Friday, August 30, 2013

GRIND-FU CINEMA THIS SATURDAY!



GRIND-FU CINEMA PRESENTS

MEGA-SHARK
VS. GIANT OCTOPUS
plus
MEGA-PYTHON
VS. GATOROID

Saturday, August 31st at 7pm 
Wiecking 220 Auditorium
Minnesota State University, Mankato

FREE! FREE! FREE! FREE! FREE!

This bleep's about to get real, folks!  For August we're bringing you a double bill we've been dreaming about for years!  We were granted permission by The Asylum (the folks that produced these films) to show MEGA SHARK vs GIANT OCTOPUS, with the second feature of MEGA PYTHON vs GATOROID!  Both films are as fun as the titles, and this is your big chance to see them on the big screen!  Join us on Saturday, August 31st at seven pm as we unleash these two spectacular films on a Grind-Fu audience!

DID WE MENTION THIS IS A FREE EVENT?  Grind-Fu Cinema is always free!  Bring your friends, brings your own snacks, and dress in layers (because the theater can be freezing or a sauna) and settle in for an unbelievable night of MEGA WEIRDNESS.

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


SEND THE LEGENDARY STARDUST COWBOY A BIRTHDAY CARD!

Hey Cowpokes and Cowgirls, The Legendary Stardust Cowboy Has A Birthday Coming Up!



WHO LIKES A LEGENDARY CARD SHOWER?!!!


Our favorite cowboy The Legendary Stardust Cowboy has a birthday coming right up, September 5th in fact, and we'd like all of you to drop him a birthday card. He has told us on more than one occasion that his favorite thing in the world is fan mail, so feel free to drop him a birthday greeting and make his day. He has a new mailing address:

Norman Carl Odam
The Legendary Stardust Cowboy
P.O. Box 730742
San Jose, Ca
95173

Be sure to tell him that Shuffle Function sent ya!! And - I'm not promising anything, but if you include a self addressed stamped envelope he might send you a little something back. Several years ago he sent several fans Star Trek related religious pamphlets. So you never know what's up the Ledge's sleeve.

INLAND EMPIRE: THE GREATEST FILM YOU'LL NEVER UNDERSTAND


Maybe the title of this post is overstating things, because there are a lot of great films out there that are impossible to understand.  Inland Empire is definitely in that group, and it most definitely will stick with you.  You'll discuss it over and over and never get an idea of what it is it about.  Is it about anything?  Does it matter?  Is that fact that it is compelling and beautiful and terrifying enough to outweigh the lack of a clear story?

We say yes.

Inland Empire was one of the last films we saw at the legendary Oak Street Cinema.  It was a roadshow appearance, which means the movie would play in one city in the nation, then move to the next,  so excitement was high and the room was filled with David Lynch fans.  What played upon the screen for the next three hours was riveting.  The end result can be summed up by the comment of one of the Lynch fans in the lobby after the show:  "I don't know what I just saw, but it was amazing!"

We have been puzzling over Inland Empire since it came out over ten years ago, and the answers as to what it is about aren't any close than they were after that screening.  It's definitely the kind of movie that you will never get tired of studying and puzzling over with friends.  It's a lot of fun.

Click the following link to watch Inland Empire on Youtube.  It's three hours you won't regret.






Thursday, August 29, 2013

WFMU: THE HEART AND SOUL OF RADIO


We love KMSU and everything that it brings to the community.  More than anything we love the possibility that KMSU gives to everyone involved, from on air hosts to the listeners.  It's exciting to be a part of.  One station that lives the dream of perfect radio every day is WFMU.  FMU is the greatest station on the planet.  It's a spiritual guide to any radio station that aspires to be something more than demographics and ratings and commercial time.  Fuse TV just did a great profile on the station, and it's a lot of fun.  If you haven't already let WFMU into your heart, please do so at this time.

Thanks!
Mgmt

OH BOBBY! THIS IS WHAT WE DID THIS MORNING!


