WMM Playlist from May 18, 2022 – Celebrating Folk Alliance International

Wednesday MidDay Medley
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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Music from Folk Alliance International Conference + Julia Othmer + Nilko Andreas + Mikal Shapiro & KC Folk Fest

We dedicate our show to the 34th Annual Folk Alliance International Conference, May 18, 19, 21, 21, and 22 at the Kansas City – Westin Crown Center Hotel, 1 East Pershing Rd. and The Kansas City Folk Festival, Sunday, May 22, 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM, at Washington Square Park. More info at http://www.folk.org and http://www.KansasCityFolkFestival.org

  1. “Main Title Instrumental – It’s Showtime Folks”
    from: Orig. Motion Picture Soundtrack All That Jazz / Casablanca / December 20, 1979
    [WMM’s Adopted Theme Song]
  1. Raye Zaragoza & Viv Parker – “Lost With You”
    from: Lost With You – Single / Rebel River Records / March 9, 2022
    [Raye Zaragoza was born and raised in Manhattan and moved to LA at the age of fourteen. Her mother is an immigrant from Japan and her father is of Mexican and Native American heritage. At age 6, Raye sang “You Can’t Get A Man with a Gun” from Annie Get Your Gun on national television when her father was playing Chief Sitting Bull on Broadway. She became involved in school musicals, started playing guitar at age 12, and started writing songs in her late teens. Zaragoza released her debut EP Heroine in 2015. She started to gain national attention in 2016 with the song “In The River,” protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline. Raye and her brother made a video for “In The River” that included facts about Standing Rock and it received 100,000 views overnight. The song was awarded the Global Music Awards’ 2017 Heretic Award for Protest/Activist Music and the Honesty Oscars’ award for Best Song. In 2017, she independently released her debut album Fight For You. Multiple songs on Fight For You address the Dakota Access Pipeline. “Driving to Standing Rock” portrays the power of protest, specifically of the NoDAPL movement. The song “American Dream” was written in reaction to Donald Trump’s election. The album also includes love songs and songs about NYC. She cites Joni Mitchell, Carole King, and Joan Baez as influences. Raye Zaragoza released Raye Zaragoza Live at Rockwood Music Hall – EP on January 25, 2019. Raye Zaragoza released WOMAN IN COLOR on October 23, 2020 on Rebel River Records.]

[Raye Zaragoza is a 2022 Folk Alliance International Official Showcase Artist – Performing Online, Thursday, May 19, at 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM atOnline Virtual Showcase participating the 34th Annual Folk Alliance International Conference, May 18, 19, 21, 21, and 22 in Kansas City, at Westin Crown Center Hotel, 1 East Pershing Rd. May 18 – May 22. More info at http://www.folk.org]

  1. Making Movies – “Porcelina (feat: Tennis)”
    from: “Porcelina” – Single / 3/2 Recordings / May 17, 2022
    [ The new single features Tennis, singing in Spanish. The single is from the up coming Making Movies album, XOPA and was recorded in Memphis, produced by Ben Yonas and mixed by Tchad Blake. More info at: http://www.makingmovies.world. Follow up to the single “Sala De Los Pecadores” on April 13, 2022 Making Movies released the single “Calor” on March 11, 2022. Making Movies is a Kansas City based 4-piece band and made up of : Enrique Chi on guitar and lead vocals; Diego Chi on bass & vocals; Juan-Carlos Chaurand on percussion & keyboards; and Duncan Burnett on drums. The band draws their influences from the origins of their families: Santiago, Panama, and KC Missouri, and Guadalajara, Mexico. Making Movies released the 5-song EP, EN VIVO (SIN APLAUSO) on February 4, 2022. Prior to that, Making Movies released the 6-track EP BORING BITS, on May 7, 2021, which includes their single “La Marcha.” On February 5, the band released a sneak peek of the new music they’ve been working on. The 7-song, La Cuarentena EP includes a brand new version of the first Making Movies song, “La Marcha” and the lullaby “Could You?” (both mixed by Jim Eno of Spoon and tracked at Memphis Magnetic studio), and the love ballad “Una Vida.” The EP was ranked #25 inWMM’s 120 Best Recordings of 2021. The EP also includes: covers of Talking Heads and Tears for Fears classics, plus bonus live acoustic tracks. This EP was made available on BandCamp for only three days on February 5 through February 7, 2021. Since then it has been made private, an is not available anywhere. Making Movies released their single “Could You” on January 12, 2021. About “Could You” lead singer Enrique Javier Chi wrote, “I was thinking about what to share for “Could You?” and I just go back to the fact that Memphis is a profound place… it is a place where you can feel what America truly is and where it comes from. I think you see and feel the reality that so much of this nation was built from exploiting people. You can see that our pop culture is driven by the Black community and yet that community is still the most oppressed in the nation. Things are still so messed up. // Memphis is the place where Elvis started singing black music with a country twang and where Martin Luther King Jr. was shot. It’s a beautiful place, it’s a charming place, it feels at times downtrodden and it’s a place that reminds me of home (both KC and Panamá in different ways. Our experiences going to Memphis gave us the context to create “Could You?” It was filmed originally for AMERI’KANA TV..” Making Movies released their critically acclaimed album ameri’kana through 3/2 Recordings on May 24, 2019. This was #1 on WMM’s 119 Best Recordings of 2019. Produced by Steve Berlin and Ben Yonas. The notes for this album read: “ameri’kana is a canary in a coal mine, the watchman at the tower. It is a desire to remember where we come from and assure that we better ourselves in every step along our journey. Every chapter is an example, a reason to not be silent and not accept corrupt leaders as something inevitable. ameri’kana is based on faith, faith that every person on this continent carries within themselves the ability to grow, to awaken their consciousness and merits of the same rights. We were accomplices to get ourselves to this point so we will have to be accomplices in the solutions.” This was the band’s follow up release to their critically acclaimed, I Am Another You, released May 26, 2017. The quartet has toured with Arcade Fire, Thievery Corporation, Cold War Kids, Los Lobos, Ozomatli, Tennis, Sergio Mendoza of Calexico, Rodrigo y Gabriela, and Hurray for the Riff Raff. Enrique Chi joined WMM on May 19, 2021. ]

[Making Movies are a 2022 Folk Alliance International Official Showcase Artist – Performing Online, Thursday, May 19, at 7:30 PM to 8:00 PM at Century C in Westin Crown Center Hotel, 1 East Pershing Rd. for the 34th Annual Folk Alliance International Conference, May 18, 19, 21, 21, and 22 in Kansas City, at Westin Crown Center Hotel, 1 East Pershing Rd. May 18 – May 22. More info at http://www.folk.org]

  1. Rebolu – “Con Este Fandango (With This Fandango)”
    from: Mi Herencia (My Heritage) / Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / May 13, 2022
    [Rebolu is an outstanding Afro-Colombian musical ensemble comprised of the USA’s finest ex-pat Colombian musicians. With their mix of Gaita, Tambora, Chalupa, and Bullerengue rhythms – along with modern Cumbia and Salsa – The group takes on the rich musical traditions of their ancestors; the afro-descendants of Colombia’s Caribbean coast. Moris Canate, (master folkloric percussionist), and later on Johanna Castaneda (Vocalist/musician) to promote the rich musical traditions of their ancestors; the afro-descendants of Colombia’s Caribbean coast. They believe that these folkloric traditions should continually evolve over time and with the ideas of new generations of folklorists. This belief is surely reflected in their music. The original compositions of Ronald Polo forge new paths for Colombian music while respectfully remaining faithful to its ancestral roots. In the process, they create a truly unique musical and cultural experience. From traditional songs to original compositions, the entirely of Rebolu’s repertoire is loaded with energy, history and danceability. Their unique reinterpretations of traditional Afro-Colombian rhythms such as Gaita, Tambora, Chalupa and Bullerengue, among others, make it extremely well suited not only for festivals and cultural events but also for nightclubs. more info at: https://gruporebolu.com%5D

[Rebolu are a 2022 Folk Alliance International Official Showcase Artist – Performing Saturday, May 21, at 5:15 PM to 5:45 PM at Century C in Westin Crown Center Hotel, 1 East Pershing Rd. for the 34th Annual Folk Alliance International Conference, May 18, 19, 21, 21, and 22 in Kansas City, at Westin Crown Center Hotel, 1 East Pershing Rd. May 18 – May 22. More info at http://www.folk.org]

  1. Mehuman – “Ticket”
    from: Beautiful Ashes / Mehuman Music / March 29, 2019
    [From Westbrook, Maine, United States, Mehuman (pronounced ‘May-mon’) is an artist whose signature sound, ‘folk hop for hip folk’, evokes authenticity and honesty in blueness and groove. Navigating the emotional maps of the most soul-felt Americana music, Mehuman, keens evocative stories of life, love, liberty, and loss that are bittersweet and true. As a global citizen, touring and traveling around the world, Mehuman weaves life experiences into well crafted musical accounts that relieve and revive the listener with the melodic medicine of hope and grace. Inspired by an array of genres including gospel, blue, folk and jazz, Mehuman transparently displays her heart with every word and every note, resulting in soaring melodies and guileless lyrics. ​With a life journey as vibrant as her music, the former Arista Record’s artist is a multi – award-winning SESAC songwriter, who has shared stages with Norah Jones, Rufus Wainwright, The Verve, OURS, Ruthie Foster, King Kyoti, Laurie Jones, and many more.]

[Mehuman is a 2022 Folk Alliance International Official Showcase Artist – Performing Thursday, May 19, at 7:45 PM to 8:15 PM in the Garden Terrace in Westin Crown Center Hotel, 1 East Pershing Rd. for the 34th Annual Folk Alliance International Conference, May 18, 19, 21, 21, and 22 in Kansas City, at Westin Crown Center Hotel, 1 East Pershing Rd. May 18 – May 22. More info at http://www.folk.org]

  1. Willi Carlisle – “Tulsa’s Last Magician”
    from: Peculiar, Missouri / Free Dirt Records / July 15, 2022
    [Willi Carlisle writes, “Can you tell that “Peculiar, Missouri” is a dumb pun? It’s also a town I’ve driven through a lot as an angry young man. Frankly, I’ve been an angry young man for 32 years. It’s taken me a long time to see that the world is not an enemy. This record is a product of the years I’ve been working on that. For years I’ve been mad: mad at art, mad at capitalism, mad at queerness, mad at love, mad at people. We create our own little corner of the Ozarks to do our weird suffering in. But what love demands of us that we grow. Even if we must grow apart. Even if we’re hurting. It requires that we be responsible for our own little suffering. // Yeah, the world and the people in it are our allies, and I’ve come to learn that consciousness itself wants to raise us into our most honest expression. The universe has a way of making you show your work, of making you prove the intellectual conclusions that you’ve come to. In this forthcoming record, I’ve come to the conclusion that we are all worthy of being loved. 12 songs or so explore that. // I made no compromises in this record. It literally has all of the leaps of faith, difficult moments, and genre-agnosticisms that best represent where I’m at in my musical life. It owes a ton to Ozark folksingers and old-time musicians, and other artists who have helped me figure out how to navigate the world. // I can’t overstate how much this work has become my family, my dream and my constant joy. Holding it together and pushing it forward has been the source of my greatest relief, fastest growth. I hope you’ll stick with me, friends, because I’m in it for the long haul, mistakes and all.” Willi Carlisle is an “Ozark renaissance folklorist” who writes “brilliant, slice of life Americana.” (Sing Out!Magazine) A theatre artist, folksinger, poet, and square-dance caller, Willi received a BA from Knox College in Creative Writing and Performance Studies, and an MFA in Poetry at the University of Arkansas. His work has appeared in The Journal of American Folklore, The Midwest Review, and elsewhere. Willi is a co-leader of the Fayetteville Old-time Music and Dance Society and a company member with the Artist’s Laboratory Theater. His debut EP, “Too Nice to Mean Much,” is available at http://www.willicarlisle.com Willi Carlisle was our guest on WMM on July 26, 2017.]

[Willi Carlisle is a 2022 Folk Alliance International Official Showcase Artist – Performing Thursday, May 19, at 4:45 PM to 5:15 PM in Pershing East/West in Westin Crown Center Hotel, 1 East Pershing Rd. for the 34th Annual Folk Alliance International Conference, May 18, 19, 21, 21, and 22 in Kansas City, at Westin Crown Center Hotel, 1 East Pershing Rd. May 18 – May 22. More info at http://www.folk.org]

  1. The Burney Sisters – “Can’t Look Past Your Door (Single)”
    from: Can’t Look Past Your Door (Single) / BBS Productions / May 6, 2022
    [From Columbia, Missouri, The Burney Sisters, comprised of sisters Olivia-16, Emma-13, and recently joined 11-year-old sister Bella , create music with a maturity and emotional intelligence that belies their age. Olivia and Emma write keen and knowing songs while arranging for multiple instruments and structuring unique and resonant harmonies. The result—personal and penetrating music that both connects with and captivates the listener. Their soul nurturing sibling harmonies and tunes are reminiscent of The Avett Brothers, First Aid Kit, Indigo Girls, The Staves, and The Wild Reeds. More info at: http://www.theburneysisters.com]

[The Burney Sisters are a 2022 Folk Alliance International Official Showcase Artist – Performing Thursday, May 19, at 7:00 PM to 7:30 PM in Roanoke Room, in Westin Crown Center Hotel, 1 East Pershing Rd. for the 34th Annual Folk Alliance International Conference, May 18, 19, 21, 21, and 22 in Kansas City, at Westin Crown Center Hotel, 1 East Pershing Rd. May 18 – May 22. Info: http://www.folk.org]

10:31 – Underwriting

  1. Julia Othmer – “Blackbird”
    from: SEEDS, Volume 2 (LIVE) / Frickin’ Awesome Records / March 20, 2021
    [This is Julia’s 4th full length and contains 10 live songs selected from her 30-day Songs of September Project, where Julia performed live covers of her favorite songs of protest and hope, broadcast through streaming social platforms to inspire people to vote on November 3. Julia’s fans democratically selected their favorite tracks to be included on SEEDS. Julia Othmer released “Sound,” on April 12, 2019, her second album, that took 3 years to complete, and was produced with James Lundie, who also married Julia in January of 2016, during the completion of the record. Julia Othmer, is a graduate of Park Hill High School. She moved to Los Angeles in 2006 to record her 1st full-length album, “Oasis Motel.” In 2018 to 2019 Julia Othmer toured with and opened for The Alarm in US show and shows in the United Kingdom. When Julia Othmer is in Kansas City she plays with Johnny Hamil on bass, Chris Tady on guitar, John Floyd Whitaker on drums. More info at http://www.juliaothmer.com. Julia Othmer was our guest on WMM on September 1, 2021 and March 9, 2022.]

[Julia Othmer is a 2022 Folk Alliance International Official Showcase Artist – Performing Thursday, May 19, at 4:45 PM to 5:15 PM in Roanoke Room in Westin Crown Center Hotel, 1 East Pershing Rd. for the 34th Annual Folk Alliance International Conference, May 18, 19, 21, 21, and 22 in Kansas City, at Westin Crown Center Hotel, 1 East Pershing Rd. May 18 – May 22. More info at http://www.folk.org]

10:36 – Interview With Julia Othmer

Julia Othmer is a 2022 Folk Alliance International Official Showcase Artist who is performing in the Kansas City Westin Crown Center Hotel, Thursday, May 19, in the Roanoke Room, 4:45 PM to 5:15 PM. In 2021 Julia was one of seven artists selected to represent the USA for Global Music Match 2021. Othmer’s music is vibrant and emotionally potent. The child of European refugees, she draws from a broad and richly cultured palette of experience to create her intensely human yet otherworldly songs. Her piano-driven performances are a mesmerizing and superconscious fusion of raw power, vocal artistry and joy. In 2021 Julia released SEEDS VOLUME 2, her 4th album with live recordings from her 30-day “Songs of September Project”, where Julia covered songs of protest & hope, to inspire people to vote. In 2020, Julia released SEEDS VOLUME 1. Julia Othmer released “Sound,” on April 12, 2019, her second album produced with James Lundie, who became Julia’s husband in 2016. Info at: http://www.juliaothmer.com.

Julia Othmer thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

James Lundie and Julia Othmer

Julia Othmer is a 2022 Folk Alliance International Official Showcase Artist who is performing in the Kansas City Westin Crown Center Hotel, Thursday, May 19, in the Roanoke Room, 4:45 PM to 5:15 PM.

Congratulations on being a 2022 Folk Alliance International Offical Showcase Artist.

Julia Othmer just recently completed training through the Artist Inc program.

Julia Othmer Shows:

MAY 19 – Official Showcase – Folk Alliance International Conference on Thursday, May 19 at 4:45 PM to 5:15 PM, Roanoke Room, F.A. International Conference

MAY 25 – Dragonfly Music Festival Launch Party, Wednesday, May 25 @at 7:00 PM Mary Fisher Theatre, Sedona, AZ — “THE PIANO-PLAYING SONGSTRESS WITH SPECIAL GUEST – Come see one of the most charasmatic performers today! Julia Othmer is a talent rarely seen .Come see Julia in this beautiful intimate venue. Capacity is only 110 and will sell out quickly. Doors at 6:30 PM. Our opener to be announced will begin at 7 PM followed by Julia at 7:35 PM.The first 2 rows will be VIP seating. Tickets will be $40 for VIP and $30 for general admission seating. This is an incredibly acoustic room. Seeing is believing.”

MAY 27 – Dragonfly Music Fest, Fri, May 27 at Sedona Creative Life Center, Sedona, AZ

MAY 28 – Pianotastic – Dragonfly Music Festival – Piano, Saturday, May 28 ay 8:00 PM Sedona Performing Arts Center, Sedona, AZ (sharing the stage with two phenomenal musicians – Brockett Parsons – inventor of the PianoArc, singer/songwriter, and member of Lady Gaga’s touring band Henri Herbert – he plays piano like NOONE else – just trust me on this Get ready to swoon with these amazing people and many special guests

JUNE 10 – Benefit for Ukraine, Friday, Jun 10 at 6:00 PM at Lemonade Park, KC, MO. lemonadeparkkc.com/tickets – Kansas City area artists are coming together at Lemonade Park to raise humanitarian aid for the people of Ukraine and stand in solidarity with peace and resolution. The evening will include live music, spoken word, dance, improvisation, poetry-on-demand, and a curated gallery of visual art projected on a screen between performances. The line-up of artists includes Julia Othmer, Ivory Blue, Havilah Bruders, Johnny Hamil, Courtney Collado, spoken word artist José Faus, Poet-on-Demand Elizabeth Howard, Jessica Ayala. More artists will be announced! // Between the live performances, we will be showcasing a curated virtual gallery of visual artists who contributed work that addresses peace, resolution, hope, and healing. // To submit work, please click here: https://bit.ly/UkraineArtSubmissions. Deadline is May 31. // A complete gallery of all visual arts submissions will be available, via a virtual gallery. The virtual gallery will include links to artists pages (websites, social, etc.) and a purchase price (if applicable) // The evening is hosted by Julia Othmer of Frickin’ Awesome Industries and InterUrban ArtHouse and our many artist collaborators.

Julia Othmer is a “captivating” piano-playing singer/songwriter known for her energetic live performances. Passionate and engaging, Othmer creates intimate warmth with her audiences. Using music to connect to people and social issues inspires her.
For more info: juliaothmer.com/

Julia, Since her album “Sound” all of your following releases SEEDS VOLUME 1 and SEEDS VOLUME 2 have been produced with your husband James Lundie. The two of you have become musical collaborators.

Julia Othmer is a 2022 Folk Alliance International Official Showcase Artist – Performing Thursday, May 19, at 4:45 PM to 5:15 PM in Roanoke Room in Westin Crown Center Hotel, 1 East Pershing Rd. for the 34th Annual Folk Alliance International Conference, May 18, 19, 21, 21, and 22 in Kansas City.

Julia Othmer thank you for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

Julia recently participated in Global Music Match that included 78 artists, from 17 countries who were divided into 14 groups. Julia covered a song from each artist in her team, and collaborated with Jessica Pearson and East Wind from Ottawa, Canada. For more info: juliaothmer.com/

James Lundie and Julia Othmer on the May 18, 2022 Edition of Wednesday Midday Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM.

10:55

  1. Julia Othmer – “Homeward (feat. Jessica Pearson and the East Wind)”
    from: Homeward (feat. Jessica Pearson and the East Wind) – Single / Fricken’ Awesome Records / August 29, 2021 (Unreleased)
    [Part of Folk Alliance International’s Global Music Match that included 78 artists, from 17 countries who were divided into 14 groups. Julia covered a song from each artist in her team, and collaborated with Jessica Pearson and East Wind from Ottawa, Canada. This year Julia released SEEDS VOLUME 2, her 4th album with live recordings from her 30-day “Songs of September Project”, where Julia covered songs of protest & hope, to inspire people to vote. From those songs Julia’s fans democratically selected their favorite tracks to be released together on “Seeds.” In 2020 Julia released SEEDS VOLUME 1. Julia Othmer released “Sound,” on April 12, 2019, her second album, that took 3 years to complete, and was produced with James Lundie, who also married Julia in January of 2016, during the completion of the record. Julia Othmer, is a graduate of Park Hill High School. Julia moved to Los Angeles in 2006 to record her 1st album, OASIS MOTEL. In 2018 and 2019 Julia toured with The Alarm in U.S. and United Kingdom. More info at: http://www.juliaothmer.com.]

[Julia Othmer is a 2022 Folk Alliance International Official Showcase Artist – Performing Thursday, May 19, at 4:45 PM to 5:15 PM in Roanoke Room in Westin Crown Center Hotel, 1 East Pershing Rd. for the 34th Annual Folk Alliance International Conference, May 18, 19, 21, 21, and 22 in Kansas City.]

[Jessica Pearson and the East Wind is a 2022 Folk Alliance International Official Showcase Artist – Performing Thursday, May 19, at 7:00 PM to 7:30 PM in Garden Terrace in Westin Crown Center Hotel, 1 East Pershing Rd. for the 34th Annual Folk Alliance International Conference, May 18, 19, 21, 21, and 22 in Kansas City.]

11:00 – Station ID

  1. Ensemble Iberica – “Chullpara (feat. Beau Bledsoe & Amado Espinoza)”
    from: Enigmática (feat. Beau Bledsoe) / Tzigane Music / July 20, 2020
    [Before the release of Enigmática, in 2019 Ensemble Iberica released two different volumes of live recordings. Kansas City based Ensemble Ibérica performs the music of Iberia (Spain and Portugal) and their former colonies. Programs explore diverse time periods, styles and locations including the Spanish Baroque, Portuguese Fado and Argentine Tango. Ensemble Ibérica features extraordinary musicians from classical, jazz and urban folk music traditions giving the audience something that is truly unique. Band Members include: Beau Bledsoe, Victoria Botero, Karim Memi, Rich Wheeler, Brandon Draper, Victor Penniman, Jeff Harshbarger, Jordan Shipley, and Michael McClintock. Live Recordings (Vol 1) features highlights from our 2015 and 2016 Concert Series. Ensemble Iberica records every concert, and this collection was edited down from approximately fifty hours of recordings in concert halls, theaters, and intimate clubs. The energy and mutual engagement between musicians and a live audience is an irreplaceable experience for all involved. This spontaneous dynamic allows a musician to embrace an unscripted accident or to extend an improvisation into unimagined territory. A live recording can transmit these aspects of performance much more than a studio recording can ever attain. Performers include: Nathalie Pires on vocals, Mireya Ramos on vocals & violin, Shae Fiol on vocals, Bruno Bessa on vocals, Victoria Botero on soprano, Fedra Cooper Barrera on vocals, Beau Bledsoe on guitar, Michael McClintock on guitar, Jeff Freling on guitar, Jordan Shipley on guitar, Rod Fleeman on guitar, Clarke Wyatt on banjo, Victor Penniman on viola da gamba, Christian Fatu on violin, Betse Ellis on fiddle & vocals, Norma Pacheco O’Neil on castanets, Amado Espinoza on charango, flutes & percussion, Brandon Draper on percussion, John Currey on percussion, Pat Conway on percussion, Zsolt Eder on violin, Rich Wheeler on Saxophone, Jeff Harshbarger on bass, Dominique Sanders on bass, Pedro Pimentel on bass, Hermon Mehari on trumpet, Mark Strozier on flute. More info at: http://www.ensembleiberica.org]

[Ensemble Iberica is a 2022 Folk Alliance International Official Showcase Artist – Performing Friday, May 20, at 7:30 PM to 8:00 PM in Century C in Westin Crown Center Hotel, 1 East Pershing Rd. for the 34th Annual Folk Alliance International Conference, May 18, 19, 21, 21, and 22 in Kansas City.]

11:04 – Interview with Nilko Andreas

Nilko Andreas jis a Colombian/American classical guitarist & composer Nilko Andreas Guarin has been praised as an “electrifying performer for his powerful stage presence and spontaneity that grows irresistible.” Since his Carnegie Hall debut in 2009 Nilko Andreas has been captivating audiences in over fifteen countries and three continents.

While in KC for the Folk Alliance International Conference Nilko Andreas performs with Slim Hanson & The Poor Choices on Wednesday, May 18 at 7:00 PM at The Ship, 1221 Union Ave.

Nilko Andreas performs a Private Showcase at Folk Alliance International Conference with Beau Bledsoe & Amado Espinoza on Wednesday, May 18, at 11:00 PM at Westin Crown Center Hotel, 1 East Pershing Rd.

Nilko Andreas performs at Folk Alliance International Conference with Beau Bledsoe & Amado Espinoza on Saturday, May 21, at 7:00 PM at Westin Crown Center Hotel,

Nilko Andreas & Friends perform at Kansas City Folk Fest on Sunday, May 22, at 5:00 PM. Info at: http://www.nilkoandreas.com

Nilko Andreas Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Colombian/American Classical Guitarist and Composer Nilko Andreas Guarin has been praised as an “electrifying performer for his powerful stage presence and spontaneity that grows irresistible” Backstage New York. Since his Carnegie hall debut in 2009 Nilko Andreas has been captivating audiences in over fifteen countries and three continents as a soloist, Composer and chamber musician performing on such prestigious stages as New York’s Carnegie Hall, Wildthurn Castle in Germany, The Strathmore Hall In Bethesda, Jay Priztker Pavilion in Chicago, Adolfo Mejia Theater in Cartagena, Museum of fine arts in Houston TX, Gandhi Hall in Geneve, Switzerland Teatro Municipal in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Palacio Foz in Portugal, Unesco Concert Hall in Paris, Surabaya concert Hall In Indonesia, Shenzhen Symphony Hall in China , Museo Belber Gimenez in Oaxaca, Mexico, among others. Recipient of many international awards including the “Recognition award” by the city of New York for his contributions to the Arts. Mr.Guarin has appeared as soloist with the Prague Symphony Orchestra, the Shenzhen Symphonic orchestra of China, , Surabaya Symphony orchestra in Indonesia, the “Mariuccia Iacovino” orchestra and Barra Mansa orchestra from Brazil, The Baja California Orchestra in Mexico, The Azlo Orchestra, Tactus contemporary ensemble, The New York Chamber Ensemble The rebow ensemble of NY, The metro Orchestra in NY, the WHCO among others.

He has participated in renowned international festivals as Cooperstown Music festival, Vale do Café and Festival do Inverno do Petropolis in Brazil, The Mannes Guitar seminar and Long Island Guitar Festival in NY, “Wildthurn” in Munich, Germany, “Moment Musicaux” in Normandie, France, Festival EAFIT in Medellin, Colombia. He has worked with prominent composers including Alba Potes, “Prix de Rome” winner Juan Pablo Carreno, Kevin Purcell, Juan Pablo Contreras, Ricardo Calderoni, Reinaldo Moya, Francisco Zumaque, Juan Calderon and Ricardo Llorca, Francisco Zumaque. and with conductors such as Bartholomeus Van de Velde, Solomon Tong, David Gilbert, Vince Lee, Michel Adelson, Laurine Fox, Alondra de la Parra, Chris Whittaker and Eduardo Garcia Barrios, Nilko Andreas has appeared with Time Warner TV, RCN TV, Univision 41, Fox News, Cuny TV, HJUT, “W” Radio in Colombia and WQXR in New York. He has recorded with Multiplatinum Artists.

Born in Colombia Nilko Andreas has great interest for the composers of Latin America, constantly commissioning and premiering new works. He premiered at Carnegie Hall “Tukanos” Concerto for guitar and orchestra by Alba Potes and Ricardo Calderoni’s “Concerto Chamaleon” as part as the “Amazonas Series” a concert series that promotes Music from Latin-America.

He began playing Cello at the age of five at the National Conservatory of Music in Bogota, he holds a BM and a Master of Music degree from The Manhattan school of Music in NY where he graduated on Classical Guitar, Composition and orchestral conducting.

An accomplished educator, Nilko Andreas has given master classes and conferences on Classical Music at distinguished universities such as Columbia University, the Mannes College of Music in New York, NYU, The Berkley School of Music, the French Alliance in Cartagena Universidad del Norte and Bellas Artes in Barranquilla, the Eafit University In Colombia. Campos dos Goytacases in Brazil, And Redes 2025 in Tijuana , Mexico. Among others.

As a composer, Nilko Andreas has written music for independent films, theatre, Dance and solo artists. His score for silent film “Pancho Villa’s Revenge” was celebrated at the world-renowned Flaherty Film Seminar. His collaboration with award-winning theatre group Artificio, in Federico García Lorca’s “The Butterfly’s Evil Spell”, won him several honors, awards and rave reviews. Recently he was comissioned by Mordance to write a piece for chamber ensemble that was premiered in NY at the Sheen Center to great reviews.

“Nilko Andreas is a gifted Musician, and a great performer”.- Rafael Puyana, Paris 2009

11:12

  1. Nilko Andeas – “Bambuco” performed LIVE in our 90.1 FM Studios
    (“Bambuco” is written by Adolfo Mejía of Columbia)

11:16

We are talking with Nilko Andreas a Colombian/American classical guitarist & composer Nilko Andreas Guarin has been praised as an “electrifying performer for his powerful stage presence and spontaneity that grows irresistible.” Since his Carnegie Hall debut in 2009 Nilko Andreas has been captivating audiences in over fifteen countries and three continents.

Nilko Andreas has been living in Kansas City for a month collaborating with Beau Bledsoe and Amado Espinoza.

Nilko’s life-partner Liz Chidester is a singer, songwriter, actor, and teaching artist who is currently playing the role of The Old Woman in the Kansas City Repertory Theatre production of “The Old Man and The Old Moon” playing through May 22, 2022.

11:20

  1. Nilko Andeas – “Tonada del Cabrestero” performed LIVE in our 90.1 FM Studios
    (“Tonada del Cabrestero” is written by Simon Diaz of Venezuela)

11:23

While in KC for the Folk Alliance International Conference Nilko Andreas performs with “The Poor Choices” on Wednesday, May 18 at 7:00 PM at The Ship, 1221 Union Ave.

