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SXSW Interactive Recap: Boyhood, Seth Meyers & More

Do512 has been in the throes of SXSW for months now. Adding events, refreshing Twitter constantly, trying to get you the most up-to-date news on who’s coming to this sweet little Spring Break festival. Interactive is like a nice little relief, a calm before the music storm where we can get out and see movies, or hear interesting panels and speakers! Our Do512 Family editor, Jamie Jett, had a chance to hit up the fest this past weekend. Here is her recap.

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As a first-year SXSW badge-holder, I’ve gone in and out of complete fits of overwhelmed excitement. There is SO MUCH going on. The city feels so alive, you can hear its pulse and see its breath. It’s bananas, y’all. When I first stepped into the Austin Convention Center and encountered all of the business, I immediately felt grateful to be there and excited about what I was about to learn and see.

The first event I planned to attend failed, due to it being everyone else’s plan. Jason Bateman spoke on Saturday, March 8 and I naively thought that maybe, just maybe, I could get there 20 minutes before it started and totally make it. Wrong. But it worked out. Walking away from the long line, I saw no line at the Seth Meyers panel that was to take place an hour later. So I grabbed a seat and waited.

The best part of arriving so early was that SXSW had a simulcast running of keynote speaker Neil DeGrasse Tyson, host of Cosmos, which, was probably the most interesting conversation I’ve heard in years. He spoke about what science is, how you can’t deny it to fit your philosophies, and how we need to let our children explore so that they learn. Tyson had a way of explaining really difficult concepts so that everyone could understand. You can watch an interview with him here.

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After the simulcast, it was time for the Seth Meyers Late Night panel, hosted by Olivia Munn. Naturally, the whole thing was hilarious. Munn started the panel with a short interview and then opened the floor up to questions from the audience. Meyers seemed like a genuine nice dude, grateful for the opportunity to host the late night show. He said that it all happened because Lorne Michaels was basically like, “You’d be good at that,” and Meyers was all, “Is this a job offer?” And there you have it. It’s only been on the air for a couple of weeks but the show is already being well-received by fans and critics. You really can’t go wrong when your bandleader is Fred Armisen, amiright?

After the panel, it was time for drinks. I got some free pizza and booze at the #UseMeLeaveMe Digital Campground and then continued being irresponsible (but AWESOME) well into the night.

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The next morning I managed to get up early and get to the Paramount Theatre just in time to see the SXSW Premier of Richard Linklater’s latest film, Boyhood. Seeing the film has been the highlight of my SXSW experience thus far. It was special for so many reasons, let me count the ways…

  1. It’s Richard Linklater, who is such an iconic Austin director thanks to gems like Dazed and Confused and Slacker.
  2. It was filmed over a 12-year span and follows a boy, played by Ellar Coltrane, on his journey from Kindergarten to his college dorm move-in day.
  3. Coltrane’s sister in the film is portrayed by Linklater’s actual daughter, Lorelei Linklater.
  4. The entire film is set in Texas. You see scenery of San Marcos, Houston, Austin and beyond.
  5. It was being screened at the Paramount, the most iconic theatre in Austin, where there isn’t a bad seat in the house. (Fun fact: Houdini performed there and there is a hole in the ceiling because he always had to have a hole in the ceiling for one of his tricks.)
  6. It was at friggin’ SXSW, the biggest, most Austin event ever.

I won’t go into great explanation of what made the movie awesome, you can see it and find that out for yourself. But I will tell you that it is probably the best movie I’ve ever seen, that it touched on subjects that we can all identify with, and that it made me cry. Like, legit cry. Not a couple of tears, but a lot of them. The story line will hit home with anyone, but if you’re a Texan, it will have an extra layer of awesome for you.

The movie was followed with a Q&A with Richard Linklater, Lorelei Linklater, Ellar Coltrane and Ethan Hawke. The Linklaters and Coltrane seemed surreal to be showing this to their town, to their people, and you could feel it in the room. OK, I’ll stop gushing now….

Day 3 involved Lena Dunham, locking my keys in my car and then forgetting about everything wrong with the world at Strange Brew III — where I saw Diarrhea Planet, DZ Deathrays, Dune Rats, Possessed by Paul James, Together PANGEA and so many other ridiculously fun and talented musicians. Check out the pics and feel real bad about yourself if you didn’t go. J/K, you have plenty of opportunities to make up for it later this week.