Wednesday, August 28, 2013

ANOTHER SELF PORTRAIT: "WHAT IS THIS SH*T" REDUX


"What is this shit?"
                    -Greil Marcus, 1970

That was the very first line of Greil Marcus' review for Bob Dylan's Self Portrait LP.  To my ears, as well as the ears of countless other Dylan fans, those words are horribly true.  Self Portrait sounds like a hodge podge of the crappiest crap mixed crappily, and packaged in a crappity crap crap crap.  Just listen to this terrible (although intentionally so, and to hilarious result) cover of Simon and Garfunkel's The Boxer, where he duets with himself:



And there's two records of this crap.  So when it was announced that Volume 10 of The Bootleg Series would revolve around the Self Portrait sessions I was more than a little puzzled.  Why would anybody want to revisit this album?  Dylan himself said they threw all the crap they had against the wall and anything that stuck they put out.  For him it was a failed attempt at destroying the mythology  surrounding him.  Despite his best efforts (or worst efforts) the LP still hit #3 on the charts.  Three million people went out and bought it.

Here's the thing about Dylan's outtakes:  They're usually better than the official output of most bands, and often times they're better than HIS official stuff.  That instantly elevates any collection of his table scraps to must listen status.  Surely what he didn't release must be better than the crud that made it onto Self Portrait, right?  So where am I going with all this?

On Thursday, August 29th, we're going to play the ENTIRE Another Self Portrait album on the morning show.  All six sides on sweet sweet vinyl will be unleashed, and from all accounts it's going to be a revelation.  The few tracks I've heard have been stunning.  It's almost a shame that we won't have time to play the original Self Portrait LP, if only to marvel at how much greater these tracks are.  Maybe we'll save that for another day.

Shyboy


GRIND-FU CINEMA THIS SATURDAY



GRIND-FU CINEMA PRESENTS

MEGA-SHARK
VS. GIANT OCTOPUS
plus
MEGA-PYTHON
VS. GATOROID

Saturday, August 31st at 7pm 
Wiecking 220 Auditorium
Minnesota State University, Mankato

FREE! FREE! FREE! FREE! FREE!

This bleep's about to get real, folks!  For August we're bringing you a double bill we've been dreaming about for years!  We were granted permission by The Asylum (the folks that produced these films) to show MEGA SHARK vs GIANT OCTOPUS, with the second feature of MEGA PYTHON vs GATOROID!  Both films are as fun as the titles, and this is your big chance to see them on the big screen!  Join us on Saturday, August 31st at seven pm as we unleash these two spectacular films on a Grind-Fu audience!

DID WE MENTION THIS IS A FREE EVENT?  Grind-Fu Cinema is always free!  Bring your friends, brings your own snacks, and dress in layers (because the theater can be freezing or a sauna) and settle in for an unbelievable night of MEGA WEIRDNESS.

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


THIS IS HOW IT'S DONE


People KNOW that Prince is one guitar playin' MotherFather, but even the people that feel this in every fiber of their being are stunned by this performance.  It's one that I really love turning people on to, because in so many ways it sums up how genius Prince is on the guitar, and just how cocky he is, and how he TOTALLY has the right to be the cockiest MonkeyFinger in the room.  This bleep is about to get real, folks.  Once you hit the 3:30 mark you're gonna get a masterclass in "Don't even bother to rule on Guitar, because there can be only one master!"

Shyboy

Sunday, August 25, 2013

THEY'RE BACK!








Kiss Me On The Bus
Achin To Be

Can't Hardly Wait
 
THE WHOLE FREAKIN' SHOW!

GRIND-FU THIS SATURDAY: A MOTHER LOVIN' MEGA-SHARK IN A MOTHER LOVIN' MOVIE THEATER!



GRIND-FU CINEMA PRESENTS

MEGA-SHARK
VS. GIANT OCTOPUS
plus
MEGA-PYTHON
VS. GATOROID

Saturday, August 31st at 7pm 
Wiecking 220 Auditorium
Minnesota State University, Mankato

FREE! FREE! FREE! FREE! FREE!

This bleep's about to get real, folks!  For August we're bringing you a double bill we've been dreaming about for years!  We were granted permission by The Asylum (the folks that produced these films) to show MEGA SHARK vs GIANT OCTOPUS, with the second feature of MEGA PYTHON vs GATOROID!  Both films are as fun as the titles, and this is your big chance to see them on the big screen!  Join us on Saturday, August 31st at seven pm as we unleash these two spectacular films on a Grind-Fu audience!

