Wednesday, October 30, 2013


It has been foggy and wet all day long, and the foggy has gotten foggiest.  Perfect Exorcist weather, and perfect for walking the streets the night before Jandek.  Have you gotten your tickets yet?  You should do that. It's gonna be a great way to spend your Halloween!

Jandek tomorrow night in Minneapolis!! Who will be there?

We're thrilled to announce the musicians that will be participating in the Jandek performance on Halloween.  Like the Mankato performance last October, the band will be composed of Minnesota musicians.  The set will be completely improvised, and what occurs in the moment will never happen again.  This is LITERALLY a one of a kind event, and we hope that you will be there.  It's going to be a memorable night.

Crystal Myslajek - electronic keyboards
(Photo taken from

Tim Glenn - drums/percussion
(Photo taken by Adam Bubolz of Reviler)

Maja Radovanlija - electric rhythm guitar
(Photo taken from Maja's website)

Nelson Devereaux - alto & tenor saxophone/clarinet
(Photo taken from Nelson's website)

Craig Matarrese - electric hollow-body bass
(Photo taken by Jon Behm of Reviler)

I call Halloween Countdown blog post Uncle!!

Boy howdy life can get busy when you are getting ready for a big show. Trips back and forth to the airport and staying awake for over 24 hours make for a very tired girl! But when you get an opportunity like the one Tim and I have right now with the Jandek show you just go with it. So I apologize for the lack of a Halloween blog post yesterday and I can't promise that there will be one tomorrow either. What I can say is if you are not planning on attending the Jandek performance at The Cedar Cultural Center tomorrow on Halloween, you may want to change your mind and get up here. Tickets are still available and we sure hope to see you there.

Spotted last night when we were out and about!!


Tuesday, October 29, 2013


OCTOBER 31st @7p.m.
Almost one year ago to the day of his historic Mankato show, Jandek is returning to Minnesota courtesy of KMSU and the Minnesota State Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. If you recall last year's announcement, we spoke of running out of unobtainable goals in bringing Jandek to Minnesota. Never in a million years did we think we'd be able to utter these words a second time, but as Tim said last year,


After months of planning and pinching ourselves to see if it wasn't just a dream, we are pleased to announce that Jandek will be performing October 31st at The Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The doors will open at 7 p.m. and the concert will be begin at 7:30 p.m. This is an all ages show. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door and will go on sale this Friday (September 20th) at noon.

For those of you lucky enough to have attended last year's Mankato Jandek performance, you are now somewhat familiar with what to expect. But having said that, no two Jandek performances are ever the same. The Representative of Corwood will be joined on stage by a number of local musicians, and together they will undertake a one-of-a-kind improvisational adventure never to be repeated and definitely not to be missed. Personally, last year's concert left me full of nervous excitement, overwhelmed at it's soaring beauty, emotional spent, and flabbergasted all at once. I had never experienced this in a live music setting before, and we anticipate feeling much the same way after the Minneapolis performance.

And as if this news wasn't exciting enough, there is one more element to this performance that we would like to address. Tuning The Pulse is a short film that stems from footage shot during Jandek's Mankato concert. For the first time ever, the camera was allowed to fully participate behind the scenes, therefore giving us a small glimpse into the process involved with a Jandek performance. That project has now expanded to encompass the making of a full length documentary film, one in which Jandek himself is involved. The people behind Tuning The Pulse will be filming the show at The Cedar Cultural Center for inclusion in this upcoming documentary.

We will of course be passing along more information about this in the days and weeks to come, but in the mean time we encourage you to help us spread the word about Jandek's return to Minnesota. Here are some important web sites for you to utilize and share:

The Cedar Cultural Center

Tuning The Pulse Documentary

KMSU 89.7 f.m. in Mankato, Minnesota

Shuffle Function on KMSU

Tickets are available through The Cedar's website, in their lobby during shows, over the phone, at the Electric Fetus record store and at Depth of Field (the futon and yarn shop across the street from The Cedar). As I mentioned before they go on sale Friday, September 20th at noon.

Monday, October 28, 2013



COUNTDOWN TO HALLOWEEN No. 28 The Many Loves of Shyboy Tim Halloween edition

This one is for Shyboy Tim. It features one of his many loves of Shyboy Tim, Kristen Schaal.

Good golly - where else can I go from here? Maybe Lauren Graham?


How about some Diane Keaton?


Julie Newmar is a shoe-in, she's in a costume already!


