Monday, March 17, 2008

Six-Word SXSW Reviews


In the 1920s, Hemingway bet his colleagues $10 that he could write a complete story in just six words. His story: "For sale: Baby shoes, Never worn." They paid up.*

With this in mind (brevity, not miscarriages), Paul Ford of The Morning News reviewed 763 songs by musicians hoping to make it big at this year's South by Southwest (SXSW) interactive, film, and music festivals.

The result is music magic with German-like efficiency.
Six Word Reviews organizes, links, and rates songs for your aural pleasure. A quick stroll through the site let me know that "Canada is now one giant band," and that, while Ford enjoys Martha Wainright's “Bloody Mother F*ckin Assh*le” it on its own merits, he enjoys it more knowing that it will be difficult to use the song to sell Volkswagens.

Just for fun (and completeness!), of all the songs I clicked on with witty reviews or funny titles, here are the 6 most fun:
6. 'Small Town Banks', by The United Steel Workers of Montreal (Bluegrassy, fast. Bet they’re fun live.)
5. 'Esperan├ža' by Curumin (Why yes, ladies. I am Brazilian.)
4. 'Mentiras' by Grupo Fantasma (Latin jazz—fun for a while.)
3. 'Big Brother' by Mittens on Strings (This song could date my sister.)
2. 'Hush if You Must' by Brooke Waggoner (Big piano pop sound, with strings.)
1. 'Qxford' by Peel (I’d have gotten this from Oink.)

The only thing that could have made this heroic website better would be click-able column titles, so that you could sort by rating, artist, title, time, etc. Also, I disrespectfully disagree with the top-rating of Tanya Tagaq's "Origin." My gainsay stems from the well-founded suspicion that the track in question is actually a recording of two washboards mating; but then again, taste is taste. Also, I have been noted for not having any taste. Or ears. Or cultural awareness. On the whole though, the pithy reviews and clean presentation win me over, so... solid A. Good work, Internet.

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* I read this on Wikipedia, therefore it must be true.
**Happy St. Paddy's day!

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