WBEZ | tony bacigalupo http://www.wbez.org/tags/tony-bacigalupo Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Wish I Was in Austin Coverage SXSW Recap http://www.wbez.org/mwettergreen/2009/03/wish-i-was-in-austin-coverage-sxsw-recap/2428 <p><p style="text-align: left;">It's been one week since SXSW ended, where's the recap for Friday and Saturday of SXSW Music? What happened?</p><p style="text-align: left;">What happened is that Friday we lived like Kings. We party hopped, we took pictures of people's bad fashion designs, we imbibed more Red Bull than could possibly be healthy. We had so much fun that the collective hearts and minds of Chicagoans not at SXSW and jealous of us lobbied from a distance for our waning immune systems to be struck down for our intemperance. Your voodoo worked; Saturday was met not with a hangover but a 104 fever. The next four days were a shivery and delirious haze of sweat and fever dreams (In my hallucinations I wrote a children's book detailing the story of my cartoonish immune system fighting off the evil corporate flu bug) brought on by the dreaded sxSARS or SXscurvy (whatever you call it). For those unfamiliar with affliction, it's kind of like a super bug created from the the combination of a) being around too many people, b) improper bathing habits during sxsw, c) putting a humongous toll on your body.</p><p style="text-align: left;">Enough about sweat angels, don't you want to know what brought us to this point? Then read on...<!--break--></p><p style="text-align: left;">The beginning of Friday was lost to actual work and writing including some of the final SXSW posts. Our first stop was to the Austin coworking space, <a href="http://conjunctured.com" target="_blank">Conjuntured</a>, where we got a tour and immediately shunned work for the beginning of party hopping which at that point we were late for considering it was almost 4pm. The first party was thrown by <a href="http://musicheals.org/" target="_blank">Music Heals</a>, a non-profit record label and health care group, held at Ace's Lounge and featuring members of <a href="http://www.swishahouse.biz/" target="_blank">Swisha House</a>. From there we headed to the <a href="http://pitchforkmedia.com/" target="_blank">Pitchfork</a>/<a href="http://windishagency.com/" target="_blank">Windish</a> Party where we ran into several hipsters from Houston, took some pictures of things worse than skinny jeans and received free booze from the rep for <a href="http://www.starrhill.com/" target="_blank">Starr Hill Brewery</a> just because he eavesdropped on our conversation about how pretty the bottles are. We left the party right after <a href="http://www.departmentofeagles.com/" target="_blank">Department of Eagles</a> continued to rock the audience by playing a *gasp* Grateful Dead cover.</p><p style="text-align: left;">We raced back to Conjunctured to pick up more partygoers to hit the Fader Fort but not before getting electrocuted <em>twice </em>on a revolver-shaped lighter at one of the convenience stores on 6th St. The woman behind the register refused to believe the lighter was defective or touch it and simply pushed it back into the sale bin with another lighter, ready for another unsuspecting customer. Classy. At the Fader Fort we caught the Super Band that sounds like it played your 80's prom, <a href="http://www.tintedwindowsmusic.com/" target="_blank">Tinted Windows</a>, made up of James Iha, Taylor Hanson, Adam Schleslinger (Fountains of Wayne), and Bun E. Carlos (Cheap Trick). The Fader Fort ended that night with Peter, Bjorn and John playing mostly new tracks to a packed house and waiting until the encore to break out you-know-which-track-I-mean. After that we wandered around East Austin and on our fourth try found a working ATM and on our fifth try found a taco truck.</p><p style="text-align: left;">With only two more parties left for Friday night, we jetted over to the <a href="http://indiehouston.org" target="_blank">IndieHouston.org</a> party in time to just catch the last song by <a href="http://www.myspace.com/tambersauro" target="_blank">Tambersauro</a>. As that party shut down around us and we kept demanding double vodka red bulls we talked to the other members of the rotating crew from Tambersauro/<a href="http://www.myspace.com/goldencities" target="_blank">Golden Cities</a>/<a href="http://warblerpl.com/" target="_blank">Warblerpl</a> about the new Martin Atkins Touring textbook:&sbquo;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.myspace.com/toursmart" target="_blank">Tour Smart</a>.