WMM Playlist from Feb. 19, 2020

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 19, 2019

Spinning Records With Marion Merritt
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Today, we welcome back to the show, Marion Merritt as our special “Guest Producer.” For nearly 16 years Marion has been sharing her sonic discoveries and information from her musically encyclopedic brain. With her partner Ann Stewart, Marion is the creator of Records With Merritt, a small, independent, minority owned business, at 1614 Westport Rd. in Kansas City, Missouri.

Marion Merritt

Marion Merritt, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

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

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

3. Antibalas – “Fist of Flowers”
from: Fu Chronicles / Daptone Records / February 7, 2020
[7th album from Brooklyn-based afrobeat band that is modeled after Fela Kuti’s Africa 70 band and Eddie Palmieri’s Harlem River Drive Orchestra. Antibalas is Spanish for “bulletproof”. Although their music generally follows the musical architecture and language of afrobeat, it incorporates elements of jazz, funk, dub, improvised music, and traditional drumming from Cuba and West Africa. Members include: Martín Perna, Amayo, Marcos García, Jordan McLean, Marcus Farrar, Reinalde Dejesus, Will Rast, Justin Kimmel, Timothy J Allen, Kevin Raczka, Raymond James Mason, Raja Kassi, Morgan Price, Eric Biondo, Jackie Coleman. More info at http://www.antibalas.com]

4. Sharon Van Etten – “Beaten Down”
from: Beaten Down – Single / Jagjaguwar / February 5, 2020
[New single from Sharon Van Etten who was born February 26, 1981, in Belleville, New Jersey and lived in Nutley, NJ before moving to Clinton as a pre-teen. Later, she moved to Tennessee to attend Middle Tennessee State University and studied recording, but dropped out of college after a year. Van Etten ended up working at the Red Rose, a coffee and record shop and music venue in Murfreesboro, for about five years. In 2004, she moved back to New Jersey, where she worked at Perryville Wine and Spirits. Van Etten moved to New York City in 2005. Van Etten self-released handmade CDs until 2009, when her debut studio recording was released. Before her studio debut, she worked at Astor Wines and as a publicist at Ba Da Bing Records. Van Etten’s debut, Because I Was in Love, was released on May 26, 2009, on Language of Stone, and was put out by by Drag City. This is a follow-up to her 5th album “Remind Me Tomorrow.” on Jagjaguar Records.]

5. Isobel Campbell – “Vultures”
from: There is No Other / Cooking Vinyl / February 7, 2020
[Isobel Campbell was born April 27, 1976. She is a Scottish singer-songwriter, cellist and composer. Campbell rose to prominence at age nineteen as a member of the Scottish indie pop band Belle & Sebastian, but left the group to pursue a solo career, first as The Gentle Waves, and later under her own name. She later collaborated with singer Mark Lanegan on three albums. Campbell’s music has been described as either indie pop, chamber pop or singer-songwriter. Regardless of genre, Campbell makes gentle and sombre music, often using classical instruments and her bright, slightly nasal voice with bittersweet and ironic songwriting. This is her 5th solo full-length album.]

6. Holy Fuck – “Deleters (feat. Angus Andrew)”
from: Deleter / Ef Records / January 17, 2020
[Holy Fuck is an electronica band from Toronto. They were a part of Dependent Music, a music label & artist collective that began in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia in 2004 until its closing. They were then a part of the Young Turks label. In 2016 they signed with Innovative Leisure. The band uses live instrumentation & miscellaneous instruments and non-instruments, including a 35 mm film synchronizer, toy keyboards & toy phaser guns, to achieve electronic-sounding effects without the use of laptops or programmed backing tracks. According to Pitchfork Media, “The band formed with the intent of creating the equivalent of modern electronic music without actually using the techniques, looping, splicing, programming and the like, of that music.]

7. Caribou – “Never Come Back”
from: Suddenly / Merge / February 28, 2020
[Daniel Victor Snaith was born in 1978. He is a Canadian composer, musician, and recording artist who has performed under the stage names Caribou, Manitoba and Daphni. Snaith originally recorded under the stage name Manitoba, but after being threatened with a lawsuit by Richard “Handsome Dick” Manitoba (real name Richard Blum), formerly of punk band The Dictators, Snaith changed his performance name to Caribou. Snaith’s previous full-length albums were then re-released under the new moniker, and The Milk of Human Kindness was released in 2005 by Domino. In June that year the album topped the !earshot Campus and Community Radio Top 200 chart. “Suddenly” is his 5th full-length album as Caribou]

10:33 – Underwriting

8. Khruangbin & Leon Bridges – “Texas Sun”
from: Texas Sun EP / Dead Oceans / February 7, 2020
[4th EP and 5th single from Khruangbin a trio from Houston, Texas, with Laura Lee on bass, Mark Speer on guitar, and Donald Ray “DJ” Johnson Jr. on drums. The band has also released 3 albums. The band is known for blending global music influences, classic soul, dub and psychedelia. Their debut studio album, The Universe Smiles Upon You (2015), draws from the history of Thai music in the 1960s, while their 2nd album, Con Todo El Mundo (2018), has influences from Spain and the Middle East. Todd Michael “Leon” Bridges was born July 13, 1989. He is an American soul singer, songwriter and record producer from Fort Worth, Texas. He is best known for his song “Coming Home”, which received regular airplay and was also a Top 10 Most Viral Track on Spotify. Bridges’ debut album, also titled Coming Home, was released on June 23, 2015, on Columbia Records and subsequently nominated for Best R&B Album at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards. Texas Sun is her 2nd EP. He has also released 2 full length records.]

9. Monophonics – “It’s Only Us”
from: It’s Only Us / Colemine Records / March 13, 2020
[Psychedelic Soul from San Francisco, CA from; Austin Bohlman on drums, Kelly Finnigan on vocals & keyboards, Ian McDonald on electric guitar & electric sitar & backing vocals, Myles O’Mahony on electric bass & backing vocals, Ryan Scott on trumpet and backing vocals. “One of the best live soul bands I have ever seen!” – Al Bell (Record producer, songwriter, executive, and co-owner of legendary Stax Records)]

10. Brazzos & O.K. Jazz – “Cha Cha Cha Del Zombo”
from: Soul Jazz Records Presents Congo Revolution: Revolutionary and Evolutionary Sounds From the Two Congos 1955-62 / Soul Jazz Records / October 25, 2019
[This new release looks at the explosion of music that came out of the Congo in the years leading up to independence in 1960. Congolese rumba, a wild combination of African, Jazz and Latin influences, created future stars of its now legendary creators – Franco, Grand Kalle, Tabu Ley, Dr. Nico, Papa Wemba – and all feature here in their ground-breaking early groups such as O.K.Jazz, Brazzos, Rock-A-Mambo, African Jazz and The Beguen Band. The Congo is in fact two countries – The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC, formerly Zaire) and the Republic of the Congo. Soul Jazz Records is a London based label run by Stuart Baker, which specialises in re-releasing music from around the world on compilations with high quality remastered sound. They also release a large amount of material on vinyl, including new recordings, oftentimes as 12″ singles. The printed record label name on these vinyl releases often varies greatly. For example Soul And Jazz Musical Industries, ENT., Soul Jazz Records Co., Soul Jazz Record Corp., or sometimes the record label which originally released the recording is displayed.]

11. Mukhtar Ramadan Idii – “Check Up Your Head”
from: Mogadisco: Dancing Mogadishu (Somalia 1972 – 1991) / Analog Africa / Dec. 13, 2019
[Analog Africa is a label based in Frankfurt, Germany, owned by Samy Ben Redjeb, releasing compilations with African and South American music mainly of the 70s and 80s. After being blown away by a few tunes, Samy Ben Redjeb travelled to the infamous capital city of Somalia in November of 2016, making Analog Africa the first music label to set foot in Mogadishu. Mogadisco was not Analog Africa’s easiest project. Tracking down the musicians to interview them and gather anecdotes of golden-era Mogadishu has been an undertaking that took three years. Tales of Dur-Dur Band’s kidnapping, movie soundtracks recorded in the basements of hotels, musicians getting electrocuted on stage, others jumping from one band to another under dramatic circumstances, and soul singers competing against each other, are all stories included in the massive booklet. CD, comes with a full color 36-pages booklet containing 50 pictures & full digital album as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.]

11:00 – Station ID

12. of Montreal & Locate S,1 – “Gypsy That Remains”
from: UR FUN / Polyvinyl / January 17, 2020
[16th studio album from of Montreal is an American indie pop band from Athens, Georgia. It was founded by frontman Kevin Barnes in 1996, named after a failed romance between Barnes and a woman “of Montreal.” The band is identified as part of the Elephant 6 collective. Throughout its existence, of Montreal’s musical style has evolved considerably and drawn inspiration from 1960s psychedelic pop acts.]

13. Field Music – “Money Is a Memory”
from: Making a New World / Memphis Industries / January 10, 2020
[Field Music are an English rock band from Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, England, that formed in 2004, particularly active in the Wearside region. The band’s core consists of brothers David Brewis & Peter Brewis, with Andrew Moore occasionally featured as keyboardist. Their line-up has at times featured members of both Maxïmo Park and The Futureheads. Field Music have been called one of the few bands to outlast the indie guitar band explosion of the mid-2000s. Describing the band as “a truly artful proposition in the pseudo-filled landscape of contemporary Brit art-rock,” music blog The Fantastic Hope puts this down in part to their “un-self-conscious anti-fashion stance,” arguing that Field Music’s “wayward pop from the fringes of academia is one of the most worthwhile ways in which rock//indie/guitar music/white pop/whatever might evolve”. Critics have compared their music to acts as diverse as Steely Dan, XTC, Prefab Sprout, Peter Gabriel, Scritti Politti, Talking Heads and Todd Rundgren. They have also been nominated for the Mercury Prize. The songs on Making a New World were inspired by research David and Peter Brewis conducted about stories, events, and technological advances that occurred during and after World War I as part their project for the Imperial War Museum. The songs from Making a New World will cover a wide variety of topics, including gender reassignment and air traffic control. One of the songs was inspired by Harold Gillies, a New Zealand-born surgeon who pioneered facial cosmetic surgery and skin grafts for injured servicemen and who later conducted one of the first gender realignment operations. The song “Only in a Man’s World” is about the development of sanitary napkins and the fact that advertising for the products, created by men, often treat the concept of menstruation like something shameful that should be kept secret. The song was inspired by a Wisconsin-based company called Kimberly-Clark that developed a material for dressing war wounds and was later adapted for the first modern sanitary product, which was called Kotex. David Brewis said he felt some embarrassment writing a song about the topic, particularly when he first shared it with his wife, but he believed “confronting my own embarrassment is a pretty fundamental part of what the song is about”. He further said of the song: “I found myself researching the development of sanitary pads – not a statement I’ve ever imagined myself making – and was surprised at how little the advertising material has changed in a hundred years. It’s still, Hey Ladies! Let’s not mention it too loudly but here is the perfect product to keep you feeling normal WHILE THE DISGUSTING, DIRTY THING HAPPENS. And you realise that it’s a kind of madness that a monthly occurrence for billions of women – something absolutely necessary for the survival of humanity – is seen as shameful or dirty – and is taxed MORE than razor blades?! ”The song “Money Is a Memory” concerns the final payment by Germany in 2010 of the economically ruinous reparations it owed under the Treaty of Versailles, and is written from the perspective of a functionary in the Treasury. In social media postings leading up to the release, David Brewis mentioned the famous image of a man carrying a wheelbarrow full of marks made worthless by the hyper-inflationary policies of the Weimar Republic as an inspiration for the track. Brewis: “The whole album is really about consequences, and how the consequences of that war are still with us. “Money Is A Memory” is probably the most explicit example of that — decisions that were made a hundred years ago still casting a shadow. The initial premise is a bit comical — the admin assistant going through their bureaucratic duties — but buried away inside those papers you can imagine the echoes of millions of lives being turned upside down.]

14. Les Amazones d’Afrique – “Love (feat. Mamani Keita)”
from: Amazones Power / Real World Records / January 24, 2020
[2nd album from Les Amazones d’Afrique, a contemporary world music supergroup formed in Mali in 2015 featuring Kandia Kouyaté, Angélique Kidjo, Mamani Keita, Rokia Koné, Mariam Doumbia (of Amadou & Mariam), Nneka, Mariam Koné, Massan Coulibaly, Madina N’Diaye, Madiaré Dramé, Mouneissa Tandina and Pamela Badjogo. The name of the refers to the Dahomey Amazons, which was a female elephant hunting group and a military regiment from the 17th century thru 19th century in what is now Benin. Les Amazones d’Afrique performed their first concert at Fiesta des Suds in Marseilles in October 2015. The 1st track they released was “I Play The Kora,” a track that goes well beyond the often-reductive term of “world music”. Its message is to encourage women coming together to sing about why they should “rise up and fight injustice because we’re all equal,” and profits from the sale of the track are be donated to The Panzi Foundation, led by Doctor Mukwege in Bukavu (DRC), which has provided healing support to more than 80,000 women, nearly 50,000 of whom are victims of sexualized violence and female genital mutilation. The kora, a harp-like instrument native to West Africa, works as a metaphor: playing the kora was denied to women for years; only men were allowed the prestige. Following their first UK performance at WOMAD Charlton Park in July 2016, Les Amazones d’Afrique were signed to Real World Records for the release of their 1st album, Republique Amazone (2017). Real World Records is a British record label specializing in world music. It was founded in 1989 by English musician Peter Gabriel and original members of WOMAD. In 1999, the label had sold over 3 million records worldwide & released 90 albums. In 2015, it had reached the mark of over 200 albums.]

15. Hailu Mergia & The Walias – “Tche Belew”
from: Tche Belew / Awesome Tapes From Africa / October 10, 2014
[Awesome Tapes From Africa is a record label & web site operated by Brian Shimkovitz based in Los Angeles, CA. Founded in 2006 in Brooklyn, New York, the site was created as a way for Shimkovitz to share music he had come across while on a Fulbright scholarship in Ghana. He was interested in the variety of genres and artists he found, distributed largely on cassette tapes at markets, but that he had not come across outside West Africa. In 2011, Shimkovitz transitioned the site from just a blog with posted recordings of collected tapes posted without the artists’ permission to a commercial record label. The goal of the company is to seed and expand an audience for the artists presented as well as provide opportunities to sell albums and tour. Artists are paid every six months and receive 50% of the profits from an album. Tapes presented on Awesome Tapes come from a variety of sources: gathered in Ghanaian street markets, purchased in stores in the US, or sent by others over the internet.[5] In addition to the website, Shimkovitz DJ’s concerts, clubs and at festivals as Awesome Tapes From Africa, as well as hosts a show on Dublab.Most Awesome Tapes From Africa releases are official rereleases of out-of-print cassettes from African musicians and bands. SK Kakraba’s Songs of Paapieye is the first album to consist of a new release. Although music is distributed in Africa via MP3 on mobile phones, Shimkovitz says the widest variety of music in West Africa is still available on cassette tape. In the journal Public Culture, Awesome Tapes From Africa, along with record labels Sublime Frequencies and Parallel World, is discussed as being emblematic of “World Music 2.0” for combining the “open source ethics of online networks with long-standing countercultural networks of circulation” within cassette culture and music distribution in developing nations. Walias Band were an Ethiopian jazz and funk band active from the early 1970s until the early 1990s. Formed by members of the Venus Band, Walias backed up many prominent singers with a hard polyrhythmic funk sound influenced by western artists like King Curtis, Junior Walker and Maceo Parker. In 1977 they recorded one of the few albums of Ethiopian instrumental music in collaboration with vibraphonist Mulatu Astatke, whose role as a bandleader and composer was also a major influence on Ethiopian popular music. Walias formed in the early 1970s in Addis Ababa where they were the house band for the upscale Hilton Hotel. A civilian curfew made it dangerous for clientele visiting the hotel lounge to leave after 11:00 PM, and Walias would end up playing two or three sets until 6:00 AM the next day. In 1981 Walias became the first modern Ethiopian band to travel to the United States, playing on a tour with singer Mahmoud Ahmed primarily to audiences of Ethiopian refugees. Rather than returning to Ethiopia under its dictatorship, four members of Walias—Girma Bèyènè, Mogès Habté, Mèlakè Gèbrè and Hailu Mergia—stayed in the U.S. and formed a new group called Zula Band. Mergia took work in Washington DC driving a taxi cab, often practicing in his cab while waiting for fares at the airport, and released solo cassette tapes of traditional Ethiopian music played on analog synthesizer, electric piano and accordion. Meanwhile the members of Walias who returned to Ethiopia—Yohannes Tèkola and Tèmarè Harègou—continued to play together under the Derg dictatorship for another decade. In the late 1990s Walias Band found a wider audience in the West when the French label Buda Records reissued much of the group’s music on the Ethiopiques series of compact discs. Their instrumental track, “Musicawi Silt,” became a popular dance number and has been covered by a number of artists. Not much else of Walias’ music was known until African music cassette collector Brian Shimkovitz found a Walias Band tape while traveling in Ethiopia. After hearing it, Shimkovitz found keyboardist Hailu Mergia’s phone number on the Internet, called him up, and arranged an official re-release of Walias Band’s music.]

16. The Heliocentrics – “Burning Wooden Ship”
from: Infinity of Now / Madlib Medicine Show / February 14, 2020
[The Heliocentrics are a London-based musical collective, combining funk, jazz, psych and library influences based around drummer and producer Malcolm Catto, Bassist Jake Ferguson, Guitarist Adrian Owusu and multi-instrumentalist Jack Yglesias. They released their debut album, Out There in 2007 on Now-Again Records, followed by collaborations with Ethiopian musician Mulatu Astatke on the album Inspiration Information (2009) which was awarded that years Gilles Peterson Worldwide Winner Album of the Year award, Lloyd Miller & The Heliocentrics (OST)(2010), and Orlando Julius. The Heliocentrics appeared on the track “Skullfuckery” on the UK release of the DJ Shadow album The Outsider, which was released in 2006. In 2013, they released their second full album, 13 Degrees of Reality also on Stones Throw. The album with Astatke was included in a list of ‘Five Essential Jazz Albums’ chosen by pianist Jamie Cullum in 2013. In 2017, they released A World of Masks with vocals by Barbora Patkova, as well as The Sunshine Makers OST, the score they wrote for the 2015 British documentary The Sunshine Makers, directed by Cosmo Feilding-Mellen. Both records were released on Soundway Records.]

Marion Merritt thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

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

The Talking Trees with special guest Tyler Gosnell play Records with Merritt, 1614 Westport Rd, KCMO, Friday, February 21, at 8:00 PM

11:30 – Underwriting

17. Ebony Tusks – “HDF”
from: HDF – Single / High Dive Records / January 17, 2020
[Ebony Tusks is Daniel Smith on DJ & Production, Geese Giesecke on vocals & Production, and Marty Hillard on vocals & Production. A rattling subwoofer is a sonic aberration, a byproduct of high volume that often results in a speaker system’s long-term damage. It takes the listening experience from exclusively aural to physical, evoking a range of reactions from listeners. This experience is bonded inextricably with rap music for both its fans and dissenters, a familiar beacon for some and an unwelcome nuisance for others. Marty was a cashier at Burger King while in high school, spending every Saturday morning working the drive-thru window. One of his best friends pulled up to the menu and filled the speaker with sounds from his 1972 Volkswagen Beetle’s cassette adapter. Marty’s headset was filled with hot, white noise. He knew it was a rap song but it was mutated to scorched earth. It also happened to come through the main speaker right inside the drive-thru window. His manager was not at all pleased, rushing quickly to turn it off. Marty and his friend laughed it off at the time. EBONY TUSKS is a compilation of moments like these. Daniel, Geese, & Marty are 3 people from the Midwest who take pleasure in the mutations of sound available in the least expected places.]

