Saturday, July 04, 2015

Who is KMSU?

We have had a couple of busy weeks on the Shuffle Function morning show, and we couldn't be happier! There have been some Program Director's for the Day (PD4Day), some Day Sponsors, and even a band. KMSU listeners are the best - and the opportunity to share the airwaves with some of you is always a treat. We look forward to seeing more of you soon - and if you have not yet signed up for your Program Director or Day Sponsor, drop us an email at .

So here are some of your fellow listeners Radio Heroes!

Lee and Will - Program Directors

Mark and guest Gully - Program Director

Regis, Teresa and DJ Lil' Miss - Program Directors and members of the Mankato Chapter of Michael MimMcDonald Society of Silver Fox Impersonators.

Tom and Chantill on Lovin' Day - celebrating their anniversary AND their tenth year of being Program Directors for the Day!

Shyboy Tim with his niece Mary who was a first time Program Director!

Bee Balm Fields joined us in the studio to premiere some new music.

Zoltan (only known photo) was our Day Sponsor July 2nd to celebrate the first concert by The Replacements in 1980!

Sunday, June 28, 2015


FROM THE 'THIS IS REALLY COOL' DEPARTMENT:  The Shuffle Function Morning Show has been on the air for almost eleven years, and we've met some great folks in that time.  They come and they go, and every once in a while we'll cross paths with them after some time has passed and get a chance to catch up.  It's pretty cool.

One of the folks we've met is Travis Calvert.  Back in the day we used to call Travis 'Ram'.  I'm not entirely sure why at this point, but my gut tells me it has something to do with Harvey Sid Fisher.  Travis has had an extraordinary opportunity recently, and my gut tells me that you guys will really love it.  He entered a contest run by Jameson Whiskey to write and direct a short film.  Three finalists were chosen to make their film, which would star Adrien Brody and be produced by Kevin Spacey's Trigger Street Productions.  As luck would have it, Travis was one of the three finalists.

One of the great things about Facebook (hint: it's not selfies) is that sometimes you're able to hear about really amazing things that happen in people's lives, and Travis was kind enough to share bits and pieces of his experience making the film.  It has been interesting, and FINALLY the world has the opportunity to see what he came up with.

Travis' film is called The Library Book, and it takes place in a small library that is going to close because it has lost funding.  I don't want to tell you any more than that, because what happens in this film is pretty wonderful.  In a world that is all ME ME ME, Travis' film makes you really want more US. 

The film had its big premiere just last week and now it's on YouTube for us to watch and share.  I hope you guys like it.  Travis dun good, right?


FUN FACT:  The song heard at the end of the film is by Mankatoan Dave Begalka!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015


About a week ago I posted about the strange and reassuring game Chris Gethard Hug Out, and already I'm writing more about Chris and his crazy awesome show.  Episode 3 just went live on the Fusion website, and it's a total blast.  In this episode, Chris and several other folks from the show went for 36 hours without sleep and then taped their show.  As a morning show host and radio marathon veteran, this is something that speaks to me.  Seth Meyer is the guest, and he's incredibly supportive, particularly when delivering monologue jokes that Chris wrote in his sleep deprived state.

There's so much in this episode that captures what I've always loved about The Chris Gethard Show.  It has humor, anarchy, and a ton of heart.  I really love this show, and I hope you guys will like it, too.  My guess is that this will be the episode that makes you fall in love or drives you away forever.


Tuesday, June 23, 2015


Saturday, June 27th @ 7:00pm
Wiecking 220 Auditorium
on the campus of Minnesota State University, Mankato

The June Grind-Fu double bill is weird, gruesome, in poor taste, and hilarious.  It features films of varying budgets and qualities, but both titles are wildly entertaining.  Let's explore, shall we?

The Undertaker and His Pals (1966)
Directed by T.L.P. Swicegood

This film was one of the first wave of full-on gore films that was kicked off by Herschell Gordon Lewis' Blood Feast.  There's loads of gore, a very low budget, and all kinds of super dark humor.  We screened The Undertaker and His Pals a few years ago, and it was an unexpected hit.  It's such an ideal Grind-Fu Cinema film.  Here's the trailer for it.  Apparently they inserted medical footage into it for sensationalism, but none of that made the final cut.  ENJOY!

This is a film that plays to its strengths, and most of those are its total and complete lack of strengths in areas usually associated with a quality film.  The Undertaker and His Pals is "an expose of THE YOUNGER GENERATION!  That SICK generation!" Now how much would you pay?  If there answer is nothing, then you are in luck!


