Tuesday, January 31, 2017


There are few bands that have been as researched and obsessed over as much as The Beatles.  I'm not sure how many books have been written about them, but they must number in the thousands.  When Mark Lewisohn (author of The Beatles Recording Sessions, my favorite Beatles book of all time) said he was writing a multi-volume biography of the band, with the first volume housed in two separate books weighing eight pounds and counting 1700 pages, I thought it was insane.  He did it, though, and that volume only covered through 1962!  Lewisohn said the books are proving to be more work than expected, so volume two isn't expected until 2020, and volume three in 2028.  So apparently there IS more to say about The Beatles.

A few months ago I heard about a twenty-eight hour podcast on The Beatles called Beatles Anthology Revisited.  It's unclear who put the podcast together, as it is unauthorized and breaks countless copyrights, but it was done to mark the 20th anniversary of The Beatles Anthology, the documentary that the band put out to tell their story.  Over the course of eighteen episodes the story of The Beatles is told in incredible detail, using music (including bootlegged tracks) and countless interview clips, to give the story from birth to break-up and beyond.  Where the sanctioned Anthology ended, the Beatles Anthology Revisited continues on.  Their story is told until the end of the 1970s, getting into their solo projects and life beyond the band.

Is it worth the time to listen to twenty-eight hours of audio documentary?  I say yes, if one is committed and is a fan.  The series brings a degree of loving obsessiveness to it that could only be birthed by a super fan.  It's doubtful that The Beatles would have put something this thorough out.  Every aspect of their life is spelled out via interviews with the band, their associates, and beyond.  The amount of time and organization that something like this would have required is mind boggling.  I'd love to talk to the person that put in the hours on this, but I haven't been able to find any information on them.  There are people out there that clearly know who made it, as that is inferred on a BootlegZone chat group, but I can't figure out an identity.

One thing I would say about Beatles Anthology Revisited is that it does require an advanced level of familiarity with the band for some parts.  None of the voices are identified when they speak, so while one may recognize the band members, they may not recognize people like Mal Evans, George Martin, Neil Aspinall, Derek Taylor, etc.  These are all major names in Beatles lore, and they're regularly referenced in any books on the band, but their voices might not be that familiar.  Even so, there's still a lot that can be learned from these podcasts.  Literally TWENTY-EIGHT HOURS worth of information can be learned.  I mean, The Beatles don't even break up until episode sixteen!

The Beatles Anthology Revisited podcast was briefly available online, and even through places like iTunes, until Apple found out about it and pulled everything down.  Where can you find it now?  There are lots and lots of dead links on the web, but with persistence and some well worded Google searches you can find it.  I'm not going to do any direct links, so you're going to have to do your own hunting, but it's worth it.

Happy hunting!


Sunday, January 29, 2017

The Book I Read: Testimony by Robbie Robertson

I have to admit that I was on the fence about reading this book. The first time that the name Robbie Robertson meant anything to me was when his first solo album came out. It was eleven years after he'd left The Band and I loved it. Sure I'd heard music from The Band prior to then, but it was his self titled album that made me go out and buy their Big Pink album. When you start to snoop around in the story of The Band it doesn't take long before you start hearing the negative stories surrounding Robbie Robertson's inflated ego. Finally I decided to just dive in and see what he had to say. The day I ordered Testimony I saw that a Facebook friend posted that by the time they got to the end of the book they hated Robbie Robertson even more. Oh well, too late now.

So I went in to this book kind of like I did going in to a sequel to a favorite movie. Expect the worst and be pleasantly surprised when it's not. I actually enjoyed reading Testimony and sure, by the end of the book it kind of felt like Robbie Robertson's assertions to have done this or created that was akin to Al Gore claiming to have invented the computer. But still, there are some great tales to be told and The Band was always good for storytelling. I realized that the last two autobiographies I've read were about guitar players that started our ridiculously early in life. Just like Johnny Marr, Robbie Robertson knew music was for him in his early teens, and by the time he started playing with Ronnie Hawkins as a Hawk he was all of 15 or 16 years of age. Levon Helm was already manning the drums as a Hawk and the two of them hit it off like gangbusters. Robertson's life as a Hawk was an eye opener and an education. For all the hours spent playing between every bar in Canada and every bar in Arkansas and throughout the South, there were just as many hours spent with girls, drugs, fast cars and rounders. As the years flew by and members of the Hawks started dropping off, future members of The Band joined in. First Rick Danko, than Richard Manuel and lastly Garth Hudson. The band was tight from playing on a nightly basis, they had singers in Richard, Rick and Levon and they had a need to play some R & B rock n roll. They parted ways with Ronnie Hawkins and made their way into the world.

Surprisingly, this book pretty much begins and ends with The Band. Their journeys with Bob Dylan, going electric, life at Woodstock at The Big Pink, then life in LA. and The Last Waltz are all covered in detail. But when The Band comes to and end and the writing is on the wall, the book is over. I don't want to share too many of the stories that are told within Testimony, because I really think you should read this book yourself. If you listen to us on a regular basis on the morning show than you have already probably heard me go on and on about it. I am in the middle of reading Levon Helm's side of the story, with his book This Wheels On Fire: Levon Helm and The Story Of The Band. These are two men who were as close as brothers and if there were leaders of The Band, it was either one of these guys. Much like Johnny Marr in The Smiths, Robertson was tasked at doing a lot of the managing of the band, most of the songwriting and he would have you believe was responsible for most of the breaks that came The Band's way. Both Marr and Robertson were the first to leave their bands, and relationships with the other band members was strained at best.

My next review will probably consist of a he said he said comparison of The Band's history. From Testimony I take away the fact that Robbie Robertson loves movies, particularly foreign art house films. He loves music and the people who make it, and even though relationships with his band members may have been strained, he honestly loves and loved those guys. So as much as this is a story of a man's life, it is just as much a love story. Love of music and love of the people he made it with.


Friday, January 27, 2017


Scootermas is getting closer and closer, so planning has to get underway fast!  One of the major areas needing prep is what will be watched.  You have two days to fill, and you can't just pass the time by seeing what's on TV!  We haven't fall that far as a nation, have we?  NO!  You need to assemble a delirious menu of bizarre video delights in an attempt to constantly push the limits of what people consider "entertainment".

The only real rule for what constitutes suitable Scootermas viewing is that it can't be mundane or boring.  Our Scootermas holidays have had a few clunkers squeak through the cracks, and they have either put people LITERALLY to sleep, or flat out ruined the entire Scootermas weekend.  The stakes are high, so you need to carefully consider whether or not your viewing selections are up to snuff.

Ultimately you are the judge of what makes for appropriate Scootermas viewing.  For us, things tend to get a little bit weird.  We often look outside the borders of legitimate distribution to find holy grails and forgotten masterpieces.  Sometimes the stuff just plain sucks, but in a good way.  Like Birdemic, for instance, or The Room.

Another thing we look for is obscure television shows from around the world.  The UK usually has some great stuff that falls under the radar over here.  It seems like Matt Berry shows up in these shows quite a bit.

Of course Zombies are always fair game.  One thing that Scooter Polanski brought was an import collection of the entire Dead Set mini-series.  The show takes place around a series of Big Brother in Britain, and while the show is going on there is a zombie outbreak.  Not slow moving zombies, but full on 28 Days Later zombies.  The Big Brother cast is isolated in their house, so they don't have any exposure to the zombie virus or what is going on in the world outside.

The series is chilling and funny and luckily someone has edited all the episodes together into one long movie that you can find on YouTube!

And whatever you do, don't forget to load of on TONS of Will Forte stuff!

Look, just start rounding stuff up, okay?  You're gonna have fun.  Let us know what you have programmed for your Scootermas weekend!


