Sunday, November 30, 2014

I WENT TO THE NEW DISCOUNT THEATER AND IT WAS GREAT

These seats look like screaming theater dung
compared to the ones at the new discount theater.

I finally had a chance to head down to the new discount theater in the old Mankato Mall on Sunday.  The original theater that was down there for decades was always a sentimental favorite, regardless of how dumpy and rundown it got.  It was where I saw the original Star Wars (and all its subsequent re-releases), Raider of the Lost Ark, and a million Summer matinees. I was sad when it packed up, and it was a sad thing when the discount theater that followed also packed up.  Empty movie theaters are a terrible thing.

I think this is the second week that the Cine Grand theater has been open in that old location.  While I haven't heard or seen any reports of how attendance has been, I can personally state that the new owners really dolled up the place.  It looks great.  The theaters are gradual stadium seating, the aisle are wide, and the theater seats are honest to god recliners.  A guy could easily conk out in one of them if he isn't careful.  Plus, the tickets are only $3.25, which is nice.

Right now they have some pretty good movies, and I hope this is a trend that continues and sustains the theater.  I saw John Wick there today and it kicked ten kinds of ass, so knock off your Keanu Reeves eye rolls.  They're also showing Nightcrawler, Dear White People, The Book of Life (for families) and Ouija (for fans of terrible horror films).

Anyway.  I like the theater, and I hope it sticks around.  It would be nice to have a great discount theater flourish in this town again.

Shyboy



THE COMPLETE 2014 MST3K TURKEY DAY MARATHON!


I missed out on the live MST3K Turkey Day viewing this year, and only caught bits and pieces throughout the weekend on plutotv.com.  It seemed like I kept catching the same bits over and over, which saddened my fanboy heart.  That's why this post is composed of all the MST3K episodes that aired during the 2014 Turkey Day Marathon.  Because fanboy.

Shyboy




BONUS: Here are all the host segments from the 2014 Turkey Day Marathon!

BRILLIANT PARODY SHOWS US THE MOVIE BULLET WE DODGED


Here we are, a couple of days post-Episode-VII-trailer, and already the parodies are cropping up.  This one in particular really nails it on the head about everything that went wrong with George Lucas and the Star Wars Saga. You don't just put a bunch of digital crap on the screen if the only reason is because you can, right?  What would Episode VII look like if Lucas still had control, you ask?  Watch this trailer and the horrible truth will be revealed!

Shyboy


What do Tom Waits and Yo La Tengo have in common (other than being awesome)?


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Got it figured out yet?

The answer is "this week on KMSU." 

This Tuesday, December 2nd, we will be celebrating Yo La Tengo's 30th Anniversary with all three hours dedicated to this amazing band. It will be an all vinyl extravaganza, and I will be playing a number of deep cuts that I have never played on the show before. If you listen to us often, you know that this is a band that we play on almost a daily basis, so that is saying something! Be sure to tune in for this Shuffle Functioneers. If Yo La Tengo isn't already one of your favorite bands, they probably will be after Tuesday morning's morning show. 



Next up is a Day Sponsorship for Tom Waits. Friday, December 5th, we will be playing Tom Waits all morning on Shuffle Function and throughout the day as well. This marks the second year in a row that we will be celebrating his birthday and his music! We will definitely be asking for your requests throughout the day, so feel free to start emailing them to us at shufflefunction@hotmail.com. The week is looking to be an amazing one - so be sure to help us get the word out, and don't forget to tune in yourselves!

HO HO HO LEDGE - SEND YOUR HOLIDAY GREETINGS TO THE LEGENDARY STARDUST COWBOY


If the snow on the ground and having to scrape the windows of your car hasn't tipped you off to what time of year it is, then this blog post surely will. IT IS TIME TO WISH THE LEGENDARY STARDUST COWBOY A HAPPY HOLIDAY (or whatever kind of celebratory festivity you wish to add). The Ledge is family to us all, so we ask that you include him in your season's greetings mail list. He doesn't have any family members close by and so he usually spends his holidays alone. Way back when, in the early days of Shuffle Function, we asked him if he had any plans for the holidays. He told us he'd be doing what he always did - going to a Seven-Eleven to eat a turkey sandwich, drink a slurpee, and then go home. We knew then that we had to do something, and the idea of the card shower was born. This was our chance to let him know he wasn't alone, and that he and his music is loved all over the world.


