Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Inspiration for the Upcoming 24 Hour Pledge Drive A-Go-Go #6

THIS PARTICULAR INSPIRATION COMES FROM OUR VISIT TO THE RADIO GODS, i.e. the KMSU radio tower. With two rounds of Shuffle Function Radio Roulette coming up during the 24 Hour Pledge Drive A-Go-Go, we can't take our chances. Believe me, it is already a nightmare for Shyboy Tim and I to completely surrender ourselves over to the whims and moods of the radio Gods! We do everything in our power to please the Radio Gods, and so we trek on over to the tower and leave our offerings.

This practice began several years back when we experienced an incredibly painfull Shuffle Function Radio Roulette - one that left us shattered and doubting the liklihood of ever doing another one. Being superstitious folks, we brought over a few trinkets and tried to make peace with the Radio Gods. Knock on wood, it seems to have worked. We have had a few rough patches, but never one of those knock down drag around sessions.

Shyboy Tim and I went over to the KMSU tower this morning and did our best. We left some extra special offerings, a blank cassette tape in honor of the new Shuffle Function t-shirt, a Let's Bowl! sticker from back in the day, an Elvis commemorative ornament, a packet of throat coat tea, and some decorations to. Have a look for yourself.

What an amazing morning we had to kick off the Spring Pledge Drive! Thank you radio Heroes! Tomorrow is the big day - tomorrow night we begin 24 hours of live radio, and there is no turning back. Rest up Shuffle Functioneers, and we will see you in the morning.


Tuesday, March 30, 2010


The Spring Pledge Drive begins Wednesday morning! PLEASE give generously! Every single pledge makes a difference, whether it is $10 or $100. Call us at 507-389-5678 or 1-800-457-7810. You can pay with a credit card, or we can bill you! Plus, you can pay in installments, if that will make things easier on you.

KMSU relies heavily on listener support to continue operating. Because we're a public radio station, we cannot run advertising. That's why your donations mean so much to us. Not only do your pledges help keep us on the air, but they also act as a vote of confidence! It lets us know that you appreciate the programming that KMSU provides - programming that you know you cannot find anywhere else - and it lets the university know that this station is a valuable community resource. That last bit is PARTICULARLY important in this age of savage budget slashing. In fact, you could say your pledges may mean more now than at any other time in KMSU's history.

By donating to KMSU, you are performing a community service. Beyond that, you can also get swag! We have cool thank you gifts available starting at the $25 pledge level and up, PLUS...


This fine collection of video oddballs has been assembled by Mr. Specific himself with your viewing pleasure in mind. This is the third installment in the series, so be sure to pick up your copy!


This new shirt screams "OBSOLETE FORMATS BUILT THIS STATION" on a bold yellow t-shirt. Nobody plays fewer hits than Shuffle Function, and nobody respects obsolete formats more than KMSU! Be the first kid on the block by pledging for one of these bad boys today! Please specify size. Small through 2XL.

This is one of the best pledge drive values! For a mere $65 pledge, you can get the new Shuffle Function t-shirt, PLUS the Crypt of Underground Neanthropic Television III DVD! Think of this is an amazing colossal radio rebate!

KMSU is one of only a few stations that carries World Cafe with David Dye, and pledging at this amount for a CD is one way to ensure that we continue this popular program. Every year World Cafe releases a collection of artists, old and new, performing in-studio. It is always a treat, so be sure to pick the new one up. Fans of Echoes can also pick up new CDs by artists featured on the show.

At this pledge level a listener can sponsor an entire day of programming on KMSU. This can be a unique way to commemorate a significant date, such as a birthday or anniversary, or to celebrate a favorite musician. Throughout the day radio hosts will read a personalized dedication written by you marking the occasion and will develop musical programs in accordance with your wishes. This is a great and creative way to support KMSU and local radio.

Join Shyboy Tim and Shelley during the Shuffle Function morning show and control the radio destiny of Southern Minnesota, Northern Iowa and the world! Bring in your music collection to air during the show and play DJ for a morning! You will also get a brand new Shuffle Function t-shirt, the new Crypt of Underground Neanthropic Television DVD, and a CD copy of your two magical radio hours. This is THE BEST VALUE for you!


At this pledge level we have an amazing premium available. It consists of a double CD box set compiled by Stax music expert Rob Bowman in honor of Stax's 50th Anniversary, as well as a DVD of the legendary 1967 Stax/Volt Revue tour of Europe. Stax artists conquered Europe during this tour, and thankfully the cameras were rolling. If you don't have any Stax in your collection you owe it to yourself to get some, and we're making it unbelievably easy for you.

You see the swag, now call and pledge! Starting at six a.m. we're gonna be waiting for your call. And don't forget, the shuffle Function 24 Hour Pledge Drive a-go-go starts Thursday, April 1st @ 6pm, and comes to a thrashing and screaming, yet strangely comatose conclusion Friday, April 2nd @ 6pm. We're gonna be making some huge announcements during the marathon, beginning in the very first hour, so tune in and get ready to have your mind blown!



