Wednesday MidDay Medley presents: My Oh My! + Cat Dail + Mikal Shapiro + Instant Karma

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, May 16, 2018

My Oh My! + Cat Dail + Mikal Shapiro + Instant Karma

Mark plays New & MidCoastal Releases from: My Oh My, Mikal Shapiro, Instant Karma, Sugo, Cat Dail, The Sea and Cake, Wye Oak, Black Moth Super Rainbow, and The Brian Jonestown Massacre.

Cat Dail

At 10:30 Mark talks with internationally touring singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Cat Dail, who lives some of the time in New York City and some of the time in Chesterfield, NH. She has released 5 albums on the Lucky Magnet recording label she founded. Cat has been active in the Indie rock scene since the 1990s, leading her NYC band, Cat played a residency at the Bitter End, and most colleges and clubs from Vermont to Virginia, Colorado to California. Cat is returning to her hometown of Kansas City for a special Release Show of her new EP “FIGHT FOR LOVE” at recordBar, 1520 Grand on Tuesday, May 22, at 8:00 pm, with Carswell & Hope. More info at: http://www.catdail.com

Mikal Shapiro

At 10:45 Mikal Shapiro joins is to share music and details about her new album, “The Musical II”. Mikal Shapiro is a Kansas City songwriter whose musical influences span popular songs, psych rock, lounge, classic country and old time spirituals. She has toured extensively across the United States and has recorded five critically acclaimed albums. Kansas City Star critic Tim Finn declared her album “The Musical” to be one of his top five releases of 2015. A third generation storyteller, she draws inspiration from her travels, love life, and the state of the Union. Mikal Shapiro plays The Musical II – Album Release Show, Saturday, May 26 at 7:00 PM, at The Buffalo Room, 817 Westport Rd, KCMO with special guest Tina Bilberry on viola and violin. More info at: http://www.mikalshapiro.com

My Oh My!

At 11:05 A.M. Merker, Sarah Dolt & Stephen Berry, of the 8-piece KC band, My Oh My!, join us to share tracks for their new full length album release, “THE WAR OUTSIDE.” Their new album is being released on vinyl and was produced by My Oh My! and Joel Nanos, and recorded, engineered, and mixed by Joel Nanos at Element Recording Studios, and mastered by David Gaumé at Forest Sounds, North Hollywood, CA. My Oh My! is: Stephen Berry on guitars; Grant Buell on pianos, Organ, & Wurlitzer; Sarah Dolt, Stephanie Gaumé & Melissa Geffert on vocals; Jason Harper on bass guitar & tenor saxophone; Jacob Horpinjuk on drums & percussion; and A.M. Merker on lead vocals, guitar, and songwriting. My Oh My! play and Album Release Show, Saturday, May 19, at 7:00 pm, at recordBar, 1520 Grand, KCMO, with Brandon Phillips & The Condition, Timbers, and Jake Wells. More info at: http://www.myohmykc.com

Instant Karma

At 11:35 members of the band Instant Karma join us to share their new 7” vinyl single release, “Give Me Freedom” from Sunflower Soul Records. The new music was recorded, mixed, and produced by Chris Hazelton, and mastered by Adam Boose. Instant Karma features Cole Bales on vocals & guitar, Cody Calhoun on guitar, Branden Moser on bass, Zach Harris on drums. Instant Karma bass player Branden Moser has called the band, “a drug trip through the soul section of your local record store.” Instant Karma play SoundMachineKC, Saturday, May 26 at 7:00 PM at recordBar, 1520 Grand, with Dylan Guthrie & the Good Time Guys, and Foshee. More info at: http://www.instantkarmakc.com

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WMM Playlist from May 9, 2018

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, May 9, 2018

Cody Critcheloe of SSION + Workers Revival Fest
+ David Wayne Reed’s “Eternal Harvest” + Woodstack 2018

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

Rev. Sekou

2. Rev. Sekou – “Resist”
from: In Times Like These / Zent Records / May 5, 2017
[Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou is an author, documentary filmmaker, public intellectual, organizer, pastor, theologian, noted activist, and musician, he was born in St. Louis, Missouri and raised in the rural Arkansas Delta. “In Times Like These” was recorded at Zebra Ranch Studio, a barn in Coldwater, MS, the album features the six-time Grammy nominated North Mississippi Allstars. Rev. Sekou was a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University’s Martin Luther King Education and Research Institute at the time of Michael Brown Jr.’s killing, and traveled to Ferguson in mid-August 2014 on behalf of the Fellowship of Reconciliation (the country’s oldest interfaith peace organization) to organize alongside local and national groups. With the Deep Abiding Love Project, he has helped trained over five thousands activists in militant nonviolent civil disobedience through the United States. In May 2015, Reverend Sekou moved back to St. Louis to focus on organizing against police violence, predatory court systems, and economic and social injustice. Rev. Sekou is the author of two collections of essays: urbansouls, a meditation on poor black youth in St. Louis, hip hop, and religion; and Gods, Gays, and Guns: Essays on Religion and the Future of Democracy. He has written widely on the 2011 killing of Mark Duggan by British police and the subsequent London riots, and is the author of the forthcoming Riot Music: British Hip Hop, Race, and the Politics of Meaning (Hamilton Books). Rev. Sekou is currently working on two manuscripts: “This is Not Your Daddy’s Civil Rights Movement: Black Lives Matter and the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.“ and“A Liberation Theology of Ferguson”. His documentary short film, Exiles in the Promised Land is based on his visit to a refugee camp and lecture in Beirut, Lebanon. It was selected for the Amnesty International Human Rights Film Festival (2009).]

[Rev. Sekou plays the 1st annual Workers Revival Fest, Fri, May 11 & Sat, May 12 at recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd, with Downtown Boys, Red Kate, Friendship Commanders, EBONY TUSKS, Nublvckcity, Baracutanga, Rev. Sekou, Austin Lucas, Scruffy & the Janitors, and Lovergurl.]

3. Love. Mae C – “Anxious (Remix)”
from: “Anxious” – Single / Love, Mae C / April 10, 2017
[Also known as Mae C. She is a Soulful, Jazzy, Neo-Soul and Hip-Hop inspired Singer/ Songwriter hailing from Kansas City. She grew up writing poetry, competing in talent shows, participating in plays, and singing in the school choir. Mae C. began her career as an Independent Artist in 2014 when she discovered that her true purpose was to create and record the musical art she had always dreamed of composing. Mae C released the single “Let Me Out” on January 30, 2015. She released the EP, Warning Signs of True Love on May 1, 2016. She has also been featured on singles from Justin Houpe and Gmoney da Boss. Love, Mae C is also part of nublvckcity’ a Kansas City-based music collective. The collective features Duncan Burnett; Love, Mae C; Sauce; Khrystal and Kartez Marcel.]

[Love Mae C (along with her collaborators in NuBlvckCity) plays the 1st annual Workers Revival Fest, Fri, May 11 & Sat, May 12 at recordBar, with Downtown Boys, Red Kate, Friendship Commanders, EBONY TUSKS, Baracutanga, Rev. Sekou, Austin Lucas, Scruffy & the Janitors, and Lovergurl.]

4. Those Far Out Arrows – “Living Today”
from: Where Are You? / John L. Keck / Expected May 2018
[Omaha, Nebraska band formed in 2013, by brothers Ben Keelan-White and Evan Keelan-White wbo now perform with Derek Levasseur, and Tanner Rogerson. Music writer Tim McMahan sid, “They (Those Far Out Arrows) unapologetically cross ’60s British psychedelic with Bowery proto-punk a la Velvet Underground.”]

[Those Far Out Arrows play Voltaire, 1617 Genessee, West Bottoms, Friday, May 11, at 9:30 pm, with Arc Flash.]

10:11 – Interview with David Wayne Reed

A still from David Wayne Reed’s short film, Eternal Harvest.

David Wayne Reed grew up on a farm in Louisburg, Kansas. After graduating from Kansas State University he moved to Kansas City and began appearing in shows at the KC Rep, and earning his Actor Equity Card. David changed paths as he explored the wild side of KC’s independent professional theatre scene as a principal member of Late Night Theatre. David has written and directed 9 plays including: Help Yourself, (2015), Mother Trucker (2004), Mother Trucker 2: Ride On (2011) and Jolly Rancher (2012). David is an ArtsKC Inspiration Grant recipient and was a esident Artist at the Fishtank Performance Studio. In 2016 and he created the storytelling event: Shelf Life, with bi-monthly shows at The Brick.

David Wayne Reed joins us today to talk about his new short film, Eternal Harvest, capturing the cycle of life as depicted by the growing season on a rural Kansas farm. The film will premiere as part of the Miami County Farm Tour, this Saturday, May 12 at 11:00 am, on David’s family farm, 33499 Cold Water Rd, Louisburg, KS. The film is part of a larger installation including a collection of antique tractors from David’s dad, and his grandmother’s extraordinary quilts.

David Wayne Reed Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Eternal Harvest is a short film by David Wayne Reed, using drones, dance, farm implements, heirloom quilts, agriculture, and video installation, Eternal Harvest re-imagines and re-purposes the familiar agrarian implements and landscape to illustrate and celebrate the land, as well as the coming and going of livelihood it brings.

Eternal Harvest is a 2017 Rocket Grant recipient with support from Charlotte Street Foundation, Spencer Museum of Art, and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

The film will premiere Saturday, May 12 at 11 AM – 1 PM, 33499 Cold Water Rd, Louisburg, KS 66053-8100, United States

Eternal Harvest will premiere as part of the Miami County Farm Tour on May 12th and May 13th. I will be screening the film both days from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. as part of a larger installation including my Dad’s collection of antique tractors and my Grandmother’s extraordinary quilts. The Farm Tour continues on Sunday as well from 10a-4p.

You are invited to attend an artist talk and picnic at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 12th. Please bring a brown bag lunch or picnic basket and a blanket if you wish!

Eternal Harvest, will premiere as part of the Miami County Farm Tour, this Saturday, May 12 at 11:00 am, on David’s family farm, 33499 Cold Water Rd, Louisburg, KS

10:25 – Underwriting

5. The Sleazebeats – “You’ll Sparkle”
from: The Sleazebeats / The Sleazebeats / January 1, 2012
[Charlie Colborne on keyboards, guitar, vocals; Bill Belzer on drums; Jeff Harshbarger on bass; Recorded at More Famouser Studios with Mike Nolte engineer, mixing, mastering the recordings.]

[The Sleazebeats play Woodstack 2018, Sat, May 12 at Woodyard BBQ, 3001 Merriam Ln, KCK, with SopChoppy, Betse & Clarke, Wyco Low Riders, Erica Joy, Claire Adams, The Almighty Trouble Bros.]

10:30 – Interview with Johnny Hamil, Theresa Scott, and Chris Tady

Theresa Scott, Johnny Hamil, and Chris Tady of Pamper the Madman

Members of the band Pamper The Madman: Johnny Hamil, Theresa Scott, & Chris Tady join us to share details about Woodstack 2018, this Saturday, May 12 at Woodyard BBQ, 3001 Merriam Lane in Kansas City, Kansas, with SopChoppy, The Sleazebeats, Betse & Clarke, Wyco Low Riders, Erica Joy, Claire Adams, and The Almighty Trouble Brothers.

Theresa Scott is formerly known as Theresa Schloegel. She is one of the original members of Pamper the Madman. Tim Finn in the KC Star wrote: Clever songs made Pamper the Madman one of the area’s biggest bands 20 years ago. The band released their self titled debut on Stress Records in 1995. The band stopped playing in 1998 but after a handful of reunion shows between 2014-2016, the band decided to get back together and is recording new material.

Theresa Scott’s family has owned and operated Woodyard BBQue for generations, so Theresa is throwing a party on the patio to celebrate. This event will featuring Pamper The Madman, and Theresa’s longtime friends Ernie Locke with SopChoppy, Billy Belzer of The Sleazebeats with Charlie Colborne, Betse & Clarke, Wyco Low Riders (Jason Beers & Johnny Hamil’s all bass band), along with: Erica Joy, Claire Adams, and The Almighty Trouble Brothers (their first show).

The lineup – (set times are subject to change):
1:30-2:15 Betse & Clarke
2:35-3:20 The Sleazebeats
3:40-4:25 Claire Adams
4:45-5:30 WyCo Low Riders
5:55-6:40 Erica Joy Music
7:00-7:45 The Almighty Trouble Brothers
8:05-8:50 Sopchoppy
9:10-9:55 Pamper the Madman

$10 for all of these bands, all ages welcome. Advance tix: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3390523. This event is sponsored and supported by 90.9 The Bridge, KKFI 90.1 FM, and The Pitch Kansas City. If you are interested in being a sponsor or volunteer for this event, please call Johnny at (816) 305-7559.

New Music from Pamper the Madman

10:37

6. Pamper the Madman – “Spinning”
from: New Recordings – pamper mixes 5-1-18

7. Betse & Clarke – “Shelvin’ Rock”
from: River Still Rise / Independent / July 1, 2016
[Full-length debut album, from traditional and future folk duo, Betse & Clarke Betse Ellis on fiddles, violins, viola & vocals and Clarke Wyatt on banjos and cello. Recorded during the Winter-Spring of 2016. Produced by Clarke Wyatt and Betse Ellis. Recorded and mixed by Clarke Wyatt/ Final mix assistance from Chad Meise at Massive Sound. Traditional & future folk inspired by explorers Lewis & Clark showing how Betse & Clarke are trailblazers of sound & vision. “River Still Rise,” is a collection of originals and reworked traditional compositions that are presented “to be enjoyed as a musical adventure, much like the river exploration of the famous duo Lewis & Clark, an inspiration for the band’s name.” Betse Ellis writes in the extended liner notes: “The phrase River Still Rise appears in the journals of Meriwether Lewis, and to me, most notably when the Corps of Discovery readied their boats and supplies for the beginning of their river journey. Documenting all the details of the excursion included aspects of the weather, the general demeanor or specific behavior of the crew, and most certainly the level of the river. The river needed to be high enough to be navigable, and in that way, Clarke and I have been putting together our gear and supplies, building our boat, and watching the weather signs for about a year and a half at this point. The process of recording RSR took several months, beginning in early 2016. We made this recording at home.”]

10:42 – Interview with Johnny Hamil, Theresa Scott, and Chris Tady

Pamper the Madman

Johnny Hamil plays nationally and internationally and records music with Mr. Marco’s V7, GAV7D, the Malachy Papers, Mikal Shapiro, and Pamper the Madman. He teaches music, and bass. John graduated from Kansas University with a Bachelors of Music Education. He is also founder and administrator to the Kansas City Bass Workshop, a week-long intensive double bass festival now in its sixth year.

Chris Tady plays in the Cosmic Tady Brothers with his brother Matt Tady, and he also played in the band Dream Wolf.

Pamper The Madman was formed in 1990. Original members were: Theresa Scott, Chris Fugitt, Robbie Wagner, Scott Hassler. Marshall Strong replaced Scott Hassler and joined the band in 1992. Johnny Hamil replaced Marshall Strong and joined the band in 1995. Chris Tady filled in for Robbie Wagner (who now lives in South Korea) and joined the band in 2016 and according to Johnny Hamil, “it’s been magical.”

Johnny Hamil has been writing songs with Robbie Wagner over internet and he will travel to South Korea in July where we will perform the Eric band material and hopefully write some more stuff. Johnny Hamil writes,”Robbie is an incredible song writer and guitar player as well. He and Theresa were the main songwriters in the original group.

Johnny writes: “There were two bass players before me. One that only played the first few gigs. His name was Scott Hassler (he went on to lead the band American Sex Machine). He was awesome (like a Mike Watt type player). Marshall Strong took over and recorded on the demo cassette that some people still have. This was around 1992. Marshall Strong also played on The Pamper The Madman CD that was widely sold in Kansas City.”

Pamper The Madman (CD/Album)
Released on Stress Records in 1995

1. Neer Neer 2:30
2. Preoccupation 3:25
3. Muddle Mind 4:33
4. Slow 4:19
5. I Want It 2:35
6. Frankie 3:33
7. Feeling 2:06
8. She Showed Up 1:47
9. Little Miss Elizabeth 2:38
10. Get Back 3:01
11. Abrasive 1:43
12. You Let 5:17

Copyright (c) – Off The Deep End Publishing
Copyright (c) – Stress Records
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Stress Records (12)
Recorded At – The Sanctuary
Mixed At – OmniSound Studios
Mastered At – Masterworks, Los Angeles
Glass Mastered At – American Multimedia, Inc.

Art Direction, Layout – Zhon Champie
Artwork [Cover And Back Paintings] – Scott E. Hassler

Vocals – Theresa Schloegel
Bass – Marshall Strong
Drums – Chris Fugitt
Guitar – Rob Wagner

Mastered By – John Matousek
Photography By [Band Photo] – Britt Smith
Producer – Barry Poynter (tracks: 1, 2, 5 to 8, 11), PTM* (tracks: 1, 2, 5 to 8, 11)
Producer, Engineer, Mixed By – Brian Hardin (tracks: 3, 4, 9, 10, 12)

Written by:
PTM – (tracks: 1, 5, 10),
Rob Wagner – (tracks: 2 to 4, 6 to 9, 11, 12),
Theresa Schloegel – (tracks: 2 to 4, 6 to 9, 11, 12)

Pamper The Madman’s song “I Want It” was included on the Kansas City Misery compilation, released in 1995 on Red Decibel out of Minneapolis.

Nick Spacek of The Pitch wrote on July 15, 2009, “The idea that a Kansas City music collection would come out on a Minneapolis record label makes more sense when you know that the comp was curated by Steve Tulipana, and Red Decibel put out two early Season to Risk 7″s, I’m Pogo the Clown and Mine Eyes. Kansas City Misery is as accurate a picture of the Kansas City scene in the ’90s as you’ll find. It’s loaded with pretty much every band that was making noise at the time: Season to Risk (of course), Giants Chair, Tenderloin, Boys Life, Shiner, Outhouse, Shallow, and even a rare live track from the Sin City Disciples. The only act that was big at the time that wasn’t on the comp would be Sacrifice Isaac. It was even carried at area Best Buys as part of a local distribution network that was attempting to get local releases into big box chains.”

Marshall Strong had to leave the band for personal reasons.

Johnny Hamil took over in 1995. Johnny recorded with the band for their EP, Muter, with original members: Chris Fugitt on drums, Theresa Schloegel on vocals, and Bobbie Wagner on guitar.

Pamper The Madman Muter [EP]
Released in 1998

01 Heroin
02 Come On
03 Columbia
04 Famous

Pamper The Madman played their last gig in 1997 at The Hurricane

Johnny Hamil: “Theresa stopped playing because she wanted to raise her family. Now her kids are mostly grown and she needs to play and create again. It’s been amazing for me to create and watch her perform. She is an a rock star, singer, and performer. For me the most explosive performer I’ve worked with. That energy has been put away for too many years and it’s really special thing to hear and see.”

The Band had a series of reunions in 2014-2016

Johnny Hamil: “Theresa moved to Belize but is here in KC most of the time now. Her family has run the Woodyard (a wood company) for many generations. Her father sold Ollie Gates his wood for BBQ and continues to do so. They started their own bbq place there on Merriam drive by chance. This story may be too long to say here.”

“Woodstack is Theresa throwing a party to shine the light on our great Kcmusic scene. We hope to do this every year around Mother’s Day. 8 great local bands bringing in a big PA, Tables of artists set up to have local people showing off their talents there as well. Kid and Pet friendly. 1-10. Great food.”

