Sunday, May 24, 2015


It's that time again!  We've picked the contenders for Smash Hit Song of the Summer 2015!  It was exceptionally difficult because folks sent us some pretty great suggestions, but after many tears and a disturbing amount of arm wrestling we've narrowed them all down to the final four.  They're pretty good.

Starting Monday, May 25th, you can begin voting for the song you think deserves the SHSOTS crown.  We'll be playing them all week long, so listen for them and see what you think.  You'll also find the songs in this post so you can follow up and give them a listen at your leisure.  Honestly, any of the four could very easily become the soundtrack of your 2015 Summer.

HOW DO YOU VOTE?  It's crazy how many options you have for voting.  You don't even have to present an ID and a utility bill to do it.  You just need to love music, and then take advantage of one of these options:
  1. Call 507-389-5678 or 1-800-456-7810 and use your face mouth to tell us in our head ear via the talk phone.
  2. Text to 507-389-5678 and let Mancamp the Hamster relay your message.
  3. E-mail us at
  4. Leave a comment on this blog post. No Anonymous votes, please!
  5. Leave a comment on the Shuffle Function Facebook page.
There are many options.  Remember, if you don't vote for Smash Hit Song of the Summer you'll get the song you deserve!  At the end of the show on Friday, May 29th we'll declare the winner.  GET VOTIN', FOLKS!

Let's now take a moment and give Rachel Brooke's A Killer's Dream, our SHSOTS of 2014, a victory lap!  You dun gud, Rachel!

Here are the contenders for Smash Hit Song of the Summer 2015!

Thursday, May 21, 2015


Bob Dylan's birthday is on Sunday, but since we're not on the air we're going to play all Dylan on this Friday morning's show!  Diane has done her annual day sponsorship, and that means you'll be hearing Bob played throughout the day on KMSU.  We're going to be playing nothing but Bob (no covers) and we're open to your requests.  Days like this are great because people have a wide range of Dylan favorites, and inevitably folks ask to hear some fantastic deep cuts that don't get lots of airplay.  Call 507-389-5678 or 1-800-456-7810 or drop us an e-mail at and we'll see what we can do for you!

Here's something to get you psyched up for tomorrow.  A few days ago posted a story about Dylan's first appearance on Late Night with David Letterman thirty years ago.  Bob was accompanied by members of The Plugz, and the sound they produced was raw and rocking.  It reminds me of those early electric performances.  Anyway, READ THE STORY and then watch these clips.  There's even rehearsal footage!




MAY 21st, 2010 = BEST. NIGHT. EVER.

It's hard to believe, but today is the fifth anniversary of KMSU Listener Appreciation Show featuring The Legendary Stardust Cowboy and The Fleshtones.  Hard to believe both because it seems impossible that so much time has passed, and also because HOW DID BOTH THESE BANDS END UP IN MANKATO?!!  This was, without exaggeration, one of the greatest nights live music Mankato has ever seen.  If you were there then you know that this is fact, and if you weren't there you are probably wondering how you missed these titans playing right here in river city.

In honor of this important anniversary, we're posting audio of the entire Legendary Stardust Cowboy show as it was heard that evening at the late great Red Sky Lounge.  The photos accompanying the audio document Ledge's visit from the airport, the morning show, Happy Chef, the stage, and post show chaos.  It was one hell of a night, you guys.

Hope you all enjoy this. Thanks for being the best listeners a radio station could ever have.


Tuesday, May 19, 2015


For people of a certain age (and their children and their grandchildren) the original Star Wars trilogy is sacred.  The constant "enhancement" that George Lucas has inflicted on them has been torturous, and the prequels did nothing other than destroy the integrity of a beloved movie franchise.

This is well travelled territory.

Star Wars fans have been begging for a bluray release of the original versions of episodes 4,5 and 6 for decades, only to hear that they don't exist anymore, or that it would be too costly to restore them.  Sometimes, though, it takes a fan to give the people what they want.  A person that goes by the name of Harmy has mounted a massive project of restoring A New Hope to its original glorious form, and all the reviews of it have been ecstatic.

What's the big deal?  Here's a breakdown of what you get with the "Despecialized Edition", courtesy of

This is a reconstruction of the 1977 theatrical version of STAR WARS. The original shots were painstakingly restored using various sources (listed below) and the film received an extensive shot by shot colour correction based on a fade free 1977 I.B. Technicolor Print.

