Friday, November 28, 2014
Oh my dear sweet lord... how many times have I sworn off The Star Wars Universe, only to be pulled back in? Honestly, I've never hated and resented films as much as I have those prequels, but I'm just spouting sentiment that's overplayed. At this point I think even the most cynical and heartbroken among us has been filled with traces of hope that the saga can be restored to its former glory, now that George "nobody tells me when I'm wrong" Lucas is out of the game. Please let this happen. I can't take more disappointment from these films.
Anyway... I've been waiting all week for the new Star Wars teaser to appear. Since the new films have been announced I've been doing whatever I can to avoid major spoilers, so this trailer is the first I'm really seeing of anything beyond the casting for the film. Having watched it, I gotta say THIS LOOKS FRIGGIN' AWESOME.
Right off the bat we've given signs that something is wrong in the Star Wars universe, and we've given reveals of characters we've never seen before. There's ominous voice over to give us a taste of what's going on, and then... that last shot... oh baby...
AW HELL, THE EMBED DOESN'T SEEM TO BE DOING ANYTHING! Just follow the link on the trailer and let your fanboy/fangirl heart swoon.
Thursday, November 27, 2014
I hope everybody had an excellent Thanksgiving, filled with overeating and hours of Beatles Rock Band! I know I did. The downside for me was that I missed the live stream of the 2014 Mystery Science Theater 3000 Turkey Day Marathon, but luckily it is streaming all weekend long on plutotv.com! HINT: They're showing PUMA MAN! Head over there and tune in to channel 400.
Enjoy, and have a safe and reasonable Black Friday!
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
The Last Waltz occurred on this date in 1976. It was an epic concert featuring The Band in what would be their last performance with the original lineup, along with a who's who of music legends joining them on stage. The day even included ballroom dancing and 5000 Thanksgiving dinners. I don't know what tickets cost, but it seems like folks got their moneys worth.
Last year somebody posted The Last Waltz on YouTube, but not the Martin Scorsese version you're used to. This is the ENTIRE Last Waltz concert, including songs not available anywhere else. Even better, it's the original soundboard recordings, so no overdubs here. It's stunning. We were listening to some of it at the station the other day, and it knocked us out. You even get the full Dylan set (skip to the end of part three). The video is solid, though it is from a single camera at the back of the room. Bill Graham recorded all the shows that he produced, so this is most likely from the Winterland archives.
These guys really knew how to throw a farewell bash.
There have only been a few Velvet Underground reunions over the years. The first was for a performance at an Andy Warhol tribute in France for the Cartier foundation.
This led to the inevitable reunion tour across Europe. I've never been a fan of these performances, and even less so after reading about how tense and messed up the band politics were at this time.
The third reunion occurred after Sterling Morrison died and VU was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They performed the last ever original Velvets song in Sterling's honor.
The final reunion was at the New York Public Library in 2009 to celebrate a very cool book that had just come out called Velvet Underground: New York Art. It's sort of like The Velvet's Beatles Anthology, because it's filled with amazing photos and memorabilia, as well as memories from the band and those around them. Velvet Underground: New York Art is a gorgeous artifact. You could get the standard book, but there was also a limited edition version with a 7" featuring a couple of songs pulled from some of Moe Tucker's acetates. It's pretty cool.
Anyway, David Fricke from Rolling Stone ran a Q&A with Lou Reed, Moe Tucker, and Doug Yule to celebrate the release of the book. They talk about the history of the band and its legacy, and it's also interesting just to see the dynamic between the band members. Right off the bat you can see that Lou defers to Moe, which is interesting. Not even Lou will mess with Moe.
Shelley watched the entire run of The IT Crowd the other day, which prompted me to start watching the show again. I stopped watching after about a minute because of this:
The first face you see is that of Denholm Reynholm, played by Chris Morris. I remember watching the behind the scenes documentaries on the IT Crowd DVDs and hearing Graham Linehan (the show creator) going on about how insanely lucky they were to get Morris on the show, like it was some impossible casting coup or something. For whatever reason, I didn't go about trying to find out who the hell Chris Morris was then, so I took steps to correct that.
One of Chris Morris' first big projects was a show called The Day Today, a fake news program. Fake news can be a tricky proposition, because it can come off as self consciously goofy or over the top. Unless your The Onion you probably should just stay out of the fake news business. Still, I thought I should see what the big deal was about this guy, so I tracked down the episodes on YouTube. Turns out Chris Morris is the real deal. This is funny stuff.
The reason that The Day Today works is because it is presented in a fairly dry fashion. It presents the fake news in a very serious and professional manner, and that lets the humor stand on its own without any self conscious mugging or "nudge-nudge-we're-so-clever" presentation. Plus it's very dark and at times surreal. The fake news should be dark, don't you think? If you're going to poke fun at the real news, it seems like you need to keep the dark in there.
The writing is strong and the cast is filled with faces that will be familiar to folks that watch a lot of British Comedy. The most familiar face for most folks will be that of Steve Coogan, and it was on this show that the world was first introduced to Alan Partridge. I pity you if you don't know Alan Partridge.
The Day Today only ran for one series, but luckily that full series is on YouTube. GOODBYE, BIG CHUNK OF YOUR DAY!
Monday, November 24, 2014
The first poster we ever made for the show!
It's a busy holiday filled week this week, so we have a couple of programming notes for you guys!
