Friday, November 21, 2014

"Live From Studio 5!" Beholds The Rustic Majesty of The Minneapolis Chapter of Roustabouts



Rambling out of Northeast Minneapolis on their way to dominate the modern world, The Minneapolis Chapter of Roustabouts, or MCOR, as they’re alternatively known, have seemingly birthed a new fusional genre that they can only, yet fittingly, describe as “junk hop”. Combining Skynyrd-esque swamp guitar, droning cello, a bright, hopeful ukele, lyrics concerning pirates and those who rule over mole hills, and a vocal style that is, at times, reminiscent of the angst-y bellowing of Tool singer Maynard James Keenan, MCOR’s style just may end up as the pioneer for a bold new blend of musical elements. 



To trace things back to the beginning, Adam Seward (vocals, dobro) and Scott Farrell (vocals and guitar) began jamming initially as a hip-hop duo while working as owners at 4 Points Body Gallery in Minneapolis, combining guitar and DJ techniques. After the two recorded an EP in a barn with the aid of a drum machine, Keya Richie decided to join in with his ukelele at the same time Anders Borg dropped by with a cello, all of them ready to kick out some serious jams. 



Originally known simply as “The Roustabouts”, a persistent fan wrote the band after hearing them on a local podcast to inform them that “there are, like, 20 bands called the Roustabouts”. It was then that the group decided to dub themselves, in a lovable tongue-in-cheek manner, as “The Minneapolis Chapter of Roustabouts”. A roustabout, for those who may not know, is described as a traveling blue collar worker, though the band’s intentions for donning the term comes from noted inspirations Tom Waits’ and Aesop Rock’s frequent use of it. 



Aside from two EPs that MCOR has released so far (one featuring just Adam and Scott, one recorded live), the group is currently in the works of recording their first full-length album, to be released sometime in the near future. 


MCOR’s website link is provided below:


Also, be sure to support your local “Fresh Air” Radio Station, KFAI! We are a non-profit organization, so we need your help as the listener to keep this amazing radio station alive and running, so as to deliver a wide-array of music for years to come! 

If you would like to make a donation, simply call us at 612-341-3144, or donate online! 

online donation: http://bit.ly/1yKUfq4

If you missed the original broadcast you can still listen at ANY time from ANYWHERE on the planet on our FOREVER archives just by clicking here:  https://archive.org/details/230Roustabouts

Check out the video on our You Tube page here: https://www.youtube.com/user/KFAIRocks 

(MCOR videos will be up shortly)

You can see the Flickr pix from that show here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kfai-fm/sets/72157648972606367/



-Article by Seth Hynes-Marquette

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

THE MYSTERY OF THE PILFERED BANNERS


Have you seen these  banners?








Studio 5 had these Iconic banners up for every show and even an event or two.  Someone of Ill intent pilfered these banners from us.
If you have any information as to the whereabouts of these items, please contact KFAI,doug@dougthethug.com or Dewglass atdewglassproductions@gmail.com
If these items simply reappear, we will be thankful, and ask no questions.  The posters were created, ordered and paid for by me { Doug The Thug }  on a limited income.  If anyone has an issue with me or L5, this is a grade school response to an adult problem.  So I will probably just have to cough up more money and replace them and move on.  Maybe there's a logical explanation for this but I doubt it.  Please help us solve the mystery of the pilfered banners.






Sunday, November 16, 2014

Restoring a Classic

Restoring a Classic

BY Dewglass
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If you don’t already know KFAI is undergoing massive changes in an effort to sustain itself and move forward to a more powerful position of community engagement. Even if you do, I hope to draw your attention to a few things. There has already been a great deal of pain involving the core staff that has kept the ship afloat for many years. A restructuring that has left staff 2 options, reapply for the new reorganized positions, which by the way are for less money and more responsibilities, or not apply and train your replacement. In light of the financial bleeding KFAI has been doing for the past 7 years or so, I am not going to judge whether this was the right option. Some progress has been made, but there is still a long way to go. It has become clear that KFAI needs to expand its reach to the community, attract new listeners and partner with other nonprofit and business interests to better serve the community. With listenership lagging and a loss of grants based on this data, KFAI will lose a substantial chunk of funds it relies on to operate.
I wish to propose a partnership with area nonprofits and business to help stabilize KFAI. A closer relationship will allow your message, whether business or nonprofit, a higher profile. Increased funding will help KFAI partner with other organizations for fundraisers, and foster partnerships designed to serve the underserved and under voiced.
KFAI needs support in 4 ways, funds, equipment, facilities to hold large fundraisers, and volunteers to help in every aspect of this 36 year media veteran. Bring your expertise to the governing board and be part of the new emerging KFAI.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Dirty Louis' Sound Revitalizes What It Means To Be Unkempt




If the music of Buddy Holly, The Black Crowes, The Allman Brothers, and Kenny G had a night of wicked romance, the love child would become Dirty Louis, a surrealistic fusion of musical styles bred from their humble roots in Bloomington, Minnesota. The band combines rockabilly, neo soul, country, classic rock, dirt blues, and even some baby-making saxophone to create an all-encompassing genre that is currently shaking the Twin Cities to its core. With dual harmonies, dyncamic-trekking drum kit, and crisp, vibrant guitars, Dirty Louis is one of the coolest things to happen to Minnesota since Grain Belt Nordeast. 