DID WE MENTION THIS IS A FREE EVENT?  Grind-Fu Cinema is always free!  Bring your friends, brings your own snacks, and dress in layers (because the theater can be freezing or a sauna) and settle in for an unbelievable night of MEGA WEIRDNESS.

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


SALINGER AND WHAT IS TO COME


Today is the last day of a very awesome vacation.  I did a bunch of stuff without over-planning, but more like not planning much at all.  It just kind of happened, and that's my favorite kind of vacation.  Very few demands other than remembering to eat and sleep and have enough money for gas and records.

Early in my vacation I went to The Twin Cities to see family, as well as go record shopping and see the new Woody Allen movie, which is amazing.  Cate Blanchett deserves an Oscar.  Anyway, before Blue Jasmine they ran a trailer for a documentary about J.D. Salinger that I didn't even realize was being produced.  Apparently very few people knew, because all the press I've read about it indicates that it was produced with a Salinger level of secrecy.

The trailer was very well done, and Shelley made the great observation that it looks similar to Jandek On Corwood.  There's the mystery of the reclusive artist that people are unable to crack, and all we have is endless speculation about what the legendary author was up to for the last 50 years of his life.  Will there be great secrets revealed?  The press on the film and accompanying book indicate some major revelations, not the least of which is that posthumous books will begin coming out starting in 2015.  Pretty exciting stuff.

So here's the trailer for Salinger, which will be released in September.  Love him or hate him, you gotta admit the mystery is pretty exciting.

Shyboy

Friday, August 23, 2013

SHUFFLE FUNCTION PLAYLIST FOR AUGUST 19 - 23, 2013

AUGUST 19, 2013  (2245)
1. Replacements - talent show
2. Rolling Stones - sway
3. Sex Pistols - submission
4. Bombay Sweets - you're not the most important person in the world
5. David Lynch - Pinky's dream
6. Jandek - the cat who walked from Shelbyville
7. The One Way Streets - Jack the Ripper
8. Prince - groovy potential
9. Frank Black and The Suicide Commandos - the king and queen
10. You Am I - ain't exactly good
11. Replacements - busted up
12. Replacements - shiftless when idle
13. Faces - flying
14. Gene Marshall - Jimmy Carter says yes
15. Syl Johnson - I've got to find my baby
16. XTC - life begins at the hop
17. The New Pornographers - the electric version
18. Little Richard - Jenny Jenny Jenny
19. The Animals - bright lights big city
20. Beck - I just started hating people today
21. Beatles - I want you (she's so heavy) (stereo)
22. Jack Kittel - psycho
23. Angela Alexander and JD Saddler - spoilin' for a fight
24. Nilsson - one
25. The Fleshtones - shadowline (to J. Conrad)
26. Talking Heads - bon under punches
27. Flaming Lips and Plastic Ono Band - do it

AUGUST 20, 2013  (2246)
1. Belle and Sebastian - the state I am in
2. Velvet Underground - temptation inside your heart
3. The Black Angels - bad vibrations
4. Friends Like These w/Craig Finn - 7th St. queen
5. Charlie Feathers - can't hardly stand it
6. Can - hallelujah
7. Golden Bear - miracle mile
8. Isaac Hayes - I stand accused
9. My Morning Jacket - true love ways
10. Charles Bradley - stay away
11. Fiery Furnaces - single again
12. Eleanor Friedeberger - heaven
13. Velvet Underground - beginning to see the light
14. AC/DC - let there be rock
15. Beatles - the word (stereo)
16. Isaac Hayes - do your thing
17. Flat Duo Jets - needles and pins
18. Erma Franklin - light my fire
19. Kelley Stoltz - I don't get that
20. Isaac Hayes - theme fromShaft
21. LCD Soundsystem - drunk girls
22. Jack Kass - fantastic
23. Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks - tigers
24. Velvet Underground - rock and roll
25. Vivian Girls - I heard you say
26. Nilsson - jump into the fire
27. The Feelies - crazy rhythms
28. Velvet Underground - what goes on

