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Reactivation, Vacation, Tall Grass 3 & 4 (9-28-18)

I’ve stoked the banked fires, opened the drapes, and brushed away the cobwebs. Time to let some light and air into this space again.

This was supposed to go up last week but I messed up the playlists beyond a salvageable state. Sorry about that.

There are many things we could chat about today but I want to get back into the swing of things without over thinking them. As such, I’m going to skip the politics (I believe Dr. Ford and am appalled by the way our nation and culture treats women), and instead here is one thing with several parts, but not that much reading.

The most interesting thing to happen in The Quiet Time was the family took a trip, via train, out to the west coast of the continent. Our eventual destination was Salt Spring Island, British Columbia. While we were West, there were over 500 fires burning in the province so smoke was ever present. Aside from that airborne reminder of environmental crisis, we didn’t watch the news or look at the newspaper. It was rejuvenating. Here are some pictures of the trip.

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Amon Tobin says hello from the Space Needle in Seattle, WA.

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The Dale Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum in Seattle, WA was clearly put together by someone who understands what makes a good picture.

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Morning at Pike’s Place Market, Seattle WA.

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The view of the harbor near Ganges, on Salt Spring Island, BC. The islands are, left to right, Grace Islet, Powder Islet, and Goat Island. The hazy is from the 560 wild fires that were burning in British Columbia while we visited.

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Sunset amplified by the smoke. The town of Ganges in the valley.

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Taken from the train on the return to St Paul, MN. Glacier National Park was on fire. The park was closed to car traffic by this point.

I’m picking up where I left off in terms of music. Below you will find Part 3 and Part 4 of the Tall Grass series. I’ve noted the end time of each track so you can sample the fare without committing to the entire meal. “Avant Garde” is much more challenging to digest than “Words”. “Words” is a mix I enjoy.

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.

Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… Tall Grass, Avante Garde originally mixed the week of 9-28-18..

Song – Artist – Album – End Time
The Glorious Monster – Max Roach – M’Boom- 6:50.
The Girl from Ipanema – Archie Shepp – Fire Music- 15:20.
Fifty Two Minutes Behind The Green Door – Daniel Le Blanc – Behind the Green Door- 21:10.
Ruthenium Theory – Duet for Theremin and Lap Steel – Ruthenium Theory- 25:35.
Luening: Ussachevsky: Suite from King Lear for Tape Recorder (1955) – Otto Luening, Vladimir Ussacgevsky, William Bergsma – Luening/Ussachevsky/Bergsma (CRI 112)- 30:15.
Fetler: Pastoral Suite; Song of the Wind Donald Betts/Camilla Heller/Joseph Roche – The Macalester Trio – Celebrates the Bicentennial (CRS 4153)-36:30.
Momenti – Luciano Berio – Images Fantastique – 43:12.
Four Systems-For Four Amplified Cymbals/Earle Brown – Max Neuhaus – Electronics And Percussion, Five Realizations By Max Neuhaus-48:10
Time’s Encomium Part 1 – Charles Wuorinen – Time’s Encomium- to end.

Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… Tall Grass, Avante Garde originally mixed the week of 9-28-18..

Song – Artist – Album – End Time
The Horse Named Bill – Bob Gibson and his Banjo – Offbeat Folksongs- 2:40.
I Don’t Care – Joan Morris & William Bolcom – Vaudeville, Songs of the Great Ladies of the Musical Stage – 4:50.
Mending Wall – Robert S. Frost – Frost Reads Frost, The 1957 Decca Recordings – 7:15.
Fibberty Jib – Lord Runningclam – Fun for the Whole Family – 13:30.
My Darling – Claudine Coule – Found – 16:15.
Land – Delia Derbyshire – Inventions For Radio Dreams – 22:55.
Words Of Advice For Young People – William S. Burroughs – Spare Ass Annie And Other Tales [Explicit Version] – 27:25.
Dali’s Handgun – MC 900 Ft Jesus – Welcome to My Dream – -32:05.
A Night On The Town… Drug Frenzy At The Circus-Circus – Hunter S. Thompson – Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas – 35:55.
Coney Island Of The Mind Pt. 1 – Lawrence Ferlinghetti – A Coney Island Of The Mind – 37:30.
The City And The Sea – The Jazz Passengers Feat. Deborah Harry – Closed On Account Of Rabies – Poems And Tales Of Edgar Allan Poe [Disc 2] – 45:35.
The Poetry of Reality – Symphony of Science – Symphony of Science EP – 48:30.
Highly Illogical – Leonard Nimoy – Spaced Out – The Best of Leonard Nimoy & William Shatner – 50:45.
Dad I’m In Jail – Was (Not Was) – What Up Dog – 52:10.
King Henry The Fifth – William Shatner – Spaced Out – The Best of Leonard Nimoy & William Shatner – 55:05.
My South Polar expedition – Lt. Ernest H. Shackleton – Edison Amberol cylinder 4M- 473 – to end.

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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.

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.