Tuesday, December 30, 2014

SHUFFLE FUNCTION PLAYLIST FOR DECEMBER 22 - 26, 2014

DECEMBER 22, 2014  (2684)


DECEMBER 23, 2014  (2685)


DECEMBER 24, 2014  (2686)


DECEMBER 25, 2014  
archival footage of Shuffle Function

DECEMBER 26, 2014  (2687)


Monday, December 29, 2014

INCREDIBLE FOOTAGE FROM INSIDE HENRY DARGER'S APARTMENT


For forty or so years a man lived quietly and virtually anonymously in an apartment inside the building you see above.  When he became too ill to care for himself, he was moved to a nursing home, and that's when the world became aware of the incredible art and writing he had produced.  This man was Henry Darger.

 
For decades Henry Darger wrote and illustrated a 15,000 page novel entitled The Story of the Vivian Girls, in What is Known as the Realms of the Unreal, of the Glandeco-Angelinian War Storm, Caused by the Child Slave Rebellion.  This despite the fact that he had no training in art or writing.  Darger's fantastical story revolves around the heroic Vivan Girls and their battles against the child slavery imposed by the Glandelinians.  To hear and read the text is a riveting experience, but to see the illustrations is an entirely different matter.

Click on the image to have your mind blown!

Darger's illustrations are massive scrolls, some of which were up to 30 feet long and double sided.  He would often trace his figures from magazines and newspapers, and his use of color was vibrant and pretty damn good, despite his lack of training.  I've only seen one of his illustrations in person, at an exhibit at The Walker, and I couldn't pull myself away from it.  This is partly because the work was so powerful, but it was also because his work is so mysterious.  What drove this man, who by all accounts was simple and lived a fairly hard life, to create such massive and compulsive works of art in complete secrecy for his entire life?



Biographical information for Henry Darger is mainly pulled from a 206 page autobiography that eventually turned into a 4000+ page novel about a tornado called Sweetie Pie.  It seems that much of his life he viewed himself as a protector of children, and that served as inspiration for the story of The Vivian Girls.  He was institutionalized as a child, he was a runaway, and he was a janitor for the majority of his life.  A janitor with one hell of an internal life.


Darger passed away in 1973 at the age of 81, leaving only three known photos of himself and a massive body of work.  His art has exhibited all around the world and is in the permanent collections of major art museums.  One gallery, The Intuit in Chicago, built a recreation of his apartment to give some context to his work.  The recreation gives a sense of the cramped and cluttered environment that he lived in, but it is relatively controlled compared to images of the actual apartment, which was filled with newspapers, magazines, scrapbooks, and scores of other things that Henry collected throughout his life.


Dangerous Minds just posted some footage I have never seen before that was shot in 1973 not long after Henry was moved out of his apartment.  The silent Super 8 film was shot to document the living environment that Darger worked out of, and it offers a rare look into the world of a true Outsider artist.  You'll see lots of random images of his art, writing, scrapbooks... basically you'll see his entire world.  It's riveting.



Once you're done with the footage, you should watch the documentary In The Realms Of The Unreal, which attempts to pull back the veil of mystery surrounding Henry Darger and his work.  It's a great film for art lovers and folks that love mystery.  How many other other people like Darger have never been discovered?  How many were discovered and never appreciated?  The world should be grateful that his landlord was a photographer and recognized just what Henry had created.  If the landlord was some slumlord that work would have just ended up in a dumpster and we wouldn't be talking about this amazing work today.  That's a pretty depressing thought.



Shyboy

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, PAUL WESTERBERG!


NEW YEARS EVE
PAUL WESTERBERG
BIRTHDAY BLOWOUT!

Wednesday, December 31st
from six to nine a.m.
KMSU 89.7fm/KMSK 91.3fm/kmsu.org

The end of 2014 is nearly here, and we're gonna end it with tradition.  We're big on tradition up here, especially when it involves the birthday of a musician that we love.  New Years Eve is Paul Westerberg's birthday, so we're going over the top with PW and The Replacements.  Request stuff now so we can get it into the playlist!  Call or text 507-389-5678, call 1-800-456-7810, or send us an e-mail at shufflefunction@hotmail.com.



Wednesday, December 24, 2014

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM SHUFFLE FUNCTION AND MANCAMP THE HAMSTER!


Have a great Xmas (or whatever you wanna celebrate), you guys!  Mancamp the Hamster just sent us his holiday photo, so we're sharing it with you.  Thanks for all the great requests this Holiday season.  You helped make the playlist excellent, plus you helped Mancamp bulk up for his Santa costume.

