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Monday, December 08, 2008

SXSW 2009

Momentum is building for SXSW 2009 here in Austin. They've started announcing some of the bands that will be performing (St. Vincent, Beach House, Future of the Left, Passion Pit). I moved here in April so I missed the 2008 festival. At the 2009 event I plan to see as many DC groups as possible. Here are some of the DC bands that made the trip last year:

Apes, Meredith Bragg and the Terminals, The Fairline Parkway, Georgie James (now defunct), Kid Congo and the Pink Monkey Birds, Le Loup, Mingering Mike, Wale, You, Me, And Everyone We Know, Exit Clov, Jukebox the Ghost, Middle Distance Runner, Pash, Samantha Murphy, These United States, and Carol Bui.

Whew. That's quite a list. Some we like, some we mock, and some I've never even heard of. Last year the Digital Freedom Campaign sponsored a showcase featuring many of the bands listed above. Hopefully, they'll do the same in 2009. Now, if I was curating the show (which I'm not), the lineup would look different than the 2008 list. Here are a few of the DC bands I'd want to see:

The Points - People (and the press) rave about their live shows. Here's a sample from a recent show at the Red and the Black:

Imperial China - I've expressed my feelings about these guys many, many, many times.

These United States - The one local band that all of Rock Club can agree on.

Greenland - Jet Age Eric turned me onto this band. You can check out both groups at Comet Ping-Pong this Saturday night.

Roofwalkers - I don't even know if these guys are still around. I saw them once at Galaxy Hut, loved the show, and haven't heard anything about them since.

Statehood - Another band that might be on a short hiatus. If you haven't heard their Lies and Rhetoric album, give it a listen.

The Oranges Band - Okay, technically this is a Baltimore band but who cares. I like everything they've released thus far.

Any glaring omissions? Do you know of any DC bands that are going to SXSW this year?


Unknown said...

i might have to crash with you if (when) my company decides to be cheap bastards.

Jumbo Slice said...

Not a problem. You're welcome to crash as long as you'd like. The Mrs. makes a killer breakfast buffet. I should warn you though that my dog is an anti-Semite. He hates Sacklunch. Not surprisingly he and Jimbromski are best buds.

Jimbromski said...

not fair, there's copious evidence that I am a Righteous Gentile

Jimbromski said...

BTW that Oranges Band guy is really riding that jean jacket all the way to the end, isn't he?

John Foster said...

No Sad Crocodile? I think that review of the Roofwalkers show said you were all milky for those oldsters.

Roofwalkers are indeed on hiatus but Ben might have something new cooking. Greenland are recording a new record that I can't wait for. Always great live and Jamie writes songs for his generation without any irony what so ever in a really amazing fashion. I am sure I have a gushing review somewhere on byt.

Anonymous said...

the hall monitors were there last year, too!

Anonymous said...

we'll be there this year too, showcase not determined yet though

Unknown said...

I am a fan of gargae music and can't get enough of it here in DC - going to SXSW to see The Hall Monitors and the other Wicked Cool label bands appearing there. The Hall Monitors official showcase at SXSW is Thursday at Wave Rooftop. http://sxsw.com/music/shows/schedule/?a=show&s=80948. There is a great free show Wicked Cool Records
03-21-2009 14:00 at Spider House Cafe - The Hall Monitors, Breakers, Urges, Cocktail Slippers, Woggles
2908 Fruth Street (29th & Guadalupe), austin, Texas 78705
Cost: FREE
Free show with FIVE Wicked Cool bands at Spider House Cafe, located next door to the famous video shop - Iluvvideo (at Guadalupe and 29th). Go to www.spiderhousecafe.com for more details 2:30pm COCKTAIL SLIPPERS (NORWAY) 3:20pm THE BREAKERS (COPENHAGEN) 4:10pm THE HIGH TENSION WIRES 5:00pm THE WOGGLES (GA) 5:50pm THE URGES (IRELAND) 6:40pm THE HIGHER STATE (SPAIN) 7:30pm LOS CORONAS (SPAIN) 8:20pm The Hall Monitors (Washington D.C.)

Unknown said...

Love Woggles - will be great to see them too. They will be in DC soon. Checked out myspace.com/hallmonitors - four more HM gigs there for SXSW -

Mar 18 2009 11:45A
SXSW day party @ Sonny’s Vintage Austin, Texas
Mar 19 2009 7:00P
SXSW ** OFFICIAL SHOWCASE @ Wave Rooftop Austin, Texas
Mar 20 2009 1:00P
SXSW Day Party @ Breakaway Records Austin
Mar 20 2009 8:00P
SXSW 2009 Austin
Mar 21 2009 7:00P
SXSW Cage Match Street Show! @ Custom Tattoos on E 6th austin, Texas

CYA there