Sunday, June 28, 2015

A GREAT SHORT FILM FROM FORMER KATO GUY


FROM THE 'THIS IS REALLY COOL' DEPARTMENT:  The Shuffle Function Morning Show has been on the air for almost eleven years, and we've met some great folks in that time.  They come and they go, and every once in a while we'll cross paths with them after some time has passed and get a chance to catch up.  It's pretty cool.

One of the folks we've met is Travis Calvert.  Back in the day we used to call Travis 'Ram'.  I'm not entirely sure why at this point, but my gut tells me it has something to do with Harvey Sid Fisher.  Travis has had an extraordinary opportunity recently, and my gut tells me that you guys will really love it.  He entered a contest run by Jameson Whiskey to write and direct a short film.  Three finalists were chosen to make their film, which would star Adrien Brody and be produced by Kevin Spacey's Trigger Street Productions.  As luck would have it, Travis was one of the three finalists.

One of the great things about Facebook (hint: it's not selfies) is that sometimes you're able to hear about really amazing things that happen in people's lives, and Travis was kind enough to share bits and pieces of his experience making the film.  It has been interesting, and FINALLY the world has the opportunity to see what he came up with.

Travis' film is called The Library Book, and it takes place in a small library that is going to close because it has lost funding.  I don't want to tell you any more than that, because what happens in this film is pretty wonderful.  In a world that is all ME ME ME, Travis' film makes you really want more US. 



The film had its big premiere just last week and now it's on YouTube for us to watch and share.  I hope you guys like it.  Travis dun good, right?

Shyboy

FUN FACT:  The song heard at the end of the film is by Mankatoan Dave Begalka!


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

CHRIS GETHARD NEEDS A NAP


About a week ago I posted about the strange and reassuring game Chris Gethard Hug Out, and already I'm writing more about Chris and his crazy awesome show.  Episode 3 just went live on the Fusion website, and it's a total blast.  In this episode, Chris and several other folks from the show went for 36 hours without sleep and then taped their show.  As a morning show host and radio marathon veteran, this is something that speaks to me.  Seth Meyer is the guest, and he's incredibly supportive, particularly when delivering monologue jokes that Chris wrote in his sleep deprived state.

There's so much in this episode that captures what I've always loved about The Chris Gethard Show.  It has humor, anarchy, and a ton of heart.  I really love this show, and I hope you guys will like it, too.  My guess is that this will be the episode that makes you fall in love or drives you away forever.

Shyboy


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

GRIND-FU BRINGS THE FULL ON WEIRD THIS SATURDAY!


GRIND-FU CINEMA PRESENTS
THE UNDERTAKER AND HIS PALS
with
DRIVE-IN MASSACRE
Saturday, June 27th @ 7:00pm
Wiecking 220 Auditorium
on the campus of Minnesota State University, Mankato
FREE! FREE! FREE! FREE! FREE!

The June Grind-Fu double bill is weird, gruesome, in poor taste, and hilarious.  It features films of varying budgets and qualities, but both titles are wildly entertaining.  Let's explore, shall we?


The Undertaker and His Pals (1966)
Directed by T.L.P. Swicegood

This film was one of the first wave of full-on gore films that was kicked off by Herschell Gordon Lewis' Blood Feast.  There's loads of gore, a very low budget, and all kinds of super dark humor.  We screened The Undertaker and His Pals a few years ago, and it was an unexpected hit.  It's such an ideal Grind-Fu Cinema film.  Here's the trailer for it.  Apparently they inserted medical footage into it for sensationalism, but none of that made the final cut.  ENJOY!



This is a film that plays to its strengths, and most of those are its total and complete lack of strengths in areas usually associated with a quality film.  The Undertaker and His Pals is "an expose of THE YOUNGER GENERATION!  That SICK generation!" Now how much would you pay?  If there answer is nothing, then you are in luck!

BUT WAIT!  THERE'S MORE!



Drive-In Massacre (1977)
Directed by Stu Segall

There was a wave of change sweeping over the home video rental market as VHS tapes began to be replaced by DVDs.  Many of the rental shops either went out of business or they gradually replaced their tapes with discs.  Entrepreneurs would snatch up the phased out stock and make a mint selling them at pop up sales that would move from town to town.

