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For the love of god - can we just get done with one festival in this town before another tries to steal their thunder? We were so close! Fun Fun Fun Fest is only 4 days away. So….very….close! But no, SXSW had to sweep in and go ahead and announce their first round of bands for this March’s fest. Fair enough. It is, after all, a good starter list. Check out the full list below, which we totally just copied and pasted from the awesome folks at donewaiting.com, because the email that SXSW sent out was a mash-up mush of a paragraph. The music part of SXSW goes down March 16-20, and bands, you can still apply for a showcase until this Friday, November 5th! Or you can just play a dayshow. In other SXSW news, they also announced the second round of music panels, which happens to include the panel “Fun Fun Fun? Thirty Years of Chronicling Austin Music” submitted by AustinSound editor Doug Freeman. The panel is in conjunction with the release of The Austin Chronicle Music Anthology, which Freeman and Chronicle columnist Austin Powell edited and that UT Press will unleash upon the world next spring. Good Times! And that just earned this post the Shameless Self-Promotion tag! It’s like retweeting yourself. But you don’t care about any of that, so check below for the first batch of bands at SXSW:
The Mess With Texas Fest, probably the best free public event at SXSW every year, has been booted out of Waterloo Park. They are still continuing undeterred, however, and just like all the cool stuff in Austin, are moving to East Side. This year’s MWTX event will go down in lot at 1001 East 6th St. on Friday and Saturday, March 19th and 20th. As expected, they have one helluva lineup, including GWAR headlining on Saturday. HA! It will run from Noon to 9:00pm each day. It doesn’t appear that they have actual set times listed yet, but you can check out the full lineup on their site, which features Man Man, Frightened Rabbit, Andrew WK with a full band, Fucked Up, Crystal Antlers, and one Billy Bragg’s many annual SXSW shows. Seriously, every year that guy makes SXSW his own personal party. This year’s event will also benefit Marbridge, a community just south of Austin for adults with various cognitive challenges. That’s cool. More info here.
And by crazy, we mean crazy awesome! Maybe. We’ve read through this damned email that the Octopus Project sent out, and we’re still not exactly sure what the hell they’re doing. So we’ll just let them explain below. But the gist of it is that it’s been a while since we’ve really heard anything from the O-Pro, but they’re coming back out in a big way at SXSW this year with some kind of Flaming Lips-ian show stunt on the roof of Whole Foods downtown. They’ll be giving two performances on Friday, March 19, (at 7:30 and 9:00pm) and, egalitarians that they are, no wristbands or badges will help you - it’s free, and on a first come, first serve basis. The roof only holds about 600 people, so if you miss the old days of camping out for hours and standing in line at Waterloo Records to get your SXSW wristband, this will surely make up for it! So what is the crazy “Hexadecagon” show? Check out the details below:
Quick, get that computer booted up. You have the grid, and now it’s time to get your wristbands. Like last year, SXSW will be selling their wristbands online this morning starting at 10am at http://wristband.sxsw.com. The first allotment is 4,000 will sell for $129 a pop and last until they’re gone, and you’ll need to prove Austin residency with a local zip code for your credit card billing address. That means all you students can’t use dad’s credit card, so better find a friend. As always, you can only purchase two, and you have to provide the second person’s name when you buy them.
Oh yeah, we almost forgot about this little party. Yesterday, SXSW put its full showcase schedule online, which you can have at here. This is all of the official stuff, as it stands now, and there are of course day shows being announced every second. We recommend you try to keep up through our atxmusic twitter list! Anyway, we’re busy trolling through the list, and suggest you should be too, so get moving:
Last year we had Silver Scooter, and it looks like this year we’re going to get an awesome reunion from fuzz-rockers Sixteen Deluxe. Their’s was a sad saga of local band makes good - signing to a major label, leading the Austin music scene out of the late Nineties wilderness with promise, and the crashing spectacular amid infighting and drugs. Hey, it’s only rock n roll! But time, they say, heals all wounds, or something. So the band is getting back together for some shows after the 3/4 reunion a couple of weeks ago at Continental Club, this time with Frenchie Smith actually on board. The show will likely be a benefit gig - we assume for the SIMS Foundation, because karma’s in the air. We also hear-tell of hopefully some possible reissues in the works, but nothing official.
In other SXSW news, over 200 more bands have been announced, most notably the dB’s. Check out the full list here.
We’re four months away from SXSW (damn, where the hell did 2009 go?), so that means let the teasing begin. SXSW last night announced six bands from around the globe that will be making the trek to Austin come March 17-21. What can we say about this initial drop? Well, it’s a list. Guess we all have to start somewhere. Seriously though, we know our beat is Austin and Texas a bit more generally, so we don’t pretend to be as tuned in to all the hot young things as, say, vegans and cage fighting wild animals, but this list is really some kind of international coalition of meh. Who knows, maybe a couple here will surprise us, and you - we can guarantee that their Myspace pages probably had a huge bounce as folks like us scrambled to answer the collective question of “Who?” Anyway, your first round selections of SXSW applicants offers up the following:
* Giulia y los Tellarini; Barcelona, Spain
* The Hong Kong Blood Opera; Hermosillo, Mexico
* Archie Bronson Outfit; London, England
* The Temper Trap; Melbourne, Australia
* Japandroids; Vancouver, Canada
* CHEW LiPS; London, England
Yeah, you read that right - The Hong Kong Blood Opera from Mexico. That’s pretty sweet. Expect to see more of these dribblings from SXSW for the rest of the year, and we also suppose this means that local bands can now officially start whining about SXSW not paying them enough attention.
We can hardly get through one festival around here without having to start preparing for the next. The dust (er, mud) has settled from ACL, we’re exercising daily in anticipation of Fun Fun Fun Fest in two weeks (not really), and now SXSW has to stick its nose back above the water for some attention. The madhouse fest, scheduled to run its music portion from March 17-21 next spring, announced today that Smokey Robinson, sans any Miracles, will be keynoting the Fest on Thursday, March 18. You can’t really argue with that selection, especially as Motown is going through its cyclical reissue and honoring phase these days. We just hope he doesn’t go on speaking for three friggin’ days like Mr. Quincy Delight Jones last year! Robinson’s awards, achievements, and influence are, of course, incomparable, but we love the fact that SXSW felt the need to highlight his current impact on music by noting that “Robinson continues to forge new trails, mentoring “American Idol” contestants in 2009 and writing and recording new music.” Ah, career, consider yourself climaxed!
Last year’s Mess With Texas Party in Waterloo Park was an awesome, laid back Saturday capstone to SXSW. The free fest-inside-a-fest brought big names to the masses without the hassle of lines or wristbands and badges, and this year Transmission Entertainment promises an equally spectacular event. Happening Saturday, March 21, and running from 11:30am to 9:00pm, Mess With Texas III once again takes over Waterloo Park right downtown with awesome lineup and free, all-ages day of music. Though set times won’t be announced until the 16th, you can check out a sampling of the acts below.