Drive-In Massacre (1977)
Directed by Stu Segall

There was a wave of change sweeping over the home video rental market as VHS tapes began to be replaced by DVDs.  Many of the rental shops either went out of business or they gradually replaced their tapes with discs.  Entrepreneurs would snatch up the phased out stock and make a mint selling them at pop up sales that would move from town to town.

The great thing about these video sales is that you would often find really obscure and weird stuff that was rushed out to cash in on the blossoming rental market.  Many times these were movies of questionable quality and exceptionally limited release, so for movie geeks these sales were a chance to find films you had only ever read about.  The prices were reasonable enough that you could afford to pick up some lurid looking horror film for a few bucks and, if you were lucky, the movie would be just as bad as the cover art promised.

It was at one of these sales that Shyboy Tim picked up his first copy of Drive-In Massacre, and the filmed lived up to all the hopes and dreams that the box provided.  Drive-In Massacre is a TERRIBLE film, with TERRIBLE acting, and a TERRIBLE script that has been offered no favors by the TERRIBLE directing.  This is a TERRIBLE film.  This perfect storm of shortcomings, however, resulted in an amazing movie.

If we're to be completely honest with you, Drive-In Massacre is a movie that you will either love or hate.  We know of one person that screened it for someone and they became enraged that they had just surrendered an hour and a half of their life to a film like this.  Don't let that stop you, though.  Shyboy Tim really loves this movie, and it's so supremely cheesy that the gang at Grind-Fu can't help but think it will go over like gang busters.  Consider this a promise or a dare.

Join us on Saturday, June 27th at 7:00pm for a double bill of truly crazy movies.  Bring your friends, snacks and sodas, and a willingness to have a great time.  Grind-Fu audiences are the best, too.  They're in it to have fun and love movies, so if that sounds like you then you'll be in good company.  Grind-Fu Cinema is also FREE, so we've got you covered.

I'm the new boy in town!  Where can I go?

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Congratulations to Dave and Round Bale Recordings!

Free Press photo by John Cross
If you tuned in to KMSU during the Spring Pledge Drive's Record Party then you heard the world premiere of Round Bale Recordings first vinyl release by Tilth. Dave Perron of Free Form Freakout is pictured above holding this album - the first on his new record label. That is a pretty cool sentence to write - he is holding his first album. A big Congratulations! to you Dave. His hard work is detailed in an article in yesterday's Free Press. You can read it here in case you missed it. One of the many things I've come to love about KMSU over the years is getting to know all of the various radio show hosts, and exchanging opinions and suggestions with them. Dave's ear  is always exploring the music scene, and we have all been fortunate enough to hear what he's found. Be sure to congratulate him when you see him out and about, and REALLY be sure to support Round Bale Recordings. You can pick up a copy of Tilth's "Country Music" at Tune Town, I suggest the first lazy day you get, drop the needle on this album, sit back, and see where it takes you. And Dave - order a pizza, go for a swim in the pool and celebrate!


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Friday, June 19, 2015


Today is the birthday of Nick Drake.  We just devoted the entire morning show to his music, and I feel like I should keep the momentum going.  Listening to Nick Drake is a personal experience, and I think his music means different things to different people.  It's not the type of music that one can be passive about. 

Nick's music is so timeless.  Maybe it's because generations of musicians after him have been desperately trying to capture the magic in his songs, but the music doesn't feel dated.  There's really nothing like it.  Nick Drake music is Nick Drake music, and anything else is just a tribute.

I have a couple of videos here for you to check out.  The first one is "A Skin Too Few", a great documentary about Nick's life and music.  It features interviews with key players in his life, including his sister Gabrielle.  It's a great watch.  The second video is Joe Boyd talking about the "Five Leaves Left" album.  He gets into what it was like in the studio with Nick and how the album was recorded.  Oh to be a fly on the wall during those sessions...


Thursday, June 18, 2015


The title of this post is a bit misleading, I suppose.  The ACTUAL Paul McCartney would have turned 73 today, had it not been for that tragic day in November all those years ago.  Fake Paul (aka Faul aka William Campbell) will mark 49 years as Paul McCartney on November 9th.  To simplify matters I'm just going to say that Paul IS turning 73 today, and you can go about scoffing or debunking or whatever you plan to do to mark the occasion.

Anyway, all the Pauls made some pretty great music over the years, be it with The Beatles, William Campbell and Wings, or as a solo artist.  I've collected some of my favorites in this blog post.  Feel free to request whatever you want from Paul during the morning show today.  Even Temporary bloody Secretary.