New to me that is. Slightly less late to the party than I was with OK, Computer (10 years after release !), I’ve found a lot to listen to in the SXSW torrent files. Over 5GB, in fact. The 2006 torrents are still available and contain names that I’ve certainly become aware of through mainstream radio exposure/iTunes in the UK: Abigail Washburn, Corinne Bailey Rae, Editors, Josh Ritter, KT Tunstall, Paolo Nutini, and We Are Scientists, so I fully expect that somewhere in this year’s 3.1GB of music there will be some artists that will become more widely known.
As it is, I’ve already found 3 or 4 standout tracks that are calling out for me to buy full albums directly from the artists, which can’t be a bad thing at all.