Tuesday, July 26, 2016


Dave from Free Form Freakout has just released the two latest projects from Round Bale Recordings. You're going to want to check them out!

RBR-004 Final Seed - Self Titled

With previous cassettes out on Alien Passengers and Fag Tapes, along with a recent split with Dylan Nyoukis (Chocolate Monk, Blood Stereo, etc.), Jameson Sweiger’s Final Seed project has been ramping-up activity in the past couple of years. His latest finds him pushing the levels of discomfort to new extremes with his zoned-out, minimal synth pulsations and ukulele plunks forming an aural gridlock for his broken tongue, epiglottal vocal utterances to break free from. Sweiger’s work bears linkages to Phil Minton’s feral oeuvre, yet it is firmly planted in the contemporary sound art here-and-now with his own crudely D.I.Y. minimalist approach.  Available via Bandcamp.

RBR-003 Termite Acropolis - Dedication in Vinegar

“Dedication in Vinegar” is the first solo release from Clay Kolbinger under the name Termite Acropolis. For tape-based music, there is a remarkable sense of clarity and depth to the five pieces spread across this release. Through a myriad of clanks and clatters, hidden and not-so-hidden rhythmic patterns emerge and morph, shifting one’s focal point towards something buried even further in the mix only to find you chasing down that initial misidentified loop. In places it sounds like a punk-primitive take on the seething audio confusion that Rashad Becker concocted with hisTraditional Music Of Notional Species Vol. I. But, hell, that’s just reaching for an elusive reference point that slips away the moment you think you have a firm grasp on this material. Available via Bandcamp.

Dave is one of those guys that has impeccable taste in music, and it's always good to take notice when he puts something out on Round Bale Recordings.  You might also want to be sure to check out the FFFoxy Podcast, which airs Monday nights on KMSU.  You can also download it from the Free Form Freakout webpage.


Jameson from Variety Pack (Thursdays at 3 on KMSU) has been involved with a really cool release that Light In the Attic is putting out in August.  Years ago, Jameson was digging around in a Memphis thrift store, when he came across a cassette by Johnny Frierson.  Johnny had a history with Memphis music, having played on some releases put out on the Stax imprint Hi Records.  He played with his sister Wendy Rene, who scored some hits for the label.  Johnny's career was sidelined in 1970 when he went to Vietnam.

The cassette is a low fi home recording of Frierson playing guitar and singing gospel songs.  The performances and very personal and intimate, and the end result of beautiful.  The album was probably sold at corner stores and music festivals around Memphis, but the copy that Jameson found appears to be the only one in existence.  It's that copy that provides the source material for the Light In the Attic release.

Several of the hosts on KMSU (including Shuffle Function) have been playing tracks from the album, which is coming out on August 19th.  It's really great stuff, and you can pre-order it now from the Light In the Attic website.  FYI, the vinyl version is apparently a limited run, so don't waste any time!


Monday, July 25, 2016


It was only 12 years ago that the Shuffle Function Morning Show began by playing the Velvet Underground's Rock And Roll.  There were angry calls from BBC fans, hilarious cranky e-mails from one VERY humorless person that I'll always cherish, gallons of coffee and energy drinks, and sad attempts at commentary because there was a political convention going on.  What is it they say?  "The more things change, the more they stay the same"?  Yeah, that's about right.

So, it's our twelfth anniversary tomorrow morning, and we don't really know what to do for it.  Do you folks have any ideas?  We've been so busy with other projects that this one sort of crept up on us.  Send any suggestions to shufflefunction@hotmail.com, and if something sticks we'll try and get a show together.  Shelley suggested that we try to do a good show, but I'm worried if we do that it'll set a precedent for future shows, so...

The one thing we do know we're doing is that we've giving away vinyl copies of our morning show theme to the twelfth caller.  TWELFTH CALLER.  That's a lot of callers at that time of day, but we're gonna give it a whirl.  How do you win?

  1. Listen for the rooster crow, followed by the Legendary Stardust Cowboy saying "Wakey wakey, eggs and bakey, it's Shuffle Function!"
  2. Be the 12th caller at 507-389-5678 or 1-800-456-7810.
Super simple, right? Here's a pro tip for winning.  Typically we're lucky to get ONE call during the first hour, let alone twelve, so if you're the first caller you should just call eleven more times.  There's a very good chance you'll win.  No promises, but you have history on your side.

Hey, thanks for all your amazing support over the years, gang!  KMSU has the best listeners ever, and that's a hard fact.



Monday, July 18th, 2016 (3091) RIP Alan Vega & Nico
1. Suicide - I Remember
2. Nico - Little Sister
3. Bellweather - Walk It Off
4. The Byrds - 100 Years From Now
5. The Kinks - Where Have All the Good Times Gone
6. Siouxsie & the Banshees - Dear Prudence
7. Stranglers - Get A Grip On Yourself
8. Squeeze - Black Coffee In Bed
9. Pere Ubu - I Hear They Smoke the Barbecue
10. Suicide - Ghost Rider
11. Velvet Underground & Nico - All Tomorrow's Parties

12. Clem Snide - I Love the Unknown
13. Ryan Adams - Shake It Off
14. Largo - Gimme a Stone
15. Bonnie Prince Billy - Love Comes To Me
16. Robbie Robertson - Fallen Angel
17. Wilco - Shot In the Arm
18, Television - Venus
19. Velvet Underground - Femme Fatale
20. Handsome Family - Drunk By Noon
21. Suicide - Frankie Teardrop
22. Devo - Gut Feeling/Slap Your Mammy
23. The Monkees - You Bring the Summer
24. Kelley Stoltz - Going Up
25. Michael Yonkers - Kill the Enemy
26. Nico - These Days
27. Yo La Tengo - And the Glitter Is Gone

