April 15, 2010

Austin: Day 3 with Shearwater and Grupo Fantasma


Day 3 started with a visit to Thor from Shearwater's incredible home. Actually, "incredible" is an understatement. There is no way if you're driving by his street that you will miss it. Every inch of this space was made from scratch by Thor himself.


Inside, Thor got a bunch of Rio Texas grapefruits and made me the most deliciously sweet grapefruit juice I have ever had.


Meanwhile, Jonathan helped set-up an acoustic performance that was just made perfect by the peaceful homey surrounding.




After leaving Thor's, Jonathan was super stoked to take me to the Natural History Museum at the University of Texas. Jonathan, who graduated from UT, is a huge nature nut (their latest album is called The Golden Archipelago) and it was amazing to see his passion and curiosity of all living things, past and present.


Then, we drove over to South Austin Music where Jonathan had a guitar that needed to be dropped off for mending.


For our final stop, we thought it would be cool to go visit Mohawk's where Shearwater played a lot of their early shows. On our way downtown, we made a pitstop at the original Sandy's where Jonathan treated me to an old-fashioned vanilla cone. The hospitality of the people here in Austin continues to blow me away.


At Mohawk's, Thor joined us as we walked around the venue and recounted some good gigs that took place there.


After a full day with Shearwater, we went and got our bbq fill at Iron Works. When in Austin, baby!




And just because I didn't eat enough, I met up with Adrian and Greg from such bands as Grupo Fantasa, Brownout! and Ocote Soul Sounds, at Polvo's for some true Mexican. I highly recommend the fish tacos and margaritas here.



To end my last night in Austin, the lovely ladies from Giant Noise and the Austin CVB set up an evening at one of my favourite Austin spots, Hotel Saint Cecilia, for drinks with Zoe (the "it" girl of the U21 scene in Austin), Mother Falcon, and the beautifully talented singer-songwriter, Amy Cook. Her new album is called Let The Light In.


Thank you Austin for another unforgettable stay! xx