Friday, December 30, 2005


Hey everyone! Hope you had an excellent holiday season. It was particularly draining around this neck of the woods. Between the show, prepping a bunch of cool new KMSU stuff for 2006, working our actual "pay the bills" gigs, and holiday prep for families and what not, we are completely exhausted. Nothing that a buttload of sleep and a wild New Years Eve shouldn't take care of, but still...

Anyway, sorry for the lack of updates on the blog. Between all the previously mentioned, my wedding to plan, my bride to murder, and Guilder to blame for it... I'm swamped. So, as an act of good faith, here are a bunch of special links for special people... like you!

Also, I hope you caught the Princess Bride reference in the last part. I don't advocate murder, passing the buck, and particularly marriage. STAY IN SCHOOL, KIDS!

Sure, we all love Laverne and Shirley, but what would they look like if they were members of Kiss? Now we can all sleep better at night, because the answer is at KISS your face! Finally, we can see what our favorite celebrities would look like if they were members of the Kiss Army. My favorites are the ones that have so many people that the artist actually has to use the make-up of later members of the group, as well as early prototype make up. I'm talking about The Brady Bunch, kids, so check them out!

The Beatles used to show their appreciation for their fan club members by sending them an annual Christmas flexidisc filled with Season's Greetings and tomfoolery. Most are filled with the expected Beatles hi-jinx, but the most interesting ones are from 1966 and 1967, when they created full on radio style productions. Also, look for an appearance of Tiny Tim in one of the later ones. I forget which one. Full cover art and recordings are found here.

Oh, the glorious days of photocopied show flyers! I still have a few from the scene here in Mankato, but the folks at shavedneck have assembled an interesting collection of flyers from Arizona and L.A. X and The Germs on the same night. Wow.


I have no idea what all that "all y'all" business is about, but I do know a thing or two about Pia Zadora! I know that I don't get her, and I know that her first film appearance was Santa Claus Conquers The Martians. The movie is wonderful because is just sucks so bad. It does, however, have a kick ass theme song. Also, it is available to download at After you are done with this little gem, nose around the website for other treasures like their vast collection of industrial and educational short films. Duck and Cover, anyone? Also, dig this film...

What's not to love about Peter Lorre? You don't need to answer. I think he's always a blast to watch, though. Here's the classic german film M, available at your leisure. Don't even get Aleister Scrimm started on this film.

No, I will not quit wasting your time! Wasting time is what the internet is all about! Having said that, I have to say that anything with zombies and George Romero involved in it is not a waste of time. Case in point: Night Of The Living Dead. You haven't seen this yet? You living under a rock or something? I don't want to hear all this crap about slow moving zombies not being scary or anything. Jeez. Does everything have to be high speed with a Nu Metal soundtrack?
And yeah, you can pick this up for a buck just about anywhere that sells really cheap Public Domain DVDs. Still... Uh... this one is in Flash.

Here's an honest to goodness article about the man who invented album covers. Somebody had to do it, I guess. Let us all bow before him and then curse the shrivelled cd booklet!

The Replacements are gods. Don't even question it. Here's video proof from the Twin Tone website. Damn... were they ever that young? Were any of us? I mean, other than you guys that really are young. Obviously I'm not referring to you.

If you answered yes to the above question then you have no idea who Klaus Kinski is. Klaus is a little on the intense side. By "a little" I mean "a lot". ubuweb has a bunch of mp3s of Klaus in full on Klaus rant mode. They are in German, but you'll get the idea even if you don't speak the language. Check out the first one from his "Jesus" lectures, where he presented himself as the Messiah. After you are done you should really rent Werner Herzog's documentary "My Best Fiend: Klaus Kinski". How anybody could work with this guy is beyond me. One of my favorite scenes in this film is when Herzog is talking about how he was seriously considering having Kinski killed because he just couldn't take him anymore.

We love The Office around these parts. If you have seen it then you understand. If you haven't seen it you really should. Quite possibly the most hilarious and realistic depiction of a work environment ever. The only current TV show that makes me laugh this hard is Arrested Development. Ricky Gervais is brilliant, and now he has a podcast available though The Guardian Website. Proof Pod-sitive (sorry) that he is one of the funniest men walking.

Well, these ought to keep everyone busy well into 2006. Thanks to everyone for being so great and supporting KMSU in 2005. Let's make the coming year the music-geekiest in history!


Wednesday, December 14, 2005


Having given up any hopes of a music career of his own, Jim Stewart convinced his sister Estelle Axton to join him in the music business. The year was 1960. Together they pooled their resources and bought the building at 926 E. McLemore Avenue, an old movie theater in the heart of Memphis. Combining their two last names, STAX Records was born, and music history was never the same. Before closing their doors in 1975, musicians the likes of Otis Redding, Booker T and The MGs, The Staple Singers, Sam and Dave, Isaac Hayes, Rufus and Carla Thomas, The Bar-Kays, Wilson Pickett, Albert King, The Mar-Keys, David Porter, Johnnie Taylor, Eddie Floyd, and William Bell all graced the STAX studios, just to name a few.

Thirty years ago this Monday, December 19th, STAX was forced to close their doors forever. The studio may be gone, but the music and message of STAX never will be. Join Tim and I as we celebrate all things STAX this Monday, from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Chuck D, of Public Enemy, says "Increasingly as we head into a soul-less millennium, all of the soul from the past rings out louder and heavier." After immersing myself into the stories and music of STAX, I couldn't agree with him anymore. Throughout the day on Monday, I guarantee that you'll find yourself dancing with Rufus Thomas one minute, finding religion with The Emotions the next, protesting social injustices with The Staple Singers after that, and ending it all by simply having your socks knocked off at the genius of Isaac Hayes. It is going to be a heck of a ride, and I ask that you tune in and celebrate STAX with us on Monday, December 19th from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Thanks - Shelley


While talking with the Legendary Stardust Cowboy on Monday, Tim happened to ask The Ledge what his plans were for the holidays. "Just another turkey sandwhich at the old 7-11 for me" was his response. That just doesn't sit right with Tim and I. Here is a man who has contributed much of his life to his music, and has received lots of hard knocks and heart aches in return. He deserves much more than this, and so we are pleased to announce that "Ledge Drive 2005" is now officially under way.
Last year we asked you to send your holiday cheer The Ledge's way - and many of you responded. His drummer was so overwhelmed with disbelief that he put all of your cards and letters into a scrapbook. We know how much this meant to The Ledge, he has told us numerous times that he feels "energized" when he hears from us Minnesotans, and this year we ask that you continue with this special Shuffle Function "Ledge Drive" tradition.
Please send your well wishes and Holiday Greetings to The Legendary Stardust Cowboy at the following address:

Norman Odam
P.O. Box 36305
San Jose, Ca.

If it is easier for you, there is also a card (made with love by Shuffle Function artisans) that you can sign at the station. You can't miss it, it's covered with cowboys. We apologize for this late notice, but don't let it stop you!!! The Ledge simply loves to hear feedback from his fans, and he won't be keeping score. If you have any questions, just drop us an e-mail or call us at the station at 507 - 389 - 5678 or 1-800 - 456 - 7810.

*******If you should happen to know of a lonely bugle that is in need of a home, boy have we got one. The Ledge has been without a bugle for a number of years, and has recently been trying to round one up. We would love to help him out with that. Drop us an e-mail or call us if you can help us out. Picture this: The Legendary Stardust Cowboy playing his song "Paralyzed" on your bugle!!! It doesn't get much better than that.