</p><p style="text-align: left;">The final party of the night was the &quot;<em>exclusive</em>&quot; Red Bull Moon Tower, running every night from 10:30pm til 4:00am. The exclusivity was backed up by a required pre-registration including both name <em>and </em>affiliation. We arrived at the undisclosed location to multiple lines with laptops and excel files for checking names. <a href="http://twitter.com/tonybgoode" target="_blank">Tony Bacigalupo</a>'s name was not to be found anywhere on the list (Jazz Hands! Surprise!) but they wouldn't budge an inch. No sweet talking him in, no bribes, no leniency. He was out of luck and destined to pace the parking lot until <a href="http://twitter.com/gracerodriguez" target="_blank">Grace</a> and I finished having fun in what surely would be the best party at SXSW that year. Grace went into the party and waited for us while Tony and I walked to the parking lot and jumped a fence to sneak in unnoticed behind one of the bars. Success! We found the party to be well lit, full of Red Bull and mixers, including a photobooth and accompanied projection onto the outside walls and the best part: a giant outside stage with <strong>terrible</strong> bands playing: <a href="http://www.myspace.com/twinatlantic" target="_blank">Twin Atlantic</a> and <a href="http://www.myspace.com/sonsofalbionuk" target="_blank">Sons of Albion</a>. They were disruptive, overly loud, embarrassingly emotive and too many of the members suffered from &quot;guitar face&quot; which is a look similar to &quot;bitter beer face.&quot; There was no beat to shake your hips to, something that might have been important to consider at, say, 3am when people could use some sort of psychological pick-me-up to match the chemical upper of the Red Bull.&sbquo;&nbsp; At some point the bands began to annoy us so much that we decided to <strong>leave </strong>the party but not <strong>be seen</strong> leaving such a lame and tasteless concert so the three of us left like ninjas, walking behind the bar and hopping over the hidden fence directly into the parking lot. That and we decided this would suffice for our daily exercise regime.</p><p style="text-align: left;">Saturday was exactly 2 hours long. Hour 1:&sbquo;&nbsp; up at 9am to meet <a href="http://jimdero.com" target="_blank">Jim DeRogatis</a>, <a href="http://gregkot.com" target="_blank">Greg Kot</a> and the winners of the <a href="http://soundopinions.com/" target="_blank">Sound Opinions</a> contest for breakfast. Hour 2: breakfast, the discovery of a full on-case of what seemed like the flu, including the aforementioned 104 degree fever and the immediate return to bed for the day.&sbquo;&nbsp; Shivering increased in intensity with the knowledge that I missed Kanye's &quot;secret&quot; performance at the Fader Fort, The Breeders headlining the Mess With Texas 2 Party, and Robyn's &quot;secret&quot; performance at the Perez Hilton party.</p><p style="text-align: left;"><strong>Recap</strong></p><p style="text-align: left;"><img align="left" style="margin-right: 5px; width: 293px; height: 160px;" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-November/2010-11-12/3391004824_c83b67182d_m.jpg" alt="" /> As for some grand &quot;what does it all mean&quot; recap of the entire SXSW, from Interactive/Film through Music? That's not going to be possible considering I sweat out the wealth of knowledge taken in over the course of a week. All that's left of SXSW is the schwag (buttons, poker chips, luggage tags, matchbooks, sunglasses, two-sizes-too-big-t-shirts, and the stickers) and a list of services and bands to check out over the next year. That and a slideshow created by Grace Rodriguez demonstrating that there are far worse things than skinny jeans out there, my friends.</p><p style="text-align: left;">Thanks for the opportunity to give you a play by play of 2009's SXSW. Here's a personal list of the products or services that were essential to SXSW this year or that you should check out over the next year to improve productivity, connectivity with your friends or to help you tell your story:</p><ul> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://www.eye.fi/" target="_blank">Eye-Fi</a>, 4GB wireless memory cards that automatically upload videos and photos to YouTube and Flickr</li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://nutshellmail.com/" target="_blank">Nutshell Mail</a>, Bypass your corporate firewall and access all your <em>email</em> and social network messages through your email inbox</li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://sched.org/" target="_blank">sched.org</a>, essential this year for planning the attack</li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://artistdata.com/" target="_blank">ArtistData.com</a>, aggregator and distributor for managing your online presence if you are a musical artist</li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://www.nvidia.com/object/GeForce_3D_Vision_Main.html" target="_blank">NVIDIA GeForce 3D Vision</a>, makes any game 3D if you have the NVIDIA GeForce