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Summer Stuff, TdF, and the mix for 7-31-17

Oh! Hello. I didn’t think anybody would be around. Just popping in… can’t stay long (checks watch, looks towards door)…

My world in July is dominated by the Tour de France. I built a mix on the topic and I figured I had better post it in July or else… well, I don’t know. But I’m sure it’s bad, like getting a visit from The Flat Tire Fairy or something equally as miserable.

Other thoughts:
-Summers as an adult are disappointing.
-Having a stereo in a work space (in my case, the garage) is great.
-My ratio of being a groomsman to being a pallbearer is getting uncomfortably close to 1:1. I prefer the former to the later but will gladly serve in any way I can if asked. That is what friendship and family are about.
-Does anyone else not see someone post on Social Media for a couple weeks and start to get worried that something bad has happened? I mean, how would you know, right?
-It is more fun to take pictures than to do the work to create a working archive of those pictures.
-For my money, the picture below (taken at the 2017 Back to the Fifties at the MN State Fairgrounds) is the absolute peak of things I want in terms of automobile wishes.

1959 Cadillac in Seafoam

1959 Cadillac in sea foam green (swoon)

Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… originally mixed the week of 7.31.17

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
Theme for Velodrome – The Chemical Brothers – Theme for Velodrome single.
III/4 – Phantom Heart Brother – Pete Namlook & Klaus Schulze featuring Bill Laswell – The Evolution of the Dark Side of the Moog.
Bad Radio (ft Tunde Adebimpe) – Leftfield – Alternative Light Source.
Mind Of A Beast – The Glitch Mob – Love Death Immortality.
Ren 2 – Photek – Animatrix: The Album.
Accelerate (Rat Race Mix) – Skin Up – Big Hard Disk Vol 1.
Full Throttle – The Prodigy – A Life Less Ordinary.
Red Zone – Robert Miles – Dreamland.
Hypnomania (Head Trip Mix) – LaTour – Hypnomania 12” single.
On The Road (Vocal Mix) – Alex Armes, Sam Stizer & Thomas Penton – Mixtape: Future Funk.
This Race (Moscow 061027) – Underworld – Collected Live & B-Sides.
Tour de France – Kraftwerk – Tour de France.

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Hiatus, (confused shrug), and the mix for 5-19-17

Well folks, first things first. This is the last regular Friday of work for me until September. There will be a couple random posts over the summer I am sure, but the hiatus starts tomorrow.

Other news: The MS Ride went well. Had perfect weather. Starting temp was 62F with clear skies and no wind to speak of. I rode with my friend Kate. She was better prepared to ride than I was and hauled me along for the 45 mile route (I was really only prepared for 30 miles but with good weather and good company, much is possible). Here we are at about the 36 mile mark. Locals will know exactly where we are.

36 miles MS RIDE

Kate and I at about the 36 mile mark of the 2017 MS Ride.

Love it or hate it: No idea how I got to this mix. I had three playlists that wouldn’t gel and so I mashed them together and started cutting. I think I got hung up on “Good Beat” but I don’t really know. Anyway, it’s 90s dance radio time! Yes, I know, there is no album info. That’s an error on my part but I’m not going back to fix it now.

Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… originally mixed the week of 5.12.17

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
Something About Us – Daft Punk.
All Around The World – Lisa Stansfield.
Slave To The Vibe – Aftershock.
Colour Of Love [Smoove Version] – Snap!
Back To Life – Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler.
Move Your Body – Amber.
Be My Lover – La Bouche.
Say You’ll Be There – Spice Girls.
Good Beat – Deee-Lite.
Dreams (Our Tribe House Mix) – Gabrielle.
The Rhythm Of The Night (R.B.X. Euro Mix) – Corona.
Fascinated – Company B.
Tribal Dance – 2 Unlimited.
Get the Party Started – Pink.

Rant, directions, and the mix for 5-5-17

I’m going to start with a rant so skip to the next paragraph if that isn’t your style. First off I’m in a foul mood because of the vote yesterday in Congress to move ahead with 45s disastrous “health care” bill. You see those pictures from after the vote? All old white people celebrating. The greed, hatefulness, and vast hypocrisy of it is staggering. I would shout more about it but I have a strong suspicion that if you are reading this you are in the choir already. Second, there is a process my place of work does once every few months and yet my coworkers can’t figure the fucking thing out. They literally have a 9” x 13” piece of paper covered in wonderfully precise instructions and act surprised EVERY TIME when I point out they are doing it wrong. Plus side: This is the very last time this process happens on paper. Next time there will be a whole new set of questions but at least 1500 less papers to shuffle.

I like media studies so here is a thing that occurred to me just a few days ago. The marketing juggernaut that is Disney/Star Wars has new fodder these days. As such there are a lot more images and merch from the franchise around. One interesting side effect of merchandising the Star Wars movies is that on balance there are more images of evil than of good. My guess is that since the bad guys all wear masks, it is easier to license a mask than someone’s actual image (you know, a real human being’s face). I find it at least a little dark amusement that the push to make the most cash by a giant company normalizes images of evil as commonplace. Thought experiment: How much more often do you see Darth Vader or a storm trooper instead of Luke, Leia, Finn, Poe, Han, or Rey?

In a scant eight days I am taking part in the MS Ride again. If you enjoy the weekly mixes a good way to show it is to donate to my fundraising efforts. Some of you loyal readers/listeners have already and I do vastly appreciate it! My fund raising page is here. I am very pleased to say I have raised $878 so far.

Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… originally mixed the week of 5.5.17

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
Mrs. Cold – Kings of Convenience – Declaration of Dependence.
Mrs. Jack’s Last Stand – Adrian Legg – Guitar For Mortals.
Miss Gradenko – The Police – Synchronicity.
Look At The Lady – Trip Shakespeare – Are You Shakespearienced?
Mr. Soul – Buffalo Springfield – Retrospective: The Best of Buffalo Springfield.
Mr. Bellows – John Mellencamp – Mr. Happy Go Lucky.
Mr. Nichols – Coldcut with Saul Williams – Sound Mirrors.
Mr. Jones – Elvin Jones – Poly-Currents.
The Gentleman Is a Dope – Count Basie & Sarah Vaughan – Count Basie/Sarah Vaughan.
Sophisticated Lady – Billie Holliday – Compact Jazz Billy Holiday.
Oh Lady Be Good – Benny Goodman – Rare Recordings: 1935-1936 [Live].
Tally-Ho, Mr. Basie! – Count Basie & The Kansas City 7 – Count Basie & The Kansas City 7.
Lady Day And John Coltrane – Gil Scott-Heron – The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.
Little Miss Lover – The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Axis: Bold As Love.
Lady Cab Driver – Prince – 1999.
Blood, Milk And Sky (Miss September Mix) – White Zombie – Supersexy Swingin’ Sounds.

Real Quick, Still Summer, and the mix for 7-27-16

Don’t get up. I’m just passing through. I’ll be quick. You won’t even notice that I was here.

The summer so far: The office is very slow. My Friday’s off have been extremely productive.

Kiddo lost a top front tooth just a couple days ago. I think he might be getting to the ‘awkward age’. We’ll see. He needs more sleep and is growing fast.

Got a new bike to use for towing the tag-a-long bike. This way Mary can have a bike, I can have a bike, and we can all go on a family paced ride together. Had a pretty sweet custom build done on the handlebars/shifter/brake levers.

Thanks Penn Cycle!

The new utility bike with custom bullhorns, brake routing, and shifter.

I’m going to decline to talk about politics because the whole mess exhausts me. All I can say is this: Seriously America, don’t fuck this up.

What am I listening to these days? In a step that is odd even for me, I translated about 20 old video game items into mp3s. Stuff from the Sega and original PlayStation days. I blame the “We Got This” podcast (episode #68) for their trip down memory lane.

Anyway, here is something for you to listen to. I was going to post a very long themed mix but then I didn’t. Because I’m a capricious phantom from the land of spells and lightning!

Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… Originally mixed the week of 7.28.16

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
Into Being – Tone Depth – Perfecto Presents Another World [Disc 1].
Firework – Hollywood Principle – Firework single (Rocket League).
Plasmatic Park – System 7 – Up.
Old School Vibes – Timo Maas – Loud.
The Book (Magik Johnson Tribal NZ) – Salt City Orchestra & Magik Johnson – The Book.
Bass Queen (DJ Hero’s 2012 Remix) – Baby Anne – Bad Baby.
Can’t Kill Us – The Glitch Mob – Love Death Immortality.
Lethal Industry – Tiësto – Magikal Journey.
Get Yourself High (Extended Version) – The Chemical Brothers – Get Yourself High single.
Downpipe (Club Mix) – Mark Knight & D Ramirez vs. Underworld – Downpipe single.

Short Time, The Letter L, and the mix for 5-1-15

Short post this week. Mixed this last night, enjoyed it, then forgot to write a blog and now I’m against the clock to get this out the door.

The Minnesota Ironman Bike Ride went well. 14 mph average across 30 miles. 34F at the start (7:30 am) and about 44F at the end, 2 hours and 8 minutes ride time later. Glad I have shoe covers now. They made all the difference in staying warm. The ride was well organized, well supported, and full of very good (as in prepared and courteous) riders. I did have a minor back spasm during the ride, but otherwise no issues.

A special thanks to Jim Moomey for being the person to put me over the top for my MS Ride fundraising goal! If you want to still get on the bandwagon (I know you do!!) you can do so here. To those of you who have already donated, thank you! I really appreciate it. It means a lot to me.

The theme of this mix was an accident, but happenstance proved fecund. So fertile was this serendipity that there is a Part 2 in the works.

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Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… L1 – Originally mixed the week of 5.1.15

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
The Light Sailer – Wendy Carlos – Tron (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack).
Lanx 3 – Autechre – Wasted (The Best of Volume, Part 1) [Disc 2].
L.F.O. – LFO – Frequencies.
L.S.I. (Ed Richards 12″ Mix) – The Shamen – L.S.I. 12” single.
Le Seigneur Des Tenebres (Mystic House Terminator Mix) – Le Dormeur – Technorave 3.
Let’s Get High – Lords Of Acid – Lust.
Look To The Future – Dynamix II – Sunshine State Of Mind.
Loops Of Fury – The Chemical Brothers – Loops Of Fury [EP].
Louder Than Boom – Tiësto – Magikal Journey [Disc 2].
Love Island – Fatboy Slim – You’ve Come A Long Way, Baby.
Love Sees No Colour – U96 – Das Boot.
Let’s Do It Again – Project B12 – Technorave 2.