Wednesday, April 25, 2018

ALL VINYL MORNING SHOW FROM SIX TO TEN A.M.


SHUFFLE FUNCTION
ALL VINYL MORNING SHOW

Friday, April 27th from six to ten a.m.
KMSU 89.7fm/KMSK 91.3fm/kmsu.org

This Friday the morning show goes all vinyl!  From six to ten in the morning we'll be spinning loads of precious LPs and singles, and it's gonna be fun.  This is always a big shot in the arm for us, as we need to concentrate on digging through our crates and cases for the sweet tunes that will convince you, the listener, that KMSU is radio worth supporting.  Call and pledge for a station that has turntables and ACTUALLY USES THEM!

One major component of the All Vinyl Morning Show is the MacArthur Park Sing Along.  We can't help but song along with the Jimmy Webb/Richard Harris masterpiece, dance along during the broadway style breakdown, and basically geek out hardcore of the over the top extravaganza that is MacArthur Park.  YOU ARE INVITED TO JOIN US!  Be at the station by 8:30 a.m and help us hit those high notes!  The more the merrier.  Bring instruments, too.  If you know how to play them, then great, otherwise don't sweat it.  It's about feeling.
  

MacArthur Park Sing Along
Friday, April 25th @ 8:30
ONLY ON KMSU (thank goodness!)

THE SPRING 2018 RADIO GODS OFFERING!


We have made the offering to the Radio Gods!  Here's hoping for a successful 24 Hour Pledge Drive A-Go-Go, and two successful rounds of Shuffle Function Radio Roulette!  How could the Radio Gods not be pleased with this haul?  Tune in Thursday, April 25th, for the kick off of the Radio Marathon.  We will go without sleep for 24 hours, suviving only on the basic human needs of caffeine, Rock & Roll, and your generosity!  There's a lot of great stuff planned, so click on the following link to plan your life around it!




Thanks to everyone that has pledged to KMSU during the Spring Pledge Drive!  Your generosity was amazing and humbling, and we're so grateful to have you as listeners.  If you haven't yet pledged, please consider doing so!  Check out the swag, and then call 507-389-5678 or 1-800-456-7810, or give online at kmsu.org.  Thanks, Radio Heroes!
















Tuesday, April 24, 2018

SUNRISE WITH SUN RA THIS FRIDAY FROM 4-6 A.M.!



SUNRISE WITH SUN RA
with guest host Maverick Slim

Friday, April 27th
Four a.m. to Six a.m.
KMSU 89.7 fm/KMSK 91.3 fm/kmsu.org

A few years ago we asked Thursday Night Jazz/Cosmic Hour host Gary Campbell (aka Maverick Slim) if he'd be interested in hosting an hour of Sun Ra early in the morning during the 24 Hour Pledge Drive A-Go-Go, and luckily he said yes.  What we soon found out is that one hour of Sun Ra in the morning isn't nearly enough, so the following year we went to two hours.  We asked Gary this year if he'd want to do another edition of Sunrise With Sun Ra during the 2018 PDAGG, and his exact words were "F**K YES!"

Get up early (or better yet, just stay up all night) and listen to two hours of Sun Ra with guest host Gary Campbell during the Shuffle Function 24 Hour Pledge Drive A-Go-Go.  Gary really explores the career of Sun Ra with important cuts and favorites from his record collection.  And of course, we're hoping that you'll want to support a radio station that actually plays Sun Ra!  Don't forget to pledge as we start closing in on the marathon finish line!

The phone numbers are 507-389-5678 or 1-800-456-7810, but you can also pledge online at kmsu.org.  Click the 'Support KMSU' link and go from there.  Thanks, Radio Heroes!  Don't forget to check out all the sweet swag we have as thank-you gifts!


Sunday, April 22, 2018

'JANDEK: SOUNDS OF INSOMNIA' THIS FRIDAY AT TWO A.M.!


