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DJ Jonathan Toubin’s NY Night Train SOUL CLAP at SXSW 2014 Closing Party

Sunday, March 16th, 2014
Jonathan Toubin of New York Night Train

Jonathan Toubin of New York Night Train

Longtime Austinites may recall Jonathan Toubin from his college radio days at 91.7 KVRX or as a member of the band Churchbus, but nowadays Toubin is known best for his New York Night Train’s SOUL CLAP, his popular underground soul dance party across the United States.  He plays all original soul 45s from the 1960s as well as “uncommon upbeat cuts perfect for dancing the night away”, with clubs routinely sold out.

Toubin brings SOUL CLAP to Austin for the official SXSW closing party which is free and open to the public, and takes place Sunday, March 16, 8 pm at the Palm Door on Sixth (508 E. 6th St).

The party begins with four bands including: Kid Congo and The Pink Monkey Birds, led by Kid Congo Powers of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds; Daddy Long Legs, a fast and raw blues trio making their debut in Austin; lo-fi 1960s-inspired garage band Habibi; and Vockah Redu and The Cru, who will bring “one of the most elaborated stage shows in all of the bounce genre.”

The closing party will also feature a thirty minute dance competition with a $100 prize, with Toubin as emcee. Hip-hop legend Boots Riley of The Coup will select the dance songs, and judges include Edwin Neal (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), Kid Congo Powers, Austin Brown (of Parquet Courts) and more!

Toubin will close out the night with Soul Clap after the dance-off.

Listen below to a live recording of Jonathan Toubin turning his “flaming o.g. 45rpm soul platters” at the SOUL CLAP and DANCE-OFF at the Brooklyn Bowl.

 
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SXSW Baby Podcast: Jade Simmons

Friday, March 14th, 2014

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Ewan talks to classical concert pianist Jade Simmons (www.jademedia.org) about her distinctive take on the classics and her upcoming one-woman show.

Follow the SXSW Baby blog for more South by Southwest fun, and what we’re up to on the ground via Twitter and @SXSWbaby. Got news about SXSW for us? Get in touch via SXSW Baby’s contact form! Don’t forget to follow the podcast via the RSS feed!

SXSW Baby Podcast: Kevin McStravick (Operation Every Band)

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

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Friend of The Baby Kevin McStravick talks to Ewan about Operation Every Band, the quest to listen and rate every band playing at SXSW this year.

Follow the SXSW Baby blog for more South by Southwest fun, and what we’re up to on the ground via Twitter and @SXSWbaby. Got news about SXSW for us? Get in touch via SXSW Baby’s contact form! Don’t forget to follow the podcast via the RSS feed!

The SXSW 2014 Music Sampler from SXSW Baby

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Once more, it’s time to ask 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. Which is where ‘friend of the parish’ Operation Every Band comes in.

Kevin McStravick and his team have been highlighting some of his favourites every week, but after 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.

DOWNLOAD the SXSW Baby! “Best of SXSW 2014″ sampler
Mega.co.nz link (314 Mb)

A little bit about the process. Through Kevin’s listening via OEB we get 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 SXSW (Tracks 1-10)
  • The Second Bite Sounds Just As Nice (Tracks 11-20)
  • Chill Out And Kick Back (Tracks 21-30)
  • The Music Of America (Tracks 31-40)
  • Foot On The Amplifier (Tracks 41-50)
  • The Wonderful World of Music (Tracks 51-60)
  • Turn On The Electrics (Tracks 61-70)
  • We Hope It Never Ends (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.

Oh and our 2014 performers in full?

Adam Arcuragi, Ages and Agesm Air Traffic Controller, American Authors, The Apache Relay, Band of Skulls, Barcelona, Basia Bulat, The Belle Brigade, Black Books, Blacklist Royals, Boy & Bear, Bring Me The Horizon, Caroline Rose, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Cello Fury, Charli XCX, The Crookes, David Ramirez, The Devil Makes Three, East Cameron Folkcore, Elle King, Ezra Furman, Gabby Young and Other Animals, Good for Grapes, The Griswolds, Heymoonshaker, Hollis Brown, Honeyblood, Hozier, Hunter Hunted, James Bay, Jeetta, Judith Hill, July Talk, Kashmere Stage Band, Katie Herzig, Kill it Kid, Kongos, Kyle Andrews, Leif Vollebeck, Lincoln Durham, Lions in the Street, Little Daylight, London Grammar, The Lonely Wild, Los Lonely Boys, Magic Man, Mandolin Orange, Matrimony, Mia Dyson, Mighty Oaks, MisterWivers, Moon Taxi, Neulore, Nonono, Only Real, Pockets, Poolside, Quiet Company, Saintseneca, San Fermin, Shelby Earl, Skream, Sleeping At Your Door, Social Studies, Streets of Laredo, The Strypes, Talib Kweli, Timber Timbre, Tinariwen, Tom Easton, Typhoon, The Unlikley Candidates, Vnace Joy, Wardell, The Whigs, Wild Party, and The Wilderness of Manitoba.

