Friday, October 31, 2008


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Here's one last post for Halloween 2008, regarding a pretty cool website that celebrates movie trailers. collects trailers from famous and not so famous horror and exploitation films, and gathers up a dream team of film directors to do commentary for them. Guys like John Landis, Edgar Wright, Joe Dante, Stuart Gordon, and more deliver the play by play on these three minute masterpieces. Nose around for a while and see what you find.

Some faves...

Edgar Wright on Suspiria

Joe Dante on Robot Monster

Eli Roth on Rock and Roll High School

John Landis on Dawn of the Dead


The election is just a few days away, and with the last few days come even more mudslinging ads! Aren't we lucky? Both major parties make lots of big claims and accusations, and its hard to know what is real and what is all slandered up for the campaign. is a non-partisan site that takes a good long look at all the promises, accusations, and downright distracting claims and finds out if they are valid or bull. They look at both the Republicans and Democrats, and from what I can see they do a good job of dissecting everybody.

We hear a lot of crazy claims from both candidates, and its up to us to find out for ourselves if these claims are valid. Odds are that the more fantastic or sensational the claims, the more negative the accusation, the greater the chance is that the claim is either blown way out of proportion or is thrown out there to distract from the real issues that effect the country and the next four years. Don't believe what you hear justbecause your friends, family, news channel, religious group, grass roots organization, political party tell you it is so.

The election is Tuesday, October 4th. Most polls in Minnesota are open from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm. There should be plenty of time to get out and make your voice heard. If you have an opinion about the country's direction, then you need to vote. If you don't vote, then you get the country you deserve.

Depending on where you look, the race is either tightening or there's no contest. If your candidates are ahead in the polls, you cannot afford to be complacent and just assume that your candidate will win. They most definitely need your vote to win. If your candidates are behind in the polls, you cannot expect them to pull ahead without your vote. There's no such thing as a slam dunk in presidential elections anymore. One only needs to look at the last two races to see that.

Your vote does matter. Don't waste this opportunity.

To find out if you are eligible to vote and how to register at the polls in Minnesota, follow THIS LINK. It will direct you to all the places you need to go to find out how and where and when. Thanks.


For those of you who didn't get a chance to trick or treat on-line this morning with us, we offer you this visual feast for your ear holes.

WARNING!! watch it with the lights on, and preferably not alone

Happy Halloween from Shuffle Function

Monday, October 27, 2008


The election is one week away. Have you registered yet? If not, don't panic. You can register at your polling place if you live in Minnesota. The first step is to follow the link to the Minnesota Secretary of State's website:


On this page you kind general information regarding polling times, as well as how exactly you can go about registering at your polling place. First off, are you eligible to vote?

>will you be at least 18-years-old on Election Day

>are a citizen of the United States

>have you resided in Minnesota for 20 days immediately preceding Election Day

>do you have a felony conviction record discharged, expired, or completed

>you are not under court-ordered guardianship where a court has revoked your voting rights

>you have not been ruled legally incompetent by a court of law

If you meet these requirements and are not already registered, you can register on election day. To register at your polling place on Election Day, you must have one of the following with your current name and address in the precinct to verify your residence:

  • A valid Minnesota driver’s license, learner’s permit, Minnesota ID card, or receipt for any of these
  • A valid student ID card including your photo, if your college has provided a student housing list to election officials
  • A Tribal ID card that contains your picture and signature
  • A valid registration in the same precinct under a different name or address
  • A notice of late registration sent to you by your county auditor or city clerk
  • A voter registered in the same precinct as you who can confirm your address with a signed oath
  • An employee of the residential facility where you live who can confirm your address with a signed oath

Finally, you need to figure out where you can cast your vote! Follow this link to determine where you can go to cast your vote on Tuesday, November 4th:

This election is turning out to be one of great historical significance, not only because of the major party candidates, but also because of the events swirling around the world. Every year we hear people saying that they aren't going to vote because their vote doesn't matter. The fact is that if you don't vote then you have no right to complain about what goes on in this country. If you don't vote, then you get the government you asked for, whether you like it or not.

This is important. Your vote can change the world.

Sunday, October 26, 2008


Your hosts with the real star of the show!

On Grind-Fu Saturday it was something like 58 degrees and sunny, and in its wake a blustery gray chill has descended upon the land. It's amazing what the right combination of films, film geeks, and baked goods can do to the environment!

Thanks to everybody that showed up for the final Grind-Fu of 2008. We had a good mix of faces new and old, all sitting with vomit bag at the ready, enjoying three insanely unique films. As always, the audience approached the films with a great attitude, and a splendid time was had by all.

The draw for the night was the Blood Trilogy, but the real star of the evening was the celebratory cake, or as I like to call it: The Dessert of Ishtar. Please induldge this series of photos, because I honestly haven't been this excited to see a cake since my fifth birthday!

On the slab!

On the way!

The ceremonial altar of Ishtar!

Top Detail

Bottom Detail

Service with a smile!

A truly unique cake fit for a truly unique evening of cinema.

The Grind-Fu gang will be taking a well deserved rest for the holiday season, but we intend to bring back the double features in the Spring of 2009. It has a been a blast for us to put these together and to share these films with other film geeks that enjoy movies on the edge of the mainstream.

Thanks again for all your support and feedback, and we'll see you when the weather starts getting nice again!



