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When Michael started… a rock band

Posted by CDB on March 19th, 2016 — 11:04pm

Lone Star (Lone Star)


Details of Lone Star’s self titled debut release forthcoming. Stay tuned.

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Ira Glass in Conversation with… ModestMango

Posted by Michael on March 15th, 2016 — 3:19pm

Senior Associate Michael Budas’ analysis?

It’s a lot better being close up than being far away.’

imageYou heard it at the Mango first. For further insight and commentary you can also check out one of our subsidiaries The Simple Report at

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Posted by Michael on March 12th, 2016 — 8:21am

Need incisive and cutting commentary from SXSW? Potential (unconfirmed) interviews with Richard Linklater, Martin Docherty (also unconfirmed)

and Lauren Mayberry (yet to be confirmed), not to mention a host of other features such as ‘Asians Eating Ribs Watching Shorts’?

That’s right, you’ll find it all here because the ModestMango team are back in Austin to bring you all the action from SXSW2016! We’re also excited to see editorials, commentaries and opinion pieces by new writing staff Budas & Budas. If vanilla TV is your thing you’ll love it.

If on the other hand you need a dumbed down version one of our former employees turned competitor will be updating at


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When Sree met… Hundred Waters

Posted by Michael on May 6th, 2013 — 11:29pm

In many ways ‘ at SXSW2013’ became not so much a showcase in Glasgow culture blogging but a showcase in ‘Sreeism’. Whether it was dropping words like ‘handjob’ at inappropriate times or queuing three hours for barbeque Sree was a polarizing force in Austin this year. A case in point was Sree’s ‘interview’ with Hundred Waters. In a hotel. With a piano. And Nicole Miglis. (Shudder)

Anyway, I’m not going to talk too much about that interview. We didn’t tape it and Sree didn’t take notes, although he looks good doesn’t he? Like a pro.[2] I can only assume Hundred Waters took pity on us because they offered us

guest passes to see them in May at ABC in Glasgow. Sree emailed them this week and they duly followed through on their promise.

Hundred Waters were great tonight, not least because Nicole Miglis and her voice absolutely slay me – probably top 5 on the ‘voices that slay me’ chart.[1] Hundred Waters also sounded comparatively great by supporting a band with probably the lamest name since… Test Icicles (off the top of my head)

So thanks Hundred Waters. Thanks for not outing us, thanks for letting us come to your gig and thanks for your really, really nice sounds.

MJ out.


[1] Top 5 includes Lauren Mayberry, Rihanna on ‘All Of The Lights’, Taylor Swift, Tracyanne Campbell on ‘Pen & Notebook’

[2] Note the suit at the far left of the photograph bringing a bit of corporate class to the interview.

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Posted by Michael on March 23rd, 2013 — 11:15pm

Strangely Lunarcy! provided the most polarising of all the movies the Mango crew watched at SXSW this year. Ostensibly a fairly fun and innocent documentary about socially awkward guys wanting to go to the moon our creative director picked out a hidden subversive undertone running through the whole feature, not to mention a flippantly mentioned and wholly inaccurate medical diagnosis of autism as per the DSM-IV… I mean, come on!

I am not really sure why Sree objected to this documentary. I think it is mostly because he is a bit a berk and felt he had to have an opinion on it. If anything I think it is hard to have much of an opinion on Lunarcy! It is really a pretty innocent and fun story.┬áChris (pictured above) really steals the show and as somebody pointed out afterwards in the Q&A to director Simon Ennis and Chris himself, he has a phenomenal amount natural charisma, both on screen and in person. I do wonder though what the director of Lunarcy! thought the inevitable reaction would be to Chris and his cause. I want to think that people are not laughing at him. But then again, so what if some are? Chris certainly didn’t seem to care when he was signing the free posters he gave us. Besides, who needs to worry about that when stars are within our grasp!

MJ out.


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