Wednesday MidDay Medley presents… The 114 Best Recordings of 2014

Please accept this as our celebration in the year of music. We acknowledge that these lists are subjective and that people get left off the list. Please know that it was with great difficulty that we narrowed our list to 114 Recordings. This list is based on our Wednesday MidDay Medley weekly playlists. We’ve compiled representative tracks from our favorite recordings of the year, as previously played on this little ole radio show. In 2014 we’ve played over 1000 songs, and hundreds of New & MidCoastal Releases. Over 40 of the bands and artists on our list have joined us live on the show or performed in-studio. We’ve interviewed over 200 local and national guests. 2/3rds of the recordings on our list were locally produced. It’s all good!

(1.) Shy Boys – Shy Boys / High Dive Records / January 17, 2014
[Debut release. Brothers Collin Rausch, Kyle Rausch, and friend and roommate Konnor Ervin, are members of this Kansas City based trio. Collin and Kyle’s father was a High School band director and music teacher. Konnor Ervin is the lead singer and songwriter of The ACBs, where Kyle also plays drums. The 10 song release had two singles premiered by Stereogum. “Keeps Me On My Toes” was a song Collin wrote in 15 minutes while his girlfriend was in the shower. Wednesday MidDay Medley has been a big fan of all of the ACBs recordings. In 2011 we started playing songs from The I’ms, a duo made of up Collin and Kyle, who posted 6 of their self recorded songs on their facebook page. We ended up including this informal release in our Top Ten of The 111 Best Recordings of 2011. Three of those songs from The I’ms Facebook page ended up being rerecorded and included on Shy Boys. The album was recorded at West End Studio, over two-weekends. Shy Boys joined us live on the show on January 15.]

(2.) Loose Park – Monstrous / Independent / June 5, 2014
[Kansas City based band formed in June 2013 with Matthew Dunehoo on guitar, vocals; Beckie Trost on Bass guitar; and Mike Myers on Drums. This trio are also members/former members of Doris Henson / Baby Teardrops / Ecstatics, The String & Return / In The Pines / Spacesuit, and Soft Reeds.]

(3.) MY BROTHERS & SISTERS – Violet Music Vol. 1 / Independent / April 12, 2014
[Jamie Searle won critical acclaim as lead vocalist and songwriter for the band It’s Over, winner of a Pitch Music Award for Best Live Act. He left It’s Over to concentrate on his music education as a student of UMKC’s Conservatory of Music where he has immersed himself in musical theory, compostion, harmonic structure, melody. Out of school, Jamie spent a year and a half recording the full length release of material he composed for a large ensemble of musicians. The result is: “Violet Music Vol. 1″ the debut full length release from Jamie’s band, My Brothers & Sisters, a collective of at times up to 18 musicians, including a strings, horns, percussionists, bass, keyboards, vocalists, and back-up vocalists, and Jamie on vocals, guitar and conducting. Jamie Searle joined us live on the show on October 29.]

(4.) John Velghe & The Prodigal Sons – Organ Donor Blues / Lakeshore Records / June 24, 2014
[John Velghe – vocals, guitar, piano, and rhodes with The Prodigal Sons: Mike Alexander on guitars and vocals, Chris Wagner on bass guitar and vocals, Matt Anderson on Drum Kit, Michael Walker on Trombone, Sam Hughes on Saxophones, and Hermon Mehari on Trumpet. With Kirsten Paludan on vocals, and Josh Quint on pedal steel. Alejandro Escovedo shares in vocals on three album tracks and plays guitars on a few others. Produced by John Velghe. Recording and Mastering was Engineered by Duane Trower. Recorded and Mastered at Weights and Measures Soundlab, Kansas City, MO. Mixing and additional Recording at Guttersnipe Recording Co. Kansas City, MO.]

(5.) Katy Guillen & The Girls – Katy Guillen & The Girls / Independent / Sept. 6, 2014
[Katy Guillen (guitar, vocals), Claire Adams (bass, vocals) & Stephanie Williams (drums). Finalist for the Int. Blues Competition in Memphis. Katy Guillen & The Girls joined us live on September 3.]

(6.) Voices of Unbound – Madagascar / Unbound / November 7, 2014
[Singer/songwriter Barclay Martin spent a month in Madagascar with musician, drummer, engineer and producer, Giuliano Mingucci. The two friends and band mates recorded music written by the local people of Madagascar. The music was recorded in make-shift studios, field recordings, in people’s homes and villages. This project was produced by Unbound, formerly known as CFCA. The CD was released at a special exhibit HEMISPHERES: Sound Photographs from Madagascar. “Blending photography, music, interactive media, on November 7 & 8, at The Living Room Theatre. “Unbound is a humanitarian organization bringing people together to challenge poverty in new and innovative ways in 21 developing countries. Unbound brings people together to challenge poverty in new and innovative ways. More info at http://www.Unbound.org. Barclay Martin joined us live on the show on October 1.]

(7.) Jorge Arana Trio – Oso [EP] / Haymaker Records / July 19, 2014
[Jorge Arana on Guitar & Keyboard, Josh Enyart on drums & Percussion, and Jason Nash on bass. Oso is the name of Jorge’s childhood family dog. Winner of the 2013 Pitch Music Award for Best Avant-Garde group. Nominated this year for Best Live Act. Jorge Arana Trio joined us live on the show on July 16.]

(8.) Monta At Odds – Robots of Munich / Haymaker Records / October 26, 2014
[5th full length release from KCK based band formed by brothers Dedric and Delaney Moore. Released on vinyl by new KC based record label created by Brenton Cook called Haymaker Records. Robots of Munich was also released on Cassette on RSD, April 19, 2014. Dedric Moore joined us live on the show on Oct. 1.]

(9.) Calvin Arsenia – Moments [EP] / Independent / April 9, 2014
[24 year old Calvin Arsenia recently returned home to Kansas City after living and performing in Edinburgh, Scotland. Standing at 6 foot 5 inches, Arsenia strikes a commanding presence complimented by his equally powerful vocal capacity and his abilities playing piano, guitar and harp. He also works as a songwriter, composer, lyricist, producer, and engineer. Calvin Arsenia made his debut as a performer in early 2010 and since then he has written, arranged and produced 5 EPs. Earlier this year in April, he release a 7-song EP called “Moments” and now is set to release a new EP “Prose,”a collection of new songs inspired by his own personal revival. Calvin Arsenia performs his acoustic show in pubs and local venues around the city, sharing his soaring and soulful vocal range. Calvin Arsenia played live on the show on October 22.]

(10.) Schwervon! – Broken Teeth / Haymaker Records / September 30, 2014
[2 piece rock band. Nan plays drums and Matt plays guitar and they both sing. They lived in NYC for 15 years and have just relocated to KC. Schwervon! joined us live on the show on October 1.]

(11.) Kasey Rausch – Guitar in Hand / Mudstomp Records / November 21, 2014
[Guitar in Hand is the third solo release from KC based singer-songwriter Kasey Rausch. With Mikal Shapiro she hosts/produces RIVER TRADE RADIO Sunday mornings at 9am, on 90.1 FM. Kasey Rausch plays with The Naughty Pines every Tuesday at CODA. Kasey Rausch joined us live on the show on November 26.]

(12.) The War on Drugs – Lost In The Dream / Secretly Canadian / March 18, 2014
[3rd album from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, band formed in 2005. The band consists of Adam Granduciel (vocals, guitar), David Hartley (bass, guitar), Robbie Bennett (keys, guitar) & Patrick Berkery (drums). Founded by close collaborators Granduciel & Kurt Vile, The War on Drugs released their debut studio album, Wagonwheel Blues, in 2008. Vile departed shortly after its release to focus on his solo career. The band’s 2nd studio album Slave Ambient was released in 2011 to critical acclaim and extensive touring. First played on the show on March 19.]

(13.) Sturgill Simpson – Metamodern Sounds In Country Music / High Top Mountain / May 13, 2014
[Sturgill Simpson – vocals/acoustic guitar/backing vocals , Laur Joamets – electric & slide guitar , Kevin Black – bass guitar , Miles Miller – drums/percussion/ backing vocals, Mike Webb – keyboards/mellotron , Dave Cobb – classical guitar/percussion. Produced & Engineered by Dave Cobb , Assistant Engineers – Justin Herlocker & John Netti . Mixed by Dave Cobb & Sturgill Simpson. Mastered by Pete Lyman, Infrasonic Mastering. All tracks recorded at LCS in Nashville, TN.]

(14.) Sara Swenson – Runway Lights / Independent / July 18, 2014
[Critically acclaimed singer songwriter Sara Swenson has released some of our most played and favorite recordings of the last 7 years. Her self titled debut ended up at the top of our list of The 100 Best Recordings of 2009. In 2010 Sara Swenson released her second full length recording, “All Things Big and Small” again working with Don Chaffer in Nashville who added new layers to Sara’s great songs and voice. In Novenber of 2011, Sara released her 5 song EP called “Never Left My Mind,” featuring her band at the time, The Pearl Snaps. In that time frame, she also had picked up two Kansas City Singer-Songwriter of the Year awards, performed with Sarah McLachlan’s Lilith Fair, and placed a song on the season finale of ABC’s “Private Practice.” Then after the school year ended in 2012, Sara Swenson left her job as a High School English and Journalism Teacher in Platte County High School, and left the Kansas City music scene, and she flew off to the United Kingdom, where she got married. This spring, Sara returned to Kansas City and performed for the Folk Alliance International Conference. This summer she released her fourth studio album that captures snapshots of her 18-month experience of living abroad, moving from dating to marriage and sorting through the accompanying transitions and emotions. Produced by Don Chaffer in Nashville. Sara Swenson joined us live on the show on July 9.]

(15.) Kristie Stremel – Songwriter / Stremeltone / April 1, 2014
[Described as “Joan Jett & Tom Petty’s love child,” and armed with her guitar, fueled by coffee, and over 75 published songs, singer, songwriter, producer, rock & roll mom, Kristie Stremel has had a very busy year. In October, 2013 Kristie and her partner, Lori Isabell, welcomed their adopted baby son, Charlie, into their family. In April 2014 Kristie released her 6th solo record, and the 9th full-length release of her musical career of over 20 years. Released on her own label, Stremeltone, it was Kristie’s first self-produced album. Stremeltone Records, was created in her home in Lawrence. The last track, “It’s Enough” was released early, as a video, featuring photos of couples in partenerships, relationships, marriages, unions, families. The video was Kristie’s response the the Kansas House of Representatives passing HD 2453 allowing business the right to refuse service to LGBT customers. The bill eventually died in the Kansas Senate. Songwriter, is Kristie’s self produced record that was mixed by famed musician and producer Lou Whitney, who in 2001 produced Kristie’s first solo full-length, “All I Really Want,” for Slewfoot Records. In 2014 we lost Lou who was 72 and was battling cancer, but still playing in his band Outland through 2013. Kristie has said that Lou Whitney was… “my mentor, a father figure,” Lou told Tim Finn in the KC Star: “I thought she had all the ingredients,” he said. “The songs were poppy efforts to write songs that might actually do something. She was writing personal stuff but couching it in this rock-pop way.” Chris Meck, played on the 2001, release, “All I Really Want.” He joined in on Songwriter and helped with Wildflowers. Chris and Kristie hadn’t played together in over 10 years. Kristie also recently released a new single “Love Makes A Family” with a read-along book for the song she wrote for her son Charlie, in an effort to explain the importance of family and to help celebrate the diversity in families today. Kristie Stremel joined us live on the show on November 5.]

(15.) Kristie Stremel & Friends – Wildflowers / Stremeltone / November 4, 2014
[Kristie told Tim Finn in the KC Star, “The weight of bringing a new, little creature home was a little overwhelming at first,” she said. “But it has been everything I wanted it to be. I’ve always wanted to have a child. Sometimes, desire is all it takes. If you desire it, it will come to you.” “I have a different perspective now that I have a kid, and maybe it will change. But I can’t see giving up music for anything.” This past summer Kristie went to work producing a new full length CD and book called “Wildflowers,” a compilation of 14 original songs and 5 poems for and about children, illustrated by Blue Haas. “Wildflowers,” is a hardcover, 9 x 6 landscape, full color 46 page book illustrated by Blue Haas. The book comes with a companion audio CD of 14 songs and 5 poems represented in book. Krisite invited Kasey Rausch, David George, Victor & Penny, Nini Camps, Fred Wickham, James Johann, Bill McShane, Kelley Hunt, Tina Schlieske, Summer Osborne, Dallas Jones, Ben Bunker, and Greg Wickham to join her with an original song. Kristie also invited Timothy Finn, CJ Janovy, Ron Megee, David Wayne Reed, and Mark Manning to contribute original poems.]

(16.) Old Sound – Rain Follows The Plow / Independent / February 2014
[Greg Herrenbruck ~ Bass & Vocals; Grady Keller ~ Mandolin, Acoustic Guitar & Vocals; Chad Brothers ~ Acoustic Guitar & Vocals. Recorded and produced by Phil Wade at his studio: Alluvial Fan. Old Sound joined us live on the show on February 12.]

(17.) St. Vincent – St. Vincent / Republic Records / February 25, 2014
[Self-titled 4th studio album from multi-instrumentalists Annie Erin Clark (b. Sept. 28, 1982), known by her stage name St. Vincent. She began her music career as a member of The Polyphonic Spree and was also part of Sufjan Stevens’ touring band before forming her own band in 2006. Clark currently resides in Manhattan. St. Vincent played Lawrence, Kansas at Liberty Hall, on March 31.]

(18.) The Quivers – Hot Young Mess / The Quivers / March 21, 2014
[Debut full length release from KC based rock & roll band. Terra Skaggs – Bass, Vocals; Todd Grantham – Piano, Organ, Vocals; Abraham Haddad – Guitar; Bernie Dugan – Drums; Desmond Poirier – Guitar.]
[Special Horns on the track from Peter Lawless and Kyle Dahlquist. The Quivers played It Came Out of the Garage” a benefit for KKFI, Oct 30 at Knuckleheads.The Quivers joined us live on the show on April 9th.]

(19.) Curtis Harding – Soul Power / Burger Records / April 24, 2012
[The Michigan-bred, Atlanta-based singer-songwriter, and backup singer and writer for Cee-Lo Green and as a member of Night Sun, the lo-fi soul project he formed with Cole Alexander of The Black Lips. His first-ever solo album, Soul Power, was recorded at the Living Room Studios in Atlanta with Justin McNeight and Edward Rawls, who has worked with the Black Lips and the Coathangers. BURGER RECORDS in Fullerton, California, is a record store, and record company, that call themselves a rock n roll philanthropic quasi-religious borderline-cultish propaganda spreading group of suburban perma-teen mutants. More info at: http://www.burgerrecords.org

(20.) The Architects – Border Wars Episode Two [EP] / Independent / September 8, 2014
[7th release from KC based band: Adam Phillips on drums, Zachary Phillips on bass, Brandon Phillips on guitar & voice, Keenan Nichols on guitar. The three Phillips brothers had previously composed a successful ska and rock band called The Gadjits. In June 2004 The Gadjits ceased to exist as a band and a new band, Architects, was formed. Architects’ sound is a combination of traditional punk, maximum R&B, Midwestern alternative rock, blues-based metal and pop melodies, influenced by The Clash, The Who, Social Distortion, Green Day, Soul Asylum, The Replacements, AC/DC, The Jam and The Kinks. The Architects have toured on the Vans Warped Tour, with My Chemical Romance, and Floggin Molly. Border Wars is a a five-part concept album and graphic novel series funded by the band’s loyal fans through Indiegogo crowd sourcing, and by the band members themselves. More info at: http://thearchitectsrock.com/ ]

(21) The Lucky – Swimming Invisible / Independent / May 24, 2014
[Camilla Camille on vocals, guitar, octave pedal; Iason Mac Ai on vocals, lead guitar; Calandra Rene on bass; Dustin Mott on drums. Recorded at Massive Sound Studio by Paul Malinowski More info and to see The Lucky’s new music video, visit their FB page: http://facebook.com/theluckyband. The Lucky joined us live on the show on May 21.]

(22.) The Big Iron – We Will Fail / Independent / May 30, 2014
[The band’s third full-length release was produced and 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/]

(23.) Caribou – Our Love / Merge / October 7, 2014
[Our Love is the sixth studio album by Daniel Victor “Dan” Snaith (born 1978) is a Canadian composer, musician and recording artist who has performed under the stage names Caribou, Manitoba and Daphni. The album’s title was a reflection of the success Snaith received after the release of Swim. Describing the inspiration for Our Love, Snaith said “The primary impulse on this record was to make something that was generous in the sense that it was for everybody, not just for me locked in a studio by myself.” The album features contributions from Jessy Lanza and Owen Pallett.]

(24.) Foxygen – …And Star Power / Jagjaguar / October 14, 2014
[Third full-length album by Californian experimental rock duo of San Francisco. The band was formed by Sam France, a 24 year old vocalist and songwriter, originally from Olympia, Washington; and Jonathan Rado, also 23, who is a songwriter, guitarist, and keyboard player, originally form NYC. They formed the band in 2005, when they were 14 years old and in high school. The band self-released several EPs between 2007 and 2011. In 2012 the group was signed to Jagjaguwar Records. The band has recently gained a reputation for its unhinged live shows and maniacal behavior of lead singer France, whose antics include hitting himself in the face with a microphone, climbing stage equipment, accosting hecklers and speaking in non sequiturs. On July 29, 2013, during a performance at First Avenue in Minneapolis, vocalist Sam France fell off the stage during the first song of the show, only to appear some time later being carted off by EMS, where he was taken to the hospital with a broken leg.]

(25.) Sun Kil Moon – Benji / Caldo Records / February 11, 2014
[6th studio album by indie folk act Sun Kil Moon. Self-produced by primary recording artist Mark Kozelek, the album shares its name with the 1974 film Benji, and was recorded between March and August 2013 at Hyde Street Studios in San Francisco. The album features contributions from Owen Ashworth, Jen Wood, Will Oldham, and Sonic Youth’s Steve Shelley. The album was recognized as one of The 100 Best Albums of the Decade So Far, a list published by Pitchfork Media in August 2014.]

(26.) Meshell Ndegeocello – Comet, Come to Me / Naive / June 3, 2014
[American singer-songwriter, rapper, bassist, and vocalist. Her music incorporates a wide variety of influences, including funk, soul, jazz, hip hop, reggae and rock. She has received significant critical acclaim throughout her career, and has had ten career Grammy Award nominations.[3] She has been credited for having “sparked the neo-soul movement.”Comet, Come to Me is her 11th studio album.]

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

(28.) Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire For No Witness / Jagjaguwar / February 18, 2014
[American folk and indie rock singer and guitarist, who was raised in St. Louis, Missouri. She first toured as a backing singer and guitarist with Bonnie “Prince” Billy, and The Cairo Gang.]

