Friday, January 29, 2016

THAT SPRINGSTEEN SHOW YOU JUST SAW? YOU CAN RELIVE IT OVER AND OVER NOW!


Last week, when that big honkin' blizzard hit the East Coast, Bruce Springsteen was forced to cancel one of his shows at Madison Square Garden.  He realized that this was a pretty big deal, so he made a really cool gesture to make up for it.  For a couple of days he made his recent Chicago show available as a free download.  I hope you guys had a chance to grab it, because it's pretty awesome.  Anything Bruce is pretty awesome, though.

Miss out on it?  Well, if you go to nugs.net you can get the Chicago show and any of the shows he's playing on this tour as a download.  They're not free, but they're pretty inexpensive.  A standard MP3 download is under ten bucks, but you can go FLAC, HD Audio or CD if you like.  The prices go up with each format, but discerning ears will find the extra cost worth their time.

Right now there is a free Springsteen download on the site.  It's ten songs from the November 5th, 1980 show that he played in Tempe, AZ.  This is the same show that's included in the new The River box set that came up last year.  By all accounts this is one of the greatest Springsteen shows out there, so this is quite a treat.

Are you going to see Bruce and the E Street Band play on February 29th in St Paul?  You can pre-order it here!

Shyboy


DEFACING KUBRICK, or WHAT'S THE DEAL WITH WENDY'S EYES?


There have been some fantastic movie remixes over the last few years, but I haven't seen anything as astoundingly weird as this hilarious defacing of Stanley Kubrick's The Shining.  Hope you guys like chicken, weird inbreeding, and rapping spectral twins, because here's five minutes of it.  Visit thechickening.com for the amazing song that the twins do, too.  It's less than a minute long, but it'll be stuck in your head all day.

Shyboy





SECOND HALLOWEEN'S A COMIN' ON FEBRUARY 29th!

TV Horror Host Ghoulardi, played by Ernie Anderson (Paul Thomas Anderson's Dad!)

2016 is a Leap Year, you kids!  Does anybody have any special traditions for February 29th, other than taking an extra day to finish your end of the month paperwork?  We don't know any, and that's why we declared Leap Year Day Second Halloween!
 

Why Second Halloween? Well, Halloween is our favorite holiday here on Shuffle Function, so when a window of opportunity pops up to get even more Halloween fun in our lives we take it!  Leap Year Day is rare and unusual enough on its own, but there's nothing fun happening.  Now, however, there is!


Second Halloween is just what it sounds like.  It's a special bonus Halloween, and it only comes around every four years.  This is the third time we're marking Second Halloween, and we have to make this one last.  The next Leap year is is 2020, and it falls on a Saturday.  That means this is the last one for EIGHT YEARS!  Get your second Halloween kicks in now, because it'll be 2024 before it can be celebrated on the air.


 
How do you celebrate Second Halloween?  You celebrate it just like standard Halloween.  We'll have trick or treating, play Halloween music, dress in costume, etc.  You should dress in costume, too!  Why?  BECAUSE IT'S SECOND HALLOWEEN!  We also will have a candle burning and asking for the spirit of Harry Houdini to visit us in the studio, because Houdini.


SHUFFLE FUNCTION WELCOMES
THE SPIRIT OF HARRY HOUDINI!

if you have any Second Halloween traditions you want to begin, we're more than up for hearing them!  Remember, this is the last one for EIGHT YEARS, so we need to make this one last.  Send your ideas to shufflefunction@hotmail.com.

Shyboy



Wednesday, January 27, 2016

WHAT'S UP, MATADOR!


What is a Loss Leader record?  Well, kids, it's when a record label gets the bright idea to put out a compilation of artists on their rosters and sell it at a ridiculously low price.  They take a hit on the production and distribution costs, with the hope that people will love the bands and pick up full albums that the label has released.  Hence the name Loss Leader.

About 20 years ago Matador Records put out an amazing 2 cd collection called What's Up Matador, featuring a roll call of glory of legendary bands:  Yo La Tengo, Pavement, Teenage Fanclub, Liz Phair, The Fall, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion... I could go on and on, but I'll just give you THIS LINK with more information.  Needless to say, it was a damn good value, and if you see it you should pick it up.

Dangerous Minds posted something the other day related to What's Up Matador, and I had no idea that it even existed.  The label also released a companion home video, and the best part is that they put some effort into it.  Instead of releasing a compilation of videos from their bands, they created an entire children's show called "What's Up", with sets and a cheesy host and everything.  Even better, the production featured hilarious guest spots from the bands, and they did things like read story books to the audience of children, give demonstrations of how their instruments work, etc.  It's SUPER FUNNY, and worth your time.

