Friday, November 21, 2014



Friday, November 28th, 2014

Tune Town
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

They Might Be Playing They Might Be Giants? Here's the playlist to prove we did!

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
So here is the playlist of the 6 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
1. Meet James Ensor
2. They Might Be Giants
3. Don't Let's Start
4. Spider
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
12. Violin
13. Cloisonne
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
20. Fingertips
21. Spacesuit
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?
25. Dead
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
35. TubThumping
36. Can't Keep Johnny Down
37. She's An Angel
38. Bangs
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
56. Countrecoup
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
63. L-M-N-O
64. Boss Of Me
65. Istanbul (Not Constantinople)
66. Minimum Wage
67. Particle Man
68. Fingertips
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
76. Dead
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?
9. Reprehensible
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!


Wednesday, November 19, 2014


Solemn James Ensor Death Day, everyone!  We've begun our They Might Be Giants Day Sponsorship, and already we've received texts and e-mails from Canada and The Netherlands!  Where are you listening in from?  Text us at call or text us at 507-389-5678 or call 1-800-456-7810 and let us know!  You can also drop us an e-mail at 

Don't forget to give us your requests!  We already have a long list, but Shelley will be live until 11:30 this morning, and we'll have hosts playing songs throughout the rest of the day.  Shelley's Meow Meow show at six p.m CST will also be playing a full hour of TMBG, so be sure to tune in.  Thanks to all of you for your support, and thanks to John and John from They Might Be Giants for being so damn awesome!

Here's a photo of Tom and Chantill, radio heroes and TMBG fans!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014


James Sidney Edouard, Baron Ensor (13 April 1860 – 19 November 1949) was a Belgian painter and printmaker, an important influence on expressionism and surrealism who lived in Ostend for almost his entire life. He was associated with the artistic group Les XX.

Ensor's father, James Frederic Ensor, born in Brussels of English parents, was a cultivated man who studied engineering in England and Germany.   Ensor's mother, Maria Catherina Haegheman, was Belgian. Ensor himself lacked interest in academic study and left school at the age of fifteen to begin his artistic training with two local painters. From 1877 to 1880, he attended the Academie Royale des Beaux Arts in Brussels, where one of his fellow students was Fernand Khnopff. Ensor first exhibited his work in 1881. From 1880 until 1917, he had his studio in the attic of his parents' house. His travels were very few: three brief trips to France and two to the Netherlands in the 1880s, and a four-day trip to London in 1892.


During the late 19th century much of his work was rejected as scandalous, particularly his painting Christ's Entry Into Brussels in 1889 (1888–89), but his paintings continued to be exhibited, and he gradually won acceptance and acclaim. In 1895 his painting The Lamp Boy (1880) was acquired by the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium in Brussels, and he had his first solo exhibition in Brussels.  By 1920 he was the subject of major exhibitions; in 1929 he was named a Baron by King Albert, and was the subject of the Belgian composer Flor Alpaerts's James Ensor Suite; and in 1933 he was awarded the band of the L├ęgion d'honneur. Even in the first decade of the 20th century, however, his production of new works was diminishing, and he increasingly concentrated on music—although he had no musical training, he was a gifted improviser on the harmonium, and spent much time performing for visitors.   Against the advice of friends, he remained in Ostend during World War II despite the risk of bombardment. In his old age he was an honored figure among Belgians, and his daily walk made him a familiar sight in Ostend. He died there after a short illness, on 19 November 1949.

All of this is just to say that on Wednesday, November 19th, we're marking his passing with a day full of THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS!  What better tribute to Belgium's famous painter than to play music by the one band in the world with THE GUTS to put his life into song!

Grandmaster Flash Tom (of Grandmaster Flash Tom and Chantill fame) is our KMSU Day sponsor on that day, and he had THE GUTS to ask that we play loads of They Might Be Giants.  Our answer:  Yes.  Yes, we will.  Tune in all day long on KMSU 89.7fm/KMSK 91.3fm/ and get your fill of They Might Be Giants.  It's gonna be amazing.

Thanks for the Ensor info, Wikipedia!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014


Damn.  I was so tied up with the pledge drive and all the craziness that surrounds it that I never got this posted, and now it has been out for the internet equivalent of decades and I look like a late adopter.  I'm going to post this anyway, because I want it on the blog, dammit.  This piece encapsulates so much of what I love about Adult Swim.  It's weird, gross, and completely random.  What more could you want from AS?

Yep.  It's Too Many Cooks, you kids!  Can't... get... song... out of head...

Too Many Cooks aired during the four a.m. Infomercial slot on Adult Swim, a place where really wonderful one offs go to live.  Most networks would just abandon this slot and actually fill it with infomercials or reruns, but AS actually bothers to create interesting content for for that random hour, and it pays off.

Here are some of my favorites from the Infomercial slot, and at a reasonable hour of the day, too!




It's Neil Young's birthday on the 12th, and luckily Guse is doing his Day Sponsor in Neil's honor.  Call (or text) 507-389-5678 or 1-800-456-7810 with your requests, or drop us an e-mail at  Give us a head's up if there's anything you want to hear, too!  We have a lot, but we don't have everything, and that'll give us time to scrounge around for your request.

Monday, November 10, 2014


Happy birthday to Mr. Hartsoe, KMSU's favorite choir director!  His birthday was this past Sunday, and in honor of it we played loads of Dondero A Cappella Choir performances during the morning show today.  Just in case you missed it, here's a video presentation we put together for Grind-Fu Cinema a few years ago.  It's an hour and a half of incredible Dondero performances, and we really think it's gonna rock your world.

Let the sun shine in!