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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.

Erosion,Persistence, and the mix for 2-10-17

I’ve been thinking about erosion this week. The eroding of freedom, of friendships, of desire…

One of the reasons I’ve been so aware of the shifting sands is email. There are three people who have died still in my email contacts, a literal dozen who have left the institution I work at, and another dozen for people that I considered friends but I haven’t communicated with in at least a year, if not several years (knowing how unaware of actual time passing I am). Not going to lie to you; Each of these knocks little chips off my heart. I’m not very good at closing doors.

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Shadow Falls in St Paul, MN. Erosion in action.

Been working through a playlist on my ipod called “General Rotation”. Built for the express purpose of being “all the really good stuff that I can play without worrying who will hear it”, it’s 3800 songs long and I’ve been listening specifically to the songs with the fewest number of plays.

I remember the first time I saw the video for Dire Strait’s “Skateaway”. This memory was a bolt from the blue just yesterday as the song came up in “General Rotation”. It was a late winter afternoon in a house overlooking Dorothy Mary Park. The end of the video, the band is in silhouette, a threesome now on this album, with Pick Withers on his way out. Even though the house was full of my friend’s family and an ill-settled schnauzer, the only thing that existed was that video.

Some tracks from Nine Inch Nail’s “The Fragile” also came up. I know immediately that album is more than 17 years old because the first time I listened to it was in a parking lot at the Copacabana Apartments off Duluth Street in Golden Valley where my now wife was living at the time. That album holds up very well, perhaps better than his other works before then. It is also the album that both captures his past and future in one go.

Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… originally mixed the week of 2.10.17

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
Wookie – Paul Thomas – Toolroom Knights 3.0.
Beluga – Embliss – Enchanted EP.
Anylane – Daniele Valle & Emma Clarke – From Beatport.com.
Surface Scan – Spektre – Renaissance: Masters Series James Zabiela.
Southpaw (Fluke’s Glassjaw Remix) – Fluke & Trisco – Southpaw single.
Hijacked (Audiojack Remix) – Johnny Fiasco – Hijacked EP.
Unpredictable Sunday – Matzak – Bring Me the Moon.
Memory Lane Refund (Acid Retraxion Mix) – Mugwamp – Renaissance: Masters Series Dave Seaman.
The Book (Magik Johnson Tribal NZ) – Salt City Orchestra & Magik Johnson – The Book.

Acquisitions,Good/Weird, and the mix for 12-30-16

It is just after midnight on Friday, Jan 30th. I’ve got to drive 3.5 hours tomorrow through the southwest corner of Minnesota. I should be asleep by some estimations but I’ve been off of work for too long to keep a normal schedule. So it goes.

This is good news for you. It means music!

I realized today that I have added 999 songs to my library this year. I haven’t acquired music at this rate in probably 20 years and so I figured it was worth sharing some of this treasury. I don’t like yearly lists. First off, I don’t frame time that way meaning I have no good sense of what has happened in a set calendar year. Too fluid. Second, “best ofs” require me to explain the parameters of that call and I don’t care to do that. Third, I’m not interested in newly released music like I was. New to me is the new that counts.

A lot of the music I acquired this year was on vinyl. I borrowed around 30 records from Centry College and made digital versions for myself and the school. Those albums ran the gamut: chants, native American music, avante garde (notably a John Cage piece that is 12 minutes of feedback), Spanish guitar, classical (Ravel), and early computer music. I also came into a large collection of legacy vinyl that contained all the James Bond soundtracks up to “For Your Eyes Only”. It was a good year for jazz as well.

So, this mix is the good weird stuff. Mostly from vinyl (that means get ready for some pops and skricks). You’ll notice that the title of the mix implies another of this sort, and you would be right. I’m posting this mix first because I want to start next year off on a more electronic and rock note. This year can end with the human voice, the tumult of jazz, and the blues.

Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… 2016 in Review pt 2 originally mixed the week of 12.30.16