We will be giving out his mailing address a bunch on the radio show between now and then, but if you didn't get a chance to write it down when you heard us say it,  here it is for you to use. You can decorate the envelope however you like, he likes lots of stars and spaceships, but here is his address:

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


If you are feeling adventurous, include a self addressed stamped envelope. We cannot guarantee that you will hear back from The Ledge, but the odds are greatly increased that you will. If you do hear back from him, drop us an email and let us know. He has been very inventive with his replies in the past and we love hearing about it. We can't thank you enough for making our favorite cowboy a happy camper. He means the world to us, and we love to hear the excitement in his voice when he calls us during the morning show to let us know about all the cards he is getting. For his birthday this year he told us he got so many cards that the ladies at the post office couldn't believe it! This made him so happy, and a world with a happy Legendary Stardust Cowboy is a better world to live in. Thank you Radio Heroes!

Friday, November 28, 2014

STAR WARS TRAILER! STAR WARS TRAILER!


Oh my dear sweet lord... how many times have I sworn off The Star Wars Universe, only to be pulled back in?  Honestly, I've never hated and resented films as much as I have those prequels, but I'm just spouting sentiment that's overplayed.  At this point I think even the most cynical and heartbroken among us has been filled with traces of hope that the saga can be restored to its former glory, now that George "nobody tells me when I'm wrong" Lucas is out of the game.  Please let this happen.  I can't take more disappointment from these films.

Anyway... I've been waiting all week for the new Star Wars teaser to appear.  Since the new films have been announced I've been doing whatever I can to avoid major spoilers, so this trailer is the first I'm really seeing of anything beyond the casting for the film.  Having watched it, I gotta say THIS LOOKS FRIGGIN' AWESOME.

Right off the bat we've given signs that something is wrong in the Star Wars universe, and we've given reveals of characters we've never seen before.  There's ominous voice over to give us a taste of what's going on, and then... that last shot... oh baby...

Shyboy




Thursday, November 27, 2014

WATCH THE 2014 MST3K TURKEY DAY MARATHON ALL WEEKEND LONG!


I hope everybody had an excellent Thanksgiving, filled with overeating and hours of Beatles Rock Band!  I know I did.  The downside for me was that I missed the live stream of the 2014 Mystery Science Theater 3000 Turkey Day Marathon, but luckily it is streaming all weekend long on plutotv.com!  HINT:  They're showing PUMA MAN!  Head over there and tune in to channel 400.

Enjoy, and have a safe and reasonable Black Friday!

Shyboy

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

THE LAST WALTZ TURNS 38


The Last Waltz occurred on this date in 1976.  It was an epic concert featuring The Band in what would be their last performance with the original lineup, along with a who's who of music legends joining them on stage.  The day even included ballroom dancing and 5000 Thanksgiving dinners.  I don't know what tickets cost, but it seems like folks got their moneys worth.


Last year somebody posted The Last Waltz on YouTube, but not the Martin Scorsese version you're used to.  This is the ENTIRE Last Waltz concert, including songs not available anywhere else.  Even better, it's the original soundboard recordings, so no overdubs here.  It's stunning.  We were listening to some of it at the station the other day, and it knocked us out.  You even get the full Dylan set (skip to the end of part three).  The video is solid, though it is from a single camera at the back of the room.  Bill Graham recorded all the shows that he produced, so this is most likely from the Winterland archives.  

These guys really knew how to throw a farewell bash.

Shyboy



THE FINAL VELVET UNDERGROUND REUNION


There have only been a few Velvet Underground reunions over the years.  The first was for a performance at an Andy Warhol tribute in France for the Cartier foundation.



This led to the inevitable reunion tour across Europe.  I've never been a fan of these performances, and even less so after reading about how tense and messed up the band politics were at this time.



