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, November 2, 2016
Sondra Freeman & Rachel Mallin of Apocalypse Meow 9
+ Calvin Arsenia’s Catastrophe + Maria Vasquez Boyd & Dia de los Muertos
1. “Main Title Instrumental – It’s Showtime Folks”
from: Motion Picture Soundtrack to All That Jazz / Universal / Dec. 20, 1979
2. Over The Rhine – “Gonna Let My Soul Catch My Body”
from: Meet Me At the Edge of the World / Great Speckled Dog / September 3, 2013
[Ohio-based folk music band, formed in 1989, centered around husband-and-wife team of Linford Detweiler on piano, guitars, & bass and Karin Bergquist on vocals and guitars. The band’s namesake and place of origin is the Cincinnati, Ohio neighborhood Over-the-Rhine. The neighborhood has changed immensely in the last decade, and some credit the band for taking away the negative connotations of the place and opening peoples’ eyes to the ragged beauty of those streets. Karin attended school in Barnesville, Ohio and graduated from Barnesville High School in 1984. She then went to Malone College, located in Canton, Ohio, where she met Linford. Karin and Linford were married in the fall of 1996 in Cincinnati and several years ago relocated to a pre-Civil War farm outside of town. Over the Rhine have toured and recorded in many variations. They have shared the stage with Bob Dylan, John Prine, Adrian Belew, Squeeze, Ani DiFranco, My Morning Jacket, Hem, and toured as “adjunct” members of Cowboy Junkies.]
[Over The Rhine play Pilgrim Chapel, 3801 Gillham Rd, KCMO, Thursday, Nov 3, 7:00 PM.]
3. Jake Wells – “Roll Like Thunder”
from: Roll Like Thunder – Single / Beach Boy Music / August 29, 2016
[Kansas City based indie folk singer songwriter. Jake Wells was born in Florida grew up in Colorado.jake studied Music Composition at University of Northern Colorado. Jake’s sound evokes an emotionality and maturity much deeper than his age of 21 would imply. He was named one of Spotify’s top 20. He has performed on stages sincere was a teenager and his single releases are currently gaining radio play in the Midwest on several FM stations.]
[Jake Wells plays recordBar, Saturday, November 5, for Apocalypse Meow 9, with Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, Rachel Mallin and The Wild Type, The Invisible World, Emmaline Twist, Shapiro Brothers, Nicholas St. James, and Crystal Clayton.]
4. The Invisible World – “Brick by Brick”
from: Color / Echo / The Invisible World / April 29, 2016
[5-piece alternative rock band from Kansas City, Missouri. With the release of their second EP “Color/Echo” the band has discovered a sound and vibrance that blends genres while cascading passionate lyrics on every piece of life. The roots of the band stretch nearly 15 years, but in it’s current form The Invisible World presents a fast moving alternative rock sound with influences from every corner. In addition to the band’s music discography, in 2014 The Invisible World’s music video/short film “Cars” was an official selection in the Berlin International Short Film Festival.]
[The Invisible World play recordBar, Saturday, November 5, for Apocalypse Meow 9, with Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, Rachel Mallin and The Wild Type, Jake Wells, Emmaline Twist, Shapiro Brothers, Nicholas St. James, and Crystal Clayton.]
10:13 – Underwriting
5. Rachel Mallin & The Wild Type – “White Girls”
from: Degenerate Matters [EP] / Independent / releases July 30, 2016
[Indie synthpop from Kansas City based, 5-piece band that includes: Rachel Mallin on lead vocals & guitar, Justin Walker on bass, Austin Edmisten on drums & back-up vocals, Jesse Bartmess on synthesizers & keyboards, Matt Kosinski on lead guitar. Degenerate Matters was recorded, produced, and mastered by Joel Nanos at Element Recording Studios. Musical Arrangements written and performed by Rachel Mallin, Justin Walker, Austin Edmisten, Jesse Bartmess, and Matt Kosinski. Lyrics written by Rachel Mallin.]
