Tuesday, May 31, 2016

SCIENCE FICTION AS FACT: UNARIUS AND INTERDIMENSIONAL PAST LIFE THERAPY


I'm always grateful when idle web browsing for several hours actually gives me something that makes it appear that I haven't wasted an entire evening.  This was the case when I discovered a fascinating documentary on Hulu called Children of the Stars, which takes a look at the science fiction based philosophy of Unarius.  When  I came across the film in the Documentary section (which is where I'll usually nose around when I'm looking for questionable conspiracy or paranormal documentaries) I couldn't recall why the subject seemed so familiar.  Then I realized it's because a few years ago Dangerous Minds posted something about them and a lost interview segment that Jello Biafra did for Richard Metzger two decades ago.



I like Jello Biafra, but sometimes he's a little too smug and self righteous for me to stomach.  Those qualities are on display in this video clip, where he interviews members of Unarius in their Academy of Science.  In his defense, it's pretty easy to think that Unarius is an insane organization.  They believe that Star Wars is a factual representation of ancient space wars that impact us today, and that aliens will be visiting us soon.  Their founder, Ruth E. Norman (aka Uriel), predicted that the aliens would arrive in 2001, but after 9/11 the visit was cancelled because earth clearly wasn't ready.

The Unarians are also strong believes in past lives across space and time.  Members feel that they have met others in their group thousand or millions of years earlier on different planets.  These past lives have been documented by the group in several films that they have produced.  Group members play their past lives selves in the movies, and the results are a real trip.



They also have a glee club...



The great thing about Children of the Stars is that it doesn't have to approach the subjects with an eye aimed at poking fun of the subject.  These people truly believe in their philosophy, and some of the people that are in the film become quite emotional when they discuss how Uranius has helped them deal with problems they have had in their life. They present themselves in an honest light, and it just so happens that they come off as pretty far out.

The founders of the organization have passed away, but somehow the organization continues on.  Their books, videos, and CDs are all available to order off of uranius.org, and their academy still operates in El Cajon, California.

Happy viewing!

Shyboy


Monday, May 30, 2016

GREAT JAZZ DOCUMENTARIES... for you!


We've had a great day of Jazz on KMSU today, and it feels like this should be an annual thing.  I gotta get out and enjoy this perfect weather day, but here are several remarkable documentaries to keep the Jazz going.  Sadly, none of them are Ken Burns' Jazz, but you'll just have to track that one down for yourself.  If you're on the fence about Jazz, that one will make it a done deal.

Shyboy

Blue Note: A Story of Modern Jazz (1997)

Charlie Mingus (1968)



 Miles Ahead: The Music of Miles Davis (1986)

 The World According to John Coltrane (1990)

 A Great Day In Harlem (1994)

 Sun Ra: A Joyful Noise (1980)
 

MONK IS THE MAN


It's an all Jazz day on 89.7 The Maverick, courtesy of our day sponsor Nikko.  We've been starting each hour with Sun Ra, as this is also the day he died, but we just got into a discussion about Thelonious Monk.  He's such an interesting figure, musicially and personally.  There was a great book that came out about five or six years ago by Robin Kelley called Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original.  It's a great big book, and worth the time spent with it.  Monk lived with a lot of demons, and his struggles fueled certainly fueled his art.


Another great source for the Thelonious Monk story is the 1988 documentary Thelonious Monk: Straight No Chaser.  In addition to all the great interviews with Monk's many fans and contemporaries you'll see in it, there's also LOADS of incredible footage of Monk in action, both on stage and in the studio.  It's riveting stuff, and it's also on YouTube!  The quality is low (of course) but it'll wet your whistle and make you want to chase down a better copy of it.

Shyboy

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Monday is all about the Jazz on KMSU


We often groan when he calls to request Temporary Secretary, but Radio Hero Nikko is our KMSU Day Sponsor tomorrow, and he has asked us to play jazz all day. I can't be more excited about this - in fact I just packed up way too many records to play during the morning show. The morning show hasn't even begun and I am already feeling the crunch time! It is going to be a great day, and we sure hope you will be able to listen in as much of the day as you can.


