- Cable TV by Fol Chen
Poppy beats and seductive vocals about doing absolutely nothing. Except watching cable tv. An prime example of the oft overlooked SlackerRock genre.
- Nothing At All by Madi Diaz
Like chasing a butterflies through a field on a summer day.
- Winona by Totally Michael
A love song to Winona Ryder as sung to ‘Video Killed the Radio Star’.
- Up And Down by The Chesterfield Kings
A classic blues rock tune, recalls Lynyrd Skynard.
- Tall Green Grass by Cory Branan
Great for that picnic you have after you’re done chasing butterflies.
- 14 Arms by Crash Kings
An screamy, energizing track – perfect for getting the blood flowing on a dreary day.
- FLEX by Doomtree
It’s Doomtree. I like Doomtree.
- Crown of Age by The Ettes
I dig the sound of female-fronted punk groups, this one reminds me of Joan Jett.
- How We Exit by Gentleman Reg
Despite the horns and non-vocoder vocals, I get a poppy, electronica vibe from this.
- Strictly Game by Harlem Shakes
Made the list for the motivating, timely line: “This will be a better year”.
- Gettin’ High for Jesus by Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs
- If You Should Ever Fall On Hard Times by The Iguanas
- Dag by In Stereo (perCeptie & Kapabel)
Dorky Dutch hip hop, in the vein of Die Fantastischen Vier-esque
- Steel On Steel by J. Tillman
A big, heavy, melancholy blanket.
- Bank Song by The Johnstones
A celebration, though I get the sneaking suspicion it’s about something less than pleasant.
- My Derlirium by Ladyhawke
A highly danceable, electronica track, produced by Blondie.
- Zero Machine by Le Castle Vania
A Depeche Mode + Smashing Pumpkins mash-up, without the mash-up.
- Wake the Sun by The Matches
Play this the next time you’re walking home after singing karaoke “The Sun’ll Come Out Tomorrow” into the wee hours.
- Honey, Let Me Sing You A Song by Matt Hires
I’m guessing Matt Hires opens for Jack Johnson, or enjoys causing “mix-ups”.
- Cannibal Queen by Miniature Tigers
Dorky, bouncy, pop – like Tullycraft. “I’m coming for your heart like a cannibal” wins for best song lyric of SXSW 2009.
- Down in Electric by Operahouse
Another excellent example of oft-overlooked Spy rock genre.
- Little Brass Bear by Rachel Goodrich
This song will get you dancing, the kinda feeling badly toward the signer, and then…kazoos!
- Offbeat Feeling by The Resignators
Ska. Just the way I like it; big horns, mostly angry lead vocalist, well-dressed men jumping straight up and down – but only a few inches.
- You look at me by Rokhsan
A poppy, love song that consistently gives me a big, corny smile.
- Bad Choices by Shout Out Out Out Out
I’d like to nominate this song for 2008 Financial Crisis Theme Song. It even sounds like a storms rolling in.
- Behind Me Now by The Silos
Conversely, this one’s good for 2009.
- Hologram by Ten Out of Tenn
If there’s a remake of Lost in Translation as stop-motion animation, this is on the soundtrack.
- Bag Of Hammers by Thao With The Get Down Stay Down
An un-break-up song with a bag of hammers is being used as a threat. It’s a nervous, nervous smile.
- I’ll Play What You Want by Toy Horses
If Stiff Little Fingers were poppier and happier..but not as poppy and happy as Squeeze.
- Idunno by Ungdomskulen
You know I how much I dig electronically, distorted vocals.
- Trains I Missed by Walt Wilkins
The stereotypical country song version of, ‘when god closes a door he opens a window’.
- Birds of a Feather by We Were Lovers
Sugary Sweet Vocal is protected her older brother, Bass Guitar.
- Amateur by The 757s
Another un-break-up song. This time from the guys side.
- On My Kees by Aqualung
Don’t let him back, don’t let let him back. So, did you let him back?
- Caroline by The Belleville Outfit
An fun, fun track invoking the post-Swing vibe (a la Squirrel Nut Zippers)
- You Won’t Be Able To Be Sad by The Break And Repair Method
The opening song to the next John Hughes teen production.
- Imitation of the Sky by Bryan Scary and The Shredding Tears
Sounds like all of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club wrapped into a single song.
- Still Have My Heart by Caitlin Crosby
She’s either in love with an imaginary person or she’s a stalker.
- Hail Destroyer by Cancer Bats
After years of listening through SXSW Showcasing Artists, I finally found a
ScandanavianCanadian death metal track I enjoy.
- A little wiser now by Choo Choo
I generally dig songs that happily admit historical stupidity.
- 9999 (Ways To Hate Us) by The Clutters
It’s fantastic that a group of nasal-signers found each other and started a band.
- R.I.M.L. by Codebreaker
This song might be a joke. Like an SNL skit. I’m not hip enough to know.
- Will I Stay by Colin Munroe
Colin’s pretty whiny. Thankfully the band drops such big beats it can be over looked.
- Kamikaze rock’n’roll by Dead Sexy Inc
British Invasion rock + harmonicas.
