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Double Blogcast, Flight, and “The One” mix for 11-14-14

For those who don’t know there was no podcast or blog (blogcast?) last week due to failure by obsession. I had a great idea for a mix but the idea was stronger than the pile of songs I ended up with so I scrapped it. To compensate there are TWO MIXES this week! Further, they are on the same theme but in different genres.

This week I finished reading “Flight” by Sherman Alexie. Reading about harm coming to young people was difficult. It was a rewarding book and I enjoyed it. Alexie wrote in the style of Vonnegut’s “Slaughterhouse Five” to wonderful affect and effectiveness. As a theme the power of names ties this book to the likes of “The Woman Warrior” by Maxine Hong Kingston and “American Gods” by Neil Gaiman. If you haven’t read “Flight”, I would suggest you do.

I’m writing this at home on Thursday night. It’s throwing off my vibe. Usually I would write this throughout the work day on Friday, but I took the day off and am volunteering at Kiddo’s school instead. But for now, I think I’ll go play video games.

Thursday Night is video game night and Los Santos awaits.

Thursday Night is video game night and Los Santos awaits.

Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… All Ones No Zeros 11.14.14

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
Inspection Check One – Leftfield – Leftism.
One Tribe – The Drum Club – Wasted (The Best Of Volume Part 1) [Disc 1].
Game One – Infiniti – Wax Trax! Master Mix.
One In Ten – 808 State – Gorgeous.
Funny Break (One Is Enough) – Orbital – The Altogether.
One Million Miles Away – J. Ralph – The Illusionary Movements of Geraldine and Nazu.
One & One – Robert Miles – Dreamland.
The World In My Hands (We Are One) – Snap! – Welcome To Tomorrow.
One Too Many Mornings – The Chemical Brothers – Exit Planet Dust.
One Thing Leads To Another – Pet Shop Boys – Relentless.
NE1 – William Orbit – Strange Cargo 5.
One Light – Blue Tonic World – Transcending Media Vol 1.
One More Time – Daft Punk – Discovery.

Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… Way To Rock the Ones 11.14.14

Song – Artist – Album
A One God Universe – William S. Burroughs – Spare Ass Annie And Other Tales.
One Inch Of Heaven – The Silencers – Dance To The Holy Man.
No One Is To Blame – Howard Jones – Modern Rock: 1986-1987 [Disc 1].
Another One Bites The Dust – Queen – Billboard Top 100 of 1981.
Bangkok/One Night In Bangkok – Murray Head – Chess [Disc 2].
One Tree Hill – U2 – The Joshua Tree.
The One I Love – R.E.M. – Modern Rock: 1986-1987 [Disc 1].
One Thing Leads To Another – The Fixx – Reach The Beach.
One Hit (to The Body) – The Rolling Stones – Dirty Work.
It Takes One To Know One – The Donnas – Gold Medal.
No One Like You – Scorpions – Blackout.
There’s Only One Way To Rock – Sammy Hagar – Standing Hampton.
Esther Be The One – ZZ Top – Degüello.
One World – Dire Straits – Brothers In Arms.
One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer – John Lee Hooker – The Best Of John Lee Hooker.
One Rainy Wish – The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Axis: Bold As Love.
One Day – The Verve – Urban Hymns.

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Cosplay, Musical Blizzard, and the mix for 10-31-14

It’s new podcast day! By happenstance today is also Halloween. I’ve got mixed feelings about Halloween.

On the plus side today is my parent’s 44th wedding anniversary. Being that they grew up farming the going about to neighbor’s houses for treats wasn’t much of a thing. First and foremost today has always been their anniversary.

Also in the plus category is widespread cosplay. I think costumes are cool and that maybe we would all be a little happier if we pretended to be fantastic beings more often. I’ve always tended towards costumes that need qualification and explanation but when someone gets them, man is that a hoot. I also love seeing what kids come up with. One boy in 4th grade at my son’s school wore a wide stripe black and white pinstriped suit and a Darth Vader mask. “I’m Darth Businessman!” he said. There was also a karate werewolf in the group.

On the negative side, having been diabetic since the age of 7 or 8, it always felt like a day built to highlight my exclusion. That was really hard for the first couple of years. I was grateful the year our cat had fleas and the house was fumigated on Halloween. The family went out for Chinese food that night to celebrate the aforementioned anniversary and to not inhale the fumes. I basically got to skip Halloween and since I was about the age where trick-or-treating was losing its luster that was fine by me.

My favorite Halloween costume (that I wore) was in college. I was invited to a “Drag Party”. I wore full leather gear and a motorcycle helmet: A Drag Racer. It was a huge hit.

I’d be failing in my Minnesotan Duties if I didn’t bring up the Halloween Blizzard of 1991 in this post. I mention it as a transition point to the music.

The weekend before the Halloween Blizzard I was out camping with my scout troop at Frontenac State Park. It was beautiful during the day and miserably cold at night. A friend of mine had just purchased the album “On Every Street” by Dire Straits. We listened to the cassette all the way down and all the way back. I bought the cd sometime the next week. When the blizzard dumped three feet of snow on us, I sat in the living room watching it pile up and listening to that album. Today and that album are forever linked.

October Listening
Van Morrison’s “Moondance” gets play this time of year too for the lyric “Under October skies…”

Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… originally mixed the week of 10.31.14

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 Lemon – The Chemical Brothers – Block Rockin Beats single.
Addicted To Bass (Hyper & Rhymes Remix) – Puretone – Bedrock Breaks: Heads Down (Disc 1).
Live Like You Wanna Live (Tommie Sunshine’s Reverse Remix) – Greenskeepers – Sounds of Om 2011.
Dark And Long (Darren Price And High Contrast Remix) – Underworld – Isles Of Wonder (Disc 2).
Ride the Wave – Darren Tate – Horizons, Vol. 02.
Freefall – Pitch Black (NZ) – Ape To Angel.
Changes (Mike Monday Vocal Mix) – Dirty Vegas – Sounds of Om 2011.
Nutmeg – Austin Leeds – Altered States.
Atom Bomb (Atomix 6) – Fluke – Atom Bomb (Disc 1).
Whaler (Strobe Mix) – Omicron – Chill Out! The Techno Evolution Continues (Disc 1).