Wednesday MidDay Medley
TEN to NOON Wednesdays – Streaming at KKFI.org
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Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
New & Local Releases + Beautiful Bodies
+ Sneaky Creeps
1. Field Music – “Start The Day Right”
From: Plumb / Memphis Industries / Feb. 13, 2012
[4th full-length studio album from Sunderland, England band, recorded in their newly-built studio. The band's core consists of brothers David & Peter Brewis, who played drums for fellow Sunderland band The Futureheads. Plumb was released on plum-colored vinyl. David Brewis told DIY magazine, "I love the fact that the English language has so many homophones. I think it's one of those unique things about the language which really informs the English sense of humor. It tickles me that we can colour all of the album text and the vinyl plum." The album's cover art is a collage assembled by Peter Brewis and based on the painting "Standard Station" by American pop artist Ed Ruscha, a print of which hung in Peter's bathroom.]
The next 7 tracks represent area band participating in MidCoast Takeover SXSW 2012. The next 14 tracks are all from area bands!
2. The Future Kings – “First Impressions”
from: We Are / Nation of Love Records / February 2, 2011 [Indie rock from Olathe, KS. The Future Kings include: lead vocalist and keyboardist - Jules Starr; and her drummer brother - Brett Pippin; bassist/multi-instrumentalist Matt Epstein; and guitarist Trey Durkin. The Future Kings are part of 26 area bands chosen to be part of MidCoast Takeover SXSW 2012 in Austin Texas, March 16-17. The MidCoast Takeover is a project of The Midwest Music Foundation, a not-for-profit organization working for healthcare of all working musicians. MidcoastTakeover.com gives you all the information you need plus a 30 song download representing all of the local and national bands appearing on stage at the 2012 MidCoast Takeover.]
3. Appropriate Grammar – “Six Foot Dreams”
from: Single release / Independent / 2010 [Appropriate Grammar includes: Nick McKenna - Guitar/Vocals, Alex Dunsford - Lead Guitar, Claire Adams - Bass/Vocals, and Steve Gardels - Drums. Their new release, "Lies and Stories" is coming this Spring. The Future Kings are part of 26 area bands chosen to be part of MidCoast Takeover SXSW 2012 in Austin Texas, March 16-17. ]
4. She’s A Keeper – “Guidance”
from: She’s A Keeper / Independent / 2011
[5-piece band from Kansas City, includes: Fritz Hutchison - vocals, banjo, percussion; Zac Jurden - vocals, guitar; Colin Nelson - vocals, guitar; Elliott Phillips - bass, mandolin; Kate Sopcich - cello, keyboard. She’s A Keeper has just recently recorded their first music video in promotion of a live EP recorded at Midwestern Musical Co. in KC. The band is currently working on a second full-length album that will be available in the summer of 2012. She's A Keeper are part of 26 area bands chosen to be part of MidCoast Takeover SXSW 2012 in Austin Texas, March 16-17. More info at: midcoasttakeover.com]
5. Quiet Corral – “One, Two, Three, Oh”
from: Quiet Corral / Independent / December 21, 2010
[6-piece band from Lawrence, Kansas, includes: lead singer Jesse Braswell Roberts, with Jim Barnes, Garrett Childers, Isaac Flynn, Matt Green, and Zach Mehla. The band mixes folk and pop elements with four-part harmonies, and electric guitars mixed with acoustic instruments. Quiet Corral is in concert tonight, Feb 29th @ Chaser's in Scottsdale, AZ. They'll be back in KC to be in concert with: The Blackbird Review, and Sara Swenson & the Pearl Snaps, at Czar, this Friday March 2, in a special benefit for The MidCoast Takeover SXSW 2012. Quiet Corral is one of 26 bands chosen to represent KC at the MidCoast Takeover at SXSW.]
6. The Atlantic – “How To Start A War”
from: How To Start A War [EP] / Independent / June 1, 2010
[indie four piece from Kansas City includes: Patrick Robinson (Vocals/Rhythm Guitar), Brandon Gardner (Lead Guitar/vocals), Eric Augustus Fain (Bass), and M. Blaire Geenens (Drums). One of 26 bands chosen to represent KC at the MidCoast Takeover at SXSW.]
