Wednesday MidDay Medley presents singer-songwriters: Teri Quinn + Dustin Rapier + Crystal Clayton

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

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

KC Singer Songwriters:
Teri Quinn + Dustin Rapier + Crystal Clayton
+ Andrew Earl of Dawg Daze Winter Wing Ding

Mark plays New & MidCoastal Releases from: Katy Guillen & The Girls, Ruth Acuff, The Grisly Hand, Belle and Sebastian, La Guerre, Tyler Gregory, Calvin Arsenia, Whiskey for the Lady, 3 Son Green, Dustin Rapier, and more.

At 10:15 Andrew Earl joins us to discuss Dawg Daze Winter Wing Ding benefit, at Californos in Westport, Saturday, January 31, 6:00 pm to 2:00 am, featuring The Wolfmanz Brothers, 3 Son Green, Shedding Watts, Whiskey for the Lady, Old Salt Union and Dirty River Ramblers. This is a fundraiser for the Dawg Daze of Summer Festival, and also benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. More info at: http://www.dawgdazeofsummerfestival.com.

Dustin Rapier

Dustin Rapier

At 10:30, we’ll talk with pop singer/songwriter, and piano man, Dustin Rapier who will be performing his original music at The Tank Room, on Friday, January 30, at 9:00 pm, with Amanda Hughey, and Adriana Nikole. More info at: http://www.dustinrapier.com.

Crystal Clayton

Crystal Clayton

At 11:00 Mark talks with Kansas City based singer/songwriter, Crystal Clayton who has sang on tracks with Prozak and Ces Cru (part of Tech N9ne’s label, Strange Music) and she has released three singles digitally, available on iTunes. Crystal is currently recording in the studio for her debut EP which is to be released soon. More info at: http://www.crystalclayton.com

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At 11:30 Teri Quinn joins us live in our 90.1 FM Studios. Teri is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. She is a clarinetist and guitarist for Claire and the Crowded Stage and provides vocals and is a guitarist for Rooms Without Windows. Teri Quinn and Her Situation will play Coda Bar and Grill, on Friday, January 30, at 9:00 pm, with The Scatters, and Thommy Hoskins. More info at http://www.teriquinn.com

Teri Quinn photo by Cody Kauhl.

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

Show #562

WMM Playlist from Jan. 21, 2015

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

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Mikal Shapiro + New Music for The New Year
+ Emily Berhmann of JCCC’s Performing Arts Series

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

2. Deco Auto – “One In A Million”
from: “The Curse of Deco Auto” / Indep. / To be released in 2015.
[Single released Dec. 30, 2014] [New music from Kansas City based alternative pop-punk / power-pop trio. Guitar/vocals: Steven Garcia; bass/vocals: Tracy Flowers; drums: Pat Tomek. All songs written by Steven Garcia, $tudent Loans For Life Music (ASCAP). Recorded, mixed and mastered by Pat Tomek at Largely Studios, Kansas City, MO.]

[Deco Auto play Replay in Lawrence, KS., Thursday, Feb. 26, w/ Varma Cross, & Gentlemen Rogues.]

3. Baby Teardrops – “Young Hearts Can’t Be True”
from: Westbeth Rotted / Independent / February 22, 2015
[Second studio album from Brooklyn based trio of Matthew Dunehoo on vocals & guitar, Megan X Thomas on bass & vocals, Gerry White on drums. Songs composed by the band. Some songs date back to 2007/2008, others were just near completion when the band’s studio was destroyed during Hurricane Sandy in 2012, in their rehearsal space in the Westbeth Artists Residence, 55 Bethune St, in Manhattan’s far West Village. Andy Marcinkowski served as Producer/Engineer at Silent Barn in BK, Aug. of 2013. The band pieced the rest of it together over the last 18 months. Mastered by Duncan Stanbury. Matthew has toured with Billy Corgan and was in the bands: Loose Park, Doris Henderson, Proudentall. Megan plays bass for Lez Zep and will be joining Kristeen Young’s band. Gerry has played with Murphy’s Law, Slayer, Kraut, Sleep to Death, Labretta Suede and the Motel 6.]

[Baby Teardrops play a special reunion show at The Mercury Lounge in NYC, Sun, Feb. 22 at 7:00pm with Asphalt Green, Jane Lee Hooker.]

10:19

4. Admiral of the Red – “Footbeats”
from: Footbeats Single / Independent / January 5, 2015
[Formed in early 2013, the band has evolved from a blues-based garage rock duo into a full-on, dynamic rock band. The group recorded its debut EP, Almost Free in the summer of 2013 and now have a full length album in the works. M.B. Hurst – vocals, Matt Hurst – guitar & voice, Tom Hudson – drums, Meredith McGrade – bass. Song written by Matt Hurst, M.B. Hurst, Tom Hudson, & Meredith McGrade. Engineered, Mixed, & Mastered by Joel Nanos at Element Recording Studios, KCMO. Produced by Joel Nanos, Matt Hurst, M.B. Hurst, Tom Hudson, & Meredith McGrade.]

