Thursday, June 30, 2005


Gosh, parades are swell, aren't they? Gosh.

This coming Monday KMSU has a "float" (actually a flatbed with stuff on it) in the St. Peter 4th of July parade and we want you guys to be a part of it. Oh, you could just sit on a curb and watch the parade, but we'd like you to actually be on the float and walk along the route with us. We want to show the world that may not know about KMSU what the face of public supported independent radio is.

We're serious. Join us. It should be a good time. We're thinking an army of Music Geeks would be pretty impressive.

Shelley and I are gonna get some mix CDs together, as Gully said he'll have a P.A. for us to blare stuff through, and I guess there will be a mic in case anyone needs to make testimonials about why KMSU doesn't suck.

So here's the logistics:

The actual parade line-up starts at 8:30, but Gully's thinking nine-ish will be about right. According to the map the parade folks gave us, we'll be setting up at the corner of Washington and Skaro, and we're float #28. The parade starts at 10 am.

Maybe we could do some obnoxious chanting, like spelling out VINYL, and we'll need folks to hand out candy to the little children. Children do love their candy so.

Shuffle Function will be there, as will some of our wrecking crew, and Gully will of course be the king of the hill. We'll be decked out in our Shuffle Function t-shirts, and if you have one you should wear yours, too. I know there's at least a couple hundred of you out there!

You know, I'm sure none of the commercial stations are going to have their listeners out there with them. If we can get a bunch of folks to show that they love community supported radio so much that they'd publicly show their feelings by marching on the station's behalf in a parade, then I think folks would be impressed.


If you have any questions, write us at, or call the station at 507-389-5678 or 1-800-456-7810.

Thanks for all your support. I hope we see you on Monday morning!


Monday, June 20, 2005


Look to the skies, the 45 record adapter is shining in the spotlight. That can mean only one thing - we need your help.
Recently Last Call Records (formerly known as New Rose Records) re-released a double cd package of The Legendary Stardust Cowboy Rides Again, and Retro Rocket Back To Earth. This is exciting news, and I was glad to think that some royalty checks would being heading The Ledge's way. But then the floor dropped out of this happy scenario. The Ledge called us up the other morning during the show, and when I told him I'd recently purchased the re-release, he had no idea what I was talking about. Nobody had told him about this at Last Call Records, and even worse - he wouldn't be receiving any money from the new cd's release.
Now I know that I can get overly protective of The Ledge, so please forgive me. But this is a man who has gotten the raw end of every deal he's ever been in, and this is no exception. The Ledge said someone signed for him by proxy, that he never even saw the contract. He received a small payment at the time but apparently the terms of the contract do not require he be paid any royalties for any pressings or sales of these albums. Apparently the label isn't violating any terms by not paying The Ledge for these things. It does, however, appear to be a situation not dissimilar to that of the early rock & roll performers that were screwed in their contracts. He asks that we encourage you, our listeners, to let Last Call Records know how wrong this is. Thanks to the internet, it is quite easy to say your peace these days. Last Call Records is located in France. You can email them at . If snail mail is more your speed, their address is as follows:

Last Call Records
168 Avenue Jean Jaures
92120 Montrouge

Feel free to email us at , or drop off a comment if you have any questions. I thank you for your help, and I know The Legendary Stardust Cowboy thanks you too, cowpokes!!!


Tuesday, June 14, 2005


Hey, gang! Hope you've all been enjoying the first round of Program Directors for a Day on the morning show as much as we have. Lesseee... We've been introduced to the wonders of jewish polka, heard buttloads of the best music I've never heard of, and basked in the glow of Judy Garland's genius. So far so good. We have a bunch more on the way, so stay tuned as more music geeks join us in the studio for... well... music geeking.

It's been a while since we've posted anything random, so we've rounded up a few cool links for your time wasting pleasure.

I ask you, would you actually go to your murder trial wearing a toupee like this? He looks like one of the dudes from the Banana Splits. Philly philly philly...


Here's a really sweet memorial page dedicated to Precious, the cat. Precious actually got to spend some quality time in a remarkable Lego cathedral, and here's the pictures to prove it!

