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Sliding Down Rainbows : Favorite Electrojams of 2010



Here's a musical mix fresh from the astral plane that explores some of our favorite electrojams of the past year. The sounds come from whomp, hip-hop, funk, glitch, freakbeat and other undeclared genres. DJs Playaduster & Fundi provide the amorphous soundtrack to the journey...

Bonobo * Jneiro Janel * Flying Lotus * The Great Mundane * Eskmo * Tipper * The Roots * Sufjan Stevens * Nosaj Thing * Boreta * Fever Ray * R/d * Ratatat * Missy Elliott * Big Boi * Mimosa * Erykah Badu * Thriftworks * The xx * Dubtronix * Cee-Lo * Kid Cudi * Pretty Lights * Bassnectar * Zero 7







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LOVENESS : Got Found? (Part 2)







We're back on the playa and it's late in the week -- things are moving in synchronicity through deep cosmic channels, new friends have been made, sleep is an afterthought, everything is irreversibly dusty and you love it all. The music you hear throughout the city at night is vibrating through your bass chakras and you don't know where the DJ ends and you begin anymore. In this interpretation, Beats Antique, R/D, Pretty Lights, Kid Kudi and others represent this disorienting but beautiful freakbeat madness.

If you've met a special someone during the week, things may be getting impossibly romantic as the week nears its crescendo. This mix reflects that by veering in to a Tanjalove-inspired pocket of funk and soul healing, grooves that both reflect and enhance the love that is filling your heart to overflowing: "Erotic City", "Take My Heart (You Can Have It)", "Simply Beautiful", "Love to Love You Baby", "You Make Me Smile" and "Sexual Healing." Heavy stuff, for sure, but that's how it is.

On Saturday, the Man falls right around the time that your last bit of protective armor, fear & sadness fall away, and you give in to full
Loveness. A mobile soundsystem, crowned with a glowing, beating heart, plays "Love is in the Air" at the exact moment as the sun rises over the eastern horizon on Sunday morning. Bliss reigns, friends swirl, mimosas bubble, hearts swell and you dissolve in to sunlight with your dusty Beloved in your arms.

Sunday night the Temple is set ablaze and there is
culmination. Sade returns with another take on "Soldier of Love" to show you how far you and your wounded heart have traveled through the week; The Cinematic Orchestra reprises your theme song, "To Build a Home"; Bassnectar & Nelly Furtado conclude the entire affair with a wise reminder: "And I say follow me, follow me, follow me / Down, down, down, down / 'Til you see all my dreams / Not everything in this magical world / is quite what it seems."

Namaste, and thanks for listening. Yours in
LOVENESS, DJ Playaduster

Loveness : Got Found? Part 2 by moontrolling

Beats Antique "Prelude/Ms. Levine/Revival"
R/D "Face of God"
Pretty Lights "High School Art Class"
Big Boi "Tangerine"
Kid Cudi "Day 'n Night" (Crookers Remix)
Splatinum "It's Bigger Than Glitch Hop"
Flying Lotus "Roberta Flack" (Heartbeat Remix)
"Michael & Justin's Erotic Adventure"
Prince "Erotic City"
Bill Withers "Heartbreak Road"
Al Green "Simply Beautiful" (Lenton Remix)
Kool & the the Gang "Take My Heart"
Aloe Blacc "Make Me Smile"
John Paul Young "Love is in the Air"
Hot 8 Brass "Sexual Healing"
Sade "Soldier of Love"
Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros "Home" (RAC Remix)
Get Found field recording
The Cinematic Orchestra "That Home
Nelly Furtado "Magical World" (Bassnectar Remix)

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Part one -- JOYISM -- is here.

Joyism : Got Found? (Part 1) FIXED



While DJ Fundi is out on sabbatical, we asked our comrades over at DestinationBurningMan.com to share a mix with our listeners that would feed the ears, tantalize the mind and lift the spirits. DJ Playaduster sent this mix over. We think it will work on all accounts. Enjoy! -- The Podcast Cafe

"There is a house built out of stone
Wooden floors, walls and window sills...
Tables and chairs worn by all of the dust..
This is a place where I don't feel alone
This is a place where I feel at home.......

Cause, I built a home
for you
for me

Until it disappeared
from me
from you

And now, it's time to leave and turn to dust…….."



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The Cinematic Orchestra open up this musical mix with a beautiful and emotive song that speaks to me in these days and weeks after Burning Man 2010 : "To Build a Home." It has multiple layers of meanings for me and stirs me in places deep down inside.

