Friday, January 31, 2014

VIDEO OF BOB DYLAN IN MANKATO, 1996


I was trying to find some info today about whether or not a band had played in Mankato, and I stumbled across this amazing post on johannasvisions.com.  THE ENTIRE VIDEO OF BOB DYLAN PLAYING IN MANKATO IN 1996!  Dig it in all its lo-fi glory!

Shyboy


CORWOOD CATALOG NOW WITH A PHONE NUMBER AND E-MAIL!


This is kind of ground breaking.  We don't know if this a result of the first ever face to face Jandek interview in the current issue of Wire or what, but for the first time ever there's a phone number and e-mail for Corwood Industries!  Can you order with these things?  No idea.  As far as we know Corwood doesn't do Paypal or do credit cards.  Customer service?  Maybe.  Anyway, this is pretty big.

Check out the new issue of Wire, which features a cover story with Jandek.  The interview was conducted in Minneapolis during the week of his show at the Cedar Cultural Center, which KMSU played a role in producing.  It's very revealing and confirms and debunks a lot of stories that have been passed around over the years.  Also, he's the Leonard Zelig of Bob Dylan concerts.  You'll have to read it to find out.


Thursday, January 30, 2014

NEXT FRIDAY IS BEATLES DAY ON KMSU!


We're only a week away from a beatload of Beatles on KMSU!  From six a.m. to three p.m. on Friday, February 7th, we'll be playing 50 years of Beatles music in honor of the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' legendary first appearance on Ed Sullivan.  Playing 50 years of The Beatles means that all Beatles music (mono and stereo) is fair game, as well as solo material from John, George, Ringo, and William Campbell (the Canadian look alike who replaced Paul McCartney when he died in 1966)!

Unlike days like a Beatle birthday, where we will only play music sung by that particular Beatle, we'll be able to play it all.  There are, however, a few rules we need to keep in mind for the big day:

  • No 'Working Class Hero' - We love this song as much as you do, but it would be disrespectful to bleep the swears in this song.  They are simply too important to what Lennon is trying to say, so out of respect we don't deface the song.  Unfortunately, this means that it isn't FCC legal for radio play, and therefore we cannot play the song.
  • No 'Ebony and Ivory' - This should be self explanatory.
  • No 'The Girl Is Mine' - This should also be self explanatory.
  • No 'Freedom' - Good lord... Why would we?
  • No Cover Versions of songs by The Beatles or their solo material - It's all about celebrating the real deal, so pale imitations will not be played.
  • We will only play 'Temporary Secretary' if it is requested as being recorded by William Campbell - We have long felt that 'Temporary Secretary' is a song SO BAD that it offers definitive proof that Paul McCartney died in 1966.  Only an imposter would release a song this bad, and that means we will only play it if it is attributed to the Canadian look alike that replaced Paul after he died in 1966. Example: "Could you please play 'Temporary Secretary' by William Campbell off the 'Campbell II' album?"
  • If you request 'Wonderful Christmas Time' we will hang up on you - Why would you waste our time like that?
We will also be giving stuff away!   We have several copies of my all time favorite Beatles book "The Beatles Recording Sessions" by Mark Lewisohn, as well as Philip Norman's "Shout".  We'll fill you in on how you can win, so be sure to listen for your chance!

Drop us a line at shufflefunction@hotmail.com if you have any questions about the big day!  Be sure to listen from six a.m. to 3 p.m. on February 7th for a beatload of Beatles!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

DOCTOR STRANGELOVE TURNS FIFTY


In 2007 we came up with the idea of offering a 12 hour film festival as a pledge drive premium for KMSU.  This was the genesis of Grind-Fu Cinema.  It was a lot of fun, and we pulled out all the stops for it, including prizes and concessions and all kinds of things that are logistically and financially impossible to do now. 

The most fun part, and this continues to be one of the best things about Grind-Fu Cinema, was the process of film selection.  We wanted to choose six films that were important, but also ones that might not have been seen on the big screen for years.  The lineup was pretty solid:  This Is Spinal Tap, Gimme Shelter, Animal House, Shaun Of The Dead, and Blue Velvet (which ended the night and received a standing ovation).  Then there was Dr. Strangelove, which was the second film of the day. 