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016 (3092)
1. Steely Dan - Any Major Dude
2. Kids On a Crime Spree - Creep the Creeps
3. Soft Boys - Underwater Moonlight
4. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Gold Lion
5. Marianne Faithfull - Down From Dover
6. M. Ward - The First Time I Ran Away
7. T.L. Barrett & the Youth For Christ Choir - Just Like a Ship

8. Beach Boys - Be With Me
9. Diggable Planets - Rebirth of Slick
10. The Spectors - Gotta Sow My Wild Oats
11. Danny & the Darleans - You're Driving Me Insane
12. Pretty - Red Spoon Gravy
13. AC/DC - Ride On
14. The Kinks - Do It Again
15. The Clash - Hate & War
16. The Hold Steady - Stuck Between Stations
17. Talking Heads - Once In a Lifetime
18. Stereolab - Free Design
19. Queen - You're My Best Friend
20. Tom Waits - Satisfied
21. They Might Be Giants - The Guitar (the Lion Sleeps Tonight)
22. Arcesia - White Panther
23. Emitt Rhodes - My Face on the Floor
24. Yoko Ono & the Plastic Ono Band - Waiting For the D Train
25. White Stripes - There's No Home For You Here
26. Yo La Tengo - Tom Courtney
27. The Renderers - The Dream Of the Sea
28. John Cale - Buffalo Ballet
29. David Bowie - Lazarus
30. Guided By Voices - Glad Girls
31. Shonen Knife - Daydream Believer
32. Dick Kent - Octopus Woman
33. Public Image Ltd - Swan Lake
34. Husker Du - Friend You've Got To Fall
35. Stooges - Shake Appeal
36. Leaving Trains - Dumb As a Crayon

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016 (3093)
1. Elvis Costello - I Felt a Chill
2. Ryan Adams - Oh My Sweet Carolina
3. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Today's Lesson
4. Louvin Brothers - Satan Is Real
5. Band of Horses - Compliments
6. Bonnie Prince Billy & Matt Sweeney - My Home Is the Sea
7. Booker T. - Native New Yorker

8. William Bell - You Don't Miss Your Water
9. The Band - Acadian Driftwood
10. Evening Rig - Those Them Eyes
11. Sugar - Your Favorite Thing
12. Kelley Stoltz - Do It Clean
13. The Monkees - You Bring the Summer
14. They Might Be Giants - Trouble Awful Devil Evil
15. Dick Kent - Octopus Woman Please Let Me Go
16. Yo La Tengo - Sudden Organ (demo)
17. Echo & the Bunnymen - A Promise
18. Feelies - The Boy With Perpetual Nervousness
19. Negativland - Piece of Pie

20. 5678s - Hanky Panky
21. Jack White - I'm Shakin'
22. Flaming Lips - Race For the Prize
23. Bug Fix - Saving Up
24. The Cure - A Night Like This
25. Cuff the Duke - Diamond Sea
26. Brian Jonestown Massacre - Not If You Were the Last Dandy On Earth

Thursday, July 21st, 2016 (3094)
1. Simon & Garfunkel - The Only Living Boy In New York
2. Johnny Frierson - Have You Been Good To Yourself?
3.Sensational Saints - I Feel the Spirit
4. The Whole Truth - Can You Lose By Following God?
5. Mavis Staples - Son Of a Preacher Man
6. John Cale - Outtathebag
7. Emmy the Great - Swimming Pool
8. Case/Lang/Viers - Atomic Number
9. Matthew Sweet - I've Been Waiting
10. Big Star - Back Of a Car
11. Teenage Fanclub - Disco Light
12. Rolling Stones - 2000 Light Years From Home

13. Johnny Frierson - Heavenly Father You've Been Good
14. Betty Davis - Hangin' Out
15. Haze - Waiting For the Moment
16. White Eyes - I'm Not A Free Man
17. Half Japanese - In It's Pull
18. New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle
19. Ramones - Let's Dance
20. Soft Boys - Queen Of Eyes
21. Drunk Uncle - It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
22. Shooby Taylor - Gigi
23. Gordon Thomas - Shower Song
24. National Fuel Gas Distribution Company - Rappin With Gas

25. William Shatner - Rocket Man
26. Prince - Forever In My Life
27. Velvet Underground - Temptation Inside Your Heart
28. Donovan - Hurdy Gurdy Man
29. Sly & the Family Stone - Que Sera Sera (Whatever Will Be Will Be)
30. Yo La Tengo - The Last Days of Disco

Friday, July 22nd, 2016 (3095)
1. Orange Juice - Blue Boy
2. Siouxie & the Banshees - Hong Kong Garden
3. Go Team - Secretary Song
4. Yo La Tengo - Before We Run
5. Lou Reed - Perfect Day

6. TV On the Radio - Ride
7. Rolling Stones - Bitch
8. Kelley Stoltz - Cardinal Body
9. Tiny Masters of Today - Skeletons
10. Robert Pollard - Faster the Great
11. George Harrison - Beware of Darkness
12. Bettye LaVette - Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
13. The New Basement Tapes - Lost On the River
14. Angel Olson - The Sky Opened Up
15. Talking Heads - Burning Down the House
16. Talking Heads - Love--> Building On Fire
17. Talking Heads - Born Under Punches
18. LCD Soundsystem - Too Much Love
19. Deerhoof - Nurse Me
20. Los Straitjackets - Teen Beast
21. Ben Folds Five - Narcolepsy
22. Frank Black - Calistan
23. The Beatifics - Something/Anything?
24. Buzzcocks - Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldnt've)

25. Galaxy 500 - Flowers
26. Gang of Four - I Found That Essence Rare
27. Frank Zappa - San Berdino
28. Redd Kross - Only a Girl
29. Dressy Bessy - Cup o Bang Bang
30. MC5 - Sister Ann

Friday, July 22, 2016


It's always heartbreaking reading anything about John Lennon and Yoko Ono's album Double Fantasy.  What should have been a new beginning turned into a tragic final album.  Still, listening to Lennon's songs gives us a great snapshot of where he was at and how he was feeling about returning to music.  It's even more poignant to listen to in its stripped down version, where each song is presented as a live studio performance without all the 80s production washing over it, because John and Yoko were hoping to hit the road in support of the album.  Also, the songs are just great in that state.

