Friday, April 17, 2015

Danami And The Blue Gets Real, Real, Real Cool, In Studio 5


Driven by the fierce intent to bag and tag the righteous world with a fistful of soul and a lyrical gun, Danami and his band The Blue are the physical embodiment of the word cool, shot up with a serious dose of smooth. Born and raised in Detroit, Danami fused his R&B upbringing with a smoky-sly hip-hop style, along with stable hints of blues, jazz, and slam poetry, to birth his own unique style that has since had his fans held in the chillest frenzy imaginable. 



Eventually making the move to the chilly Twin Cities, Danami attended McNally Smith College of Music and managed to pick up a larger than life live band: Erik Gustafson, humbly boasting his trumpet on tap each day of the week, G-Mo Hollins, tapping the keys with a dangerous amount of grace and style, and Trevor Weist, who’s famous guitar wizardry echoes the canyons of furious fretwork and sexy-subtle stealth alike. Combined, these cats have no problem letting you know just how green the grass is on that fabled other side. If you’re looking for lyrically-driven genius engineered by laid-back instrumental dominion, a sound that induces serious self awareness and existential relaxation simultaneously, look no further than Danami and The Blue. 





Provided below are links to the band’s website and Facebook:

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://kfai.org/node/46434

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/251DanamiTheBlue

(Archive also contains interview with Live From Studio 5!’s blogger, Seth Hynes-Marquette)

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

You can see the Flickr pix from that show here: Danami Pix


-Article by Seth Hynes-Marquette

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Radio Drive Conjures Up Every Positive Vibe Known To Man In Studio 5


Kicking out incessant jams faster than a race horse that really needs to take a piss, Radio Drive rocked the ever-loving socks off of the Studio 5 crew last Wednesday. Space-headed keyboards, soaring arena-rocking melodies, and a relentlessly rigid rhythm section combine to make this Minnesota-bred group’s unique sound, encapsulating notes of driving indie rock, psychedelic phenomena, 80’s hair metal, instrumental section badassery, and loads more. The alt rockers have received acclaim from US and European critics alike. Lead singer Kevin Gullickson had a massive success streak before forming Radio Drive as well, including working with Gene Paul (son of Les Paul), releasing a tidal wave of original material, and receiving notice from several major record companies and Grammy-winning producers. Powered by Wes Henderson on bass, Patrick Spott behind the kit, and Joe Maffei tapping the keys, Radio Drive has morphed into a seemingly unstoppable juggernaut of musical ability, making plans to tour through your hometown and promptly destroy it. 




Provided below are links to the band’s website and Facebook:



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://kfai.org/node/46434

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:  

(Archive also contains interview with Live From Studio 5!’s blogger, Seth Hynes-Marquette)

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

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



-Article by Seth Hynes-Marquette

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Chalk Chalks It Up To Emotional Heights In Studio 5!



The lonely romance inspired by the music and lyrics of Chalk will thrust you back into that bittersweet moment from high school, junior year, as you tearfully watched the girl / guy of your dreams slowly walk away, following a one-time-only kiss and an epic line about how it just might work out someday. Chalk brings forth a gorgeous sound of attempted optimism in the face of adverse love and the fear of eternal heartbreak, reflecting a 90’s alt-rock dismal sensitivity underneath a modernized romantic aggression. Melancholic guitars and percolating drums flirt beneath abrasive and beckoning melodies, making your bachelor pad seem all the more consuming, yet simultaneously righteous. 



Forrest Axel Russel Fritz-Storhaug handles the drum kit, Sean Chaucer Levine slaps the bass, Michael Voller and "Just Anthony" handled the electric strings, while all three guitarists contributed to the vocal work. These boys began in the Twin Cities and recently debuted their first full-length release, Haunted House. They are currently in the process of creating their sophomore effort, which, if you know what’s healthy for you, had best be the number one priority dangling in your cerebral until it’s finally dropped. Check out Chalk’s music on their band page, links provided below.




Provided below are links to the band’s Facebook and music page:



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! 

Click here for online donation: Donate Now

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:  


(Archive also contains interview with Live From Studio 5!’s blogger, Seth Hynes-Marquette)