7. Beautiful Bodies – “She’s A Blast”
from: Single / Shipshape Records / 2012
[Indie/rock band from Kansas City that mixes elements of punk, dance, new wave, and rock. Fronted by the magnetic - and at times, mischievous - Alicia Solombrino on VOCALS; Thomas Becker on GUITAR & BACKUP VOX; Luis Arana on BASS; Aaron Crawford on DRUMS. The band has received comparisons to Blondie, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the Runaways and Metric. One of 26 bands chosen to represent KC at the MidCoast Takeover at SXSW. More info at thebeautifulbodies.com]
8. The Blackbird Review – “Mother’s Radio”
from: The Whaler & Other Stories / Independent / November 13, 2010
[KC based 6-piece band includes: the husband & wife team of: Danielle Prestidge & Jacob Prestidge, with: Jeff Larison, Brain Griffith, Ryan Riggs & Jake Myszka. They've shared the stage w/ Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Over the Rhine, & Vedera. One of 26 bands chosen to represent KC at the MidCoast Takeover at SXSW in Austin. The Blackbird Review will be in concert w/: Sara Swenson & the Pearl Snaps, and Quiet Corral, at Czar, Fri Mar 2, in a benefit for MidCoast Takeover. More info at: midcoasttakeover.com]
9. Sara Swenson – “Lights Brighter”
from: All Things Big and Small / Independent / 2010
[KC based singer songwriter Sara Swenson, is a full time high school teacher at Platte County High School in Platte City, in her 9th year of teaching. This is the follow-up to her 2009 critically acclaimed selt titled debut. She also released a new EP in late 2011. Sara Swenson & the Pearl Snaps will be in concert w/ Quiet Corral, & The Blackbird Revue, at Czar, Fri Mar 2, in a benefit for MidCoast Takeover. More info at midcoasttakeover.com. Sara Swenson also plays the recordBar, Mon, Mar. 5 at 10:00 PM with Katie Herzig.]
10. David Burchfield – “Arkansas”
from: The Beginning / Independent / 2011
[Produced, engineered, mixed & master by Mike Crawford at the Impossible Box in KC, w/ David Burchfield on vocals & guitar; Leslie Hammer on banjo, fiddle & viola; Seth Jenkins on upright bass, Jeff Larison on pedal steel & dobro; Andy Michael on piano & accordian; and Devon Russell on vocals, choir. David Burchfield will be in concert this Fri, Mar 2 7:00 pm, First Friday at the Beggar's Table, 2009 Baltimore Ave., KCMO. & Sat, Mar 24 8:30 pm w/ Sara Swenson, at R Bar 1617 Genessee, KCMO in the West Bottoms.]
10:45 – Interview with Alicia Solombrino of Beautiful Bodies
Beautiful Bodies have been compared to Blondie, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and the Runaways. Fronted by the playful and charismatic Alicia Solombrino on Lead Vocals; with Thomas Becker on Guitar & Back-up Vocals; Luis Arana on Bass; Aaron Crawford on Drums, Beautiful Bodies have been playing live since 2005 and have shared the stage with Nine Inch Nails, Smashing Pumpkins, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, My Chemical Romance, Cake.
Beautiful Bodies play Beaumont Club, March 12, at 7:00 PM in an all ages show, with Company of Thieves.
The band takes its name from one of Solombrino’s favorite books, the Beautiful Bodies by Laura Cunningham.
Alicia Solombrino was born and raised here in Kansas City and she explained the moment when she knew that she wanted to be a musician. It was when she was in kindergarten. “I saw Madonna on the (1990) MTV (Video Music) Awards performing Vogue,” she said.
Along with being Lead singer, Alicia is also known as a videographer, director, photographer, promotions manager, and web designer, she has been able to put her talents to use in many different ways and with many different venues. Alicia has created videos with many bands including The Republic Tigers and Alacartoona.
Guitarist Thomas Becker, is a Harvard Law graduate. (in Miami, representing victims of a Bolivian massacre in a civil lawsuit against the country’s former president.)
Beautiful Bodies have been playing and touring since 2005, sharing the stage with bands such as Nine Inch Nails, Smashing Pumpkins, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, My Chemical Romance, Cake. Har Mar Superstar, Shny Toy Guns, and others.
Beautiful Bodies released the single “You’re A Risk” Oct. 12, 2010?
Over the past few years the band has been writing new songs and now have the opportunity to record these songs with multi-platinum selling producer John Feldmann who has worked with The Used, Panic at the Disco, Good Charlotte, Neon Trees and Hilary Duff. How did you all meet up with John Feldman?
The band will be traveling to Los Angeles and recording for about a month. And have started a Kickstarter grant to help complete the recording of their new record. This past Saturday, February 25, Beautiful Bodies were in concert for their Album Kickstarter Party at the Riot Room, with Mute the Idol, Bears & Company, Last Nights Vice. Tell us about your Kickstarter. You can learn more at thebeautifulbodies.com.
Beautiful Bodies are one of 26 area bands chosen to represent KC at the MidCoast Takeover at SXSW. This is their third year participating in the MidCoast takeover in Austin.
11. Molly Picture Club – “Idears (You Don’t Dance Enough)”
from: Molly Picture Club / Independent / March 3, 2012
[KC based band featuring: Aniko Adany- vocals, synths, keys, omnichord, Matthew Hayden- drums, drum sequencing, and Michael Tipton- vocals, guitar, bass. Mike Tipton recently passed on to us brand new tracks from M.P.C.'s new recordings to be released March 3, at 10:00 PM, at the recordBar. The album was mixed and mastered by Duane Trower at Weights and Measures Soundlab here in KC. Molly Picture Club will be in concert for a special CD Release Party, Saturday, March 3, at 10:00 PM at the recordBar, 1020 Westport Road. Molly Picture Club will also be participating in 90-.1 FM KKFI's annual Band Auction. They'll be on Wednesday MidDay Medley on March 14, listeners get your bidding ready!]
