Thursday, July 24, 2014

SHARKTOPUS vs PTERACUDA IS COMING!


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
5pm/4c: Dinoshark
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
3pm/2c: Dinoshark
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
7pm/6c: Sharknado
9pm/8c: Sharknado 2: The Second One
11pm/10c: Sharknado 2: The Second One
1am/12c: Sharknado
3am/2c: Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus

Saturday, August 2

9am/8c: 2-Headed Shark Attack
11am/10c: Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark
1pm/12c: Dinoshark
3pm/2c: Sharktopus
5pm/4c: Sharknado
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.

Shyboy

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

DORA HALL: A CAREER HARD BOUGHT


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.

Shyboy


BONUS: A really bad medley from Dora's Once Upon A Tour!

GRIND-FU BRINGS THE 3D GRAVY THIS SATURDAY!


Grind-Fu Cinema presents
a 3D double feature!
THE MASK (1961)
and
CREATURE FROM
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?




Tuesday, July 22, 2014

WIN COOL COMIC STUFF ON WEDNESDAY!


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!  Because there are some DC related events happening this week at the Mankato B&N, Shuffle Function is able to give away some great collectible DC statues to two luck listeners!


We have these two Justice League figures to give away on Wednesday's show!  They're manufactured by Kotobukiya, who manufacture insanely detailed, high quality collectibles.  Each of these things has a street value of about $50, so this aint chump change we're talking about!  Check out the detail:


The original packaging is intact, so that's one less thing to worry about, fellow nerds!  You could be taking Flash or Aquaman home with you, so listen Wednesday morning for your chance to win!

THE TECHNICALITIES:
  • 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.
We'll give all the details for winning on Wednesday morning, so tune in!

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:
  • Wednesday, July 23rd, there will be free issues of Batman Detective Comics #27 available at stores for Batman Day.
  • Thursday, July 24th, there will be an EXTREMELY limited number of exclusive Funko collectibles available in B&N stores.  The only other place these figures will be available will be at the San Diego Comicon, so we're talking rare.  These are limited to one per customer.
  • For the DC and Marvel events there will be even more amazing collectible giveaways.  Honestly, I'm amazed at the quality of stuff that the store has available for these days.  Really nice stuff.
All the events at the Mankato store are available HERE!

Oh yeah, if you miss out on the DC stuff on Wendnesday, you'll have another chance to win on August 1st, when we have some amazing Marvel collectibles to give away.

Thanks for listening, you guys!

Shyboy

THIS MORNING'S NUMERO ORGY IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY KMSU


Monday, July 21, 2014

TEN YEARS OF RADIO AND NOT ENOUGH SLEEP


This Saturday marks the 10th anniversary of the Shuffle Function Morning Show.  It doesn't seem that long, to be honest.  These precious hours that we get on the air each morning are the best hours of our day, which either says something about how much fun we have or how we need to re-evaluate our lives.  Still, we're incredibly grateful for the opportunity we've been given by KMSU, and we're grateful to the listeners of KMSU for being so kind and generous to the station.  This is a wonderful community, and KMSU listeners are the best in the world.

We're doing a bunch of different stuff this week to mark the big landmark.  Basically, we're indulging a bunch of our obsessions.  Three of them we've spent a lot of time dealing with on the show, and one we've always talked about indulging but are only just getting around to now.  In any case, we hope you guys will tune in and help us celebrate the big one-oh.


Tuesday we're gonna be diving into the amazing world of Numero Records.  Shyboy Tim has been a Numero obsessive ever since he picked up his first collection from them at Tune Town in Mankato. Since then it has gone into overdrive, and he's gone so far as to actually subscribe to the label so he doesn't miss out on any of the new releases!  He has a problem, and now we all get to listen to it this Tuesday, July 22nd.


On Wednesday, July 23rd, we're digging into a world we've never explored before on the show.  It has long been a dream of ours to do a show featuring the weird world of soundalike albums.  These are collections of popular songs that were offered at a discount rate, and that's because the songs were not performed by the original artists.  There are a few band names that pop up regularly on these albums, but there are never any notes regarding the personnel of the bands.  Most likely they're a bunch of random studio gunslingers thrown together for a quick buck and then they never saw each other again.  We have no idea.

We've always wanted to do a show around these albums, but we wanted to include interviews with people that participated in the sessions.  Unfortunately, there's pretty much no information out there about any of these records.  It's doubtful that the record labels even kept information on them.  It's a big dead end.

Anyway, Shelley just had that big record haul from Iowa, and a bunch of the records were these strange soundalikes we've been interested in.  So Wednesday we're going to feature nothing but soundalikes.  Should be interesting/weird.  In any case, you should sing along.


From day one on Shuffle Function we've been featuring amazing Outsider musicians.  Sometimes they're funny, sometimes they're genius or sad, but they're always genuine and always amazing.  Thursday, July 24th we've be playing nothing but Outsider musicians.  We're excited for this because we know you guys have your favorites, and you'll be requesting them!  KMSU has listeners that love Outsider musicians, and that's a beautiful thing.


