Friday, July 31, 2015

IT'S A LEGENDARY STARDUST CARD SHOWER! LEDGE TURNS 68 IN SEPTEMBER!


THE  LEGENDARY  STARDUST  COWBOY TURNS  68  ON  SEPTEMBER  5th!

You know what to do, gang! Grab a birthday card from your secret stash, get everyone you know on earth to sign it and mail it off to the address we're am about to share with you. Maybe you are artsy fartsy - feel free to make a card for the Ledge. He likes horses, space and the weather. Follow that DIY feeling and personalize your birthday greetings.


Feel free to share this post on your facebook page or pass it along to other music geeks in your life. The more cards that arrive in The Legendary Stardust's Cowboy's mailbox the better. Hearing from his fans always makes him happy, and that is all that we are asking.

In case you can't read the address above (on an actual plate that he threw into the crowd when he rocked Mankato (see picture above)), here it is in big text:

NORMAN CARL ODAM

LEGENDARY STARDUST COWBOY

P.O. BOX 730742

SAN JOSE, CA  95173


If you are feeling adventurous, feel free to include a self addressed stamped envelope. We can't promise that you will receive anything in return, but it doesn't hurt to try.

Thanks Music Geeks!

Let's make The Ledge's 68th Birthday a day he will remember forever!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

SHUFFLE FUNCTION PLAYLIST FOR JULY 13 - 17, 2015

July 13, 2015  (2827)


July 14, 2015  (2828)


July 15, 2015  (2829)


July 16, 2015  (2830)
Day Sponsor : Eric Steinmetz

July 17, 2015  (2831)
Nikko and Megan are Program Directors For The Day

Friday, July 24, 2015

I THINK THE UNTHINKABLE WAS THUNK THIS MORNING


I don't know how it happened, but the Radio Roulette this morning turned out really good!  This was the first time in MANY YEARS that we dared play with the full collection of 408 K-Tel records (pictured above) because the last time we did it was a nightmare.  Today, however, it was a blast, and it was all thanks to you.  First off, your ballsy vote for all the records forced us to do this, and also because all but one record was selected by you guys.  Your powers of radio randomness are truly remarkable.

Thanks again for all the support over the years!  I hope to see you at Grind-Fu Cinema tomorrow night for The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and Vampyr.  It's gonna be a night of creepy German cinema awesome.  CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS!

Shyboy

Thursday, July 23, 2015

AREA RADIO SHOW TURNS ELEVEN, FORSEES POTENTIAL RADIO NIGHTMARE

Image by Grandmaster Flash Tom

Yeah... so we put it out there... uh... and we said we should all vote for how Radio Roulette gets played on Friday.  Do we play with the full collection (which has only been done once with horrible results) or do we play with the more manageable travel set?  You did hear our warnings about playing with ALL the K-Tel albums, right?  About how bad it has gone and could easily go again? Hello?



Despite our warnings and pleadings (or perhaps because of them) Shuffle Function listeners OVERWHELMINGLY voted to have Radio Roulette played with the entire collection of of K-tel records, which numbers somewhere around 400 albums.  "How bad could it be?" said many of you.  Folks, I'm here to tell you that it could be bad.  Very bad.

 
We went out to the tower and left our offerings for the Radio Gods, hoping that they will grant us a humane and listenable Radio Roulette.  The whole reason we started leaving these offerings was because the last time we used the entire K-Tel collection it was so bad... SO BAD... that we considered never playing Radio Roulette again. My exact words were "Do you remember when this used to be fun?"



So we leave the offerings and ask that we be cut some slack.  It has worked pretty well so far, but then we've never dared return to the entire collection.  Until now.  Crap.

 


This is what the traveling collection we've been using looks like:

 
And these photos show all the albums Shelley is spending the day organizing.  It's no small task, but it is actually something she's been wanting to get together for a while.  So I guess there's a silver lining to the voting outcome?  Maybe?


Even though you guys will have the option of changing the station when things get rough, we hope you'll stick with us tomorrow morning from six to nine a.m. as Shuffle Function celebrates eleven years of the morning show with three solid hours of Shuffle Function Radio Roulette.  It's completely random radio, folks.  There's nothing we can do about it.  Probably it'll be okay, right?  RIGHT?!!  We'll also be joined via the interwebs by our favorite Texan and longtime radio pal Lisa, who'll be armed with loads of trivia to hopefully distract us from any dark corners of the radioverse we should enter.

Thanks a ton for all the support you have given us and the station throughout the years.  Without listeners like you KMSU would be nothing.  For realz.

Shyboy

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Less than 24 hours left to vote!


No matter what - this Friday from 6 to 9 am we will be celebrating 11 years of the Shuffle Function morning show. Here is a list of what we know:

1) We plan on doing three hours of Shuffle Function Radio Roulette, courtesy of listener Tom Hughes Day Sponsorship. 

2) You will have an opportunity to choose a number and play roulette by calling or texting the station. If you like - you could stop by KMSU yourself and pick a number out of the hat, roll dice and flip coins! You are welcome to pay us a visit.

That is about it for the known part of Friday morning.