There were a few books that came out around the 30th anniversary, and they're worth checking out if you're interested in that period of Lennon's career.  The best one is Starting Over: The Making Of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Double Fantasy, by Ken Sharp.  Sharp talks to all the major players involved in the making of the album, and it's exciting to read about Lennon's transition from hesitant to exhilarated over his return to music.

The whole reason I'm bringing this up, is because Jack Douglas, who speaks of his experience producing Double Fantasy in Starting Over, was just interviewed by Gothamist about his experiences working with John and Yoko.  He also talks about working with bands like Cheap Trick, Aerosmith, and legends like George Martin.  He worked with John and Yoko as early as the Imagine album, Yoko's Approximately Infinite Universe album, and he was around during John's "Lost Weekend".  The best parts are when he talks about Double Fantasy, and what it was like to work with two huge personalities.  It's a very interesting read.

It's in two parts, so look for the link to part two!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016


Monday, July 11th, 2016 (3086)
1. Husker Du - Divide & Conquer
2. Guided By Voices - Teenage FBI
3. The Fuzztones - Ward 81
4. White Stripes - Party of Special Things To Do
5. Ada Richards - I'm Drunk & Real High In The Spirit Of God
6. The Legendary Stardust Cowboy - Global Warming
7. The Who - Love Is Like A Heatwave
8. Lou Reed - White Light/White Heat
9. Rolling Stones - Hot Stuff
10. Sammy Davis Jr. - Wichita Lineman
11. Talking Heads - Born Under Punches
12. Jr. & His Soulettes - Mama Loves Tequila
13. Bob Dylan - This Evening So Soon
14. The Replacements - Skyway
15. Daniel Johnston - Go
16. Jr. & His Soulettes - Cherry Soul Sound
17. Circuit Rider - Sitting In A Bar/Poor Mick
18. Faces - I Know I'm Losing You

19. Joy Division - No Love Lost
20. Yo La Tengo - Ohm
21. Stooges - I Wanna Be Your Dog
22. Iron Maiden - Run To the Hills
23. Redd Kross - After School Special
24. The Who - Shakin' All Over
25. Syd Barrett - Love Song
26. Kelley Stoltz - To Speak To the Girl
27. Television - Friction
28. Prince - Slow Love
29. Flying Burrito Brothers - Dark End Of the Street
30. Dick Kent - Octopus Woman Please Let Me Go
31. Blank Realm - Falling Down the Stairs

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016 (3087)
1. Deerhoof - Little Hollywood
2. New Pornographers - You Tell Me Where
3. Adult Books - Lobby Talks
4. The Growlers - Good Advice
5. Chris Stamey & the db's - (I thought) You Wanted To Know
6. Secret Colours - Get To the Sun
7. Juliana Hatfield Trio - Invisible
8. Faux Jean - Nature
9. Delta Spirit - Money Saves
10. Wilco - More
11. Explorer's Club - Don't Waste Her Time
12. Holiday - She's Not the Person You Think You Know
13. Baby Jesus - You Make Me Fry
14. King Khan & the Shrines - Land Of the Freak

15. Half Japanese - Firecracker
16. Kitten Forever - Temple
17. Prince - Delirious
18. Komeda - Boogie Woogie Rock and Roll
19. Condo Fucks - Gudbuy T'Jane
20. Bruce Springsteen - Atlantic City
21. France Camp - Midnight
22. Guitar Wolf - I Love You Okay
23. LCD Soundsystem - North American Scum
24. Pandoras - Haunted Beach Party
25. Kelley Stoltz - Still Feel
26. The Monkees - You Bring the Summer
27. David Lowry - Marigold
28, Built To Spill - All Our Songs
29, Yo La Tengo - You Can Have It All
30. Le Tigre - Les & Ray
31. Zumpano - Behind the Beehive
32. Matthew Sweet - Girlfriend

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016 (3088)
1. Fleshtones - Speedy Gonzales
2. Mavis Staples - Can You Get To That
3. Funkadelic - Super Stupid
4. Rolling Stones - Slave
5. Sex Pistols - Submission
6. Buddy Holly - Heartbeat
7. David Bowie - Modern Love
8. Bar Kays - Soul Finger
9. REM - Finest Worksong
10. Cheap Trick - Hello Hello/Come On Come On
11. Bee Gees - Nights On Broadway
12. Barrington Davis - Raining Teardrops

13. Them - I Can Only Give You Everything
14. Ike & Tina Turner - Sleepless
15. Pretty Things - Roadrunner
16. Prince - Strollin'
17. Nina Simone - Here Comes the Sun
18. George Harrison - Blow Away
19. Lee Hazelwood - The Boots Are Made For Walking
20. Frank Sinatra - Stormy Weather
21. Dora Hall - Green Door
22. Wayne County & the Electric Chair - Thunder
23. The Beatles - Rain (mono)
24. Go Home Productions - Rapture Riders
25. Klaus Nomi - Lightning Strikes

26. AC/DC - Give Me a Bullet
27. Delfonics - A Lover's Concerto
28. Edwin Starr - Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head
29. Bob Dylan - Shelter From the Storm
30. Replacements - Dose Of Thunder
31. Prince - Purple Rain