Jay from Blue Velveata sent us this link to an animated film about the power of the mix tape. Really great stuff.

Thurston Moore from Sonic Youth edited a fantastic fantastic fantastic book about the art and power of the mix tape, called Mix Tape: The Art of Cassette Culture. I myself would spend hours and hours compiling mix tapes for myself and others, and I still have a few around. I always gave the best ones away and I'm sure they are all long gone now. I'd often be working on a side of a T-90 and screw up towards the end and be forced by my perfectionist nature to redo the entire side. That's why I'm such a sucker for mix CDs now. Any screw ups can be fixed in a second, and when I'm in the zone I can put together a real muther of a mix in a few minutes. Maybe I'm lazy, but maybe I'm a perfectionist in love with technology. Or maybe I'm a lazy perfectionist.

Anyway, the book has loads of photos and track listing from people that are in love with the art form. Definitely worth checking out.

Lots of good stuff at the Sonic Youth site, including this page that has demos and singles and alternate versions of stuff. Check out the great covers they have for you!

Check out this short blurb on Aint It Cool News about an upcoming collaboration between Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez called Grindhouse. I'm a huge fan of both these guys, so when I see they are trying to recreate the sleazy sleazy world of the z-grade grindhouse movie experience I know that the project will be obsessive and brilliant. I CANNOT WAIT!


Here's the page that the folks at the Shuffle Function International Conglomocorp go to for all their Paul Westerberg news.

I'm going to see if we can get The Legendary Stardust Cowboy's mailing address on here, so that any of you guys that didn't get it during the anniversary show can still write him. He loves fan mail, so let the man know that Southern Minnesota loves him!

Also, we've started receiving photos of listeners wearing their Shuffle Function t-shirts in exotic and fascinating locations, like in front of an amazing collection of vinyl, or the sunny beaches of Hawaii. If you have similar images, please send them our way! Keep spreading the word that there's something else out there besides commercial radio suckiness. Which reminds me...

Clear Channel set up a pirate radio station to try and be all "we don't suck like Clear Channel". Huh. Dude, all the revolutions get co-opted by the establishment, so I suppose it was inevitable that commercial radio begin detecting its own suckiness and try and cash in on it. Read the article and hurl at the shamelessness.

Also, have you heard this new format crossing the nation called The Jack? There's a station like that up in the cities. They try to mimic an iPod "Shuffle Function" by delivering a seemingly random playlist of a wide variety of music. Hey, I'm all for variety, but when you try and deliver a wide variety of crap, it is still a big steaming station of crap. If you guys can listen longer than three songs then you are better than me.

Well, that's it for this round. If anybody out there sees any cool links that the Music Geek Community needs to know about, send them our way and we can try and post them on the blog.

Thanks again for all your support. We're hearing from new listeners nearly every day, and it is really inspiring.