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

[the author and the illustrator play Vandals, Sat., Jan. 24, w/ Ocean Atlas, Not A Pullover, Lion House]

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

10:28 – Underwriting

10:30 – Interview with Emily Behrman

Emily Behrmann is General Manager of the Performing Arts Series at Johnson County Community College presenting cutting-edge performances, celebrity names, diverse cultures, dance and music. Emily joins us today to talk about the continuing season of shows.

The 2015 Season continues with: Music, Dance, Theatre, Shakespeare, and like last yeear’s season the Performing Arts Series is producing with local companies

2015 Season continued:

Tango Buenos Aires
Thursday, January 29

Maria Bamford
Sunday, February 8, SOLD OUT

Voice
Saturday, February 14

Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Saturday, February 21

Tango Buenos Aires
7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29 (Yardley Hall)
Ticket Planning Worksheet/Prices (PDF)

Voice — “If Music Be the Food of Love”
8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14 (Polsky Theatre)

Crimes of the Heart
Wednesday, February 25 – Sunday, March 8

MEMPHIS
Saturday, February 28

La Maleta (The Suitcase)
Tuesday, March 3,

Fredericks Brown
Friday, March 20

Cherish the Ladies
8 p.m. Saturday, March 21 (Yardley Hall)

Heart of America Shakespeare Festival “The Merchant of Venice”
7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 26
8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 27-28
2 p.m. Sunday, March 29 (Polsky Theatre)

MOMIX
Friday and Saturday, March 27 and 28

David Lindley
Saturday, April 4

Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
7 p.m. Sunday, April 12 (Yardley Hall)

Michael Feinstein
Saturday, May 9, Various

Michael Feldman’s Whad’Ya Know?
Saturday, June 27, Seated by 9:00 am, 10:00 am LIVE Broadcast

Performing Arts Series at Johnson County Community College, 12345 College Boulevard, Overland Park, KS. For more information about the Performing Arts Series at Johnson County Community College, you can call (913) 469-4445 or visit http://www.jccc.edu/TheSeries

10:42

7. She’s A Keeper – “Pennsylvania”
from: Westside Royal / Independent / January 17, 2015
[Kansas City based band includes: Fritz Hutchison – vocals, banjo, percussion; Zac Jurden – vocals, guitar; Colin Nelson – vocals, guitar; Elliott Phillips – bass, mandolin. Recorded and produced by She’s A Keeper and Joel Nanos at Element Recording in Kansas City, MO.]

[She’s A Keeper play Davey’s Uptown, Sat. Jan 31, for the official release party w/ Organized Crimes.]

8. The Electric Lungs – “(it’s not the) Bones that you Break”
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 The Brick, Thursday, Jan. 22, with Bone Spur, and Crush.]

9. Black Luck – “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. Black Luck recently changed their name from Black on Black and became a 4-piece band with the addition of Jason Jones. Firebrand was Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Steve Squire.]

[Black Luck play the Jackpot Lounge, in Lawrence, KS on January 30.]

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

[Sleater-Kinney play The Uptown Theatre, Sunday April 26, at 8:00 pm.]

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

[The Big Iron play Vandals, FRIDAY, Jan. 23, w/ Nato Coles & The Blue Diamond Band, The Right Here, Red Kate.]

[The Big Iron play recordBar, Feb. 7, at 9:30 with Appropriate Grammar, Kangaroo Knife Fight, and Reid The Martian to benefit Midwest Music Foundation’s MidCoast Takeover Fundraiser #3 fro SXSW in Austin.]

11:00 – Station ID

12. Atlas – “Between”
from: Ten Twenty / Independent / November 21, 2014
[ATLAS was formed in 2007 by 5 friends: Jonny, Dave, Nick, Josh, and Jeremy who have known each other for most of their lives. Since graduating college, music has become a common ground..]

[Atlas play an in-store show at Mills Record Company, Fri, Jan 23, at 7:30 w/ Doing What Apes Can’t.]

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

[Scott Hrabko & The Rabbits play Coda, Sat. Jan. 24, in a CD Release show for their new release Biscuits & Gravity, with The Kemps and special guests: Marco Pascolini, Jason Beers, Fred Wickham.]

14. Kasey Rausch – “Crazy Heart”
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 night at CODA.]

11:15 – Interview with Mikal Shapiro

Singer, songwriter, artist, filmmaker, puppeteer, ring-leader Mikal Shapiro studied Film History, Film, and Writing at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York. She received her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago studying Film, Video, New Media, and Animation. Her full length solo releases “The Crow The Lark And The Loon from 2008, and “For Good” from 2010 have been acclaimed by local music writers. Mikal is the creator of the web television project, “Go! Go! Global Girls.” She has also created music videos for Dead Voices and Folkicide. Mikal Shapiro is also a curator, producer and co-host of River Trade Radio. Aside from performing as a solo artist Mikal also performs with Chad Brothers of the band Old Sound, she is a member of the 4-piece band Royalphonic, and with Kasey Rausch as Partners in Glory. Kasey and Mikal are also the co-hosts / co-producers of River Trade Radio airing every Sunday morning 9 to 11:00 on 90.1 FM KKFI. Her new full length recording, The Musical is about to be released.

