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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.

Poetry, Lows, and the mix for 4-7-17

My suspicion is that if you read this blog you already know its National Poetry Month. Below is a poem that I wrote some time ago (perhaps as long as three years). I’ve shopped it around but it hasn’t found a home so I’m going to share it here because I want to put it out into the world.

Directions to the House

Half the distance already gone
Unnoticed like autumn to the pines

Soften a moment by the plum trees
Our border-guarded neutrality

Turn towards the lake or the stream
So long as a choice is made

If the post box lays barren and forlorn
No blame lies with the postman

No more turning widdershins
The gravel lane runs true

There, half lit, the house open,
Fitful as one who naps too late

Digress into the warm night kitchen
To break our fast of each other.

In other news, I have had a new pattern show up in my blood sugars that I really don’t like. For the last few days I’ve had a low reading at about 8:30 am. Traditionally this has been the time for a shallow high (not a sharp peak but a slow build and decline). 8:30 am is a terrible time for a low blood sugar because the mind leaves you and starting your work day not being able to concentrate and accurately handle details is a very bad trip. I’ll have to figure out why this is happening and get it fixed.

Next Friday the office is closed for Easter. As such, no podcast.

Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… originally mixed the week of 4.7.17

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
Forgatagban – Fonogeri – Letters From Home.
Right Now – Samantha James – Right Now.
Bodyrock (Rae & Christian Remix) – Moby – Bodyrock single.
Appreciate – Lemaitre – Relativity 1 EP.
Midnight Madness – The Chemical Brothers – Midnight Madness single.
The Road Goes On Forever (One Minute to Midnight Extended Mix) – High Contrast – The Road Goes On Forever single.
Come Into My World (Steve Anderson Studio Version) – Kylie Minogue – Kylie (Live in New York).
Mercury & Solace – BT – Movement in Still Life.
Mama Can You See Me Now (William Orbit Remix) – Sarah McGuinness – From Soundcloud.com.
Silhouette of Baska Voda – Carmen Rizzo – Romancia EP.
Everybody’s Wearing My Head – Deep Dish – George Is On.
Kireii (Darren Tate Remix) – Darren Tate – Horizons, Vol. 02.

This, That, and the mix for 3-10-17

This, by necessity, has to be short. Kiddo is sick and I’ve got to wrap up my work day to tend to his vomiting. Just got the call from my wife who is picking him up at school as I type this. The complexities of taking care of a sick child on a workday are oddly complex.

The things I planned to mention are this: Been streaming Paris-Nice via the NBC Gold app and it’s great (both the app and the race). Has helped motivate me to get back on the bike to train for the MS Ride in May. Second, I like this mix but I don’t know what the kernel germinated this. It came from a big pile of songs and took some time to come together.

Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… originally mixed the week of 3.10.17

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
What Can You Do For Me? – Utah Saints – Utah Saints.
Am I Wrong – Etienne De Crécy – Essentials (Best Of).
Free – M.A.D. (Micro & Debo) – Digital Empire, Vol. 2: The Aftermath [Disc 2].
Embryo (Push Mix) – Lifecell – Embryo single.
Count To Zero – Psykosonik – Welcome To My Mind [Single].
Renegade Soundwave (Leftfield Mix) – Renegade Soundwave – In To The Mix [Disc 1].
RIP (Grave Diggers Have More Fun) – DJ Arne L II – RIP EP.
The Opaque (Pitch Black Remix) – Tom Cosm – Remixes & Rarities.
The Heavens (Monolith Mix) – Juno Reactor – High Energy Protons (EP).

Unfocused, points, and the mix for 2-24-17

I’ve written and deleted an unusually large amount of material for this post today. Seems that I can’t either land on a topic or flesh one out that doesn’t just dribble out into show gazing. As such I’m opting for a bullet point approach. (These read as rhetorical, but if you want to respond via whatever method works for you, they don’t have to be):
-At what point in one’s life does the realization that magical things aren’t going to happen set in? Does that make a person cynical necessarily?
-I’ve been really lucky in getting to meet people in real life that I befriended on the internet. On a rough count, I’ve met a dozen people and all have been pretty cool. This never ceases to amaze me.
-The more I think about it, the more strongly I think I would end a friendship over politics right now. I brook no racists.
– The greatest life skill is actively picking up after yourself.
-I’ve been more and more actively wondering what the world will be like once we get over cars.

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There is no worth in this.

Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… originally mixed the week of 2.24.17

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
I’m a Wanderer – Pitch Black – Remixes & Rarities.
Music Makers – Synkro – Music Makers single.
Giving Up The Ghost – DJ Shadow – The Private Press.
Flying Foxes – Moby – Play: The B-Sides.
Zeros and Ones (Aphex Twin Reconstruction) – Jesus Jones – 26 Mixes For Cash.
Ghost Hardware – Burial – Untrue.
Soho – Various – The World Is Gone.
Ruthless – Amon Tobin – Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory.
Chrono – DJ Hidden – The Later After.
Prime Minister – Thunderball – Ambassadors of Style.
Childish – Dinky – Anemik.

Guest Post! Kara talks music.

Today I’ve got something different for you: A guest post! My friend Kara and I have been talking music via twitter for years. When I posted my recent mixes of strange things I had come across in the previous year, Kara asked to chime in and I was glad to hear her thoughts. So, without any further ado…

Stuck in a Post-punk Rut
By Kara Martinez Bachman

I’ve been following Cory on social media for many years. Throughout those years, he’s always impressed me with his interest in–and passion for–music. Whether he’s sharing Twitter photos of the vinyl he’s spinning that day or blogging his latest music playlist, Cory stands out in my mind as a real music aficionado.

Recently, one of his blog posts caused me to ponder my music tastes of late, and truly realize how as each year passes, I become more and more resistant to new music. Cory impresses me with his willingness to stretch his tastes into various genres, and with the breadth of his collection, spanning from pop to classical.

He made me ask the question: why am I so set in my ways?

I, too, still own some of my old vinyl. I’d made the dire mistake of selling most of it off for a quarter apiece sometime in the late ‘90s (Why? WHY?), but I’ve still got a hundred or so of the old records that were either too obscure or too unpopular for the garage sale bargain-shoppers to snag (oh yes indeed, they went after my Prince and U2 with a vengeance).

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When I recently spent some time sorting through and reading the liner notes on the old albums of thirty years ago, I was struck by how little my tastes have changed over the years. Back in the ‘80s and early ‘90s, I’d always loved what was on college radio — XTC, Siouxie and the Banshees, The Cure. Now it’s called “post-punk,” but of course, back then, we just called it “good.”

I’m not sure what attracted me. I could relate to the sometimes tech-infused melancholy of Dark Wave, and loved the aesthetic of the British New Wave and New Romantic movements. I enjoyed the popular and sometimes-maligned stuff (Duran Duran, Depeche Mode) as well as the lesser known aspects that lurked at the edges, at least here in the U.S. (think Echo and the Bunnymen, Aztec Camera).

As I looked over these old records, I realized how little has changed. I don’t have the time to listen to music much anymore. As a writer, I can’t work with the background distraction of music. But when I do, the playlist is sure to be from the more calming side of the old Dark Wave genre: Cocteau Twins. The Cure. New Order. Perhaps some Morrissey tossed in for good measure.

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Unlike Cory–who has obviously stayed open over the years to a wide-ranging, eclectic playlist–anything “new” on my playlist somehow hearkens back to the same styles I used to love.

For instance, I’ll listen to Muse, which often has a symphonic post-punk sound and sometimes reminds me of Queen. I’ve enjoyed The Killers, which — let’s be honest — may as well be The Cure had Robert Smith been born into Mormonism. In perhaps the weirdest of the recent choices, I’ve got music by Adam Lambert, who at times feels like a fun throwback to the over-the-top pop years of the 1980s. Likewise, I actually like a few songs by Pink. But sadly, that’s the extent of my interest in this decade’s music.

In every case, I find my tastes looking back in a straight trajectory to the late 1980s. Never looking forward, and rarely glancing to the side. As I’ve gotten older I’ve come to appreciate jazz and blues more, but I’m for the most part an old fogie. Kinda closed, and jealous of those who can stretch themselves into the nooks and crannies of music instead of always walking down the same exact aisle.

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I wish it weren’t so. I wish I could embrace the new, or, at least, the “new to me.” But I’m set in my ways. I’m like the older people we grew up with, who tuned into the “golden oldies” stations that reminded them of sock hops. Except for me, the sock hops would be all-ages local punk shows, or high school dances where everybody flooded the floor when “Don’t You Forget About Me” came on.

I’m not ashamed of my penchant for nostalgia, but recognize its limitations. I wish my playlist were more inclusive. A little more like Cory’s.

Kara Martinez Bachman is author of the new humor essay collection, Kissing the Crisis: Field Notes on Foul-Mouthed Babies, Disenchanted Women and Careening into Middle Age published by Quill Driver Books. Her work has been heard on NPR radio and has appeared in dozens of publications, including The Writer, Funny Times, and the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Find out more by visiting Karamartinezbachman.com.