Image Credit: Wild1/PR PhotosWith SXSW finished until next year, thousands of music fans are now scattering back home to annoy and/or delight their friends by bragging about all the life-changingly brilliant new artists they discovered in Austin. Most also have a horror story or two about buzz bands that turned out to be more like bust bands in a live setting. Perez Hilton was eager to share the latter type of SXSW tale when I met him backstage before his warehouse party last night. “I saw jj earlier this week,” he said, referring to the woozy Swedish act whose full-length debut inspired countless critical raves last year. “I love their album, and they were awful live…They were embarrassingly bad. It was insulting as an audience member, actually, how little they cared. This girl just sat there, not having any interaction with the crowd, being lethargic. It was disgusting.” Ouch. Sorry, jj.
Surely, not everything Perez saw in Austin this year made him feel such revulsion? “I went to parties, I saw some shows, but everyone that I really wanted to see is performing here tonight [at my party],” the savvy self-promoter said. Oh, okay. I asked Perez to explain why he’d picked some of the artists he did for his third annual SXSW bash. He answered as follows.
- Courtney Love and Hole: “I’m very excited that she really seems to be with it again, and making her music a priority for her, which is a great thing. She’s had some difficult times over the last 10 years, 15 years, but I generally think [1994’s] Live Through This is one of the most epic albums of all time. It was high school for me. I love that album. I love [1998’s] Celebrity Skin, too.”
- Snoop Dogg: “I was most psyched to get Snoop. Because he’s only playing my party, nobody else’s event. I love that he agreed to do it. And I love that he’s at South by Southwest.”
- Marina and the Diamonds: “I mean this as a compliment — she seems like the Britney Spears of the Lilith Fair set. She’s kind of a brainier, more talented, traditional pop star. Seeing her live, she’s got such charisma and star quality. She brings it. She gives you drama and musicality. It’s so refreshing to see not only somebody who has great music, but somebody who loves performing.”
- Macy Gray: “I went to Macy Gray’s first show ever in New York City at Irving Plaza [in the] mid- to late ’90s. I think she did ‘I Try’ twice — in the middle of the show, and then again at the end. I loved that album. And I love the second album, too. This new one seems like it might be a return to form for her.”
Also on last night’s line-up was Sliimy, whose career hasn’t exactly ignited since he became the first signee to Hilton’s Perezcious Music. “I knew that Sliimy was never going to be super-mainstream in America,” Hilton insisted. “So the fact that he’s here is just great. I just believe in him and his music.” Anyway, Perezcious has plenty of other projects coming up, like the new pop artist coming this summer whom Perez calls “the anti-Ke$ha…Whereas Ke$ha sings about getting drunk and wasted and partying in pretty much all her songs, this singer sings about meaningful things. Like, she’s got a song about domestic violence. She’s got a song about drug abuse.”
Speaking of Ke$ha, the “TiK ToK” singer is, like, one step above (or is that below?) jj’s live show in Perez’s estimation. “The more time goes by, the more I hate Ke$ha. It’s really liberating for me to be able to say I like Ke$ha’s music, but I hate her. And that’s okay. Because a lot of people probably think the same thing about me and my website…What’s so funny is, at first, people kept shoving her down my throat for years. I was aware of Ke$ha two and a half years ago. I just wasn’t that into it, because I didn’t think it was authentic. I didn’t buy into her.” Bonus sideswipe: “She’s that mess, she’s that trainwreck, she is the American Lily Allen. And that’s even more reason why I don’t like her.”
Now there’s the freely poured poison that keeps (some) people coming back to his blog. I’ll say this for Perez: Interviewing him certainly isn’t boring.
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