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Scouring time and space to find music that resonates my soul

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Podcast 105 - Disco Digressions '99

EWhat's up everyone?! Oh man do I have a good one for you today! This is my absolute favorite type of podcast. This is one of those that spans decades, drawing connections between some of my earliest music memories to people I saw at Coachella this year. It all centers around this disco vibe that permeated many of my favorite songs in the late 90s early 2000s. So many classics!! So much fun. Really excited for you all to dig in. You're gonna love it. Thanks for listening and don't forget to support the artists, Aaron ActiveListener on Spotify Subscribe on Itunes Podcast 105 – Disco Digression ‘99 Tracklist 1.Aura ft. J Warner by SG Lewis on Dusk 2.Face To Face by Daft Punk on Discovery 3.La Passion (Radio Edit) by Gigi D'Agostino on L'Amour Toujours 4.Dopamine by Franc Moody on Dopamine 5.Lady (Hear Me Tonight) by Modjo on Vintage Ibiza Classic Vol. 1 6.Don't Call Me Baby by Madison Avenue on Don't Call Me Baby 7.Music Sounds Better With You by Stardust on Music Sounds Better With You 8.Rendez-Vu by Basement Jaxx on Remedy 9.If I Ever Feel Better by Phoenix on United 10.Touch Me by Rui Da Silva on Produced & Remixed 11.Can't Get You out of My Head by Kylie Minogue on Fever 12.What Is Love by Haddaway on What Is Love 13.100% Pure Love by Crystal Waters on The Best Of Crystal Waters 14.The Rhythm of the Night by Corona on Rhythm Of The Night (Single) 15.It Feels So Good by Sonique on Hear My Cry 16.Faded by SoulDecision on No One Does It Better 17.Crying At the Discoteque (Radio Edit) by Alcazar on Casino

81 MINAUG 20
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Podcast 105 - Disco Digressions '99

Podcast 104 - Coachella 2014

EWell apparently it's festival season here at the Active Listener Podcast. This time though we move from the amorphous blob that is SXSW to the far more curated Coachella. Don't let the big names at the top of the bill fool you though. (I honestly don't even remember who they were!) There is always a ton of opportunity for music discovery at Coachella and this year was no different. Several artists I'd barely heard of really blew me away (Jain!!). And of course, it's also an opportunity to catch some favorites and wow were they incredible (Sofi Tukker!!). You really just can't beat three days of sun, tunes, and friends out on the polo fields. Oh and there's lots video links below that are pretty fun too. Thanks for listening and don't forget to support the artists, Aaron ActiveListener on Spotify Subscribe on Itunes Polo & Pan - Dorothy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVW63Z_8deE Jain - Alright (Live at Coachella 2019) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKG5nUVW0R0 Paul Fisher Story Tim...

78 MINJUN 22
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Podcast 104 - Coachella 2014

Podcast 103 - SXSW 2019

EHappy Friday! I know it's been a minute but this one is well worth the wait. As usual, I listened to every artist performing at SXSW (1500+ I think) and filtered it down to only my the best. Narrowing it down was so difficult but I set a strict limit of 15 tracks for this episode. I really should have just named it the "1 Percenters' Episode". It's the cream of the crop here folks. And we've got a sound for everyone. Hip hop to Bon Iver. Afrobeats to Bluegrass. Every year I am blown away by how blown away I am every year. SXSW is the best! Hope you enjoy. Oh and if you want to dig deeper I've got my top 30 playlist on Spotify right next to this top fifteen podcast. All the earlier cuts are a bit more buried but they're there if you want to dig a bit. Thanks for listening and don't forget to support the artists, Aaron ActiveListener on Spotify The Small Glories - Should Have Paid https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DghNgN6lJSg Complete - Jordan https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFXZqyl8xKE...

60 MINMAY 18
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Podcast 103 - SXSW 2019

Podcast 102 - Afrobeats R&B

EWhat's up everyone?! I know, it's been too long. And yeah I get it, you know want to know what's up with SXSW! It's over but where's the podcast?! You were totally lost all festival without me I'm sure. My apologies. I assure you that it's coming along and the final product is going to be incredible! So hard to make the final cut. (Check out the progress on Spotify @ ActiveListener) But, that's not what today is about. This one has gotten pushed back far too many times due to mandatory topics for episodes 100 and 101. But ever since I heard Adekunle Gold on DJ Edu's BBC Radio show sometime last year, it was a given that another Afrobeats mix was on the way. But the sound seems to be changing, at least from my ever-so-far-of-an-outsider's perspective. Seems like things are going just a bit more mellow. Almost and R&B version of Afrobeats if you will. Either way, I like it and it's time for you to get on board! Thanks for listening and don't forget to support the artists. Aaron Active...