(29.) Real Estate – Atlas / Domino Records / March 3, 2014
[Single from the 3rd studio album form Ridgewood, New Jersey based 5-piece band]

(30.) Outsides – Million [EP] / Independent / June 6, 2014
[Debut. Outsides is Tim Ellis. The Chicago Tribune called his performance at Lollapalooza: “transcendent” motivating Ellis to dedicate himself to his new project, Outsides. Having relocated from Chicago to his boyhood home of Kansas City, Tim found himself recording in his bedroom, writing guitar parts that were sampled and woven together with synthesizers. When Outsides plays live the band includes: Tim Ellis (guitar, vox); Bronson Kistler (keys, bgv); Ryan Shank (drums); Ian Shea (bass, bgv).]

(31.) Diverse – Our Journey / buh music / May 9, 2014
[Hermon Mehari, on trumpet, Ryan J. Lee on drums, and Ben Leifer on bass recorded the tracks in Paris, France with Tony Tixier on piano and special guest Logan Richardson on alto saxophone. Mentored by the great Bobby Watson at the UMKC, Hermon Mehari, Ben Leifer, and Ryan Lee, with saxophonist William Sanders, and pianist John Brewer, were the winners of the 2008 Origin Records / Gene Harris Jazz Festival Competition, beating out 10 other very original groups from across the country, the quintet opened for Roy Haynes’ ‘Birds of a Feather’ band at the Gene Harris Jazz Festival and were awarded a deal to record their debut album of original music. As the DIVERSE Trio , Hermon Mehari, Ryan Lee and Ben Leifer plays a mix of original & standards. More at: diversejazz.com.]

(32.) The Sluts – The Loser [EP] / Independent / July 8, 2014
[All songs written by The Sluts. The Sluts are Kristoffer Dover and Ryan Wise. Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Joel Nanos at Element Recording Kansas City, MO. The band is the winner of the 2014 Pitch Music Award for Best Punk Band]

(33.) The Dead Girls – Noisemaker / Money Wolf Music / November 22, 2014
[Formerly Dead Girls Ruin Everything. Formed in 2004 from the ashes of two bands that were staples of the Lawrence / KC power-pop sound. Guitarists / singers JoJo Longbottom and Cameron Hawk, of Podstar, combine their dual-guitar attack and vocal harmonies with the rhythmic assault of drummer Eric Melin and bassist Nick Colby, of Ultimate Fakebook. Noisemaker is the fourth and final album from The Dead Girls, capping off an amazingly consistent 10-years as a band. Recorded by Steve Squire (Major Games, Danny Pound) and mixed by Austin, TX’s own Jim Vollentine (Spoon, And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead.]

(34.) The Black Angels – Clear Lake Forest / Blue Horizons Venture / July 22, 2014
[The Black Angels are a psychedelic rock band from Austin, Texas, formed in 2004. Along with this new 7-song EP, they have released four studio albums and one compilation album. Their name is derived from the Velvet Underground song “The Black Angel’s Death Song”.]

(35.) Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings – Give The People What They Want / Daptone / Jan 14, 2014
[Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings played Liberty Hall in Lawrence, Kansas, Saturday March 8]

(36.) Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens – Cold World / Daptone Records / July 29, 2014
[From Pitchfork.com: Born in the early 1940s, Naomi began performing with her sisters at their small church in Midway, Alabama. After graduating high school and discovering soul music, she moved first to Florida and then to New York City, where she continued singing in church but also held court in Brooklyn nightclubs under the name Naomi Davis. Like many African American singers at the time, her repertoire balanced the secular and the spiritual, the worldly and the heavenly. Even though her singing career spans half a century, her recording career has been much shorter. In 1999, she and an old friend/collaborator named Cliff Driver formed a gospel group that attracted the ear of Gabriel Roth. At the time he was running a label called Desco, for which Shelton recorded two sides; when it folded, she signed with his new venture, Daptone Records. She’s been a major presence on that label’s roster, touring the world with the Daptone Super-Soul Revue and singing with the Sugarman 3. Never quite as popular or as prolific as Sharon Jones (who is Daptone’s flagship act), Shelton has proved a powerful vocalist and performer even into her 70s. In 2009, she finally released her debut full-length for the label, What Have You Done, My Brother?, which closed with a soul-stirring cover of Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come”. Five years later, she finally followed it up with Cold World.]

(37.) Kirsten Paludan & The Key Party – Up All Night / Indep. / December 21, 2013
[Recorded at Element Studios, KCMO, February – November 2012. Produced by Kirsten Paludan and David Gaume. Engineered and mixed by David Gaume. Additional tracking on ‘Siberia’ by Joel Nanos. Cover artwork: ‘Moon’ by Jeremy Rockwell. Design: Studio Ike. Photo: Jeffrey McKee. Kirsten Paludan joined us live on the show February 26. ]

(38.) Phil Neal & The Wornalls – Lifeline / Delaware Street Records / May 24, 2014
[Veteran singer songwriter, and rock and roller, Phil Neal’s early eighties band, The Artists, had a video in rotation on MTV, critical acclaim, and national management. When the band fell apart, Phil continued on, writing songs, and playing for over three decades, with several different bands, all while raising a family, and making a home, here in Kansas City. The songwriter has written dozens, of what he calls “Midwestern Rock” numbers. The Wornalls are the band Phil wanted, to bring his songs to life. Doug Gunn on drums, Danko Loftus on bass, Gary Paredes on guitar, Ben Eisiminger on keyboard, and Bruce Sidener on guitar, they are more than a band to Phil, they’re old friends. Phil Neal joined us live on the show on June 11.]

(39.) Cadillac Flambé – Old American Law / Little Class Records / June 14, 2014
[Third release from Kansas City’s delta darlings, Cadillac Flambé, have been breathing new life into the Americana scene with their rejuvenating tumble boogie. Rooted in the solitary country blues of Leadbelly and the urban grit of John Lee Hooker, they till in the harmony of Johnny & June Cater and combine the funk punk blues brandish of The Black Keys, conjuring up their own explicit type of roots music they like to call “Blue-Eyed Americana Psychedelic Soul.” Their 2013 release Movin’ On was a collection of recordings memorializing the loss of their harmonica player, James “Pappy” Garrett, a follow up to their 2011 release, Eli’s Porch. From their humble farmhouse beginnings, husband/wife duo Kris & Havilah Bruders, drummer Mike Payne and bassist Dr. Dave Duly are bound and determined to open the sonic flood gates.]

(40.) Hidden Pictures – Ottomans / Independent / December 2, 2014
[Richard Gintowt wrote and sings and produced the record. Claire Adams sang harmonies and played ukulele. Lennon Bone and Cameron Joel Hawk played drums. Chad Toney played bass on 1-5, 9 and 11. The rest of the bass parts were from Kyle Akers. Nate Holt played keyboards. Jeff Freling played guitar. Doby Watson sang on “Your An Adult.” Paul Malinowski tracked drums and bass. Joel Nanos tracked guitars. Recorded by Jacob Winik at Tiny Telephone Recording in San Francisco.]

(41.) Your Friend – Jekyll / Hyde – EP / Domino Records / February 20, 2014
[Lawrence based Taryn Blake Miller was signed to Domino Records. Jekyll/Hyde is available on cassette tape from the Whatever Forever.]

(42.) La Guerre – Rare and Collectible Spirits / The Record Machine / March 25, 2014
[Katlyn Conroy is a singer songwriter who is based in Lawrence, KS and is a member of, Cowboy Indian Bear. La Guerre is the French for “war.”]

(43.) Allah-Las – Worships The Sun / Innovative Leisure / September 16, 2014
[Rock band from Los Angeles, California, United States, formed in 2008. The band consists of Matthew Correia (percussion), Spencer Dunham (bass), Miles Michaud (vocals, guitar), and Pedrum Siadatian (lead guitar). When the band got together, three of them – Correia, Dunham and Siadatian – were working at Amoeba Music.]

(44.) Forrester – Antitheses / Independent / March 27, 2014
[Instrumental/Shoegaze/Post-Rock from Lawrence based band formed in the fall of 2011. Members include: Brian Rogers, Joe Newman, Connor Creighton, Will Chertoff, Steven LaCour. Forrester played The Crossroads Summer Block Party, First Friday, June 6, at 19th & Wyandotte, in Kansas City’s Crossroads with Rev. Gusto, The ACB’s, La Guerre, Metatone, Mat Shoare, Loose Park, and Jorge Arana Trio]

(45) Leo Welch – Sabougla Voices / Big Legal Mess Records – Fat Possum / January 7, 2014
[Leo Welch, at the age of 81, to put out his very first album. Welch has been playing gospel and blues around the tiny town of Bruce, Miss., for decades. He was a local standout unknown to the outside world — until he called up an Oxford-based record label, went in for an audition, and signed a record deal on the spot.]

(46.) My Oh My! – Your Heart Not Mine / Independent / March 14, 2014
[Stephen Berry on lead guitar, piano; Grant Buell on piano. bass; Sarah Dolt on vocals; Jacob Horpinjuk on drums; Christin Kuchem-Logan on vocals; Corbin Logan on bass, lap steel; A.M. Merker on vocals, guitar. Drawing on their Americana inspired, rock n’ roll influences of the early 70’s, mixed with their bluegrass roots, KC band, My Oh My!, make a modern, alt-country take on classic rock n’ roll. The seven-piece features the two loveliest backing vocalists in Kansas City and include former members of Kansas City bluegrass band Free State Revival, along with members who have played with such KC staples as The Kansas City Bear Fighters, Margo May & the Interstate Astronauts. My Oh My! played live on the show on Oct. 15.]

(47.) Rosanne Cash – The River & the Tread / Blue Note Records / January 14, 2014
[13th studio album from the eldest daughter of country music icon Johnny Cash and his first wife, Vivian Liberto Cash Distin.] [Rosanne Cash played The Folly Theatre, Friday, November 14]

(48.) Courtney Barnett – The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas / Mom+Pop / Feb. 2, 2014
[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. Courtney Barnett played Riot Room, Oct. 28.]

(49.) The Sexy Accident – Lavendar 3 / Independent / October 4, 2014
[The Kansas City based band, The Sexy Accident, led by guitarist and singer/songwriter Jesse Kates, decided to release their fifth LP, Lavender 3, as a 48-page, 9-inch square silver cloth-covered hardback book featuring fourteen works of visual art, complete lyrics, interviews with the band, and exclusive photographs. The record was produced, engineered and mixed by Steve Fisk. Recorded at Westend, Kansas City. Mixed at Steve’s house in Seattle. All songs written by Jesse Kates and arranged by Jesse Kates, Daniel Torrence, Camry Ivory, Mark Hamblin and Kristin Smith. Guest starring Laurel Parks, Sascha Groschang, Sean Nelson, Ashley Porter, Jim Daniels, Amy Laemmli and Tobias Kates. Josh Williams recorded pianos and organ at BRC, Kansas City. Riccardo Schulz recorded Jim Daniels at Johnny Costa Jazz Studio, Pittsburgh. Alex Austyn recorded some guitars, singing and a glock at Digital Pulse, Kansas City. Mastering by Ed Brooks at RFI, Seattle. The Sexy Accident joined us live on the show on September 24.]

(50.) Kangaroo Knife Fight – Firebrand / Independent / December 6, 2014
[Debut [EP] from Kansas City based 4-piece that includes: Native Australian, Anthony Avis, lead vocalist, with Brandon Skeens on guitar, Gus Rechtien on bass, and Ian on drums. Kangaroo Knife Fight played live on the show on November 12.]

(51.) Cowboy Indian Bear – Vandeventer / The Record Machine / May 20, 2014
[7-song release from Cowboy Indian Bear: Beau Bruns, CJ Calhoun, Danny Bowersox, Katlyn Conroy, and Martinez Hillard. Recording note from the band: “Back in the fall, on our way east for a run of shows, our faithful van finally kicked the bucket in Saint Louis. We were there in STL for a few days and figured we would use the time to make something positive out of a less than ideal situation. Those are the songs that make up this EP, named after a street a couple blocks from where our van decided it had done all it could. This is a fun set of songs that we hope you’ll enjoy!”]

(52.) The Blessed Broke – Ladders Out of Purgatory / Independent / April 19, 2014
[2nd full length release from KC based band currently made up of: Brian Frame – Guitar/Vocals; Andrew Luker – Electric Guitar; Josh Mobley – Keys; Betse Ellis – Bass, and Matt Richey – Drums. Brian Frame joined us live on the show on April 9.]

(53.) Lucinda Williams – Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone / Highway 20 / Sept 30, 2014
[3- record release on her own new label Highway 20 Records. Lucinda Williams brought her “Burning Bridges Tour” to Liberty Hall in Lawrence on November 7.]

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

(55.) Dum Dum Girls – Too True / Sub Pop Records / January 28, 2014
[3rd full-length recorded in late-2012 and early-2013 by producers Richard Gottehrer (Blondie, Go-Gos) and Sune Rose Wagner (of the Raveonettes), with Alonzo Vargas engineering at East West Studios in Hollywood.]

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

4. (57.) Regina Carter – Southern Comfort / Sony Music Masterworks / February 28, 2014
[9th solo release from acclaimed American Jazz Violinist, born in Detroit, Michigan. She received a MacArthur Fellows Program “genius grant,” in September 2006. On her new release she explores the folk tunes her paternal grandfather, a coalminer, would have heard as he toiled in Alabama – and the project expanded to include other folk tunes of the region. “Southern Comfort” (Sony Masterworks) was inspired by her exploration of the folk tunes her paternal grandfather, a coal miner, would have heard as he toiled in Alabama. Though her work draws upon a wide range of musical influences–including Motown, Afro-Cuban, Swing, Bebop, Folk, and World–she has crafted a signature voice and style….Carter’s performances highlight the often overlooked potential of the jazz violin for its lyric, melodic, and percussive potential. Her early training as a classical musician is reflected in the fluidity, grace, and balance of her performance. Carter’s repertoire retains a firm connection with the familiar while venturing in new, unexpected directions… Through artistry with an instrument that has been defined predominantly by the classical tradition, Carter is pioneering new possibilities for the violin and for jazz.” Regina Carter played The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Sunday, March 23, in Helzberg Hall. Regina Carter was our guest on the March 19.]

(58.) The Project H – We Live Among The Lines / Independent / September 8, 2014
[Third release from the collective that includes: Clint Ashlock – trumpet, Ryan Heinlein – trombone, Brett Jackson – woodwinds, Matt Leifer – drums, Andrew Ouellette – keys, Dominique Sanders – bass, Jeff Stocks- guitars. Recorded, mixed and mastered by Duane Trower, at Weights and Measures Soundlab, KC, MO. The Project H were winners of the 2014 Pitch Music Award for Best Jazz Ensemble..]

(59.) The B’Dinas – Fruitcakes / Independent / August 2, 2014
[First full length release from The B’ Dinas formed in 2009 with Katy Guillen – guitar/vocals/harmonica; Peter Lawless – bass/vocals/saxophone; Katelyn Jamison – keys/vocals/bass; Tess Jehle-Ray – drums/vocals.]

(60.) Phylshawn – Across The Tracks [EP] / Nation of Love / August 9, 2014
[Columbia, MO based Phylshawn Johnson is a singer, songwriter, drummer with the band Violet and the Undercurrents, teacher, producer, engineer, label manager for The Nation of Love Records. In 2009, Johnson started an independent label, The Nation of Love, as a way to give artists such as herself, Violet Vonder Haar, Ruth Acuff, and other songwriters a place to create freely and have the support of a musical community. More info at: http://www.nationoflove.com

(61.) Violet and the Undercurrents – Waves / Nation of Love / April 22, 2014
[Columbia, Missouri based, four-piece, all-female band. Violet and the Undercurrents have been described as “..Sophisticated folk-rockers ..” Members include: Violet Vonder Haar on Lead Vocals and Guitar; Linda Bott on Bass Guitar; Caitlin Lukin on Cello; Phylshawn Johnson on Drums.]

(62.) Claire and the Crowded Stage – Kamikazee / Independent / July 26, 2014
[All songs by Claire Adams. All arrangements by The Crowded Stage: Claire Adams vocals, ukulele, guitar; Katy Guillen guitar, vocals, mandolin; Brent Jamison keys, vocals; Katelyn Boone bass, vocals, keys; Peter Lawless accordion, bass; Jerod Rivers percussion; Stephanie Williams drums; Teri Quinn clarinet, guitar. (additional members include Ben Byard, Mark Laurer and Russell Thorpe. Technicolor was Recorded in Kansas City mixed at Sangha Studios by Claire Adams, mastered at Weights+Measures Soundlab by Duane Trower. Claire and The Crowded Stage played live on the show on April 23.]

(63.) The Clementines – Someday / Over [EP] / Independent / May 9, 2014
[We first met The Clementines as a duo of Tim Jenkins & Nicole Springer when they played LIVE on WMM April 25, 2012. Since then they’ve become a solid 4-piece band with songwriter Nicole Springer on vocals, rhythm guitar, Tim Jenkins on lead guitar and mandolin, Travis Earnshaw on bass, and Aaron Derington on drums. Nicole Springer grew up in Oak Grove, MO, and graduated H.S. in 2004. She studied Music-Vocal/Choral at Missouri State University, in Springfield, MO. Nicole told The Pitch (Jan. 10, 2012): “I grew up singing in gospel choirs,” she says. “And I still love gospel music, though I’m not religious or anything. I did musicals throughout high school, and I went to school for a year at Missouri State for music education. But I’ve never been in a committed band before this one.”]

(64.) Carswell & Hope – Carswell & Hope / Silly Goose Records / April 14, 2014
[Debut recording from Lawrence, Kansas band, Nick Carswell, Jason Slote, Dan Hines, Austin Quick. Nick Carswell is a founding member of InterUrban ArtHouse. Silly Goose Records (SGR) was originally founded in Ireland in 2010, by Irish musician and songwriter Nick Carswell. The label released several records and supported bands, coordinating national tours, media and television appearances and PR campaigns. Carswell relocated to Kansas in 2011 and began working with local musicians through the Barrel House piano bar in downtown Lawrence. In January 2013, Silly Goose Records was re-imagined as an independent collective, where artists could collaborate and come together to share experience and resources. Within their first year, bands in the collective have released several EPs, produced and recorded online videos, recorded full-length albums and even incorporated as LLCs. More details at http://www.sillygooserecords.org. Nick Carswell joined us live on the show on March 5.]

(65.) The Phantastics – Closer / Silly Goose Records / December 14, 2013
[Debut EP from 8 member musical ensemble that specializes genre-blending hip-hop, mixed with rock, rap, dance, funk, jazz and soul. Formed in December of 2010.]

