Wednesday MidDay Medley
TEN to NOON Wednesdays – Streaming at KKFI.org
90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
“The MidCoast Sound”
Bach Aria Soloists + Nathan Reusch +
Betse Ellis + Marion Merritt
1. Monta At Odds – “Salty Air Breezes”
from: Robots of Munich / Haymaker Records / October 26, 2014
[5th full length release from KCK based band formed by brothers Dedric and Delaney Moore. Released on vinyl by new KC based record label created by Brenton Cook called Haymaker Records. Robots of Munich was also released on Cassette on RSD, April 19, 2014. Dedric Moore joined us live on the show on Oct. 1.]
[Monta At Odds who will be playing The Psychedelic Valentine’s Day Love-In with The Philistines, & DJ Thundercutz, Saturday, February 14 at 9:30pm at The Ship.]
10:04 – Pledge Break #1
Special guest co-hosts: Marion Merritt and Betse Ellis
Betse Ellis, is one of the hardest working musicians in KC, known by many as a founding member of The Wilders. Betse 2nd full-length solo release, the critically acclaimed, “High Moon Order” was one of our Best Recordings of 2013. She also recently did her 20th year at The Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas, and is currently performing with multi instrumentalist Clarke Wyatt.
Marion Merritt is our most frequent contributors to WMM, joining us to share her musical discoveries and info from her encyclopedic brain. For 18 years Marion was the manager of the music department at Barnes & Noble on The Plaza, until she left in January 2014 to start her own independent record store, specializing in vinyl. Records With Merritt, is now open at 1614 Westport Rd. Marion Merritt was also just recently elected to The MidCoast Radio Project’s Board of Directors. Congratulations Marion.
Non-Commercial, Community Radio, means that three times a year, we interrupt our regularly scheduled programming, to ask YOU our beautiful-listeners, to help us continue 90.1 FM’s unique, 24-7 programming.
Wednesday MidDay Medley offers crucial info on: Music and Art. In just the last year we have interviewed musicians & bands including: Madisen Ward & The Mama Bear, Schwervon!, Kansas City Knife Fight, The Lucky, Kasey Rausch, The Quivers, The Blessed Broke, Maria The Mexican, Mikal Shapiro, Scott Hrabko, Kirstin Paludan, Sam Harris, Old Sound, Chely Wright, Dolls On Fire, Kristie Stremel, My Oh My, Calvin Arsenia, Katy Guillen & The Girls, Teri Quinn, Phil Neal, Barclay Martin, Amy Farrand, Margo May, Oils, The Sexy Accident, Rev Gusto, Sara Swenson, Folkicide, Jorge Arana Trio, Howard Iceberg, Shy Boys, Bummer, Claire and the Crowded Stage, The Bad Ideas, My Brothers & Sister, David George, Bent Knee, Red Kate, The Latenight Callers, Krystle Warren, Vi Tran, Dustin Rapier, Summer Osborne, Dead Voices, Making Movies, Pedaljets, Enrique Chi, Clementines, Rural Grit All Stars, The Kinsey Sicks, Gamelan Genta Kasturi, Johnny Appleseed, Sterling Witt, Connie Dover, Bob Walkenhorst, Beautiful Bodies, Wells The Traveler, The Blackbird Revue, The Empty Spaces, My Brothers & Sisters, We’ve featured shows & segments about: Apocalypse Meow, Crossroads Music Fest, Folk Alliance International, Middle of the Map Fest, KC Fringe Festival, KC PsychFest, Out Here Now Film Fest, Pitch Music Awards, Center of The City Fest, SeedCo Harvest Fest, Dr. Martin Luther King’s Birthday, Gay Pride, Noir City KC, Record Store Day!, Murder Ballad Ball, Crossroads Summer Block Party, Johnson County Community College Performing Arts Series, Spinning Tree Theatre, Right Between The Ears, Bread KC, Haymaker Records, The Record Machine, Money Wolf Music, Silly Goose Records, Nation of Love Records, Mills Record Company, Records With Merritt, Synergy House, KC Public Library, Cultivate KC!, Kansas City Blues Society, Uptown Arts Bar, Deli Magazine, Coming Out Day, MidCoast Takeover, and Charlotte Street.