Version v2.5 offers few more little tweaks to the picture and contains an unprecedented number of audio options, including lossless DTS-HD tracks for the original mixes, an isolated score, four different commentary tracks and dubbing tracks in ten different languages and dialects.


1) STAR WARS Episode IV A New Hope Official Blu-Ray 2011 (Preliminary colour correction by You_Too)

2) STAR WARS 2006 Bonus DVD (sourced from the 1993 Definitive Edition Laser Disc Master - upscales by Dark Jedi, You_Too and Harmy)

3) Star.Wars.Episode.IV.A.New.Hope.1977.720p.HDTV.x264-DON (2004 DVD Version)

4) STAR WARS 1997 Special Edition (Reivax DTV capture)

5) Custom mattes, 35mm and 70mm film cell scans etc.

6) Team Negative1 35mm LPP print scan of the Mos Eisley sequence

7) Puggo Grande (1977 16mm print transfer)

VIDEO: 1280x720p H264 23.976 fps

AUDIO: (Special thanks to hairy_hen and Belbucus)

TRACK  1) 5.1   DTS-HD-MA   [English]        (1977 70mm six track mix)

TRACK  2) 2.0   DTS-HD-MA   [English]        (1977 35mm stereo mix)

TRACK  3) 1.0   DTS-HD-MA   [English]        (1977 35mm mono mix)

TRACK  4) 2.0 Dolby Digital [English]        (1985 Laserdisc mix)

TRACK  5) 2.0 Dolby Digital [English]        (1993 Laserdisc mix)

TRACK  6) 2.0 Dolby Digital [German]         (1978 dub reconstruction)

TRACK  7) 2.0 Dolby Digital [French]         (1977 dub)

TRACK  8) 2.0 Dolby Digital [Spanish]        (1977 Castilian dub)

TRACK  9) 1.0 Dolby Digital [Spanish]        (1980 Latino dub)

TRACK 10) 1.0 Dolby Digital [Portuguese]     (1980s Brazilian dub)

TRACK 11) 2.0 Dolby Digital [Japanese]       (1978 Dub)

TRACK 12) 2.0 Dolby Digital [Italian]        (1977 dub)

TRACK 13) 2.0 Dolby Digital [Polish]         (1995 Voiceover)

TRACK 14) 2.0 Dolby Digital [Czech]          (1992 dub)

TRACK 15) 2.0 Dolby Digital [Hungarian]      (1984 dub)

TRACK 16) 2.0 Dolby Digital [English]        (1993 LD Audio Commentary - silence filled with 1993 LD 2.0)

TRACK 17) 2.0 Dolby Digital [English]        (2004 DVD Audio Commentary - recut to fit this release)

TRACK 18) 2.0 Dolby Digital [English]        (2004 Audio Commentary - recut to fit this release)

TRACK 19) 2.0 Dolby Digital [English]        (2011 BD Archival Interviews Audio Commentary - recut to fit this release)

TRACK 20) 2.0 Dolby Digital [Isolated Score] (Compiled by hairy_hen)

TRACK 21) 2.0 Dolby Digital [English]        (Commentary For Visually Impaired)

SUBTITLES: (Special thanks to CatBus)

English (en)
English SDH (en-sdh)
Mandarin, Simplified (zh-cn)
Mandarin, Traditional (zh-tw)
American Spanish (es-419)
American Spanish Forced (es-419-forced; only with dub)
Castilian Spanish (es-es)
Castilian Spanish Forced (es-es-forced; only with dub)
Arabic (ar)
Russian (ru)
Brazilian Portuguese (pt-br)
Indonesian (id)
Japanese Forced (ja-forced; only with dub)
French (fr)
French Forced (fr-forced; only with dub)
German (de)
German Forced (de-forced; only with dub)
Turkish (tr)
Korean (ko)
Italian (it)
Italian Forced (it-forced; only with dub)
Polish (pl)
Romanian (ro)
Croatian (hr)
Dutch (nl)
Hungarian (hu)
Czech (cs)
Greek (el)
Swedish (sv)
Bulgarian (bg)
Finnish (fi)
Danish (da)
Norwegian (no)

Unverified subtitles (may need significant improvements):
Mandarin (Simplified), American Spanish, Arabic, Russian, Korean, Turkish, Romanian, Croatian, Greek, and Bulgarian.

