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Winter, “Other”, and the mix for 1-18-19

This winter has been unusual in Minnesota. It is a direct consequence of climate change (if you don’t agree with the first part of this sentence, this isn’t the webpage for you). I miss winter. Until this year I hadn’t fully realized how much winter is part of my identity and how much I enjoy being outside during the season. I think all of the self portraits that I’ve really liked have been taken in the winter.

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Winter Scene in Beaver Bay, Minnesota

I’ve started an “Other Works” page. Which is accessible via a little grey clickable box at the top right of the home page. If you are interested in other things I’ve don e(photography, poetry, etc) that is the place to look. New publications will be listed there if/when they happen. It’s a work in progress.

You get a twofer this week!
The first mix below is in danger of being buried by time. It was a splinter of the previous post that evolved into its own cul du sac of a mix. Didn’t get posted last week because I was out of the office.

The second mix happened very quickly. I had the beat in my veins and just sat down and started pulling tracks that had the groove.

Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… originally mixed the week of 1-10-19..

Song – Artist – Album
Elegantly Wasted – INXS – Elegantly Wasted.
So You’d Like To Save The World – Lloyd Cole – Bad Vibes.
Divorce Song – Liz Phair – Exile In Guyville.
Come Undone – Duran Duran – Modern Rock: The Mid 90s [Disc 2].
The Slacks – Trip Shakespeare – Across The Universe.
Ten Fingers – The Pursuit Of Happiness – Love Junk.
What Gods Are These – My Federation – Don’t Wanna Die.
I’m Your Villain – Franz Ferdinand – You Could Have It So Much Better.
Girlfriend – Matthew Sweet – Girlfriend.
Everything Worthwhile – Walt Mink – El Producto.

Also!
Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… originally mixed the week of 1-18-19..

Song – Artist
Ready Steady Go – Oakenfold – Bunkka.
The Vapor Trail Conspiracy – The Crystal Method –Direct download.
Blast the Speakers – Warp Brothers – Radikal Techno 6.
Skirt – Kylie Minogue – Skirt EP.
Nightlaw (Original) – Paolo Mojo – Dave Spoon Presents Toolroom Knights.
Surface Scan – Spektre – Renaissance The Master Series James Zabiela.
Drifted – Groove Armada – Goodbye Country Hello Nightclub.
Inspector Norse – Todd Terje – It’s the Arps.
Get Loud (KJ’s Extended Club Mix) – K5 – Get Loud.
Love Keeps Calling (Basto! Impression) – AnnaGrace – Love Keeps Calling.
Electric Love – Dynasty Electric – Dynasty Electric.

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Meg, Tonality, and the mix for 11-30-18

Sorry I don’t have much to say today. Found out this morning that a former coworker, Meg, died yesterday. She retired a couple years ago so we hadn’t crossed paths in a couple years but she was a joy to chat with, quick with a smile and a laugh, kind, interested in connecting people, and a mentor to many folks I still work with.

In music news: Beavis and Butthead went off the air this week in 1997. In commemoration, KFAI AM Drive did a set of all songs they riffed on, including a request I made. If you are the same vintage as I am, this is a good trip down memory lane.

This week’s mix is all about subtle tonality and all one artist.

Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… originally mixed the week of 11-30-18..

Song – Artist – Album
Lions – Dire Straits – Dire Straits.
News – Dire Straits – Communique.
On Every Street – Dire Straits – On Every Street.
River Towns – Mark Knopfler – Tracker (Deluxe).
Ride Across The River – Dire Straits – Brothers In Arms.
Working On It – Mark Knopfler – Wag The Dog.
Vic and Ray – Mark Knopfler – Golden Heart.
Prairie Wedding – Mark Knopfler – Sailing To Philadelphia.
Love Over Gold – Dire Straits – Love Over Gold.
You and Your Friend – Dire Straits – On Every Street.
Go, Love – Mark Knopfler – Privateering [Disc 1].
Sons Of Scotland (Quiet Theme) – Mark Knopfler – A Shot At Glory.