We will also be featuring music from Sun Ra, who passed away on May 30, 1993. If you have never had the opportunity to tune in early during the Shuffle Function 24 Hour Pledge Drive A-Go-Go to hear the Sunrise With Sun Ra show, then be sure to listen in tomorrow. This is going to be a blast!

Shelley

Friday, May 27, 2016

and your Smash Hit Song of the Summer for 2016 is...........

drum roll please


                    

 THE WINNER IS


THE MONKEES - YOU BRING THE SUMMER



SHSOTS CONTENDER 1: THE MONKEES - YOU BRING THE SUMMER
  


 Thanks for your votes Shuffle Functioneers!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Your VOTE Counts!


Time is running out to vote for the Smash Hit Song of the Summer!

Your opportunity to vote ends at 8:45 a.m. on Friday morning. After that we will have a Smash Hit Song of the Summer for 2016. Have you had a chance to listen to them yet? Here they are -

THE 2016 SMASH HIT SONG
OF THE SUMMER CONTENDERS!

SHSOTS CONTENDER 1: THE MONKEES - YOU BRING THE SUMMER



SHSOTS CONTENDER 2: TOUGH AGE - 50 GIRLS 50



SHSOTS CONTENDER 3: FRANK SINATRA - EVERYBODY'S TWISTIN'



SHSOTS CONTENDER 4: BABY JESUS - YOU MAKE ME FRY



Which one sounds like your Summer soundtrack?  Vote now!  There are several ways you can do this:

1) Send an e-mail to shufflefunction@hotmail.com.
2) Send a text to 507-389-5678 during the morning show.
3) Leave a comment on the Shuffle Function Facebook.
4) Call us during the morning show at 507-389-5678 or 1-800-456-7810.
5) Leave a comment on this blog post.

One vote per listener, one song per listener.  Just like a real live election, you cannot place multiple votes! Another thing the SHSOTS campaign has in common with real elections is that there might not be a single candidate you want to vote for, which is fine.  It's just for fun.  You need to vote if you want your favorite song to win, though, so please do so!


Saturday, May 21, 2016

SHUFFLE FUNCTION CELEBRATES MORRISSEY'S BIRTHDAY ON MONDAY!


Morrissey turns 57 on Sunday, so Shuffle Function is going to be nerding it up BIG TIME to celebrate!  Shelley will be joined by Minnesota literary gem Rachael Hanel, author of We'll Be the Last Ones To Let You Down, for a three hour geek out on their musical boyfriend.  You'l hear loads of solo Morrissey and The Smiths, and you should feel free to request your favorites during the show.  It's gonna be tons of fun!

What should you expect when these two get in the room and get all Morrissey?  Well, it will probably resemble this, though both of them would admit they get nowhere near the level that Chris Gethard and Thomas Lennon exhibit in this video.  Gethard and Lennon get pretty intense during their discussion, and they really show how close to obsession people can get with their favorite artist.  It's pretty fun to watch.

 

MORRISSEY'S BIRTHDAY!
Monday, May 23rd from 6 to 9 a.m CST
KMSU 89.7fm/KMSK 91.3fm/kmsu.org




SEE JOHN CALE (AND FRIENDS) PERFORM THE FIRST VU ALBUM LIVE (or "I could listen to him say Lou all day long...")


A little over a month ago, John Cale performed the first Velvet Underground album in its entirety at La Pihamonie in Paris.  It's one of those gigs that you know will never happen anywhere near you, and you just have to take it on faith that it was amazing... UNTIL NOW!

Cale just posted a link to a great film of the performance.  He performs the first album, plus several other Velvet Underground songs, with special guests like The Libertines and Animal Collective.  It's a pretty riveting performance, and I could listen to John Cale's voice forever.  Now he just needs to come within a day of Mankato again, and then MAYBE I'll get a chance to see him.

There's no embed code, so click HERE to see the show!

Shyboy

Friday, May 20, 2016

THE 2016 SMASH HIT SONG OF THE SUMMER CONTENDERS!


WOW.  We started asking you for song suggestions that could possibly be a Smash Hit Song of the Summer about a month ago, and what we got was an avalanche of really great music.  Honestly, this year has seen the largest number of listener submissions we've ever received.  Furthermore, the songs were all so great that it made the process of narrowing the selection down to a final four exceptionally difficult.  Now, after much hand wringing, heated discussion, and having to play The Allman Brother's Whipping Post AT LEAST four times, we have arrived at the final selections.

