Yet another familiar sight at SXSW: A band lugs their gear down 6th Street.
Yet another familiar sight at SXSW: A band lugs their gear down 6th Street. Shantel Mitchell/NPR
At the weary end of every night throughout South By Southwest, Bob Boilen, Carrie Brownstein, Robin Hilton and Stephen Thompson have met up on the Austin streets to break down all the events of the day. And then, in the cruel light of morning, we post their rambling and often existential recaps here on the blog (and make them available in the All Songs Considered podcast.)
In this third installment, the quartet was down to a trio, as Carrie had to catch an impossibly early flight home — only a few hours after this was recorded. Still, Bob, Robin and Stephen were able to carry on. And in Bob's case, he describes seeing a strange juxtaposition of two shows: a Norwegian singer who sampled the sounds of the Northern Lights and Japanese band Camisama — who many might recall from their song "I Am Hitler" from the All Songs SXSW Preview show. Bob says he may or may not have discovered the meaning of life in the process.
"When I think about Camisama and about this Norwegian singer," Bob exclaimed, "I figured that what has to happen in the universe is that every possible thing has to happen. And then when all [these] things are all done, the world will collapse into a little ball and then it will start all over again."
"So what you're saying," Stephen quickly added, "is SXSW is killing us all."
DEEP. Anyway, they then moved on to Robin's highlights, including shooting video (which we'll have up soon here on the blog) and later catching a full show with Admiral Radley. Radley is a new band made up of Grandaddy's Jason Lytle and Earlimart. No shocker that Robin loved it.
"It's just a no-brainer of a collaboration for these two bands," Robin said, "The songs were just as beautiful. It's just as good as I hoped it would be, and I cant wait to hear the whole album."
Friday was yet another full night of music, with Bob, Robin and Stephen catching shows from Superchunk, The xx, Andrew WK, School of Seven Bells. Active Child, The Antlers, YACHT, Son Lux, and Talk Normal. Whew.
You can listen to the whole conversation above, and check back tomorrow for their last late night dispatch of SXSW 2010.