Seven, Two Acceptances, and the mix for 11-2-18

WordPress tells me that I first registered with the site seven years ago. That seems like too many years. I know, from rooting around in some file folders on the mixing computer, that I’ve posted roughly 150 mixes. So maybe that is right. Who am I to argue with time and the perception thereof?

Good news, everyone! I’ve had a poem published at Moonchild Magazine that mixes music and poetry. And if that wasn’t fun enough, it was announced just today that I’ll be the featured visual artist for issue #2 of Kissing Dynamite! 13 of my photos will be in the issue. I am downright chuffed at these announcements!

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Hooray for acceptances!

Before we reconvene next week there will be an election. Go vote. More than that, vote Democrat across the ticket. They don’t have to be perfect candidates, that isn’t a reasonable ask. Talk to your relatives and friends about their plans to get to the polls. Make your own plans to get to the polls if you haven’t voted early. Talk to your elderly neighbors that might need help getting to the polls and give them a ride if they are Democrats. Don’t help racists vote. Be responsible citizens and vote for the values that bring us together such as health care for people, voting rights, and human rights, not divide us in hate.

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.

Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… originally mixed the week of 11-2-18..

Song – Artist – Album
Indian Summer – Danny Saber – The Trip Hop Test Part 2.
Angela’s Lament – Thunderball – Scorpio Rising.
U R Still Ahead – Kushti – Late Night Beats: The Post Club Sound Of Britain.
Laidback (Laidback Lounge Mix) – Mr Humphrey – Laidback Lounge.
When She Walks – Fonogeri – Letters From Home.
Brand New Orleans (Instrumental Jam) – Prince – Brand New Orleans single.
Stax Jam – Galactic – Coolin’ Off.
Slinky – Ursula 1000 – The Now Sound Of Ursula 1000.
Funky Sea, Funky Dew – The Mackrosoft – 1st Mack to the Moon.
Seduction of the Virgin Princess – Sonny Lester Orchestra – How to Strip.
Session At Pete’s Pad – Henry Mancini – The Music From Peter Gunn.
Boom Boom Ba – Métisse – My Fault.
Smooth Operator – Sade – The Best Of Sade.
Original Bedroom Rockers – Kruder & Dorfmeister – Ultra Chilled (Disc 1).

Off-track,’defines as…’ and the mix for 10-26-18

It’s no secret that my job is very uneven it the daily workflow. Often times I am left looking for something to do. It is the nature of working in the field I do. It is also an outflow of working with people who have actually learned the things I have trained them to do. I work with a bright team and they make it easy on me. The problem is that if I am left to my own devices for too long I go off the rails. This week I spent a notable amount of time doing what I call “Recontextualization Theater” with public domain material from the Digital Collections at the New York Public Library. See below for just a few of my favorite examples.

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This week Merriam Webster put up a fun little feature called Time Traveler which allows one to see what words were added to the dictionary in a given year.
The reason I bring it up is that a couple words from the year I came around reinforced a point that I have made off-handedly for a few years now. When I talk about being diabetic I say “It’s a whole different ball game now than when I was a kid. Not even really comparable”. The words “Glycosylated hemoglobin” and “Juvenile-onset diabetes” were both added the year I was born. The year I was diagnosed “type 1 diabetes” was added. Other words that remind me of how much things have changed since being a kid (all added in my birth year): CAT scan, Date rape, Cognitive behavioral therapy. Some happy words added that year? Subwoofer and Twist tie.

This week’s mix contains a bonus track strictly for those that listen on Saturday (tomorrow, Oct 27th).

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.

Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… originally mixed the week of 10-26-18..

