WMM Playlist from Oct. 21, 2020

Wednesday MidDay Medley
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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

More Songs of Freedom, Protest & Action + Marion Merritt + Betse Ellis + Sid Sowder & TOO MUCH ROCK + Kemet Coleman & Kadesh Flow & Troostival

  1. “Main Title Instrumental – It’s Showtime Folks”
    from: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to All That Jazz / 1980
    [WMM’s theme song]
  1. The Republic Tigers – “Trust Fall”
    from: Mind Over Matter / The Record Machine / June 5, 2020
    [Hailing from Kansas City, MO, The Republic Tigers spike their lushly orchestrated indie rock with organic and synthetic elements. Founder Kenn Jankowski originally moved to Kansas City in 1999 and began playing guitar for The People, a band that later changed its name to The Golden Republic (Astralwerks Records). He also made fast friends with local musicians Ryan Pinkston and Adam McGill; and when The Golden Republic disbanded seven years later, he opted to launch his pop-based project with the other two multi-instrumentalists. Taking their name from Jankowski’s high school mascot, The Republic Tigers expanded their lineup with bassist Marc Pepperman and drummer Justin Tricomi. Electronic structures remained to play an important role in their music (via convenience/sensible creation-farming/forming), and the band issued a self-titled EP in late 2007 before putting the finishing touches on Keep Color, which arrived in 2008. Then there was a cool EP in 2011 titled “No Land’s Man” which featured the emo smash hit “The Infidel” and the extremely fun “Merrymake It With Me”. And then a second concept LP was concocted, “Mind Over Matter” – written from the year 2008 to the year 2011. Mixed and mastered in the year 2012. But then it was sadly shelved by the original labels. Which leads us to now, the year is 2020. Something new is going to happen. “Mind Over Matter” will be released on hometown indie label The Record Machine.]

[The Republic Tigers play Lemonade Social Day 2 with Monta At Odds, Pala Zolo, and Bad Alaskan on Sat, October 24, at 7:00 PM at Lemonade Park, 1628 Wyoming (NW corner of Wyoming & 17th St.), behind Voltaire. Lemonade Park is a limited capacity socially distanced outdoor venue created in partnership between recordBar, Voltaire, and Moxie Catering.]

10:05 – Pledge Break #1

But we interrupt regular programming with a short break to encourage our listeners to donate their financial support to 90.1 FM KKFI. Here to help me are my friends…

Betse Ellis

Betse Ellis is originally from Fayetteville, Arkansas. She received her Bachelors of Arts in Music and a Bachelors of Arts in English, from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. She has been playing the Violin for over 40 years, with over 20 years playing fiddle and also working as a teacher of music. Betse was one of the founding members of the critically acclaimed and internationally known band, The Wilders. Betse has released two solo records, is part of the 5-piece band Short Round Stringband, and for the last several years is recording and performing with her partner, multi-instrumentalist Clarke Wyatt, as Betse & Clarke. This year they released their latest 8-song release, Winter.

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

Marion Merritt

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

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

10:12

  1. Verbose – “Flash Bang Johnny”
    from: Flash Bang Johnny – Single / Verbose / October 23, 2020
    [Last week Logan Glasgow, founder, lead singer and drummer for Verbose, sent me this song with this note: Hello Mark, my band Verbose has a new song coming out next Friday. I wrote these lyrics in dedication to the thousands who marched for civil rights this year only to be met with pepper spray, rubber bullets, and tear gas by the police. I would love for you to get a first listen and hopefully give it a spin on your show. Here is “Flash Bang Johnny” Much love! // “Verbose is a four piece alternative blues rock band from Joplin, Missouri. The band is made up of Logan Glasgow on vocals & drums, Cody Morris on guitar, Tim Cote on bass & vocals, and Zach Martin on Guitar.]
  1. Soultru – “We”
    from: The Truth: An Acoustic EP / The Record Machine / October 10, 2020
    [This song was first released as part of several singles Soultru has released this year.. Vocals by Terrance Banks. Singer, songwriter, poet and emcee Terrance A Banks aka Soultru is a native of Davenport, Iowa and is currently based out of the Quad Cities area of NW Illinois/NE Iowa. Combining his poetic and lyrical talents with a soulful voice, Soultru has forged his own unique sound. Soultru credits a wide range of influences, including Gavin Degraw, John Legend, Yelawolf and Son Little. More info at: http://www.soultrumusic.com]