The third reunion occurred after Sterling Morrison died and VU was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  They performed the last ever original Velvets song in Sterling's honor.



The final reunion was at the New York Public Library in 2009 to celebrate a very cool book that had just come out called Velvet Underground: New York Art. It's sort of like The Velvet's Beatles Anthology, because it's filled with amazing photos and memorabilia, as well as memories from the band and those around them.  Velvet Underground: New York Art is a gorgeous artifact.  You could get the standard book, but there was also a limited edition version with a 7" featuring a couple of songs pulled from some of Moe Tucker's acetates.  It's pretty cool.

Anyway, David Fricke from Rolling Stone ran a Q&A with Lou Reed, Moe Tucker, and Doug Yule to celebrate the release of the book.  They talk about the history of the band and its legacy, and it's also interesting just to see the dynamic between the band members.  Right off the bat you can see that Lou defers to Moe, which is interesting.  Not even Lou will mess with Moe.

Shyboy


THE DAY TODAY AND THE BIRTH OF ALAN PARTRIDGE


Shelley watched the entire run of The IT Crowd the other day, which prompted me to start watching the show again.  I stopped watching after about a minute because of this:



The first face you see is that of Denholm Reynholm, played by Chris Morris.  I remember watching the behind the scenes documentaries on the IT Crowd DVDs and hearing Graham Linehan (the show creator) going on about how insanely lucky they were to get Morris on the show, like it was some impossible casting coup or something.  For whatever reason, I didn't go about trying to find out who the hell Chris Morris was then, so I took steps to correct that.

One of Chris Morris' first big projects was a show called The Day Today, a fake news program.  Fake news can be a tricky proposition, because it can come off as self consciously goofy or over the top.  Unless your The Onion you probably should just stay out of the fake news business.  Still, I thought I should see what the big deal was about this guy, so I tracked down the episodes on YouTube.  Turns out Chris Morris is the real deal.  This is funny stuff.


The reason that The Day Today works is because it is presented in a fairly dry fashion.  It presents the fake news in a very serious and professional manner, and that lets the humor stand on its own without any self conscious mugging or "nudge-nudge-we're-so-clever" presentation.  Plus it's very dark and at times surreal.  The fake news should be dark, don't you think?  If you're going to poke fun at the real news, it seems like you need to keep the dark in there.


The writing is strong and the cast is filled with faces that will be familiar to folks that watch a lot of British Comedy.  The most familiar face for most folks will be that of Steve Coogan, and it was on this show that the world was first introduced to Alan Partridge.  I pity you if you don't know Alan Partridge.


The Day Today only ran for one series, but luckily that full series is on YouTube.  GOODBYE, BIG CHUNK OF YOUR DAY!

Shyboy




Monday, November 24, 2014

PROGRAMMING NOTES... for you!

The first poster we ever made for the show!

It's a busy holiday filled week this week, so we have a couple of programming notes for you guys!

THANKSGIVING!

 
We're running an old show on Thursday, because turkey.  We'll be rerunning the Shuffle Function Unbound 10th Anniversary Show, featuring our extensive interview with Rick Hartsoe, the guiding light behind Shuffle Function favorites The Dondero A Cappella Choir and Pop Concert Instruments!  There's gonna be a lot of great stories and music from his 40 years of working with the choir, and we hope you'll enjoy it.

BLACK FRIDAY RECORD STORE DAY




We're running a new (but pre-recorded) show on Friday the 28th, because sleeping off turkey.  Also, it's Black Friday Record Store Day, so Shelley and I have to pay tribute to Tune Town in Mankato.  We're not going to be so request friendly, but you can send us requests via shufflefunction@hotmail.com and we can play them on Monday.

YO LA TENGO TURNS 30



On Tuesday, December 2nd, Yo La Tengo turns 30.  They've packed a whole lot of amazingess into those thirty years, and Shelley is going to pay tribute by packing the morning show with three hours of her favorite Yo La Tengo tracks.  It's gonna be a great day of radio, you guys!


Friday, November 21, 2014

NOVEMBER 28th, 2014: THIRD CHRISTMAS!

