At SXSW this week; Matthew Sweet sighting (in Omaha)…

Category: Blog — Tags: , — @ 8:16 am March 10, 2014

by Tim McMahan,

It was warmer in Omaha than in Austin yesterday. That’s supposed to change over the next 24 hours. Until then it’s hoody weather and a chance of rain this afternoon. Doesn’t matter since I’ll be cooling my heels in hotel conference rooms all day anyway, enjoying the Interactive portion of the South by Southwest conference. The Music portion of SXSW doesn’t start for a day or so, and by then, the sun should be shining again (but you’ll probably still need a hoodie).

Look for SXSW coverage beginning Wednesday.

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He was wearing these glasses...

He was wearing these glasses…

A brief story: While enjoying some delicious chicken curry at Mai Tai 2 in Aksarben village this past weekend, I glanced over at the table next to ours and recognized what I thought was a familiar face. “Pssst. Is that Matthew Sweet sitting at the table next to us?

Teresa didn’t remember who Matthew Sweet was so I had to sing a few lines off Girlfriend and look up his picture on my iPhone. I passed it over to her. We couldn’t say for sure. But after I found yet another photo with Sweet wearing the very same glasses as the guy next door, well, it had to be him. I will never know for sure because we didn’t ask, but…

After I got home I discovered an article on the ‘net — an interview with Sweet, where he talks about moving to Omaha and building a home studio where he’s currently working on the followup to 2011’s Modern Art. Someone else confirmed the story on Sunday. So Sweet is back in Nebraska (but not in his hometown of Lincoln). Now all we need is  someone to book him at one of our local clubs. Surely he has to try his new material out on someone before he lays it down in his studio…

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