THE 2016 SMASH HIT SONG
OF THE SUMMER CONTENDERS!

SHSOTS CONTENDER 1: THE MONKEES - YOU BRING THE SUMMER

SHSOTS CONTENDER 2: TOUGH AGE - 50 GIRLS 50


SHSOTS CONTENDER 3: FRANK SINATRA - EVERYBODY'S TWISTIN'


SHSOTS CONTENDER 4: BABY JESUS - YOU MAKE ME FRY


Which one sounds like your Summer soundtrack?  Vote now!  There are several ways you can do this:

1) Send an e-mail to shufflefunction@hotmail.com.
2) Send a text to 507-389-5678 during the morning show.
3) Leave a comment on the Shuffle Function Facebook.
4) Call us during the morning show at 507-389-5678 or 1-800-456-7810.
5) Leave a comment on this blog post.

One vote per listener, one song per listener.  Just like a real live election, you cannot place multiple votes! Another thing the SHSOTS campaign has in common with real elections is that there might not be a single candidate you want to vote for, which is fine.  It's just for fun.  You need to vote if you want your favorite song to win, though, so please do so!


VOTE FOR YOUR SONG TODAY!  The voting ends at 8:45 AM on Friday, May 27th.  At that point we'll tally up the hash marks and declare the song that the listeners have chosen to be their 2016 Smash Hit Song of the Summer!

Thanks for playing!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

THE ORAL HISTORY OF SHYBOY TIM'S ALL TIME FAVORITE SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE SKETCH


The final sketch of the night on any given Saturday Night Live episode is usually reserved for the weirdest piece of the show.  Usually, it's the one that makes the cast laugh but it falls flat for the audience.  These sketches are called the "Ten-to-one" sketch, because it airs at 10 to 1 in New York.  The ULTIMATE 10 to 1 sketch originally aired in 2009 when Blake Lively guest hosted the show, and it's the sketch that made realize that Will Forte is a comedy god.

"The Potato Chip Sketch" is one of those incredible Saturday Night Live moments that will never make it to a best of DVD, but it will be viewed with reverence by fans of the show.  It may be the weirdest sketch that has ever aired on SNL, and that's saying something.  It's the kind of sketch that makes you wonder "who the hell thought of this?"  Luckily, Mike Ryan at UPROXX is the kind of guy that decided to find the answer to that question.

I'm a sucker for oral histories, and I'm also a sucker for comedy writers breaking down their craft, so 'Potato Chip': The Behind-the-Scenes story of the Weirdest 'SNL' Sketch Ever is the perfect storm for me.  It has stories about an earlier unaired version featuring Taylor Swift (Will Forte: "Taylor Swift was very pro Potato Chip."), tidbits about about the unaired rehearsal version (Forte: "....The dress rehearsal version is probably about two and a half minutes longer."), and the reaction from a very small, but rabid, fan base (Seth Meyers: "But I read [the letter] and it was the most in-depth analysis of why "Potato Chip" was the greatest sketch that had ever been written on 'SNL'.)

You need to read this behind-the-scenes look at my favorite 'SNL' sketch of all time, or at least you do if you like weird comedy.  I'm so glad this article exists, because it gives me one more excuse to post "The Potato Chip Sketch" on the blog.  Happy viewing, nerds!

Shyboy

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

THE DEADLINE FOR SMASH HIT SONG OF THE SUMMER SUBMISSIONS IS FRIDAY!


UPDATE: THE DEADLINE IS FAST APPROACHING!  Get us your Smash Hit Song of the Summer Contenders by Thursday night, because on Friday we're going to narrow the list down to the final four, and then you can begin voting this weekend!  

Is it that time already?  It seems like only yesterday that you guys elected The Heavy Blinkers' Something Clean and True to be your Smash Hit Song of the Summer for 2015!  How about a victory lap for The Heavy Blinkers?