 You might think this is a stretch (no pun intended) - but it is CREEPY with a capitol C Sue Galloway!!


Maybe another stretch - but a good scare requires tension and this clip is full of it! Will Eight Is Enough manage to dunk WKRP? Will poor Jan Smithers get all wet? Tension.......


I know that he never posted this many loves, but we have talked about him on the air. I never knew Paul Rudd was in a Michael Meyers film, I gave up before #6!!


I could not find anything spooky with Francoise Hardy, sadly. Sorry Shyboy Tim.


Sunday, October 27, 2013

Countdown to Halloween Blog Post No.27

Cake and laughs and cake cake cake! The Grind-Fu Cinema season is over, and it was a fantastic one. Last night there were a lot of laughs, and just as many scares, and gasp upon gasp when folks saw Amber's amazing Grind-Fu cake. Didn't get to join us - then this post is for you. This is what you missed.


There were lots of great costumes too!! A big thanks to Amber at Hilltop Hy-Vee for making once again an amazing cake for us. There is honestly nothing she can't do!!



How does somebody write a remembrance of a god?  I saw Lou Reed in concert on a date 25 years ago at Northrup Auditorium.  At the time I had only just discovered The Velvets, so it was pretty exciting for me.  He was touring for his awful Mistrial album, but the band was hot and he played LOADS of Velvet Underground songs.  To this day it ranks in my top five concerts of all time.

Thanks for the music, you cranky bastard.


Saturday, October 26, 2013

Halloween Countdown Post No.26 - IT'S GRIND-FU CINEMA TIME!


7 p.m. Tucker & Dale vs. Evil 

Intermission is all about the cake - so bring your appetite Shuffle Functioneers!!

and then sometime around 9 p.m.
The Cabin In The Woods

Wear a costume and trick or treat!
Grind-Fu Cinema takes place at the Weicking 220 Auditorium on the Campus of MSU Mankato

Parking is in the back parking lot - follow the Grind-Fu Cinema signs at the corners of Val Imm, Ellis and Main Street. See you all tonight!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Countdown to Halloween Blog Post No. 25

Calling all Costumes!!

Tomorrow night at Grind-Fu Cinema we would encourage you join us decked out in your Halloween finest for our double bill of Tucker & Dale vs. Evil and Cabin In The Woods. Festivities start at 7 p.m. but come early for trick or treats (and a sneak peek at the cake!) If your costume involves blood in any way, then please pay attention. I have posted this every year because this is the cheapest and best source for fake blood that I have ever found! Follow the instructions and get inventive!


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 is


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



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!!



Here's something that the Misties in the audience might have missed!  I was looking at the BluRay of The Heat the other day to see what extras are on it.  Lately all the good stuff is on the BluRay, you know?  So I see that there are FIVE COMMENTARY TRACKS, which seems excessive for anything other than a David Fincher movie.  The cool thing, however, is that one of the was labelled as being by Mystery Science Theater 3000.


It turns out that Joel Hodgson, J. Elvis Weinstein, and Trace Beaulieu recorded an MST style commentary track for the movie!  Paul Feig, the director, is a huge MST3K fan, and he has worked a bit with Joel Hodgson in the past, so this makes a bunch of sense.  Here's what he had to say about it in an interview on

"It’s Josh Weinstein and Trace Beaulieu and Joel Hodgson doing it.  They just came in for one day.  They didn’t even write it.  They just came in and did it as a favor with us for an hour or an hour and a half (laughs)."

So now I feel like I have to buy The Heat on BluRay, a movie that I was amused by but felt it was trying a little too hard.  Ugh.


Oh, as a bonus, here's a clip of Joel Hodgson appearing on the 8th Annual Young Comedians Show sometime in the 8os.  This was the first time I ever saw Joel, so it's kind of crazy to see it again after far too many decades.  Also, is that a laugh track?

Thursday, October 24, 2013

DEAD MAN'S BONES: "can Ryan please NOT be good at something?"

We echo the sentiments of Youtube user Donnie Darko:  can Ryan please NOT be good at something?  Ryan Gosling oozes talent in pretty much everything he does.  He's one of those actors that you can bet on, whether the movie is good or not.  Have you seen the film Blue Valentine?  Jeez.  Bring a tissue and some Prozac, because that film will break your heart.

In addition to being a great actor, Gosling is also a musician.  He formed a group with Zach Snyder called Dead Man's Bones, and they released an album of material in 2009.  The project is a collection of love songs based on monsters and ghosts, and to bring the trick-or-treaty amazingness to the songs, they collaborated with the Silverlake Conservatory Children's Choir.  Throw in some ghoulish costumes and you've got a collection that Shuffle Function spins every October.

