Category Archives: Austin

SXSW 2007

SXSW festival is back. We’ve been going to the SXSW concerts for the past few years. Molotov, Plastilina Mosh, Andrea Echeverri, Control Machete, Jumbo, are just a few of the many bands that I’ve got to see.

This year I went to see the wednesday show at Opal Divines with a good performance by La Gusana Ciega. But the band I was really looking forward this year was Los Abandoned.

I saw this band for the first time when they performed with Molotov at Stubbs back in 2005 and I really liked them. Since then I’ve been following them and I’ve been wanting to buy their album.

Los Abandoned performed last night at Bar Rio and they put a great show. I took some pictures and even recorded a small video and some live audio that I’ll share later.

After the show the band members hanged with the crowd. I approached Lady P and had a short conversation with her and took a couple of pictures with her. She was really cool. I also asked Vira Lata (bass player) if they brought some albums for sale and he told me that they forgot but that I could get it from Waterloo Records. I know this album has been on iTunes Music Store for a while, but I want to have a physical copy of the CD.

After Los Abandoned, the Instituto Mexicano De Sonido performed with Alejandro Rosso from Plastilina Mosh. They put a great show with lots of energy. Pretty cool!

Tonight there are several options of bands to see like The Presidents of the USA, Bowling for Soup or Balkan Beat Box.

The Shins at Bee Cave!

The Shins concert at the Backyard was amazing. I only started listening to them a few weeks ago when I was invited to the concert but I must say that I’ve become a fan. You have to see their videos at their website, specially the Interview 2003 one, its really funny.

What really made the night was when they played ‘Breathe’ from Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon album.

5 years living in Austin

I moved to Austin 5 years ago (Nov. 3rd 2001) and started working for National Instruments on Nov 12th. Back then I had a short-term (5 years) and a long-term (20+ years) plan: the short-term plan was to get my masters at UT and to save a good amount of money to start my own business in Colombia. The long term plan was a backup in case I decided to stay in Austin, I still wanted to go back to Colombia eventually and retire over there.

I have to admit that I have done nothing towards obtaining my masters. To be honest I don’t want to go to school right now, but I reconsider this in the future. About the money I’ve done ok, and I think buying a house was a great way of forcing myself to save more money. Also after 5 years here, I really like Austin. I’ve got used to the life style, I made great friends and I like my job a lot, so I don’t have a strong reason for going back to Colombia. Besides I can always go for vacations to see my family and friends, which is something I want to do every year. But this doesn’t mean I’m going to stay in Austin for good. The truth is that I no longer have a plan. I still dream about going back to Colombia one day, buy a small ‘finca’ and work as a professor at a University in Colombia. But only time will tell what I’ll end up doing with my life.

Anyway… happy 5 years in Austin anniversary to me!

Lets get Kinky!

Last night Kinky performed at Emo’s (on 6th St). They have a really good show and their electro-lounge-funk style makes you wanna dance all night.

The best part is that before the concert the organizers announced that Jumbo was going to be playing on Nov 2nd and they told the crawd that whoever knew the name of 3 songs of Jumbo was going to get free tickets for that concert. I was a bit far from the stage and I thought that the question was really easy and someone was going to answer it right away, so I didn’t bother going there. But after a few minutes and seeing that apparently no one knew the answer, my friend Lucia dragged me to the stage where I told them the first three songs that came to my mind (siento que, super-acido, monotransistor) and they gave me 2 tickets for the concert. Of course I’m taking Lucia to the concert because she was the one that dragged me over there.

Lake Travis non stop

In almost five years in Austin I never rented a boat on Lake Travis, but this summer I made an effort to catch up and yesterday was my 5th time going to the lake!

It was Olimpia’s goodbye party because she is going back to Poland on tuesday, but I’m sure she’ll come back to Austin soon, and we’ll have another excuse for a welcome party!

Take a look at the pictures

Austin, Texas 1973-2006

33 years ago my parents came to Austin for three months because my dad needed to take an english course before going to the University of Michigan to obtain his Masters. Back then photography was one of his hobbies and I remember growing up watching several times the slides of the pictures he took in those two years they spent in the United States.

Back in 2001 when I knew I was going to move to Austin, I remember looking back at the pictures from Austin, but since I’ve never been here before, the pictures were not that interesting.

A few months ago, while having a conversation with my friend Justin who also loves photography, I mentioned the pictures my dad took in Austin 33 years ago and Justin told me that he would like to see the pictures. So a few weeks later when my mom asked me if I wanted someting special for my birthday I told her that if she could scan and send me the pictures that would be a great present.

She then scanned the slides and sent me around 100 pictures from Austin. I was a bit dissapointed because most of the pictures were from the important buildings in Austin like the State Capitol, the University of Texas campus, the Saint Edwards campus, and those buildings haven’t changed much in 33 years. But I did found find 3 pictures that showed parts of the city that I recognized and that have changed a lot.

One saturday I uploaded the three pictures to my camera and headed downtown where the pictures were taken. My goal was to find the same spots where my dad took those pictures 33 years ago and take the same pictures.

The first location was Congress Avenue and 10th St. facing south. It wasn’t very difficult to find the exact location, but I was having trouble to take the picture from the same spot. It seemed that my dad took the picture standing in the middle of Congress Ave. so I had to wait for the pedestrian light to be green to take it. I took several pictures to then choose the best one.

The second location seemed to be Guadalupe St. and MLK (18th St.) but I couldn’t find the same buildings and I gave up on that one.

The third picture was also from Guadalupe and 24th St. facing north. It seemed that my dad had better zooming in his camera because the pictures I took look more distant. I also had to use the pedestrian green light to take the pictures from the middle of Guadalupe.

Enough talking: here are the results of my little experiment.

Photograph: Congress Ave. and 10th St.

Video: Congress Ave. and 10th St.

Photograph: Guadalupe St. and 24th St.

Please leave your comments about the pictures. Do you think they would make a cool poster?