(66.) Wells The Traveler – Build It Up / Independent / 2014
[Danny McGaw and Jason Jones. New songs from Manchester, England born, Danny McGaw singer and songwriter, who turned to music when an injury derailed his dreams of becoming a professional soccer player. McGaw moved to the Kc area in 2008. In 2012 Danny released a beautiful solo album called “Eccles Road.” Last year he released “One for the Dreamers” with his band Wells The Traveler. Danny told us that he’ll be releasing physical copies of his new record after he and his family get settled in their new home in California.]

(67.) John Statz and Josh Harty – 12 August / Money Wolf Music / February 18, 2014
[Recorded unrehearsed, live, with no edits, at Silo Sounds on the south side of Denver, on a free day between shows. John and Josh had played Denver the night before, and only had to drive as far as Fort Collins the next. Josh Harty is originally from North Dakota and John Statz is from Wisconsin. John Statz and Josh Harty played live on the show on February 19.]

(68.) Federation of Horsepower – Hermanos de Sangre / Independent / May 21, 2014
[Gregg Todt – Lead Vocals, Guitar, Hammond Organ, Piano; Johnny Catfish – Bass, Background Vocals ; Chris Fugitt – Drums, Percussion, Background Vocals; Auggie Wolber – Guitar; Christopher Tolle – Guitar, Background Vocals. Additional vocals on “The Queen of Rosedale” – Monique Danielle. Produced by Duane Trower and Federation of Horsepower. Engineered and Mastered by Duane Trower at Weights & Measures Soundlab, Kansas City MO. Cover Art by Gerardo Quetzatl Garcia.]

(69.) Conor Oberst – Upside Down Mountain / Nonesuch Records / May 16, 2014
[6th solo studio album by singer-songwriter Conor Oberst, (born Feb. 15, 1980) known for his work in Bright Eyes. He’s also played in several other bands: Desaparecidos, Norman Bailer (The Faint), Commander Venus, Park Ave., Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band, Arab Strap and Monsters of Folk. Oberst was named the Best Songwriter of 2008 by Rolling Stone magazine. The new record, according to Oberst, is a return to an earlier style of his songwriting. He explains that the album is about language: “It’s more intimate or personal, if you will. Even if all my songs come from the same place, you make different aesthetic decisions along the way. For me, language is a huge part of why I make music. I’m not the greatest guitar player or piano player—I’m not the greatest singer, either—but I feel if I can come up with melodies I like that are fused with poetry I’m proud of, then that’s what I bring to the table. That’s why I’m able to do this.”]

(70.) Brooke Tuley – FIRST MIDNIGHT / Independent / April 14, 2014
[In October 2013 the Bloodbirds announced they would be going on hiatus as the band’s bassist, Anna St. Louis, was leaving KC for California. In April, Bloodbirds drummer drummer Brooke Tuley released a solo record, produced, mixed and mastered by her husband and Bloodbirds frontman Mike Tuley who wrote on his Facebook page: “Brooke hid away all winter and recorded a slew of jams on our old 4-track. I helped her put them on the computer and gussy them up. Now she put them online! I’m really proud of her and I love her music so much! She’s making a tape to sell, and she’ll be playing shows soon. Be brave, Brooke! YEAH DOGGIE!. The Pitch calls it “a gorgeous, sparse 10-track collection in the vein of Sharon Van Etten’s Tramp, with some discordant, odd and eerie effects a la Cate le Bon. ” Brooke Tuley told Natalie Gallagher and The Pitch, “It [the recording of this record] started this fall after Bloodbirds kind of decided to stop playing music for a while,” Tuley explains over the phone. “I’m pregnant now, so it’s kind of just a project for in the meantime, before the baby comes. I’m five and a half months pregnant, and it started then.]

(71.) Jack White – Lazaretto / Third Man Records / June 10, 2014
[Born the youngest of ten children, raised in Southwest Detroit and a resident of Nashville since 2005, Jack White is one of the most prolific and renowned artists of the past fifteen years. Jack White played The Midland Theatre on August 18, in a SOLD OUT show.]

(72.) King Tuff – Black Spell Moon / Sub Pop Records / September 23, 2014
[5th studio release of King Tuff who is Kyle Thomas, who also records with Burger records and is currently on tour in Europe.]

(73.) PUJOL – Kludge / Saddle Creek Records / May 20, 2014
[Daniel Pujol is based in Nashville, Tennessee. Originally from Tullahoma, TennesseeA kludge is: “A clumsy or inelegant solution to a problem.” “An ill assorted collection of poorly matching parts, forming a distressing whole.” “A crock that works.”In February of 2013, Daniel Pujol set out to write and record the follow-up to his debut album, 2012’s UNITED STATES OF BEING. Pujol and producer Doni Shroader set up shop in Mt. Juliet, TN at The Place: a suicide-prevention center for teens located in a strip mall. They used largely borrowed and donated gear, recording every day from 5pm until 6am, all the while breaking down and setting up the temporary studio every day between office hours. Mixing took place during the building of Battletapes, a two car garage that was in the midst of being converted into an acoustically treated, professional grade tracking room; building permit, construction workers, and all. Following four months of vampiric living and working around conflicting schedules/eccentricities (the band, the engineers, the sun), Daniel, Doni, and Battletapes had finished the album they had been working towards. Recording and mixing happened in a “non-location” where things were being built or set up, in order to work on the album, working around the obstacles the location presented. More info at http://pujoldotcom.com%5D

(74.) Prince – ART OFFICIAL AGE / NPG – Warner Bros. / September 26, 2014
[The 34th studio album in 36 years from the prolific master of music. On April 18, 2014, Prince released a new single entitled, “The Breakdown”. Along with news that a new album was in the works, an expanded edition of Purple Rain would be released for the 30th anniversary, and he has re-signed with his former label, Warner Bros. Records after an 18-year split. He also gained the rights to his master recordings from the 1980s, which had been a point of contention for his initial split with the major label.]

(75.) Beck – Morning Phase / Fonograph – Capitol Records / February 25, 2014
[For the recording of Morning Phase, Beck reunited with many of the same musicians with whom he had worked on the critically acclaimed 2002 album Sea Change.]

(76.) Spoon – They Want My Soul / Loma Vista Recordings / August 5, 2014
[8th studio album from indie rock band Spoon, formed in Austin, Texas in 1993, by lead singer and guitarist Britt Daniel and drummer Jim Eno, after the two met as members of The Alien Beats. The name Spoon was chosen to honor the 1970s German avant-garde band Can, whose hit song “Spoon” was the theme song to the 1985 movie Das Messer aka Jagged Edge in the United States. The new record is the band’s first album to feature new member Alex Fischel, who plays keyboards and guitar.]

(77.) Ex-Hex – Rips / Merge / October 7, 2014
[Ex Hex is a power trio from Washington, DC. With Wild Flag on hiatus, Mary Timony (Autoclave, Helium) needed a new side project, so she retreated to her basement and started writing. With Laura Harris (The Aquarium, Benjy Ferree) and Betsy Wright from Virginia. ]

(78.) Lykke Li – I Never Learn / LL Recordings / May 2, 2014
[I Never Learn, the third studio album by Swedish recording artist Lykke Li. According to Li, the album is the final installment in a trilogy chronicling “a woman in her twenties and her search for love and herself”, which began with her first two albums, Youth Novels (2008) and Wounded Rhymes (2011). After experiencing “the biggest breakup of her life”, Li moved from Sweden to Los Angeles, where she spent two-and-a-half years in writing I Never Learn. “I made no such plans to make an album. My first instinct was just to try to heal myself and to come back to some sort of life. And then I was so emotionally broken that I just started to write… I love writing, and it was so amazing to get lost in the process. I didn’t think that someone would ever hear it”, she told Billboard. During much of her time in California, Li listened to Van Morrison’s 1968 album Astral Weeks, Harry Nilsson demos, The Band and Dennis Wilson. She described I Never Learn as a collection of “power ballads for the broken”, adding that the album is “about me and the guilt and the shame and the hurt and the pride and the confusion of being a woman. Lykke Li played Kansas City at the Uptown Theare, Sept. 27.]

(79.) Temples – Sun Structures / Fat Possum Records / February 11, 2014
[English psychedelic rock band, formed in Kettering, Northamptonshire in 2012, by singer-guitarist James Edward Bagshaw & bassist Thomas Edison Warmsley. They have received considerable press attention during their short existence and have been cited by Johnny Marr and Noel Gallagher as the best new band in Britain.]

(80) tUnE- yArDs – Nikki Nack / 4AD Records / May 6, 2014
[3rd studio release by Merrill Garbus’ experimental solo-project tUnE-yArDs. When performing live, Garbus creates drum loops on the spot, and layers these w/ ukulele, voice, & electric bass played by Nate Brenner. tUnE-yArDs played Starlight Theatre opening for Arcade Fire, April 26.]

(81.) Sneaky Creeps – Negative Space / Big Urges / March 12, 2014
[Recorded, mixed, and Mastered by Joel Nanos of Element Recording, KC, MO. Isaac Ahloe-Bass, Max Crutcher-Drums and yell/talk, Andy Erdrich-Guitar, loops/noises, and yell/talk.]

(82.) Wick & The Tricks – Tricky [EP] / Independent / July 22, 2014
[Wick Trick – Vocals , Brit Wild – Guitar , Meri Contrary – Guitar , Smooth Stef – Drums. Recorded at Weights and Measures sound lab. http://www.wmsoundlab.com

(83.) Scruffy & The Janitors – Anglo / This Tall Records / June 13, 2014
[St. Joe based trio of Steven Foster – Vocals/Bass, Teriq Newton – Guitar/Vocals, and Trevin Newton – Drums.
Recorded by Kiley Bodenhamer , Mixed by Chad Hasledalen , Mastered by Albert Born. All songs written by Scruffy & The Janitors and subject to copyright and BMI.]

(84.) Truckstop Honeymoon – The Madness of Happiness / Indep. / April 2, 2014
[Lawrence KS based Michael West & Sara Euliss who relocated after Katrina hit their home in New Orleans.]

(85.) The Kansas City Bear Fighters – The Planet Where We Fell In Love / Little Class Records / August 8, 2014
[Lead singer songwriter Quinn McCue, brother Sean McCue on bass, Jeff Eaton on guitar, Grant Buell on accordion. Founded in the cruel winter of 2007, The KC Bear Fighters first took shape as one lonely man’s homage to music as a salve for the soul. Originally, called “The Denver Broncos” which many considered to be the product of one man’s struggling and genius search for a fire that could crack the deep cavernous walls of his soul.]

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

(87) Sleepy Kitty – Projection Room / Euclid Records / January 14, 2014
[From Chicago and St. Louis. Paige Brubeck on vocals/guitar/keys, and Evan Sult on drums/vocals/tapes. More at: sleepykittymusic.com. Sleepy Kitty played Middle of the Map.]

(88.) Chambers – Inner Room / The Record Machine / June 10, 2014
[4 piece Mood Rock band from Denton, Texas. Judson Valdez- Lead guitars, Lead vocals, backing vocals; Piper Johnson – Synths, Lead vocals, backing vocals; Chase Johnson – drums, samples, Backing vocals; Daniel Pelletier – Bass, backing vocals. When Judson Valdez and Chase Johnson started working together in October of 2012, they were playing as backing musicians for a mutual friend’s project. After only a couple of months playing together, they quickly realized that they shared creative similarities and decided to try writing music together. Along the way of writing the songs that would eventually become Chambers first album, they recruited Johnson’s sister Piper, stole their sound engineer, Daniel Pelletier, away to play bass to round out the band and became Chambers. Chambers has played with: Grimes, Cold War kids, Efterklang, Chelsea Wolfe, Tennis, Torres, Frontier Ruckus, and Seryn. Chambers talked with us live on the show on June 11.]

(89.) Robert Ellis – The Lights From The Chemical Plants / New West / February 11, 2014
[from Amazon.com: Produced by Jacquire King (Tom Waits, Kings Of Leon), The Lights From The Chemical Plant , Robert Ellis’s 2nd album continues his journey into folk music he began 3 years ago. The songs on the new album, which range from the majestic string-adorned title track to noir pop rock and somber confessionals, both show Ellis’ growth and the various sides of this multidimensional songwriter. Ellis recently told Rolling Stone The Lights From The Chemical Plant is “stylistically ambiguous,” as he is inspired by a wide variety of artists. “On this record I was trying to channel everything from Paul Simon.”]

(90.) Ariel Pink – Pom Pom / 4AD / November 18, 2014
[17 tracks and 69 minutes of music from Los Angeles native Ariel Pink who said, “Although this is the first “solo” record credited to my name, it is by far the least “solo” record I have ever recorded.”]

(91.) Miry Wild – Miry Wild [EP] / Independent / May 3, 2014
[Kansas City, Missoouri, based 5 member folk-pop band made up of friends: Katelyn Miles- Upright Bass & Bass Guitar, Julia Hamilton- Guitar & Lead Vocals, Havilah Powers- Vocals, Emily Marriott- Drums, Holly Grimwood- Piano, Guitar, Vocals. To hear their music you can visit: http://www.mirywild.bandcamp.com%5D
[Miry Wild played Ink Magazine’s Music stage at The Plaza Art Fair, September 21]

(92.) Kate Gray – Prairie Bird / Independent / January 1, 2014
[Kate Gray started her music career in 1997 in a bluegrass band called ‘Sweet Grass’ with some friends in Lawrence, Kansas. Shortly after, she also joined the band ‘Coyote Project’, consisting of 8 members which was an Americana, rock, experimental jam band. They played at local Lawrence icons like the Bottleneck, Granada and Jazzhaus. Her music was put on hold whiled Gray decided to attend Kansas State University to study horticulture. 10 years later Gray became the lead singer of the band ‘Stereo Command’ with friends in Kansas City, Kansas that played The Czar Bar and The Record Bar. Short lived as well, Gray started developing her own sound. Her husband Jerame Gray, also a musician was working on his solo album ‘Kill Creek Road’ on which Kate sings backup vocals, was a huge influence on Gray, who encouraged by her husband began working on her own solo album. Inspired by their newborn daughter and mother who died of breast cancer soon after, Gray was fueled by the beauty and grief of these experiences. Her husband Jerame Gray plays lead guitar throughout and backing vocals, B Adam Hayes on saxophone, bass and backing vocals, Matt Peters on piano, Roshelle Hudson on violin and viola, Mike Harte on cello, Mollie Hull and Sandy Wessling on backing vocals. The album was produced by Joel Nanos at Element Recording Studio. ]

(93.) Kelley Hunt – The Beautiful Bones / 88 Records / May 20, 2014
[Kansas Music Hall of Fame Inductee, Kelley Hunt also played on Krisite Stremel’s Wildflowers.]

(94.) Mount Veritas – Maji and Irio – Water Is Food / Independent / Sept 6, 2014
[Mũcũgũ Wahome and musicians from Mount Veritas Orchestra joined us on September 3rd to share new recordings and live performances from “Water Is Food” a recording to benefit: Water.org and Cultivate Kansas City. We are premiered music from “IRIO,” the Food Album on Wednesday Midday Medley. Music from “MAJI” the Water Album premiered on River Trade Radio, Aug. 31. Also joining us will be, Ami Freeberg of Cultivate KC. Gamelan Genta Kasturi, Mount Veritas Orchestra, and Metatone collaborated together for this special project. A download of “Water Is Food” is available at http://www.mountveritas.org where you can donate to the not-for-profit organizations: Water.org and Cultivate KC. The band performed a”Water Is Food” FREE Concert, Saturday, September 6, at The City Market, KC.]

(95.) Mac DeMarco – Salad Days / Captured Tracks / April 1, 2014
[McBriare Samuel Lanyon “Mac” DeMarco, born Vernor Winfield McBriare Smith IV, is a Canadian musician born April 30, 1990, in Duncan, British Columbia. Formerly recording as Makeout Videotape, he has produced three solo albums, Rock and Roll Night Club, 2, and Salad Days. His style has been described as “blue wave”, or “slacker rock”. He is a multi-instrumentalist as well as a multimedia artist.]

(96.) Kishi Bashi – Lighght / Joyful Noise + Kishi Bashi / May 13, 2014
[Kishi Bashi is the pseudonym of singer, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter Kaoru Ishibashi born November 4, 1975, in Seattle, Washington. Ishibashi grew up in Norfolk, Virginia where both of his parents were professors at Old Dominion University. As a 1994 graduate of Matthew Fontaine Maury High School, he went on to study classical music becoming a renowned violinist. Ishibashi has recorded with and toured internationally as a violinist with diverse artists such as Regina Spektor, Sondre Lerche, and most recently, the Athens, Georgia based indie rock group of Montreal. Ishibashi is also the singer and founding member of the New York synth rock outfit, Jupiter One. In 2011, he started to record and perform as a solo artist. Kishi Bashi played Middle of the Map Fest, Sat, Apr 5, on Outdoor Stage.]

(97.) Gardienne – Walking Trees [EP] / Independent / January 7, 2014
[Gardienne is KC-based artist Alyssa DeGraff. Her debut release “Walking Trees” features an indie artist’s dream team: impeccable guitar tones and overall production by Josh Scott of JHS pedals, on guitar & production, the string-quartet stylings of Jeremy Larson of the bands: Sucre, Sleeping at Last, and a stellar mix crafted by Chad Howat of the bands: Paper Route, Brooke Waggoner, Kye Kye. More info at: gardienne.bandcamp.com]

(98.) Folkicide – Meaningless Glare of Broken Human Beings / Indep. / June 15, 2014
[KC based singer-songwriter, Folkicide, has described his music as “despair-core” and writes that his vision of constructive pessimism, he hopes in time, will be recognized as a new acoustical genre, fully devoted to the documentation of the delightful futility of existence. Since 2010 Folkicide has released 4 full-length recordings and one EP, writing and arranging and recording over 60 tracks. He adds to his discograpy with a new album of 13 songs called, “Meaningless Glare of Broken Human Beings” Engineered and mastered mid-August by David Moore at Merriam Shoals Studio. The album also features guest artists: Jason Beers, Betse Ellis, Mike Walker, Darren Welch and Marco Pascolini. More info at http://www.folkicide.bandcamp.com. Folkicide played live on our show with Marco Pascolini on June 25.]

(99.) Til Willis – Tin Star / Independent / November 8, 2014
[One of three full length releases put out in 2014 including Hackles (Nov. 18), and Cars Etcetera with Til Willis & Erratic Cowboy.]