chip and the glasses</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/organ_printer/3391004882/in/photostream/"><img align="right" alt="" class="alignright" style="border: 1px solid black; margin: 7px; float: right;" src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3421/3391004882_5872e13be0_m.jpg" /></a>Here's a list of bands that were impressive or received enough press that they should be checked out personally to form your own opinions:</p><ul> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://www.theraa.com/" target="_blank">Rural Alberta Advantage</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://www.myspace.com/mtsthelensvietnamband" target="_blank">Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://www.myspace.com/viviangirlsnyc" target="_blank">Vivian Girls</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://www.myspace.com/micayomusic" target="_blank">Micachu</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://www.myspace.com/goldencities" target="_blank">Golden Cities</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://www.myspace.com/benjaminwesleywinder3" target="_blank">Ben Wesley</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://www.myspace.com/thekingkhanbbqshow" target="_blank">King Khan and the BBQ Show</a></li> </ul> <div class="zemanta-pixie" style="margin-top: 10px; height: 15px; text-align: left;"><a class="zemanta-pixie-a" title="Zemified by Zemanta" href="http://reblog.zemanta.com/zemified/71b72df3-d197-4734-8d93-31d2bb635345/"><img class="zemanta-pixie-img" style="border: medium none ; float: right;" src="http://img.zemanta.com/reblog_e.png?x-id=71b72df3-d197-4734-8d93-31d2bb635345" alt="Reblog this post [with Zemanta]" /></a><span class="zem-script more-related"><script src="http://static.zemanta.com/readside/loader.js" type="text/javascript"></script></span></div><p style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 30 Mar 2009 09:59:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/mwettergreen/2009/03/wish-i-was-in-austin-coverage-sxsw-recap/2428 Wish I was in Austin: Saturday @ SXSW Interactive http://www.wbez.org/blog/wish-i-was-austin-saturday-sxsw-interactive <p>Saturday started cold and overcast, the standard issue of tshirts or oxfords were hidden by coats and sport coats. We opened the day with Alex Hillman's core conversation "<a href="http://sxsw.com/interactive/talks/core_conversations?action=show&amp;id=IAP0900509" target="_blank">Working Alone Sucks: Join the Coworking Revolution</a>." Finances seem to invade many of the conversations at SXSW this year; coworking related questions were how to get a coworking space started. Several financial models were discussed, using the community to fund, providing a cash infusion from your own pocket, and then there's the "Sugar Daddy" model that <a href="http://gangplankhq.com/" target="_blank">Gangplank</a> in Phoenix uses. Someone called the room a bunch of "communists" for working so hard towards collective success and someone else posited the reason that coworking spaces have become so popular lately is that "we want to effect change as fast as possible, we have‚  a timeline for this..." Next we headed over to <a href="http://barcamp.org/BarCampAustin4" target="_blank">BarcampAustin4</a>, the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unconference" target="_blank">unconference</a> that runs parallel to SXSW every year. Barcamp is a playground for geeks and is as much about sharing information as it is about drooling over all the coolest tools, tips and tricks. This year, <a href="http://twitter.com/giovanni" target="_blank">Giovanni Galucci</a> and <a href="http://twitter.com/whurley" target="_blank">William "Whurley" Hurley</a> put it together in less than a week but you couldn't tell (although‚ Giovanni mentioned that when they got into the vacant club to clean it one week before it "...smelled like dead people"). The space itself was a humongous and recently vacant club with bright spot lights spaced around the location providing just enough light to see your computer screen and shadows of your neighbor, giving the club a feel like an unearthed tomb that is still being excavated. Judging from the amount information being discovered and discussed, this wasn't far from the truth. <img class="alignleft" style="border: 1px solid black; margin: 7px; float: left;" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs/2009/03/barcampaustin4badge.jpg" alt="barcampaustin4badge" width="180" height="240" />Geeks were greeted at the entrance with free badges showcasing the common armadillo theme and a place to put your twitter and information. Fake plastic grills and cheap silver bling was handed out for mouths, fingers and necks, matching this year's‚  "gangsta" theme. Graffiti writers came in early to