In honor of our tenth anniversary we're wheeling out one of our favorite radio creations.  Normally we only play this on Halloween and during the 24 hour Marathon, but on Friday, July 25th, we're playing THREE HOURS of Shuffle Function Radio Roulette!  Radio Roulette is one of our proudest creations, and we know that you guys love it, too.  We're drawing numbers, rolling dice, and flipping coins to determine your radio destiny!  Call in and pick a number!  It's gonna be fun and hopefully merciful, so tune in!

And don't forget, Grind-Fu Cinema is this Saturday night, on the actual tenth anniversary of the Morning Show!  Join us for a free double feature!  CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS!

Thanks for everything, you guys!  KMSU listeners are the best.

Shyboy Tim and Shelley


Sunday, July 20, 2014

digging for vinyl


After a hectic work week I found myself itching to jump in the car and hit the open road. You know how it is right? Awhile back Guse, host of Embrace The Sound, told me about an amazing record store packed to the gills with used vinyl in Counsel Bluffs Iowa. I looked at a map, consulted the on-lines and thought "this could work". My destination - Kanesville Kollectibles. Their website states they have over 750,000 used records on hand (although the owner later admitted to me that there is now over a million), as well as comic books and book books. I found some articles and a few pictures on-line, but I intentionally didn't dig to deep. I wanted to open the front door and not really know what to expect, and I spent my drive time dreaming about what treasures I might come across in the vinyl bins.


They opened the doors at 10 a.m. and I was there, and right from the get-go I was simply overwhelmed. I was in over my head, but that was exactly what I hoped would happen. There are those who want their used record stores nice and neatly organized. And then there are those who don't mind getting their hands dirty and digging into pile after pile of random records. Kanesville Kollectibles is definitely a record store for the digger. The first floor is organized to some extent, that is there is a wall or two of rock, a section for jazz, country, you get the picture. But even then there are little paths that snake through the store, walls covered with the rare vinyl albums you never see up close in person and comic book eye candy for days. Like I said, it was overwhelming to say the least. After I'd been there a bit I found myself in a section with quite a few K-Tel albums. I grew excited at the possibility of adding some new K-tels to the collection, when one of the owners came over to chat. I asked him if there were any more K-Tels around and he said "You haven't been upstairs yet have you?". Someone an aisle over started laughing and chimed in, "I can tell you exactlty where they are," pointing to the corner above his head "they are in that room all along the wall". It was then that the owner told me that everything upstairs was a buck a piece. "Come on up, I'll give you a tour".


This is what you find at the top of the steps.  


And then this.


And more.

If there was a flat space somewhere, there was going to be a pile of records on it. There was a room dedicated to easy listening and jazz vocalists. A room for 45 records.  Another for folk. Another for rock. And in every nook and cranny a box of vinyl, or a record player, or reel to reel tape. It was then that I knew what I had to do. I had to settle on one thing and one thing only. There was just too much to try and see in one trip. I couldn't take it all in unless I focused, and so I choose to look for K-Tels. Here is the corner that I spent about three hours in. Not all of it was K-tel, but a lot of it was.



The upstairs is not air conditioned and so it was very warm up there. Another shopper told me it was better than digging in the winter because eventually you can't feel your fingers. But this is where I found five new records to add to the K-tel collection. That might not sound like much, but when you have as many of them as I do it is really difficult to find new ones. It made my day! I also found a copy of Ken Nordine's Word Jazz album that made me gasp out loud. All in all I came home with a big box of records, and spent five hours thinking of absolutely nothing other than the album in front of me. This kind of record digging leaves you tired and exhausted at the end of the day, but it is oh so much fun while it lasts!


If you are looking for a weekend get-away I would highly recommend you go to Kanesville Kollectibles. The folks behind the counter, and the other shoppers are really friendly and can help point you in the right direction. You can find out more at their website here. I will be spinning some of the new finds this week on the morning show, and I picked up so many Pickwick Super Hits compilations that we might tear into them as well at some point this week. So hold on to your Sound-A-Like horses for that show!

Oh - and a big thanks to Guse for the tip on Kanesville Kollectibles.

Shelley

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BEATIFICS


I urge you to memorize the above photo and then when you see it on the cover of your new favorite CD in the 'B' section of the used bin you'll know it on sight.  This is one of the best albums you've probably never heard, and on top of that it's one of my favorite albums of all time.  No freakin' lie:  The Beatifics' How I Learned To Stop Worrying is required listening.  Power Pop to the max.

It was pure chance that I heard The Beatifics in the first place.  I worked with the sister of Beatifics main brain Chris Dorn at Barnes & Noble, and one day in 1996 she asked me if I would want to hear her brother's new album.  Anybody who has ever heard these words before knows that the outcome isn't guaranteed to be a good one, but I thought I would be friendly and give it a listen.  At the very least I'd have a new coaster.