Here's the home video of What's Up Matador (minus the music videos) for your lazy times enjoyment.  It's only about 25 minutes long with out the videos, so you can watch it on your lunch break.  Or not.  FINE!  WATCH IT WHENEVER YOU WANT!

Shyboy




KEY CITY BIKE IS LOOKING FOR AN EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR!

BIKE TYPES!  Do you want to get involved with a really great bike organization?  Key City Bike in Mankato is what you're looking for.  Their mission is to educate people about how to take care of their bikes, and they allow people to work towards earning a bike of their own.  Key City Bike also accepts any bike donations, which they either fix for riding or recycle the parts for other projects. Pretty sweet, huh?

WELL... Right now Key City Bike is looking for an Executive Director.  This is a volunteer position, and it will involve scheduling volunteers, shop administration, record keeping, etc.  The full description of the position is HERE!

Interested parties should submit a letter of interest and a resume to Key City Bike at KCBexecdirsearch2016@gmail.com before March 18th, 2016.  The Board of Directors will be in contact with those interested once they have had a chance to review everything.

KEY CITY BIKE RULES!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

STEVE MARTIN EATS EGG SALAD


"I used to be in a poker game with Neil Simon, Johnny Carson, Carl Reiner..."

I love hearing and reading stories from comedians.  There are a couple of great books by Mike Sacks (And Here's the Kicker and Poking a Dead Frog) that compile essays and interviews from professional comedy writers and performers that I can't recommend enough.  It's comedy as nuts and bolts.  Tina Fey's book Bossypants is one of the few books that has made me laugh to tears through the entire ride, and you can't call yourself a fan if you haven't read it yet.  Why are you reading this blog when you could be reading these books?

Steve Martin is as close to a true comedy rock and roll legend as you can get, and his book Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life is an essential read for comedy nerds.  You get the behind the scenes stories from a guy that turned comedy into an arena gig, and why he had to walk away from it.  It's also fascinating to read just how much thought goes into something like his comedy, which on the surface is so silly.  Again... why this... read that...

Martin appeared on the second episode of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee this season, and the episode is full of moments where your host Jerry Seinfeld and Steve talk about the craft of stand up and what it's like to be at the level of fame that these guys have.  It's a fun watch, as are all the episodes of CICGC.  You should watch them all, but start with this one.

Monday, January 11, 2016

IT'S GONNA BE A LONG DAY...

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REALLY?


David Bowie died this morning after an 18 month battle with Cancer.  Cancer can suck it.

I listened to Bowie's new album Blackstar all last week, and it was a thrill to be able to play it for you guys on his birthday last Friday.  It's inconceivable to think that it's his final album, but should it be any surprise that he went out triumphant?  That's how David Bowie rolled.

This week we'll probably be mourning together on the show.  That's what we do and what we want to do.  We want you guys to let us know how you feel, what you want to hear, and what you want to say about a guy that has made such an impact, not just on music, but on art, culture, and life.

I'm going to try and get back to sleep, as if I'll be able to do anything other than ponder this,

Shyboy

Sunday, January 10, 2016

WHY IS SINGING JACK PALANCE SO MAD AT ME?


Before the Vikings game today we stumbled across a gem on the RFD TV that you guys really must see.  We've been playing Jack Palance's Hannah on our show since we stumbled across the album years ago, but we never in a million years thought we would EVER see him actually singing something.  WE WERE WRONG!



Years ago Jack was on The Porter Wagoner show, where he sang two songs.  Neither one was Hannah, but they were both remarkably questionable.  Come for the Palance, stay for the Nudie suits and big hair.  Isn't that what the saying is?

"ELVIS PRESLEY, LITTLE RICHARD, STEVE McQUEEN, AND LEMMY"


If you guys didn't get a chance to watch Lemmy's memorial service, it's still available online at Motorhead's official channel.  There are a few other people that have reposted it, but the official video is the best quality (minus the out of synch audio).  It's a lovely service, and without fail every person that speaks gives testimony to what a kind and genuinely decent person Lemmy was.  He lived his life honestly and was as true to others as he was to himself.  Everybody should have a Lemmy in their life.

Saturday, January 09, 2016

NEW BBC DOCUMENTARY GIVES US A BIT MORE OF THE DAY THE CLOWN CRIED!

Jerry Lewis prepping for The Day The Clown Cried

OH MY JEEZ!  We've been obsessed with Jerry Lewis' notorious unreleased film The Day the Clown Cried for years now, and it seems like every few months something new slips through the cracks to keep us fascinated.  Never the entire thing... never even close... but just a further taste to keep us wanting more.

The latest thing to enter the world of The Day the Clown Cried obsession is a brand new documentary produced by the BBC.  While it's short of footage from the production, it does have, for the first time ever, never before seen stills from the making of the film.  These films have been buried in the archives of the Swedish Film Institute for decades.  Again, it's not even close to giving us what we want, but it's a closer look at this notorious production.