2. Kasey Rausch – “My Piney Wood Home”
from: Guitar in Hand / Mudstomp Records / November 21, 2014
[3rd solo release from Kansas City based singer-songwriter Kasey Rausch. Co-produced with Mikal Shapiro who she also hosts/produces RIVER TRADE RADIO Sunday at 9am, on 90.1 FM. Betse Ellis on Fiddle.
[Kasey Rausch plays with The Naughty Pines every Tuesday night at CODA. She will also play Folk Alliance International Conference, and Middle Of The Map Fest]
3. Mikal Shapiro – “This Way To Heaven”
from: The Musical / Independent / Feb 19, 2015
[This song features Betse Ellis on fiddle, and Chad Brothers and Emily Tummons on vocal harmony. Recorded, mixed and mastered by Joel Nanos at Element Studios.]
[Mikal Shapiro will premiere her new recording at Folk Alliance International Conference. She also plays with the funk/jazz quartet Royalphonic who will play Middle of The Map Fest. She also hosts/produces RIVER TRADE RADIO Sunday at 9am, on 90.1 FM.]
4. Schwervon! – “Flaming Dragonfly”
from: Broken Teeth / Haymaker Records / Sept. 30, 2014
[2 piece rock band. Nan plays drums and Matt plays guitar and they both sing. They lived in NYC for 15 years and have just relocated to KC. Schwervon! joined us live on the show on Oct 1.]
[Schwervon! play Replay Lounge in Lawrence, Fri, Feb 13 at 10pm w/ The Sluts, Youngest Children.]
10:20 – Pledge Break #2
Betse Ellis played violin on two of the songs we just played. Betse has been part of the KC Music Community for nearly 25 years now, and through most of those years she has made appearances on 90.1 FM as a musician. She was the host and emcee of 90.1 FM’s Pete Seeger Tribute last year, and was the uncredited music director of Wednesday MidDay Medley’s LIVE stage version of “A Story In A Song” at the recordBar.
Each year Wednesday MidDay Medley interviews over 200 guests. This past year we’ve featured segments and interviews with: Pitch Music Editor – Natalie Gallagher, Kansas City Star Music Writer – Tim Finn, Deli Kansas City Editor – Michelle Bacon; Playwrights: Michelle T. Johnson, Cynthia Hardeman, Teresa Leggard, Schaeffer Nelson, Vi Tran; Poets: Glenn North, Crystal Boson, Maria Vasquez Boyd, Jeanette Powers, Jen Harris; filmmakers: Kyle Pugh and Evan Senn; Artists: Sean Starowitz, Max Crutcher, Festival organizers: Jamie Rich, Andrew Earl, Eddie Crane, Chris Haghirian, Bill Sundahl, Britt Adair; Record Store owners: Judy Mills, Sherman Breneman, Marion Merritt; music label founders: Tommy Donoho, Brenton Cook, Jerad Tomasino, Mat Shoare, Nick Carswell, guest producers: Matt Kesler, Jesse Bartmess, Jen Zaman, Spencer Brown, Joey Grimm, Judy Mills, Christian LaBeau, along with guests: Barry Lee, Emily Behrmann, Jamie Searle, Hank Wiedel, Mike Tipton, Sam Harris, and many many more!
Over the years on Wednesday MidDay Medley we’ve conducted extensive interviews with: Tommy Ramone, Lily Tomlin, Laurie Anderson, Kate Clinton, Regina Spektor, Iris DeMent, Greg Brown, Eleni Mandell, Jo “Boobs” Weldon, Jill Sobule, Piney Gir, Thomas Frank, Jim Hightower, Bob Smith, Robert Moore, Marideth Sisco, Cris Williamson, Rosie Florez, Ubaka Hill, Jeff Black, Abigail Henderson, Anne Winter, Karen Errington, and thousands more.
