The Onion On My Internet Belt

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.

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I’d love to come up with something clever and witty to say here, something of import and impact, but the Twin Cities is expected to get a possible foot of snow and high winds in the next 24 hours so my mind is blank like the featureless winter that will not die.

Inspiration takes many forms and paths. This week’s mix was inspired by a tweet. My friend Julia (who works in radio so she is in the know) tweeted a screen grab because she found out Roger Moore’s “The Saint” is streaming. You have an idea for a mix? Send it my way. Never know what might happen.

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Thank you to Julia for the screen grab that brought this idea into the world.

Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents (confident music) (engine revving)… originally mixed the week of 4.13.18.

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
Lady Cab Driver – Prince – 1999.
Car in Reverse – The Grassy Knoll – Electric Verdeland, Vol.1.
Driver’s Seat – Sniff ‘N’ The Tears – Fickle Heart.
Shakin’ – Eddie Money – Best of Eddie Money.
Stolen Car – Beth Orton – Central Reservation.
The Distance – Cake – Fashion Nugget.
Screenwriter’s Blues – Soul Coughing – Lust In Phaze.
Daddy’s Gonna Pay For Your Crashed Car – U2 – Zooropa.
High Plains Drifter – The Beastie Boys – Paul’s Boutique.
Jerry Was A Racecar Driver – Primus – Sailing the Seas of Cheese.
Panama – Van Halen – 1984.
Drive It Like You Stole It – The Glitch Mob – Drink The Sea.
Jesus Built My Hotrod (Red Line/White Line Version) – Ministry – Jesus Built My Hotrod 5″ single.

Spring has quite rudely neglected to show up here in Minnesota after RSVPing to the invite. We have had record cold temps on the overnights and today we are expected to set a record low for high temp for the day (yes, that right, read it slowly). I’m not impressed.

I had Monday off. We got 8+ inches of snow. Luckily for me I had a tremendous “to do” list so kept busy. As an acknowledgement to the snow globe outside I listened to Prince’s “Parade” on repeat all day. It both did and did not make me feel better.

April, being the cruelest month as discussed above, brings with it the annual Poem-A-Day Challenge. I am proud to say I am up to date. This year I am writing fun little poems that make me smile. They aren’t for public consumption. It has really helped to get my mind into an active space again.

Apropos nothing: A couple nights ago we were watching “The Emperor’s New Groove” which is considered to be an All Time Classic in our house. Something occurred to me that hadn’t before and I’m sad it took me so long to notice. In the main character family we never hear the name of the wife (voiced by Wendy Malick). I also don’t know that we hear the name of the daughter. We do, however, know the name of the son the second he is on screen.

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The frozen boundary layer between Lake Superior and the rocky shore at Temperance River.

Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… originally mixed the week of 4.6.18.

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
Eternal Spirit (Northern Mix) – 4 Voice – Logic Trance 2 [Disc 2].
Bassrock – System 7 – Encantado.
New Moon – Ayahuasca – A Voyage Into Trance.
Fragments of Time – Turboy – Transcending Media Vol 1.
Blast the Speakers – Warp Brothers – Radikal Techno 6.
Spaced Invader – Hatiras – 15 Years [Disc 2].
Made 4 U (f/ Dirty Shane) – DJ Jackie Christie – Made 4 U.
Penthouse – We In Music – Paris Is Sleeping Respect Is Burning Vol. 2.
When the Morning Comes – Darren Tate – Horizons, Vol. 02.
U Write The Rules (Solarstone Remix) – Young Parisians – Nyana: Indoor [Disc 2].
Lust (Rabbit in The Moon Mix) – Velocity – Very Superstitious.

“Add More Dudes”. That is the graffiti I saw yesterday scratched in block letters into the hard plastic wall of a bathroom stall in my building. I’ve been thinking about what that could possibly mean and I don’t think there is any sense or meaning of it in which the only possible answer I could be other than “Nope”.

I’ve started training in earnest for this year’s MS Ride. There are new pains in my body this year in new places. This is an unwelcome development. It’s a reminder that I can’t give up on exercise for six months and hope to not ache. It’s a reminder that I am Middle Aged. I’m sure to post a fundraising link in the coming weeks but for now, you are spared the image of me in lyrca.

These next two to three weeks are some of the hardest of the year. Spring is in the air. You can smell it. The sun is sometimes warm on your cheeks. But Spring is not here yet, but hope is, and hope sometimes makes a fool of Minnesotans at the end of March. When Prince wrote “Sometimes It Snows in April” he wasn’t kidding. Sometimes, we feel so bad…

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No blog next week owing to Spring Break.

Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… originally mixed the week of 3.23.18.

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
All My Friends – LCD Soundsystem – Sound of Silver.
Friends Like Mine – The Donnas – Gold Medal.
We Dance Alone – Beck – The Information.
Two Tribes – Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Welcome to the Pleasuredome.
Restless – New Order – Music Complete.
Came Back Haunted – Nine Inch Nails – Hesitation Marks.
Burn – Sister Machine Gun – Mortal Kombat (Soundtrack).
Going Under – Evanescence – Fallen.
Gasoline – Audioslave – Audioslave.
Breath – Pearl Jam – Singles (Soundtrack).
Smoke – Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ – Smoke.
Obscured By Clouds – Pink Floyd – Obscured By Clouds.
Rain When I Die – Alice In Chains – Dirt.
Shadow Of The Season – Screaming Trees – Sweet Oblivion.

This wasn’t the mix that I planned to post this week. In the labeling system of how I track these projects in the production phase its “mix 4”. “mix 1” only has two songs currently in the set while “mix 2” is 29 songs at the moment. Inspiration is non-linear. In fact this week’s mix was based on two new age songs that didn’t end up in the final cut.

Spring is creeping into the atmosphere here in Minnesota and its making people just plain awful. Traffic has been especially suspect. I’ve had a number of close calls this week (including two people running red lights) and that is a total drag. We are also at the point in the season cycle that our hope is getting the better of us. A couple of coworkers have commented that, even at a seasonal 39F it seems cold out, to which I had to note they weren’t wearing hats, gloves, or zipped up jackets.

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Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… originally mixed the week of 3.16.18.

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
Voice Of The Earth – Spacetime Continuum – Sea Biscuit.
A Plague Of Locusts – Electric Skychurch – Sonic Diary.
Big Men Cry – Banco De Gaia – Big Men Cry.
Carly’s Loneliness – Enigma – Sliver soundtrack.
Majnoun and Leila – Justin Adams – Desert Road.
Kageroh – Kirtaro – Ultimate Kitaro Collection.
TangoLargo – Lloyd Cole & Hans-Joachim Roedelius – Selected Studies Vol. 1.
Aquasonic – A Positive Life – Synaesthetic.
Anoint and Cheer – Paul Avgerinos – Phos Hilaron.
Sense – Steve Roach – Blood Machine.