Mikal co-produced Kasey Rausch’s new recording Guitar in Hand. Kasey gave Mikal her first guitar and taught Mikal her first chord.

The Musical is Mikal’s third full length solo release. She also has previously recorded albums with the bands: Eudora and Boon.

The Musical is a collection of stories and characters; an intersection between popular music, classical songwriting and personal mythologies. Pronouns shift between “them” and “us,” “you” and “me.” Tracks jump influences from jazz, folk, and blues to rock, country and psychedelia.

The core band includes a line-up of local greats:

Johnny Hamil (Mr. Marco’s V7/The Malachy Papers) upright & electric bass,
Matt Richey (Dead Voices/Grisly Hand) on drums
Chad Brothers (Old Sound/Supermassive Black Holes) on electric guitar / harmony vocals.
Emily Tummons also lends her voice to the mix creating lush three part harmonies that weave throughout the album.

Special guests on the album include:

Mike Stover (Dead Voices/Grisly Hand) on pedal steel,
Hermon Mehari (Diverse/The Buh’s) on trumpet,
Betse Ellis (The Wilders/Betse and Clarke) on fiddle,
Clarke Wyatt (Trio E/Betse and Clarke) on Wurlitzer,
Damon Parker (The MGDs) on Wurly and Rhodes,
Erin Bopp AKA Natural E (Royalphonic) on tambourine.
Long time friend and collaborator Rachel Gaither (Tullamore/The Boon) stepped in to sing and play violin on the song “Chimo.”

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Joel Nanos at Element Studios, it displays a full spectrum of production. Some tracks are deep and watery. Others wide and epic.

11:20

15. Mikal Shapiro – “Daniel”
from: The Musical / Independent / April 11, 2015

“Mikal Shapiro: The Musical” has two acts–an A-side and a B-side. The songs are engineered for long play off a 12” vinyl record on a hi-fidelity stereo system. Mikal plans to release The Musical on vinyl which cost a lot more to accomplish, so she has launched a Kickstarter campaign to cover the basic costs of producing this record on vinyl.

River Trade Radio has been on the air on 90.1 FM since March of 2014 and has quickly developed a loyal listenership.

Mikal Shapiro is a “renaissance woman” because she is involved in many creative projects from radio, to film, to visual arts, to music.

11:30

16. Mikal Shapiro – “This Way To Heaven”
from: The Musical / Independent / April 11, 2015
[This song features Betse Ellis on fiddle, and Chad Brothers and Emily Tummons on vocal harmony.]

Mikal Shapiro is such a collaborator, working on multiple projects and genre. She also plays with the funk/jazz quartet Royalphonic, the folk duo Partners in Glory, the latin based band, Ayllu, and the experimental, Gawd Project.

11:38

17. Mikal Shapiro – “Nope”
from: The Musical / Independent / April 11, 2015
[This song features Hermon Mehari on trumpet.]

Mikal Shapiro co-hosts River Trade Radio Sunday mornings at 9:00.

[Mikal Shapiro will be performing at the Folk Alliance International Music Fair, Thursday, February 19, at the Sheraton Crown Center.]

11:45

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

[Sad American Night play The Brick, Friday, January 23rd, with Odd Harmona.]

11:48 – Underwriting

11:50

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

[Victor & Penny and their Loose Change Orchestra play the Take Five Coffee Bar, 6601 West 135th St. OP, KS, Sat. Jan. 24, at 8:00 pm.]

20. Bob Dylan – “Full Moon and Empty Arms”
from: Shadows in the Night / Columbia / February 3, 2015
[36th studio album from Bob Dylan consisting of covers of traditional pop standards made famous by Frank Sinatra, chosen by Dylan. Writen in 1945 by Buddy Kaye and Ted Mossman, based on Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2. The best-known recording of the song was made by Frank Sinatra in 1945. Other recordings include: Eddie Fisher (1955), Donna Brooks (1956),Robert Goulet (1961), Sarah Vaughan (1963), Jerry Vale (1964), Mina (1966). It has also been recorded by Caterina Valente, The Platters, Carmen Cavallaro, Jim Nabors, June Valli and Billy Vaughn.]
11:59:30

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

Next week on January 28, we’ll play music from Various Blonde, Katy Guillen & The Girls, Ruth Acuff, Mark Lowrey, Belle and Sebastian, La Guerre, Kangaroo Knife Fight, Tyler Gregory, Calvin Arsenia. Plus we’ll talk with four separate special guests: Andrew Earl, Dustin Rapier, Crystal Clayton, and Teri Quinn.

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Show #561

Wednesday MidDay Medley presents Mikal Shapiro

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

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Mikal Shapiro + New Music for The New Year
+ Emily Jones Berhmann of JCCC’s Performing Arts Series

Mark plays new releases for the new year from: Baby Teardrops, Deco Auto, Scott Hrabko and The Rabbits, ATLAS, Mikal Shapiro, Admiral of the Red, the author and the illustrator, Victor & Penny, She’s A Keeper, Kasey Rausch, Black Luck, Sad American Night, The Big Iron, The Electric Lungs, Sleater-Kinney, Viet Cong, The Decemberists, Bob Dylan, and more.