10:17 – Pledge Break #2

10:25 – Underwriting

  1. Betse & Clarke – “We Can Get Across”
    from: Winter / Betse & Clarke / June 4, 2020
    [A collection of songs and tunes, including original compositions, traditional songs and fiddle tunes, and modern songs re-envisioned. This recording was compiled during winter 2020, with a feeling of introspection. Songs under copyright were properly licensed for this digital release. Regular folks, exceptional music: This duo from the heartland (Kansas City, Missouri) has its roots in Ozark old time music, honoring traditional songs and tunes that resonate with human experience. New compositions add compelling elements to their musical tapestry. Follow up to the duo’s 2017 release, Tunes We Like released only in analog on cassette. Betse & Clarke are a traditional and future folk duo with Betse Ellis on fiddles, violins, viola & vocals and Clarke Wyatt on banjos, guitar, cello, multi-instruments. Betse & Clarke have played and toured around the world. Individually their musical roots go deep in the KC music scene. Clarke Wyatt is a founding member of Mr. Marco’s V7, and Betse Ellis is a founding member of The Wilders. Last year Betse & Clarke released ”River Still Rise,” originals and reworked traditional compositions presented “to be enjoyed as a musical adventure, much like the river exploration of the famous duo Lewis & Clark, an inspiration for the band’s name.” http://www.betseandclarke.com]
  1. The Freedom Affair – “Don’t Shoot”
    from: Freedom is Love / Sunflower Soul Records / September 25, 2020
    [“Freedom Is Love” is the debut album from Kansas City’s newest soul juggernaut, The Freedom Affair. The album explores themes of love, heartache, empowerment, and togetherness through a varying landscape of hard-hitting funk, luscious soul, and everything in between. The Freedom Affair is a unique collective featuring 3 powerhouse female vocalists in front of a dynamic 6-piece band. On “Freedom Is Love”, each of the ladies get their time to shine individually, but the magic is on full display when all 3 come together in unison and harmony, symbolically embodying the messages that they sing about. The album was recorded and produced by Chris Hazelton, utilizing the best of vintage and new recording technologies to create an authentic experience, befitting of a soul record that would have been relevant 50 years ago as much as it will be 50 years from now. The Freedom Affair is: Misha Roberts on vocals; Paula Saunders on vocals; Seyko Groves on vocals; Cole Bales on guitar, sitar (Track 3); Branden Moser on guitar; Chris Hazelton on bass guitar, organ (Tracks 1, 2, 9, & 10), Tambourine (Track 1), Glockenspiel (Track 3), & Chimes (Track 4); Dave Brick on drums; Pete Carroll on trumpet; Brett Jackson on tenor sax, baritone sax (Tracks 1 & 5), & tambourine (Tracks 5, 6, & 8). Additional Musicians: Pat Conway on Congas (Tracks 1, 3, & 6), Alyssa Bell on viola (Tracks 3, 4, & 7), Elizabeth Codd on violin (Tracks 3 & 4), Matt Bennett on violin (Tracks 3 & 7), John Wickersham on timpani (Track 4), Pamela Baskin-Watson on piano (Track 10), Nick Howell on tambourine (Track 10), The Freedom Family Choir (Track 10): Misha Roberts, Erica Hazelton, Seyko Groves, Paula Saunders, Jordyn Saunders, Cole Bales, and Chris Hazelton. All Horn & String Arrangements by Chris Hazelton except: “Heartaches Don’t Come Easy” and “Give A Little Love” by Pete Carroll & Brett Jackson, “Don’t Shoot” by Chris Hazelton & Allyssa Bell. Produced, Recorded, & Mixed by Chris Hazelton. Assistant Produced by Dave Brick. Rhythm Section on Track 10 recorded by Chad Meise. Mastered by JJ Golden. Cover Artwork by Matthew “Mo” Manley. Front cover photograph of civil rights protesters in Kansas City, MO (April 9th, 1968). The Freedom Affair and their track “Rise Up” were selected to be part of Colemine Records 3xLP box set, “Soul Slabs Vol. 2” a Record Store Day Exclusive, released April 13, 2019. Colemine writes: “The Freedom Affair is a freight train of KC soul! Dirty, funky drums, gritty horns, and the combined vocals of Misha Roberts, Seyko Groves, and Paula Saunders to put this band over the top. Politically charged soul music for the dancefloor!”]
  1. Dreamgirl – “All You Wanna Do Is Dance”
    from: “All You Wanna Do Is Dance” – Single / Dreamgirl / September 25, 2020
    [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 both stellarly and interstellarly. 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.]