- J Jett

 

 

 

Google Fiber – Keeping Austin Wired in 2013

We’ve always been weird, but we’re about to get wired.

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Austin is notorious for being one of the most technologically advanced cities in the country. Tons of innovative talent has flooded the city over the years, and Austin is now home to a growing community who are keenly aware that tablets are not something you put in your mouth, and Ruby on Rails in no way involves locomotives. Whether you’re a Mashable RSS tech maestro, or you are content casually researching devices that make your daily life far more comfortable, we have some serious news for you all:

Google Fiber will be launching in Austin.

With only one other city in the world (Kansas City) having access to the Google Fiber product, our humble metro is about to become the largest city that provides residents with the option to have FREE internet in their homes. That’s right. Awesome internet, for $0.

What are we talking about and how does it work? Let’s break it down here:

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Google Fiber’s connection speed is 100 times faster than that of ATX’s other broadband options. High def TV plus gigbit internet is going to be as readily available to your local soccer mom, as it is to the Google Glass wearing sect.

Three package options include:

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The bundled option brings with it incredibly fast download speeds, a full channel TV lineup, no data caps, a Nexus 7 tablet (to be used as your TV remote) and other more utilitarian features that make this ship float. Free internet will be available in homes with a one time $300 installation fee guaranteed for at least seven years. That’s f to the rizzle…free.

Residents will have access to get the service hopefully by mid-2014, just enough time to start that cancellation phone call with the other boys. Sign up to be the first to know for sure. Want to find out more now? The fate of Austin’s interwebs has landed the city in an myriad of national news outlets including:

Mashable
TIME
Huffington Post
Daily Tech
Venture Beat
CBS
The Verge 

As for us here locally? The possibilities are endless. Small coffee shops, online media properties, Etsy aficionados, and digital agency wunderkins (to name a few…) rejoice! We personally cannot wait to be a growing part of the new Fiberhood. Google on.

 
 
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Austin Psych Fest 2013 – Bringing Psych Rock From Around The World To ATX

There is no shortage of awesome music in the city of Austin. Each year we are spoiled rotten with great music festivals like Austin City Limits, Fun Fun Fun Fest and South By Southwest. These events showcase some of the best up and coming talent in the biz but none are as much of a niche festival as Austin Psych Fest.

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Founded in 2008, Austin Psych Fest is the world’s premier showcase of psychedelic rock having brought some of the best in the genre to ATX such as the Black Lips, Thee Oh Sees, Allah Las and Dead Meadow. Over the years, this independent festival has grown from a small word-of-mouth event to an internationally acclaimed, full weekend event that attracts attendees from all over the world.

Austin Psych Fest will celebrate its 6th year on April 26-28, 2013. This year will be the first time that the fest is hosted outdoors at Carson Creek Ranch just five minutes outside of downtown. In usual Psych Fest fashion, there will be a wide array of fantastic bands performing over the course of the weekend and while each band is stellar in its own way, we’d like to highlight the best new vanguards of mind expanding music from overseas.

Japan is well represented this year with multiple great acts taking the stage. Borrowing their name from a song on the Melvin’s “Bullhead,” Boris combines elements of drone metal, noise rock and pop to create a unique cacophony. Acid Mothers Temple tackles their audience with distorted guitars and odd synthesizer sounds, culminating in a barrage of extreme trip rock. And Masaki Batoh (of Tokyo masterminds Ghost) is bringing his experimental project Brain Pulse Music to town, utilizing brain waves to create music.

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Coming all the to way to Austin from Mali is Tinariwen, a band of Tuareg musicians from the Sahara Desert. They’ve been described as “the most compelling of any band”, “hard bitten”, and “dramatic”. Think African Blues played on an acoustic guitar filled with hot desert sand. Certainly not a band to be missed!

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Hailing from the UK, Psych Fest is excited to finally have Clinic rock the stage, a post punk noise rock group from Liverpool famous for their often fast-paced, eclectic sound. The band is also known for wearing different costumes depending on the circumstance of the show.  For instance, the band sports Hawaiian shirts during an outdoor show and trademark scrubs and surgical masks during an indoor show.

