@ZackTeibloom Every year it seems there’s a show before SXSW music officially starts that sets the tone for the rest of the week. Last year it was Metric at Fader Fort. Now, @supercooleric would tell you this year’s hot pick was Sleigh Bells and TV on the Radio at the Zynga party, but for me and Meg, Yeasayer at Moody Theater was the pick Tuesday night. Much like the Conan crash, this was badge only. At least I had a fake badge this time around. I went through my drawer of old badges and realized none looked like the green badge everyone else would have. I found my old badge from Pitchfork ’08. The badge wasn’t the same color, but the lanyard/necklace part that goes around my neck was black, so I tucked it into my dress shirt and hoped I could pull off the “I’m trying to hide the badge, because it’s even cooler to not have one on” look. I didn’t think I had that look in me, but what do you know.
I found Meg in line before they’d started letting anyone in and line checkers actually came around and asked us to have our ID’s out and were checking for badges. They briefly stopped me in line and I tugged on the top of the lanyard, with an exaggerated “ugh, do I have to tug this out of my shirt” look and the checker said “Oh, sorry, just wanted to make sure you had your badge.” Safe for now. Half an hour later, we started moving into the venue. I held my ID out prominently with one hand and tugged at the lanyard, as if I couldn’t get it out of my shirt and never had to reveal it. In. Meg and I set-up front row, right in front of Ira (the bassist, her favorite) and enjoyed my favorite show of the festival. I don’t know why I was nervous the first two times I went to get free drinks. No one was looking to kick me out at that point.