Sunday, June 12, 2005

Shuffle Function playlist for June 6 - 10, 2005

June 6, 2005 (221)
1. Belle and Sebastian - lazy line painter jane
2. Wilco - shot in the arm
3. Gordon Gano - impossible love
4. Shooby Taylor - live on Showtime at the Apollo
5. LCD Soundsystem - losing my edge
6. X - we're desperate
7. Free Design - bubbles
8. Ben Folds - landed
9. David Bowie - life on mars?
10. Pere Ubu - heart of darkness
11. Shooby taylor - somewhere over the rainbow
12. The Futureheads - robot
13. LeTigre - tell you now
14. Ramones - chinese rocks
15. Tenacious D - tribute
16. Elvis Presley - suspicious minds
17. Shooby Taylor - busted
18. The Who - sparks
19. Stephen Malkmus - mama
20. Roy Orbison and The Teen Kings - your'e my baby
21. Joan Jett and The Blackhearts - crimson and clover
22. Spinal Tap - rainy day sun
23. Shooby Taylor - folsom prison
June 7, 2005 (222)
1. White Stripes - blue orchid
2. Lemmy, Slim Jim, and Sammy B - trying to get to you
3. Innaway - stolen days
4. The Yardbirds - smokestack lightning
5. Husker Du - diane
6. MC5 - skunk (socially speaking)
7. White Stripes - as ugly as I seem
8. Redd Kross - only a girl
9. Little Richard - land of 1,000 dances
10. Black Cat Music - wine in a box
11. Gorillaz - last living soul
12. White Stripes - the denial twist
13. The Playbacks - little lisa
14. Polyphonic Spree - light a day / reach for the sun
15. They Might Be Giants - alphabet of nations
16. Jonathan Richman - the velvet underground
17. The New Creation - sodom and gamorah
18. Roky Erickson and The Aliens - bloody hammer
19. White Stripes - forever for her (is over for me)
20. Yoko Ono - walking on thin ice
21. Dressy Bessy - she likes it
22. Rolling Stones - shine a light
June 8, 2005 (223) P.D. 4 a day - DAVE!!!
1. The Fall - touch sensitive
2. Toy Leve - swimming pool
3. Alan Vega - jukebox babe
4. Liquid Liquid - optimo
5. Gang Gang Dance - nomad for love
6. Young Marble Giants - brand new life
7. Holy Modal Rounders - euphoria
8. Dungen - panda
9. Jeff Mangum - I love how you love me
10. Beat Happening - I spy
11. The Clean - thumbs off
12. Animal Collective - we tigers
13. J Mascis - boy with a thorn in his side
14. The Comsat Angels - independence day
15. Joanna Newsom - peach plumb pear
16. The Ruins - black sabath reversible medley
17. The Residents - kawliga
18. Half Japanese - firecracker
19. Low - I started a joke
20. M.I.A. - pull up the people
21. Six Organs Of Admittance - words for two
22. Beat happening - hangman
23. Captain Beefheart - trust us (take 6)
24. Pylon - precaution
25. This Heat - sleep
26. Sun City Girls - vinegar stroke
27. Daniel Johnston - careless souls
28. Frog Eyes - time reveals it's plan at the poison falls
29. Beat Happening - bad seed
30. Jandek - lavender
June 9, 2005 (224)
1. Siuxsie and The Banshees - mirage
2. The Replacements - within your reach
3. Yo La Tengo - the summer
4. Kaiser Chiefs - saturday night
5. The Fugitives - no tease
6. Heavy Blinkers - gentle strength
7. John Doe - the losing kind
8. Man Of The Year - mucho maucho
9. Beatles - helter skelter
10. Nirvana - about a girl
11. Lou Reed - kill your sons
12. Stevie Ray Vaughn - superstition
13. Richard harris - mcarthur's park
14. Dead Kennedys - viva las vegas
15. Guitar Wolf - jet beer
16. Vanishing Kids - sleeping beat
17. Soft Boys - tonight
18. William Shatner - I can't get behind that
19. The Beakers - red towel
20. Lusious Jackson - city song
21. David Bowie - ziggy stardust
22. Wizz - I love rock n roll
23. Legendary Stardust Cowboy - new jersey turnpike
June 10, 2005 (225) P.D. 4 a Day = Jessica!!!
Everything is Judy Garland today, in honor of her birthday.
1. blue butterfly
2. hang onto a rainbow
3. when the butterfly kiss the buttercups goodbye
4. the land of let's pretend
5. texas tornado
6. swing mr. mendolssohn
7. bei mir bist du schoen
8. somewhere over the rainbow
9. the jitterbug
10. fascinating rythym
11. I cried for you
12. nobody
13. all the things you are
14. how about you
15. chin up
16. paging mr. greenback
17. biding my time
18. could you use me
19. boys and girls like you and me
20. trolly song
21. love
22. march of the doagies
23. mr. monotany
24. swanee
25. I've got the sun in the morning
26. the man that got away