Joining Clinic from the UK is Kaleidoscope, an acid folk outfit who are highly regarded as one of the most influential bands of the British psych scene. If you dig early Pink Floyd, you’ll love these guys.

Brazil’s Os Mutantes are legends in the psych rock genre having started during the climax of the hippie movement in the late 60’s. Originally a psychedelic rock band akin to The Beatles “Sgt. Peppers” era, they injected psych rock with a touch of humor and experimentalism while bringing in progressive rock leanings similar to Yes.

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From Rugby, England comes Spectrum, aka Peter Kember aka Sonic Boom from Spacemen 3 aka the producer for Panda Bear and MGMT. Since the disbandment of Spacemen 3 in 1991, Kember has recorded and performed under the name Spectrum, notably with the reformed My Bloody Valentine and at the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival in 2011. Hypnotic drones and psychedelic soundscapes are his trademark, mixing trance-inducing patterns and fuzzed-out powerchords.

Prepare yourselves for Danish indie rockers The Raveonettes. Their blend of garage rock, noise pop and surf rock will knock you out! Their music is characterized by close two-part vocal harmonies coupled with hard-edged electric guitar overlaid with plenty of noise that any shoegaze fan will eat right up. Drawing heavy influence from the Velvet Underground, The Raveonettes use 50’s and 60’s pop hooks with intense electric instrumentation, deep beats, and ominous lyrical themes.

Austin Psych Fest is going to be nothing short of earth shaking. If you are looking to lose your head and rock out to some of the best psychedelic music the world has to offer, snatch up your tickets while you still can and head on down to Carson Creek Ranch over the weekend of April 26-28th.

Check out our Austin Psych Fest Spotify Playlist to hear more:

Retro Run 5k, Get Into The Groove on 4/27 at The Travis Co. Expo Center

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Spring is hiding just around the corner, and with that comes the many adventurous, sometime treacherous, but mostly fun, runs, walks, and every kind of race in between.  The Retro Run 5k has made it’s way from San Diego and Denver, down to Austin for its inaugural race in the south on April, 27th at the Travis County Expo Center.  Gather up your best retro gear from the 60s, 70s, and 80s and party like it’s anytime before 1999.

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Be inspired by the lace gloves of Madonna, the black pants and white socks of Michael Jackson, the lace and pearls of Cindy Lauper, or the poise and high heels of Prince.  Those icons are not your style?  Get into high gear with Motley Crue, find your best Cosby sweaters, find ‘serenity now’ with the cast of Seinfeld, or get golden with the classy ladies of the Golden Girls.  No matter what decade inspires you most, here is your opportunity to combine a fun 5k welcoming to walkers, strollers, dogs, and sprinters alike, with a reason to dress up and pay homage to the glory days of the past.

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When you enter, beyond getting to be a part of the first Retro Run 5k in Austin, you will get a sweet Retro Run 5k T-shirt AND Retro Run 5k sunglasses.  Enjoy the race, stay for the 80′s party post run, and show off your best Retro themed outfits.  Use the coupon code RETROTX through February 20th, 2013 for $10 off registration, just enough to put towards the grooviest digs you can come up with!

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Do512′s SXSW ’13 Pro-Tip Guide

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The allure to SXSW is the big names who come to town and the little guys who get to play next to them. It is the free Taco Bell and the pricier food trucks that both hit the spot after a day of drinking. It is the crowded parties that make you rub elbows with too many drunk people and the surprise intimate shows that you find by chance.

Whatever the appeal of SXSW is to you, it can seem overwhelming for those trying to plan their week, or for those who decided to “wing it” and soon felt like they were missing out. Lucky for you all, Do512 has been working hard to make this annual much-anticipated event run as smoothly as possible for you and your comrades. Here, we will break down all the important things to keep in mind, give you some recommendations from experienced South by Southwesters and have you coming out a SXSW pro of your own.

  • First, how many bands will there be exactly during March 12-17?

A lot. You can view our comprehensive list of artists that have been officially announced here. However, every SXSW veteran knows that there will always be surprise guests. That’s why we have also kept up with all of the rumors flowing through the SX mill on our twitter account.