JANDEK: SOUNDS OF INSOMNIA
during the 24 Hour Pledge Drive A-Go-Go

Friday, April 27th @ 2:00 a.m.
KMSU 89.7 fm/KMSK 91.3 fm/kmsu.org

Jandek is a divisive artist.  You either love him or hate him, and there's not a lot of ground for indifference.  For a long time I found the music of Jandek to be completely incomprehensible. I couldn't connect with it on any level.  Then, one day, it all made sense.  I broke down and ordered everything that Corwood industries had available on CD.  The label in the picture is from that original box of 40 or so CDs, but the total number of Jandek songs is probably closer to 80 now.  He's nothing if not prolific.



For quite a while now we've had a feature of the Shuffle Function 24 Hour Pledge Drive A-Go-Go called Jandek: Sounds Of Insomnia.  From two to three a.m. we dedicate a full hour of airtime to the mysterious and haunting world of Jandek.  Two a.m. is the perfect time to discover this music.  It seems to exist in a haunted sleepless world, one where you've been up all night, and you have an electrical insomniac charge making your body tingle.  You know that world?  That's the world where it all makes sense.



We hope you'll join us for an hour of Jandek on Friday, April 28th at two a.m., and we hope that you'll pledge for a station that plays artists as adventurous as this.  Also, if you are up and listening, please let us know what you think.  We've heard from people over the years that have said it finally makes sense, and I love that. It has been said that Mankato is home to a "weird" Jandek cult, and Shuffle Function wears that as a badge of honor.  KMSU listeners are just that awesome.

Shyboy

Call 507-389-5678 or
1-800-456-7810 and pledge!

RADIO ROULETTE THIS THURSDAY AND FRIDAY! COMPLETELY RANDOM RADIO!

Shyboy Tim posing with the rare home edition of Radio Roulette!

SHUFFLE FUNCTION RADIO ROULETTE
during the 2018 Pledge Drive A-Go-Go

Thursday, April 26th @ nine p.m.
and Friday, April 27th @ noon

KMSU 89.7 fm/KMSK 91.3 fm/ kmsu.org

A few years ago we played a round of Shuffle Function Radio Roulette that was SO severely bad that we nearly abandoned radio all together.  My exact words at the time were "remember when this used to be fun?"  After that show we began leaving offerings to the Radio Gods at the KMSU tower so that they would smile upon us and grant us a listenable round of Radio Roulette.  So far it has worked.  So far.

For the uninitiated, Shuffle Function Radio Roulette is a game we invented for Halloween.  Why Halloween?  Because we wanted to do something that was terrifying that went beyond the usual fare of Halloween music.  For a couple of control freaks like us, there is nothing more horrifying than turning our playlist over to random chance.  Thus Radio Roulette was born.

But what exactly is Shuffle Function Radio Roulette?  Here is how to play.


1) GATHER THE RECORDS!  We drag in the crates of K-Tel records from the office. Each record has been assigned a number. The collection is now over 400!  When we did our first round of roulette, we probably  played with only 20 records!


2) WHICH RECORD DO WE PLAY?  We then use the magic hat (pictured above). There are slips of paper inside it that have a number written on them. Each number corresponds to the K-Tel record with that assigned number. Shyboy Tim pulls out a number from the magic hat and that is how the Radio Gods pick the record to play.


3) DO YOU PLAY SIDE A or SIDE B?  Shyboy Tim then picks up a coin to determine which side to play. If it is an American release we use a US quarter. If it is a Canadian release we use a Canadian quarter. If it is an import we use the other coins that we have at our disposal. He then flips the coin. If it is HEADS it is SIDE A. If it is TAILS it is SIDE B. 

Players note: if it is a Double LP we flip a coin to determine Record 1 or Record 2. Heads = Record 1 and Tails = Record 2.

4) HOW DO YOU PICK A SONG?  The last step in this process is to determine which song gets played. We have two dice that we use for this step. If there are more than 6 tracks we use a normal die, but if there are more, we use a 10 sided die! (Shout Out to D & D players) So if Shyboy Tim rolls a 7 we play track number 7, or if he rolls a 2 we play track 2.  Finally, Shelley cues up the record and hopes it doesn't hurt too much. You will have to tune in tonight to see how things go. 