The Shuffle Function 24 Hour Pledge Drive a-go-go has only just begun, and we're already making a big bonus announcement!
Anybody that makes a pledge during the Shuffle Function 24 Hour Pledge Drive a-go-go will be entered into a drawing to win a Samsung BD-P1600 Blu-ray Player, courtesy of DeGrood's Applicance in Mankato! In addition to stellar 1080p HD picture quality, this little bugger can crank out some serious hi-fi sound. It can also access information through Wi-Fi, stream movies from Netflix and Blockbuster, as well as clips from YouTube!


In addtion to this awesome little player, DeGrood's has thrown in a $200 Flat Panel Performance Kit, with an HDMI cable, a mega-power strip, and a bunch of maintenance stuff.


Here's the part where we inform you that you don't have to pledge to enter the drawing for the player. You can come up to the station during the marathon and enter. What we're gonna remind you of, however, is that we're doing this as an incentive to convince you guys to pledge. We cannot operate without your generosity, and we hope you guys will pledge if you're going to enter.




with special guest

Friday, May 21st @ 7:30pm
520 South Front Street, Mankato, MN
The admission price: NOTHING!

This is, without question, the ultimate DREAM SHOW for Shuffle Function! We have been wanting to get The Ledge to Mankato ever since we started doing Shuffle Function almost nine years ago, and after we interviewed Peter Zaremba from The Fleshtones two years ago we really started working for it. Now, thanks to a very generous grant from the Minnesota State Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund, the dream has become a reality!


Once again, KMSU is giving you a life changing night of live music, and all because you have been such a loyal supporter of the programming we deliver. THANK YOU!

Call now and make that pledge you've been waiting to make! There's loads of kick ass swag available as thank-you gifts for your donation, and at no extra cost you can see The Fleshtones and The Legendary Stardust Cowboy LIVE AND FOR FREE in Mankato!

The Fleshtones live shows are the stuff of legend. One reviewer of a recent show they did in Europe said they pity any band that has to follow them on stage. Here's proof:

And as far as The Legendary Stardust Cowboy goes... well, he's not so much a performer as a force of nature! BEHOLD:

The Shuffle Function 24 Hour Pledge Drive a-go-go has only just begun, and already KMSU is making dreams come true! CALL NOW AND PLEDGE! 507-389-5678 or 1-800-456-7810!


Monday, March 29, 2010

Inspiration for the Upcoming 24 Hour Pledge Drive A-Go-Go #5

Wow. I can count on one hand how many days are left until The 24 Hour Pledge Drive A-Go-Go! Thursday, April 1st at 6 p.m. is go time people. The Spring KMSU Pledge Drive itself kicks off this Wednesday, so feel free to start limbering up those pledge dialing fingers.

Now let's go to one of my favorite moments in time caught on film, The Band's Last Waltz. Again there is a ton of amazing clips from this that I could share with you when it comes to inspiration, but I will pick just a few of the biggies. If you happen to be unfamiliar with The Last Waltz, this is the big going away hootenany that The Band held. It was the last time they played together, and they had a number of special guests join them on stage. Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Muddy Waters, Neil Diamond, Joni Mitchell, the list just goes on and on. It was directed by Martin Scorcese, and features interviews with members of The Band between tunes. Really, if you have never seen it, do yourself a favor and watch it.

This first clip features The Staples Singers, and I am fond of saying that when we die and go to heaven, this group of folks will be singing our entrance into the pearly gates. There is so much going on in this version of "The Weight". Members of The Band trade verses with Pop and Mavis Staples, and everyone joins for a churchlike ending. I am getting the shivers just thinking of it!

This next video is just flat out amazing. It is The Band singing "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down", a tune that I have loved since hearing it on the radio as a kid. But this version is different. I have heard Levon Helm, vocalist and drummer for The Band describe this particular performance as the best he'd ever sung it. They added a small brass band too, which just sealed the deal for me. I always get the shivers watching this, especially when they sing "You can't raise a Caine back up when he's in defeat".

Look for some Grind-Fu Cinema posters in a spot near you later on today (Monday) as I go about town spreading the good 'badly dubbed mexican horror film' word.


Friday, March 26, 2010

Inspiration for the Upcoming 24 Hour Pledge Drive A-Go-Go #4

There are so many reasons to watch the musical documentary URGH! A MUSIC WAR, but I am going to give you three big ones for this post. This is also an amazing record set - so amazing in fact that a man claiming to be a "collector" grabbed a copy out of my hands at a thrift store in the Twin Cities! But that is another story.

Let's start with the Cramps. I had casually heard of this band before, but I had never seen the Cramps until I watched URGH! I was instantly sold - that yell, that ability to swallow a microphone while singing, and the magic that had to be invoked to keep his pants on - all of it made me a fan for life. I went right out and bought "Bad Music For Bad People". That was a week before Shyboy Tim and I began doing Shuffle Function.

Have a look for yourself.

This next clip from URGH! A MUSIC WAR didn't inspire me to go out and buy all of this band's records, because I already had most of them. XTC was already one of my favorites, but they had stopped touring long before I was ever allowed to go see a concert. Andy Partridge, the lead singer had a breakdown on stage of sorts, and never returned to the stage again. When I saw XTC perform this song, Respectable Street, it was the first time I'd seen them live, and I couldn't believe the fierceness I saw in Andy Partridge. Since time machines aren't readily available, this is as close as I will ever get.

