Tuesday, September 30, 2014

NEW PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON TRAILER!


Alright Hollywood - you had Tim and I with just the words 'Paul Thomas Anderson'. After hearing that a new film was in the works by Anderson based on Thomas Pynchon's Inherent Vice I went right out and read it. It is a funny hard boiled hippy-dippy mystery filled with more oddball characters than you can shake a stick at. Few directors could take on a story like this, but I have total faith in Paul Thomas Anderson attention to details. I will admit an initial dislike of his choice of Joaquin Phoenix in the lead role. He was fresh from his stint in The Master and I just couldn't see him pulling off this role. But now that I have watched the trailer I've changed my mind. He is perfect as Doc. So here you go, the trailer from the man who brought you Boogie Nights, There Will Be Blood, Magnolia and more!



This film doesn't come out until December, so I suggest you pick up a copy of Inherent Vice and enjoy the hell out of yourself! Look under the P's in the fiction department of your favorite local book store - it's the book with neon, sunsets and surf boards on it.

Shelley

Sunday, September 28, 2014

OCTOBER GRIND-FU: THE FINAL GRIND-FU OF 2014!



GRIND-FU CINEMA PRESENTS
THE FINAL GRIND-FU OF 2014

Sam Raimi's
DRAG ME TO HELL
and
Adam Wingard's
YOU'RE NEXT

Saturday, October 25th @ 7pm
Wiecking 220 Auditorium
Minnesota State University, Mankato

FREE TERROR! FREE MAYHEM! FREE SUSPENSE!
FREE CAKE!  Because they all want cake...

 Oh my dear sweet lord... It seems like only yesterday that this Grind-Fu season began, and now the final one is upon us!  We've shown so many films this year that have been on our bucket list, and it has been a real honor to share them with Grind-Fu audiences.  Once again, you have been some of the best audiences we have ever seen films with, and we thank you for that from the bottom of our clogged cinema loving hearts.

The next Grind-Fu is on October 25th, and October means one thing to the Grind-Fu crew:  HALLOWEEN.  It's all about the chills, thrills, and terror!  It's also about cake.  Cake?  CAKE!



Long time Grind-Fu attendees know that we go all out for the October Grind-Fu, both to celebrate another successful season as well as to celebrate our favorite creepy holiday.  That means treats for you guys.  More specifically, it means stunning horror cake from our resident cake artist Amber.



Amber has won awards and international acclaim for the masterful things she can do with cake, and for good reason:  They're friggin' incredible!  Look at some of these previous masterpieces she has constructed.  It's a shame they had to be eaten, but dammit... THEY'RE DELICIOUS!

Herschell Gordon Lewis Triple Feature

Zombie Double Feature

Suspiria/Seven Double Feature (this is Gwyneth Paltrow's head)

Bigfoot Double Feature

The Exorcist/The Shining Double Feature

Tucker and Dale vs. Evil/Cabin In The Woods Double Feature

WOW.  I'm stunned by her work, but I'm also reminded of just how stellar our Halloween Grind-Fu's have been.  If only we had thought of cake for our first October Grind-Fu, featuring an Ed Wood triple feature!  What would Amber have come up with for that?  THE MIND BOGGLES!

Which brings me to that other pesky feature of Grind-Fu Cinema:  THE CINEMA!  We have another great year ending double bill lined up for yo, that's gonna make you jump out of your seat.  Are you ready for it?  I'm gonna tell you about it anyway.


DRAG ME TO HELL - Directed by Sam Raimi (2009)

Sam Raimi has become a major league film maker over his 35 year in film.  He's helmed massive blockbusters and some amazing small films, but he got his start in the world of uber low budget horror with a little film called EVIL DEADEvil Dead is a relentless terror ride, filled with insane gore and violence, and it still manages to terrify its fans after their millionth re-watch of it.

