Austin City Limits Recap



Austin City Limits ACL

Brent Humphreys took this picture.


Oh, ACL. How happy I am when you are here and how sad I am when you’re over.

What I loved.

The Temper Trap. My first show on Saturday and it was a good one. They did start out a bit mellow for my taste but then they busted out with music that had me in a dancing/singing frenzy. Also, when they played Sweet Disposition I totally felt like I was in 500 Days of Summer because I just got a very Zooey Deschanel haircut, except I didn’t have a “Tom”, although what I did have was an awesome solo dance party that I’m pretty sure made everyone around me jealous.  So glad I caught their show.

The kindergarten aged kids I saw completely ROCKING OUT. It was a truly beautiful thing to witness.

The Aussie delegation. I love all the internationals who come out for ACL but the Aussies are a complete blast. And so friendly.

The Kiwi delegation. People from New Zealand know how to go BANANAS in the best way. And so friendly.

All of the tattoo art. Seriously, some people have impressively artistic tats.

Gogol Bordello. I had heard of them but had never actually heard any of their music. Suffice it to say I was a maniac on the impromptu dance floor- and I was dancing like I’d  never danced before.

Matt and Kim. Such a happy surprise. They were completely new to me and I loved their set. Oh yeah, and I danced a lot.

Free shuttle buses. Thank you Capital Metro.

The food. It was like Haute Festival Cuisine. And it was delicious. And all Austin originals.

Happy People. You are surrounded by thousands and thousands of really happy music-loving people. And it’s glorious.

Tom’s shoes. Basically everyone at ACL had a pair of these on. It was rad. And think of all the little ones getting shoes around the world. (Warm and fuzzies)

Shining sun, picnic blanket, Kurt Vonnegut. In between shows I would lay out on my blanket and read some Kurt V. It just felt so right.

That one guy in body glitter who is either having standing spasms or dancing like there is no tomorrow. He makes me happy.

THE FLAMING LIPS. Seriously. Epic epicness. In the top 5 of best shows I have ever seen at ACL. It’s like, space bubble, streamers, gongs, dancing orange people, dancing me, dancing everyone, bright colors, beautiful night. EPIC.

M.I.A. The girl puts on a stellar show. I went completely mental and raved it up in a major way. She even came out into the crowd. Also, some guy broke open glow-sticks and flung glow-stick juice all over the place and at first I was annoyed and then it looked so awesome that I didn’t care. Although, in retrospect, someone could have gotten that in their eye. Way to think about safety glow-stick guy.

Hot guys. Lots and lots of hot guys. But it also made me think- where do all of you hide??! You can’t all be from out of town- some of you must live here. I need to know where you hang out so I can go there and then not talk to you because I’m afraid.

What I Didn’t Love.

Inappropriate PDAs. Listen- I didn’t come to ACL to watch porn. Please keep your sexy time to yourselves. That is what bedrooms, hotel rooms, and backseats are for.

Being Alone. On Saturday I was completely solo and although I had moments of feeling really empowered, overall I was just kind of lonely. Sunday I was with a bunch of people though and that was a blast. Not that I didn’t have a brilliant time on Saturday- the music saw me through-  I just felt a little less pathetic on Sunday.

High Heels. Seriously? Who wears 6 inch heels to an outdoor music festival. Not only does that make you lame, it also makes you hurt, because there is no way that was comfortable.

Renaissance Fair attire. Hey man, I love a good Renaissance Fair but this is ACL not Ye Olde Music Fest. Also, your costumes are historically inaccurate.

Hot Girls. Hello body issues! Nice to see you again. Diet plan commence.

What I Regret.

Not seeing DeadMau5. I hate it when ACL schedules two bands I really want to see at the same time. Tough choices have to be made but I really wish I could have been two places at once. I heard DeadMau5 was MENTAL. Only regret.

Austin City Limits- One Of The Happiest Times Of The Year.

Austin City Limits

Happy Times Are Here Again!

Fall in Texas brings with it some of the happiest events of the year.

