I’ve never been to SXSW. This tends to surprise people. I often get, “You seem like someone who would go to SXSW,” or “You look like someone who belongs in Austin,” whatever either of those mean. Thing is, I’ve never had a strong desire to go. I’ve seen most of the musicians that have played there (the ones I wanted to see, in any case), and I don’t particularly like crowds. I know, I know, it’s an “experience,” and my work will likely bring me there one day. I’m not bashing it. I think it’s a great thing for everyone involved – fans, musicians, labels, etc. I’m just not eager to throw down the dollaz to travel just to sleep on people’s floors and immerse myself into crowds, when I am not a crowds-type person. I’d much rather see my favorite bands play in a dark bar or venue with booze, where I can drink until I’m gregarious and charming. Until I have to go to SXSW, I probably won’t, especially when there’s CXCW. And while I am super-duper sorry I missed Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls at SXSW…

…I thought I’d round up a few of my favorite submissions to this year’s CXCW.

The first one’s a brand new song called “Oh Julia” by John Moreland, and y’all know how much I dig him. I love his voice, and his songs tend to be somber and melancholy, which I also dig:

Next up is Todd Farrell, Jr., who submitted a new song called “Pawn Shops,” as well as an Iron Maiden cover, “Wasted Years.” He’s a little wasted in these, so it makes them extra-special, in my opinion. (Sometimes I likes ‘em extra sloppy!) He even took home the runner-up award for the “Best Performance: Drunk” for it.

“St. Mary’s” by American Aquarium was another treat:

And, last but certainly not least, “Rainbow Connection” by Have Gun Will Travel (recorded by our own Autopsy IV):

What were some of your favorite submissions this year?