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Rain (2), Thing, and the mix for 11-10-17

Not much is coming to mind to share today so I’ll engage that and keep it short.

I’m again working through Robert Lee Brewer’s November Chapbook Challenge. I’m writing only for myself this year in an effort to get back into a mindset of reading and writing more actively. That being said, I think this cinquain from the prompt “write a thing poem” for day 8 is worth sharing.

The Thing!
Is his dork orange
Rock like the rest of him‽
It’s a super hero secret
Brodie.

This week’s mix is Part 2 on the topic “Rain”, supplied by Maria. Part 1 is here.

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Rain on a spiderweb at Hayes Lake State Park.

Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… originally mixed the week of 11.10.17

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
Rain Rain Down – The Grassy Knoll – Electric Verdeland, Vol.1.
The Sun & The Rainfall – Depeche Mode – A Broken Frame.
Prayers For Rain – The Cure – Disintegration.
Rain On The Parade – Lloyd Cole – Cleaning Out the Ashtrays [Dangerous Music, Disc 3].
The Rain Song – Led Zeppelin – Houses Of The Holy.
Sure Got Cold After The Rain Fell – ZZ Top – Rio Grande Mud.
Shadows In The Rain – Sting – The Dream Of The Blue Turtles.
Play In The Rain (Continued) – Lindsey Buckingham – Go Insane.
Here Comes The Rain Again – Eurhythmics – Touch.
Another Rainy Night (Without You) – Queensrÿche – Empire.
It Never Rains – Dire Straits – Love Over Gold.
Purple Rain – Prince – Purple Rain.

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Depression, Vandalism, and the mix for 11-3-17

Hasn’t been a great week, dear reader. In short, I’m having a depressive episode and didn’t realize it until this week. That is how depression works. So, I’ve identified what is happening and why I am thinking like I am and am working as I can to level out.

This week was Halloween. Kiddo went as Robin Hood. I went as Paul Bunyan. My costume wasn’t a stretch from my normal garb in any meaningful way. Kiddo went with a friend this year and had a blast. Given the temp (30F) we had fewer kids than usual. Next year, we have decided as a household, to hand out full sized candy bars.

The most disappointing news of the week is that a poster at my work desk was vandalized (see below) sometime on Thursday (a day I was away from the desk for long stretches during the workday).

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If you need a legalistic definition of hate speech from a poster you vandalized at someone’s desk, that just means you want to be an asshole but not get busted for it.

While I make it a policy not to argue with what amounts to bathroom stall graffiti, I will note two things here. First, the poster doesn’t mention hate speech. So thanks for letting me know exactly what your objective is, d-bag (and I am certain this was written by a 19 year old white privileged dudebro who is made he can’t tell racists jokes to his classmates now). Second, this makes me think immediately of Catcher in the Rye. There’s always someone out there willing to ruin something by writing “fuck” all over it. The poster will be replaced on Monday with a laminated version.

This week’s theme comes courtesy of Todd Weekly who was kind enough to respond to my request for topics on twitter.

Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… originally mixed the week of 11.03.17

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
Even His Feet Look Sad – Leo Kottke – One Guitar, No Vocals.
Sad Days Lonely Nights – Junior Kimbrough – You Better Run.
Dazed And Confused – Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin I.
Shame – Depeche Mode – Construction Time Again.
Land Of Confusion – Genesis – Invisible Touch.
Sad And Lonely – DJ Shadow – The Less You Know, The Better.
On The Turning Away – Pink Floyd – A Momentary Lapse Of Reason.
Disappointed – Electronic – Songs From The Cool World.
Confusion (Pump Panel Reconstruction Mix) – New Order – Blade Soundtrack.
Disappointed – Nine Inch Nails – Hesitation Marks.
Disillusion – Rainbow Bridge – Sunshine State Of Mind.
A Visit To A Sad Planet – Leonard Nimoy – Spaced Out.

Snow, Costumes, and the mix for 10-27-17

The first snow of the year is falling as I write this. It is driven by wind. Everything is cold and wet. One could rightly say it is unpleasant out. Such is the late autumn transition in Minnesota.

Halloween is nearly here. That means costumes. I think costumes are fun. Kiddo is going as Robin Hood for trick-or-treating this year. He makes a round of the neighborhood with Mom while I have, by some obscure and cryptic tradition, been left home to hand out candy. To make the evening amusing for me, I dress up. This year I’m going as Paul Bunyan. This isn’t much of a stretch of the imagination. If anything, I am just leaning further into my being proud of being Minnesotan. I made a small double bit ax to hang on my belt and a little Babe the Blue Ox to it in my shirt pocket. I think it works.

I read this New Yorker article on Philip Larkin and it got me to thinking about fabric as a metaphor for friendships. How many never made it off the loom? How many are threadbare? How many unraveling?

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Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… originally mixed the week of 10.27.17

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
Cat People – Cujo – Adventures In Foam.
Nightmare (Sinister Strings Mix) – Brainbug – Nightmare single.
Slipaway – 2 Bit Pie – 2 Pie Island.
Hands Around My Throat – Death In Vegas – Animatrix: The Album.
Boileroom – Sasha – Airdrawndagger.
Shadows – Orbital – The Altogether.
My Kingdom – The Future Sound Of London – Dead Cities.
Inertia Creeps – Massive Attack – Mezzanine.
Sarangi – Hooverphonic – A New Stereophonic Sound Spectacular.
Building Steam With A Grain of Salt – DJ Shadow – Endtroducing.
Haunted Dreams – WishFM – Requiem For A Dream: Remixed.
Voodoo Fire – 10-AC – Zoo Rave II.

Book Signing at The Source 2 pm Oct 19, 2017 (and a midweek mix)!

Sorry for the brief intermission between posts. Been working on the house so I was away from my usual posting routine due to these projects.

But this post isn’t about remodeling! It’s about a book signing!

If you are in St. Paul, Minnesota on Thursday, Oct 19 (2017), you should stop by and say hello. I’ll be at The Source (2058 Snelling Ave N, 55113) starting at 2 pm, writing my name in books with my friends Dan and Kate.

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Event details straight from The Source’s own newsletter!

 

You can find out more about the book here
You can also check out the Facebook event page here

And since I have a couple banked up, a mid-week podcast too…

Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… originally mixed the week of 10.19.17

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
Maneater – Hall & Oates.
Party All the Time – Eddie Murphy.
Take Me Home Tonight (ft Ronnie Spector) – Eddie Money.
Take Me Home – Phil Colins.
Cruel Summer – Bananarama.
New Sensation – INXS.
Run To You – Bryan Adams.
Your Love – Outfield.
Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) – Eurythmics.
Material Girl – Madonna.
A View to a Kill – Duran Duran.
The Politics Of Dancing – Re-Flex.
You Can’t Get What You Want (Till You Know What You Want) – Joe Jackson.
Everybody Wants To Rule The World – Tears For Fears.
Once In A Lifetime – Talking Heads.

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.