Tuesday, September 19, 2017

A LEGENDARY THANK YOU TO OUR KMSU RADIO HEROES!


     What a weekend, right?! I am still in recovery mode. I want to thank all of you who made it out to the 70th Birthday Bash for The Legendary Stardust Cowboy. The Altamont Boys wanted us to be sure to pass along all kinds of kudos for the extraordinary party and to thank you all for your enthusiastic love of The Ledge. As the Ledge's drummer Joey put it, "This was the best birthday party he'd had since puberty"! The Spectors, Ledge and The Altamont Boys all told us they had an amazing time, and that was because of you KMSU Radio Heroes. Thank you for letting The Ledge know how much you love his music. Thanks for dancing and screaming at the tops of your lungs. Thanks for taking selfies with The Ledge and getting autographs. Thanks for wearing birthday party hats and singing along to the songs. You are all the best, and The Ledge felt the love. This morning he called and told me that he missed Minnesota so much that he cried all the way home to San Jose.

     Thank you Radio Heroes!

Shelley

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

GET SWEET VINYL FROM KMSU HOSTS!


via GIPHY

OLD TOWN RECORD FAIR
at Midtown Tavern
524 N Riverfront Drive, Mankato

Saturday, September 23rd
ten a.m. to four p.m.

Do you have too many records?  If you answered yes, then you would be wrong.  YOU CAN NEVER HAVE ENOUGH RECORDS.  You know who has a lot of records?  The DJs at KMSU, and there will be several of them selling some of their sweet vinyl at the Old Town Record Fair.  They gotta thin out their collections to make room for new stuff, so they'll be setting up shop on Saturday, September 23rd at Midtown Tavern to do just that.  There's gonna be LOADS of vinyl offered up by folks like:

  • Dave from Free Form Freakout
  • Jameson from Variety Pack
  • Dr. Psychoacoustics from The Psychoacoustics Hour
  • Tim and Shelley from Shuffle Function
  • HOST from Meow Meow With Occasional Music
  • KMSU supporters with vinyl to spare

You'll find vinyl, CDs, cassettes, books, magazines... the full spectrum of the nerd experience will be available.There will also be DJs throughout the day to provide the soundtrack to your digging.  Will a six hour window of vinyl browsing be enough?  Do you know when to stop?  The answers to these questions will be revealed at the Old Town Record Fair on September 23rd.  Visit the Facebook event page for more information.

Friday, September 01, 2017

LEDGE TURNS 70 ON TUESDAY! SEND HIM A BIRTHDAY CARD!

Poster designed by Jason Knudson

THE  LEGENDARY  STARDUST  COWBOY TURNS  70  ON  SEPTEMBER  5th!

Every year we throw a card shower for the Legendary Stardust Cowboy's birthday!  We love him and he's been a great friend to Shuffle Function and KMSU for well over a decade.  He's a guy that has wanted to entertain people his entire life, and we want to make sure that he knows we appreciate him! This year it's an even bigger deal because KMSU is throwing The Ledge a big 70th birthday bash, and he's coming to town to perform!  What's that?  You don't know what we're talking about? Well here it is...

KMSU presents

THE LEGENDARY STARDUST COWBOY
with THE ALTAMONT BOYS!

with special guests
THE SPECTORS!

Saturday, September 16th @ 8:00 p.m.
Hooligan's Bar & Grill
1400 Madison Avenue
Mankato, Minnesota

FREE ADMISSION!

This is going to be the biggest and best birthday card shower yet!  Ledge is coming to town, and you can let him know that you can't wait to see him!  PLUS, he's turning 70!  The big seven-oh! Everything about this is monumental.  Take a moment and drop him a line so he has a great birthday. Fan letters mean the world to him, and your birthday wishes will make his day, as well as get him psyched for the big birthday show in September.

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 about to share with you. Are you 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.  He also loves to get cards from children, and his fan club will often post pictures them on their Facebook page.


Please 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.


In case you can't read the address above (on an actual plate that he threw into the crowd when he rocked Mankato in 2010), here it is in big text:

NORMAN CARL ODAM
LEGENDARY STARDUST COWBOY
P.O. BOX 730742
SAN JOSE, CA  95173


Don't forget to put stars all over the envelope! If you are feeling adventurous, feel free to include a self addressed stamped envelope with your card. We can't promise that you will receive anything in return, but it doesn't hurt to try.

Thanks Music Geeks!  Your cards mean a lot, and they're the perfect way to gear up for Ledge's Mankato appearance in September!  Let's make The Ledge's 70th Birthday a day he will remember forever!

