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Thursday, October 27, 2005

Homegrown to stop midnight KQ rebroadcast this week

This past weekend (Sunday, 10/23) was the last time Homegrown, now a Drive 105 10PM staple, will be rebroadcast at midnight at KQ. That's sad news for people, like me, who listened to both Jason Nagel's 10PM Minnesota Music on Cities 97 and then to the rebroadcast of Homegrown with Mei Young and Dave Campbell at midnight. Effectively, starting Sunday 10/6 that means one less hour of time devoted to local music in this radio market due to the overlap.

And yes indeed, that's pointless and stupid from a radio programing standpoint. It only hurts; no one benefits -- least of all the listener. But fortunately, Radio Homegrown has a Podcast. So you can listen to Jason's show live (on a real radio) and then get your Homegrown Fix later on at

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Best of Guest Session Sundays

ON THE AIR: Sunday, November 6 6:00 p.m. on 89.3, The Current. Missed Guest Session Sundays last month at The Fitzgerald Theater? On November 6 at 6 p.m. you can hear highlights from performances by Happy Apple, The Honeydogs, Boiled in Lead, Polara and The Hopefuls Listen on 89.3 FM in the Twin Cities or 88. 7 FM in Rochester, or listen online any time.

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Twin Cities Fashion Weekend Photos

Anna Lee (left) and me (in window reflection)
Anna Lee (above left) of Ruby3 organized Twin Cities Fashion Weekend

The first annual Twin Cities Fashion Weekend wrapped up Sunday evening. From the sounds of things, it was an all around success and fun was had by organizers and participants alike.

Mike Gunther and Suzanne Scholten played at the Ruby3 "Hats and Cocktails" party on Saturday evening at Creative Electric Studios. I stopped by and took a few photos.

Dan Schultz of has a much larger photo gallery here of the same hat party as well as other events that were part of the weekend's festivities.

Also check out Dan's other galleries:

Friday, October 21, 2005

New Pornographers cancel First Ave show Saturday

The New Pornographers have cancelled their First Ave gig for Saturday night. Refunds will be available through Ticketmaster or the club. First Avenue's Kate Molitor says the show has been cancelled because bassist John Collins needs an appendectomy. The club hopes to reschedule the show for February or March of 2006.

We wish a speedy recovery to John. But I guess there will be no more need to rush over from First Ave to get to the American Analog Set show at The Varsity.

And it means less competition for Fashion Weekend too.

Now you have no excuse not to go to the Ruby3 "Hats and Cocktails" Party.

Wear your favorite hat and head over for drinks and live music (Mike Gunther and Suzanne Scholten perform.) Saturday evening from 5–8pm, Creative Electric Studios 2201 NE 2nd Street, Minneapolis.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Polara is this week's featured band at Guest Session Sundays


Polara takes part in 89.3 The Current's Guest Session Sundays series at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul on Sunday October 23rd. The band will be presenting a long-form show, including an acoustic set and featuring an extended lineup of guest collaborators including bassist Marc Perlman (Jayhawks, , Golden Smog, etc.). Susstones electronic faves Astronaut Wife make their first live appearance in two years, playing a short set accompanied by Polara. The Mood Swings will join in for a few songs. Sideways plays its first live show in over a year, and Polara friends Kraig Jarrett Johnson and Scott Laurent will come up and add to the fray. Between-set music will be supplied by Marc "Guv'nor" Mueller of Sussed. Several other yet-unannounced but very cool guest collaborators will join in on the noise- and merrymaking. This is an unusual opportunity to see Polara share the stage and collaborate with friends in a theater setting with "proper" lighting and sound.

For complete guest lineup and show details, visit the Polara blog at MySpace.

Monday, October 03, 2005

Sound Unseen kicks off tonight with a party at the Hex!

Lately, the Hexagon Bar seems to be the place to kick-off anything worth doing.

Tonight, come on down for a SOUND UNSEEN CD LISTENING PARTY to help kick off the 2005 Sound Unseen film festival. The party will be hosted by DJ Jake Rudh as part of TRANSMISSION

Admission is free. Plus the Hex promises drink specials (yum) and more free stuff.

Hear Jake spin some of the best local music plus selections from his vast collection of CDs, watch local music videos, and just kick back.

Just don't ask Jake, "How's the house?" unless you're ready to buy the poor guy a beer and comiserate with him for a while about the forces of mother nature (including fallen trees and flooded basements.)

New group Randy Casey & the DeTractors" start Lee's residency Wednesday, October 5th

Randy Casey
has put together a new group, Randy Casey & the DeTractors, who start a residency at Lee's Liquor Lounge on Wednesdays beginning October 5.

Casey describes the group as "roots twang," and says they strive to redefine country rock. They will play Casey's original material as well as select classics.

Casey also hopes to encourage other area performers to make cameo appearances.

Randy Casey & The DeTrators line-up:

Randy Casey has recorded and toured with Shannon Curfman and shared stages with John Mellencamp, Mellisa Etheridge, Jimmy Vaughn and Meat Loaf. He was nominated for "Best Guitarist" by the Minnesota Music Academy in 2003.

Noah Levy (The Honeydogs, Golden Smog, Mason Jennings, Five for Fighting). One of the best-known drummers in the Twin Cities, Noah has played on hundreds of recordings.

Steve Price (Rex Daisy, 2 Tickets 2 Paradise) has recorded with several labels including Geffen Records. His production credits include music for the film "Dummy" (2003 Artisan Entertainment) and "The Osbournes" (2003 MTV). Steve was nominated in 2004 for “Bass Player of the Year” by the Minnesota Music Academy.

Joe Savage (Hookers 'n' Blow, Trailer Trash, Becky Thompson, Menage a Twang) is a pedal steel guitarist, and also plays harmonica, banjo, lap steel and Dobro guitars.