Sunday, March 11, 2012

SXSW 2012 Edition (8/9): Straight Hip Hop

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 (8/9):  Straight Hip Hop
I don't really like the title of this one because it implies the previous mix and other stuff is not actually hip hop but I'm no good at labeling subgenres.  There are old school beats and Pharcyde samples as well as future sounds and crazy styles.  What holds it all together is lyricism.  All anyone every really wants at a hip hop show is a dope emcee and these guys are the real deal.

1. '88 by Cadence Weapon
2. Professional Widowmaker by Jesse Dangerously
3. Prom (Rock the Discotech Remix) by Teenburger
4. Slick Talk (ft. Bambu) by Rocky Rivera
5. Sould Food by Above All
6. Run by Dark Time Sunshine
7. Hall Pass by Kydd
8. Believers by Verbal Kwest
9. The Bully Plank by Paper Tiger
10. Share My Blessings by Naeto C

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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