Wednesday MidDay Medley presents: The Matchsellers + My Oh My + Don Simon & MudStomp Records + Spinning Tree Theatre

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 10, 2016

Music from Folk Alliance International Conference
+ The Matchsellers + Don Simon & MudStomp Records
+ My Oh My + Spinning Tree Theatre’s 13

In anticipation of, Folk Alliance International Conference, Mark features music from: The Matchsellers, Under The Big Oak Tree, Kasey Rausch, Julian Davis, Pirates Canoe, We Banjo 3, and The Jellyman’s Daughter. We’ll also feature new music from: My Oh My, and Wyatt West!

Spinning Tree Theatre rehearsals for 13.

Spinning Tree Theatre rehearsals for 13.

At 10:15, Mark talks with company members of Spinning Tree Theatre, about the KC professional theatre premiere of, 13, an original musical with music & lyrics by Jason Robert Brown and book by Dan Elish & Robert Horn. Spinning Tree Theatre’s production of 13 features 13 of KC’s brightest stars-to-be in an explosive and heartwarming evening of song and dance. The show is Rated PG-13, and presented at the Just Off Broadway Theatre, 3051 Penn Valley Drive, KCMO and running February 11 thru 28, Wednesdays thru Sundays. For tickets or more info: 816-569-5277 or http://www.spinningtreetheatre.com

My Oh My

My Oh My

At 10:30, A.M. Merker and members of My Oh My, join us in our 90.1 FM studios. My Oh My is a 3-woman, 5-man band from Kansas City, that plays “a big, bearhugging blend of Americana, classic rock and folk.” The band includes: Stephen Berry on guitars; Grant Buell on keyboards; Sarah Dolt, Stephanie Gaume & Melissa Geffert on vocals; Jason Harper on bass; Jacob Horpinjuk on drums, A.M. Merker on lead vocals. The band’s second release, the EP, Wouldn’t Have It Any Other Way, was released December 12, 2015. The new music was recorded, engineered, and mixed by Joel Nanos at Element Recording, KCMO. My Oh My plays The Brick, Saturday, February 13, with Pocket Vinyl, and 40 Watt Dream. More info more at: http://www.myohmy.bandcamp.com

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At 11:00 The Matchsellers will play live in our 90.1 FM studios and share information about their new record, “Songs We Made Up” to be released Friday, February 12, 2016. The Matchsellers is a bluegrass duo that began in the streets of former East Germany and now crisscrosses the US Interstate system year-round. In 2012, Julie Bates and Andrew Morris met while working as English teachers in Leipzig, Germany. Bates is a classically trained violinist from Kansas City, Missouri, and Morris grew up playing electric blues guitar in the dive bars of Warsaw, Indiana. The Matchsellers play a special CD Release Party on Friday, February 12, at 6:30 PM, at Uptown Arts Bar, 3611 Broadway Rd, KCMO. More info at: http://thematchsellers.com/

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At 11:30, Don Simon, of MudStomp Records, joins us to share music and information about Mudstomp Records Private Showcases, February 17 through 21st, at Folk Alliance International Conference, at The Westin Crown Center. MudStomp is also presenting, the Saturday Afternoon Stomp Celebrates International Folk Music, Saturday, February 20, at 3:00 pm, at Coda, 1744 Broadway, KCMO, with Delaney Davidson from Christchurch, New Zealand, and The Jellyman’s Daughter from Edinburgh, Scotland. More info at http://www.mudstomp.com/ or http://www.folk.org

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STREAMING LIVE at: kkfi.org

Show #616

WMM Playlist from: February 3, 2016

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 3, 2016

“The MidCoast Sound”
Betse Ellis + Marion Merritt
+ Sondra Freeman + Rae Fitzgerald


10:00

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

2. David Bowie – “Rebel Rebel”
from: David Live / RCA / May 24, 1974
[Written by by David Bowie, as a single and on the album Diamond Dogs. Cited as his most-covered track, it was effectively Bowie’s farewell to the glam rock movement that he had helped pioneer. Originally written for an aborted Ziggy Stardust musical in late 1973, “Rebel Rebel” – completed in January 1974 and released the following month – was Bowie’s last single in the glam rock style that had been his trademark. It was also his first hit since 1969 not to feature lead guitarist Mick Ronson; Bowie himself played guitar on this and almost all other tracks from Diamond Dogs, producing what NME critics Roy Carr and Charles Shaar Murray called “a rocking dirty noise that owed as much to Keith Richards as it did to the departed Ronno”. The song is notable for its gender-bending lyrics (“You got your mother in a whirl / She’s not sure if you’re a boy or a girl”) as well as its distinctive riff, which rock journalist Kris Needs has described as “a classic stick-in-the-head like the Stones’ ‘Satisfaction’”. Bowie himself later said, “It’s a fabulous riff! Just fabulous! When I stumbled onto it, it was ‘Oh, thank you!'” Transgender rock artist and former Bowie associate Jayne County claims that “Rebel Rebel” was based in part on County’s own song “Queenage Baby”, which was recorded in January 1974 by Bowie’s Mainman Records, but not released at the time. The song later surfaced on the independent 2006 release Wayne County at the Trucks, and some critics, upon hearing the track, echoed County’s claims. I have the recording in my collection and I can honestly say they sound like two very different songs. This recording is from “David Live,” David Bowie’s first official live album, originally released by RCA Records in 1974. The album was recorded in July of that year, on the initial leg of Bowie’s US Diamond Dogs Tour, at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, PA, a suburb of Philadelphia. (The second leg, a more soul-oriented affair following recording sessions in Philadelphia for the bulk of Young Americans, would be renamed ‘Philly Dogs’). The album catches Bowie in transition from the Ziggy Stardust/Aladdin Sane glam-rock era of his career to the ‘plastic soul’ of Young Americans. While the cover featured a picture of Bowie in his latest soul threads – baggy trouser suit complete with shoulder pads and braces from October 1974 – the music was recorded in July of that year when he was showcasing his two most recent studio albums of original material, Diamond Dogs and Aladdin Sane, as well as selected favorites from Ziggy Stardust and earlier. The tour was Bowie’s most ambitious to date, featuring a giant set designed to evoke “Hunger City”, the post-apocalyptic setting for Diamond Dogs, and his largest band, led by Michael Kamen. For “Space Oddity” (recorded at the time but not released until the album’s 2005 reissue) Bowie sang using a radio microphone disguised as a telephone whilst being raised and lowered above the stage by a cherry picker crane.]

3. David Bowie – “Be My Wife”
from: Low / RCA / May 24, 1974
[2nd single from Low after “Sound and Vision”. The song also features a more conventional lyric which is closer to a traditional rock song than the more fragmented lyrics elsewhere on that album. Allegedly several analysts of Bowie’s career have seen the song as a last-ditch plea to Angela Bowie in the vain hope of saving his marriage. Tension apparently had arisen between the couple, and disagreements have been claimed to have arisen over the location of a new residence in Europe. Angela had shown herself to be heavily affected by his music; he had reputedly proposed to her by playing “The Prettiest Star” to her over the telephone. In the end it seems here that David would not agree to move back to Switzerland from Berlin, and the relationship finally ended in divorce in 1980. The song features a ragtime piano opening, which serves the somewhat retro lyrics some justice, although it is soon set against a backdrop of guitars and drums. The song repeats its lyrics, changing the spacing of the lyrics amongst the song’s verse. The song closes simply with a fadeout, as the song returns to the introductory ragtime riff repeating indefinitely, with the rest of the band playing behind it. “Be My Wife” was frequently played live on the various tours after its release and Bowie is said to have repeatedly announced this song during live performances as “one of my favorites,” as may be seen or heard in such concert footage or audio recordings.]

10:08 – Pledge Break #1

Betse Ellis

Betse Ellis

Betse Ellis is originally from Fayetteville, Arkansas. She received her Bachelors of Arts in Music and a Bachelors of Arts in English from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. She has been playing the Violin for 40 years, with 20 plus years playing fiddle. Betse has also worked as a teacher of music for over 15 years. Betse was one of the founding members of the critically acclaimed and nationally known band, The Wilders. Betse has released two solo records, and now is recording and performing with multi-instrumentalist and banjo player Clarke Wyatt, as Betse & Clarke. The duo released their EP Bird Notes, on June 4, 2015. Betse & Clarke were the string section for “The Band That Fell To Earth: A Tribute to David Bowie” that last Sunday, January 31, 2016 at The Uptown Theatre. Betse Ellis, Clarke Wyatt and Brett Hodges perform on the third Thursday each month, for “Old Time at Ollie’s,” at Ollie’s Local, at 3044 Gillham Rd. On February 18 they will welcome special guest Adam Tanner, who will be in town for the Folk Alliance Camp and Conference! More info at http://www.betseandclarke.com

Marion Merritt

Marion Merritt

Marion Merritt grew up in Los Angeles, and she used to sing the lyrics to David Bowie’s “We Are The Dead,” at her family reunions when she was just a kid. She graduated from High School in St. Louis, Missouri, and went to college at The University of Missouri, in Columbia. She has studied art and musical engineering, and is a avid lover of classic films and punk rock music. Marion saw Talking Heads on their first tour when they played One Block West, in 1978. Marion has been the most frequent contributor to Wednesday MidDay Medley, for over eleven years she has been sharing her musical discoveries and information from her encyclopedic brain. Marion has joined us for every on-air fund drive of the past 10 years to help us raise money, donate money, and donate priceless photographs, and discount coupons, for use as “Thank You Gifts.” Marion is a MidCoast Radio Project Board member and has generously donated resources to 90.1 FM’s silent auctions and fundraisers. Marion is the creator of Records With Merritt, a small, independent, minority owned business, at 1614 Westport Rd. in Kansas City, Missouri. In the spirit of Anne Winter, a renegade who helped launch KKFI, and owned and operated Recycled Sounds at Main & Westport Rd. Marion Merritt, along with Judy Mills of Mills Record Company, are both keeping the tradition of —- female owned, independent record stores —- alive, on Westport Road, in Kansas City. These are Record Stores that not only feature area MidCoastal releases from independent KC music labels, but also open up their stores, on a weekly basis, for area and touring bands to play live, at special in-store performances, for all ages.

In just the last year Wednesday MidDay Medley has interviewed over 200 guests, including:

Lily Tomlin, Brodie Rush, Iris DeMent, Calvin Arsenia, Steve Tulipana, Louis Meyers, Krystle Warren, Vi Tran, Phil Neal, Rev Gusto, Bach Aria Soloists, Psychic Heat, Enrique & Diego Chi, The Blackbird Revue, Kelley Hunt, Crystal Clayton, Teri Quinn, Glenn North, Howard Iceberg, Mat Kessler, Shy Boys, Bummer, Jamie Searle, David George, Johnny Hamil, John Keck, Thom Hoskins, Judy Mills, Mat Shoare, GK Callahan, The Brannock Device and Jason Beers, Katlyn Conroy, J. Ashley Miller, Nathan Reusch, Megan Slankard, Shades of Jade, Kodascope, Gary Cloud, Bill Svoboda and KC Gay Pride, Betse Ellis, Connor Liemer, The Fog, Mike Alexander, Hank Wiedel, The Cave Girls, The Waspmen, The Electric Lungs, Not A Planet, Lisa Cordes, CS Luxem, Rolf Peterman, Sinple, Shaun Crowly, Christian Hankel, Evan Lovelace, Tara Varney, The Matchsellers, Brenton Cook, Michael McQuary, Riala, Sterling Witt, Britt Adair, HMPH!, Lauren Anderson, Bill Sundahl, Nate Allen, The Clementines, Ryan Wilks, Dedric Moore, Jonathan Bender, Camry Ivory, Ivory Black, Sondra Freeman, Chris Haghirian, Gamelan Genta Kasturi, Dustin Rapier, Emily Jones Behrman, and Spinning Tree Theatre, The Thunderclaps, Slow Motion Commotion, Scott Easterday, Alyssa Murray, Ty Herndon, Stephonne Singleton, Cheri Woods, Andrew Foshee, and more.

We’ve featured shows & segments about:

Crossroads Music Fest, Folk Alliance International, Middle of the Map Fest, KC Fringe Festival, KC Psych Fest, Out Here Now Film Fest, Center of The City Fest, SeedCo Harvest Fest, Dr. Martin Luther King’s Birthday, KC Gay Pride, Record Store Day!, Crossroads Summer Block Party, Johnson County Community College Performing Arts Series, Spinning Tree Theatre, Haymaker Records, The Record Machine, Mills Record Company, Records With Merritt, Midwest Music Foundation, CRAFT, Black Archives, Carnaval, and Charlotte Street Foundation.

One of our special “Thank You Gifts” is the 90.1 FM “Collaborations” CD produced by 90.1 FM Station Manager – Barry Lee

The album features 13 collaborations:

1. Betse & Clarke with Bird Fleming & John Kizilarmut;
2. Kasey Rausch Music with The Vine Street Seven;
3. Howard Iceberg with Hidden Pictures;
4. Victor & Penny with Cody Wyoming;
5. Gary Kirkland & Bill Dye;
6. Angela Hagenbach & The KKFI Jazz Band (Jeff Harshbarger, Roger Wilder, John Kizilarmut, Terry Wilkerson);
7. Jen Harris with Rich Hill;
8. Bobby Watson with Grupo Aztlan, and The T.J. Marley Trio;
9. BCR with Music by Betse Ellis and Bill Dye;
10. The Boss Toms (The Latenight Callers with Teri Quinn);
11. Enrique Chi of Making Movies with Bob Walkenhorst and Una Walkenhorst, 1
12. Cucharada with Gerald Trimble’s Celtic and World Music Sessions,
13. Freight Train Rabbit Killer with Jason Vivone.

This CD is only offered through 90.1 FM’s Winter Fund Drive!

10:15

3. Your Friend – “Heathering”
from: Gumption / Domino Recording Co / January 29, 2016
[Debut full length release from Lawrence, Kansas based Taryn Blake Miller, who grew up in Winfield, Kansas, and wrote all of the songs on the album. Taryn sang lead vocals, and played guitar, bass, Juno, drums, loops, slide, & reel-to-reel; with Christopher Luxem on guitar, vocals & loops; Nathan Dixey on flute, 12-string, piano, Juno,; Nicolas Stahl on drums; Austin Swick on bass & vocals; Gabe Ws on OP guru, beat overdubs, ; Lindsey Kinsey on vocals. “Gumption” was produced by Nicolas Vernhes at the Rare Book Room in Brooklyn. Vernhes has worked on albums by Animal Collective, Deerhunter, the War on Drugs, Dirty Projectors and Spoon. Domino Records is an independent record label whose roster includes Animal Collective, Dirty Projectors and Neutral Milk Hotel.]

[Your Friend will be embark on a US Tour in March and April]

4. Betse & Clarke w/ Bird Fleming & John Kizilarmut – “Black Eyed Susie”
from: KKFI Collaborations / KKFI 90.1 FM / January 29, 2016
[Traditional. Arranged by Betse Ellis, Clarke Wyatt, Bird Fleming & John Kizilarmut. Collaborations was produced by 90.1 FM Station Manager – Barry Lee. The album features 13 collaborations: Betse & Clarke with Bird Fleming & John Kizilarmut; Kasey Rausch Music with The Vine Street Seven; Howard Iceberg with Hidden Pictures; Victor & Penny with Cody Wyoming; Gary Kirkland & Bill Dye; Angela Hagenbach & The KKFI Jazz Band (Jeff Harshbarger, Roger Wilder, John Kizilarmut, Terry Wilkerson); Jen Harris with Rich Hill; Bobby Watson with Grupo Aztlan, and The T.J. Marley Trio; BCR with Music by Betse Ellis and Bill Dye; The Boss Toms (The Latenight Callers with Teri Quinn); Enrique Chi of Making Movies with Bob Walkenhorst and Una Walkenhorst, Cucharada with Gerald Trimble’s Celtic and World Music Sessions, Freight Train Rabbit Killer with Jason Vivone. Only available through 90.1 FM’s Winter Fund Drive!]

10:23 – Pledge Break #2

If you are a regular listener and benefit from the entertainment and information offered each week, now is your time to help keep this radio show alive. In the last year we played nearly 1000 songs on the show. Over half of these songs are from MidCoastal artists. We spin new vinyl and releases from area music labels: High Dive Records, Haymaker Records, MudStomp Records, The Record Machine, Little Class Records, and from hundreds of independently produced, artist released recordings.

We like to mix area recordings with critically acclaimed “national” releases. We like to mix different genres of music: Psychedelic, Jazz, Indie Rock, Folk, Classical, Hip Hop, Country, Blues, Pop, Electronic, Latin, and more.

We believe we present an integrated, multi-cultural, collage of really good music and insightful and informational interviews. We are more than just a radio show, we are part of the area music community. For two years we have hosted the Wednesday MidDay Medley – 90.1 FM Showcase at Middle of The Map Fest, we have co-emceed Apocalypse Meow at Knuckleheads, we have documented with live photographs and interviews the MidCoast Music Scene through our radio show, our Facebook, SoundCloud, Twitter, You Tube, and WordPress media.

10:30

6. Rae Fitzgerald – “Tower”
from: Popular Songs For Wholesome Families / Independent / March 14, 2015
[Written by Rae Fitzgerald. Composed by Lucas Oswald and Rae Fitzgerald. Album preview from the upcoming album POPULAR SONGS FOR WHOLESOME FAMILIES, to be released in early 2016. This will be the third album from Columbia, Missouri based singer songwriter. This is an electronic version of an acoustic version of this song.]

[Rae Fitzgerald plays Kansas City at Record With Merritt, 1614 Westport Rd. on Wednesday, February 10, at 7:00 pm, with Oh Dear Oh My, and Casey Benefield.]

Rae Fitzgerald

Rae Fitzgerald

10:36 – Interview with Rae Fitzgerald

We just heard Rae Fitzgerald performing her song, Tower, from her upcoming album POPULAR SONGS FOR WHOLESOME FAMILIES, to be released in the late spring of 2016. This will be the third album from the Columbia, Missouri based singer songwriter. For the past 9 to 10 months Rae Fitzgerald has been living in Austin, Texas.

“Tower” was written with Lucas Oswald

Rae Fitzgerald is coming back to Kansas City next week at Records With Merritt, 1614 Westport Rd. on Wednesday, February 10, at 7:00 pm, with Oh Dear Oh My, and Casey Benefield.

To listen to her music or for more information you can visit: https://raefitzgerald.bandcamp.com/

10:45 – Underwriting

10:47 – Pledge Break #3

90.1 FM is “100,000 Watts of Community!!!” 90.1 FM is a grassroots movement, a radio station created by the people in the village. 38 years ago those people created a not-for-profit, 501 (c) 3 organization called, The MidCoast Radio Project and for over ten years volunteers worked to raise the funds to buy a signal, a tower, and create a physical station with studios and offices, to serve the community. In February of 1988, KKFI began broadcasting over the airwaves…

We are a rare breed. A community radio station with 100,000 watts of power sending our crystal clear signal as far 40 miles away. Our engineers tell us that when our music is playing we have about the best sounding signal you will find in the area. With recent upgrades, our new transmitter, we are sounding better as we grow, towards the future.

Barry Lee is the Station Manager of 90.1 FM KKFI.

Bill Sundahl is the Special Events & Volunteer Coordinator at 90.1 FM KKFI

Paste named KKFI one of “10 Public Radio Stations You Wish Were in Your Town.” (6/4)

90.1 FM has added some fantastic new shows to our schedule:
River Trade Radio, The Boogie Bridge, ARTSPEAK Radio, Groove Juice, Radioactivity

We’ve come a long way since 1988, when those first radio shows were pre-recorded on reel to reel tape in the basement of Tom Crane’s house, and delivered to the tower site and transmitter, to be played.

Anne Winter aka Little Orphan Annie Kansas City’s first Punk show on the airwaves. KKFI still celebrates PUNK music with one of the best music shows around DIY KC Monday nights at midnight.

On Wednesday MidDay Medley we regularly feature punk, as well as electronic, folk, indie rick, alternative, jazz, classical, soul, blues, country, hip hop.

