Sunday, July 01, 2018

THE JULY GRIND-FU IS A REAL GENIUS OF A DOUBLE BILL!



Grind-Fu Cinema presents
VAL KILMERPALOOZA!

Real Genius
and
Top Secret!

Saturday, July 28th @ 7:00 p.m.
Wiecking 220 Auditorium
415 Malin St, Mankato, MN
Minnesota State University, Mankato

FREE ADMISSION!

Made possible through funding from the Minnesota State Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund

Before the stories of difficult on-set behavior and Bison ranching... before the Mark Twain impersonating and homoerotic volleyball scenes... there was Val Kilmer the hot new star on the Hollywood scene.  That's the Val that Grind-Fu Cinema is celebrating on July 28th during our Val Kilmerpalooza!  See two funny as heck Val Kilmer movies FOR FREE in Wiecking 220 Auditorium.  What're we showing?  You'll be glad you asked.



Real Genius (1985)
Directed by Martha Coolidge

Val Kilmer plays Chris Knight, a brilliant student at Pacific Tech, who generally who takes having fun more seriously than his studies.  Pacific Tech is populated by eccentric geniuses who study hard and play harder, and they continually use their wits to game the system and prank each other.  Chris befriends freshman Mitch Taylor, and they're put on a team to figure out how to make a super powerful laser.  To Chris the project is simply a problem to solve, but to the Government it has deadly real world applications.

Real Genius is a hilarious comedy directed by Martha Coolidge, who directed Valley Girl, which you may have seen during our Grind-Fu Cinema last July.  Apprently July is now our designated Martha Coolidge month!  Real Genius also has Deborah Foreman, the star of Valley Girl, in a small role, so that's weird.  Anyway, Real Genius was Val Kilmer's second movie ever, and he already was showing off crazy talent and charisma.  Who woulda thunk that just ten years later he'd be playing Batman?

Roger Ebert gave Real Genius 3 1/2 out of four stars, so that's not too slouchy.  Richard Schickel in Time Magazine said Real Genius is "a smart, no-nonsense movie that may actually teach its prime audience a valuable lesson: the best retort to an intolerable situation is not necessarily a food fight.  Better results, and more fun, come from rubbing two brains together."  Words to live by.



After showing Val Kilmer's second movie we're showing his first movie!


Top Secret! (1984)
Directed by Zucker, Abrahams, Zucker

Jerry and David Zucker, and Jim Abrahams only had two film credits before Top Secret!: they wrote the screenplay to John Landis' Kentucky Fried Movie, and they wrote and directed Airplane!, which was a massive hit in 1980.  They built their career on broad sophomoric humor and sight gags, and the their style was widely embraced by American movie fans.  After parodying disaster movies with Airplane!, they decided to make Top Secret! a parody of both World War 2 spy movies and Elvis musicals.  Yeah.

This was Val Kilmer's first film, so the ZAZ team was taking a risk by putting him in a starring role, but he nails it with confidence.  The movie goers apparently weren't convinced, though, as Top Secret! was considered a bomb at the box office.  Even the film makers felt like it didn't have focus.  Don't try telling that to Weird Al Yankovic, though!  Top Secret! is Al's favorite movie of all time.  In a Vulture interview published in June of 2018, he goes into great detail about why he thinks it's one of the best movies ever made.  His fandom is so great that he even told Val Kilmer to his face that it's his favorite movie of all time.  Kilmer's response was "Really?  You're going to pick that one?"



Join Grind-Fu Cinema for Val Kilmerpalooza on Saturday, July 28th!  The admission is FREE, and everyone is welcome!  There's free parking in the back parking lot, and then enter through the back building entrance and look for the movie theater full of movie geeks!  Bring your friends, bring sodas and snacks, and get ready for a fun time at the movies!

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



Friday, June 29, 2018

GRIND-FU CINEMA FILM NOIR THIS SATURDAY NIGHT!



Grind-Fu Cinema presents
FILM NOIR NIGHT!
featuring

Stanley Kubrick's 
THE KILLING

and

Lana Turner in
THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE

Saturday, June 30th @ 7:00 p.m.
Wiecking 220 Auditorium
415 Malin Street, Mankato MN
Minnesota State University, Mankato

FREE ADMISSION!
Made possible through funding from the Minnesota State Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund

It has been a while since Grind-Fu Cinema has featured some Film Noir masterpieces, so the June line up is all about righting wrongs.  Join us for another amazing FREE double feature of cinematic magic, featuring two high water marks of the genre.  It all goes down on Saturday, June 30th in Wiecking 220 Auditorium on the campus of Minnesota State University, Mankato, so consider your day planned.  Shall we begin?  Lets.


The Killing (1956)
Directed by Stanley Kubrick

Stanley Kubrick was only 28 years old when he directed The Killing, which is considered one of the greatest heist movies of all time.  Tight dialogue, riveting pacing, and brilliant direction, not to mention a gripping performance from Sterling Hayden, make this a must see for fans of classics, crime, and suspense.  Hearing Hayden deliver lines (written by troubled crime novelist Jim Thompson) like "You've got a great big dollar sign where most women have a heart" make it a real joy to watch, and his performance in the final moments of the film is simultaneously thrilling and heartbreaking.

Despite the fact that it bombed collossally at the box office, Kubrick felt it was his first fully mature directorial efford, and the movie has gone on to become a cult classic.  Roger Ebert added it to his list of "Great Films" in 2012, and Quentin Tarantino said it was a direct influence on Reservoir Dogs.  It rates 97 % fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, and it gets an 8 out of 10 on IMDB.  The Chicago Reader even said it was arguably Stanley Kubrick's most perfectly conceived and executed film, and this is Stanley freakin' Kubrick we're talking about.

