sxsw 2012: the pro videos

So, we had this wonderful plan to write this post with lots of beautifully-shot videos to supplement the mediocre camera-phone videos we posted last Monday. It’s proved to be difficult. Our hosting service only allows embedding from certain sites, and most of the videos aren’t found on the approved list. We posted what we could, and linked to the rest of what we wanted to show you. We apologize for the minor inconvenience of opening a new tab and hope you’ll take the time to click. A big thanks to Spotify and Dig for Fire for creating such wonderful concert spaces and videos, as well as DoStuff’s Justin Schaffer.

Yellow Ostrich – The Shakedown

The Sheepdogs – Laid Back

Dry the River – Bible Belt

 Kimbra – Settle Down

Glen Hansard – Say It to Me Now

 Grimes – Genesis
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A$AP Rocky – Peso
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Of Monsters and Men – Dirty Paws

 Fanfarlo – Deconstruction 

PS – For an extra challenge, play spot the M|H editor. She’s in almost every one of these videos.

sxsw 2012: videos!

After a five-year hiatus, we finally made it back down to Austin, Texas’s South By Southwest festival. It was our first year going without a badge, and it turned out surprisingly well – things are now a lot more accessible to the average fan. To kick off the week, we’d like to share the videos we took of some the artists we were excited to see. Check back at the end of the week for some professionally shot videos we love. Enjoy!

Yellow Ostrich – Whale

Kimbra – Settle Down

Glen Hansard – Say It to Me Now

Father John Misty – Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings

Doomtree – Bangarang

The Jealous Sound – Anxious Arms

Of Monsters and Men – Dirty Paws

stuck in my id

If you read but one sentence of this review, let it be this: I feel sorry for you if you’ve passed up seeing Reptar on tour.

Currently on the road with Phantogram, Reptar played the High Noon Saloon in Madison, Wisconsin on October 24, 2011. Hitting the stage to a pre-recorded song that sounded like a filmstrip soundtrack from the 70s, Reptar quickly established their sense of humor and joy in what they do. The intra-band rapport genuinely added to their performance – happiness is contagious and when the people on stage are having fun the crowd can’t help but do so as well.

Reptar played a few new songs in addition to material off their excellent EP Oblangle Fizz, Ya’ll (say it aloud, you’ll like it). While I could easily sum up Reptar’s sound with the phrase “fun and awesome” I’ll get a little more specific: the songs sound like “Useful Chamber” from Bitte Orca, if it’d been written by the Talking Heads and run through a rainbow. For the live version, jack it up on testosterone and and imagine Reptar is fending off the B-52s in the quirk & charm category in the Athens, Georgia battle of the bands. Fun and surprises around every corner.

I took a couple videos at the show to capture the magic of their live set, but the problem with standing on top of speakers and monitors is that the sound blows out the mic on your cheap-o point and shoot. Give the videos a whirl anyway – “Blast Off” and “Stuck in My Id” were outstanding. If they haven’t hit your town yet, don’t miss them.

Reptar – Blast Off

Reptar – Stuck in My Id

Listen to Oblangle Fizz, Ya’ll at Reptar’s Facebook page.