Programs on 90.1 FM have been recognized for excellence from The Federation of Community Broadcasters, GLAAD, International Labor Communications Association, The Pitch Kansas City, Hear Me Out Toastmasters, KC Star, and many others.

90.1 FM is telling the story of the Kansas City Metropolitan region with our organic and locally produced programming. Hundreds of guests are interviewed every month on 90.1 FM Public Affairs and Music Shows

So many bands and musicains got their first radio airplay on 90.1 FM.
This station has been Playing More Local Music Then Anyone Else for 27 Years! In one week of programming you will hear over 2000 different songs.

90.1 FM offers: Jazz – Mondays thru Fridays, Blues – 6 days a week, Reggae – Saturdays & Sundays, Hip Hop, Latin Music, Americana, Fusion, Rockabilly, Chamber Music, Metal, Punk, Freeform, Soul, Folk, World, Native American, Psychedelic, Rock, and Local Music.

10:54

7. Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear – “Dreams”
from: Dreams – Single / Glassnote Entertainment Group / January 22, 2016
[New Single release from Singer songwriters, Madisen Ward and Ruth Ward, both play guitar, and sing harmonizing as son and mom. In the past 16 months they have garnered national acclaimed after an appearance at the 2014 Americana Music Fest, they signed with Glassnote Records and recorded their debut full-length album in Nashville with acclaimed producer Jim Abbiss. They released their first single, “Silent Movies,” the same night they performed the song on The Late Show with David Letterman on CBS Television. They launched a big tour across the United States and traveled to Europe for multiple shows in London, Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, and ten did it all again. They sang and played on the influential British television show, “Later With Jools Holland” They were featured on CBS Sunday Morning, and visited many radio stations. They performed on tour with Sufjan Stevens, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, played Bonnaroo, Pilgramage, and the Newport Folk Festival, and others. In 2015 they have been representing KC all over the world, and recently joined us on WMM to talk about their appearance on NBC Today Show, on Nov 23. ]

11:00 – Station ID

8. Organized Crimes – “Bel Ray Flats”
from: Bel Ray Flats – Single b/w You Knew It Already / High Dive Records / January 29, 2016
[Combining distorted synthesizers and beat machines with crystal clear modulated guitar and sharp-panning auxiliary rhythms, Organized Crimes shows are sweaty and loud. Performances for their new 7″ ‘Bel-Ray Flats’ (due out 1/29/16 on High Dive Records) are well structured and heavily involve visual production. By using projectors and fastened video monitors, every song in the set is expressed in both sound and scene.
Cortland Gibson has been releasing noise-pop material under the moniker ‘Organized Crimes‘ since 2011. This will be the Kansas City native’s 3rd studio EP and his first release on High Dive. Cortland Gibson, is joined by Kyle Little, Ian Dobyns & Zach Hames for a slew of tour dates to not only release the 7″ but to promote a new full-length record due out this summer.]

[Organized Crimes play The Taproom In Lawrence ons Feb. 4th with CS Luxem & Real Adults] [Organized Crimes play Mills Record Company Kansas City, MO on Feb. 5th with Yes You Are]

11:04 – Interview with Sondra Freeman

Sondra Freeman is Director of Promotions and Artist Relations for Midwest Music Foundation, a nonprofit created to support music and musicians in Kansas City and the surrounding areas, founded in 2008 by a collective of musicians and music lovers. The Midwest Music Foundation (MMF) unites and empowers the greater Kansas City music community by providing programs and resources to area musicians through outreach, support, education, and health care opportunities. Sondra is instrumental in MMF’s annual events: Apocalypse Meow, MidCoast Takeover and the MidCoast Takeover fundraiser shows, as well as many other collaborative musical events and fundraisers.

MidCoast Takeover Fundraisers:

Saturday, February 6 at Knuckleheads Saloon, with The HillBenders, The Hardship Letters, Nicholas St. James, & The Brad Cunningham Band.

February 27, at The Tank Room, with Chris Meck & The Guilty Birds, Berwanger, Violet & the Undercurrents, and TBA.

March 12, at The Brick with Amy Farrand & The Like, Kangaroo Knife Fight, Kodascope, and The Invisible World.

Sondra Freeman is also the Host & Producer of Busker’s Banquet, Tuesday nights, 8:00 pm to Midnight, at The Buffalo Room, 817 Westport Rd. (Located in the back, south entrance of The Westport Flea Market.) The weekly show features “two open mic sessions snuggled around a featured artist.” Email: sistrumenterprises@gmail.com

More info at http://www.midwestmusicfound.org

11:13

9. The HillBenders – “Go To the Mirror”
from: Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry / Compass Records / June 2, 2015
[Springfield, MO 5-piece Bluegrass band. Jim Rea on guitar, Gary Rea on bass, Chad ‘Gravyboat’ Graves on dobro, Nolan Lawrence on mandolin, and Mark Cassidy on banjo. 45 years after its original release, this classic rock album has been fully realized as a full length bluegrass tribute. Conceived and produced by SXSW co-founder and longtime musician/producer Louis Jay Meyers, this Bluegrass Opry brings a new perspective to Tommy. Originally composed by guitarist Pete Townshend as a rock opera that tells the story about a deaf, dumb and blind boy. The original album has sold 20 million copies and has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame for “historical, artistic and significant value”. Meyers had been looking for the right band to pull off this high wire bluegrass approach for several decades and The HillBenders are the right band.]

[The HillBenders play the MidCoast Takeover Fundraisers, Saturday, February 6 at Knuckleheads Saloon, with The Hardship Letters, Nicholas St. James, & The Brad Cunningham Band]

10. Victor & Penny with Cody Wyoming – “Incident At Fine Creek”
from: KKFI Collaborations / KKFI 90.1 FM / January 29, 2016
[Written by Erin McGrane and Cody Wyoming. Collaborations was produced by 90.1 FM Station Manager – Barry Lee. The album features 13 collaborations: Betse & Clarke with Bird Fleming & John Kizilarmut; Kasey Rausch Music with The Vine Street Seven; Howard Iceberg with Hidden Pictures; Victor & Penny with Cody Wyoming; Gary Kirkland & Bill Dye; Angela Hagenbach & The KKFI Jazz Band (Jeff Harshbarger, Roger Wilder, John Kizilarmut, Terry Wilkerson); Jen Harris with Rich Hill; Bobby Watson with Grupo Aztlan, and The T.J. Marley Trio; BCR with Music by Betse Ellis and Bill Dye; The Boss Toms (The Latenight Callers with Teri Quinn); Enrique Chi of Making Movies with Bob Walkenhorst and Una Walkenhorst, Cucharada with Gerald Trimble’s Celtic and World Music Sessions, Freight Train Rabbit Killer with Jason Vivone. Only available through 90.1 FM’s Winter Fund Drive!]

[Victor & Penny play The Buffalo Room, TONIGHT, Wednesday 10 with Danelle Ate the Sandwhich]

11:20 – Pledge Break #4

Just remember what you don’t have to hear when you are tuned to 90.1 FM KKFI!

We do not play commercials. No automated robot playing the same 40 to 100 songs in a “rotation” based on a formula of one person, who programs the robot.

90.1 offers nearly 100 different radio programs. 80 of those programs are locally produced, and hosted and engineered by over 100 different people, who create content, and personally handcraft each show. There are over 135 hours each week of locally produced handcrafted programs. You we not find this anywhere else on your radio dial. It is very special. Not only do we bring the most diverse and unfiltered news and information, but our musical playlist is so very much deeper, and more comprehensive, than any other radio station in town. In one week you will hear over 2000 different songs played, as well as voices from the hundreds of KKFI volunteers and the hundreds of guests who visit out midtown studios to share their stories. How much is this worth to you?

11:27

11. Golden Groves – “Ideas”
from: Golden Groves / Independent / April 20, 2013
[Debut EP fron Kansas City baed 5-piece: Isaac Hodges on vocals & guitar, Dylan Nelson on lead guitar, Max Kmeck on bass, Andrew Lewis on drums. Recorded in Lawrence, KS with Jim Barnes producing and engineering the project. Additional mixing done by Ryan Cork. Mastering done by John McCaig of Panic Studios, Seattle, WA. More info at: http://www.goldengrovesmusic.com%5D

[Golden Groves plays an “Albun Release Party” on Friday, February 26, at 6:00 PM, at The Riot Room, 4048 Broadway St, KCMO. with Lauren Anderson Band, and Mime Game.]

12. The Buhs – “Can’t Let Go”
from: Can’t Let Go – unreleased single track / January 13, 2016
[The Buhs includes: singers Julia Haile, Lee Langston, and Anthony Saunders along with emcees Reach and Les Izmore., and Ryan J. Lee, Hermon Mehari, Ben Leifer, Tim Braun, Brad Williams and Kinyon Price. In November the band shot a music video in Paris. More info at: http://www.thebuhs.com%5D

[The Buhs play the Hello Art, 6th Anniversary, Friday, February 5, at The Hotel Phillips.]

11:35 – Underwriting

90.1 FM KKFI offers 24-7 programming. YOU (the listener), basically get all of this amazing programming for “free.” I, for one, love that I can turn on my radio, or computer device, and tune into the 90.1 FM’s 100,000 watt, crystal-clear signal, and hear the music, information, news, entertainment, events, and stories, that I really cannot find anywhere else. 90.1 is my comfort, my special companion, my diverse friend, introducing me to all kinds of new & local music, as well as the news & information without the intrusion of commercials. It is radio brought to YOU by real people, who create these shows out of love, and are guided by KKFI’s noble mission that “seeks to stimulate, educate and entertain our audience, to reflect the diversity of the local and world community, and to provide a channel for individuals and groups, issues and music that have been overlooked, suppressed or under-represented by other media.”
Driving in your car, at the office, at the gym, in your garage, in your cubicle, in your art space, on your Ipod, at your construction site, in your kitchen, in your barn, YOU can take 90.1 with you, as your companion. 90.1 FM is generally a good date. Good for a few laughs, fun to dance with, always interested in good conversation. Isn’t 90.1 FM KKFI worth a few dollars a day, or a week? So many people tune in to kkfi.org everyday, but studies show, that less than 10 percent actually donate to keep this miracle of broadcasting alive. Your support means that you will help bring this programming to folks who could not donate at this time, for whatever the reason.

This is your chance to put your money where your ears are. Please help keep, at least this part of our public airwaves, alive for our public to enjoy, free from commercials, free from religious sermonizing, free from extremely conservative and slanted right wing “talk radio” and free from corporately “owned and cloned” robotic affiliates that play the same 15 songs everyday at the same time. YOU deserve better. YOU deserve radio that really reflects our great city, and tells the story of our great music scene, and performing arts scene, and labor rights, and women’s issues, and LBGT information, and programming specifically produced for Latinos and African Americans, working people, Jazz lovers. Support the free-form spirit that is 90.1 FM KKFI!

11:44

13. AJ Young – “Into The Wild”
from: Into The Wild / Datura Records / October 24, 2015
[AJ Young is a singer songwriter, guitarist based in Kansas City. “Into The Wild” is the first of four EP’s to be released. “The goal was to make something that reflected my life over the past year with this EP….. It seems as though we created something that connected with other peoples lives as well, and that is more then I could ask for.” With Matt Magerkurth on bass & cello, Armond Nelson on organ & drums & keyboards, Jordan Stephens on drums, Brandon Butler on bass & keys, Jimmie Hill on bass, Russell Johnson on slide guitar, and AJ Young on acoustic/electric guitar & lead vocals. All song written by AJ Young. Produced by AJ Young. Recorded at BRC Studio—Chapman Recording & Mastering—- AJs Living Room. Mixing: Samuel Thomas, Robert Rebeck. Mastering: Eric Conn .]

[AJ Young plays Words Of Love Benefit Concert for Midwest Music Foundation, at Coda, 1744 Broadway, KCMO, Saturday, February 13, at 9:00 pm with Wyatt West with Tom Hall, Bryan Hicks, Amanda Fish, Nicki Scruggs, Eems. Sean Mc Donnell, Thomas FreightTrain Walker, Max Berry and more.]

[AJ Young plays Prohibition Hall, 1118 McGee St, KCMO, Saturday, March 5, at 7:00 pm.]

11:48 – Pledge Break #6

Who will tell our stories?

90.1 FM KKFI will tell our stories. We will tell your story too.

We will share our voices to help make a better world, to remind someone that they are not alone. To give someone a smile or a laugh. To be honest. To be real. To represent the world that we live in, with programs created by, and for, our diverse listening audience.

From the multitude of programs offered 24 – 7, seven days a week, for 27 years, by over 100 people who give of their time, and talents and resources, to not only create programming, but to work to build an audience, to share the secret.

Our Blues programs are huge: The Blues Kitchen, The Boogie Bridge, VooDoo Kittens Road Trippin’ Blues.

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Our Latino Programming, and Native American programming, and Folk Music and Chamber Music, and Reggae, and Rock, and Fusion, and Rockabilly, and Women’s Music, and World Music, and Hip Hop programs, and Old Soul – R & B, and Americana, and Southern Soul, and British Rock, and Punk, and Electronica are unmatched on the radio dial!!!.

KKFI is the most diverse station on the airwaves of the Kansas City metro region, without a doubt.

Our locally produced programs: Urban Connections, and Eco Radio, and ArtSpeak Radio, and Arts Magazine, and Heartland Labor Forum, and All Souls Forum, and LGBT Public Affairs, and The Tenth Voice, Jaw’s of Justice, and Women’s Programming, and Children’s Programming, are also unmatched in the Kansas City Metro region!

The sheer number of local – MidCoastal musical releases, the we play, day after day, is unmatched in the Kansas City Metro region.

And we never ask you to pay, except a few times a year, when we have to interrupt our programming to ask you to help us. To help us continue. To keep the dream alive!

We need YOU! Your contribution sends energy through our signal to world. You help us keep this special station on the air.

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11:55

14. Vigil and Thieves – “Haunting”
from: Haunting – Single / Independent / January 23, 2016
[Sarah Storm on vocals & guitar & keys, Steph Castor on guitar, Matthew Muckenthaler on bass, Andrew Flaherty on drums. Recorded in Kansas City, MO. All lyrics by Sarah Storm.]

[Vigil & Thieves play Replay Lounge in Lawrence, Kansas, on Thursday, February 4, with Vehicles.]

11:59:30

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


Next week, on Wednesday, February 10, – Spinning Tree Theatre joins us to share information about their latest production, 13, running February 11- 28, at the Just Off Broadway Theatre. Also AM Merker and members of the Kansas City band, My Oh My join us to share music and information about their new EP, “I Wouldn’t Have It Any Other Way” recorded with Joel nanos at Element Recording. We will also be joined by The Matchsellers who will play live in our 90.1 FM studios and talk about their new record, “Songs We Made Up” to be released February 12, 2016. And Don Simon, of Mudstomp Records joins us to share music and information about Mudstomp Tecords Private showcases for the upcoming Folk Alliance International Conference, February 17 through the 21st.

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

Wednesday MidDay Medley in on the web:

www.WednesdayMidDayMedley.org,

www.facebook.com/WednesdayMidDayMedleyon90.1FM,
http://www.kkfi.org

Show #615

WMM Playlist from January 27, 2016

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, January 27, 2016

Michelle Bacon & The Band That Fell to Earth + Wendy J. Scott
+ Doby Watson & Margo May + Pink Royal


10:00

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

2. David Bowie – “Big Brother”
from: Diamond Dogs / RCA / May 24, 1974

3. David Bowie – “Chant Of The Ever Circling Skeletal Family”
from: Diamond Dogs / RCA / May 24, 1974

“Big Brother” was written by David Bowie in 1973 and intended for his never-produced musical, based on George Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. Bowie had wanted to make a theatrical production of Orwell’s book, and began writing material after completing sessions for his album Pin Ups, but the Orwell estate denied Bowie the rights.

The song was released on the album Diamond Dogs, on May 24, 1974. Lyrically, the song reflects the ending of Nineteen Eighty-Four, the novel, where Winston Smith’s brainwashing is complete, and he now loves Big Brother. The song transitions into the final track on the record, “Chant of the Ever Circling Skeletal Family”.

Diamond Dogs was the 8th studio album from Bowie, released after the ‘retirement’ of Bowies’s Ziggy Stardust, character. Diamond Dogs featured a new lead character named Halloween Jack, “a real cool cat,” who lives in the decaying “Hunger City”. Bowie, however, still wore the Ziggy haircut on the cover of Diamond Dogs, and the first single, “Rebel Rebel” continues his glam rock sound.

However, with the rest of the album, music writers noticed a new Bowie. For his song “Sweet Thing” / “Candidate”/ “Sweet Thing (Reprise)” Bowie first used the William S. Burroughs’ cut-up style of writing. The song “1984” reflected the “plastic soul” sound of Bowie’s next release, Young Americans, from 1975.

The Diamond Dogs Tour of 1974 was one of the first huge Rock and Roll, bus and truck tours. Bowie produced the show with a giant set, like a big Broadway production.

Bowie played all of the album’s songs on the Diamond Dogs Tour, except “We Are the Dead.” The Diamond Dogs Tour was recorded and released as David Live. The song “Rebel Rebel” has been featured on almost every Bowie tour since. The song, “Diamond Dogs” was performed for the 1976 Station to Station Tour, and the 1995–96 Outside Tour and 2003-04 Reality Tous which I saw at Starlight Theatre, on May 10, 2004

I was able to see Bowie perform “Big Brother/Chant of the Ever Circling Skeletal Family” live, on his 1987, Glass Spider Tour, which played Kemper Arena, October 4, 1987.
On March 2 we will devote our entire show to David Bowie, his life as a Rock & Roll God, a producer, an artist, and we’ll hear from guests who will share stories about Bowie.

Here is one of Michelle Bacon’s favorite songs from Davie Bowie…

10:11

3. David Bowie – “Moonage Daydream”
from: Nothing Has Changed / Columbia / November 18, 2014
[The first compilation to showcase Bowie’s entire career. The album includes the new composition “Sue (Or in a Season of Crime)”, which was later re-recorded for the 2016 album Blackstar. The album was released in four formats: a triple CD version (sequenced in reverse chronological order), a double CD version (sequenced in chronological order), a double LP version, and a single CD version released exclusive to select countries]

[“Moonage Daydream” was written by David Bowie in 1971 and first released as a single with the band Arnold Corns. A re-recorded version, featuring Bowie and his backing band The Spiders from Mars, was released on the 1972 Bowie album, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.]

10:15 – Interview with Michelle Bacon

Musician and writer, Michelle Bacon, is Editor of the Deli Magazine KC, where she helps shine a light on our area music scene. Michelle is a freelance writer and has written for The Kansas City Star, The Bridge, Folk Alliance International, and many others. Michelle is the Social Media Assistant for Midwest Music Foundation where she also volunteers for events that raise funds and awareness for this important not-for-profit service organization. Michelle is part of the backbone of the bands: The Philistines where she plays bass, and Chris Meck and The Guilty Birds where she plays drums. She has also played with Freight Train Rabbit Killer, Deco Auto, Dolls on Fire, and Drew Black and Dirty Electric, to name a few.

Michelle Bacon joins us to share information about: The Band That Fell To Earth – a Tribute to David Bowie, at The Uptown Theatre on Sunday, January 31, at 8:00 PM

This event, The Band That Fell To Earth – a Tribute to David Bowie, has in the works for quite some time, and the band was in rehearsals, when we were all shocked by the news on January 10, that David Bowie had died, just two days after his 69th birthday, and the release of his 27th studio album, Blackstar. Michelle talked about Bowie’s death, and how that effected the rehearsals and planning of this event.

The Band That Fell To Earth – a Tribute to David Bowie
features:

Steve Tulipana, Nathan Corsi,

Michelle Bacon, Kyle Dahlquist, Alex Alexander, Stephanie Williams,

Betse Ellis, Clarke Wyatt, Rich Wheeler,

Lauren Krum, Rachel Christia, and Andre Tudhope,

performing the music of David Bowie live on stage.

More info at: http://www.knuckleheadskc.com/

Presented by The Deli Kansas City.

Proceeds from this event with benefit Midwest Music Foundation.

