Wednesday MidDay Medley presents Steve Tulipana + Nathan Reusch + Phil Neal

Wednesday MidDay Medley
TEN to NOON Wednesdays – Streaming at KKFI.org
90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Steve Tulipana & Sie Lieben Maschinen
+ Nathan Reusch & Middle of the Map Fest +
Phil Neal & The Wornalls +

Mark plays more New & MidCoastal Releases from: Westerners, The Grisly Hand, Scott Hrabko & The Rabbits, Good Time Charley, Janet The Planet, Monta At Odds, The Bad Ideas, Phil Neal and The Wornalls, Sie Lieben Maschinen, Courtney Barnett, Sufjan Stevens, Bad Religion, and Fleetwood Mac.

Phil Neal and The Wornalls

Phil Neal and The Wornalls

At 10:30 Mark talks with veteran rock & roller, Phil Neal who has written over four dozen, what he calls “Midwestern Rock” songs. Phil was the first KC singer to have a song on MTV (March 23, 1982). Phil Neal’s band, The Artists, had a video in rotation on MTV, critical acclaim, and national management. When the band fell apart, Phil continued on, writing songs, and playing for over three decades, with several different bands, including The Rockhills, all while making a home and raising a family. For the last four years The Wornalls have joined Neal, to bring his songs to life, and record two critically acclaimed albums. Phil Neal & The Wornalls play recordBar, Saturday, March 28, at 7:00pm. More info at: http://www.reverbnation.com/philnealandthewornalls

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At 11:00 Nathan Reusch and Steven Ervay of The Record Machine join us to share more details about Middle of The Map Film Fest, April 8-12, Ink’s Middle of The Map Forum, April 15-17, and Ink’s Middle of The Map Music Fest, April 22-25. More info at: http://www.therecordmachine.net and http://www.middleofthemapfest.com

Steve Tulipana

Steve Tulipana

At 11:15, Steve Tulipana joins us for a conversation about his new musical adventure, Sie Lieben Maschinen. Steve Tulipana has been a part of many influential Kansas City based bands: Season To Risk, Pornhuskers, Unknown Pleasures, Roman Numerals, and Thee Water MoccaSins. Steve is also the creator and co-owner of recordBar and miniBar. For Sie Lieben Maschinen, Steve has reunited with his Season To Risk band mate, Josh Newton. Sie Lieben Maschinen will play Middle of The Map Fest, Saturday, April 25, at 7:45 at Ernie Biggs. More info at: http://sieliebenmaschinen.tumblr.com.

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Show #570

WMM Playlist from March 18, 2015

Wednesday MidDay Medley
TEN to NOON Wednesdays – Streaming at KKFI.org
90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Calvin Arsenia Live!
+ Matt Kesler & The Pedaljets
+ Patrick Alonzo Conway & Gamelan Genta Kasturi

1. “Main Title Instrumental – It’s Showtime Folks”
from: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to All That Jazz / 1980
[Wednesday MidDay Medley’s theme song]

2. TV On The Radio – “Happy Idiot”
from: Seeds / Harvest Records / November 17, 2014
[Formed in 2001 in Brooklyn, New York. The core lineup has been Tunde Adebimpe (vocals/loops), David Andrew Sitek (guitars/keyboards/loops), Kyp Malone (vocals/guitars/bass/loops), Jaleel Bunton (drums/vocals/loops/guitars) and Gerard Smith (bass/keyboards) as official members. Seeds is the 5th studio album. It is the band’s first album since the 2011 death of their bassist, Gerard Smith. Seeds was recorded in LA, at guitarist Dave Sitek’s Federal Prism home studio. Sitek also produced the record. Lead singer Tunde Adebimpe explained, “It was nice to be somewhere where you’re not exactly on the clock and worried about how much everything is costing you. It was pretty much the same situation as when we started making music.]

[TV on The Radio play The Midland Theatre, Saturday, March 21, with Nostalghia.]

10:07

3. Ivory Black – “Drive”
from: Drive – Single / CBM Records / March 10, 2015

[A native of Indiana, Ivory Black has lived in Oklahoma & Missouri, and is currently based in Lone Jack and performs solo in open mics and songwriter circles displaying looping techniques, layering rhythms and vocals. Currently working with AweStruck Studios in KC, Ivory released a single through CBM Records and is set to put out a new record this year.]

4. Chris Meck & The Guilty Birds – “Brave and Wreckless”
from: Brave and Wreckless – Single / Independent / February 10, 2015
[Chris Meck on lead guitar & vocals, Michelle Bacon on drums, Calandra Ysquierdo on bass guitar & vocals, Camry Ivory on keys & vocals. The band plans to release an EP in Spring 2015.]

[Chris Meck & The Guilty Birds play The MidCoast Takeover, Saturday, March 21, in Austin Texas.]

5. Josh Berwanger Band- “I Want You Bad”
from: Exorcism Rock / Good Land Records / To be released in May 2015
[Recorded at Element Recording with producer Doug Boehm. The current line up includes: Josh Berwanger, Ricky Salthouse, and Brian Klien. Josh Berwanger was previously in The Anniversary, a Kansas band that released, 2000’s Designing a Nervous Breakdown & 2002’s Your Majesty and sold over 100,000 records before breaking up on tour in Japan. Berwanger put together a new band, The Only Children, and released, 2004’s Change of Living & 2007’s Keeper of Youth. When Keeper of Youth ended Josh Berwanger took a break and became a high school basketball coach. In the 2012 Josh formed the Josh Berwanger band. Josh Berwanger recently recorded a 7 ” Split Single with Dwight Twilley for Good Land Records.]

[Josh Berwanger Band play The MidCoast Takeover, TONIGHT, Mar. 18, at Shangri La, in Austin.]
[Josh Berwanger Band play a Saddle Creek Showcase Mar. 19, at Stay Gold, Austin, TX.]
[Josh Berwanger Band play Riot Room, April 5, w/Swearing At Motorists, DTCV, & Schwervon!]
[Josh Berwanger Band play Middle of the Map Fest April 24 at Ernie Biggs.]

10:15

6. Various Blonde – “Scripted Future”
from: Summer High / Independent / July 29, 2014
[Produced By: Isaiah ” Ikey” Owens. Joshua Allen- Guitar/Vocals, Evanjohn Mcintosh- Bass, Mark Lomas- Drums/Percussioon, Eddie Moore- Keyboards/Rhodes. Conceived in 2008 by mutual friends and now the brainchild of Kansas City native Joshua Allen. The band presents a bombastic, dark alternative progressive style. Joshua Allen draws from a wide array of influences such as, Radiohead, Blonde Redhead, Mike Patton, Iggy Pop and The Stooges, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Led Zepplin, Yes, King Crimson, Can, Mahavishnu Orchestra, The Mars Volta Miles Davis, Mogwai, and Jimi Hendrix. Since 2009 Various Blonde has opened for national acts, Russian Circles, Free Moral Agents, Zechs Marquise, Dead Meadow, Imaad Wasif, Jucifer,The Memorials, Thursday, Matt Pryor, Murder by Death, Fang Island, Bang Camaro, Electric Sixx. They have been described in words such as “sonic devastation” and deliver a show all their own.]

[Various Blonde play The MidCoast Takeover at Shangri La in Austin Sat, March 21.]
[Various Blonde play recordBar Tues, March 24, with Jorge Arana Trio, Dams, & Riala.]

7. Victor & Penny – “Salt (Live)”
from: Live At the Living Room Theatre / Independent / January 10, 2015
[3rd release for Kansas City based duo, and sometimes quartet with and their Loose Change Orchestra. Victor & Penny are Jeff Freling (Blue Man Group, Chicago) who attended Berklee School of Music, and Erin McGrane (George Clooney’s, “Up in the Air” and the cabaret troupe, “Alacartoona”). Erin is a recipient of an Inspiration Grant from the Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City as well as a Mid-America Arts Alliance Grant for Professional Development. Victor & Penny have been touring the USA for the last three years and were awarded a 2013 Escape to Create Artist Residency.]

[Victor & Penny and their Loose Change Orchestra play Knuckleheads, TONIGHT, March 18, with Mikal Shapiro & Chad Brothers opening.]

8. Rocky Volotavo – “The Hereafter”
from: Hospital Handshakes / No Sleep Records / April 21, 2015
[Born in Dallas, Texas, in 1977 his mother remarried and moved the family to the Pacific Northwest in 1991. Alienated by his southern roots, the isolation led him to focus all of his attention on learning to play guitar and writing songs. In 1996, Votolato, started playing under the name Waxwing. The band signed with Second Nature Recordings out of Kansas City, MO. The band then released three full-length albums. In 1999, Votolato branched out as a solo artist touring with Damien Jurado, Small Brown Bike, The Get Up Kids, The New Amsterdams, Owen and The Casket Lottery, members of the latter having provided assistance as backing musicians on occasion. He has been married to his wife, April Votolato, for over 10 years, and they live in Seattle with their two children.]

[Rocky Volotavo plays a Living Room Show in Kansas City Sat, Night, March 21.]

9. Shades of Jade – “Dynasty”
from: Fingerprinted Memories pt. 1 / Independent / September 21, 2013
[Members include conservatory trained artists: Joshua Williams on Trumpet & Flugelhorn, Desmond Mason on Keyboards, Justin McCoy on Percussion, Perry DJStix Holliday on Percussion, Derrick Greenwood on Bass/Guitar, Dominique Sanders on Bass, and Linnaia McKenzie on Vocals.]

[Shades of Jade play The Tank Room on Friday, March 20.]

10:28 – Underwriting

10:30– Interview with Patrick Alonzo Conway

Patrick Alonzo Conway is a Kansas City based composer, performer, educator, and independent musician. He holds a Masters in Music Composition from the UMKC Conservatory of Music. He was a founding member of newEar, and he works with Terrestrial Consort, Peoples Liberation Big Band of Greater Kansas City, Own/Cox Dance Group, Mambo DeLeon, Chris Hazelton’s Boogaloo 7, and BCR. He is a 2012 recipient of the Charlotte Street Foundation Generative Performing Artist Fellow Award. Patrick Alonzo Conway is also the Director of Gamelan Genta Kasturi.

Gamelan Genta Kasturi performs Saturday, March 21, 2015, at 7:00 pm, at Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral, Founder’s Hall, 1415 W. 13th Street, KCMO.

For over 12 years KC’s community Balinese gamelan orchestra, Gamelan Genta Kasturi, has been presenting community concerts.

Founder I Ketút Gedé Asnawa and family is joining the group for their next concert.

Gamelan Genta Kasturi with Balinese Guest Artists under the direction of I Ketút Gedé Asnawa, featuring dancers Putu Oka Mardiani Asnawa, Yunirika Asnawa & Yonitika Asnawa

The group’s founder and family return in a special concert of Balinese Music & Dance featuring original compositions by Mr. Asnawa and traditional classics. Last KC performance was June of 2009!

