Sunday, May 29, 2016

Monday is all about the Jazz on KMSU


We often groan when he calls to request Temporary Secretary, but Radio Hero Nikko is our KMSU Day Sponsor tomorrow, and he has asked us to play jazz all day. I can't be more excited about this - in fact I just packed up way too many records to play during the morning show. The morning show hasn't even begun and I am already feeling the crunch time! It is going to be a great day, and we sure hope you will be able to listen in as much of the day as you can.


We will also be featuring music from Sun Ra, who passed away on May 30, 1993. If you have never had the opportunity to tune in early during the Shuffle Function 24 Hour Pledge Drive A-Go-Go to hear the Sunrise With Sun Ra show, then be sure to listen in tomorrow. This is going to be a blast!

Shelley

Friday, May 27, 2016

and your Smash Hit Song of the Summer for 2016 is...........

drum roll please


                    

 THE WINNER IS


THE MONKEES - YOU BRING THE SUMMER



SHSOTS CONTENDER 1: THE MONKEES - YOU BRING THE SUMMER
  


 Thanks for your votes Shuffle Functioneers!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Your VOTE Counts!


Time is running out to vote for the Smash Hit Song of the Summer!

Your opportunity to vote ends at 8:45 a.m. on Friday morning. After that we will have a Smash Hit Song of the Summer for 2016. Have you had a chance to listen to them yet? Here they are -

THE 2016 SMASH HIT SONG
OF THE SUMMER CONTENDERS!

SHSOTS CONTENDER 1: THE MONKEES - YOU BRING THE SUMMER



SHSOTS CONTENDER 2: TOUGH AGE - 50 GIRLS 50



SHSOTS CONTENDER 3: FRANK SINATRA - EVERYBODY'S TWISTIN'



SHSOTS CONTENDER 4: BABY JESUS - YOU MAKE ME FRY



Which one sounds like your Summer soundtrack?  Vote now!  There are several ways you can do this:

1) Send an e-mail to shufflefunction@hotmail.com.
2) Send a text to 507-389-5678 during the morning show.
3) Leave a comment on the Shuffle Function Facebook.
4) Call us during the morning show at 507-389-5678 or 1-800-456-7810.
5) Leave a comment on this blog post.

One vote per listener, one song per listener.  Just like a real live election, you cannot place multiple votes! Another thing the SHSOTS campaign has in common with real elections is that there might not be a single candidate you want to vote for, which is fine.  It's just for fun.  You need to vote if you want your favorite song to win, though, so please do so!


Saturday, May 21, 2016

SHUFFLE FUNCTION CELEBRATES MORRISSEY'S BIRTHDAY ON MONDAY!


Morrissey turns 57 on Sunday, so Shuffle Function is going to be nerding it up BIG TIME to celebrate!  Shelley will be joined by Minnesota literary gem Rachael Hanel, author of We'll Be the Last Ones To Let You Down, for a three hour geek out on their musical boyfriend.  You'l hear loads of solo Morrissey and The Smiths, and you should feel free to request your favorites during the show.  It's gonna be tons of fun!

What should you expect when these two get in the room and get all Morrissey?  Well, it will probably resemble this, though both of them would admit they get nowhere near the level that Chris Gethard and Thomas Lennon exhibit in this video.  Gethard and Lennon get pretty intense during their discussion, and they really show how close to obsession people can get with their favorite artist.  It's pretty fun to watch.

 

MORRISSEY'S BIRTHDAY!
Monday, May 23rd from 6 to 9 a.m CST
KMSU 89.7fm/KMSK 91.3fm/kmsu.org




SEE JOHN CALE (AND FRIENDS) PERFORM THE FIRST VU ALBUM LIVE (or "I could listen to him say Lou all day long...")


A little over a month ago, John Cale performed the first Velvet Underground album in its entirety at La Pihamonie in Paris.  It's one of those gigs that you know will never happen anywhere near you, and you just have to take it on faith that it was amazing... UNTIL NOW!

Cale just posted a link to a great film of the performance.  He performs the first album, plus several other Velvet Underground songs, with special guests like The Libertines and Animal Collective.  It's a pretty riveting performance, and I could listen to John Cale's voice forever.  Now he just needs to come within a day of Mankato again, and then MAYBE I'll get a chance to see him.

There's no embed code, so click HERE to see the show!

Shyboy

Friday, May 20, 2016

THE 2016 SMASH HIT SONG OF THE SUMMER CONTENDERS!


WOW.  We started asking you for song suggestions that could possibly be a Smash Hit Song of the Summer about a month ago, and what we got was an avalanche of really great music.  Honestly, this year has seen the largest number of listener submissions we've ever received.  Furthermore, the songs were all so great that it made the process of narrowing the selection down to a final four exceptionally difficult.  Now, after much hand wringing, heated discussion, and having to play The Allman Brother's Whipping Post AT LEAST four times, we have arrived at the final selections.

THE 2016 SMASH HIT SONG
OF THE SUMMER CONTENDERS!

