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SXSW Blow by Blow Thursday

Posted by teibs On March - 20 - 2014

thursdaysxsw 300x163 SXSW Blow by Blow Thursday @ZackTeiblom When we last left our hero, he was drunk and clean and happy to be heading to bed after a 20 hour day that ended with Watch the Throne and a treacherous bike ride home. Shockingly, I didn’t wake up feeling great. Still, it was only day two, so I had to find strength in breakfast tacos and copious amounts of electrolytes and sandwiches and power through. The day before, we’d told our contact at the bar that we’d swing by to pick up the posters around 10. It was now close to 11 and we weren’t making any sudden moves to get out of bed. I didn’t even bother texting them. I just headed out into the world, but needed to make an important stop first. Read the rest of this entry »

SXSW 2014 Blow by Blow Wednesday with Jay-Z and Kanye West

Posted by teibs On March - 19 - 2014

kanye jay z watch the throne 300x171 SXSW 2014 Blow by Blow Wednesday with Jay Z and Kanye West@ZackTeibloom I asked Andy what he thought of my SXSW 2014 by the Numbers post and he told me it was fine, but read more as a list of things I did. He wanted the stories. We have a tradition in my family of giving a blow by blow (BBB) account of a vacation. We want to hear all the details from the airport to the meals to the events. So here’s the BBB of my SXSW.

We’ll pick up on Wednesday of music week. There was a lot of fun to be had before then, but I more or less covered the podcast tapings and parties in the by the numbers post. I promised Andy I’d pound this story out on my lunch break today. He said that I’m free pound out whatever I want, but he didn’t want to hear about it. Touche. I’ll piece it together as best I can from memory and twitter. Read the rest of this entry »

SXSW 2014 by the numbers

Posted by teibs On March - 18 - 2014
peeyellow 224x300 SXSW 2014 by the numbers@ZackTeibloom Whew. Another incredible SXSW in the books. Every year it reminds me why I moved here in early March, five years ago. SXSW is everything. The day before the fest started, I was resigned to being without a badge or wristband and hoped I could see a few shows and find a way to make the most of it. When a magical badge showed up thanks to Caitlin’s connection and my name got pulled for the Jay-Z and Kanye lottery, every little thing fell into place. I got to interact with my favorite sports journalist (Bill Simmons), see my two all-time favorite rappers in a tiny venue, sat in the first couple rows as my two favorite podcasts (Comedy Bang Bang & You Made It Weird) were taped live, talked to Max Fisher and George Bluth, had a long conversation with Gareth Campesinos, saw my new favorite band (White Sea) four times, saw my favorite up and coming indie rock band (Oberhofer) three times in one day and, aside from missing the Hendrix tribute show and a couple more comedy shows, I saw everything I dreamed and then some.
It was just perfect. For all the backlash about the vomit-y Gaga performance and explosion of corporate hoo rah blah blah, I had the best SXSW yet. I spent 10 days on my bike with Caitlin, navigating through throngs of festival goers, hopping all over this great city for the best Spring Break on Earth. Even after taking Sunday off, I’m still recovering Tuesday morning, but here’s a quick rundown of my SXSW in numbers Read the rest of this entry »

finaltwo 300x149 Favorite Song of 2013 Contest: Finals: Arctic Monkeys Do I Wanna Know? vs. Paul McCartney NEW@ZackTeibloom It’s New Years Eve and we’re actually going to finish the contest on time for once. It’s a battle of the Brits, as Arctic Monkeys and Macca are our finalists. As for the contest, since Sami picked AM to win it all, she can make up Eric’s massive lead and send us to a tie. Andy and I debated having a tie breaker in case that happens, but we’re big Eric and Sami fans and will happily give them both a prize if it comes to that. This wasn’t the bracket I expected, but I do love both these songs and can’t wait to see who we crown the favorite of 2013. We’ll close it up around noon on New Years Day or whenever we’re awake enough to stumble to a laptop. Happy New Year. Stay Safe. Don’t forget to vote. Read the rest of this entry »