Pro Tip: Keep your phone charged! It is always difficult to maintain flawless service when Austin is packed to the brim of the city limits, but social media is the key to unveiling surprise shows. Add us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to stay in the loop as soon as we catch wind of confirmed SXSW information.

  • How can I keep track of the artists I want to see?

While you are perusing our list of announced SXSW acts, all you have to do is click ‘follow’ and it automatically adds the artist or band to your ‘My SX’ tab. In that section, you will find all of the parties and artists you have decided to like or follow and from there you can click on them for the event details and performances.

Pro Tip: Don’t limit yourselves to only the bands you know. Take some time and check out the artists you haven’t heard of before by clicking on their page and watching their music videos or live performances we have put up for you. Festivals are the easiest way to discover your new favorite band.

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Now that it has become apparent to you that SXSW does a phenomenal job of bringing in amazing acts and excavating the local talent to bring to a larger stage, you are ready to make the next step. If you are coming from out-of-town you are probably thinking:

  • “Where am I going to stay?” and “How will I afford this?” 

If you have friends in Austin, call dibs on the couch now. Trust us, Austinites expect a house full of people during SX and piling around someone’s living room is part of the experience. But, if your friend’s couches will already be stuffed with warm bodies and you need accommodations, we have compiled a list of places to stay during this physically taxing week that makes a comfortable bed feel like heaven at the end of the night.

Now, as far as affordability, there is no other festival in Austin that seems to be on the same caliber as SXSW when it comes to the amount of crazy talent putting on free performances and providing free food and beverages. But, if you want to go big this year, there is still time to enter in many contests that are giving away badges, VIP packages and other goodies. THAT MEANS FREE FOLKS.

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  • Okay, so how do I RSVP to the free shows and events?

Number 1 rule: create an email address JUST for SX or use one that you’ll remember you signed up for everything under the sun with. Done? Step 2.

Easy. We have dug up all of the announced events and free stuff coming this SXSW and put them on our site for you to simply click ‘RSVP‘ and put yourself on the list. Voila.

Pro Tip: Make sure after you RSVP that you share it on Facebook or Twitter so that your friends can do the same. You don’t want to miss out on a show because your buddies forgot to get on the list.

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My organization, company, brand, band etc… would really like to host an unofficial party during SXSW, how do I find a good venue and their information?

Yes, we are here to help the people behind the parties too. We have put together a Pinterest board full of great venues around the city and provided their location and capacity. Once you click on a venue you are interested in, it will direct you back to our main site that provides contact information for booking.

  • How can I get involved and be a part of the SXSW action?

Volunteer! SX is still looking for walk in volunteers as long as you’re a local. Register online before heading to their office.

TaskRabbit, an online and mobile marketplace that gets people in the same area to help each other out has created a portal for SXSW’s interactive portion. Users will go to the site and see a list of temporary tasks to sign up for such as street teams, product delivery and event staffs.

  • How else can I prepare for South by Southwest?

Listen to our SXSW ’13 Spotify Playlist.

Subscribe. Listen. Learn the words. Revisit some old favorites and experience the unfamiliar. Use this playlist as the ultimate pre-workout before the music marathon ahead.

  • Stay on top of the SXSW band rumors.

We are bonafide rumor mongers. They are swirling like madness. Follow Do512 on Twitter to keep up. From the Postal Service reunion that has everyone in a tizzy to the new Strokes album drop, we’re watching the bands as they make their moves and we’ll let you know as soon as we do!

To further your excitement, we have compiled a staff list of our most anticipated acts for this year’s SXSW:

Rachel Daily: The Zombies, Delorean, Telekinesis, Thee Oh Sees, Mount Moriah, Amanda Shires, Wild Belle, and The Whigs

Jamie Jett: Bonobo, Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, Prince Rama, Beach Fossils, Alt-J and Allah-Las

Lawrence Boone: Al Lover, Mikal Cronin, Thee Oh Sees, Allah-LasBlack Lips, The Growlers, John McCauley and Friends, He’s My Brother She’s My Sister

Matt Mandrella: Alt-J, Flaming Lips and Japandroids

Amanda Shaftel: Alt-J, Monophonics, He’s My Brother She’s My Sister, Gringo Star, Poolside and Lissie

Jimmy Stewart: Alt-J, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Cold War Kids, Portugal. The Man, Brushy One String, Aloe Blacc, Delicate Steve, Emmylou Harris, Richard Thompson, Field Report, Nathanial Rateliff, Kids These Days and Houndmouth

Courtney Goforth: Flaming Lips, Daniel Johnston, Toro y Moi, Best Coast, Grimes, Thee Oh Sees, Black Lips and The Postal Service

 

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Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar Closing Night- 1/03

Temporarily closing, that is.