I'll be solo on Friday morning, so if there's something special you want me to play on the show just send me an e-mail and I'll see what I can do for you.

Shyboy

Monday, December 22, 2014

THE BEST PART OF WAKING UP IS PAUL STANLEY IN YOUR CUP! (ewwww....)


FROM THE 'WHO THE HELL CAST THIS' DEPARTMENT:

Did you guys know Paul Stanley did a commercial for Folger's Coffee?  ME NEITHER!  It was shot in 2000, and it features him surrounded by circus folks as he sings rhapsodies about instant coffee.  The best part is that it totally lives up to that description.  Also, it was never released.

I'm guessing the only reason he was cast was because at the time Paul was starring in Phantom Of The Opera on Broadway.  The only other reason would be because he's in KISS, and I can't imagine anybody thinking they'd be great for selling coffee.  Nothing but love for KISS, but no.

Anyway, the commercial was unreleased until the interwebs worked their magic for us.  THANKS, INTERWEBS!

Shyboy


Sunday, December 21, 2014

SEASONS GREETINGS FROM THE LEGENDARY STARDUST COWBOY!


The Legendary Stardust Cowboy has been a good friend to Shuffle Function and KMSU for as long as we've been doing the show.  A few years ago he was kind enough to record this special Christmas greeting for you, and he nailed it.  Did it in one take, just like Ol' Blue Eyes!  Hope you guys enjoy it.  It's pretty great.


And don't forget!  You can still send send Season's Greetings to Ledge!  Here's his address:

Norman Carl Odam
Legendary Stardust Cowboy
PO Box 730742
San Jose, CA  95173

Saturday, December 20, 2014


we are all caught up with the playlists now

goodnight everybody

SHUFFLE FUNCTION PLAYLISTS FOR DECEMBER 15 - 19, 2014

DECEMBER 15, 2014  (2679)

 
DECEMBER 16, 2014  (2680)


DECEMBER 17, 2014  (2681)


DECEMBER 18, 2014  (2682)
CAPTAIN BEEFHEART DAY SPONSOR


DECEMBER 19, 2014  (2683)


SHUFFLE FUNCTION PLAYLIST FOR DECEMBER 8 - 12, 2013

DECEMBER 8, 2014  (2674)
"Don't Old Brown Shoe It" day

 
DECEMBER 9, 2014  (2675)


DECEMBER 10, 2014  (2676)


DECEMBER 11, 2014  (2677)


DECEMBER 12, 2014  (2678)


SHUFFLE FUNCTION PLAYLIST FOR DECEMBER 1 - 5, 2014

DECEMBER 1, 2014  (2669)


DECEMBER 2, 2014  (2670)
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY YO LA TENGO!


DECEMBER 3, 2014  (2671)


DECEMBER 4, 2014  (2672)


DECEMBER 5, 2014  (2673)
TOM WAITS DAY SPONSOR


SHUFFLE FUNCTION PLAYLIST FOR NOVEMBER 24 - 28, 2014

NOVEMBER 24, 2014  (2664)
Bob Rosel Family Day Sponsor


NOVEMBER 25, 2014  (2665)
Charlie Parr Day Sponsor


NOVEMBER 26, 2014  (2666)


NOVEMBER 27, 2014  (2667)

Archival Shuffle Function Footage for Thanksgiving

NOVEMBER 28, 2014  (2668)


SHUFFLE FUNCTION PLAYLIST FOR NOVEMBER 17 - 21, 2014

NOVEMBER 17, 2014  (2659)

NOVEMBER 18, 2014  (2660)


NOVEMBER 19, 2014  (2661)
They Might Be Giants Day Sponsorship



NOVEMBER 20, 2014  (2662)


NOVEMBER 21, 2014  (2663)


SHUFFLE FUNCTION PLAYLIST FOR NOVEMBER 10 - 14, 2014

NOVEMBER 10, 2014  (2654)


NOVEMBER 11, 2014  (2655)


NOVEMBER 12, 2014  (2656)


NOVEMBER 13, 2014  (2657)


NOVEMBER 14, 2014  (2658)


SHUFFLE FUNCTION PLAYLIST FOR NOVEMBER 3 - 7, 2014

NOVEMBER 3, 2014  (2649)


NOVEMBER 4, 2014  (2650)


NOVEMBER 5, 2014  (2651)


NOVEMBER 6, 2014  (2652)


NOVEMBER 7, 2014  (2653)