NX35 Saturday Diary

15 Mar

I spent the bulk of last night running from venue to venue in Denton trying to make my NX35 wristband worth it’s weight in gold, I drank, I ate, I partied, I danced, I laughed, I made snarky comments to people. All in all  it was a great time, so great that I felt the need to share.

Hopefully this serves as a decent approximation of what all went down, and as a heads up I’m cribbing the A.V. Club’s festival diary style for this.

3:00 p.m.

I get to Denton, after a rather awesome drive up from Dallas that featured me ripping through Giorgio Moroder’s From Here to Eternity with the windows down music up, and the dogs head out the window, 40 degree weather be damned.  I call my friend TJ to get a feel for how their set a banter will go, he says it’s all kinda wonky, because no one is too sure how rank and file the bands are gonna be. Get to the place I’m being allowed to crash at, drop the dog off and I head to the Convention Center to pick up wrist band.

3:10 p.m.

So I get to the convention center just in time to see one of the UNT groups either setting up or breaking down, any way I check in get my wristband and get ahold of a NX35 program guide, which is full of interviews, dedications, ads, and fortunately a guide to who is playing when. It’s either Young Mammals or Parata to start the night at 8.

5:oo p.m.

Lord bless stack-able record players and Wii baseball. Life is awesome when you can listen to Marquee Moon and bat with a President Obama Mii.

7:00 p.m.

I decide to get pumped for the festival by watching John Stewart’s on air evisceration of MSNBC’s Jim Cramer on the Daily Show uncensored on Hulu. Brutal, absolutely brutal.

7:45 p.m.

After a bit of debate with myself over being lazy and driving and then walking around the square, or walking everywhere my deeply buried athletic nature wins out, and I decide to walk. You know cause it’s good for you and such. This eventually turns out to be a terrible idea.

8:00 p.m.

I get to banter, and once again decry my decision to abscond all beer during lent, because I forgot they don’t sell liquor at banter just beer and wine. Even though I’m packing a full flask, coffee it is.

8:35 p.m.

After running through a 3 song set, of fairly new material, with his band Parata I ask my friend TJ what’s with the short set, he responds simply “Always leave’em wanting.” Rock’n’Roll.

9:16 p.m.

After setting up, and going through some tech issues Providence’s The Low Anthem start to play I immediately start calling people to try and get them there.

9:20 p.m.

Jesus Fucking Christ these guys are good.

The Low Anthem- Champion Angel

9:32 p.m.

My friend Brenda gets to the show, I tell her they’ve been breathtaking so far, she says that she enjoys them. Some asshole takes my table while I was up getting her in.

9:4something p.m.

That guy is no longer and asshole, he gets the band to play another song, and it’s well worth losing my table to hear these guys play some more.

10:00 p.m.

Brenda is taking off to pregame, and I say I’ll meet here later at the Riverboat Gamblers show, I was going to head right off to Hailey’s to catch Matthew and the Arrogant Sea, but the guys from The Low Anthem actually agreed to an interview. So I quickly buy an recorder app on my G1 (god bless you google, and your amazing cell phone).  It goes well I guess, I didn’t have anything planned, and the whole group is beyond bright (they all went to Brown, so that goes without saying) and I’ll probably write the whole thing up and post it later tonight.

10:25 p.m.

I make it to Hailey’s just in time to catch Mathew and the Arrogant Sea‘s last two songs they’re electric. Kinda upset I missed the set. Note to self make sure to catch ’em at SXSW.

Matthew and the Arogant Sea- Withen the Universe

10:30 p.m.

I get to the Boiler Room in time to catch The Fieros close their set with a cover of “Helter Skelter“, when their done a guy behind me tells his friend “Worst cover ever,” that’s kinda harsh. As I’m rushing back to Hailey’s to catch Bosque Brown I hear the members of Record Hop say that The Fieros shtick “Works for them.” So take that worst cover ever guy.

10: 40 p.m.

Back at Hailey’s I bump into an acquaintance who plays with both Delmore Pilcrow, and Sabra Laval he says he might be able to hook me up with an interview which is kinda awesome. We discuss Matas‘ set, and Bosque Brown as she gets on stage to share some of her rather amazing work with us. This place is packed, and silent as she starts her set she’s rather grand you can see why Mara Lee Miller is getting all the press as of late.

Bosque Brown- So Loud

11:00 p.m.

On my way to Andy’s I decide to stop and catch a little bit of The Boom Boom Box, and I don’t really have much to say other then they’re worth catching a full set from. I was about half way to Andy’s when I hear the guy working the door say it’s “One in one out” I call my friends to give them the heads up, and decide to hit J&J’s where I don’t even bother going down stairs, instead I buy a sprite in a to go cup, fill it half way full of Sprite, and half full of vodka, this is a good thing. I see a booklet about the new Bee’s Fifth Collective, I grab it for future reference.

11:10 p.m.

Standing outside of  Andy’s in line drinking vodka-Sprite mixture.

11:15 p.m.

Still standing and drinking

11:17 p.m.

Drink needs more vodka. I think i saw the guy from fishboy walk by.

11:22 p.m.

Halfheartedly announce we should ban together and charge the door, after all they can’t stop us all.

11:30something p.m.

We’re in! And, they’re still sound checking, oh well free drinks make everything better.

11:49 p.m.

After a couple of songs, I decide my face has been melted enough, and my spot is better given up to one of the kids standing outside. I chug my drink, and rush out the door, and I’m greeted with high fives. I may be drunk at this point.

Riverboat Gamblers – A Choppy, Yet Sincere Apology

11:50 p.m.

Holy shit Pops Carter is playing the Abbey Inn! This is awesomely unexpected, must catch a bit of the show.


Once I got to the Boiler Room,I drunkenly ordered a Sprite, and insisted they sell me a test tube shot, which was terrible. I took my Sprite to the bathroom to pour some vodka in, and when I passed up a chance at one of the urinals, I’m accused of being  “Piss shy” good times I love this place.  I make my way to the front, and someone taps me on the back turns out TJ decided to come to this show, we talk about who we saw during the night, turns out Nervous Curtains were very, very good, oh well sacrifices. At some point during Record Hop‘s show lead singer Ashley Cromeens brakes a string causing, lead guitarist Scott Porter to quip “The string is broke, we’re free to play the blues jam!” War Pigs ensues with a little help from a drunken fan.

The show gets progressively louder, and bongoier, and it’s fucking great, I ask TJ about his willingness to appear on the podcast I’m trying to put together for this site, but I’m drowned out by the noise.

After the set ends i down a couple of shots, and wander off, the rest of the night becomes kind of a blur from there.

Best show:

The Low Anthem

Best Merch:

Everyone at Hailey’s

Most Ruckus Crowd:


Best babaganoush:


Let’s hope this happens next year.

2 Responses to “NX35 Saturday Diary”

  1. watcat March 15, 2009 at 8:08 pm #

    Hi this blog is great I will be recommending it to friends.


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