A fortnight ago, Chelsea Light Moving played a ridiculous number of Austin shows before and during SXSW in all manner of settings, none of ’em more hospitable than the warehouse district’s Mellow Johnny’s bicycle emporium. Proprietor Lance Armstrong failed to make an appearance, but we’re told he was contacted mid-set for consultation on the shop’s “you break it, you bought it policy” (on the advice of our lawyers, we’re not showing the footage of Thurston breaking what was apparently a very expensive bike, but we’ll stress it was AN ACCIDENT). Thanks to KEXP for the footage.
“Sleeping Where I Fall”
Chelsea Light Moving’s debut LP/CD/digital full length is out now and available from The Matador Store
If there’s one thing we know you, the Matablog faithful, hate more than anything else, it’s hyperbole. And yet here we are in the middle of SXSW, where hyperbole is the norm that inevitably leads to mediocre band after mediocre band being lauded as “killing it,” “slaying,” or “destroying it,” usually with hashtags involved. Clearly, mere hyperbole is no longer enough to separate the proverbial men from the boys, and in that spirit: Chelsea Light Moving will be literally murdering the audience this afternoon as part of their 1:30PM CDT performance at Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop (400 Nueces St.), a performance which is free and open to the public and will also be broadcast live on KEXP (90.3FM in Seattle, and streaming on kexp.org).
Those of you at SXSW who are wondering why one would go to a show where the band is going to literally murder the audience should note that Chelsea Light Moving’s long-term plan is to literally turn Austin into a smoldering, bloody crater by the time they leave, so you’re pretty much screwed no matter what.
Chelsea Light Moving’s new self-titled album is, of course, available for purchase in many fine formats at our webstore. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I see a margarita with my name on it.
I hope you’ll excuse my weary tone — it’s not that I don’t look forward to South By Southwest or the plethora of free, unaffiliated events (especially those that take place in glorified jello-shot emporiums masquerading as music venues for one week out of the year). It’s just that I’m really pissed off someone told all of the bands below they’re staying at my place.
CHELSEA LIGHT MOVING
Tue 3/12 Austin TX Queue Day Party 3 pm Mohawk (w/ Delorean)
Wed 3/13 Austin TX Waterloo Records 12 pm (parking lot performance)
Wed 3/13 Austin TX Consequence of Sound 5 pm The Parish
Thu 3/14 Austin TX KEXP Session 12:30 pm Mellow Johnny’s
Thu 3/14 Austin TX Thrasher/Converse party 4 pm Scoot Inn
Fri 3/15 Austin TX Rolling Stone Party 2 pm La Zona Rosa
Fri 3/15 Austin TX Ground Control Touring, 12:15 am Mohawk* (w/ Trash Talk, Merchandise and more)
Tue 3/12 Austin TX Queue Day Party 4 pm Mohawk
Tue 3/12 Austin TX Fader Fort 8 pm Fader Fort
Thu 3/14 Austin TX Pitchfork Day Party 1:40 pm 1100 Warehouse
Thu 3/14 Austin TX Filter Party 11 pm Clive Bar*
Sat 3/16 Austin TX True Panther 1 am Mohawk* (with Majical Cloudz, Empress Of, XXYYXX , Silent Diane and more)
Thu 3/14 Austin TX Spin Party 4 pm Easy Tiger
Fri 3/15 Austin TX Urban Outfitters 2 pm Urban Outfitters Lot
Fri 3/15 Austin TX M For Montreal 9 pm Swan Dive
Sat 3/16 Austin TX True Panther Presents 9:30 pm Mohawk* (with Delorean, Empress Of, XXYYXX, Silent Diane and more)
Fri 3/15 Austin TX “Our Heart Aches For Syria” / Red Cross benefit 8 pm Long Center (w/ The Black Lips, White Lung and more)
Sat 3/16 Austin TX Ground Control Touring 2 pm Beerland (w/ Merchandise, Spider Bags and more)
(* – denotes an official SXSW event ; wristband or badge required for admission. There’s public admission if venues aren’t at capacity SOMETIMES, but we can’t guarantee it)