The great thing about these video sales is that you would often find really obscure and weird stuff that was rushed out to cash in on the blossoming rental market.  Many times these were movies of questionable quality and exceptionally limited release, so for movie geeks these sales were a chance to find films you had only ever read about.  The prices were reasonable enough that you could afford to pick up some lurid looking horror film for a few bucks and, if you were lucky, the movie would be just as bad as the cover art promised.

It was at one of these sales that Shyboy Tim picked up his first copy of Drive-In Massacre, and the filmed lived up to all the hopes and dreams that the box provided.  Drive-In Massacre is a TERRIBLE film, with TERRIBLE acting, and a TERRIBLE script that has been offered no favors by the TERRIBLE directing.  This is a TERRIBLE film.  This perfect storm of shortcomings, however, resulted in an amazing movie.


If we're to be completely honest with you, Drive-In Massacre is a movie that you will either love or hate.  We know of one person that screened it for someone and they became enraged that they had just surrendered an hour and a half of their life to a film like this.  Don't let that stop you, though.  Shyboy Tim really loves this movie, and it's so supremely cheesy that the gang at Grind-Fu can't help but think it will go over like gang busters.  Consider this a promise or a dare.

Join us on Saturday, June 27th at 7:00pm for a double bill of truly crazy movies.  Bring your friends, snacks and sodas, and a willingness to have a great time.  Grind-Fu audiences are the best, too.  They're in it to have fun and love movies, so if that sounds like you then you'll be in good company.  Grind-Fu Cinema is also FREE, so we've got you covered.

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


Saturday, June 20, 2015

Congratulations to Dave and Round Bale Recordings!

Free Press photo by John Cross
If you tuned in to KMSU during the Spring Pledge Drive's Record Party then you heard the world premiere of Round Bale Recordings first vinyl release by Tilth. Dave Perron of Free Form Freakout is pictured above holding this album - the first on his new record label. That is a pretty cool sentence to write - he is holding his first album. A big Congratulations! to you Dave. His hard work is detailed in an article in yesterday's Free Press. You can read it here in case you missed it. One of the many things I've come to love about KMSU over the years is getting to know all of the various radio show hosts, and exchanging opinions and suggestions with them. Dave's ear  is always exploring the music scene, and we have all been fortunate enough to hear what he's found. Be sure to congratulate him when you see him out and about, and REALLY be sure to support Round Bale Recordings. You can pick up a copy of Tilth's "Country Music" at Tune Town, I suggest the first lazy day you get, drop the needle on this album, sit back, and see where it takes you. And Dave - order a pizza, go for a swim in the pool and celebrate!



SHUFFLE FUNCTION PLAYLIST FOR JUNE 15 - 19, 2015

June 15, 2015 (2807)


June 16, 2015  (2808)


June 17, 2015  (2809)


June 18, 2015  (2810)


June 19, 2015  (2811)


SHUFFLE FUNCTION PLAYLIST FOR JUNE 8 - 12, 2015

June 8, 2015  (2802)


June 9, 2015  (2803)


June 10, 2015  (2804)


June 11, 2015  (2805)


June 12, 2015  (2806)







Friday, June 19, 2015

I NEVER FELT MAGIC AS CRAZY AS THIS...


Today is the birthday of Nick Drake.  We just devoted the entire morning show to his music, and I feel like I should keep the momentum going.  Listening to Nick Drake is a personal experience, and I think his music means different things to different people.  It's not the type of music that one can be passive about. 

Nick's music is so timeless.  Maybe it's because generations of musicians after him have been desperately trying to capture the magic in his songs, but the music doesn't feel dated.  There's really nothing like it.  Nick Drake music is Nick Drake music, and anything else is just a tribute.

I have a couple of videos here for you to check out.  The first one is "A Skin Too Few", a great documentary about Nick's life and music.  It features interviews with key players in his life, including his sister Gabrielle.  It's a great watch.  The second video is Joe Boyd talking about the "Five Leaves Left" album.  He gets into what it was like in the studio with Nick and how the album was recorded.  Oh to be a fly on the wall during those sessions...

