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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.

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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.

Tomorrow, Yesterday, and the mix for 5-12-17

Tomorrow I am taking part in the MS Ride again. Currently I am the #33 fundraiser overall for the event. If you enjoy the weekly mixes, why not help bump me up in the rankings and donate? Some of you loyal readers/listeners have already and I do vastly appreciate it! Here is the donation page.

My back has been bothering me and it has made me a bit cranky. Is there more to say? No. I’m getting old and am aware of it. Next week I’ll talk about my forest of ear hair.

I’m glad the week is over. Everyone (including me) has the spring crazies and needs to get outside.

Had a very nice visit today from a former employee of mine. She was on the campus for an event and came up to the office. There are few things that lighten the load or cheer the day so much as an unexpected visit from a friendly face.

Yesterday (May 11th) Minnesota celebrated its 159th statehood anniversary. Happy birthday to my favorite state!

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The Minnesota State Flower, the Pink Lady Slipper as seen at the Como Conservatory.

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
Far Cry – Marvin Gaye – In Our Lifetime.
To Live and Die in L.A. – Wang Chung – To Live and Die in L.A.
Lonely Tonight – The Power Station -The Power Station.
Champagne? – Joe Satriani – Engines Of Creation.
Fly Like An Eagle – Les Paul & Steve Miller – Les Paul & Friend: American Made World Played.
Freeway Jam – Jeff Beck – Blow By Blow.
Slow Ride – Kenny Wayne Sheperd – Trouble Is…
Brave Beyond The Call – Walt Mink – Colossus.
All Messed Up – The Donnas – Spend The Night.
Daft Punk is Playing at My House – LCD Soundsystem – LCD Soundsystem.
Mysterious Ways – U2 – Achtung Baby.
From Your Mouth – God Lives Underwater – Life in the So-Called Space Age.
Welcome Back Victoria – Jesus Jones – Doubt.
Judas – The Verve – Forth.

Eagles, Worries, and the mix for 4-21-17

In no particular order:

Went to the National Eagle Center in Wabasha, MN, and the Owl Center in Houston, MN, last week. The bluffs area of southeastern Minnesota is worth visiting. It offers vistas no otherwise available in the state. The Root River valley is beautiful.

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Not from this trip, but still and eagle picture I took.

Also visited the SPAM Museum in Austin, MN. It’s as much a gift shop as a museum.

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I’m 21 cans of SPAM tall, I guess.

Spring has arrived. I’m glad to get back outside again on a regular basis.

Speaking of getting outside, I am taking part in the MS Ride again this year. 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!

Sometimes I worry that people who I know online may die or otherwise vanish and I would never know and that makes me sad.

Prince died one year ago today.

Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… originally mixed the week of 4.21.17

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
Spark – Lawrence – Ghostly Classics Ghostly Records Sampler.
Nara – E.S. Posthumus – Unearthed.
Well Balanced – Aural Float – Free Float.
The Cooling Tower – Twilight Archive – Ritual Fiction.
Free Senses – Saafi Brothers – Space Night, Vol. V [Disc 2].
Degenerates – Moby – Last Night.
1-800-288-Slam – Meanderthals – Desire Lines.
Autumn Leaves – Coldcut – Last Cool Blue.
Dreams – Modulate – Chill Out! The Techno Evolution Continues [Disc 2].
In Mind – Amorphous Androgynous – Tales of Ephidrina.
Influx – Higher Intelligence Agency – Colourform.

Obligations, (non)gaming, and the mix for 3-3-17

Well, it’s been a week full of parental things. Kiddo needs orthodontics. He is also in his first stage production tonight (6 minutes total run time, no lines for him). I think your minds are fecund enough to look into the future to see that both of these previous statements contain multitudes (of obligations).

I’ve found my mind wandering lately to fantasy, specifically, table top gaming. My gaming group dissolved some time ago due to issues on many fronts and it bothers me that the campaign never came to resolution. Part of me wants to start again, or start over, or however it is apt to describe revisiting ideas that have yet to be seen by others but swim around in my imagination. I’m sure it wouldn’t work this time around either. My penchant for exposition is in many ways unhelpful (and time consuming as I wrote all my own campaign materials) and I have never been invited to other groups as a player so there aren’t many avenues left to pursue. I miss gaming and the gathering of friends associated with it, but all stories have an arc and perhaps that arc has reached its conclusion and it is time to close the book and put it on the shelf so that I can catch glimpse of the spine once in a while and smile vaguely to myself.