Johnny continues: “I have one more story I want to tell you just so you know how much I love this band. I was in Wyco in 90 just graduated from Sumner. As you know the town was in full War and I was caught not wanting to leave (flee). I also was just trying to grapple with the idea of being a musician for life. To say it was a burden as a life choice is a good way to say it. For some reason I needed to play music 24 hrs a day. I really didn’t like a lot of the music that was happening. My metal heroes were all starting to suck. Two things happened to me at the time. I saw Sin City Disciples in the warehouse on wood weathers road and soon after I saw Pamper perform their first gig in front room of davy’s uptown. Both shows made me realize I were life changing for me. I was done apologizing for wanting to be an artist that didn’t want to become some kind of super star bullshit pipe dream.”

John says, “My message to Theresa the whole time she was not singing was that her music matters more than just the selfish aspects that making music entails.”

Woodstack 2018, this Saturday, May 12 at Woodyard BBQ, 3001 Merriam Lane in Kansas City, Kansas, with SopChoppy, The Sleazebeats, Betse & Clarke, Wyco Low Riders, Erica Joy, Claire Adams, and The Almighty Trouble Brothers.

11:50

8. Claire & The Classical Revolution – “Enough”
from: In The Blue 7″ EP / Independent / December 12, 2015
[Released on 7″ Vinyl and Digital Download. Song by Claire Adams, Arrangement by Teri Quinn, Produced by Peter Lawless, Recorded, Mixed, & Mastered by Duane Trower at Weights & Measures Soundlab A 14-piece musical entity with Claire Adams on vocals & guitar, Peter Lawless as conductor, Christina Wince on flute, Teri Quinn on clarinet, Brandon Crawford on bass clarinet, Mark Lauer on bassoon, Jen Oliverio on trumpet, Austin Peiffer on trombone, Joseph Felton on tuba, Erik Hassell on violin, Alyssa Bell on viola, Eman Chalshotori on cello, Sarah Lahasky on contrabass, and Stephanie Williams on drums.]

[Claire Adams plays Woodstack 2018, Sat, May 12 at Woodyard BBQ, 3001 Merriam Ln, KCK, with SopChoppy, The Sleazebeats, Betse & Clarke, Wyco Low Riders, Erica Joy, Almighty Trouble Bros.]

11:55

Paper Magazine calls Cody Critcheloe, “an insanely talented master-of-all trades (he sings, paints and directs), has refused to play by the rules since he began, manufacturing full-fledged, DIY music-visual experiences. SSION has garnered a cult following, both as an artist and music video director, and now counts pop icons Robyn and Kylie Minogue among his fans.” The new SSION album, O is out Friday May 11 on DERO ARCADE.

9. SSION – “At Least the Sky is Blue (feat. Ariel Pink)”
from: O / Dero Arcade / May 11, 2018
[The music video for “At Least The Sky Is Blue” is directed by Cody Critcheloe and features guest Ariel Pink as “Elizabeth Taylor in a wheelchair” and Critcheloe as Liza Minnelli. SSION (pronounced “shun”) is a multifaceted creative project spearheaded by Cody Critcheloe, consisting of music, videos, art and live performance. It began as a punk band in Kentucky where Critcheloe is from, spent formative years in Kansas City, where it grew into the New York and Los Angeles based project it is today.]

11:00 – Station ID

11:00 – Interview with Cody Critcheloe

Cody Critcheloe form the music video “Comeback.”

(Mark Interviewed Cody Critcheloe at KKFI 90.1 FM om April 26, 2018)

Cody Critcheloe – artist, painter, music maker, songwriter, singer, film maker, musician, Music Video director video , DJ, model, sex symbol, Queer hero, make up artist, photographer

Cody told Noisey at vice.com – “SSION is not really a band, I started it when I was in high school, in Kentucky, and then it sort of mutated throughout the years and right now I’m really the only remaining person. It’s spelled that way because, well, it was a joke—you know words like mission or passion or transgression. I was actually looking at a Mission of Burma record, and I thought, “Oh, I should just call the band SSION.” I thought it was really funny, like, if you shun something…I was like 16, so it was really clever to me. But I actually still like the way it looks! I like that no one knows how to pronounce it.”

SSION (pronounced “shun”) is a multifaceted creative project spearheaded by Cody Critcheloe, consisting of music, videos, art and live performance. It began as a punk band in Kentucky where Critcheloe is from, spent formative years in Kansas City, where it grew into the New York and Los Angeles based project it is today.

Now Toronto wrote: “SSION started during his high school years in Kentucky, SSION evolved into a collective of artists when he moved to Kansas City, Missouri, and began creating elaborate DIY music videos and stage shows with friends just as YouTube was becoming a thing. He gained a rep in the queer underground – he first performed in Toronto at the Pride edition of late promoter Will Munro’s beloved Vazaleen party 10 years ago – and fashion circles, but when Bent didn’t take off, he shifted focus to the visual side of SSION”

Growing up in Kentucky Cody had to drive 30 minutes to go see a movie. Cody talked about the Riot Grrrl movement being an influence in his musical formative years; Bikini Kill, Brat Mobile, Sleater-Kinney, Kathleen Hanna. Cody was also obsessed with the band Hole and Courtney Love.

Cody Critcheloe studied at the Kansas City Art Institute, and SSION draws from a range of influences, including the punk spectacle of Iggy Pop and the dance-party new wave of the B-52’s as well as performance art and gay culture. in Kansas City SSION gained a reputation for amazing videos and live stage shows. Kansas City has remained a favorite location for Cody to shoot videos.

Cody Critcheloe

Cody currently lives in New York New York, he told The Lowdown (Jan. 4, 2012): “I officially moved to Brooklyn in June right after the SSION show at PS1. I spent the prior year living out of a suitcase and couch surfing, going back and forth between NYC, Kansas City and L.A. Then right before the show at PS1 I got evicted from my loft in KC, which was a bummer because it was such an amazing space — 3,000 square feet and my rent was $1,000 a month. Anyway, I had been wanting to change things up so I sold most of my possessions and moved to NYC within a week. It’s been a surprisingly easy transition mostly because I’ve stayed so busy making videos, working on music, playing shows and traveling. Maybe that still means I’m not really living anywhere.”

SSION Discography

1999 – “Fucked into Oblivion” Album, self-released cassette
2001 – “I Don’t Want New Wave & I Don’t Want the Truth” Album, self-released
2003 – “Minor Treat” EP, Version City Records
2003 – “Opportunity Bless My Soul” Album, Version City Records
2005 – “World’s Worth” 7″, Sound Virus Records
2005 – “Glory Wound” Album, self-released
2006 – “Street Jizz” EP, self-released
2007 – “Fools Gold” Album, Sleazetone Records
2007 – “Clown” 12″ Single & Remixes, Sleazetone Records
2008 – “Street Jizz” 12″ Single & Remixes, Sleazetone Records
2009 – “Ah Ma” Remixes EP, Sleazetone Records
2011 – “Bent” Album, Dovecote Records
2014 – “Pink Christmas” with Hunx and His Punx and Samantha Urbani
2018 – “O”

Cody told Paper (Dec. 14, 2017): “There were a couple of years where I thought I wouldn’t do music again, which is funny to me now. I think in some way I wanted to “grow up” and be taken seriously, whatever that means, and I thought being a director was a serious thing to do. I also got tired of looking at my face and hearing my voice and I just felt like I didn’t know what to say or how to say it — it all felt defeating. I never quit making music or writing songs, I just felt less urgency to put it out into the world. I think in the back of my head I knew it would eventually come back. Right now I can’t think of doing anything else. All I wanna do is SSION 24/7. It feels electric again.”

Cody told From Now Toronto: “It sounds cheesy, but turning 30, you get this idea of what you’re supposed to have accomplished,” he says. “The punk in me left for a bit. I was questioning: should I be a director? People don’t take my music seriously. I should be behind the scenes so I can be taken seriously. But then I was like wait, what? Who gives a shit? Why was I on that trip?”

New SSION Album O will released on DERO ARCADE May 11, 2018.

Now Toronto wrote: “Critcheloe worked on it with several collaborators including Nick Weiss (Teengirl Fantasy), Sam Mehran (Test Icicles) and MNDR. Part of what makes O so much fun is hearing all his queer and nerdy references in music that doesn’t separate punk or pop into silos, or force them into some sort of contrived hybrid format. The songs sound messy and loud, and also hooky and bouncy. Whether the mainstream embraces SSION this time around or not, you can tell he feels good about it.”

Cody told Now Toronto. “This record is a dream come true for me,” he says. “I just want to listen to it from beginning to end.”

O

01 Big as I Can Dream
02 Comeback
03 Forming
04 Dogs on Asphalt [ft. Contessa Stuto, Jennifer Herrema, Melissa Burns]
05 At Least the Sky Is Blue [ft. Ariel Pink]
06 Inherit
07 The Cruel Twirl [ft. Róisín Murphy]
08 1980-99 [ft. Sky Ferreira and Patty Schemel (of Hole)]
09 Marc & Me
10 Let Me Down Like U [ft. MNDR]
11 Tell Me About It
12 Free Lunch (Break) [ft. Devendra Banhart]
13 Heaven Is My Thing Again [ft. Ian Isiah, Jametatone and MNDR]

The first SSION video from O features “Comeback” filmed in Kansas City with appearances from Beth Barden as a waitress at Chubby’s, and a scene shot at Mills Record Company.

Fader (November 20, 2017” writes, “SSION is back, back, back! A new short film, premiering on The FADER today, previews the first two songs from pop genius and video director Cody Critcheloe’s forthcoming new SSION album, “Big As I Can Dream” is a late-night lullaby, the kind you might sing to yourself in your head; a mantra set to music. “Comeback,” on the other hand, is a bright and ballsy singalong of a single that twists and turns from pop to industrial glam rock and back again.”

Cody Critcheloe

From Pitchfork: “Ssion, the pop music project of the painter and filmmaker Cody Critcheloe, is proudly campy and cult, skirting the lines between DIY punk, rock opera, and synth-pop. His last album, 2011’s Bent, was a frenzied trip through neon-lit sex clubs and nights spent cruising. “Comeback,” the first single from his forthcoming album O, doubles down on Ssion’s theatrical, in-your-face production. From its opening bars of bubbling, vintage synth chords and disco fingersnaps, “Comeback” is an upbeat romp of 1980s dance vibes. But the song avoids mere revivalism: Critcheloe and co-producer Nick Weiss (of Teengirl Fantasy) use tricks like extravagant mock-EDM beat drops, wittily deconstructing modern pop tropes. The lyrics are ironically vapid, mimicking bygone Top 40 love songs (“I always knew you’d come back to me/So come back, come back to me”) while Critcheloe’s singing is soaring and flamboyant, making for a performance that’s not just fun, but clever and cutting. A minute before it closes, the sweet instrumentals darken into crunchy noise, and Critcheloe launches into a short but devastating cover of Germs’ “Forming,” in a nod to his glam-punk roots. It’s a risky way to close out what is ostensibly a disco-pop hit, but Critcheloe has more than enough daring to pull it off.”

SSION Videography:

2005 – Liars, “There’s Always Room on the Broom”, music video director
2006 – Scream Club & Electrosexual, “I’m Going Crazy”, music video director
2006 – Ssion, “Street Jizz”, music video director
2007 – Ssion, “ASAP”, music video director
2008 – Tilly and the Wall, “Beat Control”, music video director
2008 – Ssion, “Ah Ma”, music video director
2008 – Ssion, “A Wolves Eye”, music video director
2008 – Ssion, “Credit in the Straight World”, music video director
2008 – Ssion, “Warm Glove”, music video director
2009 – Ssion, Bullshit, music video director
2009 – Gossip, Music for Men, infomercial director
2010 – Gossip, Men in Love, music video director
2010 – Peaches, “Billionaire”, music video director
2010 – Ssion, “Clown”, music video director
2011 – CSS, “City Grrrl”, music video director
2011 – Santigold, “Big Mouth”, music video director
2011 – MNDR, “#1 in Heaven”, music video director
2012 – Ssion, “My Love Grows in the Dark”, music video director
2012 – Ssion, “Earthquake”, music video director
2012 – Ssion, “Feel Good (4-Evr)”, music video director
2012 – Ssion, “Psy-chic”, music video director
2013 – Ssion, “Luvvbazaar”, music video director
2013 – Ssion, “High”, music video director
2014 – Dum Dum Girls, “Lost Boys and Girls Club”, music video director
2014 – Kylie Minogue, “Sexercize”, music video director
2014 – Perfume Genius, “Queen”, music video director
2015 – Lower Dens, “To Die in L.A.”, music video director
2015 – Brooke Candy, “Renegade”, music video director
2018 – SSION “Comeback”, director
2018 – SSION “At Least The Sky Is Blue”, director

SSION has toured with Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Gossip, Fischerspooner and House of Ladosha among others.

11:31

10. SSION – “Comeback”
from: O / Dero Arcade / May 11, 2018
[“Comeback” is the first single from SSION’s forthcoming LP, O. SSION (pronounced “shun”) is a multifaceted creative project spearheaded by Cody Critcheloe. An art-punk act fronted by flamboyant vocalist/artist Cody Critcheloe, Ssion recorded a series of underground releases during the 2000s, yet were perhaps best recognized for their extravagant live show. Ssion (pronounced “shun”) were founded in Kansas City, MO, by Critcheloe, who studied at the Kansas City Art Institute, and draw from a range of influences, including the punk spectacle of Iggy Pop and the dance-party new wave of the B-52’s as well as performance art and gay culture. Critcheloe’s artwork graces the cover of Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Fever to Tell (2003) and the video for Liars’ “There’s Always Room on the Broom” (2004). Besides Critcheloe, Ssion’s membership includes, among others, backup vocalists Taylor Painter-Wolfe and Shannon Michaels, who respectively create costumes and stage props for the act’s live shows. Critcheloe made his recording debut as Ssion in 1999 with Fucked into Oblivion, a self-released cassette/CD-R. I Don’t Want New Wave & I Don’t Want the Truth, another self-released CD-R, followed in 2001. In 2003 Ssion made their label debut, releasing the Minor Treat EP and the Opportunity Bless My Soul album on Version City Records. Next, following a self-released album, Glory Hound (2005), and EP, Street Jizz (2006), Ssion signed to Sleazetone Records. In 2008 the label released the Fools Gold album and the accompanying Clown remix EP. ~ Jason Birchmeier

11:34 – Underwriting

11. Downtown Boys – “Violent Complicity”
from: Cost of Living / Sub Pop Records / August 11, 2018
[Downtown Boys are a punk band formed in 2011 in Providence, Rhode Island. Downtown Boys formed after What Cheer? Brigade tubaist Joey La Neve DeFrancesco met vocalist Victoria Ruiz while working at the Renaissance Hotel in Providence, Rhode Island. DeFrancesco famously quit the hotel by handing in his letter of resignation accompanied by his What Cheer? bandmates. The footage of the resignation went viral. In 2014, Downtown Boys released a 7″ single on Washington D.C.- based Sister Polygon Records to wide acclaim. Downtown Boys released second LP, Full Communism, on Don Giovanni Records on May 5, 2015. The album’s lead single, “Monstro”, drew critical attention from Pitchfork, Stereogum, and the broader music press. Rachel Brodsky of Spin wrote of the single: “Bravely combating, as their press release reads, “the prison-industrial complex, racism, queerphobia, capitalism, fascism, boredom, and all things people use to try to close our minds, eyes and hearts,” Downtown Boys do what their finest punk-rock forefathers did before them: challenge long-held ideas.” The group performed on news show Democracy Now! and was interviewed by host Amy Goodman. Rolling Stone featured the group and dubbed them “America’s Most Exciting Punk Band.” The New Yorker described the group’s live performances, noting that “[t]he tracks speed by with hardcore kineticism, but Ruiz’s lyrics squeeze your hand through the pit: she’s lucid and blunt, celebrating cops, traders, and any other impediment to justice that she can spot. There’s something distinctly post-punk about the Boys, … [i]t could be the saxophone, but it’s probably the spirit.” In 2015, Ruiz and DeFrancesco launched the online magazine Park Mag in collaboration with grassroots advocacy group Demand Progress. The site aims to feature underground and radical artists and connect fans to organizing work.]

[Downtown Boys play the 1st annual Workers Revival Fest, Fri, May 11 & Sat, May 12 at recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd, with Rev. Sekou, Red Kate, Friendship Commanders, EBONY TUSKS, Nublvckcity, Baracutanga, Rev. Sekou, Austin Lucas, Scruffy & the Janitors, and Lovergurl.]

11:39 – Interview with L. Ron Drunkard and Natalie Patrick-Knox

L. Ron Drunkard and Natalie Patrick-Knox

L. Ron Drunkard of Black Site Records and the band Red Kate, and Natalie Patrick-Knox from Jobs With Justice join us to share details about the 1st annual Workers Revival Fest, Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12 at recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd, KCMO, with Downtown Boys, Red Kate, Friendship Commanders, EBONY TUSKS, Nublvckcity, Baracutanga, Rev. Sekou, Austin Lucas, Scruffy & the Janitors, and Lovergurl featuring speakers from Jobs With Justice, Greater AFL-CIO, Noisey, and more.

Workers Revival Fest, May 11 & 12, adds soundtrack to the fight for workers’ rights!

BANDS: Downtown Boys, Baracatunga, Rev. Sekou, Austin Lucas, Friendship Commanders, Red Kate, Ebony Tusks, Nublvckcity, Scruffy & The Janitors, Lovergurl and more!

SPEAKERS: Erica Smiley, National Jobs With Justice; Kim Kelly, leader and organizer at Writers Guild of America East (WGAE), music and labor writer at VICE; Victoria Ruiz, lead singer of Downtown Boys and national workers’ rights activist; Justin Stein, Missouri Jobs With Justice; Martin Rucker, retired NFL Players Association & LiUNA 663 member.

SPONSORS: Jobs with Justice, Black Site Records Cooperative, Greater KC AFL-CIO, 90.1-FM KKFI, ULLICO (Union Labor Life Insurance Co.), Pipe Fitters Local 533.

Kansas City, MO – This week, volunteers are turning in hundreds of thousands of signatures to the Missouri Secretary of State’s office to place two citizen-driven initiatives on the November ballot – raising the statewide minimum wage to $12/hr by 2023 and reforming Missouri’s pitiful campaign financing and ethics laws. Coupled with last year’s drive to include on the ballot a citizen’s veto of the disastrous, freeloading “right-to-work” law the legislature passed in 2017, it is clear that working people are FED UP with corporate power running their government (and their lives), and they are FIGHTING BACK!

To celebrate the work of thousands of volunteers, union members and concerned citizens throughout the region, we are throwing a WORKERS’ REVIVAL FEST May 11 and 12 at the recordBar in Kansas City. The festival will celebrate work in all its forms and teach one another how to stand up to corporate power, support working people, and come together to demand higher pay and a better quality of life.

“This festival will help us change how we talk about workers’ rights,” said Justin Stein, from festival sponsor Missouri Jobs with Justice. “We can move away from the dangerous right-wing narrative that has eroded pay and working standards and toward the truth – that organizing is the only way to ensure working people are bargaining and not begging for better wages and benefits.”

