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Earflaps, Bread, and the mix for 10-12-18

Very short on time to write and post this. You have been warned.

Best thing in my week? I fixed the earflaps on a cap I really like. Last winter I noticed that the wind would get in my ears unless the flaps were just right. Well, I put some supplemental material at the front of the flap and now its perfect. If there is something that better defines my aesthetic than altering a wool earflap hat, I don’t know what it is.

At about 2 AM this morning I woke up thinking that it’s pretty rich that Billy Joel is calling someone white bread in “Uptown Girl”. I don’t sleep right and my brain is strange.

This screenshot from “No Man’s Sky” sums up how I am feeling about everything right now.

Plummeting through space at incredible speed toward the black void of an unknown world.

I think the transitions in this mix are hot.

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 10-12-18..

Song – Artist – Album
Angel – Massive Attack – Mezzanine.
The Courier – Amon Tobin – Infamous.
Never Mess With Sunday – Yppah – Ninja Tune XX Vol 2.
Sure Thing – St. Germain – Ultra Chilled (Disc 1).
Trouble Man – Marvin Gaye – Trouble Man.
Joy In Repetition – Prince – Graffiti Bridge.
Chainsmoking – Jacob Banks – The Boy Who Cried Freedom.
Hand Clapping Song – The Meters – Struttin’.
The Beat – Lou Johnson.
Sad Days Lonley Nights – Junior Kimbrough – You Better Run.
Slim Jenkins Place (Slim Jenkins’ Joint) – Booker T. & The M.G.’s – Hip Hug-Her.
Deep In A Dream – Airbus – Ghosts.
Cruzin’ – A.D Cruze – The Trip Hop Test Part 2.
Low Down Weather – Thunderball – 12 Mile High.
Wrong – Everything But the Girl – Walking Wounded.

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Nope, Hope, and the mix for 3-23-18

“Add More Dudes”. That is the graffiti I saw yesterday scratched in block letters into the hard plastic wall of a bathroom stall in my building. I’ve been thinking about what that could possibly mean and I don’t think there is any sense or meaning of it in which the only possible answer I could be other than “Nope”.

I’ve started training in earnest for this year’s MS Ride. There are new pains in my body this year in new places. This is an unwelcome development. It’s a reminder that I can’t give up on exercise for six months and hope to not ache. It’s a reminder that I am Middle Aged. I’m sure to post a fundraising link in the coming weeks but for now, you are spared the image of me in lyrca.

These next two to three weeks are some of the hardest of the year. Spring is in the air. You can smell it. The sun is sometimes warm on your cheeks. But Spring is not here yet, but hope is, and hope sometimes makes a fool of Minnesotans at the end of March. When Prince wrote “Sometimes It Snows in April” he wasn’t kidding. Sometimes, we feel so bad…

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No blog next week owing to Spring Break.

Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… originally mixed the week of 3.23.18.

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
All My Friends – LCD Soundsystem – Sound of Silver.
Friends Like Mine – The Donnas – Gold Medal.
We Dance Alone – Beck – The Information.
Two Tribes – Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Welcome to the Pleasuredome.
Restless – New Order – Music Complete.
Came Back Haunted – Nine Inch Nails – Hesitation Marks.
Burn – Sister Machine Gun – Mortal Kombat (Soundtrack).
Going Under – Evanescence – Fallen.
Gasoline – Audioslave – Audioslave.
Breath – Pearl Jam – Singles (Soundtrack).
Smoke – Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ – Smoke.
Obscured By Clouds – Pink Floyd – Obscured By Clouds.
Rain When I Die – Alice In Chains – Dirt.
Shadow Of The Season – Screaming Trees – Sweet Oblivion.

Movie Themes, Straits, and the mix for 12-15-17

‘Tis the season for lists of things. One of the popular types of lists is “Favorite of a Thing” such as “Christmas Movies”. A point of contention among those who make lists of Christmas Movies is if the 1988 action classic “Die Hard” qualifies. I believe it does and I’ll type at you why I believe this. Quite simply the story needs Christmas as a condition to happen and the themes of redemption and family are central to the resolution of the movie. The main character, John McClane (Bruce Willis) only finds himself where he does because he is traveling to see his family for Christmas. The central crime is plotted for this night because fewer people will be around due to the holiday. The idea that a man who has gone astray finds redemption happens twice as both McClane and Sgt. Powell (Reginald VelJohnson) both are both restored to a former honorable self by the end. Sure, these redemptions and finding of family (not only blood relatives but those we choose as family as demonstrated by the new friendship between McClane and Powell) come at the cost of something like two dozen lives, but that doesn’t erase that at the heart of it, these themes and plots are prime Christmas movie tropes. I’m not saying you have to like the movie or add it to your “best of” lists, just that it clearly qualifies on these merits.