EBONY TUSKS

11:35 – Interview with EBONY TUSKS

EBONY TUSKS are Daniel Smith – DJ & production, Nathan “Geese” Giesecke – vocals & production, and Martinez Hillard – vocals & production. EBONY TUSKS join us live in our 90.1 FM studios to share details about their new single HDF which we just heard, and news about their upcoming album, Heal Thyself, to be released on High Dive Records and Intelligent Sound. EBONY TUSKS are playing in series of “All Ages” shows to celebrate the release of “HDF.”

EBONY TUSKS’s play ArtsConnect Topeka, 909 N. Kansas Ave, Topeka, KS., Thursday, March 5, at 7:00 PM with special guests VOLSTICE and Tione Jackson.

Ebony Tusks play White Schoolhouse, 1510 N 3rd St, Lawrence, KS., Fri, March 6, at 7:00 PM with special guests V.I.S.I.T.O.R. and RAW SPACE.

Ebony Tusks play Mills Record Company, 4045 Broadway Blvd, KCMO Saturday, March 7, at 7:00 PM, with special guests: Domineko.

Ebony Tusks play recordBar 1520 Grand Blvd., KCMO, on Sun, March 8, at 6:00 PM with Elevator Division, Jaenki, Various Blonde, Bodye. All Proceeds go to Eschleman Family.

Daniel Smith, Nathan “Geese” Giesecke, Martinez Hillard thanks for being with us on WMM.

Their upcoming album, Heal Thyself will be released soon on High Dive Records on vinyl and Intelligent Sound on cassette.

From Live From The Underground / Vivid Seats recently wrote in a piece published February 7, 2020, saying: “EBONY TUSKS is dynamic underground hip-hop trio focused on the conscious, lyric-heavy side of the genre, EBONY TUSKS appeared with dozens of leading underground acts throughout the 2010s. Now, they’re ready to take the next step.”

Martinez Hillard told Vivid Seats: “I began EBONY TUSKS in 2009 after a difficult period that summer. I was living in the student ghetto near the University of Kansas in Lawrence. It was an eerily calm Friday night and I didn’t have any plans after work so I crashed. I woke up shortly after 9:00 pm because my door was being kicked in. I was beaten and robbed at gunpoint. Thankfully, two of my neighbors were close friends and called the police immediately. I had nightmares for years afterward that included many symbols I’ve come to associate with various religious practices. I also began writing raps for the first time in over a decade. I was working with a couple producers and we had our first show at a house venue called Pizza Power in October 2010. Both Daniel and Geese came into the fold within a couple years of that show.”

Martinez Hillard, Daniel Miller, and Nathan “Geese” Giesecke of EBONY TUSKS on the February 19, 2020 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM.

Daniel Smith lives in Lawrence, Kansas. He was born in Berkeley California. He moved to Lawrence when he was a child. Hs father is a Professor at The University of Kansas. Daniel is a DJ and producer. He makes beats. Daniel works for the United Way of Douglass County. Daniel helps to provide after school job-training programs for under-served youth.

Nathan “Geese” Giesecke grew up in Olathe but now lives and works in Kansas City, MO. He was friends with Calvin Arsenia in High School. Geese works as a producer as GEESACE. He makes beats and you can find his music at http://soundcloud.com/geesace Nathan is also a lighting designer who jumped on stage to do back up vocals for Marty and ended up being in the band.

Martinez Hillard is the main vocalist and lyricist for EBONY TUSKS. He raps under the moniker Bodye, (pronounced “body”). He also produces beats. Martinez lives in the Old Town neighborhood in downtown Topeka with wife and 5 year old daughter. Martinez was part of the super group Cowboy Indian Bear. Martinez was recently elected to serve as a board member for Friends of the Library for Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library

At Marty told Johnson County Library, in a piece published April 27, 2016: “ It was a project I started with other producers back in 2010. I asked Daniel to DJ for me sometime in 2011-2012 and Geese joined not too far behind him. Daniel and I had become fast friends when I lived in Lawrence and he was the nicest, most easygoing DJ of the handful I knew. He made our shows a lot less stressful. Geese was and is a lighting technician for a number of our friends’ projects and that was how I made acquaintance with him, seeing him work for a band and asking if he’d do lights for an EBONY TUSKS concert. He eventually asked if he could be hypeman for us and he brought an intensity that we didn’t have prior.”

EBONY TUSKS have been a band for over 11 years making hip hop in the Lawrence scene that includes Approach, Stik Figa, Heartfelt Anarchy, and Archetype.

Since the three members of EBONY TUSKS live in three separate cities: Kansas City, Lawrence and Topeka early on, they created a Dropbox folder to share demos with one another. And as they told Vivid Seat: “It also gave us a bit of language to use in building sounds independent of one another.”

EBONY TUSKS Shows:

EBONY TUSKS play ArtsConnect Topeka, 909 N Kansas Avenue, Topeka, KS., Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 7:00 PM with special guests VOLSTICE and Tione Jackson

The latest EBONY TUSKS single, HDF. It is now available on both 7” and cassette courtesy of High Dive Records and Intelligent Sound. Here is an official music video courtesy of Ulasien Media: https://bit.ly/2E221Gm

All ages, show at 7:00 pm sharp, free entry.

Live art will be provided by Beth King and Robert Tapley Bustamante. We are accepting donations and there will be a raffle drawing for their work at the conclusion of the event. 100% of live art proceeds will go to Beacon Youth Group. Beacon is a welcoming environment for queer youth ages 12-20 to engage in socialization, education, exploration, and activism.
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Ebony Tusks play White Schoolhouse, 1510 N 3rd St, Lawrence, KS., Friday, March 6, at 7:00 PM with special guests V.I.S.I.T.O.R. and RAW SPACE

Please join us in celebration of the latest EBONY TUSKS single, HDF. It is now available on both 7” and cassette courtesy of High Dive Records and Intelligent Sound. Here is an official music video courtesy of Ulasien Media: https://bit.ly/2E221Gm

All ages, show at 7:00 pm sharp. There is a suggested $10 donation. It supports White Schoolhouse, its wonderful volunteers, and their ability to continue hosting safe, accessible, and amazing shows. If you are unable to, please come anyway. We want you in attendance.

Live art will be provided by Matthew Asbury. We are accepting donations and there will be a raffle drawing for Matt’s work at the conclusion of the event. 100% of live art proceeds will go to Girls Rock Lawrence. Girls Rock is an intersectional feminist movement associated with the international Girls Rock Camp Alliance. They create a safe space for adolescent girls and trans youth to participate in music education and mutual empowerment through music. SMASH THE PATRIARCHY!
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Ebony Tusks play Mills Record Company, 4045 Broadway Blvd, KCMO Saturday, March 7, at 7:00 PM, with special guests: Domineko

Please join us in celebration of the latest EBONY TUSKS single, HDF. It is now available on both 7” and cassette courtesy of High Dive Records and Intelligent Sound. Here is an official music video courtesy of Ulasien Media: https://bit.ly/2E221Gm

Live art will be provided by Nick Lewis. We are accepting donations and there will be a raffle drawing for their work at the conclusion of the event. 100% of live art proceeds will go to BANDWAGGN KC. BANDWAGGN’s mission is to empower girls and trans youth to build community thru authentic relationships and lead a movement toward collective liberation. Music is their chosen tool for teaching, learning & building into our future.
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Ebony Tusks play recordBar 1520 Grand Blvd., KCMO, on Sunday, March 8, at 6:00 PM with Elevator Division, Jaenki, Various Blonde, Bodye (Marty from Ebony Tusks) All Proceeds go to Eschleman Family.

11:56:33

18. Ebony Tusks – “Chuck Ds”
from: Heal Thyself / High Dive Records / to be released later this Spring
[Ebony Tusks is Daniel Smith on DJ & Production, Geese Giesecke on vocals & Production, and Marty Hillard on vocals & Production. A rattling subwoofer is a sonic aberration, a byproduct of high volume that often results in a speaker system’s long-term damage. It takes the listening experience from exclusively aural to physical, evoking a range of reactions from listeners. This experience is bonded inextricably with rap music for both its fans and dissenters, a familiar beacon for some and an unwelcome nuisance for others. Marty was a cashier at Burger King while in high school, spending every Saturday morning working the drive-thru window. One of his best friends pulled up to the menu and filled the speaker with sounds from his 1972 Volkswagen Beetle’s cassette adapter. Marty’s headset was filled with hot, white noise. He knew it was a rap song but it was mutated to scorched earth. It also happened to come through the main speaker right inside the drive-thru window. His manager was not at all pleased, rushing quickly to turn it off. Marty and his friend laughed it off at the time. EBONY TUSKS is a compilation of moments like these. Daniel, Geese, and Marty are three people from the Midwest who take pleasure in the mutations of sound available in the least expected places.]

Daniel Smith, Nathan “Geese” Giesecke, Martinez Hillard thanks for being with us on WMM.

EBONY TUSKS photo by Ailecia Ruscin of OH! Snap! Photography

Next week, February 26 – Nico Gray joins us as Guest Producer. Plus, Doby Watson joins us to play live in our 90.1 FM Studios.

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

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Show #825

WMM presents Marion Merritt + EBONY TUSKS

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 19, 2019

Spinning Records With Marion Merritt
+ EBONY TUSKS

Marion Merritt

Mark welcomes Marion Merritt, of Records With Merritt, who joins us as “Guest Producer” to share sonic discoveries and information from her musically-encyclopedic-brain. Records With Merritt is located at 1614 Westport Road, KCMO. More info at: http://www.recordswithmerritt.com.

Marion will play tracks from: Antibalas, Sharon Van Etten, Isobel Campbell, Holy Fuck, Caribou, Khruangbin & Leon Bridges, Monophonics, Brazzos & O.K., Mukhtar Ramadan Idii, of Montreal, Field Music, Les Amazones d’Afrique, Hailu Mergia & The Walias, Sestetto Basso-Valdambrini, and The Heliocentrics.

EBONY TUSKS

At 11:30 Mark talks with members of the Lawrence, KS. based hip hop trio, EBONY TUSKS who join us live in our 90.1 FM studios to share details about their new single HDF and their upcoming album, Heal Thyself on High Dive Records. Ebony Tusks are playing a series of “All Ages” shows to celebrate the release of their new single “HDF.” EBONY TUSKS’s play ArtsConnect Topeka, 909 N Kansas Ave, Topeka, KS., Thursday, March 5, at 7:00 PM with special guests VOLSTICE and Tione Jackson. EBONY TUSKS play White Schoolhouse, 1510 N 3rd St, Lawrence, KS., Friday, March 6, at 7:00 PM with special guests V.I.S.I.T.O.R. and RAW SPACE. EBONY TUSKS play Mills Record Company, 4045 Broadway Blvd, KCMO Saturday, March 7, at 7:00 PM, with special guests: Domineko. And EBONY TUSKS play recordBar 1520 Grand Blvd., KCMO, on Sun, March 8, at 6:00 PM with Elevator Division, Jaenki, Various Blonde, Bodye. All Proceeds go to Eschleman Family.

EBONY TUSKS photo by OH! Snap! Photography

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Show #825

WMM Playlist from Feb. 12, 2020

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 12, 2020

The Pedaljets!!!
+ New & MidCoastal Releases
+ Betse Ellis & Marion Merritt

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

2. Katy Guillen & The Drive – “Willingly”
from: Dream Girl [EP] / Katy Guillen / to be released on: March 20, 2020
[New 7 song EP from Katy Guillen & The Drive, the latest project dedicated to Guillen’s songwriting that is founded on the creative spark and chemistry between Katy Guillen & Stephanie Williams. With Guillen on guitar & vocals and Williams on drums, the two sculpt a sound that recalls bands like Led Zeppelin, The Bangles, and Band of Skulls. In 2012, Guillen & Williams formed Katy Guillen and The Girls, and began to build a foundation of touring and recording that carried them through six years and produced three full-length albums: Katy Guillen & the Girls, Heavy Days, and Remember What You Knew Before. Between 2012 and 2018, they traveled the United States extensively, performed at the International Montreal Jazz Festival, toured Sweden, and supported major acts like The Doobie Brothers, Robin Trower, and Heartless Bastards. In these 6 years playing together, Guillen & Williams created a dynamic, sound informed by Guillen’s mesmerizing, emotive guitar style and poignant arrangements, and an equally captivating live show that showcased Williams’ technical, melodic style, resulting in a powerful on-stage chemistry. In addition to the compelling synergy formed by years of playing together, the two developed a method of working together on Guillen’s songs that only deepened their artistic connection, propelling them to forge a path to a new plateau in their music. KG & The Drive push ahead with a melodic, heavy, and soulful sound while maintaining the edge of the artist’s rock ‘n’ roll and blues roots. Guillen calls their genre-bending style “indie soul-rock.”]

[Katy Guillen & The Drive play Feb 14 in St Petersburg, FL; Feb 15 in Tampa, FL; Feb 16 in Goodland, FL; Feb 18 – 22 for Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea VI. Katy Guillen will be on WMM on March 18.]

10:05 – WMM Winter Fund with co-hosts: Marion Merritt & Betse Ellis.

Betse Ellis

Betse Ellis is originally from Fayetteville, Arkansas. She received her Bachelors of Arts in Music and a Bachelors of Arts in English, from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. She has been playing the Violin for over 40 years, with over 20 years playing fiddle and also working as a teacher of music. Betse was one of the founding members of the critically acclaimed and internationally known band, The Wilders. Betse has released two solo records, and for the last several years is recording and performing with her partner, multi-instrumentalist Clarke Wyatt, as Betse & Clarke. Betse Ellis is also part of the Short Round Stringband, the 5-piece band that last year released a 14-track album called, Ain’t No Part of Nothin’ that is a musical tribute to Bill Monroe.

Betse Ellis, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Marion Merritt

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, and is a avid lover of classic films and punk rock music. She saw Talking Heads on their first U.S. tour when they played One Block West in 1978. For 16 years she has been sharing her musical discoveries and information from her musically-encyclopedic brain on Wednesday MidDay Medley. Marion has joined us for every on-air fund drive to help raise funds for the MidCoast Radio Project. With her partner Ann Stewart, Marion is the proprietor of Records With Merritt, at 1614 Westport Rd. in Kansas City, Missouri. Records With Merritt features new vinyl releases, in-store performances from young and upcoming bands, holds meetings for a vinyl listening club, and was once the location for a wedding, and a 30th birthday party. More information at: http://www.recordwithmerritt.com

Marion Merritt, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

10:12

3. Kian Byrne – “All The Love”
from: All The Love – Single / Kian Bryne / February 7, 2020
[Kian Byrne is a Kansas City based multi-instrumentalist. He plays drums in The Elders, and drums for Hi-Lüx, and bass for The New Riddim, and for YUM. This single will be part of a full length album Kian is releasing in March. This is a follow-up to Kian Byrne’s solo EP “Up & Down” (released July 11, 2018) that was #55 on WMM’ 118 Best recordings of 2018. You can learn more at: kianbyrnemusic.com]

4. The Black Creatures – “the fall & winter (radio edit)”
from: “Wild Echoes” / The Black Creatures / September 30, 2019
[Darkpop hip-hop musical pulling elements from sci-fi to tell an inter-dimensional story. Xavier Martin and Jade Green have made an impression of the KC music community with their videos and songs, live shows in clubs, art galleries, record stores, area music festivals and shows in surrounding areas. They’ve released an EP, an album, several singles.]

[Black Creatures play miniBar, 3810 Broadway Rd, KCMO, Monday, February 24, 2020 at 9:00 PM with King Ropes, and True Lions]

[Black Creatures play a “Leap Year Party with The Black Creatures, in The Disaster Room at Minibar, 3810 Broadway Blvd, KCMO, Saturday, February 29, at 9:00 PM with DJ Scotty Wu & special guests.]

[Black Creatures play miniBar, 3810 Broadway BLVD, KCMO, on Monday, March 16, at 9:00 PM opening for Wyatt Waddell with Eddie Moore.]

[Black Creatures play MidCoast Takeover at The Shangri La in Austin Texas, on Wednesday, March 18 at 12:00 PM. Hosted by Midwest Music Foundation.]

10:20 – Pledge Break #2

We just heard The Black Creatures. Xavier Martin and Jade Green are The Black Creatures. Their album “Wild Echoes” was #2 on WMM’s 119 Best Recordings of 2019. Wednesday MidDay Medley was one of the first radio shows to play their music on the air. The Black Creatures appeared on our show on September 25, 2019. We not only play the music but we let you know where to see these artists perform live in KC and around the country. We offer information about when the music was released, who contributed to the recordings and information about these artists. Our playlists are posted on our Wednesday MidDay Medley Facebook page, our Twitter page, and playlists dating back for the last 9 years are available at http://www.wednesdaymiddaymedley.org. WMM was the very first to play Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, Calvin Arsenia, Shy Boys and Ivory Blue.

10:27 – Underwriting

5. Broken Heart Syndrome – “Hard To Be Boring”
from: Hard To Be Boring – Single / Olive Juice Music / February 14, 2020
[Kansas City based supergroup Broken Heart Syndrome, is Matthew Roth (of Schwervon!, Major Matt Mason USA) on songwriting, vocals & guitar, Pat Tomek (of The Rainmakers) on drums & percussion, Dave Tanner (of The Depth and The Whisper) on bass and backing vocals, Todd Granthem (of The Quivers) on keyboards. This recording was engineered and co-produced by Pat Tomek at Level Stage in KC, MO. This is the thrid single release from th band and ia follow up to their Setember 13, 2019 release of Dolly (and other unfinished business) is the second official Broken Heart Syndrome. ]

[Broken Heart Syndrome play the Broken Hearts Ball at The Rino, 314 Armour Rd, North Kansas City, on Friday, February 14, at 7:00 PM with The UK’s, and Mene Mene.]

6. Nan Turner – “Double Heartbreak”
from: For Champs and Losers, Version 2 / Nan Turner / July 12, 2019
[All songs by Nan Turner. Recorded, Mixed, and Co-Produced at Winky World in KC, by Chase Horseman. Mastered by Alan Douches at West Side Music, New Windsor, NY. Ian Dobyns plays drums and Chase Horseman plays bass. Nan Turner is one half of the critically acclaimed band Schwervon! Nan has been called the “Lucy Ricardo of Indie Rock.” She also performs as Nan & The One Night Stands. Nan wrote on Facebook about her new EP: “This whole thing started out as an experiment, but I have to say I’m proud as hell with how it turned out. I was just going to record one or maybe two songs. Welcome to my FIVE SONGER!!! Some songs were written out of heartbreak and some just made me laugh. Just doing this was transformative, it was cathartic. I allowed myself to “write bad songs”. I highly recommend doing that because there’s bound to be a gold nugget somewhere in the bunch if you give yourself permission. My guitar and I got reacquainted. We were “dancing in the dark.” I’ve never quoted Bruce Springsteen before, but also I didn’t know I was going to record this EP, so you know. I had the luxury of working with Chase Horseman every week or two, giving myself time to add and rework stuff. I took the slow road and enjoyed the process. Chase has great ears and is ubertalented in his own right. He & Ian Dobyns (Dreamgirl, Chase The Horseman) were my rhythm section on a few of these tracks.” More info at: http://www.nanturner.bandcamp.com]

[Nan Turner’s band: Nan & the One Nite Stands play Records with Merritt, 1614 Westport Rd, KCMO, Saturday, February 15, at 8:00 PM with Charlie Upchurch (comedy), Causing FX (Daniel Robinson, formerly Los Cauz), and Breaka Dawn (of The Bad Ideas).]

