Friday, March 15, 2013

SXSW 2013 Edition (8/11) H3: Soaring Hip Hop

It took a little longer than expected but I have just finished one of my favorite projects of the year, my SXSW mixes.  If you aren't familiar, what I do is download a torrent file ( which has one mp3 for (almost) every artist playing at SXSW.  This comes to about 1300 songs.  I then go through all of those songs and pick out 100 or so that I really like and organize them into mixes based on genre.  Now to be fair, it really isn't possible to give every track the multiple deep listenings necessary to truly figure out if it is great or not.  This is much more of a first impression thing so if you think I missed someone good, by all means, please tell me.  I like to think of this project as my annual Myers-Briggs musical personality test.

The main reason for the delay this year is that I have upgraded the podcasts.  They now have chapters for each song so you can skip around easily. (If you're listening in Itunes you'll need the "Now Playing" window showing)  And, each chapter has the track title, artist, a picture, and a link to the SXSW artist webpage.  That webpage will have a short bio / press release for the artist, where they are playing, and a link to their homepage.  The last is of course the most important because that is where you are going to go to join mailing lists, find shows, and buy their stuff.  It was a lot of extra work to add these features but as any long time listener I'm all about supporting the artists and I think this goes a long way toward that end.

A couple technical notes.  First, if the link takes you to some website that isn't the SXSW page, that means the artist was originally scheduled to perform but then for whatever reason isn't playing at SXSW.  I didn't bother taking those tracks out.  Second for the sake of time, I am crowd sourcing the double checking of links, chapter marker locations, etc...  If you find any problems.  Shoot me an email or a message on facebook

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


H3: Soaring Hip Hop
Some hip hop tracks have beats that are just fun.  Others just sound triumphant.  Those are grouped together here.  If you were wondering why you don't see More or Les on any of the hip hop mixes this year, well, it because he's hiding in the Wordburglar track to start this mix.

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1. Rhyme O'Clock by Wordburglar
2. Wut by Le1f
3. Human Being by Zion I
4. Flyin' Home by Hannibal Leq
5. Suitcases by A.Dd+
6. All Day by Air Dubai
7. Dragon Park by Amerigo Gazaway
8. Black Mr. Rogers by ZEALE
9. Against The Odds (feat. Jhené Aiko) by Promise   
10. When The Plague Starts by Soul Khan
11. O Alos Babis by Stereo Mike
12. Life is Hell feat. Apathy by Hayze
1. To get new episodes
- Open your favorite podcast program (Itunes, Downcast, etc...)
- Search for Active Listener
- Select the Active Listener 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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