Friday, March 15, 2013

SXSW 2013 Edition (9/11) R1: Soul R&B Funk

It took a little longer than expected but I have just finished one of my favorite projects of the year, my SXSW mixes.  If you aren't familiar, what I do is download a torrent file ( which has one mp3 for (almost) every artist playing at SXSW.  This comes to about 1300 songs.  I then go through all of those songs and pick out 100 or so that I really like and organize them into mixes based on genre.  Now to be fair, it really isn't possible to give every track the multiple deep listenings necessary to truly figure out if it is great or not.  This is much more of a first impression thing so if you think I missed someone good, by all means, please tell me.  I like to think of this project as my annual Myers-Briggs musical personality test.

The main reason for the delay this year is that I have upgraded the podcasts.  They now have chapters for each song so you can skip around easily. (If you're listening in Itunes you'll need the "Now Playing" window showing)  And, each chapter has the track title, artist, a picture, and a link to the SXSW artist webpage.  That webpage will have a short bio / press release for the artist, where they are playing, and a link to their homepage.  The last is of course the most important because that is where you are going to go to join mailing lists, find shows, and buy their stuff.  It was a lot of extra work to add these features but as any long time listener I'm all about supporting the artists and I think this goes a long way toward that end.

A couple technical notes.  First, if the link takes you to some website that isn't the SXSW page, that means the artist was originally scheduled to perform but then for whatever reason isn't playing at SXSW.  I didn't bother taking those tracks out.  Second for the sake of time, I am crowd sourcing the double checking of links, chapter marker locations, etc...  If you find any problems.  Shoot me an email or a message on facebook

Thanks for listening and don't forget to support the artists,


R1: Soul R&B Funk
If you want funk, soul, and tight arrangements, no one in Austin does it better than Roxy Roca.  There single was so good I had to base a whole mix around it.  The next track features a personal favorite of mine, Esthero.  I'm still waiting for her third album.  I should say, this mix does meander.  Halfway through we dip into the afro funk and then a little latin funk.  I've also go this brass band track on there which is not funk necissarliy but is just so New Orleans and funky that it had to go here.  And the last track, um, well, I like it and while it may sound like 80s pop, the bass line is prominent so on the funk mix it goes.

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1. Try My Love by ROXY ROCA
2. Firecracker ft. Esthero by Michael Bernard Fitzgerald
3. Love Letter by Clairy Browne & the Bangin' Rackettes
4. Cold Lonely Train by Four Minutes Til Midnight
5. Runnin' by Sinkane
6. Pelao by La Chiva Gantiva
7. CANDENTE by Papachina
8. Bathtub Blues by Urban Achievers Brass Band
9. Falling by Haim
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