The big undecided question is DO WE PLAY RADIO ROULETTE WITH ALL OF THE K-TEL RECORDS? or DO WE ONLY USE THE TRAVELING VERSION? This is a big decision to be made, and we are letting you, our listeners decide for us. Scroll down to the next entry to see the pros and cons for each option. When you have made your choice, please drop us an email at shufflefunction@hotmail.com or leave a comment on the blog. You can also leave a comment on the Face Book Shuffle Function page. Or - call and tell us what you think in the morning. VOTING ENDS TOMORROW MORNING AT 9 a.m.


I will leave you alone now with your thoughts now. You have a big decision to make.

Shelley

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

THE MORNING SHOW TURNS ELEVEN WITH THREE HOURS OF RADIO ROULETTE!


The Shuffle Function Morning Show turns eleven on Sunday!  Eleven years of getting up before any reasonable person should and having the most fun we'll have all day, and yet I'll still never be a morning person.  Anyway, we were talking about what we should do to mark the occasion, and it looks like we're going to be playing three hours of Shuffle Function Radio Roulette.  Three hours of leaving it up to the radio gods.  We feel like we're up to the challenge... or are we?

Normally we play Radio Roulette with a travel set of records to draw from, which is to say it's about a quarter of Shelley's complete collection of Ktel records.  This is because it's easier to move around, and also because we played with her full collection once.  ONCE.  That one time was one of the most miserable experiences we've had in radio.  Honestly, the show turned out so bad that we decided to record it again because we thought there was NO WAY a second pass could go so poorly.  We were wrong, and the result was two unbearably bad shows.  A coin was flipped to determine which show we would air.

This morning we threw a choice out to you guys.  Do we play with the travel set, which would probably still be a fun show if things went south, or do we play with the FULL set of 400-ish Ktel records?  If we play with the full set the odds are pretty good that the show will turn out to be unbearable.  I'm not even going to try and hold out hope.  The show will hurt us.

So what do we do?  Full set or travel set?  Let us know what you want and that's what we'll play with.  Call or text 507-389-5678 or call 1-800-456-7810 during the morning show, or sent an e-mail to shufflefunction@hotmail.com.  The option with the most votes wins.  DEADLINE IS THURSDAY MORNING AT NINE A.M.!  The fate of the morning show is in your hands.

Thanks.  Please... think of the children...

Shyboy

Friday, July 17, 2015

GRIND-FU BRINGS THE EXPRESSIONIST ARTSY FARTSY CINEMATIC GENIUS ON JULY 25th


Grind-Fu Cinema presents
THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI
and
VAMPYR

Saturday, July 25th @ 7pm
Wiecking 220 Auditorium
Minnesota State University, Mankato

FREE! FREE! FREE! FREE! FREE!

Let's see... what's going on in the area on Saturday, July 25th?  LITERALLY EVERYTHING EVER.  If you should find yourself NOT attending one of those things, you should totally come to Grind-Fu Cinema!  We're showing two of the most influential movies from the early days of film, and they are guaranteed to haunt you for quite some time.  Really, these are films that still make their mark on cinema, and they're nearly 100 years old!

 
THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI (1920)
Germany - Silent

You're probably familiar with The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, even if you haven't seen it.  The imagery in this film is striking even by today's standards, and it is a pioneering work that still influences filmmakers today.  This is an early German Expressionist film with sets are haunting and dreamlike, and they enhance the unsettling tone of the film.  Really, they should be in a museum.  Caligari is also the earliest example in film of the "unreliable narrator", which is still a common tool in cinematic story telling.  Don't know what it is?  YOU SHOULD SKIP THAT OTHER THING YOU WERE GOING TO DO AND COME TO GRIND-FU TO FIND OUT!

Honestly, the imagery in this film is iconic.  Check out these stills to get an idea of what you're in for:


 


Pretty creepy stuff, right?  The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is one of those films that everyone should see if they're interested in art of film.  It's essential viewing.

Second on the bill is...


VAMPYR (1932)
German/French

Vampyr is not a silent film, though it could easily be mistaken for one.  Dialogue is sparse, to say the least.  I had never seen this film before I picked it up as a Criterion DVD, and it caught me completely off guard.  Vampyr is an eerie film.  Wait... I should all caps that.  Vampyr is an EERIE film.  The way it is shot really brings the haunting imagery out.  Creepy?  Yeah.  I feel like I keep saying haunting and dreamlike, but that's only because those words really capture the look of the film.  Atmospheric... disorienting... EERIE...

Critics and the public SAVAGED Vampyr.  It was booed and widely panned.  The director, Carl Theo. Dreyer, had a nervous breakdown and was institutionalized.  The film was a financial failure.  Modern film audiences, however, now hail it as a classic.



Grind-Fu is definitely veering off the B-Movie path with these two masterpieces.  Honestly, this is the one to go to if you consider yourself a film lover, or if you simply love weird movies.  Have I mentioned lately that Grind-Fu is free?  CUZ IT IS!  Bring your friends, snacks, and your love of cinema as Grind-Fu Cinema dives head first into the world of early German horror films.

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