Thursday, March 28, 2013


Cat, carpet, tennis ball, stupid and repeated gesture 


Take the last week of April off from work, obligations, whatever, because Shuffle Function and KMSU have packed it was all kinds of awesome!  Start jotting down dates, gang!

Saturday, April 20th - RECORD STORE DAY!

This annual celebration of independent record stores just gets better and better (and more expensive for music geeks) every year!  Tune Town, the Mankato connection for Record Store Day, will be opening at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 20th so that music geeks in the area can go nuts on all kinds of exclusive vinyl releases that you can only pick up at Mom and Pop Record Shops.  There's a reason we've been calling it Second Christmas!  Check out the OFFICIAL LIST and start figuring out what you can't live without.

Then, at about 9:30 a.m. (or whenever we're finished with our over-doing it) we'll be playing Shuffle Function Radio Roulette.  The radio gods will be controlling your Record Store Day playlist as we play Radio Roulette until noon.  Swing by and draw a number so we don't have to take all the blame for the audio brutality that may or may not be inflicted upon us all.

Saturday, April 20th @ 7:00pm - RECORD STORE DAY GRIND-FU!

We're showing a special music geek double bill starting at 7:00pm as a way to wind down from all the Record Store Day hijinx.  First on the bill is Last Shop Standing: The Rise, Fall and Rebirth of the Independent Record Shop.  This is the offical documentary for Record Store Day 2013, and it's supposed to be pretty brilliant.  It has apparently succeeded with the music geek contingent, as the reviews above will attest.

Second on a bill is a documentary that's been sort of a great white whale for us.  If you're a Legendary Stardust Cowboy fan you're not gonna want to miss it!  We received special permission from the director to screen Cotton Pickin' Smash: The Story of the Legendary Stardust Cowboy!  It's great documentary that cover the life and times of our favorite cowboy.  This could be your only opportunity EVER to see this film, so don't miss out!

Sunday, April 21st - NOTHING

You're gonna need this day of rest, gang.


What started as fun has now become tradition.  Well, this will be the second year for it, at least.  Come up to KMSU during the morning show and YOU.  WILL.  GET.  BACON!  Shelley will be kicking out the bacon jams as we celebrate the ultimate salty treat.  I'll be unleashing my celebrated peanut butter bacon sandwich, too, so don't miss out!

Tuesday, April 23rd - WORLD BOOK DAY!

Stop up to the station during the Morning Show and YOU. WILL. GET. A BOOK!  It's all about celebrating literacy and the joys of reading, so we'll be sizing you up and trying to match the right book with the right person.  GET INTO IT!

Also, it's my birthday.


We mean business, kids.  The Spring Pledge Drive is the biggest drive of the year, and with that comes a lofty goal.  We don't know what it is yet, but we do know that we're gonna need all the help we can get to keep this wonderful little station on the hill alive.  Details on swag to come, but we can tell you that we're thrilled to offer it.  Pledge right away for street cred, or you can wait for...


Shuffle Function will be live from six p.m. Thursday night to Six p.m. Friday night in a desperate act that will hopefully convince you guys that KMSU is a station that needs to stay on the air!  We will be surviving only on the basic human needs of caffeine and rock and roll, and anxiously awaiting your phone calls as we punish ourselves in the name of Independent Public Radio.

There's all kinds of stuff we have planned, including some exclusive marathon swag, so stay tuned to this blog for further information!

Saturday, April 27th - GRIND-FU CINEMA!

With second exciting feature
Saturday, April 27th @ 7:00pm
Wiecking 220 Auditorium
Minnesota State University, Mankato

As a way to wind down from the marathon and celebrate with friends, we're once again having a post-marathon Grind-Fu Cinema!  Back by popular demand, we're showing THE GUY FROM HARLEM!  Of all the terrible films we've show, none is more beloved than The Guy From Harlem.  It holds the distinction of being the only film we've shown three years in a row, but that's only because the audiences have begged for more.

More you say?  HECK YES!  We received special permission from the crew at Rifftrax to show THE GUY FROM HARLEM: RIFFTRAX EDITION!  The Guy From Harlem brings the laughs all by itself, but Mike, Kevin and Bill take it up a notch with their riffs on this stunning cinematic misfire.

Also, Grind-Fu Cinema is FREE!  Bring your friends, some snacks, dress in layers (because the temp in all over the place in this theater) and join us for a night of laughs.

DID WE FORGET ANYTHING?  Probably, but we'll update the blog as things pop up.  Until then, use this post as your life plan.

Thanks for all your support.  You guys are the best.


Tuesday, March 26, 2013

tomorrow is all about me

Tomorrow I was suppose to see this guy down at the Surf Ballroom. Morrissey has been a long time favorite but I have never seen him in concert, solo or with The Smiths. Initially this show was to have taken place last October, but he has cancelled and postponed the concert three times. Then last week he cancelled the entire tour without hopes of rescheduling. Double pneumonia, bleeding ulcers, throat thingees and personal reasons are to blame, so I can't be mad at him. But it is a disappointment, none the less.

On tomorrow morning's Shuffle Function show I am going to play the songs that I would have loved to hear him perform at The Surf Ballroom. It won't be the same, but I will at least get to listen to Morrissey for three hours, and if I use my imagination it might feel a little bit like the real thing.


You can reach us at or call KMSU between 6 and 9 a.m. at (507) 389 - 5678.