(100.) brutus – grow-up club [EP] / Independent / February 22, 2014
[Written and performed by Brent Jamison with additional guitar from Hume Man. Recorded and mixed at Chappy Road. Mastered by Jon Tidy at Epic Sound Studios. More info at: http://www.brvtvs.bandcamp.com

(Extra) Local Customs: Cavern Sound / Numero Group / October 24, 2014
[In 1967 you could rent Cavern Studios for $40.00 per hour, and you could have your sessions mastered and pressed into 500, 45-rpm, 7-inch records for $175.00. Cavern Studios were located underground in a former limestone mine in Independence, Missouri. Numero Group, the label that serve as musical achealogists digging up and preserving forgotten and lost recordings, and music scenes from the past, and who last year brought us a collection from Kansas City’s Forte Records, and have just released: Local Custom: Cavern Sound, featuring 24 songs from 18 different acts who cut records at Cavern.]

(101) AY MusiK – Above and Beyond EP / TeamAY / January 3, 2014
[Born and Raised in Kansas City Missouri AY is a 23 year old, producer, writer, rapper, singer/songwriter, who leads his band with what he calls “New age Hip Hop.” Lead singer Hailey Canalas brings her pop and country vocals to give AY MusiK a unique blend of genres. AY-MusiK was a contestant in 2012 on the X Factor receiving 4 Yes’ votes from celeb­rity judges L.A. Reid, Britney Spears, Louis Walsh, & Demi Lovato. The band has performed over 100 touring shows & college shows between 2013-2014, including opening for XV, Cris Cab, Zak Waters & The Lonely Biscuits.]

(102.) Royalphonic – We Three Kings / Independent / November 3, 2014
[Erin Bopp- vox & bass, Mikal Shapiro – vox & guitar, Brad Williams – drums, Elgin Smith – bar/tenor sax]

(103.) Dustin Rapier – Spectrum / Fly Penguin Records / June 22, 2014
[Dustin Rapier was born into a musical family in Northwest Arkansas. His debut album “Songs About No One” was released July 23, 2012. The album began in a college dorm room at a small private college. After trying a few things using school recording equipment, Dustin fell in love with the recording process. He eventually created Fly Penguin Records. Now in Kansas City, Dustin played a midwest album release tour for his latest release, as well as steady gigs at Californos, The Point, The Green Lady Lounge, restaurants, piano lounges, and bars all over the Midwest, where Dustin on piano plays everyone from Earth Wind & Fire, to Lana Del Rey, and the Jackson 5. Dustin’s latest shows feature live looping and sampling to craft a mesmerizing, “something from nothing” performance. Dustin played live on the show on August 20.]

(104.) Sharon Van Etten – Are We There / Jagjaguar / May 27, 2014
[4th studio album by Brooklyn based singer–songwriter Sharon Van Etten. On the lack of a question mark in the title, Van Etten said: “… open-ended, I ask myself that question all the time, for my work, for my love, even for my friends. It’s just really good to check in with yourself and it’s a play on words, about touring and about travelling, being in transition.”]

(105.) Ovaries-eez – Snow Daze / Whatever Forever / 2014
[The Ovaries-eez are a trio: Johni Lacore, Amber Hansen and Monica George. Their new 4 song EP tape and digital release was recorded at Seedco Studios, Lawrence, KS http://www.whatevertapes.com. The Ovaries-eez played live on the show on September 10.]

(106.) Morningglories – Wilderness Songs [EP] / Independent / June 9, 2014
[Debut from KC based 4-piece formed by: Alex Yoffie, Meredith McGrade, Tom Hudson, Steve Gardels.]

(107.) Miranda Hall – Kingdom / Independent / March 4, 2014
[5-song debut EP from 2014 Blue Valley North High School graduate is now going to college in Maine.]

(108.) Perfume Genius – Too Bright / Matador / Sept. 23, 2014
[Perfume Genius is the stage name for Seattle-based solo artist Mike Hadreas. As of 2014, he has released three albums. Hadreas began composing music after he moved from New York to live with his mother in Everett, Washington. In 2008, he set up a MySpace page under the name Perfume Genius. His debut album, Learning, was released on June 21, 2010, through Turnstile Records in Europe and Matador Records in the United States. In 2011, Hadreas supported the band Beirut on their North American tour. In September of the same year he played Split Works’ inaugural Black Rabbit festival in China alongside acts like Gold Panda and Mount Kimbie. Hadreas’ second album, Put Your Back N 2 It, was released on February 20, 2012. The promotional video for the album, featuring Hadreas and pornographic actor Arpad Miklos embracing each other wearing only underwear. Perfume Genius played Riot Room, Mon. Sept. 29.]

(109.) The Thunderclaps – The Thunderclaps / Independent / August 17, 2014
[Colin Blunt – Drums and Bryce Jones – vocals and Guitar. Bryce works as an English teacher in Salina, KS.]

(110.) The Coathangers – Suck My Shirt / Independent / March 18, 2014
[4th studio release from The Coathangers, a punk group formed in Atlanta, in 2006 as a joke. After playing a house show, they were asked to open for The Hiss on the strength of their performance. The name was chosen for its vulgarity, an irreverent take on abortions, though all band members are pro-choice. In 2011, they released their third album, Larceny and Old Lace for Suicide Squeeze Records, to generally positive reviews. They have opened in New York City for the Black Lips. The Coathangers played Riot Room August 20.]

(111.) Eleni Mandell – Let’s Fly A Kite / Yep Roc / Jan. 28, 2014
[We’ve interviewed Eleni Mandell twice on the show. Her new release explores the joys and trials of being a mother to young twins with the help of Nick Lowe’s crack backing band and producer Neil Brockbank.]

(112.) Sarah Jaffe – Don’t Disconnect / Kirtland Records / August 19, 2014
[Sarah Jaffe was born January 29, 1986, and she is a singer-songwriter from Denton, Texas. Jaffe self-released her first EP titled Even Born Again, which was recognized by Rolling Stone and the Dallas Observer. (She gave us a vinyl copy). In late 2009, she was signed to Kirtland Records and released her first full-length album, Suburban Nature, in May 2010. She has previously toured with Lou Barlow, (we saw her with Lou at the recordBar!!!!) Norah Jones, Blitzen Trapper and Chelsea Wolfe, as well as fellow bands Midlake, Old 97’s and Centro-matic. “Don’t Disconnect is her third full length album and it was produced by McKenzie Smith of the band Midlake, whose “amazing partnership,” Jaffe enthuses, was “like two friends in the studio.” With this new album she is moving in a new direction as a songmaker, experimenting with new sounds to match her amazing lyrics.]

(113.) Papercuts – Life Among the Savages / Independent / May 6, 2014
[Indie pop project centered around San Francisco songwriter/producer Jason Robert Quever. Born in Arcata, California, Quever moved to the bay area during grade school, living in various places until settling in San Francisco. He began making home recordings after buying a four-track recording desk at the age of 15, and his first work as an engineer/producer was on Cass McCombs’ Not the Way EP in 2002. The first official release as Papercuts was 2004’s Mockingbird (on Oaklands Antenna Farm Records). The band’s next two albums, Can’t Go Back (2007) and You Can Have What You Want (2009), were released on the Gnomonson.]

(114.) Wussy – Attica / Shake It Records / May 27, 2014
[Fifth studio album from Cincinnati, Ohio, indie rock band formed in 2001. The 11 songs on Attica! were recorded at Ultrasuede Studios in Cincinnati, which is owned by former Afghan Whigs bassist John Curley. The album also saw the return of a member of one of Wussy frontman Chuck Cleaver’s former bands–Ass Ponys guitarist John Erhardt performed on Attica! as Wussy’s fifth member. Attica!’s opening track, “Teenage Wasteland”, describes singer Lisa Walker’s memories of listening to the Who, especially the song “Baba O’Riley”, and includes shoutouts to several of its members. The song also contains a guitar part that closely resembles that on Baba O’Riley. The album’s title track also references Dog Day Afternoon, portraying it as a tale of romantic desperation. Wussy played the recordBar, July 3, with Schwervon!, and Admiral of the Red.]

Tune into 90.1 FM, Wednesdays in December, on the 10th, 17th, 24th, and 31st. We’ll pack 8-hours of radio show with music that represents: The 114 of Best Recordings of 2014!

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014
The 114 Best Recordings of 2014
(Part 1 of 4)

Wednesday MidDay Medley presents part-one, of our four-week special: The 114 Best Recordings of 2014. Based on our own playlists, we’ve compiled representative tracks from our favorite recordings of the year. In 2014 we’ve played over 1000 songs, and hundreds of New & Local Releases. Over 40 of the bands and artists in our “Best of” list have joined us live on the show or performed in-studio. We’ve interviewed over 200 local and national guests. 2/3rds of the recordings on our “Best of” list were locally produced. It’s all good!

Tune into 90.1 FM, Wednesdays in December, on the 10th, 17th, 24th, and 31st. We’ll pack 8-hours of radio show with music that represents: The 114 of Best Recordings of 2014!

This Wednesday, we’ll count down #114 through #88 of our list, with music from: Mac Demarco, Perfume Genius, Sharon Van Etten, Kishi Bashi, Ariel Pink, Wussy, Robert Ellis, The Coathangers, Royalphonic, Gardienne, Chambers, Ay-Musik, Miry Wild, Kate Gray, Folkicide, Brutus, Til Willis, Kelley Hunt, Miranda Hall, Mount Veritas, Dustin Rapier, Morningglories, The Ovaries-eez, The Thunderclaps, Dolls on Fire, Pretty, Eleni Mandell, Sarah Jaffe, and Papercuts.

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

2014: The Year in Music
with: Tim Finn, Marion Merritt, Chris Haghirian, & Natalie Gallagher

10:00 – Tim Finn’s Favorite Releases of 2014

Tim Finn

Tim Finn

Originally from Youngstown, New York, Tim Finn studied at University of Missouri in Columbia and received his Masters of Arts, in Journalism from the University of Kansas. Tim is the Pop Music Writer of the KC Star and Ink, and the music blog: Back to Rockville.

8. John Velghe & the Prodigal Sons – Organ Donor Blues/ Indep. / June 24, 2014
7. My Brothers and Sisters – Violet Music, Vol. 1 / Indep. / April 12, 2014
6. Cadillac Flambe – Old American Law / Little Class Records / June 14, 2014
5. Voices of Unbound – Madagascar / Unbound / November 7, 2014
4. The Architects – Border Wars Episode Two / Indep. / Sept. 8, 2014
3. Outsides – Million [EP] / Independent / May 1, 2014
2. Kirsten Paludan & The Key Party – Up All Night / Indep. / Dec. 21, 2014
1. The Big Iron – We Will Fail / Independent / May 30, 2014

1. (5.) Voices of Unbound – “Tinora Midera”
from: Madagascar / Unbound / November 7, 2014
[Singer/songwriter Barclay Martin spent a month in Madagascar with musician, drummer, engineer and producer, Giuliano Mingucci. The two friends and band mates recorded music written by the local people of Madagascar. The music was recorded in make-shift studios, field recordings, in people’s homes and villages. This project was produced by Unbound, formerly known as CFCA. The CD was released at a special exhibit HEMISPHERES: Sound Photographs from Madagascar. “Blending photography, music, interactive media, on November 7 & 8, at The Living Room Theatre. “Unbound is a humanitarian organization bringing people together to challenge poverty in new and innovative ways in 21 developing countries. Unbound brings people together to challenge poverty in new and innovative ways. More info at http://www.Unbound.org

2. (4.) The Architects – “Killer Crush”
from: Border Wars Episode Two / Independent / September 8, 2014
[7th release from Kansas City based band: Adam Phillips on drums, Zachary Phillips on bass, Brandon Phillips on guitar & voice, Keenan Nichols on guitar. The three Phillips brothers had previously composed a successful ska and rock band called The Gadjits. In June 2004 The Gadjits ceased to exist as a band and a new band, Architects, was formed. Architects’ sound is a combination of traditional punk, maximum R&B, Midwestern alternative rock, blues-based metal and pop melodies, influenced by The Clash, The Who, Social Distortion, Green Day, Soul Asylum, The Replacements, AC/DC, The Jam and The Kinks. The Architects have toured on the Vans Warped Tour, with My Chemical Romance, and Floggin Molly. Border Wars is a a five-part concept album and graphic novel series funded by the band’s loyal fans through Indiegogo crowd sourcing, and by the band members themselves. More info at: http://thearchitectsrock.com/ ]

3. (3.) Outsides -“Just Curious”
from: Million [EP] / Independent / June 6, 2014
[Debut] [Outsides is Tim Ellis. The Chicago Tribune called his performance at Lollapalooza: “transcendent” motivating Ellis to dedicate himself to his new project, Outsides. Having relocated from Chicago to his boyhood home of Kansas City, Tim found himself recording in his bedroom, writing guitar parts that were sampled and woven together with synthesizers. When Outsides plays live the band includes: Tim Ellis (guitar, vox); Bronson Kistler (keys, bgv); Ryan Shank (drums); Ian Shea (bass, bgv).]

4. (2.) Kirsten Paludan & The Key Party – “Fireflies”
from: Up All Night / Independent / May 1, 2014
[Recorded at Element Studios, KCMO, February – November 2012. Produced by Kirsten Paludan and David Gaume. Engineered and mixed by David Gaume. Additional tracking on ‘Siberia’ by Joel Nanos. Cover artwork: ‘Moon’ by Jeremy Rockwell. Design: Studio Ike. Photo: Jeffrey McKee.]

5. (1.) The Big Iron – “No One Left to Pray”
from: We Will Fail / Independent / May 30, 2014
[The band’s third full-length release was produced and 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/]

10:30 – Underwriting

10:32 – Marion Merritt’s Favorite Releases of 2014

Marion Merritt

Marion Merritt

After 18 years as manager of the music department at Barnes & Noble on The Plaza, Marion Merritt, left to pursue a dream and this year she became the owner of Records With Merritt, 1614 Westport Road, KCMO. Marion has been joining us on WMM for over 10 years, sharing her discoveries and info from her musically encylopedic brain.

5. Vashti Bunyan – Heartleap / DiCristina Records / October 7, 2014
4. Caribou – Our Love / Merge / October 7, 2014
3. Curtis Harding – Soul Power / Burger Records / April 24, 2012
2. Brigitte Fontaine – Brigitte Fontaine / Superior Viaduct / 2014 Reissue
1. Barbara Lynn – Here Is Barbara Lynn / Rhino / 2014 Reissue

6. (5.) Vashti Bunyan – “Across the Water”
from: Heartleap / DiCristina Records / October 7, 2014
[Vashti Bunyan (born Jennifer Vashti Bunyan, 1945, Newcastle, England) is an English singer-songwriter. Bunyan released her debut album, Just Another Diamond Day in 1970. The album sold very few copies, and Bunyan, discouraged, abandoned her musical career. By 2000, her album had acquired a cult following; it was re-released and Bunyan recorded more songs, initiating the second phase of her musical career after a gap of thirty years. Heartleap is the third and final studio album by Vashti Bunyan, released on October 6, 2014, in the UK on Fat Cat Records and October 7 in the U.S. via DiCristina. First announced in June, Heartleap was accompanied by a statement where Bunyan wrote, “The whole point of the album was finally to learn a way that would enable me to record the music that is in my head, by myself. I neither read nor write music, nor can I play piano with more than one hand at a time, but I have loved being able to work it all out for myself and make it sound the way I wanted. I’ve built these songs over years. The album wouldn’t have happened any other way.]

7. (4.) Caribou-“Can’t Do Without You”
from: Our Love / Merge / October 7, 2014
[Our Love is the sixth studio album by Daniel Victor “Dan” Snaith (born 1978) is a Canadian composer, musician and recording artist who has performed under the stage names Caribou, Manitoba and Daphni. The album’s title was a reflection of the success Snaith received after the release of Swim. Describing the inspiration for Our Love, Snaith said “The primary impulse on this record was to make something that was generous in the sense that it was for everybody, not just for me locked in a studio by myself.” The album features contributions from Jessy Lanza and Owen Pallett.]

8. (3.) Curtis Harding – “1 Next Time”
from: Soul Power / Burger Records / April 24, 2012
[The Michigan-bred, Atlanta-based singer-songwriter, and backup singer and writer for Cee-Lo Green and as a member of Night Sun, the lo-fi soul project he formed with Cole Alexander of The Black Lips. His first-ever solo album, Soul Power, was recorded at the Living Room Studios in Atlanta with Justin McNeight and Edward Rawls, who has worked with the Black Lips and the Coathangers. BURGER RECORDS in Fullerton, California, is a record store, and record company, that call themselves a rock n roll philanthropic quasi-religious borderline-cultish propaganda spreading group of suburban perma-teen mutants. More info at: http://www.burgerrecords.org

9. (2.) Brigitte Fontaine – “Vingt secondes”
from: Brigitte Fontaine / Superior Viaduct / [orig. 1972] 2014 Reissue

10. (2.) Brigitte Fontaine – “Brigitte”
from: Brigitte Fontaine / Superior Viaduct / [orig. 1972] 2014 Reissue
[Brigitte Fontaine, born in 1939 in Morlaix in the Brittany region of France, is a singer of avant-garde music. During the course of her career she has employed numerous unusual musical styles such melding rock and roll, folk, jazz, electronica, spoken word poetry and world rhythms. She has collaborated with such celebrated musicians as Stereolab, Michel Colombier, Jean-Claude Vannier, Areski Belkacem, Gotan Project, Sonic Youth, Antoine Duhamel, Grace Jones, Noir Désir, Archie Shepp, Arno and The Art Ensemble of Chicago. She is also a novelist, writer, actress, playwright, and poet.]