Thursday, July 14th, 2016 (3089)
1. Dukes Of Stratosphere - You're My Drug
2. Paul Westerberg - First Glimmer
3. Beth Orton - Carmella (Four Tet Remix)
4. Mates Of State - Sleep the Clock Around
5. Her Space Holiday - The New Kid Revival
6. The Breeders - Drivin' On 9
7. The Kinks - Complicated Life
8. Whatever Forever - Lazy Way Out
9. Sonic Youth - Turquoise Boy
10. Cass McCombs - The Same Thing
11. Sea Wolf - You're a Wolf
12. Whatever Forever - Miserable People
13. Frank Black Ramona Sings
14. David Byrne - In the Future
15. Staples Singers - Got To Be Some Changes
16. Tom Waits - San Diego Serenade
17. Kelley Stoltz - Put My Troubles To Sleep
18. Yo La Tengo - Deeper Into Movies
19. Beck - Morning
20. Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks - Baltimore
21. New Pornographers - My Rights vs Yours
22. They Might Be Giants - Starry Eyes
23. NERD - Everyone Nose (All The Girls Standing In the Line For the Bathroom)
24. The Beatles - Old Brown Shoe (stereo)
25. John Cale - Perfect
26. Slade - Gudbuy T'Jane

Thursday, July 14th, 2016 NIGHTTIME SHOW
We Announce the vinyl reissue of The Beatifics' "How I Learned To Stop Worrying..."
1. Paul McCartney & Wings - Junior's Farm
2. The Rockefellers - All Your Former Boyfriends
3. The Beatifics - The Longest Days Of Summer
4. The Beatifics - Almost Something There
5. The Beatifics - Something/Anything?
6. The Beatifics - This Year's Jessica
7. The Beatifics - Without a Doubt
8. Betty Drake - Time Will Never Tell

Friday, July 15th 2016 (3091)
We play the Beatifics Acetate for the first time ANYWHERE!
It's also Ian Curtis and Roky Erickson' birthday!
1. The Beatifics - Rock and Roll Part 3
2. 13th Floor Elevators - You're Gonna Miss Me
3. Yo La Tengo - Stupid Things
4. The Zombies - Maybe After He's Gone
5. Joy Division - Transmission
6. Roky Erickson - I have Always Been Here Before
7. The Undertones - Teenage Kicks

8. New Pornographers - New Face Of Zero and One
9. Beach Boys - Caroline, No
10. Joy Division - These Days
11. Flaming Lips - The W.A.N.D.
12. LCD Soundsystem - Jump Into the Fire
13. Roky Erickson - Don't Shake Me Lucifer

14. Almost Something There
15. Something/Anything?
16. This Year's Jessica
17. Without a Doubt
18. Last Thing On My Mind
19. Happy To Be Sad
20. Crazy Lovesick Heart
21. Those Kids
22. Read You Wrong
23. Green Day Rising
24. The Beatifics - Junior's Farm
25. Joy Division - No Love Lost
26. Legendary Stardust Cowboy - Bladerunner
27. Nic Armstrong - I Can't Stand It

28. They Might Be Giants - Man It's So Loud In Here
29. 13th Floor Elevators - Slip Inside This House
30. Roky Erickson - Bloody Hammer
31. Roky Erickson & Okkerville River - True Love Casts Out All Evil
32. Joy Division - She's Lost Control
33. Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart
34. Bob Dylan - If Not For You
35. Nick Drake - Time Has Told Me
36. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Nature Boy

37. Charles Bradley - Changes
38. They Might Be Giants - Spy
39. St Paul & the Broken Bones - Sugar Dyed
40. Bettye Lavette - Step Away
41. Dennis Wilson - River Song
42. The Monkees - You Bring the Summer
43. Black Hollies - Don't Be Afraid To Ask
44. Explorere's Club - Once In a While
45. Matthew Sweet & Susannah Hoffs - Hello, It's Me
46. Yo La Tengo - I Wann Be Your Lover
47. Elvis Presley - Fool
48. Paul Westerberg - Dyslexic Heart
49. Robyn Hitchcock - The Ghost In You
50. John Doe - Golden State

51. Devin Davis - Giant Spiders
52. Craig Finn - New Friend Jesus
53. Wilco - I Might
54. Dr. Dog - She's a Big Girl Now


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Grind-Fu Cinema presents


Saturday, July 23rd
Wiecking 220 Auditorium
Minnesota State University, Mankato


Grind-Fu Cinema has got something special for you for July!  It's more than just a double feature.  This time it's a SAGA.  A SPRAWLING SAGA.  And it's completely free.  Check another one off the Grind-Fu Bucket list!

The Godfather (1972)
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola

If you've never seen it, you can't understand why it's so hard to talk about The Godfather without sounding hyperbolic.  It is, quite simply, one of the greatest films ever made.  The American Film Institute ranks it second on their top 100 films of all time list, behind Citizen Kane.  It won the Oscar for Best Picture - Drama, Best Screenplay, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Original Score.  It also won five Golden Globes, setting a record that has yet to be beaten.

This is a kick ass film.

We haven't even gotten to the acting:  Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, James Caan, John Cazale, Sterling Hayden, and about a thousand character actors that own the screen.  The story is epic, the tone is perfect, the everything is spectacular.  Don't miss this film.

We will be showing The Godfather at 1:00 PM and it will run until about 4:00 PM.  This will give you plenty of time to recover and get back by seven for the next incredible feature.

The Godfather Part II (1974)
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola

People love the first Godfather film, but there are many out there that declare that The Godfather part II is even better.  It's hard to argue with them, because both films are so incredible. It won six Oscars, including Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Art Direction, Best Original Score - Drama, and it was the first sequel to win for Best Picture.  Again, not too shabby.

Part II not only takes us to the next stage of the Corleon saga, but it delves into its origins.  The story is sprawling, and the movie clocks in at 3 1/2 hours.  A fast and compelling 3 1/2 hours. Pacino gives what could be his greatest on screen performance, and the cast ads Robert DeNiro as a young Vito Corelone, the founder of the Corleone family.  Yet again, not too shabby.

If you're a movie fan, you don't want to miss this Grind-Fu!  If you've never seen them on the big screen, then you can't afford to miss out.  If you've never seen either of these movies, then you need to right a serious wrong.  These are two of the greatest films ever made, and your life as a movie geek is not complete until you've seen them.  Also, you can see them FOR FREE!  Bring your friends, snacks, dress in layers (because it can get chilly) and get ready for an amazing colossal day of films.  You won't regret it.

