Freebies: The Unofficial 2016 SXSW Torrent

February 19, 2016

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How about more than 1,000 mp3s? SXSW is a festival in Austin Texas next month in which more than 2500 bands will play over five days and nights.  Many of those bands have made mp3s available to the public on the SXSW website, and 1,006 of them have been gathered together in a torrent file for your listening pleasure. You’ll find a bit of everything in this collection, and there are probably more misses than hits, but it’s a great way to discover new music.

If you don’t know what BitTorrent is or don’t have a BitTorrent client, check out the video below.  It’s a complete tutorial on how to download, install and configure Deluge, a popular piece of software used to download torrents.  The video is rather long, but the first three minutes or so of it provide the basic information you’ll need.

Have BitTorrent?  Ready to use it?  Then go here: Home of the (UNOFFICIAL) SXSW Torrents


Freebies: The Unofficial 2015 SXSW Torrent

February 18, 2015

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How about 844 mp3s? SXSW is a festival in Austin Texas next month in which more than 2500 bands will play over five nights.  Many of those bands have made mp3s available to the public on the SXSW website, and 844 of them have been gathered together in a torrent file for your listening pleasure. You’ll find a bit of everything in this collection, and there are probably more misses than hits, but it’s a great way to discover new music.

If you don’t know what BitTorrent is or don’t have a BitTorrent client, check out the video below.  It’s a complete tutorial on how to download, install and configure uTorrent, a popular piece of software used to download torrents.

Have BitTorrent?  Ready to use it?  Then go here: Home of the (UNOFFICIAL) SXSW Torrents


News and Notes: The Living Room Close to Reopening; SXSW Ponders Its Future

October 5, 2014

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The reopening of The Living Room appears to be close.  The club sent out an email on Friday confirming their reopening and asking for help in getting the new space ready.  That email is reproduced below:

Dear Friends,

After 3+ years of looking for a new home, we are delighted to announce that the Living Room is re-opening!

Your generous donations have been put to good use in building the new space.

Next week we could use some help from our extended family and friends with the finishing touches.

Handy with fabric and a staple gun? Carpenter? Handywoman? A stickler for detail? Good at wielding a spray paint can? Know how to sew curtains? Have access to a van? Then we need could use YOU!

The volunteer dates are October 7th-11 between 10am and 8pm.

Email us and let us know when you can stop by

info@livingroomny.com

Thanks,

Jennifer and Steve

 

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A report on the future of South By Southwest, better know as simply SXSW, the yearly music festival in Austin, Texas, generated headlines earlier this week.  The report, written by the consulting firm Populous, was commissioned by SXSW in the wake of several incidents at SXSW 2014, including a car accident that killed four people.

The Populous report contained suggestions that SXSW take more control over the unofficial events that exist during the festival as well as this attention grabbing paragraph:

If SXSW cannot sustain success and growth in the future, like any business they will eventually need to make decisions about whether or not they can continue to exist in their current format and location. It is very possible that SXSW will have no choice but to entertain notions of bidding their event to other cities to sustain their business model. This would be a serious matter for all parties considering the significant financial impact and returns SXSW provides to the community as well as the contribution to the brand and PR value of the City.

As a result,  reports in Austin area media suggested that SXSW was seeking to control everything that happened in Austin during the festival and if it couldn’t do so, it would move someplace else.

SXSW has responded that it is not thinking of moving.  What it does want, it told the website Wondering Sound is that Austin  “put a limit on the number of permits issued for events that require temporary permits, based on location, capacity and infrastructure.”  SXSW continued: “the most important part of what we’re asking for is a comprehensive safety plan that will include not just SXSW events, but every other significant activity downtown during our event.  Marketing companies are fond of the tactic of keeping everything a secret until the last minute to avoid scrutiny.  SXSW, the unofficial events, and the city all need transparency in order to plan for safety properly.”


News and Notes: SXSW 2015 Opens Registration

August 5, 2014

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Long time readers of Now I’ve Heard Everything are already familiar with South by Southwest (usually written SXSW) is a music (and movie and web) conference and festival which is held in Austin, Texas every year in mid-March.  This year is no exception and SXSW (the music part of it anyway) will begin on Tuesday, March 17th and continue through Sunday, March 22nd.

SXSW is a music lovers dream with around 2500 bands playing in 100 clubs over five nights.  There are also unofficial shows each day and night, which means the total number of bands one can see during SXSW is really around 3000.  All of which adds up to continuous music for the better part of a week.

Even though March is a long time off from the dog days of August, SXSW 2015 is now open for business.  If you are thinking of going, this is the best time to do something about it.  The pricing structure for an SXSW badge is such that the lowest price, $650, is there for those who register now through September 12th.  The price then keeps going up until the full price of $895 is reached on February 14th.  In addition, the best selection of hotels is available now, and most of the hotel rooms in Austin during SXSW are available only through the festival and only to those folks who have registered for the event.  And as far as hotels go, even though SXSW 2015 just started registration yesterday, the festival has posted a note that some downtown hotels have already started to sell out.

Although I have attended SXSW for the past nine years, it is doubtful that I will be there in 2015.  Whether Now I’ve Heard Everything will have a presence there, though, has yet to be determined.

 


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