56 MINMAR 31
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Podcast 102 - Afrobeats R&B

Podcast 101 - Back to Basics

EHappy 2019! Just a little late. But trust me, this one was worth the wait. Seeing as this is number 101 it seemed only appropriate to take it back to where it all began, (and has continued to hit over and over again) drum and bass. Got a full mix on deck for you today. Not gonna lie, it may be the best mix job I've done yet. I even managed to talk over it too! I know y'all get lonely when it's just the music.And yes, the title is in inspired by S.P.Y.'s albums. Seemed only fitting since he starts us off. In other podcast news, I had another episode nearly done but I think I am going to shelve it for the moment because I'm way behind on my SXSW preparations. My goal is to get that out before the festival but since I'm not actually going this year, I'm leaving that as a loose requirement. If you want to follow my progress, you can watch the evolving SXSW playlists on my Spotify (ActiveListener). And who knows, maybe I'll change my mind on getting that other episode out. So many things...

96 MINFEB 14
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Podcast 101 - Back to Basics

Podcast 100 - The Australia Tapes

EIt’s here! Podcast 100!! Nine years in and still going strong. Though I should add, this episode may have been my most difficult ever. The genesis came from a discovery made a few months backwhile going through old boxes back home in Texas. My mom came across three mix cassette tapes I made back in 1998. That summer, at 16, I went on an off-road / camping / wilderness adventure trip to the northern tip of Australia. It was amazing but there was a lot of driving so they told us to bring mix tapes. It was basically my first podcast episode! In addition to finding the tapes, I also knew where to find the journal I kept during the trip. A journal (handwritten in cursive!) that I had never reread and that I knew featured a lot of focus on a girl I met. So, sure to be embarrassing but probably also a good read. With tapes and journal in hand, I thought I had podcast gold and the episode would write itself. I was very mistaken on that front, which I discuss in the episode. It came out gre...

82 MIN2018 DEC 31
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Podcast 100 - The Australia Tapes

Podcast 99 - Clean House

EHappy Thanksgiving everyone. Super happy to be able to get this mix out in time for travel season. Got all sorts of 110-125 bpmhouse/electronica inflected vibes today. Light to heavy, and everything in between. Got the loungy bossa / Thievery sound, the almost late 80s early 90s pop vocal sound, the tech house sound al a Dirty Bird and others with some solid vocal repetition, some current pop vocal sounds, the jazzy disco house vibe, and even a Jon Hopkins sounding Odesza remix. And all of it's mixed together seamlessly! (or close at least) Let this be a soundtrack to your holiday. Also, don't sleep on the last podcast! So much fun rockin out to do to that one. Oh, and next up? Podcast episode 100! It's still pretty unreal to me that we gotten that far. I'm looking forward to sharing that one with you. Hopefully before year end. I've also promised myself to finish updating Spotify with all the podcast playlist by episode 100 so get excited for that as well. Thanks for listening and ...

70 MIN2018 NOV 17
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Podcast 99 - Clean House

Podcast 98 - Pop Rock Party

EThis is gonna be a great week for the podcast. Why? Two episodes! First up, we've got pure fun. This mix is all about rocking out with a care free vibe. We start off in the indie pop rock world with a selection of bands that would fit well with Two Door Cinema Club and then bring in more electronic/production elements. Many of those have a tinge of disco, funk, and 80s flare so we even go back 35 years for one of the greats. Enjoy it and look out for another episode in a day or two. Thanks for listening and don't forget to support the artists, Aaron ActiveListener onSpotify 1.Dive by Coast Modern on Coast Modern 2.Violet by Bad Suns on Disappear Here 3.Talk Too Much by Coin on Talk Too Much 4.Turn It Up by Penguin Prison on Turn It Up 5.Never Give Up On Me by MisterWives on Never Give UpOn Me 6.Must'Ve Been (ft. Dram) by Chromeo on Head Over Heels 7.Better by SG Lewis & Clairo on Better 8.Holiday by Madonna on The Immaculate Collection 9.Honey by Robyn on Honey 10.Find Yourself by G...

