WMM spins New & MidCoastal Releases + Nan Turner + Elizabeth S. Lane + Howie Howard of Mr. Furious Records

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

Wednesday, February 8, 2023

WMM spins New & MidCoastal Releases + Nan Turner + Elizabeth S. Lane + Howie Howard of Mr. Furious Records

Wednesday MidDay Medley spins more New & MidCoastal Releases from: Monta, Uncle Hassell, Andrew Foshee, Bach Aria Soloists, Jass & The Boys, Kadesh Flow, Nan & The One Nite Stands, M/S Ride featuring Scott Morris, M/S Ride featuring Royce Diamond, Anywaves, and Night Mode.

At 10:30 we talk with Nan Turner who’s music has been described as “Tone Loc meets the Velvet Underground.” The singer-songwriter-drummer-dancer-actress, as Nan + The One Nite Stands, released HIGH-CALIBER on February 19, 2021. Nan Turner released the single, “Desert Nites”, on May 22, 2020. Nan released her solo EP, CHAMPS AND LOSERS, VERSION 2, on July 12, 2019. Nan Turner is one half of the critically acclaimed band Schwervon! with Matt Roth (Major Matt Mason USA) on electric guitar and Nan on drums. They started the band in 1999 on the Lower East Side of New York City and toured internationally for over a decade, Schwervon! released 7 full length albums, 2 EPs, and 5 singles. In 2012 Schwervon! relocated to Shawnee, Kansas. Their album, Broken Teeth, was released in 2014 on local Kansas City label Haymaker Records. Nan has been called the “Lucy Ricardo of Indie Rock.” Nan Turner & The One Nite Stands play Records With Merritt, Saturday, February 11, at 7:00 to 9:00 PM, 1614 Westport Rd, KCMO. More info at: http://www.nanturner.bandcamp.com

At 11:00 we welcome back Howie Howard of Mr. Furious Records. Howie Howard grew up in Crete, Nebraska and graduated from Doane University, singing and playing drums in school groups all along the way. Inspired by the legendary Dischord Records out of Washington D.C. he then founded Mr. Furious Records to document and share his friends’ music and help keep them active as life-long music makers. Howie moved to KC in 2005 and Lawrence in 2015 and has played in local bands including Mars Lights, Dark Satellites, Night Mode, howie&scott, and Five Star Crush. Closing in on its 20th anniversary, Mr. Furious Records has just released its 73rd project “Not One Person Left Out,” a collaboration between Howie and local rapper, producer, and engineer Royce Diamond. More info at: http://www.mrfuriousrecords.com

At 11:30 we talk with Elizabeth S. Lane Director & Founder of Kansas City’s critically-acclaimed chamber music ensemble Bach Aria Soloists about their new recording Le Dolce Sirene. The new record features Elizabeth Suh Lane, GRAMMY soprano Sarah Tannehill Anderson, Elisa Williams Bickers who plays Harpsichord, Organ and Piano and cellist Hannah Collins. Elizabeth S. Lane calls the new recording, “a quintessential representation ofour Baroque and contemporary chamber music performance. Much of it highlights our soprano Sarah Tannehill Anderson, but because of the exposed, soloistic compositional virtuosity of Bach and Handel, and the BAS treatment that we utilize for this
music that begs for improvisation, it also exposes the versatility of virtuosity of all of our Soloists.” Le Dolce Sirene will be released in a special celebration titled: Record Revelry on Sunday, February 19, 2023 at 6:00 PM, at Thompson Barn, 11184 Lackman Road, Lenexa, KS, 66219. More information at http://www.bachariasoloists.com

Nan Turner Photo by Ailecia Ruscin of Oh! Snap! Photography!

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WMM Playlist from February 1, 2023

Wednesday MidDay Medley
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Wednesday, February 1, 2023

WMM presents the Women of Folk Alliance International + Kelley Hunt + Rachael Sage + Nani Noam Vazana

Today we feature Music & Interviews with Women of the 35th Annual Folk Alliance International Conference, February 1 – 5, 2023, in Kansas City. Native, Black, Queer, Haitian, Mexican, Korean, British, Sephardic, Iberian, Kansan, these are just a few of the points of diversity.

Folk Alliance International is a non-profit organization that produces an annual conference that is the world’s largest gathering of the folk music industry and community. Founded in 1989, FAI is an advocacy, professional development and networking organization, and is one of the five largest music conferences in North America. As of 2016, FAI has a membership of approximately 3,000, and a budget of $1,000,000 USD.

Members include record companies, publishers, presenters, agents, managers, music support services, manufacturers and artists that work in the folk music industry.

The annual conference is an event that draws together music industry professionals from throughout the world to share ideas, network, and showcase emerging, mid-career, and legendary artists. Held over five days, the conference includes a keynote speaker, awards shows, over 2,400 registered attendees from 18 countries, 75 exhibitors, 150 panels & workshops, 200 juried official showcases, and over 2,800 private showcases held late at night. The conference is always held at a local hotel, and while in Kansas City has been at The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center.

Kansas City Area Artists Playing the 35th Annual Folk Alliance International Conference

Andrea von Kamper (Lincoln)
Barnaby Bright (L.A.) (Formerly KC)
Bob & Diana Suckiel
Christena Graves
David Hakan
David Luther
Elexa Dawson
Erin Eades
Ezgi Karakus
Gullywasher
Jackie Myers
John Keck
Joy Zimmerman
Kelley Hunt
Kristin Hamilton
Making Movies
Miki P
Rigby Summer
Timbers

  1. “Main Title Instrumental – It’s Showtime Folks”
    from: Orig. Motion Picture Soundtrack All That Jazz / Casablanca / December 20, 1979
    [WMM’s Adopted Theme Song]
  1. Leyla McCalla – “Dodinin”
    from: Breaking the Thermometer / Anti – Records / May 6, 2022
    [Leyla McCalla on vocals, cello, tenor banjo, guitar; Shawn Myers on drums, percussion; Pete Olynciw on electric & upright bass; Jeff Pierre on tanbou; Nahum Johnson Zdybel, guitars; with special guest vocalist Melissa Laveaux on “Pouki”. Mixed & Mastered by Kevin Ratterman, Invisible Creature Studios in Los Angeles, CA. // Produced by Kevin Ratterman // All songs written by Leyla McCalla/Makala Music (ASCAP), c/o Strictly Confidential, except “Nan Fon Bwa” (Composed by Frantz Casseus/Haitiana Music Company), “Dan Reken” (Traditional; Words by Richard Brisson), “Dodinin” (Atis Indepandan), “Pouki” (Manno Charlemagne), “You Don’t Know Me” (Caetano Veloso/Terra Enterprises, Inc), “Artibonite” (Lyrics by Leyla McCalla; Melody by Louis Lesly Marcelin, “Sanba Zao”), “Boukman’s Prayer” (Music by Leyla McCalla; Words by Dutty Boukman) // Memories of Haiti come to me in waves. Leyla McCalla writes: “As my work on the theater piece Breaking the Thermometer to Hide the Fever began to materialize, I began to also hear an album in the making. After years of digesting audio recordings from the Radio Haiti archive housed at Duke University, with guidance from director Kiyoko McCrae and archivist Laura Wagner, I started to imagine how my personal story, the story of Radio Haiti and the story of Haiti-US relations could be connected through song in one album. While many of the songs on the album are inspired by the listening that I have done in the archive, much of the album is deeply self-reflective — integrating experiences that I have had navigating life as a child both in the US and Haiti, my journey in claiming my Haitian-American identity and understanding the experiences, sacrifices and challenges overcome by my immigrant relatives. This story is mine in many ways and yet belongs to the greater movement for freedom of speech and human rights worldwide.” //Leyla Sarah McCalla was born October 3, 1985. She is a classical and folk musician. She has been a cellist with the Grammy-winning string band Carolina Chocolate Drops but left that group to focus on her solo career. Both of McCalla’s parents were born in Haiti. Her father Jocelyn McCalla was the Executive Director of the New York-based National Coalition for Haitian Rights from 1988 to 2006 and is credited as translator on Vari-Colored Songs. Her mother Régine Dupuy arrived in the United States at age 5, is the daughter of Ben Dupuy who ran Haiti Progrès, a New York based Haitian socialist newspaper. McCalla’s mother went on to found Dwa Fanm, an anti-domestic violence human rights organization. McCalla was born in New York City and raised in New Jersey. She lived in Accra, Ghana for two years as a teen. After a year at Smith College, she transferred to New York University to study cello performance and chamber music. She then moved to New Orleans where she played music on the streets. We first played Leyla McCalla in 2016 the same year we saw her live at Folk Alliance International and the same year she released her critically acclaimed album Vari-Colored Songs on Music Maker Recordings on February 4, 2014. The album is a tribute to Langston Hughes which includes adaptations of his poems, Haitian folk songs sung in Haitian Creole and original compositions. McCalla says the first song she wrote for the album was Heart of Gold because it provided “a window into Hughes’ thinking”.McCalla chose to dedicate this work to Hughes because she says “reading his work made me want to be an artist.” McCalla started working on the album 5 years prior to its release. Commentators have noted the influence of Louisiana musical traditions such as old Cajun fiddle melodies and trad-jazz banjo on the album. Members of the Carolina Chocolate Drops appear on the album. Along with her solo work Leyla McCalla was part of Songs of Our Native Daughters is the debut Americana/folk album by four North American singer-songwriters collaborating as Our Native Daughters. The group includes Rhiannon Giddens, Amythyst Kiah, Leyla McCalla, and Allison Russell. The album was released on the Smithsonian Folkways label in early 2019. Songs of Our Native Daughters addresses American historical issues that have influenced the identity of black women, including slavery, racism, and sexism. The album features 13 songs, 11 of them written by the group’s members. It also includes a cover of a 1970s Bob Marley classic and a song that draws its lyrics from two poems.]

[Leyla McCalla is a 2023 official Showcase Artist at Folk Alliance International Conference performing Thurs., Feb. 2, in the Spotlight on Songcraft at Benton’s 20th Floor and Thurs, Feb. 2, in Shawnee Mission at the Weston Kansas City at Crown Center, 1 East Pershing Rd, KCMO. ]

  1. Lady Nade (Na’y’ed) As in ‘Lemonade’- “Everything is Free”
    from: “Everything is Free” – Single / Lady Nade / January 20, 2023  
    [“Everything is Free” was Originally written in the Napster era, Welch’s song has been embraced by a new generation of artists including Father John Misty, Courtney Barnett and Phoebe Bridgers. Written by Gillian Welch for her acclaimed Time (The Revelator) from 2001. From Rolling Stone, Sept. 19, 2018): The folk lament that details the existential fear brought on when the labor of a working person suddenly loses its value overnight. When she wrote it 18 years ago, Welch was commenting on the anxiety many recording artists felt as peer-to-peer file-sharing services threatened their livelihoods. The song turns on the corresponding threat that she could at any point withhold her art from the public. “Every day I wake up/Humming a song,” Welch sings in its culminating verse. “But I don’t need to run around/I’ll just stay at home.” Lady Nade (Na’y’ed) As in ‘Lemonade’ released her third album, the 11 – track, WILLING on June 18, 2021. The title track was released as a single and won ‘UK song of the Year’ in the 2022 UK Americana Awards. Lady Nade started writing poems and songs as a form of healing from grief, performing in venues across her native city of Bristol, her work developed into a calling to connect with her fans on a deeper level and help lead them through life’s complicated tapestry with the healing power of music. She pours creativity into every song, often lavishing them with a recipe to match. // Named one of Bristol’s most influential women of 2022, Lady Nade is continuing her rise as a multi-award winning eclectic Folk and Americana singer-songwriter. Her third album ‘Willing’ entered both the official Folk and Americana charts on its release. With the title track Single winning ‘UK song of the Year’ in the 2022 UK Americana Awards.// Her songs carry messages of love, loss, hope, relationships, friendships and the positive connection between music, well-being. // Lady Nade has learnt that loss and grief isn’t something one can recover from alone and with her music and recipes she creates a communal experience that everyone can enter into on their own terms. // This Bristolian folk / Americana songwriter fills your heart with words and melodies that nourish the mind, body and soul. Her performances are like a reunion. Share a room with her, and she’ll give you her story. All of it. The joys and sorrows. You will love her for it, and she will love you back.]

[Lady Nade (Na’y’ed) As in ‘Lemonade’is a 2023 official Showcase Artist at Folk Alliance International Conference performing Thurs., Feb. 2, in Washington Park Place 1 / Thurs., Feb. 2, Horizons Unplugged – 544 / Fri./Sat., Feb. 3/4, at 1:00 AM in The Black American Music Summit Private Showcase in Room 656, / Sat., Feb. 4, FLi Artists – 540 / Sun., Feb. 5, Horizons – 539 (Regents) at the Weston Kansas City at Crown Center, 1 East Pershing Rd, KCMO.]

  1. Rachael Sage – “Revelation Ground”
    from: Revelation Ground – EP / MPress Records / February 18, 2022 
    [Rachael Sage a NYC based Singer, Songwriter, Visual Artist, Performer, Activist, Producer. She is the Founder, President & Label Owner, of indie label MPress Records. Sage was named one of the Top 100 Independent Artists of the Past 15 Years by Performing Songwriter Magazine. The New York Times describes Sage as “alternately channeling her inner Fanny Brice and Jewish Norah Jones”. Sage attended Stanford University where she hosted a nighttime college radio show as “Full Moon Rachael”. She studied theater with professors such as playwright Anna Deavere Smith, and graduated in 1993 with a degree in drama. For one year, she was in the Actors Studio MFA program. On March 6, 2020, Sage released her 14th studio album, CHARACTER. Described as an “inspirational tribute to survivorship”, the album was written as Sage was recovering from endometrial cancer. She expressed the hope that “these songs honor just how resilient the human spirit can be, and remind us that sometimes it’s ok to not be ok.”]

[Rachael Sage is an official Showcase Artist at FAI performing Thursday, February 2 at 9:00 PM, Benton’s 20th Floor, in Washington Park Place 3 at the Weston Kansas City at Crown Center, 1 East Pershing Road, KCMO. More information at http://www.rachaelsage.com]

10:17 –Interview with Rachael Sage

NYC based Singer, Songwriter, Visual Artist, Performer, Activist, Producer Rachael Sage is also the Founder, President & Owner, of indie label MPress Records. Sage was named one of the Top 100 Independent Artists of the Past 15 Years by Performing Songwriter Magazine. The New York Times describes Sage as “alternately channeling her inner Fanny Brice and Jewish Norah Jones”. Sage attended Stanford University where she hosted a nighttime college radio show as “Full Moon Rachael”. She studied theater with Anna Deavere Smith and other professors, and graduated in 1993 with a degree in drama. For one year, she was in the Actors Studio MFA program. On March 6, 2020, Sage released her 14th studio album, CHARACTER. Described as an “inspirational tribute to survivorship”.

Rachael Sage is an official Showcase Artist at FAI performing Thursday, February 2 at 9:00 PM, Benton’s 20th Floor, in Washington Park Place 3 at the Weston Kansas City at Crown Center, 1 East Pershing Road, KCMO. More info at http://www.rachaelsage.com.

Rachael Sage Thank you for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Will You be playing multiple private showcases and also hosting your own showcase?

Folk Alliance International

Rachael Sage is currently working on a New Album.

Sage was born Karen Rachael Weitzman in 1971 in Port Chester, New York, to shoe designer Stuart Weitzman and his wife, Jane.

Sage studied drama and ballet before switching to music. A self-taught pianist, influenced by her parents’ doo-wop and the Beatles records, as well as Broadway cast albums, she created demos on a four-track recording system she received as a bat mitzvah present.

During junior high school, Sage gained admission to the School of American Ballet. Sage attended Stanford University where she hosted a nighttime college radio show as “Full Moon Rachael”. She studied theater with professors such as playwright Anna Deavere Smith, and graduated in 1993 with a degree in drama. For one year, she was in the Actors Studio MFA program. Her performance in their New York talent search won her a place on the Village Stage of the 1999 Lilith Fair.

Sage’s career includes the writing of jingles and theme music for film and television; her first notable jingle customer was Crystal Light. She began using the name “Rachael Sage” in 1995, and in 1996 she started her own record label, MPress Records, inspired by Ani DiFranco founding Righteous Babe Records six years earlier.

On April 23, 1996, Sage released her debut studio album, Morbid Romantic, on MPress. She toured Europe four times and released four more albums.

For her 2004 song “Sacrifice” from the album Ballads & Burlesque, Sage won Best Folk/Singer-Songwriter Song at the 4th Annual Independent Music Awards in 2005. “Brave Mistake” from the album Delancey Street was nominated for Best Story Song at the 10th Annual Independent Music Awards in 2011. In the same year, Sage won OutStanding Producer for her song “Hope’s Outpost” at the 7th Annual OutMusic Awards.

Sage wrote an editorial about homeless youth in New York City for The Morton Report. In her editorial, she mentioned a collaboration of artists, unveiling an album, New Arrivals Vol. 4: Artists Against Youth Homelessness, with proceeds going to the National Network for Youth.

Sage appears on Both Sides Now: the Very Best of Judy Collins, performing a duet with Collins on the Neil Young song, “Helpless”.

On May 20, 2016, Sage released her 12th studio album, Choreographic, on MPress Records, featuring some of the songs that she wrote to accompany dance competition routines for Maddie Ziegler.

On March 6, 2020, Sage released her 14th studio album, Character. Described as an “inspirational tribute to survivorship”, the album was written as Sage was recovering from endometrial cancer. She expressed the hope that “these songs honor just how resilient the human spirit can be, and remind us that sometimes it’s ok to not be ok.” The album reflects on themes such as compassion, gratitude, authenticity, optimism, mindfulness, forgiveness, vulnerability, and resilience, as well as issues surrounding co-dependence.

Sage regularly tours in North America and Europe and has shared stages with A Great Big World, Semi Precious Weapons, Sarah McLachlan, Judy Collins, Marc Cohn, the Animals, Jamie Cullum, and Ani DiFranco.

Sage’s sound has been described as theatrical. Producer Phil Ramone said of working with Sage that he was reminded of collaborating with Bob Dylan and that “She has a very unusual way of treating a pop song. I admire her editorial and musical ability when it comes to crafting a tune.”

Sage’s paintings and collages have been shown in small galleries in Lower Manhattan, and she has also contributed original artwork to her own CD package designs.

Sage’s sister Elizabeth is a film critic and children’s book author in New York.

Sage told Curve magazine in 2020 that she came out to her parents as bisexual in the mid-1990s. She said her songs portray her “full-range of life-experience, including having loved both men and women”. Sage has been celebrated by the LGBT community, winning OutMusic Awards multiple times, hosted by the LGBT Academy of Recording Arts.

In 2016, she teamed with cellist Dave Eggar to produce a benefit concert to help victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting, a hate crime against gay people.

In 2018, Sage was treated for uterine cancer; she was in remission two years later when she organized an online benefit concert to fight cancer, with appearances by Lisa Loeb, Paula Cole and more. Sage stayed in New Haven, Connecticut, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rachael Sage Discography

Studio albums
Morbid Romantic (1996)
Smashing the Serene (1998)
Painting of a Painting (2001)
Illusion’s Carnival (2002)
Public Record (2003)
Ballads & Burlesque (2004)
The Blistering Sun (2006)
Chandelier (2008)
Delancey Street (2010)
Haunted by You (2012)
Blue Roses (2014)
Choreographic (2016)
Myopia (2018)
Character (2020)
Acoustic albums
Choreographic (Acoustic) (2016)
PseudoMyopia (2019)

EPs
Haunted by You – Acoustic EP (2012)
New Destination (2014)
The Tide (2017)
Character (Acoustic) (2020)

Collaborations
New Arrivals Vol. 1: Artists For Gulf Coast Hurricane Relief (2006)
New Arrivals Vol. 2: Artists Against Hunger & Poverty (2007)
New Arrivals Vol. 3: Artists For Eating Disorders Awareness (2008)
New Arrivals Vol. 4: Artists Against Youth Homelessness (2011)
New Arrivals Vol. 5: Artists For Hurricane Sandy Relief (2013)
Both Sides Now – The Very Best Of Judy Collins (2014)

Poetica (2021)

From http://www.poeticaproject.com:

“Writing song lyrics is very different for me than writing poems. Poems come from a much more subconscious, mysterious place that I would almost describe as a kind of soul-searching” – Rachael Sage

“Poetica is spoken word art at its finest, fusing the influences of Emily Dickinson and e.e. cummings with soundscapes reminiscent of Bjork and Laurie Anderson…empathic, poignant and courageous.” – Dave Eggar, Grammy nominee & Poetica contributor

Poetica is the brainchild of alt-folk-pop composer, producer, & poet Rachael Sage. A cinematic, stylistically expansive odyssey, Poetica calls to mind such poet/musicians as Leonard Cohen, Patti Smith & Laurie Anderson. Adventurous yet familiar in its intimacy, Sage’s voice is perfectly at home in the absence of typical song structure, while her musical arrangements fuse elements of jazz, classical & Appalachian folk with surprising agility. Only rarely does Sage enlist her more widely-known singing voice to punctuate these recordings, from which her signature piano playing is notably – and intentionally – absent.

Beginning as a duo collaboration under lockdown between Sage and her longtime cellist Dave Eggar (Esperanza Spalding, Duncan Sheik, Corinne Bailey Rae), the project soon evolved into a full-blown, cinematic spoken word album, with Sage producing and engineering the project in isolation with limited gear she happened to have with her while on tour while sending files back and forth to bandmates and guest musicians from every genre. From over 200 poems written both during and prior to lockdown, Eggar – whose parents are both poetry professors – volunteered to help Sage select the 18 spoken-word pieces that eventually comprised the album, whose initial goal Sage admits “was to create something that would literally keep me from going insane while locked by myself in an attic for the better part of a year and a half.”

In addition to three-time Grammy® nominee Dave Eggar, contributors to Poetica include renowned klezmer clarinetist David Krakauer, Spooky Ghost guitarist (and longtime David Bowie bandmate) Gerry Leonard, jazz trumpet player Russ Johnson, drummer Quinn (Janelle Monáe) and UK-based blues harmonica player Will Wilde. Frequent musical partners Kelly Halloran (Michael Franti), Doug Yowell (Suzanne Vega), Jack Petruzzelli (Rufus Wainwright), and James Mastro (Patti Smith) contributed violin, drums, and electric guitar, respectively. Award-winning photographers Tom Moore and Mark Anton Smith contributed moody, still life imagery.

With plans for a full-length book of her favorite poems as well as another volume of spoken-word recordings already in the works, Sage has never been more grateful for her relationship to the written word. “Writing song lyrics is very different for me than writing poems. Poems come from a much more subconscious, mysterious place that I would almost describe as a kind of soul-searching. It’s a very spiritual process for me and I usually learn something after the fact, once each poem is written. I’ve been really enjoying the absence of any kind of song structure while creating these arrangements, and I also greatly credit Dave Eggar for supporting this vision, and my writing, unequivocally.”

Rachael Sage Thank you for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Rachael Sage is an official Showcase Artist at FAI performing Thursday, February 2 at 9:00 PM, Benton’s 20th Floor, in Washington Park Place 3 at the Weston Kansas City at Crown Center, 1 East Pershing Road, KCMO. More information at http://www.rachaelsage.com.

10:32

  1. Poetica – “Unconditional (feat. Rachael Sage)”
    from: POETICA / MPress Records / October 22, 2021
    [Cinematic and stylistically expansive, Poetica is a creatively ambitious musical spoken word project distilling a poetic spirit through text, voice and music in the spirit of Leonard Cohen, Patti Smith and Laurie Anderson. What began as a remote duo collaboration between poet/vocalist/producer Rachael Sage and three-time Grammy nominated cellist Dave Eggar eventually evolved into a full-blown spoken word concept album, with musicians contributing from around the globe. Produced and engineered by Sage herself, Poetica aims to create connection and shared experience via the unifying power of words. Adventurous yet familiar in its intimacy, Sage’s voice is perfectly at home in the absence of typical song structure, while her musical arrangements fuse elements of jazz, classical and Appalachian folk with surprising agility. Additional contributors to Poetica include renowned klezmer clarinetist David Krakauer, Spooky Ghost guitarist (and longtime David Bowie bandmate) Gerry Leonard, jazz trumpet player Russ Johnson (Elvis Costello), guitarist Jack Petruzzelli (Patti Smith), UK-based blues harmonica player Will Wilde, violinist Kelly Halloran (Michael Franti), and drummers Doug Yowell (Suzanne Vega) and Quinn (Janelle Monáe).] 

10:36 – Underwriting

  1. Joy Clark – “Good Thing”
    from: “Good Thing” – Single / Joy Clark / June 10, 2022
    [Joy Clark is a black, queer, folk artist from New Orleans. She is a singer/songwriter, lyrical guitarist, and rising star. Her melodic offerings have been described as a balm for an anxious heart. Each song beckons the listener, welcoming them with open arms—always advocating for truth, authenticity, self-love, and the courage to boldly tell one’s story. Growing up the daughter of a minister, she learned to create an atmosphere ripe for an emotional experience. She believes music is her ministry and intimacy is her superpower. // http://www.countryqueer.com wrote: In December of 2021 Joy Clark met three-time grammy nominee and Folk Music Award winner Allison Russell, at the EXIT/IN. After hearing each other perform, three months later Clark gets a call to perform with Russell in a performance at the iconic Ryman Auditorium. “It was a dream realized.” Clark said. Calling Russell a “generous” and “strategic” artist, Clark said she feels as though Russell is not only about playing a good show, but also building a community. “I love the way she approaches working with other people,” says Clark. But their collaboration didn’t end there. // Just a little over a week ago, a performance of Russell’s “4th Day Prayer” aired on Jimmy Kimmel, featuring Sista Strings, Larissa Maestro, Elizabeth Goodfellow, Mandy Fer, and…Joy Clark. The “Goddesses”, as Russell refers to them, had all played together in various configurations (Sista Strings would accompany Russell for one gig, Elizabeth, Mandy, and Joy on another,) but this was the first time that all seven of them shared the stage.]

[Joy Clark is an official Showcase Artist at FAI performing Thursday, Feb. 2 in the Shawnee Mission Rm. / And the Spotlight on Songcraft session at Benton’s 20th Floor, / Sat., Feb. 4, at 11:00 PM in The Black American Music Summit Private Showcase in Room 656, at the Weston Kansas City at Crown Center, 1 East Pershing Road, KCMO. Info at http://www.joyclarkmusic.com]

  1. Kamica King – “Live, Love, Dream”
    from: “Live, Love, Dream” – Single / Kamica King / September 26, 2016
    [from http://www.kamicaking.com: U.S Dept. of State Cultural Ambassador and Texas Commission on the Arts State Touring Roster artist Kamica King is a gifted musical storyteller and a multitalented creative whose performances and appearances include The Kennedy Center’s Arts Across America series, Carnegie Hall, the US Open, abroad in South Africa, and TEDx with her talk entitled the “Power of Song”. / Kamica is an official artist of the City of Dallas CAP, and an alum of Mayor’s Star Council, and Music to Life’s Activist Artist Accelerator, co-founded by Noel Paul Stookey of folk trio Peter, Paul & Mary. Kamica was one of only four artists featured by the NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert creator on “Inside the Mind of Bob Boilen” (DIY Musician Conference) for her song ‘Live, Love, Dream’, also featured in the documentary “Signs of Humanity” by Dallas artist Willie Baronet. / As seen on NBC, ABC and Fox, Kamica has been featured as a speaker, presenter and clinician around the nation, covering topics such as the role of music in stress management, self-care, music therapy, arts activism, and program development in the creative and therapeutic arts. As a first time filmmaker, her documentary For They Endured about the roles and identities of African-American women in music therapy (a historically underrepresented group), was selected as a featured presentation for advanced screening and discussion by the American Music Therapy Association. / A social entrepreneur, Kamica is the founder of Musically Me Unlimited, a musical self-empowerment program for youth of color with current programming centering equity for Black teen girls, and is the artist and board-certified music therapist behind music-centered socio-emotional wellness company King Creative Arts Expressions (KCAE). / Kamica’s work has enabled her to reach many communities through music, music therapy, and arts-infused enrichment programming from students and staff, to people experiencing homelessness, neurodiverse youth, persons with mental health needs, medical needs, and with organizations including The Bridge Homeless Recovery Center, Notre Dame School, Texas Woman’s University, UT Southwestern, UT- Arlington, the cities of Carrollton & Dallas. / A university-level educator, Kamica holds a Masters in Music/Music Therapy (Texas Women’s University), Music Therapy Degree Equivalency (Southern Methodist University), and a BA in Music- Voice (Western Connecticut State University), where she minored in psych, and broadcast communication for radio, also serving as a radio show host and producer. She is author of “Building Rapport Across Cultures: Musical and Non-musical Techniques”, a chapter published in “Music Therapy in a Multicultural Context: A Handbook for Music Therapy Students and Professionals” co-edited by Melita Belgrave & Seung-A Kim (Jessica Kingsley Publishers 2020).]

[Kamica King is an official Showcase Artist at FAI performing Friday, Feb. 3 in the Shawnee Mission Rm. / And the Sat., Feb. 4 at HOPE RISES: Music to Life Private Showcase in Room 743 / Sat., Feb. 4, at 12:30 AM in The Black American Music Summit Private Showcase in Room 656, at the Weston Kansas City at Crown Center, 1 East Pershing Road, KCMO. Info at http://www.joyclarkmusic.com]

  1. Van Dyke Parks & Verónica Valerio – “Veracruz”
    from: Van Dyke Parks Orchestrates Verónica Valerio: Only in America – EP / Van Dyke Parks & Verónica Valerio / June 11, 2021
    [Verónica Valerio was born into a family of harp players in Veracruz, Mexico. Her professional music career initiated at the age of nineteen. About the show Verónica Valerio’s original compositions and arrangements combine folklore tales and notions of the atemporal, while integrating voice, harp, traditional Mexican poetry, and different styles of music including son jarocho, jazz, gospel, and blues. She takes you on an adventure of her travels from the coasts of Veracruz and Yucatan to New Orleans and New York. The fundamental theme of her project is about how she observes, assumes, and translates the differences, distances, and similarities in the ambient and space around her. More than a concert, the performance is an invitation to navigate, and share her harp/boat and discover with her new sea routes and internal continents. From http://www.veronicanalerio.com: She began her career as a vocalist and bolerista as lead singer of the of Afro-Caribbean music group Juventud Sonera, in the Port of Veracruz. / A one-year stay in New Orleans- meeting blues musicians, and later studying at the Boys and Girls Harbor, Conservatory in New York, gave her, in addition to academic training, clarity in her musical quest in two ways: first, a pleasure for traditional music, including social and poetic content; and on the other, the need to recreate these languages in a contemporary way. / The sea, coast , people and loneliness, the contrast of the rural with the urban-before-and-now-are among the topics addressed by Veronica Valerio in her lyrics. Songs that are allegories of the contemporary world; metaphors alluding to the speed, virtual realities and concrete, shape the language of this young artist who, with the harp in tow, sings her unique worldview. // Van Dyke Parks Orchestrates Verónica Valerio: Only in America – EP A collaboration album between recording artist and arranger Van Dyke Parks and harpist and poet Verónica Valerio. / This record is a Chamber-music Suite of Songs of the Yucatan, featuring the poetry of Verónica Valerio and orchestrated by Van Dyke Parks. Starting with a new arrangement of Agustin Lara’s classic “Veracruz,” the album transports us to “a place of pyramids and pre-Collumbian history” following that place and time with three originals by Verónica Valerio called “Cielito Lindo,” “The Flight of the Guacamaya,” and “Camino a casa.” The four songs were also released on 7” vinyl.]

[Verónica Valerio is an official Showcase Artist at FAI performing Saturday, Feb. 4 in Benton’s 20th Floor / And the Sat., Feb. 4 in Heartland Song Network/Midwest Music Foundation Private Showcase in Room 743, at the Weston Kansas City at Crown Center, 1 East Pershing Road, KCMO. Info at http://www.veronicvalerio.com]

  1. Janice Jo Lee – “Here I Am”
    from: “Here I Am” – Single / Janice Jo Lee / 2022
    [Janice Jo Lee (she/her) aka Sing Hey, is a contemporary folk artist of Korean ancestry. She is a folk-soul singer-songwriter, spoken word poet, actor and playwright from Kitchener, on Haldimand Tract treaty territory. On stage she creates looping landscapes with her voice, guitar, trumpet and Korean jangu drum. Lee is a hard femme, queer, radical, comedian, truth-teller and satirist. She is interested in using art to build flourishing communities based in justice and joy. Lee’s work explores gender justice, antiracism, friendship, community, ancestry and the Earth. // From http://www.janicelee.com: POET PROVOCATEUR // “AN IRON FIST IN A SLOWLY-REMOVED VELVET GLOVE.”–MOONEY ON THEATRE // Janice Jo Lee is a dynamic artist. She is a second generation Korean-Canadian settler based in Tkaronto (Toronto), Ontario. She is a folk-soul-jazz singer songwriter, composer-sound designer, spoken word poet, theatre maker, and arts and anti-oppression facilitator. // Lee’s artwork has always been one with her activism. Her songs, poems and plays are immersed in issues of gender empowerment, community, climate change, the environment and antiracism. On stage she performs spoken word pieces and songs built on layers of cascading harmonies. With her guitar, looping pedal, trumpet, Korean janggu drum, disarmingly funny candour and poetically-rich lyrics, Lee commands the stage. She conjures warm energy, asks questions about our times, and leaves audiences rejuvenated and aglow. // Born in Toronto to a Korean immigrant family, she grew up riding bikes, singing in choir, and preferred soccer to her piano lessons. By the time she graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with a major in English Literature and minor in Political Science, she was a songwriter performing locally with The Radical Choir. It was in this collective that Lee began her early practice as a folk musician – leading sing-alongs, composing songs inspired by local issues, and performing in community. // In the first ten years of her career in Kitchener-Waterloo she steered the emergence of its next generation of spoken word poets as the director of the KW Poetry Slam. As a folk music producer, she cultivated the local scene as a series curator and programmer. As an outspoken activist and organizer she brought forward uncomfortable conversations around racism and white supremacy in the local social justice culture and queer community. // In the next few years Lee toured the country and screened a full-length documentary called The Legend of Sing Hey (Dir. Becca Redden) at Rainbow Reels Waterloo and Toronto Queer Film Festival. She wrote and performed a critically-acclaimed one-woman musical titled Will You Be My Friend, (Dir. Matt White) a searing satire on cultural assimilation and whiteness in Canada. And she composed original music for three plays: Shaded by Nada Abousaleh, I Don’t Know and the Dora-nominated Suitcase, both by Syrian-Canadian playwright-actor Ahmad Meree. During the lockdown Lee expanded her practice facilitating anti-oppression conversations for universities and organizations such as Folk Alliance International, U of T School of Social Work, and Vancouver Poetry House. // This year she releases her long anticipated song cycle album titled Ancestor Song. Drawing inspiration from her island-dwelling family roots in South Korea, Lee says that “these melodies access a musical spirit deep in my blood memory. Melodies I feel have been passed down to me by my ancestors, who gave me the voice in my chest and my body as instrument.” The songs are folk in tradition, concerned with contemporary issues of the people and land. The melodies are rousingly thematic and supported by expansive jazz harmonies. Many songs depict water as a force of healing, power, drowning and destruction. // In the studio, Lee says for the first time she felt safe and supported by her producer, avant-folk-rock artist from Kitchener-Waterloo, JoJo Worthington. “Not only is JoJo an incredible sound engineer and musician with an ear for sonics that’s beyond my frequency, she is a kind person who cares about me and knows my moods. With JoJo in the control room, we were able to actualize my musical dreams without compromise and I couldn’t be more proud of this record. We captured the Janice Jo Lee sound and I’ve been telling everyone it’s the best thing I’ve ever made.” // The first single “Here I Am” is out now and stay tuned for the album Ancestor Song coming out in 2023.]

