Monday, September 17, 2007

ACL Recap: Friday, Day 1 (Sept. 14, 2007)

Yeah, this is a pic from last year. I'm trying to get my new ones up.

12:00 -- Waiting around for the rest of the crew to fly into Austin, had some lunch downtown at the Iron Cactus. Had some chips, some more chips, some margaritas, and walked away feeling insanely lethargic and unready for a long day in the Texas heat. Yay for breakfast.

3:00 -- After picking up my cousins and sister, we make it to the festival and wait awhile to get wristbands. We then notice an immense cloud of black smoke rising from the festival grounds. I don't know exactly what happened, but YANP! says four people were injured. Bad news.

3:30 -- Make it inside the grounds in time to catch most of Peter, Bjorn and John's set. It was fun, but not one of the best sets I saw this weekend. "Young Folks," predictably, had the crowd going crazy, and while the rest of Writer's Block ain't bad at all, it was pretty clear that there wasn't a surfeit of diehard PB&J fans out there (especially when the band delved into some older material from previous albums toward the end).

4:30 -- My cousins and I manage to wind our way up to the front of the stage to see M.I.A. Things are crazy over at the BMI stage, where everybody and their brother is waiting to see the Kala singer perform. My cousin's a pretty devoted M.I.A. fan, I guess, because when M.I.A. told the crowd, about 3/4 of the way through her set, to come up onstage and dance, he was one of about 200 people that jumped the barricade. Me, I was wearing a dress that wasn't fit for barricade jumping, so I had to settle for living vicariously through my cousin's experience.

5:30 -- After all that M.I.A. craziness, we settle for viewing Spoon from a bit further away. Britt Daniels and the boys sounded as great as they did on Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, backed by a brass section and, for god knows what reason, wearing long sleeved black shirts and pants. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, YOU BANDS -- PLEASE WEAR SOMETHING THAT DOESN'T MAKE ME MELT (IN A BAD WAY) JUST LOOKING AT YOU. Please?

8:30 -- Exhausted, we decide not to head over to the Hot Freaks! afterparty, which in retrospect I'm kicking myself for, after seeing the pictures and reading the review they've got over at YANP! (one of several Hot Freaks! affiliates). We did, however, get some dinner at Guero's, where everybody and their mother went this weekend to grab some chicken tacos. Delicious? Yessssir.

10:30 -- Collapsed at our respective hotel rooms, watched Waitress (not so good).

1 comment:

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