OCTOBER 20, 2008 (1088)
It's the last day of the KMSU Fall Pledge Drive, so we played crappity crap crap music until a RADIO HERO called in with their pledge. The * denotes a pledge from a Radio Hero!! and the immediate stopping of the horrible vomit song.
1. David Bowie - life on mars (this was a freebie good song)
2. Disneyland Boys Choir - it's a small world
3. Alvin and The Chipmunks - I love the rainy nights
*4. Tiny Masters Of The Universe - hey Mr DJ
*5. Tom Waits - lie to me
6. Maureen McGvern - the morning after
7. Climax - precious and few
8. Anne Murray - you needed me
9. Barbara Streissand - evergreen
*10. Sonic Youth - Reena
11. Jeffrey Osbourne - on the wings of love
12. Kenny Rogers and Kim Carnes - don't fall in love with a dreamer
13. Bernie Higgins - key largo (this is Shyboy Tim's personal Kryptonite!!)
*14. Flaming Lips - the w.a.n.d.
15. Sheena Easton - morning train
*16. The Monkees - Mary Mary
17. Festus Talks About Mules
*18. Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick And Tich - hold tight
19. Dionne Warwick - I'll never fall in love this way again
*20 The La's - there she goes
21. Charlene - I've never been to me (at this point in the show Shelley nearly vomited from dizziness)
*22. The Stooges - I wanna be your dog
23. Debby Boone - you light up my life
*24. Kelley Stoltz - ever thought of coming back
25. Barry Devorzon - Nadia's Theme
*26. Paul Westerberg - dyslexic heart
27. Albert Morris - feelings
*28. John Doe w/Neko Case - hwy 5
*29. Hot Chip - over and over
Thanks to all of the RADIO HEROES out there in radio land for helping KMSU meet our Fall Pledge Drive goal, and to Gully for so bravely stepping in to the front lines and manning the phone for the second half of the morning show.

we now proceed to our regularly sceduled programming

OCTOBER 21, 2008 (1089)
1. Ben Taylor - Dolemite
2. The Stooges - I wanna be your dog
3. Sea and Cake - up on crutches
4. The Minders - don't you stop
5. Georgie James - Henry and Hanzie
6. Social Distortion - another state of mind
7. Television - see no evil
8. The Beatifics - almost something there
9. Child Ballads - laughter from the rafters
10. The Clash - I fought the law
11. The Weeks - altar girl
12. The Legendary stardust Cowboy - dynomite
13. The Gang - fits and shadow fights
14. Bodies Of Water - water here
15. Neil Young - tonights the night
16. Albert Hammond, Jr. - borrowed time
17. Brian Jonestown Massacre - oh lord
18. The Kinks - gotta get the first plane home
19. Heavenly States - lost in the light
20. Bow Wow Wow - I want candy
21. Rolling Stones - all down the line
22. Mohammed raffi - jaan pehe chaan ho

OCTOBER 22, 2008 (1090)
1. Caesars - strawberry weed
2. Jenny Lewis w/Elvis Costello - carpet baggers
3. All Girl Summer Fun Band - not the one for me
4. TV On The Radio - halfway home
5. Pixies - monkey gone to heaven
6. Sigur Ros - inni mer sungur vitleysingur
7. Frank Zappa - sofa #2
8. Fannypack - hit it
9. Arcade Fire - anti-christ television blues
10. Elliot Smith - needle in the hay
11. Dale Frane - warm Minnesota winter
12. Dale Frane - they don't care
13. Leslie Hall - zombie killer (chastity pariah remix)
14. The Fleshtones - I was a teenage zombie
15. Donovan - season of the witch
16. Japanese Motors - single fins and safety pins
17. Jett Powers - go girl go

OCTOBER 23, 2008 (1091)
1. Eilert Pilarm - jailhouse rock
2. Gospel Gossip - revolutions in physics
3. Yo La Tengo - big day coming
4. Chubby Checker - do the zombie
5. Soul Senders - shake a tail feather
6. Terry Reid - bang bang
7. Miniature Tigers - the wolf
8. Elf Power - new world
9. Nick Lowe - and so it goes
10. T Rex - jeepster
11. The Shaggs - it's Halloween
12. Brian Jonestown Massacre - that girl suicide
13. New Order - working overtime
14. Beach Boys - god only knows
15. David Vandervelde - someone like you
16. Tim Hutt - the lottery song
17. Yoko Ono - walking on thin ice
18. Bob Dylan - someday baby
19. The Replacements - unsatisfied

OCTOBER 24, 2008 (1092)
1. Nick Drake - river man
2. Spiritualized - she kissed me (and it felt like a hit)
3. Lou Reed - what's good
4. Sloan - don't you believe a word
5. Beta Band - dry the rain
6. Wedding Present - red shoes by the drugstore
7. Tom Waits - never let go
8. David Bowie - bombers
9. Mugison - mugiboogie
10. Bob Dylan - most likely you'll go your way and I'll go mine
11. The Rutles - cheese and onions (stereo)
12. Paul Westerberg - runaway wind
13. Soft Boys - tonight
14. John Cale - perfect
15. Some Girls - is this what I've been waiting for
16. Pete Townsend - rough boys
17. The Specials - ghost town


