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Muting, Parking, and the mix for 5-18-18

This week I reached a point where I had enough of twitter. On one hand, I have fun and lively conversation with a dozen or more folks there every day. Real people who are clever and interesting. On the other hand, it is like having a toilet in your house that is broken and possessed at the same time so it just shoots diarrhea into the air ALL THE TIME.

So, I undertook what I call The Great Muting. I muted every account that isn’t a person that I have good conversations with. This has had two outcomes. First, I noticed that there are actually only about twenty people who post regularly and that I really chat with, and as a corollary, that I might follow too many political news accounts for my own good.

The second outcome was more subtle and sad. I came across a couple names of folks who have dropped out. People who I emailed with and even sent regular post to. I reached out to one such person via email about a month ago and haven’t heard anything back. It’s a strange feature of modern life how quickly and completely people can vanish. I hope these folks are ok and I miss them.

The MS Ride is on Sunday. Due to the overwhelmingly generous nature of my friends and family, I raised quite a bit of money for the ride (over $1000!) and as such, got an email from the ride organizers. They sent me a special parking pass for the event! I’m very excited about this because if there is one thing that the anxiety tied to my depression latches on to concerns about going places due to possible parking issues. No, this isn’t a reasonable concern but it is one that can quickly overtake me and I find almost impossible to beat when it does. There have been a couple occasions where I didn’t go to events I know I would have enjoyed because this anxiety cowed me in to inaction. The current weather prediction is cool (high of 62F) with a potential for some rain.

My summer schedule officially starts in June but it is customary for me to take the last Friday in May off. I may or may not do that this year. The up side is that there will be at least one more mix before I take my summer hiatus.

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This comes up under a stock photo search for “back half”. Serious.

The theme this week is that all these songs are on the back half of the albums they are on.

Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… originally mixed the week of 5.18.18.

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
Terminal Frost – Pink Floyd – A Momentary Lapse Of Reason.
The Movie – Aerosmith – Permanent Vacation.
This City Never Sleeps – Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This).
Consider Me Gone – Sting – The Dream Of The Blue Turtles.
Lions – Dire Straits – Dire Straits.
Night Flight – Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti [Disc 2].
Used To Bad News – Boston – Don’t Look Back.
Scarecrow – Beck – Guero.
Let Me Do It To You – J.J. Cale – Troubadour.
One Rainy Wish – The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Axis: Bold As Love.
Drive In Drive Out – Dave Matthews Band – Crash.
Everysong – Lloyd Cole – Antidepressant.
Moron – Edwyn Collins – Gorgeous George.
Tiny Daggers – INXS – Kick.

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Ride, Void, and the mix for 4-20-18

This week is the busiest week of the term for me. I had a few things I was going to riff on here but if I want to get this out into the world before my afternoon gets too busy to return to a creative mindset so I’ve got to cut and run.

Short thoughts from the week that you’ll have to flesh out yourself:
-We had a record breaking snow storm here last weekend. I bet it doesn’t get talked about like the ’91 Halloween Blizzard because it was end of the season so the pain fades quickly.
-What are local theater groups going to do with the failing of FreindFace? Almost every small theater I know relies solely on that service to communicate with the world.

I’m doing the MS Ride again this year. It’s 30 days away so I best get to fundraising. This is the 10th year I’ve done MS events with my friend Kate. Please chip in if you can! Warning Link contains picture of me in spandex.

This week’s mix is brought to you by the suggestion of Sarah, my Memoir Mixtapes friend.

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An Invitation to A Different Sort of Void

Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents An Invitation To A Different Sort of Void… originally mixed the week of 4.20.18.

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
Pursuit of an Ancient Dream – Apollo 8 and 11 Astronauts – Space Mission.
The Fabric Of Space – Red Red Groovy – 25.
A Ritual In Time And Death – Ulrich Schnauss – A Long Way To Fall.
The Space In Between – How To Destroy Angels – How To Destroy Angels.
Empty Sheet Of Paper – Tweaker – The Attraction To All Things Uncertain.
Nothing – Depeche Mode – Music For The Masses.
Smoke & Mirrors – RJD2 – Deadringer.
My Lover’s Gone – Dido – No Angel.
Missing (Lite Mix) – Everything But The Girl – Missing: The Full Remix [EP].
Consider Me Gone – Sting – The Dream Of The Blue Turtles.
Next To Nothing – Fatboy Slim – Better Living Through Chemistry.
Fear: The Mindkiller (Altered Edit) – Eon – Void Dweller.
Empty – God Lives Underwater – Empty.

Rant, directions, and the mix for 5-5-17

I’m going to start with a rant so skip to the next paragraph if that isn’t your style. First off I’m in a foul mood because of the vote yesterday in Congress to move ahead with 45s disastrous “health care” bill. You see those pictures from after the vote? All old white people celebrating. The greed, hatefulness, and vast hypocrisy of it is staggering. I would shout more about it but I have a strong suspicion that if you are reading this you are in the choir already. Second, there is a process my place of work does once every few months and yet my coworkers can’t figure the fucking thing out. They literally have a 9” x 13” piece of paper covered in wonderfully precise instructions and act surprised EVERY TIME when I point out they are doing it wrong. Plus side: This is the very last time this process happens on paper. Next time there will be a whole new set of questions but at least 1500 less papers to shuffle.

