Archive for September, 2008

Almost Live from ACL – Day 3

Monday, September 29th, 2008

We made a late start of it at the park Sunday, and in the ensuing insanity had no time for the last blog of the evening. After after-partying entirely too much the night before, we descended on the park just in time for Okkervil River. Despite Jonathan’s recent departure for Shearwater, the band was more than up to the task of keeping the crowd dancing, singing along, and – perhaps most important, in a festival where people arrive late and leave early for other bands already playing – sticking around.

Then it was time for White Denim. Despite their homegrown status, these guys are worth checking out any time you can. We danced crazy for 45 minutes while they played with their usual gritty intensity, despite the occasional sound bleedthrough from the Raconteurs.

After catching ‘Steady As She Goes’ from Jack White et al., we wandered over to the WaMu Stage for Galactic, and arrived just in time to hear Chali 2na from Jurassic 5 drop in and absolutely destroy the crowd for a few songs. Then we headed for Band of Horses, and couldn’t have been the only people annoyed at the Foo Fighters for starting 5 minutes early in the middle of a Band of Horses song – it effectively ruined the end of their set, drowning their softer sound with sheer rock volume.

Once we’d stayed sufficiently to ’see’ the Foo Fighters, it was time for Conor Oberst/Jenny Lewis/M. Ward at La Zona Rosa. We heard that M. Ward’s Friday ACL slot was a bit of a disaster; he was inside the WaMu tent, playing at the same time as Gogol Bordello, so sound bleedthrough was a major issue. As a guy with a guitar, it’s an understandable problem, but sad, if last night was a good indication of how lovely and haunting he can sound live. And Conor Oberst will always, inescapably, make us wish we were hearing Bright Eyes instead.

And thus wraps up another ACL weekend in our fair city; may traffic return to normal soon, and let everyone recover from the glut of awesome music in such a concentrated space and time… So, you’ll be at Federico Aubele tomorrow, right?

Chillville September 28, 2008

Sunday, September 28th, 2008

Be sure to check out our MySpace Page to see the “Chillville Concert Calender” along with other audio/vidual goodies. We will have ticket give away’s for Federico Aubele, and Bassnectar, so tune in for your chance to win. Also, listen to the streaming broadcast of Chillville and other 101X shows at

  • Lamb – Wonder
  • Morcheeba – Trigger Hippie
  • The Orb – Little Fluffy Clouds
  • Sia – Breathe Me
  • (9:30) Midnight Juggernauts – Shadows (M83 Remix)
  • Tegan & Sara – Downtown
  • Spoon – You Got Yr Cherry Bomb
  • Radiohead – All I Need
  • (10:00) Daft Punk – Verdis Quo
  • Moby – Hyenas
  • Smashing Pumpkins – The Beginning is the End is the Beginning
  • Thievery Corporation – Beautiful Drug
  • Portishead – Roads
  • (10:30) Hercules and Love Affair – This is My Love
  • Ghostland Observatory – Sad Sad City
  • The Flaming Lips – Bad Days
  • Nouvelle Vague – Dancing With Myself
  • Lemongrass – Fairyland
  • (11:00) Ladytron – Ghosts (Modwheelmood Mix)
  • Air – Venus
  • The Crystal Method – Bad Stone
  • Federico Aubele – En el Desierto
  • Saint Etienne – Only Love Can Break Your Heart
  • (11:30) TV on the Radio – Stork & Owl (catch of the Day)
  • Massive Attack – Risingson
  • The Cure – A Forest (Tree Mix)
  • Gorillaz – Clint Eastwood
  • Beck – Lost Cause

Live from ACL – Day 2

Saturday, September 27th, 2008

We’re back at Zilker, sunburned and sweaty, and just caught Man Man! Last time they were in town, it was the end of April at Emo’s, and the weather was much more cooperative. Despite the sweltering heat, though, they performed with their usual intensity, and had a huge pit of kids screaming the lyrics back at them. 

We made an early day of it; The Black and White Years started us off at noon, and then we caught the Old 97’s, Fleet Foxes, and Scotland’s the Fratellis. It’s probably time for an ice-cold sweet tea, a bit of time in front of the mr. mister, and then MGMT. We’ll round out a packed day with Sam Beam’s dulcet tones (Iron and Wine), a bit of Alison Krauss, and then, of course, Beck Hansen.

Afterparties of note tonight: Okkervil River/Man Man/Crooked Fingers at Emo’s, Band of Horses at the Parish, and the Black and White Years at a Rock the Vote shindig on the west side. For more official parties, check out the ACL website for the full list.

Again, stay safe, kids! Catch y’all tomorrow.

Live from ACL – Day 1

Friday, September 26th, 2008

ACL is the place to be for the weekend, so of course Chillville is right in the middle. We’re blogging live every day from the AT&T Blue Room, telling you what’s hot – besides the weather – what’s not, and what just rocked.

 We arrived just in time for Yeasayer, who played to a mixed reception at Lolla last month. The consensus back then was that hot weather and glaring sunshine put a damper on their sound, which is admittedly suited to smaller, indoor packed venues and dark rooms. Today, though, they brought their A-game and rocked out to an appreciative crowd that stayed to the very end.