"Individuality's a monster and it must be strangled in it's cradle to make our friends feel confident.  You know, I've often thought that the gangster and the artist are the same in the eyes of the masses.  They are admired and hero-worshipped, but there is always present an underlying wish to see them destroyed at the peak of the their glory."




The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)
Directed by Tay Garnett

Lana Turner is smoldering as the Femme Fatale that plots murder with John Garfield's down on his luck hobo in this 1946 adaptation of James M. Cain's classic noir novel.  Before Cain's novel was even released, an outline was submitted by RKO to the Production Code Administration (a morals watchdog group) to see if it was fit to produce, and their response came back that it was "definitely unsuitable for motion picture production".  RKO abandoned their plans, but ultimately MGM stepped in and delivered this Film Noir classic, though its fears over the lurid subject matter ultimately delayed its production for TWELVE YEARS.  It was a definitely a different time.

Turner ranked her role in The Postman Always Rings Twice as her favorite, and the book's author was so impressed with her performance that he gave her a leatherbound edition of the book.  The film was a critical and box office success, and it's regarded as a classic Noir.  It's rated 95% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes and received a 7.5 out of ten on IMDB.  Variety called the events in the film "uncompromisingly evil" and they meant it as a positive.  It's a chiller and a thriller!



See both of these amazing movies FOR FREE on Saturday, June 30th at Grind-Fu Cinema!  Bring your friends, snacks, and dress in layers (because the air conditioning can be relentless) and get ready for a fun night!  There's loads of parking behind the Wiecking building (415 Malin St in Mankato) so find a spot, walk through the back door of the building, and look for the big auditorium with amazing movies playing!

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


Sunday, June 17, 2018

Your Chance To Win MAD GIRLS Roller Derby Tickets!


This Tuesday morning on Shuffle Function we will be welcoming a few Roller Derby gals into the studio to talk about their Saturday night bout. The theme of this bout is Rolling In The Deep Sea and they will be battling the Midwest Maidens. If you have a good eye, perhaps you recognize the artwork above? It was made for the Mad Girls by Kat Baumann - who has designed a number of t-shirts for KMSU. The bout is this Saturday, June 23 at 7 p.m. at the All Seasons Arena.


Little Debbie Smack Cakes (pictured above) will be stopping in with several other great skaters Tuesday morning around 8 a.m. and we will be giving out 5 pairs of tickets to the Rolling In The Deep bout! Be sure to tune in for your chance to win those tickets. You know the drill - you will have to be the first caller after you hear the Legendary Stardust Cowboy Rooster Crow - in order to win. The phone number is (507) 389 - 5678. To help all you city kids out there, here is what a rooster crow sounds like:

 

 And this is kind of what the Legendary Stardust Cowboy sounds like:

 

Good luck Shuffle Functioneers!

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

REPOST: CLUES THAT PROVE MACCA DIED AND WAS REPLACED BY WILLIAM CAMPBELL!


Today is the 11th anniversary of "Paul McCartney's" Memory Almost Full album.  To mark it, we're reposting a post we did about Paul's death in 1966, and all the clues that reveal the horrible truth about that day in November, 1966.

This Thursday, November 9th, we'll be remembering the life of Paul McCartney, who died on that day in 1966.  We'll also be celebrating the incredible sacrifice made by William Campbell, a Canadian Paul McCartney lookalike that stepped in and became McCartney as part of an elaborate international cover-up.  Why the cover-up?  Because if the world found out that the "cute" Beatles died there would be an unprecedented wave of sorrow sweeping the globe.  That sorrow would result in the potential suicides of scores of teens.

MI-6 engineered the cover-up and swore The Beatles to secrecy, but they couldn't handle the guilt over deceiving their fans.  The band decided that they would let the world know what really happened on that cold November night, but through secret messages communicated via album covers and songs.  Beatles fans started decoding the messages three years after Paul's death, and the story broke worldwide.  Finally, the world would know that Paul was dead.

Flash forward to 50 years later, and Shuffle Function did a day long expose on KMSU that revealed the facts about Paul's death.  Shyboy Tim did a series of blogposts that detailed all of the clues, allowing you, the listener, to decide for yourself if Paul was really dead.  We're publishing links to them in this post so that you can read them and come to your own conclusions about this incredible rock and roll mystery.

Tune in on Thursday, November 9th, between six and nine a.m. for the most incredible conspiracy in Rock and Roll history!

Paul is Dead:  The Introduction
Paul is Dead:  The Story
Paul is Dead:  Strawberry Fields Forever
Paul is Dead:  Sgt. Pepper
Paul is Dead:  Magical Mystery Tour
Paul is Dead:  The White Album
Paul is Dead:  Yellow Submarine
Paul is Dead:  Abbey Road
Paul is Dead:  The Solo Material Evidence

Friday, June 01, 2018

MANY GALORE VOTES DECIDED! OCTOPUS WOMAN PLEASE LET ME GO IS THE SMASH HIT SONG OF ETERNITY!



Your Smash Hit Song of ETERNITY IS:


DICK KENT
OCTOPUS WOMAN PLEASE
LET ME GO!

Congratulations to Dick Kent's Octopus Woman Please Let Me Go  for becoming the 2018 Smash Hit Song of The Summer and SMASH HIT SONG OF ETERNITY!  Way back in 2014 it was defeated in battle during that year's Smash Hit Song of the Summer competition, but in the years since it has become one of the most requested songs on the show.  It has probably been requested more than all of the previous Smash Hit Songs of the Summer combined!  In fact, listeners declared it the Smash Hit Song of the Millennium because they love it so much.  That's why it was the song to beat for the title of SHSO Eternity.