Saturday, February 25th & Sunday, February 26th


Monday, January 23rd, 2017 (3225)
1. Daniel Johnston - Live In Vain
2. Can - Spoon
3. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Jesus Alone
4. Bill Withers - Ain't No Sunshine
5. David Bowie - Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)
6. The Fleshtones - Can't Get Enough Of Your Love
7. TL Barrett & The Youth For Christ Choir - Like A Ship
8. Prince - On The Couch
9. Sonic Youth - Candle
10. The Banana Splits - Doin' The Banana Split
11. Can - Halleluhwah
12. Joy Division - Digital
13. Velvet Underground - White Light/White Heat
14. Grupo Oz - Oz Machine
15. Cheap Trick - Ain't That A Shame
16. John Doe - Golden State
17. Wilco - Bob Dylan's 49th Beard
18. The Beatles - Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) (mono)
19. The Beatifics - When It's Whenever
20. Captain Beefheart - Who Do You Think You're Fooling?
21. Kelley Stoltz - Your Bongos Are Killing Me
22. Yo La Tengo - Stupid Things
23. The Verve - Bittersweet Symphony
24. James Chance - Don't Stop Til You Get Enough
25. Cheap Trick - If You Want My Love You Got It

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017 (3226)
1. The Band - Acadian Driftwood
2. Nick Drake - Time Has Told Me
3. Yo La Tengo - Somebody's In Love
4. The Byrds - This Wheel's On Fire
5. Dr. John - Gumbo Ya Ya
6. Dr. John - Locked Down
7. Dead Weather - I Cut Like A Buffalo
8. Deerhoof - The Merry Barracks
9. Slade - Gudbuy T'Jane
10. No Bunny - Breathe
11. Wire - 12XU

12. No Age - Capo
13. Whatfor - Sooner Late Than Never
14. AC Newman - All Of My Days & All Of My Days Off
15. LCD Soundsystem - Dance Yrself Clean
16. Ben Folds - In Between Days
17. Beach House - Other People
18. They Might Be Giants - Pet Name
19. Leonard Cohen - I'm Your Man
20. Talking Heads - Ruby Dear
21. The Kinks - Do It Again
22. Apples In Stereo - Let's Go
23. Sweet - Little Willy
24. Redd Kross - Lady In The Front Row
25. Stooges - Search & Destroy
26. Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart
27. Sloan - Don't You Believe A Word

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017 (3227)

1. Elvis Presley - Winter Wonderland
2. The Cure - Why Can't I Be You?
3. Marvin Gaye - Troubleman
4. Francoise Hardy - La Question
5. Van Morrison - Ringworm/You Say France And I Whistle/Want A Danish?
6. Guided By Voices - The Best Of Jill Hives
7. Sleater Kinney - No Cities To Love
8. Shirley Ellis - The Nitty Gritty
9. Humphrey Littleton - Bad Penny Blues
10. Steely Dan - Aja
11. Mac McCaughan - Happy New Year (Prince Can't Die Again)
12. Ray Davies - Poetry
13. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - 15 Feet Of Pure White Snow
14. Whatever Forever - Streets Ahead
15. Grant Hart - Let Go
16. The Beatifics - Junior's Farm
17. The Soviettes - Land Of Clear Blue Radio
18. Syd Barrett - Baby Lemonade
19. The New Standards - Hey Ya
20. Dick Kent - Octopus Woman Please Let Me Go
21. The Cramps - New Kind Of Kick
22. David Bowie - Queen Bitch
23. Kelley Stoltz - I Don't Get That
24. Nina Simone - Here Comes The Sun
25. Shooby Taylor - Somewhere Over The Rainbow
26. M Ward - To Go Home
27. Heavy Blinkers - Something Clean & True
28. Yo La Tengo - The Story Of Ya La Tango
29. The Only Ones - Another Girl Another Planet
30. Sex Pistols - Did U No Wrong
31. Modern Lovers - Roadrunner

Thursday, January 26th, 2017 (3228)
1. Paul Westerberg - Make Your Own Kind Of Music
2. The Band - I Shall Be Released
3. Bob Dylan - Evening So Soon
4. Patsy Cline - Three Cigarettes In An Ash Tray
5. Wilco - Shot In The Arm
6. Shonen Knife - Daydream Believer
7. Motel Beds - Moondazed
8. Dr. Dog - Over Here Over There
9. Allman Brothers - One Way Out
10. Black Angels - Sunday Afternoon
11. Black Keys - The Only One
12. Terry Malts - Something About You
13. Black Hollies - Don't Be Afraid To Ask
14. Built To Spill - All Our Songs
15. Pond - Dig Brother
16. Tom Waits - Get Behind The Mule
17. Nick Drake - One Of These Things First
18. The Darcys - Home At Last
19. Elvis Costello - Green Shirt
20. The Monkees - Mary Mary

21. The World's Most Dangerous Polka Band - Too Fat Polka
22. Tom Waits - $29
23. Little Milton - We're Gonna Make It
24. Sonny Knight & The Lakers - I Could Never Get Tired
25. The Decemberists - The Sporting Life
26. The Explorers Club - Forever
27 .Beach Boys - I'm Waiting For The Day
28. Foundry Field Recordings - Caribou
29. From Bubblegum To Sky - Clean Tiger/24 Hours In Your Deep Blue Jeans

Thursday, January 26th NIGHTTIME EDITION

1. Billy Joel - Only The Good Die Young
2. Husker Du - Love Is All Around

3. LCD Soundsystem - Sound Of Silver
4. Divine - You Think You're A Man
5. Pretty - Mustache In Your Face
6. Lulu - Feelin' Alright
7. The Monkees - You Bring The Summer
8. XTC - Generals & Majors
9. Redd Kross - Switchblade Sisters
10. Ex Hex - Radio On
11. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Miles Away
12. Faux Jean - G A Go Go

Friday, January 27th, 2017 (3229)
1. Curtis Mayfield - Move On Up
2. Jackie Lomax - Sour Milk Sea
3. Bob & Earl - Harlem Shuffle
4. Aretha Franklin - I Never Loved A Man The Way That I Loved You
5. Bill Smith - Mack The Knife
6. Sam Phillips - Wheel Of The Broken Voice
7. Kelley Stoltz - Ever Thought Of Coming Back
8. Nick Lowe - I Love The Sound Of Breaking Glass
9. Temptations - Papa Was A Rolling Stone
10. Nick Drake - River Man

11. We Are Family - Oj Di Dee Di
12. Men At Work - Who Can It Be Now?
13. Supertramp - School
14. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - O Children
15. Supertramp - The Logical Song
16. Supertramp - Rudy
17. Journey - Lovin Touchin Squeezin

18. The Beatles - Eleanor Rigby (stereo)
19. B52s - Private Idaho
20. Richard Harris - Macarthur Park
21. Supertramp - Take The Long Way Home
22. Supertramp - Give A Little Bit
23. Supertramp - Crime Of The Century
24. The Beatles - Nowhere Man (stereo)
25. Supertramp - Good Bye Stranger
26. Supertramp - Bloody Well Right
27. Supertramp - Breakfast In America
28. Men At Work - Down Under
29. Supertramp - Ain't Nobody But Me
30. We Are Family - Mother In Law

Wednesday, January 25, 2017


How am I just seeing this now?  A remake of the Beastie's Sabotage video done by kids in Kato?  This has been on YouTube for a decade, and today it has won the internet.  In many ways it reminds me of the shot-for-shot remake of Raiders Of The Lost Ark that some high school kids did in the eighties.

Sabotage is from my favorite period of the Beastie Boys' career, and the video that Spike Jonze did for it successfully rode the lines between parody, nostalgia, and homage.  For the sake of comparison, I'm posting the original video followed by the Kato remake.  Keep your eyes open for some local landmarks that are no longer around!  What do you think?



Tuesday, January 25th, 2017

That's author Ernest Cline sitting with George R.R. Martin in a DeLorean.  It's like the photographer was concerned that Cline wouldn't come off as a super nerd, so he assembled the photo above.  The only things you can't see are the Flux Capacitor and the ET doll that Cline has for his co-pilot.

Even if none of the above had ever actually existed, Ernest Cline would still be up to his neck in nerd cred, thanks to his wonderful book Ready Player One.  It's one of my favorite books from the last five years, and some of the most fun I've had reading a book since I read Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy in High School.  It's a book that rewards you for not only loving science fiction, but also for spending WAY too much time playing video games and watching movies.  In Ready Player One the best way to be prepared is to have buried yourself in Pop Culture instead of going to parties and socializing.  So basically, I'm prepared as hell.

Ready Player One takes place in the not-too-distant future, where wealth inequality is dramatic.  The one place where everyone is equal is in The Oasis, a virtual world where people can work, go to school, shop, travel, and basically live a better life than they do in the real world.  The creator of The Oasis is something of a folk hero, and when he dies it's global news.  After he dies there's a puzzle left on his website, and the person that can solve all the parts of the puzzle gets control of The Oasis and the creator's multi-billion dollar fortune.  What follows is an amazing pop culture fueled adventure that has been called "Willy Wonka meets The Matrix", and for good reason.

