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Today we are featuring the follow up to the two part series from Freshair.

Continued from Part 1:

Here is the completion of the auditory photographic work for myself for one year of my life. The first a compilation of individual tracks that I fell in love with over the year, the second a mixtape of some of my favorite tracks of 2012 blended together and released later this week. So, listen UP if it moves you and witness my 2012. If you dig, follow me to where it is always Fresh & Sunny, because that is where I’ll be going in 2013…

Stream the mix below from Mixtape or visit the mixtape directly here.

Freshair December Mixtape: The End of a Freshera by Fresh + Sunny on Mixcloud

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To say 2012 was a challenge would definitely be an understatement. I set out with the intention of redirecting and finding myself as an artist and as a DJ. Did I do it? I don’t know, how the hell would you even measure ‘it’? I’m down with the setting of intentions though, as long as we aren’t attached to an outcome. When we attach, we expect. When we expect, we aren’t as open to life’s lessons and curveballs. Things become linear. I know what I did do was set out to make a mix or compilation every month based on what I was listening to during that month. Putting a timeline on creativity has never really been a strength of mine, but now I can say I did it and trust me it wasn’t always easy…but I am truly better for it and that’s really all that matters. A lot of the mixtapes were recorded with one or two takes with no editing, adding to my belief that art is not meant to be perfect…just pure.

In 2012, I lost the most important person in my life. My foundation and backbone. Not to mention the friends I alienated during and after the process which thankfully seem to still be around. You know who you are and thank YOU. Without going into too much detail, music was one of the few comforts I have felt since August 3rd, 2012. They say in our deepest loss and sorrow we find our truest art. Maybe. It definitely forces you to realign who you are on the planet and I think very naturally, the music you are drawn towards follows in cue if you are a music junkie like me. So, here is the completion of the auditory photographic work for myself for one year of my life. The first a compilation of individual tracks that I fell in love with over the year, the second a mixtape of some of my favorite tracks of 2012 blended together and released later this week. So, listen UP if it moves you and witness my 2012. If you dig, follow me to where it is always Fresh & Sunny, because that is where I’ll be going in 2013…

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Artwork design by Nik Atkins

Download the mixtape here: FRESHAIR COMPILATION MIXTAPE

TRACKLIST

Ghost – “On an On”
Stars – “The Loose Ends Will Make Knots”
Lord Huron – “She Lit A Fire”
Cat Power – “Manhattan”
Wild Nothing – “Shadow”
DIIV – “Follow”
Summer Heart – “I Wanna Go”
Van She – “You’re My Rescue”
Tanlines – “Brothers”
Beach Fossils – “Lessons”
Craft Spells – “Burst”
Caged Animals – “This Summer I’ll Make It Up To You”
Brothertiger – “Lovers”
The New Division – “Kids”
Tomas Barfod – “November Skies” (feat. Nina Kinert)
Graffiti6 – “Colours”
Alt-J – “Something Good”
Ducktails – “Letter of Intent”
Tallest Man on Earth – “Leading Me Now”
Patrick Walter – “Ghost House”

Special thanks to Nik Atkins, Dersu Rhodes (Witness-This) & Zac Andrews (Life & Limb) for their friendship, inspiration & artistic design and dominance.

Extra special thanks to Kenny Parmalee (78 & Sunny) for showing me the way and doing so with some of the best music ever. Lesdodis buddy.

The most special of thanks to Lindsay Colip for not only being my spiritual guide and best friend but also my music guru for a good majority of this process. I wouldn’t be where I am without you as a human or as a musician. There I said it out loud.

This is for you Mom.

In love & music,
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By Kari Hendrick

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If you’re sitting here reading this article, congratulations. You made it. It’s December 21, 2012, and you survived the end of the world. You can now eat your canned food from your survival kit, remove your nuclear waste mask, wave goodbye to your fellow alien friends and take a big deep breath.

Or can you?

I write this article not with the intention of siding with conspirators, or to sound like another aloof Hari Krishna girl, but to educate you and share my – very real – experiences that just now, have started to make sense. Good God, where do I even start?

In July 2012 I ventured into the depths of Iquitos, Peru. Into the Amazon to work with Dona Otilia, a Shaman of Ayahuasca. What I knew of ayahuasca was little. What I knew of MYSELF, I now realized, was also very little, and I was about to form a very intense relationship with the two.

I stepped into the thick of the jungle, into a world that was unknown. Dark, magical, and alive. The buzz of the insects, the cries of the howler monkeys and what was more, the breath of the plants. I had been told about the plant doctors, and the healing medicines of these sacred greens. But I had never had an experience to base this one off of. I was scared shitless. I was scared of listening to something I wasn’t sure I believed in yet. I was scared of sitting alone with my thoughts and feelings, and writing about them for two weeks straight. I was scared that I was too skeptical, and that it wouldn’t work for me. I was just….scared. As a million questions scurried around my mind, and my heart beat into my temple, I took a big, deep, breath, nodded my head, and said to myself “let’s do this.”