With today's results, Octopus Woman Please Let Me Go has officially become, for the first time, a Smash Hit Song of the Summer, in addition to its titles of SHSOT Millennium and Eternity.  This triple title threat makes it the one and only song to ever achieve what is essentially the radio equivalent of an EGOT.  Not too shabby for an also ran!

Thank you to everyone that took our urgent pleadings to take this contest way to seriously, because you did and we love you for it.  From now on, every time you or your kids and their kids and their kids and their kids want to hear Octopus Woman you can just request "Smash Hit Song of Eternity, please!" and we'll know exactly what you're talking about.

Have an amazing Summer, gang!


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Monday, May 28, 2018

JACK KASS VS DICK KENT FOR ALL THE MARBLES!


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THE FINAL BATTLE!

Jack Kass
Fantastic

vs 

Dick Kent
Octopus Woman Please Let Me Go


This is the FINAL battle.  Jack Kass 'Fantastic versus Dick Kent's Octopus Woman Please Let Me Go (the Smash Hit Song of the Millennium), and the winner will be declared both Smash Hit Song of the Summer and SMASH HIT SONG OF ETERNITY!  In fact, if Dick Kent wins he'd be the radio equivalent of an EGOT, because he'd have those two titles in addition to Smash Hit Song of the Millennium.  THE CHOICE IS YOURS, RADIO HEROES!

The voting begins on Monday, May 28th and ends on Friday, June 1st at the end of the Morning Show.  You can call or text your vote to 507-389-5678 or 1-800-456-7810 (between six and nine a.m. only) or e-mail us at shufflefunction@hotmail.com.  Think long and hard about the song you want to become the Smash Hit Song of Eternity, because future generations will be stuck with it!

Jack Kass - Fantastic


Dick Kent - Octopus Woman Please Let Me Go

Saturday, May 26, 2018

THE JUNE GRIND-FU DROPS TWO FILM NOIR CLASSICS ON YOU!



Grind-Fu Cinema presents
FILM NOIR NIGHT!
featuring

Stanley Kubrick's 
THE KILLING

and

Lana Turner in
THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE

Saturday, June 30th @ 7:00 p.m.
Wiecking 220 Auditorium
415 Malin Street, Mankato MN
Minnesota State University, Mankato

FREE ADMISSION!
Made possible through funding from the Minnesota State Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund

It has been a while since Grind-Fu Cinema has featured some Film Noir masterpieces, so the June line up is all about righting wrongs.  Join us for another amazing FREE double feature of cinematic magic, featuring two high water marks of the genre.  It all goes down on Saturday, June 30th in Wiecking 220 Auditorium on the campus of Minnesota State University, Mankato, so consider your day planned.  Shall we begin?  Lets.


The Killing (1956)
Directed by Stanley Kubrick

Stanley Kubrick was only 28 years old when he directed The Killing, which is considered one of the greatest heist movies of all time.  Tight dialogue, riveting pacing, and brilliant direction, not to mention a gripping performance from Sterling Hayden, make this a must see for fans of classics, crime, and suspense.  Hearing Hayden deliver lines (written by troubled crime novelist Jim Thompson) like "You've got a great big dollar sign where most women have a heart" make it a real joy to watch, and his performance in the final moments of the film is simultaneously thrilling and heartbreaking.

Despite the fact that it bombed collossally at the box office, Kubrick felt it was his first fully mature directorial efford, and the movie has gone on to become a cult classic.  Roger Ebert added it to his list of "Great Films" in 2012, and Quentin Tarantino said it was a direct influence on Reservoir Dogs.  It rates 97 % fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, and it gets an 8 out of 10 on IMDB.  The Chicago Reader even said it was arguably Stanley Kubrick's most perfectly conceived and executed film, and this is Stanley freakin' Kubrick we're talking about.

"Individuality's a monster and it must be strangled in it's cradle to make our friends feel confident.  You know, I've often thought that the gangster and the artist are the same in the eyes of the masses.  They are admired and hero-worshipped, but there is always present an underlying wish to see them destroyed at the peak of the their glory."




The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)
Directed by Tay Garnett

Lana Turner is smoldering as the Femme Fatale that plots murder with John Garfield's down on his luck hobo in this 1946 adaptation of James M. Cain's classic noir novel.  Before Cain's novel was even released, an outline was submitted by RKO to the Production Code Administration (a morals watchdog group) to see if it was fit to produce, and their response came back that it was "definitely unsuitable for motion picture production".  RKO abandoned their plans, but ultimately MGM stepped in and delivered this Film Noir classic, though its fears over the lurid subject matter ultimately delayed its production for TWELVE YEARS.  It was a definitely a different time.

Turner ranked her role in The Postman Always Rings Twice as her favorite, and the book's author was so impressed with her performance that he gave her a leatherbound edition of the book.  The film was a critical and box office success, and it's regarded as a classic Noir.  It's rated 95% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes and received a 7.5 out of ten on IMDB.  Variety called the events in the film "uncompromisingly evil" and they meant it as a positive.  It's a chiller and a thriller!



See both of these amazing movies FOR FREE on Saturday, June 30th at Grind-Fu Cinema!  Bring your friends, snacks, and dress in layers (because the air conditioning can be relentless) and get ready for a fun night!  There's loads of parking behind the Wiecking building (415 Malin St in Mankato) so find a spot, walk through the back door of the building, and look for the big auditorium with amazing movies playing!