Thanks you guys -


Tuesday, December 13, 2005


DECEMBER 2, 2005 (348)
1. John Linell - montana
2. Snmnmnm - if you didn't get me anything before, why did you get me anything for christmas?
3. Blondie - hangin' on the telephone
4. Dressy Bessy - hello hello
5. Little Richard - get down with it
6. John Cale - heartbreak hotel
7. Frank Zappa - plastic people
8. Black Angels - winter 68'
9. The Kinks - you really got me
10. Booker T and The MG's - jingle bells
11. Little Richard - long tall sally
12. Howlin' Wolf - 300 pounds of joy
13. John Cale - perfect
14. Lovely Feathers - pope john paul
15. The Ruttles - doubleback alley
16. The Pixies - winterlong
17. John Cale - paris 1919
18. Million Dollar Quartet - down by the riverside
19. David Byrne - u be jesus
20. National lampoon - evil santa
21. Munkey Juice - cold cold days
22. Muddy Waters - the blues had a baby and they named it rock n roll
23. unknown - I sing about blue
24. CCR - good golly miss molly
DECEMBER 6, 2005 (349)
1. New Order - let's go (nothing for me)
2. Andrew Gold - lonely boy
3. The Sterns - ruby in paradise
4. Spoon - I turn my camera on
5. The Pugs - mari in love
6. The Rentals - friends of p
7. The casual Dots - mama's gonna make us a cake
8. Marianne faithful - desperanto
9. Casiotone For The Painfully Alone - it wasn't the same somehow
10. Quintron - love is like a blob
11. R.E.M. - can't get there from here
12. The High Strung - anything goes
13. Replacements - seen your video
14. Hockey Night - for guys eyes only
15. Stephen Malkmus - the hook
16. Pixies - la la love you baby
17. Dora Hall - satisfaction
18. Roy Orbison - go! go! go!
19. X - johnny hit and run paulene
20. James Chance - contort yourself
21. Rufuf Thomas - itch and scratch pt 1
22. The Kinks - everybody's gonna be happy
23. Modern Lovers - she cracked
24. Pixies - into the white
25. Dry Ice - mary is alone
DECEMBER 7, 2005 (350)
1. Nico - these days
2. Lifter Puller - to live and let die
3. Tom waits - warm beer, cold women
4. The La's - there she goes
5. The Spectors - rhubarb ruby
6. Ken Nordine - olive
7. Guided By Voices - echoes myron
8. Tom Waits - jockey full of bourbon
9. R.E.M. - perfect circle
10. Frank Black and The Catholics - blackrider
11. Sleater-Kinney - rollercoaster
12. Elvis Costello and The Attractions - pump it up
13. Tom Waits - I don't want to grow up
14. Arlo - nerf bear bonanza
15. The Breeders - cannonball
16. Florence Foster Jenkins - biassy
17. Tom Waits - house where nobody lives
18. Redd Blood Cells - we're gonna be friends
19. B.C. Camplight - couldn't you tell
20. Dandy warhols - minnasoter
21. Tom Waits - nobody
22. Tom Waits - ol' 55
23. Tom Waits - innocent when you dream (78)
24. Otis Redding - (sitting on) the dock of the bay
25. Booker T and The MG's - hip hug-her
26. Tom Waits - kentucky avenue
DECEMBER 8, 2005 (351)
This day marked the tragic 25th Anniversary of John Lennon's death. In tribute to the man, and his music Tim and I spun records most of the day, including for the first time ever a live Shuffle Function from 6 to 7 pm. The following is the complete playlist of the day. We want to once again thank everyone for your requests and your stories, and a special thanks to Gully for all of us his support.
1. Beatles - because
2. John Lennon - instant karma
3. Beatles - 1 after 909 (1962 version)
4. Beatles - this boy
5. John Lennon - I'm losing you
6. John Lennon - imagine (rehearsal)
7. Beatles - I am the walrus
8. John Lennon - new york city
9. Beatles - hey bulldog
10. Beatles - lucy in the sky with diamonds
11. John Lennon - number nine dream
12. Beatles - mr. moonlight
13. John Lennon - stand by me
14. Beatles - rain
15. John Lennon w/ Yoko and the Mothers of Invention - well baby please don't go
16. Beatles - bad boy
17. Beatles - dear prudence
18. John Lennon - beautiful boy
19. Beatles - rock n roll music
20. Beatles - don't let me down
21. Beatles - day in the life
22. Beatles - christmas message 1965
23. George Harrison - all those years ago
24. Beatles - everybody's got something to hide (except for me and my monkey)
25. John Lennon and The Plastic Ono Band - give me somne truth
26. Paul Westerberg - nowhere man
27. John Lennon - tight as
28. Beatles - dizzy miss lizzy
29. Plastic Ono band - blue suede shoes
30. John Lennon - watching the wheels
31. Beatles - glass onion
32. Posies - I'm looking through you
33. Beatles - leave my kitten alone
34. Beatles - julia
35. Beatles - I'm only sleeping
36. Beatles - I want you, she's so heavy
37. John Lennon - crippled inside
38. John Lennon - woman
39. Beatles - you know my name, look up the number
40. John Lennon - merry christmas (war is over)
41. John Lennon - nobody told me there'd be days like these
42. John Lennon and the Elton John Band w/Muscle Shoals Horns - I saw her standing there
43. " " " - whatever gets you through the night
44. Beatles - mr. postman
45. John Lennon - power to the people
46. Beatles - help
47. Beatles - good morning good morning
48. Beatles - helter skelter
49. John Lennon - steel and glass
50. The Quarrymen - that'll be the day
51. Beatles - strawberry fields
52. Beatles - I'll cry instead
53. Beatles - christmas message 1966
54. Beatles Medley - rip it up/shake rattle and roll/blue suede shoes
55. Beatles - don't let me down (Matt's mystery record)
56. The Dirty Mac - yer blues
57. John Lennon - I'm stepping out
58. Beatles - you've got to hide your love away
59. Beatles - ballad of john and yoko
60. Beatles - getting better
61. John Lennon - aisu asuam (I'm sorry)
62. David Bowie - fame
63. Beatles - yes it is
64. John Lennon - how do you sleep
65. Beatles - money
66. Beatles - can't buy me love
67. Beatles - baby you're a rich man
68. Beatles - all you need is love
69. Beatles - paperback writer
70. Beatles - revolution
71. Beatles - while my guitar gently weeps
72. John Lennon - mind games
73. Beatles - you'll be mine
74. Beatles - some other guy
75. John Lennon - oh yoko
76. Beatles - red sails in the sunset
77. Beatles - come together
78. John Lennon - look at me
79. Beatles - sexy sadie
80. Beatles - twist and shout
81. Beatles - free as a bird
82. Tony Sheridan w/ The Beatles - my bonnie
83. Beatles - obla di obla da
84. Beatles - slow down
85. Beatles - don't pass me buy
86. Beatles - ticket to ride
87. John Lennon - jealous guy
88. Beatles - strawberry fields (demo)
89. Beatles - tomorrow never knows
90. Beatles - hard days night (instro)
91. Yoko Ono - walking on thin ice
92. Beatles - in my life
93. John Lennon - whatever gets you through the night
94. Beatles - dizzy miss lizzy
95. John lennon - stand by me
96. Beatles - julia
97. Beatles - bad boy
98. Beatles - cry baby cry
99. John Lennon - cold turkey
100. Beatles - I am the walrus
101. John Lennon - isolation
102. Beatles - twist and shout
103. Beatles - run for your life
104. Beatles - a day in the life
DECEMBER 9, 2005 (352)
1. Ben Folds - not the same
2. Wilco - handshake drugs
3. Super Furry Animals - (rings) around the world
4. The Doves - black and white town
5. Art Brut - my little brother
6. Gang Of Four - I found that essence rare
7. LCD Soundsystem - give it up
8. Stereotypes - emily
9. Bell Orchestre - les lumieres pt 2
10. Laura Viers - secret someones
11. The darkness - girlfriend
12. Quintron - god of thunder
13. Brian Jonestown Massacre - satellite
14. Wolf parade - shine a light
15. Bikini Kill - rebel girl
16. The Stooges - I wanna be your dog
17. The Dirtbombs - stuck under my shoe
18. Replacements - I will dare
19. The Cure - in between days
20. The Rosebuds - kicks in the school yard
21. Half Japanese - movin' on up
22. Holiday - she's not the person you think you know
23. Devin davis - moon over shark city
24. Imperial - suki
25. Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players - eggs

Thursday, December 08, 2005


Thanks to everybody that called and e-mailed your requests and shared stories about John on our day long Lennon tribute Thursday. It was a long and exhausting day, but it was a dream for me and I hope you enjoyed it. Right now I'm too exhausted to dwell on it, but you'll likely hear more thanks from me on the show. You guys consistently make everything worthwhile.

Stay tuned for an entry on Shelley's upcoming day sponsor tribute to Stax Records.

Thanks again for everything!


Friday, December 02, 2005


Look! Shuffle Function has gone international! This is Philip. Philip is a long time pal of the show. Hero. Computer Wizard. Vangelis Fan. He's also doing his part to spread the Music Geek gospel around the world. Got any super groovy photos of you wearing your Shuffle Function t-shirt in exotic locals? E-mail them to and we'll make sure your statement is acknowledged!

December 8th, 1980 was a dark day for music fans. I remember exactly where I was when I heard John Lennon was killed. I had only just begun my Beatles obsession when it happened, and his death kicked it into overdrive. Morbid, I suppose, but I know I wasn't the only one that this happened to. I mean, Double Fantasy was only a lackluster seller in the weeks preceding his death and after he was gone it sold six million copies.

I was eleven at the time and a budding music geek. I began scouring flea markets for Beatles vinyl, which of course had become overpriced after that day. There was an antique show at the Madison East Mall, back when they actually had stores there. One of the tables had some old 45s and in the stack there were a couple by The Beatles. I think I paid a buck a piece for them. One was Yellow Submarine bw Eleanor Rigby, which was cool because as a kid I'd watched the film Yellow Submarine on television and had loved the song. The other single was the mystery to me. I hadn't heard either song before then, so I had no idea what to expect.

I dropped the needle on Paperback Writer and I was stopped in my tracks. No exaggeration. I remember standing in the living room of my childhood home literally stunned by the sounds I was hearing. From the a capella intro to the fuzzed out guitar (played by McCartney, I'd later find out) to that wonderful wonderful bass line, I was sold. It was all over for me. I remember actually exclaiming to my family "this is the sound I've been looking for!" When the song ended I flipped it and Rain started. A killer drum intro, more great guitar, and amazing bass (how sweet the sound).

This was the moment. I'm not kidding. If you dig through my record collection, or listen to stuff I play on the show, you'll find a pretty common thread from that moment to today. It wasn't until just recently that I realized I've been chasing that moment ever since, and that I've unconsciously been steering towards similar sounds.

This was also the moment that my priorities in life shifted. I spent all my cash building up my record collection. I picked up all the Beatles vinyl I could find, both U.S. and U.K. releases. I got a job at a record store and subsidized my habit with a low paying job that offered a discount on my addiction. I panicked when Capital announced it was discontinuing the U.S. editions of Beatles albums and only releasing the U.K. ones, so I ordered all the ones I didn't have to fill the holes before it was too late.

To this day I still carry the news clipping announcing the initial CD release of the first four Beatles albums in my wallet.

My name is Shyboy Tim and I have a problem.

Lessee... At some point this post became and autobiography. The real point of it is to announce that on December 8th I'm realizing a life long dream and devoting an entire day of radio programming to The Beatles, and more specifically John Lennon. Shelley and I will be up at the station starting at six a.m. and spinning tunes until 7 p.m. that night. Personally, I needed to mark the 25th Anniversary of John's death by doing something like this. The show is my main creative outlet, and I wanted to use it to express my grief and my respect and my total and complete fandom.

We'll be breaking for BBC News at 9 a.m., then again from 3 to 6 p.m. for World Cafe, but otherwise it'll be Shuffle Function live playing loads of Beatles and Lennon songs. It will undoubtedly be a long and exhausting day, but it will mean a lot to me and I hope it will mean a lot to you guys, too. I'm hoping that you'll help me out by calling and e-mailing your requests to us as the day goes on. I'll have everything I've scrounged up during my music geek career, and I've called in favors to fill any holes in the collection. Hopefully I won't get stumped on requests, but if I am I'll try and find something that'll fit the bill.

Anyway, Thursday, December 8th from six a.m. to seven p.m. Good tunes.



