Perez Hilton brings Snoop Dogg and more to his wild SXSW party

snoop-dogImage Credit: Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images I wanted to snark on the massive warehouse party hosted by gossip lord Perez Hilton last night in Austin. I really did, if only because its timing conflicted with the Big Star/Alex Chilton tribute show I’d hoped would close out my SXSW 2010, and because corrosive snark is after all Perez’s own stock in trade. (That and doodling on photographs of famous people.) And yet, when I made it past the insane lines into his shindig — which journalists were asked to identify as SWAGGSM Presents. Perez Hilton’s “One Night In Austin” — I found said warehouse reverberating with huge beats that JD Samson was throwing down from a laptop. I had no choice but to admit it: Say what you will about Perez and his blog’s role in our culture, any party where a member of radical feminist icons/terrific musicians Le Tigre is the between-sets DJ is legitimately awesome.

Earlier in the evening, Perez Hilton himself had raved to me in an interview about the off-the-charts stage presence exhibited by Marina and the Diamonds. The set the Welsh firecracker gave Perez’s party a few minutes after I arrived proved him quite right. Marina has dance-pop hooks galore, a dramatically swooping voice, and very real magnetism. Whether you know it yet or not, she’s a star. I scored another point for Perez in my mental tally.

At 12:30 A.M., Snoop Dogg arrived wearing a Kevin Durant jersey and shades to run through a few songs you may have heard of, including “The Next Episode,” “Gin and Juice,” “Sensual Seduction,” “Drop It Like It’s Hot,” “Who Am I (What’s My Name),” and “I Wanna Rock” — nearly two decades of West Coast rap classics condensed into half an hour. Again, inarguably pretty cool. (Snoop’s set also included House of Pain’s “Jump Around,” which is just random. Apparently this is something he does regularly.) Still perched in the elevated DJ booth, JD Samson mouthed along the words to several of Snoop’s hooks, a sight worth seeing. Snoop shouted out “my main man Perez Hilton” (twice) and requested, “If you love Perez Hilton, make some motherf—ing noise.” Turns out everyone in the warehouse loved Perez Hilton. Snoop encouraged us to adopt his ideal morning routine, which consists of three easy steps: “Brush your teeth…thank God…SMOKE WEED.” He departed.

Estelle was next up, for a three-song set that didn’t last long enough to build up any momentum. The beautiful people grooved on to Samson’s between-sets jams.

Still later, Courtney Love and the latest incarnation of Hole took the stage as promised, if a bit after schedule. Whitney has already written more eloquently about Love’s SXSW than I can. But one song I don’t think Love played at either of her new/old band’s prior dates this week is Big Star’s holy “Thirteen,” an acoustic cover of which opened her Perez set. It’s a delicate tune, and believe it or not, she did it justice, bringing an effective measure of voice-cracking ache to the late Alex Chilton and Chris Bell’s words. It was after 2 A.M. I had gotten my Big Star tribute after all, in a way. I stuck around long enough to hear a Rolling Stones cover (“Sympathy for the Devil”), an old Hole song (1994’s “Miss World”), and a couple new ones (“Skinny Little Bitch,” “Someone Else’s Bed”) before leaving the revels and heading back to my hotel at last.

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  • KFed

    As somebody who doesn’t live in the US, I find it hilarious the way Perez is considered a genius for “discovering” artists who are already very successful elsewhere. In the internet age it really isn’t hard to check out the charts and hear music from the UK, Norway or Australia, which is all he does. I do give him some credit in that so few other people seem to be doing it, but genius he is (clearly) not.

    • God

      the only one tossing the word “genius” around so far is you, KFed.

      • Vio

        You ttllaoy rock, Riese. You are an awesome person with a beautiful heart and mind. Autowin! 0

    • Jessica

      Right! I’ve been a fan of Marina for a very long time & I live in the States. But I do appreciate him being able to give her more press here in the US because she is an amazing artist. I’d rather hear her on the radio than Miley Cyrus.

  • mishka

    Gossip Lord? Uh no. Big Fat Envious Lord, you meant.

  • Alison

    great party, except for one problem – one BIG problem – not enough portopottys!!! people had to wait in line for like an hour to pee!!! please fix that for next year!!!

  • DJ Loops Fruit

    hius genius is in RECOOGNIZING the Great From The Crap
    there are acts all over europe that are big there that suck he picks the best of the rest

  • Chiica-ana

    HaTErz! Perez hilton is da best…! luv ya!

  • lunachick

    Party was a complete clusterf*ck if you weren’t a member of the press or a VIP — worst-managed event I have ever seen. Right on to those folks who bumrushed the pathetic security and barged in.

  • stanci

    I agree with lunachick….the party was a HUGE MESS…there was NO organization to it at all which caused mobs of people trying to get in and many others who had been standing in line for hours in the cold to wait for nothing!!! Worst event planning EVER!

    • eric

      I was one of those people who waited forever and got shafted by the pathetic management. My friends and I waited in the freezing cold for 4 hours only to be told the show was at capacity, while douches who rushed the entrance waltzed right in. Complete fail on the party management and I wont be trying to attend this crap ever again.

      • Fernanda

        many times before that he doesn’t like being in itcpures. Especially when he doesn’t think he looks good. He was a model when he was under the age of 12, but somewhere along the way he seems to have lost his confidence .I find him good looking regardless.

  • Jay

    AWFUL party planning. Amazing no one was crushed to death up by the stage.

  • Erin

    I tried multiple times to get into Marina and the Diamonds and I just can’t do it. Her voice is so WTF.

  • God

    Really, I heard he broke up with you because you were a frigid spambot developed by an outsourced programming team from New Dheli. But no, nothing wrong with that.

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