10:36 – Pledge Break #3

Just remember what you don’t have to hear when you are tuned to 90.1 FM KKFI! No commercials, no automated robot playing the same 40 to 100 songs in a “rotation,” based on a formula, created by someone who programs the robot. KKFI is the opposite of a robot. There is always a human being on the other end of the phone line anytime you call. We are “The Voice of The Community” – 90.1 offers 102 different radio programs. 84 of these programs are locally created and produced and hosted and engineered and written by over 100 different people, who create content, and personally handcraft each show, each week. There are 147 hours each week of locally produced handcrafted programs. You will not find this kind of representative diversity anywhere else on your radio dial, or from any singular source on your computer. It is very special. It needs to be nourished and kept alive in a world of corporate, nationally owned, commercial or religious broadcasting.

10:43

7. The Roseline – “Better to the Bone”
from: GOOD / GRIEF / King Forward Records / to be released April 3, 2020
[From the 6th album of the Lawrence, KS, based alt-country, Americana, rock band, formed by Colin Halliburton with friends in 2005. The songs were born, largely, in response to the death of Halliburton’s best friend (and keyboardist in The Roseline), as well as the loss of his mother-in-law to suicide. Additionally, the album explores themes of love & marriage, the grieving process, elder millennial existential dread, politicized rage, drugs, and mortality. Beyond simply the lyrics, they have added sonic textures that have not previously been explored, thanks to the addition of guitarist Bradley McKellip, bassist Colin Jones, and keyboardist and vocalist Heidi Gluck. Drummer Jim Piller and guitarist Kris Losure have returned as solid mainstays of the band. Guest appearances from lap steel player Mike Stover, pianist Dan Loftus, and vocalist Chase Horseman widen the sonic spectrum even further. The album was recorded, engineered and produced by Joel Nanos at Element Recording Studios in KCMO. The new album follows the September 29, 2017 release “Blood,” and the June 19, 2015 album, “Townie.” The band has toured the US and Halliburton has completed two European solo tours thus far, taking him through Poland, Germany, Belgium, and The Netherlands. More info at; http://www.roselinemusic.com.]

[The Roseline play an Album Release show at Replay Lounge in Lawrence, Friday, April 3 at 9:00 PM]

[The Roseline play a Kansas City Album Release show at Mike Kelly’s Westsider, Saturday, April 4.]

Krystle Warren

8. Krystle Warren & The Faculty – “Tuesday Mornings”
from: Love Songs- A Time to Refrain from Embracing (Love Songs: A Time You May Embrace) / Parlour Door Music / April 9, 2012 UK]
[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.]

9. Thighmaster – “Dick Simmons”
from: Between The Knees And Squeeze / High Dive Records / January 10, 2020
[Thighmaster is a Lawrence, Kansas based band formed by Maxfield Yoder (formerly of the bands: Dean Monkey & the Dropouts, Plains) on guitar & vocals, Max Lock on vocals, Max Smith on tambourine & vocals, Esteban Gomez –on bass, Jennifer Graham on drums, and Jake Little on guitar. Thighmaster recently signed with KC based label High Dive Records. The band is resurrecting the song-writing demons that have long haunted Mayfield Yoder. Thighmaster truly is garage pop for cool grandparents. Now you too can have shapely thighs in minutes a day. Tracked, Mixed and Mastered by Ross Williams and written by Thighmaster.]

[Thighmaster plays Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence, KS, on Fri., Feb. 14, at 10:00 PM, w/ Greg Wheeler & the Polygamist Mall Cops (from Des Moines), Y Pony (members of The Ovaries-eez).]

10:53 – Pledge Break #5

KKFI’s Mission Statement: KKFI is the Kansas City area’s independent, noncommercial community radio station. We seek to stimulate, educate and entertain our audience, to reflect the diversity of the local and world community, and to provide a channel for individuals and groups, issues and music that have been overlooked, suppressed or under-represented by other media.

KKFI’s Philosophy Statement: KKFI is committed to diversity in programming and discourse and seeks to create a climate of mutual respect and collaboration among volunteers and staff.

11:00 – Station ID

10. Pedaljets – “Disassociation Blues”
from: Twist The Lens / Electric Moth Records / February 14, 2020
[Twist The Lens was recorded in three main sessions, produced by the Pedaljets alongside their former lead guitarist Paul Malinowski (Shiner, Season To Risk). Though the Pedaljets core trio of Allmayer, bassist Matt Kesler, and drummer Rob Morrow has remained a constant throughout their tenure as a band, they’ve worked with multiple lead guitarists throughout the years, with Twist The Lens being the first record to showcase their newest addition, Cody Wyoming. Bringing in Wyoming, and working alongside Malinowski, allowed the new songs to benefit from a fresh and outside perspective, while still keeping the album within the Pedaljets family. It also lent itself to a more utilitarian process where, as Allmayer describes, “We would constantly listen back and ask ourselves, ‘Are you hearing something this song needs?’ We were really focused on pushing ourselves to make the best music we can and being extra critical.” To round out the team, the band brought in veteran producer John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr., Kurt Vile) to mix the record and reunited with Archer Prewitt (The Sea and Cake) whose artwork has adorned the last three Pedaljets album covers.]

[The Pedaljets play an Album Release show at miniBar, 3810 Broadway Rd, KCMO, on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 8:00 PM with Dan Jones & the Squids.]

Cody Wyoming, Mike Allmayer, and Matt Kesler of Pedaljets on the February 12, 2020 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM.

11:04 – Interview with Mike Allmayer, Matt Kesler, & Cody Wyoming

The Pedaljets join us live in our 90.1 FM Studios to talk with us about their new album, “Twist The Lens,” be released Feb. 14, on Electric Moth Records. Formed in 1984, The Pedaljets made their name playing alongside Hüsker Dü, The Replacements and Flaming Lips. In 1989 the band broke up just after the release of their second album, “The Pedaljets.” 20 years later, the band came back together in 2008, to give that album a proper, remastered release. Working with producer Paul Malinowski playing lead guitar, the band’s reunion led to “What’s In Between” in 2013, the band’s first album of new material in 23 years. Now six years later, “Twist The Lens” their fourth full-length, is the first to feature new guitarist Cody Wyoming (The Philistines), while previous guitarist Paul Malinowski served as producer.

Pedaljets, play an Album Release Party, Saturday, February 15, at 8:00 PM at miniBar, 3810 Broadway Rd, KCMO with Dan Jones and The Squids. More info at: http://www.thepedaljets.com

Mike Allmayer, Matt Kesler, & Cody Wyoming thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Studio legend John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr, Kurt Vile) mixed the album, and Archer Prewitt (The Sea And Cake and The Cocktails) provided the artwork.

Once hailed as “Kansas City’s answer to The Replacements,” the Pedaljets formed in the mid-80s and immediately began touring the United States nonstop, gaining critical acclaim and support slots with some of the decade’s biggest acts, but never becoming a household name on their own.

After releasing two LPs, 1988’s “Today Today” and 1989’s “Pedaljets,” the band split up.

After laying low for a few years, Allmayer and Morrow formed the band Grither and signed with MCA before Morrow decided to go back to school and relocate to Scotland.

Kesler owned and operated the KC vintage music shop Midwestern Musical Company, selling gear to artists including St. Vincent, The Arcade Fire, Jason Isbell and more.

The Pedaljets couldn’t stay apart forever though, and returned in 2008 with a re-recorded version of their self-titled album and a rekindled hunger to perform..

20 years later, the band came back together in 2008, to give that album a proper, remastered release. Working with producer Paul Malinowski playing lead guitar, the band’s reunion led to “What’s In Between” in 2013, the band’s first album of new material in 23 years.

6 years later, “Twist The Lens” their 4th full-length, is the first to feature new guitarist Cody Wyoming (The Philistines), while previous guitarist Paul Malinowski served as producer.

11:13

11. Pedaljets – “Twist The Lens”
from: Twist The Lens / Electric Moth Records / February 14, 2020
[Twist The Lens was recorded in three main sessions, produced by the Pedaljets alongside their former lead guitarist Paul Malinowski (Shiner, Season To Risk). Though the Pedaljets core trio of Allmayer, bassist Matt Kesler, and drummer Rob Morrow has remained a constant throughout their tenure as a band, they’ve worked with multiple lead guitarists throughout the years, with Twist The Lens being the first record to showcase their newest addition, Cody Wyoming. Bringing in Wyoming, and working alongside Malinowski, allowed the new songs to benefit from a fresh and outside perspective, while still keeping the album within the Pedaljets family. It also lent itself to a more utilitarian process where, as Allmayer describes, “We would constantly listen back and ask ourselves, ‘Are you hearing something this song needs?’ We were really focused on pushing ourselves to make the best music we can and being extra critical.” To round out the team, the band brought in veteran producer John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr., Kurt Vile) to mix the record and reunited with Archer Prewitt (The Sea and Cake) whose artwork has adorned the last three Pedaljets album covers.]

[The Pedaljets play an Album Release show at miniBar, 3810 Broadway Rd, KCMO, on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 8:00 PM with Dan Jones & the Squids.]

The Pedaljets
Photo by Paul Andrews

11:17 – Interview with Mike Allmayer, Matt Kesler, Rob Morrow, & Cody Wyoming

The Pedaljets join us live in our 90.1 FM Studios to talk with us about their new album, “Twist The Lens,” be released Feb. 14, on Electric Moth Records. Formed in 1984, The Pedaljets made their name playing alongside Hüsker Dü, The Replacements and Flaming Lips. In 1989 the band broke up just after the release of their second album, “The Pedaljets.” 20 years later, the band came back together in 2008, to give that album a proper, remastered release. Working with producer Paul Malinowski playing lead guitar, the band’s reunion led to “What’s In Between” in 2013, the band’s first album of new material in 23 years. Now six years later, “Twist The Lens” their fourth full-length, is the first to feature new guitarist Cody Wyoming (The Philistines), while previous guitarist Paul Malinowski served as producer.

Mike Allmayer, Matt Kesler, & Cody Wyoming thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

11:26

12. Pedaljets – “The Fader”
from: Twist The Lens / Electric Moth Records / February 14, 2020
[Twist The Lens was recorded in three main sessions, produced by the Pedaljets alongside their former lead guitarist Paul Malinowski (Shiner, Season To Risk). Though the Pedaljets core trio of Allmayer, bassist Matt Kesler, and drummer Rob Morrow has remained a constant throughout their tenure as a band, they’ve worked with multiple lead guitarists throughout the years, with Twist The Lens being the first record to showcase their newest addition, Cody Wyoming. Bringing in Wyoming, and working alongside Malinowski, allowed the new songs to benefit from a fresh and outside perspective, while still keeping the album within the Pedaljets family. It also lent itself to a more utilitarian process where, as Allmayer describes, “We would constantly listen back and ask ourselves, ‘Are you hearing something this song needs?’ We were really focused on pushing ourselves to make the best music we can and being extra critical.” To round out the team, the band brought in veteran producer John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr., Kurt Vile) to mix the record and reunited with Archer Prewitt (The Sea and Cake) whose artwork has adorned the last three Pedaljets album covers.]

[The Pedaljets play an Album Release show at miniBar, 3810 Broadway Rd, KCMO, on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 8:00 PM with Dan Jones & the Squids.]

11:29 – Underwriting

11:31 – Pledge Break #5

In just this past year on WMM we’ve featured segments shining a light on: The Black Archives of Mid America, Olathe Public Library’s Music Series, InterUrban ArtHouse Queer Story Telling, Middle of The Map Fest, Outer Reaches Fest, Troost Fest, North KC Music Fest, Porch Fest KC, Crossroads Music Fest, Manor Fest, Lawrence Field Day Fest, KC PrideFest, Midwest Music Foundation, MidCoast Takeover, Playlist Play, Kansas City Public Library, GLAMA, MOCSA, Topeka Women’s Correctional Facility, The Midwest Innocence Project, Record Store Day, Folk Alliance International Conference, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., George Washington Carver, Kansas City Art Institute, Bach Aria Soloist, KC Gamelan Genta Kasturi, Owen Cox Dance Group, American Jazz Museum, Never Records, KC Fringe Theatre Fest, Late Night Theatre, Girls Rock! and the Annual Girls Rock! Camp, The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Apocalypse Meow, Union Station, Plaza Art Fair, Center Cut Records, Black Site Records, Haymaker Records, The Record Machine, Datura Records, Too Much Rock, Revolution Records, Sister Anne’s Records, Mills Record Company, Josey Records, Records With Merritt, Squeezebox Theatre, Crossroads KC, The Midland Theatre, Johnson County Performing Arts Series, Shelf Life, The Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, The Band That Fell To Earth A Tribute To David Bowie, The Kauffman Center for The Performing Arts, UMKC Conservatory of Music, and more.

11:38

13. The Black Mariah Theater – “Patron Saint”
from: Patron Saint – Single / The Black Mariah Theater / December 6, 2019
[Follow up to their November 2019 single “Got No Luck.” The Black Mariah Theatre released their debut EP “Black Hearts” On July 22, 2017. The Black Mariah Theater is made up of twin sisters Sophia Motta on vocals and guitar, and Analiese Motta on drums. Their genre-bending funky drum beats, jazzy guitar tones, and tell-it-like-it-is lyrics create a rock n roll show perfect for anyone who’s had a bad day, a lonely night or a broken heart. A Kansas City-based duo, The Black Mariah Theater’s sound has been described as “eclectic.” Mixing jazzy guitar tones with funky drum beats and angsty lyrics, old jazz comes into the modern world. Influenced by the likes of Billie Holiday, The Black Keys, The Cold War Kids, The Kills, and Chet Baker. More information at: http://www.theblackmariahtheater.bandcamp.com]

[The Black Mariah Theater play a Record Release, at Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester St, KCMO on Friday, February 14, at 8:00 PM with Chase The Horseman, And Nathan Corsi Band.]

14. Millage Gilbert w/ The Creighton Organization – “Nothin’ I Can Do” (CD #14) (5:02)
from: I Heard It On 18th Street II / Independent / 2009
[Living legend, Millage Gilbert in 77 years old and has deep roots in Kansas City and Mississippi. Born in Jackson, MS, he grew up watching such legends as John Lee Hooker, Little Milton, and Howlin Wolf. At 17, he joined Elmore James’ band. A KC resident since 1962, Gilbert has performed with Little Hatch and Sonny Kenner, and has performed in Europe. He told an interviewer: “I was born in Madison County, Mississippi, near Tougaloo, south of Ridgeland, north of the city of Jackson, Mississippi, May 24, 1938 [Ed. Note – His birth certificate states May 25, 1938, but Gilbert insists he was born on May 24, 1938.] My mother was born Dora Scott in Clarksdale, Mississippi. I was grown up from a family of 14. I’m the 12th child, the baby son. Now I’m the only boy left living. My father was the seventh son in his family and I’m his seventh son. The Gilberts were always known for playing guitar. Hopefully my boys will take it a little further.”]

[Millage Gilbert Knuckleheads 2715 Rochester St, KCMO, Thursday, February 13, at 7:00 PM, with Stormcellar: Millage Gilbert, Danny Cox, and others! (Free Show)]

11:47 – Pledge Break #6

I love that I can tune into the 90.1 FM’s 100,000 watt, crystal-clear signal, and hear the music, information, news, entertainment, events, and stories, that I cannot find anywhere else. 90.1 is my comfort, my special companion, my interesting friend, introducing me to all kinds of new & local music, as well as the news & information without commercials. It is radio brought to YOU by people who create radio shows out of love, and are guided by KKFI’s noble mission that “seeks to stimulate, educate and entertain our audience, to reflect the diversity of the local and world community, and to provide a channel for individuals and groups, issues and music that have been overlooked, suppressed or under-represented by other media.”

Driving in your car, at the office, at the gym, in your garage, in your cubicle, in your art space, on your iPod, at your construction site, in your kitchen, in your barn, YOU can take 90.1 with you, as your companion. 90.1 FM is generally a good date. Good for a few laughs, fun to dance with, always interested in good conversation. Isn’t 90.1 FM KKFI worth a few dollars a day, or a week? So many people tune in to http://www.kkfi.org everyday, but studies show, that less than 1 percent actually donate to keep this miracle of broadcasting alive. Please help keep this part of our public airwaves alive for our community to enjoy, free from commercials, free from religious sermonizing, free from extremely conservative and slanted right wing “talk radio,” and free from corporately “owned and cloned” robotic affiliates that play the same 15 songs everyday at the same time. YOU deserve better. http://www.kkfi.org – Become a sustaining member!

Marion Merritt, Betse Ellis, Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who called in!

11:56

15. Gang of Four – “Natural’s Not In It”
from: Entertainment / EMI – Warner Brothers / September 25, 1979
[Debut album from Gang of Four, an English post-punk band, formed in 1976 in Leeds. The original members were singer Jon King, guitarist Andy Gill, bass guitarist Dave Allen and drummer Hugo Burnham. There have been many different line-ups including, among other notable musicians, Sara Lee, Mark Heaney and Gail Ann Dorsey. After a brief lull in the 1980s, different constellations of the band recorded two studio albums in the 1990s. Between 2004 and 2006 the original line-up was reunited; Gill was the only remaining original member prior to his death on 1 February 2020. The band plays a stripped-down mix of punk rock, funk and dub, with a lyrical emphasis on the social and political ills of society. Gang of Four are widely considered one of the leading bands of the late 1970s/early 1980s post-punk movement. Their debut album, Entertainment!, was ranked as fifth greatest punk album of all time and at Number 483 in Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. The album was listed by Pitchfork Media as the 8th best album of the 1970s. Their early 80s albums (Songs of the Free and Hard) found them softening some of their more jarring qualities, and drifting towards dance-punk and disco. David Fricke of Rolling Stone described Gang of Four as “probably the best politically motivated band in rock & roll.” In 2011 we played from “Content” Gang Of Four’s 7th full-length album released January 25, 2011 on Yep Roc and their first studio record in 16 years from the punk-funk, post-punk agitators, formed in 1977. They went on to release more: What Happens Next (Metropolis/Membran, 2015) and Happy Now (Gill Music Ltd, 2019).] [Andrew James Dalrymple Gill was born January 1, 1956 and died February 1, 2020. He was a British musician and record producer. He was the lead guitarist for the British rock band Gang of Four, which he co-founded in 1976. Gill was known for his jagged style of guitar on albums such as Entertainment! (1979) and Solid Gold (1981) and hit singles such as “At Home He’s a Tourist,” “Damaged Goods,” “Anthrax,” “What We All Want” and “I Love a Man in a Uniform”. In addition to his work with Gang of Four, Gill was also a record producer, and produced or co-produced all of the band’s albums. He also produced albums for artists such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Jesus Lizard, the Stranglers, the Futureheads, Michael Hutchence, Killing Joke, Polysics, Fight Like Apes, Therapy? and the Young Knives. Gill was born in Manchester, England, UK, on 1 January 1956. Gill was married to Catherine Mayer, a journalist and the co-founder of the Women’s Equality Party. Gill was often confused with The Independent’s music critic, also named Andy Gill. Gill’s death was announced by Gang of Four on February 1, 2020. He was 64. A band’s spokesperson told the New York Times the cause of death was pneumonia.]