FREE & Open to the Public -donations accepted-
http://www.gamelangentakasturi.org

Mr. Asnawa will lead the group; his wife Putu Oka Mardiani and two daughters Yunirika and Yonitika will perform several dance numbers. Featured works include three of his original compositions: “Sekar Taman” Dance (Flowers in the Garden), “Gita Genta Kasturi” (written for the group) and “Gilak Walipraja” along with three other Balinese classics: “Siwa Natha” (King Shiva), “Baris Tunggal” Dance depicting a solo warrior, “Margapati” Dance depicting a sleeping lion and “Oleg Tamulilingan” Dance which portrays the interaction of male and female bumblebees. Also included on the program will be current ensemble director Patrick Alonzo Conway’s gamelan arrangement of Sun Ra’s “Angels & Demons at Play”.

Mr. Asnawa has been faculty at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in conjunction with the Robert E. Brown Center For World Music since leaving Kansas City in 2006. He and his family maintain an active schedule performing, teaching and promoting Balinese Cultural Arts.

Gamelan Genta Kasturi, premiered a large scale collaborative work in 2011 featuring his Patrick Alonzo Conway’s original composition Angels & Demons at Play through Urban Culture Project and ArtSounds. Shortly thereafter, Gamelan Genta Kasturi was awarded Studio Space through the Charlotte Street/Urban Culture Project Studio Residency Program.

A gamelan is a traditional musical ensemble from Indonesia, typically from the islands of Java and Bali, featuring a variety of instruments such as metallophones, xylophones, kendang (drums) & gongs; bamboo flutes, bowed & plucked strings. Vocalists may also be included. For most Indonesians, gamelan music is an integral part of Indonesian culture.

The term refers more to the set of instruments than to the players of those instruments. A gamelan is a set of instruments as a distinct entity, built and tuned to stay together – instruments from different gamelan are generally not interchangeable.

Patrick Alonzo Conway plays with other bands including: Chris Hazelton’s Boogaloo 7, newEar, BCR, and The People’s Liberation Big Band of Greater Kansas City who have been named as headliners for the 2015 Wichita Jazz Fest.

Kansas City’s community Balinese gamelan orchestra, Gamelan Genta Kasturi performs Saturday, March 21, 2015, at 7:00 pm, at Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral, Founder’s Hall, 1415 W. 13th Street, KCMO. More info at: http://www.gamelangentakasturi.org.

11:45

10. Ruth Acuff – “Dark Blue Dark Green”
from: To The Moon / Nation of Love / November 22, 2014
[Ruth Acuff sings with an angelic voice. Playing a 34 string lever harp, she is accompanied by her husband Jeff Mueller on upright bass, and her sister, Mary Leibovich on harmony vocals and percussion. Joining the trio for this song is Susan Acuff on harmony vocals, Greg Spillman on Cello, John Shafer on Trumpet.]

[Ruth Acuff plays MidCoast Takeover at Shangri La in Austin Thursday, March 19.]

10:50 – Interview with Matt Kesler

The Pedaljets

The Pedaljets

Matt Kesler is part of the rock and roll foundation of the Kansas City Music Scene. He is one of the founding members of The PedalJets, a band that formed in Lawrence, Kansas in 1984. The Pedaljets 2013 release What’s In Between, was #1 on our The 113 Best Recordings of 2013. What’s In Between also won a Pitch Music Award for Album of the Year. The Pedaljets have been back in the studio and are getting ready to release a new record with their new lead guitarist Cody Wyoming. Mat Kesler also plays with The Doo-Dads, Midtown Quartet, Howard Iceberg & The Titanics, and was proprietor of Midwestern Musical Company. Matt will be taking I-35 South to play with The Pedaljets at Midwestern Music Foundation’s 6th annual MidCoast Takeover, Saturday, March 21, at 10:00 pm, at Shangri La, in Austin, Texas, during SXSW More info at: http://www.thepedaljets.com

On December 12, 2014, The Pedaljets played Wednesday MidDay Medley’s 10 Anniversary Show at Davey’s Uptown with The Philistines and Dolls on Fire.

The Pedaljets also played Apocalypse Meow.

10:56

11. The Pedaljets – “Down To Downtown”
from: a pre-production demo for untitled new album / to be released in 2015
[Recorded at Massive Sound Studio, engineered by Paul Malinowski, copyright 2015]

11:00 – Station ID

The Pedaljets:
Mike Allmayer on lead vocals & guitar,
Cody Wyoming on guitar & vocals,
Mat Kesler on bass & vocals
Rob Morrow on drums & vocals

The Pedaljets sound as good as ever.

The British music press, Uncut and Mojo, are big fans of The Pedaljets.

Matt will be taking I-35 South to play with The Pedaljets at Midwestern Music Foundation’s 6th annual MidCoast Takeover, Saturday, March 21, at 10:00 pm, at Shangri La, in Austin, Texas, during SXSW More info at: http://www.thepedaljets.com

12. The Pedaljets – “Uncounted Heads”
from: a pre-production demo for untitled new album / to be released in 2015
[Recorded at Massive Sound Studio, engineered by Paul Malinowski, copyright 2015]

[The Pedaljets play Midwestern Music Foundation’s 6th annual MidCoast Takeover, Saturday, March 21, at 10:00 pm, at Shangri La, in Austin, Texas, during SXSW]

11:09 – Underwriting
11:10

13. Tycho – “Awake”
from: Awake / Ghostly International / March 17, 2014
[Scott Hansen, born 1976 or 1977, is professionally known as Tycho (Tai-ko), an American ambient music artist and producer from San Francisco, California, who is known as ISO50 for his photographic and design works. His music is a combination of downtempo vintage-style synthesizers and ambient melodies. The style of his music is very organic, typically incorporating clips of the human element into his songs (i.e. weather broadcasts, simple talking, or even breathing).]

[Tycho plays the Granada in Lawrence, KS, Saturday, March 21.]

11:15 – Interview with Calvin Arsenia

24 year old Calvin Arsenia returns to Wednesday MidDay Medley after most recently joining us on October 22, 2014. His 2014 EP, Moments, was in the Top Ten, of our 114 Best Recordings of 2014. Calvin Arsenia recently came home to KC after living in Edinburgh, Scotland. Standing at 6 foot 5 inches, Arsenia’s powerful vocals span a 3.5 octave range, while playing piano, guitar and harp. Calvin Arsenia has written, arranged and produced 5 EPs including Prose, his new 9-song collection, released February 3, 2015. Recorded over the course of three live sessions at Edinburgh’s Napier University.

Calvin Arsenia plays Records with Merritt, 1614 Westport Road, in a special In-Store performance, Saturday, March 21, at 6:00 pm. Calvin Arsenia also plays The Tank Room, Friday, March 27 with musician Jonathan Theobald.

Since we last talked with Calvin Arsenia on the radio he has been very busy, releasing a new EP, playing several showcases at Folk Alliance International Conference, and being accepted into the Artist Inc program.

Calvin’s abilities are playing piano, guitar, harp and working as a songwriter, composer, lyricist, producer, and engineer.

Calvin Arsenia made his debut as a performer in early 2010.

11:21

14. Calvin Arsenia – “Silhouette”
from: Prose / Independent / February 3, 2015
[Recorded over the course of three live sessions at Edinburgh’s Napier University. Produced by Graham Coe. Engineered by David O’Leary. Music and Lyrics: Calvin Arsenia, with Fiona Reid & Liselot Van Oosterom on Vocals, Graham Coe on Cello, Mark Smith on Percussion, Lyle Watt on Guitar Calvin Arsenia on Vocals & Guitar & Piano.]

Calvin Arsenia was recently accepted into the Artist INC professional development program for artists in the Kansas City metro area and across the Mid-America Arts Alliance five state region.

11:30

Calvin Arsenia plays live on the March 18, 2015 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley.

Calvin Arsenia plays live on the March 18, 2015 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley.

15. Calvin Arsenia – “Cardiac” (LIVE)

Calvin Arsenia plays every Thursday, 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Simply Reinspired in Olathe, KS.

Influences: Bjork, Dirty Projectors, Joanna Newsom, Sufjan Stevens

11:38

16. Calvin Arsenia – “Advocate”
from: Prose / Independent / February 3, 2015

Calvin Arsenia plays Records with Merritt in a special in-store performance, March 21, at 6:00 pm. Calvin Arsenia also plays The Tank Room, Friday, March 27 with musician Jonathan Theobald. More info at: http://www.calvinarsenia.com

11:45

17. Of Montreal – “Virgilian Lots”
from: Aureate Gloom / Polyvinyl / February 27, 2015
[Athens, Georgia based rock band, founded by frontman Kevin Barnes in 1996, named after a failed romance with a woman “of Montreal.” The band is one of the bands of the Elephant 6 collective. Of Montreal’s musical style has evolved from vaudeville and Beatles-influenced psychedelic twee pop to a mixture of electronica, funk, glam, and afrobeat music influenced by Prince and David Bowie. Aureate Gloomis the band’s 13th studio album.]

[of Montreal plays The Granada Theatre in Lawrence, KS, Wednesday, April 1, with Yip Receiver.]

11:50

18. Adriana Nikole – “Vibration”
from: Vibration – Single / Polyvinyl / February 27, 2015
[Originally from Detroit, Adriana Nikole was born and raised in Michigan. She loved singing but was too shy to share her voice until her mid 20’s when she started playing ukulele & writing songs. She moved to Nashville and started playing guitar. In Sept 2012 she moved to KC where she found a welcoming home in the local music community. She is currently recording music with Saunders Street Records, has released a single on iTunes, and is recording new music. Adriana is performs a solo artist and now also with a band. She also sings with Anna Cole and the Other Lovers.]

[Adriana Nikole presents The Adriana Nikole Show, Tomorrow night, Thurs, Mar. 19 at 7pm at Coda.]

11:55

19. Sylvan Esso -“Coffee”
from: Sylvan Esso / Partisan / May 13, 2014
[Indie folk band formed in Durham, North Carolina with singer Amelia Meath (of Mountain Man) and producer Nick Sanborn (of Megafaun). On July 9, 2014, they made their network television debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, performing the single “Coffee.”]

[Slyvan Esso play The Bottleneck in Lawrence, KS, Friday, March 20, with Flock of Dimes.]

11:59:30

20. Noel Coward – “The Party’s Over Now”
from: Noel Coward in New York / drg / 2003 [orig. 1957]

Sources for notes: artist’s websites, bios, wikipedia.org

Next week on March 25, Phil Neal of Phil Neal and The Wornalls returns to the show, we’ll also talk with Nathan Reusch about Middle of The Map Fest, and Steve Tulipana will join us to talk about his new musical adventure Sie lieben Machinen.

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Guests of Wednesday MidDay Medley meet guests of ARTSPEAK RADIO, with Calvin Arsenia, Renee Cinderhouse, Hector Casanova Cinderhouse, and ARTSPEAK RADIO host/producer - Maria Vasquez Boyd.

Guests of Wednesday MidDay Medley meet guests of ARTSPEAK RADIO, with Calvin Arsenia, Renee Cinderhouse, Hector Casanova Cinderhouse, and ARTSPEAK RADIO host/producer – Maria Vasquez Boyd.

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Show #569

Wednesday MidDay Medley presents Calvin Arsenia + Matt Kesler & The Pedaljets + Gamelan Genta Kasturi

Wednesday MidDay Medley
TEN to NOON Wednesdays – Streaming at KKFI.org
90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Calvin Arsenia Live!
+ Matt Kesler & The Pedaljets
+ Patrick Alonzo Conway & Gamelan Genta Kasturi

Mark plays more New & MidCoastal Releases from: Chris Meck & The Guilty Birds, The Pedaljets, Ivory Black, Josh Berwanger Band, Shades of Jade, Various Blonde, Ruth Acuff, Victor & Penny, Adriana Nikole, Of Montreal, Tycho, Sylvan Esso, TV On The Radio, and more.

