We are only days away from the official band announcements from SXSW and we are still hearing about gigs left and right. This will probably be my last post to the "unofficial" list for 2008.
The guys over at Showburner confirmed my Adele rumor as well as digging up confirmations for The Wombats, The Bug, Captain Bliss, and a handful more. Also, PaisleyUmbrella dropped me a note to confirm a few other bands. Her(?) list includes Austin's own The Ugly Beats, The Cynics, Mondo Topless, and a band that just sounds cool based on it's members, Magic Christian. With Cyril Gordon of the Flaming Groovies, Clem Burke of Blondie on drums, and "Fast" Eddie Munoz of The Plimsouls on bass rather than guitar. Listening to their songs, they sound like the rock soundtrack to the 1967 film Casino Royale.
This all happens at the Get Hip Records showcase though I have conflicting sources as to whether this is a Friday or Saturday showcase. Also doing the Get Hip Records showcase is Paul Collins And The Beat. Paul, one of the founding members of the seminal power-pop bands The Nerves, brought his band all the way over from Spain last year, and after running into Peter Case had an impromptu SXSW Nerves reunion at The Saxon Pub and at Waterloo Records, both of which I missed. I did catch up with Paul last year long enough to get an interview with him and the band. This year Paul will be over here celebrating the launch of his new CD Ribbon of Gold which releases in Europe on March 24th. Produced by Chips Kiesby, (Hellacopters, Nomads) in Sweden, Paul forwarded me 2 dynamite tracks, the title track and "I Still Want You" that I immediately stuck on my iPhone. Paul Collins and The Beat will also be playing over at The Soho Lounge Saturday night and a few other neat stops along the way. I look forward to treating Paul et al to a nice sit down Tex-Mex dinner at El Azteca when they get here.
It ain't over til the tribute bands sing. Just because they launch the official list this week (hopefully), doesn't mean you can let your guard down. They will still be adding showcases and sets almost right up until the last night of SXSW, Sunday March 16th, when Emo's whips out the traditional tribute band showcase. Until then walk ons and secret shows are possible at any time, on any stage, with any band. Only when the last tribute band has left the stage can you really say "it's over" and stop looking for the stars.
I noticed Paul Collins' Beat are letting fans download songs from this year's new album before its release at SXSW in addition to the free mp3 live album and DVD. Last year they released the album "Flying High," but this 2008 album is entitled "Ribbon Of Gold" and was apparently recorded in full-band electric format just like The Beat's earlier albums and The Nerves' EP.