DJ Fundi's Favorites of 2012

An annual tradition amongst writers, listeners, geeks, headphone cosmonauts and fanatics everywhere —we humbly present to you The Podcast Cafe's list of favorite musics of 2012!
Click here for DJ Fundi's lists, videos and mixes from 2011 and earlier.)

Top Ten Albums/Artists:

The xx "Coexist"

Father John Misty "Fear Fun"

Andrew Bird "Break It Yourself / Hands of Glory"

Cat Power "Sun"

Horse Feathers "Cynic's New Year"

Damien Jurardo "Marapoqua"

Hot Chip "In Our Heads"

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis "The Heist"

Frank Ocean "Channel Orange"

The Lumineers "Ho Hey"

Download or stream a DJ Fundi mix of Favorite Albums & Artists 2012 at!

Honorable Mentions:

Tallest Man on Earth "There's No Leaving Here"
Gary Clark Jr. "Blak and Blu"
Grizzly Bear "Shields"
Grateful Dead "So Glad You Made It" Spring 1990 Tour box set
Bill Frisell "Floratone II"
The Dirty Projectors "Sing Low Magellan"
Neil Young with Crazy Horse "Psychedelic Pill"
Josh Ritter "Bringing in the Darlings"
Dr. John "Locked Down"
Cody Chestnutt "Landing on a Hundred"

Special! DJ Playaduster's Favorite ELECTRONICA albums of 2012:

The Polish Ambassador "Superpowers"
Flying Lotus "Until the Silence Comes"
GRiZ "Mad Liberation"
Ricardo Villalobos "Dependent & Happy"
Andy Stott "Luxury Problems"
Four Tet "Pink"
Sugarpill "Space Foray"
UrSprung (Pantha du Prince),
Gladkill "Beta"
Brian Eno "Lux"
Sun:Monx "Power Salad"
Andreilien "Dub Iteration"
JoBOT "Until Tender"

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Charlie Hunter & Scott Amendola in Bellingham!

Three songs by 8-string guitar master Charlie Hunter and drummer Scott Amendola, from December 8, 2012 at the Green Frog Acoustic Tavern in Bellingham, Washington. Shot and edited by me. Check out their new album "Not Getting Behind is the New Getting Ahead." Dig it.


Charles Bradley & the Menahan Street Band in Bellingham, 12/7/12


The Polish Ambassador in Seattle 11/15/12


Brian Blade & Mama Rosa live in Bellingham

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I think Wye Oak's song "Civilian" is one of the best songs of the past decade, easy. I can't necessarily explain or quantify this statement. I just know it. Lately, I've been getting a Neil Young with Crazy Horse feeling from the tune, both lyrically and musically. Her guitar solo at the end of the electric version is simply one of the purest expressions my ears have heard in a very long time. And the words…..they really get to me deep down. Bless.

I am nothing without pretend
I know my thoughts
Can't live with them
I am nothing without a man
I know my faults
But I can hide them

I still keep my baby teeth
In the bedside table with my jewelry
You still sleep in the bed with me,
My jewelry, and my baby teeth

I don't need another friend
When most of them
I can barely keep up with
I'm perfectly able to hold my own hand,
but I still can't kiss my own neck

I wanted to give you everything
but I still stand in awe of superficial things
I wanted to love you like my mother's mother's mothers did


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DJ Fundi's favorites of 2011

It was a great year for music, one of the best I can remember in a long time, and so making this list was easy this year. The Top 10 were no-brainers to me. I’ve collected them here alongside cool videos that may have escaped your attention -- live footage, TV appearances, animation, general weirdness. You can hear a mix of music from nearly all of these artists in the episode “11-11-11” on our main Podcast Cafe channel. You can listen/watch a playlist of all these videos back-to-back by visiting and clicking on “Play All.” Enjoy!