At 10:30 Patrick Alonzo Conway joins us to discuss Gamelan Genta Kasturi and their upcoming show, Saturday, March 21, 2015, at 7:00 pm, at Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral, Founder’s Hall, 1415 W. 13th Street, KCMO. More info at: http://www.gamelangentakasturi.org.

The Pedaljets

The Pedaljets

At 10:45 Matt Kesler joins us to play a brand new tracks from The Pedaljets. Matt Kesler is one of the founding members of The Pedaljets. He also plays with The Doo-Dads, Midtown Quartet, Howard Iceberg & The Titanics, and was proprietor of Midwestern Musical Company. More info at: http://www.thepedaljets.com

Calvin Arsenia

Calvin Arsenia

At 11:15 Calvin Arsenia plays LIVE in our 90.1 FM Studios. Calvin Arsenia recently came home to KC after living in Edinburgh, Scotland. Standing at 6 foot 5 inches, Arsenia’s powerful vocals span a 3.5 octave range, while playing piano, guitar and harp. Calvin Arsenia has written, arranged and produced 5 EPs including Prose, his new 9-song collection, released February 3, 2015. Recorded over the course of three live sessions at Edinburgh’s Napier University. Calvin Arsenia plays Records with Merritt in a special in-store performance, March 21, at 6:00 pm. More info at: http://www.calvinarsenia.com

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Show #569

WMM Playlist from March 11, 2015

Wednesday MidDay Medley
TEN to NOON Wednesdays – Streaming at KKFI.org
90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Black Pearl Sings + The Waspmen & The Cave Girls
+ The Record Machine + Psychic Heat

1. “Main Title Instrumental – It’s Showtime Folks”
from: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to All That Jazz / 1980
[Wednesday MidDay Medley’s theme song]

2. Viet Cong – “Silhouettes”
from: Viet Cong / Jagjaguar Records / January 20, 2015
[Canadian indie rock band formed in Calgary, Alberta in 2012. The group consists of two ex-members of the rock band Women, vocalist/bassist Matt Flegel and drummer Mike Wallace, as well as guitarists Scott Munro and Daniel Christiansen. The group’s musical style has been described as “labyrinthine post-punk.”]

[Viet Cong play recordBar TONIGHT, March 11, with Muscle Worship.]

10:07

3. The Philistines – “Twitch of the Death Nerve”
from: New Single from The Philistines forthcoming debut LP / To be released this summer
[KC based rock ‘n roll/pop band with a psychedelic bent, made up of: Kimmie Queen on lead vocals; Cody Wyoming on lead guitar and vocals; Rod Peal on guitar; Michelle Bacon on bass; Josh Mobley on keyboard, Steve Gardels on drums. Recorded and mixed with Paul Malinowski at Massive Sound, mastered by Dave Gaume.]

[The Philistines play Austin at MidCoast Takeover on Friday, March 20. Their next KC show is April 25 at Middle of the Map Fest at The Riot Room.]

4. Wyatt West – “Voiles Chatoyantes”
from: Voiles Chatoyantes – Single / Independent / February 10, 2015
[Andi Fredrickson: vocals, Aaron Simcox: tenor sax, Wyatt West: piano, Max Berry: guitar, James Albright: bass, Scotty McBee: drums. Recorded at LA Audio, Lynn Allred, engineer. Mixed and mastered by Joel Nanos at Element Recording.]

10:15 – Interview with Walter Coppage and Nedra Dixon

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Spinning Tree Theatre is presenting the Kansas City premiere of “Black Pearl Sings,” on stage through March 22, at Just Off Broadway Theatre, 3051 Penn Valley Drive, KCMO. Written by Frank Higgins, directed by Walter Coppage, this acclaimed play features Nedra Dixon as Pearl, an African-American woman with a powerful voice in a Texas prison, and Vanessa Severo as Susannah, an ambitious song collector for the Library of Congress. More info at: http://www.spinningtreetheatre.com

Walter Coppage has appeared with The Steppenwolf Theatre Company, The Studio Theatre in Washington, DC, The Kansas City Repertory Theatre, The St. Louis Black Repertory Theatre, The Coterie, KC Actors Theatre and The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, and has played principal roles in feature films and television. He is a founding member of KC Actors Theatre, an Advisory Board member for The KC FilmFest and KC Jubilee and is The Unicorn Theatre’s Actor Ambassador for the National New Play Network. You may recognize his voice from his broadcasting and voice over work.

Nedra Dixon is a professional actress, and singer who has performed at the White House, the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, and Madison Square Garden, on Broadway, Off Broadway, national tours, regional theaters, and in Kansas City at The Unicorn, The Coterie, American Heartland Theatre, and many others. She is a featured vocalist on 12th Street Jump, the locally-produced jazz radio show that is broadcast on 110 NPR stations nationwide, and is a proud member of the Kansas City vocal jazz trio, Book of Gaia, with Angela Hagenbach and Pamela Baskin-Watson.

“Black Pearl Sings” has been produced all over, Washington DC, Portland, San Jose, Chicago, bit this is the Kansas City premiere of a play written by Kansas City based playwright Frank Higgins, perhaps Kansas City’s most famous playwright, this seems like perfect choice for Spinning Tree Theatre, one of KC newest Equity Theatres.

Walter Coppage talked about how he learned about this play and how it became the show where he made his directorial debut.

Nedra Dixon plays Alberta “Pearl” Johnson, described in one review as, “doing hard time in a Texas prison after visiting Lorena Bobbitt–style vengeance on a man with the devil in his hands.”

This is not a musical, by definition, however there are a lot of songs in this show, making it a play with music.

“Playwright Frank Higgins was inspired by the real-life relationship between legendary singer/guitarist Huddie William Ledbetter, Lead Belly) and Harvard folk musicologist John Lomax, who helped petition for Ledbetter’s release from prison, and later became his manager. Lomax figured, rightly, that African Americans in prison were more likely to be unaffected by popular music of the time, thus retaining early musical influences.”

Vanessa Severo plays Susannah, a song collector for the Library of Congress. “People with good voices tend to know a lot of songs,” Susannah observes, hoping Pearl will offer up an unknown song to help further her academic career. Pearl makes the decision to share her songs and voice when Susannah offers to help search for Pearl’s 22-year-old daughter, who is missing from her Houston neighborhood.

So much about this play depends on the two actress, who alone bring this play and these characters to life each night on stage.

Spinning Tree Theatre presents the KC premiere of “Black Pearl Sings,” on stage through March 22, at Just Off Broadway Theatre, 3051 Penn Valley Drive, KCMO. Written by Frank Higgins, directed by Walter Coppage, this acclaimed play features Nedra Dixon as Pearl, and Vanessa Severo as Susannah. More info at: http://www.spinningtreetheatre.com

10:29 – Underwriting
10:30

5. The Thunderclaps – “7 Doos, No Donts”
from: The Thunderclaps / Independent / August 17, 2014
[Colin Blunt – Drums and Bryce Jones – vocals and Guitar. Bryce works as an English teacher in Salina, KS.]

[The Thunderclaps play MidCoast Takeover Fundraiser at The Brick, Saturday, March 14, with Bottle Breakers, Federation of Horsepower, and Dsodean.]

6. The Waspmen – “Again”
from: First Stings First / Independent / March 14, 2015
[Ian Griggs on vocals, Elan Portnoy on guitar, Jim McCormack on bass, and Dave Storms on drums.]

[The Waspmen play a CD Release show Sat, March 14, at 7:00 pm at recordBar, with The Cave Girls.]

10:35 – Interview with Elan Portnoy, Jim McCormack, & Robin Campbell

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Members of the bands: The Waspmen and The Cave Girls joined us in our 90.1 FM Studios to give us all the details about The Waspmen’s CD release show at recordBar, 1020 Westport Rd, this Saturday night, March 14, at 7:00 pm.
Congratulations on the new CD, First Stings First, recorded at Destiny Audio in Independence.

The Waspmen’s new song “Again,” is getting play on Sirius Radio.

In the 1980s, Elan Portney, was a lead guitarist of the New York City band The Fuzztones and played in shows alongside The Clash, The Damned, The Cramps, R.E.M. and Midnight Oil. In the late 1980s, Elan played with the NYC based band, The Headless Horsemen. The band reunited in 2013.

Elan Portnoy – lead guitar, and Jim McCormack, bassist, discussed how The Waspmen originally formed.

Robin Campbell, talked about how The Cave Girls and The Waspmen were brought together for this show, in a perfect pairing of celebrated “garage bands.”

10:44

7. The Waspmen – “You’re Gonna Miss Me”
from: First Stings First / Independent / March 14, 2015
[Ian Griggs on vocals, Elan Portnoy on guitar, Jim McCormack on bass, and Dave Storms on drums.]

First Stings First, was recorded at Destiny Audio and produced by The Waspmen.

The Cave Girls are: Robin Campbell on voice and guitar, Stone Age Sara (Teasley) on vocals and drums, and Lizz Weiler on vocals and bass. The Cave Girls have been recording new songs, and have plans for an upcoming release.

The Cave Girls have been invited to be a part of a new compilation Tribute album celebrating the songs of the band The Pandoras.

11:55

8. The Cave Girls – “Let’s Do Right”
from: A Tribute to The Pandoras / Independent / 2015
[The Cave Girls are: Robin Campbell on voice and guitar, Stone Age Sara Teasley on vocals & drums, and Lizz Weiler on vocals & bass.]

[The Cave Girls will open for The Waspmen CD Release show Sat, March 14, at 7:00 pm at recordBar, 1020 Westport Rd.]

10:58 – Station ID

9. Ghastly Menace – “Ain’t Gonna Cry”
from: Songs of Ghastly Menace / The Record Machine / January 27, 2015
[6-piece band made up of: Andy Schroeder, Chris Geick, Pat Lawlor, Kody Nixon, Michael Heringhaus, and Clint Weber. Formed in Chicago, IL. in 2010, initially the group started as a recording project between two friends. Songs of Ghastly Menace, marks the group’s first full band effort. Recorded in collaboration with songwriter/producer Nigel Dennis, the album expands greatly upon the experimentation and stylistic range of 2010’s Pitcairn EP. ]

[Ghastly Menace will play The Middle of The Map Fest, April 25]

11:02 – Interview with Nathan Reusch and Alex Ellis

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Now in it’s 5th year, Ink’s Middle of the Map Fest, curated by The Record Machine, returns to Kansas City, with an extra day, running April 22-25, featuring local, national, international and emerging talent. Ink’s Middle of the Map Fest is the brainchild of Nathan Reusch co-founder of The Record Machine now in their 11th year.

Alex Ellis, a multi-instrumentalist originally from Seattle, and now based in Kansas City. Alex has been writing songs for the past 17 years, and works as AE|Beats, as a songwriter/composer, audio engineer and producer. Alex received a masters in music business from Berkley School of Music, and is working with The Record Machine.

