Since we’ve officially reached that time of year, let me say a few words about South By Southwest (SXSW). Taking place every March down in Austin, TX, SXSw is one of, if not THE premier music event in the country. There are so many bands playing at so many venues (and non-venues), you could call it just a little bit insane. Many are young, upstart bands hoping to be discovered. Others are well established names who have something to promote, or who are being paid a generous sum by a large corporation to attract people in for advertising purposes. The corporate intrusion has really become obscene these last few years, especially when you consider the gigantic vending machine that Doritos put up a few years ago and they keep bringing back year after year. Lady Gaga is performing in the vending machine this year, which should give you an idea of how big this yearly event has become. That, plus a Kanye West and Jay-Z “Watch the Throne” show, and a lot of other huge things. Has it all gotten completely out of hand? Have corporations completely taken over and ruined whatever real dignity the multi-day event has to offer? Well, yes…and no. For every mega show with a big name, there are dozens upon dozens of tiny ones with unknowns who could still break out at any moment. You may have to do some digging and exploring, but the good stuff is still there. The cream of the crop still rises to the top (sorry). And Austin is an amazing city with a vibrant arts culture and incredible food. If you’re already there this year, or are thinking about going in the future, just make sure you do it your way. Buy a badge and see some panels along with live shows, or sleep on a stranger’s floor and only go to free events. It’s all good either way. After a couple of years off, I’m excited that I’m planning to return to SXSW in 2015. You’re more than invited to join me. Okay, let’s get to today’s Pick Your Poison. Good tracks in this set from Gold Light, Hayley Reardon, Navy Skies, Night Panther, Real Rashy and Sleepers Work. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Baliff, The Kooks, SBTRKT, Simian Mobile Disco & Roman Flugel, and more.
Sopris – Ordinary Life
Baliff – Shake My Heart Awake
The Kooks – Down
Mapei ft. Chance the Rapper – Don’t Wait (The Social Experiment Remix)
SBTRKT – Highs and Lows
Simian Mobile Disco & Roman Flugel – Hachinoko
Sky Ferreira – You’re Not the One (Cid Rim Remix)