Sunday, March 11, 2012

SXSW 2012 Edition (1/9): All Over The Map

Here it is!  The third annual South by Southwest (SXSW) Edition of the Active Listener Podcast.  Like previous years, I have listened to every band that had a sample up on, around 1,100 bands.  That is way too many songs to really get to know any of the bands well but what it can provide is a first impression.  So with that in mind I have organized the 100 best first impressions I got into 9 genre specific mixes for your previewing pleasure.  There are a couple new technical features to note this year.  First, each podcast has individually labeled tracks for each song so you can skip around and repeat to your heart's content.  Second, we've got a new way for you to contribute and join the conversation, the new Active Listener Podcast Facebook page at  I'll be posting music recommendations and finds as they come to me so you do the same!  Alright, enough with the introductions, on with the music.

Thanks for listening and don't forget to support the artists,


SXSW 2012 Edition (1/9): All Over The Map
Bands come from all over the world to play for four days in Austin, TX for SXSW so I thought it appropriate to start with the mix of styles from around the globe.  I say around the globe but we're really talking mostly latin infused tracks with some Ghanaian hip hop and Nigerian afro-funk thrown in for good measure.  Let's get the party started.

1. Thank God We're Not a Nigerians by Fokn Bois
2. Ta Lista by Los Rakas
3. Dona Sandra (ft. Zuzuka Ponderosa) by Orquestra
4. Cumbion Del Sur (ft. Itagui) by Mr. Pauer
5. Zapata se Queda by Lila Downs
6. Patacore by Grupo Ancestros
7. A Le Le by Suenalo Sound Sytem
8. POW! Fire by M.A.K.U. SoundSystem
9. Rise by Seun Kuti & Egypt 80
10. Live It Up by Tonguna
11. Salgo by Sudakaya
12. Chikende by Rattletree Marimba
13. Que No Pare La Fiesta by Rumbankete

New instructions for how to get the podcast!!

1. To get new episodes

- Open your favorite podcast program (Itunes, Downcast, etc...)
- Search for Active Listener
- Select the first podcast
- Click subscribe

2. To get older episodes (that don't show up in Itunes)
- Head to the podcast website
- Use the Blog Archive file tree on the right hand side of the page to locate the episode you want and click the link
- To stream the episode just click the name, Podcast xx - ......
- To download, right click (open apple click on a mac) on the name and from the menu that pops up select “Save link as…”
- Choose location and file name and then download

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