[Dreamgirl plays Lemonade Social Day 1 with Jorge Arana Trio and Face Face on Friday, October 23, at 7:00 PM at Lemonade Park, 1628 Wyoming (NW corner of Wyoming & 17th St.), behind Voltaire. Lemonade Park is a limited capacity socially distanced outdoor venue created in partnership between recordBar, Voltaire, and Moxie Catering.]

10:36 – Pledge Break #3

10:43

  1. H.E.R. – “I Can’t Breathe”
    from: “I Can’t Breathe” – Single / RCA-Sony Records / June 19, 2020
    [Gabriella Wilson was born June 27, 1997. She is known professionally as H.E.R. (pronounced “her”, a backronym for Having Everything Revealed). She is an American singer and songwriter. Before gaining notability as H.E.R., Wilson rose to fame by participating in Radio Disney’s Next Big Thing in 2009. She later signed to RCA Records at the age of 14 and released the single “Something to Prove” under her real name in 2014. Wilson re-emerged in 2016 with the H.E.R. persona, releasing her debut EP H.E.R. Volume 1. She then released subsequent EPs H.E.R. Volume 2 (2017), The B Sides (2017), I Used to Know Her: The Prelude (2018) and I Used to Know Her: Part 2 (2018). Her first compilation album H.E.R. was released in October 2017, consisting of tracks from the singer’s first two EPs plus six additional songs. H.E.R. was nominated for five Grammy Awards at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards in 2019, winning Best R&B Performance and Best R&B Album. // In 2020, she was nominated for five awards at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year for I Used to Know Her and Song of the Year for “Hard Place”. On September 20, 2020, she sang Sinéad O’Connor’s version of Prince’s song “Nothing Compares 2 U”, for the In Memoriam segment of the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards. // 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. // Wilson announced on September 12, 2018, she will be embarking on the “I Used to Know H.E.R. Tour” in support of her EP series I Used to Know Her: The Prelude and I Used to Know Her: Part 2. Her second compilation album I Used to Know Her was released on August 30, 2019. ]
Krystle Warren photo by Matthew Placek
  1. Krystle Warren & The Crew – “Gimme Some Truth”
    from: The Crew EP / Parlour Door Music / September 15, 2020
    [Through isolation came unity. The Crew is Lakecia Benjamin, Matthew Silberman, Jacob Snider, Joe Blaxx, Solomon Dorsey, Zach Djanikian, Cassorla, Krystle Warren, and Ben Kane. They have recorded unique versions of classic songs with the hope of encouraging the rallying cries of The Moment: the movement of the people. // In the lockdown of their homes, they sewed together their interpretations of “Bein’ Green” (based upon Ray Charles’ rendition); “Gimme Some Truth” (a mighty John Lennon composition); “Dear Landlord” (a scathing indictment from the blistering pen of Bob Dylan); and “Rhythm of Life”, (a timeless statement originally performed by Oleta Adams). // A portion of the proceeds from The Crew. EP will be donated to the various causes and organizations The Crew. support.From Billboard.com: Singer-songwriter Krystle Warren has made a powerful statement about the struggle for Black equality with the help of Kermit the Frog’s iconic song “Bein’ Green” (written by Joe Raposo). // The moving five-minute clip, over which Warren sings her rendition of the 1970 song — since recorded by Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra and others — sprang from a covers EP she recorded during the pandemic with a group of musicians known as The Crew. Warren embarked on the project after her forthcoming album with her regular group, The Faculty, was put on hold due to COVID-19. The EP, which tackles themes of racial injustice in the wake of nationwide Black Lives Matter protests this summer, also includes a cover of John Lennon’s “Gimme Some Truth.” // The “Bein’ Green” video weaves in footage of this year’s Black Lives Matter protests, and also includes a heartbreaking montage of young Black children choosing white dolls over dark-skinned ones. It additionally features archival footage of such transformative Black figures as James Baldwin, Angela Davis, Malcom X, Nina Simone, Marsha P. Johnson and Al Sharpton, as well as victims of police brutality including Sandra Bland, George Floyd and Eric Garner. It ends with a clip from a speech by civil rights activist Ella Baker. // “‘Bein’ Green,’ it’s such a gorgeous song, and it says so, so much,” says Warren. “I began thinking about what I wanted it to express visually before we started [recording the song]. Essentially — it’s not easy being Black. That’s what Ray Charles was saying, and we felt it needed to be said again.” // Warren, who now resides in Paris, began performing in her native Kansas City at the age of 16 before moving to New York City, where she started busking on the streets and later formed her regular band, The Faculty. She and the group have recorded several full-length albums, including 2009’s Circles, 2012’s Love Songs and 2017’s Three the Hard Way. Her next album is slated for release this winter. // A large percentage of proceeds from sales of the EP — which is available for digital downloads via Warren’s website now and released on all streaming platforms next Friday — will be donated to the ACLU.]