47 MIN2018 NOV 13
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Podcast 98 - Pop Rock Party

Podcast 97 - Vocals for Once

EHey everyone, Got a really nice change of pace here for you. It is definitely not the jams. Today, we're dealing with some heavier lyrical content, which is part of what took me a little longer to actually sit down and record it. Some of it is downright difficult material so I didn't have the same excitement to talk about it as I often do. That said, there's some powerful stuff here. Hope you like it. Thanks for listening and don't forget to support the artists. Aaron Tracklist 1.Little River by Loamlands on Sweet High Rise 2.Meet Me in L.a. by George Stanford on Roll Away 3.Blue Ridge Mountains by Fleet Foxes on Fleet Foxes 4.Gold Dust Woman by Fleetwood Mac on Rumours 5.My Lover's Gone by Dido on No Angel 6.Hollywood Forever by FINNEAS on Hollywood Forever 7.Guilty Party by The National on Sleep Well Beast 8.Open End Resource by Andrew Bayer on In My Last Life 9.Roll Back by George FitzGerald and Lil Silva on All That Must Be 10.I Adore by Laura Misch on I Adore 11.Young by Vallis...

57 MIN2018 OCT 10
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Podcast 97 - Vocals for Once

Podcast 96 - Eclectic Electric Lounge

ESo first off, thanks for all the positive feedback on the last episode. People like the jams! Or at least that mix fired up the people that like to provided feedback. I was very conflicted on that episode because it was so long but I just had so much trouble making cuts! Glad it worked out. Also glad y'all are making use of the Spotify playlists, which you can find here. It's slow going but I am backfilling. Eventually they'll all be up. However, I'm finding for the early podcasts many songs are not on Spotify. You'll have to just check the original episode. I've been listening to the really old episodes and I had forgotten, they used to be less than ten tracks. And once again got me thinking about the pro and cons of playlist size creep. I think less than ten is too short for a podcast that only comes out monthly but then again, for the most part, I think 30 is too many. Sometimes it's okay though. And occasionally it has to happen! With that in mind, brought down the editorial ax ...

55 MIN2018 AUG 9
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Podcast 96 - Eclectic Electric Lounge

Latest Episodes

Podcast 105 - Disco Digressions '99

EWhat's up everyone?! Oh man do I have a good one for you today! This is my absolute favorite type of podcast. This is one of those that spans decades, drawing connections between some of my earliest music memories to people I saw at Coachella this year. It all centers around this disco vibe that permeated many of my favorite songs in the late 90s early 2000s. So many classics!! So much fun. Really excited for you all to dig in. You're gonna love it. Thanks for listening and don't forget to support the artists, Aaron ActiveListener on Spotify Subscribe on Itunes Podcast 105 – Disco Digression ‘99 Tracklist 1.Aura ft. J Warner by SG Lewis on Dusk 2.Face To Face by Daft Punk on Discovery 3.La Passion (Radio Edit) by Gigi D'Agostino on L'Amour Toujours 4.Dopamine by Franc Moody on Dopamine 5.Lady (Hear Me Tonight) by Modjo on Vintage Ibiza Classic Vol. 1 6.Don't Call Me Baby by Madison Avenue on Don't Call Me Baby 7.Music Sounds Better With You by Stardust on Music Sounds Better With You 8.Rendez-Vu by Basement Jaxx on Remedy 9.If I Ever Feel Better by Phoenix on United 10.Touch Me by Rui Da Silva on Produced & Remixed 11.Can't Get You out of My Head by Kylie Minogue on Fever 12.What Is Love by Haddaway on What Is Love 13.100% Pure Love by Crystal Waters on The Best Of Crystal Waters 14.The Rhythm of the Night by Corona on Rhythm Of The Night (Single) 15.It Feels So Good by Sonique on Hear My Cry 16.Faded by SoulDecision on No One Does It Better 17.Crying At the Discoteque (Radio Edit) by Alcazar on Casino

81 MINAUG 20
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Podcast 105 - Disco Digressions '99

Podcast 104 - Coachella 2014

EWell apparently it's festival season here at the Active Listener Podcast. This time though we move from the amorphous blob that is SXSW to the far more curated Coachella. Don't let the big names at the top of the bill fool you though. (I honestly don't even remember who they were!) There is always a ton of opportunity for music discovery at Coachella and this year was no different. Several artists I'd barely heard of really blew me away (Jain!!). And of course, it's also an opportunity to catch some favorites and wow were they incredible (Sofi Tukker!!). You really just can't beat three days of sun, tunes, and friends out on the polo fields. Oh and there's lots video links below that are pretty fun too. Thanks for listening and don't forget to support the artists, Aaron ActiveListener on Spotify Subscribe on Itunes Polo & Pan - Dorothy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVW63Z_8deE Jain - Alright (Live at Coachella 2019) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKG5nUVW0R0 Paul Fisher Story Tim...

