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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.

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.

It’s A Zoo Out There, Castle Danger, and the mix for 4-10-15

The idea for this week’s mix is perfectly sound. As usual I had the idea, built a giant stack of songs that fit, carved those songs down into a reasonable length, and then arranged the songs into a flow. Somewhere in that process things went pear-shaped. What’s worse is that I knew it but kept going anyway. This collection is like driving a lap race in a homemade race car. It seemed like a good idea and starts alright, the middle you flinch and try to avoid the shrapnel, and the end is alright again because you didn’t die when all the body panels came unbolted.

Below is a picture of me during the song collection phase of this mix.

Spent the long Easter weekend up in Castle Danger, Minnesota, on a little family vacation. We went to Gooseberry Falls State Park as well as Split Rock Lighthouse. Because of the chilly weather along Lake Superior there were few people around, which is exactly how I like it.

In up coming events, I’ve signed on to do the MS Ride again this year with my friend Kate. This will be my 7th go ‘round. I’m just over half way to my fundraising goal of $400. If you are included to donate and help me out you can do so here. I would certainly appreciate it. To those of you who have already donated, thank you!

Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… It’s A Zoo Out There (4.10.15)

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
Zoo Station – U2 – Achtung Baby.
Catching The Butterfly – The Verve – Urban Hymns.
The Fox – Niki & The Dove – Instinct.
Black Cat – Janet Jackson – Design Of A Decade.
Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked – Cage the Elephant – Cage the Elephant.
Brass Monkey – Beastie Boys – Licensed to Ill.
Animals – Bonobo – Black Sands.
Monkey Monkey – Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This).
Monkey – George Michael – Faith.
Shock The Monkey – Peter Gabriel – Security.
Lions – Dire Straits – Dire Straits.
Flamingoes Fly – Van Morrison – The Philosopher’s Stone [Disc 2].
When The Tigers Broke Free – Pink Floyd – Echoes.
Paper Tigers – Gretchen Lieberum – Siren Songs.
Animal – Def Leppard – Hysteria.
Eye of the Tiger – Survivor – Eye of the Tiger.
Like An Animal – The Donnas – Bitchin’.
Rusty Cage – Soundgarden – Badmotorfinger.
The Zoo – Scorpions – Animal Magnetism.