SXSW – Free songs

On March 13th one of the largest music festivals in the world, SXSW, started again. As a musician it’s an honor to play there and many artists get picked up by record companies and the like. It is a very versatile festival with not only indie artists, but also some hip hop and dance oriented people. It has a bit of everything, though most of it is slightly indie/ folky/ blues/ rock oriented. The best thing though is that, even though I can’t go there, has a bunch of songs up by artists who play SXSW that you can download for free from their website. I find it a super easy resource for getting my hands on new music. Here’s the current list.

You can download the songs by going to Spinner’s download page by clicking here. I have indicated songs & artists that I already know/ like. Those songs are in bold. Songs that I’m curious about are in italics. The full list:

A Classic Education , ‘Forever Boy’
Alice Russell, ‘Got the Hunger’
Andrew Bird, ‘EyeonEye’
Apparat, ‘Sayulita’
Balkan Beat Box, ‘War Again’
Band of Skulls , ‘Blood’
Beach Fossils, ‘Youth’
Bear Hands, ‘What A Drag’
Bear in Heaven, ‘Fake Out’ (Glass Ghost Remix)
Beat Connection, ‘In The Water’ (E Russell Remix)
Big Deal, ‘Chair’
Blitzen Trapper, ‘Heaven and Earth’
Cassettes Won’t Listen, ‘Dirt on Purpose’ (Remix)
Sally Shapiro, ‘Time to Let Go’ (CFCF Remix)
Chad Valley, ‘Fast Challenges’
Chairlift, ‘Evident Utensil’
Choir of Young Believers, ‘Claustropho’ (Peter Antlers Remix
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Statues’
Cloud Nothings, ‘Should Have’
Com Truise, ‘Cathode Girls’
Cory Chisel And The Wandering Sons, ‘Home in the Woods’
Cotton Jones, ‘Glorylight and Christie’
Crocodiles, ‘Sleep Forever’
Crooked Fingers, ‘Phony Revolutions’
Crystal Antlers, ‘A Thousand Eyes’
Dark Dark Dark, ‘New York Song’
Deleted Scenes, ‘The Days of Adderall’
Diamond Rugs, ‘Mellow Doubt’
Dirty Ghosts, ‘Ropes That Way’
El-P, ‘Flyentology’ (CWL Remix)
Elizabeth & the Catapult, ‘Taller Children’
Emil & Friends, ‘Prescriptions’
Eternal Summers, ‘Pogo’
Fake Problems, ‘Soulless’
Family of the Year, ‘St. Croix’
Flosstradamus, ‘Big Bills’ Feat.CAROLINE POLACHEK (Flosstradamus Power House Remix)
Fort Lean, ‘Sunsick’
Mexicans With Guns, ‘Highway To Hell’ Feat Freddie Gibbs and Bun B
Freshkills, ‘Positive Vibes’
Futurebirds, ‘Nearsayerfive’ (Eddie the Wheel Cover)
Ganglians, ‘Sleep’
Gemma Ray, ‘Fist of a Flower’

