Friday, April 18, 2014

The Lost Wheels on "Live From Studio Five!"

By Brian P. Rubin (the drummer)

Look, let’s get this out of the way up front. I’m the drummer of the band this blog post is about. The band is called the Lost Wheels, and I’m in the band (I play the drums), and, oh, did I mention I’m the drummer in the Lost Wheels, the band that this blog post is about?


So the Lost Wheels swung by KFAI on Wednesday during an unseasonable (and unwelcome) snow-and-rainstorm that did nothing to dampen the spirits inside Studio Five. The five of us—Dan Warner on vocals and guitar, Walt Kruhoeffer on lead and slide guitar, Daniel J. Scott on bass and vocals, Andrew J. Frederick on keys, and, oh yeah, me, Brian P. Rubin on drums and vocals—were joined by Doug the Thug and Dewglass, and we all had a rousing good time. The Thug was especially taken with Fred’s keyboard that did an admirable job of simulating a B3 Hammond Organ.

It’s not surprising. We are all often fascinated with Fred’s organ.

We played almost every song off of our debut LP Rule for a Day, including tunes like “Hardline,” “Lose Control,” “Me & You,” and “Take Me Down.” They also played songs not yet recorded, like, “Mindy (Transcendent Flight Attendent)” and the live debut of “Love Machine,” which featured Dan Scott on lead vocals. 

There were also a fair few covers, like “Rocky Mountain Way” by Joe Walsh, “Runaway Train” by Australian songwriter Kasey Chambers, and a semi-competent rendition of the Beatles’ “Come Together.”

Speaking of coming together, we also chatted a bit about how we first got together as a band, which was a blend of old friends and blind Craigslist luck. We’re fortunate that we don’t hate each other and actually have a good time when we get together. I give it another two months. We also mentioned that we got the name “The Lost Wheels” when one time a wheel fell off an amplifier.

Warner summed up the inspiration: “It was one of those lightning bolt moments where you say, ‘we have nothing better.’” And thus, a legend was born.

The Lost Wheels (again, that’s my band) will be playing at Gluek’s in Downtown Minneapolis on Saturday night starting at about 9:30 p.m. until we close the place down. Then we’ll be back at Famous Dave’s in Uptown Minneapolis on May 4 to compete in the semi-final installment of the Battle of the Blues Bands. And then we’ll be back on KFAI’s “Live From Studio Five!” during the show’s second remote at the Nomad World Pub on May 7. You lucky devils!

And if you want to find out all you can about the Lost Wheels, be sure to check out our website,, or look at our page on Facebook, which is, or catch all our funny funny tweets on our Twitter page at, oh, and there’s a Bandcamp page that features our album, Rule for a Day. So get over there and listen and maybe even buy it? Please? Thanks.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled bloggery. I apologize for being so obnoxious—I promise, it won’t happen again (probably). 

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Venus DeMars, Lady Tobalyas, and Timothy Donahue on “Live From Studio Five!”

By Brian P. Rubin

Week Two of KFAI’s fundraising initiative hit Studio Five this past Wednesday, resulting in this week’s show featuring music coming live from Studio…Three. But despite the change in location, the performances from Venus DeMars, Lady Tobalyas, and Timothy Donahue kept spirits high. They were joined as ever by Doug the Thug, Dewglass, and Nicole Jean Rode, who took on co-hosting duties for the second week in a row.

The first hour of music was handled by the duo of Timothy Donahue, of the Eclectic Ensemble, and Lady Tobalyas, two musicians who have appeared separately on “Live From Studio Five!” and were playing together for the very first time. The music was an avant garde soundscape that was both relaxing and engaging at the same time, and was all the more impressive since it was improvised during the duo’s inaugural performance.

During the second hour, Venus DeMars took up her guitar and played her haunting original tunes like “Damage and Razorblades,” and Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb,” by request from Doug the Thug. She also took on a challenge from some friends and tackled an impressive cover of “Love Hurts.”

In all, the three musicians provided an amazing backdrop for KFAI’s fundraising drive, proving exactly why the station and its shows are an important part of the Twin Cities music scene.

And don’t forget to check out the websites for Tim Donahue’s Eclectic Ensemble, Lady Tobalyas, and Venus DeMars.

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Andra Suchy and Jenny Dalton on “Live From Studio Five!”

By Brian P. Rubin

Though the music may have come from Studio Three—since Studio Five was filled with volunteers taking pledges for KFAI’s Spring pledge drive—there was still plenty of music happening on “Live From Studio Five!” this week. There were two in-studio music guests: singer-songwriters Andra Suchy and Jenny Dalton, who filled the airwaves with beautiful tunes courtesy of the acoustic guitar and auto-harp, respectively. Joining Andra and Jenny were Doug the Thug, Dewglass, and a newcomer to the show, Nicole Jean Rode, who co-hosted for the first time.