NOVEMBER 28, 2005 (343)
1. Elvis - santa claus is back in town
2. The Cribs - hey scensters
3. Johnny Thunders - chinese rocks
4. Brian Jonestown Massacre - not if you were the last dandy on earth
5. Diddley Squat - tiger lily
6. Troy Hess - christmas on the moon
7. Luscious Jackson - city song
8. Motion Sick - driving in England
9. The Clash - guns of brixton
10. Durondo - didn't I
11. XTC - senses working overtime
12. Rolling Stones - let it rock
13. Rolling Stones - miss you
14. Redd Kross - merry christmas
15. Justin Hines and The Dominoes - rub up push up
16. My Morning Jacket - anytime
17. Iggy and The Stooges - search and destroy
18. Low - when I go deaf
19. Yo La Tengo - shaker
20. Broadcast - black cat
21. Handsome Family - so much wine
22. The Sadies - translucent sparrow
NOVEMBER 29, 2005 (344)
1. They Might Be Giants - new york city
2. The Maybellines - come on
3. B52's - song for a future generation
4. The Paragons - the tide is high
5. Wilco - jesus, etc.
6. The Beatles - while my guitar gently weeps
7. American Holidays - lightning souls
8. Tiny Tim - rock around the clock
9. LCD Soundsystem - give it up
10. Awek - if you win (that's because I let you)
11. George Harrison - what is life?
12. Group Sounds - 1,000 phone calls
13. The Hold Steady - your little hood rat friend
14. Camper Van Beethoven - sweetheart
15. Herb Alpert and The Tijuana Brass - girl from impanema
16. The Beatles - old brown shoe
17. Rolling Stones - 2,000 light years from home
18. Morning After Girls - always mine
19. George Harrison - all thing must pass (demo)
NOVEMBER 30, 2005 (345)
1. Eux Autres - le project citron
2. Noonday Underground - london
3. John Wilkes Booze - bernadine
4. Ramblin Ambassadors - don't fear the reindeer
5. Larry Williams - dizzy miss lizzie
6. Death Cab For Cutie - christmas (baby please come home)
7. Go Home Productions - rapture riders
8. Blank Tapes - somebody new
9. Tiny Tim and The Brave Combo - stairway to heaven
10. Big D Irwin and Little Eva - I wish you a merry christmas
11. Beatles - norweigan wood
12. Free Design - my brother woody
13. Bob Dylan - seven days
14. Amii Stewart - knock on wood
15. Guitar Wolf - jet generation
16. Jonathan Richman - velvet underground
17. Waitresses - christmas wrapping
18. David Bowie - life on mars
19. Broken Social Scene - label debut
20. The Smiths - how soon is now?
DECEMBER 1, 2005 (346)
1. A.C. Newman - on the table
2. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - in this home on ice
3. Orange Alabaster Mushroom - your face is in my mind
4. The Cramps - human fly
5. Silver Jews - punks in the beerlight
6. The Rance Allen Group - lyin' on the truth
7. Sound Directions - dice game
8. Nous Non Plus - monokini
9. Bob Dylan - it's all over now, baby blue
10. Bob Mould - days of rain
11. Sloan - friendship
12. Joy Division - sister ray
13. Richard Hell and The Voidoids - love comes in spurts
14. Dead Milkmen - punk rock girl
15. Death From Above 1979 - blood on our hands
16. The Staple Singers - we've got to get ourselves together
17. Seventeen Evergreen - music is the wine
18. Supergrass - going out
19. Comet Gain - bored roar
20. The Greenhornes - it's not real
21. Giant Drag - kevin is gay
22. Johnny Cash - I still miss someone
23. Joy Division - she's lost control
DECEMBER 2, 2005 (347)
1. The Ramones - we want the airwaves
2. John Cale - in a flood
3. Velocity Girl - pop loser
4. The Who - I can't explain
5. Van Morrison - healing game
6. White Stripes - dead leaves and the dirty ground
7. Love As Laughter - idol worship
8. Prince - another lonely christmas
9. Cindy Mangsen - rudy's big adventure
10. The Backbeat Band - roadrunner
11. Red Shadow Rock n Roll Economic Band - understanding Marx
12. Judson Fountain - grabage can from thailand
13. Bobby Womak - across 110th street
14. The Impressions - people get ready
15. Replacements - I will dare
16. The Beatles - crying, waiting, hoping
17. Sun Volt - bandages and scars
18. Redd Kross - dancing queen
19. Andy Williams - it's the most wonderful time of the year
20. Atol Shah - be a toast popper
21. Elvis Presley - rock a hula baby

Monday, November 28, 2005


NOVEMBER 21, 2005 (340)
1. The Cure - 10:15 saturday night
2. Minmae - box of casstettes
3. Animal Collective - did you see the words
4. Link Wray - ain't that lovin' you babe
5. The Dramatics - what you see is what you get
6. Hot Chip - over and over
7. Nous Non Plus - monokini
8. Apollo's Apaches - boss be good to me
9. Hasil Adkins - can't help it blues
10. Link Wray - rumble
11. Wilco - kicking television
12. Kaiser Chiefs - na na na na naa
13. GoGoGo Airheart - big girl of beauty
14. Odetta - hit or miss
15. Daisy Spot - all I wanna know
16. Clap Your Hands And Say Yeah - over and over again (lost and found)
17. Echo and The Bunnymen - parthenon drive
18. Link Wray - the swag
19. The Go! Team - ladyflash
20. Little Richard - slippin' and slidin'
21. Lou Cortney - hey joyce
NOVEMBER 22, 2005 (341)
1. PLaybacks - little lisa
2. The Teeth - oh bessie
3. Elvis Costello and The Attractions - the imposter
4. Behulah - a good man is hard to kill
5. New York Dolls - trash
6. Grantchester Meadow - candlelight
7. K.C. and The Sunshine Band - I'm your boogieman
8. Velvet Underground - witing for the man
9. Marc Carroll - idiot world
10. Black Angels - manipulation
11. Guitar Wolf - wild zero
12. Michael Lee Rose - homeless song
13. Gang Of Four - at home he's a tourist
14. Go Home Productions - who fooled kylie
15. Talking Heads - heaven
16. AC/DC - it's a long way to the top if you want to rock n roll
17. The Clash - go straight to hell
18. Sea Ray - reverie
NOVEMBER 23, 2005 (342)
1. Echo and The Bunnymen - rescue
2. The Ponys - she's broken
3. Electralane - take the bit between your teeth
4. The Feelies - fa ce la
5. Gary Mullis - recitation about roy acuff
6. Johnny Cash and June carter-Cash - jackson
7. The Knitters - burnin' house of love
8. Tullycraft - secretly minnesotan
9. The Fleshtones - cara lin
10. Boy Girl Boy Girl - pushin' too hard
11. Guided By Voices - everybody thinks I'm a raincloud
12. Cat Power - the greatest
13. Gang Of Four - not great men
14. The Sonics - psycho
15. The beatings - pretty faces
16. New Order - krafty
17. AC/DC - ain't no fun waiting round to be a millionaire
18. Monade - wash and dance
19. Richard Swift - beautiful heart
20. Ryan Adams and The Cardinals - peacefull valley
21. Grant Hart - 2541
NOVEMBER 24, 2005
happy Thanksgiving!! Archival footage of Shuffle Function Radio Roulette
NOVEMBER 25, 2005
Happy Thanksgiving!! Archival footage of Shuffle Function radio Roulette and an interview with Mark Vidler of Go Home Productions

Friday, November 18, 2005


NOVEMBER 14, 2005 (335)
1. John Cale - fear is a man's best friend
2. Kelpie - wanderr eng
3. John Lydon/Afrika Bambatta - world destruction
4. Muddy Waters - tomcat
5. The 88 - nobody cares
6. Husker Du - don't want to know if you are lonely
7. Roger Human Being - boston whaler daze
8. Blank tapes - I tell myself again and again
9. The Clash - rudi can't fail
10. Rolling Stones - street fighting man
11. The Peels - I don't know
12. Joy Division - she's lost control
13. John Cale - perfect
14. Broken Social Scene - major label debut
15. Nick Drake - pink moon
16. Fionna Apple - parting gift
17. Chantays - pipeline
18. The Teeth - oh, bessie!
19. Harry Merry - moody bus driver
20. Oasis - my generation
21. Roky Erickson - bloody hammer
22. Elliot Smith - needle in the hay
23. Eileen - ces bottes sont fattes por marcher
NOVEMBER 15, 2005 (336)
1. Wilco - shot in the arm
2. Adolescents - everyday
3. Mohammed Rafi - janpehichano
4. Bob Dylan - isis
5. Flying Burrito Brothers - sin city
6. Ben Kweller - I need you back
7. Rolling Stones - dear doctor
8. Spoon - tear me down
9. High Strung - I never saw it as union
10. Jim Backus and Phyllis Diller - delicious
11. The Lucy Show - a million things
12. Myracle Brahs - she's everything
13. Material Issue - valerie loves me
14. Pere Ubu - final solution
15. Uncle Tupelo - I wanna destroy you
16. Dandy Warhols - down like disco
17. Foghat - slow ride
18. Wilco - heavy metal drummer
19. Bill Withers - lovely day
20. Billy Schuh and The Foundry - buy/sell/trade
NOVEMBER 16, 2005 (337)
1. Pink Floyd - arnold lane
2. Syd Barrett - octopus
3. Irving - l.o.v.e.
4. Go Home Productions - slim mcshady
5. Ramones - I wanna be sedated
6. R.E.M. - radio free europe
7. The Hurricane Lamps - tell me you miss me
8. The Von Bondies - c'mon c'mon
9.Kiss - rock n roll all night
10. Tom Robinson band - 2,4,6,8 motorway
11. Lou Reed - all through the night
12. The Chips - rubber biscuit
13. Crazy World Of Arthur Brown - fire
14. Jane's Addiction - stop
15. Black Angels - black grease
16. Rythmaplex Project - as jad fair
17. Bellaflea - tara
18. Ike and Tina Turner - proud mary
19. David Bowie - look back in anger
20. Husker Du - divide and conquer
21. Led Zeppelin - immigrant song
22. The Plugz - hombre secreto
23. Dead Kennedys - moon over merin
NOVEMBER 17, 2005 (338)
1. Breeders - cannonball
2. U2 - an cat dubh
3. LCD Soundsystem - too much love
4. The Smiths - this charming man
5. The Screens - flourescent
6. Thee Headcoatees - roadrunner
7. Bo Diddley - mam don't allow no twistin'
8. Joe Meek - telstar demo
9. Tornadoes - telstar
10. Gordon Lightfoot - wreck of the edmund fitzgerald
11. Jens Lekman - a sweet summer's night on hammerhill
12. A Certain Ratio - shack up
13. Broken Social Scene - our faces split the coast in half
14. My Bloody Valentine - loose my breath
15. Belle and Sebastian - put the book back on the shelf
16. Deerhoof - chatterboxes
17. Deerhoof - twin killers
18. Deerhoof - running thoughts
19. Deerhoof - vivid cheek love song
20. Deerhoof - o'malley, former underdog
21. Herb Alpert and The Tijuana Brass - this guy's in love with you
NOVEMBER 18, 2005 (339)
1. Rufus Thomas - itch and scratch pt.1
2. Quintron - place unknown
3. Why? - gemini (birthday song)
4. Waylon Jennings - macarthur's park
5. John Doe w/Neko Case - hwy 5
6. Pink Floyd - lucifer sam
7. B52's - quiche lorraine
8. When Girls Collide - talk to me
9. Descendents - silly girl
10. The Spectors - out of order
11. John Cale - woman
12. Guitar Wolf - I love you, okay
13. Negativeland - a piece of pie
14. Johnny Cash - folsom prison
15. English beat - mirror in the bathroom
16. Think - once you understand
17. Eileen McIlwaine - higher ground
18. Iron Butterfly - inna gadda da vida
19. Elvis Costello - radio radio

