Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Countdown To Halloween Blog Post #22

Our favorite Texan Lisa will be hitting the road and coming up to Minnesota soon, but in the meantime she emailed us a few Halloween treats. The Ikea commercial is amazing - be sure to keep an eye out for the backwards messages! We tend to stay away from Bobby Pickett's Monster Mash (we tend to play the Bonzos version, or Los Straightjackets) but when you combine horror film monsters with it, I am all for it.

Lisa will be our Program Director For The Day next Tuesday October 28th - and we can't wait to see what she has in store for the airwaves. She will be controlling the playlist all three hours that morning, and I guarantee you that most of it will consist of music you've never heard of before. Be sure to tune in or listen on-line!



We are giving away free movie tickets to the live production of FRANKENSTEIN by the National Theatre. The star of the show is Benedict Cumberbatch. Yes - the man who does not ever take a bad photo! The man who plays Sherlock! The man who played Khan! etc. etc. etc.

We are giving away five pairs of tickets today (Wednesday October 22nd) and tomorrow (Thursday October 23rd). The tickets we give away today are for the live performance next week on October 27th. The tickets we give away tomorrow will be for the October 29th live performance.

Both screenings take place at the Movies 8 Theater in the Mankato River Hills Mall at 7 p.m. We will drop the winner's tickets in the mail a.s.a.p. so you will have them in plenty of time. Listen during the morning show for your chance to win. When you hear the rooster crow and The Legendary Stardust Cowboy say "Wakey Wakey Eggs and Bakey" call 389 - 5678. Good luck Cumberbatch fans!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


Lord knows why I put off watching this documentary.  I love Husker Du, and I think Grant Hart is amazing, but there was always something shiny distracting me from watching it.  NO MORE!  Every Everything is the Grant Hart documentary you didn't know you needed.  It's funny, smart, sad, adjective adjective adjective and more.  I don't even think you need to be a fan of Grant or Husker Du to find it interesting.  AND NOW IT'S ON HULU!  Stop what you're doing and watch it!


Husker Du.  What a great friggin' band.

Blackjack Halloween Countdown Blog Post!

There is no need to put a spooky picture at the front of this post to get you in the Halloween mood, because what I am about to talk about is for real and frightening as hell. It has a name, and it is The South American Goliath Bird Eater Spider.

It is the largest spider in the world, and fully grown it is the size of a puppy. That's right - A SPIDER THE SIZE OF A PUPPY!

Ughhh......I can't even type that sentence without shivering uncontrollably. Yesterday this story broke about a zoologist coming in contact with the South American Goliath Bird Eater. As Piotr Naskrecki (a zoologist and photographer) explained his encounter on his blog, While walking in the rain forest of Guyana at night he decided to turn off his light source, a head lamp. He was taking in the sounds around him, completely enveloped in the dark, when he heard what sounded like a small furry mammal walking close behind him. He switched on his headlamp and was shocked to discover the massive spider moving his way.

Yep - that gave me the shivers yet again. I cannot imagine ever coming across one of these monsters. And to make things worse, one of their defense mechanisms is their hissing! They are the only known spider that makes a sound when they walk, in fact on his blog Piotr says they sound like horse hoofs. Yuck!! I have heard it said that every year we swallow approximately ten spiders, usually in our sleep. I was going to look for the exact number to share with you, but I am relieved to learn that it is just an urban legend or myth. With spiders like that in the world, I do not want to think about eating spiders!



Monday, October 20, 2014



Sam Raimi's
Adam Wingard's

Saturday, October 25th @ 7pm
Wiecking 220 Auditorium
Minnesota State University, Mankato

FREE CAKE!  Because they all want cake...

 Oh my dear sweet lord... It seems like only yesterday that this Grind-Fu season began, and now the final one is upon us!  We've shown so many films this year that have been on our bucket list, and it has been a real honor to share them with Grind-Fu audiences.  Once again, you have been some of the best audiences we have ever seen films with, and we thank you for that from the bottom of our clogged cinema loving hearts.

The next Grind-Fu is on October 25th, and October means one thing to the Grind-Fu crew:  HALLOWEEN.  It's all about the chills, thrills, and terror!  It's also about cake.  Cake?  CAKE!

Long time Grind-Fu attendees know that we go all out for the October Grind-Fu, both to celebrate another successful season as well as to celebrate our favorite creepy holiday.  That means treats for you guys.  More specifically, it means stunning horror cake from our resident cake artist Amber.