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

Next week, on February 19 – Marion Merritt returns as Guest Producer with more sonic discoveries and information from her musically encyclopedic brain. Also joining us is the Lawrence based band: Ebony Tusks with new music on High Dive Records.

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

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Show #824

Wednesday MidDay Medley presents The Pedaljets + Betse Ellis + Marion Merritt

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 12, 2020

The Pedaljets!!!
+ New & MidCoastal Releases
+ Betse Ellis & Marion Merrit
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Mark plays more New & MidCoastal Releases from: Katy Guillen & The Drive, The Pedaljets, The Roseline, The Black Creatures, Thighmaster, Broken Heart Syndrome, The Black Mariah Theatre, Kian Byrne, Krystle Warren, Millage Gilbert, and Nan Turner. We’ll also play Gang of Four.

The Pedaljets
Photo by Paul Andrews

At 11:00 Mike Allmayer, Matt Kesler, Rob Morrow, & Cody Wyoming of The Pedaljets share their new album, “Twist The Lens,” to be released Feb. 14, on Electric Moth Records. Formed in 1984, The Pedaljets made their name playing alongside Hüsker Dü, The Replacements and Flaming Lips. In 1989 the band broke up just after the release of their second album, “The Pedaljets.” 20 years later, the band came back together in 2008, to give that album a proper, remastered release. Working with producer Paul Malinowski playing lead guitar, the band’s reunion led to “What’s In Between” in 2013, the band’s first album of new material in 23 years. Now six years later, “Twist The Lens” their fourth full-length, is the first to feature new guitarist Cody Wyoming (The Philistines), while previous guitarist Paul Malinowski served as producer. Studio legend John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr, Kurt Vile) mixed the album, and Archer Prewitt (The Sea And Cake and The Cocktails) provided the artwork.

The Pedaljets, play an Album Release Party, Saturday, February 15, at 8:00 PM at miniBar, 3810 Broadway Rd, KCMO with Dan Jones and The Squids. More info at wwwthepedaljets.com.

Marion Merritt
Betse Ellis

Mark also welcomes Betse Ellis, critically acclaimed fiddler, singer, and songwriter, and one half of Betse & Clarke who joins us for the entire show as our special guest co-host. We also welcome Marion Merritt, longtime contributor to Wednesday MidDay Medley, and proprietor of Records With Merritt, who also joins us as co-host. Betse & Marion will help to encourage our diverse and loyal listeners to call 888-931-0901, to support 90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio during our Winter Fund Drive Show.

The Pedaljets photo by Paul Andrews

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Show #824

WMM Playlist from: Feb. 5, 2020

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, February 5, 2020

Belle and The Vertigo Waves + Marty Thomas
+ Sondra Freeman of Midwest Music Foundation +
New & MidCoastal Releases

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

2. Jametatone – “Is That What You Like? (feat. Calvin Arsenia)”
from: A Bird In The Hand / Jametatone / December 8, 2019
[Jametatone, is the solo project of J. Ashley Miller who has recorded with his band as Metatone. Jametatone collaborates with an esemble of musicians under the moniker Blastocyst. The recording of A Bird In The Hand was Engineered, Mixed and Mastered by Jametatone at The Infoaming Vertex Studio. Assistant Engineering by Simon Huntley. Dedicated to Love. bLASTOCYST is: Jon Kizilarmut on drums & percussion; Jeff Harshbarger on bass; Eddie Moore on Rhodes, Wurlitzer & Piano; Fritz Hutchison on guitar, percussion, & piano; Billy Winston on saxophone; Simon Huntley on drums & percussion; Allison Hawkins on piano; and Jametatone on vocals & guitar. J. Ashley Miller is the 2016 Charlotte Street Generative Performing Artist Award Fellow. He is a composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist. His genre-bending trans-modern work has been performed everywhere from YJ’s to the Kauffman Performing Arts Center, to the MoMa PS1 in NYC. Ashley utilizes a diverse range of technologies, techniques, and collaborators to access obscure facets of the human emotional landscape. You can view more of Ashley’s work at http://www.jametatone.com]

[Jametatone plays recordBar, 1520 Grand, KCMO, Wednesday, Feb. 12, at 7:00 PM w/ ARQuesta Del SolSoul and Collidescope.]

3. True Lions – “Life is Gold”
from: You’re Not Invited / True Lions / November 9, 2019
[Second EP released in 2019 from True Lions with: Alison Hawkins on guitar, synth, and vocals; Elizabeth Kosko on percussion, vocals; Mikala Petillo on bass, vocals; Claire Adams on guitar, vocals; Leslie Butsch on saxophone, Ezgi Karakus on cello; and Teri Quinn on vocals. All songs written by True Lions and produced by Claire Adams and Alison Hawkins. Tracking Engineering by Claire Adams. Mixing and Mastering by Ian Dobyns and Chase Horseman. Album Artwork by Genevieve Sloan. Special thanks to Calvin Arsenia and Fritz Hutchison. The band released their debut EP”Cute At Best” Feb. 5, 2019 with Alison Hawkins on guitar, piano, synth, vocals; Mikala Petillo on percussion, bass, guitar, vocals; and with Ross Brown serving as producer & engineer; and Nika Winn providing artwork. This EP began as an unrelated, musical dispute between lovers, but triumphantly became the spunky collaboration of two midwestern “woms” whose passion for playing music nearly exceeds their desire to create it.]

[True Lions play Wise Blood KC, at 300 Westport Rd, KCMO, on Friday, February 7 at 6:00 PM, with Charlotte B, and Ramona & The Phantoms.]

[True Lions play Stockyard Sounds with SoulTru, Monday, February 10, at 6:30 PM at Stockyards Brewing Co., 1600 Genessee St, KCMO.]

[True Lions play The Disaster Room at Minibar, 3810 Broadway Blvd, KCMO, on Tuesday, February 11, at 9:00 PM with Frankie Valet (STL), Chloe Jacobson, and Tellum.]

4. Vincent Herring, Bobby Watson & Gary Bartz – “These Foolish Things”
from: Bird at 100 / Smoke Session Records / November 29, 2019
[August 29, 2020 will mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Charlie Parker. Alto saxophonists and three of modern jazz’s most acclaimed voices: Vincent Herring, Bobby Watson, and Gary Bartz backed by a rhythm section that includes: pianist David Kikoski, bassist Yasushi Nakamura, and drummer Carl Allen shared the stage at Smoke Jazz Club in New York in August 2019, for shows celebrating what would have been the honoree’s 99th birthday. On Bird at 100, Herring, Watson, and Bartz revisit standards Bird transformed to blazing bebop numbers and also sharing new compositions written with Charlie Parker’s legacy in mind. Watson’s ballad-turn on “These Foolish Things” offers a master class in phrasing and articulation, and Kikoski is given plenty of room to stretch out a big, warm blanket of a solo. 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]

[Bobby Watson plays Searching for Charlie Parker w/ Logan Richardson & Bobby Watson on Thursday, February 6, at 9:00 PM, at The Ship, 1217 Union Avenue during Black History Month, At 9:00 PM: Music is Your Own Experience – Featuring Polish Jazz Artists., At 10:00 PM: Sanctified Rhythm – Featuring Bobby Watson. At 11:00 PM: No Boundaries to Art – Featuring Logan Richardson’s blues PEOPLE. At 12:00 AM: Just Play the Music – Featuring Five Saxophonists.]

10:20 – Underwriting

5. The Creepy Jingles – “Prodigal Sun Tzu”
from: The Creepy Jingles EP / High Dive Records / May 3, 2019
[Debut EP Release from The Creepy Jingles: Jocelyn Olivia Nixon on lead vocals, Rhythm Guitar, & Keyboards; Travis McKenzie on lead guitars, Nick Robertson on drums; and Adam York on bass. From High Dive Records website: “The brainchild of singer/ songwriter, Jocelyn Olivia Nixon acts to guide the listener thru a self-actualized Mono-myth of forging identity thru Bizarre arcane cosmic poetry coupled with the wordplay of a wry smile and eccentric wit. Drummer Nick Robertson charges the group forward with a fiery fueled obsidian backbeat. Adam York delivers pulsing bass lines that the compliment the songs and his partner in the rhythm section. Rounding out the band is Guitarist Travis McKenzie who generously spins a holographic spectrum of color that lift the catchy Brit pop melodies that effortlessly dance about the rapidly changing landscapes of New York Garage Rock and 60s/70s folk music. Beware The Creepy Jingles, their siren call is coming from inside the house.”]

[The Creepy Jingles play miniBar, 3810 Broadway, Wed, Feb 5, at 9:00 PM with Momma’s Boy, Stary, and Shady Bug.]

[The Creepy Jingles play Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence, KS. on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 10:00 PM with Serene Fiend, and JC & The Nuns.]

6. Belle & The Vertigo Waves – “Fear or Faith”
from: Fear or Faith – Single / Drop Out Records / June 7, 2019
[New single from Belle & The Vertigo Waves, the sonic brainchild of Belle Loux. She resides in Kansas City, MO, and is slowly attempting world domination. Members include Belle Loux on lead vocals, John Loux on guitar. The band’s debut full length album”Aligned” was released on October 6, 2017.]

[Belle & The Vertigo Waves play “Night of the Loving Dead” Saturday, February 15, at 8:00 PM at Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club, 3402 Main St., KCMO with Wick & The Tricks, Annie Cherry, Freddye Dalma Starr, and Whorxata.]

Belle Loux and John Loux on the February 5, 2020, edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM.

10:30 – Interview with Belle & The Vertigo Waves

Belle & The Vertigo Waves joined us last summer to share their single “Fear Or Faith.” Belle & The Vertigo Waves are back on the show to share details about their show “Night of the Loving Dead” Saturday, February 15, at 8:00 PM at Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club, 3402 Main St., KCMO with Wick & The Tricks, Annie Cherry, Freddye Dalma Starr, and Whorxata. More information at: http://www.thevertigowaves.com

Belle Loux and John Loux, thanks for being on WMM.

Belle Loux is lead singer for Belle & The Vertigo Waves. John Loux is lead guitarist

Belle Loux is 22 years old. She has been writing music and fronting this band since she was 18 years old.

Early influences were: The Cure, The Smiths, Psychedelic Furs, Amy Mann

Belle & The Vertigo Waves have played Middle of The Map Fest, Plaza Art Fair, Boulevardia and most venues across the KC metro.

The band’s debut full length album “Aligned” was released on October 6, 2017. About the album, Belle told Michelle Bacon at The Bridge that, “Many of the tunes had been written around five years prior, when I was just 15 or 16.” Belle had only played them as a solo artist with occasional accompaniment from her dad, guitarist John Loux, and keyboardist Charlie Hibberd. In 2017, she hired the two musicians and a couple other friends to track “Aligned,” dubbing the project Belle and the Vertigo Waves, in the hopes that she’d eventually assemble a live band. “Recording was a surreal and emotional experience. Playing the songs with a band was like seeing them come to life,” she said. “I knew there was no way I could be a solo artist anymore, because I fell in love with the full band sound so much.”

The music of Belle & The Vertigo Waves have been described as having an “1980s pop-laden sound.” which drew local attention in 2018. After “Aligned” that band has gone through an evolution of sound and players. Belle Loux and John Loux have continued as founding members.

At various times, the group has included two of the “Aligned” musicians, including bassist Jeremiah Scott, plus the more recent additions of Elliott Holt on drums and Zach Nielsen on guitar.

Belle has said that in the past 4 years the band has grown to have more of a darker, glam rock sound, grittier and grungier. Their sound is influenced by three generations of musicians in the band, Belle’s growth as a songwriter and singer, and through the band’s work with engineer and producer Paul Malinowski. Belle & The Vertigo Waves are currently recording new music at Massive Sound Studios. Belle & The Vertigo Waves hope to release a new EP, and a new video later this year.

Belle Loux, & John Loux, thanks for being on WMM.

Belle & The Vertigo Waves play “Night of the Loving Dead” Saturday, February 15, at 8:00 PM at Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club, 3402 Main St., KCMO with Wick & The Tricks, Annie Cherry, Freddye Dalma Starr, and Whorxata.

More information at: http://www.thevertigowaves.com

10:46

7. Belle & The Vertigo Waves – “What You Wanted”
from: What You Wanted – Single / Drop Out Records / August 19, 2017
[Debut album from Belle & The Vertigo Waves is the sonic brainchild of Belle Loux. She resides in KCMO, and is slowly attempting world domination.”Aligned” is available on iTunes and all streaming services.]

[Belle & The Vertigo Waves play “Night of the Loving Dead” Saturday, February 15, at 8:00 PM at Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club, 3402 Main St., KCMO with Wick & The Tricks, Annie Cherry, Freddye Dalma Starr, and Whorxata.]

8. Misha Roberts – “Exposed”
from: Exposed – EP / Misha Roberts / January 2020 (Unreleased)
[Originally from San Antonio, Texas, Misha Roberts has worked extensively in Kansas City as a vocalist for over 10 years. Misha is currently in the studio working on her solo album. She recently released this song as a you Tube Video. Misha plays with the band The Freedom Affair.]

[The Freedom Affair play The Ship, 1217 Union Avenue, KCMO (West Bottoms) TONIGHT Wednesday, February 5, at 9:00 PM]

9. Betse Ellis – “Another Night Gone”
from: Don’t You Want To Go / Free Dirt / April 21, 2009
[Originally from Fayetteville, Arkansas, Betse Ellis is one of the founding members of one of Kansas City’s treasured bands The Wilders, an acoustic honky-tonk band, that toured nationally and internationally for 15 years, and released 10 albums. In 2011 the band ended. One if the side projects of The Wilders was a band called The Whittlers, made of up of Phil Wade and Tom Livesay who recorded 4 full-length albums from 2000 to 2004 while they worked together at the Kansas City Art Institute. The Whitlers were the first to record this song written by Betse Ellis, and released on their final album, “Nobody’s Happy” from 2004, with Tom on vocals, Ike Sheldon on piano, Phil Wade on guitar. The track was recorded as a surprise for Betse.]

[Betse Ellis plays Sunday Service at Stockyards Brewing Co. on Sunday, February 9, at 2:00 PM at Stockyards Brewing Co. 1600 Gennessee St. KCMO with 3 Trails West and Bill Dye.]

11:00 – Station ID

Marty Thomas

10. Marty Thomas – “We Belong”
from: Slow Dancing With A Boy / Broadway Records / December 6, 2019
[Originally from Trenton, Missouri where he graduted from Trenton High School in 1997.As a child he famously won Ed McMahon’s Junior Star Search over then-unknown Britney Spears. As an adult, Marty Thomas created a name for himself on Broadway in Xanadu, Wicked and The Secret Garden, on television’s Grace & Frankie, and has been a staple of the New York City nightlife for well over a decade. With his sophomore album “Slow Dancing With a Boy”, Marty takes his rightful place among the vocal icons that have long inspired him. Produced by Jamey Ray, this album explores the music of a young closeted mans coming of age memories, and dares to question the possibility of having lived those memories honestly and openly. Fusing pop and musical theatre music with a song stack that runs the gamut of Vanessa Williams to Les Miserables, this album features collaborations with The X Factor’s Rachel Potter, Voctave’s Jamey Ray and viral sensation Mykal Kilgore. “We Belong” is a song written by Eric Lowen and Dan Navarro. It was made popular by American rock singer Pat Benatar after being released as the lead single from her sixth studio album, Tropico (1984). It matched the success of “Love Is a Battlefield” on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the United States, peaking at #5. It reached #3 on Billboard’s Top Rock Tracks chart and #34 on the Adult Contemporary.]

[Marty Thomas will bring his “Slow Dancing with a boy” tour, to Kansas City, Friday, February 7, at 8:00 PM at Music Theatre Kansas City 16301 Midland Drive (inside B&B Theatres), Shawnee, Kansas. Presented by Music Theatre Kansas City. More information at http://www.martythomas.com]

Marty Thomas

11:05 – Interview with Marty Thomas

Originally from Trenton, Missouri, where he graduated from Trenton High School in 1997. While in middle school, in 1992, Marty Thomas beat out a then-unknown Britney Spears to win Ed McMahon’s “Junior Star Search” competition. At that time Marty Thomas was already a veteran of Broadway, as a cast member of “The Secret Garden” in 1991. As an adult, Marty Thomas created a name for himself on Broadway in the musicals “Xanadu,” and “Wicked,” and Off Broadway in “Pageant – The Musical.” He has appeared on television’s Grace & Frankie, and in several films. Marty Thomas has been nominated for a Grammy Award, and has appeared on MTV, VH1, 20/20. and The Tony Awards. Marty Thomas released his second solo album, “Slow Dancing With A Boy,” on Broadway Records, on December 6, 2019. The new album “explores the music of a young closeted man’s coming-of-age memories, and dares to question the possibility of having lived those memories honestly and openly.”

Marty Thomas will bring his “Slow Dancing with a Boy” tour, to Kansas City, Friday, February 7, at 8:00 PM at Music Theatre Kansas City 16301 Midland Drive (inside B&B Theatres), Shawnee, Kansas. Presented by Music Theatre Kansas City. More information at http://www.martythomas.com

Marty Thomas, thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Trenton, Missouri is a town of about 6,000 people about an hour and a half north of Kansas City. It is near the halfway point between Kansas City and Des Moines, Iowa in Interstate 35 North.

Slow Dancing With A Boy explores the music of a young closeted man’s coming of age memories. What was your “Coming Out” process like? And how did your childhood experiences of being on Broadway and on television affect your ‘coming out”?

Of the 12 album tracks on the new album, you recommended that we play “We Belong.”

Album Tracks:

1. Slow Dance
2. As (written by Stevie Wonder)
3. Dancing On My Own All By Myself
4. Dreamlover (featuring Jamey Ray and Rachel Potter)
5. Crazy For You (written by John Bettis and Jon Lind for Madonna)
6. Remember Me This Way
7. Show Me Heaven (written by Maria McKee, Eric Rackin, Jay Rifkin)
8. Seventh Grade [Save the Best For Last / Everything I Do] (featuring Mykal Kilgore)
9. I Want You to Need Me (written by Diane Warren for Celine Dion)
10. Someone to Fall Back On
11. We Belong (written by Eric Lowen and Dan Navarro for Pat Benatar)
12. Somewhere (composed by Leonard Bernstein / lyrics by Stephen Sondheim)

“We Belong” is a song written by Eric Lowen and Dan Navarro. It was made popular by American rock singer Pat Benatar after being released as the lead single from her sixth studio album, Tropico (1984). It matched the success of “Love Is a Battlefield” on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the United States, peaking at #5. It reached #3 on Billboard’s Top Rock Tracks chart and #34 on the Adult Contemporary.

This album was born of the epiphany that the artists coming of age years were not his own. He traded them to his church, his family and the deeply troubling belief that he wasn’t worthy of honest love. Convinced if he told enough lies and believed them that he could fit in and have a happy life by pleasing everyone around him but himself. Obviously, the truth is always king and will always find the light eventually.

‘Slow Dancing With A Boy’, is a collection of music from Thomas’ middle school, high school and college years rearranged, reclaimed and placed firmly in the light. It’s a second chance to live truthfully and make music honestly.

Slow Dancing With A Boy was officially released on Broadway Records on December 6, 2019 and is available on all digital and streaming platforms.

Marty takes his rightful place among the vocal icons that have long inspired him.
Produced by Jamey Ray.

This album features collaborations with The X Factor’s Rachel Potter, Voctave’s Jamey Ray and viral sensation Mykal Kilgore.

