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Wandering Back to Austin – Choogle On! #85

Wandering Back to Austin – Choogle On #85
Episode art by Bread the Producer from Photo by John Biehler

On the opening night of SXSW Interactive/Music/Film fest in Austin, Texas, Uncle Weed strolls 6th St. in search of rolling papers and describes the surroundings of partiers from geeks to spring breakers, police on horseback, tattoo parlours, death metal pizza, bars, grills, taverns, microbrews, civic economics and impending cultural chaos. Featuring music by Dan Mangan “Road Regrets” and The Numbskulz

Stroll on for Wandering Back to Austin – Choogle On #85 (11;49, .mp3, 11MB) 

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Boots on the Ground at SXSW –  Naked Marketers podcast, 2010

Are you on the bus? Photo by @johnbiehler
are you on the bus? photo by @johnbiehler

My pal Dane Christensen of Strike 10 media (@altadane) and his cohorts create a podcast called “Naked Marketers” described thusly:

“We are the naked marketers. Hosts Pete Wright, Megan Strand, and Dane Christensen and guests are dedicated to pulling back the veil on marketing ridiculousness and folly, and helping communicators develop a strategy that is both effective, authentic, and fully awesome.”

Give a listen to Naked Marketers “Boots on the Ground at SXSW

I was happy to oblige his request for a report from the streets of Austin Texas during SXSW.

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Leo Laporte gets a special envelope Live at SXSW in Austin

While on the streets of Austin, I came across tech pundit Leo Laporte (known for Tech TV, Lab with Leo, This Week in Tech, etc.). I appeared on Leo’s Lab show a few years back discussing analog culture in the digital age. This time, i offered him an envelope of HootSuite goodness to his delight. My pals John Biehler and Jason Sanders captured the interaction as Leo was fresh from crowd surfing at the Diggnation party and visiting with Mashable’s Pete Cashmore and some chick mostly from Vancouver.

Jason snapped the real time photo and John captured the screen of the streaming show later showing Leo and the audience’s point of view. Alas my witticisms were snipped from the archived version in favour of other wandering geeks but believe when i tell ya it was a beauty ;-).

here's an envelope Leo - photo by Jason Sanders
here's an envelope Leo - screen cap by John Biehler

David Byrne Journal: 9.28.09: Austin

David Byrne Journal: 9.28.09: Austin http://ow.ly/xaQe Inter-disciplinary Observations & thoughts about bicycle life whilst in Austin, TX

original link: http://journal.davidbyrne.com/2009/09/92809-austin.html

Excerpt from archived link

9.28.09: Austin

Bikes, Cities and the Future of Getting Around

I’m on a one week tour — a series of events focusing on bikes and cities timed to coincide with the release of my Bicycle Diaries book. I told the publisher I didn’t think I’d be very good as a reader — which is the usual way authors are trotted out to promote their books — so I suggested instead we do a series of forums focusing on our cities and how bikes have become a symptom of a new interest in urban living in North America. (This has a little bit of the added effect of hinting that the book is not just about riding a bike.) The publicity department of Viking, the publisher, generously helped put these events together. Sometimes they are held in bookstores, as those are the venues the publisher knows; and sometimes, like last night in Austin, in small theaters.

At each event there will be a representative of the local city government; an advocate; a theorist/designer/planner or historian; …and me. We each do short (10-15 min.) presentations about our area of expertise and then there is some Q&A and then we’re done. So far, I’ve been to NYC and Austin and Seattle and it’s working pretty well. By bringing these elements and people together the events serve as a catalyst, a reminder and a symbol that perception and policies are changing — about bikes as a way of getting around and about how our lives in cities can be. The interest and turnout might be as much for the content as what’s on stage.

The morning after I arrived here I rode around Austin and discovered that a surprising amount of the downtown area has been given over to parking.

09_28_09_a_parkinglot

There are parking lots everywhere and, maybe because of the oppressive heat in the Texas summers, lots of indoor parking structures as well. Some of these take up a whole block and some only take up the ground floor of a downtown building. Either way, they kill any potential for life, business, interchange and encounters on those blocks. It seems that not only did the city accommodate cars with some massive freeways that are often jammed up, but they have given some of their best downtown real estate simply to house automobiles. I was reminded that the vibrant “people” streets (South Congress and 6th St.), no matter if you love or hate those scenes, would never exist if there were massive parking structures on every block there. The vacant lots on S. Congress are now filled with tent kiosks and tiny Airstreams and other trailers that serve as specialized food carts (like the ones in Portland). I got a mushroom tamale and berry smoothie at one, and they were great.