After three amazing Evil Dead films, Raimi moved on to other genres, but fans still begged for his return to horror.  Finally, in 2009, it happened.  Drag Me To Hell is filled with all the trademarks of classic Sam Raimi horror:  Gore, violence, hyper kinetic directing, and dark humor.  It's a film that makes you laugh while you're jumping out of your seat, and it's a blast to watch.  In particular, Drag Me To Hell is a blast to watch with an audience like you'll get at Grind-Fu Cinema.





YOU'RE NEXT - Directed by Adam Wingard (2013)

When You're Next was in theaters I was going to pass on it.  It looked like it would be just another snuff porn film, making up for its lack of real creativity by going over board with gore and shock.  Boy, was I wrong.  You're Next takes the slasher film and knocks it on its ass.  In a genre that can be ridiculously predictable, this film caught me off guard.  At every turn it had a new surprise, and it had twists that I never saw coming.  It's also really funny.

This is a film that has the full on Grind-Fu seal of approval, gang.  If you like horror that actually does its job and then some, then You're Next is the film you want to see.



We really hope you guys join us for the October Grind-Fu Cinema!  It's gonna be so much fun, AND IT IS COMPLETELY FREE!  AND THERE IS CAKE!  What will Amber's cake be this year?  We won't know until that night, so bring your friends, some snacks, and an appetite for cake and terror, as we end this Grind-Fu Season in style!

Shyboy

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


Thursday, September 25, 2014

GRIND-FU CINEMA: THE START TIMES!


Grind-Fu Cinema presents
WARREN OATES in

Monte Hellman's 
TWO LANE BLACKTOP
and
Sam Peckinpah's
BRING ME THE HEAD OF
ALFREDO GARCIA

Saturday, September  27th @ 7:00pm
Wiecking 220 Auditorium
Minnesota State University, Mankato

FREE! FREE! FREE! FREE! FREE!FREE!

The September Grind-Fu double bill lets us check another lineup off our cinematic bucket list!  We've been dreaming of this one for a while, and now it's finally happening.  We're dedicating an evening of film to Warren Oates, featuring two of his most legendary roles.  First on the bill is Monte Hellman's counter culture classic Two Lane Blacktop...




The movie follows two gear heads (Dennis Wilson and James Taylor) as they travel Route 66.  Along the way the encounter Warren Oates, and a rivalry develops.  The film is very minimalist, with limited dialogue, yet it presents a captivating portrait of lost and lonely characters out on the road.  It has become a classic road film, and was included for preservation in the National Film Registry in 2012.  

TWO LANE BLACKTOP STARTS AT SEVEN P.M.!

Next up is Sam Peckinpah's Bring Me The Head Of Alfredo Garcia...


They say there's no such thing as bad publicity.  United Artists milked that idea by incorporating the negative reaction that Alfredo Garcia generated into its advertising campaign.  Bring Me The Head Of Alfredo Garcia is dark, violent, gruesome, and nihilistic.  Warren Oates' desperate and haunted portrayal of Bennie has been seen as more than a little autobiographical on Sam Peckinpah's part.  Peckinpah was known for his drink and his penchant for violence, and Oates' character has all of that and more.

But back to the advertising campaign...


Critical reaction was extremely negative, and the film was a major flop.  The performance of Bring Me The Head Of Alfredo Garcia essentially ruined Sam Peckinpah's career.  Despite this, the film has become a cult classic.  Roger Ebert gave it five stars and said:

I think I can feel Sam Peckinpah's heart beating and head pounding in every frame in ''Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia'' (1974), a film he made during a period of alcoholic fear and trembling.... I sense that the emotional weather on the set seeped onto the screen, haunting it with a buried level of passion. If there is anything to the auteur theory, then ''Alfredo Garcia'' is the most autobiographical film Peckinpah ever made.

If it truly is an autobiographical film, then Sam Peckinpah was one F'd up dude.



I feel like I haven't fully expressed just how violent this film is.  SPOILER ALERT FOR THE GREY!  Here's a YouTube clip that will get that point across.



BRING ME THE HEAD OF 
ALFREDO GARCIA
STARTS AT NINE P.M.!

