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First six SXSW bands announced

Posted by teibs On November - 17 - 2009

sxsw10@ZackTeibloom The first SXSW bands are out. They’re all international and, odds are, you haven’t heard of them. That’s OK. We’ve got four more months of SXSW prep work to do. I don’t know if there are any festivals until March¹, and the full band list is going to be jaw-droppingly large, so lets get started now. There will be several hundred acts on the list before everything’s said and done. Depending on how big a nerd you are, you’ll know between 5% and 15% of them. Any more than that and you probably book bands for a living.

In realizing that I hadn’t even heard of these bands, I decided to come up with a grouping of how intimately we know bands. I broke them down into six categories from your all-time favorites to the guys you’ve never heard of. Why? It’ll all make sense at the end. I think.

Everything you know now was new to you at one time. Pretty obvious, but it’s one of those thoughts that seems profound after a sandwich. Seriously though, there was a time your favorite band you can’t live without wasn’t even on your radar. The Beatles were just that band your parents played in the car.

That said, these things change. For most of you, Frank Zappa falls in the “Heard OF him, haven’t heard him” category unless you hang around me a lot. Your friend (Thanks, Wii!) might give you a copy of Frank Zappa’s Overnite Sensation for your 20th birthday. Within two years you’ll own all 60 of his albums, take a class on him, dress like him for Halloween and he’ll be in your Criterion Collection. Just me?

Let’s start listening to these bands now and move them up a category or two. You’ll thank me when we’re singing along at SXSW four months from now.

Levels of knowing a band:

Criterion Collection: You know every word of every song of every album. You can hear a live version of “Life During Wartime” and tell whether it’s Stop Making Sense or The Name of This Band is the Talking Heads. You’d miss a wedding to see them play. You know their middle names. Your online passwords are the band’s name. They shape you as a person.

My Criterion bands: The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Frank Zappa, Jimi Hendrix, Beck, Ween, The White Stripes, The Talking Heads, Ezra Furman, Phish

Love Comprehensively: You’d go out of your way to see them live, you’d put their bumper sticker on your car if you still did that, you had their poster in high school. You own most of their albums², except the last two when they sold out.

My list: Rolling Stones, Weezer, Of Montreal, David Bowie, The Beastie Boys, T. Rex, Umphrey’s McGee, Pink Floyd

Dig ’em involuntarily: You might now own any of their music, but you like it when it’s on. They put on a good live show, you’d see them if there wasn’t too much else going on, they don’t make their way onto your Facebook “favorite music” list. Maybe they’re better than you think, maybe you just don’t know them that well yet. Maybe they’re just supposed to be music that’s a part of your life, but you have no control over it.

My list: Metallica, Crystal Castles, Santogold, Peaches, !!!, The Kills, Widespread Panic, Miike Snow

Radio Bands: You’ve had to listen to these bands because you live in America. Unlike Miley Cyrus, who recently admitted she hadn’t heard a Jay-Z song³. Some of them are decent, but the overplaying has killed your desire to ever put their music on. And some of them just plain suck.

My list: Kings of Leon(4), Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus, The Jonas Brothers (5), Mariah Carey, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift

Heard OF them, haven’t heard them: You know their band name. You saw them on Pitchfork and scanned the review, but it was only a 7.4 so you didn’t bother to listen to them. That band you interviewed at SXSW last year said they were a big influence. You told yourself to look them up, but never did. You’re pretty sure they do that song that goes, OK how does it go? Definitely heard OF them. Just haven’t, you know, heard them.

My list: We Were Promised Jet Packs, King Khan, Guided by Voices, Julian Casablancas, Faust, The Specials, Tim Buckley, The Temper Trap

(UPDATE- I just realized The Temper Trap is on the “500 Days of Summer” Soundtrack that I’ve listened to a million times. )

Never heard of them You haven’t even seen their stickers randomly in a bar bathroom. You’ve never heard your friends name drop knowing them before anyone else. You never saw their name in small print in NME. This band and you have never, ever crossed paths. And the reason for this breakdown of bands into categories? All six SXSW early announcement bands fit this category.

Seriously, who the fuck are these guys? Some of my Twitter friends seem to know these international bands(6). I’m starting to. I listened to whatever I could find from them in the two hours it took me to throw this together. So now they’re not really in this category anymore are they? I don’t want them to be in this category for you either.