78 MINJUN 22
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Podcast 104 - Coachella 2014

Podcast 103 - SXSW 2019

EHappy Friday! I know it's been a minute but this one is well worth the wait. As usual, I listened to every artist performing at SXSW (1500+ I think) and filtered it down to only my the best. Narrowing it down was so difficult but I set a strict limit of 15 tracks for this episode. I really should have just named it the "1 Percenters' Episode". It's the cream of the crop here folks. And we've got a sound for everyone. Hip hop to Bon Iver. Afrobeats to Bluegrass. Every year I am blown away by how blown away I am every year. SXSW is the best! Hope you enjoy. Oh and if you want to dig deeper I've got my top 30 playlist on Spotify right next to this top fifteen podcast. All the earlier cuts are a bit more buried but they're there if you want to dig a bit. Thanks for listening and don't forget to support the artists, Aaron ActiveListener on Spotify The Small Glories - Should Have Paid https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DghNgN6lJSg Complete - Jordan https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFXZqyl8xKE...

60 MINMAY 18
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Podcast 103 - SXSW 2019

Podcast 102 - Afrobeats R&B

EWhat's up everyone?! I know, it's been too long. And yeah I get it, you know want to know what's up with SXSW! It's over but where's the podcast?! You were totally lost all festival without me I'm sure. My apologies. I assure you that it's coming along and the final product is going to be incredible! So hard to make the final cut. (Check out the progress on Spotify @ ActiveListener) But, that's not what today is about. This one has gotten pushed back far too many times due to mandatory topics for episodes 100 and 101. But ever since I heard Adekunle Gold on DJ Edu's BBC Radio show sometime last year, it was a given that another Afrobeats mix was on the way. But the sound seems to be changing, at least from my ever-so-far-of-an-outsider's perspective. Seems like things are going just a bit more mellow. Almost and R&B version of Afrobeats if you will. Either way, I like it and it's time for you to get on board! Thanks for listening and don't forget to support the artists. Aaron Active...

56 MINMAR 31
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Podcast 102 - Afrobeats R&B

Podcast 101 - Back to Basics

EHappy 2019! Just a little late. But trust me, this one was worth the wait. Seeing as this is number 101 it seemed only appropriate to take it back to where it all began, (and has continued to hit over and over again) drum and bass. Got a full mix on deck for you today. Not gonna lie, it may be the best mix job I've done yet. I even managed to talk over it too! I know y'all get lonely when it's just the music.And yes, the title is in inspired by S.P.Y.'s albums. Seemed only fitting since he starts us off. In other podcast news, I had another episode nearly done but I think I am going to shelve it for the moment because I'm way behind on my SXSW preparations. My goal is to get that out before the festival but since I'm not actually going this year, I'm leaving that as a loose requirement. If you want to follow my progress, you can watch the evolving SXSW playlists on my Spotify (ActiveListener). And who knows, maybe I'll change my mind on getting that other episode out. So many things...

96 MINFEB 14
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Podcast 101 - Back to Basics

Podcast 100 - The Australia Tapes

EIt’s here! Podcast 100!! Nine years in and still going strong. Though I should add, this episode may have been my most difficult ever. The genesis came from a discovery made a few months backwhile going through old boxes back home in Texas. My mom came across three mix cassette tapes I made back in 1998. That summer, at 16, I went on an off-road / camping / wilderness adventure trip to the northern tip of Australia. It was amazing but there was a lot of driving so they told us to bring mix tapes. It was basically my first podcast episode! In addition to finding the tapes, I also knew where to find the journal I kept during the trip. A journal (handwritten in cursive!) that I had never reread and that I knew featured a lot of focus on a girl I met. So, sure to be embarrassing but probably also a good read. With tapes and journal in hand, I thought I had podcast gold and the episode would write itself. I was very mistaken on that front, which I discuss in the episode. It came out gre...