Friday, March 22, 2013


IF YOU THOUGHT MY GARRISON KEILLOR IMITATION WAS GOOD - then you ain't seen nothing yet!! This morning I pulled out one of my strongest imitations that I have in my skill set, my Steve McQueen from the film Papillion. Soon afterwards I learned that absolutely nobody knows what I am referencing with this dead on imitation. That can be fixed, thanks to the wonders of the world wide web. Here is the film in it's entirety. My imitation involved the isolation scenes with Steve McQueen, but if you heard me this morning that will be obvious!


And since we can - let's make it a Steve McQueen double bill by adding the movie The Great Escape. There are more stars in this film than you can shake a stick at! This is the first part, but watch it on You Tube where the entire film is on a playlist.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013


Saturday, March 30th 2013
 Verizon Wireless Civic Center
Doors open at six, with music by Is/Is!
The Action begins at seven!
$10 advance/$12 door/$15 trackside

Holy crap!  Roller Derby has arrived!  The first ever Mankato Area Derby Girls Home Bout takes place  on March 30th @ 7pm!  Roller Derby is a total and complete blast, and we need to get out there and support our home team.  Let's make sure this first bout is the beginning of great things for the league and the city.

Do you want to be a part of history?  The Derby Girls are looking for NSO (Non-Skating Officials) volunteers to help out with the event.  The roles range from ticket takers and ushers to actual non-skating roles in the bout itself.  Plus, you will get in free!  If you want to help out, drop them a line at and find out what you can do to make the league a success.

Check out their Facebook, or go to for more information.

Confused about how Roller Derby works?  Here's a video produced by the Minnesota Roller Girls that gives the basics:

Saturday, March 16, 2013


Sam freakin' Peckinpah.  A true Hollywood maverick.  I just watched a two part feature on the wonderful Bad Ass Digest website about his career, and it made me want to revisit his films.  In particular, it made me want to revisit the most gonzo film he made:  Bring Me The Head Of Alfredo Garcia.

If Grind-Fu still had funding we had planned a Warren Oates double feature of Alfredo Garcia and Two Lane Blacktop.  Sadly, that day may never come.  That's why you're gonna have to settle for this interweb double feature.

I'll start the double out with the Bad Ass Digest features to give you an idea of why I want to revisit Peckinpah's films, and then... ladies and gentlemen... Warren Oates.



Short Subject:  Bad Ass Digest presents Sam Peckinpah

Feature Presentation:  Bring Me The Head Of Alfredo Garcia

Feature Presentation:  Two Lane Blacktop

Thursday, March 14, 2013


The WFMU Pledge Drive is going on, and YO LA TENGO is performing their annual Pledge for Requests set RIGHT NOW!  Listen at and make a pledge.  'FMU is the best damn station out there, and they set the bar for how to do it right.  Keep 'em going!

They're live until noon on 03/14/2013, so don't miss out!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013


Jandek's first Minnesota performance happened on October 20th, 2012, courtesy of your pals at 89.7 The Maverick.  If you were there you know that it was one of the most riveting performances seen around these parts in forever.  If you missed it, then you missed something that just aint gonna happen again.  Luckily, it was filmed.

Here's the trailer for a short documentary by Ashkan Soltani and Craig Mattarese called Tuning the Pulse.  They had unprecedented behind the scenes access to the Mankato Jandek rehearsals and the end result is revealing and pretty incredible.  The trailer is short, but there's some good stuff.  The film premieres at the 2013 Chicago International Movie and Music Festival in April.  ROAD TRIP!


Record Store Day (aka Second Christmas) is coming up fast!  Websites have started leaking the title list, and it's shaping up to be an epic and expensive day.  Many titles are only available on Record Store Day, and once they are gone they are gone.  Look this over and plan your strategy, because you don't want to be left out in the cold.  I mean, other than the cold from standing in line outside your favorite Mom and Pop Record Store!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013


Yo La Tengo will be helping WFMU raise money this Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon, and they will be taking your requests (for a pledge). Normally they are on late night, but they are currently on tour in Europe and will be playing live from somewhere in Berlin. You can listen along either on-line at or simply download the WFMU app and tune in from there. These performances are legendary and completely unpredictable - they play listener's requests, whether they know the song or not!

Here is a link to the 2011 Set List by Yo La Tengo, just to give you a taste of what's to come:
Beatles - Here Comes The Sun (George Harrison) (dedicated to people in Wisconsin)
Al Green - Love & Happiness (inaudible vocals by Georgia)
Friend and Lover - Reach Out In The Darkness
Jonathan Richman & the Modern Lovers - A Plea For Tenderness (my request)
Ten Years After - I'm Going Home

