Thursday, July 31, 2014
On Saturday night William Campbell, the Canadian look-alike that replaced Paul McCartney in the Beatles when he died in a car crash in 1966, will be playing at Target Field! I've seen Mr. Campbell live twice, and he's very nearly as good as the actual Paul McCartney would be, so any of you folks that have never seen William Campbell live are in for a real treat. And to see him outdoors in a baseball stadium? Too cool. I'm jealous, though I stand by my decision to hold out for Replacements tickets.
Anyway, Friday morning we'll go to town on the William Campbell music, as well as Paul McCartney led Beatles (ie: songs that The Beatles recorded before November 9th, 1966, when Paul McCartney died in a car crash and was replaced by William Campbell, a Canadian look-alike). Call, text, or e-mail us your request and we'll try and get them in! Get psyched for the concert and pay tribute to the man that William Campbell replaced.
Gilmore Girls. Easily a top five show of mine. Probably top three, on a good day. It's smart, funny, well written, and all around amazing. Lauren Graham is one of The Many Loves of Shyboy Tim, too, so there's that. When the show premiered I watched it on the recommendation of a movie geek website that I trust, and from episode one I was hooked. I loved the show so much that I once told Shelley she had to leave because she was making fun of it when we were watching it.
Don't mess with my Gilmore Girls.
I've been feeling like I'm on the verge of a total series rewatch lately, so the timing was perfect for a recent post I saw on BadAssDigest, my new favorite movie site. Frequent BAD contributor Meredith Brooks just completed a revisit of Gilmore Girls that she called The Gilmore Girls Rewatch Project. It's over at at a cool website called Forever Young Adult ("For YA readers who are a little less Y and a bit more A"). Every Wednesday for 64 weeks she would rewatch three episode of Gilmore Girls, and work her way through from start to finish, and then she would write about her thoughts and impressions. It's perfect reading for a Gilmore Girls Geek like myself.
From the first notes of The La's There She Goes to that final coffee at Luke's Diner, Meredith covers it all, PLUS she invented a drinking game for the show, if you're so inclined. The coolest thing, though, is that it gives an excuse to rewatch GG, and it does it at a pace that's perfectly manageable for folks that can't find enough time in the day to binge watch hour long episodes. Plus, the recaps are funny and insightful, which doesn't hurt.
HERE'S THE LINK TO THE COMPLETE REWATCH PROJECT! Start watching it now, and you can bore your non Gilmore loving friends and family with your rhapsodic overtures about the show JUST LIKE I DID!
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Going straight from the mailbox to your ears, this Thursday night we're playing the new Jandek album Houston Saturday 2011 (Corwood 0815) in its entirety! There's great spoken word and solo acoustic material on this one, so check it out, Jandek fans!
If you're looking to enter the world of Jandek, head on over to corwood.org, the official site of Jandek. You can order online now, folks! There's something to be said for going the old school mail order way, but now Jandek takes Paypal! We'll give you some pointers, if you need. The Rep has been on a roll.
Many of you guys know that my day job to support my radio habit is at Barnes & Noble in Mankato. It's a kick ass job, and they're cool about me having to do the show in the morning. I'm forever grateful for that. Barnes & Noble is doing something pretty cool over the next couple weeks called "Get Pop Cultured", and stores around the country are having events with exclusive giveaways and contests related to various pop culture events. There's some neat stuff, too, and that thrills me.
Anyway, one of the fortuitous things about being connected to both the radio show and the store is that it has put me in the position to get some great stuff to give away to listeners like you! Last week we gave away some great DC stuff, and this week Shuffle Function has even more.
In honor of Barnes & Noble's Marvel Comics Day on Saturday, August 2nd, we're giving away a couple of amazing action figures. That's happening this Wednesday, July 30th. Check out these puppies:
The original packaging is intact, so that's one less thing to worry about, fellow nerds! You could be taking Thing or Green Goblin/Peter Parker home with you, so listen Wednesday morning for your chance to win!
