Friday, November 27, 2015


If the snow on the ground and having to scrape the windows of your car hasn't tipped you off to what time of year it is, then this blog post surely will. IT IS TIME TO WISH THE LEGENDARY STARDUST COWBOY HAPPY HOLIDAYS! The Ledge is family to us, so we ask that you include him in your season's greetings mail list. He doesn't have any family members close by, so he usually spends his holidays alone. Way back when, in the early days of Shuffle Function, we asked him if he had any plans for the holidays. He told us he'd be doing what he always did - going to a Seven-Eleven to eat a turkey sandwich, drink a slurpee, and then go home. We knew then that we had to do something, and the idea of the card shower was born. This was our chance to let him know he wasn't alone, and that he and his music is loved all over the world.

We'll be giving out his mailing address a bunch on the radio show between now and then, but here it is for your convenience. You can decorate the envelope however you like, but he likes lots of stars and spaceships.  Here is his address:

Norman Carl Odam
Legendary Stardust Cowboy
P.O. Box 730742
San Jose, California

If you're feeling adventurous, include a self addressed stamped envelope. We can't guarantee that you will hear back from The Ledge, but the odds are greatly increased that you will. If you do hear back from him, drop us an email and let us know. He has been very inventive with his replies in the past and we love hearing about it.

We can't thank you enough for making our favorite cowboy happy. He means the world to us, and we love to hear the excitement in his voice when he calls us during the morning show to let us know about all the cards he is getting. For his birthday this year he told us he got so many cards that the ladies at the post office couldn't believe it! This made him so happy, and a world with a happy Legendary Stardust Cowboy is a better world to live in. Thank you Radio Heroes!

Thursday, November 26, 2015


Hey, kids.  Hope you were able to over-do it this year for Thanksgiving.  Me, I played a buttload of Beatles Rock Band with the nieces and nephews, and then collapsed in bed with 12 hours of MST3K to look forward to.  The dream would have been to watch the Turkey Day Marathon live, but luckily we can watch it on demand via Yahoo Screen.  Yes, Yahoo Screen sucks, but even a flawed screening of Mystery Science Theater 3000 is better than no MST3K at all.

Here's this year's lineup. I don't know how long they'll be available, so watch them while you can!


Monday, November 23, 2015


If you're a sci-fi geek, a bad movie fiend, a comedy nerd, or a combination of all three, you're probably also a fan of Mystery Science Theater 3000.  For eleven glorious seasons MST3K brought the world of terrible cinema into the living rooms of unsuspecting earthlings worldwide and turned the act of watching bad movies into an art form.

Since the show left the air the impact of Mystery Science Theater is still being felt, and in these uneasy times, when we could all use a laugh, it seems like MST3K is needed more than ever.  But what can we do about it?  The show was cancelled years ago, right?

HERE'S WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT!  You can chip in and help resurrect the Satellite of Love from the television scrap heap!  Joel Hodgson, the creator and original host of Mystery Science Theater, is running a Kickstarter campaign to bring the show back with new hosts and a new roster of movies ripe for the riffing.  How cool is that?

In the first 24 hours of the campaign Joel raised enough money to produce three new episodes of the show.  As the contributions increase they'll be able to increase the number of episodes.  The dream is to have TWELVE NEW EPISODES of Mystery Science Theater 3000 for the world to love.

They've just announced most of the new cast members:

  • Jonah Ray will be the new host on the Satellite of Love
  • Felicia Day will be one of the new Mads (brilliant casting)
  • Hampton Yount will be the voice of Crow T. Robot
  • Baron Vaughn will be the voice of Tom Servo
They still haven't announced the final Mad, but so far the casting has been perfect.  There's only 18 days left to raise the funds for a full 12 episodes, so swing by Kickstarter page and do your part!  THE SATELLITE OF LOVE NEEDS YOU!

In other news...

Thanksgiving means many different things to people, but for the ones that couldn't give a crap about football there's the Mystery Science Theater 3000 Turkey Day Marathon!  The crew of the Satellite of Love started this tradition in 1991, and for years their marathons of terrible movies were the perfect side dish for Thanksgiving meals.

Joel Hodgson brought the Turkey Day tradition back a couple of years ago, and this year's marathon should be extra special since the Kickstarter campaign is underway.  They haven't announced the lineup of classic MST3K episodes they'll be running, but it'd be hilarious even if they just drew the shows out of a hat.  You can't go wrong with MST3K!

The whole shebang will be screening at starting at 11a.m. CST on Thanksgiving Day.  Don't miss hte hilarity!


We're giving away tickets!

Rifftrax Presents

Thursday, December 3rd @ 7pm
Cinemark Movies 8
River Hills Mall, Mankato

Listen to the show this Wednesday for your chance to win passes to see the Rifftrax fellas mercilessly riff the so-not-a-classic film Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny!  How much damage can they do?  Well, the movie only rates 1.3 stars on IMDB, so it sounds like they'll have plenty to work with.