This next clip is just amazing. Dave Thomas, the lead singer of Pere Ubu literally blows me away with this performance every single time. In fact, just posting this on the blog, I have watched this clip three times in a row! This is quirky and akward and such a mess that I adore it, and the music isn't that bad either. I had never heard of Pere Ubu, but again I went right out and bought "Terminal Towers".

The Shuffle Function 24 Hour Pledge Drive A-Go-Go is now less than a week away!! We have so many amazing things to share with all of you - that it can't come soon enough for me!!


Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Inspiration for the Upcoming 24 Hour Pledge Drive A-Go-Go #3

Something else that we try to do before the pledge drive 24 hour marathon is SLEEP!! This is the eighth year in a row that we have volunteered to undertake this monumentally challenging event, and our tactics regarding sleep have changed dramatically over the years.

In the begining Shy Boy Tim and I would head over to Scooter Polanski's home theater. We would watch the kind of things I am sharing with you in these posts all night long, crawl into the station for the morning show and then home to sleep all day before the 6 p.m. kick off. This sounds good, but in practice a gigantic monkey wrench was tossed in a few years back when some home developers across the street literally spent the day exploding and digging out a basement for a new house. There was explosions on and off all day, and I got MAYBE two hours of sleep before the start of the 24 hour marathon!!

Needless to say, we have now settled for a good nights sleep the night before, and napping and resting the day away Thursday before the shennanigans begin. It doesn't make staying awake on the air for 24 hours any easier, but at least we can say we did our best!! So in addition to sharing inspirational musical clips, I also want to give you all some sleep training suggestions. At almost just a week out, Shyboy Tim and I are attempting to bank away as many hours of sleep as possible, and we hope you are doing the same!

This next inspirational clip really needs no introduction. It is just straight up ROCK AND ROLL.

And while we are at it - see where my love for this band began.......

Allright - I am not getting any sleep after watching Bon Scott and the guys!! Oh - I just watched the video below of the American Werewolf "Gable Film". I still think it is a man, a wierd moving man on his hands and knees, but a man none-the-less. What do you think?



If you were tuned in this morning and heard us discussing the topic of tonight's last MonsterQuest, then you are dying to see this footage! At this point I don't know anything about the "Gable Film", but I am going to do some quick searches and see what pops up. Watch the entire video - but the possible American Werewolf shows up at the very end. Drop us a comment with your ideas!

For the record I think it is a man. Tim thinks ape? Bear?

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Inspiration for the Upcoming 24 Hour Pledge Drive A-Go-Go #2

As I mentioned previously, Shyboy Tim and I have a collection of movie clips that we watch the afternoon before the 24 Hour Pledge Drive A-Go-Go in order to get us psyched up for the challenge ahead. I like the idea of sharing these with the group, so to speak, so you can gear up for the big day along with us. This particular clip is near and dear to me because it comes from one of my favorite music related films, Wattstax. This 1973 film contains soooooooo many amazing performances, in fact we might see another one show up as inspiration before next weeks marathon, but this musician steals the show. This is the one and only Johnnie Taylor singing "Jody's Got Your Girl and Gone".

Several years ago Stax records released the full show from where this smoking hot performance originated (Live at THe Summit Club). The liner notes explain that it was an all around difficult night. The musicians were not in sync with Johnnie Taylor, and you can actually hear Taylor hollering at them from time to time. If you are familiar with the original single of "Jody's Got Your Girl and Gone", it is recorded at a much slower groove. The video above is alot quicker. The musicians kicked it off fast and just never stopped. It is a beautiful mistake, because Johnnie Taylor just grabs on to that tempo and never looks back!

Paul Westerberg writes about Alex Chilton

Last week Shyboy Tim and I were saddened to hear about the death of Alex Chilton, and we spent the morning show playing all the Big Star we could. Both hours began with The Replacements singing their tribute to the man, "Alex Chilton". Since the news hit the press I have been anxious to hear what Paul Westerberg might have to say about last week's sad news, and now I found it. Have a look for yourself.

See Paul Westerberg's New York Times piece here.

And here. I haven't spent that much time with Big Star's third album, but after seeing that Paul's favorite song comes from that one, it is going into rotation a.s.a.p.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Inspiration for the Upcoming 24 Hour Pledge Drive A-Go-Go #1

Next week Shyboy Tim and I will be gathering together all our radio show host stamina MOJO for the Shuffle Function 24 Hour Pledge Drive A-Go-Go. This will be the 8th year in a row that we have undertaken this challenge, and let me tell you it doesn't get easier!