At 10:30, we’ll talk with Emily Behrmann about the upcoming 2015 season for the Performing Arts Series at Johnson County Community College. More info at: jccc.edu/TheSeries.

Mikal Shapiro

Mikal Shapiro

At 11:15 Mark welcomes singer, songwriter, artist, curator, producer and co-host of River Trade Radio, Mikal Shapiro, who joins us to share songs from her new musical recording. Mikal studied Film History, Film, and Writing at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York. She received her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago studying Film, Video, New Media, and Animation. Her full length solo releases “The Crow The Lark And The Loon from 2008, and “For Good” from 2010 have been acclaimed by local music writers. Mikal toured through the west and is the creator of the web television project, “Go! Go! Global Girls.” Mikal has also created music videos for Dead Voices and Folkicide.

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

Show #561

WMM Playlist from January 14, 2015

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

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

“Remembering MLK” + Glenn North

MLK at The March on Washington, 1963

MLK at The March on Washington, 1963

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

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

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

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

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

10:13 – Soul Brother…

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

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

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

10:25 – Underwriting

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

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

8. Mahalia Jackson – “How I Got Over”
from: The Original Apollo Sessions/ Couch & Madison Partners / May 25, 2013

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

10:35

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

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

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

10:43 – Freedom…

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

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

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

10:55 – The Staple Singers & Bobby Watson

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

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

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

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

11:12 – Interview with Glenn North

Poet Glenn North

Poet Glenn North

Nationally recognized poet Glenn North, has shared the stage with Nikki Giovanni, Sonia Sanchez, and Amiri Baraka. He served as Poet-In-Residence & Education Specialist at the American Jazz Museum from 2004 – 2014. A 2009 Charlotte Street Foundation Generative Performing Awards Fellow, he has been commissioned by Points of Light Foundation, the Norman Lear Center, the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, and Kansas City Public Library. He has been a featured poet for MTV Rock the Vote, NAACP Black History Month, and KC Repertory Theatre. He was accepted into the Cave Canem program and has worked as director of the Urban Transcendence Poetry Project in KCK. He has collaborated on recordings with: the Jazz Disciples, the Phantom, Tru Sol, and Bobby Watson. He studied English at Lincoln University, earned his BLS from Rockhurst University, and is currently pursuing his MFA in Creative Writing at UMKC. He is currently working for The Black Archives of Mid-America where Glenn will host #BlackPoetsSpeakOut with a Community Reading, Saturday, Jan. 24, at 4:00 pm.

“Check Cashing Day” was in Wednesday MidDay Medley’s Top Ten of The 113 Best Recordings of 2013.

Glenn North is part of seven of the 15 tracks on the recording. Glenn told us how he met Bobby Watson through his work at The American Jazz Museum.

Bobby Watson’s recording was released to coincide with the 50th Anniversary of The March on Washington For Jobs and Freedom, held August 28, 1963.

One of the pieces on the recording uses the actual words of MLK on Jazz.

11:19

19. Bobby Watson & The I Have a Dream Project– MLK On Jazz (Love Transforms) [feat. Glenn North]
from: Check Cashing Day / Lafiya Music / Digital – Aug. 28, 2013 / Physical – Nov. 12, 2013

11:21

Glenn North talked about his grandmother’s influence in his life. She was an educator.

Dr. King was a hero to Glenn as a young child. The use of “words to create change in my head and my heart.” Glenn told us that Dr. King “made him feel that any art he produced should serve a purpose for the cause.”

Glenn told us that at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, he was quite the orator, giving speeches and serving as the campus radical.

Glenn is currently working at the Black Archives of Mid-America where he is hosting:

#BlackPoetsSpeakOut – Community Reading
at Black Archives of Mid-America,
1722 E. 17th Terrace, KCMO,

Saturday, Jan. 24, 4:00 pm.
FREE! More info at: blackpoetsspeakout.tumblr.com

11:26

20. Glenn North – “Black Tide Rising” (LIVE)

11:28

Glenn and I worked together in schools in Kansas City, Kansas, in the beginning of the century, doing programming with Marcia Pomeroy and Michael Toombs. Glenn and I are still working with Marcia. I work with the KCK Organic Teaching Gardens and Glenn with the Saturday Science Academy and Summer Science Academy through Kansas University Medical Center Office of Cultural Enhancement and Diversity, K-12 Programming, serving Middle School and High School age students.

Glenn talked about being inspired by the students.

Glenn wrote a poem about one of his experiences when he first started working with Marcia and in schools in KCK at Hawthorne Elementary School, now named Caruthers Elementary.

11:34

21. Glenn North – “Overwhelmed” (LIVE)

Glenn North shared his process about writing a poem based on a painting called “Lynch Family” at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art.