It would have been wrong to have a marathon of important films and not squeeze a Kubrick in there somewhere.  In trying to find a good balance between light and dark through the marathon, we felt that Strangelove was an appropriate transition between the goofiness of Spinal Tap and the apocalyptic Gimme Shelter.  Laughing at a thermonuclear pissing contest?  The best of both worlds.

Dangerous Minds had a post today about January 29th being the 50th anniversary of Dr. Strangelove, and it featured a documentary that was a good way to kill an hour.  The story of the film is interesting and funny, and, as with all things Kubrick, it really makes you admire the thought and vision behind a film as stunning and hilarious as this one.


Monday, January 27, 2014

THIS TIME IT'S FOR REAL: WINTER STORM RICHARD AYOADE


This frigid wind hell... THIS IS WINTER STORM RICHARD AYOADE!

Schools closed down all around the state a day in advance (even MSU Mankato closed and that never happens!), fifty mile hour wind gusts creating white-outs, snow drifts a foot high - yep it is time to name the first Winter Storm of 2014, Winter Storm Richard Ayoade.

I first came across Richard Ayoade in the epic Garth Marenghi's Darkplace as Dean Lerner. This brilliant show caused me to hunt him down in Man To Man With Dean Lerner. And then we were all treated to his character Moss on the IT Crowd. That lovable nerd sealed the deal and I will be a fan for life. Need further proof? Richard Ayoade directed the Critical Film Studies episode of Community that was an homage to the film My Dinner With Andre for crying out loud!!

 

 Let's kick this off with some Garth Marenghi's Dark Place. This is not the first time we have shared episodes of this fantastic show on this blog; in fact fellow Winter Storm Matt Berry was also a star of this series.

  

 And now for the tie-in ahow, Man To Man With Dean Lerner.

 

 And now let's go IT Crowd crazy!!









Okay I have to go watch the IT Crowd now. Stay safe everyone and just stay home if you can and watch Winter Storm Richard Ayoade from the comfort of you warm and toasty abode.

Shelley

Friday, January 24, 2014

THE GREATEST EVENT IN TELEVISION HISTORY: BOSOM BUDDIES


YES!  The final episode of The Greatest Event In Television History was a recreation of the opening credits of Bosom Buddies, with Paul Rudd as Tom Hanks and Adam Scott as Peter Scolari.  I haven't even watched it yet, so there's nothing more to add.  Let's all watch it together, shall we?

Shyboy


Thursday, January 23, 2014

THE GREATEST EVENT IN TELEVISION HISTORY... AGAIN!


The final edition of The Greatest Event In Television History airs tonight at midnight on Adult Swim.  For the uninitiated, The Greatest Event In Television History stars Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation) and his mission is to recreate the opening credits of old television shows.  Clearly the name of the show is to be taken seriously.  Each episode features a hilarious behind the scenes look at the production of the recreation, and then we get to see the results.  Then we wonder how much money they spent on this pointless exercise.

Pointless?  Yes, but these shows are really funny.  They won't reveal what tonight's opening credits are, but based on the leaked photos I'm betting it's Bosom Buddies.  I wouldn't be surprised if Tom Hanks had a cameo in this.

To get you ready, here are the other three Greatest Events In Television History.

Shyboy


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

OH YEAH! I FORGOT ABOUT THIS!


I was nowhere near an interweb on Thanksgiving 2013, so I missed out on the triumphant return of the MST3K Turkey Day Marathon.  Show creator Joel Hodgson recorded new introductions for all the episodes and presented trivia throughout the broadcast.  It sucked that I missed out on it, but I always figured some amazing internet saint would eventually post the footage to the youtubes, and now they have!  Enjoy the host segments!

Shyboy


IS DOOBIE McDONALD REAL, OR IS THIS THE FLU TALKING?


Not long after Shelley and I discussed whether it would be better to get a day off from having a low grade flu or getting a foot of snow (Shelley chose snow) I ended up actually getting sick and ending up in bed.  I just woke up and somehow made a discovery that only an interweb could allow.  I'm trying to figure out if Doobie McDonald is real, or this is me suffering from fevered hallucinations.  As it is, I think Doobie is probably the honorary president of the Michael Mimicdonald Society.