finalfour3 300x83 Favorite song of 2013: Final 4: Eminem vs. Arctic Monkeys & Paul McCartney vs. JT@ZackTeibloom It’s New Years Eve Eve and we’re still in the final four, so let’s throw down in a big catch-all post and crown a winner by New Years Day for once. We have no#1 seeds in the final four. It appears our readers prefer Macca, JT, Eminem and Arctic Monkeys to Daft Punk, Robin Thicke, Lorde and Arcade Fire. As for your brackets, Andy’s lifelong friend Eric seemed especially cocky as he turned his in this year, noting “P.S. – I would like to add that I will win this year because I am a super sleuth.  I consider myself a modern day Nancy Drew.  That is all…” Well, he was right. He’s up by 8 points with two round to go. Let’s get into the match-ups and see the only person who can beat him in the finals. Read the rest of this entry »

pmcvcc 300x168 Favorite Song of 2013: Round 2: Capital Cities Farah Fawcett Hair vs. Paul McCartney New@ZackTeibloom We end round one with a battle between the greatest living songwriter and a band that relies on a chorus of “It’s good shit.” You’d think this would be a slam dunk for Macca, but this has been the most unpredictable year we’ve ever had. I’ll admit, I’ve really come around on “Farah Fawcett Hair.” I found it obnoxious at first, but it grows on you. I mean, who doesn’t like Michael Jackson “Thriller” or Back to the Future 2 or all that other “good shit” they list. And of course Andre 3000 makes the song. Still, 100 times out of 100 I’m going to prefer a fresh NEW and great Paul McCartney song that stands up with his other stuff. I’d think this would be an easy choice, but you Capital Cities fans are apesky bunch.

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yyyvjt 300x168 Favorite Song of 2013 Contest: Round 2: Justin Timberlake Mirrors vs. Yeah Yeah Yeahs Sacriledge@AndyShore Justin Timberlake wins at life, in general, but he may not win our Best Song of the Year contest if the Cinderalla story continues for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Can the triple threat actor, musician and SNL pro beat the triple named band? We shall see. If the recent streak of top seeds being beaten beaten remains a trend, we may see the Yeah Yeah Yeahs continue on in this competition. It’s your turn to reflect. Will you vote for “Mirrors” or do you say yes, yes, yes to more Yeah Yeah Yeahs (sorry to recycle a joke … I’ve been drinking for two days straight). Read the rest of this entry »

afve 300x168 Favorite Song of 2013 Contest   Round 2   Arcade Fire Afterlife vs. Eminem Survival@AndyShore The only thing these two artists have in common is that album after album, they continue to impress us. Arcade Fire put out one of the best songs of the year. Eminem showed why he’s still a top 3 rapper out there. Both these albums were touched by two of the best producers out there. An all time great in Rick Rubin worked his magic on The Marshall Mathers LP 2. James Murphy left Arcade Fire with their most dance-y album to date. I won’t get mad at either winning. Will Arcade Fire be seeing the “Afterlife” sooner than expected? Or will they be left with the bad taste of Eminem’s mom’s spaghetti in their mouths? Read the rest of this entry »

dpvam 300x168 Favorite Song of 2013 Contest: Quarterfinals: Arctic Monkeys Do I Wanna Know? vs. Daft Punk Get Lucky@ZackTeibloom With “Blurred Lines” and “Royals” going down, Daft Punk has as clear a path to the finals as any, but Arctic Monkeys might have something to say about that. By slowing down, Arctic Monkeys proved there’s more power in control and they’re as in control as ever in their anthemic track. I have to think part of the reason we haven’t gotten as sick of Daft Punk yet is that they haven’t played a single live show. They’re now slated to play The Grammy’s, but we’ll crown a winner a month before then. Let’s see if AM can “Get Lucky.” Read the rest of this entry »

Favorite Song of 2013: Round 1 Recap

Posted by teibs On December - 18 - 2013

roundone 300x225 Favorite Song of 2013: Round 1 Recap@ZackTeibloom Round 1 was full of surprises. We saw two #1 seeds go down, as you guys agreed with Rob Sheffield that “Blurred Lines” may be the worst song ever and acknowledged that Lorde isn’t ready to be Queen of our contest just yet. Andy and I had “Blurred Lines” and “Royals” winning it all, so clearly we aren’t the best predictors, and I don’t think we’re any closer to knowing who will win.

Somehow Eminem got more votes than any other winning song combined. Macca had a gigantic win percentage as well. Does that mean those are the two favorites or that someone happened to stumble across those posts? We’ll see soon enough. Here’s the winners, round two match-ups and a look at our bracket results through round one. Read the rest of this entry »

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