Nilko Andreas performs at Folk Alliance International Conference on Wednesday, May 18, at 11:00 PM at Westin Crown Center Hotel, 1 East Pershing Rd.

Nilko Andreas performs at Folk Alliance International Conference with Beau Bledsoe & Amado Espinoza on Saturday, May 21, at 7:00 PM at Westin Crown Center Hotel,

Nilko Andreas & Friends perform at Kansas City Folk Fest on Sunday, May 22, at 5:00 PM. Info at: http://www.nilkoandreas.com

Nilko Andreas Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Upcoming engagements include soloist with in Jakarta, Indonesia with the Surabaya Symphony Orchestra under Mto. Solomon Tong, and Concerto de Aranjuez by J. Rodrigo with the Varsaw Philharmonic in Poland on Feb 2019. Artistic residency, , European tour with German Violist David Inbal during the 2019 season. and concerts with Cellist Serafim Smigelskiy and Violinists Blanca Gonzalez , Concerts in NY with Pianist Hyemin Kim, solo concerts in Indonesia, Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Austria, as well as a Concert at Carnegie Hall with the Azlo Orchestra on Nov 2020. Soloist with the Villa-lobos Guitar concerto and the WHCO in New York under Chris Whittaker. He is the Founder and Artistic director of the Latin American Chamber Music society of New York and Artistic Director at AZLO productions. http://www.nilkoandreas.com Info at: http://www.nilkoandreas.com

11:25

  1. Charly Lowry – “Go Wild”
    from: “Go Wild” – Single / Silver Hills Records / February 20, 2019
    [From Lumberton North Carolin,a Charly Lowry, a musical powerhouse from Pembroke, NC, is proud to be an Indigenous woman belonging to the Lumbee/Tuscarora Tribes.Among her community, Native women are traditionally barred from the hand-drum and relegated to singing behind the men’s drum and/or dancing instead. Lowry defies that norm, following in the footsteps of her mentor, an artist and heir to the Tuscarora Indian Nation, Pura Fé.]

[Charly Lowry is a 2022 Folk Alliance International Official Showcase Artist – Performing Friday, May 20, at 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM in Kansas City Roomin Westin Crown Center Hotel, 1 East Pershing Rd. for the 34th Annual Folk Alliance International Conference, May 18, 19, 21, 21, and 22 in Kansas City.]

[Charly Lowry plays Kansas City Folk Festival, Sunday, May 22, 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM, at Washington Square Park, 100 E Pershing Rd, KCMO.]

11:28 – Underwriting

  1. Elexa Dawson – “New Song”
    from: “New Song” – Single / Lost Cowgirl Records / April 2, 2021
    [Elexa’s 2019 album, MUSIC IS MEDICINE (Lost Cowgirl Records) and her song “High Place” charted at #6 on Sirius XM’s Indigenous Music Countdown. // Elexa Dawson writes: The song was written at the very beginning of the shutdown and is a call to all of our better, higher selves to imagine a better world. “The Way it has always been done is now gone. This is our moment to sing a new song.” // I thought it would be a great campaign song for Bernie Sanders, but the day after I wrote it, he suspended. Ah, well. It’s still a good song. ”“New Song” is Elexa Dawson on vocals & guitar, Kelby Kimberlin on bass guitar, Melissa Tastove on vocals & percussion, Jenna Rae on vocals & percussion, Martin Farrell on vocals & keys. Recorded, produced & engineered by Martin Farrell, Lost Cowgirl Records http://www.thelostcowgirl.com Mastered by Brody Wellman Mixing by Peter Oviatt, Moonflower Sounds http://www.moonflowersounds.com. Cover Photo: Jordan Storrer, Lifeleak Visuals Elexa Dawson joined WMM on June 2, 2021. Elexa Dawson released her single, “Mother” on October 29, 2021. http://www.elexadawson.com]

[Elexa Dawson plays Kansas City Folk Festival, Sunday, May 22, 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM, at Washington Square Park, 100 E Pershing Rd, KCMO. ]

11:34 – Interview with Mikal Shapiro

Mikal Shapiro is founder of State City Films creating documentary and experimental filmmaking practices. Mikal studied Film History, Film, & Writing at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York. She received her MFA in Film/Video/New Media / Animation from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2012. Artist, filmmaker, puppeteer, ring-leader, Mikal Shapiro is a KC songwriter whose musical influences span popular songs, psych rock, lounge, classic country and old time spirituals. She has toured extensively across the United States and has recorded 5 critically acclaimed albums Mikal also performs with Shapiro Brothers, and Monta At Odds and The Republic Tigers. Mikal is also the creator and former host and producer of Siren Song, Saturdays at 11:00 AM on 90.1 FM KKFI KC Community Radio.

Mikal Shapiro joins us to share details about Kansas City Folk Festival, Sunday, May 22, 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM, at Washington Square Park, 100 E Pershing Rd, KCMO. The KC Folk Fest is kicking off its first fest as a new, community-led organization. The Fest features live music from: Charly Lowry, Elexa Dawson, Just Angel, Nina Ricci, Mac Sauce, Ani Mal, Cary Morin, Nilko Andreas and Friends, and Storytelling by Philip blue owl Hooser.

Mikal Shapiro Thank you for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Kansas City Folk Festival, Sunday, May 22, 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM, at Washington Square Park, 100 E Pershing Rd, KCMO. The KC Folk Fest is kicking off its first fest as a new, community-led organization.

The Fest features live music from: Charly Lowry, Elexa Dawson, Just Angel, Nina Ricci, Mac Sauce, Ani Mal, Cary Morin, Nilko Andreas and Friends, and Storytelling by Philip blue owl Hooser.

The Fest also features family and earth-friendly music, art, crafts, a grassroots market, food trucks, live painting by Kunturwarmi AKA Astrid Mier y Teran Jibaja, Folk Demos that include: “Darn that Waste” – How to fix holes in your clothes by Reverend Rose, “Finger-Picking on Guitar” by Nina Ricci and more!

Audiences are encouraged to bring a lawn chair.

The event is free to all. Donations appreciated. More info at: http://www.kansascityfolkfestival.org

11:44

  1. Mac Sauce – “Princess Diaries”
    from: PRINCESS DIARIES / Mac Sauce / February 25, 2022
    [Mac Sauce released the 9-track album PRINCESS DIARIES on February 25, 2022. Mac Sauce is a 10 year old Kansas City rap artist known as “the voice of the playground,” Mac Sauce is one of Kansas City’s youngest rappers who writes all her own lyrics. More info at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDLXataYPNWmko586AVwIyQ%5D

[Mac Sauce plays Kansas City Folk Festival, Sunday, May 22, 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM, at Washington Square Park, 100 E Pershing Rd, KCMO.]

11:46

Mikal Shapiro joins us to share details about Kansas City Folk Festival, Sunday, May 22, 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM, at Washington Square Park, 100 E Pershing Rd, KCMO. The KC Folk Fest is kicking off its first fest as a new, community-led organization. The Fest features live music from: Charly Lowry, Elexa Dawson, Just Angel, Nina Ricci, Mac Sauce, Ani Mal, Cary Morin, Nilko Andreas and Friends, and Storytelling by Philip blue owl Hooser.

Mikal Shapiro Thank you for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Kansas City Folk Festival, Sunday, May 22, 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM, at Washington Square Park, 100 E Pershing Rd, KCMO. The KC Folk Fest is kicking off its first fest as a new, community-led organization.

Mikal Shapiro & Nilko Andreas on the May 18, 2022 Edition of Wednesday Midday Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM.

The Fest features live music from: Charly Lowry, Elexa Dawson, Just Angel, Nina Ricci, Mac Sauce, Ani Mal, Cary Morin, Nilko Andreas and Friends, and Storytelling by Philip blue owl Hooser.

The Fest also features family and earth-friendly music, art, crafts, a grassroots market, food trucks, live painting by Kunturwarmi AKA Astrid Mier y Teran Jibaja, Folk Demos that include: “Darn that Waste” – How to fix holes in your clothes by Reverend Rose, “Finger-Picking on Guitar” by Nina Ricci and more!

Audiences are encouraged to bring a lawn chair.

The event is free to all. Donations appreciated. More info at: http://www.kansascityfolkfestival.org

Mikal Shapiro Thank you for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

11:54

  1. Just Angel – “Intent”
    from: Just Angel: Pt. 2 {EP] / Just Angel / December
    [Just Angel is a Kansas City based, singer, musician, songwriter, dancer. and creative artist. Se recently contributed vocals to the recent Sisterbot record. More info at: /distrokid.com/hyperfollow/justangel/just-angel–pt-1: Just Angel: Pt. 2 is a followup to Just Angle Pt.1 – EP released on December 24, 2020 More info at: https://linktr.ee/JustAngel_TigerLilyStar%5D

[Just Angel plays Kansas City Folk Festival, Sunday, May 22, 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM, at Washington Square Park, 100 E Pershing Rd, KCMO. ]

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

Next week on Wednesday, May 25 we welcome Amy Farrand who talks about her band Amy Farrand and The Like who have show! Also joining us is musician and drummer Sam Platt.

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Show #942

WMM and Music of Folk Alliance International with Julia Othmer + Nilko Andreas + KC Folk Fest

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, May 18, 2022

Music from Folk Alliance International Conference + Julia Othmer + Nilko Andreas + Mikal Shapiro & KC Folk Fest

Mark plays music from Artists participating the 34th Annual Folk Alliance International Conference, May 18, 19, 21, 21, and 22 in Kansas City. We’ll spin tracks from: Making Movies, Julia Othmer, Ensemble Iberica with Beau Bledsoe & Amado Espinoza, The Burney Sisters, Rebolu, Willi Carlisle, Mehuman, Raye Zaragoza, Charly Lowry, Elexa Dawson, Just Angel, and Mac Sauce. More info at http://www.folk.org

At 10:30 Mark talks with Julia Othmer a 2022 Folk Alliance International Official Showcase Artist who is performing in the Kansas City Westin Crown Center Hotel, Thursday, May 19, on the Roanoke Room, 4:45 PM to 5:15 PM. In 2021 Julia was one of seven artists selected to represent the USA for Global Music Match 2021. Othmer’s music is vibrant and emotionally potent. The child of European refugees, she draws from a broad and richly cultured palette of experience to create her intensely human yet otherworldly songs. Her piano-driven performances are a mesmerizing and superconscious fusion of raw power, vocal artistry and joy. In 2021 Julia released SEEDS VOLUME 2, her 4th album with live recordings from her 30-day “Songs of September Project”, where Julia covered songs of protest & hope, to inspire people to vote. In 2020, Julia released SEEDS VOLUME 1. Julia Othmer released “Sound,” on April 12, 2019, her second album produced with James Lundie, who became Julia’s husband in 2016. Info at: http://www.juliaothmer.com.

At 11:00 Nilko Andreas joins us to play LIVE in our 90.1 FM Studios. Colombian/American classical guitarist & composer Nilko Andreas Guarin has been praised as an “electrifying performer for his powerful stage presence and spontaneity that grows irresistible.” Since his Carnegie Hall debut in 2009 Nilko Andreas has been captivating audiences in over fifteen countries and three continents. While in KC for the Folk Alliance International Conference Nilko Andreas performs with “The Poor Choices” on Wednesday, May 18 at 7:00 PM at The Ship, 1221 Union Ave. Nilko Andreas performs at Folk Alliance International Conference on Wednesday, May 18, at 11:00 PM at Westin Crown Center Hotel, 1 East Pershing Rd. Nilko Andreas performs at Folk Alliance International Conference with Beau Bledsoe & Amado Espinoza on Saturday, May 21, at 7:00 PM at Westin Crown Center Hotel, Nilko Andreas & Friends perform at Kansas City Folk Fest on Sunday, May 22, at 5:00 PM. Info at: http://www.nilkoandreas.com

At 11:30 Mikal Shapiro joins us to share details about Kansas City Folk Festival, Sunday, May 22, 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM, at Washington Square Park, 100 E Pershing Rd, KCMO. The KC Folk Fest is kicking off its first fest as a new, community-led organization. The Fest features live music from: Charly Lowry, Elexa Dawson, Just Angel, Nina Ricci, Mac Sauce, Ani Mal, Cary Morin, Nilko Andreas and Friends, and Storytelling by Philip blue owl Hooser. The Fest also features family and earth-friendly music, art, crafts, a grassroots market, food trucks, live painting by Kunturwarmi AKA Astrid Mier y Teran Jibaja, Folk Demos that include: “Darn that Waste” – How to fix holes in your clothes by Reverend Rose, “Finger-Picking on Guitar” by Nina Ricci and more! Audiences are encouraged to bring a lawn chair. The event is free to all. Donations appreciated. More info at: http://www.kansascityfolkfestival.org

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Show #942

WMM Playlist from May 11, 2022

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, May 11, 2022

WMM presents Shaun Crowley & Manor Fest 4 + Luke Harbur & Ope! A Play & Cabaret

  1. “Main Title Instrumental – It’s Showtime Folks”
    from: Orig. Motion Picture Soundtrack All That Jazz / Casablanca / December 20, 1979
    [WMM’s Adopted Theme Song]
  1. The Roseline – “Seven Hundred Second Chances”
    from: Constancy / RPH Records / November 5, 2021
    [The Roseline’s 8th album, ‘Constancy’ features Colin Halliburton on lead vox/acoustic guitar/aux percussion, Bradley McKellip on electric guitars, Colin Jones on bass, Jim Piller on drums, and Heidi Gluck on organ and background vox. It was recorded and produced by Joel Nanos at Element Recording Studios in Kansas City, Missouri. More information at: http://www.roselinemusic.com // The Roseline are a Lawrence, KS, based alt-country, Americana, rock band, formed by Colin Halliburton with friends in 2005. The Roseline released their 6th album GOOD / GRIEF on April 3, 2021. The Roseline released BLOOD on September 29, 2017; and TOWNIE on June 19, 2015. 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. In 2021 the band toured Poland. Colin Halliburton joined us on March 25, 2020 and Nov. 3, 2021. Info at: http://www.roselinemusic.com]

[The Roseline play the early show Saturdy, May 14, at 6:00 PM at Replay Lounge, 946 Mass., Layrence, KS., with 95 Sweet Bird, and Harpark.]

  1. Glass Bandit – “Adam Savage”
    from: Vacancy EP / Glass Bandit / January 21, 2022
    [Based out of KC, Glass Bandit icalls themselves the “first family of fusion funk.” “We’ve grown into a small traveling circus of writers, arrangers, and musicians capable of putting on a show that defies expectations and is sure to get you dancing. This 8 piece band can turn a bad night into a good night, and a good night into a banger.” – They write. More info at http://www.glassbanditmusic.com.]

[Glass Bandit play The RecordBar, 1520 Grand, Blvd., KCMO, on Thursday, May 12 at 8:00 PM with CHNNLL, and The Moose]

  1. The Moose – “Ultraviolet”
    from: Spature / The Moose / April 22, 2021
    [26-track double album. Music and Lyrics by The Moose. Engineered, Mixed, and Mastered by Emma Klein and Jake Hilger. “Spature” is a sonic amalgamation of sunny peaks and dark chasms. Join The Moose as they experiment with the fantastical worlds of space and nature. From ‘Lava’ to ‘Mother Tree’, there is a song on this double LP for everyone.The Moose is a psychedelic rock/pop alternative band from Lee’s Summit / Kansas City, formed in 2016 by Jake Hilger, Alex Huffman, and Tyler Frey with Emma Klein and Parker Tozier joining in 2016. The Moose released their debut full length album, The First Real Encounter, on Dec. 21, 2018. The Moose joined us LIVE on WMM on July 10, 2019. The Moose recently released SONGS OF SPATURE – LIVE FROM MYCO PLANET MUSHROOM FARM April 2022. More information at http://www.themoose.bandcamp.com]

[The Moose play The RecordBar, 1520 Grand, Blvd., KCMO, on Thursday, May 12 at 8:00 PM with CHNNLL, and Glass Bandit]

  1. Sharon Van Etten – “I’ll Try”
    from: We’ve Been Going About This All Wrong / Jagjaguwar / May 5, 2022
    [Sharon Katharine Van Etten was born February 26, 1981. She is an American singer-songwriter and actress. She has released five studio albums, the latest of which is Remind Me Tomorrow (2019). // Van Etten was born in Belleville, New Jersey, the middle child of five. She lived in Nutley, New Jersey, then moved to Clinton, New Jersey as a pre-teen. She attended North Hunterdon High School, at which she participated in the chorus and performed in stage musicals. // Later, she moved to Murfreesboro, Tennessee to attend Middle Tennessee State University and studied recording, but dropped out after a year. She ended up working at the Red Rose, a coffee and record shop and music venue in Murfreesboro for about five years. She fell into an abusive relationship with a rock musician who discouraged her from writing songs. After five years, she left in the middle of the night with whatever she could carry. She showed up to her parents’ house on Thanksgiving Day and her mother answered the door, holding the dishes she’s about to put on the table, to find her black-sheep middle child, who hasn’t spoken to her in ages, standing on the doorstep. // In 2004, she moved back to New Jersey, where she worked at Perryville Wine and Spirits, then moved to New York City in 2005. She lived in Brooklyn for a number of years, in the suburban neighborhood of Ditmas Park.// Van Etten self-released handmade CDs until 2009, when her debut studio recording was released.[8][9] 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 manufactured and distributed by Drag City. Because I Was in Love was produced by Greg Weeks at Hexham Head studio in Philadelphia. // On September 21, 2010, Van Etten released her second album, epic, on Ba Da Bing Records. With no set band at the time, Van Etten called on friends Jeffrey Kish, Dave Hartley, Jessica Larrabee, and Andy LaPlant of She Keeps Bees, Cat Martino, Meg Baird, Jim Callan, and Brian Christinzio. The first song recorded for the album was “Love More”, recorded in December 2009 by producer Brian McTear for Weathervane Music’s Shaking Through documentary video series. The remainder of the album was produced by Brian McTear with engineer Amy Morrissey in May 2010 at Miner Street Recordings in Philadelphia. NPR described it as possessing “a fuller sound compared to the super-spare arrangements on her first two self-produced albums, but epic still feels incredibly intimate, with lots of room to breathe and unfold.” // Van Etten’s third studio album, Tramp, was released on February 7, 2012, on Jagjaguwar. Tramp was produced by The National’s Aaron Dessner and recorded in his home studio in Brooklyn, New York. Additional recording took place at Miner Street Recordings in Philadelphia, where the album was also mixed with Engineers and Mixers Brian McTear and Jonathan Low. The album features musicians Doug Keith, Thomas Bartlett, Bryan Devendorf, Bryce Dessner, Matt Barrick, Rob Moose, Julianna Barwick, Peter Silberman, Logan Coale, Clarice Jensen, Ben Lanz, Zach Condon, and Jenn Wasner. // May 2014 brought about the release of Van Etten’s fourth studio album, titled Are We There, on Jagjaguwar. Van Etten produced the record with Stewart Lerman, with the guidance of bandmate and manager Zeke Hutchins. Most of the recording was done at Hobo Sound Studios in Weehawken, New Jersey, with piano tracks being recorded at Electric Lady Studios in New York City. The record features musicians Zeke Hutchins, Doug Keith, Heather Woods Broderick, Dave Hartley, Adam Granduciel, Marisa Anderson, Stuart D. Bogie, Mickey Free, Mary Lattimore, Little Isidor, Jacob Morris, Torres’ Mackenzie Scott, Shearwater’s Jonathan Meiburg, Lower Dens’ Jana Hunter, and Efterklang touring member Peter Broderick. The EP I Don’t Want to Let You Down, a compilation of songs that were not included on Are We There, was released on Jagjaguwar in 2015. // On October 2, 2018, Van Etten released a new track entitled “Comeback Kid” and announced her next album Remind Me Tomorrow, released on January 18, 2019.[16] On February 28, 2019, Van Etten appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to perform the single “Seventeen”. // On April 22, 2020, Van Etten played bass and sang harmony as the three surviving members of Fountains of Wayne performed in a televised benefit with various New Jersey-affiliated musicians to raise funds for COVID-19 relief. She filled the role left vacant by the COVID-19-related death of Adam Schlesinger a few weeks earlier. She and the other three members of the band played simultaneously from remote locations. The band played the song “Hackensack” from the album Welcome Interstate Managers. // On May 15, 2020, Van Etten dropped a cover of (What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding? with Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme. // Van Etten’s music is characterized by a heavy use of harmonies. Pitchfork described her songs as having “echoes of folk tradition.” NPR Music asserts: “Her songs are heartfelt without being overly earnest; her poetry is plainspoken but not overt, and her elegant voice is wrapped in enough rasp and sorrow to keep from sounding too pure or confident.” With “Comeback Kid” and Remind Me Tomorrow, she introduced electronic sounds into her music. // Since 2016, Van Etten has appeared in both seasons of the Netflix drama The OA as Rachel, a fellow abductee along with Prairie in Dr. Percy’s basement lab/terrarium. Rachel and the other captives are subjected to after-life experiments while conspiring over a period of years to possibly escape, and at one point, Rachel sings a song of remembrance. Van Etten also appeared in episode six of the 2017 Twin Peaks series on Showtime. // Van Etten made her feature film debut with a supporting role in Never Rarely Sometimes Always directed by Eliza Hittman, for which she also wrote and performed the original track ‘Staring at a Mountain’. // Van Etten had her first child, a son, in 2017 with her romantic partner Zeke Hutchins. Hutchins used to be her drummer and then became her manager. After living in New York City for 15 years, she moved with her family to Los Angeles in Sept 2019. More info at: http://www.sharonvanetten.com]
  1. Amanda Jo Williams – “Sunlight”
    from: The Bear Eats Me / Neurotic Yell / June 25, 2012
    [Amanda Jo Williams was born a girl in Hogansville, Georgia. She had a lot of outdoor fun, especially with her brother. She quit college very abruptly and moved to New York at 19 after attending a modeling convention in Columbus, Georgia. It was a rip-off but Amanda met an agent. He said, “Come to New York.” After a year on the runway, some lovers and things, Amanda and friends took a bus to Kingston and hitchhiked with a woman to Woodstock. They slept in the woods the first night and Amanda was scared. In town the next day they met a crazy shaman of Woodstock. He took her to artist Paul McMahon’s house, the hippie hangout. Paul would teach her to play guitar when she was pregnant with his twins, Ginger & Hominy. Williams was about to enter nursing school when she came to Los Angeles in August 2008 to play Manimal Vinyl’s Spaceland residency. In December 2008 she moved to L.A. to pursue music full force, writing and performing regularly her neu-country folk weirdy pop/rock songs, a little bit of country rap, and exploring the wonders of video art. She now resides both west coast and east coast. Info: http://listn.to/AmandaJoWilliams%5D
  1. Domineko —”Stingray (radio edit)”
    from: “Stingray (radio edit)” – Single / The Domineko Grooup / April 24, 2022
    [Domineko is Dominique Collins a Kansas City based Hip-Hop artist who has been doing Hip-Hop since 2011. More info at: https://linktr.ee/DOMINEKO
  1. The MGDs – “Tomorrow Comes Soon”
    rom: Midtown / The MGDs / March 26, 2020
    [Midtown is the MGDs fourth full length release following, Somos Como Somos, from November 4, 2017. The band includes: 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 Matt, Greg and Damon 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, “Wake Up” their 2nd full length studio album.]

[The MGDs play Crossroads Hotel, 2101 Central St..KCMO TONIGHT, May 11, at 7:00 PM, for the Summer Concet Series, on the Percheron Rooftop Bar.]

10:30 – Underwriting

  1. MusicbySkippy – “Blue Heart”
    from: MY DYING WISH / Luke Harbur / February 18, 2022
    [musicbyskippy is Luke “Skippy” Harbur’s entertainment project. The Overland Park, Kansas native mixes beatboxing, singing, beat production, rapping, & keyboard playing to entertain all-age audiences. After graduating from Ithaca College in 2018, he moved near home to Kansas City, Missouri, becoming a featured performer for musicians, festivals, corporate & non-profit events, and performance groups. His music passion roots in receiving a life-saving liver transplant at the age of 11 months old. His debut album, my dying wish, is now on all music streaming and purchasing platforms. He hopes you learn something new and experience songs you love.More info at http://www.musicbyskippy.com]

[Luke Harbur plays, Ope! A Play & Cabaret, May 20, 21, & 22 at Westport Bowery, 817 Westport Rd., KCMO (located right behind Westport Flea Market Bar & Grill). Show times are Friday & Saturday nights at 6:00, and Saturday & Sunday afternoons at 1:00. Info: http://www.musicbyskippy.com.]

[Musicbyskippy will play Boulevardia, Saturday, June 18, 2022.]

10:35 – Interview with Luke Harbur

Luke M. Harbur records as Music By Skippy. After graduating from Ithaca College in 2018, he moved near home to Kansas City, Missouri, becoming a featured performer for musicians, corporate & non-profit events, and performance groups. The Kansas native mixes beatboxing, singing, beat production, rapping, and keyboard playing to entertain all-age audiences in clubs, theaters, festivals and with Kansas City performance collective: Quixotic. The passion in his music has roots in his experience of receiving a life-saving liver transplant at the age of 11 months old. Music By Skippy officially released his debut album, MY DYING WISH with a live album release show, on April 7 & 8, at Quixotic, 1616 Broadway Blvd, KCMO at their Blackbox Theater.

Luke Harbur joins us today to talk about his upcoming show, Ope! A Play & Cabaret, May 20, 21, and 22 at Westport Bowery, 817 Westport Rd., Kansas City, MO 64111 (located right behind Westport Flea Market Bar & Grill). Show times are Friday and Saturday nights at 6:00, and Saturday and Sunday afternoons at 1:00. More info at http://www.musicbyskippy.com or http://www.lukeharbur.com

Luke M. Harbur Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

Ope! A Play & Cabaret, May 20, 21, and 22 at Westport Bowery, 817 Westport Rd., Kansas City, MO 64111 (located right behind Westport Flea Market Bar & Grill). Show times are Friday & Saturday nights at 6:00, and Saturday & Sunday afternoons at 1:00.

The show started out as a joke between Luke “Skippy” Harbur and Arthur Clifford, two of the shows featured performers.

As Covid-19 affected the lives of millions of workers in the entertainment and restaurant industry, the show symbolizes the rising demand of live entertainment and restaurants once more.

With more than 20 years of professional entertainment experience among the cast, Kansas City area natives Luke “Skippy” Harbur, Arthur Clifford, Elaine Clifford, and Makenzie Hinrichs are thrilled to bring this all-original, high quality show to Kansas City audiences.

MY DYING WISH

The album contains many different genres of music and demonstrates your beatboxing, singing, and piano playing. Like started learning piano at the age of 5.

Your Album Release Show was April 7 & 8, hosted by Quixotic, 1616 Broadway Blvd, KCMO at their Blackbox Theater. With the support of Mica Thomas Executive Director.

Luke was born and raised in Overland Park Kansas and went to Olathe East High School but let Olathe East to go to school in Winston Salem, North Carolina, at a Performing Arts School where you studied Acting and Theatre.

Luke then went to Ithica College to study Journalism and eventually got a job as a Production Assistant at the Kansas City Star,

Luke talked with Mark about the importance of collaboration in midsize market like Kansas City and how others can benefit from these collaborations.

Luke performs regularly with Quixotic but also is a frequent performer at Missy B’s.

Luke will be doing shows with Stray Cat Film Center.

Luke M. Harbur records as Music By Skippy. The Kansas native mixes beatboxing, singing, beat production, rapping, and keyboard playing to entertain all-age audiences in clubs, theaters, festivals and with Kansas City performance collective: Quixotic. Music By Skippy will officially release his debut album, MY DYING WISH with a live album release show, on April 7 & 8, hosted by Quixotic, 1616 Broadway Blvd, KCMO at their Blackbox Theater. More info at http://www.musicbyskippy.com or http://www.lukeharbur.com

The first time we saw Luke was in 2019 a the L.A. Sessions concert by Calvin Arsenia at recordBar.

Luke is currently working on a play-cabaret to be performed at the Westport Bowrey.

Luke M. Harbur works in Music Videography, Social Media Management, and graphic Design.

The story in 100 words

musicbyskippy is Luke “Skippy” Harbur’s entertainment project. The Overland Park, Kansas native mixes beatboxing, singing, beat production, rapping, & keyboard playing to entertain all-age audiences. After graduating from Ithaca College in 2018, he moved near home to Kansas City, Missouri, becoming a featured performer for musicians, festivals, corporate & non-profit events, and performance groups.

His music passion roots in receiving a life-saving liver transplant at the age of 11 months old. His debut album, my dying wish, is now on all music streaming and purchasing platforms. He hopes you learn something new and experience songs you love.

Luke “Skippy” Harbur’s CV/Resume

Organizations & artists featuring musicbyskippy

Boulevardia (2022) | Kansas City, Missouri
Missie B’s (2021 & 2022) | Kansas City, Missouri
Cafe Cà Phê (2021) | Kansas City, Missouri & North Kansas City, Missouri
No Divide KC (2021) | Kansas City, Missouri
Jukeboxx Media, gig for T-Mobile (2021) | Kansas City, Missouri
Paradise Garden Club (2021) | Kansas City, Missouri
Fishtank Theatre (2021) | Kansas City, Missouri
Jesse Powers (2021) | Kansas City, Missouri
Calvin Arsenia (2019, 2020, & 2021) | Kansas City, Missouri
Quixotic (2019, 2020, & 2021, 2022) | Kansas City, Missouri
Ithaca College Choral Program (2018) | Ithaca, New York
University of North Carolina School of the Arts (2018) | Winston-Salem, North Carolina
NATS Mid-Atlantic Region (2018) | Lynchburg, Virginia
The Heartland Men’s Chorus (2017) | Kansas City, Missouri
Ithacappella (2015, 2016, 2017, & 2018) | Ithaca, New York

musicbyskippy is the entertainment project of Overland Park, Kansas native Luke “Skippy” Harbur. He’s developed skills in beatboxing, singing, beat production, rapping, & keyboard playing in hopes to express his core vision: everyone has an inner artist and should be able to express their full, authentic self.

His parent’s and grandparent’s own journeys in music fostered his artistic upbringing. His involvement in music programs since age 5 eventually lead him to move to Winston-Salem, North Carolina and finish high school at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts’ High School Drama Program. Although he was offered Acting scholarships to SUNY Purchase and Webster University, he attended Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York on academic scholarship and graduated in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. Outside collegiate academics he served as a vocal percussionist, ensemble member, and soloist for Ithacappella, Ithaca College’s all-male a cappella group. Once a year the group traveled across America’s northeastern coast for a winter singing tour, creating collabor-ations with the PS 22 Chorus in Staten Island, New York and singing the national anthem for NHL’s New York Rangers and NBA’s New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

Since moving to Kansas City, Missouri in 2019, he’s started finding his audience: Quixotic, Missie B’s, and Cafe Cà Phê have become some of his core, consistent collaborators, and in 2021 he started releasing his first batch of public music projects. His first was SKIPPY Sessions Volume 1, a collection of 8 short music compositions combining his beatboxing skills with other artistic disciplines practiced by other Kansas City-based artists. The second music project was “Rant,” his debut single from his debut album, my dying wish, which released on all music streaming and purchasing platforms on February 18th, 2022.

