Music Monday SXSW edition: Spaceman, Grynch and Spin magazine

Bummed because you didn’t make it to SXSW? Well, just because you missed out on the fun in Austin doesn’t mean you have to miss out on some of the music that was performed during the festival with free downloads from a few of the local artists who were at SXSW and a compilation of non-locals courtesy Spin magazine.

Sportn’ Life Records most animated rapper, Spaceman, released his Greetings Earthlings mixtape last week and you can get it for free by clicking here.

The mixtape features some production by Jake One and guest spots by Grynch, J Pincer, Fatal Lucciauno, Brainstorm of Dyme Def and more. To my knowledge this is the first collection of recorded Spaceman material and it is is a precursor to a full-length Spaceman record. Admittedly my knowledge of Spaceman is pretty limited so I could be wrong about Spaceman’s recorded output. However, word on the street is that Spence from The Saturday Knights is working on an official Spaceman full-length album. No, literally it is the word on the street because I heard it from Spence when I ran into him on the street.

Grynch, a.k.a. the pride of Ballard,  should be a familiar name to readers. Like most of Seattle’s music community, he became a temporary Austin resident last week when he performed multiple sets, including a spot at the Billboard showcase, last week. He dropped his Rapping About Rapping mixtape last Monday.

The title is a tongue-in-cheek nod to the biggest criticism he used to receive, which is that he only raps about rapping. It includes production by some of Seattle’s finest including MTK, P Smoov and Jake One. You can download it by clicking here. Oh, and on a proud and congratulatory note the album artwork is a photo shot by my buddy Alex Crick.

On the national scene tip, Spin magazine released a mix of bands that played SXSW. The album includes The xx, Surfer Blood, Freelance Whales, Japandroids and other of-the-moment indie bands. Download it here.

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