Wednesday, March 25, 2009


Riverboat Gambler's Mike Wiebe reemerging from the crowd he just destroyed.

SXSW 2009 PHOTOS - 4 days - 41 Bands

Wanted to share with you an overview of the photos made during a wonderful and hectic SXSW Music Conference.

Captions are within the galleries and I am also listing some of the highlights in order of appearance. If you are looking for something additional on any of there artists, there are plenty of alternate takes in most cases.

I'm really excited about this chunk of work, I hope you'll be able to browse through it. - Jacob

DAY 1 -

Wavves - Emo’s Main - Fat Possum
Strange Boys (live and portraits) - Emo’s Main - Fat Possum
Hacienda - Headhunters
Circle Jerks - Emo’s Main
Phosphorescent - Club de Ville, Brooklyn Vegan Showcase
Deer Tick - Club de Ville, Brooklyn Vegan Showcase

DAY 2 -

Passion Pit - Radio Room Patio
Doug Sahm Tribute - Antone’s
Jimmie Vaughn
The Gourds
Shaun Sahm
Dave Alvin

Dirty Projectors - Emo’s Annex
Flower Travellin’ Band - Smokin’ Music
Ben Harper and the Relentless7 - Stubbs

DAY 3 -

Passion Pit - Portrait
Hot Leg (spin party - Stubbs)
Black Lips (spin party - Stubbs)
Mi Ami - Havana Club
Casio Kids - Havana Calle 6
Ponderosa Stomp Revue: - The Continental

DAY 4 -

Frodus - Radio Room Patio
Cursive - Radio Room Patio

Cannabanoids with Erykah Badu - Auditorium Shores
Explosions in the Sky - Auditorium Shores
Daniel Johnston Emo’s Main
Riverboat Gamblers - Emo’s Annex

contact info:
Jacob Blickenstaff

Saturday, March 21, 2009

SXSW 2009 Day 1 Photos

Hit the ground running in Austin. No time to talk but I did put together some highlights from the day's shooting. Keep your eyes peeled on BrooklynVegan for more extensive photo features and reports.

************* GALLERY OF HIGHLIGHTS ************

bands shot on Thursday:

Psychedelic Horseshit
Trash Talk
Strange Boys (live and portraits)
Annihilation Time
King Kahn and BBQ Show
Young Widows

Circle Jerks
Those Darlins
Deer Tick

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Bettye LaVette at Joe's Pub 3/8/09

Bettye LaVette revealed herself once again as a brilliant voice in R&B in a special set of songs that wove deeply through her personal history. She performed only with piano accompaniment at Joe's Pub this Sunday.

I sometimes find it hard to pay attention to the content of a performance when I'm photographing, the visual observation takes over and the music slips back into a hypnotic, subconscious part of my brain. What struck me about this performance is that Bettye's masterful narration of a song could take me through every single word of a lyric. 'Elanor Rigby', the Beatles song already covered to death in the soul circuit, became fresh and vivid. 'A Change is Gonna Come', the mournful Sam Cooke civil rights anthem that has become diluted as as a torch song for countless artists, was transformed into a crystal-clear story of painful suffering and redemption. Of the hundreds of times I had heard this song, I don't think I was even made to listen as closely as I was that night.

Roots Jam at the Highline

Fun night at the Highline where the Roots began their month-plus residency of improvised music and special guests.
The show that night featured James Poyser and Robert Glasper on keyboards, Talib Kweli interchanging freestyle with Black Thought, Pharohe Monch, John Forte and Dice Raw all going at it, a funky interlude with Gary Bartz, Chrisette Michelle and Raheem DeVaughn plus DJ Brainchild before and after.

I'll let pictures tell the story

Saturday, March 07, 2009

Rufus Wainwright Blackoutsabbath David Byrne and more at City Winery

extended flash gallery here

At the City Winery last week Rufus put together an acoustic, unamplified show lit only by candle light to promote BlackoutSabbath, a kind of grass roots conservation thing inspired by the improvisational adaptation of New Yorkers during the Great Blackout of years past.

Ironically, the only low point of the evening was when two hoped-up Obama campaigners went on a bit too long about 'change'. Otherwise the music was excellent - intimate, warm and playful.

The gang included Rufus, Aunt Sloane, Lucy Wainwright-Roche, David Byrne (who brought along current tour-mates Mark De Gli Antoni and Mauro Refosco), Jenni Muldaur (also on tour with Byrne), Janeane Garofalo (comedy bit/rant) and Teddy Thompson. As Rufus put it in the beginning, it was "like a campfire sing-a-long".

Some of the highlights included a group effort on the Roger Miller classic "King of the Road", Teddy Thompson covering ABBA's "Super Trooper" (which as he pointed out is an ode to an electric spotlight), David Byrne singing Webb Pierce's "There Stands the Glass", Rufus doing a solo guitar performance of "Beautiful Child" (with the audience filling in the chromatic rise and fall) plus an encore of "Hallelujah" with Rufus on piano.

Monday, March 02, 2009

Alela Diane Plants n Animals Blitzen Trapper MHOW

Alela Diane, Plants and Animals, Blitzen Trapper at their sold-out show at Music Hall of Williamsburg, 2/28/09

fancy flash gallery here

Both openers were really strong, and its a lot more fun to shoot a band when you can actually move around.