What song would you like as your 2016 Smash Hit Song of the Summer?  We're taking your submissions RIGHT NOW!  We've already received a bunch of fantastic suggestions from KMSU listeners, which is very exciting, and we're looking forward to hearing from you.  Send us your picks for songs you think should be up for SMSOTS2016 and we'll give them a listen.  By the end of May we'll have the pile narrowed down to the final few, and then you guys can vote for the one you think best fits the title of Smash Hit Song of the Summer.

Remember, this election is very serious and should be taken way more seriously than reason would suggest.  There's at least a 50% chance that the winning title will play a pivotal role in the 2016 Presidential Election.  Choose wisely, radio heroes.  The fate of civilization is riding on this.

Send your suggestions to shufflefunction@hotmail.com, or text them to 507-389-5678.  Call us during the morning show at 507-389-5678 or 1-800-456-7810.  Just let us know what you think has a shot.  We hope you guys have as much fun with this as we do!

Here are some previous SHSOTS title holders, just in case you're wondering what has qualified for this exalted position in years past.

SHSOTS 2015

SHSOTS 2014


SHSOTS 2013


SHSOTS 2012


SHSOTS 2011


SHSOTS 2010


SHSOTS 2009


SHSOTS 2008

Sunday, May 15, 2016

LISTEN TO JOEL KOSTER IF YOU LIKE GREAT HARMONIES AND POP HOOKS!


I've been spending Sunday afternoon digging for musicians that have been influenced by Brian Wilson and Pet Sounds (there are many), and I came across this amazing musician named Joel Koster.  There doesn't seem to be a lot of information out there about him, which is astonishing to me, because his music is really solid.  Joel has been home recording this stuff since his mid-teens, and he wears his love of Brian Wilson and sixties music on his sleeve.

The thing that first grabbed my attention was his recreation of Pet Sounds.  It's available for free (or pay what you want) on Bandcamp.  Here are some YouTube videos he made around 2012 that show his grasp of the source material.  It's pretty impressive.



From there I discovered his his Soundcloud, where he covers The Beatles, Mamas and Papas, and more Beach Boys.  The thing that really caught my attention was his original songs.  They're really beautiful, and they're filled with great harmonies and pop hooks that have been haunting me since I started listening to them.



It looks like the original stuff from the last year is only available to stream on Soundcloud, but he does have an album of originals that he put out on Bandcamp three years ago.  It's also Pay What You Want, and I bought it without even listening to it.  The Soundcloud stuff won me over!

Hopefully we'll hear much more from Joel in the future!  Visit his Soundcloud page and check out all of his stuff!

Shyboy

PET SOUNDS TURNS 50! RADIO SHOWS PLAY IT!


It's the 50th anniversary of The Beach Boys' masterpiece Pet Sounds on Monday, May 16th!  We're celebrating five decades of one of the most influential records in history on the morning show that day, and we hope you will join us.  We'll be playing loads of Beach Boys songs, as well as songs by bands that have been massively influenced by Pet Sounds, plus we'll be playing the entire Pet Sounds album during the 7:00 hour.  It's gonna be a fun morning of harmonies and hooks, so don't miss out!

Big thanks to Steve Guse who reminded us that this anniversary was coming up.  Listen to Embrace The Sound on Monday (and EVERY Monda) at 3:00 for more Pet Sounds!

Here's a great article that Pitchfork put together about the influence of Pet Sounds.  It's so hard to believe that a record this important was so poorly received back in the day, but with time comes perspective.  Pet Sounds is masterful from start to finish.

MAY HAS A MEGA GRIND-FU CINEMA! NOW WITH STARTING TIMES!

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Grind-Fu Cinema presents
A SUPER EXPANDED QUADRUPLE BILL!


SLITHER

 STARSHIP TROOPERS

THE ADVENTURES OF BUCKAROO
BANZAI ACROSS THE 8th DIMENSION!

BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA!

Saturday, May 21st @ 1:00 pm
(Slither and Starship Troopers)
and @ 7:00 pm
(The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension and Big Trouble In Little China)

Wiecking 220 Auditorium
Minnesota State University, Mankato

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

It's not even fair.  This Grind-Fu was already a dazzling example of shamlessly nerdy movie programming, but then... THEN... this bleep got real.  SO REAL.  We found out that the Grind-Fu auditorium was booked every weekend through June, which means we couldn't have a movie screening that month.  That... is unacceptable.