It's gonna be a provocative evening of movies this September, and we hope you guys will join us!  Remember, Grind-Fu Cinema is TOTALLY FREE!  Bring your friends, bring some snacks, and join us for a night of Warren Oates classics!


I'm The New Boy In Town!  Where Can I Go?


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

MUSTACHE IN YOUR FACE IN YOUR EAR!


This morning we played my new favorite song:  Mustache In Your Face by the band Pretty.  You can find it on the brand new Numero Group compilation Local Customs: Cavern Sound, which should be hitting stores any day now.  What can I say?  It's another triumph for Numero Group.  The song is also available on their 2x45 of Pretty that has been available for a while.  Realizing this, I now have to own it.  If the other three songs are as great as Mustache In Your Face is, then I'll soon have four favorite new songs.

The track was recorded at Cavern Sound, a recording studio in Independence, Missouri, that was in an actual cave.  Crazy, huh?  Maybe it was the environment they were recorded in, but the songs on the new Local Customs collection are remarkable.  You'll probably hear all of them on the show eventually.  More likely, you'll hear Mustache In Your Face until you can't stand it anymore.

Here's a cool promo that Numero Group put together for the Cavern Sounds collection.  It features actual footage of the studio from back in the day.


And here's friggin' Mustache In Your Face!


Shyboy

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

KELLEY FREAKIN' STOLTZ, YOU GUYS! KELLEY FREAKIN' STOLTZ!


It has been a radio love affair with the music of Kelley Stoltz since virtually day one on the Shuffle Function Morning Show.  We received an early EP from him and from that moment on he was in permanent rotation.  Each KS release is spun breathlessly, but only because we've just spent ten minutes preaching a sermon about the pop genius of Kelley Stoltz.  We love him so much that he was the soundtrack to the exhausting drive back from The Replacements show a few weeks back.

By the way, did you know that The Replacements got back together?  I worry that we haven't spoken of this enough, and that only a handful of you are tired of hearing about it.

Anyway, Kelley Stoltz had a birthday this past Sunday, which gave us yet another reason to dig into his catalog.  Then Shelley found a great clip that's kind of a "day in the life of Kelley Stoltz" thing, and it just got the ball rolling again.

I guess mostly I'm concerned that you don't know about Kelley Stoltz.  I worry that we haven't spoken of him enough, and that only a handful of you are tired of hearing about him.  We'll do our best to change that.

Shyboy












Monday, September 22, 2014

GRIND-FU CINEMA THIS SATURDAY! FOR FREE!


Grind-Fu Cinema presents
WARREN OATES in

Monte Hellman's 
TWO LANE BLACKTOP
and
Sam Peckinpah's
BRING ME THE HEAD OF
ALFREDO GARCIA

Saturday, September  27th @ 7:00pm
Wiecking 220 Auditorium
Minnesota State University, Mankato

FREE! FREE! FREE! FREE! FREE!FREE!

The September Grind-Fu double bill lets us check another lineup off our cinematic bucket list!  We've been dreaming of this one for a while, and now it's finally happening.  We're dedicating an evening of film to Warren Oates, featuring two of his most legendary roles.  First on the bill is Monte Hellman's counter culture classic Two Lane Blacktop...




The movie follows two gear heads (Dennis Wilson and James Taylor) as they travel Route 66.  Along the way the encounter Warren Oates, and a rivalry develops.  The film is very minimalist, with limited dialogue, yet it presents a captivating portrait of lost and lonely characters out on the road.  It has become a classic road film, and was included for preservation in the National Film Registry in 2012.  

Next up is Sam Peckinpah's Bring Me The Head Of Alfredo Garcia...


They say there's no such thing as bad publicity.  United Artists milked that idea by incorporating the negative reaction that Alfredo Garcia generated into its advertising campaign.  Bring Me The Head Of Alfredo Garcia is dark, violent, gruesome, and nihilistic.  Warren Oates' desperate and haunted portrayal of Bennie has been seen as more than a little autobiographical on Sam Peckinpah's part.  Peckinpah was known for his drink and his penchant for violence, and Oates' character has all of that and more.