The Uptown Theatre on Sunday, January 31, at 8:00 PM (Doors at 7:00)

More info at: http://www.knuckleheadskc.com/

10:27

5. David Bowie – “Young Americans”
from: Young Americans / RCA / March 7, 1975
[Because of the strong influence of black music on the album, Bowie used the term “plastic soul” (originally coined by an unknown black musician in the 1960s) to describe the sound of Young Americans. The song was the first studio result of Bowie’s mid-1970s obsession with soul music. “Young Americans” was a breakthrough hit for the artist in the United States. The song makes references to McCarthyism, black repression via Rosa Parks, Richard Nixon (who had resigned the U.S. Presidency two days before the recording session), as well as a near-direct lift from The Beatles’ “A Day in the Life” with the line “I heard the news today oh boy!” (John Lennon, who originally authored the line, appeared twice on the Young Americans album, providing background vocals and guitar on his own “Across The Universe” and “Fame”, for which he also received a co-writing credit.) The backing vocal arrangement came at the suggestion of Luther Vandross. who was a big part of this album, writing and co-writing songs for the album, as well as helping in the recording and production. The album’s song “Fame” hit the No. 1 in the US, the same year the album was released.]

10:32

6. Iggy Pop – “Gardenia”
from: Post Pop Depression / IGHO – Loma Vista – Concord / March 18, 2016
[Post Pop Depression is the upcoming 17th studio album by Iggy Pop. Produced by Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age, the album was recorded in secrecy. Pop and Homme began working on the album in January 2015. Pop reached out to Homme by text message to ask if he was interested in writing music together. After they spoke by phone, Pop sent Homme some lyrics by mail, along with notes about Pop’s time working with David Bowie. Three months later, Homme sent lyrics to Pop, and they agreed to work together on recording songs in a studio. The album, consists of nine songs, recorded at Homme’s home studio in Joshua Tree, California, over the course of two weeks, and another week in his studio in Burbank, California. Pop and Homme self-financed the album.]

Wendy J. Scott and Michelle Bacon, on the January 27, 2016 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley.

Wendy J. Scott and Michelle Bacon, on the January 27, 2016 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley.

10:36 – Interview with Wendy J. Scott

Wendy Scott, is a Kansas based artist. She is a scenic painter for area theater companies and is the recipient of the 2012 Kennedy Center Award for scenic artistry. She also teaches painting classes, and has been recently featured as a painting teacher in a promotional piece for KSHB 41 News. 25 years ago Wendy’s pursuit of work as a painter motivated her to move New York City and later to France. When Wendy came back to Kansas City she had had her son, who is now 17 years old. While facing the challenges of being a working artist and being a single mom, Wendy created her own home-based-company called, Kitschup Creations, that produce unique candles, magnets, coasters and more.

She has also created a one-of-a-kind candle for Wednesday MidDay Medley that we will offer next week as one of our “Thank you Gifts” for those of you who donate to our station during Wednesday MidDay Medley’s Winter Fund Drive Show.

Wendy J. Scott started out as a commercial artist and quickly realized that was not for her. she wanted to get her hands dirty, not sit behind a computer all day, so she moved to New York and then to France for six years.

After living out of two suitcases and a carry on for so long Wendy found herself missing the states. and home, so she returned and started painting for theatre companies and tattooing in shops around the country.

A year after Wendy returned to the US from France, she had her son, who was diagnosed with Autism. Wendy shared her story of parenting a child with autism, as her son is now a 17-year old honors student.

Wendy does scenic painting Kansas City Kansas Community College Theatre Department.

More info at: http://www.KitschupCreations.Etsy.com/

10:55 – Underwriting

10:57

7. Appropriate Grammar – “Catastrophe”
from: Golden Child / Independent / August 24, 2013
[Appropriate Grammar’s final record. All songs written by Nick McKenna. Performed and arranged by Appropriate Grammar. Recorded, mixed and produced by Shaun Hamontree at Hamontree Manor, KCMO. Mastering by Joel Nanos at Element Recording, KCMO. includes: Nick McKenna – Guitar/Vocals, Alex Dunsford – Lead Guitar, Claire Adams – Bass/Vocals, and Steve Gardels – Drums.]

[Appropriate Grammar plays The Brick Fridy, January 29, with The B’Dinas.]

11:00 – Station ID

Doby Watson & Margo May on the January 27, 2016 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley.

Doby Watson & Margo May on the January 27, 2016 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley.

11:00 – Interview with Doby Watson and Margo May

8. Doby Watson – “Everything is the Same As Before” (LIVE PERFORMANCE)

Margo May grew up in Kansas City. She has been writing songs since she was 15. She has worked as an actor at The Coterie Theatre. She Studied Liberal Arts and English at University of Missouri – Kansas City. Margo made her national network television debut in the 2010 season of American Idol. Her Debut recording “Summerof” was one of our favorite recordings of 2010 and has received critical acclaim. She was the winner of the 2010 Pitch Music Award for Best Emerging Act. Since then Margo has played all over Kansas City, Portland, Oregon, Austin, Texas. Margo has released several albums af her own original music as well as several collaborations and remixes. Margo’s most recentl release, I’m Not Coming Home, was released July 19, 2015 on Double Shift Music.

Margo May went to high school with Doby Watson, who played on most of the tracks for Margo’s recent album. Doby originally released his music under the moniker Boo Hiss. A champion of the DIY music scene, Doby has toured extensively, supported many other independent DIY musicians, and worked to create alternative venues and shows for other bands.

In October 2014 Doby released his solo record “Live-In Son” in Ross Brown’s basement in KCMO and released on Double Shift Music.

Doby Watson will be playing a handful of Midwest shows in February to support an upcoming EP, a collaboration with Austin Swearengin and Margo May. The EP, simply titled Swearengin, Watson & May, was recorded by Cory Schulz in his living room in Milwaukee, WI while the three songwriters had some time off during a recent tour. It will be available in February from Double Shift Music. Doby Watson will play shows in Lawrence, at The Raven Bookstore, on February 16, and Kansas City at Davey’s Uptown, on February 17.

11:10

9. Margo May – “The Way I’m Going” (LIVE PERFORMANCE)

Doby is playing a house show on Friday in Midtown KCMO with Margo, Teri Quinn and Chase The Horseman. For more info: email – dobywatson@gmail.com.

Doby Watson’s upcoming tour –

2/16 Lawrence, KS @ The Raven Bookstore
2/17 Kansas City, MO @ Davey’s Uptown
2/18 Champaign, IL @ Mike N Molly’s*
2/19 Milwaukee, WI @ Riverwest Public House*
2/20 Chicago, IL @ house show*
2/21 Springfield, IL @ Black Sheep Cafe*

The out of town shows will be with Atom Lax, a finger-style guitar player from Dover, OH https://www.youtube.com/user/adamlaxmusic https://atomlax.bandcamp.com/

11:20

10. Doby Watson – We Don’t Kiss Goodnight” (LIVE PERFORMANCE)

From Doby’s own words: “When I was a kid I played guitar in some hardcore bands. When I found myself without a band, at the end of high school, I started trying to sing and write songs. Falling on the moniker “Boo Hiss” (something a class mate of mine said in place of swear words). I put some songs online and got asked to be on a small DIY label from Ohio called Tract Records. Around that time, I befriended touring DIY artists’ such as Viking Moses, Real Live Tigers, Manipulator Alligator and a young man named Joseph Murphy (who was in tons of bands), as well. Through these connections I was encouraged to tour and became involved in the Midwest’s various DIY communities, making countless friends.”

“Around this same time, Margo, who I went to high school with, began to play in some of the same circles. Rather than go to college, I chose to focus solely on DIY touring and releasing music (for much of it taking my good friend, then KC native, and amazing songwriter, Austin Swearengin with me for most of these tours). ”

“Margo went to college but stayed focused on music, as well. As our early 20’s went on, Margo moved to Portland, was on American Idol, had a deal with MTV’s Hive Music and did some small acting roles. Around that same time, I made an attempt to be taken more “seriously”, dropped my moniker and unsuccessfully released a mini-album under my own name. After some rather chaotic and unorganized tours for the album, I became depressed and disillusioned with music. I set music aside as a priority, moved to Lawrence, KS and tried to assimilate to what I thought was a ‘normal’ life. ”

“I went to college, got a day job, and wound up generally hating life. This new ‘normal’ path inevitably didn’t work out for me – I moved back in with my parents and held various dead end jobs and sank deeper into a depression, completely ceasing to make any music.”

“Around that same time, Margo had moved back to Kansas City. We ran into each other at some shows, and got to talking about collaborating again (we had done a split back in my Boo Hiss days). We attempted to co-write some songs to sell to MTV, they were rejected, and then we restructured them and recorded what became Watson & May with Lennon Bone. ”

“The process coincided with a batch of songs I had written about my time spent depressed, living with my parents and drinking my time away, and I recorded them as “Live-In Son” in Ross Brown’s basement in KCMO with contributions from Jerad Tomasino, Grant Buell, Ryan Brewer, Richard Gintowt and Cory Schulz.”

“I performed the songs live, while being recorded, in Ross Brown’s basement in Kansas City, MO. The next day, also in Brown’s basement, Grant Buell (Rhodes), Jerad Tomasino (vocals) and Hannah Jensen (viola), having never practiced with each other or Watson, improvised their parts over the live recordings of Watson. Richard Gintowt added additional vocals at his home in San Francisco, CA. The songs sat for some time until they were picked up by Ryan Brewer, who added electric guitar, field recordings and auxiliary percussion while he mixed the songs in Champaign, IL. The results were mastered by Cory Schulz in Milwaukee, WI. ”

“While trying to figure out what to do with the songs, I was contacted by Cameron Matthews, an old friend from my early DIY days who had become a music journalist. He founded Double Shift Music on my behalf, in order to easier release my new album, and it grew into an online collective and digital label, next releasing Margo’s latest album, “I’m Not Coming Home” (recorded by Time J Harte in KCMO), which I played guitar on. During the tour for that album, we were joined by my old touring mate, Austin Swearengin, who had long since moved to Minneapolis and become a sculptor, who was himself, too reinvigorated to write music again. Over the course of a couple afternoons, we recorded what became Swearengin, Watson & May in Cory Schulz’s living room in Milwaukee, WI. Austin, Margo and I are now the flagship artists of Double Shift Music, and this EP serves as a sort of symbol of our mutual return to music and friendship.”

Doby is almost finished with a new solo EP and almost done writing a new full length. It may be important to note that a local musician, Adam Brumback, has become an integral part of my live performances and touring. He is heavily featured on my upcoming EP.”

The EP, Swearengin, Watson & May will be out in February from Double Shift Music.

11:28 – Underwriting

11:30

11. Pink Royal – “Give Me Something Real”
from: Taps / Silly Goose Records / April 11, 2015

[Pink Royal play The Riot Room, Friday, January 29, with Jessica Paige, Dream Girl, and Via Luna.]

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11:34 – Interview with Dylan James Guthrie, Josh Dorrell, and Alex Hartmann of Pink Royal

12. Pink Royal – “Please Please Please”
from: Taps / Silly Goose Records / April 11, 2015
[Alt-electro-rock-pop from Lawrence, Kansas, with Dylan James Guthrie on vocals, Steven LaCour on guitar, Josh Dorrell on guitar, Alex Hartmann on drums, Nick Carswell on bass guitar & keyboards, and Zak Pischnotte on Saxophones. Originally founded by Henry Burling (drums), Steve LaCour and John Killeen (bass) and the addition of Chad “Mustard” Smith of the band Dumptruck Butterlips on vocals. When Henry returned to England, and Chad Smith went on the road with his other musical projects, Pink Royal journeyed through various concoctions, eventually settling on the current line up.]

[Pink Royal play The Riot Room, Friday, January 29, with Jessica Paige, Dream Girl, and Via Luna.]

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

Next week, on Wednesday, February 3, Betse Ellis and Marion Merritt join us as co-hosts for the entire show for our Winter On Air Fund Drive. Plus Sondra Freeman joins us to share info on several MidCoast Takeover Fundraiser shows.

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

Wednesday MidDay Medley in on the web:

www.WednesdayMidDayMedley.org,

http://www.facebook.com/WednesdayMidDayMedleyon90.1FM,
http://www.kkfi.org

Show #614

Wednesday MidDay Medley presents Michelle Bacon + Wendy J. Scott + Doby Watson & Margo May + Pink Royal

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, January 27, 2016

Michelle Bacon & The Band That Fell to Earth + Wendy J. Scott
+ Doby Watson & Margo May + Pink Royal

WMM Jan 27

Mark plays music from: David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Appropriate Grammar, Doby Watson & Margo May, and Pink Royal.

At 10:15, Michelle Bacon, Editor to The Deli Magazine – Kansas City, joins us to share information about: The Band That Fell To Earth, a tribute to David Bowie, at Knuckleheads Saloon, in the Garage, on Sunday, January 31, at 8:00 PM (Doors at 7:00), presented by The Deli Kansas City, featuring: Steve Tulipana, Nathan Corsi, Michelle Bacon, Kyle Dahlquist, Alex Alexander, Stephanie Williams, Betse Ellis, Clarke Wyatt, Rich Wheeler, Lauren Krum, Rachel Christia, and Andre Tudhope, performing the music of David Bowie live on stage. More info at: http://www.knuckleheadskc.com/

At 10:30 we’ll talk with artist, designer, entrepreneur, single mom, Wendy J. Scott, who joins us to talk about her theatrical scenic painting and design, and her work as an art and painting teacher. We’ll also talk with Wendy about her self-created company, Kitschup Creations, that produce unique candles, magnets, coasters and more. Wendy will share her story of how she started her own home business, her work at Kansas City Kansas Community College Theatre Department, and her story of parenting a child with autism, as her son is now a 17-year old honors student. More info at: http://www.KitschupCreations.Etsy.com/

At 11:00 singer songwriters, Doby Watson and Margo May join us to play live in our 90.1 FM studios. Doby Watson will be playing a handful of Midwest shows in February to support an upcoming EP, a collaboration with Austin Swearengin and Margo May. The EP, simply titled Swearengin, Watson & May, was recorded by Cory Schulz in his living room in Milwaukee, WI while the three songwriters had some time off during a recent tour. It will be available in February from Double Shift Music. Doby Watson will play shows in Lawrence, at The Raven Bookstore, on February 16, and Kansas City at Davey’s Uptown, on February 17. More info at: http://www.doubleshiftmusic.com/

And at 11:30 we’ll talk with members of the Lawrence, Kansas based, “experimental groove-pop” band, Pink Royal. Lead singer Dylan James Guthrie, guitarist Josh Dorrell, and drummer Alex Hartmann join us in our 90.1 FM Studios. (The band also includes founding member: Steven LaCour on guitar, Nick Carswell on bass, and Zak Pischnotte on saxophone.) Pink Royal released their debut album, Taps, in April 1015, and it was in the Top Ten of Wednesday MidDay Medley’s “The 115 Best Recordings of 2015.” Pink Royal play The Riot Room, Friday, January 29, with Jessica Paige, Dream Girl, and Via Luna. More info at http://www.pinkroyalmusic.com/

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

Show #614

Wednesday MidDay Medley Playlist from January 20, 2016

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, January 20, 2016

Mike Alexander &of Hipshot Killer + “Pontypool”
+ Sara Glass & C Woods + Kianna Alarid of Yes You Are

Yes You Are, Pontypool, Hiphot Killer, and Sara Glass

Yes You Are, Pontypool, Hiphot Killer, and Sara Glass


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

2. David Bowie – “Lazarus”
from: Blackstar / ISO Records – Columbia / January 8, 2016

Lazarus features David Bowie on vocals, acoustic guitar, and Fender guitar; Donny McCaslin on saxophone, flute, and woodwind; Jason Linder on piano, Wurlitzer organ and keyboards; Tim Lefebvre on bass; Mark Guiliana on drums. McCaslin and the rest of the jazz group recorded their parts in the studio over a period of about one week a month from January to March 2015, and until later in recording were unaware of Bowie’s declining health. The song “Lazarus” is part of Bowie’s Off-Broadway musical of the same name.

The album has received universal critical acclaim and commercial success, reaching the number one spot in a number of countries in the wake of Bowie’s death and becoming his first album to reach number one on the Billboard 200 album chart in the U.S.

Blackstar is the twenty-fifth and final studio album by musician, writer, actor, chameleon, David Bowie. It is the 27th when you count the Tin Machine records, which you should. The album was released worldwide on January 8, 2016, on Bowie’s 69th birthday, and just two days later David Robert Jones passed away at home surrounded by his wife Iman, and his son Duncan Jones from his marriage to Angela Bowie, and daughter Alexandria from his marriage to Iman. Bowie’s death comes as a shock to all of us who have been fans of his every musical release, his original groundbreaking music videos, his work in feature films, his wild array of television appearances, his legendary concert tours, and theatrical events.

So much of my journey as a queer kid in small town Nebraska, trying to finding myself and my way out and my way in the world, was influenced by Bowie. First the great music of Bowie, the sounds, the lyrics, the delivery, but also the way he adapted, the way he was always looking forward, always an artist, always reinventing, always writing songs for those of us who felt left out, estranged, or alien in a world we needed to escape. Studying his life and music and his influences was my gateway to The Velvet Underground, Lou Reed, John Cale, Andy Warhol and The Factory, Iggy Pop, Glam Rock, Electronica, Brian Eno, Roxy Music, William S. Burroughs, Mick Ronson, Luther Vandross, Tony Visconti, Carlos Alomar, Robert Fripp, Kraftwerk, Klaus Nomi, Bauhaus, Bisexuality,

On March 2 we will devote our entire show to David Bowie, his life as a Rock & Roll God, a producer, an artist, and we’ll hear from special guests who will share their favorite songs and personal stories about Bowie.

10:10 – Underwriting

10:12

3. Hipshot Killer – They Will Try To Kill Us All
from: They Will Try To Kill Us All / Throwing Things / January 16, 2016
[KC based 3-piece power punk band formed in the fall of 2008. For the recording: Mike Alexander (Revolvers, Architects), on Guitar & Vocals, Chris Wagner (100 Years War, Jackie Carrol) on Bass & Vocals, Thomas Becker (Beautiful Bodies), on Drums. The band released their debut record Hipshot Killer, April 29, 2011, and are currently working on their new release.]

10:15 – Interview with Mike Alexander

Mike Alexander is a very busy guy. He is a guitarist and singer in the power punk trio, Hipshot Killer. Mike has been a part of the Center of the City Fest for the past 4 years and is also one of this year’s organizers of the Fest. Mike is also a much sought after guitar player and he regularly performs live and records with John Velghe & The Prodigal Sons, and The Starhaven Rounders. Mike has also played with Revovers and The Architects. Mike returns to Wednesday MidDay Medley to share all the new music from the band’s brand new album, They Will Try to Kill Us All, released on vinyl on January 16, 2016. Hipshot Killer will play an album release show on Saturday, January 23, at 9:00pm, at minibar, 3810 Broadway, with The Big Iron and Super Thief.

Mike Alexander (Revolvers, Architects), on Guitar & Vocals, Chris Wagner (100 Years War, Jackie Carrol) on Bass & Vocals, legendary drummer Jon “Buddy” Paul, who plays in The Big Iron.

“They Will Try To Kill Us All” features: Thomas Becker, of Beautiful Bodies, on Drums.

“They Will Try To Kill Us All” was recorded by Michael Stout and Chris Wagner at:
The Uptown Theatre on Broadway and Valentine
The Becker Residence in Hyde Park
The Sandbox at Vinyl Renaissance on 39th Street West
Dumit’s Rug Shop on 79th Street

Mastered at Weights and Measures studio by Duane Trower.

All songs written by Mike Alexander

Released on Throwing Things Records, 6819 Minnesota Ave, St. Louis, Missouri

Hipshot Killer will play an album release show on Saturday, January 23, at 9:00pm, at minibar, 3810 Broadway, with The Big Iron, and Super Thief.

The Big Iron released We Will Fall on May 30, 2014. The band’s 3rd full-length was produced & mixed by Joel Nanos of Element Recording. It’s the band’s follow-up to 2008’s “Thanks for the Therapy,” and their 2001 debut recording, “Bury My Mistakes.” Ricky Reyes on guitar; Jon Paul on drums; Jeff Pendergraft on vocals, PK on guitar; and Mike Farren on bass. More info at: thebigiron.bandcamp.com

Super Thief is from Austin Texas

With bandmate Chris Wagner Mike plays with John Velghe & The Prodigal Sons.