Sponsored by Jobs with Justice, Black Site Records Cooperative, the Greater Kansas City AFL-CIO, ULLICO (formerly known as Union Labor Life Insurance Co), 90.1-FM KKFI, and Pipefitters Local 533, the WORKERS’ REVIVAL FEST will feature a wide range of music from national, regional and local bands including hip hop (Ebony Tusks and NuBlvckCity), Americana/roots (Austin Lucas), Latin/Trad. Central American (Baracutanga), indie rock (Scruffy & The Janitors, Lovergurl) and potent political punk rock and roll (Downtown Boys, Friendship Commanders and Red Kate).

Friday, May 11 – 7 pm
11:45 Downtown Boys
10:45 Red Kate
9:30 Friendship Commanders
8:30 Ebony Tusks
7:30 NuBlvckCity

Saturday, May 12 – 7 pm
11:45 Baracutanga
10:45 Rev. Sekou
9:30 Austin Lucas
8:30 Scruffy & The Janitors
7:30 Lovergurl

Between bands both nights, we’ll have prominent speakers in the labor, arts and activist communities, as well as several local worker leaders and poets. The list includes:

Erica Smiley, National Jobs With Justice
Kim Kelly, leader/organizer – Writers Guild of America East, music & labor writer- VICE;
Victoria Ruiz, lead singer of Downtown Boys and national workers’ rights activist
Martin Rucker, retired NFL Players Association and LiUNA 663 member.
Justin Stein, Missouri Jobs With Justice

Workshops are scheduled on Saturday, May 12 at the Collection Restaurant, 1532 Grand Blvd. Workshops are FREE but registration is requested.

Saturday, May 12
10am-4pm Activist Art led by Julia Cole, Dave Loewenstein, and Rico and IT
10am-12pm Know Your Rights at Work led by labor educator Judy Ancel
1pm-3pm Organizing 101 led by Kim Kelly
1pm-4pm Storytelling Workshop w/ Center for Story-based Strategies

Tickets for the music portion of the Fest are $10 each night, or $16 for both nights and can be purchased at the door, or in advance at http://tinyurl.com/KC-WRF-Tix.

The Fest is All Ages, though minors must be accompanied by a legal guardian.

Connect with the Fest online:
Website – https://workersrevival.com/
Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/workersrevival/
Facebook Event Page – https://tinyurl.com/KC-WRF-FBevent
Workshop Details – http://tinyurl.com/KC-WRF-Workshops
Twitter – https://twitter.com/workersrevival, @workersrevival
Spotify Playlist- https://tinyurl.com/KC-WRF-Playlist

CONTACT: Natalie Patrick-Knox / natalie@jwj.org / 503-915-5701

Workers Revival Fest, Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12 at recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd, KCMO, with Downtown Boys, Red Kate, Friendship Commanders, EBONY TUSKS, Nublvckcity, Baracutanga, Rev. Sekou, Austin Lucas, Scruffy & the Janitors, and Lovergurl featuring speakers from Jobs With Justice, Greater AFL-CIO, Noisey, and more. Community Workshops will be available on Saturday, May 12, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Collection Restaurant, 1532 Grand Blvd. More info at: http://www.black-site.org

11:57

12. Friendship Commanders – “Scuffle”
from: Scuffle – Single / Buick Prentice Records / June 23, 2017
[Friendship Commanders are Jerry Roe and B. Arson, a melodic punk/hardcore/sludge duo from Nashville, TN. Their first full-length album, DAVE, was released on February 12th, 2016. They have additionally released four EPs, and four annual Halloween singles which benefit addiction research and/or recovery resources, all on Trimming The Shield Records. Band members Jerry Roe and B. Arson are committed to making work that promotes conversation around tolerance, equality, communication, and human rights. Their second album, recorded with Steve Albini, will be released in 2018.]

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

Next week, on May 16, we talk with international indie rocker Kat Dail who returns to her hometown to play an EP Release show at recordBar, Tues, May 22, w/ Run With It. We will also talk with Mikal Shapiro who will share music form her up coming album The Musical Volume 2. Mikal will have an album release show at The Buffalo Room, 817 Westport Road, Sat, May 26, at 7:00 pm. Also next week, the KC band My Oh My joins us to share music from their new release, The War Outside. My Oh My play an album release show, at recordBar, Sat, May 19, w/ Brandon Phillips & The Condition, Timbers, & Jake Wells. Also next week, members of the band Instant Karma share their new single, release through Sunflower Soul Records. Instant Karma play SoundMachine, Sat, May 26, at recordBar, w/ Dylan Guthrie & The Good Time Guys, and Foshee.

Our Script/Playlist is a “cut and paste” of information.
Sources for notes: artist’s websites, bios, wikipedia.org

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Show #733

Wednesday MidDay Medley

WMM presents Cody Critcheloe of SSION + Workers Revival Fest + David Wayne Reed’s Eternal Harvest + Woodstack

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, May 9, 2018

Cody Critcheloe of SSION + Workers Revival Fest
+ David Wayne Reed’s “Eternal Harvest” + Woodstack 2018

Mark Plays New & MidCoastal Releases from: SSION, Claire Adams, Betse & Clarke, Love Mae C of NuBlvckCity, The Sleazebeats, Those Far Out Arrows, Rev. Sekou, Friendship Commanders, and Downtown Boys.

A still from David Wayne Reed’s short film, Eternal Harvest.

At 10:11 David Wayne Reed talks about his new short film, Eternal Harvest, capturing the cycle of life as depicted by the growing season on a rural Kansas farm. Using drones, dance, farm implements, heirloom quilts, agriculture, and video installation, Eternal Harvest is a 2017 Rocket Grant recipient with support from Charlotte Street Foundation, Spencer Museum of Art, and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. The film will premiere as part of the Miami County Farm Tour, Saturday, May 12 at 11:00 am, on David’s family farm, 33499 Cold Water Rd, Louisburg, KS. The film is part of a larger installation including a collection of antique tractors from David’s dad, and his grandmother’s extraordinary quilts.

Pamper the Madman

At 10:30 Members of the band Pamper The Madman: Johnny Hamil, Theresa Scott, and Chris Tady join us to share details about Woodstack 2018, Saturday, May 12 at Woodyard BBQ, 3001 Merriam Lane in Kansas City, Kansas. Theresa Scott’s family has owned and operated Woodyard BBQue for generations, so Theresa is throwing a party on the patio to celebrate. This event will featuring Pamper The Madman, and Theresa’s longtime friends Ernie Locke with SopChoppy, Billy Belzer of The Sleazebeats with Charlie Colborne, Betse & Clarke, Wyco Low Riders (Jason Beers & Johnny Hamil’s all bass band), along with: Erica Joy, Claire Adams, and The Almighty Trouble Brothers (their first show).

Cody Critcheloe of SSION.

At 11:00 we have an extended interview with artist, musician, and director Cody Critcheloe of SSION. Cody grew up in Kentucky, and graduated from the KC Art Institute. Cody has been living in NYC for nearly a decade, however still thinks of Kansas City as his “chosen family” home. Paper Magazine calls Cody, “an insanely talented master-of-all trades (he sings, paints and directs), has refused to play by the rules since he began, manufacturing full-fledged, DIY music-visual experiences. SSION has garnered a cult following, both as an artist and music video director, and now counts pop icons Robyn and Kylie Minogue among his fans.” SSION is releasing the new album, 0 on May 11 on DERO ARCADE Records. More info at: http://www.ssion.com

Workers Revival Fest

At 11:30 Shawn Saving of Black Site Records, and Natalie Patrick-Knox from Jobs With Justice join us to share details about the 1st annual Workers Revival Fest, Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12 at recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd, KCMO, with Downtown Boys, Red Kate, Friendship Commanders, EBONY TUSKS, Nublvckcity, Baracutanga, Rev. Sekou, Austin Lucas, Scruffy & the Janitors, and Lovergurl featuring speakers from Jobs With Justice, Greater AFL-CIO, Noisey, and more. Community Workshops will be available on Saturday, May 12, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Collection Restaurant, 1532 Grand Blvd. Workshops will be led by Julia Cole, Dave Loewenstein, Rico, Judy Ancel, Kim Kelly, and the Center for Story-based Strategies. More info at: http://www.black-site.org

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Show #733

WMM Playlist from May 2, 2018

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, May 2, 2018

Spinning Records With Marion Merritt
+ Barry Lee & An Evening With the Music of The Beatles: Unplugged

10:00 – Guest Producer: Marion Merritt

Marion Merritt of Records With Merritt

We welcome back to the show, Marion Merritt as our special “Guest Producer.” For 14 years now she has been sharing her musical discoveries and information from her encyclopedic brain. Marion is the creator of Records With Merritt, a small, independent, minority owned business, at 1614 Westport Rd. in Kansas City, Missouri.

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

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

3. Cymande – “Anthracite”
from: Second Time Round/ Cherry Red / 1973 [Reissued by Mr. Bongo 2018]
[Cymande (See-man-day) was a British funk group that released several albums in the early 1970s and reunited in 2014 with a European tour and a new album released in 2015. The group was formed by Steve Scipio and Patrick Patterson in 1971 in London, England, along with musicians from Guyana, Jamaica and Saint Vincent. The name Cymande is derived from a calypso word for dove, symbolising peace and love. The group developed a subtle and complex, deep funk style influenced by calypso rhythms, jazz, African music, American soul and UK rock of the time. By the mid-1970s the band members were going their separate ways, and the group disbanded in 1974. It was not until 20 years later that they reaped any financial rewards, as their music became a popular source for samplers. Cymande’s original albums are still widely sought-after by DJs and funk aficionados. Perhaps the band’s best known recording is the soulful dancefloor filler called “Bra”, which was later sampled by the American hip-hop group De La Soul and used as a breakbeat record by Kool Herc and Grandmaster Flash. Cymande was accidentally discovered by English producer John Schroeder in a Soho, London club where they were rehearsing. He was there to see a rock band but the gig had been cancelled, and he stumbled upon these West Indian musicians. He soon signed the band and recorded their initial single “The Message.” The single was released by Janus Records, a division of Chess Records. The track reached #20 on the US Billboard R&B chart. This set the stage for Cymande’s self-titled release in 1972. Cymande traveled to New York after the success of the first album, and began a tour of the US with Al Green. They shared bills with Latin funk ensemble Mandrill. They played The Apollo, and played a gig on Soul Train. The band released 3 LPs for Janus. However, their final album, Promised Heights, was not released in the US, where Cymande had achieved their initial success. Promised Heights included “Brothers on the Slide”, “The Recluse” and “Promised Heights”. The tracks “Brothers on the Slide” and “Bra” also were staples of the rare groove scene that developed in London and NYC nightclubs during the 1980s.

Discography
1972 – Cymande
1973 – Second Time Round
1974 – Promised Heights
1981 – Arrival
1999 – The Message (compilation)
2000 – The Soul of Rasta (compilation)
2003 – The Best of Cymande (compilation)
2003 – Nyah-Rock (compilation)
2004 – Renegades of Funk (best of anthology)
2007 – Promised Heights (reissue compilation)
2015 – A Simple Act of Faith]

4. Cymande – “Promised Heights
from: Promised Heights / Newhouse Records / 1974 [Reissued by Mr. Bongo 2018]

5. King Britt & Sister Gertrude Morgan – “Living Bread”
from: King Britt Presents: Sister Gertrude Morgan / Ropeadope / 2005
[Reissued 2018]
[King Britt is a DJ, composer & record producer from Philadelphia. He is a 1986 graduate of Central High School (Philadelphia). In 1987 he started working at Tower Records, as a buyer for the singles/import section. His extensive knowledge of dance music made him an in demand buyer in the company. He went on to make many connections in the music community, bringing in records and new labels from all over the world. King attended Temple University. He produced King Britt Presents: Sister Gertrude Morgan in 2005. A recreation of self-proclaimed bride of christ, Sister Gertrude’s original Preservation Hall album gets new life. The record goes on to be included in the Michael Mann’s 2006 film Miami Vice, on the AdBusters compilation, Live Without Dead Time and the HBO television show True Blood. Sister Gertrude Morgan (April 7, 1900 – July 8, 1980) was a self-taught African American artist, musician, poet and preacher. Born in LaFayette, Alabama, she relocated to New Orleans in 1939, where she lived and worked until her death in 1980. Sister Morgan achieved critical acclaim during her lifetime for her folk art paintings. Her work has been included in many groundbreaking exhibitions of visionary and folk art from the 1970s onwards. In 1957 Sister Morgan received another revelation from God. Dreaming, she heard a voice that told her she was the Bride of Christ. She then discarded her black missionary attire in favor of an all-white ensemble made up of a nurses’ uniform, peaked nurses’ cap and matching white shoes. Music was another tool of Sister Morgan’s ministry. In the early 1970s, Let’s Make A Record was recorded in order to capture Morgan singing and playing her tambourine. In 2004 the original album was re-released on the Preservation Hall Recordings label. In 2005, Ropeadope released King Britt presents Sister Gertrude Morgan, which took the a cappella/tambourine recordings of Let’s Make A Record and added contemporary beat programming and instrumentation. The album received rave reviews and created a new, young audience for Sister Gertrude Morgan. The album artwork featured her paintings.]

6. Nina Simone – “I Can’t See Nobody (Daniel Y. Remix)”
from: Nina Simone Remixed & Reimagined / Legacy /2006 [Reissued-Legacy RCA 2008]
[Nina Simone was born Eunice Kathleen Waymon on February 21, 1933. She died April 21, 2003. She was was a singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and activist in the Civil Rights Movement. Simone employed a broad range of musical styles including classical, jazz, blues, folk, R&B, gospel, and pop. Born in North Carolina, the sixth child of a preacher, Waymon aspired to be a concert pianist. With the help of a few supporters in her hometown of Tryon, North Carolina, she enrolled in the Juilliard School of Music in New York. Waymon then applied for a scholarship to study at the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where she was denied admission despite a well-received audition. Waymon became fully convinced this rejection had been entirely due to racial discrimination. In 2003, just days before her death, the Curtis Institute of Music bestowed on her an honorary degree. To make a living, Eunice Waymon changed her name to “Nina Simone”. The change related to her need to disguise herself from family members, having chosen to play “the devil’s music” or “cocktail piano” at a nightclub in Atlantic City. She was told in the nightclub that she would have to sing to her own accompaniment, and this effectively launched her career as a jazz vocalist. Simone recorded more than 40 albums, mostly between 1958, when she made her debut with Little Girl Blue, and 1974. She had a hit in the United States in 1958 with “I Loves You, Porgy”. Simone’s musical style fused gospel and pop with classical music, in particular Johann Sebastian Bach, and accompanied expressive, jazz-like singing in her contralto voice.]

7. Thievery Corporation – “Music to Make You Stagger”
from: Treasures from the Temple / Eighteen St – ESL / April 20, 2018
[10th album from Thievery Corporation was formed in the summer of 1995 at Washington D.C.’s Eighteenth Street Lounge. Rob Garza and Lounge co-owner Eric Hilton were drawn together over their mutual love of club life, as well as dub, bossa nova and jazz records. They decided to see what would come of mixing all these in a recording studio, and from this, in 1996 the duo started their Eighteenth Street Lounge Music record label. The duo drew attention with their first two 12-inch offerings, “Shaolin Satellite” and “2001: a Spliff Odyssey” and with their 1996 debut LP, Sounds from the Thievery Hi-Fi. The duo has publicly stated their fondness of the Brazilian culture in interviews and liner notes of their releases, especially of the 1960s Bossa Nova music movement. Some of their earlier recordings even had specific artwork paying homage to classic releases by bossa nova artists like João Gilberto (His self-titled 1973 album) or Tom Jobim (Stone Flower). They also released “Sounds From The Verve Hi-Fi” in 2001, a ‘best of’ compilation of 1960s–1970s material of Verve Records that includes Jazz, Bossa Nova and Latin Jazz works from artists like Cal Tjader, Wes Montgomery, Sérgio Mendes & Brasil ’66, Luiz Bonfá, among others. Their 1997 debut album is also dedicated to the memory of Antonio Carlos Jobim, who died three years earlier.]

8. Thievery Corporation – “Voyage Libre (feat. LouLou Ghelichkhani)”
from: Treasures from the Temple / Eighteen St – ESL / April 20, 2018

10:39 – Underwriting

9. Bettye LaVette – “Person to Person”
from: Strange Angels: In Flight with Elmore James / Sylvan Songs / Jan. 26, 2018
[Bettye LaVette was born Betty Jo Haskins, on January 29, 1946. She is an American soul singer-songwriter who made her first record at sixteen, but achieved only intermittent fame until 2005, with her album I’ve Got My Own Hell to Raise. Her eclectic musical style combines elements of soul, blues, rock and roll, funk, gospel, and country music. LaVette was born in Muskegon, Michigan, and raised in Detroit. Unlike many of her contemporaries, she did not begin singing in the church, but in her parents’ living room, singing R&B and country and western music. She was signed by Johnnie Mae Matthews, a local record producer. In 1962, aged sixteen, she recorded a single, “My Man — He’s a Lovin’ Man”, with Matthews, which became a Top Ten R&B hit after Atlantic Records bought distribution rights. This led to a tour with rhythm and blues musicians Clyde McPhatter, Ben E. King, Barbara Lynn, and then-newcomer Otis Redding. She next hit the charts with “Let Me Down Easy” on Calla Records in 1965. This led to a brief stint with The James Brown Revue. After recording several singles for local Detroit labels, LaVette signed to the Silver Fox label in 1969. She cut a handful of tracks, including two Top 40 R&B hits: “He Made A Woman Out Of Me” and “Do Your Duty”. The Memphis studio musicians on these recordings have since become known as The Dixie Flyers. In 1972, she signed once again with Atlantic/Atco. She was sent to Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Alabama to record what was to be her first full-length album. Titled Child of the Seventies, it was produced by Brad Shapiro and featured the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, now known as The Swampers, but Atco chose not to issue the album. The mid 1970s saw a brief stint and two 45s with Epic, and in 1978 she released the disco smash on West End Records “Doin’ The Best That I Can”. In 1982, she was signed by her hometown label, Motown, and sent to Nashville to record. The resulting LP (her first album actually issued), titled Tell Me A Lie, was produced by Steve Buckingham. The first single, “Right In The Middle (Of Falling In Love)” hit the R&B Top 40. She briefly gave up recording for a six-year run in the Broadway smash Bubbling Brown Sugar, appearing alongside Honi Coles and Cab Calloway. After LaVette had played her own personal mono recordings of Child of the Seventies for Gilles Petard, a French soul music collector, he sought the master recordings at Atlantic, whose personnel had previously thought they had been lost in a fire some years back. In 1999, he finally discovered the masters and then licensed the album from Atlantic and released it in 2000 as Souvenirs on his Art and Soul label. At the same time, Let Me Down Easy — Live In Concert was issued by the Dutch Munich label. Both albums sparked a renewed interest in LaVette and in 2003, A Woman Like Me (produced by Dennis Walker) was released. The CD won the 2004 W. C. Handy Award for “Comeback Blues Album of the Year”. In an interview, LaVette identified A Woman Like Me as the first album in the second phase of her career and said her 2012 autobiography was named after the album.]

10. C.W. Stoneking – “Jungle Blues”
from: Jungle Blues / King Hokum / 2008 [Reissued by King Hokum 2018]
[Christopher William “C.W.” Stoneking (born 1974) is an Australian blues singer-songwriter, guitarist and banjo player. He has released three studio albums, King Hokum (March 2005), Jungle Blues (28 August 2008) and Gon’ Boogaloo (17 October 2014), on his own King Hokum Records label.]