SHUFFLE FUNCTION PLAYLISTS FOR AUGUST 28th - SEPTEMBER 1st

Monday, August 28th, 2017 (3380)
WE PLAY KELLEY FREAKIN' STOLTZ'S QUE AURA ALBUM!
1. Kelley Stoltz - Wave Goodbye
2. Big Star - Oh My Soul
3. XTC - Life Begins At The Hop
4. The dBs - Black & White
5. Half Japanese - On The Other Hand
6. Dr. John - Locked Down
7. Dust - Stone Woman
8. Kelley Stoltz - To Speak To The Girl


9. I'm Here For Now
10. Tranquilo
11. Get Over
12. Feather Falling
13. No Pepper For The Dustman
14. Looking For A Spark
15. Same Pattern
16. For You
17. Possessor
18. Walking Against The Green Light
19. Empty Kicks

20. Dirtbombs - Underdog
21. Ben Lee - Running With Scissors
22. Drive By Truckers - Daddy Learned To Drive

23. A.C. Newman - On The Table
24. Dear Nora - Second Hand
25. They Might Be Giants
26. Redd Kross - Lady In The Front Row
27. Devo - Beautiful World
28. Yo La Tengo - To Love Somebody
29. Kelley Stoltz - Bottle Up

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017 (3381)




MICHAEL JACKSON'S BIRTHDAY!
1. David Bowie - Heroes
2. Jackson 5 - ABC
3. Deerhoof - Come Down Here And Say That
4. Jandek - The Cat That Walked From Shelbyville
5. Michael Jackson - Want To Be Starting Something
6. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - There She Goes My Beautiful World
7. Leonard Cohen - Anthem
8. David Bowie - Heroes
9. The Band - Look Out Cleveland
10. Granpaboy - Psychopharmacology
11. Little Richard - Midnight Special
12. Legendary Stardust Cowboy - Down In The Wrecking Yard

13. Michael Jackson - Never Can Say Goodbye
14. REM - Nightswimming
15. Percy Sledge - When A Man Loves A Woman
16. Allman Brothers - One Way Out
17. The Sonics - Psycho
18. Roky Erickson - Don't Slander Me
19. David Bowie - Heroes
20. Booker T & The MGs - Sunny
21. The Temptations - Papa Was A Rolling Stone
22. Bonzo Dog Band - I'm Going To Bring A Watermelon To My Girl Tonight
23. Badfinger - Come and Get It
24. Jonathan Richman - Egyptian Reggae
25. Yoko Ono - O'oh
26. Ash - Girl From Mars
27. Guided By Voices - Teenage FBI

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017 (3382)



RIP STERLING MORRISON
1. Velvet Underground - Cool It Down
2. Small Faces - Song Of A Baker
3. New Pornographers - Don't Destroy The Night
4. Tom Robinson Band - 2-4-6-8 Motorway
5. Velvet Underground - Guess I'm Falling In Love
6. Spencer Davis Group - Keep On Running
7. Irving - Turn Of The Century
8. Dick Kent - Octopus Woman Please Let Me Go
9. The Zombies - The Way I Feel Inside
10. Olivia Tremor Control - Silver Bug
11. The Cure -Boys Don't Cry
12. Velvet Underground - Rock & Roll
13. Willie Nelson - Sunday Morning Coming Down
14. M. Ward - Vincent O'Brien
15. Tullycraft - Falling Out Of Love With You
16. Blank Realm - Falling Down The Stairs

17. Velvet Underground - Foggy Notion
18. Collins Kids - Hot Rod
19. The Stranglers - (Get A) Grip (On Yourself)
20. The Undertones - Teenage Kicks
21. The Undertones - Teenage Kicks
22. Typewriter - Outdoor Miner
23. Velvet Underground - Stephanie Says
24. The Jesus & Mary Chain - Head On
25. Komeda - It's Alright Baby
26. Pete Townshend - Let My Love Open The Door
27. Velvet Underground  - Sweet Jane
28. Black Velvet Flag - Institutionalized
29. Dora Hall - Green Door
30. LCD Soundsystem - Us v Them
31. Velvet Underground - What Goes on

Thursday, August 31st, 2017 (3383)
1. George Harrison - My Sweet Lord
2. The Chiffons - He's So Fine
3. Bob Dylan - All Along The Watchtower
4. Talking Heads - Girlfriend Is Better
5. Yo La Tengo - Tom Courtenay (accoustic)
6. Grant Hart - The Main
7. Francoise Haryd - Je Changerais D'avis
8. Dr. Michael Dean, The Singing Hypnotist - All Of Me

