Every year I’ve attended SXSW, I’ve put together a compilation CD to give away to people I know, and this year is no different. The playlist is finalized, the liner notes are almost complete, and I’ve started burning the discs, but I’d like to know how many to burn. I usually give away about 30 each year, but if you’re coming to Austin, and haven’t received one before, and would like one, please comment.
I won’t be leaking the playlist, but if you like Chinese reggae, Uruguayan punk, or Bollywood novelty songs, you should be happy with this year’s disc.
March 8, 2007: I’ve now posted the playlist for all those who are curious.
It’s traditional for everyone to come home and talk about all the great people they met and link to their sites. I’m going to do things a little differently. Because of my own stupid timidity, there were a number of people I either didn’t meet at all, or with whom I only exchanged the lamest of pleasantries. I say this to my shame. Here are the ones that got away:
Wow, that’s a lot of folks, and of course I’ve probably forgotten a few more. I don’t mean to imply that any of these people felt diminished by me denying them my company. I just feel bad that I didn’t make more of an effort. If you’re on this list, and you feel the same, get in touch!
Well, here I am, settled in to my hotel room and blogging already. I just wanted to note how much nicer my hotel is than last year, and apparently it’s about the same price! The Hampton Inn and Suites just opened recently and it’s only about two blocks from the Convention Center, where all the SxSW stuff is going on.
The weather is gorgeous, sunny, maybe about 70°F. I forgot sunscreen and just had to go out and get some. Tonight is Break Bread With Brad, one of my favourite events. It’s a perfect icebreaker and a chance to catch up with old friends and make new ones.
I spent last night with the amazing Browns. They manage to juggle two energetic boys, a crazy dog, and a cat, and still make room for little old me.
Gotta go now. I’m being IM’ed!
Some of my rambling and incoherent SxSW reflections here.
Celebrity sighting: Winding down our SxSW experience yesterday at Guero’s, we saw Lyle Lovett.