The Band - The Weight
Alex Chilton - Hey, Little Child
Yo La Tengo - Decora
Patti Smith/Bruce Springsteen - Because The Night
MC5 - Kick Out The Jams
Bob Dylan - Love Minus Zero/Like A Rolling Stone (medley)
Jonathan Richman & the Modern Lovers - Astral Plane
The Twinkeyz - Aliens In Our Midst
The Clean - Drawing to a Whole
Hot Chocolate - Brother Louie
Velvet Underground - I'm Sticking With You
Bee Gees - To Love Somebody
Unholy Modal Rounders (Michael Hurley) - The Slurf Song
Rolling Stones - The Spider and the Fly
Rolling Stones - Monkey Man
The Fall - Totally Wired
The Crew Cuts - Sh-Boom (Life Could Be A Dream)
Screamin' Jay Hawkins - I Put A Spell On You (Gaylord Fields on vocals)
Lou Reed - Vicious
Steve Miller Band - Rock'n Me
Beatles - We Can Work It Out
Neil Young - Cinnamon Girl
MSFB (William DeVaughn) / Arthur Lee & Love - Be Thankful For What You Got
Cheap Trick - He's A Whore
Jim Croce - Bad Bad Leroy Brown
Dictators - Stay With Me
The Who - Happy Jack
The Association - Never My Love
Harry Nilsson - Everybody's Talking At Me (Midnight Cowboy)
Jonathan Richman & the Modern Lovers - Government Center
Beatles - Tomorrow Never Knows (medley)
Lou Christie - Lightning Strikes
Neil Young - Cowgirl In The Sand
Roberta Flack (Charles Fox & Norman Gimbel) - Killing Me Softly With His Song
Neil Young - Powderfinger
Rolling Stones - She's A Rainbow
Foreigner - Feels Like the First Time
Hall & Oates - Rich Girl
Yo La Tengo - Magnet
Heart - Magic Man
Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Bee Gees - How Deep Is Your Love
Television - Venus de Milo
Fugs (Tuli Kupferberg) - Nothing (WFMU Version)
Velvet Underground - The Gift
Kinks - When I Turn Off The Living Room Light


I kind of think this is the worst video.  EVER.


Sunday, March 10, 2013


MARCH 4, 2013  (2227)
1. Funkedelic - I gotta thing, you gotta thing, we all gotta thing
2. Bo Diddley - cadillac
3. Cadillacs - Gloria
4. Husker Du - sorry somehow
5. Bob Dylan - desolation row
6. Lou Reed and John Cale - nobody but you
7. Smiths - what she said
8. Andre Williams - agile, mobile and hostile
9. The Band - it makes no difference
10. Velvet Underground - waiting for the man
11. The Who - the kids are allright
12. Half Japanese - on the one hand
13. National Lampoon - stand-up
14. Jack White - I'm shakin'
15. Roberta Wolfson - tobacco road
16. Deerhoof - milkman
17. Black Lips - O Katrina!
18. Fire Engines - meet whiplash
19. Pere Ubu - modern dance
20. Tim and Eric - petite feet
21. The Soft Boys - cold turkey
22. The Incredible Moses Leroy - music makes the sound of music
23. Prince - Bambi
24. Shuggie Otis - inspiration information
25. Nick Drake - from the morning

MARCH 5, 2013  (2228)
1. Sea and Cake - fuller moon
2. Siouxsie and The Banshees - dazzle
3. The Fall - Victoria
4. Legendary Stardust Cowboy - as I gaze (mixed emotions)
5. Yo La Tengo - moby octopad
6. Jr and His Soulettes - Mama love tequila
7. Bonzo Dog Band - my brother makes the noises for the talkies
8. Crystal Stilts - departure
9. Lou Reed - satellite of love
10. The Fall - couldn't get ahead
11. James Brown - soul power
12. Blues Brothers - she caught the Katy
13. Blues Brothers - sweet home Chicago
14. Blues Brothers - gimme some lovin'
15. devo - snowball
16. The Fall - cruiser's creek
17. Latvian Radio - Suzy singables
18. LCD Soundsystems - drunk girls
19. Lemonheads - Mrs. Robinson
20. Bonzo Dog Band - the canyons of your mind
21. 13th Floor Elevators - dear Dr. Doom
22. Ween - transitions
23. International Submarine Band - luxury liner
24. Wilco - you and I
25. Nick Drake - things behind the sun
26. Nico - I'll keep it with mine
27. Belle and Sebastian - the loneliness of the middle distance runner
28. Shonen Knife - top of the world

MARCH 6, 2013  (2229)
1. Versatones - tight skirt tight sweater
2. James Chance - super bad
3. The Monks - boys are boys and girls are choice
4. Stereolab - escape pod from the world of medical observations
5. Suburbs - baby heart beat
6. A C Newman - submarines of stokholm
7. The Monkees - what am I doing hanging around?
8. Pixies - Umass
9. Deep Purple - hush
10. Quintron - love is like a blob
11. David Bowie - the stars are out tnight
12. Replacements - busted up
13. Replacements - I'm not sayin'
14. Replacements - everythings coming up roses
15. Replacements - lost highway
16. Replacements - radio hook word hit
17. Tim Hutt - lottery song
18. Kraftwerk - transeurope express/metal on metal
19. Wayne County and The Electric Chairs - thunder
20. Go Home Productions - Shannon Stoned
21. Think  - once you understand
22. Hallelujah The Hills - wave backwards at Massachussettes
23. Bruce Springsteen - Rosalita come out tonight
24. Nick cave and The Bad Seeds - there she goes my beautiful world
25. Johnny Thunders - Chinese rocks
26. The Clash - safe European Home
27. From Bubblegum To Sky - vampire
28. Beatifics - almost something there
29. Nick Lowe - and so it goes
30. Legendary Stardust Cowboy - paralyzed

