You may have heard something about South By Southwest, the big music/arts/techie shindig they have in Austin every year. I’ve never been and honestly probably never will, but I have grabbed some of the free tunes they make available after everyone leaves town. This year the sampler I got is called Austin Power – Best SxSW Acts 2012, from SPIN Magazine, and I figured it would be a good basis for a Friday Random Ten list. Here are ten of the songs from that download.
1. TRACKS (TALL BODIES) – Chelsea Wolfe
2. We Got It Wrong – St. Lucia
3. Weekend – Class Actress
4. Wild Desire – King Tuff
5. Wine – Blondes
6. The Dream – Thee Oh Sees
7. No Future No Past – Cloud Nothings
8. Scarlet – 2:54
9. Searching Through The Past – Bleached
10. Seekir – Zola Jesus
I haven’t listened to all of it yet – there’s more than 40 songs in the collection, and I only downloaded it on Wednesday. “Wild Desire” is probably my favorite so far. Overall I’d say I’ve liked these songs more than I expected to. I have reasonably broad tastes in music, but I’m undoubtedly more conventional than your average SxWSer. Nothing I’d give four stars to yet, but not bad at all for free music from a bunch of acts I’d never heard of. Worth your time to download and give it a listen while you can.