Saturday, October 03, 2015
Today let's celebrate the Music Geek, since this is a great day in Kato land to be a music geek! From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today you can head over to the Mankato Music Expo at the Mankato Brewery. Admission is free, and there you can buy vinyl records from tons of sellers. You can also enjoy the fine adult beverages the Brewery has to offer, and enjoy the food truck that will be camped outside. It's everything you need under one roof! After you get a nap in - I suggest you head over to Patrick's in St. Peter to catch a show curated by KMSU radio hosts Guse and Dave. Music starts at 9 p.m. with a band from New Zealand called The Renderers and ends with local band Good Night Gold Dust. It's going to be a great show! Here is a clip from The Renderers for you to get a sneak peek of what to expect tonight.
I came across a post a few months back about someone who had pitch corrected a number of classic horror film soundtracks, changing the minor keys to major keys. You won't believe how different this makes them. As the original post on Dangerous Minds stated, this change makes something like Tubular Bells in the Exorxist sound like a Hugh Grant/Solsbury Hill tune. Have a listen!
In related news, it was announced this week that John Carpenter is going to step away from the directorial chair for a bit to perform his classic horror soundtracks at Iceland's All Tomorrow's Parties Festival in 2016. He is responsible for some of the most iconic music scores ever. Need some reminding? Okay, how about Halloween? Escape From New York? The Thing? Assault ON Precinct 13? The bells have got to be going off like gang busters by now! If you ever needed an excuse to go to the land of Bjork, this might just be it!
I'll see you music geeks out and about today!
Friday, October 02, 2015
This morning we had some fantastic Halloween requests during the show. I can tell that the cooler days and the talk of frost has got us all thinking about our favorite October holiday. One of the requests was for the classic tune by Leslie Hall, Zombie Killer.
Fantastic homage to Night Of The Living Dead.
Did you know that Leslie Hall is in Iowa? Yes! that Iowa where we should all go to when the sh#t hits the fan. Recently she was the half time entertainment at the Boone High School Homecoming football game. You can see her briefly at the beginning of this news clip made by Boone High School students:
Be sure to keep those Halloween requests coming our way Shuffle Functioneers! You can always email us at email@example.com or call or text us from 6 to 9 a.m. at 389 - 5678. See you tomorrow at the Music Expo and at Patrick's for The Renderers and Good Night Gold Dust.
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Thursday, October 01, 2015
October signifies the start of Shuffle Function's favorite holiday, Halloween. This morning we began spinning some Halloween tunes, and tonight the blog will start it's countdown to October 31st. As in years past I will have a new post on a daily basis to get all of us in the Halloween mood. This may be a challenging year for me; I will be gone for over a week on vacation and without internet access, but I will do my best to make it work.
Tonight's post will be short but sweet, due to a late night concert last night and the fact that I am running on fumes. I came across a post on Dangerous Minds about a video game you can play based on Twin Peaks. It is called FIRE DANCE WITH ME and in it you can choose a number of Twin Peaks regulars to dance ala the Dance Dance Revolution games. If you are a fan, it is a blast to play. The link to the game can be found here: http://calavera.itch.io/fire-dance-with-me You choose your dancer than participate in a dance off while a sobbing Leland Palmer asks you to "Please Dance With Me." It is a hoot!
Speaking of Twin Peaks - have you seen the posters for the new series yet?!! I am pretty excited for this, now that David Lynch is back in the loop. Now if I can stop thinking of him as the Mayor of Portlandia, I would be good to go.
By the way, if you find yourself downloading the Fire Dance With Me video game, I see that the maker also has an 8 bit game about making the perfect Poutine. Let me know what the secret to winning that game is if you master your gravy/french fries/ cheese curd ratio.
alright sweet dreams everyone...................
Do you have enough music in your life? Maybe. Do you have enough records? OF COURSE NOT! There's a couple of things going on this Saturday that should take care of both of these things, and we want you guys to be aware of them.
THING NUMBER ONE
From ten to four on Saturday we're lucky enough to have the second Mankato Music Expo! We'll have vinyl vendors from all over the place selling records that we need, want, or don't already know that we can't live with out. Plus, it's at the Mankato Brewery (1119 Center Street, North Mankato), so there will be beer and root beer available. Don't sweat the food situation, because Lola's Food Truck is gonna have that covered. Bring enough cash to cover everything, and then try and figure out how much of that you can spend on vinyl instead of necessities. It's the way of the vinyl geek!
THING NUMBER TWO
Dave from Free Form Freakout and Guse from Embrace The Sound put together a great lineup of music at Patrick's in St Peter that you guys don't want to miss. It starts at nine p.m. with The Renderers, a great band from New Zealand that has been knocking us out. They've been around since the late 80s and haven't been to Minnesota since some time in the 90s, so this is a rare opportunity to catch them. Second on the bill is Mankato fave Good Night Gold Dust, who always put on a great show. There's no cover for this 21+ show, so what's your excuse?
Check out the Facebook event pages for both these great events if you need more info. We'll see you there!
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Twin Peaks fans around the world are mourning the passing of Catherine Coulson, longtime David Lynch collaborator and the actress best known as The Log Lady. Catherine passed away at the age of 71 after battling cancer. This is certainly heavy news to hear just as production has begun on new episodes of Twin Peaks, and she would most certainly have been a significant player in these episodes.
Catherine Coulson began working with Lynch in 1974 when she starred in his short film The Amputee. Later, along with her then husband Jack Nance, she worked with David Lynch on the film Eraserhead. It was as Margaret, the Log Lady on Twin Peaks, that she gained her greatest fame.
The documentary I Don't Know Jack, about the crazy life of Jack Nance, features Catherine Coulson prominently throughout. Jack and Catherine had a tempestuous relationship, and there are many stories of him angrily drawling her name. "Caaaaatherine". It's pretty funny stuff.
