As the time comes to commit to the music, you need to be able answer the question of who you might want to see at SXSW. It’s a lot easier with the internet and lots of samples, but there are still far too many bands for the overage attendee to plough through. Aafter the reaction to our MP3 Samplers from previous years we all knew going in that we’d be putting together another eighty acts you really must listen to at this year’s South by Southwest music.
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A little bit about the process. Through the friends of the parish over on ‘Operation Every Band‘ we built our initial “long list” of acts to listen to. Into that mix the SXSW Baby! team threw in the music we’ve been discovering along the way. We also asked a number of our friends in the music industry to suggest a few names as well.
From then it was a matter of listening to them all again, debating favourites, comparing a few songs that were incredibly similar in head-to-head decisions, and once we had a provisional list, any new song that demanded to be included had to bump an existing song out of the playlist.
After all that, we’re left with 80 tracks (all of which are freely available to listen to online folks, we’ve just got them in one place), and a big jigsaw to get a great running order. As previous years, I wanted to create some great moments when listening to the songs, to have the music flow into each other, to have sequences that would allow you to both dip in and out of the sampler, or stick it on a five hour playlist (which should just about reach from the TSA screening at your local airport to the reception desk of your hotel – or twice through if you’re flying from Europe).
If the eighty tracks feels too much for you, then you can break it down to eight ten-track playlists.
- Welcome to Austin (Tracks 1-10)
- Ten More Songs That You’ll Love Like The First Ten (Tracks 11-20)
- Chilling On The Town Lake (Tracks 21-30)
- Only In America (Tracks 31-40)
- Distorition Days (Tracks 41-50)
- The Global Village Of SXSW Music (Tracks 51-60)
- Texas Is Electric (Tracks 61-70)
- It All Ends, Like Tears In The Rain (Tracks 71-80)
If you’re not sure, here’s the deal. Listen to the first ten tracks. I’m confident that not only will this give you a great hit of SXSW Music, but you’ll want to listen to the rest of the sampler.
“The biggest problem in the 21st century is not piracy but obscurity”, Cory Doctorow.
– @Ewan and the @SXSWbaby team