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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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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.



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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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Acoustica V : Born 2 B Loved



Happy happy happy spring! Green growth, perky forest floor coming alive, unfurling fiddleheads, trillium, hummingbirds, currants, frogsong at night and love. Here's another gift: Acoustica V: Born to be Loved, our fifth mix in our series of acoustic-based music. Featuring songs new and old by Andrew Bird, Robin Pecknold, Fleet Foxes, Lucinda Williams, Iron & Wine, Pearl Jam, Cowboy Junkies, The Mountain Goats, The Cave Singers, Radiohead, Alexi Murdoch, The Decemberists, R.E.M. Willie Nelson with Wynton Marsalis & Norah Jones. This is like an all-star lineup of Podcast Cafe favorite artists from over the years -- some playing acoustic instruments, others plugged-in but making music in the acoustic spirit. Hope it soothes your soul!

Special guests:
Brayden & Ryan!

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Our Love is Our Power



A mix of new soul, r&b love and loose-limbed funk, inspired and informed by my recent discovery of the musician Jamie Woon. Jeremy Sole dropped Woon's track "Lady Luck" on his KCRW show a couple of weeks ago, and I've been rocking it on the headphones every day since. I built this mix around 3 Jamie Woon tracks that I love, and they appear at the beginning, middle and end. Supporting the mood are jams by Raphael Saadiq, Digable Planets, Sade, Aloe Blacc, The Bees, Erykah Badu, Jamie Lidell, Lauryn Hill, The Roots, Andreya Triani, Galactic, Pharcyde and the Spinners. DIG IT Y'ALL!







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Dwellingham (Acoustica 4)



This is a mix of music made as anticipation for moving off of the island and back up to Bellingham grows, with thoughts of nesting, family, cedar trees and grounding in heart. Mostly it is a collection of my favorite songs of this season of the mellowish, acoustic-based, beard-folk, often melancholy, always moving variety. These are the tunes I find myself listening to over, over & over again in the winter of 2010-2011.

The mix features Adam Hurst, Tallest Man on Earth, Iron & Wine, The Decemberists, Sufjan Stevens, The Black Keys, Aloe Blacc, Sade, Mumford & Sons, Carlina Chocolate Drops, Cowboy Junkies, Neil Young, Band of Bees, Band of Horses, Josh Ritter, Robert Plant's Band of Joy, Laura Veirs, Ray LaMontagne & the Pariah Dogs, Sharon Van Etten and others.

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Yes We Did: Obama Hopecast : Part 2

Part two of a two-part series (click here for part one) -- released MLK Day 2009, one day before Inauguration Day!



Left speechless & shaking with an intense, spiritual joy after the 2008 presidential election, I was so happy for myself, for my country and for the whole entire world that I came to a rare loss for words. This "hopecast" is my best attempt to describe and share some portion of the mix of emotions the election of Barack Obama has inspired in me. It is especially informed by looking backwards, because you can't know where you're going unless you know where you've come from.

Part two centers around Obama's election night victory speech in Chicago, interspersed with Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech from the March on Washington in 1963: "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character." Bob Marley, the Neville Brothers, Bill Frisell, Marvin Gaye, Common, Z-Trip, Bonobo, James Brown, the Blind Boys of Alabama, George Clinton, Fela, Prince, Public Enemy and assorted hymns, field hollers and cameos from Dubya inform this tribute, along with a cast of dozens more.

I hope that my Hopecast serves as an audio record of history in the making, set to a fitting groove. Viva Obama!




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Yes We Can : Obama Hopecast : Part 1

part one of a two-part series



left speechless & shaking with an intense, spiritual joy after the 2008 presidential election, i was so happy for myself, for my country and for the whole entire world that i came to a rare loss for words.

this "hopecast" is my best attempt to describe and share some portion of the mix of emotions the election of Barack Obama has inspired in me. it is especially inspired by looking backwards, because you can't know where you're going unless you know where you've come from.

bob marley, curtis mayfield, marvin gaye, ludacris, nas, lee "scratch" perry, maceo parker, the blind boys of alabama, george clinton, fela, prince, public enemy and assorted hymns, field hollers and cameos from MLK and Dubya people this tribute. it also features excerpts of Obama's most memorable oratory as he made the transitions from junior senator to presidential candidate to president-elect -- an audio record of history in the making, set to a fitting groove.

Part one takes the listener from Obama as junior senator from Illinois on to the campaign trail and up to the Democratic Convention when he became the Democratic nominee. I'll release part two on Inauguration Day and it will finish up the story with his acceptance speech in Chicago.



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Acoustica III : Seedheads



Seedheads are structures that develop after the fertilization of a flower. A seedhead has two main functions: to protect the seed while it develops and then, once it has matured, to distribute it. Seedheads also provide shelter and food for a wide variety of insects...



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Local Drizzle : Jazzscapes


simple concept tonight at the Podcast Cafe: jazz. That's what we're serving up neat tonight here in Sunnyland...



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SUPERBAD : a tribute to the Godfather of Soul


"My music wasn't written by Mozart, Beethoven, Bach or Schubert. It's written by God and me. They go 'a one and a two and up.' We start on the downbeat. Bam! And that's where we got them."



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Soundtrack for a Kitchen Dance Party



It's the holiday season, which means folks are gettin' festive out there on the good planet earth...



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Deep Fried Funk Nuggets



Podcast Cafe digs deep into the Live Funk Archives for this bouillabaisse of rare funky nuggets...



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