paint a backdrop for people's photos. Bins of Red Bull and Sweet Leaf Tea were spaced out in cubby holes and all around the space. In one corner, all you can eat burritos and vodka, in another, airbrush tattoos and free tshirts, in another a custom airbrusher was painting shoes for interested shoe festishists. The center of the room was a pit of sorts with a presentation screen and two cages that should have been filled with writhing dancers. Instead, a geek with a microphone called out for colors and adjectives for Startup Company Improv where a crowd of people make up names and a backstory for an imaginary Web 2.0 company. A board on one wall listed times and all the scheduled presentations and conversations for the day. People were armed with all manners or gadgets, cameras, gear, and smiles. At 6PM a fake gang fight was staged with freestyle rappers and a nerdcore rapper. All manner of geeks were milling around including Josh Holmes of Microsoft who was almost attacked by a wayward robot at last year's Barcamp (<a href="http://talk.bmc.com/blogs/blog-whurley/whurley/340lbs-open-source-battlebot-malfunctions-nearly-maiming-microsoft-employees-in-random-attack-at-barcampaustin3-during-sxsw" target="_blank">video</a>). Read on for details on the Razorfish party and Chicago's karaoke representation from David Armano and Stacy Jill... <!--break--> Back at the convention center we saw <a href="http://lessig.org/" target="_blank">Lawrence Lessig</a> get called the L-dog just before he said "Voters are looking for authenticity over perfection or the perception of perfection." The TechSet Blogger lounge was full of Twitterati like <a href="http://twitter.com/stephagresta" target="_blank">Steph Agresta</a>, <a href="http://twitter.com/ericaogrady" target="_blank">Erica O'Grady</a>, <a href="http://twitter.com/chrisbrogan" target="_blank">Chris Brogan</a>, <a href="http://twitter.com/briansolis" target="_blank">Brian Solis</a>, <a href="http://twitter.com/jeffpulver" target="_blank">Jeff Pulver</a> and <a href="http://twitter.com/missrogue" target="_blank">Tara Hunt</a>. Near happy hour we bounced to the <a href="http://www.governor.state.tx.us/film/" target="_blank">Texas Film Commission</a> party and Chicago's own <a href="http://www.razorfish.com/" target="_blank">Razorfish</a> party at The Madison. Razorfish was packed and featured a Microsoft Surface demo with geeks crowded around the unholy glow of the "<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZrr7AZ9nCY" target="_blank">big ass table</a>." We then raced to the <a href="http://trimpin.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">Trimpin</a> premiere only to find that the film had already started but that we were just in time for the premiere party. The room was full of musical toys created by the oddball German composer <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trimpin" target="_blank">Gerhard Trimpin</a>. The best was an Alexander Calder like mobile of clogs that played a rhythmic percussive piece when a quarter was inserted in a connected box. A coin operated phonograph "played" Philip Glass' 4:33 of silence when you put in another quarter. As the premiere party started, Trimpin himself set in motion a polyphonic piece on toy pianos, increasing in tempo until all the keys were seemingly hit at once. Morgan Spurlock was on hand for the party, apparently he's working on a documentary about The Simpsons. <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/stewtopia/"><img class="size-full wp-image-2101" title="Time of My Life" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs/2009/03/cogaoke1.jpg" alt="Time of My Life" width="500" height="333" /></a> We finished the night with <a href="http://www.cogaoke.com/" target="_blank">Cogaoke</a> at Red Scoot Inn, arguably ground central for the influx of East Side parties when years ago Giorgio Angelini demonstrated the fertility of Austin's East Side with his Eastside Scootenannys. The night started with a large man with interesting facial hair and red face paint and a guy who could have been Castro, 50 years ago with a red beard singing "Time of my Life." The contest included an American Idol like voting board and the top 20 contestants who made it through the online voting prelims. First up was someone doing a terrible rendition of Kanye's Stronger who possibly had never heard the song. The rest of the night demonstrated that, without naming any names, there are levels of underpreparedness and overpreparedness that can ruin your karaoke performance. Representing Chicago was <a href="http://twitter.com/armano" target="_blank">David Armano</a> of <a href="http://www.criticalmass.com/" target="_blank">Critical Mass</a> and later <a href="http://www.stacyjillontheweb.com/" target="_blank">Stacy Jill</a> doing the Time