If there's a chance that you will be spending your free time during Winter Storm Ernest Cline playing video games and watching movies, then Ready Player One is definitely a book you will love.  I'd also suggest watching the documentary Atari: Game Over, which features Cline, his DeLorean, George R.R. Martin, and loads of video game history.  HERE IT IS NOW!

Enjoy your snow day!


Monday, January 23, 2017


Saturday, February 25th & Sunday, February 26th

The top priority for Scootermas in any given year is to celebrate friendship and overindulge on movies, food, drink, and laziness.  The entire Scootermas weekend always ends with the Academy Awards, which is why this year it falls on Saturday, February 25th & Sunday, February 26th.  Also, because it happens during the Academy Awards, we need lots and lots of Nerf guns.  LOTS.

Why so many Nerf guns?  Because sometimes things happen during the awards ceremony that just make a person... well... they just make a person go a little MAD sometimes, you know?  Like when Jared Leto shows up.  Sometimes the only way to respond to that is with a volley of Nerf suction darts aimed at the TV.

Not big fans.  Anyway, it's cathartic and fun, and also completely pointless, which is another thing that makes Scootermas that much more necessary.  After a year of work and life challenges, it's kind of great to have this concentrated dose of mindless fun.

Nerf suction darts are REQUIRED, because there's no fun in just having the darts bounce off the screen.  With the suction darts you can have a better measure of accuracy and grouping, too, which is nice.  It seems like they're harder and harder to find in stores as of late, but you can still get them online, which brings me to my next point:  BUY IN BULK.

You can burn through what seems like a good quantity of darts in a very short amount of time, depending on the nominees and presenters on any given year.  The ceremony is always VERY LONG, so that gives you lots of opportunities for draining the stockpile.  Best case scenario, you'll have enough darts to get through an entire broadcast without having to leave your seat to gather up Nerf rounds.  In my dreams there will be darts up to my ankles by the end of the night.  We're not there yet, but we're close.

Hope your Scootermas planning is going well!  It's just over a month away!


This commercial shows almost exactly what Scootermas is like, except ours is much older and lazier.


Monday, January 16th, 2017 (3220)
1. Air - Somewhere Between Waking & Sleeping
2. Jeremy Jay - Just Dial My Number
3. AC Newman - Sad Girl Radio
4. Leonard Cohen - So Long Marianne
5. Apples In Stereo - Same Old Drag
6. Jarvis Humby - 99 Steps To The Sun
7. Animal Collective - Strawberry Jam
8. Ben Kweller - Time Will Save The Day
9. Damian Jurado - Denton, TX
10. Jason Anderson - July 4th, 2004
11. Jeffrey & Jack Lewis - Posters
12. Awesome Colour - IOU

13. Kelley Stoltz - Words
14. Jens Lekman - Black Cab
15. Airwaves - Radio
16. Loose Fur - Hey Chicken
17. Las Kelleys - Keep The Horse
18. Wire - No Waning Given
19. Le Tigre - Punker Plus
20. William Shatner - I Can't Get Behind That
21. Bingo Gazingo - You're Out Of The Computer
22. Red Pens - I Want More
23. David Bowie - All The Young Dudes
24. Broken Social Scene - Major Label Debut
25. Blank Tapes - I Saw The Satellite

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 (3221)
1. Brady Bunch - Sunshine Day
2. Bob Dylan - Tell Me Mama
3. Bob Dylan - I Don't Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met)
4. Redd Kross - Stay Away From Downtown
5. The Oblivians w Mr. Quintron - Feel Alright
6. The Band - Slippin' and Slidin'
7. Johnny Burnette - Train Kept A Rollin'
8. The Mighty Lemondrops - My Biggest Thrill
9. Sex Pistols - Anarchy In The UK
10. Sleater Kinney - Oh!
11. Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings - Take Me With You
12. The Smiths - There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
13. Lou Reed - Gassed & Stoked

14. XTC - Senses Working Overtime
15. Judy Henske & Jerry Yester - Snowblind
16. Them Two - Am I A Good Man
17. Bee Gees - Too Much Heaven
18. The Cure - Just Like Heaven
19. Jesus Christ Superstar - Heaven On Their Minds
20. The Fleshtones - Let's Go
21. The Greenhornes - Can't Stand Up
22. The Stranglers - (Get A) Grip (On Yourself)
23. Tim Hutt - The Lottery Song
24. Rolling Stones - Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo Heartbreaker
25. New Order - Blue Monday
26. Blondie - Heart Of Glass
27. LCD Soundsystem - North American Scum
28. The Monkees - You Bring The Summer

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 (3222)
1. Evening Rig - City Lights
2. Afghan Whigs - Sixty Six
3. Friends Like These - 7th Street Queen
4. Fruitbats - My Unusual Friend
5. Father John Misty - This Is Sally Hatchet
6. Ben Folds Five - Narcolepsy
7. Lee Fields & The Expressions - Faithfull Man
8. Black Lipstick - Track 11
9. Built To Spill - Girl
10. Camper Van Beethoven - All Her Favorite Fruit
11. Ty Segall - Ghost
12. Charlatan UK - The Only One I Know
13. Black Angels - Don't Play With Guns

14. They Might Be Giants - Take Out The Trash
15. Beastie Boys - Shake Your Rump
16. Blur - Boys & Girls
17. Bjork - There's More To Life Than This
18. B-52s - Junebug
19. Yo La Tengo - Two Trains (demo)
20. Cocteau Twins - Feathers Oar Blades
21. William Onyeabor - Atomic Bomb
22. Go Home Productions - Paperback Believer
23. Cheap Trick - C'mon C'mon
24. Kelley Stoltz - My Baby Always Knows What Time It Is
25. DBs - Black & White
26. The Feelies - Real Cool Time
27. Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five - White Lines (Don't Do It)
28. Guided By Voices - Glad Girls

Thursday, January 19th, 2017 (3223)
1. Sonny Knight & The Lakers - Oh Mary
2. TV On The Radio - Could You
3. Stereolab - Cybele's Reverie
4. Yo La Tengo - Cornelia & Jane
5. The Beatles - I'm Only Sleeping (stereo)
6. Bob Dylan & The Band - You Aint Going Nowhere (take 1)
7. Francoise Hardy - All Over The World
8. Bonnie Prince Billy - Cursed Sleep
9. Talking Heads - Houses In Motion
10. LCD Soundsystem - Too Much Love
11. Creedence Clearwater Revival - Hey Tonight
12. Sugar - Your Favorite Thing
13. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - From Her To Eternity
14. The Soft Boys - Only The Stones Remain
15. Velvet Underground - Guess I'm Falling In Love
16. King Tuff - Stupid Superstar
17. Iggy Pop - The Passenger
18. Fiona Apple - Extraordinary Machines

19. Pete Townshend - Give Blood
20. The BPA w/David Byrne - Toe Jam
21. The New Standards - This Must Be The Place
22. The La's - There She Goes
23. Husker Du - Could You Be The One
24. Joan Jett - Bad Reputation
25. Yo La Tengo - Before We Run
26. Rolling Stones - Jigsaw Puzzle
27. Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings - Wild Horses
28. Yo La Tengo - You Can Have It All
29. Yo La Tengo - Autumn Sweater
30. Black Sabbath - War Pigs/Luke's Wall
31. The Cramps - Bikini Girls With Machine Guns
32. The Buzzcocks - Everybody's Happy Nowadays

Friday, January 20th, 2017 (3224)

1. The SMiths - Miserable Lie
2. The Smiths - This Charming Man
3. Electronic - Forbidden City
4. The Smiths - Still Ill
5. The Smiths - Handsome Devil
6. The Smiths - What Difference Does It Make
7. The Smiths - Hand In Glove
8. Johnny Marr - How Soon Is Now?
9. Johnny Marr - Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want

10. Johnny Marr - There Is A  Light That Never Goes Out
11. Talking Heads - Nothing But Flowers
12. The Pretenders - 1969
13. Kristy MacColl - Walking Down Madison
14. Billy Bragg - Sexuality
15. The The - Another Boy Drowning
16. Modest Mouse - Dashboard
17. Johnny Marr - The Right Thing Right
18. Johnny Marr & The Healers - The Last Ride
19. Johnny Marr - Generate! Generate!
20. The Smiths - I Know It's Over (live)
21. The Smiths - Paint A Vulgar Picture

Wednesday, January 18, 2017


Saturday, February 25th & Sunday, February 26th

It has been held every year for a decade and a half, but somehow this is one of the only pictures I can find from an actual Scootermas.  Surely there must be other photos, but I dunno... the veil of secrecy that surrounds the Scootermas tradition is heavy.  Not really.

