Wednesday, October 31, 2012


This month has flown by, but here we are at October 31st. It has been an amazing Fall, first with my Bigfoot Expedition and then Jandek's epic performance and now the KMSU Pledge Drive. But I have been so very happy that I have shared it all with you guys. Thanks for being along for the ride Radio Heroes!

So let's look at some monsters today.









 
Be safe everyone. Happy Halloween!!
 
 

AMANDA'S PLEDGE PACKAGE - GONE!

UPDATE:  THE PAINTING HAS 
BEEN SNAPPED UP! 

Good Morning Shuffle Functioneers and Happy Halloween -

      This morning we were greeted by Amanda Wirig who spent her day yesterday getting artsy-fartsy for KMSU. She is a local artist who makes wonderful retro paintings perfect for music geeks. Last Spring she made several paintings for us to offer for pledges (my little sister pledged for one which now is up on my wall), and she has a new painting available to one lucky KMSU listener.

Brainy Janie

 The Artist!
This painting can be yours Shuffle Functioneers!
Here's how this can be yours!



The first person to pledge $150 will receive this
painting and a couple of retro Shuffle Function
 t-shirts and the brand new Finders Keepers 10
 CD: Songs For The Worst Noel.

 Call us at 389 - 5678
or
1 - 800 - 456 - 7810

 THE BOSS SAYS PLEDGE!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

COUNTDOWN TO HALLOWEEN POST # 30 - MY SUGGESTED READ


This morning Shyboy Tim and I were talking about a documentary we'd recently watched about the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and the description of that film as having been on of the first to remove the supernatural element from the horror genre. What you see in that film is technically a very dysfunctional family - not a ghost story - but simply people behaving at their worst. To me this is  even more frightening then a good old fashioned monster flick. I just finished reading a new book by the film maker Errol Morris about a man accused of killing his wife and two children in 1970. It is called A Wilderness of Errors: The Trials of Jeffrey MacDonald and it is focuses on how the media can dictate our beliefs to the extent of discounting facts and disregarding evidence, using only what fits their preconceived idea of what happened. It is a fascinating read.


 Jefferey MacDonald has proclaimed his innocence for almost as long as I have been alive, yet has been serving three consecutive life sentences for the murder of his family. His story was the topic of a best selling book, Fatal Vision and a popular TV mini-series. Although much of the Fatal Vision book is based on presumption, it is none the less what many believe to be true. Morris looks into the details tossed aside by police, detectives and the government - tossed aside for not fitting into the scenario they concocted to explain why a Green Beret Doctor would viciously stab and beat his family to death.

 
 
I've been a fan of Errol Morris for many years, and his documentaries are some of the finest ever made (see The Thin Blue Line and The Fog Of War just to name a few). His subject matter does not steer clear of the uncomfortable, whether it be Abu Ghraib, the electric chair, or pet cemeteries. I had been completely in the dark about these murder trials, even though Fatal Vision was and is a best seller. But after reading this book I want to know more. Fortunately in this age of you-tube, you can find anything. It is all out there to be seen .
 



This clip shows MacDonald's appearance on The Dick Cavett show not long after his Army trial that concluded that he was not responsible for any of the murders. Jeffery MacDonald stated from the get go that he and his family had been attacked by 4 to 5 "hippies". He himself suffered from life threatening stabs that collapsed his lung and just missed piercing his heart as he fought to go to the aid of his family. The judge in that initial Army trial believed that the government was barking up the wrong tree, but many point at this TV appearance as a turning of the tide in regards to his guilt or innocence. His in-laws, the Kassabs, had been staunch supporters of MacDonald, but soon after this they became his biggest enemies. Even Errol Morris says there is something a little off about his delivery - a smirk, the complaints about his treatment, and the fact that he never mentioned his family is what bothered most viewers. Watching this clip, I can see what they are getting at.



