Odd Future at Billboard Magazine's Showcase: Ain't Shit Funny
It was only because we both left his show early and in a huff that I got to shake hands with Tyler the Creator, the most interesting man in Austin this week.
In case you're not following South by Southwest buzz closely, Tyler is the face of the festival's most-hyped act, LA-based rap collective Odd Future -- "Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All," if you want to be technical about it. During a showcase hosted by Billboard, his group's last show of what's been a very busy festival for them, Tyler found the crowd of industry types assembled to be less than sufficiently "hype." So he led his group off stage after only about 15 minutes, apologizing to the excited fans up front and cursing about the barely-there gawkers in the back.
"Fuck Billboard, I don't even read that shit," he said.
Tyler later backpedaled a bit on Twitter: "Billboard Is Cool. That Show Was Stupid. Thanks To The Fans And Niggas That Was There In The Front. Wasn't Billboards Fault, FUCK THAT CLUB."
This sort of thing shouldn't really surprise any SXSW crowds -- even if Greg Kot from the Chicago Tribune got his panties in a twist over it. Earlier in the evening, a last-minute stage switcheroo at the Mess With Texas party almost caused a riot, and the group took full advantage of the overflowing enthusiasm when they did get on stage, whipping the crowd into a fury.
- I saw a lot of music Saturday -- and walked a long way to do it.
- Foster the People killed it at noon inside the convention center. What a great band. Be sure to catch them in Tempe tomorrow.
- The Meat Puppets were really good at Waterloo Records on the far end of Sixth Street. I especially liked how they opened with this blog's titular track, "Up On The Sun."
- I hoofed it waaaay down First Street to see the River Jones label showcase at a Thai restaurant. Decent food.
- I caught the first hour of the big Bright Eyes show at a park. It was more like a "real" concert than any of the short sets I saw all week -- beginning with a pro-rock style spoken word introduction about Native Americans and continuing through a bass solo in the first song. I really enjoyed hearing "Four Winds."
- Every local band but Kinch had already fled Texas. Kinch was good at their showcase but not nearly as good as they had been at the Common Wall Media party the day before.
- Joey Cape disappointed me by not having a meltdown like other Fat Wreck Chords artists have done at SXSW.
- Jukebox the Ghost sounded bigger than any three-piece I've heard in awhile -- partly their sound, partly the acoustics in the church where I saw them.
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