10:29 – Underwriting
10:31 – Interview with Elizabeth Suh Lane and Narong Prangcharoen
Bach Aria Soloists are a celebrated and adventurous chamber music ensemble dedicated to presenting the genius of Johann Sebastian Bach and those he inspired, through performances, collaborations and educational outreach. Now in their 15th year Bach Aria Soloists offer collaborations with composer, choreographers, musicians & actors.
Elizabeth Suh Lane is the founder-Artistic Director and violinist of the Bach Aria Soloists. She has been acclaimed, “…among the finest chamber musicians in America today” by San Francisco Symphony’s Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas. She has performed across the globe as a chamber, solo and orchestral musician in the finest concert halls.
Composer Narong Prangcharoen was awarded the 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship. His work has been performed internationally with: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, German National Theater Orchestra, China Philharmonic Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra. He is a composer in residence for the Pacific Symphony in Orange County, California. He received his Doctor of Music Arts academic degree from University of Missouri-Kansas City. His primary teacher was Chen Yi.
5. Elizabeth Suh Lane performed the violin solo from “Dialogue” written by Narong Prangcharoen (Live-in-studio performance).
The Bach Aria Soloists will perform the World Premiere of Narong Prangcharoen’s Dialogue, Sat, Feb 7, at 7:00 pm, at Village Presbyterian Church, 6641 Mission Rd., Prairie Village, KS. The evening’s program also includes BAS’ own La Folia variations; and French Dialogues for keyboard. More info: http://www.bachariasoloists.com or call 816-820-1473
6. Shades of Jade – “Day Dreaming”
from: Fingerprinted Memories pt. 1 / Independent / September 21, 2013
[Members include conservatory trained artists: Joshua Williams on Trumpet & Flugelhorn, Desmond Mason on Keyboards, Justin McCoy on Percussion, Perry DJStix Holliday on Percussion, Derrick Greenwood on Bass/Guitar, Dominique Sanders on Bass, and Linnaia McKenzie on Vocals.]
[Shades of Jade who will play recordBar, Feb. 8, for Jeff Harshbarger’s Alternative Jazz Series.]
10:45 – Pledge Break #3
90.1 FM is “100,000 Watts of Community!!!” 90.1 FM is a grassroots movement, a radio station created by the people in the village. 38 years ago those people created a not-for-profit, 501 (c) 3 organization called, The MidCoast Radio Project and for over ten years volunteers worked to raise the funds to buy a signal, a tower, and create a physical station with studios and offices, to serve the community. In February of 1988, KKFI began broadcasting over the airwaves…
We are a rare breed. A community radio station with 100,000 watts of power sending our crystal clear signal as far 40 miles away in all directions from our tower. Our engineers tell us that when our music is playing we have about the best sounding signal you will find in the area. With recent upgrades, our new transmitter, we are sounding better as we grow, towards the future.
In the last year: Barry Lee became Station Manager of 90.1 FM KKFI. Bill Sundahl became Special Events & Volunteer Coordinator at 90.1 FM KKFI
Paste Magazine named KKFI one of “10 Public Radio Stations You Wish Were in Your Town.” (June 4, 2014 edition)
90.1 FM has added some fantastic new shows to our schedule:
River Trade Radio, The Boogie Bridge, ARTSPEAK Radio, Groove Juice, Radioactivity
We helped spread the news about Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear who were featured four times in 14 months on Wednesday MidDay Medley, and who wowed audiences and KKFI’s Tribute to Pete Seeger at Unity, and 90.1 FM’s Crossroads Music Fest. A few weeks later they wowed national music critics at The Americana Music Festival in Nashville and ended the year being signed to Glassnote Records and recording their first full length record in Nashville. They will be opening for Iron and Wine at The Uptown Theatre for The Middle of The Map Fest. Their debut full-length release is expected in April.
We’ve covered… The expansion of Mills Record Company (doubling their size.) The opening of Records with Merritt, 1617 Westport Road. The LIVE performances at Vinyl Renaissance on West 39th…and the comeback of vinyl. We have devoted entire shows to 7 inch local vinyl releases, and are including vinyl plays in almost all of the shows we have done in the last year.