Each opportunity to perform and collaborate with others is rooted in a deeper story. In 1996, at 5 months old, he was diagnosed with biliary atresia, a rare liver disease. 6 months later he received a life-saving liver transplant from an 8-year-old boy named Aaron Drake, who passed away while on a camping trip at The Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri. But through this tragedy came hope, giving Luke “Skippy” Harbur a second chance to inspire others. From his music, he hopes you learn something new and experience songs you love.

Luke has been doing public speaking for 15 years.

Luke received a life-saving liver transplant at the age of 11 months old.

Luke Harbur joins us today to talk about his upcoming show, Ope! A Play & Cabaret, May 20, 21, and 22 at Westport Bowery, 817 Westport Rd., Kansas City, MO 64111 (located right behind Westport Flea Market Bar & Grill). Show times are Friday and Saturday nights at 6:00, and Saturday and Sunday afternoons at 1:00. More info at http://www.musicbyskippy.com or http://www.lukeharbur.com

Luke M. Harbur Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

Luke Harbur joins us today to talk about his upcoming show, Ope! A Play & Cabaret, May 20, 21, and 22 at Westport Bowery, 817 Westport Rd., Kansas City, MO 64111 (located right behind Westport Flea Market Bar & Grill). Show times are Friday and Saturday nights at 6:00, and Saturday and Sunday afternoons at 1:00. More info at http://www.musicbyskippy.com or http://www.lukeharbur.com

11:51

  1. MusicbySkippy – “Cigars and Cider”
    from: MY DYING WISH / Luke Harbur / February 18, 2022
    [musicbyskippy is the music project of Luke Harbur. The Overland Park, KS native mixes beatboxing, singing, beat production, rapping, & keyboard playing to entertain all-age audiences. After graduating from Ithaca College in 2018, he moved near home to KCMO, becoming a featured performer for musicians, festivals, corporate & non-profit events, and performance groups. His music passion roots in receiving a life-saving liver transplant at the age of 11 months old. .More info at http://www.musicbyskippy.com]

[Luke Harbur plays, Ope! A Play & Cabaret, May 20, 21, & 22 at Westport Bowery, 817 Westport Rd., KCMO (located right behind Westport Flea Market Bar & Grill). Show times are Friday & Saturday nights at 6:00, and Saturday & Sunday afternoons at 1:00. Infot http://www.musicbyskippy.com.]

[Musicbyskippy will play Boulevardia, Saturday, June 18, 2022.]

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  1. Rue – “Liv Tyler (feat. TyFaizon of The Blackstarkids)”
    from: WE’RE HAVING SO MUCH FUN (EP) / Bedroom TRecords / March 4, 2022
    [Rue is a 20-year old, pop-traditional artist out of Lawrence, Kansas. She collaborated with members of BLACKSTARKIDS to create this new EP. More info at: IG: @ruerising]

[Rue plays Manor Fest 4, Weekend One, Friday, May 20 at The Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire St., Lawrence, KS at 7:00 PM with DoubleDrag, Midwestern, and Dunes Day.]

  1. Momma’s Boy – “Love That Way (Demo)”
    from: “Love That Way (Demo)” – Single / Manor Records / June 26, 2018
    [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. Their debut EP Liquid Courage was released February 25, 2017. Self-recorded in the Momma’s Boy band practice attic. Mixed by Jared Bajkowski, and mastered by Ross Brown. This track was released as part of a series of singles the band has put out over the year, including: “Want Me Back” released January 19, 2018 (part of Dead Summer Single Series), and “Asleep On The Floor” on October 12, 2018 (part of Demo Singles Series).]

[Momma’s Boy play their Farewell Show, Saturday, May 14, at 7:00 PM at Deep Space Co-op, 1664 Broadway Blvd., KCMO. After many years – Momma’s Boy – the band that helped launch Manor Records is playing one last show. More info at: http://www.manorrecords.com]

11:00 – Station ID

Shaun Crowley is a classically trained guitarist, and has studied at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory. Shaun is the co-founder of Manor Records, a music label that grew out of Manor Fest, the first festival sized “house show” Shaun and friends produced in their basement featuring 12 bands. We first met Shaun as part of the band Rev Gusto with Peter Beatty and Quinn Hernandez and friends originally formed in high school at Saint James Academy.

In this past year, Manor Records, has grown to become a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization that functions as a record store, record label, and & neighborhood bar that turns profits into resources to support local musicians at 401 N. 6th Street, in Kansas City, Kansas, in the Strawberry Hill area of Kansas City, Kansas.

Shaun Crowley joins us to talk about Manor Fest 4, a local music festival that consists of two weekends, one in Lawrence & one in Kansas City featuring 54 bands across 16 stages. The Festival now functions as a fundraiser event to help us raise funds for Manor Records mission of releasing local artists’ music on physical platforms through our “Manor Records Fund”. More information at; http://www.manorrecrds.com

Shaun Crowley thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

We just played from Shaun’s band Momma’s Boy who will play their Farewell Show, Saturday, May 14, at 7:00 PM at Deep Space Co-op, 1664 Broadway Blvd., KCMO. After many years – Momma’s Boy – the band that helped launch Manor Records is playing one last show.

Manor Fest 4 includes: Approach, No Magic, Cuee, Eggs on Mars, DoubleDrag, Midwestern, Dunes Day, Rue, Mr. Golden Sun, Kirstie Lynn & Galen Clark, CS Luxem, Bummer, Pale Tongue, Flooding, Ebony Tusks, R.I.Peter, The Cavves, Varsity Plates, Dylan Pyles, Oxford Remedy, Jacob E.chord, Fullbloods, Khrystal., Mason Blaze, Brat Pitt, Scabb, Blanky, Jass, Supermotto, Faith Haddock, Bream, The Creepy Jingles, Friendly Thieves, Mae C, Dreamgirl, Paris Williams, Kat King, The Black Creatures, Catty Cline, Miki P & The Swallowtails, Sam Wells, Drugs & Attics, The Sluts, Fritz Hutchison, Face Face, True Lions, Orlando Gillig, Daniel Gum, Lava Dreams, Forrest Porridge, Chloe Jacobson, Charlotte Bumgarner, Maddie Razook, and Rachel Cion.

For Manor Records, it all started in a basement of “The Shawnee Manor,” a D.I.Y. venue located in Shawnee, KS. From Glass Animals to Shy Boys, the underground venue hosted numerous local acts, as well as some national touring acts. Then, founder Shaun Crowley got the itch to host a house show music festival with the creation of Manor Fest. It started with 10 bands in one night, then grew to a two night event featuring 20 local bands from Shy Boys to BLK FLANL. After years passed and a community was built, it was time for the boys to move out of the deteriorating house.

In October of 2017, Shaun and company officially launched as Manor Records. A DIY record label based on the foundation of infamous D.I.Y. venue The Shawnee Manor. Manor Record is a label that takes no money or profits from our artists, is hands-on, and self-run, with intentions of good music from good people. We began by hosting showcases featuring local and regional bands in addition to putting out cassette releases.

Shaun was on WMM on July 31, 2019. In the summer of 2019, after growing as a label for two years, Manor Records decided to bring back the idea of Manor Fest. in 2019 Manor Fest 3 came to Kansas City with 33 bands spread across three nights in different regions of the city. Manor Fest hosted showcases in traditional & non-traditional venues and featured up & coming locals such as bigfatcat and regional favorites such as Paul Cherry. After successfully putting on our first large sized festival, Manor Records realized that it was an event that helped promote and propel local artists to larger platforms. There was a need and hope to bring it as a regular event for the Kansas City music scene to look forward to every summer.

Alongside the festival, Manor Records has been actively providing booking, tour management, cassette releases, blog premieres/reviews, marketing and promotion services for indie acts all over the midwest.

None of this would be possible without the addition of our two incredible teammates Wayne Moots & Skylar Rochelle who voluntarily joined the Manor Records team along the way.

One of the relationships Manor Records began to build over our years of booking shows is with The Mockingbird Lounge over in Strawberry Hill. In the Summer of 2021, the owner of the Mockingbird Lounge, Dan Castillo, approached Shaun with the idea of turning Manor Records into a non-profit organization that functioned as a record store/neighborhood bar in the KCK community where funds were put into putting out artists’ music & also the Strawberry Hill community.

Manor events:

05.11 – Songbird Sessions ft. Jass 8 pm
05.12 – Open Mic Comedy Night 8 pm
05.13 – Eric Rice “Moody Tunes” Release Showcase 8 pm
05.14 – Manor Records Gear Swap 11 am – 3 pm
05.15 – Arcade Tournament Night 5 pm – 9 pm

Manor Fest 4 is progressive, with staggered sets throughout the nights & days of two weekends, one in Lawrence & one in Kansas City, featuring 54 bands across 16 stages.

Weekend One – Lawrence Friday, May 20

5:00 PM – Gaslight Gardens, 317 North 2nd St., Lawrence, KS

Mr. Golden Sun
Kirstie Lynn & Galen Clark
CS Luxem

7:00 PM – The Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire St., Lawrence, KS

DoubleDrag
Midwestern
Dunes day
Rue

10:00 PM – Replay Lounge, 946 Mass., Lawrence, KS

Approach
No Magic
Cuee
Eggs on Mars

Weekend One – Lawrence – Saturday, May 21

5:00 – Replay Lounge Patio, 946 Mass., Lawrence, KS

Dylan Pyles
Dog Complex
Jacob E.chord

7:00 – White Schoolhouse, 1510 N. 3rd St., Lawrence, KS

Ebony Tusks
R.I.Peter
The Cavves
Varsity Plates

10:00 – Eighth Street Taproom, 801 New Hampshire St., Lawrence, KS

Bummer
Pale Tongue
Flooding

11:07 – Artists playing Manor Fest 4 – Weekend One – Lawrence – May 21

  1. R.I.Peter – “Just Missed You”
    from: HOURGLASS / Manor Records / May 13, 2021
    [On March 18, 2021 R.I.Peter released the 12-track solo album release, SOFT SERVE, from Manor Records. R.I. Peter released the single, “In Your Eyes” on February 26, 2021. On April 10, 2020 R.I.Peter released the singles: “Cruis’n” and “Rising Sun” through Manor Records. Kansas City based musician and songwriter Peter Beatty also plays in the band Momma’s Boy, and before that was in Rev Gusto that was formed with Jerry Frederick, Sam Frederick, Shaun Crowley; and Quinn Hernandez on drums while they were in high school at Saint James Academy. Peter studied at University of Kansas. Peter released the debut EP solo project R.I.Peter on July 5, 2019. Manor Records described R.I.Peter’s music saying, “It’s like if you took video game music and mashed it with Fleet Foxes or something. electronic pop ambient america folk mystic Both of the songs were written by Peter Beatty. More info t http://www.manorrecords.com Peter was on WMM on Mar. 17, 2021.]

[R.I.Peter plays Manor Fest 4 Weekend One, on Saturday, May 21 at 7:00 PM at White Schoolhouse, 1510 N. 3rd St., Lawrence, KS w/ Ebony Tusks, The Cavves, and Varsity Plates.]

  1. Ebony Tusks – “Bloodletting (Radio edit)”
    from: Heal Thyself / High Dive Records / November 6, 2020
    [All songs written and performed by Ebony Tusks unless otherwise noted. // All Songs engineered and mixed by George Henry Valyer IV at Rundown Studios in Topeka, Kansas and MalaMUTE Studios in East Lawrence, Kansas. Assistance provided by Nico Williams and Claire Kuner. // Conny Franko’s vocals on “You Runner” engineered by Keith Rodger and Rick Carson at Make Believe Studios in Omaha, Nebraska. // IK’s vocals on “Gang Signs” engineered by Derek Montgomery. // Stik Figa’s vocals on “Hell Above Or Here Below” engineered by Sean Patrick at Twelves Studios in Forth Worth, Texas. // Cello on “Heir Apparent” written and performed by Brail Watson. Rhodes and Moog on “Heir Apparent” written and performed by Daniel Bowersox. // All Songs mastered by Mike Nolte at Eureka Mastering in Portland, Oregon. // Album cover art by Justin Bergin. Album cover photography by Rachel Lock. Album layout by Martinez Hillard. // Album insert photography by Ailecia Ruscin and LeRoy Pristach. // Ebony Tusks is Daniel Smith on DJ & Production, Geese Giesecke on vocals & Production, and Marty Hillard on vocals & Production. 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.” 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 works the United Way of Douglass County. He 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. As Marty told Johnson County Library, in a piece published April 27, 2018: “ 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 new intensity.” 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 are just a small fraction. With that said, the three of us are always having conversations about how other genres influence us personally. Post-rock, post-hardcore, industrial, indie rock, and electronic all factor in. Our tastes evolve naturally and we follow accordingly. 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.” More info at: http://www.highdiverecords.com Members of Ebony Tusks joined us LIVE on WMM on February 19, and October 7, 2020.]

[Ebony Tusks play Manor Fest 4, Weekend One on Saturday, May 21 at 7:00 PM at White Schoolhouse, 1510 N. 3rd St., Lawrence, KS with R.I.Peter, The Cavves, and Varsity Plates.]

  1. Flooding – “Delayed Gratification”
    from: Flooding / Manor Records / August 29, 2021 [Physical Cassette Release Feb. 19, 2022]
    [Flooding’s self-titled album on Manor Records on February 19, 2022. Flooding is a three-piece band based in Lawrence, Kansas. Fronted by guitarist and vocalist Rose Brown, who began releasing music in 2019 under the name Window Seat. Joining Rose Brown are Cole Billings on bass, and Zach Cunningham on drums. Brown wrote the music for the album in the spring of 2020. In early 2021 the group started playing the music to record in Cunningham’s converted shed studio in Gardner, Kansas. Rose Brown of Flooding was our guest on WMM on February 16, 2022. More information at: http://www.manorrecords.com]

[Flooding play Manor Fest 4, Weekend One on Saturday, May 21 at 10:00 PM at Eighth Street Taproom, 801 New Hampshire St., Lawrence, KS with Bummer, and Pale Tongue.]

11:17

We’re talking with Shaun Crowley about Manor Fest 4, a local music festival that consists of two weekends, one in Lawrence & one in Kansas City featuring 54 bands across 16 stages. The Festival now functions as a fundraiser event to help us raise funds for Manor Records mission of releasing local artists’ music on physical platforms through our “Manor Records Fund”. More information at; http://www.manorrecrds.com

Shaun Crowley thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

We just played from bands playing Weekend One in Lawrence and now we shift to Weekend Two.

Manor Fest 4 includes: Approach, No Magic, Cuee, Eggs on Mars, DoubleDrag, Midwestern, Dunes Day, Rue, Mr. Golden Sun, Kirstie Lynn & Galen Clark, CS Luxem, Bummer, Pale Tongue, Flooding, Ebony Tusks, R.I.Peter, The Cavves, Varsity Plates, Dylan Pyles, Oxford Remedy, Jacob E.chord, Fullbloods, Khrystal., Mason Blaze, Brat Pitt, Scabb, Blanky, Jass, Supermotto, Faith Haddock, Bream, The Creepy Jingles, Friendly Thieves, Mae C, Dreamgirl, Paris Williams, Kat King, The Black Creatures, Catty Cline, Miki P & The Swallowtails, Sam Wells, Drugs & Attics, The Sluts, Fritz Hutchison, Face Face, True Lions, Orlando Gillig, Daniel Gum, Lava Dreams, Forrest Porridge, Chloe Jacobson, Charlotte Bumgarner, Maddie Razook, and Rachel Cion.

Weekend Two – Kansas City – Thursday, May 26

5:00 – Fox & Pearl 815 West 17th St. KCMO

Supermotto
Faith Haddock
Bream

7:00 – Deep Space Co-op, 1664 Broadway Blvd., KCMO.

Blanky
Scabb
Field Days
Jass

10:00 – Nighthawk, 1228 Baltimore Avd., KCMO

Fullbloods
Khrystal.
Mason Blaze

Weekend Two – Kansas City Friday, May 27

5:00 – Blip Roasters, 1301 Woodswether Rd., KCMO, West Bottoms

Catty Cline
Miki P & The Swallowtails
Sam Wells

7:00 – The Black Box Theatre 1060 Union Ave, KCMO, West Bottoms

Dreamgirl
Paris Williams
Kat King
The Black Creatures

10:00 – 9th and State, 1717 West 9th St., KCMO, West Bottoms

The Creepy Jingles
Friendly Thieves
Mae C

11:24 – Artists playing Manor Fest 4 – Weekend Two – May 26 & May 27

  1. Jass – “Him”
    from: “Him” – Single / JASS / February 23, 2022,
    [Jass is Jasmine “Jass” Couch. Jass released At the Close of a Decade on November 26, 2022. It was part of WMM’s 121 Best Recordings of 2021. She wrote, “After years of writing and recording in voice memos. I decided to grab my iPad and began recording something that I am very proud of. I named it, At the Close of A Decade, and released it in November 2019. With my iPhone/iPad, some apple headphones, I created this project. The amazing people around me told me it was worth it, even when I didn’t believe it myself. I convinced myself I would be the only one that liked my songs. If you decide to listen you’ll hear sound clips of shows and movies that made a difference in the way I saw the world, the way I saw myself, and the way I overcame my experiences. I remember asking my grandma and my son if I should release what I’ve been writing and they both said very simply to do it, so I’ve done it. I want to thank all of my wonderful friends who have been my soundboards during this process, all of the people that have asked me when it’s coming, the people that have kept me accountable, and believed that this time it was for real. My story is so very triumphant and beautiful because I have overcome experiences and shunned the fear I had to do what I love. It’s crazy how you can talk your way out of some amazing things and also how you can talk yourself into making some amazing things happen. If you partake, I hope you enjoy.” More info at: http://www.jassrcouch.com]

[Jass plays Manor Fest 4 – Weekend Two on Thursday, May 26, at 7:00 PM at Deep Space Co-op, 1664 Broadway Blvd., KCMO, with Brat Pitt, Scabb, and Blanky]

  1. Scabb – “Think, More, Bare. (radio edit)”
    from: Nada / Manor Records / November 6, 2020
    [Nada is the debut 6-song EP solo release from Scabb, aka Sammy Hernandez. From this EP “Honey Dew” released as a single on Oct. 29, and “Champagne Chutney” was released as a single Oct. 15. Scabb, is a KCK native and multi faceted artist seasoned heavily in soul and experimental samples. His love/hate relationship with himself and society with the mix of his obsession with word choice and mood switch add range to his malleable style bringing you back for a second listen. Scabbs nostalgic melodies, raw lyricism and self centered banter will you keep you feeling engaged and refreshed. Earlier this year Scabb released the single “Mount” on Manor Records on May 25, 2020. Scabb & Strings is Sammy Hernandez (Scabb) and Shaun Crowley (Strings). Sammy Hernandez is the younger brother of Quinn Hernandez of the band Momma’s Boy. Shaun Crowley is the lead guitarist for Momma’s Boy and founder of Manor records and the Manor Fest. Produced & engineered by Scabb. ]

[Scaab plays Manor Fest 4 – Weekend Two on Thursday, May 26, at 7:00 PM at Deep Space Co-op, 1664 Broadway Blvd., KCMO, with Brat Pitt, Jass, and Blanky]

18 Paris Williams – “Chunky (radio edit)”
from: “Chunky” – Single / Bitter Sweet Sounds / April 20, 2022
[Paris Williams. Rapper/Producer originally from Muskegon, MI. Previously Paris Williams released the single, “Sunsets & Solariums (feat. Bloom Allen)” on October 21, 2021 through Bittersweet Sounds. From Shuttlecok Music Magazine: “Co-produced by Williams, Bloom Allen, and Internet Brad, the track features a sublime mixture of bright, inviting rhymes and the type of nocturnal rhythms you can do schoolwork to, or whatever that YouTube stream is. The single is backed by another track called “As Of Late,” which Williams accurately described at a recent show as (paraphrasing) ‘two minutes of straight bars.’ More info at: allmylinks.com/popstarparis]

[Paris Williams plays Manor Fest 4, Weekend Two on Friday, May 27 at 7:00 PM at The Black Box Theatre 1060 Union Ave, KCMO, West Bottoms with Dreamgirl, Kat King and The Black Creatures.]

  1. Dreamgirl – “Sometimes”
    from: “Sometimes” – Single / Dreamgirl / May 12, 2021
    [Dreamgirl is a ‘dream-pop’ music group formed in St. Joseph, Missouri in 2013. Now based out of Kansas City, Missouri, and building off of the success of their breakout EP “Illuminaughty” (2015), Dreamgirl has released a full-length, self-titled LP and is currently working on a new EP. They have gained an impressive following. Up until the summer of 2018, they operated and managed themselves completely internally. Now they have partnered with Rogue Booking Agency. Dreamgirl has benefited massively from internet platforms like Spotify and Youtube. Members include: Lacey Hopkins on lead vocals, Grady Drugg on guitar, Skylar Smith on guitar Joe Gronniger on bass, Ian Dobyns on drums. This single is a follow up to ther September 25, 2020 single release “All You Wanna Do Is Dance.”]

[Dreamgirl plays Manor Fest 4, Weekend Two on Friday, May 27 at 7:00 P at The Black Box Theatre 1060 Union Ave, KCMO, West Bottoms with Paris Williams, Kat King and The Black Creatures.]

11:35

We’re talking with Shaun Crowley about Manor Fest 4, a local music festival that consists of two weekends, one in Lawrence & one in Kansas City featuring 54 bands across 16 stages. The Festival now functions as a fundraiser event to help us raise funds for Manor Records mission of releasing local artists’ music on physical platforms through our “Manor Records Fund”. More information at; http://www.manorrecrds.com

Shaun Crowley thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

We just played from bands playing Weekend Two – on Thursday and Friday, May 26 and 27, in Kansas City and now we move to Saturday, May 28

Manor Fest 4 includes: Approach, No Magic, Cuee, Eggs on Mars, DoubleDrag, Midwestern, Dunes Day, Rue, Mr. Golden Sun, Kirstie Lynn & Galen Clark, CS Luxem, Bummer, Pale Tongue, Flooding, Ebony Tusks, R.I.Peter, The Cavves, Varsity Plates, Dylan Pyles, Oxford Remedy, Jacob E.chord, Fullbloods, Khrystal., Mason Blaze, Brat Pitt, Scabb, Blanky, Jass, Supermotto, Faith Haddock, Bream, The Creepy Jingles, Friendly Thieves, Mae C, Dreamgirl, Paris Williams, Kat King, The Black Creatures, Catty Cline, Miki P & The Swallowtails, Sam Wells, Drugs & Attics, The Sluts, Fritz Hutchison, Face Face, True Lions, Orlando Gillig, Daniel Gum, Lava Dreams, Forrest Porridge, Chloe Jacobson, Charlotte Bumgarner, Maddie Razook, and Rachel Cion.

Weekend Two – Kansas City – Saturday, May 28

2:00 – Flagship Books, 600 Ohio Ave., KCK, Strawberry Hill

Chloe Jacobson
Charlotte Bumgarner
Maddie Razook
Rachel Cion

5:00 – The Mocking Bird Lounge, 204 Orchard St., KCK, Strawberry Hill

Daniel Gum
Lava Dreams
Forrest Porridge

7:00 – Manor Records, 401 N. 6th Street, in KCK, Strawberry Hill

Fritz Hutchison
Face Face
True Lions
Orlando Gillig

10:00 – Easy Inn, 322 6th Street, KCK, Strawberry Hill

Brat Pitt
Drugs & Attics
The Sluts

11:42

  1. Chloe Jacobson – “Nice 2 Meet U”
    from: “Nice 2 Meet U” – Single / Chloe Jacobson / April 30, 2020 [Follow up to her debut album Frozen Fruit from November 14, 2018. It has been written that Chloe Jacobson’s “soulful, bluesy vocals are colored with the pop cadence of aughts-era emo.” ]

[Chloe Jacobson plays Manor Fest 4, Weekend Two, Saturday May 28 at 2:00 PM at Flagship Books, 600 Ohio Ave., KCK, Strawberry Hill with Charlotte Bumgarner, Maddie Razook, and Rachel Cion]

  1. Daniel Gum – “The Wolverine (ft. Rachel Cion)”
    from: The Wolverine (ft. Rachel Cion) – Single / Manor Records / September 10, 2021
    [Daniel Gum is a singer-songwriter based out of Kansas City, KS who has been active since 2017—releasing a messy, electronic pop EP, I’M NOT DEAD in 2017 and an acoustic EP, MOON in 2018. In addition to working on his own solo project, Daniel has been working with other local groups—playing bass and engineering for his band Pillow (a post-punk/shoegaze group) and playing drums behind singer-songwriter Chloe Jacobson, also doing some recording for her. Channeling the likes of Elliott Smith & Andy Shauf, he co-produced his new record THIRTEEN with Mike Crawford, playing almost everything you hear on the album and mixing it himself. Signing to Manor Records in the spring of 2020, he officially released THIRTEEN on cassette & CD on October 30, 2020. All songs written, performed, and.mastered by Mike Nolte at Eureka Mastering. Daniel Gum is a 24 year old singer-songwriter . Since the age of 12, he has spent the majority of his time writing and recording songs by himself in his room. The Moon EP was released December 7, 2019. It was engineered by Mike Crawford and Daniel Gum and mixed by Daniel Gum with piano and accordion by Cole Crawford. Daniel Gun released his EPI’M NOT DEAD on October 25, 2017, and his 10-song album Reorient on July 31, 2015, with all songs written, recorded and mixed by Daniel Gum who also performed all vocals guitars, drums, piano, bass. harmonica, and programming. The first single from Daniel Gum’s album, Thirteen “Ruin Your Life” was released on September 4, The second single, “In The Worst Ways” was released September 28, 2020. ] [On our July 22, 2020, WMM show we played Daniel Gum’s track, “Tired Saint” from French Exit Records – Black Lives Matter Compilation, released July 6, 2020. French Exit Records was launched two years ago as an independent music label in KCMO, founded by Brad Girard. French Exit Records has released albums for No Magic and Raymond,. BLM Compilation is 22 acts from the area, with all proceeds donated to One Struggle KC’s Liberation Fund, a Black-led coalition of KC activists seeking to connect the struggles of oppressed communities, locally & globally. Daniel Gum joined us on WMM on November 11, 2020.]

[Daniel Gum plays Manor Fest 4, Weekend Two, Saturday May 28 at 5:00 PM, at The Mocking Bird Lounge, 204 Orchard St., KCK, Strawberry Hill with Lava Dreams and Forrest Porridge]

11:49 – Underwriting

We’re talking with Shaun Crowley about Manor Fest 4, a local music festival that consists of two weekends, one in Lawrence & one in Kansas City featuring 54 bands across 16 stages. The Festival now functions as a fundraiser event to help us raise funds for Manor Records mission of releasing local artists’ music on physical platforms through our “Manor Records Fund”. More information at; http://www.manorrecrds.com

Shaun Crowley thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

We just played from bands playing Weekend Two – on Saturday, May 28

Manor Fest 4 includes: Approach, No Magic, Cuee, Eggs on Mars, DoubleDrag, Midwestern, Dunes Day, Rue, Mr. Golden Sun, Kirstie Lynn & Galen Clark, CS Luxem, Bummer, Pale Tongue, Flooding, Ebony Tusks, R.I.Peter, The Cavves, Varsity Plates, Dylan Pyles, Oxford Remedy, Jacob E.chord, Fullbloods, Khrystal., Mason Blaze, Brat Pitt, Scabb, Blanky, Jass, Supermotto, Faith Haddock, Bream, The Creepy Jingles, Friendly Thieves, Mae C, Dreamgirl, Paris Williams, Kat King, The Black Creatures, Catty Cline, Miki P & The Swallowtails, Sam Wells, Drugs & Attics, The Sluts, Fritz Hutchison, Face Face, True Lions, Orlando Gillig, Daniel Gum, Lava Dreams, Forrest Porridge, Chloe Jacobson, Charlotte Bumgarner, Maddie Razook, and Rachel Cion.

  1. Fritz Hutchison – “Ladder Shake (Feat. Bodacious Thang)”
    from: “Ladder Shake (Feat. Bodacious Thang)”- Single / Manor Records / February 25, 2022
    [Recently signed by Manor Records Multi-instrumentalist Fritz Hutchison was born May 27, 1991. His second solo album, MOVIE NIGHT will be is released on April.15, 2022 through Manor Records. A life-long resident of KC Since 2008 he’s been part of multiple bands playing drums with: She’s a Keeper, Freight Train Rabbit Killer, and Grand Marquis. As a guitarist he has played along side True Lions, J Ashley Miller, Lauren Krum, Miki P, Calvin Arsenia. A decade of lending an ear and a hand to other musicians Fritz Hutchison released his debut solo album Wide Wild Acres on Center Cut Records on March 27, 2020. Written & performed by Fritz Hutchison. Produced by Fritz Hutchison & Joel Nanos. Recorded & mixed in KC by Joel Nanos at Element Recording Studio. Mastered by Collin Jordan at The Boiler Room in Chicago. Fritz was our guest on WMM on March 25, 2020 and April 6, 2022]

[Fritz Hutchison plays Manor Fest 4, Weekend Two, on Saturday May 28, at 7:00 PM, at Manor Records, 401 N. 6th Street, in KCK, Strawberry Hill with Face Face, True Lions, and Orlando Gillig]

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

Next week on Wednesday, May 18 we will feature music from artists participating in Folk Alliance International Conference, May 18 through May 21 http://www.fai.org. At 10:30 Julia Othmer join us. At 11:00 Nilko Andreas Concert Guitarist will play LIVE in our 90.1 FM KKFI Studios. At 11:30 Mikal Shapiro joins us to talk about Kansas City Folk Fest Sunday, May 22.

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Sources for notes: artist’s websites, bios, wikipedia.org

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Show #941

WMM presents Shaun Crowley & Manor Fest 4 + Luke Harbur & Ope! A Play & Cabaret

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, May 11, 2022

WMM presents Shaun Crowley & Manor Fest 4 + Luke Harbur & Ope! A Play & Cabaret

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Mark plays more New & MidCoastal Releases from: Flooding, Ebony Tusks, Dreamgirl, Paris Williams, R.I.Peter, Chloe Jacobson, Fritz Hutchison, Scabb, Jass, Daniel Gum, Momma’s Boy, Rue & TyFaizon, MusicbySkippy, MGDs, Domineko, The Moose, Glass Bandit, The Roseline, Amanda Jo Williams, and Sharon Van Etten.

