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SXSW: The soundtrack

Posted by James Reed  March 13, 2012 01:25 PM

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As if enough music didn’t already await me, I made a 60-song playlist for my trip to South by Southwest. It’s a mix of bands I plan to see in Austin this week, old songs I’ve had stuck in my head lately, stuff that just seems suited to Texas, and at least one tune by Austin’s patron saint, Willie Nelson.

From A to W, here’s what I’ll have in heavy rotation on my headphones at SXSW. You know, for those daily two hours of downtime. (Be sure to follow me on Twitter: @GlobeJamesReed.)

1. Anaïs Mitchell, “Venus”
2. Andrew Bird, “Fatal Shore”
3. Ane Brun, “These Days”
4. Anya Marina, “Body Knows Best”
5. Bahamas, “Lost in the Light”
6. Barna Howard, “Promise, I Won’t Laugh”
7. Bear in Heaven, “The Reflection of You”
8. Bert Jansch, “Texas Cowboy Blues”
9. Birdy, “White Winter Hymnal”
10. Bowerbirds, “In the Yard”
11. Cate Le Bon, “Puts Me to Work”
12. Caveman, “Decide”
13. Charles Bradley, “Heart of Gold”
14. Cheyenne Marie Mize, “Going Under”
15. Chiddy Bang, “Ray Charles”
16. Class Actress, “Keep You”
17. Damien Jurado, “Nothing Is the News”
18. Dayna Kurtz, “Your Fool Again”
19. Debo Band, “Asha Gedawo”
20. Dick Curless, “Bury the Bottle With Me”

21. Dr. John, “Locked Down”
22. The Everly Brothers, “T for Texas”
23. Fanfarlo, “Tunguska”
24. First Aid Kit, “King of the World”
25. Frankie Rose, “Know Me”
26. Glen Campbell, “Truck Drivin’ Man”
27. Grimes, “Oblivion”
28. Hoyt Axton, “Woman at the Well”
29. Judy Roderick, “Born in the Country”
30. Justin Townes Earle, “Nothing’s Gonna Change the Way…”
31. Kali Mutsa, “Tunupa”
32. Kat Edmonson, “Hopelessly Blue”
33. Kelly Hogan, “Pass on By”
34. Leonard Cohen, “Darkness”
35. Long John Baldry, “Got My Mojo Working”
36. Lost in the Trees, “Tall Ceilings”
37. The Magnetic Fields, “Andrew in Drag”
38. Marissa Nadler, “The Wrecking Ball Company”
39. Michael Kiwanuka, “Worry Walks Beside Me”
40. Monomono, “Find Out”

41. Neko Case, “Buckets of Rain” (live in Austin)
42. Nite Jewel, “One Second of Love”
43. Parkington Sisters, “Sailor Song”
44. Quilt, “Lost & Lewd”
45. Rose Cousins, “One Way”
46. Ruthie Foster, “Everlasting Light”
47. Ry Cooder, “Paris, Texas”
48. Scott Matthew, “True Sting”
49. Sharon Van Etten, “All I Can”
50. Sir Douglas Quintet, “San Francisco FM Blues”
51. Spoek Mathambo, “Let Them Talk”
52. Tennis, “Origins”
53. THEESatisfaction, “Queens”
54. Tim Hardin, “Speak Like a Child”
55. Tiny Yong, “Je t’aime t’aime tant”
56. Tom Waits, “Chicago”
57. Townes Van Zandt, “Gypsy Friday”
58. Vex Ruffin, “Secret Weapon”
59. Willie Nelson, “Pretend I Never Happened”
60. Willis Earl Beal, “Take Me Away”

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