Sade provides the second track in the "opening statement" of the podcast, livening up the mood with another song that is rich with meaning for me these days. I heard a DJ slyly drop in to a dance party on the playa, and I sang along to the chorus with all the lovely people on the dancefloor at the top of our lungs, "I've been torn up inside (oh!) / I've been left behind (oh!) / So I ride / I have the will to survive. I'm a soldier of love / all the days of my live..."

With those 2 opening salvos behind us, the mix moves in to the first movement... (more after the jumo)
More...

Summersauce Doubleshots



Two tracks each from the musicians I am diggin on the most in this midsummer glory stretch....I expect many of these artists to make Fundi's Best of the Year list in a few months, cuz they so good. I been listening to some of these albums over & over & over again. The songs in this mix are all pretty new except for the Band of Horses tracks -- hitched my wagon to their sounds only recently. Much funk and hip hop, blended with introspective folk and some modern blues.

"Summersauce Doubleshots" features The Roots, Band of Horses, The Black Keys, Janelle Monae, Big Boi, Quantic , Jack Johnson, Bonobo, Aloe Blacc, M.I.A., Flying Lotus, The Tallest Man in the World, Trombone Shorty and Josh Ritter.



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Art by Jeff Soto

Like a Road : Garcia on Stage 3



Jerry Garcia was born on August 1 and passed away 53 years later on August 9. The Podcast Cafe has been celebrating his vast musical legacy these past few weeks with the release of several Jerry-lovin' podcasts: High Time: Garcia on Stage 1, Lazy River Road: Garcia in the Studio, Dark Star : Garcia on Stage 2 and now this, the third mix of our very favorite live Jerry jams. Such sweet kindness!

We'd also like to remind our listeners that we've posted other Jerry-related offerings in years past that you can still access, including some archival recordings of a call-in radio show on KLCC:

I was living in Bend, Oregon at the time, and was awoken out of bed with the bad news. After contacting beloved friends with whom I had shared many a Dead show, I tuned the stereo to KLCC 89.7 FM, the Dead-friendly college radio station broadcasting from Eugene. They were playing nothing but Jerry's music, and we listened through the day. For some reason, I dropped a cassette tape in and hit record. This podcast is drawn from that dusty old tape, recently found in the archives deep in the garage and brought in to the 21st century by way of modern technology.


Acess part one here and part two here.

Help > Slip > Franklin's
Loser
Jam
Days Between
Ship of Fools
Eyes of the World
Big Railroad Blues
To Lay Me Down
West L.A. Fadeaway
Like a Road





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Dark Star : Garcia on Stage 2



The second installment in my "Jerry Garcia on Stage" tribute series -- something about summer just brings on that Jerry jones! With a deep love for the man, and a profound respect for the gift of these live performances, Fundi has curated something special here, and we hope you dig it as much as we do. (You can find the first episode in the "Garcia On Stage" series right here, and a bonus "Garcia in the Studio" show over here.)

Set list:
After Midnight 76
Brown Eyed Women 76
Spanish Jam 68
Wharf Rat 71
Ain't No Bread in the Breadbox 90s
When the Hunter Gets Captured by the Game 90s
Bertha 71
Standing on the Moon 91
Jam 90s
Dark Star 68
Morning Dew 68
The Maker 90s
Dark Star (reprise) 90




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Lazy River Road : Garcia in the Studio



This is the second in a multi-part series of Garcia mixes -- we have several hours of our very favorite Jerry jams to share with you over the spring and summer as we draw near to the anniversaries of Jerry's birthday and expiration date. This episode focuses on Jerry's studio work, as opposed to his home on the stage, and features a wide range of alternate takes, spontaneous jams, obscure tracks and unreleased goodies. With a deep love for the man, and a profound respect for the gift of these studio performances, Fundi has curated something special here, and we hope you dig it as much as we do. (You can find the first installment in the Garcia series on the Podcast Cafe right here.)



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The Drunken Monkey



Alternate names for this particularly strange and tantalizing episode: Introverted Excavator and/or Kermit's Beautiful Vision

I've been pondering what holds all of this really disparate and varied music together, why the mix sounds so cohesive to my ears even though it doesn't look like it should work if you scan the playlist.

Part of the harmony of the many is, to my ears, a prioritization of the rhythm of the song. Most of these tunes have a solid groove propelling them forward, drums out front. Some pieces are rather abstract -- I love to play with soundscapes and create moods and atmospheres -- but still have the ghosts of a rhythm floating through them.

Also: these songs feel
REAL to me. like REAL musical expressions from REAL people expressing REAL emotions. I am attracted to that quality in music no matter what the genre: authenticity, integrity, soul.

Many of these songs feel erotic to me. Even though the styles and sounds are all over the map, they share some kind of sexy charge, some languid hotness, attitude and life-force juju. It must be the always-teasing rhythms and slightly-agitated grooves that get me all hot and bothered.