SHSOTS CONTENDER 1: THE MONKEES - YOU BRING THE SUMMER

SHSOTS CONTENDER 2: TOUGH AGE - 50 GIRLS 50


SHSOTS CONTENDER 3: FRANK SINATRA - EVERYBODY'S TWISTIN'


SHSOTS CONTENDER 4: BABY JESUS - YOU MAKE ME FRY


Which one sounds like your Summer soundtrack?  Vote now!  There are several ways you can do this:

1) Send an e-mail to shufflefunction@hotmail.com.
2) Send a text to 507-389-5678 during the morning show.
3) Leave a comment on the Shuffle Function Facebook.
4) Call us during the morning show at 507-389-5678 or 1-800-456-7810.
5) Leave a comment on this blog post.

One vote per listener, one song per listener.  Just like a real live election, you cannot place multiple votes! Another thing the SHSOTS campaign has in common with real elections is that there might not be a single candidate you want to vote for, which is fine.  It's just for fun.  You need to vote if you want your favorite song to win, though, so please do so!


VOTE FOR YOUR SONG TODAY!  The voting ends at 8:45 AM on Friday, May 27th.  At that point we'll tally up the hash marks and declare the song that the listeners have chosen to be their 2016 Smash Hit Song of the Summer!

Thanks for playing!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

THE ORAL HISTORY OF SHYBOY TIM'S ALL TIME FAVORITE SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE SKETCH


The final sketch of the night on any given Saturday Night Live episode is usually reserved for the weirdest piece of the show.  Usually, it's the one that makes the cast laugh but it falls flat for the audience.  These sketches are called the "Ten-to-one" sketch, because it airs at 10 to 1 in New York.  The ULTIMATE 10 to 1 sketch originally aired in 2009 when Blake Lively guest hosted the show, and it's the sketch that made realize that Will Forte is a comedy god.

"The Potato Chip Sketch" is one of those incredible Saturday Night Live moments that will never make it to a best of DVD, but it will be viewed with reverence by fans of the show.  It may be the weirdest sketch that has ever aired on SNL, and that's saying something.  It's the kind of sketch that makes you wonder "who the hell thought of this?"  Luckily, Mike Ryan at UPROXX is the kind of guy that decided to find the answer to that question.

I'm a sucker for oral histories, and I'm also a sucker for comedy writers breaking down their craft, so 'Potato Chip': The Behind-the-Scenes story of the Weirdest 'SNL' Sketch Ever is the perfect storm for me.  It has stories about an earlier unaired version featuring Taylor Swift (Will Forte: "Taylor Swift was very pro Potato Chip."), tidbits about about the unaired rehearsal version (Forte: "....The dress rehearsal version is probably about two and a half minutes longer."), and the reaction from a very small, but rabid, fan base (Seth Meyers: "But I read [the letter] and it was the most in-depth analysis of why "Potato Chip" was the greatest sketch that had ever been written on 'SNL'.)

You need to read this behind-the-scenes look at my favorite 'SNL' sketch of all time, or at least you do if you like weird comedy.  I'm so glad this article exists, because it gives me one more excuse to post "The Potato Chip Sketch" on the blog.  Happy viewing, nerds!

Shyboy

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

THE DEADLINE FOR SMASH HIT SONG OF THE SUMMER SUBMISSIONS IS FRIDAY!


UPDATE: THE DEADLINE IS FAST APPROACHING!  Get us your Smash Hit Song of the Summer Contenders by Thursday night, because on Friday we're going to narrow the list down to the final four, and then you can begin voting this weekend!  

Is it that time already?  It seems like only yesterday that you guys elected The Heavy Blinkers' Something Clean and True to be your Smash Hit Song of the Summer for 2015!  How about a victory lap for The Heavy Blinkers?



What song would you like as your 2016 Smash Hit Song of the Summer?  We're taking your submissions RIGHT NOW!  We've already received a bunch of fantastic suggestions from KMSU listeners, which is very exciting, and we're looking forward to hearing from you.  Send us your picks for songs you think should be up for SMSOTS2016 and we'll give them a listen.  By the end of May we'll have the pile narrowed down to the final few, and then you guys can vote for the one you think best fits the title of Smash Hit Song of the Summer.

Remember, this election is very serious and should be taken way more seriously than reason would suggest.  There's at least a 50% chance that the winning title will play a pivotal role in the 2016 Presidential Election.  Choose wisely, radio heroes.  The fate of civilization is riding on this.

Send your suggestions to shufflefunction@hotmail.com, or text them to 507-389-5678.  Call us during the morning show at 507-389-5678 or 1-800-456-7810.  Just let us know what you think has a shot.  We hope you guys have as much fun with this as we do!

Here are some previous SHSOTS title holders, just in case you're wondering what has qualified for this exalted position in years past.

SHSOTS 2015

SHSOTS 2014


SHSOTS 2013


SHSOTS 2012


SHSOTS 2011


SHSOTS 2010


SHSOTS 2009


SHSOTS 2008