Mike Alexander grew up in KCK?

Mike Alexander wrote all the songs on “They Will Try To Kill Us All.”

Hipshot Killer will play an album release show on Saturday, January 23, at 9:00pm, at minibar, 3810 Broadway, with The Big Iron. (and Super Thief).

More info at https://www.facebook.com/hipshotkiller

10:28

4. Hipshot Killer – “Alone on The Airwaves”
from: They Will Try To Kill Us All / Throwing Things / January 16, 2016
[KC based 3-piece power punk band formed in the fall of 2008. For the recording: Mike Alexander (Revolvers, Architects), on Guitar & Vocals, Chris Wagner (100 Years War, Jackie Carrol) on Bass & Vocals, Thomas Becker (Beautiful Bodies), on Drums. The band released their debut record Hipshot Killer, April 29, 2011, and are currently working on their new release.]

John Rensenhouse, Kimmie Queen, Mike Alexander of Hipshot Killer, and Cody Wyoming

John Rensenhouse, Kimmie Queen, Mike Alexander of Hipshot Killer, and Cody Wyoming

10:32 – Interview with John Rensenhouse, Cody Wyoming & Kimmie Queen

Most of our radio audience know Cody Wyoming & Kimmie Queen for their work in the KC based 6-piece band, The Philistines. However this rock and roll dynamic duo have also collaborated in multiple theatrical productions with Late Night Theatre, Charlotte Street Foundation, in David Wayne Reed’s “Mother Trucker II – Ride On.” In 2002, Cody Wyoming directed Mitch Brian’s adaptation of Roger Corman’s Bucket of Blood in a production that featured Kimmie Queen in the cast, and as a designer for the show, produced with The Living Room Theatre. Kimmie and Cody are collaborating again with The Living Room for the premiere of the new play, “Pontypool,” adapted by Kimmie Queen and Cody Wyoming, from a radio play written by by Canadian writer Tony Burgess, which was an adaptation of his screenplay, for the 2008 horror movie “Pontypool.” The play runs through January 31, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sunday nights, at 8:00 pm, at the Living Room, 1818 McGee. For more information call 816-533-5857 or go to http://www.thelivingroomkc.com.

“Pontypool,” is a town in north Ontario

Written by Tony Burgess

Directed by Cody Wyoming

Starring: John Rensenhouse (recently voted KC’s best actor by KC Magazine)
Katie Gilchrist (Recently voted Best Local Actress by The Pitch)
Regina Weller and Bradley J. Thomas.

Shock jock Grant Mazzy (Rensenhouse) has been kicked ­off the airwaves and now works at a small ­town morning show. Another mundane day on the job quickly turns deadly when reports pile in of people developing strange speech patterns and evoking brutal acts of violence. Before long, Mazzy discovers that the behavior is actually a deadly virus being spread through language. Does he stay on the air in hopes of being rescued or, is he providing the virus with its ultimate leap over the airwaves and into the world? This production contains Adult Language and Violence.

The Set of Pontypool

The Set of Pontypool

The set of Pontypool

The set of Pontypool

The Set of Pontypool

The Set of Pontypool

Opening night was January 16, at 8:00 pm.

All Performances will be at 8pm Thursday through Sunday.
Closing Performance January 31st with reception to immediately follow.

Pontypool is receiving positive reviews in The KC Star, Pitch, and Examiner.

Cody Wyoming is a part of 90.1 FM & Barry Lee’s Collaborations project.

“Pontypool” runs through January 31, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, at 8:00 pm, at the Living Room, 1818 McGee. For more information call 816-533-5857 or go to http://www.thelivingroomkc.com.

10:53

5. The Philistines – “Twitch of the Death Nerve”
from: Single from forthcoming debut LP that The Philistines will be releasing in 2016.
[KC based rock band with a psychedelic bent, made up of: Kimmie Queen on lead vocals; Cody Wyoming on lead guitar & vocals; Rod Peal on guitar; Michelle Bacon on bass; Josh Mobley on keyboard, Steve Gardels on drums. Recorded & mixed with Paul Malinowski at Massive Sound, mastered by Dave Gaume.]

11:00 – Station ID

6. Hinds – “Garden”
from: Leave Me Alone / Mom + Pop / January 8, 2016
[Debut album from Spanish indie rock band from Madrid, formed in 2011, consisting of Carlotta Cosials (vocals, guitar), Ana Perrote (vocals, guitar), Ade Martin (bass) and Amber Grimbergen (drums).[2] The original name of the band was Deers, but they were forced to change it at the end of 2014, due to the threat of legal action from a similarly named band. The group chose “Hinds” (female deer) as the new name.]

11:00 – Interview with Sara Nicole Glass and C Woods

Sara Glass aka Miss Conception & C Wood

Sara Glass aka Miss Conception & C Wood

11:04 – C. Woods live performance

Kansas City based poet & performance artist – Sara Nicole Glass, also known as “Miss Conception” ]received her journalism degree from Kansas University, with a focus on communications and Public Relations. Over the past several years her creative performance work has involved hip hop, emceeing, and DJ performances. Sara is a lover of dancing with fire and the circus arts, and she incorporates all kinds of imagery and live theatrics into any type of show she presents. Since 2008, Sara Glass also has written and co-produced four musical releases including: Miss Conception, Ostentation, Saraswati, and most recently Sara-Tonin.

C Woods is a constant contributor to the Rural Grit Happy Hour on Monday Nights at The Brick, and has performed consistently with the Rural Grit All Stars, and at multiple musical events, Folk Alliance International, and her lyrics and voice are part of Howard Iceberg’s 7-CD set “Welcome Aboard” of over 100 songs. C Woods organic and musical poetry performance are one-of-a-kind and unlike any other spoken word artist in KC.

Sara Glass and C Woods, joined us to share information about Sara’s her first book, a collection of poetry titled “Class Action,” part of Prosperos Books and Spartan Press’ Pop Poetry #12poetsin12months book releases. — Book Release Performance on January 23, at 8:00 pm, at Prospero’s Books Upstairs.

C Woods, is one of several poet performers who will be contributing to Sara’s book release show.

11:14

C. Woods live performance

Since 2008, Sara Glass has written and co-produced four musical releases including: Miss Conception, Ostentation, Saraswati, and most recently Sara-Tonin.

Miss Conception Upcoming Gigs:
Absinthe and Poetry Show at Uptown Arts Bar, Friday, Jan 22, 10:00 pm
Book Release at Prosperos Books upstairs, February 23, 8:00 pm
Johnny Depp burlesque show on February 13
(somewhat of a) Disney Burlesque Show at Uptown Arts Bar Saturday, Feb 20

11:20

Sara Glass read a poem

Sara Nicole Glass, also known by pen name “Miss Conception” is a poet and performance artist. While she calls Kansas City her home, she has made it her goal to travel and explore the country and world as much as possible.

More information at: http://www.themissconception.com.

11:25

C. Woods Live performance

Sara’s “Class Action” — Book Release Performance on January 23, at 8:00 pm, at Prospero’s Books Upstairs. More information at: http://www.themissconception.com.

11:25 – Underwriting

11:27

7. Yes You Are – “HGX”
from: A Dream [EP] / Independent / November 8, 2015
[Yes You Are is: Jared White – songwriter, rhythm guitar, backup vocals; Kianna Alarid – songwriter, lead vocals; Jacob Temeyer – lead guitar, keyboards, backup vocals; Joseph Wilner – drums ; and Willie Jordan – bass guitar, back up vocals. Yes You Are lead singer Kianna Alarid was also lead singer and bassist for the critical acclaimed band, Tilly and the Wall, who released 4 albums on Saddle Creek Records, toured the world, and appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman. After Tilly and the Wall ended, Yes You Are was formed in 2014. This past summer they toured nationally with Neon Trees and released their first music video. The band is currently working on their debut full length album.]

[Yes You Are play The Riot Room, Friday, January 22, at 8:00 pm with High Up, and Drugs + Attics.]

Kianna Alarid of Yes You Are with Sara Glass aka Miss Conception & C Woods

Kianna Alarid of Yes You Are with Sara Glass aka Miss Conception & C Woods

11:31 – Interview with Kianna Alarid

Yes You Are is: Jared White – songwriter, rhythm guitar, backup vocals; Kianna Alarid – songwriter, lead vocals; Jacob Temeyer – lead guitar, keyboards, backup vocals; Joseph Wilner – drums ; and Willie Jordan – bass guitar, back up vocals. Yes You Are lead singer Kianna Alarid was also lead singer and bassist for the critical acclaimed band, Tilly and the Wall, who released 4 albums on Saddle Creek Records, toured the world, and appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman. After Tilly and the Wall ended, Yes You Are was formed in 2014. This past summer they toured nationally with Neon Trees and released their first music video. The band is currently working on their debut full length album

Kianna Alarid joined us to talk about her new band and their show at The Riot Room, Friday, January 22, at 8:00 pm with High Up, and Drugs + Attics. We’ll also talk about Kianna’s previous band, Tilly and the Wall.

Yes You Are’s bassist Willie Jordan’s other band, Drugs + Attics, is also playing Friday night at The Riot Room.

Kianna Alarid’s friend Orenda Fink, from Omaha, who was in the band Azure Ray, started a new band called High Up (also from Omaha) and they are coming down to KC play a show with Yes You Are, on Friday at Riot Room.

Kianna say’s “They’re rad, they sound like a punk Alabama Shakes!”

11:40

8. High Up – “Two Weeks”
from: Two Weeks – Single / Independent / Octoner 7. 2015
[Debut single from High Up, recorded by Ben Brodin (Bright Eyes, First Aid Kit) at ARC Studios in Omaha, Nebraska. High Up is: Christine Fink, Orenda Fink, Greg Elsasser, Josh Soto, and Eric Ohlsson. Taking cues from classic soul and the indie rock roots of the members, High Up blends the genres to create a frenetic live show and sound that is at once old and new.]

Orenda Fink was also part of the band Azure Ray, label mates of Kianna Alarid, when she was part of the band Tilly and the wall on Team Love Records.

Tilly and The Wall released 4 albums and one EP and multiple singles on Taem Love Records (a record label founded by their friend Connor Oberst. The band toured the world, and appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman, and Sesame Street.

More information at: http://www.weareyesyouare.com/

11:50

9. Yes You Are – “World Without End”
from: A Dream [EP] / Independent / November 8, 2015
[Yes You Are is: Jared White – songwriter, rhythm guitar, backup vocals; Kianna Alarid – songwriter, lead vocals; Jacob Temeyer – lead guitar, keyboards, backup vocals; Joseph Wilner – drums ; and Willie Jordan – bass guitar, back up vocals. Yes You Are lead singer Kianna Alarid was also lead singer and bassist for the critical acclaimed band, Tilly and the Wall, who released 4 albums on Saddle Creek Records, toured the world, and appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman. After Tilly and the Wall ended, Yes You Are was formed in 2014. This past summer they toured nationally with Neon Trees and released their first music video. The band is currently working on their debut full length album.]

[Yes You Are play The Riot Room, Friday, January 22, at 8:00 pm with High Up, and Drugs + Attics.]

11:56

10. Under The Big Oak Tree – “Local Honey”
from: Rock Bird / Mudstomp Records / January 22, 2016
[Acoustic Folk – Country Roots from Saint Joseph, Missouri based band formed by: Kristin Hamilton, Doug “Sluggo” Ward, and Simon Fink. More info at: http://www.UnderTheBigOakTree.net%5D

[Under The Big Oak Tree play CD Release Party, Night II at Uptown Arts Bar in KCMO, Friday, January 29, at Uptown Arts Bar.]

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


Next week, on Wed, January 27…

Michelle Bacon joins us to share information about: The Band That Fell To Earth, a tribute to David Bowie, at Knuckleheads Saloon, Sunday, January 31, at 8:00 PM featuring: Steve Tulipana, Nathan Corsi, Michelle Bacon, Kyle Dahlquist, Alex Alexander, Stephanie Williams, Betse Ellis, Clarke Wyatt, Rich Wheeler, Lauren Krum, Rachel Christia, and Andre Tudhope, performing the music of David Bowie live on stage.

At 10:30 we’ll talk with, artist, designer, entrepreneur, single mom, Wendy Scott of Kitshup Productions who joins us to talk about her candles, magnets, coasters and more; how she started her own unique home business, her theatrical design work at Kansas City Kansas Community College Theatre Department, her work as an art teacher.

At 11:00 singer songwriters, Doby Watson and Margo May join us to play live in our 90.1 FM studios.

And at 11:30 we’ll talk with members of the band Pink Royal.

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


Wednesday MidDay Medley in on the web:

www.WednesdayMidDayMedley.org,

http://www.facebook.com/WednesdayMidDayMedleyon90.1FM,
http://www.kkfi.org

Show #613

Wednesday MidDay Medley features Yes You Are + Hipshot Killer + “Pontypool” + Sara Glass & C Woods

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, January 20, 2016

Yes You Are, Pontypool, Hiphot Killer, and Sara Glass

Yes You Are, Pontypool, Hiphot Killer, and Sara Glass

Mike Alexander & Hipshot Killer + Cody Wyoming & “Pontypool”
+ Sara Glass & C Woods + Kianna Alarid & Yes You Are

Mark plays new music from David Bowie, Hipshot Killer, Yes You Are, High Up, and more!

At 10:15 Mark talks with Mike Alexander of the KC based punk trio, Hipshot Killer. We’ll play music from the band’s brand new album, They Will Try to Kill Us All, released on vinyl on January 16, 2016. Hipshot Killer will play an album release show on Saturday, January 23, at 9:00pm, at minibar, 3810 Broadway, with The Big Iron, and Super Thief.

At 10:35 Cody Wyoming & John Rensenhouse join us to share information about “Pontypool,” an adaptation by Kimmie Queen and Cody Wyoming of a radio play by Canadian writer Tony Burgess which was an adaptation of his screenplay for the 2008 horror movie “Pontypool.” The play runs through January 31, at the Living Room, 1818 McGee. For more information call 816-533-5857 or go to http://www.thelivingroomkc.com.

At 11:00 KC based poet & performance artist – Sara Nicole Glass, also known as “Miss Conception” and poet performer, C Woods, join us to share information on Sara’s “Class Action” — Book Release Performance on January 23, at 8:00 pm, at Prospero’s Books Upstairs. More information at: http://www.themissconception.com.

At 11:30 Mark talks with Kianna Alarid lead singer in the band, Yes You Are, who play The Riot Room, Friday, January 22, at 8:00 pm with High Up, and Drugs + Attics. We’ll spin new music from Yes You Are, and High Up, and also talk about Kianna’s previous band, Tilly and the Wall.

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

Show #613

WMM Playlist from January 13, 2016

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, January 13, 2016

“Remembering MLK”
+ Cat Mahari & Hermon Mehari


Wednesday Midday Medley celebrates the life of human rights icon, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Born Jan. 15, 1929. MLK led the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott and helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1957, serving as its first president. King’s efforts led to the 1963 March on Washington, where Dr. King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech. In 1964, King became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to end racial segregation and racial discrimination thru civil disobedience and non-violent means. As Pete Seeger wrote: “Songs gave them the courage to believe they would not fail.”

By the time of his death in 1968, Dr. King had refocused his efforts on ending poverty and opposing the Vietnam War. King was assassinated, April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977 and Congressional Gold Medal in 2004; Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was established as a U.S. national holiday in 198I.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. birthday is Friday, January 15, 2016

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Holiday is January 18, 2016

0. “Main Title Instrumental – It’s Showtime Folks”
from: Motion Picture Soundtrack to All That Jazz / Universal / Dec. 20, 1979
[WMM’s theme]

1. Soweto Gospel Choir – “Pride (In The Name of Love)”
from: In the Name of Love – Africa Celebrates U2 / Shout! Factory Records / 2008

2. International Noise Conspiracy / MLK Jr. – “The First Conspiracy / Let Freedom Ring”
from: Adbusters – Live Without Dead Time / Adbusters / 2003

3. Labelle – “Something in The Air / The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”
from: Something Silver / Warner Archives / 1997
[Originally from: Pressure Cookin’ / 1973, 3rd album from the funk/soul trio of Patti LaBelle, Nona Hendryx and Sarah Dash who each shared a rap on “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” a poem and song by Gil Scott-Heron. It was the B-side to Scott-Heron’s first single, “Home Is Where the Hatred Is”, from his album Pieces of a Man (1971). “Something in the Air” is a song orig. recorded by Thunderclap Newman, a band created by Pete Townshend for The Who’s former roadie John ‘Speedy’ Keen who wrote and sang the song. It was a UK #1 single for three weeks in July 1969.]

10:13 – Soul Brother…

4. Curtis Mayfield – “Beautiful Brother of Mine”
from: Roots / Curtom-Buddah / 1971

5. Maceo & The Macks – “Soul Power ’74”
from: James Brown’s Funky People, Pt. 2 / People Records / 1988 [Not only is this particular record sampled more than hors douvres in a supermarket aisle, it contains samples itself in the form of tape overlays of civil rights rallies, a Dr. King speech, and an announcement of King’s assassination. Maceo Parker has played saxophone with James Brown, Parliment, Funkadelic, Bootsy Collins, Bernie Worrell and Prince.]

6. Sweet Honey in The Rock, Aaron Neville, Lamar Campbell & Spirit of Praise -“Ella’s Song”
from: Soundtrack to Boycott / HBO / 2001 [Critically acclaimed 2001 film staring Jeffrey Wright as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Terrence Howard as Ralph Abernathy, and CCH Pounder as Jo Ann Robinson.]

10:25 – Underwriting

10:27 – King’s Life, Death, and Spirit…

7. Common & John Legend – “Glory”
from: Selma (Music from the Motion Picture) / Paramount Pictures-Pathe / January 6, 2015
[Golden Globe winning song from the new motion picture Selma. Most of the millions of African Americans across the South had effectively been disenfranchised since the turn of the century by a series of discriminatory requirements and practices. Finding resistance by white officials to be intractable, even after passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This led to the three Selma to Montgomery marches in 1965 where Dallas County Voters League (DCVL) were joined by organizers from the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committeeand also invited Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and activists of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference to join them. These marches were part of the Selma Voting Rights Campaign and led to the passage that year of the Voting Rights Act, a landmark federal achievement of the 1960s American Civil Rights Movement. The 54-mile highway from Selma to the Alabama state capital of Montgomery was a demonstration showing the desire of black American citizens to exercise their constitutional right to vote, in defiance of segregationist repression. ]

8. Mahalia Jackson – “How I Got Over”
from: The Original Apollo Sessions / Couch & Madison Partners / May 25, 2013
[Gospel hymn composed & published in 1951 by Clara Ward (1924-1973). It was performed by Mahalia Jackson at the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963 before 250,000 people. Mahalia Jackson (Oct. 26, 1911 – Jan. 27, 1972) was referred to as “The Queen of Gospel”. She became one of the most influential gospel singers in the world, heralded internationally as a singer and civil rights activist. She was described by entertainer Harry Belafonte as “the single most powerful black woman in the United States”. She recorded about 30 albums (mostly for Columbia Records) during her career, and her 45 rpm records included a dozen “golds”—million-sellers. “I sing God’s music because it makes me feel free,” Jackson once said about her choice of gospel, adding, “It gives me hope. With the blues, when you finish, you still have the blues.”]

10:35

9. Martin Luther King Jr. – “MLK – I Have A Dream 1963 (excerpt)”
from: Inspirational Speeches, Vo. 3 / Orange Leisure / May 16, 2011
[American civil rights leader/activist and Baptist minister, born Jan. 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. King’s speeches have been issued on numerous releases – his most well-known and influential address being “I Have a Dream”, which was held during “The March on Washington” in 1963. King was assassinated on April 4, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee.]