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

Thursday, July 14, 2016


Boy, did you guys dodge a bullet!  the original version of this post was SUPER long, but I thought better of myself.  So here's the short version:

Friday morning, during the seven o'clock hour, we will be playing the the vinyl reissue of The Beatifics' How I Learned To Stop Worrying... for the first time anywhere.  I have been working on this with Chris Dorn from the band for the past year and a half, and it's finally something that exists in the world.  It's crazy.

This project is something that I would daydream about on the show on a pretty regular basis, and sometimes Shelley and I would be running costs and brainstorming it during the show, much to the chagrin of listeners.  Anyway, a year and a half ago I sent what was probably my first ever fan letter to Chris to let him know that his record is my favorite record of all time, and it was a tragedy that people were unable to get it in any format at all.  I asked him if he would be interested in putting out a 20th anniversary reissue of How I Learned To Stop Worrying... for the first time ever on vinyl.  The e-mail was probably super stalkery, but I think I showed amazing restraint.  Luckily, Chris liked the idea, and for the past 18 months we've been plugging away at this thing.

The whole process have been incredibly interesting.  I've purchased an unhealthy amount of records in my lifetime, but I've never been involved on the manufacturing side of things.  There's mixes to worry about, lacquers to prep, pressing plants to hire, bonus tracks to assembly, and a certain amount of archaeology involved.  All of it has been very fun, though, and it's such a relief to feel like the project has gotten past the superstition stage and is safe to talk about.

Chris Dorn listening to his album for the first time ever on an LP

So what have we put together? Some of the project is still underway, but this October will mark the 20th anniversary of The Beatifics' debut release, and since Chris and I are both record collectors we've approached it with an archival sensibility.  He remastered the album for vinyl, and it sounds great.  We approached the artist that did the cover art and he'll be prepping that for an LP jacket.  Chris is working on liner notes about the album, too, which will be interesting.  Beyond that, there will be bonus tracks included in the download of the album.  There will be early and alternate versions of songs, as well as songs performed on Vin Scelsa's Idiot's Delight radio show in New York about six months after the record release.  It's fun stuff.

The other super nerdy collector thing is that we're putting out a limited edition 10" EP that features all eight of the songs that The Beatifics performed on Idiot's Delight.  Five of them are songs that appear on How I Learned To Stop Worrying..., one is from Chris' pre-Beatifics band The Rockefellers, another wouldn't be released until six years later on an EP, and then there's their great cover of Paul McCartney & Wings' Junior's Farm.  Seven of these tracks will also be included in the digital download, but that Macca cover will only be available on the vinyl EP.  Why?  Because there's a whole rights thing, and also nerdy collector reasons.

Anyway, there are many components of this project that are still in production, and it won't be officially available until (hopefully) the end of October, but the test pressings just arrived, so it officially exists in record form.  We're going to play the entire thing during the seven o'clock hour tomorrow morning, so please tune in and hear the most expensive record in my collection!  It's pretty exciting to be able to have a hand in making my favorite record of all time available again.


SIDE NOTE:  There are two radio performances The Beatifics did that we haven't been able to track down.  The copies that the band had have vanished into the ether, and the stations that originally broadcast them no longer have copies.  The first was on KVSC on the show Monday Night Live during Winter Semester 1996/97.  The other was on Winona station KQAL in the Spring of 1997, and this performance had songs that the band never recorded.  Do you happen to have copies of these broadcasts? WE WOULD LOVE COPIES OF THEM!


Not talking about this thing has been torture!  Shyboy Tim has been working on a project for the past year and a half, and we haven't said a word on the air about it... UNTIL TONIGHT!  Tune in at six p.m. and hear us go on and on about it.  It's pretty freakin' cool.

KMSU 89.7fm/KMSK 91.3fm/kmsu.org

Tuesday, July 12, 2016


Sleeve art designed by Olaf Jens

After a wait that has felt like an eternity, Munster Records has finally published information about the upcoming Legendary Stardust Cowboy album Launch Pad Favorites!  The track listing is finally available, and it looks like a good overview of his career.  Starting with Paralyzed and crusing along through 2002's cover of David Bowie's Space Oddity, the collection presents the many moods of Ledge.  There's screamers like Paralyzed and Relaxation, as well as crooners like Kiss & Run and Fly Me To the Moon.  The only way it could be better would be if it was a complete recordings collection, but since you've probably already begun building your Ledge collection there's no need to fret about omissions.  We're lucky to live in a world that has Ledge in it, and any collection is only going to enhance your life.

Right now there isn't any pre-order info, but you can check out all the news on the project on the website.  BONUS: You can read liner notes that have been written by people like Klaus Flouride and some guy named Shyboy Tim.  GET PSYCHED!


Friday, July 08, 2016


Monday, July 4th, 2016 (3081) HAPPY BIRTHDAY, USA!
1. Bob Dylan - New Morning
2. Legendary Stardust Cowboy - Paralyzed
3. Runaways - Cherry Bomb
4. The Dictators - Loyola
5. Devo - Girl U Want
6. Yo La Tengo - Big Day Coming
7. Rolling Stones - Live With Me
8. They Might Be Giants - Tubthumping
9. Marvin Gaye - Got To Give It Up
10. Guitar Wolf - Summertime Blues
11. The Kinks - Milkcow Blues
12. Lou Reed - America
13. The Blind Shake & Swami John Ries - Beach Leech
14. Bo Diddley - Shape I'm In
15. Jr. Walker & His All-Stars - Shake & Finger Pop
16. Deerhoof - Life Is Suffering
17. The Beatles - Tomorrow Never Knows (stereo)
18 .Sonic Youth - Bull In the Heather
19. Bee Gees - Lonely Days
20. Explorers Club - My Friend
21. David Bowie - Young Americans
22. Tough Age - 50 Girls 50
23. Guided By Voices - Back To the Line
24. Cheap Trick - She's Tight
25. Supergrass - In It For the Money
26. Redd Kross - After School Special
27. Public Enemy - B Side Wins Again
28. Foghat - Slowride
29. Smith - Baby, It's You
30. Motorhead - Train Kept A Rollin'
31. AC/DC - Problem Child
32. Stooges - Search & Destroy
33. MC5 - Back In the USA
34. Husker Du - Books About UFOs

