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Snow, Costumes, and the mix for 10-27-17

The first snow of the year is falling as I write this. It is driven by wind. Everything is cold and wet. One could rightly say it is unpleasant out. Such is the late autumn transition in Minnesota.

Halloween is nearly here. That means costumes. I think costumes are fun. Kiddo is going as Robin Hood for trick-or-treating this year. He makes a round of the neighborhood with Mom while I have, by some obscure and cryptic tradition, been left home to hand out candy. To make the evening amusing for me, I dress up. This year I’m going as Paul Bunyan. This isn’t much of a stretch of the imagination. If anything, I am just leaning further into my being proud of being Minnesotan. I made a small double bit ax to hang on my belt and a little Babe the Blue Ox to it in my shirt pocket. I think it works.

I read this New Yorker article on Philip Larkin and it got me to thinking about fabric as a metaphor for friendships. How many never made it off the loom? How many are threadbare? How many unraveling?

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Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… originally mixed the week of 10.27.17

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
Cat People – Cujo – Adventures In Foam.
Nightmare (Sinister Strings Mix) – Brainbug – Nightmare single.
Slipaway – 2 Bit Pie – 2 Pie Island.
Hands Around My Throat – Death In Vegas – Animatrix: The Album.
Boileroom – Sasha – Airdrawndagger.
Shadows – Orbital – The Altogether.
My Kingdom – The Future Sound Of London – Dead Cities.
Inertia Creeps – Massive Attack – Mezzanine.
Sarangi – Hooverphonic – A New Stereophonic Sound Spectacular.
Building Steam With A Grain of Salt – DJ Shadow – Endtroducing.
Haunted Dreams – WishFM – Requiem For A Dream: Remixed.
Voodoo Fire – 10-AC – Zoo Rave II.

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Weather, The New Blogging, and the mix for 9-22-17

The current heat index in St Paul, Minnesota is 101F (temp of 93F with a dew point of 72F according to the app on my mobile). It is the first day of autumn. As one who has a penchant for jackets, coats, and the weather that allows for the wearing of such things, I object to this in the strongest possible terms. Further, as I consider myself a science-literate person, I object to this weather because of the clear case that humanity has had a large hand in making this happen.

While eating my lunch today I was adjacent to a conversation that I found intriguing. Two young people were merrily conversing as if a) I wasn’t sitting there first in peace and quiet away from other people on purpose and b) their voices were inaudible to the person (me) sitting in the next chair. Much of their exchange made my eyebrow arch as it was so predictable for the time/space/age of those involved as to almost be satire. Anyway, one of the parties entreated the other one to listen to their podcast. This person and friends had started a podcast (which shares a name with 28 other podcasts apparently) and recorded an episode every day since the start of term on the topic of “just sitting around and talking for an hour”. The other party stated their interest in giving these recordings a “proper listen and critique”. It dawned on me then that podcasting is the new blogging. I have no idea what to do with this information, but now you are aware of it too.

Today’s theme was suggest by Maria and is Part 1 in the series. Part 2 will show up eventually.

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Lightning over the house. These are much easier to get in the digital age, but you still have to risk life and limb to stand there.

Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… originally mixed the week of 9.22.17

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
Tears In Rain – Vangelis – Perfecto Presents Another World [Disc 1].
Rainfallic – Dinky – Anemik.
Jagged Rain (Vocal) – Laurie Mayer – Black Lining.
Rain (97 Remix) – MOT – Sunshine State Of Mind.
Make It Rain – The KLF – The White Room.
When It’s Raining Cats And Dogs – P.M. Dawn – The Bliss Album…?
Naked In The Rain (Fire Dance Mix) – Blue Pearl – Naked in the Rain 12″ single.
The Rain – Forecasters – Deep House U.K. Vol. 2.
Acid Rain – SM Project – Elements EP.
Drippy – Banco De Gaia – Big Men Cry.
It’s Raining Men – Geri Halliwell – Bridget Jones’ Diary.

Tomorrow, Yesterday, and the mix for 5-12-17

Tomorrow I am taking part in the MS Ride again. Currently I am the #33 fundraiser overall for the event. If you enjoy the weekly mixes, why not help bump me up in the rankings and donate? Some of you loyal readers/listeners have already and I do vastly appreciate it! Here is the donation page.

My back has been bothering me and it has made me a bit cranky. Is there more to say? No. I’m getting old and am aware of it. Next week I’ll talk about my forest of ear hair.

I’m glad the week is over. Everyone (including me) has the spring crazies and needs to get outside.

Had a very nice visit today from a former employee of mine. She was on the campus for an event and came up to the office. There are few things that lighten the load or cheer the day so much as an unexpected visit from a friendly face.

