The Onion On My Internet Belt

Next week is the last regularly scheduled blog before my summer hours kick in. If you can’t live without these aural amuse-bouches, let me know via some direct communication channel and I’ll see what I can do as a bonus summer episode (or if you are lucky, a mix just for you). I’ll start up again in September.

The MS Bike Ride is this Sunday. Thank you to everyone who has helped support my fundraising efforts! For the second year in a row we raised over $1000 together! I’m the 36th best fundraiser of 955 registered riders. Not too shabby. The weather looks dicey, but its highly likely that I’ll still ride the 10 mile route if not the 30. Temperature and rate of rainfall play a big part in that “day of” decision.

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The current forecast for Minneapolis on Sunday, May 19th.

Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… originally mixed the week of 5-17-19..

NOTE: New “The Funkomaticjamatron Presents…” podcasts are generally posted on Fridays. The show archives are around ten shows deep. Beyond that, if the link isn’t active, the mix has been deleted to make way for new material.

Song – Artist – Album
Superstar – Cirrus – Drop The Break.
La La La – Tranquility Bass – Let Your Freak Flag Fly.
Collective Fetish – Meanderthals – Desire Lines.
Safe From Harm – Massive Attack – Blue Lines.
Inhaler – Hooverphonic – A New Stereophonic Sound Spectacular.
Filthy – Saint Etienne – The Trip Hop Test Part One.
Transformation [Dub Mix] – Transform – Logic Trance 2 [Disc 2].
Spoonman – Underworld – Dubnobasswithmyheadman.
Blue Night – Torch Song – Toward the Unknown Region.
Water From A Vine Leaf (Underworld Remix) – William Orbit – The Best Of Strange Cargos.
Toast (Edit) – Q-Burns Abstract Message – Oeuvre.

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I don’t have a lot to say today, especially if I want to get this posted before the end of the day. I have a work meeting starting at 2:45 pm so it’s post over lunch or not at all. I feel pretty bad about the world at the moment and I know a lot of other people do as well. Go do something kind for someone else. That helps. Don’t engage in arguments with bad faith actors. Take a break from social media (after you read the blog).

This week’s offering is like an actual mix tape. I decided to make it into a clear Side A and Side B with distinct moods.

Here is a picture I took where I look like a robot. Beep boop.

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Totally a robot and I’m coming for your medication with my metal hands.

Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… originally mixed the week of 5-10-19..

NOTE: New “The Funkomaticjamatron Presents…” podcasts are generally posted on Fridays. The show archives are around ten shows deep. Beyond that, if the link isn’t active, the mix has been deleted to make way for new material.

Song – Artist – Album
Side A
Rings – Leo Kottke – Time Step.
Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes – Paul Simon – Graceland.
Love To Be Loved – Peter Gabriel – Us.
No One Said It Would Be Easy – Sheryl Crow – Tuesday Night Music Club.
The Rain Song – Led Zeppelin – Houses Of The Holy.
Us And Them – Pink Floyd – The Dark Side Of The Moon.
Slip Away – Lloyd Cole – Antidepressant.

Side B
I See You Baby – Groove Armada – ***Wits 11/1 Intermish*** (by @BarbAbney).
Freak It! (Club Mix) – Studio 45 – DJ Jackie Christie’s Hard Tasty Beats.
All Night Long – StoneBridge – Suite 102.
Rave In The Key of X – Channel X – Tuned In Turned On.
Atom Bomb (Atomix 1) – Fluke – Atom Bomb [Disc 1].
Loops Of Fury – The Chemical Brothers – Wipeout 2097.
(Can’t You) Trip Like I Do (Danny Saber Remix) – Filter & The Crystal Method – Spawn The Album 2nd.

It’s been a cold wet spring but the there is hope and renewal in the 60 degree Fahrenheit air, the sunny more prominent than the clouds, and the trees just on the edge of budding with real gusto.

This year’s MS Bike Ride is quickly approaching, the event being on May 19th this year. I’m hoping for dry weather. The route seems to run along the Mississippi River north up to the Coon Rapids Dam on the west side of the river, cross the dam, then south along the river again. Could be a good route but it likely was flooded out this spring, so we’ll see. At one point I was the 12th best fundraiser, as of yesterday I was at number 22! Thank you friends for your incredible generosity! If you are interested in donating to my efforts, you can do so here: http://main.nationalmssociety.org/goto/coryfunk

I like the bike riding part but the parking and “event” part of the day make me cranky. Partly because those stand in the way of getting on with the biking part, and partly they make me anxious which I fight by, becoming pugnacious. This has become more pronounced as the years go on. It’s not the event, its definitely me. I might just head straight for the road this year. I’m not sure, but I think I need to be more active about managing this anxiety.

Regardless, my training has been going much better than last year. Last year my left knee was a mess and my back bothered me on almost every training ride. Made some changes to ride duration/intensity and posture on the bike and that has helped tremendously.

I have, so far, resisted the temptation to buy more cycling caps this year.

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A stylized picture of my bike that I particularly enjoy.

Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… originally mixed the week of 5-3-19..