At 10:30 Mark talks with Luke Harbur about his upcoming show, Ope! A Play & Cabaret, May 20, 21, and 22 at Westport Bowery, 817 Westport Rd., Kansas City, MO 64111 (located right behind Westport Flea Market Bar & Grill). Show times are Friday and Saturday nights at 6:00, and Saturday and Sunday afternoons at 1:00. The show started out as a joke between Luke “Skippy” Harbur and Arthur Clifford, two of the shows featured performers. As Covid-19 affected the lives of millions of workers in the entertainment and restaurant industry, the show symbolizes the rising demand of live entertainment and restaurants once more. With more than 20 years of professional entertainment experience among the cast, Kansas City area natives Luke “Skippy” Harbur, Arthur Clifford, Elaine Clifford, and Makenzie Hinrichs are thrilled to bring this all-original, high quality show to Kansas City audiences.More information at: http://www.musicbyskippy.com

At 11:00 Shaun Crowley of Manor Records joins us to talk about Manor Fest 4, a fundraising local music festival that consists of two weekends, one in Lawrence & one in Kansas City featuring 54 bands across 16 stages. It will now function as a fundraiser event to help us raise funds for our mission of releasing local artists’ music on physical platforms through our “Manor Records Fund”. The Festival includes: Approach, No Magic, Cuee, Eggs on Mars, DoubleDrag, Midwestern, Dunes Day, Rue, Mr. Golden Sun, Kirstie Lynn & Galen Clark, CS Luxem, Bummer, Pale Tongue, Flooding, Ebony Tusks, R.I.Peter, The Cavves, Varsity Plates, Dylan Pyles, Oxford Remedy, Jacob E.chord, Fullbloods, Khrystal., Mason Blaze, Brat Pitt, Scabb, Blanky, Jass, Supermotto, Faith Haddock, Bream, The Creepy Jingles, Friendly Thieves, Mae C, Dreamgirl, Paris Williams, Kat King, The Black Creatures, Catty Cline, Miki P & The Swallowtails, Sam Wells, Drugs & Attics, The Sluts, Fritz Hutchison, Face Face, True Lions, Orlando Gillig, Daniel Gum, Lava Dreams, Forrest Porridge, Chloe Jacobson, Charlotte Bumgarner, Maddie Razook, and Rachel Cion. More information at; http://www.manorrecrds.com

Shaun Crowley

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Show #941

WMM Playlist from May 4, 2022

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, May 4, 2022

WMM presents Brodie Rush of Be/Non + Kianna Alarid White & Cale Parks of Ezmerelda

  1. “Main Title Instrumental – It’s Showtime Folks”
    from: Orig. Motion Picture Soundtrack All That Jazz / Casablanca / December 20, 1979
    [WMM’s Adopted Theme Song]
  1. Little Little – “Everyone Else But Me”
    from: “Everyone Else But Me” -Single / Little Little / February 22, 2021
    [Little Little is the solo music project of Drew Little of the band Heels, and formerly of Vedera. More info at: http://www.instagram.com/littlelittlesound%5D
  1. Kevin Morby – “Random Act Of Kindness”
    from: THIS IS A PHOTOGRAPH / Dead Oceans / May 13, 2022
    [The third single release from Kevin Morby’s upcoming 7th album THIS IS A PHOTOGRAPH. From http://www.rollingstone.com: “In January 2020, songwriter Kevin Morby witnessed his father collapse from a medical event while visiting his childhood home in Kansas. In a state of shock, the singer spent the evening looking at old family photos and fixated on an image of his father as a young man, looking, as Morby states, ‘full of confidence.’ The experience forced Morby to confront both the idea of mortality and the passage of time — and, after an extended sojourn in Tennessee, these reflections came together in the form of his upcoming album, This Is a Photograph. To mark the announcement, the singer released the record’s eponymous single, accompanied by a music video directed by Chantal Anderson. Produced by frequent Morby collaborator Sam Cohen, This Is a Photograph was primarily written in Memphis’ historic Peabody Hotel, where the singer-songwriter holed up in search of inspiration and self-realization amongst the city’s dark past.” Morby will also embark on a 65 City tour of Europe and North America through the majority of 2022, which starts May 20 in Madrid, Spain and wraps Nov. 12 in Vancouver, BC. On October 16, 2020 Kevin Morby released SUNDOWNER, ranked #20 on WMM’s 120 Best recordings of 2020 and was the 6th release from Kevin Robert Morby born April 2, 1988. SUNDOWNER was the follow up to his 2019 release OH MY GOD. Kevin Morby released CITY MUSIC in 2017. Kevin learned to play guitar when he was 10. In his teens he formed the band Creepy Aliens. 17-year-old Morby dropped out of Blue Valley Northwest High School, got his GED, and moved from his native Kansas City to Brooklyn in the mid-2000s, supporting himself by working bike delivery and café jobs. He later joined the noise-folk group Woods on bass. While living in Brooklyn, he became close friends and roommates with Cassie Ramone of the punk trio Vivian Girls, and the two formed a side project together called The Babies, who released albums in 2011 and 2012. He began a solo career in 2013 releasing his debut album HARLEM RIVER. His 2nd album STILL LIFE was released in 2014. His album SINGING SAW was in WMM’s The 116 Best Recordings of 2016. His album CITY MUSIC was in WMM’s The 118 Best Recordings of 2018.]

[Kevin Morby Plays Knuckleheads, 2715 Rochester, KCMO, on Thursday, November 3 at 8:00 PM with Coco. http://www.knuckleheadskc.com ]

  1. Fantastic Negrito – “Trudoo”
    from: WHITE JESUS BLACK PROBLEMS / Storefront Records / Expected June 3, 2022
    [Follow up to HAVE YOU LOST YOUR MIND YET? Released August 4, 2020. This followed his June 15, 2018 release, PLEASE DON’T BE DEAD on Blackball Universe – Cooking Vinyl Records that was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album. His 2016 album The Last Days of Oakland won a Grammy award for Best Contemporary Blues Album at the 59th Grammy Awards. In 2019, his album Please Don’t Be Dead won the same category for the 61st Grammy Awards.Fantastic Negrito was raised in an orthodox Muslim household. His father was a Somali-Caribbean immigrant who mostly played traditional African music. He was the eight of 15 children. When, at the age of 12, Negrito’s family moved from Massachusetts to Oakland, California. Oakland in 1970s was a million miles from Negrito’s conservative childhood. He went from Arab chants to Funkadelic in one day. By the time he was 20, Negrito had taught himself to play every instrument he could get his hands on. He was recording music, and after some difficulties on the streets he packed his bags and headed to LA, armed with a demo on cassette. Negrito signed with a million dollar deal at Interscope. The record deal was a disaster. Gangsta rap was ruling the airwaves and Negrito was in the wrong place at the wrong era. Negrito came out of the deal with a failed album and his confidence gutted. In 2000, Negrito was in a near fatal car accident that put him in a coma. For four weeks it was touch and go. Because his muscles atrophied while bedridden, he had to go through months of frustrating physical therapy to regain use of his legs. Rods were placed throughout his body. And worst of all, his playing hand was mutilated. Back in Oakland, Negrito forgot about life as a musician. He got married, he planted vegetables, raised his own chickens, and made money growing weed. He also settled into being a man, on his own, clear of the distractions of wanting to be a star. And then his son Kyu was born. He began recording without the hindrances that come with chasing trends. Negrito turned to the original DNA of all American music, the Blues. The beating life had given him primed him to channel his literal and musical forefathers: the Blues musicians of the Delta]
  1. Marah McFadden – “Withdrawal”
    from: SIDE SHOW (EP) / Marah McFadden/ May 21, 2022.
    [Singer and actress Marah McFadden writes: “Growing up in small town Kansas, my family lived painfully below the poverty line. A superhero and single mother of four, my mom had to scrimp and save to be able to afford the dance lessons she put us in (starting age three). The arts became my great equalizer. Through theatre and dance, I found a precious and priceless part of myself that I was able to hold onto and keep sacred; giving me a deep desire to prove myself artistically. Every artistic endeavor I’ve encountered has thus been approached with that same fervor.” Marah has trained as an actor at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York City and the open Jar Institute, She has appeared on the television show Billions, has worked onstage as a vocalist, actress, and choreographer More info at: http://www.instagram.com/marah.mcfab/%5D

[Marah McFadden plays an EP Release Show, Saturday, May 21, at 6:00 PM at The Ship. 1221 Union Avenue, KCMO, in the West Bottoms wth Kirsten Paludan & The Ringers]

  1. Gee Watts – “Confidence (feat. Kye Colors & Jass) (Radio Edit)”
    from: NO RUSH (EP) / Caviart Records / March 23, 2022
    [Gee Watts released the 4-track EP, NO RUSH 3 on March 23, 2022. Kansas City emcee Gee Watts latest music capsule “No Rush 3”. The Ep includes features from Kye Colors & Jass. Production Includes Mike Summers, Money Miiike, & Drizi Dre of Tha GoonEz. GeeWatts started in 2009 with his Mix tape NO RUSH. // CTYDWRITING wrote about Gee Watts for https://ctydcreativespace.blog on March 21, 2022 – “It’s not uncommon to see that many Creatives will have different talents for which they have different uses. When one uses their craft to motivate and inspire others, however, it speaks volumes about their character. Gee Watts from Kansas City, Missouri, is a Rapper and distinguished figure within his city. Working with some prominent figures in the music industry, Gee is viewed as an inspiration and motivator to many Creatives residing on both sides of KC. Watts states there’s footage of him rapping Snoop Dogg’s “Gin and Juice” as a one-year-old, claiming that music has been with him from the beginning. Like other Creatives, Watts’ has been met with wins, losses, and lessons on many occasions. Despite the obstacles, his faith and encouragement from loved ones have kept him rooted to stay the course.” “I love the locals. I’ve worked with a lot of them, probably too many to name. I want to work with Janelle Monaé, she’s beyond special. Morgan Cooper, I need a cameo on Bel-Air. I wanna work with Ron Ron and Tech, they’re the two rappers I looked up to as a kid like alright I need in. I was on Techs project I want him on mines.” —Gee Watts. “Gee describes music in KC as unheard and under appreciated. Kanas City’s sound does not receive the proper credit it deserves. Places such as Detroit and Los Angeles incorporate the same bass synth & string sounds originating from KC and The Bay. Many do not associate KC with a style that has grown so eminent and recognized elsewhere. Watts will continue to work through his craft to educate and support those who come after, declaring his mission statement “Save Our Babies.” He says the future is God’s plan, the will of Allah. Wherever life may take Gee Watts, he’ll be 100% him until the end. “Without confidence, you’re twice defeated. With confidence, you win before you begin.” A man we’re confident will see many more wins. Always move #CloserToYourDreams” // More info at: http://www.geewatts1.bandcamp.com.]
  1. Sault —”Heart”
    from: Air / Forever Living Originals / April 15, 2022
    [Air is the sixth studio album by the British rhythm and blues collective Sault, it follows NINE their previous release from June 25, 2021 on Forever Living Originals. Produced by Inflo, that album was only available on streaming services and as a digital download for a total of ninety-nine days, until 2 October 2021. // The album received widespread critical acclaim, appearing on several end-of-year lists. // SAULT (frequently stylised in all caps) are a pseudonymous British music collective that make a mixture of rhythm and blues, house and disco. The project is helmed by producer Inflo, best known for his work with Little Simz, Michael Kiwanuka, Jungle and Adele. Despite critical acclaim, Sault eschew interaction with the media, and features an array of unnamed collaborators. They frequently foreground black-centric issues. // SAULT’s albums in 2020, Untitled (Black Is), released in June, and Untitled (Rise), released in September, both received universal critical acclaim, including a nomination for the Mercury Prize in 2021 for the latter. // On June 24, 2021, the band released their fifth studio album, Nine, which was available for 99 days from its release until October 2, 2021. In the same year, the band were nominated at the MOBO Awards, alongside vocalist Cleo Sol, for Best R&B/Soul Act. // The line-up of Sault remains mostly a mystery, with confirmed members: Inflo – producer, various instruments; Cleo Sol – lead vocals; Kid Sister // Studio albums: 5 (2019); 7 (2019); Untitled (Black Is) (2020); Untitled (Rise) (2020); and Nine (2021).] More info at: http://www.facebook.com/SAULTGLOBAL

10:30 – Underwriting

10:32 – Interview with Brodie Rush

Brodie Rush is a musician, songwriter, band leader, graphic artist, actor, father and survivor. He is a Director of Animation & Motion Graphics and has created music videos for several bands and poster designs for theatre and music events. He is also the creative genius behind Be/Non, a Kansas City band that has been making music for over 20 years. Brodie Rush has been working to get his life back after surviving an Aortic Dissection in October 2019, and after being in a coma, and after months of therapy, recovery, and healing through two dangerous years of Covid-19. Brodie was working on a new song before this life-threatening event and it’s taken over two years to get it together. Be/Non, are playing their first show in over six years. Be/Non will play Opening Night at Lemonade Park, 1628 Wyoming St., KCMO in the West Bottoms on Friday, May 6 at 7:00 PM with Men of Men. Be/Non also plays String Break 15, the Kirk Rundstrom Memorial Festival, Saturday, May 7 on the Hunz Farm, 14 miles west of Newton KS. We will also play Be/Non’s new single, “Instant Stooging.” The song is about Brodie’s personal experience of recovery.

Brodie Rush, thanks or being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

Brodie Rush has been working to get his life back after surviving an Aortic Dissection in October 2019, and after being in a coma, and after months of therapy, recovery, and healing through two dangerous years of Covid-19.

Brodie was working on a new song before this life-threatening event and it’s taken over two years to get it together.

Be/Non’s new single, “Instant Stooging.” Brodie writes, “It’s real personal but it had to be done.“ The song is about Brodie’s personal experience of recovery. More info at: http://www.haymakerrecords.net

10:39

  1. Be/Non – “Instant Stooging”
    from: Instant Stooging – Single / Haymaker Records / February 22, 2022

We are talking with Brodie Rush about his band Be/Non, are playing their first show in over six years. Be/Non will play Opening Night at Lemonade Park, 1628 Wyoming St., KCMO in the West Bottoms on Friday, May 6 at 7:00 PM with Men of Men. Be/Non also plays String Break 15, the Kirk Rundstrom Memorial Festival, Saturday, May 7 on the Hunz Farm, 14 miles west of Newton KS.

Brodie Rush, thanks or being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

We will also played Be/Non’s new single, “Instant Stooging.” The song is about Brodie’s personal experience of recovery.

Brodie Rush is a musician, songwriter, band leader, graphic artist, actor, father and survivor.

He is also the creative genius behind Be/Non, a Kansas City band that has been making music for over 20 years.

Brodie Rush has been working to get his life back after surviving an Aortic Dissection in October 2019, and after being in a coma, and after months of therapy, recovery, and healing through two dangerous years of Covid-19. Brodie was working on a new song before this life-threatening event and it’s taken over two years to get it together.

Be/Non released their critically acclaimed 6th album, Mystic Sunrise / Sunset Magic, on Haymaker Records on February 29, 2016, followed by Freedom Palace in 2018 that had been stuck in the studio for 12 years due to disputes with the original record label and personnel changes in the band until Brodie rescued the tapes and remastered the album for Haymaker Records.

In 2020 – Last time we talked with Brodie was in April 2020 when Brodie released a new album containing alternate mixes, isolated tracks and demo versions of Be/Non’s 2009 release, A Mountain of Yeses. The release was called, A Valley of No: The Alternative A Mountain of Yeses. And it was released through Haymaker Records.

The Originally released May 12, 2009, “A Mountain of Yeses” was made by:
Brodie Rush on vocals, guitar, bass, drums, keyboards; Ben Ruth on bass guitar;
Ryan Shank on drums & percussion, Jeremiah James on guitar, Moog & Vocals.
Brodie writes: “This album is a journey into the sculpting process of creating “A Mountain of Yeses”. In contrast to the original release, this compilation contains alternate mixes, isolated tracks and demo versions. Be/Non presents a bizarro-like version of the AMOY album, showing an alternate universe what could have been if the creation of the album went on a divergent path. Behold the paradoxical serendipity of Be/Non’s unique take on constructing a space-themed story/album. “

More info at http://www.haymakerrecords.net

Brodie shared a new song that he was still mixing called: “Zipper Club” The song refers to his physical experience of being opened up in surgery and then being “zipped up.”

Brodie Rush, thanks or being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

10:52

  1. Be/Non – “Zipper Club”
    from: Zipper Club – Single / Haymaker Records / 2022 (not Released)

[Be/Non, are playing their first show in over six years. Be/Non will play Opening Night at Lemonade Park, 1628 Wyoming St., KCMO in the West Bottoms on Friday, May 6 at 7:00 PM with Men of Men.]

[Be/Non also plays String Break 15, the Kirk Rundstrom Memorial Festival, Saturday, May 7 on the Hunz Farm, 14 miles west of Newton KS.]

  1. Art d’Ecco – “Only Ones”
    from: “Only Ones” – Single / Paper Bag Records Records / April 6, 2022
    [Last year Art d’Ecco released IN STANDARD DEFINITION on April 23, 2021 was on e of WMM 120 Best Releases of 2021. Art d’Ecco is 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 freleased 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. Art d’Ecco was our guest on September 29, 2021.]

11:00 – Station ID

  1. Monta At Odds – “Hands Trace The Miles”
    from: “Hands Trace The Miles” / The Record Machine / May 6, 2022
    [This single follows the bands recent single and cover of the New Order classic “The Perfect Kiss.” Both singles will eventually be part of a companion album called PEAKED to be released in June, that has remixes and alternative versions of Monta AT Odds’ 2021 album, PEAK OF ETERNAL LIGHT. On the track the band is: Dedric Moore on synths & programming, Mikal Shapiro on vocals, Matthew Heinrich on drums, Lucas Behrens on baritone guitar, Krysztof Nemeth on baritone guitar, and Kenn Jankowski on synths.. // Monta At Odds released their 7th album PEAK OF ETERNAL LIGHT on July 23, 2021.. // Monta At Odds is a Kansas City combo led by the brothers Dedric and Delaney Moore. The two have played music together all their lives and have been exploring the Monta At Odds sound since the band’s debut in 2000. Dedric’s pulsing, melodic bass and Delaney’s artfully unhinged synthesizers frame the band’s central character, which is fleshed out by a talented cast of musicians and collaborators. The result is a heady sonic pool that has been inscrutably referred to as ‘Ummagumma meets Arthur Russell’s mutant disco at Vangelis’s house.’ // In 2020 the band added acclaimed vocalists, guitarists, and songwriters Mikal Shapiro and Teri Quinn to the lineup. With Mikal and Teri’s otherworldly vocal contributions, Monta At Odds continued to push their alternate reality into streamlined consciousness. With Lucas Behrens on guitar and synth and Matthew Heinrich on drums both rounds out the stellar lineup. The nad releaased a remix of their single “When I’m Gone” mixed by The Record Machine label mate Kenn Jankowski, lead singer, co-founder of The Republic Tigers. The remix featured Kenn’s voice singing with Teri’s voice. The collaboration led to Kenn joining Monta At Odds as a voclist and synth player. And when Kenn plays out as The Republic Tigers the members of Monta At Odds become The Republic Tigers. On December 18, 2020 Monta At Odds released A GREAT CONJUNCTION their 5-song EP released just in to coincide with the ‘double-planet’ convergence of Jupiter and Saturn on December 21 2020, which last occurred in 1226. These tunes form a soundtrack to the planetary event, five songs linked together by the vastness of space and as a meditation on our infinitesimal place in the universe. The EP featured Krystof Nemeth, Teri Quinn, Alexander Thomas, Dedric Moore and Matthew Heinrich. // In late 2020 Monta At Odds released the single “When Stars Grow Old.” // Monta At Odds released their 4-song EP Zen Diagram on May 1, 2020. The album was a more post-punk leaning follow-up to Argentum Dreams. Expect minimal rhythms set to maximum noise, shoegazed guitar signals, slo-mo psychedelic darkwave, endless dub echo, and extended-cut warped disco. Live musicians manipulating time and space via knob turning, cymbal cracking, and pedal pushing as they interlock into hypnotic moments of heavenly bliss that seem to hold forever, captivating the mind. // Monta At Odds released their 6th full length album Argentum Dreams on Oct 19, 2018. Dedric Moore and Teri Quinn joined us on WMM on August 18, 2021 where Teri announced she was leaving the band. More info at: http://www.facebook.com/montaatodds%5D

[Monta At Odds will play the official vinyl release party for Peak of Eternal Light on June 25 with The Philistines making a live return.]

[Members of Monta At Odds will join us on WMM on June 22, at 11:00 AM]

  1. Bartees Strange – “Heavy Heart (Edit)”
    from: Heavy Heart/ 4AD / October 2, 2020
    [Bartees Leon Cox Jr., known by his stage name Bartees Strange, is an American musician. Cox was born in Ipswich, England, raised in Mustang, Oklahoma, but is now based in Washington D.C.. In March of 2020, Cox released an EP of songs by The National that were re-imagined by him, titled Say Goodbye to Pretty Boy. Cox was named an Artist To Watch by Stereogum in September 2020 and released his first full-length album on October 2, 2020 titled Live Forever. The album is a mix of hip hop, indie rock, and jazz music. The album received universal acclaim from reviews. Bartees Strange participated in the 2020 Thursday Signals V2 live show. Cox was born in Ipswich, England, to a military father and opera-singer mother. The family moved from England to Germany, Greenland and various US states before settling in Mustang, Oklahoma, USA when he was aged 12. Before becoming a musician, Cox worked as the director of communications for a nonprofit environmental organization in Washington D.C.]

[Bartees Strange plays Grinders, Sunday, May 8, opening for Carseat Headrest.]

11:09

  1. Luke Petet – “DOGME95”
    from: “DOGME95 / Luke Petet /April 8, 2022
    [4-track EP, DOGME95, on April 8, 2022. Luke Petet released the single, “Bleach+Hands” on April 15, 2022. More info at: http://www.lukepetet.bandcamp.com]
  1. Ezmerelda – “I’m So Nervous”
    from: “I’m So Nervous” – Single / Ezmerelda / January 7, 2022
    [Ezmerelda is the diy collaboration between indie veterans Kianna Alarid White (Tilly & the Wall, Yes You Are) and Cale Parks (Yeasayer, Aloha). The duo formed in the final months of 2021, drawing on influences like Fever Ray, Budgie-era Siouxsie and the Banshees and early M.I.A. Combining elements of their high intensity live shows with art-rock improvisation, Kianna and Cale took to the basement to self produce their brand of industrial, drum heavy electro-pop in October 2021. The result was a collection of immediately realized dance tracks that will make up the duo’s debut EP. Produced, mixed, and recorded by Kianna White & Cale Parks. Mastered by TJ Lipple. More info at: http://www.ezmerelda.bandcamp.com]
Cale Parks, Ori, and KiannaAlarid White

11:15 – Interview with Kianna Alarid White & Cale Parks

Many of us were first introduced to Kianna Alarid White as part of the critically-acclaimed indie band, Tilly and the Wall, touring through the mid to late 2000s with bands such as She and Him, Bright Eyes, Rilo Kiley, and Of Montreal, playing venues around the world and major festivals like Coachella, Japan’s Summersonic, Reading, as well as performing on Late Night with David Letterman and Sesame Street before going on hiatus in 2013. Kianna has also performed guest vocals on Rilo Kiley’s “The Absence of God”, “In the Sun” by She & Him and co-wrote and sang on Tiësto’s song “You Are My Diamond”. In 2017, Kianna launched her band, Yes You Are, with husband and co-writer Jared White, with many song placements in movies, television and commercials, including a Pepsi Super Bowl 51 commercial. Known for their electrifying live performances, Yes You Are shared the stage with the likes of K. Flay, Young the Giant and Fitz and the Tantrums, and toured the US with Neon Trees. On November 15, 2019 they released one of our favorite albums of that year, “HERE’S TO THE GREAT UNKOWNS. In mid 2020 Kianna announced the band’s break up when unexpected and major changes in the lineup served as a clear sign it was time to move on. Kianna and Jared decided to start a new band behind Kianna as a solo artist Kianna White, releasing the single, “Homecoming Queen “ on September 25, 2020, along with an incredible video that Kianna herself filmed, starred in and edited alone in her bedroom using an iPhone, a Snapchat filter, a flashlight and iMovie). On April 30, 2021 Kianna released the single “All Alone With Everything.”

Cale Parks is best known for decades of drumming in the bands: Aloha, and Yeasayer, and in high profile side hustles such as: Passion Pit, Chet Faker, and Joan of Arc. Cale released the albums, ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT on Sept. 26, 2009, and SPARKFACE on November 3, 2008, and the EP TO SWIFT MARS on Augusgust 3, 2004. But On May 18, 2015, Cale released his 4-track solo EP, LAGOON FOOL giving his fans the first sign of becoming a more of a “mood-altering” electronic producer with his multi-faceted record featuring interlocking melodies and everything from acid techno asides to piano-laced synth progressions. Cale followed LAGOON FOOL with his most recent solo EP, BOARDS, released on January 24, 2020 on Whirling Wolf Records. Boards ventures even further into the ether, piling on the sort of polychromatic chords, artful hooks, and mood-altering melodies one might find on an old Air or Durutti Column album. A lot of this has to do with how it was made: in Parks’ home studio rather than a cramped apartment room, which gave him space to think and toy with a wide range of instruments. Listeners can thank a long overdue lifestyle change: a move from Brooklyn to Kansas City that made Parks look at music differently. “I didn’t own a car in New York,” he explains, “so all of my listening was done as I walked around the city. There’s something about the energy of New York that requires that electricity. Moving to Kansas changed the style of music I wanted to hear; I wanted room to let records breathe.”

We just heard “I’m So Nervous” from Ezmerelda. Kianna and Cales’s first single from their musical collaboration. The duo formed in the final months of 2021, drawing on influences like Fever Ray, Budgie-era Siouxsie and the Banshees and early M.I.A. Combining elements of their high intensity live shows with art-rock improvisation.Kianna & Cale took to the basement to self produce their brand of industrial, drum heavy electro-pop in October 2021. More info at: http://www.ezmerelda.bandcamp.com

Kianna White and Cale Parks Thank you for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

Ezmerelda recently played plays The Ship 1221 Union Avenue, Kansas City, West Bottoms on April 23 with Redder Moon and DJ Apothecary.

“I’m So Nervous” was released on January 7, 2022, the result was a collection of immediately realized dance tracks that will make up the duo’s debut EP. To be released later this year.

The first time Kianna was on our radio show was on January 20, 2016, just after her tour with Neon Trees and the release of Yes You Are’s first music video.

The second time you Kianna was on the show was on September 30, 2020, just before her show at Lemonade Patk with The Creepy Jingles and after the release of “Homecoming Queen.”

The last time Kianna was on the show was January 19, 2022, with Cale Parks when we first played the new music of Ezmerelda.

Cale moved from Brooklyn to Kansas City and how that changed how you made your music?

Cale has said, “I didn’t own a car in New York,” he explains, “so all of my listening was done as I walked around the city. There’s something about the energy of New York that requires that electricity. Moving to Kansas changed the style of music I wanted to hear; I wanted room to let records breathe.”

Cale you grew up on Ohio, lived in New York City, and now lives in KC.

Kianna and Cale took to the basement to self produce their brand of industrial, drum heavy electro-pop in October 2021.

Esmerelda a fictional character in Victor Hugo’s 1831 novel The Hunchback of Notre-Dame a Gypsy Dance with a pet goat who is kidnapped by Quasimodo.

Esmerelda was also the name of a nervous and anxiety ridden witch on the popular TV show Bewitched.

Covid -19 has changed the last two years drastically. So many venues are only now coming back to life and again shuttering for various new outbreaks, how do you navigate in these times?

11:29 – Underwriting

Cale Parks ,Ori, and Kianna Alarid White

11:31 – Interview with Kianna Alarid White & Cale Parks

We are talking with Kianna Alarid White and Cale Parks about their musical collaboration Ezmerelda. Formed in the final months of 2021, drawing on influences like Fever Ray, Budgie-era Siouxsie and the Banshees and early M.I.A. Combining elements of their high intensity live shows with art-rock improvisation.Kianna & Cale took to the basement to self produce their brand of industrial, drum heavy electro-pop in October 2021. More info at: http://www.ezmerelda.bandcamp.com

Kianna White and Cale Parks Thank you for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

Last year, Team Love released a special collection of music from Tilly & The Wall plus.

Background info: Yes You Are was: Jared White – songwriter, rhythm guitar, backup vocals; Kianna Alarid – songwriter, lead vocals; Jacob Temeyer – lead guitar, keyboards, backup vocals; Joseph Wilner – drums ; and Willie Jordan – bass guitar, back up vocals. Yes You Are lead singer

Kianna Alarid White was also lead singer and bassist for the critical acclaimed band, Tilly and the Wall, who released 4 albums on Team Love Records (founded by Conor Oberst & Nate Krenkel in 2003). Tilly and the Wall was an indie pop group from Omaha, Nebraska. Their name originated from a children’s book called Tillie and the Wall, written by Leo Lionni. They are particularly noted for having a tap dancer, Jamie Pressnall, instead of a drummer. // The group formed in 2001 after the demise of several Omaha groups, including Conor Oberst’s Park Ave., of which Neely Jenkins and Jamie Pressnall (then Jamie Williams) were members. Jamie brought along Kianna Alarid from another band that broke up called Magic Kiss. Derek Pressnall and Nick White, natives of Dunwoody, Georgia were drawn to the music scene in Omaha, Nebraska and moved. Nick White was also one of the few constants for Bright Eyes in 2005, appearing on I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning and Digital Ash in a Digital Urn, as well as touring worldwide with the band. // Their first show was an open-mic night at the now defunct Ranch Bowl. Their first release, Woo!, was recorded in Conor Oberst’s garage, self-published, and distributed at shows around the Omaha area. The group released a limited-pressing eponymous 7″ on Rue Royale Records, followed by their debut LP, Wild Like Children in 2004. It was the flagship release on Oberst’s Team Love label and made with the help of Presto studios. Wild Like Children garnered the band a substantial amount of critical acclaim and propelled them to national tours with Bright Eyes, Rilo Kiley, and Of Montreal. In early 2005, Tilly and the Wall became the first “band in residence” at Omaha’s Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, using the Bemis Underground’s Studio T to develop their follow-up album to Wild Like Children. // In September of that year, they released “You and I Misbehaving” as a limited-pressing 7″ in the UK through indie label Trash Aesthetics. This release picked up further critical acclaim as well as support from BBC radio broadcaster Steve Lamacq. They played their first show outside of the US at the Freebutt in Brighton on February 14, 2006. // Bottoms of Barrels, the band’s follow-up to Wild Like Children, was released on May 23, 2006. Tilly and the Wall appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman on October 27, 2006, to perform “Bad Education”. The song was not played in full due to time constraints. A number of live dates were played to support the album. The band toured with Jenny Lewis in support of her album featuring The Watson Twins, Rabbit Fur Coat. They then went on their first headlining tour to promote Bottoms of Barrels, with acts such as David Dondero, Now It’s Overhead, and Wolf Colonel supporting them. They played the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on April 27, 2007. In addition to performing at 2007’s Splendour in the Grass festival, Tilly and the Wall toured Australia. Band members Jamie Williams and Derek Pressnall were married shortly after the album’s release, on August 12, 2006. // On February 25, Tilly and the Wall released a video for a new song entitled “Beat Control”. The digital release of the song was on March 4, with a new album track “Cacophony” appearing as a b-side. “Beat Control” was released only as a single and was not included on the album released later in 2008. // Tilly and the Wall’s third album, o, was released on June 17, 2008. Two songs they performed on their 2007 tour, “Too Excited” and “Chandelier Lake”, appear on the album. // Tilly have recorded their own version of the ABC song for the new season of Sesame Street. // The first single from the album is “Pot Kettle Black”. It was featured in the pilot episode of 90210, TV spots for the Seth Rogen film Observe and Report, the film Whip It and its soundtrack album, and in the video game Midnight Club: Los Angeles. // Tilly and the Wall released a new album entitled Heavy Mood on October 2, 2012, available in CD and vinyl formats.

