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Real Life : 2012 Favorites

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Every year around this time we join journalists, DJs and music bloggers in looking back at the year of music and having some fun selecting the sounds that moved us the most. DJ Fundi scratched out a list of 20 or so albums that we enjoyed the most, and then crafted up a mix over 2 nights featuring his favorite tracks from those records. We hope you enjoy the flavors and this celebration of great music, songwriting, grooves & hooks!



Read DJ Fundi's list of 20+ favorite artists, albums, songs and videos on our Fundiblog at
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Playlist:
∆ "Intro"
Cody ChestnuTT "I've Been There"
Cat Power "Cherokee > Real Life"
Dirty Projectors "Offspring are Blank"
Frank Ocean "Sweet Life > Crack Rock"
Grizzly Bear "Speak in Rounds"
Horse Feathers "So Long"
∆ "Interlude 1"
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis "Thrift Shop"
Tallest Man on Earth "There's No Leaving Now"
Father John Misty "Now I'm Learning To Love the War"
The xx "Sunset > Missing"
Hot Chip "Look At Where We Are" (with Four Tet rmx)
Neil Young and Crazy Horse "Psychedelic Pill"
The Lumineers "Dead Sea"
Andrew Bird "If I Needed You"
∆ "Fitzpleasure"
Damian Jurardo "Maraqopa"
The xx "Swept Away" + ∆ "Interlude 2"



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Roots Blend: N'Awlinz & Beyond

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For our 81st episode, we're going on a road trip to New Orleans. Down in the Crescent City, we'll take in some of the music finest purveyors of cajun funk, swamp blues and street jazz. "Roots Blend" explores a wide variety of down-home music from NOLA and beyond, starting with the propulsive get-down music of Galactic and touching on related moods found in hip-hop, James Brown-inspired grooves, jazzy funk and funky jazz, from new to old and in-between.

Artists featured include Galactic * De La Soul * Quantic & Mr. Scruff * Brothers Johnson * Dr. John * Fred Wesley & the Horny Horns * Wynton Marsalis * Taj Mahal * Dirty Dozen Brass Band * The Roots * Bill Withers * Garage a Trois * Stevie Wonder * Jimmy McGriff * Spoon * Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood * Gary Clark Jr. and John Lennon!

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Kindred Spirit Funk Beacon



Cross-posted from our sister site Destination Burning Man!
Mixed by DJ Playaduster & DJ Fundi, October-November 2012


Is there life after whomp? Or, as this mix sets out to explore, life before whomp? To find out, DJs Playaduster and Fundi (from our sister site The Podcast Cafe) dug deep to create this "old-school" (not that old!) outing of jazz-funk, electrobeats, triphop, turntablism, soul and downtempo grooves. It features classic tracks from well-loved musicians and DJs including Mr. Scruff, Bonobo, St. Germain, Quantic, DJ Logic, Q-Tip, Thievery Corporation, Boozoo Bajou, Monta at Odds, Medeski Martin & Wood, Jurassic 5, Jamie Woon, Jon Kennedy and Zero 7. Dig it!



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Harvest Moon



Hard to believe but this marks our 80th episode here at the Podcast Cafe! That is a hell of a lot of music mixes streaming in to your home, your ears, your mind, your soul, and its been nothing but a pleasure to serve up the freshest blends for the people since 2007.

With autumn in full effect here in the Pacific Northwest, we concocted up a Harvest Moon mix, conceived of on the full moon earlier this month. It features highlights of some really, really good recent releases we've been enjoying lately, albums that no doubt will be populating our Favorites of 2012 list at the end of the year. The styles and genres vary, but as per usual, DJ Fundi has deftly blended them together into this smooth cocktail of mostly-mellow sounds (with some surprising exceptions, of course) —an inspired session blending the old with the new in a journey of sound, lyric & song. From acoustic to glitch, blues to grunge, americana folk to hipster anthems.

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Artists include Dirty Projectors, Grizzly Bear, Cat Power, Hot Chip, Andrew Bird, Wye Oak, Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, Dr. John, GRiZ, The xx, Horse Feathers, Frank Ocean, M. Ward, Tom Waits and a few surprises….

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What the Mixtape?! (Side Two)



Cross-posted from our sister site Destination Burning Man — an intriguing and delicious mix of EDM from DJ Playaduster originally posted 8/12/12!