11:38

22. Glenn North – “Lynch Family Blues” (LIVE)

11:42

Glenn North hosts #BlackPoetsSpeakOut – Community Reading at Black Archives of Mid-America, 1722 E. 17th Terrace, KCMO, Saturday, Jan. 24, 4:00 pm. FREE! More info at: blackpoetsspeakout.tumblr.com

11:42 – Underwriting

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

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

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

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

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

11:57

Next week on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 we’ll welcome our friend, the multi-talented Mikal Shapiro who is getting ready to release new music! PLUS, Emily Berhmann of JCCC’s Performing Arts Series joins us to talk about the 2015 series, Plus we’ll play New Music for The New Year from: Baby Teardrops, Deco Auto, Scott Hrabko, Atlas, Mikal Shapiro, The Author and The Illustrator, She’s A Keeper, Kasey Rausch, Black Luck, The Big Iron, The Electric Lungs, Sleater-Kinney, Shades of Jade, and more.

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

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

“Remembering MLK”

MLK at The March on Washington, 1963

MLK at The March on Washington, 1963

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

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

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

Poet Glenn North

Poet Glenn North

At 11:00 we’ll talk with nationally recognized Kansas City based poet Glenn North, who has shared the stage with Nikki Giovanni, Sonia Sanchez, and Amiri Baraka. He served as Poet-In-Residence and Education Specialist at The American Jazz Museum from 2004 to 2014. He was a 2009 Charlotte Street Foundation Generative Performing Awards Fellow. North’s work has been commissioned by Points of Light Foundation, the Norman Lear Center, the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, and Kansas City Public Library. He has been a featured poet for MTV Rock the Vote, NAACP Black History Month, and KC Repertory Theatre. He was accepted into the Cave Canem program. He has worked as director of the Urban Transcendence Poetry Project in KCK. His original spoken word tracks are featured on recordings including: Out of the Comfort Zone by the Jazz Disciples, Release by the Phantom, The Experience by Tru Sol, and Check Cashing Day from Bobby Watson & The I Have a Dream Project. He studied English at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, earned his BLS from Rockhurst University, and is currently pursuing his MFA in Creative Writing at UMKC.

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

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Show #560

WMM Playlist from January 7, 2015

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

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

A Birthday Tribute to Iris DeMent

Iris DeMent

Iris DeMent

Wednesday MidDay Medley celebrates the Birthday of Iris DeMent, born January 5, 1961, in rural Paragould, Arkansas. She was the youngest of 14 children. At the age of three, her devoutly religious family moved to California, where she grew up singing gospel music. During her teenage years, Iris was exposed to country, folk, and R&B, drawing influence from Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, and Joni Mitchell. After a series of jobs as a waitress and typist, Dement wrote her first song at the age of 25. She played open-mic nights in Kansas City, until she moved to Nashville, in 1988, and met producer Jim Rooney, who helped her land a record contract. Dement moved back to Kansas City and made her recording debut in 1992, when her independent label offering, “Infamous Angel” won critical acclaim. Despite a complete lack of support from country radio, the record’s word-of-mouth praise earned her a deal with Warner Bros. records, which reissued “Infamous Angel” in 1993.

1. Iris DeMent – “Higher Ground”
from: Infamous Angel / Warner Brothers / 1992 / 1993

2. Iris DeMent – “Mama Was Always Tellin’ Her Truth”
from: Sing The Delta / Flariella / Oct. 2, 2012 [Iris Dement previewed many of her new songs when she was in concert with husband Greg Brown, for their 11-11-11 show at The Folly Theatre to benefit St. Mark Child and Family Development Center. Now those songs are part of her brand new release that includes a total of 12 new songs. It is her first full-length release of original songs since 1996. The new record has been critically acclaimed by the music press on both sides of the Atlantic.]

10:12 – Influences of Iris DeMent

3. Loretta Lynn & Jack White – “Portland Oregon”
from: Van Lear Rose / Interscope / 2004
[Produced by Jack White. It was initially intended as a musical experiment, blending the styles of country singer-songwriter Lynn and producer White, who performs on the whole album as a musician. At the time, Lynn was 69 and White was 28. The title refers to Lynn’s origins as the daughter of a miner working the Van Lear coal mines. The album was the most successful crossover music album of Lynn’s 45-year career. At the 2005 Grammy Awards, Lynn won: Best Country Album and Best Country Collaboration with Vocals for her duet with White.]

4. Johnny Cash & Joni Mitchell – “Girl From North Country”
from: The Best of The Johnny Cash TV Show / Columbia Legacy / 2007
[TV music variety show that ran for 58-episodes from June 7, 1969 to March 31, 1971 on ABC. It featured many folk/country musicians of the time: Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Linda Ronstadt, Kris Kristofferson, Neil Young, Gordon Lightfoot, Merle Haggard, James Taylor and Tammy Wynette. It also featured other musicians such as jazz great, Louis Armstrong, who died 8 months after recording the show. Recorded at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, then home of the Grand Ole Opry. The first show featured Joni Mitchell, Cajun fiddler Doug Kershaw, Fannie Flagg and Bob Dylan. The show included a “Country Gold” segment that featured legends never seen on network TV such as Bill Monroe & his Blue Grass Boys. Cash refused to cut the word “stoned” from Kris Kristofferson’s “Sunday Morning Coming Down”, he stood by his Christian faith “despite network anxieties”, and persisted in bringing on Pete Seeger whose anti-Vietnam song on another network had “caused a firestorm.” He premiered his Man in Black song on an episode filmed at Nashville’s Vanderbilt University’s campus. The show was dumped in 1971 as part of ABC’s so-called “rural purge,” which also claimed that network’s The Lawrence Welk Show.]