[Janice Jo Lee is an Official Showcase Artist at FAI performing Fri., Feb. 3 in Spotlight on Pan-Asian Artists Private Showcase Room 831 / And Sat., Feb. 4 in Century A at the Weston Kansas City at Crown Center, 1 East Pershing Road, KCMO. Info at: http://www.janicelee.com ]

  1. Elexa Dawson – “Speak Again”
    from: “Speak Again” – Single / Lost Cowgirl Records / November 18, 2022
    [“Speak Again,” Written by Hon. Jack Markell and Elexa Dawson. This is indigenous Americana songwriter Elexa Dawson’s (Citizen Potawatomi) third single since her debut solo album, Music is Medicine. “Speak Again” is a call to remembering Indigenous languages “near erased.” Somber and driving, the song sparkles with cosmic country depth. Inspired by Robin Wall Kimmerrer’s account of the loss of the Potawatomi language, Braiding Sweetgrass, former Delaware governor Jack Markell composed a poem called “Nine Remain.” He reached out to Kimmerrer seeking a Potawatomi musician to compose and perform the music. The author connected Markell with Dawson, who provided cultural context while putting the lyrics to music. The title evolved to “Speak Again” to offer a vision of a future where the language returns in a meaningful way to Potawatomi communities. Elexa says “In the video three generations of Potawatomi share knowledge across time and space, redefining what it means to truly speak again. The video brings into focus the cycle of giving and receiving between three generations, and includes natural elements of traditional Potawatomi culture and society, and the medicine creatures that bring balance between worlds.” The First Peoples Fund awarded Dawson its 2022 Artist-in-Business Leadership grant to create a video for “Speak Again” in collaboration with Potawatomi animator Nichole Emmons. Emmons combines various forms of stop motion animation to create a rich landscape of Potawatomi imagery for “Speak Again.” The video been selected to premiere on November 18th at the TCL Chinese Theater during LA Skins, Hollywood’s Indigenous Film Festival. Music video releases worldwide Nov 25. Elexa Dawson released her single, “Mother” on October 29, 2021. On April 2, 2021, Elexa Dawson released “New Song” which was #3 on of WMM 15 Favorite Singles of 2021. Elexa’s 2019 album, MUSIC IS MEDICINE (Lost Cowgirl Records) and her song “High Place” charted at #6 on Sirius XM’s Indigenous Music Countdown. Elexa Dawson joined WMM on June 2, 2021.Elexa Dawson’s video for “Speak Again” premieres at LA Skins Fest in Hollywood CA., on November 19 at the Chinese Theatre. http://www.elexadawson.com]

[Elexa Dawson is an official Showcase Artist at FAI performing Saturday, Feb. 4 in Pershing / And the Thurs., Feb. 2 in Heartland Song Network/Midwest Music Foundation Private Showcase in Room 743 / Sat., Feb. 4 at HOPE RISES: Music to Life Private Showcase in Room 743 / Sat./Sun, Feb. 4/5, in Indigenous Voices Room 556 at the Weston Kansas City at Crown Center, 1 East Pershing Road, KCMO. Info at http://www.veronicvalerio.com]

11:00 – Station ID

  1. Kelley Hunt – “Bright Lights”
    from: Winter Soulstice / 88 Records / November 4, 2021,
    [Kelley Hunt is an acclaimed pianist, singer, songwriter, & teacher. We are honored to have her join us in our 90.1 FM Studios. Kelley Hunt is a 2007 recipient of the State of Kansas Governor’s Award for the Arts. In 2006, Hunt was inducted into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame alongside such artists as Melissa Etheridge, the Byrds’ Gene Clark and Big Joe Turner. Lawrence, KS. based, Kelley Hunt was born in Kansas City, MO. She attended University of Kansas in 1977. Hunt’s musical influences include: Ruth Brown, Ann Peebles, Wanda Jackson, Jay McShann and Mary Lou William. Kelley Hunt has toured all over the world, and has performed six times on A Prairie Home Companion. In 1995 Kelley released her debut album KELLEY HUNT. Her song from that album, “If I Don’t Dance” was in the film, Dance with Me in 1998. The LIVE album INSPIRATION, followed in Oct. 2000. Her 2004 album, NEW SHADE OF BLUE, peaked at number 9 in the Billboard Top Blues Albums chart. Her 4th album, MERCY was issued in 2009. Minneapolis Star Tribune noted “Surprises don’t often crop up on the well-trodden blues circuit. This Kansan is a full-blown phenomenon: powerhouse singer, hardboogieing pianist, polished songwriter…” In 2011, GRAVITY LOVES YOU was released with 12 new songs. Kelley released the single “Heartland” in 2013 with Sam Bush on mandolin. In 2014 Kelley released her album THE BEAUTIFUL BONES. On Nov. 4, 2022 Kelley released her 7th album WINTER SOULSTICE.

[Kelley Hunt is an official Showcase Artist at FAI performing Sat., Feb. 4, in Shawnee Mission Rm., Weston Kansas City at Crown Center, 1 East Pershing Road, KCMO. More info at: http://www.kelleyhunt.com]

11:04 – Interview with Kelley Hunt

Kelley Hunt is an acclaimed pianist, singer, songwriter, & teacher joins us in our 90.1 FM Studios. Kelley Hunt is a 2007 recipient of the State of Kansas Governor’s Award for the Arts. In 2006, Hunt was inducted into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame alongside such artists as Melissa Etheridge, the Byrds’ Gene Clark and Big Joe Turner. Lawrence, KS. based, Kelley Hunt was born in Kansas City MO. She attended University of Kansas in 1977. Hunt’s musical influences include: Ruth Brown, Ann Peebles, Wanda Jackson, Jay McShann and Mary Lou William. Kelley Hunt has toured all over the world, and has performed six times on A Prairie Home Companion. In 1995 Kelley released her debut album KELLEY HUNT. Her song from that album, “If I Don’t Dance” was in the film, Dance with Me in 1998. The LIVE album INSPIRATION, followed in Oct. 2000. Her 2004 album, NEW SHADE OF BLUE, peaked at number 9 in the Billboard Top Blues Albums chart. Her 4th album, MERCY was issued in 2009. Minneapolis Star Tribune noted “Surprises don’t often crop up on the well-trodden blues circuit. This Kansan is a full-blown phenomenon: powerhouse singer, hardboogieing pianist, polished songwriter…” In 2011, GRAVITY LOVES YOU was released with 12 new songs. Kelley released the single “Heartland” in 2013 with Sam Bush on mandolin. In 2014 Kelley released her album THE BEAUTIFUL BONES. On Nov. 4, 2022 Kelley released her 7th album WINTER SOULSTICE. Kelley Hunt is an official Showcase Artist at FAI performing Sat., Feb. 4, in Shawnee Mission Rm., Weston Kansas City at Crown Center, 1 East Pershing Road, KCMO. More info at: http://www.kelleyhunt.com

Kelley Hunt, Thank You for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

First… Congratulations on the new album WINTER SOULSTICE, released on November 4, 2022. The majority of the songs are “holiday themed” however there are two tracks on the album that go beyond the holidays and speak of social injustice, human rights, Black Lives, and are recorded in a special way that makes them feel and sound sacred, and part of the larger spiritual message you are singing about in WINTER SOULSTICE.

Winter Soulstice is your 7th album. Does it get easier or harder to put together an album release?

Like many independent artists, including almost all of the women we are featuring today, you have created your own label 88 Records.

Second…Congratulations on being selected as an Official Showcase Artist for the 35th Annual Folk Alliance International Conference happening today through Sunday here in Kansas City, with hundreds of musicians from around the world, along with radio DJs, concert and event promoters, music writers, and music lovers all flying into our city today.

Kelley Hunt is an official Showcase Artist at FAI performing Sat., Feb. 4, in Shawnee Mission Rm., Weston Kansas City at Crown Center, 1 East Pershing Road, KCMO.

What are you looking forward to seeing at Folk Alliance International.

Kelley Hunt is a 2007 recipient of the State of Kansas Governor’s Award for the Arts.

In 2006, Hunt was inducted into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame alongside such artists as Melissa Etheridge, the Byrds’ Gene Clark and Big Joe Turner.

Lawrence, KS. based, Kelley Hunt was born in KCM and University of Kansas in 1977.

Hunt’s musical influences include: Ruth Brown, Ann Peebles, Wanda Jackson, Jay McShann and Mary Lou William.

Kelley spent 15 years performing live before recording her first album.

Kelley Hunt has toured all over the world, and performed 6 times on A Prairie Home Companion.

Kelley Hunt is a pioneer of music. A woman making music in a male dominated business, traveling from venue to venue, sitting through soundchecks, giving hours of performances, writing and recording and producing records, navigating the music business.

In 1995 Kelley released her debut album KELLEY HUNT.

The Pandemic took it’s toll on the music industry. Venues closed, tours cancelled, sessions postponed. Kelley navigated by doing regular online concerts connecting to fans and the music community.

Kelley Hunt, Thank You for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Kelley Hunt is an official Showcase Artist at FAI performing Sat., Feb. 4, in Shawnee Mission Rm., Weston Kansas City at Crown Center, 1 East Pershing Road, KCMO. More info at: http://www.kelleyhunt.com

11:24

  1. Kelley Hunt – “Ancient Bell”
    from: Winter Soulstice / 88 Records / November 4, 2021,
    [Kelley Hunt is an acclaimed pianist, singer, songwriter, & teacher. We are honored to have her join us in our 90.1 FM Studios. Kelley Hunt is a 2007 recipient of the State of Kansas Governor’s Award for the Arts. In 2006, Hunt was inducted into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame alongside such artists as Melissa Etheridge, the Byrds’ Gene Clark and Big Joe Turner. Lawrence, KS. based, Kelley Hunt was born in Kansas City, MO. She attended University of Kansas in 1977. Hunt’s musical influences include: Ruth Brown, Ann Peebles, Wanda Jackson, Jay McShann and Mary Lou William. Kelley Hunt has toured all over the world, and has performed six times on A Prairie Home Companion. In 1995 Kelley released her debut album KELLEY HUNT. Her song from that album, “If I Don’t Dance” was in the film, Dance with Me in 1998. The LIVE album INSPIRATION, followed in Oct. 2000. Her 2004 album, NEW SHADE OF BLUE, peaked at number 9 in the Billboard Top Blues Albums chart. Her 4th album, MERCY was issued in 2009. Minneapolis Star Tribune noted “Surprises don’t often crop up on the well-trodden blues circuit. This Kansan is a full-blown phenomenon: powerhouse singer, hardboogieing pianist, polished songwriter…” In 2011, GRAVITY LOVES YOU was released with 12 new songs. Kelley released the single “Heartland” in 2013 with Sam Bush on mandolin. In 2014 Kelley released her album THE BEAUTIFUL BONES. On Nov. 4, 2022 Kelley released her 7th album WINTER SOULSTICE.

[Kelley Hunt is an official Showcase Artist at FAI performing Sat., Feb. 4, in Shawnee Mission Rm., Weston Kansas City at Crown Center, 1 East Pershing Road, KCMO. Info at: http://www.kelleyhunt.com]

11:29 – Underwriting

  1. Nina Noam Vazana – “Una Segunda Piel”
    from: Una Segunda Piel – Single / Noam Vazana / March 23, 2022
    [Nani Noam Vazana is one of the only artists in the world that write & compose new songs in the endangered Ladino language. In her new album ‘Ke Haber’ (What’s New) she captures the spirit of the ancient, matriarchal language and culture and propels it into the 21st century with socially pertinent lyrics, celebrating migration, gender and female empowerment. The soundscape bridges over tradition and modern life, capturing the sounds and smells of the marketplace and fuses them with raw, flamenco like vocals and surprising instrumentations. Nani’s parents escaped Morocco in the 1950’s and found refuge in Israel. But she rediscovered her heritage on a destined moment in Fez’s medina – hearing people singing on the street, a song her grandmother sang to her when she was a child. A phenomenal powerhouse performer delivering socially pertinent millennial, songs in a dying language. Nani is a professor at the London Performing Academy of Music and the Jerusalem Music Academy, she chairs of the Amsterdam Artist Collective and founded Why DIY Music and Nova Productions. She is a 2022 Edison Award Nominated artist.]

[Noam “Nani” Vazana is an 2023 official Showcase Artist at Folk Alliance International Conference performing Saturday, February 4, at 6:00 PM in Washington Park Place 3 / Nani also will play the Heartland Song Network Midwest Music Foundation Private Showcast, Saturday, February 4, at 11:30 PM in Room 542 at the Weston Kansas City at Crown Center, 1 East Pershing Road, KCMO.]

11:35 – Interview with Nani Noam Vazana

Nani Noam Vazana is one of the only artists in the world that write & compose new songs in the endangered Ladino language. In her new album ‘Ke Haber’ (What’s New) she captures the spirit of the ancient, matriarchal language and culture and propels it into the 21st century with socially pertinent lyrics, celebrating migration, gender and female empowerment. The soundscape bridges over tradition and modern life, capturing the sounds and smells of the marketplace and fuses them with raw, flamenco like vocals and surprising instrumentations. Nani’s parents escaped Morocco in the 1950’s and found refuge in Israel. But she rediscovered her heritage on a destined moment in Fez’s medina – hearing people singing on the street, a song her grandmother sang to her when she was a child. A phenomenal powerhouse performer delivering socially pertinent millennial, songs in a dying language. Nani is a professor at the London Performing Academy of Music and the Jerusalem Music Academy, she chairs of the Amsterdam Artist Collective and founded Why DIY Music and Nova Productions. She is a 2022 Edison Award Nominated artist.

Noam “Nani” Vazana is an 2023 official Showcase Artist at Folk Alliance International Conference performing Saturday, February 4, at 6:00 PM in Washington Park Place 3 at the Weston Kansas City at Crown Center, 1 East Pershing Road, KCMO.

Nani also will play the Heartland Song Network Midwest Music Foundation Private Showcase, Saturday, February 4, at 11:30 PM in Room 542 at the Weston Kansas City at Crown Center, 1 East Pershing Road, KCMO. More information at http://www.nanimusic.com

Noam “Nani” Vazana, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Nani Noam Vazana played Greenwood Social Hall, 1715 Belleview, Mon., Jan 30.

Nani writes: 6 years ago I embarked on an unexpected journey following a song I rediscovered on the streets of Morocco. After a sold-out performance at the Tangier Jazz Festival I visited Fez, my grandma’s hometown. She spoke #Ladino but my father forbade us to speak to each other in any other language but Hebrew. Instead, she sang some songs in the kitchen, in this mysterious dialect no one could understand. I still remember peeling beans with her, listening to the fascinating rhythms and hope that one day I’ll be able to sing them myself, as well as she did.

Then 20 years later, hearing the same melody sung on the narrow streets of downtown Fez felt like a destined moment. As if I was meant to disconnect from my roots and rediscover them, when I was ready. A traditional Ladino song was sung in Arabic, through the throats of a few hundred people on the square in front of Fez’s blue gate and brought me back to my grandmother’s kitchen.

Now this song is reawakening, the 1st single of a new album of traditional Ladino songs titled “Andalusian Brew”. The language of the Sephardic Jews from the North of Africa and the Iberian peninsula.

Noam “Nani” Vazana is one of the only artists in the world that write & compose new songs in the endangered Ladino language. In her new album ‘Ke Haber’ (What’s New) she captures the spirit of the ancient, matriarchal language and culture and propels it into the 21st century with socially pertinent lyrics, celebrating migration, gender and female empowerment.

The soundscape bridges over tradition and modern life, capturing the sounds and smells of the marketplace and fuses them with raw, flamenco like vocals and surprising instrumentations. Soft choral-like trombones embellish mariachi guitars & percussion with glimpses of piano & cello tracks, make this record a magical realistic mosaic. Nani unveils a piece of history we don’t easily find in other mythology & anthropology.

Nani Noam Vazana plays Greenwood Social Hall, 1715 Belleview Ave,. KCMO on Monday, January 30 at 6:30 PM.

Nani Noam Vazana is an 2023 official Showcase Artist at Folk Alliance International Conference performing Saturday, February 4, at 6:00 PM in Washington Park Place 3 at the Weston Kansas City at Crown Center, 1 East Pershing Road, KCMO.

Nani also will play the Heartland Song Network Midwest Music Foundation Private Showcase, Saturday, February 4, at 11:30 PM in Room 542 at the Weston Kansas City at Crown Center, 1 East Pershing Road, KCMO. More information at http://www.nanimusic.com

Nani ranked the Top-20 on the World Music Charts Europe (#13 Ke Haber), represented the Netherlands at the EU Music Festival in Vietnam and performed at the Kennedy Center USA, BBC Radio 3, the London Jazz Festival UK and the Jodhpur RIFF festival India.

Nani showcased at APAP USA, Jazzahead DE and Injazz NL. The held talks at TEDx Amsterdam NL & hosted 3 WOMEX panels. The Dutch NPO network released a mini documentary about her musical work and she also composed music for BBC4 and NPO documentaries.

Nani is a professor at the London Performing Academy of Music and the Jerusalem Music Academy, she chairs of the Amsterdam Artist Collective and founded Why DIY Music and Nova Productions.

Awards:
ACUM Album Award, IL 2021
PAIS Album Award, IL 2020
SENA Album Award, NL 2019
Arts Council England Premiere Award, UK 2019
Sephardic Music Award, ES 2017
iTunes Top-20 bestseller, NL 2015
ACUM Album Award, IL 2011

Nani Noam Vazana, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Nani Noam Vazana is an 2023 official Showcase Artist at Folk Alliance International Conference performing Saturday, February 4, at 6:00 PM in Washington Park Place 3 at the Weston Kansas City at Crown Center, 1 East Pershing Road, KCMO.

Nani also will play the Heartland Song Network Midwest Music Foundation Private Showcase, Saturday, February 4, at 11:30 PM in Room 542 at the Weston Kansas City at Crown Center, 1 East Pershing Road, KCMO. More information at http://www.nanimusic.com

11:54

  1. Nina Noam Vazana – “No Kero Madre”
    from: “No Kero Madre” – Single / Noam Vazana / October 8, 2022 

Next week on February 8 we play New & MidCoastal Releases from: Monta, Uncle Hassell, Andrew Foshee, Bach Aria Soloists, Jass & The Boys, Kadesh Flow, Nan & The One Nite Stands, M / S Ride featuring Scott Morris, M/S Ride featuring Royce Diamond, Anywaves, and Night Mode.

At 10:30 we talk with musician and performer Nan Turner who plays Records With Merritt on February 11 at 7:00 PM. We also talk with Howie Howard of Mr. Furious Records. At at 11:30 we welcome Elizabeth S. Lane of Bach Aria Soloists who havc a new recording to be released.

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

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Show #979

WMM presents Women of Folk Alliance International + Kelley Hunt + Rachael Sage + Nani Noam Vazana

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

Wednesday, February 1, 2023

WMM presents the Women of Folk Alliance International + Kelley Hunt + Rachael Sage + Nani Noam Vazana

Wednesday MidDay Medley features Music & Interviews with Women of the 35th Annual Folk Alliance International Conference, February 1 – 5, 2023, in Kansas City. Native, Black, Queer, Haitian, Mexican, Korean, British, Sephardic, Iberian, Kansan, these are just a few of the points of diversity at this year’s amazing FAI Conference. We’ll spin tracks from: Leyla McCalla, Lady Nade, Rachael Sage, Poetica, Joy Clark, Kamica King, Van Dyke Parks & Verónica Valerio, Janice Jo Lee, Elexa Dawson, Kelley Hunt, and Nani Noam Vazana. More information at http://www.folk.org

At 10:15 AM, we talk with Rachael Sage – NYC based Singer, Songwriter, Visual Artist, Performer, Activist, Producer. She is the Founder, President & Label Owner, of indie label, MPress Records. Sage was named one of the Top 100 Independent Artists of the Past 15 Years by Performing Songwriter Magazine. The New York Times describes Sage as “alternately channeling her inner Fanny Brice and Jewish Norah Jones”. Sage attended Stanford University where she hosted a nighttime college radio show as “Full Moon Rachael”. She studied theater with professors such as playwright Anna Deavere Smith, and graduated in 1993 with a degree in drama. For one year, she was in the Actors Studio MFA program. On March 6, 2020, Sage released her 14th studio album, CHARACTER. Described as an “inspirational tribute to survivorship”, the album was written as Sage was recovering from endometrial cancer. She expressed the hope that “these songs honor just how resilient the human spirit can be, and remind us that sometimes it’s ok to not be ok.” Rachael Sage is an official Showcase Artist at FAI performing Thursday, February 2, at 9:00 PM, Benton’s 20th Floor, in Washington Park Place 3 at the Weston Kansas City at Crown Center, 1 East Pershing Road, KCMO. More information at http://www.rachaelsage.com

At 11:00 AM, Kelley Hunt – pianist, singer, songwriter, and teacher joins us in our 90.1 FM Studios. In 2006, Hunt was inducted into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame. Lawrence, Kansas based, Kelley Hunt was born in KCMO. She attended University of Kansas in 1977. Hunt’s own musical influences include: Ruth Brown, Ann Peebles, Wanda Jackson, Jay McShann and Mary Lou William. In 1995 Kelley released her debut album KELLEY HUNT. Her song from that album, “If I Don’t Dance” was used in the film, Dance with Me in 1998. The LIVE album INSPIRATION, followed in October 2000. Her 2004 album, NEW SHADE OF BLUE, peaked at number 9 in the Billboard Top Blues Albums chart. Her 4th album, MERCY was issued in 2009, and the Minneapolis Star Tribune noted “Surprises don’t often crop up on the well-trodden blues circuit. This Kansan is a full-blown phenomenon: powerhouse singer, hardboogieing pianist, polished songwriter…” In 2011, GRAVITY LOVES YOU was released with 12 new songs. Kelley released the single “Heartland”, in 2013 with Sam Bush on mandolin. On 2014 Kelley released her critically acclaimed album THE BEAUTIFUL BONES. On November 4, 2022 Kelley Hunt released her seventh album WINTER SOULSTICE on her label 88 Records. Kelley Hunt is an official Showcase Artist at FAI performing Saturday, February 4, in Shawnee Mission Rm., at the Weston Kansas City at Crown Center, 1 East Pershing Road, KCMO. More information at: http://www.kelleyhunt.com

At 11:30 AM, we talk with Nani Noam Vazana who is one of the only artists in the world that write and compose new songs in the endangered Ladino language. In her new album ‘Ke Haber’ (What’s New) she captures the spirit of the ancient, matriarchal language and culture and propels it into the 21st century with socially pertinent lyrics, celebrating migration, gender and female empowerment. Noam “Nani” Vazana plays Greenwood Social Hall, 1715 Belleview Ave,. KCMO on Monday, January 30 at 6:30 PM. Noam “Nani” Vazana is also a 2023 Official Showcase Artist at Folk Alliance International Conference performing Saturday, February 4, at 9:00 PM in Washington Park Place 3 at the Weston Kansas City at Crown Center, 1 East Pershing Road, KCMO. More information at http://www.nanimusic.com

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Show #979

WMM Playlist from January 25, 2023

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

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Spinning Records With Marion Merritt + Nani Noam Vazana

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 Merritt is our most frequent contributor to WMM. She grew up in Los Angeles, and St. Louis. She went to college in Columbia, Missouri. She studied art and musical engineering. She saw Talking Heads on their first U.S. tour when they played One Block West, in KCK, in 1978. For over 18 years Marion has joined us on WMM. Marion is also the proprietor of Records With Merritt, a minority owned business at 1614 Westport Rd. in Kansas City, Missouri. More info at: http://www.recordswithmerritt.com.