AUGUST 21, 2013  (2247)
1. The Clash - straight to hell
2. Replacements - favorite thing
3. Ramones - Sheena is a punk rock girl
4. Clash - clash city rocker
5. Mad Nanna - I want to see you
6. Dondero A Capella Choir and Pop Concert Instruments - more than a feeling
7. Haze - house on a country road
8. John Zuma St. Pelvin - hard death of pancake man
9. Robert Johnson - crossroad blues
10. Snookum Russell Orchestra - jukebox boggy boogie chick
11. Los Peyotes - pasemos la noche juntos
12. Davilla 666 -  el negro
13. Luis and The Wildfires - aqui en mi nube
14. Los Vigilantes - un tono mas siniestro
15. Graham Bond - love is the law
16. The Remains - I believe in you
17. Legendary Stardust Cowboy - relaxation
18. Moving Sidewalks - flashback/I want to hold your hand/no good to cry
19. The Clash - pressure drop
20. Redd Kross - only a girl
21. Supergrass - sun hits the sky
22. The Clash -  brand new Cadillac
23. The Dears - lights out
24. The Clash - the right profile
25. The Clash - armagideon time
26. The Clash - complete control
27. The Clash - Rudy can't fail

AUGUST 22, 2013  (2248)
1. Mates Of States - sleep the clock around
2. Harper Simon - Dixie Cleopatra
3. Legendary Stardust Cowboy - hocus pocus
4. Los Straightjackets - sasquatch
5. Cass McCombs - subtraction
6. The Parting Gifts - keep walking
7. Maximo Park - graffiti (demo)
8. Black Keys - the only one
9. Mars Classroom - new theory
10. The Who - the kids are allright
11. The Makes Nice - the day is done
12. Frank Zappa - San Berdino
13. John Zuma St. Pelvin - death comes for the archbishop
14. Jeff Tweedy - crack a smile
15. Mad Nanna - the nectarine tree
16. The Mother Hips - time we had
17. Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks - out of reaches
18. Rolling Stones - rocks off
19. Rose Melberg - Irene
20. The Kinks - funny face
21. M Ward  right in the head
22. Mouthfull Of Bees - the now
23. Negativeland - piece of pie
24. Bob Dylan - leopard skin pillbox hat
25. The OhSees - if I stay too long
26. The Chambers Brothers - all strung out

AUGUST 23, 2013  (2249)
1. Replacements - bastards of young
2. You Am I - it ain't good
3. Faces - I'm loosing you
4. Andre Williams - bacon fat
5. P.I.L. - swan lake
6. Legendary Stardust Cowboy - bladerunner
7. Ben Folds Five - narcolepsy
8. Replacements - color me impressed
MARK IS THE PROGRAM DIRECTOR FOR THE DAY - HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO JEFF TWEEDY!!
Mark singing Karaoke during the Shuffle Function 24
hour Pledge Drive A-Go-Go. Mr. Rhinestone Cowboy!

1. Jeff Tweedy -sunken treasure
2. Wilco - shot in the arm
3. Wilco and Billy Bragg - airline to heaven
4. Uncle Tupelo - gun
5. Wilco - I am trying to break your heart (acoustic)
6. Wilco - via Chicago
7. Wilco - box full of letters
8. Wilco - heavy metal drummer
9. Loose Fur - laminated cat
10. Wilco - poor places
11. Wilco - solitaire
12. Wilco - spiders (kids smoke)
13. Wilco - passenger side
14. Wilco and Billy Bragg - California stars
15. Wilco - handshake drugs
16. Jeff Tweedy - crack a smile
17. Wilco- you never know
18. Wilco - nothingsevergonnastandinmywayagain
19. Wilco and Billy Bragg - one by one
20. Wilco - I thought I held you

Monday, August 19, 2013

Resurrect The Dead On Planet Jupiter



If you listen at all to our radio show then you have probably heard us talk about the "mystery record" and our five year quest to find out who the band was that played on the test pressing record I randomly came about possessing. If this isn't ringing any bells then look to the right hand side of the blog and click on the link for HAZE: THE MYSTERY RECORD IS REVEALED. I recently watched a documentary called Resurrect Dead: The Mystery Of The Toynbee Tiles in which we watch several dedicated people unfold a mystery decades in the making, and one that puts my sleuthing skills to shame.