Girl in a Coma, ‘Smart’
Guards, ‘Do It Again’
Gypsyblood, ‘My RKO is MIA’
GZA and Blacklips, The Drop I Hold’
Harriet, ‘I Slept With All Your Mothers’
Hey Marseilles, ‘Rio’
Horse Feathers,’ Curs In Weeds’
Hunters, ‘Brat Mouth’
Indian Jewelry, ‘ Oceans’
Ivan & Alyosha, ‘Glorify’
Jennifer O’Connor, ‘Here With Me’
Jukebox the Ghost, ‘Empire’
Julia Nunes, ‘I Think You Know’
Kevin Devine & The Goddamn Band, ‘Between the Concrete and Clouds’
Korallreven, ‘As Young As Yesterday’
Laura Gibson, ‘La Grande’
Lee Fields and The Expressions, ‘Love Comes and Goes’
Lightouts, ‘The Eloise Suite’
Lily & the Parlour Tricks, The Good One’
Lissy Trullie, ‘Madeline’
Lovedrug, ‘Pushing the Shine’
Lushlife, ‘Meridian Sound [Part Two] (Abacus Remix)
M. Ward, ‘Never Had Nobody’
Madi Diaz, ‘Gimme a Kiss’
Magic Wands, ‘Black Magic’ (The XX Remix0
Margot and The Nuclear So and So’s, ‘Lunatic, Lunatic, Lunatic’
Miike Snow, ‘Animal’
Mind Spiders, ‘No Romance’
Miniature Tigers, ‘Cannibal Queen’
Miracles of Modern Science, ‘Eating Me Alive’
Motion City Soundtrack, ‘Her Words Destroyed My Planet’
Motopony, ‘King of Diamonds’
Neon Indian, “Should Have Taken Acid With You’ (Future Rock Mix)
Niki & The Dove, ‘The Fox’
Nite Jewel, ‘Am I Real?’
Oberhofer, ‘Gotta Go’
Papa, “I Am the Lion King’
Pennywise, ‘We’re Gonna Fight’
Plants and Animals, ‘Lightshow’
Princeton, “A Rememberance of Things to Come’
Pujol, Mayday’
Reptar, ‘Stuck in my ID’
Rubblebucket, ‘Michelle’

Saint Motel, ‘Puzzle Pieces’
Santigold, ‘Creator Main’
Savoir Adore, ‘Dreamers’
Say Hi, ‘Devils’
Screaming Females, ‘Wild’
Sean Bones, ‘Dancehall’
Sepalcure, ‘I’m Alright’
Sharon Van Etten, ‘Serpents’
Shearwater, ‘Leviathan Bound’
Shout Out Out Out Out, ‘Dude You Feel Electrical’
Slam Donahue, ‘It’s Scary’
Slow Club, ‘It Doesn’t Have to Be Beautiful’
Strange Boys, ‘Me and You’
Talkdemonic, ‘Revival’
The Big Pink, ‘Velvet’
The Big Sleep, ‘Pinkies’
The Black Angels, ‘Telephone’
The Drums, ‘Down By the Water’
The Ettes, ‘No Home’
The Good Natured, ‘Be My Animal’
The Heavy, ‘That Kind of Man’
The Henry Clay People, Your Famous Friends’
The Spinto Band, ‘Pumpkins and Paisley’
The Ting Tings, ‘Hands’ (Passion Pit Remix)
The Wooden Sky, ‘Child of the Valley’
Titus Andronicus, ‘Titus Andronicus’
Toddla T, ‘Cherry Picking’
Tribes, ‘We Were Chosen’
Tristen, ‘Baby Drugs’
Two Gallants, ‘Seems Like Home to Me’
Tycho, ‘Hours’
U.S. Royalty, ‘Equestrian’
Ursula 1000, ‘Baby Laser love’ (DJ Love Remix)
WATERS, ‘O Holy Break of Day’
White Rabbits, ‘Percussion Gun’ (Live)
William Elliott Whitmore, ‘Hope for You’
Y La Bamba, ‘Juniper’
YACHT, ‘Dystopia’
YAWN, ‘Acid’
Young Buffalo, ‘Only We Can Keep You From Harm’
Young Magic, ‘Sparkly’
Yukon Blonde, Choices’
Zola Jesus, Sea Talk’

The songs in italics and thus the ones I am curious about were picked mainly on vague reference or just the name of the band/ song. I tend to always pay attention to what bands and songs are called as that usually gives you a pretty good indication of what it will be like.

What songs are you curious about?

2 responses to “SXSW – Free songs”

    • Just download all of them and just skip through it. That’s how I do it. I listen to the first 20 – 30 seconds of each song then skip through the song at random to see if I hear anything interesting. When I do I listen to more of the song, sometimes even restart it and sometimes I will choose songs based solely on the intro I’ve heard. I throw out the ones I don’t like and keep the ones I thought were interesting and put them in my ‘new music’ folder. I usually keep that for 2 – 3 months after which I’ve usually accumulated 200 – 300 songs and then I go through it again and divide it up further. Some songs just need a second chance or more than one listen for me to like them.

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