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Wintry Conditions : Winter Songs

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Episode #115: As we emerge from another dark and drizzly winter, DJ Fundi offers a bright bundle of songs that look back to favorites from the past few months as well as new releases pulling us towards the season ahead. A little bit of folk, a little bit of hip-hop, spiced up with some jamband, gospel, funk and folk. A beautiful batch of new music, we hope you enjoy the journey....



tracklist // The xx "Dangerous" / Anderson Paak "Light Weight" (feat The Free National United Fellowship Church) / A Tribe Called Quest "Movin Backwards" / Father John Misty "Pure Comedy" / Widespread Panic "Jamais Vu > Steven's Cat" / David Bowie "Fame" (Luke Mandala remix) / David Bowie "Golden Years" (Jeremy Sole remix) / Chance the Rapper "Finish Line / D'Angelo "Betray My Heart" / Spoon "Hot Thoughts" / Laura Marling "Soothing" / Kendrick Lamar "Alright" / Alabama Shakes "This Feeling" / Prince "Adore" / Chance "Blessings" / Little Simz "Picture Perfect > Shotgun (feat. Syd)" / Fleet Foxes "Third of May / Ōdaigahara” \\


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We the People : 2016 Favorites!

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Episode #112: this musikal journey explores our favorite sounds, moods, experiments, tributes + songs of 2016. shitty year, good music!

A-Wa "Yemenite Lullaby > Habib Galbi"
Beats Antique "Burn Dub"
A Tribe Called Quest ".....We the People > Conrad Tokyo (with Kendrick Lamar) > The Donald"
Glass Animals "Cane Shuga"
David Bowie "Girl Loves Me"
Bon Iver "666"
Frank Ocean "Close to You"
Nicolas Jaar "No"
Wilco "Quarters"
Car Seat Headrest "Drunk Drivers / Killer Whale:  
CloZee "Sankar's Lake"
emancipator "Father Dream"
Erothyme "Lemur Dreams"
Yaima "Our Game'
Tor "Days Gone"
Eliott Lipp "Come to Life"
Cave Singers "Fade Away"
Courtney Barnett "New Speedway Boogie"
Ed Droste "Loser"
Man Forever & Sō Percussion and Oneida " Drums > Space"
Cass McCombs and Joe Russo "Dark Star"
Radiohead "Desert Island Disk"
Prince "Moonbeam Levels"
D'Angelo + Princess "Sometimes it Snows in April" live on Jimmy Fallon / RIP

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Spring Buds III : Fiddleheads Unfurling (Beardy Manfolk Equinox)



Welcome back to the Podcast Cafe on the verge of springtime! Make yerself comfortable as DJ Fundi serves up a blend of mostly-new beardy manfolk from many of our musical heroes: M. Ward, Andrew Bird, Damien Jurado, Iron & Wine, the Cave Singers, Sturgill Simpson, Bon Iver... and a surprise appearance by Ms. Lucinda Williams in the midst of it all. These modern folk songs are often haunting, sentimental, sometimes spooky, always satisfying. Don't know why so many bearded-men-folk-singers released new albums all at the same time, but they did, and DJ Fundi is here to help you sift through to find the best and most nutritious nuggets. If you like what you hear tonight in our Spring Buds III gathering, support the artists and buy their records, as well as consider making a donation to the Podcast Cafe to help us keep the lights on and the music flowing.

episode #104: Fiddleheads Unfurling, aka BEARDY MANFOLK EQUINOX
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"Lon Bella > ONALASKA" / Robin Pecknold "Out of Sight, Out of Mind" / J. Tillman "Diamondback" / Andrew Bird "Capsized" / Bon Iver "Haven, Mass" / The Cave Singers "That's Why > The Salamander" / Lucinda Williams (with Bill Frisell + Greg Leisz) "Faith & Grace" / Sturgill Simpson "Brace For Impact (Live A Little)" / M. Ward "Slow Driving Man" / Iron & Wine "Bullet Proof Soul" / Andrew Bird "Roma Fade" / Ray LaMontagne "Wouldn't It Make a Lovely Photograph"  / Sturgill Simpson "In Bloom" / The Cave Singers "Fade Away" / Damien Jurado "On the Land Blues" \\

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Rain Return

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It's been a very interesting week here in the Pacific Northwest, home of the Podcast Cafe : raging wildfires, air full of smoke and ash, then a giant storm on the day of the Full Moon bringing torrential rains and winds strong enough to topple trees and knock out power at the cafe. In the midst of all this elemental power, raw force of nature and dramatic upheaval, we lit some candles, opened the cafe to our neighbors and spun out this nearly-2-hour mix of newish music that has been tickling our earholes here in late Summer. It is, mind you, our 99th episode!