MARCH 7, 2013  (2230)
1. talking Heads - big daddy
2. Dinosaur Jr. - pick me up
3. They Might Be Giants - bangs
4. Dressy Bessy - in your headphones
5. Tom Robinson Band - 2-4-6-8 motorway
6. Love - little red book
7. Dungen - panda
8. Led Zeppelin - traveling riverside blues
9. Howlin' Wolf - tail drager
10. The Kinks - everybody's gonna be happy
11. Judas Priest - living after midnight
12. Booker T - native New Yorker
13. Steely Dan - FM
14. Leonard Cohen - Suzanne
15. Nina Simone - I think it's going to rain today
16. Paul Westerberg - make your own kind of music
17. Pixies - winterlong
18. Soft Boys - there's nobody like you
19. Velvet Underground - white light/white heat
20. Camper Van Beethoven - take the skinheads bowling
21. Tom Waits - big in Japan
22. Yo La Tengo - is that enough
23. The Ettes - alley cat
24. MC5 - ramblin' Rose
25. Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks - stick figures in love
26. Beatles - I'm looking through you (stereo)
27. Fleet Foxes - ragged wood
28. David Vandervelde - jacket
29. From Bubblegum To Sky - operation big beat
30. Wild Flag - boom

MARCH 8, 2013  (2231)
1. The Monkees - I'm not your stepping stone
2. Prince - boyfriend (demo)
3. Jimi Hendrix - let me move you
4. Modern Lovers - road runner
5. Beatles - i's all too much (mono)
6. Arcesia - white panther
7. Lou Reed - walk it talk it
8. N. Patrick Williams - bad seed
9. Mike Nesmith - Joanne
10. The Paul Williams Set - my sly Saddie
11. Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds - we no who u r
12. Muddy Waters - got my mojo working
13. Tammi Lynn - mojo Hannah
14. Lemonpipers - rice is nice
15. Brady Bunch - candy sugar shoppe
16. Partridge Family - somebody wants to love you
17. Bay City Rollers - shang a lang
18. They Might Be Giants - man it's so loud in here
19. Evolution Control Committee - rocked by rape
20. Replacements - heart beat it's a lovebeat
21. Replacements - temptation eyes
22. The Original Mark Edwards - danger danger
23. The Yardbirds - tinker tailor soldier sailor
24. Smiths - panic
25. Francois Hardy - l'amitie
26. Mulatu Astatke - yerkemo sew
27. David Bowie - golden years
28. Buzzcocks - what do I get
29. Claude King - Wolverton mountain
30. HG Lewis - suburban roulette
31. Joyride - 1,2,3 redlight
32. Roky Erickson - starry eyes
33. Joy Division - digital
34. Cibbo Matto - know your chicken
35. Grant Hart - let go



1. George Harrison - apple scruffs
2. Bonnie Prince Billy and Dawn McCarthy - what am I living for
3. Leonard Cohen - winter lady
4. Jim Nabors - Wichita lineman
5. Beatles - old brown shoe
6. New Standards - no cars go
7. J. Mascis - sevearl shades of why
8. Duke Spirit - you really wake up the love in me
9. Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds - we no who u r
10. The Delgadoes - girls of valour
11. George Harrison - let it down
12. Bonnie Prince Billy and Dawn McCarthy - breakdown
13. The Cactus Blossoms - don't do it
14. Merle Haggard - I threw away the rose
15. John Doe - big moon
16. george Harrison - I'd have you anytime
17. Robyn Hitchcock - be still
18. Yo La tengo - before we run
19. Rodriguez - sugar man
20. Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds - needle boy
21. The Darcy's - black cow
22. George Harrison - beware of darkness
23. Staple Singers - heavy makes you happy (sha-na-boom boom)
24. Dr. Dog - big girl
25. Beatles - savoy truffle (stereo)
26. George Harrison - wah wah
27.  Beatles - something (stereo)
28. Bonnie Prince Billy and Dawn McCarthy - Omaha
29. Drive By Truckers - I do believe
30. Beatles - it's all too much (stereo)
31. George Harrison - what is life (instro)

FEBRUARY 26, 2013  (2223)
1. Congresswoman Malinda Jackson Parker - cousin mosquito #1
2. The Fabulous Counts - Jan Jan
3. The Band - don't do it
4. Grace Basement - there he goes
5. James Brown - it's a brand new day pt.1
6. Dondero A-Capella Choir and Pop Concert Instruments - keep the customer satisfied
7. Mathew Sweet - I've been waiting
8. The Plugz - shifting heart
9. David Bowie - sound and vision
10. Bonzo Dog Band - we're gong to bring it on home
11. Molly Drake - poor mum
12. Nick Drake - things behind the sun
13. Steinski - sugar hill suite
14. Patti Smith - Gloria
15. Prince - days of wild
16. Prince - hot thing
17. Chris Stamey Experience - McCauley Street
18. Yo La Tengo - pass the hatchet I think I'm goodkind
19. Yoko Ono w/Yo La Tengo - Hedwig's lament
20. Bob Dylan - if you see her say hello
21. Nina Simone - here comes the sun
22. Beat Happening - pine box derby
23. Francoise Hardy - le eta del amour
24. Ramones - Sheena is a punk rocker
25. Rolling Stones - monkey man
26. Television - marquee moon