One of the key players in this story is Helena Stoeckley. MacDonald described one of his attackers as being a female with a floppy hat and go-go boots. While responding to the police call that night, one MP saw a female matching that description just a few blocks from the crime scene. Upon the MP's arrival he overheard MacDonald describe the intruders - and when he mentioned the woman bells starting ringing in the MP's head. He mentioned to his superiors that he'd just seen a woman fitting that description several minutes ago but surprisingly nobody bothered to go and look. Did I mention that the crime scene was handled by rookies and amateurs? Nobody knew what they were doing. Helena Stoeckley was a snitch for the police department and the officer working with her thought the description fit her description too. I'll leave the story telling to Errol Morris, but to make a long story short, Stoeckley spent the rest of her days admitting to family, friends and strangers that she was in the house the night of the murders, high on drugs, and she knew who was with her. The clip above is from a 60 Minutes interview that never aired. You can clearly see her strange behavior. The Judge in MacDonald's trial dismissed her as reliable, stating that she was a drug addict and not to be believed, i.e. her story doesn't fit our story so we will suppress it!


This story has so many unbelievable twists and turns that you really do need to read this book. I have never read Fatal Vision form Joe McGiniss, and after reading this I know how he manipulated the facts to make a good book, but I do want to watch the hours and hours of documentaries that have aired over the decades. Here is one that the BBC did in 1989 that has quite a few of the key historical figures involved. It is called False Witness.



I cannot recommend this book enough folks. It does fall into the True Crime section of the bookstore - but it is more than just a gruesome murder story. Errol Morris's writing is very similar to his movie making style, and it is a very quick read, primarily due to how difficult it is to put it down!



ON A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT NOTE..........................
Tomorrow is Halloween and you are all invited to join us at the station for trick or treats! We will be handing out candy from 6 to 9 a.m.and playing Lux Interior's Purple Knif Radio Show along with a ton of music from The Cramps. Don't miss it! Tune into 89.7 fm or listen on-line at www.kmsu.org

Monday, October 29, 2012

HALLOWEEN COUNTDOWN #29 - TIME FOR THE FAKE BLOOD RE-POST!!!



A full month of blogging Halloween posts, and I am finally getting around to something I've wanted to talk about since October 1st - blood, or more precisely how to make the best fake blood you've ever seen. If this were a sick and twisted Martha Stewart feature, I would call it

 FAKE BLOOD 101.



Arguably the best blood maker in the business has to be H.G. Lewis, the "Godfather of Gore". Last year's final Grind-Fu Cinema we were pleased to present his Blood Trilogy, which illustrated the work of the master. Shyboy Tim could definitely add more to this conversation, but he has mentioned on the air before that H.G. Lewis actually got a patent on his fake blood formula. That is how good it was. If you watch one of his films, let's say Blood Feast, you can see that he had plenty of opportunities to hone is blood making techniques.



I too have had a chance to work with a very cheap and affordable fake blood formula on a regular basis. Many of you know that my real job that supports my radio habit is that of a baker. I make lots and lots and lots of cake, and that is how I discovered this fake blood masterpiece. Drum roll please............it is

RED VELVET CAKE MIX!!!



ohhhhhhhhhh - doesn't it look cute? All red and tasty chocolatey? Why it's adorable!!!!

TRUST ME SHUFFLE FUNCTIONEERS. WHEN USED FOR ANYTHING OTHER THAN CAKE RED VELVET CAKE MIX LOOKS LIKE A TRACTOR ACCIDENT GONE HORRIBLY HORRIBLY WRONG MEETS THE 24 HOUR SURGERY CHANNEL MEETS CSI.



FAKE BLOOD 101


Step 1) Buy some Red Velvet Cake Mix. Thanks to films like 'Steel Magnolias', it is not difficult to find on the shelves at your grocery store.


Step 2) Grab a bowl.



Step 3) Add a few cups of mix to the bowl.


Step 4) Add water.


Step 5) Whisk together. If it appears to be "runny", simply add more mix until you
find the right bllod like consistency you seek.


Step 6) It is ready to apply. It will look kinda rusty in color initially, but as
the air hits it, it will become crimsony bloody beautiful.


Step 7) have responsible fun with this!!