Enjoy?

Shyboy


FEBRUARY 7th: A BEATLOAD OF BEATLES!


SHUFFLE FUNCTION CELEBRATES
FIFTY YEARS OF THE BEATLES!
Friday, February 7th
Six a.m to Three p.m.
KMSU 89.7fm/KMSK 913.FM/kmsu.org

February 9th marks the 50th anniversary of The Beatles appearing on Ed Sullivan.  That single broadcast changed everything, not just in America but for the world.  Watching that first show today it is vividly clear just what a shock it was to pop culture.  The band started and finished the show, and in between were acts that seemed quaint and old fashioned by comparison.  You can literally see the world changing before your eyes.  Fifty years on we're still talking about this band, and fifty years on popular music is still living in their shadow.  That's why we're taking a day full of KMSU programming and filling it with 50 years of The Beatles.

What does this mean?  This means we'll be playing ANYTHING by The Beatles.  Not just one particular Beatle, either, like we do on their birthdays.  EVERYTHING.  BUT WAIT!  THERE'S MORE!  We'll also be featuring solo material, too!  We have 50 years of great music that never would have hit us if it wasn't for that day.  So that means any solo material from John, George, and Ringo, plus William Campbell, the Canadian look alike that replaced Paul McCartney after he died in 1966.

We're in great shape for Beatles material, and we have a bunch of solo material, but give us a head's up for any songs you might want to hear that day.  We'll have NINE hours to fill!

Here's a cool video clip to get you ready for the day.  On November 22nd, 1963, Mike Wallace aired the first ever American news coverage of of The Beatles.  The story was slated to re-air that evening on The CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite, but it was bumped due to the assassination of President Kennedy.  Cronkite did eventually re-air it December 10th, and that broadcast got the attention of Ed Sullivan, who had already booked the band to appear on his show on February 9th, 1964.  He apparently didn't fully realize what he had in store for his show, and didn't even remember the name of the band.  That didn't really matter, because 73 million Americans did, and they all watched Sullivan that night.


Saturday, January 18, 2014

Bigfoot sighting!



This past week the hilarious website Cake Wrecks had a feature on mythical creatures that included our Shuffle Function Grind-Fu Cinema Bigfoot cake made by Amber at Hill-Top Hy-Vee. We all know just how amazing Amber's cakes are, but it is nice to see that the world wide web is starting to catch up with her incredible skills. Congratulations Amber!!







SEASON THREE OF COMEDIANS IN CARS GETTING COFFEE


We're three weeks behind on posting new episodes of Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee, Jerry Seinfeld's excuse to drive amazing cars and get paid for it.  This season is off to an incredible start, with Louis CK, Patton Oswalt, and Jay Leno.  Patton and Louis are great, but Leno is worth it just to hear his story about playing golf in Chicago with mobsters, per Frank Sinatra's request.  Who has experiences like that?


Friday, January 17, 2014

Errol Morris weighs in on the Kennedy Assassination and I weigh in on him

To me Errol Morris will forever be one of the world's most intriguing people. When he gets interested in a subject he dives in head first and talks to as many of the key people involved as possible. Maybe "talks" isn't the right word for it, as you will see. Here is the two short films that he made featuring an interview that he did with Josiah Thompson, author of the essential JFK assassination book 'Six Seconds In Dallas'.


The Umbrella Man by Errol Morris.



 Film maker Alex Cox's follow up to The Umbrella Man video by Errol Morris.


 November 22, 1963 by Errol Morris.

Just to completely change the subject, which is not difficult to do with Errol Morris, here is a link to his homepage and all of the commercials that he shot for Miller High Life. You probably saw a few of these when they aired, but they really key into my Midwestern value system. Laugh along with them all, and let this example entice you to actually click on the link I provided!




I am writing this post while doing the Shuffle Function morning show, and Shyboy Tim asked that I include a list of my three favorite documentaries by Errol Morris. This is a bit of a Sophie's Choice folks, but I will do my best. Here they are, in no order of preference, my three recommendations for the Errol Morris newbies:

The Thin Blue Line


Fog Of War 




Gates Of Heaven (HERE IS THE WHOLE FILM!!!!!)




