This past week a few Houston musicians began getting their dreaded SXSW rejection notices; most notably we heard that Robert Ellis' entry was not accepted. That's a tough bullet to take, considering how well his band does on Wednesday night at Mango's and the quality of his solo album. Either way Ellis still our boy, and this industry festival doesn't guarantee anyone happiness or a big break.
Just yesterday we also received our first issue of SXSW's SXSWORLD
magazine, which is always a bellwether of what's to come. Once we get that in the mail, it starts to feel real. For the past month the list of showcasing bands on the official Web site has been, shall we say, a little light on the marquee names that we have been expecting. Inside, we did see that long lost proto-punk band DEATH will be making their way to Austin. Canadian metal band Voivod will be playing a Relapse Records showcase with Kill the Client and Tombs, hosted by comedian Brian Posehn.
On Monday, we were pleased to announce the line-up for this year's Village Voice day party at La Zona Rosa. Superchunk, Surfer Blood, The xx, and the Pains of Being Pure of Heart have all been lined up to play the yearly throwdown. In 2008, we brought the Black Keys and HEALTH, and last year M. Ward and Cursive gently rocked everyone until the early evening.
In far nerdier news, we also learned in SXSWORLD
that the annual Flatstock poster show will have a friend this year in the same hall at the Austin Convention Center, with The Austin Record Convention being held over the weekend of SXSW. Presumably their will be loan officers on hand to guide you through the process of spending too much goddamned money. Record conventions and poster shows might as well be whorehouses for nerds like us. It's almost inhumane to have them both together.
Jack White's Third Man Records label announced plans to open a "Third Man Records and Novelties" shop in Austin during the music festival. The label has been quite busy lately handling the recording of new LP's by The Dead Weather and a White-produced album from rockabilly mama Wanda Jackson. The DW are set to hit Houston May 1 at the House Of Blues as well.
We made contact with the co-director of the rock doc, Lemmy
, this past week, Greg Olliver, who informed us that he actually grew up in the Houston area, attending Cypress Creek High School on the northwest side before heading to New Jersey. Olliver's film crew was actually at Motorhead's Warehouse Live show last September
, leading Rocks Off to fear that his sweaty drunk face may end up somewhere in the film. Lemmy
will be getting two premieres during SXSW, once during the film portion and once more during the music fest.
As far as artists that have been added since our last SXSW blog, pencil in Americana darling Joe Pug, Denton's Neon Indian, British singer-songwriter Ed Harcourt, Rival Schools, J. Mascis, Warren Hood and Priestess to the fold. The Austin American-Statesman
reported this morning that !!!, Band of Skulls (opening for SXSWers Black Rebel Motorcycle Club here at House of Blues March 20), She & Him, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, the Texas Tornados and Houston's own Trae tha Truth and Chamillionaire & Paul Wall, together again, will be on hand as well.