OCTOBER 13, 2008 (1083)
1. Cheap Trick - surrender
2. Dondero Accapella Choir - runaway
3. Black Box Revelation - I think I like you
4. Johnny Burnette - train kept a rolling
5. Simon and Garfunkel - only living boy in New York
6. The Replacements - Alex Chilton (alt version)
7. The Who - my generation
8. Dondero Accapella Choir - just you and me
9. Sonic Youth - dirty boots
10. Lake - blue ocean blue
11. N*E*R*D* - everyone nose
12. Sea Wolf - your'e a wolf
13. They Might Be Giants - pet name
14. Tom Waits - kentucky Avenue
15. Frank Black - headache

OCTOBER 14, 2008 (1084)
1. James Brown - doing ot to death
2. David Byrne and Celia Cruz - loco de amour
3. Beth Orton - Carmella (Four Tet Remix)
4. Judson Fountain - two boys in a haunted house
5. The Cramps - TV set
6. Brian Eno and David Byrne - America's waiting
7. Deerhoof - matchbook seeks maniac
8. Dondero Accapella Choir - shock the monkey
9. Marianne Faithfull - I'm a loser (mono)
10. The Kinks - victoria
11. Marianne Faithfull - last song
12. St. John Greene - help me close the door
13. David Byrne - neighborhood
14. Beach Boys - sail on sailor
15. Leonard Cohen - suzanne
16. Blood Sweat and Tears - lucrettia macevil

OCTOBER 15, 2008 (1085)
1. Screaming Lord Sutch - she's falling in love with a monster
2. Love As Laughter - holy
3. Creedence Clearwater Revival - travelin' band
4. George Harrison - all things must pass (demo)
5. Petty Booka - let's talk dirty in Hawaiin
6. Dondero Accapella Choir - let me live
7. Queen - your'e my best friend
8. R.E.M. - star 69
9. Jack Skellington - this is halloween
10. Wolf Parade - the grey estates
11. Baskervilles - smash
12. Kelley Stoltz - wave goodbye
13. Mike Wagner and The Bops - 3 little pigs
14. Velvet Underground - all tomorrow's parties
15. Grant Hart - 2541
16. Dondero Accapella Choir - age of aquarius/let the sunshine in

OCTOBER 16, 2008 (1086)
1. Ladyhawke - the dugout
2. Electralane - tram 21
3. Nada Surf - armies walk
4. Komeda - boogie woogie rock n roll
5. Elmore James - shake your money maker
6. Quantic Soul Orchestra - pushin' on
7. Hank Williams - lost highway
8. Half Japanese -miracles happen every day
9. Yo La Tengo - autumn sweater
10. The Byrds - hickory wind
11. The Breeders - drivin' on 9
12. Sugar - if I can't change your mind
13. Husker Du - you can live at home
14. Dondero Accapella Choir - sweet Jane
15. Husker Du - standing in the rain
16. Sugar - gee angel

OCTOBER 17, 2008 (1087)
"POLKA TILL YOU PUKE" with special guests Ambrose Kodet on Concertina and Maude Luskey on Polka Fan!!!

1. Roger Harrison - mule skinner blues
2. Ambrose Kodet - let's have a party
3. Rodney Riston Presents The Swiss Sisters - out behind the barn
4. John Check and The Wisconson Dutchmen - get along home
5. Dick Rogers - kiss my brass polka
6. Ambrose Kodet - grass is green
7. Frankie Yankovic - Milwaukee polka
8. Jerry Schneider Orchestra - old lager polka
9. Ivan Kahle Band - dizzy chap polka
10. Al Mayes and The Swinging Laendler - red headed polka
11. The Bradleys - New York New York
12. Karl Hartwich and the Country Dutchmen - I love Little Willy
13. Ambrose Kodet - saddlehorse polka
14. Ambrose Kodet - gold dust polka
15. Dad and The Brown Boys - proud Mary
16. Dick Rogers - no beer today
17. Johnny Check and The Wisconsin Dutchmen - shake rattle and roll
18. Marv and Carol Nissel - bartenders polka
19. Jerry Dostal - she's too fat for me polka
20. Ambrose Kodet - Vienna forever
21. Frankie Yankovic - just because
22. Myron Floren - chitty chitty bang bang polka
23. Polka Beats - Folsom Prison blues
24. Ambrose Kodet - concertina polka


OCTOBER 6, 2008 (1078)
1. The Kinks - nothing in this world can stop me worrying 'bout that girl
2. Tom Tom Club - genius of love
3. Joy Division - digital
4. The Jam - a town called malice
5. Raphael Saadiq - sure hope you mean it
6. Pair Of Kings - the monster
7. Sonic Youth - Goo interview flexi disc
8. Sonic Youth - tunic (8 track demo)
9. Thee Headcoatees - all night long
10. Link Wray - ain't that lovin' you babe
11. Ronny and The Daytonnas - G.T.O.
12. Buddy Holly - not fade away
13. Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds - red right hand
14. Dandy Warhols - boys better
15. Hasil Adkins - chicken walk
16. Guided By Voices - I am a tree
17. Wilco - heavu metal drummer
18. Flying Burritto Brothers - Christine's tune (devil in disguise)
19. Jr Walker and The Allstars - shake and fingerpop
20. Quintron - miniature breakdown