This of course means that we're doubling up on the May Grind-Fu Cinema.  I mean, OF COURSE.  We've added to absurdly great movies to the day, FOR FREE, and you don't want to miss any of them!

Please note that all start times are approximate!
It's better to be early than late!

BEGINNING AT 1:00!

Slither (2006)

This movie is gross and hilarious and weird and gross.  Did we mention it's gross?  Did we mention that it stars Nathan Fillion?  Of course we didn't.  We can read, and there's nothing about him before that point.  Anyway, if you're a fan of really gross hilarious weird movies, then Slither is for you.

Rotten Tomatoes gives Slither an 86% fresh rating.  Roger Ebert's review of it says "If the name Troma means nothing to you, then why are you doing reading a review of Slither in the first place?"  Shelley has never seen Slither, but based on the trailer she accurately deduced that it has Drag Me To Hell levels of grossness.

Have we mentioned it's gross?



Beginning at 2:50

 Starship Troopers (1997)

Michael Ironside!  A Busey! A Golden Girl! Half the cast of Melrose Place! GIANT SPACE BUGS!  We know what you're thinking: "Grind-Fu, that sounds a recipe for crazy movies success!"  And to that we say "Person that just said that, you are correct!"  Starship Troopers is violent, gross (did we mention it's gross?) and pseudo fascist, and it's also a mile a minute fun.

Roger Ebert called Starship Troopers "the most violent kiddie movie ever made."  However, THIS IS NOT A KIDDIE MOVIE!  Janet Maslin called it "a crazy, lurid, spectacle", and she meant it as a slam.  You, however, should take that as a major selling point.  This movie is a blast.  




After Starship Troopers we'll be taking a break for a couple of hours.  Come back at seven p.m. for...

Beginning at 7:00
 



The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai
Across the 8th Dimension! (1984)

This is a movie that was destined for cult status, because it's such an insane story!  Buckaroo Banzai is a physicist-neurosurgeon-test-pilot-rock-star, and he's the only person able to defend earth from a bizarre threat from the 8th dimension.  The threat is led by Dr. Lizardo, a scientist that has been possessed by a Red Lectroid alien since he was trapped in the 8th dimension decades earlier.  It's up to Banzai and his band/team The Hong Kong Cavaliers to save the earth from them.

It's all very weird and, as this description proves, it really needs to be seen to be believed.  Here are two visuals that really won't clear anything up, but they will give you a sense of how weird and funny this movie is.  First, the movie trailer:



And here's the end credit sequence.  Get a load of Goldblum!



Sadly, that promised sequel never happened.  Buckaroo Banzai bombed at the box office.  It only earned back 6.3 million of the 17 million dollar budget.  Still, its quirky humor and story developed a strong following, and now it's adored by folks worldwide.  PLUS, YOU CAN SEE IT AT GRIND-FU ON MAY 21st!

Beginning at 8:50



Big Trouble In Little China (1986)

Is there ever a time when seeing Kurt Russell on screen isn't the best thing ever?  We'll wait for you to come up with an answer.

(time passes)

See? You couldn't come up with an example!  Even the goofy Disney movies are amazing!  More to the point, has there EVER been a time when a movie involving Kurt Russell and John Carpenter was anything less that awesome!  No need to answer.  There has never been a time.

Big Trouble In Little China is a hilarious and crazy action film starring Kurt Russell as Jack Burton, a truck driver that seems to have a knack for wandering into tight situations.  He's enlisted to help rescue a friend's girlfriend, who has been abducted by a crazy underworld sorcerer because her green eyes will release him from an ancient curse.  You know, every day stuff.

"They told him to go to hell, and that's just where he's going."



Big Trouble In Little China was also a box office flop, only earning about half of its 20 million dollar budget.  In the years since its release it has become a beloved cult classic, and it currently rates at 83% on Rotten Tomatoes.  You really need to see it, if for no other reason than to see if Jack Burton gets his questions answered.



HAVE WE MENTIONED LATELY THAT GRIND-FU CINEMA IS FREE?  It totally is, so fill that blank space on May 21st for a double feature that's gonna kick your butt's butt.  Bring your friends, bring some snacks, and get ready to live the cinematic dream!