I could tell you to make sure you get to CHEW LiPS because I have a feeling their thumping synth and female vocals will be a fun little dance party. I can let you know that Hong Kong Blood Opera will grow on you, even though you might walk by their afternoon set at Maggie Mae’s four months from now and you’d think you could do better down the street. They’ve got some pretty fierce stuff. Check ’em out. Want something softer? Give the Aussies in The Temper Trap a shot.

I spent forty five minutes with Japandroids tonight. @Supercooleric suggests “Wet Hair.” Let’s give it a whirl. I hope to see them at least a couple times. Giulia y los Tellarini’s sweet soft stylings are making me sleepy, but I’m intrigued with her whispery voice.

Check out this little profile of The Temper Trap. See, now you know at least a little something about the first sampling of SXSW bands coming to take over Austin next March. All I ask is that if you know any more about these bands, have a favorite song by them, have seen them, etc. please comment. Let’s move these six up higher on our levels of knowing chart. It’ll be worth it.

First 230 SXSW Bands Announced:

Aa (Brooklyn NY)
Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso UFO (Osaka JAPAN)
A Classic Education (Bologna ITALY)
Alpha Rev (Austin TX)
Amaral (Madrid SPAIN)
And So I Watch You From Afar (Belfast IRELAND)
Apostle of Hustle (Toronto ON)
Arms (Brooklyn NY)
Ólöf Arnalds (Reykjavik ICELAND)
Art vs Science (Surry Hills NSW)
A Shoreline Dream (Denver CO)
Nicole Atkins and The Black Sea (Asbury Park NJ)
Autumn Owls (Dublin IRELAND)
Bare Wires (Oakland CA)
Julian Berntzen (Bergen NORWAY)
Best Fwends (Austin TX)
The Black (Austin TX)
The Black Atlantic (Groningen THE NETHERLANDS)
Dan Black (Paris FRANCE)
Black Tide (Miami FL)
Bliss N Eso (Albert Park VIC)
Boom Boom Satellites (JAPAN)
The Boxer Rebellion (London UK-ENGLAND)
Break of Reality (New York NY)
B-Real of Cypress Hill (Los Angeles CA)
Broadway Calls (Rainer OR)
Broken Records (Edinburgh UK-SCOTLAND)
The Brunettes (Auckland NEW ZEALAND)
Buckshot (Brooklyn NY)
Canja Rave (Porto Alegre BRAZIL)
Capsula (Bilbao SPAIN)
Carsick Cars (Beijing CHINA)
Caucus (Tokyo JAPAN)
The Chevelles (Melville WA)
Chew Lips (London UK-ENGLAND)
Suzanna Choffel (Austin TX)
Chris T-T (Brighton UK-ENGLAND)
The Coathangers (Atlanta GA)
Simon Collins (Victoria BC)
The Constellations (Atlanta GA)
Contra Coup (Austin TX)
Cotton Jones (Cumberland MD)
The Crystal Method (Los Angeles CA)
David Dallas (Auckland NEW ZEALAND)
Dappled Cities (Sydney NSW)
Daveman (Berlin GERMANY)
The Daylights (Los Angeles CA)
The dB’s (Chapel Hill NC)
Dead Sexy Inc (Paris FRANCE)
The Deaf (The Hague THE NETHERLANDS)
Deer Tick (Providence RI)
Delhi 2 Dublin (Vancouver BC)
Paul Dempsey (from “Something for Kate”) (Melbourne NSW)
Diplomats of Solid Sound (Iowa City IA)
DJ Car Stereo (Wars) (Austin TX)
DJ Evil Dee (Brooklyn NY)
DJ Revolution (Los Angeles CA)
Daniel Francis Doyle (Austin TX)
Adiam Dymott (Goteborg SWEDEN)
The 88 (Los Angeles CA)
Electric Electric (Strasbourg FRANCE)
Val Emmich (Jersey City NJ)
Eternia (Toronto ON)
Everything Everything (Manchester UK-WALES)
Fanfarlo (London UK-ENGLAND)
Michael Feinberg (New York NY)
Fergus & Geronimo (Westway TX)
Fighting With Wire (Derry IRELAND)
FINALE (Detroit MI)
Floating Action (Asheville NC)
Francis (Borlange SWEDEN)
Robert Francis (Los Angeles CA)
Frightened Rabbit (Selkirk UK-SCOTLAND)
The Funeral Pyre (Los Angeles CA)
The Ganjas (Santiago CHILE)
Geeks (Tokyo JAPAN)
Gerald G (Austin TX)
Colin Gilmore (Austin TX)
Giulia y los Tellarini (Barcelona SPAIN)
Rosi Golan (New York NY)
Gong Myoung (Seoul KOREA)
Goober and the Peas (Detroit MI)
Good Shoes (London UK-ENGLAND)
Guitar Shorty (Harlingen TX)
Ha Ha Tonka (Springfield MO)
Halves (Dublin IRELAND)
Darren Hanlon (Sydney NSW)
Harlem (Austin TX)
Headdress (Austin TX)
Hey Colossus (London UK-ENGLAND)
Robyn Hitchcock (London CA)
Hot Panda (Edmonton AB)
The Hounds Below (Detroit MI)