9. Diggable Planets - Rebirth Of Slick
10. Kelley Stoltz - My Baby Always Knows What Time It Is
11. Them - Gloria
12. Dora Hall - Little Girl From Greenwood, Georgia
13. Dora Hall - Barefootin'
14. Dora Hall - I Want To Be Around
15. Dora Hall - Carolina In My Mind
16. Dora Hall - He's Just My Style
17. Dora Hall - I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
18. Angelo Badalamenti - Them From Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me
19. The Thought Gang - A Real Indication
20. Rebekka Del Rio - Llorando
21. Bobby Vinton - Blue Velvet
22. Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings - Inspiration Information
23. Lonnie Brooks - The Popeye
24. Sonny Knight & The Lakers - Get Up And Dance
25. Legendary Stardust Cowboy - Radar
26. Arrogance - Bad Luck Heartbreak Woman
27. LCD Soundsystem - Daft Punk Is Playing At My House
28. Joy Division - No Love Lost
29. Rolling Stones - Undercover Of The Night

Thursday, August 31st, 2017 NIGHTTIME EDITION
WE PLAY THE NEW KELLEY STOLTZ ALBUM AGAIN!
ALL KELLEY STOLTZ TONIGHT
1. Your Bongos Are Killing Me
2. I'm Here For Now
3. Tranquillo
4. Get Over
5. Feather Falling
6. No Pepper For the Dustman
7. Looking For A Spark

8. Same Pattern
9. For You
10. Possessor
11. Walking Against The Green Light
12. Empty Kicks

Friday, September 1st, 2017 (3384)



BARRY GIBB'S BIRTHDAY!  ALL BEE GEES!
1. To Love Somebody (mono)
2. Wine & Women
3. How Many Birds
4. Coalman
5. Lay It On Me
6. Run To me
7. World (stereo)
8. Walking Back To Waterloo
9. I've Gotta Get A Message To You

10. Let There Be Love (mono)
11. Mrs. Gillespie's Refrigerator
12. I Can't See Nobody (mono)
13. Every Christian Lionhearted Man Will Show You
14. Nights On Broadway
15. And The Sun Will Shine
16. Spirits Having Flown
17. Bad Bad Dream
18. My Love Of Birds
19. The Rescue Of Sir Bonnie Prince Wally
20. How Deep Is Your Love
21. Country Woman
22. Barry Gibb - Stay Alone
23. Idea

24. You Should Be Dancing (live)
25. Words
26. How Can You Mend A Broken Heart
27. Elisa
28. Wish You Were Here
29. Heavy Breathing
30. Melody Fair
31. The Change Is Made
32. I Started A Joke
33. Songbird
34. This Is Where I Came In

Thursday, August 31, 2017

TWIN PEAKS TALK ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 4th!


TWIN PEAKS TALK
Monday, September 4th, from 6-9 a.m.
KMSU 89.7 fm/KMSK 91.3 fm/kmsu.org

The miraculous return of Twin Peaks in 2017 has been something to behold.  Viewers have experienced virtually every single human emotion during the episodes, and reaction has run from rage to rapturous.  We're on the rapturous side because we've always felt that David Lynch had something grand in mind, and that certainly seems to be the case.  This has been a series filled with WTF moments, but suddenly, in the space of two episodes, everything seems to have had a purpose.  It has been a total thrill to watch.

Sunday is series finale of Twin Peaks: The Return, and we're on the edge of our seats with anticipation.  The cherry pie is most definitely gonna hit the fan as all roads lead to Twin Peaks, Washington, for what appears to be a final showdown between all the good and evil that has been dwelling in the town for the past 25 years.  So many questions left to be answered, and many of them will likely be left unanswered, but damn... that David Lynch is a genius.  We'll buy the ticket and take the ride every time.



On Monday, September 4th, we'll be dedicating the entire three hours of the show to Twin Peaks Talk.  Heck, we've been devoting huge chunks of the show to this season already, so why not get it all out of our system during one big show?  We'll be playing music from Twin Peaks and the David Lynch universe, and trying to fully wrap our brains all the tears, thrills, and torment that this season has generated.  It should be exceptionally confusing and chatty.

Have you been watching the show?  Want to join us and talk it all out?  Stop buy KMSU between 6-9 a.m. during the morning show and help us sort through things on the air.  We'll have decaf coffee (bring your own if you want the real deal), donuts, and cherry pie to go along with the theme.  If you can't make it up to the station, text us at 507-389-5678, or e-mail us at shufflefunction@hotmail.com, with any questions or comments you may have.

See you Monday!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

WE PLAY BRAND NEW KELLEY FREAKIN' STOLTZ THURSDAY NIGHT!


We've been fans of Kelley freakin' Stoltz ever since we got a promo copy of his Sub Pop EP 'The Sun Comes Through' in 2005.  Every release since then has been cause for celebration, because as far as we're concerned he has never put out a bad album.  It's all pop gold, and he's one of the few artists we can think of whose name is a virtual guarantee of quality.  We stand by that.

