2016 SXSW Free Music Torrents & Radio

In what has become a sort of tradition around here, I am once again posting a link to the torrents that have all the MP3 files publicly posted on the SXSW Website that will be at the music showcase this year. This year’s torrents include 1,593 files totaling 10.33GB, making it the largest to-date.

SXSW 2016 Showcasing Artists Part 1, 1,006 files, 6.50GB
SXSW 2016 Showcasing Artists Part 2, 587 files, 3.82GB

Links to torrents for earlier years can be found on The (Unofficial) Home of SXSW Torrents website.

If you don’t want to have all these songs on your hard drive but want to have a listen, use this SXSW radio to give a random selection a listen.

2014 SXSW Music Torrent

So the SXSW Music Torrent is on some shaky ground this year. According to the SXSWTorrent.com (where I have gotten most of my previous links to SXSW Torrents):

Starting this year SXSW is replacing the sample tracks they have provided for years with links to Soundcloud pages. While there are certainly known ways to download those samples, Soundcloud goes through considerable trouble to prevent that from happening. Since these torrents have always been about providing easier access to otherwise readily downloadable samples instead of outright piracy, this regrettably means that, if SXSW sticks with this new design, we will be unable to provide torrents in the future.

So this year, SXSWTorrent.com has a single torrent with 783 tracks and there will likely not be a second installment this year.

There has been an effort to get a playlist together over on Spotify. So far there are 1800 tracks on that list.

Additionally, Pirate Bay has links to a torrent that claims:

Unofficial SXSW 2014 Music Showcase – over 1200 songs from 1200 different bands from the upcoming Annual music, film, and interactive conference and festival held in Austin, TX. More complete than www.sxswtorrent.com – contains rips from youtube, soundcloud, and the SXSW site itself.

There is lot of overlap between all these sources, however, each source also contains songs the others don’t. Hopefully next year we’ll have a single, comprehensive list once again.

UPDATE: The Pirate Bay torrent has a bunch of missing file information so @pronoiac gathered it all up and put it in a spreadsheet. Additionally NPR has put out a list of 100 downloadable songs from bands at this year’s SXSW.

2013 SXSW Music Torrent & Radio

I’m a little late to the party this year but the 2013 SXSW Music Showcase Torrent is up for your downloading pleasure. I try to post a link to the torrent every year but Greg Hewgill’s website has torrents for SXSW years going all the way back to 2005. This year the torrent contains 999 files totaling 6.13 GB of music from bands playing at this years South By Southwest Music & Media Conference. Keep a close eye on Greg’s website because he will most likely be putting up a second torrent with more bands in early March.

If you’re not interested in downloading/seeding but still want to listen to the music you might want to try this (currently not working) SXSW FM page.

2012 SXSW Music Torrent & Radio

As per tradition, Here is a link to the 2011 SXSW Music Showcase Torrent. This year the torrent contains 771 files totaling 4.41 GB of music from bands playing at this years South By Southwest Music & Media Conference. Keep a close eye on Greg Hewgill’s website because he will most likely be putting up a second torrent with more bands in early March.

I have yet to find a service that is streaming this year’s files.

UPDATE: The second torrent has been released. It has an additional 448 files (2.8 GB)

[via jwz]

You Are Listenig To Denver

Listening To Denver

You Are Listenig To Denver

I made this website a while back but forgot to write anything about it. So here goes.

You Are Listening To Denver is inspired by (some might say completely ripped off from) the youarelistening.to series of websites created by Eric Eberhardt. For me, it was mostly a good, self-taught lesson in setting up APIs. The music is brought from an Ambient playlist I created on SoundCloud. The radio scanners are from Denver police, fire, and EMS scanners pulled in via RadioReference. The left speaker is Denver PD while the right speaker is Denver Fire and EMS. Smashed together the streams make for a cool (and sometimes exciting) ambient background noise.

There was a nice little write about the site in Westword back in March. This is probably why I neglected to write about it here. Anyway, let me know what you think.

2010 SXSW Music Torrent & Radio

Here is the torrent containing all the MP3 files publicly available from bands that will be showcasing at this years South By Southwest Music & Media Conference. This torrent currently contains 646 songs at 3.35GB (but might be updated).

Links to torrents for previous years can be found on The (Unofficial) Home of SXSW Torrents website.

If you’re not interested in downloading/seeding but still want to listen to the music try this streaming SXSW 2010 Music Player

Quimby The Mouse

A couple of weeks ago (April 23rd) my girlfriend and I went to see the live broadcast of This American Life at the United Artists Denver Pavilions. I’m a huge fan of This American Life but this show was a failure. Mostly the theater was a failure.

First off tickets prices were $20. Way too steep for anything on a movie screen. Technical difficulties abound and the entire audience missed the entire first segment of the show. Since it was a live telecast there was nothing the theater could do. Every paying customer was given a free movie voucher at the end of the show, but with a value of about $7 this was only a third of the actual ticket price paid.

What we did see was great though. And if you missed it you can download the episode online or go see the encore event on May 7th. Unfortunately I would recommend against spending your hard earned dough in this way, donate it to your local public radio instead.

One of the highlights of the live episode was this video called “Quimby The Mouse” put together by Chris Ware (with music by Andrew Bird, Animation by John Kuramoto).

Chris Ware just makes you want to kill yourself. The more you hurt from his art the better he feels – and that’s what I like about him.