Saturday, November 12, 2005


NOVEMBER 7, 2005 (330)
1. Dr. Dawg - the pretender
2. Page France - chariot
3. Rythmaplex Project - as jad fair
4. Daniel Johnstyon - walking the cow
5. Calvin Johnston - rabbit blood
6. Elvis Costyello and The Imposters - monkey to man
7. Sleater-Kinney - oh!
8. The Acid House Kings - tonight is forever
9. Greg Dulli - cigarettes
10. Twink - alphabet
11. Sonic Youth - candle
12. Devo - the day my baby gave me a big suprise
13. Deerhoof - o'malley, former underdog
14. Comet Gain - the fists in the pocket
15. Talking Heads - love for sale
16. Jeff Tweedy - crack a smile
17. Lovely Feathers - pope john paul
18. Bingo Gazingo and My Robot Friend - your'e out of the computer
19. Greenhornes - it's not real
20. Jim O'Rourke - kaminari one
21. The Teeth - oh, bessie
NOVEMBER 8, 2005 (331)
1. Big Bill Brozny - it feels so good
2. Mussels - tuesday, thursday, friday
3. The Soft Boys - rock n roll toilet
4. Harry Merry - moody bus driver
5. They Might Be Giants - cyclops rock
6. Fever - labor of love
7. Sonic Youth - beat on the brat
8. William Shatner - common people
9. Blank Tapes - somebody new
10. Led Zeppelin - babe I'm going to miss you
11. Radiants - voice your choice
12. The Motion Sick - driving in england
13. Riptides - machine gun
14. Freelance Hellraiser - it ain't hard to tell
15. Black Angels - black grease
16. Air - bathroom girl
17. Harry Merry - computer problems
18. Public Enemy - you gonna get yours
19. Replacements - alex chilton
20. Beatles - paperback writer
21. Breeders - huffer
22. Rufus Thomas - do the funky chicken
23. Iggy Pop - passenger
NOVEMBER 9, 2005 (332)
1. A Band Of Bees - these are the ghosts
2. Pere Ubu - non alignment pact
3. Electralane - two for joy
4. The Beakers - four steps toward a cultural revolution
5. Sly and The Family Stone - life
6. Boston - more than a feeling
7. Tom Vek - c.c. (you set the fire in me)
8. Free Design - kites are fun
9. Sam Champion - company dance
10. Tra La La La - little side of town
11. Kate Bush - king of the mountain
12. Benji Cosa - another man
13. Pernice Brothers - clear spot
14. The Morning After Girls - run for our lives
15. Dressy bessy - stop foolin'
16. The Jam - in the city
17. Frank Zappa - san berd'no
18. Leaving Trains - dumb as a crayon
19. Rolling Stones - rocks off
20. Unknown - carry on my wayward son
NOVEMBER 10, 2005 (333)
1. Rootboy Slim - dare to be fat
2. General Electriks - frost on your sunglasses
3. Spectors - out of order
4. Black Neil Diamond - I'm a believer
5. Ramones - judy is a punk
6. Dave hardin - baltimore your home to me
7. Greenhornes - there is an end
8. Husker Du - could you be the one?
9. Gris Gris - year zero
10. Legendary Stardust Cowboy - down in the wrecking yard
11. Joan and Dominic - thief river: my home town
12. Joy Division - no love lost
13. Nirvana - love buzz
14. Grandpaboy = mpls
15. Instigators - full circle
16. Carry Nations - find it
17. Tom Waits - walking spanish
18. Levy - on the dance floor
19. Elvis Costello and The Attractions - I don't want to go to chelsea
20. The Sterns - exit strategy
21. The Ruttles - it's looking good
22. Velvet Underground - rock n roll
1. Duran Duran - hungry like the wolf
2. Olivia Newton John - if not for you
3. The Olympics - western movies
4. John Valente - anything you want
5. Jan and Dean - fun fun fun
6. Cheap Trick - I want you to want me
7. Doobie Brothers - long train running
8. Steve Forbert - romeo's tune
9. First Class - beach baby
10. Jerry Jeff Walker - up against the wall you red neck mother
11. Gerry Rafferty - baker street
12. Captain and Tenille - love will keep us together
13. Lobo - rings
14. Foriegner - blue morrning blue day
15. Jay Ferguson - thunder island
16. K.C. and The Sunshine Band - keep it comin, love
17. Culture Club - I'll tumble for you
18. Al Stewart - year of the cat

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Wondertwins Power Activate - form of a volunteer!!!

As Shyboy Tim would so elegantly put it, here's the thing. We have a new poster for Shuffle Function, and we would like your help taping them up at your favorite coffee shops, record stores, and any other music geek hang-out that comes to mind. Tim and I have no problem hitting the Mankato/St. Peter area, but it's a big world out there and we could use your help. If you live "out and about", and would like to volunteer your time for the cause of free form radio, just drop us an email. Be sure to include your mailing address, and the number of posters you would like, and we will drop them into the mailbox and send them on their way. When you are tallying up the number of posters you can use, please keep in mind that these expenditures come out of the pockets of Tim and I, so please don't use the fuzzy math!!!

thanks -


Friday, November 04, 2005


In case you missed it, Friday morning we declared the weekend of Nov 4th - 6th "Harry Merry Weekend". So, you may ask, what the heck is a Harry Merry? How is this relevant to me in 21st Century America, with the videos and the podcasts and the DVD players and the making with the happies? I'm glad you asked.

This past Wednesday the Shuffle Function Contingent went to see Quintron at the 7th Street Entry. Perfect venue to see the wild eyed volcanic organ work of a man who would probably be an evil genius had he chosen a different line of work. We had already expected to see a different kind of show knowing it was Quintron, but we had no idea what the other acts on the bill would be like.

Enter Harry Merry.

Harry entered the room dressed as a "dutch boy" with the classic Dutch Boy haircut, likely a nod to his Netherlands heritage. He walked on his heels, probably to emulate the look of wearing clogs. His gear: A keyboard and CD player. Harry would cue up a backing track on the CD and accompany it on keyboard, singing in a thick northern European accent songs like "My Friend Superstar", "Rock and Roll Post Man", and "The Appetite Gets Satisfied Each Bite". He looks a little like Crispin Glover, and his stage act definitely has that kind of sensibility to it. Sometimes he'd cue up the wrong track on the CD player and then fiddle with it, apologizing and saying "eet eez a nuisance, isn't it?"

By the end of the set I had purchased his CD. Folks might not believe me otherwise.

Thursday we were all spazzy over Quintron, but the real buzz in our brains was Harry's set. We ended up talking about him for most of the show and then we debuted on the show "Moody Bus Driver", our favorite track on his CD "Well... Here's Another Nice Mess You've Got Me Into" from the Tocado label. Five minutes of unhinged keyboard and vocals about a busdriver with a gambling problem who is.. well, moody, and treats his passengers shabbily. During the song a listener called and said that he had never turned his radio completely off in the car before, but made an exception for Harry Merry.

Needless to say, we were hooked.

The kicker is that all that night and the first second I was awake on Friday, I had "Moody Bus Driver" running through my head. I met Shelley at the station and said "all night I've had..." and she finished my sentence with "Moody Bus Driver". Good to know I'm not the only one. We spent the whole of Friday's show talking about Harry again. His music is odd, yet very catchy. We debuted his track "Alright, Rebecca!" and now I have that song stuck in my head, too. At somepoint, I'm not sure when, we decided that if we were going down then everybody else was coming with us. HARRY MERRY WEEKEND WAS DECLARED!

The bands page of Tocado has a Harry Merry entry that includes an mp3 of Moody Bus Driver. Download it and listen to it. Play it for friends. It has an In The Mouth Of Madness brilliance to it. You may not take to Harry at first, but give it a chance. After a while you won't be able to get it out of your head. While you are listening, go to and check out the gallery, read the bio, immerse yourself in Harry's world.

We here at Shuffle Function have gone deep. We are now Harry Merry fans. Join us, won't you?



We get e-mails and calls from folks all the time about podcasting. Believe me when I say we would love to podcast. There's just one problem: Licensing. We'd have to license every second of music we would broadcast via podcasting. I've looked all over trying to find that one loophole that would allow us to get away with a music podcast, but it would be financially disastrous. Oh sure, we could try and get away with just doing it, but KMSU and Shuffle Function would be screwed legally. And we all know how painful that can be.

I'm guessing the only folks that can afford the luxury of music podcasting are commercial radio networks, and it would certainly be in their interest to keep the cost of licensing prohibitive for independent outlets. Sigh. Sometimes it is tough to be the good guys.