Alamo Drafthouse will celebrate a renovation closure with activities that appeal to film buffs of all genres and transcend age groups. All six screens will load up on interactive and participatory events that will send the South Lamar location off with a cinematic bang.

The day kicks off at 6:35 p.m. with the (Big) Kid’s Club “Three Stooges” Party!!!, which will feature five of Larry, Moe and Curly’s ventures in 35mm.

7 p.m.– Director Don Coscarelli will present his first film in a decade, “John Dies at the End,” on behalf of Fantastic Fest, the largest genre film festival in the U.S.

7:15 p.m.– The Austin Film Society will screen “2 or 3 Things I know About Her,” Jean-Luc Godard’s dramatized documentary about people in Paris in the 1960s.

7:30 p.m.– Continuing with the weekly tradition, Alamo will hand out props to supplement the quoting of all of your favorite lines from “The Big Lebowski.”

7:50 p.m.– Girlie Night is hosting a cinematic prom, which encourages attendees to dress up in your finest pink threads while they show “Pretty in Pink.” Then, at 10:15 p.m. the Girlie Late Night will screen “Bridesmaids” and encourages all to put on their best (worst) bridesmaid dresses.

9:15 p.m.– Tobe Hooper, director/writer/producer of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, will be in attendance as a double-feature of the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre is shown in 35mm and then the direct sequel Texas Chainsaw 3D will follow.

At 9:55 p.m., Tough Guy Cinema will present “Hard Target” and Drafthouse Films will show “Pieta” at 10:50 p.m. and “Wrong” at 12:35 a.m.

10:30 p.m.– Alamo will host a sing-along for the “Best of 2012,” featuring all of radio’s favorites to overplay. Everyone can enjoy “Gangnam Style” one last time before leaving it behind with the rest of 2012.

After the Thursday closing celebration, the usual programs at Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar will move to the other Alamo locations during the temporary closure: The Big Lebowski Quote-along will be at the Slaughter Lane location, The Dionysium and Austin Film Society at the Village and the Alamo Kids Club will meet at the Ritz.

After the festivities conclude, Alamo cinema will officially go under the knife and intends to come out in the fall of 2013 with a facelift that will include three new screens, a new film distribution label and a philosophy that will take specialty programming to the next size up.

The renovation will triple the size of the Alamo’s lobby space and connect the theater to its neighbor, The Highball, whom is also getting a makeover. The South Lamar Plaza Shopping Center will become a mecca of entertainment with an aesthetic to match the hype.

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Do512′s Best of 2012 Survey

Do512 recently surveyed our users to find out what they enjoyed doing most in Austin this year. We are constantly recommending things for people to do, so it was refreshing to get feedback from users about what things they like to do most. This was our first time conducting a Best-Of-The-Year Survey, and there were tight races in many of the categories.

For instance, Easy Tiger topped The White Horse for Best New Bar by just one vote. Best New Band was an even closer race with Wheeler Brothers, Wild Child and Shakey Graves nearly ending in a 3-way tie. The Salty Sow narrowly edged Hillside Pharmacy as Best New Restaurant, while the biggest landslide victories went to the Alamo Drafthouse (Best Place for Good Clean Fun), Cap City Comedy Club (Best Place for Comedy) and Barbarella (Best Place to Dance.)

Other “Best Of Austin” survey categories included Best Local Show, Best Music Venue, Best Cocktail Bar, Best Festival, Best Margarita, Best Dive Bar, Best Happy Hour, Best Jukebox, Best Place To Pick Up Chicks, and more. See the full results below.

Congratulations to all of the winners!