I like media studies so here is a thing that occurred to me just a few days ago. The marketing juggernaut that is Disney/Star Wars has new fodder these days. As such there are a lot more images and merch from the franchise around. One interesting side effect of merchandising the Star Wars movies is that on balance there are more images of evil than of good. My guess is that since the bad guys all wear masks, it is easier to license a mask than someone’s actual image (you know, a real human being’s face). I find it at least a little dark amusement that the push to make the most cash by a giant company normalizes images of evil as commonplace. Thought experiment: How much more often do you see Darth Vader or a storm trooper instead of Luke, Leia, Finn, Poe, Han, or Rey?

In a scant eight days I am taking part in the MS Ride again. If you enjoy the weekly mixes a good way to show it is to donate to my fundraising efforts. Some of you loyal readers/listeners have already and I do vastly appreciate it! My fund raising page is here. I am very pleased to say I have raised $878 so far.

Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… originally mixed the week of 5.5.17

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
Mrs. Cold – Kings of Convenience – Declaration of Dependence.
Mrs. Jack’s Last Stand – Adrian Legg – Guitar For Mortals.
Miss Gradenko – The Police – Synchronicity.
Look At The Lady – Trip Shakespeare – Are You Shakespearienced?
Mr. Soul – Buffalo Springfield – Retrospective: The Best of Buffalo Springfield.
Mr. Bellows – John Mellencamp – Mr. Happy Go Lucky.
Mr. Nichols – Coldcut with Saul Williams – Sound Mirrors.
Mr. Jones – Elvin Jones – Poly-Currents.
The Gentleman Is a Dope – Count Basie & Sarah Vaughan – Count Basie/Sarah Vaughan.
Sophisticated Lady – Billie Holliday – Compact Jazz Billy Holiday.
Oh Lady Be Good – Benny Goodman – Rare Recordings: 1935-1936 [Live].
Tally-Ho, Mr. Basie! – Count Basie & The Kansas City 7 – Count Basie & The Kansas City 7.
Lady Day And John Coltrane – Gil Scott-Heron – The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.
Little Miss Lover – The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Axis: Bold As Love.
Lady Cab Driver – Prince – 1999.
Blood, Milk And Sky (Miss September Mix) – White Zombie – Supersexy Swingin’ Sounds.

Eagles, Worries, and the mix for 4-21-17

In no particular order:

Went to the National Eagle Center in Wabasha, MN, and the Owl Center in Houston, MN, last week. The bluffs area of southeastern Minnesota is worth visiting. It offers vistas no otherwise available in the state. The Root River valley is beautiful.

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Not from this trip, but still and eagle picture I took.

Also visited the SPAM Museum in Austin, MN. It’s as much a gift shop as a museum.

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I’m 21 cans of SPAM tall, I guess.

Spring has arrived. I’m glad to get back outside again on a regular basis.

Speaking of getting outside, I am taking part in the MS Ride again this year. If you enjoy the weekly mixes a good way to show it is to donate to my fundraising efforts. Some of you loyal readers/listeners have already and I do vastly appreciate it!

Sometimes I worry that people who I know online may die or otherwise vanish and I would never know and that makes me sad.

Prince died one year ago today.

Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… originally mixed the week of 4.21.17

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
Spark – Lawrence – Ghostly Classics Ghostly Records Sampler.
Nara – E.S. Posthumus – Unearthed.
Well Balanced – Aural Float – Free Float.
The Cooling Tower – Twilight Archive – Ritual Fiction.
Free Senses – Saafi Brothers – Space Night, Vol. V [Disc 2].
Degenerates – Moby – Last Night.
1-800-288-Slam – Meanderthals – Desire Lines.
Autumn Leaves – Coldcut – Last Cool Blue.
Dreams – Modulate – Chill Out! The Techno Evolution Continues [Disc 2].
In Mind – Amorphous Androgynous – Tales of Ephidrina.
Influx – Higher Intelligence Agency – Colourform.

Short Time, The Letter L, and the mix for 5-1-15

Short post this week. Mixed this last night, enjoyed it, then forgot to write a blog and now I’m against the clock to get this out the door.

The Minnesota Ironman Bike Ride went well. 14 mph average across 30 miles. 34F at the start (7:30 am) and about 44F at the end, 2 hours and 8 minutes ride time later. Glad I have shoe covers now. They made all the difference in staying warm. The ride was well organized, well supported, and full of very good (as in prepared and courteous) riders. I did have a minor back spasm during the ride, but otherwise no issues.

A special thanks to Jim Moomey for being the person to put me over the top for my MS Ride fundraising goal! If you want to still get on the bandwagon (I know you do!!) you can do so here. To those of you who have already donated, thank you! I really appreciate it. It means a lot to me.

The theme of this mix was an accident, but happenstance proved fecund. So fertile was this serendipity that there is a Part 2 in the works.

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Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… L1 – Originally mixed the week of 5.1.15

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
The Light Sailer – Wendy Carlos – Tron (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack).
Lanx 3 – Autechre – Wasted (The Best of Volume, Part 1) [Disc 2].
L.F.O. – LFO – Frequencies.
L.S.I. (Ed Richards 12″ Mix) – The Shamen – L.S.I. 12” single.
Le Seigneur Des Tenebres (Mystic House Terminator Mix) – Le Dormeur – Technorave 3.
Let’s Get High – Lords Of Acid – Lust.
Look To The Future – Dynamix II – Sunshine State Of Mind.
Loops Of Fury – The Chemical Brothers – Loops Of Fury [EP].
Louder Than Boom – Tiësto – Magikal Journey [Disc 2].
Love Island – Fatboy Slim – You’ve Come A Long Way, Baby.
Love Sees No Colour – U96 – Das Boot.
Let’s Do It Again – Project B12 – Technorave 2.