Posted in music | pictures on March 24, 2009

photos by Leia Jospe

SXSW

"CD sales are down. Digital hasn't caught up. Record companies are consolidating. New bands are trying to find their own way.

Despite all the challenging news, thousands of industry professionals and eager music fans turned out for the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas, over the weekend. The festival, tailored to recording industry talent seekers and the talent they seek, officially ended Sunday.

While optimism ran high at the five-day whirlwind of panel discussions, trade shows, live concerts and private parties, much of the conversation throughout the event focused on the sobering reality of the music industry's uncertain future.

"Obviously we're going through a transition. All of the major record labels have gone through some sort of cost-cutting and consolidation over the last few years," said Rand Hoffman, head of business and legal affairs at Interscope Geffen A&M Records.

"Right now CD sales are falling more rapidly than digital is going up," he told a group of SXSW festival-goers at a panel discussion on the future of the industry." [CNN]

Leia spent Thursday at the BV day party at Radio Room. On Friday, she ran around to three different Austin venues, seeing favorites like No Age, Titus Andronicus, HEALTH, and The Mae Shi. More of her pictures below...

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Charles Hamilton @ Habana Calle 6 Annex (AAM party)...

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Health @ Habana Calle 6 Annex (AAM party)...

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The Mae Shi @ Habana Calle 6 Annex (AAM Party)...

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Titus Andronicus @ Habana Calle 6 Annex (AAM party)...

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Health @ Ms. Bea's (Todd P party)....

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No Age @ Club 1808...

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Check out Day 3 in photos by Jacob

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Comments (12)

THESE PHOTOS ARE THE BEST!

i wish i went to sxsw. leia has the best taste in music. furreeelz

Posted by Anonymous | March 25, 2009 1:18 AM

wow. you could have cut that down to 3 pics per band and saved us a lot of unnecessary scrolling.

Posted by anon | March 25, 2009 1:18 AM

great photos, again, leia!
i once saw health at princeton university, which was a lot tamer than what your photos look like

Posted by dw | March 25, 2009 10:01 AM

>THESE PHOTOS ARE THE BEST!

actually, they kinda suck. might want to look into a better zone focus camera leia.

Posted by Anonymous | March 25, 2009 1:46 PM

Leia Jospe and co. < true bohemian dishabille.

Posted by Anonymous | March 25, 2009 4:21 PM

Sweet photos!!!

Posted by Anonymous | March 25, 2009 4:35 PM

Would you like to fund that better camera, then? Can't say I have the money to do that. Thanks for the input though.

Posted by Leia | March 25, 2009 9:49 PM

>Would you like to fund that better camera, then? Can't say I have the money to do that. Thanks for the input though.

nope, you're on your own for that. welcome!

Posted by Anonymous | March 26, 2009 12:11 PM

Although the building is amazing, I must ask if we feel we need to be building such over sized buildings when there are so many unoccupied and in need of repair. In the age of conservative behavior and approach this does not appear suitable.

Posted by شات كتابي | November 16, 2010 9:02 PM

Although the building is amazing, I must ask if we feel we need to be building such over sized buildings when there are so many unoccupied and in need of repair. In the age of conservative behavior and approach this does not appear suitable

Posted by دردشة | November 16, 2010 9:03 PM

Although the building is amazing, I must ask if we feel we need to be building such over sized buildings when there are so many unoccupied and in need of repair. In the age of conservative behavior and approach this does not appear suitable

Posted by شات | November 16, 2010 9:03 PM

Isn't Daniel Johnston a hardcore anti-semite?

BV, you support that shit?

Fucked up.

Posted by Chat Voice | January 5, 2013 11:03 PM

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