  1. “Main Title Instrumental – It’s Showtime Folks”
    from: Orig. Motion Picture Soundtrack All That Jazz / Casablanca / December 20, 1979
    [WMM’s Adopted Theme Song]
  1. Dimitri From Paris – “Prologue”
    from: Sacrebleu / Yellow Productions – Atlantic / June 11, 1996
    [Debut studio albumm from Dimitri from Paris was born Dimitrios Yerasimos, on October 27, 1963. He is a French music producer and DJ of Greek descent. His musical influences are rooted in 1970s funk and disco sounds that spawned contemporary house music, as well as original soundtracks from 1950s and 1960s movies such as Breakfast at Tiffany’s, La Dolce Vita and The Party, which were sampled in his album Sacrebleu. Dimitri fused these sounds with electro and block party hip hop he discovered in the 1980s. // Contrary to his musical pseudonym, Dimitri was born not in Paris but born in Peckham, South London, to Rûm parents (Greeks of Turkey), Dimitri grew up in France where he discovered DJing at home, using whatever he could find to “cut and paste” samples from disco hits or in to montages heard on the radio, blending them together to make tapes. This early experimentation helped him launch his DJ career. // He started out by DJing at the French station Radio 7, before moving on to Skyrock and finally to Radio NRJ, Europe’s largest FM radio network, in 1986. There, he introduced the first ever house music show to be broadcast in France, while simultaneously producing under the direction of sound designer Michel Gaubert, runway soundtracks for fashion houses such as Chanel, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Hermès and Yves Saint-Laurent. He also released two solo EPs from 1993 to 1994 and contributed to the Yellow Productions compilation La Yellow 357. // In 1996, Dimitri gained worldwide recognition with the release of his first full album, Sacrebleu, released on Yellow Productions. A blend of diverse influences including jazz, original film soundtracks, samba, and organic house, Sacrebleu sold 300,000 copies worldwide and was named Album of the Year by UK’s Mixmag magazine. // In 2000, Dimitri followed Sacrebleu up with A Night at the Playboy Mansion (Virgin) and Disco Forever (BBE), followed by My Salsoul in 2001, After the Playboy Mansion in 2002. In 2003, Cruising Attitude was released, to be closely followed by his first outing on UK’s premier dance music label Defected: Dimitri from Paris In the House. // He has followed a somewhat glamorous musical path by recording soundtracks and advertising campaigns for fashion houses Chanel, Jean-Paul Gautier and Yves Saint Laurent and remixing hundreds of artists as diverse as Björk, The Cardigans, James Brown, Michael Jackson, New Order and Quincy Jones. He also did the music for the anime Tsukuyomi: Moon Phase and mixed the soundtrack for the French luxury dessin animé Jet Groove produced by Method Films. // 2005 saw Dimitri go back to his Funk and Disco roots, with Japanese hip hop producer and über collector DJ Muro for Super Disco Friends a double CD mixdown. In 2006 he offered his House of Love outing to Valentine’s Day’s lovers. Later on Dimitri produced Los Amigos Invisibles “Super Pop Venezuela” album which grabbed a nomination for a Grammy Award. // 2007 saw the release of the Cocktail Disco project with longtime partner BBE, a handful of disco classics remixes and other surprises down the line. // 2009 saw the release of the Night Dubbin’, a post-disco R&B compilation remix album.]
  1. Ryo Kawasaki – “Raisins”
    from: Raisins / Mr. Bongo / 2022  
    [Ryo Kawasaki (February 25, 1947 – April 13, 2020) was a Japanese jazz fusion guitarist, composer and band leader, best known as one of the first musicians to develop and popularise the fusion genre and for helping to develop the guitar synthesizer in collaboration with Roland Corporation and Korg. His album Ryo Kawasaki and the Golden Dragon Live was one of the first all-digital recordings and he created the Kawasaki Synthesizer for the Commodore 64. During the 1960s, he played with various Japanese jazz groups and also formed his own bands. In the early 1970s, he moved to New York City, where he settled and worked with Gil Evans, Elvin Jones, Chico Hamilton, Ted Curson, Joanne Brackeen amongst others. In the mid-1980s, Kawasaki drifted out of performing music in favour of writing music software for computers. He also produced several techno dance singles, formed his own record company called Satellites Records, and later returned to jazz-fusion in 1991. // Ryo Kawasaki was born on February 25, 1947, in Kōenji, Tokyo, while Japan was still struggling and recovering from the early post World War II period. His father, Torao Kawasaki, was a Japanese diplomat who had worked for The Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 1919. Torao worked at several Japanese consulates and embassies, including San Francisco, Honolulu, Fengtian (then capital of Manchuria, now Shenyang in China), Shanghai, and Beijing while active as an English teacher and translator for official diplomatic conferences. Ryo’s mother, Hiroko, was also multilingual, and spoke German, Russian, English, and Chinese aside from her native tongue Japanese. Hiroko grew up in Manchuria and then met Torao in Shanghai. Torao was already 58 years old when Ryo was born as an only child. // Kawasaki’s mother encouraged him to take piano and ballet lessons, and he took voice lessons and solfege at age four and violin lessons at five, and he was reading music before elementary school. As a grade scholar, he began a lifelong fascination with astronomy and electronics (he built his own radios, TVs and audio systems including amplifiers and speakers as well as telescopes). When Ryo was 10, he bought a ukulele and, at 14, he got his first acoustic guitar. The album Midnight Blue by Kenny Burrell and Stanley Turrentine inspired Ryo to study jazz. // In high school, he began hanging out at coffee-houses that featured live music, formed a jazz ensemble and built an electronic organ that served as a primitive synthesizer. By the time he was 16, his band was playing professionally in cabarets and strip joints. Although he continued to play music regularly, he attended Nippon University, majored in physics and earned his Bachelor of Science Degree. He also did some teaching and contest judging at the Yamaha musical instrument manufacturer’s jazz school. Additionally, he worked as a sound engineer for Japanese Victor Records and BGM/TBS Music, where he learned mixing and editing. // He recorded his first solo album for Polydor Records when he was 22. Although he continued to perform with his jazz group, and at a young age was voted the No. 3 jazz guitarist in a Japanese jazz poll, Kawasaki spent most of the next three years working as studio musician on everything from advertising jingles to pop songs including countless radio and TV appearances. He recorded his second album for Toshiba when he was 24. He played with B.B. King at a blues festival and also met George Benson (they jammed for five hours at Kawasaki’s house).// He also has recorded and worked with notable Japanese jazz musicians such as drummer Takeshi Inomata and Sound limits, saxophonist Jiro Inagaki and Soul Mates, saxophonist Keiichiro Ebisawa, saxophonist Seiichi Nakamura, pianist Masahiko Sato (佐藤允彦), saxophonist Hidehiko Matsumoto (松本英彦) and many others. // In 1973, Kawasaki arrived in New York. A friend picked him up at the airport and offered him an immediate gig with Joe Lee Wilson playing at the Lincoln Center as part of the Newport Jazz Festival. Soon Kawasaki was jamming regularly as part of the jazz community’s “loft scene”, and was invited to play with Bobbi Humphrey. A few months later, Kawasaki walked up to his apartment and found a stranger waiting for him at his front door. It was Gil Evans and he invited Kawasaki to join The Gil Evans Orchestra (David Sanborn, Howard Johnson, Tom Malone, Lew Soloff) which was then working on a jazz recording of Jimi Hendrix compositions, The Gil Evans Orchestra Plays the Music of Jimi Hendrix. Hendrix had dreamed up the concept with Evans, but Jimi died a week before the project started in 1970. Kawasaki also played on another Gil Evans album on RCA, There Comes a Time, with Tony Williams on drums. Kawasaki rehearsed for a month with the third edition of Tony Williams’ Lifetime with trio format with bassist Doug Rauch working with Carlos Santana at that time, but Tony left to spend a year in Europe before the band got the chance to perform in public. // Kawasaki followed in the footsteps of Jim Hall, Gábor Szabó and Larry Coryell by becoming the guitarist in the Chico Hamilton Band, playing on a U.S. tour and working on various film scores that Chico recorded in Hollywood. Kawasaki made his debut U.S. album, Juice, in 1976 for RCA and was one of the first Japanese jazz artists to sign with a major label in the States. Sidemen on the project included Tom Coster (Carlos Santana) and Sam Morrison (Miles Davis). Kawasaki followed that recording with two more albums, Prism and Eight Mile Road, for the Japanese label East Wind. He also joined the Elvin Jones Band for a year-long tour of North and South America and Europe. By 1978, Kawasaki was tired of touring with other bands and returned to his own projects. // He explored Music of India, learned ragas and recorded an Audio Fidelity album, Ring Toss, that combined eastern and western music. With Dave Liebman he recorded Nature’s Revenge for the German MPS label and they toured Europe. Ryo also toured European jazz festivals with Joanne Brackeen as piano – guitar duo, and they recorded a pair of albums—AFT and Trinkets and Things—for Timeless Records in the Netherlands. In Japan, Sony’s Open Sky label signed Ryo for three albums—Mirror of my Mind, Little Tree and Live—the latter, recorded in a Tokyo club, was one of the first all-digital recordings. Notable musicians who participated on those recordings include Michael Brecker, Harvey Mason, Leon Pendarvis, Azar Lawrence, Anthony Jackson, Lincoln Goines, Barbara Morillo aka Ilana, Badal Roy, Nana Vasconcelos, Buddy Williams, Larry Willis, and Alex Blake. He also recorded an album called Sapporo for the Swiss label America Sound in 1980 while touring Switzerland and Germany. // Kawasaki invented his own guitar synthesizer in 1979, and used it to perform numerous solo shows at planetariums from 1980 to 1983. He also formed the jazz-rock group The Golden Dragon and performed concerts regularly in early 1980s. Fostex developed the first quarter- inch-tape, eight-track recorder called A8 along with 2 track mastering machine A2 and asked Kawasaki to be the first artist to use it. He recorded the album Ryo in 1981 for Philips Records and gained notoriety for creating all the music himself. He played only a nylon-string acoustic guitar with all his backing tracks created on his guitar synthesizer including the entire original orchestration of Joaquin Rodrigo’s well known Concierto de Aranjuez – Adagio movement. He did another similar recording, Lucky Lady, the next year. // When the Commodore 64 computer came out and was the first computer with a music synthesizer chip built-in (as opposed to a more common sound chip), Kawasaki became fascinated by the possibilities. He learned to write computer programs and devoted 16 hours a day for two years creating four music software programs—Kawasaki Synthesizer, Kawasaki Rhythm Rocker, Kawasaki Magical Musicquill, and Kawasaki MIDI Workstation—distributed by Sight and Sound Music. The first three programs were for school and home use, and the last one was for professional studios. He created an all-synthesized album, Images, in 1987; and the soundtrack, Pleasure Garden, in 1990, for an IMAX film about the preservation of the Earth’s endangered tropical rain forests. // From 1986 to 1990, Kawasaki produced a series of high-charting 12 inch dance singles—”Electric World”, “One Kiss”, “No Expectations”, “Say Baby I Love You”, “Don’t Tell Me”, “Wildest Dreams”, “Life is The Rhythm”, “Pleasure Garden”, and “Acid Heat”—that mixed free-style, house, acid house and ambient sounds. All of the production was done at his home studio, The Satellite Station, and the records were released on his own label, Satellites Records. His band and a dance troupe (organized by the band’s lead singer – Barbara ‘Ilana’ Morillo) also performed extensively in New York dance clubs. In addition, for five years (1988 to 1993), Kawasaki was the New York producer and director of two Japanese national weekly music radio programs, The Music Now and Idex Music Jam. He also collaborated with Japanese koto master Kicho Takano and produced “Crystallization” in 1986. // Kawasaki’s musical direction took another dramatic turn when he was signed by the new jazz and adult contemporary Japanese label One Voice as an artist and record producer. Kawasaki’s return to jazz, and his first album for the label, was the 1992 acoustic solo guitar album Here, There and Everywhere (released on One Voice in Japan and on Satellites Records in the U.S.). Kawasaki has produced and performed on three albums by Brazilian singer and guitarist Camila Benson for this label. Ryo has continued to release a steady string of albums—the acoustic My Reverie (music from Bill Evans, Debussy, Ravel and Gershwin), the electric jazz guitar-oriented Love Within The Universe (which received considerable
    airplay across the country), “Remixes Remixes Vol. 1” (also featuring Benson), “Sweet Life” and CD releases of “Mirror of my Mind” (a jazz ensemble recording with Harvey Mason, Michael Brecker, Anthony Jackson, Leon Pendarvis and vocalist Radha Shottam). // His 1999 release Cosmic Rhythm features British singer lyricist Clare Foster along with Kawasaki’s rhythm section Victor Jones on drums, Lincoln Goines on bass. The album also features David Kikoski on piano and Shunzo Ohno on flugelhorn. All the songs were arranged and recorded by Kawasaki including original ten songs by Ryo himself. // During 1995–1999, three hip hop artists, Puff Daddy, Kool G Rap, and Keith Murray, recorded Kawasaki’s original composition “Bamboo Child” on their latest albums more than twenty years after its original recording. // In 2001, Kawasaki released the live studio album Reval, recorded in Tallinn, Estonia with Estonian musicians Toivo Unt on bass, Aivar Vassiljev on drums, and Kristi Keel on English horn. // His other projects include being a composer, music director as well as a guitarist for the jazz ballet “Still Point” for the Estonian National Opera House during 2000-2002. This ballet is choreographed by Russell Adamson, a native Jamaican who resides in Helsinki. // Kawasaki released his third acoustic guitar solo album E in 2002. // From the year 2000 onwards, Kawasaki further expanded his live appearances into Russia and Baltic region jazz festivals. His quartet has appeared at Rigas Ritmi Jazz Festival in Riga/Latvia, Pori and other jazz festivals in Finland, Ukraine, Lithuania, and Saransk Jazz Ark Festival. He also appeared numerous times at Nõmme Jazz Festival in Estonia while assisting the production of this jazz festival. // Kawasaki’s projects during 2005–2008 included guitar trio project with American drummer Brian Melvin and Estonian bassist Toivo Unt under the “Art of Trio” name, performing in a variety of venues in Finland, Sweden, and the Baltic states, and performing with Estonian vocalist Jaanika Ventsel, while also touring and recording in Japan for the duo project with bassist Yoshio ‘Chin’ Suzuki (鈴木良雄), their duo CD “Agana” was released in February 2007. // In 2008, Kawasaki formed jazz ensemble with Estonian pianist/keyboardist Tõnu Naissoo. Also, his second duo CD with Yoshio ‘Chin’ Suzuki (鈴木良雄) and first CD with “Art of Trio” were completed and released during 2009, while his composition “Raisins” was included on the Grand Theft Auto IV radio station Fusion FM in 2008. // From 2009–2011, Kawasaki further expanded his performing activities in Lebanon with Syrian bassist, Omar Harb and Lebanese drummer, Fouad Afra. The album Live in Beirut which Kawasaki recorded with Lebanese organist, Arthur Satyan and drummer, Fouad Afra was released in 2011. // Overlapping the same time period, beginning in 2007, Kawasaki gradually developed his fourth acoustic guitar solo album Spain in Tallinn, Estonia, which was finally released in 2012. // In 2014, Kawasaki discovered a younger generation of Estonian musicians who inspired him to further develop a fusion, jazz-rock sound using his own compositions. His attention on these directions had somewhat faded away after recording in the early 1980s with his group Golden Dragon. In spring 2016, Kawasaki formed a new quartet called Level 8, exclusively with Estonian musicians: Raun Juurikas (keyboards), Kaarel Liiv (electric bass) and Eno Kollom (drums). Level 8 finished recording a self-titled album focusing on Kawasaki’s compositions both from the past and present utilizing a funk/fusion/jazz-rock sound. The album Level 8 was released in March 2017. // In April 2016, UK independent label Nunorthernsoul released a vinyl EP titled Selected Works 1979 to 1983 by Ryo Kawasaki. A follow-up vinyl EP titled Selected Works Part 2 – 1976 to 1980 by Ryo Kawasaki was released in April 2017. // Kawasaki died in Tallinn, Estonia in April 2020 at the age of 73.]
  1. Kikagaku Moyo – “Meu Mar”
    from: Kumoyo Islands / Guruguru Brain / 2022 
    [Kikagaku Moyo (Japanese: 幾何学模様, Hepburn: Kikagaku Moyō) are a Japanese psychedelic band founded in Tokyo. The band’s name translates to “geometric patterns.” They consist of drummer/vocalist Go Kurosawa, guitarist/vocalist Tomo Katsurada, bassist Kotsu Guy, guitarist Daoud Popal, and Go’s brother, sitarist/keyboardist Ryu Kurosawa. // Kikagaku Moyo (in Japanese Kanji 幾何学模様, transliterated Kikagaku Moyō) translates to “geometric patterns”, which the drummer Go Kurosawa suggested as a band name after getting visuals caused by sleep deprivation during a long jam session at night. In a 2014 interview with the It’s Psychedelic Baby! magazine, Go recalls the moment at which he came up with the name: “It means geometric patterns, which I saw on the back of my eyelids after jamming all night long. I was totally in the “zone”, half awake and half asleep, but my hands were tapping the drums involuntarily. Tomo and I both wanted to have a Japanese name with Kanji characters, so it was decided pretty quickly.” // In the summer of 2012 in Tokyo, Go Kurosawa – who came to be the drummer in what would become Kikagaku Moyo – met Tomo Katsurada – the future guitarist – who had come back from studying film in the US. Having similar interests in music, fashion and movies, they decided to start playing music together. Though Go had played piano and Tomo knew the cello, both of them had little to no prior experience in the instruments they wanted to play in the band. Initially, the two often played together in an old studio where their friend worked, from midnight to morning, the reason for that being the high price of playing in the studio during the day. // Disatisfied with their sound, Go and Tomo soon went out to search for more people to join the band. They specifically sought people who didn’t have much experience like Go and Tomo themselves, but wanted to play music together. They started with putting up signs and handing out posters at their college. They eventually met their bassist Kotsoguy who was recording sounds from a vending machine on the street for a drone project. Tomo met their second guitarist Daoud Popal in a smoking area at the college Go and Tomo were attending. Around the same time, the band’s sitarist Ryu Kurosawa, who is Go’s brother, joined the band after coming back from India. The members didn’t have much in common when it comes to musical taste. Go had a mixed music taste and was the only one listening to psychedelic rock while Tomo preferred power pop, Kotsoguy black metal and Daoud hip-hop. In an interview, Go says “We tried to talk, “What have you been listening to?” We could never share anything. So only after we started playing, after one year, we started sharing.” Since most of the members weren’t technically proficient, they decided to adopt a psychedelic, meditative style, as a utilitarian approach to play music together. This style is especially present on their self-titled debut album. // Kikagaku Moyo did not find any great success in Japan, one reason for that being the expensive live shows, since Japanese music venues have a system of charging bands instead of paying them for live shows. According to Go Kurosawa in an interview, bands have to pay around 300$ for a 30-35 minute show. Therefore, the band started busking on Tokyo streets, outside of busy train stations. The group also made an attempt to set up psyche festivals around Tokyo, charging about five dollars for entry, with the aim of providing a cheap and accessible music scene. The band did however not gain any major progress either way. In an interview, Go says “[In Japan,] most people don’t like this kind of thing, they like following the rules”. Furthermore, the crowds were mostly made up of foreigners. This inspired the group to go abroad: their first tour took place in America where they played the Levitation festival in 2014. // Their 2nd LP “Forest of Lost Children” was released on May 20, 2014 by Beyond Beyond is Beyond Records based in Brooklyn, New York. They toured the U.S. in April 2014 in support of the record with appearances at Desert Daze Austin Psych Fest Due to high demand their S/T record was reissued on Cassette tape by Burger Records and a new tape by the name of “Mammatus Clouds” was released on the eclectic Sky Lantern Records in Tucson, Arizona. “Mammatus Clouds” was pressed onto 12″ LP by both Cardinal Fuzz Records (UK) and Captcha Records (US) in June 2014. The band continued to tour throughout 2014 and made their first appearance in the UK that Oct. selling out several shows in London. // In 2015 the band toured extensively through Europe with appearances at Eindhoven Psych Lab[ and Duna Jam. Members of the band also started the record label Guruguru brain in 2015 to showcase the unique music scene in East Asia. They would release their next two records on it: House in the Tall Grass, released in May 2016, and Masana Temples, released in October 2018. // In 2017, they played a string of Gizzfest shows in Australia alongside friends King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, The Murlocs, La Luz, O.R.B and Parsnip. The band visited Australia a second time in March 2020 and played a small boutique festival ‘Nine Lives’ hosted by local record store Jet Black Cat Music. // On Jan. 19, 2022, the band announced they would go on an indefinite hiatus after 2022, and that their next record would be their last. Titled Kumoyo Island, the album was released in May 2022. // Kikagaku Moyo played their last show Dec. 3, 2022 at Meguro Persimmonn Hall in Tokyo].
  1. The Brian Jonestown Massacre – “Fudge”
    from: THE FUTURE IS YOUR PAST / A Records / February 10, 2023
    [BJM’s 19th album following the release of FIRE DOESN’T GROW ON TREES in 2022. and. The Brian Jonestown Massacre is an American musical project and band led and started by Anton Newcombe. It was formed in San Francisco in 1990. // The group was the subject of the 2004 documentary film called Dig!, and have gained media notoriety for their tumultuous working relationships as well as the erratic behavior of Newcombe. The collective has released 19 albums, five compilation albums, five live albums, 13 EPs, 18 singles as well as two various-artist compilation albums to date. // The bandname is a portmanteau of deceased Rolling Stones founder Brian Jones and the 1978 Jonestown Massacre.] 

10:22 – Underwriting

  1. Black Belt Eagle Scout – “My Blood Runs Through This Land”
    from: The Land, The Water, The Sky / Saddle Creek / February 10, 2023
    [Katherine Paul is a Swinomish/Iñupiaq singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist based in Portland, Oregon. Her music is influenced by post-rock, alternative rock, and Native American traditional music. She has released an EP and two albums under the moniker Black Belt Eagle Scout. Her self-titled EP as Black Belt Eagle Scout was released in June 2014. Her debut studio album, Mother of My Children, was first released by Portland tape label Good Cheer Records in 2017, then re-released in September 2018 by Saddle Creek Records. On April 26, 2019, Saddle Creek released a new Black Belt Eagle Scout single titled “Loss & Relax” on a seven-inch vinyl backed with b-side track titled “Half Colored Hair”. // Paul grew up in the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community on the Puget Sound in Washington. Her earliest musical experiences included listening to and singing indigenous music of the Coast Salish. She was a jingle dress dancer at regional pow wows with her family’s drum group, the Skagit Valley Singers. At a young age, Paul began learning to play the piano and played the flute in her school band. Her interest in the guitar and drums began when she came into the possession of some bootleg VHS tapes of Hole and Nirvana, from which she taught herself to play those two instruments by pausing the tapes and studying the musicians’ fingerings and techniques. // During high school Paul became involved in the small DIY music scene in Anacortes, Washington near the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, driving her parents’ car to attend shows at the Department of Safety venue. The venue, located in an old firehouse, is where she met Canadian artist and musician Geneviève Castrée who became a mentor to Paul. An inspiration of Paul’s, Castrée would attend her early performances, encouraging her and praising her for her playing. // In 2007, Paul moved from Washington to Portland, Oregon to attend college at Lewis & Clark College. While in Portland she became involved with the Rock and Roll Camp for Girls, and later contributed guitar, drums, and vocals for Portland-based bands Forest Park and Genders. // Paul’s first release as Black Belt Eagle Scout was an eight-song self-titled EP in 2014. Her next release was 2017’s Mother Of My Children, Black Belt Eagle Scout’s debut album. Paul played all the instruments on the album including bass, keyboard, percussion, organ, vibraphone, and piano, in addition to guitar, drums, and vocals. The album was recorded at the Unknown recording studio, a converted church in Anacortes. During the recording session, Paul stayed on the reservation with her parents. The first two tracks are accompanied by music videos by Diné filmmakers Demian DinéYazhi’ (“Soft Stud”) and Evan James Wood (“Indians Never Die”). Songs on the album deal with topics such as loss, grief, heartbreak, and Paul’s identity as an indigenous queer woman. In 2016, her mentor Geneviève Castrée died of pancreatic cancer. Paul says music is what helped her process her grief during this time. This Paul accredits to her Native upbringing and the healing, spiritual roles that singing and drumming played for her during her upbringing. The album’s second track “Indians Never Die” is a response to both the Dakota Access Pipeline protests at Standing Rock and to gentrification occurring in Portland. Paul is open and vocal about her identity as a “radical indigenous queer feminist”. // Black Belt Eagle Scout has been compared to other West Coast bands such as Mazzy Star and Nirvana. The Seattle Times refers to Black Belt Eagle Scout’s sound as “intrinsically Northwest,” because of Paul’s blending of Pacific Northwest rock and Coast Salish traditional music. Pitchfork magazine calls Mother of My Children “a collection of pensive rock songs saturated with an oceanic mood.”]
  1. Black Belt Eagle Scout – “Don’t Give Up”
    from: The Land, The Water, The Sky / Saddle Creek / February 10, 2023
  1. Makaya McCraven – “In These Times”
    from: In These Times / Nonesuch / 2022
    [Makaya McCraven (born October 19, 1983) is an American jazz drummer and bandleader. // McCraven was born in Paris, France, to jazz drummer Stephen McCraven [fr] and Hungarian singer Ágnes Zsigmondi (of the band Kolinda [fr]), and from the age of three was raised in and around Amherst and Northampton, Massachusetts. At the age of five he played in his father’s drum ensemble, the CMSS Bashers, along with some of his father’s students. In middle school, he and friends formed a band to accompany his mother’s folk singing. In high school, McCraven formed the jazz-hip hop Cold Duck Complex. He studied music at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, becoming part of the university’s jazz orchestra and receiving various DownBeat student awards, but did not graduate. // In 2007 McCraven moved to Chicago, where he performed in the bands of Bobby Broom, Corey Wilkes [de], Willie Pickens, and with the Occidental Brothers, Marquis Hill, and Jeff Parker. He also worked as a studio musician for Apollo Sunshine and Kris Delmhorst. In 2012 he released his debut album, Split Decision, through Chicago Sessions, leading a trio.[4] In the following years he appeared weekly with other musicians, from which he developed concepts for his 2015 album, In the Moment. He also performed with Kamasi Washington. In 2016 he toured mostly in Europe. After several mix tapes, in 2018 he released the double album Universal Beings, on which he was joined by musicians from New York City, London, and Los Angeles; the album was nominated for the Jazz Journalists Association Awards in 2019.[citation needed] In DownBeat’s 2020 Critics Poll, he was the winner in the “Rising Star” categories of best producer and best drummer of the year. In September, 2022, McCraven released In These Times, a full-length album that had been in development since 2015, through International Anthem. // McCraven is married to Nitasha Tamar Sharma, a professor of African-American and Asian-American Studies at Northwestern University as of 2018.]
  1. Makaya McCraven – “Autumn In New York”
    from: Deciphering The Message / Blue Note / 2021
  1. Yo La Tengo – “Aselestine”
    from: This Stupid World / Matador Records / February 10, 2023
    [Yo La Tengo (YLT; Spanish for “I’ve got it”) is an American indie rock 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 fourteenth 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. Though they mostly play original material, the band performs a wide repertoire of cover songs both in live performance and on record. // Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley formed the band as a couple in 1984. They chose the name Yo La Tengo, Spanish for “I have it”. The name came from a baseball anecdote that occurred during the 1962 season, when New York Mets center fielder Richie Ashburn and 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, a Venezuelan 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.[5] After getting up, Thomas asked Ashburn, “What the hell is a yellow tango?” // Kaplan and Hubley placed an advertisement to recruit other musicians who shared their love for bands such as the Soft Boys, Mission of Burma, and Arthur Lee’s Love.[3] The group’s debut recording was a 7″ single entitled “The River of Water” backed with a cover of Lee’s “A House Is Not a Motel”, released in late 1985 with Dave Schramm on lead guitar and Dave Rick on bass. After recording “Private Doberman” for inclusion on a Coyote Records compilation entitled Luxury Condos Coming to Your Neighborhood Soon, Rick left the band and was replaced by Mike Lewis, the founding bass player of Boston garage-punk bands DMZ and Lyres, who was also a member of Brooklyn garage rock band the A-Bones throughout his tenure in YLT. // In 1986, Yo La Tengo released their first LP, Ride the Tiger on Coyote Records. Produced by former Mission of Burma bassist Clint Conley who also took over bass duties on three songs, the album “marked Yo La Tengo as a band with real potential” according to reviewer Mark Deming. Kaplan was credited as “naive guitar” on the sleeve, and in the liner notes for the 1993 reissue of the album on City Slang Records, went so far as to say “Dave’s guitar playing is inarguably the best thing about the record.” // Schramm and Lewis left the band after the album’s release, with Kaplan subsequently taking on the role of lead guitar and Stephan Wichnewski joining to play bass. The group’s next album New Wave Hot Dogs (1987) sold poorly, but, in the words of Mark Deming, “was a quantum leap over the sound of their debut.” // The release of President Yo La Tengo in 1989 did much to establish the band’s reputation among rock critics including Robert Christgau who praised the “mysterioso guitar hook” in the first song titled “Barnaby, Hardly Working”. Produced by Gene Holder of The dB’s, the album was the band’s last release on Coyote. Despite the positive reception of the album, sales were still poor and Wichnewski left the band not long after. Hubley and Kaplan carried on as a duo and began playing two-electric-guitar shows. Kaplan, though typically a pragmatist, started carrying a bug trapped in amber in his pocket for luck. // Yo La Tengo reunited with Dave Schramm in 1990 to record Fakebook, an album of mostly acoustic tunes, including covers of Cat Stevens, Gene Clark, the Kinks, Daniel Johnston, among others, with five original songs by the band themselves, including an acoustic version of Barnaby Hardly Working. Again produced by Gene Holder, the album’s folk sound was a change of pace for the band. Years later, Kaplan recalled that the album was “just me and Georgia looking for an excuse to record with Dave Schramm and Al Greller” who played guitar and double bass on the album, respectively. // In 1991, with Dave Schramm in tow, Yo La Tengo collaborated with Daniel Johnston on the song “Speeding Motorcycle” which was released as a single. The band also released a 7″ single on Bar/None Records with the song “Walking Away from You” backed with a cover of Beat Happening’s “Cast a Shadow.” Gene Holder produced the single and played the bass. The That Is Yo La Tengo EP released later that year included some tracks that would end up on the group’s next LP. // After the release of That Is Yo La Tengo, James McNew (who also records under the solo moniker Dump) began playing bass with the band, forming the trio that continues to make up the band today. According to McNew, “I originally signed on as a fill-in for a short US tour, and a 4-week summer tour of Europe with Eleventh Dream Day. One night after a show in Munster, I was to look after our box of merchandise while Ira and Georgia went gallovanting through the town, meeting their policemen. Needless to say, during our soundcheck in Hamburg the next day, it suddenly dawned on me that I had left the box filled with copies of this EP back at the club in Munster. Oh man, was I in trouble… Sure… blame it on the rookie.” // The band recorded May I Sing with Me in Boston with Holder producing and Lou Giordano engineering. The album was released on Alias Records in 1992. Three of the album’s eleven songs (“Swing for Life”, “Out the Window” and “Five-Cornered Drone”) were carried over from the That Is Yo La Tengo EP and feature Holder on bass. The Upside-Down EP was released on CD in support of the album, rounding out the band’s releases on Alias. // In 1993, Yo La Tengo began their partnership with Matador Records, releasing a 7″ and CD5 of the song “Shaker” which the band recorded with John Siket in New Jersey. The following LP, 1993’s Painful, was also the beginning of the band’s fruitful creative partnership with producer Roger Moutenot, who has produced all of their subsequent albums up until 2013’s Fade, which was produced by John McEntire. Painful is the first Yo La Tengo album to feature James McNew on every song. Ira Kaplan explains: “I think this group really started when we made the record Painful. . . . Painful was the first record that we made as the three of us, and I think it sounds different from the things that came before it. Even though I can see connections with the earlier records and things we’ve done since, it really seems like mostly we’ve built on that record. Anything from before then is really, really different to me. Since Painful, I think we’ve gotten more confident and more willing to trust ourselves and trust each other, and probably better at dealing with things that go wrong.” // Rob Sheffield, writing in The New Rolling Stone Album Guide remarked that McNew “became an essential part of the sound on Painful, the 1993 album that kept every promise Yo La Tengo ever made and blew their previous highlights away.” Critical reaction was quite positive, with reviewer Stephen Thomas Erlewine calling it “a subtly addicting album.” Robert Christgau also praised the group once again, writing in his review that Yo La Tengo is “always friendly. This is not the forbidding experimentation of an aspiring vanguard. This is the fooling around of folks who like to go out on Saturday night and make some noise—and then go home humming it.” The band released Electr-O-Pura in 1995 to similar acclaim. For the first time, all songs were credited to the band as a whole rather than individual members; this became the norm for all future releases. // The band’s 1997 LP I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One synthesized the group’s eclectic combination of folk, punk rock, shoegazing, long instrumental noise-jams, and electronic music into a sprawling, multi-faceted style. Critical reaction was extremely positive; Pitchfork awarded the album a 9.7 out of 10, and AllMusic reviewer Stephen Thomas Erlewine wrote that it was “arguably Yo La Tengo’s finest and most coherent album to date.” Kaplan recalled a turning point in the band’s musical progression: “I think after Electr–O-Pura we’ve had a direction of trying not to worry too hard about what the next album is going to sound like. Everything we’ve ever played on we just do whatever seems right at the moment, we just write a bunch of songs, and then go one baby step at the time and just do what seems right.” // With their critical reputation higher than ever before, the band toured extensively and their fan base continued to grow. In 1998, they collaborated with Jad Fair and released the album Strange but True to mixed reviews. Yo La Tengo had a cameo role as a Salvation Army band in the 1998 Hal Hartley film The Book of Life, and feature on its 1999 soundtrack release.[17] The band entered the studio again in late 1999 to record their ninth LP. And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out was released in February 2000 to a warm reception. The album features some intimate songs with hushed, varied instrumentation and includes the 17-minute meditation “Night Falls On Hoboken”. // In 2001, Yo La Tengo recorded an instrumental score for eight short undersea documentaries by Jean Painlevé, entitled The Sounds of the Sounds of Science. The program debuted at the San Francisco Film Festival and has been performed live approximately twelve times. The band also released an EP with covers of Sun Ra’s “Nuclear War” in late 2002. // The band’s tenth LP, Summer Sun, was released in 2003. Although the album received generally favorable reviews, some critics found the album’s quiet atmosphere “underwhelming.” Others criticized the band for a perceived lack of invention. When asked about the album’s quiet nature, Kaplan stated,”We made a decision at the last second just to leave the loud songs off. We were looking at the material we recorded and just trying to put out the best record that we could. At a certain point, we just thought it seemed right to put out the quiet ones. I’ve been aware that there’s been some surprise about that and people saying it’s even quieter than the last record, which has sort of taken me by surprise.” // Yo La Tengo collaborated with Yoko Ono on the 2003 charity album Wig in a Box: Songs from and Inspired by Hedwig and the Angry Inch in support of the Harvey Milk High School. The band put together their first “best of” compilation entitled Prisoners of Love: A Smattering of Scintillating Senescent Songs: 1985–2003 which was released in 2005. They composed scores for four more films, 2005’s Junebug and Game 6, and 2006’s Shortbus and Old Joy. Their scores for these four films were collected on the 2008 compilation They Shoot, We Score. // Their eleventh LP, I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass, was released in 2006 to universal acclaim. Informed by their soundtrack work, the arrangements included more strings and horns than any of the band’s previous albums. Kaplan told an interviewer: “I think we gained an element of comfort with using that kind of instrumentation, and it became something we could draw on for our other songs.” In addition, the album was book-ended with two guitar jams lasting over ten minutes each. // In 2006, the band released Yo La Tengo Is Murdering the Classics, a compilation of their live impromptu cover-song performances on the New Jersey freeform radio station, WFMU. As part of the station’s annual fundraising marathon, listeners who call in to pledge money to the station may request a favorite which the band will then perform on the spot. In late 2007, the band began performing acoustically for “The Freewheelin’ Yo La Tengo” tour. Audiences were encouraged to request songs and ask questions which, Kaplan stated, the band tried to answer “in a strategic manner so that the answers to the questions will lead to the next song.” // In March 2008, Yo La Tengo performed under the alias “Condo Fucks” at Brooklyn’s Magnetic Field. As Condo Fucks, the band released an album of cover songs, Fuckbook, on Matador in March 2009. // Popular Songs, the band’s 12th album, was released on Sept. 8, 2009. The album was recorded in the band’s rehearsal space in New Jersey and features two songs with elaborate string sections (composed by jazz composer Richard Evans). It entered the Billboard chart at No. 58, the highest entry of the band’s career thus far. // In 2009, Yo La Tengo contributed to Stroke: Songs for Chris Knox, a tribute album for New Zealand rock and roll musician Chris Knox who suffered a stroke in June 2009. Yo La Tengo covered Knox’s song “Coloured”. All proceeds from the album go towards Knox’s recovery. Also in 2009, Yo La Tengo contributed a cover of the song “Gentle Hour” to the AIDS benefit album, Dark Was the Night, produced by the Red Hot Organization. // Preceding their album Popular Songs, Yo La Tengo released an EP entitled Here to Fall Remixes in the summer of 2010. Remixes of their single Here to Fall were done by De La Soul, RJD2, and Pete Rock. This was Yo La Tengo’s third out-of-the-box remix EP in 14 years, following the Autumn Sweater and Danelectro Remix EPs. // In 2012 Yo La Tengo recorded a cover of Todd Rundgren’s “I Saw the Light” for a fund raising cd titled “Super Hits Of The Seventies” for radio station WFMU. In August 2012, they announced the release of an EP in September 2012 to be followed by a full-length album in January 2013. The EP includes three versions of the song “Stupid Things”: the single version, a remix by EYƎ, and the original 12-minute instrumental version. // In 2014 they toured and performed live onstage as film maker Sam Green live narrated an evolving version of his new film The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller in Austin, Burlington, Detroit, Ithaca, Portland, New Orleans and Vancouver. // In 2014, they played an Indiana-based Night Ranger cover band Bobby Night Ranger in the final episode of season 6 of the television series Parks and Recreation. // On August 28, 2015, Yo La Tengo released Stuff Like That There, an album (and “a sequel of sorts to Fakebook”) of re-recorded versions of some of their old songs as well as covers, including songs by The Cure, Hank Williams, and Sun Ra. // In 2016, the band released Murder in the Second Degree, a second compilation of their live impromptu cover-song performances on the New Jersey freeform radio station, WFMU. // In 2017, the band played two dates in New York City with Robyn Hitchcock. The performances included the Hitchcock album “Black Snake Diamond Role” in its entirety, as well as collections of classic Hitchcock songs and covers of other artists. // In 2018, Yo La Tengo released their 15th studio album, There’s a Riot Going On, which Pitchfork decided ‘reflects the group’s greatest and most instantly recognizable strengths’. // In 2020, Yo La Tengo released We Have Amnesia Sometimes which was recorded over a 10-day period from late April to early May amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The album consists of five instrumental, ambient compositions which were recorded with one microphone in the room and the band spread out adhering to social distance protocols laid out by Governor Murphy of New Jersey. // On February 10, 2023, the band will release their seventeenth studio album This Stupid World. // Yo La Tengo have always had the core members Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley. They have had 14 bass players. James McNew has been the bass player since 1992’s May I Sing With Me.]