Here are some previous posts regarding the film.  Unless the National Archives, which possesses the Jerry Lewis archives, actually releases it, this will have to do.

THE MOST QUESTIONABLE FILM YOU WILL NEVER SEE!


THE DAY THE CLOWN CRIED: ACTUAL FOOTAGE

Friday, January 08, 2016

NEW BOWIE TODAY! NEW BOWIE VIDEO YESTERDAY!


This morning we're FINALLY playing Blackstar, the new David Bowie album.  Hope you guys enjoy it!  Let us know what you think by sending us an e-mail to shufflefunction@hotmail.com.  We also have the brand new video from Bowie that he dropped yesterday.  It's a creepy little number for the song Lazarus.  CHECK IT OUT!


Finally, it seems only appropriate that on David Bowie's 69th birthday (which is today) we take a look at his entire career.  Here he is in his sixth decade of making music, and he's putting out yet another great album.  We shouldn't really be surprised at this point, I suppose!  Here's an excellent hour long mashup of music from Bowie's entire career.  It's quite the body of work, and this is a fun way to explore it.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DAVID!

Shyboy

RSWX presents Dave from Radio Soulwax on Vimeo.


Thursday, January 07, 2016

NEW BOWIE TOMORROW! BOWIE MAKES YOU LAUGH TODAY!


How does one follow a popular series like the UK version of The Office?  You come up with an equally funny show called Extras, and you pack it with unexpected celebrity cameos.  Early in the second season we see Ricky Gervais' character on the cusp of fame, with his television series premiering to harsh reviews.  He's starting to get recognized on the street and in bars, so when he visits a pub he's able to get into the VIP section.  Who else gets into the VIP section?  DAVID BOWIE.

Gervais and Bowie begin to share some small talk, and Gervais starts to talk about how he's unhappy with the way the series is going.  After going on a while about this, Bowie gets a farway look in his eyes and begins improvising a song.  What follows is one of the funniest things I've ever seen on television.

Shyboy

PS:  Have I mentioned lately that we're playing the new Bowie album on tomorrow's show?  Because we are.



NEW BOWIE TOMORROW! BOWIE PULLS A FAST ONE TODAY!

     
David Bowie is many things to many people, and probably also to himself.  He's well read, worldly, and a patron of the arts.  He even operated his own art publishing house called 21.  In 1998 21 published an acclaimed title called Nat Tate; An American Artist 1928-1960.  It was the first major work to celebrate and investigate the life and works of Tate.



Tate was followed by heartbreak his entire life, beginning with his father abandoning his family, then losing his mother early in his childhood, and as time went on he became consumed by alcoholism and mental illness.  Towards the end of his life he became dissatisfied with his work, and he worked to buy back all the paintings he had sold so he could improve them.  He eventually destroyed 99% of them, and in 1960 he ended his life by jumping off the Staten Island Bridge.  His body was never found.

Portrait of K

On April 1st, 1998, the publisher threw a huge release party at Jeff Koons' art studio, and anyone who was anyone attended.  Bowie read from the book, and noted English art critic David Lister wandered through the crowd discussing Tate's work.  Attendees shared their knowledge of the artists' work and recalled seeing it in galleries.  It was quite the shindig.  A second release party was to be held a week later in London, but then it all fell apart.

It was revealed that Nat Tate never existed.

The whole thing was an elaborate hoax concocted by Bowie, author William Boyd, Gore Vidal, and Picasso biographer John Richardson.  They wanted to see what it would take to create something real out of nothing.  With the cooperation of the editor of Modern Painter, they developed the life of Nat Turner, embellishing it with vintage photos and recollections from his "compatriots" (Gore Vidal: "He was essentially a dignified drunk.  Unlike most American painters, he was unverbal.")  The final piece was to create a publication that celebrated Tate's work and presented it as genuine.

The story was blown when Lister, the critic from the party, just couldn't keep his big mouth shut, and had to run to the press with it.  For a brief period the story was major news, and people discussed human gullibility and how we're drawn into stories like Tate's.  Ultimately, Tate became real when one of "his paintings" sold at an auction for several thousand pounds.



Anyway, the above image is what I look like when I'm super excited to play a new David Bowie album for you guys, but I'm trying to stay cool.  I'm giving it all away, clearly.  Tomorrow morning we're going to be playing Blackstar, the new Bowie album, in its entirety.  Tune in at seven a.m. CST for an earful of genius that's gonna knock your socks off.

This aint no hoax.

Shyboy

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

NEW BOWIE ON FRIDAY! BOWIE MEETS THE BOSS TODAY!


