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Winter Circle : contemplative music for the dark night

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Winter Circle //
Julianna Barwick "Flown" > Balmorea "Winter Circle + Herons" + Brian Eno "Music for Airports 3" > Jon Hassell "Time and Place" > Yungchen Lhamo "Dream" > Tsuki "Shell" > Yo-Yo Ma "Seven Tunes Heard in China: Seasons" > Tsuki "Moscar" + Trio Mediaeval "Beata viscera" + Bill Frisell "Fingers Pickin'" > Valentin Sipp "Tableau II + Pendule" + "woodpeckers and loons at Ferd's Bog" > Darkside "Golden Arrow" > Holden "A Circle Inside A Circle Inside" > Wingless Angles "Love Love Love" > Julianna Barwick "Labyrinthine" \\ Art by Luminokaya



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Photosynthesis : Into the Dream Dome

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dBMcast#129: Photosynthesis : Into the Dream Dome
Mixed by Kaya Rainface, August 2013

Cross-posted from our sister site Destination Burning Man!
 
Here's some Jedi Goddess Ninja Healer Mermaid Wizard music, inspired by the Photosynthesis Festival held at Hobuck Beach in the far northwestern corner of Washington State July 19-21, 2013 and mixed up by Kaya Rainface for Destination Burning Man. This set evokes the sacred bass celebrations held in the Dream Dome, tapping in to dream states, dream flights, subconscious massages & third eye galaktivations, a space where fantasies morph in to altered realities….let this musical sacrament take you to the places where you access your subliminal sides & express your secret powers!



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Jon Hopkins "Sun Harmonics"
Subaqueous "Invoking"
Kaminanda "Liquid Sunrise"
Plantrae "Taiga Bloom"
Drumpyder remixes "Shiva Ntaraj > Bodhi Mandala" (Desert Dwellers)
Aligning Minds "In the Wake of Forever"
Osiris "Immersion > Sole Diver"
Kalpatura Tree "Naked Soul Dub"
Kalya Scintilla "From Day to Night and Back Again"
Elephant Revival "The Raven Song"
Russ Liquid "New Beginnings"

Photosynthesis began with a ritual. An elder from the Makah tribe—we were holding our gathering on their tribal lands, at their invitation—said prayers in his native tongue and then blessed the ground we would dance upon all weekend by sprinkling white puffs of eagle down from his medicine bag. It was an offering that galaktivated the Dream Dome. The line-up of DJs—combined with the visionary artists, VJs, tea servers, dancers and many wild, organic shrines—created a deep vibe that persisted over three long nights of ritual and dancing. The swollen moon waxed in the heavens above, ravens and eagles flew overhead and the hypnotic roar of the Pacific Ocean backdropped everything.

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Plantrae playing violin and dropping botanical beats in the Dream Dome


In this mix, Jon Hopkins gives the opening invocation with "Sun Harmonics," appropriate for Photosynthesizers beneath a grey blanket of sea fog and salty mist. The rest of the artists contribute to the musical journey in more or less the order they performed in the Dream Dome over the weekend: amazing contributions from (mostly) West Coast/Pacific Northwest producers Subaqueous, Kaminanda, Plantrae, Drumspyder, Aligning Minds, Osiris, Kalpatura Tree and Kalya Scintilla. Elephant Revival shares a closing prayer with "Raven Song" and, as we drift off from the Dream Dome at dawn, the sounds of Russ Liquid coming from the Mandala Dome carry us home to our tents in the trees….

I should note that Hopkins and Elephant Revival did not play at Photosynthesis, but their opening and closing mantras to the mix are in alignment with the Dream Dome vibe and we're happy to have them!

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Visionary art in the Dream Dome

The vocals are Makah elders speaking in their indigenous language, including a whaling chant. They are incorporated in Kaya Rainface's mix in the spirit of respect for their culture and gratitude for letting us gather to dance, celebrate, commune and heal on their ancestral land. You'll also hear elements of the land: waves crashing, birds calling, winds blowing…it was an overcast and somewhat chilly weekend, though we were spared rain, and the chill brought us closer together around campfires.

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Kalya Scintilla closes the weekend ritual Sunday night in the Dream Dome


Gratitude. We are grateful to the DJs, artists, dancers, temple builders and festival organizers. See you back at Hobuck next year!


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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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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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Joy: More Favorite Music from 2013

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Greetings friends of The Podcast Cafe — we’re back with another installment in our annual End of the Year Roundup of our favorite music of the year. We already posted "The Thickness: Favorite Music of 2013" a few weeks back, but 2013 offered up a plethora of great tunes and so we had more music to play with. Hope you dig the variety and quality of “Joy: More Favorite Music from 2013.”


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Track list // Daughter "Get Lucky" (An-ten-ae remix) / Nightmares of Wax "Eye (Can't See)" / Bob Dylan "Pretty Saro" / Valerie June "Pushin' Against a Stone" / Ty Seagall "The Man Man" / Bonobo "Get Thy Bearings" / Phosphorescent "The Quotidian Beasts" / LYNX "Picture" / Saqi + The Polish Ambassador "Jarro" / Pearl Jam "Pendulum" / Cocorosie "Gravedigress" (original + FlicFlac edit) / Vampire Weekend "Step" / Emancipator "Merlion > Outlaw" / Josh Ritter "Joy to You Baby" / Iron & Wine "Joy" / Rhye "Open" / Rokia Traore "Lalla" / Kurt Vile "Goldtone" //

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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!



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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 mixes, both Panic and otherwise, at
http://podcastcafe.org/livearchive/files/tag-widespread-panic.html and http://podcastcafe.org/livearchive/files/tag-widespread-panic.html

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Grateful Dead May '77 set one

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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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Stay tuned for a mix of second set tunes from the May 1977 box set in the next month or two!

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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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