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It’s been a good music week.

First, I enjoyed putting this mix together. It spawned at least two offspring. When way leads to way, it’s a sign of doing the right thing creatively.

Second, I went on a music adventure. Recently there was an event at the library on the campus. I learned that not only do I have access to several streaming music databases, but I was educated on how to browse effectively through the catalog for physical media as well. In my hunting about I discovered that the library still has a bunch of LPs. Further, these LPs are kept in a locked room. Beyond that, I am friends with the librarian who has access to this Restricted Section. So, yeah, I got to go to a restricted room in the library basement to paw through the LPs. I’m sad to say that of the two I was looking for, one (10th Century Chant in Proportional Rhythm) was not in the stacks as promised. So I set in motion “the kind of thing us librarians live for” said my friend. And I still checked out two albums. Rest assure, they are the good weird stuff.

Third! This week saw the publication of Volume 3 of Memoir Mixtapes and I am positively chuffed to say that a piece I am proud of was included! Please check it out. Along with this publication has come a renewed sense of interest in writing and a flood of new twitter followers (which I don’t think has ever happened to me before). I hope you will read this publication and enjoy it.

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This picture is dumb because whoever set it up doesn’t know about 45 rpm adapters.

This week’s effort features all remixes.

Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… originally mixed the week of 2.16.18

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
Funny Break (Weekend Ravers Mix) – Orbital – The Altogether [Disc 2].
Vicious Games (Da Bomb Remix) – Yello – Vicious Games 12″ single.
Never Gonna Come Back Down (Hybrid’s Breaktek Mix) – BT – Never Gonna Come Back Down 12″ single.
Glass Breaker (Force Mass Motion Mix) – The Crystal Method – Drive.
Serve The Ego (Hani Num Club Mix) – Jewel – Serve The Ego single.
Phat Planet (Dave Clarke Remix) – Leftfield – Afrika Shox single.
Risingson (Underworld Mix) – Massive Attack – Singles 90/98 [Disc 8].
Extremis (Qattara Remix) – Hal Featuring Gillian Anderson – Extremis single.
Downpipe (Club Mix) – Mark Knight & D Ramirez vs. Underworld – Downpipe.

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The last couple weeks have been busy at work and busy at home. I’m busy right now wrapping up my ersatz work day to head off to a set of routine doctor appointments. Under this pressure I can think of two things to share*.

First, for your edification. I will have an essay published in Mixtape Memoirs Vol 3 which will come out on Valentines Days (Wednesday, Feb 14th if you are bad at calendars like I am). And yes, it’s about love. I’m very happy about this essay and its being published.

Second, for your amusement. Parenting is a strange gig. Last Wednesday night, I had just got in the shower and was in there long enough to be covered in water, like a literal ten seconds, when kiddo runs into the bathroom and vomits in the sink. He did an admirable job getting as far as he could and (mostly) hitting the sink. Anyway, I turned off the water, hopped out of the shower as quick as possible and attended to kiddo. Then I had to decide: Use the towel to clean him up or dry myself off. So I spent the next half hour cold, wet, naked, and cleaning up vomit. Turns out nakedness is not in anyway a deterrent for me to getting a job done. As my Dad said, the highs are very high, the lows are very low.

*I assume people read this space for updates about my life. I have no idea if that is true, but it seems like a reasonable assumption.

Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… originally mixed the week of 2.9.18

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
Dr. Feelgood (Love Is a Serious Business) – Aretha Franklin – 30 Greatest Hits.
Give It Up Or Turnit Loose – James Brown – 20 All Time Greatest Hits!
Superman Lover – Johnny “Guitar” Watson – The Funk Anthology.
Slim Jenkins’ Joint – Booker T. & The M.G.’s – Hip Hug-Her.
You Got the Love – Rufus – Rags to Rufus.
Superstitious – Stevie Wonder – Talking Book.
Nothing Ever Hurt Like You – James Morrison – Songs for You, Truths For Me.
Nowhere to Run – Martha Reeves & The Vandellas – Dancing in the Streets.
More Bounce to the Ounce – Zapp & Roger – All The Greatest Hits.
Far Cry – Marvin Gaye – In Our Lifetime.
Going to a Go-Go – Smokey Robinson & The Miracles – Going to a Go-Go.
Bambi – Prince – Prince.
West Coast Poplock – Ronnie Hudson – GTA:SA.
Last Night a D.J. Saved My Life – Indeep –Last Night single.
In the Midnight Hour – Wilson Pickett – In the Midnight Hour.
Can’t You Hear Me Knocking – The Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers.

My plan had been to really write something of depth in this space today. Thoughts on the mental conditioning we go through in the work place with having people we like come and go from our lives without notice. Thoughts on the energy it takes to keep expanding the bubble of discovery evenly and how/when stasis sets in. But those will have to wait if I want to get anything out into the world. The new term starts on Monday and is de rigueur my day was flooded with folks who seem to be confused that the race starts so soon and they forgot how to tie their shoes.

That leaves time and room for a single line of thought. This week I discovered that the library on campus has five streaming platforms that I can listen to music on and, oh dear reader, I have I been streaming! This led me to some strange places. I am apt for strange anyway, but given access, I go weird right away. Something long on my list to hear and finally heard is Annea Lockwood’s album “A Sound Map of the Hudson River”. This stirred an internal debate in me being that I’m not sure what rules I use to decide what I should offer up for music in this space. Enjoying the sound of water on its journey stuck the discordant note of wanting to share what is in my head but also wanting people to enjoy what I post. I owe both you and I something in this process. If you are interested in the really tall grass of my collection, I just might get that far afield some week. But this is not that week.

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Inscrutable as ever

Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… originally mixed the week of 1.26.18

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
First Down – Fatboy Slim – Better Living Through Chemistry.
The Word (12″ Mix) – Dope Smugglaz – The Word 12″ single.
Drop The Break – Cirrus – Drop The Break.
Crash – Keoki – Ego-Trip.
Under The Gun – Supreme Beings Of Leisure – Animatrix: The Album.
The Saint – Orbital – In Sides (Bonus Disc).
Blue (Album Mix) – LaTour – Big Hard Disk Vol 1.
Dreams (Our Tribe House Mix) – Gabrielle – Dreams 12″ single.
Do You Know (I Go Crazy) [Extended Mix] – Angel City & Lara McAllen – Do You Know single.
The Mind Boggles – System 7 – Up.
Electric Guitar (Vibrochamp) – Fluke – Electric Guitar.

Sorry for the break, folks. One thing leads to another and suddenly 1/12th of the year has passed without an update. I’d like to say I had a clear picture of what transpired in that time to keep me from you, but this is what my head sounds like…

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Hey! I had a piece published in that Vanished Time. It’s part of an online journal called Memoir Mixtape what I found through twitter. I really like what they are up to and am exceptionally pleased to be one of their contributors. You are read my essay, Memoir Mixtapes Vol.2 // B-Sides On Underworld’s Dubnobasswithmyheadman right here.

Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… originally mixed the week of 1.19.18

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
Ten Seconds Before Sunrise – Tiësto – Magikal Journey (Disc 2).
Sunrise Prelude – Daft Punk – TRON: Legacy (Collector’s Digital EP).
Sunrise Projector – Tycho – Past Is Prologue.
Daybreaker – Beth Orton – Daybreaker.
Morning Sun – Plump DJs – Eargasm.
One Too Many Mornings – The Chemical Brothers – Exit Planet Dust.
Good Morning Cockerel – Underworld – Oblivion With Bells.
Morning Arrival In Goa (Lighthouse Version) – Ottmar Liebert – Euphoria: Nouveaumatic.
On A Clear Day – P.M. Dawn – Of The Heart, Of The Soul And Of The Cross.
Days Go By – Dirty Vegas – Dirty Vegas.
Nightlite – Bonobo – Days To Come.
The Road Goes On Forever (One Minute to Midnight Extended Mix) – High Contrast – The Road Goes On Forever.
Midnight Request Line – Skream – Derty Rutten Clutter.

‘Tis the season for lists of things. One of the popular types of lists is “Favorite of a Thing” such as “Christmas Movies”. A point of contention among those who make lists of Christmas Movies is if the 1988 action classic “Die Hard” qualifies. I believe it does and I’ll type at you why I believe this. Quite simply the story needs Christmas as a condition to happen and the themes of redemption and family are central to the resolution of the movie. The main character, John McClane (Bruce Willis) only finds himself where he does because he is traveling to see his family for Christmas. The central crime is plotted for this night because fewer people will be around due to the holiday. The idea that a man who has gone astray finds redemption happens twice as both McClane and Sgt. Powell (Reginald VelJohnson) both are both restored to a former honorable self by the end. Sure, these redemptions and finding of family (not only blood relatives but those we choose as family as demonstrated by the new friendship between McClane and Powell) come at the cost of something like two dozen lives, but that doesn’t erase that at the heart of it, these themes and plots are prime Christmas movie tropes. I’m not saying you have to like the movie or add it to your “best of” lists, just that it clearly qualifies on these merits.

It was announced this week that Dire Straits will be inducted in to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year. While I don’t so much care for the RRHF, I am glad they are receiving recognition. Dire Straits is still one of my all-time favorite bands. Some of this comes from the time in my life I was exposed to them, but as much comes from the quirky lyrics, strong rock rhythms, and the unique tonality Mark Knopfler brings to his guitar work. I’m not going to do an all Dire Straits mix (though I do own all of their albums as well as the rare EPS and one corkingly rare single…) but instead here are four of my favorite tracks of theirs (links below). I honestly wonder if Pick Withers will be at the induction.

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One of my favorite album covers, Dire Straits 1979 release “Communique”. Back cover is the original member line up.

Lions, last track from their eponymous first album
Expresso Love, the opening to the B side of “Making Movies”.
Love Over Gold, title track to the album of the same name.
You and Your Friend, from their final studio album “On Every Street”.

Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… originally mixed the week of 12.15.17

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
Black Sands (Duke Dumont’s ‘Grains Of Sand’ Reconstruction Edit) – Bonobo – Black Sands Remixed.
Through The Sunlight – Carmen Rizzo – Ornament of an Imposter.
Shark – Juno Reactor – Bible Of Dreams.
Nigu-Jaka – The Sushi Club – Space Night, Vol. V [Disc 2].
Infinite Snow – Monolake – Silence.
In Mind – Amorphous Androgynous – Tales of Ephidrina.
Goodnight Vienna – LFO – Advance.
Garbage (Vietrmx21) – Autechre – Tri Repetae++ [Disc 2].
Optical (Instrumental 24 Bit) – William Orbit – Optical single.
Beautiful Strange (Bedrock’s Ambient Beats) – Bedrock – Beautiful Strange [EP].