5. John Prine w/ Iris Dement – “We’re Not The Jet Set”
from: In Spite Of Ourselves / Oh Boy / 1999
[In 1968 country superstar George Jones witnessed a fight between Tammy Wynette and her husband Don Chapel. At Jones’s urging, Wynette and her daughters drove away with him. Wynette and Jones married Feb. 16, 1969, and Wynette’s 4th daughter, Georgette, was born in 1970. Jones and Wynette, were nicknamed the “President and First Lady” of country music, and they recorded a string of hit duets that seemed drawn directly from their volatile relationship, which resulted in their divorcing in 1975. Their classic recordings included “Two Story House,” “Golden Ring,” and the humorous “(We’re Not) The Jet Set.” ]

6. Loretta Lynn – “You Ain’t Woman Enough To Take My Man”
from: Legends of Country Music / Columbis Legacy / 1997
[Live performance for Austin City Limits taped in 1983. Loretta Webb was the second of 8 children; grew up in Butcher Holler, a section of Van Lear, a mining community in Kentucky. Growing up with such humble roots had a huge effect on Lynn’s life and heavily influenced her music as an adult. Her autobiography describes how, during her childhood, the community had no motor vehicles, paved roads, or flush toilets. She married Oliver Vanetta Lynn, known as “Doo,” on Jan. 10, 1948, at age 13. In an effort to break free of the coal mining industry, at 14, Lynn moved to the logging community Custer, Washington, with her husband. The Lynns had 4 children – Betty Sue, Jack Benny, Cissy and Ernest Ray – by the time Loretta was 18, and in her early 20s she then had twin girls, Peggy & Patsy. No stranger to controversy, Loretta Lynn possibly had more banned songs than any other country music artist, prior to The Dixie Chicks, including “Rated X,” about the double standards divorced women face, “Wings Upon Your Horns,” about the loss of teenage virginity, and “The Pill,” lyrics by T. D. Bayless, about a wife and mother becoming liberated via the birth control pill. Her song “Dear Uncle Sam,” released in 1966 during the Vietnam War, describes a wife’s anguish at the loss of a husband to war. It has been included in live performances during the US – Iraq War.]

7. Merle Haggard – “Workin’ Man Blues”
from: Oh Boy Classic Presents Merle Haggard / Oh Boy Records / 2000 [Originally released in 1969, a tribute to a core group of his fans: The American blue-collared working man. Backed by an electric guitar that typified Haggard’s signature Bakersfield Sound, he fills the role of one of those workers expressing pride in values of hard work and sacrifice, despite the resulting fatigue and the stress of raising a large family. Included on Haggard’s 1969 album “A Portrait of Merle Haggard.” Included in this collection on John Prine’s Oh Boy Records.]

10:29 – Underwriting

10:30 – Influences of Iris DeMent

Iris DeMent represents that place in the road, where Country and Folk music merged with honest stories, of working class people, not afraid to tell the truth about the times they are living through. Iris DeMent grew up singing gospel music. During her teenage years she was first exposed to country, folk, and R&B, drawing influence from Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, and Joni Mitchell.

8. Johnny Cash – “Ring of Fire”
from: 16 Biggets Hits / Columbia Legacy / 2007
[co-written by June Carter (wife of Johnny Cash) and Merle Kilgore. The song was recorded on March 25, 1963 and became the biggest hit of his career, staying at #1 on the charts for 7 weeks. “Ring of Fire” refers to falling in love – which is what June Carter was experiencing with Johnny Cash at the time. Some sources claim that June had seen the phrase, “Love is like a burning ring of fire,” underlined in one of her uncle A. P. Carter’s Elizabethan books of poetry. She worked with Kilgore on writing a song inspired by this phrase as she had seen her uncle do in the past. In the 2005 film, Walk the Line June is depicted as writing the song while agonizing over her feelings for Cash despite his drug addiction and alcoholism as she was driving home one evening. She had written: “There is no way to be in that kind of hell, no way to extinguish a flame that burns, burns, burns”. Cash claims he had a dream where he heard the song accompanied by “Mexican horns”. Four years after the song was released, Carter and Cash were married which Cash states helped to stop his alcohol and drug addictions. Cash’s daughter, Rosanne has stated, “The song is about the transformative power of love and that’s what it has always meant to me and that’s what it will always mean to the Cash children.]

