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Say Hello to Heaven: Tribute to Chris Cornell

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podcast cafe episode #116: Say Hello to Heaven: Tribute to Chris Cornell
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Loud Love / Gun / Big Dumb Sex (Dub) / Girl U Want / Times of Trouble / Hands All Over / Ty Cobb / Pushin' Forward Back / Dusty / Dusty (Moby remix) / Black Hole Sun (acoustic) / Rhinosaur / Fell On Black Days / Fresh Tendrils / Just Like Suicide (acoustic) / Right Turn / Seasons / Limo Wreck / New Damage / Nothing Compares 2 U / Wave Goodbye / Sunshowers / Say Hello 2 Heaven


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Stamen Songs: David Bowie Tribute
Purple Reign: Prince Tributes


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Pearl JAMS



Episode #114: Pearl JAMS
a digital mixtape of favorite (mostly early) songs by the one & only
Pearl Jam

Wasted Reprise / Breath and a Scream / Hold On / Mother Love Bone "Crown of Thorns” / Wash / Temple of the Dog "Pushin' Forward Back > Say Hello 2 Heaven > Your Savior” / Dirty Frank / RHCP "Sir Pyscho Sexy” / Alone / Jane's Addiction "Pigs in Zen” / Footsteps / Crazy Mary / Nirvana "Smells Like Teen Spirit” / Black / State of Love & Trust / Sad / Indifference / Garden / Yellow Ledbetter

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Daze of the Dead set two



DJ Fundi's Part 2 mix of highlights from the recent "Day of the Dead" compilation

episode 109 // Real Estate "Here Comes Sunshine" / Tal National "Eyes of the World" / Luluc with Xylouris White "Till the Morning Comes" / Jim James "Candyman" / Tunde Adebimpe, Lee Ranaldo & Friends "Playin in the Band" / Local Natives "Stella Blue" / Orchestra Baobab "Clementine Jam" / / Flaming Lips "Dark Star" / s t a r g a z e "What's Become of the Baby" / Bill Callahan "Easy Wind" / Mina Tindle & Friends "Rosemary" / The National "Morning Dew" / The National + Bob Weir "GDTRFB" / Richard Reed Parry with Caroline Shaw & Little Scream (feat. Garth Hudson) "Brokedown Palace

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Prince & Friends: PARTYUP (Purple Reign VII)



I have been channeling my confusion and grief over the passing of the Purple One by diving deep in to my Prince archives and mixing up favorite, lesser-known tracks from Prince and his Purple Posse. No greatest hits here; this is a selection for Prince connoisseurs of live tracks, B-sides, stuff he produced for friends and special edition covers!

episode #107 // Paisley Park (Extended Remix) / If I Were the Man in Your Life / Xpand > The Family "Mutiny" > Mutiny (Live) / Purple House / I Love U in Me / Box of Chocolates (clip) / Something in the Water (3rdEye Girl rehearsal) / Sex Me Sex Me Not (clip) / Partyup / Sheila E. "A Love Bizarre" (live) / The Time "777-9311"/ Satisfied (live) / Janelle Monae "Give Em What They Want" / Madsex / Letitgo / Forever in My Life (Live) / Choir of 1999 Voices Sings "When Doves Cry" / Alexa de Paris / Ani Difranco "Providence" //

\\ RIP PRN xo xo xo

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DJ Fundi's mix of highlights from the recent "Day of the Dead" compilation

episode #106: Sugaree *
Phosphorescent, Jenny Lewis & Friends / Franklin's Tower * Baobab Orchestra / New Speedway Boogie * Courtney Barnett / St. Stephen * Wilco with Bob Weir / Ship of Fools * The Tallest Man on Earth / Cumberland Blues * Charles Bradley / Help on the Way > Slipknot! * Bela Fleck / Estimated Prophet * The Rileys / Shakedown Street * Unknown Mortal Orchestra / Jack-A-Roe * This Is The Kit / China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider * Stephen Malkmus / Loser * Ed Droste, Binki Shapiro & Friends / Bird Song * Bonnie 'Prince' Billy & Friends / drumz/space * Man Forever & Sō Percussion and Oneida / Dark Star * Cass McCombs and Joe Russo > Nightfall of Diamonds / GDTRFB * Lucinda Williams / And We Bid You Goodnight * Sam Amidon \\



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Prince & Friends: SEX GOD COME YES (Purple Reign VI)



I have been channeling my confusion and grief over the passing of the Purple One by diving deep in to my Prince archives and mixing up favorite, lesser-known tracks from Prince and his Purple Posse. No greatest hits here; this is a selection for Prince connoisseurs of live tracks, B-sides, stuff he produced for friends and special edition covers!

