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.