11. Kevin Morby – “Slow Train (feat. Cate Le Bon)”
from: Harlem River / Woodsist / November 26, 2013
[Debut full length solo release from Kevin Robert Morby born April 2, 1988. Kevin learned to play guitar when he was 10. In his teens he formed the band Creepy Aliens. 17-year-old Morby dropped out of Blue Valley Northwest High School, got his GED, and moved from his native Kansas City to Brooklyn in the mid-2000s, supporting himself by working bike delivery and café jobs. He later joined the noise-folk group Woods on bass. While living in Brooklyn, he became close friends and roommates with Cassie Ramone of the punk trio Vivian Girls, and the two formed a side project together called The Babies, who released albums in 2011 and 2012. He began a solo career in 2013 releasing his debut album Harlem River with positive reviews. His 2nd album Still Life was released in 2014. His album Singing Saw was one of our 116 Best Recordings of 2016, In 2017 Kevin Morby released his 4th album, City Music on Dead Oceans Records. It was one of WMM’s The 117 Best Recordings of 2017.]

[Kevin Morby plays recordBar, 1520 Grand, KCMO. Saturday, May 5, at 9:00 pm, with Hand Habits.]

12. Mike Donovan – “Spiral Tee Shirt”
from: How to Get Your Record Played in Shops / Drag City / April 20, 2018
[Mike Donovan was born October 6, 1971. He is a San Francisco, California based musician best known as the guitarist and singer of Sic Alps (2004-2013). He has also released music by other San Francisco musicians with his Dial Records and Folding Cassettes labels. Donovan is a veteran of several other bands. He was a member of The Ropers, The Church Steps with Chris Douglas, NAM, Big Techno Werewolves, Sounds of the Barbary Coast and Yikes. In October 2013 he released his solo debut “Wot” on Drag City. In May 2015, Donovan formed the San Francisco lo-fi supergroup The Peacers, releasing a self-titled debut on July 17, 2015. The self-titled album was co-produced and co-performed by Ty Segall. The current lineup of The Peacers is Mike Donovan, Shayde Sartin, Mike Shoun and Bo Moore. The band release their 2nd record “Introducing The Crimsmen” on Drag City on June 16, 2017]

11:00 – Station ID

13. Matador! Soul Sounds – “Get Ready”
from: Get Ready / Color Red Records / March 12, 2018
[Matador! Soul Sounds is a band loosely based on the concept of Spanish bullfighting. A common misconception in America is that bullfighting is a feat of one man versus one bull—in reality, bullfighting is largely a team effort by a matador and his cuadrilla. Born from the vision of Eddie Roberts (The New Mastersounds) and Alan Evans (Soulive) their fierce cuadrilla consists of keyboardist Chris Spies and bassist Kevin Scott (Jimmy Herring) as the band’s “banderilleros”. Adding a feminine energy to the band are Adryon de León and Kimberly Dawson (Pimps of Joytime) on vocals. Combining the dynamism of each band leader, the music they have created is brand new, hard hitting and drenched with their shared musical passions – jazz, funk & soul. The band made their official World Debut at Live for Live Music’s Brooklyn Comes Alive 2017 and will be touring in the spring of 2018 behind their first full length EP “Get Ready”]

14. The New Mastersounds – “Chicago Girl”
from: Renewable Energy / One Note Records / April 13, 2018
[The New Mastersounds are a British four-piece jazz fusion and funk band from Leeds, England. Over the last 16 years, they have issued ten studio albums, two live dates, two remix collections, and a compilation album.In the late 1990s, guitarist and producer Eddie Roberts was running a club night in Leeds called “The Cooker.” When The Cooker moved into a new venue with a second floor in 1999, there was space and the opportunity to put a live band together to complement the DJ sets. Simon Allen and Roberts had played together in 1997 as The Mastersounds, with a different bassist and no organ. Through friends and the intimate nature of the Leeds music scene, Pete Shand and Bob Birch were added on bass and Hammond respectively, establishing The New Mastersounds. Their first rehearsal produced the release for Blow it Hard Records on two limited-edition 7″ singles in 2000.]

15. Grouper – “Parking Lot”
from: Grid of Points / Kranky / April 27, 2018
[Grouper is the solo project of US-American musician, artist and producer Liz Harris. She has been releasing material on her own label and other independent labels since 2005. Grouper released the critically acclaimed Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill in 2008, followed by five more records, including a two-part album, A I A, and the piano-led album Ruins. Her eleventh album, Grid Of Points was released on April 27, 2018. On March 8, 2018, the song Parking Lot from the forthcoming album was released via her BandCamp. She has collaborated with a number of other artists, including Xiu Xiu, Jesy Fortino (Mirrorring), Roy Montgomery, The Bug, Lawrence English (Slow Walkers), and Jefre Cantu-Ledesma (Raum). Harris was born in Northern California and grew up around the San Francisco Bay area. She grew up in a Fourth Way commune there which was inspired by the philosophy of George Gurdjieff. The community was known as “The Group”, which would later serve as some inspiration for the moniker Grouper. According to Harris, the kids called each other and the parents ‘groupers’ sort of as a defiance. She says: “It was us making our own identities inside a pretty controlled environment, and sort of lashing back maybe… When I had to think of a name I felt annoyed at nothing sounding right. I wanted something that referenced me without referencing ‘Me.'” According to her, she “felt like the music was at its barest just a grouping of sounds, and I was just the grouper.”]

16. Melody’s Echo Chamber – “Breathe in, Breathe Out”
from: Bon Voyage / Fat Possum Records / June 16, 2018
[Melody’s Echo Chamber is the main project of French musician Melody Prochet. When Prochet’s previous project My Bee’s Garden supported Tame Impala on their European tour in 2010, Prochet collaborated with Kevin Parker to produce her new solo material as Melody’s Echo Chamber. The material was recorded in Parker’s makeshift studio in Perth, Australia and Prochet’s grandmother’s seaside home in the south of France. The self-titled debut album was released on Fat Possum Records in the Fall of 2012.]

17. Lou Johnson – “Rock Me Baby”
from: Sweet Southern Soul / Water Music Records / 1969
[Reissued by Run Out Groove Records 2018]
[Born 1941, in Brooklyn, NYC. He is a soul singer & pianist who was active as a recording artist in the 60s and early 70s. He started singing in gospel choirs in his teens, before studying music at Brooklyn College. He learned keyboards & percussion, forming a gospel group, the Zionettes, who recorded for Simpson Records and achieved some local success. Johnson then formed a secular group, the Coanjos, with Tresia Cleveland & Ann Gissendammer, recording “Dance the Boomerang” before Cleveland & Gissendanner left to become the Soul Sisters. In 1962, Johnson signed as a solo singer with Bigtop Records, run by the Hill & Range music publishing company in the Brill Building. There, he met the songwriting team of Burt Bacharach & Hal David, who wrote Johnson’s 1st single, “If I Never Get to Love You”. Neither that song nor his 2nd record, “You Better Let Him Go”, were hits, but his 3rd single, “Reach Out for Me”, also written by Bacharach & David and this time produced by Bacharach, reached # 74 on the Billboard Hot 100 in late 1963. However, as it rose up the charts, the record company collapsed, limiting the record’s success. Johnson signed to its successor label, Big Hill, and continued to record Bacharach & David songs. In 1964, his original version of “(There’s) Always Something There to Remind Me”, with backing vocals by Doris Troy, Dee Dee Warwick, and Cissy Houston, reached # 49 in the US charts. In the UK, a cover version by English singer Sandie Shaw rose to #1 on the British singles chart. Johnson also recorded the original versions of several other Bacharach & David songs that later proved to be bigger hits for other musicians. “Reach Out for Me”, “Message to Michael (Kentucky Bluebird)” (originally “A Message to Martha”), and “(There’s) Always Something There to Remind Me” were all American hits, also produced by Bacharach & David, for Dionne Warwick. Several of his records reached the Cashbox R&B Top 20 including “Always” peaking at # 12 and “Reach Out” at #15. In the UK, Johnson’s version of “A Message to Martha” was his biggest hit, reaching #36 in late 1964, but was outsold by Adam Faith’s cover version. In 1965, working with the team of Bill Giant, Bernie Baum & Florence Kaye on the reactivated Bigtop label, Johnson recorded a vocal version of Sidney Bechet’s instrumental hit of a few years earlier, “Petite Fleur”, entitled “A Time to Love, A Time to Cry”. He appeared on the UK TV program: Ready Steady Go!, but neither it nor its follow-ups, a version of the jazz standard “Anytime” and then a version of “Walk On By” co-produced by Allen Toussaint, were successful, and the record company’s choice of songs distanced him from his earlier audience. An album, called Anytime, went unreleased as the record company again collapsed. Johnson recorded two albums in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The first, Sweet Southern Soul, for the Atlantic subsidiary Cotillion, was produced by R&B producer, Jerry Wexler, at Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals. Allen Toussaint produced the 2nd, With You in Mind, at his New Orleans studio for Stax’s Volt label, but neither proved successful. After moving to Orange County, CA, Johnson became a nightclub entertainer. He sometimes performed in a latter-day version of the Ink Spots.]

18. Sir Stanley – “I Believe”
from: Eccentric Soul: The Saru Label / Numero Group / March 23, 2018
[20th volume of our flagship Eccentric Soul series has all the boxes checked: Gun-toting, skip-tracing record producers, child stars, rip-offs, the “World’s Greatest Bail Bondsman,” swindles, soaring falsettos, and a dwindling rust-belt cityscape offering mere glimpses of hope before the record industry escaped for the coasts. Helmed by the O’Jays Bobby Massey, Saru was a creative vortex that pulled Cuyahoga County’s greatest talent in, making a strong case for Cleveland to contend with Detroit, Philly, and Memphis as America’s soul music’s capital. Deluxe compact disc includes 25 obscure and unknown sides from the Out of Sights, the Elements, Pandella Kelly, David Peoples, Sir Stanley, the Ponderosa Twins + 1, Ba-Roz, Bobby Dukes, and of course, the O’Jays.]

19. Miles Davis & John Coltrane – “Round Midnight (Live from Olympia Theatre, Paris)”
from: The Final Tour: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 6 / Columbia-Sony Legacy / March 23, 2018
[The latest entry in the award-winning Miles Davis Bootleg Series focuses on the final chapter in the landmark collaboration between Davis and saxophonist John Coltrane: their last live performances together, in Europe in the spring of 1960. Miles and Coltrane first collaborated in 1955, when Davis recruited the tenor saxophonist alongside pianist Red Garland, bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Philly Joe Jones. This “first great quintet” made their Columbia Records debut in 1957. Those early recordings showcased the stunning contrasts between Miles’ spacious, melodic lines and Trane’s cascading high-energy solos, famously described by the critic Ira Gilter in 1958 as “sheets of sound.” While the quintet disbanded shortly after the release of ‘Round About Midnight, Coltrane was back in Miles’ ensemble in early 1958. A year late, the Miles Davis Sextet (Davis, Coltrane, Chambers, saxophonist Julian “Cannonball” Adderley, pianists Bill Evans or Wynton Kelly, and drummer Jimmy Cobb) recorded the historic Kind Of Blue, the best-selling jazz album of all time. And for this final tour the rhythm section of Kelly, Chambers and Cobb backed Miles and Trane. These historic performances marked Miles and Trane’s last outing together and showcased both musicians’ incredible influence on the changing sound of jazz. The beautiful music they made together is presented here officially for the very first time. The 4CD set The Final Tour: The Bootleg Series Vol. 6 includes concerts recorded in Paris, Copenhagen and Stockholm.]

Marion Merritt thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley. Marion is the creator of Records With Merritt, a small, independent, minority owned business, at 1614 Westport Rd. in Kansas City, Missouri. More info at: http://www.recordswithmerritt.com

11:31 – Underwriting

11:33 – Interview with Barry Lee

Barry Lee and Marion Merritt on the May 2, 2018 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM.

Barry Lee joins us to share information about, An Evening With the Music of The Beatles: Unplugged, Saturday, May 12 at 7:30 PM, at Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St, Lawrence, KS. Signal to Noise’s Barry Lee hosts an All-Star group of KC & Lawrence musicians in a benefit for KPR’s Audio Reader Network. The evening will highlight the quieter side of the Beatles’ music. Special guests, The Volker Brothers (David George & Eric Voeks) will open the show with a set of acoustic Beatles songs.

Barry Lee is the host & producer of Signal To Noise heard Friday nights at 9:00 PM.

We offered our sincere condolences on the loss of Barry’s friend and wife Caroline Lee who passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 18th, surrounded by her family.

Caroline and Barry Lee

Caroline was an early volunteer and organizer for KKFI beginning in 1985. When the station went on the air in 1988, she hosted a show called “Watusi Rodeo,” which was one of the first alternative country radio shows in the country.

After that, she guested often on Signal To Noise, tended her garden, went to music shows and doted on her cats.

Barry plans two memorial shows for Caroline Lee on May 4th and May 11th, at 9:00 pm on KKFI. Signal To Noise, will present “Watusi Radio” a tribute to Caroline Lee on Friday, May 4, at 9:00 PM.

There will also be a concert at Knuckleheads in July in her memory. She requested donations be sent to KKFI via http://www.kkfi.org/donate in lieu of flowers or cards.

Barry has been working on a special benefit he is producing for KPR’s Audio Reader Network.

An Evening With the Music of The Beatles: Unplugged, Saturday, May 12 at 7:30 PM, at Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St, Lawrence, KS

An Evening With the Music of The Beatles: Unplugged, Saturday, May 12 at 7:30 PM, at Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St, Lawrence, KS.

10:42

20. Beatles Tribute Band – “Two Of Us”
from: Unreleased Rehearsal Recordings / April 29, 2018
[Mike Penner on guitar & vocals, Darrell Lea on guitar & vocals, Nate Holt on keyboards, Paul Lemon on percussion, Pat Tomek on drums, & Michael Paull on bass & vocals]

10:46 – More interview with Barry Lee

Barry Lee joins us to share information about, An Evening With the Music of The Beatles: Unplugged, Saturday, May 12 at 7:30 PM, at Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St, Lawrence, KS.

Signal to Noise’s Barry Lee hosts an All-Star group of KC & Lawrence musicians in a benefit for KPR’s Audio Reader Network.

The evening will highlight the quieter side of the Beatles’ music. Special guests, The Volker Brothers (David George & Erik Voeks) will open the show with a set of acoustic Beatles songs.

The Volker Brothers (David George & Erik Voeks) will open the show

All – Star band:
Mike Penner on guitar,
Darrell Lea on guitar,
Nate Holt on keyboards,
Paul Lemon on percussion,
Pat Tomek on drums, &
Michael Paull on vocals and bass

11:56

21. Beatles Tribute Band – “Fool On A Hill”
from: Unreleased Rehearsal Recording / April 29, 2018
[Mike Penner on guitar, Darrell Lea on guitar, Nate Holt on keyboards, Paul Lemon on percussion, Pat Tomek on drums, & Michael Paull on vocals and bass]

[An Evening With the Music of The Beatles: Unplugged, Saturday, May 12 at 7:30 PM, at Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St, Lawrence, KS.]

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

Next week, on May 9th David Wayne Reed joins us to share information the premiere of Eternal Harvest his new short film about the cycle of life as depicted by the growing season on a rural Kansas farm using drones, dance, farm implements, heirloom quilts, agriculture, and video installation, that will be part of the Miami County Farm Tour May 12 in Louisburg, Kansas. Also next week we’ll talk with Johnny Hamil, Theresa Scott, Chris Tady about Woodstack 2018 on Saturday, May 12 at Woodyard BBQ, 3001 Merriam Lane in Kansas City, Kansas featuring The Sleazebeats, Sopchoppy, Claire Adams, Erica Joy, Betse & Clarke, WyCo Low Riders, The Almighty Trouble Brothers and Pamper The Madman. Also next week we have an extended interview with Musician and Director Cody Critcheloe of SSION, just before the national release of the new SSION album, 0, thaty comes out May 11 on DERO ARCADE records. Also next week Shawn Saving joins us to share information about Workers Revival Fest – May 11 and 12 at recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd, KCMO, with Downtown Boy, Red Kate, Friendship Commanders, EBONY TUSKS, Nublvckcity, Baracutanga, Rev. Sekou, Austin Lucas, Scruffy & the Janitors, and Lovergurl featuring speakers from Jobs With Justice, Greater AFL-CIO, Noisey, and more

Our Script/Playlist is a “cut and paste” of information.
Sources for notes: artist’s websites, bios, wikipedia.org

Wednesday MidDay Medley in on the web:
http://www.kkfi.org,
http://www.WednesdayMidDayMedley.org,
http://www.facebook.com/WednesdayMidDayMedleyon90.1FM

Show #732

Wednesday MidDay Medley

Wednesday MidDay Medley is Spinning Records With Marion Merritt + Barry Lee

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, May 2, 2018

Spinning Records With Marion Merritt
+ Barry Lee & An Evening With the Music of The Beatles: Unplugge
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Marion Merritt of Records With Merritt

Mark welcomes Marion Merritt, of Records With Merritt, who joins us as “Guest Producer” to share sonic discoveries and information from her musically-encyclopedic-brain. Marion will spin tracks from: Cymande, Kevin Morby, CW Stoneking, Lou Johnson, Tim Maia, Miles & Trane, King Britt, Grouper, Epic Soundtracks, Cavern of Anti-Matter, Melody’s Echo Chamber, and more. Records With Merritt is located at 1614 Westport Road, KCMO. More info at: http://www.recordswithmerritt.com.

Barry Lee

At 11:30 Barry Lee joins us to share information about, An Evening With the Music of The Beatles: Unplugged, Saturday, May 12 at 7:30 PM, at Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St, Lawrence, KS. Signal to Noise’s Barry Lee hosts an All-Star group of KC & Lawrence musicians in a benefit for KPR’s Audio Reader Network. The evening will highlight the quieter side of the Beatles’ music. Special guests, The Volker Brothers (David George & Erik Voeks) will open the show with a set of acoustic Beatles songs.

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

Show #732

WMM Playlist from April 25, 2018

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, April 25, 2018

Grand Marquis + Cris Williamson + John Keck +
Patrick Alonzo Conway & Gamelan Genta Kasturi

10:00 – Station ID

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

Caroline Lee & Barry Lee

We lost one of our own at KKFI as Caroline Lee passed away early in the morning on Wednesday, April 18th, surrounded by her family. Caroline was married to Barry Lee. Together they have been a constant presence in the area music scene and on the radio. Caroline was an early volunteer and organizer for 90.1 FM. When the station went the air in 1988 Caroline hosted and produced “Watusi Rodeo,” (one of the first alternative country radio shows). When that program ended its run, she was often a guest-host on, Signal To Noise. Barry Lee will present a radio memorial for Caroline on May 4th at 9:00 pm. There will also be a concert at Knuckleheads Saloon in July in her memory.

In honor of Caroline’s passing I would love to play a song from Cris Williamson’s 2001 release “Ashes,” 12 original songs about transformation, love, and the Phoenix rising. Helping Cris with the vocals is her friend Bonnie Raitt.