Amber has won awards and international acclaim for the masterful things she can do with cake, and for good reason:  They're friggin' incredible!  Look at some of these previous masterpieces she has constructed.  It's a shame they had to be eaten, but dammit... THEY'RE DELICIOUS!

Herschell Gordon Lewis Triple Feature

Zombie Double Feature

Suspiria/Seven Double Feature (this is Gwyneth Paltrow's head)

Bigfoot Double Feature

The Exorcist/The Shining Double Feature

Tucker and Dale vs. Evil/Cabin In The Woods Double Feature

WOW.  I'm stunned by her work, but I'm also reminded of just how stellar our Halloween Grind-Fu's have been.  If only we had thought of cake for our first October Grind-Fu, featuring an Ed Wood triple feature!  What would Amber have come up with for that?  THE MIND BOGGLES!

Which brings me to that other pesky feature of Grind-Fu Cinema:  THE CINEMA!  We have another great year ending double bill lined up for yo, that's gonna make you jump out of your seat.  Are you ready for it?  I'm gonna tell you about it anyway.

DRAG ME TO HELL - Directed by Sam Raimi (2009)

Sam Raimi has become a major league film maker over his 35 year in film.  He's helmed massive blockbusters and some amazing small films, but he got his start in the world of uber low budget horror with a little film called EVIL DEADEvil Dead is a relentless terror ride, filled with insane gore and violence, and it still manages to terrify its fans after their millionth re-watch of it.

After three amazing Evil Dead films, Raimi moved on to other genres, but fans still begged for his return to horror.  Finally, in 2009, it happened.  Drag Me To Hell is filled with all the trademarks of classic Sam Raimi horror:  Gore, violence, hyper kinetic directing, and dark humor.  It's a film that makes you laugh while you're jumping out of your seat, and it's a blast to watch.  In particular, Drag Me To Hell is a blast to watch with an audience like you'll get at Grind-Fu Cinema.

YOU'RE NEXT - Directed by Adam Wingard (2013)

When You're Next was in theaters I was going to pass on it.  It looked like it would be just another snuff porn film, making up for its lack of real creativity by going over board with gore and shock.  Boy, was I wrong.  You're Next takes the slasher film and knocks it on its ass.  In a genre that can be ridiculously predictable, this film caught me off guard.  At every turn it had a new surprise, and it had twists that I never saw coming.  It's also really funny.

This is a film that has the full on Grind-Fu seal of approval, gang.  If you like horror that actually does its job and then some, then You're Next is the film you want to see.

We really hope you guys join us for the October Grind-Fu Cinema!  It's gonna be so much fun, AND IT IS COMPLETELY FREE!  AND THERE IS CAKE!  What will Amber's cake be this year?  We won't know until that night, so bring your friends, some snacks, and an appetite for cake and terror, as we end this Grind-Fu Season in style!


I'm the new boy in town! Where can I go?

Countdown To Halloween Blog Post #20 - this could be dangerous to your health!

Apparently Walt Disney's Magical Kingdom wasn't always as magical as advertised. For decades an urban myth concerning a Mickey Mouse short video titled "Suicide Mouse" has circulated, rearing it's ugly head now and then to frighten the living daylights out of it's viewers. Shortly before his death Walt Disney went into his studio and worked non-stop for days on one project. When his work was finished, he grabbed a nearby animator and asked him to watch his completed project. The anonymous animator did as told, but upon exiting the viewing area he appeared to be confused and disjointed. He was mumbling the following words over and over, "Real suffering is not known". A security guard was called to the scene in an attempt to get control, but then things got worse. It is said that the stricken animator, still repeating his "Real Suffering is not known" mantra then grabbed the gun from the guard and shot himself in the head.

When you hear a story like this, the first thing you want to know is what on earth was in Disney's film? What did he mean when he said "Real suffering is not known"? The only way to answer that is to watch the video and see for yourself. I do want to warn you though - Urban Legends are often infused with a few grains of truth. If you are at all afraid to watch the clip, given it's horrific history, then don't watch it. Don't take that chance. But if you are the least bit curious about it, then here it is. See for yourself. I will tell you this, there is no screaming witch that pops up suddenly on the screen like many spooky videos have. But there are screams, and other things too.

Here is another version of Suicide Mouse for you to view as well.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Countdown To Halloween Blog Post #19

Boy oh Boy. Don't stare at the image above for too long. Nineteen days into the Countdown to Halloween, and less than a week until Grind-Fu Cinema. Time flies when you are having a spooky good time! Speaking of Grind-Fu, do you know what your costume is going to be yet? Everyone is encouraged to come dressed up for the season and if you are still trying to come up with some ideas, maybe I can help.

