Whew. Arrived in Austin around 8, met my wonderful hosts, and took a bus to downtown. My first use of Austin public transportation. After eating some seriously-needed tacos, I headed over to Cheer Up Charlie’s, which was called Ms. Bea’s last year. It’s Todd P’s SXSW venue, and he was definitely a presence there this evening, despite the fact that he said MtyMx was a result of his frustrations with SX. I sort of understand why he wanted to distance himself, at least in theory. The area is built up a lot more this year, and the once-charming bar/cantina has been taken over by the “East Side Artist’s Lounge.” I thought I’d check it out and hear a few Texas bands that were totally new to me, but I only made it through two before it was time to go home and get some rest. Both of them were effects-laden and not particularly intriguing, but there’s a few photos of them below. Also, not totally sure if Psychic Violence is the right band, I never heard them say their name, but according to the schedule, that’s correct. Much, much more tomorrow. For now, sleep after a long traveling day.
Cry Blood Apache: