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Break, Ride, and the mix for 5-25-18

This is it. The last post before the summer hiatus. Since I won’t be in the office on Fridays through the summer, I can’t post on Fridays. These things take about a week to build and trying to move that schedule up to Thursdays is a good way for me to miss my self-imposed deadline and then feel bad about the whole endeavor. Besides, it’s good to have time to recharge. That being said…

Do not despair! A series I call “Tall Grass” will randomly show up over the summer. These will be comprised of the good weird stuff that I’ve collected over the years. If you are interested in hearing the strange stuff I own, these will be for you. Everyone else, you may want to avert your ears.

If you get desperate for a mix over the summer, reach out. I’m sure I can accommodate.

The 2018 MS Ride was this last weekend. It was a chilly start (48F during check in) but the weather was mainly clear (rain predicted all the way up to the previous evening). I rode the 26 mile loop owed to a fussy knee and hip. I don’t have anything to prove to anyone anymore on the bike so rode the loop I would enjoy the most. Finished at a 13.9 mph average. Not too shabby for an old fat guy. Thank you again to everyone who so generously donated to my efforts!!

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Ready to roll for the 2018 MS Ride.

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I love the Midtown Greenway and I love that skyline.

Post MS Ride, 2018. 26 miles in under two hours.

Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… originally mixed the week of 5.25.18.

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
Goodnite – Walt Mink – Colossus.
Car in Reverse – The Grassy Knoll – Electric Verdeland, Vol.1.
Anything – The Golden Palominos – Pure.
Dark Doo Wop – Ms Mr – Secondhand Rapture.
Here Alive – The Sevateem – The Caves.
Moon – Beth Orton – Kidsticks.
No Light, No Light – Florence + The Machine – Ceremonials.
Gas Stations And Restaurants – Letherette – Letherette.
Gold – Chet Faker – Built On Glass.
Gold Dust Woman – Fleetwood Mac – Rumours.
The Black Tent – Errors – Come Down With Me.
Parasol – Jonquil – Low Whistle EP.
My Old Friends – Emot – Make You Electric.
It All Comes Clear – My Federation – Don’t Wanna Die.
Center Stage – Capital Cities – In A Tidal Wave Of Mystery.

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Ride, Void, and the mix for 4-20-18

This week is the busiest week of the term for me. I had a few things I was going to riff on here but if I want to get this out into the world before my afternoon gets too busy to return to a creative mindset so I’ve got to cut and run.

Short thoughts from the week that you’ll have to flesh out yourself:
-We had a record breaking snow storm here last weekend. I bet it doesn’t get talked about like the ’91 Halloween Blizzard because it was end of the season so the pain fades quickly.
-What are local theater groups going to do with the failing of FreindFace? Almost every small theater I know relies solely on that service to communicate with the world.

I’m doing the MS Ride again this year. It’s 30 days away so I best get to fundraising. This is the 10th year I’ve done MS events with my friend Kate. Please chip in if you can! Warning Link contains picture of me in spandex.

This week’s mix is brought to you by the suggestion of Sarah, my Memoir Mixtapes friend.

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An Invitation to A Different Sort of Void

Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents An Invitation To A Different Sort of Void… originally mixed the week of 4.20.18.

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
Pursuit of an Ancient Dream – Apollo 8 and 11 Astronauts – Space Mission.
The Fabric Of Space – Red Red Groovy – 25.
A Ritual In Time And Death – Ulrich Schnauss – A Long Way To Fall.
The Space In Between – How To Destroy Angels – How To Destroy Angels.
Empty Sheet Of Paper – Tweaker – The Attraction To All Things Uncertain.
Nothing – Depeche Mode – Music For The Masses.
Smoke & Mirrors – RJD2 – Deadringer.
My Lover’s Gone – Dido – No Angel.
Missing (Lite Mix) – Everything But The Girl – Missing: The Full Remix [EP].
Consider Me Gone – Sting – The Dream Of The Blue Turtles.
Next To Nothing – Fatboy Slim – Better Living Through Chemistry.
Fear: The Mindkiller (Altered Edit) – Eon – Void Dweller.
Empty – God Lives Underwater – Empty.

Teeth, Canvas, and the mix for 3-2-18

Quick entry today, lots of loose ends I still have to tack down before my work day is over.

Stubbs the Manx had two teeth removed this week and I’m happy to report that he dealt well with the general anesthetic. Not bad for a 15 year old cat! He is much happier now, even if he is on a restricted diet to let his mouth heal.

During the presidential election, a set of canvassers came to our door. It was a mom, about my age, and her two kids, a girl about 12 and boy maybe 14. I was glad to see them as the town I live in, overall, is ‘light red’ but our neighborhood is notably blue. They were smiling and eager and I was glad to share a moment of camaraderie and hope with them as they worked to register people to vote and to ask for votes for Hillary. We stood on the front step in the warm evening for a couple minutes. I think about them often. I wonder how they processed the election results. I wonder what inter-generational conversations happen in their home. I wonder if those two young people are now out fighting like hell for The Blue Wave. I hope, with an unguarded part of my heart, that they didn’t give up.