Shuffle Function Radio Roulette is a lot of fun, but it can either be the best radio ever or the worst radio ever.  Since we have no control over the outcome, it's anybody's guess how it will go.  PLUS, it's Pledge Drive time, so we could REALLY use a great round of it to entice listeners into giving generously to our wonderful little station. 

Every pledge drive we make an offering to the radio gods, in the hope that we will have a successful drive and successful Radio Roulette.  We'll be making our offering on Wednesday, but here are some images from last year to give you an idea of what we to make the Radio Gods happy.






We'd give us a good round of Radio Roulette with an offering like that!  How could we go wrong?  Tune in Thursday night at nine p.m., and again at noon on Friday (KMSU 89.7 FM/KMSK 91.3 FM/kmsu.org) for the potential minefield that is Shuffle Function Radio Roulette.  Pledge during the show and you can even pick a number that we'll draw!  Radio destiny is in your hands and generous pledge drive giving heart.

Please pledge your support to KMSU!  Any amount makes a difference, and we still have a long way to go to hit that $40,000 goal.  Call 507-389-5678 or 1-800-456-7810, or go to kmsu.org and click the "Give Now!" button.  Thanks, Radio Heroes!


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

THE BATTLE FOR SMASH HIT SONG OF THE SUMMER SUPREMACY!



SMASH HIT SONG BATTLE ROYALE!

Octopus Woman Please Let Me Go
vs.
??????????????

April 30th through June 1st
YOUR VOTE MATTERS! 

In 2018 Shelley declared They Might Be Giants' song Take Out The Trash to be the Shuffle Function Smash Hit Song Of The Summer, and every year after that we've left it up to the listeners to vote for the song that will be their Smash Hit Song Of The Summer.  Ain't no corporate overlords cramming their music down our throats!  THIS IS THE SONG OF THE PEOPLE!

To celebrate a decade of SHSOTS, we're having a month long battle royale to determine the top dog out of all of the SHSOTS.  Eight previous title holders (minus They Might Be Giants, because it wasn't selected by listeners, and another previous champ to give us an even number) will be entered into a bracket and battling it out "Final Four" style to find out who will reign supreme!  The winner will then duke it out against Dick Kent's Octopus Woman Please Let Me Go.  Why, you ask?  Well, we'll tell you!


In 2014 we had a battle between Rachel Brooke, Peach Kelli Pop, Blank Realm, and Dick Kent's Octopus Woman.  All were worthy, but Rachel Brooke (who won't be participating in the Battle Royale) was the champ.  The interesting thing is that, even thought it lost, Octopus Woman kept getting requested.  In fact it got more requests that the SHSOTS ever did!  Nikko, well known radio menace and host of The History Of (Tuesdays at 1 on KMSU) declared it The Smash Hit Song of the MILLENNIUM, and the title stuck.  Somehow this amazing "also ran" ended up becoming one of our most requested songs.  It has become the Rudy of radio!  The Jamaican bobsledding team of radio!  The Uruguayan rugby team in the Andes of radio!  Well, maybe not that, but...

In the hearts of our listeners, Octopus Woman Please Let Me Go has become the undisputed unofficial champion of the Smash Hit Song of the Summer saga.  That's why it is the one to beat this May during our Smash Hit Song of the Summer Battle Royale!  Your vote has never been more important than it is this year.  Will Octopus Woman Please Let Me Go retain the title of Smash Hit Song of the Millennium, or will one of eight worthy opponents upset its position?  The Smash Hit musical destiny is in your hands, KMSU listeners!

The series of battles begins on Monday, April 30th, and it will be composed of several intensely competitive two day battles, each narrowing the field until the final week of May, which will pit Octopus Woman against the winner of the preceding contests.  It's going to be fast paced and urgent, and every vote counts!  We're counting on you to take things way too seriously!