10. Marian Anderson – “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands”
from: He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands / BMG / Orig. 1961 [Reissued 1991]
[Marian Anderson (Feb 27, 1897 – Apr. 8, 1993) was one of the most celebrated singers of the 20th century. In 1939, the (DAR) refused to let Anderson sing in Constitution Hall. With the aid of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and Franklin D. Roosevelt, Anderson performed a critically acclaimed open-air concert on Easter Sunday, April 9, 1939, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. before a crowd of more than 75,000 people and a radio audience in the millions. Anderson became the first black person, to perform at the Metropolitan Opera in NYC on Jan. 7, 1955. Anderson worked as a delegate to the UN Human Rights Committee and “goodwill ambassadress” for the U.S. Dept. of State, giving concerts all over the world. She participated in the civil rights movement in the 1960s, singing at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963. Anderson was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1963, the Kennedy Center Honors in 1978, the National Medal of Arts in 1986, and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1991.]

11.Tramaine Hawkins, Ella Mitchell, Billy Porter & Chorus -“Rocka My Soul”
from: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre “Revelations” / V2 / 1998

10:43 – Freedom…

12. Nina Simone -“I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free”
from: Silk and Soul / RCA / 1967

13. Solomon Burke – “None Of Us Are Free”
from: Don’t Give Up On Me / Fat Possum / 2002
[Back up singers: The Blind Boys of Alabama]

14. Nina Simone – “I Shall Be Released”
from: To Love Somebody / RCA / 1967

10:55 – The Staple Singers & Bobby Watson

15. Pops Staples – “You Gotta Serve Somebody”
from: e-town live volume 3 / e-town /
[orig. written by Bob Dylan. / Rec. Sept. 16, 1994, Live in Boulder] [Roebuck “Pops” Staples was born on a cotton plantation near Winona, Mississippi, on December 28, 1914, the youngest of 14 children. When growing up he heard, and began to play with, local blues guitarists such as Charlie Patton, who lived on the nearby Dockery Plantation, Robert Johnson, and Son House. He dropped out of school after the eighth grade, and sang with a gospel group before marrying and moving to Chicago in 1935. A “pivotal figure in gospel in the 1960s and 70s,” and an accomplished songwriter, guitarist and singer. Patriarch of The Staple Singers, which included his son Pervis and daughters Mavis, Yvonne, and Cleotha.]

16. Mavis Staples – “Down in Mississippi”
from: Live – Hope At The Hideout / Anti / 2008
[Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Mavis Staples, of The Staple Singers, is a celebrated equal rights activist. She’s performed at inaugural parties for Presidents Kennedy, Carter and Clinton, Recorded in June, 2008, in the run up to the Presidential election of Barrack Obama. Recorded live in the intimate bar The Hideout, in her hometown of Chicago. Mavis Staples, marched, sang & protested alongside Dr. Martin Luther King during the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s.]

17. The Staple Singers – “When Will We Be Paid”
from: Single / Stax (Fantasy / Ace) / 1967

18. Bobby Watson & The I Have a Dream Project–”Check Cashing Day” [feat. Glenn North]
from: Check Cashing Day / Lafiya Music / Digital – Aug. 28, 2013 / Physical – Nov. 12, 2013
[From wikipedia.org: “Bobby Watson was born in Lawrence, Kansas, August 23, 1953. he is an American post-bop jazz alto saxophonist, composer, producer, and educator. Watson now has 27 recordings as a leader. He appears on nearly 100 other recordings as either co-leader or in a supporting role. Watson has recorded more than 100 original compositions. Watson grew up in Bonner Springs and Kansas City, Kansas.]

11:12 – Interview with Cat Mahari & Hermon Mehari

Cat Mahari is a dancer, performance artist, and choreographer. Her work in movement is informed by explorations of human conditions through multiple styles of dance and theatre, including breaking, funk, house, ballet, contemporary, and physical theatre. She is an alumni of the Conservatory of Music & Dance in Kansas City, Missouri, and the Royal School of Speech & Drama in London, England. Cat was a Charlotte Street Foundation / Urban Culture Project performing artist-in-residence, and was awarded a 2010 KC Arts Inspiration Grant for the multimedia work The Projects. Cat Mahari joins us to share information about BAM! the Workshop, A dynamic interactive multimedia performance approach to diversity and inclusion training focused on honest and impactful
conversations about America and blackness.

Kansas City jazz trumpeter, Hermon Mehari, is a 2010 graduate of the University of Missouri – Kansas City Music Conservatory. This fall he finished first at the prestigious Carmine Carusa International Jazz Trumpet Competition at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville Texas. Hermon was a semifinalist in the 2014 Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition. In 2014 he released the CD “Our Journey” with Diverse, which was recorded in Paris featuring Logan Richardson on alto saxophone. Hermon Mehari was also featured on the world renown saxophonist Bobby Watson’s 2013 release, “Check Cashing Day.” Hermon was also the winner of the 2008 National Trumpet Competiton and placed second in the International Trumpet Guild competition in Sydney, Australia. He splits his time between touring and playing all over the world and creative projects in Kansas City. Hermon collaborates with Cat Mahari on BAM! the Workshop, he is also a founding member of Diverse Jazz, Diverse Trio, and The Buhs, and he has brought new music from The Buhs to share with our radio audience.

Hermon Mehari and Cat Mahari shared their thoughts about Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He would be 87 years old if he were still alive.

Cat Mahari spent her teenage years in St. Louis, and has lived in Miami, Dallas, New York. She has said that the UMKC Conservatory brought her to KC.

Hermon Mehari grew up in Jefferson City, Missouri, home of Lincoln University.

Cat Mahari created BAM! the Workshop as an interdisciplinary theatre collaboration built through a framework of community engagement in collaboration with artists including Hermon Mehari.

BAM! is composed of localized stories and questions about America and blackness. With street dance, music, and visual imagery, it engages the iconography and realities of Blackness in Kansas City.

BAM is Black American.

BAM! the Workshop, is a multimedia performance approach to diversity and inclusion training, that is focused on honest and impactful conversations about America and blackness, localized stories and events to develop better workplace diversity, economic growth and community development.

With BAM! the Workshop collaborators include: fellow UMKC Conservatory of Music alumni, Herman Mehari, on trumpet; research from the Black Archives of Mid-America and Poet Glenn North; Leo Gayden, & Patrick Alonzo Conway.

Cat Mahari-Johnson’s project practices are based in wide ranging collaboration, investigation and exploration of relations between people, ideas, objects and language. She is a featured vocalist on works of visionary multidisciplinary artist Guilliame Zenses and house producer Steve-OH.

In 2013 she received a RAC artist support grant for the creation of her first full-evening length ensemble work: the floor, a work that explores repetition as a critical component for transformation in culture, and premieres autumn 2014. She is a 2014 visiting guest artist of the dance department of the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

She received a BFA in dance from UMKC, and a MA in Performance, Practice, and Research from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She is the co-founder of INCYPHER a digital media dance magazine.

Vol I, of the practice-as-research solo series Violent/Break has been shown in London, England; Carei, Romania; and will be seen this coming April at York University in Toronto, Canada. She is currently in the planning stages of a 25 city tour of Violent/Break Vol I, which will culminate in a published work.

Cat Mahari’s work is based in exploring collaboration, practice, and research of known and unknown movement disciplines, video projects, and music.

We talked with Hermon Mehari about his band Diverse with Hermon Mehari (trumpet), Ben Leifer (bass), and Ryan Lee (drums). KC based Diverse have released 2 albums, and play Pop, Jazz, R&B, Soul, Hip Hop. The band is also known for their shows, Diverse plays Michael Jackson, which has led to Hermon’s newest musical band, The Buhs.

The Buhs is a KC based Pop/Soul/Hip-Hop super group made up of Julia Haile, Lee Langston, Anthony Saunders, Reach, Les Izmore, Ryan J. Lee, Hermon Mehari, Ben Leifer, Tim Braun, Brad Williams and Kinyon Price. The Buhs includes singers: Julia Haile, Lee Langston, and Anthony Saunders along with emcees: Reach and Les Izmore. In November the band shot a music video in Paris. More info at: http://www.thebuhs.com

11:38

19. The Buhs – “Can’t Let Go”
from: Can’t Let Go – unreleased single track / January 13, 2016

For more information about Cat Mahari & Hermon Mehari:
http://www.expectbam.com
http://www.hermonmehari.com

11:42 – Underwriting

11:43 – Remembering MLK where Gospel & Folk Music Carried the Message…

20. Pete Seeger – “We Shall Overcome”
from: The Essential Pete Seeger / Columbia – Legacy / 2004
[derived from a gospel song by Reverend Charles Tindley called “We Will Overcome” written in 1901. Adapted and made famous by Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, and others the song became central to the civil rights movement of the 1950 and 1960s and eventually used all around the world. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. made use of “we shall overcome” in the final Sunday March 31, 1968 speech before his assassination.]

21. Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion – “Dr. King”
from: exploration / New West / 2005
[written by Pete Seeger]

22. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – “This Land is Your Land”
from: Naturally / Daptone / 2005
[written by Woody Guthrie, Sarah Lee’s Grandfather.]

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


Next week, January 20, we talk with Cody Wyoming & John Rensenhouse about Pontypool, now playing at The Living Room Theatre; Mike Alexander of Hipshot Killer joins us to share music from the band’s new album and info on their album release shows January 16 at Josey Records KC, and January 23 at miniBar. Also, Sara Glass aka Miss Conception and poet performer, C. Woods, join us to share original spoken word and singing words, and info on Sara’s “Class Action” book release performance January 23 at Prospero’s Books; We’ll also talk with Kianna Alarid lead singer in the band Yes You Are.

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


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Show #612

Wednesday MidDay Medley Remembers MLK

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, January 13, 2016

“Remembering MLK”
+ Cat Mahari & Hermon Mehari

MLK at The March on Washington, 1963

MLK at The March on Washington, 1963

Wednesday MidDay Medley celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., born January 15, 1929. Dr. King led the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott and helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1957, serving as its first president. King’s efforts led to the 1963 March on Washington, where King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech. In 1964, King became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to end racial segregation and racial discrimination through civil disobedience and other non-violent means.

By the time of his death, Dr. King had refocused his efforts on ending poverty and opposing the Vietnam War, both from a religious perspective. Dr. King was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee. He was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977 and Congressional Gold Medal in 2004. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was established as a U.S. national holiday in 198I.

Mark plays music of the movement from: The Staple Singers, Pops Staples, Mavis Staples, Mahalia Jackson, Curtis Mayfield, Nina Simone, Common & John Legend, Pete Seeger, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Labelle, Solomon Burke, Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion, Sweet Honey in The Rock, Tramaine Hawkins, Ella Mitchell, Billy Porter, and Bobby Watson & The I Have a Dream Project featuring Kansas City Poet and Charlotte Street Award Winner Glenn North.

At 11:11 we’ll talk with nationally recognized Kansas City based dancer, performance artist, choreographer, Cat Mahari, and internationally acclaimed, award winning Kansas City jazz trumpeter, Hermon Mehari, who join us to share information about BAM! the Workshop, a multimedia performance approach to diversity and inclusion training, that is focused on honest and impactful conversations about America and blackness, localized stories and events to develop better workplace diversity, economic growth and community development.

Black Lives Matter. Racism is a systemic problem in the United States of America and we must continue the work of peaceful non-violent protest when faced with institutional inequality and injustice. We must continue the work of MLK, Bayard Rustin, Malcolm X, Angela Davis, Rosa Parks. None of us are free until all of us are free.

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Show #612

Wednesday MidDay Medley presents… The 115 Best Recordings of 2015

Version 2

The 115 Best Recordings of 2015 are based on playlists of this little ole radio show, we’ve compiled representative tracks from our favorite full-length and EP recordings of the year. We realize that these “Best of” lists can seem very subjective, however we ask that you please accept our list as a celebration of the year of music. In 2015 we’ve played over 1000 songs on the show, and from over 300 New & MidCoastal Releases. Over 40 of the bands and artists in our “Best of” list have actually joined us live and/or performed in our 90.1 FM studios. We’ve interviewed over 200 local and national guests. 70 the representative recordings on our “Best of” list were produced by artists based here in the area. It’s all good!

(1.) Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear – Skeleton Crew / Glassnote / May 19, 2015
[Singer songwriters, Madisen Ward and Ruth Ward, both play guitar, and sing, harmonizing as son and mom. In the past 15 months they have garnered national acclaimed after an appearance at the 2014 Americana Music Fest, they signed with Glassnote Records and recorded their debut full-length album in Nashville with acclaimed producer Jim Abbiss. They released their first single, “Silent Movies,” the same night they performed the song on The Late Show with David Letterman on CBS Television. They launched a big tour across the United States and traveled to Europe for multiple shows in London, Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, and ten did it all again. They sang and played on the influential British television show, “Later With Jools Holland” They were featured on CBS Sunday Morning, and visited many radio stations. They performed on tour with Sufjan Stevens, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, played Bonnaroo, Pilgramage, and the Newport Folk Festival, and others. In 2015 they have been representing KC all over the world, and recently joined us on WMM to talk about their appearance on NBC Television’s Today Show, on Nov 23. The band is on tour through Dec they end their year performing at at the Ryman Theatre, in Nashville, on Dec. 30 and 31. Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear made their 5th appearance on WMM on November 18.]

(2.) The Grisly Hand – Flesh & Gold / Independent / October 2, 2015
[The songs on Flesh & Gold are part of a double LP to be released in 2016. The band spent a year with Joel Nanos at Element Recording, and decided to split the songs between two CD/digital releases. The second half will be released in 2016, along with the LP. The album is the first with the newest member, Dan Loftus on bass, keyboards & vocals, joining Jimmy Fitzner on guitar & vocals, Lauren Krum on vocals & percussion, Matt Richey on drums, Mike Stover on steel guitar, bass & vocals, Ben Summers on guitar, vocals & mandolin. “Regrets On Parting” features: Rich Wheeler on tenor saxophone, Nick Howell on trumpet, and Mike Walker on trombone.]

(3.) The Architects – Border Wars Episode III / Independent / September 18, 2015
[Digitally released early to supporters of their crowd sourcing. 8th release from KC band: Adam Phillips on drums, Zachary Phillips on bass, Brandon Phillips on guitar & voice, Christopher Meck on guitar. The three Phillips brothers had previously composed a successful ska and rock band called The Gadjits. In June 2004 The Gadjits ended and Architects, was formed. Mixing traditional punk, maximum R&B, Midwestern alternative rock, blues-based metal and pop melodies, the band is influenced by The Clash, The Who, Social Distortion, Green Day, The Replacements, The Jam and The Kinks. Border Wars is a a five-part concept album and graphic novel series funded by the band’s loyal fans through crowd sourcing. More info at: http://thearchitectsrock.com/ ]

(4.) Mikal Shapiro – The Musical / Independent / Feb. 19, 2015 (11/19/15 – vinyl release)
[Singer, songwriter, artist, filmmaker, puppeteer, ring-leader Mikal Shapiro studied Film History, Film, and Writing at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York. She received her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago studying Film, Video, New Media, and Animation. Her full length solo releases “The Crow The Lark And The Loon from 2008, and “For Good” from 2010 have been acclaimed by local music writers. Mikal is the creator of the web television project, “Go! Go! Global Girls.” She has also created music videos for Dead Voices and Folkicide. Mikal Shapiro is also a curator, producer and co-host of River Trade Radio. Aside from performing as a solo artist Mikal also performs with Chad Brothers of the band Old Sound, as Shapiro Brothers, she is a member of the 4-piece band Royalphonic, and with Kasey Rausch as Partners in Glory. Musical is her third full length solo release, she previously recorded albums with the bands: Eudora and Boon. Mikal writes: “The Musical is a collection of stories and characters; an intersection between popular music, classical songwriting and personal mythologies. Pronouns shift between “them” and “us,” “you” and “me.” Tracks jump influences from jazz, folk, and blues to rock, country and psychedelia.” The core band includes a line-up of local greats: Johnny Hamil (Mr. Marco’s V7/The Malachy Papers) on upright and electric bass, Matt Richey (Dead Voices/Grisly Hand) on drums, Chad Brothers (Old Sound/Supermassive Black Holes) on electric guitar / harmony vocals. Emily Tummons also lends her voice to the mix creating lush three part harmonies that weave throughout the album. Special guests on the album include: Mike Stover (Dead Voices/Grisly Hand) on pedal steel, Hermon Mehari (Diverse/The Buh’s) on trumpet, Betse Ellis (The Wilders/Betse and Clarke) on fiddle, Clarke Wyatt (Trio E/Betse and Clarke) on Wurlitzer, Damon Parker (The MGDs) on Wurly and Rhodes, Erin Bopp AKA Natural E (Royalphonic) on tambourine. Long time friend and collaborator Rachel Gaither (Tullamore/The Boon) stepped in to sing and play violin on the song “Chimo.” Recorded, mixed and mastered by Joel Nanos at Element Studios, it displays a full spectrum of production. Some tracks are deep and watery. Others wide and epic. Mikal Shapiro joined us on WMM on January 21.]

(5.) Iris DeMent – The Trackless Woods / FlariElla / August 7, 2015
[6th studio album from Grammy nominated Iris DeMent who NPR said was considered ”one of the great voices in contemporary popular music.” The Trackless Woods sets 18 poems by acclaimed 20th century Russian poet Anna Akhmatova to life. Hailed as one of Russia’s finest poets, Akhmatova survived the Bolshevik Revolution, both World Wars and Stalin. She lost family, friends and fellow writers to political killings and labor in the gulags. When Iris randomly stumbled upon Akhmatova’s work in a book of poetry a friend sent as a gift, she was immediately taken by the sorrow and burden of the poems, juxtaposed with Akhmatova’s lightness and transcendence in the face of inhumanity. “Anna’s gift of song is so strong, about alI I had to do was get really quiet and listen,” says Iris. After reading that first poem the melodies began pouring out of her, and before she even fully understood what was driving her, Iris was gathering musicians and friends, including co-producer Richard Bennett (Emmylou Harris, Neil Diamond, Steve Earle), to record ‘The Trackless Woods’ in her living room over a five-day period. The result is a breathtaking pairing of piano and voice in Iris’ style with timeless melodies that are deeply rooted in the American South. The project also fulfilled a long yearned-for desire to connect with her adopted daughter’s culture and history. Iris and her husband Greg Brown adopted their daughter from Siberia in 2005, when she was 6, and she says “I’d never have made this record were it not for her.” Iris DeMent joined us on WMM on November 18.]

(6.) Radkey – Dark Black Makeup / Strange Loop Records / August 21, 2015
[Debut full length album from Radkey, originally from St. Joesph, Missouri, now based i Kansas City, made up of brothers Darrion, Isaiah, and Solomon. Their influences include The Who and Nirvana. The band has toured Europe several times and all over North American and at multiple festivals.]

(7.) Dolls On Fire – Synesthesia / Independent / February 13, 2015
[Recorded by Duane Trower at Weights and Measures studio. Zach Hodson on lead vocals & guitar, Rachel Jaggard on lead vocals & keys, Michelle Bacon on bass, Ben Byard on guitar and Mark Johnson on drums.]

(8.) Pink Royal – Taps / Silly Goose Records / April 11, 2015
[Alt-electro-rock-pop from Lawrence, Kansas, with Dylan James Guthrie on vocals, Steven LaCour on guitar, Josh Dorrell on guitar, Alex Hartmann on drums, Nick Carswell on bass guitar & keyboards, and Zak Pischnotte on Saxophones. Originally founded by Henry Burling (drums), Steve LaCour and John Killeen (bass) and the addition of Chad “Mustard” Smith of the band Dumptruck Butterlips on vocals. When Henry returned to England, and Chad Smith went on the road with his other musical projects, Pink Royal journeyed through various concoctions, eventually settling on the current line up.]

(9.) Mat Shoare – Right As Rain / Independent / May 5, 2015
[3rd full length solo release, from KC based Mat Shoare, a singer, guitarist, band leader, and record label founder. As a songwriter he has been nominated for a Pitch Music Award. He is one of our favorite Kansas City based musicians. Mat has also released several EPs with The Empty Spaces, who won a Pitch Music Award for Best Garage Band. “Murder” the first digital single release from Right As Rain premiered on PopMatters.com. Mat Shoare joined us on WMM on April 29.]