We're running an old show on Thursday, because turkey. We'll be rerunning the Shuffle Function Unbound 10th Anniversary Show, featuring our extensive interview with Rick Hartsoe, the guiding light behind Shuffle Function favorites The Dondero A Cappella Choir and Pop Concert Instruments! There's gonna be a lot of great stories and music from his 40 years of working with the choir, and we hope you'll enjoy it.
BLACK FRIDAY RECORD STORE DAY
We're running a new (but pre-recorded) show on Friday the 28th, because sleeping off turkey. Also, it's Black Friday Record Store Day, so Shelley and I have to pay tribute to Tune Town in Mankato. We're not going to be so request friendly, but you can send us requests via firstname.lastname@example.org and we can play them on Monday.
YO LA TENGO TURNS 30
On Tuesday, December 2nd, Yo La Tengo turns 30. They've packed a whole lot of amazingess into those thirty years, and Shelley is going to pay tribute by packing the morning show with three hours of her favorite Yo La Tengo tracks. It's gonna be a great day of radio, you guys!
Sunday, November 23, 2014
Friday, November 21, 2014
RECORD STORE DAY
Friday, November 28th, 2014
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 loose, 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!
Thursday, November 20, 2014
I cannot begin to describe how amazing yesterday's They Might Be Giants Day Sponsorship was for me. First off, I was able to play music by one of my favorite bands on the radio for nearly seven hours. That alone was enough to make me giddy with music geek joy. But then something happened yesterday that I never expected to happen, YOU. Now don't get me wrong - Shyboy Tim and I ask for listener requests nearly every single time we break to talk on the air. But yesterday was different. Rather than receiving 5 or 6 requests during the morning show, we received probably 50 times that! I couldn't possibly have been a happy camper to hear from so many They Might Be Giants fans from all over the United States and the World. By the time I left to head out for my day job that pays for my radio habits, we had heard from over 25 States and listeners from as far away as Canada, the Netherlands, Austria and London. How cool is that?!! As you will see I played almost 120 They Might Be Giants songs yesterday, and if I had to guess I'd say 95% of those are requests. Good job guys and gals - and a big radio hug and thanks go to our day sponsors Tom and Chantill for their wish to dig up James Ensor.
|here is the request sheet I started early on|
1. Meet James Ensor
2. They Might Be Giants
3. Don't Let's Start
5. The Guitar (The Lion Sleeps Tonight)
6. Doctor Worm
7. The Bells Are Ringing
8. Birdhouse In Your Soul
9. Circular Karate Chop
10. Cyclops Rock
11. Sleeping In The Flowers
14. Meet James Ensor
15. Til My Head Falls Off
16. We Wanna Rock
17. James K. Polk
18. (She Thinks She's) Edith Head
19. Pet Name
22. Put Your Hand Inside The Puppet Head
23. Why Does The Sun Shine? (The Sun Is A Mass Of Incandescent Gas)
24. Why Does The Sun Really Shine?
26. Now I know
27. Meet James Ensor
28. Take Out THe Trash
29. It's Kicking In
30. Seven Days A Week (I Don't Want To Go To Work)
31. Lie Still Little Bottle
32. Someone Keeps Moving My Chair
33. A Self Called Nowhere
34. Which Describes How Your Feeling
36. Can't Keep Johnny Down
37. She's An Angel
39. Snowball In Hell
40 Ana Ng
41. Meet The Elements
42. Meet James Ensor
43. Stormy Princess
44. End Of The Tour
45. Exquisite Dead Guy
46. Certain People I Could Name
47. Judy Is Your Vietnam
48. Narrow Your Eyes
49. Dirt Bike
50. New York City
51. (She Was A) Hotel Detective
52. Whistling In The Dark
53. Whistling In The Dark
54. Birdhouse In Your Soul
55. Robot Parade
57. Mr. Me
58. Man It's So Loud In Here
59. Meet James Ensor
60. They'll Need A Crane
61. Cage and Aquarium
62. Hide Away Folk Family
64. Boss Of Me
65. Istanbul (Not Constantinople)
66. Minimum Wage
67. Particle Man
69. How Can I Sing Like A Girl?
70. AKA Driver
71. Purple Toupee
72. Damn Good Times
73. Fun Assassin
74. With The Dark
75. Hey Mr DJ I Thought We Had A Deal
77. Got Getting Up So Down
78. Til My Head Falls Off
79. Everything Right Is Wrong Again
80. Another First Kiss
81. They Might Be Giants
The Playlist from 6 to 7 p.m.
1. Meet James Ensor
2. She's An Angel
3. (She Thinks She's) Edith Head
4. Now I Know
5. The Guitar (The Lion Sleeps Tonight)
6. The Spiraling Shape
7. Another First Kiss
8. Where Do They Make Balloons?
10. Fun Assassin
11. Never Knew Love
12. The World's Address
13. Boat Of Car (with the Other Thing Brass Band)
14. Particle Man (with school children)
15. Exquisite Dead Guy
16. Til My Head Falls Off
17. Operators Are Standing By
18. I Should Be Allowed To Think
19. Ca't Keep Johnny Down
20. Snowball In Hell
21. Don't Let's Start
22. Empty Bottle Collector
Thanks again to all of you for sharing your stories, memories and song requests. I will never forget this day!