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March 19, 2015

Sample SXSW Music: The Roundup

Filed under: General Store — Tags: , , , , — Shelly Brisbin @ 1:01 AM

It’s that time of year. SXSW Music (and Etcetera) is upon us again. As my annual public service, I offer you links to a wide range of music samplers and playlists, available for free around the Internet. They range from the venerable Unofficial SXSW Torrents to the offerings of record companies and show promoters. I update the post as links arrive, so keep checking back. If you know of more, please drop me a line, or leave a comment.

UPDATE: With the music portion of SXSW in full swing, I suspect the majority of samplers have been posted. As I worked through the various listings, I noticed that some of my favorite record companies and sampler curators have no offerings this year. It’s natural, I suppose, what with streaming services like Spotify and Soundcloud, and with the many changes in the music industry. I miss the samplers from eMusic and Canadian Blast, both of whom continue to have large SXSW presences. Amazon has always put out nice samplers, too, as did Bloodshot Records. Oh well, we still have the excellent NPR 100, and my favorite of this year, the New West/Normaltown offering. Please to enjoy it all, and if you know of samplers I’ve missed, please let me know.

We begin with the torrents:

And here are a couple of samplers:

February 25, 2014

This Year’s Free SXSW Music Samplers

Filed under: General Store — Tags: , , , , — Shelly Brisbin @ 4:26 PM

For the past few years, I’ve been posting links to music samplers associated with the extravaganza that is the SXSW Music festival, here in Austin. These samplers come from record companies plugging their showcasing bands, NPR stations, and most awesomely, from the nice folks at The (Unofficial) SXSW Torrents site, who scoop up the tracks made available by SXSW itself, and package them in several juicy torrent files. In fact, downloading these torrents has been my late February ritual since 2005. They’re great fun, especially if you’re planning to attend SXSW Music, and wish to know what Moto Passion Pit sounds like before you queue up outside the frat boy bar where they’ll be playing for 50 minutes, come the middle of March.

Here’s the thing though: each year, the number of samplers that consist of downloadable files decreases, and the number of Spotify playlists and other streams increases, making my little collection of links less about music acquisition than is strictly of interest to me. This is to be expected, and I’ll save you my old person rant about how I like files better than streams.

Be that as it may, I’m honoring my commitment to provide links to downloads where I find them. We start with the unofficial torrent, whose proprietors have already warned that SXSW has moved from downloads to streaming, but that they apparently did so in mid-season, so one or two smaller torrents are available.

Watch this post for updates. I tack them onto the end, with the date of the update above each new set of links.

Enjoy!

Downloads

Streams and Playlists

March 4, 2013

Your SXSW 2013 Sampler Links

Filed under: General Store,Random Personal Nonsense — Tags: , , , , — Shelly Brisbin @ 1:38 PM

Each year’s SXSW conference turns my hometown into a giant carnival of music, food, and strangers from strange lands. You can’t turn a corner, or order a cup of coffee without tripping over a guitar player. Which is only a bad thing if the guitar player and his band are in line in front of you.

My contribution to SXSW coverage is a listing of free music downloads and samplers, featuring bands who will be in or near Austin next week. They’re listed in the order I located them. I’ll add more as I find out about them. If you have links to suggest, leave them in the comments.

Enjoy!

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