"Rain Return" features a bunch of cafe regulars like Wilco, Beck, Built to Spill, Father John, Beirut, Kurt Vile and Laura Marling, while also bringing is some new friends that we'd love for you to meet, like Courtney Barnett, Yaima, SaQi, Hot Chip, Subaqueous and Pepper Proud. DJ Fundi gets things started off, while DJ Playaduster steps in midway through to blend in some new, groovy sounds from the world of electronica and sacred bass music, before handing back to Fundi to wrap things up and tuck us in. The journey ends with a fitting track, "The Long Awaited Rains....."

Hope y'all enjoy and thanks for dropping by the Podcast Cafe!

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"Huarache Lights" / Courtney Barnett "An Illustration of Loneliness" / Kurt Vile "Pretty Pimpin'" / Laura Marling "Strange" / Wilco "Random Name Generator" / Father John Misty "Nothing Good Ever Happens At The Goddamn Thirsty Crow" / Kendrick Lamar "i" / Alabama Shakes "Don't Wanna Fight" / D'Angelo "The Door" / Beirut "No No No" / Beck "Dreams" / Hot Chip "Need You Now" / Jamie XX "Seesaw" (with Romy) / Terra Bella "Dreaming of Banjos" / The Polish Ambassador "Sri Gurvastakam" ft. Kirtaniyas (DAD remix) / Lulacruza "Lagunita" / Subaqueous "Dusk's Dawning" (Yaima remix) / Pepper Proud "Reflection" / Tame Impala "Let it Happen" / Shakey Graves "Hard Wired" / Rising Appalachia "Cripple Creek" / Built to Spill "When I'm Blind" / Beats Antique "New Speedway Boogie" / Courtney Barnett "Boxing Day Blues" / SaQi "The Long Awaited Rains" \\

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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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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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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.



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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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The Lighthouse Keeper : New Music 5



The Cave Singers, Built to Spill and Pearl Jam open this mix with a triple blast of Northwest moody rock juju.

From the fourth corner, we travel outwards over a diverse terrain of tracks, most of which are new on the scene from the past month or so. Several are lifted from the "Dark Was the Night" double-album, which I highly recommend you purchase (proceeds go to AIDS research and prevention via the Red Hot Organization.)

Bon Iver, Kid Cudi with Ratatat, Modest Mouse, Monsters of Folk, Sharon Jones & the Dapp Kings, Fever Ray with Bassnectar, Feist with Ben Gibbards, The Decemberists, David Byrne with Brian Eno, Beats Antique, M. Ward, Sufjan Stevens, Iron & Wine, Thom Yorke, Yim Yames and Q-Tip are the elements of this mix, which skews heavily towards
man-rock and beard-folk for some unknown reason. As it turns out, Sharon Jones and the Fever Ray singer are the one female representatives here -- they holds their own, I'd say.

I'd like to close by quoting Built to Spill from a new song, "Things Fall Apart," which I think are some of the most authentic lyrics I've heard in years:

"We've all seen enough, now it's time to decide
The meekness of love or the power of pride
It doesn't matter if you're good or smart
God damn it, things fall apart

Let's go for a walk. yeah, let's go for a drive
Don't know how to say, thanks for being alive
Let's go for a lifetime. let's go for a fling
Don't know how to say anything"




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Summer Solstice II : Last Heron Home to Roost



This episode features a wide array of music from just about all of my favorite genres -- hip-hop, reggae, electronica, jazz, alt-folk, Grateful, ambient, funk, weird noises -- and is like a transcription of my favorite toonz this springtime. It is a sibling mix to earlier efforts including
Spring Buds, Fall Equinox and Summer Solstice I, and a cousin to 080808. This episdode does two things: collects and presents some of my freshest harvesting of tracks -- new songs, old songs newly discovered -- alongside a random smattering of other tracks not new in anyway but riding high on my "favorites" playlist. A finely-tuned assortment of grooves, ballads and jams that fill my earholes as of late.

Is there deeper meaning within the seemingly randomness of it, like the procession of Bill Frisell into Sonic Youth into the Supremes? That is, I suppose , a question for the listener to decipher on his or her own time. Or you could just kick back and enjoy the ride....

And listening to the Dead -- the 2009 versions sans Garcia -- play my all-time favorite Grateful Dead song "Brokedown Palace" live at Madison Square Garden brings me a sweet, sweet pleasure. What I hear when I listen is the
crowd playing the band: "In a bed, in a bed / by the waterside I will lay my head / Listen to the river sing sweet songs / to rock my soul" and "Mama, mama, many worlds I've gone since I first left home" sing to my heart. An upwelling of voices, with Jerry watching over us.



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Ladies Night!



This month's episode is dedicated to the ladies -- give 'em all your lovin', all day, every day...



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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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