The Blacklist at SXSW 2007 - more photos... photo by Jeff Barringer - staff photographer
SXSW made their big list announcement today as expected, with a whopping 1594 bands in all, surpassing the band count at ACL Fest, Bonaroo, Coachella, Jazz Fest, and Langerado combined. There are at least 20 bands alone with the word "Black" in their name.
Think about it, almost 1600 artists and bands, all looking for a place to park the van at once. So many bands that musicians wander the streets in packs like African plainsmen armed with accordions, stalking unwary members of the press like frightened gazelles. Eighteen wheelers packed stem to stern with tortilla chips and beer will be poised ready to deliver at a moments notice, and even spare couches will be running upwards of $50 a night for those who can find time to sleep.
Its good to see the list out, and on time, though our readers have been familiar with almost half the list for a while now. Our rumor on Ice Cube has been confirmed, and some neat new names have surfaced like Jakob Dylan, ex-frontman for the Wallflowers and son of Bob Dylan. There are so many bands and artists it will take me a couple days just to fully digest the list. Then it will change.
I suspect that there are still a few artists to announce, including some more top drawer talent. There are still many people on my "rumored" list that have yet to burble to the surface. I will continue to maintain the "rumored" portion of My Unoffical SXSW Band List, and will freshen my copy of the "official" list from time to time.
We will be doing a bunch of SXSW Artist Spotlite interviews over the coming weeks as we close in on the start of the festival. You can expect to hear interviews starting with The Hymns, The Brother Kite, and The Super Insurgent Group of Intemperance Talent all the way from Bandung, Indonesia. We will also proabably check back in with a few of our past SXSW interviewees like Paul Collins, and Blacklist, both returning from last year.