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


Made possible through funding from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Foundation

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

GRIND-FU CINEMA DOUBLES DOWN IN TIMES OF CRISIS! FOUR MOVIES??!!!

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Grind-Fu Cinema presents
A SUPER EXPANDED QUADRUPLE BILL!


SLITHER

 STARSHIP TROOPERS

THE ADVENTURES OF BUCKAROO
BANZAI ACROSS THE 8th DIMENSION!

BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA!

Saturday, May 21st @ 1:00 pm
(Slither and Starship Troopers)
and @ 7:00 pm
(The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension and Big Trouble In Little China)

Wiecking 220 Auditorium
Minnesota State University, Mankato

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

It's not even fair.  This Grind-Fu was already a dazzling example of shamlessly nerdy movie programming, but then... THEN... this bleep got real.  SO REAL.  We found out that the Grind-Fu auditorium was booked every weekend through June, which means we couldn't have a movie screening that month.  That... is unacceptable.

This of course means that we're doubling up on the May Grind-Fu Cinema.  I mean, OF COURSE.  We've added to absurdly great movies to the day, FOR FREE, and you don't want to miss any of them!

BEGINNING AT 1:00!

Slither (2006)

This movie is gross and hilarious and weird and gross.  Did we mention it's gross?  Did we mention that it stars Nathan Fillion?  Of course we didn't.  We can read, and there's nothing about him before that point.  Anyway, if you're a fan of really gross hilarious weird movies, then Slither is for you.

Rotten Tomatoes gives Slither an 86% fresh rating.  Roger Ebert's review of it says "If the name Troma means nothing to you, then why are you doing reading a review of Slither in the first place?"  Shelley has never seen Slither, but based on the trailer she accurately deduced that it has Drag Me To Hell levels of grossness.

Have we mentioned it's gross?



 Starship Troopers (1997)

Michael Ironside!  A Busey! A Golden Girl! Half the cast of Melrose Place! GIANT SPACE BUGS!  We know what you're thinking: "Grind-Fu, that sounds a recipe for crazy movies success!"  And to that we say "Person that just said that, you are correct!"  Starship Troopers is violent, gross (did we mention it's gross?) and pseudo fascist, and it's also a mile a minute fun.

Roger Ebert called Starship Troopers "the most violent kiddie movie ever made."  However, THIS IS NOT A KIDDIE MOVIE!  Janet Maslin called it "a crazy, lurid, spectacle", and she meant it as a slam.  You, however, should take that as a major selling point.  This movie is a blast.  




After Starship Troopers we'll be taking a break for a couple of hours.  Come back at seven p.m. for...
 



The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai
Across the 8th Dimension! (1984)

This is a movie that was destined for cult status, because it's such an insane story!  Buckaroo Banzai is a physicist-neurosurgeon-test-pilot-rock-star, and he's the only person able to defend earth from a bizarre threat from the 8th dimension.  The threat is led by Dr. Lizardo, a scientist that has been possessed by a Red Lectroid alien since he was trapped in the 8th dimension decades earlier.  It's up to Banzai and his band/team The Hong Kong Cavaliers to save the earth from them.

It's all very weird and, as this description proves, it really needs to be seen to be believed.  Here are two visuals that really won't clear anything up, but they will give you a sense of how weird and funny this movie is.  First, the movie trailer:



And here's the end credit sequence.  Get a load of Goldblum!



Sadly, that promised sequel never happened.  Buckaroo Banzai bombed at the box office.  It only earned back 6.3 million of the 17 million dollar budget.  Still, its quirky humor and story developed a strong following, and now it's adored by folks worldwide.  PLUS, YOU CAN SEE IT AT GRIND-FU ON MAY 21st!



Big Trouble In Little China (1986)

Is there ever a time when seeing Kurt Russell on screen isn't the best thing ever?  We'll wait for you to come up with an answer.

(time passes)

See? You couldn't come up with an example!  Even the goofy Disney movies are amazing!  More to the point, has there EVER been a time when a movie involving Kurt Russell and John Carpenter was anything less that awesome!  No need to answer.  There has never been a time.

