Episode 40: anticon. , pt. 1

Tonight Denley hosts the first of a two part dedication to anticon. , in his opinion one of the most influencial and important labels of the last 20 years.

From anticon.com

“Anticon’s founders came together in early 1998 as a loose group of longtime friends and near-strangers bound by an abiding love of underground rap’s freewheeling poetics and the collage aesthetics of traditional hip-hop. They were Midwestern art school drop-outs, Northeastern would-be rap moguls, and young Californian nomads who pulled up their respective roots in order to sow the seeds of their own artist-driven movement. Anticon has since evolved from a cult-revered collective to a diverse and thriving independent label, but that momentum is still felt and the guiding principal the same: advancing the cause of good music, one release at a time.

The label’s original architects continue to shape Anticon, not only as some of its most innovative artists, but as curators, A&R-ing a constantly growing international cadre of music-makers to whom traditional genre lines do not apply. The creative influences of the owners are as disparate as their hometowns, and the Anticon name today stands as much for radical hip-hop as it does for pioneering electronic music, left-field rock and outsider pop.”


13 & God, Alias, Alias & Ehren, Alias, Doseone, Sole, Pedestrian, Bracken, Controller 7, DJ Mayonnaise, Deep Puddle Dynamics, Dosh, Jel, Object Beings, Odd Nosdam, Passage, Pedestrian, Restiform Bodies, Sole, Telephone Jim Jesus, Themselves, WHY?


  1. Human Races the Tortoise by Sole & Doseone on Music for the Advancement of Hip Hop (anticon.)
  2. The Scarecrow Speaks by Deep Puddle Dynamics on The Taste of Rain...Why Kneel? (anticon.)
  3. San Francisco Sing-A-Long by DJ Mayonnaise on 55 Stories (anticon.)
  4. Lyrical Cougel by Themselves on Them (anticon.)
  5. Center City (feat. WHY?) by Sole on Bottle of Humans (anticon.)
  6. Near East Bounce by Jel on Greenball (anticon.)
  7. Second Floor Apartment by Restiform Bodies on Restiform Bodies (anticon.)
  8. Attack of the Post Modern Pat Boones by Object Beings (anticon.)
  9. Seven by WHY? on The WHY? & Odd Nosdam Split EP! (anticon.)
  10. Imagination Cycle by Controller 7 on Left Handed Straw (anticon.)
  11. Three Phase Irony by Alias on Final Act (anticon.)
  12. Pity Party People by Alias, Doseone, Sole, Pedestrian on More from June / We Ain't Fessin' (Double Quotes) (anticon.)
  13. Jovial Costume by Alias on The Other Side of the Looking Glass (anticon.)
  14. Finally by Sole on Learning to Walk (anticon.)
  15. Good People Check by Themselves on The No Music. (anticon.)
  16. Plutonium by Sole on Selling Live Water (anticon.)
  17. Untitled 9 by Odd Nosdam on No More Wig for Ohio (anticon.)
  18. Seventeen by WHY? on Oaklandazulasylum (anticon.)
  19. Dec. 26th, 2002 by Alias on Eyes Closed EP (anticon.)
  20. The Kareoki (SP?) Kiss Ass by Passage on The Forcefield Kids (anticon.)
  21. Naoise by Dosh on Naoise EP (anticon.)
  22. Struck By Falling Object by Telephone Jim Jesus on A Point Too Far to Astronaut (anticon.)
  23. The Toss & Turn by Pedestrian on Volume One: unIndian Songs (anticon)
  24. Cheap Entertainment by Sole on Live from Rome (anticon.)
  25. Men of Station by 13 & God on 13 & God (anticon.)
  26. Vice Principal by WHY? on Sandollars EP (anticon.)
  27. 11th Ave. Freakout Pt. 2 by Odd Nosdam on Burner (anticon.)
  28. Lillian by Alias & Ehren on Lillian (anticon.)
  29. All Day Breakfast by Jel on Soft Money (anticon.)
  30. Heathens by Bracken on We Know About the Need (anticon.)
  31. THE KILL TONE TWO by Odd Nosdam on Level Live Wires (10th Anniversary Remaster) (anticon.)
  32. A Sky for Shoeing Horses Under by WHY? on Alopecia (anticon.)
  33. Well Water Black (feat. Yoni Wolf of WHY?) by Alias on Resurgam (anticon.)