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March 17, 2007



They really did hold the audience despite the weird venue. Pretty sure Megan sold out of the dozen or so CDs she had after the show. Great to see the buzz growing for TLTC - way bigger crowd than they had at SXSW 06.

here's some of Megan's SXSW blog on myspace (where she links to Eric's review):

"This year I experienced gobs of soul music, which made this year my favorite of the last five years at the conference. The Stax Records 50th reunion show was life-altering: Booker T and the MGs with Eddie Floyd, Isaac Hayes...their tribute to Otis Redding had me in tears and incidentally, while I was lost in the crowd for this sacred moment - my beloved fox scarf disappeared... the multi-hued scarf I've worn for every performance over the last two years, regardless of temperature. Otis Redding took my damned scarf! Methinks he wanted me to get some more guts, so he robbed me of my security blanket. So I skipped out on music for the rest of the night and went for a baptismal swim with some compatriots.

"The following night, I played my first show without the scarf in ages... and felt immensely unburdened and free. So much so that my finger picks flew off even more often than usual and I looked down at my lap steel at one point in the set only to see it covered in blood splatters from a string-sliced finger. A gentleman in the crowd offered me a napkin, and after wiping the blood off my finger he informed me that the napkin had his chewed up gum in it. Thanks pal. After the show I met dozens of charming people and also recieved my favorite-ever present yet from a 'fan' -- a pin (i.e. button/badge) with a photo of my dog Sailor on it! He assured me that he wasn't a stalker, which I knew already because we'd had a good chat the year before. He's just a grown man that really likes to make pins. You have a problem with that?"

I gotta confess, I'm the guy who gave her the pin - a little creepy, yeah, but it was very cool to see her face light up when she recognized her dog.

Eric replies: Nice. We're running an interview with her April 28 in the Courant, fyi.


I saw the Last Town Chorus play in Chicago this winter, and I was equally blown away. She has that Cat Power/Hope Sandoval voice, but has a fire to go with it. On repeat in my CD player.

R Railor

I second that emotion - this was an intoxicating experience. I'd been intrigued by a review of their album in SPIN magazine, so I stopped by the show to catch a song or two...but ended up staying for the entire set, completely riveted. Utterly unique, bone-chilling, moving music. Agreed, the venue was a bit bizarre, replete with muted basketball TV screens, but it hardly mattered...time stood still (as did the audience, which is truly rare for SXSW!) I've since downloaded the album - more of the same magic. Thanks for writing so convincingly about this show, Eric.


This was one of my favorite performances of SXSW, and in my opinon, one of the breakout performances of the festival, next to Amy Winehouse. Year of the Woman, indeed!


We've created an iTunes playlist on our computer of the songs you've linked to. Thanks for keeping us ahead of the curve.

And keep up the dispatches!


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