After arriving in beautiful, sunny Austin, registering for the conference, and getting our photos snapped for ID badges, we schlep our SXSW tote bags back to the Capitol Marriott. The heavy bags contain promotional material like flyers and sampler CDs, Austin's alt-weekly the Chronicle (or should I call this party edition "The Chronic"?), music magazines, a detailed band schedule, earplugs, a book of matches, and what at first appears to be another book of matches but is in fact a condom. I'm starting to get an idea of what this whole... More >>>