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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.

 

 

SXSW Baby Podcast: Gossling

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

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Ewan talks to Australian singer-songwriter Helen Croome, the voice behind Gossling (gosslingmusic.com).

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!

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.

Get ready for the iTunes Festival to drown out SXSW Music

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

You know, I’m in two minds about the announcement from Apple that the first iTunes Festival outside of the UK is coming to SXSW Music this March. It’s a huge win for SXSW as an organization, and Apple are going to livestream the heck out of the performers taking to the stage at the Moody Theater.

But.

There’s only so many stories that the media can take coming out of Austin in March. With only four days of music, the major digital and print publications have limited space to cover the event. The management of every one of those publications will be looking at the page views and ad impressions; the focus will go to the stories that get the social shares, eyeballs, ‘viral’ traffic, and increased click-through rates. With the best intentions in the world, the stories will be written around the same names you see at the MTV Awards, the VH-1 Documentaries, and on ‘The Tonight Show With Jack Parr‘.

And don’t get me started on the flood of US Talk Shows setting up camp in Austin taking out even more of the PR oxygen…

So it’s great that Apple are here. I just wish that their announcement had not included names like Coldplay, Keith Urban, or Pitbull. If Apple had brought everything to SXSW but filled the line-up with the best new and unknown artists that Southby can serve up (Ages and Ages, Honeyblood, Bring Me The Horizon, Ruby Jane,spring to mind out of the two thousand to choose from) then I would have had a lot of respect for the Festival coming to Austin and honoring the space.

Right now it feels like Apple are joining the big brand names, bringing in the big band names, and turning the word on the street from ‘did you come across Mia Dyson?’ to ‘did you get an Apple ticket?’

That’s not what SXSW means to me.

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.

Five Questions For American Authors

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

It’s the turn of Brooklyn based ‘American Authors’ to answer SXSW Baby’s five questions ahead of their showcase this year!

American Authors, SXSW 2014

American Authors, SXSW 2014

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

So the band started playing together at Berklee College of Music in early 2007, through friends of friends we kinda all entered a practice room. Started jamming and bam! There was this chemistry.

We all knew from the get go that we wanted to be in a band with like minded musicians so it was incredible when we found each other. We started making our own D.I.Y tours over the course of the next 3 years Boston was a great place for music but we wanted to start a new it became a little routine. We moved to Brooklyn together shortly after and made the name American Authors, an outlet for us to tell our stories of our lives through music.

After grabbing some run of mill, artist in the making jobs in NYC, we realized we should change the sound and pull deep from our collective inspirations, kept writing and writing, and playing shows in NYC around the time of sandy we say what happened to our city , and other events around the time. We wrote Believer, went to the studio where we tracked it. Best day of my life, the rest of our debut EP came very organically. After XM Radio took to the music, others followed, and we are so blessed and honored to be where we are today.

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

There a certain energy that happens at SXSW which doesn’t happen anywhere in the world. You never know what surprises are in store, the amount of music going on every year at SXSW is really just mind blowing. It’s one of our favorite festivals to play because people are there for the music the big dogs and the underdogs you can see it all. It’s a truly inspiring place.

Oh yeah and BBQ .

3. Who are your musical influences and heroes?

The Beatles, Sam Cooke, Al Green, Metallica, Green Day, Coldplay, Daft Punk to name a few… the list goes on forever.

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

Best Day of my Life, it’s really a song you can understand on the surface but can dig as deep as you want to make the best of your life, it’s a universal message. That can guide you thought all the times you may have.

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

Dave grew up with someone in Teengirl Fantasy so they are always a good time. We are stoked on seeing Avi Buffalo and DeLorean as well! Gonna be an exciting Southby and were so excited to be a part of it again!

Follow American Authors online at weareamericanauthors.com, or find American Authors’ showcase details online at SXSW.