9. Bob Dylan – “I Shall Be Released”
from: The Essential Bob Dylan / Columbia – Sony / 2000
[Originally recorded October, 1971. ]

10. Joni Mitchell – “For The Roses”
from: For The Roses / Asylumn / 1972
[Released between her 2 biggest commercial and critical successes – “Blue” and “Court & Spark”. In 2007 it was one of 50 recordings chosen that year by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry. The title song “For the Roses” was Mitchell’s farewell to the business; she took an extended break for a year after. The album was critically acclaimed with The New York Times saying “Each of Mitchell’s songs on For the Roses is a gem glistening with her elegant way with language, her pointed splashes of irony and her perfect shaping of images. Never does Mitchell voice a thought or feeling commonly. She’s a songwriter and singer of genius who can’t help but make us feel we are not alone.” A nude photograph of Joni Mitchell was included on the inside cover of the original LP and is included in the CD booklet. The photograph shows the singer from the rear and was taken from a considerable distance; she is shown standing on a rock and staring out at the ocean. This created some controversy at the time.]

10:44

Iris DeMent

Iris DeMent

Iris DeMent’s first three releases on Warner Brothers Records, were all critically acclaimed, she received two Grammy nominations during this time, in the “Folk Music” category. Meanwhile country radio completely overlooked her original songs, and amazing voice, that has been compared to Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette. This next set features music from her debut recording, “Infamous Angel,” as well as its follow-up, the autobiographical, “My Life,” released in 1994 and we’ll play from her third Warner Brother’s release, “The Way I Should,” released in 1996, which contains some of Iris DeMent’s most political songs. When Michael Moore spoke at The Uptown Theatre Iris DeMent opened for him, with his favorite song “Wasteland of the Free.” We will play the title track, “The Way I Should.”

[We read the liner notes of Infamous Angel written by John Prine.]

11. Iris DeMent – “Infamous Angel”
from: Infamous Angel / Warner Brothers / 1992 / 1993

12. Iris DeMent – “My Life”
from: My Life / Warner Brothers / 1994

13. Iris DeMent – “The Way I Should”
from: The Way I Should / Warner Brothers / 1996
[Produced by Randy Scruggs]

11:00 – Collaborations

14. Nanci Griffith w/Iris – “Ten Degrees and Getting Colder”
from: Other Voices Other Rooms / Elektra / 1993
[written by Gordon Lightfoot]

15. Nanci Griffith w/Iris & Emmylou – “Are You Tired of Me Darling”
from: Other Voices Other Rooms / Elektra / 1993
[High Harmony – Iris / Low Harmony – Emmylou Harris] [Nanci Griffith’s 10th album. Here she pays homage to other songwriters who have influenced her own career.]

16. John McCutcheon w/Iris – “Over The Garden Wall”
from: Sprout Wings and Fly / Rounder / 1997 [written by AP Carter]

17. Gary Kirkland w/Iris – “Just For Me”
from: Shootin’ The Works on Love / Dark Horse / 2003

11:15 – Collaborations

18. Steve Earle & The Del McCoury Band w/Iris – “I’m Still In Love With You”
from: The Mountain / E – Squared / 1999
[Released February 23, 1999. Songs were written by Earle as a tribute to the founder of bluegrass music, Bill Monroe, who had died in 1996.]

19. John Prine w/ Iris – “In Spite of Ourselves”
from: In Spite of Ourselves/ Oh Boy / 1999 [written by John Prine]

20. Tom Russell w/Iris – “Love Abides”
from: The Man From God Knows Where / Hightone / 1999

11:29 – Underwriting

11:30 – Greg Brown

In the 2002 Iris DeMent did a benefit concert for The Friends of Community Radio at Unity Temple on The Plaza. I remember when Iris asked us if it was okay that she have a musician friend open the concert for her, we agreed because Iris was donated her talent to the cause of community radio. And then she told us that this musician friend was Greg Brown, who had all over the country, but had never before played Kansas City.

Later that year, on November 21, 2002 Greg married Iris DeMent in a private ceremony in the office of Rev. Sam Mann of St. Mark Church in East KC.

Grammy nominated Greg Brown is one of the most respected singer songwriters working in music today. He started singing professionally at the age of 18 organizing early folk concerts in New York City, Portland, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. In the 1980s, he worked and toured extensively as musical director for Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion radio program. He also founded his own record label, named Red House Records after a home in which he lived in Iowa.

Greg Brown has released over 30 recordings and has allowed much of his music to be used to raise funds and awareness for environmental and social causes. His songs have been performed by Willie Nelson, Jack Johnson, Carlos Santana, Michael Johnson, Ani DiFranco, Shawn Colvin, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Iris DeMent and Joan Baez.

21. Greg Brown w/Iris -“Jacob’s Ladder”
from: Honey in The Lion’s Head / Trailer / 2003

22. Greg Brown – “Bucket”
from: Evening Call / Red House / 2006
[The Washington Post writes, “The singer-songwriter from Iowa has a baritone as rough and chunky as Thanksgiving gravy with the turkey bits still in, and that’s just how his words drip out on his album, “The Evening Call.” on “Whippoorwill” he sing as sweetly as his lover down in Kansas City. That’s his wife, Iris DeMent, and on “Joy Tears,” he tells her, “When you start your singing, honey, the heavens open up with grace.”]