Tiles like the one pictured above began popping up on sidewalks and in the middle of busy metro streets in the early 1980's. It's cryptic message was primarily the same for each tile and they appeared across the eastern seaboard and occasionally in the heartland of America. Soon sightings from as far away as South America began trickling in. The creator was unknown, the message unique, and it caught the attention of many curious folk. As the technology of the internet became more commonplace, a community arose around the mystery of these "Toynbee Tiles" as they became known. For decades people have been plotting the tiles locations and theorizing their meanings. Resurrect Dead follows three such people on their quest to answer all the questions and to find out who was responsible for it all. I know that I am a sucker for a story like this - but with a documentary this good you can't help but get sucked in!


Now I don't want to give away any of the film - I really want you all to watch it for yourselves, but let me just share a bit of the mystery with you so that you can see just how difficult a time they were going to have making any headway. They have only three clues to start with: who or what is the Toynbee Idea? What does that have to do with Stanley Kubrick's movie 2001 A Space Odyssey? And what is the reference to bringing back the dead have to do with any of it?! I will let the documentary unravel what they find for you, but one early clue they encounter is a simple one act play written by David Mamet called 4 a.m. This play involves a late night talk radio show host and a call from a man attempting to make a case for a cause that he believed in. When you read the play, there are all kinds of recognition bells that start to ring. I will let you see for yourself -

4 a.m. A Short Play by David Mamet

An announcer seated at a radio console desk. He wears earphones and speaks into a microphone. We hear the voice of the caller over a loudspeaker. 

Interviewer: Hello, you're on the air.

Caller: Hello, Greg, how are you?

Int: I'm fine

Caller: Good. Greg, it's a pleasure to talk with you. I had the pleasure of talking to you three-and-one-halfyears ago, and I've been a continual listener of yours since you started out with the twenty-two stations, and I admire you very much.

Int: Thank You.

Caller
: Thank you Greg.

Int
: What's your problem?

Caller
: Greg, we need your help to publicize our plan. We've been trying to get our organization together to raise money to be able to hire a public relations firm like Wells and Jacoby to publicize our organization. (Pause.) Where are we going to get the money...? I don't know...

Int: To publicize your...

Caller
: In the movie 2001, based on the writings of Arnold Toynbee, they speak of the plan...

Int
: Excuse me, excuse me, but the movie 2001 was based on the writings...

Caller
: ...all human life is made of molecules...

Int
: ...based on the writings of Arthur C. Clarke...

Caller: All human...no, Greg, if you examine...

Int
: ...it was based on the writings of Arthur C. Clarke...

Caller
: Oh, Greg, No. We have the...

Int
: Well, go on.

Caller
Greg: In the writings of Arnold Toynbee he discusses a plan whereby all human life could be easily reconstituted on the planet Jupiter.

Int
: Uh-huh...(Pause.)

Caller
: Greg?

Int
: Yes? (Pause.) I'm listening.

Caller
: Greg...

Int
: Yes?

Caller
: In the wr...

Int
: Yeah. I got it. Go on.

Caller
: In the...

Int
: No, no. No. Go on. I got it. Arnold Toynbee, human life on...

Caller
: As we're made of molecules, Greg, and the atoms of all human life that ever lived are still in all of us...

Int
: Okay, I got it. They exist, they've just been rearranged. (Pause.)

Caller
: Yes. (Pause.)

Int
So?

Caller: We'd like to publicize our organization, Greg. We're very young. We've just been existence over a year and we want to publicize our theory. And, Greg, we don't know how.

Int
: You...how do you publicize your plan to bring dead people back to life on Jupiter.

Caller: Yes.

IntWhy? (Pause.) Why would you want to do this? (Pause.) Hello?

Caller: Yes.

Int: Why would you want to do this? (Pause.) You see what I'm saying to you? (Pause.) What is the aim of your group?