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


Thursday, May 24, 2018

GRIND-FU CINEMA MOVIE MARATHON THIS SATURDAY!



Grind-Fu Cinema presents
A Twelve Hour Film Marathon
featuring

Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid
UHF
Galaxy Quest
They Live
Hedwig The Angry Inch
Blue Velvet

Saturday, May 26th
Noon to Midnight
Wiecking 220 Auditorium
415 Malin St, Mankato, MN

FREE ADMISSION!
ALL START TIMES ARE APPROXIMATE!

In 2007 KMSU offered a twelve hour film festival as a pledge drive premium during the Fall pledge drive.  Folks that pledge got an event t-shirt, as well as admission to see six classic movies, and it was a total blast.  Organizing that event gave us a real taste for how much fun it is to get together with like minded movie geeks and watch movies that you typically won't see on the big screen, and that's when Grind-Fu Cinema was born.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Grind-Fu Cinema, and it's still just as much fun as it was when we in 2008 when we ran our first free double feature of 'Street Fighter' and  'Return of the Street Fighter'.  Over the years we've shown classics and not-so-classic films in the Wiecking 220 auditorium, and we're thrilled to celebrate a decade of movie nerdery with a twelve hour film festival that you truly don't want to miss!  Let's check out the lineup!


NOON - Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982)
Directed by Carl Reiner

Steve Martin had his first massive box office hit with The Jerk in 1979, and followed it up with 1981's Pennies From Heaven, a song and dance throwback that failed at the box office.  People that were expecting Martin's usual "wild and crazy guy" act had no interest in seeing him in a non-comedic role, despite positive critical reviews.  The following year he returned to comedy with Dead Men, a hilarious send up of old black and white detective films.

It was probably already pretty gutsy to put out a black & white film in 1982, but then they took it a step further and inserted clips from old movies and edited them so it appeared that Steve Martin was interacting with them.  He was back to his old goofy ways, and seeing respected actors like Humphrey Bogart and James Cagney edited into funny situations added to the hilarity.

Bring your friends, family, and reinemachafraus to see Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid!




1:35 PM - UHF (1989)
Directed by Jay Levey

Weird Al Yankovic was already well established in comedy with his amazing song parodies, so it stands to reason that he'd also be amazing in movies.  It turns out he was!  In UHF, Weird Al turns his gift of parody towards the world of television.  Al plays a goofy guy that inherits a down on its luck UHF television station that is in danger of getting shut down.  With no experience what so ever, he turns it around by creating really crazy programming.  His success begins to threaten the major network affiliate in town, and they try to take him down.

UHF was critically panned upon release.  Gene Siskel gave it a zero rating, saying "never has a comedy tried so hard and failed so often to be funny", but he was wrong.  UHF is VERY funny, and it has become a real cult classic in the three decades since its release.




3:25 PM - Galaxy Quest (1999)
Directed by Dean Parisot

Few entertainment franchises have had fans as adoring as Star Trek's fan base, and the roles played by the series actors are so iconic that they have served to pigeonhole the actors throughout their career.  Galaxy Quest lovingly and hilariously sends up all of this.  The story follows the cast of the cancelled Science Fiction TV series Galaxy Quest as they are forced to once again play their roles at a fan convention.  While there they are met by some fans that they assume are just hardcore, but in reality they are aliens that think the TV series was a documentary.  They take the cast into space and enlist their help to defeat an invader that wants to destroy them.  Can the fake space explorers find success in actual outer space?  FIND OUT!  Go see Galaxy Quest!

Fans and critics loved Galaxy Quest, and it has a 90% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.  You don't even have to like Star Trek or Science Fiction to love it.  It's just a friggin' funny movie!




DINNER BREAK!  
After Galaxy Quest there will be an extended break so you can go on a snack run or have a lovely dinner with the family!  Movies will resume at seven p.m.



7:00 PM - They Live (1988)
Directed by John Carpenter

Grind-Fu Cinema has come to chew bubblegum and kick ass, and it's all out of bubblegum.  John Carpenter's They Live skewered consumerism and media manipulation brilliantly when it came out thirty years ago, and it is even more dead on today.  Rowdy Roddy Piper plays a drifter that stumbles upon a pair of sunglasses that reveal a world controlled by subliminal messages and alien overlords.  It's up to him to expose the horrible conspiracy and free the world!

They Live was initially a box office failure, but it has become a cult classic over the years.  It has an 87% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and Entertainment Weekly ranked it 18th on its list of the 25 greatest left-field movies released since 1983.




8:40 PM - Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)
Directed by John Cameron Mitchell

Hedwig and the Angry Inch is hilarious and heartbreaking, and it totally freakin' rocks.  John Cameron Mitchell's directorial debut of his play is electrifying, and it has inspired people to live the life they want to live.  Hell, it even moved Bob Mould so much that he decided to come out of the closet.  It's amazing.

The film follows Hedwig, an East German transgender singer that survives a botched sex reassignment surgery.  You hear all about his ups and downs, his loves and his losses.  You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll sing along.  It's impossible to be unmoved by Hedwig & The Angry Inch.




10:20 PM - Blue Velvet (1986)
Directed by David Lynch

David Lynch had already built a directorial reputation with Eraserhead and the Elephant Man,  and that was enough to get Dino De Laurentis to ask him to direct the first big screen version of Dune.  By agreeing to direct that, David Lynch was able to strike a deal to direct Blue Velvet, a screenplay he had been passing around since the seventies.  Every studio passed on the screenplay because of its strong sexual and violent content, but De Laurentis gave Lynch complete creative freedom and final edit.  I guess what we're saying is "HOORAY FOR TAKING CHANCES!"