Shyboy

Thursday, June 18, 2015

THE TWO MACCAS TURN 73 TODAY!


The title of this post is a bit misleading, I suppose.  The ACTUAL Paul McCartney would have turned 73 today, had it not been for that tragic day in November all those years ago.  Fake Paul (aka Faul aka William Campbell) will mark 49 years as Paul McCartney on November 9th.  To simplify matters I'm just going to say that Paul IS turning 73 today, and you can go about scoffing or debunking or whatever you plan to do to mark the occasion.

Anyway, all the Pauls made some pretty great music over the years, be it with The Beatles, William Campbell and Wings, or as a solo artist.  I've collected some of my favorites in this blog post.  Feel free to request whatever you want from Paul during the morning show today.  Even Temporary bloody Secretary.

Shyboy


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

IT'S THE REAL NICK DRAKE'S BIRTHDAY ON FRIDAY!



BA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA!  IT'S THE REAL NICK DRAKE'S BIRTHDAY!  BA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA!  WE'RE GONNA HAVE A GOOD TIME! Etc.

It's Nick Drake's birthday on Friday, and because we're such huge fans we're going to devote three hours to his incredible music.  We'll play stuff from his entire catalog, as well as a few rarities, and a few tracks my his mother Molly.  Molly's stuff is BRILLIANT.  You can really hear her influence on Nick when she sings.

Call or text 507-389-5678 or call 1-800-456-7810 with your requests, or send us an e-mail at shufflefunction@hotmail.com.

IT'S THE REAL PAUL McCARTNEY'S BIRTHDAY ON THURSDAY!


BA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA!  IT'S THE REAL PAUL McCARNEY'S BIRTHDAY!  BA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA!  WE'RE GONNA HAVE A GOOD TIME! Etc.

This Thursday is Paul McCartney's birthday, so we're going full on Macca on the morning show!  Send your requests to shufflefunction@hotmail.com and we'll see what we can get into the playlist.  We don't have everything, but we have a bunch.  THE ONE RULE:  The song must either be sung by Paul McCartney or William Campbell.  That means no Yellow Submarine, Help, Something, or Cook of the House.  There are references on the interwebs LIKE THIS ONE to help you out.

Thanks for listening!


Monday, June 15, 2015

new Shuffle Function shirt spotted in the wild



Have you seen the latest Shuffle Function t-shirt yet? 

Here's a photo of KMSU listener Robyn modeling the new 
"Daredevil Jumps A Zombie Horde" design.


Oh - and did you notice 

WILLIAM freakin' SHATNER 

is with her?!!


Thanks for sharing your special day with us Robyn - it doesn't 
get any better than Captain Kirk! 

Saturday, June 13, 2015

HUG IT OUT WITH CHRIS GETHARD


I've been sporadically watching The Chris Gethard Show for a few years now.  It started out as an anarchic public access show and grew into a crazy televised family.  The cast of misfits is strange and hilarious, and it's pretty fun to watch them play off each other.  They're relentlessly positive.  You should watch it some time.  Loads of the old public access episodes are on YouTube, and the brand new Fusion episodes are archived at fusion.net


The most recent episode on fusion.net is about video games.  They play a live action version of Duck Hunt, they talk about how games can impact people socially, and they introduce two people that have only ever met in World of Warcraft.  They also introduce a game made especially for the show called Chris Gethard's Hug Out.  The concept is simple and it makes total sense within the context of Chris' show.  All you do is type in something that is making you anxious, and then Chris will give you some reassuring words.  Then he'll hug you.  That's it.  That's the whole game.

CLICK HERE to play Chris Gethard's Hug Out.  You'll find it weirdly comforting.

Shyboy

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

JUNE GRIND-FU BRINGS THE FULL ON WEIRD!


GRIND-FU CINEMA PRESENTS
THE UNDERTAKER AND HIS PALS
with
DRIVE-IN MASSACRE
Saturday, June 27th @ 7:00pm
Wiecking 220 Auditorium
on the campus of Minnesota State University, Mankato
FREE! FREE! FREE! FREE! FREE!