 


BLACK FRIDAY
RECORD STORE DAY
Friday, November 28th, 2014

Tune Town
630 North Riverfront Drive
Opens at 9:00a.m.



Third Christmas is nearly here!  Record Store Day has become an epic tradition for music geeks and collectors, and it couldn't be contained to once a year.  Work off your Turkey Day indulgence by power grabbing some amazing RSD exclusives and your favorite Mom and Pop Record Shop!  Independent Record Stores all over the country will have a bunch of new releases that will only be available at their locations, and many of these releases are very limited release.  You snooze, you loose, music geeks!  CHECK OUT THE LIST OF RELEASES!

Tune Town is the Mankato connection for Record Store Day.  It's a great local store run by a great local guy, and stores like Tune Town need to be supported.  Life without a record store sounds horrible, and that's why we'll be busting down the door at nine a.m. to binge buy new vinyl.  Big thanks to Carl for always bringing the awesome to RSD

We'll see you at Tune Town!




Thursday, November 20, 2014

They Might Be Playing They Might Be Giants? Here's the playlist to prove we did!


I cannot begin to describe how amazing yesterday's They Might Be Giants Day Sponsorship was for me. First off, I was able to play music by one of my favorite bands on the radio for nearly seven hours. That alone was enough to make me giddy with music geek joy. But then something happened yesterday that I never expected to happen, YOU. Now don't get me wrong - Shyboy Tim and I ask for listener requests nearly every single time we break to talk on the air. But yesterday was different. Rather than receiving 5 or 6 requests during the morning show, we received probably 50 times that! I couldn't possibly have been a happy camper to hear from so many They Might Be Giants fans from all over the United States and the World. By the time I left to head out for my day job that pays for my radio habits, we had heard from over 25 States and listeners from as far away as Canada, the Netherlands, Austria and London. How cool is that?!! As you will see I played almost 120 They Might Be Giants songs yesterday, and if I had to guess I'd say 95% of those are requests. Good job guys and gals - and a big radio hug and thanks go to our day sponsors Tom and Chantill for their wish to dig up James Ensor.

here is the request sheet I started early on
So here is the playlist of the 6 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
1. Meet James Ensor
2. They Might Be Giants
3. Don't Let's Start
4. Spider
5. The Guitar (The Lion Sleeps Tonight)
6. Doctor Worm
7. The Bells Are Ringing
8. Birdhouse In Your Soul
9. Circular Karate Chop
10. Cyclops Rock
11. Sleeping In The Flowers
12. Violin
13. Cloisonne
14. Meet James Ensor
15. Til My Head Falls Off
16. We Wanna Rock
17. James K. Polk
18. (She Thinks She's) Edith Head
19. Pet Name
20. Fingertips
21. Spacesuit
22. Put Your Hand Inside The Puppet Head
23. Why Does The Sun Shine? (The Sun Is A Mass Of Incandescent Gas)
24. Why Does The Sun Really Shine?
25. Dead
26. Now I know
27. Meet James Ensor
28. Take Out THe Trash
29. It's Kicking In
30. Seven Days A Week (I Don't Want To Go To Work)
31. Lie Still Little Bottle
32. Someone Keeps Moving My Chair
33. A Self Called Nowhere
34. Which Describes How Your Feeling
35. TubThumping
36. Can't Keep Johnny Down
37. She's An Angel
38. Bangs
39. Snowball In Hell
40 Ana Ng
41. Meet The Elements
42. Meet James Ensor
43. Stormy Princess
44. End Of The Tour
45. Exquisite Dead Guy
46. Certain People I Could Name
47. Judy Is Your Vietnam
48. Narrow Your Eyes
49. Dirt Bike
50. New York City
51. (She Was A) Hotel Detective
52. Whistling In The Dark
53. Whistling In The Dark
54. Birdhouse In Your Soul
55. Robot Parade
56. Countrecoup
57. Mr. Me
58. Man It's So Loud In Here
59. Meet James Ensor
60. They'll Need A Crane
61. Cage and Aquarium
62. Hide Away Folk Family
63. L-M-N-O
64. Boss Of Me
65. Istanbul (Not Constantinople)
66. Minimum Wage
67. Particle Man
68. Fingertips
69. How Can I Sing Like A Girl?
70. AKA Driver
71. Purple Toupee
72. Damn Good Times
73. Fun Assassin
74. With The Dark
75. Hey Mr DJ I Thought We Had A Deal
76. Dead
77. Got Getting Up So Down
78. Til My Head Falls Off
79. Everything Right Is Wrong Again
80. Another First Kiss
81. They Might Be Giants