episode 105 // Sheila E. + Prince "Koo Koo" / Pink Cashmere / Sex / Ol' School Company / Cloreen Baconskin (with Morris Day) / When Doves Cry (Be Good Tanyas cover) / Condition of the Heart interlude > Mellow / 17 Days (solo piano) / Thieves in the Temple (+ Herbie Hancock cover) / Soft & Wet / Purple Music (demo + Chrissle & Kid Fury) / When Doves Cry (Ani DiFranco cover) / The Family "Yes" / Sheila E. "Strawberry Shortcake" / Come / The Question of U (live) / Morning Papers / Feel For You (+ Chaka Khan) / D'Angelo "Sometimes It Snows in April" (with Princess) / "Purple Rain / Beautiful Ones" (final performance on the "Piano and a Microphone" tour) / God \\ RIP PRN xo xo xo

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Purple Reign V : Prince Tribute Mix



REPOSTED IN HONOR OF THE PURPLE ONE'S PASSING RIP PRN xoxo

The fifth and final (?) episode in the ongoing “Purple Reign” series of Prince tribute mixes!

Track list: Alphabet St * Tamborine * Electric Chair * All the Critics Love You in New York * Cream * Kiss * Flutestremental * Lovesexy * Do It All Night * Marrying Kind * On the Couch * Darling Nikki * Vicki Waiting * Freaks on this Side * Get on the Boat * Forever in My Life

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As in all of the other installments, DJ Fundi has combed through his vast Purple Vault in search of rare remixes, B-sides, obscure cassingle tracks and a bunch of under-appreciated songs from mostly-forgotten records. This mix brings back in to the light a number of heavy cuts from the Batman soundtrack, Musicology, New Power Soul and others. I set out to make a mix of my favorite Prince songs in 2009 -- that initiative didn’t end until this Mix #5 three years later. Its been a labor of love for sure, and a great way to rediscover all of the funky gems from Prince’s 25+ year career and share them with you!
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Purple Reign IV : Prince Tribute Mix



REPOSTED IN HONOR OF THE PURPLE ONE'S PASSING RIP PRN xoxo

The fourth (of five) installment in the Podcast Cafe’s Purple Reign musical mix tribute series to Prince opens up with an abstract funk-jazz track from his obscure “Xpectations” album, then segues in to the start-stop funk of “Dance On” from “Lovesexy” and a remix of “Irresistible Bitch.” It’s a promising start and lets the listener know right away that they are in the hands of a Prince master archivist and mixmaster supreme. This isn’t any kind of Greatest Hits compilation -- expect rare tracks, remixes, B-sides and other surprises that range the entire 30-some years of the Purple One’s extravagant career.
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Other tracks along the way include “Call My Name,” “Raspberry Beret,” “Hot Thing,” “Let’s Pretend We’re Married,” “Thieves in the Temple,” “Lemon Crush,” “New Power Generation,” “Joy in Repetition,” “The Beautiful Ones,” “Rainbow Children,” “Private Joy,” “Paisley Park,” Do Me, Baby” and “Positivity.”



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Purple Reign III : Prince Tribute Mix



REPOSTED IN HONOR OF THE PURPLE ONE'S PASSING RIP PRN xoxo

The Podcast Cafe's 3rd Prince mixxx installment in the Purple Reign series, featuring Shockadelica, Strange Relationship, Housequake, Always in my Hair, Mad Sex, We Can Funk, It, How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore?, New Position, 3121, Lovesign, The Work and other favorite jams from the Purple Funkster.

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Purple Reign II : Prince Tribute Mix



REPOSTED IN HONOR OF THE PURPLE ONE'S PASSING RIP PRN xoxo

Originally created in 2009, this is the second in a series of Prince-centric podcasts -- a long time coming and pretty damn self-explanatory. Dig if you will the picture...


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Purple Reign I : Prince Tribute Mix



REPOSTED IN HONOR OF THE PURPLE ONE'S PASSING RIP PRN xoxo
Originally posted in 2009, this is the first in a series of Prince-centric podcasts -- a long time coming and pretty damn self-explanatory. Dig if you will the picture...


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Starman Songs: Tribute to David Bowie

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Mixed by DJ Playaduster and DJ Fundi / January 2016

We attempted to honor the life, music and creative legacy of David Bowie after his sudden departure from Planet Earth. We collaborated on this mix that features Bowie's songs (in somewhat chronological order), interviews, news reels, a few choice covers and a handful of remixes. When choosing tracks, we had studio cuts, live versions, remixes and sometimes Bowie's reinterpretations of them re-recorded 20+ years later ~ we often blend several sources in to one track, so listen carefully! So much gratitude for this magical human being and all that he left behind.