11. (1.) Barbara Lynn – “You’ll Lose A Good Thing”
from: Here Is Barbara Lynn / Rhino / 2014 Reissue [orig. 1968 Atlantic] [Barbara Lynn (born Barbara Lynn Ozen, later Barbara Lynn Cumby, January 16, 1942) is an American rhythm and blues and electric blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. She is best known for her R&B chart-topping hit, “You’ll Lose A Good Thing” (1962). She was born in Beaumont, Texas, and attended Hebert High School. She played piano as a child, but switched to guitar, which she plays left-handed. Inspired by blues artists Guitar Slim and Jimmy Reed, and pop acts Elvis Presley and Brenda Lee, and winning several local talent shows, she created an all-female band, Bobbie Lynn and Her Idols. She began performing in local clubs in Texas. Singer Joe Barry saw her and introduced Lynn to producer Huey P. Meaux, who ran SugarHill Recording Studios and several record labels in New Orleans. Her first single, “You’ll Lose A Good Thing”, co-written by her and Meaux, was recorded at Cosimo Matassa’s J&M studio with session musicians including Mac Rebennack (Dr. John). Released by Jamie Records, it was a number 1 US Billboard R&B chart hit and Top 10 Billboard Hot 100 hit in 1962. The song was later recorded by Aretha Franklin and became a country hit record for Freddy Fender. Lynn also released an album, also titled You’ll Lose A Good Thing, which featured 10 of her compositions. Unusually for the time, Lynn was a female African American singer who both wrote most of her own songs and played a lead instrument. Soon Lynn was touring with such soul musicians as Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Dionne Warwick, Jackie Wilson, Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, James Brown, Al Green, Carla Thomas, Marvin Gaye, Ike and Tina Turner, the Temptations, and B.B. King. She appeared at the Apollo Theater, twice on American Bandstand, and had her song, “Oh Baby (We’ve Got A Good Thing Goin’)” (1964) covered by the Rolling Stones on their album The Rolling Stones Now! (1965). She continued to record for the Jamie label until 1966 and had several more minor hits. In 1966 she signed to Meaux’s Tribe label, and recorded “You Left the Water Running,” which was covered by Otis Redding among others. She signed for Atlantic the following year, and recorded another album, Here Is Barbara Lynn, in 1968. She married for the first time, at age 28, in 1970 and had three children. This, together with dissatisfaction with poor promotion by the record company, contributed to her decision to largely retire from the music business for most of the 1970s and 1980s. However, while living in Los Angeles, she occasionally appeared at local clubs, and released several singles on Jetstream and other small labels. In 1984 she toured Japan, and recorded a live album, You Don’t Have to Go, which was released later in the US. She resumed her recording career after her husband’s death, and returned to Beaumont, Texas, where her mother lived. She also undertook further international tours, to Europe and elsewhere. In 1994, she recorded her first studio album for over twenty years, So Good, and released several more albums for various labels in later years. She continues to reside in Beaumont, and was given a Pioneer Award by the Rhythm and Blues Foundation in 1999. In 2002, electronic musician Moby sampled Lynn’s “I’m A Good Woman” on his album 18.
1963 You’ll Lose A Good Thing (Jamie)
1964 Sister of Soul (Jamie)
1968 Here Is Barbara Lynn (Atlantic)
1988 You Don’t Have To Go (Ichiban)
1993 So Good (Bullseye Blues)
1996 Until Then I’ll Suffer (I.T.P.)
2000 Hot Night Tonight (Antone’s)
2004 Blues & Soul Situation (Dialtone)

11:00 – Station ID

11:00 – Chris Haghirian’s Favorite Releases of 2014

Chris Haghirian

Chris Haghirian

Chris Haghirian has worked for The KC Star for 15 years and helped launch INK in April of 2008. Chris works on the marketing side of INK and puts together all of the music promotions. Chris was instrumental in the organization of The Middle of The Map Fest, The MidCoast Takeover of SXSW Music Festival, the music at The Plaza Art Fair, Boulevardia, and Wednesday Home Game concerts at The Kauffman Stadium for The Royals. Chris also is a valuable hardworking volunteer for Midwest Music Foundation.

7. Tycho – Awake / Ghostly International / 2014
6. Highasakite – Silent Treatment / Inkind Music / 2014
5. Hembree – “New Oasis” Single / Independent / September 9, 2014
4. Jorge Arana Trio – Oso / Haymaker Records / July 19, 2014
3. Katy Guillen & The Girls – Katy Guillen & The Girls / Indep. / Sept 6, 2014
2. Sara Swenson – Runway Lights / Independent / July 18, 2014
1. Zola Jesus – Taiga / Mute Records / October 7, 2014

12. (5.) Hembree – “New Oasis”
from: Single / Independent / September 9, 2014
[From upcoming release coming January 13, 2015. Recorded by James Allen Barnes at Orin Underground. Produced by James Allen Barnes and Isaac Flynn. Music by Hembree: James Allen Barnes, Garrett Childers, Isaac Flynn, Matthew Green, Eric Davis – the band that has risen from the ashes of the legendary Quiet Corral. The band’s new music video for Walk Alone will premiere tomorrow on their facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/hembreemusic

[Hembree play the 2nd Annual Noise For Toys show Saturday, December 6, at The Riot Room, December with Noise FM, Sheppa, and French Horn Rebellion (from Brooklyn).]

13. (4.) Jorge Arana Trio – “Crime of Passion Fruit”
from: Oso / Haymaker Records / July 19, 2014
[Jorge Arana on Guitar and Keyboard, Josh Enyart on drums and Percussion, and Jason Nash on bass. Oso is the name of Jorge’s childhood Family Dog. The band was the winner of the 2013 Pitch Music Award for Best Avant-Garde group. Nominated this year for Best Live Act.]

[Jorge Arana Trio plays Replay on Dec. 13 w/ Wrong Kata Trio (album release) and Narkalark.]

14. (3.) Katy Guillen & The Girls – “Woke Up In Spain”
from: Katy Guillen & The Girls / Independent / September 6, 2014
[Katy Guillen (guitar, vocals), Claire Adams (bass, vocals) & Stephanie Williams (drums). Finalist for the Int. Blues Competition in Memphis.]

[Katie Guillen & the Girls play BB’s Lawnside BBQ on Friday, Dec 5]

15. (2.) Sara Swenson – “Good Boys Win”
from: Runway Lights / Independent / July 18, 2014
[Critically acclaimed singer songwriter Sara Swenson has released some of our most played and favorite recordings of the last 7 years. Her self titled debut ended up at the top of our list of The 100 Best Recordings of 2009. In 2010 Sara Swenson released her second full length recording, “All Things Big and Small” again working with Don Chaffer in Nashville who added new layers to Sara’s great songs and voice. In November of 2011, Sara released her 5 song EP called “Never Left My Mind,” featuring her band at the time, The Pearl Snaps. In that time frame, she also had picked up two Kansas City Singer-Songwriter of the Year awards, performed with Sarah McLachlan’s Lilith Fair, and placed a song on the season finale of ABC’s “Private Practice.” Then after the school year ended in 2012, Sara Swenson left her job as a High School English and Journalism Teacher in Platte County High School, and left the Kansas City music scene, and she flew off to the United Kingdom, where she got married. This spring, Sara returned to Kansas City and performed for the Folk Alliance International Conference. This summer she released her fourth studio album that captures snapshots of her 18-month experience of living abroad, moving from dating to marriage and sorting through the accompanying transitions and emotions. Produced by Don Chaffer in Nashville.]

16. (1.) Zola Jesus – “Dangerous Days”
from: Taiga / Mute Records / October 7, 2014
[fifth studio album by Wisconsin based performer Zola Jesus. The album was co-produced by Nika Roza Danilova and Dean Hurley. It marks the first Zola Jesus record to be released through Mute Records. The album title Taiga is the Russian word for boreal forests. A music video was released for the album’s first single “Dangerous Days”. The music video was directed by Timothy Saccenti and filmed in Hoh Rainforest, Washington. Nika Roza Danilova (born April 11, 1989), better known by her stage name Zola Jesus, is an American singer-songwriter. She has released three EPs and five full-length albums that combine electronic, industrial, classical, goth, and experimental rock influences

[Zola Jesus plays the Granada in Lawrence on January 14]

11:29 – Underwriting

11:31 – Natalie Gallagher’s Favorite Releases of 2014

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Natalie Gallagher has been the music editor at The Pitch Weekly since Sept. 2013, when she moved to KC from her beloved Minneapolis. She is a very good writer and She covers a lot of territory reviewing new releases, covering live performances, writing feature pieces, hiring writers and editing tons of content for Kansas City’s oldest weekly, which originally began at the Penny Pitch out of Penny Lane Records, all those years ago. Natalie loathes being asked what her favorite type of music is, because she listens to it all anyway and couldn’t possibly choose (but if you must know, her first concert was Van Morrison.) In the year and 3 months that Natalie has lived in KC, she’s eaten enough burnt-end sandwiches and drank enough Boulevard Wheat to last a lifetime.

7. atlas – ten twenty / Indep. / 2014
6. Katy Guillen & The Girls – Katy Guillen & The Girls / Indep. / Sept 6, 2014
5. The Sluts – The Loser EP / Independent / July 8, 2014
4. Cowboy Indian Bear – Vandeventer / The Record Machine / May 20, 2014
3. Brooke Tuley – FIRST MIDNIGHT / Independent / April 14, 2014
2. Loose Park – Monstrous / Independent / June 5, 2014
1. Kasey Rausch – Guitar in Hand / Mudstomp Records / November 21, 2014

19. (5.) The Sluts – “Loser”
from: The Loser EP / Independent / July 8, 2014
[All songs written by The Sluts. The Sluts are Kristoffer Dover and Ryan Wise. Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Joel Nanos at Element Recording Kansas City, MO. The band is the winner of the 2014 Pitch Music Award for Best Punk Band]

[The Sluts play Jackpot in Lawrence, Fri, Dec. 5, at 9:30, w/ The Philistines, Scruffy & the Janitors]

20. (4.) Cowboy Indian Bear – “Push”
from: Vandeventer / The Record Machine / May 20, 2014
[7-song release from Cowboy Indian Bear: Beau Bruns, CJ Calhoun, Danny Bowersox, Katlyn Conroy, and Martinez Hillard. Recording note from the band: “Back in the fall, on our way east for a run of shows, our faithful van finally kicked the bucket in Saint Louis. We were there in STL for a few days and figured we would use the time to make something positive out of a less than ideal situation. Those are the songs that make up this EP, named after a street a couple blocks from where our van decided it had done all it could. This is a fun set of songs that we hope you’ll enjoy!”]

21. (3.) Brooke Tuley – “she’s gone”
from: FIRST MIDNIGHT / Independent / April 14, 2014
[In October 2013 the Bloodbirds announced they would be going on hiatus as the band’s bassist, Anna St. Louis, was leaving KC for California. In April, Bloodbirds drummer drummer Brooke Tuley released a solo record, produced, mixed and mastered by her husband and Bloodbirds frontman Mike Tuley who wrote on his Facebook page: “Brooke hid away all winter and recorded a slew of jams on our old 4-track. I helped her put them on the computer and gussy them up. Now she put them online! I’m really proud of her and I love her music so much! She’s making a tape to sell, and she’ll be playing shows soon. Be brave, Brooke! YEAH DOGGIE!. The Pitch calls it “a gorgeous, sparse 10-track collection in the vein of Sharon Van Etten’s Tramp, with some discordant, odd and eerie effects a la Cate le Bon. ” Brooke Tuley told Natalie Gallagher and The Pitch, “It [the recording of this record] started this fall after Bloodbirds kind of decided to stop playing music for a while,” Tuley explains over the phone. “I’m pregnant now, so it’s kind of just a project for in the meantime, before the baby comes. I’m five and a half months pregnant, and it started then.]

22. (2.) Loose Park – “Dangerous Work”
from: Monstrous / Independent / June 5, 2014
[Kansas City based band formed in June 2013 with Matthew Dunehoo on guitar, vocals; Beckie Trost on Bass guitar; and Mike Myers on Drums . This trio are also members/former members of Doris Henson / Baby Teardrops / Ecstatics, The String & Return / In The Pines / Spacesuit, and Soft Reeds.]

23. (1.) Kasey Rausch – “An East Texas Day”
from: Guitar in Hand / Mudstomp Records / November 21, 2014
[Guitar in Hand is the third solo release from Kansas City based singer-songwriter Kasey Rausch. With Mikal Shapiro she hosts/produces RIVER TRADE RADIO Sunday mornings at 9am, on 90.1 FM. Kasey Rausch plays with The Naughty Pines every Tuesday at CODA.]

Sources for notes on tracks: artist’s websites and wikipedia.org

Next week on December 10 – we present part one of our 4-week special: The 114 Best Recordings of 2014

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Wednesday MidDay Medley presents 2014: The Year in Music

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, December 3, 2014

2014: The Year in Music
with: Tim Finn, Marion Merritt, Chris Haghirian, & Natalie Gallagher

Natalie Gallagher - Music Editor of The Pitch Kansas City, Timothy Finn - Pop Music writer for The Kansas City Star and Ink Magazine, Chris Haghirian - from Ink Magazine and The KC Star, and Marion Merritt - owner of Records with Merritt.

Natalie Gallagher – Music Editor of The Pitch Kansas City, Timothy Finn – Pop Music writer for The Kansas City Star and Ink Magazine, Chris Haghirian – from Ink Magazine and The KC Star, and Marion Merritt – owner of Records with Merritt.

Mark welcomes four special guests who will each share their own Top Five favorite musical releases of 2014. Guests include: Tim Finn – Pop music writer for The KC Star and INK, Marion Merritt - owner of Records With Merritt, Chris Haghirian – from Ink and KC Star, and Natalie Gallagher – Music Editor of The Pitch Kansas City.

We’ll hear recordings from: The Big Iron, Katy Guillen and The Girls, Loose Park, The Architects, Kasey Rausch, Kirsten Paludan and the Key Party, Outsides, Voices of Unbound, Brooke Tuley, Sara Swenson, Cowboy Indian Bear, The Sluts, Hembree, Jorge Arana Trio, Zola Jesus, Barbara Lynn, Brigitte Fontaine, Curtis Harding, Caribou, Vashti Bunyun, and more.

And tune into Wednesday MidDay Medley throughout December as we present our 4-week special: The 114 Best Recordings of 2014.

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Show #554

WMM Playlist from November 26, 2014

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, November 26, 2014

Kasey Rausch – Guitar in Hand
+ MidCoastal and New Releases
+ Guest DJ Tim Willis


Tim Willis joined us as “Guest DJ” in our first hour. For more than 30 years Tim has worked for a large KC-based law firm. Tim Willis grew up in St. Joseph, MO, and was dazzled as a child by the eclectic mid-60s music scene. He worked part-time in a record store for 8 years. Tim has never lost his life long passion for music and for record stores, and public and community radio.

1. The Starkweathers – “Danny Taylor”
from: 5-Song [EP] / Faye Records / 1994
[“Though largely unknown, Kansas City’s Starkweathers were among the best ND bands around. As fans of both Merle Haggard and Joe Strummer, frontman Rich Smith and bassist Mike Ireland sang unironically, in gorgeous Louvin Brothers-styled harmonies, about the lives and loves of America’s dispossessed. At their finest – Ireland’s mournful “Danny Taylor” from their Faye Records 5-Song EP – the Starkweathers combined a lefty vision with an unabashedly twangy rock ‘n’ roll.” – David Cantwell, No Depression Spring 1996. With drummer Paul Lemon and guitarist Mike Lemon.]

10:08

2. Donny Hathaway – “What’s Going On”
from: Donny Hathaway Live at the Bitter End / Rhino Records / 2014 (orig. 1972)
[Recorded Aug. 24-30, 1971 at The Troubadour in Hollywood & Oct. 1971 at The Bitter End in NYC. Produced by Arif Mardin (side 1) and Jerry Wexler & Arif Mardin (side 2). Donny Edward Hathaway was born Oct. 1, 1945. He was a jazz, blues, soul, & gospel vocalist & musician. Hathaway contracted w/ Atlantic Records in 1969 and with his 1st single for the Atco label, “The Ghetto, Part I” in early 1970, Rolling Stone magazine “marked him as a major new force in soul music.” His collaborations w/ Roberta Flack scored high on the charts and won him a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for the duet, “Where Is the Love” in 1973. At the height of his career Hathaway was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and was known to not take his prescribed medication regularly enough to properly control his symptoms. On January 13, 1979, Hathaway’s body was found outside the luxury hotel Essex House in NYC; his death was ruled a suicide.]

3. Stew – “Reeling”
from: Naked Dutch Painter / Smile Records / 2002
[Mark Stewart (born August 16, 1961), known by his stage name Stew, is a singer-songwriter and playwright from Los Angeles, California. In the early 1990s, he formed a band called The Negro Problem and later went on to release albums under his own name. His 2000 release Guest Host was named Album of the Year by Entertainment Weekly and his 2002 album, The Naked Dutch Painter and Other Songs, repeated that feat. He toured in support of Love’s Arthur Lee in 2002 and in 2003 he was invited to take part in the Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series of concerts. Starting in 2004, he began writing the book, lyrics and music (with Heidi Rodewald) for his semi-autobiographical rock musical Passing Strange, produced with the support of the Sundance Institute and The Public Theater, which won him the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lyrics. Passing Strange had successful runs at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre in Berkeley, California, in the fall of 2006, and off-Broadway at The Public Theater in New York City during the spring of 2007. It received critical praise from both the New York Times and Variety and opened on Broadway at the Belasco Theatre in February 2008 under the aegis of producer Liz McCann and the Shubert Organization. The play garnered seven Tony nominations in 2008, with Stew receiving four nominations and winning the award for Best Book. The play closed in July 2008, with Spike Lee filming the final performances for a feature film which screened at the Sundance Festival in Jan. 2009.]

10:19

4. Moondog and the London Saxophonic
– “1st movement from Toot Suite No. 1 in F Major”
from: Sax Pax for a Sax / Atlantic Records / 1994
[Born Louis Thomas Hardin (May 26, 1916 – September 8, 1999). Moondog was a composer, musician, poet and inventor of several musical instruments. He was blind from the age of 16. In New York from the late 1940s until he left in 1972, he could often be found on 6th Avenue between 52nd and 55th Street wearing a cloak and Viking-style helmet, sometimes busking or selling music, but often just standing silent and still. He was widely recognized as “the Viking of 6th Avenue” by thousands of passersby and residents who had no idea that this seemingly homeless eccentric standing on “Moondog’s corner” was a respected and recorded composer and musician. He was not homeless however, or at least not often; he maintained an apartment in upper Manhattan and had a country retreat in Candor, NY, to which he moved in 1972. He partially supported himself by selling copies of his poetry and his musical philosophy. In addition to his music and poetry, he was also known for the distinctive fanciful “Viking” cloak that he wore. Already bearded and long-haired, he added a Viking-style horned helmet to avoid the occasional comparisons of his appearance with that of Christ or a monk, as he had rejected Christianity in his late teens. He developed a lifelong interest in Nordic mythology, and maintained an altar to Thor in his country home in Candor. In 1947 Hardin had adopted the pen name “Moondog” in honor of a dog “who used to howl at the moon more than any dog I knew of.” In 1949 he traveled to a Blackfoot Sun Dance in Idaho where he performed on percussion and flute, returning to the Native American music he first came in contact with as a child. It was this Native music, along with contemporary jazz and classical, mixed with the ambient sounds from his environment (city traffic, ocean waves, babies crying, etc.) that created the foundation of Moondog’s music. In 1954, he won a case in the New York State Supreme Court against disc jockey Alan Freed, who had branded his radio show, “The Moondog Rock and Roll Matinee”, around the name “Moondog”, using “Moondog’s Symphony” (the first record that Moondog ever cut) as his “calling card”. Moondog believed he would not have won the case had it not been for the help of musicians such as Benny Goodman and Arturo Toscanini, who testified that he was a serious composer. Freed had to apologize and stop using the nickname “Moondog” on air, on the basis that Hardin was known by the name long before Freed began using it.]

