Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Just in time! I have finally completed one of my favorite yearly rituals. I have combed through the thousand odd mp3s made available by artists coming to play SXSW and picked out my favorites and sorted them, as best I can, in to bite size mixes so you can find what you want quickly and easily. That said, some songs don't fit easily into one category or another so there are likely hidden gems in genres you might not expect to like. And of course, I can't include everyone so I have made the decision to error on the side of choosing the unknown band. For example, I love Grupo Fantasma but once you win a Grammy you probably don't need any help from me. Anyway, enough intro, on with the music.
I have grouped the 15 short mixes into four overarching catagories: Acoustic, Rock, Hip Hop, and Electronica and then a small introduction is given, along with a tracklist. Enjoy and be sure to check back after the festival for my recap podcast with commentary.
Thanks for listening and don't forget to support the artists,
Acoustic 1 - Painting with Music
This is probably my favorite mix of the bunch. These bands use their instruments to create and entire sound scape and atmosphere. So much more than just songs
1. Clamor by Balmorhea
2. Azul Marinho by Constantina
3. Trip by Michael Lowenstern
4. Miserlu by 1001 Nights Orchestra
5. Song for Andrea by Soren Bebe Trio
6. Forro Ho Homen Bomba by Kiko Dinucci
7. Silence 3 by Bill Baird
8. Matarasak by Fared Shafinury & Tehranosaurus
Monday, March 7, 2011
Continuing with the electronic music, I'd like to present where I think the music is headed, or at least the directions I am most interested in. They seem to be running low on names for new genres in electronic music because the tendency seems to be to just slap the word progressive in front of any number of extant labels: progressive house, progressive trance, progressive breaks... As I've said before, I'm not so interested in separating things into nicely organized boxes. What I do enjoy however, is good music and I've got a bunch of it here for you today. This mix goes out to three groups of people in particular. (in the most loving way of course)
First, those people who think Detroit techno is the only form of electronica they can ever enjoy. Okay, you don't like trance. That was more than a decade ago. There's some new sh#! out there that's kinda hot. You may wanna check it out. You can even buy it on vinyl!
Second, those people who tell me if there is a dj involved they're not interested. First off, I don't even know what that means because a dj is a disc jockey and that's the guy on the radio. You don't like music on the radio? Okay while maybe I can sympathize with that statement, basically you've probably just heard some really horrible stuff and your feelings, while rational, may change if exposed to a larger sample.
And third, while I do like a huge variety of music, to anyone that would ever come into my home and suggest some Fleetwood Mac as something I might enjoy this podcast is my answer to that.
Now it's time for me to get to work on this year's SXSW mixes. Who's excited?
Thanks for listening and don't forget to support the artists. Even if those artists are Fleetwood Mac. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6e_1rIh-3c
Also, here's the video I refer to near the end of the podcast