Sadly, catching Yeasayer meant missing locals What Made Milwaukee Famous, who were big crowd favorites for the weekend – according to the ACL scheduling site, over 4500 cool kids had them down as the place to be this afternoon. We did catch them for a few questions at the pre-party at Emo’s last night, though, and will be posting the interview on our YouTube account as soon as we recover from the weekend.

Vampire Weekend was summery and light-hearted fun, but we’re looking forward to the mosh pit at the quick-approaching Gogol Bordello 4:30 slot. Also today, N.E.R.D., where we might run into the Full Monty, and the Mars Volta.

The evening doesn’t end at the park, though; there are some serious afterparties going on all weekend. A huge recommendation is the free – free! – Belaire/Voxtrot/Cool Kids show at Mohawk tonight. RSVP at, and get there early, because it’s sure to reach capacity fast. Also cool – a Hot Chip house party, Gnarls Barkley with CSS at Stubbs, and an insanely hush-hush MGMT/CSS/Black and White Years-DJ’d aftershow in a private location downtown. If you can find out more details, that is the hot place for tonight.

Have fun and stay safe, kids, and we’ll catch you tomorrow.

Chillville September 21, 2008

Sunday, September 21st, 2008

Be sure to check out our MySpace Page to see the “Chillville Concert Calender” along with other audio/vidual goodies. We will have ticket give away’s for Federico Aubele, Bassnectar and the Jose Gonzalez ACL Aftershow Party exclusively for our MySpace friends. Also, listen to the streaming broadcast of Chillville and other 101X shows at

  • Max Sedgley – Slowly
  • The Funky Lowlives – Sail Into the Sun
  • Malcolm McLaren – About Her
  • Bjork – All is Full of Love
  • Underworld – Boy Boy Boy
  • (9:30) N.E.R.D. – Provider (Air Remix)
  • The Beloved – Sweet Harmony (check out the video here)
  • Radiohead – Street Spirit (Fade Out)
  • Jazzanova – Coffee Talk
  • Unkle – Against the Grain
  • (10:00) Jose Gonzalez – Teardrop
  • Naked Music – Pleasure Seeker
  • Nine Inch Nails – Zero-Sum (Stephen Morris and Gillian Gilbert Remix)
  • STS9 – Shock Doctrine
  • (10:30) Infusion – Daylight Hours
  • Brazilian Girls – Strangeboy
  • Beck – Heaven Hammer (Missing – Air Remix)
  • Gudrun Gut – Firething (The Orb Fire Dub)
  • Primal Scream – Come Together
  • (11:00) Moby – Memory Gospel
  • Bitter:Sweet – Drink You Sober
  • Nightmares on Wax – Da Feelin’
  • Massive Attack – I Against I (ft. Mos Def)
  • Thievery Corporation – Sound the Alarm (click here to find out how to get this new track by TC for free)
  • The Submarines – 1940
  • (11:30) Bassnectar – Some Sing
  • Modeselektor – The White Flash (ft. Thom Yorke)
  • Garbage – Queer (The Most Beautiful Woman in Town Mix)

101X apparently had some technical difficulties do to the antenna. We apologize for the last 15 minutes of the show, and will pick up where we left off next Sunday. Have a good week.

Belaire and an Upcoming Show

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

Our friends in Belaire released the video today for ‘You Really Got Me Going,’ and there is no better description for it than ‘eye-candy’. Full of bright colors, fast-moving picture collages, and of course the five quirky band members themselves, it captures both the song’s playful tone and Belaire’s effervescent forever-summer feel. Check it out in HD over at Vimeo.

Speaking of Belaire, they are playing with a stellar lineup at the ATX Converge show this Friday at the Mohawk. Local hometown giants White Denim along with Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears will join them, in what is essentially an evening comprised of three headlining acts on one bill. Head over to the website, check out their own really cool video featuring Belaire, and then RSVP. It’s free, so get your name in while you can, because it’s going to be a packed show.

Check back with the blog in a few days to read the writeup from our exclusive Mogwai interview, or just listen and watch at the Chillville YouTube account.

September 14th Catch of the Day – Thievery Corporation

Sunday, September 14th, 2008

Thievery Corporation has finally finished up their latest LP entitled Radio Retaliation, and is scheduled for release on 9/23. I got a chance to interview Rob Garza when they were in town this past summer, and we actually talked about the new album and the direction that they are going with it. Today’s catch is called “Sound the Alarm”, and I absolutely love how they have taken their distinct sound and made it a little more upbeat with a hint of reggae. If you were lucky enough to go to the sold out Austin show, then you will know that this is the song that they opened up with, which set the tone for the rest of the night. I am very eager to hear what the rest of the album will sound like, but I’m also confident that it will be another TC classic.

Since Thievery Corporation is a special “Catch of the Day”, then I’m going to have to do something else special for everyone who reads the ”catch” blog. Click this link to get your own copy of “Sound the Alarm” before it hits the stores. Enjoy!