Tuesday, January 30, 2007


Is it possible that January is almost over? Weird. Freezing cold and weird.

Well, there's a couple of dates you'll wanna jot down in your Blackberry or mental rolodex or whatever you kids nowadays are using to remember junk.


Calling all suckers and cynics! Shuffle Function will play your Valentine's dedications, pro or con, on February 14th! Me, I think the day is a scam perpetrated by the candy, flowers, and greeting card cartels to guilt trip poor saps into feeling they have to spend real cash money to prove their love to someone. Shelley, for some reason, buys into it all. But we'll gladly play requests and dedications that buy into or expose the sham that is Valentine's Day. Send them to us at shufflefunction@hotmail.com and we'll plug them into the playlist. Please, if you request some crazy song that's a half hour long or something, state your case as to why it should be played. We want to make sure we have time to play everybody's dedication. We're fair like that.


Tune into Shuffle Function: Unbound, Thursday February 8th at six p.m., as we will be announcing the dates for the Shuffle Function 24 Hour Pledge Drive A-Go-Go. For those of you that are new to the Shuffle Function family, the 24hpdagg is an excuse for Shelley and I to take over the airwaves of KMSU for 24 consecutive sleep deprived hours, playing music we dig and shilling for a station that we firmly believe will save us all from the nightmare of commercial radio. It's always a big pile of exhausting fun, so you'll want to start training now. Take it from us: Caffeine only goes so far during these things.

That's about it for now. Stay tuned for further announcements.


Friday, January 26, 2007


JANUARY 22, 2007 (636)
QuizMaster Gary is the Program Director For A Day

1. Frank Zappa - St Alfonzos pancake breakfast
2. Supertramp - the logical song
3. Pretenders - breakfast in bed
4. Rolling STones - miss you
5. Rolling STones - lies
6. Rolling Stones - shattered
7. Led Zeppelin - back country woman
8. Bruce Springsteen - wreck on the highway
9. The Clash - revolution rock
10. B52's - hallucinating pluto
11. Project 86 - all of me
12. London 86 - caged
13. King Crimson - 21st century schizoid man
14. Blue man Group - white rabbit
15. Black Uhuru - spongi reggae
16. Ramones - I want you around
17. Nick Lowe - so it goes
18. Devo - come back Jonee
19. Don McLean - vincent
20. Aric Bieganek - SC excavating
21. Johnny Cash - I've been everywhere
22. Linda Ronstandt - Mohammed's radio
23. Pixies - ain't that pretty at all
24. Warren Zevon - Johnny strikes up the band

JANUARY 23, 2007 (637)
1. The Feelies - the good earth
2. The Good The Bad And The Queen - northern whale
3. MC5 - skunk (sonically speaking)
4. Clinic - family
5. Thee Headcoatees - you say that you love me
6. Husker Du - eight miles high
7. Bo Diddley - Bo Diddley
8. Foundry Field recordings - holding the pilot/holding the facts
9. The Alarm Clocks - no reason to complain
10. Urban Legends - the world is strange
11. They Might Be Giants - James K Polk
12. Deerhoof - +81
13. The Rance Allen Group - lying on the truth
14. Yoko Ono w/The Polyphonic Spree - you and I
15. James Iha and Kazu Makino - Bonnie and Clyde
16. Christina Rosenvinge - a liar to love
17. LCD Soundsystem - give it up
18. Charles Wright and The Watts 103rd Street Rythym Band - express yourself
19. Paul Butterfield Blues band - one more heartache
20. The Good The Bad And The Queen - the good the bad and the queen
21. Norah Jones - not too late
22. Rolling Stones - she's so cold
23. Vietnam - welcome to my room

JANUARY 24, 2007 (638)
1. Doris - beatmaker
2. Velvet Underground - some kind of love
3. The Brunettes - the record store
4. Dick Dale and The Daletones - missrilou
5. The Replacements - cruella de ville
6. Birdbrain - jet
7. The Rentals - friends of P
8. Walkmen - all hands and the cook
9. The Amps - tipp city
10. Spoon - the way we get by
11. The Earlies - foundation and earth
12. Yoko Ono w/ Jason Pierce - walking on thin ice
13. Arcade Fire - black mirror
14. Bo Diddley - powerhouse
15. Dondero High School Acapella Choir - shock the monkey
16. Of Montreal - granlandic edit
17. Belle and Sebastian - me and the major
18. The Futureheads - decent days and decent nights
19. Neil Diamond - dry your eyes
20. Bow Wow Wow - I want candy
21. Daniel Johnston - go

JANUARY 25, 2007 (639)
1. Tom Vek - C.C. (you set the fire in me)
2. Joy Division - transmission
3. The New Young Pony Club - ice cream
4. Talking Heads - crosseyed and painless
5. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - over and over again (lost and found)
6. The Sterns - this will only hurt for a minute
7. Love Is All - turn the radio off
8. Sonic Youth - incinerate
9. Devo - beautiful world
10. Yoko Ono w/ Aples In Stereo - nobody can see me like you do
11. Pere Ubu - heart of darkness
12. Deerhoof - beleive esp
13. The Pixies - monkey gone to heaven
14. Judson Fountain - garbage can from Thailand
15. Husker Du - makes no sense at all
16. The Stooges - tv eye
17. Sloan - who taught you to live like that?
18. Clap Your Hands say Yeah - some loud thunder
19. Soft Boys - underwater moonlight
20. The Shins - phantom limb
21. David Vandervelde - jacket