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016 (3082) HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ROBBIE ROBERSTON
1. Robbie Robertson - Showdown At Big Sky
2. Human Music - Pool Party
3. Kelley Stoltz - I Don't Get That
4. Heavy Blinkers - Gentle Strength
5. Francoise Hardy - La Question
6. The Blind Shake - Mr. Wise Owl
7. Whatever Forever - Streets Ahead
8. Pretty - Mustache In Your Face
9. Iron Maiden - The Number Of the Beast
10. Roger Bonnett - The Hell With You
11. The Beatifics - Almost Something There
12. Dora Hall - Green Door
13. AJ Rowe - Smoke My Pipe ( The Sign Aint Right)
14. The Band - The Weight
15. Paul Westerberg - Dirty Diesel
16. Lemonheads - Mrs Robinson
17. Bob Dylan - It Aint Me Babe
18. They Might Be Giants - Pet Name
19. Mrs. Miller - Up Up And Away
20. The Tweeds - I Need That Record
21. Dinbot - Breathe On
22. Stereolab - Mrs. Modular
23. Jon Haryd & The Public - Something's Got To Give
24. The Band - Chest Fever
25. Weakwick - Bat the Knife
26. David Bowie - Look Back In Anger
27. Peggy Lee - Is That All There Is
28. Gary Strivent - Something
29. The Monkees - Bring the Summer
30. Shirley Ellis - The Nitty Gritty
31. The Band - Slippin' & Slidin'
32. The Willows - Don't Push Don't Pull Don't Shove
33. Syl Johnson - Going To the Shark
34. The Beatles - Boys (mono)
35. New Pornographers - Letter From An Occupant
36. Big Star - September Gurlz

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016 (3083) Mike is our PD4AD!
1. Yo La Tengo - Needle Of Death
2. Postal Service - Against All Odds
3. AC Newman - Battle For Straight Time
4. Luna - China Town
5. Jimmy Cliff - The Harder They Come
6. Specials - Message To You Rudy
7. T. Rex - Jeepster
8. Komeda - Boogie Woogie Rock & Roll
9. Greg Brown - Sadness
10. The Jesus & Mary Chain - Head On

11. Chesterfield Kings - I Don't Understand
12. Chesterfield Kings - Flashback
13. Chesterfield Kings - Mystery Trip
14. Bruce Cameron - Midnight Daydream
15. Bruce Cameron - Forever Rebel Girl
16. Blind Stone - Rock Your Mojo
17. Blind Stone - Karma
18. Blind Stone - In the Groove Of Things
19. Molly Nova & the Hawk - Kindred Spirit
20. Molly Nova & the Hawk - Don't Burn That Bridge
21. Widespread Panic - Second Skin

22. Widespread Panic - Solid Rock
23. Widespread Panic - Ribs & Whiskey
24. Lightning - 1930
25. Lightning -  Freedom (Is Life With Living)
26. Deep Purple - Coming Home
27. Deep Purple - This Time Around
28. Deep Purple - Ode To G
29. Deep Purple - You Keep On Moving

Thursday, July 7th, 2016 (3084) HAPPY BIRTHDAY, RINGO STARR!
DJ Chris, DJ Jazzy Jess, DJ Triple D, and DJ Cleopatra Ice Dragon are our PD4AD!
1. Ringo Starr - Back Off Boogaloo
2. The Beatles - I Wanna Be Your Man (stereo)
3. B52s - Rock Lobster
4. Lee Hazelwood & Nancy Sinatra - Summer Wine
5. Ringo Starr - Photograph
6. The Replacements - Alex Chilton
7. Talking Heads - Walk It Down
8. Steely Dan - Peg
9. Syd Barrett - Baby Lemonade
10. The Beatifics - Something Everything
11. The Beatles - What Goes On

12. Billy McCoughlan - Into the Light
13. Steve Goodman - You Better Get It While You Can
14. Mojo Nixon - Elvis Is Everywhere
15. Queen - Bicycle Race
16. Pharrell - Happy
17. Adventure Time - House Hunting Song
18. Adventure Time - Extremities Song
19. Adventure Time - Stuff Song
20. Weird Al Yankovic - Jurassic Park
21. The Beatles - Maxwell's Silver Hammer
22. The Aquabats - Shark Fighter
23. Tom Lehrer - Poisoning Pigeons In the Park
24. Shel Silverstein - The Unicorn
25. Napoleon XIV - They're Coming To Take Me Away! HA HA!
26. Jim Croce - You Don't Mess Around With Jim
27. Steely Dan - Throw Back the Little Ones
28. First Aid Kit - America
29. Fleetwood Mac - Never Going Back Again
30. Neutral Milk Hotel - Two Headed Boy
31. Todd Snider - Vinyl Records
32. Cake - Sad Songs & Waltzes
33. The Villagers - Becoming a Jackyl
34. The Lone Bellow & Friends - Dire Wolf
35. The Flying Lizards - Money
36. The Decemberists - July July
37. Paul Simon - The Obvious CHild
38. Sam the Sham & the Pharoahs - Little Red Riding Hood

Friday, July 8th, 2016 (3085) Cooper is our PD4AD!
1. The Zombies - Hung Up On A Dream
2. David Byrne - Glass, Concrete & Stone
3. Camper Van Beethoven - Take the Skinheads Bowling
4. Whiskey Biscuit - Santa Ana River Delta Blues
5. Blind Shake with Swami John Reis - Beach Leech
6. Written In the Sand - UFO Disaster
7. Frank Black - Atlantis
8. Billy Schuh & the Foundry - Dancing Light/Slow Machines
9. The Breeders - Cannonball
10. The Feelies - Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except For Me & My Monkey
11. Stanley Jordon - Freddy Freeloader
12. Brian Setzer Orchestra - Sammy Davis City
13. Jimi Hendrix - Pali Gap
14. Chris Cornell - Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart
15. Chris Cornell - Dead Wishes
16. Chris Cornell - Worried Man
17. Robert Randolph & the Family Band - Travelin' Shoes
18. Robert Randolph & the Family Band - Going In the Right Direction
19. Soundgarden - Mind Riot
20. Soundgarden - HolyWater
21. Bob Dylan - Pay In Blood
22. Bob Dylan - Scarlet Town
23. Jimi Hendrix - Here He Comes
24. Jimi Hendrix - Midnight Lightning
25. Cooper Fuller - Blind So Far
26. The Wallflowers - Laughing Out Loud
27. Cooper Fuller - Down In the Barrel
28. Nine Inch Nails - Mr. Self Destruct
29. Nine Inch Nails - The Day the World Went Away

Wednesday, July 06, 2016


If you're a fan of martial arts films, especially Hong Kong martial arts films, you're gonna want to check this site out.  Shaw Brothers Universe has made nearly EIGHT HUNDRED classic Shaw Brothers films available to view on line.  These are some of the most essential Kung Fu movies ever committed to celluoid, and you better get started if you're gonna watch them all!  You can quite a few trailers on the website, but the collection section has links to the actual films.  Several of them are free to watch via Hulu, but you can rent even more via iTunes and YouTube.

Better get started!


Damn.  I'm already a subscriber to Numero Group's Project 12, as well a Gold Subscriber so I can get virtually everything the label puts out.  How many more ways can I show my love of Numero by showering them with my cash?  By visiting their new storefront in Chicago.

I haven't gone (yet) as they've just announced it, but Numero Group will be opening the Numero Factory Outlet on July 8th.  It's a shop located in their company headquarters, making it a double Mecca.  It's a store full of records I was going to buy anyway, PLUS they'll occasionally have bands and DJs.  Plan your (my) trip accordingly, as it'll only be open on Fridays from noon to eight.

Yeah... eight hours should be enough time to nerd out and go broke.


Tuesday, July 05, 2016


KMSU Presents
with Weakwick and Rhythmaplex

Saturday, July 9th
The What's Up Lounge
701 Riverfront Drive, Mankato, MN

$5 cover! Starts at 8:30!

This show is gonna rock.  KMSU presents The Blind Shake, with guests Weakwick and Rhythmaplex, on Saturday, July 9th, at the What's Up Lounge!  The cover is only five bucks, too, so you don't have to sweat much.  Let's rephrase that:  You're gonna be sweating A TON because this show will rock!

The Blind Shake have been touring the world, and they will finally be making their way to Kato!  The City Pages named them the best live band in Minneapolis, too, so it stands to reason that this rule could apply to this town, if only for one night.  SF Weekly describes the band as "at once spacey, primitive futuristic, and brutal: a kind of backyard extraterrestrial minimal surf-punk party.  One Guitar, one baritone guitar, a f**kload of reverb, and a drummer who deserves an Olympic Medal."


Weakwick is an explosive noice-rock duo from Minneapolis, whose racket provides a fresh-faced update on classic Midwestern scuzz previously heard from labels like Amphetamine Reptile and Touch and Go Records.  Their new album just came out, so the timing is right for their sound to be unleashed on Mankato ears.

Rhythmaplex is making a rare appearance, and they always deliver.  They bring an amazing detuned garage clank to the show, PLUS, they feature KMSU's Edgar Burn from the MN Music Network!

This is going to be a show for the ages.  You know how you hate it when you miss a show and people tell you how great it was?  Don't let that happen again! Join us for an explosive night of music!

Friday, July 01, 2016


Monday, June 27th, 2016 (3076)
1. John Cale - Sandman (Flying Dutchman)
2. Yo La Tengo - Barnaby, Hardly Working
3. Vetiver - It's Beyond Me
4. Al Green - Take Me To the River
5. Talking Heads - The Great Curve
6. LCD Soundsystme - Dance Yrself Clean
7. Lou Reed - Lisa Says
8. Can - Millionenspiel
9. Flaming Groovies - You Tore Me Down
10. Grace Basement - There He Goes
11. David Bowie - Life On Mars
12. Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings - Wild Horses
13. Rolling Stones - Moonlight Mile
14. Tom Waits - The Earth Died Screaming
15. Bob Mould - Days of Rage
16. Ramones - Blitzkrieg Bop
17. The Replacements - Take Me Down to the Hospital
18. Buzzcocks - I Don't Mind
19. The Oh Sees - If I Stay Too Long
20. The Blind Shake - Go Lie
21. Gang Of Four - I Found That Essence Rare
22. Rocket From the Tomb - Foggy Notion
23. Richard Hell & the Voidoids - Blank Generation