On Thursday we'll be giving away some more great DC comics stuff, too:
- Because of the size and weight of these items, we are unable to mail them. YOU WILL HAVE TO COME UP TO KMSU to collect your prize! Sorry, gang. Still, free DC stuff, huh?
- KMSU hosts, volunteers, and their family members are not eligible to win these awesome things. If they were, I would be the first one to call.
- If you won last week, you cannot win this week! Sorry, but we gotta give everybody a shot at these.
OTHER COOL STUFF:
Like I said, there's a lot of cool stuff that Barnes & Noble has available to folks during their "Get Pop Cultured" promotion:
- Friday, August 1st, you can celebrate the movie Frozen!
- Saturday, August 2nd, it is Marvel Comics Day!
- Sunday, August 3rd, it is James Patterson Day!
Thanks for listening, you guys!
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Grind-Fu Cinema presents
Rich Kronfeld Night!
SIX DAYS IN ROSWELL
Saturday, August 30th @ 7:00pm
Wiecking 220 Auditorium
Minnesota State University, Mankato
FREE! FREE! FREE! FREE! FREE!
The last Saturday in August get all tribute-y, as Grind-Fu Cinema salutes Minnesota hero Rich Kronfeld! Rich has been a comedy presence in Minnesota for a few decades, and you've probably seen him before with even knowing it. Maybe you know him as Doctor Sphincter from Twin Cities public access television?
or perhaps you saw him in the movie Trekkies?
Well, you've surely seen him on Comedy Central's Let's Bowl, right?
Well, if you haven't seen him on Let's Bowl, we'll remedy that for you on Saturday, August 30th! We'll be showing selected episodes of Let's Bowl, which was a hilarious hybrid of Bowling For Dollars and People's Court. Two people would come in with a grievance and settle it on the lanes, with the winner of the game winning the grievance. It was all very serious and binding. Not really.
As if that wasn't enough, we'll be following Let's Bowl with a fantastic movie featuring Rich called Six Days In Roswell. Rich road trips to Roswell, New Mexico, to see what the big deal is about the alien crash that happened there decades ago. He takes in the sights, talks to believers, and talks to some high profile experts, too. It's a really funny movie, but everything that Rich does is amazingly funny.
Join us on Saturday, August 30th for this great night of comedy. And remember: GRIND-FU CINEMA IS ALWAYS FREE! Bring your friends, bring some snacks, and join us for a fantastic night of film.
I'm the new boy in town! Where can I go?
Saturday, July 26, 2014
Today marks the tenth anniversary of the Shuffle Function morning show. It's hard to believe I've been getting up so freaking early for that long, so in honor of that I slept in until about ten this morning. It was glorious.
The above image is one of the first posters we had printed up for the show. It was pretty big, and it yelled our love of vinyl and b-movie culture all over the community. Digging through the ol' digital archives brought back a lot of memories from the last ten years. I'm not a nostalgic guy, but I'm proud of what we've done with the show, and I'm proud of what KMSU has become over the last 10+ years. It's a great station full of great people, and I'm still amazed that I get to play radio with them.
