Saturday, February 28, 2015
I thought this day would never get here. On Sunday, March 1st, Fox is premiering The Last Man On Earth, the new comedy featuring Will Forte (one of the Many Loves of Shyboy Tim). For my money, Forte is one of the funniest guys on earth, which means that at least the end times will have laughs. He's a great comedy actor, and his nuanced work on SNL brought an edge to sketches that I haven't seen many other actors deliver. I have to believe that this is going to be one funny show.
THE PROBLEM: The Last Man On Earth is airing in the same time slot as The Walking Dead! It's like some kind of apocalyptic TV show death wish or something. This will be tough, but if Will Forte delivers then the show will have some legs. We'll be watching this instead of The Walking Dead this week, because Will Forte.
Have I mentioned lately that I love Will Forte? I do. I love Will Forte.
And just because, here's one of the funniest things I've ever seen on Saturday Night Live. THE POTATO CHIP SKETCH!
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Friday, February 27, 2015
For a man best known for playing a character that squashed his human emotions, Leonard Nimoy's passing sure has made many of us emotional. I am a Star Trek fan - not necessarily a fan who could tell you the dimensions and schematics of the Starship Enterprise - but a fan who did buy lots of Star Trek novels while I was in my formative years. I'll admit that I was always a Dr. McCoy lover, but some of McCoy's best moments happened around Spock's character. McCoy was a hot-headed man who wore his heart on his sleeve, and Spock would only express how he felt with a logical lift of his eyebrow. They made excellent foils, and better friends, and I loved every minute of it.
When Leonard Nimoy began hosting the seminal TV show, "In Search Of...." he became a rock star in my eyes. It was this show that first introduced me to the mysteries of Atlantis, The Bermuda Triangle, Ancient Aliens, the Abominable Snowman, the Loch Ness Monster, and most importantly, Bigfoot. This is where my fascination began, I owe my lifelong love of all things Bigfoot to Leonard Nimoy's ability to scare the crap out of me and intrigue me at the same time.
Leonard Nimoy passed away today in his home with family. He will certainly be missed. We have already received a number of requests for his music. We will certainly play some on Monday's show. If you have a favorite feel free to drop us an email at email@example.com or leave a comment below. Here is one of my favorites -
Thursday, February 26, 2015
Today is Johnny Cash's birthday and we have been playing his music all morning on Shuffle Function. In fact, on tonight's 6 p.m. show we also hand the playlist over to Mr. Cash. Wish brings me to assigning your homework for the day. Please watch this video.
If you are familiar with this song, you know that it is a cover of Nine Inch Nail's "Hurt". Recorded in 2002, it went on to be awarded video of the year. NME named it "Best Video Ever" in 2011. I'd heard that Trent Reznor loved Cash's version of his song, but this morning I found this quote:
I pop the video in, and wow... Tears welling, silence, goose-bumps... Wow. [I felt like] I just lost my girlfriend, because that song isn't mine anymore... It really made me think about how powerful music is as a medium and art form. I wrote some words and music in my bedroom as a way of staying sane, about a bleak and desperate place I was in, totally isolated and alone. [Somehow] that winds up reinterpreted by a music legend from a radically different era/genre and still retains sincerity and meaning — different, but every bit as pure.
Johnny Cash, always a larger than life character, appears quite fragile and frail in this video. Three months after it's completion, June Carter Cash passed away. Four months after that Johnny Cash died. But we will always have this video.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Here's a rare experience for all you movie geeks out there! The Heights Theater in Minneapolis is screening a 70mm print of Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo. It's rare enough to see Vertigo, but to see it in the original 70mm projection is even more rare. Don't miss out on this opportunity to see one of the greatest films ever made the way it was meant to be seen. You should probably pre-order the tickets, because this screening will definitely sell out.
VERTIGO IN 70MM
Thursday, May 14th @ 7:30pm
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Monday, February 23, 2015
2015 is turning into an excellent year to be a They Might Be Giants fan! Not only have they been giving us (at least) one new song a week through Dial-A-Song, but today they are giving out a free live album recorded in Australia! Give them your e-mail and you'll get a link to the live album download. They last time they did this it was a link to a show where they played their first album in its entirety, and this time it's the entire Flood album... played in reverse. THANKS, TMBG!
Sunday, February 22, 2015
Friday, February 20, 2015
WHO WANTS TO WIN SOME BOOKS?
This morning we have been answering phone calls from listeners trying to win something from the JOY FM radio station in Florida. We have the same long distance phone number except for one digit, and whenever they are doing give - aways we end fielding a lot of their callers. In the past we have always just told them "Sorry wrong number" and sent them on their way, but recently we have begun interacting a bit with the Floridians. Two weeks ago we gave away 7 Baby Things Not For Babys, when they were giving away 7 baby things. Today is the JOY FM' Friday Free For All, and they are giving away books. We can do that too!
We will be giving away 7 books (pictured above) to the 7th caller between 8:25 and 8:30 this morning. The only catch - you will have to come up to the station during the morning show to pick up your prize. Otherwise it don't cost you nothing! Listen for the Legendary Stardust Cowboy Rooster Crow at 8:25 am ish - then be the 7th caller to win.
DIAL THESE NUMBERS TO WIN:
389 - 5678
good luck (babys need not try)!!!
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Today marks 35 years since Bon Scott staggered off the mortal plane. We love our Bon Scott era AC/DC, so we'll be playing a bunch of it on the show this morning. While you're out there remembering him in whatever filthy manner that seems fitting, you should head to youtube and look at some live clips of him and the band tearing it up. They do one thing and they do it better than any other band out there.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
FIVE KARATE MOVES TO SUCCESS
- Make Something
- Learn Something
- Karate Chop Something
- Try Something New
- Be Nice To Someone
"You are going to jog a lot. I cannot stress that enough. If you feel like 'I get it. I'm gonna jog a lot'... NOT EVEN CLOSE."