Song – Artist – Album
Sad But New – Orbital – Times Fly (Single)
Now Is The Time (Permanent Midnight Mix) – The Crystal Method – Permanent Midnight.
The Passportal – Team Sleep – Matrix Reloaded.
Phat Planet (Dave Clarke Remix) – Leftfield – Afrika Shox single.
Anvil Vapre (Second Scout) – Autechre – Tri Repetae++ [Disc 2].
Never Gonna Come Back Down (ft Mike Doughty) – BT – Movement In Still Life.
Breakbeat Suckers – Cirrus – Counterfeit.
Jupiter Shift – The Crystal Method – The Crystal Method.
Chori Chori – Darren Tate – Horizons, Vol. 02.
Flash (Timo Maas Remix) – Green Velvet – Altered States.
Fly (Baby Anne Remix) – Marion – I Heart Bass.
(Bonus Saturday Track)
October 27 – Cirrus – Drop The Break.

Books, Sky, D and the mix for 10-5-18

I’m a big fan of books but I’m a painfully slow reader. I think what I lack in speed I make up for in torque when it comes to retention. I also go through long jags where I don’t read books. I think that has something to do with depression in that it feels like an unwelcome chore to absorb stories sometimes. Yesterday I started reading again after a lull. Picked up a “Doc Savage” book. Written in the 30’s by Kenneth Robeson (just like the Hardy Boys were written by Franklin W. Dixon…), they are two-fisted tales of daring do. I think the nerdy equivalent is Buckaroo Banzai. I stopped actively buying books a couple years ago because I just can’t keep up and it is madness to try but have fallen off the book buying abstinence wagon so I best get at it again.

Been spending my video game time on “No Man’s Sky”. It’s a space exploration game. One of the most beautiful games I’ve ever played. I don’t so much make progress as spend time dinking around. Dinking around in open world video games is one of my favorite past times, along with inventory management. No, that isn’t a joke.

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Pointing my ship, the Radiant Pillar, toward the heavens as I leave my base, this is what I see. Damn this is a beautiful game.

The other video game that I might start on is “Vampire Hunter D” for the original PlayStation. Kiddo likes to go to a shop near us that carries used games and Pokemon cards. While he was picking out a couple cards (rewards for a system we have devised to encourage the eating of fruits and veggies as a lifestyle choice) I found this game in the stacks. I’m totally aware that retro gaming is a fool’s errand. It relies on nostalgia and old games don’t hold up for a myriad of reasons. This, however, is a new game to me so I’m willing to give it a swing. I’m a fan of the character Vampire Hunter D, owning the movie and having read a few of the books. I’ll update you on how it goes.

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Yes I have a working original PlayStation and yes I am going to give this game a whirl.

I know exactly where this week’s mix started. This lyric in the first song: “Their dresses and their shoes are new, but their hearts are weary through and through. It’s a long way to the light of day.”. For whatever reason the album Hold Out has sort of vanished and I like to put lost things back in the world. What I seem to have accidentally built here is a playlist of existential dread centered on the current politics of the US. Still, it’s full of catchy riffs and good songs, so I hope you enjoy it on whatever level you can.

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.

Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… originally mixed the week of 10-5-18..

Song – Artist – Album
Disco Apocalypse – Jackson Browne – Hold Out.
A Face In The Crowd – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Full Moon Fever.
Low Expectations – Edwyn Collins – Gorgeous George.
Restless – New Order – Music Complete.
King Of Pain – The Police – Synchronicity.
Pop Goes The World – Men Without Hats – Modern Rock: Late ’80s [Disc 1].
Sold Me Down The River (Radio Edit) – The Alarm – Modern Rock: Late 80s [Disc 2].
Privilege – The Fixx – Reach The Beach.
Suffragette City – David Bowie – The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars.
Holding Out For A Hero – Bonnie Tyler – Footloose.
Fortunate Son – Creedence Clearwater Revival – Forrest Gump [Disc 1].
A Little Bitter – Alice In Chains – Last Action Hero.
Two Tribes – Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Modern Rock 1980-1984 [Disc 1].
That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore – The Smiths – Singles.
Election Day – Arcadia – Modern Rock: 1984-1985 [Disc 2].