10:01

2. Cris Williamson – “Cry Cry Cry”
from: Ashes / Wolf Moon Records / September 18, 2001
[Written by Cris Williamson. Produced by Teresa Trull. Lead vocals – Cris Williamson, piano – Bonnie Hayes, supporting vocals – Bonnie Raitt, string arrangments & keyboard – Frank Martin, violin – Jeremy Cohen.]

[Cris Williamson will be in KC for the first time in 10 years, at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church Kansas City, Missouri, 4501 Walnut, Saturday, April 28, at 7:00 pm. ]

10:07

3. John Keck – “Dear Life”
from: Out In The Cold – 12th Street Singles / John L. Keck / Expected May 2018
[Written by John Keck. Produced/Engineered/Mixed by Chase Horseman at Element Recording & Mastering Studios. Mastered by Ian Dobyns. John Keck on Guitar & vocals; Shannon O’Shea on violin; Chase Horseman on bass, drums, organ, & wurlitzer. This EP represents the first studio release in 5 years and is the first of 3 songs in a planned series of work. “Out in the Cold” a reflection on our society. These 3 songs were written while living on historic 12th Street in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. This is John’s first release since his 2013 Jack Moon Sessions, which was recorded at Sun Studios in Memphis. More at: http://www.johnlkeck.com]

[John Keck will be in concert with John Statz on Friday, April 27 at Replay Lounge in Lawrence.]

[John Keck will be in concert with John Statz, and Kelly Hunt, Saturday, April 28, at 7:00 pm at Pilgrim Chapel, 3801 Gilliam Rd, KCMO]

10:11 – Interview with John Keck

John Keck on the April 25, 2018 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI.

Kansas City based singer songwriter John Keck joins us to share music from his new EP, Out In The Cold – 12th Street Singles. This is John’s first release since his 2013 Jack Moon Sessions, which was recorded at Sun Studios in Memphis.

John Keck, thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Out In The Cold – 12th Street Singles. This EP represents the first studio release in 5 years and is the first of 3 songs in a planned series of work. “Out in the Cold” a reflection on our society. These 3 songs were written while living on historic 12th St. in downtown KCMO.

Produced, engineered, & mixed by Chase Horseman at Element Recording Studios.

John Keck’s mom was a teacher.

Missouri Queen.

John’s words – This is an ode to my single mother and the advice she’s given me. I wanted a short biographical song that allows me to give a frame of reference for where all of my songs come from and this was born. My Grandfather flew a B-29 in WWII called the “Missouri Queen”. There were Japanese fighters with floodlights on their noses that would chase the B-29s and light them up so they could be shot down. She told me that he would say “Don’t get caught in the light”, which is advice that she passed down for me to interrupt My Dad was a pilot and always gone when i was growing up, I would look up at the stars and confuse them with taillights of airplanes. Hence the shooting stars. When my parents separated, my mom returned to the farm where my grandparents lived and it became an integral part of my life. When I pushed my mom for more advice for the song she repeated what she has always told me, which is this story. “A Persian king asked the wisest man of his country for advice that would always be true, and he replied ‘This too shall pass’”

10:20

4. John Keck – “Missouri Queen”
from: Out In The Cold – 12th Street Singles / John L. Keck / Expected May 2018
[Written by John Keck. Produced/Engineered/Mixed by Chase Horseman at Element Recording & Mastering Studios. Mastered by Ian Dobyns. John Keck on Guitar & vocals. This EP represents the first studio release in 5 years and is the first of 3 songs in a planned series of work. “Out in the Cold” a reflection on our society. These 3 songs were written while living on historic 12th Street in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. This is John’s first release since his 2013 Jack Moon Sessions, which was recorded at Sun Studios in Memphis. More at: http://www.johnlkeck.com]

10:22 – Interview with John Keck

John Keck

We are talking with Kansas City based singer songwriter John Keck joins us to share music from his new EP, Out In The Cold – 12th Street Singles. This is John’s first release since his 2013 Jack Moon Sessions, which was recorded at Sun Studios in Memphis.

John Keck will be in concert with John Statz on Friday, April 27 at Replay Lounge in Lawrence.

John Keck will be in concert with John Statz, and Kelly Hunt, Saturday, April 28, at 7:00 pm at Pilgrim Chapel, 3801 Gilliam Rd, KCMO.

“Song For Mother”

John’s words – The last piece began after the shooting in Ferguson, MO. In following weeks I heard an interview with a woman who was protesting, I remember her saying “We’re just trying to keep our sons alive in the streets, don’t you understand, why can’t people understand”. Her voice stayed with me, haunting me as I watched and read about shooting after shooting. Eventually I dreamt a conversation with a mother who has been confronted all of her days with the death of their child. I woke up and sang this song to myself in the middle of the night. At first she is hesitant to say anything, but then can’t stop herself, going through grief, confusion, sadness, anger, frustration and finally feeling hopeless, pointless. The faint piano represents the child voice/spirit and the violin is speaking for the mother.

John’s words – Just before recording I spoke to the violinist, Shannon O’Shea, I told her what the song represented and asked her to play a solo with that represents the physical struggle when you’re sobbing so hard you can’t control your breath.

John Keck will be in concert with John Statz on Friday, April 27 at Replay Lounge in Lawrence. John Keck will be in concert with John Statz, and Kelly Hunt, Saturday, April 28, at 7:00 pm at Pilgrim Chapel, 3801 Gilliam Rd, KCMO.

10:30

4. John Keck – “Song For Mother”
from: Out In The Cold – 12th Street Singles / John L. Keck / Expected May 2018
[Written by John Keck. Produced/Engineered/Mixed by Chase Horseman at Element Recording & Mastering Studios. Mastered by Ian Dobyns. John Keck on Guitar & vocals; Shannon O’Shea on violin; Chase Horseman on piano & pump organ. This EP represents the first studio release in 5 years and is the first of 3 songs in a planned series of work. “Out in the Cold” a reflection on our society. These 3 songs were written while living on historic 12th Street in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. This is John’s first release since his 2013 Jack Moon Sessions, which was recorded at Sun Studios in Memphis. More at: http://www.johnlkeck.com]

[John Keck will be in concert with John Statz on Friday, April 27 at Replay Lounge in Lawrence.]

[John Keck will be in concert with John Statz, and Kelly Hunt, Saturday, April 28, at 7:00 pm at Pilgrim Chapel, 3801 Gilliam Rd, KCMO]

10:34 – Underwriting

6. Gamelan Genta Kasturi – “Sekar Jagat”
from: unreleased track “welcoming dance” / Gamelan Genta Kasturi /
[written by Patrick Alonzo Conway]

10:39 – Interview with Patrick Alonzo Conway

Patrick Alonzo Conway on the April 25, 2018 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI.

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

Patrick joins us to share details about KC’s Gamelan Genta Kasturi – 15th Anniversary performance at The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Sunday, April 29 at 2:00 PM.

Patrick Alonzo Conway thanks for being with us again on WMM.

Congratulations on KC’s Gamelan Genta Kasturi – 15th Anniversary!

The performance will feature guest Balinese artists: I Ketút Gedé Asnawa, Putu Oka Mardiani, Ni Made Nias Yunirika and Ni Nyoman Nias Yonitika;

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Gamelan Students: Putu Tangkas Hiranmayena, Ika Putri and Fedelia Trivianti;

and The Indonesian Community of KC Dancers; plus special guest Shawn Hansen on electronics.

This concert of will demonstrate traditional and modern Balinese Gamelan Music and Dance. This event is free, but requires a ticket to enter.

To reserve tickets: https://nelson-atkins.org/events/performance-gamelan-genta-kasturi-15th-anniversary-concert/

For over 15 years KC’s community Balinese gamelan orchestra, Gamelan Genta Kasturi, has been presenting community concerts.

The group’s founder and family return in a special concert of Balinese Music & Dance featuring original compositions by Mr. Asnawa and traditional classics.

Gamelan Genta Kasturi

Gamelan Genta Kasturi with Balinese Guest Artists, under the direction of I Ketút Gedé Asnawa, featuring his wife Putu Oka Mardiani Asnawa, and two daughters Yunirika Asnawa & Yonitika Asnawa performing several dances with the music.

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

Gamelan Genta Kasturi have been Studio Residents as part of the Charlotte Street Foundation/Urban Culture Project Studio Residency Program.

Gamelan Genta Kasturi, premiered a large scale collaborative work in 2011 featuring his Patrick Alonzo Conway’s original composition Angels & Demons at Play through Urban Culture Project and ArtSounds.

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

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

Bali is a province of Indonesia. The province covers a few small neighboring islands as well as the isle of Bali. The main island is located in the westernmost end of the Lesser Sunda Islands, lying between Java to the west and Lombok to the east. It is one of the country’s 34 provinces w/ the provincial capital at Denpasar towards the S. of the island.
Patrick Alonzo Conway went to Bali.

Kansas City’s Gamelan Genta Kasturi – 15th Anniversary performance at The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Sunday, April 29 at 2:00 PM. http://www.gamelangentakasturi.org

https://nelson-atkins.org/events/performance-gamelan-genta-kasturi-15th-anniversary-concert/

10:57

7. Gamelan Genta Kasturi – “Samvartaka”
from: Rehearsal recording / Gamelan Genta Kasturi /
[Original composition written by Patrick Alonzo Conway for 20th aniversary of Charlotte Street Foundation.]

11:00 – Station ID

Grand Marquis

8. Grand Marquis – “Another Lover”
from: Brighter Days / King Forward Records / April 28, 2018

11:04 – Interview with Bryan Redmond and Ben Ruth

Grand Marquis were founded in 1998, over the last 20 years they have logged well over 2000 performances from Seattle to South Beach Miami playing their very own mix of American Roots, Blues, & Prohibition Jazz. They have now released 8 albums including a 7” 45 rpm vinyl recorded at legendary Sun Studio in Memphis, TN. Grand Marquis write powerful original songs and mix classic standards into their sets. Bryan Redmond on lead vocals & saxophones, Chad Boydston on trumpet, Trevor Turla on trombone, Ryan Wurtz on guitar, Ben Ruth on upright bass & sousaphone, and Fritz Hutchison on drums.

Grand Marguis are releasing their new album, Brighter Days and play a Brighter Days – Release Party on Saturday, April 28, at 8:30 at Knuckleheads, with Victor & Penny, and Brandon Phillips and The Condition.

Bryan Redmond and Ben Ruth thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

Grand Marquis are playing the Zoo Bar in Lincoln Nebraska, Friday, April 27.

“This band plays as if the joint was literally on fire.” Billtown Blues Association

“Completely infectious…it begs to be played loud, it begs to be danced to!” Boston Blues Review

“…moving the genre forward into the next century.” Graham Clarke, Blues Bytes

“Few bands have more fun or produce more joy in an audience while onstage.” Jason Harper, The Pitch

Accolades:

2013 International Blues Challenge Finalists: “Best Self-Produced CD”
2011 International Blues Challenge Finalists (The Blues Foundation)
2011 Best Blues Band – The Pitch (Kansas City, MO)
2010 Topeka Blues Society International Blues Challenge Champions
2007 Best Jazz Band – The Pitch (Kansas City, MO)
2006 Best Jazz Band – The Pitch (Kansas City, MO)
2006 Best Local Band – The X Entertainment Magazine (Kansas City metro area)

11:12

9. Grand Marquis – “Brighter Days”
from: Brighter Days / King Forward Records / April 28, 2018

11:16 – More Interview with Bryan Redmond and Ben Ruth

Bryan Redmon and Ben Ruth of Grand Marquis on the April 25, 2018 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI.

Grand Marquis Discography:

“Brighter Days”2018
“Blues and Trouble” 2013
“The Sun Session” 2011
“Hold On To Me” 2010
“One More Day” 2007
“Grand Marquis” 2004
“Le Chant Du Diable Bleu” 2002
“Burlesk” 2000

The band has grown and evolved over the years.

Grand Marquis are Bryan Redmond on lead vocals & saxophones, Chad Boydston on trumpet, Trevor Turla on trombone, Ryan Wurtz on guitar, Ben Ruth on upright bass & sousaphone, and Fritz Hutchison on drums. Brighter Days is the band’s 8th release. Grand Marquis play a Brighter Days – Release Party on Saturday, April 28, at 8:30 at Knuckleheads, with Victor & Penny, and Brandon Phillips and The Condition.

Bryan Redmond and Ben Ruth have kept this band alive and made all of this music while also growing families and raising kids.

Ben Ruth also plays in the bands: The Hardship Letters, Be/Non.

http://www.grandmarquis.net

Grand Marguis are releasing their new album, Brighter Days and play a Brighter Days – Release Party on Saturday, April 28, at 8:30 at Knuckleheads, with Victor & Penny, and Brandon Phillips and The Condition.

11:23

10. Grand Marquis – “Many Rivers to Cross”
from: Brighter Days / King Forward Records / April 28, 2018

11:28 – Underwriting

11. Cris Williamson – “Motherland”
from: Motherland / Wolf Moon Records / November 14, 2017
[30th release from legendary singer songwriter. Produced by Julie Wolf.]

11:34 – Interview with Cris Williamson

Cris Williamson

Legendary singer songwriter Cris Williamson recently released her 32nd album, Motherland. Cris Williamson is a brilliant songwriter, poet, pioneer, and renegade who recorded her first album in the 1964 when she was sixteen. Cris Williamson’s groundbreaking album, The Changer and the Changed, was released in 1975, and became one of the best-selling independent releases of all time, selling over 500,000 copies. The sales of these records allowed the independent label Olivia Records to release music from a whole new movement of diverse female artists, all overlooked by mainstream music. Cris Williamson helped to forge a historic movement in the male dominated music industry, fostering the creation of completely female owned record labels, touring companies, and music festivals. The movement, (often misclassified as a genre) was about opening the doors, and smashing glass ceilings, for so many women to follow, who had been shut-out of the game, simply because of their gender. Cris seemed to shrug all of that off with an earthy sexy confidence that makes audiences swoon for her. She wrote music for people desiring to find their own identities in modern folk and pop music. No one had ever courageously written and performed so many brilliant full length albums of songs by women, about women, for women. At the same time, these songs are universal to us all. These songs were all impeccably and professionally produced and have stood the test of time and could go up against any of the songs by Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, or James Taylor. Only difference is mainstream radio and television has almost completely ignored Cris Williamson. Despite this injustice, through her amazing voice, and spirit, and open heart, Cris has helped make the world a better place for all female and LGBTQIA artists who follow the path she cleared. We owe her for that. Cris Williamson has written and recorded hundreds of beautiful, incredible songs, while remaining one of our most underrated singer songwriters of the last 50 years. If you’ve never seen her in concert, now is your chance! Cris Williamson will be in KC for the first time in 10 years, at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church , 4501 Walnut, on Saturday, April 28, at 7:00 pm.

Cris Williamson thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

On Motherland we just heard the title track, a song Cris wrote. All of the other songs on the new record are written by her musical contemporaries of the past 50 years: Joni Mitchell, Eliza Gilkyson, Laura Nyro, Patty Griffin, Bob Dylan, Jackson Brown, James Taylor, Leonard Cohen & Jennifer Warnes. We’ve heard you cover songs from Joni Mitchell & James Taylor on earlier releases.

Cris Williamson was part of NPR Music’s 2017 feature on The 150 Greatest Albums Made By Women with her record – The Changer and the Changed: A Record of the Times (Olivia Records, 1975)

Cris Williamson

From NPR Music’s The 150 Greatest Albums Made By Women (7/24/2017):
“I’m kind of hand-carried, person to person,” Cris Williamson told the journalist Ben Fong-Torres in 1981, when asked how people discovered her music. “There are secretaries who’ve told me they can’t get through the day without running home during lunch hour and playing it.” Such was the impact of the Wyoming native’s voice, clear as a mountain stream, and her empathetic songwriting, which made this album one of the best-selling independent releases of all time and the cornerstone of the feminist “women’s music” movement. Produced by Williamson and featuring dozens of the era’s finest women musicians — including guitarists Meg Christian and June Millington, bass virtuoso Jacqueline Robbins and vocalists Holly Near and Margie Adam — Changer blended pop, country and folk elements in songs that were both cuttingly intimate and generously communal. (A few featured large choruses inspired by the sing-alongs women’s music artists inspired in concert.) Williamson’s own keyboard playing ranged from contemplative to dance-floor funky. The clear and confident lesbian desire behind love songs like “Sweet Woman” and “Dream Child” made Williamson a sex symbol; her philosophical side made Changer a record of spiritual growth, too. Speaking what at the time remained mostly unspoken in pop, this album truly changed lives. —Ann Powers (NPR Music)

Cris Williamson

From http://www.smithsonianmag.com:
Ginny Berson belonged to the Furies collective, a radical, separatist household that published journals, taught classes, and advocated communal living apart from men. Judy Dlugacz, 20, had postponed law school to pursue lesbian activism and was interested in finding an economically workable means of serving the women’s community. Performing as a folk musician at area clubs and coffeehouses, Meg Christian was eager to meet other women songwriters like Cris Williamson—who had released her first album in 1964 at age 16.

When Williamson came on tour to D.C., Christian and Berson not only arranged to bring other women’s music fans to the concert; in a gesture that changed history, they also scheduled a follow-up interview on Georgetown University’s “Radio Free Women” program. On the show, Berson spoke about how she and other members of the Furies collective were searching for a bigger project to invest in— “something that’s for women, by women, and supported by women’s money”—and Williamson responded with a simple yet provocative suggestion, “Why don’t you start a women’s record company?”

It has been over 10 years since Cris Williamson has been back to Kansas City.
Cris will be playing at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church Kansas City, Missouri, 4501 Walnut, Saturday, April 28, at 7:00 pm.

Cris is also doing a show in St. Louis on April 28, at MCC of St. Louis

http://www.criswilliamson.com

Never one to rest on her laurels, to which Cris replied laughing, “What Laurels?” In the last 17 years Cris have released 11 full length albums (a few of those were double albums). That works out to be a new album every year and half. Considering the process of writing, recording, mastering, raising the funds to produce and launch a new record, we asked Cris to share what she might be currently working on for the next release. She told us that she has a back log of new songs she has written and collected and from those songs she is working through what she may release next. She has been playing with the idea of releasing an album of American standards, but held back because so many other musicians have been doing this.

(Note: The laurels that are being referred to when someone is said to ‘rest on his laurels’ are the aromatically scented Laurus Nobilis trees or, more specifically, their leaves. The trees are known colloquially as Sweet Bay and are commonly grown as culinary or ornamental plants. Rest on his laurels. The origins of the phrase lie in ancient Greece, where laurel wreaths were symbols of victory and status.)

Throughout the last 15 years Cris Williamson has also conducted Songwriting Workshops.

This summer Cris will be traveling to Norway with Olivia Cruises, and returning to National Women’s Music Festival, and in the fall, attending Women’s Week in Provincetown.

11:55

12. Cris Williamson – “Woman”
from: Motherland / Wolf Moon Records / November 14, 2017
[30th release from legendary singer songwriter. Produced by Julie Wolf.]

[Cris Williamson will be in KC for the first time in 10 years, at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church Kansas City, Missouri, 4501 Walnut, Saturday, April 28, at 7:00 pm. ]

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

Next week, on May 2, Marion Merritt of Records With Merritt, returns as our Guest Producer sharing musical discoveries and information from her encyclopedic brain. Also next week, Barry Lee joins us to share information about, An Evening With the Music of The Beatles: Unplugged, Saturday, May 12 at 7:30 PM, at Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St, Lawrence, KS where Signal to Noise’s Barry Lee hosts an All-Star group of KC & Lawrence musicians in a benefit for KPR’s Audio Reader Network. The evening will highlight the quieter side of the Beatles’ music. Special guests The Volker Brothers (David George & Eric Voeks) will open the show with a set of acoustic Beatles songs.