The June Grind-Fu double bill is weird, gruesome, in poor taste, and hilarious.  It features films of varying budgets and qualities, but both titles are wildly entertaining.  Let's explore, shall we?


The Undertaker and His Pals (1966)
Directed by T.L.P. Swicegood

This film was one of the first wave of full-on gore films that was kicked off by Herschell Gordon Lewis' Blood Feast.  There's loads of gore, a very low budget, and all kinds of super dark humor.  We screened The Undertaker and His Pals a few years ago, and it was an unexpected hit.  It's such an ideal Grind-Fu Cinema film.  Here's the trailer for it.  Apparently they inserted medical footage into it for sensationalism, but none of that made the final cut.  ENJOY!



This is a film that plays to its strengths, and most of those are its total and complete lack of strengths in areas usually associated with a quality film.  The Undertaker and His Pals is "an expose of THE YOUNGER GENERATION!  That SICK generation!" Now how much would you pay?  If there answer is nothing, then you are in luck!

BUT WAIT!  THERE'S MORE!



Drive-In Massacre (1977)
Directed by Stu Segall

There was a wave of change sweeping over the home video rental market as VHS tapes began to be replaced by DVDs.  Many of the rental shops either went out of business or they gradually replaced their tapes with discs.  Entrepreneurs would snatch up the phased out stock and make a mint selling them at pop up sales that would move from town to town.

The great thing about these video sales is that you would often find really obscure and weird stuff that was rushed out to cash in on the blossoming rental market.  Many times these were movies of questionable quality and exceptionally limited release, so for movie geeks these sales were a chance to find films you had only ever read about.  The prices were reasonable enough that you could afford to pick up some lurid looking horror film for a few bucks and, if you were lucky, the movie would be just as bad as the cover art promised.

It was at one of these sales that Shyboy Tim picked up his first copy of Drive-In Massacre, and the filmed lived up to all the hopes and dreams that the box provided.  Drive-In Massacre is a TERRIBLE film, with TERRIBLE acting, and a TERRIBLE script that has been offered no favors by the TERRIBLE directing.  This is a TERRIBLE film.  This perfect storm of shortcomings, however, resulted in an amazing movie.



If we're to be completely honest with you, Drive-In Massacre is a movie that you will either love or hate.  We know of one person that screened it for someone and they became enraged that they had just surrendered an hour and a half of their life to a film like this.  Don't let that stop you, though.  Shyboy Tim really loves this movie, and it's so supremely cheesy that the gang at Grind-Fu can't help but think it will go over like gang busters.  Consider this a promise or a dare.

Join us on Saturday, June 27th at 7:00pm for a double bill of truly crazy movies.  Bring your friends, snacks and sodas, and a willingness to have a great time.  Grind-Fu audiences are the best, too.  They're in it to have fun and love movies, so if that sounds like you then you'll be in good company.  Grind-Fu Cinema is also FREE, so we've got you covered.

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


WE'RE PLAYING THE NEW SONNY KNIGHT LIVE ALBUM ON THURSDAY!


There's a reason people say that Sonny Knight The Lakers is one of the best live acts around, and you're probably one of the people saying this if you saw them play at Rock Bend last Fall or Mankato this past March.  They're an explosive act to see, and even the non-dancers in the room (Shyboy Tim, included) are powerless against their rock solid R&B attack. We've all relived those shows many times since, and now we're going to have the chance to relive them whenever we want!

In just a few weeks Secret Stash Records is dropping a new live album by Sonny Knight and the Lakers called Do It Live.  It's 16 tracks of some of the most kick ass rhythm and blues hitting the stage today, AND WE'RE GONNA PLAN THE WHOLE DANG THING THURSDAY MORNING! Tune in from 7-9 a.m. on the morning show and hear the whole album live.  It's about an hour and 20 minutes long, so make sure to set aside some time.

Here's something to kill time between now and the big reveal.  Secret Stash released a video clip of the band performing Sock A Poo Poo at the Dakota performance featured on the album.  Brace yourself!


