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 SXSW.com, 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 http://www.facebook.com/ActiveListener. 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.
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SXSW 2012 Edition (7/9): That H-town Sound
So maybe not all of this music is from Screwston or but the title gets the feeling across. This is a bunch of trunk rattlers. We start with a perennial favorite of the podcast, Rockwell Knuckles and then it's on to Swisha House. One thing I'll point out, this is the first year I have come across so much Jesus rap, particularly in this field. Agree with them or not, if the rhymes are tight and the beats bang, who cares? Play it loud.
1. Play Catch by Rockwell Knuckles
2. Chase That (Ambition) by Lecrae
3. Power by Juve
4. Crank It by Fam 420
5. All About My Change (ft. Chamillionaire, Z-Ro, and Gerald G) by Dj Rapid Ric
6. Thug Waffle by Flatbush Zombies
7. Mobbin' (ft. Young Jeezy) by Freddie Gibbs
8. In My City (ft. Efrain of Doubledge) by Andy Mineo
9. I'm Good (ft. Lecrae) by Trip Lee
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