Where in the hell am I?

January 6, 2014

An Austinite’s Guide to #SAA2014: Introduction

Filed under: archaeology — Tags: , , — John @ 4:57 pm


In a little less than four months, a bunch of archaeologists will be invading my hometown of Austin Texas for the 2014 Society for American Archaeology Annual Meeting. There are a lot of archaeologists here in the Live Music Capital of the World, but I think I may be the only blogger. So I suppose I have an obligation to provide an Austinite’s Guide to the the SAA 2014 meetings. Besides, I love this town and want to highlight some of the great bars, restaurants, and music venues we have here.

First, I should probably do some reflexive archaeology and discuss my own biases:

– My own musical tastes tend towards punk and indie rock, with a healthy dose of old soul and hip-hop. I hate Stevie Ray Vaughan and the whole Austin blues thing. I love old honky-tonk country but don’t know or care much for most of what is Texas country music. i suspect some of the “official” tourist guides to the city and the live music scene can cover that stuff for you.

– I’m an omnivore and I like to eat delicious foods, but I also loathe the term “foodie”. I like cheap, good food with an occasional monetary indulgence. I think that describes my drinking habits as well. I also don’t like Shiner Bock (but I love Shiner Ruby Redbird more than any beer!).

– When you’ve lived here as long as I have (and been a pretty social guy) you get to know a lot of people. Some of the places and bands I’ll recommend are friends of mine, but I also promise you I’m not going to recommend something just because of my friendships.

So, with that in mind, I also want to know what YOU would like to know about! I’ll try and cover lodging first, since that’s most timely (although I don’t know much). There will be multiple bar and food posts, a guide to getting around, a guide to music venues, and some places to spend some money while you’re here (ie books, records, toys, etc).

Please comment with any thing you’d like to see, and please feel free to ask me questions! If there’s something I don’t know, I’ll endeavor to find someone who does! 



  1. […] this point, I feel like I should repost this link to my introduction to this series, written back in January, to remind y’all of my perspective […]

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  2. […] is probably my most strongly opinionated post to date. As I mentioned in my Introduction to the series, “My own musical tastes tend towards punk and indie rock, with a healthy dose of old soul and […]

    Pingback by An Austinite’s Guide to #SAA2014: Live Music | Where in the hell am I? — April 21, 2014 @ 11:02 am

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