Children Collide. Didn’t see ’em coming but thoroughly enjoyed every minute of their performances.

Boxer Rebellion“Broken Glass”

Best Coast“Over the Ocean”

Children Collide “Frozen Armies”

Best Live Performances & Most Likely to SucceedLocal Natives, The Veils, The Temper Trap, Phantogram, Cymbals Eat Guitars

Cymbals Eat Guitars“And the Hazy Sea”

Best Female Drummer – Stella Mozgawa from Andy Clockwise and Warpaint. Rad!

Best Discoveries: The Pharmacy, Thee Vicars, Lovvers, Love of Diagrams, Beaches

The Pharmacy“Coldest Morning Light

Lovvers“OCD Go Go Girls”

Love of Diagrams“No Way Out”

Thee Vicars“You Lie”

Beaches – “Eternal Sphere”

Buzz Bands I Just Don’t Get Even After Seeing Them Live: Chew Lips, Neon Indian, Washed Out, Sleigh Bells.  Sorry.

Best Band Working The Street:  San Francisco’s very own The Ferocious Few and Phantom Kicks. Both working the street crowd hard and making me proud.  The Ferocious Few with their signature street performances and Phantom Kicks pressing demo CDs into any willing hand.  Including mine.  Good job!

The Ferocious Few“Crazy Love”

Phantom Kicks“Eyes Familiar”