Tuesday, September 29, 2015

LOG LADY RIP: CATHERINE COULSON PASSES AWAY AT 71


via GIPHY

Twin Peaks fans around the world are mourning the passing of Catherine Coulson, longtime David Lynch collaborator and the actress best known as The Log Lady.  Catherine passed away at the age of 71 after battling cancer.  This is certainly heavy news to hear just as production has begun on new episodes of Twin Peaks, and she would most certainly have been a significant player in these episodes.

Catherine Coulson began working with Lynch in 1974 when she starred in his short film The Amputee.  Later, along with her then husband Jack Nance, she worked with David Lynch on the film Eraserhead.  It was as Margaret, the Log Lady on Twin Peaks, that she gained her greatest fame.

The documentary I Don't Know Jack, about the crazy life of Jack Nance, features Catherine Coulson prominently throughout.  Jack and Catherine had a tempestuous relationship, and there are many stories of him angrily drawling her name. "Caaaaatherine".  It's pretty funny stuff.

If you have an hour and a half to kill, watch I Don't Know Jack  right now.  It's pretty amazing.

Tim

Sunday, September 27, 2015

OCTOBER GRIND-FU CATERS TO UNYOOOOSUAL AFFAIRS... WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER TO BE UNYOOOOSUAL?


GRIND-FU DIDN'T COME ALL THE WAY
FROM COLORADO JUST TO MESS AROUND!

Grind-Fu Cinema presents a
HERSCHELL GORDON LEWIS
EXTRAVAGANZA... PLUS CAKE!

Saturday, October 24th
from noon to question mark
Wiecking 220 Auditorium
Minnesota State University, Mankato

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

COSTUMES ARE ENCOURAGED!

The final Grind-Fu Cinema of 2015 is on the horizon, and the crew has put together one hell of a bill for you.  Usually we feature a double bill of excellence, but this time around we've packed the better part of the day with full on low budget exploitation madness!  It's a celebration of the big daddy of gore-sploitation, Herschell Gordon Lewis!



Who's Herschell Gordon Lewis?  Kiddo, you gotta get out a bit more and run with the Grind-Fu crowd.  Herschell Gordon Lewis is a legend of exploitation films, and horror films in particular.  This is because he directed Blood Feast, the very first splatter film.  Buckets of red? Entrails? Limbs hacked off?  It had never been seen on the screen before H.G. Lewis threw caution (and shame) to the wind and started counting the dollars that rolled in.



The day will have two parts to it.  The first part starts at noon and will feature a documentary, along with two of his non-horror endeavors.  Starting at seven we'll begin a horror double feature with an intermission featuring another incredible Grind-Fu cake by our cake artist Amber.  She's set the bar higher and higher each year with her delicious monstrosities, so we can't wait to see what's in store for this year.  Here are a few of her previous creations:







Come for the movies, but stay for the cake... and they all want cake.

We'll post the full line up with times later in the month, but for now you need to make sure you set aside Saturday, October 24th for a full day of cinematic craziness that only Herschell Gordon Lewis films can deliver.

Questions?  Drop us an e-mail at Shuffle Function @ hotmail.com.


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



Wednesday, September 23, 2015

WE'RE GIVING AWAY RIFFTRAX TICKETS TOMORROW!


WIN PASSES TO 
RIFFTRAX LIVE!
MIAMI CONNECTION

Thursday, October 1st @ 7:00pm
Cinemark Movies 8
River Hills Mall, Mankato

We're incredibly lucky to have FIVE PAIRS of passes to see Rifftrax Live!  The screening takes place on Thursday, October 1st @ 7:00pm at the Cinemark Movies 8 in the River Hills Mall.  Listen between six and nine a.m. for your chance to win!  When you hear the rooster crow followed by the Legendary Stardust Cowboy saying "Wakey wakey, eggs and bakey, it's Shuffle Function!" be the 5th caller at 507-389-5678 or 1-800-456-7810 and you can win a pair of passes to see Rifftrax!

Have you ever gone to a Rifftrax show?  They're a blast.  Rifftrax is Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett from Mystery Science Theater, and they make fun of incredibly bad movies.  These Fathom Events screenings are a ton of fun, and they're just as geeky as you'd hope.  If you don't win tickets you should probably go anyway, unless you hate fun.