This is the SEVENTEENTH year that Scootermas will been held.  The origins of the holiday begin with a little boy that never had birthday or Christmas celebrations when he was growing up.  After he reached adulthood he found some friends that couldn't deal with this fact and they decided that he needed his own special day to make up for all those lost gift giving opportunities.  BOOM.  Scootermas.

It used to be that Scootermas fell on whatever day could be conveniently scheduled, but in the last few years it was decided that it should always fall on Academy Awards weekend.  This year we're celebrating Scootermas on February 25th and 26th.  Expect nothing but film, food, and friendship for 48 hours.


The key element of Scootermas is film.  Each participant spends part of their year scouring the planet for new and interesting things to blow the minds of those attending.  Good, bad, weird, it doesn't matter.  As long as they don't completely suck.  Past failures have been used as a source of humiliation for the person that subjected the others to it.  Phrases like "Don't Idiocracy it" or "You really Life On Mars'd it" have become part of the vernacular.  Other things have become tradition, like watching the entire Yacht Rock series.  Look, just have fun, o.k.?

Do you have any film suggestions for Scootermas?  Send them to shufflefunction@hotmail.com!

The second and third key elements are food and refreshments.  We've become a serious beer group, and we try to find new and exotic brews to sample.  You can always count on Mexican Coca Cola making an appearance, too.  Just make sure the beverages are good.  Nothing less than the  best for Scootermas.

Fourth is Nerf Dart Guns.  These are essential for the fifth element, which is the Academy Awards.  The Awards just gets this mention here, because it's really the excuse for when Scootermas is scheduled.  You can't watch the Academy Awards, however, without Nerf Dart Guns.  Without them, how can you properly register your disgust when Celine Dion comes on to sing a song, or when your favorite nominee gets robbed?  You NEED to let loose a volley of dart flavored revenge upon the TV screen.  This is America, after all.

We've been looking forward to Scootermas for a long time.  It's a great excuse to let off some steam and just forget about any of the troubles that the world drops on your doorstep.  Everybody needs a day (or days) like this. Get some friends together and plan your own Scootermas celebration.  Last year was the first time we have heard of others starting their own tradition, and we think that's great.  If the number of people asking when Scootermas happens this year is an indicator, then should be the biggest Scootermas yet!

 Happy Scootermas, everyone!



For nearly as long as we've been doing the morning show, Shelley and I have been trying to find new and interesting calendars to doll up the broadcast booth with.  Early on we had the Babies and Baby Animals calendar, followed by a few years of Cats In Hats calendars, but we finally found something ideal with the discovery of the Goats In Trees calendar.  The weird-but-true nature of it is amusing and educational, and not only do we learn a little bit about goats, but we learn a little bit... about ourselves.

In case you aren't familiar with this phenomenon, goats in Morocco will climb up into Argania trees to eat their fruit.  They somehow manage to stand on thin precarious branches to do this.  Farmers actually cultivate this behavior because they've found that the Argania seeds that are found in the goat poo can be pressed to produce Argania oil, which is a high demand item.

Goat Tree

Since hilarious and weird gets celebrated in this world, there has been a Goats In Trees calendar produced.  I'm not entirely sure how long they have been in production, but this is our sixth year with the calendar, and it has become an evolving work of art.  Not content with just having goats in trees, we added ghosts to each month.  The following year those ghosts were placed in boats, and then after that they were joined by Hall & Oates.  It stands to reason that OF COURSE Hall & Oates were given Root Beer Floats the year after that.

We were stumped for what to do in 2017 for quite a while.  I mean, where do you go after you have Goats and Ghosts in Boats with Hall & Oates drinking Root Beer Floats?  It felt like we had hit a very incredible ceiling, until a right-in-front-of-us-the-whole-time solution presented itself.  How could we have missed the fact that these poor goats didn't have any coats?  But how would we go about tailoring fine coats for these fruit eating fellows?

Enter Ann Rosenquist Fee, Radio Goat Seamstress.  Who knew, huh?  Ann is relatively new to the field of goat clothing design, but with that rookie status comes a vision of elegance and refinement that in many ways has become a defining feature the 2017 Goats In Trees calendar.  She is what some would call a trailblazer, while others would call her the only one in the world that actually does this.  However you want to define her skill set, there's no denying that she has brought sophistication to the Goats IN COATS with Ghosts in Boats with Hall & Oates drinking Root Beer Floats calendar.

Ann took a moment of her time to sit with us and detail the process behind dressing twelve months worth of goats.  While some might closely guard their trade secrets, Ann was very forthcoming and open about her design choices.  One does not simply throw bits of cloth upon photos of goats.  To do so would be an affront to both fashion and zoology.

Please watch this video, and then consider paying it forward, not just to photographs of goats in your life, but to goat photographs around the world.  For all of us.



Johnny Marr is one of those musicians that's seen it all and done it all.  He started and ended one of the most influential bands ever before he hit his mid twenties, so that's not too shabby.  Marr has also been a great collaborator, working with a wide array of bands both as a key player and as a side man.  NME has called him a "godlike genius" and Mojo said he's "Britain's last great guitar stylist".  On top of all that, he's written a book.

Marr's autobiography Set The Boy Free was released last year to positive reviews.  When Morrissey put out his autobiography a few years ago we invited literary gem (and massive Morrissey fan) Rachael Hanel on the show to nerd out about it, and this Friday she'll be returning for a discussion of Johnny Marr's book.  Shelley (also a massive Morrissey fan) has also read the book, and together they'll discuss Marr's career, as well as compare and contrast between the two authors.  We'll also be playing a bunch of music from Marr, Morrissey. The Smiths, and more!

Tune in Friday, January 20th, from six to nine a.m. for an exceptionally geeky discussion.

Literary gem Rachael Hanel!

Monday, January 16, 2017


Monday, January 9th, 2017 (3215)

1. 100% Pure Poison - No More City, No More Country
2. Led Zeppelin - Dazed & Confused
3. Sex Pistols - Pretty Vacant
4. Cheap Trick - Surrender
5. The Yardbirds - Little Games
6. The Replacements - Kiss Me On The Bus

7. Yoko Ono - Between My Head & The Sky
8. Led Zeppelin - In My Time Of Dying
9. Nico - I'm Not Saying
10. Yardbirds - Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor
11. Darcys - Peg
12. Sammy Davis Jr - Wichita Lineman
13. Husker Du - Terms Of Psychic Warfare
14. Led Zeppelin - Wearing & Tearing
15. Pretty - Mustache In Your Face
16. Arrogance - Stick It Out
17. Fleur De Lye - Circles
18. The Specials - Concrete Jungle
19. Edwyn Collins - A Girl Like You
20. Led Zeppelin - Communication Breakdown

21. Led Zeppelin - Rock & Roll
22. Led Zeppelin - The Ocean
23. Half Japanese - Firecracker Firecracker
24. The Beatles - Every Little Thing (mono)
25. The Legendary Stardust Cowboy - Global Warming
26. Led Zeppelin - Gallows Pole
27. Led Zeppelin - Ramble On
28. Led Zeppelin - The Rover
29. Led Zeppelin - The Song Remains The Same
30. Led Zeppelin - Whole Lotta Love

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017 (3216)

1. Starman (original single mix)
2. The Stars Are Out Tonight
3. Round & Round
4. Tin Machine - Under The Gods
5. Unwashed & Somewhat Slightly Dazed
6. The Man Who Sold The World
7. Rebel Rebel (original single mix)
8. Kooks
9. China Girl
10. Wild Is The Wind

11. Sue ( Or In A Season Of Crime)
12. TVC-15
13. Moonage Daydream
14. Ashes To Ashes
15. No Control
16. A Conversation Piece
17. I'm Afraid Of Americans
18. Under Pressure (w Queen)
19. Life On Mars
20. Bombers
21. Five Years (live in Santa Monica)
22. Future Legend/Diamond Dogs

23. My Death
24. Where Have All The Good Times Gone?
25. Sound & Vision
26. Queen Bitch
27. Golden Years
28. John, I'm Only Dancing
29. Suffragette City
30. Rock & Roll Suicide