The righteous group of jammers consists of Michael Louis Borell on lead vocals and guitar, Brendan Smith on saxophone and rhythm guitar, Will Finer on bass guitar, Ed Draper on drums, and Eddie Rickert on guitar. Frontman Borell described the early fraternizations of the quintet during their live set, all of them having attended Bloomington high schools and participating in football, jazz bands, and other rock groups throughout their teen years. This would lay the foundation for what would eventually become Dirty Louis. 



Between sweetly serenading and rocking the ever-loving stuff out of the “Live From Studio 5!” crew, the band dropped a number of older and more recent tunes, as well as the official debut of a few numbers that had yet to leave the practice room. Two of the songs that received their first public performance included “On My Way” and “Match Made In Heaven”. A few other tunes that the band kicked out were “Glory Bound”, “Loud and Clear”, “Lake Winnipeg”, “No One Like You”, “Libido Shuffle”, and “Once You Go Black”. 


The dirty rockers also performed in support of their soon-to-be-dropped upcoming album. The album release show will be happening at Lee’s Liquor Lounge in Minneapolis on Friday, December 26th, beginning at 8 PM. They’ll also be making a public appearance on November 14th, at The Narrows in Wayzata, also starting at 8 PM. 




Be sure to check out Dirty Louis’ upcoming performances and new album release! A link has been provided below for Dirty Louis’ website:


Also, be sure to support your local “Fresh Air” Radio Station, KFAI! We are a non-profit organization, so we need your help as the listener to keep this amazing radio station alive and running, so as to deliver a wide-array of music for years to come! 

If you would like to make a donation, simply call us at 612-341-3144, or donate online! 

Online Donation: http://bit.ly/1yKUfq4

If you missed the original broadcast you can still listen at ANY time from ANYWHERE on the planet on our FOREVER archives just by clicking here: https://archive.org/details/229DirtyLouis

Check out the video on our You Tube page here: https://www.youtube.com/user/KFAIRocks 

(Dirty Louis videos will be up shortly)

You can see the Flickr pix from that show here: http://bit.ly/1BkhKv1

“Live From Studio 5!” Archives:  https://archive.org/details/livefromstudio5



-Article by Seth Hynes-Marquette

Saturday, November 8, 2014

July Fighter Soothes Studio 5 With Their Chilled-Out Rock Ensemble

November 5, 2014 - Show #228



Northeast Minneapolis natives July Fighter were featured this week on “Live From Studio 5!”, bringing with them the tale of their new album and their laid back, harmonic rock sound. The group righteously jammed a multitude of tunes off of their most recent album, Live and Let Live, as well as a few numbers off of their two previous releases, the self titled July Fighter and The Cow

In a 2010 interview with Dwight Hobbes from the TC Daily Planet, frontman Jimmy Lyback describes that the earliest inklings of July Fighter began to take root after writing a number of songs that he felt were too chilled out to fit the driving, “in-your-face” alt-rock style of Sunshine Behavior, Lyback’s previous group which also met with local success. Lyback mentioned that once the last members of Sunshine Behavior left the group, he finally caved to his family’s insistence on pursuing what would eventually become July Fighter. 


In the studio, the group described the band’s writing process up to that point as completely organic, focusing less on sticking to a specific genre and instead letting whatever came to mind instantly spew out of their respective instruments. Though they mentioned Queen, Elton John, Led Zeppelin, and Joe Walsh as a few of their key influences, their sound encompasses a legion of styles, including classic rock, pop, country, and even a taste of ska. However, Lyback mentioned that part of what made their most recent project, Live and Let Live, so different from past releases was the amount of time the band took to write before heading into the studio, as opposed to writing as they went along. The band plans to spend the upcoming winter writing and working on their newest project, which Lyback has stated will more than likely be an EP called Ordinary Lifestyle.



July Fighter’s current roster includes Jimmy Lyback on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Spencer Franson on lead guitar and backing vocals, Colin McCowan on drums, and Mike Thoreen on bass. Jeff Buesing also assists the group with pedal steel, and Tony Wilson steps in from time to time to slap the bass guitar. 


Provided below is a link to July Fighter’s Reverbnation Page:

Click here to listen to this show at ANY time from ANYWHERE on the planet on our FOREVER archives:  https://archive.org/details/228JulyFighter
Check out the video on our You Tube page here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGjRPMv22nI&list=UUMeJC71i9gFjLQ8jjM2DHWA

Also, be sure to support your local “Fresh Air” Radio Station, KFAI! We are a non-profit organization, so we need your help as the listener to keep this amazing radio station alive and running, so as to deliver a wide-array of music for years to come! 

If you would like to make a donation, simply call us at 612-341-3144, or donate online! 

Online Donation: http://bit.ly/1yKUfq4

-Article by Seth Hynes-Marquette