(10.) La Guerre – Sapphires / The Record Machine / January 20, 2015
[La Guerre is the French for “war.” Sapphires was produced, engineered by Joshua Browning who also played bass. Percussion: Beau Bruns, Chris Brower. Guitar/Additional Vox: Charles Calhoun, Gavin Snider; Trombone: Joshua Landau; Additional Vox: Will Weinstein. All songs written by Katlyn Conroy. Katlyn Conroy, is based in Lawrence, Kansas. She was part of the critically acclaimed band, Cowboy Indian Bear. She was the recipient of the 2013 Pitch Music Award for Best Singer-Songwriter. More info at: at katlynconroy.bandcamp.com. Katlyn Conroy joined us on WMM on March 4, and August 26.]

(11.) Lauren Anderson – Truly Me / Independent / July 24, 2015
[Lauren Anderson is originally from Chicago. She first started performing solo gigs around Kansas City after completing her masters in music therapy, from The University of Kansas in 2012. Lauren then formed her own band and released her debut EP “Do & Hope” in August 2014. Lauren Anderson is the 2015 Female Vocalist of the Year from Midwest Music Awards. Lauren Anderson played live on WMM on August 19.]

(12.) Scott Hrabko & The Rabbits – Biscuits and Gravity / Independent / Jan. 24, 2015
[Scott Hrabko on vocals, guitar, keyboards & drums, with Emily Tummons on accordion & vocals, and Josh Arnold on bass & vocals, and Kirk Scott on lead guitar. Kansas City based, singer-songwriter Scott Hrabko has played with Kansas City’s oldest garage band, The Original Sinners, as well as various incarnations of the 1980s bands: The Splinters, and The Andersons. In the 1990s he performed with Iris Dement and Howard Eisberg. Scott Hrabko ‘s critically aclaimed solo release, “Gone Places” is said to be 30 years in the making.]

(13.) Bloodbirds – MMXlll / Independent / January 27, 2015
[Bloodbirds 2nd full-length from KC based Psychedelic post-punk trio featuring ex-Ad Astra Per Aspera member Mike Tuley, his wife Brooke Tuley and Anna St. Louis.]

(14.) Dreamgirl – Illuminaughty – EP / Independent / February 14, 2015
[6-piece band from St. Josesph, Missouri, formed in 2013, by members of the band, Lets Talk, Lacey Hopkins on lead vocals, Zach Sauls, Skylar Smith and Bryce Shoemaker and the St. Joe band Eyelit, Austin Marks on guitar and backing vocals, Sam Stephen on keyboards and bass. The band plays with ‘60s-inspired psychedelic & surf rock.Their new EP was self-produced, and recorded over two days, at the home of Austin Marks.]

(15.) Be/Non – Mystic Sunrise Sunset Magic / Haymaker Records / October 17, 2015
[Released by Haymaker Records on cassette for International Cassette Store Day. To be released on vinyl sometime next year. 5th full length from Be/Non a band founded by Brodie Rush, a songwriter, musician, singer, organizer, artist, film maker, music video creator. Over 20 years ago KC native, Brodie Rush formed the experimental, psychedelic, prog-pop band, Be/Non, The band has had more members than Spinal Tap, but Brodie has remained the only consistent member, songwriter and producer. Be/Non also contributed a song for: Fairgrounds, a collection of experimental and indie music from the KC area, that represent releases on the Haymaker Records, with future Haymaker releases, and other recordings from friends. Brodie Rush joined us on WMM on September 30.]

(16.) Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color / Alabama Shakes – ATO Records / April 21, 2015
[Formed in Athens, Alabama in 2009. The band currently consists of lead singer and guitarist Brittany Howard, guitarist Heath Fogg, bassist Zac Cockrell, keyboard player Ben Tanner, and drummer Steve Johnson. The group rose to prominence from virtual obscurity in the early 2010s with their distinctive and soulful roots rock sound. The band began their career touring and performing at bars and clubs around the Southeast for two years while honing their sound and writing music. They recorded their debut album, Boys & Girls, themselves in Nashville while still unsigned. Online acclaim led ATO Records to sign the band, which released Boys & Girls in 2012 to acclaim. The album had a hit single, “Hold On,” and was nominated for three Grammy Awards. After a long touring cycle, the band recorded their sophomore record, Sound & Color, which was released in 2015 and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200.]

(17.) Rev Gusto – Burnt Out Friends / High Dive Records / July 2, 2015
[Debut full length album, released on vinyl. Jerry Frederick on Vocals & Guitar, Sam Frederick on bass, Shaun Crowley on lead guitar and keys; Peter Beatty on guitar & back-up vocals; Quinn Hernandez on drums. Members of the Rev Gusto joined us on WMM on July 15.]

(18.) John Moreland – High on Tulsa Heat / Old Omens / April 21, 2015
[Tulsa, Oklahoma based singer-songwriter John Moreland was born June 22, 1985 in Longview, Texas. The son of Robert Lloyd Moreland and Connie May, Moreland’s father worked for Sunoco as an electrical engineer, and because of this job the family moved a lot. When he was a baby they moved to Northern Kentucky, across the river from Cincinnati, Ohio. Moreland credits his love for Cincinnati Reds to this time in Kentucky. When Moreland was 10 years old Moreland’s family moved from Boone County, Kentucky to Tulsa, Oklahoma and, with the help of his father, started playing the guitar. When he was 12 he started playing with a kid he went to church with who wrote songs and inspired him to start writing songs “that made sense.” Moreland grew up in a conservative Southern Baptist family. “From the time I was born up until about age 16, my entire worldview and all my opinions were pretty much solely influenced by the evangelical church. All the years since then have sort of been this slow process of figuring out where I stand now that I’m not an impressionable kid anymore. I feel like I’m done with that at this point, but it keeps showing up in songs. I guess that stuff stays in your psyche forever.”]

(19.) Howard Iceberg & The Titanics – Smooth Sailing / Independent / May 9, 2015
[The Titanics are: Gary Paredes on electric and acoustic guitars & vocals, Dan Mesh on electric and acoustic guitars & vocals, Matt Kesler on bass, Pat Tomek on drums & percussion. With contributions from over 15 local artists participating in Howard’s “on going recording project” conducted in Pat Tomek’s Largely Studios, KCMO. Recorded and mixed by Pat Tomek. Collaborators included: Scott Easterday on bass, Michelle Gaume Saunders on vocals. Howard Iceberg, Pat Tomek and Matt Kesler joined us on WMM on May 6.]

(20.) Calvin Arsenia – 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 joined us on WMM on March 18, August 5, and October 28.]

(21.) Berwanger – Demonios EP / High Dive Records / December 11, 2015
[On September 2, 2015 it was announced that Josh Berwanger band was signed to High Dive Records. 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 Touth 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. In September the band went on the road as Berwanger, opening for Get Up Kids, and in October opening for Boys Life.]

(22.) Beautiful Bodies – Battles / Epitaph / June 12, 2015
[Alternative rock band from Kansas City, Missouri featuring Alicia Solombrino on vocals, Thomas Becker on guitar and drums, and Luis Arana on bass. Beautiful Bodies have shared the stage and toured with The Smashing Pumpkins, My Chemical Romance, Jane’s Addiction, Paramore, and The Yeah Yeah Yeahs. They’ve played Warped Tour, Kanrocksas,and SXSW, and have toured the U.S. and Canada extensively. Beautiful Bodies won Ernie Ball’s 2013 Battle of the Bands for Warped Tour, beating out 32,000 bands. In May 2014, the band signed a record deal with Epitaph Records.]

(23.) Digital Leather – All Faded / FDH Records / June 23, 2015
[Omaha, Nebraska based Synth punk, New Wave, pop, lo-fi, and psychedelic musical project led by multi-instrumentalist Shawn Foree. Originally from Yuma, Arizona, Foree began calling his project Digital Leather when he moved to Tucson, where he studied American Literature at University of Arizona. He used student loan money to buy equipment. He managed to release his first three albums after recording them in his bedroom on labels such as Tic Tac Totally, Jay Reatard’s Shattered Records imprint, and FDH Records. He supported this “bedroom project” with several nationwide and European tours. Sorcerer, released on Goner Records in 2008, is a half-live, half-studio record. In 2009, Foree began working on a collection of songs in a fully operational studio. Released in September 2009 by Fat Possum Records, Warm Brother garnered positive reviews. After relocating to Omaha, Nebraska, a 5-piece band formed. They toured around and as a band Digital Leather recorded All Faded. The record sounds huge in comparison to the earlier efforts. Big drums,thick bass, great guitars, and of course biting synth-leads courtesy of The Faint’s Todd Fink.]

(24.) The Decemberists – What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World / Capitol / Jan. 20, 2015
[Seventh studio album from the Portland Oregon based band, formed in 2000 by Colin Meloy (lead vocals, guitar, principal songwriter), Chris Funk (guitar, multi-instrumentalist), Jenny Conlee (keyboards, piano, Hammond organ, accordion), Nate Query (bass), and John Moen (drums).]

(25.) Barrel Maker – BLK FLANL – Barrel Maker X D/WILL / Indep. / March 5, 2015
[KC producer/emcee D/WILL switched from focusing on solo material to going behind-the-boards for to produce the debut recording of upstart artist Barrel Maker who is Morgan Cooper, 23, who grew up in a lower middle class neighborhood in Grandview, Missouri. He first started writing poetry and music in middle school and after high school he began apprenticeships in film and photography instead of college.]

(26.) Viet Cong – Viet Cong / Jagjaguar Records / January 20, 2015
[Debut album from the 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.”]

(27.) Beirut – No No No / 4AD / September 11, 2015
[4th studio album from indie folk band Beirut, which was originally the solo musical project of Santa Fe native Zach Condon, and later expanded into a band. Beirut’s music combines indie-rock and world music]

(28.) Julia Holter – Have You In My Wilderness / Domino Records / September 25, 2015
[4th studio album from 32 year old Julia Holter who has been compared to: Laurie Anderson, Julianna Barwick, Kate Bush, Joanna Newsom, and Stereolab. Her father once performed with Pete Seeger. Her mother, Carole Shammas, is a prominent academic and currently holds the John R. Hubbard Chair in History at the University of Southern California. Besides playing and recording music, Holter tutors students and works with a nonprofit organization for teenagers in South Central Los Angeles. A graduate of CalArts, where she studied composition, Holter released her debut studio album, Tragedy, in August 2011.]

(29.) Light Music – Ocean’s Daughter / The Record Machine / August 21, 2015
[Electronic rock / psychedelic-pop / euro-house. We first played them on WMM on April 15. Debut album recording of Milwaukee, Wisconsin based band, founded in June 2012, with: Brendan Benham, Shae Lappen, Dan Mena, Ed Zuehlke. The band members have played together in various forms for the past decade. Written over the course of two years, Ocean’s Daughter was recorded and mixed in 2014 by acclaimed producer and engineer Beau Sorenson (Death Cab for Cutie, Bob Mould). The album is a tonal and emotional exploration into the depths of love, worship, and forgiveness. The loosely conceptual album follows the oceanic heroine Aphrodite as she travels through a saga of love in modernity, exploring from different angles the strength, power, beauty and independence she embodies unequivocally through her manifestations of love. Light Music played The Middle of The Map Fest, Friday, April 24 at Ernie Biggs.]

(30.) GAV7D – Thanks for Everything / Independent / June 21, 2015
[Johnny Hamil is one of the founding members of Mr. Marco’s V7, a band that has reinvented themselves with each release, and changed and evolved with different line-ups. Johnny told us that for ALL of the music he has composed for the band it originally 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 GAV7D project, which is not Mr. Marco’s V7 proper, but includes members of the V7, from throughout the long history of 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 first premiered at the Folk Alliance International Conference. One particular song features Anna Cole, Steve Tulipana and 25 others – “For Those Who Breathe” which was inspired by Abigail Henderson. Victor & Penny join in to sing “The Privilege” a song inspired by Anne Winter. This collaborative work of art was written & arranged by Johnny Hamil, and produced by Chad Meise. Johnny Hamil joined us on WMM on February 18, and June 17.]

(31.) Betse & Clarke – Bird Notes / Independent / June 4, 2015
[Betse Ellis on fiddle, and Clarke Wyatt on banjo. Recorded at home by Clarke Wyatt, mixed by Clarke Wyatt, and produced by Clarke Wyatt and Betse Ellis. Includes the traditional “Give the Fiddler a Dram” with Btese’s original song “Pig on a Stone.” ] [Betse & Clarke also released Two Forks Acrylic on Cardboard, Independently, in very limited release,during Folk Alliance International Conference, February 2015. Betse Ellis on fiddle, and Clarke Wyatt on banjo. Recorded January 2, 2015. Arrangements by Betse & Clarke. Engineered and produced by Clarke Wyatt. Betse Ellis joined us on WMM on February 4, June 3, and October 7.]

(32.) She’s A Keeper – Westside Royal / Independent / January 17, 2015
[KC based band includes: Fritz Hutchison – vocals, banjo, percussion; Zac Jurden – vocals, guitar; Colin Nelson – vocals, guitar; Elliott Phillips – bass, mandolin. Recorded and produced by She’s A Keeper and Joel Nanos at Element Recording in KCMO. She’s A Keeper played the Wednesday MidDay Medley – 90.1 FM Day Party at Middle of The Map Fest, April 25, at The Westport Saloon.]

(33.) Shamir – Ratchet / XL / May 19, 2015
[Debut album from Shamir Bailey, born November 7, 1994, known by his stage name Shamir. An American singer and songwriter from Las Vegas, Nevada, his debut EP, Northtown, was released in June 2014 to positive reviews. In October 2014 Shamir signed to XL Recordings and released the single “On the Regular.” Shamir is known for his androgynous countertenor voice. Radio.com wrote that his singing voice, “like Joplin’s, stops you in your tracks.” Shamir has said that he does not mind having his voice described as androgynous, but notes that “countertenor” is the correct term: “It’s not feminine, it’s not masculine. It’s a happy medium … I feel like if the world was more like that, our problems would be gone.”]

(34.) Sterling Witt – Satyagraha / Grand River Records / October 17 2015
[Produced by Steve Albini in Chicago. Sterling Witt on vocals & guitar, Davy Langerak on bass, Jesse Gilpin on drums. Satyagraha, (Sa tea yah gra ha) is loosely translated as “insistence on truth” or “holding on to truth” (satya “truth”; agraha “insistence”), a particular philosophy and practice within the nonviolent resistance or civil resistance. The term satyagraha was coined and developed by Mahatma Gandhi. He deployed satyagraha in the Indian independence movement. Satyagraha theory influenced Nelson Mandela’s struggle in South Africa under apartheid, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s campaigns during the Civil Rights Movement in the United States, and many other social justice and similar movements. Sterling Witt joined us on WMM on August 12.]

(35.) The Electric Lungs – Don’t be Ashamed of the Way You Were Made / Independent / October 20, 2015
[Their new album recorded mastered with Joel Nanos of Element Recording. KC based 4-piece band formed in 2012 by Tripp Kirby, Marc Bollinger, Eric Jones, and Jason Ulanet The Electric Lungs play a special CD Release show, at Davey’s Uptown Rambler’s Club, Friday, November 13, at 8:00 pm, with Bone Spur, Haunted Creepies, and Kodascope.The Electric Lungs joined us on WMM on April 8.]

(36.) Psychic Heat – Lighter and Brighter / Whatever Forever Tapes / March 13, 2015
[Cassette reissue of Psychic Heat’s 2013 EP “Lighter and Brighter” re-release with bonus track ‘Waters’ and full “Live EP” performance on side B. Put out through Whatever Forever Tapes. Limited physical run of 200 Cassette Tapes (100 White tapes and 100 Pink tapes.) Original cover art by Tanner Spreer Lighter and Brighter Recording Musicians: Steve/Evan Herd – Guitar/Vox, Tanner Spreer – Guitar , Sam Boatright – Bass , Joel Coon – Drums/Keyboards/Guitar/BackingVox/Production. Several other drummers have played with the band including Ricky Barkosky and Kliph Scurlock. You can learn about their music at: psychicheat.bandcamp.com. Psychic Heat played live on WMM on March 11.]

(37.) Kodascope – Kodascope EP / Independent / May 12, 2015
[Debut release from six-piece KC band. Matthew Hayden on drums, percussion; Justin Skinner on percussion, drums; Michael Tipton on vocals, guitar; Ashleigh Guthrie on keyboards; Brent Jamison on bass; and Andy Kirk on guitar. joining the band for selected tracks is: Megan Zander (Dream Wolf, REN) and Camry Ivory (Found A Job) on backing vocals. Members of Kodascope joined us on WMM on May 20.]

(38.) Good Time Charley – Cautionary Tales / Good Time Charley/ March 3, 2015
[Debut album from KC based 6-piece with: Barb Corley on vocals & ukulele; Melissa Butler on vocals, guitar, & kazoo; Matt Cathlina on bass; Grant Buell on keyboard & accordion; Shawn Wright (Klaus) on drums.]

(39.) Ivory Black – Ready Get Set EP / Independent / June 23, 2015
[Ivory Black was born in 1986 in Peoria Illinois, as Devin James Miclettet. Ivory’s birth mother put her up for adoption at the age of four. Ivory speaks about how it was difficult to find trust in people offering their home to someone denied of it for so long, Ivory had lived with eight different families, before running away at 15, moving from Indiana to Oklahoma and eventually ending up in Seattle. In 2011, after a friend sent a plane ticket, Ivory landed in the Kansas City area, and became a part of new family where she was able to have solid ground and over the past several years has been performing in singer-songwriter showcases and in June released her debut EP, Ready Get Set. Ivory Black joined us on WMM on May 6, and September 23.]

(40.) Yo La Tengo – Stuff Like That There / Matador Records / August 28, 2015
[Formed in Hoboken, New Jersey, in 1984. Since 1992, the lineup has consisted of Ira Kaplan (guitars, piano, vocals), Georgia Hubley (drums, piano, vocals)and James McNew (bass, vocals). Their new record, the band;s 14th, features re-recorded versions of some of their old songs as well as covers of the Cure, Hank Williams, the Parliaments, Sun Ra, the Lovin’ Spoonful, Darlene McCrea, and others.]

(41.) The Fog – Darkness USA / High Dive Records / December 11, 2014
[Ian Teeple on guitar & voice, Brendan Dulohery on bass, Frazier Krohn on drums. Featuring Fritz Hutchison on backup on Evol. Recorded in 2014 with J Ashley Miller & Jonathan Kraft at Infoaming Vertex in KCMO. The Fog also released: THE FOG ON TOUR IN AMERICA, Independently on March 20, 2015. All of the members of The Fog joined us on WMM on June 10, 2015.]

(42.) Leon Bridges – Coming Home / LisaSawyer Records – Columbia / June 23, 2015
[Gospel and soul singer from Fort Worth, Texas who began his career by writing songs and learned guitar in order to play simple chords to accompany his lyrics. He played locally at open mic nights in the Fort Worth area while working as a dishwasher until being signed by Columbia Records in 2014. It was his song Lisa Sawyer, a soul song he wrote about his mother’s baptism in a river, that became his music style. Bridges began writing and performing 1950s and 60s style soul music that was described by Austin 360 as “a transmission straight from the heart.” Bridges’ began his first national tour in January 2015, playing shows in Texas as well as playing support for Sharon Van Etten in New York. His first official single, Coming Home was released on Columbia Records in February 2015.]

(43.) Heidi Lynne Gluck – The Only Girl in the Room – EP / Lotuspool / April 28, 2015
[Debut solo release from Lawrence, Kamsas based Heidi Lynne Gluck is a songwriter, singer and multi-instrumentalist originally from the middle of Canada. After transplanting herself from the plains of Manitoba to the midwestern United States, Heidi quickly became an in-demand player, performing on stage and in the studio both as a solo artist and with renowned musicians including Juliana Hatfield & Some Girls, Margot & The Nuclear So and Sos, Lily & Madeleine, The Pieces, The Only Children, and others.]

(44.) The AM Trio – As of Now / Independent / June 30, 2015
[Alyssa Murray (Vocalist/Pianist/Songwriter), Joel Stratton (bass), and Josh Blythe (drums/vocals) have crossed paths and joined forces to create unique, multi-dimensional songs. Murray’s writing style has drawn comparison to Joni Mitchell as well as Fiona Apple. Alyssa Murray joined us on WMM on October 21.]