JANUARY 26, 2007 (640)
Jason and Victor were our Program Directors For the Day

1. Peter Gabriel - on the air
2. Willie Nelson - bloody mary morning
3. INXS - devil inside
4. House Of Large Sizes - death buggy
5. Nick Cave - supernaturally
6. The Who - melenchalia
7. Caroline's Spine - trio pain
8. Drive By Truckers - Carl Perkin's cadillac
9. Talking Heads - no compassion
10. David Bowie - friday on my mind
11. Deadstring Brothers - tow the line
12. Neko Case - the needle has landed
13. Elton John - honky tonk woman
14. Kiss - calling doctor love
15. Schmoejoes - baby blue
16. Hold Steady - Hostile, Mass.
17. The Pretenders - wait
18. Thievery Corporation - strange days
19. The Clash - safe European home
20. The Belveders - he's a square
21. Elbow - snooks (progress report)
22. The Who - the ox
23. BR549 - way too late to go home early now
24. Richard Hell and The Voidoids - blank generation
25. Art Brut - my little brother
26. Belle and Sebastian - for the price of a cup of tea
27. Steely dan - daddy don't live in NY City
28. Dead Milkmen - punk rock girl

Monday, January 22, 2007


man oh man Shuffle Function listeners - does it feel good to be back on the air again playing music.

As far as I know we are still running off of the exciter, but when I left the station this afternoon the Mighty Marv, Engineer to the Radio Gods had just arrived on the scene. He is a miracle worker with sewing machines that masquerade as transmitters, so if it can be fixed, Marv will fix it. We will let you know as soon as we know.

But to get back to my initial intention of this post, oh boy does it feel good to be playing music for you guys again. Three days with static left me feeling listless and drained of all energy, but being able to play the new Shins, Deerhoof, Of Montreal, Arcade Fire, Norah Jones, and Yoko Ono has brought me back to life. Thanks again for your outstanding patience with us. I have said it before and I will say it again and again - KMSU listeners are the best listeners in the world.

your friend in radio,



as many of you are well aware, we were off the air most of this week due to tramsmitter issues, but here is the week that was:
JANUARY 15, 2007 (634)
1. Sugar - believe what your'e saying
2. Moses Mats - full moon
3. Sonic Youth - kool thing
4. Badfinger - come and get it
5. Ice Palace - trampolining
6. Munkey Juice - cold cold days
7. Paul Westerberg - good day
8. T Rex - jeepster
9. The Creation - cool jerk
10. Rock A Teens - woo hoo
11. The Vaselines - son of a gun
12. The Jimi Hendrix Experience - I don't live today
13. Teenage Fanclub - everything flows
14. Built To Spill - liar
15. Pavement - summer babe (winter version)
16. The Pixies - velouria
17. The 6ths - you you you you you
18. Sparklehorse - shade and honey
19. Velvet Underground - all tomorrow's parties
20. National Lampoon - Flash Bazbo space explorer: the adventure continues
21. Bob Dylan - subteranean homesick blues
22. Sleater Kinney - rollercoaster

JANUARY 19, 2007 (636)
1. Beatles - long, long, long
2. Carl Perkins - blue suede shoes
3. Arcade Fire - black mirror
4. Stiff Little Fingers - suspect device
5. Nina Simone - funkier than a mosquito's tweeter (Jazeem's All Styles Remix)
6. Nico - heroes
7. The Shins - Australia
8. Elvis Costello - deep dark truthfull mirror
9. Of Montreal - suffer for fashion
10. Deerhoof (their entire new album FRIEND OPPORTUNITY)
the perfect me
believe e.s.p.
the galaxist
choco fight
whither the invisible birds?
cast off crown
kidz are so small
matchbook seeks maniac
11. Yoko Ono w/Flaming Lips - Cambridge 1969/2007
12. Legendary Stardust Cowboy - paralyzed
22. Beatles - all too much

Friday, January 19, 2007


Today Shuffle Function was back on the air after three days of technology induced silence. It felt gooooooood. I never thought I could miss doing the show so badly until faced with the uncertain health of the station.

Thanks to everyone that called and e-mailed regarding signal strength. We're running at lower power right now, waiting on some parts to nurse us up to full strength. We've received very odd reports about the signal, such as the one about it hitting Faribault until the driver went under a bridge and then he lost it. Or this one, which was accompanied by a haiku:

Microwave door closed.
Radio reception bad.
Shuffle Function gone.

Apparently the listener's radio sits on his microwave and when the door is closed he cannot hear the station. When the door is open he can hear it perfectly fine. Huh. It's a world of wonder, isn't it, kids? Thanks for the Haiku, Joe!

Please, let your friends and neighbors know that KMSU is on the air and that we are trying desperately to get back up to full strenght. It's tough trying to save radio when your own transmitter is acting like Kryptonite. Let's all just assume the attitude of Tom/Chantill (of Tom/Chantill fame) when they wrote this haiku:

List'ning to static
is better than what they play
on other stations.

