This past weekend I took a trip to SXSW Interactive and as is usually the case in Austin, walked a lot. While walking, I passed by the now-infamous Peckerheads. I’m not going to lie to you guys: I damn near shed a thug tear.
Peckerheads housed some of my favorite all-time memories as it was the hub for the Grand Ole Party Of Bootleggers And Tastemakers. We had everyone from B.o.B. to Yelawolf to Kendrick Lamar and, yes, even Macklemore perform there all right when they were on the cusp of mainstream success.
No matter who these artists all ended up becoming, Peckerheads was where they came to kill it and hone their craft. So, as we reminisced on our favorite moments, we decided to share them with you. If you were lucky enough to attend, drop a few of your favorite memories in the comments. In the meantime, here are ours.
KiD CuDi & 88-Keys At SXSW 2009
If anything epitomizes just how accessible artists were in 2009 before SXSW truly blew up, it would be this interview. I was just walking around outside of Peckerheads, taking a break, when I saw Kid Cudi just standing around. Naturally, I walked over (with a freaking camcorder I had…talk about ancient) and grabbed some words from him and 88-Keys. Speaking of: Death Of Adam is still damn near perfect.
Currensy & Mistah F.A.B. At SXSW 2009
Here’s another random one, outside of the event. Good thing we actually started getting film crews, huh?
Curren$y “Modern Day Hippy” At SXSW 2009
Spitta was early on the bill, which he was totally fine with. The most memorable part: the first and most repeated phrase Curren$y asked when he came in Peckerheads, “We can smoke in here, right? They cool if I smoke, right?”
Charles Hamilton Medley At SXSW 2009
Oh, where for art thou, Sonic? If I’m not mistaken, that’s DJ Skee manning the wheels for Chuck Ham.
Blu & Exile “No Greater Love” At SXSW 2009
“No Greater…” is one of the best songs created in the blog era. Hearing and seeing it performed life was very much like a spiritual event.
Our First Headliner: B.o.B
Before Bruno Mars. Before the songs with Miley Cyrus. Before goddamn Atlantic Records, there was B.o.B. aka Bobby Ray – an exceptionally talented guy with a piano and a live band. He was our first headliner and I honestly can’t imagine it going any other way. By the by, whatever happened to Alien?