Blue Velvet follows Jeffrey Beaumont, a college student that comes home to help out after his father suffers a stroke.  While home he discovers that there's a lot of darkness under the wholesome surface of his little town, and eventually he becomes fully submerged in that darkness.  Isabella Rosselini plays a heartbreaking femme fatale, and Dennis Hopper is riveting as one of the most psychotic characters ever captured on film.  Hopper got the role because he told Lynch that he was the character, which is horrifying.

Critics were divided when Blue Velvet came out, because it is very dark and violent.  Today, however, it is regarded as David Lynch's greatest film, and one of the greatest films ever made.  It was the final film that we screened during that very first twelve hour film festival, and it received a standing ovation once the credits started.  It's a great damn movie.



TWELVE HOURS OF MOVIES FOR FREE!

Don't foget, all this entire day of movies is completely free!  Bring your own snacks, sodas, and friends and prepare to have a great time.  It's in Wiecking 220 Auditorium on the campus of Minnesota State University, Mankato.  Plenty of parking in the back lot.

Thanks so much for a decade of support, radio and movie geeks!  Here's hoping for another decade!

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


Celebrating Bob Dylan's Birthday in Egypt!


Longtime Shuffle Function listeners may recognize this cool cat - that's one of the biggest Bob Dylan fans ever, Mick! He is currently teaching in Egypt, where he can see the pyramids out the window everyday. He and his class are tuning into the Bob Dylan Day Sponsorship today, and making some great Dylan inspired art to boot. Where are you tuning in from? Let us know - and be sure to request a tune as well. Drop us an email at shufflefunction@hotmail.com OH! and Happy Birthday to Ji-Won!!

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

JACK KASS IS THE CHAMP! DOES HE HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO DEFEAT OCTOPUS WOMAN?



And the winner is...

JACK KASS
FANTASTIC

Jack Kass' Fantastic defeated Dengue Fever's Cement Slippers in another incredibly close battle!  Throughout most of this round it was neck and neck, with both songs going back and forth for top position, but Fantastic rallied at the end and rose to the top of the heap.  Congratulations to Jack Kass, whoever the hell you are!

Next week is the FINAL battle.  Fantastic will be taking on Dick Kent's Octopus Woman Please Let Me Go (the Smash Hit Song of the Millennium), and the winner will be declared both Smash Hit Song of the Summer and SMASH HIT SONG OF ETERNITY!  In fact, if Dick Kent wins he'd be the radio equivalent of an EGOT, because he'd have those two titles in addition to Smash Hit Song of the Millennium.  THE CHOICE IS YOURS, RADIO HEROES!

The voting begins on Monday, May 28th and ends on Friday, June 1st at the end of the Morning Show.  You can call or text your vote to 507-389-5678 or 1-800-456-7810 (between six and nine a.m. only) or e-mail us at shufflefunction@hotmail.com.  Think long and hard about the song you want to become the Smash Hit Song of Eternity, because future generations will be stuck with it!

Jack Kass - Fantastic


Dick Kent - Octopus Woman Please Let Me Go

Monday, May 21, 2018

SMASH HIT SONG FINAL ROUND!


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Smash Hit Song FINAL ROUND!

Jack Kass
Fantastic

vs

Dengue Fever
Cement Slippers

Wow!  The last battle was another squeaker, with Dengue Fever narrowly coming out on top.  Now we're entering the battle between Jack Kass and Dengue Fever.  The winner of this battle will go on to challenge Dick Kent's Octopus Woman Please Let Me Go next week to determine the song that will become the Smash Hit Song of ETERNITY.  The stakes have never been higher!

Which song will rise to the top of the heap!  Call or text 507-389-5678, call 1-800-456-7810, or e-mail us at shufflefunction@hotmail.com.  The polls close at midnight on Tuesday, May 22nd!

Jack Kass - Fantastic


Dengue Fever - Cement Slippers

Thursday, May 17, 2018

THE GRIND-FU CINEMA FILM MARATHON! NOW WITH START TIMES!



Grind-Fu Cinema presents
A Twelve Hour Film Marathon
featuring

Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid
UHF
Galaxy Quest
They Live
Hedwig The Angry Inch
Blue Velvet

Saturday, May 26th
Noon to Midnight
Wiecking 220 Auditorium
415 Malin St, Mankato, MN

FREE ADMISSION!
ALL START TIMES ARE APPROXIMATE!

In 2007 KMSU offered a twelve hour film festival as a pledge drive premium during the Fall pledge drive.  Folks that pledge got an event t-shirt, as well as admission to see six classic movies, and it was a total blast.  Organizing that event gave us a real taste for how much fun it is to get together with like minded movie geeks and watch movies that you typically won't see on the big screen, and that's when Grind-Fu Cinema was born.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Grind-Fu Cinema, and it's still just as much fun as it was when we in 2008 when we ran our first free double feature of 'Street Fighter' and  'Return of the Street Fighter'.  Over the years we've shown classics and not-so-classic films in the Wiecking 220 auditorium, and we're thrilled to celebrate a decade of movie nerdery with a twelve hour film festival that you truly don't want to miss!  Let's check out the lineup!


NOON - Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982)
Directed by Carl Reiner

Steve Martin had his first massive box office hit with The Jerk in 1979, and followed it up with 1981's Pennies From Heaven, a song and dance throwback that failed at the box office.  People that were expecting Martin's usual "wild and crazy guy" act had no interest in seeing him in a non-comedic role, despite positive critical reviews.  The following year he returned to comedy with Dead Men, a hilarious send up of old black and white detective films.