The album reached #19 on the iTunes pop charts and has received rave critical reviews. Physical copies will be available for sale the night of the concert.

Xanadu – for this musical your work as a skater was put to great use. Can you talk about this musical? Ventriloquism and 30 minute lips in 18 minutes

11:19

Marty Thomas, thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Marty Thomas brings his “Slow Dancing with a Boy” tour, to Kansas City, this Friday, February 7, at 8:00 PM at Music Theatre Kansas City, 16301 Midland Drive (inside B&B Theatres), Shawnee, Kansas. Presented by Music Theatre Kansas City. More information at http://www.martythomas.com

11:19- Underwriting

11. Suzannah Johannes – “Hanging On”
from: Suzannah Johannes EP / Range Life Records / September 2, 2008
[Recorded by Steve Squire, with additional recording by Mike Nolte. Mixed by Mike Nolte at More Famouser. Mastered by Roger Seibel at SAE. Artwork by Pre Sense Form. Released by Range Life Records. For this track: Josh Adams on drums & percussion , Dave Wetzel on guitar, Steve Swyers on guitar, Mike Nolte on bass, and Suzannah Johannes on vocals. Suzannah Johannes is a singer and songwriter living in Lawrence, KS. She has performed with David Wetzel (Ghosty), Steve Swyers (Say My Name), Jeff Stoltz (Drakkar Sauna), and Dustin Kinsey (New Amsterdams).]

[Suzannah Johannes plays the Myers Hotel Bar, 220 South Main, Tonganoxie, KS. on Friday, February 7, at 8:00 PM with the band Sidehug.]

12. Kadesh Flow – “Accolades”
from: Motivated / Ryan Davis / January 31, 2020
[Executive Produced by Kadesh Flow. Mixed by Kadesh Flow. Mastered by Bill Beats. Kadesh calls this EP a “collection of tracks that I made to motivate myself. Hopefully they get you fired up as well.” Kadesh Flow is Ryan Davis is a rapper with an MBA. He is an emcee, producer, & trombonist. At age 11, he began rapping and playing trombone within two weeks of one another. His music has been featured on network television in multiple countries and territories across Southeast Asia. Kadesh performs as a solo hip hop artist. He also plays with KC funk juggernaut The Phantastics, and Marcus Lewis Big Band.]

[Kadesh Flow plays Kansas Cith Bier Company, 310 West 79th St., KCMO, on Fri., Feb. 7, at 7:00 PM]

13. The MGDs – “Let Me In”
from: Let Me In – Single / The MGDs / Feb. 5, 2020 (Unreleased)
[Damon Parker sent me this new song from the MGDs which will be on their upcoming album “Midtown” to be released later this spring. Midtown will be the follow-up to the band’s 3rd studio release, their November 4, 2017 release, Somos Como Somos. Matt Davis on drums, percussion & vocals, Greg Bush on bass, Damon Parker on keyboards & vocals, Scott “Snoof” Middleton on guitar, Rudy Vasquez on saxophones, and Eric Martens on trumpet. This Kansas City based 6-piece band that mixes piano and brass with a dynamic rhythm section that adds a unique flavor to the iconic Kansas City music culture, blending of funk and blues with soulful stylings. In what started as a 3-piece between longtime friends in 2008, the MGDs have evolved into a potent powerhouse, high-energy ensemble with regular monthly appearances at the Phoenix, and appearances at the Sunset Music Fest, the City Market Crawfish Fest, the 6th annual Phoenix Fest, Crossroads Music Fest, Middle of The Map Fest, Boulevardia, The Plaza Art Fair, Kauffman Stadium before two Kansas City Royals games. In 2016 the band released their 2nd studio LP, “Wake Up”.] [The MGDs played an EP Release show, Saturday, November 4, at 9:00 pm, at The Black Dolphin.]

[The MGDs play MidCoast Takeover Fundraiser #1, Friday, February 7, at 7:00 PM at recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd., KCMO with Verbose, and Jesus Loves The Atom Bomb.]

11:30 – Interview with Sondra Freeman

Sondra Freeman is Director of Promotions and Artist Relations for Midwest Music Foundation, a nonprofit created to support music and musicians in Kansas City and the surrounding areas, founded in 2008 by a collective of musicians and music lovers. The Midwest Music Foundation (MMF) unites and empowers the greater Kansas City music community by providing programs and resources to area musicians through outreach, support, education, and health care opportunities. Sondra is instrumental in MMF’s annual events: Apocalypse Meow, MidCoast Takeover and the MidCoast Takeover fundraiser shows, as well as many other collaborative musical events and fundraisers.

Sondra Freeman joins us to share details about Midwest Music Foundation’s Annual MidCoast Takeover. The event began in 2010 as a group of musicians and music lovers gathering for a Kansas City-focused showcase at the nation’s largest music festival in Austin, Texas. Midwest Music Foundation presents the 11th annual MidCoast Takeover, a 4-day, 2-stage KC-focused showcase, March 18 through 21, at Shangri La, hosting over 40 bands at the nation’s largest music festival in Austin, Texas.

Sondra Freeman joins us to share info about MidCoast Takeover Fundraiser #1, Friday, February 7, at 7:00 PM at recordBar, 1520 Grand, KCMO with Verbose, Jesus Loves The Atom Bomb, and The MGDs.

Sondra Freeman thanks for being with us again on WMM.

MidCoast Takeover Fundraiser #1, Friday, February 7, at recordBar, 1

7:00 pm – Doors open
8:00 pm – Verbose
9:00 pm – Jesus Loves the Atom Bomb
10:00 pm – The MGDs

The Midwest Music Foundation is proud to present the 11th annual MidCoast Takeover. The event began in 2010 as a group of musicians and music lovers gathering for a Kansas City-focused showcase at the nation’s largest music festival in Austin, Texas. The showcase has grown into a four-day, two-stage event at Shangri La. Taking musicians to Austin reflects attention back on the vibrant music scenes in KC and throughout the Midwest.

These fundraiser shows help us raise funds to pay for the production costs of hosting this showcase. MidCoast Takeover is funded through these fundraiser shows and sponsors, separate from our other programs and services.

Huge thanks to our sponsors: Boulevard Brewing Company, Seen Merch, Nebraska Exposed, Eastern Afternoon, recordBar, The Brick, Shangri La, City Rent A Truck,
XO Blackwater, Rad’s FX LLC, and CM2 Audio.

Abby’s Fund for Musicians’ Health Care was named for Abigail Henderson (1977-2013).

Death notice from St. Louis Post Dispatch: Abigail Hope Henderson the Kansas City vocalist who started a nonprofit organization to help musicians pay health-care costs, died on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 of cancer at her home. She was 35. For more than a decade, Abigail was the lead singler of several area bands: Trouble Junction, The Gaslights, Atlantic Fadeout, and Tiny Horse. In 2008 she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She had health insurance, but the cost of the treatments prompted her and her husband Christopher Meck, to start the Midwest Music Foundation which raised funds to help area musicians pau health care costs. “Medical bills can throw you into poverty in a week – in one day,” she said. “There’s nothing like standing in your kitchen opeing a j]hospital bill for $63,000.00 in one day and $47,000.00 the next. After a while you don’t want to open them anymore. Who can pay that?”

Midwest Music Foundation – http://www.midwestmusicfoundation.org

Midwest Music Foundation Staff

Rhonda Lyne, Executive Director rhonda@midwestmusicfound.org
Sondra Freeman, Director of Promotions and Artist Relations
Michelle Bacon, Editor
Canyon McClung, Production Specialist
Brenton Cook, Promotions Specialist
Christopher Tate, Technical Officer, Website Specialist

Midwest Music Foundation Board

Scott Easterday, President, Website, Musician
Chris Meck, Vice President, Musician and CM2 Audio
Garrett Nordstrom, Treasurer, Musician and Birdsway Productions
Ellen Sherman, Secretary, Chair of Marketing
Eric Barton, General Counsel
Dr. K. Allen Greiner, MD, MPH, Chair of Health + Wellness, University of KS Med Center
Erin Corriveau, MD, MPH, Public Health Officer, University of Kansas Medical Center
Bryant Miller, JD, Chair of Development
Vi Tran, Musician and The Buffalo Room
Camry Ivory, Musician
Amber Hulet, Volunteer Coordinator, Social Media

Other Midwest Music Foundation Events:

MidCoast Takeover #2 is March 7

JayRock 15, on Friday, February 28, at 6:00 PM at Uptown Theater, 3700 Broadway Rd, KCMO. Hosted by JayDoc Free Clinic, featuring Yes You Are, Third Degree of Kansas City, and Everett the Grey!

The headliner of JayRock 15 is Yes You Are. They are a local pop band whose first single debuted on Pepsi’s Superbowl 51 commercial as well as being featured in Bad Moms amongst other FX and MTV shows. Vocalist Kiarra Alarid has been a guest at Coachella amongst other musical festivals and have appeared on Sesame Street and Sesame Street.

JayRock 15 will be opened by Everett the Grey, a band including a fellow second year medical student Alex Hill. The second opener of the night will be Third Degree of Kansas City, a group who describes their sound as classic and eclectic rock ‘n’ roll. Third Degree is made up of some of KUMC’s finest faculty members: Pete DiPasco, Dianne Durham, Beth Levant, Ken McCarson, and Peter Smith.

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Sondra Freeman thanks for being with us again on WMM.

MidCoast Takeover Fundraiser #1, Friday, February 7, at 7:00 PM at recordBar, 1520 Grand, KCMO with Verbose, Jesus Loves The Atom Bomb, and The MGDs.

More info at: http://www.midwestmusicfoundation.org

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14. Verbose – “The Victim”
from: Idle Hour at Barto’s / Verbose / November 8, 2019
[Verbose is a four piece alternative blues rock band from Joplin, Missouri. The band is made up of Logan Glasgow on vocals & drums, Cody Morris on guitar, Tim Cote on bass & vocals, and Zach Martin on Guitar.]

[Verbose plays MidCoast Takeover Fundraiser #1, Friday, February 7, at 7:00 PM at recordBar, 1520 Grand, KCMO with Jesus Loves The Atom Bomb, and The MGDs. ]

15. Trixie Mattel – “Malibu”
from: Barbara / PEG Records / February 7, 2020
[Trixie Mattel is the stage name of Brian Michael Firkus, an American singer, actor, drag queen and recognized “Skinny Legend.” Trixie is the winner of “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars” season 3 (originally competing on season 7). He is also a Billboard Heatseekers #1 charting recording artist (One Stone, 2018), a wildly successful theater touring act, and one half of a comic duo on Viceland (“The Trixie and Katya Show”) and on YouTube (“UNHhhh”). In 2019, Trixie worked the festival circuit as the subject of a bio documentary, “Trixie Mattel: Moving Parts.” Trixie Mattel is managed by Producer Entertainment Group and online at twww.rixiemattel.com or @trixiemattel.]

[Trixie Mattel plays The Truman, 601 East Truman Rd, KCMO, Tuesday, Feb. 11, At 8:00 PM.]

16. Soultru – “Must Be”
from: “Must Be” – Single / The Record Machine / August 24, 2019
[Drums and Piano by Kierstyn Graham, Vocals by Terrance Banks. Singer, songwriter, poet and emcee Terrance A Banks aka Soultru is a native of Davenport, Iowa and is currently based out of the Quad Cities area of NW Illinois/NE Iowa. Combining his poetic and lyrical talents with a soulful voice, Soultru has forged his own unique sound. Soultru credits a wide range of influences, including Gavin Degraw, John Legend, Yelawolf and Son Little.]

[Soultru plays play Stockyard Sounds with True Lions, Monday, February 10, at 6:30 PM at Stockyards Brewing Co., 1600 Genessee St, KCMO.]

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

Next week, on February 12The Pedaljets join us live in our 90.1 FM Studios to share music from their new album, “Twist The Lens.”

Also next week, special co-hosts Betse Ellis and Marion Merritt join us for our Winter Fund Drive Show encouraging YOU, our beautiful listeners to call us and show your support for the most original radio station you’ve ever listened to, 90.1 FM KKFI where over 85 locally produced radio shows air each week.

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

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

Show #823

WMM presents: Belle & The Vertigo Waves + Marty Thomas + Sondra Freeman

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, February 5, 2020

Belle and The Vertigo Waves + Marty Thomas
+ Sondra Freeman of Midwest Music Foundation +
New & MidCoastal Releases

Mark plays more New & MidCoastal Releases from: The MGDs, Jametatone and Calvin Arsenia, Kadesh Flow, The Creepy Jingles, Misha Roberts, Soultru, Belle & The Vertigo Waves, Betse Ellis, Marty Thomas, Verbose, True Lions, Suzannah Johannes, Trixie Mattel, and Vincent Herring, Bobby Watson & Gary Bartz.

Jeremiah Scott, Belle Loux, and John Loux, of belle & The Vertigo Waves.

At 10:30 members of the Kansas City based glam rock band, Belle and The Vertigo Waves join us live in our 90.1 FM studios, to share details about their upcoming show, “Night of the Loving Dead” Saturday, February 15, at 8:00 PM at Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club, 3402 Main St., KCMO with Wick & The Tricks, Annie Cherry, Freddye Dalma Starr, and Whorxata.

Marty Thomas

At 11:00 Mark talks with Broadway, film and television actor Marty Thomas who has appeared in Xanadu, Wicked, and The Secret Garden, and on television’s “Grace & Frankie.” Marty Thomas will bring his “Slow Dancing with a boy” tour, to Kansas City, Friday, February 7, at 8:00 PM at Music Theatre Kansas City 16301 Midland Drive (inside B&B Theatres), Shawnee, Kansas. Presented by Music Theatre Kansas City. More information at http://www.martythomas.com

At 11:30 Sondra Freeman of Midwest Music Foundation joins us to share information about MidCoast Takeover Fundraiser #1, Friday, February 7, at 7:00 PM at recordBar, 1020 Grand Blvd., KCMO with Verbose, Jesus Loves The Atom Bomb, and The MGDs. Midwest Music Foundation presents the 11th annual MidCoast Takeover. The event began in 2010 as a group of musicians and music lovers gathering for a Kansas City-focused showcase at the nation’s largest music festival in Austin, Texas. The showcase has grown into a four-day, two-stage event at Shangri La. Taking musicians to Austin reflects attention back on the vibrant music scenes in Kansas City and throughout the Midwest. http://www.midwestmusicfoundation.org

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

Show #823

WMM Playlist from Jan. 29, 2020

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 29, 2020

Jairy + New & MidCoastal Releases
+ Spinning Tree Theatre’s “Girlfriend”

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

2. Yes You Are – “Comet Bicycle”
from: Here’s To The Great Unknowns / Yes You Are / November 15, 2019
[Kianna Alarid on vocals, Jared White on rhythm guitar, Jacob Temeyer on guitars & keyboards, and Willie Jordan on bass. “We play black pop.” says Kianna Alarid, Yes You Are’s intense front woman, “It implies that there might be shadows lurking, even in the shiny places.” Listening to their upcoming album, it IS essentially pop, but they redefine the genre with each and every song. From gospel choirs to guitar-heavy rock to synth-covered dance rhythms, the mainstay (and mainstream friendly) sing-along hooks are what binds all of their work together. Alarid cut her teeth in the critically-acclaimed indie band Tilly and the Wall, touring through the mid to late aughts with bands such as She and Him, Bright Eyes, Rilo Kiley, Of Montreal and CSS, playing venues around the world and hitting major festivals like Coachella, Japan’s Summersonic, Iceland Airwaves, Reading, Leeds, Scotland’s T In The Park and Australia’s Splendor In The Grass as well as performing on Late Night with David Letterman and Sesame Street. You’ve probably already heard Yes You Are, as their first single debuted on Pepsi’s Superbowl 51 commercial, as has played over 15,000 times since, all over the world. The song was also featured in the hit movie Bad Moms, as well as FX’s Tyrant and MTV’s Scream. Yes You Are has shared the stage with the likes of K. Flay, Moon Taxi, Marion Hill, Lucius and Neon Trees.]

3. Art d’Ecco – “This Flight Tonight”
from: This Flight Tonight – Single / Paper Bag / July 23, 2019
[Written by Joni Mitchell and originally recorded for her 1971 album “Blue.” Special thanks to our friend Nico Gray for turning us onto Art D’Ecco. Based in British Columbia, “There’s more than a little David Bowie in both the sonic and fashion leanings of Art d’Ecco, a performer who fluidly crosses musical and gender lines, creating highly memorable tracks — and sporting an unforgettable look. Often labelled “neo glam,” the music boasts hints of everything from ’50s pop to psychedelics, from Velvet Underground-era art rock to Grimes-inspired electronics.” – CBC Music Art d’Ecco released the album Trespasser on Paper Bag Records on October 12, 2018. When d’Ecco moved into his grandmother’s cottage on one of the islands, he hadn’t planned on creating a new project. But, as it often does, circumstance charted his course. His grandmother, living with Alzheimer’s, suffered a related phenomenon called ‘sundowning,’ which triggers increased agitation and anxiety around sunset. “The only way to calm this lady down was to sit down at the piano,” says d’Ecco. He would play “Bohemian Rhapsody,” passing it off as Beethoven. After she was relocated, d’Ecco remained in the empty house where he had played as a child. Draped in memory, he gravitated toward the piano, spending the long, lonesome, quiet nights on the bench before the instrument. This is where Art d’Ecco was created. He relocated to a new cottage, built a studio and barricaded himself with copies of Deerhunter’s Cryptograms, Bowie’s Low, and choice krautrock records. In this solitude, d’Ecco would chase tones for hours. The result is a richly-realized confluence of the ferocious spark of those trailblazers and a distinct sadness, with d’Ecco as mad scientist, stitching together these delicious fragments and animating them.]

4. M. Ward – “Unreal City”
from: Migration Stories / Anti / April 3, 2020
[Matthew Stephen Ward was born October 4, 1973) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist from Portland, Oregon. Ward’s solo work is a mixture of folk and blues-inspired Americana analog recordings; he has released eleven albums since 1999, his first nine through independent label Merge Records, and his last two on Anti Records. In addition to his solo work, he is a member of indie pop duo She & Him and folk-rock supergroup Monsters of Folk, and also participates in recording, producing, and playing with multiple other artists. Ward recorded Migration Stories with Arcade Fire’s Tim Kingsbury, Richard Reed Parry, producer/mixer Craig Silvey (Arcade Fire, Arctic Monkeys etc.), and Teddy Impakt. Of the new album, Ward said in a press release: “Some time went by, the stories wove together and I remember them now closer to characters in a dream of how people could treat each other than any kind of front-page news realism. I think music subconsciously—whether writing or listening—is a filter for me. Helping to process all the bad news into something new to build from. Some records to me are like self-fulfilling prophecies—visualizing change to wish something into being. Those records inspired this one.”]