In 2020 Team Love released a 16-track retro of Tilly and The Wall’s music from 2002

Kianna White and Cale Parks Thank you for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

Ezmerelda released their debut single, “I’m So Nervous” on January 7, 2022. Ezmerelda released their 2nd single, “Reverser” on Friday, April 1, 2022. The duo formed in the final months of 2021, drawing on influences like: Fever Ray, Budgie-era Siouxsie and the Banshees, and early M.I.A. Combining elements of their high intensity live shows with art-rock improvisation, Kianna & Cale took to the basement to self produce their brand of industrial, drum heavy electro-pop. The result is a collection of immediately realized dance tracks that make up their debut EP to be released later this year.

10:38

  1. Ezmerelda – “Reverser”
    from: “Reverser” – Single / Ezmerelda / April 1, 2022
    [Ezmerelda is the diy collaboration between indie veterans Kianna Alarid White (Tilly & the Wall, Yes You Are) and Cale Parks (Yeasayer, Aloha). The duo formed in the final months of 2021, drawing on influences like Fever Ray, Budgie-era Siouxsie and the Banshees and early M.I.A. Combining elements of their high intensity live shows with art-rock improvisation, Kianna and Cale took to the basement to self produce their brand of industrial, drum heavy electro-pop in October 2021. The result was a collection of immediately realized dance tracks that will make up the duo’s debut EP. Produced, mixed, and recorded by Kianna White & Cale Parks. Mastered by TJ Lipple. More info at: http://www.ezmerelda.bandcamp.com]
  1. Kadesh Flow – “Move Dfferent (Feat. Gr3s0n)”
    from: “Move Dfferent (Feat. Gr3s0n)”– Single / Ryan Jamaal Davis / January 21, 2022, 2021
    [Lyrics: Kadesh Flow, Gr3ys0n. Instrumental: Kadesh Flow. Mixing: Kadesh Flow. Mastering: Kadesh Flow This is one of over 22 new singles Kadesh Flow has released in the last 14 months: Kadesh Flow & The Enclave released, “Soft Side,” on Jan. 21, 2021, written, produced, performed, mixed & mastered by Kadesh Flow. Kadesh Flow released, “Assumptions feat. Shubzilla,” on Jan. 29, 2021. Kadesh Flow released, “Frosty,” on February 12, 2021, written, produced, performed, mixed & mastered by Kadesh Flow. Kadesh Flow & The Enclave released, “Cry For Me 2,” February 12, 2021. Kadesh Flow released, “Not on My Watch,” on February 19, 2021, Inspired by Lord Beerus (Dragonball Super). Kadesh Flow released, “Held Me Longer,” on Marc written, produced, performed, mixed & mastered by Kadesh Flow. Kadesh Flow released, “Your Dream Isn’t Always Yours,” on March 12, 2021, written, produced, performed, mixed & mastered by Kadesh Flow. Kadesh Flow & The Enclave released, “Forgot About Me,” on March 14, 2021. Kadesh Flow released, “Take Backs (feat. Ryan Heinlein),” on March 26, 2021, written, produced, performed, mixed & mastered by Kadesh Flow. Kadesh Flow & The Enclave released, “But Hope” on March 26, 2021, written, produced, performed, mixed & mastered by Kadesh Flow. Kadesh Flow released the single, “I Don’t Care” on April 9, 2021, written, performed, mixed and mastered by Kadesh Flow. Produced by D. Professor. Kadesh Flow released the single, “That Way” on April 16, 2021, written, performed, mixed & mastered by Kadesh Flow, and produced by Dominique “Bassman” Saunders. Kadesh Flow released the new single, “So Far” on April 23, 2021, written, performed, mixed & mastered by Kadesh Flow and produced by Dominique “Bassman” Sanders. Kadesh Flow released the single, “On Target” on April 30, 2021, written, produced, performed, mixed and mastered by Kadesh Flow. Kadesh Flow released the single ”Lighten Up”on May 7, 2021, written, produced, performed, mixed & mastered by Kadesh Flow. Kadesh Flow released the single “Elegant” on May 21, 2021. Written, Produced, Performed, Mixed & Mastered by Kadesh Flow. This is his 16th single the year, so far. Kadesh Flow released the 13-track album ROOM SERVICE 2, on July 19, 2021. Kadesh Flow released the single “Coming For Your Neck” on August 20, 2021. Written, Produced, Performed, Mixed & Mastered by Kadesh Flow. This is his 17th single the year. Kadesh Flow released the single “Easy” on August 27, 2021. Written, Produced, Performed, Mixed & Mastered by Kadesh Flow. This is his 18th single the year. Kadesh Flow released the single “Fiend” on Sept. 4, 2021. Written, Performed, Mixed & Mastered by Kadesh Flow. Produced by Dominique Sanders. This is his 19th single the year. le, “Gardens Out The Gutter” on Dec. 3, 2021. This is one of 22 singles and a 13 track album that Kadesh Flow has released so far this year. Written, Performed, Mixed & Mastered: Kadesh Flow. Instrumental: Dominique Sanders. Kadesh Flow released the single, “CHOICE (The Cost)” on December 17, 2021. Written, Performed, Mixed & Mastered: Kadesh Flow. Instrumental: Dominique Sanders. This is one of 22 singles and a 13 track album that Kadesh Flow has released so far this year. 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 The Phantastics, and Marcus Lewis Big Band. Kadesh Flow played the 17th Annual Crossroads Music Fest, Saturday, September 11, as part of Deshica Rage (with Kadesh Flow & Jessica Paige) at 10:00 PM on Community Lending of America Stage at Lemonade Park. Kadesh Flow was on WMM on Oct. 21, 2020. More info at: http://www.kadeshflow.com ]

[Kadesh Flow plays The Ship with Dimension Bill Edwards Tomorrow , May 5]

[Kadesh FlowPlays Boulevardia Friday, June 17 with The Phantastics, Sat. June 18 as part of Deshica Rage (with Kadesh Flow & Jessica Paige), and on the same night in a closing set with Trevor Turla.]

  1. Paul Jesse & Deegan Poores– “Your Sunshine (Feat. Hannah Davis)”
    from: “Your Sunshine (Feat. Hannah Davis)” – Single / Paul Jesse / April 29, 2022
    [“Your Sunshine” is a chill, trip-hop and classic R&B inspired song about feeling the warmth of one’s love even when they’re not in your presence. Over a bliss bed of murky drum samples, chunky bass, jangly guitars, and lush keyboards, Paul layers his vocals with featured vocalist and friend Hannah Davis to create huge harmonies. The anthemic chorus is an instant earworm. This song was the first collaboration between Paul and Deegan, and has led to a fruitful musical partnership. // Paul Jesse is a 20 year old singer songwriter based in Kansas City, MO. Paul Jesse & X-GD released the single “To The Sky” on February 25, 2022, and “Stuck This Way” on October 6, 2021. Paul Jesse released the single & video for the song,“Gone,” directed by @strife.studios. Info at: http://www.facebook.com/pauljessemusic/ Deegan Poores release his album “Vanishing” on February 11, 2022. It was a follow up single to “Vanishing” released December 19, 2021. Deegan Pooresis a singer, songwriter, and producer from Kansas City, Kansas. “Vanishing” was co-produced by Remy Styrk. To see the “Vanishing” video, directed and produced by Remy Styrk visit: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCie5UaItSkEugr7MJ6ubzvg // Paul Jesse is a singer and songwriter from Lawrence, Kansas who combines his smooth and passionate vocals with production that combines elements of hip-hop, trap, pop, and psychedelic R&B. His self-produced debut EP, Stuck This Way, came out late last year and is a great document of his sound. His debut album is coming out later this year, and you can listen to lead single and X-GD collaboration “To the Sky” here, also available for download and airplay.// Producer Deegan Poores is also from Lawrence, Kansas, and he combines elements of indie rock, power pop, R&B, yacht rock, synth pop, jazz, dance pop, and electronic music to create an eclectic, genre-bending sound. His debut album, The “Vanishing” Album, came out in February, and documents his sound well. Reply back if you would like downloads of either Paul’s EP or Deegan’s album]
  1. Vicman – “Overdose”
    from: The VCMN Project / Vicman / November 12, 2021.
    [VCMN releases their debut album entitled “The VCMN Project” on Friday May 13, 2022. VCMN is an American singer-songwriter duo who’s artistry is shaped by way of edgy, alternative R&B, Pop, and Rock. More information at: http://www.vcmnofficial.com]

[VCMN plays an Album Release Show, Friday, May 13, at 8:00 PM at The Rino, 314, Armour Rd., North Kansas City witRegina Del Carmen, Shilow, Kaydence, and Oxytoxin.]

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

Next week on Wednesday, May 11 Luke M Harbor aka Music By Skippy at 10:30 AM and in our second hour we welcome Shaun Crowley who will help is survey the upcoming Manor Fest.

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Show #940

WMM present Brodie Rush & New Music from Be/Non + EZMERELDA Live!!!

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, May 4, 2022

WMM presents Brodie Rush and New Music from Be/Non + EZMERELDA Live!

Mark plays more New & MidCoastal Releases from: Kevin Morby, Monta At Odds, EZMERELDA, Vicman, Gee Watts with Kye Colors & Jass, Kadesh Flow with Gr3ys0n, Paul Jesse & Deegan Poores with Hannah Davis, Marah McFadden, Luke Petet, Be/Non, Little Little, Fantastic Negrito, Sault, Bartees Strange, and Art d’Ecco.

At 10:30 Mark talks with Brodie Rush about his band Be/Non, and their first show in over six years. Be/Non will play Opening Night at Lemonade Park, 1628 Wyoming St., KCMO in the West Bottoms on Friday, May 6 at 7:00 PM with Men of Men. Be/Non also plays String Break 15, the Kirk Rundstrom Memorial Festival, Saturday, May 7 on the Hunz Farm, 14 miles west of Newton KS. Gates open at 1:00 PM. Be/Non will be playing with two new band members and two Be/Non alumni. Ben Ruth remains on bass & vocals, their longest standing continuous member of over 17 years. Brodie Rush has been working to get his life back after surviving an Aortic Dissection in October 2019, and after being in a coma, and after months of therapy, recovery, and healing through two dangerous years of Covid-19. Brodie was working on a new song before this life-threatening event and it’s taken over two years to get it together. We will premiere Be/Non’s new single, “Instant Stooging.” The song is about Brodie’s personal experience of recovery. Brodie writes, “It’s real personal but it had to be done.“ More info at: http://www.haymakerrecords.net

At 11:15 Ezmerelda plays live in our 90.1 FM Studios. Ezmerelda is the D.I.Y. collaboration between indie veterans Kianna Alarid White (Tilly & the Wall, Yes You Are) and Cale Parks (Yeasayer, Aloha). The duo formed in the final months of 2021, drawing on influences like Fever Ray, Budgie-era Siouxsie and the Banshees and early M.I.A. Combining elements of their high intensity live shows with art-rock improvisation. Ezmerelda released their second single single, “Reverser” on Friday, April 1, 2022. Kianna and Cale took to the basement to self produce their brand of industrial, drum heavy electro-pop in October 2021. The result was a collection of immediately realized dance tracks that will make up the duo’s debut EP. Produced, mixed, and recorded by Kianna White & Cale Parks. Mastered by TJ Lipple. More info at: http://www.ezmerelda.bandcamp.com

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Show #940

WMM Playlist from April 27, 2022

Wednesday MidDay Medley
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90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio
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Wednesday, April 27, 2022

WMM presents Freight Train Rabbit Killer + JNabe + Jessica Salley on Kristin Hamilton’s TOUCH OF BLUE

  1. “Main Title Instrumental – It’s Showtime Folks”
    from: Orig. Motion Picture Soundtrack All That Jazz / Casablanca / December 20, 1979
    [WMM’s Adopted Theme Song]
  1. H.E.R. – “Change (From the Netflix series “We the People”
    from: “Change (from the Netflix series “We the People”-Single / RCA Records / June 4, 2021
    [Gabriella Sarmiento Wilson (born June 27, 1997), known professionally as H.E.R. (pronounced “her”, an acronym for “Having Everything Revealed”), is an American R&B singer. After initial music appearances and singles under her real name, Wilson re-emerged in 2016 as H.E.R., releasing her debut EP H.E.R. Volume 1 under RCA, followed by four subsequent EPs. Her first compilation album H.E.R. (2017), consisting of tracks from her first two EPs plus six additional songs, was nominated for five Grammy Awards, winning Best R&B Performance and Best R&B Album. // Her second compilation album, I Used to Know Her, was nominated for five Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year and Song of the Year for “Hard Place”. In 2021, she was awarded the Grammy Award for Song of the Year for “I Can’t Breathe” and the Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Fight for You” from the film Judas and the Black Messiah with her also winning the Grammy Award for Best Traditional R&B Performance for the latter song the following year. Her debut full-length album Back of My Mind was released in June 2021. // Wilson was born in Vallejo, California to a Filipina mother and an African-American father. Raised in California’s San Francisco Bay Area, she was introduced to the public as an artist as a young child, covering Alicia Keys on piano on the Today Show, before competing on Radio Disney’s The Next BIG Thing when she was 12 years old. // Addressing the secrecy over her identity, she has said: “The mystery is a metaphor for who I am, or who I was at the time of creating the project… I feel like oftentimes we don’t like to be open as people about our emotions or things that we are going through. At the time [of recording], I was very closed off except for when I was writing or when I was in the studio.” // She explained further: “I am a voice for women who feel like they’re alone in these situations. This project came from emotion, and that’s what I want it to be about – not what I look like or who I’m with, but the raw emotion and support for women.” To NPR she said, “I feel like this is the era of the anti-star. I really just wanted it to be about the music, and get away from, ‘Who is she with?’ and ‘What is she wearing?'” // After being signed to RCA under Sony at the age of 14, Wilson released a single in 2014 titled “Something to Prove” under her real name. // Re-emerging in late 2016 with a new persona, Wilson released her debut EP, H.E.R. Vol. 1 on September 9, 2016, produced by songwriter David “Swagg R’Celious” Harris. She received support from Usher, Tyrese, Pusha T, and Wyclef Jean; labelmates Alicia Keys and Bryson Tiller helped get the word out through Twitter co-signs, shoutouts, and re-posts. In April 2017, Rihanna posted an Instagram clip with H.E.R.’s track “Focus” playing in the background. The clip has been viewed over 5 million times. Additional public support came from Issa Rae of HBO’s Insecure, Taraji P. Henson of Empire, Kylie Jenner, and Kendall Jenner. // NPR listed H.E.R. Vol. 1 as the first selection in its “5 Essential R&B Albums You Slept On”. Calling the music “Slow-burning R&B that zooms in on emotional highs and lows,” Rolling Stone included H.E.R. in its March 2017 “10 Artists You Need To Know” roundup. Forbes named her one of “5 Alternative R&B Artists to Look Out for in 2017”, reporting: “In the same vein as The Weeknd’s enigmatic introduction to the world, H.E.R.’s image remains a mystery. The irony, though, is that her moniker is an acronym for Having Everything Revealed.” // Wilson’s follow-up EP, H.E.R. Vol. 2 (2017) also produced by Harris, was released on June 16, 2017 and includes the single “Say It Again”. Also in 2017, she was on tour with Bryson Tiller for the Set It Off tour, and concluded her first headlining tour, the Lights On Tour, in support of her most recent effort H.E.R. Vol. 2. She released H.E.R. Vol. 2, The B Sides (2017), also produced by Swagg R’Celious on October 20, 2017 along with the single titled 2, released on October 13, 2017. The compilation album H.E.R. was released on October 20, 2017, comprising the songs from each of the three EP’s in this series. The album won Best R&B Album and received four other nominations at the 61st Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year and Best New Artist for H.E.R. // Her second compilation album I Used to Know Her was released on August 30, 2019. She performed as one of the headliners of the 2019 Global Citizen Festival in Central Park, New York on September 28. On October 5, she participated in the 2019 edition of the Rock in Rio festival located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Among the headliners were Drake, Foo Fighters, Bon Jovi, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Iron Maiden, Pink and Muse. // On September 20, 2020, she sang Prince’s song “Nothing Compares 2 U” for the In Memoriam segment of the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards. In February 2021, during the pre-game festivities for Super Bowl LV, she performed “America the Beautiful”, singing and playing guitar. On June 17, 2021, her single “Damage” topped the US R&B radio chart. The song is from her debut full-length album Back of My Mind, which was released on June 18, 2021. // In August 2021, it was announced that Wilson was in final negotiations to make her feature film debut in the upcoming film adaptation of The Color Purple, playing the role of Squeak. She also sings a duet with Tauren Wells on the song called “Hold Us Together”. // On November 30, 2021, the Apple Music Awards announced H.E.R. as the winner of Songwriter of the Year.]

[H.E.R. plays Starlight Theatre, 4on Tues, May 3, 7:30 PM on her BACK OF MY MIND tour.]

  1. Wet Leg – “Wet Dream”
    from: Wet Leg / Domino Recording Co / April 8, 2022
    [Wet Leg is a British indie rock band from the Isle of Wight, founded in 2019 by Rhian Teasdale and Hester Chambers. The band came to prominence in 2021 when their debut single, “Chaise Longue”, became a viral hit. Their self-titled debut album was released on 8 April 2022. // Teasdale and Chambers first met at Isle of Wight College. After ten years of friendship, they became a musical duo in 2019 under the name Wet Leg, signed with Domino Recording Company. They chose the name by playing a game picking different emoji combinations and getting to Wet Leg, it stuck. Their debut single, “Chaise Longue”, was released on June 15, 2021, and gained media notice for earning millions of streams and video views. Their second single, “Wet Dream”, was released on 28 September 2021. Variety noted, “It’s rare that a new group releases two songs and they’re both great”. They appeared on Later… with Jools Holland on BBC2, on 30 October 2021. On 29 November 2021, they announced their debut self-titled album, released on 8 April 2022 via Domino. The same day, Wet Leg released the double-single “Too Late Now” / “Oh No”. // In an interview with Diffus, the band stated that their name came from a regional epithet from the Isle of Wight to describe non-islanders on the island. Those who had crossed the Solent to enter the isle were said to have a wet leg from getting off the boat. // Teasdale had performed for many years on the Isle of Wight as a local musician and pianist, and prior to forming Wet Leg, was known as RHAIN and was linked to the music scene in Bristol. In 2013 Teasdale performed as RHAIN her song “Humdrum Drivel”. In 2014 she was photographed by Cosmopolitan Magazine while attending the Isle of Wight music festival. More info at wsw.wetlegband.com]
  1. Marcotte – “Always Be There”
    from: GOOD FOR MY SOUL (EP) / Marcotte / April 1, 2022
    [MARCOTTE released the singles, “Obvious” on March 4, 2022, “The Cure” on March 11, 2022, “Always Be There” on March 18, 2022, “Stars” on March 25, 2022. Good For My Soul was produced with Logan Murphy, MARCOTTE is a husband & wife: Jordan & Sasha Marcotte. More info at http://www.marcotteofficial.com]
  1. Making Movies – “Sala De Los Pecadores”
    from: “Sala De Los Pecadores” – Single / 3/2 Recordings / April 13, 2022
    [Produced by Ben Yonas, mixed by Tchad Blake, engineered by Scotty McEwen, with cover art by Edwing Mendez. More info at: http://www.makingmovies.world. Follow up single to “Calor” released March 11, 2022/ Making Movies is a Kansas City based 4-piece band and made up of : Enrique Chi on guitar and lead vocals; Diego Chi on bass & vocals; Juan-Carlos Chaurand on percussion & keyboards; and Duncan Burnett on drums. The band draws their influences from the origins of their families: Santiago, Panama, and KC Missouri, and Guadalajara, Mexico. Making Movies released the 5-song EP, EN VIVO (SIN APLAUSO) on February 4, 2022. Prior to that, Making Movies released the 6-track EP BORING BITS, on May 7, 2021, which includes their single “La Marcha.” On February 5, the band released a sneak peek of the new music they’ve been working on. The 7-song, La Cuarentena EP includes a brand new version of the first Making Movies song, “La Marcha” and the lullaby “Could You?” (both mixed by Jim Eno of Spoon and tracked at Memphis Magnetic studio), and the love ballad “Una Vida.” The EP was ranked #25 inWMM’s 120 Best Recordings of 2021. The EP also includes: covers of Talking Heads and Tears for Fears classics, plus bonus live acoustic tracks. This EP was made available on BandCamp for only three days on February 5 through February 7, 2021. Since then it has been made private, an is not available anywhere. Making Movies released their single “Could You” on January 12, 2021. About “Could You” lead singer Enrique Javier Chi wrote, “I was thinking about what to share for “Could You?” and I just go back to the fact that Memphis is a profound place… it is a place where you can feel what America truly is and where it comes from. I think you see and feel the reality that so much of this nation was built from exploiting people. You can see that our pop culture is driven by the Black community and yet that community is still the most oppressed in the nation. Things are still so messed up. // Memphis is the place where Elvis started singing black music with a country twang and where Martin Luther King Jr. was shot. It’s a beautiful place, it’s a charming place, it feels at times downtrodden and it’s a place that reminds me of home (both KC and Panamá in different ways. Our experiences going to Memphis gave us the context to create “Could You?” It was filmed originally for AMERI’KANA TV..” Making Movies released their critically acclaimed album ameri’kana through 3/2 Recordings on May 24, 2019. This was #1 on WMM’s 119 Best Recordings of 2019. Produced by Steve Berlin and Ben Yonas. The notes for this album read: “ameri’kana is a canary in a coal mine, the watchman at the tower. It is a desire to remember where we come from and assure that we better ourselves in every step along our journey. Every chapter is an example, a reason to not be silent and not accept corrupt leaders as something inevitable. ameri’kana is based on faith, faith that every person on this continent carries within themselves the ability to grow, to awaken their consciousness and merits of the same rights. We were accomplices to get ourselves to this point so we will have to be accomplices in the solutions.” This was the band’s follow up release to their critically acclaimed, I Am Another You, released May 26, 2017. The quartet has toured with Arcade Fire, Thievery Corporation, Cold War Kids, Los Lobos, Ozomatli, Tennis, Sergio Mendoza of Calexico, Rodrigo y Gabriela, and Hurray for the Riff Raff. Enrique Chi joined WMM on May 19, 2021. ]

[Making Movies play an Official Showcase of Falk Alliance International Conference. May 19, 7:30 PM]

  1. Mensa Deathsquad – “Chin Up, Eyes Wide Open (Radio Edit)”
    from: YOU WILL HEAR THUNDER / Gran Cavalera / April 12, 2022
    [This is the second single from the 14-track album YOU WILL HEAR THUNDER. Written, performed and produced by Mensa Deathsquad. Mastered at Element Recording and Mastering. Brandon Phillips of Mensa Deathsquad, writes: “By the time I wrote Chin Up Eyes Wide Open, I was just this little emotional soap bubble, exploding in slow motion. I felt safe in my own skin for the first time in a really long time. This is part of trauma recovery – early on there is this identity crisis that starts in your bone marrow and extends outward into the far reaches of the galaxy and it takes a lot of effort to find yourself again in all that messy tissue and ice cold vastness. By some quirk of luck, I bumped into myself by chance when a friend made a joke about my being exactly her “tall, thin and emotionally unavailable” type. To which I shot back, “Babe, all I am is emotionally available. I am skin and emotions.” Boom. There I was, hiding in plain sight. So “Chin Up, Eyes Wide Open” is a song about my deciding to live that punch line and to just fully embody “skin and emotions” and to never mask that version of myself again. It’s a song about showing up for yourself in all your flawed, fucked up glory.” “Chin Up, Eyes Wide Open” is a follow up to “Light” released November 16, 2021. Brandon Phillips writes, “The electronic music that I daydream about, always has that Stooges layer of dirt and shop grease on it. That’s what I want.” Follow up to CYCLIST, the second album from Mensa Deathsquad released February 23, 2021. The cyclist was released with these notes: Brandon Phillips laid in a Kansas City hospital through the winter of 2019-2020 as his own album release (the unintentionally but appropriately named Patient Zero by his alt-synthwave band Mensa Deathsquad) passed by in the outside world. The first tracks from his debut album Patient Zero were premiering and, chained to a Luciferian merry-go-round of post-operative infections, Brandon strained through the pharmaceutical blur to do promotion for his record, emailing editors and scraping together the necessary pieces they needed. Since his surgery a month prior had gone sideways, and the time, energy, and planning for things like photos, videos and shows had been blown to smithereens, all he had left to look forward to beyond the IVs and the machines that go “ping” was this premiere and the street date. And then came COVID-19, like a rogue wave, to finish off the aimless Mensa Deathsquad sailboat. // But Brandon didn’t die and the boat didn’t sink. As the squall receded and the wanton eye of cruel gods passed over him, Brandon clung to the boat and swore revenge… // As the aphorism goes, “revenge is sweet” and thus Brandon and his Mensa Deathsquad will have the triumphant last laugh. Holed up in the spare bedroom of his apartment in Kansas City with an open wound in his abdomen, two surgical drains, and a severely compromised immune system, Brandon slipped back into his Mensa Deathsquad persona and began working on what would become his newest full length album, Cyclist. // The music that emerged from Brandon’s isolation and illness is a raw, nearly garage-rock take on darkwave and a perfect continuation of what he had begun on Patient Zero. Launching with the one-two punch of electro-punk noir in “Nothing Is Ever Enough” and “Therapist” before the pounding synth-rock of “The Disappointment Of The Christ,” Brandon fixes his furious eyes upon the provocative hypocrisy and violence that results from American Christianity. // A heady package of nudge nudges and intellectual ruminations (a trademark of Brandon’s past as a smartpunk upstart in such seminal bands as The Gadjits and Architects), Cyclist carries both a powerful music punch, a cultural rummaging through pop culture, and a run through his ever-evolving intellect. A knowing wink to fans of the seminal vampire flick The Lost Boy, “Join Us, Michael” is at once a seething appraisal of a world scorched and defiled by an older generation and a musical love letter to that pivotal ‘80s vampire movie soundtrack. “Leap Year (Chaos Reigns)” which began as a Siouxsie & the Banshees-inspired jam serves as Cyclist’s true north – the story of a drug-fueled wrinkle in time that brought the entire cyclical nature of existence into visibility one fateful night. “End Of The World” is dance-floor nihilist electro-rock blending angular post-punk guitar with the nostalgia of neon synths and electroclash drums, while “Takes One To Know One” slowly approaches the thunderstorm of toxic relationships, soulful vocals, tech house kick drums, and grimey-as-hell bass. // As a fitting conclusion to the tour de force through his psyche, Cyclist closes with yet another two-track charge, the swaggering post-electro sneer at celebrity social media, “Famous” followed by the throbbing Giorgio Moroder-via-Tech House cover of Iggy Pop’s classic “The Passenger.” “It was important to me that I cover ‘The Passenger’ as a letter of intent.” Says Brandon. “The electronic music that I daydream about, always has that Stooges layer of dirt and shop grease on it. That’s what I wanted for Cyclist.” The result is a triumph over the storm, as Mensa Deathsquad sails, unvanquished, into victory. More info at: https://mensadeathsquad.bandcamp.com or https://facebook.com/MensaDeathsquad.%5D

[Mensa Deathsquad plays Replay Lounge 946 Massachusetts St., Lawrence on April 28, at 10:00 PM with FLEISCHKRIEG, Vantablack, and Elliot Fox.]

  1. Jean Claude and the Eclairs – “Sweet”
    from: “Sweet” – Single / Jean Claude and the Eclairs / April 7, 2022
    [Alternative Pop/Rock band, based in Lawrence, KS., formed in 2016 by Cooper Scott on vocals, Garrison Krotz on bass, and Quinn Maetzold on drums, with Ryan Pollock on guitar joining the band in 2021. Produced and Engineered by Ryan Wasoba. The band is getting ready to release an upcoming EP tat the end of May. More information at: https://www.instagram.com/eclairsofficial/%5D
  1. Anson The Ornery – “Burn It Down”
    from: Simply Sad Songs / Anson The Ornery / February 1, 2022
    [Simply Sad Songs is just that, a collection of six original folk songs stripped down to Anson’s woeful voice singing over the lonesome strumming of his acoustic guitar. In the album Anson sings of hating love songs, his inability to care about anyone including himself, and being sorry for everything he’s ever done. This short listen is the ideal album for those dreary nights spent alone in the dark wallowing in your own sorrows. So next time you’re feeling down, lean into it and pop on Simply Sad Songs for the perfect listening experience. Anson is a multimedia artist combining his backgrounds in music, visual arts, writing and acting to create interactive installations and performances that make the viewer a part of the art rather than apart from the art. He has worked on The Great Tempest in a Bottle a website gallery exhibiting a series of sculptures, paintings, short stories and songs inspired by internet culture. Prior to this release Anson The Ornery released DJ Daniel The Cat on May 6, 2020, where Anson created small electronic toy synthesizers to accommodate the size of Daniel The Cat’s paws to create his self titled album synthpop DJ Daniel the Cat containing six upbeat dance songs with lyrics chronicling Daniel’s crippling social anxiety. After Daniel’s disappearance the DJ Daniel the Cat album was believed to be lost over. Over the last decade the notoriety of DJ Daniel the Cat has grown due to the popularity of the internet and the demand for the lost album was never greater when it was recently rediscovered.More info at http://www.ansontheornery.com]

[Anson the Ornery plays a “Simply Sad Songs” EP Release Show, Fri, April 29, 7:00 PM to 10:45 PM, at Manor Records, 401 N 6th St, Kansas City, KS. with opening performances from Fatih Maddox & Sam Wells]

  1. Jessica Paige – “Kissing In The Rain” (CD #9) (3:45) from: “Kissing In The Rain” – Single / Independent / April 27, 2022
    [Jessica Paige is a master storyteller, translating personal experience into music that is sophisticated, diverse in its influences, and instantly relatable. Her commanding voice has been described as equal parts Norah Jones and Janis Joplin, an uncommon union of sultry warmth & raw power. Jessica recently recorded her 2nd album at the legendary Bear Creek Studio. Jessica released her breakthrough album SWEET NOTHINGS on September 18, 2015. Jessica also performs with Kadesh Flow. She’s opened for Corinne Bailey Rae, Hembree, Yes You Are, and Nicole Atkins. “She’s a must see with her strong stage presence and sultry vocals.” -The Heartland Today “The record showcases Paige’s gift for crafting lovely, indelible melodies and for her expressive, soulful voice, which shifts easily among several styles”- KC Star, 3-time American Idol semi-finalist. Official Showcase Artist – Folk Alliance International. Voted Best KC Vocalist (The Pitch 2018). The Best KC Music- KCUR 89.3. Info at http://www.jesspaige.com]

[Jessica Paige plays a Single Release Party on Wed, April 27, on the Rooftop, at Crossroads Hotel for the Summer Concert Series w/ Calvin Arsenia, Miki P, Julia Othmer, Michelle Bacon, Katlyn Conroy.]