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Best New Bar:

Easy Tiger

Runners Up:

The White Horse, Brew Exchange

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Best New Restaurant:

The Salty Sow

Runners Up:

Hillside Pharmacy, Swift’s Attic

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Best Music Venue:

ACL Live

Runners Up: Stubb’s, The Mohawk 

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Best Festival:

SXSW

Runners Up: Fun Fun Fun Fest, Austin City Limits

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Best New Local Band:

Wheeler Brothers

Runners Up: Wild Child, Shakey Graves

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Best Local Show of the Year:

Gary Clark, Jr.

Runners Up: Whiskey Shivers, Quiet Company

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Best Non-Local Show of the Year:

Jack White

Runners Up:

David Byrne & St. Vincent, Florence and the Machine

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Best SXSW Party:

Fader Fort

Runners Up: Red Bull Party, THE BIG ONE

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Best Place to Dance:

Barbarella

Runners Up:

Broken Spoke, Barcelona

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Best Place for Comedy:

Cap City Comedy Club

Runners Up:

Esther’s Follies, The New Movement Theater

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Best Place for Good Clean Fun:

The Alamo Drafthouse

Runners Up: Blazer Tag, Dart Bowl

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Best Jukebox In Town:

Shangri-La

Runners Up: Crow Bar, Mugshots

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Best Happy Hour:

219 West

Runners Up: Parkside, Maiko

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Best Bar Patio:

Lustre Pearl

Runners Up: Easy Tiger, Shangri-La

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Best Dive Bar:

Hole In The Wall

Runners Up: The Liberty, Crow Bar

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Best Beer Options:

Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden

Runners Up: Draught House, Whip In

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Best Cocktail Bar:

East Side Showroom

Runners Up:

Perla’s, Pesche

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Best Margarita:

La Condesa

Runners Up: Iron Cactus, Polvo’s

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Best Place to Pick Up Chicks:

The W Hotel

Runners Up: The White Horse, Lustre Pearl

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Is there a category you’d like for us to include next year? Send us your feedback!

Rest In Peace Austin, Texas 2012

Continuing with our end-of-the year coverage, (see Some Things That Happened in Austin in 2012,) here is a long list of local things we are saying goodbye to in 2012. There were plenty of notable closings in Austin over the past 12 months, including some of our favorite bars, restaurants and music venues. This is just our small way of showing them tribute.

| Lovejoys |

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The beloved Lovejoys Taproom kicked the bucket on August 5th, 2012. A true dive bar for fans of good beer and rowdy live music, Lovejoys stuck it out for 18 years in an unassuming building at 604 Neches, providing an authentic alternative to the fake IDs and themed bars of Dirty 6th.

| Momo’s |

Photo via Momo’s on Facebook

After 11 years of providing a home to some of Austin’s best folk, country and singer-songwriters, Momo’s closed on December 27, 2011 with a show featuring Suzanna Choffel. Former owner Paul Oveisi has since gone on to run a music venue in New York, bringing Austin’s laid back vibe to the Big Apple. We heard a rumor that some guy from Dallas was planning on reopening the location as a rooftop pool/bar/petting zoo.

| Trophy’s |

Photo via Trophy’s on Facebook

Trophy’s began serving up cold beer and performances from garage and rock ‘n roll bands back in the early 90s. It survived until May of 2012, when it was reported that the South Congress dive bar would close and re-open as C-Boy’s, a collaborative effort from the owner of the Continental Club and Larry McGuire. But word on the street is that the building is being condemned. Are you thinking what we’re thinking? Yep, they could just reopen Trophy’s as is. No one was that bothered by the cockroaches anyway.

| Ruta Maya |

Photo via Ruta Maya on Facebook

The Ruta Maya coffeehouse at Penn Field on South Congress closed on August 31st, 2012. The longtime importing-and-roasting facility also hosted all manner of community events and provided a venue for a wide variety of artists, from singer-songwriters to hip-hop and reggae, both local and touring. One of the many memorable nights at Ruta Maya was the Zeppelin Hoot Full Moon Party, which was voted Best Local Show of 2007 in the Austin Chronicle Critics Poll.

