Kit Harington aka Jon Snow dropped by and spilled some beans on Game Of Thrones’ upcoming 4th season.
This week’s Feature Album, Supermodel, comes courtesy of Foster The People.
SXSW Music doesn’t begin until Tuesday here in Austin, but those Interactive peeps know how to throw a party. Which is where I got to check out NYC trio Ratking, at the Tumblr party on Saturday night.
- Background: Harlem crew comprising of Wiki, MC Hak and producers Sporting Life and Ramon, with an EP out in 2012, and a record due in 2014.
- Hype: They’re the first hip-hop signing to UK label XL since Tyler the Creator.
- Reality: On stage at Mohawk they exuded confidence and a tight show. Wiki held it for most of their set, making me think that MC Hak was more the supportive second element, but lo and behold the final ten minutes brought him up full steam and he slayed it.
- Musicality: Bass, beats, and a tidy slice of ragga. Great to dance to.
- Fun Fact: Wiki is an upper middle class boy, born in Upper West Side Manhattan to well to do parents. He’s still firing off some very downtown lyrics.
I realised this week that 2014 marks my ten year anniversary of SXSW. Back in 2004 I headed to this music festival and conference in the year before I started doing overnighters at triple j. I came because I’d heard it was a place where you can run from bar to carpark to record store to vacant lot and find your new favourite band. Major streets were closed off, and a hungry party atmosphere filled those few city blocks in Austin, Texas.
The first visit, with fellow music lovers and community radio mates Tamara and Ryan.
A lot has changed at this festival since that first visit, but that core feeling still exists. I still get butterflies as I roll into another SXSW Music Conference, thinking about all the incredible moments I’ve witnessed something I had no idea existed, and wondering which of those will fill my heart, feet and head this year.
Over that decade I’ve been covering the festival for triple j, and I’ve felt incredibly lucky to be able to. I’ve seen some mindblowing performances, I’ve met new artists on the cusp of becoming stars…
Meeting sweet fellas MGMT a month before their debut made them stars.
Up close with Bon Iver, as he gathered attention in 2008.
Grimes in 2012. A year before, I watched her perform to 3 people in a carpark.
Bemused by my meeting with Tyler the Creator, 2011.
Posing like schoolchildren with Chvrches, who would see out the rest of 2013 with a heap more fans than they started with.
And I’ve had the opportunity to sit down and have wonderful conversations with some of my musical heroes.
A secret interview with Justin Vernon about the anticipated second Bon Iver record. He only did two shows at SXSW 2011: one with his old school mates, and one with Kanye.
Being charmed by Jack White, after our interview on his solo debut.
Meeting a hero, Kim Deal, to talk new Breeders records, in 2008.
I convinced an unwell James Mercer to chat with me about The Shins new album after he cancelled all other interviews in 2012. He kindly obliged. The hustle muscle reaches full effect during SXSW Music.
This year? Who knows what it’ll hold.
My dance card is filled with everyone from BANKS to Eagulls, Pusha T to Asgeir, Cloud Nothings to Sohn, Future Islands to Ratking, Jungle to Wet. That’s the beauty of this beast. The discovery. But you know I’ll bust a gut finding you the bands that everyone else will be catching onto, in six months time. Keep an eye across the blog every day this week to get the first word. I’ll be tweeting like a mad dawg all week too, from @triplejmornings and Instagramming lots of pics of bands and food (of course) from @zanrowe.
And while I’ll try not to cause too much FOMO, know that you can experience some of SXSW from wherever you sit right now. The Fader Fort always has a killer line-up and streams all of their live performances from here. Jimmy Kimmel is coming live from SXSW all week, if you have the means to watch his show, too.
This town in Texas has been good to me over the the last few years..
Me and Captain Bad Ass in 2005. Good hat Zan.
Interviewing James Murphy (or is he interviewing me?) during happy hour at a Cuban restaurant. Note to self: not a good idea for radio interviews.
Meeting the always classy Santigold for the first time in 2008.
Like I said, one of those lucky-to-be-here vibes. So be here with me.
See you in the throng.
BFFs Trent Reznor and Josh Homme in the studio for a mammoth chat on the eve of the Queens of the Stone Age / Nine Inch Nails Australian tour.
Hear what went down.
Introducing Skaters, from New York City, with their debut album Manhattan. Mixing elements of the New York rock scene from The Ramones through to The Strokes with a dose of UK indie thrown in for good measure, it’s melodic, fuzzed out, frenetic sounds meshed with slow jams and harmonic vocals that perfectly paint a picture of their adopted hometown.
It’s our feature album all week.
Phoenix told us they sext with Daft Punk on the reg.
We imaged how heated these ooh la la conversations could get.
Major Lazer Live At the Wireless
The Palace, Melbourne, 21/01/2014
Well Prepared - Busy Signal
Mash Up the Dance - Major Lazer Feat the Party Squad and Ward 21
Heat It Up - Motti
Rattle - Bingo Players (Tony Romera Remix)
Shell It Down - Major Lazer Feat TOK
Differentology - Bunji Garlin Major Lazer Remix
Lose Yourself - Major Lazer Feat RDX and Moska
Original Don - Major Lazer Feat the Party Squad
Jah No Partial - Major Lazer
Make It Bun Dem - Skrillex/Damien Jr Gong Marley
Jah No Partial - Major Lazer
Get Free - Major Lazer
Bubble Butt - Major Lazer
Watch Out For This - Francisco Feat Major Lazer
Pon De Floor - Major Lazer and Vybz Kartel
54 - 46 Was My Number - Toots and the Maytals
Jessica - Major Lazer Feat Ezra Koenig
Can’t Hold Us - Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Feat Ray Dalton
Danny Harley aka The Kite String Tangle wrangled a string quartet for his cover of Flight Facilities’ ‘Clair De Lune’.
Twenty years on from ‘Loser’, Beck is now up to his 12th album. Morning Phase is already getting rave reviews and is largely seen as a sequel to 2002’s Sea Change. Beck talks with Richard Kingsmill about the album, the 5 year wait for this release and his not often talked about health issues.