In exactly five days, I will be on a plane to Austin, Texas, along with every other schmucky music industry person in the world, along with a whole bunch of not-so-schmucky music fans and musicians. SXSW is both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, it’s my worst nightmare realized. I hate missing out on things. I was always the last kid asleep and first person awake at sleepovers. When there’s 2,000 bands playing multiple times in four days, imagine all the things you’re missing out on! I have this recurring dream where I’m trying so hard to run around and see all the bands I want to see that by the end of the week I actually never manage to make it to any shows. It’s the sort of thing that Barry Schwartz was totally right about.
On the other hand, hanging out in sunny Austin watching bands all day with other like-minded music fans, drinking free beer and eating free tacos is awesome. So I’m going to stop stressing/complaining right now. Except, I think one thing that sucks about SXSW is that all the blogs write about which showcases to go see, when in reality, most of our readers aren’t going to be there. That’s why I’m not going to do any recommended SXSW posts. But unfortunately, I won’t be doing any New York recommended posts either. I’ll post each day from Austin with reports of the bands I saw, as well as some general writing about the trip. I always think these sorts of things are more interesting when you can hear one person’s narrative throughout a week, rather than just a rundown of good bad/band bad. If you think that’s silly and you don’t want to hear about any personal stuff, leave a comment and let me know.
Also, if you DO want a recommended NYC show for any of the days I’m in Austin, I promise that if you send me an e-mail (find that address here) asking for suggestions, I will respond with a personally recommended New York show just for you.
As for this post, last year I did a SXSW sampler, culling a few MP3s that I liked from the enormous list on SXSW.com. This year they aren’t giving away MP3s anymore, so I’ve compiled a few MP3s from bands playing free shows (but really, what band isn’t playing – even Macy Gray will perform). This makes cosmic sense anyways, as I’ll be badgeless this year and skipping any official SXSW showcases. The free parties tend to be better anyways. So, this is pretty much just a few random MP3s from a few bands playing SXSW, for no particular reason other than this is a good occasion to break out a few songs I’ve somehow managed to neglect sharing in the past few months (I’ve posted Turbo Fruits before, but I’m mildly obsessed with them right now, so I thought I’d share this track again). There are an infinite number of songs I could have chosen, but in the interest of making choices, I think you’ll enjoy these. Here’s to SXSW: