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The Thickness: Favorite Music of 2013

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Here's our annual review of the music that most moved, grooved, inspired or soothed us over the past year. As per usual, the Podcast Cafe serves up a diverse and tasty dish, with selections ranging from Americana and folk to funk and groove, rock n roll to an archive release of music recorded more than 50 years ago. Our friend from
Destination Burning Man, DJ Playaduster, joins DJ Fundi here and there to share some of the most original sounds from the world of electronic music too.

This 92nd episode from the Podcast Cafe is dedicated to the example and memory of Nelson Mandela. (The voice samples you'll hear in the mix are from the speech
Madiba gave upon being freed from jail after 27 years.)

We hope you enjoy and Happy New Year!


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Track list:
Tor "Lux"
Atoms for Peace "Ingenue"
Bob Dylan "I Went to See the Gypsy"
Laura Mvula "She" + Shlomo remix
Lorde "Royals" (An-ten-ae remix)
Daft Punk "Doin' It Right" (w/ Panda Bear)
Laura Marling "Master Hunter"
Bonobo "Antenna"
Mount Kimbie "Many Times, So Many Ways"
Iron & Wine "Low Light Buddy of Mine"
Neko Case "Night Still Comes"
Phaeleh "Night Lights" (ft. Cian Finn)
RJD2 "Behold, Numbers!"
Janelle Monáe & Erykah Badu "Q.U.E.E.N."
James Blake "Retrograde"
Pearl Jam "Infallible"
Cave Singers "Shine > Northern Lights"
Rising Appalachia and The Human Experience "Downtown"
Tor "The Thickness"
ODESZA "Keep Her Close" (Tor remix)
The Polish Ambassador "Conversations Between" (with Ayla Nereo"
Pretty Lights "One Day" (Break Science remix)
Plantrae "Primary Decomposers"
Rena Jones "Dusk to Daen"
Andrew Bird "Hover II"
Darkside "The Only Shrine I've Seen"
Bill Callahan "Spring"
Valerie June "Trials, Troubles, Tribulations"


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Sacred Bass Sessions Vol. 1 : Beyond the Dream Dome (for Sabbahji)

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Mixed by Kaya Rainface at the Purple Palace, November 2013

The Podcast Cafe is excited to introduce The Sacred Bass Sessions, a new series of intentional gatherings in Bellingham / Cascadia. Produced in partnership with Boogie Universal and Destination Burning Man, these sessions are envisioned to be a series of transformational events based around electronic music, community engagement and freedom of expression.

This musical mix by
dBM's Kaya Rainface is a soundtrack for our vision of Sacred Bass Sessions, like a mission statement, as well as a map to the subconscious nooks and crannies of your mind. It features music from the West Coast's finest DJs, producers and sound shamans, artists we either have already booked to play an upcoming SBS or are actively pursuing. The low-end mystical flow is deeply inspired by Rainface's time spent in the DreamDome at Photosynthesis 6 this past summer.



Just before releasing this mix, we synthesized a spur-of-the-moment tribute to Cheb i Sabbah at the conclusion of the audio journey, in honor of his passing on November 7. As we listened to this mix that evening, we could clearly hear Sabbahji's influence in every track, his musical legacy informing the current crop of Sacred Bass DJs who carry forward his global-galactic grooves for the next leg of the journey.

track list // itom lab "Galactic Mantra" + The Bells of Sh'ang Sh'ung / Subaqueous "Invoking (eO remix) > In Spire > Cryptic (Michael Manahan remix) / Osiris "Immersion > Soul Diver" / Drumspyder "Caduceus" / itom lab "Brahmin" / Plantrae "Primary Decomposers" / GUDA "Riparian Toadschool" / eO "Lilt" / Kyrstyn Pixton "Dolphin's Pipe" / Cheb i Sabbah "Durga Puja" (Rainface Redub) / eO "Sussurus" / Bass Chakra Therapy outro //

dedicated to the memory of
Cheb i Sabbah

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Autumanal Equinox III

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The rains have returned in a big way to the wet side of the Cascades mountain range this week, signaling the definitive end of another gorgeous, carefree, playful summer in Ish River Country. We've been keeping summer hours here at the Podcast Cafe, releasing a couple of kick-ass bootleg concerts from the Dead and Panic but otherwise focused on outdoor pursuits.

As the season shifts, the Cafe springs back to life, with customers coming back around looking for steaming bowls of soup, hot toddies, spruce tip martinis and a place next to our blazing hearth. We're excited to welcome the winter weather back, and along with it all things cozy and good.

Here's a mix we've been tinkering with off and on for a month, full of new/recent songs from many of our standby favorites, but with a twist: our buddy
DJ Playaduster from Destination Burning Man.com dropped in midway through our mixing and we decided to let him share some new music from the Realms of Elektronika to spice up the mix. He eases his entry in with the familiar voice of Bon Iver before launching off in to a half-hour journey that makes our heads spin and feet move….before we take back the controls and land the Fundiship back on Planet Earth just in time for dessert at the Cafe with amazing new songs from Mazzy Star (!!!), Pearl Jam and, finally, the sweet strains of Sam Beam.

Hope you all enjoy!


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Track list // Phosphorescent "Ride on Right On" / Local Natives "Wooly Mammoth" / Michael Menert "CHI cago" / CocoRosie "Gravedigress"/ The Cave Singers "It's a Crime > Evergreens" / Elephant Revival "Drop" / The xx "Together" / Laura Veirs "Ten Briges / Neko Case "Calling Cards" / Local Natives "Three Months" / Xavier Rudd "Lionness Eye > Bow Down" / Bon Iver "Wolves" (Kill Them With Color remix) / Saqi "Explode Into Clouds" / Jupit3r "1226" / Russ Liquid "The Ocean See" / Phaeleh "Make You Feel" / Timonkey "Sooner or Later" / Laura Mvula "She" (Shlomo remix) / Pearl Jam "Sirens" / Mazzy Star "California" / Iron & Wine "Joy" //

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Widespread Panic + Dirty Dozen Brass Band * Las Vegas, July 2013

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The Dirty Dozen Brass Band opened for Widespread Panic during their two-night stand at The Joint in Las Vegas, NV on July 12-13, 2013. Of course, several of the horn players from the Dirty Dozen joined Panic onstage to help them jam out some of their funky, bluesy, swampy, git-down tunes. This mix collects all nine songs that the boys collaborated on, sharing some of the mightiest, most epic WSMFP I've heard in a very long time!



tracks// Weight of the World (7/12) * Bust It Big (7/12) * Use Me (7/12) * Tail Dragger (7/12) * Pickin Up The Pieces (7/13) * I Walk on Guilded Splinters (7/13) * Christmas Katie (7/13) * Slippin Into Darkness (7/13) * Superstition (7/13) * e: Many Rivers To Cross (7/13) * Take Out > Porch Song (7/13)

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You can download both shows in full at
www.livewidespreadpanic.com. Photos by Andy Tennille Photography.

More DJ Fundi-curated Widespread Panic mixes at www.podcastcafe.org/episodes/files/category-wsmfp.html and http://www.podcastcafe.org/livearchive/files/tag-wsmfp.html

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Grateful Dead May '77 set one



An amalgamation of first set songs from the Grateful Dead circa May 1977. These are the best first set nuggets culled from the new box set from Rhino Records, "Five Days in May." Remastered, rebalanced and rejujued, this is the Dead at one of their 4 or 5 musical peaks.

We open with two songs that find the band energetic yet ragged, like a runner bursting out of the gates before the starting bell….
Bertha and Music Never Stopped give them ample opportunity to warm up and start to locate the communal groove.

We then take a tromp through a slew of classic songs that showcase the restraint and complexity of their playing—
Ramble On Rose, Cassidy, Brown-Eyed Women, Jack A Roe —all right in that warm pocket of the groovy, earthy 70s. Listen to Jerry's guitar somehow weave together elements of country, jazz, funk, bluegrass, rock and disco, as if to demonstrate that all American popular music shares a common ancestral rootstock.

Lazy Lightning > Supplication finds the Dead opening up the valves for the first time in to an unrestrained instrumental jam. Flight warning!

By the time we get to
High Time, Jack Straw and Half-Step Mississippi, we are in the presence of a warmed-up band playing honest, heartfelt music that takes in all strands of  American roots music while simultaneously leans in to the future, creating something brand new from shards of the past. The band has found their groove in this twilight of the first set and saunter through the countryfied psychedelic landscapes with an ease bordering on swagger.

Dancin' in the Street brings the parade of set one songs to a rousing, all-on conclusion -- hear the Grateful Dead tease disco, and find both funk and flat-pickin' somewhere deep in that groove.

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Open Channels : new elektrogrooves 2013

87-openchannelsA guest DJ set from our friend DJ Playaduster, courtesy of Destination Burning Man — a user-friendly survey of the best electronic music cuts of 2013, including house, nu disco, sacred bass, ambient, electrofunk, dub and a good dose of whomp!



Track list:
DJ Koze "Amygdala" (ft. Milosh)
Wolf + Lamb "Real Love"
Scuba "Hardbody"
Claude VonStroke "TurboStepper"
Herbaliser "Welcome to Extravagance"
Emancipator "Valhalla"
The Polish Ambassador "Live Inside a Dream"
Bonobo North Border tryptich
Pantha Du Prince "Quantum / Photon"
Little People "M.N.O.P.Q."
James Blake "Voyeur"
The xx "Sunset" (Jamie xx remix)
Russ Liquid "Zappa Darling"
Thriftworks "Housesitter"
Nosaj Thing "Eclipse/Blue"
Kalya Scintilla "Open Channel"
Kaminanda "Optimal Trajecstasy"
Sugarpill "Space Foray"
Andreilien "Tafoni"
jOBOT "Be You Auto"
jOBOT & ChrisB "Sevens on the Out"
The xx "Together"

A joint production of
www.podcastcafe.org and www.destinationburningman.com

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White Horses : Acoustica 11/11 > 3.1.13

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Comfort food here at the emergence from our deep, dark winter's cave, blinking in the light of a new spring season…

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Track list:
Sigur Ros "Intro"
Andrew Bird "Three White Horses"
Neko Case "I'm an Animal"
Wilco "I Got You"
St. Vincent "Year of the Tiger"
Modest Mouse "3rd Planet"
Gotye "Somebody That I Used To Love"
The National "Fake Empire"
Wye Oak "Two Small Deaths"
Neil Young "What Happened Yesterday > Campaiger"
Cowboy Junkies "Helpless"
Fleet Foxes "Tiger Mountain Peasant Song"
The xx "Unfold"
Grizzly Bear "What's Wrong" + Mary Oliver
Grizzly Bear + Feist "Service Bell"
Feist "How Come You Never Go There?"
Built to Spill "Things All Apart"
Bon Iver "Blindsided"
Gillian Welch "The Way It Goes"
Jim James "State of the Art (A.E.I.O.U.)"
Damien Jurado "With Lightning In Your Hands"
Neil Young "XII > V"
Andrew Bird "Beyond the Valley of Three White Horses"
Gillian Welch "Six White Horses"

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Frozen Fog: Purple Moomindub Vol. 1

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a frozen fog descends over the Purple Soundsystem on the fringes of the Salish Sea……..into the haze, DUBSTYLE!

Quiet Village "A Trader in Furs" (remix)
Scuba "Tracers" + Mulatu Astaqe "Gubelye " + Ricardo Villalobos & Max Loderbauer "Reannounce"
Nichola Jaar "With Just One Glance > John the Revelator"
Lee "Scratch" Perry "Dub Organizer"
LKJ "Commad Counsel Dub"
Mad Professor "Dub So Hard"
Black Uhuru "Party Next Door"
Ossie All Stars "Ready Dub"
Gregory Issacs "Rumors"
Aswad "Ways of the Lord"
Pantha Du Prince "Particle" + Hunter S Thompson reading the Book of Revelations
The xx "Sunset" (Jamie xx remix)
Fela "No Agreement / Shuffering and Smiling"
Paul Horn + Ricardo Villalobos & Max Loderbauer "Reemergence"
Nosaj Thing "Home" medley + Paul Horn + burning embers underwater
Emancipator "Eve II"
Built To Spill "Heart"

Spoken word: Hunter S Thompson '77 Boulder, CO.

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Grateful Dead Spring 1990 Highlights 2

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The Grateful Dead released an excellent box set last fall that highlights their Spring 1990 tour, featuring six complete shows remastered and remojo'd on 18 CDs. Many Deadhead aficionados consider this period to be one of the last great musical peaks for the band, post-In The Dark with Jerry in good health and the band firing on all cylinders night after night. It is also a noteworthy period as these are Brent's last days with the Dead…

DJ Fundi took it upon himself to comb through the more than 20 hours of live Dead recordings found on the new Spring Tour 1990 box set, finding favorite moments, sweet ballads and stellar jams, then blending them together in to this "highlight mix." Its like Fantasy Grateful Dead: pick and choose your own set list, create your dream show! & boogie down! It is sequenced and mixed so as to emulate what you might hear at a show. Lots of Jerry here, as you might imagine, alongside Bobby, Phil and Brent singing their best too. Everyone sounds just great here.



Loser
Playin' >
China Doll >
Uncle John's >
Terrapin Station >
Drums >
Standing on the Moon >
NFA >
Attics of My Life
Foolish Heart >
Looks Like Rain >
He's Gone >
Last Time
Death Don't Have No Mercy


From 3.24.90 Albany, 3.30.90 Uniondale & 4.2.90 Atlanta. Part one can be found here.

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Grateful Dead Spring 1990 Highlights 1

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The Grateful Dead released an excellent box set last fall that highlights their Spring 1990 tour, featuring six complete shows remastered and remojo'd on 18 CDs. Many Deadhead aficionados consider this period to be one of the last great musical peaks for the band, post-In The Dark with Jerry in good health and the band firing on all cylinders night after night. It is also a noteworthy period as Brett Mydland will not live to see the next year :( .

The sound of these shows is as good as it gets: clean and crisp with great instrument separation and a depth to the frequencies; crank it up on your home stereo and you can imagine the Dead are right there playing for you! BTW, their double-disc live release Without A Net features music from this era as well, and has long been one of my favorite official live releases since it came out in the early 1990s, when I was but a young, earnest, newly-enamored Deadhead.

Shows from the box set are 3/16/90 Capital Centre (Landover , MD), 3/19/90 Hartford Civic Center, 3/22/90 Copps Coliseum (Hamilton, Ontario), 3/26/90 Knickerbocker Arena (Albany, NY), 3/30/90 Nassau Coliseum (Uniondale, NY) and 4/2/90 The Omni (Atlanta, GA).

DJ Fundi took it upon himself to comb through the more than 20 hours of live Dead, finding favorite moments, sweet ballads and stellar jams, then blending them together in to two different "highlight mixes" that present favorite Dead songs played extremely well. It is sequenced and mixed so as to emulate what you might hear at a show, though it is a fantasy show jam-packed with all of the goodies and none of the….less likable or tired songs. Lots of Jerry here, as you might imagine, alongside Bobby, Phil and Brett singing their best songs too. Everyone sounds just
great here.