Anyway, if anybody knows of a legal way for us to do this and not shaft the musicians and ourselves, let us know. We're certainly open to suggestions. We'd love to make the show more accessible for the folks that can't hear us live.



OCTOBER 31, 2005 (325)
1. The Zanies - the mad scientist
2. Side A of "The Purple Knif Show" by Lux Interior
3. Ted Cassidy - the lurch
4. Side B of "The Purple Knif Show" by Lux Interior
5. Kenny and The Fiends - house on haunted hill
6. Side C of "The Purple Knif Show" by Lux Interior
7. Herschell Gordon Lewis and The Amazing Pink Holes - theme to moonshine mountain
8. The Cool Ghoul - you can't ghoul me
9. Side D of "The Purple Knif Show" by Lux Interior
10. Bobby Boris Jones - surfer smash
11. The Cramps - surfin dead
12. Criswell - someone walked over my grave
NOVEMBER 1, 2005 (326)
1. Pixies - motorway to roswell
2. Flock Of Seagulls - wishing
3. Scritti Politti - skank bloc bologna
4. Bang Gang - find what you get
5. John Lennon - whatever gets you through the night
6. The High Strungs - the luck you got
7. Go Go Go Airheart - so good
8. Enoch Light - you've made me so very happy
9. Dino - harmonia
10. The Ventures - telstar
11. Depeche Mode - john the revelator
12. Beastie Boys - intergalactic
13. Quintron - god of thunder
14. They Might Be Giants - we wanna rock
15. The Bob Green Express featuring Toni Morgan - where is the love?
16. The Legendary Stardust Cowboy - radar
17. Pete Townsend - stop hurting people
18. Petra haden - mary ann with the shaky hands
19. Roger Daltrey - free me
20. Keith Moon - when I'm 64
21. John Entwistle - boris the spider
22. Pete Townsend - won't get fooled again
NOVEMBER 2, 2005 (327)
1. Public Enemy - your'e gonna get yours
2. Belle and Sebastian - lazy line painter jane
3. Archie Wood - snow bird
4. Bob Dylan - positively 4th street
5. Thin Lizzy - hero and the madman
6. Rolling Stones - sway
7. Iggy Pop - the passenger
8. Them - I can only give you everything
9. Legendary Stardust Cowboy - hot tub teddy
10. John Cale - turn the lights on
11. Go Home Productions - rapture riders
12. Black Angels - winter 68'
13. Porch Ghouls - fujiyama attack
14. Losin Streaks - leavin' here
15. Guitar Wolf - fujiyama attack
16. Back Beat Band - rock n roll music
17. Motorhead - ace of spades
18. The Replacements - unsatisfied
19. Frank Black w/Al Franken - atlantis
NOVEMBER 3, 2005 (328)
1. Munkey Juice - cold cold days
2. Billy Schuh and The Foundry - dancing lights / slow machines
3. The Maybellines - the only ones
4. Preston School Of Industry - get yr crayons out
5. Talking Heads - life during wartime
6. Pixies - velouria
7. The Numbers - drunk with pain
8. Quintron and Miss Pussycat - fly like a rat
9. Beatifics - something anything
10. Blanket music - press conference
11. Stereolab - the noise of carpet
12. The Happies - wahaka
13. The Kills - telephone radio germany/love is a deserter
14. Old Time Relijiun - your mama used to dance
15. Bloc party - banquet
16. Harry Merry - moody bus driver
17. The Beatles - everybody's got something to hide (except me and my monkey)
18. Quintron and Miss Pussycat - place unknown
19. Komeda - boogie woogie rock n roll
20. Pavement - gold soundz
21. Silver Jews - punks in the beer light
22. The Shins - pressed in a book
23. Matthew Sweet - girlfriend
NOVEMBER 4, 2005 (329)
1. Jimmy Reed - I ain't got you
2. AC/DC - it's a long way to the top (if you want to rock n roll)
3. Kenny Rogers and The First Edition - just dropped in to see what condition my condition was in
4. Light FM - stormtroopers
5. The Blank Tapes - I saw the satelite
6. YMCK - magical 8 bit tour
7. Black Sabbath - planet caravan
8. Drums and Tuba - four notes in april
9. Mummy and The Peep Show - boys don't cry
10. Gary Newman - cars
11. Harry Merry - all right rebecca
12. Cream - badge
13. The Band w/The Staples Singers - the weight
14. The Clash - spanish bombs
15. The Beatles - leave my kitten alone
16. The catch - hoffmeister
17. Beautiful Newborn Children - do the do
18. Otis redding - satisfaction
19. Aerosmith - sweet emotions
20. Wilco - I am trying to break your heart
21. Harry Nillson - jump in the fire
22. American Girls - heavy and struck
23. The Phantom - love me
24. harry Merry - moody bus driver


OCTOBER 24, 2005 (320)
1. Paul Westerberg - dyslexic heart
2. Ghosty - big surrender
3. XTC - respectable street
4. Her Space Holiday - forever and a day
5. Frankie Stein and His Ghouls - chills
6. Judson Fountain - granny sing no more
7. Husker Du - could you be the one?
8. Tom Vek - c c (you set the fire in me)
9. LCD Soundsystem - give it up
10. Joy Division - transmission
11. Television - marquee moon
12. Ded Wood - smells like monster mash
13. Mindbenders - it's getting harder all the time
14. The High Strungs - the luck you got
15. The Jam - town called malice
16. Two Unknown Girls - time of my life
17. Delgadoes - girls of valour
18. Kelpie - wandurr eng
19. Ben Folds Five - steven's last night in town
OCTOBER 25, 2005 (321)
1. Undertones - teenage kicks
2. Undertones - teenage kicks
3. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - our time
4. RX - white lines
5. Castanets - a song is not the song of the world
6. Hold Steady - hornets hornets
7. Wizzo - don't you want me?
8. Buck Brothers - gorgeously stupid
9. Mark Savage - do you think I'm sexy?
10. Velvet Underground and Nico - all tomorrow's parties
11. Rythmaplex Project - as jad fair
12. Sparkletones - the bop and rock boogie
13. The Fleshtones - american beat 84
14. Tom Bower - I will survive
OCTOBER 26, 2005 (322)
1. The Creation - making time
2. Wilco - spiders (kedsmoke)
3. The Oranges band - ride the nuclear wave
4. Art Brut - formed a band
5. Unknown - ben / I miss you ben
6. The Maybellines - the only one
7. The Bees - these are the ghosts
8. The Magic Numbers - mornings eleven
9. Ween - good on th' bun
10. Shooby Taylor - over the rainbow
11. Bachman Turner Overdrive (Shuffle Function Radio Roulette ala Bill) - takin' care of business
12. Frank Black w/Al Franken - atlantis
13. Pixies - debaser
OCTOBER 27, 2005 (323)
1. Go Home Productions - a slim mcshady
2. Mummy The Peep Show - schoolgirl pop
3. Elvis Costello - pony street
4. Go Home Productions - union city noise
5. Rulers - wrong em boyo
6. Led Snooplin - drop it like it's a whole lott
7. Los Shains - el munstruo
8. Go Home Productions Remix - t.v. eye
9. Go Home Productions - rapture riders
10. Go Home productions - girl wants (to say goodbye to) rock n roll
11. Go Home Productions - strung out king
12. Judson Fountain - halloween night
13. A & D - deceptafreakon
14. Soul Wax - skee lo vs. The Breeders vs. eye of the tiger
15. Dictionarioke - easy
OCTOBER 28, 2005 (324)
1. Michael Jackson - thriller
2. Boy Girl Boy Girl - freak accident
3. Roky Erickson and The Aliens - don't shake me lucifer
4. The Sonics - psycho
5. Rolling Stones - midnight rambler
6. Beat Happening - pajama party in a haunted house
7. Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet - big baby
8. Guitar Wolf - roaring blood
9. Billy Riley and His Little Green Men - flying saucer rock n roll
10. The Shaggs - it's halloween
11. Nico - the end
12. The Cramps - tv set
13. Dead Kennedys - halloween
14. The Sonics - strychnine
15. Echo and The Bunnymen - killing moon
16. Jonathan Richman - vampire girl
17. Television - glory
18. The Cramps - mad daddy