CallerGreg...

Int
: What are your plans? (Pause.)

Caller: I...(Pause.)

IntWhat?

Caller: I...Greg I told you.

Int: You said that you want to bring dead people back to life.

Caller: Yes.

Int: On the planet Jupiter.

Caller: Just as they showed us in the mo...

Int: Well, I'm not sure that's what the movie was about, but be that as it may, why would you want to do that?

Caller: Oh, Greg, you can't mean it...

Int: Well, yes, I mean it. Why would you...what's the idea...? You're walking down the street, there's Abraham Lincoln...is that the idea?

Caller: Yes.

Int: ...so anybody that you want to talk to, so forth, there they are. Is that the idea? (Pause.)

Caller: Yes.

Int: Who do you pick? Who picks 'em? You? Your organization?...or do you just bring 'em all back? (Pause.) What is your...I mean, do you have a program for this? Or...what are the goals...? (Pause.)

Caller: To bring...

Int: Naah...it's to broad. It's too broad. Don't you see what I'm talking about? You can't bring 'em all back. (Pause.Can you?

Caller: I don't know.

Int: Well, think about it. (Pause.Think about it. You're talking about billions of people. Eh? They've lived at different times. They speak different languages-the ones that speak our language, it's changed over the years. The dialects are different. Customs change. Their lives are different. Some of them died violent deaths...some are disfigured...they've been decomposing...Now: listen to this: At what point do you bring them back? (Pause.) Right before they died? What if they were ill? What if they were infirm? And so you don't do it then, when do you do it? At what point? You see what I'm telling you? Someone wants to come back at age twenty, so you bring him back at fifty-five...is he allowed to change? And who's to say if he can or can't? What if he never wanted to come back?

Caller: ...Greg...?

Int: What about people who killed themselves? Because they didn't want to live? Some of them we know. We could leave out. What about ones that we don't know? Who's going to pass on this? You and your group? Well, then you're talking about something very much like fascism. Is that what you want? Because I'll tell you what you get very quickly is a State where only the Pure can come back. Or the good looking...or whatever the people in charge that day seem to feel is the ultimate good...and tickles their fancy. Or do you just press a button and everyone comes back? And what do you have then? I'll tell you what you have: wars. You've got wars. Unless you think that being dead improved them. You see what I'm saying? You've got the same jealousies and...misunderstandings you had the first time. And how do you explain the technology to some guy who's just come back from 1565 and all of a sudden he's in some spacesuit and he's alive again...

Caller: He wouldn't be in a space suit.

Int: ...whatever. And who governs this august group? Or do they just "get along"? Not in this lifetime, friend. What do you think? Because they're on a foreign planet that it's going to be cooperation and goodwill? They're going to forget about their human nature and just live in joy? You're talking about heaven, my friend. Heaven doesn't exist. You think the fact that they've come back is going to make them all philosophers? I don't think so. Far a day, yesMaybe. A week, a month later, and I'm going to tell you something: It's going to be worse than it was before, and you know what you've got? Chaos. And any tine you get a State like that you have a populace that thinks the world owes it a living. And you've got a tragedy. It doesn't hold up. Even as a dream. It's not thought out. And what do they eat?

Caller: Toynbee says that we can bombard the atmosphere with oxygen and reclaim the soil.

IntDoes he? And what if he's wrong...? (Pause.) You see what I'm saying? (Pause.)

Caller: I...

Int: Listen to me: The world is full of histories of people trying to live in Utopias. It doesn't work. We wish it did, it doesn't. (Pause.) Alright? (Pause.) Alright?

Caller: Um...yes.

IntAlright. Thank you for calling. (Loudspeaker goes dead.) Let's move along:



This is just a taste of what lies ahead for you when you watch this fantastic documentary, and I suggest you put aside some time for it as soon as you can. Pirate radio stations, media hi-jinx, mafia attacks, and mysterious "bird men" are all a part of the mystery, and that is leaving out a lot of the spoilers! I know you can stream it or watch it on netflix, download it on itunes and if you would like to visit the film's website (and I know you will) you can click on the link below:




enjoy the mystery!

Shelley