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017 (3217)
1, Ash - Girl From Mars
2. The Kingsmen - Louie Louie
3. Yo La Tengo - Autumn Sweater
4. Donovan - Hurdy Gurdy Man
5. AJ Rowe - SMoke My Pipe The Sign Aint Right
6. LCD Soundsystem - Movement
7. The Spectors - Rhubarb Ruby
8. The Kinks - Village Green Preservation Society
9. The Doobie Brothers - It Keeps You Running
10. Dick Kent - Octopus Woman Please Let Me Go
11. AC Newman - Encyclopedia Of Classic Take Downs
12. Sonny Knight & The Lakers - Get Up And Dance
13. John Cale - Russian Roulette
14. Paul Westerberg - Dirty Diesel
15. The Band w/Van Morrison - Caravan

16. The Beatifics - Something/Anything?
17. Patti Smith - Gloria
18. Pixies - Wave Of Mutilation
19. The Jesus & Mary Chain - Head on
20. Bobbi Blake - I Like Yellow Things
21. Velvet Underground - I Can't Stand It
22. Nick Lowe - Cruel To Be Kind
23. Jackson 5 - I'll Be There
24. TL Barrett & The Youth For Christ Choir - Just Like A Ship
25. M. Ward - The First Time I Ran Away
26. The Beatles - You Can't Do That (mono)
27. Bo Diddley - Roadrunner
28. The Legendary Stardust Cowboy - The Winds Of Time
29. They Might Be Giants - Cyclops Rock
30. Joy Division - Transmission
31. Gordon Thomas - The Shower Song

Thursday, January 12th, 2017 (3218)
1. Jeff Tweedy - The Ballad Of The Opening Band
2. The Band - Tears Of Rage
3. The Hold Steady - Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?
4. Handsome Family - Moving Furniture Around
5. Nick Drake - River Man
6. Jayhawks - Prouder Than The Wings
7. Eux Autres - Les Project Citron
8. Imperial teen - One Two
9. Belle & Sebastian - Like Dylan In The Movies
10. LCD Soundsystem - Home
11. David Bowie - Lazarus
12. David Lynch - Sun Can't Be Seen No More

13. Booker T - Fun
14. Rilo Kiley - The Frug
15. Rolling Stones - Not Fade Away
16. X - The Worlds A Mess/It's In My Kiss
17. The Lyres - Don't Give It Up Now
18. Tom Waits - Road To Peace
19. Kelley Stoltz - Rescue
20. Plimsouls - A Million Miles Away
21. Sonny Bono - I Just Sit There
22. Pixies - Where Is My Mind?
23. Built To Spill - All Our Songs
24. Flat Duo Jets - Needles & Pins
25. Morrissey - Dagenham Dave
26. Dukes Of Stratosphere - Pale & Precious
27. Elliot Kendall - Honda Bike

Thursday, January 12th, 2017 NIGHTTIME EDITION
1. Davy Jones & The Lower Third - Baby Loves That Way
2. White Light/White Heat
3. Let's Dance
4. I Have Not Been To Oxford Town
5. I Took A Trip On A Gemini Spacecraft

6. Quicksand (demo)
7. DJ
8. Tin Machine - Baby Universal
9. Love Is Lost (Hello Steve Reich Mix)
10. Rock & Roll With Me

Friday, January 13th, 2017 (3219)
1. Mike Nesmith - Joanne
2. Paul McCartney & Wings - With A Little Luck
3. New Pornographers - Mass Romantic
4. T Rex - Summertime Blues
5. Guitar Wolf - Summertime Blues
6. Pretty - Mustache In Your Face
7. Betty Davis - Born On The Bayour
8. Black Sabbath - Heaven And Hell
9. Rush - Summertime Blues
10. Mystery Jets - Greatest Hits
11. John Cale - A Child's Christmas In Wales
12. The Who - Summertime Blues
13. The Legendary Stardust Cowboy - Global Warming
14. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Lie Down Here & Be My Girl

15. Sleater Kinney - Rollercoaster
16. Deep Purple - Hush
17. Fleshtones - Hexbreaker
18. The Zombies - Maybe After He's Gone
19. Talking Heads - Burning Down The House
20. Incredible Moses Leroy - Fuzzy
21. Downliner Sect - Why Don't You Smile Now
22. Danny & The Darleans - You're Driving Me Insane
23. Thunderclap Newman - Something In The Air
24. Syd Barrett - Love Song
25. Television - Friction
26. The Replacements - Message To The Boys
27. The Beatifics - This Year's Jessica
28. Don Lewis - Ode To Billy Joe
29. The Band - Acadian Driftwood
30. Guided By VOices - The Best Of Jill Hives
31. George Harrison - Apple Scruffs
32. Pixies - Gigantic

Sunday, January 15, 2017

The Book I Read: Roadside Picnic by Arkady & Boris Strugatsky

This unique science fiction story follows a world where earth has been visited by alien spacemen. Their ships randomly landed in a number of cities, stayed briefly and then left without any type of fanfare or aggression. But the mark they left was devastating. Many of those trapped in the Zones as they came to be called died a horrible death where their skin rotted off. Those who managed to escape were rounded up to be studied. After the aliens left the Zones, nothing was the same inside them. Gravity would misbehave and forces unknown to modern science could kill in an instant and seemingly at random, Stranger still, the aliens left behind a number of unknown items that could do amazing things. Also, previously nondescript items in the Zone, like a simple pushpin, suddenly contained massive power sources. The Zone was dangerous and avoided at all costs, but with treasures to be found and sold there is always going to be a market for those willing to risk it all. They are called stalkers, and it is a stalker named Red that we follow throughout his life in Roadside Picnic.

Stalkers are part gangster, part Indiana Jones, part cool heads under pressure and general bad asses, Red is one of the best. The Zone is where he was born and raised so he knows the territory better than anyone else. He has also paid attention to the many ways that stalkers before him perished in the Zone, therefore being able to avoid their fates. He also has the fire deep down inside him to be patient and out wait some of the dangers, even if that means lying face down in the mud for days while some form of gravitational death trap moves all around you. The book follows Red's life, beginning with a young man in his early twenties and ending with his search for the ultimate alien artifact when he is in his fifties. There are many trips into the Zone and lots of underground sales of his alien booty. There is jail time spent, a family made, and political ties explored. It's a fantastic story and you can't help but root for Red and his stubborn willingness to do what it takes to keep himself and his family alive.


In 1979 Russian film maker Andrei Tarkovsky made the movie Stalker based on the Strugatsky brother's book. I have not had a chance to watch it yet, but it looks creepy and eerie enough to suit the book and The Zone. Another great science fiction story to take your mind off of current events, or at the very least remind you that things could be much much worse.

On a personal aside, you may have heard that William Peter Blatty passed away this week. While I imagine that most of you know of him from the book he wrote that inspired the film The Exorcist, he also wrote one of my all time favorite books, Twinkle Twinkle Killer Kane, or as it is also known as The Ninth Configuration. I watched the film first and then sought out the book when I was in College. Like many of us when we are young I was searching for some kind of meaning and questioning what I wanted to do with my life. Because of this I really connected with Captain Billy Cutshaw in Blatty's book. If you listen to our radio show, then you have probably heard me at one time or another talk about this movie. So if Russian science fiction isn't your thing, maybe try this book.


By the way, Scott Wilson plays Captain Billy. You probably know him better as Herschel from The Walking Dead.


Wednesday, January 11, 2017


Before he became the official chronicler of seedy underworld New York, Lou Reed was just another Doo Wop obsessed kid from Long Island.  He was socially awkward and plagued with panic attacks, but he was able to focus on his love of music.  Depending on where you look, he either taught himself guitar or took one lesson so he could learn the chords to a Carl Perkins song.  Whatever the story is, he began writing songs at an early age.  By the time he was 16 his high school band The Jades had a single released on Time Records.

The single didn't do much of anything, but it did get some spins on Murray the K's radio show.  Lou kept writing music, though, and by 1962 he was performing with bands at Syracuse University.  He also had the opportunity to record some new demos for Time Records.  Those tracks didn't see the light of day until 2000, when Norton Records put out a terrific EP called All Tomorrow's Dance Parties, which also features the two tracks by The Jades.

These four recordings represent what could be considered the most conventional part of Lou's career.  By Syracuse he was exploring an expanding world of sex and drugs.  In 1964 he moved to New York and became an in-house songwriter for Pickwick Records.  Pickwick's reputation was built on putting out reissues of recordings by popular musicians, as well as compilations of recordings meant to cash in on genres and dance crazes.  It was here that Lou Reed really began to build his writing chops.