FEBRUARY 29, 2013   (2224)
1. Robyn Hitchcock - be still
2. Big Star - o my soul
3. John Lennon - nobody told me
4. Legendary Stardust Cowboy - space odditty
5. David Bowie - hang on to your ego
6. AC/DC - rocker
7. Feedtime - motorbike girl
8. Robert Johnson - If I had possession over Judgement Day
9. The Heavy - bruckpocket's lament
10. Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds - today's lesson
11. Beatifics - this years Jessica (again)
12. Dan Auerbach - my last mistake
13. Half Japanese - movin' on up
14. Deerhoof - the trouble with candy hands
15. Komeda - blossom (got to get it out)
16. Smiths - I started something I couldn't finish
17. Black Angels - I'd rather be lonely
18. Yo La Tengo - Tom Courtney (accoustic)
19. Ben Kweller - falling
20. Victor Lundberg - on censorship
21. Frank Black - hang on to your ego
22. Beach Boys - heroes and villians
23. Le Tigre - Les and Ray
24. Evening Rig - so far gone
25. Dora Hall - how are things in California
26. Stereo Totale - automatic music
27. Bonnie Prince Billy and dawn McCarthy - Omaha
28. Supergrass - in it for the money
29. Swag - lone
30. Young Fresh Fellows - for the love of a girl
31. David Byrne - like humans do
32. Stereolab - Cybelle's revelry
33. Nicholas Slonimsky - muffins


1. Rolling Stones - paint it black
2. Bo Diddley - powerhouse
3. Yoko Ono - walking on thin ice
4. Billy Don Chaison - soulwax
5. Circuit Rider - limousine rider
6. Rolling Stones - the spider and the fly
7. Jonathan Richman - I was dancing in a lesbian bar
8. Grass Widow - hang around
9. Jerry Lee Lewis - end of the road
10. Rolling Stones - no expectations
11. Alfonso Lovo - los conquistodors
12. Danny and The Darlenes - your'e driving me insane
13. Mo Tucker - fired up
14. Boothill - groundhog day
15. DAnny and The Darlenes - don't ask the question
16. Yo La Tengo - tighten up
17. Rolling Stones - jumpin' Jack flash
18. They Might Be Giants - New York City
19. Funkadelic - hit it and quit it
20. Talking Heads - once in a lifetime
21. Rolling Stones - all souled out
22. Pixies - head on
23. Redd Kross - only a girl
24. Tom Waits - get behind a mule
25. Ben Lee w/Liz Phair - away with the pixies
26. Legendary Stardust Cowboy - kiss and run
27. Rolling Stones - suprise suprise
28. Rolling Stones - underassisstant west coat promotion man
29. Rolling Stones - not fade away
30. Rolling Stones - 2120 Michigan Avenue
31. Rolling Stones - walking the dog
32. Rolling Stones - route 66
33. Rolling Stones - have you seen your mother baby, satnding in the shadows?

MARCH 1, 2013  (2226)
1. New Standards - golden age
2. Air - napalm love
3. Pelle Carlberg - I love you you imbecile
4. The Cure - 10:15 Saturday night
5. Deerhoof - qui dorm nomes somia
6. Serge Gainsbourg and Brigette Bardot - Bonnie and Clyde
7. William Shatner - common people
8. Prince - when you were mine
9. Girls - honey bunny
10. David Bowie - loving the alien
11. Rush - fly by night
12. Flaming Lips - psychiatric exploration of the fetus with needles
13. Yo La Tengo - the night Chicago died
14. Breeders - do you love me now?
15. The Feelies - what goes on
16. Frank Zappa - plastic people
17. The Monks - oh how to do now?
18. Pete Townsend - let my love open the door
19. Nick Drake - Sunday
20. Built To Spill - conventional wisdom
21. Ryan Adams and The Cardinals - this is it
22. Replacements - I'll be you
23. Black Diamond Heavies - fever in my blood
24. The Blind Shake - Jolly Joes
25. Beck - girl


FEBRUARY 18, 2013  (2217)     YOKO ONO's BIRTHDAY

1. Yoko Ono and Ima - talking to the universe (Cibbo Matto remix)
2. Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds - we no who u r
3. The New Standards - the golden age
4. The Replacements - kiss me on the bus
5. Prince - boyfriend
6. Yoko Ono - between my head and the sky
7. Stooges - gimme danger
8. Johnny Cash - ain't no grave
9. Kelley Stoltz - wave goodbye
10. Yoko Ono w/Cat Power - revelations
11. The Zombies - maybe after he's gone
12. AC Newman - encyclopedia of classic takedowns
13. Monsters of Folk - losin to head
14. Black Keys - dead and gone
15. Replacements - androgynous
16. Bonnie Prince Billy - cursed sleep
17. Yoko Ono w/Apples In Stereo - nobody sees me like you do
18. Fleet Foxes - bedouin dress
19. Quintron - place unknown
20. Quintron - miniature breakdown
21. Quintron - god of thunder
22. Replacements - bastards of young
23. Yoko Ono w/The Flaming Lips - Cambridge 1969/2007
24. Yo La Tengo - here to fall
25. Deerhoof - wrong time capsule
26. Replacements - color me impressed
27. Breeders - cannonball
28. Yoko Ono w/Polyphonic Spree - you and I
29. Bob Dylan - thunder on the mountain
30. Replacements - little mascara
31. Badfinger - no matter what

