No surprise that SXSW -- a four-day confab of cool kids, corporate sleaze, would-be famous people, and free booze -- leads to some pretty outrageous jaw-flapping. Here, 10 of the most memorable quotes we heard at SXSW this year.
"I imagine a lot of you have been doing a lot of sinning this week. This is your redemption."
"Sorry about this. It's too much, the daytime."
-- The Kills
' Allison Mosshart, at the beginning of the band's glitch-plagued and awful-sounding Friday set at Stubb's. "This is exactly why I hate playing during the day for sponsors and parties," bandmate Jamie Hince later apologized. "So come see us in a club sometime."
"I don't consider you to be a band until you've been on tour ... I want other bands to feel the pain that I've felt."
"James Blake -- I can't get into that shit."
' Brian Oblivion on Wednesday, after asking a crowd what the highlight of the first day was, and hearing several shouts of "James Blake!"
"We've got two more songs for you ladies and gentlemen, and we'll see you at the grocery store."
-- Austin's aptly named the Strange Boys
announcing the impending close of their set on Saturday.
"He broke a string and he doesn't know how to deal with it. He's too young."
-- Random Texan in the audience describing Beach Fossils
' frontman throwing a temper tantrum and taking too long to change a guitar string at a Billboard showcase Friday.
"You can achieve a level of success now in a year that would have taken a band six years in the '80s."
-- Ahmed Gallab, member of Yeasayer
, at the panel on Our Band Could Be Your Life
"Would you guys like to hear a new song? Not to get too far inside your head, but we'll play it if you dance to it. Will you dance to it? It might be terrible."
-- TV on the Radio
frontman Tunde Adebimpe on Friday, introducing a not-very-danceable new song.
"Fuck Zooey Deschanel!"
-- Dead Milkmen
frontman Joe Genaro in a pre-"Bitchin' Camaro" rant about the genius of Odd Future, the ineptitude of music writers, and the idiocy of "indie" film geeks on Saturday.
"These fucking new SVTs. They are shit. A lesson, kids: Don't buy new amps, buy old amps. Too many transistors in this thing."
-- Jim Jones of the Jim Jones Revue
, complaining to the crowd Friday night about a malfunctioning Ampeg SVT amplifier.
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