10:31 – Underwriting

  1. Freight Train Rabbit Killer – “Whiskey (radio Edit)”
    from: Hammer of Judgement / Haymaker Records / April 30, 2022
    [Freight Train Rabbit Killer, a musical duet made up of Kristopher Bruders (Freight Train) and Mark Smeltzer (Rabbit Killer). Described as “Apocalyptic Roots” or “Doom Blues” their intense and riveting live shows are accompanied by suits and masks. For this album, the duo is accompanied by accomplished multi-instrumentalists and solo recording artists Jason Beers and Fritz Hutchison. The Hammer of Judgment recording session was a one-of-a-kind pseudo-live studio album, utilizing an interactive crowd of dedicated fans experiencing the recording process first-hand with all the bells and whistles of a professional recording studio (isolated tracking, overdubs, post-production, etc.). Tickets were sold in advance and the session was captured at GFM Modern Recording in Blue Springs, Missouri in April 2019. Post-production work, a global pandemic, and national independent record pressing delays pushed the release back three years from the recording date, but the end results made it worth the wait.]

[Freight Train Rabbit Killer play a special Vinyl Release Party at The Fifth Floor, Saturday, April 30 at 8:00 PM, at 1106 Santa Fe St., KCMO, in the West Bottoms, with Drop A Grand, and Teri Quinn. More info at http://www.haymakerrecords.net

10:38 – Interview with Kristopher Bruders & Mark Smeltzer / Freight Train Rabbit Killer

The KC based band, Freight Train Rabbit Killer will release their album, HAMMER OF JUDGEMENT April 30, on vinyl from Haymaker Records. 3 years in the making, there were hurdles along the way, from pressing plant delays to global pandemics.”The album was recorded during the Hammer of Judgment Recording Sessions back in April 2019, utilizing an interactive crowd of dedicated fans joining the band in the studio, experiencing the recording process first-hand with all of the bells and whistles of GFM Modern Recording in Blue Springs, Missouri for the engineering work and studio access and a previous collaborator, Andrew Crowley of Organica Recording for engineering, mixing, and mastering.” HAMMER OF JUDGEMENT is the band’s 2nd full-length album.

Freight Train Rabbit Killer, a musical duet made up of Kristopher Bruders (Freight Train) and Mark Smeltzer (Rabbit Killer). Described as “Apocalyptic Roots” or “Doom Blues” their intense and riveting live shows are accompanied by suits and masks.

Freight Train Rabbit Killer play a special Vinyl Release Party at The Fifth Floor, Saturday, April 30 at 8:00 PM, at 1106 Santa Fe St., KCMO, in the West Bottoms, with Drop A Grand, and Teri Quinn. More info at http://www.haymakerrecords.net

Kristopher Bruders & Mark Smeltzer thanks foir being with us on WMM.

Freight Train Rabbit Killer, is know for intense, magical, even mystical riveting live shows with all musicians accompanied by suits and masks. Lighting & projections enhance shows.

For their a special Vinyl Release Party at The Fifth Floor, Saturday, April 30 at 8:00 PM, at 1106 Santa Fe St., KCMO, in the West Bottoms, the band is joined by the mysterious Drop A Grand, and the mystical Teri Quinn.

Kristopher Bruders (Freight Train) and Mark Smeltzer (Rabbit Killer)

Kristopher is a beautiful, peaceful gentleman and then we turn on the microphone and are blown away by the power of the voice, truly reminding me of a far away train, getting closer in the middle of a cold dark night.

Many Kansas City music fans know Kristopher Bruders for his great work with band, Cadillac Flambé with your wife vocalist and keyboardist, Havilah Bruders.

Mark Smeltzer is a principle musician of Rural Grit and the Rural Grit Happy Hour Mondays at The Brick, one of Kansas City longest running weekly live musical shows. Mark has also been part of bands: Columbo, Trouble In Mind, E.I.O., and Dually Jukes.

Mark: “When I saw the Anthony Ladesich short film “Two Sisters” many years ago, I was blown away by Mark’s on screen presence as an actor and musician. Along with being a seasoned musician, Frieght Train Rabbit Killer seems like a perfect vehicle for Mark to continue his work as a performance artist.”

Freight Train Rabbit Killer = Kris Bruders (Freight Train) + Mark Smeltzer (Rabbit Killer).

A heavy doom blues American Roots opera about a shaman of the hills and a vigilante bent on justice, they have been performing out of their hometown of KC, Missouri and toured extensively internationally and across the USA. Freight Train Rabbit Killer is storytelling through music, American folk art via gritty blues, electric guitars, suits, and masks.

Featured performances at roots rock and blues festivals such as Muddy Roots, Raut Oak, and Clarksdale Mississippi’s Deep Blues Fest have secured a legion of dedicated followers.

What was the spark the ignited the engines of Freight Train Rabbit Killer?

For this album, the duo is accompanied by accomplished multi-instrumentalists and solo recording artists Jason Beers and Fritz Hutchison.

The Hammer of Judgment recording session was a one-of-a-kind pseudo-live studio album, utilizing an interactive crowd of dedicated fans experiencing the recording process first-hand with all the bells and whistles of a professional recording studio (isolated tracking, overdubs, post-production, etc.). Tickets were sold in advance and the session was captured at GFM Modern Recording in Blue Springs, Missouri in April 2019. Post-production work, a global pandemic, and national independent record pressing delays pushed the release back 3 years from the recording date, but the end results made it worth the wait.

10:46

  1. Freight Train Rabbit Killer – “Pharmaceuticals”
    from: Hammer of Judgement / Haymaker Records / April 30, 2022
    [Freight Train Rabbit Killer, a musical duet made up of Kristopher Bruders (Freight Train) and Mark Smeltzer (Rabbit Killer). Described as “Apocalyptic Roots” or “Doom Blues” their intense and riveting live shows are accompanied by suits and masks. For this album, the duo is accompanied by accomplished multi-instrumentalists and solo recording artists Jason Beers and Fritz Hutchison. The Hammer of Judgment recording session was a one-of-a-kind pseudo-live studio album, utilizing an interactive crowd of dedicated fans experiencing the recording process first-hand with all the bells and whistles of a professional recording studio (isolated tracking, overdubs, post-production, etc.). Tickets were sold in advance and the session was captured at GFM Modern Recording in Blue Springs, Missouri in April 2019. Post-production work, a global pandemic, and national independent record pressing delays pushed the release back three years from the recording date, but the end results made it worth the wait.]

[Freight Train Rabbit Killer play a special Vinyl Release Party at The Fifth Floor, Saturday, April 30 at 8:00 PM, at 1106 Santa Fe St., KCMO, in the West Bottoms, with Drop A Grand, and Teri Quinn. More info at http://www.haymakerrecords.net]

10:48:30

We are talking with Freight Train Rabbit Killer, who will be releasing their new album, HAMMER OF JUDGEMENT on April 30, 2022 on vinyl from Haymaker Records. Freight Train Rabbit Killer, a musical duet made up of Kristopher Bruders (Freight Train) and Mark Smeltzer (Rabbit Killer). Described as “Apocalyptic Roots” or “Doom Blues” their intense and riveting live shows are accompanied by suits and masks. Freight Train Rabbit Killer play a special Vinyl Release Party at The Fifth Floor, Saturday, April 30 at 8:00 PM, at 1106 Santa Fe St., KCMO, in the West Bottoms, with Drop A Grand, and Teri Quinn. More info at http://www.haymakerrecords.net

Kristopher Bruders & Mark Smeltzer thanks foir being with us on WMM.

Haymaker writes: “The album was recorded during the Hammer of Judgment Recording Sessions back in April 2019. There were hurdles along the way, from pressing plant delays to global pandemics. The Hammer of Judgment recording session was a one-of-a-kind pseudo-live studio album, utilizing an interactive crowd of dedicated fans experiencing the recording process first-hand with all of the bells and whistles of GFM Modern Recording in Blue Springs, Missouri for the studio access and engineering work and Andrew Crowley of Organica Recording for the engineering, mixing, and mastering.” HAMMER OF JUDGEMENT is the band’s 2nd full-length album.


Freight Train Rabbit Killer Discography

Freight Train Rabbit Killer ‎(CDr, Album) Rural Grit Records 2013
Forest Of Whispers: A Comic Book Companion ‎(CDr, Album) Rural Grit Records
Hammer of Judgment ‎(LP, Album, Ltd) Haymaker Records 2022

Singles & EPs

Freight Train Rabbit Killer have teamed with Haymaker Records to release a 7 inch vinyl series called Wake Snake Death Dance – a hand-printed, 45 rpm (vinyl), 4 volume release that includes all the clues, riddles, and maps to lead one epic, lion-hearted, mythological, heroic, legendary person to a treasure. Yes, you have read that correctly, A TREASURE!
Old Man Of The Mountain / Maybe It’s You / Haymaker Records / 2017
Death’s Comin’ / Confinement Haymaker Records 2018
The Tree Of The Knowledge Of Good + Evil / Pesky Serpent / Haymaker Records / 2018
Happy Times Waltz / Shake ‘Em Haymaker Records 2018


“Apocalyptic Roots” or “Doom Blues” their intense and riveting live shows are accompanied by suits and masks.

The last time we had Freight Train Rabbit Killer on WMM was just before Halloween on October 25, 2017. When you introduced the first single from their, Wake Snake Death Dance – a hand-printed, 45 rpm (vinyl), 4 – volume release. These 8 songs that made up 4 singles and were recorded, mixed and mastered at Organica Studios with Andrew Crowley who also played keyboards and participated in the recordings.

Waiting three years for a record to be released can be challenging for creative people with alter egos of a Freight Train and a Rabbit Killer, how did you survive two years of Covid-19, obviously wearing a mask shouldn’t have been a problem.

The band hopes to tour with full four-person band and comprehensive concert promotion.

Kristopher Bruders & Mark Smeltzer thanks for being with us on WMM.

Freight Train Rabbit Killer, who will be releasing their new album, HAMMER OF JUDGEMENT on April 30, 2022 on vinyl from Haymaker Records.

Freight Train Rabbit Killer play a special Vinyl Release Party at The Fifth Floor, Saturday, April 30 at 8:00 PM, at 1106 Santa Fe St., KCMO, in the West Bottoms, with Drop A Grand, and Teri Quinn. More info at http://www.haymakerrecords.net

10:57

  1. Freight Train Rabbit Killer – “Cream Corn”
    from: Hammer of Judgement / Haymaker Records / april 30, 2022
    [Freight Train Rabbit Killer, a musical duet made up of Kristopher Bruders (Freight Train) and Mark Smeltzer (Rabbit Killer). Described as “Apocalyptic Roots” or “Doom Blues” their intense and riveting live shows are accompanied by suits and masks. For this album, the duo is accompanied by accomplished multi-instrumentalists and solo recording artists Jason Beers and Fritz Hutchison. The Hammer of Judgment recording session was a one-of-a-kind pseudo-live studio album, utilizing an interactive crowd of dedicated fans experiencing the recording process first-hand with all the bells and whistles of a professional recording studio (isolated tracking, overdubs, post-production, etc.). Tickets were sold in advance and the session was captured at GFM Modern Recording in Blue Springs, Missouri in April 2019. Post-production work, a global pandemic, and national independent record pressing delays pushed the release back three years from the recording date, but the end results made it worth the wait.]

[Freight Train Rabbit Killer play a special Vinyl Release Party at The Fifth Floor, Saturday, April 30 at 8:00 PM, at 1106 Santa Fe St., KCMO, in the West Bottoms, with Drop A Grand, and Teri Quinn. More info at http://www.haymakerrecords.net]

11:00 – Station ID

  1. Cowtown Country Club – “Waterfalls”
    from: Cowtown Country Club / Cowtown Country Club / September 15, 2018
    [Since first appearing on stage in August 2017, Greg Gagnon (guitars), Leah Sproul Pulatie(guitars), Brian Werner (bass), and Jessica Salley (drums) have been delighting audiences as Cowtown Country Club with their twist on country and western executed with glittering guitars, 24-karat vocal harmonies, and eye-catching western wear. At once both deeply familiar and excitingly fresh, Cowtown Country Club has a reputation for their original interpretations of classic country and western swing, plus a signature brand of countrified covers – re-imaginings of pop hits.]

[Cowtown Country Club play the Green Guitar Folk Series, Saturday, April 30, 2022, at 7:00 PM, in Lenexa, Kansas.]

11:04 – Interview with Jessica Salley

Jessica Salley is a classically trained singer who made the switch from opera and choral music, to Americana and drum kit, to play in her country western band Cowtown Country Club. Jessica also sings backup vocals and provides the grooves for Kristin Hamilton’s new band The Heat and is the Executive Director for ShapeNote Studios, where Kristin’s album, TOUCH OF BLUE was produced.

Kristin Hamilton is releasing her debut album, TOUCH OF BLUE with a Special Album Release Concert, Sunday, May 1, at 6:00 PM, at Acoustic Alcove, 1901 NW Blue Pkwy, Unity Village, MO.

Jessica Salley, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

We just heard Cowtown Country Club from their self titled album.

Since first appearing on stage in August 2017, Greg Gagnon (guitars), Leah Sproul Pulatie (guitars), Brian Werner (bass), and Jessica Salley (drums) have been delighting audiences as Cowtown Country Club with their sometimes surprising take on country and western executed with glittering guitars and 24-karat vocal harmonies. At once both deeply familiar and excitingly fresh, Cowtown Country Club has a reputation for their original interpretations of classic country and western swing, plus a signature brand of countrified covers – re-imaginings of pop hits.

Cowtown Country Club has performed on The Ink Stage for the Plaza Art Fair, Briarfest, the Crossroads Music Festival, Downtown KC’s Art in the Loop concert series, Junkfest in Omaha NE, Arapaho Valley Ranch Blue Grass Campout, Lansing DAZE, Old Shawnee Days Festival and invited Saturday night guests on Stage 5 at the Walnut Valley Music Festival in Winfield, KS. The quartet was also a featured band at The OPKS Botanical Gardens Annual STEMS Gala, and have appeared at Westport Saloon, Knuckleheads, KC Bier Co, Martin City Brewing Co, Bier Station, Stockyards Brewing, The RINO, and at private events across the metro area and live on KKFI community radio.

Cowtown Country Club uses close vocal harmonies, classic western swing tunes and a special brand of countrified covers to create an unforgettable music experience for audiences. Cowtown Country Club mixes their love of classic sounds and irreverent musical fun in every song and every performance.

Cowtown Country Club play the Green Guitar Folk Series, Saturday, April 30, 2022, at 7:00 PM, in Lenexa, Kansas.

Greg Gagnon on Guitars & Crooning – Greg “I can B-bend that” Gagnon is a Kansas City native. His philosophy is “If something is worth doing, it’s worth overdoing.” And by something, he means guitars, booze, and glitter. When he can pull himself away from tinkering on guitars and antique amps in the basement, Greg comes up with crazy covers and original versions of classic western-swing tunes for the club to play.

Jessica “Jessie” Salley on Drums & High Notes – Jessica didn’t have to be dragged kicking and screaming away from singing opera to join the club, but she did need some convincing about picking up the drums. Now, she couldn’t be happier to lay down that western groove and sing songs that make you wish you had a beer to cry into. ​After kicking off her boots at the end of the night, Jessie stews up the wild duck she just shot out of the sky. (Playing drums in the trad. of Karen Carpenter, Meg White, Stephanie Williams)

Leah Sproul Pulatie on Guitars & Belting – Leah has been two-steppin’ and boot scootin’ since the tender age of seven, serving as an assistant line dancing instructor to her mom during the heyday of 90’s Country FM. One of her childhood dreams was to one day sing with the house band at those dance halls, a dream that has finally come true with the help of the Club. She hopes you can join them out on the dance floor at one of their shows and might even show you a move or two.

Brian Werner on Bass & Bass – Despite being born and raised in the city, Brian’s collection of pearl snap shirts suggested a different calling. When CCC was formed, he was (al)ready (dressed). This long, tall, Missourian brings the low end to the group, playing, singing bass.

Kristin Hamilton’s new solo album, TOUCH OF BLUE was produced at ShapeNote Studios.

Produced by Greg Gagnon-ShapeNote Studios
Mastered by Joel Nanos-Element Recording
Art Design by Grady Keller – Mound Creative
Cover Photo by John Knepper

CONTACT:
KristinHamiltonMusic@gmail.com
KristinHamiltonMusic.com
Ko-fi.com/KristinHamilton

“Singing and writing from a place of true gratitude, Kristin Hamilton’s voice and music trancend space and time, drawing the listener in and sharing a richly woven tale of hope.”- Jason Buice – Hear For The Music

11:14

  1. Kristin Hamilton – “Spending My Time” (CD #14) (3:38)
    from: Touch Of Blue / Kristin Hamilton / April 23, 2022
    [Writien by Kristin Hamilton-Kristin Hamilton-lead vocal & rhythmguitar, Jessica Salley-drums & vocal harmony, Isaac Hamilton-bass, RockyCathcart-lead electric guitar, Greg Gagnon- hammond B3 organ Wurlitzer electric, electric guitar spank track & vocal harmonyProduced by Greg Gagnon – ShapeNote Studios. Mastered by Joel Nanos – Element Recording]

[Kristin Hamilton is releasing her debut album, TOUCH OF BLUE with a Special Album Release Concert, Sunday, May 1, at 6:00 PM, at Acoustic Alcove, 1901 NW Blue Pkwy, Unity Village, MO. ]

11:15 – Interview with Jessica Salley (continued)

We are talking with Jessica Salley, a classically trained singer who made the switch from opera and choral music to Americana and drum kit to play in her country western band Cowtown Country Club. Jessica sings backup vocals and provides the grooves for Kristin Hamilton’s new band The Heat and is the executive director for ShapeNote Studios, where Kristin’s album, TOUCH OF BLUE was produced.

Kristin Hamilton is releasing her debut album, TOUCH OF BLUE with a Special Album Release Concert, Sunday, May 1, at 6:00 PM, at Acoustic Alcove, 1901 NW Blue Pkwy, Unity Village, MO.

Jessica Salley, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Kristin Hamilton’s Touch Of Blue features new band, The Heat, comprised of her father, Rocky Cathcart, her two teen children, Isaac & Lucy Gray Hamilton, Jessica Salley, Greg Gagnon, & Leah Sproul of Cowtown Country Club, and Devon Teran of The Timbers.

This album also features special guests: Chris Hudson of Gullywasher and members of Kristin’s former project Under The Big Oak Tree, Simon Fink, Jason Riley and Doug Ward.

Touch Of Blue

  1. “Touch Of Blue” by Kristin Hamilton & Simon Fink, Kristin Hamiton on lead vocals & rhythm guitar, Doug Ward on bass, Simon Fink on fiddle, Jason Riley on electric guitar, Jessica Salley on drums, Lucy Gray Hamilton on vocal harmony, Leah Sproul on vocal harmony
  2. “Spring Fever Cure” by Kristin Hamilton, strings arrangement composed by Greg Gagnon, Kristin Hamilton on lead vocals & rhythm guitar, Jessica Salley on drums, Rocky Cathcart on piano, Isaac Hamilton on bass & cello, Lucy Gray Hamilton on violin & vocal harmony, Greg Gagnon on banjo & 12 string guitar.
  3. “Cold Roses” by Kristin Hamilton, strings arrangement composed by Greg Gagnon, Kristin Hamilton on lead vocals & rhythm guitar, Jessica Salley on drums & vocal harmony, Isaac Hamilton on bass, Rocky Cathcart on piano, Greg Gagnon on Telecaster, Devon Teran on steel guitar, Lucy Gray Hamilton on violins
  4. “Drivin Rain” by Kristin Hamilton, Kristin Hamilton on lead vocals & rhythm guitar, Jessica Salley on drums & vocal harmony, Isaac Hamilton on bass, Lucy GrayHamilton on fiddle, Rocky Cathcart on Wurlitzer, Devon Teran-on pedal steel, Greg Gagnon on telecaster guitar.
  5. “Spending My Time” by Kristin Hamilton, Kristin Hamilton on lead vocals & rhythm guitar, Jessica Salley on drums & vocal harmony, Isaac Hamilton on bass, Rocky Cathcart on lead electric guitar, Greg Gagnon on hammond B3 organ Wurlitzer electric, electric guitar spank track & vocal harmony.
  6. “Song Of Spring” by Kristin Hamilton & Erik Frampton in memory of John Cathcart. Kristin Hamilton on lead vocals & guitar, Jessica Salley on drums & vocal harmony, Greg Gagnon on double bass & vocal harmony, Chris Hudson on nylon string guitar
  7. “Up & Go Away” by Kristin Hamilton. Strings arrangements composed by Greg Gagnon, Kristin Hamilton on lead vocal & rhythm guitar, Jessica Salley on drums, Isaac Hamilton on bass, Rocky Cathcart on Nylon String guitar, Greg Gagnon on accordion, Lucy Gray Hamilton on violins.
  8. “Love To Ride” by Kristin Hamilton. Kristin Hamilton on lead vocals & rhythm guitar, Isaac Hamilton on bass, Jessica Salley on drums & vocal harmony, Lucy Gray Hamilton on vocal harmony, Greg Gagnon on Telecaster, Rhodes electric piano, vocal harmony
  9. “Bittersweet Flowers” by Kristin Hamilton. Kristin Hamilton on lead vocal & acoustic guitar, Jessica Salleyon drums, Greg Gagnon on double bass, Wurlitzer, Telecaster
  10. “Hope” by Kristin Hamilton. Strings arrangements composed by Greg Gagnon, Kristin Hamilton on lead vocal,s rhythm guitar, Isaac Hamilton on bass & cello, Lucy Gray Hamilton on viola, violins, & vocal harmony, Jessica Salley on drums & vocal harmony, Rocky Cathcart-piano, Greg Gagnon-banjo & vocal harmony

Jessica Salley, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Kristin Hamilton is releasing her debut album, TOUCH OF BLUE with a Special Album Release Concert, Sunday, May 1, at 6:00 PM, at Acoustic Alcove, 1901 NW Blue Pkwy, Unity Village, MO.

11:25

  1. Kristin Hamilton – “Bittersweet Flowers”
    from: Touch Of Blue / Kristin Hamilton / April 23, 2022
    [Writien by Kristin Hamilton- Kristin Hamilton – lead vocal & acoustic guitar, Jessica Salley – drums, Greg Gagnon – double bass, Wurlitzer, Telecaster Produced by Greg Gagnon – ShapeNote Studios. Mastered by Joel Nanos – Element Recording]

[Kristin Hamilton is releasing her debut album, TOUCH OF BLUE with a Special Album Release Concert, Sunday, May 1, at 6:00 PM, at Acoustic Alcove, 1901 NW Blue Pkwy, Unity Village, MO. ]

11:29 – Underwriting

  1. JNabe – “Can’t Stop Me (Feat. Julia Reynolds)”
    from: “Can’t Stop Me (Feat. Julia Reynolds)” – Single / JNabe / February 18, 2022
    [Julia Reynolds plays n the Lawrence/Kansas City band. Lonnie Fisher and The Funeral. One of 5 singles JNabe has released so far this year. JNabe is Kansas City’s premiere Indie Asian Rapper. JNabe started rapping in 2020. He loves making music and strives to make songs that connect with people. // From jnabeofficial.com: “JNabe is a reputable Rapper who began their exciting musical voyage of artistic discovery in 2020. Since then, they’ve used constant collaboration and experimental sound exploration to shape the signature sound that echoes with their inspiration from the streets of Kansas City. In the music world, there’s no standing still. You must constantly learn about new techniques and continue honing your musical craft.” More info at: http://www.jnabeofficial.com]

11:34 – Interview with Jnabe

Kansas City’s premiere Indie Asian Rapper, JNabe is also know as Justin Watanabe. He istarted rapping in 2020. Jnabe is a Hip Hop Artist, Voiceover Artist, and Radio DJ. JNabe is a talented upcoming music artist, with years of vocal training, a creative mind, and a one-of-a-kind perspective from traveling all around the United States. JNabe was born in New Jersey, and raised in Pennsylvania where he began his musical journey playing the piano. At a young age he played at piano recitals with fellow musicians and displayed his musical prowess in front of audiences. JNabe enrolled in Choir, Orchestra, and Band while in middle school, doing all three programs for 4 years. Addicted to playing music at the age of 14 he entered a singing competition and blew away the competition winning it all. Inspired by the work ethics of fellow musicians he met along his musical journey; JNabe moved to Kansas City to pursue a career in rapping. So far in 2022 JNabe has released 13 singles! More info at http://www.jnabeofficial.com

JNabe thank you for being our guest on WMM

We just heard “Can’t Stop Me (Feat. Julia Reynolds)” released on February 18, 2022.

JNabe was born in New Jersey,

Knabe was raised in Pennsylvania where he began his musical journey playing the piano. At a young age he played at piano recitals with fellow musicians and displayed his musical prowess. JNabe enrolled in Choir, Orchestra, and Band while in middle school, doing all three programs for 4 years. in front of audiences.

JNabe moved to Kansas City to pursue a career in rapping.

JNabe revealed the he is currently a volunteer 90.1 FM KKFI.

Some of the artists Jnabe has recorded with this year include:
The Real Tez, NuSince, Julia Reynolds, Sa!txero, Canibus, I Am Justified

Very recently, Jnabe released “Ballin and Blowing featuring Rick Ross” on April 19, 2022. And today JNabe released the single, “So Alone” on April 27, 2022. This is the 13th single JNabe has released this year. (So far). More info at: http://www.jnabeofficial.com

On Spotify JNabe currently has over 60, 000 listeners.

JNabe receives thousands of streams of his music,

So far in 2022 JNabe has released 13 singles!


JNabe 2020 Discography – JNabe released the singles,

“On a Mission (Feat. Brose Royce (The Real Tez)” on January 14, 2022.

“KC Throwdown (Feat. NuSince)” on February 11, 2022.

“Can’t Stop Me (Feat. Julia Reynolds)” on February 18, 2022.

“You Know Me” on February 25, 2022.

“Quarantine Time” on March 4, 2022.

“Defeated (feat. Sa!txero)” on March 11, 2022.

“Night Life” on March 18, 2022.

“You Want Me (Feat. Sh3)” on March 25, 2022.

“Welcome To Life (Feat. Canibus)” on April 1, 2022. M

“Follow Your Dreams (Feat. I Am Justified)” on April 8, 2022.

“Life,” on April 15, 2022.

“Ballin and Blowing featuring Rick Ross” on April 19, 2022.

“So Alone” on April 27, 2022.


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

JNabe is Kansas City’s Premiere Indie Asian Rapper. JNabe started rapping in 2020. He loves making music and strives to make songs that connect with people.

JNabe thank you for being our guest on WMM

11:49

  1. JNabe – “Follow Your Dreams (Feat. I Am Justified)”
    from: “Follow Your Dreams (Feat. I Am Justified)” – Single / JNabe / April 8, 2022
    [ JNabe is Kansas City’s premiere Indie Asian Rapper. JNabe started rapping in 2020. He loves making music and strives to make songs that connect with people. // From jnabeofficial.com: “JNabe is a reputable Rapper who began their exciting musical voyage of artistic discovery in 2020. Since then, they’ve used constant collaboration and experimental sound exploration to shape the signature sound that echoes with their inspiration from the streets of Kansas City. In the music world, there’s no standing still. You must constantly learn about new techniques and continue honing your musical craft.” More info at: http://www.jnabeofficial.com]

11:54:00

Sam Wells photo by Nicole Bissey
  1. Sam Wells – “Desert Youth”
    from: For The Deflated / French Exit Records / December 31, 2020
    [Debut EP from Kansas City, based singer songwriter Sam Wells who has shared stages with Betsy Phillips, Kelly Hunt, Andrew Ryan, The Zack Pietrini Band, and The Phantastics. She was featured as a composer and performer in the Kansas City Repertory Theater production of “Ghost Light” performed on the lawn of The Nelson Atkin Museum of Art in October, 2020. Sam has also performed in Troostival (2020), Kansas City Porchfest (2019) and Jamdemic. In 2019, Wells released her debut single “Lesson Learned.” In early 2020 Wells released her second single “Sugar” producer and engineered by Riley Corbin at the Lawrence Kansas Public Library recording studio. It was only a decade ago, Sam Wells sat in her bedroom learning the Corrine Bailey Ray classic “Put Your Records On”. This was all it took to ignite a lifetime love affair with music. With her smooth and sultry voice and the warm tones of a baritone ukulele, she shares stories of love, loss and everything in between. Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, Sam Wells has lived in Lawrence, but now calls KC home. Info at: http://www.whoissamwells.com. Sam Wells was on January 20, 2021.]

[Sam Wells plays In the Lobby of The Folly Theatre, 300 W 12th St., Kansas City, on Thursday, April 28, at 7:00 PM in Partnership with 90.1 FM KKFI.]

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

Next week on Wednesday, May 4 we talk with Kansas City’s musical genius Brodie Rush bout his band, Be/Non‘s first show in over 6 years. Be/Non will be playing Lemonade Park on May 6th with Men of Men and May 7th at String Break in Wichita., KS. After surviving an Aortic Dissection in October 2019, being in a coma, and months of therapy, recovery, and healing through two dangerous years of Covid -19. and Brodies has been working to get his life back together, throough this incredibly wild ride. Brodie was working on a song before this life-threatening event and it’s taken over 2 years to get together. It’s a single “Instant Stooging” that we will be premiering on the radio show. The song is about what Brodie went through during the event. Brodie writes, “It’s real personal but it had to be done. “ Be/Non will be playing with 2 new band members and 2 Be/Non alumni. Ben Ruth remains on bass & vocals, our longest standing continuous member of over 17 years.