Shuffle Function Playlist for May 31 - June 3, 2005

May 31, 2005 (217)
1. Morrissey - how soon is now?
2. Devin Davis - giant spiders
3. Raveonettes - love in a trashcan
4. Jonathan Richman - I was dancing in a lesbian bar
5. Led Zeppelin - whole lot of love
6. Modest Mouse - gravity rides everything
7. A.C. Newman - on the table
8. Big Star - september gurls
9. Stereolab - cybelle's reverie
10. Nico - waiting for the man
11. Orange Alabaster Mushroom - your face is in my mind
12. Shout Out Louds - please please please
13. Dressy Bessy - stop foolin'
14. Joy Division - she's lost control
15. Maximo Park - apply some pressure
16. Kaiser Chiefs - na na na na naa
17. Sex Pistols - god save the queen
18. National Lampoon - what if ed sullivan were tortured?
19. The Ponys - today
20. Casiotone For The Painfully Alone - it just wasn't the same somehow
21. Bunky - funny like the moon
June 1, 2005 (218) P.D. 4 a Day - Tom and Chantill
1. They Might Be Giants - boat of car
2. Tori Amos - wednesday
3. Kabalas - walmart polka
4. Cake - never there
5. Four Shadows - george
6. Steely Dan - any major dude
7. Devo - jerkin back and forth
8. Simon And Garfunkel - baby driver
9. Toad The Wet Sprocket - brother
10. Ok Go - this will be our year
11. Talking Heads - this must be the place (naive melody)
12. Tears For Fears - head over heels
13. Kabalas - do it on your own time
14. Blue Oyster Cult - don't fear the reaper
15. Tori Amos - happy phantom
16. They Might Be Giants - dirt bike
17. The Supremes - reflections
18. Joni Mitchell - big yellow taxi
19. Tori Amos - caught a light sneeze
20. America - sister golden hair suprise
21. Kabalas - the dybbuk
22. Harry McClintock - big rock candy mountain
23. Flaming Lips - yoshimi battles the pink robot
24. Ned's Atomic Dustbin - saturday night
25. They Might Be Giants - out of jail
26. Devo - (I can't get no _ satisfaction
27. They Might Be Giants - tip a canoe and tyler too
June 2, 2005 (219)
1. Billy Schuh and the Foundry - buy sell trade
2. Spinto Band - track 14
3. Magnetic Fields - a chicken with it's head cut off
4. Fiery Furnaces - single again
5. Harry Nillson - jump in the fire
6. Victor Lundberg - open letter to my teenage son
7. Duplex - best little boy
8. Alice Cooper - school's out
9. Mickey and Sylvia - love is strange
10. Dandy Warhols - cool as kim deal
11. The Pixies - head on
12. Deep Throat Soundtrack - driving with Linda
13. R.E.M. - crush with eyeliner
14. Fauz Jean - kiss life on the lips (k's trip)
15. John Wayne - why are you marching son?
16. Duplex - yr mama
17. Legendary Satrdust Cowboy - my underwear froze to the clothesline
18. Jimmy Reed - ain't that lovin you baby?
19. William Shatner - common people
20. They Might Be Giants - meet james ensor
21. Bruce Springsteen - all I'm thinkin' about
22. Wazmo Nariz - checking out the checkout girl
June 3, 2005 (220)
1. Only Ones - another girl another planet
2. Stooges - no fun
3. Telephone - change your mind
4. Elvis Costello - this town
5. Rush - spirit of the radio
6. Beatles - if I needed someone
7. Beat happening - otherside
8. Devo - peek-a-boo
9. National Lampoon - the comedy of psychiatrist dr. ricky johnson
10. Think - once you understand
11. Think - gather
12. Red Shadow and The Economic Rock and Roll Band - understanding marx
13. Red Shadow and The Economic Rock and Roll Band - anything good
14. Atol Shah - be a toast popper
15. Atol Shah - misc. songs
16. Kinks - I gotta move
17. Black Sabath - fairies wear boots
18. Iron Butterfly - inna gadda davida
19. Breeders - cannonball
20. Friends Like These - 7th street queen
21. Guided By Voices - teenage fbi