Here are the contenders and when they go head to head:

1) April 30th - May 1st
Jack Kass - Fantastic
Eric Copeland - Fun Dink Death

2) May 3rd - May 4th
Guided By Voices - Class Clown Spots a UFO
The Heavy Blinkers - Something Clean and True

The Winners from these battles will face off on May 14th & 15th!

3) May 7th - May 8th
The Monkees - You Bring The Summer
Tiny Masters of Today - Real Good

4) May 10th - May 11th
LCD Soundsystem - Drunk Girls
Dengue Fever - Cement Slippers

The Winners from these battles will face off on May 17th & 18th!

The winners from battles 1 & 2 will face off on May 14th and 15th, followed by the winners from 3 & 4 on May 17th.  Those winners will go head to head on May 21st & 22nd, with that champion taking on Octopus Woman Please Let Me Go from Monday, May 28th through Friday, June 1st.  The song that reigns supreme will be announced at the end of the June 1st show!

It's all very elaborate and complicated, but the musical security of our nation depends on it!  Stay tuned to 89.7 The Maverick for further details!

Monday, April 16, 2018

THE 2018 SPRING PLEDGE DRIVE SWAG IS HERE!




THE SPRING PLEDGE DRIVE STARTS THIS WEDNESDAY!

Gang, the Spring Pledge Drive starts THIS WEDNESDAY!  This is one of two times during the year where we come to you and ask for your generous support to help keep KMSU on the air.  We're hoping you'll take some time and make a donation to help us hit our $40,000 goal for the drive.  $40,000 is nothing to sneeze at, but we're true believers in the station and its place in the community.  With your generosity over the years we were able to finally get a new transmitter for the station, which is sending a strong signal across our broadcast area.  THANK YOU!  Your kindness means everything to us.  With that huge improvement we're continuing to send a strong signal throughout our broadcast area, and that wouldn't be the case without your help.  Now we need to continue building on that.

We've been able to keep building and growing KMSU over the years, and it's a completely different station from than Shuffle Function started up 17 years ago.  The schedule is evolving, and we've appreciated all the feedback you've given us about it.  KMSU needs to continue building and evolving to reach a diverse audience, and the funds raised during these pledge drives are going to help us in our mission to serve the community.

Please take a moment and consider the place KMSU holds in your life.  If you listen to the station regularly, if you've found shows that you know and love, then you're probably a true believer, and you realize that what KMSU offers to you and the community can't be found anywhere else.  This kind of programming can only continue with the generous support of our listeners, and we hope you'll give us a call or pledge online to help us out.  Any amount makes a huge difference, but we have some great swag available at different pledge levels to hopefully nudge you towards making a contribution.  And now...

THE SWAG!

$25 - CRYPT OF UNDERGROUND NEANTHROPIC TELEVISION #11 DVD



Mr. Specific strikes again with another DVD featuring his unique video forays into the fringes of society, and this one promises to be the creepiest yet!  Every Spring, just in time for pledge drive, a nondescript brown paper bag with an unmarked DVD arrives at the Shuffle Function office door.  Don't miss out on the 11th weird installment!

$25 - 2018 KMSU MUSIC GEEK SOFTBALL T-SHIRT


The last four shirts that we offered for the pledge drive were the most popular we've ever had, so we turned to Kaitlin Baumann, the woman that created those popular designs, to come up with something equally amazing.  She didn't let us down!  This year's shirt is a jersey for team Music Geek! The front has the Music Geek team logo, and on the back it has a name that you should be identified by:  Radio Hero.  The true radio heroes are KMSU listeners like you, who believe in this station and what it can do, and your donations and support are your super powers!  Pledge this for this shirt and the whole world can see your official radio title screaming across your chest.  LOOK OUT, COMMERCIAL RADIO!  THIS SHIRT HAS CLAWS!

