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Jeremy Barnes Shares His Favorite Gypsy Jams

A Hawk and a HacksawFormer Neutral Milk Hotel drummer and current leader of A Hawk and a Hacksaw, Jeremy Barnes compiles a list of 20 examples of his favorite Romanian music for FACT magazine:

Musicians in Romania and Hungary have given much of the best Romanian gypsy music that I have to me. It is not something that is easily found on the web or in the record bins. When I say “given” I mean I receive a CD-R with no information, or an entire iPod’s contents are transferred to my computer. […] There is also a lot of good stuff in Romania from the 20th century that I have left out. This is basically a survey of some of my favourites, starting with the Gregoras Dinicu, who were born in 1898, and leading up to the very modern garage recordings by Casian Tian, who is still working today (I think).

You can download a six-track, 14 minute long mini-mix. It’s wild. Makes me wanna dance around and smash stuff.

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21 Best SXSW 2009 MP3s

SXSW 2009 South by Southwest does a great job of letting attendees (and everybody else) do some homework before the shows and preview tracks by showcased bands. Here are a bunch of our faves.

The Asteroid #4 – “These Flowers of Ours” (web, sxsw)

Black Lips – “O Katrina!” (web, sxsw)

The Dollyrots – “My Best Friend’s Hot” (web, sxsw)

Earlimart – “Face Down In The Right Town” (web, sxsw)

The Evaporators – “You Got Me Into This, Now You Get Me Out!” (web, sxsw)

Listen to the rest after the jump…

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Jeff Tweedy, Failed Rock Critic

So Jeff Tweedy is now reviewing records for the New York Times: So, Mr. Would-Be Critic With Alt-Rock Leanings… “I’m probably the only person that wanted to be a rock critic and failed at it and started a band.”

His recommendations:

• Dr. Dog – We All Belong

• Grizzly Bear – The Yellow House

• Battles – Mirrored (GLONO review)

• A Hawk and a Hacksaw – A Hawk and a Hacksaw

• Panda Bear – Person Pitch

Previously: Jeff Tweedy, Nazi

Via the gum.