The Playlist from 6 to 7 p.m.
1. Meet James Ensor
2. She's An Angel
3. (She Thinks She's) Edith Head
4. Now I Know
5. The Guitar (The Lion Sleeps Tonight)
6. The Spiraling Shape
7. Another First Kiss
8. Where Do They Make Balloons?
9. Reprehensible
10. Fun Assassin
11. Never Knew Love
12. The World's Address
13. Boat Of Car (with the Other Thing Brass Band)
14. Particle Man (with school children)
15. Exquisite Dead Guy
16. Til My Head Falls Off
17. Operators Are Standing By
18. I Should Be Allowed To Think
19. Ca't Keep Johnny Down
20. Snowball In Hell
21. Don't Let's Start
22. Empty Bottle Collector

Thanks again to all of you for sharing your stories, memories and song requests. I will never forget this day!

Shelley

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS: THE MANIFESTO!


Solemn James Ensor Death Day, everyone!  We've begun our They Might Be Giants Day Sponsorship, and already we've received texts and e-mails from Canada and The Netherlands!  Where are you listening in from?  Text us at call or text us at 507-389-5678 or call 1-800-456-7810 and let us know!  You can also drop us an e-mail at shufflefunction@hotmail.com. 

Don't forget to give us your requests!  We already have a long list, but Shelley will be live until 11:30 this morning, and we'll have hosts playing songs throughout the rest of the day.  Shelley's Meow Meow show at six p.m CST will also be playing a full hour of TMBG, so be sure to tune in.  Thanks to all of you for your support, and thanks to John and John from They Might Be Giants for being so damn awesome!

Here's a photo of Tom and Chantill, radio heroes and TMBG fans!


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

MEET JAMES ENSOR, BELGIUM'S FAMOUS PAINTER



James Sidney Edouard, Baron Ensor (13 April 1860 – 19 November 1949) was a Belgian painter and printmaker, an important influence on expressionism and surrealism who lived in Ostend for almost his entire life. He was associated with the artistic group Les XX.



Ensor's father, James Frederic Ensor, born in Brussels of English parents, was a cultivated man who studied engineering in England and Germany.   Ensor's mother, Maria Catherina Haegheman, was Belgian. Ensor himself lacked interest in academic study and left school at the age of fifteen to begin his artistic training with two local painters. From 1877 to 1880, he attended the Academie Royale des Beaux Arts in Brussels, where one of his fellow students was Fernand Khnopff. Ensor first exhibited his work in 1881. From 1880 until 1917, he had his studio in the attic of his parents' house. His travels were very few: three brief trips to France and two to the Netherlands in the 1880s, and a four-day trip to London in 1892.

 

During the late 19th century much of his work was rejected as scandalous, particularly his painting Christ's Entry Into Brussels in 1889 (1888–89), but his paintings continued to be exhibited, and he gradually won acceptance and acclaim. In 1895 his painting The Lamp Boy (1880) was acquired by the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium in Brussels, and he had his first solo exhibition in Brussels.  By 1920 he was the subject of major exhibitions; in 1929 he was named a Baron by King Albert, and was the subject of the Belgian composer Flor Alpaerts's James Ensor Suite; and in 1933 he was awarded the band of the L├ęgion d'honneur. Even in the first decade of the 20th century, however, his production of new works was diminishing, and he increasingly concentrated on music—although he had no musical training, he was a gifted improviser on the harmonium, and spent much time performing for visitors.   Against the advice of friends, he remained in Ostend during World War II despite the risk of bombardment. In his old age he was an honored figure among Belgians, and his daily walk made him a familiar sight in Ostend. He died there after a short illness, on 19 November 1949.