It was probably already pretty gutsy to put out a black & white film in 1982, but then they took it a step further and inserted clips from old movies and edited them so it appeared that Steve Martin was interacting with them.  He was back to his old goofy ways, and seeing respected actors like Humphrey Bogart and James Cagney edited into funny situations added to the hilarity.

Bring your friends, family, and reinemachafraus to see Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid!




1:35 PM - UHF (1989)
Directed by Jay Levey

Weird Al Yankovic was already well established in comedy with his amazing song parodies, so it stands to reason that he'd also be amazing in movies.  It turns out he was!  In UHF, Weird Al turns his gift of parody towards the world of television.  Al plays a goofy guy that inherits a down on its luck UHF television station that is in danger of getting shut down.  With no experience what so ever, he turns it around by creating really crazy programming.  His success begins to threaten the major network affiliate in town, and they try to take him down.

UHF was critically panned upon release.  Gene Siskel gave it a zero rating, saying "never has a comedy tried so hard and failed so often to be funny", but he was wrong.  UHF is VERY funny, and it has become a real cult classic in the three decades since its release.




3:25 PM - Galaxy Quest (1999)
Directed by Dean Parisot

Few entertainment franchises have had fans as adoring as Star Trek's fan base, and the roles played by the series actors are so iconic that they have served to pigeonhole the actors throughout their career.  Galaxy Quest lovingly and hilariously sends up all of this.  The story follows the cast of the cancelled Science Fiction TV series Galaxy Quest as they are forced to once again play their roles at a fan convention.  While there they are met by some fans that they assume are just hardcore, but in reality they are aliens that think the TV series was a documentary.  They take the cast into space and enlist their help to defeat an invader that wants to destroy them.  Can the fake space explorers find success in actual outer space?  FIND OUT!  Go see Galaxy Quest!

Fans and critics loved Galaxy Quest, and it has a 90% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.  You don't even have to like Star Trek or Science Fiction to love it.  It's just a friggin' funny movie!




DINNER BREAK!  
After Galaxy Quest there will be an extended break so you can go on a snack run or have a lovely dinner with the family!  Movies will resume at seven p.m.



7:00 PM - They Live (1988)
Directed by John Carpenter

Grind-Fu Cinema has come to chew bubblegum and kick ass, and it's all out of bubblegum.  John Carpenter's They Live skewered consumerism and media manipulation brilliantly when it came out thirty years ago, and it is even more dead on today.  Rowdy Roddy Piper plays a drifter that stumbles upon a pair of sunglasses that reveal a world controlled by subliminal messages and alien overlords.  It's up to him to expose the horrible conspiracy and free the world!

They Live was initially a box office failure, but it has become a cult classic over the years.  It has an 87% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and Entertainment Weekly ranked it 18th on its list of the 25 greatest left-field movies released since 1983.




8:40 PM - Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)
Directed by John Cameron Mitchell

Hedwig and the Angry Inch is hilarious and heartbreaking, and it totally freakin' rocks.  John Cameron Mitchell's directorial debut of his play is electrifying, and it has inspired people to live the life they want to live.  Hell, it even moved Bob Mould so much that he decided to come out of the closet.  It's amazing.

The film follows Hedwig, an East German transgender singer that survives a botched sex reassignment surgery.  You hear all about his ups and downs, his loves and his losses.  You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll sing along.  It's impossible to be unmoved by Hedwig & The Angry Inch.




10:20 PM - Blue Velvet (1986)
Directed by David Lynch

David Lynch had already built a directorial reputation with Eraserhead and the Elephant Man,  and that was enough to get Dino De Laurentis to ask him to direct the first big screen version of Dune.  By agreeing to direct that, David Lynch was able to strike a deal to direct Blue Velvet, a screenplay he had been passing around since the seventies.  Every studio passed on the screenplay because of its strong sexual and violent content, but De Laurentis gave Lynch complete creative freedom and final edit.  I guess what we're saying is "HOORAY FOR TAKING CHANCES!"

Blue Velvet follows Jeffrey Beaumont, a college student that comes home to help out after his father suffers a stroke.  While home he discovers that there's a lot of darkness under the wholesome surface of his little town, and eventually he becomes fully submerged in that darkness.  Isabella Rosselini plays a heartbreaking femme fatale, and Dennis Hopper is riveting as one of the most psychotic characters ever captured on film.  Hopper got the role because he told Lynch that he was the character, which is horrifying.

Critics were divided when Blue Velvet came out, because it is very dark and violent.  Today, however, it is regarded as David Lynch's greatest film, and one of the greatest films ever made.  It was the final film that we screened during that very first twelve hour film festival, and it received a standing ovation once the credits started.  It's a great damn movie.



TWELVE HOURS OF MOVIES FOR FREE!

Don't foget, all this entire day of movies is completely free!  Bring your own snacks, sodas, and friends and prepare to have a great time.  It's in Wiecking 220 Auditorium on the campus of Minnesota State University, Mankato.  Plenty of parking in the back lot.

Thanks so much for a decade of support, radio and movie geeks!  Here's hoping for another decade!