Kaitlin dun good.  The team jersey has purple 3/4 length sleeves and a purple ring collar.  All the cool kids will be wearing the new shirt, so obviously that means you!  Available in S to 2XL.  Wanna see more of Kaitlin's work?  Sure you do!  Visit katbaumann.com.



$50 - KMSU HAT


For only $50 you can wear your KMSU pride dramatically on your noggin!  This hat features the KMSU logo across the front, and comes in Small/Medium and Large/Extra Large.  It's a nice classy grey, so it goes with casual togs or with that tux/gown you're gonna be wearing to the opera.  Fits on even the biggest head!

$40 - RAG AND A COASTER COMBO
For the thrifty listener who wants to save a buck but score some sweet premiums!  You will receive the new KMSU Music Geek jersey PLUS the Crypt of Underground Neanthropic Television #11 DVD.  It doesn't take a math genius to see that this is one heck of a deal!

$60 - LIVE AT THE WORLD CAFE VOLUME 42
KMSU is one of the rare spots on the dial to carry World Cafe, and this compilation collects some of the recent amazing in-studio performances from both old and new musical favorites!  This is the set to get.  Features performances from Ryan Adams, The New Pornographers, Father John Misty, Fleet Foxes, Mac DeMarco and more!

$100 - SHUFFLE FUNCTION PROGRAM DIRECTOR FOR A DAY
The Cadillac of premiums, this allows you to join us during the morning show for two hours and control the playlist!  You bring your music collection and get to play DJ and we just push buttons and talk too much.  With this you also get the brand new KMSU t-shirt, the new Crypt of Underground Neanthropic Television #11 DVD, and CD copy of your two hours of radio infamy to share with family and friends.

$100 - TOWNES VAN ZANDT: TEXAS TROUBADOUR



Townes Van Zandt is one of those musicians that you always hear people praise, but you might not have come across his work before.  Well, you might have heard another well known musician cover his work, but you might not have heard Townes' original.  He's regularly hailed as one of the greatest country songwriters of all time, but somehow wholesale success eluded him during his lifetime.  Still, when Austin City Limits organized a memorial show after Townes died, he was lauded by the heavy hitters he influenced: Steve Earle, Guy Clark, Emmylou Harris, Lyle Lovett, Willie Nelson, Nancy Griffith, Rodney Crowell, and Jack Clement.  Not too shabby.

When you pledge $100 to KMSU during the 2018 Spring Pledge Drive you can get Townes Van Zandt: Texas Troubadour.  Four CDs featuring his first 7 albums, plus unreleased and live tracks.  86 of the most important and influential songwriting in the realm of Americana.  If you're gonna go, go all in, and that's what you'll be doing with this collection.  PLUS, you'll be supporting your favorite independent radio station!

Steve Guse, host of Embrace The Sound on KMSU, is a huge Townes Van Zandt fan, so we asked him what he had to say about TVZ and the Texas Troubadour collection:

Townes Van Zandt is long revered as one of the greatest songwriters you've never heard of.  Born in Texas in 1944, he began his songwriting journey when he teamed up with Mickey Newbury in 1968, who introduced him to Cowboy Jack Clement.  Over the next five years he would release six albums, and pen some of the greatest country/folk songs that survive the test of time still today, including "To Live Is To Fly", "Be Here To Love Me", "Waitin' Around To Die" and "Pancho and Lefty".  His Music Lives on today through friends like Steve Earle & Emmylou Harris, and contemporaries Shakey Graves and Gillian Welch.  This set is a fantastic introduction into his studio catalog, and a much needed addition to any music geek's collection.

True enough.

"Townes Van Zandt is the best songwriter in the whole world, and I'll stand on Bob Dylan's coffee table in my cowboy boots and say that!"  - Steve Earle


$100 - KMSU DAY SPONSORSHIP
You can sponsor an entire day of radio on KMSU with this premium.  Commemorate a birthday or anniversary, surprise the music geek in your life, treat the new graduate, or celebrate the music of your favorite musician!  These are just a few ways that you can use a KMSU Day Sponsorship.  A personalized message will also be read throughout the day so the whole world knows that you are a super cool person that supports independent radio!