The biggest problem in the 21st century is not piracy but obscurity”, Cory Doctorow.

– @Ewan and the @SXSWbaby team

Five questions for Shelby Earl

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Seattle’s Shelby Earl is getting ready to head down to Austin for SXSW Music, but there’s enough time to answer our five questions!

Shelby Earl

Shelby Earl

1. Welcome to SXSW Baby. Tell us a bit about the yourself.

I’m a Seattle-based singer/songwriter who, in the words of NPR’s Ann Powers, “writes music for folks who’ve been through a few things.” I have a new Damien Jurado-produced album out called Swift Arrows, which has received a healthy dose of critical acclaim since it’s release in late-2013, and which, in the words of Benjamin Gibbard (Death Cab/Postal Service), “proves [Shelby] has the most heartbreakingly beautiful voice in Seattle” (thank you, Ben!). Last month, Spark and Shine Records (Ken Stringfellow, The Maldives, Starr Anna) released the album on pink vinyl and I’ve been out on the road promoting it ever since (I’ll be out with the amazing Tom Brosseau up ’til SXSW!).

Swift Arrows is the follow-up to my solo debut album, Burn the Boats, which was produced by John Roderick of the Long Winters, and which Amazon.com named the “#1 Outstanding 2011 Album You Might Have Missed.” If you’re one of the many who missed that one, I recommend picking up both records!

2. Why have you decided to showcase to SXSW this year?

I’ve played SXSW multiple times, but always unofficially. I got the invite to play an official showcase this year and I couldn’t pass it up! But most importantly, I’m proud of the collection of songs Damien and I recorded together (almost entirely live) and I love playing them for people up-close-and-personal.

3. Who are your musical influences and heroes?

My musical heroes are all over the map stylistically, but I tend to gravitate toward artists with unique voices and songs. Among that list of heroes are Bjork, Rufus Wainwright, Neko Case, Jenny Lewis, and, of course, Damien Jurado.

4. If our readers could listen to just one of your tracks, which track would it be and why?

I would suggest “Swift Arrows”, the title track off the new record. I think it best encompasses the intention and meaning behind the rest of the album. Some of the other songs might be a bit more raucous or visceral, but this song is probably the truest reflection of my voice as an artist. Also, the video below will break your heart in an NSFW sort of way. So, if you’re into that kind of thing, this is for you.

5. Who else do you think we should be listening to at SXSW Music 2014?

I don’t know, but you’re going to see me right next to you at all those showcases and parties, hunting for the newest gems!

Follow Shelby Earl online, or find her showcase details online at SXSW.

Five questions for The Wilderness of Manitoba

Saturday, February 15th, 2014

The fascinating name of The Wilderness of Manitoba are making the trek down to Austin and Southby from Toronto this year. What can we expect from them? Let’s find out…

The Wilderness of Manitoba

The Wilderness of Manitoba (picture: Jennifer Rowsom)

1. Tell us a bit about the band.

We’re based out of Toronto and we’re in the process of recording our fourth album, which we’re planning to finish when we return from our current Western Canadian Tour.

2. Why have you decided to showcase to SXSW this year?

Are you kidding? It’s SXSW!!!

3. Who are your musical influences and heroes?

There’s a huge range here. From Cocteau Twins to Marvin Gaye, from Wayne Shorter to 90s slow core, we’re all over the map.

4. If our readers could listen to just one of your tracks, which track would it be and why?

Our newest song, When You Go, showcases the new directions this band is moving in. As well, Reveries En Couleur; it’s an audio journey, an exploration, it’s experimental, it’s rad.

5. Who else do you think we should be listening to at SXSW Music 2014?

Perfect Pussy! Meredith Graves can really wail.

Follow The Wilderness of Manitoba online, or find their showcase details online at SXSW.

3 Animated Shorts to Consider

Friday, February 14th, 2014

If you are a Shorts person, like I am, you do not need me to convince you to go. Even though I have been watching Shorts seriously for possibly a decade, I am a child of Hanna-Barbera, so it still boggles my mind what animation can do and be. If you are new to watching Animated Shorts-keep your mind open and you won’t be disappointed.

THE Construction of ANSTALT3000

Director: Helmut Munz

While I am not sure of ANSTALT3000’s true purpose, I am very charmed by the creatures who are trying to explain it to me.

Coda 

Director Alan Holly

I hope this is what Death is like-benevolent, tolerant, strong.

Through the Hawthorn 

Directors:  Anna Benner, Pia Borg, Gemma Burditt

A triptych presentation of mental illness as perceived by a mother, her son and his doctor.

Animated Shorts Screen:

Saturday, March 8
11:00AM-12:21PM
Rollins Theatre at The Long Center

Sunday, March 9
2:00PM – 3:21PM
SXSatellite: Marchesa

Wednesday, March 12
7:00PM – 8:21PM
Vimeo Theater

Thursday, March 13
11:00AM – 12:21PM
SXSatellite: Marchesa