Here are the playlists for the first week of shows:
July 26, 2004 (1)
1. Velvet Underground - rock n roll
2. Talking Heads - once in a lifetime
3. Franz Ferdinand - take me out
4. Johnny Cash - 5 feet high and rising
5. The Replacements - white and lazy
6. Guided By Voices - teenage FBI
7. Devo - uncontrollable urge
8. Shooby Taylor - stout hearted man
9. Ray Charles - mess around
10. Rick Springfield - don't talk to strangers
11. They Might Be Giants - I can't hide from my mind
12. A C Newman - the battle for straight time
13. Bob Dylan - can't help falling in love
14. X - world's a mess / it's in my kiss
15. Pere Ubu - street waves
16. Rolling Stones - let it loose
17. Mrs. Miller - these boots are made for walkin'
18. Modern Lovers - she cracked
19. Billy Hughes - atomic sermon
20. Brady Bunch - love me do
21. Black Arabs - Sex Pistol medley
22. Legendary Stardust Cowboy - New Jersey turnpike
July 27, 2004 (2)
1. Ramones - rock n roll radio
2. Casiotone For The Painfully Alone - it just wasn't the same somehow
3. Quintron - place unknown
4. Frankie Yankovic - in heaven there is no beer
5. Only Ones - another girl, another planet
6. Watson - the damage when you love
7. Unknown - sing about blue
8. Boston - more than a feeling
9. Standells - dirty water
10. Rivingtons - mama ooh mow mow
11. Otis Redding - tramp
12. Sly and the Family Stone - everyday people
13. Nina Simone - my baby just cares for me
14. Stiff Little Fingers - strummerville
15. George w Bush Singers - deep thoughts part one
16. Faces - three button hand me down
17. Jack Scott - the way I walk
18. The Righteous Brothers - I just want to make love to you
19. Chuck Berry - johnny b goode
20. Led Zeppelin - custard pie
21. John Lee Hooker - boom boom
22. War - low rider
23. BoySkout - back to bed
24. Victor Lundberg - to the flower power
25. Ten YearsAfter - I'd love to change the world
July 28, 2004 (3)
1. M.O.T.O. - dance dance dance
2. Decemberists - song for Myla Goldberg
3. Magnetic Fields - a chicken with it's head cut off
4. Hives - walk idiot walk
5. Pink Floyd - lucifer Sam
6. Fiery Furnaces - crystal clear
7. Gene Marshall - Jimmy Carter says yes
8. Sonic Youth - pattern recognition
9. Tiny Bradshaw - train kept a rollin'
10. Go Home Productions - Jacko under pressure
11. Mott the Hoople - all the young dudes
12. Parliament - give up the funk (tear the roof of the sucker)
13. Certain Ratio - all night party
14. Hot Hot Heat - get in or get out
15. Monkees - listen to the band
16. Modest Mouse - float on
17. The Who - a quick one (while he's away)
July 29, 2004 (4)
1. Hee Haw Gospel Singers - turn the radio on
2. Granddaddy - stray dog and the chocolate shake
3. Ben Folds - Annie waits
4. Tom Waits - jockey full of bourbon
5. Aretha Franklin - chain of fools
6. 5,6,7,8's - hanky panky
7. Charlie Feathers - stutterin' Cindy
8. Fleshtones - treat her like a lady
9. Daniel Johnston - I killed the monster
10. Dr Hook - makin' it natural
11. Negativeland - announcement
12. Van Morrison - ringworm/ you say France and I whistle/ want a danish?
13. Rush - limelight
14. Teenage Fanclub - everything flows
15. Pixies - bam thwok
16. KC and the Sunshine Band - I'm your boogieman
17. Metric - wet blanket
18. Mae West - when a man loves a woman
July 30, 2004 (5)
1. U2 - beautiful day
2. Led Zeppelin - immigrant song
3. Black Lipstick - bonus track
4. Bingo Gazingo promo
5. Jonathan Richman - the world is showing it's hand
6. Free Design - bubbles
7. Simon and Garfunkel - America
8. Roy Orbison - ooby dooby
9. Trachtenberg Family Slideshow Players - eggs
10. Jimmy Mitchell - eres tu
11. U2 - beautiful fay
12. Beatles - old brown show
13. Status Quo - picture of matchstick men
14. Kate Bush - wuthering heights
15. Cw McCall and Manheim Steamrollers - Convoy
16. Hal - out tonight
17. Patti Smith - free money
18. Go Home Productions - a slim McShady
19. Bingo Gazingo - you're out of the computer
I'd listen to that show.
Shelley and I were really freaked out about having to do a live show every day, so I think she ran the boards the first week and I did the second week. After that we've been alternating every day since. I remember the first few weeks I would stop at Kwik Trip and buy newspapers and energy drinks just because we were so worried about falling asleep or running out of stuff to say. We quickly found out that a planned show sounds like a planned show, and gradually weaned ourselves from all that planning so that we'd be flying by the seat of our pants. It's much more fun that way.