Enjoy - this is just the tip of the iceberg folks. Spend some time with this, and then track down the PBS Series he did called First Person. I believe some of those are also on you tube, but I have already posted enough links at this point. That will wait for another day.


Shelley

Thursday, January 16, 2014

JANUARY 16th, 2014: A TOUGH DAY FOR MY CHILDHOOD


Today was a tough day for memories of after school television viewing.  Two mainstays died today.  First, Russell Johnson died at age 89.  Russell played The Professor on Gilligan's Island.  My TV DNA is partly composed of Sherwood Schwartz shows like GIlligan's Island and The Brady Bunch.  Schwartz wrote both of the theme songs!  If he did nothing else on earth he would have earned his keep with those.  That has nothing to do with Russell Johnson, I guess, other than I'd watch Gilligan and The Bradys every single day after school on Superstation WTBS.


The other TV loss was Dave Madden, who played Reuben Kincaid on the Partridge Family.  I was never as big a Partridge fan as a Bradys fan, but I always got a kick out of those moments when Danny would antagonize Reuben.

Anyway, RIP Dave and Russell.

Shyboy

P.S.:  Do you know about the other band Reuben Kincaid managed?


Wednesday, January 15, 2014

THE AFTERLIFE OF STING


There's no good explanation for why I was thinking about Sting appearing on Saturday Night Live.  My days of Sting fandom have long since passed.  I liked The Police, and I think his first solo album is really good.  I even saw him live in 1991 at Northrup Auditorium.  He was always pretty smug, but when he did an ad for Jaguar I tuned out forever.  After a while he just became too much.



In 1991 Sting was both the host and musical guest on Saturday Night Live.  It was during the Phil Hartman/Mike Meyers/Dana Carvey years, so the show could be counted on for laughs.  The single funniest moment on the show was a skit where Sting got into an elevator with a guy.  The guy in the elevator recognizes Sting and proceeds to sing a bunch of his songs to him.  Then another guy gets in and starts doing the same thing.  After a while it gets to be too much for Sting, and he gets off the elevator early.  Years later Sting appeared on Late Night With Conan O'Brien, and Conan told Sting that he wrote that sketch.  Sting feigned outrage and said that he had never had experiences like the elevator sketch until after it aired, and then it happened to him all the time.

I have to believe that if Sting dies and goes to hell that this will be what's waiting for him.  ENJOY!

EAGLEHEART: A GROTESQUE PILE OF HILARITY


The Shuffle Function Headquarters is populated with Chris Elliott fans.  From his days with Letterman, through Get A Life and Cabin Boy (and apparently he was on Miami Vice), we've cherished any chance we can get for his left field weirdness.  For the last three years we've been fortunate that he's had a regular gig on Eagleheart, the strange U.S. Marshal show on Adult Swim.

The episodes of the first two seasons were all essentially stand alone stories that followed Chris and his team on their crime fighting adventures.  Seasons Three, however, is an entirely different beast.  The entire season follows Chris in an attempt to clear his name after being accused of a crime he (confusingly) did not commit.  This season is also next level weird and next level gross.  The show is always strange, but Season Three is surreal and nonsensical at times.  It's also crazier than anything you'll probably ever see on television.

The season finale airs this Thursday night, so Adult Swim has posted the preceding nine episodes on youtube.  Watch them.  It won't even take two hours.  Then make a date with yer TV tomorrow night.  It's gonna get weird.


Tuesday, January 14, 2014

LOU REED AND JOHN CALE: SONGS FOR DRELLA

In 1990 John Cale and Lou Reed released Songs For Drella, their tribute to Andy Warhol.  The songs tell the story of Andy and his rise from a small town to the top of the art world.  It's just John and Lou, with no outside musicians, which makes their performance that much more intimate and personal.  This was also the first place I heard tons and tons of John Cale performances, and it made me a fan for life.