10:52 – Pledge Break #4

11:00 – Station ID

Harper Knecht, Zso Nemeth of No Germ Candy and Sid Sowder of Too Much Rock

11:00 – Interview with Sid Sowder and No Germ Candy

Sid Sowder is the founder of the Too Much Rock, a music blog site he created in 1997 to share his photos, videos & comments of live music shows he attends. The Too Much Rock Singles Series is a collection of 45 rpm singles that marry great songs with great bands all for the love of vinyl. Each old-school two-song single features one unique song paired with one cover chosen by Too Much Rock who press 500 limited edition copies and then simply give them to the band. Schwervon!, Rev Gusto, Josh Berwanger Band, The Uncouth, Hipshot Killer, Witch Jail, Red Kate, Heidi Lynne Gluck, and Brandon Phillips and The Condition have all recorded for the Too Much Rock Single Series. More info at: http://www.toomuchrock.com

Sid Sowder, thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Sid is with us today to premiere the new Too Much Rock Release and the latest band to record with Too Much Rock

No Germ Candy was formed in 2018 by Zso Nemeth on vocals and Harper Knecht on guitar. Both live in of Kansas City, MO.

Zso Nemeth and Harper Knecht, thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Their style consists of an upbeat, poppy sound and sincere lyrics with humorous undertones. Nemeth and Knecht’s combination of bright vocals and soft strings create an intimate, heartfelt energy.

Zso Nemeth is the daughter of Krysztof Nemeth, baritone guitarist of Emmaline Twist. Harper Knecht is the daughter of Jonathan Knecht drummer of Emmaline Twist. Both Zso and Harper grew up in musical and artistic homes. Zso Nemeth is in her first year at the Kansas City At Institute. Harper is a senior in High School.

The name No Germ Candy was inspired by a teacher at Harper and Zso’s school.

No Germ Candy started in 2018. Harper started playing guitar in her high school band, teaching herself, taking lessons, getting help from family members. Zso was already writing poetry and stories. She and Harper had been friends for many years and their families are close.

“Straight Talk” was inspired by Zso’s experience with her ex-girlfriend.

11:07

  1. No Germ Candy – “Straight Talk” (7″ Vinyl / Side A)
    from: “Straight Talk” Single Side A / Too Much Rock / October 21, 2020
    [No Germ Candy was formed in 2018 by Zso Nemeth on vocals and Harper Knecht on guitar. Both live in of Kansas City, MO.]

[No Germ Candy will play a safe, social distancing, mask wearing, Too Much Rock “in store” live performance, at Mills Record Company, on Thursday, November 19, 7:00 PM.]

11:10 – Interview with Sid Sowder and No Germ Candy

We are talking with Sid Sowder is the founder of the Too Much Rock, a music blog site he created in 1997 . The Too Much Rock Singles Series is a collection of 45 rpm singles that marry great songs with great bands all for the love of vinyl. Each old-school two-song single features one unique song paired with one cover chosen by Too Much Rock who press 500 limited edition copies and then simply give them to the band. More info at: http://www.toomuchrock.com

Sid Sowder, thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Also with us is the newest band to record a Too Much Rock Single…No Germ Candy, a KC based duo, formed in 2018 by Zso Nemeth on vocals and Harper Knecht on guitar.

Zso Nemeth and Harper Knecht, thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Zso Nemeth and Harper Knecht talked being given the Beat Happening song, “Indian Summer” by Sid Sowder to record. They explained how they worked to make it their own.