(45.) Jessica Paige – Sweet Nothings / Independent / September 18, 2015
[Jessica’s band includes: Jessica Paige on vocals & guitar, Coleen Dieker on keysboards & violin, Jerod Rivers on drums, Damon Bailey on guitar, and Ben Byard on bass & viola.]

(46.) Connor Leimer – Postcard / Like It’s June / October 2, 2015
[Musician, singer, songwriter Connor Leimer released his debut EP “Like It’s June” on November 1, 2013. His follow up EP “Coast To The Sea” came out Sept. 24, 2014. While finishing his senior year in high school, Connor Leimer was adding the finishing touches on his debut album, Postcard, recorded at Weights & Measures Soundlab studio in Kansas City. With contributions from KC based singer Gracie Schram, 21 year-old producer Max Griffith, banjo player Fritz Hutchison (She’s A Keeper) and a three-piece horn section of UMKC Music Conservatory graduates, Connor calls his new release a “team effort.” Connor Leimer played The KCPT Stage at The Tank Room, Saturday, September 12, as part of the 11th Annual Crossroads Music Fest. More info at: connorleimer.com. Connor Leimer joined on WMM on June 3, and on September 9.]

(47.) Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit / Mom+Pop / March 23, 2015
[Debut full-length from Singer-songwriter and guitarist from Melbourne, Australia. In 2012 Barnett started her own label, Milk! Records, and released her first EP I’ve Got A Friend Called Emily Ferris to glowing reviews around Australia. From 2011 – 2013 Barnett was a member of Australian psych/country band Immigrant Union, a musical project founded by Brent DeBoer of The Dandy Warhols and Bob Harrow. Along with sharing vocal duties Barnett predominantly played slide guitar and features on their second studio album ‘Anyway’. DeBoer also played drums on her first EP ‘I’ve Got A Friend Called Emily Ferris’. Barnett received international critical acclaim in 2013 with her second EP How To Carve A Carrot Into A Rose. Barnett combined these two releases into one and called it The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas.]

(48.) Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell / Asthmatic Kitty / March 31, 2015
[Seventh studio album from Sufjan Stevens, born in Detroit, Michigan, July 1, 1975, Stevens first began releasing his music on Asthmatic Kitty, a label co-founded with his stepfather, beginning with the 1999 release, A Sun Came. He is best known for his 2005 album, Illinois. Unlike Stevens’ last studio album, the electronic, Age of Adz, Carrie & Lowell is sparsely instrumental and returns to the performer’s indie folk roots. The album was recorded in 2014 at Stevens’ home studio in Brooklyn. The songs were inspired by the 2012 death of his mother Carrie (the album title also references his stepfather) and the family trips they took to Oregon in Stevens’ childhood.]

(49.) Mbongwana Star – From Kinshasa / Nonesuch – World Circuit / May 5, 2015
[Mbongwana Star is a band from Kinshasa, the capital city of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Of the seven members of the band, two of them (Coco Ngabali and Theo Nzonza) were among the founding members of Staff Benda Bilili. The band is signed to the World Circuit label, on which they released their debut album, From Kinshasa, in 2015. The album received “universal acclaim” from critics, according to Metacritic.]

(50.) the author and the illustrator – A Minor Component to a Cold November / Independent / January 6, 2015
[Alternative dreamo indie rock midwest post punk shoegaze from Kansas City based The Author and The Illustrator: Schuyler Bates – Bass, Ian Dobyns – Drums, Zack Hames – Vocals / Guitar, Josh Legler – Guitar. Recorded Live at BRC Audio Productions in Kansas City, Kansas October-November 2014. Recorded/Mixed/Mastered by The Author and The Illusrator and Chris Schmidt.]

(51.) Sleater-Kinney – No Cities To Love / Sub Pop Records / January 20, 2015
[8th studio album from Sleater-Kinney, formed in early 1994 in Olympia, Washington, by Corin Tucker and Carrie Brownstein. The group’s name is derived from Sleater Kinney Road, Interstate 5 exit number 108 in Lacey, Washington, the location of one of their early practice spaces. Tucker was formerly in the influential riot grrrl band Heavens to Betsy, while Brownstein was formerly in the queercore band Excuse 17. They often played at gigs together and formed Sleater-Kinney as a side-project from their respective bands. When Heavens to Betsy and Excuse 17 disbanded, Sleater-Kinney became their primary focus. Janet Weiss of Quasi is the band’s longest lasting and final drummer, though Sleater-Kinney has had other drummers, including Lora Macfarlane, Misty Farrell, and Toni Gogin. Upon Tucker’s graduation from The Evergreen State College (where Brownstein remained a student for three more years), she and then-girlfriend Brownstein took a trip to Australia in early 1994. Their last day there, they stayed up all night recording what would become their self-titled debut album. It was released the following spring. They followed this with Call the Doctor (1996) and Dig Me Out (1997), and became critical darlings. The lineup features: Corin Tucker (vocals and guitar), Carrie Brownstein (guitar and vocals), and Janet Weiss (drums). Sleater-Kinney played The Uptown on April 26.]

(52.) Sinple – “0” (Zero) / Independent / June 26, 2015
[Sinple is the electronic music project of Jesse Bartmess who plays synths, drum machine, and vocals. The project has recently grown to include: Natasha Derakhshanian on violin, Chris on guitar, and Allan Jones on vocals. Sinple played a special “O” Album Release Show at The Brick, on June 26, with La Guerre, and Jorge Arana Trio. More info at sinple.bandcamp.com. Members of Sinple joined us on WMM on June 24.]

(53.) Barrel Maker & LION – Continuity EP / Intelligent Sound / October 30, 2015
[Barrell Maker is Morgan Cooper, who is 23, and grew up in a lower middle class neighborhood in Grandview, Missouri. He first started writing poetry and music in middle school and after high school he began apprenticeships in film and photography instead of college. He recorded and released his debut record Blk Flanl, earlier this year with area producer and hip hop artist D/Will, (Denzil Williams). LION is Brian Rogers an Electronic Hip Hop multi-instrumentalist and producer from Lawrence, Kansas. More info at https://soundcloud.com/thereallion. Continuity was recorded at Prosidio Records in Lawrence, Kansas. Produced by LION. Mastered by Approach (Sean Hunt).]

(54.) Joanna Newsom – Divers / Drag City / October 23, 2015
[4th album from harpist, keyboardist, vocalist, songwriter and actress, Joanna Newsom who was born and raised in the small town of Nevada City, California. Speaking about the album’s creative process in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, she said “I … spent a year or two on the instrumental arrangements and overdubs. I wanted the character and colors of the instrumentation to shift definitively, from song to song, which entailed a wide pool of collaborators and a lengthy collaborative process with each person.” She further described the process of making the album as “probably the most fun I’ve had making a record”. Entertainment Weekly also reported Newsom “as using an arsenal of nearly a dozen keyboards and synths including clavichords, mellotrons and Marxophones” for the album while members of the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra feature as players on the album.]

(55.) Victor & Penny – Live At the Living Room Theatre / Independent / January 10, 2015
[3rd release for Kansas City based duo, and sometimes quartet. 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.]

(56.) The Matchsellers – Kosciusko County / Independent / December 27, 2014
[First full-length original album from The Matchsellers. Classically trained violinist Julie Bates from Kansas City, and a Chicago blues guitarist from Warsaw, Indiana, Andrew Morris. Kosciusko County is a county in Indiana with a town called Warsaw as it’s county seat. Formed in 1836. It was named after the Polish general Tadeusz Kościuszko who served in the American Revolutionary War and then returned to Poland. The Matchsellers played live on WMM on July 22.]

(57.) Pops Staples – Don’t Lose This / dBPM – Anti / February 17, 2015
[Previously-unreleased music with new production by Mavis Staples and Jeff Tweedy of Wilco. The album features 10 songs, originally recorded and produced by Pops in 1999, but left unfinished at the time of his death in 2000. The album, which also features newly recorded vocals by Mavis Staples, takes its title directly from the instruction Pops gave to his daughter as the two listened to the unfinished recording before his death: “Don’t lose this.” Mavis didn’t, and in 2014 brought the tapes of her father’s last work to her recent collaborator, Tweedy, for completion. The two had previously teamed up on Mavis’ recent solo releases, One True Vine and the Grammy-winning You Are Not Alone.]

(58.) Low – Ones and Sixes / Sub Pop Records / September 1, 2015
[11th studio album by Low, indie rock group from Duluth, Minnesota, formed in 1993. As of 2010, the group is composed of founding members Alan Sparhawk (guitar and vocals) and Mimi Parker (drums and vocals), joined by newer addition Steve Garrington (bass guitar). Music writer, Denise Sullivan writes that Parker and Sparhawk’s vocal harmonies are “as chilling as anything Gram and Emmylou ever conspired on—though that’s not to say it’s country-tinged, just straight from the heart.” Ones and Sixes was co-produced by the band and engineer BJ Burton, at Justin Vernon’s April Base Studios in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.]

(59.) Rex Hobart and The Misery Boys – Long Shot of Hard Stuff EP / Little Class Records / March 6, 2015
[Rex Hobart & the Misery Boys are…Rex Hobart on vocals, Blackjack Snow on bass, J.B. Morris on guitar, T.C. Dobbs on drums, and Solomon Hofer on pedal steel.

(60.) The Depth and The Whisper – Unrequited EP / Every Little Bit / Sept. 22, 2015
[2nd EP release from Albert Bickley & Dave Tanner who formed TDaTW in June 2011, as a way to share new songs. Dave Tanner plays bass, guitar & vocals, Albert Bickley plays guitar & vocals, with friend:s Troy Van Horn, Kelsey Cook, Go Go Ray, Aaron Crawford, & Erik Voeks, joining frequently. Albert Bickley, is a KC native, who’s been writing, recording and performing original music for many years., is currently is living in NYC. Dave Tanner, is a Canadian who calls Parkville, MO, home, has played bass in numerous bands through the years.]

(61.) Sara Morgan – Easy To Dream EP / Independent / June 9, 2015
[KC based Singer/Songwriter, originally from McGehee, Arkansas. She plays piano, saxophone, guitar, banjo, ukulele, and piano. Sara has opened for BJ Thomas, John Michael Montgomery, John Corbett, Sean Rowe, Chuck Mead, Ben Taylor, and was the preshow at the Industry Bar inside the Uptown Theater before Loretta Lynn, took the main stage in November 2014. Ms. Lynn hosted Sara on her tour bus after Sara’s set and prior to Ms. Lynn’s performance. Sara Morgan played Apocalypse Meow 8, November 8.]

(62.) Deco Auto – The Curse of Deco Auto / Independent / February 14, 2015
[New music from Kansas City based alternative pop-punk / power-pop trio. Guitar/vocals: Steven Garcia; bass/vocals: Tracy Flowers; drums: Pat Tomek. All songs written by Steven Garcia, $tudent Loans For Life Music (ASCAP). Recorded, mixed and mastered by Pat Tomek at Largely Studios, Kansas City, MO.]

(63.) Jamie xx – In Colour / Young Turks / May 29, 2015
[Debut studio album from Jamie Smith known as Jamie xx, born Oct. 28, 1988. Jamie xx is an English music producer and remix artist who is known both as a solo act and as a member of the London-based band The xx.]

(64.) Riala – Be Here | Be There / Haymaker Records / September 4, 2015
[Nick Turner on Voice & Guitar, Kalo Hoyle on bass, Morgan Greenwood on drums. Recorded, mixed.and mastered by Joel Nanos at Element Recording Studios. Members of Riala joined us on WMM on July 29.]

(65.) HMPH! – Headrush / Haymaker Records / August 21, 2015
[Ryan Lee Toms on guitar, Jonathan Thatch on drums. Recorded by Dedric Moore. HMPH! joined us on WMM on August 12.]

(66.) Campdogzz – Riders In the Hills of Dying Heaven / Independent / July 13, 2015
[Chicago based Mike Price on drums, bass, guitar; Jess Price on vocals, guitar. They left their home in Logan Square, to live in a converted school bus and tour the country. Songwriter, Jess Price, is an Oklahoma native and multi-instrumentalist. Jerad Tomasino played bass for Campdogzz on their big tour through September. The band is stopped and camped in some of the most beautiful places across the country.]

(67.) Ernest James Zydeco – Automatic Harvester / Jam Rat Records / July 13, 2015
[From KC Missouri, the band lineup has been constant since 2008: Ernest James on accordion and vocals, Barry Barnes on washboard, Jaisson Taylor on drums, Mike Stover on bass guitar, and Tony LaCroix on guitar. This song features Jaisson Taylor on lead vocals and Betse Ellis on fiddle. Recorded and mixed in KC at Markosa Studios, with Mark Thies. The album was mastered by Collin Jordan at The Boiler Room in Chicago. Ernest James and Jaisson Taylor co-wrote and co-produced the songs. ]

(68.) Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell – The Traveling Kind / Nonesuch / May 8, 2015
[Produced by Joe Henry. Distinctive and legendary solo artists, who have also been masterful collaborators with so many others were able to join together for the 2013 release Old Yellow Moon, winner of the 2014 Grammy for Best Americana Album.]

(69.) Chris Meck & The Guilty Birds – Chris Meck & The Guilty Birds EP / Indep / February 10, 2015
[KC based trio with Chris Meck on lead guitar & vocals, Michelle Bacon on drums, and Calandra Ysquierdo on bass guitar & vocals. Tor this recording, Camry Ivory was on keys & vocals. Recording with Chad Meise. Chris Meck & The Guilty Birds played recordBar, Friday, November 6, for Apocalypse Meow kick off show with Drop A Grand, and Amy Farrand and The Like.]

(70.) Death And Vanilla – To Where the Wild Things Are / Fire Records / May 4, 2015
[Experimental-psychedelic-dream-pop trio formed in Malmö, Sweden, by Marleen Nilsson and Anders Hansson. Death and Vanilla utilise vintage musical equipment such as vibraphone, organ, mellotron, tremolo guitar and moog, to emulate the sounds of 60s/70s soundtracks, library music, German Krautrock, French Ye-ye pop and 60s psych. They revel in the warmth of older analogue instruments to create a more organic sound, each loose wire and off-kilter noise adding to the rich atmosphere. The band recorded the new album themselves in their rehearsal space, using just one microphone – a 70’s Sennheiser – which they bought at a flea market for a tenner. It is this unconventional recording process that gives Death and Vanilla their unique personality; using a trial and error approach to recording has rewarded the album with a strangeness that would not have otherwise been achievable.]

(71.) Yes You Are – A Dream EP / Independent / November 8, 2015
[Kianna Alarid, Jared White, Willie Jordan, and Jacob Teemeyer. Yes You Are lead singer Kianna Alarid was also lead singer and bassist for the critical acclaimed band, Tilly and the Wall, who released 4 albums on Saddle Creek Records, toured the world, and appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman. After Tilly and the Wall ended, Yes You Are was formed in 2014. This past summer they toured nationally with Neon Trees and released their first music video. The band is currently working on their debut full length album.]

(72.) Of Montreal – Aureate Gloom / Polyvinyl / February 27, 2015
[13th studio album from Athens, Georgia based rock band, founded by 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, & afrobeat music influenced by Prince & David Bowie.]

(73.) Sie Lieben Maschinen – June Gloom / Independent / January 1, 2015
[Steve Tulipana on vocals; Josh Newton on guitar, bass, synth; Chris Bolig on drums. Recorded and mixed by Scott Evans at Sharkbite Studios and Antisleep Audio. Vocals for “The Man Laughs”, “Postcards” and “Public Image” recorded by John Bersuch at Innerhorse. All other vocals recorded by Duane Trower at Weights & Measures Sound Lab in Kansas City, MO. Mastered by Carl Saff. Steve Tulipana joined us live on WMM on March 25. Steve Tulipana joined us on WMM on March 25, during the time of The Middle of The Map Fest.]

(74.) Thunderclaps – Cookin’ Up a Good Time EP / Independent / October 16, 2014
[Thunderclaps is a band formed by two cousins, Bryce Jones who lives in Salina Kansas and is a high school english teacher, and Colin Blunt who lives in Kansas City and host a Late Saturday Night Music program called The Pipeline. Cookin’ Up a Good Time was produced and engineered by Lennon Bone at Element Recording and mastered by Joel Nanos. Thunderclaps joined us on WMM on October 14.]

(75.) Rachel Mallin – The Persistence of Vision EP / Independence / September 12, 2014
[During the summer of 2014, this EP was written, recorded, mixed, and produced by Rachel Mallin, at the age of 19, in her hometown of Kansas City, MO. The songs were recorded in her basement. Co-mixed by Michael Kessler. Mastered by William Reeves at Centro Cellar Studio. This year Rachel formed a band called The Wild Type, currently with Jesse Bartmess on bass, Austin Edmisten on drums & voice, and Justin Walker on lead guitar. Rachel Mallin & The Wild Type also revealed a new song: “Something Wicked” on the new compilation series How To Keep Dreaming from The Record Machine, released September 10, 2015, celebrating the music that is inspiring us with proceeds benefiting Midwest Music Foundation. More info at: HowToKeepDreaming.com. Rachel Mallin has shared the stage support of musical acts such as Metric, Panic is Perfect, The Lonely Wild, Pan Astral, and The Architects. Rachel Mallin just released “Dropout” a celebratory indie-rock dance anthem recorded two weeks ago with Joel Nanos at Element Studios, and plan to follow it up with an EP tentatively set for February 29th, 2016.]

(76.) Pieta Brown – Drifters / Lustre Records / November 20, 2015
[Drifters, it is a collection of outtakes from the sessions for Brown’s 2014 album Paradise Outlaw. Recorded at Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon’s studio April Base, Paradise Outlaw was another new spin on the ethereal folk sound Brown has crafted over six albums. The six-track Drifters EP is released on Brown’s new, in her words, “underground label” Lustre Records and is currently only available from her website and from her at shows. Playing with Brown on the EP are Outlaw session musicians: Bo Ramsey, Jon Penner, Michael Rossetto, JT Bates and David Mansfield. Greg Brown, Constie Brown and Iris DeMent sing back up vocals for “Goin’ Up The Country.” The EP also includes a remix of the instrumental track “Little Swainson” by Justin Vernon and BJ Burton which was sacrificed when the album changed from being a double to a single. Pieta Brown was born in 1973 in Iowa City, Iowa. Her early upbringing was in Iowa. There, Brown was exposed to traditional and rural folk music through her father, singer songwriter Greg Brown. Brown spent her childhood living in 17 different residences between Iowa and Alabama. While living with her mother in Alabama, Brown began writing poetry and composing instrumental songs on piano. As a musician and singer-songwriter she has released five albums and four EPs. Collaborator Bo Ramsey produced her 2002 debut record, Pieta Brown and co-produced her 2005 album In the Cool, which was named one of the year’s best by Amazon. Her next album Remember The Sun was released in 2007 and was cited as one of the year’s best in a The Wall Street Journal article. After the release of her next album, One and All, Brown joined Mark Knopfler’s North American tour, had a string of performance dates with John Prine, participated in a full orchestral show with Brandi Carlile, and embarked on her own performance tour in Australia. Brown’s 2009 EP, Shimmer was produced by Don Was after hearing her on his car radio in a live solo performance. In addition to Mark Knopfler, John Prine and Brandi Carlile, Brown has shared stages with JJ Cale, Emmylou Harris, Richard Thompson, Ani DiFranco, Calexico, Neko Case, Mason Jennings, Shawn Mullins, Carrie Rodriguez and Jim Lauderdale. She has performed at festivals throughout North America including Bonnaroo, Mountain Jam, Edmonton Folk Music Festival and more. Her national radio credits include performances on eTown and Mountain Stage. Brown is married to guitarist and producer, Bo Ramsey.]

(77.) Megan Slankard – Running on Machinery / Independent / May 19, 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: meganslankard.com. Megan Slankard played live on WMM on February 18.]