Our Script/Playlist is a “cut and paste” of information.
Sources for notes: artist’s websites, bios, wikipedia.org

Wednesday MidDay Medley in on the web:
http://www.kkfi.org,
http://www.WednesdayMidDayMedley.org,
http://www.facebook.com/WednesdayMidDayMedleyon90.1FM

Show #731

Wednesday MidDay Medley presents Grand Marquis + Cris Williamson + John Keck + Patrick Alonzo Conway & Gamelan Genta Kasturi + Purple Skunk Funk Band

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, April 25, 2018

Grand Marquis + Cris Williamson + John Keck +
Patrick Alonzo Conway & Gamelan Genta Kasturi
+ Purple Skunk Funk Band

Mark plays more New & MidCoastal Releases from: Grand Marquis, John Keck, Gamelan Genta Kasturi, Cris Williamson, and Yuno.

John Keck

At 10:05 John Keck joins us to share music from his new EP, Out In The Cold – 12th Street Singles. This is John’s first release since his 2013 Jack Moon Sessions, which was recorded at Sun Studios in Memphis. John Keck will be in concert with John Statz on Friday, April 27 at Replay Lounge in Lawrence. John Keck will be in concert with John Statz, and Kelly Hunt, Saturday, April 28, at 7:00 pm at Pilgrim Chapel, 3801 Gilliam Rd, KCMO. More info at: http://www.johnlkeck.com

Gamelan Genta Kasturi

At 10:25 Patrick Alonzo Conway shares information about KC’s Gamelan Genta Kasturi – 15th Anniversary performance at The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Sunday, April 29 at 2:00 PM. The performance will feature guest Balinese artists: I Ketút Gedé Asnawa, Putu Oka Mardiani, Ni Made Nias Yunirika and Ni Nyoman Nias Yonitika; University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Gamelan Students: Putu Tangkas Hiranmayena, Ika Putri and Fedelia Trivianti; and The Indonesian Community of KC Dancers; plus special guest Shawn Hansen on electronics. This concert of will demonstrate traditional and modern Balinese Gamelan Music and Dance. This event is free, but requires a ticket to enter. To reserve tickets: https://nelson-atkins.org/events/performance-gamelan-genta-kasturi-15th-anniversary-concert/

Purple Skunk Funk Band

At 10:45 Joe Athon and friends share stories about their 1990’s group, the Purple Skunk Funk Band who had their official last show on March 15, 1997 at Bodies Flip City. The band got back together 22 years later in 2016 and had so much fun that they’ve decided to have another special reunion show this Saturday, April 28, at Knuckleheads, 2715 Rochester Street, KCMO, with Beam & Eads.

Grand Marquis

At 11:00 members of Grand Marquis join us to share music from their new album, Brighter Days. Grand Marquis are Bryan Redmond on lead vocals & saxophones, Chad Boydston on trumpet, Trevor Turla on trombone, Ryan Wurtz on guitar, Ben Ruth on upright bass & sousaphone, and Fritz Hutchison on drums. Brighter days is the band’s 7th release. Grand Marquis play a Brighter Days – Release Party on Saturday, April 28, at 8:30 at Knuckleheads, 2715 Rochester Street, KCMO, on with Victor & Penny, and Brandon Phillips and The Condition. More info at: http://www.grandmarquis.net

Cris Williamson

At 11:30 Mark talks with legendary singer songwriter Cris Williamson who has just released her 31st album, Motherland. Cris Williamson’s groundbreaking album, The Changer and the Changed, released in 1975, became one of the best-selling independent releases of all time. As William Ruhlmann of AllMusic writes: “The Changer and the Changed was to women’s music what Michael Jackson’s Thriller was to the music industry in general in the mid-’80s, an album that sold far beyond the perceived size of the market, more than 100,000 copies in its first year of release. Eventually, it reportedly sold more than 500,000 copies. Cris Williamson will be in KC for the first time in 10 years, at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 4501 Walnut, KCMO, Saturday, April 28, at 7:00 pm. More information at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3368089

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Show #731

WMM Playlist from April 18, 2018

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, April 18, 2018

Bach Aria Soloists + Amy Farrand
+ Outer Reaches Explores The World + Thee Devotion

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

2. Hi-Lux – “Dance With My Baby”
from: Hi-Lux – EP / Hi-Lux / Februay 1, 2018
[Originally released as a digital single on June 16, 2017. Then released as a 7 inch Vinyl 45 rpm single with b/w “Don’t Blame Me” on Sunflower Soul Records on January 5, 2018. Now included in this 6 song EP released February 1, 2018. This was part of a series of Single releases from the band. Julia Haile told us that each single demonstrates the different influences of individual members of the band, showing their range from reggae, funk, pop, R&B, and dance. HI-LÜX is Julia Haile on vocals, Nick Howell on keyboards & organ, Kian Byrne on drums and vocals, Pete Leibert on bass, Tim Braun on guitar. Hi-Lux is based in KC. More info at: http://www.hi-lux.bandcamp.com]

[Hi-Lux plays Third Thursday at The Nelson Atkins Musieum of Art, 4525 Oak, KCMO, Thursday, April 19, 6:00 to 9:00 PM.]

[Hi-Lux plays Day-2 of Mills Record Company’s Record Store Day Celebration, on Sunday, April 22, w/ Instant Karma, & Bad Dreamer, 4:30-6:00 PM. Mills Record Company is at 4045 Broadway.]

[Record Store Day is Saturday, April 21, starting in most stores at 7:00 AM – Mills Record Company, Records With Merritt, Josey Records, and Revolution Records in the East Crossroads, Brothers Music in Mission Kansas, Vinyl Renaissance in Overland Park Kansas, Love Records in Lawrence]

3. Yo La Tengo – “Esportes Casual”
from: There’s a Riot Going On / Matador Records / March 16, 2018
[15th album from band formed in Hoboken, New Jersey in 1984. Since 1992, the lineup has consisted of Ira Kaplan (guitars, piano, vocals), Georgia Hubley (drums, piano, vocals), and James McNew (bass, vocals). In 2015, original guitarist Dave Schramm rejoined the band and appears on their f14th album, Stuff Like That There. Despite achieving limited mainstream success, Yo La Tengo has been called “the quintessential critics’ band” and maintains a strong cult following. They chose the name “Yo La Tengo” (Spanish for “I have it”; or referring to a female-gender object or person, also “I’ve Got Her”) in an effort to avoid any connotations in English. The name came from a baseball anecdote. During the 1962 season, New York Mets center fielder Richie Ashburn and Venezuelan shortstop Elio Chacón found themselves colliding in the outfield. When Ashburn went for a catch, he would scream, “I got it! I got it!” only to run into Chacón, who spoke only Spanish. Ashburn learned to yell, “¡Yo la tengo! ¡Yo la tengo!” instead. In a later game, Ashburn happily saw Chacón backing off. He relaxed, positioned himself to catch the ball, and was instead run over by left fielder Frank Thomas, who understood no Spanish and had missed a team meeting that proposed using the words “¡Yo la tengo!” as a way to avoid outfield collisions. After getting up, Thomas asked Ashburn, “What the hell is a Yellow Tango?”]

[On April 28 the band embarks on month-long European Tour, followed by dates in the states, then back to Europe.]

4. Keaton Conrad – “Cinnamon”
from: Waves / Keaton Conrad / January 27, 2017
[Debut full length from 18 year old Kansas native, Keaton Conrad mixes indie rock, house, jazz, and hip-hop. Conrad spent 2 years as the lead singer & keyboardist in the cover band ChangeUp, performing around KC. In 2015 he released a 5-song EP, Panic & Blame.]

[Keaton Conrad plays The Rino, 314 Amour Rd, North Kansas City, Thursday, April 19, at 7:00 PM, with Thames and Luther Vincent Orchestra on April 19th.]

10:11 – Bach Aria Soloists

Bach Aria Soloists – Elizabeth Suh Lane, Beau Bledsoe, and Jeff Harshbarger playing the Tango music of Astor Piazolla on the April 18, 2018 editon of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM.

Live in our 90.1 FM Studios – performing Astor Piazzolla’s “Bordel from Histoire du Tango” it is the Bach Aria Soloists

5. Bach Aria Soloists – “Bordel from Histoire du Tango” (LIVE)
Elizabeth Suh Lane on violin, Beau Bledsoe on guitar, written by Astor Piazzolla

10:17 – Interview with Bach Aria Soloists

Elizabeth Suh Lane on violin, is Artistic Director of Bach Aria Soloists, Beau Bledsoe on guitar, and Jeff Harshbarger on bass. These three amazing musicians will be joined by Héctor Del Curto, bandoneónist, 2018 Grammy winner for Best Latin Jazz Album; Gustavo Casenave, Latin Grammy-nominated pianist; when Bach Aria Soloists present their critically acclaimed, Night of Tango, this Saturday, April 21, 7:30 pm, at The Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th St, KCMO, featuring the quintet classics by Astor Piazzolla, Argentina’s most famous composer and bandoneónist (ban-doe-neo-nist).

It has been five years since Bach Aria Soloists last performed their celebrated Night of Tango, named “Best concert of 2013” and “A concert for the ages” by KCMetropolis. Night of Tango will feature the beloved quintet classics by Astor Piazzolla, Argentina’s most famous composer and virtuoso bandoneónist who revolutionized Tango and remains a towering figure more than 25 years after his death.

The evening’s ensemble will consist of:
Elizabeth Suh Lane, violin, Artistic Director Bach Aria Soloists
Beau Bledsoe, guitar Bach Aria Soloists
Kansas City bassist Jeff Harshbarger
Héctor Del Curto, bandoneón
Gustavo Casenave, piano

Bach Aria Soloists on stage at The Folly Theater for a Night of Tango with Gustavo Casenave on piano, Jeff Harshbarger on bass, Elizabeth S Lane on violin, Hector Del Curto on bandoneón, and Beau Bledsoe on guitar, Saturday, April 21, 2018.

Bach Aria Soloists will return to one of its most critically acclaimed programs when it presents – Night of Tango with two world-class masters of the genre, bandoneónist Héctor Del Curto — 2018 Grammy winner for Best Latin Jazz Album — and Latin Grammy-nominated pianist Gustavo Casenave.

7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 21, at The Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th St., KCMO 64105
Ticket and information available at: http://www.follytheater.org

About Bach Aria Soloists – Midway through its 18th season, the critically acclaimed Bach Aria Soloists has already launched four sold-out, artistically vital concerts. Dedicated to presenting the genius and relevance of Johann Sebastian Bach, his contemporaries and those he inspired, the adventurous ensemble explores chamber music repertoire from Baroque to Contemporary in new ways through innovative, multi-genre collaborations, introducing new audiences to their scintillating vocal and instrumental artistry.

10:23 – Bach Aria Soloists

6. Bach Aria Soloists – “Piazzolla’s Oblivion” (LIVE)
Elizabeth Suh Lane on violin, Beau Bledsoe on guitar, Jeff Harshbarger on bass
Written by Astor Piazzolla

10:27 – Interview with Bach Aria Soloists

Bach Aria Soloists present their critically acclaimed, Night of Tango, this Saturday, April 21, 7:30 pm, at The Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th St, KCMO, featuring the quintet classics by Astor Piazzolla, Argentina’s most famous composer and bandoneónist.

Bach Aria Soloists brings Piazzolla back to KC with Two World-Class Tango Masters

Héctor Del Curto – hectordelcurto.com
Praised by the New York Times as a “splendid player,” Argentinean bandoneónist Héctor Del Curto’s career has spanned more than 25 years and has encompassed traditional Tango, New Tango, Jazz, Classical and World music.

On Jan. 28, Del Curto just won the Grammy for Best Latin Jazz Album as a member of the Pablo Ziegler Trio, for the album Jazz Tango.

As one of the world’s most sought-after bandoneónists, he has performed with luminaries across many musical genres, including the Tango legends Astor Piazzolla and Osvaldo Pugliese; Latin jazz giant Paquito D’Rivera; jazz violinist Regina Carter; saxophonist Joe Lovano; and violinist Cho-Liang Lin. He has appeared with such prestigious orchestras as the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Mobile Symphony and Buenos Aires Symphony Orchestra.

Gustavo Casenave – gustavocasenave.com
Originally from Montevideo, Uruguay, Gustavo Casenave is a pianist, composer, producer & educator. He has been called “one of the best pianists our country has” by Uruguayan newspaper Diario El Pais. He was a Latin Grammy nominee in 2012 and 2014.

He has toured throughout Europe, Asia, South America, Central America and United States, performing in the prestigious festivals and concert halls throughout the world. As a composer, Casenave has composed and arranged more than 200 works, including original music for movies. He received the prestigious Organization of American States scholarship to study at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he received the Professional Music Achievement award. His composition Fragiltimer for the Past Future was named one of 10 best original compositions from Berklee in the last 30 years.

“KC has proven that they love Jazz and Tango. We believe our community will relish in this concert of Piazzolla’s passionate music expertly combining his singular language of Tango with jazz and classical influences,” says Elizabeth Suh Lane, Artistic Director-Founder-violinist. “We are extremely fortunate to be sharing the stage with Hector and Gustavo. The virtuosity of our musicians and the searing music will sweep our listeners away to Buenos Aires for an experience that will last for much longer than one night!”

BAS is led by Artistic Director-Founder-violinist Elizabeth Suh Lane. The ensemble also includes Sarah Tannehill Anderson, soprano; Elisa Williams Bickers, harpsichord, organ and piano; and Beau Bledsoe, guitar.

2018 Concert Calendar
Feb. 10: Opus 22 the Organ and BAS
April 21: Night of Tango
June 16: Bach Aria Soloists and the Kansas City Chorale, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

Funded in part by a donation from the Estelle S and Robert A Long Ellis Foundation.

Financial assistance provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.

Jeff Harshbarger has a show Thursday night, April 19, with his Trio, at American Jazz Museum.

Bach Aria Soloists present their critically acclaimed, Night of Tango, this Saturday, April 21, 7:30 pm, at The Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th St, KCMO, featuring the quintet classics by Astor Piazzolla, Argentina’s most famous composer and bandoneónist.

http://www.follytheatre.org / http://www.bachariasoloists.com

10:32 – Bach Aria Soloists

7. Bach Aria Soloists – “Libertango (Brief version)” (LIVE)
Elizabeth Suh Lane on violin, Beau Bledsoe on guitar, Jeff Harshbarger on bass
Written by Astor Piazzolla

10:35 – Underwriting

8. Amy Farrand & The Like – “Scared To Death of Dying (Radio Edit)”
from: One / Amy Farrand / April 28, 2018

10:41 – Interview with Amy Farrand

Amy Farrand sharing new music from her band Amy Farrand and The Like, on the April 18, 2018 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM.

Amy Farrand plays over a dozen instruments, bass, drums, lap steel, guitar, she has hosted variety shows, and radio shows and has been a a member of the bands: American Catastrophe, Experimental Instrument Orchestra, Shotgun Idols, Sister Mary Rotten Crotch, Atlantic Fadeout, The Silver Maggies. One reviewer wrote of her, “Amy Farrand is a tough-as-nails vocalist making her an invaluable asset to any live act.”

Amy Farrand joins us to share music from One, the new 11-song debut full length album from her new band, Amy Farrand & The Like.

Amy Farrand & The Like play a special Album Release Show at Davey’s Uptown Rambler’s Club, 3402 Main St., Saturday, April 28 at 9:00 pm, with Pamper The Madman with GAV7D.

Amy Farrand, thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Congratulations on the new record.

The Like includes: Amy Farrand on lead vocals & guitar, Steve Tubbert on bass, Felix Dukes on drums, Kyle Dahlquist on keyboards & backing vocals, Stephan Jean-Francois on trumpet, and Katie Gilchrist on backing vocals.

One was recorded with Duane Trower at Weights and Measures Soundlab.

10:48

9. Amy Farrand & The Like – “White Girl Wasted (Radio Edit)”
from: One / Amy Farrand / April 28, 2018
[Amy Farrand & The Like are Amy Farrand on lead vocals & guitar, Steve Tubbert on bass, Felix Dukes on drums, Kyle Dahlquist on keyboards & backing vocals, Stephan Jean-Francois on trumpet, and Katie Gilchrist on backing vocals. 11-song debut album was recorded w/ Duane Trower at Weights & Measures Soundlab.]

Amy Farrand & The Like play a special Album Release Show at Davey’s Uptown Rambler’s Club, 3402 Main St., Saturday, April 28 at 9:00 pm, with Pamper The Madman with GAV7D.

10:58

10. Amy Farrand & The Like – “Dragon Woman”
from: One / Amy Farrand / April 28, 2018
[Amy Farrand & The Like are Amy Farrand on lead vocals & guitar, Steve Tubbert on bass, Felix Dukes on drums, Kyle Dahlquist on keyboards & backing vocals, Stephan Jean-Francois on trumpet, and Katie Gilchrist on backing vocals. 11-song debut album was recorded w/ Duane Trower at Weights & Measures Soundlab.]

11:01 – Station ID

11. SUNU – “Liberation” (on 7” Vinyl)
from: Food, Inc. – Single b/w “Liberation” / Sunflower Soul Records / December 11, 2015
[Rev. Aaron Morris – Trumpet & Lead Vocals; Dan Pem – Tenor Sax; Chris Leopold – Trombone; Mike Hamm – Guitar; Chris Shaw – Bass; Dylan Bassett – Drums & Percussion; Alex Thiessen – Drums & Percussion; Taylor Babb – Drums & Percussion. Recorded, mixed, & produced by Chris Hazelton. Mastered by Adam Boose at Cauliflower Audio.]

[SUNU plays Outer Reaches Explores The World, at recordBar, 4/20]

11:04 – Interview with Brenton Cook & Dedric Moore

Dedric Moore and Brenton Cook share information about Outer Reaches Explores the World on the April 18, 2018 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1FM.

Brenton Cook studied Computer Science at Missouri University of Science and Technology, in Rolla, Missouri, where he also had his own college radio show. He formed the Kansas City independent music label, Haymaker Records in January 2014. The label has released multiple full length albums, from Monta At Odds, HMPH!, Be/Non, Jorge Arana Trio, Riala, Mysterious Clouds, Sie Lieben Maschinen, Schwervon!, and others. For the last 5 years, Brenton & Haymaker Records has co-sponsored & co-curated of the Outer Reaches Music Fest with Dedric Moore.

Dedric Moore launched this festival in 2012. The idea grew out of the music he was creating with his Brother Delaney Moore at the HQ Artspace in KCK. Dedric is a member of the bands Monta At Odds, Mysterious Clouds, and Gemini Revolution. He has also produced recordings for the Philistines and HMPH, and others.

Brenton Cook and Dedric Moore join us to share information about, Outer Reaches Explores the World, this Friday, 4/20, at recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd, KCMO. The night includes: SUNU, Enrique Javier Chi, Harptasia feat. Calvin Arsenia, Teri Quinn, Brandon Draper’s Drum Safari, and DJ Memo. More info at: http://www.outerreachesfest.com/

Brenton Cook & Dedric Moore thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Outer Reaches showcases the left-of-center, under-the-radar artists experimenting and pushing boundaries within their respective genres. Regional, national, and international touring acts comprise the annual fest, with previous appearances from Deerhoof, El Ten Eleven, and Magic Castles.