82 MIN2018 DEC 31
Comments
Podcast 100 - The Australia Tapes

Podcast 99 - Clean House

EHappy Thanksgiving everyone. Super happy to be able to get this mix out in time for travel season. Got all sorts of 110-125 bpmhouse/electronica inflected vibes today. Light to heavy, and everything in between. Got the loungy bossa / Thievery sound, the almost late 80s early 90s pop vocal sound, the tech house sound al a Dirty Bird and others with some solid vocal repetition, some current pop vocal sounds, the jazzy disco house vibe, and even a Jon Hopkins sounding Odesza remix. And all of it's mixed together seamlessly! (or close at least) Let this be a soundtrack to your holiday. Also, don't sleep on the last podcast! So much fun rockin out to do to that one. Oh, and next up? Podcast episode 100! It's still pretty unreal to me that we gotten that far. I'm looking forward to sharing that one with you. Hopefully before year end. I've also promised myself to finish updating Spotify with all the podcast playlist by episode 100 so get excited for that as well. Thanks for listening and ...

70 MIN2018 NOV 17
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Podcast 99 - Clean House

Podcast 98 - Pop Rock Party

EThis is gonna be a great week for the podcast. Why? Two episodes! First up, we've got pure fun. This mix is all about rocking out with a care free vibe. We start off in the indie pop rock world with a selection of bands that would fit well with Two Door Cinema Club and then bring in more electronic/production elements. Many of those have a tinge of disco, funk, and 80s flare so we even go back 35 years for one of the greats. Enjoy it and look out for another episode in a day or two. Thanks for listening and don't forget to support the artists, Aaron ActiveListener onSpotify 1.Dive by Coast Modern on Coast Modern 2.Violet by Bad Suns on Disappear Here 3.Talk Too Much by Coin on Talk Too Much 4.Turn It Up by Penguin Prison on Turn It Up 5.Never Give Up On Me by MisterWives on Never Give UpOn Me 6.Must'Ve Been (ft. Dram) by Chromeo on Head Over Heels 7.Better by SG Lewis & Clairo on Better 8.Holiday by Madonna on The Immaculate Collection 9.Honey by Robyn on Honey 10.Find Yourself by G...

47 MIN2018 NOV 13
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Podcast 98 - Pop Rock Party

Podcast 97 - Vocals for Once

EHey everyone, Got a really nice change of pace here for you. It is definitely not the jams. Today, we're dealing with some heavier lyrical content, which is part of what took me a little longer to actually sit down and record it. Some of it is downright difficult material so I didn't have the same excitement to talk about it as I often do. That said, there's some powerful stuff here. Hope you like it. Thanks for listening and don't forget to support the artists. Aaron Tracklist 1.Little River by Loamlands on Sweet High Rise 2.Meet Me in L.a. by George Stanford on Roll Away 3.Blue Ridge Mountains by Fleet Foxes on Fleet Foxes 4.Gold Dust Woman by Fleetwood Mac on Rumours 5.My Lover's Gone by Dido on No Angel 6.Hollywood Forever by FINNEAS on Hollywood Forever 7.Guilty Party by The National on Sleep Well Beast 8.Open End Resource by Andrew Bayer on In My Last Life 9.Roll Back by George FitzGerald and Lil Silva on All That Must Be 10.I Adore by Laura Misch on I Adore 11.Young by Vallis...

57 MIN2018 OCT 10
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Podcast 97 - Vocals for Once

Podcast 96 - Eclectic Electric Lounge

ESo first off, thanks for all the positive feedback on the last episode. People like the jams! Or at least that mix fired up the people that like to provided feedback. I was very conflicted on that episode because it was so long but I just had so much trouble making cuts! Glad it worked out. Also glad y'all are making use of the Spotify playlists, which you can find here. It's slow going but I am backfilling. Eventually they'll all be up. However, I'm finding for the early podcasts many songs are not on Spotify. You'll have to just check the original episode. I've been listening to the really old episodes and I had forgotten, they used to be less than ten tracks. And once again got me thinking about the pro and cons of playlist size creep. I think less than ten is too short for a podcast that only comes out monthly but then again, for the most part, I think 30 is too many. Sometimes it's okay though. And occasionally it has to happen! With that in mind, brought down the editorial ax ...

55 MIN2018 AUG 9
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Podcast 96 - Eclectic Electric Lounge