Tuesday, June 09, 2015

(NOT QUITE) THE SECOND COMING OF GILMORE GIRLS!


Gilmore Girls is in my top three televisions shows, pulling in a solid third as WKRP In Cincinnati and 30 Rock duke it out for first place.  Two of these shows literally saved my life at different points in time, but Gilmore Girls was the first one to do it.

When Gilmore Girls premiered in 2000 I was in a pretty crappy place in my life and trying to find my way out of it.  It was one of those situations that makes you question every decision you've ever made, and those situations SUUUUUUUUUCK.  Any ray of light will do in those moments, and in this case the ray of light was created by Amy Sherman Palladino.

I remember seeing the ads for GG at the time and thinking "Oh great, another girly show on The WB."  It looked like it was gonna be all flowers and boy problems and all the other cliches that go with such assumptions.  Around that time I read a review on a movie website I visited, and the author was raving about how brilliant the writing and acting was, and that it was an intensely SMART show.  I found a review by Herc on Aint It Cool News, where he declared Gilmore Girls the best show of the 2000-2001 season, and he writes stuff like:

"Credit creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, who rivals the likes of Joss Whedon, Aaron Sorkin, Jason Katims, Glenn Gordon Caron and David E. Kelley as a dramatist who can crank out superior serialized comedy.... She is major talent, one of those writers whose work, frankly, is way too good to be piped into our homes for free."

"Lauren Graham, who beguiles when she frowns, entrances when she smiles (I like her!), may have just inherited Lisa Kudrow’s crown as the funniest woman on North American television." (Remember, this was 2001.  Gilmore Girls aired opposite Friends, which means NOBODY watched it.)

"Shows as good as “The Gilmore Girls” don’t come along every year."

I was intrigued enough to give GG a shot, and tuned in to see what the fuss was all about.  And then I see this:



The clip I could find that illustrates what I wanted was only available in Spanish, but from the moment the title appeared set to The La's There She Goes, to the camera revealing an idyllic street scene, to the appearance of Lorelei Gilmore (Lauren Graham) who crosses the street to Luke's Diner and immediately asks for coffee... I was a goner.

Here's a clip in english from the very first time we see Lorelei and Rory Gilmore (Alexis Bledel) together.  The dialogue is witty, their personalities are immediately established, and the show was instantly one of the funniest things I had seen in ages.



I pity that poor Kerouac wannabe, but I would consider myself lucky to get shot down in flames by a woman like Lorelei Gilmore.  It's not an exaggeration to say I basically fell in love with her character, and every week I marveled at how strong and smart and stubborn and friggin' funny she was.  Yep.  I loved a fictional character.  So much so that I actually kicked Shelley out of my apartment because I felt she was being disrespectful towards the show.  Nobody messes with my Gilmore.

For Seven (mostly) perfect seasons I watched the show religiously.  I'd tape every episode and watch it over and over again.  I still have those tapes, despite my purchasing all the seasons on DVD.  It was a weekly ritual on Shuffle Function, to the joy/chagrin of listeners, for me to recount the previous evening's episode, and rant and rave about what was going on.  I still haven't gotten over the finale of Season Four.  You guys know what I'm talking about, right?  RIGHT?!!

Anyway, over the course of those seven seasons life got better for me, and I truly believe it was partly because of my weekly visit to Stars Hollow.  Escaping into that world of eccentrics helped me forget about all the crap I was going through.  Lorlei and Rory and the townsfolk all had their issues and their dramas and their messy relationships, but they got through it, and they were funny while doing it, too.  I honestly can't think of another show that has hit me in such an emotional and personal way.  Is that weird?



Gilmore Girls has now been off the air longer than it was on, but it's still important to me.  I've become the Johnny Appleseed of Gilmore Girls to people I've worked with over the years, because I'd rave about the show and urge them to watch it.  I'd even loan them my DVDs, and I'm not one to lend something so precious.  More than one person from "back in the day" has told me that the very first thing I ever said to them was "Do you watch Gilmore Girls?"  I'm not ashamed.

