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


Saturday, February 28, 2015

Laura Lou Takes Leisure In Lavish Lounging


To some, Laura Lou and her Loungeabouts might simply be delivering their interpretation of the female-folky bliss that recent greats like Caroline Smith or The Head and the Heart have brought to the table. To others, she may reflect a soft, reticent Southern touch, one that might conjure an image of fresh eggs and two-percent milk preparing to be consumed. To this writer, they are an amalgam of everything above and more, proceeding to blend hints of jazz and silky R&B, while intermittently adding punchy acoustic drum breaks dished out by drummer Tommy Jacobs. Laura’s ukelele tells a soft tale of life’s yearned-for simplicity and relationships gone both right and wrong. Becky Shaheen’s piano adds a layer of stately finesse atop her subtle-twang harmonies, while Chris Kopp and Nick Mordal pluck and strum in a more than complimentary fashion. Laura and her posse will usher you into a much-needed session of relaxation while simultaneously stimulating the emotional psyche, inevitably inducing memories of sweet times and the sweet people with whom they associate. Check out Laura’s previously released album Seduction Lullaby on the group’s Bandcamp for a dose of semi-surreal folky fluidity. 




Provided below are links to the band’s Website (you can be linked directly to their Bandcamp, Facebook, and Instagram pages through the website’s homepage):





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:  

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/sets/72157651077451175/



-Article by Seth Hynes-Marquette

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Karma Kicks Kick Crap Karma To The Curb on Studio 5!



Sporting some serious half-beard charm and a relatable hipster-ish pride for the Northlands, The Karma Kicks have seemingly nothing on the horizon but a brightly golden kismet. The Saint Paul berthed trio bear a likable tongue-in-cheek confidence that percolates amidst their folksy blues-rock performance, and immersion within it provokes feeling of both feel-cool melancholy, and the slight paranoia that they just might be making fun of you in their lyrics. The latter may be induced by their smoothly unanticipated transitions amongst styles, such as jungle tom-tom drum work dropping suddenly and painlessly into a milky folk chop, followed by a raspy Detroit-blues kick. Consisting of Andy Arvidson on drums and organ, Andy Vogl and Dave Abbot on guitars and bass, and all three boys behind the mic, The Karma Kicks leave their listeners with a digestible down-to-Earth taste in their mouths, one that many local artists constantly strive for but fall just short of. 





Conspiring in March of 2012, The Karma Kicks released an eponymous debut album later that year, followed by their sophomore effort All Gone Wrong in 2013. Their music is available on their Bandcamp page, link provided below. Catch these cool dudes at a live performance as soon as your girlfriend lets you leave the apartment.






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:  

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/sets/72157648583747924/ 


-Article by Seth Hynes-Marquette


Saturday, February 14, 2015

Tim Casey & The Martyrs Jam For What They Believe In On Studio 5!



If you’re up for a quick dose of some cool-drivin’ rock n’ roll that doesn’t leave much else to be desired, Tim Casey & The Martyrs are your boys. Serving up sloshy drums, crunchy guitars, happy harmonies, and lyrics pertaining to a jocular kind of love (and not to mention a badder-than-badass homemade Hammond organ), this fab foursome is a refreshing dab of feel-good rock that we all probably need as soon as possible. Just in time for Valentine’s Day Weekend, The Martyrs might actually make you feel good about dropping hundreds of dollars on a single date night. 


Under the ever-watchful eye of Kirsten Ann Lind.

The man himself, Tim Casey, is the primary songwriter of the group, as well as the lead singer and guitarist. Following him into melodic battle are his loyal sycophants, drummer Robb Burnham, keyboardist Kris Brauning, and Mike Cronin on bass guitar.  Although they currently reside in Minneapolis, The Martyrs have graced stages up and down and all around the Midwest. They released a well-received album, titled Boom, in 2010, and have recently been promoting their newest release called You Should Know, which debuted in 2012. Their music is available on their website, as well as iTunes and Spotify. 




Links to Tim Casey and The Martyrs’ website and Facebook have been 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:  


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



-Article by Seth Hynes-Marquette

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Multi-Talented Members Make Up Rat Pit

Multi-Talented Members Make Up Rat Pit


Legend has it that Rat Pit was formed “in the back of a ’98 Saturn SL4”, but for all any of their fans truly know, this story may simply be the result of some cosmic contact high. The four lads that make up this group (drummer Tyler Hudson, bassist John Manning, and guitarists Sam Arneson and Ian Carson) formed in July of 2012, and since then have unleashed a hell storm of irresistible musical virtuosity upon the Twin Cities. Besides the fact that each member contributes vocal harmonies and the classic-cool gimmick of the guitar players swapping instruments mid-performance, Rat Pit proves that it is hardly held down by any singular genre. Perhaps more prominently featuring a dance-inducing, feel-good-real-good jam band feel, the boys have no hesitation when it comes to sliding into a snaky Alice In Chains doom groove, a Black Crowes junk blues throw down, or even a Grateful Dead acid-voyage. Not to mention, they wield their pedal boards like King Arthur wielded the mother f***ing Excalibur. In short, Rat Pit will make you feel the polar opposite of crappy, so if the weather, the flu, or the broken New Year’s Resolution has got you down, flip on any of these dude’s songs at random and prepare to feel better than Hulk Hogan at a high school wrestling meet. 



Rat Pit recently threw a release party at the 331 Bar in Minneapolis in celebrating of their newest album, Birthday Season, unveiled to the public barely two weeks ago. The collection contains more than a few badass drops of the finest style, including songs like “Cheese”, “Mars Is Our Native Planet, We Are Martians”, and “He’s Probably Been Drinking”. Be sure to check out their website (posted below) for an instant listen to any of their songs off of Birthday Season as well as info on upcoming shows, events, and the friendly band members themselves.




Links to Rat Pit’s website and Facebook have been 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, just like the guys in Rat Pit did, 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/241RatPit

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/sets/72157650247412068/


-Article by Seth Hynes-Marquette