The folks at Pickwick would pay attention to trends and would decide "We need to put out a record of of surf songs" or "let's press a record of car songs" and then it was up to the staff songwriters to write an album of songs that fit the order.  Some accounts have the musicians messed up on whatever narcotics were around and quickly writing and recording within a day.  Some of the songs were throwaways, but a few were pretty great rock and roll songs.  The best example of this is a track by The Roughnecks (a made up name for a made up band) called You're Driving Me Insane.  The wild drumming and guitar noodling has made it into an obscure garage classic that gets covered by bands today.

The experience of figuring out particular styles of music became to Lou what playing for hours end in Hamburg would be to The Beatles.  It allowed him to develop faster out of necessity.  Songwriting and musician credits are inconsistent on these records, but there a handful of songs have been linked directly to him.

The first two songs by The Beach Nuts are good examples of Pickwick musicians cashing in on the Surf music genre.  The second two by The Primitives are attempts at cashing in on dance music, with The Ostrich being an honest to goodness dance.  The Ostrich actually turned into a regional hit for Pickwick, so to cash in they threw together a band to promote it live.  Reed was in the band, as were John Cale and Angus MacLise.  Cale and MacLise came from an avant garde background and thought it would be a lark to join a pop group for a while.

During this period Lou Reed would write an early version of Heroin that Pickwick wouldn't touch with a ten foot pole.  Cale and Reed starting growing closer musically, and they wrote a terrific song called Why Don't You Smile Now that was recorded by a few different artists in the sixties.

All these tracks are basically footnotes, though.  Reed and Cale went on to form the Velvet Underground with Sterling Morrison and Moe Tucker (who replaced Angus MacLise when he left because the band was "going commercial"), and within a year they were recording one of the most important debut albums in music history.

Monday, January 09, 2017


Last year at this time we had just finished a week of building up to Bowie's birthday.  There was a blog post a day, and we played him heavily leading up to playing the entire Blackstar album, which was released on his birthday.  The album is a triumph, and we were really psyched about this latest chapter of his career.  To be almost 70 and putting out some of your best work is something every artist aspires for, and Bowie pulled it off.

Unbelievably, he was dead two days later.  It's just as unbelievable that a year has already passed without David Bowie in it.  His legacy of musical and personal reinvention is inspiring, and the sudden loss of his talent left a void that won't be filled any time soon.

We spent the two days after the news broke playing his music and discussing his career, and that's what we'll be doing on Tuesday, the one year anniversary of his death.  Give us your requests and we'll play them.  Moments like this are made for stations like KMSU, where community can band together and get through the tough times.  Let's get through this together.


Saturday, January 07, 2017

The Book I Read: The Dead Mountaineer's Inn by Boris and Arkady Strugatsky

A great book on my shelf next to my Sippy Bird and a photo of my Great Grandma Pierce.

One of my New Years resolutions is to watch less TV and read more. I'm already a pretty avid bookworm, but I was telling Tim that it would be fun to write down all the titles that I've read throughout the year, and he suggested I try to blog about them. So here we are. This is actually the second book I finished - the first being Johnny Marr's Set The Boy Free. On January 20th our resident Morrissey aficionado Rachael Hanel will be joining us on the morning show to discuss Marr's autobiography and play some great music. Be sure to set the alarm and tune in for it - you can never get enough music geeks geeking out over their favorite bands! But now it's time to talk Soviet Science Fiction.

I was told a long time ago to read more Russian novelists, and since then I've read most of Nabakov's books and some heavy hitters like Dostoyevsky and Solzhenitsyn. The last few years I have read all of the Night Watch series by Sergei Lukyanenko. These books detail a world of vampires, witches, shapeshifters and magicians that exists among our world and a realm called the Gloom. I thoroughly enjoyed dipping my toes into Soviet Sy-fy, and so when I came across some reviews of the brothers Strugatsky I jumped in and got three of their books. The Dead Mountaineer's Inn is the first one I picked up.

Boris and Arkady Strugatsky are the cream of the crop when it comes to Soviet era science fiction. They have even had an asteroid named after them. They started writing together in the 1950's and The Dead Mountaineers Inn, or Inspector Glebsky's Puzzle as it is also called came out in 1970.  I began reading this book and at first I thought that maybe this was a book outside of the science fiction genre. It starts with the introduction of our main character, Inspector Glebsky who is on holiday alone in the mountains. He is burnt out on life, work and family and is hoping to distract himself with cross country skiing, reading and a drink or two. Honestly, the beginning of this book is like reading the equivalent of Murder on The Orient Express, Murder By Death, or Clue. There is a large cast of characters we get to know one by one, all of them eccentric beyond belief. The setting is remote, full of mystery and the proprietor is of the opinion that his establishment is routinely being haunted by a visitor who went off to hike the mountain one morning and never returned. I was a quarter of the way through this book and was convinced that I was reading a mystery spoof rather than a science fiction piece. Don't get me wrong - I was enjoying myself. Like Nabokov, the Strugatsky Brothers have a very dry sense of irreverent humor that I quite enjoy. But there were hints of something strange a brewing.

Stories of missing items, bumps in the night, and disappearing guests, alien objects in the sky, ghosts, and silver bullets all begin to make appearances. When a dead body is found behind a locked door with no obvious murderer to be found, Investigator Glebsky's vacation is over and he is back on the job. I am not going to give any spoilers for the grey here - but any doubts I had about this being science fiction or not went right out the window. Good old fashioned murder mysteries aren't so old fashioned when aliens, robots, avalanches caused from secret power factories, and superhuman feats of strength come into the picture. A book that was already pretty funny to begin with gets even better when literally everything is possible. This is a fun book to read, and a quick one at that. I highly recommend it. I am half way through another one of the Strugatsky's books, Roadside Picnic. It is considered one of their best and I can't wait to tell you about it.

Thanks for indulging my book thing folks -


Friday, January 06, 2017


Monday, January 2nd, 2017 (3210)
1. Paul Westerberg - Runaway Wind
2. Belle & Sebastian - Song For Sunshine
3. Sly & The Family Stone - I Aint Got Nobody (For Real)
4. Sonny Knight & The Lakers - How Long Til Someday
5. George Harrison - Isn't It A Pity
6. Band Of Bees - These Are The Ghosts
7. Sea Wolf - You're A Wolf
8. Broadcast - Papercuts
9. Stereolab - Tomorrow's Already Here
10. Kelley Stoltz - Underwater's Where The Action Is
11. The Shins - Pressed In A Book

12. Thurston Moore - Space
13. Jeff Buckley - Last Goodbye
14. Crash Test Dummies - Here On Earth (I'll Have My Cake)
15. Waterboys - We Will Not Be Lovers
16. Dream Academy - Life In A Northern Town
17. Neko Case - Hold On Hold On
18. Booker T & The MGs - Time Is Tight
19. New Standards - Hey Ya

20. Talking Heads - Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On)
21. Matthew Sweet & Susannah Hoffs - Care Of Cell 44
22. Supergrass - Goin' Out
23. Graham Coxon - You & I
24. The Sonics - Like No Other Man
25. Dirtbombs - Chains Of Love
26. Alarm Clocks - No Reason To Complain
27. Howlin' Wolf - Built For Comfort
28. Buddy Holly - Not Face Away
29. The Puppets - Three Boys Lookin' For A Love

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017 (3211)
1. The Beatles - I Me Mind
2. Angela Alexander & JD Sadler - Spoilin' For A Fight
3. Rolling Stones - She Was Hot
4. Sleater Kinney - No Cities To Love

5. Faux Jean - Kiss Life On The Lips
6. Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings - I Learned The Hard Way
7. NWA - Express Yourself
8. The Replacements - We'll Inherit The Earth
9. Nic Armstrong - I Can't Stand It
10. Redd Kross - Only A Girl
11. Redd Kross - Deuce
12. Redd Kross - Citadel
13. Redd Kross - Heaven Only Knows
14. Redd Kross - Ann
15. Redd Kross - Savior Machine
16. Redd Kross - Blow You A Kiss In The Wind

17. Yoko Ono - Walking On Thin Ice
18. Paul Simon - Slip Sliding Away
19. Talking Heads - Slippery People
20. Foghat - Slowride
21. The Renderers - A Dream Of The Sea
22. Half Japanese - That Is That
23. Public Enemy - Can't Truss It
24. Yo La Tengo - Here To Fall
25. Russell Hoke - Ellen, See The World
26. William Shatner - Common People
27. LCD Soundsystem - Pow Pow
28. The Kinks - Sleepwalker
29. Moritz - Bohemian Rhapsody

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017 (3212)

