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Poetry, Lows, and the mix for 4-7-17

My suspicion is that if you read this blog you already know its National Poetry Month. Below is a poem that I wrote some time ago (perhaps as long as three years). I’ve shopped it around but it hasn’t found a home so I’m going to share it here because I want to put it out into the world.

Directions to the House

Half the distance already gone
Unnoticed like autumn to the pines

Soften a moment by the plum trees
Our border-guarded neutrality

Turn towards the lake or the stream
So long as a choice is made

If the post box lays barren and forlorn
No blame lies with the postman

No more turning widdershins
The gravel lane runs true

There, half lit, the house open,
Fitful as one who naps too late

Digress into the warm night kitchen
To break our fast of each other.

In other news, I have had a new pattern show up in my blood sugars that I really don’t like. For the last few days I’ve had a low reading at about 8:30 am. Traditionally this has been the time for a shallow high (not a sharp peak but a slow build and decline). 8:30 am is a terrible time for a low blood sugar because the mind leaves you and starting your work day not being able to concentrate and accurately handle details is a very bad trip. I’ll have to figure out why this is happening and get it fixed.

Next Friday the office is closed for Easter. As such, no podcast.

Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… originally mixed the week of 4.7.17

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
Forgatagban – Fonogeri – Letters From Home.
Right Now – Samantha James – Right Now.
Bodyrock (Rae & Christian Remix) – Moby – Bodyrock single.
Appreciate – Lemaitre – Relativity 1 EP.
Midnight Madness – The Chemical Brothers – Midnight Madness single.
The Road Goes On Forever (One Minute to Midnight Extended Mix) – High Contrast – The Road Goes On Forever single.
Come Into My World (Steve Anderson Studio Version) – Kylie Minogue – Kylie (Live in New York).
Mercury & Solace – BT – Movement in Still Life.
Mama Can You See Me Now (William Orbit Remix) – Sarah McGuinness – From Soundcloud.com.
Silhouette of Baska Voda – Carmen Rizzo – Romancia EP.
Everybody’s Wearing My Head – Deep Dish – George Is On.
Kireii (Darren Tate Remix) – Darren Tate – Horizons, Vol. 02.

McGann, 2006, and the mix for 3-17-17

To wrap up last week’s post for the curious: It appears that kiddo had a case of the Sometimes Kids Just Barf.

This week in TV viewing: Yes, I watch TV occasionally. The TV I watch is always old because I don’t care one iota about keeping up or anything being ruined by spoilers. So this week I finally got around to watching the singular appearance of the 8Th Doctor. That’s right! The 1996 American made TV movie of Dr Who. I’m 2/3rds of the way through the episode and two things are dominant in my assessment. First is my steep and bitter disappointment that the single time Americans made a Dr Who story the very first thing that happens to the Doctor is that he gets shot. I mean for fuck’s sake. It’s such a terribly stereotypical and yet completely American response to anything beloved. Second, and happier, is that I’m enjoying Paul McGann’s performance. It’s a shame he wasn’t involved longer. Will Sasso makes an appearance and that was fun.

In music ramblings: On Monday I fell down a rabbit hole whereby I bounced from track to track of a very specific subgenre or music moment that was both amusing as it was appalling: Electro-dance covers of 80s hits. It started by finding a legitimate remix of “Missionary Man” by the Eurhythmics and then it spiraled out of control into such club covers of songs like “Out of Touch” by Hall & Oates, “Cruel Summer” by Bananarama, and “Died In Your Arms” by The Cutting Crew. None of those need any kind of remake but there they are. I stopped this train when I got to Boston’s “More Than A Feeling 2006” and what one can only call a clumsy take on “Sweet Child O Mine”. This was a big movement in 2006 for whatever reason. Almost every song was from that year. I’m flush with iTunes cash so I might just make a mix of them if I can endure that much stupid fun mixed with the after party self-loathing.

Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… originally mixed the week of 3.17.17

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
The Road to Benares – Thunderball – Cinescope.
Trigger Hippie – Morcheeba – Who Can You Trust?
Moments Of Bliss – Super Souls – The Trip Hop Test Part 2.
Again – Neon Heights – Ultra Chilled [Disc 2].
Something in the Air (Bonobo Mix) – Maya Jones Cole – From Soundcloud.com.
Never Mess With Sunday – Yppah – Ninja Tune XX Vol 2.
Il Serpente – Kraak & Smaak – Ultra Chilled 06.
A Brighter Day – Ronny Jordan – A Brighter Day.
The Hunter Gets Captured by The Game (ft Thracey Thorn) – Massive Attack – Batman Forever.
Khanamoot – Loscil – Sketches from New Brighton.
Original Drift – Leftfield – Original 12″ single.
Thundernight – Mirror System – N + X.

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).

Ghosts, Thieves, and the mix for 12-9-16

Real winter showed up here in Minnesota this week. We’ve had temps in the low 20s F. For the record, I am very much in the camp that believes climate change is not only real but accelerating. I don’t look forward to hotter summers and less winter. Turns out this overly extended fall contributed to my depression.