Miami Connection is a martial arts film from 1987 that was written and directed by its star Y.K. Kim.  Kim's background was as a taekwondo teacher, and had zero experience making a film.  It shows, too.  The acting, story, music, EVERYTHING is pretty lousy.  Lousy in a good way, however.  Miami Connection is so weird and insane that Drafthouse Films, the movie distribution wing of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, decided it deserved a theatrical re-release and a deluxe home video release.

And now Rifftrax has gotten its mitts on it.  Circle of life, my friends.

Listen tomorrow for your chance to see Rifftrax take on the cinematic trainwreck Miami Connection!



Monday, September 21, 2015

GRIND-FU BRINGS SKULL CRUSHING ACTION THIS SATURDAY NIGHT!


Grind-Fu Cinema
presents

JOHN WICK
and
SHOOT 'EM UP

Saturday, September 26th @ 7:00pm
Wiecking 220 Auditorium
on the campus of Minnesota State University, Mankato

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

Kids, do you like action in your movies?  Crazy gun play?  RIGHTEOUS VENGEANCE???  If this sounds like you, then Grind-Fu has got your back this September.  We're showing two of the craziest action movies to come out in the last decade.  If you've never seen them before you're going to have your mind blown.  If you have seen them before, then you know exactly why you're so excited to see them again.  Let's look at the bill:


JOHN WICK (2014)
Directed by David Stahelski

John Wick was playing festivals for ages before its theatrical release, and the fan response was ecstatic.  We were skeptical around the Grind-Fu headquarters, mainly because Keanu Reeves doesn't necessarily fill our hearts with excitement.  BOY, WERE WE WRONG!  John Wick is one of the best action movies of the last decade, and its one of Shyboy Tim's favorite action movies of all time.  No lie.  Keanu Reeves is a revelation as a former hitman out for blood.

If you're one of those folks that avoided the film because of Keanu (and we've spoken to many of you) please note that this screening is for free!  All you're out is your time and the fact that you have been horribly wrong about this movie for far too long.  Really, you're gonna be amazed.


 

SHOOT 'EM UP (2007)
Directed by Michael Davis

Shoot 'Em Up is absurd.  It's so over the top that you're not going to believe it.  The ammo budget for this film would probably make the Pentagon blush.  There's about one minute of quiet at the beginning, followed by 90 minutes of total and complete cartoonish insanity.  Beyond all of that, Shoot 'Em Up is fun.  Super fun and crazy.  If you're looking for a higher meaning to this film you're gonna be disappointed, but if you're looking looking for gun play that would shame Sam Peckinpah you're in for one wild ride.



Join us for two incredible action movies FOR FREE on September 26th.  You're gonna have fun, so bring your friends, bring some snacks, and get ready for a friggin' amazing night of action movies.

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

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Happy Birthday Kelley Stoltz



Tomorrow is Kelley Stoltz's birthday. If you listen to our show at all, odds are at some point in time you've heard us go on and on about how much we love his music. Kelley Stoltz is one of those artists that when we receive their new album we drop everything and listen to it all with you on the air. Speaking of which - we will be doing that at least three times this fall. He has been a busy guy! We will be playing only Kelley Stoltz on the morning show, along with some of his "birthday requests". If you are a fan of pop music you will not want to miss one minute of the show. Please be sure to set that alarm clock for 6 a.m. central time. Tune in to 89.7 f.m. on your radio dial, or listen in on the on-lines at www.kmsu.org


The requests lines are always open - if there is a Kelley Stoltz tune that you would like to hear drop us an email at shufflefunction@hotmail.com or call/text (507) 389 - 5678. This last week I was fortunate enough to spend the entire day playing my favorite band Yo La Tengo courtesy of Stephanie our KMSU Day Sponsor, and tomorrow I get to play another favorite - Kelley Stoltz. Thank you Radio Heroes for supporting a radio station like KMSU that allow's it's hosts to geek out in such a way!

Shelley

Thursday, September 17, 2015

YO LA TENGO: THERE'S JUST NOT ENOUGH TIME...


By seven p.m. tonight we had played EIGHTY ONE Yo La Tengo songs, and there wasn't a clinker in the bunch.  Big thanks to Stephanie for supporting KMSU and having the brilliant idea to pack a day full of YLT.  You're a genius, birthday lady!