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
Dies est laetitiae – Capella Antiqua Münich, Konrad Ruhland – Voices of the Middle Ages: Music From the Gothic Cathedral.
Litany Of Easter Eve – Benedictine Monks Of El Calçat, L’Alumnat Boys’ Choir – Gregorian Chants Grand Prix Du Disque.
O Magnum Mysterium (Cristobal Morales 1500-1553) – The Canby Singers – O Great Mystery: Unaccompanied Choral Music of the 16th & 17th Centuries.
Study No. 8 (Villa-Lobos) – Andres Segovia with String of the Quintetto Chigiano – Castelnuovo/Tedesco (Quintet, op. 143).
Madroños (Torroba) – Julian Bream – Popular Classics for Spanish Guitar.
Festival Sketch – The Modern Jazz Quartet – The Modern Jazz Quartet At Music Inn, Vol. 2.
Big Noise From Winnetka – Bob Crosby – Bob Crosby’s Greatest Hits with the Bobcats.
The Shrike – Pete Rugolo & His Orchestra – $64,000 Jazz.
The Face of the Bass – Ornette Coleman – Change of the Century.
No Room For Squares – Hank Mobley – No Room For Squares.
Asiatic Raes – Sonny Rollins – Newk’s Time.
Laura – Coleman Hawkins – The Hawk Flies High.
Zylophone And Drum – Bilal Abdurahman – African Musical Instruments.
Korea Memorial Song – Willie Horncloud, Ben Sitting Up, Frank Afraid of Horses (Pine Ridge, SD, Oglalla Sioux) – The Great Plains Indian Singers and Songs.
Events For Tape Recorder (Powell) – Mildred Dunnock, Lee Bowman, Martha Scott -Music for Electronic & Older Instruments.
Flash’s Theme – Queen – Flash Gordon.
Peter Gunn – Peter Appleyard & His Orchestra – Percussive Jazz.
Fillet of Soul: New Orleans/Live and Let Die/ Fillet of Soul: Harlem – George Martin –Live and Let Die.
Statesboro Blues – Taj Mahal – Taj Mahal.

Drumming, Vinyl, and the mix for 12-22-16

I know it can be a loaded topic and many people have very strong opinions on the matter but I’m just going to come out and say it: I like Christmas Music. In fact, in 1998, when I got a cd burner, the very first disc I made was Christmas music.

When I say that I have to immediately put a few caveats in place and make a few qualifying remarks as there is more bad/soulless/clueless/schlocky Christmas music out there than good stuff to be certain. Anybody can sell a Christmas record. I like choral music for sure. There are very few things in life that bring such deep joy as the human voice. I also like traditional instrumentals (think: Canadian Brass, Boston Pops). I’m also a fan of a number of ‘modern classics’. These are generally simple tunes from somewhere in the mid-40s to the early 70s (Carol Burnett singing “The Christmas Song” or Julie Andrews singing just about anything). I also like some of the stranger tunes that are clearly meant as amusement (Gayla Peevey’s “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas” and Bob and Doug McKenzie’s “12 Days of Christmas”).

My favorite Christmas track? This very rare remix of Little Drummer Boy called the Exuberant Mix.

My enjoyment of Christmas music has grown over the last decade. I play a stack of records (32 albums at last count) at work over the last month of the term. This started because I found a couple old beat up records in a storage closet at work. Someone asked if I could play them. So I brought in the right gear and people loved it. Everyone in the office brought in an album from their formative years and we had a ball. Some of the records are good. Some not so much. But they are fun and many people comment on how much they like that I do this. Here are a few from the collection:

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Bought for $1 in Pipestone, MN. It sounds like a funeral. But hey, red vinyl!

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Christmas Disco! From 1980. Sounds exactly like you think it does. Bonus: There is a Volume 2!

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Just one variation of the odd marketing of Christmas music. Light, swelling instrumentals. A passable listen.

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A very good album from a very strange source. Volume 18.

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From my friend Drew. A brilliant album end to end.

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This is an all time classic in my collection. It also revealed to me the answer to a lyrical mystery. Thanks Firestone and Julie Andrews!

If you are interested in discovering a few very good, but not well known, Christmas songs I suggest looking these up. They are all in my top tier:
Prince – Another Lonely Christmas
Enoch Light – Snowfall
Chuck Berry – Merry Christmas Baby
The Beach Boys – We Three Kings of Orient Are
Ella Fitzgerald – What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?

Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… originally mixed the week of 12.22.16

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
Disappear – Phutureprimitive – Kinetik.
Goto 10 (Kryptic Minds Remix) – Amon Tobin – Box Set.
Bug – Underworld – Second Toughest In The Infants (2015 Remaster Disc 3 Unreleased Demos/Outakes).
Beauty Never Fades (Animatrix Edit) – Junkie XL Feat. Saffron – Animatrix: The Album.
Absurd (Marine Parade Mix) – Fluke – Progressive History XXX (Disc 3).
Fantastique – Carmen Rizzo – Ornament of an Imposter.
The Weight Of Darkening Skies – Ulrich Schnauss – A Long Way To Fall.
Motor City – Xaver Naudascher – Kompakt Label Family August 2009 Sampler.
Moan (Trentenmoller Remix) – Trentemøller – Moan.
The Spectacle (Ott Remix) – STS9 – Peaceblaster (The New Orleans Make It Right Remixes).