11:00 – Station ID

  1. Regina Spektor – “Becoming All Alone”
    from: Home, before and after / Sire Records / June 24, 2022
    [Home, Before and After is the eighth studio album by singer-songwriter Regina Spektor, released on June 24, 2022, through Sire and Warner Records. It was announced on February 22, 2022, along with the release of its lead single “Becoming All Alone” on streaming platforms. // Regina Ilyinichna Spektor (Russian: Регинa Ильинична Спектор, pronounced [rʲɪˈɡʲinə ˈspʲɛktər]; born February 18, 1980) is a Russian–born American singer, songwriter, and pianist. // After self-releasing her first three records and gaining popularity in New York City’s independent music scenes, particularly the anti-folk scene centered on New York City’s East Village, Spektor signed with Sire Records in 2004 and began achieving greater mainstream recognition. After giving her third album a major label re-release, Sire released Spektor’s fourth album, Begin to Hope, which achieved a Gold certification by the RIAA. Her following two albums, Far and What We Saw from the Cheap Seats, each debuted at number 3 on the Billboard 200. 2016’s Remember Us to Life peaked at 23 on the Billboard 200. // Mayor Bill de Blasio proclaimed June 11, 2019, Regina Spektor Day in New York City. Spektor was also inducted into the Bronx Walk of Fame on May 18, 2019, by Borough President Rubén Díaz Jr.// Spektor was born in 1980 in Moscow, Soviet Union, to a musical Russian-Jewish family. Her father, Ilya Spektor, was a photographer and amateur violinist. Her mother, Bella Spektor, was a music professor in a Soviet college of music and teaches at a public elementary school in Mount Vernon, New York. Spektor has a brother, Boruch (also known as Bear), who was featured in track 7, “* * *”, or “Whisper”, of her 2004 album Soviet Kitsch. Growing up in Moscow, Regina started taking piano lessons when she was seven and learned how to play the piano by practicing on a Petrof upright that her grandfather gave her mother. She grew up listening to classical music and Russian bards like Vladimir Vysotsky and Bulat Okudzhava. Her father, who obtained recordings in Eastern Europe and traded cassettes with friends in the Soviet Union, also exposed her to rock and roll bands such as the Beatles, Queen, and the Moody Blues. // The family left the Soviet Union for the Bronx in 1989, when Spektor was nine and a half, during the period of Perestroika, when Soviet citizens were permitted to emigrate. She had to leave her piano behind. The seriousness of her piano studies led her parents to consider not leaving the Soviet Union, but they finally decided to emigrate due to the racial, ethnic, and political discrimination that Jewish people faced.zTraveling first to Austria and then Italy, the Spektor family was admitted to the United States as refugees with the assistance of HIAS (the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society). They settled in the Bronx, where Spektor graduated from SAR Academy, a Jewish day middle school in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. Since the family had been unable to bring their piano from Moscow, Spektor practiced on tabletops and other hard surfaces until she found a piano to play in the basement of her synagogue. In NYC, Spektor studied classical piano with Sonia Vargas, a professor at the Manhattan School of Music, until she was 17; Spektor’s father had met Vargas through Vargas’ husband, violinist Samuel Marder. Spektor attended high school for two years at the Frisch School, a yeshiva in Paramus, New Jersey, but transferred to a public school, Fair Lawn High School, in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, where she finished the last two years of her high school education. // Spektor was originally interested in classical music only, but she later grew interested in hip hop, rock, and punk as well. Although she had always made up songs around the house, she first became interested in more formal songwriting during a visit to Israel with the Nesiya Institute in her teenage years when she attracted attention from the other children on the trip for the songs she made up while hiking. // Following this trip, Spektor was exposed to the works of Joni Mitchell, Ani DiFranco, and other singer-songwriters, which encouraged her belief that she could create her own songs. She wrote her first a cappella songs around the age of 16 and her first songs for voice and piano when she was 17. // Spektor completed the 4-year studio composition program of the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College within three years, graduating with honors in 2001. Around this time, she also worked briefly at a butterfly farm in Luck, Wisconsin, and studied in Tottenham (in North London) for one term.]
  1. Sunny War – “Higher (feat. David Rawlings)”
    from: Anarchist Gospel / New West / February 3, 2023
    [I feel like there are two sides of me,” says the Nashville-based singer-songwriter and guitar virtuoso known as Sunny War. “One of them is very self-destructive, and the other is trying to work with that other half to keep things balanced.” That’s the central conflict on her fourth album, the eclectic and innovative Anarchist Gospel, which documents a time when it looked like the self-destructive side might win out. // Extreme emotions can make that battle all the more perilous, yet from such trials Sunny has crafted a set of songs that draw on a range of ideas and styles, as though she’s marshaling all her forces to get her ideas across: ecstatic gospel, dusty country blues, thoughtful folk, rip-roaring rock and roll, even avant garde studio experiments. She melds them together into a powerful statement of survival, revealing a probing songwriter who indulges no comforting platitudes and a highly innovative guitarist who deploys spidery riffs throughout every song. // Because it promises not healing but resilience and perseverance, because it doesn’t take shit for granted, Anarchist Gospel holds up under such intense emotional pressure, acknowledging the pain of living while searching for something that lies just beyond ourselves, some sense of balance between the bad and the good. Credits: Produced by Andrija Tokic. Engineered by Andrija Tokic at The Bomb Shelter (Nashville, TN). Assistant Engineer: John Tellmann. Mastered by Dave Gardner at Infrasonic Mastering (Los Angeles, CA).]
  1. Floating Points & Pharoah Sanders – “Movement 1 (feat. London Symphony Orchestra)”
    from: Promises (feat. London Symphony Orchestra) / Luaka Bop / Feb. 1, 2021
    [Pharoah: “Many times, people think I might be asleep but in fact, I am just listening to music in my head. I’m always listening to the sounds around me and playing, in my mind and sometimes I dream.”
    Sam: “What were you dreaming about?”
    Pharoah: “I’m on a ship. In the ocean. Bears coming around smoking cigars. The bears are singing, ‘We have the music. We have what you’re looking for.”
    Pharoah: “How you like that take, Sam?”
    Sam: “It’s cool. I think the bit in the middle, where it stops again I think you can hear. We were both kind of confused. I like it as well because it sounds like two musicians that are trying to guide each other.” Pharoah: “I think that’s it right there. It came out different. It came out good though.”
    Sam: “You happy?”
    Pharoah: “Yeah, I’m cool with it.”
    Sam: “Okay. Yeah, I think your playing is beautiful.”
    Pharoah Sanders (born Ferrell Lee Sanders; October 13, 1940 – September 24, 2022) was an American jazz saxophonist. Known for his overblowing, harmonic, and multiphonic techniques on the saxophone, as well as his use of “sheets of sound”, Sanders played a prominent role in the development of free jazz and spiritual jazz through his work as a member of John Coltrane’s groups in the mid-1960s, and later through his solo work. He released over thirty albums as a leader and collaborated extensively with vocalist Leon Thomas and pianist Alice Coltrane, among many others. Fellow saxophonist Ornette Coleman once described him as “probably the best tenor player in the world”. // Sanders’ take on “spiritual jazz” was rooted in his inspiration from religious concepts such as Karma and Tawhid, and his rich, meditative performance aesthetic. This style was seen as a continuation of Coltrane’s work on albums such as A Love Supreme. As a result, Sanders was considered to have been a disciple of Coltrane or, as Albert Ayler said, “Trane was the Father, Pharoah was the Son, I am the Holy Ghost”. // Pharoah Sanders was born on October 13, 1940, in Little Rock, Arkansas. His mother worked as a cook in a school cafeteria, and his father worked for the City of Little Rock. An only child, Sanders began his musical career accompanying church hymns on clarinet. His initial artistic accomplishments were in the visual arts, but when he was at Scipio Jones High School in North Little Rock, Sanders began playing the tenor saxophone. // After finishing high school in 1959, Sanders moved to Oakland, California, and lived with relatives. He briefly studied art and music at Oakland City College. // Sanders died on September 24, 2022, at his home in Los Angeles at the age of 81.]
  1. Mankunku Quartet – “Dedication (To Daddy Trane and Brother Shorter”
    from: Yakhal’ Inkomo /Mr. Bongo / October 22, 2021 [On Vinyl 2022]
    [The Mankunku Quartet’s 1968 album ‘Yakhal’ Inkomo’ clocks in at just over 30 minutes of jazz perfection. This compact, and to-the-point, album would sit comfortably in amongst some of the best works in the catalogues of any of the quintessential jazz labels such as Blue Note, Prestige and Impulse. ‘Yakhal’ Inkomo’, however, was originally released on the South African record label World Record Co., which resulted in it becoming an elusive and sought-after piece for jazz collectors. First press copies sometimes fetch as much as £1,000 on the collectors’ market. It has been long regarded as one of the finest South African jazz albums and DJ / broadcaster Gilles Peterson cemented this when he included it in his “best of genre” focussed radio show, ‘The 20 – South African Jazz’. // Tenor saxophonist Winston “Mankunku” Ngozi recorded the session on 23rd July 1968 at the Manley van Niekerk Studios, in Johannesburg. It was recorded by Dave Challen and produced by Ray Nkwe. The session is built up of two original works by Mankunku on the A-side, ‘Yakhal’ Inkomo’ & ‘Dedication (To Daddy Trane and Brother Shorter)’, and on the B-side, the Horace Silver composition ‘Doodlin’, and a John Coltrane number ‘Bessie’s Blues’. What is striking is how the Mankunku-penned compositions not only hold their own next to Silver and Coltrane but they are, arguably, the better tracks on the record – a testament to the beautiful writing and playing of Mankunku. // ‘Yakhal’ Inkomo’ features the great musicians; Agrippa Magwaza on bass, drummer Early Mabuza, and pianist Lionel Pillay. Pillay was of Indian descent, making this a mixed-race group, thus the very recording of the album was an act of resistance as it broke the apartheid restrictions of the time. The title of ‘Yakhal’ Inkomo’ means “the bellow of the bull”, the Black audience would have understood this as coded community symbolism and an act of protest but it escaped the attention of the white government. // For this edition, we have enlisted the services of Abbey Road Studios mastering, and lacquer-cutting engineer Miles Showell to cut a special half-speed master from the audio taken off the original master tapes. Miles has previously worked on our Arthur Verocai, Marcos Valle and Ian Carr re-issues, and once again we are blown away by the richness and clarity of Miles’ work. We have also presented it as a replica copy using the cover artwork and labels from the primary World Record Co. original version. // On the sleeve notes, Ray Nkwe the producer and the President of the Jazz Appreciation Society of South Africa writes “This is the LP that every jazz fan has been waiting for” and Ray was not wrong, it’s a stone-cold timeless jazz classic.]
  1. Samara Joy – “Guess Who I Saw Today”
    from: Linger Awhile / Verve / September 16, 2022
    [Samara Joy McLendon, is known professionally as Samara Joy. She is an American jazz singer. She won the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition in 2019 and was named Best New Artist by Jazz Times for 2021. // A native of the Castle Hill section of the Bronx, Joy was born in 1999 into a musical family. Her paternal grandparents, Elder Goldwire and Ruth McLendon, were founders of Philadelphia gospel group The Savettes. Her father, a bass player who has toured with gospel singer/songwriter/producer Andraé Crouch, introduced her to gospel greats like The Clark Sisters, and soul and Motown were also a big presence in her home. // At Fordham High School for the Arts she performed with the jazz band, and won Best Vocalist at Fordham University’s “Essentially Ellington” competition at Lincoln Center. But she first encountered jazz in a meaningful way when she enrolled in the jazz program at SUNY’s Purchase College as a voice major, and was named an Ella Fitzgerald Scholar. Friends there introduced her to the great jazz vocalists like Sarah Vaughan and Fitzgerald and instrumentalists like Kenny Washington, Jon Faddis (with whom she studied)[16] and Ingrid Jensen. While she was still in college, before the release of her first album, film director Regina King called her “a young woman who seems like Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald are both living in her body.” // In 2019, as Samara McLendon, she won the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition. // Working with producer and eventual manager Matt Pierson, she recorded her self-titled debut album while still in college, graduating magna cum laude in 2021. Samara Joy was released on 9 July 2021 with Whirlwind Records. // On February 15, 2022 she performed on Today with guitarist Pasquale Grasso and performed again on Today in September 2022.// She released a number of viral video performances, including one that had been viewed over 1.5 million times as of October 2020. These videos had as of November 2022 gaineduding a series of sold-out conc and other festivals, as well as in Europe. // In February 2021 she was featured in Women of Color on Broadway, Inc.’s music video of “Summertime” from Porgy and Bess and on jazz pianist Julius Rodriguez’s album Let Sound Tell All. // Jazz Times named her Best New Artist for 2021. // On June 15, 2022 she was featured at Carnegie Hall’s 16th Annual Notable Occasion. and appeared at the Newport Jazz Festival. On September 16, 2022 she released her second album, Linger Awhile, on Verve Records. The album features drummer Kenny Washington, guitarist Pasquale Grasso, pianist Ben Paterson, and bassist David Wong. // She earned two Grammy Award nominations in 2022, for Best New Artist and Best Jazz Vocal Album for Linger Awhile. Her bookings for winter 2022 include singing with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra on its winter 2022 Big Band Holidays tour.]
  1. Samara Joy – “But Beautiful (Feat. Pasquale Grasso )”
    from: Samara Joy / Whirlwind Records / 2022

11:35 – Goodbyes for Marion

Marion Merritt is founder of Records With Merritt, a small, independent, minority owned business, at 1614 Westport Rd., in KCMO. More info at: http://www.recordswithmerritt.com

Marion Merritt thank you for being out Guest Producer on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

11:36 – Underwriting

  1. Noam “Nani” Vazana – “Una Segunda Piel”
    from: Una Segunda Piel – Single / Noam Vazana / March 23, 2022

[Noam “Nani” Vazana plays Greenwood Social Hall, 1715 Belleview Ave,. KCMO on Monday, January 30 at 6:30 PM.]

[Noam “Nani” Vazana is an 2023 official Showcase Artist at Folk Alliance International Conference performing Saturday, February 4, at 6:00 PM in Washington Park Place 3 at the Weston Kansas City at Crown Center, 1 East Pershing Road, KCMO. ] 

[Nani also will play the Heartland Song Network Midwest Music Foundation Private Showcast, Saturday, February 4, at 11:30 PM in Room 542 at the Weston Kansas City at Crown Center, 1 East Pershing Road, KCMO. More information at http://www.nanimusic.com ]

11:42 – Interview with Nani Noam Vazana

Nani Noam Vazana is one of the only artists in the world that write & compose new songs in the endangered Ladino language. In her new album ‘Ke Haber’ (What’s New) she captures the spirit of the ancient, matriarchal language and culture and propels it into the 21st century with socially pertinent lyrics, celebrating migration, gender and female empowerment. The soundscape bridges over tradition and modern life, capturing the sounds and smells of the marketplace and fuses them with raw, flamenco like vocals and surprising instrumentations. Nani’s parents escaped Morocco in the 1950’s and found refuge in Israel. But she rediscovered her heritage on a destined moment in Fez’s medina – hearing people singing on the street, a song her grandmother sang to her when she was a child. A phenomenal powerhouse performer delivering socially pertinent millennial, songs in a dying language. Nani is a professor at the London Performing Academy of Music and the Jerusalem Music Academy, she chairs of the Amsterdam Artist Collective and founded Why DIY Music and Nova Productions. She is a 2022 Edison Award Nominated artist.

Nani Noam Vazana plays Greenwood Social Hall, 1715 Belleview, Mon., Jan 30 at 6:30 PM.

Noam “Nani” Vazana is an 2023 official Showcase Artist at Folk Alliance International Conference performing Saturday, February 4, at 6:00 PM in Washington Park Place 3 at the Weston Kansas City at Crown Center, 1 East Pershing Road, KCMO.

Nani also will play the Heartland Song Network Midwest Music Foundation Private Showcase, Saturday, February 4, at 11:30 PM in Room 542 at the Weston Kansas City at Crown Center, 1 East Pershing Road, KCMO. More information at http://www.nanimusic.com

Noam “Nani” Vazana, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Nani writes: 6 years ago I embarked on an unexpected journey following a song I rediscovered on the streets of Morocco. After a sold-out performance at the Tangier Jazz Festival I visited Fez, my grandma’s hometown. She spoke #Ladino but my father forbade us to speak to each other in any other language but Hebrew. Instead, she sang some songs in the kitchen, in this mysterious dialect no one could understand. I still remember peeling beans with her, listening to the fascinating rhythms and hope that one day I’ll be able to sing them myself, as well as she did.

Then 20 years later, hearing the same melody sung on the narrow streets of downtown Fez felt like a destined moment. As if I was meant to disconnect from my roots and rediscover them, when I was ready. A traditional Ladino song was sung in Arabic, through the throats of a few hundred people on the square in front of Fez’s blue gate and brought me back to my grandmother’s kitchen.

Now this song is reawakening, the 1st single of a new album of traditional Ladino songs titled “Andalusian Brew”. The language of the Sephardic Jews from the North of Africa and the Iberian peninsula.

Noam “Nani” Vazana is one of the only artists in the world that write & compose new songs in the endangered Ladino language. In her new album ‘Ke Haber’ (What’s New) she captures the spirit of the ancient, matriarchal language and culture and propels it into the 21st century with socially pertinent lyrics, celebrating migration, gender and female empowerment.

The soundscape bridges over tradition and modern life, capturing the sounds and smells of the marketplace and fuses them with raw, flamenco like vocals and surprising instrumentations. Soft choral-like trombones embellish mariachi guitars & percussion with glimpses of piano & cello tracks, make this record a magical realistic mosaic. Nani unveils a piece of history we don’t easily find in other mythology & anthropology.

Nani Noam Vazana plays Greenwood Social Hall, 1715 Belleview Ave,. KCMO on Monday, January 30 at 6:30 PM.

Nani Noam Vazana is an 2023 official Showcase Artist at Folk Alliance International Conference performing Saturday, February 4, at 6:00 PM in Washington Park Place 3 at the Weston Kansas City at Crown Center, 1 East Pershing Road, KCMO.

Nani also will play the Heartland Song Network Midwest Music Foundation Private Showcase, Saturday, February 4, at 11:30 PM in Room 542 at the Weston Kansas City at Crown Center, 1 East Pershing Road, KCMO. More information at http://www.nanimusic.com

Nani ranked the Top-20 on the World Music Charts Europe (#13 Ke Haber), represented the Netherlands at the EU Music Festival in Vietnam and performed at the Kennedy Center USA, BBC Radio 3, the London Jazz Festival UK and the Jodhpur RIFF festival India.

Nani showcased at APAP USA, Jazzahead DE and Injazz NL. The held talks at TEDx Amsterdam NL & hosted 3 WOMEX panels. The Dutch NPO network released a mini documentary about her musical work and she also composed music for BBC4 and NPO documentaries.

Nani is a professor at the London Performing Academy of Music and the Jerusalem Music Academy, she chairs of the Amsterdam Artist Collective and founded Why DIY Music and Nova Productions.

Awards:
ACUM Album Award, IL 2021
PAIS Album Award, IL 2020
SENA Album Award, NL 2019
Arts Council England Premiere Award, UK 2019
Sephardic Music Award, ES 2017
iTunes Top-20 bestseller, NL 2015
ACUM Album Award, IL 2011

Nani Noam Vazana, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

11:54

  1. Nina Noam Vazana – “No Kero Madre”
    from: “No Kero Madre” – Single / Noam Vazana / October 8, 2022 

[Noam “Nani” Vazana plays Greenwood Social Hall, 1715 Belleview Ave,. KCMO on Monday, January 30 at 6:30 PM.]

[Noam “Nani” Vazana is an 2023 official Showcase Artist at Folk Alliance International Conference performing Saturday, February 4, at 6:00 PM in Washington Park Place 3 at the Weston Kansas City at Crown Center, 1 East Pershing Road, KCMO. ] 

[Nani also will play the Heartland Song Network Midwest Music Foundation Private Showcast, Saturday, February 4, at 11:30 PM in Room 542 at the Weston Kansas City at Crown Center, 1 East Pershing Road, KCMO. More information at http://www.nanimusic.com ]

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

Next week on Wednesday, January 25 – Marion Merritt of Records With Merritt returns as Guest Producer

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

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Show #978

WMM is Spinning Records With Marion Merritt + Nani Noam Vazana

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

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Spinning Records With Marion Merritt + Nani Noam Vazana

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 Merritt is our most frequent contributor to WMM. She grew up in Los Angeles, and St. Louis. She went to college in Columbia, Missouri. She studied art and musical engineering. She saw Talking Heads on their first U.S. tour when they played One Block West, in KCK, in 1978. For over 18 years Marion has joined us on WMM. Marion is also the proprietor of Records With Merritt, a minority owned business at 1614 Westport Rd. in Kansas City, Missouri. More info at: http://www.recordswithmerritt.com.

Marion will spin tracks from: Ryo Kawasaki, Kikagaku Moyo, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Black Belt Eagle Scout, Makaya McCraven, Yo La Tengo, Regina Spektor, Sunny War with David Rawlings, Floating Points & Pharoah Sanders, Mankunku Quartet, Samara Joy, and Dimitri from Paris.

At 11:40 we will play music from and talk with Nani Noam Vazana who is one of the only artists in the world that write & compose new songs in the endangered Ladino language. In her new album ‘Ke Haber’ (What’s New) she captures the spirit of the ancient, matriarchal language and culture and propels it into the 21st century with socially pertinent lyrics, celebrating migration, gender and female empowerment. Noam “Nani” Vazana plays Greenwood Social Hall, 1715 Belleview Ave,. KCMO on Monday, January 30 at 6:30 PM. Noam “Nani” Vazana is also a 2023 Official Showcase Artist at Folk Alliance International Conference performing Saturday, February 4, at 6:00 PM in Washington Park Place 3 at the Weston Kansas City at Crown Center, 1 East Pershing Road, KCMO. More information at http://www.nanimusic.com

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

Show #978

WMM Playlist From January 18, 2023

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

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Michelle Bacon + Calvin Arsenia & The Band That Fell To Earth + Jaclyn Bell & Band premiere their new single! + Devon Teran & Aaron Mitchum of Timbers

  1. “Main Title Instrumental – It’s Showtime Folks”
    from: Orig. Motion Picture Soundtrack All That Jazz / Casablanca / December 20, 1979
    [WMM’s Adopted Theme Song]
  1. Tre’ Mutava – “Fantasy I Found”
    from: “Fantasy I Found” – Video / Currently Crafting / January 13, 2023
    [Tre’ Mutava is a 21-year old, self-made indie producer, singer and songwriter based in Overland Park, Kansas. Tre’s last single and video, “Moving” (feat. Noah Anthony), was released on September 30, 2022. Tre’ released his debut solo album, THE MOVIES on July 31, 2021. Tre’ called his debut album a “bedroom symphony”. Tre’ Mutava was born December 21, 2001. Te’ Mutava is strong-willed, perceptive, goal oriented and keen. More info at: http://www.tremutava.com]
  1. Malek Azrael & The Vibez – “22 (Radio Edit)”
    from: “22 (Radio Edit” – Single / Malek Azrael / January 6, 2023
    [On October 15, 2021 Makek Azrael released his 10-track album debut. Male Azrael lives in KCMO.. He works for Boys Grow. Malek Azrael has been involved with Making Movies non-profit organization Art As Mentorship. He sometimes plays with Making Movies and played the Ameri-Kana Fest. Malek Azrael played KKFI’s 18th Annual Crossroads Music Fest, on Aug. 27, at The Black Box, in West Bottoms.]
Photo by Dasha Brown
  1. Iris DeMent – “Working on A World”
    from: Working On A World – Single / FlariElla / January 10.2023
    [This is the second single and title track from Iris DeMent’s upcoming 7th full length album, WORKING ON A WORLD to be released March 24, 2023. Stalled partway through by the pandemic, the record took six years to make with the help of three friends and co-producers: Richard Bennett, Pieta Brown, and Jim Rooney. It was Pieta Brown who gave the record its final push. “Pieta asked me what had come of the recordings I’d done with Jim and Richard in 2019 and 2020. I told her I’d pretty much given up on trying to make a record. She asked would I mind if she had a listen. So, I had everything we’d done sent over to her, and not long after that I got a text, bouncing with exclamation marks: ‘You have a record and it’s called Workin’ On A World!’” With Bennett back in the studio with them, Brown and DeMent recorded several more songs and put the final touches on the record in Nashville in April of 2022. // DeMent sets the stage for the album with the title track in which she moves from a sense of despair towards a place of promise. “Now I’m workin’ on a world I may never see ‘ Joinin’ forces with the warriors of love / Who came before and will follow you and me.” “Goin’ Down To Sing in Texas” is an ode not only to gun control, but also to the brave folks who speak out against tyranny and endure the consequences in an unjust world. // On October 6, 2020 iris DeMent released her single “Going Down To Sing In Texas.” Stereogum on October 13, 2020 wrote: Other than a handful of guest appearances, Americana legend Iris DeMent hasn’t released new music since her 2015 album The Trackless Woods, a collection of Anna Akhmatova poems set to original music. But DeMent is back today in a big way with “Going Down To Sing In Texas,” a lengthy rambler that’s a lot more serious than its casual, jazzy piano groove lets on. Over the course of nine minutes, DeMent addresses police brutality, George W. Bush (“What’s the deal with all these war criminals who get to walk around free?”), Islamophobia, progressive protesters (“I’m so proud of all of these young people for taking it to the streets”), gun control, Jeff Bezos (“Ain’t we all just a little bit tired of greedy people getting a free pass?”), the Chicks, the Squad, and Jesus Christ (“He spoke truth to power, he stood up for the poor/ The church today wouldn’t even let him through the door”) among other things.It’s a hell of a song, clear and direct yet artful in its conversational ease. Never forget that DeMent can go toe to toe with songwriting legends like her old duet partner John Prine. In his review for WHYY’s Fresh Air, Entertainment Weekly Music Editor – Ken Tucker wrote: “Iris DeMent possesses one of the great voices in contemporary popular music: powerfully, ringingly clear, capable of both heartbreaking fragility and blow-your-ears-back power. Had she been making country albums in the ’70s and ’80s and had more commercial ambition, she’d probably now be considered right up there with Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette. Instead, she’s lived a contemporary life, a somewhat private life. As she recently told an interviewer, “There’s a lot that goes into life besides songwriting.” And she’s taken her time in composing songs that fit into no genre easily.”]

[Iris DeMent plays Knuckleheads 2715 Rochester Street, KCMO on Thursday, March 23, 2023 at 7:30 PM with guest Ana Egge opening the show.] [Iris DeMent joins us LIVE on WMM on March 22.]

  1. Kat King – “Gone South (Radio Edit)”
    from: “Gone South” – Single / Manor Records / January 13, 2023
    [Produced by Joel Martin. Led by Kat, on vocals with. Derek Melies on guitar, John Kaul McCain on bass, Daniel Cole on drums, & Kara LePage on keys bring a refreshing dynamism both on and off the stage. Centering on themes of self-care, steadfast friendship, and revitalizing optimism. On September 20, 2022 Kat King released the single “With Nothing In My Way.” This followed their single “New Sun” released Juy 29, 2022. “New Sun” was a follow up to the June 9, 2021 SAY WHAT YOU MEAN 5-track EP recorded with her band. Co-produced & mixed/mastered by Joel Martin. Lawrence Kansas based singer songwriter Kat King released her last single “Song of Spain” in 2019 and her single “2017” in, 2018. She released her 5-song EP “Falling Up” on December 1, 2017. Kat King has been creating music since the 2nd grade. She’s produced one 13-song album and three EP’s, the first one released at the age of 14. More info at: http://www.katbking.com]
  1. Hadiza. – “Y2K”
    from: “Y2K” – Single / Hadiza. / December 31, 2022
    [Music/lyrics: Hadiza. // Production: Bath Consolidated // Mixing/Mastering: HXXS // With the new single Hadiza released a video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUV7wbN8obs Hadiza sent us this note: “Happy new year! I wanted to inform you of a new song I’ve just released as Hadiza….I’m quite proud of it! Hopefully you’ll enjoy the song and video (featuring choreography by me). I received notification that it’s now live on Spotify, but let me know if you’d like or need a .wav file if you wish to share over the airwaves.”” // “The song is a club song called Y2K and has actually been in the making more or less for about 2 years. My friend who wishes to be a ghostwriter (she doesn’t want people to identify her on the track), sent me the original beat, a house beat with a vocal sample of Chantal repeating “It’s the point of greatest intensity, pleasures of the highest sense”. // “Once she sent me the beat I immediately got to work adding some extra production and writing the words/melody and recording it into a full song. And as I was listening to it over and over, I began to move…which then turned into the full blown development of a routine to the song. “ // Lucky for me, I applied for and got the Charlotte Street studio residency as a performing artist with access to the dance and music rehearsal studios. That has allowed me more consistency with being able to rehearse and refine the choreography and I was also fortunate enough to be able to shoot the video inside the Black Box at Charlotte Street!” // “I worked with videographer, Lauren Schrader (just the two of us) to get the video footage. I then spent the month of December editing the footage into the above linked video. And last but not certainly not least, Gavin Neves of the noise duo HXXS mixed and mastered the track! “ // “It’s certainly not “mainstream” (have I ever sent you anything remotely “mainstream”? will I ever?) but it might make you want to move!” // Hadiza also plays in the bad Collidescope and Arquesta Del SoulSol // “Hadiza released her acclaimed album SHADOW WEIGHT on November 22, 2019. It was part of WMM’s 119 Best Recordings of 2019. Hadiza released her EP GONE on December 29, 2018 with Madi Monroe on bass & guitar, JL Bolinger on drums, and Hadiza Sa-Aadu on keyboards & vocals. Recording & Engineering: JL Bolinger & Madi Mclaughlin. Mixing & Mastering: Madi Mclaughlin. Hadiza. is a sKansas City based singer-songwriter. Previously based in her hometown of Iowa City, she has spent the 2018 slowly but surely carving out her place in the Kansas City scene both as a solo performer (as Hadiza.) and as lead vocalist and songwriter of experimental electronic group Collidescope. Blessed to have had parents who are very much NOT students of music, but recognized the importance of music education, Hadiza spent her childhood and adolescence in part as a student of piano. Vocally, Hadiza takes her cues from American artists including Fiona Apple, Tracey Chapman, and Billie Holiday and African artists including Angelique Kidjo,. Her sound/genre is best described as an eclectic blend of blues, soul, folk, jazz and classical. Her songwriting is a process of release and acceptance of life events navigating an often brutal bleak and harsh world and is a form of therapy. If you don’t relate to the content, you just don’t relate. Oh well. The most amazing experience however is when a stranger in the audience connects with a song in their own way and is courageous enough to share that with her. Aside from the therapeutic aspect of creating music, this is why she continues to write and perform. Collidescope released their new 7-track album, DEEP TAPE, on December 31, 2020. Collidescope is essentially a duo that includes: Hadiza. on vocals, beats, & synthesizers; and Madison Monroe on guitar, bass, beats, synthesizers, mixing and vocals. DEEP TAPE includes Victoria Falls Stillwater on addition sound production and vocals, and was mixed and mastered by J.Ashley Miller aka Jametatone. DEEP TAPE is a follow up the the band’s debut EP Systemic released December 16, 2017. Hadiza also is part of the band Arquesta Del SolSoul. More info at: http://www.hadizaisnothere.bandcamp.com or http://www.acollidescope.bandcamp.com]

[Hadiza plays Farewell, 6515 Stadium Drive, KCMO, TONIGHT, Jan. 18, 2023 at 7:00 PM w/ Vanity Plates (Lacey of Dreamgirl), 2w33dy (https://2w33dy.bandcamp.com/album/have-some-time), Encode.]

  1. Jass – “Lifetime”
    from: “Liftetime” – Single / JASS / January 6, 2023
    [Jass is Jasmine “Jass” Couch. Jass and The Boys released the single “Love U Like I Love U” on December 2, 2022. Jass released the EP, OFF KEY: TOO HIGH on September 23, 2022. Jass released the single “Higher Ground” on August 16, 2022. It was #1 on WMM’s 50 Favorite Singles of 2022. Jass released her single, “Him” on February 23, 2022. Jass released At the Close of a Decade on November 26, 2022. It was part of WMM’s 121 Best Recordings of 2021. She wrote, “After years of writing and recording in voice memos .. I decided to grab my iPad and began recording something that I am very proud of. I named it, At the Close of A Decade, and released it in November 2019. With my iPhone/iPad, some apple headphones, I created this project. The amazing people around me told me it was worth it, even when I didn’t believe it myself. I convinced myself I would be the only one that liked my songs. If you decide to listen you’ll hear sound clips of shows and movies that made a difference in the way I saw the world, the way I saw myself, and the way I overcame my experiences. I remember asking my grandma and my son if I should release what I’ve been writing and they both said very simply to do it, so I’ve done it. I want to thank all of my wonderful friends who have been my soundboards during this process, all of the people that have asked me when it’s coming, the people that have kept me accountable, and believed that this time it was for real. My story is so very triumphant and beautiful because I have overcome experiences and shunned the fear I had to do what I love. It’s crazy how you can talk your way out of some amazing things and also how you can talk yourself into making some amazing things happen. If you partake, I hope you enjoy.” // Jass has opened for Thundercat sat GRINDERS, headlined a show at The Bottleneck in Lawrence with my boys! (Colby Bales and Brande Moser), and she opened up for The New Respects at The Uptown, and sang the Negro National Anthem at BLAQUE to School Night at the KC Monarchs game.More info at: http://www.jassrcouch.com]

[Last night Jazz played miniBar, 3810 Broadway Blvd., KCMO, January 17, w/ King Pari & Delazers]

[Jass plays Mean Mule Distilling Co. 1733 Locust St. KCMO, TONIGHT, January 18, 2023, at 8:00 PM, with Fritz Hutchison. Sponsored by Manor Records.]

10:30 – Underwriting

10:31 – Aaron Mitchum & Devon Teran of Timbers – LIVE

  1. Aaron Mitchum & Devon Teran – “Anything” (LIVE)
    Also available on: Timbers – Wasting Time [EP} / Timbers / May 2, 2020
    [Aaron Mitchum on vocals & guitars, Devon Teran on guitar & pedal steel, Riley Taylor on bass & BGV, Nathan Lewis on drums, cover art, Jilliann De Jong on vocals. All songs written by Timbers. Engineering, Mixing, Mastering by Joel Nanos. Recorded at Element Studio in Kansas City, MO. Timbers was formed in 2013, their music is blend of rock & roll, country, soul. Follow up to the band’s self titled 2018 EP Timbers.]

[Timbers play miniBar, 3810 Broadway Blvd., KCMO, on Thurs, Jan 19, at 8:00 PM, with Good Morning Bedlam.]

[Timbers play The Brick 1727 McGee Street, KCMO, on Friday, January 27 at 9:00 PM with Kristin Hanilton & The Heat and the Christena Graves Band]

10:36 – Interview with Aaron Mitchum and Devon Teran of Timbers

Aaron Mitchum has one foot in the world of mental health and one foot in music. As a licensed counselor he is working daily with people to make a positive change. As a solo singer-songwriter and the lead person for the band Timbers he writes & performs regularly in KC and the surrounding area. Aaron sees a lot of overlap between his two passions: both embrace the struggle to find what is true in the human experience & coax it to the surface so it can be felt and shared. For him, there’s no better way to spend his time.

Aaron Mitchum Thank you for being with us on WMM.

Devon Teran is a founding member of Timbers for 9 years, he applies his craft to  pedal steel in addition to electric guitar. Always one to serve the song, he is a trusted sideman for artists such as Marty Bush, AM Merker, Kristin Hamilton as well as an in-demand session player. Devon Teran’s career is defined by slow but steady progress of putting in the work to hone his craft. On his journey he has served as a High School Teacher, Instructional Coach, School Principal and Community Advocate. His experience as a career educator informs his songcraft, giving him the mindset and skills to ensure that everytime he picks up a guitar he elevates and spotlights the unique gifts of his fellow musicians in each song, and on each stage.

Devon Teran Thank you for being with us on WMM.

Devon Teran & Aaron Mitchum are co-founders of the band Timbers, formed in 2013, who will premiere a new song today and play LIVE in our 90.1 FM Studios. The Timbers are made up of: Aaron Mitchum on vocals & guitars, Devon Teran on guitar & pedal steel, Riley Taylor on bass & BGV, Nathan Lewis on drums, and Jiliann De Jong on vocals.

Timbers formed 9 years ago and have release three EP releases, Devon Teran & Aaron Mitchum how did you all meet and why did you form a band?

Timbers are: Aaron Mitchum on vocals & guitars, Devon Teran on guitar & pedal steel, Riley Taylor on bass & BGV, Nathan Lewis on drums, cover art, Jilliann De Jong on vocals.

Over the course of this band the two of you have started families, became fathers, have balanced family life and your careers in music with your careers in the 9 to five workplace. Music has remained a constant passion for you both.

Devon write’s about growing up in Wichita, Kansas. The son of a Cuban refugee father and an Appalachian German mother. Teran was always aware that he didn’t fit into the easy boxes. He would flatpick Guantanamera for his Abuela while she half harmonized memories of home. The spirit of mournful nostalgia and a dash of Appalachian ingenuity infuse his sound with both a quivering longing and ephemeral immediacy.

New Timbers new single was this recorded with Duane Trower at Weights and Measures Sound Lab.

10:43 – New Timbers Single

  1. Timbers – “Breaker”
    from: “Breakers” – Single / Timbers / January 18, 2023
    [Aaron Mitchum on vocals & guitars, Devon Teran on guitar & pedal steel, Riley Taylor on bass & BGV, Nathan Lewis on drums, cover art, Jilliann De Jong on vocals.

[Timbers play miniBar, 3810 Broadway Blvd., KCMO, on Thursday, January 19, at 8:00 PM, with Good Morning Bedlam.]

[Timbers play The Brick 1727 McGee Street, KCMO, on Friday, January 27 at 9:00 PM with Kristin Hanilton & The Heat and the Christena Graves Band]

10:48 – Interview with Aaron Mitchum & Devon Teran of Timbers

Devon Teran & Aaron Mitchum Thank you for being with us on WMM.

Devon Teran Musical Resume:

Devon Teran plays the sweet and dusty sounds of America’s Crossroads, Kansas City. On pedal steel and guitar, he is equally layered and melodic, as likely to compose sparse layers as walls of screaming noise. // Devon Teran is a founding member of Timbers. He also supports several artists including Marty Bush, Kristin Hamilton, David Luther, Natalie Prauser, and others.

Website: http://www.devonteran.com // Instagram/Facebook: @devonteran // TikTok: @devonteranmusic // LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/devonteran/

Active Bands:
Timbers. Kristin Hamilton and The Heat, Marty Bush, Natalie Prauser,
Mike Crawford and His Secret Siblings, David Luther, Jack Summers. Emma Jo

Session work for:
David Burchfield, Wills Van Doorn, Elizabeth Suwandi, Grace Askew, Liz Moss,
Jeremiah Toole, Jon Brown, Brooks of York, Kirsty Lynn

Past Bands:
Aaron Hale and Friends, Himalayan Adventure League, John McKenna Band,
AM Merker and Friends, Soul Ties

Devon Teran is a founding member of Timbers for 9 years, he applies his craft to  pedal steel in addition to  electric guitar. Always one to serve the song, he is a trusted sideman for artists such as Marty Bush, AM Merker, Kristin Hamilton as well as an in-demand session player. Devon Teran’s career is defined by slow but steady progress of putting in the work to hone his craft. On his journey he has served as a High School Teacher, Instructional Coach, School Principal and Community Advocate. His experience as a career educator informs his songcraft, giving him the mindset and skills to ensure that everytime he picks up a guitar he elevates and spotlights the unique gifts of his fellow musicians in each song, and on each stage.

Aaron Mitchum has one foot in the world of mental health and one foot in music. As a licensed counselor he is working daily with people to make a positive change. As a solo singer-songwriter and the lead person for the band Timbers he writes & performs regularly in KC and the surrounding area. Aaron sees a lot of overlap between his two passions: both embrace the struggle to find what is true in the human experience & coax it.

“Wasting Time” was the title track of Timbers EP released on May 2, 2020

10:55 – Aaron Mitchum & Devon Teran of Timbers – LIVE

  1. Aaron Mitchum & Devon Teran – “Wasting Time” (LIVE)
    Also available on: Timbers – Wasting Time [EP] / Timbers / May 2, 2020
    [Aaron Mitchum on vocals & guitars, Devon Teran on guitar & pedal steel, Riley Taylor on bass & BGV, Nathan Lewis on drums, cover art, Jilliann De Jong on vocals. All songs written by Timbers. Engineering, Mixing, Mastering by Joel Nanos. Recorded at Element Studio in Kansas City, MO. Timbers was formed in 2013, their music is blend of rock & roll, country, soul. Follow up to the band’s self titled 2018 EP Timbers.]