Ghastly Menace, is one of The Record Machine’s newest bands whom will be playing Middle of the Map Fest – April 22-25

MOTM

Wednesday, April 22 at The Uptown – OK GO / The Republic Tigers

Thursday, April 23 at The Uptown
– Iron & Wine / Strand of Oaks / Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear / Sean Rowe

Friday, April 24 in Various Venues in Westport

Saturday, April 25 in Various Venues in Westport …100+ bands

VENUES
Uptown Theater (Wed/Thurs)
Outdoor Stage (Fri/Sat) ALL AGES – parking lot in Westport /
Ernie Biggs 4115 Mill Street / recordBar 1020 Westport Road /
Riot Room (inside) 4048 Broadway / Riot Room (outside) 4048 Broadway /
Westport Saloon 4112 Pennsylvania / Mills Record Company (Sat) 314 Westport Road

DAY PARTIES AND SHOWCASES
90.9 The Bridge Day Party w/ Jon Hart (Saturday at rB)

Eight One Sixty from 90.9 The Bridge Day Party w/ Sarah Bradshaw
(Saturday at Riot outside)

90.1 FM – Wednesday MidDay Medley KKFI Day Party w/ Mark Manning
(Sat. at Westport Saloon)
with: Not A Planet, The Big Iron, The Project H, She’s A Keeper, and The Lucky

I Heart Local Music and 90.9 KJHK Day Party (Saturday at Riot inside)

The Record Machine Day Party (Saturday at the Outdoor Stage)

Tim Finn’s Back To Rockville Singer-Songwriter Showcase (Sat at Mills Record Company)

The festival has also grown to include Ink’s Middle of the Map Forum (a civic minded arts, tech, culture conference) and Ink’s Middle of the Map Film Fest (5 days of films at Alamo Drafthouse).

Many of The Record Machine bands: La Guerre, The Noise FM, The Westerners, are also playing The 6th Annual MidCoast Takeover, next week, at The Shangri La, in Austin Texas, Wednesday March 18 through Saturday, March 21.

Nathan, will be with us again in 2 weeks and on March 25, and on April 15 for our special 120 minutes of Music from The Middle of The Map with Chris Haghirian.

For more information about The Record Machine, The MidCoast Takeover, and The Middle of The Map Fest, April 22-25. More info at: http://www.therecordmachine.net, http://www.midwestmusicfound.org, and http://www.middleofthemapfest.com

11:15

10. The Noise FM – “Every Other Word”
from: Attraction / The Record Machine / January 28, 2014
[Formed in 2005 by Fort Scott, KS. brothers Alex Ward on vocals, keyboard, guitar & Austin Ward on drums, vocals. In 2007 the band moved to Lawrence. In 2010 they relocated to Chicago. The band performs live as a trio with Barry Kidd playing bass.]

[The Noise FM, play recordBar, Sat, Mar 14, at 10pm w/ Me Like Bees, Archie Powell & The Exports.]

[The Noise FM play Austin at MidCoast Takeover on Friday, March 20. Their next KC show is April 25 at Middle of the Map Fest at Riot Room.]

11:18 – Underwriting

11:20 – Interview with Steve/Evan Herd, Tanner Spreer, Sam Boatright, and Joel Kuhn and Rolf Peterman.

Psychic Heat photo by: Chelsea Donoho Photography

Psychic Heat photo by: Chelsea Donoho Photography

11. Psychic Heat – “Stargazer” (LIVE)
also available on: Lighter and Brighter / Whatever Forever Tapes / March 13, 2015
[Cassette reissue of 2013 EP Lighter and Higher on side A with Live Performances of those songs on Side B. Steve/Evan Herd on guitar and vocals, Tanner Spreer on guitar, Sam Boatright on bass and vocals, and Ricky Barkosky on drums. You can learn about their music at: http://www.psychicheat.bandcamp.com

[Psychic Heat play The Bottleneck, Friday, March 13, at 9:00 pm with Gnarly Davidson, and The Sluts. The show celebrates the reissue of their EP, Lighter and Brighter’s new cassette release, through Whatever Forever Tapes.]

[Psychic Heat also plays The MidCaost Takeover, Saturday, March 21, in Austin Texas.]

Members of Psychic Heat include: Steve/Evan Herd on guitar and vocals, Tanner Spreer on guitar, Sam Boatright on bass and vocals, and Ricky Barkosky on drums. For today’s show for the next few weeks, Joel Kuhn will be filling in on drums for Ricky Barkosky (who is currently in Europe.)

I Heart Local Music of Lawrence wrote that Psychic Heat, “like to color outside the lines” this is in reference to the band’s live shows. Evan has been know to leave the stage completely to deliver vocals from somewhere in the audience.

Evan Herd, Tanner Spreer, and others work at the Mercantile Cooperative grocery store in Lawrence.

Evan Herd told Natalie Gallagher in an interview with The Pitch last year, “I think we all struggle from anxiety, and Psychic Heat has been a great outlet for us to destroy that. It’s this anxiety-killing way to express ourselves.”

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11:32

12. Psychic Heat – “Mortal Concept” (LIVE)
also available on: Lighter and Brighter / Whatever Forever Tapes / March 13, 2015
[Cassette reissue of 2013 EP Lighter and Higher on side A with Live Performances of those songs on Side B. Steve/Evan Herd on guitar and vocals, Tanner Spreer on guitar, Sam Boatright on bass and vocals, and Ricky Barkosky on drums.]

Evan Herd, is son of artist Stan Herd.

11:44

13. Psychic Heat – “Ambience” (LIVE)
also available on: Lighter and Brighter / Whatever Forever Tapes / March 13, 2015
[Cassette reissue of 2013 EP Lighter and Higher on side A with Live Performances of those songs on Side B. Steve/Evan Herd on guitar and vocals, Tanner Spreer on guitar, Sam Boatright on bass and vocals, and Ricky Barkosky on drums.]

Psychic Heat play The Bottleneck, Friday, March 13, at 9:00 pm with Gnarly Davidson, and The Sluts. The show celebrates the reissue of their EP, Lighter and Brighter’s new cassette release, through Whatever Forever Tapes.

11:50

14. Hudson Falcons – “Soul Salvation”
from: Peace of Mind / East Grand Record Co. / March 10, 2015
[New Jersey band formed by Mark Linsky recording and touring for over 15 years. Known for their rock & roll and punk political songs for the working class. Music writers have compared their sound to both The Ramones and The Replacements.]

[Hudson Falcons play Davey’s Uptown, Sat, Mar 14, 2015, w/ Red Kate, Dressed For The Occasion, and The Uncouth.]

11:55:30

15. Nicholas St. James – “The Good Kind”
from: Honeysuckle / Independent / July 26, 2014
[Bio from www:nicholasstjames.com: Nicholas St. James is a folk troubadour who is more a throwback to Vaudeville than the Dust Bowl; a master of both acoustic and electric performance. The dedication and ferociousness with which he performs is worth the price of admission alone, but then there are the songs… His songs tell tales of deceased mothers, down-on-their-luck working men, drunks and encounters with strangers. Nicholas’ sound is one-part gypsy and one-part blues while honoring and expanding on the genre Americana. …and he helped me push my stalled Toyota Land Cruiser out of the middle of Main Street and into a parking lot nearby.]

[Nicholas St. James plays The Bottleneck, Tuesday, March 17, in an early show at 2:00 pm with Carswell & Hope, and Dr. Cotton.]

11:59:30

20. Noel Coward – “The Party’s Over Now”
from: Noel Coward in New York / drg / 2003 [orig. 1957]

Next week on March 18, Patrick Alonzo Conway joins us to discuss Gamelan Genta Kasturi and their upcoming show, Saturday, March 21, 2015, at 7:00 pm, at Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral, Founder’s Hall, 1415 W. 13th Street, KCMO. More info at: http://www.gamelangentakasturi.org. Also, Matt Kesler joins us to play a brand new tracks from The Pedaljets. In 2nd hour, Calvin Arsenia plays LIVE in our 90.1 FM Studios.

90.1 FM’s crystal clear, 100,000 watt signal, delivers some of the best quality of sound you will hear in the metro’s radio airwaves.

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Show #568

Wednesday MidDay Medley presents Psychic Heat + The Record Machine + The Waspmen & The Cave Girls + Black Pearl Sings

Wednesday MidDay Medley
TEN to NOON Wednesdays – Streaming at KKFI.org
90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Black Pearl Sings + The Waspmen & The Cave Girls
+ The Record Machine + Psychic Heat

We will premiere new music from The Philistines on the next Wednesday MidDay Medley.

We will premiere new music from The Philistines on the next Wednesday MidDay Medley.

Mark premieres brand new music from: The Philistines, Wyatt West, and the latest releases from: The Waspmen, Psychic Heat, Hudson Falcons, Ghastly Menace, The Noise FM, The Cave Girls, Viet Cong, Nicolas Saint James, The Thunderclaps, and more.

At 10:15, company members of Spinning Tree Theatre join us to talk about the KC premiere of “Black Pearl Sings,” on stage through March 22, at Just Off Broadway Theatre, 3051 Penn Valley Drive, KCMO. Written by Frank Higgins, directed by Walter Coppage, this acclaimed play features Nedra Dixon as Pearl, an African-American woman with a powerful voice in a Texas prison, and Vanessa Severo as Susannah, an ambitious song collector for the Library of Congress. More info at: http://www.spinningtreetheatre.com

At 10:30 Mark talks with members of the bands: The Waspmen and The Cave Girls who will share the stage for The Waspmen’s CD release show at recordBar, 1020 Westport Rd, March 14, at 7:00 pm. We’ll hear tracks from The Waspmen’s new recording.

At 11:00 Nathan Reusch and Alex Ellis of The Record Machine join us to talk about SXSW, The MidCoast Takeover, and The Middle of The Map Fest, April 22-25. More info at: http://www.therecordmachine.net and http://www.middleofthemapfest.com

Psychic Heat photo by: Chelsea Donoho Photography

Psychic Heat photo by: Chelsea Donoho Photography

At 11:15 the band Psychic Heat from Lawrence, Kansas, will play LIVE in our 90.1 FM Studios. Members of Psychic Heat include: Steve/Evan Herd on guitar and vocals, Tanner Spreer on guitar, Sam Boatright on bass and vocals, and Ricky Barkosky on drums. You can learn about their music at: http://www.psychicheat.bandcamp.com/ Psychic Heat play The Bottleneck, Friday, March 13, at 9:00 pm with Gnarly Davidson, and The Sluts. This is Psychic Heat’s first show since New Year’s Eve and celebrates the reissue of their EP, Lighter and Brighter’s new cassette release, through Whatever Forever Tapes with an additional unreleased B side and full live performances added.

On your local radio dial 90.1 FM or
STREAMING LIVE at: kkfi.org

Show #568

WMM Playlist from March 11, 2015

Wednesday MidDay Medley
TEN to NOON Wednesdays – Streaming at KKFI.org
90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Spinning Records With Merritt + La Guerre

Marion Merritt

Marion Merritt

Our good friend, Marion Merritt, joined us Guest Producer & Co-Host, to share information from her musically-encyclopedic-brain. After 18 years as Manager of the Music Department at Barnes & Noble on The Plaza, Marion Merritt, left to pursue a dream and last May, 2014, she became the owner of Records With Merritt, at 1614 Westport Road, KCMO 64111. You can learn more at: http://www.recordswithmerritt.com. Marion has been a regular monthly and quarterly contributor to Wednesday MidDay Medley for over 10 years. She has also co-hosted and helped raise funds for ALL of our fund drive shows, over all of these past 10 years, where she has donated priceless, and personal “Thank You Gifts,” to help raise finding from our listeners, to keep independent, volunteer driven, community radio alive on our airwaves. This year Marion was also elected to the board of directors of The MidCoast Radio Project, the not-for-profit, 501 c 3 organization that supports 90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio.