First up - grab three of your friends and try out this handy dandy product, "Kiss Your Face" make-up. This is for real, in fact you can bid on several different varieties on ebay.

It only seems fair an balanced if I offer a suggestion for all the girls who want to rock out too. How about this costume? I am not sure if the big hair comes with the gig, but then that's what wigs are for.

Here is another great idea, but I would do things a little bit differently. You could poke a little bit of fun at font snobs by going as "comic sans". If you are coming to Grind-Fu with a bunch of friends, you could each dress up in separate letterpress boxes in comic sans font that spell the word "idiot" or "dumby". I'm sure you get the point.

I love this next video because, as she points out, you will have everything you need in your closet for it and it works for all the cool cats and the cool kittens. There is also a drinking game embedded in this costume YouTube video. Watch this clip, and every time she apologizes for the poor quality take a drink of your beverage of choice. Here's a tip, don't make it a strong drink!

If none of these seem to be right for you, then I suggest you choose your favorite Bill Murray role and dress up like him. I mean - WHO DOESN'T LOVE BILL MURRAY?!! Here is some inspiration:

And for those who want to go over the top with their Bill Murray costume, I give you the film Kingpin!

Grind-Fu Cinema is this Saturday night folks, October 25th at the Weicking 220 Auditorium on Campus. The movies start at 7 p.m. and there is cake at intermission. Join us for Drag Me To Hell and You're Next. I can't wait!


Saturday, October 18, 2014


Yesterday I posted something about the amazing British TV series Utopia.  You watched it, right?  Good stuff.  Anyway, it reminded me of another incredible British TV show that I first encountered a few years ago via Scooter Polanski, purveyor of life changing Scootermas videos.  Being that it was Scooter Polanski, the show dealt with zombies.

Dead Set is a five episode series that aired in the UK in 2008.  The premise is brilliant and terrifying.  It takes place during a fictional series of the reality show Big Brother.  You see all the typical Big Brother stuff taking place on the set, hear the obnoxious TV voice overs that are a trademark of the British version of the series, and catch a glimpse behind the scenes of the production.  Life must be hell when you're on that show, except for one thing:  It's the only secure place to be when the zombie apocalypse hits.

Dead Set was released to great acclaim in the UK, but for some reason it doesn't seem to have made it to the U.S.  Which is a shame, because it's really terrifying and well made.  I would think it would go over like gangbusters over here, and then they could make a terrible American version of it.  That's how TV works, right?

Anyway, here's Dead Set, a great freakin' zombie show.


Countdown To Halloween Blog Post #18

I first came across the story of Elisa Lam while reading an article on-line about true events that would make great horror movies. It was suggested that the film be based on the detectives investigating the circumstances of her death, and the possibilities of a supernatural link. They included a link to a video, and once I watched it I couldn't stop watching it. Over and over I watched it, looking for clues and answers.

This shows the last known moments of Elisa Lam's life. It is taken from an elevator camera inside the Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles. When patrons of the hotel began complaining the water smelled and tasted funny, a routine check of the water supply tanks on the roof lead to the discovery of Elisa Lam's body. Her death was ruled an accidental drowning but when the video of her bizarre behaviors in the elevator surfaced many began to think that perhaps there was something more to the story.

Elisa Lam did suffer from a bipolar disorder, and she was traveling by herself in California at the time of her death. Her family admits that she did suffer from severe bouts of depression. What makes some question the accidental drowning conclusion is that in order for her to have gained access to the roof where her body was found she would have had to bypass a locked door and a security buzzer.

The Cecil Hotel has had it's fair share of troubled history. The Black Dahlia, Elizabeth Short stayed at the Hotel shortly before her infamous murder. The Serial Killers Richard Ramirez and Jack Unterweger were also guests. There are a number of supernatural theories surrounding Elisa Lam's death, many that are as "out-there" as you would think, but one has to admit that the behaviors she exhibits in the elevator are chilling. For me, it gets weird at about the two minute mark. She appears to be almost petting an animal that is clearly not there. She also seems to be holding a discussion with someone out of the view of the camera. Very creepy.


Friday, October 17, 2014

Countdown To Halloween Blog Post # 17

Oh boy, Friday. It couldn't have arrived any sooner, for I am a tired working fool, and therefore let me keep this brief. Lars Von Trier. He has made some of the most disturbing movies I have ever seen, yet so beautiful as to leave you breathless. Don't believe me? If you have Netflix, try streaming Anti-Christ. He appears to be one of those guys put on this earth to tell a story by means of film. The website Dangerous Minds has posted two films made by Lars Von Trier in his teens. I want to share the second film because it shows that he has never really changed. It is called "Why Try To Escape From Which You Know You Can't Escape From? Because You Are A Coward".


