It was so great talking with the cats from Quilt down in Austin. Anna Fox Rochinsk, Shane Butler, and John Andrews were incredibly gracious and humble. Such an awesome band. Their self titled album came out in November on Mexican Summer, and it’s chocked full of twangy psychedelic grooves, with some great harmonies. We’ve been listening to Quilt nonstop.
Our annual SXSW coverage has begun, and we will be releasing video interviews we conducted over this next week. So make sure you check back daily for new video interviews with Quilt, I am Oak, CFCF, Capsula and many others. Covering SXSW is a double edged sword for us- we both love and hate to cover this festival. The Seun Kuti and Egypt 80 performance we covered in Austin, which is shown in the video above, was plagued with problems from the start. Egypt 80 should’ve never played on such a small stage, and the venue couldn’t handle the set up. Seun and Egypt 80 flew all the way from Nigeria to play this show, which was cut short due to the technical difficulties of the sound booth and set up. They only played for 25 minutes, which was a travesty. A typical SXSW scenario. Here is a accurate article from Tiny Mix Tapes about this year’s SXSW Festival.
Tremble was fortunate to see Egypt 80 play again this past Sunday at the House of Blues in Chicago, and there was no comparison. They actually had enough room on stage to move around.
In this video, Seun Kuti tells us about the timeless attributes of the Afrobeat genre, the implications of the retraction of the oil subsidies on the Nigerian people, western vs. african governmental corruption, and what’s coming up for Egypt 80.
Let’s just talk about how good this song is. We are going to be chatting with Quilt down in Austin next week, and while coordinating this interview with John (the drummer) I asked him if it would be way cheesy if we conducted the interview in front of a quilt. That I made. Because I make quilts.
(my dog on my quilt)
Chicomann, AKA – Marquitos Garcia was kind enough to chat with us right before one of his many sets during SXSW. The guitarist for Antibalas-gone-solo electro-Afrobeat/Afro Freestyle pioneer has been performing his dance-inducing “multi-tasking” live, mobile studio routine for going on six years now. Here he talks to the TT crew about his initial resistance to move into live production, the sound he’s going for, and creating Afrobeat-themed tunes without a swarm of talented musicians on stage with him. Check out what he has to say, and be sure to follow this talented fellow. He is a staple in the TT house. Go get ANALOG DRIFT, if you don’t have it. You WILL NOT stop listening to it.
Mainstays of Latin Funk, Austin’s own, Brownout! took a moment out of their RIDICULOUSLY busy SXSW schedule to speak to the TT crew right before their performance at Antone’s during SXSW. Listen up as these wildly talented young rascals talk about their influences, their musical style, and their love of making music that makes people dance. Check out their site here, and please support this exciting band however you can.
LA production/DJ duo, Classixx, was providing the tunes between and after the Cool Kids/Chromeo Green Label showcase at SXSW 2011. They were nice enough to take a moment to speak to us backstage about their new work, collaborating with Karl Dixon, and the LA electronic music scene. Be sure to check out their site and keep your eyes out for these jokers. They continue to do big things.