Bon Iver "Bon Iver" -- expectations were sky high for the next utterances from Justin Vernon, and the troubadour from Wisconsin delivered a debut album that both stayed true to the emotional impact of his debut as well as charted new sonic territory. Highlights: Towers, Holocene, Wash., Perth. Here are my favorite albums and artists of the past year. It was hard to pick only 20 in what felt like an incredible year for music. I like the way electronic music is seeping its way in to nearly every existing form and genre of music, from folk to jazz to rock n roll. I guess this year’s list leans pretty heavily towards acoustic freak-folk Americana bands, not surprisingly.

Fleet Foxes "Helplessness Blues" -- another sophomore album burdened by expectations after a stunning out-of-nowhere debut, this release experimented with arrangements and instrumentation while deepening the lyrical content and crafting a lovely song suite about wrestling with one's (in)significance in the world. Highlights: Bedouin Dress, Sim Sala Bim, The Shrine/An Argument

The Decemberists "The King is Dead" -- this album probably got more play than any other in DJ Fundi's domain, and not only because it was dropped way back in January. the first great album of the year, it sounds especially rich and rocking on vinyl. excellent vocal harmony contributions from another rootsy band on the list, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings. Highlight: Down by the Water, June Hymn, Dear Avery

St. Vincent "Strange Mercy" -- I still haven't pinned down why, to my senses, Annie Clark is by far the sexiest rock n roll star on the scene. on this album, she finds the precarious balance between sweet and dangerous, innocent and wrathful, and she and her eruptive guitar ride that edge from first song to last. Highlights: Cheerleader, Strange Mercy, Year of the Tiger.

Tom Waits "Bad as Me" -- the growling, yelping carnival barker cum whiskey-soaked balladeer returns with his first proper album in 7 years and delivers an incredible collection of diverse, well-honed songs from Weird America. Highlights: all of it.

Wye Oak "Civilian" -- I never tired of rocking out the title track alone and at high volume, the scorching, corroded guitar solo giving me the goosebumps every time.

Radiohead "King of Limbs" -- we purchased this album on vinyl, like Radiohead records before it, and have marveled in the complex, overlayered, dense, shifting intricacies of the music, which clearly favors the drums and bass for creating their most rhythmic yet abstract sound yet. Highlights: Lotus Flower, Codex, Give up the Ghost, Separator.

James Blake self-titled -- this album and artist were one of the more overhyped musical stories of the year, but this record, as it invents a new melodic post-dubstep sound with each track, carried great emotional impact and incredible bass drops. Highlight: Limit to Your Love, The Wilhelm Scream.

Wilco "The Whole Love" -- a return to the more edgy, experimental sounds of Americana fusion from albums of the late 1990s, and a solid collection of smart songs with deft musical playfulness and propulsion on every track. Highlights: opening and closing tracks

Gillian Welch “Harrow and the Harvest" -- Gillian and David's musical formula hasn't changed much since their first album in 1996, but they do what they do so well that it suits us just fine. their slow morphine-drip pacing, the way their voices harmonize so naturally, the spiderweb picking solos, the wistful, sepia-toned lyrics….all of it blends together perfectly on this melancholic collection of plaintive dirges. Highlights: The Way it Will Be, Silver Dagger, How the Whole Thing Ends, Hard Times, The Way It Goes….all of it!

Here’s a YouTube playlist where you can stream all of the above videos and more favorites from 2011 -- click “play all” and enjoy!

Runners up--more great music!

Beastie Boys "Hot Sauce Committee"
Kate Bush "The Director's Cut" and "50 Words for Snow"
Nicholas Jaar "Space is only Noise"
Yo-Yo Ma "Goat Rodeo Sessions"
My Morning Jacket "Circuital"
Welder "Flourescence"
Ballaké Sissoko & Vincent Segal “Chamber Music”
tUnE-yArDs “W H O K I L L”
Tinariwen "Tassilli"
Bill Frisell "All We Are Saying…”
Lost in the Trees "All Alone in an Empty House"
SBTRKT self-titled
The Head and the Heart self-titled
Little Dragon “Ritual Union”

Happy listening and we look forward to another year of discovering and sharing new music with you in 2012!