There's the swag!  Drop us a line with questions, but most of all drop us a line with your support! Remember, the 2018 Pledge Drive THIS WEDNESDAY at six a.m.!  Give early and give often!  We are counting on you!

CALL 389-5678 OR  1-800-456-7810 AND MAKE YOUR PLEDGE, OR MAKE YOUR DONATION ONLINE!

Thanks for being the best listeners in the world!

ITEMS OF NOTE


World Book Day is on the 17th!  Swing by KMSU during the morning show and get yourself a new favorite read.  We've rounded up some great new additions to the collection that we're ready to give away to a person that is in search of a new favorite read.  IS THAT PERSON YOU?

PLEDGE DRIVE STARTS  on Wednesday, April 18th.  Please call and pledge.  Dear god, please call and pledge.

FREE FORM FREAKOUT PRESENTS
AN EVENING OF EXPERIMENTAL AND IMPROVISED SOUNDS
Friday, April 20st @ The Arts Center of St Peter




This is going to a memorable event.  Four internationally recognized improvisational acts will be performing right here in our neck of the woods.  Dave from Free Form Freakout put this show together, and if Dave says it's worth checking out it's worth checking out.  Folks will be coming from all over to see this show, so don't get left out in the cold.  $10 at the door, opens at seven, show starts at 7:30.

THE SHUFFLE FUNCTION 24 HOUR PLEDGE DRIVE A-GO-GO starts on Thursday, April 26th at six p.m. and comes to a grinding halt on Thursday, April 27th at six p.m.  We're gonna be live for 24 hours, surviving only on the basic human needs of caffeine an rock and roll... and your generosity!  Check out the lineup of stuff we have planned.  It's gonna be a lot of fun.

There's a free Grind-Fu Cinema on Saturday, April 28th, at seven p.m. in Wiecking 220 Auditorium, right here on the campus of Minnesota State University, Mankato.  We're screening The Guy From Harlem for the eight year in a row, followed For Superfly!  Both movies are COMPLETELY FREE!  Bring your friends, brings some snacks, and settle in for a night of incredible movies!

CALL 507-389-5678 or
1-800-456-7810 to pledge!

Saturday, April 14, 2018

WINTER STORM CORMAC McCARTHY IS NO JOKE



I went to sleep last night hoping that we'd get so pounded by snow that I could get an adult snow day today. But that didn't happen. Thunder, lightning and a raw wind was all we got. When I awoke at 4 a.m. to go to work nothing was happening but the rain was starting to freeze. Then it came time to leave work for home. I walked outside and was slapped in the face by the wet icy snow and within seconds was covered in snow. My car was covered in thick ice and scraping it meant being covered with even more snow. I work on the hilltop and the wind was serious. Immediately I realized that visibility was only as far as the car in front of me, and I headed out onto the highway to hit the route I take home with only one hill. Soon there were no cars in front of me and I struggled to find the road. I knew that stoplights were out there, but I saw them only when I was on top of them. Then I hot black ice and the car moved all it's own way. It was pure white knuckle driving, right up to pulling into my garage. I haven't driven in a storm this bad for years, and it's just going to get worse as the day moves along.



Yesterday Tim and I were talking about having to name this Winter Storm, and I came up with a favorite author of mine almost immediately, but I'll have to shelve that writer for another storm. This storm is harsh. This storm is hard. This storm is as serious as a heart attack. That is why I have named this Winter Storm Cormac McCarthy. I have not read all of his books, but the ones I have are all chock full of hard realities, hard characters, harsh environments, and desperate situations. Nothing is easy in his books, and that is why he is perfect for this Winter Storm.


Be careful out there. If you are home, stay there. Shyboy Tim told me that the plows have been taken off the roads in Blue Earth County due to the blowing snow and how hard it's coming down out there. You can get by on the food you have in the house. It will clear up tomorrow and the plows will make everything better, but in the meantime just stay put. The world is an angry snow globe out there, and so stay under the covers, and watch it the snow add up from the safety of home. Cormac McCarthy's language is sparse and efficient, so I'll just stop here with this sentiment - don't go out there.