Over the years we have assembled several key videos or songs that we listen to that gets us in the perfect state of mind before we head up to the station to begin the 24hour marathon. One of the biggies is below, The Who performing A Quick One (While He's Away) at the Rolling Stone's Rock and Roll Circus. The full version found on youtube is admittedly a little fuzzy, but it still clearly illustrates how dominant a band The Who was. Especially Keith "HOLY COW" Moon!! Have a look for yourself -

Does this song sound familiar? We do play it occasionally on the show, in fact Shyboy Tim just did this morning, but you probably recall it from this kick ass scene in Wes Anderson's film RUSHMORE:

This is just one of the things we watch to get us in the mood for 24 hours of pledge drive radio. I'll share some more with you before the marathon begins. When does it start? I'm glad you asked! The Shuffle Function 24 Hour Pledge Drive A-Go-Go begins at 6 pm on April 1st and ends at 6 p.m. April 2nd. Perhaps a poster will help you remember -

Marathon Inspiration #2 coming to a computer screen near you soon!


Sunday, March 21, 2010


MARCH 15, 2010 (1451)
1. Tom Waits - clap your hands
2. Stooges - no fun
3. The Hotrats - love is a drug
4. Stone Roses - she bangs the drums
5. Donny Osmond - puppy love
6. Donny Osmond - puppy love
7. Donny Osmond - puppy love
8. Donny OSmond - puppy love
9. Donny Osmond - puppy love
10. Donny Osmond - puppy love
11. Donny Osmond - this guys in love with you
12. Sly and The Family Stone - I want to take you higher
13. Gorillaz - rhinestone eyes
14. The Hotrats - the love cats
15. Everybosy Was In The French resistance...Now! - creeque allies
16. Talking Heads - take me to teh river
17. The Descendents - good good things
18. Sonic Youth - cool thing
19. Stooges - I want to be your dog
20. Television - see no evil
21. The Fall - Victoria
22. Sly and The Family Stone - everyday people

MARCH 16, 2010 (1452)
1. Nick Drake - pink moon
2. The Only Ones - another girl another planet
3. Local Natives - warning sign
4. Continental Co-ets - I don't love you no more
5. Nichelle Nichols - theme from Star Trek
6. Magnetic Fields - better things
7. Gospel Gossip - sippy cups
8. Steinski - lesson 2 (James Brown mix)
9. Bow Wow Wow - I want candy
10. Parliament - flashlight
11. Beatles - cry baby sry (mono)
12. AstroCoast - swim
13. Velvet Underground - temptation inside your heart
14. Mighty Lemondrops - my biggest thrill
15. The Rumble Strips - alarm clock
16. Led Zeppelin - going to California
17. Think - once you understand
18. White Stripes - dead leaves and the dirty ground
19. Lou Reed and John Cale - nobody but you
20. Roky Erickson - I have always been here before
21. Shirley Ellis - soul time
22. Marc Carroll - idiot world
23. Vejtables - feel the music
24. The Golliwogs - fight fire
25. Catherine Deneuve and Serge Gainsbourg - dieu fumeur de havanes
26. Charlotte Gainsbourg - IRM
27. Three Peas In A Pod - going out of my head

MARCH 17, 2010 (1453) We celebrate St. Patrick's Day with Halloween tunes
1. The Feelies - real cool time
2. Flaming Lips - psychiatric explorations of the fetus with needles
3. The Shaggs - it's Halloween
4. Bob Dylan - teh times they are a changin'
5. Donovan - season of the witch
6. Southern Culture On The Skids - zombified
7. Flaming Lips - race for the prize
8. Tracy Jordan - werewolf bar mitzvah
9. Dead Bolt - Billy is dead
10. Flaming Lips - the w.a.n.d.
11. The Waterboys - fisherman blues
12. Jack Kittle - psycho
13. The Band - chest fever
14. Shadowy Men On A Shadowy planet - big baby
15. Leslie hall - zombie killer (Chastity Pariah remix)
16. The Cramps - surfin' dead

MARCH 18, 2010 (1454)

1. Replacements - Alex Chilton
2. Big Star - when my babys beside me
3. Twin Tigers - every day
4. Jonathan Richman - lonely little thrift store
5. Freelance Hellraiser - a strange genius
6. Beatles - some other guy (mono)
7. Big Star - thirteen
8. Gil Scott Heron - running
9. The Hotrats - queen bitch
10. Big Star - oh my soul
11. Replacements - Alex Chilton
12. Grant Hart - 2541
13. The Boxtops - the letter
14. Pavement - date w/Ikea
15. Big Star - September gurlz
16. The Bundles - metal mouth
17. Grant Hart - now that you know me
18. Big Star - in the street
19. Beatifics - this years Jessica
20. Big Star - teh ballad of El Goodo
21. Big Star - watch the sunrise
22. Big Star - back of a car

MARCH 19, 2010 (1455)
1. The Hold Steady - stuck between stations
2. Wilco - handshake drugs
3. Robyn Hitchcock and The Venus Three - I'm falling
4. Johnny Cash - cool water
5. Ben Folds - Hiroshima (B B B Benny hit his head)
6. David Bowie - a better future
7. 13th Floor Elevators - slip inside this house
8. The Lovelies - weekenderman
9. A C Newman - battle for straight time
10. Local Natives - warning sign
11. Talking Heads - memories can't wait
12. Flaming Groovies - slow death
13. Black Velvet Flag - institutionalized
14. Band Of Bees - punch bag