Here's a video of the last song we played.  It's pretty friggin' epic.  Thanks everybody!


YOKO LA TENGO SCHOOLS GLASTONBURY!


What an awesome day of Yo La Tengo!  We've been playing them for five hours now, and we'll be on the air until seven tonight!  How much Yo La Tengo is too much?  NO AMOUNT IS TOO MUCH!  Big thanks to Stephanie, who continues here streak of killer day sponsorships.  Have an amazing birthday.

We were just talking about Yoko Ono's set with Yo La Tengo at Glastonbury in 2014.  She's in her 80s and KILLING IT.  Yoko is such a brave and ferocious performer, and her backing band (you may have heard of them?  Yo La Tengo, anyone?) is right there with her to help dominate the proceedings. At the time there were reports of this being the worst thing ever, but those reports were written by small minded people that need to stop watching American Idol.  Yoko dominates this performance.

Here's the entire 45 minute set.  Mind Blown.  All hail Yoko La Tengo!

Monday, September 14, 2015

SHYAMALAN, YOU MAGNIFICENT BASTARD! YOU MADE A GOOD FILM!


Our relationship with M. Night Shyamalan is a complicated love/hate relationship.  Maybe more like a "Hate Love" relationship.  Is it weird that all of our expectations revolve a work of his that is such a stunning collection of misfires that we adore how misguided it is?  I'm talking about The Happening, of course.  It's a masturbatory masterpiece.  Sadly, his films after that have just be run of the mill failures.  There was always that hope that he would return to The Happening levels of absurdity, and that's why we have continued to pay actual theater money to see anything new.

Expectations were high when we started seeing trailers for The Visit.  It was a collection of weird things that a couple of grandparents did during a visit from their grandkids, and tone wise if felt like it could be another misfire.  The trailer just felt like it was giving away the goods and showing all the potentially effective moments in the film.  Could this be another The Happening moment? 

It turns out that The Visit is not another The Happening.  The biggest difference between the two is that The Visit is ACTUALLY GOOD.  This is not a typo.  M. Night Shyamalan's The Visit is a good movie.  It's entertaining, scary, and genuinely disturbing.  See it in a movie theater, because it's a great film for the Halloween season, and if you can see it with a crowd that is full of jumpers then I would think it would be even more fun.

Do I think this trend towards quality will continue for M. Night?  I don't.  But for this brief shining moment there is hope that he is once again capable of weirding us out.

Shyboy

Yo La Tengo Thursday coming up on KMSU


This Thursday, September 17th Shyboy Tim and I have been asked to play as much Yo La Tengo as we possibly can by our KMSU Day Sponsor Stephanie. Personally, I can think of no better way for me to spend a day on the radio! Beginning at 6 a.m. we will be spinning all Yo La Tengo - only taking a break for a few regularly scheduled programs. We will also be live for our 6 p.m. show, something that doesn't happen too terribly often.


If you listen to the show, you know that we have made an effort to play Yo La Tengo every day we humanly can on the radio. We are 9 months into 2015, and I think we have only missed maybe ten days total, with some of those days being preempted by celebrations or holidays. I am excited to give my Yo La Tengo record collection a good workout, and even more excited about taking your requests! You can call us on Thursday to request music, or if you want to start early just leave a comment below or drop us an email at shufflefunction@hotmail.com As always, the phone numbers to call or text us at KMSU is (507) 389 - 5678.

I will leave you now with a clip of Yo La Tengo on Gilmore Girls. Try as hard as I might, I can find no clips of them appearing on Parks and Recreation as Bobby Knight Ranger!




And just because it's my favorite video, I'll end with this....

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

SEPTEMBER GRIND-FU BRINGS A BOY, HIS DOG, AND A METRIC TON OF VENGEANCE


Grind-Fu Cinema
presents

JOHN WICK
and
SHOOT 'EM UP

Saturday, September 26th @ 7:00pm
Wiecking 220 Auditorium
on the campus of Minnesota State University, Mankato

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

Kids, do you like action in your movies?  Crazy gun play?  RIGHTEOUS VENGEANCE???  If this sounds like you, then Grind-Fu has got your back this September.  We're showing two of the craziest action movies to come out in the last decade.  If you've never seen them before you're going to have your mind blown.  If you have seen them before, then you know exactly why you're so excited to see them again.  Let's look at the bill:


JOHN WICK (2014)
Directed by David Stahelski

John Wick was playing festivals for ages before its theatrical release, and the fan response was ecstatic.  We were skeptical around the Grind-Fu headquarters, mainly because Keanu Reeves doesn't necessarily fill our hearts with excitement.  BOY, WERE WE WRONG!  John Wick is one of the best action movies of the last decade, and its one of Shyboy Tim's favorite action movies of all time.  No lie.  Keanu Reeves is a revelation as a former hitman out for blood.