“Indian Summer” was originally recorded on Beat Happening’s second album, Jamboree, released in 1988 through K Records and Rough Trade Records. All songs were produced by Steve Fisk with assistance from Screaming Trees members Mark Lanegan and Gary Lee Conner. The album marks a darker approach to the twee pop for which the band is known, due largely to a thicker production than is present on the group’s earlier recordings and the dominance of tracks written by Calvin Johnson, while Heather Lewis only provides vocals on two songs, the uncharacteristically brash “In Between” and the more typically understated “Ask Me.” At the time of the album’s release, Johnson described Jamboree’s sound as “dark and sexy.” Still, the band retained their emphasis on exuberance over musicianship, as Bret Lunsford stated in an interview that, while recording album opener “Bewitched,” his guitar string got stuck on a protruding screw and he continued to play through the song, hitting the string a bit harder until it became unstuck. Two tracks from Jamboree, “Bewitched” and “Indian Summer,” were listed as essential listening in Pitchfork’s 2005 article on twee pop entitled “Twee as Fuck.” “Indian Summer” is perhaps the group’s best-known song, as it was famously covered by dream pop group Luna, whose lead singer, Dean Wareham, joked in The Shield Around the K: The Story of K Records, a documentary film on the history of Johnson’s K Records, that the song was “indie’s ‘Knocking on Heaven’s Door’– everybody’s done it.” The song was also covered by Ben Gibbard for the soundtrack to the Kurt Cobain documentary About a Son; Jamboree was reportedly one of Cobain’s favorite albums. AllMusic said of the album: “…each cut is a marvel of innocence and ingenuity.” Beat Happening is an American indie pop band formed in Olympia, Washington in 1982. Calvin Johnson, Heather Lewis, and Bret Lunsford have been the band’s continual members. Beat Happening were early leaders in the American indie pop and lo-fi movements, noted for their use of primitive recording techniques, disregard for the technical aspects of musicianship, and songs with subject matters of a childish or coy nature.

Sid Sowder, thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Zso Nemeth and Harper Knecht, thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley


The Too Much Rock Singles Series is a collection of 45 rpm singles that marry great songs with great bands all for the love of vinyl. Each old-school two-song single features one unique song paired with one cover chosen by Too Much Rock who press 500 limited edition copies and then simply give them to the band. More info at: http://www.toomuchrock.com

Harper Knecht, Zso Nemeth of No Germ Candy

11:17

  1. No Germ Candy – “Indian Summer” (7″ Vinyl / Side B)
    from: “Indian Summer” Single Side B / Too Much Rock / October 21, 2020
    [No Germ Candy was formed in 2018 by Zso Nemeth on vocals and Harper Knecht on guitar. Both live in of Kansas City, MO. “Indian Summer” was originally recorded by Beat Happening.]

[No Germ Candy will play a safe, social distancing, mask wearing, Too Much Rock “in store” live performance, at Mills Record Company, on Thursday, November 19, 7:00 PM.]

11:19 – Pledge Break #5

11:27 – Underwriting

  1. Kemet Coleman – “Black Is Beautiful”
    from: Black Is Beautiful / Kemet Creative / August 1, 2020
    [Crane Brewing, partnered with rap artist, urbanist and beer lover, Kemet Coleman for their latest brew, Black is Beautiful, highlighted by a musical release, also called Black is Beautiful, written and performed by Coleman. The new Imperial Stout, part of the Black Is Beautiful initiative created by Weathered Soul’s Brewing, will be released in cans and sold at liquor stores in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska starting August 1, 2020. All proceeds will be donated to G.I.F.T (Generating Income for Tomorrow), a Kansas City-based non-profit with a goal to provide grants to Black owned businesses in Kansas City, with a specific interest in businesses that operate in low income areas. Music written, composed and produced by Kemet Coleman. Kemet Coleman is a Kansas City based musicians and is a member of the Hip-Hop duo COA (Center of Attention) and is the lead singer of the Funk/Rap/Soul band The Phantastics. Kemet is also a core element of The Marcus Lewis Big Band for Brass & Boujee. Kemet is a two time Pitch Music Award nominee for “Best Hip-Hop Act.” Kemet is known for his unprecedented collaborations with UMKC, KC Streetcar and The Kansas City Royals. He is also highly regarded for his impresario role within the Sly James for Mayor Campaign in the 2010-2011 where he created the first ever KC mayoral candidate rap song. A University of Missouri – Kansas City alumnus, Kemet, created “Gold and Blue” for UMKC’s sports teams, which has garnered thousands of plays on YouTube and has been featured on prime-time television commercials for the university. Earlier this year Coleman contributed his song, “The Virus” to the compilation, Kansas City Syzygy, music created by over 25 Kansas City-based musicians in the middle of the map of a pandemic. “The Virus” is his comment on the impact of the coronavirus, as well as the virus that is racial injustice in America that has received global attention during the past months. All proceeds donated to KC Tenants, a local nonprofit organized to ensure that everyone has a safe, accessible, affordable home.]