True dat.

If you are out and about and are listening to the station, let us know how the signal is coming in. Maybe you're at home and usually can pick it up, but not currently, or maybe you live X amount of miles away from Mankato and cannot hear us. Whatever. We need you guys to tell us how we're coming in so we can assess the situation better. Drop us a line, won't you? Thanks.


Wednesday, January 17, 2007


Depressing. The station is still down. The witch doctor apparently didn't come through. We're still trying to figure out the situation, but as we all know, dead air is death on the radio.

Please be patient. We'll post on here as soon as we know more, and we'll keep you posted as the situation drags on. Believe me, if KMSU had the money to get a new transmitter in place we would have done so ages ago. For now we have to try and keep the old sad one together with pieces of string and gum.

We'd dig all the sleeping in if it didn't mean radio deprivation. As true believers in KMSU and its place in the community, we are going nuts not being able to play the music we love on the radio. Believe us when we say the new Deerhoof is BRILLIANT. F'ing brilliant. They make our heads spin with every new release.

Hang in there, gang. Write us if you have any questions. We love to hear from you!



Tuesday, January 16, 2007

(whispers) F.Y.I.

The word on the street is that the transmitter should be resembling some kind of normal by Wednesday afternoon. Gully is off to get a part and everything will be up and running, hopefully.

In the meantime, the Shuffle Function crew gets to sleep in on Wednesday. No show due to technical difficulties. We'll hopefully be back with a show on Thursday. We just received the new Deerhoof, Of Montreal, and The Shins, so maybe we can wheel some of that out for you.

Thanks for your patience with all this.


Apparently KMSU is having a radio transmitter witch doctor come out to see if he can work some magic on our wounded machinery. Fingers crossed, people. Fingers crossed. They don't make parts for our ancient ancient transmitter any more, so we'll probably be running on chewing gum and paper clips for a while if the guy can get us up and running.

All the talk we've been throwing around during pledge drive time about how mom-and-pop/hand-to-mouth KMSU is is suddenly slapping us across the face. Odds are that we will be up and running, but the worst case scenario guy in me can't stop thinking about how on earth I'd be able to survive without being able to do this show. KMSU is in my blood. Meeting and talking to all the music geeks out there that are just as sick of commercial radio and lame programming is inspiring. The folks that listen to KMSU are a tremendous community.

Here are some pick me ups to help survive the radio drought:


Maybe you didn't know that Darth had a brother. Well, other than Uncle Owen. Chad's just like you and me: A work a day guy trying to find love and respect in the 21st century. Also, he's a Sith Lord. Chad works in a grocery store and deals with all the different types of experiences and people that come with it, but with HILARIOUS results. Witness this series, made by Blame Society Productions out of Madison, Wisconsin.




The gang around at the Shuffle Function Conglomplex have been drooling since the announcement of Grindhouse, Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez' tribute to the cheap exploitation films of the seventies. It comes out April 6th, and if anybody can make a film like this rock, it will be those two. The film will be composed of two seprate feature films, one by each of the directors, and they will be accompanied by phony trailers for films that we'll likely wish were real. They've nailed the presentation right down to the bad edits, splicing, and scratchy print quality. The trailer just came out, and I'm sure you'll agree that this will be the greatest film ever made.


That's about it for now. Send all your positive thoughts out to the transmitter, and please remember this when the Spring Pledge Drive rolls around in March. KMSU needs your help, gang!

Yours in radio,


Goodmorning, everyone. If you have been listening to KMSU overnight you know that we've been playing Leon Shostakovich's Symphony For Detuned Transistors. Oh what a treat for us!

Actually, the transmitter is pretty much dead. The sounds you've been hearing are that of a station that is running a marathon with two broken legs. That moment we've been talking about during pledge drives where we said the transmitter was on its last legs with no hope to find spare parts has unfortunately arrived before the legendary donated transmitter could get here.

We're really not sure what this means right now for the station. Will we be broadcasting any time soon? Can people even hear us online at kmsu.org? We're up here right now just playing stuff and answering the phone to let people know what's going on. You're currently not hearing the full 22 minute live version of Whipping Post off the Allman Brothers Band @ The Fillmore.

Anyway, we'll put something on here if the status changes. Try listening online or at least keep tuning in, just in case. Thanks for all your support over the years. Keep your fingers crossed!