5. Mackenzie Nicole – “Heart of Darkness”
from: Mystic / Strange Music / February 14, 2020
[A rafter-reaching voice, classically trained chops, literate lyricism, and a sassy spark enable Mackenzie Nicole to quietly rewrite the rulebook for pop. Equally inspired by Rihanna, Halsey, Johnny Cash, and The Doors, the 18-year-old impresario who can readily quote The Shining or Wuthering Heights honed her immense vocal talents via singing operas in several different languages since the age of six. Now, she embarks on a mission with focused, albeit far-reaching intentions… “I want to trojan horse some substance and variety into pop,” she exclaims. “I’d like to join a tide of valuable artists changing what happens in mainstream culture, art, and writing. That’s really important to me.” If anybody can do it, it’s Mackenzie. She spent her formative years studying piano and voice under the rigorous instruction of a strict and seasoned professional teacher. Between sharpening those abilities, she devoured art of all forms—from reading Heart of Darkness as a high school sophomore to obsessing over the Insidious film series as a teen (and to this day!) “I was formally trained on how to do everything ‘right’,” she admits. “From a very young age, I knew what was technically correct given theory and according to these rules that I’d learned over and over again. However, I had this realization where I thought, ‘Music doesn’t have to be proper.’ It doesn’t need to pass the litmus test of being technically accurate in order to be good or enjoyable. So, I started experimenting at that point.” That experimentation led to her debut single “Actin Like You Know.” Co-written by the budding artist, she caught the attention of her father Travis O’Guin cofounder and C.E.O. of independent juggernaut Strange Music Inc., proving herself by obsessively nailing the vocal take. Her recording history predates the single as she made her debut on platinum-certified rap icon Tech N9ne’s 2009 K.O.D. before lending her voice to tracks on All 6’s and 7’s [2011] and Something Else [2013]—which both bowed at #4 on the Billboard Top 200. Signing to Strange Music in 2015, she formally unveiled “Actin Like You Know” boasting a cameo from Tech. Early acclaim came as the track racked up over 3.9 million YouTube views and 1.9 million Spotify streams, while the song served as a centerpiece on the Tech N9ne Collabos album Strangeulation Vol. II. 2017 saw her feature on two songs from Strange Reign in addition to guesting at various tour stops. “Deleted” turned up as her next solo hit with over 978K Spotify streams and 599K YouTube views to date. Simultaneously, the songstress assembled what would become her full-length debut and the first release for the Strange Main imprint, The Edge, co-written with and produced by Los Angeles duo The Jam (Lady Gaga, Santana, Jojo). In many ways, that title sums up the expanse of her nuanced and intricate personality. “Personally, and professionally, I’m a very intense and extreme person,” she admits. “I take everything as far as possible before breaking. Sometimes, I take things a little too far to the edge and almost fall off. This is an introduction to me and who I am. It talks about a lot of different subjects that are relevant to me. I can be very serious. I tend to gravitate towards the darker and grimier side of things. The Edge is a glimpse into that. This is me in every way on the record.” She paved the way for the album with the single “Preview,” which begins with orchestral flourishes before building towards a climactic and catchy chorus. “For two years, I was off and on with this guy,” she sighs. “‘Preview’ takes place when we were on again. Even when things are terrible and going horribly, we still end up back with each other. We had to cut things off, dive in, and finally see it through though. ‘Preview’ was the choice to dive in. This relationship was good for the art, but bad for my mental health,” she adds with a laugh. The follow-up “Back to You” illuminates her staggering range over a cinematic musical backdrop. Elsewhere, “Anxious” touts an infectious refrain. “Fix Me” unearths raw emotion in each verse and she admits, “That one is the most authentic to me.” Everything culminates on the expansive and entrancing title track. Over a shimmer of piano keys, she delivers the admission, “Sometimes you need to walk to the edge and just let it take over…” In the end, this trojan horse unlocks a big surprise for pop by channeling a timeless sentiment like only Mackenzie can. “I love it when I listen to a track and completely get chills, because the artist said something that speaks directly to me,” she leaves off. “In this moment, you now have an anthem for your thought or emotion. It’s very individual and intimate. We all go through happiness, love, and anger. I hope listeners can connect on a deeper level. We’re experiencing this art together. I’m sharing it; you’re hopefully feeling it.”]

6. The Anniversary – “The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter”
from: Designing a Nervous Breakdown / Vagrant Records – BMG / January 25, 2000
[The Anniversary were formed in Lawrence, Kansas in 1997 by Josh Berwanger, James David, Christian Jankowski, Adrianne Verhoeven and Justin Roelofs. The Anniversary was the solidification of a line-up that had been in flux for a year. After two years of playing shows across with the Midwest with bands that included The Get Up Kids, Braid and Superchunk, The Anniversary signed to Vagrant Records. Originally perceived as a poppy, keyboard-driven emo band with the release of their debut album Designing a Nervous Breakdown in 2000, they developed a stronger, classic rock-influenced sound with the release of a split CD with Superdrag in 2001 and their second full length, 2002’s Your Majesty. After touring heavily throughout 2002 and 2003, The Anniversary began demoing tracks for what would be their third full length. But four years of constant touring and personal strains within the group led to the band’s demise in early 2004. Four and a half years after their breakup, Devil on Our Side, a compilation of b-sides and unreleased tracks, was released by Vagrant Records. On March 28, 2016, it was announced that The Anniversary would join headliners Dashboard Confessional and Taking Back Sunday at the Taste of Chaos Festival on July 16, 2016, in San Bernardino, CA. On September 8, 2016, the band kicked off its reunion tour in Boston, at The Brighton Music Hall.]

[The Anniversary celebrate the 20th Anniversary of their debut album playing The Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence, KS, Saturday, February 1, with Matt Pryor (acoustic) and other Americans.]

10:23 – Underwriting

7. Free Nationals – “Shibuya (feat. Syd)”
from: Free Nationals / OBE, LLC – Empire / December 13, 2019
[Free Nationals are best known as Anderson . Paak’s live band, until now. Band members include: Kelsey Gonzalez on bass, Ron “Tnava” Avant on keyboards & vocoder, Callum Connor on drums, and José Rios on guitar. Free Nationals have graced the stage at Coachella, opened for Beyoncé and completed World Tours alongside J. For this track Free Nationals ecorded with Sydney Loren Bennett was born April 23, 1992. Known professionally as Syd (formerly Syd tha Kyd), Syd is an American singer and songwriter from Los Angeles, California. She is a founding member of the band The Internet, and was a member of the alternative hip hop collective Odd Future.]

Jairy photo by Coal Simmons ⁠

8. Jairy – “Into The Morning”
from: Into The Morning / Manor Records / January 27, 2020
[Jairy is the pop-focused solo project of Jared Bajkowski, bass player of KC indie outfit Momma’s Boy. The music of Jairy explores dissociation, romance, hallucinations, sexuality and the despair of living in a capital-driven world via smooth, sassy and theatrical 70s- and 80s-inspired pop sounds.]

Jared Bajkowski on the January 29, 2020 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI.

10:32 – Interview with Jared Bajkowski

KC based musician & singer songwriter, Jared Bajkowski joins us live in our 90.1 FM Studios to share details about his new project Jairy, and his new single “Into The Morning” released through Manor Records. Jared is a Manor Records team member and also plays bass and sings in the KC based band, Momma’s Boy. More info at http://www.manorrecords.com

Jared Bajkowski thanks for being with us on WMM.

Jared Bajkowski’s new project Jairy, and his new single “Into The Morning” that is being released through Manor Records.

“Into The Morning” was produced by Ross Brown.

Jairy is a nickname. Jared’s mom doesn’t like it, she says that she “named him Jared, his name is Jared.”

The music of Jairy explores dissociation, romance, hallucinations, sexuality and the despair of living in a capital-driven world via smooth, sassy and theatrical 70s- and 80s-inspired pop sounds.

For the past 4 years Jared has played bass and sand lead on a few songs in the Kansas City based band, Momma’s Boy.

Manor Records and Jairy presented an “Into The Morning” Listening Party at Thou Mayest Coffee Roasters, 519 E 18th Street, KCMO on Sunday, January 26, 2020 at 7:00 PM.

More information at http://www.manorrecords.com

Jared Bajkowski is Senior UX Designer at H&R Block

Jared Bajkowski Studied Entrepreneurship at Missouri State University

Jared Bajkowski lives in Kansas City, Missouri

Jared Bajkowski is from Lee’s Summit, Missouri

Jared Bajkowski thanks for being with us on WMM.

Momma’s Boy plays recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd, KCMO, Thurs, Jan 30, at 8:00 PM w/ Surf Curse.

Momma’s Boy plays miniBar, 3810 Broadway, Wed, Feb 5, at 9:00 PM w/ Stary, The Creepy Jingles, and Shady Bug.

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9. Momma’s Boy – “Want Me Back”
from: Want Me Back – Single / Dead Summer Single Series / January 19, 2018
[3rd release of Momma’s Boys’ Dead Summer Single Series. Written by Jared bajkowski. Lead vocals by Jared Bajkowski. Momma’s Boy is an Indie Surf Pop 4-piece band from KCMO, formed December 2015, and made up of former members of Rev Gusto: Peter Beatty on guitar & vocals, Shaun Crowley on guitar & vocals, Quinn Hernandez on drums, and Jared Bajkowski on bass & vocals. Mixed, mastered and recorded by Joel Nanos at Element Recording Studios.Their debut EP Liquid Courage was released Feb. 25, 2017.]

[Momma’s Boy plays recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd, KCMO, Thurs, Jan 30, at 8:00 PM w/ Surf Curse.]

[Momma’s Boy plays miniBar, 3810 Broadway, Wed, Feb 5, at 9:00 PM w/ Stary, The Creepy Jingles, and Shady Bug.]

10. The War and Treaty – “Hustlin'”
from: Jealousy / Hustlin’ – Single / Rounder Records / January 24, 2020
[New music on a new label from The War and Treaty who released their full length debut album, “Healing Tide” on August 10, 2018. Michael Trotter Jr & Tanya Blount-Trotter are from Albion, Michigan. For Michael Trotter Jr., the journey began in 2004, when he arrived in Iraq, an untested soldier stricken by fear and self-doubt. His captain made it his personal mission to see to Trotter’s survival. The unit was encamped in one of Saddam Hussein’s private palaces, and in a forgotten corner in its basement, they found a black upright piano that once belonged to the dictator himself. When Trotter shared the fact he could sing, he was encouraged to teach himself to play piano on that confiscated keyboard. “I wrote my first song after that captain was killed,” Trotter recalls. “I sang it for his memorial in Iraq.” Soon after it became his mission to sing at the memorial services for those that had fallen. For the next three years, he sang songs that brought solace and comfort to the members of his unit. His efforts eventually garnered wider recognition as well. He came in first place in “Military Idol,” the army’s version of “American Idol,” during a competition held in Baumholder, Germany. Following his discharge, he was featured on the Hope Channel program “My Story, My Song.” Then he met Tanya Blount. Blount’s musically influences include Mahalia Jackson, Sister Odette and Aretha Franklin. The two fell in love, got married and used the experiences they had gained to create a new musical collaboration. The couple then secured the services of musicians whose skills add a distinctive sound to The War and Treaty’s blend of roots music, blue grass, folk, gospel and soul. Their 2017 EP Down to the River was released July 21, 2017. Recorded in Albion, Michigan, Down to the River boasts a sound that’s both stirring and sensual, driven by joy, determination and an unceasing upward gaze. The music is visceral but never morose, flush with emotion but void of despair… a style that touches on a variety of genres, but never finds itself confined to anyone. The arrangements are uncluttered– harmonies, basslines, guitar and mandolin licks, settle drum patterns and keyboards create an immensely moving soundscape — but the sentiments and emotions are fully realized and soar with a steady, chilling assurance. “The recording process wasn’t like anything I ever experienced,” Tanya recalls. “This EP has allowed me to breathe musically. I feel like all I have wanted to express for the past ten years has come forth with what we’ve done. The combination of heart, soul and the overwhelming amount of love that Michael and I have for one another comes across in this record.“ “I was sitting on the banks of the Euphrates River in Baghdad dreaming about one day being able to play and sing professionally for people all around the world,” Michael reflects. “As we recorded our music, I constantly had flashbacks of those desert dreams. I thought to myself that this is actually the perfect ending to usher in a new beginning in my life.” ] [First Played February 7, 2018]

11. Various Blonde – “Dirty Martini”
from: 3s 1 / The Record Machine / January 10, 2020
[New three song release from Various Blonde. Kansas City based experimental, rock, pop, and funk band originally formed in 2008 and currently served by founder Joshua Allen on guitar, synthesizers, and vocals; and Mark Lomas on drums. The band has been described by Mills Record Company as, “Having all the sex appeal of The Weeknd and all the grit of Rage Against the Machine–the combination makes for a performance that is explosive.”]

[Various Blonde play The Brick 1727 Mcgee Street, KCMO on Friday, January 31, at 10:00 PM with Knife Crime, and The Beholders.]

[Various Blonde play Replay Lounge 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence, KS, on Saturday, February 1, at 10:00 PM with Not A Planet, and The Black Mariah Theatre.]

11:00 – Station ID

12. Matthew Sweet – “Girlfriend”
from: Girlfriend / Volcano Entertainment / October 22, 1991
[Sidney Matthew Sweet was born October 6, 1964 in Lincoln, Nebraska. He graduated from Southeast High School in Lincoln, in 1983. Upon graduation he moved to Athens, Georgia to attend college and join the burgeoning music scene in Athens, Georgia, during the 1980s before gaining commercial success in the 1990s. His latest albums, Tomorrow Forever and Tomorrow’s Daughter, were followed by 2018’s Wicked System of Things. As a high school student in 1980, Sweet wrote songs and recorded them on four-track cassettes. He joined the band The Specs and released his first recording on a battle of bands LP produced by a local radio station, and fronted his own local band called The Dialtones. After graduating, Sweet traveled to Athens, Georgia, to attend college during the vibrant Athens music scene. That same year, Sweet, who had met the band R.E.M. when they played a show in his hometown the previous year, collaborated with frontman Michael Stipe in a duo group under the name Community Trolls, as well as played guitar in Stipe’s sister Lynda Stipe’s band, Oh-OK. In addition, he formed another duo, The Buzz of Delight, with Oh-OK drummer David Pierce, releasing an EP, Sound Castles, in 1984 on DB Records. On the strength of this 12″ vinyl, Sweet was signed to a solo recording contract with Columbia Records. In 1986, he released Inside, his debut album, to good reviews but little commercial success. In 1989, he released Earth after signing with A&M Records; likewise, it was well-received critically, yet not commercially. This marked a personal and professional low period as his record company lost interest and his marriage failed. In 1990, A&M released Sweet from his contract, and he signed with rival Zoo Entertainment, which evolved into Volcano Entertainment. Sweet formed a new band (which included Richard Lloyd, Robert Quine, Greg Leisz, Lloyd Cole, and Fred Maher), and together they spent that year assembling his next work, originally titled Nothing Lasts. In 1991, Sweet released Girlfriend, the re-titled pop-rock album which was widely considered an artistic breakthrough. It quickly garnered impressive U.S. sales, spawning a Top 10 single with the title track. The music video for “Girlfriend” (heavily aired on MTV, MuchMusic and Night Tracks) featured clips from the anime film, Space Adventure Cobra, while the video for “I’ve Been Waiting” used clips of the Urusei Yatsura character, Lum Invader.]

Michael Grayman Parkhurst, Dakotta Hagar, and Jeremy Ragland on the January 29, 2020 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI

11:04 – Interview with Michael Grayman-Parkhurst, Jeremy Ragland, and Dakotta Hagar

Spinning Tree Artistic Director Michael Grayman-Parkhurst and actors: Jeremy Ragland and Dakotta Hagar join us to share details about Spinning Tree Theatre’s KC premiere of “Girlfriend” based on Matthew Sweet’s 1991 album “Girlfriend. Set in 1993 small-town Nebraska during the summer between high school and whatever comes next, college-bound jock Mike and self-assured but aimless Will are romantically brought together. Their rush of first-time love, confusion and passion, is captured by the power-pop precision and frayed guitar emotion of Sweet’s alternative rock album performed with an all femme band backing up actors: Jeremy Ragland and Dakotta Hagar, who sing the songs and are both making company debuts.

“Girlfriend” runs January 24 through February 9 at Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf, Overland Park, KS. More information at http://www.spinningtreetheatre.com

Michael Grayman Parkhurst, Jeremy Ragland, and Dakotta Hagar thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Jeremy Ragland plays college-bound jock Mike
Dakotta Hagar plays self-assured but aimless Will

This musical is similar instill to “Jagged Little Pill” the Alanis Morissette Musical on Broadway where a creative writer takes a preexisiting music album and puts the songs into characters and story lines invented around the music. Not an easy task.

Casting, making the a love story between two young men, have an all femme band.

“Girlfriend,” is based on Matthew Sweet’s 1991 rock album of the same name, is set in 1993 small-town Nebraska during the summer between high school and whatever comes next. College-bound jock Mike and self-assured but aimless Will find themselves drawn to each other. Their rush of first-time love, full of excitement, confusion and passion, is captured by the power-pop precision and frayed guitar emotion of Sweet’s alternative rock album.

Spinning Tree Theatre photo by Richard Fabac

Jeremy Ragland plays Mike and Dakotta Hagar plays Will, both making company debuts. Spinning Tree Artistic Director Michael Grayman-Parkhurst directs, with music direction by Pamela Baskin-Watson (Billy Elliot, Once on this Island). The Girlfriend band is Baskin-Watson (keyboard), Kelly Crane (bass), Caitlyn Henson (drums) and Darcie Hingula (guitar).

The creative and design team also includes Conor Tierney (projections), Eric Palmquist (props), Jeff Eubank (sound), Rachael Carney (lights) and Lydia Krause (stage management).

ASL Shadow Interpreted performances of Girlfriend will be offered January 29 – February 2. Certified interpreters Lisa Lehnen and Juliana Ladd will perform all five performances that week. Shadow interpreting, in which interpreters “shadow” the actors, allows D/deaf and hard-of-hearing patrons the ability to take in both the sign language and the action simultaneously and offers a more seamless experience for the entire audience.

Managing Director Andrew Grayman-Parkhurst: “We’re honored to produce the area premiere of Matthew Sweet and Todd Almond’s Girlfriend, which offers a relatable love story that happens to be between two young men. Hopefully our production will not only rock the house, but also allow our city’s LGBTQ-identifying youth the opportunity to see themselves reflected onstage honestly and tenderly.”

Michael Grayman Parkhurst, Jeremy Ragland, and Dakotta Hagar thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Dakotta Hagar and Jeremy Ragland of Spinning Tree Theatre’s “Girlfriend.” Photo by Richard Fabac

“Girlfriend” runs through February 9 at Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf, Overland Park, KS. More information at http://www.spinningtreetheatre.com

11:20

13. Matthew Sweet – “I’ve Been Waiting”
from: Girlfriend / Volcano Entertaiment / October 22, 1991

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

[SUNU plays The Ship, Friday, January 31, at 10:00 PM.]

11:28 – Underwriting

15. Sudan Archives – “Glorious”
from: Athena / Stones Throw Records / November 1, 2019
[LA based violinist Sudan Archives, combines elements of the modern and ancient. The 23 year-old self-taught violinist draws inspiration from Sudanese fiddlers, R&B, West African rhythms, and experimental electronic music. Building records around rhythms and melodies from the strings of her violin and raw vocals, Sudan effortlessly draws the link between traditional African music and contemporary electronic production.]

16. The Phantastics – “Heartbreaker”
from: Life of the Party – EP / Kemet Creative / August 24, 2018
[Eight member band from Kansas City formed in December 0f 2010 made up of: Kemet the Phantom -lead vocals; Kim “Phirst Lady” Newsome on lead vocals; JJ Cantrell on lead guitar & vocals; Danny Florez on electric bass; Ashley Thompson on drums, Ernest Melton on saxophone; Ryan Davis on Trombone and rap vocals; Austin Quick on keyboards. The Phantastics specialize in genre-blending dance floor activators. In 2015, the music group was crowned “Kansas City’s best party band” by the Kansas City Star. Musicianship and diversity are at the core of their success. Rock, Rap, Dance, Funk, Jazz and Soul are all incorporated into their music. “The band that can do it all”, according to I Heart Local Music, has shared the stage with some of music’s most legendary acts including George Clinton and the Parliament Funkadelic.]