We’ve come a long way since 1988, when those first radio shows were pre-recorded on reel to reel tape in the basement of Tom Crane’s house, and delivered to the tower site and transmitter, to be played.
Anne Winter aka Little Orphan Annie hosted Kansas City’s first punk show on the airwaves. KKFI still celebrates punk music with one of the best music shows, DIY KC, Monday nights at midnight. On Wednesday MidDay Medley we regularly feature punk, as well as electronic, folk, indie rock, alternative, jazz, classical, soul, blues, country, hip hop.
Did you know, that in the late 1990s Robert Moore served as Station Manager at 90.1 FM?
Programs on 90.1 FM have been recognized for excellence from The Federation of Community Broadcasters, GLAAD, International Labor Communications Association, The Pitch Kansas City, Hear Me Out Toastmasters, KC Star, and many others.
7. Kangaroo Knife Fight – “Loose My Head”
from: Firebrand / Independent / December 6, 2014
[Debut [EP] from Kansas City based 4-piece that includes: Native Australian, Anthony Avis, lead vocalist, with Brandon Skeens on guitar, Gus Rechtien on bass, and Ian on drums.]
[Kangaroo Knife Fight play recordBar, on Feb. 7, w/ The Big Iron, Appropriate Grammar, and Reid the Martian in a benefit for Midwest Music Foundation’s MidCoast Takeover!] [Also playing MOTM]
8. The Philistines – “Stygia”
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: Kimberley 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.]
[The Philistines who will be playing The Psychedelic Valentine’s Day Love-In with Monta At Odds, & DJ Thundercutz, Saturday, February 14 at 9:30pm at The Ship!!!.] [Also playing MOTM]
11:00 – Station ID
11:00 – Interview with Nathan Reusch
Now in it’s 5th year, Ink’s Middle of the Map Fest, curated by The Record Machine, returns to Kansas City, with an extra day, running April 22nd-25th. featuring local, national, international and emerging talent. Ink’s Middle of the Map Fest is the brainchild of Nathan Reusch of The Record Machine who joins us give us all the details about bands and artists who will be part of this year’s festival.
Wednesday, April 22 at The Uptown –
OK GO / The Republic Tigers
Thursday, April 23 at The Uptown –
Iron & Wine / Strand of Oaks / Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear / Sean Rowe
Friday, April 24 in Various Venues in Westport
Saturday, April 25 in Various Venues in Westport …100+ bands
Uptown Theater (Wed/Thurs)
Outdoor Stage (Fri/Sat) ALL AGES – parking lot in Westport
Ernie Biggs 4115 Mill Street
recordBar 1020 Westport Road
Riot Room (inside) 4048 Broadway
Riot Room (outside) 4048 Broadway
Westport Saloon 4112 Pennsylvania
Mills Record Company (Sat) 314 Westport Road
DAY PARTIES AND SHOWCASES
90.9 The Bridge Day Party w/ Jon Hart (Saturday at rB)
Eight One Sixty from 90.9 The Bridge Day Party w/ Sarah Bradshaw
(Saturday at Riot outside)
90.1 FM – Wednesday MidDay Medley KKFI Day Party w/ Mark Manning
(Sat. at Westport Saloon) with: Not A Planet, The Big Iron, The Project H, She’s A Keeper, and The Lucky
I Heart Local Music and 90.9 KJHK Day Party (Saturday at Riot inside)
The Record Machine Day Party (Saturday at the Outdoor Stage)
Tim Finn’s Back To Rockville Singer-Songwriter Showcase (Sat at Mills Record Company)
Ink’s Middle of the Map Fest, curated by The Record Machine, returns to Kansas City this April 22nd-23rd. More info at: http://www.middleofthemapfest.com
9. Iron & Wine – “Everyone’s Summer of 95”
from: Archive Series, Vol. No. 1 / Blue Cricket Recording / February 24, 2015
[Pulled from tapes found in the back corners of closets and dusty shoe boxes, this is the first in a series of releases – songs long neglected, but never forgotten. With the Archive Series, Sam Beam (Iron & Wine) will be gathering otherwise unreleased home recordings, covers, and live sets from his entire career and releasing them on his own label, Black Cricket Recording Co. The songs on Volume No. 1 came to life at the same time as those selected for The Creek Drank the Cradle. The songs on Creek were only 11 of the many performed and recorded by Iron & Wine at home on a 4-track cassette. While some of this material has been widely bootlegged, it has never received a widespread or proper release until now.]