OCTOBER 7, 2008 (1079)
1. Rick Nelson - my babe
2. The Plugz - red eye #9
3. The Clash - safe european home
4. The Beach Boys - baby blue eyes
5. Modern Lovers - modern world
6. Magnetic Fields - poppa was a rodeo
7. King Khan and The Shrines - tell me
8. James Brown - bring it up (hipsters avenue)
9. Lou Reed and John Cale - nobody but you
10. The Trashmen - surfin' bird
11. Brian Jonestown Massacre - oh lord
12. Faux Jean - g a go-go
13. Edwin Collins - a girl like you
14. Go Home Productions - rapture riders
15. Auggie Garcia - be my guest
16. Prince - I can never take the place of your man
17. TNT - 99th floor
18. Leonard Cohen - I'm your man
19. Beatles - leave my kitten alone (mono)
20. Harry Nillson - without you
21. Shonen Knife - daydream believer

OCTOBER 8, 2008 (1080)
1. James Brown - I'll go crazy
2. Dondero Accapella Choir - satellite of love
3. Johnny Cash - when the man comes around
4. The Zombies - this will be our year
5. Sonic Youth - dirty boots (8 track demo)
6. Paul Westerberg - make your own kind of music
7. Daniel Johnston - go
8. Dondero Accapella Choir - sweet Jane
9. Deerhoof - numina o
10. Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds - today's lesson
11. Donovan - hurdy gurdy man
12. Ben Folds - before Cologne/Cologne
13. Claudine Longet - I think it's going to rain today
14. Legendary Stardust Cowboy - paralyzed

OCTOBER 9, 2008 (1081)
1. The Beatles - dear prudence (mono)
2. Dondero Accapella Choir more than a feeling
3. Dirtbombs - the thing
4. John Lennon - stand by me
5. The Contours - can you jerk like me
6. Bob Dylan - dignity (piano demo)
7. The Ramones - Sheena is a ounk rocker
8. Dondero Accapella Choir - isn't it time
9. John Lennon - crippled inside
10. Fiery Furnaces - crystal clear
11. Bob Ridgely - she was a mow mow
12. Bob Dylan - most of the time
13. James Brown - it's a man's man world
14. NNB - Uruguay 1983
15. Jonathan Richman - vampire girl
16. Nico - these days
17. Soulwax - I wish/skeelo vs the breeders vs eye of the tiger
18. Chuck Berry - no particular place to go
19. Dondero Acappela Choir - cold as ice
20. John Lennon - imagine

OCTOBER 10, 2008 (1082)
1. Talking Heads - this must be the place (naive melody)
2. Al Green - take me to the river
3. Pete Townsend - let my love open the door
4. Big Star - in the street
5. Dondero Acappela Choir - missing the war
6. The Clash - police on my back
7. James Brown - licking stick
8. The Ting Tings - that's not my name
9. David Byrne and Brian Eno - one fine day
10. David Byrne and Brian Eno - poor boy
11. LCD Soundsystem - losing my edge
12. Five Blobs - beware of the blob
13. Dondero Accapella Choir - burning down the house
14. Blur - boys and girls
15. Rolling Stones - start me up
16. The Fleshtones - all around the world
17. The Cramps - tear it up

Wednesday, October 22, 2008


Hey, KMSU Listener! You just helped your favorite radio station meet its Fall Pledge Drive goal! How are you gonna celebrate? How about with a triple feature of bloody cinematic classics?


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25th @ 7:00 pm



The final Grind-Fu of the year is almost upon us, and it is shaping up to be the ghastliest one of them all! You're gonna want to be there as we screen three of the bloodiest and most unusual films ever produced.


The first 50 people will be provided with complimentary emergency vomit bags, should the features become too much to bear!

Bring your own junk food and friends and join us for what is guaranteed to be a night of cinema unlike anything you've ever seen on the big screen!

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

Sunday, October 19, 2008


Looks like we gotta do what we gotta do to wrap up the pledge drive folks. Tomorrow morning Tim and I will resort to using SCARE TACTICS in order to get a pledge for KMSU.

How does this work? Well it is really very simple. We will play really crappy music until someone calls and makes a pledge. The second we get a pledge, we stop the crap and play the awesome music you are accustomed to hearing on Shuffle Function.

You think these pictures are scary??!! Well you haven't heard anything yet (yeah I realize that makes no sense, but you're scared now aren't you)!!!! I just spent five minutes trying to find a photo of a stringy quilt, but thought it best not to push it.

So Radio Heroes, this message is your call to arms. Tune in at 6 am for Shuffle Function and be sure to keep the bad music from ever seeing the light of day. Your pledge equals good music, it is just that easy. If we don't get any radio heroes pledging it will be sheer hell tomorrow. We can avoid this Shuffle Function listeners.

Extra added bonus - if we reach the goal of the Pledge Drive during the morning show we will end the drive a.s.a.p. and return to business as usual, playing the music you love.

You have been warned - Radio Heroes heed the clarion call to action!!!!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

FALL PLEDGE DRIVE UPDATE - no FreeBird yet, well maybe a little FreeBird

We at the Shufflefunction Conglomocorplex have just one more day (Monday) to appeal to your pledge drive giving tendencies on the air, and I wanted to give you a little update as to where we are at. Gully appropriately set our pledge drive goal a bit lower this time around, given the signs of the time, and we are 75% of the way there.

It is very "doable" listeners. In fact you can pledge right now!! Donate on-line at or drop us an email with your name and contact information at We will do all the paperwork for you. Scroll down our blog to get a look-see at the swag available to you as a thank you for your vote of confidence and your pledge.