5. Amanda Shires – “Look Like a Bird”
from: Down Fell the Doves / Lightning Rod Records / 2013
[From her 5th solo release. Amanda Shires (born March 5, 1982) is an American singer-songwriter and violin player. She has performed as a member of the Texas Playboys, Thrift Store Cowboys and Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, in a duo with Rod Picott, and has released four solo albums. Following her parents’ divorce, Shires’ childhood was divided between the Texas cities of Lubbock and Mineral Wells. She acquired her first violin at the age of ten from a pawn shop in Mineral Wells. At the age of 15 she joined the Texas Playboys, the former backing band for Western swing legend Bob Wills.]

10:29 – Underwriting

10:31

6. Richard Thompson – “Beeswing”
from: Two Letter Words / Flypaper Records / 1996
[available as a download from Richard’s web site]
[Richard John Thompson OBE (born 3 April 1949) made his début as a recording artist as a member of Fairport Convention in September 1967. He continues to write and record new material regularly and frequently performs live throughout the world. Father of Teddy Thompson, Kamila Thompson with ex-wife Linda Thompson. Richard Thompson was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2011 New Year Honours for services to music. On 5 July 2011, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Aberdeen. Thompson was awarded the Orville H. Gibson award for best acoustic guitar player in 1991. Similarly, his songwriting has earned him an Ivor Novello Award and, in 2006, a lifetime achievement award from BBC Radio. Artists who have recorded Thompson’s compositions include such diverse talents as Del McCoury, R.E.M., Bonnie Raitt, Christy Moore, David Gilmour, Mary Black, Elvis Costello, Marshall Crenshaw, The Corrs, Sandy Denny, June Tabor, Joel Fafard, Maria McKee, Shawn Colvin, Norma Waterson, Martin Carthy, Nanci Griffith, Graham Parker, The Pointer Sisters, Maura O’Connell, Los Lobos, John Doe, Greg Brown, Bob Mould, Barbara Manning, Loudon Wainwright III, The Futureheads, Jeff Lang, Dinosaur Jr., David Byrne, and The Blind Boys of Alabama.]

7. Sam Baker – “Angel Hair”
from Cotton / Music Road Records / 2012
[Sam Baker was born in 1954 in Itasca, Texas. He attended Itasca High School, where he played varsity football. In 1986, Baker was traveling by train to Machu Picchu in Peru when a bomb placed on a luggage rack above his head by the Shining Path guerrilla group exploded, killing seven other passengers including the three people who had been sitting with him. Baker was left with numerous injuries, including brain damage, a cut artery, and blown-in eardrums. His injuries required 17 reconstructive surgeries. He has a constant case of tinnitus and the fingers of his left hand were left gnarled. He did retain enough dexterity to grasp a guitar pick and over time, re-taught himself to play his guitar left-handed. Previous to the bombing, Baker had worked as a bank examiner and whitewater river guide.]

10:44

8. Willie Wright – “Nantucket Island”
from: Telling the Truth / self-released / 1977 (rereleased by Numero / 2011)
[Born William C. Gathright, July 7, 1939, a soul singer and songwriter. He was born in Belen, Mississippi. In his teens he sang with friends George Bragg and Harry Jensen in a Harlem, New York City doo-wop group, The Persuaders. Later, the three formed the Willie Wright Trio. Wright then began performing as a solo singer and songwriter in clubs in Greenwich Village, and also played flute with The Three Degrees. He turned down offers to sign with a major label, and according to his current record label “deliberately chose artistic freedom over the sharecropper’s existence to which many of the best artists of his generation were subjected.” He moved to Boston, Massachusetts, where he continued to sing in clubs, setting up his own label, Hotel Records, in 1969, and releasing a single. In the early 1970s, he released his first album, Lack of Education, which mostly contained cover versions of other musicians’ songs, including Curtis Mayfield’s “Right On For The Darkness”. In 1976 he began performing for tourists and vacationers at Nantucket. He decided to move there, and started to write more songs. The following year he recorded a second album, Telling the Truth, in New York. The album was described by Allmusic as “a deeply personal set that delved into Wright’s attitudes about his life, his relationships with women, and the children he’d fathered but left behind”, and featured “spare, intimate arrangements…[and] austere production… dictated by the fact it was recorded in a single day.” He again released the album himself, and mainly sold it at performances. In the early 1990s he moved to Providence, Rhode Island, where he continued to perform. He retired from live performance in 2002, after recording and releasing a live album, Brother Bill. “Right On For The Darkness” was included on several compilation albums of rare soul music, and was recognised as a highly collectible record, but Wright remained a relatively obscure figure until 2011, when Telling the Truth was reissued on CD by the Numero Group. The interest that this generated led Wright, despite the onset of Parkinson’s disease, to record a new album, This Is Not A Dream, in Burlington, Vermont. The album was issued by Green Coil Records in 2012.]

9. Suba – “Felicidade”
from Sao Paulo Confessions / Ziriguiboom / Nov. 1, 1999 [Six Degrees Records / 2001 / US]
[São Paulo Confessions is an album by the Serbian-born musician Suba—his musical account of life in that humid, foggy, and manic megalopolis. Core musicians on the album are then 21-year-old vocalist Cibelle, and veteran percussionist João Parahyba; additional musicians include mangue band Mestre Ambrósio, and guitarists Roberto Frejat, Edgar Scandurra, and Andre Geraissatti, and vocalists Katia B., Taciana, Joana Jones and Arnaldo Antunes. Suba died just a few days after the release of his album São Paulo Confessions, and shortly before the completion of Bebel Gilberto’s acclaimed Tanto Tempo, the biggest selling Brazilian album outside Brazil.]

10:54

10. The Campbell Brothers – “Jump for Joy”
from: They All Played for Us / Arhoolie Records / 2012 (compilation)
[Chuck Campbell – pedal steel guitar, Phillip Campbell – electric guitar & bass, Carlton Campbell – drums, Darick Campbell – lap steel. The ensemble features prominent pedal steel guitar and began as the house band for a House of God Keith Dominion congregation. The pedal steel player, Chuck, uses his own tuning schema. They released several albums on blues label Arhoolie Records in the late 1990s and early 2000s before signing with Ropeadope Records, releasing Can You Feel It? in 2005. The album reached #26 on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart. The group often features guest vocalists, including Denise Brown, Katie Jackson, and Malcolm Kirby.]

Special Guest - Kasey Rausch and Guest DJ - Tim Willis on the November 26, 2014 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley

Special Guest – Kasey Rausch and Guest DJ – Tim Willis on the November 26, 2014 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley

11:00 – Station ID

11:00 – Interview with Kasey Rausch

11. Kasey Rausch – “103”
from: Guitar in Hand / Mudstomp Records / November 21, 2014
[Chris DeVictor: upright bass, Caleb Gardner: mandolin, Molly Healey: violin, Kim Rausch McLaws: 1st harmony vocals, Kasey Rausch: 2nd harmony vocals, Ethan Ridings: acoustic guitar. Produced by Kasey Rausch and Mikal Shapiro. Recorded by Rob Nold Audio in Raytown, Missouri.]

Guitar in Hand is the third solo release from Kansas City based singer-songwriter Kasey Rausch. With Mikal Shapiro she hosts/produces RIVER TRADE RADIO Sunday mornings at 9am, on 90.1 FM. Kasey Rausch plays with The Naughty Pines every Tuesday at CODA. Kasey plays “Tonight’s the Night” a Tribute to the Music of Neil Young, Wed., Nov. 26, at Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club, a benefit for 90.1

11:12

12. Kasey Rausch – “The Gospel of Winfield”
from: Guitar in Hand / Mudstomp Records / November 21, 2014
[Chad Brothers: acoustic guitar, Jimmy Campbell: banjo, Chris DeVictor: upright bass, Caleb Gardner: mandolin, The Gospel Choir (Chad Brothers, Rob Nold, Kasey Rausch): chorus vocals. Produced by Kasey Rausch and Mikal Shapiro. Recorded by Rob Nold Audio in Raytown, Missouri except Jimmy Campbell’s banjo on “The Gospel of Winfield” was recorded by Jimmy Campbell at Sweet Pea Studios in Wichita, Kansas.]

GUITAR IN HAND cover art by Sonya Andrews

GUITAR IN HAND cover art by Sonya Andrews

Kasey Rausch plays with The Naughty Pines every Tuesday at CODA. With Mikal Shapiro she hosts/produces RIVER TRADE RADIO Sunday mornings at 9am, on 90.1 FM. Kasey plays “Tonight’s the Night” a Tribute to the Music of Neil Young, Wed., Nov. 26, at Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club, a benefit for 90.1

11:24

13. Kasey Rausch – “My Piney Wood Home”
from: Guitar in Hand / Mudstomp Records / November 21, 2014
[Written by Kasey Rausch. Arranged and performed by The Naughty Pines. Richard Burgess: electric bass, Betse Ellis: fiddle, Marco Pascolini: pedal steel, Sam Platt: drums. Produced by Kasey Rausch and Mikal Shapiro. Recorded by Sam Platt in Linwood, Kansas except: Betse Ellis’s fiddle on “My Piney Wood Home,” was recorded by Rob Nold Audio.]

11:28 – Underwriting

11:30

14. Gardienne – “Man on the Moon”
from: Walking Trees EP / Independent / January 7, 2014
[Gardienne is KC-based artist Alyssa DeGraff. Her debut release “Walking Trees” features an indie artist’s dream team: impeccable guitar tones and overall production by Josh Scott of JHS pedals, on guitar & production, the string-quartet stylings of Jeremy Larson of the bands: Sucre, Sleeping at Last, and a stellar mix crafted by Chad Howat of the bands: Paper Route, Brooke Waggoner, Kye Kye. More info at: gardienne.bandcamp.com]

[Gardienne plays The Riot Room, 4048 Broadway, Saturday, November 29, 8:00 pm, with Pagentry, Vela, and Paris is Burning]

15. Phylshawn – “Across The Tracks”
from: Across The Tracks [EP] / Nation of Love / August 9, 2014
[Columbia, MO based Phylshawn Johnson is a singer, songwriter, drummer with the band Violet and the Undercurrents, teacher, producer, engineer, label manager for The Nation of Love Records. In 2009, Johnson started an independent label, The Nation of Love, as a way to give artists such as herself, Violet Vonder Haar, Ruth Acuff, and other songwriters a place to create freely and have the support of a musical community. More info at: http://www.nationoflove.com

[Phylshawn Johnson’s band Violet and the Undercurrents will play The Nation of Love Label Showcase, Sat, Jan 31, 2015 at 8pm, at Coda, 1744 Broadway Blvd, with: Ruth Acuff. Zorya, The Future Kings.]

16. Mykki Blanco – “A Moment with Kathleen” (feat. Kathleen Hanna)
from: Gay Dog Food / UNO NYC / October 28, 2014
[Michael Quattlebaum Jr., is better known by his feminine stage name Mykki Blanco, an American rapper, performance artist, and poet. His father was an IT specialist before becoming a psychic. His mother, Deborah Butler, was a paralegal at the North Carolina Patent and Trademark Office. Quattlebaum’s parents divorced when he was two years old. As a child, he lived in San Mateo County, California, near his paternal grandparents, before moving to Raleigh, North Carolina. At the age of 15, Quattlebaum won an Indies Spirit Award for the performance collective he founded, Paint In Consciousness Experimental Theater, in Raleigh. When Quattlebaum was 16, he ran away from home, before moving to New York City. He then spent time in California, before winning a full scholarship to attend the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, but dropped out of college after two semesters in 2006. He also briefly attended the Parsons The New School for Design in New York City. Quattlebaum’s book of poetry From the Silence of Duchamp to the Noise of Boys was published on OHWOW’s imprint on June 17, 2011. Quattlebaum’s persona Mykki Blanco began as a teenage girl character for a YouTube video in 2010, but evolved into a musical and performance art piece. Blanco’s name is inspired by Lil’ Kim’s alter ego Kimmy Blanco. Her influences consist of Lil’ Kim, GG Allin, Jean Cocteau, Kathleen Hanna, Lauryn Hill, Rihanna, Marilyn Manson and Anaïs Nin. She is also inspired by the riot grrrl movement and queercore, namely the director Bruce LaBruce and the drag queen Vaginal Davis.]

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

11:45

18. She’s A Keeper – “Wannabe”
from: Wannabe Single / Independent / November 6, 2014
[1st single from upcoming EP release Westside Royal expected in January 2015. Kansas City based band includes: Fritz Hutchison – vocals, banjo, percussion; Zac Jurden – vocals, guitar; Colin Nelson – vocals, guitar; Elliott Phillips – bass, mandolin.]

[She’s A Keeper play recordBar, 1020 Westport Rd., Saturday, December 6, with The Elders in a benefit for 90.1FM KKFI featuring 2 shows in one night! EARLY SHOW – Doors: 6pm Performance: 7pm to 9pm Opening act – She’s A Keeper. LATE SHOW – Doors: 9:30 Performance: 10pm to Midnight.]

19. Royalphonic – “Hit It”
from: We Three Kings / Independent / November 3, 2014
[Erin Bopp- vox & bass, Mikal Shapiro – vox & guitar, Brad Williams – drums, and Elgin Smith – bar/tenor sax]

11:59:30

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

Sources for notes on tracks: artist’s websites and wikipedia.org

Next week on December 3 – we’ll welcome four special guests who’ll share their favorite musical releases of 2014. Guests include: Tim Finn, Music writer at The KC Star and Ink Magazine; Marion Merritt, of Records With Merritt; Chris Haghirian, from Ink, and KC Star; and Natalie Gallagher, Music Editor of The Pitch.

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Wednesday MidDay Medley presents Kasey Rausch “Guitar in Hand” + Guest DJ Tim Willis

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, November 26, 2014

Kasey Rausch – Guitar in Hand
+ MidCoastal and New Releases
+ Guest DJ Tim Willis

GUITAR IN HAND cover art by Sonya Andrews

GUITAR IN HAND cover art by Sonya Andrews

Mark plays more New & MidCoastal releases from: Kasey Rausch, Royalphonic, Phylshawn, Gardienne, She’s A Keeper, The Conquerors, Mykki Blanco, TV On the Radio, and others.

At 10:00, Tim Willis joins us as “Guest DJ” in our first hour. Tim grew up in St. Joseph, Missouri, and was dazzled as a child by the eclectic mid-60s music scene. He worked part-time in a record store for eight years. Tim will share music from: The Starkweathers, Stew, Moondog, Bob Dylan and the Band, and The Velvet Underground, Richard Thompson, and possibly from: Sun Ra, Amanda Shires, Sam Baker, Donny Hathaway, and The Grateful Dead.

At 11:00 Mark talks with Kasey Rausch, on her birthday, and we’ll share music from her brand new full length recording “Guitar In Hand” being released through Mudstomp Records. Kasey Rausch plays with The Naughty Pines every Tuesday at CODA. With Mikal Shapiro she hosts/produces RIVER TRADE RADIO Sunday mornings at 9:00am, on 90.1 FM. Kasey Rausch plays “Tonight’s the Night” a Tribute to the Music of Neil Young, Wednesday, November 26, at Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club, a benefit for 90.1 KKFI.

Kasey Rausch GUITAR IN HAND cover art by Sonya Andrews

Tune in on 90.1 FM KKFI
or streaming live at kkfi.org

Show #553

Wednesday MidDay Medley’s 14 Favorite Singles from 2014

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

“Our 14 Favorite MidCoastal Singles from 2014.”

14. White Girl – “M.E.T.R.O.R.O.C.K.”
from: M.E.T.R.O.R.O.C.K. Single b/w Cocky / Nice Nice Records / Nov 4, 2014
[First vinyl release from Kansas City based White Girl, the brain-child of Martin Bush. Described as: a dance infused pop romp through eternal fields of post punk grasses and rolling new wave hills. Influenced by: Prince, Beach Boys, New Order, Hall and Oates, Stevie Wonder.]

13. Lazy -“Soft Sheets”
from: Lazy Soft Sheets b/w Don’t Die 7″ / Volar Records / October 1, 2014
[500 Copies Limited Red and Blue volarrecords.blogspot.com Brock Potucek – Guitar and Vocals, Sarica Douglas – Guitar and Vocals, Billy Belzer – Drums, Christian O’Reilly – Bass. Soft Sheets/Don’t Die – Written/Composed/Lyrics by Brock Potucek. Recorded at West End Studios with Mike Nolte and at Element Recording Studios. Mixed by BP at Ashley Miller Studios and Element Recording Studios KC MO. Mastered by Joel Nanos at Element Recording Studios Oct 2013.]

12. Outsides -“Pastures”
from: Outsides [Single] / Timothy Ellis/ May 28, 2014
[On June 6, 2014 Outsides released the Debut EP Million] [Outsides is Tim Ellis. The Chicago Tribune called his performance at Lollapalooza: “transcendent,” motivating Ellis to dedicate himself to his new project, Outsides. Having relocated from Chicago to his boyhood home of Kansas City, Tim found himself recording in his bedroom, writing guitar parts that were sampled and woven together with synthesizers. When Outsides plays live the band includes: Tim Ellis (guitar, vox); Bronson Kistler (keys, bgv); Ryan Shank (drums); Ian Shea (bass, bgv).]

11. David George & a Crooked Mile – “Shine”
from: Shine [Single] / UniGlobe/xWB Records / May 29, 2014
[David George – Vocals & Guitar, John Johnson – Guitar & Vocals, Ben Byard – Bass & Vocals, Christine Gross – Cello & Vocals, Giuliano Mingucci – Drums & Vocals. Shine was the 1st single from the upcoming full length album “Radiant Man”.]

10. Kristie Stremel – “Love Makes A Family”
from: Love Makes A Family – Single and Book / Stremeltone / Sept 6, 2014
[Described as “Joan Jett & Tom Petty’s love child,” and armed with her guitar, fueled by coffee, and over 75 published songs, singer, songwriter, producer, rock & roll mom, Kristie Stremel has had a very busy year. Last October, 2013 Kristie and her partner, Lori Isabell, welcomed their adopted baby son, Charlie, into their family. In April Kristie released her 6th solo record, and the 9th full-length release of her musical career of over 20 years. Released on her own label, Stremeltone, it was Kristie’s first self-produced album. This Summer Kristie went to work producing a new full length CD and book called “Wildflowers,” a compilation of 14 original songs & 5 poems for and about children, illustrated by Blue Haas. In September Kristie released a new single, “Love Makes A Family” with read-along book. She wrote the song for her son Charlie in an effort to explain the importance of family and to help celebrate the diversity in families today.]

9. OILS – “a. Waves We Feel”
from: “Waves We Feel” 7″ 45rpm single / Replay Records, Lawrence KS. / August 22, 2014. Andrew Frederick and Mark Osman played live on WMM on September 10.]