Hmmmmm, my videos were not like this when I was 11 years old! See you tomorrow for another blogpost,



We've been on a bit of a David Fincher love fest on Shuffle Function, so any bit of Fincher news is cause for excitement right now.  Shelley read that he's going to be adapting the British TV series Utopia for HBO, and he's going to be directing all six episodes.  GOOD NEWS.  The adaptation will be another collaboration with Gillian Flynn, the author and screenwriter of Gone Girl (novel and film).  MORE GOOD NEWS.  These guys really know how to explore the darker places of humanity, and Utopia is filled with that.

Neither of us had even heard of Utopia until this announcement, so we immediately went to the interwebs to find out about it.  Shelley found this clip of the intro on youtube, and we were instantly won over:

It's dark and weird and graphic and paranoid and has comic books... what's not to love?  You can totally see why a guy like David Fincher would want to adapt it, right?  Further research revealed that there are entire episodes of the show online, too!  Trust us... it's good.  Really really good.  Just imagine what Fincher will do with it...

Here is the full first season of Utopia, courtesy of the interwebs.   Kiss the next six hours of your day away.


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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Grab Your Goats and Ghosts In Boats In Trees Calendars!

We have so many fun events coming up in Shuffle Function Land, and you are invited every single one of them! I hope this quick list of dates and times will serve to help remind you of what's what and allow you to juggle your calendar. We will start at the beginning, be sure to drop us an email if you have any questions or concerns. You can reach us at or give us a call during the morning show.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25th - GRIND-FU CINEMA 7 pm at the Weicking 220 Auditorium

A free double bill of guaranteed thrills and chills! Join us for Drag Me To Hell and You're Next. Halloween costumes are encouraged, and cake will be served at intermission. Grab everyone you know and come to the final Grind-Fu Cinema of the season!

MONDAY OCTOBER 27th - all Lou Reed Morning Show

It will be one year since we lost Lou Reed, and we will spend the morning show celebrating his music. This is one of those days that we would really love to hear from you with your requests and memories. We love hearing stories from listeners who've had run ins with musicians or want to share with us the first time they heard The Velvet Underground. Call us or text your requests at 389 - 5678. You can also drop us an email at


This is a day long in the making. We have known Lisa for over a decade, but being that she lives all the way down in Texas, we have never met her before. That is about to change, as she hits the road on her way to KMSU. She will be taking over the airwaves Tuesday morning and playing all kinds of music - much of which I'm guessing we have never heard before. We are super excited to have her join us live in the studio, and I cannot emphasize enough how important it is for you to set the alarm clock that morning for 6 a.m.


Look at beardless Shyboy Tim! We love Pledge Drive time around here, because we get to talk to so many of our listeners! We have some fantastic premiums lined up for this drive too, including a very special one that we will be trying out for the first time - BUT I CAN'T TELL YOU ANYMORE ABOUT IT! You will have to wait until the Pledge Drive kicks off (but be sure to check the blog - we may have a sneak peek). 


Halloween means one thing and one thing only in Shuffle Function Land - time to get out the K-Tel records and magic hats! There is nothing more frightening to us then not having control over our playlists, and on this night we hand over our fate to the Radio Gods. This will be a very special round of Shuffle Function Radio Roulette, because we will be joined once again your favorite Texan, Lisa. From 6 to 7 p.m. chance will be dictating what we play so be sure to join us for what could easily be the worst or best hour of radio music 
you'll ever hear.


A Halloween tradition for the morning show, we will be playing Radio Cramps throughout the morning show. What does that mean? We will be playing a radio show recorded by Lux Interior of The Cramps in the 1980's in which he plays 45 records from his personal collection. That's right - we will be playing a vinyl record of someone playing vinyl records! Wrap your mind around that music geeks!


Conspiracy, backwards records and dead Beatles. 
Enough said. 
Tune in to hear the truth about Paul McCartney from 6 to 9 a.m. on the morning show.

from 6 to 9 a.m.

We will have three hours of polka music during the morning show. I don't need to tell you that polka music is party music! Expect to have a smile on your face all day long after you tune in to KMSU. We will be joined by Concertina Hall Of Fame member Ambrose Kodet and #1 Polka Fan Maude Luskey. Be sure to send us your requests and put your dancing shoes on!