David Bowie's pretty vocal about supporting musicians he loves.  He has a long history of covering them, most notably on his Pinups album, but many of his records are filled with interesting takes on other people's music.  Heck, he even pinched Stardust from The Legendary Stardust Cowboy for his Ziggy Stardust persona, and then went on to cover Ledge on his Heathens album.



And check out this pre-stardom cover of The Velvets that he did during his brief stint with Riot Squad:



Neither of those covers are particularly surprising, but most people probably wouldn't expect him to be an early fan of Bruce Springsteen.  The two met 1974 during the Born To Run Sessions.  It's hard to believe it, but at the time The Boss was virtually broke, and this album was considered his last shot to make it big.  Bowie said that Springsteen was the only American artist he would ever consider covering, and he did record two of Bruce's songs.  It was hoped that these covers would generate some royalties for Springsteen, but neither of them received an official release until years later.

Bowie's versions of the songs are pretty great and I have no idea why they didn't get released at the time.  Here are his versions of Growing Up and It's Hard to Be a Saint in the City.



And that's my Bowie/Springsteen story.

HEY!  I ALMOST FORGOT!  We're playing Blackstar, the new David Bowie album, on Friday during the morning show!  It's so good!  Seriously!  If you don't believe me, go down to Tune Town and ask Carl about it!  HE'LL TELL YOU HOW GOOD IT IS!

Shyboy

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

STREAM LEMMY'S MEMORIAL SERVICE ON JANUARY 9th


Folks are still reeling from Lemmy's death, but there are a couple of ways we can collectively mourn his passing and celebrate his life.  One requires you to physically be in California, but the other only requires an internet connection.


There's this big party going on at the Rainbow Bar and Grill on Saturday.  It's gonna shut down from five to nine for a private memorial, but you'll have the other eight hours to celebrate his life.  The Rainbow has since updated their announcement to let it be know that the public interest has been so high that THE ENTIRE SUNSET STRIP WILL BE SHUT DOWN TO ACCOMMODATE THE VAST NUMBER OF MOURNERS.  Also, the Whiskey and the Roxy will remain open from five to nine so the public mourning can rage on.

For the rest of the world, there's the internet.


At three p.m. PST there will be a webcast of Lemmy's memorial service at Forest Lawn Memorial Cemetery.  This is where his closest friends and family will be, as well as millions of virtual attendees.  The service will be about an hour and a half long.  The live feed will be available via Motorhead's YouTube channel.  CLICK HERE TO VIEW.

NEW BOWIE ON FRIDAY! CRAZY BOWIE TODAY!


There's new Bowie coming your way on Friday's show, and I'm going to try and get a post about him on the blog every day this week.  Today's post was influenced by the website supbowie.com.  You go there, type in your age, and get humiliated by all the awesome stuff David Bowie was doing at your age.  Don't feel bad, though.  We can't all be David Bowie, even though he can be many people.

So I typed in 28 on the ol' supbowie, and it said David Bowie presented the Grammy award for Best Female R&B Performance.  This is a notorious appearance by Bowie, because by all accounts he was higher than a kite.  It's not pretty.



Also on the damaged front is the amazing documentary Cracked Actor, which follows Bowie on his 1974 tour of America.  There's some remarkable footage of him rambling on incoherently, a really creepy intro of him watching film of himself, plus the only existing footage of him performing on that tour.  It's an hour well spent.



This is terrific.  Live plus interviews on the Dick Cavett show.  Anything with Cavett is brilliant, and he's particularly good when he's interviewing a brilliant person.  Bowie is BRUTALLY thin in this footage, but he's SO GOOD.



At this point we'll just cut to the chase.  Here he is with cocaine.



Don't forget!  We're playing the new Bowie album in its entirety this Friday on the morning show!

Monday, January 04, 2016

NEW DAVID BOWIE ON FRIDAY! LISTENER MINDS WILL BE BLOWN!


Sorry about the rerun on Monday, you guys.  We had a sudden emergency that we needed to tend to.  Things will HOPEFULLY be back to normal very soon.  Well, Shelley will be gone for the next two days, but after that HOPEFULLY things will be back to normal.

In other news, we're going to be playing Blackstar, the new album from David Bowie, on Friday's show.

I'm concerned you didn't quite catch that, because you didn't give the response I expected.  Let me state this again:

WE'RE PLAYING THE NEW 
DAVID BOWIE ALBUM ON FRIDAY!

Seriously, you guys, this is an incredible album.  Throw all the hype about it being jazzy and challenging out the window.  This is yet another killer release from Bowie, and that's all you need to consider.  The man is in his 7th decade and putting out music that's brilliant and challenging and exciting.  Jazzy and challenging... PFFFFT!  Inspiring, is more like it!

Tune in Friday morning, which is both Elvis AND David Bowie's birthday, and hear the new album.  Then raid Tune Town for a copy.