- I’m Not Crying. You’re Not Crying, are you? by Dear and the Headlights
A leisurely stroll through the woods…until you step in a beehive.
- Capture and Develop by The Details
Just under 3 minutes of longing guilt.
- That Sinking Feeling by Emma Lee
The chorus completely melts me.
- Boom! Boom! Boom! by The Everyday Visuals
Wins for best use of the title within the song.
- DARTS by FLiP
It’s in Japanese – except for the English chorus. And yes, that just confuses me more.
- Bugguts by Gavin Castleton
Reminds me of the teen car accident pop songs from the 1950’s.
- Goes Cube Song 57 by Goes Cube
A good, guitar-driven, grunge tune – like a Soundgarden or early Foo Fighters.
- C.Y.O.A. by HEARTSREVOLUTION
Female Japanese vocalist + distorting vocoder = delicious noise
- Walk Through Fire by Indian Jewelry
There might be instruments and vocals in there. Somewhere deep below the sea of distortion.
- Single Fins & Safety Pins by The Japanese Motors
A catchy, fun-lovin’ beach tune.
- Happy Birthday You by Jay Jay Pistolet
Remember Marilyn Monroe’s signing of ‘Happy Birthday’? This is opposite of that.
- Over You by Jay Nash
A sincerely sweet Country tune featuring Jim Croce’s guitar,
- Gloom Doom Buttercups by Kittens Ablaze
I’m not confident everyone in the band is playing the same song…and that’s why I dig it.
- Sushi by Kyle Andrews
A synth-pop tune reminding me of all my favorite Top 40 songs from the 1980s.
- Posidonia by La Habitacion Roja
This could be a stereotypical Latin pop tune. It still holds up to heavy rotation.
- No Generation by Lions
Like White Zombie or RAGTM without the annoying parts.
- Punch and Judy by Little Thief
Solid, simple drum, guitar, and vocal work.
- Lalita by The Love Language
Your favorite fleece jacket – as a song.
- days in universe by Maren Parusel
Maren Parusel could be singing directions from Google Maps and I’d be enthralled.
- Diseases Of Yore by MC Frontalot
If you can’t learn medical history from geekcore rap – what good is it? And I think Jonathan Coulton opens the track.
- Don’t Be On With Her by Miami Horror
Another delicious synth-pop 80s track.
- Bus Stop Lovers by My Federation
A great track for you run mix – especially if you use public transit signs as landmarks.
- Cuando, Cuando by Nina Dioz
Extra-tough Latin rap. I don’t know Spanish but I think she’s saying something about using my head as a pinata.
- Greyhound Bus by Oh Susanna
There’s a stereotypical Country song about a man with a broken down truck and a runaway dog. This might that stereotypical song for women.
- Call and Response by Or, the Whale
A couple years back there were a bunch of songs at SXSW about losing New Orleans. This one is about rebuilding the city.
- Broken Heart Land by Owen Temple
Made the list immediate after I hear the opening line: “How did your past get stuck in a pawn shop?”
- 123 Stop by The Postelles
The Monkees with dirty guitars.
- The Waves by Princeton
Maracas and disillusionment.
- I Couldn’t Make It by Randy Weeks
Lou Reed, post-Velvet Underground, and a little bit Country.
- Ornamental by Scissors for Lefty
British people get so excited sometimes.
- King Bolo by Scram C Baby
King Missile-esque storytelling with better instrument work.
- she creatures invade by The She Creatures
When GWAR finally makes that movie, the sequel will star The She Creatures.
- Slow Club by Slow Club
A great example of a SlackerRock duets.
- Hit the Wall by Song Island Revue
“I hit the wall… / I painted a road on it” is much more poetic than that tired phrase about lemons and lemonade.
- You say GOOD BYE by SpecialThanks
Japan does American female-led rock really well.
- Grass is Green by Sweet Water
I think in the 90s, this band was called, The Fall.
- Pacemaker by Teenage Bottlerocket
Can’t be the Ramones, the track is a full 2:30 minutes long,
- This Mission by This Is My Condition
A Discord Records-esque D.C. Hardcore-style track by way of Lawrence, KS.
- It’s Not Too Late by Triple Cobra
The soundtrack to “That Thing You Do” if it was about a Goth band.
- In The City by Tunnel Clones
Digable Planets-style hip hop.
- Get On With It by Val Emmich
You heard the man.
- Drown Them Out by Viva Voce
Sirens. Calling me into the rocks.
- This Is Our Perfect Crime by The Von Bondies
The 21st Century version of Skid Row’s ‘Youth Gone Wild’.
- I Go I Go I Go by Wave Machines
Comparisons can be made between this song and REM’s ‘Shiny Happy People’. Parts of them would be right.
- Safety In Numbers by The Wax Museums
Punk kids discussing recruitment tactics.
- Let Me Drive by Winter Gloves
Last year I was big on clapping, I think that’s why I included this one.
- Death or Radio by Zolof the Rock & Roll Destroyer
“Let’s hold hands and listen to shitty bands…” – is exactly how I imagine SXSW.
- Soft The Hard Way by 18th Dye
The chorus keeps getting stuck in my head and caught by the spam filter.