8. Radkey – “Feed My Brain”
from: Feed My Brain 7″ Single b/w Digging The Grave / Little Man Records / June 10, 2014
[Recorded at Westend Studios, KCMO. Engineered by Justin Mantooth, Mixed by Ross Orton, Produced by Vinny Dingo. St. Joseph, Missouri based trio of three brothers: lead guitarist and vocalist Dee Radke, bass player and middle brother Isaiah Radke III, drummer and youngest brother Solomon.]

7. Rev Gusto – “Still There”
from: Too Much Rock Single Series No. 002 / Too Much Rock / 2014
[Written by Jerry Frederick on Vocals & Guitar, with brother Sam Frederick on bass, Shaun Crowley on lead guitar and keys; Peter Beatty on guitar & back-up vocals; Quinn Hernandez on drums, Recorded with and engineered by Joel Nanos at Element Recording. Rev Gusto has signed with High Dive Records and will be putting out a full length very soon!]

6. Josh Berwanger – “Oh Bis!”
from: Too Much Rock Single Series No. 003 / Too Much Rock / June 3, 2014
[Recorded and engineered by Joel Nanos at Element Recording. From Berwangermusic.com: “Josh Berwanger made a name for himself as a member of The Anniversary, a Kansas band that released two albums (2000’s Designing a Nervous Breakdown and 2002’s Your Majesty) and selling over 100,000 records before imploding in a breakup of Fleetwood Mac-style proportions while attempting to tour Japan. Undeterred, Berwanger put together a new band—a country-rock outfit called The Only Children–and would go on to release two criminally underrated records (2004’s Change of Living and 2007’s Keeper of Youth) before pulling the plug on that project and taking a job doing the next most logical thing possible– coaching high school basketball in Lawrence.]

5. Chris Hazelton’s Boogaloo 7 – “The Chartreuse Woman”
from: “The Chartreuse Woman” / Sunflower Soul / Oct 7, 2014
[All songs written by Chris Hazelton. Chris Hazelton – Hammond B-3 Organ, Nick Howell – Trumpet & Tambourine, Nick Rowland – Alto Saxophone, Brett Jackson – Baritone Saxophone, Matt Hopper – Guitar, Kevin Frazee – Drums, Pat Conway – Congas & Percussion, Miko Spears – Congas & Percussion
Recorded live to analog tape & mixed by Chris Hazelton. Mastered by Brendan McReynolds]

4. Red Kate – “On My Mind”
from: Red Kate & The Bad Ideas – Split 7″ / Mills Record Company / May 31, 2013
[KC based Punk band Red Kate is a 4-piece that has been rocking venues since 2007. Bassist and lead vocalist L. Ron Drunkard, Andrew Whelan on drums, vocals; Brad Huhmann on guitar, Desmond Poirier on guitar, vocals. Red Kate and The Bad Ideas have joined forces to release a new Split 7″ Single. Just released as The Bad Ideas head out for a 3 week east coast tour. Engineered by Duane Trower at Weights and Measures Soundlab in Kansas City. Premiere vinyl release on the “Mills Record Company” label.]

3. The Bad Ideas – “Apocalypse Detroit”
from: Red Kate & The Bad Ideas – Split 7″ / Mills Record Company / May 31, 2013
[The Bad Idea’s full length debut, Lesson #1, was on our list of The Best Recordings of 2013. Their EP, Worse Thoughts, was one of our favorite recordings of 2012. The Kansas City based punk band, was formed in October 2011. Driven by original songs and influenced by post-hardcore, punk, and early pop punk. Breaka Dawn on lead vocals; Britt Adair on guitar, back-up vocals, Caitlin Curry on bass, back-up vocals, George Magers on drums. The Bad Ideas joined us last on May 28, 2014. Red Kate and The Bad Ideas have joined forces to release a new Split 7″ Single. The single was released as The Bad Ideas headed out for a 3 week east coast Summer tour. Engineered by Duane Trower at Weights and Measures Soundlab in Kansas City. Premiere vinyl release on the “Mills Record Company” label.

2. Shy Boys – “Life is Peachy”
from: Single Release / High Dive Records / July 15, 2014
[Stereogum premiered “Life Is Peachy”, the A-side to their 45 rpm, 7″ single. Brothers Collin Rausch, Kyle Rausch, and roommate Konnor Ervin, are members of the Kansas City based band, Shy Boys. They joined us live in the KKFI 90.1 FM on Feb. 15.]

1. The Philistines – “Heart Like Candy”
from: The Philistines EP / Independent / March 2014
[The Philistines are a KC based rock ‘n roll/pop band with a psychedelic bent, made up of: Kimmie Queen on lead vocals; Cody Wyoming on lead guitar and vocals; Rod Peal on guitar; Michelle Bacon on bass; Josh Mobley on keyboard, Steve Gardels on drums. Recording was produced by Dedric Moore and Cody Wyoming.]
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WMM Playlist from November 19, 2014

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, November 19, 2014

Our 14 Favorite Singles of 2014
+ Michelle Bacon of Deli Magazine KC
+ Dolls On Fire!

“Our 14 Favorite MidCoastal Singles from 2014.”

Our 14 favorite Singles of 2014

Our 14 favorite Singles of 2014

(14.) 1. White Girl – “M.E.T.R.O.R.O.C.K.”
from: M.E.T.R.O.R.O.C.K. Single b/w Cocky / Nice Nice Records / Nov 4, 2014
[First vinyl release from Kansas City based White Girl, the brain-child of Martin Bush. Described as: a dance infused pop romp through eternal fields of post punk grasses and rolling new wave hills. Influenced by: Prince, Beach Boys, New Order, Hall and Oates, Stevie Wonder.]

[White Girl plays The Riot Room on Friday, Dec. 5, in Kansas City, MO]

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(13.) 2. Lazy -“Soft Sheets” (Vinyl)
from: Lazy Soft Sheets b/w Don’t Die 7″ / Volar Records / October 1, 2014
[500 Copies Limited Red and Blue volarrecords.blogspot.com Brock Potucek – Guitar and Vocals, Sarica Douglas – Guitar and Vocals, Billy Belzer – Drums, Christian O’Reilly – Bass. Soft Sheets/Don’t Die – Written/Composed/Lyrics by Brock Potucek. Recorded at West End Studios with Mike Nolte and at Element Recording Studios. Mixed by BP at Ashley Miller Studios and Element Recording Studios KC MO
Mastered by Joel Nanos at Element Recording Studios Oct 2013.]

(12.) 3. Outsides -“Pastures”
from: Outsides [Single] / Timothy Ellis/ May 28, 2014
[On June 6, 2014 Outsides released the Debut EP Million] [Outsides is Tim Ellis. The Chicago Tribune called his performance at Lollapalooza: “transcendent,” motivating Ellis to dedicate himself to his new project, Outsides. Having relocated from Chicago to his boyhood home of Kansas City, Tim found himself recording in his bedroom, writing guitar parts that were sampled and woven together with synthesizers. When Outsides plays live the band includes: Tim Ellis (guitar, vox); Bronson Kistler (keys, bgv); Ryan Shank (drums); Ian Shea (bass, bgv).]

[Outsides play The Midland Theatre on December 20.]

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(11.) 4. David George & a Crooked Mile – “Shine”
from: Shine [Single] / UniGlobe/xWB Records / May 29, 2014
[David George – Vocals & Guitar, John Johnson – Guitar & Vocals, Ben Byard – Bass & Vocals, Christine Gross – Cello & Vocals, Giuliano Mingucci – Drums & Vocals. Shine was the 1st single from the upcoming full length album “Radiant Man”.]

[David George & Bill Latas play Homer’s Coffee House, Fri, Nov 21 at 7:00pm, in Overland Park.]

(10.) 5. Kristie Stremel – “Love Makes A Family”
from: Love Makes A Family – Single and Book / Stremeltone / Sept 6, 2014
[Described as “Joan Jett & Tom Petty’s love child,” and armed with her guitar, fueled by coffee, and over 75 published songs, singer, songwriter, producer, rock & roll mom, Kristie Stremel has had a very busy year. Last October, 2013 Kristie and her partner, Lori Isabell, welcomed their adopted baby son, Charlie, into their family. In April Kristie released her 6th solo record, and the 9th full-length release of her musical career of over 20 years. Released on her own label, Stremeltone, it was Kristie’s first self-produced album. This Summer Kristie went to work producing a new full length CD and book called “Wildflowers,” a compilation of 14 original songs & 5 poems for and about children, illustrated by Blue Haas. In September Kristie released a new single, “Love Makes A Family” with read-along book. She wrote the song for her son Charlie in an effort to explain the importance of family and to help celebrate the diversity in families today.]

[Kristie Stremel will present a “Wildflowers” showcase in-store performnce at Vinyl Renaissance, 7932 Santa Fe Drive in Overland Park, on Friday Nov. 21 at 6:00 pm for “Local Life Festivities night”]

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(9.) 6. OILS – “a. Waves We Feel” (Vinyl)
from: “Waves We Feel” 7″ 45rpm single / Replay Records, Lawrence KS. / August 22, 2014
[Andrew Frederick and Mark Osman played live on WMM on September 10.]

10:28 – Underwriting
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(8.) 7. Radkey – “Feed My Brain” (Vinyl)
from: Feed My Brain 7″ Single b/w Digging The Grave / Little Man Records / June 10, 2014
[Recorded at Westend Studios, KCMO. Engineered by Justin Mantooth, Mixed by Ross Orton, Produced by Vinny Dingo. St. Joseph, Missouri based trio of three brothers: lead guitarist and vocalist Dee Radke, bass player and middle brother Isaiah Radke III, drummer and youngest brother Solomon.]

[Radkey play recordBar, 1020 Westport Rd, Wednesday, December 31, 2014]

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(7.) 8. Rev Gusto – “Still There” (Vinyl)
from: Too Much Rock Single Series No. 002 / Too Much Rock / 2014
[Written by Jerry Frederick on Vocals & Guitar, with brother Sam Frederick on bass, Shaun Crowley on lead guitar and keys; Peter Beatty on guitar & back-up vocals; Quinn Hernandez on drums, Recorded with and engineered by Joel Nanos at Element Recording. Rev Gusto has signed with High Dive Records and will be putting out a full length very soon!]

[Rev Gusto play recordBar, 1020 Westport Rd., on Wed, Nov. 26 with Ha Ha Tonka]

Too Much Rock is a music blog site created by Sid Sowder in 1997, as a place where he could document his life as it relates to music. Sid posts his photos and videos and comments of the live music shows he attends. The site is not created as a for profit venture. While he askes that folks not steal his pictures, the watermarked ones are all available via a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License, and as long as you give him proper credit. His pictures appear on hundreds of bands websites and press kits and magazines.

The Too Much Rock Single Series is a collection of 45 RPM songles that marry great songs with great bands all for the love of vinyl. Each old-school two-song single features one unique song pared with one cover chosen by Too Much Rock. 500 limited edition copies are pressed and given to the band, to sell as merchandise at shows and at local record stores.

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(6.) 9. Josh Berwanger – “Oh Bis!” (Vinyl)
from: Too Much Rock Single Series No. 003 / Too Much Rock / June 3, 2014
[Recorded and engineered by Joel Nanos at Element Recording. From Berwangermusic.com: “Josh Berwanger made a name for himself as a member of The Anniversary, a Kansas band that released two albums (2000’s Designing a Nervous Breakdown and 2002’s Your Majesty) and selling over 100,000 records before imploding in a breakup of Fleetwood Mac-style proportions while attempting to tour Japan. Undeterred, Berwanger put together a new band—a country-rock outfit called The Only Children–and would go on to release two criminally underrated records (2004’s Change of Living and 2007’s Keeper of Youth) before pulling the plug on that project and taking a job doing the next most logical thing possible– coaching high school basketball in Lawrence. For his 2013 release Strange Stains, Berwanger joined forces with old pal and original drummer for The Anniversary, Michael Hutcherson. “Josh and I met in 1996 while playing in local KC pop punk bands,” recalls Hutcherson, “I am honored to be making music with Josh again. For all that’s changed in our lives over the years, we’ve still got a symbiotic musical relationship. No questions, no egos, just rock & roll.”]

[Josh Berwanger plays Minibar, December 3 with Mean Jeans.]

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(5.) 10. Chris Hazelton’s Boogaloo 7 – “The Chartreuse Woman” (Vinyl)
from: “The Chartreuse Woman” / Sunflower Soul / Oct 7, 2014
[All songs written by Chris Hazelton. Chris Hazelton – Hammond B-3 Organ, Nick Howell – Trumpet & Tambourine, Nick Rowland – Alto Saxophone, Brett Jackson – Baritone Saxophone, Matt Hopper – Guitar, Kevin Frazee – Drums, Pat Conway – Congas & Percussion, Miko Spears – Congas & Percussion
Recorded live to analog tape & mixed by Chris Hazelton. Mastered by Brendan McReynolds]

[Chris Hazelton’s Boogaloo 7 who play the Green Lady Lounge every Friday from 10:00 to 2:00 am.]

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(4.) 11. Red Kate – “On My Mind”
from: Red Kate & The Bad Ideas – Split 7″ / Mills Record Company / May 31, 2013
[KC based Punk band Red Kate is a 4-piece that has been rocking venues since 2007. Bassist and lead vocalist L. Ron Drunkard, Andrew Whelan on drums, vocals; Brad Huhmann on guitar, Desmond Poirier on guitar, vocals. Red Kate and The Bad Ideas have joined forces to release a new Split 7″ Single. Just released as The Bad Ideas head out for a 3 week east coast tour. Engineered by Duane Trower at Weights and Measures Soundlab in Kansas City. Premiere vinyl release on the “Mills Record Company” label.]

[Red Kate play Harlings Upstairs, Fri. Nov. 21, w/ The Bad Ideas, The Itch, Drugs & Attics, and Brain Dead.]

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(3.) 12. The Bad Ideas – “Apocalypse Detroit”
from: Red Kate & The Bad Ideas – Split 7″ / Mills Record Company / May 31, 2013
[The Bad Idea’s full length debut, Lesson #1, was on our list of The Best Recordings of 2013. Their EP, Worse Thoughts, was one of our favorite recordings of 2012. The Kansas City based punk band, was formed in October 2011. Driven by original songs and influenced by post-hardcore, punk, and early pop punk. Breaka Dawn on lead vocals; Britt Adair on guitar, back-up vocals, Caitlin Curry on bass, back-up vocals, George Magers on drums. The Bad Ideas joined us last on May 28, 2014. Red Kate and The Bad Ideas have joined forces to release a new Split 7″ Single. Just released as The Bad Ideas head out for a 3 week east coast tour. Engineered by Duane Trower at Weights and Measures Soundlab in Kansas City. Premiere vinyl release on the “Mills Record Company” label.

[The Bad Ideas play Harlings Upstairs, Fri. Nov. 21, w/Red Kate, The Itch, Drugs & Attics, and Brain Dead.]

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(2.) 13. Shy Boys – “Life is Peachy”
from: Single Release / High Dive Records / July 15, 2014
[Stereogum premiered “Life Is Peachy”, the A-side to their 45 rpm, 7″ single. Brothers Collin Rausch, Kyle Rausch, and roommate Konnor Ervin, are members of the Kansas City based band, Shy Boys. They joined us live in the KKFI 90.1 FM on Feb. 15.]

(1.) 14. The Philistines – “Heart Like Candy”
from: The Philistines EP / Independent / March 2014
[The Philistines are a KC based rock ‘n roll/pop band with a psychedelic bent, made up of: Kimmie Queen on lead vocals; Cody Wyoming on lead guitar and vocals; Rod Peal on guitar; Michelle Bacon on bass; Josh Mobley on keyboard, Steve Gardels on drums. Recording produced by Dedric Moore and Cody Wyoming.]

[The Philistines play The Brick on Fri, Nov. 28 with The Von Hodads, and Holy White Hounds.]

11:00 – Station ID

11:00 – Interview with Michelle Bacon

Michelle Bacon is Editor-in-Chief of The Deli Magazine – Kansas City. She has worked as a music reviewer for Ink Magazine, and column writer for The Kansas City Star. Michelle maintains web/social media presence for Midwest Music Foundation. and works with Folk Alliance International. As Editor of The Deli, she helps spotlight local musicians and happenings in the Kansas City music scene. Michelle is also a member of three Kansas City bands: The Philistines, Drew Black and Dirty Electric, and Dolls on Fire.

Michelle Bacon’s Top Five Full Length or EP Releases of 2014

(5.) 15. Jorge Arana Trio – “Old Bamboo”
from: Oso / Haymaker Records / July 22, 2014
[One of the hardest working bands in KC, with Josh Enyart on drums, Jorge Arana on keys & guitar, and Jason Nash on bass.]

(4.) 16. Cadillac Flambé – “Shakin’ Baby”
from: Old American Law / Little Class Records / June 14, 2014
[Third release from Kansas City’s delta darlings, Cadillac Flambé, have been breathing new life into the Americana scene with their rejuvenating tumble boogie. Rooted in the solitary country blues of Leadbelly and the urban grit of John Lee Hooker, they till in the harmony of Johnny & June Cater and combine the funk punk blues brandish of The Black Keys, conjuring up their own explicit type of roots music they like to call “Blue-Eyed Americana Psychedelic Soul.” Their 2013 release Movin’ On was a collection of recordings memorializing the loss of their harmonica player, James “Pappy” Garrett, a follow up to their 2011 release, Eli’s Porch. From their humble farmhouse beginnings, husband/wife duo Kris & Havilah Bruders, drummer Mike Payne and bassist Dr. Dave Duly are bound and determined to open the sonic flood gates.]

(3.) 17. The Sluts – “Linger”
from: The Loser EP / Independent / July 8, 2014
[All songs written by The Sluts. The Sluts are Kristoffer Dover and Ryan Wise. Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Joel Nanos at Element Recording Kansas City, MO. The band is the winner of the 2014 Pitch Music Award for Best Punk Band]

(2.) 18. The Project H – “Not A Person”
from: We Live Among The Lines / Independent / September 8, 2014
[3rd release from collective that includes: Clint Ashlock- trumpet, Ryan Heinlein- trombone, Brett Jackson- woodwinds, Matt Leifer- drums, Andrew Ouellette- keys, Dominique Sanders- bass, Jeff Stocks- guitars.
Record, mixed and mastered by Duane Trower, Weights and Measures Soundlab, KC, MO.]

(1.) 19. Katy Guillen & The Girls – “If You Were Gone”
from: Katy Guillen & The Girls / Independent / September 6, 2014
[Katy Guillen (guitar, vocals), Claire Adams (bass, vocals) & Stephanie Williams (drums). Finalist for the Int. Blues Competition in Memphis.]