But back to the advertising campaign...


Critical reaction was extremely negative, and the film was a major flop.  The performance of Bring Me The Head Of Alfredo Garcia essentially ruined Sam Peckinpah's career.  Despite this, the film has become a cult classic.  Roger Ebert gave it five stars and said:

I think I can feel Sam Peckinpah's heart beating and head pounding in every frame in ''Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia'' (1974), a film he made during a period of alcoholic fear and trembling.... I sense that the emotional weather on the set seeped onto the screen, haunting it with a buried level of passion. If there is anything to the auteur theory, then ''Alfredo Garcia'' is the most autobiographical film Peckinpah ever made.

If it truly is an autobiographical film, then Sam Peckinpah was one F'd up dude.



I feel like I haven't fully expressed just how violent this film is.  SPOILER ALERT FOR THE GREY!  Here's a YouTube clip that will get that point across.



It's gonna be a provocative evening of movies this September, and we hope you guys will join us!  Remember, Grind-Fu Cinema is TOTALLY FREE!  Bring your friends, bring some snacks, and join us for a night of Warren Oates classics!


I'm The New Boy In Town!  Where Can I Go?


Monday, September 15, 2014

UPDATE: TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY IN MONO, JUST AS GOD INTENDED!


Talk Like A Pirate Day just got even more amazing!  This Friday, September 19th, from six to 9 a.m., we'll be talking like a pirate AND busting out the brand new vinyl box of Beatles mono remasters!  The reviews of the set have been glorious, and we'll get to hear them for the first time together.  The folks that did this set really did their homework, consulting the original notes of the engineers that worked on the mono editions, utilizing the mono master tapes, and using vintage gear to create the pressing plates.  It's as close to the intended sound as you can get, and on high quality vinyl, too.  It's really nice.

Here's the original post announcing Talk Like A Pirate Day.  Take note of the rules, because we're hardcore about it!

Shyboy



INTERNATIONAL
TALK LIKE A
PIRATE DAY 2014!
Friday, September 19th 6-9a.m

Get yer pipes in order, Mateys, because Talk Like A Pirate Day is just around the corner!  From six to nine a.m. we'll be talkin' like a pirate and takin' requests!  REMEMBER:  If ye talk like a land lubber, then we can't understand ye.  Ye have to talk like a pirate to get yer request played, otherwise we caint understand ye!  Tis no joke!

Brush up on yer pirate speak, swabbies!



Sunday, September 14, 2014

UNDERACHIEVER-PALOOZA: THE HEARTBREAK OF DREAMS FULFILLED


This image of Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson at the end of last Saturday's triumphant homecoming show for The Replacements sums up everything there is to convey about the night.  The fellas got up in front of 14,000 true believers at Midway Stadium and, to borrow the appropriate baseball phrase, knocked it out of the park.  Everything about the day was perfect, and, for a boy like me that has been dreaming of an event like this for most of my adult life, it surpassed everything I could have hoped for.

From the perfect weather, to the perfect arrival, to the perfect parking spot, to the perfect wrong turn that led to the perfect local restaurant, it felt like something bigger was guiding this day.  It was almost comical. If it was a movie I could say "What could possibly go wrong?" and then get struck by lightning, but nothing went wrong.  Everything was really freakin' right.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that I had a good time.

Right now it's all a jumble for me, and I'm having a hard time cataloging all the memories I have from the day.  To detail them all would be lengthy and would ultimately be a failure.  Maybe a list would serve me better.

  1.   The weather perfectly illustrated why Minnesota rules in the Fall.  Sunny, cool, light breeze... It was the kind of day that a friend of mine described as justifying staying in this state through Winter.
  2.   We took a wrong turn and ended up just north of the State Fair Grounds, which led us to a fish and chips restaurant that Scooter and Shelley had always wanted to go to but never had the chance before.  It was amazing. 
  3.   Arriving at Midway Stadium around one and getting an amazing (and free) parking spot right out front, which allowed us to hear the tail end of The Replacements' soundcheck.
  4.   The merch table was outside the stadium, and it opened very early, allowing us to get our swag and take it back to the car.  They had shirts and posters with the amazing Minnesota Twins style poster design, and they were relatively cheap for a big deal concert.



