Saturday, March 17, 2007


The wife arrived here in Austin yesterday and launched right into the SXSW fray with our host, the Baron, starting with a big outdoor party at Yard Dog featuring the Waco Brothers, the Gore Gore Girls and plenty of free Pabst Blue Ribbon. During all the rock, Amy and me did a quick lap around South Austin, hitting all the other outdoor concerts and hipster boutiques we could find.

Meanwhile, since the last post, I've seen another great festival movie: The King of Kong, a rousing and hilarious documentary about two guys slugging it out to reach the notorious Donkey Kong "kill screen" and take their place as the official best Konger of all time. See the real deal before the inevitable Will Ferrell/Ben Stiller remake.

And the other great documentary I saw, Hell on Wheels, came to life when Scott and me checked out a real live banked-track match between the Texas Rollergirls and the Arizona Renegades, complete with two rockabilly bands and the "Spank Alley" penalty box. If you ever get the opportunity to watch tattooed roller babes zooming around and around to the sound of an upright bass and Hammond organ, I HIGHLY recommend it.

All this and the ever-delightful Lily Allen in a brief but blissful free in-store concert at Waterloo Records, featuring a charming acoustic cover of "Heart of Glass" -- aaaaaah.

And now...breakfast tacos.


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