FM radio station 93.3 KGSR’s annual holiday benefit compilation goes on sale Friday in physical form. Earlier this month, pre-orders started for a digital version, a first for the compilation that is on volume 22 this year.
The station is offering 5,000 digital-download copies of the 36-track "Broadcasts Vol. 22" set at kgsr.com via digital platform PledgeMusic. The download will be available starting Friday, the same day it goes on sale at a handful of Austin locations including Waterloo Records, Barnes & Noble and both Central Market locations. (The station is offering several digital options at various prices at kgsr.com.)
"For years, we’ve been hearing from folks in Austin and from outside of town who prefer digital, but we have never been able to get the rights, " KGSR DJ Andy Langer said. "This time, we were able to secure rights to 5,000 digital copies. It’s great for fans of the collection, and without printing those CDs, even more money can go to our charity partners."
The primary beneficiary is the SIMS Foundation, which provides mental health and addiction recovery services to local musicians and their immediate families. According to the station, the "Broadcasts" series, which former KGSR program director Jody Denberg launched in the early 1990s, has resulted in nearly $2.5 million in SIMS donations to date. Part of the proceeds also go to Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas and to Austin Parks and Recreation in conjunction with the station’s popular summertime Blues on the Green concert series at Zilker Park.
This year’s "Broadcasts" collection, which once again includes two discs in its physical format, contains songs by established and rising acts including Jason Mraz, Jake Bugg, Tori Amos, the 1975, Lucius and Ingrid Michaelson. All of the exclusive tracks were recorded live at KGSR’s studio or during remote broadcasts from locations including the Austin City Limits Music Festival and the station’s South by Southwest event at the W Austin.
As usual, "Broadcasts" also includes cuts by a handful of Austin acts, including Shakey Graves, Bob Schneider, Saints of Valory, Jamestown Revival and Aaron Behrens & the Midnight Stroll.
Though the digital-download versions are a new twist this year, Langer said the station remains committed to producing the collection in a physical format. "We still feel like ‘Broadcasts’ is something people look forward to buying in CD form, " he said. "We hear all the time from people who collect them and like to put the new CD on the shelf with the older volumes, which is why we keep the spine and general cover designs the same year to year. We like the tradition and what the CDs represent as a set built year-to-year."
Add this to the list of options for minimizing waistline damage this holiday season — a Turkey Burn hosted by Outdoor Voices.
The shop, 606 Blanco St., will host a 3-mile neighborhood run designed to burn off the Thanksgiving feast at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Afterward, participants can enjoy pastries, juice, coffee and mimosas provided by Josephine House.
Guests are also invited to shop the store’s new collection. Everyone gets 20 percent off regularly priced items between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., and the store will unveil its $300 "holiday essential" gift kits, which include leggings, sports bras, hoodies and more.
— Pam LeBlanc
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Our staff members share some of their favorite Austin-area holiday events as the festive season gets into full swing.