Shelley

Sunday, October 28, 2012

SWAG-O-RAMA FOR FALL: GIFT GIVING EDITION


WHAT DO YOU GET FOR THE
MUSIC GEEK ON YOUR 
HOLIDAY SHOPPING LIST?
KMSU MAKES IT EASY FOR YOU!

It's Fall pledge drive time around KMSU, and that means two things:  Desperate begging and holiday shopping ease!  We have great swag available to YOU and it makes your gift giving that much easier this year.  There are several pledge drive premiums available that will put a smile on the face of the music geek you love, and by pledging for them you'll also be helping our your local mom and pop radio station!

$25 - KMSU MUG!

 
This stylish and functional piece of ceramic helps you get your daily caffeine intake, and also shows the world that your taste in radio is simply better than the rest.  No arguments.


$25 - FINDERS KEEPERS 10: SONGS FOR THE WORST NOEL


The ongoing series of so-bad-its-good CD releases from Mr. Specific continues with Finders Keepers 10: Songs For The Worst Noel!  This 15 track slice of Christmas Carnage is sure to ad a new and complicated twist to those already tricky family gatherings!


$40 - CUP AND A COASTER COMBO!
The smart shopper in you can get the amazing KMSU mug AND Finders Keepers 10, plus you save $10!  Hey, we all need to save where we can, and we all need to support KMSU.  DOUBLE THREAT!

$100 - BIG STAR: KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE SKY


 Not only is this one of the coolest box sets that KMSU has had the opportunity to offer as a premium, it's also one of the finest box sets ever assembled!  Big Star: Keep An Eye On The Sky offers up a 98 track overview of the greatest American cult band this side of the Velvet Underground.  Unappreciated in their day, Big Star became a guiding inspiration for loads of bands you love, like Cheap Trick, REM, and THE REPLACEMENTS!  To paraphrase Paul Westerberg, You'll never have to travel far without a little Big Star once you add this essential collection to your... erm... collection.

98 tracks across four CDs, with a 100 page book and tons of life changing music, Keep An Eye On The Sky is a great way to discover your next favorite band.  LIMITED NUMBER AVAILABLE, so act fast!

$100 - SHUFFLE FUNCTION PROGRAM DIRECTOR FOR A DAY
This is probably the best value that Shuffle Function can offer up.  You get to come up to the station during the morning show and control the musical destiny of Southern Minnesota, Northern Iowa and THE WORLD!  You pick the music, we just push buttons and talk too much.  You also get a CD copy of your moment of radio history, a vintage Shuffle Function t-shirt, and a copy of the Finders Keepers 10 CD!  We LOVE going the PD4AD premium, because we get to meet the folks that support our station, and we also get to hear lots of great new music.  

$100 - KMSU DAY SPONSOR
For a donation of $100 you can have a day of programming dedicated to whatever you want.  It could be to celebrate a birthday or anniversary, the life of a favorite musician, or whatever else your fevered brain can come up with!  You can select music and have an announcement read throughout the day to mark the occasion.


Thanks a ton for your support, Radio Heroes!  The Fall pledge drive runs until November 4th and we still have a long way to go to hit our drive goal.  Call now!

507-389-5678 or 1-800-456-7810

Your donation makes a difference.  Thanks!


ALTERNATE TITLES FOR PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 4



Para-bore-mal Innactivity Snore
Paranormal Craptivity NO MORE
Paranormal Flatulencity Four...get about it!
Paranormal Activity 4: Daytona or Bust.  Mostly Bust.

I got nothing else.  Any more effort is more than this movie deserves.

Shyboy

SHUFFLE FUNCTION COUNTDOWN TO HALLOWEEN BLOG POST # 28 GRIND - FU CINEMA CAKE

Last night was a blast - and thanks to everyone who came out to our last Grind - Fu Cinema event of the season. It was all about Bigfoot - from the film to the cake! If you weren't able to join us - have a look see at this amazing creation by Amber. She is a cake decorator at Hilltop Hy-Vee, and we can't recommend her enough. She is a master!

 
 

 
 









 
AND HERE IS AMBER WITH HER CREATION - THANKS FOR ANOTHER AMAZING CAKE