The show celebrates boundary-pushing music while emphasizing a broader geographic appeal, giving prominence to artists inspired by rhythms & traditional world instruments.

The show begins with a lecture and workshop on world percussion from Brandon Draper’s Drum Safari.

Other performers include Smoky Mountain banjo folk artist Teri Quinn;

Harptasia, a multi-harp project featuring Calvin Arsenia;

a solo set from Making Movies’ frontman Enrique Javier Chi;

and Afrobeat, funk, jazz, and soul group SUNU.

Live video projection will be provided by XO Blackwater;

DJ Memo will be play dance-friendly vinyl from around the globe between sets.

Outer Reaches Explores the World is a partnership between the festival and Midwest Music Foundation and has been made possible through a grant from the Kansas City Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund.

Midwest Music Foundation (MMF), a nonprofit organization founded in 2008, provides health care assistance, education, and resources to the Kansas City music community, and receive proceeds from ticket sales for the April 20 event.

The event is 18 and older, or all ages when accompanied by a parent.

11:11

8. Making Movies – “Brave Enough (feat. Hurray for the Riff Raff & Alaina Moore)”
from: I Am Another You / Making Movies / May 26, 2017
[Enrique Chi on lead vocals, electric guitar, el piano; Alynda Segarra on lead vocal, Alaina Moore on background vocals, Steve Berlin of Los Lobos synth organ; Juan-Carlos Chaurand on congas, timbales, percussion, Diego Chi on bass, d-synth, b3 organ; and Brendan Culp on drums. 3rd full length release: from KC based 4-piece band and made up of two sets of brothers: Enrique Chi on guitar and lead vocals; Diego Chi on bass & vocals; Juan-Carlos Chaurand on percussion & keyboards; and Andres Chaurand on drums. The band draws their influences from the origins of their families: Santiago, Panama, and Kansas City, Missouri, and Guadalajara, Mexico. Upon their release of this album Making Movies kicked off a 22-date Immigrants Are Beautiful Tour, a celebration of solidarity in the face of fear-mongering and hate. Frontman Enrique Chi shared, “It’s time to realize we are all part of this continuum, this beautifully flawed human race that has migrated from every continent to bring us all the beauty we enjoy today.” The band’s social statement is straightforward enough that they can express it in four words: “We Are All Immigrants.” In supporting that cause, a portion of all proceeds from the album and tour go to the National Immigration Law Center. Enrique Chi, describes, “since making the album, the tides have shifted and the underbelly of systematic racism has reared its ugly head. It is no longer time to be silent is time for us to raise our voices.” The quartet has toured with Arcade Fire, Thievery Corporation, Cold War Kids, Los Lobos, Ozomatli, Tennis, Sergio Mendoza of Calexico, Rodrigo y Gabriela, and Hurray for the Riff Raff.]

[Enrique Chi plays Outer Reaches Explores The World, at recordBar, 4/20]

11:15 – More Interview with Brenton Cook & Dedric Moore

Brenton Cook and Dedric Moore organizers of the Outer Reaches Music Festival join us to share information and Music about the night.

Brenton Cook & Dedric Moore thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Funding is from the KC Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund. Special promotions provided by KKFI 90.1 FM.

Outer Reaches Festival was held during the last weekend of September in 2017. Have you set dates for this year’s fest? Will it be at recordBar again?

Dedric Moore, tell us about the upcoming Mysterious Clouds EP My Head is Going Round. You sent us the EP prior to it’s release and we’ve been playing tracks from it, in fact the two we’ve played have featured the band collaborating with Your Friend. Lawrence musician,Taryn Blake Miller.

Brenton, Haymaker just recently release a new full length from Be/Non and two 7′ singles for Frieght Train Rabbit Killer, what else is happening at Haymaker?

Brenton Cook & Dedric Moore thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Outer Reaches Explores the World, is this Friday, 4/20, at recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd, KCMO. Proceeds benefit the Midwest Music Foundation. The night includes: SUNU, Enrique Javier Chi, Harptasia feat. Calvin Arsenia, Teri Quinn, Brandon Draper’s Drum Safari, and DJ Memo. More info at: http://www.outerreachesfest.com/

10. Teri Quinn – “Moons and Meltdowns”
from: Moons and Meltdowns / Teri Quinn / April 17, 2016
[KC based singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Teri Quinn. Originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan, Teri Quinn moved to Kansas City in 2009 to study Clarinet Performance and Music Composition at the University Of Missouri Kansas City’s Conservatory of Music where Teri graduated in 2013. Teri Ann Quinn plays banjo & sings with Abandoned Bells with Tyson Schroeder on drums & vocals, and Krysztof Nemeth on baritone guitar. Teri plays clarinet and guitar for Claire and the Crowded Stage and has also contributed experimental compositions for The Black House Collective.]

[Teri Quinn plays Outer Reaches Explores The World, at recordBar, 4/20]

11:28 – Underwriting

11. Thee Devotion – “Shake It Up”
from: Chapel / Woundup Records / April 7, 2018
[Thee Devotion is a KC based, “chickenshack” & “garage soul” band formed on January 1, 2008 with Davin Watne on guitar, keyboards, harmonica & vocal; Chris Teasely on keyboards, organ, harmonica, flute, trumpet, & vocals; Bruce Eddy on bass and vocals; and Keith Patterson on drums and vocals. Chapel is their second record and was produced by Bill Honan who also played piano and moog. Jesus Negron and Sean Branagan played percussion and David Williams played pedal steel on the record. All songs written by Thee Devotion.]

11:34 – Interview with Davin Watne & Chris Teasley


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Chris Teasley and Davin Watne share new music from their band Thee Devotion on the April 18, 2018 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM.

Chris Teasley is an artist and musician. Chris is currently in several bands: The New Lost Souls, Heavy Figgs, Dynamite Defense and Thee Devotion and lends his musical skills to several other bands as well. He is also a painter. He studied at School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston

Davin Watne is also an artist and musician as well as an educator. He is a professor at UMKC where I teaches Painting and Drawing. He is a practicing artist that exhibits nationally, internationally and locally. He studied The Kansas City Art Institute.

Davin Watne plays guitar, keyboards, harmonica & sings in the KC based 4-piece band, Thee Devotions with Chris Teasely who plays keyboards, organ, harmonica, flute, trumpet, and sings. Thee Devotion’s released their new album Chapel on vinyl, on April 7, 2018

Davin Watne & Chris Teasley, thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

The two other members of Thee Devotion, Bruce Eddy who plays bass and sings; and Keith Patterson who plays drums and sings.

Davin told us the band first started in January 1, 2008, with Davin ad our drummer Keith Patterson. They formed Thee Devotion out of the ashes of our first band together called Emma Feel.

We both love Funk and Soul music and wanted to explore it more. So we brought on some other musicians to help fill out the sound and expand our vision.

The Devotion call their music: “chickenshack” & “garage soul”

Chapel is the band’s second record and was produced by Bill Honan who also played piano and moog.

Jesus Negron and Sean Branagan played percussion and David Williams played pedal steel on the record.

All songs written by Thee Devotion. We have two records out on vinyl and on many digital platforms like Spotify, iTunes, Pandora and YouTube.

11:41

12. Thee Devotion – “Ooooo Weeeee”
from: Chapel / Woundup Records / April 7, 2018
[Thee Devotion is a KC based, “chickenshack” & “garage soul” band formed on January 1, 2008 with Davin Watne on guitar, keyboards, harmonica & vocal; Chris Teasely on keyboards, organ, harmonica, flute, trumpet, & vocals; Bruce Eddy on bass and vocals; and Keith Patterson on drums and vocals. Chapel is their second record and was produced by Bill Honan who also played piano and moog. Jesus Negron and Sean Branagan played percussion and David Williams played pedal steel on the record. All songs written by Thee Devotion.]

11:46 – More Interview with Davin Watne & Chris Teasley

We are talking with Davin Watne & Chris Teasley of the band Thee Devotion their new album Chapel was released on vinyl, on April 7, 2018

Davin Watne & Chris Teasley, thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Chris’s wife Sara Teasley plays with him in The Heavy Figs, and The New Lost Souls, and also plays in The Cave Girls.

Chapel is the band’s 2nd record and was produced by Bill Honan who also played piano and moog.

Jesus Negron and Sean Branagan played percussion and David Williams played pedal steel on the record.

All songs written by Thee Devotion. Thee Devotion have two records out on vinyl and on many digital platforms like Spotify, iTunes, Paradora and YouTube.

11:55

13. Thee Devotion – “Slinky Tight”
from: Chapel / Woundup Records / April 7, 2018
[Thee Devotion is a KC based, “chickenshack” & “garage soul” band formed on January 1, 2008 with Davin Watne on guitar, keyboards, harmonica & vocal; Chris Teasely on keyboards, organ, harmonica, flute, trumpet, & vocals; Bruce Eddy on bass and vocals; and Keith Patterson on drums and vocals. Chapel is their second record and was produced by Bill Honan who also played piano and moog. Jesus Negron and Sean Branagan played percussion and David Williams played pedal steel on the record. All songs written by Thee Devotion.]

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

Next week, on April 25, John Keck joins us to share music from his new EP, Out In The Cold – 12th Street Singles, and his show with John Statz Friday, April 27 at Replay Lounge in Lawrence. Also next week, Patrick Alonzo Conway joins us to share music and information about Kansas City’s Gamelan Genta Kasturi and their 15th Anniversary performance at The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Sunday, April 29 at 2:00 PM. Also next week, Joe Athon and friends, drop in to share stories about their 1990’s group, the Purple Skunk Funk Band, and their special reunion show Saturday, April 28, at Knuckleheads. Also next week, members of Grand Marquis join us to share music from their new album, Brighter Days, and share info about their Brighter Days CD Release Party at Knuckleheads, Saturday, April 28, at 8:30 with Victor & Penny, and Brandon Phillips & The Condition. And if that isn’t enough, we will talk with legendary singer-songwriter, Cris Williamson who has just released her 29th album, Motherland, and will be in Kansas City, in concert, for the first time in over 10 years, at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, Saturday, April 27, at 7:00 pm.

Our Script/Playlist is a “cut and paste” of information.
Sources for notes: artist’s websites, bios, wikipedia.org

Wednesday MidDay Medley in on the web:
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On your local radio dial 90.1 FM or
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Show #730

Wednesday MidDay Medley presents: Bach Aria Soloists + Amy Farrand + Outer Reaches + Thee Devotion

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, April 18, 2018

Bach Aria Soloists + Amy Farrand
+ Outer Reaches Explores The World + Thee Devotion

Mark plays more New & MidCoastal Releases from: Making Movies, Thee Devotion, Amy Farrand & The Like, SUNU, Hi-Lux, Teri Quinn, Keaton Conrad and Yo La Tengo.

Bach Aria Soloists

At 10:10 violinist Elizabeth Suh Lane, guitarist Beau Bledsoe, & bassist Jeff Harshbarger of Bach Aria Soloists play live Tango music in our 90.1 FM Studios. Bach Aria Soloists are presenting their critically acclaimed, Night of Tango, Saturday, April 21, 7:30 pm, at The Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th St, KCMO, featuring the quintet classics by Astor Piazzolla, Argentina’s most famous composer and bandoneónist. The evening’s ensemble includes: Héctor Del Curto, bandoneónist, 2018 Grammy winner for Best Latin Jazz Album; Gustavo Casenave, Latin Grammy-nominated pianist; with Elizabeth Suh Lane, violin, Artistic Director Bach Aria Soloists; Beau Bledsoe, guitar, Bach Aria Soloists, and Kansas City bassist Jeff Harshbarger. More info at: http://www.bachariasoloists.com / http://www.follytheater.org

Amy Farrand

At 10:35 Amy Farrand joins us to share music from One, the new 11-song debut full length album from her band, Amy Farrand & The Like. The band includes: Amy Farrand on lead vocals & guitar, Steve Tubbert on bass, Felix Dukes on drums, Kyle Dahlquist on keyboards & backing vocals, Stephan Jean-Francois on trumpet, and Katie Gilchrist on backing vocals. One was recorded with Duane Trower at Weights and Measures Soundlab. Amy Farrand and The Like play a special Album Release Show at Davey’s Uptown Rambler’s Club, 3402 Main St., Saturday, April 28 at 9:00 pm, with Pamper The Madman with GAV7D.

At 11:00 Brenton Cook and Dedric Moore organizers of the Outer Reaches Music Festival join us to share information about, Outer Reaches Explores the World, on Friday, April 20, at recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd, KCMO. Proceeds benefit the Midwest Music Foundation and funding is from the KC Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund. Special promotions provided by KKFI 90.1 FM. The night includes: SUNU, Enrique Javier Chi, Harptasia feat. Calvin Arsenia, Teri Quinn, Brandon Draper’s Drum Safari, and DJ Memo. This event is $10 with Advance Tickets available at recordBar or $15 Day of Show. More info at: http://www.outerreachesfest.com/

At 11:30 members of the Kansas City band Thee Devotion join us to share music from their new release Chapel. Formed on January 1, 2008, Thee Devotion call their music “chickenshack” and “garage soul.” The band includes: Davin Watne on guitar, keyboards, harmonica and vocal; Chris Teasely on keyboards, organ, harmonica, flute, trumpet, and vocals; Bruce Eddy on bass and vocals; and Keith Patterson on drums and vocals. Chapel is their second record and was produced by Bill Honan who also played piano and moog. Jesus Negron and Sean Branagan played percussion and David Williams played pedal steel on the record. All songs written by Thee Devotion.

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

Show #730

WMM Playlist from April 11, 2018

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, April 11, 2018

New & MidCoastal Releases + Doby Watson
+ Witch Jail + Kadesh Flow

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

2. Beach House – “Dark Spring”
from: 7 / Sub Pop Records / Expected May 11, 2018
[th studio album from American dream pop band from Baltimore, Maryland, formed in 2004. The band consists of vocalist and keyboardist Victoria Legrand and guitarist, keyboardist, and backup vocalist Alex Scally. Unlike with previous records, Beach House took their time with the recording process of this album. Instead of one long studio session, they recorded when inspired by batches of songs, which resulted in five mini-sessions over the course of eleven months. All of the songs on the album began in the duo’s home studio in Baltimore, and were finished at Carriage House in Stamford, CT and Palmetto Studio in Los Angeles. The band stated that their goal throughout the recording process of the album was “rebirth and rejuvenation,” continuing: “We wanted to rethink old methods and shed some self-imposed limitations. In the past, we often limited our writing to parts that we could perform live. On 7, we decided to follow whatever came naturally. As a result, there are some songs with no guitar, and some without keyboard. There are songs with layers and production that we could never recreate live, and that is exciting to us. Basically, we let our creative moods, instead of instrumentation, dictate the album’s feel.” The band also stated that 7 didn’t have a producer in the traditional sense, which let the ideas drive the creativity and not any one person’s process. The band’s touring drummer since 2016, James Barone, plays on the entire record. They also worked with Peter Kember, known by the stage name Sonic Boom, who helped “in the shedding of conventions and in helping to keep the songs alive, fresh and protected from the destructive forces of recording studio over-production/over-perfection. Thematically, 7 often deals with “the beauty that arises in dealing with darkness; the empathy and love that grows from collective trauma; the place one reaches when they accept rather than deny.” The album’s title itself simply represents it being the duo’s seventh studio album, saying they “hoped its simplicity would encourage people to look inside. No title using words that we could find felt like an appropriate summation of the album,” although they later mentioned that the number 7 represents some interesting connections in numerology, which further inspired them in naming the album as such. The band cited the “societal insanity” during 2016 and 2017 as a deep influence on the creation of the record, elaborating: “there is quite a bit of chaos happening in these songs, and a pervasive dark field that we had little control over. The discussions surrounding women’s issues were a constant source of inspiration and questioning. The energy, lyrics and moods of much of this record grew from ruminations on the roles, pressures and conditions that our society places on women, past and present. The twisted double edge of glamour, with its perils and perfect moments, was an endless source.”]

3. The Get Up Kids – “Maybe”
from: Kicker EP / Polyvinyl Record Co / To Be Released June 8, 2018
[Matt Pryor on vocals & guitars, Jim Suptic on guitar, Rob Pope on bass, James Dewees on keyboards, Ryan Pope on drums. On March 29, 2018, Polyvinyl Records announced on their Instagram account that they had signed the band and that new music will be coming soon. The Get Up Kids are an American rock band from Kansas City, Missouri. Formed in 1995, the band was a major player in the mid-1990s emo scene, otherwise known as the “second wave” of emo music. As they gained prominence, they began touring with bands such as Green Day and Weezer before becoming headliners themselves, eventually embarking on international tours of Japan and Europe. They founded Heroes & Villains Records, an imprint of the successful indie rock label Vagrant Records. While the imprint was started to release albums by The Get Up Kids, it served as a launching pad for several side-projects such as The New Amsterdams and Reggie and the Full Effect. The Get Up Kids were viewed throughout their existence as a prototypical emo band, having been major players in the Midwest emo movement of the mid-1990s. Their second album Something to Write Home About remains their most widely acclaimed album, and is considered to be one of the quintessential albums of the second-wave emo movement. However, like many early emo bands, The Get Up Kids sought to dissociate themselves with the term, as it was considered dismissive to be seen as an “emo band.” The band departed heavily from their established style with the release of their 2002 album On a Wire, which saw the band take on a much more layered, alternative rock sound. Years later, guitarist Jim Suptic even apologized for having the influence they did on many of the modern third-wave emo bands, commenting that “[t]he punk scene we came out of and the punk scene now are completely different. It’s like glam rock now … If this is the world we helped create, then I apologize.” Due to internal conflicts, the band broke up in 2005. Three years later, the band reunited to support the tenth anniversary re-release of Something to Write Home About, and soon afterward entered the studio to write new material. In early 2010, the band released Simple Science, their first release in six years, followed in 2011 by the full-length There Are Rules. The Get Up Kids Members Rob Pope is also in the band Spoon; Jim Suptic is in the bands: Blackpool Lights, and Radar State; James Dewees is in the band Reggie and the Full Effect; and Matt Pryor performs often as a solo artists, and in the bands: Radar State, and The New Amsterdams.]

[On June 14 The Get Up Kids will launch a 20 city month long US Tour]

4. Shy Boys – “Keeps Me On My Toes”
from: Shy Boys / High Dive Records / January 17, 2014
[On April 3, 2018 it was announced that Shy Boys had been signed to San Francisco based, national label, Polyvinyl Records. Hailed as “The Beach Boys on Robitussin”, Shy Boys (brothers Collin & Kyle Rausch, Konnor Ervin, Kyle Little & Ross Brown) were bred in the dankest basements of Kansas City, MO as a group of ill-fitting squares in a scene of punks and weirdos. We find these great friends now, still living & loving in KC, trading instruments while creating melodic, happy-sad tunes to make your heart swell. Shy Boys’ sophomore album will arrive later this year on Polyvinyl Record Co., bringing with it big, melancholic vocal harmonies of a past’s present, amidst these strange and bittersweet future daze. This was the bands debut release. Brothers Collin Rausch, Kyle Rausch, and friend and roommate at the time Konnor Ervin, created this record. Collin and Kyle’s father was a High School band director and music teacher. Konnor Ervin was the lead singer and songwriter of The ACBs, where Kyle also played 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 The Shy Boys and 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 included this informal release in our Top Ten of The 111 Best Recordings of 2011. 3 of the songs from The I’ms recordings ended up being re-recorded for Shy Boys. The album was recorded at West End Studio, over two-weekends.]