NOTE: New “The Funkomaticjamatron Presents…” podcasts are generally posted on Fridays. The show archives are around ten shows deep. Beyond that, if the link isn’t active, the mix has been deleted to make way for new material.

Song – Artist – Album
To Live and Die in L.A. – Wang Chung – To Live and Die in L.A.
Demolition Man – Grace Jones – Nightclubbing.
St. John the Divine – Ted Leo and the Pharmacists – The Tyranny of Distance.
Gentlemen Take Polaroids – Japan – Gentlemen Take Polaroids.
Jane’s Getting Serious – Jon Astley – Everyone Loves the Pilot (Except the Crew).
Big Snake – Lloyd Cole & The Commotions – Mainstream.
A Letter From St. Paul – The Silencers – A Letter From St. Paul.
Running Up That Hill – Kate Bush – Hounds of Love.
Love Is A Stranger – Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This).
Behind The Wheel – Depeche Mode – Music For The Masses.
I Didin’t Mean To Turn You On – Robert Palmer – Riptide.
Play In The Rain (Continued) – Lindsey Buckingham – Go Insane.

I meant to post this early in the day, just after lunch, but it hasn’t been that kind of week. And when one of my bosses came out to work on a project at 3:15 pm, this went to the bottom of the pile. I now have 4 minutes to write and post this.

So, the best part! I had a poem published this week. It is, as my friend K. put it, “spicy”. Find the poem, “Love in the Time of Clue” here: http://bluepagesjournal.blogspot.com/2019/04/rrrainnn-07-cory-funk.html

This mix started out as a 4.5 hour list of songs with a strong groove. It seems like an unlikely set of songs but I listened to it three times through and it flows, so up it goes.

Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… originally mixed the week of 4-26-19..

NOTE: New “The Funkomaticjamatron Presents…” podcasts are generally posted on Fridays. The show archives are around ten shows deep. Beyond that, if the link isn’t active, the mix has been deleted to make way for new material.

Song – Artist – Album
Walk Like an Egyptian (Extended Dance Mix) – The Bangles – Walk Like an Egyptian 12″ single.
Bulletproof Heart – Grace Jones – Bulletproof Heart.
The Pleasure Principal – Janet Jackson – Design Of A Decade 1986/1996.
Le Grind – Prince – The Black Album.
Vehicle – The Ides of March – Vehicle.
Wild And Loose – The Time – What Time Is It?
Good Times – Chic – Best Of.
Rock Steady – Aretha Franklin – 30 Greatest Hits [Disc 2].
Up For The Down Stroke – Parliament – The Best Of Parliament: Give Up The Funk.
White Horse – Laid Back – Modern Rock 1980-1984 [Disc 2].
I Turn My Camera On – Spoon – Gimme Fiction.
Arrow – Tegan & Sara – Sainthood.
Go! – Public Service Broadcasting – The Race For Space.

Today has been very busy (standard for this time in the spring term) so this will be quick:

-The weather is abysmal. The snow was so wet and heavy yesterday it clogged the blower. The winds reached 50 mph and there are tiny branches down everywhere. It snowed big slow Christmas flakes most of today. I’m tired of this.

-Saw the movie “Clue” on the big screen last Saturday. It was a highly enjoyable experience and reminded me that there really is a difference between the big and small screen for viewing experience.

-Still on target for April’s Poem-A-Day challenge. Only two of the poems are any good, but that isn’t fully the point. It’s good to get my brain going.

-The theme for this week’s mix is that all the songs contain samples of TV in them that I can name. That being said, according to the internet the KLF track samples the “Twin Peaks Theme” by Angelo Badalamenti, but it isn’t listed in the liner note while other samples (or at least ‘written by’ credits) are. However, KLF stands for “Kopyright Liberation Front” so who knows. I like both tracks quite a bit so I’m letting it roll despite my very active doubt. Three tracks have TV dialog samples I put in them for a project I did years ago. Recontextualization is my favorite artistic tool.

Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… originally mixed the week of 4-12-19..

NOTE: New “The Funkomaticjamatron Presents…” podcasts are generally posted on Fridays. The show archives are around ten shows deep. Beyond that, if the link isn’t active, the mix has been deleted to make way for new material.

Song – Artist – Album
Time Becomes – Orbital – Orbital 2.
Build A Fire – The KLF – The White Room.
Ice Cube – Juno Reactor – Beyond The Infinite.
Sesame’s Treet – Smart E’s – Best Of Techno, Vol. 3.
Wild E – Automation – Best Of Techno: Vol.2.
Racer X (Trajic’s Chronic Mix) – Alpha Team – Racer X: Challenge Of The Masked Racer.
Speed (Radio Edit) – Alpha Team – Speed EP.
The Horror – RJD2 – Deadringer.
Maniac Shuffle (Jubal’s Mix) – (Cevin) Key – The Dragon Experience.
Invader (Vegas Soul Meets SV17 Mix) – 808 State – Invader 12” Single.
Pimp The Box (Eddie’s Meltdown Mix) – Bad Pimps – Come With Me…
You Lot – Orbital – Blue Album.
Too Funky (Extended) – George Michael – Too Funky 12″ Single.