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


SMASH HIT SONG QUARTER FINAL BATTLE #2




Smash Hit Song Quarter Final #2

The Monkees
You Bring The Summer

vs

Dengue Fever
Cement Slippers

The Monkees and Dengue Fever are going head to head in the second Smash Hit Song Quarter Final Battle!  Which one do you like best?  Voting will run through midnight on Friday, May 18th, and we'll announce the winner on Monday, May 21st!  You can call or text your vote to 507-389-5678 or call 1-800-456-7810 (only between six and nine a.m.) or send us an e-mail at shufflefunction@hotmail.com!  The winner will take on Jack Kass' Fantastic next Monday and Tuesday, and the winner of that battle goes on to battle for Smash Hit Song of ETERNITY!

The Monkees - You Bring The Summer


Dengue Fever - Cement Slippers

THANKS FOR VOTING!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

SMASH HIT SONG QUARTER FINAL WINNER #1!


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Smash Hit Song Quarter Final Winner!

Jack Kass
Fantastic

Congratulations to Jack Kass, who will be heading to the final round next Monday!  He'll be taking on the winner of the next Smash Hit Song battle, which begins on Thursday, May 17th, when the Monkees will be going up against Dengue Fever.  Thanks for voting, Radio Heroes!




We're inching closer to the final battle for Smash Hit Song of Eternity!  Who will take on Dick Kent's "Octopus Woman Please Let Me Go"?  Stay tuned to 89.7 The Maverick and find out!

Monday, May 14, 2018

SMASH HIT SONG QUARTER FINALS BATTLE #1!




Smash Hit Song Battle Royale!
QUARTER FINALS BATTLE #1

Jack Kass
Fantastic

vs

The Heavy Blinkers
Something Clean and True

Jack Kass and The Heavy Blinkers are going head to head and fighting their way closer to Dick Kent's Octopus Woman Please Let Me Go!  You can cut the tension with a knife!  Voting will run through midnight on Tuesday, May 15th, and we'll announce the winner on Wednesday the 16th!  You can call or text your vote to 507-389-5678 or call 1-800-456-7810 (only between six and nine a.m.) or send us an e-mail at shufflefunction@hotmail.com!

Jack Kass - Fantastic


The Heavy Blinkers - Something Clean and True



We're inching closer to the final battle for Smash Hit Song of Eternity!  Who will take on Dick Kent's "Octopus Woman Please Let Me Go"?  Stay tuned to 89.7 The Maverick and find out!

SMASH HIT SONG BATTLE ROYAL: THE NEXT TWO CHAMPIONS



BEHOLD!  THE NEXT TWO CHAMPIONS!

The Monkees
You Bring the Summer

vs

Dengue Fever
Cement Slippers

Congratulations to The Monkees and Dengue Fever for making it to the final four of the Smash Hit Song Battle Royale!  They will be facing off against each other on May 17th & 18th in a semi-final face off! CAN YOU STAND THE TENSION?  I hope it lasts...

The Monkees - You Bring the Summer


Dengue Fever - Cement Slippers



We're inching closer to the final battle for Smash Hit Song of Eternity!  Who will take on Dick Kent's "Octopus Woman Please Let Me Go"?  Stay tuned to 89.7 The Maverick and find out!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

SMASH HIT SONG BATTLE NUMBER FOUR!



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SMASH HIT SONG BATTLE ROYALE
BATTLE #4
May 10th - May 11th

LCD Soundsystem
Drunk Girls

vs

Dengue Fever
Cement Slippers

It's the tenth anniversary of the Smash Hit Song of the Summer competitions on Shuffle Function, and we're marking it by pitting past Smash Hit Songs of the Summer against each other in a Battle Royale.  The song to win it all will then go against Dick Kent's Octopus Woman Please Let Me Go, which was named Smash Hit Song of the Millennium by our listeners.  The winner of that final battle will be declared Smash Hit Song of ETERNITY!

Your vote has never been more important.  Cast your vote for the song of your choice by calling or texting 507-389-5678 or calling 1-800-456-7810.  You can also e-mail your vote to shufflefunction@hotmail.com.  Each battle will run for two days, and the voting for each will be closed at the end of the second day.  The final battle will begin on May 28th and run through June 1st, when the champion will be announced at the end of the show.  VOTE WISELY!

Here are the fourth round contenders!

LCD Soundsystem - Drunk Girls

lcd soundsystem - drunk girls from Matthew Niland on Vimeo.


Dengue Fever - Cement Slippers  



Wednesday, May 09, 2018

SMASH HIT SONG BATTLE ROYALE: THE THIRD CHAMPION!



Behold!  The third Smash Hit Song Champion!

The Monkees
You Bring the Summer



Congratulations to The Monkees for making it to the final four of the Smash Hit Song Battle Royale!  Next week You Bring the Summer will be facing off against the winner of the next battle, which begins on Thursday, May 10th. LCD Soundsystem will be taking on Dengue Fever in Round Four!

We're inching closer to the final battle for Smash Hit Song of Eternity!  Who will take on Dick Kent's "Octopus Woman Please Let Me Go"?  Stay tuned to 89.7 The Maverick and find out!

Monday, May 07, 2018

SMASH HIT SONG BATTLE NUMBER THREE!



SMASH HIT SONG BATTLE ROYALE
BATTLE #3
May 7th - May 8th

The Monkees
You Bring The Summer

vs

Tiny Masters Of Today
Real Good

It's the tenth anniversary of the Smash Hit Song of the Summer competitions on Shuffle Function, and we're marking it by pitting past Smash Hit Songs of the Summer against each other in a Battle Royale.  The song to win it all will then go against Dick Kent's Octopus Woman Please Let Me Go, which was named Smash Hit Song of the Millennium by our listeners.  The winner of that final battle will be declared Smash Hit Song of ETERNITY!