[Timbers play miniBar, 3810 Broadway Blvd., KCMO, on Thursday, January 19, at 8:00 PM, with Good Morning Bedlam.]

[Timbers play The Brick 1727 McGee Street, KCMO, on Friday, January 27 at 9:00 PM with Kristin Hanilton & The Heat and the Christena Graves Band]

Devon Teran & Aaron Mitchum Thank you for being with us on WMM.

11:00 – Calvin Arsenia Station ID

  1. David Bowie – “You’re aware of a deeper existence…”
    from: Moonage Daydream – A Brett Morgen Film / Parlophone / September 16, 2022
    [Moonage Daydream – A Brett Morgen Film is the soundtrack to the 2022 documentary film Moonage Daydream based on the life of English singer-songwriter David Bowie. It was released digitally on September 16, 2022 by Rhino Entertainment and Parlophone Records, preceded by a two-disc CD release on November 18, 2022 and a three-disc vinyl edition, set for later release in 2023. // The album was announced on August 25 2022, to accompany the film, that contained previously unreleased live singles, tracks cut from the album, film-specific remixes of Bowie’s tracks, orchestral performances and interview excerpts and monologues from Bowie himself. A single from the album – the remixed version of the song “Modern Love” – released on the same date. Bowie’s official website, stated it as “This version is a unique mix starting with the isolated piano motif from the track, building up into the chorus before ending on the a cappella backing vocals offering an insight into the individual elements that create the classic we all know and love”. The film-specific remix of the song “D.J.” was released as the second single on September 9, 2022 // Brett Morgan worked for nearly 18 months to design the accompanying soundtrack, with the sound design team — re-recording mixers Paul Massey and David Giammarco, sound and music editor John Warhurst, supervising sound editor Nina Hartstone — working with him. On designing the film’s music, Massey mashed up “a lot of music that wasn’t designed to go together into some amazing pieces of work. And the sound design is fully integrated into that. The soundtrack is like a huge dissolve, from the very beginning of the film until the end.” // At the Cannes Film Festival premiere on May 2022, Carey Matthew of Deadline Hollywood called it as “thundering soundtrack that literally shakes the seats”. Kenji Fujishima of Slant Magazine wrote “Though Bowie’s music dominates the soundtrack (with his songs remixed for maximum heart-thumping arena-rock impact), the documentary also includes music inspired by the man’s art, including snippets from the Philip Glass symphonies based on Bowie’s Low and Heroes albums.” Max Bell of Classic Rock wrote “If it’s axiomatic that great artistic careers build to a form of crescendo then this double CD, the official soundtrack to Brett Morgen’s anticipated documentary on the musical odyssey of David Bowie, meets that criterion. Morgen’s work on Crossfire Hurricane, for the Rolling Stones, and Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck, persuaded Bowie’s estate to give him carte blanche on over fifty years of material, utilising sonic enhancement, mixes that veer from the sublime to the ridiculously sublime, and a spoken word narrative of sorts that threads the meaning of time, death and faith.” The album received a nomination for Best Soundtrack at the St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Awards 2022.]
  1. Calvin Arsenia – “Ashes”
    from: Live at Greenwood Social Hall / Calvin Arsenia / Unreleased, 2017
    [from Calvin’s June 11, 2017 live performance at Greenwood Social Hall, 1760 Bellevue.]

[Charlotte Street Foundation announced that the recipients of the 2022 Generative Performing Artist Awards are The Black Creatures and Calvin Arsenia Scott.]

  1. David Bowie – “Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide (Live Moonage Daydream Edit)”
    from: Moonage Daydream – A Brett Morgen Film / Parlophone / September 16, 2022
    [“Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide” is a song by English singer-songwriter David Bowie, originally released as the closing track on the album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars on June 16, 1972. Co-produced by Ken Scott, Bowie recorded it with his backing band the Spiders from Mars – comprising Mick Ronson, Trevor Bolder and Mick Woodmansey. It detailed Ziggy’s final collapse like an old, washed-up rock star and, as such, was also the closing number of the Ziggy Stardust live show. In April 1974 RCA issued it as a single. // Bowie saw the song in terms of the French chanson tradition, while biographer David Buckley has described both “Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide” and the album’s opening track “Five Years” as “more like avant-garde show songs than actual rock songs”. Critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine similarly found it to have “a grand sense of staged drama previously unheard of in rock & roll”. // Although Bowie has suggested Baudelaire as his source, the lyrics “Time takes a cigarette…” are somewhat similar to the poem “Chants Andalous” by Manuel Machado: “Life is a cigarette / Cinder, ash and fire / Some smoke it in a hurry / Others savour it”.[1] The exhortation “Oh no, love, you’re not alone” references the Jacques Brel song “You’re Not Alone” (“Jef”) that appeared in the musical Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris. Bowie performed Brel’s “My Death” during some Ziggy Stardust live shows, and performed “Amsterdam” live on the BBC. // In 2003 Bowie described the James Brown songs ‘Try Me’ and ‘Lost Someone’ as “loose inspiration” for the song. // “Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide”, recorded on February 4, 1972, was one of the last songs recorded for Ziggy Stardust, along with “Suffragette City”, which would immediately precede it in the album track listing, and “Starman”, soon to be issued as a single. As the final song on the album and climax to the Ziggy Stardust live shows throughout 1972–73, it soon became a slogan, appearing on many fans’ jackets. // In April 1974 RCA, impatient for new material and having already rush-released “Rebel Rebel” from the Diamond Dogs sessions, arbitrarily picked the song for single release. Two years old, and already in the possession of most Bowie fans through Ziggy Stardust, its release has been labelled simply a “dosh-catching exercise”. It stalled at No. 22 in the UK charts – Bowie’s first RCA single to miss the British Top 20 since “Changes” in January 1972. According to Acclaimed Music, it is the 2,141st most celebrated song in popular music history. //Bob Dylan played the song on the “Death and Taxes” episode of Season 1 of his Theme Time Radio Hour show in 2007. Afterwards Dylan recalled how Bowie “told everyone he was going to retire after the Ziggy Stardust Tour” then added, “I remember that. I told him not to do it”.]

11:07 – Interview with Michelle Bacon & Calvin Arsenia

Multi-talented musician and writer, Michelle Bacon, is Content Manager at 90.9 The Bridge, where she helps to shine a light on area musicians, causes, and events. Michelle has written for The Kansas City Star, The Deli Magazine KC, and Folk Alliance International. Michelle plays drums in the band Frogpond who released their critically acclaimed album, TIME THIEF on Black-Site Records on November 19, 2021. Michelle also plays bass with Other Americans who released the album LAST DANCE on October 10 2022. Over the last decade Michelle Bacon has played drums or bass with, and Deco Auto, Heidi Lynne Gluck, Erica Joy, Chris Meck and the Guilty Birds, The Blackbird Revue, John L. Johnson, the Nathan Corsi Band, The Philistines, Freight Train Rabbit Killer, Katy Guillen & The Drive and several others. And for the past 7 years Michelle has served as the founder and producer as well as bass player for The Band That Fell To Earth: A Tribute to David Bowie. This year the band is presenting their 7th Annual The Band That Fell To Earth – David Bowie Tribute on Friday & Saturday nights, January 20 & 21, at 8:30 PM at recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd, KCMO. Calvin Arsenia will be joining The Band That Fell To Earth on Thursday, January 19, 2023 at recordBar, to perform Bowie’s album, Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders from Mars, from beginning to end, as a special VIP Benefit. The Band That Fell To Earth KC is powered by 13 of the KC’s most prominent musicians.
More info at http://www.therecordbar.com

Michelle Bacon, thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Also joining us is… Calvin Arsenia one of our most frequent guests, who first appeared on WMM on July 25, 2012. Today marks his 20th appearance! KC Magazine has hailed Calvin as ‘equal parts opera, symphony, musical theatre, rock show, all built around its creator: a charismatic 6-foot-7-inch harpist with a 3 and ½ octave range, natural stage command and knack for gilding gold and painting lilies.’ Born in Orlando, Florida, Calvin’s creative journey began when he moved to Olathe, Kansas, teaching himself the guitar, piano, banjo. He learned his signature instrument, the harp, at the age of 20. His passion for stretching the boundaries of musical expression saw him transform a trip to Edinburgh, Scotland’s Fringe Festival early in his career into a life-changing music mission, with an Edinburgh church offering him a role as musical liaison between the church and the city that would change his life. Two years and 300 shows later, Calvin returned to KC reborn as a humanistic songwriter / performer where at 24 he released his EP, Moments, in 2014, and his EP Prose in 2015, and his Folk Alliance exclusive EP Catastrophe in 2016. On February 14, 2017 Calvin released his critically acclaimed full length debut, Catastrophe, with a live show at recordBar in November 2016 that involved a company of 50 people, dancers, stilt walkers. After signing to Center Cut Records, Calvin released the albums: Cantaloupe in 2018, with a sold out gigantic spectical at The Gem Theatre on Saturday, September 15, 2018. He then released, L.A. Sessions in 2019, and the EP HONEY DEW, and the EP Goddess with Quixotic, the Holiday album, ALL IS CALM. In 2020 Calvin collaborated with Mike Dillon on the Soundtrack to “Summer in Hindsight,” a feature-length film created by The West 18th Street Fashion Show that starred Calvin as an actor. Calvin is also the co-creator of the podcast “We Were Christian Kids” created with childhood friend Justin Randall who is a stand up comedian working in New York City. Calvin is also the published author of VERY GOOD BOY DOES FINE, a collection of Poetry & Prose published on October 5, 2021, by Andrews McMeel Universal. Calvin was voted KC’s Best Musician in The Pitch in 2018, 2020, and 2022. He has been featured in Billboard, NPR.org. Charlotte Street Foundation announced that the recipients of the 2022 Generative Performing Artist Awards are The Black Creatures and Calvin Arsenia Scott. More info at http://www.calvinarsenia.com

Calvin Arsenia, thanks for being with us on WMM.

Michelle Bacon is the producer of The Band That Fell To Earth: A Tribute to David Bowie,

The Band That Fell To Earth KC’s seventh annual tribute to David Bowie with two nights of music at recordBar – Friday, Jan. 20 and Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023.

*** FRIDAY VIP IS SOLD OUT. SATURDAY IS 100% SOLD OUT. ***

ALL tix available at http://linktr.ee/bowiekcmo

TICKETS: $20 GA adv / $25 day of show

18+ / minors allowed with guardian

7 pm VIP doors
7:30 pm GA doors
8:30 pm show starts

Each night will contain a different set list, special guests, and items created by local makers.

Special guests:
Friday, Jan. 20 – Kasey Rausch and Camry Ivory
Saturday, Jan, 21 – Stephonne and The Black Mariah Theater

VIP package includes:
· mezzanine level access
· early entry
· Signed, numbered 11×17 hand-carved block print poster from Two Tone Press
· Bowie prayer candle from Kitschup Creations
· $15 donation to KC Common Good, an organization that addresses the root causes of violence in the community

The Band That Fell To Earth KC is Kansas City’s premier annual David Bowie tribute event, powered by 13 of the city’s most prominent musicians.

Michelle Bacon – bass
Alex Alexander – guitar
Nathan Corsi – vocals/guitar
Kyle Dahlquist – keys
Katy Guillen – guitar
Steve Tulipana – vocals
Stephanie Williams – drums
Havilah Bruders – backing vocals
Julia Haile – backing vocals
Christine Broxterman – cello
Laurel Morgan-Parks – violin
Rich Wheeler – saxophone
Matt Ronan – percussion

The band was curated by musician/writer Michelle Bacon to pay homage to the groundbreaking artist while showcasing talent across Kansas City’s vast musical spectrum.

LIVESTREAM OPTIONS – if you can’t make it to our shows next weekend or prefer to watch from the comfort of home, we now have livestream tickets available for each night!
Tix for livestream & live show are available at https://linktr.ee/bowiekcmo

Video projections from XO Blackwater.

Commemorative David Bowie prayer candles & pillows will be sold by Kitschup Creations.

Ziggy 50: The Band That Fell To Earth Performs The Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust V.I.P Show, Thursday, Jan 19, at 7:00 PM (The album celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2022.)

The Band That Fell To Earth will perform Ziggy Stardust in its entirety.

KC multi-instrumentalist & vocalist Calvin Arsenia joins the band for a number of songs.

DOORS 7 PM / SHOW 8 PM *** ONLY 150 TICKETS AVAILABLE ***

Food will be available for purchase on this night only.

A portion of ticket sales to benefit KC Common Good, a nonprofit uniting the community to address the root causes of violence, ensuring a successful future for every person in KC.

GA & VIP tickets for Friday, Jan. 20 & Saturday, Jan. 21 are also available! http://linktr.ee/bowiekcmo

Calvin Arsenia Discography

Calvin Arsenia – Moments [EP] / Independent / April 9, 2014
[Calvin Arsenia was 24 when he released this EP after returning home to Kansas City after living and performing in Edinburgh, Scotland. Calvin works as a songwriter, composer, lyricist, producer, and engineer. Calvin Arsenia played live on Wednesday MidDay Medley on October 22. 2014.]

Calvin Arsenia – Prose [EP] / Independent / February 3, 2015
[Recorded over the course of three live sessions at Edinburgh’s Napier University. Produced by Graham Coe. Engineered by David O’Leary. Music and Lyrics: Calvin Arsenia, with Fiona Reid & Liselot Van Oosterom on Vocals, Graham Coe on Cello, Mark Smith on Percussion, Lyle Watt on Guitar Calvin Arsenia on Vocals & Guitar & Piano. Calvin Arsenia joined us on WMM on March 18, August 5, and October 28.]

Calvin Arsenia – Caviar [EP] / Calvin Arsenia / December 5, 2017
[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 and Music by Calvin Arsenia. Produced by Jametatone, Simon Huntley and Calvin Arsenia. Recorded at The Infoaming Vertex.]

Calvin Arsenia – Catastrophe [EP] / Calvin Arsenia / February 17, 2016
[Limited edition EP, produced for Folk Alliance International, contains demo recordings of original gems that are the blueprints for Calvin’s soon to be released full length debut, released in 2017. Calvin Arsenia joined us live on WMM on February 24, July 13, and November 2.]

Calvin Arsenia – Catastrophe [Album]/ Calvin Arsenia / February 14, 2017
[Calvin Arsenia premiered these songs in a live show at recordBar in November 2016 in a stage show that involved a cpmpany of 50 people, dancers, stilt walkers, special lighting, back up singers, guest artists. [Calvin Arsenia played Big Bang Buffet’s “Black Sheep Rising,” Tuesday, April 11, at 8:00 at The Buffalo Room. A benefit for 90.1 FM KKFI featuring Ron Megee, Lisa Cordes, Jon “Piggy” Cupit, The Sleazebeats, Kristie Stremel, Jen Harris, Maria Vasquez Boyd, Jen Appell, Bill Belzer, Charlie Colborne, Mark Manning, Susan Cedarquis-Brewington, BJ McBride, Michael McQuary, Janet Henry, Ryan Wilks, and Nico Gray.] [Calvin Arsenia was on WMM on Feb. 15, April 12, Sept. 20, and Oct. 25 , 2017.]

Calvin Arsenia – Live at Greenwood Social Hall / Unreleased / June 11, 2017
[Solo live performance at Greenwood Social Hall, 1760 Bellevue, KCMO.]

Calvin Arsenia – Caviar [EP] / Calvin Arsenia / December 5, 2017
[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 and Music by Calvin Arsenia. Produced by Jametatone, Simon Huntley and Calvin Arsenia. Recorded at The Infoaming Vertex.]

Calvin Arsenia – Cantaloupe / Center Cut Records / September 15, 2018.
[Calvin’s 2018 national debut, Cantaloupe (Center Cut Records), has been acclaimed for melding diverse textures into an alluring signature sound for the adventurous artist.]

Calvin Arsenia – L.A. Sessions / Center Cut Records / September 20, 2019
[Calvin performed live at L.A.’s The Mint, showcasing songs on LA Sessions with musicians who collaborated on the album. Says Calvin: “It’s such a special experience to play with them. To be able to perform these songs in front of an audience and do this for a living – to have made a career out of something I love is so amazing – it is an honor that I never take for granted.” ]

Calvin Arsenia – Honeydew / Center Cut Records / June 28, 2019
[On September 15, 2018 Calvin released Cantaloupe on Center Cut Records. This new EP is a remix of three of the songs from Cantaloupe, plus a Talking Heads cover that was performed live in this style at a New Year’s Eve show at The Truman opening for Making Movies who performed the entire Talking Heads album, Remain in Light. The last three songs on Honeydew were from performed in this style at The Nelson Atkins 2019 event “Party Arty.” Honeydew was produced by Jametatone, Simon Huntley, Calvin Arsenia.]

Quixotic & Calvin Arsenia – “Goddess – EP / Quixotic / May 17, 2019
[An innovative performance art collective that fuses imagination with technology, dance, projection, mapping & live music to create fully-immersive, multi-sensory experiences. Quixotic harnesses light, rhythm and expressive emotion. Quixotic was given Silicon Valley’s unofficial stamp of genius when they were invited to perform at the global TED Conference in 2012. A unique blend of performance art, technology & emotion. Quixotic fuses all these elements in to what the New York Times branded an “innovative circus performance”.]

Calvin Arsenia – all is calm / Calvin Arsenia. / December 13, 2019
[Arsenia’s dreamlike whimsy shimmering through your favorite Christmas Classics. All proceeds for this album go towards the purchase of Calvin’s first harp. Featuring: Ben Muñoz on Cello, Shane Borth on Violin and Voila, and Luke “Skippy” Harbur on Beatbox. Mastered by Jametatone at the Infoaming Vertex and special thanks to Simon Huntley. Calvin wrote: “I recorded the majority of this album in my bedroom in between flights to and from KC and SF. I had my nephews and friend’s kids in mind and wanted an album of Christmas lullabys. I think it became just a little more sassy than anticipated, but I think you’ll enjoy it regardless.]

Calvin Arsenia – Summer in Hindsight / Calvin Arsenia & Mike Dillon / Oct. 16, 2020
[Soundtrack by Calvin Arsenia and Mike Dillon for The West 18th Street Fashion Show’s 20th year as a feature-length film. COVID-19 changed everything in 2020. “We are moving it from the street to the screen,” says Peregrine Honig to inkansascitymagazine. “Mike Dillon and Calvin Arsenia will be scoring and performing in the film.” The film premiered October 16, 2020 at The Boulevard Drive-In. Honig wrote, “We did this during a pandemic and a cultural revolution. I am not sure where else or how else this could happen at this moment in history.” Calvin Arsenia had recently been emotionally and greatly moved by the area and national Black Lives Matter Movement. His own research into his own family revealed that Calvin’s great, great, great grandmother Alice Gilliam Scott, was a former slave who lived to observe her 100th birthday as noted by a regional newspaper. In the summer of 2020 Calvin wrote “Revelation” an unreleased track inspired by Black Lives Matter. Calvin premiered the song on WMM on August 12, 2020. He later shared his other new songs, “Scars and Stripes” and “The Flying Monkees are Coming!” on our October 14, 2020 edition of WMM. Both of those songs are included in the Summer in Hindsight Soundtrack.]

Calvin’s Book VERY GOOD BOY DOES FINE / Andrews McMeel Universal / Oct. 5, 2021

[a collection of Poetry & Prose]

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

Michelle Bacon and Calvin Arsenia thanks for being with us on WMM.

The 7th Annual The Band That Fell To Earth – David Bowie Tribute on Friday & Saturday nights, January 20 & 21, at 8:30 PM at recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd, KCMO. Calvin will be joining The Band That Fell To Earth on Thursday, January 19, 2023 at recordBar, to perform Bowie’s album, Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders from Mars, from beginning to end, as a special VIP Benefit. The Band That Fell To Earth KC is powered by 13 of the KC’s most prominent musicians. Michelle Bacon on bass, Alex Alexander on guitar, Nathan Corsi on vocals & guitar, Kyle Dahlquist on keyboards, Katy Guillen on guitar, Steve Tulipana on vocals, Stephanie Williams on drums, Havilah Bruders on backing vocals, Julia Haile on backing vocals, Christine Broxterman on cello, Laurel Morgan Parks on violin, Rich Wheeler on saxophone, Matt Ronan on percussion. Info at http://www.therecordbar.com / Tickets at http://linktr.ee/bowiekcmo

11:25

  1. David Bowie – “Let me tell you one thing…”
    from: Moonage Daydream – A Brett Morgen Film / Parlophone / September 16, 2022
    [Moonage Daydream – A Brett Morgen Film is the soundtrack to the 2022 documentary film Moonage Daydream based on the life of English singer-songwriter David Bowie. It was released digitally on September 16, 2022 by Rhino Entertainment and Parlophone Records, preceded by a two-disc CD release on November 18, 2022 and a three-disc vinyl edition, set for later release in 2023. // The album was announced on August 25 2022, to accompany the film, that contained previously unreleased live singles, tracks cut from the album, film-specific remixes of Bowie’s tracks, orchestral performances and interview excerpts and monologues from Bowie himself. A single from the album – the remixed version of the song “Modern Love” – released on the same date. Bowie’s official website, stated it as “This version is a unique mix starting with the isolated piano motif from the track, building up into the chorus before ending on the a cappella backing vocals offering an insight into the individual elements that create the classic we all know and love”. The film-specific remix of the song “D.J.” was released as the second single on September 9, 2022 // Brett Morgan worked for nearly 18 months to design the accompanying soundtrack, with the sound design team — re-recording mixers Paul Massey and David Giammarco, sound and music editor John Warhurst, supervising sound editor Nina Hartstone — working with him. On designing the film’s music, Massey mashed up “a lot of music that wasn’t designed to go together into some amazing pieces of work. And the sound design is fully integrated into that. The soundtrack is like a huge dissolve, from the very beginning of the film until the end.”]
  1. David Bowie – “Starman (Original Single Mix) [2015 Remaster]
    from: Moonage Daydream – A Brett Morgen Film / Parlophone / September 16, 2022
    [Moonage Daydream – A Brett Morgen Film is the soundtrack to the 2022 documentary film Moonage Daydream based on the life of English singer-songwriter David Bowie. It was released digitally on September 16, 2022 by Rhino Entertainment and Parlophone Records, preceded by a two-disc CD release on November 18, 2022 and a three-disc vinyl edition, set for later release in 2023. // “Starman” is a song by English musician David Bowie. It was released on 28 April 1972 by RCA Records as the lead single of his fifth studio album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. Co-produced by Ken Scott, Bowie recorded the song on 4 February 1972 at Trident Studios in London with his backing band known as the Spiders from Mars – comprising guitarist Mick Ronson, bassist Trevor Bolder and drummer Mick Woodmansey. The song was a late addition to the album, written as a direct response to RCA’s request for a single; it replaced the Chuck Berry cover “Round and Round” on the album. The lyrics describe Ziggy Stardust bringing a message of hope to Earth’s youth through the radio, salvation by an alien ‘Starman’. The chorus is inspired by “Over the Rainbow”, sung by Judy Garland, while other influences include T. Rex and the Supremes.// Upon release, “Starman” sold favorably and earned positive reviews. Following Bowie’s performance of the song on the BBC television program Top of the Pops, the song reached number 10 on the UK Singles Chart and helped propel the album to number five. It was his first major hit since “Space Oddity” three years earlier. The performance made Bowie a star and was watched by a large audience, including many future musicians, who were all impacted by it; these included Boy George, Bono, Robert Smith and Ian McCulloch. Retrospectively, the song is considered by music critics as one of Bowie’s finest. // “Starman” was released as the lead single of The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars on 28 April 1972 by RCA Records (as RCA 2199) with “Suffragette City” as the B-side. According to Cann, the single was released in the US on 20 May with a slight variant from the UK single: Bowie’s spoken intro was edited out and “to comply with the preferred duration among American radio stations,” the song was shortened by ten seconds. The US single was released in both mono and stereo formats. The single originally featured a “loud mix” of the “morse-code” piano-and-guitar section between the verse and the chorus. This single mix appeared on the original UK album, but not on other vinyl editions of the album internationally, in which the “morse-code” section was lower in the mix. The single mix appeared on the 1980 compilation album The Best of Bowie, but ChangesTwoBowie (1981) and subsequent compilations featured the more subdued mix, until the “loud mix” finally reappeared on Nothing Has Changed (2014) and on Re:Call 1 as part of the 2015 box set Five Years (1969–1973). // “Starman” was sequenced as the fourth track on the album, between “Moonage Daydream” and “It Ain’t Easy”, released on 16 June 1972. It was a late addition to the album, replacing a cover of American singer-songwriter Chuck Berry’s “Round and Round”. According to Rob Sheffield, “Round and Round” would have fit the concept of the album but it was excessive, as side two featured multiple Berry-style tracks. Pegg also commented: “It’s extraordinary to consider that one of Bowie’s definitive songs replaced a Chuck Berry cover almost as an afterthought.” // From a commercial point of view, “Starman” was a milestone in Bowie’s career: it was his first hit since “Space Oddity” three years before. NME critics Roy Carr and Charles Shaar Murray reported that “many thought it was his first record since ‘Space Oddity'”, and assumed that it was a sequel to the earlier single. Pegg states that due to this assumption, the title and acoustic intro might have given the suggestion that Bowie had “only one song in his playbook”, but the first lyric changes that. While “Space Oddity” was a pure “science-fiction story”, “Starman” is less that and more of a “self-aggrandizing announcement that there’s a new star in town.” // The single initially sold steadily rather than spectacularly but earned many positive reviews. BBC broadcaster John Peel, in his Disc & Music Echo column wrote: “Now this is magnificent – quite superb. “David Bowie is, with Kevin Ayers, the most important, under-acknowledged innovator in contemporary popular music in Britain and if this record is overlooked it will be nothing less than stark tragedy.” Chris Welch of Melody Maker predicted: “[Bowie] is taking longer than most to become a superstar, but he should catch up with Rod and Marc soon.” On 15 June, Bowie and the Spiders from Mars performed “Starman” on the Granada children’s music programme Lift Off with Ayshea, which was presented by Ayshea Brough, whom Bowie had met as a performer in 1969. Joined by Nicky Graham on keyboards, according to Pegg, they performed against a “backdrop of coloured stars”; Woodmansey had at this point not “peroxided” his hair. The performance was broadcast on 21 June in a “post-school” time slot, where it was witnessed by thousands of British children. On 24 June, “Starman” rose to number 49 on the UK Singles Chart and by 1 July, number 41, earning Bowie an invitation to perform on the BBC television programme Top of the Pops. // A man with red hair singing into a microphone and pointing directly at the camera During his performance of “Starman” on Top of the Pops, Bowie pointed directly at the camera when singing the lyric “I had to phone someone so I picked on you ooh ooh”. David Hepworth of The Guardian calls this the exact moment in which Bowie became a star. // On July 5. 1972, Bowie, the Spiders and Graham recorded a performance of “Starman” for Top of the Pops, which was broadcast on BBC One the next night. The group mimed to a pre-recorded backing track, four takes of which were recorded on 29 June, and sang live as per Musicians Union rules. Bowie appeared in a brightly-coloured rainbow jumpsuit, “shocking” red hair and astronaut boots while the Spiders wore blue, pink, scarlet and gold velvet attire. During the performance, Bowie was relaxed and confident and wrapped his arm around Ronson’s shoulder, revealing his white-coloured fingernails and, in Cann’s words, “driving home the ambiguous glamour of the Ziggy persona.” He altered the line “Some cat was laying down some rock ‘n’ roll” to “Some cat was laying down some get-it-on rock ‘n’ roll” as a tribute to Bolan. Upon singing the line “I had to phone someone so I picked on you ooh ooh”, Bowie pointed at the camera, engaging the audience directly, which one fan recalled, “It was as if Bowie actually singled me out…a chosen one…it was almost a religious experience.”Transmitted the following day, the three minute performance launched Bowie to stardom.According to author David Buckley, “Many fans date their conversion to all things Bowie to this Top of the Pops appearance”. It embedded Ziggy Stardust in the nation’s consciousness, helping push “Starman” to number 10 and the album, released the previous month, to number five.The “Starman” single remained in the UK charts for 11 weeks. In the United States, the single peaked at number 65 on the Billboard Hot 100 in August 1972. // There’s no doubt that Bowie’s appearance on Top of the Pops was a pivotal moment in British musical history. Like the Sex Pistols at the Lesser Free Trade Hall in Manchester in ’76, his performance lit the touchpaper for thousands of kids who up till then had struggled to find a catalyst in their lives. – BBC radio broadcaster Marc Riley, reflecting on the performance’s impact. // The performance was watched by a large audience, including many English musicians before they became famous, including Boy George, Adam Ant, Mick Jones of the Clash, Gary Kemp of Spandau Ballet, Morrissey and Johnny Marr of the Smiths, Siouxsie Sioux of Siouxsie and the Banshees, John Taylor and Nick Rhodes of Duran Duran, Dave Gahan of Depeche Mode, and Noel Gallagher of Oasis. Many musicians and groups have recalled seeing the performance and reflected on how it affected their lives. The English gothic rock band Bauhaus recalled that seeing Bowie’s performance on Top of the Pops was “a significant and profound turning point in their lives”. The band thereafter idolised Bowie and subsequently covered “Ziggy Stardust” in 1982. Reflecting on Bowie’s impact on music in 2003, Robert Smith of the Cure said: “He was blatantly different, and everyone of my age remembers the time he played ‘Starman’ on Top of the Pops.” Bono of the Irish rock band U2 told Rolling Stone in 2010: “The first time I saw [Bowie] was singing ‘Starman’ on television. It was like a creature falling from the sky. Americans put a man on the moon. We had our own British guy from space – with an Irish mother.” English singer-songwriter Gary Numan, who saw the performance when he was 15 years old, said: “I think it stands as one of the pivotal moments of modern music, or, if not music, certainly a pivotal moment in show business. It must have taken extraordinary courage and/or a monumental amount of self-belief. To say it stood out is an epic understatement. Even as a hardcore T. Rex fan I knew it was special.” Ian McCulloch of the English rock band Echo & the Bunnymen said in 2007: “As soon as I heard ‘Starman’ and saw him on Top of the Pops, I was hooked. I seem to remember me being the first to say it, and then there was a host of other people saying how the Top of the Pops performance changed their lives.” Elton John said: “It was so different, it was like Wow. No one had ever seen anything like that before”. // The Top of the Pops performance was included on the DVD version of Best of Bowie in 2002. In addition to the TV performances, Bowie played the song for radio listeners on the BBC’s Johnny Walker Lunchtime Show on 22 May 1972. This performance was broadcast in early June 1972 and eventually released on Bowie at the Beeb in 2000.]

11:29 – Underwriting

11:31 – Interview with Jaclyn Bell, Josh Bell, Dillon Whitney, Justyn Renkoski, & Marshall Taylor,

Singer, songwriter, producer, Jaclyn Bell was last on Wednesday Midday Medley on July 3, 2019 to share details about her debut full-length album, WANNA BE MINE recorded in Kansas City and released on March 28, 2019. Her first EP, MEMORIES was recorded on Music Row in Nashville in 2018. Her original songs, “Am I the One,” “History,” and “Wanna Be Mine” hav been played on radio stations across the U.S. and the U.K. In her songwriting, she draws from unique experiences, relationships, and life events that have impacted her deeply. Jaclyn Bell’s stage experience and authentic style is captivating audiences around the region. Jaclyn Bell joins us, live in out 90.1 FM Studios with her band, to premiere a brand new single “Run This Town.” More info at http://www.jaclynbellmusic.com

Jaclyn Bell and Company thanks for being with us on WMM.

Also joining us are members of Jaclyn’s band:

Marshall Taylor – has been playing as a musician for a little over a decade but have only been working for hire for the past couple of years. Marshall writes that he has always loved music, and that he was in musicals as a kid. Discovering the bands that defined his teenage years are what got him interested in learning different instruments. Marshall plays bass guitar, guitar, and he sings. Marshall has known his bandmates in Jaclyn Bell since he was teenager except Cale who hopped on with the band a few years ago when Jaclyn released her EP. @marshmadness.kc is where you can follow Marshall on Instagram

Justyn Renkoski – played football as a kid and got hurt at a young age and fell back on music. His 4th grade choir teacher Mr. Samuels helped show Justyn the beauty of music and said while there is work to be done with the vocals, there was promise. Justyn has played Rhythm Electric Guitar for six years, Acoustic Guitar for 14 years, and on occasion, he plays the keyboard (and has for the past six years. Juatyn has also been singing for over 25 years. Justyn has played for over a decade with Jaclyn, Marshall, and Dillon, and started playing with Cale when he joined the band in Winter of 2018. You can find Justyn on Instagram @j.renkoski.music and TikTok @just_jren

Dillon Whitney – grew up in a musical family. His mom and sister sing and my dad plays the guitar. Dillon got introduced to the drums when he was six and has loved playing them ever since. Dillon started playing music with Jaclyn, Justyn and Marshall back in middle school at their church youth group. Then he met Cale a few years ago when gthey started the band up. Dillon’s socials are @Dillonwhitney1 (insta)

Josh Bell (Live Sound) – grew up behind sound boards during large live production events, and it was also how he met Jaclyn. Josh has done audio all around KC including the (venue formerly known as) Sprint Center. Josh attended a music recording certification program where I interned in a classic rock studio which let me get hands on experience with audio engineering and everything that entails. Josh also plays the sax for a few of the live shows! Josh has been doing live sound for most everyone who is part of Jaclyn Bell for over a decade in some form or another. Josh is on instagram @joshuafreakinbell

Jaclyn Bell studied at Berklee College of Music

Jaclyn Bell studied Audio Engineering/Music Production at Recording Radio Film Connection

Josh Bell also Studied Audio Engineering/Music Production at Recording Radio Film Connection

Jaclyn & Josh Bell live in Overland Park, Kansas. Jaclyn grew up in the Kansas City area. Josh is originally from Highlands, Texas.

Jaclyn Bell married Josh Bell on February 15, 2013

Jaclyn released her first full-length album, “Wanna Be Mine” recorded here in Kansas City, Missouri at Dwelling Place Music with John Hendrickson.

Jaclyn started singing as a child in church and at 4-H competitions.

10:39

  1. Jaclyn Bell – “Run This Town”
    from: “Run This Town” – Single / Jaclyn Bell / January 18, 2023
    [Kansas City based singer songwriter Jaclyn Bell. Jaclyn released her first full-length album, “Wanna Be Mine” on March 28, 2019, recorded here in Kansas City. Jaclyn Bell released her EP “Memories” in 2018, that featured her songwriting capabilities combined with the Nashville talent where it was recorded. http://www.jaclynbellmusic.com]

10:42 – Interview with Jaclyn Bell with Josh Bell, Jaclyn Bell, Dillon Whitney, Justyn Renkoski, and Marshall Taylor,

Jaclyn Bell joins us, with her band, to premiere the single “Run This Town” on KKFI 90.1.