OCTOBER 17, 2005 (315)
1. John Cale - perfect
2. Magic Numbers - mornings eleven
3. Led Zeppelin - babe I'm leavin you
4. Spinal Tap - big bottom
5. Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds - red right hand
6. Gollywogs - fight fire
7. The Operators - scorpio rising
8. The Clash - complete control
9. Original Norweigan Cast Of Rocky Horror - time warp
10. Jane's Addiction - been caught stealing
11. The Thrills - deck chairs and cigarettes
12. North American Halloween Prevention Initiative - do they know it's halloween
13. Calvin Johnson - rabbit blood
14. Delcounts - bird dog
15. The Beatles - bad boy
16. Rolling Stones - can't you hear me knockin'?
17. Sumulano - little red rhumbahood/S.S. Rythym
18. The Groupies - primitive
OCTOBER 18. 2005 (316)
1. L.A. Tool and Die - jesus saved me at the record show
2. Firehose - honey please
3. Harry Nillson - jump in the fire
4.Joy Divivion - she's lost control
5. Husker Du - turn it around
6. Magnetic Fields - when my boy walks sown the street
7. Kenny Rogers and The First Edition - just dropped in to see what condition my condition was in
8. Rolling Stones -let me go
9. YMCK - magical 8 bit tour
10. Stereolab - cybelle's reverie
11. Levy - on the dance floor
12. BC Camplight - blood and peanut butter
13. When Girls Collide - talk to me
14. Big Star - back of my car
15. Beatifics - almost something there
16. Larry Page Orchestra - everybody's gonna be happy
17. Acid House Kings - 7 days
18. Jeff Tweedy - crack a smile
19. Kenny Rogers and The First Edition - ruby, don't take your love to town
20. Blondie - hanging on the telephone
OCTOBER 19, 2005 (317)
1. Backbeat Band - money
2. Broken Social Scene - superconnected
3. David Bowie - heroes
4. The Cramps - surfin' dead
5. Deerhoof - twin killers
6. Ze Malibu Kids - vacination
7. Unknown - carry on my wayward son
8. Written In The Sand - u.f.o. disaster
9. Nick Lowe - cruel to be kind
10. Jim Carroll - people who died
11. Unknown - bohemian rhapsody
12. LCD Soundsystem - disco infiltrator
13. Rythmaplex Project - let's go
14. The Remains - don't look back
15. Iggy And The Stooges - search and destroy
OCTOBER 20, 2005 (318)
1. Ben Kweller - untitled
2. Devo - gut feeling
3. Dressy Bessy - stop foolin'
4. Sonic Youth - ca plane pour moi
5. Komeda - frolic
6. The Doors - peace frog
7. LCD Soundsystem - losing my edge
8. Langley School Music Project - desperado
9. A.C. Newman - on the table
10. They Might Be Giants - fingertips
11. Wild Man Fischer - monkeys vs. donkeys
12. Unknown - heart of stone
13. Talking Heads - once in a lifetime
14. The Replacements - I will dare
15. The Pixies - debaser
16. John Doe - hwy 5
1. Those darn Accordians - we're an accordian band
2. Franta Band - in the mood
3. Stan Carda - laughing polka
4. JOhn Check and The Wisconsin Dutchmen - shake rattle and roll
5. Ambrose - green is green
6. in studio: Dave Ross - open up your heart
7. Frankie Yankovic - whoop de doo
8. Chimielski Brothers - spoonfull of sugar
9. Little Fisherman Orchestra - joan pa snippen schottishe
10. in studio: Ambrose Kodet - tinker polka
11. in studio: Dave Ross - oh my my
12. Buckwheat Zydeco - in the summertime
13. Larry's Concertina Band - beer barrell polka
14. Wierd Al Yankovic - polkas on 45
15. in studio: Ambrose Kodet - I'm coming waltz
16. in studio: Dave Ross - just because
17. in studio: Ambrose Kodet - how dry I am/in heaven there is no beer
18. Dad and The Brown Boys - proud mary
19. Those darn Accordians - pump it up
20. Checklites - no beer today
21. World's Most Dangerous Polka Band - yes sir that's my baby
22. Don Klossner - knock three times
23. in studio: Ambrose Kodet - concertina polka

Monday, October 31, 2005


Hey Trick or Treaters -
KMSU is located in the building behind Chipotles, across from campus and the bell tower. Here are the key words: ALUMNI FOUNDATION CENTER. Parking is available in the back lot, and we are on the second floor of the building. You can't miss us, Radio Cramps is booming out the door!!!
Call us at 389 - 5678 and we can talk you in if your'e lost. See ya!!!


Saturday, October 29, 2005


Hey Party People,

Ancient Shuffle Function Secret: you are never too old to trick or treat. Stop by the station from 6 to 8 a.m. on Halloween, with your pledge (of $25.00 and up) for KMSU, and you shall be rewarded with a Shuffle Function Halloween Gift Bag. What's in the bag? Well it wouldn't be much of a suprise if I told you, but here's a hint: one of the items utilizes KISS makeup. OUT OF TOWNERS - don't worry, Shuffle Function has got your back. Give us a call with your pledge of $25 and more and we can set aside a Shuffle Function Halloween Gift Bag for you.

And there will be candy, lots of candy. The "Purple Knif" show will be spinning on the turntable, a recording of a radio show in which Lux Interior of The Cramps plays his favorite 45's from his own collection. As one listener so aptly pointed out, it is a record of Lux playing records, and it is brilliant.

We hope to see you Monday - let's end the Fall Pledge Drive with a bang!!! Costumes are not mandatory, but you will be treated like a king or queen should you be sporting one.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005


Alright. We've been pimping the station for over a week and we're in the homestretch. It is getting tougher and tougher to convince folks at this point to throw in and help keep independent radio alive. We're running out of angles to convince the stragglers.

Let me suggest this:

Listen to commercial radio at some point before the drive is over. Listen to all the damn commercials. Listen to the lame lame banter of Bob and Tom in the morning, their unfunny bits and their unfunny comedians. Listen to the mediocre music "product" that is being pushed by these stations. Music that is probably entirely being pimped by a major label that is quick to bail on a great band because they don't sell a million units right out of the chute.

Now, imagine a world where those same commercial stations are your only option. You have nowhere to turn but to a station that answers to its corporate owners who answer to their shareholders.

Now, if you were me you'd probably have nightmares over this sorta thing. Do we really want to throw Southern Minnesota to the corporate media wolves? If we could do something to prevent something like this happening, shouldn't we do that something?

Hey! There is something!

Please. Please please please. Please make a donation to KMSU.

If you are reading this then you obviously have taken an active interest in Shuffle Function and the station. If you are reading this and you have pledged, then you have taken a step towards ensuring the survival of an independent voice on the airwaves. If you have not pledged, I'd like to urge you to please consider doing so.

We're not going to turn down a donation. If you can't afford to pledge at one of the premium levels (see preceding posts for details) then maybe you can afford five or ten dollars. If you would like to pledge at a higher level but want to do so in installments, we can help. You can be billed or you can get it out of the way with a credit card. There are many options.

Give the station a call at 507-389-5678 or 1-800-456-7810 and help keep independent media alive. If you are at work or don't like phones (and I know I don't) then drop us a line at and give us your info. We'll take care of the paperwork.

We appreciate your support and we appreciate that the drive is getting old. It is something we have to do, however. Thanks for your understanding with this.

In other news...
In a last ditch attempt to pry pledge dollars out of the hands of our gorgeous listeners, we're going to have special trick or treat premiums. If you swing by the station on Halloween with a pledge of 25 dollars and up, Shelley and I will have some super cool Halloween Geek Packs assembled as a thank you. Stop in, say "trick or treat" and get some sweet swag on the last day of the drive. Costumes optional.

As far as programming on Halloween is concerned, we'll be featuring Lux Interior (from the Cramps) and his Purple KNIF show. This is a cool double album Shelley picked up of Lux doing a radio show and spinning his favorites from his record collection. If you know anything about Lux, then you know he has one hell of a collection. It is a really fun recording, and it wouldn't be Halloween without some Cramps, right?

Thanks again for your understanding and patience during the pledge drive. We really do need your help.


Sunday, October 23, 2005


Thanks for all your support so far for the pledge drive! You helped us set a new personal record for most dollars pledged in one day (and on our first day, at that) and your continued support for the coming week will help to push us towards (and hopefully past) the station's goal.

Don't forget that this coming Thursday is the Annual Shuffle Function Radio Roulette show, six p.m. to seven. The minefield that is the As Seen On Tv Album once again rears its ugly head and treats us to a completely random playlist. Who knows what terror lies in wait for us? Could it be Air Supply? Could it be Dionne Warwick? You will just have to tune in and find out. We will be joined again by Lisa , who will share her vast knowledge of compilation Records with us. She has also helped us assemble two exclusive compilation album Pledge Packs for the drive, and they will become available during the show, so you'll want to tune in and dig deep!

We have loads of different pledge levels for the show, so please click THIS LINK to check them out. If you listen to the show, then you know that KMSU is worth keeping alive. Every year we need your support more and more to continue operating and providing you with the unique programming that you will only find at 89.7fm. Pledge Drives aren't just something we do. They really are a lifeline to our continued operations. So thank you if you have already pledged, and thanks in advance to those of you who will be throwing in this coming week. You guys rock.

On a blog related note, we continue to get stupid spam in the comments section of the blog posts. I changed the setting so that folks commenting will be required to key in a word that they see on the screen before posting. It is an extra step that assures that the person commenting is, in fact, a person, and not a bot set up to spam the blogosphere. Besides, if you guys really need information on online pharmacies and herbal supplements and refinancing, I'm guessing you get enough of that spam in your own e-mail!

Thanks for all your continued support, not just for us but for all of KMSU. I know I keep going on about how great I think the station is and how great I think you all are for believing enough to support us financially, but I can't help it. This station is important to me and to the community. The possibility of it not existing is pretty scary.

It turns me into a station pimp.


Wednesday, October 19, 2005


Hey gang! It is fall pledge drive time, and KMSU comes to you asking for your financial support to keep independent radio alive and well in Southern Minnesota.

If you look at the current radio climate in the commercial radio world, it is a bleak one. Years of disregarding the needs of its listeners in favor of the almighty advertising dollar has created a bleak culture of bland, repetitive programming. Did you know that the average "Top 40" commercial station that airs 24 hours a day has only 200 songs in its playlist? Who does this serve: The listener or the corporation? Did you know that many commercial stations are programmed by directors that don't even live in the communities they are "serving"? What about the fact that the 200 songs playlist often features a half hour of commercials an hour?

Is this obscene or what? The weirdest part of all this is that many of these commercial broadcasters are suddenly wondering why they are losing listeners.
It is called having your head in the sand, people.

It is for these reasons and many many more that a station like KMSU, which is run by folks in your community, needs to exist. The folks that work here at KMSU - most of whom are volunteers - are here because they believe in how genius radio can be. Their enthusiasm comes through when they program their shows with music they love, offering their personal perspectives about it.

What is missing on an independent station run by people that truly care about what they present and the community they serve? Commercials. You don't have commercials screwing up the unique programming we offer here at KMSU. We have messages from generous underwriters, most of whom are locally owned, letting you know they support independently produced quality radio, and that is it. Well, almost...

A couple of times a year we come to you, the listener, and urge you to support the station financially. Without your assistance we cannot continue broadcasting. You know how bad it sucks when you have a car repair? Imagine what it is like when a broadcast tower is struck by lightning. Something like that might not be tough for a station that is loaded with tons of advertising, but for a local mom-and-pop independent station it is a big big deal. We really really need the support of our listeners to keep this station alive and well and providing you with the kind of programming you simply cannot hear anywhere else.

for your generous contribution at the $25 dollar level we have your choice of gifts. Your first option is the sweet sweet vinyl 45 of The Theme From Shuffle Function by Songs To wear Pants To, backed with Mankato's Own (and one of our favorite bands) The Rhythmaplex Project performing "Let's Go". Your other choice is the CD compilation "Finders Keepers: The Unusual World of Found Recordings", lovingly crafted by Shuffle Function Artisans. This is a collection of our favorite found recordings, many of which you've heard on the show. It is both poignant and hilarious and completely worth a $25 donation, I think.