Travel well, Spaceman. We'll miss you.



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episode 102 :: Ziggy Stardust / Starman (original studio mix + live at the BBC 1972) / Rebel Rebel / All The Young Dudes / The Man Who Sold the World (studio + live at the BBC 2000) / Changes / Rock n Roll Suicide / Jean Genie / Fame (live at the BBC 2000 + studio + Luke Mandala remix) / Young Americans (2007 mix) / Modern Love / Under Pressure (acapella with Freddy Mercury) / Golden Years (single version + Jeremy Sole remix) / Ashes to Ashes / China Girl / I'm Afraid of Americans / Never Let Me Down (Britt Daniels cover) / Heroes / David Bowie retrospective / Lazarus / I Can't Give Everything Away / Life On Mars? / Suffragette City (Seu Jorge) / Space Oddity (Choir! Choir! Choir! ) / ...outro :: \\

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Your Love is Safe with Me : Bon Iver Mix

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It's been six months since our last new episode was posted….here's something we've been tinkering with off and on that is finally ready to be set free: a tribute mix to the one and only Bon Iver -- featuring songs from his two albums, live tracks, b-sides, covers and obscures songs from compilations. We are HUGE fans of the music of Justin Vernon and this episode — our 94th!! — features all kinds of rarities and hidden gems. Enjoy, friends.



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Track list // Holocene / For Emma / Blood Bank / Calgary / Flume / Perth / Skinny Love / Roslyn (with St. Vincent) / Towers / Blindsided / Michicant / The Park / Hinnom, TX / Creature Fear / Wash. / Fall Creek Boys Choir / I Can't Make You Love Me > Nick of Time/ re: Stacks
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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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Milk It : A NIRVANA MIXTAPE





After reading Charles Cross’ excellent biography of Kurt Cobain, Heavier Than Heaven, I felt moved to collect my favorite Nirvana songs in to a (digital) mixtape, mostly so I could carry around 1 hour and 30 minutes of anguished guttural dark rocknroll to tap in to when the mood called for. I have such profound and deep-felt respect and awe for Cobain & Co’s gifts as musicians, poets and avatars and this recent journey through words and music has made me appreciate anew what this powerhouse trio brought to the world. I’m continually amazed that they were only together a handful of years and only produced three studio albums, and I can’t help but wonder what Kurt would have done in following years had he kept himself alive. There is a new level of artistry and sophistication that comes through on In Utero-era recordings, as if he was only starting to bloom, and his self-inflicted early exit stands as a great tragedy for rock n roll.

This mix pulls together tracks from
Bleach, Nevermind and In Utero (mostly demos, B-sides, alt takes, etc) as well as their live albums (Reading, Portland 1989, Seattle Paramount Halloween 1991) and With the Lights Out box set.

Namaste Kurt. Here’s to hoping you’ve found your peace, and thanks for all the power chords, broken guitars and screams.



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Brokedown Palace : Garcia on Stage 4



Miss you Jerry!
xx oo thanks for everything you gave.....


Althea
Gomorrah
New Speedway Boogie
They Love Each Other
Jam
Watkins Glen Soundcheck
Doin' That Rag
Stella Blue
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They Love Each Other
It's All Over Now, Baby Blue
Brokedown Palace



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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.

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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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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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Blame it on the Boogie : A Tribute to Michael Jackson (Part 3)

The first two sets have been downloaded over 500 times each in the short period of time they've been put out on the internets, which makes me very happy. I envision Michael Jackson dance parties happening around the planet to the soundtrack of joyful music I've weaved together here. I appreciate the positive feedback I've heard from many listeners in diverse corners and hope that those who appreciate these mixes will share them widely with friends.

Michael Jackson's story is a very complicated, weird, mysterious and, ultimately, tragic. Some think his troubles originate in his childhood at the hands of his father, other argue that he brought it all on to himself. "Blame it on the Boogie" sidesteps all of these debates and instead focuses on the unmatched legacy of Michael Jackson's music -- his original blending of Motown, disco, r&b, funk and soul, spiced up with a huge amount of confident showmanship. MJ was a musical genius who created a huge body of uplifting, emotionally moving, booty-rocking music, and I hope this tribute trilogy helps remind listeners of how, beneath all the controversy, MJ was an extremely and sensitive gifted artist.
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Blame it on the Boogie : A Tribute to Michael Jackson (Part 2)



Part 2 of my Michael Jackon Tribute series picks up where Part 1 ends, delving back in to the "Thriller" era before committing to an extended appreciation of "Bad" and then dropping in on a fast-paced, booty-rockin' exploration of MJ's underappreciated Late Period. I had no idead he was still putting out such amazing and ground-breaking music post-"Bad," tracks like "Scream", "They Don't Care About Us", "2 Bad", "Xscape" and "Jam." Like Part 1, this mix tells the MJ story through nontraditional tracks: home demos, remixes, dubs and rare tracks. I've been listening to both constantly these past 2 weeks, with mad appreciation for MJ's gift of groove to the world.