FEBRUARY 19, 2013  (2218)
1. Thurston Moore - space
2. Cat Power - crossbones style
3. Nick Drake - one of these things first
4. Cat Stevens - trouble
5. Robyn Hitchcock and The Venus 3 - I'm falling
6. Judy Henske and Jerry Yester - snowblind
7. Marriane Faithfull - last song
8. Velvet Underground - all tomorrow's parties
9. Gang Of Four - I found that essence rare
10. Kraftwerk - transeurope express
11. Fearless Four - rockin' it
12. Bruce Haack - incantation
13. Band Of Horses - northwest apartment
14. Clinic - the equalizer
15. White Stripes - we're going to be friends
16. Danielson Familie - rallying the dominos
17. XTC - garden of earthly delights
18. Trip Shakespeare - look at the moon
19. New Standards - your'e innocent when you dream
20. Lou Reed - Caroline says pt. 1
21. Joy Division - these days
22. Sleater Kinney - rollercoaster
23. Ramones - pinhead
24. U2 - stay
25. Nico - I'll keep it with mine
26. John Cale - woman
27. Velvet Underground - temptation inside your heart

FEBRUARY 20, 2013  (2219)  R.I.P. BON SCOTT

1. AC/DC - rocker
2. The Who - anyhow, anyway, anywhere
3. Madness - one step beyond
4. British Sea Power - apologies to insec life
5. Rotary Connection - I am the black gold of the sun
6. Saturday Looks Good To Me - the girls disttracted
7. Sex Pistols - no feelings
8. Ramones - Judy is a punk
9. Syd Barrett - opel
10. X - see how we are
11. Wilco - pot kettle black
12. John Lennon and The Plastic Ono Band - instant karma
13. AC/DC - let there be rock
14. White Stripes - I ain't superstitious
15. Magnetic Fields - teh luckiest guy on the lower east side
16. Yoko Ono - oh oh
17. Nina Simone - my baby just cares for me
18. The New Creation - soddam and gomorrah
19. Parliment - flashlight
20. Awesome Colour - flying
21. John Cale and Lou Reed - trouble with the classists
22. Sammy Davis Jr - Wichita Lineman
23. AC/DC - highway to hell
24. Sea Ray - revelry
25. Nick Drake - fly
26. Rolling Stones - sway
27. Twilight Singers - teenage wristband
28. Von Bondies - lack of communication
29. LCD Soundsystem - I'm losing my edge
30. Morris Day and The Time - jungle love
31. Prince - rock and roll love affair (remix)


1. Beach Boys - I'm waiting for the day
2. Rush - spirit of the radio
3. New Pornographers - hey Snow White
4. My Morning Jacket - true love ways
5. XTC - life begins at the hop
6. Apples In Stereo - signal in the sky
7. Yo La Tengo - gentle hour
8. Jay reatard - always wanting more
9. Ann Margaret - turn my head around
10. Free Design - bubbles
11. John and Yoko - Sunday bloody Sunday
12. Grinderman - depth charge Ethyl
13. Robyn Hitchcock and The Venus 3 - adventure rocketship
14. International Noise Conspiracy
15. Fleshtones - shadowline
16. Jaguar Love - bats over the pacific ocean
17. Booker T Jones w/Lou Reed - the Bronx
18. Yo La Tengo - coloured
19. Damien Jrado - Denton, Tx
20. Ben Folds Five - evaporated
21. Nina Simone - just like a woman
22. The Smiths - the queen is dead
23. Nina Simone - four women
24. Nina Simone - Suzanne
25. Nina Simone - funkier than a mosquito's tweeter (Jazeems allstyle remix)

FEBRUARY 22, 2013  (2221)
1. The Kinks - big sky
2. The Foundations - jerking the dog
3. The Hotrats - queen bitch
4. Afghan Whigs - debonair
5. Bruce McCollouch - eraserhead
6. Beck - new pollution
7. Half Japanese - firecracker
8. Replacements - favorite thing
9. The Rentals - friends of P
10. Air - the word hurricane

11. Yo La Tengo - autumn sweater
12. Wilbur Basscombe and The Zodiac - just a groove in g
13. Suicide - ghost rider
14. James Chance - don't stop till you get enough
15. The Shins - pressed in a bok
16. Nick Drake - northern sky
17. Sugar Hill Gang - rapper's delight
18. Grandmaster Flash and he Furious Five - scorpio
19. Beatles - you can't do tha (mono)
20. Andy Williams - it's the most wonderful time of the year
21. David Brent - freelove freeway
22. Cults - go outside
23. The Who - a quick one while he's away
24. Prince - anotherloverholeinyohead
25. TL Barrett and The Youth For Christ Choir - just like a ship
26. Grupo Oz - Oz machine
27. O'Donnell Levi - eveything I do gonna be funky


FEBRUARY 11, 2013  (2212)
1. The Minders - don' you stop
2. Neil Young - someone's gonna rescue you
3. Mugison - mugiboogie
4. Hot Rats - I can't stand it
5. Cactus Blossoms - stoplight kisses
6. Leon Russell - rollin' in my sweet baby's arms
7. John Doe and The Sadies - stop the world let me off
8. Ike and Tina Turner - ooh poo pah doo
9. Wanda Davis - save me
10. Carla Thomas - b-a-b-y
11. Rolling Stones - tumbling dice
12. Yo La Tengo - I'll be around
13. Bonnie Prince Billy - horses
14. Bruce Springsteen - Rosalita (come out tonight)
15. The Feelies - forces at work
16. No Age - cappo
17. Iron and Wine - love vigilantes
18. Joy Division - transmission
19. Eric Burdon and The Greenhornes - can you won
20. Tom Waits - get lost
21. Conway Twitty - you've never been this far before
22. The Cacus Blossoms - adios Maria
23.Hank Williams - window shopping
24. Wilco - either way
25. Mavis Staples - in Christ there is no east or west
26. Prissy Clerks - losing time
27. Is/Is - hate smile
28. The Soft Boys - positive vibrations
29. Paul Weller - that's entertainment
30. Harry Nilsson - ambush
31. Legendary Stardust Cowboy - standing in a trashcan (thinking about you)

