Wednesday MidDay Medley’s 14 Favorite Singles from 2014

Wednesday MidDay Medley
TEN to NOON Wednesdays – Streaming at KKFI.org
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Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning

“Our 14 Favorite MidCoastal Singles from 2014.”

14. White Girl – “M.E.T.R.O.R.O.C.K.”
from: M.E.T.R.O.R.O.C.K. Single b/w Cocky / Nice Nice Records / Nov 4, 2014
[First vinyl release from Kansas City based White Girl, the brain-child of Martin Bush. Described as: a dance infused pop romp through eternal fields of post punk grasses and rolling new wave hills. Influenced by: Prince, Beach Boys, New Order, Hall and Oates, Stevie Wonder.]

13. Lazy -“Soft Sheets”
from: Lazy Soft Sheets b/w Don’t Die 7″ / Volar Records / October 1, 2014
[500 Copies Limited Red and Blue volarrecords.blogspot.com Brock Potucek – Guitar and Vocals, Sarica Douglas – Guitar and Vocals, Billy Belzer – Drums, Christian O’Reilly – Bass. Soft Sheets/Don’t Die – Written/Composed/Lyrics by Brock Potucek. Recorded at West End Studios with Mike Nolte and at Element Recording Studios. Mixed by BP at Ashley Miller Studios and Element Recording Studios KC MO. Mastered by Joel Nanos at Element Recording Studios Oct 2013.]

12. Outsides -“Pastures”
from: Outsides [Single] / Timothy Ellis/ May 28, 2014
[On June 6, 2014 Outsides released the Debut EP Million] [Outsides is Tim Ellis. The Chicago Tribune called his performance at Lollapalooza: “transcendent,” motivating Ellis to dedicate himself to his new project, Outsides. Having relocated from Chicago to his boyhood home of Kansas City, Tim found himself recording in his bedroom, writing guitar parts that were sampled and woven together with synthesizers. When Outsides plays live the band includes: Tim Ellis (guitar, vox); Bronson Kistler (keys, bgv); Ryan Shank (drums); Ian Shea (bass, bgv).]

11. David George & a Crooked Mile – “Shine”
from: Shine [Single] / UniGlobe/xWB Records / May 29, 2014
[David George – Vocals & Guitar, John Johnson – Guitar & Vocals, Ben Byard – Bass & Vocals, Christine Gross – Cello & Vocals, Giuliano Mingucci – Drums & Vocals. Shine was the 1st single from the upcoming full length album “Radiant Man”.]

10. Kristie Stremel – “Love Makes A Family”
from: Love Makes A Family – Single and Book / Stremeltone / Sept 6, 2014
[Described as “Joan Jett & Tom Petty’s love child,” and armed with her guitar, fueled by coffee, and over 75 published songs, singer, songwriter, producer, rock & roll mom, Kristie Stremel has had a very busy year. Last October, 2013 Kristie and her partner, Lori Isabell, welcomed their adopted baby son, Charlie, into their family. In April Kristie released her 6th solo record, and the 9th full-length release of her musical career of over 20 years. Released on her own label, Stremeltone, it was Kristie’s first self-produced album. This Summer Kristie went to work producing a new full length CD and book called “Wildflowers,” a compilation of 14 original songs & 5 poems for and about children, illustrated by Blue Haas. In September Kristie released a new single, “Love Makes A Family” with read-along book. She wrote the song for her son Charlie in an effort to explain the importance of family and to help celebrate the diversity in families today.]

9. OILS – “a. Waves We Feel”
from: “Waves We Feel” 7″ 45rpm single / Replay Records, Lawrence KS. / August 22, 2014. Andrew Frederick and Mark Osman played live on WMM on September 10.]

8. Radkey – “Feed My Brain”
from: Feed My Brain 7″ Single b/w Digging The Grave / Little Man Records / June 10, 2014
[Recorded at Westend Studios, KCMO. Engineered by Justin Mantooth, Mixed by Ross Orton, Produced by Vinny Dingo. St. Joseph, Missouri based trio of three brothers: lead guitarist and vocalist Dee Radke, bass player and middle brother Isaiah Radke III, drummer and youngest brother Solomon.]

