This winter has been unusual in Minnesota. It is a direct consequence of climate change (if you don’t agree with the first part of this sentence, this isn’t the webpage for you). I miss winter. Until this year I hadn’t fully realized how much winter is part of my identity and how much I enjoy being outside during the season. I think all of the self portraits that I’ve really liked have been taken in the winter.
Winter Scene in Beaver Bay, Minnesota
I’ve started an “Other Works” page. Which is accessible via a little grey clickable box at the top right of the home page. If you are interested in other things I’ve don e(photography, poetry, etc) that is the place to look. New publications will be listed there if/when they happen. It’s a work in progress.
You get a twofer this week!
The first mix below is in danger of being buried by time. It was a splinter of the previous post that evolved into its own cul du sac of a mix. Didn’t get posted last week because I was out of the office.
The second mix happened very quickly. I had the beat in my veins and just sat down and started pulling tracks that had the groove.
Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… originally mixed the week of 1-10-19..
Song – Artist – Album
Elegantly Wasted – INXS – Elegantly Wasted.
So You’d Like To Save The World – Lloyd Cole – Bad Vibes.
Divorce Song – Liz Phair – Exile In Guyville.
Come Undone – Duran Duran – Modern Rock: The Mid 90s [Disc 2].
The Slacks – Trip Shakespeare – Across The Universe.
Ten Fingers – The Pursuit Of Happiness – Love Junk.
What Gods Are These – My Federation – Don’t Wanna Die.
I’m Your Villain – Franz Ferdinand – You Could Have It So Much Better.
Girlfriend – Matthew Sweet – Girlfriend.
Everything Worthwhile – Walt Mink – El Producto.
Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… originally mixed the week of 1-18-19..
Song – Artist
Ready Steady Go – Oakenfold – Bunkka.
The Vapor Trail Conspiracy – The Crystal Method –Direct download.
Blast the Speakers – Warp Brothers – Radikal Techno 6.
Skirt – Kylie Minogue – Skirt EP.
Nightlaw (Original) – Paolo Mojo – Dave Spoon Presents Toolroom Knights.
Surface Scan – Spektre – Renaissance The Master Series James Zabiela.
Drifted – Groove Armada – Goodbye Country Hello Nightclub.
Inspector Norse – Todd Terje – It’s the Arps.
Get Loud (KJ’s Extended Club Mix) – K5 – Get Loud.
Love Keeps Calling (Basto! Impression) – AnnaGrace – Love Keeps Calling.
Electric Love – Dynasty Electric – Dynasty Electric.
I had several things to talk about, but as is astoundingly common in my days, no one wanted to talk to me until the last 45 minutes of my day. That is when I would usually write the blog. But this week my work bestie Kelly needed to chat. IRL conversation comes first so now it is past time to go home but I’m not leaving you high and dry. I promised to be back on the last blog and I am still good to my word.
It’s a short mix this week at roughly 45 minutes. So it goes.
Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… originally mixed the week of 1-4-19..
Song – Artist – Album
Ten Years Gone – Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti [Disc 2].
Main Theme – Pink Floyd – More.
Papa Was A Rolling Stone – The Temptations – Billboard Top 100 Of The 1970s.
I’m Bad, I’m Nationwide – ZZ Top – Degüello.
Dance the Night Away – Van Halen – Van Halen II.
Wait Until Tomorrow – The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Axis: Bold As Love.
(I Know) I’m Losing You – Gladys Knight & The Pips – The Best Of Gladys Knight & The Pips.
Far Cry – Marvin Gaye – In Our Lifetime.
Goldfinger / Into Miami – Shirley Bassey and John Barry – Goldfinger.
I’ve had a head cold this week that has made me very foggy. I disapprove of this.
Looks like we are going to have a brown Christmas in much of Minnesota. I also disapprove of that.
Today is the Solstice and it has been heavily overcast. Gloom at its highest. Totally disapprove.
What I do approve of is good conversation. This week’s mix is based largely on songs and artists that came up in conversations I had with folks.
So you know, there will be a brief hiatus until the first Friday in January. That is when I am back in the office.
I bought this at a junk shop this week. It doubles the number of Christmas organ records on red vinyl I have. Local connection: Its on Soma Records, which was based in Minneapolis.
Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… originally mixed the week of 12-21-18..
Song – Artist – Album
On The Road Again – Canned Heat – Cookbook.
Parchman Farm – John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers – Bluesbreakers.
Baby Please Don’t Go – Van Morrison – Best Of Van Morrison.
Bluebird – Buffalo Springfield – Retrospective.
Brave Beyond The Call – Walt Mink – Colossus.
One Hit (to The Body) – The Rolling Stones – Tattoo You.
This Is Serious / John The Revelator – The Silencers – Dance To The Holy Man.
I’ll Wait – Van Halen – 1984.
Circle in the Sand – Belinda Carlisle – Heaven on Earth.
Cruel Summer – Bananarama – Billboard Top 100 of 1984.
Hero Takes A Fall – The Bangles – Modern Rock: Lost Hits Of The Mid ’80s [Disc 2].
Suffragette City – David Bowie – The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.
Another One Bites The Dust – Queen – Billboard Top 100 of 1981.
The Hunter Gets Captured by The Game (ft Thracey Thorn) – Massive Attack – Batman Forever.
Electric Chair – Prince – Batman.
Sorry I don’t have much to say today. Found out this morning that a former coworker, Meg, died yesterday. She retired a couple years ago so we hadn’t crossed paths in a couple years but she was a joy to chat with, quick with a smile and a laugh, kind, interested in connecting people, and a mentor to many folks I still work with.
In music news: Beavis and Butthead went off the air this week in 1997. In commemoration, KFAI AM Drive did a set of all songs they riffed on, including a request I made. If you are the same vintage as I am, this is a good trip down memory lane.
This week’s mix is all about subtle tonality and all one artist.
Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… originally mixed the week of 11-30-18..
Song – Artist – Album
Lions – Dire Straits – Dire Straits.
News – Dire Straits – Communique.
On Every Street – Dire Straits – On Every Street.
River Towns – Mark Knopfler – Tracker (Deluxe).
Ride Across The River – Dire Straits – Brothers In Arms.
Working On It – Mark Knopfler – Wag The Dog.
Vic and Ray – Mark Knopfler – Golden Heart.
Prairie Wedding – Mark Knopfler – Sailing To Philadelphia.
Love Over Gold – Dire Straits – Love Over Gold.
You and Your Friend – Dire Straits – On Every Street.
Go, Love – Mark Knopfler – Privateering [Disc 1].
Sons Of Scotland (Quiet Theme) – Mark Knopfler – A Shot At Glory.
It’s not Friday, but I’m sneaking one in anyway because many people out there might need something to jam to that isn’t the insufferable tones of dipshittery that often affect the air at extended family gatherings. For my part, I’m very lucky. I get along with all the people who will be at Thanksgiving.
In the spirit of the holiday, here are some things, in no particular order, in which I am thankful for:
Health insurance / pockets / my Stanley coffee thermos / Swiss army knives / refrigeration / clean water / housing / No Man’s Sky / family / friends / donuts / good flashlights that don’t require a giant 6V dry cell battery / space heaters / the Futurama episode “Three Hundred Big Boys” / bicycles / friction / music / kindness / green spaces / The Minneapolis Institute of Arts / “Morning Drive” on KFAI FM / you reading this blog.
If you are going to brave that uniquely American horror that is Black Friday, please be kind to others, especially the folks who aren’t getting the day off that you are.
Pike’s Market in Seattle.
I worked and reworked this mix and every time I added something beyond these tracks, it got worse, so while it clocks in at a mere 40 minutes, it’s a tight run. The transition at 21:30 is perfect if I do say so myself.
Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… originally mixed the week of 11-21-18..
Song – Artist – Album
Burn for You (The Cop 4 Radio Mix) – Kreo – Burn for You EP.
Winter (Original Vocal Mix) – DT8 Project – Winter single.
Start the Commotion – The Wiseguys – The Antidote.
Tribal Dance – 2 Unlimited – Dance Mix USA.
Jungle Beats – LaTour – Home On The Range.
Penthouse And Pavement – Heaven 17 – Sliver.
Party Happening People – Deee Lite – Dewdrops in the Garden.
Wiggle It – 2 In A Room – Techno Dance Classics, V2.
Philly – Fluke – The Techno Rose Of Blighty (LP).