If you're one of those folks that avoided the film because of Keanu (and we've spoken to many of you) please note that this screening is for free!  All you're out is your time and the fact that you have been horribly wrong about this movie for far too long.  Really, you're gonna be amazed.


 

SHOOT 'EM UP (2007)
Directed by Michael Davis

Shoot 'Em Up is absurd.  It's so over the top that you're not going to believe it.  The ammo budget for this film would probably make the Pentagon blush.  There's about one minute of quiet at the beginning, followed by 90 minutes of total and complete cartoonish insanity.  Beyond all of that, Shoot 'Em Up is fun.  Super fun and crazy.  If you're looking for a higher meaning to this film you're gonna be disappointed, but if you're looking looking for gun play that would shame Sam Peckinpah you're in for one wild ride.



Join us for two incredible action movies FOR FREE on September 26th.  You're gonna have fun, so bring your friends, bring some snacks, and get ready for a friggin' amazing night of action movies.

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

Monday, September 07, 2015

KMSU SWAG DESIGN CONTEST DEADLINE IS SEPTEMBER 18th!


DESIGN THE NEXT KMSU SHIRT!

CALLING ALL ARTSY KMSU LISTENERS! Have you ever dreamed of having your artistic vision splashed across the chests of discriminating radio listners? Sure, we all have. KMSU is looking for a new design for the Fall 2015 KMSU shirt/sweatshirt, and we'd like to give you that chance to design it!

Feel free to go nuts. This will be the identity for KMSU for the Fall pledge drive, so we're looking for something that is dynamic and will get listeners excited. KMSU staff will look over the submissions to select a winner, and that design will be splashed all over KMSU swag. Very exciting stuff.

The winner will get the swag that KMSU puts out with the design, PLUS they'll be loaded up with lots of cool music. It'll be pretty sweet.

REQUIREMENTS
  1. THE DESIGN MUST BE ORIGINAL. It cannot include ANY copyrighted images.
  2. The Design cannot be wider than 9” across.
  3. The design must include the words “Minnesota State University, Mankato” somewhere in the design. You can also include the Minnesota State University, Mankato logo, if you would like.
  4. It would be great if the number of colors used is minimal. Each color screen costs extra, and KMSU is a Mom and Pop radio station. Gotta pinch those pennies!
  5. The color purple must be incorporated into the shirt somewhere. This could be the shirt color, or it could be in the design. It just has to be in there somewhere.
  6. The shirt must be in one of these colors: white, natural/off-white, sand, tan, ice gray/light gray, gravel/medium gray, charcoal, black, purple or gold.
  7. Digital art must be at least 350ppi resolution. Acceptable file types: Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, PDF (Portable Document Format)
  8. RAW, Tiff and EPS file types are recommended.
  9. It would be best if the design was not dated in some way. For instance, it could only be used in the Fall if it says “Fall Pledge Drive”, but it it's just a design that expresses the station image it could be used over and over. A design that could be reused would be best.
  10. It must clearly say “KMSU” and 89.7fm on it. Other station designs have also integrated KMSK 91.3fm and kmsu.org into the image.
One thing to keep in mind is that there always seems to be some kind of surprise that pops up during the printing process, so we may need change elements of the design. That's just the way these things seem to go, so please don't take it personal. In fact, the guidelines may change as soon as these rules are posted, so check back!

OH! The deadline for submissions is September 18th.

Come up with a super cool design for KMSU and submit it to shufflefunction@hotmail.com. If your design isn't digital, you can mail it to
KMSU Radio
AF 205
Minnesota State University, Mankato
56001

Have fun!  For reference, here are some designs that KMSU has put out for previous pledge drives.  Please note that some of these designs were done before color choices were regulated.

UPDATE:  Please don't use Comic Sans.  It's just makes good radio sense.