Most of the music in this here episode #57 (!?!?!) really has a deep and funky swing to it. Some tracks are basically all swing, a bunch of jamming around a loose groove. Listen for that underlying swing (different from the swagger) -- better yet, just feel it by swaying your hips to the music, dancing across the floor.

Alright. Dig it, if you can.

oxox, DJ Fundi
(monkey art by the fabulous Fishboy of Bellingham, WA)



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Analog Soul (Intergalactic 3)



A fresh blend of soul, funk, gospel and hip-hop, with both contemporary and traditional flavorings. In tribute to those musicians who keep the soul-flame lit through the many generations. Performed across different technological mediums, but always emanating from the heart. Dig it if you can. Fundi hearts you!

Featuring Erykah Badu / Raphael Saddiq / Q-Tip / Al Green / Jamie Lidell / The Supremes / Galactic / Dirty Dozen Brass Band / Sade / Stevie Wonder / Aretha Franklin / Bill Withers / Gift of Gab / Saddiq / Sharon Jones & the Dapp Kings / Gnarls Barkley / The Stax Singers / Saddiq \\

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High Time : Garcia on Stage I



Happy 4/20 to all the friends of the Podcast Cafe! Here's a special treat for you on this special day: an hour-and-a-half of live performances from Jerry Garcia, drawn from Grateful Dead and JGB shows from across the decades, mixed up and served just right by DJ Fundi.

This is the first in a multi-part series of Garcia mixes -- we have several hours of our very favorite Jerry jams to share with you over the spring and summer as we draw near to the anniversaries of Jerry's birthday and death date. As you'd expect, DJ Fundi has conducted deep research in to creating these grateful journeys -- finding out what is considered the kindest version of "Scarlet Begonias" into "Fire on the Mountain", for example, and then hunting down that performace to share with you. With a deep love for the man, and a profound respect for the gift of these live performances, Fundi has curated something special here, and we hope you dig it as much as we do.




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Intergalactic IV : Red Eyed Wonder



Medeski, Martin & Wood, Gift of Gab, St. Germain, DJ/rupture, Kruder & Dorfmeister, Critters Buggin and othe classic space-dub artists arranged in a pleasing, drifty session made for late nights. Special guests include Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper getting Jack Nicholson stoned for the first time around a campfire in the 1969 classic, Easy Rider.






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The Mystery Zone : New Music 6



Here in the darkest depths of winter, having reached full saturation, DJ Fundi throws down a sidetrip set that explores a thick stack of recent musical acquisitions. It's a casual night here at the Podcast Cafe, not too many people out and about on these drizzly nights, but we've got a fire goin' in the hearth, frothy beverages and musical terrain to explore together.

Thing is, Fundi has barely if at all listened to most of these releases, so he's spinning on intuition and belief in the beauty of randomness, often picking tracks simply by a title that tickled his fancy. Some of it will be good, some great, but it is the spirit of the journey that matters most : a deep-diving musical safari over the landscape of new music discovered here in the winter doldrums of February 2010.

This mix features several double-shots from albums that are too laden with goodies to pick just one (The Bird and the Bee's new record is so juicy they scored an unbelievable quadruple-shot of selections.) DJ Fundi recorded this mostly on-the-fly, with minimal edits and no overdubs or fancy sonic trickery.

Such a blessing to have so much varied music to explore and engage all our lives, our musical tastes evolving as we ourselves evolve, learning and growing to the tempo of a reliable groove.

oxoxo





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Bass Chakra Therapy * The Wobble Chronicles Vol. 1

Editor's note: This podcast is a special rebroadcast from DJ Playaduster and our friends over at www.destinationburningman.com. It features music not normally heard here at the Podcast Cafe -- parlez vous de Whomp? -- and we're pretty sure you're gonna dig it!



Bassnectar
Heyoka
ill.Gates
Beats Antique
Welder
Mimosa
An-ten-ae
edIT
Timnokey
Nosaj Thing
Vibesquad

This mix is an overview of the electronik sounds I am currently filling my head with, including several DJs I learned about for the first time at Burning Man 2009. Heavy San Francisco emphasis here, naturally, as that is where my favorite grooves are coming from these days. Special guests include Maketa, Scotty G. and Suga Cubed, recorded both in Black Rock City and on the road to home post-Burn, decompressing and reorienting from the Best Burn Ever. This is one of my favorite mixes I've ever spun out -- I really dig the flow between tracks and between sections and the sacred womp of the bass is cleansing to my soul. Hope you dig it too.

xo, DJ Playaduster

Bass Chakra Therapy : The Wobble Chronicles Vol. 1  by  moontrolling