We’ve been sending along regular updates as the South By Southwest music conference drags along, but we also wanted to give you a big-picture view of each day, so we’ll be doing daily wrapups that sum up the best and worst moments. After the jump, we break down the second day, which was marked by gorgeous weather and a lot of time spent waiting for things that would never, ever happen. (Does anybody know what happened to that Dizzee Rascal set that was allegedly taking place this afternoon? And yes, we know that asking that question dates us.)
DEPARTURE FROM HOTEL ROOM: Thursday, 10:28 a.m. CT.
RETURN TO HOTEL ROOM: Thursday, 10:43 p.m. CT.
WEATHER REPORT: Gorgeous–sunny, nearly cloudless, 80 degrees.
BANDS SEEN*: Nine: Loney, Dear, Pipettes, Robyn Hitchcock/Peter Buck, Danava, Tiny Masters Of Today, Marnie Stern, No Age, Old Time Relijun, Mika. Running SXSW total: 18.
BLOGGER PARTIES ATTENDED: Two. Running SXSW total: Four.
PANELS ATTENDED: Zero. Running SXSW total (music conference only): Zero.
BEST AMENITIES, NON-OPEN BAR VARIETY: Any party that was visited by Ice Cream Man. Yes, we know it’s some sort of stunt for a car company, but that cone really hit the spot.
BEST SWAG: Guess who now owns a Zune T-shirt? (This should tell you what kind of day Thursday was.)
NERDIEST MOMENT: Thinking that, despite a set that was somewhat underwhelming, the finger-tapping whiz Marnie Stern would have been a better choice than Velvet Revolver to honor Eddie Van Halen on Monday.
WORST USE OF TECHNOLOGY: Whatever we’re doing that causes our phone to crap out at precisely 9:45 p.m. each night.
BEST COVER: Tiny Masters’ “Jump Around” take, which had the whole crowd on Ms. Bea’s back patio raising their hands in the air.
BAND WHO WE WOULD HAVE STUCK AROUND FOR IF WE HADN’T REALIZED WE WERE IN THE WRONG PLACE: Man, do we wish this had been our problem; the whole day felt like one long wait for a train that had been canceled, unbeknownst to us.
MOST DEPRESSING MOMENT: Running into two young ladies with homemade “I Love Perez Hilton” shirts outside the Mika/Amy Winehouse show. Why, you ask? Because that was how we found out he’s here.
* Where “seen” = “caught two or more songs by.” We also got a half-song glimpse of Elvis Perkins–the only artist we could claim to have heard at all until about 3 p.m.