  5.    Tailgating with Tune Town heroes Carl and Dave just outside the stadium gates drinking Hamm's for three hours.  This also settled any disputes over whether or not Michael McDonald is appropriate for Replacements tailgating.  (Answer: He is)



  6.    The gates opened about a half hour early, allowing us to get within about 30 feet of the stage, front and center.  Out position was perfect, because it was close enough to see the sweat, but far enough that we didn't have to deal with the carnage.



  7.    Lucero hit the stage right before 7, and they were the perfect music for the tail end of sunlight.  I had never heard anything from them before Saturday, and they won me over in all their weathered glory.     



  8.    The Hold Steady ROCKED.  Craig Finn looked like the happiest boy on earth when he said "I'll save you the hysterics, but for a guy that grew up here this literally a dream come true for me".  It was perfect that a hometown super fan got to open for this gig.  I wish my crummy phone took better pictures, but you can still make out his massive smile.  Extra points for opening with Your Little Hood Rat Friend.



  9.    The Replacements hit the stage to Surfin' Bird.  PERFECT.
  10.    They pretty much played every song I would want them to play, and the show just kept getting better and better.
  11.   The final song couldn't have been any more ideal.  I even hugged Scooter Polanski, and I AM NOT A HUGGER!
Of course there were the usual amount of killjoys that get drunk and violent, and the usual ghost farters cutting loose in the anonymity of the crowd, but those were minor blemishes on a great day.

The music... let's talk about the music.  Coming out to Surfin' Bird was goofy but also a nice tribute to the history of Minnesota music.  Then they launched into Favorite Thing.  This clip has terrible sound but it gets the point across:


When the crew was setting up we got a glimpse of the setlist.  From our distance we couldn't possibly read it, but it was apparent that they had a lot of songs planned.  Sure enough, they played close to two hours, and played a fan's dream of "hits".  Hits is such a relative term with these guys, but if you're a fan you have your faves, and I don't think they misfired all night.  Let's check the list:


Pretty loaded with fan favorites, right? The only omission for me was Answering Machine, but, honestly, the last song of the night made up for any sins.  I had checked setlists from the previous shows and never saw this song listed, but all of us DESPERATELY wanted it to be played.  We were all but certain that there would be instant weeping if they played it, and by the second encore it was looking like it wasn't gonna happen.  AND THEN IT DID:


UNSATISFIED.  An appropriately emotional song for an incredibly emotional night.  I even hugged Scooter Polanski.  Listening to this clip now just makes me well up.  The show delivered on every level. 

The lengths that people went to for this show were astonishing.  People from all over the country flew in.  There were people from AUSTRALIA that made the show.  This was the underachiever equivalent of seeing The Beatles in Liverpool, or The Velvet Underground in New York, or Springsteen at The Stone Pony, and it met every expectation.

When the lights came up and people filed out, I couldn't help but feel kind of lost.  This was a night I had dreamed of for most of my adult life.  It surpassed any hopes that I had for it, and now it was over.  It was kind of heartbreaking, you know?  I'm not sure how long it will take to shake this feeling.  Hopefully getting this on the blog will sort it all out.

I put together a youtube playlist of the show with the best clips I could find. Take note of the big ol' kiss Paul plants on Tommy during Kiss Me On The Bus! I want to encourage folks again to visit the incredible Replacements Live Archive blog.  If there's one show that feels guaranteed to end up there, it's this one, and that way the people that were there can relive it, and the folks that weren't can still experience the show in a small way.

Thanks for putting up with this fanboy.

Shyboy


Friday, September 12, 2014

SOMETHIN' TO DU: REPLACEMENTS TOURISM!


Check out this awesome poster that artist Kevin Cannon made!  It's all the major locations mentioned in All Over But The Shouting, Jim Walsh's fantastic book about The Replacements.  I wanna visit all these places!  Somethin' to Du before the big show on Saturday, kids! 