[The Phantistics play the HEMP HOP: The Future of Missouri Hemp and Hip-Hop, Saturday, February 1, at 7:00 PM at The Riot Room, 4048 Broadway, KCMO with NuBlvckCity.]

[The Phantastics play the I Heart Local Music Presents: Black Prom with The Phantastics! Saturday, February 8, at 7:00 PM at The Granada Theater, 1020 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS]

17. Misha Roberts – “Glass”
from: Exposed – EP / Misha Roberts / January 2020 (Unreleased)
[Originally from San Antonio, Texas, Misha Roberts has worked extensively in Kansas City as a vocalist for over 10 years. Misha is currently in the studio working on her solo album. She recently released this song as a You Tube video. Misha plays with the band The Freedom Affair.]

18. True Lions – “No Thanks”
from: Cute At Best / True Lions / February 5, 2019
[This is the band’s EP debut. It features an early configuration of the band with Alison Hawkins on guitar, piano, synth, vocals; Mikala Petillo on percussion, bass, guitar, vocals; and with Ross Brown serving as producer & engineer; and Nika Winn providing artwork. This EP began as an unrelated, musical dispute between lovers, but triumphantly became the spunky collaboration of two midwestern “woms” whose passion for playing music nearly exceeds their desire to create it. The band released a second EP titled “You’re Not Invited” on November 9, 2019 with: Alison Hawkins on guitar, synth, and vocals; Elizabeth Kosko on percussion, vocals; Mikala Petillo on bass, vocals; Claire Adams on guitar, vocals; Leslie Butsch on saxophone, Ezgi Karakus on cello; and Teri Quinn on vocals. All songs written by True Lions and produced by Claire Adams and Alison Hawkins. Tracking Engineering by Claire Adams. Mixing and Mastering by Ian Dobyns and Chase Horseman. Album Artwork by Genevieve Sloan. Special thanks to Calvin Arsenia and Fritz Hutchison .]

[True Lions play a Birthday House Show with Oh Nelly, Saturday, February 1 at 8:00 PM at 1020 W 24th St, KCMO]

19. U.S. Girls – “Overtime”
from: Heavy Light / 4AD / March 6, 2020
[7th studio album from U.S. Girls, the recording moniker of American-Canadian musician Meghan Remy. Formed in the United States in 2007 as a noise-pop project, Remy later moved the band to Toronto after marrying Canadian musician Max “Slim Twig” Turnbull. She released music on a variety of independent labels in both the United States and Canada before signing to 4AD in 2015. Her first record for that label, Half Free, was released the same year. Half Free garnered a Juno Award nomination for Alternative Album of the Year at the Juno Awards of 2016, and was a shortlisted finalist for the 2016 Polaris Music Prize. Heavy Light is a follow up to 2018 “In a Poem Unlimited” and is her third release on 4AD.] [First played on February 28, 2018]

20. Stary – “Rainy”
from: Stary / Stary / June 5, 2019
[Debut EP from alternative, lo-fi, indie rock band formed in Kansas City with Adam Stary on guitar & vocals; Marisa Bee on bass & vocals, and Seth Props on drums. Production by Sean Obrecht and Wallace McCanless.]

[Stary play miniBar, 3810 Broadway, Wed, Feb 5, at 9:00 PM w/ Momma’s Boys, The Creepy Jingles, and Shady Bug.]

21. Amy Marcus – “Sweater”
from: Sweater – Single / Independent / January 28, 2019
[Singer songwriter Amy Marcus was born and raised in Kansas City. She has been writing song since she was a child and in May 2016 she released her debut 5-song EP Brave with Kansas City based Serve Productions. In January 2017 she released ” I Want More For My Daughters” that was produced by musician Zach Balch at his studios in Dallas. Amy writes music to bring her honest lyrics to life. Amy Marcus studied photography at the Kansas City Art Institute. She is a mother of three and works as a professional photographer and personal chef. Amy is currently working on a new EP and will be our guest on WMM on March 4.]

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

Next week, on February 5, Belle & The Vertigo Waves share their new single with us. We talk with broadway actor Marty Thomas, and Sondra Freeman of Midwest Music Foundation joins us to shre details about MidCoast Takeover.

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

Spinning Tree Theatre photo by Richard Fabac
Jairy photo by Coal Simmons

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Show #822

⁠WMM presents Jairy + Spinning Tree Theatre’s “Girlfriend”

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 29, 2020

Jairy + New & MidCoastal Releases
+ Spinning Tree Theatre’s “Girlfriend”

Mark plays more New & MidCoastal Releases from: Jairy, Misha Roberts, Various Blonde, Yes You Are, True Lions, Mackenzie Nicole, The Phantastics, Stary, Amy Marcus, SUNU, Momma’s Boy, The Anniversary, The War and Treaty, Sudan Archives, Free Nationals, U.S. Girls, Art d’Ecco, M. Ward and Matthew Sweet.

Jairy photo by Coal Simmons ⁠

At 10:30 we’ll talk with Jared Bajkowski about his new project Jairy, and his new single “Into The Morning” that is being released through Manor Records on January 27. Jared Bajkowski also plays bass and sings in the Kansas City based band, Momma’s Boy. Jared is a Manor Records team member. Manor Records and Jairy present an “Into The Morning” Listening Party at Thou Mayest Coffee Roasters, 519 E 18th Street, KCMO on Sunday, January 26, 2020 at 7:00 PM. More information at http://www.manorrecords.com

Spinning Tree Theatre photo by Richard Fabac

At 11:00 Mark welcomes company members of Spinning Tree Theatre‘s KC premiere of “Girlfriend,” based on Matthew Sweet‘s 1991 album “Girlfriend. Set in 1993 small-town Nebraska during the summer between high school and whatever comes next, college-bound jock Mike and self-assured but aimless Will are romantically brought together. Their rush of first-time love, confusion and passion, is captured by the power-pop precision and frayed guitar emotion of Sweet’s alternative rock album performed with an all femme band backing up actors: Jeremy Ragland and Dakotta Hagar, both making company debuts. “Girlfriend” runs January 24 through February 9 at Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf, Overland Park, KS. More information at http://www.spinningtreetheatre.com

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Show #822

WMM Playlist from Jan. 22, 2020

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 22, 2020

Hadiza. & Les Izmore
+ Scott Hobart of Giants Chair
+ New & MidCoastal Releases

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

2. David Bowie – “Everyone Says “Hi” (Edit)”
from: Nothing Has Changed / dBpm Records / October 4, 2019
[“Everyone Says ‘Hi'” is a song recorded by English singer David Bowie for his twenty-second studio album Heathen (2002). It was written by Bowie, and produced by British duo Brian Rawling and Gary Miller, with vocals produced by the singer himself with Tony Visconti. The song was released on September 16, 2002, by ISO and Columbia Records. “Everyone Says ‘Hi'” peaked at number 20 on the UK Singles Chart and also reached number 83 in the German Singles Chart. Reeves Gabrels, Bowie’s guitarist throughout the 1990s and close creative partner up until a few years before Heathen’s released, said that “Everyone Says ‘Hi'” was the only song Bowie made after his departure that he heard “because someone told me that David wrote that for me. That made me cry. An edited version of this song was included in the 2014 compilation “Nothing has Changed” the first album to showcase Bowie’s entire career and includes a new composition, “Sue (Or in a Season of Crime)”, which was later re-recorded for his final album Blackstar go 2016. Nothing Has Changed is notable for including songs from Bowie’s unreleased 2001 album Toy: “Your Turn to Drive”, previously an internet-only single, and a previously unreleased re-recorded version of “Let Me Sleep Beside You”, both of which are found on the triple CD version of the album.]

[The Band That Fell To Earth: A Tribute to David Bowie, is 2 nights: Friday, Jan. 24 & Saturday, Jan. 25. Doors at 8:PM, show at 9:PM, recordBar, 1520 Grand. A portion of sales benefit KC Anti-Violence Project. ]

3. Emily King – “Radio (Acoustic)”
from: Sides (Acoustic) / ATO Records / January 17, 2020
[Emily King has been nominated for two 2020 Grammy Awards: for best R&B song “Look at Me Now” and for best engineered album Scenery. Sides is a new collection of 11 acoustic versions of previously released from her 2011 EP The Seven, 2016 album The Switch and 2019 album Scenery. Sides was produced by Jeremy Most and features string arrangements by Rob Moose. We fIrst played Emily King on June 29, 2016 when our friend Krystle Warren was Guest Producer and played the song “Georgia” from King’s 2011 EP Seven. She is an American singer and songwriter. She started her career in 2004 and her debut album East Side Story was released three years later in August 2007. In December 2007, King was listed as a Grammy nominee for Best Contemporary R&B Album. Born July 10, 1985, in NYC in 1985, King grew up in a small apartment on the Lower East Side. Her parents, Marion Cowings and Kim Kalesti, were a singing duo who performed and traveled regularly bringing her and her older brother along with them. At age 16, King left high school after earning her GED to pursue her music career. She began playing shows in restaurants and venues around New York City including CBGB and The Bitter End. King signed her first record deal with J Records in 2004 and was featured on Nas’ 2004 album Street’s Disciple credited as simply “Emily”. Her debut album East Side Story was released 3 years later in August 2007. It went on to earn a Grammy nomination for “Best Contemporary R&B Album of the Year.” During that time King toured with John Legend & Floetry. She opened for various artists such as Nas, Alicia Keys, Chaka Khan & Erykah Badu. After parting ways with her label in 2008, King continued independently. She self-recorded her follow-up EP Seven in her home, released July 2011. In October 2011, she accepted an invite from Maroon 5 to open on their European/Scandinavian tour. In 2012, King was awarded the Holly Prize (a tribute to the legacy of Buddy Holly) from The Songwriters Hall of Fame for recognition of the “all-in songwriter” whose work exhibits the qualities of Holly’s music: true, great and original. King was invited by Emeli Sande to open for her UK tour playing sold out shows in 5 cities including The Royal Albert Hall in London. King collaborated with José James on his album No Beginning No End in 2013 and can be heard on tracks Heaven on the Ground and the acoustic version of Come to My Door. In 2014, King was performing as an opening act for Sara Bareilles’ Little Black Dress tour. The year 2015 marked the release of King’s 2nd studio album, The Switch, Emily self-released on her label Making Music Records on June 26. The Wall Street Journal remarked that the album is “a tasteful collection of 11 songs that showcase King’s distinctive voice.” After signing with the ATO Records in 2017, King became label mates with Brittany Howard, Benjamin Booker & Brandi Carlile. More info at: http://www.emilykingmusic.com]

4. Adam Scott York – “What I Need”
from: The Twin Rivers EP / Adam Scott York / December 20, 2019
[Adam Scott York is a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter from Kansas City, who specializes in bass guitar. His versatile range of influences vary from hip-hop to folk to classic rock. Adam first took up the piano at age 4 at the behest of his parents and thus began the endless curiosity that led him to learn any instrument he could get his hands on, be it guitar, banjo, drums, or bass. Adam previously played bass for The Creepy Jingles.]

5. Una Walkenhorst – “People in the Paper”
from: People in the Paper – Single / Una Walkenhorst / December 7, 2019
[25 year old Una Walkenhorst is a singer/songwriter from Kansas City, Missouri. Following the release of her debut album “Scars” in 2014, Una immediately had “new fans. . . coming out of the proverbial woodwork” (AXS). Paired with refreshingly raw vocals, Una’s heartfelt lyrics “will stop you in your tracks (at once beautiful and chilling),” wrote Gilded Palace Radio, as she weaves stories of genuine human experience. Una told KCUR FM that her father was one of the people who made her love music. But having a famous father can be challenging: “I knew that if I started my music career here I would have a lot of opportunities, but not all of them would be because of my music. They would be because I am someone’s daughter,” Walkenhorst says. Loading up her 97 Honda Civic, Una then spent a year traveling across North America promoting her music and connecting with listeners one-on-one. She ended up living in New Orleans. Una Walkenhorst is the youngest daughter of Bob Walkenhorst, a founding member of The Rainmakers, which had national and international hits in the 1980s and 90s, and continue to this day touring and recording new music. In January of 2018 Una Walkenhorst returned home to Kansas City from New Orleans. Over the past several years, Una and Bob had performed together at selected events, including Folk Alliance International. In 2018 the father and daughter duo decided to record an album together, where they split the difference, taking turns as songwriters for the album’s songs, written individually, and recorded together, in clear beautiful harmonies, with that extra special shared musical DNA, that can be heard in the harmonies of The Carter Family, Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, or Shy Boys.]

6. Miss Boating – “Junk Food”
from: The Vhargon Sidestep / Miss Boating / January 1, 2020
[From the ashes of their former band The Sleazebeats, Charles Colborne and Bill Belzer faced a difficult 2019 when combined with the death of Charlie’s own beloved mother, their friend and bassist Evan Vhargon died. The band wrote that they “were lost when Evan passed.” Through the tough times Bill and Charlie kept playing and wrote that they “were blown away when Phil Dickey wanted to jam with us… the jamming turned into something more and we were going again. We couldn’t be more thankful and humbled.” Phil is part of the bands Dragon Inn 3, and Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin. Miss Boating is: Charlie Colborne on keyboards, guitar, vocals; Bill Belzer: drums, vocals; Phil Dickey on bass; Aaron Jones on trombone; Tim Gillespie on saxophone. Ross Brown served as engineering, did all of the mixing for The Vhargon Sidestep and Mike Nolte handled all of the mastering.]

10:25 – Underwriting

7. Jametatone – “I Can Tell”
from: A Bird In The Hand / Jametatone / December 8, 2019
[Jametatone, is the solo project of J. Ashley Miller who has recorded with his band as Metatone. Jametatone collaborates with an esemble of musicians under the moniker Blastocyst. The recording of A Bird In The Hand was Engineered, Mixed and Mastered by Jametatone at The Infoaming Vertex Studio. Assistant Engineering by Simon Huntley. Dedicated to Love. bLASTOCYST is: Jon Kizilarmut on drums & percussion; Jeff Harshbarger on bass; Eddie Moore on Rhodes, Wurlitzer & Piano; Fritz Hutchison on guitar, percussion, & piano; Billy Winston on saxophone; Simon Huntley on drums & percussion; Allison Hawkins on piano; and Jametatone on vocals & guitar. J. Ashley Miller is the 2016 Charlotte Street Generative Performing Artist Award Fellow. He is a composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist. His genre-bending trans-modern work has been performed everywhere from YJ’s to the Kauffman Performing Arts Center, to the MoMa PS1 in NYC. Ashley utilizes a diverse range of technologies, techniques, and collaborators to access obscure facets of the human emotional landscape. You can view more of Ashley’s work at http://www.jametatone.com]

[Jametatone plays Hadiza’s band Collidescope play recordBar, 1520 Grand Boulevard, KCMO, Wednesday, February 12, at 7:00 PM with ARQuesta Del SolSoul.]

8. Hadiza. – “Reactions”
from: Shadow Weight / Hadiza. / November 22, 2019
[Hadiza. released her Ep “Gone” on December 29, 2018 with Madi Mclaughlin 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 singer-songwriter who wants you to know SHE IS NOW BASED IN KANSAS CITY. Previously based in her hometown of Iowa City, she has spent the past year 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.]

[Hadiza. plays Hadiza’s Shadow Weight Release Ritual at miniBar, 3810 Broadway, KCMO on Sat, January 25, at 9:00 PM with Hadiza., Babydoll, The Black Creatures, and Les Izmore and the GOATs.]

[Hadiza’s band Collidescope play recordBar, 1520 Grand Boulevard, KCMO, Wednesday, February 12, at 7:00 PM with Jametatone and ARQuesta Del SolSoul.]

Hadiza. and Les Izmore on the January 22, 2020 edition Wednesday MidDay Medley on 90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio

10:34 – Interview with Hadiza. and Les Izmore

On December 29, 2018, Hadiza. released her EP Gone, and on Novenber 22, 2019 Hadiza. released her new 10 song, full-length album called, Shadow Weight, which continues to showcase her deeply moving voice and piano. Born in Iowa City, Iowa, she has lived in Bushwick, and Atlanta, and worked in corporate America in the New York Finance District. For many years she studied the piano, while keeping her singing voice private. Eventually she made the jump into her new life of composing, singing, writing, collaborating and presenting what she calls a blend of soul, classical, blues and folk. Since relocating to Kansas City, Hadiza. has been slowly carving out her place as a solo artist and also as lead vocalist and lyricist for the experimental electronic duo Collidescope.

Hadiza., thanks for being with us on WMM.

Les Izmore is a veteran of the Kansas City Music Community fusing American Funk and Soul, Afrobeat, Kansas City Big Band, Rock, and Hip Hop as frontman for the critically acclaimed multi-genre Kansas City ensemble, Hearts of Darkness. Les has also collaborated with D/Will for the Hip Hop album release of Heartfelt Anarchy. Les has also collaborated with Julia Haile, Herman Mehari, Lee Langston, Anthony Saunders, Brad Williams and Reach to perform and release music as The Buhs. Most recently Les has been involved in exploring the indigenous sounds of the Caribbean, Latin America, West, Central, and Southern Africa with the Kansas City based collective Arquesta Del SolsSoul with Jessica Ayala, Brad Williams, Jade Green, Chalis O’Neal, Irving Graham, Ernest Melton, Andres Ramirez, Fabian Prado.

Les Izmore, thanks for being with us on WMM.

Hadiza. and Les are here to share informaton about their new music and upcoming shows:

Hadiza’s Shadow Weight Release Ritual at miniBar, 3810 Broadway, KCMO on Saturday, January 25, at 9:00 PM with Hadiza., Babydoll, Les Izmore and the GOATS, and The Black Creatures.

Hadiza’s band Collidescope with Jametatone and ARQuesta Del SolSoul play recordBar, 1520 Grand Boulevard, KCMO, Wednesday, February 12, at 7:00 PM.

More info is at: http://www.hadizaisnothere.bandcamp.com

Hadiza. released her Ep “Gone” on December 29, 2018 with Madi Mclaughlin 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. and Les Izmore on the January 22, 2020 edition Wednesday MidDay Medley on 90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio

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.

Les Izmore is a veteran of the Kansas City Music Community as frontman for the critically acclaimed multi-genre Kansas City ensemble, Hearts of Darkness.

Les has also collaborated with D/Will for the Hip Hop band Heartfelt Anarchy.

Les has also collaborated with Julia Haile, Herman Mehari, Lee Langston, Anthony Saunders, Brad Williams and Reach to perform and release music as The Buhs.

Les has been involved in exploring the indigenous sounds of the Caribbean, Latin America, West, Central, and Southern Africa with the Kansas City based collective Arquesta Del SolsSoul with Jessica Ayala, Brad Williams, Jade Green, Chalis O’Neal, Irving Graham, Ernest Melton, Andres Ramirez, Fabian Prado.

Hadiza. and Les Izmore on the January 22, 2020 edition Wednesday MidDay Medley on 90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio

One of the first recordings from Arquesta Del SolSoul was a track titled “SOL SOL SIX” recorded by Ted Rieder for Never Records during Open Spaces Kansas City. Featuring Les Izmore, Jessica Ayala on vocals. Recorded October 27, 2017 by Ted Rieder for Never Records during Open Spaces Kansas City. Featuring Les Izmore, Jessica Ayala on vocals. ”

Arquesta Del SolSoul is a Kansas City-based music collective featuring 3 musicians who worked together in Hearts of Darkness. They call themselves “African Futurist Genre Killerz from the Middle of the Map bringing an innovative multidimensional sound inspired by our founding musical ancestors to decolonize and time bend indigenous sounds of the Caribbean, Latin America, West, Central, and Southern Africa.”