I Fight Dragons (Chicago IL)
The Intelligence (Seattle WA)
Ivan & Alyosha (Seattle WA)
Japandroids (Vancouver BC)
Jazz One (Austin TX)
Stephen Jerzak (La Crosse WI)
John Dear Mowing Club (Den Haag THE NETHERLANDS)
The Jim Jones Revue (London UK-ENGLAND)
Jookabox (Indianapolis IN)
Julia Says (Sao Paulo BRAZIL)
Karnivool (Perth WA)
Kartick & Gotam (Chennai INDIA)
Kidz In Space (Auckland NEW ZEALAND)
Kidz In The Hall (Chicago IL)
Kingston (Auckland NEW ZEALAND)
Maurice Kirya (Kampala ZIMBABWE)
The Kissaway Trail (Odense DENMARK)
L.A.B. (Novo Hamburgo BRAZIL)
The Law (Dundee UK-SCOTLAND)
Vander Lee (Belo Horizonte BRAZIL)
Unni Lovlid (Oslo NORWAY)
Lowood (Stockholm SWEDEN)
Audra Mae (Los Angeles CA)
Malente (Essen GERMANY)
Natalia Mallo (Sao Paulo BRAZIL)
Mantles (San Francisco CA)
Julia Marcell (Berlin GERMANY)
Marco Polo & Torae (Brooklyn NY)
Mariachi El Bronx (Los Angeles CA)
Carolyn Mark (Victoria BC)
Maruosa (Tokyo JAPAN)
MegaRex (Sao Paulo BRAZIL)
The Middle East (Townsville QLD)
Middle Finger Salute (Blackburn UK-ENGLAND)
Miniature Tigers (Phoenix AZ)
Mixtapes & Cellmates (Stockholm SWEDEN)
Monarchs (Austin TX)
Michael Monroe (Helsinki FINLAND)
PJ Morton (Conyers GA)
Mountain Man (Bennington VT)
Movits! (Lulea SWEDEN)
Moxine (Sao Paulo BRAZIL)
Mr Sicc (Auckland NEW ZEALAND)
Mumiy Troll (Los Angeles CA)
My Dad is Dead (Chapel Hill NC)
Nailpin (Boom BELGIUM)
Nakia & His Southern Cousins (Austin TX)
9th Wonder (Raleigh-Durham NC)
The Novas (Dallas TX)
Jackie Oates (Exeter UK-ENGLAND)
One Night Only (Helmsley UK-ENGLAND)
1001 Nights Orchestra (Austin TX)
The Pack A.D. (Vancouver BC)
Paleo (Brooklyn NY)
Parlovr (Montreal QC)
Past Lives (Seattle WA)
The Peelies (Montreal QC)
Julie Peel (Montreal QC)
Mandi Perkins (Los Angeles CA)
Peter Wolf Crier (Minneapolis MN)
Pink Nasty (Austin TX)
P.K. 14 (Beijing CHINA)
Plants and Animals (Montreal QC)
Please The Trees (Prague CZECH REPUBLIC)
Steve Poltz (San Diego CA)
Andy Pratt (Amesbury MA)
Sean Price (Brooklyn NY)
Princeton (Eagle Rock CA)
Profetas (COLOMBIA)
Psalm One (Chicago IL)
Quantic and his Combo Barbaro (Cali COLOMBIA)
Random Axe (Brooklyn NY)
Rebelle (Den Haag THE NETHERLANDS)
Red Mass (Montreal QC)
Tommy Reilly (Glasgow UK-SCOTLAND)
Riverboat Gamblers (Austin TX)
The River Raid (Recife BRAZIL)
Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson (Brooklyn NY)
Brisa Roche (Paris FRANCE)
Rock of Heltah Skeltah (Brooklyn NY)
Rogues (London UK-ENGLAND)
Ruste Juxx (Brooklyn NY)
San Saba County (Austin TX)
Scanners (London UK-ENGLAND)
Kate Schutt (Guelph ON)
Serious Sam Barrett (Leeds UK-ENGLAND)
Shit And Shine (London UK-ENGLAND)
Sixteen Deluxe (Austin TX)
Skyzoo (Brooklyn NY)
Small Black (Brooklyn NY)
Smif N Wessun (Brooklyn NY)
Smoosh (Seattle WA)
So Cow (Tuam IRELAND)
Solid Gold (Minneapolis MN)
Soulico (Tel Aviv ISRAEL)
The Spring Standards (New York NY)
Sabrina Starke (Amsterdam THE NETHERLANDS)
Steel Train (Teaneck NJ)
StereoHeroes (Les Gorguettes FRANCE)
Surrounded (Malmo SWEDEN)
Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter (Seattle WA)
M. Takara 3 (Guarulhos BRAZIL)
Team Facelift (New York NY)
Thunder Power (Omaha NE)
Timber Timbre (Toronto ON)
Todd (London UK-ENGLAND)
Marques Toliver (London UK-ENGLAND)
Toolshed (London ON)
Trembling Bells (Glasgow UK-SCOTLAND)
Trespassers William (Seattle WA)
Twin Atlantic (Glasgow UK-SCOTLAND)
Two Star Symphony (Houston TX)
Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights (Dallas TX)
The Uglysuit (Oklahoma City OK)
Uncle Lucius (Austin TX)
The View (Dundee UK-SCOTLAND)
Volovan (Monterrey MEXICO)
Waco Brothers (Chicago IL)
Miho Wada (Auckland NEW ZEALAND)
Warpaint (Los Angeles CA)
Wave Machines (Liverpool UK-ENGLAND)
The Wave Pictures (London UK-ENGLAND)
We Are Scientists (New York NY)
We Are Wolves (Montreal QC)
Withered (Atlanta GA)
Wolf Gang (London UK-ENGLAND)
XV (Wichita KS)
The Yellow Dogs (Tehran IRAN)
YellowFever (Austin TX)
Zlam Dunk (San Marcos TX)
Zona Tango (Buenos Aires ARGENTINA)