1. Kerbey Lane Cafe starts serving pumpkin pancakes again. It’s a holy thing.

2. Austin City Limits. One of my favorite things ever. Live music, Austin food, beautiful weather (except for last year…), it’s just a spectacular weekend. If you are coming, then welcome! If you aren’t then I promise to feel sorry for you because you are really missing out. This event over the years has let me enjoy some of my favorite bands live and it’s lets me be introduced to completely new bands to love.

3. The end of humidity.

I added that third one because I feel like lists need to be at least 3 things. But really, what I want to talk about is ACL. It’s this weekend and I’m really excited but also nervous. Nervous because this is the first time in the history of me going to ACL that I will be going it alone. I usually don’t mind doing things alone at all but this is one thing I have always done with at least 3 other people, so this year will be a completely new experience for me. Sure, I will probably meet up with a few friends there but mostly I will be on my own (because they are choosing Muse tomorrow night and though it was a tough decision I choose M.I.A). But the music beckons, you know? And ACL beckons. And I respond to the call. Also, I think this will be a very liberating ACL for me. Like, I shouldn’t have to miss out on things I want to do because none of my friends are available. I am a grown woman. I do what I want.  (Picture me with an air of astounding independence).

Anway, that’s me. I would like to share with you all some of my favorite bands that are playing this year and that I think you should get to know if you don’t already.  Happy Friday, and a very Merry ACL to one and all!!!!!!


Vampire Weekend



The Temper Trap




Band of Horses

Norah Jones

The Eagles


Whatever I Did, I’m Sorry.

ACL Austin City LimitsAustin City Limits is one of my absolute favorite things. Every fall a ton of gifted musical acts gather to perform for three days in Austin, Texas. It is magical. This is something I have been attending for years. It has all of the talent of SXSW without the pretension and annoying people walking down the middle of Congress acting like they don’t know there is a line of 100 cars waiting for them to move so they can continue driving. Anyway….I really love ACL.

I have done something terrible though. Something that ACL will never forgive me for. I’m not sure what it was but it had to have been really really bad. How do I know I did something really really bad? Because Austin City Limits has loved making my musical life unbearably difficult for the past several years by scheduling at least two of my favorite acts at the same time. They are obviously trying to get back at me for something. They want to hurt me. They are succeeding.

This year it’s M.I.A. and Muse on Saturday night. Same time. It hurts to write it. I have loved both of these acts for years. When I saw the line-up for this year and bought tickets I never thought I would have to choose between them. How can I? I’m so sorry for whatever I did ACL. I really am. Please, please forgive me. I am literally down-on-my-knees begging you to reschedule. I need to see them both. I might die if I have to choose. I absolutely will die if I have to choose. I mean, whatever I did to deserve this can’t have been so bad that you would wish for my death. Right? Right!?

Last year I had to choose between the Kings of Leon and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. And it really hurt me. Hurt me deep. I went with Kings of Leon and they were brilliant. Beyond amazing but I will always feel a little bit sad that I haven’t seen the Yeah Yeah Yeahs live. I mean, they probably had an amazing set at ACL. I don’t know. I will never know. And even if I see them live somewhere else, I will never have seen them live at ACL. You can probably hear the violins playing in the background of this post- and also the thunder-like sound of my heart breaking. You like that kind of music ACL? How about tears? You like the sound of those? Because I am planning on calling you and leaving you lots of messages that are comprised of nothing more than my ugly sobbing. I am your psycho ex-girlfriend ACL. The more you hurt me, the more I stalk you and send you dead roses and maybe set fire to your house- I don’t know- it all depends on how bad you continue to try and hurt me. I can’t be held responsible for my actions. This is on you ACL. And no jury would convict me. Probably.

I digress. What I mean to say is I am so sorry. I am so very, truly, deeply, sorry for whatever I did that made you want to hurt me this way. I will literally do anything for you to reschedule Saturday performances, please don’t make me choose between M.I.A. and Muse. Please. Pretty please. Remember all the good times we’ve had over the years? Remember how faithful I have been in attending? That has to mean something to you. Think of all the good times ACL- think of the good times and reschedule.