NEWTOWN SXSW 2012 ROUND UP

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We came, we broadcast, we recorded… Declare SXSW 2012 a success for Newtown!

After a non-eventful flight through Minneapolis, we arrived on Wednesday at our east side pad, dropped off our stuff and headed out to the Longbranch Inn. Impose Magazine had a great hip-hop lineup on the first night of its 10 year anniversary showcase: Danny Brown, Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire, Main Attrakionz, and G-Side. These guys did not disappoint. Danny Brown in particular was on point…this guy is rising fast, definitely check out his set.

Thursday was jam packed, with an afternoon showcase hosted by Death & Taxes and Solid Gold and then an evening show from Sexbeat. We posted up at Cheer Up Charlies in the afternoon and stayed til they shut the place down. Amazing sound on these recordings. Jacuzzi Boys, Ganglians, Young Prisms, Dirty Beaches and Total Slacker were predictably awesome. Love Inks and Tashaki Miyaki were pleasant surprises…we’ll definitely be playing more from both of them.

Friday afternoon we spent the day at the Thrasher showcase at the Scoot Inn. No broadcast, but damn, all we can say is go see Trash Talk… That evening, we were back at Longbranch for night three of the Imposition with Crocodiles, Bleached, Young Prisms (who subbed in for Colleen Green…sad to miss her but can’t get too much of YP), Dirty Beaches (bad sound on this set, unfortunately) and Bleeding Rainbow.

On Saturday, we took a day off — you try carrying around an entire radio station all day! — and hit up the Fader party and the Captured Tracks show. St. Patrick’s day + SXSW is an interesting combination. Not sure Austin needed a second wave of even drunker, younger people, but what the hell.

Our trip concluded with the most amazing BBQ we’ve had in a long time (with appologies to BK’s Fette Sau)…Sam’s BBQ, which proclaims out front “You don’t need no teeth to eat my beef!” is the real deal.

Until next year, Austin…we love ya!

Big thanks to Impose Magazine for the great photos from Long Branch Inn, they have a ton more photo coverage of these shows at their site

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