For $40 you get both of the above mentioned items, which reek of music geek cred.

At the $50 level we offer up a brand new Shuffle Function t-shirt, available exclusively during the Fall Pledge Drive. It is a brand new design... NOW WITH COLOR! I'm pretty pleased with the design. It screams Music Geek, and you'll want to be the first kid-on-your-block/fashionista to sport one.

For $75 we'll give you the t-shirt, plus you'll get the vinyl and the Finders Keepers compilation. Gosh, what value! Surely a quality radio station like KMSU is worth financially supporting if they offer us value like this! But you know...

For just $25 dollars more you can be PROGRAM DIRECTOR FOR A DAY! You'll get the t-shirt, your choice of the vinyl or Finders Keepers compilation, and we'll invite you on the air TO PLAY WHATEVER YOU WANT! It'll be your show to run for two hours some morning. We'll push the buttons and talk too much, but the musical destiny of Southern Minnesota and Northern Iowa will be in your hands! We are limiting this to 20 Program Directors, and 1/4 of the slots are already filled, so don't spend too much time mulling it over. They will be gone before you know it.

There's also other station stuff like CDs, travel mugs, and Day Sponsorships at different pledge levels. The Day Sponsorship is actually really cool. You can sponsor an entire day of programming, and you can either dedicate the day to someone or something special, or you can make special requests for the music to be played. One of the cooller day sponsorships happened on Bob Dylan's birthday when they requested a full day of Dylan music be played.

We also recognize that money is tight these days. If you want to help out but can't afford at one of the pledge levels, we'll accept whatever amount you'd like to give. No amount is too small or big. Every pledge is significant when you are running an independent community driven station. If you'd like to pledge at one of the premium amounts but don't have all the cash right now, we also offer the option of making payments. We've had many members spread the payments out over several months. There are many options. You can be sent a bill or pay with a credit card, too.

This has been incredibly wordy and long, so I'll wrap it up. First a few reminders about the Shuffle Function calendar:
Friday, Oct. 22nd: Polka Till You Puke! A Full show of Polka, both recorded and LIVE IN STUDIO!
Thursday, Oct. 27th, 6 p.m.: SHUFFLE FUNCTION RADIO ROULETTE! The Superbowl of the Shuffle Function year, and we're once again joined by the always amazing Lisa. We always do this show around Halloween because with comp albums the music always has the potential to be absolutely horrifying. We draw numbers, flip coins, and roll dice to determine our playlist. It is completely random and completely fun.

O.k., now I'm really done. Please consider financially supporting KMSU, one of the last independent radio broadcasters in your own backyard. The phone numbers to call in your pledge are 507-389-5678 or 1-800-456-7810. If you want, you can also drop us an e-mail at and we'll take your information that way.

Thanks for all your support!


Monday, October 17, 2005


OCTOBER 10, 2005 (310)
1. XTC - senses working overtime
2. Eileen - these boots were made for walking
3. Soft Boys - only the stones remain
4. Dandy Warhols - cool as kim deal
5. They Might Be Giants - alphabet of nations
6. YMCK - magical 8 bit tour
7. Sonic YOuth - tunic (song for karen)
8. Dinosaur Jr. - freak scene
9. The Shaggs - shaggs own thing
10. Unknown - bohemian rhapsody
11. Rush - tom sawyer
12. Led Zeppelin - rock n roll
13. The Who - a quick one (while he's away)
14. Greg Dulli - cigarettes
15. Paul Westerberg - stain yer blood
16. Broken Social Scene - fire eye'd boy
17. Mathew Sweet - girlfriend
18. Rolling Stones - sympathy for the devil
OCTOBER 11, 2005 (311)
1. Beatles - here comes the sun
2. Her Space Holiday - forever and a day
3. Bruce McCollouch - doors fan
4. - sanctuary's over
5. Brian Jonestown Massacre - jennifer
6. Make Believe - one zero
7. Only Ones - another girl another planet
8. Dave Barry - don't give me no lip
9. Kelly Stoltz - your'e out of this world
10. Rolling Stones - try a little harder
11. John Cale - out-of-the-bag
12. John Cale - perfect
13. John Cale - turn the lights on
14. John Cale - woman
15. Deerhoof - wrong time capsule
16. Los Temperarios - me atropaste (you really got me)
17. Fionna Apple - extraordinary machine
18. Big Bill Brozny -it feels so good
19. Bobby Womak - across 110th street
20. Go Home Productions - rapture riders
OCTOBER 12, 2005 (312)
1. Twilight Singers - teenage wristband
2. TraLaLa - all fired up
3. Magnetic Fields - washington d.c.
4. B52's - planet harvey
5. Bob Mould - wishing well
6. The Bats - mirror
7. Ariel Pink - for kate I wait
8. Broadcast - goodbye girls
9. Ben Folds Five - eddie walker
10. Nouvelle vague - a forest
11. Guided By Voices - I'll replace you with machines
12. The Tokens - the lion sleeps tonight
13. Bruce Springsteen - devils and dust
14. The Band - up on cripple creek
15. Gene Vincent - be bop a lula
16. Husker Du - celebrated summer
17. The Dirtbombs - no expectations
18. The Beautiful Newborn Children - do the do
19. B52's - strobe light
20. The Specials - do the dog
21. Husker Du - could you be the one
22. Bruce Springsteen - trapped
23. Bruce Springsteen - born to run
OCTOBER 13, 2005 (313)
1. Jane's Addiction - stop
2. Black Wire - god of traffic
3. Joy Division - love will tear us apart
4. Don Henson and The Rigor Morticians - riboflavin non-carbonated polyunsaturated flavored blood
5. Heavy Blinkers - gentle strength
6. Beat Happening - pajama party in a haunted hive
7. Natural History - julie tender
8. The Fleshtones - b.y.o.b.
9. Social Distortion - another state of mind
10. The Replacements - color me impressed
11. Fuzztones - ward 81
12. The (International) Noise Conspiracy - the way I feel about you
13. The Who - my generation
14. Black Sabbath - paranoid
15. The Lovetones - inside a dream
16. Ted Cassidy - the lurch
17. Captain Beefheart - ella guru
18. Roky Erickson and The Aliens - bloody hammer
19. Jeff Tweedy - crack a smile
20. Stereolab - la ypers sound
21. Jad Fair and Jason Willett - frankenstein meets the wolfman
22. Squeeze - annie get your gun
OCTOBER 14, 2005 (314)
1. The Feelies - crazy rythyms
2. Modern Lovers - foggy notion
3. 101ers - keys to your heart (v.2)
4. Lois Prima - jump jive and wail
5. Go Betweens - streets of your town
6. Cymade - bra
7. Sound Directions - the horse
8. The Clash - the clampdown
9. Low - when I go deaf
10. Gary Numan - cars
11. Herb Alpert and The Tijuanna Brass - taste of honey
12. Howlin' Wolf - hwy 49
13. Talking Heads - cities
14. Silver Jews - punks in beer light
15. Wilco - heavy metal drummer
16. The 88 - battle scar
17. Southern Culture On The Skids - liquored up and laquered down
18. The Ramones - blitzkreig bop
19. Buzzcocks - ever fallen in love (with someone you shouldn't have)

Wednesday, October 12, 2005


Shuffle Function listeners, we know the outdoor air is starting to cool down. Yes, you can see your breath in the morning, and you have to locate your car scraper, and suddenly everyone you know has a cold. Fall is undoubtably upon us, and hints of snow (i.e. "Menace" in Shyboy Tim slang) is in the air. But don't let that get you down. Fall also represents Octoberfest, which in turn can only mean one thing - it's POLKA TIL YOU PUKE time on Shuffle Function!!!!
On Friday October 21st, Shuffle Function will fill the airwaves with the sweet, sweet oom pah pahs of polka. Ambrose and Dave will once again be joining us to play live in the studio, and proffesional polka fans Maude and Dorothy will be slinging the beer and dancing along. Well... maybe not the beer part, but dancing - YES!!! POLKA TIL YOU PUKE is gauranteed to put a smile on your face and a tap in your toes, so be sure to tune your radio dial to 89.7 fm at 6 a.m. on October 21st for two hours of Shuffle Function polka mayhem.
OH - if there is a polka favorite of yours that we simply MUST play, feel free to give us a call at the station, or zip us off an email. We have hundreds of polka records that we can reference.