FEBRUARY 12, 2013  (2213)
1. Proffesor Longhair - mardi gras in New Orleans
2. Boomtown Rats - I don't like Mondays
3. Ellen McIllwaine - can't find my way home
4. Joe Hill Lewis - a jumpin' and a shufflin'
5. Dr. John - lockdown
6. Josephine Taylor - I've made up my mind
7. Neil Young - nowadays even Clancy can't sing (demo)
8. Black Pistol Fire - rip it up
9. Grass Widow - Spock on Muni
10. Sonic Youth - teenage riot
11. Band Of Thieves - thieves in the funkhouse
12. Cactus Blossoms - lonesome and blue
13. Lemmy and Wendy O'Williams - stand by your man
14. De-T-roit - keg party tonight
15. Beulah - a good man is easy to kill
16. The Kinks - til the end of the day
17. Don Lennon - my debut album
18. Foghat - slow ride
19. Lolita #18 - video killed the radio star
20. 5,6,7,8's - howlin' at the moon
21. Guitar Wolf - I love you okay
22. The Mops - I'm just a mop
23. Husker Du - makes no sense at all
24. Fionna Apple -anything we want
25. LCD Soundsystem - New York I love you
26. Jandek - cat who walked from Shelbyville
27. John Lennon  - beautiful boy (stripped version)
28. They Might Be Giants - we are the Mesopotamians
29. Nick Armstrong - I can't stand it
30. Nada Surf - electrocution

FEBRUARY 13, 2013  (2214)
1. XTC - generals and majors
2. The New Standards - one
3. Yo La Tengo - some kinda fatigue
4. T Rex - Deborah
5. Dick Kent - teh maker of smooth music
6. Imperial Teen - do it better
7. Teenage Fan Club - star sign
8. Superchunk - like a fool
9. Evening Rig - day drinking
10. The Darlings - TV
11. Screaming jay Hawkins - I put a spell on you
12. Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds - there she goes my beautiful world
13. Stooges - TV eye
14. Bass Drum Of Death - get found
15. Squeeze - black coffee in bed
16. Howlin' Wolf - poor boy
17. Sleater Kinney - all hands on the bad one
18. They Might Be Giants - they'll need a crane
19. Talking Heads - first week last week carefree
20. Ben Kweller - I need you back
21. Roky Erickson - and The Aliens - don't shake me Lucifer
22. Komeda - frolic
23. Cactus Blossoms - don't do it
24. Al Dexter - pistol packin' mama
25. Bob Willis - roly poly
26. Frank Black and The Catholics - the black rider
27. Redd Kross - only a girl
28. Jeff Tweedy - crack a smile
29. Built To Spill - liar
30. Tom Waits - 29 dollars
31. Cactus Blossoms - cold foot boogie

1. Rocky Erickson and The Aliens - bloody hammer
2. The Deadly Ones - monster surfing time
3. Southern Culture On The Skids - zombified
4. Donovan - season of the witch
5. Fuzztones - Charlotte's remains
6. The 3D's - graveyard cha cha cha
7. The Duponts - screaming ball at Dracula Hall
8. Bauhaus - Bela Lugosi is dead
9. Tracy Jordan - werewolf bar mitzvah
10. Jack Kitel - psycho
11. Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds - red right hand
12. Blood Rock - D.O.A.
13. Nico - the end
14. The Specials - ghost town
15. The Shaggs - it's Halloween
16. Jacob The Bard - I will survive (the zombie apocalypse)
17. Dickie Lee - Laurie
18. David Bowie - scary monsters
19. Jonathan Richman - vampire girl
20. Jandek - Nancy sings
21. The Cramps - surfin' dead
22. The Frantics - werewolf
23. Shelley Stuart and The 5 Stars - vampire husband
24. The Rebels - midnight stroll
25. North American Halloween Preventitive Initiate - do they know it's Halloween

FEBRUARY 15, 2013  (2216)
1. Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks - out of reaches
2. Guided By Voices - closets of Henry
3. Bob Mould - days of rain
4. Naomi Shelton and The Gospel Queens - trouble in my way
5. The Faces - flying
6. Bellport High School Jazz Ensemble - me and baby brother
7. Frank Sinatra - bad bad Leroy Brown
8. Quintron - chatterbox
9. N.E.R.D. - everyone nose (all the girls waiting in the line for the bathroom)
10. Public Enemy - your'e gonna get yours
11. Cactus Blossoms - stoplight kisses
12. Collin Malloy - we both go down together
13. Belle and Sebastian - I didn't see it coming
14. Motorhead - ace of spades
15. Guitar Wolf - roaring blood
16. AC/DC - ain't no fun waiting around to be a millionaire
17. The Kinks - Waterloo sunset
18. Yo La Tengo - don't have to be so sad
19. Tom Waits - falling down
20. The New Standards - essence
21. The New Pornographers - all the things that go
22. Pixies - here comes your man
23. The Continental Co-Ettes - I don't love you no more
24. Cactus Blossoms - song of the bird
25. New Order - working overtime
26. Black Angels - telephone
27. The Beets - presso voy
28. Joy Division - she's lost control

Tuesday, March 05, 2013


We were talking about Charlie Chaplin on the show this morning, which was serendipitous because I was just thinking about posting The Great Dictator for your snow day!  Shelley brought up Chaplin's Academy Award Lifetime Achievement award, and how he received the longest standing ovation in Oscar history.  TIME IT!