Yesterday (May 11th) Minnesota celebrated its 159th statehood anniversary. Happy birthday to my favorite state!

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The Minnesota State Flower, the Pink Lady Slipper as seen at the Como Conservatory.

Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… originally mixed the week of 5.12.17

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
Far Cry – Marvin Gaye – In Our Lifetime.
To Live and Die in L.A. – Wang Chung – To Live and Die in L.A.
Lonely Tonight – The Power Station -The Power Station.
Champagne? – Joe Satriani – Engines Of Creation.
Fly Like An Eagle – Les Paul & Steve Miller – Les Paul & Friend: American Made World Played.
Freeway Jam – Jeff Beck – Blow By Blow.
Slow Ride – Kenny Wayne Sheperd – Trouble Is…
Brave Beyond The Call – Walt Mink – Colossus.
All Messed Up – The Donnas – Spend The Night.
Daft Punk is Playing at My House – LCD Soundsystem – LCD Soundsystem.
Mysterious Ways – U2 – Achtung Baby.
From Your Mouth – God Lives Underwater – Life in the So-Called Space Age.
Welcome Back Victoria – Jesus Jones – Doubt.
Judas – The Verve – Forth.

Black Days Stormy Nights, the mix for 4-22-16

If you are reading this, it means you are on the internet, so surely you have heard the terrible news that yesterday morning Prince died.

While I would love to write something that can frame this, I can’t. There are many people writing many things about Him and His Career that are going to be more comprehensive and better researched. Someone else will have to write about the universal. All I can offer as I try to process it is a personal view.

Sure, I knew about Prince in the 80s. I grew up in a suburb of Minneapolis. I had MTV. But it wasn’t until high school and the release of the Symbol Album that I really got into Prince. I can thank, in no small part, my friend Dan for that. I think specifically after we went to his grandma’s house and on a small end table in the upstairs hallway was an MTV Music Video Award. While I don’t recall the specifics on the placard, I do recall three things about it: It was awarded to Prince. The little flag came out. It was oddly chintzy. Then the Symbol Album came out and it was massive. We listened to that album a lot. There was no small amount of humor/delicate treading around which version of “Sexy M.F.” (edited or not) you could play and around whom. In college the impact of Prince intensified. The first young woman who was interested in me as a young man was way into Prince. I could easily listen to his back catalog at the campus radio station (and did, a lot, late at night). In a rare instance of being caught on the back foot, a woman I was getting to know called my radio show at said station and requested “Erotic City”, which I wasn’t familiar with. She said “You should play that for me. Just for me.”. She called with the same request the next week. I was flattered and excited by this clever approach in a way that only young man can be excited. Prince was there for some of my most intimate moments. Flash forward a few years. Dan and I again. Working retail in Roseville, MN. We used to take extended breaks on flimsy pretexts because that is the kind of crew we had at the store. We bought “Crystal Ball” when it came out on one of those breaks. He also brought back “Sign O’ The Times” for me on a day when he got to run out and I had to stay and work. In ’98, along with a couple of coworkers, Dan and I went to the “Jam of the Year” concert to support the album “Emancipation” [which I had gotten for Christmas from my soon to be in-laws, and listened to end to end as I drove through a raging slush storm between Pipestone and Luverne, MN, trying to get home…] at Target Center. Technically our seats were behind the stage, but since there was no obstruction, what we really had were randomly awesome seats. Flash forward two more years. Of course I made a mix tape to play when I proposed to my wife and of course I started crying when “Forever In My Life” came on. In 2000, Mary (my wife) bought me the best birthday present ever. Prince went from the Unpronounceable Symbol back to being Prince and he hosted tours and parties at Paisley Park to celebrate, and she got tickets for that. I’ve seen the basketball court where Charlie Murphy got dunked on. This tour included a show at Northrup Auditorium that was amazing, chocked full of special guests, and almost 4 hours long. Prince, his persona, his music, his identity as a Minnesotan, his love of purple (which I endorse as the sexiest color hands down) has been a recurrent thread in the tapestry of my previous quarter century. There is more to say but I can’t say it.

This week’s mix can’t possibly contain all the Prince songs that matter. It also isn’t a run at “greatest hits”. This is a mix for those who want to listen to Prince today.

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Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… Purple Majesty, Originally mixed the week of 4.22.16

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
Jam Of The Year
Feel U Up
Thunder
Kiss
Housequake
Erotic City
Calhoun Square
All the Critics Love You In London
Batdance
Crystal Ball
It
17 Days
Darling Nikki
P Control
Pope
The Continental
Shockadelica
Pink Cashmere
Letitgo

(Ever wonder what that backward part of Darling Nikki said?)

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.