music mix — 10 gems from SXSW 2013

Good morning music lovers! I hope you had a lovely week.

As you know, I mostly write about music of yore on this site, and for good reason of course. That history’s very much still with us, and there’s a still a bit to be said about so many of the great bands that came of age between 1976 and 1990 (or so).

Today, though, I thought I’d share a music mix compiled from NPR’s the mix: the Austin 100, which was not easy to pare down. The selected tracks allow you to breathe (holy-poblano-mole were some of the 100 mixed to suffocate), most included harmony vocals and a host of great hooks. I figure the most popular among the 10 included here are The Polyphonic Spree and The Joy Formidable (who contribute the noisiest track to the mix), but I hope the others are new to you, too.

SXSW mix 2013   (click to play in new window / right-click to “save as”)

1. Sinkane — “Warm Spell”
2. Air Traffic Controller — “You Know Me” (2:30)
3. Wild Child — “Tale of You&Me” (6:30)
4. The Polyphonic Spree — “You Don’t Know Me” (12:10) (I’m not sure why he’s shouting at us, but I still have a soft spot for this track)
5. The Mowgli’s [why the apostrophe?] — “San Francisco” (16:10)
6. Kopecki Family Band — “Heart Beat” (19:55)
7. Jenny Owens Young — “Love for Long” (23:08)
8. Bronze Radio Return — “Shake Shake Shake” (26:00)
9. The Joy Formidable — “This Ladder is Ours” (28:45)
10. Lucius — “Turn It Around” (34:00)

Do let me know if you have favorite tracks by these artists that I should check out.

Also: check out the fun story from The Baker, former Clash roadie, on The Clash’s 1983 appearance on Saturday Night Live, which I included in a post a couple Sundays back.

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