Friday, January 12, 2007


JANUARY 8, 2007 (629)
1. The JB's - the grunts (pt 1 and 2)
2. Daniel Johnston - worried shoes
3. Sloan - flying high again
4. Sloan - who taught you to live like that
5. Prince - when you were mine
6. Rotary Connection - tales of brave Ulyssess
7. Irving - turn of the century
8. Miho Hatori - barracuda
9. Cibbo Matto - know your chicken
10. The Who - shakin' all over
11. Elvis Presley - baby let's play house
12. Shooby Taylor - folsom prison
13. Fiery Furnaces - single again
14. Ben Folds - in between days
15. Velvet Underground - ocean
16. Elvis Presley - you're so square baby I don't care
17. Glass candy and The Shattered Theater - crystal migraine
18. Elvis Presley - now and then there's a fool such as I
19. David Bowie - queen bitch
20. Eddie Holland - leaving here
21. Elvis Presley - I got a woman
22. Sloan - someone I can be true with
23. Sloan - right or wrong
24. The Bartlebees and Anja - ne me quitte pas
25. Elvis Presley - that's all right

JANUARY 9, 2007 (630)
Dan is the Program Director For The Day
1. Ramones - we want the airwaves
2. Roy Orbison - rock house
3. The Guess Who - friends of mine
4. Jimi Hendrix - country blues
5. Eric Burdon and War - pretty colors
6. Ricki Lee Jones - rebel rebel
7. Excene Cervenka - will Jesus wipe the bloodstains from your hands?
8. Dellaney and Bonnie - never ending song of love
9. Manfred Mann - smokestack lightning
10. Rick Springfield - I've done everything for you
11. Rick Derringer - blue suede blues
12. The Wild Seeds - Jacks walking with the king
13. J Geils Band - whammer jammer
14. Johnny Winter - tobacco road
15. The Runaways - dead end justice
16. Rory Gallagher - cruise on out
17. Crosby Stills Nash and Young - almost cut my hair
18. David Bowie - 87 and cry
19. Kinks - til the end of the day

JANUARY 10, 2007 (631)
1. Derrick Morgan - tougher than tough
2. Architecture In Helsinki - maybe you can owe me
3. The Beatles - I want you, she's so heavy (stereo)
4. Afghan Whigs - Mr. Superlove
5. William Shatner - rocket man
6. Radio On - Houston
7. The Beatifics - superman
8. Klauss Nomi - the Nomi song
9. Gang Of Four - tattoo
10. Pilot - magic
11. Modest Mouse - dashboard
12. Morrissey - how soon is now?
13. Postmarks - weather the weather
14. Richard and Linda Thompson - I want to see the bright lights tonight
15. Ken Bauer - I will survive
16. The Figurines - the wonder
17. Redd Kross - only a girl
18. The Roughnecks - you're driving me insane
19. Buddy Holly - that will be the day
20. B.J. Snowden - he's the guy that I want

JANUARY 11, 2007 (632)
1. The Dramatics - whatcha see is what you get
2. R.E.M. - centrail rain (I'm sorry)
3. Ben Kweller - penny on the train track
4. Sloan - ill placed trust
5. Flaming Lips - the sound of failure
6. Fionna Apple - sleep to dream
7. Van Halen - Jamie's crying
8. Danielson - kids pushing kids
9. Le Tigre - on the verge
10. They Might Be Giants - youth culture killed my dog
11. Rolling Stones - sway
12. Van Halen - ain't talkin' about love
13. The Hold Steady - massive nights
14. Patti Smith - gloria
15. Spoon - I could see the dude
16. Low - when I go deaf
17. The Rakes - Strassbourg
18. The Rosebuds - kicks in the school yard
19. Brisa Roche - dial me up
20. Low Frequency In Stereo - Bahamas
21. Seventeen Evergreen - sufferbus
22. The Horrors - Jack the ripper

JANUARY 12, 2007 (633)
Alex "The WonderBoy" is the Program Director For The Day

1. Flaming Lips - the observer (live)
2. Procol harum - the milk of human kindness
3. David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust
4. Beck - naseau
5. Talking Heads - take me to the river
6. The Who - young man blues
7. The Chemical Brothers - the golden path
8. Bruce Springsteen - Adam raised a Caine
9. Kenny Rogers and The First Edition - dropped in to see what condition my condition is in
10. Rolling Stones - can't you hear me knockin'?
11. Hall and Oates - I can't go for that
12. Led Zeppelin - when the levee breaks
13. Black Sabbath - war pigs
14. Flaming lips - she don't use jelly
15. Klaus Nomi - total eclipse
16. Motley Crue - dr. feelgood
17. Tom Tom Club - genius of Love
18. Morrissey - November spawned a monster
19. Nine Inch Nails - closer


JANUARY 1, 2007 (624)
some of Shelley's favorite songs released in 2006:
1. Yo La Tengo - pass the hatchet, I think I'm goodkind
2. Camera Obscura - Lloyd, I'm ready to be heart broken
3. Morrissey - I will see you on far off places
4. Pink Mountaintops - cold criminals
5. Sparks - metaphor
6. Flaming Lips - the yeah yeah yeah song
7. Built To Spill - liar
8. Loose Fur - hey chicken
9. Primal Scream - country girl
10. The Hold Steady - stuck between stations
11. Tom Waits - lie to me
12. Viva Voce - from the devil himself
13. Bonnie "Prince" Billy - cursed sleep
14. The Minders - don't you stop
15. Eagles Of Death Metal - cherry cola
16. Kelley Stoltz - ever thought of coming back
17. Robert Pollard - dancing girls and dancing men
18. Sonic Youth - Reena
19. Hot Chip - over and over
20. Beck - think I'm in love

