[TOUR DIARY] AUSTIN: Part II
We feel like we have entered the twilight zone; everyone in Austin has charmed the pants right off of us. The hospitality and generosity of the people here is something quite foreign to us -- leaving us feeling like we have entered an alternate universe.
We woke up on Wednesday to freshly-prepared breakfast, good conversation and private home concerts. We eventually made it out of the house and became acquainted with one of Austin's most eccentric cafes, The Spider House Café (to conduct "business" on our laptops, of course).
Later, we headed down to The Mohawk yet again to see The Unknown Mortal Orchestra. We made new friends and enjoyed the lush vocals of Ruban Nielson, who joked with the audience in his charming Kiwi accent and even poured a few drinks for front-row audience members.
The outdoor setting, lighting and ethereal sound produced by the band were all great accompaniments to each other and allowed for an altogether perfect evening. When they played "FFunny FFRiends" it sounded oddly similar to something from Dr. Dog -- and for a moment, transported us back to their gig at First City Festival; two performances for one, something we are ok with! Their encore began with an acoustic rendition of "Swim and Sleep" and closed with an electric and psychedelic version of "Boy Witch."
In true Texan style, we closed our own evening with an encore of Lonestars, new friends and good conversations.
As our goal is to discover as many new offices as possible (cafes with wifi) along the way, it was only fitting that we tried out SoCo's Jo's Café. After a productive morning of emails and coffee, we headed to Allen's boots and later we met an old friend at Guero's Taco Bar. Sure, the tacos at Guero's were fine, but sitting opposite Nathan Followill had to be the highlight of our lunch.
The remainder of the day was devoted to wandering, private tours and Happy Hour. We headed to Vice Magazine's party at Casa Indio in Austin's East-End. There we indulged in free beer, familiar faces and live music. The bands were ok, although the closing act, 'The Couch', were something to pay attention to.
They performed a raw rock and roll set -- something you come to Austin to see. We spent the rest of the evening bar hopping in the East and ending the evening with one of the infamous food trucks. It would have been rude not to.