Friday, October 07, 2005


OCTOBER 3, 2005 (305)
1. The KInks - where have all the good times gone
2. Broadcast - black cat
3. Fiery Furnaces - crystal clear
4. Velvet Underground - foggy notion
5. The Band - slippin' and slidin'
6. Boy Girl Boy Girl - freak accident
7. Husker Du - something I learned today
8. Kaiser Chiefs - I predict a riot
9. Sid Lavernts - nola
10. The band - 4 % pantomime
11. Rolling Stones - undercover of the night
12. LCD Soundsystem - loosing my edge
13. Judson Fountain - captain hale
14. Bob Dylan and The Band - tell me, momma
15. The Raveonettes - my boyfriends back
16. Shooby Taylor - stout hearted man
17. Jane's Addiction - jane said
18. Rush - spirit of the radio
19. Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin - pangea
20. The La's - there she goes
21. Morrissey - the more you ignore me the closer I get
OCTOBER 4, 2005 (306)
1. Ben Folds - annie waits
2. Pine Top Seven - fringe
3. Dandy Warhols - all I have to do is dream
4. The Earlies - bringin' em back again
5. East Village Opera Company - overture redux
6. The Who - won't get fooled again
7. Diamond Nights - the girl's attractive
8. Diggable Planets - where I'm from
9. Calvin Johnson - the leaves of tea
10. Make Believe - his short quip when eddie's bothered
11. Dr. Dog - the world may never know
12. The Go! Team - bottlerocket
13. Howlin' Wolf - I asked for water (she gave me gasoline)
14. Nic Armstrong and The Thieves - broken mouth blues
15. Little Richard - slippin' and slidin'
16. Shonen Knife - daydream believer
17. The Castaways - liar liar
18. Husker Du - eight miles high
19. The Smiths - that joke isn't funny anymore
20. The Clientele - my own face inside the tree
21. Tom Vek - cee-cee (you set the fire in me)
22. The legendary Stardust Cowboy - paralyzed
23. B.J. Snowden - prince edward island
OCTOBER 5, 2005 (307)
1. Dead Milkmen - punk rock girl
2. The Cribs - the new fellas
3. K C and The Sunshine Band - I'm your boogie man
4. The Only Ones - the beast
5. Sly and The Family Stone - que sierra sierra
6. The Stereotypes - skinny penny
7. Quintron and Miss Pussycat - chatterbox
8. Deke Arlon - can't make up my mind
9. Bird Brain - jet
10. My Red Cell - she's ;eaving
11. Scout Niblet - kidnapped by neptune
12. Sex Pistols - did you no wrong
13. Ronnie hawkins and The Hawks - who do you love
14. Belle and Sebastian - the stars of track and field
15. Mott The Hoople - crash street kidds
16. The Sterns - this will only hurt for a minute
17. Frankie Goes To Hollywood - relax
18. P.I.L. - swan lake
19. 13th Floor Elevators - slip inside this house
20. Stooges - search and destroy
21. Dedwood - smells like monster mash
OCTOBER 6, 2005 (308)
1. The Pixies - monkey gone to heaven
2. Preston School Of Industry - the furnace sun
3. Green On Red - gravity talks
4. The Cramps - chicken
5. Hasil Adkins - chicken walk
6. Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet - run chicken run
7. Roy Orbison - chicken hearted
8. Rufus Thomas - do the funky chicken
9. The Replacements - satellite
10. The Lovelies - weekender man
11. Of Montreal - forecast fascist future
12. A.C. Newman - the battle for straight time
13. The Replacements - achin' to be
14. Paul McCartney and Wings - live and let die
15. Light FM - stormtrooper
16. X - the unheard music
17. The Runaways - cherry bomb
18.Daniel Johnston - impossible love
19. The Replacements - tommy gets his tonsils out
20. Dinosaur, Jr. - little furry things
21. Written In The Sand - u.f.o. disaster
22. Jeff Tweedy - crack a smile
23. Sam Champion - company dance
OCTOBER 7, 2005 (309)
1. Beatles - I am the walrus
2. The Ruttles - piggy in the middle
3. Titania - outdoor miner
4. Beatles - I'm so tired
5. The Lashes - death by mixed tape
6. Beatles - good morning, good morning
7. Living Things - I owe
8. The Jam - the bitterest pill I've had to swallow
9. John Lennon - slippin' and slidin'
10. John Lennon - oh yoko
11. IDC - cold turkey
12. Beatles - rock n roll music
13. John Lennon - the ballad of john and yoko
14. Beatles - mr. postman
15. John Lennon - whatever gets you through the night
16. John Lennon - imagine
17. Beatles - come together
18. John Lennon - watching the wheels
19. John Lennon - jealous guy
20. Beatles - you've got to hide your love away
21. Beatles - I call your name
22. Beatles - strawberry fields forever
23. Beatles - bad boy
24. Beatles - a day in the life

Saturday, October 01, 2005


Cripes, how could I forget this? Shuffle Function Cadet #227 Kyle pointed this one out to us. Apparently there was a contest to re-edit a trailer for a film to completely change the way the film would be sold. The result is the heartwarming film "Shining" directed by Stanley Kubrick and starring Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duval, and Scatman Crothers. It almost makes it look like it could be a Cameron Crowe film or something.


I suppose we should apologize to everybody that ended up getting MacArthur Park stuck in their heads after last Friday's MacArthur Park Expo, but we're not going to. You should be so lucky as to have the song stuck in your head! Special thanks to Jilly the P, Ann from Blue Velveeta, and Reverend Dan for swinging by the studio to help us out with the Richard Harris Broadway style breakdown and sing along. I know that Richard would have wanted it that way.

A few things coming up for the month of October: Polka Til You Puke, Ktel Radio Roulette, and PLEDGE DRIVE! I'll save the sales pitch for when it is underway, but the drive will be running from October 19th to October 31st. Since KMSU is an independent public radio station, as you know, we must periodically ask our listeners for financial support. It is easy to think that these things are just something we do, but for a station like us it is literally life or death. I'll lay the guilt trip on thicker in the coming weeks, but if you enjoy our show or any of the programming on KMSU, please consider helping us financially. You support means everything to us.

Also, we have a brand new Shuffle Function t-shirt for a premium this pledge drive. We're talking to you, fashion casualties!

Here's a few things that may be of interest to the music geek community:

Our friends at WFMU have posted the ENTIRE Van Morrison contractual obligation session on their blog! We've played a few of the tracks on the show before, but they have all 31 improvised songs up for your listening pleasure. The story: Van was ready to kiss off Bang Records, so he went in and made up these songs (most about a minute long) to fulfill his contract. They are pretty weird, many not listenable, but there are some hilarious moments.

Halloween will always be my favorite holiday. As a morbid child I looked forward to dressing up and begging for candy, and that feeling still exists in this morbid adult. Here's something else that appeals to this morbid adult: Haunted Memories Changing Portraits. These things are super creepy. The artist takes a portrait and somehow constructs it so that as you walk past it the image slowly changes into a zombie or corpse or something else creepy or foul. There are animated gifs on the site so you can see how it works. They are spendy but very cool. Better yet, you can commission to have YOUR PORTRAIT change into something gruesome. I'm thinking maybe a portrait of me and Stevie Nicks...

I think this one may be my favorite.

As a kid I launched a few bottle rockets, but fireworks have never really held any personal appeal. I could never understand what the big deal was about lighting a firecracker. It go boom. Hurrah. I have always been attracted to the cheap, lowbrow graphics of fireworks packaging, however. Maybe it is because it was designed to be destroyed or something. Anyway, here's a cool gallery of fireworks art. Fuse not included.

The ultimate Paul Westerberg page, Men Without Ties, has compiled a Westerberg tribute CD. All the tracks are posted on site and are available to download. The folks that contributed are all huge Paul/Replacements geeks, so you know their hearts were in the right place. Go to the news page to find the link.

That's it for now. I'm still on the mend from this blasted cold that is making the rounds.


Friday, September 30, 2005

SHUFFLE FUNCTION PLAYLIST for Sept 26 - 30, 2005

SEPTEMBER 26, 2005 (300)
1. Rolling Stones - no expectations
2. Black Lipstick - shallow
3. Casual Dots - mama's gonna bake us a cake
4. Half Japanese - secret
5. Yo La Tengo - big day coming
6. Talking Heads - this must be the place (naive melody)
7. The Knitters - dry river
8. Rising Storm - baby please don't go
9. U2 - vertigo
10. The Beatles - tomorrow never knows
11. Shooby Taylor - somewhere over the rainbow
12. Ben Folds Five - alice childress
13. Chris Stamey Experience - venus
14. The Bats - mir
15. British Sea Power - victorian ice
16. The Replacements - left of the dial
17. Friends Like These - karen
18. The Who - I can't explain
19. Judy Henske and Jerry Yester - snowblind
20. Charles Douglas - statecraft
21. Velvet Underground - cool it down
SEPTEMBER 27, 2005 (301)
1. Brave New World - train kept a rollin
2. Giant Drag - yflmd
3. The Clash - pressure drop
4. Carly Simon - nobody does it better
5. Bob Dylan - sally gal
6. An Angle - change the world
7. George Harrison - what is life
8. Television - friction
9. Todd Bowie - karmaphobe
10. Fiery Furnaces - norweigan wood
11. Ted Leo - I'm looking through you
12. Magic Numbers - the mule
13. David Bowie - scary monsters and super creeps
14. Joe Meek - not sleeping too well lately
15. The Fall - youwannher
16. R.E.M. - superman
17. Laura Viers - secret someones
18. Velvet Underground - I found a reason
19. Sammy Davis Jr. - shaft
SEPTEMBER 28, 2005 (302)
1. David Bowie - life on mars
2. The Strokes - is this it
3. Elmore James - rollin and tumblin
4. Fleshtones - communication breakdown
5. Devo - gut feeling
6. Windsor For The Derby - praise
7. West Indian Girl - what are you afraid of?
8. Buckwheat Zydeco - in the summertime
9. Ween - tastes good on the bun
10. Paul Lamb - whoopin'
11. Calvin Johnson - rabbit blood
12. Velvet Underground - white light / white heat
13. Violent Femmes - american music
14. Devandra Banhart - long haired child
15. Nico - these days
16. Nouvelle Vague - love will tear us apart
17. Rolling Stones - sympathy for the devil
18. Bob Dylan - leopard skin pillbox hat
19. Unknown - I sing about blue
SEPTEMBER 29, 2005 (303)
1. Bobby Lewis - tossin and turnin
2. Bruce Springsteen - badlands
3. Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds - all tomorrow's parties
4. Nancy Sinatra - it ain't me babe
5. Ween - someday
6. Nada Surf - in the mirror
7. Stiff Little Fingers - alternative ulster
8. Chuck Berry - 30 days
9. Koko Taylor - wang dang doodle
10. Soft Boys - I wanna destroy you
11. Bob Dylan - maggie's farm
12. Deerhoof - longtime capsule
13. Jerry Lee Lewis - breathless
14. Go Home Productions - a slim mcshady
15. New Order - krafty
16. Replacements - I will dare
17. The Monkees - listen to the band
18. Belle and Sebastian - me and the major
19. R.E.M. - can't get there from here
SEPTEMBER 30, 2005 (303)
MACARTHUR PARK day, all covers of this great song in honor of Richard Harris's birthday!!!
1. Jimmy Webb
2. The Assembled Multitude
3. Frank Sinatra
4. Chet Atkins
5. Hybrid Kids
6. Hugo Montenegro
7. Beggar's Opera
8. Donna Summers
9. Waylon Jennings
10. Templeton Twins
11. Sammy Davis, Jr.
12. Percy Faith Orchestra
13. Ukele Orchestra of Great Britain
14. Richard Harris