Greetings friends near and far, met and unmet, DJ Playaduster here representing Destination Burning Man with Side Two of What the Mixtape?!

Get yourself ready for a hour long mix of electronic music based on DJs and producers who played at
What the Festival?! in Oregon the last weekend of July 2012. This was the best festival my PNW Get Found crew and I have ever experienced off the playa and the rush of inspiration we felt in the White River canyon has carried over in to this 2 side music mix tape project. From the environment to the art to the people to the lighting to the vibes to the splash pool and ESPECIALLY to the expertly curated schedule of to-notch DJs, the organizers did it right. We can't thank them enough for all the special touches, large and small.

We're going to explore some of the more experimental bass frequencies that What the Festival offered, including Sepalcure, Scuba and Sinjin Hawke, taste some acid crunk from Low Ryderz, get soothed with a long set from Emancipator and dabble in some forward-leaning low-end wavelengths from Gladkill, Bluetech, PhuturePrimitive and Sugarpill.



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What the Mixtape?! (Side One)



Cross-posted from our sister site Destination Burning Man — an intriguing and delicious mix of EDM from DJ Playaduster originally posted 8/3/12!

We're just back from the first-ever
What the Festival?! in the White River Canyon of Oregon and are so incredibly inspired by what went down there: an eclectic roster of top-shelf DJ talent dropping their jams through Function One soundsystems, the gorgeous landscape accentuated by art and light installations, lots of chill spaces full of kind and creative people, good food, minimal security and hilarious pool parties during the heat of the day – we can’t say enough good things about this gathering and the team that put it on. Big ups to the Zanzibar crew for pulling this off so flawlessly, and to my own Get Found family for representing the love.



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Side one of What the Mixxtape?! features some of the artists I saw and danced my ass off to, with a focus on the glitch-hop, dubstep, acid crunk, whomp and other soundz from the heavier end of the Bass Chakra spectrum, including Bonobo, Beats Antique, GRiZ, Gladkill, Ana Sia, MartyParty, Sugarpill, EPROM and Paper Diamond. Next week I’ll put out Side 2 with sounds trending house, ambient, experimental and sacred bass.

With 29 days until the Man burns, fevered excitement is in the air. I hope this What the Mixxtape?!, along with other recent episodes like
Desert Dreamers and Shimmer, provide you the ultimate soundtrack for your playa preparations.

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Spring Buds 2: Bodhisattva Vow



"I give thanks for this world as a place to learn
and for this human body that I'm glad to have earned
and my deepest thanks to all sentient beings
for without them there would be no place to learn what I'm seeing.”

--"Bodhisattva Vow,” MCA

Spring Buds 2 offers a meandering musical journey through new muzikz we've acquired over the past few weeks: freshness, green growth, sprouts, spring buds. Smoke em if you got em! (Spring Buds 1 from 2007 is available here.)



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This mix features new tracks from Floratone (Bill Frisell & Matt Chamberlain) * Father John Misty * Jimmy Cliff * Dub Is a Weapon * Rusko * Quantic * Santigold * The Shins * The Black Keys * Andrew Bird * Amadou & Mariam * The Decemberists * Bonnie Raitt with Bill Frisell & Greg Leisz * Alabama Shakes * Beach House * Josh Ritter * Beastie Boys * Damian Jurado * An-ten-ae * Horsefeathers * M. Ward * Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros //

I didn’t make this musical mix specifically for anybody or any particular reason, but in the last few weeks of putting the final touches on it, a number of very special people passed on to the Great Gig in the Sky:
MCA of the Beastie Boys, Doc Watson and then, just yesterday, two artist-musician-circus performers that were friends of friends. Drew Keriakedes (aka "Shmootzi the Clod”) and Joseph Albanese (aka “Meshuguna Joe”) were gunned down in a coffee shop in Seattle in an act of horrific and senseless violence. They were bright lights in the rainy city, and their warmth, generosity, freedom and love touched many, many people. Though I never met them, they meant a lot to some close friends who are now grieving, and I can feel the heartbreaking loss to the close-kn it community. I decided to dedicate this mix -- which offers a few appropriate songs, including the Beasties “Bodhisattva Vow” and M. Ward’s “Pure Joy” -- to the memory of the light of all four performers….







