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Give Em What They Love : Summer Solstice 2014

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By popular request, here is a
New Music Blend that gathers together some of the best tunes that have been bumping out of The Podcast Cafe this summer: fresh tracks from old favorites like The Black Keys, Ray LaMontagne, Natalie Merchant, Jack White and Beck, alongside new discoveries like Chet Faker, Ayla Nereo and tUnE-yArDs, seasoned with a sprinkling of EDM cuts (curated by DJ Playaduster of Destination Burning Man) from The Polish Ambassador, Halo Refuser and Gramatik. This mix has been getting heavy play in our backyard beer garden, inspiring sing-alongs, making out and danceparties on more than one occasion!

Happy Summer Solstice!

Love you, DJ Fundi





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Track list // Michael Jackson "Love Never Felt So Good” / Gramatik "Get a Grip" (feat. Gibbz) / The Black Keys "In Time" / Ray LaMontagne "In Time" / tUnE-yArDs "Look Around > My Life" / Chet Faker "1998" / Halo Refuser "One Dimensional" / LYNX "Picture" + The Polish Ambassador remix / The Polish Ambassador "The Juiceman Cometh" (feat. SAQI) / MC Yogi "A.U.M." / Jack White "Three Women > High Ball Stepper" / Natalie Merchant "Texas" / Tinariwen "Timadrit In Sahara" / Beck "Heart is a Drum" / Damien Jurado "Silver Donna" / Ayla Nereo "Oh Love" + (Ryan Herr remix) / Janelle Monae "Give Em What They Love" (feat. Prince) \\


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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.

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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.

Pour up another hot toddy — we recommend grinding your own cinnamon fresh — and enjoy!

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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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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.



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Widespread Panic * Highlights from the 25th Anniversary Shows * 2/11/11



Here is the promised second podcast featuring highlights of the recent Widespread Panic 25th anniversary shows at the Classic Center in Atlanta, GA. This episode hones in on the most unforgettable jams of February 11, 2011. You can listen to and download February 10 highlights here. And if this sampler isn’t enough to satiate your appetite, go forth and purchase both shows in their glorious entirety at www.livewidespreadpanic.com.

Track listing: Barstools & Dreamers, Knights in White Satin (The Moody Blues), Blue Indian, New Speedway Boogie (Grateful Dead), Fishwater, Conrad the Caterpillar, Don’t Be Denied (Neil Young), Postcard, Driving Song, Porch Song.



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Here’s a review of the 2/11/11 show from
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Widespread Panic * Highlights from the 25th Anniversary Shows * 2/10/11



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or your jamtastic listening pleasure, DJ Fundi has put together a 2-part mix featuring highlights of the recent Widespread Panic 25th anniversary shows at the Classic Center in Atlanta, GA. This episode features my favorite moments from the February 10, 2011 show -- we’ll post highlights from the following night next week. I know that purists will be horrified to hear a Panic show edited and blended in this fashion, but oh well -- one can purchase the shows in their glorious entirety at www.livewidespreadpanic.com. Get ready for some amazing jams, funky grooves and southern soul in these transmissions, and we hope you enjoy them as much as we do!



Panic is sounding frickin’ awesome 25 years later...no small feat. Interesting to note that Panic opened up their very first show with Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth” 25 years ago (almost to the day) at the Mad Hatter Ballroom on 2/6/86!

Track listing: For What It’s Worth (Buffalo Springfield; first since 11/22/88), You’ll Be Fine (first since 11/12/01), Proving Ground, Arleen (with Randall Bramblett on saxophone) > Drums > Fire on the Mountain (Grateful Dead; first since 10/2/88) > Space Wrangler > Coconut, Bowlegged Woman, Heaven (Talking Heads).

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Here’s a review of the 2-night stand, from Honest Tune: The Southern Journal of Jam:

“How many bands can you think of that have made it 25 years, continuing to enamor their fans?  The first groups that likely come to mind are bands as highly regarded as the Grateful Dead, Allman Brothers Band, or the Rolling Stones; both of whom have persevered through the loss of key members, addiction, health issues, and an ever changing standard of what is considered "good" music.  The lesser known Widespread Panic is a recent addition to this list and in their 25 years together, they have experienced momentous highs and endured through unthinkable lows.  To the delight of a nation of devoted fans, "The Boys" who met in Athens, GA back in 1986 chose to celebrate the occasion by playing three unforgettable shows at two historic venues.”

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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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Troubled



Welcome to the 35th episode from the Podcast Cafe! This is a musical mix in the same vein as "Snowgreen Spincycle" -- I chose the concept of "trouble" and then searched through my archives for songs with that word in their title. I think the whole idea came about because of my enormous love for Cat Stevens' song "Trouble":
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