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Christmas as a Genre, Office Vinyl, and the mix for 12-8-17

Christmas music is a strange genre. It is also one that I have found myself overly invested in.

Years ago I found a couple record albums in the office storage closet. They were in awful shape, kitschy, and random, but I displayed them with the other decorations. Many (if not all) of my office mates were delighted by these trinkets and started talking about the albums they grew up with. Given that I had the extra equipment around, I brought in a little stereo set up and encouraged people to bring their vinyl in. It turned out to be one of the best (accidental) team building exercises we ever had.

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The every-growing stack of Christmas vinyl in my office.

As the years have gone on, I’ve slowly acquired more and more Christmas records. They are plentiful and usually very cheap. When I worked in consumer electronics, it was always a bit of a head scratcher looking through the seasonal cds when they came in. All Christmas music albums will sell. No idea why, but they do. Consequently, there are a lot of terrible Christmas songs out there and middling albums of lack luster performances of holiday songs you already know.

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Onkyo CP1010A turntable, Pyle PTAU23 amp (with a Pyle PP444 pre amp on top) make and a pair of unpictured Yamaha NSX70 speakers make up the office hi-fi. The bottom black box on the left is an Onkyo stereo tuner, but it doesn’t pick up much beyond static given where I am in the building.

As a public service, here is a short list of really strange yet oddly agreeable Christmas songs (the weird good stuff):
R2D2 We Wish You A Merry Christmas – Meco
Merry Christmas, Santa Claus (You’re A Lovely Guy) – Max Headroom
Mistress for Christmas – AC/DC

Also, here is a list of actually good modern Christmas songs:
Snowfall* – Enoch Light
We Three Kings of Orient Are – The Beach Boys
Merry Christmas Baby – Chuck Berry

*I call this a Christmas song because the only place I have ever encountered it is on seasonal compilations.

This mix has no Christmas songs.

Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… originally mixed the week of 12.8.17

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
Five In The Morning – Art Bleek – Between Yesterday & Tomorrow.
Solo Sunrise – Chet Faker – Thinking in Textures.
Brand New Morning – Gretchen Lieberum – Brand New Morning.
Chelsea Morning – Joni Mitchell – Hits.
Morning/Midday – Max Roach – M’Boom.
Evening Meditation – Van Morrison – Best Of Van Morrison Volume Two.
The Night Is Still Young – Billy Joel – Greatest Hits Volume II.
The Way You Look Tonight – Billie Holiday – The Essential Billie Holiday [CD2].
The Night We Called It a Day – Dave Brubeck Quartet – Angel Eyes.
Hold On To Midnight – The Freddy Jones Band – Cities 97 Sampler, Vol. 8.
Colours Of The Night – Evi Vine – …And So The Morning Comes.
Sleepy Time Time – Cream – Those Were The Days [Disc 1].
In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning – Carly Simon – Sleepless In Seattle.

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Rain (2), Thing, and the mix for 11-10-17

Not much is coming to mind to share today so I’ll engage that and keep it short.

I’m again working through Robert Lee Brewer’s November Chapbook Challenge. I’m writing only for myself this year in an effort to get back into a mindset of reading and writing more actively. That being said, I think this cinquain from the prompt “write a thing poem” for day 8 is worth sharing.

The Thing!
Is his dork orange
Rock like the rest of him‽
It’s a super hero secret
Brodie.

This week’s mix is Part 2 on the topic “Rain”, supplied by Maria. Part 1 is here.

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Rain on a spiderweb at Hayes Lake State Park.

Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… originally mixed the week of 11.10.17

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
Rain Rain Down – The Grassy Knoll – Electric Verdeland, Vol.1.
The Sun & The Rainfall – Depeche Mode – A Broken Frame.
Prayers For Rain – The Cure – Disintegration.
Rain On The Parade – Lloyd Cole – Cleaning Out the Ashtrays [Dangerous Music, Disc 3].
The Rain Song – Led Zeppelin – Houses Of The Holy.
Sure Got Cold After The Rain Fell – ZZ Top – Rio Grande Mud.
Shadows In The Rain – Sting – The Dream Of The Blue Turtles.
Play In The Rain (Continued) – Lindsey Buckingham – Go Insane.
Here Comes The Rain Again – Eurhythmics – Touch.
Another Rainy Night (Without You) – Queensrÿche – Empire.
It Never Rains – Dire Straits – Love Over Gold.
Purple Rain – Prince – Purple Rain.

In Print, Banality, and the mix for 9-29-17

If you are here that must mean that you are tolerant of my writing. Perhaps you are even here because you actually enjoy my writing. If either of those are true, you will be interested to know that I have a story in a book soon to be published (Oct 19, 2017). Proceeds from the sale of the book go to benefit the MS Society so if you aren’t doing it for me, do it for good. Pre-order here!

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Dan Takes 30 for the Team.

Another thing to listen to: This is the BBC program called “In Our Time” which is a social sciences podcast. This episode is about the philosopher/political scientists Hannah Arendt. The section that struck me most is about 25 minutes in, on the banality of evil, and its relevance and accuracy in today’s political situation.

Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… originally mixed the week of 9.29.17

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
Gone Gone Gone – Trip Shakespeare – Across The Universe.
Nightwatchman – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Hard Promises.
Little Dreamer – Van Halen – Van Halen.
One Rainy Wish – The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Axis: Bold As Love.
New Lines On Love – Sniff ‘N’ The Tears – The Best Of Sniff ‘n’ The Tears.
Night Flight – Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti [Disc 2].
Sleepy Time Time – Cream – Those Were The Days [Disc 1].
Ballin’ – Santana – Viva Santana! [Disc 1].
Blue Desire – The Silencers – A Letter from St. Paul.
Cat And Mouse – Gerry Rafferty – Sleepwalking.
Fascination Street – The Cure – Disintegration.
Oceans – Pearl Jam – Ten.

Awake Again, Farrago, and the mix for 9-15-17

Do you hear that squeaking and clattering? That strange whirr of air that tells you something is moving in another room brings a pressure change with it. Timbers are vibrating with the life of machines in sub-sub-basements. Wires once static now carry a message encoded many different ways and pushed through light and copper, plastic and liquid crystals, to be light received by the bio-mechanism that is you. Can it be any wonder then that the return to creation and outreach brings with it a drawn look in the eyes and a just noticeable slouch of the shoulders?

This mix was built sometime over the hiatus in a folder titled “farrago”. No other evidence hints as to what the kernel that produced this fruit was.

The school year is off to its normal clattering, smoking, careening start both on the side of the students and the staff. Such as it ever was.

Just before the return to structured days the family took a trip to flirt with Canada. Many dusty drives through forests, vast lake shores without another soul in sight. A visit to an unmeasured waterfall that stand on the map between two friendly countries. A bear, an ox, a duck, two fish, and a man, all of titanic proportions were seen. It was a delight.

Here is the skull of a monster from an inland sea taken from where I stand in my home nation and the opposite shores are foreign.

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There are yet wonders on the edges of the world.

Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… originally mixed the week of 9.15.17

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
Moonrock Mambo – Yo La Tengo – Summer Sun.
Live 4 Love – Prince & The New Power Generation – Diamonds And Pearls.
Mooz – 808 State – Don Solaris.
This City Never Sleeps – Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This).
Tiger Tiger – Duran Duran – Seven And The Ragged Tiger.
For Phoebe Still a Baby – Cocteau Twins – Blue Bell Knoll.
Love from a Stone – School Of Seven Bells – Lafaye single.
Mad World (The Crystal Method Remix) – Zen Cowboys – Trip Hop Test Pt 2.
Dream On – Depeche Mode – Exciter.
Gonna Be Right – Sister Machine Gun – sistermachinegun: 6.0.
Opinions – The Fixx – Reach The Beach.
Lonely Tonight – The Power Station – The Power Station.
Dark And Long (Dark Train) – Underworld – Dark & Long EP.

Summer Stuff, TdF, and the mix for 7-31-17

Oh! Hello. I didn’t think anybody would be around. Just popping in… can’t stay long (checks watch, looks towards door)…

My world in July is dominated by the Tour de France. I built a mix on the topic and I figured I had better post it in July or else… well, I don’t know. But I’m sure it’s bad, like getting a visit from The Flat Tire Fairy or something equally as miserable.

Other thoughts:
-Summers as an adult are disappointing.
-Having a stereo in a work space (in my case, the garage) is great.
-My ratio of being a groomsman to being a pallbearer is getting uncomfortably close to 1:1. I prefer the former to the later but will gladly serve in any way I can if asked. That is what friendship and family are about.
-Does anyone else not see someone post on Social Media for a couple weeks and start to get worried that something bad has happened? I mean, how would you know, right?
-It is more fun to take pictures than to do the work to create a working archive of those pictures.
-For my money, the picture below (taken at the 2017 Back to the Fifties at the MN State Fairgrounds) is the absolute peak of things I want in terms of automobile wishes.

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1959 Cadillac in sea foam green (swoon)

Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… originally mixed the week of 7.31.17

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
Theme for Velodrome – The Chemical Brothers – Theme for Velodrome single.
III/4 – Phantom Heart Brother – Pete Namlook & Klaus Schulze featuring Bill Laswell – The Evolution of the Dark Side of the Moog.
Bad Radio (ft Tunde Adebimpe) – Leftfield – Alternative Light Source.
Mind Of A Beast – The Glitch Mob – Love Death Immortality.
Ren 2 – Photek – Animatrix: The Album.
Accelerate (Rat Race Mix) – Skin Up – Big Hard Disk Vol 1.
Full Throttle – The Prodigy – A Life Less Ordinary.
Red Zone – Robert Miles – Dreamland.
Hypnomania (Head Trip Mix) – LaTour – Hypnomania 12” single.
On The Road (Vocal Mix) – Alex Armes, Sam Stizer & Thomas Penton – Mixtape: Future Funk.
This Race (Moscow 061027) – Underworld – Collected Live & B-Sides.
Tour de France – Kraftwerk – Tour de France.