¹ I stopped breathing for a couple seconds after I typed this and realized it was true. Four months without a festival?!

² It’s perfectly fine to not own 1/4 of the Rolling Stones’ albums. Not that they sold out, it’s just that their albums aren’t all up to par.

³ And the Jay-Z song was(n’t) on? There is no possible way this is true. Besides the fact that she’s been at numerous awards shows he’s performed at, it’s impossible to have been young in the last decade and not heard half a dozen Jigga songs. “99 Problems?,” “H to the Izzo,” “Girls.” Are you kidding me?!

(4) Kings of Leon actually used to really do it for me. Now? They make me nauseous. Damn you, radio and people in Australia who wouldn’t stop playing them! Damn you!

(5) I’m proud to say I don’t know the name of, or even one line of, any Jonas Brothers song!

(6) Look, I never pretended to know a lot of bands you’ve never heard of. I’m not that guy saying “You’ve never heard of xxx. Oh, I’ve loved them forever. That’s why I’m friends with Hodge. The guy who’s Twitter profile used to read “Don’t tell me about some new band you love, cause guess what? I’m already sick of ’em.”

4 Responses

  1. shore Said,

    I failed you. I saw the Japandroids at Pitchfork. While I got several awesome shots (, I never wrote a review on them. Sorry, I was all hopped up on pain pills…

    I remember really wanting to like them because all they were was guitar and drums and my photos were sick. Alas, I did not.

    Posted on November 18th, 2009 at 12:53 am

  2. Kristen Said,

    I am total loving on CHEW LiPS. Thanks for doing research for us lazy people. :) Last week, I officially decided I’m going to SXSW this year. Next up: determining which will fetch more dolla bills, my plasma or an organ.

    Posted on November 18th, 2009 at 1:23 pm

  3. Theo Said,

    wow this line up looks great. I really want to make it to SXSW this year. I’m in love with The Spring Standards and want to see them perform here. I live in Brooklyn, NY and have seen these guys perform live a few times and have been blown away. They sound better than their album when they perform live. You can hear them on their myspace if you want @

    Hope to see you guys at SXSW

    Posted on December 11th, 2009 at 12:56 pm

  4. Festival Crashers » Blog Archive » Temper Trap signed poster contest Said,

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