MARCH 8, 2010 (1446)
1. Dick Kent - five feet 9 1/2 inches tall
2. Cara Stewart - song of the burmese land
3. Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt - it'sokaytodowhatinyourheartyouknowtoberight
4. Golden Triangle - jelly roll
5. Detroit, Jr. - youngblood
6. The Clash - gates to the west
7. First Gear - a certain girl
8. Happy Birthday - girls fm
9. From Bubblegum To Sky - a soft kill
10. Rolling Stones - two thousand light years from home
11. Barry Adamson - spend a little time
12. Legendary Stardust Cowboy - slide rule
13. The Who - young man's blues
14. The Shout Out Louds - fall hard
15. Los Straightjackets - blow out
16. Frightened Rabbit - the loneliness and teh scream
17. Bingo Gazingo - is this the chicken market?
18. The Fuzztones - ward 81
19. Mulatu Astatke - yekermo sew
20. Bunny Siegler - theme for five fingers of death
21. Redd Kross - only a girl

MARCH 9, 2010 (1447)
1. Flaming Lips and Sparklehorse - go
2. Yo La Tengo - season of the shark
3. Bonnie "Prince" Billy - ain't you wealthy, ain't you wise
4. Aloha - moonless march
5. Super Furry Animals - (drawing) rings around the world
6. Guitar Wolf - roaring blood
7. Bo Diddley - heart-o-matic love
8. Marianne Faithfull - down from Dover
9. Randy Newman - I think it's going to rain today
10. Johnny Cash - aloha - o -e
11. Howlin' Wolf - spoonful
12. Flat Duo Jets - where are you now?
13. Gospel Gossip - sippy cup
14. Strange Boys - da da
15. Sly and The Family Stone - sing a simple song
16. King Khan and The Shrines - 69 faces of love
17. Staple Singers - if your'e ready come go with me
18. Sparklehorse - some sweet day
19. Beach House - zebra

MARCH 10, 2010 (1448)
1. Die Sweetles - die schule ist aus
2. Broken Bells - your head is on fire
3. Asobe Seksu - new years
4. Joy Division - she's lost control
5. H.G. Lewis - suburban roulette
6. LCD Soundsystem - time to get away
7. Watson Twins - u n me
8. The Monkees - she hangs out
9. The Rutles - I must be in love (stereo)
10. Fiery Furnaces - single again
11. R Stevie Moore - you and me
12. Pilot - magic
13. Morning Benders - excuses
14. Yo La Tengo - 20th century boy
15. Ashley beedle and darren Morris w/Candi Staton - revolution
16. Frank Sinatra - bad bad Leroy Brown
17. Gorillaz w/Lou Reed - some kind of nature
18. Magnetic Fields - walk a lonely road
19. Robyn Hitchcock- kung fu fighting
20. Led Snooplin' - drop it like it's a whole lot
21. Patti Smith - Gloria
22. Dave Clark Five - can't you see that she's mine

MARCH 11, 2010 (1449)
1. Spinto Band - spy vs. spy
2. Bob Dylan - visions of Johanna
3. Devandra Banhart - baby
4. Nick Drake - northern sky
5. Astrocoast - floating vibes
6. The Shins - pressed in a book
7. The Awkward Stage - true love on three with feeling
8. Sugar Plum Fairies - velcro girl
9. Rolling Stones - no expectations
10. Corine BAiley Rae - are you here?
11. Pavement - gold soundz
12. The Fruit Bats - my unusual friend
13. B52's - song for a future generation
14. Javelin - on it on it
15. Grand Master Flash and The Furious Five - scorpio
16. Lawrence Arabia - look like a fool
17. Kate Bush - wuthering heights
18. Wilco - shot in the arm
19. Devo - working in a coalmine
20. Cowboy - kneebending
21. Adolescents - everyday
22. Soft Boys - tonight

MARCH 12, 2010 (1450)
1. The Chambers Brothers - I can't stand it
2. Beatles - while my guitar gently weeps (stereo)
3. Denora - shhh
4. Field Music - effortlessly
5. Husker Du - pink turns to blue
6. Debbie Gibson w/Circle Jerks - I want to destroy you
7. Ken Bower - I will survive
8. Deerhoof - chatterboxes
9. Deerhoof - twin killers
10. Deerhoof - running thoughts
11. Deerhoof - vivid check love song
12. Deerhoof - O'Malley, former underdog
13. The Who - sparks
14. Pink Floyd - lucifer Sam
15. Gordon Gano and The Ryans - man in the sand
16. Free Kitten - sea sick
17. The Makeup - they live by night
18. Jandek - Nacy sings
19. Motorhead - train kept a rollin'
20. Gorillaz - plastic beach
21. Boomtown rats - I don't like Mondays
22. E U - doin' the butt
23. Grandpaboy - MPLS
24. Billy Schuh -buy/sell/trade
25. Beck - Debra

Wednesday, March 17, 2010


Hard to believe there was a time when Spin was unbelievably cool. If you want to see if that was true, you can now read every issue online at google books. You can even read the one with John Trubee's Jandek profile.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Future Highlights of the upcoming Shuffle Function 24 Hour Pledge Drive A-Go-Go

We are now less than three weeks away from the Shuffle Function 24 Hour Pledge Drive A-Go-Go, which starts on April 1st at 6 p.m. On last night's Shuffle Function show we broke it all down for you. Believe me, we know that staying awake for 24 hours straight is a lot to ask. So if you need to get your beauty sleep but don't want to miss out on the sweet sweet sounds of Jandek, here is a loose itenarary for you to memorize and pass along to your friends.