[Iron & Wine play MOTM Thurs, April 23 at The Uptown w/ Strand of Oaks, Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear.]
11:13 – Pledge Break #4
Just think about what you DON’T have to hear when you are tuned to 90.1 FM KKFI! No Commercials. No automated robot playing the same 20 songs in a “rotation” based on a formula of one person, who programs the robot.
90.1 offers nearly 100 different weekly radio programs. 80 of those programs are locally produced, and hosted, and engineered, by over 100 different people, who create content, and personally handcraft each show. There are over 135 hours each week of locally produced handcrafted programs. You will not find this anywhere else on your radio dial. It is very special.
Not only do we bring the most diverse and unfiltered news and information, but our musical playlists are so very much deeper, and more comprehensive, than any other radio station in town. In one week you will hear over 2000 different songs played, as well as voices from the hundreds of KKFI volunteers and the hundreds of guests who visit our midtown studios to share their stories.
How much is this worth to you?
10. The Project H – “Not A Person”
from: We Live Among The Lines / Independent / September 8, 2014
[3rd release from collective that includes: Clint Ashlock- trumpet, Ryan Heinlein- trombone, Brett Jackson- woodwinds, Matt Leifer- drums, Andrew Ouellette- keys, Dominique Sanders- bass, Jeff Stocks- guitars.
Record, mixed and mastered by Duane Trower, Weights and Measures Soundlab, KC, MO.]
[The Project H continue their monthly collaboration series with Lauren Krum of The Grisly Hand. The Project H will play a set of originals, followed by a set with Lauren. The Project H: Living Among Lines w/ Lauren Krum, is Thurs, Feb 5, at 8:pm, at Westport Coffee House, 4010 Pennsylvania Ave, KCMO]
11. Dead Voices – “Pardoning”
from: Dead Voices / Independent / April 20, 2013
[KC Super-Group, formed in September of 2010, by David Regnier, Jason Beers, Matt Richey, Michael Stover, Marco Pascolini. Lauren Krum sings with David on “Pardoning”. The band joined us on April 17.]
[Dead Voices play Davey’s Uptown Rambler’s Club in Kansas City, Saturday, February 7, at 9:00pm, with The Blackbird Revue, and My Oh My!]
11:29 – Underwriting
11:31 – Pledge Break #5
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So many people tune in to kkfi.org everyday, but studies show, that less than 10 percent actually donate to keep this miracle of broadcasting alive. Your support means that you will help bring this programming to folks who could not donate at this time, for whatever the reason. Support the free-form spirit that is 90.1 FM KKFI!
12. Bloodbirds – “No Trains Coming Through”
from: Single track from: Album 2 / Independent / January 27, 2015
[The first track off the Bloodbirds 2nd full-length. The band plans, to release a new track each week.. This is phase one, “the internet phase.” Ideally these will be collected and made available as a physical release by late-spring / early-summer. KC based Psychedelic post-punk trio featuring ex-Ad Astra Per Aspera member Mike Tuley, his wife Brooke Tuley and Anna St. Louis.]
13. Approach – “LipKissFantastic”
from: Make-Out With Violence / Datura Records / October 15, 2013
Also available on: Midwestern Audio Vol. 3 / Midwest Music Foundation / 2014
[Nate Holt on synth & keys, Steve Swyers on rhythm guitar. Recorded by Approach. Mixed & mastered by Reggie B. Produced by Aikido Bray.]
[Approach plays The MidCoast Takeover at the Shangri La, in Austin Texas.]