1. “Main Title Instrumental – It’s Showtime Folks”
from: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to All That Jazz / 1980
[Wednesday MidDay Medley’s theme song]

2. Dimitri From Paris – “Prologue”
from: Sacrebleu / Atlantic / 2001

3. Stanislas Tohon – “Dja, Dja, Dja”
from: Dans le Tchink Système / Hot Casa / 2014

10:12

4. The Pop Group – “Mad Truth”
from: Citizen Zombie / Freaks R Us / 2015

5. The Pop Group – “She Is Beyond Good and Evil”
from: Y / Freaks R Us / 2014 [orig. 1996]

10:21

6. Magic Castles – “Trembling Hands”
from: Sky Sounds / A. Records / 2014

7. Magic Castles – “Rebecca’s World”
from: Sky Sounds / A. Records / 2014

8. Acid Baby Jesus – “Diogenes”
from: Selected Recordings / Slovenly Recordings / 2014

10:38 – Underwriting

10:40

9. Sly Stone Featuring Joe Hicks – “Life & Death In G & A (Parts 1 & 2)”
from: I’m Just Like You: Sly’s Stone Flower 1969-1970 / Light In The Attic / 2014

10. Black On White Affair – “Bold Soul Sister, Bold Soul Brother”
from: Wheedle’s Groove – Seattle’s Finest in Funk & Soul 1965-75 / Light In The Attic / 2009

10:52

11. The Paradise Bangkok Molam International Band – “Sao Sakit Mae”
from: 21st Century Molam / Studio Lam / 2014

12. Sorry Bamba – “Yayoroba”
from: Volume One 1970-1979 / Thrill Jockey / 2011

11:03 – Station ID

13. Universal Togetherness Band – “Ain’t Gonna Cry”
from: Universal Togetherness Band / Numero / 2015

14. The Fantastic Aleems – “Hooked On Your Love (John Morales Mix) [feat. Calebur]”
from: Soul Jazz Records Presents Disco: A Fine Selection of Independent Disco, Modern Soul and Boogie 1978-82 / Soul Jazz / 2014

11:17 – Underwriting

11:18

15. La Guerre – “The Mystery of My Bed”
from: Sapphires / The Record Machine / January 20, 2015

[La Guerre plays Replay in Lawrence on Fri, March 6. La Guerre also plays Crown & Harp in Dallas, Texas, on Saturday, March 14, and Dan’s Silverleaf in Denton, Texas, on Sun, March 15 before traveling to the SXSW Music Fest in Austin. La Guerre plays Middle of The Map Fest, Saturday, April 25 ]

11:22 – Interview with Katlyn Conroy

La Guerre

La Guerre

Musician, singer and songwriter, Katlyn Conroy, is a Lawrence, Kansas native. She was a member of the acclaimed and popular band, Cowboy Indian Bear. Katlyn has been releasing and performing music for over 10 years. Katlyn was the winner of a 2013 Pitch Music Award for Best Singer/Songwriter. More info at: http://www.katlynconroy.bandcamp.com.

Katlyn starting playing the piano at the age of 7, and started singing around that time also. Her mother was an opera singer and her family encouraged her musical endeavors. When she was 15 years old she began performing out with her original material.

Sapphires was produced, and engineered by Joshua Browning who also played bass. Joshua has worked with Katlyn on most all of her recording projects. Several members of Cowboy Indian Bear came in to help play on her recording. Percussion: Beau Bruns, Chris Brower. Guitar/Additional Vox: Charles Calhoun, Gavin Snider; Trombone: Joshua Landau; Additional Vox: Will Weinstein.

Katlyn Conroy is a prolific songwriter. In a short period of time she has released several full-length recordings and EPs. Recently Katlyn Conroy was featured in the Lawrence Journal-World for her Valentine’s Day Project where she wrote over 35 personalized tunes and recorded them for customers, to give to their loved ones or friends, all for 20 dollars, a song. She spent hours making each song original and specially customized for each valentine.

Katlyn Conroy’s project La Guerre has been called “brutally honest and emotional… She doesn’t hold back.” Katlyn told us about how her songs all start with the lyrics and then she builds the melody around the words.

La Guerre is the French word for “war.” The name was inspired from a 10-minute, French song, performed by her high school acapella choir, where they reenacted a war with vocals.

Katlyn Conroy told the Lawrence Journal-World tha, La Guerre is… “something much bigger than any other solo project she’s pursued in the past.”

Katlyn’s recordings with La Guerre overlapped with the recordings and touring of Cowboy Indian Bear. Katlyn became the fourth member of Cowboy Indian Bear after the release of their debut full-length. Cowboy Indian Bear released their last recording, Vandeventer, in May, 2014. it was an album of songs written and inspired after their van broke down in St. Louis. The line-up of Cowboy Indian Bear included: Beau Bruns, CJ Calhoun, Danny Bowersox, Katlyn Conroy, and Martinez Hillard.

These are recording notes from the band’s release, Vandeventer: “Back in the fall, on our way east for a run of shows, our faithful van finally kicked the bucket in Saint Louis. We were there in STL for a few days and figured we would use the time to make something positive out of a less than ideal situation. Those are the songs that make up this EP, named after a street a couple blocks from where our van decided it had done all it could.”

Katlyn Conroy shared a new song…

11:29

16. La Guerre – “Happy to be Here” (LIVE)
[a new song]

Katlyn Conroy released her first solo record, I Think I’ll Stay inside, in 2009. She has also played in the bands: Another Holiday, Katlyn Conroy & The Wild & Wooly, One More Cheerful Action, The Ultraviolets, as well as Cowboy Indian Bear.

As a musician and songwriter, Katlyn is a big fan of Conor Oberst. She has seen Bright Eyes in concert 21 times. Her other influences include: St. Vincent, and Regina Spektor.

Playing sometimes solo, and also as a 4-piece band, Katlyn Conroy told the Lawrence Journal World that La Guerre… “ is my chance to take everything I’ve worked so hard on and really show people what they’ve been missing.”

Katlyn Conroy shared another new song…

11:41

17. La Guerre – “Settling” (LIVE)
[a new song]

For the 5th year in a row, La Guerre plays the Middle of The Map Fest, Saturday, April 25, for The Record Machine Day Party!

La Guerre also plays The Riot Room in May

More info at: http://www.katlynconroy.bandcamp.com.

We were reading on the La Guerre’s Facebook page, and we found a list of the 2015 New Year’s Resolutions written by Katlyn.

La Guerre’s 2015 New Year’s Resolutions

Release “Sapphires” LP
Play (more importantly enjoy) 5th year at SXSW
Write faster songs
Write more energetic songs
Figure out this loop pedal thing
Get better at guitar
Make an effort to see more local bands
Make an effort to see more touring bands
Record an album at ARC Studios
Play my first shows in Colorado, California, Oregon
Play more shows with See Through Dresses, Mat Shoare, Jake Bellows etc.
Write a duets album, get all my friends/heroes to participate
Play more Omaha, Chicago, Austin shows
Relax

Katlyn Conroy has already accomplished one third of her list and we’re only nine weeks into this new year. This is yet another indication that this hardworking musician and recording and touring artist is a force to be reckoned with, as she continues making music. We LOVE La Guerre!

11:50

18. La Guerre – “Any Other” (LIVE)also available on: Sapphires / The Record Machine / January 20, 2015

La Guerre plays Replay in Lawrence on Fri, March 6. La Guerre also plays Crown & Harp in Dallas, Texas, on Saturday, March 14, and Dan’s Silverleaf in Denton, Texas, on Sun, March 15 before traveling to the SXSW Music Fest in Austin. La Guerre plays Middle of The Map Fest, Saturday, April 25.

Katlyn Conroy and Marion Merritt on the March 4, 2015 Wednesday MidDay Medley

Katlyn Conroy and Marion Merritt on the March 4, 2015 Wednesday MidDay Medley

Marion Merritt, played us out with another song from her playlist…

11:55:30

19. Death Blues – Consonance
from: Ensemble / Rhythmplex / 2014

11:59:30

20. Noel Coward – “The Party’s Over Now”
from: Noel Coward in New York / drg / 2003 [orig. 1957]

Next week on March 11, 2015, company members of Spinning Tree Theatre’s new play “Black Pearl Sings” currently performing at Just Off Broadway Theatre, join us to talk about this new play making it’s Kansas City debut. Also members of the bands: The Cave Girls and The Waspmen drop by our studios to talk about The Waspmen’s CD release show at the Record Bar on March 14, at 7:00 pm. PLUS…Nathan Reusch and Alex Ellis of The Record Machine join us to talk about Middle of The Map Fest, and the band Psychic Heat from Lawrence, Kansas, will play LIVE in our 90.1 FM Studios.

90.1 FM’s crystal clear, 100,000 watt signal, delivers some of the best quality of sound you will hear in the metro’s radio airwaves.

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Show #567

Wednesday MidDay Medley presents La Guerre + Spinning Records with Merritt

Wednesday MidDay Medley
TEN to NOON Wednesdays – Streaming at KKFI.org
90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Spinning Records With Merritt + La Guerre

Mark welcomes Marion Merritt, of Records With Merritt, who joins us as Guest Producer to share information from her musically-encyclopedic-brain. Marion will spin tracks from: John Swami, Andy Stott, Wheedle’s Groove, Universal Togetherness Band, Sorry Bamba, Stanislas Tohon, Magic Castles, 21st Century Molam, Sherwood and Pinch, Bjork, and more. Records With Merritt, is at 1614 Westport Road, Kansas City, Missouri 64111. More info at: http://www.recordswithmerritt.com

La Guerre

La Guerre

At 11:15 La Guerre plays LIVE in our 90.1 FM Studios! Mark talks with musician, singer and songwriter, Katlyn Conroy, a Lawrence, Kansas native, who was a member of the acclaimed and popular band Cowboy Indian Bear. Katlyn is a winner of a 2013 Pitch Music Award. Katlyn has been releasing and performing her own songs as La Guerre, since 2009. Playing sometimes solo, and also as a 4-piece band, La Guerre’s newest album, Sapphires, was released January 20, 2015, by The Record Machine. La Guerre plays Replay in Lawrence on Friday, March 6. La Guerre also plays Crown & Harp in Dallas, Texas, on Saturday, March 14, and Dan’s Silverleaf in Denton, Texas, on Sunday, March 15 before traveling to the SXSW Music Fest in Austin. La Guerre plays Middle of The Map Fest, Saturday, April 25. More info at: http://www.katlynconroy.bandcamp.com.