6 p.m. Thursday April 1st THE CLARION CALL OF THE MARATHON START. Yep, I know that makes no sense right now, but trust me it it will on April 1st. Shyboy Tim and I begin the festivities with ONE OF TWO BIG BIG INCREDIBLY EXCITING LIFE CHANGING announcements, as well as the shameless begging for your financial support for KMSU.

9 p.m. Thursday April 1st SHUFFLE FUNCTION RADIO ROULETTE. We dive head first in to our massive K-Tel record collection, and don't come up for air until 10 p.m. The playlist is completely out of our control! We draw a number out of a magic hat to determine which K-Tel record to play. We then flip a coin to determine side A or side B of that record. Shyboy Tim then rolls a ten sided die (yes, from D + D) to pick the track that gets aired. Shuffle Function radio Roulette is frightening for two reasons. One, it is competely random, and for control freaks that is a tough pill to swallow, and two, HAVE YOU SEEN THE KIND OF MUSIC THAT IS ON A K-Tel RECORD??!! It is not implausible to play an entire hour of Air Supply, spiced up with the Laverne and Shirley Theme. Tune in to find out.

2 a.m. Friday April 2nd JANDEK: SOUNDS OF INSOMNIA. Honestly there is no better soundtrack for the middle of the night than Jandek. Our favorite mystery man turned rabid performer is guaranteed to give you the chills. Turn the lights off, light a few candles, and turn your radio up. That's what we do.

6 to 9 a.m. Friday April 2nd VINYL MORNING SHOW. I love this part of the 24 hour marathon, because vinyl is where it all began for Shyboy Tim and I. We take turns pulling some of our favorites out of the vinyl vaults and tossing em' on the turntables to spin. It gets our blood pumping and kickstarts the rest of our day. We will also be making the SECOND OF TWO BIG BIG INCREDIBLY EXCITING LIFE CHANGING announcements during this time. Seriously folks, I can't wait to tell you!! These announcements are so big that we are required by law to space them twelve hours apart - FOR YOUR HEALTH.

9 a.m. Friday April 2nd Beatles Mono Hour. This is pretty self explanatory, folks. Any radio station could sit back, relax, and play an hours worth of Beatles music - but KMSU is not just any radio station. We are only playing Mono versions of The Beatles tunes during this hour. If you sneak a peek at our playlists for the show, we have always differentiated the difference between STEREO and MONO Beatles, and there is a differnce. The two are as different as hot and cold, the original 1974 release of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre and the crappy 2003 remake of Chainsaw, or running zombies and rigor mortis zombies. Tune in for an education, people!

(CO-HOST NOTE: We are not saying that either the mono or stereo versions of Beatles songs are as insufferable as the 2003 remake of Chainsaw. The comparison merely illustrates how very different the mono and stereo versions are. The 2003 version of Chainsaw sucks. Shyboy out.)

NOON Friday April 2nd SHUFFLE FUNCTION RADIO ROULETTE. Round #2. See the picture above? I have that album - in fact I have the French and American version of that album. This could very easily be chosen to play in this hour, and there is nothing we can do about it. The Radio Gods are in charge of the playlist, and K-Tel records are their canvas people. It can be frightening, it can be so- so, or it can be electrifying!

After this point it is every DJ for themselves. Shyboy Tim and I are on the home stretch. 24 hours is a really long time to stay awake, let alone do a radio show that requires us to string along more than two sentences in an entertaining way. This is the time of the marathon where such catch phrases like "better than mustard on a ketchup cake". The Shuffle Function 24 Hour Pledge Drive A-Go-Go comes to and end at 6 p.m. Friday April 2nd, when we literally say goodnight and crash.

We will be reminding you of all of this - but please be sure to pass the info along to your family and friends. Pledge Drives around KMSU are always pretty important, and this Spring Pledge Drive is no exception. We have some wonderfull premiums available as well as a "thank you" gift for your pledges, so check in on the blog closer to April 1st for more info.

All right - stay tuned for a special Grind-Fu Cinema post, too!!


Thursday, March 11, 2010

Spend Your Rainy Days With Some Ghosties

I have been diving head first into the world of paranormal podcasts, and came across this picture collection during one of the shows. I actually thought there were more photos involved in this collection, but it is still a lot of fun to run through them. I highly reccomend clicking on the first photo of the classic "Brown Lady" ghost, and following through to the end that way. There is some great information with each photo, and some background to it's origin. Turn the lights off for even greater effect! Get your fill of ghosts here.