| Emo’s on Red River |

Photo via Ed Lehman

After some 19 years on the block, Emo’s on Red River closed its doors on December 31st, 2011. This original rock club had more history and character oozing from its walls (and urinal) than just about any other place in town. After opening its doors in 1992, the venue helped build the Red River music scene and hosted some of the biggest names in the business. Emo’s on Red River is survived by its big brother, Emo’s on East Riverside.

| Beauty Bar |

Photo via Ed Lehman

After 5 years at its location on 7th St and Red River, Beauty Bar Austin shut its doors shortly after SXSW 2012. It was the most glittery place in town to drink, dance, smoke, and get your hair/nails done. It was also host to that DFA 1979 show that caused a riot. Beauty Bar is survived by its swanky big brother, Beauty Ballroom, located next to Emo’s on Riverside.

| Skinny’s Ballroom |

Photo via Skinny’s Ballroom

Skinny’s Ballroom had a short yet popular run. Opened in February 2010, this bar and music venue was located off the corner of 2nd and San Jacinto in a seemingly doomed location that has seen multiple businesses (Hank’s Garage, Deja Vu) come and go over the years. Skinny’s closed after their July 28, 2012 show, but in their 2+ year run they booked tons of local bands, which were often recorded live and streamed online.

| The Murals On The Railroad Bridge Over Lady Bird Lake |

Photo via Steve Hopson

The murals that adorned the Union Pacific Railroad Trestle over Town Lake were painted over by a maintenance crew in October.  ”Focus One Point and Breathe” and “Let’s Pretend We’re Robots” were long-time features of the rail bridge, in full view of the Lamar Boulevard Bridge and the Pflueger Pedestrian Bridge. Thanks to coverage from the Austinist, we know they’re gone but not forgotten.

| South Lamar As We Know It |

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The Lamar Plaza shopping center that houses the Alamo Drafthouse and the Highball will undergo an on-again off-again transformation tha calls for more than 400 apartments, along with retail shops and restaurants. Further south, the iconic Broken Spoke dance hall will be surrounded by a $60 million project — tentatively named The 704 — consisting of 350+ apartments and about 20,000 square feet of restaurant and retail space. The South Lamar Trailer Bazaar came and went, and the corner of Manchaca and S. Lamar is currently being razed.

| Cheapo Records |

Photo via Cheapo Records on Facebook

Cheapo Records will be closing on Christmas Eve. The 15-year-old retail store at 915 North Lamar will soon join several other Austin record stores that were unable to survive the digital music age, including BackSpin Records, Sound on Sound, and Sound Exchange. Fun fact: Their location on North Lamar was previously home to the Mother Earth nightclub, where Austin psychedelic rockers 13 Floor Elevators played in the early 1970s.

| Only Having 1 Area Code |

 

Our two-year-old April Fools’ Day joke has actually come true, and Austin is getting a new area code. That’s some bad karma. And it’s 737, which doesn’t rhyme with “Do”, so I guess we’ll stick with what we’ve got. If you are OG and have a 512 number, you’ll need to start dialing all ten digits starting in June of 2013. The new area code will start being distributed on July 1st, 2013.

| One Weekend of Austin City Limits Music Festival |

Photo via David Weaver

The Austin City Limits Music Festival will expand to two weekends in 2013. The festival will run Oct. 4-6 and Oct. 11-13 in Zilker Park, and both weekends will feature essentially the same lineup. What remains a mystery is what all of these bands are going to do during the six days between performances. Do512 Lounge Sessions anyone?

| Some Food and Restaurants We’ll Miss |

  • Bottomless Mimosas at Tacos & Tequila (TABC apparently cracked down)
  • Zen on South Congress (except Lucky Robot is way better)
  • Casita Taco on South Lamar (big breakfast tacos and fiery hot salsa)
  • JMueller BBQ (now La Barbecue “Cuisine Texicana”)
  • Sundayz Soul Food Trailer at Volstead Lounge (fantastic chicken sandwiches)
  • The Broken Yolk (unforgettable breakfast sammies)
  • The Screaming Goat (cheap beer specials, floating flautas, and killer trivia)
  • Bite Mi on Guadalupe (cheapest bahn-mi in town?)
  • Artz Rib House (the bluegrass and brisket nachos were a delight)
  • La Boite on South Congress (we’ll miss their iced coffee and macaroons)
  • Zandunga Mexican Bistro (their bread pudding was incredible)
  • East Side Drive In Food Trailer Park (Bits And Druthers et al)

| A Couple Of Things We Might Not Miss |

Jovita’s Heroin Enchiladas, and the Yassine Coke-Bar Empire

Do512 Ross Leaves and Gets All The Babes In The World – How YOU Could Be a Do512 Intern!