7. Rev Gusto – “Still There”
from: Too Much Rock Single Series No. 002 / Too Much Rock / 2014
[Written by Jerry Frederick on Vocals & Guitar, with brother Sam Frederick on bass, Shaun Crowley on lead guitar and keys; Peter Beatty on guitar & back-up vocals; Quinn Hernandez on drums, Recorded with and engineered by Joel Nanos at Element Recording. Rev Gusto has signed with High Dive Records and will be putting out a full length very soon!]

6. Josh Berwanger – “Oh Bis!”
from: Too Much Rock Single Series No. 003 / Too Much Rock / June 3, 2014
[Recorded and engineered by Joel Nanos at Element Recording. From Berwangermusic.com: “Josh Berwanger made a name for himself as a member of The Anniversary, a Kansas band that released two albums (2000’s Designing a Nervous Breakdown and 2002’s Your Majesty) and selling over 100,000 records before imploding in a breakup of Fleetwood Mac-style proportions while attempting to tour Japan. Undeterred, Berwanger put together a new band—a country-rock outfit called The Only Children–and would go on to release two criminally underrated records (2004’s Change of Living and 2007’s Keeper of Youth) before pulling the plug on that project and taking a job doing the next most logical thing possible– coaching high school basketball in Lawrence.]

5. Chris Hazelton’s Boogaloo 7 – “The Chartreuse Woman”
from: “The Chartreuse Woman” / Sunflower Soul / Oct 7, 2014
[All songs written by Chris Hazelton. Chris Hazelton – Hammond B-3 Organ, Nick Howell – Trumpet & Tambourine, Nick Rowland – Alto Saxophone, Brett Jackson – Baritone Saxophone, Matt Hopper – Guitar, Kevin Frazee – Drums, Pat Conway – Congas & Percussion, Miko Spears – Congas & Percussion
Recorded live to analog tape & mixed by Chris Hazelton. Mastered by Brendan McReynolds]

4. Red Kate – “On My Mind”
from: Red Kate & The Bad Ideas – Split 7″ / Mills Record Company / May 31, 2013
[KC based Punk band Red Kate is a 4-piece that has been rocking venues since 2007. Bassist and lead vocalist L. Ron Drunkard, Andrew Whelan on drums, vocals; Brad Huhmann on guitar, Desmond Poirier on guitar, vocals. Red Kate and The Bad Ideas have joined forces to release a new Split 7″ Single. Just released as The Bad Ideas head out for a 3 week east coast tour. Engineered by Duane Trower at Weights and Measures Soundlab in Kansas City. Premiere vinyl release on the “Mills Record Company” label.]

3. The Bad Ideas – “Apocalypse Detroit”
from: Red Kate & The Bad Ideas – Split 7″ / Mills Record Company / May 31, 2013
[The Bad Idea’s full length debut, Lesson #1, was on our list of The Best Recordings of 2013. Their EP, Worse Thoughts, was one of our favorite recordings of 2012. The Kansas City based punk band, was formed in October 2011. Driven by original songs and influenced by post-hardcore, punk, and early pop punk. Breaka Dawn on lead vocals; Britt Adair on guitar, back-up vocals, Caitlin Curry on bass, back-up vocals, George Magers on drums. The Bad Ideas joined us last on May 28, 2014. Red Kate and The Bad Ideas have joined forces to release a new Split 7″ Single. The single was released as The Bad Ideas headed out for a 3 week east coast Summer tour. Engineered by Duane Trower at Weights and Measures Soundlab in Kansas City. Premiere vinyl release on the “Mills Record Company” label.

2. Shy Boys – “Life is Peachy”
from: Single Release / High Dive Records / July 15, 2014
[Stereogum premiered “Life Is Peachy”, the A-side to their 45 rpm, 7″ single. Brothers Collin Rausch, Kyle Rausch, and roommate Konnor Ervin, are members of the Kansas City based band, Shy Boys. They joined us live in the KKFI 90.1 FM on Feb. 15.]

1. The Philistines – “Heart Like Candy”
from: The Philistines EP / Independent / March 2014
[The Philistines are a KC based rock ‘n roll/pop band with a psychedelic bent, made up of: Kimmie Queen on lead vocals; Cody Wyoming on lead guitar and vocals; Rod Peal on guitar; Michelle Bacon on bass; Josh Mobley on keyboard, Steve Gardels on drums. Recording was produced by Dedric Moore and Cody Wyoming.]
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Wednesday MidDay Medley – TEN to NOON Wednesdays – Streaming at KKFI.org
90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio – Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning

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