1. Lemonheads - Mrs. Robinson
2. The Monkees - You Bring The Summer
3. XTC - The Disappointed
4. Band Of Bees - Punchbag
5. Teenage Fanclub - Everything Flows

6. Zumpano - The Only Reason Under The Sun
7. The Beatifics - In The Meantime
8. T. Rex - Jeepster
9. Smog - Hit The Ground Running
10. Style Council - My Ever Changing Moods
11. The Beatles - Day Tripper (stereo)
12. New Order - Love Vigilantes
13. Sugar - Your Favorite Thing
14. David Bowie - Life On Mars
15. Strokes - Last Night
16. Stooges - Shake Appeal
17. Black Sabbath - Fairies Wear Boots
18. Sleater Kinney - Combat Rock
19. Continental Co-Ettes - I Don't Love You No More
20. Lyn Collins - Think (About It)

21. The Litter - I'm A Man
22. The MC5 - Baby Won't Ya
23. Dump - Just For You
24. REM - I Believe
25. New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle
26. REM - Can't Get There From Here
27. REM - Sidewinder Sleeps Tonight
28. REM - Gardening At Night

Thursday, January 5th, 2017 (3213)

1. Three Peas In A Podd - Goin' Out Of My Head
2. Joe Hill Louis - Gotta Let You Go
3. Tom Waits - Satisfied
4. Pink Floyd - Lucifer Sam
5. Doug Poindexter & The Starlight Wranglers - My Kind Of Carrying On
6. Rufus Thomas - Tiger Man
7. Brian Jonestown Massacre - Swallowtail
8. Kelley Stoltz - Still Feel
9. Carl Perkins - Blue Suede Shoes

10. Roky Erickson - Click Your Fingers Applauding The Play
11. Beck - Devil's Haircut
12. Billy Lee Riley - Red Hot
13. Prince - Aint Gonna Miss You When You're Gone
14. Kraftwerk - Trans Europe Express
15. John Cale - Outta The Bag
16. Bee Gees - To Love Somebody
17. Nilsson - Everybody's Talkin'
18. David Bowie - Starman
19. Jerry Lee Lewis - Breathless
20 .Beatifics - Junior's Farm
21. Johnny Cash - Get Rhythm

22. Bobbi Blake - I Like Yellow Things
23. Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats - Rocket 88
24. Music Magicians - Convertibles & Headbands
25. Dick Kent - Maker Of Smooth Music
26. Jim Lea - The Doing Of Our Thing
27. MSR Singers - Squeaky Shoes
28. Dick Kent - Five Feet 9 1/2 Inches Tall
29. Tim Hutt - The Lottery Song
30. Frank Sinatra - September Of My Years
31. Glenn Campbell - Rhinestone Cowboy
32. The Byrds - Hickory Wind
33. Roy Orbison - Only The Lonely
34. REM - Finest Worksong
35. Bob Dylan - Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again

Thursday, January 5th, 2017 (NIGHTTIME EDITION)


1. The Fantasy

Friday, January 6th, 2017 (3214)

1. Any Day Now
2. Raised On Rock
3. Trouble
4. Good Rocking Tonight
5. Don't Be Cruel

6. Trying To Get To You
7. Baby Let's Play House
8. Little Sister/Get Back
9. Wearin' The Loved On Look
10. That's When Your Heartache Begins
11. Walk A Mile In My Shoes
12. Now & Then There's A Fool Such As I
13. You're Right I'm Left She's Gone
14. Teddy Bear
15. Marie's The Name Of His Latest Flame
16. Rubberneckin'
17. In The Ghetto
18. Clambake
19. I Can't Help Falling In Love With You
20. Jailhouse Rock
21. Burning Love
22. Do The Clam
23. Blue Moon Of Kentucky
24. Mystery Train
25. Fool
26. Love Me Tender

27. I Need Somebody To Lean On
28. Polk Salad Annie (Afternoon Show, MSG)
29. CC Rider
30. Hey Jude
31. I Got Stung
32. Kentucky Rain
33. Heartbreak Hotel
34. Just Because
35. A Little Less Conversation (Junkie XL)
36. Devil In Disguise
37. Going Home
38. Pledging My Love
39. My Happiness
40. Unchained Melody

41. Love Me
42. Bossa Nova
43. Don't Be Cruel
44. Viva Las Vegas
45. One Night
46. It's Now Or Never
47. You're So Square Baby I Don't Care
48. Suspicious Minds

Tuesday, January 03, 2017


Lisa Wheeler with Bob Washington, the voice of K-tel. (2004)

2016 was a rough for pop culture icons, but two that may have slipped past your radar were more behind the scenes.  If you're a regular listener of Shuffle Function you probably know that K-tel records are pretty important to us.  We created the game Shuffle Function Radio Roulette around them, and it has become a favorite regular feature on the show.  The source material that we use for Radio Roulette comes from Shelley's huge collection of those records.  We draw numbers to determine which record we play, flip a coin to determine the record side, and roll dice to determine the track.  The song selection is completely random, and since we use K-tel records it's also completely dangerous.  Those records are a minefield.

K-tel records also helped us meet Lisa Wheeler, a record collector and fellow music geek.  She's written extensively about the label over the years, and she also shipped a good chunk of her K-tel collection to Shelley to help build up the Radio Roulette stockpile.  Lisa blogs about radio station promotional records on radiouseonly.com (you can find our theme song 45 posted there), as well as records from Colorado on northofpueblo.com and pueblocitylimits.com.  She's also written for publications like Goldmine, so not too shabby.

SKIP TO THE POINT:  This last year saw the deaths of two major players from K-tel.  The biggest loss to the K-tel world was Philip Kives, the founder of K-tel International, who died in April.  Not only did he pioneer the marketing of gadgets and gizmos "as seen on TV", but he also came up with the concept behind K-tel records.

Lisa with Philip Kives, founder of K-tel!

The most iconic loss to K-tel, as well as to the world of voice over artists, was Bob Washington, who passed away in December.  You might not know him by name, and you probably wouldn't recognize him on the street, but you would certainly recognize Bob's voice.  He was THE voice of K-tel, and you could hear him in dozens of television ads for various K-tel products exclaiming NEW FROM K-TEL!

In 2004 Lisa had the chance to interview Bob Washington, and she wrote an article about him.  Bob even recorded a promo for a website she was running at the time!  Lisa allowed us to publish her story on our blog, and we hope you enjoy it.  Thanks, Lisa!

But Wait, There’s More…”
An Interview with the Voice of K-tel, Bob Washington

In the mid 1960’s Bob Washington was a morning show disc jockey on Winnipeg radio station CKRC, when one day Philip Kives, the founder of K-tel, walked into the building. “He asked if we could put some spots together for him.” Little did Washington know at the time, that simple request would turn out to be an almost 15 year gig as the main voice behind memorable TV and radio commercials for everything from salad spinners and fishing gadgets, to music compilations.

“All the sessions were interesting because for the most part while I was doing the voicing (fellow CKRC employee), Harry (Taylor) was running the boards and Kives was overseeing the production. Phil would come in with a neatly typed script and then we would sit down and start voicing it.” But he admitted that things usually didn’t start out as neatly as they began. “He (Kives) would get these ideas and start writing on the script. Before too long I was having to read hand-written text that was going up one side of this neatly-typed script and down the other.”

On average, Washington said he would record five or six different spots an hour, packing in close to 150 words in one one-minute commercial. The partnership resulted in so many commercials, even he didn’t keep track. “I have no idea how many total we did,” he said.

His voice could be heard not only in the United States and Canada, but also in England and Australia. “Burton Cummings (lead singer of the Guess Who) would often tell me when I saw him that he always felt at home when he was on tour and would hear a K-tel commercial on the television in his hotel room.”

After 42 years in broadcasting, Washington retired in 1991, but he still looks back fondly on his days as the voice of K-tel. “I felt quite honored to be part of company that was so successful. Who would have guessed that a boy from Wadena, Saskatchewan would have been a part of something like this.”

SCTV poked fun of K-tel and Bob Washington on their show!