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Rime frost on the back deck.

Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… originally mixed the week of 3.2.18.

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
Transgenic – Trifonic – Emergence.
Thundernight – Mirror System – N+X.
Queen of the Night – Pauline Oliveros – Garden of Delights.
Khanamoot – Loscil – Sketches from New Brighton.
Lila’s Song (Downtempo Mix) – SM Project – Elements EP.
Silence (Michael Woods Chillout Mix) – Delerium – Silence single.
Groovy Feeling (Thick ‘N’ Creamy) – Fluke – Groovy Feeling EP.
Fantasie – Andy Spark – Minimal & Techno.
The Ditch (Vocal Version) – Prima Donna – Audio Therapy.
Drone Logic – Daniel Avery – Drone Logic.

This, That, and the mix for 2-23-18

I write these posts on the fly. I do this because a) I’m prone to overthinking things and that leads to either prolixity or paralysis neither of which is good and b) either I say something or I don’t but the gate closes at 4 pm either way and that deadline keeps me honest and the filters low. Is that a good thing? You’d have to tell me.

Here is what is in my head right now:
-After years of mild irritation I stumbled by accident on how to correct the metadata on these files which means starting this week if you read the mp3 file name it will actually say the posting date and not some version of “Intro”.
-Been trying to reach out to people more this week and be more positive. Results are mixed. I haven’t learned to be content leaving stones in front of tombs but I’m getting closer.
-I really want to go shop for some new dress clothes but I can’t bring myself to justify the expense. It would be cool to have another suit, for example, but how often do I really wear them?
-I’m a bit sick of winter but that might be an outward manifestation of frustration with American politics, too.
-Stubbs (the best cat in the world) has to go in for a dental procedure on Monday. He is 15 years old and anesthetic is hard on cats and I’m worried about him.

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Stubbs as majestic as ever.

Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… originally mixed the week of 2.23.18. No album info is listed because these are all off singles.

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
Crush (Dance Mix) – Jennifer Paige.
Always Loved a Film (Michael Woods Remix) – Underworld.
Destiny (Photek Remix) – Zero 7.
Space Shanty (Voiski Mix) – Leftfield.
Hot Right Now (Stereo Heroes Extended Club Remix) – Amp Live.
Get Loud (KJ’s Extended Club Mix) – K5.
Freaks (Keep Rockin’) [Funk 2 Da Floor Mix] – Richard “Humpty” Vission.
Waves of Change (Kaskade Extended Remix) – Samantha James.
Talk To Me (Radio Edit) – K Klass.
I’m In Love With You (City of Dub Mix) – BKS.
Alone Tonight (Ronski Speed Remix) – Above & Beyond.

Weather, The New Blogging, and the mix for 9-22-17

The current heat index in St Paul, Minnesota is 101F (temp of 93F with a dew point of 72F according to the app on my mobile). It is the first day of autumn. As one who has a penchant for jackets, coats, and the weather that allows for the wearing of such things, I object to this in the strongest possible terms. Further, as I consider myself a science-literate person, I object to this weather because of the clear case that humanity has had a large hand in making this happen.

While eating my lunch today I was adjacent to a conversation that I found intriguing. Two young people were merrily conversing as if a) I wasn’t sitting there first in peace and quiet away from other people on purpose and b) their voices were inaudible to the person (me) sitting in the next chair. Much of their exchange made my eyebrow arch as it was so predictable for the time/space/age of those involved as to almost be satire. Anyway, one of the parties entreated the other one to listen to their podcast. This person and friends had started a podcast (which shares a name with 28 other podcasts apparently) and recorded an episode every day since the start of term on the topic of “just sitting around and talking for an hour”. The other party stated their interest in giving these recordings a “proper listen and critique”. It dawned on me then that podcasting is the new blogging. I have no idea what to do with this information, but now you are aware of it too.

Today’s theme was suggest by Maria and is Part 1 in the series. Part 2 will show up eventually.

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Lightning over the house. These are much easier to get in the digital age, but you still have to risk life and limb to stand there.

Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… originally mixed the week of 9.22.17

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
Tears In Rain – Vangelis – Perfecto Presents Another World [Disc 1].
Rainfallic – Dinky – Anemik.
Jagged Rain (Vocal) – Laurie Mayer – Black Lining.
Rain (97 Remix) – MOT – Sunshine State Of Mind.
Make It Rain – The KLF – The White Room.
When It’s Raining Cats And Dogs – P.M. Dawn – The Bliss Album…?
Naked In The Rain (Fire Dance Mix) – Blue Pearl – Naked in the Rain 12″ single.
The Rain – Forecasters – Deep House U.K. Vol. 2.
Acid Rain – SM Project – Elements EP.
Drippy – Banco De Gaia – Big Men Cry.
It’s Raining Men – Geri Halliwell – Bridget Jones’ Diary.