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SXSW 2014 Top 10 Must-See Artists

Posted in looking ahead, music journalism, playlist, rock & roll, sneak peak with tags , , , , , , , , on February 20, 2014 by bex0r

So it’s been a few weeks of combing Soundcloud, Pandora and Spotify playlists for what I consider to be the “must see” bands of South By Southwest this year. As it’s the first year I’ll be attending (after wanting to go for about eight) I think the pressure is even greater to make it count, get the most out of my free ticket as possible. Who knows when I’ll be able to afford to go again? (wishful thinking/potential goal: every year!)

Even if you’re not going it’s a great opportunity to find out about stellar up and coming acts you might not have heard yet. For me, it’s a 50/50 mix of never-before-heards and dear friends 🙂 I’ve put together a playlist of my favorite tracks from this year’s roster of talent announced so far –  so let it stream while you browse my list! If you like what you hear, please return the favor with a follow on Soundcloud or a comment.

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congratulations! you’ve won the rabies lottery!

Posted in daily, journal, writing with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 15, 2008 by bex0r

So i keep getting these emails saying I’ve won 50 gadjillion dollars in some overseas lottery. Thankfully most of them are diverted by my junk mail filter so I never have to actually see them, but occasionally one or two slips by. But it gets me to thinking… what if I actually won a lottery? how would it change me? or would it? I like to think I’d do what stereotypically cliche lottery-winners say and spoil my friends a little. Take everyone on a killer trip, maybe to hawaii or burning man or something. rent RV’s and fill them with pygmy goats and silly string and just get lost for a month or two. or give everyone I know really cool video cameras and $5000 to make their own indie films and then host my own film fest, with the winner getting a really cool prize. or I’d throw a really killer private concert with someone like U2 or dj shadow, but only for my real friends. fake friends would so be wishing they’d invited me to their parties or called me on my birthday. Maybe I’d fall in with the wrong crowd; start vacationing in miami, get a total plastic surgery  makeover and develop a severe cocaine problem. Actually, that sounds pretty alright to me.  On a totally unrelated note, I’ve been inundated with SXSW fever this past week. It seems like it’s everywhere, I keep seeing friend’s amazing shots of rockstars and hearing crazy stories about moon towers and mobile party RV’s. To say I’m a little jealous would be a shocking understatement. On the otherhand, I just heard there’s been an outbreak of rabid bats inhabiting the Austin convention center. Maybe it’s a good thing I passed this year. ;D