Your vote has never been more important.  Cast your vote for the song of your choice by calling or texting 507-389-5678 or calling 1-800-456-7810.  You can also e-mail your vote to shufflefunction@hotmail.com.  Each battle will run for two days, and the voting for each will be closed at the end of the second day.  The final battle will begin on May 28th and run through June 1st, when the champion will be announced at the end of the show.  VOTE WISELY!

Here are the third round contenders!

The Monkees - You Bring The Summer



Tiny Masters of Today - Real Good




Saturday, May 05, 2018

SMASH HIT SONG BATTLE ROYALE: THE FIRST TWO CHAMPIONS!



BEHOLD!  THE FIRST TWO CHAMPIONS!

Jack Kass
Fantastic

vs

The Heavy Blinkers
Something Clean and True

Congratulations to Jack Kass and The Heavy Blinkers for making it to the final four of the Smash Hit Song Battle Royale!  They will be facing off against each other on May 14th & 15th in a semi-final face off! CAN YOU STAND THE TENSION?  I hope it lasts...

Jack Kass - Fantastic


The Heavy Blinkers - Something Clean and True


The next round of Smash Hit Song Battles begins this coming Monday, with The Monkees' "You Bring The Summer" facing off against Tiny Masters Of Today's "Real Good", and the next round begins on Thursday with LCD Soundsystem "Drunk Girls" taking on Dengue Fever "Cement Slippers".  The winners of these battles will go head to head on May 17th & 18th!

We're inching closer to the final battle for Smash Hit Song of Eternity!  Who will take on Dick Kent's "Octopus Woman Please Let Me Go"?  Stay tuned to 89.7 The Maverick and find out!

Thursday, May 03, 2018

SMASH HIT SONG BATTLE NUMBER TWO!



SMASH HIT SONG BATTLE ROYALE
BATTLE #2
May 3rd - May 4th

Guided By Voices
Class Clown Spots A UFO

vs

The Heavy Blinkers
Something Clean & True

It's the tenth anniversary of the Smash Hit Song of the Summer competitions on Shuffle Function, and we're marking it by pitting past Smash Hit Songs of the Summer against each other in a Battle Royale.  The song to win it all will then go against Dick Kent's Octopus Woman Please Let Me Go, which was named Smash Hit Song of the Millennium by our listeners.  The winner of that final battle will be declared Smash Hit Song of ETERNITY!

Your vote has never been more important.  Cast your vote for the song of your choice by calling or texting 507-389-5678 or calling 1-800-456-7810.  You can also e-mail your vote to shufflefunction@hotmail.com.  Each battle will run for two days, and the voting for each will be closed at the end of the second day.  The final battle will begin on May 28th and run through June 1st, when the champion will be announced at the end of the show.  VOTE WISELY!

Here are the second round contenders!

Guided By Voices - Class Clown Spots A UFO



The Heavy Blinkers - Something Clean & True




Monday, April 30, 2018

SMASH HIT SONG BATTLE NUMBER ONE!



SMASH HIT SONG BATTLE ROYALE
BATTLE #1
April 30th - May 1st

Jack Kass
Fantastic

vs

Eric Copeland
Fun Dink Death

It's the tenth anniversary of the Smash Hit Song of the Summer competitions on Shuffle Function, and we're marking it by pitting past Smash Hit Songs of the Summer against each other in a Battle Royale.  The song to win it all will then go against Dick Kent's Octopus Woman Please Let Me Go, which was named Smash Hit Song of the Millennium by our listeners.  The winner of that final battle will be declared Smash Hit Song of ETERNITY!

Your vote has never been more important.  Cast your vote for the song of your choice by calling or texting 507-389-5678 or calling 1-800-456-7810.  You can also e-mail your vote to shufflefunction@hotmail.com.  Each battle will run for two days, and the voting for each will be closed at the end of the second day.  The final battle will begin on May 28th and run through June 1st, when the champion will be announced at the end of the show.  VOTE WISELY!

Here are the first two contenders!

Jack Kass - Fantastic



Eric Copeland - Fun Dink Death



Sunday, April 29, 2018

Thank You Radio Heroes!


     Where do I begin? As you will recall, our Spring Pledge Drive goal was a whopping $40,000. When Shyboy Tim and I got to the station a half hour before the start of the Shuffle Function 24 Hour Pledge Drive A-Go-Go, we were still thousands of dollars away from the halfway point. We knew that we had a huge challenge ahead of us, but we also knew that KMSU listeners would not let us down. And you didn't! We hit the $40,000 goal with a half hour left of the 24 Hour Pledge Drive A-Go-Go, during the hot sauce challenge. It was an emotional and overwhelming moment, and we cannot begin to thank you enough! When we asked for a Radio Hero to call in and help us meet the matching grant challenges, many of which went down to the wire, you always came through. It was a nervous, nail biting, joyous and incredibly humbling 24 Hour Pledge Drive A-Go-Go, and in the end a successful one to boot. A big thanks and a big hug to all of you who stepped up to support KMSU.
     We would also like to thank Team Sister (and Team Niece and Nephew), Scooter Polanski, Maverick Slim, Bee Balm Fields, The Electric Frye, Punk Rock Tom and Nikko who we will call The Spicy Brothers from here on out), the great student callers, Dr. Emily Stark, The McArthur Park Singers, Jim "Gully" Gullickson, and all of the amazing local businesses who helped to support KMSU with matching grant challenges. It was because of all of you KMSU was able to hit that Spring Pledge Drive Goal. I will be saying this a lot over the next few weeks, but it won't be enough. Thank you Radio Heroes!