Shelley

Sunday, April 08, 2018

GRIND-FU IS PLAYING THE MOVIE GAME FOR KEEPS ON APRIL 28th!


THE RETURN OF GRIND-FU CINEMA!

Saturday, April 28th @ 7:00pm
Wiecking 220 Auditorium
Minnesota State University, Mankato

featuring
THE GUY FROM HARLEM
and 
SUPERFLY!

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

It's been a half year since we've had a Grind-Fu Cinema screening.  A very LONG year and a half.  The world is a different place than it was back then, but one thing remains the same:  Watching terrible movies in a theater with a bunch of movie geeks RULES!  The bad movie drought ends on Saturday, April 28th when Grind-Fu Cinema returns with another free double feature to entertain and bewilder.  What do we have in store for you?  Are you sure you can handle it?  'Cuz here it is...


The Guy From Harlem (1977)
Directed by Rene Martinez Jr.

Few Grind-Fu movies have received as strong a response as The Guy From Harlem did after the first time we screened it.  The second the movie ended we had movie goers telling us we had to show it again!  That was in 2011, and we've shown it every year since.  Why?  Because it is so insanely bad that it becomes great.  The Guy From Harlem is one of the worst action films ever made.  From the wooden acting to the terribly choreographed fight scenes, it fails to deliver at every turn  The lack of quality on any level is its strong point, and that's why we're proud show it for a record breaking EIGHTH TIME!

The Guy From Harlem has earned a whopping 2.4 out of 10 stars on IMDB.  A review by Robert I. Hedges said "The film is technically horrendous: It is terribly written, poorly acted, and has essentially no production values... the technical aspects of the film match the artistic elements, and I can't recommend this film to anyone for any reason".  BUT DON'T TAKE THEIR WORD FOR IT!  See for yourself on April 28th!



Superfly (1972)
Directed by Gordon Parks Jr.

We're bouncing back from bottoming out with a stone cold gritty classic!  Superfly is recognized as a Blaxploitation masterpiece.  Ron O'Neal plays Priest, a drug dealer who wants to do once last deal and then get out of the game forever.  The problem is that the Mob won't let him get out alive.  What will he do?  Whatever it is, you can bet it will be baddass!  Also, did we mention that Curtis Mayfield did the soundtrack?  Hell yeah.  Don't miss this movie!

Did we mention that Grind-Fu Cinema double features are free?  Don't cost nuthin' except your time and a willingness to have fun at the movies.  Bring your friends, bring snacks, dress in layers (because that theater can be a world of temperature extremes) and get ready to settle in for a wild night of movies on April 28th!

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




Tuesday, April 03, 2018

DON'T PANIC! WINTER STORM DOUGLAS ADAMS WILL MELT AWAY EVENTUALLY!


Minnesota Winters always have a way of hanging on just a little too long.  No matter how warmish the Spring temps get, you can always guarantee at least one or two major snowfalls before the end of May.  Sure enough, right here on April 3rd, 2018, Winter Storm Douglas Adams has created a snowy panic for us all to deal with.


Hey, don't let the weather get you down!  Grab your emergency towel, mix yourself a Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster, and binge watch some sweet British Sci-Fi on your tablet (which is basically a Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy), crank some Disaster Area while you catch up on housework, or just sit and ponder the meaning of life, the universe, and everything.  Maybe the meaning isn't 42... maybe it's just that you're condemned to never stop shoveling.  Life, huh?







Thursday, March 29, 2018

THE SPRING PLEDGE DRIVE IS COMING! THE SPRING PLEDGE DRIVE IS COMING!



THERE'S A TON OF STUFF IN APRIL!

Take the last weeks of April off from work, obligations, whatever, because Shuffle Function and KMSU have packed it was all kinds of awesome!  Start jotting down dates, gang!