If you have an hour and a half to kill, watch I Don't Know Jack right now. It's pretty amazing.
Sunday, September 27, 2015
GRIND-FU DIDN'T COME ALL THE WAY
FROM COLORADO JUST TO MESS AROUND!
Grind-Fu Cinema presents a
HERSCHELL GORDON LEWIS
EXTRAVAGANZA... PLUS CAKE!
Saturday, October 24th
from noon to question mark
Wiecking 220 Auditorium
Minnesota State University, Mankato
FREE! FREE! FREE! FREE! FREE! FREE!
COSTUMES ARE ENCOURAGED!
COSTUMES ARE ENCOURAGED!
The final Grind-Fu Cinema of 2015 is on the horizon, and the crew has put together one hell of a bill for you. Usually we feature a double bill of excellence, but this time around we've packed the better part of the day with full on low budget exploitation madness! It's a celebration of the big daddy of gore-sploitation, Herschell Gordon Lewis!
Who's Herschell Gordon Lewis? Kiddo, you gotta get out a bit more and run with the Grind-Fu crowd. Herschell Gordon Lewis is a legend of exploitation films, and horror films in particular. This is because he directed Blood Feast, the very first splatter film. Buckets of red? Entrails? Limbs hacked off? It had never been seen on the screen before H.G. Lewis threw caution (and shame) to the wind and started counting the dollars that rolled in.
The day will have two parts to it. The first part starts at noon and will feature a documentary, along with two of his non-horror endeavors. Starting at seven we'll begin a horror double feature with an intermission featuring another incredible Grind-Fu cake by our cake artist Amber. She's set the bar higher and higher each year with her delicious monstrosities, so we can't wait to see what's in store for this year. Here are a few of her previous creations:
Come for the movies, but stay for the cake... and they all want cake.
We'll post the full line up with times later in the month, but for now you need to make sure you set aside Saturday, October 24th for a full day of cinematic craziness that only Herschell Gordon Lewis films can deliver.
Questions? Drop us an e-mail at Shuffle Function @ hotmail.com.
I'm the new boy in town! Where can I go?
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
WIN PASSES TO
Thursday, October 1st @ 7:00pm
Cinemark Movies 8
River Hills Mall, Mankato
We're incredibly lucky to have FIVE PAIRS of passes to see Rifftrax Live! The screening takes place on Thursday, October 1st @ 7:00pm at the Cinemark Movies 8 in the River Hills Mall. Listen between six and nine a.m. for your chance to win! When you hear the rooster crow followed by the Legendary Stardust Cowboy saying "Wakey wakey, eggs and bakey, it's Shuffle Function!" be the 5th caller at 507-389-5678 or 1-800-456-7810 and you can win a pair of passes to see Rifftrax!
Have you ever gone to a Rifftrax show? They're a blast. Rifftrax is Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett from Mystery Science Theater, and they make fun of incredibly bad movies. These Fathom Events screenings are a ton of fun, and they're just as geeky as you'd hope. If you don't win tickets you should probably go anyway, unless you hate fun.
Miami Connection is a martial arts film from 1987 that was written and directed by its star Y.K. Kim. Kim's background was as a taekwondo teacher, and had zero experience making a film. It shows, too. The acting, story, music, EVERYTHING is pretty lousy. Lousy in a good way, however. Miami Connection is so weird and insane that Drafthouse Films, the movie distribution wing of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, decided it deserved a theatrical re-release and a deluxe home video release.
And now Rifftrax has gotten its mitts on it. Circle of life, my friends.
Listen tomorrow for your chance to see Rifftrax take on the cinematic trainwreck Miami Connection!
Monday, September 21, 2015
SHOOT 'EM UP
Saturday, September 26th @ 7:00pm
Wiecking 220 Auditorium
on the campus of Minnesota State University, Mankato
FREE! FREE! FREE! FREE! FREE! FREE!
Kids, do you like action in your movies? Crazy gun play? RIGHTEOUS VENGEANCE??? If this sounds like you, then Grind-Fu has got your back this September. We're showing two of the craziest action movies to come out in the last decade. If you've never seen them before you're going to have your mind blown. If you have seen them before, then you know exactly why you're so excited to see them again. Let's look at the bill:
JOHN WICK (2014)
Directed by David Stahelski
John Wick was playing festivals for ages before its theatrical release, and the fan response was ecstatic. We were skeptical around the Grind-Fu headquarters, mainly because Keanu Reeves doesn't necessarily fill our hearts with excitement. BOY, WERE WE WRONG! John Wick is one of the best action movies of the last decade, and its one of Shyboy Tim's favorite action movies of all time. No lie. Keanu Reeves is a revelation as a former hitman out for blood.
If you're one of those folks that avoided the film because of Keanu (and we've spoken to many of you) please note that this screening is for free! All you're out is your time and the fact that you have been horribly wrong about this movie for far too long. Really, you're gonna be amazed.
SHOOT 'EM UP (2007)
Directed by Michael Davis
Shoot 'Em Up is absurd. It's so over the top that you're not going to believe it. The ammo budget for this film would probably make the Pentagon blush. There's about one minute of quiet at the beginning, followed by 90 minutes of total and complete cartoonish insanity. Beyond all of that, Shoot 'Em Up is fun. Super fun and crazy. If you're looking for a higher meaning to this film you're gonna be disappointed, but if you're looking looking for gun play that would shame Sam Peckinpah you're in for one wild ride.
Join us for two incredible action movies FOR FREE on September 26th. You're gonna have fun, so bring your friends, bring some snacks, and get ready for a friggin' amazing night of action movies.
I'm the new boy in town! Where can I go?