Nosing around on youtube produced some pretty great videos of the group performing, as well as a short documentary about the project.  Enjoy!  And seriously, can Ryan please NOT be good at something?


Image via Bloody Disgusting

The world of Horror is filled with bizarre families demonstrating their own special brand of normal.  The Sawyers in Texas Chainsaw Massacre and the band of crazies in The Hills Have Eyes immediately spring to mind.  You should now add Lola Stone and her dad to this list.  They are the stars of a disturbing little Australian horror film from 2009 called The Loved Ones.

Lola is a pretty but socially awkward High School student, and to a certain degree she lives in her own reality.  She has her hopes and dreams, and one of those is to go to the dance with her crush Brent.  Brent is kind to her, but he is already going to the dance with his gal Holly.  Lola's Dad wants her to be happy, and he does what he can to make her happy in their insular little world.  Whatever Lola wants, Lola gets.

I can't tell you any more.  You just need to see it.  The Loved Ones is a creepy and effective film, with some great moments of horror and dread. It's what you'd get if Sixteen Candles had been inbred for 10 generations.  Check out the trailer and then hunt the film down.


Countdown To Halloween Blog Post No.24

Today's countdown blog post is more of a list of upcoming events you are all invited to participate in. Some are Shuffle Function Halloween traditions and others we are really fortunate to be a part of. I will start at the beginning and when I can I will include a link to past blog posts or venue information. So let's get started shall we!

Shuffle Function Grind-Fu Cinema
7 p.m. at Weicking 220 Auditorium
on the Campus of Minnesota State University Mankato
free admission - Halloween costumes encouraged and there will be cake at intermission!

and then

Judson Fountain "Radio Drammers"
from 6 to 9 a.m. on the morning show
We discovered the other day that we have neglected playing any Judson Fountain this month, and Halloween time is the best time of year to enjoy his "radio darmmers". To make up for our mistake we are dedicating an entire day to Judson Fountain. Be sure to turn off the lights, tune in to 89.7 fm on the radio dial and be completely in the dark!

and then

Lux Interior's "Purple Knif" and Radio Cramps on the morning show from 6 to 9 a.m.
We began this tradition from the very first year of the Shuffle Function morning show and hope to do so every year. Nothing says Happy Halloween more than The Cramps, and so we will be playing my vinyl records of Lux Interior's Purple Knif show recorded in the early 1980's in Hollywierd California. Essentially Lux is playing 45 records from his own collection, the music that informed and influenced the Cramps. To round out the show you will hear loads of music from the Cramps, so WAKE UP EARLY!!

and then
Shuffle Function Radio Roulette at 6 p.m.
We are a couple of control freaks Shyboy Tim and I, and handing over the show's playlist to random fate is a nightmare for us. That is why we play a round of Shuffle Function Radio Roulette every Halloween season. If you are unfamiliar with the rules of the road for this grand event, please follow this link to learn how it is done. Offerings were made to the Radio Gods this year, and so tune in to see if they were appeased or not!
and then
Jandek at the Cedar Cultural Center
doors open at 7 p.m.
Tim, Dave and I are once again working with the Representative from Corwood Industries for a Halloween show. Anyone who saw last years Mankato performance knows how amazing it was and won't hesitate to see Jandek again, but if you missed it this could be your last chance! Tickets are selling briskly folks so be sure to get yours in advance. Follow the last link, or go to The Cedar Cultural Center's website for detailed information on where you can pick up tickets. Don't miss out on this - the event is also going to be filmed for inclusion in a documentary being made by Mankato film makers as well.
and then

                       SAVE THE DATE
 The KMSU Fall Pledge Drive begins November 6th and runs through the 15th. We have some amazing premiums available as a thank you gift for your pledges, and we can't wait to share them with you. We will be talking endlessly about them soon as well as reminding you why community radio is worth your financial support.
November 15th is Polka Til You Puke on the Shuffle Function Morning show from 6 to 9 a.m. Our usual Polka suspects will be joining us in the studio for three hours of Minnesota's true party music! Live polka music with Ambrose and the biggest polka fan in the world Maude will be in the studio with us. This is a blast and a great way to end the pledge drive.
That's a lot of stuff folks - email us if you have any questions - and we hope to see you soon at every one of them!! You can reach us at