The problem with scheduling things at SXSW (or, rather, making a schedule that you "have" to follow) is that, inevitably, things will happen which totally screw with everything. In my case, it was A) losing my schedule somehow so I had no idea what parties/showcases were where and B) having my phone die, which totally screws everything up. Somewhere, somebody in Austin has my schedule.
In the beginning of the day, all was fine, as I went to check out Lykke Li, who is Sweden's hottest export as of now. She has this one song "Little Bit" which has been taking the industry's ears by storm and the performance was pretty spot on, although her other songs that she performed were not as good as "Little Bit" (although they were still good, just not AS good). Also, if you're wondering, it's pronounced something like "Leaky Lee." I think.
After Lykke, I trotted over to Filter's day venue, trying to catch Los Campesinos!, who I've been trying to catch live for a while now. The set times were a little behind so when I got there, I was able to catch the last half of the set from Shout Out Louds, who is only coincidentally also from Sweden. I admit, it took me a while for me to warm up to their last album (for some reason, I didn't want to like, but I did), but with a performance like the one they gave, it was hard not to like. It was a hot day, probably in the low-to-mid-90's, and yet the band gave a great performance, ending in the single "Tonight I Have To Leave It," which is one of the great little indie-pop jams of last year. Unfortunately, I couldn't catch Los Campesinos! like I wanted to, even though they were the ones I had wanted to see originally, because I wanted run and see Eagle Seagull, the Nebraska band that are opening for Tokyo Police Club on tour, so I felt obliged to find out more about them. There wasn't anyone really at the show, which I felt bad for the band for, but they still played a great enough set that I'll be keeping them on my radar for a little while.
A little while later, I saw a short bit of the set from The Mae Shi, the LA band that just released their new album HLLYH and is one of the better albums I've heard this year so far. I've seen them off and on for the past few years and it was great to see them bring the same spastic energy from LA out to Austin, where I think they gained a few new fans (hopefully). I had a few meetings after that show but a few hours later, saw The Black Ghosts again (third time this week). This was the point at which I realized I had lost my schedule, and so things went a bit downhill from there. My phone was on its last bar and so writing a few phone numbers on my arm was all I could think of doing
I wandered around to a few showcases here and there for the next couple hours, never catching anything that really caught my ear too much, and ended up at the Blender afterparty somehow, standing way too close to the speakers at a set from The Cool Kids and then a dual set from Diplo and A-Trak. Both were as fun as you would expect, and the venue was out of the way enough that it wasn't 100% packed, which was nice for acts as big as them, but at this point it was about 4 AM and sometimes Red Bull can only help so much. Plus, I have a Rachael Ray party to go to today (as I write this Saturday morning before heading out), so I needed my energy.