Let me first give you some background. Ayahuasca is a blessed brew of two very proactive plants, the Banisteriopsis caapi vine, and dimethyltriptamine, or DMT, used for healing purposes by the native people of the Peruvian Amazon. Ayahuasca is said to be a “window to the soul” and deliver a communication to the human brain directly from the plant spirits. This communication allows you to discover YOU, it allows you to communicate into another world, with the assistance of guides or healers, to introduce you to an enlightened state of being. Yeah yeah yeah…I’ve heard it before too. Burning Man, Shavasana, Meditation.

Fastforward to my second ceremony.

As we sit in a circle, legs crossed ‘indian-style’ under complete darkness of the star filled Peruvian sky, I wait in silence for Dona Otilia to call my name. “Senorita.” Shaking, I manage to find myself kneeling before her, sage prayer brushed across my forehead, and the warm, ceramic cup against my lips. I ask, this time, plain and simple, for a rebirth. My journey, from here on, I have shared only with my closest friends, and still, pieces that I have not shared with anyone, nor, have I been able to write about.

What I do want to share relates back to December 21, 2012. It is the clear message that I received from the plant medicine that night, during my second ceremony on Ayahuasca. Louder than any meditation I have done, clearer than any message I feel I have ever received. And true. It only makes sense – To connect with the literal roots of our being. At this point, when the world DOES need change, to listen to those who have been here the longest, who have seen and felt the change, and the abuse of our earth. If they could speak to us, what would they say? The message is really much clearer than we think. And much more important. In the words of author Terence Makenna, I guess 2013 is the year of “The Plan Where the Plant Saves the Planet.” Think about it. I could write forever, but do your own research.

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One of the most important things to note about ayahuasca. It is made in a ceremonial way, stirred, and blessed by the Shaman’s during the entire day-two that it cooks in the place of it’s origin. This ayahuasca brew was seen from my tomba the day before my second ceremony.

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My mesa. My prayers, piece of home, and intentions for the future. This comes to ceremony with me each time.

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The campo

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Dona Otilia, Shaman of Ayahuasca

Explore your own Shamanic Journey: http://songoftheamazon.wordpress.com/.

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We are so excited about our Guest Witness series that we are starting. This week we are featuring Kellen Malloy from the band Kith + Kell. We’ve featured his debut album Wilderness King before, make sure to check it out here.

Today’s Guest Witness feature by Kith + Kell, Music to Ponder 2012.

 

Top 5 Crushes of 2012

 

1. Julia Holter - Ekstasis

2. Caroline Polachek – Chairlift - Something

3. Claire Boucher – Grimes - Visions

4. Nicole Miglis – Hundred WatersHundred Waters

5. Annie Clark – St. Vincent - Coachella performance

 

Five Great Electro Albums – 2012

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BurialKindred - EP
ChromaticsKill For Love
Hot Chip - In Our Heads
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MUST HAVES
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Moonrise Kingdom Soundtrack (GO! see the movie first)
Nicolas Jaar – BBC Essential Mix – From 5.19.12
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Random Stunning Show of the Year

Master Musicians of Bukkake (ya, I know…) at the Bootleg (LA Psych Fest) – deer head, Arab tuaregs, deeep stirring synth lines, retro-psych rock w/tinges of neo-folk and apocalypse. and the best projection of the night–which at a psych fest is a hefty feat.

 

Some Purrrty (or badass) Songs Present & Past

 

MELLOW-ish

Visitor – Hundred Waters

Fineshrine – Purity Ring

Destiny feat. Pional – John Talabot

Tonahutu Meadows - Trayer & Paul Giese (2010)
Xtal - Aphex Twin (1992)
MISC

Dreams’ – Blood Diamonds

‘Amanamnesia’ – Chairlift
‘Aquarius Heaven’ – Can’t Buy Love (end 2011) [Dark Raunchyness]
‘Lift Yr. Skinny Fists, Like Antennas to Heaven...’ – Godspeed! You Black Emporer (2000)
listen:

 

DANCE

These Streets Will Never Look the Same – Chromatics

Sprawl II (Soulwax Remix) – Arcade Fire

Mother Project (Goldroom Remix) – Niki & the Dove (2011)

Memories of the Future – Oliver (2011)

The Feeling – Toby Tobias (2009)

Lifelike – Sequencer (2009)

-Kith + Kell

 

 

You all have made the best travel companions we could ever ask for. We’ve travelled once around the sun and now here we are again at the beginning of a new journey.  We can’t even begin to describe how excited we are for 2012. Thank you for your support and the love that you’ve shown us. Get excited for the new year, it’s going to be a hell of a ride…