We are soooooooooooo close. If you have already pledged, then you are awesome, but use the weekend to peer pressure the bejezus out of friends or family that you know have not yet made their call to KMSU. The phone number is 389 - 5678 or 1-800-456-7810. Spread that peer pressure love around!!

We will continue to keep you updated, and tune in on Monday for more information. And now as promised, just a little FreeBird, courtesy of Mo and Jo.


Thursday, October 16, 2008





It's the return of the beloved Fall Pledge Drive ritual! Two hours of polka, featuring like concertina from regular guest Ambrose, as well as live polka fans, and loads and loads of vinyl spun on our beautiful dual turntables! Join us from six to eight in the morning on 89.7 fm Mankato or 91.3 fm In Austin, as well as online at It's always a good time, gang!

Thanks to everybody that has pledged so far during this drive. Your belief in the programming KMSU presents is pretty humbling and inspiring, and we can't do it without you. If you haven't pledged yet, we hope that you will seriously consider it. Any amount makes a huge difference, and you can rest easy knowing that your donation is an investment in seriously independent radio.

Scroll down the page to check out the swag!

Upcoming events:
Saturday, October 25th @ 7 pm

Thursday, October 30th @ 6 pm


Join us for this Halloween tradition! Shelley hauls out her vast collection of old "as seen on television" vinyl compilation records and then we let the radio gods have their way with us! You see, we number all the records and then put the numbers in a magic hat. We then randomly draw numbers, flip a coin to determine the side we play, and then roll dice to determine the playlist. We have no idea what the future holds for us during these shows, but hopefully the radio gods will be smiling on us. We've had some shows that were so bad that we honestly thought about giving up doing these shows all together, so keep your fingers crossed!

Once again, please call with your pledges @ 507-389-5678 or 1-800-456-7810. You can also drop us an e-mail at with your name, address, phone number, pledge amount, and the swag you might like, and we'll send you a bill.

The important thing to do is just pledge. Any amount makes a difference. Please scroll down the page and take a look at the really cool premiums we have for you as thanks for your generosity. KMSU HAS THE BEST LISTENERS IN THE WORLD!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

FALL (of civilization) PLEDGE DRIVE! YAY!

As you may have noticed, we're in a pledge drive. This is something that KMSU does a couple of times a year to ask for your financial support. You see, the generosity of listeners like you counts for 30% of our annual operating budget. Without your support our little station on the hill can't stay open for business. Without your help we'd be unable to continue providing you with the kind of unique programming that you obviously have noticed cannot be found anywhere else on the radio dial.

Thank you to everybody that has dug in their pockets and thrown some of their hard earned cash our way. You are the true radio heroes, and we truly and deeply appreciate your belief in what we do.

If you are one of the listeners out there that has not yet contributed, we hope you'll take a moment and consider the role that KMSU plays in your life. Maybe you wake up every morning with Shuffle Function, or hear some of the greatest jazz you'll ever hear from Maverick Slim or The Prez. Perhaps you take a couple of hours on Sundays and listen to the double threat of quality that is Le Show and This American Life. Maybe you appreciate the fact that you can hear some pretty kick ass folk music on Tuesday nights from Mankato radio legend Bruce Davis, or on Sundays with Dave on Listen to Your Folks. Let's not forget the fantastic world music you can hear on Saturday nights, or the eclectic mix of genres you can discover weekdays at two o'clock, or Mo on Wednesday nights! And how about a little show called World Cafe, huh?

Look, we could go on and on listing all the things that are great about KMSU. Odds are you probably already know this stuff, and we're just preaching to the choir. Again, if you are one of the folks that has already done their part to keep all these amazing things on the FM dial, we thank you profoundly. If you are one of the folks that hasn't chipped in... well, why haven't you?

Well, our guess is that for many of you it has to do with what we hear about constantly on the news.

Hey, we're not oblivious to the situation going on in the country and the world. Like you, most of the folks at KMSU are a bit on the news junkie tip, with a side order of political interest. We are just as concerned about what is going on as everybody else.

You can imagine our chagrin at having to hold a pledge drive under these circumstances.

Believe me when I tell you that nobody at this station is exactly Mr. or Mrs. Moneybags. We're a station built by folks that are from your community. People that volunteer their time to put together some really kick ass shows, and do it for no monetary compensation. They do it for the station, and the love of the music they play, and for the community. The only reward they receive is your feedback, and your generosity during pledge drive time.

We all have priorities. Family is first, without question. You gotta pay your bills, too. These things are obvious. What we're hoping to convince you to do is to make an investment in Quality of Life. Not just your quality of life, but the quality of life of your community as well. We hear all the time from folks that move to the area from larger communities about how they simply cannot believe that a station this good is on the air in a community this size. We hear it A LOT. This is what makes KMSU so remarkable in our eyes: It is a station of incredible diversity and quality, and it is being put together by folks from your towns and neighborhoods.

This is radio by the people for the people.

With this station every single pledge makes a difference. a $20 pledge is just as significant as a $100 or $1000 pledge, and every single one of these pledges goes towards keeping the radio miracle that is KMSU on the air. You are making a huge difference with every single donation.

I believe it was Franklin Delano Roosevelt who once said "the only thing we have to fear is bad radio" or something like that. I was flipping through channels and stopped on the History Channel when the phone rang, so I may have mis-heard. But whether he really did say that or not, we as KMSU listeners can agree with the sentiment.