Check out the Flickr pix from that show here: Chalk Pix

You can see the Video from that show here:  Chalk Video



-Article by Seth Hynes-Marquette

Fun Razor for "Live From Studio 5!" at Plum's

We had a great Fun Razor last Sunday night thanks to Joe Carey and Tyrra.
All set up and ready to go!
Tyrra, Our Good Will Ambassador and Solicitor with Sheila Smith..
 Here’s the back story:  After the first Pledge show on “Live From Studio 5!” we had received only one $5 pledge.  (Five for five?)  Now that REALLY sux.  So I kinda let my anger get outta control and fired off a FaceBook post bemoaning that fact.  I was quite careful not to disparage either KFAI or it’s listeners.  The post was illustrated by tombstones for both KFAI and L5 and I made it clear that things had to change.  Although KFAI itself looks like it is squeaking by and will probably survive due to the monstrous good will and efforts of volunteers, our show may get the ax for being less productive.   
Barry Thomas Goldberg
Courtney Yasmineh
  We received lots of offers to share and help in any way possible.  One response was from Joe Carey.  Joe offered to host a Fun Razor at Plum’s Grill & Bar in St. Paul on Sunday night and I told him that only three days would not be enough time to do it right.  Pledge Drive would be over by the next Friday.  I told him he could do a benefit ANY time though and he was excited to look into it.  Then a week later I hear that he had already set up a benefit at Plum’s in St. Paul the next Sunday, entitled “Keep ‘em Alive at Studio 5!” (in response to my tombstones?)  
Jeff Ray
Carl Franzen
We were quite impressed so we got everything ready, the giant posters, CD premiums and I made a contribution box.  Me and my better half, Dew Glass, who is the spark plug of the show, set off early for Plum’s.  We put up the posters and arranged the donation table and waited patiently for the hoards to descend on the place.  
Joe Carey

Tucker Jensen
  The scheduled guests were mostly good friends of L5 or musicians who had performed on our show including the organizer Joe Carey, Courtney Yasmineh,  Good Old Barry Thomas Goldberg, who started off every number with “here’s a song I wrote”, very prophylactic, I mean prolific. Nikki Rue of Nikki and the RueMates was there with her husband, Rich Roux, Nolan James, Carl Franzen, who brought in his keyboard and put out a great sound.  It was not a piano sound or actually one I had heard before but the melody was haunting.
Dan & Katrina of Lakewood Cemetery
Nikki & Rich Reu
Then there was Nick Hensley, who, incidentally was not only a multi-talented multi -instrument musician, but he also kept the show going and operated the sound board.  Other performers included a duo, Lakewood Cemetery (Dan Krzykowski and Katrina Schleisman). Tom Aydan a young lad with a high vocal range and mad guitar skills, Jeff Ray who played the resonator accompanied by Nick Salisbury on bass and Joe Carey.  And Blair Krivanek along with Salisbury accompanied Joe at the end. The other two were Tucker Jensen 
and Peter Lochner.
Peter Lochner
Tom Aydan
  A great time was had by all and honest to god, every last musician put on a top notch performance.  They really unloaded their best on us.  Earlier I was getting a little nervous about donations but then Sheila Smith got a brilliant idea.  There was a little girl there about six years old who was a bundle of energy.  Her name was Kirra and she never stopped running around or dancing in her black floor-length dress all evening and she had a helium balloon.  She axted us if she could help in any way and that’s when Sheila enlisted her to solicit donations.  All she had to remember was K-F-A-I and we sent her on her way.  She went up to every last person in the bar and charmed them into giving generously.  
Nick Hensley
Nolan James
  I did not notice one bar patron who did not cough up for the cause.  I couldn’t always see her in the crowd but I knew where she was at  every moment because I could see her balloon floating above her.  Thank you Joe Carey, thanks to every musician and thanks for the donations.  Oh, and THANK YOU KIRRA!



Kirra Supervising



Thursday, March 19, 2015

Spring Pledge Drive Disaster






Tom Lieberman
Dan Jass
It is with a heavy heart that I have to bring this subject up.  To prepare for Pledge Drive, the other Doug and I decided we’d go all out for the cause.  We took two days to contact each and every band through Facebook that’s ever been on our show, approximately 250 of them.  We uploaded the video we made for each of them and said it was time for them to show their support for the only local show that gave them a chance to present their talents to the world, actually.  We were very excited as showtime approached and we hit the ground running.  Yakking with four of our favorite musicians and having them play as well as playing some cuts from early L5 shows.  At the end of the show we tallied up:  ONE
This is how I get my cheap thrills
Ron Rudlong & Nicole Jean Rowdy
PLEDGE = FIVE DOLLARS??  The other Doug and I put in about
30 hours each & every week putting this show together.  Editing and uploading You Tube videos, Flickr Pix, editing and uploading our FOREVER archives, designing and printing posters, contacting and scheduling bands, editing previously segments just to name a few.  We work for nothing except satisfaction (as well as some personal self-aggrandizement) but lately we can’t get no satisfaction.  We actually put our own money into the show.  We buy headphones, blank disks, poster paper and ink, we bought those nice big L5 wall posters (on the top of this page) and twinkly lights since KFAI has no budget for that stuff.  Doug and I each bought cameras that only get used for the show. 

Producer Dew Glass
We know U gotta be out there.  We’ve had 125,000 hits on our You  Tube channel.  With roughly 250 bands with about 4 members each, that’s about ONE THOUSAND people.  If each one gave a MEASLY FIVE DOLLARS we’d have $5,000.  I don’t think that’s axting too much.  On all those Facebook posts we got lots of LIKES but do you think anyone would like us enough donate five bucks??