If you have never attended a Rifftrax event you're in for a treat.  The group is composed of Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett, who were the hosts of Mystery Science Theater 3000 in the second half of its run.  They take terrible movies and make fun of them, and the results are always more hilarious than the film, especially if the movie isn't a comedy to begin with!

Listen between six and nine a.m. for your chance to win!  When you hear the rooster crow, followed by the Legendary Stardust Cowboy saying "wakey wakey! Eggs and Bakey!  It's Shuffle Function!" be the fifth caller at 507-389-5678 or 1-800-456-7810 and you'll get a pair of passes!*

*Passes are non-transferrable and will be delivered via e-mail.  Since you're reading this on a computer, you probably have e-mail, but if you don't have e-mail you won't be able to get the passes. Please don't call if you can't use the passes.

NOVEMBER 27th 2015: THIRD CHRISTMAS (aka Black Friday Record Store Day)

Friday, November 27th, 2015

Tune Town
630 North Riverfront Drive
Opens at 9:00a.m.

Third Christmas is nearly here!  Record Store Day has become an epic tradition for music geeks and collectors, and it couldn't be contained to once a year.  Work off your Turkey Day indulgence by power grabbing some amazing RSD exclusives and your favorite Mom and Pop Record Shop!  Independent Record Stores all over the country will have a bunch of new releases that will only be available at their locations, and many of these releases are very limited release.  You snooze, you lose, music geeks!  CHECK OUT THE LIST OF RELEASES!

Tune Town is the Mankato connection for Record Store Day.  It's a great local store run by a great local guy, and stores like Tune Town need to be supported.  Life without a record store sounds horrible, and that's why we'll be busting down the door at nine a.m. to binge buy new vinyl.  Big thanks to Carl for always bringing the awesome to RSD

We'll see you at Tune Town!

Sunday, November 22, 2015


Here's something super cool!  Somebody amazing shot some footage of TMBG at their show in Portland, Maine, on Thursday night, and John Flansburgh talks about KMSU in it!  Thanks for posting this on the interwebs, nbptrunnergirl!

Is it weird that after playing They Might Be Giants for a full day that we still want to play even more They Might Be Giants?


Friday, November 20, 2015


Man, we're really wiped out after playing They Might Be Giants for eleven hours yesterday!  Thanks to everybody that requested music yesterday, and thanks to folks across the country (and world) for allowing us to get all fifty states represented in the playlist.  That was pretty cool, and John Flansburgh was pretty excited about that.  Next we need to get folks from EVERY CONTINENT!

Here's the big map filled with pins.  It's tough to see the heads against the map, but if you zoom in they should be visible.

And now back to the show!

Thursday, November 19, 2015



Ten hours of They Might Be Playing They Might Be Giants is already behind us, having gone by in a flash! We were so busy that I only left my chair twice that entire time. Emails, texts and calls were coming in fast and furious - and we love it.

various TMBG big heads on the map from your requests

Our Day Sponsor for James Ensor Death Day, Tom and Chantill

Minnesota TMBG requesters are in the house, and Tim's beautiful map making skills

Our goal for this day, other than playing as much They Might Be Giants as humanly possible on the radio, was to hear from as many listeners as we could. We hoped to get a request from all 50 States, and as of 4 p.m. we have heard from 48 of them! All we have left is Arkansas and Vermont.

If you are from one of the remaining States, please don't hesitate to contact us with your request. You can call or text us at (507) 389 - 5678 or email them to us at We will be back on the air from 6 to 7 pm for one last hour, and John Flansburgh, who joined us twice today already on the air, said he will check in with us once again. Don't miss the final hour of They Might Be Giants Shuffle Functioneers - tune in or listen on-line at

UPDATE!!!   UPDATE!!!WE JUST GOT A REQUEST IN FROM ARKANSAS!! Now all we need to hear from is Vermont. Hey Vermont! Where are you guys?!!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

HEY USA! We are talking to you TMBG fans!

This Thursday November 19th we celebrate the life of James Ensor (Belgium's famous painter) by playing They Might Be Giants all day long on KMSU. All of the festivities are courtesy of Tom and Chantill, our KMSU Day Sponsors. As we have previously mentioned, we heard from a bunch of They Might Be Giants fans last year when we did this for the first time. But here's the thing, This year Shyboy Tim and I would love to top that.

It is our goal to receive a They Might Be Giants 
request from every 
single state in the United States. 

I think we can totally do this but we need 
your help Shuffle Functioneers. 


Listeners can also text their 
They Might Be Giants requests to (507) 389 - 5678.

Requests can also be emailed to us at

Share this post with your music geek besties! Post it on your Facebook page. Join the event page here  or go to this link for more information on the tumblers. Tweet the news across the land. Snap Chat the hell out of it or use a crazy filter on Instagram to let the people know. We want your They Might Be Giants requests at KMSU. There will be a map of the United States hanging in the studio and we will stick a pin with a TMBG big head into every state we receive a request from. Hopefully, by the end of the day we will have a full map! Last but not least, feel free to request as many songs as you like - it is too hard to pick just one favorite by this amazing band!

See you Thursday -