Weird economic times make everybody vulnerable, and it makes public radio outlets that rely on community support vulnerable, too.

Please look at the place that KMSU holds in your life, and then ask yourself what it is worth to keep this station around. Around not just for now, but for future generations. Again, every contribution matters, and if you want to make payments, you can. REPEAT: YOU CAN MAKE YOUR PLEDGE PAYMENTS IN INSTALLMENTS! You don't have to have a huge chunk of change to throw at us immediately. You can spread your donation out over time, if you would like.

Call 507-389-5678 or 1-800-456-7810 and make your pledge. You can put it on a credit card, or we can send you a bill. And let me once again point out that YOU CAN MAKE PAYMENTS IN INSTALLMENTS. If it is easier to make a pledge on the interweb, write to us at with your name, address, phone number, and the amount of your pledge and we will send you a bill. Anything we can do to make it easy for you is o.k. by us.

Now, we have some premiums that we offer at certain levels. Here's what is available to you, should you need some additional persuasion:

$25 - FINDERS KEEPERS 6 CD (Shuffle Function exclusive)

Yes, it's volume 6 of this eccentric series of discs, and it is pretty damn wonderful. This time around the Shuffle Function artisans have assembled a wonderful collection of popular pop songs performed with the type of enthusiasm that can only be shown by High School choirs. Kids, if the choir would have performed stuff like this when I was in High School I probably would have stopped watching Brady Bunch and joined in. Then again, Marcia was/is pretty hot.

This just might be our favorite edition yet in the series, and it is guaranteed to put a smile on your face with its enthusiastic and occasionally misguided versions of rock and roll favorites. Get yours today!


It has been far too long since we've had a new KMSU shirt to offer, so here it is! Sporting the brand new KMSU logo on the front, and the all too true slogan "I helped pay for KMSU's new radio tower and all I got was this lousy T-Shirt" on the back, this shirt offers you street cred that only a public radio station can bring. Please specify size.

$65 - THE RAG AND A COASTER COMBO (for smart shoppers!)

Let's say you have too much taste to limit yourself to only one premium, but simply don't have the pocket change to go nuts. KMSU hears you loud and clear! By pledging $65 dollars you can get both the new KMSU shirt and Finders Keepers 6! We're bundling them together and passing the savings on to you!


This is an incredible DVD collection that highlights both a titan of music and a historic period in our nation's history. From the Shout Factory website:

No one had the feelin’ quite like James Brown did. From his early start singing in a prison gospel group, to his transformation into “Soul Brother No. 1” in the late 1960s, to ultimately claiming the title of “The Godfather Of Soul,” James had the feelin’. And it was so real and so powerful that it jumped the color barrier and grabbed hold of black and white audiences alike.

This DVD collection pays tribute not only to James Brown’s enormous contribution to American music, but also reveals his often overlooked impact on American race relations. Including two discs’ worth of rare live performances and a third DVD containing an in-depth look at the moment James Brown emerged as a political and social ambassador, I Got The Feelin’—James Brown In The ’60s is a fitting tribute to the man and the times.

Disc 1: The Night James Brown Saved Boston The night after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, with America’s inner cities bursting into flames, James Brown was scheduled to perform at the Boston Garden. What happened there changed him forever. This documentary, which premiered at SXSW and was shown on VH1, is an amazing look back at one heroic moment in James Brown’s life as a performer, a public figure and a man.

Disc 2: James Brown Live At The Boston Garden, April 5, 1968 With America’s cities reeling from shock, then sorrow and anger, this is James Brown’s Boston Garden concert as it was videotaped and broadcast that fateful night.

Disc 3: James Brown Live At The Apollo ’68 This was one of a series of concerts James Brown performed at the legendary Apollo Theater in Harlem in March of 1968. This performance was taped in color and broadcast on television as Man To Man.

This is an amazing package, folks, and you're not going to want to pass it up. I know Shelley and myself are personally pledging to get this, but we're hopelessly music geeky.


As a day sponsor you can dedicate a day's worth of programming to something you find significant: An anniversary, a birthday, the fishing opener, comedy albums, the birthday or anniversary of a significant musician or musical event, and so on and so on and so on. We've done them all, and we're certainly up for whatever you can imagine. You can pick out certain music you'd like to hear, as well as craft a special announcement that can be read throughout the day. We're ready to work with you!

$100 - PROGRAM DIRECTOR FOR A DAY! (Shuffle Function exclusive)

This is a premium that has proven so popular we have had to limit it to 20 per pledge drive. Why? Because otherwise we might never get to do our own show! What do you get as a PD4AD? You get to come up to the station some morning between 6-8 a.m and control the musical destiny of not just Minnesota and Northern Iowa, but the world! You program the playlist, and we just put buttons and talk too much! You also get the new KMSU T-shirt, a copy of Finders Keepers 6, and a CD copy of your show to prove to your friends and neighbors that you actually were up at an insane hour of the day!

Being a Program Director really is a lot of fun, and we enjoy the opportunity to put faces to the names and voices of the folks that help keep our show on the air. Folks have already snapped some of them up, so act now before they are gone!

Thanks again to all of you, not just for your financial support, but for your support in general. Everybody at KMSU works hard to present some pretty special programming, and we hope you enjoy it and find it pledge worthy.

Call or write now with your pledge. Thanks.