Jaclyn Bell has been in music her whole life. From singing competitions in things like 4H when she was younger, to singing in churches, and singing background vocals on a few albums. She has been writing songs ever since I was in my teens. She attended a music recording internship with Josh and we got a lot of really good experience from everything to song composition to audio engineering. During the lockdowns she added being a vocal for hire to my portfolio. She was working with a lot of DJ’s and producers in Europe and being featured on quite a few of their singles. Jaclyn has known most of the guys in her band for most of her life and has been playing music with all of them in different capacities for over ten years! Jaclyn loves songwriting and doing this with the most amazing musicians she knows. You can find Jaclyn @jaclynbellmusic

Jaclyn Ball thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Also joining us, are members of Jaclyn’s band: Marshall Taylor, Justyn Renkoski, Dillon Whitney, Josh Bell

Jaclyn has trained in the studio and on stages across the nation. Her first EP, MEMORIES was recorded on Music Row in Nashville in 2018. Wanting to return to her roots, she recorded her first studio album, WANNA BE MINE in Kansas City and released it in 2019. Her original songs, “Am I the One,” “History,” and “Wanna Be Mine” hav been played on radio stations across the U.S. and the U.K. In her songwriting, she draws from unique experiences, relationships, and life events that have impacted her deeply. Jaclyn Bell’s stage experience and authentic style is captivating audiences around the region.

In an interview with Johnson County Library Jaclyn explained the she has “been a songwriter since I was about 17.” She also say, “For my songwriting process it’s a bit different. It’s like I catch a writing bug I could go months without writing songs and then once I feel inspired, I could write seven songs in three days. With editing, each song is different. Some songs I write once and don’t change anything about it. Others […] take four or five different editing sessions to get it perfect. Each song is a different art piece so doing it all the same doesn’t really make sense to me. I think that each one deserves its own unique attention and style.”

Jaclyn Bell, Marshall Taylor, Justyn Renkoski, Dillon Whitney, Josh Bell, thanks for being with on WMM.

“Run This Town” is available at iTunes and where music is available.

11:49

  1. Christena Graves – “Give Me A Minute”
    from: Finding My Footing / Christena Graves / February 11, 2021
    [Christena Graves writes songs in order to make sense of her world. Her lyrics are a mixture of a heartfelt acknowledgment of the pain and suffering in life, balanced by the steadying force of committed relationships. Growing up in a coastal area of western Michigan, Christena draws from her deep connection with the natural world to help frame the difficulty of the human emotional landscape. “Nature brings focus for me. I rely on it to color my lyrics.” She found her musical beginning learning to sing harmonies with her older brothers and sisters. Music was an important part of her family and they would often sing hymns together. She fondly remembers the day her oldest brother sat her on the kitchen counter and taught her to sing harmony to Jingle Bells. It was a moment that gave fuel to her love of singing. // After leaving Michigan to attend college in Missouri, she met her husband Brandon and joined the band Waterdeep as the keyboard player. After touring for several years, she stepped away from the band to raise their children. Songwriting became a release to help process the struggles of life. Eventually, she was writing songs for her church community and helping lead music on Sunday mornings. Once the kids were old enough, Christena and Brandon decided to form a new project and return to making music in a bigger way. // 2019 marked the beginning of the Christena Graves Band and the ground work being laid for her return to the music industry. In mid 2020 Greg Lafollette, a long time musical friend, moved back to KC from Nashville where he had built a successful career as an artist and producer. Greg offered his help to record a collections of songs that have become her new record. The album is titled, Finding My Footing. A nod to the difficulty of reengaging in a music business that has changed dramatically over the last 20 years but also a humble acceptance that life can be hard at times but it is important to keep moving forward. // The release of Finding My Footing marks her first full length solo album since 1996 and her first project ever as a band leader. The songs are stories of loss, fear, struggle, and joy. “This project ended up being much more than just making a good record. I spent a lot of time in self reflection—maybe I should call it a mid-life moment. I questioned my ability and worth as an artist, as a woman, and a human. It has been difficult to go through but I am learning so much about myself. I am happy with where I am and I am proud of what I’ve said with this album.” More info at: http://www.christenagravesmusic.com] [Christena Graves was guest on WMM on February 10, and on July 7, 2021.]

[The Christena Graves Band play The Brick 1727 McGee Street, KCMO, on Friday, January 27 at 9:00 PM with Kristin Hanilton & The Heat and Timbers.]

  1. Semper Viridis – “Dreams in Color”
    from: “Dreams in Color” / Semper Viridis / January 6, 2023
    [Written and recorded by Kirsten Paluden & Asterales (Nate Holt). Mixed by Asterales. Mastered by Brent Clabaugh. Artwork by DJ Fulton. Semper Viridis is the Lawrence, Kansas based musical collaboration of Nate Holt and Kirsten Paludan. They were born in the spirit of collaboration from the source of all things. Two souls who share a vision and a collective mindset… they channel the life changing power of creativity. We are celestial twins who are driven to share our love of music with the world. Kirsten Paluden and Nate Holt recently collaborated for Nate’s musical project Astereles and the album, FUTURESPECTIVE on Datura Records released on March 25, 2022 that was Produced, mixed & mastered by Asterales. They performed for the track “Let Go.” KC based leftfield, experimental, electronica music maker, also known as Nate Holt. Asterales eleased the 5-track EP, WORK HOURS on Sept. 6, 2016 in collaboration with Aikido Bray, Leo Minor, Katlyn Conroy, and Tanner Walle, with synthesizers, production, recording, engineering & mastering by Etan Tioh for Datura Records. This was followed by the 3-track EP, FRAGMENTS, released Feb. 3, 2017. Asterales released the single A.M. on Feb. 4, 2017. Asterales released the 10-track album, OUTSIDE THE BOX on Oct. 31, 2017. Asterales released the singles: “Brkfst 4 Btlvrs” on Oct. 31, 2017; and “Soft Spheres” on April 21, 2018. Asterales released the 10-track album ORBITAL DEBRIS: VOL. 1 on Aug. 14, 2020 on Mr. Furious Records. Asterales released the single “ASTR_40” on Aug. 26, 2020. Asterales released the 4-song EP EXTRA JUNK on Dec. 4, 2020 through Mr. Furious Records. Asterales released the singles: “Solstice Song” on Dec. 21, 2020, and “Desire (Tanner Walle) – Asterales Remix” on Jan. 29, 2021. Asterales released the single “Offline” on Feb. 26, 2021. Asterales released the single, “Beauty In The Distance feat. Heidi Gluck)” on March 31, 2021. Produced & mixed by Asterales, vocals by Heidi Gluck. lyrics by Approach, mastered by Royce Diamond. Asterales released the single, “So Easy (feat. Royce Diamond)” on April 30, 2021. Asterales released the single, “Let Go” on May 31, 2021. Produced, mixed & mastered by Asterales, lyrics by Royce Diamond, vocals by Asterales. Asterales released the single, “Paraglider” on June 30, 2021. Produced, mixed & mastered by Asterales. Asterales released the single, “Kinugemi” on July 31, 2021. Produced, mixed and mastered by Asterales. Asterales released the single, “Variable Stars Pt. 1″ on August 30, 2021. Produced, mixed & mastered by Asterales. Asterales released the remix single, “She Left (Asterales Remix)” on Sept. 2, 2021, produced by Asterales. Remix artwork by Gordon Leadfoot & Asterales. Asterales released the single, “P​@​!​omAr​-​1” on September 28, 2021. Produced, mixed and mastered by Asterales. More info at: http://www.asterales.bandcamp.com Asterales released the remix single, “Cory Phillips & the Band of Light – Give & the Take (Asterales Remix)” on October 1, 2021. “Give & the Take” was written by Cory Phillips coryphillipsmusic.com “Give & the Take – Asterales Remix” Produced by Asterales. Asterales released the single, “Calling Me (feat. Ghostmind)” on October 31, 2021. Produced, mixed & mastered by Asterales. Vocals and guitar performed and recorded by Ghostmind. Lyrics by Ghostmind. Artwork by Asterales. Asterales released the single “Your World or Mine (Feat. Approach)” on November 30, 2021. Produced, mixed and mastered by Asterales. Lyrics and vocals by Approach. Asterales released “Right Here, This Moment (feat. Royce Diamond & Maria Cuevas)” on December 31, 2021, produced, mixed & mastered by Asterales. Lyrics & vocals by Royce Diamond. Background vocals by Maria Cuevas (of Maria The Mexican). One of 14 singles Asterales released in 2021. More information at http://www.asterales.bandcamp.com]
  1. Noel Coward – “The Party’s Over Now”
    from: Noel Coward in New York / drg / 2003 [orig. 1957]

Next week on Wednesday, January 25 – Marion Merritt of Records With Merritt returns as Guest Producer

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

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Show #977

WMM with Michelle Bacon & Calvin Arsenia + Jaclyn Bell + Devon Teran & Aaron Mitchum of The Timbers

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

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Michelle Bacon + Calvin Arsenia & The Band That Fell To Earth + Jaclyn Bell & Band premiere their new single! + Devon Teran & Aaron Mitchum of Timbers

Mark plays New & MidCoastal Releases from: Jaclyn Bell, Tre Mutava, Iris DeMent, Semper Viridis, Timbers, Hadiza, Kat King, Malek Azrael & The Vibez, Jass, Christena Graves, Calvin Arsenia, and David Bowie.

At 10:30 Mark welcomes Devon Teran and Aaron Mitchum of the Kansas City based band Timbers who will premiere a new song from the band and also play LIVE in our 90.1 FM Studios. The timbers are made up of: Aaron Mitchum on vocals & guitars, Devon Teran on guitar & pedal steel, Riley Taylor on bass & BGV, Nathan Lewis on drums, and Jiliann De Jong on vocals. Timbers was formed in 2013, their uplifting music is blend of rock and roll, country and soul. More information at http://www.timbers.com

At 11:00 Michelle Bacon & Calvin Arsenia share details about The 7th Annual The Band That Fell To Earth – David Bowie Tribute on Friday & Saturday nights, January 20 & 21, at 8:30 PM at recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd, KCMO. Calvin will be joining The Band That Fell To Earth on Thursday, January 19, 2023 at recordBar, to perform Bowie’s album, Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders from Mars, from beginning to end, as a special VIP Benefit. The Band That Fell To Earth KC is powered by 13 of the KC’s most prominent musicians. Michelle Bacon on bass, Alex Alexander on guitar, Nathan Corsi on vocals & guitar, Kyle Dahlquist on keyboards, Katy Guillen on guitar, Steve Tulipana on vocals, Stephanie Williams on drums, Havilah Bruders on backing vocals, Julia Haile on backing vocals, Christine Broxterman on cello, Laurel Morgan Parks on violin, Rich Wheeler on saxophone, Matt Ronan on percussion. Info at http://www.therecordbar.com / Tickets at http://linktr.ee/bowiekcmo

At 11:30 Jaclyn Bell joins us, with her band, to premiere a brand new single on KKFI 90.1 FM. Jaclyn has trained in the studio and on stages across the nation. Her first EP, MEMORIES was recorded on Music Row in Nashville in 2018. Wanting to return to her roots, she recorded her first studio album, WANNA BE MINE in Kansas City and released it in 2019. Her original songs, “Am I the One,” “History,” and “Wanna Be Mine” hav been played on radio stations across the U.S. and the U.K. In her songwriting, she draws from unique experiences, relationships, and life events that have impacted her deeply. Jaclyn Bell’s stage experience and authentic style is captivating audiences around the region. More info at http://www.jaclynbellmusic.com

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

Show #977

WMM Playlist from January 11, 2023

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

Wednesday, January 11, 2023

WMM is “Remembering MLK”

Wednesday MidDay Medley celebrates the life of human rights icon, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., born Jan. 15, 1929.

MLK led the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott, was a cofounder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1957, and served as it’s first president. His efforts led to the 1963 March on Washington, where Dr. King delivered his, “I Have a Dream” speech. In 1964, King became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to end racial segregation and racial discrimination thru civil disobedience and non-violent means.

By the time of his death in 1968, Dr. King had refocused his efforts on ending poverty and opposing the Vietnam War. King was assassinated, April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977, and Congressional Gold Medal in 2004. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was established as a U.S. national holiday in 198I. Dr. Martin Luther King’s Birthday is Friday, January 15, 2021 The Dr. Martin Luther King Day – National Holiday is Monday January 16, 2023.

As Pete Seeger wrote: “Songs gave them the courage to believe they would not fail.”

  1. “Main Title Instrumental – It’s Showtime Folks”
    from: Motion Picture Soundtrack to All That Jazz / Universal / Dec. 20, 1979
    [WMM’s theme]
  1. Soweto Gospel Choir – “Pride (In The Name of Love)”
    from: In the Name of Love – Africa Celebrates U2 / Shout! Factory Records / 2008
    [Formed in Soweto, South Africa, by David Mulovhedzi & Beverly Bryer, two choir directors. The 30-member ensemble blends African gospel, Negro spirituals, reggae and American popular music. The group performed at the first of the 46664 concerts for Nelson Mandela and has toured internationally. Their albums Blessed and African Spirit won Grammy Awards for Best Traditional World Music Album in 2007 and 2008.]
  1. International Noise Conspiracy / MLK Jr. – “The First Conspiracy / Let Freedom Ring”
    from: Adbusters – Live Without Dead Time / Adbusters / 2003
    [The (International) Noise Conspiracy (abbreviated T(I)NC) were a Swedish rock band formed in Sweden in the late months of 1998. The line-up consists of Dennis Lyxzén (vocals), Inge Johansson (bass), Lars Strömberg (guitar), and Ludwig Dahlberg (drums). The band is known for its punk and garage rock musical influences, and its impassioned left-wing political stance. Influenced by a quote from 1960’s folk singer Phil Ochs, according to lead singer Lyxzén, the band wanted to achieve an ideal blend of music and politics that was, “a cross between Elvis Presley and Che Guevara.”]
  1. Labelle – “Something in The Air / The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”
    from: Something Silver / Warner Archives / 1997

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

10:14 – Soul Brother…

MLK said, “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

MLK said, “We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”

  1. Curtis Mayfield – “Beautiful Brother of Mine”
    from: Roots / Curtom-Buddah / October, 1971
    [2nd solo release from Curtis Mayfield, born in Chicago, June 3, 1942. One of the most influential musicians behind soul & politically conscious African-American music. Mayfield started his musical career in a gospel choir. Moving to the North Side of Chicago he met Jerry Butler in 1956 at the age of 14, and joined vocal group The Impressions. As a songwriter, Mayfield became noted as one of the first musicians to bring more prevalent themes of social awareness into soul music. In 1965, he wrote “People Get Ready” for The Impressions, which displayed his more politically charged songwriting. After leaving The Impressions in 1970, Mayfield released several albums, including the soundtrack for the blaxploitation film Super Fly in 1972. The soundtrack was noted for its socially conscious themes, mostly addressing problems surrounding inner city minorities such as crime, poverty and drug abuse. Mayfield was paralyzed from the neck down after lighting equipment fell on him during a live performance at Wingate Field in Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York, on August 13, 1990. Despite this, he continued his career as a recording artist, releasing his final album, New World Order, in 1996. Mayfield won a Grammy Legend Award in 1994 and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1995, and was a double inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as a member of the Impressions in 1991, and again in 1999 as a solo artist. He was also a 2-time Grammy Hall of Fame inductee. He died from complications of type 2 diabetes, Dec 26, 1999, at 57.]
  1. Maceo & The Macks – “Soul Power ’74”
    from: James Brown’s Funky People, Pt. 2 / People Records / 1988
    [This record is sampled more than crackers and cheese at Costco, it contains samples itself in the form of tape overlays of civil rights rallies, a Dr. King speech, and an announcement of King’s assassination. Maceo Parker played saxophone with James Brown, Parliament, Funkadelic, Bootsy Collins, Bernie Worrell and Prince.]
  1. Sweet Honey in The Rock, Aaron Neville, Lamar Campbell & Spirit of Praise -“Ella’s Song”
    from: Soundtrack to Boycott / HBO / 2001
    [Critically acclaimed 2001 film staring Jeffrey Wright as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Terrence Howard as Ralph Abernathy, and CCH Pounder as Jo Ann Robinson.]

10:26 – Underwriting

10:30 – King’s Life, Death, and Spirit…

MLK said, “He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.”

  1. Mahalia Jackson – “How I Got Over”
    from: The Original Apollo Sessions / Couch & Madison Partners / May 25, 2013
    [Gospel hymn composed & published in 1951 by Clara Ward (1924-1973). It was performed by Mahalia Jackson at the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963 before 250,000 people. Mahalia Jackson (Oct. 26, 1911 – Jan. 27, 1972) was referred to as “The Queen of Gospel”. She became one of the most influential gospel singers in the world, heralded internationally as a singer and civil rights activist. She was described by entertainer Harry Belafonte as “the single most powerful black woman in the United States”. She recorded about 30 albums (mostly for Columbia Records) during her career, and her 45 rpm records included a dozen “golds”—million-sellers. “I sing God’s music because it makes me feel free,” Jackson once said about her choice of gospel, adding, “It gives me hope. With the blues, when you finish, you still have the blues.”]
  1. Martin Luther King Jr. – “MLK – I Have A Dream 1963 (excerpt)”
    from: Inspirational Speeches, Vo. 3 / Orange Leisure / May 16, 2011
    [American civil rights leader/activist and Baptist minister, born Jan. 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. King’s speeches have been issued on numerous releases – his most well-known and influential address being “I Have a Dream”, which was held during “The March on Washington” in 1963. King was assassinated on April 4, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee.]
  1. Marian Anderson – “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands”
    from: He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands / BMG / Orig. 1961 [Reissued 1991]
    [Marian Anderson (Feb 27, 1897 – Apr. 8, 1993) was one of the most celebrated singers of the 20th century. In 1939, the (DAR) refused to let Anderson sing in Constitution Hall. With the aid of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and Franklin D. Roosevelt, Anderson performed a critically acclaimed open-air concert on Easter Sunday, April 9, 1939, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. before a crowd of more than 75,000 people and a radio audience in the millions. Anderson became the first black person, to perform at the Metropolitan Opera in NYC on Jan. 7, 1955. Anderson worked as a delegate to the UN Human Rights Committee and “goodwill ambassadress” for the U.S. Dept. of State, giving concerts all over the world. She participated in the civil rights movement in the 1960s, singing at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963. Anderson was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1963, the Kennedy Center Honors in 1978, the National Medal of Arts in 1986, and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1991.]
  1. Tramaine Hawkins, Ella Mitchell, Billy Porter & Chorus -“Rocka My Soul”
    from: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre “Revelations” / V2 / 1998
    [Revelations is the signature choreographic work of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. It was first produced by Alvin Ailey Dance Theater in New York City, New York on January 31, 1960. Revelations tells the story of African-American faith and tenacity from slavery to freedom through a suite of dances set to spirituals and blues music. It’s been performed in over 70 countries in the half century since then and has been described as “the most widely seen modern dance work in the world.” The finale song of the three part “Revelations” is “Rocka My Soul In The Bosom Of Abraham” and it has been described by writer Juliana Lewis-Ferguson as a, “spiritually powerful conclusion to the suite and a purely physical release of emotion.”]
  1. The Swan Silvertones – “Oh Mary, Don’t You Weep”
    from: Platinum Gospel: The Swan Silvertones / Sonorous Entertainment / 2012 (1959)
    [“Mary Don’t You Weep” (alternately titled “O Mary Don’t You Weep”, “Oh Mary, Don’t You Weep, Don’t You Mourn”, or variations thereof) is a Negro spiritual that originates from before the American Civil War – thus it is what scholars call a “slave song,” “a label that describes their origins among the enslaved,” and it contains “coded messages of hope and resistance.” It is one of the most important of Negro spirituals. The song tells the Biblical story of Mary of Bethany and her distraught pleas to Jesus to raise her brother Lazarus from the dead. Other narratives relate to The Exodus and the Passage of the Red Sea, with the chorus proclaiming Pharaoh’s army got drown-ded!, and to God’s rainbow covenant to Noah after the Great Flood. With liberation thus one of its themes, the song again become popular during the Civil Rights Movement. Additionally, a song that explicitly chronicles the victories of the Civil Rights Movement, “If You Miss Me from the Back of the Bus”, written by Charles Neblett of The Freedom Singers, was sung to this tune and became one of the most well-known songs of that movement. In 2015 it was announced that The Swan Silvertones’s version of the song will be inducted into the Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry for the song’s “cultural, artistic and/or historical significance to American society and the nation’s audio legacy”. The first recording of the song was by the Fisk Jubilee Singers in 1915. The best known recordings were made by the vocal gospel group The Caravans in 1958, with Inez Andrews as the lead singer, and The Swan Silvertones in 1959. “Mary Don’t You Weep” became The Swan Silvertones’ greatest hit, and lead singer Claude Jeter’s interpolation “I’ll be a bridge over deep water if you trust in my name” served as Paul Simon’s inspiration to write his 1970 song “Bridge over Troubled Water”.The spiritual’s lyric God gave Noah the rainbow sign, no more water the fire next time inspired the title for The Fire Next Time, James Baldwin’s 1963 account of race relations in America.]
  1. Krystle Warren – “Red Clay”
    from: Three The Hard Way / Parlour Door Music / August 18, 2017
    [Inspired by the domestic terrorism and racist massacre and destruction of the Greenwood neighborhood in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on May 31, 1921, that was one of the worst acts of domestic terrorism in the history of the United States, in which more than 35 square blocks were destroyed by a wave of racial terrorism, fire bombs dropped for airplane, and sniper fire from shot guns of those trying to escape that left hundreds of Black residents dead, and more than 1,000 houses burned and destroyed. Produced by Krystle Warren and Ben Kane (D’Angelo, Emily King, PJ Morton). Recorded, engineered, and mixed by Ben Kane. Written & performed by Krystle Warren. Mixed at The Garden, Brooklyn. Mastered & cut by Alex DeTurk at Masterdisk. Krystle Warren premiered this song and her other new songs from this album at the Middle of the Map Fest in a packed room at Californos in Westport and later at The Polsky Theatre for the Performing Arts Series of Johnsons County Community College. For this record Krystle decided to play every instrument and vocals & back up vocals, “playing bass, drums, lap steel, piano, guitar, and vocals directly to analog tape. She and Ben Kane recorded in Villetaneuse, France, a small town on the outskirts of Paris in a vintage 70s era studio that offered just the right, rich sound to suggest the musical foundation for the record, and to do justice to the duo’s carefully balanced arrangements.” On the radio show last year Krystle shared inspirations for this record, early gospel recordings, that crossed over into Jazz from Pharoah Sanders, Edwin Hawkins, and The Swan Silvertones. Originally from KC, Krystle learned to play the guitar by listening to Rubber Soul & Revolver from The Beatles. Krystle graduated from Paseo Arts Academy in 2001 and began her musical career in collaborating with area jazz and pop musicians. After living in San Francisco and NYC, Krystle was signed to a French label, Because Music, and moved to Paris to release “Circles” in 2009. Krystle played French and British television programs, including Later with Jools Holland, garnering critical acclaim and traveling all over the world with Rufus Wainwright, Nick Cave, Norah Jones, and Joan As Police Woman. Krystle created, Parlour Door Music, to release “Love Songs: A Time You May Embrace” a recording from a 13-day session in Brooklyn, where she recorded 24 songs live with 28 musicians including her band, The Faculty, alongside choirs, horn and string sections.]

10:47 – Freedom…

MLK said, “Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.”

  1. Nina Simone -“I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free”
    from: Silk and Soul / RCA / 1967
    [Born Eunice Kathleen Waymon on February 21, 1933. She died on April 21, 2003. Nina Simone was a singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and civil rights activist who worked in 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, Simone aspired to be a concert pianist. With the help of the few supporters in her hometown of Tryon, North Carolina, she enrolled in the Juilliard School of Music in NYC. Simone recorded more than 40 albums. “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free” is a gospel/jazz song written by Billy Taylor & “Dick Dallas.”]
  1. Solomon Burke – “None Of Us Are Free”
    from: Don’t Give Up On Me / Fat Possum / 2002
    [Back up singers: The Blind Boys of Alabama. Born James Solomon McDonald, March 21, 1940, Solomon Burke died October 10, 2010. He was an American preacher & singer, who shaped the sound of rhythm & blues as one of the founding fathers of soul music in the 1960s and a “key transitional figure in the development of soul music from rhythm & blues. During the 55 years that he performed professionally, Burke released 38 studio albums on at least 17 record labels and had 35 singles that charted in the US, including 26 singles that made the Billboard R&B charts. In 2001, Burke was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a performer. His album Don’t Give Up on Me won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album at the 45th Grammy Awards in 2003. By 2005 Burke was credited with selling 17 million albums.]
  1. Nina Simone – “I Shall Be Released”
    from: To Love Somebody / RCA / 1967
    [1 of 3 Bob Dylan songs Nina Simone performed for this album. Written by Dylan in 1967. The Band recorded the first officially-released version of the song for their 1968 debut album, Music from Big Pink, with Richard Manuel singing lead vocals, and Rick Danko & Levon Helm harmonizing in the chorus. The song was also performed near the end of the Band’s 1976 farewell concert, The Last Waltz, in which all the night’s performers (except of Muddy Waters) plus Ringo Starr and Ronnie Wood appeared on the same stage.]

11:00 – Station I.D.

11:00 – The Staple Singers & Bobby Watson and “Unpaid Bills”

MLK said, “In our glorious fight for civil rights, we must guard against being fooled by false slogans, as ‘right-to-work.’ It provides no ‘rights’ and no ‘works.’ Its purpose is to destroy labor unions and the freedom of collective bargaining… We demand this fraud be stopped.”

  1. Pops Staples – “You Gotta Serve Somebody”
    from: e-town live volume 3 / e-town / December 18, 2002
    [Recorded Sept. 16, 1994, Live in Boulder]
    [Originally written by Bob Dylan. Roebuck “Pops” Staples was born on a cotton plantation near Winona, Mississippi, on Dec. 28, 1914, the youngest of 14 children. When growing up he heard, and began to play with, local blues guitarists such as Charlie Patton, who lived on the nearby Dockery Plantation, Robert Johnson, and Son House. He dropped out of school after the eighth grade, and sang with a gospel group before marrying and moving to Chicago in 1935. A “pivotal figure in gospel in the 1960s and 70s,” and an accomplished songwriter, guitarist and singer. Patriarch of The Staple Singers, which included his son Pervis and daughters Mavis, Yvonne, and Cleotha.]
  1. Mavis Staples – “Down in Mississippi”
    from: Live – Hope At The Hideout / Anti / 2008 [Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Mavis Staples, of The Staple Singers, is a celebrated equal rights activist. She’s performed at inaugural parties for Presidents Kennedy, Carter and Clinton, Recorded in June, 2008, in the run up to the Presidential election of Barrack Obama. Recorded live in the intimate bar The Hideout, in her hometown of Chicago. Mavis Staples, marched, sang & protested alongside Dr. Martin Luther King during the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s.]
  1. The Staple Singers – “When Will We Be Paid”
    from: Single / Stax (Fantasy / Ace) / 1967
    [The Staple Singers were an American gospel, soul, and R&B singing group from Chicago who signed their first professional contract in 1952. Roebuck “Pops” Staples (1914–2000), the patriarch of the family, formed the group with his children Cleotha (1934–2013), Pervis (b. 1935), Yvonne (1936-2018), and Mavis (b. 1939). They are best-remembered for their 1970s hits “Respect Yourself”, “I’ll Take You There”, “If You’re Ready (Come Go with Me)”, and “Let’s Do It Again”. In 1999 the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2005 the group was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. The family began appearing in Chicago-area churches in 1948, and signed their first professional contract in 1952. They signed with United Records, then Vee-Jay, Riverside, Epic and, eventually, the black-owned indie Stax Records label where they hit their most fertile commercial peak. In 1967, on Columbia subsidiary Epic, the Staple Singers first began moving into mainstream pop markets with “Why (Am I Treated So Bad)” and “For What It’s Worth” (written by Stephen Stills). In 1968, the Staple Singers signed to Stax and released two albums recorded with Steve Cropper of Booker T & the MG’s fame – Soul Folk in Action and We’ll Get Over. By 1970, Al Bell had become producer, and the family began recording at the famed Muscle Shoals studio, moving in a more funk and soul direction. The first Stax hit was “Heavy Makes You Happy (Sha-Na-Boom Boom)”. In 1972, the group had a No. 1 hit in the United States with “I’ll Take You There.” Their 1972 recording on Stax of “Respect Yourself,” written by Luther Ingram and Mack Rice, was number 2 on the R&B charts and a Top 40 pop hit as well. The song’s theme of self-empowerment had universal appeal, released in the period immediately following the intense American civil rights movement of the 1960s. During this Stax period they appeared at a 1972 summer concert at the LA Memorial Coliseum attended by 100,000 people and documented in the 1973 film and soundtrack album Wattstax. The Staple Singers then signed to Curtom, Curtis Mayfield’s imprint, and released the soundtrack to a comedy film co-starring Bill Cosby called “Let’s Do It Again”. The soundtrack was produced by Mayfield; and the title song was a huge hit in 1975. After this, however, they were not able to regain their commercial momentum, releasing occasional minor hits, and moving from label to label including Warner Brothers and 20th Century before returning to Epic in the mid 80s. Lead singer Mavis Staples began a fruitful solo career in earnest that continues to this day and involves live performing with her sister Yvonne Staples. The other daughters in the group who did not pursue solo careers were Pervis Staples, and Cleotha Staples. In 1994, the family made this final recording of a duet with Mary Stuart (reprising their Last Watz style backing on a cover of “The Weight” by The Band), somewhat re-establishing an audience. Pops Staples died in December 2000. Cleotha Staples died in Chicago on February 21, 2013. Yvonne Staples died in April 2018.]
  1. Bobby Watson & The I Have a Dream Project–”Check Cashing Day” [feat. Glenn North]
    from: Check Cashing Day / Lafiya Music / Digital – Aug. 28, 2013 / Physical – Nov. 12, 2013
    [From wikipedia.org: “Bobby Watson was born in Lawrence, Kansas, August 23, 1953. he is an American post-bop jazz alto saxophonist, composer, producer, and educator. Watson now has 27 recordings as a leader. He appears on nearly 100 other recordings as either co-leader or in a supporting role. Watson has recorded more than 100 original compositions. Watson grew up in Bonner Springs and Kansas City, Kansas.]
  1. Janelle Monáe – “Turntables”
    from: Turntables (from the Amazon Original Movie “All In: The Fight for Democracy”) – Single / Badboy Records / September 4, 2020
    [All In: The Fight for Democracy is a 2020 American documentary film directed and produced by Liz Garbus and Lisa Cortés. The film revolves around voter suppression. Stacey Abrams worked with Garbus and Cortés on the film. It was released in a limited theatrical release on September 9, 2020, followed by digital streaming on Prime Video on September 18, 2020, by Amazon Studios. Originally, Abrams, a Georgia state representative, did not intend to be part of the film; eventually she agreed to include her gubernatorial race as part of the story. // Janelle Monáe Robinson was born on December 1, 1985 in Kansas City, Kansas and was raised in a working-class community of Kansas City, Quindaro. Her mother, Janet, worked as a janitor and a hotel maid. Her father, Michael Robinson Summers, was a truck driver. Monáe’s parents separated when Monáe was a toddler and her mother later married a postal worker. Monáe has a younger sister, Kimmy, from their mother’s remarriage. // Monáe was raised Baptist and learned to sing at a local church. Her family members were musicians and performers at the local AME church, the Baptist church, and the Church of God in Christ. Monáe dreamed of being a singer and a performer from a very young age, and has cited the fictional character of Dorothy Gale from The Wizard of Oz as a musical influence. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, which Monáe bought two copies of with her first check, was another source of inspiration. She performed songs from the album on Juneteenth talent shows, winning three years in a row. // As a teenager, Monáe was enrolled in the Coterie Theater’s Young Playwrights’ Round Table, which began writing musicals. One musical, completed when she was around the age of 12, was inspired by the 1979 Stevie Wonder album Journey Through “The Secret Life of Plants”. // Monáe attended F. L. Schlagle High School, and after high school, moved to New York City to study musical theater at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, where she was the only black woman in her class. Monáe enjoyed the experience, but feared that she might lose her edge and “sound, or look or feel like anybody else”. In a 2010 interview Monáe explained, “I felt like that was a home but I wanted to write my own musicals. I didn’t want to have to live vicariously through a character that had been played thousands of times – in a line with everybody wanting to play the same person.” // After a year and a half, Monáe dropped out of the academy and relocated to Atlanta, enrolling in Perimeter College at Georgia State University. She began writing her own music and performing around the campus. In 2003, Monáe self-released a demo album titled The Audition, which she sold out of the trunk of a Mitsubishi Galant. During this period, Monáe became acquainted with songwriters and producers Chuck Lightning and Nate Wonder. The three would eventually form the Wondaland Arts Collective. She worked at an Office Depot but was fired for answering a fan’s e-mail using a company computer, an incident that inspired the song “Lettin’ Go”, which in turn attracted the attention of Big Boi. // Janelle Monáe Robinson (/moʊˈneɪ/; born December 1, 1985) is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, actress, and record producer. Monáe is signed to Atlantic Records, as well as to her own imprint, the Wondaland Arts Society. Monáe has received eight Grammy Award nominations. Monáe won an MTV Video Music Award and the ASCAP Vanguard Award in 2010. Monáe was also honored with the Billboard Women in Music Rising Star Award in 2015 and the Trailblazer of the Year Award in 2018. In 2012, Monáe became a CoverGirl spokesperson. Boston City Council named October 16, 2013 “Janelle Monáe Day” in the city of Boston, Massachusetts, in recognition of her artistry and social leadership. // Monáe’s musical career began in 2003 upon releasing a demo album titled The Audition. In 2007, Monáe publicly debuted with a conceptual EP titled Metropolis: Suite I (The Chase). It peaked at number two on the US Top Heatseekers chart, and in 2010, through Bad Boy Records, Monáe released a first full-length studio album, The ArchAndroid, a concept album and sequel to her first EP. In 2011, Monáe was featured as a guest vocalist on fun.’s single “We Are Young”, which achieved major commercial success, topping the charts of more than ten countries and garnering Monáe a wider audience. Her second studio album, The Electric Lady, was released in 2013 and debuted at number five on the Billboard 200, serving as the fourth and fifth installments of the seven-part Metropolis concept series. // In 2016, Monáe made her theatrical film debut in two high-profile productions; Monáe starred in Hidden Figures as NASA mathematician and aerospace engineer Mary Jackson, and also starred in Moonlight. Hidden Figures was a box office success, while Moonlight won the Academy Award for Best Picture at the 89th annual ceremony. Monáe’s third studio album, Dirty Computer, also described as a concept album, was released in 2018 to widespread critical acclaim; it was chosen as the best album of the year by several publications and earned Monáe two nominations at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year. The album debuted at number six on the Billboard 200 and was further promoted by Monáe’s Dirty Computer Tour, which lasted from June to August 2018.]
  1. Calvin Arsenia – “Scars & Stripes”
    from: Summer in Hindsight / Calvin Arsenia & Mike Dillon / October 16, 2020
    [Soundtrack by Calvin Arsenia and Mike Dillon for The West 18th Street Fashion Show’s 20th year as a feature-length film. COVID-19 changed everything in 2020. “We are moving it from the street to the screen,” Peregrine Honig told inkansascitymagazine. “Mike Dillon and Calvin Arsenia will be scoring and performing in the film.” The film premiered October 16, 2020 at The Boulevard Drive-In. Honig wrote,. “We did this during a pandemic and a cultural revolution. I am not sure where else or how else this could happen at this moment in history.” Calvin Arsenia had recently been emotionally and greatly moved by the area and national Black Lives Matter Movement. His own research into his own family revealed that Calvin’s great, great, great grandmother Alice Gilliam Scott, was a former slave who lived to observe her 100th birthday as noted by a regional newspaper Calvin had written. In the summer of 2020 Calvin wrote “Revelation” an unreleased track inspired by Black Lives Matter. Calvin premiered the song on WMM on August 12, 2020. He later shared his other new songs, “Scars and Stripes” and “The Flying Monkees are Coming!” on our October 14, 2020 edition of WMM. Both of those songs ended up on Summer in Hindsight. Calvin Arsenia was our guest on WMM on August 12 and October 14, 2020. Born in Orlando, Florida, Calvin’s creative journey really began when he moved to the KC suburb of Olathe, teaching himself the guitar, and eventually the harp. He learned his signature instrument at the age of 20 after he couldn’t find a harpist as determined as him to meld folk, rock, classical, rap and R&B into the irresistible fusion which has become his calling card in KC and beyond. His passion for stretching the boundaries of musical expression saw him transform a trip to Edinburgh, Scotland’s Fringe Festival early in his career into a life-changing music mission, with an Edinburgh church offering him a role as musical liaison between the church and the city that would change his life. Two years and 300 shows later, Calvin returned to KC reborn as a humanistic songwriter / performer whose impassioned and conceptual stage shows (regularly sold-out in Kansas City, currently catching fire on the West Coast with a diverse following across Europe), are collaborative, costumed-culture-bridging spectacles which In KC Magazine has hailed as ‘equal parts opera, symphony, musical theatre, rock show, all built around its creator: a charismatic 6-foot-6-inch harpist with a natural stage command and knack for gilding gold and painting lilies.’ Calvin’s 2018 national debut, Cantaloupe, September 15, 2018 on Center Cut Records, has been acclaimed for melding diverse textures into an alluring signature sound for the adventurous artist. On June 28, 2019 Calvin released Honeydew, an EP including a remix of three songs from Cantaloupe. On Dec. 13, 2019 Calvin released his full length Christmas album “all is calm.” Congratulations to Calvin & his fantastic team of co-conspirators & creators: Khitam Jabr, John P. Beatty, Ignacio Galarza III, Ashlee Fairchild Jones, production assistants, & crew. The Toxic music video earned its sixth set of laurels as an official selection of the L.A. Music Video Awards, where they were nominated for Best Music Video, Best Cover Song & Best Male Vocalist. More info at: http://www.calvinarsenia.com]