Big Trouble In Little China is a hilarious and crazy action film starring Kurt Russell as Jack Burton, a truck driver that seems to have a knack for wandering into tight situations.  He's enlisted to help rescue a friend's girlfriend, who has been abducted by a crazy underworld sorcerer because her green eyes will release him from an ancient curse.  You know, every day stuff.

"They told him to go to hell, and that's just where he's going."



Big Trouble In Little China was also a box office flop, only earning about half of its 20 million dollar budget.  In the years since its release it has become a beloved cult classic, and it currently rates at 83% on Rotten Tomatoes.  You really need to see it, if for no other reason than to see if Jack Burton gets his questions answered.



HAVE WE MENTIONED LATELY THAT GRIND-FU CINEMA IS FREE?  It totally is, so fill that blank space on May 21st for a double feature that's gonna kick your butt's butt.  Bring your friends, bring some snacks, and get ready to live the cinematic dream!

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


Made possible through funding from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Foundation

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

SHUFFLE FUNCTION WILL BE LIVE AT THE COFFEE HAG THIS FRIDAY MORNING!


Gang, if you're looking for a good excuse to get out of bed and grab a coffee, we've got a good excuse for you.  This Friday morning Shuffle Function will be broadcasting LIVE from The Coffee Hag as part of the Community Cup for a Cause fundraiser for MRCI.  Proceeds from any sales of coffee or hot beverages that are served at participating locations on Friday and Saturday will go towards MRCI and the employment and training services they offer in our community.  It's a great cause to support, and all you have to do is get an amazing hot beverage at The Hag!  SWEET!

This will be the second time that the Shuffle Function Morning Show has done a live remote broadcast, and we expect it to be just as much fun (and mathematically challenged) as the one we did at The St. Peter Co-op in March.  Stop by and request a song, get a t-shirt (while supplies last) and become a card carrying Michael of the Michael MiMcDonald Society of Silver Fox Impersonators (Takin' it to the streets since 2014).

We'll be broadcasting from six to nine Friday morning, and we hope to see you there!  Click HERE for information about MRCI, and click HERE for information and a list of venues that are participating Community Cup for a Cause!

Thursday, May 05, 2016

I'd Take Awhile


I learned yesterday that there are Smiths fans and then THERE ARE SMITHS FANS. Chris Gethard and Thomas Lennon definitely fall into the latter category and I realize that I must fall into the first. I have never been great at remembering song titles, who played on what, and have even spent most of my adult life mispronouncing album covers (i.e. Hateful Of Hollow). If I were to enter into this conversation I know that I would end up just getting "hit in the face" by Thomas Lennon, who throws that threat around willy-nilly at all the Smiths haters, and I love The Smiths!

Chris Gethard sporting one of two Smiths tattoos - the other is a tattoo of Morrissey's actual signature!
 I don't find myself angry at them for being bigger geeks than I am. It actually inspired me to include some more Smiths into my life as soon as I can. Which sent me down a bit of a Smiths you tube wormhole yesterday. But before you fall down the same path as I did, you have to watch this clip. I think even if you can't stand The Smiths, you will still get a kick out of how uber-geeky these two get with each other. It's adorable!



And this is where the wormhole started. First I watched the clip that Thomas Lennon mentions of Morrissey at the Hollywood Bowl. Lennon states he was unable to attend this show because he had been asked to do stand-up for a cancer fund-raiser. He mentions this regret because this is the show where Morrissey breaks down on stage sobbing during Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want. I put their conversation on hold, googled it immediately and found myself crying along with Morrissey!



Oh - Tim just informed me I had the wrong clip - here is the clip that Thomas Lennon referenced.

 

 Another moment requiring a google search came at the mention of the Live At The Hacienda shows, perhaps the earliest recordings of The Smiths live out there. Gethard and Lennon use such sacred language in reference to the Hacienda recordings that I was expecting to hear something on par with Jerry Lee Lewis at The Star Club or The Beatles in Hamburg. So I had to see for myself. And yeah, they aren't lying! Other than my jaw dropping reaction to seeing Morrissey hit those falsetto notes is the utter ease at Johnny Marr's guitar playing. He looks like he could do it in his sleep if push came to shove.