[Rachel Mallin & The Wild Type play Apocalypse Meow, on November 5, at recordBar, with Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, Emmaline Twist, The Invisible World, Shapiro Brothers, Nicholas St. James, Crystal Clayton, and Jake Wells]
10:19 – Interview with Sondra Freeman & Rachel Mallin
Sondra Freeman is Director of Promotions and Artist Relations for Midwest Music Foundation, a nonprofit created to support music and musicians in Kansas City and the surrounding areas, founded in 2008 by a collective of musicians and music lovers. The Midwest Music Foundation (MMF) unites and empowers the greater Kansas City music community by providing programs and resources to area musicians through outreach, support, education, and health care opportunities. Sondra is instrumental in MMF’s annual events: Apocalypse Meow, MidCoast Takeover and the MidCoast Takeover fundraiser shows, as well as many other collaborative musical events and fundraisers.
We fell in love with Rachel Mallin‘s September 2014, solo EP release, The Persistence of Vision, that she recorded, mixed, and produced in the basement of her mom’s house in Gladstone, MO when she was 19. Rachel Mallin was sitting in a University of Missouri lecture hall scrambling to complete the last final exam of her sophomore year when she received a text in ALL CAPS from longtime friend and bassist Justin Walker, announcing that her song, “Razorback” was being broadcast on a radio station in her hometown, KC. Then her song “Something Wicked” was included in the compilation series How To Keep Dreaming Volume 1, from The Record Machine released in 2015. This summer, on July 30, Rachel’s 5 piece band, Rachel Mallin and The Wild Type released their debut EP, Degenerate Matters.
Sondra Freeman and Rachel Mallin join us to share all the details about Apocalypse Meow 9, the annual two-day event to benefit Midwest Music Foundation’s – Abby’s Fund. The weekend kicks off with an, “all-ages” concert at Mills Record Company, 4045 Broadway Blvd, on Friday, Nov. 4, with Chris Meck & the Guilty Birds and Maria the Mexican. The main event on Saturday, Nov. 5, at recordBar, 1520 Grand Ave. features two stages showcasing music from: Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, Rachel Mallin and The Wild Type, Emmaline Twist, The Invisible World, Shapiro Brothers, Nicholas Saint James, Crystal Clayton, and Jake Wells. For more information you can visit http://www.midwestmusicfoundion.org.
Sondra Freeman & Rachel Mallin, Thanks for being with us on WMM.
Apocalypse Meow 9 at Mills and at recordBar
A silent auction and raffle will feature an assortment of fantastic items donated by many local businesses.
Abigail Henderson co-founded Midwest Music Foundation, since her death, three years ago, friends, musicians, collaborators have kept this not-for-profit alive.
Rachel Mallin and The Wild Type is: Rachel Mallin, Justin Walker, Jesse Bartmess, Matt Kosinski, and Austin Edmisten
Midwest Music Foundation is a part of events all year round: Midcoast Takeover, Middle of The Map Fest, Crossroads Music Fest, and more…
6. Madisen Ward & the Mama Bear – “Whole Lotta Problems”
from: Live At Grimey’s / Glassnote Entertainment Group / April 16, 2016
[Special Limited Edition Vinyl 2016 Record Store Day Release. Singer songwriters, Madisen Ward and Ruth Ward, both play guitar, and sing, harmonizing as son and mom. In the past 2 years they have garnered national acclaimed after an appearance at the 2014 Americana Music Fest, they signed with Glassnote Records and recorded their debut full-length album in Nashville with acclaimed producer Jim Abbiss. They released their first single, “Silent Movies,” the same night they performed the song on The Late Show with David Letterman on CBS Television. They launched a big tour across the United States and traveled to Europe for multiple shows in London, Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, and ten did it all again. They sang and played on the influential British television show, “Later With Jools Holland” They were featured on CBS Sunday Morning, and the Today Show, and have visited many radio stations. They performed on tour with Sufjan Stevens, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, played Bonnaroo, Pilgramage, the Newport Folk Festival, and others, representing KC all over the world. We were the first to play them on the radio!]
[Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear play Apocalypse Meow, on November 5, at recordBar, with Rachel Mallin and The Wild Type, Emmaline Twist, The Invisible World, Shapiro Brothers, Nicholas St. James, Crystal Clayton, and Jake Wells]
Apocalypse Meow 9, the annual two-day event to benefit Midwest Music Foundation’s – Abby’s Fund. The weekend kicks off with an, “all-ages” concert at Mills Record Company, 4045 Broadway Blvd, on Friday, Nov. 4, with Chris Meck & the Guilty Birds and Maria the Mexican. The main event on Saturday, Nov. 5, at recordBar, 1520 Grand Ave. features two stages showcasing music from: Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, Rachel Mallin and The Wild Type, Emmaline Twist, The Invisible World, Shapiro Brothers, Nicholas Saint James, Crystal Clayton, and Jake Wells. For more information you can visit http://www.midwestmusicfoundion.org.
7. Shapiro Brothers – “Almost Ready”
from: Shapiro Brothers / Shapiro Brothers / November 3, 2016
[Kansas City based Americana duo, formed by Mikal Shapiro and Chad Brothers who interpret classic country and folk music alongside critically acclaimed originals. Strengthened by Shapiro’s lyrical prowess and Brothers world-class flat picking, the couple showcases their harmonies, stellar guitar interplay and a magnetic onstage chemistry. All songs written by Mikal Shapiro, except “Almost Ready” was written by Mikal Shapiro and Chad Brothers]
[Shapiro Brothers play a special EP Release show, Thursday, November 3, at The Brick, 1727 McGee St, with Grady Keller from Old Sound opening with a solo set and dream pop band Spectator from St. Louis. ]
[Shapiro Brothers play Apocalypse Meow 9, on November 5, at recordBar, with Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, Rachel Mallin and The Wild Type, Emmaline Twist, The Invisible World, Nicholas St. James, Crystal Clayton, and Jake Wells]
10:40 – Interview with Calvin Arsenia
Since Calvin Arsenia came home to KC in 2014, after living in Edinburgh, Scotland, he has independently released three EP recordings. He has played Folk Alliance International, Kansas City Fringe Fest, The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, The Kauffman Center For The Performing Arts. Standing at 6 foot 5 inches, Arsenia’s powerful vocals span a 3.5 octave range, while playing piano, bango, guitar and harp. Calvin teaches music to elementary students. Calvin is also a graduate of Artist INC professional development program.
Calvin Arsenia joins us to share information about his upcoming “Catastrophe” Album Release Show Tuesday, November 15, at recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd, with Jametatone, and Shane Borth.
Calvin Arsenia, thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley
8. Calvin Arsenia – “Safe” (Live)
this song will be on Calvin’s new record Catastrophe released November 15
9. Calvin Arsenia – “The Wedding Song” (Live)
this song will be on Calvin’s new record Catastrophe released November 15
Calvin Arsenia plays the recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd, Tuesday, November 15, Album Release Show for his new recording at recordBar “Catastrophe” also playing will be Jametatone, and Shane Borth. More information at: http://www.calvinarsenia.com
11:00 – Station ID
10. Maria The Mexican – “Carried Away”
from: South Of The Border Moonlight / Maria The Mexican / March 15, 2016
[Second album from Kansas City based band formed by Maria Elena Cuevas, Tess Cuevas, Garrett Nordstrom. Influenced by traditional Mariachi music, Maria The Mexican is a hybrid of Mexican folklore and Rock. For ten years, Teresa and Maria Elena Cuevas performed with Mariachi Estrella founded by their grandmother Teresa Cuevas in 1970. As one of the first all female mariachi bands in the country, Maria Teresa Alonzo Cuevas is a pioneer in the Hispanic musical community. Her band flourished in the 80s but was struck by tragedy when four of the seven members were killed in the Hyatt Skywalk collapse in 1981. Once Teresa recovered she began teaching her grandchildren Mariachi music. In 2000, Teresa and Maria began exploring other genres of music while simultaneously co-directing Mariachi Estrella. Today the fusion of Maria The Mexican is mixed with a touch of blues, soul, funk, and rock n’ roll enhanced by the musical knowledge and sounds of Garrett Nordstrom. With a southwestern flare and melancholy motifs, Maria The Mexican rocks it out in Spanish and English with a host of emotion. More info at: http://www.mariathemexican.com]
[Maria The Mexican will play Mills Record Company on Friday, November 4, with Chris Meck and The Guilty Birds, for Apocalypse Meow 9.]
