SXSW 2015 torrent #1 is up

844 files - 5.41 GB.

I'm not going to SXSW this year for the reasons I outlined in my SXSW RIP post. TL/DR: much worse curation, worse scheduling and massive price increase means it's not worth my effort and time.

As such, I'm not sure I'm even going to bother doing the deathmarch through this pile of MP3s this year, since I expect that rather than finding new artists from all over the world (like it used to be) I'm instead going to find a bunch of established, signed artists from LA who already have soundtrack and TV commercial deals (like last year).

Interestingly, the creators of the torrent found it less difficult to create this year, because unlike last year, SXSW is back to posting MP3s instead of hosting everything on Soundcloud, wrapped in tasty DRM for your protection and convenience.

Why might that be? Might it be because someone stopped paying? Might it be because this year, Soundcloud is no longer on the "Super Sponsors" list on their front page? Hmmm?

McDonald's Esurance AT&T By Southwest.

If you're going, you might find my SXSW Scraper useful, though I haven't tried it against the 2015 web site. It will probably require patching.

Previously, previously, previously.

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10 Responses:

  1. I said this like 2 years ago.

  2. I said this like 2 years ago.

  3. Paul says:

    A lot of the big dumb sponsors that shouldn't have been here in Austin for SXSW have pulled out. Hopefully this is the start of the festival returning to something that makes sense for music fans and not for people to just come blow expense accounts.

  4. The really important news here is clearly that you will finally be in town for my birthday then.

  5. The really important news here is clearly that you will finally be in town for my birthday then.

  6. AustinDave says:

    While I admire Paul's hope, we've still a long way off from that. Last week a small pinata business was bulldozed with merchandise still in it, then this week the newly razed site got a permit from the city for a SXSW promotional event. Killdozers indeed.

    • nooj says:

      Well. The promo event in question has nothing to do with official SXSW. Everyone with electricity or a place to stand puts on a show that week. Permits are given away like candy. I wouldn't have been surprised if that piƱata business had decided to have a band. I guess now it will be standing room only.

      Sucks about the business. I wonder who's lying more?

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  8. Pronoiac says:

    Some songs I thought you might like, with asterisks for emphasis. I based my listening on the music available a month ago; some settling of contents may have occurred during shipping.

    From You by Ambassadeurs
    Dangerous by Big Data
    I Don't Wanna be in Love by Dark Waves
    * so.wrong by Dead Leaf Echo - dreampop
    Car Song by Dott
    * Luna by HEO - dreampop
    Self-Management by High-Functioning Flesh - shouty, kinda industrial. maybe dropped out?
    Running Behind by HOLYCHILD
    Cloudline by Joseph
    Epoetin Alfa by Lust for Youth
    She Exists in my Mind by Michna
    Fall by Populous
    * Odyssey by Rival Consoles - atmospheric instrumental electronica
    Broken by TIGER! SHIT! TIGER! TIGER! - I love their name.
    * Kezef Al Hamayim by Vaadat Charigim
    Strange Enough by Verite

    And a Spotify playlist of songs I liked.