Since it is now technically spring, here is a flower picture from the archives.

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A lily from the Como Conservatory in St Paul, MN.

Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… originally mixed the week of 3.3.17

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
Groovy Feeling (Screwball) – Fluke – Progressive History XXX (Disc 3).
Bigger Than Prince (Hot Since 82 Remix) – Green Velvet – Bigger Than Prince single.
ET (Peplab Classic Treat Mix) – Peplab – Sister Bliss Presents Nightmoves.
Shogun (Do You Remember) [Trusty Djembe Dub] – Mark Knight & Funkagenda – Mark Knight Presents Toolroom Knights.
Fishy Sounds (Radio Mix) – DJ Jackie Christie – Beautiful Day.
Addicted to Bass (Differentgear Remix) – Puretone – Gusto Collection 12.
Music (Groove Armada 12” Mix) – Madonna – Music [Single].
Peaceblaster ’08 (Captain Crunk Remix) – STS9 – Peaceblaster (The New Orleans Make It Right Remixes).

Post, Post-dated, and the mix for 2-17-17

In college, I read Maxine Hong Kingston’s book “No Name Woman”, which was 20 years ago so please forgive any inaccuracy this following description may have. In the opening chapter, the narrator recounts a story her mother told her growing up. In the story an aunt or cousin gave birth out of wedlock and was thereby cast out of her village (more specifically, the villagers dressed in masks and ransacked her family’s house). The woman then threw herself and her newborn child into the village well. The narrator’s mother never names this woman. It is a powerful chapter and I would encourage you to read it if you haven’t. Denying someone a name is a powerful act. I think about this chapter a lot lately as social media has moved to addressing a certain person simply as “45” now. I approve.

Speaking of twenty years ago…

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That’s October 1995, by the way.

This week I received a care package from my friend Barbara that was full of items from our college days and the time just shortly thereafter. It was an amazing box to receive. Items therein contained: Show posters from First Ave, old posters for my radio show, program guides for the college radio station we both worked at, a stack of bumper stickers, and a couple things written by me and even about me. It is always a mixed bag to have such a clear window on to your past self, part sentimental journey, part threnody.

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The KUMM 89.7 FM Fall 1995 Program Guide, art by Barbara Minken.

 

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The KUMM FM Winter 1996 Program Schedule in its full 11×14 glory.

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The Winter 1997 program guide for 89.7 FM with an added music review by yours truly. I think the headline is from Barbara. I often wrote things like this to fill unattended column inches in the University Register.

The newly acquired music worthy of comment this week: Underworld’s limited edition “Born Slippy” twelve-inch 45 rpm single and the Raider’s of the Lost Ark soundtrack.
-With the release of a second Trainspotting movie, Underworld has revisited their massive hit “Born Slippy” from the first film with the “Long Slow Slippy” remix. They didn’t do the original song any favors. Same song it was 20 years ago but slowed down about 10%. That is literally it. The B side is called “Eventually But” and is in the vein of “Blueski” or “Stagger”. This purchase was a good reminder that limited edition collector items are often a suckers game for completionists.
-Decided it was time to pick up some more non-Star Wars John Williams. The Raider’s soundtrack is solid end to end. Highly enjoyable and totally worth it.

Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… originally mixed the week of 2.17.17

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
First Rays of the New Soma Sunrise (Calmer Remix) – STS9-Peaceblaster (The New Orleans Make It Right Remixes).
On A Clear Day – P.M. Dawn – Of The Heart, Of The Soul And Of The Cross.
Salva Mea (Radio Edit) – Faithless – Renaissance 3D.
Get Thy Bearings – Bonobo – Late Night Tales: Bonobo.
See (Beacon Remix) – Tycho & Beacon – See Remixes single.
Montezuma’s Revenge – Rocket Empire – Om 14.
You Forget A Thousand Things – Tangerine Dream & DJ Shadow – The Music of Grand Theft Auto V.
Set Back – Fluke – Risotto.
Back/Shecomes – Massive Attack – Singles 90/98 [Disc 11].
The Weight Of Darkening Skies – Ulrich Schnauss – A Long Way To Fall.
My Lover’s Gone – Dido – No Angel.
Disappear – Phutureprimitive – Kinetik.