All of this is just to say that on Wednesday, November 19th, we're marking his passing with a day full of THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS!  What better tribute to Belgium's famous painter than to play music by the one band in the world with THE GUTS to put his life into song!


Grandmaster Flash Tom (of Grandmaster Flash Tom and Chantill fame) is our KMSU Day sponsor on that day, and he had THE GUTS to ask that we play loads of They Might Be Giants.  Our answer:  Yes.  Yes, we will.  Tune in all day long on KMSU 89.7fm/KMSK 91.3fm/kmsu.org and get your fill of They Might Be Giants.  It's gonna be amazing.


Thanks for the Ensor info, Wikipedia!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

TOO MANY COOKS (OR BETTER LATE THAN NEVER)


Damn.  I was so tied up with the pledge drive and all the craziness that surrounds it that I never got this posted, and now it has been out for the internet equivalent of decades and I look like a late adopter.  I'm going to post this anyway, because I want it on the blog, dammit.  This piece encapsulates so much of what I love about Adult Swim.  It's weird, gross, and completely random.  What more could you want from AS?

Yep.  It's Too Many Cooks, you kids!  Can't... get... song... out of head...


Too Many Cooks aired during the four a.m. Infomercial slot on Adult Swim, a place where really wonderful one offs go to live.  Most networks would just abandon this slot and actually fill it with infomercials or reruns, but AS actually bothers to create interesting content for for that random hour, and it pays off.

Here are some of my favorites from the Infomercial slot, and at a reasonable hour of the day, too!

Shyboy


WEDNESDAY IS NEIL YOUNG'S BIRTHDAY!


THIS WEDNESDAY!  SO MUCH NEIL YOUNG!

It's Neil Young's birthday on the 12th, and luckily Guse is doing his Day Sponsor in Neil's honor.  Call (or text) 507-389-5678 or 1-800-456-7810 with your requests, or drop us an e-mail at shufflefunction@hotmail.com.  Give us a head's up if there's anything you want to hear, too!  We have a lot, but we don't have everything, and that'll give us time to scrounge around for your request.


Monday, November 10, 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MR. HARTSOE!


Happy birthday to Mr. Hartsoe, KMSU's favorite choir director!  His birthday was this past Sunday, and in honor of it we played loads of Dondero A Cappella Choir performances during the morning show today.  Just in case you missed it, here's a video presentation we put together for Grind-Fu Cinema a few years ago.  It's an hour and a half of incredible Dondero performances, and we really think it's gonna rock your world.

Let the sun shine in!


Saturday, November 08, 2014

THE BEST LABEL AND THE BEST SHOW (ON WFMU) UNITE!


One of the first things I did after discovering WFMU was to browse their schedule.  I immediately noticed a show called The Best Show On WFMU, and thought "how insanely arrogant to call your show 'The Best Show' on a station like WFMU!"  It turns out that it wasn't just a clever name.  Each week Tom Scharpling would bring amazing laughs and music to the airwaves, and in the process he built a tremendous reputation as one of the funniest and most inventive radio humorists working today.  His work with Jon Wurster was wildly inventive, and together they created a world of memorable characters like Ronald Thomas Clontle, author of Rock, Rot & Rule:



Rock, Rot and Rule was their first major long form comedy piece, and it gained quite a bit of notoriety.  For the next decade and a half they developed a reputation among top humorists and comedians for having the sharpest comedic sensibility on the airwaves.  The Best Show ended its run in December of 2013, but now you can experience some of its best bits on a new compilation coming out next year called Scharpling and Wurster: The Best of the Best Show Box Set.  Yes, the best label in the world is putting out a collection of best bits from The Best Show on WFMU.  75 comedy pieces over SIXTEEN CDs.  Numero Group obviously knows quality, and now Scharpling and Wurster are getting the deluxe treatment.  Pre-orders even get a piece of the phone that was used during the recording of Rock, Rot and Rule!