23. Greg Brown – “Let The Mystery Be”
from: Freak Flag / Yep Roc / May 10, 2011
[While recording what was to be his next album lighting hit the studio where he was working, and Greg Brown lost the recordings. Greg, used the experience to turn inward and write more songs that comprise his 24th album: Freak Flag, the title track is all that remains of the lost original album. Greg wrote ten new songs, recording them at Memphis, Tennessee’s legendary Ardent Studios. Produced by Bo Ramsey, the album also includes a cover of Brown’s daughter Pieta’s song ”Remember the Sun.’]

11:45

Iris DeMent

Iris DeMent

24. Iris DeMent – “Pretty Saro”
from: Songcatcher: Music from and Inspired by the Motion Picture / Vangaurd / Jan 23, 2001
[Songcatcher is a 2000 drama film directed by Maggie Greenwald. It is about a musicologist researching and collecting Appalachian folk music in the mountains of western North Carolina.The film’s score was written by David Mansfield, who also assembled a roster of female country music artists to perform mostly traditional mountain ballads. Some of the songs are contemporary arrangements, and some are played in the traditional Appalachian music style. The artists include Rosanne Cash, Emmylou Harris, Maria McKee, Dolly Parton, Gillian Welch and Patty Loveless. Singers Emmy Rossum, Iris DeMent, and Hazel Dickens, who appeared in the film, are also featured on the soundtrack. The soundtrack album inspired the 2002 follow-up album by Vanguard Records, Songcatcher II: The Tradition That Inspired the Movie, that compiled recordings of some of the songs selected for the film as performed by authentic Appalachian artists. The recordings are mostly from the 1960s, out of the Vanguard vaults.]

25. Iris DeMent – “Acres of Corn”
from: The Man From God Knows Where / Hightone / 1999 [Tom Russell]

In his review for WHYY’s Fresh Air, Entertainment Weekly Music Editor – Ken Tucker wrote: “Iris DeMent possesses one of the great voices in contemporary popular music: powerfully, ringingly clear, capable of both heartbreaking fragility and blow-your-ears-back power. Had she been making country albums in the ’70s and ’80s and had more commercial ambition, she’d probably now be considered right up there with Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette. Instead, she’s lived a contemporary life, a somewhat private life. As she recently told an interviewer, “There’s a lot that goes into life besides songwriting.” And she’s taken her time in composing songs that fit into no genre easily.”

Her album “Sing The Delta” has received glowing reviews from the UK publication UNcut, The New Yorker, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, and was in many Top Ten Lists of KC music affictionados, incl. #1 on our list of The 112 Best Recordings of 2012.

26. Iris DeMent – “Livin’ On The Inside”
from: Sing The Delta / Flariella / Oct. 2, 2012
[Her first full-length release of original songs since 1996. Iris was our special guest on our Oct 10, WMM.]

11:59:30

27. 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 Wednesday, January 14, 2015, we present: “Remembering MLK” we’ll celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., born January 15, 1929. We’ll play music of the movement from: The Staple Singers, Pops Staples, Mavis Staples, Mahalia Jackson, Curtis Mayfield, Nina Simone, Common & John Legend, Pete Seeger, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Labelle, Solomon Burke, Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion, Sweet Honey in The Rock, Tramaine Hawkins, Ella Mitchell, Billy Porter, and Bobby Watson & The I Have a Dream Project featuring Kansas City Poet and Charlotte Street Award Winner Glenn North.

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

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Wednesday MidDay Medley Celebrates Iris DeMent

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

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

A Birthday Tribute to Iris DeMent

Iris DeMent

Iris DeMent

Wednesday MidDay Medley celebrates the Birthday of Iris DeMent, born January 5, 1961, in rural Paragould, Arkansas. She was the youngest of 14 children. At the age of three, her devoutly religious family moved to California, where she grew up singing gospel music. During her teenage years, Iris was exposed to country, folk, and R&B, drawing influence from Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, and Joni Mitchell.

After a series of jobs as a waitress and typist, Dement wrote her first song at the age of 25. She played open-mic nights in Kansas City, until she moved to Nashville, in 1988, and met producer Jim Rooney, who helped her land a record contract.

Dement made her recording debut in 1992, when her independent label offering, “Infamous Angel” won critical acclaim. Despite a complete lack of support from country radio, the record’s word-of-mouth praise earned her a deal with Warner Bros. records, which reissued “Infamous Angel” in 1993.

We’ll feature music from all five of Iris DeMent’s full length recordings, plus her additional work with artists such as her husband – Greg Brown, and also: John Prine, John McCutcheon, Emmylou Harris, Tom Russell, Nancy Griffith, Steve Earle, Gary Kirkland and songs from various compilations.

We’ll also feature music from Iris DeMent’s inspirations: Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Merle Haggard, and others.

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Show #559

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 three 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 MidDay Medley presents The 114 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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WMM Playlist from December 3, 2014

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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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