The SXSW (South by Southwest) Music Festival 2013 lineup is up! Very exciting. There are 479 bands listed from all over the world for this amazing Austin, TX event. I got curious about how they are spread out. So I broke out and charted it for your enjoyment. It’s all in Google Drive, so you can click on the charts to get more details or you can see all the data here.
US vs Rest Of The World
As expected, almost two thirds of the bands are from the home country. I don’t know how this compares historically, but I would guess that the US share has been slowly declining as the event grows in size and notoriety.
US bands by state
This one you definitely want to click on so you can see in more detail. To my surprise, there are nearly as many Californian acts as there are Texan!
As expected, US-speaking Canada, UK, and Australia are the most represented. Southern neighbor Mexico is next. The biggest surprise in my opinion is that tiny Israel is next, with 10 bands! Good, since I like Israeli music. Saddest surprise: nothing from Colombia. Colombian bands are always a big draw. As circumstantial evidence, an old SXSW photo I posted with Bomba Estereo’s Colombian hottie lead singer Li Saumet is one of the top traffic referrers to The MKX®. Go ahead, look it up on Google Image.
And only because I can and because it’s cool (Google
Docs Drive FTW!), here’s a World Map showing the number of bands per country:
More as a mental exercise than anything else, I want to compile a list of, say, 30 Rock en Español classics. Not best, not my favorites… but classics.
I am going to get the list started with
fifteen sixteen. I have music loving readers who are knowledgeable so please help in the comments. In no particular order:
- De Música Ligera – Soda Stereo (Argentina)
- Persiana Americana – Soda Stereo (Argentina)
- Entre Dos Tierras – Héroes del Silencio (Spain)
- Lobo hombre en París - La Unión (Chile)
- Afuera – Caifanes (Mexico)
- Florecita Rockera – Aterciopelados (Colombia)
- La Ingrata – Café Tacuba (Mexico)
- Cuando Seas Grande – Miguel Mateos (Argentina)
- Pobre de Ti – Tijuana No (Mexico)
- Pachuco – Maldita Vecindad (Mexico)
- El Matador – Los Fabulosos Cadillacs (Argentina)
- Sin Documentos - Los Rodriguez (Argentina)
- Amante Bandido – Miguel Bosé (Spain)
- No Hay Marcha en Nueva York – Mecano (Spain)
- Devuélveme a Mi Chica – Hombres G (Spain)
- Mariposa Tecknicolor – Fito Páez (Argentina)
While Christmas posts are unusual on his blog, I couldn’t pass on the opportunity to share this wonderful musical video of a girl jingling her bells. Click here to watch. And do try this at home, by all means.
Straight from the source…. See you in March!
Balmorhea (Austin TX)
The Baseball Project (Portland OR)
The Bears of Blue River (Chicago IL)
Beats Antique (San Francisco CA)
James Blake (London UK-ENGLAND)
Bliss N Eso (Albert Park AUSTRALIA)
British India (Melbourne AUSTRALIA)
Murphy Brown (Santa Cruz CA)
Brownout (Austin TX)
Canteca de Macao (Madrid SPAIN)
The 3-day passes for ACL are in 3-D. How appropriate! I’m not sure if the illusion is captured in video… but hey, at least I tried.