Visit Kevin Cannon's Tumblr: http://kevincannonart.tumblr.com

Shyboy

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Y'ARRRR! IT BE TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBARRRRR 19th!


INTERNATIONAL
TALK LIKE A
PIRATE DAY 2014!
Friday, September 19th 6-9a.m

Get yer pipes in order, Mateys, because Talk Like A Pirate Day is just around the corner!  From six to nine a.m. we'll be talkin' like a pirate and takin' requests!  REMEMBER:  If ye talk like a land lubber, then we can't understand ye.  Ye have to talk like a pirate to get yer request played, otherwise we caint understand ye!  Tis no joke!

Brush up on yer pirate speak, swabbies!




UPDATE!  We're now also going to be playing the Beatles mono vinyl remasters all morning!  Pirate talk AND sweet sounding mono albums?  It's Talk Like A Pirate Day as God intended!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

MATS ON TONIGHT SHOW!



Couldn't stay awake for it? Want to see The Replacements perform Alex Chilton again?
Feast your eyes on this folks! Rumor has it that a second video will be available today from their Tonight Show visit. If that does indeed happen we will try to add this to the post.

Sunday, September 07, 2014

What A Night!


We meant it when we told you that Sonny Knight and The Lakers are the real deal, and last night at the Rock Bend Folk Festival they proved it. I mean, Boy Oh Boy did they prove it! I sure hope you were somewhere in the massive Rock Bend crowd shaking your money makers and jumping up and down. By the way - we can thank Maverick Slim's wife Mary for the 25 hops. To be honest with you I would have jumped up and down with Sonny 250 times if the man asked us to! After the show Sonny told us that he'd twisted his ankle at the State Fair. Can you believe he was dancing and jumping all night on a bad ankle?!


This is the only picture I took last night, and it was seconds before we had the honor of introducing Sonny and the band. After jumping off the stage I just stood there transfixed, which quickly turned into the kind of spastic stand/dance kind of thing I do because I am not a dancer but yet I can't help but move to the music. Maybe you know how it is? Anyway, thanks to all of you for coming out last night and making the band feel so welcome and thanks to the staff and volunteers of Rock Bend. Hopefully we can get them back down here sometime soon - that is after they get a chance to catch their breath!

Shelley

Friday, September 05, 2014

NEXT WEEK IS MATS WEEK!



Can it be?  It seems like only yesterday we were all scrambling to the computer and praying that we could get some tickets to this magical event, right?  IT'S HAPPENING NEXT WEEK!  We'll be getting psyched for it all week long on Shuffle Function, so be sure to request your favorite Mats/Solo Mats material as we gear up for the big event.

On Tuesday 9/9 (also the day that the Beatles mono vinyl is released) The Replacements are apparently appearing on THE TONIGHT SHOW!  Check out this mysterious video they released.  It certainly seems to be hinting that they will be on the program:


How funny is that?  In 1986 they were BANNED from 30 Rock for abusing guest privileges during their anarchic appearance on Saturday Night Live, and Loren Michaels said they couldn't come back until they paid a $1000 bill for "damages".  Now they'll apparently be on The Tonight Show, WHICH IS PRODUCED BY LOREN MICHAELS!

Check out these clips from the original program.  God, I love these fellas!




 
On Friday, September 12th we have a Day Sponsorship courtesy of Slamra Sue from the Mankato Area Derby Girls!  She wants a day of music from The Replacements on the station to get folks psyched for the show, so Shelley and I will be on the air from six a.m. to 1 p.m. playing nothing but The Replacements and solo Replacements material!  Let's celebrate Minnesota's favorite underdogs by calling, texting, and e-mailing requests.  It's gonna be a great day.

And then, of course, there's this on Saturday the 13th...

"The Combo With A Big Band Beat"


If you listen to the morning show then you have heard me going on and on about my massive record organization project I began on Wednesday. While it is a lot of work, I have stumbled across a few long forgotten thrift store finds. The photo above is one of those treasures. It is an album cover that has been "repurposed" to hold an audiodisc recording of Vivian and Lee. The cover is handmade with construction paper, and real photo cut outs.


