What do the three psychedelic hitmakers of QUILT listen to on the road? Wonder no longer, y'all. Here's ten songs from the tour-van soundtrack that we were real psyched on so far this week. But this is just the first installment -- expect a few more along to way.
The Beach Boys - Transcendental Meditation
Weyes Blood at Dreamcastle in Philadelphia on 3/4/12, playing with Quilt.
"Pennsylvania is noticeably spooky,” said Natalie Mering, a/k/a WEYES BLOOD, late on Friday night, in the dark kitchen of Dreamcastle, a house that hosts basement shows in South Philly.
Her observation spoke to the dark, psyched-out sonics looming through all four sets at Dreamcastle that night; the show was the second stop on QUILT’s tour to South by Southwest.
A whole year? It’s hard to believe it’s been a whole year since my 2011 SXSW tour diary. What a whirlwind, y’all.
I am pretty psyched to be traveling again to Austin with one of my favorite-bands-turned-sweet-friends, QUILT.
The span of time from SXSW2k11 to SXSW2k12 has been a pretty transitional time-span for this caravan.
After a Chinatown bus ride on Friday morning (spent reading horoscopes, eating adzuki sprouts, talking Boston DIY), QUILT guitarist/vocalist Anna Rochinski and I shuffled equipment, merch, and bags from Manhattan to Brooklyn to meet up with their new drummer John Andrews and guitarist/vocalist Shane Butler, down the block from Shane’s apartment.
After going broke at SXSW last year, I made a deal with myself to not go back unless I found a ride and presented a show. In my two years of attending the festival, my only major investment has been flying. (I don’t buy a badge, and go to mostly DIY shows in parking lots, backyards, kitchens, bridges, glass blowing shops