The album she gave me was How I Learned To Stop Worrying, and from the first drum beat to the hidden track at the end I was hooked.  The songs were REALLY good.  Poppy, great hooks, and fantastic musicianship through and through.  I was singing rhapsodies when I reported back to my co-worker that I was bowled over.  My exact words to her were "I want to glue my CD player shut with this album in it so I'm forced to listen to it forever." 

There was a review in Goldmine at the time for it and the reviewer said that Chris Dorn could sing the phone book and it would be great.  See, to me, that isn't even hyperbole.  That's flat out truth.  I was a dedicated fanboy from the first listen, and set out to get everything I could find from them.  Over the years they put out a second album, The Way We Never Were, an EP, one lonely single, and a cover on a Bubblegum covers collection.  The main problem with that list is that it's too short.  I need to hear more.



I only saw The Beatifics live twice.  The first time was in Mankato at The What's Up.  It was a co-worker's birthday and she couldn't have cared less about the band.  She had a headache and really didn't want to be there.  The band showed up ridiculously late because they were at a Matthew Sweet concert, but in the brief amount of time they played they were amazing.  I'm still in awe of their cover of Let's Do Something Cheap and Superficial.

The second time was a total accident.  Shelley and I were in the cities, probably to see a movie or go record shopping or something.  I don't remember the reason.  We were in the uptown area and just happened to see that The Beatifics were playing that night at the legendary Uptown bar.  We hightailed it over there and, again, they were amazing.  This night was memorable also because it was the first time I was ever hit on by a guy, and he kept flashing me his old Rev 105 t-shirt that he was wearing.  But what a great show.

The band doesn't seem to play much anymore.  Every once and a while I'll do a search and find out they played somewhere four months earlier, such is my luck.  It was during one of these searches that I discovered the release of a NEW Beatifics song last year.  Their first release in ELEVEN YEARS.  In what world is that kind of delay just?  Their song was just one of many from a Twin Cities roll call of glory compilation to benefit a beloved figure in the music community.  The new song is a demo from who knows when, and it makes me wonder just how many more of these things are out there?

THIS IS A PUBLIC URGING TO CHRIS DORN TO RELEASE MORE MUSIC!  Hell, if you don't want to bother putting songs out digitally or on a physical format you could just send them our way and we would play the hell out of them on our radio show!  We're big Beatifics fans, and we preach the gospel of your music regularly.  I mean, we're lucky to have the recordings that are out there now.  You're a music fan, though.  You know what it's like to love a band and wish you had more, right?  That's all this is.  Full on fandom.  END OF PUBLIC URGING.

But seriously, you guys should hunt down their first album.  You'll instantly fall in love.

Shyboy



"Fun nite at the Hex, 24 bands playing 7 minute sets. Local favorites, The Beatifics, fit nine songs into their 7 minute medley!!"

BOB AND BOB AND TOMMY AND CRAIG AND LORI AND LIZZO: THE TWIN CITIES RULE!


Jeez, do you guys realize that The Replacements are playing in two months?  JEEZ.  I hadn't realized just how close it was getting until I saw this video making the rounds on Facebook.  It features some Twin Cities heavy hitters talking about Minneapolis and St Paul and all the amazing music and adventures that they have experienced.  The entire thing weighs in at just over nine minutes, but they cram a ton of great stuff into those nine minutes.

Favorite things:
  • Bob Mould visiting the old Northern Lights location where Husker Du used to rehearse, and not being recognized at all by the folks that work in the hair salon that's there now.
  • Tommy Stinson reflecting on how he owes everything to his brother Bob forcing him to play bass.
  • Craig Finn talking about how the two Replacements shows he saw with Bob Stinson playing were tow of the greatest live shows he ever saw, and he's standing by the Bob Stinson memorial bench during the interview.
  • Lori Barbero tearing up over Johnny Thunders.
Basically, the whole thing is my favorite thing.  Get ready to geek out, and then plunk down some coin for anything that came out of Minneapolis in 1984.


Bonus video:  Tommy Stinson visits his old house (aka the Let It Be house)

Friday, July 11, 2014

JULY GRIND-FU IS COMING RIGHT AT YOU!


Grind-Fu Cinema presents
a 3D double feature!
 
THE MASK (1961)
and
CREATURE FROM
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?




WHERE THE H3LL ARE MY PREMIUMS?!!


We've gotten word from a few listeners that their premiums were either non-existent or were wrong.  This is horrifying news to us.  We work really hard to make sure all premium fulfillment goes flawlessly, but this year the station had a few inexperienced folks take over and it didn't go so well.  Sad KMSU is sorry.

If you are one of the wonderful listeners that had something go horribly wrong with their premium, please let us know.  Give us as many details as you can, as well as your mailing info, and we'll get right on it.  You can call or text us at 389-5678 or call us at 1-800-456-7810, or drop us an e-mail at shufflefunction@hotmail.com.

Again, sorry.

OH!  If you pledged to be a program director for the day and you haven't gotten back to us with your date that you would like to come on the show, please do so now!  We're really looking forward to having you join us, so don't waste any time.  You wanna be on the radio, and we want to make it happen.

Thanks again, sorry again.