11-11-11: New Muziks for Autumn

Fresh music from Wilco, Jill Scott, My Morning Jacket, Radiohead, Ben Harper, Pearl Jam, Beastie Boys, Fleet Foxes, Cowboy Junkies and a slew of other Podcast Cafe long-time favorites. Autumn-tinged, harvest-style, completely nutritious & satisfying!

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Dwellingham (Acoustica 4)

This is a mix of music made as anticipation for moving off of the island and back up to Bellingham grows, with thoughts of nesting, family, cedar trees and grounding in heart. Mostly it is a collection of my favorite songs of this season of the mellowish, acoustic-based, beard-folk, often melancholy, always moving variety. These are the tunes I find myself listening to over, over & over again in the winter of 2010-2011.

The mix features Adam Hurst, Tallest Man on Earth, Iron & Wine, The Decemberists, Sufjan Stevens, The Black Keys, Aloe Blacc, Sade, Mumford & Sons, Carlina Chocolate Drops, Cowboy Junkies, Neil Young, Band of Bees, Band of Horses, Josh Ritter, Robert Plant's Band of Joy, Laura Veirs, Ray LaMontagne & the Pariah Dogs, Sharon Van Etten and others.

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The Mystery Zone : New Music 6

Here in the darkest depths of winter, having reached full saturation, DJ Fundi throws down a sidetrip set that explores a thick stack of recent musical acquisitions. It's a casual night here at the Podcast Cafe, not too many people out and about on these drizzly nights, but we've got a fire goin' in the hearth, frothy beverages and musical terrain to explore together.

Thing is, Fundi has barely if at all listened to most of these releases, so he's spinning on intuition and belief in the beauty of randomness, often picking tracks simply by a title that tickled his fancy. Some of it will be good, some great, but it is the spirit of the journey that matters most : a deep-diving musical safari over the landscape of new music discovered here in the winter doldrums of February 2010.

This mix features several double-shots from albums that are too laden with goodies to pick just one (The Bird and the Bee's new record is so juicy they scored an unbelievable quadruple-shot of selections.) DJ Fundi recorded this mostly on-the-fly, with minimal edits and no overdubs or fancy sonic trickery.

Such a blessing to have so much varied music to explore and engage all our lives, our musical tastes evolving as we ourselves evolve, learning and growing to the tempo of a reliable groove.


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Winter Solstice 2009 Retrospective

Our annual look back at the year in music, spinning tunes that have inspired, perplexed, soothed, challenged and/or forced us to shake our booty and reprogram our bass chakra protocols. DJ Fundi is joined here and there by his compadre/alter ego DJ Playaduster -- you'll know when Playaduster takes over the decks. Because 2009 was such a strong year for music making -- is there more good music then ever before, or simply more ease of access via the interwebs and iTunes? -- this session clocks in just shy of 2 hours, so you best get yerself comfortable with a warm winter beverage in hand.

"Winter Solstice 2009 Retrospective" includes selections by The xx, Andrew Bird, Beirut, Phoenix, Neko Case, Built to Spill, Dirty Projectors, Bon Iver, Fever Ray, Heyoka, Bassnectar, ill.gates, Welder, The Mountain Goats, Iron & Wine, Grizzly Bear, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Yim Yames, The Avett Brothers, Joker, DJ Rupture, Zero 7, M. Ward, Tinariwen, Nirvana and Andras Schiff paying Bach. You can read my full list of Top 10 albums, honorable mentions and biggest disappointments on
the Fundiblog.

The Dirty Projectors


Fever Ray

The Cave Singers


What music most inspired you in 2009? Anything I missed? Feedback and tips left in comments are much appreciated!

Here's to new musical frontiers in 2010~

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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The Glogg Chronicles : 2008 in Review

A sound-smoothie made from my most favorite sound-nutrients of the past year; favorite artists, dopest tracks, weirdest records: all blended up just for you! Starts off pretty mellow, but by the time Bassnectar winds up his clock, things start pumpin' pretty damn hard, with funky flourishes to end on...

Featuring Flying Lotus, Erykah Badu, Gnarls Barkley, Al Green, Bob Dylan, Cat Power, Fleet Foxes, Q-Tip, The Roots, Jamie Lidell, Stephen Malkmus, The B-52's, Beats Antique & Bassnectar, Dust + Blackdown, DJ/rupture, Bon Iver, Esau Mwamwaya & Radioclit, DJ Scruff, Ani Difranco, Amadou & Mariam, K'naan, Nina Simone, Thievery Corporation & Quantic, y'all. Dig it correct!

Love, DJ Fundi

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