On your local radio dial 90.1 FM or
STREAMING LIVE at: kkfi.org

Show #567

WMM Playlist from February 25, 2015

Wednesday MidDay Medley
TEN to NOON Wednesdays – Streaming at KKFI.org
90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Shy Boys + The Brannock Device
+ J. Ashley Miller, Drew Roth, & Quadrigarum’s R v B

1. “It’s Showtime Folks”

2. Crocodiles – “Crybaby Demon”
from: Crybaby Demon / U Sexy Thing – Single / Zoo Music / February 17, 2015
[San Diego’s Crocodiles describe their new single as “salsa-punk.” The band returns with their fifth studio album, Boys, on May 12. Recorded in Mexico City with Vampyres of Justice producer Martin Thulin, who mixed the band’s psychedelic sound with more Latin rhythms.The follow-up to 2013’s Crimes of Passion. The noise pop/indie pop band was formed in 2008 by core members Brandon Welchez and Charles Rowell after the break-up of their former punk bands Some Girls and The Plot to Blow Up the Eiffel Tower. Brandon Welches also played in an early incarnation of Dum Dum Girls and he is married to frontwoman Dee Dee Penny.]

10:06

3. Kiya Heartwood – “The Living Tree (Live)”
from: The Living Tree / Independent / January 2, 2012
[I first encountered the voice and spirit of Kiya Heartwood as part of the award-winning American folk-roots duo, Wishing Chair, with multi-instrumentalist Miriam Davidson. The band formed in 1995 and released 8 recordings on their independent label, Terrakin Records. Kiya Heartwood began her professional music career in a Lexington, KY, and previously was part of the band Stealin Horses on Arista Records. Kiya Heartwood has also released multiple solo recordings. Her one-woman show, Short Stories, was critically acclaimed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2014.]

[Kiya Heartwood plays LikeMe Lighthouse, 3909 Main St, KCMO, Sat, Feb 28, at 7:30 pm, presented by Willow Productions. More info at http://www.willowmusic.org or http://www.kiya.brownpapertickets.com

4. The Life and Times – “Bored To Death”
from: Lost Bees / Slimstyle Recording Corp / August 1, 2014
[Originally a 4-piece band formed in Kansas City in 2002. Eric Abert on bass guitar; Allen Epley on voices, guitars, and keys; Chris Metcalf on drums. Recorded by Allen Epley and Eric Abert and Mixed by Paul Malinowski, Eric Abert and Allen Epley. Produced by the Life and Times. All songs by Epley/TLAT ASCAP 2014 . Recorded at Electronical Studio Chicago IL March ’13-June ’14. Mixed at Massive Sound, Merriam, KS. Mastered by Mike Nolte / Eureka Mastering, Westend Studio KC KS]

[The Life and Times play recordBar, 1020 Westport Rd, Fri, Feb 27, at 9:30 pm with Maps For Travelers and Jorge Arana Trio.]

10:15

5. Jose Gonzalez – “Leaf Off / The Cave”
from: Vestiges & Claws / Imperial Recordings – Mute / February 17, 2015
[Jose Gonzalez’s first self-production and his first to feature all original material. Sessions took place in Gothenburg, Sweden, in his home kitchen and at Svenska Grammofonstudion. Swedish indie folk singer-songwriter and guitarist from Gothenburg, Sweden. González is also a member of the Swedish band Junip, along with Tobias Winterkorn.]

6. The Architects – “Cadillac”
from: Border Wars Episode Two / Independent / September 8, 2014
[7th release from KC based band: Adam Phillips on drums, Zachary Phillips on bass, Brandon Phillips on guitar & voice, Keenan Nichols on guitar. (Since this recording Keenan Nichols has left the band and Chris Meck is now in the line up.) The three Phillips brothers had previously been in the ska & rock band, The Gadjits. In June 2004 The Gadjits ended and The Architects, was formed. The Architects have toured on the Vans Warped Tour, with My Chemical Romance, and Floggin Molly.]

[Border Wars is a a five-part concept album and graphic novel series funded by the band’s loyal fans through crowd sourcing, and by the band members themselves. The band currently has a PledgeMusic campaign to raise fund to produce physical copies of the Book and Cds of Border Wars II and III. More info at: http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/thearchitectskc and http://thearchitectsrock.com/ ]

[The Architects play Knuckleheads Saturday, February 28, at 9:00 pm, with The Yawpers, Scruffy & the Janitors, and The Bad Ideas for MidCoast takeover Fundraiser #4 for the Midwest Music Foundation’s sixth annual MidCoast Takeover, March 18th – 21st, 2015 at the Shangri-La, 1016 E. 6th Street, in Austin, TX. ]

This MidCoast Takeover features four days of music, mayhem, and general debauchery — the definitive Midwestern musical throwdown showcasing bands from Kansas City, Lawrence KS, the Midwest, and beyond on a national stage. 60 different artists featured on the main stage and 40+ performers on the inside acoustic stage. The MidCoast Takeover has received critical acclaim from USA Today, The Kansas City Star, and Deli Magazine, and listed as one the best shows in that week. More info at midcoasttakeover.com]

7. Not A Planet – “My Train Is Coming”
from: The Few, The Proud, The Strange / Independent / May 10, 2013
[Kansas City based Rock and Roll trio formed in 2010. Nathan Corsi, Liam Sumnicht, Bill Sturges.]

[Not A Planet play a Tour Kickoff show at The Riot Room, 4048 Broadway Blvd, Friday, February 27, at 9:00 pm with Kangaroo Knife Fight, and Teach Me Equals.]

8. Schwervon! – “Sonic Daughter”
from: Broken Teeth / Haymaker Records / Sept. 30, 2014
[2 piece rock band. Nan plays drums and Matt plays guitar and they both sing. They lived in NYC for 15 years and have just relocated to KC. Schwervon! joined us live on the show on Oct 1, 2014.]

[Schwervon! play Olive Juice Music Night at miniBar, 3810 Broadway Blvd. TONIGHT, Wednesday, February 25, at 8:00 pm with Rev. Gusto and Andrew Ashby (The Caves).]

10:30 – Underwriting

10:32

9. Shy Boys – “Follow The Leader” (Vinyl)
from: Single Release / High Dive Records / July 15, 2014
[B-Side to “Life Is Peachy”, their 45 rpm, 7″ single. Collin Rausch, Kyle Rausch, & Konnor Ervin, are members of the KC based band, Shy Boys. They last joined us live on Feb. 15, 2014]

[Shy Boys play the Eighth Street Taproom, in Lawrence, KS, on Thursday, February 26, at 10:00 pm, with J Fernandez, and The Fog.]

[Shy Boys play Harling’s Upstairs, 3941-A Main Street, KCMO, on Saturday, February 28, at 10:00 pm with J Fernandez, and Karma Vision.]

10:36 – Interview with Shy Boys: Collin Rausch, Kyle Rausch, & Konnor Ervin

Shy Boys on Wednesday MidDay Medley February 25, 2015

Shy Boys on Wednesday MidDay Medley February 25, 2015

The Shy Boys self titled, debut album was released on High Dive Records, and was #1 on Wednesday MidDay Medley’s The 114 Best Recordings of 2014. In last year the Shy Boys: Collin Rausch, Kyle Rausch, and Konnor Ervin have also went on several tours, gained loads of new fans, and released a 7′ single that was critically acclaimed by Stereogum and others. More info at: http://www.shyboys.bandcamp.com.

In addition to the ACBs, and Shy Boys, High Dive Records’s lineup includes: Ghosty, Rev Gusto, Fourth of July, Empty Moon, Bummer, the Fog, and Organized Crime. More info at” http://www.highdiverecords.com

10:43

10. Shy Boys – “Life is Peachy”
from: Single Release / High Dive Records / July 15, 2014
[Stereogum premiered “Life Is Peachy”, the A-side to their 45 rpm, 7″ single.]

10:46

Shy Boys are about to embark on a new tour, but first the band will play the Eighth Street Taproom, in Lawrence, KS, on Thursday, February 26, at 10:00 pm, with J Fernandez, and The Fog. And Shy Boys also return to play Harling’s Upstairs, 3941-A Main Street, KCMO, on Saturday, February 28, at 10:00 pm, with J Fernandez, and Karma Vision.

10:57

11. Shy Boys – “Is This Who You Are”
from: Shy Boys / High Dive Records / January 17, 2014
[Debut release from Kansas City based trio. Collin and Kyle’s father was a High School band director and music teacher. Konnor Ervin is also the lead singer and songwriter of The ACBs, where Kyle also plays drums. Their 10 song release had two singles that were premiered by Stereogum. Wednesday MidDay Medley has been a big fan of all of The ACBs recordings. In 2011 we started playing songs from The I’ms, a duo made of brothers Collin and Kyle, who posted 6 of their self recorded songs on their facebook page. We included this informal release in our Top Ten of The 111 Best Recordings of 2011. 3 of the songs from those early The I’ms recording were re-recorded for Shy Boys. Recorded at West End Studio, over 2-weekends. Shy Boys last joined us live on the show on February 15, 2014.]

11:00 – Station ID

12. The Brannock Device – “Where The Hell Is Johnny Vic”
from: Where The Hell Is Johnny Vic / Phantom Limb Records / 1998
[From The Brannock Device’s debut recording.]

11:04 – Interview with Jason Beers, Bernard Dugan

The Brannock Device Poster

The Brannock Device Poster

Bernie Dugan and Jason Beers formed The Brannock Device in 1994, with guitarist and vocalist Jeremy Schutte. The three original members will reunite for the first time in years to play and officially release an album that was recorded 12 years ago. The Brannock Device play a 20 Year Anniversary & Album Release Party at The Brick, 1727 McGee, KCMO, on Fri, Feb 27, at 9:00 pm, with special guests: Black Luck and The Heavy Figs.

11:11

13. The Brannock Device – “King Of The Soapbox Derby”
from: King Of The Soapbox Derby / Phantom Limb Records / February 27, 2015
[The Brannock Device recorded this album 12 years ago.]

Jason Beers and also plays in the band Dead Voices with Marco Pascolini, Mike Stover, Matt Richey and David Regnier.

Bernie Dugan also plays in the band The Quivers and in the band, Cher UK with Mike McCoy.

In 2012 The Brannock Device released their album, “Into The Witness Chamber,” with Jason Beers on Bass & Vocals, Bernie Dugan on Drums, Marco Pascolini on Guitar, and Elaine McMilian on Vocals.

10:19

14. The Brannock Device – “One Heck of a Shortcut”
from: The Turtle Has Got it Made / Phantom Limb Records / 2002

[The Brannock Device play a 20 Year Anniversary & Album Release Party at The Brick, 1727 McGee, KCMO, on Friday, February 27, at 9:00 pm, with special guests: Black Luck and The Heavy Figs.]

11:22 – Underwriting

11:24

15. MY BROTHERS & SISTERS – “How to Move What to Wear” (CD #15) (3:31)
from: Violet Music Vol. 1 / Indep. / April 12, 2014 [Jamie Searle won critical acclaim as lead vocalist and songwriter for the band It’s Over, winner of a Pitch Music Award for Best Live Act. He left It’s Over to concentrate on his music education as a student of UMKC’s Conservatory of Music where he has immersed himself in musical theory, compostion, harmonic structure, melody. Out of school, Jamie spent a year and a half recording the full length release of material he composed for a large ensemble of musicians. The result is: “Violet Music Vol. 1″ the debut full length release from Jamie’s band, My Brothers & Sisters, a collective of musicians, including a strings, horns, percussionists, bass, keyboards, vocalists, and back-up vocalists, and Jamie on vocals, guitar, conducting. Jamie Searle joined us live on the show on October 29.]