Michelle Bacon is Editor-in-chief of The Deli Magazine – Kansas City. For more info: kansascity.thedelimagazine.com

11:30 – Underwriting

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20. Dolls On Fire – “We are the Lucky Ones”
from: Synesthesia / Independent / December 12, 2014
[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 keyboards & vocals, and Mark Johnson on drums.]

[Dolls on Fire play Davey’s Uptown, Sat, Nov 22, w/ Kawehi Riddles, and Rob Rice, in a benefit for Mosh Pit & The Rescue Project. Dolls on Fire play Davey’s Uptown, Fri, Dec 12, w/ The Philistines and Pedaljets, celebrating the 10th Anniversary of WMM.]

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Dolls on Fire photo by Jodie Platz Photography

Dolls on Fire photo by Jodie Platz Photography

The synth-pop-rock band, Dolls On Fire released their debut album in November of 2012. “Ladies and Gentlemen…” was in our 112 Best Recordings of 2012. Dolls on Fire include: Zach Hodson on lead vocals & guitar, Rachel Jaggard on lead vocals & keys, Michelle Bacon on bass, Ben Byard on keyboard & vocals, & Mark Johnson on drums. Dolls on Fire, returns to WMM to share music from their new LP release “Synesthesia” to be released in Kansas City on Dec. 12. Dolls on Fire play Davey’s Uptown, Sat, Nov 22, w/ Kawehi Riddles, and Rob Rice, in a benefit for Mosh Pit & The Rescue Project. Dolls on Fire play Davey’s Uptown, Fri, Dec 12, w/ The Philistines and Pedaljets, celebrating the 10th Anniversary of WMM.

Zach Hodson, Michelle Bacon, & Ben Byard joined us live on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

The band
Zach Hodson on lead vocals & guitar
Rachel Jaggard on lead vocals & keys
Michelle Bacon on bass
Ben Byard on keyboard and vocals
Mark Johnson on drums

What is Synesthesia?

from wikipedia: Synesthesia (also spelled synæsthesia or synaesthesia; from the Ancient Greek σύν syn, “together”, and αἴσθησις aisthēsis, “sensation”) is a neurological phenomenon in which stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway. People who report such experiences are known as synesthetes.

In one common form of synesthesia, known as grapheme → color synesthesia or color-graphemic synesthesia, letters or numbers are perceived as inherently colored. In spatial-sequence, or number form synesthesia, numbers, months of the year, and/or days of the week elicit precise locations in space (for example, 1980 may be “farther away” than 1990), or may appear as a three-dimensional map (clockwise or counterclockwise).

Recorded by Duane Trower at Weights and Measures studio.

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21. Dolls On Fire – “So Lost in Love, Part II”
from: Synesthesia / Independent / December 12, 2014
[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 keyboards & vocals, and Mark Johnson on drums.]

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22. Dolls On Fire – “Mr Riot vs the Ghosts that Haunt Record Bar”
from: Synesthesia / Independent / December 12, 2014
[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 keyboards & vocals, and Mark Johnson on drums.]

[Dolls on Fire play Davey’s Uptown, Sat, Nov 22, w/ Kawehi Riddles, and Rob Rice, in a benefit for Mosh Pit & The Rescue Project. Dolls on Fire play Davey’s Uptown, Fri, Dec 12, w/ The Philistines and Pedaljets, celebrating the 10th Anniversary of WMM.]

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Next week on November 26 – Tim Willis joins us as “Guest DJ” in our first hour, at 11:00 we welcome our friend Kasey Rausch, on her birthday!!! Kasey Rausch will share music from her brand new full length recording “Guitar In Hand.” Guitar in Hand is being released through Mudstomp Records with a special Album Release Show in the Gospel Lounge at Knuckleheads, November 21, a living Room Session at Knuckleheads

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

Sources for notes on tracks: artist’s websites and wikipedia.org

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Show #552

Wednesday MidDay Medley presents Dolls on Fire + Our 14 Favorite Singles of 2014 + Michelle Bacon

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, November 19, 2014

Our 14 Favorite Singles of 2014
+ Michelle Bacon of Deli Magazine KC
+ Dolls On Fire!

Our 14 favorite Singles of 2014

Our 14 favorite Singles of 2014

Mark plays “Our 14 Favorite MidCoastal Singles from 2014.” We’ll spin 7″ vinyl and play single releases from: Shy Boys, The Philistines, Josh Berwanger, Radkey, Bad Ideas, Red Kate, Oils, White Girl, Lazy, Outsides, Rev Gusto, Kristie Stremel, David George & a Crooked Mile, and Chris Hazelton’s Boogaloo 7.

At 11:00 Michelle Bacon, Editor-in-Chief of The Deli Kansas City, will share her favorite musical releases of 2014. Michelle is active in the local music scene with Midwest Music Foundation, and working with Folk Alliance International and playing in the bands: Dolls on Fire, The Philistines, and Drew Black & Dirty Electric. More info at: http://kansascity.thedelimagazine.com/

Dolls on Fire photo by Jodie Platz Photography

Dolls on Fire photo by Jodie Platz Photography

At 11:30 Mark welcomes members of the KC band, Dolls on Fire. We’ll feature music from their new LP release “Synesthesia” to be released December 12. Dolls on Fire include: Zach Hodson, Rachel Jaggard, Michelle Bacon, Mark Johnson, and Ben Byard. Dolls on Fire play Davey’s Uptown, Saturday, November 22, with Kawehi Riddles, and Rob Rice, in a benefit for Mosh Pit and The Rescue Project. Dolls on Fire play Davey’s Uptown, Friday, December 12, with The Philistines and Pedaljets, celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Wednesday MidDay Medley.

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Show #552

WMM Playlist from November 12, 2014

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, November 12, 2014

MidCoastal & New Releases
+ Spinning Tree Theatre’s “Violet”
+ Noir City Kansas City
+ Kangaroo Knife Fight LIVE!

1. Thurston Moore – “The Best Day”
from: The Best Day / Matador / October 20, 2014
[4th studio solo album from Sonic Youth founder Thurston Moore. The album cover is a photograph of Moore’s mother, circa 1940. The first 100 U.S. LP pressings featuring an autographed poster.]

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2. The Lucky – “We Are One”
from: Swimming Invisible / Independent / May 24, 2014
[Camilla Camille on vocals, guitar, octave pedal; Iason Mac Ai on vocals, lead guitar; Calandra Rene on bass; Dustin Mott on drums. Recorded at Massive Sound Studio by Paul Malinowski More info at: http://www.theluckyband.com

[The Lucky have a new music video of this song at their FB page: http://facebook.com/theluckyband%5D

[The Lucky play The Scene Rock Bar, 14816 East US Highway 40, Kansas City, MO, November 12, at 8:30 pm , with Wick & The Tricks. and FEA (members of Girl in a Coma.]

3. Ariel Pink – “Put Your Number In My Phone”
from: Pom Pom / 4AD / November 18, 2014
[17 tracks and 69 minutes of music from Los Angeles native Ariel Pink who said, “Although this is the first “solo” record credited to my name, it is by far the least “solo” record I have ever recorded.”]

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4. Lily & Madeleine – “Fumes”
from: Fumes / Asthmatic Kitty / October 28, 2014
[Sisters Lily Jurkiewicz and Madeleine Jurkiewicz, from Indianapolis, Indiana, have released two albums.]

5. Calvin Arsenia – “’86”
from: Moments [EP] / Independent / April 9, 2014
[24 year old Calvin Arsenia recently returned home to Kansas City after living and performing in Edinburgh, Scotland. Standing at 6 foot 5 inches, Arsenia strikes a commanding presence complimented by his equally powerful vocal capacity and his abilities playing piano, guitar and harp. He also works as a songwriter, composer, lyricist, producer, and engineer. Calvin Arsenia made his debut as a performer in early 2010 and since then he has written, arranged and produced 5 EPs. Earlier this year in April, he release a 7-song EP called “Moments” and now is set to release a new EP “Prose,”a collection of new songs inspired by his own personal revival. Calvin Arsenia performs his acoustic show in pubs and local venues around the city, sharing his soaring and soulful vocal range.]

[Calvin Arsenia plays Thursdays, 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Simply Reinspired in Olathe, KS. ]

10:24 – Underwriting

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“Violet,” is a musical by composer Jeanine Tesori and lyricist Brian Crawley based on the short story “The Ugliest Pilgrim” by Doris Betts. It tells the story of a young disfigured woman who embarks on a journey by Greyhound bus from her farm in Spruce Pine, North Carolina, all the way to Tulsa, Oklahoma where she believes a televangelist will heal her. Spinning Tree Theatre has just opened the Kansas City premiere of “Violet” with shows running through November 23 at Just Off Broadway Theatre, 3051 Central, in Penn Valley Park. “Violet” opened on Broadway at the Roundabout Theatre on April 20, 2014.

6. Sutton Foster & Violet Company – “On My Way”
from: Violet (Original Broadway Cast Recording) / PS Classics / May 30, 2014

10:30 – Interview with Andy Parkhurst and Lauren Braton

“Violet” runs through November 23 at Just Off Broadway Theatre, 3051 Central, in Penn Valley Park. Call 816-569-5277 or go to: www.spinningtreetheatre.com.

“Violet” runs through November 23 at Just Off Broadway Theatre, 3051 Central, in Penn Valley Park. Call 816-569-5277 or go to: http://www.spinningtreetheatre.com.

“Violet” opened on Broadway at the Roundabout Theatre on April 20, 2014. Just seven months later Spinning Tree Theatre is one of the first regional theatres to produce VIOLET following its successful Broadway engagement. The Kansas City premiere of “Violet,” co-directed by Spinning Tree Theatre founders: Michael Grayman and Andrew Parkhurst features Lauren Braton as Violet. “Violet” runs through November 23 at Just Off Broadway Theatre, 3051 Central, in Penn Valley Park. Call 816-569-5277 or go to: http://www.spinningtreetheatre.com.

Set in the American South of 1964, VIOLET follows the journey of a young woman accidentally scarred in childhood. Violet travels by bus from her home in Spruce Pine, North Carolina to a televangelist in Tulsa, Oklahoma she believes will cure her.

Starring Lauren Braton, Daniel Beeman and Matthew King
featuring Tim Ahlenius, Samantha Barboza, Katelyn Baron, Jake Bartley, Damian Blake, Katie Hulla, Bob Linebarger, Linnaia McKenzie, Julie Shaw, Devyn Trondson and Bob Wearing

Directed by Michael Grayman and Andy Parkhurst
musical direction by Angie Benson
Back at Just Off Broadway Theatre

PERFORMANCES

Thursday, November 6 at 7:30pm (Preview Performance)
Friday, November 7 at 8:00pm (Preview Performance)
Saturday, November 8 at 8:00pm (Opening Night – Center Section SOLD OUT!)
Sunday, November 9 at 2:00pm

Wednesday, November 12 at 7:30pm
Thursday, November 13 at 7:30pm
Friday, November 14 at 8:00pm
Saturday, November 15 at 8:00pm
Sunday, November 16 at 2:00pm

Thursday, November 20 at 7:30pm
Friday, November 21 at 8:00pm
Saturday, November 22 at 8:00pm
Sunday, November 23 at 2:00pm

“Violet” runs through November 23 at Just Off Broadway Theatre, 3051 Central, in Penn Valley Park. Call 816-569-5277 or go to: http://www.spinningtreetheatre.com.

10:44

7. Violet and the Undercurrents – “Cold Shoulder”
from: Waves / Nation of Love / April 22, 2014
[Columbia, Missouri based, four-piece, all-female band. Violet and the Undercurrents have been described as “..Sophisticated folk-rockers ..” Members include: Violet Vonder Haar on Lead Vocals and Guitar; Linda Bott on Bass Guitar; Caitlin Lukin on Cello; Phylshawn Johnson on Drums.]

[Violet & the Undercurrents play CODA, Sat, Nov. 15, w/ The Silver Maggies, Phil Neal & the Wornalls]

8. Antony & The Johnsons – “Daylight and the Sun (Live)”
from: Turning / Secretly Canadian / November 11, 2014
[3rd live album release from Antony, however critics are calling this is his quintessential live release, capturing a set recorded 8 years ago, just after Antony won the Mercury Prize for for his second release, “I Am a Bird Now.” Recorded November 2006 onstage at London’s Barbican Theatre. The recording comes with an accompanying DVD of the multimedia performance.]

9. The Sluts – “Flip The Tape Over”
from: Virile [EP] / Independent / November 14, 2013
[All songs written by The Sluts. The Sluts are Kristoffer Dover and Ryan Wise. Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Joel Nanos at Element Recording Kansas City, MO. The band is the winner of the 2014 Pitch Music Award for Best Punk Band.]

[The Sluts play The Riot Room, Saturday night, November 15, with The Wytches and El Ray-Tones.]

11:00 – Station ID

10. The Latenight Callers – “Calaveras”
from: Easy Virtues [EP] / TLNC / February 25, 2012
[Formed in Lawrence by baritone guitarist, Krysztof Nemeth, and vocalist Julie Berndsen, With the addition of Guitarist Ellen O’Hayer, Bassist Gavin Mac, and Nick Combs on keyboards.”]

11:05 – Interview with Krysztof Nemeth

Noir City Kansas City - The 1st Annual Kansas City Film Noir Festival, November 14 - 16, 2014, featuring 10 Film Noir Classics, discussions, and special performances.

Noir City Kansas City – The 1st Annual Kansas City Film Noir Festival, November 14 – 16, 2014, featuring 10 Film Noir Classics, discussions, and special performances.

Mr. Krysztof Nemeth of The Latenight Callers, joined us to share details about Noir City Kansas City – The 1st Annual Kansas City Film Noir Festival, November 14 – 16, 2014, featuring 10 Film Noir Classics, discussions, and special performances. The opening night event is: Noir City KC – The Nightclub, Friday, November 14, at 9:30 pm, at The Chesterfield Club inside the Alamo Drafthouse, featuring actress Peggy Cummins, The Latenight Callers, jazz singer Laura Ellis, & burlesque beauty Evie Lovelle. The event is a benefit for the Film Noir Foundation. More info at: http://www.noircitykc.com

11:12

11. The Electric Lungs – “Illium Works”
from: Simplified and Civilized / Little Class Records / February 12, 2013
[KC based 4-piece band formed in 2012 by Tripp Kirby, Marc Bollinger, Eric Jones, and Jason Ulanet]

[The Electric Lungs play Harlings on Sat. Nov. 15, w/ Yes You Are, Mace Batons and The Philistines.]

10:45

12. Rosanne Cash – “A Feather’s Not a Bird”
from: The River & the Tread (Deluxe) / Blue Note Records / January 14, 2014
[13th studio album from the eldest daughter of country music icon Johnny Cash and his first wife, Vivian Liberto Cash Distin.]

[Rosanne Cash plays The Folly Theatre, Friday, November 14]

13. Chrissie Hynde – “Dark Sunglasses”
from: Stockholm / Independent / June 9, 2014
[the debut solo album by American singer Chrissie Hynde, lead singer of The Pretender.]

[Katy Guillen & the Girls flew off today for two weeks in Sweden.]

[Chrissie Hynde plays The Uptown, Sunday, November 16, with The Rails.]

[White Girl play recordBar, Sun, Nov. 16 at 7:00pm, with RLT, Redder Moon, Be/Non.]

14. BLACK ON BLACK – “I Dreamt I Died”
from: Firebrand / Blue Note Records / September 23, 2014
[Critically acclaimed garage punk rock n roll from Lawrence. Formed in 2012 with members Wade Kelly, John Benda, and Aaron Riffel, Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Steve Squire..]

[BLACK ON BLACK play Replay in Lawrence, Sat, Nov 15, w/ High Diving Ponies (final show), and Diviner.]

11:29 – Underwriting

11:31

15. Kangaroo Knife Fight – “It’s You”
from: Kangaroo Knife Fight / Independent / December 6, 2014
[Debut [EP] from Kansas City based 4-piece that includes: Native Australian, Anthony Avis, lead vocalist, with Brandon Skeens on guitar, Gus Rechtien on bass, and Ian O’Connell on drums.]

[Kangaroo Knife Fight play The Brick, Sat, December 6, at 8:00 pm, and they’ll play Coda Bar & Grill, Saturday, January 3, 2015.]

11:35 – Interview with Kangaroo Knife Fight

Kangaroo Knife Fight

Kangaroo Knife Fight

The Kansas City based band Kangaroo Knife Fight was formed by Native Australian, Anthony Avis, lead vocalist, Gus Rechtien on bass, with Brandon Skeens on guitar, and Ian O’Connell on drums. Kangaroo Knife Fight play The Brick, Saturday, December 6, at 8:00 pm, and they’ll play Coda Bar & Grill, Saturday, January 3, 2015.

Anthony Avis, Brandon Skeens, Gus Rechtien, joined us live in our 90.1 FM Studios.

Drummer Ian O’Connell was busy, his wife just two days ago gave birth to a new baby.

11:38

15. Kangaroo Knife Fight – “Hold On” (Live)
also available on: Kangaroo Knife Fight / Independent / December 6, 2014

Gus Rechtien, Anthony Avis, Brandon Skeens, of Kangaroo Knife Fight in the 90.1 FM Studios on Wednesday Midday Medley, Nov. 12, 2014

Gus Rechtien, Anthony Avis, Brandon Skeens, of Kangaroo Knife Fight in the 90.1 FM Studios on Wednesday Midday Medley, Nov. 12, 2014

11:45

16. Kangaroo Knife Fight – “Shattered Head” (Live)
also availble on: Kangaroo Knife Fight / Independent / December 6, 2014
[Debut [EP] from Kansas City based 4-piece band.]

More info at: http://www.facebook.com/KangarooKnifeFight

11:54

17. Kangaroo Knife Fight – “Loose My Head”
from: Firebrand / Independent / December 6, 2014
[Debut [EP] from Kansas City based 4-piece that includes: Native Australian, Anthony Avis, lead vocalist, with Brandon Skeens on guitar, Gus Rechtien on bass, and Ian on drums.]

Kangaroo Knife Fight CD cover art by Thomas Sciacca.

Kangaroo Knife Fight CD cover art by Thomas Sciacca.

[Kangaroo Knife Fight play The Brick, Saturday, December 6, at 8:00 pm, and they’ll play Coda Bar & Grill, Saturday, January 3, 2015.]

11:57

Next week on Nov. 19, we’ll play out Top 14 Singles of 2014. In out second hour Michelle Bacon of The Deli KC joins us to share her favorite releases of 2014 and members of Dolls On Fire join us to talk about their new release and upcoming shows.

11:59:30

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

Sources for notes on tracks: artist’s websites and wikipedia.org

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Show #551