Now is the time when I play Christmas records in the office. Last week I mentioned how the turntable (an Onkyo 1010A if you’re curious) needed a new belt. I replaced that on Tuesday and it now tracks like a dream. However… the amp I have been using has given up the ghost*. It’s an Optimus SA-155 that I acquired in ’98. It was not new then. The preamp has gotten strange and the tone control has gone out. A new phono pre-amp and regular amp should be arriving at my doorstep today. As such I am both looking forward to better sound on Monday and worried about getting home as early as possible today.

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The Optimus SA-155 is so old that the speaker outputs are RCA jacks!

*The Ghost of Retail Jobs Past!

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The Onkyo 1010A, re-belted and snazzy!

I’m worried about getting home to check the mail and for packages today because yesterday the dedicated folks at the Woodbury PD left a package for us. It was our mail that had been stolen sometime late last week and recovered in an ongoing investigation in a nearby suburb. So we’ll be double checking out various accounts to watch for identity theft. This makes me worry that a package on the front step is a prime target. I bet the fuckers who stole our mail are the same shitheads who put Chick Tracts* in the mailboxes up and down the road.

*If you don’t know about Jack Chick, good. Save that room in your brain for something good, not hate-filled poorly reasoned trash.

Theory: If you rely on your office to supply you with plastic cutlery on a daily basis you are an asshole. Oh, you may think you are a good person in many ways, but those are superficial. At the base of it you are willing to waste resources because you are too damn lazy to bring a fork. I’ve seen this play out enough times to say, at least by my standards, that this theory holds water.

The mix this week was almost left in the unused file. I have posted three other mixes on the theme of “Space” (when I really get going on an idea sometimes its hard to peel off) but with the passing of John Glenn yesterday, I will dedicate this one to his memory.

Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents…Space V4 for John Glenn originally mixed the week of 12.9.16

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
Morning Sun – Plump DJs – Eargasm.
Between Stars – Underworld – Barking.
Sun & Moon – Above & Beyond – Group Therapy.
One Perfect Sunrise – Orbital – Blue Album.
Carry The Sun – The Glitch Mob – Love Death Immortality.
Spaceship (Kris Menace Remix) – Benny Benassi – Spaceship single.
Dogstar – Hybrid – I Choose Noise.
Darkstar – Jackal & Hyde – Mixtress.
I Am A Spaceman – Charlie Clouser – Moog.
We Came From Outer Space – Pet Shop Boys – Relentless.
A Lunar Farewell – Apollo 8 and 11 Astronauts – Space Mission.

Tribute, Stevie, and the mix for 10-14-16

Last night was the Prince tribute concert in St Paul. Through some luck or strange magic my wife* managed to get tickets to this affair. I’m not going to write a full review of the show for several reasons. First? TL:DR. Second, I’m still sorting out my thoughts on it. While I would love it if memorials shut the door on the past, they just don’t work that way. Instead, in a no particular order short list, are the moments that resonated with me the most.

Knowing who did what and when will help add context to my remarks so I encourage you to check out the full set list here. It’s a good factual account of the night and I generally agree with the review.

http://blog.thecurrent.org/2016/10/prince-tribute-brings-pop-stars-purple-family-together-for-five-hour-marathon-at-xcel/

-Mint Condition’s set was tight and smooth. No gaps, high energy. It was how Prince did his shows. Morris Day and the Time knew exactly what the crowd wanted and delivered. This combo was a great start to the show.

-Nicole Scherzinger (of the Pussycat Dolls) with her version of “Nasty Girl”, brought that fun and sexy energy that infuses the music, it felt like a real tribute. Same with Jessie J’s version of “I Wanna Be Your Lover”.

-Doug E. Fresh freestyling in “Housequake” and “Gett Off” was mind bending. He finds space in the rhythm that no one else seems to know is there. He’s a hell of a hype man, too.

-Donna Grantis is the real deal. Her guitar work was on fire.

-For my money the song that really went deep was “The Ballad of Dorothy Parker”, not because the song is obscure, but because the arrangement that was covered last night was the keyboard driven version that Prince played in an appearance on Jay Leno.

-I’ve lived a charmed life. Seeing Chaka Kahn and Stevie Wonder on stage together to play “1999” brought that home again. Seeing Stevie Wonder jam on “Superstition” was without compare.

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Stevie Wonder playing “Superstition” at the Prince tribute show, 10-13-16.

On to the mix.

Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… originally mixed the week of 10.14.16

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
Act III, Scene II (Shakespeare) – Saul Williams – Saul Williams.
Sabotage – The Beastie Boys – The Sounds Of Science.
One Man Army – The Prodigy & Tom Morello – Spawn.
Diesel Power (Remix) – Quarashi – Anthology.
Building Steam With A Grain of Salt – DJ Shadow – Entroducing…
X-Beats (Orbital Remix) – Pressure Of Speech – Digital Empire, Vol. 2: The Aftermath [Disc 2].
Cat People – Cujo – Adventures In Foam.
Saboteur – Amon Tobin – Supermodified.
Inertia Creeps – Massive Attack – Singles 90/98 [Disc 11].
Set Back – Fluke – Risotto.
Under The Gun – Supreme Beings Of Leisure – Animatrix: The Album.

 

*Ask her about Hufflepuff.