The last day of SXSW coincided with St. Patrick’s Day, which made for longer lines, drunker people, and lots of green beads being thrown around; along the way, we saw the festival’s hands-down worst performance, an intestine-wobbling set by the Oakland sludgers Totimoshi, and some real tasty “Ice Cream.”
DEPARTURE FROM HOTEL ROOM: Saturday, 11:37 a.m. CT.
FINAL RETURN TO HOTEL ROOM: Sunday, 1:03 a.m. CT.
WEATHER REPORT: Hot enough during the day to regret wearing a sweater, pleasant enough at night to walk around with bare legs.
BANDS SEEN*: Seven: Mickey Avalon, Ghostface, Rakim, The Rosebuds, Totimoshi, Clockcleaner, The Zincs. Final SXSW total: 32.
BLOGGER PARTIES ATTENDED: One. Final SXSW total: Seven.
PANELS ATTENDED: Zero. Final SXSW total (music conference only): Zero.
BEST AMENITIES, NON-OPEN BAR VARIETY: The Ice Cream Man showed up across the street from the Creekside Lounge, and we couldn’t resist another sundae cone.
BEST SWAG: None. We’re guessing that the prospect of St. Patrick’s Day crowds scared off the free-stuff distributors, at least during the day.
NERDIEST MOMENT: Being told that Mickey Avalon was “huge on YouTube.”
WORST USE OF TECHNOLOGY: See above.
BEST COVER: Ghostface’s backing band, the Rhythm Roots All-Stars, dropped a couple of bars of “Hard to Handle” into “Ice Cream,” and it was sublime.
BAND WHO WE WOULD HAVE SEEN IF NOT FOR AN ILL-TIMED NAP: Jandek. Seriously, our “disco naps” go into extended-remix mode way too often for us to have a hotel that’s a cab ride from downtown.
* Where “seen” = “caught two or more songs by.”