[Kemet Coleman plays Troostival, on NEW TIME!!!! Friday, October 30, at 3:00 PM to 10:00 PM at Hy-Vee Arena, 1800 Genessee Street, Kansas City, Missouri (formerly Kemper Arena), with NuBlvckCity, Crystal Rose, The Royal Chief, We The People, The Black Creatures, Amber “Flutienastiness” Underwood, Kadesh Flow. Troostival features a line-up of musical acts who will play live and also to be broadcast live for audiences to stream virtually. ]

11:31 – Interview with Kemet Coleman & Kadesh Flow

Kemet Coleman

Hip hop MC extraordinaire, Kemet Coleman joins us to share music and information about his new EP, Black is Beautiful and talk about Trostival. Kemet Coleman is a Kansas City based musicians who calls himself an Urbanist. Kemet is lead singer of the Funk/Rap/Soul band The Phantastics. Kemet is a two time Pitch Music Award nominee for “Best Hip-Hop Act.” Kemet created the first ever Kansas City mayoral candidate rap song for the Sly James for Mayor campaign in 2010. A University of Missouri – Kansas City alumnus, Kemet, created “Gold and Blue” for UMKC’s sports teams, which has garnered thousands of plays on YouTube and has been featured on prime-time television commercials for the university. Ket also performs with the Marcus Lewis Big Band for “Brass and Boujee”.

Kemet Coleman Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Kadesh Flow

Kadesh Flow joins us to share one of his newest singles of 2020 “Free People.” In 2020 Kadesh has released Bleach Anime Lofi Pack 1 on October 8. The 6-song EP I Hold Onto Heat For Too Long on May 1. JoJo’s Jazz-hop 1 (2-Pack) on April 23. The single “I’m A Hero (Bone Bars) on April 9. The EP, Motivated released on January 31. Amnd the songle “Now” with They Call Me sauce, on January 16. Kadesh Flow is 30 year old Ryan Jamaal Davis, a rapper, trombonist, and producer. 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. Locally, Kadesh can be found playing solo hip hop sets, playing with his Deshtet, playing trombone with The Phantastics, Playing with Jessica Paige, playing with Tiki Brawlers, or jamming with Marcus Lewis Big Band for “Brass and Boujee”. More info at http://www.kadeshflow.com

Kadesh Flow, thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Kemet Coleman & Kadesh Flow join us to share all the details about Troostival, on NEW TIME!!!! Friday, October 30, at 3:00 PM to 10:00 PM at Hy-Vee Arena, 1800 Genessee Street, Kansas City, Missouri (formerly Kemper Arena). Troostival features a line-up of musical acts who will play live and also to be broadcast live for audiences to stream virtually.

NuBlvckCity, Crystal Rose, The Royal Chief, We The People, The Black Creatures, Amber “Flutienastiness” Underwood, Kadesh Flow, and Kemet Coleman are all scheduled to appear in this socially distant concert and, virtual experience celebrating the diversity of Black music in KC.

Troostival is a Black owned and operated festival with a very simple agenda: unmute Black musicians, celebrate Black creativity, and challenge racial injustice.

Troostival virtual tickets are free to all Kansas City Eastside residents living in ZIP codes 64109, 64110, 64127, 64128, 64130, and 64132.

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

Kemet Coleman and Kadesh Flow, Thanks for being with us on WMM

Troostival is now Friday, October 30, at 3:00 PM to 10:00 PM at Hy-Vee Arena, 1800 Genessee Street, Kansas City, Missouri (formerly Kemper Arena), with NuBlvckCity, Crystal Rose, The Royal Chief, We The People, The Black Creatures, Amber “Flutienastiness” Underwood, Kadesh Flow and Kemet Coleman. Troostival features a line-up of musical acts who will play live and also to be broadcast live for audiences to stream virtually.