Now... The Great Dictator.  This is my favorite Charlie Chaplin film.  Made in 1940, this was his first full on talkie, but it also features some classic Chaplin pantomime.  For sure pay attention to the barber shop scene, as well as the globe dance.  Classic stuff.

The Great Dictator lampoons Adolf Hitler a year before the U.S. entered WW2.  Charlie Chaplin said that he never would have been able to make the film after the war once the horrors of the Holocaust were revealed, but he touches on the oppression of the Ghettos and the scape goating that European Jews suffered under Hitler.  The Great Dictator is powerful and effective and truly hilarious.  It's also a great way to fill two hours of your snow day!


VIV STANSHALL: 1943-1995

Viv Stanshall died on this day in 1995.  Bonzo Dog Band member, Keith Moon drinking buddy, and genuine British loony, left a left field legacy that we love to explore on Shuffle Function.  You guys should check him out.

A favorite Viv story:
Viv and friend-in-booze Keith Moon had a regular pastime: "testing people's reactions". With this in mind, they once repaired to a gentlemen's outfitters in search of "a strong pair of trousers". To test the wares, Viv and Keith took a leg each and pulled until the trousers parted company. "Not really very strong are they?" Viv informed the appalled assistant. At which point they'd arranged for a onelegged man to enter the shop who, on seeing two sets of single-legged trousers, exclaimed, "That's exactly what I'm lookin' for!" and bought both. 

Here's a documentary about Viv that came out in 2007, hosted by radio god John Peel!


Monday, March 04, 2013


For the last several years we've been naming winter storms.  Those posers at The Weather Channel can get all the press, but we have been doing this for years!  We originally named them after our favorite BBC News announcers, and after we ran out of those we moved on to favorite British comedians.  Sadly, due to uncharacteristic Minnesota weather, we have been unable to name a Winter storm for quite some time.  Today that changes.

It only took two years, but I finally get to name another winter storm!  WINTER STORM MATT BERRY IS UPON US!  So what does one do when a storm and thundering as Matt Berry's voice dumps a pile of white on us and cancels all our plans?  One watches loads of Matt Berry video clips!

Friday, March 01, 2013


Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master just came out for home video.  I have been waiting for this since its release, because the screening I attended at The Uptown in Minneapolis was so horrible I could only understand half the film.  The other reason I have been waiting is because it was filmed in 70mm, which gave it a crazy high def image.  The version I saw was a 35mm print, and it still looked great, but I had longed to see that 70mm projection because the reviews for it were stellar.  Anyway, because of that 70mm print I decided to go with the bluray for this release.  I figured it would be as close as I would get to replicating the presentation that P.T. Anderson had intended.

One of the extras on the disc is John Huston's Let There Be Light, the third of his WW2 documentaries.  It deals with soldiers that came back from the war shell shocked; their psychological wounds so profound that they required care to even begin adjusting to life after the horrors of war.  Evidently the Army wasn't pleased with the end result, and for 30 years they wouldn't allow it to be screened to the public.  There was even an event at the Museum of Modern Art where they were set to show it, and as the audience was being seated the military came in and confiscated the print.

When you watch Let There Be Light you will see why it was withheld from view for so long.  This is not a film for the squeamish.  The invisible damage you see these men confronting and living with is horrible and shocking and unbearable.  The suffering you see is truly heartbreaking.  This is not flags and lawn mowers and baseball... This is rough rough stuff.  Let There Be Light is powerful and uncomfortable and eye opening.  The access that Huston had with patients and staff is almost voyeuristic.  What he captured is difficult to watch, but it is riveting, and it is a side of war that we ignore at our peril.

I'm bookending Let There Be Light with two interview segments that John Huston did for television, where he discusses the film and its controversy.  The interview helps put it in perspective and give some understanding of the project and the issue it deals with.

Again, this is tough stuff.  It's o.k. if you're made uncomforable by this.  Nobody should be comfortable with this.



We played William Shatner's version of Common People on the show this morning.  If you haven't heard it, then you're missing out on something epic.  If you haven't SEEN it, then this is your chance!  Around the time that Shatner's Has Been album came out (and it is a truly great album) he made an appearance on the Tonight Show.  BONUS:  He's backed by Ben Folds and Joe Jackson!

William Shatner sings Pulp "Common People" by fab2609



The maestro from Minnesota will be backed by 3rdEyeGirl for his performance of two songs, one for broadcast and one for the web.  It looks like there's also a new video available at for a song called Bambi!  I haven't checked it out yet, but the website is where you can get all the new stuff that Prince has been putting out.  There's some really good stuff there, so check it out!

In honor of the performance 2nite, I'm posting something I saw on Dangerous Minds yesterday.  In 1997 Prince was the guest on Muppets Tonight, which was the second coming of The Muppet Show.  He's really funny and at ease, and he does two songs, too.  Watch this before it gets pulled from the interwebs!


P.S.: Check out the Hee-Haw sketch!