12. In Back of a Black Car – “Spare Me Love”
from: Single / Silver Tongue Records / August 2011
[Made up of former members of: Lovers in Transit, Five Star Crush, and Monta At Odds. This KC based, 4-piece includes: Matt Pluff on Drums, Backing Vocals and iPod; Zachary Bozich on Keyboards, Backing Vocals, and Hand Claps; Mychael Scott Reed on Bass, Programming, Keyboards, Theremin, and Backing Vocals; and Joel Hines on Lead Vocals, Guitar, and Bass.]
13. Sneaky Creeps – “It Must Be Chemical”
from: World Cup / Independent / Nov. 2010 [Max Crutcher, Andy Davis, Andy Erdrich all met while going to KCAI. Andy Erdrich, who is also a co-founder of BREAD!]
11:13 – Interview with Max Crutcher & Andrew Erdrich
Sneaky Creeps were originally formed by Artists: Max Crutcher, Andy Davis, Andy Erdrich who all met while going to KCAI. Andy Davis moved away, making the Sneaky Creeps a duo of Max Crutcher on Drums and Yell/Talk, and Andrew Erdrich on Guitar and Yell/Talk.
Max Crutcher moved to KC from Tulsa, Oklamoma.
Andrew Erdrich you and Sean Starowitz, both recent graduates of The Kansas City Art Institute, founded: BREAD! KC, an art project conceived in 2010 that creates funding for local artists by hosting a dinner, where for a $10 donation, diners are served a bowl of fresh soup, fresh baked bread, and a ballot. Three different creative projects are presented, and diners vote for one to receive the money collected from the evening. In under a year, BREAD! KC has awarded many thousands in micro-grants to area writers, gardeners, bands and artists.
Andrew Erdrich, besides playing with Sneaky Creeps, organizing and conducting Bread KC events each month, also works as the pressman at Vahalla Studios.
Andrew Erdrich is part of the Urban Culture Project.
Max Crutcher has a blog: yourniverse.blogspot.com
“The Thin Man Wigs Out” was Recorded by Ashley at Infoaming Vortex
14. Sneaky Creeps – “Flat”
from: The Thin Man Wigs Out / Independent / Jan. 8, 2012
[The 2nd EP from band formed by, Max Crutcher, Andy Davis, Andy Erdrich who all met while going to KCAI. Andy Davis moved away, making the Sneaky Creeps a duo of Max Crutcher on Drums and Yell/Talk, and Andrew Erdrich on Guitar and Yell/Talk. Recorded by Ashley at Infoaming Vortex All material written by Sneaky Creeps, Andy Erdrich, who is also a co-founder of BREAD! Was happy to report that we were the very first to download their new, release, "The Thin Man Wigs Out," through bandcamp.]
Max Crutcher and Andrew Erdrich have both been involved in may local art projects and shows at: Spray Booth Gallery, 130 W 18th Wyandotte St. (Volker Bicycles) SprayBoothGallery.com, and City Arts Projects, 2015 Campbell St.
Spray Booth Gallery is largely curated by Andrew Lyles, a classmate of theirs from KCAI.
To check out Max Cruthcher & Andrew Erdrich’s new EP, “The Thin Man Wigs Out” visit: sneakycreeps.bandcamp.com.
For more info about Bread KC! – breadkc.wordpress.com
We are gave away 2 CDs of: Soft Reeds, “Soft Reeds Are Bastards,” from The Record Machine.
15. Soft Reeds – “Thick of Thin Things”
from: Soft Reeds Are Bastards / The Record Machine / 2010
[newest project from former Golden Republic frontman Ben Grimes. For more info: therecordmachine.net ]
16. Unicycle Loves You – “Wow Wave Cinema”
from: Failure / Mecca Lecca/Highwheel / 2012
[One of the bands coming in to play The Middle of The Map Festival in April. 3rd full length from Chicago based indie rock trio featuring: Jim Carroll on vocals/guitar/keys; Nicole Vitale on vocals/bass; and J.T. Baker/John Rungger on drums.]
17. Sharon van Etten – “Serpents”
from: Tramp / Jagjaguar Records / February 6, 2012
[3rd studio album, produced by The National's Aaron Dessner, and recorded in his studio over the period of several months. Sharon van Etten was born & raised in New Jersey. She moved to Tennessee to attend Middle Tennessee State University, where she discovered a variety of influential music. After moving back to New Jersey, Van Etten was encouraged by Kyp Malone of TV on the Radio to pursue a career in music.]
18. Frankie Rose – “Interstellar”
from: Interstellar / Slumberland Records / February 7, 2012
[2nd full-length album from Brooklyn vocalist, songwriter and musician She was formerly an original member of acclaimed garage rock acts Crystal Stilts, Dum Dum Girls, and the Vivian Girls.]
17. Fun. – “All The Pretty Girls”
from: Aim and Ignite / Nettwerk Records / Sept. 28, 2010 [One of the bands coming to play The Middle of The Map Festival in April. This is from the debut full length. You may've heard this song on Glee.]
18. Noel Coward – “The Party’s Over Now”
from: Noel Coward in New York / drg / 2003 [orig. 1957]
Sources for Notes: Artist’s websites noted above and wikipedia.org