This is already good news for Best Show fans, but now there's even better news:  THE BEST SHOW IS RETURNING.  Sometime in November you'll be able to once again catch The Best Show on WFMU on the WFMU schedule. We're sure to be talking about their return on the show, so stay tuned for news.  Additional good news is that Scharpling and Wurster did an infomercial for Adult Swim's 4:00am Infomercial time slot.  It's a fictional tourism ad for the community of Newbridge they created for The Best Show.  More genius!



Shyboy

Friday, November 07, 2014

KMSU RECORD PARTY CANCELLED DUE TO OVERWHELMING SUCCESS!


YOU DID IT!  YOUR GENEROSITY HELPED END THE 
2014 FALL PLEDGE DRIVE TWO DAYS EARLY!

Thanks, Radio Heroes!  You have once again humbled us by helping KMSU conquer an intimidating pledge drive goal.  I feel like I could say thank you over and over, and I probably will because words are failing me.  But thank you.  For realz.

Sadly, this means the KMSU Record Party has been called off.  Thanks to Bob who very generously donated the Here There Be Dragons timeslot, and apologies that the Record Party cancellation resulted in a rerun.  We probably couldn't have brought the intensity that HTBD requires, so it's just as well!

There will be other days and other records, and the truth of the matter is that is mostly because of you guys.  We'll have to go vinyl crazy and make it up to you. 

Again, thanks x infinity symbol.  Smiley emoticon.

Shyboy

KMSU RECORD PARTY TONIGHT!


Tune in to KMSU throughout the day to hear lots of your favorite hosts pitching together to try and wrap up the 2014 Fall Pledge Drive.  I'm pretty sure it's the 10th anniversary of Midwest Beatdown, too, so tune in for a rare live edition tonight!  After that, it's gonna be a big ol' KMSU Record Party, with hosts spinning some of their favorite vinyl acquisitions.  I'm pretty certain that a high percentage of these hosts will be going the KMSU Record Expedition this February, and you can, too!

Vinyl Animation 10

What is the KMSU Record Expedition?  If you pledge $200 during the 2014 Fall Pledge Drive you can hop on a bus full of KMSU show hosts and fellow music geeks when they go to the Twin Cities to hunt for sweet sweet vinyl!  The Expedition is on February 7th, and starts at Tune Town in Mankato, where Carl will open the doors early for some pre-trip digging.  The bus will then head up to Treehouse Records, Hymies, and Roadrunner Records, before going to the Minneapolis Record Show.  All of these places are high octane record buying experiences, and you're going to have a blast.  We'll wrap it up with a trip to the Harriet Brewery Tap Room, where we can compare our hauls.

BUT WAIT!  THERE'S MORE!  On Thursday, February 12th, you can join KMSU hosts LIVE on the radio as we all get together to play our finds!  Honestly, this is going to be so much fun, you guys.  PLUS, YOU GET THE KMSU MUSIC GEEK CAP!  I better stop before I get dizzy.  We hope you will join us for the first ever KMSU Record Expedition!

Thanks again for all your support, Radio Heroes!  Together we make great radio.

Shyboy

POLKA TIL YOU PLEDGE? YES YOU DID!

Concertina Hall of Famer Ambrose Kodet is sporting a KMSU Music Geek cap!

WOW.  What a tremendous morning, you guys!  Not only did we set a record for Polka Til You Puke Pledges, but we set a record for Shuffle Function Morning Show pledges!  Through a remarkable combination of amazing listeners and generous challenge grants, KMSU raised $3500 this morning!  We're still waiting for the most recent pledge drive tally, but we should be somewhere past the $20,000 mark.  Thanks, you guys!

We have a total drive goal of $25,000, and Gully said if we hit that remaining $5000 he won't add it to the Spring total.  WE NEED THIS TO HAPPEN!  Please call KMSU at 507-389-5678 or 1-800-456-7810 and make your pledge.  You can put it on a credit card, be billed, or even make payments.  It only takes a moment and then you're done.  Check out the cool swag we're offering as thank you gifts!