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Grand Royal : A Tribute to the Beastie Boys





A mix of Beastie Boy greatest hits, live cuts, B-sides, remixes and more, from Mick Boogie.

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Electric Frogsong



Hard to describe what holds this set of tunes together -- DJ Fundi spun it out mostly in one night based on intuition, chance and and trusting in the process of fateful detours. The results are a tapestry of soundscapes and textures from a wide variety of genres, including jazz, electronica, hip-hop instrumentals, lo-fi, Americana folk and…a touchdown in to some Muppet territory. While it may look strange on paper, take the journey and trust in the sound-selekting powers of DJ Fundi.


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Track list:

Medeski Martin & Wood "Palo Santo"
Ballaké Sissoko & Vincent Segal "Future"
James Blake "Love What Happened Here"
Ed Solo "Life Gets Better"
Dub is a Weapon "Nablus"
SBTRKT with Ishmael Butler "Wildfire"
Clams Casino "Brainwash >I'm Official"
How To Dress Well "RFTW"
Robert Glasper with Erykah Badu "Afro Blue"
Floating Point "Obfuse"
Mount Kimbie medley
Wilco "Speak Into the Rose / Black Moon"
Galactic "Attack"
Andrew Bird "The Naming of Things"
Muppet Medley
Mark Ronson / Erykah Badu / Bonobo "A La Modeliste"
Dr. John "Eleggua"
Shlomo "wen uuu"
Pretty Lights "We Must Go On"
MMW "Last of a Kind" (DJ Olive remix)
Gillian Welch "The Way The Whole Thing Ends"
O'Death "Say Goodbye"
Julianna Barwick "Prizewinnning"

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Acoustica VI: Cloudy, with a Chance of Sunbreaks



I just found this lost Acoustica mix deep in the Podcast Cafe vaults and have been listening to it every time I need a mellow, strumming groove. I find it both soothing and melancholy, one of my favorite combinations, and I thought I’d share it with you. It feels especially appropriate because just today, I found out that I lost a friend -- he perished in a boat fire with his wife in the marina on Bellingham Bay last week, but I didn’t know I was connected to this tragedy until today, via the news on the radio driving to work. I was half-tuned in until I heard the newscaster say his last name. The news has me dazed and sad, and this particular mix of music has been speaking to me today. None of these songs are about Jim and Sterling in particular, but it is a downtempo set with themes of loss, loving and renewal, and so I dedicate it to both of their memories.

I mixed “Acoustica 6: cloudy, with a chance of sunbreaks” 2 years ago, on the day before my birthday, when I was a single and somewhat lonely man living on Samish Island. It was mixed in one-take with no overdubs or chapters, and features a roster of what long-time listeners and fans of
the Acoustica series can now deduce to be Podcast Cafe All-Stars: Bill Frisell, Josh Ritter, Laura Veirs, Elliott Smith, Cowboy Junkies, Uncle Tupelo, Andrew Bird, JJ Cale, Gillian Welch, Elvis Perkins, Jerry Garcia, (bellingham’s own) Robert Blake, Beck, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Peter Gabriel (covering Bon Iver!?!), Nirvana and The Rolling Stones.



mixed feb 2010








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Blues You Can Use



A new mix of roots music orbiting around the soul of the blues, featuring deep cuts from the very, very best, including Jimi Hendrix / Cowboy Junkies / Blues Traveler / Cassandra Wilson / JJ Cale / Joan Osborne / Ray Charles / Muddy Waters / Cannonball Adderley / Ella Fitzgerald / The Roots / Nina Simone / Al Green / John Lee Hooker / Mahalia Jackson / Taj Mahal / Son House / The Black Keys / Aretha Franklin / The Allman Brothers / & Leadbelly

Hope you feel it, deep in yer bones.



mixed jan-feb 2012

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Keepin It Real : Classic Funk Chronicles 1



In an effort to
keep it real, we present to you a mix of classic funk from OG sources, spun out in one inspired session while loungin’ on the Mothership: Sly & the Family Stone (late period); Fred Wesley & the Horny Horns (featuring Maceo & the Godfather); Bill Withers, Marvin Gaye; Funkadelic (uncut)….and more. Feels good deep in the bones.



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mixed dec2011/jan2012


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