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According to the internet, I’ve been here 206 days, and though I am well aware of the perfidious nature of the net that sounds about right. The email is dated May 8, and is my first correspondence with Do512. I liked it on Facebook and had used it for the occasional outing, but hadn’t really considered its existence with any purpose until my friend Allie (a previous intern) posted about internship opportunities at the site. My inquiry into the position led to an interview the next day around a Donkey Kong cocktail arcade game in a velveted lounge. I had arrived.

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Since then, I’ve wrote countless blogs (note: it is entirely possible that there is a relevant finite number, I merely don’t know how to count) and updated many more venue’s pages. Chances are if you checked your favorite bohemian gypsy bar/bakery’s page lately, I had some hand in it.

I now know of the more bizarre venues and events around town, as well as the inner workings of some of the major festivals. I drank expired coconut milk. I saw my boss do a high-kick on a stand-up paddle board. I helped monitor sessions in our Lounge, which consisted of drooling over Black Sheep Lodge‘s catered options in part. We’ve had free pizza, free cookies, and I’ve watched my coworkers drink free beer.

One time there was a dog.

imageWhat’s more, I’ve shared countless hours with the wonderful people behind the site. Sure, Do512 may know everything happening in Austin, but if it were employed by douchers and hooligans this internship wouldn’t have been what it was: an entirely worthwhile learning experience.

The friendly and laid-back office environment was conducive to sarcastic banter as well as the self-directed workflow that makes the website possible. My ideas were always given guidance and credence, despite how wacky they often seemed. It was above all the best first internship I could have asked for.

If you’re interested in applying for an internship of your own, send your resume, cover letter and a link to a website, blog, or portfolio you have online if you’ve got it to Rachel@Do512.com. It’s SXSW season so those frightened of a little hard work need not apply. Good luck!

@Do512_Ross, out.

[Note: If this reads as pure endorsement, know that my boss @Do512_Rachel has in no way hinted at my possible future residence at the bottom of the sea, pending this draft. I'm not sure of its intended use, but if it's call to arms for internship applicants: do it. You stand to gain very much, and lose nothing (except possibly your life at the bottom of the sea).]

Fun Fun Fun Fest Reports Record Attendance

Since its inception in 2006, Fun Fun Fun Fest has grown by leaps and bounds. Transmission Events, the company behind Fun Fun Fun Fest, just announced that 2012 was another record-breaking year for the independent genre-based festival. Over 55,000 total and an average of 18,000 fans daily attended the festival, an increase of 17% from last year.

The festival created nearly 1,100 total jobs this year, up from 700 in 2011. According to an ACVB calculation, FFF Fest added over $27 million in tourism dollars to Austin’s economy. It also raised over $5,000 for local music charities, and distributed over 200 free tacos to the taco-loving community. Vendor sales also grew, with food vendors like Ch’lantro, Kebabalicious, Hey Cupcake, Naan Sense, Frank, and Torchy’s Tacos being just a few of the local establishments offering delicious meals to attendees this year.

Photo via Fun Fun Facebook

The expansion of the Action Sports aspect of FFF was one the most significantly visible changes this year, featuring larger ramp space, bigger crowds and more professional athletes. BMX and Skate legends traveled to Austin to ride a one of a kind ramp experience, featuring over 350 riders. The ramp experience was co-developed by the Taylor, TX non-profit, Project Loop and its team. Project Loop’s mission is to benefit youth through lessons in creativity, exercise, and hard work in a real world experience outside the classroom.

“It’s rewarding to see our festival continue to grow while still staying intimate and fun” said James Moody, Principal at Transmission Events. ”Not only are we impacting our local economy and community more, we are creatively growing as well, by adding more comedy, action sports, and things like our beloved taco cannon. ”

http://www.facebook.com/funfunfunfest 

http://transmissionevents.com/