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FlyLo on the Beeb 2008



California DJ Flying Lotus' "Essential Mix" on BBC Radio One, November 29, 2008. Read more abut Mr. FlyLo right here.



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Jack Kerouac's "Poetry for the Beat Generation"



"A beautifully vivid set from Jack Kerouac -- one that has him reading his own music set to spare piano accompaniment by Steve Allen -- most of which was improvised for the set. The pairing of Kerouac and Allen seems an unlikely one, but it really works well here -- as Jack's quite relaxed in the studio, and really reads with a bit more feeling than usual -- really put at ease by Allen's surprisingly great piano lines, which never try to dominate, and mostly just tinkle lightly behind Kerouac's recitations."

--review from dustygrooves.com





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The Day the Music Died I: A Tribute to Jerry Garcia




This Radio Free Fundi episode features a rebroadcast of a live radio show by KLCC 89.7 FM in Eugene from August 9, 1995, the day the Jerry Garcia died.

I was living in Bend, Oregon at the time, and was awoken out of sweet slumber with the bad news by someone pounding on our front door early in the morning. I rolled over and tuned my clock radio on to KLCC, the Dead-friendly college radio station broadcasting from Eugene. I heard the silver-shimmery notes from Jerry's guitar over the airwaves and burst in to tears knowing then that the news was true. Always the taper, I dropped a cassette tape in and hit record to capture the moment. 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.

Eugene was intimately intertwined to Jerry and the Grateful Dead for me: I saw my first shows at Autzen Stadium with Waterdog a month out of high school, and returned for several more glorious Autzen runs over the years -- every single show I saw there was stellar in its own way and my memories are vibrant with sunburnt faces on smiling friends, the lazy Willametter River, the distant green hills (Kesey Country to the south), road trips, hot veggie burritos, ice cold beer, camping in the tall grass and the best summer music I ever done heard.

The sound quality of this podcast ain't nothing to brag about, and many crucial Jerry tracks are not represented here -- Dark Star, Terrapin Station, Stella Blue, Scarlet to Fire, Standing on the Moon, Eyes of the World. What this recording does offer up is a historical document, a time capsule holding some of the wistful, loving grief that overtook hundreds of thousands of people around the planet on that day in early August way back in 1995.

You are missed, Jerry. Thanks for all the glorious music...

(For another Jerry Garcia KLCC tribute that occurred a few days later,
click here.)




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Jazz Gangstaz 3 : 96.9 KMTN Jackson Hole, WY



In a former reincarnation of my current life, I was a DJ on a radio station in Wyoming -- KMTN 96.9 FM in Jackson Hole...



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Dalai Lama on Compassion * 4.12.08 * Seattle



The Dalai Lama's keynote address to 50,000 people in Seattle's Qwest Field, the largest event of the 5-day Seeds of Compassion conference. I was fortunate to be there and found it, not surprisingly, to be very moving and inspirational. The recording isn't the greatest, but still I believe His Holiness' message gets transmitted. Hope it inspires compassion in all who hear it...



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I wrote a story about the Dalai Lama's visit to Seattle for the Cascadia Weekly newspaper; it also discusses author Pico Iyer's new biopgraphy The Open Road: The Global Journey of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama. You can view and/or download a pdf of the story right over here. Another story I wrote about the Dalai Lama's 2004 visit to Vancouver B.C. is available here.read more...

Dalai Lama on Universal Responsibilities * 5.18.04 * Vancouver, BC



The Dalai Lama, appearing onstage at BC Place in Vancouver, B.c. on May 18, 2004, delivered a talk on "Universal Responsibilities." He was joined by fellow Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu (his interpreter is on the left). This special transmission from Radio Free Fundi is a recording of his talk from that day, inspired by His Holiness' recent visit to Seattle. Stay tuned to RFF for his "Seeds of Compassion" address from Seattle's Qwest Field in a future episode...



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I attended this address, and later wrote a story for the local weekly newspaper about my experiences with the Dalai Lama in Canada:

"Whatever the specific qualities that attracts people of all faiths to him may be—tolerance, strength, love—thousands gathered at a hockey stadium in Vancouver B.B. on an overcast day shot through with sunbreaks to hear him speak. Outside, the cherry trees were in full bloom as Buddhist monks with shaved heads and saffron robes, skate punks, gaggles of school girls, businessmen, long-bearded rabbis, dreadlocked hippies, priests wearing stiff white collars, Asian émigrés of distant countries, bright-eyed students and suburban families gathered at the Pacific Coliseum by way of car, foot, bus, bike and skateboard."

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Micromoog Laboratories Presents...



A mix tape made 10 or 15 years or so back by the tastemakers down at Micromoog Laboratories in Portland, Oregon.

Recently digitized from the original TDK cassette in a crazed bout of archival activities, Radio Free Fundi is proud to sponsor the digital debut of the Lab and its many-wondeous sounds...




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Edward Abbey : Freedom & Wilderness I



"The most common form of terrorism in the U.S.A. is that carried on by bulldozers and chain saws."
--Edward Abbey, 1927-1989



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