Wednesday, October 08, 2008



SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25th @ 7:00 pm



The final Grind-Fu of the year is almost upon us, and it is shaping up to be the ghastliest one of them all! You're gonna want to be there as we screen three of the bloodiest and most unusual films ever produced.


The first 50 people will be provided with complimentary emergency vomit bags, should the features become too much to bear!

Bring your own junk food and friends and join us for what is guaranteed to be a night of cinema unlike anything you've ever seen on the big screen!

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

Tuesday, October 07, 2008


Gully gave us some homework last week that we couldn't possibly begin to answer so we promptly ignored it and hoped it would go away. But it hasn't .

We have to come up with five bands or musicians that summarize Shuffle Function. If you scroll down our playlists you can see the diversity in our tastes - this would be alot easier if we had to name 500 bands!! And we have to do it by tomorrow.

Help us out if you can, add your thoughts to the comment section below. Who would you pick? What bands have you come to associate with our radio show? Extra credit will be given for your answers in the form of good radio mojo.



Monday, October 06, 2008


What do the following four things have in common?

That's right, you guessed it - you and Shuffle Function (although I would also accept "awesome" as a possible answer too).

Shyboy Tim and I have a lot of fun lined up for you this month. We begin with the PLEDGE DRIVE which kicks off this Wednesday. The KMSU radio tower, soon to be retired, is your ready reminder of how your donation dollars are being put to good use. Then we are happy to announce that Friday, October 17th is our annual POLKA TIL YOU PUKE day. It is two hours of polka music, live and on vinyl. The usual suspects will be joining us for one of our favorite programming days of the year, so get your leiderhosen and steins ready!! The last SHUFFLE FUNCTION GRIND-FU CINEMA takes place October 25th, with the Blood Trilogy by the Godfather of Gore! Page down the blog for more info, and remember the first 50 people will get a complimentary emergency vomit bag and other swag, courtesy of Shuffle Function. We then celebrate Halloween Thursday October 30th with SHUFFLE FUNCTION RADIO ROULETTE. Terror courtesy of almost 500 K-Tel records and the fates of the radio gods.

There it is in a nutshell - four things to add to your to-do list. Stay tuned to the morning show and 6pm show for more information, or drop us an email with any questions you may have, at


Sunday, October 05, 2008


SEPTEMBER 29, 2008 (1073)
1. B.J. Thomas - raindrops keep falling on my head
2. Black Keys - remember when (si deb)
3. The Parlor Mob - hard times
4. Big Star - femme fatale
5. Bruce Springsteen - Nebraska
6. Morning Benders - loose change
7. Awesome Colour - come and dance
8. White Stripes - dead leaves in the dirty ground
9. Tom Waits - King Kong
10. Beatles - long long long (stereo)
11. John Cale - fear is a man's best friend
12. The Curse Of Company - all the mines
13. Dungen - satt att se
14. Ultimate Spinach - ballad of the hip death goddess
15. The Feelies - slipping (into something)
16. Stereolab - three women
17. Television - little Johnny jewel
18. Buzzcocks - ever fallen in love (with someone you shouldn't have)

SEPTEMBER 30, 2008 (1074)
1. Talking Heads - the great curve
2. The Evening Rig - takin' mine
3. The Ceasars - boo boo god god
4. Big Star - don't lie to me
5. Joe jackson - is she really going out with him?
6. Dinosaur Jr. - pick me up
7. The Bears - since I met you
8. A.C. Newman - on the table
9. Delta 5 - mind your own business
10. Animal Collective - water curses
11. The Pixies - all over the world
12. Blitzen Trapper - sleepy time in the western world
13. Tom Waits - 29 dollars
14. Deerhoof - the tears and music of love
15. Sonic Youth - pattern recognition
16. Tv On The Radio - shout me out
17. The Stooges - shake appeal
18. The Spectors - rhubarb Ruby
19. Matthew Sweet - girlfriend
20. T Rex - ride the white swan

OCTOBER 1, 2008 (1075) Let The Halloweeny Tendencies Begin!!
1. Buck Owens - it's a monsters holiday
2. The Black Ghosts - repitition kills you
3. The M's - big sound
4. Dead Bolt - Billy's dead
5. David Bowie - scary monsters
6. Aliens - reflex motor
7. Elvis Costello - this town
8. The Maytals - monkeyman
9. Roky Erickson and The Aliens - bloody hammer
10. Squirrel Nut Zippers - ghosts of Stephen Foster
11. Lou Reed - all through the night
12. Camera Obscura - if looks could kill
13. R.E.M. - I walk with zombies
14. Jimmy Scott - sycamore trees
15. Roy Orbison - in dreams
16. Tiny Tim - stairway to heaven
17. The Cramps - surfin' dead

OCTOBER 2, 2008 (1076)
1. Devin Davis - giant spider
2. The Walkmen - I lost you
3. Bright Black Morning Light - oppressions each
4. Roy Clark - spooky movies
5. Bob Dylan - I want you
6. The Upsidedown - you are hell girl
7. Night Canopy - sea sick casanova
8. Pop Levi - wannamamma
9. Richard Hell and The Voidoids - blank generation
10. Polysics - mind your head
11. Fiery Furnaces - single again
12. They Might Be Giants - spiralling shape
13. Brady Bunch - American pie
14. The beatles - helter skelter (stereo)
15. Tarantual Ghoul and The Gravediggers - graveyard rock
16. Richard hell and The Voidoids - love comes in spurts
17. The Parson Redheads - county line
18. Heavenly States - lost in the light
19. Koko Taylor - wang dang doodle
20. Elvis Costello and The Attractions - watching the detectives