Cher Dial



KFAI has at least a chance of making it, I can’t imagine listeners letting such a wonderful resource go dormant.  “Live From Studio 5!” though, is another matter.  If the program committee doesn’t yank us for under performing then I’m outta here, G-O-N-E gone.  I’m seriously totally DEMORALIZED and my health is in the toilet anyway.  I need to find a new career or just work in my garden all Summer.  Zero stress on my ticker.
    Now if this whiny sob story doesn’t loosen your heart strings and your purse strings then I’m just talking to a brick wall.  So PLEEEEESE click here and donate something.  You can use a credit card or select bill me later or even pick up the phone and call 612-375-9030.  Make sure you tell ‘em it’s for “Live From Studio 5!”


THANK YOU!



Monday, March 16, 2015

The Tim Malloys Get All Sorts of Irish in Studio 5!


Just in time for the drunkest day of the year, The Tim Malloys invaded Studio 5! this week, bearing a relentless barrage of Irish / Scottish punk rock and intoxicated chanting, brought on by five personalities more dynamic than Cher’s wardrobe. Sporting an array of neat instruments, like the Bodhran (a traditional Irish rim drum drum), Italian guitars, tin whistle, accordion, and a badder-than-badass flute, the Tim Malloy’s happy-go-lucky, pub crawling sound is the perfect accompaniment for any alcohol-themed get together, a night of rambunctious mischief, or basically any occasion existing under the sun. 




Consisting of Tom Delaney and John Sjogren / vocalist on guitar, Scott Schwister on the kit, bassist / vocalist Neal Johnston, and flautist / tin whistler Kirstin Johnston, the group is currently on its 21st year (pretty appropriate, eh?) of dominating all things musical, having tried their first beer and written their first jam in 1994. Continuing to blend rock and chant elements, traditional instruments, affable merry-making, and the pure love for a hell of a good time, The Tim Malloys seem to be on an eternally steadfast track at making sure no one leaves the room without a buzz-induced smile and a serendipitous spring in their step. Forever chant their rally cry: “Something whiskey this way comes”.



Provided below are links to the band’s Facebook page and website:



It's Pledge time again. 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 612-375-9030, or donate online! 

Online donation: http://kfai.org/support-us

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:  

(Archive also contains interview with Live From Studio 5!’s blogger, Seth Hynes-Marquette)

Check out the video on our You Tube page here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99TfFDLS_QI

You can see the Flickr pix from that show here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kfai-fm/sets/72157650894022659/


-Article by Seth Hynes-Marquette


Friday, March 6, 2015

Harakiri Define The Progressive Paragon In Studio 5!



Ritual suicide will be farthest from one’s mind whilst Harakiri begins their righteous penetration of your once-innocent ear. Combining nearly every imaginable genre under the sun to birth a consequential orgasm of sound, Harakiri appears to be the prodigal son of all things cool, new, and awesomely weird. The band swims between prog-rock unpredictably, metal intensity, soul-man crooning, and even neo-jazzy subtlety, while their lyrics and song titles reference everything from beloved 50’s sitcoms to being lost in space. The vocals of frontman Jordan Manus call to mind a Kurt Cobain sadness, an Otis Redding hum, and, perhaps most impressively, a soaring Freddie Mercury roar, amplified by the soul-piercing harmonies of Alexa Blake and Summer Furreal. Meanwhile, axe-men Geoff Davidson and Ethan Elseth, bassist Devon Cook, and kit-hitter Pieter Ochsman provide a rhythm section more rhythmically punctual than an adrenalized brain surgeon. 



Born and bred in Saint Paul, Harakiri have gone on multiple nation-wide tours, endured handfuls of line-up alterations, and debuted a plethora of musical releases along the way, the latest being their self-titled release in 2014. Aside from performing new material and their music video-accompanied tune “Lorelei” in Studio 5, Manus commented on the heptad’s new material: 
“It’s evolved into a more concrete sound, a focused sound. We tend to hop genres, and the new stuff has more integrity.” 

The group also mentioned that they drew inspiration from such figureheads as The Mars Volta, Yes, The Doors, Nirvana, King Crimson, Pink Floyd, and even Muddy Waters and Frank Sinatra while writing original material.

Toying with time signature like a pile of Legos and blending righteous melancholy and bellicose cool with dark innovation at their helm, Harakiri’s sound will comfortably grip listeners by the throat and plunge them into a simultaneous world of accelerating darkness, perceptible bawdiness, prevailing optimism, and a sense of atmospheric panorama. The bottom line is this: If you’d like to take your head for a f**king ride, check out this band.




Provided below are links to the band’s Website, Facebook page, Reverbnaton, and a link to their new music video, “Lorelei”, have been provided below:




“Lorelei” Music Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tasDf3LsdrE

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:  

(Archive also contains interview with Live From Studio 5!’s blogger, Seth Hynes-Marquette)

Check out the video on our You Tube page here: Harikiri Video 

You can see the Flickr pix from that show here:  Flickr Pix


-Article by Seth Hynes-Marquette