[My Brothers and Sisters play The Riot Room on Monday, March 2, with Current Swell, and New Madrid.]

16. The Fog – “Evol”
from: Darkness USA / High Dive Records / 2015
[Produced by J Ashley Miller. The Fog is: Ian Teeple on guitar & voice, Brendan Dulohery on bass, and Frazier Krohn on drums.]

[The Fog play The Eighth Street Taproom, in Lawrence, KS, on Thurs, Feb 26, at 10:00 pm, with J Fernandez, and Shy Boys.]

11:30

17. Quadrigarum – “Polyarmor 8”
from: Quadrigarum / Independent / unreleased track

11:36 – Interview with J Ashley Miller and Drew Roth

Drew Roth & J Ashley Miller of Quadrigarum on Wednesday MidDay Medley February 25, 2015

Drew Roth & J Ashley Miller of Quadrigarum on Wednesday MidDay Medley February 25, 2015

18. Quadrigarum – “Interview Ambience”
from: Quadrigarum / Independent / unreleased track [underscore]

J. Ashley Miller and Drew Roth are two of the members of the KC based trance band Quadrigarum, who are presenting a new operetta called, R v B, featuring six actors and an octet of curated musicians. In conjunction with their grant from the Charlotte Street Foundation, the performance will be captured with high definition cameras and recording equipment and will feature two drone instruments, known as ‘Chariots’, designed and built by founder, and conductor of Quadrigarum, J. Ashley Miller.

Quadrigarum performs R v B, March 7 & 8, la Esquina Gallery, 1000 W. 25th Street, KCMO. Doors open at 7:30 pm, the performance begins at 8:00 pm sharp (no late entry). Seating is limited to 50 people per performance. More info at: http://www.charlottestreet.org or http://www.quadrigarum.brownpapertickets.com

Quadrigarum — Ancient technologies for coping with the new agonies of being.

Quadrigarum’s music is called Trance and Grey Metal.

The Quadrigarum “Chariots” are framed wooden structures, that hold a guitar in a position with a spinning wheel. The spokes that wheel strike the strings of the electric guitar, as the wheel is spun by the musician/performer.

Quadrigarum performs R v B, March 7 & 8, la Esquina Gallery, 1000 W. 25th Street, KCMO. Doors open at 7:30 pm, the performance begins at 8:00 pm sharp (no late entry). Seating is limited to 50 people per performance. More info at: http://www.charlottestreet.org or http://www.quadrigarum.brownpapertickets.com

This performance will be recorded with high quality sound and audio equipment and released later as a video single.

11:52

19. Quadrigarum – “A rendition”
from: a demo recording from Quadrigarum’s Operetta, R v B / Independent / unreleased track

[Quadrigarum performs R v B, March 7 & 8, la Esquina Gallery, 1000 W. 25th Street, KCMO. Doors open at 7:30 pm, the performance begins at 8:00 pm sharp (no late entry). Seating is limited to 50 people per performance. More info at: http://www.charlottestreet.org or http://www.quadrigarum.brownpapertickets.com

11:59:30

20. Noel Coward – “The Party’s Over Now”
from: Noel Coward in New York / drg / 2003 [orig. 1957]

Next week on March 4, 2015, Marion Merritt joins us a Guest Producer. Plus…La Guerre joins us LIVE in our 90.1 FM Studios.

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Show #566

Wednesday MidDay Medley presents Shy Boys + The Brannock Device + J. Ashley Miller & Quadrigarum

Wednesday MidDay Medley
TEN to NOON Wednesdays – Streaming at KKFI.org
90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Shy Boys + The Brannock Device
+ J. Ashley Miller & Quadrigarum’s R v
B

Mark plays New & MidCoastal Releases from: The Architects, The Life and Times, Shy Boys, Brannock Device, Quadrigarum, Schwervon!, The Fog, Not A Planet, My Brothers & Sisters, Jose Gonzales, Crocodiles, Kiya Heartwood, and more.

Shy Boys

Shy Boys

At 10:30, members of the band Shy Boys, Collin Rausch, Kyle Rausch, and Konnor Ervin join us LIVE in our 90.1 FM Studios. The KC based trio is heading out on tour. Their self titled, debut album was released on High Dive Records, and was #1 on Wednesday MidDay Medley’s The 114 Best Recordings of 2014. More info at: http://www.shyboys.bandcamp.com. Shy Boys play the Eighth Street Taproom, in Lawrence, KS, on Thursday, February 26, at 10:00 pm, with J Fernandez, and The Fog. Shy Boys play Harling’s Upstairs, 3941-A Main Street, KCMO, on Saturday, February 28, at 10:00 pm with J Fernandez, and Karma Vision.

At 11:00 Bernard Dugan, Jr. and Jason Beers join us to talk about, The Brannock Device, formed in 1995, with guitarist and vocalist Jeremy Schutte. We’ll spin a few of the band’s earliest recordings. The three original members of the trio: Bernie, Jason, and Jeremy, will reunite for the first time in six years to play The Brick, and officially release an album that was recorded 12 years ago! The Brannock Device play a 20 Year Anniversary & Album Release Party at The Brick, 1727 McGee, KCMO, on Friday, February 27, at 9:00 pm, with special guests: Black Luck and The Heavy Figs.

At 11:30 Mark talks with J. Ashley Miller, who with his trance band Quadrigarum, composed and produced a new operetta called, R v B, featuring six actors and an octet of curated musicians. In conjunction with their grant from the Charlotte Street Foundation, each performance is a singular event, featuring site specific compositions, fiercely performed and captured with high definition cameras and recording equipment. The performance features two agile drone instruments, known as ‘Chariots’, designed and built by founder and conductor of Quadrigarum, J. Ashley Miller. Quadrigarum performs R v B, March 7 & 8, la Esquina Gallery, 1000 W. 25th Street, KCMO. Doors open at 7:30 pm, the performance begins at 8:00 pm sharp (no late entry). Tickets are $10.00 and seating is limited to 50 people per performance. More info at: http://www.charlottestreet.org or http://www.quadrigarum.brownpapertickets.com

On your local radio dial 90.1 FM or
STREAMING LIVE at: kkfi.org

Show #566

WMM Playlist from February 18, 2015

Wednesday MidDay Medley
TEN to NOON Wednesdays – Streaming at KKFI.org
90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

27th Folk Alliance International Conference & Music Fair
+ Louis Meyers + Johnny Hamil’s GAWD + Megan Slankard

1. Kawehi – “Anthem”
from: Robot Heart / Independent / February 13, 2015
[Hawaiian singer-songwriter, and one-woman band, known for her live looping sets that draw you in with her melody and lyrics. While based in Lawrence, Kansas, she gained national attention for her YouTube cover of Nirvana’s “Heart-Shaped Box” and gained a new fan in Courtney Love. Her newest album, Evolution will be released in March.]

[Kawehi plays the Folk Alliance International – Kick Off Party, Feb. 18, at 9:00 pm in Ballroom C, at The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center. The Kick Off Party is organized by the KC Music Collective in ALL 10 of the ballrooms at The Westin, featuring over 60 different musical/performer entities! More info at: http://www.folk.org

2. Dom Flemons – “But They Got it Fixed Right On”
from: Prospect Park / Independent / October 6, 2012
[Dom Flemons, founding member of the Grammy Award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops. Flemons told Esquire Magazine, “This is a song that comes from the records of Georgia Tom Dorsey and Tampa Red. I picked up a copy of the Yazoo Records album Come on Mama Do That Dance and was floored by this hokum masterpiece! This track features Pura Fé Crescioni on background vocals and Guy Davis playing Mike Seeger’s six-string banjo.”]

[Dom Flemons will play an Official Showcase at the 27 Annual Folk Alliance International Conference, on Friday, Feb. 20, at 8:30 pm in Century C Ballroom and he will also play The Music Fair on Saturday, Feb. 21, at 7:00 pm in the Empire Ballroom, at The Sheraton Crown Center, in Kansas City. More info at http://www.folk.org

3. The Hillbenders – “Blueridge Cutoff”
from: Down To My Last Dollar / Compass Records / January 29, 2013
[The HillBenders came together in late March 2008 after the break-up of a former band (The Arkamo Rangers)left three of it’s members, Mark Cassidy on Banjo, Jim Rea on Guitar, & Gary Rea on Bass) picking up the pieces and looking for a fresh start. Mark Cassidy’s friend from South Plains College, Nolan Lawrence, a mandolin player, moved from Austin, TX to join the yet unnamed HillBenders. Former member of The Arkamo Rangers, Chad Graves returned to his home in Polk County, MO. and began playing Dobro with the band. The HillBander are the recipients of: 2010 National Single Mic Champions, 2009 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Contest Winners, and 2009 Rockygrass Finalists. More info at: http://www.hillbenders.com

[The HillBenders will play an Official Showcase at the 27 Annual Folk Alliance International Conference, on Thursday, Feb 19, at The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center, in Benton’s at 9:00pm. They will also perform at The Music Fairm Friday, February 20, at 12:00 am, in The Empire room at The Sheraton Crown Center, in Kansas City, where they will premiere music from there new recording of the TOMMY: A Bluegrass Opry. More info at: http://www.folk.org

10:15 – Interview with Louis Meyers

Louis Meyers, Special Projects Coordinator at Folk Alliance International. Louis will share details about The Music Fair, February 19 – 22, in the Sheraton Crown Center Kansas City Hotel, presenting the winter music camp, concerts, films, jam sessions, art exhibits, spoken word, the exhibit hall, and a special Saturday morning children’s show. Louis Meyers was one of the founders of the SXSW Music Festival. As a musician himself, Louis Meyers was already attending the Folk Alliance International Conference and eventually he became Executive Director of FAI for over 10 years. Louis moved the FAI to Kansas City in 2014 and has worked to build relationships with Kansas City’s music community through partnerships and The FOLK Store, at 509 Delaware, in the River Market. More information at http://www.folk.org

Louis Meyers produced the new upcoming recording of The HillBenders, TOMMY: A Bluegrass Opry.

Louis Meyers was one of the founders of the SXSW Music Festival. As a musician himself, Louis Meyers was already attending the Folk Alliance International Conference and eventually he became Executive Director of FAI for over 10 years.

Louis moved the FAI to Kansas City in 2014 and has worked to build relationships with Kansas City’s music community through partnerships.

Tonight is The Kick Off Party is organized by the KC Music Collective in ALL of the ballrooms at The Westin, featuring over 60 different musical/performer entities!

Performances from: The Phantastics, Victor & Penny, John Velghe & The Prodigal Sons, Barclay Martin, The Grisly Hand, Kawehi, Carswell & Hope, Hembree, Calvin Arsenia, Mikal Shapiro, Dollar Fox, AY Musik, The Latenight Callers, Schwervon!, The Thunderclaps, Miry Wild, Expassionates, The Project H, Old Sound, Betse & Clarke, Gracie Schram, Ruddy Swain, Cowgirl’s Train Set, Destroy Nate Allen, The Hardship Letters, The Blackbird Revue, Maria The Mexican, Rural Grit All Stars, and MORE!!!!