Andra kicked things off, playing songs off her albums Patchwork Story and Little Heart, the latter of which is her latest. She offered up tunes like “Libertine” and “Georgiana,” which was actually written by her father Chuck Suchy, a folk musician himself. Andra’s brother and sister are also musicians, and she spoke a bit about what it was like to grow up in such a musical family out in the rural area of Mandan, North Dakota.

Later on, Jenny Dalton took over and played a bunch of songs on her auto-harp—tunes like “When I’m Gone” and others off her albums Blood Folk, Rusalka’s Umbrella, and Fleur de Lily. Jenny pointed out that she generally plays the keys, but she wanted to bring the auto-harp to get a bit closer to her dream of playing a guitar. Doug the Thug said it might actually be a zither—“a zither with cheater buttons,” to be specific. But lacking clear answers in that regard, the music proceeded.

Doug the Thug also played a few tracks from the Live From Studio 5! Compilation CD, a 19-track disc that comes as a gift to anyone who contributes $35 during the station’s pledge drive. To make a pledge of your own, just click right here and open your heart (and your wallet).

To keep up with the Andra Suchy and Jenny Dalton, check out and for the latest news, songs, and show dates.

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Maiden Dixie on Live From Studio Five!

By Brian P. Rubin

A whole lot of folks comprising the band Maiden Dixie made their way down to the Cedar Riverside home of KFAI on Wednesday to play a great set on “Live From Studio Five!” Even without their drummer, Maiden Dixie played an amazing bunch of tunes. As ever, the band this week was joined by Doug the Thug, Dewglass, and Cher Dial.

So who is Maiden Dixie? Hailing from all different areas of the country, from Illinois to Denver to Minnesota, the band featured Channing Himes and Jaymi Struthers on vocals, with Jesse Becker and Jonathan Krentz on acoustic guitar, as well as Zachary Scanlan on fiddle and banjo, and Andrew “Tank” Sherman on the five-string bass. Drummer Tyler Kloewer couldn’t make it that night, but the show did play a track full of drums called “It’s Over” off the band’s seven song EP, Little Black Dress.

Other songs from the band’s extensive set list of countrified, bluegrassish music included “Waiting’s Done,” “Bring it On,” “Smooth Talkin’ Man,” and a song premiering on the radio that night, “Story of Our Own.”
Maiden Dixie has an extensive list of shows coming up. Tonight, they’re at Benton Station in Sauk Rapids, MN, while Saturday they’re hitting The Dog House Bar and Grill in Maplewood, MN. Next weekend, they make the trip out to Skooter’s Roadhouse in Shorewood, IL on Friday, March 28, and they’ll be at Timbuktu in Decatur, IL on the next night. Sunday, March 30 brings them back to Maplewood to pen for Randy Houser at the Myth. Down the line in June, Maiden Dixie will appear at the Winstock Country Music Festival in Winsted MN.

If you want to keep up with Maiden Dixie, be sure to check their website and their Facebook page. You'll be glad you did.

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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Joe Carey on “Live From Studio Five!”

By Brian P. Rubin
Joe Carey & Cher Dial

This week, a last minute cancelation of scheduled band La Madness could have spelled disaster for the show, but luckily a great set allowed for another great episode. Those listening to “Live From Studio Five!” got the chance to listen to a solid solo acoustic performance by Joe Carey of the band the Chinwaggers. We're all looking forward to La Madness being able to reschedule their performance, but in the meantime, Carey did a great job carrying the show on his shoulders. He hung out and chatted with the usual cast of characters: Cher Dial, Dewglass, and, of course, Doug the Thug.

Carey played tunes that sounded great on just an acoustic guitar, despite the fact that he’s usually part of his “gritty rock” four-piece band. He played and sang songs off the band’s new CD, Wayward Son, as well as its older album Sunflower Soul, tunes like “Burned” and “My Love, My Best Friend,” the latter of which he accompanied himself on the harmonica. He also played a song called “I Got Your Back,” an anthem to his kids, and a pair of songs called “Beautiful Stranger” and “The Redemption,” inspired by a trip he took to a supposedly haunted hotel.

The night’s performance also included music from the Chinwaggers’ new album, so even though the other members of the band weren’t actually in studio, they certainly were present in spirit.

The Chinwaggers are heading to Gluek’s in downtown Minneapolis on Friday, May 23, so be sure to hit that date if you liked what you heard. And you can keep up with all of the Chinwaggers’ various chinwaggery on Facebook and on their homepage.

Sound Engineers Wyatt Sarber & Mike Cushing
Our Technical Director Lawrence Sputnik
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