11:44

  1. Kadesh Flow – “Free People”
    from: Too Soon / Free People 2-Pack / Ryan Davis / June 5, 2020
    [Executive Produced by Kadesh Flow. Mixed by Kadesh Flow. Kadesh Flow is Ryan Davis is a rapper with an MBA. He is an emcee, producer, & trombonist. At age 11, he began rapping and playing trombone within two weeks of one another. His music has been featured on network television in multiple countries and territories across Southeast Asia. Kadesh performs as a solo hip hop artist. He also plays with KC funk juggernaut The Phantastics, and Marcus Lewis Big Band.]

[Kadesh Flow plays Troostival, Friday, October 30, at 3:00 PM to 10:00 PM at Hy-Vee Arena, 1800 Genessee Street, Kansas City, Missouri (formerly Kemper Arena), with NuBlvckCity, Crystal Rose, The Royal Chief, We The People, The Black Creatures, Amber “Flutienastiness” Underwood, Kadesh Flow and Kemet Coleman. Troostival features a line-up of musical acts who will play live and also to be broadcast live for audiences to stream virtually]

11:47 – Pledge Break #6

11:52 – Good byes

Marion Merritt, Betse Ellis, Thank You!

Thank you to all who donated to Wednesday MidDay Medley and KKFI 90.1 FM during our Fall Fund Drive. Between our on 11/14 and 11/21 air fund drive shows, and our Facebook Fundraiser, we had a total of 50 listeners who donated a total of $2954.00 to support community radio. THANK YOU!!!!

11:56

  1. The Black Creatures – “wretched (it goes)”
    from: “wretched (it goes)” – Single / Center Cut Records / July 17, 2020 [remastered]
    [“wretched (it goes)” was originally released on The Black Creatures 2019 album Wild Echoes. Recently released as a single in collaboration with Center Cut Records who remixed a few of the songs, and added some new vocals, and remastered the album. Although it is basically the same record, the sound quality is improved. Center Cut Records plan to release the full remastered album on August 28 2020. The Black Creatures are Jade Green & Xavier Martin. The band joined us on the radio on the August 26 edition of WMM. “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 play on the front porch of Second Presbyterian Church, 318 East 55th Street, KCMO, tonight, October 21, at 7:07 PM.]

[The Black Creatures play Troostival, Friday, October 30, at 3:00 PM to 10:00 PM at Hy-Vee Arena, 1800 Genessee Street, Kansas City, Missouri (formerly Kemper Arena), with NuBlvckCity, Crystal Rose, The Royal Chief, We The People, The Black Creatures, Amber “Flutienastiness” Underwood, Kadesh Flow and Kemet Coleman. Troostival features a line-up of musical acts who will play live and also to be broadcast live for audiences to stream virtually]

[The Black Creatures play in the Art As Mentorship Stage, Friday, October 23, at 8:00 PM collaborating with youth performers from the Rebel Song Academy, a project of the band Making Movies. The Amer’kana Fest is October 21 trough October 24 live streamed on YouTub

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

Next week on Wednesday, October 28 – Marion Merritt returns at “Guest Producer” to share new sonic discoveries from her musically encyclopedic brain.

Also joining us is Stacy Busch composer and artist and founder of No Divide KC, and artist Wolfe Brack, who will share details about the 1st Annual Queer Narratives Festival, Saturday, October 31, at 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM, at Kansas City Young Audiences, 3732 Main St., Kansas City , Missouri. The Queer narratives festival is a celebration of live performances and visual art that is socially distant, safe, and spooky. Live performances and costume contest are outdoors. The visual exhibition will be shown indoors with limited capacity. Performing Artists include: Kyle Mullins- Dance, Tianna Morton- Dance, Rye Boothe- Poetry, RJ Junger- Multimedia performance, The Black Creatures- Music, Dennis Porter- Drag entertainer, Amanda Wenger- Comedy. And Visual Artists: Wolfe Brack, Hugo Ximello-Salido, Melissa Wilkinson, Merrique Jenson, Triangle Head Universe, Matthew Willie Garcia. Please note: Every person entering the festival will have their temperature taken. Masks are required at all times.

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

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

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