Pretty crazy, huh?  This is BEYOND what we could ever have expected from official channels.  They did color correction and audio restoration, and the result is what calls "literally one of the most jaw-dropping presentations of classic science fiction I have ever seen. The colors look amazing, details pop off the screen and the overall image quality is so far beyond anything available in an officially sanctioned release that it's nearly laughable."

So what's the problem?  It's not an official release.  It exists only in the murky world of torrents and bootleg video.  Its availability lies entirely on how you feel about such things.  All I know is that I really want to see this thing.  I really really really want to see this thing.

Here's the trailer for the latest version of the "Despecialized Edition".

Pair the "Despecialized Edition" with Star Wars Filmumentary that came out a few years ago and you've got yourself one one hell of a geeky deluxe edition of Episode IV.

@jamieSWB - Star Wars Begins - The Complete Filmumentary from Filmumentaries - Jamie Benning on Vimeo.

What a great way to celebrate Nerd/Geek Pride Day, which we'll be celebrating on Tuesday, May 25th right here on the show!  Tune in as Gretchen, our Program Director for the Day, encourages us all to make our inner geek our outer geek!  It'll be fun, you guys.


Friday, May 15, 2015


It has been almost 20 years since Seinfeld went off the air.  The stars have gone on to varying levels of success or infamy during that time, but folks still love the show.  It's constantly running in syndication, generating jillions of dollars in revenue.  It's perfectly normal to wonder what the gang would be up to today, right?

You've probably seen the Modern Seinfeld Twitter account featured on lots of websites and blogs.  Its creator manages to come up with a 21st century spin on the old familiar dynamic:

If you're one of the people chomping at the bit for an actual new episode, you're still going to have to wait. There is, however, an incredible simulation. A sketch group (I'm assuming it's the Bellvue Upright Citizens Brigade, based on the YouTube account) have created a new episode of Seinfeld featuring some pretty amazing impersonations. It has everything you would want from the show: Self absorbed behavior, Kramer business ideas, observational humor, and zombies. IT'S GOT EVERYTHING, JERRY!

Watch it sooner than later.  Who knows how long it will be up once the lawyers get involved?


The deadline is closing in, you guys! Send us your Smash Hit Song of the Summer contenders TODAY! The deadline is next Friday, May 22nd! We're in the process of reviewing all the songs, and we'll have them narrowed down to a final few for you to choose from.

The polls will be open from Monday, May 25th, through Friday, May 29th. There will be many ways for you to vote:
  • You can send us an e-mail at
  • Call us at 507-389-5678 or 1-800-456-7810
  • Text us at 507-389-5678
  • Leave a comment on the blog post we'll have with the SHSOTS 2015 contenders
  • Leave a comment on the Shuffle Function Facebook page 
There are many options. Remember, if you don't vote for Smash Hit Song of the Summer you'll get the one you deserve!  We'll announce the winner at the end of the show on May 29th, and from that moment on you'll just have to request the Smash Hit Song of the Summer and that's the song we'll play.

Thanks for all the great suggestions!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015


One of the major complaints about the recent explosion of superhero movies is that there aren't enough female heroes represented.  Sure, we get Black Widow in the Avengers movies, but how come all the guys get their stand alone film and she doesn't?  Someday we might actually get that promised Wonder Woman film, but otherwise the film world is pretty sparse with the female superheroes.

Recently, Scarlet Johansson hosted Saturday Night Live, and she did a digital short addressing this problem.  They imagined what it would be like if Black Widow finally got her own feature film.

Pretty funny, right?  But also kind of sad because that's probably exactly what it would be like.  Want proof of this?  Check out the teaser trailer for CBS' new Supergirl TV series.  It's like the SNL bit and this series were separated at birth.

Monday, May 11, 2015


Tuesday I'm going to Rush with Shelley and Scooter Polanski.  This will be the fourth time Scooter and I have seen them, and it will be the first time for Shelley. Rush was the first band I saw on MTV, and they were the first band I saw in concert without parents.  I lost interest in them after Power Windows, but I found my way back to their true path about 20 years later.  Rush kick ass you guys.  Are we gonna see you there?

Anyway, fair warning, Tuesday morning will probably heavy with Rush, and possibly Rush centric after a while.  It'll be a great time for you to submit your Rush requests, so don't be bashful!


BTW, this was the first video I saw on MTV.