It was announced this week that Dire Straits will be inducted in to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year. While I don’t so much care for the RRHF, I am glad they are receiving recognition. Dire Straits is still one of my all-time favorite bands. Some of this comes from the time in my life I was exposed to them, but as much comes from the quirky lyrics, strong rock rhythms, and the unique tonality Mark Knopfler brings to his guitar work. I’m not going to do an all Dire Straits mix (though I do own all of their albums as well as the rare EPS and one corkingly rare single…) but instead here are four of my favorite tracks of theirs (links below). I honestly wonder if Pick Withers will be at the induction.

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One of my favorite album covers, Dire Straits 1979 release “Communique”. Back cover is the original member line up.

Lions, last track from their eponymous first album
Expresso Love, the opening to the B side of “Making Movies”.
Love Over Gold, title track to the album of the same name.
You and Your Friend, from their final studio album “On Every Street”.

Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… originally mixed the week of 12.15.17

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
Black Sands (Duke Dumont’s ‘Grains Of Sand’ Reconstruction Edit) – Bonobo – Black Sands Remixed.
Through The Sunlight – Carmen Rizzo – Ornament of an Imposter.
Shark – Juno Reactor – Bible Of Dreams.
Nigu-Jaka – The Sushi Club – Space Night, Vol. V [Disc 2].
Infinite Snow – Monolake – Silence.
In Mind – Amorphous Androgynous – Tales of Ephidrina.
Goodnight Vienna – LFO – Advance.
Garbage (Vietrmx21) – Autechre – Tri Repetae++ [Disc 2].
Optical (Instrumental 24 Bit) – William Orbit – Optical single.
Beautiful Strange (Bedrock’s Ambient Beats) – Bedrock – Beautiful Strange [EP].

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.

Ol’ Rickety, Paint, and the mix for 12-1-17

Schedules and tech issues. That is what has kept this space blank. The two tech issues in short 1) My laptop is getting old and rickety. It takes a long time to start and that pisses me off and eats up the limited time I have to build podcasts. Time to start saving for a new one. 2) I’ve made a copy of my entire music library and am now accessing/building playlists in a different way. Works well but took a couple weeks to pull off/smooth out. Enough of how the sausage is made…

I’ve been making a significant effort to read more books and not just look at single sentences on the internet, but engaging the written word in the evening and over my lunch time. This week I read the sci-fi short story “Can of Paint” from 1944, by A. E. von Vogt. While his work is imminently engaging and infinitely inventive, it has some holes. A line in this story struck me as so absurd that I haven’t been able to get it out of my mind. Summary: The main character, Kilgour*, is the first man** to land on Venus and finds himself imperiled as he is accidentally coated in a mysterious substance that threatens to encase him completely. In surveying his situation, Kilgour boldly decides he will be ok because “People who used paint wouldn’t murder him out of hand”. If I have learned anything about people it is that paint use doesn’t indicate one way or the other how evil and violent a person is or their capacity for murder of an unwanted intruder.

Another thing that struck me as ludicrous about this story is a notion I have seen in other space opera stories: That pioneering astronauts could be morons, could be the lowest ranked students or bumbling fools, and still be ok. A prime example of this in play is 1987’s Wings of Honneamise. I think this is a move to humanize the characters, but it is an awful device.

*This immediately reminded me of Kurt Vonnegut’s character Kilgore Trout. I haven’t looked into it (because I like some mystery in the world) but I have a gut feeling these two fictional people are related.

**In reading more than a few von Vogt books, it is always a man doing a thing. His ability to write a women character is somewhere between “sexy cardboard cutout” and “I’m not including women in this universe at all”. So heads up there.

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I’m a sucker for a cool book cover.

Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… originally mixed the week of 12.1.17

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
Deep Arch – Underworld – Pearl’s Girl [EP].
Actium – Aphex Twin – Selected Ambient Works 85-92.
Clipper – Autechre – Tri Repetae++ [Disc 1].
Into Ether – Babble – Ether.
Coming Home To The Sun – David Holmes – Atomic Audio.
Rocco (Sing For A Drink Mix) – Death In Vegas – City Of Industry.
Heaven Scent (POB’s Seismix) – Bedrock – Beautiful Strange [EP].
Chemical Beats (Dave Clarke Remix) – The Chemical Brothers – Loops Of Fury [EP].
Busy Child (Uberzone Mix) – The Crystal Method – Busy Child/High Roller single.