OCTOBER 3, 2008 (1077)
1. Paul Evans - happy go lucky me
2. Dirty On Purpose - like bees
3. SeaRay - revelry
4. The Beatles - you got to hide your love away (stereo)
5. The Munsters - at the Munsters (Munsters theme)
6. When Dinosaurs Ruled The Earth - it's casual
7. Little Richard - keep a knockin' but you can't come in
8. Sex Pistols - did you no wrong
9. Circle Jerks w/Debbi Gibson - I wanna destroy you
10. The Beatles - don't pass me by (mono)
11. Bob Dylan w/The Band - I ain't got no home
12. Management - elecric field
13. Murdocks - old xylophone
14. The Specials - ghost town
15. Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet - big baby
16. Stereolab - ping pong
17. Love As Laughter - all parts of me
18. Lemonheads - it's a shame about Ray
19. Duponts - screaming ball at dracula's hall
20. Beulah - a good man is easy to kill


SEPTEMBER 22, 2008 (1068)
1. David Fox - I hate cool
2. R.E.M. - bittersweet me
3. Dungen - finns det nagon mailighet
4. The Pica Beats - shrinking violets
5. Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds - get ready for love
6. Marianne Faithfull - no child of mine
7. Patti Smith - gloria
8. New Order - love vigilantes
9. Manhattan Love Suicides - life in vain
10. Johnny Cash - mercy seat
11. Neko Case - the needle has landed
12. John Cale - twilight zone
13. XX Teens - only you
14. Arcade Fire - no cars go
15. Chemical Brothers w/Flaming Lips - the golden path
16. Mugison - mugiboogie
17. Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds - there she goes my beautiful world

SEPTEMBER 23, 2008 (1069)
the last of the Rhino Replacement re-issues day!!
1. Replacements - talent show
2. Replacements - when it began
3. The Bridal Shop - from seas
4. Nina Simone - gimme some (Mie Mangini Remix)
5. Ladytron - they gave you a heart they gave you a name
6. Ramones - blitzkreig bop
7. Flaming Lips - the w.a.n.d.
8. Regina Spektor - fidelity
9. Breeders - bang on
10. The J.B.'s - the grunt
11. TV On The Radio - halfway home
12. Replacements - kiss me on the bus (demo)
13. Replacements - gud buy t' Jane (outtake)
14. Pixies - money gone to heaven
15. Talking Heads - sugar on my toungue
16. Replacements - can't hardly wait (elevator shaft demo)
17. Replacements - Alex Chilton
18. Replacements - sadly beautiful (demo)
19. Replacements - photo (studio demo)
20. Replacements - kissin in action (demo)
21. Replacements - valentine (studio demo)
22. Replacements - another girl another planet

SEPTEMBER 24, 2008 (1070)
1. Sonic Youth - candle
2. Silver Jews - we could be looking for the same thing
3. Charlie Pickett - death letter
4. Talking Heads - psycho killer
5. Dandy Warhols - mi amigos
6. French Kicks - carried away
7. The Jesus and Mary Chain - just like honey
8. The Smiths - ask
9. The Hold Steady - all the untitled hidden tracks off of Stay Positive
10. Richard Hell and The Voidoids - love comes in spurts
11. Two Hours Traffic - backseat sweetheart
12. Donovan - season of the witch
13. Joy Division - transmission
14. The Band w/Bob Dylan - I shall be released
15. Wilco - casino queen

SEPTEMBER 25, 2008 (1071)
1. Evolution Control Comittee - rocked by rape
2. Nick Drake - man in his shed
3. Novillero - stand up for our side
4. Desmond Dekker - Israelites
5. Miniature Tigers - like or like like
6. Led Zeppelin - babe I'm going to leave you
7. Karl Blau - before telling dragons
8. R.E.M. - dream
9. Velvet Underground - femme fatale
10. Oxford Collapse - electric park
11. Led Zeppelin - communication breakdown
12. My Morning Jacket - evil urges
13. David Bowie - diamond dogs
14. Sonic Youth - tunic (song for karen)
15. Led Zeppelin - ramble on
16. The Black Kids - I'm not going to teach your boyfriend how to dance with you
17. The Cure - in between days
18. Wayne County and The Electric Chairs - thunder
19. Bruce McCulloch - vigil
20. Nirvana - where did you sleep last night

SEPTEMBER 26, 2008 (1072)
1. Mission Of Burma - fight academy songs
2. Richard Swift - kisses for the misses
3. Goldfrapp - clowns
4. Smog - let me see the colts
5. Sparks - metaphor
6. Jimmy Castor Bunch - it's just begun
7. Stereo Total - ich bin der stricherjunge
8. David Bowie - life on mars
9. Robert Pollard - dancing girls and dancing men
10. The Hold Steady - will you please crawl out your window
11. Flaming Lips - do you realize?
12. Ben Folds - hiroshima (b-b-b benny hit his head)
13. The Fall - eat y'self fitter
14. Starling Electric - black ghost black girl
15. Anthony and The Johnsons - shake that devil
16. Written In The Sand - u.f.o. disaster
17. Velvet Underground - foggy notion