Monday, March 08, 2010


I have been challenged by Shyboy Tim to save your life, or at least prevent you from getting terribly cold and clammy. It is 7:30 this morning and he just asked me to post three HYPOTHERMIA related items by the time the show is done.

I better keep this brief, and start looking!!





Sunday, March 07, 2010

EVERYBODY'S WORKIN' FOR THE PLEDGE DRIVE (yes, it is sung to Loverboy)

YEP, as the picture above shows, Shyboy Tim and I have been busy with preparations for the Shuffle Function 24 Hour Pledge Drive A-Go-Go coming right up ! Click on the link for all the info on the festivities, or scroll on down past this last weeks playlist.

A big thank you to everyone who came out in support of Edgar and Angie at the Post Holiday Extravaganza. Word on the street is that all the events were jam packed and I can testify for that on Saturday night. Kudos to everyone involved in the planning and preparation for a great weekend of music and community!!

See you in the morning, all Oscar blissed out!


This just in from Cryptomundo! Charles B. Pierce, legendary film maker responsible for the classic film THE LEGEND OF BOGGY CREEK has passed away. Alot of films concerning Bigfoot are pretty cheesy - which is not a problem with me - but this film actually had me frightened at times. I am also a fan of his use of local people in his films, talent be damned! Have a look at the trailer for THE LEGEND OF BOGGY CREEK, and then hunt down the film for yourself!


MARCH 1, 2010 (1441)
1. Middle States - winds of eiderdown
2. The Clash - death or glory
3. The Maytals - pressure drop
4. Donora - shak'ida
5. Jaqueline Taieb - 7 heures du matin
6. Serege Gainsbourg and Brigette Bardot - Bonnie and Clyde
7. Bob Dylan - most of the time
8. Afghan Whigs - gentleman
9. The Who - my generation
10. Richard Hell and The Voidoids - blank generation
11. Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds - midnight man
12. Written In The Sand - UFO disaster
13. The Hentchmen - accusatory
14. The Kaisers - just a little bit
15. 1910 Fruitgum Co. - 1,2,3 red light
16. The Who - magic bus
17. The Fleshtones - communication breakdown

MARCH 2, 2010 (1442) Lou Reed's Birthday

Go ahead, give Lou five! I dare you!
1. The Haunted - 1.2.5
2. Charlotte Gainsbourg - master's hand
3. The Greenhornes w/Holly Golightly - there is an end
4. Sex Pistols - submission
5. Langley Schools Music Project - I'm into something good
6. Lou Reed - legendary hearts
7. Golden Triangle - blood and arrow
8. Beastie Boys - sure shot
9. Angela Triccoli - stinky poodle
10. Lou Reed - kill your sons
11. Velvet Underground - rock n' roll
12. Lou Reed - sweet Jane
13. Velvet Underground - I'm begining to see the light
14. Lou Reed - perfect day
15. Velvet Underground - waiting for the man
16. Lou Reed - I can't stand it
17. Velvet Underground - foggy notion

MARCH 3, 2010 (1443)
1. Lewis Taylor - til the morning light
2. The Heavy - stuck
3. Devin Davis - giant spider
4. Big Star - back of a car
5. Taxi Taxi - family doctor
6. Pavement - summer babe (winter long)
7. Dungen - panda
8. Takka Takka - we feel safer at night
9. Legendary Stardust Cowboy - standing in a trashcan thinking about you
10. AC/DC - rocker
11. AC/DC - let there be rock
12. Rolling Stones - monkey man
(Happy B-Day Tim K.)

13. Bobbi Blake - I like yellow things
14. Dick Kent - all you need is a fertile mind
15. Dick kent - Gretchen's new dish (original)
16. U2 - stay (faraway so close)
17. Daniel Johnston - good morning you

MARCH 4, 2010 (1444)
1. Big Jay Bush and The House Rockers - soul meeting
2. The Films - completely replaceable
3. Past Lives - don't let the ashes fill your eyes
4. The Fleshtones - feels good to feel
5. Beat Happening - bewitched
6. LCD Soundsystem - I'm loosing my edge
7. Devo - mongoloid
8. The Clash - London calling
9. Twin Tigers - everyday
10. The Strokes - last night
11. Iggy Pop - lust for life
12. Beck - gamma ray
13. XTC - senses working overtime
14. Celebrity 409 - crazy horses
15. Ramones - I want to be sedated
16. Nico - heroes
17. David Bowie - starman
18. Belle and Sebastian - like Dylan in the movies
19. Frank Black - Los Angeles

MARCH 5, 2010 (1445)
1. Simon and Garfunkel - the only living boy in New York
2. Caribou - melody day
3. Ben Folds - bruised
4. Birdie - who were you thinkin' of?
5. Neko Case - star witness
6. The Hold Steady - Lord, I'm discouraged
7. Gil Scott Heron - I'm new here
8. The Flaming Lips - the yeah yeah yeah song
9. Everybody Was In The French Resistance......Now! - creeque allies
10. Clinic - the witch (made to measure)
11. The Concretes - fiction
12. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - over and over again (lost and found)
13. Matthew Sweet and Susannah Hoffs - warmth of the sun
14. Half Japanese - on the one hand

Friday, March 05, 2010



APRIL 1st 6pm to APRIL 2nd 6pm


The spring pledge drive is nearly upon us, and that can only mean two things: Desperate begging for money, and THE SHUFFLE FUNCTION 24 HOUR PLEDGE DRIVE A-GO-GO!