JANUARY 2, 2007 (625)
1. Syd Barrett - baby lemonade
2. Headlights - hiya
3. Funkadelic - super stupid
4. Elvis Costello and The Attractions - (I don't want to go to) Chelsea
5. The High Strung - anything goes
6. Bob Dylan - like a rolling stone
7. M Ward - right in the head
8. Beat Happening - pajama party in a haunted hive
9. R.E.M. - turn you inside out
10. The Who - Barbara Ann
11. The Swimming Pools - I need a lover
12. Harry Nillson - jump in the fire
13. Frenemies - Rose's song
14. Carrie Nations - find it
15. Leonard Cohen w/U2 - tower of power
16. Creedence Clearwater Revival - heard it through the grapevine
17. Husker Du - back from somewhere
18. The Mockers - god only knows

JANUARY 3, 2007 (626)
1. Carla Thomas - I'll bring it on home to you
2. They Might be Giants - pet name
3. Robyn Hotchcock and The Venus 3 - cuz it's love (saint parellelogram)
4. The Lyres - I want to help you Ann
5. The Black Watch - auto portrait
6. The Replacements - can't hardly wait
7. Bert Jansch w/Beth Orton - the sun comes up
8. Richard Hell and The Voidoids - down at the rock n roll club
9. Jonathan Richman - not so much to be loved but to love
10. Mission Of Burma - that's when I reach for my revolver
11. Belle and Sebastian - to be myself completely
12. Art Brut - formed a band
13. Sufjan Stevens - come on feel the Illionoise
14. Ice Palace - trampolining
15. The Breeders - cannonball
16. Spoon - I turn my camera on
17. Pere Ubu - heaven
18. The Reverse - tell your mother
19. The Chris Stamey Experience - McCauley Street (let's go downtown)
20. Ice Palace - bright leaf left
21. Rolling Stones - jigsaw puzzle
22. Manhattan Love Suicides - evil side

JANUARY 4, 2007 ( 627)
1. The Specials - message to you Rudy
2. Brothers and Sisters - one night
3. Starsailor - fidelity
4. The Kinks - David Watts
5. Broadcast - illumination
6. The Replacements - tossin' and turnin'
7. Mars Volta - roulette dares (the haunt of)
8. Harvey Danger - happiness writes white
9. David Bowie - Andy Warhol
10. Graham Coxon - you and I
11. Sex Pistols - did you no wrong
12. Ronnie Dawson - rockin' bones
13. Nada Surf - concrete bed
14. Lou Reed - all through the night
15. Diggable Planets - rebirth of slick
16. John Doe - broken smile
17. Sonic Youth - touch me I'm sick
18. Guitar Wolf - jet beer
19. Georgina Dobson and Cupboard Simon - the message
20. Wild Man Fisher and Mark Mothersbaugh - memories
your STYX option:
21. Dondero Accapella High School Choir - lady
22. Iggy and The Stooges - I wanna be your dog

JANUARY 5, 2007 (628)
1. Greg Dulli - cigarettes
2. Rolling Stones - midnight rambler
3. Deadboy and The Elephantmen - misadventures of dope
4. The Police - I can't stand losing you
5. Hortense Ellis - suspicious minds
6. Little Richard - long tall sally
7. Charles Douglas - statecraft
8. The Verve - bittersweet symphony
9. Lou Reed - vicious
10. Boycrazy - bad things
11. New Standards - only love can break your heart
12. Bingo Gazingo - KMSU with you
13. Flying Burritto Brothers- hot burritto #1
14. Ice Palace - she holds hands
15. Emperor X - edgeless
16. The Decemberists - the infanta
17. The Wannadies - because
18. John Cale - perfect
19. LCD Soundsystem - tribulations
20. Public Enemy - louder than a bomb
21. Ike and Tina Turner - I can't believe what you say

Saturday, January 06, 2007


Quite a bit like this. The gods at WFMU have posted MP3s of the Andy Warhol mix of The Velvet Underground & Nico. These are not taken from the actual acetate that was just auctioned, but from a bootleg that is allegedly mastered from Moe Tucker's copy of the acetate. Your life will probably still be changed by these recordings, even if you haven't heard the released version. But seriously, you really need to own the album if you don't already. Your musical street cred depends on it.

The versions of the songs you'll hear on the acetate really illustrate just how improvisational The Velvets were. Though the songs are really pretty similar to the released versions, many of these performances have flourishes in them that indicate that the band likely never played a song the same way twice, even in the studio.



I am one of those guys that can't help but buy his favorite films and shows on DVD. I'm a collector and an obsessive. The more extras the better. I'll listen to all the commentary tracks and watch all the tedious documentaries. It's just the way I was made.

April will be an expensive month for me.

On April 3rd the first season of WKRP In Cincinnatti will be getting its long overdue DVD release. It was thought that this show would never get a DVD release due to all the music that was used in it. When it was originally broadcast WKRP was incredibly successful, and record labels were begging the show to use their music so they could get the exposure. At the time it wasn't common practice to get the rights for later home video release, so once the VHS/DVD eras hit, the show wasn't available for release.