11:25 – Underwriting

  1. The Black Creatures – “wretched (it goes)”
    from: “wretched (it goes)” – Single / Center Cut Records / July 17, 2020 [remastered]
    [“wretched (it goes)” was originally released on The Black Creatures 2019 album Wild Echoes. Recently released as a single in collaboration with Center Cut Records who remixed a few of the songs, and added some new vocals, and remastered the album. Although it is basically the same record, the sound quality was improved. Center Cut Records released the full remastered album on August 28, 2020. The Black Creatures are Jade Green & Xavier Martin. The band joined us on the radio on the August 26 edition of WMM. “Wild Echoes” was #2 in WMM’s 119 Favorite Releases of 2019 (Albums & EPs). Since the release of ”Wild Echoes” the band has released seven entirely new songs, nearly one per month, all posted to their bandcamp page. The Black Creatures fuse dark-pop hip-hop, soul, jazz, and electronic music with elements from science fiction to tell inter-dimensional stories of love, community, life, culture, history. Xavier & Jade have made an impression in the KC music community with their live shows in clubs, galleries, record stores, and area music festivals. The Black Creatures released their debut single “Mouth 2 Mouth” June 5, 2016. They released the album, See No Evil, December 6, 2017. The duo released the singles, “Elements” February 14, 2018; “Silver Tears” June 19. 2018; “Dare” a Gorillaz cover August 8, 2019. They released the album “Wild Echoes” September 30, 2019. The Black Creatures released the singles “Turn” October 30, 2019; “Quartz (Twilight)” November 13, 2019; “SHINE” December 11, 2019; Ghost Bustin’ Dead Prezidentz” January 8, 2020; “To Whom It May Concern” January 22, 2020; “Arcade Love” February 5, 2020; and “Run Up” Feb. 19, 2020. The Black Creatures – released their single, “Negative Zero” on April 2, 2021. All proceeds from this track go to the Tamir Rice Foundation. Info at: http://www.tamirericefoundation.org. The Black Creatures are Jade Green & Xavier Martin. This song was originally on the December 6, 2017 release, SEE NO EVIL The song was recently re-recorded. Band member Xavier Martin told us that, “Everything was done from the ground up. Remixing, rerecording, mastering, etc.” The Black Creatures wanted to released this as a single and video as a “part-two” to their earlier single and video release for “wretched (it goes)”, which was originally released on The Black Creatures 2019 album Wild Echoes. The video for “Negative Zero” picks up where the video for “Wretched (It Goes)” left off, “so there is a conceptual thread between the two,” says Patrick Sprehe of Center Cut Records. All music produced, arranged, recorded, and performed by The Black Creatures. Engineering and Mastering by J. Ashley Miller aka Jametatone. The Black Creatures released their latest single “True Friends” on September 17, 2021. The Black Creatures were last on WMM on May 26, 2021 and September 15, 2021.]
  1. H.E.R. – “I Can’t Breathe”
    from: “I Can’t Breathe” – Single / RCA-Sony Records / June 19, 2020
    [Winner of the 2021 Grammy Award for Song of the Year. Gabriella Wilson was born June 27, 1997. She is known professionally as H.E.R. (pronounced “her”, a backronym for Having Everything Revealed). She is an American singer and songwriter. Before gaining notability as H.E.R., Wilson rose to fame by participating in Radio Disney’s Next Big Thing in 2009. She later signed to RCA Records at the age of 14 and released the single “Something to Prove” under her real name in 2014. Wilson re-emerged in 2016 with the H.E.R. persona, releasing her debut EP H.E.R. Volume 1. She then released subsequent EPs H.E.R. Volume 2 (2017), The B Sides (2017), I Used to Know Her: The Prelude (2018) and I Used to Know Her: Part 2 (2018). Her first compilation album H.E.R. was released in October 2017, consisting of tracks from the singer’s first two EPs plus six additional songs. H.E.R. was nominated for five Grammy Awards at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards in 2019, winning Best R&B Performance and Best R&B Album. // In 2020, she was nominated for five awards at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year for I Used to Know Her and Song of the Year for “Hard Place”. On September 20, 2020, she sang Sinéad O’Connor’s version of Prince’s song “Nothing Compares 2 U”, for the In Memoriam segment of the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards. // Wilson was born in Vallejo, California to a Filipina mother and an African-American father. Raised in California’s San Francisco Bay Area, she was introduced to the public as an artist as a young child, covering Alicia Keys on piano on the Today Show, before competing on Radio Disney’s The Next BIG Thing when she was 12 years old. // Addressing the secrecy over her identity, she has said: “The mystery is a metaphor for who I am, or who I was at the time of creating the project… I feel like oftentimes we don’t like to be open as people about our emotions or things that we are going through. At the time [of recording], I was very closed off except for when I was writing or when I was in the studio.” // She explained further: “I am a voice for women who feel like they’re alone in these situations. This project came from emotion, and that’s what I want it to be about – not what I look like or who I’m with, but the raw emotion and support for women.” To NPR she said, “I feel like this is the era of the anti-star. I really just wanted it to be about the music, and get away from, ‘Who is she with?’ and ‘What is she wearing?'” // After being signed to RCA under Sony at the age of 14, Wilson released a single in 2014 titled “Something to Prove” under her real name. // Re-emerging in late 2016 with a new persona, Wilson released her debut EP, H.E.R. Vol. 1 on September 9, 2016, produced by songwriter David “Swagg R’Celious” Harris. She received support from Usher, Tyrese, Pusha T, and Wyclef Jean; labelmates Alicia Keys and Bryson Tiller helped get the word out through Twitter co-signs, shoutouts, and re-posts. In April 2017, Rihanna posted an Instagram clip with H.E.R.’s track “Focus” playing in the background. The clip has been viewed over 5 million times. Additional public support came from Issa Rae of HBO’s Insecure, Taraji P. Henson of Empire, Kylie Jenner, and Kendall Jenner. // NPR listed H.E.R. Vol. 1 as the first selection in its “5 Essential R&B Albums You Slept On”. Calling the music “Slow-burning R&B that zooms in on emotional highs and lows,” Rolling Stone included H.E.R. in its March 2017 “10 Artists You Need To Know” roundup. Forbes named her one of “5 Alternative R&B Artists to Look Out for in 2017”, reporting: “In the same vein as The Weeknd’s enigmatic introduction to the world, H.E.R.’s image remains a mystery. The irony, though, is that her moniker is an acronym for Having Everything Revealed.” // Wilson’s follow-up EP, H.E.R. Vol. 2 (2017) also produced by Harris, was released on June 16, 2017 and includes the single “Say It Again”. Also in 2017, she was on tour with Bryson Tiller for the Set It Off tour, and concluded her first headlining tour, the Lights On Tour, in support of her most recent effort H.E.R. Vol. 2. She released H.E.R. Vol. 2, The B Sides (2017), also produced by Swagg R’Celious on October 20, 2017 along with the single titled 2, released on October 13, 2017. The compilation album H.E.R. was released on October 20, 2017, comprising the songs from each of the three EP’s in this series. The album won Best R&B Album and received four other nominations at the 61st Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year and Best New Artist for H.E.R. // Wilson announced on September 12, 2018, she will be embarking on the “I Used to Know H.E.R. Tour” in support of her EP series I Used to Know Her: The Prelude and I Used to Know Her: Part 2. Her second compilation album I Used to Know Her was released on August 30, 2019. ]
  1. The Freedom Affair – “Rise Up”
    from: Freedom is Love / Sunflower Soul Records / September 25, 2020
    [Debut album from KC’s newest soul juggernaut. The album explores themes of love, heartache, empowerment, and togetherness through a varying landscape of hard-hitting funk, luscious soul, and everything in between. The Freedom Affair is a unique collective featuring 3 powerhouse female vocalists in front of a dynamic 6-piece band. On “Freedom Is Love”, each of the ladies get their time to shine individually, but the magic is on full display when all 3 come together in unison and harmony, symbolically embodying the messages that they sing about. The album was recorded and produced by Chris Hazelton, utilizing the best of vintage and new recording technologies to create an authentic experience, befitting of a soul record that would have been relevant 50 years ago as much as it will be 50 years from now. The Freedom Affair is: Misha Roberts on vocals; Paula Saunders on vocals; Seyko Groves on vocals; Cole Bales on guitar, sitar (Track 3); Branden Moser on guitar; Chris Hazelton on bass guitar, organ (Tracks 1, 2, 9, & 10), Tambourine (Track 1), Glockenspiel (Track 3), & Chimes (Track 4); Dave Brick on drums; Pete Carroll on trumpet; Brett Jackson on tenor sax, baritone sax (Tracks 1 & 5), & tambourine (Tracks 5, 6, & 8). Additional Musicians: Pat Conway on Congas (Tracks 1, 3, & 6), Alyssa Bell on viola (Tracks 3, 4, & 7), Elizabeth Codd on violin (Tracks 3 & 4), Matt Bennett on violin (Tracks 3 & 7), John Wickersham on timpani (Track 4), Pamela Baskin-Watson on piano (Track 10), Nick Howell on tambourine (Track 10), The Freedom Family Choir (Track 10): Misha Roberts, Erica Hazelton, Seyko Groves, Paula Saunders, Jordyn Saunders, Cole Bales, and Chris Hazelton. All Horn & String Arrangements by Chris Hazelton except: “Heartaches Don’t Come Easy” and “Give A Little Love” by Pete Carroll & Brett Jackson “Don’t Shoot” by Chris Hazelton & Allyssa Bell. Produced, Recorded, & Mixed by Chris Hazelton. Assistant Produced by Dave Brick. Rhythm Section on Track 10 recorded by Chad Meise. Mastered by JJ Golden. Cover Artwork by Matthew “Mo” Manley. Front cover photograph of civil rights protesters in Kansas City, MO (April 9th, 1968). The Freedom Affair and their track “Rise Up” were selected to be part of Colemine Records 3xLP box set, “Soul Slabs Vol. 2” a Record Store Day Exclusive, released April 13, 2019. Colemine writes: “The Freedom Affair is a freight train of KC soul! Dirty, funky drums, gritty horns, and the combined vocals of Misha Roberts, Seyko Groves, and Paula Saunders to put this band over the top. Politically charged soul music for the dancefloor!”]

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

  1. Pete Seeger – “We Shall Overcome”
    from: The Essential Pete Seeger / Columbia – Legacy / 2004
    [Derived from a gospel song by Reverend Charles Tindley called “We Will Overcome” written in 1901. Adapted and made famous by Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, and others the song became central to the civil rights movement of the 1950 and 1960s and eventually used all around the world. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. made use of “we shall overcome” in the final Sunday March 31, 1968 speech before his assassination.]
  1. Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion – “Dr. King”
    from: exploration / New West / March 8, 2005
    [written by Pete Seeger][Sarah Lee Guthrie was born February 17, 1979 and Johnny Irion was born February 3, 1969. They are a musical duo. Guthrie and Irion were married on October 16, 1999 and began performing together as an acoustic duo in the fall of 2000. Their music combined Irion’s love of rock and blues with Guthrie’s roots of folk and country. Guthrie is the youngest daughter of folksinger Arlo Guthrie and the granddaughter of Woody Guthrie. As a third generation singer/songwriter Guthrie released her first self-titled album on the family owned and operated Rising Son Records in 2002. As a child she was involved in theater and dance. Her interest in music was sparked when she worked as her father’s road manager on the 1997 Further Festival tour and saw other members of the tour group having fun at late-night hootenannies. She picked up an acoustic guitar and started playing as a way to join in on the fun. “I always wrote poems, so it wasn’t that far off for me to turn that into songs.” “My dad was absolutely thrilled, of course, and would teach me stuff every day when we were on the road together. That was a really cool way to get to know my dad, because I’d never known him that way. And that’s another thing that made it easy: my dad was so supportive.” Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion performing live for Valentine’s Day 2008 at Tales From The Tavern at The Maverick Saloon in Santa Ynez, CA. Irion originates from a family of artists. His uncle is author Thomas Steinbeck, his great uncle is author John Steinbeck, and his grandmother, Rubilee Knight, is a classical violinist. His late grandfather, Fred Knight, sang tenor in numerous venues. Irion and Guthrie met through a mutual friend (Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes) while the two were working together in Los Angeles. In 1999 Guthrie and Irion joined guitarist Tao Rodríguez-Seeger, grandson of Pete Seeger, and performed as a trio under the name RIG.]
  1. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – “This Land is Your Land”
    from: Naturally / Daptone / January 25, 2005
    [written by Woody Guthrie, Sarah Lee’s Grandfather.]
    [In November 2016, Sharon Jones suffered a stroke while watching the 2016 United States presidential election results and another the following day. Jones remained alert and lucid during the initial period of her hospital stay, jokingly claiming that the news of Donald Trump’s victory was responsible for her stroke. She died on November 18, 2016, in Cooperstown, New York, aged 60. Sharon Lafaye Jones was born May 4, 1956 and died this year on November 18, 2016. She was an American soul and funk singer. Although she collaborated with Lou Reed, David Byrne and others, she is best known as lead singer of Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, a soul and funk band based in Brooklyn, New York. Jones experienced breakthrough success relatively late in life, releasing her first record when she was 40 years old. In 2014, Jones was nominated for her first Grammy, in the category Best R&B Album, for Give the People What They Want. Jones was born in Augusta, Georgia, the daughter of Ella Mae Price Jones and Charlie Jones, living in adjacent North Augusta, South Carolina. Jones was the youngest of six children; her siblings are Dora, Charles, Ike, Willa and Henry. Jones’s mother raised her deceased sister’s four children as well as her own. She moved the family to New York City when Sharon was a young child. As children, she and her brothers would often imitate the singing and dancing of James Brown. Her mother happened to know Brown, who was also from Augusta.Jones grew up in the Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. In 1975, she graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in Brooklyn. She attended Brooklyn College. A regular gospel singer in church, Jones often entered talent shows backed by local funk bands in the early 1970s. Session work then continued with backing vocals, often credited to Lafaye Jones, but in the absence of any recording contract as a solo singer, she spent many years working as a corrections officer at Rikers Island and as an armored car guard for Wells Fargo, until receiving a mid-life career break in 1996 after she appeared on a session backing the soul and deep funk legend Lee Fields. Sharon Jones was part of the very beginning of Daptone Records Daptone Records’ first release was a full-length album by Sharon Jones. A new band, the Dap-Kings, was formed from the former members of the Soul Providers and the Mighty Imperials. Some of the musicians went on to record for Lehman’s Soul Fire label, while some formed the Budos Band, an Afro-beat band. From the original Soul Providers, Roth (also known as Bosco Mann) on bass, guitarist and emcee Binky Griptite, percussionist Fernando Velez, trumpet player Anda Szilagyi and organist Earl Maxton were joined by original Mighty Imperials saxophonist Leon Michels and drummer Homer Steinweiss, plus Neal Sugarman from Sugarman 3, to form The Dap-Kings. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, the released the album Dap Dippin’ with Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings in May of 2002, , for which they received immediate attention and acclaim from enthusiasts, DJs and collectors. Next they released, Naturally (2005), 100 Days, 100 Nights (2007) and I Learned the Hard Way (2010). They are seen by many as the spearhead of a revival of soul and funk.]
  1. Noel Coward – “The Party’s Over Now”
    from: Noel Coward in New York / drg / 2003 [orig. 1957]

Next week, on January 18, we will spin more Bowie with Michelle Bacon from The Band That Fell To Earth and Calvin Arsenia who will be joining The Band That Fell To Earth to perform Bowie’s breakthrough album, Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders from Mars, in it’s entirety, from beginning to end, as a special VIP Benefit, on Thur, Jan 19 at recordBar. The Bowie Tribute continues with The Band That Fell To Earth performing from all of Bowie’s albums in special shows on Fri & Sat night, Jan. 20 and 21, at 8:00 PM at recordBar.

We also welcome Devon Teran and Aaron Mitchum of the band Timbers. And Jaclyn Bell and her band join us to premiere a brand new single.

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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Show #976

WMM is “Remembering MLK”

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

Wednesday, January 11, 2023

“Remembering MLK”

WMM celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., born January 15, 1929. Dr. King led the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott and helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1957, serving as its first president. King’s efforts led to the 1963 March on Washington, where King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech. In 1964, King became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to end racial segregation and racial discrimination through civil disobedience and other non-violent means. By the time of his death, Dr. King had refocused his efforts on ending poverty and opposing the Vietnam War, both from a religious perspective. Dr. King was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee. He was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977 and Congressional Gold Medal in 2004. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was established as a U.S. national holiday in 1981.

Mark plays music of the movement from: Bobby Watson & The I Have A Dream Project (featuring Glenn North), Krystle Warren, The Freedom Affair, Calvin Arsenia, The Black Creatures, H.E.R., Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Curtis Mayfield, Maceo & The Macks, Mahalia Jackson, Marian Anderson, The Staple Singers, Pops Staples, Mavis Staples, The Swan Silvertones, Sweet Honey in The Rock, Aaron Neville, Tramaine Hawkins, Ella Mitchell, Billy Porter, Solomon Burke, Nina Simone, Pete Seeger, Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion, Soweto Gospel Choir, The Intl. Noise Conspiracy, and Labelle.

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Show #976

WMM PLAYLIST from January 4, 2023

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

Wednesday, January 4, 2023

WMM offers Tributes to Iris Dement and David Bowie

  1. “Main Title Instrumental – It’s Showtime Folks”
    from: Motion Picture Soundtrack to All That Jazz / Universal / Dec. 20, 1979
    [WMM’s adopted theme]
  1. Greg Brown – “Let The Mystery Be”
    from: Freak Flag / Yep Roc / May 10, 2011
    [Iris DeMent’s song “Let The Mystery Be” from her debut album, Infamous Angel, from 1992. This song was covered by David Bryne, 10,000 Maniacs, Bun E. Carlos, and many others, it also became the theme song for the 2nd season of The Leftovers.While Greg Brown was recording this album, lighting hit the studio where he was recording songs for his 24th album: Freak Flag, the title track was all that remained of the lost original album. Greg wrote ten new songs, recording them at Memphis, Tennessee’s legendary Ardent Studios. Produced by Bo Ramsey, the album also includes a cover of Pieta Brown’s song, ”Remember the Sun.”]

Thanks for tuning into WMM, here on 90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio, I’m Mark Manning. Today on WMM we give you a double header. In our 2nd hour, just 4 days before what would have been his 76th birthday on Sunday, January 8, we celebrate David Bowie, with a more electronic tribute to a musical chameleon who was such an important influence on so many of us queer kids, trapped in small towns.

But first…In our 1st hour, we celebrate the birthday of Iris DeMent, born on, January 5, 1961, in rural Paragould, Arkansas. She was the youngest of 14 children. At the age of 3, her devoutly religious family moved to California, where she grew up singing gospel music. Within her own family there were many incredible vocalists, including her mother During her teenage years, Iris was exposed to country, folk, & R&B.

In the mid 1980s Iris DeMent moved to the Midwest, and after a series of jobs as a waitress and typist, she wrote her first song at the age of 25. She moved to Kansas City and played Harling’s Upstairs and open-mic nights along side Scott Hrabko and Howard Iceberg. Iris met producer Jim Rooney from Nashville, in 1988, who helped her land a record contract. Iris Dement made her national recording debut in 1992, with her independently produced album, “Infamous Angel.” The record won critical acclaim and John Prine mentioned Iris in his list of favorite recordings of the year, published in Rolling Stone. Despite a complete lack of support from country radio, the word of mouth praise for Iris DeMent’s INFAMOUS ANGEL earned her a deal with Warner Bros Records, which reissued INFAMOUS ANGEL in 1993. The album also included the song, “Let The Mystery Be” a composition also covered by David Bryne, 10,000 Maniacs, Bun E. Carlos of Cheap Trick, Greg Brown, and it was the theme song for the second season of HBO’s The Leftovers.

Today we feature music from some of Iris DeMent’s 6 full length albums, her collaborative work with Greg Brown, John Prine, and classic songs from her inspirations: Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, and Merle Haggard. Please stay with us.

The Influences of Iris DeMent

Iris DeMent represents that place in the road, where Country and Folk music merge, with honest stories of working class people, not afraid to tell the truth about the times they are living through. Iris DeMent grew up singing gospel music, but in her teenage years, she discovered other music through the radio: country, folk, and R&B, and the music of Loretta Lynn, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, and Joni Mitchell.

  1. Loretta Lynn – “You Ain’t Woman Enough To Take My Man”
    from: Legends of Country Music / Columbia – Legacy / 1997
    [Live performance for Austin City Limits taped in 1983. Loretta Webb was the second of 8 children; grew up in Butcher Holler, a section of Van Lear, a mining community in Kentucky. Growing up with such humble roots had a huge effect on Lynn’s life and heavily influenced her music as an adult. Her autobiography describes how, during her childhood, the community had no motor vehicles, paved roads, or flush toilets. She married Oliver Vanetta Lynn, known as “Doo,” on Jan. 10, 1948, at age 13. In an effort to break free of the coal mining industry, at 14, Lynn moved to the logging community Custer, Washington, with her husband. The Lynns had 4 children – Betty Sue, Jack Benny, Cissy and Ernest Ray – by the time Loretta was 18, and in her early 20s she then had twin girls, Peggy & Patsy. Loretta Lynn possibly had more banned songs than any other country music artist, prior to The Dixie Chicks, including “Rated X,” about the double standards divorced women face, “Wings Upon Your Horns,” about the loss of teenage virginity, and “The Pill,” lyrics by T. D. Bayless, about a wife and mother becoming liberated via the birth control pill. Her song “Dear Uncle Sam,” released in 1966 during the Vietnam War, describes a wife’s anguish at the loss of a husband to war.]
  1. Merle Haggard – “Workin’ Man Blues”
    from: Oh Boy Classic Presents Merle Haggard / Oh Boy Records / 2000
    [Originally released in 1969, a tribute to a core group of his fans: The American blue-collared working man. Backed by an electric guitar that typified Haggard’s signature Bakersfield Sound, he fills the role of one of those workers expressing pride in values of hard work & sacrifice, despite the resulting fatigue & the stress of raising a large family. On Haggard’s 1969 “A Portrait of Merle Haggard,” and John Prine’s Oh Boy Records.]
  1. Johnny Cash – “Ring of Fire”
    from: 16 Biggest Hits / Columbia Legacy / 2007
    [Co-written by June Carter (wife of Johnny Cash) and Merle Kilgore. The song was recorded on March 25, 1963 and became the biggest hit of his career, staying at #1 on the charts for 7 weeks. “Ring of Fire” refers to falling in love – which is what June Carter was experiencing with Johnny Cash at the time. Some sources claim that June had seen the phrase, “Love is like a burning ring of fire,” underlined in one of her uncle A. P. Carter’s Elizabethan books of poetry. She worked with Kilgore on writing a song inspired by this phrase as she had seen her uncle do in the past. In the 2005 film, Walk the Line June is depicted as writing the song while agonizing over her feelings for Cash despite his drug addiction and alcoholism as she was driving home one evening. She had written: “There is no way to be in that kind of hell, no way to extinguish a flame that burns, burns, burns”. Cash claims he had a dream where he heard the song accompanied by “Mexican horns”. Four years after the song was released, Carter and Cash were married which Cash states helped to stop his alcohol and drug addictions. Cash’s daughter, Rosanne has stated, “The song is about the transformative power of love and that’s what it has always meant to me and that’s what it will always mean to the Cash children.]
  1. Bob Dylan – “I Shall Be Released”
    rom: The Essential Bob Dylan / Columbia – Sony / 2000
    [Originally recorded October, 1971 for Greatest Hits Vol. 2. Originally written for The Basement Tapes. Originally recorded by The Band. Later recorded by Nina Simone in 1973.]
  1. Joni Mitchell – “For The Roses”
    from: For The Roses / Asylum / 1972
    [Released between her 2 biggest commercial and critical successes, “Blue” and “Court & Spark.” In 2007 it was one of 50 recordings chosen that year by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry. “For the Roses” was Mitchell’s farewell to the business; she took an extended break for a year after. The album was critically acclaimed with The New York Times saying, “Each of Mitchell’s songs on For the Roses is a gem glistening with her elegant way with language, her pointed splashes of irony & her perfect shaping of images. Never does Mitchell voice a thought or feeling commonly. She’s a songwriter and singer of genius who can’t help but make us feel we are not alone.” A nude photograph of Joni Mitchell was included on the inside cover of the original LP and is included in the CD booklet. The photograph shows the singer from the rear & was taken from a considerable distance; she is shown standing on a rock and staring out at the ocean. This created some controversy at the time.]

10:22

Iris DeMent’s first three releases, all on Warner Brothers records, were critically acclaimed. She received two Grammy nominations during this time, in the “Folk Music” category. Meanwhile country radio completely overlooked her original songs, and her amazing voice, that has been compared to Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette. For Iris’ 1992 debut album, Infamous Angel, John Prine wrote the liner notes:

“One night after receiving a copy of “Let the Mystery Be,” I was listening to the tape while frying a dozen or so pork chops in a skillet. Well Iris DeMent starts singing about “Mama’s Opry,” and being the sentimental fellow I am, I got a lump in my throat and a tear fell from my eyes into the hot oil. Well the oil popped out and burnt my arm as if the pork chops were trying to say, “Shut up, or I’ll really give you something to cry about.” Of course, pork chops can’t talk. But Iris DeMent’s songs can. They talk about isolated memories of life, love and living. And Iris has a voice I like a whole lot, like one you’ve heard before— but not really. So listen to this music, this Iris DeMent. It’s good for you. And if pork chops could talk, they’d probably learn how to sing one of her songs. Then we’d all have something to cry about.”

John Prine, Songwriter, musician & president Oh Boy! Records

11:24

  1. Iris DeMent – “Infamous Angel”
    from: Infamous Angel / Warner Brothers / 1992 / 1993
    [Debut studio album of singer-songwriter Iris DeMent. It was released by Warner Bros. Records in 1992. In 1995, her song “Our Town” was played in the closing moments of the last episode for the CBS TV series Northern Exposure. “Let the Mystery Be” became the theme song for the 2nd season of The Leftovers.]
  1. John Prine w/ Iris Dement – “We’re Not The Jet Set”
    from: In Spite Of Ourselves / Oh Boy / 1999
    [In 1968 country superstar George Jones witnessed a fight between Tammy Wynette and her husband Don Chapel. At Jones’s urging, Wynette and her daughters drove away with him. Wynette and Jones married Feb. 16, 1969, and Wynette’s 4th daughter, Georgette, was born in 1970. Jones and Wynette, were nicknamed the “President and First Lady” of country music, and they recorded a string of hit duets that seemed drawn directly from their volatile relationship, which resulted in their divorcing in 1975. Their classic recordings included “Two Story House,” “Golden Ring,” and the humorous “(We’re Not) The Jet Set.” ]

10:31 – Underwriting

10:33 – Greg Brown

Welcome back to WMM, and our Annual Birthday Celebration of Iris DeMent. Iris followed up her debut album INFAMOUS ANGEL with the autobiographical, MY LIFE, released in 1994. Iris followed with her third Warner Brother’s release, THE WAY I SHOULD, released in 1996, which contains some of Iris DeMent’s most political songs.

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

Later that year, on November 21, 2002 Greg married Iris DeMent in a private ceremony in the office of Rev. Sam Mann of St. Mark Church in East Kansas City. Iris was introduced to Sam Mann from listening to his radio show EAST OF TROOST on 90.1 FM KKFI. As Iris wrote on her website http://www.irisdement.com ” I placed a call to my now dear friend, Reverend Samuel E. Mann and I told him I wanted to join his church but that I did not take the Bible literally and I didn’t want to say I believed a bunch of things I didn’t so I could be part of a group. To which, Sam replied: “We do not believe in a magic Jesus. Jesus lived his life loving and caring for ‘the least of these’ — that was the miracle. And it was enough!”

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

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

10:35

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

10:40

Iris released her 5th album, SING THE DELTA in 2012, to glowing reviews from, The New Yorker, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, and was #1 on WMM’s 112 Best Recordings of 2012. Iris DeMent released her 6th album, THE TRACKLESS WOODS in 2015 with even more national acclaim, and a #5 spot on WMM’s 115 Best Recordings of 2015. THE TRACKLESS WOODS sets 18 poems by acclaimed 20th century Russian poet Anna Akhmatova to life. Hailed as one of Russia’s finest poets, Akhmatova survived the Bolshevik Revolution, both World Wars and Stalin. When Iris randomly stumbled upon Akhmatova’s work in a book of poetry a friend sent as a gift, she was immediately taken by the sorrow and burden of the poems. Iris recorded the album with co-producer Richard Bennett in her living room over a five-day period. The project also fulfilled a long yearned for desire to connect with her adopted daughter’s culture and history. Iris and her husband Greg Brown has adopted their daughter from Siberia in 2005, when she was 6, and Iris says ”I’d never have made this record were it not for her.”

10:41

  1. Iris DeMent – “Listening to Singing”
    from: The Trackless Woods / FlariElla / August 7, 2015
    [6th album from Grammy nominated Iris DeMent who NPR said was ”one of the great voices in contemporary popular music.” The Trackless Woods sets 18 poems by acclaimed 20th century Russian poet Anna Akhmatova to life. Hailed as one of Russia’s finest poets, Akhmatova survived the Bolshevik Revolution, both World Wars and Stalin. She lost family, friends & fellow writers to political killings and labor in the gulags. When Iris randomly stumbled upon Akhmatova’s work in a book of poetry a friend sent as a gift, she was immediately taken by the sorrow and burden of the poems, juxtaposed with Akhmatova’s lightness and transcendence in the face of inhumanity. ”Anna’s gift of song is so strong, about alI I had to do was get really quiet and listen,” says Iris. After reading that first poem the melodies began pouring out of her, and before she even fully understood what was driving her, Iris was gathering musicians & friends, including co-producer Richard Bennett (Emmylou Harris, Neil Diamond, Steve Earle), to record ‘The Trackless Woods’ in her living room over a 5-days. The result is a pairing of piano and voice in Iris’ style with timeless melodies that are rooted in the American South.]

10:44

On September 3, 2020, Grammy nominated singer songwriter Iris DeMent released the single “How Long.” Then, in October of 2020 Iris DeMent sent me a new song she had just written and created a lyric video. I immediately wrote back to Iris and said, “This song is so beautiful and so needed right now. I cried several times listening to it.” She wrote back, “It’s a cry and dance at the same time song. Can’t say I’ve written one of those before. She ended her message with a smily face and the words, “Much love!”

Just as 90.1 FM KKFI was the first radio station to play Iris Dement’s music, we were also the first radio station to play her song, “Going Down To Sing in Texas.”

10:45

  1. Iris DeMent – “Going Down To Sing In Texas”
    from: Going Down To Sing In Texas / FlariElla / October 6, 2020
    [Stereogum on October 13, 2020 wrote: Other than a handful of guest appearances, Americana legend Iris DeMent hasn’t released new music since her 2015 album The Trackless Woods, a collection of Anna Akhmatova poems set to original music. But DeMent is back today in a big way with “Going Down To Sing In Texas,” a lengthy rambler that’s a lot more serious than its casual, jazzy piano groove lets on.
    Over the course of nine minutes, DeMent addresses police brutality, George W. Bush (“What’s the deal with all these war criminals who get to walk around free?”), Islamophobia, progressive protesters (“I’m so proud of all of these young people for taking it to the streets”), gun control, Jeff Bezos (“Ain’t we all just a little bit tired of greedy people getting a free pass?”), the Chicks, the Squad, and Jesus Christ (“He spoke truth to power, he stood up for the poor/ The church today wouldn’t even let him through the door”) among other things.It’s a hell of a song, clear and direct yet artful in its conversational ease. Never forget that DeMent can go toe to toe with songwriting legends like her old duet partner John Prine.]