Does anybody out there know who Vivian and Lee might be? I am guessing Vivian plays the organ, and Lee plays the trumpet. I would also place the date on this in the early 1950's. The four songs that they perform on the 78 album are as follows: St Louis Blues / It Had To Be You / Jealous / Just One More Chance.


This is the 78 that is found inside the record. There are hand made instructions inside as well that explain how to play a 78 speed album on the turntable.I am 99% positive that I bought this in a thrift store somewhere here in Minnesota. Do either of these photos look familiar to you? Is that your Uncle Lee or Grandma Vivian? PLEASE LET ME KNOW!! Drop us an email at shufflefunction@hotmail.com or leave a comment below. Thanks!

Shelley

STOP THE PRESSES!

Thanks to listener Tom for solving this mystery album in record time (see what I did there? record - record? okay let's move on). The Vivian in the picture above is Vivian Boeshaar of Columbus, Ohio.


I am not sure who Lee is, but my guess is he was another performer at the Clarmont. The article I found this in said that Vivian played the organ at the Clarmont for over four decades! She was fond of greeting regulars with their favorite songs as they entered the restaurant, and would take requests and mark birthdays, anniversarys and other celebrations.


Thanks for your help Tom - I will keep this prized record and take it out and give it a spin every once in awhile.

Shelley

Thursday, September 04, 2014

LATE BREAKING NEWS: WIN TICKETS TO SEE MASON JENNINGS AND JEREMY MESSERSMITH!


This weekend is packed.  You guys already know that.  Between Pridefest, Rockbend, and the Mason Jennings/Jeremy Messersmith show Friday night, you just don't know what to make a priority!  Let us help you out by giving away some tickets!

This Friday morning (better known as The Legendary Stardust Cowboy's birthday) we'll have two pairs of tickets to give away for the Jennings/Messersmith show to some lucky listeners!  All you gotta do is listen for your chance to win! 

The numbers are 507-389-5678 or 1-800-456-7810.  Good luck!

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

SONNY FREAKIN KNIGHT, YOU GUYS! SONNY FREAKIN KNIGHT!


SONNY KNIGHT & THE LAKERS!
LIVE AND UNLEASHED!
Rockbend Folk Festival
Saturday, September 6th @ 8:30pm
Minnesota Square Park
St Peter, Minnesota
FREE! FREE! FREE! FREE! FREE! FREE!

You guys really need to go to this show on Saturday night.  Sonny Knight has been kicking around the Minnesota music scene off and on for about 50 years, and he's hit it big with the 2013 release of his album I'm Still Here.  It's an amazing collection of classic R&B, and everything about it exceeds any expectations.  I'm Still Here is a great album.  Do you have it in your collection yet?  If not, WHY NOT?

We first met Sonny via his history with Haze, the mystery band.  In person he's a very introspective guy, but when he hits the stage he's a force of nature.  His band, The Lakers, is TIGHT.  Really solid horns and rhythm.  When he sings "everybody get up and dance" you're gonna be compelled by the power of music to do just that.  You have no other option.  Sonny Knight and The Lakers shows have been receiving rave reviews all across the country, and they have been featured on World Cafe and WBEZ, so that's not too shabby.

Look, all we're saying is that you need to be at this show on Saturday.  It's free, for pete's sake, and the band is gonna knock you on your ass.  That's right!  I said ass!

Here's some great video and audio of Sonny Knight for you guys to digest.  Honestly, it's gonna be a great show.  Don't live with the regret if you pass on it.

Shyboy






Monday, September 01, 2014

YO LA FREAKIN TENGO, YOU GUYS! YO LA FREAKIN TENGO!


Have you seen this yet?  Cuz you should.  YooooooooooooLaFreakinTengo.


Here's some more stuff from the same shoot. YOLAFREAKINTENGO.



YO


LA


FREAKIN'


TENGO