Also next week Ezmerelda plays live in our 90.1 FM Studios. Ezmerelda is the diy collaboration between indie veterans Kianna Alarid White (Tilly & the Wall, Yes You Are) and Cale Parks (Yeasayer, Aloha). The duo formed in the final months of 2021, drawing on influences like Fever Ray, Budgie-era Siouxsie and the Banshees and early M.I.A. Combining elements of their high intensity live shows with art-rock improvisation, Ezmerelda released their second single single, “Reverser” on Friday, April 1, 2022. Kianna and Cale took to the basement to self produce their brand of industrial, drum heavy electro-pop in October 2021. The result was a collection of immediately realized dance tracks that will make up the duo’s debut EP. Produced, mixed, and recorded by Kianna White & Cale Parks. Mastered by TJ Lipple. More info at: http://www.ezmerelda.bandcamp.com

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Show #939

WMM presents Freight Train Rabbit Killer + JNabe + Jessica Salley on Kristin Hamilton’s TOUCH OF BLUE

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, April 27, 2022

WMM presents Freight Train Rabbit Killer + JNabe + Jessica Salley on Kristin Hamilton’s TOUCH OF BLUE

Sam Wells photo by Nicole Bissey

Mark plays more New & MidCoastal Releases from: Making Movies, Kristin Hamilton, JNabe, Freight Train Rabbit Killer, Jessica Paige, Jean Claude and the Eclairs, Anson the Ornery, Cowtown Country Club, Marcotte, Mensa Deathsquad, Sam Wells, Wet Leg, and H.E.R.

At 10:30 we welcome the Kansas City band, Freight Train Rabbit Killer who will be releasing their new album, HAMMER OF JUDGEMENT on April 30, 2022 on vinyl from Haymaker Records. Haymaker writes: “The album was recorded during the Hammer of Judgment Recording Sessions back in April 2019. There were hurdles along the way, from pressing plant delays to global pandemics. The Hammer of Judgment recording session was a one-of-a-kind pseudo-live studio album, utilizing an interactive crowd of dedicated fans experiencing the recording process first-hand with all of the bells and whistles of GFM Modern Recording in Blue Springs, Missouri for the studio access and engineering work and Andrew Crowley of Organica Recording for the engineering, mixing, and mastering.” HAMMER OF JUDGEMENT is the band’s 2nd full-length album. Freight Train Rabbit Killer play a special Vinyl Release Party at The Fifth Floor, Saturday, April 30 at 8:00 PM, at 1106 Santa Fe St., KCMO, in the West Bottoms, with Drop A Grand, and Teri Quinn. More info at http://www.haymakerrecords.net

Kristin Hamilton and The Heat

At 11:00 Mark talks with Jessica Salley, a classically trained singer who made the switch from opera and choral music to Americana and drum kit to play in her country western band Cowtown Country Club. Jessica sings backup vocals and provides the grooves for Kristin Hamilton’s new band The Heat and is the executive director for ShapeNote Studios, where Kristin’s album, TOUCH OF BLUE was produced. Kristin Hamilton is releasing her debut album, TOUCH OF BLUE with a Special Album Release Concert, Sunday, May 1, at 6:00 PM, at Acoustic Alcove, 1901 NW Blue Pkwy, Unity Village, MO. Kristin’s band, The Heat features: Kristin’s dad, Rocky Cathcart on keyboards & lead guitar, her children Isaac Hamilton & Lucy Gray Hamilton on cello & violin, Greg Gagnon on lead guitar, Jessica Salley on drums, Leah Sproul on bass, and Devon Teran on pedal steel. More information at: http://www.eventbrite.com/…/kristin-hamilton-tickets.

JNabe

At 11:30 AM we welcome Kansas City’s premiere Indie Asian Rapper, JNabe who started rapping in 2020. JNabe is a talented upcoming music artist, with years of vocal training, a creative mind, and a one of a kind perspective from traveling all around the United States. JNabe was born in New Jersey, and raised in Pennsylvania where he began his musical journey playing the piano. At a young age he played at piano recitals with fellow musicians and displayed his musical prowess in front of audiences. JNabe enrolled in Choir, Orchestra, and Band while in middle school. Doing the combination of all three programs for 4 years. Addicted to playing music at the age of 14 he entered a singing competition and blew away the competition winning it all. Inspired by the work ethics of fellow musicians he met along his musical journey; JNabe moved to Kansas City to pursue a career in rapping. So far in 2022 JNabe has released twelve singles! More info at http://www.jnabeofficial.com

On your local radio dial 90.1 FM or
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Show #939

WMM Playlist from April 20, 2022

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, April 20, 2022

WMM presents The Black Creatures + The Sexy Accident + Chad Brothers

  1. “Main Title Instrumental – It’s Showtime Folks”
    from: Orig. Motion Picture Soundtrack All That Jazz / Casablanca / December 20, 1979
    [WMM’s Adopted Theme Song]

In Honor of 4-20

  1. Cypress Hill– “Insane In the Brain”
    from: Black Sunday / Ruffhouse – Columbia / July 20, 1993
    [“Insane in the Brain” is a 1993 song by American hip hop group Cypress Hill, released as the first single from their second album, Black Sunday (1993). In addition to hitting number one on the US rap chart, the song also was a mainstream hit, reaching number 19 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1993. It earned a gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America and sold 600,000 copies domestically. According to B-Real, the song was actually a diss song aimed at Chubb Rock. The group felt Chubb had ridiculed their style on his 1992 album, I Gotta Get Mine Yo. The song is built around many samples: a drum break from organist George Semper’s cover version of Lee Dorsey’s “Get Out of My Life, Woman”; a sample of James Brown grunting from the opening of his song “Say It Loud – I’m Black and I’m Proud”; a sample of the line “insane in the brain” from Cypress Hill’s own song “Hole in the Head”; the opening keyboard from Sly and the Family Stone’s “Life”, a sample of the line “I think I’m going crazy” from the Youngbloods’ “All Over the World (La La)” which concludes the track and the most prominent sample throughout the song, a repeating sample of, in which DJ Muggs initially claimed, a pitched blues guitar. // Cypress Hill is an American hip hop group from South Gate, California. They are the first hip-hop group to have sold multi-platinum and platinum albums, having sold over 20 million albums worldwide. They are considered to be among the main progenitors of West Coast and 1990s hip hop. The group has been critically acclaimed for their first five albums. All of the group members advocate for medical and recreational use of cannabis in the United States. In 2019, Cypress Hill became the first hip hop group to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. // Senen Reyes (also known as Sen Dog) and Ulpiano Sergio Reyes (also known as Mellow Man Ace) are brothers born in Pinar del Río, Cuba. In 1971, their family immigrated to the United States and initially lived in South Gate, California. In 1988, the two brothers teamed up with New York City native Lawrence Muggerud (also known as DJ Muggs, previously in a rap group named 7A3) and Louis Freese (also known as B-Real) to form a hip-hop group named DVX (Devastating Vocal Excellence). The band soon lost Mellow Man Ace to a solo career, and changed their name to Cypress Hill, after a street in South Gate.]

[Record Store Day is Saturday, April 23, 2022 One of the exclusive releases is: CYPRESS HILL- The 420 Remixes / 10″ Vinyl / Legacy / 4950 / RSD Exclusive / Cypress Hill’s self-titled debut album released August 13, 1991 was an instant classic. In 2021, for its 30th anniversary, two favorite tracks were remixed and released digitally, and they’re now ready to take the turntables, on 10” black vinyl, as part of Record Store Day’s 15th anniversary! Side A 1. “How I Could Just Kill A Man (The Alchemist x Beat Butcha Remix)” Side B 1. “Hand On The Pump (DJ MUGGS 2021 Remix)”]

  1. Joy Oladokun – “look up”
    from: in defense of my own happiness (complete) / Amigo Records–Verve Forecast / July 9, 21
    [Joy Oladokun was born April 6, 1992, she is an American singer-songwriter. Oladokun’s music spans the genres of folk, R&B, rock, and pop and is influenced by her identity as a queer woman of color. Oladokun grew up in Casa Grande, Arizona, listening to country and folk music, as well as Bob Marley and Lauryn Hill. Both of her parents are Nigerian immigrants to the United States. Her family regularly attended a Christian church, where Oladokun was chosen to lead worship. Later, Oladokun left the church because it limited her creativity. // When Oladokun was 10, a video of Tracy Chapman inspired her to learn guitar.// After college, at a friend’s suggestion, Oladokun moved to Los Angeles to pursue her music career. She later moved to East Nashville, where she signed with Prescription Songs. She has released three studio albums. In 2015, Joy Oladokun self-released her debut EP Cathedrals. Her debut studio album, Carry Me was funded by Kickstarter and released on April 29, 2016 through Well Records. // Oladokun released the single “Sunday” in 2019, saying “‘Sunday’ is the song that 12-year-old Joy, seated in the back of church youth group, needed to hear. She needed to hear that you can be queer and happy. Queer and healthy. Queer and holy. She needed to see married women kissing and playing with their kids.” The music video highlights people in LGBTQ relationships and has a predominantly queer cast. // Oladokun’s song “Mercy” follows in the same theme, describing her experience as a Black person in the United States, while the single “I See America” criticizes systemic racism. NPR listed “I See America” on its 100 Best Songs of 2020. // On July 17, 2020, Oladokun released her second studio album, In Defense of My Own Happiness (Vol. 1) with White Boy Records. Billboard described the album as a “stunningly emotional collection.” Mitch Mosk, editor-in-chief of Atwood Magazine, called it a “a sweeping, soaring, and stunning sophomore record oozing heart and soul.” // In 2021, Oladokun received a grant from YouTube’s “#YouTubeBlack Voices Fund”. The same year she signed with Amigo Records, Verve Forecast Records, and Republic Records. On June 4, 2021 she released her third studio album In Defense of My Own Happiness. More info at: http://www.joyoladokun.com]

[Joy Oladokun plays recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd., KCMO on Friday, April 22, at 7:00 PM.]

  1. Claire Adams – “If It Isn’t Right (Alyssa Murray Remix)”
    from: “If It Isn’t Right (Alyssa Murray Remix)” / Claire Adams / April 15, 2022
    [Our friend Claire Adams recently wrote to us saying, “Alyssa Murray made a super cool remix of one of the songs off the last album and I wanted to share it with you. The song is ‘If It Isn’t Right’ and also features the Rewound string trio and an arrangement by Peter Lawless. Alyssa really made it her own and gave it a whole new spin, she’s amazing!” Here are the full credits: Vocals: Claire Adams, Alyssa Murray, Fritz Hutchison. Synths and Beats: Alyssa Murray. Cello: Ezgi Karakus. Viola: Alyssa Bell. Violin: Carmen Dieker. String Arrangement: Peter Lawless. Mixed and Mastered by Duane Trower at Weights + Measures Soundlab. Cover Art by Cassie Allen. ‘If It Isn’t Right’ written by Claire Adams. This song was originally on Claire’s acclaimed album YOU KNOW I KNOW YOU originally released April 24, 2020. The album was Lost in the COVID 19 of 2020. The album was properly given a “release show” and put out on CD in 2021. 10 songs all written by Claire Adams. Recorded at The Blue House in Kansas City, MO. Additional tracking at MARZ Studios in Nederland, TX. Mixed & mastered at Weights + Measures Soundlab in KCMO. Written by Claire Adams, with Claire Adams on guitars, bass, and vocals; Alyssa Murray on keyboards & vocals; and Fritz Hutchison on drums & vocals. Claire also released: Words of Love on Feb. 5, 2021 – Recorded and Produced by Claire Adams at Casa 34 in Guadalajara, Jalisco. Mixed and Mastered by Duane Trower at Weights + Measures in Kansas City, MO. Cover Photo by Hugo Parasol. ‘So This Is Love’ written by Mack David, Al Hoffman, and Jerry Livingston. ‘Pocketful Of Rainbows’ written by Ben Weisman, ‘Till There Was You’ written by Meredith Wilson. “Words of Love” written by Claire Adams. ‘Calico Skies’ written by Paul McCartney. Claire also released the EP Moras under the moniker, Mismo Sismo (same earthquake) on July 21, 2021. Claire Adams wrote and recorded this EP at home during the first months of the COVID-19 quarantine. The three songs are meant to be played all together but also stand alone. Mismo Sismo is a collaboration with photographer Hugo Parasol. Claire played guitar on True Lions album THE FEMPIRE STRIKES BACK. In 2020 Clairplayed with the band Ondist for their three full length albums, No Coincidence on June 12, and Electricity on Aug. 14, and Mise en Place on Nov. 13, 2020 with songs recorded at Weights & Measures with Duane Trower with Sam Platt on drums, Eddie Moore on keyboards, DeAndre Manning on bass, Jamie Anderson on guitar, Claire Adams on vocals, and Jillian Riscoe on vocals. Claire also participated in Katy Guillen and The Girls Reunion shows in summer of 2021. Claire Adams was our guest on WMM on April 7, 2021. More info at: https://claireadams.bandcamp.com%5D
  1. Kye Colors – “Phil Collins”
    from: “Phil Collins” – Single / Wasteland Records / March 25, 2022
    [Kye Colors, born J’Kye Slatton, is a 21 year-old rapper and producer from the South side of Kansas City, Missouri. Kye began writing music as early as age 5, usually done in crayons. “I’d describe my music as very colorful and vibrant from the beats to the lyrics” Colors says. “I’d describe my music as very colorful and vibrant from the beats to the lyrics” // The name Kye Colors derives from multiple meanings. The first coming from the idea that hues enact certain moods, “you can feel orange, you can feel yellow, you can feel brown; it’s like an emotion” says Kye. The second is best described through his lyrics on the track Broken Place, “I’m KC for real, check the initials.” // His gift of rap was nurtured and harbored from Elementary School to High School. As a teenager, Kye’s talent was quickly taken notice by his peers. While in school, his seniors made sure that he would get his high school diploma before he could fully pursue his music career. After sporadic trials with rap he went by the name Kye Colors by age 14. The same year he began producing. // In 2015 he released his first mixtape entitled “00“. The project garnered attention from hip hop fans all over the Kansas City Metropolitan. In 2017, he joined the rap collective “CaviArt” alongside artists Gee Watts, A’Sean, Ray Muney, and others. // Soon after and at only 17 years old, he would release his 1st full length project “Milk Is Nasty”. It was nationally acclaimed by Lyrical Lemonade, publicized in local Newspapers such as The Kansas City Star and The Pitch KC, and also gained notable local airplay. The project also led to him performing alongside Denzel Curry, Famous Dex, Wiz Khalifa, Lil TJay and many more. // “Milk Is Nasty”. It was nationally acclaimed by Lyrical Lemonade, publicized in local Newspapers such as The Kansas City Star and The Pitch KC, and also gained notable local airplay. // In 2019, Kye released some of his most popular single releases to date including “Sweet Thang,” “Doggy,” “Talk About It” and more. These independent releases would land him on platforms such as Baller Alert, a modeling gig with Lee Jeans, and national airplay on Shade45. // In 2020, at the age of 20 he founded his label “Wasteland Records” partnering with manager Jesse Brown and Jaron Baston. He went on his first independent tour and released his 2nd LP With Love By Faith. It peaked at 166 on the Top 200 Rap/Hip Hop albums on iTunes. // Come 2021, Kye delivered three glossy singles “Nike Boy Freetstyle”, “Grateful”, “1-800” and an impressive five-track EP “WOW” in which helped him rank in the top 10K “R&B, Funk & Soul” artists in the world. // Kye kicked off 2022 with a flamboyant and captivating new single “TAKE UR PLACE”. A track thats surely setting the mood for whats to come. // From having a vibrant young passion for his penmanship to flourishing on the energy of his supporters, Kye looks to establish his mark in the industry as a rapper, and creative with a purpose. The artist intends to create moving and powerful connections through his newly-constructed label, releasing quality music, and collectively refining the abilities of his sound. More info at: http://www.kyecolors.com]
  1. BCCC – “Elephant Talk”
    from: “Elephant Talk” – Single / Brad Cox / April 1, 2022
    [BCCC is the quarantine inspired father/daughter duo of 7-year old Cecilia Cox on vocals, trumpet, and E flat peck horn and Brad Cox on vocals and other instruments. In addition to making music, Brad and Cecilia enjoy baking pumpkin pies, gardening, and reading early issues of “The Amazing Spider-Man.” This is the 2nd single from BCCC who released, “Psycho Killer” on Jan. 9, 2021. More info at: http://www.bccc.bandcamp.com. Originally recorded by English progressive rock band King Crimson, for their eighth studio album Discipline, released on September 22, 1981 by E.G. Records in the United Kingdom and by Warner Bros. Records in the United States.This album was King Crimson’s first album following a seven-year hiatus. Only band co-founder and guitarist Robert Fripp and drummer Bill Bruford remained from the previous incarnation. They were joined by two American musicians: guitarist, vocalist and lyricist Adrian Belew and bassist and backing vocalist Tony Levin. “Elephant talk was written by Robert Fripp, Adrian Belew, Tony Levin, Bill Bruford. The album featured a more streamlined, new wave influenced sound.]
  1. The Talking Trees – “Talking Trees”
    from: “Talking Trees” – Single / East of Troost Music, BMI / January 7, 2022
    [After The Talking Trees released “Talking Trees” the band followed up the single with “Total Animation” released March 3, 2022. Both tracks were recorded & produced by Joel Nanos at Element Recording Studios, and will be part of the band’s upcoming new EP, ONCE I WAS BORN to be released Friday, April 22, 2022. The KC based trio made up of: Dirk Liebert on bass, guitar, & vocals; Tommy Capps on keyboards, guitar, & vocals; and Graham Stone on drums & percussion. More at: http://www.thetalkingtrees.bandcamp.com ]

[The Talking Trees play a ONCE I WAS BORN – EP Release Show at The Brick, 1727 McGee, KCMO on Friday, April 22, 2022, at 9:00 PM with special guests Mr. and the Mrs.]

10:30 – Underwriting

  1. The Black Creatures – “Negative Zero”
    from: “Negative Zero” – Single / Center Cut Records / April 2, 2021 [remixed, remastered]
    [All proceeds from this track go to the Tamir Rice Foundation. Info at: http://www.tamirericefoundation.org. The Black Creatures are Jade Green & Xavier Martin. This song was originally on the December 6, 2017 release, SEE NO EVIL The song was recently re-recorded. Band member Xavier Martin told us that, “Everything was done from the ground up. Remixing, rerecording, mastering, etc.” The Black Creatures wanted to released this as a single and video as a “part-two” to their earlier single and video release for “wretched (it goes)”, which was originally released on The Black Creatures 2019 album Wild Echoes. The video for “Negative Zero” picks up where the video for “Wretched (It Goes)” left off, “so there is a conceptual thread between the two,” says Patrick Sprehe of Center Cut Records. All music produced, arranged, recorded, and performed by The Black Creatures. Engineering and Mastering by J. Ashley Miller aka Jametatone. The Black Creatures write, “We talk about it all the time, but ‘Negative Zero’ is the best example of this phenomenon; sometimes we come together with pieces of a song that fit together so perfectly the results surprise even us. So, conceiving a video that acutely paralleled the direness of the message was a huge deal for us. The process happened in a similarly fluid stride that furthered our awareness of the unfortunate necessity of art, media, and dialogue that exist in the same sphere. With that in mind, there’s some positivity we hope fans of The Black Creatures can also takeaway from this music video. // We had been sitting on this video for a while, already finished filming and that whole process was very fun and literally nourishing (because we got Fannie’s West African Cuisine to celebrate after filming). Like past music video releases, we worked with Rondevu Productions on this video—and it was a careful little gathering! We all got our ‘negative’ COVID test results within 48 hours of each other and said, ‘Okay, let’s go to the lake like a family,’ and we did. We spent two days filming on a freezing cold lake, dancing on cryptic constructions, and being outside way late at night. // We have set up this release to directly fund The Tamir Rice Foundation, founded by mother Samaria Rice. We also encourage others who can, to give to something that is centered around Black life.” // After being signed to Center Cut Records the label remastered and reissued Wild Echoes and began releasing singles. “Wild Echoes” was #2 in WMM’s 119 Favorite Releases of 2019 (Albums & EPs). Since the release of ”Wild Echoes” the band has released seven entirely new songs, nearly one per month, all posted to their bandcamp page. The Black Creatures fuse dark-pop hip-hop, soul, jazz, and electronic music with elements from science fiction to tell inter-dimensional stories of love, community, life, culture, history. Xavier & Jade have made an impression in the KC music community with their live shows in clubs, galleries, record stores, and area music festivals. The Black Creatures released their debut single “Mouth 2 Mouth” June 5, 2016. They released the album, See No Evil, December 6, 2017. The duo released the singles, “Elements” February 14, 2018; “Silver Tears” June 19. 2018; “Dare” a Gorillaz cover August 8, 2019. They released the album “Wild Echoes” September 30, 2019. The Black Creatures released the singles “Turn” October 30, 2019; “Quartz (Twilight)” November 13, 2019; “SHINE” December 11, 2019; Ghost Bustin’ Dead Prezidentz” Jan. 8, 2020; “To Whom It May Concern” January 22, 2020; “Arcade Love” Feb. 5, 2020; and “Run Up” Feb. 19, 2020.]

[Charlotte Street Foundation announced that the recipients of the 2022 Generative Performing Artist Awards are The Black Creatures and Calvin Arsenia Scott. This year, Charlotte Street’s Visual Artist Awards were given to Andrew Mcilvaine, Harold Smith Jr., and Johanna Winters. Congratulations!]

[The Black Creatures play Pop’s Blue Moon, 5249 Pattison Ave., St. Louis, MO., on Friday, April 22, with The Belief Cycle.]

[The Black Creatures play recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd., KCMO on Sunday, April 24, at 7:00 PM with Saving Miles Lemon, North By North, and Quite Frankly.]

[The Black Creatures play The Bottleneck, Lawrence, KS., on Saturday, April 30, with Jass, Paris Willims, Indiglow, and Vicman.]

[The Black Creatures play Center Cut Records Summer Soulstice, Fri, June 3, 2022 at 7:00 PM at recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd., KCMO, w/ Eddie Moore & the Outer Circle, Jass, and Flare Tha Rebel.]

[The Black Creatures play Boulevardia on Friday, June 17, 2022]

10:35 – Interview with Jade Green & Xavier Martin of The Black Creatures and Patrick Sprehe of Center Cut Records

Jade Green & Xavier Martin of The Black Creatures began working together in 2013. The Black Creatures blur the boundaries of hip-hop, dance, R&B, soul, and EDM, telling stories of real life, and the struggle for equality. Jade’s incredible vocals reveal her background in opera, and her honest lyrics are both personal and political. Jade can interpret soul, jazz, hiphop, and pop. Xavier Martin started music as a violinist, and has transitioned into a co-songwriter, producer, beat-maker, keyboardist, vocalist, engineer, and style maker. Their breakthrough album, WILD ECHOES, that was re-released and re-mastered by Center Cut Records in 2020 and named Album Of The Year from The Pitch Magazine. The Black Creatures recently were the recipients of the Charlotte Street Foundation 2022 Generative Performing Artist Fellowship Grant and Award. The Black Creatures play recordBar, Sunday, April 24, at 7:00 PM with Saving Miles Lemon, North By North, and Quite Frankly. More info at: http://www.theblackcreatures.com or http://www.centercutrecords.com

Jade Green & Xavier Martin welcome back to Wednesday MidDay Medley.

Mark’s brief review: “Being named “Album of The Year” from The Pitch Kansas City was the recognition this young band deserved, because there is really no other band in Kansas City creating incredibly beautiful and painful protest songs in multi genre styles of beats, vocal styles, textures. The immediate personal and poetic lyrics of Jade Green and tribal, dance floor and soulful beats and melodies of Xavier bring the listener into a multicultural, mixed, gender fluid, soul celebration of life and an honest indictment of the racist, homophobic, and sexist world they are navigating through to survive. Listen carefully to these young music makers, they are wise beyond their years. They sound beautiful and speak the truth to power. They are beautiful. They are The Black Creatures.”

The Black Creatures released their single “Negative Zero” on April 2, 2021, with a music video that was the continuation of a story from their earlier single and video release for “wretched (it goes),” (originally released on The Black Creatures 2019/2020 album Wild Echoes.) Wild Echoes landed at #2 on WMM’s 119 Best Recordings of 2019, after being remastered and reissued by CenterCut Records in 2020.

All proceeds from The Black Creatures single “Negative Zero” go to the Tamir Rice Foundation. Info at: http://www.tamirericefoundation.org. This song was originally released on the December 6, 2017 album, SEE NO EVIL The song was re-recorded. Band member Xavier Martin told us that, “Everything was done from the ground up. Remixing, rerecording, mastering, etc.”

The Black Creatures write, “We talk about it all the time, but ‘Negative Zero’ is the best example of this phenomenon; sometimes we come together with pieces of a song that fit together so perfectly the results surprise even us. So, conceiving a video that acutely paralleled the direness of the message was a huge deal for us. The process happened in a similarly fluid stride that furthered our awareness of the unfortunate necessity of art, media, and dialogue that exist in the same sphere. With that in mind, there’s some positivity we hope fans of The Black Creatures can also takeaway from this music video. // We had been sitting on this video for a while, already finished filming and that whole process was very fun and literally nourishing (because we got Fannie’s West African Cuisine to celebrate after filming). Like past music video releases, we worked with Rondevu Productions on this video—and it was a careful little gathering! We all got our ‘negative’ COVID test results within 48 hours of each other and said, ‘Okay, let’s go to the lake like a family,’ and we did. We spent two days filming on a freezing cold lake, dancing on cryptic constructions, and being outside way late at night. // We have set up this release to directly fund The Tamir Rice Foundation, founded by mother Samaria Rice. We also encourage others who can, to give to something that is centered around Black life.”

The Black Creatures’ most recent single, “True Friends” was released Friday, September 17, 2021 through Center Cut Records is the first from their upcoming album BY THY HAND produced by Xavier, and written by Jade Green and Xavier. The single was Mastered by Collin Jordan (Xiu Xiu, Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco). The Black Creatures will be releasing more singles and videos leading up to the release of BY THY HAND next year.

Per Jade, “This song is not only a celebration, but an offering of gratitude to the support system that I’ve been lucky to have in my life. Especially during this time where everybody feels so isolated, so far removed from community and from collaboration, this song is a cheeky way of telling listeners ‘you deserve loyalty, you deserve love – did you forget who the F you are?!'”
The Black Creatures – Upcoming Shows:

The Black Creatures play Pop’s Blue Moon, 5249 Pattison Ave., St. Louis, MO., on Friday, April 22, with The Belief Cycle.

The Black Creatures play recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd., KCMO on Sunday, April 24, at 7:00 PM with Saving Miles Lemon, North By North, and Quite Frankly.

The Black Creatures play The Bottleneck, Lawrence, KS., on Saturday, April 30, with Jass, Paris Willims, Indiglow, and Vicman.

The Black Creatures play Center Cut Records Summer Soulstice, Fri, June 3, 2022 at 7:00 PM at recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd., KCMO, w/ Eddie Moore & the Outer Circle, Jass, and Flare Tha Rebel.

The Black Creatures play Boulevardia on Friday, June 17, 2022

From Center Cut Records Promo Materials: The Black Creatures make a point to blur the lines of genre while maintaining a recognizable cohesion; oftentimes blending contemporary styles of pop, hip-hop, dance, R&B, EDM and soul with cinematic and storytelling sci-fi/fantasy elements and themes. With the complex and creative approach The Black Creatures take to their art, a diverse audience regularly flocks to their gripping and intensely enchanting performances.

Representing the strange land of Kansas City, Missouri, Jade Green and Xavier began working together around the end of 2013 after meeting on-line talking about cosmetics. After Jade stumbled upon Xavier’s SoundCloud, they asked if they could put their vocals on it, and this led to future collaborations with no more than the intention to dabble. They couldn’t stop and eventually dubbed the project The Black Creatures.

Both Jade & Xavier write and perform vocals, with Xavier at the helm of production and composition. Jade Green has a vocal background in opera and a penchant for theatrics, and both are the foundation of their ever-evolving approach to writing and performing in The Black Creatures. While the instrumentals may set the tone for the show, Jade’s voice captivates the audience from beginning to end. Originally a violinist, Xavier unfurled into a producer and vocalist, maintaining the same air of intrigue and mystery throughout his compositions and performances in The Black Creatures.

After releasing Wild Echoes in the fall of 2020, the record received Album Of The Year from The Pitch Magazine, along with high praise from around the world for the four released singles and accompanying videos. “Wretched (It Goes)” was featured in the NPR Live Sessions “Songs For Change” when The Black Creatures were selected as one of 12 national artists, and included in 90.9 The Bridge’s Top 100 singles along with their song “D’ummm” which was in heavy rotation in the winter. Nuance Magazine wrote, “The Black Creatures take their musical talents and use them in such a way that forces listeners to not only tap their foot to a catchy tune, but pay attention and feel something about what is going on in the world around them. Tackling fascism, police brutality, and the deep-rooted effects of slavery in a rhythmic fashion is one thing. Simultaneously making it a good listen is another. However, The Black Creatures make it happen.”

SOCIALS:
https://www.theblackcreatures.com/
https://smarturl.it/wildechoes
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCW_KKKYdsM2Jq4iKm_UkStQ
https://www.facebook.com/theblackcreatures
https://www.instagram.com/theblackcreatures/

The Black Creatures are a multifaceted music duo from Kansas City. Gleefully playing with elements of soul, hip-hop, and EDM, they’re here to tell interdimensional stories – through all-original, lyric-heavy songs and live performances. They share real stories from a less-explored perspective, while others are spun from fantastical vantage points. Influenced by neo-soul sirens like Erykah Badu and Alicia Keys, wordsmiths like Da Brat and Tech N9ne, and composers a la Daft Punk and Robert Glasper, they make music that defies genre and tradition in an effort to break generational curses. The idea is that society’s hexes, long bound up by the threads of anti-black repression, insincerity, and envy, can be uncrossed by doing what has not been done before. They aim to honor the past, celebrate the present, and transcend the expectations of the future by creating consistently unique songs, videos, images, and interactive live performances.

Xavier Martin is DJ/Writer/Producer/Rapper/Singer at The Black Creatures


Jade Green performs with: Arquesta Del SolSoul. 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.” Members include Les Izmore, Jessica Ayala, Brad Williams, Jade Green, Chalis O’Neal, Irving Graham, Ernest Melton, Andres Ramirez, Fabian Prado.


Info at: http://www.theblackcreatures.com or http://www.centercutrecords.com

The Black Creatures will be releasing more singles and videos leading up to the release of By Thy Hand, and they have a full plate of performances in the coming months

The Black Creatures Discography

The Black Creatures “Mouth 2 Mouth” – Single, June 5, 2016.

The Black Creatures released their debut album, See No Evil, Dec. 6, 2017.

The Black Creatures “Elements” – Single, February 14, 2018

The Black Creatures “Silver Tears” – Single, June 19, 2018 with additional voices provided by AniMal (Ana Marcela Maldonado Morales) , Barbara Solomon , Kassidee, Quaranta , Adres Va Cortas

The Black Creatures “Dare” (Gorillaz Cover)” – Single, August 8, 2019

The Black Creature – Wild Echoes – September 30, 2019

The Black Creatures – “Turn” – Single, October 30, 2019

The Black Creatures – “Quartz (Twilight)” – Single, November 13, 2019

The Black Creatures – “SHINE” – Single, December 11, 2019

The Black Creatures- “Ghost Bustin’ Dead Prezidentz” – Single, January 8, 2020

The Black Creatures – “To Whom It May Concern” – Single, January 22, 2020

The Black Creatures – “Arcade Love” – Single, February 5, 2020

The Black Creatures – “Run Up” – Single, February 19, 2020.