Tuesday, April 17th - WORLD BOOK DAY!


Stop up to the station during the Morning Show and YOU. WILL. GET. A BOOK!  It's all about celebrating literacy, so swing by and find your new favorite read.  GET INTO IT!

Wednesday, April 18th - THE SPRING PLEDGE DRIVE STARTS!


We mean business, kids.  The Spring Pledge Drive is the biggest drive of the year, and with that comes a lofty goal and we need to hit it.  Details on swag to come, but we can tell you that we're thrilled to offer it.  The music selection rules and the t-shirt... Oh man, the shirt design is so cool.  We can't reveal it yet, but the illustration is by the same person that did our Daredevil Jumping Zombies and Polka 'Til You Puke designs.  You're gonna love it.


FREE FORM FREAKOUT PRESENTS AN
EVENING OF EXPERIMENTAL & IMPROVISED SOUND
Friday, April 20th @ 7:30 p.m.

Dave from Free Form Freakout has lined up another great evening for you, and it's on Record Store Day Eve!  Admission is $10, and the evening is gonna be memorable.  Don't miss it!


Saturday, April 21st - RECORD STORE DAY!


This annual celebration of independent record stores just gets better and better (and more expensive for music geeks) every year!  Tune Town, the Mankato connection for Record Store Day, will be opening at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 2st so that music geeks in the area can go nuts on all kinds of exclusive vinyl releases that you can only pick up at Mom and Pop Record Shops.  There's a reason we've been calling it Second Christmas!  Check out the OFFICIAL LIST and start figuring out what you can't live without.


Then, at about 9:30 a.m. (or whenever we're finished with our over-doing it) we'll be playing Shuffle Function Radio Roulette.  The radio gods will be controlling your Record Store Day playlist as we play Radio Roulette until noon.  Swing by and draw a number so we don't have to take all the blame for the audio brutality that may or may not be inflicted upon us all.

 Thursday, April 26th - THE SHUFFLE FUNCTION 24 HOUR PLEDGE DRIVE A-GO-GO!


Shuffle Function will be live from six p.m. Thursday , April 26th to Six p.m. Friday, April 27th in a desperate act that will hopefully convince you guys that KMSU is a station that needs to stay on the air!  We will be surviving only on the basic human needs of caffeine and rock and roll, and anxiously awaiting your phone calls as we punish ourselves in the name of Independent Public Radio.  Usually the marathon is at the beginning of the drive, but we're slapping at the tail end this year hoping to finish the drive off big.  PLEDGE PLEASE!

There's all kinds of stuff we have planned, including some exclusive marathon swag, so stay tuned to this blog for further information!

Saturday, April 28th - GRIND-FU CINEMA!



GRIND-FU CINEMA PRESENTS
THE GUY FROM HARLEM
With second exciting feature
SUPERFLY
Saturday, April 28th @ 7:00pm
Wiecking 220 Auditorium
Minnesota State University, Mankato
FREE!  FREE!  FREE!  FREE! FREE!

As a way to wind down from the marathon and celebrate with friends, we're once again having a post-marathon Grind-Fu Cinema!  Back by popular demand, we're showing THE GUY FROM HARLEM!  Of all the terrible films we've show, none is more beloved than The Guy From Harlem.  It holds the distinction of being the only film we've shown seventh years in a row, but that's only because the audiences have begged for more.

More you say?  HECK YES!  We're following TGFH with SUPERFLY, the stone cold Blaxploitation classic from 1972.  You can say what you want about Shaft, but Ron O'Neal is a baaaaad SHUT YOUR MOUTH!


Also, Grind-Fu Cinema is FREE!  Bring your friends, some snacks, dress in layers (because the temp in all over the place in this theater) and join us for a night of laughs and Kung Fu treachery.

DID WE FORGET ANYTHING?  Probably, but we'll update the blog as things pop up.  Until then, use this post as your life plan.

Thanks for all your support.  You guys are the best.

Shyboy