The Music Fair, February 19 – 22, in the Sheraton Crown Center Kansas City Hotel, presenting the winter music camp, concerts, films, jam sessions, art exhibits, spoken word, the exhibit hall, and a special Saturday morning children’s show.

The FOLK Store, at 509 Delaware, in the River Market. More information at http://www.folk.org

Folk Alliance International Conference begins today, February 18 through Sunday, February 22, at the Westin Crown Center. The Music Fair, runs Friday, February 19 – 22, in the Sheraton Crown Center Kansas City Hotel with the winter music camp, concerts, films, jam sessions, art exhibits, spoken word, the exhibit hall, and a special Saturday morning children’s show. More information at http://www.folk.org

10:34 – Underwriting

10:36

4. Victor & Penny – “The Privilege”
from: The Gawd Project – Singer/Songwriter / Independent / unreleased mixed track
[Inspired by Anne Winter. Produced by Chad Meise. Written and arranged by Johnny Hamil]

[Victor & Penny have been selected to play an Official Showcase at the Folk Alliance International Conference Thurs, Feb 19, at 8:30 pm in Century C of The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center. They will be sharing multiple performances at this year’s Folk Alliance International Conference, and Folk Alliance Music Fair Feb 18 – 22 at the Westin Crown Center & Sheraton Crown Center.]

10:34 – Interview with Johnny Hamil

Musician and composer Johnny Hamil is a teacher, a bass player who collaborates with jazz combos, theatre productions, The Malachy Papers, and many musicians in Kansas City. Johnny is one of the founding members of the band Mr. Marco’s V7, a band that has reinvented themselves with each new release, and changed and evolved with different line-ups. Known for their experimental, instrumental music, Johnny told us that for ALL of the music he has composed for the band came to him in his dreams. 4 years ago Johnny’s dream compositions included lyrics for the first time, and this set him on a new path to create, the GAWD project, which is not Mr. Marco’s V7 proper, but it is members of the V7 from throughout the long history of the the band. The concept was to collaborate a vocal version of a composition with musical friends and then have various lineups of the V7 family interpret the material in different ways. Selections from the GAWD project that will premiere at the Folk Alliance International – Kick Off Party, Feb. 18, at 8:00 pm in the Penn Valley Room, at The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center, TONIGHT!

Johnny Hamil is giving audiences their first glimpse into The GAWD Project TONIGHT at the Folk Alliance International Conference Kick Off Party.

Also with us is Kyle Dahlquist.

Also joining us in the studio is Mark Stevenson a veteran of the Kansas City music scene, Mark Stevenson, talked about the inspirations for the song “Don’t Call Me Mr. Smartie Pants.”

10:45

5. Mark Stevenson – “Don’t Call Me Mr. Smartie Pants” (LIVE)
from: The Gawd Project – Singer/Songwriter
[Johnny Hamil on guitar. Written and arranged by Johnny Hamil]

10:50

Along with Mark Stevenson, there will be vocal performances by Kasey Rausch, Jason Beers, Elaine McMillian, David Regnier, Cody Wyoming, Matt Tady, Howard Iceberg, Erin Bopp, Steve Tulipana and Anna Cole.

The core band includes: Hamil on bass, Mark Southerland on saxophone, Beau Bledsoe on oud, Kent Burnham on drums, Mike Stover on mantar and lap steel and Kyle Dahlquist on trombone and accordion. Guests will include guitarists Mikal Shapiro, Jeff Freling, Nick Howell, Kent Burnham, Chris Tady, and Marco Pascolini, as the band will transform into a five-piece Punk Funk Polka Band; a Noir Cartoon Jazz Band, and a Free Exotica Middle Eastern Band.

Songs include: “Eastwood Got Skinny, Travolta Got Fat,” “Polyester Rehab Scenario,” “Study Chemical Emotional Physical Realignment,” “Don’t Call Me Mr. Smartie Pants,” “The Difference Between Art and Sadness” and “For Those Who Breathe.”

10:53

6. Anna Cole, Steve Tulipana and 25 others – “For Those Who Breathe”
from: The Gawd Project – Singer/Songwriter / Independent / unreleased mixed track
[Inspired by Abigail Henderson. Produced by Chad Meise. Written and arranged by Johnny Hamil]

Johnny Hamil’s the GAWD project that will premiere at the Folk Alliance International – Kick Off Party, Feb. 18, at 8:00 pm in the Penn Valley Room, at The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center. The Kick Off Party is organized by the KC Music Collective in ALL of the ballrooms at The Westin, featuring over 60 different musical/performer entities!

11:03 – Station ID

7. Betse & Clarke – “Possum Walk”
from: Two Forks Acrylic On Cardboard / Independent / February 2, 2015
[Song written by Clarke Wyatt. Betse Ellis on fiddle, and Clarke Wyatt on banjo. Recorded January 2, 2015. Arrangements by Betse & Clarke. Engineered and produced by Clarke Wyatt.]

[Betse & Clark have been selected to play an Official Showcase at the Folk Alliance International Conference Thurs, Feb 19, at 6:30 pm in Pershing South of The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center. Betse Ellis & Clarke Wyatt will be sharing multiple performances at the Conference, and Folk Alliance Music Fair February 18 – 22 at the Westin Crown Center and Sheraton Crown Center, in Kansas City.]

8. Madisen Ward & the Mama Bear – “Amazing Grace”
from: Celebration of Pete Seeger Unity Temple / Recorded Live / May 3, 2014
[Singer songwriter, Madisen Ward graduated from William Chrisman High School in Independence, Missouri in 2007. He plays live and records with his mother, Ruth Ward, both on guitar, with Mama Bear harmonizing with her son. Their debut EP was recorded in KC’s Element Recording by Joel Nanos. Wednesday MidDay Medley was the first radio show to play Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear. on May 8, 2013. They played LIVE on our show on: July 10, 2013 / Nov. 20, 2013 / July 9, 2014 / and Sept. 24, 2014. They have played live at 90.1 FM’s Tribute to Pete Seeger at Unity Temple, and The Crossroads Music Fest. They played the Americana Music Fest in Nashville, last fall, where the national music press fell in love with their music. They were signed to Glassnote Records and have spent the last several months recording their new album in Nashville. Last week Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear made their network television debut, on Wed, Feb. 11, on The Late Show With David Letterman. Their new record is expected in April.]

[Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, have all been selected to play an Official Showcase at the Folk Alliance International Conference, on Fri, Feb 20, in The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center, In the Century A Ballroom, at 8:30pm.] [Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear will be opening for Iron & Wine at The Uptown Theater, Thurs, April 23rd, for the 5th annual Middle of the Map Fest. More info at: middleofthemapfest.com] [Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear will play the Newport Folk Festival.]

11:14 – Underwriting

11:16

9. Megan Slankard – “If I Knew (Feat. Jeff Campbell)”
from: Running on Machinery / Independent / Expected in May, 2015
[Fifth album from San Francisco indie alt-rock musician Megan Slankard. She calls her new release “…a healthy mix of stories about the end of the world, bank robberies, prison escapes, failed relationships, and other adventures.” More info at: http://www.meganslankard.com

11:20 – Interview with Megan Slankard

San Francisco indie alt-rock musician Megan Slankard joined us to share new music from “We Will Fail” her 5th album that she calls “…a healthy mix of stories about the end of the world, bank robberies, prison escapes, failed relationships, and other adventures.” Megan Slankard will be playing multiple performances at this year’s Folk Alliance International Conference, February 18 – 22 at the Westin Crown Center and Sheraton Crown Center, in Kansas City. More info at http://www.meganslankard.com or http://www.folk.org

Megan Slankard is doing 6 different Private Showcases at this year’s Folk Alliance International.

Megan Slankard performed in a special “House Concert” on Sunday night.

11:25

10. Megan Slankard – “Like Always, Alex” (LIVE)
Also available on: Running on Machinery / Independent / Expected in May, 2015

11:29

San Francisco indie alt-rock musician Megan Slankard is also an actress in a web series called: InDIYe. More info at http://www.meganslankard.com

11:35

11. Megan Slankard – “Can’t Keep It In” (LIVE)
Also available on: Running on Machinery / Independent / Expected in May, 2015

Megan Slankard will be playing multiple performances at this year’s Folk Alliance International Conference, February 18 – 22 at the Westin Crown Center and Sheraton Crown Center, in Kansas City. More info at http://www.meganslankard.com or http://www.folk.org

11:43

12. The Milk Carton Kids – “Honey, Honey”
from: The Ash & Clay / / January 23, 2013
[Indie folk duo from Eagle Rock, California, comprised of singers and guitarists Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan, who formed the group in early 2011. The Grammy-nominated, flat-picking harmony duo have since emerged as a powerful voice defining the continuing folk tradition. The band has recorded and released three albums: Retrospect, Prologue, and The Ash & Clay. The forewords to both “Prologue” and “The Ash & Clay” were written by singer-songwriter and producer Joe Henry. The band is noted for releasing their albums for free and for playing their vintage guitars with Ryan playing a 1951 Gibson J-45 and Pattengale on a 1954 Martin 0-15. ]

[The Milk Carton Kids have been selected to play an Official Showcase at the Folk Alliance International Conference Friday, February 20, at 10:30 pm in Pershing East of The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center. They will be sharing multiple performances at this year’s Folk Alliance International Conference, and Folk Alliance Music Fair February 18 – 22 at the Westin Crown Center and Sheraton Crown Center, in Kansas City. More info at http://www.folk.org

13. Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn – “Railroad”
from: Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn / Rounder Records / October 7, 2014
[This husband and wife duo, set aside time in 2013 to do a tour and celebrate the birth of their son Juno. They followed this up with this new recording with voice and banjo recordings in the Appalachian tradition, and by using seven different types of banjos in the recording process.]

[Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn will share multiple performances at Folk Alliance International Conference and Music Fair Feb 18 – 22 at the Westin Crown Center & Sheraton Crown Center.]

14. Tommy Donoho – “No Accord”
from: The Weekender / Money Wolf Music / March 3, 2012
[Recorded in 2012, from a live performance in Fayetteville, Arkansas, with Tommy Donoho & Justin Penney in a stripped down acoustic version of the Dollar Fox songs: “No Accord” and “I Don’t Remember Names.” ]

[Tommy Donoho will be sharing multiple performances at this year’s Folk Alliance International Conference, and Folk Alliance Music Fair February 18 – 22 at the Westin Crown Center and Sheraton Crown Center, in Kansas City. More info at http://www.folk.org

11:59:30

21. Noel Coward – “The Party’s Over Now”
from: Noel Coward in New York / drg / 2003 [orig. 1957]

Next week on February 25 we have very special in studio interviews with Shy Boys who will play Harlings Upstairs Sat. Feb. 28 before embarking on a new tour, The Brannock Device will be with us to talk about their 20 years as a band, and their show, Friday, Feb. 27 at The Brick, and J. Ashley Miller who will share information about R v B March 7 & 8, la Esquina Gallery, 1000 W. 25th Street, KCMO presented by Charlotte Street, with performances of, a new operetta composed and produced by inter-media performance company Quadrigarum. Featuring six actors and an octet of curated musicians. The performance will prominently feature two agile drone instruments, known as ‘Chariots’, designed and built by founder and conductor of Quadrigarum, J. Ashley Miller.

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