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Thank You, Wits.

I recently read the poem The Lanyard by Billy Collins. It resonated as I am both a son and a parent. It was a good reminder that our books are often unbalanced when it comes to what others have given us and what we have given them in return.

Today the MPR radio show “Wits” was cancelled. They have given and I have received in unequal measure and I am in their debt. There are few currencies I can offer in terms of evening this balance in the wake of this bad news so I will give the lanyard that I have.

Thank you, Wits.

Thank you to each of you who made the show what it was: John Moe, Larissa Anderson, Hans Beutow, Corey Schreppel, Mike Fotis, Christina Baldwin, John Munson and The Witnesses (Janey Winterbauer, Steve Roehm, Richard Medek, and Joe Savage). I know there are more of you involved with the show and I am sorry to not know all of your names.

Thank you for using some of the questions I sent in.

Thank you for giving my wife and me an excise to have a date night. We got to be people together and not just parents for a few nights.

Thank you for giving us something to get excited about in St. Paul on a regular basis.

Thank you for introducing such phrases as “Enemy band!”, “Go big and go home! Do it the Polk way!”, and “you know… the weird stuff or the good stuff or the weird good stuff…” into our daily vernacular.

Thank you for The Wits Social Club gatherings. I never imagined I’d be sitting around talking music with John Munson.

Thank you for the nexus of public radio amusement that was meeting Peter Sagal and having a fedora party with him in the lobby of the Fitz.

Thank you for giving me the opportunity over and over again to say “Thank you!” in person to creative, funny, and remarkable people who have made my life better with their music, their writing, their podcasts, and their jokes. Folks like Kevin Murphy, Neil Gaiman, Open Mike Eagle, Paul F. Tompkins, Ben Acker, Ben Blacker, Paget Brewster, Weird Al, and Cary Elwes.

Thank you for not throwing me out of the building when I totally geeked out on Aisha Tyler and held up the meet and greet line.

Thank you for having a crossover episode with “The Thrilling Adventure Hour”. Getting to see a TAH show in person was a legitimate bucket list item for me that I figured was just out of reach.

Thank you most of all for your sense of “Hey, we did this cool thing! You should be part of that cool thing, too!”. My appreciation of being included in these experiences is profound.

Thank you, good night, and good luck.


Play list, 2-20-14

Last night the biggest storm of the winter rolled through the Twin Cities. It involved a warm front with a nice amount of melt, followed by about an hour of rain, and then ten inches of wet snow. Temperatures dropped from 30F to 8F and the winds picked up to around 30 miles per hour. It was ugly. This morning revealed a frosted landscape that had tried very hard and only just failed in its attempt to ice murder* us. It was beautiful in its way but also impassable to those with good sense. So today was a family snow day. School was cancelled and while work wasn’t, it kind of was. I’m writing this in the late afternoon sunshine on a laptop at home. There has been much shoveling, playing in the snow, and even the making of a snow cave.

*The phrase ‘ice murder’ was coined by John Moe on Wits. He is funny and deserves full credit for the accurate summation.

You may or may not have noticed that I have removed certain verbiage from the description of the mix and how it comes about. I have completely abandoned that realm and while part of me is sad for the inauspicious end, the greater part of me is glad to dust my hands off and not have to be the singular person who gives a shit about it. Perhaps the ability to better handle endings is a positive trait of getting older.

A loyal listener pointed out there has been a notable time gap between mixes lately. Some of this is perfectly normal. I generally write the blog and post it during work hours but more importantly keep one ear on the iPod so I can build a playlist during the long hours of data entry. As the start of another term steam rolled me I just didn’t have time (or couldn’t see any time to) to accomplish this writing/posting/building. I’ve also come to realize as of last Sunday that I have been in the middle of a trough of depression. Five hours of lying on the couch feeling hollow and full of self-loathing brought that into focus. That hollowness precludes any creative endeavors. It’s been long enough on the upside that I didn’t see what was happening until it was very dark. I’ve been back on the treadmill, eating more fruits and vegetables, and making the effort to just talk about it. I’m still feeling the shadows around the edges, but coming towards the surface.

This mix is ambient in nature. Take in to account the previous paragraph. So, if you are looking for a soundtrack for a hypnogogic state, here it is.

Listen to and/or download this show! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… Originally mixed on 2.20.14

NOTE: “The Funkomaticjamatron Presents…” are generally mixed on Tuesdays and new mixes generally post on Fridays. The show archives are generally 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
Skym – Underworld – Beaucoup Fish.
Upon Repose – Twilight Archive – Twilight Archive.
Oblivion – Dilate – In To The Mix [Disc 2].
Q 11 – Spacetime Continuum – Sea Biscuit.
In Mind – Amorphous Androgynous – Tales of Ephedrina.
Shongle Falls – Shpongle – Are You Shpongled?
Collective Fetish – Meanderthals – Desire Lines.
Beautiful Strange (Bedrock’s Ambient Beats) – Bedrock – Beautiful Strange [EP].
Empty Spaces Missing Units – Pitch Black (NZ) – Ape To Angel.
Back Side Of The Moon – The Orb – The Orb’s Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld [Disc 1].
Lichen – Aphex Twin – Selected Ambient Works, Vol. 2 [Disc 2].
Manhattan Chase – Lloyd Cole – Plastic Wood.