Great weather, free food and drinks, and so much music EVERYWHERE! This is a very unhelpful statement about the greatest place in the world but if you’ve never been it’s hard to put into words the energy and excitement surrounding South by Southwest.

A few of us from WUD were lucky enough to go down this year and I did have an amazing time; I  saw great music and not-so-great music, experienced the power of the badge, and oh yeah, those sound guys. So enjoy some pics from my time in Austin!

( I also stuck a great Shit People at SXSW Don’t Say video in by The Spinto Band just for kicks at the end)

Hooray For Earth, such a kewl venue

Random water balloon fight broke out on 6th StPurity Ring at the Pitchfork ShowcaseAlabama Shakes at the Yours Truly house!Chickens in the backyard at the YT house! What up, Zola JesusThe Spin Showcase at Stubb’sTennis at the Hype Hotel. Free drinks AND Taco Bell!Oh hey, Guards. Love ya.GIVERS, my favorite show these guys are so great!


Sharon Van Etten at SXSW

Excited to see Sharon Van Etten in der Rathskeller on April 8?

Get a taste of the show by checking out a few songs from her final SXSW set at the Red Ryder showcase at Central Presbyterian Church.

If you happen to be at SXSW this weekend… Darwin Deez!

Ever since I went to see S. Carey (drummer for Bon Iver), in Schubas Tavern for Tomorrow Never Knows 2011, I haven’t been able to put down Darwin Deez.  I admit at first I was skeptical when the band jumped on stage sporting the most outrageous attire, but they proved to be the highlight of the evening.  Darwin sported his signature ringlets and a head band around his forehead.  He and his band pumped out his poppy tunes and put on one of the best shows I’ve ever seen.  They stopped between songs to perform dances to remixes, and even did some freestyle rap.

The self titled debut album Darwin Deez is a quirky indie pop album you will to dance to, but don’t be fooled.  That fun upbeat tune hides a slew of sad lyrics such as “I won’t cry. I will just pretend. I’m still the one and that we are in love again.” and even some angry ones: “everyday ought to be a bad day for you.”  Darwin Deez is upbeat, and mad.  Joyous and sad.  You won’t be able to put down this record, and you won’t be able to stop dancing.

Further Readings:

Darwin Deez: Lovesick and Playful

Darwin Deez: Evolution of a Popstar

So It Begins: WUD Goes to Austin

I feel like a proud parent, or that king elf from Lord of the Rings. But I am happy to say that the posse from WUD Music is off and running to Austin for SXSW 2010. There are 9 people from the committee going this year and the legend himself is creeping the streets of Austin, yup Trubes is there. There are sure to be some stories coming back from the trip.

The crew is just outside St. Louis as I write this and they have a long night of driving ahead of them. But soon enough the adventures start.

Check back here every day as they will be updating you on the good and the bad at SXSW this year. If you can’t hold your excitement back search #wudsxsw on Twitter for constant updates.

As for now I wish the posse in the UW Fleet Vehicle somewhere in the middle of the nation: godspeed. Back to my academic pursuits.

–matt forrest

Spotlight on… Matt Forrest

So the blog team has decided to reinstate the weekly feature of member spotlights highlighting the current favorites of WUD Music’s finest. And who better to start off with than WUD Music director Matt Forrest? Right, we thought so too.

Name: Matt Forrest

Shine Blocka?

Year: Senior
Major(s): Geography (Human and Cartographic Design) and Sociology

What is your current musical philosophy?

I used to listen to a lot of underground rap – and still do – but the genre has become a little stale. There are a lot of people out there doing great things in the genre but I look to music that is pushing the limits – which is why I have started to move into more electronic based music and hip-hop where the limits of what has been done before are being pushed.

In terms of hip-hop for me that is exemplified by P.O.S. who constantly releases albums that challenge the listener and bring something that we haven’t heard before. On the other end I enjoy a lot of what the Mad Decent label has put out as well – exploring genres that have not been given the exposure they really deserve, but genres that are on the cutting edge and creating/re-envisioning music as we know it.

What are you currently listening to?

Brick Bandits
The Very Best
Daniel Haaksman
Shine Blockas – Big Boi w/ Gucci Mane
Passion Pit

Favorite live show:

Matt + Kim

I’ve seen them a lot and always enjoyed it. If I had been at Dave Chappelle’s Block Party I’m sure that would take it.

Favorite music news source (blog/magazine/etc):

Google Reader is my source. I keep all my blogs there. Off of those though I would say:

Hot Biscuits
Sound Verité
Gotta Dance Dirty
Fakeshore Drive

Favorite music committee memory:

Ha. There are plenty. SXSW (SlamBurger), Girl Talk in 770 (RIP), Homegrown Hip Hop Fest…

But for tops I think I’ll stick with Diplo. The show and the after party. Too good too good.

Top 5 most played songs on iTunes:

The top is MPR News Radio but that really doesn’t count so:
Prom Quiz – Grayskul
Pon De Floor – Major Lazer
Stand Up (Let’s Get Murdered) – P.O.S.

Two truths and a lie:

I can tell you the episode and season number of ‘The Office’ with in two episodes
I use bro-tein aka protein shakes
My mom might swear more than me (love you Mo)

Moment of Zen:

the music of game day

it’s game day in madison. you know what that means.

fortunately for us all, game day also includes a free show by ghetto division in the rathskeller tonight. so come celebrate the homecoming victory/drown your sorrows (depending on the outcome of the game) at the rathskeller with some great music, dancing, and beer.

rock on folks,