It has been held every year for over a decade, but somehow this is the only picture I can find from an actual Scootermas. Surely there must be other photos, but I dunno... the veil of secrecy that surround the Scootermas tradition is heavy. Not really.
This is the FIFTEENTH year that Scootermas has been held. The origins of the holiday begin with a little boy that never had birthday or Christmas celebrations when he was growing up. After he reached adulthood he found some friends that couldn't deal with this fact and they decided that he needed his own special day to make up for all those lost gift giving opportunities. BOOM. Scootermas.
It used to be that Scootermas fell on whatever day could be conveniently scheduled, but in the last few years it was decided that it should always fall on Academy Awards weekend. This year we're celebrating Scootermas on February 21st and 22nd. Expect nothing but film, food, and friendship for 48 hours.
THE ELEMENTS OF SCOOTERMAS
The key element of Scootermas is film. Each participant spends part of their year scouring the planet for new and interesting things to blow the minds of those attending. Good, bad, weird, it doesn't matter. As long as they don't completely suck. Past failures have been used as a source of humiliation for the person that subjected the others to it. Phrases like "Don't Idiocracy it" or "You really Life On Mars'd it" have become part of the vernacular. Other things have become tradition, like watching the entire Yacht Rock series. Look, just have fun, o.k.?
The second and third key elements are food and refreshments. We've become a serious beer group, and we try to find new and exotic brews to sample. You can always count on Mexican Coca Cola making an appearance, too. Just make sure it's good. Nothing less than the best for Scootermas.
Fourth is Nerf Dart Guns. These are essential for the fifth element, which is the Academy Awards. The Awards just gets this mention here, because it's really the excuse for when Scootermas is scheduled. You can't watch the Academy Awards, however, without Nerf Dart Guns. Without them, how can you properly register your disgust when Celine Dion comes on to sing a song, or when your favorite nominee gets robbed? You NEED to let loose a volley of dart flavored revenge upon the TV screen. This is America, after all.
We've been looking forward to Scootermas for a long time. It's a great excuse to let off some steam and just forget about any of the troubles that the world drops on your doorstep. Everybody needs a day (or days) like this. Happy Scootermas, everyone!
Sunday, February 15, 2015
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Saturday, February 14, 2015
Don't even get me started about this day. Instead, let me direct your attention to the latest edition of All Star Celebrity Bowling, which pits the Nerdist team against The Cornetto Trilogy All Stars! You get Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost, PLUS Steve Jones from the Sex Pistols! Pretty cool company to keep.
I gotta get back to my tub of ice cream. This Nicholas Sparks marathon aint gonna watch itself!
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Saturday Night Live will be airing its 40th Anniversary Special on NBC. From 7 to 10pm CST they'll be bombarding us with returning cast members, new live material, and legendary archival performances. It's sure to be a show for the ages, and comedy geeks to not want to miss out on this once in a lifetime (except for streaming and DVD and wherever else you can watch it endlessly) experience.
There have been so many iconic moments on SNL, and they have been some of the most influential moments in U.S. comedy, so I really have no idea why I decided to do this post about Laser Cats. I think it's funny! WHAT?!!!!
Nerds, I present to you THE COMPLETE LASER CATS!
HEY GANG! IT'S MICHAEL McDONALD'S BIRTHDAY! Get us your Silver Fox requests this morning on the show between six and nine a.m. Call 507-389-5678 or 1-800-456-7810 and let us know what you want to hear.
Also, today only, you can become a card carrying Michael of the Michael MiMcDonald Society of Silver Fox Impersonators! We normally require people to join in person so we can get their picture with the above album cover, but since it's the Silver Fox's birthday we're making this exception. Call us and give us your best Michael McDonald impersonation, and you will become a member! You'll be assigned a Michael number, and we'll mail you your Michaelship card. It's an exclusive but growing organization, so don't miss this convenient opportunity!
In honor of this special day, here's the two part What's Happening, where Rerun gets busted bootlegging a Doobie Brothers concert! Have a great Michael McDonald's birthday, everyone!
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
You guys... you guys you guys you guys... The KMSU Record Expedition was SO FUN! A bus full of DJs and Music Geeks hopped a bus to the Twin Cities and went crazy on the vinyl all day long. We knew it would be a blast, but it went beyond any expectations. Between amazing record finds folks had time to document what went down. Big thanks to Tom and Amy for being quick with a camera!
Don't forget to tune in THIS THURSDAY from six to nine p.m. as the folks from the expedition spin their sweet vinyl finds live on KMSU! It's the perfect end to a perfect trip.
Everybody met at Tune Town, Mankato's very own independent record store. Carl opened early so folks could do some pre-trip browsing.
The first stop in Twin Cities was the Record Show, which is held at the VFW on Lyndale. The place was packed with wall to wall vendors. You couldn't take a step without finding something you shouldn't live with out but simply could not afford.
Stop two was just a short walk away, as the group headed to Treehouse Records (formerly Oar Folkjokeopus, where bands like Husker Du and The Replacements would hang out. Ever heard of them?)
PIT STOP: The legendary CC Club for a late breakfast and refreshments.
Stop number three was Roadrunner Records, a small but glorious shop on Nicollet Avenue South. There's always something waiting to be discovered at Roadrunner.
Last shop on the bill was Hymie's Vintage Records on East Lake. Hymie's has a remarkable selection of used vinyl, and they just started putting out their own records. This shop is so cool they made Rolling Stone's list of the top 30 Record Stores in America!
The final stop on the expedition was the Harriet Brewing Tap Room, where this fuzzy little fella watched over the proceedings.