11. Mariachi El Bronx – “I Would Die 4 U”
from: Purplish Rain / Spin Media / June 23, 2009
[Purplish Rain is a compilation of Prince covers released by Spin magazine for readers of its July 2009 issue. The album contains cover versions of songs from Prince’s 1984 Purple Rain album, in the same track order as the original, on the occasion of the album’s 25th anniversary. It was not a physical album and was available in its digital format up to September 30, 2009.]11:03 – Interview with Maria Vasquez Boyd
11:05 – Interview with Maria Vasquez Boyd / Happy Surprise Birthday Maria Vasquez Boyd
Maria Vasquez Boyd is a writer and artist and published poet. Maria is a founding member of the Latino Writers Collective. She is a graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute, where she has also taught in the Design/Illustration Department and for for the Nelson Atkins Museum. Maria has served as the gallery coordinator for the Guadalupe Center and The Writers Place. She is a contributing Artist at Mattie Rhodes, Prospero’s Books. Maria is host and producer of ARTSPEAK Radio, heard every Wednesday at Noon, on 90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio.
Dia de los Muertos / Day of the Dead, is celebrated during November 1 & 2.
The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art present a Day of The Dead Festival, Sun, November 6, from 10:00 to 4:00 pm.
We recognize those who have gone on to a new spiritual plane, but we also want to recognize someone from our living family that we love and admire so very much.
November 2 is also Maria Vasquez Boyd’s Birthday…
[Friends enter studio with cake, and candles]
Maria Vasquez Boyd HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!
[everyone sings Happy Birthday!]
Make a wish! We love you. Coming up we are going to hear songs and poems and original pieces from Maria’s friends: Jenny Mendez, Chato Villalobos, Miguel Morales, Philip blue owl Hooser, Barry Lee, Calvin Arsenia, and Whitney Boyd.
12. Mariachi Garibaldi – “Happy Birthday”
from: Fechas Inolvidables En México / Disco Fuentes / March 10, 2009
13. Calvin Arsenia sings his song, “Kansas City Baby” for Maria (Live)
Calvin Arsenia’s upcoming “Catastrophe” Album Release Show is Tuesday, November 15, at recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd, with Jametatone, and Shane Borth.
14. Mariachi El Bronx – “I Would Die 4 U”
from: Purplish Rain / Spin Media / June 23, 2009
[Purplish Rain is a compilation of Prince covers released by Spin magazine for readers of its July 2009 issue. The album contains cover versions of songs from Prince’s 1984 Purple Rain album, in the same track order as the original, on the occasion of the album’s 25th anniversary. It was not a physical album and was available in its digital format up to September 30, 2009.]
11:16 – Barry Lee reads an original poem about Maria
Barry Lee is 90.1 FM KKFI’s Station Manager, Barry Lee is also the host of the long running and acclaimed radio program Signal To Noise, not broadcast Friday nights at 9:00 pm on90,1 FM For the past six years Barry has organized a giant Beatles Tribute show as a benefit for KKFI. Barry Lee has also produced special CDs for KKFI, including this year’s Collaborations, which brought together musicians who may not have the opportunity to collaborate together on original songs recorded especially for this new collection
15. Blondie – “Maria”
from: No Exit / Beyond Records / February 15, 1999
[No Exit is the seventh studio album by the American rock group Blondie. This song was Blondie’s comeback single, their first since “War Child” in July 1982. The song peaked at number eighty two on the Billboard Hot 100. Internationally, the song topped the charts in the United Kingdom, becoming the band’s sixth chart-topping song in that country. It also peaked within the top ten of the charts in Austria, Belgium, Germany, the Republic of Ireland, Sweden and Switzerland.]