F@ck Stats, Make Art spiel at SXSWi 2009 – Round-up Jamboree

F@ck Stats, Make Art spiel at SXSWi 2009 – Round-up Jamboree

SXSW Stories from Middle Earth – Choogle On! #79

SXSW Stories from Middle Earth – Choogle On! #79
SXSW Stories from Middle Earth – Choogle On! #79

Both a preview and recap of SXSW 2009 as Uncle Weed and the Quebecois Correspondent discuss the noted media conference and extravaganza featuring UW’s spiel F@ck  Stats, Make Art – a soliloquy for quality and integrity in creation.

Along with live recordings of Geoff Berner, and The Black Angels comes a recounting a perfect day of upgrading heroes, tasty food, and Austin Psychedelic Music Fest plus more highlights including: RiP Remix Manifesto film, micro-brews at Gingerman, Bruce Sterling, and hugs with new friends.

MISSING Head out to Austin for: SXSW Stories from Middle Earth – Choogle On #79 (.mp3, 33:12, 45MB)

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SxSW Sixth Street Rock Walk Mop-up – Choogle On! #65

Uncle Weed wraps up SXSW trip by chatting with Austin local Pugz – and various random characters – while rolling out a vast variety of great music including:

  • Liam Finn (New Zealand)
  • Black Angels (Austin)
  • Los Campesinos (Wales)
  • The Constantines (Toronto?)
  • Tiger Tiger (Atlanta)
  • Sons and Daughters (Glasgow)
  • Wedding Present (Dublin)
  • The Pasties (Olympia, WA)

and various mysterious artists, while wandering the bustling streets of Austin USA, listening to the commotion, meeting curious folks, and commenting about food and recycling.

One more for the road … Sixth Street Rock Walk SXSW Mop-up – Choogle on #65 (.mp3, 43:22, 35MB)

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Drunken Japanese Petenque Storytime – Choogle On! #64

Drunken Japanese Petenque Storytime – Choogle on #64
Drunken Japanese Petenque Storytime – Choogle on #64

Wandering the streets of Austin with old pal Yaki Niku, Uncle Weed recounts a strange international steel ball tossing tournament in a remote Japanese village known for radioactive hot springs. The multi-national, dignitaries, dubbed the Genki Monkeys, represented eagerly through much drunkeness at the hands of mayor and his cohorts, followed by Born to be Wild karaoke and outdoor hot spring soaking riverside.

Followed by an early morning breakfast of raw eggs, a hungover beat down by of old folks with tape measures, and a long afternoon of waiting around in the valley in discomfort due to a queasy formal dinner and an endless tour of world liquors. 

Stumble along for Drunken Japanese Petenque Storytime – Choogle on #64 (.mp3, 22:21, 18MB)

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Finding Faith in the Folk at SXSW – Choogle On! #63

Finding Faith in the Folk at SXSW – Choogle On! #63
Finding Faith in the Folk at SXSW – Choogle On! #63

In a couple joint sessions on the balcony at SXSW, Uncle Weed recaps seeing (and meeting) folk-hero Billy Bragg at Cedar Street Courtyard documentary film about Dr.

Hunter S. Thompson called Gonzo, plus seeing Athens rockers The Whigs at Stubbs, New Zealand experiential phenom Liam Finn at the Alehouse, and Canadian legends Blue Rodeo and friends (including Tom Cochran) at the Smokehouse – before fading from party exhaustion and happiness. Plus expresses concerns about expensive water, cigarette marketing, “unofficial” festivals and extreme douche bags.

Perhaps you’ll consider Finding Faith in the Folk at SXSW – Choogle on #63 (.mp3, 31:43, 26MB)

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Austin is Hazy, Austin is Weird – Choogle On! #62

Austin is Hazy, Austin is Weird – Choogle On #62
Austin is Hazy, Austin is Weird – Choogle On #62

At SxSW Music in Austin, Texas, Uncle Weed recaps the previous day’s activities and thoughts while enjoying a joint on the porch of the “Hillary Clinton Suite” at the Omni Hotel.

Bands include the Jacob Jefferies Band, Sons and Daughters (Glasgow), Henry and Invisibles, Lemonheads, Tiger! Tiger! and more.

Meanwhile at SXSW … Austin is Hazy, Austin is Weird – Choogle On #62 (.mp3, 13:53, 11MB)

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