Against my better judgement, I had to start a third (and hopefully final!) installment in the tribute series. As I was mixing this one up, I kept finding amazing remixes and rarities online, but I wanted Part 2 to come in at under 80 minutes so it could be burned to CD, and the incoming rush of MJ music had to spill over in to a 3rd mix. A Michael Jackson "Trilogy" was unplanned when I first started out, but that is what this process has naturally evolved in to, so there it is. The man just put out too much great music -- blame it on the boogie!


Blame it on the Boogie : A Tribute to Michael Jackson (Part 1)



This musical journey starts with some selections from the Jackson 5, of course, before exploring Michael Jackson's early solo career, with a multifaceted look at "Off the Wall" and his original melding of disco grooves with Motown soul. Eventually, we reach "Thriller," looking at half of the album's hits from various different perspectives, before running out of time at the 79:45 mark -- just the right length to be able to burn this mix to CD. Part two, to be released in a couple of weeks, picks up with the second half of Thriller and runs through various side projects and the most intriguing sounds from his later releases.

Now, those listeners looking for a run-through of his greatest hits can, well, purchase or dig out his many "Greatest Hits" collections. In other words, this ain't your mamas Michael Jackson. The mix is built on alternate takes, mash-ups, early home demos, interviews and, especially, remixes. There are many, many remixes of Michael floating around out there in cyberspace, and I chose a wide variety of reinterpretations: some ready to bump your booty, some corny and others just plain weird. I reveled in the wide, creative diversity of remixes that MJ inspired, and listening to them over the past week, it dawned on me just how universal his music was -- there was an essential DNA of heart, soul and groove in just about everything he performed, and those core elements were able to be fit in and reprogramed in all kinds of musical scenarios. House, reggae, grunge, glitch, ambient -- Michael's words and voice sounded natural in so many different genres and environments, in part because it was so real. And I guess that is why he was loved the whole world over -- his gift of song was universal. It touched the heart and moved the booty, no matter what culture or creed.

His great success in moving so many people killed him in the end. His superstardom took over his individuality and he gave himself away to our collective desire for hero-worship, gossip and judgement. In doing so, Michael lost touch with himself and then with reality and that's when the freak show began. I try to withhold judgement for all his oddities and naivete -- I feel like society pushed him in to the corner he was trapped in and we have no right to judge him. Especially now that he is gone and cannot respond. We can only go back to the music that was left behind.

Instead of getting swept up in the media frenzy of the past week -- the endless analysis of his finances and prescription drug use and relationship with his family and fate of his children -- I have turned to the music to remember. Just as I imagine millions of other fans are too. And my full immersion in Michael's glorious art -- "I'll Be There," "Ease on Down the Road," "Don't Stop Til You Get Enough," "Billie Jean," "Smooth Criminal," "Jam" -- has reminded me that MJ was, ultimately, a bright light, brighter than most of us here on Planet Earth. He was born to sing and dance and make people happy. His soul was made of pure light and he came to us a bodhisattva, giving of himself to ease the suffering of humanity. "Let me fill your heart with joy and laughter," he sings, "Togetherness is all I'm after."

MJ fearlessly became one with his creative expression, merging his life with his gift, and all of us are that much better off because of it. He performed with selflessness, devotion, generosity and an amazing amount of courage. I might be getting carried away now, but hearing him sing the bridge in "Human Nature" makes me feel like Michael, in his heartfelt surrender to his muse, was channeling the divine spirit. He opened up for us and the bright light of something sacred poured forth. He made it more beautiful to be a human being. We won't ever experience another musical being like MJ in our lifetime.

This musical mix, to be released in two parts to keep it manageable, is my tribute to MJ and all that he gave. Like I said, it is exploratory and sometimes experimental, but hopefully reflects even just a little bit of the shine that Michael gave to the world.



Rest in peace, Michael Jackson. You've earned it. And thanks for all the amazing music!

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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Egg Radio : Bill Frisell, reconstructed


A few years back, back before the dawn of digital music technologies, DJ Fundi threw together a loose mix of Bill Frisell's music and burned it painstakingly to a CD, something he called "The Bill Frisell Mixdown".



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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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