(78.) Laura Marling – Short Movie / Ribbon Music / March 23, 2015
[Laura Beatrice Marling was born Feb 1, 1990, from Eversley, Hampshire. Her debut, Alas, I Cannot Swim, her 2nd album I Speak Because I Can, and her 4th album Once I Was An Eagle were all nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in 2008, 2010, and 2013. She won the Brit Award for Best British Female Solo Artist at the 2011 Brit Awards, and was nominated for the same award at the 2012 and 2014 Brit Awards. The youngest of three daughters, Marling learned guitar at an early age. Her father, Sir Charles William Somerset Marling, the 5th Marling Baronet, ran a recording studio, introduced her to folk music and shaped her musical taste, an experience that Marling later described as, “a bit of a blessing and a bit of a curse….[because] I couldn’t slot myself into the age-appropriate genre”. Marling received a scholarship to attend Leighton Park School, a private Quaker school in Reading, Berkshire. During her secondary school years she felt uneasy around other people and was afraid of death. Marling dated Noah and the Whale singer/guitarist Charlie Fink briefly before the pair separated in 2008. She also dated Marcus Mumford of Mumford and Sons until late 2010. She moved to Silver Lake in Los Angeles, California in 2013, before relocating back to London in December 2014. In September 2013, Marling explained: “I am a solitary person but I love people, I’m not a misanthrope. I like the idea of speaking only when it’s strictly necessary. The closest I ever feel to people is in shared experience. I’m still exploring that, I don’t know where it’s going to lead me.”]

(79.) Darondo – Listen To My Song: The Music City Sessions / Big Beat Records / 2015
[10-track LP on brown translucent vinyl, limited to 1200 copies and features Darondo’s most well-known songs, “Didn’t I” and “Listen To My Song” and previously unissued songs from the 1973-74 sessions. William Daron Pulliam (October 5, 1946 – June 9, 2013), who performed in the 1970s under the name Darondo, was a funk and soul singer from the San Francisco Bay Area. Although he is not widely recognized today, serious enthusiasts of the soul genre consistently rate him in high regard. The mythology surrounding Darondo describes him as a pimp, although he has denied this claim. His performing name is said to have originated as a compliment from a waitress who was fond of his generous tipping habits. Darondo has received more attention in recent years thanks to London DJ Gilles Peterson playing his 1973 single, “Didn’t I” on his BBC Radio 1 program. Recordings of Darondo are available from Luv N Haight, an imprint label of Ubiquity Records. Other works can be purchased from Omnivore Recordings. He also hosted a public broadcasting music video program where he did comedy skits and gave love advice in a segment called “Penthouse Letters” which can be found on YouTube. He died of heart failure in 2013.]

(80.) Wire – That’s My Bike / Pink Flag / April 13, 2015
[14th studio album from English rock band, formed in London in October 1976 by Colin Newman (vocals, guitar), Graham Lewis (bass, vocals), Bruce Gilbert (guitar), and Robert Gotobed (drums). They were originally associated with the punk rock scene, appearing on The Roxy London WC2 album—a key early document of the scene—and were later central to the development of post-punk.]

(81.) Via Luna – Heavy Light EP / Via Luna / June 26, 2015
[2nd EP from instrumental post rock – math rock band from Kansas City. from by Gregory Baker on guitar, Christopher Gordon on guitar, Mike McDonough on drums, Blain Bridges on bass. Heavy Light was engineered, mixed and mastered by Mike McDonough at Clockwork Audio Production.]

(82.) Christian Hankel – Silver: Music From The Noir Ballet / Money Wolf Music / July 17, 2015
[Shay Estes on vocals, Desmond Mason on keys, Johnny Hamil on upright bass, Timm Gillespie on tenor sax, Rich Wheeler on tenor sax, Brenna Hayes on bari sax, Kyle Dahlquist on trombone, Jerod Rivers on drums and percussion. Additional keys from Richard Walker, and additional drums from Terre Norton. Written and arranged by Christian Hankel. Produced by Christian Hankel and Jerod Rivers. Engineered and mixed by Jerod Rivers at Sangha Studios, KCMO, Mastered by Patrick Meagher at Fuzz Bomb, KCMO. Christian Hankel joined us live on WMM on July 8.]

(83.) stik figa x D/Will – JOBB / Independent / September 18, 2015
[All songs written by Stik Figa. All songs produced, mixed and mastered by D/WILL. Stik Figa is a prolific MC and wordsmith from Topeka, Kansas. He was raised in Memphis. He has been featured on NPR and 2DopeBoyz. After signing with Mello Music Group, he released “As Himself” a project drawing from his unique perspective and background. On March 31, 2015 he released, Stik Figa Is Not Quite Himself, produced by Leonard DStroy.]

(84.) Mysterious Clouds – Vibrations: Shake the Path / Haymaker Records / May 12, 2015
[co-released by Montamusic and Haymaker Records on cassette, with a limited run of 50. Mixed in mono “under psychedelic instructions …to capture those heavenly vintage vibes.” A project of Monta At Odds members Dedric and Delany Moore with Aaron Osborne (of Expo 70), and Jonathan Thatch of (HMPH!) Dedric Moore joined us live on WMM on July 22.]

(85.) Speedy Ortiz – Foil Deer / Carpark Records / April 20, 2015
[Northampton, Massachusetts, indie rock band that originated in 2011 as Sadie Dupuis’ solo project while she was teaching songwriting at a summer camp, recording her own material using her laptop. Two releases resulted from this solo endeavor, the Cop Kicker EP, and the album, The Death of Speedy Ortiz. The project expanded into a full band in late 2011. The group independently released “Taylor Swift” b/w “Swim Fan,” recorded by Paul Q Kolderie, which was followed by 2012’s Sports, released on Exploding in Sound Records. Their debut album, as a band, Major Arcana, was released on Carpark Records in 2013. In 2014, guitarist Matt Robidoux was replaced by fellow Massachusetts musician Devin McKnight of Grass is Green.]

(86.) Ducktails – St. Catherine / Domino Recording Group / July 24, 2015
[5th studio album from Psychedelic pop band from New Jersey, formed in 2006. Initially the solo recording project of Real Estate’s guitarist Matt Mondanile, the band also includes Josh de Costa (bass) and Ross Chait (drums).]

(87.) Jose Gonzalez – 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.]

(88.) Sharon Van Etten – I Don’t Want to Let You Down – EP / Jagjaguar / June 9, 2015
[Brooklyn based singer–songwriter. She moved to Tennessee to attend Middle Tennessee State University and studied recording, but dropped out of college after a year. Van Etten ending up working at the Red Rose, a coffee and record shop and music venue in Murfreesboro, for about five years. Van Etten said she was writing songs then, but did not perform publicly. Van Etten said her boyfriend at the time wasn’t very supportive of her and didn’t think highly of her musical abilities. After six years of what she now describes as an abusive relationship, she moved back to New Jersey to live with her parents.After moving back home to New Jersey and working at Perryville Wine and Spirits, Van Etten saved up enough money to move to Brooklyn in 2005,where she was encouraged by Kyp Malone of TV on the Radio to pursue a career in music. Malone said she’d approached him at one of his shows and gave him a CD-R of her songs. Van Etten was friends with Malone’s brother, Colin, in high school. Malone normally doesn’t listen to fan submissions, but he enjoyed her work. “Really very arresting. She just sends me,” he said. Malone ended up playing Van Etten on his Guest DJ set for NPR’s All Songs Considered.Van Etten said that Jeffrey Davison, a deejay on WFMU who has a show called Shrunken Planet, was the first person to play one of her homemade CDs on his show. Van Etten has become close to Davison and his wife, who have her over for record listening evenings.]

(89.) Lower Dens – Escape from Evil / Ribbon Music / March 31, 2015
[3rd album from indie rock band from Baltimore, Maryland, formed in 2010 by Jana Hunter, Geoff Graham, Abram Sanders & Will Adams. Band released their debut on Gnomonsong and follow up on Ribbon Music.]

(90.) Toughies – Tough Enough EP / Independent / September 25, 2015
[4-piece, Lawrence, band formed in 2015 by, Brad Girard, Joe Gronniger, Caroline Lohrenz and Carl Smith.]
[Toughies played an EP RELEASE Show September 25, at Replay Lounge, with Dreamgirl and Maybe Not]

(91.) Arc Flash – Black Market Time Tech / Independent / March 10, 2015
[“The three members are very complex. Guitarist and vocalist James Thomblison, often clad in a vibrant sweater dress while playing, represents the neutral side of this equation. Drummer Mark Osman tends to speak more positively, while bassist Lewis Guillen is a tad touchy, moody, even pessimistic at times.” – Fally Afani, Lawrence Journal-World, May 13, 2015]

(92.) Bummer – Spank / High Dive Records / July 14, 2015
[Neanderthal music from Olathe Kansas. Bummer is Matt Perrin, vocals and guitar, Mike Gustafson bass and Sam Hutchinson, drums. Recorded at Westend Recording Studios by Justin Mantooth, who also mixed and co-produced the recordings with the band. Bummer joined us on WMM on July 15.]

(93.) The Sluts – The Sluts / Independent / June 17, 2015
[Debut full-length from alternative rock / rock & roll / garage rock / grunge pop – Lawrence based band. All songs written and performed by The Sluts. The Sluts are Ryan Wise on guitar & vocals, and Kristoffer Dover on drums. Produced, Recorded, Mixed & Mastered by Joel Nanos at Element Recording Studios in Kansas City, MO. The band is the winner of the 2014 Pitch Music Award for Best Punk Band.]

(94.) The Roseline – Townie / Independent / June 19, 2015
[4th album from Lawrence, Kansas, based alt-country/Americana rock band, formed by Colin Halliburton with friends in 2005. The Roseline has been through dozens of lineup changes. The current lineup has been together for about two months: Halliburton on guitar; Kris Losure on guitar, Aaron Pando on drums, Sam Goodellon keyboards, and Heidi Gluck on bass.]

(95.) Ghastly Menace – 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. ]

(96.) Julian Davis – Who Walks In, When I Walk Out / Little Class Records / Dec 18, 2015
[16 year old Kansas State youth Flatpicking Champion, from Pittsburg, Kansas.]

(97.) The Waspmen – 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 joined us live on WMM on March 11.]

(98.) Sad American Night – One of These Bright Mornings / Indep / November 6, 2014
[Sad American Night is Andrew Langford on drums, Sam Avery on bass, Chris Martin on keyboards, Rachel Christia on vocals, Gavin Snider on vocals & guitar. For more information: sadamericannight.com.]

(99.) Slow Motion Commotion – The Day’s Not Over Until You Fall Asleep / Indep / November 1, 2015
[Kansas City based acoustic-folk-punk band, Slow Motion Commotion join us in the studio. on Octoer 14. Formed by Ian Johnson on vocals, banjo, & harmonica and Shane Deaver on vocals, guitar & mandolin. For their new, 15-track album, they’ve added drums, piano, violin, and Taylor Gwin on stand-up bass, making the band a trio now! Slow Motion Commotion joined us live on WMM on October 14.]

(100.) Jason Vivone & The Billy Bats – The Avenue / Independent / November 6, 2015
[3rd Release from International Blues Competition Finalists: Jason Vivone (vocals, guitar, mandolin, harp, cigarbox guitar, diddley bow, piano) Matt Bustamante (vocals, drums) Paula Crawford (vocals, guitar) Rick MacIvor (keyboards)]

(101.) Duncan Burnett & The Ministry – LIVE / Independent / July 4, 2015
[Duncan Burnett & The Ministry recorded Live At Riot Room In Kansas City, Mo. Duncan Burnett on vocals, Mandy Burnett on vocals, Justin Curry on MD/Keyboards/Programmer, Ryan J. Lee on bass, Greg Baker on guitar, Vincent Footz Williams on drums.]

(102.) Monophonics – Sound of Sinning / Transistor Sounds / April 14, 2015
[Psychedelic Soul from San Francisco, CA from; Austin Bohlman on drums, Kelly Finnigan on vocals & keyboards, Ian McDonald on electric guitar & electric sitar & backing vocals, Myles O’Mahony on electric bass & backing vocals, Ryan Scott on trumpet and backing vocals.]

(103.) Hot Chip – Why Make Sense? (Deluxe Edition) / Domino Recording Company / May 15, 2015
[British electronic music band formed in London, in 2000. They have released six studio albums: Coming on Strong (2004), The Warning (2006), Made in the Dark (2008), One Life Stand (2010), In Our Heads (2012), and Why Make Sense? (2015). The group has also been nominated for the Mercury Prize.]

(104.) Jill Scott – Woman / Blues Babe Records / July 24, 2015
[5th studio album by American singer, model and actress, born in Philadelphia, Pemmsylvania,April 4, 1972. Her 2000 debut, Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1, went platinum.]

(105.) Kate Pierson– Guitars and Microphones / Lazy Meadow Music / February 17, 2015
[Vocalist, lyricist, lead singer & founding members of The B-52’s w/ Cindy Wilson, Fred Schneider, Ricky Wilson, Keith Strickland. She played guitar, bass & keyboards. She has recorded songs with The Ramones, REM, Iggy Pop, David Byrne . In February 2015, Pierson released her 1st solo album, Guitars and Microphones, featuring material co-written by Sia Furler. She is the owner of Kate’s Lazy Desert in Landers, California and Kate’s Lazy Meadow in Mount Tremper, New York, a rustic modern lodge in New York’s Catskill Mountains. She operates the businesses with her partner, Monica Coleman. Pierson & Coleman have been together since 2003.]

(106.) Eleni Mandell – Dark Lights Up / Yep Roc / July 24, 2015
[10th studio album from L.A. based singer/songwriter Eleni Mandell. Since 2000, she has published albums through Zedtone Records in Toronto, Ontario, which in 2012 began licensing her releases to Yep Roc in the United States, and Make My Day in Europe. She is also a member of folk supergroup The Living Sisters with Inara George and Becky Stark. Mandell attended punk and underground rock shows while growing up in Los Angeles in the 1980s. She was inspired as a young songwriter by Tom Waits, X, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, and Randy Newman. Chuck E. Weiss, a socialite musician and associate of Tom Waits, was a mentor to Mandell. Eleni Mandell’s first album, Wishbone (1998), was produced by Jon Brion. Her second album, Thrill, was released in 2000, earning her comparisons to PJ Harvey and Tom Waits. ]

(107.) Jacco Gardner – Hypnophobia / Polyvinyl / 2015
[2nd full-length album from Jacco Gardner, a baroque pop multi instrumentalist from the Netherlands town of Hoorn. He creates a unique sound by combining the sounds of harpsichord, strings, flutes and other classical instruments with raw psychedelic effects.]

(108.) Ork Records: New York, New York / Numero Group / October 30, 2015
[The New York Times talked with Richard Lloyd, guitarist for the band Television who lived with Mr. Ork during Television’s early years. “He was a communist the way Christ was a communist,” Mr. Lloyd said. “He wanted everybody to have everything. The revolution he planned took place. Spread to England, then spread back over to America, to L.A., Minneapolis, Seattle.”” William Terry Ork was an American band manager and record producer for the new wave/punk music scene in New York City in the mid 1970s. Ork is associated with the success of the club CBGB as manager for punk band Television and musician Richard Hell. Ork arrived in New York City in 1968 to help Andy Warhol with Warhol’s movies. While working as the manager of a film bookstore called Cinemabilia, Ork met Billy Ficca, Tom Verlaine and Hell of the Neon Boys and introduced them to Richard Lloyd. Ork began managing the new band when they reformed as Television. In 1975, he founded Ork Records which released Television’s Little Johnny Jewel (1975), Richard Hell’s Blank Generation, The Marbles’ Red Light (1979) and Mick Farren’s Lost Johnny, among other recordings. Farren said, “Terry Ork was an idealist, as true to the punk ethic as you could be, which means that when it all started getting slick, and the bands were getting deals, Terry was left behind.” He died in San Diego on October 20, 2004. In the 2013 film CBGB, Ork was portrayed by Johnny Galecki.]

(109.) Laurie Anderson – Heart of a Dog / Nonesuch / October 23, 2015
[The complete soundtrack recording of Laurie Anderson’s newest film, Heart of a Dog. Anderson was recently commissioned by the European TV network Arte to create a feature film — her first in 30 years. Her response was a personal essay entitled Heart of a Dog, a work encompassing joy and heartbreak and remembering and forgetting, at the heart of which is a lament for her late beloved piano-playing and finger-painting dog Lolabelle. Scenes range from realistic footage from the animal’s life to imagined scenes of Lolabelle’s passage through the bardo. It also includes other reflections on life and death including Anderson’s experiences in life in downtown New York after 9/11. The Nonesuch album is the full audio recording of the film, including all music and spoken text. Heart of a Dog has been shown at the Telluride, Venice, and Toronto Film Festivals to critical praise, with the New York Times calling it a “philosophically astute, emotionally charged meditation on death, love, art and dogs.” The movie will be screened at the New York Film Festival on October 8, before opening theatrically at New York’s Film Forum October 21. It also will be shown on HBO in early 2016. ]

(110.) THEESatisfaction – EarthEE / Sub Pop / February 24, 2015
[2nd album from Seattle, Washington based R&B and hip hop duo formed by rapper Stasia “Stas” Irons and singer Catherine “Cat” Harris-White. Irons was born and raised in Tacoma, while Harris-White was born and raised in Hawaii and Seattle. The duo met in 2008 while attending the University of Washington. Irons, the rapper of the duo, frequented Harris-White’s open mic performances. Irons recalls, “I was attracted to Cat’s voice, I would go to the open mic and close my eyes and zone out whenever she sang. I finally had the courage to speak to her… it took a while.” In 2011, Sub Pop Records signed the duo after hearing their guest track on Shabazz Palaces’ 2011 album Black Up. The duo released their debut full length album, awE NaturalE, on Sub Pop Records March 27, 2012. THEESatifaction opened for Sleater-Kinney at The Uptown, on April 26, 2015]

(111.) Fun Home (A New Broadway Musical) / PS Classics / May 19, 2015
[Fun Home is a musical adapted by Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori from Alison Bechdel’s 2006 graphic memoir of the same name. As in the book, the story concerns the father-daughter relationship between Alison Bechdel and her father Bruce Bechdel. It has been called “the first mainstream musical about a young lesbian.” Writer/artist Alison Bechdel’s book Fun Home, a memoir in comics format, was published in 2006 to critical acclaim. Its subject is Alison Bechdel’s coming of age, with particular emphasis on her relationship to her father, Bruce Bechdel. Alison’s coming out as a lesbian is complicated by the revelation that Bruce had also had homosexual relationships, including encounters with males below the age of consent. Four months after Alison comes out to her parents, Bruce is killed by an oncoming truck; although the evidence is equivocal, Alison concludes that he committed suicide.]

(112.) Tall Tales – It’s Just A Game EP / Independent / May 19, 2015
[Kansas City band formed in 2014 with Jack Ingram on vocals, Andrew Hosler on drums, Rylan Fisher on guitar, and Tommy O’Halloran on bass.]

[Tall Tales play The Art Factory in Overland park, Ks, on January 2, 2016]

(113.) Purity Ring – Another Eternity / 4AD / February 27, 2015
[Canadian indie electronic band based out of Montreal who formed in 2010. The band consists of two members: Megan James (vocals) and Corin Roddick (instrumentals).]

(114.) Girlpool – Before The World Was Big / Wichita Recordings / June 2, 2015
[Debut album from the Los Angelous, California Punk Rock duo of Cleo Tucker on guitar, vocals; and Harmony Tividad on bass, vocals. Cleo and Harmony are 18 and 19 years old. The band does not have a drummer. ]

(115.) Daptone Gold II / Daptone Records / September 18, 2015
[Daptone Gold II, is the soul label’s second greatest hits compilation featuring Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Charles Bradley, the Budos Band, Antibalas and more. The follow-up to the label’s acclaimed Daptone Gold collection in 2009, the double-LP set features many of Daptone’s favorite tracks alongside rarities and unreleased cuts. In addition to 16 of Daptone’s greatest hits from throughout the label’s 13-year history, the compilation also includes three non-LP tracks that were only released as 45-rpm singles – Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings’ “Little Boys With Shiny Toys,” Charles Bradley and LaRose Jackson’s “Luv Jones” and the Como Mamas’ “Out Of The Wilderness” – plus two unreleased cuts: The Dap-Kings’ “Thunderclap” and Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens’ “You Got To Move.”]

Please tune into Wednesday MidDay Medley throughout December as we present our 4-week special: The 115 Best Recordings of 2015 on December 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th.

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