SXSW 2011 Day 4: Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Jamie XX, Dan Deacon, Ty Segall, more

Pains of Being Pure at Heart at Cheer Up Charlie's (Kathryn Yu)

For the final day of SXSW, I went big, big, big. Though I saw close to 40 bands over the duration of the conference, nearly half of those were notched on Saturday. Memorable moments not included in my Spin coverage below: Catching Wallpaper’s Ricky Reed when he leapt into the crowd at Vice Bar, head-nodding to Shlohmo’s beat-burbling set at Daedelus’ Magical Properties showcase, rocking out to the chillblues/blueswave of Writer in a dusty field at Cheer Up Charlie’s, and shredding my arm hopping a fence whilst trying to get in to see Big Freedia at Mess With Texas (turned out her set was long over, and there wasn’t actually a wait to get in). Yeah, you could say I went out in style.

  • The Best and the Worst: Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Dan Deacon, Jamie XX, We Are Enfant Terrible, Ty Segall, and Superhumanoids.

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News: Tearist! Vice Cooler Helps Orphans, Heart Music Finds the Beat, Mestizo Digs Elliott Smith

Machina Muerte founder Mestizo name-checks Elliott Smith

Quick bloggy bits from around the L.A. underground (and up). Share ’em.

  1. FEATURED: L.A. Rapper Mestizo Name-Checks Elliott Smith*
  2. Heart Music’s Free EP w. Baths, Teen Daze, Light Pollution, more
  3. Vice Cooler’s Rwanda Benefit LP, ft. No Age, Dan Deacon, Gossip
  4. Finally! Listen to Synth-Punks Tearist’s Brand New Track “Headless”

(all stories via West Coast Sound, via L.A. Weekly)

* “Elliott Smith’s death gets a mention — a display of Mestizo’s ability to intertwine classic rap braggadocio with harrowing reality and emotive introspection.

Mayer Hawthorne Hooks Up with Virginia Beat-Maker Nottz, Drops Etched 12-Inch for ‘I Need You’

Q&A: Double Dagger on post-punk + graphic design

Baltimore post-punk trio Double Dagger has just released a real beast of a record, MORE (via Thrill Jockey), which juxtaposes the moodiness of Fugazi against the searing energy of Fucked Up. It’s a great album, bar none, and turns out these fellas are also a great interview. Click on over to A.V. Club Austin to read about the album’s bizarre birth, the band’s choice to completely eschew the use of electric guitar, and uses for metal band names that you haven’t yet thought of.

Listen to Double Dagger’s “The Lie/The Truth” in Now Hear This (right).

Zestfully mean

The A.V. Club recently released its “Spring Music” issue highlighting some fresh faces for the freshest of seasons. I spoke to Dan Deacon, Adam “doseone” Drucker (Themselves) and Bill Callahan, though not a single one of them seemed too stoked for the season. In fact, they were respectively cranky, aggressive and ponderous — but I’ll be damned if they didn’t give great interview.