The Catch for this DVD release is that some of the songs used in the original show have been replaced with different music. I have mixed feelings about this because a few years ago on Nick At Nite they were showing WKRP with substitute music, and I have to tell you that some of the replacements were clumsiliy added and sounded kind of crappy. At the same time, the show will likely never come out with all the original music because it would be insanely expensive to get releases for all the tracks. I mean, they use The Beatles in a few episodes, and there's no way that Apple would let them get the video rights for the songs cheap enough to make an affordable DVD package.

I went out and bought the entire series as a bootleg, so I have my originals. I'll probably get the new discs too, because of the commentary tracks and documentaries. One of the documentaries deals with the legendary Thanksgiving episode. The Thanksgiving episode is not only one of the funniest episodes of WKRP, but one of the funniest episodes in television history. The amazing cast and writing really shine in this one. Thanks to youtube, we're able to see the defining moment of this episode.

The premise: Station Manager Arthur Carlson feels left out of the day to day at the station. He decides he's going to plan the biggest Thanksgiving promotion ever, but won't tell the staff what he has planned. On the big day, Les Nessman(five time winner of the Buckeye Newshawk award) goes out the mall that the promotion is occuring at to broadcast a live remote. The rest is television history.


April 10th sees the release of the second and final season of David Lynch's Twin Peaks. I recently watched Season One and was surprised at how much of what was once groundbreaking and innovative about this show is now commonplace on television. Newcomers may not see what the big deal is, but at the time there had never been anything like Twin Peaks on network television. Season two brings us the answer to 'Who Killed Laura Palmer' and sees the introduction of Agent Cooper's insane former partner Windham Earl, who's out to get Cooper. You can also catch a star acting turn by David Lynch himself as Agent Cooper's boss.

Twin Peaks is one of the few shows that really freaked me out. There was a dream sequence in season one that actually gave me nightmares. I dunno. Maybe the scene seems lame now because you see stuff this creepy and brutal every single night on one or another version of CSI or Law And Order. At the time, however, I had never seen anything this psychotic on broadcast television.


Time to start saving pennies!


Friday, January 05, 2007


Hey, gang! Brute Manstrength here with a few links for you! If you're like me, you like to spend your down time in a wasteful and self indulgent manner, and these bad boys will waste your time efficiently and without prejudice! PROCEED!


Your ol' pal Brute Manstrength is a shameless fan of Adam West. Not just old school Batman 66 Adam West, but all things Adam West! I even thought he was brilliant in The Happy Hooker Goes To Hollywood, and that infomercial for for payphones! Still think I'm crazy? Well, you know who else is a big fan of Adam West? CONAN O'BRIAN and ROBERT SMIGEL, that's who! POW! BAM! BIFF!

Coney and Smigel love Adam West so much they wrote and produced a half hour pilot for him called Lookwell, that stars West as a washed up TV detective who's reality is always clouded with the delusion that his former career qualifies him to investigate crimes. This project plays into all of Adam West's acting strengths and he milks every line for maximum impact. This show is so funny that it is hardly surprising that it didn't get picked up by a network. Something this hilarious is too good for the networks! Thank the maker for YOUTUBE!



Sure, we all love Bob Odenkirk from Mr. Show, but what about his post Mr. Show projects? How about the unaired pilot he filmed for HBO called 'Derek & Simon'? Derek & Simon follows the title characters on their adventures in dating, to hilarious and painful effect. Witness the first date to The Holocaust Museum, or the time one of them stepped on a bee with a cigarette on it!

Derek & Simon - The Pity Card, part one
Derek & Simon - The Pity Card, part two

Derek & Simon - A Bee & A Cigarette, part one
Derek & Simon - A Bee & A Cigarette, part two

If you can find a copy of it, also watch Bob's pilot for Fox called 'NEXT!'. It was his attempt to bring a Mr. Show style show to network television. Sadly, it also didn't get picked up. C'mon! Fox still airs something as unfunny as Mad TV and they don't pick NEXT! up? AND THEY CANCEL ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT? Tools.

Seriously, how many other amazing unaired pilots are out there?


Karen Kilgariff and Mary Lynn Rajskub are Girls Guitar Club! They are essentially a less funny version of Tenacious D. Also, they are a female version of Tenacious D. They are not less funny because they are female, however. Let's get that straight right off the bat! Anyway, they did a short film about their adventures, very much in the vein of the 15 minute Tenacious D shorts, and filled with some choice hipster cameos. Enjoy!


Well, that's about it for Brute tonight! I'm sitting in an otherwise fine coffee establishment and can no longer endure Counting Crows. Also, my Luchador mask is starting to itch.



Well, how can we not obsess over this? An alleged UFO spotted over O'Hare airport on December 7th, 2006, and the world doesn't hear about it until a month later? Smells like a cover-up to me! The Man says it was a weather anomaly, but the pilots and air traffic controllers that saw it beg to differ.

Read the story HERE!

Stories like this draw international curiosity, so in the interest of blatant publicity for KMSU, we've invited you guys to send your dummied up O'Hare UFO photos to us to post on the blog. It is our hope that people will do web searches for this story and stumble upon this site, drumming up international publicity for us! They'll come for the photos but stay for the playlists!


Submitted by Tom & Chantill (of Tom & Chantill fame). How can the existence of UFOs over O'hare be denied, as we see this swarm of them hovering over the lush hills and valleys of O'Hare International Airport? Note also the presence of Sasquatch in the background, cementing the evidence that Bigfoot is, in fact, an alien being.