11:48 – Pledge Break #6
WMM’s Winter Fund Drive “Thank You Gifts” :
A.) The MidCoast Spirit Bag (Only 10 MidCoast Spirit Bags are available.):
* 12-month 10% Discount Card (Vinyl Renaissance & Audio on 39th)
* 15% Discount Coupon (Records Records with Merritt)
* Gift Certificate for a Used Record up to $15.00 (Mills Record Company)
* 20% Discount Coupon (It’s a Beautiful Day)
* Mikal Shapiro “The Musical” CD
* Schwervon! “Broken Teeth” CD (Haymaker Records)
* Kasey Rausch “Guitar In Hand” CD (MudStomp Records)
* Palace “Summer Don’t You Dare” CD (The Record Machine)
* TRM Compilation Cassette (The Record Machine)
* Midwestern Audio Volume 3 CD (Midwest Music Foundation)
* Painter Ryan Wilks original art printed candle.
B.) Voucher for 2 tickets to any show at Performing Arts Series at JCCC, 2015 Season:
* Ladysmith Black Mambazo – Saturday, February 21
* Crimes of the Heart – Wednesday, February 25 – Sunday, March 8
* MEMPHIS – Saturday, February 28
* La Maleta (The Suitcase) – Tuesday, March 3,
* Fredericks Brown – Friday, March 20
* Cherish the Ladies – 8 p.m. Saturday, March 21 (Yardley Hall)
* Heart of America Shakespeare Festival “The Merchant of Venice”
Mar 26 – Mar 29 (Polsky Theatre)
* MOMIX – Friday and Saturday, March 27 and 28
* David Lindley – Saturday, April 4
* Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain – 7 p.m. Sun, April 12 (Yardley Hall)
* Michael Feinstein – Saturday, May 9, Various
* Michael Feldman’s Whad’Ya Know?-Sat, June 27, Seated by 9am, 10am LIVE Broadcast
Performing Arts Series at Johnson County Community College, 12345 College Boulevard, Overland Park, KS. For more information about the Performing Arts Series at Johnson County Community College, you can call (913) 469-4445 or visit http://www.jccc.edu/TheSeries
14. The Gorlons – “Not With My Friends”
from: The Gorlons / Independent / February 15, 2014
[Ross Taylor Murphy on Guitar/Vocals, Seth Goodwin on Keys, Geoff Green on Bass, Kenneth Wagoner on Drums, Conner Dupre Murphy on Guitar. All songs by: The Gorlons. Engineered/Mixed/Produced By: Toby Vest at High/Low Recording in Memphis TN. Mastered By: Kevin Cubbins. Additional production/aux percussion: Greg Roberson, Drums: Joe Nanez.]
[The Gorlons play Harling’s Upstairs, Saturday March 7, at 9:00 pm, for Burger Records Revolution with Wet Ones, Lazy, Phantom Head, Drugs & Attics.]
15. Noel Coward – “The Party’s Over Now”
from: Noel Coward in New York / drg / 2003 [orig. 1957]
Next week on February 11, Kansas Music Hall of Fame member, Kelley Hunt joins us LIVE in our 90.1 FM Studios. Kelley Hunt will play The Folly Theatre on February 14. Also with us next week LIVE in the studio we present: The Blackbird Revue.
A HUGE Thank you to Betse Ellis and Marion Merritt for co-hosting.
Thank you to the businesses & friends who donated “Thank You Gifts”:
Vinyl Renaissance & Audio on 39th,
Mills Record Company,
Records with Merritt,
It’s a Beautiful Day,
Performing Arts Series at Johnson County Community College ,
Emily Jones Behrmann,
The Record Machine,
Midwest Music Foundation,
A big heartfelt THANK YOU to all of our fabulous listeners who called in to donate during the show! Thank you to those that pledged on-line!
Thank you to the phone room volunteers: Diana Griffin Ennis, Rebecca Roche, Bingo Woodhead, Susan Haslam, and Barry K Jackson.
Thank you, to our heroic 90.1 FM staff: Barry Lee, Bill Sundahl, Warren Maus, and Mike Murphy.
You all helped Wednesday MidDay Medley go way over our goal this morning! You all gave us the support we need to continue this little ole radio show. It really means a lot and we will continue to do our best to live up to the mission of community radio with every show we do!
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