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016 (3077)
1. Steely Dan - Do It Again
2. The Beatles - Got To Get You Into My Life (stereo)
3. Band of Thieves - Thieves In the Funk House
4. The Monkees - Listen To the Band
5. The Blind Shake - Calligraphy
6. Peter Wheat & the Bread Men - Baby, What's New?
7. The Caesars - Boo Boo Goo Goo
8. Fanny Pack - Hit It
9. Eric Burdon & War - Spill the Wine
10. The Bee Gees - Paperback Writer
11. Kaiser Chiefs - Na Na Na Na Naa
12. "Paul McCartney" & Wings - Coming Up (live)
13. Yoko Ono & Plastic Ono Band - Bad Dancer
14. Bee Gees - You're Nobody 'til Somebody Loves You
15. Bee Gees - You Won't See Me
16. Devo - Love Without Anger
17. Wilco - Handshake Love
18. Dick Kent - Octopus Woman Please Let Me Go
19. Big Audio Dynamite - Rush
20. Hallelujah, the Hills - Wave Backwards To Massachusetts
21. Fleshtones - Love Yourself
22. Arrogance - Bad Luck Heartbreak Woman
23. The Pixies - Alec Eiffel
24. Mystery Science Theater 3000 Theme
25. Mystery Science Theater 3000 - Creepy Girl
26. Ray Price & Willie Nelson - Night Life
27. Bruce Springsteen & the E. Street Band - E. Street Shuffle
28. Grant Hart - Now That You Know Me
29. The Beatifics - This Year's Jessica
30. TV On the Radio - Halfway Home
31. Tin Machine - Baby Universal
32. Stark Effect - Eeples and Banneenees
33. The Monks Boys Are Boys & Girls Are Choice
34. Kelley Stoltz - Birmingham Eccentric
35. The Heavy - That Kind of Man
36. The Suburbs - Baby Heartbeat

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016 (3078) 
Emily & Minnow celebrate Patrick's on 3rd's 28th Anniversary!
1. Talking Heads - Blind
2. Nick Drake - River Man
3. Lou Reed - What's Good
4. Jaqueline Tiabe - Seven Hours du Matin
5. Frank Black & the Catholics - Velvety
6. Hold Steady - Massive Nights
7. Social Distortion - Ring of Fire
8. The Jam - Town Called Malice
9. Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood - Down From Dover
10. Tom Waits - Never Let Go
11. Olivia Tremor Control - Silver Bug

12. Cactus Blossoms - You're Dreaming
13. New Primitives - Bring Me Down
14. Javier Trejo - Brand New Day
15. Erik the Viking - 10 & 2
16. Detroit - Dog Bite
17. Bass Brand Brass Band - When the Saints Go Marching In
18. Martin Zellar - Cherry Cherry
19. Blue Max - Mellow Down Easy
20. 3 Minute Hero - Mean Man From the Circus
21. Greazy Meal - I Can't Wait
22. City Mouse - Alcohol
23. Wallace Hartley & the Titanics - Get Enough
24. The Senders - Now Baby Or Never
25. Erik Koskinen - ?
26. Big Wu -Silcanturnitova
27. Barefoot Winos - Movin' On
28. RJ Mischo - The Train
29. Honeydogs - Rumor Has It
30. Detroit - He's Smart
31. Detroit - Fran Tarkenton

Thursday, June 30th, 2016 (3079) - YLT John is our Program Director!
1. Elvis Presley - Mystery Train
2. Bob Dylan - Isis
3. Half Japanese - Our Love
4. Marianne Faithfull - Desperanto
5. Three Peas In a Podd - Goin' Out Of My Head
6. The Dramatics - Get Up Get Down
7. Fleshtones - All Around the World
8. David Bowie - Sue (Or In a Season of Crime)
9. Leslie Hall - Tight Pants Body Roll (Utopia Park Remix)

10. Warren Zevon - Johnny Strikes Up the Band
11. Nick Lowe - And So It Goes
12. Mexican Institute of Sound - Alocatal
13. Smog - Cold Blooded Old Times
14. David Bowie - Sorrow
15. Beirut - East Harlem
16. The Smiths - Handsome Devil
17. Velvet Underground - There She Comes
18. Cake - War Pigs
19. Yo La Tengo - Deeper Into Movies
20. Jake Bugg - There's a Beast And We All Feed It
21. Tragically Hip - Vapor Trails
22. Buffalo Springfield - Mr. Soul
23. Mustard Plug - Mr. Smiley
24. The DB's - Amplifier
25. Bob Dylan - Day Of the Locusts
26. Low - Plastic Cup
27. Lou Reed - New Sensations
28. Dr. Dog - The Ark
29. Parquet Courts -Bodies Made Of
30. Gogol Bordello - Immigraniada (We Comin' Rougher)
31. The Byrds - You Ain't Going Nowhere
32. Rolling Stones - Jivin' Sister Fanny
33. Citizen Cope - Southern Nights
34. Car Seat Headrest - No Passion
35. Bob Marley & the Wailers - Bad Card
36. Waylon Jennings - Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way?
37. Ringo Starr - It Don't Come Easy
38. Lucero - Mom

Friday, July 1st, 2016 (3080) CANADA DAY, with real live Canadian Kent!

1. B.J. Snowden - In Canada
2. Leonard Cohen - First We Take Manhattan
3. Gino Vanelli - Black Cars
4. Dub Rifles - Bomb Shakes the Dance Hall
5. Basic Nature - Circles and Lines
6. The Band - The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
7. Lorne Greene - Ringo
8. Lighthouse - One Fine Morning
9. Len - Steal My Sunshine
10. Bob & Doug McKenzie with Geddy Lee - Take Off!
11. Trooper - Raise a Little Hell
12. Sweeney Todd - Roxy Roller
13. New Pornographers - Use It
14. Bachman Turner Overdrive - Let It Ride
15. Loverboy - Everybody's Working For the Weekend
16. Jack Kass - Fantastic
17. Gordon Lightfoot - Wreck Of the Edmund Fitzgerald
18. The Guess Who - Clap For the Wolfman
19. The Haunted - 1-2-5
20. Trooper - We're Here For a Good Time (Not a Long Time)
21. Stompin' Tom Connors - Stompin' Ground
22. Joni Mitchell - Big Yellow Taxi
23. Bryan Adams - Summer of '69
24. Steppenwolf - Magic Carpet Ride
25. Rush - Tom Sawyer
26. William Shatner - Common People
27. Tim Hutt - The Lottery Song
28. Andy Kim - Rock Me Gently
29. Hank Snow I'm Movin' On
20. Neil Young - Old Man