Submitted by Dr. Psychoacoustics, host of The Psycho-Acoustics Hour, heard every other friday at two on 89.7 fm. Apparently the craft hovered over Psycho-Acoustic headquarters for a few moments, then shot up into the sky. Afterwards it was discovered that vinyl copies of Charles Manson's LIE lp and The Beach Boys Christmas Album were missing, proving beyond the shadow of a doubt that aliens use vinyl to fuel their ships.

Please send your dummied O'Hare UFO photos to shufflefunction@hotmail.com and we'll post them on the blog. Thanks!


It was a hectic holiday season around the Shuffle Function Conglomoplex, so forgive the delay in getting this post up. Big thanks to the Govenaires Drum and Bugle Corps for popping in and spreading some Christmas cheer. They are a great organization, plus they underwrite Shuffle Function, so check them out! Go to www.govenaires.org for more info.

Thursday, January 04, 2007


DECEMBER 26, 2006 (620)
1. James Brown - it's a man's world
2. Beth Orton - Carmella (Four Tet Remix)
3. James Brown - soul power
4. Frank Black and The Catholics - dog gone
5. Daniel Johnston - worried shoes
6. Tom Waits - I hope that I don't fall in love with you
7. James Brown - get on the good foot
8. Talking Heads - I, Zimbra
9. Pere Ubu - tow girls (one bar)
10. James Brown - doing it to death
11. Sonic Youth - incinerate
12. The Concretes - fiction
13. David Bowie - Gene genie
14. James Brown - the payback
15. Of Montreal - everyday feels like Sunday
16. The Low Frequency In Stereo - axes
17. James Brown - maybe the last time
18. Robert Pollard - dancing girls and dancing men
19. Paul Westerberg - even here we are
20. James Brown - super bad

DECEMBER 27, 2006 (621)
1. Willie Dizon - crazy for my baby
2. Brothers and Sisters - lost and found
3. David Bowie - man who sold the world
4. The Black watch - her jet black hair
5. Phloide - birdies bouncing off windows
6. Black Sabbath - planet caravan
7. Pablo - get around
8. Grant hart - 2541
9. Flamingos - I only have eyes for you
10. Dandy warhols - down like disco
11. James Brown - get up off that thing
12. Brian Jonestown massacre - not if you were the last dandy on earth
13. Arlo - nerf bear bonanza
14. Stooges - 1969
15. This Moment In Black History - back in plaza groove
16. John Cale - waiting for my man
17. Dondero Accapela Choir - satelitte of love
18. Doris - beat maker
19. Girls With Attitude - a fun time is a great time

DECEMBER 28, 2006 (622)
1. Twilight Singers - teenage wristband
2. Joe Jackson - is she really going out with him?
3. Big Star - don't lie to me
4. Flying Burritto Brothers - sin city
5. Faux Jean - nature
6. Ben Folds - Anniw waits
7. Casiotone For The Painfully Alone - CFTPA in a green cotton sweater
8. The Cure - love cats
9. Bran Flakes - good times a goo goo
10. Broken Social Scene - hotel
11. Big Star - September gurls
12. Robin Kahn - Gloria
13. Bee Gees - more than a woman
14. Delta 5 - mind your own business
15. Paul McCartney and Wings - silly love songs
16. William Shatner - I can't get behind that
17. Nick The bard - G.I. Joe theme
18. Komeda - frolic
19. Dennis Wilson - river song
20. Jandek - Point Judith
21. Big Star - back of a car
22. A.C. Newman - on the table

DECEMBER 29, 2006 (623)
STEVE AND SCOOP were the Program Directors For A Day !!!

1. Sparklehorse - it's a wonderful life
2. Ian Drury - wake up and make love to me
3. Sun Kill MOon - lily and parrots
4. Steve Wynn - turning the tide
5. Dream Syndicate - tell me when it's over
6. Guided By Voices - I am a scientist
7. Robyn Hitchcock - do policemen sing?
8. Mark Lanegan - consider me
9. James Brown - there was a time
10. Barry Adamsons - the man with the golden arm
11. The Clash - pressure drop
12. The Shazam - calling Sydney
13. Arlo - loosen up
14. Olivia Tremor Control - jumping fences
15. Golden Smog - cowboy song
16. Slim Dunlap - girlfriend
17. Rank Strangers - letter to Juliet
18. Chris Bell - I am the cosmos
19. Donovan - season of the witch
20. The Eyes - when the night falls
21. Roky Erickson - you don't love me yet
22. Syd Barrett - two of a kind
23. Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds - Deanna (accoustic version)
24. Lifetr Puller - to live and die in LBI
25. Atmosphere - reflections
26. The Jam - that's entertainment