Do I think I actually influenced an episode of Gilmore Girls?  Yes.  Yes I do.  Shelley and I sent a letter to Amy Sherman Palladino with a Music Geek shirt and a letter asking if she would do a station ID for us.  We never did hear back from her, but in episode 10 of Season Five (the season after the letter) these words were uttered:

Paris: They're coming, Rory. They're coming, and they are going to keep on coming. Like the locusts descending on Mankato.

You need to know that we always identified Mankato as "The Big Town in Little House on the Prairie" because Little House was kind of a universally beloved show.  Everybody that watched it knows Mankato.

Is this a coincidence?  Maybe.  Did our sending that letter plant a seed in Sherman Palladino's brain about Mankato and Little House?  I INSIST YES!

Amy Sherman Palladino, Lauren Graham, and Alexis Bledel

What am I getting at?  Well, this past weekend the (almost) entire cast of Gilmore Girls reunited for the very first time at the ATX Television Festival in Austin, TX.  This was a big deal.  I strongly considered going, but decided against it.  Why?  Because I'm an idiot.  Still, I figured that somebody somewhere would post the event on YouTube, because internet.  And they did.  And here it is.

God I miss this show.

Shyboy



UPDATE:  The reunion clips on YouTube have been removed, but CLICK HERE to watch it on the Entertainment Weekly site.

BONUS:  Hep Alien played a reunion show during the festival!

heads up music geeks -


If you listen to our show, you know that I am fighting a battle to organize my record collection. Often it feels like I am losing the fight, but I think there may be a light at the end of the tunnel now that the busy radio season is over for a bit. While going through the piles I came across a big hole in my collection. I discovered I have all of the regular vinyl full length releases by the band XTC, except for my favorite one, Skylarking. Looking back I know exactly why that is. This was the first album I listened to by XTC. Skylarking is when I fell hard for this band, but it was a cassette that I owned, not a vinyl record. My Mother invested in a time share cabin up north that we would visit for a week every year around Thanksgiving time. Back then there was very little surrounding the cabins in the way of stores or shopping. It was mostly tiny grocery stores that had the basics and rented video tapes. But there was a candle shop in the closest town, and while visiting it I found myself rummaging through a cardboard box filled with tape cassettes. They were 3 for $9.99. I couldn't tell you what the other two tapes were, but Skylarking was the third. Right off the bat I loved it, I still have that tape, and after listening to it over and over and over again, I bought any album I could find by XTC. Apparently I just never found a copy of Skylarking, until now.


I just bought a vinyl copy of Skylarking, and on tomorrow morning's Shuffle Function show I am going to play the whole thing. This is an album just BEGGING to played this way, with a number of the songs blending effortlessly right into the next. I have listened to Skylarking so many times that once while sitting around a campfire I bragged I could sing the whole thing. I got pretty far - at least as far as the first side. This album came to me back when time wasn't as divided between work and more work, when you'd listen to a favorite over and over and over again, pausing only to flip the record over or switch the cassette tape. I miss that kind of listening experiences, and so I cannot wait to drop the needle on side one tomorrow morning! I will start right after 7 a.m. so be sure to set the alarm clock if you have to. I think you are going to really like this.

Programming note: this is the first release of the album, so the song Dear God is not on it. I will talk about this on the air tomorrow, and explain why that is. See you then.

Shelley

SHUFFLE FUNCTION PLAYLISTS FOR JUNE 1 - 5, 2015

JUNE 1, 2015  (2797)


June 2, 2015  (2798)


June 3, 2015  (2799)


June 4, 2015  (2800)


June 5, 2015  (2801)


SHUFFLE FUNCTION PLAYLISTS FOR MAY 25 - 29, 2015

May 25, 2015  (2792)


May 26, 2015  (2793)


May 27, 2015  (2794)


May 28, 2015  (2795)


May 29, 2015  (2796)



SHUFFLE FUNCTION PLAYLIST FOR MAY 18 - 22, 2015

May 18, 2015  (2787)


May 19, 2015  (2788)


May 20, 2015  (2789)


May 21, 2015  (2790)


May 22, 2015  (2791)