Songs For Drella is a wonderful album, and it doesn't get enough attention.  Dangerous Minds recently posted video of an entire performance of the album.  It's riveting watching these two work together, face to face, in such an atmospheric setting.  It's hard to believe that they were at their throats at the time.  Richard Metzger writes on Dangerous Minds:

According to a photographer I knew who shot the two of them around this time, Reed and Cale seemed to absolutely loathe each other. He described them as the two biggest bastards he’s ever been hired to shoot, in fact. Hissing snakes. The pair apparently vowed never to work together again, but they did anyway, for the ill-fated Velvet Underground reunion of 1993.

Despite their collaboration on Songs For Drella, Lou actually attempted to remove John from the project, resulting in Cale getting lawyers involved.  It's no wonder they were throwing daggers at each other.

Here's Songs For Drella, performed live at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 1989.

Shyboy



Here's a bonus of Lou Reed and John Cale performing on Late Night With David Letterman

Monday, January 13, 2014

a wee bit off topic, but..............

                       

This weekend I was practicing with my band when I found out something rather shocking, to me at least. It appears that I play my bass guitar under an odd tuning, not the standard tuning anyhow. I shouldn't be as surprised as I am, being that I come to the bass guitar having played string bass all through high school and college. I was a bit self taught in the first place and completely self taught on the bass guitar, but whatever I'm doing seems to work. This situation reminded me of a scene in the Minutemen documentary called We Jam Econo where Mike Watt talks about not knowing that there were different strings on a bass guitar compared to a guitar. He just assumed a bass was the last four strings on a guitar and went with it. It sure worked for him! I found the full film on you tube and thought I'd share it with you. This is one of the first times I saw Byron Coley in a documentary, followed by his rapid appearances in Jandek on Corwood and Half Japanese: The Band That Would Be King. Although this is a film about the Minutemen, it is really a love letter to D. Boon, and I think you will fall in love with him too. Enjoy!

Thursday, January 09, 2014

FEBRUARY 7th: THE (ALMOST) 50th ANNIVERSARY OF THE BEATLES ON SULLIVAN


SHUFFLE FUNCTION CELEBRATES
FIFTY YEARS OF THE BEATLES!
Friday, February 7th
Six a.m to Three p.m.
KMSU 89.7fm/KMSK 913.FM/kmsu.org

February 9th marks the 50th anniversary of The Beatles appearing on Ed Sullivan.  That single broadcast changed everything, not just in America but for the world.  Watching that first show today it is vividly clear just what a shock it was to pop culture.  The band started and finished the show, and in between were acts that seemed quaint and old fashioned by comparison.  You can literally see the world changing before your eyes.  See for yourself!



Ed Sullivan show PartⅠ 1964 2.9 1964 2.16 - Ⅰ by yoshiyuki-harada
Ed Sullivan show PartⅠ 1964 2.9 1964 2.16 - Ⅱ by yoshiyuki-harada

(there are lots of ads.  Sorry!)

The first act after them did card tricks!  America didn't know what hit it.  Fifty years on we're still talking about this band, and fifty years on popular music is still living in their shadow.  That's why we're taking a day full of KMSU programming and filling it with 50 years of The Beatles.

What does this mean?  This means we'll be playing ANYTHING by The Beatles.  Not just one particular Beatle, either, like we do on their birthdays.  EVERYTHING.  BUT WAIT!  THERE'S MORE!  We'll also be featuring solo material, too!  We have 50 years of great music that never would have hit us if it wasn't for that day.  So that means any solo material from John, George, and Ringo, plus William Campbell, the Canadian look alike that replaced Paul McCartney after he died in 1966.

We're in great shape for Beatles material, and we have a bunch of solo material, but give us a head's up for any songs you might want to hear that day.  We'll have NINE hours to fill!


Wednesday, January 08, 2014

DAVID BOWIE SIXTY SEVEN


David Bowie turns 67 today, gang!  This morning we barely scratched the surface of his career.  I mean, where do you start, let alone stop?  And last year he put out a GREAT freakin' album after a decade long absence.  How does he do it?  He's DAVID FREAKIN' BOWIE.