Beginning Thursday, April 1st @ 6pm and crumbling to a close on Friday, April 2nd @ 6pm, Shuffle Function will broadcast LIVE WITH NO SLEEP for 24 hours straight! We will be risking our very sanity in the epic battle between endurance and psychosis, surviving only on the basic human needs of caffeine and rock and roll. Why? Because we're fools, but also because we believe in KMSU/KMSK so much that we'll perform a grandly stupid gesture to prove that NOT ALL RADIO STATIONS ARE CREATED EQUAL!

Tune in, and please give generously! We'll have some really cool swag, plus we are announcing some incredibly cool stuff that KMSU has in store for it's listeners, and believe us when we say that these things are YEARS in the making. We're gonna have to find new unobtainable goals after this year, kids.


On Saturday, April 3rd, we're having a special post-marathon Grind-Fu Cinema! We're gonna screen some new Grind-Fu classics COMPLETELY FREE, because you guys are what makes KMSU so amazing. You're not gonna want to miss this double bill of terror!


Saturday, April 3rd @ 7pm

Wiecking 220 Auditorium

Minnesota State University, Mankato


Wednesday, March 03, 2010


They're over... FINALLY! Thanksgiving. Christmas. Hanukkah. New Year's... The excessive spending of money none of us ever had to begin with. Having to keep our homes spotlessly clean for visits from relatives we only see once a year. Kids on winter break amped up on chocolate, cookies and high expectations... and now the feelings of buyer's remorse, guilt from cheating on our resolutions, being stuck in our homes waiting to get outside to ride that new bike, shed those holiday pounds and clear out those stuffy lungs... HELLO POST HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA!!!

Eric Barnes (AKA Edgar Burn) was definitely on to something when he organized the first Extravaganza back in March of 2008. His goal was to provide a day filled with stress-free entertainment for everyone. He organized a multiple artist exhibit with plenty of extra wall space for the kids, sledding and hot cider for the familes and a blistering rock and roll show down at the What's Up Lounge for those lucky to be over 21. The first Post Holiday Extravaganza was a success... and to repeat the festivities another year was indeed a feat in itself. And here we are... year 3!

In a nutshell, it's been a very challenging 6 months for Edgar and his family after his cancer diagnosis, and those close to them are pulling together in numerous ways to help them through this trying time. Everyone who knows Edgar knows how much he's promoted both music and art here in town, using his smashing talents to front many incarnations of the legendary "Rhythmaplex Project", entertaining the masses with awesome local music and uncanny banter on KMSU's "Minnesota Music Hour", and all the while assembling the wildest metallic sculptures the mind can imagine. Mankato just wouldn't be the same without the guy, and we're ready to prove it.

It all comes back to music, art, friends and community. This year's Post Holiday Extravaganza is a multi-faceted event that will not only give us plenty to stare at, stuff our faces with and rock out to, it'll give back to a family that's gone above and beyond for all of us.

And now, we present this year's Post Holiday Extravaganza!!! ...Drum roll PLEASE...

Friday March 5th - What's Up Lounge
701 North Riverfront Drive
Doors open at 8pm - $10 (or $15 for both Friday and Saturday's concerts) - 21+ event
The Tombstone Trio
Forever Dumb
Captain Eleven
The Sold Outs

Saturday March 6th - Red Sky Lounge
520 South Front Street
12pm - 5pm - Benefit spaghetti luncheon (prices to be announced), prize raffle, kids' activities, live music!
Accoustic Performers:
Scott Greve
23 (Dan Forslin)
Monty Miller
Dave Begalka

Saturday March 6th - 410 Gallery
523 South Front Street
12pm - 5pm - Art exhibit/sale, bake sale
Local mankato artists and bakers will put their work on sale

Saturday March 6th - What's Up Lounge
701 North Riverfront Drive
Doors open at 8pm - $10 (or $15 for both Friday and Saturday's concerts) - 21+ event
Greylight (DJ Shoba)
In Defence
The Rockford Mules
Old Towne Ghosts

All events are open to the public. All donations, band sweat, door fees and meal prices will go to benefit Eric Barnes (AKA Edgar Burn). If you've recieved this invite, please inform your friends, family, co-workers, etc. If you know of a business or organization that would like to donate to the Extravaganza, please contact us here:

Please pass this invite along to anyone who may be interested in attending one or all of the events listed above.

Online donations will be accepted shortly. Please stay tuned!

Allow us to give a big "Thank You" to all bands, accoustic performers, local businesses, friends and community who have contributed and will contribute their time and/or talents to this landmark event.


Part One

Part Two

Part Three

Monday, March 01, 2010


MINUS MAN: One of my favorite movie trailers of all time.

CAT SWIMMING SCHOOL: Courtesy of my favorite humorist, Michael O'Donoghue.