Monday, January 02, 2017


Monday, December 26th, 2016 (3205)
1. The Replacements - Left Of The Dial
2. Pink Floyd - Arnold Layne
3. Matthew Sweet - I've Been Waiting
4. Kelley Stoltz - To Speak To The Girl
5. Buddy Rich - The Beat Goes On

6. Dick Kent - Octopus Woman Please Let Me Go
7. Tom Waits - Satisfied
8. Devo - Good Thing
9. Nina Simone - Little Girl Blue
10. Fuzztones - Ward 81
11. Danny & The Darleans - Bug Out
12. Lou Rawls - You've Made Me So Very Happy

13. David Bowie - Heroes
14. The Ramones - Do You Wanna Dance?
15. Beach Boys - Surfin Safari
16. The Beatifics - THis Year's Jessica
17. John Lennon - Imagine
18. Elvis Presley - Jailhouse Rock
19. The Beatles - Help (US Stereo)
20. The Ramones - Rockaway Beach
21. David Bowie - Eight Line Poem/Life On Mars
22. Pretty - Mustache In Your Face
23. Kenny Loggins - Footloose
24. Beach Boys - Surfin USA
25. Dexy's Midnight Runners - Come On Eileen
26. Michael Jackson - PYT
27. Frankie Valli - Grease Is The Word
28. David Bowie - Changes
29. Legendary Stardust Cowboy - Paralyzed
30. The Ramones - Sheena Is A Punk Rocker
31. The Go Gos - We Got The Beat
32. The Beatles - Lady Madonna (stereo)
33. Michael Jackson - Billie Jean
34. Prince - I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man
35. Adelle - Water Under The Bridge
36. The Ramones - Cretin Hop

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016 (3206)
1. David Byrne - Neighborhood
2. Badfinger - No Matter What
3. Paul Westerberg - First Glimmer
4. The Smiths - Still Ill
5. Nick Drake - One Of These Things First
6. Tom Waits - Old Shoes & Picture Postcards
7. Harry Nilsson - Ambush
8. Al Green - Take Me To The River
9. The Kinks - Everybody's Gonna Be Happy

10. David Bowie - Space Oddity
11. David Bowie - Lazarus
12. John Bellion - All Time Low
13. George Michael - Father Figure
14. Merle Haggard - Mama Tried
15. Bobby Vee - Venus In Blue Jeans
16. Zay Jillfiggerr - Juju On That Beat
17. Prince - Let's Go Crazy
18. Jefferson Airplane - Embryonic Journey
19. Jefferson Airplane - 3/5th Of A Mile In 10 Seconds
20. I Love Memphis - Hit The Quan
21. Leonard Cohen - Hallelujah
22. Glenn Frey - The Heat Is On
23. Sharon Jones - This Land Is Your Land
24. Ariana Grande - Side To Side
25. Emerson Lake & Palmer - Lucky Man
26. Prince - When Does Cry
27. Deya - Sit Still Look Pretty
28. Wham - Wake Me Up Before You Go Go
29. Leonard Cohen - Suzanne
30. Michael Jackson - Beat It

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016 (3207)

1. Motorhead - Killed By Death
2. Chris Bell - I Am The Cosmos
3. The Beatifics - When It's Whenever
4. Arrogance - Stick It Out
5. Motorhead - Dancing On Your Grave
6. Big Star - Don't Lie To Me
7. XTC - Mayor Of Simpleton
8. Joy Division - Isolation
9. Echo Del Africa - Yiri Wah
10. Motorhead - Ace Of Spades

11. Motorhead - Leaving Here
12. Beach Boys - Baby Blue
13. Big Star - Thirteen
14. Langley Schools Music Project - I'm Into Something Good
15. Motorhead - Overkill
16. Young Underground - Dance To The Music
17. Tina Turner - Whole Lotta Love
18. Nina Simone - Ooh Child
19. Big Star - September Gurls
20. Prix - Girl
21. From Bubblegum To Sky - The Gurls & Shooby Doo Wop
22. Motorhead - Stay Clean
23. Chris Bell - You And Your Sister
24. Emitt Rhodes - With My Face On The Floor
25. REM - Gardening At Night

26. Dick Kent - Octopus Woman Please Let Me Go
27. LCD Soundsystem - Losing My Edge
28. Nichelle Nichols - Star Trek Theme
29. Devo - That's Good
30. Iggy Pop - Sister Midnight
31. Echo & The Bunnymen - The Cutter
32. Big Star - Oh My Soul
33. Big Star - Watch The Sunrise

Thursday, December 29th, 2016 (3208)
1. Marianne Faithfull - Late Victorian Holocaust
2. The Good The Bad & The Queen - Northern Whale
3. Elizabeth Harper - Trouble In The Palace
4. Handsome Family - Flapping Your Underwear
5. The Band - It Makes No Difference
6. Marianne Faithfull - Dear God, Please Help Me

7. Daniel Johnston - Mind Movies
8. The Band - Stage Fright
9. Flying Burrito Brothers - Aint That A Lot Of Love
10. Patsy Cline - Three Cigarettes In An Ash Tray

11. Mogwai - Are You A Dancer?
12. Polica - Melting Block
13. James Blake - Waves No Shores
14. Phish - Friends
15. Lumineers - Angela
16. Wild Belle - Coyotes
17. Bob Dylan - All Or Nothing At All
18. Last Shadow Puppets - Miracle Aligner
19. Ty Segall - Squealer 2
20. Radical Face - The Road To Nowhere
21. The Monkees - I Know What I Know
22. The Heavy - Last Confession
23. Hamilton Lighthouse & Rostam - In A Blackout
24. Angel Olson - Give It Up
25. Bob Mould - The End Of Things

26. Ra Ra Riot & Rostam - Water
27. Frightened Rabbit - An Otherwise Disappointing Life
28. Wilco - Cry All Day
29. Regina Spektor - Older & Taller
30. James Vincent McMorrow - 1000 Times
31. Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein - Stranger Things
32. The Beatifics - Last Thing On My Mind
33. Charles Bradley - Aint It A Sin
34. Yoko Ono & Portugal The Man - Soul Got Out Of The Box
35. Dan Mangan - Race To The Bottom

Thursday, December 29th, 2016 NIGHTTIME EDITION
1. David Bowie - Heart's Filthy Lesson
2. David Bowie - Kooks
3. David Bowie - Golden Years
4. David Bowie - 1984
5. David Bowie - Stay
6. Prince - Why You Want To Treat Me So Bad?
7. Prince - Undisputed (w Chuck D)
8. Prince - The Future
9. Prince - Girls & Boys

10. Prince - The Beautiful Ones
11. Prince - Gotta Stop Messing About

Friday, December 30th, 2016 (3209)
Playlist is entirely people we've lost during the year
1. Debbie Reynolds, Donald O'Connor, & Gene Kelley - Good Morning
2. David Bowie - Young American

3. Vanity 6 - Nasty Girl
4. Prince - Starfish & Coffee
5. Talking Heads - Girlfriend Is Better (Bernie Worrell)
6. Bob Washington K-Tel Record Selector Ad (Bob Washington & Philip Kives)
7. Emerson Lake & Palmer - Knife Edge (Keith Emerson & Greg Lake)
8. Elvis Presley - Blue Moon Of Kentucky (Scotty Moore)
9. The Beatles - In My Life (George Martin)
10. Merle Haggard - Mama Tried
11. George Michael - Freedom 90

12. McSleazy - Cassius The Black Emperor (Muhammad Ali)
13. Bob & Ray - Komodo Dragon (Bob Elliot)
14. Bill Lynch - The Gary Shandling Show Them (Gary Shandling)
15. Abe Vigoda in The Godfather
16. Ralph Stanley - O Death
17. Guy Clark - The Randall Knife
18. Jefferson Airplane - Volunteers (Paul Kantner)
19. Florence Henderson - Conversations
20. Bobby Vee - Take Good Care Of My Baby
21. Pratt & McClaine - Happy Days Theme (Gary Marshall)
22. The Eagles - Already Gone (Glen Frey)
23. Billy Paul - Me & Mrs. Jones
24. Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings - Take Me With U

25. Dora Hall - Green Door (her son, Robert Hulseman, creator of the red solo cup
26. Earth Wind & Fire - September (Maurice White)
27. Dead Or Alive - You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) (Peter Burns)
28. Zsa Zsa Gabor - High Heeled Sneakers
29. Suicide - Ghost Rider (Alan Vega)
30. Gene Wilder - Pure Imagination
31. A Tripe Called Quest - I Left My Wallet In El Segundo (Phife Dog)
32. Michael Jackson - Thriller (Rod Temperton)
33. Different Strokes Them (Alan Thicke)
34. Patti Duke - Please Don't Just Stand There
35. Frank Sinatra Jr. - I Only Have Eyes For You
36. Prince - Baby I'm A Star
37. David Bowie - Can You Hear Me?
39. Leonard Cohen - Anthem