10:55

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

I communicate with Iris every year, checking in with her, giving her news from Kansas City a place where she loved living, where she found herself as a singer-songwriter, and where she doesn’t mind if we say it’s her “chosen” hometown. A little over a year ago Iris sent me her single, “The Sacred Now.” Happy Birthday Iris DeMent. We love you!

10:56

  1. Iris DeMent – “The Sacred Now”
    from: “The Sacred Now” – Single / Flariella / November 6, 2020
    [Newest single from Iris DeMent and one of three new singles she has released since October 2020.]

11:00 – Station ID – Celebrating David Bowie

You are listening to 90.1 FM KKFI Kansas City Community Radio. Please stayed tuned to the 2nd hour of WMM as we celebrate David Bowie with Bowie music remixed by Steve Reich & James Murphy, and tracks from Kraftwerk, Julia Othmer, & The Sea and Cake.

  1. “Main Title Instrumental – It’s Showtime Folks”
    from: Motion Picture Soundtrack to All That Jazz / Universal / Dec. 20, 1979
    [WMM’s adopted theme song]
  1. David Bowie – “Love Is Lost (Hello Steve Reich Mix by James Murphy for the DFA)”
    from: The Next Day Extra EP / ISO Columbia / November 4, 2013
    [The Next Day Extra was released Nov. 4, 2013. This 3-disc collector’s edition includes two CDs and a DVD. The first CD is the original 14-track album. The second is a 10-track CD comprising the deluxe edition bonus tracks “Plan”, “I’ll Take You There”, and “So She”, the Japanese exclusive track “God Bless the Girl”, two remixes, and four new songs (“Atomica”, “The Informer”, “Like a Rocket Man”, and “Born in a UFO”). The DVD includes the four promotional music videos (“Where Are We Now?”, “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)”, “The Next Day”, and “Valentine’s Day”). // The Next Day is the 24th studio album by English musician David Bowie, released on March 8, 2013 on his ISO Records label, under exclusive licence to Columbia Records. Co-produced by Bowie and longtime collaborator Tony Visconti, the album was recorded in secret at The Magic Shop and Human Worldwide Studios in New York City between 2011 and 2013. It is primarily a rock album, featuring elements of art rock. The cover art is an adapted version of his 1977 album “Heroes”, featuring a white square with the album’s title obscuring his face. It was announced on Bowie’s 66th birthday, 8 January 2013. Bowie’s website was updated with the video for the lead single, “Where Are We Now?”, and the single was immediately made available for purchase on the iTunes Store. // It was Bowie’s first album of new material in ten years, since 2003’s Reality, and surprised fans and media who had presumed that he had retired from the music business. The album was streamed in its entirety on iTunes days before its official release. The Next Day Extra, an additional disc featuring four more tracks, and remixes of songs from the original album, was released in November. The Next Day was met with critical acclaim, and earned Bowie his first number-one album in the United Kingdom since 1993’s Black Tie White Noise. It was ranked as the second best album of 2013 (in a tie with Blue October’s Sway) by German music magazine Kulturnews and was also nominated for the 2013 Mercury Prize. The album was nominated for Best Rock Album at the 2014 Grammy Awards and for MasterCard British Album of the Year at the 2014 Brit Awards. // Recording of the album took place at The Magic Shop and Human Worldwide Studios in New York City. Bowie and producer Tony Visconti worked in secret alongside long-term engineer Mario J. McNulty, recording the album over a two-year period. The recording sessions were sporadic, and Visconti estimated that only three full months were spent demoing and recording material. Visconti recalled that the album began with a one-week recording session: Sterling Campbell was on drums, I was on bass, David was on keyboards, Gerry Leonard was on guitar. By the end of five days we had demoed up a dozen songs. Just structures. No lyrics, no melodies and all working titles. This is how everything begins with him. Then he took them home and we didn’t hear another thing from him for four months. // Bowie would disappear with the music “to make sure he was on the right track”, then bring the band back together to take the next step in recording when he was ready. Visconti described the recording sessions as “intense”, but they stuck to regular hours. “The last time we did all-nighters was Young Americans”. // During breaks from the studio, Visconti would walk the streets of New York listening to music from The Next Day on his earphones: “I was walking around New York with my headphones on, looking at all the people with Bowie T-shirts on—they are ubiquitous here—thinking, ‘Boy, if you only knew what I’m listening to at the moment.'”// Despite the statement that no guest artists were used to record the album, Bowie did use some of the musicians he’s worked with in the past, including Earl Slick, who recorded his parts for the album in July 2012. Gail Ann Dorsey (bass guitar) and Sterling Campbell (drums), who had both worked with Bowie since the 1990s, also contributed to the album. Dorsey also recorded vocals for the song “If You Can See Me”. Drummer Zachary Alford and guitarists Gerry Leonard and David Torn were hired for the sessions and Slick revealed that Visconti also contributed bass. Saxophonist Steve Elson, who had worked with Bowie since the 1980s, also plays on the album. A story that Robert Fripp, who previously has worked with Bowie in the studio, was invited to play on the album but could not due to other commitments was denied by Fripp, who said, “I haven’t spoken to David for a while and I wasn’t approached [to take part in the album]”, adding “I’m not angry at all. No one is hurt, I’m not upset, just keen for clarity.” // Bowie took great pains to keep the recording of the album secret, requiring people involved in the recording to sign NDAs. Bowie had to change recording studios after one day when someone at the studio disclosed that Bowie was recording there. He moved to the studio The Magic Shop, which ran the studio with a skeleton crew of only one or two employees on days when Bowie was there. Columbia Records’s UK PR firm learned of the project only a few days before the album was released. // Canadian band Metric almost uncovered the secret recording sessions when they arrived at Magic Shop recording studios unannounced in 2011, and Bowie saxophonist Steve Elson said he was tempted to reveal all. // The Next Day is a rock album, mainly featuring art rock. Tony Visconti told the NME that The Next Day “is quite a rock album” and Alexis Petridis of The Guardian considered the record “a straightforward rock album.” // The first single was the ballad “Where Are We Now?”, a track which Visconti described as “the only track on the album that goes this much inward for him”. Visconti suggested that Bowie chose “Where Are We Now?” as the opening single because “people had to deal with the shock that he was back [after a 10-year absence]” and that the introspective nature of the song made it an appropriate choice. The song reached No.6 in the UK charts. Opening lyrics for “Where Are We Now” reflectively recall the name of a train station (plaza) and a street in west Berlin, where Bowie once lived. A video accompanying the single includes props such as a dismantled photo frame lying discarded on the floor in the opening shot, a large ear in the background, and a two-headed soft doll with the torn faces of Bowie and a voiceless counterpart “pasted” onto it in. Lyrics also include the phrase “the moment you know you know, you know”. // “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)” was released as the second single from the album on 26 February 2013. A music video in the form of a short film was premiered the previous day. The song received moderate airplay on BBC Radio 2 and 106.9FM WHCR, peaking at number 102 on the UK Singles Chart. // Visconti, who accepted an interviewer’s suggestion that he was Bowie’s “voice on earth”, commented on the album to the international press and provided insights into the individual tracks. The songs cover a wide spread of subjects and are largely observational: most probe the mind-sets of different individuals. “Valentine’s Day” is about a high school shooter. “I’d Rather Be High” related the story of a Second World War soldier. Visconti described the material as “extremely strong and beautiful”. He added “if people are looking for classic Bowie they’ll find it on this album, if they’re looking for innovative Bowie, new directions, they’re going to find that on this album too.” Visconti commented that 29 tracks were recorded for the album and suggested that some of the material left out of The Next Day could appear on a subsequent record. Visconti speculated that Bowie could return to the studio to produce a new album later in 2013, but this did not happen. // The cover art for the album is an adapted version of Bowie’s 1977 album, “Heroes”, with a white square with the album’s title obscuring Bowie’s face. Designed by Jonathan Barnbrook, who also designed packaging for Heathen and Reality and follow-up Blackstar, the obscuring of the photograph connotes “forgetting or obliterating the past”. The original cover image was shot by Masayoshi Sukita. Barnbrook explained the cover, saying: “If you are going to subvert an album by David Bowie there are many to choose from but this is one of his most revered, it had to be an image that would really jar if it were subverted in some way and we thought “Heroes” worked best on all counts.” A viral marketing campaign was launched to promote the album on 15 February 2013. The campaign grew out of the concept behind the album cover, taking seemingly ordinary images and subverting them through the addition of a white square. // The Next Day debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart, selling 94,048 copies in its first week. It was Bowie’s ninth number-one album in the United Kingdom, and his first in twenty years since Black Tie White Noise (1993). The album fell to number two the following week, selling 35,671 copies. In its third week, it slipped to number three on sales of 23,157 units. // In the United States, the album entered the Billboard 200 at number two with first-week sales of 85,000 copies, earning Bowie his largest sales week for an album in the Nielsen SoundScan era, and also his highest charting album on the Billboard 200. The album has sold 208,000 copies in the US as of December 2015. Elsewhere, The Next Day topped the charts in several countries, including Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Sweden and Switzerland, while reaching number two in Australia, Austria, Canada, France, Italy, and Spain.] [Born February 4, 1970. James Murphy is a musician, producer, DJ, and co-founder of record label DFA Records. His most well-known musical project is LCD Soundsystem. James Murphy was influenced by Bowie and remixed songs for Bowie’s The Next Day Extras, and is credited as a percussionist on Bowie’s Backstar.]
  1. Kraftwerk – “Trans-Europe Express (Remastered)”
    from: Trans Europe Express (Remastered) / Parlophone – Warner Music / March 1, 1977 – 2009
    [Kraftwerk translates to: “power station”. They are a German band formed in Düsseldorf in 1970 by Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider. Widely considered as innovators and pioneers of electronic music, they were among the first successful acts to popularize the genre. The group began as part of West Germany’s experimental Krautrock scene in the early 1970s before fully embracing electronic instrumentation, including synthesizers, drum machines, and vocoders. Trans-Europe Express is the sixth studio album by German electronic music band Kraftwerk. The song’s lyrics reference the album Station to Station and meeting with musicians Iggy Pop and David Bowie. Hütter and Schneider had previously met up with Bowie in Germany and were flattered with the attention they received from him. Ralf Hütter was interested in Bowie’s work as he had been working with Iggy Pop, who was the former lead singer of the Stooges; one of Hütter’s favorite groups. Recorded in mid-1976 in Düsseldorf, Germany, the album was released in March 1977 on Kling Klang Records. It saw the group refine their melodic electronic style, with a focus on sequenced rhythms, minimalism, and occasionally manipulated vocals. The themes include celebrations of the titular European railway service and Europe as a whole, and meditations on the disparities between reality and appearance. // Trans-Europe Express charted at 119 on the American charts and was ranked number 30 in The Village Voice’s 1977 Pazz & Jop critics’ poll. Two singles were released: “Trans-Europe Express” and “Showroom Dummies”. The album has been re-released in several formats and continues to receive acclaim. In 2014, the Los Angeles Times called it “the most important pop album of the last 40 years.” // After the release and tour for the album Radio-Activity, Kraftwerk continued to move further away from their earlier krautrock style of improvised instrumental music, refining their work more into the format of melodic electronic songs. During the tour for Radio-Activity, the band began to make performance rules such as not to be drunk on stage or at parties. Karl Bartos wrote about these rules, stating that “it’s not easy to turn knobs on a synthesizer if you are drunk or full of drugs… We always tried to keep very aware of what we were doing while acting in public.” During this tour, early melodies that would later evolve into the song “Showroom Dummies” were being performed. // In mid-1976, Kraftwerk began to work on the album which was then called Europe Endless. Paul Alessandrini suggested that Kraftwerk write a song about the Trans Europ Express to reflect their electronic music style. Hütter and Schneider met with musicians David Bowie and Iggy Pop prior to the recording, which influenced song lyrics. Maxime Schmitt encouraged the group to record a French language version of the song “Showroom Dummies”, which led the group to later record several songs in French. The album was recorded at Kling Klang Studio in Düsseldorf. Artistic control over the songs was strictly in the hands of members Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider, with Bartos and Wolfgang Flür contributing sequenced electronic percussion. Kraftwerk went to railway bridges to listen to the sounds the train would actually produce. The group found the sound the train made was not danceable and changed it slightly. // An important piece of new equipment used on the album was the Synthanorma Sequenzer, a customized 32-step 16-channel analog sequencer made for the band by Matten & Wiechers. This allowed the construction of more elaborate sequenced synthesizer lines, which are featured prominently in the tracks “Franz Schubert” and “Endless Endless”, and liberated the player from the chore of playing repetitive keyboard patterns. // Whereas Radio-Activity had featured a mixture of German and English lyrics throughout the album, Trans-Europe Express went further and was mixed as two entirely separate versions, one sung in English, the other in German. At the recommendation of Maxime Schmitt, a French version of the song “Showroom Dummies”, titled “Les Mannequins”, was also recorded. “Les Mannequins” was the group’s first song in French and would influence decisions to record songs in French on later albums. After recording the album in Düsseldorf, Hütter and Schneider visited Los Angeles to mix the tracks at the Record Plant Studio. Elements of the mixing sessions that were done in Los Angeles were dropped from the album, including the use of more upfront vocals in order to do more mixing in Düsseldorf and Hamburg later.// The artwork for the album cover of Trans-Europe Express was originally going to be a monochrome picture of the group reflected in a series of mirrors. This idea was dropped for a photo by New York-based celebrity photographer Maurice Seymour, with the group dressed in suits to resemble mannequins. J. Stara’s image of the group was taken in Paris and is a highly retouched photo-montage of Kraftwerk from their shoulders up again posed as mannequins which are shown on the cover of the English version of the album. On the inside sleeve, a color collage of the group sitting at a small cafe table designed by Emil Schult was used. The photo for this scene was from the session by Maurice Seymour, taken on the group’s American tour. Other photos were taken by Schult that show the group laughing and smiling. These were not used for the album’s release. // Sal Cinquemani of Slant Magazine described the album’s influence as “unprecedented, reaching as wide as rock (Radiohead’s Kid A), hip-hop (Afrika Bambaataa’s classic ‘Planet Rock’, Jay Dee’s recent ‘Big Booty Express’) and pop (Madonna’s Drowned World Tour, which incorporated samples of ‘Metal on Metal’)”. // In the late 1970s, the album influenced post-punk band Joy Division; bassist Peter Hook related: “We were introduced to Kraftwerk by [singer] Ian Curtis, who insisted we play T.E.E. before we went on stage every time. The tape was played at the venue over the PA system, to be heard by everyone. The first time was Pips [a Manchester club well known for its ‘Bowie Room’]. Ian got thrown out for kicking glass around the dance floor in time to the track. It took us ages of pleading to get him back in.” Drummer Stephen Morris also confirmed that Joy Division “used to play Trans-Europe Express before we went on stage, to get us into the zone. It worked because it gets up a lot of momentum. Trans-Europe Express just seemed to express an optimism – even if people see it as machine music”. Morris also said: “It reminds me of Cabaret, the film, with all of the 1920s singing. … When you get that marriage between humans and machines, and you get it right, it’s fantastic. I have to say it’s my favourite Kraftwerk album.” In the mid-1980s, Siouxsie and the Banshees’ rendition of “The Hall of Mirrors”, on their album Through the Looking Glass, was one of the few cover versions that Ralf Hütter hailed in glowing terms as “extraordinary”. Kraftwerk played The Midland Theatre in Kansas City on October 9, 2015.]
  1. David Bowie – “V-2 Schneider”
    from: “Heroes” / Parlophone – Warner Music / October 14, 1977 (RCA)
    [“V-2 Schneider” is a largely instrumental song written by David Bowie in 1977 for the album “Heroes”. It was a tribute to Florian Schneider, co-founder of the band Kraftwerk, whom Bowie acknowledged as a significant influence at the time. The title also referenced the V-2 rocket, the first ballistic missile, which had been developed for the German Army during World War II, and whose design (and engineers) played a key role in the American space program. The only words sung are those in the title, initially distorted by phasing. Musically, the track is unusual for the off-beat saxophone work by Bowie, who kicked off his part on the wrong note, but continued regardless. “V-2 Schneider” achieved considerable circulation as the B-side of “‘Heroes'”, released prior to the album, but was not played on the subsequent 1978 concert tour, its first live rendition occurring 20 years after it was recorded (see Live versions). A live version recorded at Paradiso, Amsterdam in June 1997, was released as the B-side of the single “Pallas Athena” in August 1997, under the name Tao Jones Index. This version also appeared on the bonus disc for the Digibook Expanded Edition of Earthling. // “Heroes” is the 12th studio album by English musician David Bowie, released on October 14, 1977 by RCA Records. After releasing Low earlier that year, Bowie toured as the keyboardist of his friend and singer Iggy Pop. At the conclusion of the tour, they recorded Pop’s second solo album Lust for Life at Hansa Tonstudio in West Berlin before Bowie regrouped there with collaborator Brian Eno and producer Tony Visconti to record “Heroes”. It was the second installment of his “Berlin Trilogy,” following Low and preceding Lodger (1979). Of the three albums, it was the only one wholly recorded in Berlin. Much of the same personnel from Low returned for the sessions, augmented by King Crimson guitarist Robert Fripp. // The album was recorded sporadically from July to August 1977. The majority of the tracks were composed on the spot in the studio, the lyrics not being written until Bowie stood in front of the microphone. The music itself is based in art rock and experimental rock, and builds upon its predecessor’s electronic and ambient approaches, albeit with more positive tones, atmospheres and passionate performances. The album also follows the same structure as its predecessor, side one featuring more conventional tracks and side two featuring mostly instrumental tracks. // The cover photo, like Iggy Pop’s The Idiot, is a nod to the painting Roquairol by German artist Erich Heckel. Upon release, “Heroes” was a commercial success, peaking at No. 3 on the UK Albums Chart and No. 35 on the US Billboard 200. It was the best-received work of the “Berlin Trilogy” on release, NME and Melody Maker naming it Album of the Year. Bowie promoted the album extensively, appearing on several television programmes and interviews. He supported Low and “Heroes” on the Isolar II world tour throughout 1978, performances of which have appeared on the live albums Stage (1978) and Welcome to the Blackout (2018). // Retrospectively, “Heroes” has continued to receive positive reviews, many reviewers praising Bowie’s growth as an artist and Fripp’s contributions. Although opinion has tended to view Low as the more groundbreaking record, “Heroes” is regarded as one of Bowie’s best and most influential works. The title track, initially unsuccessful as a single, remains one of Bowie’s best-known and acclaimed songs. An altered and obscured version of the cover artwork later appeared as the artwork for Bowie’s 2013 album The Next Day. The album has been reissued several times and was remastered in 2017 as part of the A New Career in a New Town (1977–1982) box set.]
  1. Julia Othmer – “Heroes” (CD #18) (4:26)
    from: Seeds (Volume 1) / Julia Othmer & James Lundie / November 13, 2020
    [“Seeds” is Julia Othmer’s 3rd full length album and contains 10 live songs selected from her 30-day Songs of September Project, where Julia performed a different live cover of her favorite songs and broadcast the performance throughout the streaming social media platforms to inspire people to register and vote on November 3. From those songs Julia’s fans democratically selected their favorite tracks to be released together on “Seeds.” Julia Othmer released “Sound,” on April 12, 2019, her second album, that took 3 years to complete, and was produced with James Lundie, who also married Julia in January of 2016, during the completion of the record. Julia Othmer, is a graduate of Park Hill High School. She moved to Los Angeles in 2006 to record her 1st full-length album, “Oasis Motel.” In 2018 to 2019 Julia Othmer toured with and opened for The Alarm in US show and shows in the United Kingdom. When Julia Othmer is in Kansas City she plays with Johnny Hamil on bass, Chris Tady on guitar, John Floyd Whitaker on drums. Info: http://www.juliaothmer.com. Julia Othmer joined us onWMM on Nov. 11, 2020.] [“‘Heroes'” is a song by English singer-songwriter David Bowie. It was co-written by Bowie and Brian Eno, produced by Bowie and Tony Visconti, and recorded in July and August 1977 at Hansa Studio by the Wall. It was released on 23 September 1977 as the lead single from his 12th studio album of the same name, backed with the song “V-2 Schneider”. A product of Bowie’s “Berlin” period, the track was not a huge hit in the United Kingdom or the United States after its release, but it has since become one of his signature songs. In January 2016, following Bowie’s death, the song reached a new peak of number 12 in the UK Singles Chart. “‘Heroes'” has been cited as Bowie’s second-most covered song after “Rebel Rebel”. Inspired by the sight of Bowie’s producer-engineer Tony Visconti embracing his lover by the Berlin Wall, the song tells the story of two lovers, one from East and one from West Berlin. Bowie’s performance of “‘Heroes'” on 6 June 1987, at the German Reichstag in West Berlin has been considered a catalyst to the later fall of the Berlin Wall. Following his death in January 2016, the German government thanked Bowie for “helping to bring down the Wall”, adding “you are now among Heroes”. “‘Heroes'” has received numerous accolades since its release, as seen with its inclusion on lists ranking the “greatest songs” compiled by various music publications; Rolling Stone named the song the 46th greatest ever, NME named it the 15th greatest. Bowie scholar David Buckley has written that “‘Heroes'” “is perhaps pop’s definitive statement of the potential triumph of the human spirit over adversity”.]
  1. The Sea and Cake – “Sound & Vision”
    from: One Bedroom / Thrill Jockey Records / January 21, 2003
    [6th album from American indie rock band with a jazz influence, based in Chicago, Illinois, United States. The group has released 11 albums. The group formed in the mid-1990s from members of The Coctails (Archer Prewitt), Shrimp Boat (Sam Prekop and Eric Claridge), and Tortoise (John McEntire). The group’s name came from a willful reinterpretation (as the result of an accidental miscomprehension) of “The C in Cake”, a song by Gastr del Sol. Starting with 1997’s The Fawn, the group has relied on electronic sound sources, such as drum machines and synthesizers, to color its music, but has retained its distinctive post-jazz combo style. The band has shied away from releasing singles, preferring the album format. Contrary to his multi-instrumentalist role in Tortoise, John McEntire almost exclusively plays drums in The Sea and Cake. Members Sam Prekop, Archer Prewitt, and John McEntire each have released solo albums. The cover art of The Sea And Cake’s releases are largely paintings by member Eric Claridge and photographs by Prekop. Prewitt has been involved in publishing his own comic books and doing graphic design. In 1995, the band contributed the song “The Fontana” to the AIDS benefit album Red Hot + Bothered produced by the Red Hot Organization. The band was on hiatus from 2004 to 2007. Their most recent album Any Day was released in May 2018.] [“Sound and Vision” is a song by English singer-songwriter David Bowie which appeared on his 1977 album Low. The song is notable for juxtaposing an uplifting guitar and synthesizer-led instrumental track with Bowie’s withdrawn lyrics. In keeping with the minimalist approach of Low, Bowie and co-producer Tony Visconti originally recorded the track as an instrumental, bar the backing vocal (performed by Visconti’s wife, Mary Hopkin). Bowie then recorded his vocal after the rest of the band had left the studio, before trimming verses off the lyrics and leaving a relatively lengthy instrumental intro on the finished song. Selected as the first single from the album, “Sound and Vision” was used by the BBC on trailers at the time. This provided considerable exposure, much needed as Bowie opted to do nothing to promote the single himself, and helped the song to No. 3. The song was also a top ten hit in Germany, Austria and the Netherlands. However, it stalled at No. 87 in Canada and only managed No. 69 in the United States, where it signaled the end of Bowie’s short commercial honeymoon until “Let’s Dance” in 1983. The first live performance of the song was at Earl’s Court during the Isolar II Tour on 1 July 1978. In 1990, it was a regular number for Bowie’s greatest hits Sound+Vision Tour. The name was also used for a Rykodisc boxed set anthology in 1989.]

11:29 – 11:33

David Bowie seemed to be from another world. He seemed immortal. His art kept coming. His influence so vast. He was a guide. So much of my journey, as a queer kid finding my way in the world, was influenced by Bowie.

David Bowie was born January 8, 1947. In school he studied art, music, and design before embarking on a music career in 1963. Over a span of 5 decades, he sold over 140 million records and released 27 studio albums, if you count Tin Machine, which you should. His career is notable for his reinvention, his pushing of the boundaries of gender, art and music. He was the first to create a concert tour that was a big as a broadway touring show. He help invent Glam Rock, New Wave, and electronica. He created stage personas to carry thematic concepts with costumes and lights and the very best guitarists and musicians of his time. David Bowie was an actor on stage and in many great independent films including: The Man Who Fell to Earth, The Hunger, Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, Basquiat, The Last Temptation of Christ, The Labyrinth, and 15 others. He played John Merrick in The Elephant Man on Broadway. He influenced multiple generations with his music, recordings, live concerts, films, music videos, and his very, ever changing, image.

Bowie was a gateway to other discoveries: The Velvet Underground, Lou Reed, T-Rex, Iggy Pop, Andy Warhol, Glam Rock, Electronica, Brian Eno, William S. Burroughs, Kraftwerk, Mick Ronson, Tony Visconti, Klaus Nomi, Bauhaus, Gender Expression, and much more.

Seven years ago on January 10, 2016, and two days after he released his 25th solo album, Blackstar, on his 69th birthday, David Robert Jones passed away at home surrounded by his wife Iman, son Duncan Jones from his marriage to Angela Bowie, and daughter Alexandria from his marriage to Iman. David Bowie’s death sent shock waves of grief across the world, touching every one of us, that he made feel, less alone. He was a light, a shining star, that guided so many of us through the darkness.

Thanks for tuning into WMM, on 90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio.
In our second hour, we Celebrate David Bowie with musical tracks from deeper inside Bowie’s studio albums, from his Reality Tour Live with bandmate Gail Ann Dorsey, Bowie songs performed by musicians he influenced: The Sea and Cake, Julia Othmer and Ondara, and from electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk who name check him in the lyrics, and Oscar winning film composer and Yellow Magic Orchestra leader Ryuichi Sakamoto who in his very first film acting role and first job as a composer of a film’s soundtrack, played opposite of David Bowie in the film “Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence” from 1983.

Coming up we play Bowie Live and Under Pressure with Gail Ann Dorsey, music from Ryuichi Sakamoto and Ondara, as WMM celebrates the life of David Bowie in music. Please stay tuned.

11:33 – Underwriting

  1. David Bowie – “Under Pressure” with Gail Ann Dorsey
    from: A Reality Tour (Bonus Track Version) [Live] / Sony Music Entertaiment / Jan. 22, 2010
    [“Under Pressure” is a song by the British rock band Queen and singer David Bowie. Originally released as a single in October 1981, it was later included on Queen’s 1982 album Hot Space. The song reached number one on the UK Singles Chart, becoming Queen’s second number-one hit in their home country (after 1975’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”, which topped the chart for nine weeks) and Bowie’s third (after the 1975 reissue of “Space Oddity” and “Ashes to Ashes” in 1980). The song charted in the top 10 in more than ten countries around the world, and peaked at No. 29 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in January 1982. // A Reality Tour is a live album by David Bowie that was released on January 25, 2010. The album features November 22, and 23, 2003 performances in Dublin during his concert tour A Reality Tour. The 2004, live version features David Bowie – vocals, guitars, stylophone, harmonica; Earl Slick – guitar; Gerry Leonard – guitar; Gail Ann Dorsey – bass guitar, backing vocals, lead vocals on “Under Pressure”; Sterling Campbell – drums; Mike Garson – keyboards, piano; Catherine Russell – keyboards, percussion, acoustic guitar, backing vocals. A Reality Tour was a worldwide concert tour by David Bowie in support of the Reality album. The tour commenced on 7 October 7, 2003 at the Forum, Copenhagen, Denmark continuing through Europe, North America, Asia, including a return to New Zealand and Australia for the first time since the 1987 Glass Spider Tour. The tour grossed $46,000,000, making it the ninth-highest grossing tour of 2004. At over 110 shows, the tour was the longest tour of Bowie’s career. Bowie played Kansas City, May 10, 2004, at Starlight Theatre. I was there, seven rows from the stage.]
  1. Ryuichi Sakamoto – “Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence”
    from: Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence / Milan Entertainment / 2015
    [Ryuichi Sakamoto was born Jan. 17, 1952. He is a Japanese composer, singer, songwriter, record producer, activist, & actor who has pursued a diverse range of styles as a solo artist and as a member of Yellow Magic Orchestra (YMO). With bandmates Haruomi Hosono & Yukihiro Takahashi, Sakamoto influenced and pioneered a number of electronic music genres. Sakamoto began his career while at university in the 1970s as a session musician, producer, & arranger. His first major success came in 1978 as co-founder of YMO. He concurrently pursued a solo career, releasing the experimental electronic fusion album Thousand Knives in 1978. Two years later, he released the album B-2 Unit. It included the track “Riot in Lagos”, which was significant in the development of electro and hip hop music. He produced more solo records, and collaborate with many international artists, David Sylvian, Carsten Nicolai, Youssou N’Dour, Fennesz among them. Sakamoto composed music for the opening ceremony of the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, and his composition “Energy Flow” (1999) was the first instrumental #1 single in Japan’s Oricon charts history. As a film-score composer, Sakamoto has won an Oscar, a BAFTA, a Grammy, 2 Golden Globe Awards. Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983) marked his debut as both an actor (playing Captain Yonoi the commander of a POW camp in Japanese-occupied Java and also serving as the conposer of the film’s score. Its main theme was adapted into the single “Forbidden Colours” which became an international hit. His most successful work as a film composer was The Last Emperor (1987), after which he continued earning accolades composing for films: The Sheltering Sky (1990), Little Buddha (1993), The Revenant (2015). Sakamoto has also worked as a composer & a scenario writer on anime & video games. In 2009, he was awarded the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the Ministry of Culture of France for his contributions to music.]
  1. J.S. Ondara — “I’m Afraid of Americans”
    from: Tales of America (The Second Coming) / Verve Forecast – UMG Recordings / Sept. 20, 2019
    [28 year old J.S. Ondara is a Kenyan singer-songwriter whose debut album, Tales of America, was released on February 15, 2019 via Verve Label Group. J.S. Ondara was born in August 1992 in Nairobi, Kenya. As a child, he wrote poems and stories as well as songs despite not having an instrument to play them on because his family couldn’t afford one. He was inspired by Radiohead, Nirvana, Death Cab For Cutie, Jeff Buckley, Pearl Jam, Guns N’ Roses, and Bob Dylan. He grew up listening to rock songs on his older sisters’ battery-powered radio. Having discovered The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan following a dispute with a friend over whether Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door was a Guns N’ Roses song, Ondara resolved to travel to the United States to pursue a career in music. In February 2013, after winning in the green card lottery, he moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota at the age of 20. He taught himself to play guitar and perform during open mic nights. Eventually, he decided to study music therapy in college, but dropped out of school to return to playing small shows at coffee houses after attending a concert. After moving to Minnesota, Ondara tried his hand at making music and performing in small venues. His big break came when Minneapolis radio station KCMP 89.3 The Current played one of his songs on air by pulling audio from his YouTube channel, where he had been uploading covers of his favorite songs. At the time, he was going by the name Jay Smart. Ondara’s debut album, Tales of America, was released in February 2019 by Verve Label Group. Despite only 11 tracks making the final tracklist, Ondara wrote more than 100 songs for the album, all based on an immigrant’s life in America. The album was produced by Mike Viola of the Candy Butchers. In support of the album, Ondara embarked on his first headlining tour in March 2019. After the release of the album, Ondara debuted on Billboard’s Emerging Artist chart at No. 37 in March 2019. The album also landed on the Billboard Heatseekers Album, Americana/Folk Album Sales, and Rock Album Sales charts. He was nominated for Best Emerging Act at the 2019 Americana Music Honors & Awards. Ondara cites Bob Dylan as his musical hero, which is why he chose to live in Minnesota and why he wears his signature fedora. He has toured with the Milk Carton Kids, Lindsey Buckingham and in 2019, he opened for select dates on tour with Neil Young.]

11:49

You are listening to Wednesday MidDay Medley’s Tribute to David Bowie on 90.1 FM.

With musical tracks from David Bowie studio & live recordings and with Gail Ann Dorsey, and from Kraftwerk, Julia Othmer, The Sea and Cake, Ryuichi Sakamoto, and Ondara.

In 2 weeks on January 18 we’ll spin even more Bowie with Michelle Bacon from The Band That Fell To Earth and Calvin Arsenia who will be joining The Band That Fell To Earth to perform Bowie’s breakthrough album, Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders from Mars, in it’s entirety, from beginning to end, as a special VIP Benefit, on Thur, Jan 19 at recordBar. The Bowie Tribute continues with The Band That Fell To Earth performing from all of Bowie’s albums in special shows on Fri & Sat night, Jan. 20 and 21, at 8:00 PM at recordBar.

11:51

  1. David Bowie – “Lazarus”
    from: Blackstar / ISO Records – Columbia / January 8, 2016
    [Lazarus features David Bowie on vocals, acoustic guitar, and Fender guitar; Donny McCaslin on saxophone, flute, and woodwind; Jason Linder on piano, Wurlitzer organ and keyboards; Tim Lefebvre on bass; Mark Guiliana on drums. McCaslin and the rest of the jazz group recorded their parts in the studio over a period of about one week a month from January to March 2015, and until later in recording were unaware of Bowie’s declining health. The song “Lazarus” is part of Bowie’s Off-Broadway musical of the same name. The album has received universal critical acclaim and commercial success, reaching the number one spot in a number of countries in the wake of Bowie’s death and becoming his first album to reach number one on the Billboard 200 album chart in the U.S. Blackstar is the twenty-fifth and final studio album by musician, writer, actor, chameleon, David Bowie. It is the 27th when you count the Tin Machine records, which you should. The album was released worldwide on January 8, 2016, on Bowie’s 69th birthday, and just two days later David Robert Jones passed away at home surrounded by his wife Iman, and his son Duncan Jones from his marriage to Angela Bowie, and daughter Alexandria from his marriage to Iman.]
  2. Noel Coward – “The Party’s Over Now”
    from: Noel Coward in New York / drg / 2003 [orig. 1957]

NEXT WEEK, we present Remembering MLK, our annual tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., born Jan. 15, 1929. We’ll play: Bobby Watson & The I Have A Dream Project (featuring Glenn North), Krystle Warren, The Freedom Afair, Calvin Arsenia, The Black Creatures, H.E.R., Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Curtis Mayfield, Maceo & The Macks, Mahalia Jackson, Marian Anderson, The Staple Singers, Pops Staples, Mavis Staples, The Swan Silvertones, Sweet Honey in The Rock, Aaron Neville, Tramaine Hawkins, Ella Mitchell, Billy Porter, Solomon Burke, Nina Simone, Pete Seeger, Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion, Soweto Gospel Choir, The Intl. Noise Conspiracy, and Labelle.

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