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In preparation for the 2009 South by Southwest music festival (March 18-21), NPR Music's spent weeks sampling songs by more than 1,000 of the acts in attendance. Some of the music induced swooning, some of it induced sleepiness, and some of it made us want to pry out our eardrums and swallow them for safe keeping. (We're looking at you, Gaybomb.) Arranged alphabetically by artist, the 100 songs in this ridiculously bountiful — but by no means definitive — mix all passed a simple litmus test, summed up in six simple words: "Yeah, I'd listen to that again." To hear the stream, click here.
Who are you excited to hear this year? Tell us in the comments below.
Advisory: This mix contains explicit language and subject matter not suitable for all ages.
• "Any More," Aaron Thomas [MP3 Available]
• "Sometime Around Midnight," The Airborne Toxic Event
• "Don't Be Afraid You're Already Dead," Akron/Family