The one thing that EVERYBODY was telling us was that we had to have bits planned, but bits are for commercial radio. To please EVERYBODY we set up a bit board in the office (I wish we had a picture) and tacked note cards to it that said "bit" on them. No thanks, bits!
Anyway. KMSU has given us both a tremendous opportunity to be creative and have fun on the air, and we're eternally grateful for that. We're especially grateful to you guys, for being such amazing, thoughtful, and generous supporters. You've helped shape this show and the station, and you've done great work.
In honor of the anniversary, here are a bunch of old posters and graphics and stuff that we've come up with since the show started. And don't forget to go to GRIND FU CINEMA TONIGHT! It's a special 3D double feature, and you get to keep the glasses! Bring your own snacks and friends, because it's FREE!
Friday, July 25, 2014
This morning we're playing three hours of Shuffle Function Radio Roulette in honor of the morning show's tenth anniversary, and it got off to a rocky start, prompting an outpouring of Bob Odenkirk's favorite profanity. See below:
Here are some of the gems from this morning's show. Thanks for playing, you guys!
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Last week Conan O'Brien announced he will be starring in Roger Corman's Sharktopus Vs Pteracuda, which premieres on Saturday, August 2nd @ 8pm CST as part of SyFy's Sharknado Week. Well, it turns out Conan isn't exactly STARRING in the movie, as he showed his one and only scene on his show last night. It's still a breathtakingly SyFy performance, and it definitely makes me want to see the rest of the film, as if I didn't already.
I gotta say, I love just how much SyFy has embraced the type of movies they are known for, and it's great that they're devoting an entire week to them to celebrate the premiere of Sharknado 2: The Second One. These movies are so much fun, and if you haven't seen one before you're going to have loads of opportunities starting this Saturday. Here's the full schedule:
Saturday, July 26
5pm/4c: Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus
7pm/6c: Mega Shark vs. Crocosaurus
9pm/8c: Mega Shark vs. Mechashark
11pm/10c: 2-Headed Shark Attack
1am/12am c: Malibu Shark Attack
3am/2am c: Jersey Shore Shark Attack
Sunday, July 27
9am/8c: Sand Sharks
11am/10c: Mega Shark vs, Crocosaurus
1pm/12c: 2-Headed Shark Attack
3pm/2c: Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus
7pm/6c: Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark
9pm/8c: Sharkmania: The Top 15 Biggest, Baddest, Bloodiest Bites
1am/12c: Shark Assault
3am/2c: Sand Sharks
Monday, July 28
11am/10c: Jersey Shore Shark Attack
1pm/12c: Shark Assault
5pm/4c: Malibu Shark Attack
7pm/6c: Swamp Shark
9pm/8c: Ghost Shark
11pm/10c: Mega Shark vs. Crocosaurus
1am/12c: Swamp Shark
Wednesday, July 30
9am/8c: Mega Shark vs. Crocosaurus
11am/10c: Ghost Shark
1pm/12c: Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus
3pm/2c: Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark
5pm/4c: Sharkmania: The Top 15 Biggest, Baddest, Bloodiest Bites
9pm/8c: Sharknado 2: The Second One
11pm/10c: Sharknado 2: The Second One
3am/2c: Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus
Saturday, August 2
9am/8c: 2-Headed Shark Attack
11am/10c: Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark
7pm/6c: Sharknado 2: The Second One
9pm/8c: Sharktopus vs. Pteracuda
1am/12c: Sharktopus vs. Pteracuda
3am/2c: 2-Headed Shark Attack
It's like we've died and gone to basic cable heaven! Anyway, here's Conan's performance.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Some people are blessed with talent, work hard and become a star. Others develop and grow and become a success. Still others are blessed with a husband that owned the largest disposable cup company in the country who had no problem paying for their recordings and TV specials. Not really others, I guess. Just Dora Hall.