Warp Again. We also had Beastie Boys from Alex Hillman doing all three Brooklyn accents and a girl dressed like a cowboy singing about her friendly little cat. The grand prize, a lifetime of free hosting, was won by New Work City's <a href="http://twitter.com/tonybgoode" target="_blank">Tony Bacigalupo</a> whose rendition of 'Come Sail Away' with inflatable guitar had the audience screaming along. <div class="zemanta-pixie" style="margin-top: 10px; height: 15px;"><a class="zemanta-pixie-a" title="Zemified by Zemanta" href="http://reblog.zemanta.com/zemified/c5711ddd-29de-4bf4-b305-ccaec16613ac/"><img class="zemanta-pixie-img" style="border: medium none; float: right;" src="http://img.zemanta.com/reblog_e.png?x-id=c5711ddd-29de-4bf4-b305-ccaec16613ac" alt="Reblog this post [with Zemanta]" /></a><span class="zem-script more-related"><script src="http://static.zemanta.com/readside/loader.js" type="text/javascript"></script></span></div></p> Mon, 16 Mar 2009 16:11:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/wish-i-was-austin-saturday-sxsw-interactive Wish I was in Austin: Friday @ SXSW Interactive http://www.wbez.org/mwettergreen/2009/03/sxsw-coverage-friday-recap/2050 <p>SXSW started on Friday during a cold and rainy day in Austin, unwelcome seeing as how SXSW happens every year in March. This weather was unable to defeat the spirit of the tech and film crowd attending SXSW though. We immediately headed to the <a href="http://freelance.meetup.com/65/" target="_blank">Coworking Meetup</a> (organized by Julie Gomoll of LaunchPad Coworking), the yearly session where people from around the world meet and discuss their coworking spaces and the state of the cowork nation. For those of you new to coworking, it's a worldwide movement that creates physical centers of innovation where independents and creatives work together with their community because "when you work together you work smarter." More coworking resources can be found <a href="http://groups.google.com/group/coworking" target="_blank">here</a>, <a href="http://coworking.pbwiki.com/" target="_blank">here</a> and <a href="http://blog.coworking.info/" target="_blank">here</a>. Unsurprisingly the meetup was packed with an international crowd quaffing wine and beer from Hotel San Jose's collection (the <a href="http://www.sanjosehotel.com/" target="_blank">Hotel San Jose</a> is one of the two hippest hotels in Austin, the other being the <a href="http://www.driskillhotel.com/" target="_blank">Driskill</a>). The night's discussion centered around the year's successes, more coworking spaces open than last year at this time. Semi-internet famous people shared stories of launches; <a href="http://twitter.com/alexknowshtml" target="_blank">Alex Hillman</a> of <a href="http://indyhall.com/" target="_blank">Independents Hall</a> who along with <a href="http://twitter.com/geoffd" target="_blank">Geoff Dimasi</a> has corralled the Philly tech scene and provided a physical clubhouse to stage game changing initiatives for Philly community. <a href="http://twitter.com/tonybgoode" target="_blank">Tony Bacigalupo</a> of <a href="http://newworkcity.com" target="_blank">New Work City</a> discussed a freshly inked deal with the Mayor's Office of New York and sold copies of his new book, <a href="http://www.imouttaherethebook.com/" target="_blank">I'm Outta Here: How Coworking is Making the Office Obselete</a>. Debauchery seemed to be a theme for Friday night both at the coworking meetup and elsewhere. At the coworking meetup <a href="http://twitter.com/elliotcole" target="_blank">Elliot Cole</a> of <a href="http://carolinecollective.cc" target="_blank">Caroline Collective</a> handed out cards for his social experiment: <a href="http://dr.unkdial.me" target="_blank">Drunk Dial Me</a>, an anonymous drunk dial podcast, just in time for SXSW's debauchery. SXSW hosted Pastries &amp; Pasties! A Burlesque Cupcake Cookoff! Featuring Kitty Kitty Bang Bang, Jigglewatts, Big Star Burlesque and lots of cupcakes (<a href="http://www.flickr.com/search/?w=all&amp;q=pasties+pastries+sxsw&amp;m=text" target="_blank">pictures here</a>). Pace yourself people. <div class="zemanta-pixie" style="margin-top: 10px; height: 15px;"><a class="zemanta-pixie-a" title="Zemified by Zemanta" href="http://reblog.zemanta.com/zemified/42ffa060-370e-4fc3-b8dd-94f09156b05f/"><img class="zemanta-pixie-img" style="border: medium none; float: right;" src="http://img.zemanta.com/reblog_e.png?x-id=42ffa060-370e-4fc3-b8dd-94f09156b05f" alt="Reblog this post [with Zemanta]" /></a><span class="zem-script more-related"><script src="http://static.zemanta.com/readside/loader.js" type="text/javascript"></script></span></div></p> Mon, 16 Mar 2009 07:02:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/mwettergreen/2009/03/sxsw-coverage-friday-recap/2050