On Monday, I’ll be heading towards independent music heaven in Austin, Texas where roughly 1800 bands will be playing at the SXSW Festival both officially and unofficially. The last few weeks and the weekend has and will be spent frantically RSVP’ing to parties, organising a schedule and listening to artists playing. I cannot frickin’ wait..
The SXSW website has an MP3 from nearly every band officially playing and I’m going to draw from the list to show off who I’m looking forward to seeing over the next week. The ten artists I’m most looking forward to right now are (subject to change, obviously): Devo, King Khan and the Shrines, Solid Gold, Here We Go Magic, Amanda Blank, Magic Wands, Little Boots, Casiokids, Grizzly Bear and StarFucker.
There’s also the Irish showcases which I’ll be covering for Day and Night (updated today). I’ll be posting a blog on more SXSW stuff before Monday as well as two podcasts, so for now, enjoy the songs. Also, piece on MP3 blogs by Richard Brophy with quotes from me in today’s Irish Times.
You’ve got to admire Milan Records PR team who are capitalising on Beirut blog buzz to get this record by Alaska in Winter noticed. Entitled Dance Party in the Balkans it does indeed feature the talents of Zach Condon on trumpet and vocals on five songs. The result is a debut album from Brandon Bethancourt who spent time recording music in an isolated cabin on the south coast of Alaska, hence the name.
With the help of Condon, Heather Trost of A Hawk And A Hacksaw and other friends he recorded additional parts in New Mexico. The result is a mix of electronica and Balkan folk which falls somewhere between Condon’s own projects Beirut and The Joys of Losing Weight. Sample a mix of tunes from the record below. Tracklisting after the jump.