10:55

9. Arquesta Del SolSoul – “GROW SOMETHING (Fela Minded KC)
from: GROW SOMETHING (Fela Minded KC) – Single / unreleased

11:00 – Station ID

11:00 – More Interview with Hadiza. and Les Izmore

Hadiza. and Les Izmore on the January 22, 2020 edition Wednesday MidDay Medley on 90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio

We are talking to Kansas City musicians Hadiza. and Les Izmore who join us to share informaton about their new music and upcoming shows:

Hadiza. and Les Izmore, thanks for being with us on WMM.

Hadiza’s Shadow Weight Release Ritual at miniBar, 3810 Broadway, KCMO on Saturday, January 25, at 9:00 PM with Hadiza., Babydoll, Les Izmore and the GOATS, and The Black Creatures.

Hadiza’s band Collidescope with Jametatone and ARQuesta Del SolSoul play recordBar, 1520 Grand Boulevard, KCMO, Wednesday, February 12, at 7:00 PM.

More info is at: http://www.hadizaisnothere.bandcamp.com

11:10

10. The Black Creatures – “wretched (it goes)”
from: “Wild Echoes / The Black Creatures / September 30, 2019
[Darkpop hip-hop musical pulling elements from sci-fi to tell an inter-dimensional story. Xavier Martin and Jade Green have made an impression of the KC music community with their videos and songs, live shows in clubs, art galleries, record stores, area music festivals and shows in surrounding areas. They’ve released an EP, an album, several singles.]

[The Black Creatures play Hadiza’s Shadow Weight Release Ritual at miniBar, 3810 Broadway, KCMO on Sat, January 25, at 9:00 PM with Hadiza., Babydoll,, and Les Izmore and the Goats.]

[Arquesta Del SolSoul play recordBar, 1520 Grand Boulevard, KCMO, Wednesday, February 12, at 7:00 PM with Collidescope, and Jametatone.]

11. Ebony Tusks – “HDF”
from: HDF – Single / High Dive Records / January 17, 2020
[Ebony Tusks is Daniel Smith on DJ & Production, Geese Giesecke on vocals & Production, and Marty Hillard on vocals & Production. A rattling subwoofer is a sonic aberration, a byproduct of high volume that often results in a speaker system’s long-term damage. It takes the listening experience from exclusively aural to physical, evoking a range of reactions from listeners. This experience is bonded inextricably with rap music for both its fans and dissenters, a familiar beacon for some and an unwelcome nuisance for others. Marty was a cashier at Burger King while in high school, spending every Saturday morning working the drive-thru window. One of his best friends pulled up to the menu and filled the speaker with sounds from his 1972 Volkswagen Beetle’s cassette adapter. Marty’s headset was filled with hot, white noise. He knew it was a rap song but it was mutated to scorched earth. It also happened to come through the main speaker right inside the drive-thru window. His manager was not at all pleased, rushing quickly to turn it off. Marty and his friend laughed it off at the time. EBONY TUSKS is a compilation of moments like these. Daniel, Geese, and Marty are three people from the Midwest who take pleasure in the mutations of sound available in the least expected places.]

11:17 – Where are all the protest songs?

12. Kate Bush – “Army Dreamers”
from: Never for Ever / EMI America / September 7, 1980
[“Army Dreamers” is a 1980 song, the third and final single to be released from the album Never for Ever, by Kate Bush. It was a UK top 20 hit in October 1980. Norwegian songwriter Pål Knutsen, released his fourth studio album Unsongs on September 16, 2016 on Propeller Recordings. A collection of covers of protest songs which included Kate Bush’s “Army Dreamers” which was banned by the BBC for anti-war sentiments during the Falklands conflict. “Army Dreamers” is an example of a song which only grows more powerful and relevant through the establishment trying to silence it. Of the track, Moddi says “while most of the songs on the album are explicitly political in form, it was difficult for me to see how ‘Army Dreamers’ would pose a threat to anyone at first glance. Initially, I thought it was ridiculous to ban it. However, when I tried singing the song, I began taking in the message. The words are so simple, describing nothing but pure and bottomless motherly sorrow, a sorrow against which I could not defend myself. Then I understood why the song was dangerous: because it calls forth compassion. Inescapably. Kate Bush was never imprisoned like Pussy Riot or killed like Víctor Jara but the message she was trying to spread was nonetheless silenced. This song made me realise that censorship is so much more than violent suppression. It happens quietly, in our homes and on our radios, every day. And usually we don’t talk too much about it.”]

13. Anti-Flag – “Christian Nationalist”
from: 20/20 Vision / Spinefarm Records / January 17, 2020
[Anti-Flag is an American punk rock band from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. The band is well known for its politically charged lyrics and activism, focusing on human rights and various left-wing causes. The line-up includes singer/guitarist Justin Sane and drummer Pat Thetic, who founded the band together; later members are guitarist Chris Head, and singer/bassist Chris Barker who replaced Jamie “Cock” Towns, who had replaced original bassist Andy Flag in 1997 following his departure one year prior. Anti-Flag is known also for their advocacy of progressive political action groups such as Greenpeace and Amnesty International. Most recently, the band has declared solidarity with the global Occupy Together movement. On October 7, 2019, the band released their song “Christian Nationalists”, alongside the announcement of a European tour the following year. On the band’s website, the song’s meaning was explained by a quote from Justin: “History is full of wealthy and powerful people using religion and cultism to justify policies of oppression and inequality. Invariably, these policies target the most vulnerable in society so that elites can maintain their dominance. Today we see this same strategy employed by right wing politicians all over the world. Just as the anti-fascists of the 1930s and 1940s rejected the fascist ideologies of their era, we reject the neo-fascists of this era. Theocracy is dangerous and inherently anti-democratic because it restricts individual choice and provides an avenue by which politicians can claim a moral superiority over “the other”. It gives political cover and justification for policies and actions which might otherwise be deemed morally objectionable, inhuman, or adverse to the best interest of the country.” The website also provided a list of Republican politicians, along with sources indicating that said politicians had accepted large amounts of donations from the NRA and gun lobbyists for their support of many of the concepts that are explained in the quote, along with a list of mass shooting incidents. Later that month, the band announced their twelfth studio album, 20/20 Vision, alongside the release of the song “Hate Conquers All” and the song’s music video. More info at: http://www.anti-flag.com]

11:24 – Underwriting

14. Pedaljets – “Dissassociation Blues”
from: Twist The Lens / Electric Moth Records / February 14, 2020
[Twist The Lens was recorded in three main sessions, produced by the Pedaljets alongside their former lead guitarist Paul Malinowski (Shiner, Season To Risk). Though the Pedaljets core trio of lead vocalist Mike Allmayer, bassist Matt Kesler, and drummer Rob Morrow has remained a constant throughout their tenure as a band, they’ve worked with multiple lead guitarists throughout the years, with Twist The Lens being the first record to showcase their newest addition, Cody Wyoming. Bringing in Wyoming, and working alongside Malinowski, allowed the new songs to benefit from a fresh and outside perspective, while still keeping the album within the Pedaljets family. It also lent itself to a more utilitarian process where, as Allmayer describes, “We would constantly listen back and ask ourselves, ‘Are you hearing something this song needs?’ We were really focused on pushing ourselves to make the best music we can and being extra critical.” To round out the team, the band brought in veteran producer John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr., Kurt Vile) to mix the record and reunited with Archer Prewitt (The Sea and Cake) whose artwork has adorned the last three Pedaljets album covers. Once hailed as “Kansas City’s answer to the Replacements,” the Pedaljets formed in the mid-80s and immediately began touring the United States nonstop, gaining critical acclaim and support slots with some of the decade’s biggest acts, but never becoming a household name on their own. After releasing two LPs, 1988’s Today Today and 1989’s Pedaljets, the band split up. After laying low for a few years, Allmayer and Morrow formed the band Grither and signed with MCA before Morrow decided to go back to school and relocate to Scotland. Kesler owned and operated the Kansas City vintage music shop Midwestern Musical Company, selling gear to artists including St. Vincent, The Arcade Fire, Jason Isbell and more. The Pedaljets couldn’t stay apart forever, though, and returned in 2008 with a re-recorded version of their self-titled album and a rekindled hunger to perform.]

[The Pedaljets play miniBar, 3810 Broadway Rd, KCMO, on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 8 PM with Dan Jones & the Squids.]

15. Giants Chair – “Kids Running”
from: Prefabylon / Spartan Records / December 6, 2019
[Third album from Giants Chair who are: Scott Hobart on lead vocals & guitar, Byron Collum on bass, and Paul Ackerman on drums. Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Duane Trower at Weights & Measures Soundlab, KCMO. Scott and Byron met at the KC Art Institute in 1989. After college they moved to Collum’s hometown of Green Bay, and formed Giant’s Chair in 1993. The band moved back to Kansas City became part of the burgeoning, mid-90’s KC rock scene, sharing bills with Germbox, Season To Risk, Molly McGuire and Shiner. Shiner even named one of their songs after the band. After being signed to Caulfield Records out of Lincoln NE. on the strength of their debut 7″ single, Giant’s Chair recorded two full-length albums and toured the U.S. twice. Giant’s Chair ended in 1997 but have recently been working on new music. In 2017 they releases the singles “The Streets” and “Featureless Horizon”.]

Scott Hobart on the January 22, 2020 edition Wednesday MidDay Medley on 90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio

11:33 – Interview with Scott Hobart

Originally from St. James, Missouri Scott Hobart is a multi-talented artist, singer-songwriter, guitarist. Known for his acclaimed honky-tonk country band, Rex Hobart & The Misery Boys that were signed to Bloodshot Records, and their newest incarnation, Scott Hobart & The Honky Tonk Standards (who have a regular monthly slot at The Ship in the West Bottoms). Along with being a husband and a dad, Scott Hobart also works as the Coterie Theatre’s Resident Technical Director. He has also composed music and performed on stage in the Coterie’s Latenight series. Scott is also the co-founder of the mid 1990s ‘post-hardcore power trio” Giants Chair formed with friend Byron Collum who he mat at the Kansas City Art Institute in 1989, and with drummer Paul Ackerman who Byron had gone to high school with. Giants Chair recorded two critically-acclaimed full-length albums and oured the U.S. twice, before ending in 1997. After several reunion shows, on December 6, 2019, Giants Chair released their third album on Spartan Records.

Scott Hobart thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

After being signed to Caulfield Records out of Lincoln NE. on the strength of their debut 7″ single, Giants Chair recorded 2 acclaimed full-length albums and toured the U.S. twice.

Giants Chair sorted ended things in 1997 but have gotten back together here and there. In 2017 the band released 2 new songs and are working on material.

Scott Hobart in Giants Chair in the mid 1990s.

Giants Chair started in fall of 1993 when the bassist, Byron Collum and I, Scott Hobart, moved from KC to Green Bay, WI to play with drummer Paul Ackerman who Byron had gone to high school with. As this trio, we started writing and made a 7” that winter that was picked up by now-legendary mid-west indie label, Caulfield Records.

Giants Chair toured the U.S. twice, once with fellow KC indie band, BOYS LIFE, before going on “unofficial hiatus” in 1997 when members pursued other projects, including Scott’s interest in straight-forward, country, honky-Tonk with Rex Hobart & The Misery Boys (Bloodshot Records).

In the last 20-plus years, Giants Chair have done a handful of reunion shows and were then approached by Duane Trower with whom we had recorded the second album with back in 1996. Duane offered to remake that record start-to-finish now as a more-seasoned engineer with his own studio. We thought about it, and decided we’d rather try to write a new album than re-learn an old one – so we got to work in November of 2016 and finally had 10 new songs by November 2018.

Giants Chair recorded the album during the Winter of 2018-2019, with Duane Trower at Weights and Measures Sound Lab, in Duane’s new studio. It’s currently available everywhere digitally and it is also available on vinyl.

Scott wrote that about why the band put this album now? “At first it was kind of a ‘Why not? We’re still all here.’ And ‘Can we make up some new songs that we like?’ – and I feel like the music actually came pretty naturally – we’ve never talked too much about the music. We just get together and get loud. I bring some guitar parts and scratch vocal things and we see how it all falls. But I will say that, as a lyricist, it was an interesting ‘journey’ to write and sing this kind of stuff after having now spent the last couple of decades writing very straightforward country story-songs. We can talk about that and how, ultimately, I think I found this side of me again – possibly by trying to come to terms with the uncertainty of so many things in the world and America right now.

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Scott Hobart thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

11:45

16. Giants Chair – “Ghost Love”
from: Prefabylon / Spartan Records / December 6, 2019
[Third album from Giants Chair who are: Scott Hobart on lead vocals & guitar, Byron Collum on bass, and Paul Ackerman on drums. Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Duane Trower at Weights & Measures Soundlab, KCMO. Scott and Byron met at the KC Art Institute in 1989. After college they moved to Collum’s hometown of Green Bay, and formed Giant’s Chair in 1993. The band moved back to Kansas City became part of the burgeoning, mid-90’s KC rock scene, sharing bills with Germbox, Season To Risk, Molly McGuire and Shiner. Shiner even named one of their songs after the band. After being signed to Caulfield Records out of Lincoln NE. on the strength of their debut 7″ single, Giant’s Chair recorded two full-length albums and toured the U.S. twice. Giant’s Chair ended in 1997 but have recently been working on new music. In 2017 they releases the singles “The Streets” and “Featureless Horizon”.]

17. Miki P and The Swallowtails – “Not Mine”
from: Not Mine – Single / Miki P/ November 21, 2019
[Meeting in the vast network of Kansas City’s rich music scene, in October of 2018 Miki P and the Swallowtails was created, and by the fall of 2019 they released their first EP Swallowtail independently. With half of the band’s members having Classical music degrees, and the other half with Jazz degrees, Miki P is a self-taught musician/multi-instrumentalist & songwriter driving the Swallowtails into a creative collaboration like any other. The group includes Miki P on guitar & vocals, Rachel Lovelace on bassoon, Adee Dancy on cello & vocals, Robert Castillo on bass, and Cade Pool on drums. Each member is an integral part of the Kansas City music scene, writing, arranging, performing, and collaborating original music for their own groups and several other projects in the metro. “Introspective pop music with lyric-driven folk influences, mixed with collaborative energy & an odd pairing of instruments, Miki P locked in with the Swallowtails create a moment with music written and arranged from the heart.” Miki P started playing guitar in middle school. She taught herself to play the drums, while listening to Mitch Mitchell, Keith Moon and Ringo Starr. As a teen she played drums for various groups including tAmerican Slim. She wrote songs for their full-length album Irreplaceable released in 2017, followed by a single “Queen of Hearts” released April 11, 2018. She also plays ukulele & piano, teaching herself how to play both the instruments, using them frequently in all projects she is involved in. She was a featured vocalist with The Band That Fel to Earth Bowie Tribute. She’s played Boulevardia, Middle of the Map Fest, Royal’s Kaufman Stadium, recordBar, Uptown Theater, Arrowhead Stadium, Nelson Atkins Museum, the Crossroads Music Festival and the SXSW Music Fest.]

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18. David Byrne – “Road To Nowhere”
from: American Utopia on Broadway: Original Cast Recording / Nonesuch / Oct. 18, 2019
[We saw this show from the front row at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts on June 7, 2018. Following a sold-out world tour, the acclaimed theatrical concert is now in performances at Broadway’s intimate Hudson Theatre for a limited engagement. DAVID BYRNE’S AMERICAN UTOPIA delivers “an experience unlike anything else” (Billboard) and marks a major cultural milestone in the worlds of music and theater. Pitchfork reviewed American Utopia on Broadway, writing that Bryne, “… remains an artist to be grateful for—same as he ever was.” Innovative pop/rock icon David Byrne (Talking Heads, Here Lies Love) shares the spotlight with a diverse ensemble of 11 musical artists from around the globe. Together with production consultant Alex Timbers and choreographer Annie-B Parson (his collaborators on Here Lies Love), Byrne and ensemble deliver “a marvel of staging and motion” (Chicago Tribune) that’s as surprisingly poignant as it is supremely funky. Don’t miss this “thought-provoking example of the power of live music” (Forbes). “The boisterous ensemble surrounding Byrne is able to capture and amplify already-iconic moments in his catalog. Their Afropop drum grooves nod to My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, Byrne’s landmark 1981 collaboration with Brian Eno, while their guileless twitches of choreography and playful melodrama point back, once more, to Stop Making Sense. When they stomp in methodical marching band moves—including that rotating spiral that high school music nerds know all too well—they evoke the live show for Love This Giant, Byrne’s 2012 joint record with St. Vincent, only far more euphoric. Their greatest moment may well be their gauzy inversion of Remain in Light opener “Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On)”: Nimble in the melodies and forceful in the percussion, their version is even more thrilling than the original.” (Pitchfork).]


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

Next week, on January 29 We talk and play new music from Jairy. We also welcome company members of Spinning Tree Theatre’s KC premiere of “Girlfriend” based on Matthew Sweet’s 1991 rock album of the same name. The show runs January 24 through February 9 at Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf, Overland Park, Kansas. “Girlfriend is set in 1993 small-town Nebraska during the summer between high school and whatever comes next. College-bound jock Mike and self-assured but aimless Will find themselves drawn to each other. Their rush of first-time love, full of excitement, confusion and passion, is captured by the power-pop precision and frayed guitar emotion of Sweet’s alternative rock album.

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

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Show #821

WMM presents Hadiza. + Les Izmore + Scott Hobart

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 22, 2020

Hadiza. & Les Izmore
+ Scott Hobart of Giants Chair
+ New & MidCoastal Releases

Mark plays more New & MidCoastal Releases from: Pedaljets, Una Walkenhorst, Miss Boating, Jametatone and Blastocyst, Ebony Tusks, Adam Scott York, Miki P & The Swallowtails, Hadiza., Arquesta Del SolSoul, The Black Creatures, Giants Chair, Emily King, Anti-Flag, and David Byrne’s American Utopia on Broadway. We’ll also play Kate Bush and David Bowie.

Les Izmore

At 10:30 we talk with KC Hip Hop Superstar Les Izmore and singer, songwriter & pianist Hadiza. We’ll play music from Hadiza’s new album, “Shadow Weight,” and from Les Izmore’s Kansas City based collective Arquesta Del SolSoul. Hadiza. plays Hadiza’s Shadow Weight Release Ritual at miniBar, 3810 Broadway, KCMO on Sat, January 25, at 9:00 PM with Hadiza., Babydoll, The Black Creatures, and Les Izmore and the GOATs. Hadiza’s band Collidescope play recordBar, 1520 Grand Boulevard, KCMO, Wednesday, February 12, at 7:00 PM with Jametatone and ARQuesta Del SolSoul.

At 11:30 we talk with Scott Hobart of the midwestern post hardcore/emo trio, Giants Chair who joins us live in our 90.1 FM Studios. Giants Chair were part of the mid-90’s KC rock scene, sharing bills with Germbox, Season To Risk, Molly McGuire and Shiner. Giant’s Chair recorded two full-length albums and toured the U.S. twice before ending in 1997. On December 6, 2019, Giants Chair released their third album on Spartan Records.

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Show #821