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What we got for free in Austin

Thousands of big bags of swag are layed out in the Austin Convention Center to be passed out to SXSW festival participants. Yes, we got ours.

Photo by Derek Anderson

Thousands of big bags of swag are layed out in the Austin Convention Center to be passed out to SXSW festival participants. Yes, we got ours.

This is the stuff we remember getting for free in Austin without even trying. Some of it made it home, but the rest is back in Texas somewhere among the millions of other promotional items passed out to a few thousand people over four days.

  • (1) April XLR8R magazine & compilation

  • (1) Black Fiction EP

  • (1) Black Helicopters button

  • (1) Blue umbrella

  • (1) Domino Records sampler

  • (1) Fat Cat Records sampler

  • (1) Glass of Glenlivet 15-year, single-malt scotch (neat)

  • (1) Jana Hunter poster

  • (1) Lives or Levels T-shirt

  • (1) March/April Harp

  • (1) March Fader

  • (1) March Paste

  • (1) Mountain Dew

  • (1) Mountain Dew MDX

  • (1) Plastic cup of Dewar's blended scotch (neat)

  • (1) The Best of Scharpling & Wurster

  • (1) Torn Ecstatic Peace showcase poster

  • (1) Scott Walker: 30 Century Man poster

  • (1) Stax 50th Anniversary poster

  • (1) Vice compilation

  • (1) Wasted Little DJs sampler

  • (1) Yellow umbrella

  • (2) Barsuk Records stickers

  • (2) Black Helicopter stickers

  • (2) Blue Kickin' It slap bracelets

  • (2) Cases (48 cans) of Sparks Plus

  • (2) Copies of Vice: The Iraq Issue

  • (2) Daniel Johnston/Les Savy Fav/Thurston Moore posters

  • (2) Ecstatic Peace Sweet Release No. 4 Samplers

  • (2) Hometapes Records stickers

  • (2) Lives or Levels albums

  • (2) NOXAGT stickers

  • (2) SNOCAP lighters

  • (2) White Mice stickers

  • (3) Ani DiFranco's Carnegie Hall (Live)

  • (3) Ecstatic Peace stickers

  • (3) Guitar picks

  • (3) Hangover rescue kits

  • (3) March Alternative Press

  • (3) March Blender

  • (3) No Idea! Records posters

  • (3) Official SXSW bags, illustrated by David Byrne

  • (3) Packs of Nicogel, nicotine-based gel

  • (3) Public Enemy's Greatest Hits

  • (3) Stax Records T-shirts

  • (3) Voodoo dolls

  • (5) Flatstock promotional posters

  • (13) Trojan condoms

  • (Too many) Shiner Bocks, Lone Stars, Coronas, Budweisers and Miller Lites to remember

  • (Too much) Barbecue, corn pudding, slaw and loaf bread to remember

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