DECEMBER 18, 2006 (615) Keith Richards birthday
1. Elvis Presley - Santa bring my baby back (to me)
2. Keith Richards - locked away
3. Howlin' Wolf - I ain't superstitious
4. Tom Waits - army ants
5. Charles Wright and The Watts 103rd Street Rythym Band - til you get enough
6. Rolling Stones - happy
7. Band Of Bees - wash in the rain
8. R.E.M. - can't get there from here
9. Keith Richards - run Rudolph run
10. Keith Richards - take it so hard
11. Hot Chip - and I was a boy from school
12. Keith Richards - connection
13. Keith Richards - the harder they come
14. Quantic Soul Orchestra - pushin' on
15. Keith Richards - Eileen
16. Rolling Stones - slipping away
17. Carla Thomas - all I want for Christmas is you
18. Velvet Underground - who loves the sun
19. Lifter Puller - to live and die in LBI
20. Keith Richards - whip it up
21. Rolling Stones - you got the silver

DECEMBER 19, 2006 (616)
1. Pearl bailey - five pound box of money
2. Fields - Isobel
3. Beastie Boys - shadrack
4. Ronnie Hawkins and The Hawks - who do you love?
5. National Lampoon Radio Hour - calssic contemporary drama: The Idiot
6. The band w/The Staple Singers - the weight
7. Please Step Out Of The Vehicle - I could move
8. Daniel Johnston - good morning you
9. English Beat - tears of a clown
10. Bonzo Dog Band - I'm going to bring a watermelon to my girl tonight
11. Lou Rawls - the christmas song
12. Peter, Bjorn and John - young folks
13. Cedar Point Jim - wind beneath my wings (dedicated to Christopher from Eiula "You think I take you for granted, but I don't")
14. Staple Singers - if your'e ready (come go with me)
15. Charles leonard - funky driver on a funky bus
16. Super Furry Animals - hello sunshine
17. Violent Femmes - blister in the sun
18. Sonic Youth - teenage riot
19. The Kinks - milk cow blues

DECEMBER 20, 2006 (617)
1. Gary Walker - Santa's got a brand new bag
2. Primal Scream - 99th floor
3. Bo Diddley - rock and roll
4. Daniel Johnston - Dannt don't rap
5. John Cale - Paris 1919
6. The Pixies - caribou
7. The Osmonds - crazy horses
8. Adam and The Ants - stand and deliver
9. Debbie dabney - I wanna spend Christmas with Elvis
10. Cheap Trick - surrender
11. The Pixies - motorway to Roswell
12. national Lampoon Radio Hour - Rod Serling explains Christmas
13. Television Personalities - my dark places
14. The Kinks - all day and all of the night
15. The Pixies - winterlong
16. New Pornographers - mass romantic
17. Daniel Johnston - chord organ blues
19. Guided By Voices - teenage F.B.I.
20. Frank Black - headache

DECEMBER 21, 2006 (618)
1. Senor Tonto - hooray for Santy Claus
2. Troubled Hubble - I'm pretty sure I can see molecules
3. Fiery Furnaces - crystal clear
4. The Replacements - here comes a regular
5. Nina Simone - little girl blue (Postal Service remix)
6. SNMNMNM - if you didn't get me anything before, why did you get me anything for Christmas?
7. The Bird And The Bee - again and again
8. Beatles - 1966 Christmas record
9. David Bowie - fame
10. Divide and Kreate - jingle Jane
The St. Peter Govenaire Drum and Bugle Corp joined us in the studios to play:
angels we have heard on high
silent night
caroling bells
we three kings
hark the herald angels sing
11. Tom Waits - long way home
12. Stevie Wonder - what Christmas means to me
13. Futureheads - a to b
14. Patsy Cline - I go walking after midnight
15. Kelley Stoltz - the sun comes thru
16. The Pugz - Mari in love
17. Mystery Science Theater 3000 - let's have a Patrick Swayze Christmas
18. Lemonheads - if I could talk I'd tell you
19. Parliament - testify

DECEMBER 22, 2006 (619) Merry Christmas!!!!
1. Sonny Cash - Merry Christmas polka
2. Ray Anthony and His Bookends - Christmas kisses
3. Oscar McLollie and His Honey Jumpers - dig that crazy Santa Claus
4. Booker T and The M.G.s - we wish you a Merry Christmas
5. Troy Hess - Christmas on the moon
6. Bert kaempfert - jingo jango
7. Staple Singers - who took the Merry out of Christmas
8. Run DMC - Christmas in Hollis
9. Too Many JDs - Christmas in Boston
10. They Might Be Giants - Santa's beard
11. John Guliak - daddy's drinking up our Christmas
12. Andy Williams - the most wonderful time of the year
13. Tiny Tim - Rudolph the red nosed reindeer
14. Bing Crosby - meleh ka li ki makka
15. The Sonics - don't believe in Christmas
16. Ed Shepp - the Christmas story
17. Ramblin Ambassadors - don't fear the reindeer
18. Eilert Pilarm - blue Christmas
19. Brenda Lee - rockin' around the Christmas tree
20. Elvis Presley - white christmas
21. Darlene Love - Christmas (baby please come home)
22. Band Aid - do they know it's Christmas?
23. El Vez - feliz navidad
24. The Free Design - close your mouth it's Christmas
25. Sonic Youth - Santa doesn't cop out on dope
26. Andy Williams - let it snow let it snow let it snow
27. rev. Glen Armstrong - even Squeaky Fromme loves Christmas
28. Slade - Merry Christmas, everybody