11:22 – Jenny Mendez talks about her longtime friend Maria
Jenny Mendez is Director of Cultural Arts at Mattie Rhodes Center, where she has worked since 1998. Jenny graduated from The Kansas City Art Institute. With Mattie Rhodes Jenny in instrumental in organizing the 18th Annual Dia De Los Muertos Exhibition & Festival that is currently at Mattie Rhodes through November 12. Jenny Mendez and Maria Vasquez Boyd have collaborated together on many projects though out the years, and together they have been involved in helping to build and create the Day of The Dead altar piece, for The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art.
16. John Cale – “Maria”
from: Helen of Troy / Island Records / November, 1975
[ Helen of Troy is the sixth studio album by Welsh musician John Cale, released in 1975 by record label Island, his last of three albums for the label. During the sessions Cale cut three other songs: the unreleased covers “Willow Weep for Me” and “God Only Knows”. Another unused track, “Mary Lou”, was released on the compilation album Guts. The album features a cover of “Pablo Picasso” by The Modern Lovers, a song which Cale had produced for the band’s debut album. Helen of Troy was released in November 1975 by Island. Even though the other Island albums were issued in the US (June 1, 1974, Fear, Slow Dazzle, Guts), Helen of Troy was not. It was commonly sold as a UK import all over the US. No singles were released from the album. This album came out without the consent of Cale, who considered that the tapes were not finished. Cale was touring when the album was released. For the spring 1975 tour of Slow Dazzle, he assembled guitarist Chris Spedding alongside Sandy Denny’s previous rhythm section of Pat Donaldson (bass) and Timi Donald (drums). Later that autumn, he toured again with this same line-up for twice as many dates. After shipping the first pressings Island Records replaced the track “Leaving It Up to You” with “Coral Moon”, because the former song mentioned Sharon Tate, wife of film director Roman Polanski, who was murdered in 1969 by the Charles Manson gang (Island never updated the cover or label). Things turned sour, and Cale and Island went their separate ways. The CD version contains both tracks. John Cale explained: “It could have been a great album. I came back from finishing Patti Smith’s Horses and had three days to finish Helen of Troy before I went on Italian tour. I was spending eighteen hours a day in the studio. When I got back, I found the record company had gone ahead and released what amounted to demo tapes. The trouble was that Island had their own ideas of what that album should sound like. They wanted to include songs I don’t particularly like, but it was also an impertinent assumption on my part that I was capable of managing myself. My determination to have Helen of Troy the way I did was not really fair to Island or my management, especially at a time when Island was losing its percentage of the market, which was making everybody very paranoid.”]
11:28 – Chato Villalobos talks about his friendship with Maria
Chato Villalobos is a poet, and father, and 15 year veteran of the Kansas City Missouri Police Department. He has spent his last 9 years on the impact squad doing community policing at the Westside CAN Center. Chato was recently recognized with a proclamation from the mayor regarding the work he does with the Westside and immigrant community through community policing. His work has been featured in Al Jazeer America and the New York Times. Chato is a member of the Latino Writers Collective, the Union Cultura Mexicana, and just finished serving his 7th year on the board of directors of the Guadalupe Education Systems.
11:33 – Underwriting
17. Men At Work – “Maria”
from: Two Hearts / Columbia – Sony / 1985
[Australian rock band, which formed in 1978. Their founding mainstay was Colin Hay on lead vocals; he formed the group with Jerry Speiser on drums and Ron Strykert on lead guitar. They were joined by Greg Ham on flute, saxophone, and keyboards and finally John Rees on bass guitar. This line-up achieved national and international success in the early 1980s. In January 1983, they were the first Australian artists to have a simultaneous No. 1 album and No. 1 single in the United States Billboard charts – Business as Usual (released on 9 November 1981) and “Down Under” (1981), respectively. With the same works, they achieved the same distinction of a simultaneous No. 1 album and No. 1 single on the Australian, New Zealand and United Kingdom charts. Their second album, Cargo (2 May 1983) was also No. 1 in Australia, No. 2 in New Zealand, No. 3 in the US, and No. 8 in the UK. Their third album, Two Hearts (3 April 1985), reached the top 20 in Australia and top 50 in the US.]
