WDYLIA Special Edition
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By etrigan - Last updated: Wednesday, March 17, 2004 - Save & Share - One Comment

I’m hoping to hear more on South by Southwest from our folks down in the land of milk and honey where the streets are paved with gold. In the mean time, my pinko frat brother Weldon, who, I kid you not, got his job through “Americorps”:http://www.americorps.org/ (Giving out small business loans in Central Texas), and who went to stump for Dean in Iowa, turned me on to “this article”:http://www.statesman.com/news/content/auto/epaper/editions/wednesday/news_048570f1252bb0d000a5.html in the “AAS”:http://www.statesman.com about hosting foreign bands for SXSW:

David Dart and Curry Lemon say they look forward to sponsoring overseas bands each year. “It’s fun to see Austin through the eyes of someone who’s never even been to America in some cases,” says Dart, a systems analyst at the University of Texas. “Last year Curry and I had a band from England called Coin-Op. She had half of them at her house and I had half of them at mine.” Dart and Lemon designated one day as “Redneck Culture Day” and took the band out to a shooting range to fire pistols, then over to the Moose Lodge in East Austin for bingo. The night ended at the Crazy Lady strip club. “The (band) started off pretty wary about the whole excursion, but ended up having a blast,” says Dart

And this for my long-haired friends: The Darkness drummer Graham, meanwhile, keeps a souvenir from last year’s SXSW — a Frisbee. “Mitch took us to play Frisbee golf. What a strange game,” Graham says. This from a man who lives in the land of cricket.

My favorite impression of America as seen through the eyes of folks weaned on US media: Some want to try crack cocaine … As for that Hungarian who wanted to find crack: He succeeded one night in an alley behind a Sixth Street club. “I told a couple of the other (band members), ‘Man, we gotta get him away from those crackheads’ ” Zurik recalls. “So we put together this plan. They went over and distracted him and as I drove by in the alley, they picked him up and threw him in the car and we peeled out.”

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Comment from etrigan
Time March 19, 2004 at 11:18 am

“News from the front”:http://www.statesman.com/news/content/auto/epaper/editions/friday/news_04a5aa0651c5001000ee.html — Ozomatli band members and managers were arrested outside Club Exodus last night after police tried to break up their traditional post-show conga line that usually snakes out of the club and down the street.

I support the APD(Austin Police Department) most of the time believing they are one of the finest local police forces in the country. However, I do know that they’ve been directed, of late, to put more pressure on enforcing the ludicrous noise ordinances that are choking Austin’s live music scene.

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