The Black Creature – Wild Echoes – September 30, 2019

The Black Creatures – “wretched (it goes)”- Single [Center Cut], July 17, 2020 [remastered]

The Black Creature – Wild Echoes – Album (Remastered] August 28, 2020 [Center Cut]

The Black Creatures – “Negative Zero” – Single/Video [Center Cut]

The Black Creatures – “FRIENDS” – Single/Video [Center Cut]

The Black Creatures are getting set to released their upcoming album, BY THY HAND produced by Xavier, and written by Jade and Xavier, and mastered by Collin Jordan (Xiu Xiu, Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco) The Black Creatures will be releasing more singles and videos leading up to the release of BY THY HAND this year.

Jade Green & Xavier Martin, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

The Black Creatures play Pop’s Blue Moon, 5249 Pattison Ave., St. Louis, MO., on Friday, April 22, with The Belief Cycle. The Black Creatures play recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd., KCMO on Sunday, April 24, at 7:00 PM with Saving Miles Lemon, North By North, and Quite Frankly. More info at: http://www.centercutrecords.com

And now the broadcast premiere of “Loud 4 Nothin” from the band’s upcoming album, BY THY HAND to be released later this year.

10:55

  1. The Black Creatures – “Loud 4 Nothing”
    from: By Thy Hand / Center Cut Records / Summer, 2022
    [The follow to their last single “True Friends” on September 17, 2021. After being signed to Center Cut Records the label remastered and reissued their album Wild Echoes and began releasing singles. “Wild Echoes” was #2 in WMM’s 119 Favorite Releases of 2019 (Albums & EPs). Since the release of ”Wild Echoes” the band has released seven entirely new songs, nearly one per month, all posted to their bandcamp page. The Black Creatures fuse dark-pop hip-hop, soul, jazz, and electronic music with elements from science fiction to tell inter-dimensional stories of love, community, life, culture, history. Xavier & Jade have made an impression in the KC music community with their live shows in clubs, galleries, record stores, and area music festivals. The Black Creatures released their debut single “Mouth 2 Mouth” June 5, 2016. They released the album, See No Evil, December 6, 2017. The duo released the singles, “Elements” February 14, 2018; “Silver Tears” June 19. 2018; “Dare” a Gorillaz cover August 8, 2019. They released the album “Wild Echoes” September 30, 2019. The Black Creatures released the singles “Turn” October 30, 2019; “Quartz (Twilight)” November 13, 2019; “SHINE” December 11, 2019; Ghost Bustin’ Dead Prezidentz” January 8, 2020; “To Whom It May Concern” January 22, 2020; “Arcade Love” February 5, 2020; and “Run Up” Feb. 19, 2020. The Black Creatures were last on WMM on May 26, 2021 and September 15, 2021.]

[The Black Creatures play Pop’s Blue Moon, 5249 Pattison Ave., St. Louis, MO., on Friday, April 22, with The Belief Cycle.]

[The Black Creatures play recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd., KCMO on Sunday, April 24, at 7:00 PM with Saving Miles Lemon, North By North, and Quite Frankly.]

[The Black Creatures play The Bottleneck, Lawrence, KS., on Saturday, April 30, with Jass, Paris Willims, Indiglow, and Vicman.]

[The Black Creatures play Center Cut Records Summer Soulstice, Fri, June 3, 2022 at 7:00 PM at recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd., KCMO, w/ Eddie Moore & the Outer Circle, Jass, and Flare Tha Rebel.]

[The Black Creatures play Boulevardia on Friday, June 17, 2022]

11:00 – Station ID

  1. The Sexy Accident – “I’m Feeling Dancy (feat. Sisterbot)”
    from: “I’m Feeling Dancy (feat. Sisterbot)” – Single / The Sexy Accident / March 30, 2022
    [It’s the first track from The Sexy Accident’s new EP, NEW ROULETTE, to be released April 23, 2022.. More info at: http://www.sexyaccident.bandamp.com]

[The Sexy Accident play a NEW ROULETTE – EP Release Party Saturday, April 23, at 6:30 PM at The Warwick Theatre, 3927 Main St, KC MO. with Sisterbot, and Comedy by Briana Van Deusen].

11:04 – Interview with Jesse Kates

Jesse Kates is the fearless frontman of The Sexy Accident, and he joins us to talk about his band’s new release, NEW ROULETTE. The new EP’s lead track, “I’m Feeling Dancy,” features Sisterbot, and EP includes a cover of “Wind Flirter” by True Lions. New Roulette comprises six tracks. The Sexy Accident play an EP Release Show, Saturday, April 23, at 6:30 PM at The Warwick Theatre, 3927 Main Street, KCMO., with Sisterbot, and Comedy by Briana Van Deusen. The show is for all ages. The Warwick is an historic KC building in the heart of midtown, built in 1912 as a 1,000 seat cinema. Parking is available behind the theatre on Walnut St, one block east of Main. More info at http://www.thesexyaccident.com

Jesse Kates, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

The Sexy Accident play a NEW ROULETTE – EP Release Party Saturday, April 23, at 6:30 PM at The Warwick Theatre, 3927 Main Street, Kansas City, MO., with Sisterbot, and Comedy by Briana Van Deusen. All ages welcome. The Warwick, an historic KC building in the heart of midtown. The Warwick was built in 1912 as a 1,000 seat cinema.
Parking is available behind the theatre on Walnut Street, one block east of Main.

“Driven by catchy melodies and smart, real-life lyric writing.” – The Big Takeover.
Come celebrate The Sexy Accident’s 15th studio release, New Roulette!

Mercurial Pop of Brains and Heart by The Sexy Accident

New Roulette – When the pandemic struck in 2020, songwriter and bandleader Jesse Kates built a home studio and began producing New Roulette remotely. Josh Williams performed and recorded Ramone Hall’s drum parts. Ryan Leip flew in guitars for Jesse to re-amp. Jamie Pratt sang at her father’s suburban home and Mack McKinney played bass from Jesse’s back yard. For more Kansas City flavor, New Roulette’s lead track, I’m Feeling Dancy, features Sisterbot and includes a cover of “Wind Flirter” by True Lions. New Roulette comprises six tracks and releases on April 23, 2022.

All songs written by Jesse Kates / Halaster Music [ASCAP] except Wind Flirter by Alison Hawkins [BMI] Arranged by The Sexy Accident:

Jesse Kates (singing, guitar, keys, percussion)
Ramone Hall (drum composition)
Jamie Pratt (singing)
Ryan Leip (guitar)
Mack McKinney (bass)
Josh Williams (drum performance)

Sisterbot arranged & played cello then arranged & sang harmonies on I’m Feeling Dancy

Produced and engineered by Josh Williams and Jesse Kates. Mixed by Josh Williams. Mastering by Mike Nolte. Additional engineering by David Lin

Recorded at our homes in Kansas City, Lee’s Summit and Smithville, Missouri

11:13

  1. The Sexy Accident – “Wind Flirter”
    from: New Roulette / The Sexy Accident / April 23, 2022
    [When the pandemic struck in 2020, songwriter and bandleader Jesse Kates built a home studio and began producing New Roulette remotely. Josh Williams performed and recorded Ramone Hall’s drum parts. Ryan Leip flew in guitars for Jesse to re-amp. Jamie Pratt sang at her father’s suburban home and Mack McKinney played bass from Jesse’s back yard. Wind Flirter by Alison Hawkins [BMI] Arranged by The Sexy Accident:
    Jesse Kates (singing, guitar, keys, percussion); Ramone Hall (drum composition); Jamie Pratt (singing) ; Ryan Leip (guitar); Mack McKinney (bass); and Josh Williams (drum performance). Produced and engineered by Josh Williams and Jesse Kates. Mixed by Josh Williams. Mastering by Mike Nolte. Additional engineering by David Lin. Recorded at our homes in Kansas City, Lee’s Summit and Smithville, Missouri. More info at: http://www.sexyaccident.bandamp.com]

[The Sexy Accident play a NEW ROULETTE – EP Release Party Saturday, April 23, at 6:30 PM at The Warwick Theatre, 3927 Main St, KC MO. with Sisterbot, and Comedy by Briana Van Deusen].

11:15 – Interview with Jesse Kates of The Sexy Accident (continued)

We are talking with Jesse Kates of The Sexy Accident, who joins us to talk about the band’s new release, NEW ROULETTE. The new EP’s lead track, “I’m Feeling Dancy,” features Sisterbot, and EP includes a cover of “Wind Flirter” by True Lions. New Roulette comprises six tracks. The Sexy Accident play an EP Release Show, Saturday, April 23, at 6:30 PM at The Warwick Theatre, 3927 Main Street, KCMO., with Sisterbot, and Comedy by Briana Van Deusen. The show is for all ages. The Warwick is an historic KC building in the heart of midtown, built in 1912 as a 1,000 seat cinema. Parking is available behind the theatre on Walnut St, one block east of Main. More info at http://www.thesexyaccident.com

Jesse Kates, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

The Sexy Accident play a NEW ROULETTE – EP Release Party Saturday, April 23, at 6:30 PM at The Warwick Theatre, 3927 Main Street, Kansas City, MO., with Sisterbot, and Comedy by Briana Van Deusen. All ages welcome. The Warwick, an historic KC building in the heart of midtown. The Warwick was built in 1912 as a 1,000 seat cinema.
Parking is available behind the theatre on Walnut Street, one block east of Main.

The Sexy Accident Discography

New Roulette (2022)
Kansas City’s The Sexy Accident plays mercurial pop of brains and heart “driven by catchy melodies and smart, real-life lyric writing.” (The Big Takeover) When the pandemic struck in 2020, songwriter and bandleader Jesse Kates built a home studio and began producing New Roulette remotely. Josh Williams performed and recorded Ramone Hall’s drum parts. Ryan Leip flew in guitars for Jesse to re-amp. Jamie Pratt sang at her father’s suburban home and Mack McKinney played bass from Jesse’s back yard. For more Kansas City flavor, New Roulette’s lead track, I’m Feeling Dancy, features Sisterbot and the EP includes a cover of Wind Flirter by True Lions. New Roulette comprises six tracks and releases on 23 April 2022.

Rabarbaro (2020)
The band’s seventh long-player, Rabarbaro, released on 14 April 2020 during the year of the band’s fifteenth anniversary.
Produced, engineered and mixed by longtime collaborator and pacific northwest legend Steve Fisk (Car Seat Headrest, Low, Unwound, Nirvana, Pigeonhed) in Kansas City and Tacoma, Rabarbaro comprises eleven of songwriter Jesse Kates’ most dark, dynamic and sensual songs, living up to the intensity of the album’s namesake adult beverage: a bittersweet, intoxicating (30% ABV) variety of Italian amaro distilled from Chinese rhubarb with zest and cardamom.

Champagne Babycakes (2016)
Champagne Babycakes is the world’s first album released as a card game. Each copy of Champagne Babycakes includes a complete game deck of 54 cards illustrated by Gavin Snider and twelve songs written by Sexy Accident bandleader Jesse Kates. Champagne Babycakes was produced by Steve Fisk

The songs of Champagne Babycakes are hefty yet compact, like a deck of cards, and reflect Kates’ mainstay themes of romance and family life. Sonically, the album echoes and amplifies features of The Sexy Accident’s prior work, including the groove of Ninja Ninja Fight Darth Vader, the layering of Lavender 3, the squall of Mantoloking, and the dynamics of Kinda Like Fireworks.

Lavender 3 (2013)
Like Champagne Babycakes, The Sexy Accident’s fifth release isn’t a typical record. To deliver tactile pleasure with the ease of downloads, the band created a pop album as a hardback book. Lavender 3 is a nine-inch square, 48-page, silver cloth-covered, smythe-sewn, silk-screened book brimming with lyrics, paintings, illustrations, interviews and commentary, including works by Blue Gallery painter Bernal Koehrsen and poet Jim Daniels. Lavender 3 comprises twelve love songs marinated in strings, keyboards and alternate-tuned guitars. The tracks guest star Laurel Parks and Sascha Groschang of string ensemble The Wires, and Sean Nelson of Harvey Danger, among others.

Origins
In 2005, after years of spinning wordless tales with Pittsburgh, PA-based instrumental band Whitford, Jesse Kates decided to sing. Jesse had recently relocated to Kansas City for a day job and needed co-conspirators. A search of nearby cubicles revealed Dan Weller, the bass-playing spouse of a market researcher, and Craig used his list to find Billy Brown, the band’s first drummer. Musicians assembled, Jesse began to write. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University’s Creative Writing program, Jesse remains influenced by a mantra of the faculty – have the courage to be clear – to this day. As the only permanent band member, The Sexy Accident remains unavoidably Jesse-centric, yet the sonics transform from album to album, showcasing the strengths of each lineup.

Key Lineups of The Sexy Accident

now Jesse Kates, Ramone Hall, Jamie Pratt, Ryan Leip, Mack McKinney
2015 Jesse Kates, Ramone Hall, Jamie Pratt, Dan Diamond
2013 Jesse Kates, Daniel Torrence, Camry Ivory, Mark Hamblin, Kristin Smith view
2010 Jesse Kates, Daniel Torrence, Camry Ivory, Mark Hamblin
2009 Jesse Kates, Daniel Torrence, Chad Toney, Pat Padgett
2007 Jesse Kates, Daniel Torrence, Pat Fent
2005 Jesse Kates, Billy Brown, Dan Weller

Last time Jesse was on WMM was April 15, 2020 in the early days of COVID 19. Jesse called into the show to share details abouts The Sexy Accident’s 7th full length, Rabarbaro, released April 14, 2020 during the band’s 15th year. Produced, engineered & mixed in Kansas City and Seattle, by longtime collaborator and pacific-northwest legend Steve Fisk (Car Seat Headrest, Low, Unwound, Nirvana, Pigeonhead), Rabarbaro includes 11 of songwriter Jesse Kates’ most dark, dynamic and sensual songs. Rabarbaro was performed by Jesse Kates on guitars, vocals, keyboards & percussion; Ramone Hall on drums; Jamie Pratt on vocals; Ryan Leip on guitars & keyboards; and Eric Knight on bass; with Steve Fisk on keyboards, and guest violinist Laurel Parks. More info at http://www.sexyaccident.com

“The Oh,” was the third single from Rabarbaro released February 13, 2020.
“The Land of Want” was the second single released November 2, 2019
“Unto a Sparkling Shore” was the first single released September 21, 2019

The Sexy Accident is a pop band from Kansas City. The Sexy Accident have released nearly 90 songs on seven albums and four EPs. The Sexy Accident doesn’t do normal, their 2014 album Lavendar 3 was released as a 9” x 9” square, 48-page, cloth-covered, foil-stamped hardback book. Their 2016 recording Champagne Babycakes, the band’s 6th full length record, was released as a “card game.” The band’s last release, Chamcakes Babypagne was a selection of songs from The Sexy Accident’s , Champagne Babycakes, re-imagined and reconstructed by Steve Fisk, namelessnumberheadman, Akkilles and guest musicians.

Congratulations on 15 years as a band.

The Sexy Accident includes:
Jesse Kates on guitars, vocals, keyboards & percussion;
Ramone Hall on drums;
Jamie Pratt on vocals;
Ryan Leip on guitars & keyboards;
Eric Knight on bass;

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

On September 23, 2017 The Sexy Accident played Live at Holy Cow EP – Performed by The Sexy Accident on September 23, 2016, with Jesse Kates on vocals & guitar, Ramone Hall on drums, Jamie Lin on vocals, Pete Marten on bass, and Ryan Leip on keyboards. Recorded by Josh Williams. Songs selected from Champagne Babycakes, Lavender 3 and Ninja Ninja Fight Darth Vader. Cover art curated by Carly Lewandowski of How Very Vintage from objects found at Holy Cow.

Jesse Kates, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

The Sexy Accident play a NEW ROULETTE – EP Release Party Saturday, April 23, at 6:30 PM at The Warwick Theatre, 3927 Main Street, Kansas City, MO., with Sisterbot, and Comedy by Briana Van Deusen. All ages welcome. The Warwick, an historic KC building in the heart of midtown. The Warwick was built in 1912 as a 1,000 seat cinema.
Parking is available behind the theatre on Walnut Street, one block east of Main. More info at http://www.sexyaccident.com

11:24

  1. The Sexy Accident – “Matchmaker”
    from: New Roulette / The Sexy Accident / April 23, 2022
    [When the pandemic struck in 2020, songwriter and bandleader Jesse Kates built a home studio and began producing New Roulette remotely. Josh Williams performed and recorded Ramone Hall’s drum parts. Ryan Leip flew in guitars for Jesse to re-amp. Jamie Pratt sang at her father’s suburban home and Mack McKinney played bass from Jesse’s back yard. written by Jesse Kates / Halaster Music [ASCAP] Arranged by The Sexy Accident: Jesse Kates (singing, guitar, keys, percussion); Ramone Hall (drum composition); Jamie Pratt (singing) ; Ryan Leip (guitar); Mack McKinney (bass); and Josh Williams (drum performance). Produced and engineered by Josh Williams and Jesse Kates. Mixed by Josh Williams. Mastering by Mike Nolte. Additional engineering by David Lin. Recorded at our homes in Kansas City, Lee’s Summit and Smithville, Missouri. More info at: http://www.sexyaccident.bandamp.com]

[The Sexy Accident play a NEW ROULETTE – EP Release Party Saturday, April 23, at 6:30 PM at The Warwick Theatre, 3927 Main St, KC MO. with Sisterbot, and Comedy by Briana Van Deusen].

  1. Jacob E.chord – “Bound With Horse Hair” (CD #12) (3:45)
    from: Lava Lion’s Reflections in Retrospect / Jacob E.chord / November 21, 2020 [Jacob E.chord released the single, “The Way 2” on February 18, 2022. more information at: http://www.jacobechord.bandcamp.com] [Jacob E.chord released the single, “Om, Yu! (or ‘Hologram of November Weather’)” on April 1, 2022. Music by Jacob E. Lyrics by James Shelton and Jacob E. Mixed by Jacob E. Mastered by Brandan Hoffman. <ore info at: http://www.jacobechord.bandcamp.com]

[Jacob E.chord plays the Songbird Sessions at The Mockingbird Lounge, at 204 Orchard St. KCK, on Wednesday, April 20, 2022, at 8:00 PM presented by http://www.manorrecords.com]

11:31

Record Store Day on Saturday, April 23, 2022

Brothers Music, 5812 Johnson Dr., Mission, KS (913)-766-3869
https://www.brothersmusickc.com

FM Music Vintage Sounds, 206 E. 18th Ave., North Kansas City, MO
https://www.facebook.com/FMMUSICNKC

GotWhatYouLike 11539 Hickman Mills dr. KC MO. One exit from the Grandview triangle.
http://www.gotwhatulikerecords.com/

It’s A Beautiful Day, 3916 Broadway Blvd Kansas City, MO 64111 (816)-931-6169
https://www.facebook.com/ItsaBeautifulDayKc

Josey Records, 1814 Oak St., Kansas City, MO (816)-283-8452
https://www.joseyrecords.com

Love Garden Sounds, 822 Massachusetts Ave Lawrence, KS (785)-843-1551
http://lovegardensounds.com

Manor Records, 401 N 6th St, Kansas City, KS
http://manorrecords.com/

Mills Record Company, 4045 Broadway Blvd., Kansas City, MO (816)-960-3775
https://millsrecordcompany.com

Prospero’s Books & Media 1800 W 39th St, Kansas City, MO (816)-531-9673
http://prosperosbookstore.com

Records With Merritt, 1617 Westport Rd., Kansas City, MO (816)-585-7366
https://recordswithmerritt.com

Revolution Records, 1830 Locust St., Kansas City, MO
http://www.revolutionrecordskc.com

Vinyl Underground at 7th Heaven, 7621 Troost Ave., Kansas City, MO (816)-361-9555
https://7thheavenkc.com/department/record-store-in-kansas-city/

Vinyl Heaven, 7544 Floyd St., Overland Park, KS (913)-499-7442
https://www.vinylheavenkc.com

Vinyl Renaissance & Audio, 9038 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park, KS (888) 433-6439) /(913) 962-0014 https://vinylren.com

  1. Prince – “We March”
    from: The Gold Experience / Warner Bros., NPG / September 26, 1995
    [The Gold Experience is the seventeenth studio album by American singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Prince. It was credited to his stage name at the time, an unpronounceable symbol (shown on the album cover), also known as the “Love Symbol”. // The album was produced entirely by Prince and released on September 26, 1995, by NPG Records and Warner Bros. Records. The album charted at number 6 on the Billboard 200 and number 2 on the Top R&B Albums.The singles “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World”, “I Hate U”, and “Gold” charted on the Billboard Hot 100 at numbers 3, 12, and 88 respectively. // The Gold Experience sold 500,000 copies in the United States and peaked at number six on the Billboard 200, failing to meet the record label’s commercial expectations. According to biographer Jason Draper, it may have undersold because Prince was losing touch with younger listeners and also because his contractual dispute with Warner Bros. Records overshadowed the album’s promotion, which he had done well before it was released. // Nonetheless, The Gold Experience was a success with critics. Melody Maker called it Prince’s best record in years, while Vibe said it was his best since Sign o’ the Times in 1987. In The Village Voice, Robert Christgau wrote that it showcased not only the unbridled artistry displayed on his other records but also “a renewal. It’s as sex-obsessed as ever, only with more juice—’Shhh’ and ‘319’ especially pack the kind of porno jolt sexy music rarely gets near and hard music never does.” He believed its best songs, specifically “Endorphinmachine” and “P Control”, “funk and rock as outrageously and originally as anything he’s ever recorded”. Jon Pareles was less enthusiastic in The New York Times, finding most of the songs to be minor successes and calling it “a proficient album, not a startling one; most of its songs are variations and retreads of previous Prince efforts.” // The Gold Experience was voted the 30th best album of 1995 in the Pazz & Jop, an annual poll of American critics published by The Village Voice. Christgau, the poll’s supervisor, ranked it 10th best in his own year-end list. In a retrospective review, Keith Harris from Blender cited The Gold Experience as the best album Prince recorded in the 1990s, “a mix of newly stripped-down funk and delicate balladry that reasserts his dynamic range”.// Several people speculated that the song “Billy Jack Bitch” was written about a Minneapolis Star Tribune gossip columnist known as “CJ”. Prince denied the song was about the columnist when CJ herself interviewed him.

[On Record Store Day on Saturday, April 23, 2022, The Gold Experience will be reissued for Record Store Day 2022. The scheduled reissue is a replica of the original translucent gold expanded, limited promo album from 1995. This is the first time the complete album will be reissued following the legal battle over “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World”. ]

10:37 – Underwriting

11:39 – Interview with Chad Brothers

Chad Brothers grew up on a small family farm outside of Winfield, KS, where he developed a love for music and listening to radio while spending long days on a tractor working in the fields. He attended Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Entrepreneurship. It was there where he also logged hours as a late night DJ on campus radio station The Wildcat 91.9. He is a veteran of the Kansas City and Lawrence music communities performing music for over 28 years and operating a home recording studio out of his basement.. Chad is a guitarist, singer songwriter, musician, visual artist, and producer. Chad Brothers plays in the bands: Old Sound, Super Massive Blackholes, and Shapiro Brothers with his wife, Mikal Shapiro who also records and performs as a solo artist and with Monta At Odds. Chad has also collaborated with Howard Iceberg and The Titanics, Danny McGaw, Scotty Stanton and The Butter Band, Alexis Barclay, and Chris Hudson. Chad Brothers joined KKFI as Chief Operator & Traffic Coordinator in August 2019.

Chad Brothers thank you for being our guest on WMM

(Some of) The Chad Brothers Discography:

Supermassive Black Holes –SUPERMASSIVE BLACK HOLES– 5-track EP– Feb 25, 2012

Wells The Traveler – ONE FOR THE DEAMERS – 14-track album – August 23, 2013

Old Sound – RAIN FOLLOWS THE PLOW – 13-song album March 25, 2014

Wells The Traveler – BUILD IT UP Independent / 2014

Mikal Shapiro – THE MUSICAL – 10-track album – April 15, 2015

Shapiro Brothers – SHAPIRO BROTHERS – 8-track album -November 3, 2016

Old Sound – AN OLD SOUND CHRISTMAS – 7-track album – November 28, 2017

Hermanos Brothers – COVERS – 15-track album – March 20, 2018
(recorded by Howard Iceberg & Chad Brothers)

Mikal Shapiro – THE MUSICAL II – 11-track album – May 26, 2018

Chris Hudson & Chad Brothers – PREMONITION SCENES – April 23, 2019

Howard Iceberg & The Titanics – KANSAS CITY SONGS Vol. 3 – 12-track album – June 10, 2020

Old Sound – DELUGE – 12-track album – October 16, 2020

Hermanos Brothers – ABSENTEE BALLADS – 15-track album – November 25, 2020
(recorded by Howard Iceberg, Chad Brothers, Julie Bates, and Andrew Morris.)

11:44

  1. Old Sound – “Weight on Our Minds”
    from: Rain Follows The Plow / Independent / March 25, 2014
    [Greg Herrenbruck ~ Bass & Vocals; Grady Keller ~ Mandolin, Acoustic Guitar & Vocals; Chad Brothers ~ Acoustic Guitar & Vocals. Recorded and produced by Phil Wade at his studio: Alluvial Fan. ]

[Shapiro Brothers play The Black Box, 1060 Union Avenue, Kansas City, 64101, in The West Bottoms on Thursday, April 21, at 8:00 PM. Proof of vaccination and a mask required for entry to all Black Box events.]

Chad Brothers thank you for being our guest on WMM

11:54

  1. Daisy Buckët – “Stars Are Blind”
    from: Pansy / Independent / July 25, 2017
    [Executive Producer: Spencer Brown & Amy Hull. Co-Producer: Michael Wood. Album Concept & Design: Brandon Shelton. Photography: Vixen Pin-Up Photography. All tracks recorded at Sound 81 Productions, Kansas City, Missouri. Mixing & Engineering: Justin Wilson. Music/Lyrics: Fernando Garibay, Sheppard Solomon & Ralph McCarthy. Vocals: Daisy Buckët; Guitar: Jeff Freling; Drums: Brian Steever; Bass: Rick Willoughby; Organ: Ken Lovern; Tenor Saxophone: James Isaac. Spencer Brown is a professional actor, singer, spokesmodel, super hero, and has appeared at The Unicorn Theatre, Late Night Theatre, The KC Fringe, Union Station, The Folly Theatre, Off Center Theatre, Just Off Broadway Theatre. Since 2008 Spencer has toured internationally and recorded several albums as a member of the acclaimed The Kinsey Sicks, America’s Favorite Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet. Voted 2021 Best Drag Artist by readers of The Pitch Magazine.]

[Daisy Buckët performs “The Love Witch” Thursday, April 21, at 8:00 PM, at The Black Box, 1060 Union Avenue, Kansas City, 64101, in The West Bottoms. This is a fundraiser for AIDSWalk Kansas City! Proof of vaccination and a mask required for entry to all Black Box events. VIP Meet & Greet Begins at 7:00. General admission doors open at 7:30. Show starts at 8:00 PM.]

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

Next week on Wednesday, April 27 we welcome back to the show Brenton Cook of Haymaker Records and the band: Freight Train Rabbit Killer. Freight Train Rabbit Killer will be releasing their new album, HAMMER OF JUDGEMENT on April 30, 2022 on vinyl

from Haymaker Records who write: “The album was recorded during the Hammer of Judgment Recording Sessions back in April 2019. Yes, it took 3 years for this album to be released. There were hurdles along the way, from pressing plant delays to global pandemics – but here we are and it’s totally worth the wait. The Hammer of Judgment recording session was a one-of-a-kind pseudo-live studio album, utilizing an interactive crowd of dedicated fans experiencing the recording process first-hand with all of the bells and whistles of a professional recording studio (isolated tracking, overdubs, post-production mixing, etc.). Thanks to GFM Modern Recording in Blue Springs, Missouri for the studio access and engineering work and Andrew Crowley of Organica Recording for the engineering, mixing, and mastering. The album will be released on black vinyl as well as a limited run of 200 copies on blue vinyl.” More info at http://www.haymakerrecords.net

Also next week we welcome Guest DJ Scott Jolley

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Show #938

WMM Presents The Black Creatures + The Sexy Accident + Lesley Pories

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, April 20, 2022

WMM presents The Black Creatures + The Sexy Accident + Lesley Pories

Mark plays more New & MidCoastal Releases from: Claire Adams feat. Alyssa Murray, Kye Colors, The Black Creatures, BCCC, The Sexy Accident, The Talking Trees, Jacob E.chord, Daisy Buckêt, plus we’ll also play: Joy Oladokun, Prince, and Cypress Hill

At 10:30 we welcome Jade Green & Xavier Martin of The Black Creatures who began working together in 2013. The Black Creatures blur the boundaries of hip-hop, dance, R&B, soul, and EDM, telling stories of real life, and the struggle for equality. Jade’s incredible vocals reveal her background in opera, and her honest lyrics are both personal and political. Jade can interpret soul, jazz, hiphop, and pop. Xavier Martin started music as a violinist, and has transitioned into a co-songwriter, producer, beat-maker, keyboardist, vocalist, engineer, and style maker. The Black Creatures recently were the recipients of the Charlotte Street Foundation 2022 Generative Performing Artist Fellowship Grant and Award. The Black Creatures play recordBar, Sunday, April 24, at 7:00 PM with Saving Miles Lemon, North By North, and Quite Frankly. More info at: http://www.theblackcreatures.com

At 11:00 Mark talks with Jesse Kates of The Sexy Accident, about the band’s 15th studio release, NEW ROULETTE. The new EP’s lead track, “I’m Feeling Dancy,” features Sisterbot and includes a cover of “Wind Flirter” by True Lions. New Roulette comprises six tracks. The Sexy Accident play an Album Release Show, Saturday, April 23, at 6:30 PM at The Warwick Theatre, 3927 Main Street, Kansas City, MO., with Sisterbot, and Comedy by Briana Van Deusen. The show is for all ages. The Warwick is an historic KC building in the heart of midtown, built in 1912 as a 1,000 seat cinema. Parking is available behind the theatre on Walnut Street, one block east of Main. More informatin at http://www.thesexyaccident.com

At 11:30 AM Lesley Poires (KKFI’s outgoing MidCoast Radio Project – Board President), joins us for one last goodbye before she departs the United States for Stockholm, Sweden for her new job. Lesley moved to Kansas City eight years ago and has been volunteering at 90.1 FM for most of that time. Lesley served on the Board of Directors for six years. A Washington DC native, Lesley has a Masters in Urban Planning from UNC Chapel Hill and a Masters in International Relations from the Fletcher School at Tufts University. Lesley has lived and worked in Uzbekistan, India and Guinea. Lesley most recently served on the Board of BikeWalkKC and as a Senior Sector Analyst at water and sanitation non-profit, Water.org.

Daisy Buckët Photo by: Vixen Pin-Up Photography

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Show #938