11:36 – Whitney Boyd reads an original piece about her Mom.
Whitney Boyd teaches elementary education and also helps rescue dogs for Chain of Hope. Whitney is the daughter of Maria Vasquez Boyd and she is in the classroom right now, but taped a special message, for her mom.
18. Whitney Boyd – “Mom Birthday”
19. Greg Brown – “Where is Maria?”
from: Further In / Red House / September 24, 1996
[Further In is noted for its broad variety of music and lyrics. Greg Brown is noted for his humor, songwriting, storytelling, touring, and his work on NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion. A review written for Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange stated that “Further In is an order of magnitude more powerful, more perceptive, and more moving” then Browns previous album The Poet Game which was at the time considered “the grand opus of his life.” The album also received a four star review in Rolling Stone magazine. A review in Dirty Linen described the album as Brown’s best since Dream Café and praised the album for the “broad swath in subject matter” covered by the various songs.]
11:41 – Philip blue owl Hooser reads an original poem about Maria
Philip blue owl Hooser is an actor, playwright, director, teacher, and Dramaturge. He has been on stage at The Rep, The Unicorn, the Coterie, Late Night Theater, Gorilla Theatre, Mystery Train Theatre, Just Off Broadway, The Fishtank, Musical Theatre Heritage. His plays have been produced at The Unicorn, The Coterie, Gorilla Theatre, Late Night Theatre to name a few. Philip gives the pre-show lectures at the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, and is also the creative genius behind “Eat Their Words,” a live performance and reading of celebrity biographies in Kansas City. Philip is a part of the volunteer team of the Out Here Now Film Festival, and he does film pieces with Michael McQuary for KIFF and OM Film Fest. Philip Blue Owl Hooser is the co-host of The Tenth Voice on 90.1 FM – KKFI Kansas City Community Radio, broadcast Saturdays at 1:00 PM.
20. Stephin Merritt – “Maria Maria Maria”
from: Eban and Charley / Merge Records / January 22, 2002
11:47 – Miguel Morales talks about his friend Maria
Miguel Morales is a award winning poet and journalist who grew up in Texas working as a migrant and seasonal farmworker. He is a Lambda Literary Fellow, a member of the Macondo Writers Workshop, and a VONA/Voices alum, and The Latino Writers Collective. Miguel is the winner of the Society of Professional Journalists’ First Amendment Award. Miguel has also bravely worked as an activist for equality.
Happy Birthday Maria Vasquez Boyd we love you!
A Big THANK YOU to all of the beautiful friends of Maria: Jenny Mendez, Chato Villalobos, Miguel Morales, Philip blue owl Hooser, Barry Lee, Calvin Arsenia, and Whitney Boyd.
21. Patti Smith – “Maria”
from: Banga / Columbia Records a Division of Sony / June 1, 2012
[11th studio album by Poet / Biographer / Musician / Artist / Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee: Patti Smith. Recorded throughout 2011 at New York’s Electric Lady Studios and Hoboken’s Hobo Recorders, Banga was produced by Smith, Tony Shanahan, Jay Dee Daugherty and collaborator Lenny Kaye. with guest musicians: Tom Verlaine of Television and Smith’s own children, Jackson and Jesse Paris.]
22. Noel Coward – “The Party’s Over Now”
from: Noel Coward in New York / drg / 2003
Next week, on November 9, we play more New & MidCoastal releases, plus we talk with Vi Tran, Erika Baker, and Emma Carter join us to talk about 7 Deadly Women, currently running at The Buffalo Room. We also talk with members of Spinning Tree Theatre’s production of Nine, currently running at The Living Room Theatre through November 20. Guest Producer Simone Briand joins us for our second hour.
Our Script/Playlist is a cut and paste of information.
Sources for notes: artist’s websites, bios, wikipedia.org
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