In recent years we've taken to playing every new release he has on the air in its entirety.  We don't even listen to them first, because we want to experience them for the first time together with our listeners.  This is what we did this past Monday when we opened a brand new copy of Kelley freakin' Stoltz's new album 'Que Aura' and played the whole thing on the show.  In case you are wondering, yes, it was amazing.

This Thursday night we're going to play the whole darn thing on the air again.  We're doing this because we want the folks that listen to the Thursday night show at six p.m. to get the opportunity to hear this great album, but also because we just want to listen to it all again!  If you're already a Kelley Stoltz fan you'll want to tune in, and if you aren't already you will be by the end of the show.  It's Kelley freakin' Stoltz!

Here's a video he made for the song 'Same Pattern' off the Que Aura album.  It's so good. Just wait until you hear the rest of the record!

Monday, August 28, 2017

GO TO THE SEPTEMBER GRIND-FU CINEMA, YA HOSER!



Grind-Fu Cinema presents

STRANGE BREW

and 

HEAVY METAL

Saturday, September 30th @7:00 p.m.
Wiecking 220 Auditorium
Minnesota State University, Mankato

FREE! FREE! FREE! FREE! FREE! FREE!

The September Grind-Fu Cinema is going to be a blast of Great White North amazingness!  Join us on Saturday, September 30th for a double feature that's up to its neck in SCTV talent.  The first film is the most obvious, as it features characters developed for that show, but the connection on the second film may be a little less obvious.  Let's get into it...


Strange Brew (1983)
Directed by Dave Thomas and Rick Moranis

It's kind of strange that the breakout characters on a TV show filled with amazing comedians would be a couple of every day hosers that love beer and celebrate Canada, but that's exactly what happened.  Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas initially created the characters of Bob and Doug McKenzie to fill show space and mock regulations that demanded a certain percentage of Canadian programming be devoted to Canadian content.  Their mostly improvised Great White North skits both celebrated and lampooned Canadian culture, and over time they became a big hit with viewers.  NBC demanded that more of them be made for the U.S. broadcasts of SCTV, and the popularity spawned a hit comedy album.  It also resulted in the only major motion picture based on SCTV characters.



Strange Brew follows Bob and Doug McKenzie on their quest to get free beer by claiming there was a mouse in their bottle of Elsinor beer.  They end up getting jobs inspecting beer at the brewery, but bumble their way into the middle of a massive conspiracy involving beer and world domination.  Also, it's loosely based on Hamlet.  We could tell you more, but it'd just come off as absurd, and we wouldn't want that to happen.  Co-starring with Moranis and Thomas, who reprise their roles as Bob and Doug, is genuine acting legend Max Von Sydow as the villain.

FUN KATO AREA FACT:  In 1995 Max Von Sydow was an artist in residence at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter.  Despite the fact that students kept asking him about the film, Von Sydow claimed he didn't remember doing it.

Our second film of the evening will be...


Heavy Metal (1981)
Directed by Gerald Potterton

This INSANE Canadian/American animated anthology film is based on the INSANE international magazine Heavy Metal.  The magazine itself is a collection of illustrated stories with graphic violence and sex, which basically means it would make the most amazing animated film ever.  Maybe not ever, but the final film became a box office smash, and it became a cult classic.  And yes, it's chock full of graphic sex and violence.  THIS ONE IS NOT FOR THE KIDS!

Heavy Metal was animated using the Rotoscope process.  This means they shoot film and then draw animation over it.  The end result gives the on screen characters a realistic presence, which can be kind of surreal, especially with a crazy film like Heavy Metal.  The stories are a real trip, too.  "A step beyond Science Fiction", as the poster says.  Futuristic, fantastic, gory, bleak, hilarious... these are all words that successfully describe this film.  Also, the soundtrack is amazing.

THE SCTV CONNECTION:  The voice casting draws heavily from SCTV!  John Candy, Joe Flaherty, Eugene Levy, and Harold Ramis are featured throughout the film.



HEAVY METAL IS NOT FOR KIDS!
YES, IT IS ANIMATED, BUT IT IS
DEFINITELY NOT FOR KIDS!

See both of these amazing movies FOR FREE!  Bring your friends, bring sodas, and dress in layers (because the air conditioning can be aggressive) and settle in for a really fun time.  Questions?  Drop us an e-mail at shufflefunction@hotmail.com

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


MADE POSSIBLE THROUGH FUNDING FROM THE MINNESOTA STATE ARTS & CULTURAL HERITAGE FUND.