Here's a great documentary that we've posted before, but it's a good way to spend an hour of your life.  It's a BBC Documentary called Cracked Actor that follows Bowie on tour across the U.S.  This is his emaciated coke fiend period, and it's kind of haunting to see him like that.  The performances are stellar, though, and this is the only place where footage from this tour exists.


Tuesday, January 07, 2014

JANDEK IN MINNEAPOLIS = MAJOR PROFILE IN THE WIRE MAGAZINE!


OHMANOHMANOHMANOHMANOHMAN!  This is the cover story of the February 2014 issue of The Wire.  That photo right there on the cover was taken in MINNEAPOLIS!  The first ever face to face interview with The Representative From Corwood Industries took place during the days before and after the show that KMSU produced at The Cedar Cultural Center on October 31st, 2013.  Everything about that experience was memorable for all involved, as well as for anybody that was lucky enough to witness the show.  Here's what The Wire said to its advertisers regarding the upcoming issue:

"Hang on to your hats, folks: the cover story in the forthcoming February issue ofThe Wire features the underground music scoop of the century - the first ever face to face interview with the most enigmatic and elusive, not to mention one of the most inspirational and uncompromising, musicians of the times, the legendary Jandek. The interview was conducted over three days in December in Minneapolis by David Keenan and is now spread across ten pages of the February issue, along with photographer Alec Soth's brilliantly evocative portraits of the mythical representative of Corwood Industries. And what he revels about the philosophies and experiences that have shaped his unique music over the last 40 years will blow the minds of the initiated and transfix the imaginations of neophytes."

Expect extreme levels of Jandek geekiness on the show in the near future!  Also coming soon:  Houston Saturday!



OH MY LORD! MORE "THE DAY THE CLOWN CRIED" FOOTAGE!

Jerry Lewis prepping for The Day The Clown Cried

Over the last few years we've been mildly obsessing over the legendary unreleased Jerry Lewis Film "The Day The Clown Cried".  It's so impossible to see that it almost seems like a myth, but it is very real and very unobtainable.  To get the full story, here are links to previous blog posts on the film:

THE MOST QUESTIONABLE FILM YOU WILL NEVER SEE!

 

THE DAY THE CLOWN CRIED: ACTUAL FOOTAGE!

 

Last year saw the reappearance of actual behind the scenes footage from the film, and the internet went nuts.  It had actual scenes that were being shot.  Since this film will NEVER be released, at least as long as Jerry Lewis is alive, that footage is as close as we'll get to the movie.

 

Today Splitsider posted even more footage!  Here are two youtube clips featuring behind the scenes footage, as well as actual scenes being shot.  Exciting stuff!

 

tomorrow is all about the birthday boys on Shuffle Function

It's a big day tomorrow. We will celebrate the birthdays of two rock and roll icons, Elvis Presley and David Bowie. We have usually spent the day playing music by the King, but we are going to switch things up a bit and split the show between the two of them.


We will be taking your Elvis Presley requests from 6 to 7:30 a.m.



and from 7:30 a.m. to the end of the show at 9 a.m. we will play your David Bowie requests.

Just one of the the many traits that makes KMSU so special is that we actively seek out your requests and additions to our playlists. On days like tomorrow we ask you to share with us your favorite songs and antidotes. You can reach us a couple of ways; call us while we are on the air at 389 - 5678 or 1-800-456-7810 or email us at shufflefunction@hotmail.com


Oh! and before I go, Tim has a surprise for you. He will share it on Thursday night's Shuffle Function show at 6 p.m. Be sure to tune in at 89.7 fm on your radio dial.

Shelley

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

2014: THE FIRST OF MANY REMINDERS THAT PRINCE SHREDS ON GUITAR



Happy New Year, Music Geeks!  Last night I saw a new clip from 3rd Eye Girl from a show Prince just did in Connecticut, and it once again made me feel like I need to become an evangelist about Prince's guitar playing.  By now it has been established that he is a legend on guitar.  Any contrary arguments are wrong, so don't even bother.  So many people out there have not yet come to this realization, though, and that needs to be rectified.  So here are a couple of clips of Prince showing everybody how a person should do it.  You're welcome.

Shyboy

December 29th, 2013


Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame


Live in Portugal, 2013