Dora Hall may just be the biggest name in vanity recordings, if only because her bottomless financing allowed her to produce countless albums, singles and even television programs. She was married to Leo Hulseman, the owner of the Solo Cup company. Dora wanted to be in showbiz, so Leo paid for recording sessions and record pressing so she could become a star. The records were issued on Dora's own lables: Cozy, Premore, and Reinbeau to name a few. They were sold via Solo Cup packaging, with an ad of a particular release and an order form. Send in the form and a few weeks later folks got a record that they played once and was destined for thrift stores.
Seriously, Dora Hall records show up regularly in thrift stores, and they are almost always in perfect condition. She's not that STRONG a singer, but she makes up for it in enthusiasm. Still, that's not a ticket to repeated plays. Dora didn't let a little thing like talent keep her from putting out more stuff, though. There was money for that. That money bought some great collaborators, like arranger H.P Barnum, members of the Wrecking Crew, and Randy Newman.
Beyond the records, there are the TV specials. Allegedly these were actually aired, and my guess is that they were aired on stations that sold time to Dora. She got some minor stars to show up, had big production numbers and choreography, and actually ended up with some eye rolling, yet charming, productions.
Why am I going on about Dora Hall? Because on Thursday, July 24th, we're playing nothing but Outsider musicians on the morning show. These are folks that often might lack skills or conventional talent, but they have a drive to record and perform. You'll definitely hear Dora on the show, as well as loads of other remarkable musicians that we've loved over the past decade of morning radio. And call/text/e-mail your requests! We love that KMSU listeners love Outsider musicians!
Here's yet another reason that I love YouTube madly. There are a couple of complete Dora Hall specials on it! They're less than half an hour long, so they won't suck away much of your life. Who knows? You might actually be entertained.
BONUS: A really bad medley from Dora's Once Upon A Tour!
Grind-Fu Cinema presents
a 3D double feature!
THE MASK (1961)
THE BLACK LAGOON
Saturday, July 26th @ 7:00 pm
Wiecking 220 Auditorium
on the campus of Minnesota State University, MN
FREE! FREE! FREE! FREE! FREE! FREE!
This month's Grind-Fu Cinema falls EXACTLY on the 10th anniversary of the Shuffle Function Morning Show, so we thought we would do something a little different this time around. For July Grind-Fu is presenting its first ever 3D double feature! See the terror leaping right off the screen and into your face eyes! Thrill as you hear the frightening beasts with your hear ears! It's all happening this month atr Grind-Fu Cinema!
THE MASK (1961)
The Mask is a creepy little film, and it has a great gimmick involving the 3D and the glasses. You'll just have to show up to see what it is, but it's a lot of fun, and it really puts you right in the action. FUN FACT: This is the only 3D film produced in Canada! Plus, its' 100% Jim Carrey free.
CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON (1954)
Universal produced a lot of classic horror films back in the day. All the classics, like Dracula, Frankenstein, The Wolfman, The Invisible Man, The Mummy, and this amazing 3d Classic, The Creature From The Black Lagoon. The Creature is one of the most iconic movie monsters ever created, and he's pretty freaky, so try to keep it together as he's reaching out of the to drag you back into his watery lair!
WE WILL PROVIDE YOU WITH 3D GLASSES!This is a classic old school 3D presentation, so you will need the classic old school 3D paper glasses. We're giving everybody a pair of them to wear and keep as a souvenir! The process these films use is called Anaglyph 3D, and it uses colored lenses to create the 3D effect. This is very different from the contemporary digital process used in today's films, and it's also a very different experience. This is the 3D your Grandparents and Great-Grandparents experienced, so get ready to kick it old school!
DON'T FORGET TO BRING SNACKS!
WHAT'S A MOVIE WITHOUT SNACKS?
Remember, Grind-Fu Cinema is FREE! Just bring your friends and a need to have a great time at the movies!
I'm the new boy in town! Where can I go?