It just got worse from here on out - I have never looked up you tube clips as much as I did yesterday. Here are some more finds -Frankly Mr. Shankly with horns! Thomas Lennon has a copy of this (along with 5 other lucky ducks)!



I love the stories behind the impossible guitar riff from This Charming Man too.



An article by Chuck Klosterman on The Smiths? I used to love him but can't stand him as of recently, but I will bite on this. Here is a link to Viva! Morrissey by Chuck Klosterman.

What they refer to as their favorite Morrissey song, this is a cover of Why Don't You Find Out For Yourself by The Killers.



And the bookend song to Why Don't You Find Out For Yourself, according to Thomas Lennon (and I will not argue with him) You Know I Couldn't Last.



The Smiths song Thomas Lennon was asked to whistle on for a cover project, that he'd never heard of before is I Keep Mine Hidden from Louder Than Bombs.



Here is Janice Whaley do the a-capella version of The Boy With A Thorn In His Side, that Chris Gethard highly reccomended.


I also found many videos of the man that Thomas Lennon believes to know more about Morrissey than maybe even Morrissey, Jose Maldonado. His cover band Sweet and Tender Hooligans will be playing on Morrissey's birthday out west, if you happen to be heading that direction at the end of the month.



I have never heard of Jose Maldonado, but after watching this clip below I will try to catch his radio show!



They say it like it's common knowledge, but I had never heard of the Strangeways Prison Riot until yesterday. Watch this clip and you will never have to admit your ignorance again.



The best Smiths song comitted to vinyl, in Chris Gethard's opinion is below, I Know It's Over from their album Rank.



For Thomas Lennon, his favorite is The Smith's tune I Want The One I Can't Have. Fun fact - Lennon's twitter account states you can find him "Behind A Disused Railway Line".



The song that made Johnny Marr cry the first time he heard Morrissey's lyrics, Death Of A Disco Dancer.



The saddest moment of the entire conversation comes when Thomas Lennon describes a show he attended in which he left I little too early. I don't want to give any spoilers to The Grey here, so you should watch it for yourself. It starts at about 43 minutes in. I will say this though - the look these two exchange with each other when they realize what was missed is the saddest acknowledgement of despair I have ever witnessed. To be honest I tear up watching this.


Well that's it. If you listen to the show, you know that I have deemed a number of songs to be "45 minutes or longer", which means they are painfully brief to me. I deem this conversation on The Smiths needs to be two hours or longer! Maybe someday it will. If reading this or watching their conversation leads you down a wormhole, please feel free to share with me where you ended up. I'd love to hear from you.

Shelley

Monday, May 02, 2016

SEND US YOUR SUBMISSIONS FOR SMASH HIT SONG OF THE SUMMER 2016!


Is it that time already?  It seems like only yesterday that you guys elected The Heavy Blinkers' Something Clean and True to be your Smash Hit Song of the Summer for 2015!  How about a victory lap for The Heavy Blinkers?



What song would you like as your 2016 Smash Hit Song of the Summer?  We're taking your submissions RIGHT NOW!  We've already received a bunch of fantastic suggestions from KMSU listeners, which is very exciting, and we're looking forward to hearing from you.  Send us your picks for songs you think should be up for SMSOTS2016 and we'll give them a listen.  By the end of May we'll have the pile narrowed down to the final few, and then you guys can vote for the one you think best fits the title of Smash Hit Song of the Summer.

Remember, this election is very serious and should be taken way more seriously than reason would suggest.  There's at least a 50% chance that the winning title will play a pivotal role in the 2016 Presidential Election.  Choose wisely, radio heroes.  The fate of civilization is riding on this.

Send your suggestions to shufflefunction@hotmail.com, or text them to 507-389-5678.  Call us during the morning show at 507-389-5678 or 1-800-456-7810.  Just let us know what you think has a shot.  We hope you guys have as much fun with this as we do!

Here are some previous SHSOTS title holders, just in case you're wondering what has qualified for this exalted position in years past.

SHSOTS 2015

SHSOTS 2014


SHSOTS 2013


SHSOTS 2012


SHSOTS 2011


SHSOTS 2010


SHSOTS 2009


SHSOTS 2008