[On Saturday, April 14 Shy Boys launch their 15 city US tour at Replay Lounge, in Lawrence Kansas, with Cocordion, Fraydee Cat, and Fullbloods.]

5. Mac Lethal – “Backward”
from: 11:11/ Rhymesayers Entertainment / April 8, 2008
[David McCleary Sheldon was born July 25, 1981. Known by his stage name Mac Lethal, he released his debut album, Men Are from Mars, Pornstars Are from Earth, on HHI Recordings in 2002. Sage Francis took him on the Fuck Clear Channel Tour in 2004. In 2006, Mac Lethal founded Black Clover Records with longtime friend Jeremy Willis, who had been running the Datura Label. In 2007, he released the album entitled 11:11 on Rhymesayers Entertainment. In November 2011, Mac Lethal released a video on YouTube of him rapping over the beat to “Look at Me Now” while he prepares a dish of pancakes in his kitchen. The video became a viral hit and got millions of views in a matter of days and led to interviews on websites like CNN and The Washington Post. In 2011, he was offered a contract from Sony which he rejected, referring to the $250,000, 5 album, 2 option and one milestone option deal as “insane.” Mac Lethal has also managed a Tumblr feed called “Texts from Bennett”, in which he posts text message conversations between himself and his cousin Bennett. Although some have questioned whether or not Bennett is a real person, he insists that the conversations are genuine. He released the novel of the same name on Simon & Schuster in 2013. On Sept. 13, 2016, he released the album, Congratulations, which featured a guest appearance from Tech N9ne.]

[Mac Lethal plays recordBar Sunday, April 15, with Wax, the 21st date, on his 45-city US Tour.]

6. Kississippi – “Rinse, Repeat”
from: Sunset Blush / Bug Crusher Records / April 6, 2018
[Debut full length album from Philadephia based indie folk band fronted by Zoe Allaire Reynolds (with Adam DaSilva, Jeremy Probst, Allegra Eidinger, and Kaylen Alan Krebsbach.]

7. Jametatone – “No More Ignor”
from: Frog In The Pot / J. Ashley Miller / December 21, 2017
[New 10-song album from Jametatone, the solo project of J. Ashley Miller who also records with his band as Metatone. J. Ashley Miller is the 2016 Charlotte Street Generative Performing Artist Award Fellow. He is a composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist. His genre-bending trans-modern work has been performed everywhere from YJ’s to the Kauffman Performing Arts Center, to the MoMa PS1 in NYC. Ashley utilizes a diverse range of technologies, techniques, and collaborators to access obscure facets of the human emotional landscape. Jametatone opened all four shows at The Outburst KC, where Calvin Arsenia performed his 2017 Release Catastrophe Unplugged with guest musicians Beau Bledsoe, Fritz Hutchinson, Mark Southerland, and artist & vocalist Seth M. Jones. You can view more of Ashley’s work at http://www.jametatone.com.]

[Jametatone plays The Ship, 1217 Union Avenue, in the West Bottoms, Saturday, April 14, with Calvin Arsenia, and Tegu-Tegu Pro Fusion.]

8. Calvin Arsenia – “Experience”
from: Catastrophe / Calvin Arsenia / February 14, 2017
[Recently Calvin Arsenia was signed to a new record label in Kansas City called Bull’s Eye Records founded by Jim Andrews and Patrick Sprehe. Calvin Arsenia originally premiered the songs from Catstrophe in a live show at recordBar in November 2016, in a stage show that involved a company of 50 people, dancers, stilt walkers, special lighting, back up singers, guest artists. Since Calvin Arsenia came home to KC after living in Edinburgh, Scotland, he has released his EP, Moments, in 2014, and his EP Prose in 2015, and his Folk Alliance exclusive EP Catastrophe in 2016. Standing at 6 foot 6 inches, Arsenia’s powerful vocals span a 3.5 octave range, while playing piano, banjo, guitar and harp Calvin has also worked as a teacher of music to elementary students. Calvin is a graduate of Artist INC. Since 2014 we have been celebrating the music of Calvin Arsenia on WMM. He has played Folk Alliance International, Kansas City Fringe Fest, The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, The Kauffman Center For The Performing Arts, The Middle of the Map Fest., The Folly Theatre. Calvin played at Kansas City’s newly restored Greenwood Social Hall, at 1750 Bellevue Ave. in KC on June 11, 2017 in a show that was recorded live. In the Fall of 2017 Calvin embarked on a three month US/European Outlyre Tour where he has played San Francisco, Portland, Vancouver, NYC, Boston, Sweden, Edinburgh, Denmark, Holland, Switzerland, Lyon and Paris. Calvin played over 40 shows, with musician and friend Simon Huntley who plays with Quixotic. On December 5, 2017 Calvin released his EP Caviar, produced for attendees at Calvin’s “Secret Show,” Tuesday, December 5, at Wickstock West, 1324 West 12th Street, in The West Bottoms, and for supporters of his Outlyre Tour. Words & Music by Calvin Arsenia. Caviar was produced by Jametatone, Simon Huntley and Calvin Arsenia. Recorded at The Infoaming Vertex.]

[Calvin Arsenia plays The Ship, 1217 Union Avenue, in the West Bottoms, Saturday, April 14, with Jametatone, and Tegu-Tegu Pro Fusion.]

9. Bobby Watson & The I Have a Dream Project–”My Song” [feat. Glenn North]
from: Check Cashing Day / Lafiya Music / August 28, 2013
[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. Glenn North is a nationally recognized performance poet who has shared the stage with such noted poets as 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 entities including 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 at events hosted by MTV Rock the Vote, NAACP Black History Month, and KC Repertory Theatre in conjunction with the world premiere of Clay. He was accepted into the Cave Canem program. He has worked as director of the Urban Transcendence Poetry Project. 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.]

[On Friday, April 13, at 6:00 pm, Celebrating National Poetry Month, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art presents the debut screening of director Harold Smith’s documentary, The Gospel According to Glenn North. The film explores 18th & Vine Poet Laureate Glenn North’s unique poetic blend of jazz, blues, religion, black history, and social commentary. the screening will be followed by a Q&A with Kansas City native Glenn North. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is located at 4525 Oak St, Kansas City, MO. Tickets Available at http://www.nelson-atkins.org]

10:31 – Underwriting

10:33 – Interview with Doby Watson

Doby Watson

Singer-Songwriter Doby Watson has just released his new EP, Family Mattress Deluxe, a collection of songs written by Doby and co-produced with Zack Hames. Doby Watson was born in 1986. Instead of attending college, as Richard Gintowt wrote for The Pitch in 2009, “Watson spent his young-adult years touring the country with a guitar and a box of Clif Bars, one for lunch, then a real meal for dinner, and a bunch of sad and beautiful homespun songs that are as sparse and haunting as those of Leonard Cohen or Jason Molina.” In 2009 Doby released Twenty Two. In 2013 He released Watson & May an EP in collaboration with Margo May that was produced & engineered by Lennon Bone. Double Shift Music released Doby’s album Live-In Son in 2014, and the EP collaborative: Swearengin, Watson & May in 2016. More info at: http://www.dobywatson.bandcamp.com

Doby Watson, Thanks for being with us on WMM.

Midwestern DIY folk veteran, Doby Watson, returns from a break in his ceaseless tour schedule, with a new EP, titled “Family Mattress Deluxe’ available on limited cassette via eclectic hardcore label Error Records and across all streaming platforms.

Congratulations on the new EP Family Mattress Deluxe.

For nearly 15 years Doby has been traveling all over the country playing shows. While in KC he is often helping to put together shows for fellow traveling musician friends.

Family Mattress Deluxe EP

Side A (Family Mattress EP)
Miami Vomit II
Starve
Family Mattress III

Side B (bonus tracks)
Natural Ice (Early Morning version)
Family Mattress (AKADUNGEONMASTER remix)
Beer For Dinner II (with Austin Swearengin)
[a moody collaboration with New York based sculptor / songwriter Austin Swearengin. The warbly, lo-fi duet finds itself evolving into a slow burning, industrial-tinged jam that fizzles into feedback.]

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Doby Watson playing live on the April 11, 2018 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on 90.1 FM KKFI.

10. Doby Watson – “In Rows” (Live)
This song was on Doby’s album: Live-In Son / Double Shift Music / October 17, 2014
[For the record: Watson performed the songs live, while being recorded, in Ross Brown’s basement in KCMO. The next day, also in Brown’s basement, Grant Buell (Rhodes), Jerad Tomasino (vocals) and Hannah Jensen (viola), having never practiced with each other or Watson, improvised their parts over the live recordings of Watson. Richard Gintowt added additional vocals at his home in San Francisco, CA. The songs sat for some time until they were picked up by Ryan Brewer, who added electric guitar, field recordings & auxiliary percussion while he mixed the songs in Champaign, IL. Mastered by Cory Schulz in Milwaukee, WI.]

We are talking with Singer-Songwriter Doby Watson who has just released his new EP, Family Mattress Deluxe, on February 23, 2018, on Error Records.

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

“Rather than go to college, I chose to focus solely on DIY touring and releasing music (for much of it taking my good friend, then KC native, and amazing songwriter, Austin Swearengin with me for most of these tours). ”

“Around that same time, I made an attempt to be taken more “seriously”, dropped my moniker and unsuccessfully released a mini-album under my own name. After some rather chaotic and unorganized tours for the album, I became depressed and disillusioned with music. I set music aside as a priority, moved to Lawrence, KS and tried to assimilate to what I thought was a ‘normal’ life. ”

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

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

10:47

11. Doby Watson – “Pick Up” (Live)
[Doby Watson recorded this song for a Daytrotter Session, August 11, 2016, in Horseshack, Davenport, Iowa. It was also featured in Paste Magazine, September 16, 2016, and American Songwriter on September 9, 2015, from his SoundCloud page.]

Doby Watson calls his music, “Experimental Americana from Missouri.”

Doby Watson on the April 11, 2018 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on 90.1 FM KKFI.

10:54

12. Doby Watson – “I Wish That Everything” (Live)
This song was also on Doby’s album: Live-In Son / Double Shift Music / October 17, 2014
[This song was written by Doby’s friend Matthew Hoppock. For the record: Watson performed the songs live, while being recorded, in Ross Brown’s basement in KCMO. The next day, also in Brown’s basement, Grant Buell (Rhodes), Jerad Tomasino (vocals) and Hannah Jensen (viola), having never practiced with each other or Watson, improvised their parts over the live recordings of Watson. Richard Gintowt added additional vocals at his home in San Francisco, CA. The songs sat for some time until they were picked up by Ryan Brewer, who added electric guitar, field recordings & auxiliary percussion while he mixed the songs in Champaign, IL. Mastered by Cory Schulz in Milwaukee, WI.]

Doby Watson recently wrote: “if I could make a deal with the devil I would trade voices with contemporary R&B singer Tank.”

Doby Watson, Thanks for being with us on WMM.

Doby Watson has just released his new EP, Family Mattress Deluxe, a collection of songs written by Doby and co-produced with Zack Hames. More info at: http://www.dobywatson.bandcamp.com

11:00 – Station ID

13. Witch Jail – “Saucer Season Revisited”
from: Music For Magic Moments / Witch Jail / April 13, 2017
[Kansas City based Post-exotic American death-pop band formed in 2013. The band explains that they are, “Too weird for the punks, too punk for the weirdos.” Current band members include: Guy Slimey on vocals, Eddie Morphine on guitar, Jack Suede on bass, and A. Ghost on drums. The band has recorded with Woody Records, Too Much Rock, and This Ain’t Heaven.]

11:04 – Interview with Guy Slimey, Eddie Morphine, and A. Ghost of Witch Jail

Witch Jail

The Kansas City based post-exotic, death-pop band, Witch Jail was formed in 2013. The band writes that they are, “Too weird for the punks, too punk for the weirdos.” Current band members include: Guy Slimey on vocals, Eddie Morphine on guitar, Jack Suede on bass, and A. Ghost on drums. The band has recorded with Woody Records, Too Much Rock, and This Ain’t Heaven. Witch Jail have a new album: Music For Magic Moments, that will be released Friday, April 13.

Witch Jail play an Album Release Show, Thursday, April 12, at 9:00 pm, at The Brick, 1727 McGee St., KCMO with Jorge Arana Trio, Bad Girls, and Neptune. More info at: http://www.witchjail.bandcamp.com

Guy Slimey, Eddie Morphine, & A. Ghost of Witch Jail thanks for being with us on WMM.

Witch Jail were on our radio show last February 8, 2017 with Sid Sowder talking about the Too Much Rock Single Series release of ”Slimewave USA”

Witch Jail are having a busy week:

Wednesday: on WMM talking about the new Witch Jail album

Thursday: Release show at The Brick with Jorge Arana Trio, Bird Girls, and Neptune

Friday: In Madison, playing at Mickey’s Tavern with Solid Freex and No Question

Saturday: In Cedar Rapids at The Hive Collective with Tu’mera Divine

Sunday: In Des Moines at Vaudeville Mews with Odd Pets, The Vahnevants, and Greg Wheeler and the Poly Mall Cops

Monday: Back at work!

Then in a month Witch Jail heads down south: Nashville, Memphis, NOLA, Austin, Ft. Worth, OKC, and Wichita. No rest for the wicked!

Witch Jail

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14. Witch Jail – “Under The Volcano”
from: Music For Magic Moments / Witch Jail / April 13, 2017
[Kansas City based Post-exotic American death-pop band formed in 2013. The band explains that they are, “Too weird for the punks, too punk for the weirdos.” Current band members include: Guy Slimey on vocals, Eddie Morphine on guitar, Jack Suede on bass, and A. Ghost on drums. The band has recorded with Woody Records, Too Much Rock, and This Ain’t Heaven.]

11:25

15. Witch Jail – “Snake Church”
from: Music For Magic Moments / Witch Jail / April 13, 2017
[Kansas City based Post-exotic American death-pop band formed in 2013. The band explains that they are, “Too weird for the punks, too punk for the weirdos.” Current band members include: Guy Slimey on vocals, Eddie Morphine on guitar, Jack Suede on bass, and A. Ghost on drums. The band has recorded with Woody Records, Too Much Rock, and This Ain’t Heaven.]

[Witch Jail play an Album Release Show, Thursday, April 12, at 9:00 pm, at The Brick, 1727 McGee St., KCMO with Jorge Arana Trio, Bad Girls, and Neptune. More info at: http://www.witchjail.bandcamp.com]

16. Kadesh Flow – “Room Service”
from: Room Service EP / Ryan Davis / March 30, 2018
[Kadesh Flow is Ryan Davis is a rapper with an MBA. At age 11, he began rapping and playing trombone within two weeks of one another. His music has been featured on network television in multiple countries and territories across Southeast Asia. Locally, Kadesh can be found rocking solo hip hop sets, laying down bone bars with KC funk juggernaut The Phantastics, or jamming with various bands throughout the city. The Room Service EP was conceived between shows at MAGfest 2018, when Kadesh Flow, Atlas, and Bill Beats began creating in their hotel room. Producers/Writers include: Kadesh Flow, Atlas, Bill Beats, Shubzilla, Eye-Q, O.Super. Mixed By: Kadesh Flow. Mastered By: Out D Park Productions.]

[The Phantastics play Record Store Day at Josey Record, Saturday, April 21, at 8:00 PM.]

11:34 – Interview with Kadesh Flow

Kadesh Flow

Kadesh Flow aka Ryan Davis joins us to share music from his new EP, Room Service. Kadesh Flow is a rapper, trombonist, and producer. At age 11, he began rapping and playing trombone within two weeks of one another. His music has been featured on network television in multiple countries and territories across Southeast Asia. Locally, Kadesh can be found rocking solo hip hop sets, laying down bone bars with The Phantastics, or jamming with various bands throughout the city. The Room Service EP was conceived between shows at MAGfest 2018, when Kadesh Flow, Atlas, and Bill Beats began creating in their hotel room. The Phantastics play Record Store Day at Josey Records, Saturday, April 21, at 8:00 PM. More info at: http://www.kadeshflow.com

Kadesh Flow aka Ryan Davis, thanks for being with us again on WMM

The Room Service EP was conceived between shows at MAGfest 2018, when Kadesh Flow, Atlas, and Bill Beats began creating in their hotel room. Earlier in the year Kadesh found out he would be playing a showcase a South By Southwest, and he though it might be good to have new music to offer, and that’s when it sort of fell into place to record this new EP.

11:42

17. Kadesh Flow – “Glassy Eyes feat. Eye-Q”
from: Room Service EP / Ryan Davis / March 30, 2018
[Kadesh Flow is Ryan Davis is a rapper with an MBA. At age 11, he began rapping and playing trombone within two weeks of one another. His music has been featured on network television in multiple countries and territories across Southeast Asia. Locally, Kadesh can be found rocking solo hip hop sets, laying down bone bars with KC funk juggernaut The Phantastics, or jamming with various bands throughout the city. The Room Service EP was conceived between shows at MAGfest 2018, when Kadesh Flow, Atlas, and Bill Beats began creating in their hotel room. Producers/Writers include: Kadesh Flow, Atlas, Bill Beats, Shubzilla, Eye-Q, O.Super. Mixed By: Kadesh Flow. Mastered By: Out D Park Productions.]

[The Phantastics play Record Store Day at Josey Record, Saturday, April 21, at 8:00 PM.]

Kadesh Flow has also played with Hearts of Darkness, and is a part of The Nerdy People Of Color Collective.

Kadesh Flow on the April 11, 2018 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on 90.1 FM KKFI.

11:56

18. Kadesh Flow – “FYI feat. Atlas & O.Super”
from: Room Service EP / Ryan Davis / March 30, 2018
[Kadesh Flow is Ryan Davis is a rapper with an MBA. At age 11, he began rapping and playing trombone within two weeks of one another. His music has been featured on network television in multiple countries and territories across Southeast Asia. Locally, Kadesh can be found rocking solo hip hop sets, laying down bone bars with KC funk juggernaut The Phantastics, or jamming with various bands throughout the city. The Room Service EP was conceived between shows at MAGfest 2018, when Kadesh Flow, Atlas, and Bill Beats began creating in their hotel room. Producers/Writers include: Kadesh Flow, Atlas, Bill Beats, Shubzilla, Eye-Q, O.Super. Mixed By: Kadesh Flow. Mastered By: Out D Park Productions.]

[The Phantastics play Record Store Day at Josey Record, Saturday, April 21, at 8:00 PM.]

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

Next week, on April 18, Bach Aria Soloists including Elizabeth Suh Lane, Beau Bledsoe, and Jeff Harshbarger play live Tango music in our 90.1 FM Studios. Plus Amy Farrand joins us to share music from the debut release of her band, Amy Farrand & The Like. Plus, Brenton Cook joins us to share music and information about Outer Reaches Explores The World – Friday, April 20 at recordBar with SUNU, Enrique Javier Chi, Harptasia feat. Calvin Arsenia, Teri Quinn, Brandon Draper’s Drum Safari, and DJ Memo. Plus, the band, Thee Devotion joins us to share tracks from their new album, Chapel.

Our Script/Playlist is a “cut and paste” of information.
Sources for notes: artist’s websites, bios, wikipedia.org

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