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Sunday, March 20, 2011

'Fuck Zooey Deschanel': 10 Great Quotes From SXSW 2011

Posted By on Sun, Mar 20, 2011 at 10:53 PM

Jim Jones wants those fucking transistors out of his amplifier.
  • Jim Jones wants those fucking transistors out of his amplifier.

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."
-- Andy McCluskey of Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, introducing "Sister Mary Says" on Friday.

"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."
-- Mookie SingermanGenghis Tron frontman and professional band manager, at a Wednesday panel on Michael Azerrad's seminal DIY tome Our Band Could Be Your Life.

"James Blake -- I can't get into that shit."
-- Cults' 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.

"No mace" -- and oh yeah, no hand grenades, either.
  • "No mace" -- and oh yeah, no hand grenades, either.
"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 and Sinkane, 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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