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Drag, Sign, and the mix for 3-31-17

Shall we board the Wonkatania for another trip down through the dark tunnel where not a speck of light is showing?

I had written a paragraph here about the process of sorting old photos that I am currently engaged in and how much of a drag I find it but that was a drag to read as well so I deleted it. Instead, a word of advice: Work out an active and sustainable way to manage your digital pictures or archiving just becomes the new forgetting.

I built a playlist yesterday that so well captured my current existential state that it made me too sad to listen to it. Never had that happen before.

Training for the MS Ride in May has started in earnest. Getting back into condition hasn’t been as bad as I expected but my knees are certainly showing their age this year. Last night, as I was training, I caught sight of myself reflected in the dark window. A side view of me in lyrca is not flattering and now I feel bad for anyone who has to ride next to me.

Prince’s album “Sign O’ The Times” is now 30 years old. I could write a whole post on my relationship to that album (let me know if you want to read that) but instead, here are, in no particular order, my current ten favorite Prince songs:
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-Hot Thing
-Pink Cashmere
-Anotherloverholenyohead
-1000 X’s & O’s
-Electric Chair
-Cloreen Bacon Skin
-Kiss
-Right Back Here In My Arms
-The Ballad of Dorothy Parker

Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… originally mixed the week of 3.31.17

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
Trails – Mindphaseone – A Wavelength Away.
Shark – Juno Reactor – Bible Of Dreams.
Cliffs – Aphex Twin – Selected Ambient Works, Vol. 2 [Disc 1].
Is This Real – The Future Sound Of London – From The Archives Vol. 1.
Brill Building, 4am – Tear Ceremony – Film Decay.
Second Electronic Setting – Mel Powell – Music for Electronic & Older Instruments.
28 Grams (Original Version) – Loefah & Skream – Derty Rutten Clutter.
Heart Beat, Pig Meat – Pink Floyd – Zabriskie Point .
11 Hundred Hz – Underworld – I’m A Big Sister, and I’m a Girl, and I’m a Princess and This is My Horse.
Lost In Blue – William Orbit – Hinterland.
Sea – Delia Derbyshire – Inventions For Radio Dreams.
Water – SM Project – Elements.
The Rain Falls and the Sky Shudders – Moby – Songs 1993-1998.
Omni 7th – Lloyd Cole – Plastic Wood.
dresden girls – Sonogram – Heartbeat Submarines.

Contexts, Floyd, and the mix for 1-27-17

Strap in and hang on. I have little time to write this and I’m coming in hot from an aggressive day. There will be random switchbacks and high-speed non-sequiturs.

This week? Serious this week. Stop it. On so many fronts.

Recontextualization is my favorite artistic tool. Has been since I first learned the name of what I had already been doing for fun (that was a 1 credit studio art discussion class in 1994 btw). Thanks to the New York Public Library and my mounting sense of displeasure with politics in my nation, I bring you this!

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Keep this close at hand for all of your Twitter and Facebook needs.

On Monday a coworker started a conversation with me about Pink Floyd. They seemed genuinely both shocked and intrigued at how many opinions I had on the topic. Today, all I have listened to has been Pink Floyd. I’m growing in the opinion that “Obscured by Clouds” is one of their best works and that “Dark Side of the Moon” is overrated.

Kiddo came down with both pink eye and strep throat this week. My back freaked out last Saturday and is still giving me trouble. I’m including this section because I am honor bound as a Minnesotan to at least mention the current maladies. I’ll save you the mention of climatic conditions and their impact on people you have never and will never meet.

Did you know the “E” in Chuck E. Cheese stands for “Entertainment”? Now you do.

Next week there will be a first for this space: A guest post!  Talking about old records and music from our youth, Kara Bachman (@80sMomKara).

Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… originally mixed the week of 1.27.17

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
You’re Not From Brighton – Fatboy Slim – You’ve Come A Long Way Baby.
Da Bump (Ame Vox Remix) – Mr. V featuring Miss Patty – Da Bump Remix EP.
Humbug (Ft Sakhile Moleshe) – Goldfish – Get Busy Living.
The Longest Road – Morgan Page – Nettwerk 25 Years.
The Shore – Morgan Geist – Double Night Time.
Lights (Bassnectar Remix) – Ellie Goulding – Lights Remix EP.
That’s When I Reach for My Revolver (Moby’s Mix 1 Edit) – Moby – TWIRFMR single.
Syncope (Edit) – Tom Porcell – 50 Trance Tunes.
Waves of Change (Kaskade Dub) – Samantha James – Waves of Change single.
Alone Tonight (Ronski Speed Remix) – Above & Beyond – Alone Tonight single.
A Little Rush (Original Mix) – Christopher Lawrence – A Little Rush single.

Pile, Double, and the mix(es) for 1-20-17

Maybe you noticed that there was no post last Friday. I took the day off. That included the blog.

Been thinking about what this space is for and about, its structure and form. Originally I had planned to share poetry, photography, thoughts on being a Dad… but I didn’t really do those things. I hesitate to call this a music blog because the words before the mixes are as likely to be about music as anything else and I don’t discuss the mixes. Sometimes I talk politics, sometimes I don’t.

This blog is a pile. I think I’m ok with that now. Hope you are too.

A friend of mine has been loaning me jazz albums from the early 70s. That is what I have been listening to this week. “Horn Culture” by Sonny Rollins has gotten a lot of spins. I very much enjoy it.

There is no reason to include this picture that I took over New Year’s other than I like it.

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A winter flower and window condensation.

I’d write more but not only do I have actual office work to do, I’ve got a conflicted mind. This conflict has led to a choice, a sort of “Choose Your Own Adventure” move. Do you find calm in a downtempo dj set or do you find energy in a political mixtape? (Put your finger here so you can make both choices if that is how you roll…)

Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… originally mixed the week of 1.20.17

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
Prelude – Avon – The Cut [EP].
Jagged Rain (Vocal) – Laurie Mayer – Black Linings.
Midnight Love – Tennishero – Midnight Love single.
Smoke Signals – Emancipator – Soon It Will Be Cold Enough.
Arrival Lounge – Sonogram – Arrival Lounge.
Single – Everything But the Girl – Walking Wounded.
Broken – Trifonic – Emergence.
Nimbus – William Orbit.
Infinite Snow – Monolake – Silence.
House of Tomorrow (November Mix) – Twilight Archive.
Underwater Promenade – Bassic – The Complete Chronicle.
Touched – Astrix – Future Music.

Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… Today in Politics, originally mixed the week of 1.20.17 NOTE: There are totally swears up in this.

Song – Artist – Album
I’m Afraid of Americans (Nine Inch Nails V1 Mix) – David Bowie – I’m Afraid… Single.
Fall of the American Empire – Grassy Knoll – Positive.
Love Your Enemies – William S. Burroughs – Dead City Radio.
Looking Down The Barrel Of A Gun – The Beastie Boys – Paul’s Boutique.
The Financial Crisis That Wouldn’t Go Away – Open Mike Eagle – 4NML Hsptl.
No More Stalins No More Hitlers – William S. Burroughs – Dead City Radio.
A Good Year for Spiders – Ken Nordine – A Transparent Mask.
Village Of The Doomed – Chris Vrenna – American McGee’s Alice.
Fire and Ice – Robert S. Frost – Frost Reads Frost: The 1957 Decca Recordings.
America No More – The KLF – America: What Time Is Love?
Thinkin’ One Thing And Doin’ Another – Miles Davis – The Columbia Years 1955-1985 Electric [Disc 4].
The Pledge of Resistance – Saul Williams – Hand This Out.
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised – Gil Scott-Heron – The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.
Dope – Amiri Baraka – Every Tone a Testimony.
White American Male ’91 (The Truth Hurts) P2 – Consolidated – Friendly Fa$cism.
The Message – Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five – Record Store Day 2015 Split Single.
Candidacy – Utah Philips & Ani DiFranco – The Past Didn’t Go Anywhere.
I Am Waiting – Lawrence Ferlinghetti – A Coney Island Of The Mind.
B Movie – Gil Scott-Heron – Back To Mine: Underworld.

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).