Thursday, June 02, 2005

Shuffle Function Playlist for May 23 - 27, 2005

May 23, 2005 (212)
1. Ben Folds Five - narcolepsy
2. AC/DC - ain't no fun waitin' round to be a millionaire
3. John Doe - heartless
4. Earl Greyhound - teenage kidnap
5. Paul Westerberg - dyslexic heart
6. Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin - pangea
7. Dressy Bessy - ring a ling a ling
8. Maximo Park - going missing
9. P.J.Harvey - down by the water
10. Gang of Four -return the gift
11. Klark Kent - don't care
12. Joe Jackson - look sharp
13. The Damned - neat neat neat
14. Johnny cash - I still miss someone
15. Henry Thomas - fishin' blues
16. Tom Waits - blind love
17. From Bubblegum to Sky - the gurls and shooby doo wop
18. John Linell - west virginia
19. Teenage fanclub - everything flows
May 24, 2005 (213)
In honor of Bob Dylan's birthday, and a day sponsor we played all Bob. Unless noted, everything is by Bob Dylan.
1. baby let me follow you down
2. all along the watchtower
3. stuck inside a mobile with the memphis blues again
4. she belongs to me
5. Bob Dylan and The Band - she's your lover now
6. million dollar bash
7. it's allright ma, I'm only bleeding
8. knockin' on heavens door
9. hwy 61 revisited
10. isis
11. hard rains a gonna fall
12. mamma you've been on my mind
13. tangled up in blue
14. masters of war
15. fourth time around
16. on a night like this
17. if you see her say hello
18. shooting star
19. if not for you
20. Bob Dylan and The Band - baby let me follow you down
May 25, 2005 (214)
Because yesterday got Tim "Mr. Jonesin' " for more Dylan (get it - do you get it? sorry) I encouraged him to play on. SO, once again everything is Bob unless noted.
1. mixed up confusion
2. quit your low down ways
3. the usual
4. I don't believe you, you act like we never met
5. tombstone blues
6. up to me
7. my back pages
8. Bob Dylan and The Band - crash on the levee (down in the flood)
9. wallflower
10. leopard skin pillbox hat
11. positively 4th street
12. it ain't me babe
13. lay lady lay
14. groom still waiting at the altar
15. jet pilot
16. went to see the gypsy
17. it takes a lot to laugh, it takes a train to cry (alt. version)
18. most of the time
19. spanish harlem incident
20. Bob Dylan and The Band - forever young
May 26, 2005 (215)
1. The Thrills - deck chairs and cigarettes
2. Bottom Of The Hudson - december is only a window
3. Cheap Trick - dream police
4. Dino, Dezi and Billy - tell someone that you love them
5. The casual Dots - bumble bee
6. Cream - lawdy mama
7. IDC - cold turkey
8. Gang of Four - sweet jane (live)
9. The Underbeats - I can't stand it
10. Holly Golightly - virtually happy
11. Sonic Youth - touch me I'm sick
12. The Gonn - blackout of gretely
13. Franz Ferdinand - jaqueline
14. Wondermints - knowing me knowing you
15. Dead 60's - riot radio
16. Giant Sand - change is now
17. B.J. Snowden - in canada
18. Syd barrett - wined and dined
19. The Cramps - new kind of kick
20. Thomas Dolby - she blinded me with science
21. DJ Propellerhead - intro
22. De-T-roit - keg party tonight
May 27, 2005 (216)
1. Hurricane lamps - tell me you miss me
2. Paul Westerberg - world class fad
3. Sloan - everything you've done wrong
4. Elliot Smith - a fond farewell
5. Negativeland - a piece of pie
6. Daniel Johnston - go
7. X - see how we are
8. Soft Boys - underwater moonlight
9. Air - ghost song
10. Brian Jonestown Massacre - nat if you were the last dandy on earth
11. Happy Mondays - 24 hour party people
12. Sur Royalda Count The Parlaiments - scream mother
13. Joy Division - digital
14. Sweet Trip - chocolate matter
15. The Jesus and mary Chain - just like honey
16. Guitar Wolf - roaring blood
17. Motorhead - ace of spades
18. Husker Du - ice cold ice
19. Johnny Cash - starkville city jail