WMM Playlist from Mar. 10, 2021

Wednesday MidDay Medley
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Wednesday, March 10, 2021

New & MidCoastal Releases + Sarah Magill + Dan Jones + Juliette Frost

  1. “Main Title Instrumental – It’s Showtime Folks”
    from: Orig. Motion Picture Soundtrack All That Jazz / Casablanca / December 20, 1979
    [WMM’s Adopted Theme Song]
  1. Monta At Odds – “When I’m Gone (feat. Teri Quinn)”
    from: When I’m Gone – Single / The Record Machine / March 5, 2021
    [Monta At Odds returns with another blast of sonics with their latest single, “When I’m Gone.” Monta At Odds has traced its adventure from its inception to vocalist Teri Quinn’s addition to their sleek, indie-Tronic cascade of the band’s latest recording. An electric drum punch and layers of buzzing synths anchor Quinn’s pleading words, depositing the fact that “we both know you’ll feel better when I’m gone.” It’s the hard choice of ending a relationship and hanging on for dear life. // Monta At Odds is a Kansas City combo led by the brothers Dedric and Delaney Moore. The two have played music together all their lives and have been exploring the Monta At Odds sound since the band’s debut in 2000. Dedric’s pulsing, melodic bass and Delaney’s artfully unhinged synthesizers frame the band’s central character, which is fleshed out by a talented cast of musicians and collaborators. The result is a heady sonic pool that has been inscrutably referred to as ‘Ummagumma meets Arthur Russell’s mutant disco at Vangelis’s house.’ // 2020 finds the addition of acclaimed vocalists, guitarists, and songwriters Mikal Shapiro and Teri Quinn to the band’s lineup. With Mikal and Teri’s otherworldly vocal contributions, Monta At Odds continues to push their alternate reality into streamlined consciousness. Lucas Behrens on guitar and synth and Matthew Heinrich on drums both rounds out the stellar lineup. The group released Zen Diagram in May of 2020 as a more post-punk leaning follow-up to Argentum Dreams. Expect minimal rhythms set to maximum noise, shoegazed guitar signals, slo-mo psychedelic darkwave, endless dub echo, and extended-cut warped disco. Live musicians manipulating time and space via knob turning, cymbal cracking, and pedal pushing as they interlock into hypnotic moments of heavenly bliss that seem to hold forever, captivating the mind. // This single is a follow-up to the December 18, 2020 released A GREAT CONJUNCTION their 5-song EP released just in to coincide with the ‘double-planet’ convergence of Jupiter and Saturn on December 21 which last occurred in 1226. These tunes form a soundtrack to the planetary event, five songs linked together by the vastness of space and as a meditation on our infinitesimal place in the universe. The EP featured Krystof Nemeth, Teri Quinn, Alexander Thomas, Dedric Moore and Matthew Heinrich. Monta At Odds released their 4-song EP Zen Diagram last year on May 1, 2020. Monta At Odd’s seventh full-length album, Peak of Eternal Light, is to be released in 2021 on The Record Machine. In late 2020 Monta At Odds released the single “When Stars Grow Old.” Monta At Odds released their 6th full length album Argentum Dreams on Oct 19, 2018. More info at: http://www.facebook.com/montaatodds%5D
  1. KNIFE CRIME — “Lump Sum”
    From: Lovely Gary / Black-Site / April 13, 2021
    [After spending months at Massive Sounds studio with producer Paul Malinowski in 2019 and then waiting out the worst of the pandemic’s stranglehold, Knife Crime’s debut album, Lovely Gary, is ready. Finally. // Knife Crime is a band of four veterans of Kansas City’s music community. Going back to the early 1990s, founding brothers Byron Huhmann on guitars, piano & lead vocals; Brad Huhmann on bass & vocals, have played with a small legion of bands, including TV Fifty, Onward Crispin Glover, the Dark Circles, Truck Stop Love, Red Kate and Lushbox. Jake Cardwell on drums & percussion came aboard in 2012, and has played drums for Reflector, the Belles, the Caves and the Conquerors. In 2018, multi-instrumentalist Jeremiah James Gonzalez on guitar & vocals joined, bringing along a resume that includes Elevator Division, Monta at Odds, Be/Non, Umberto, Rhunes and Redder Moon. Songs by Knife Crime. Recorded & mixed by Paul Malinowski, at Massive Sound Studios, Shawnee, KS Mastering by Mike Nolte, Eureka Mastering, Portland, Oregon. Additional mastering & lacquer cutting: Chris Muth, Taloowa Corp., Yonkers, NY. Vinyl Manufacturing: Kindercore Vinyl, Athens, GA. // Follow up to their single release “Falcon” on January 8, 2020. Produced by Knife Crime. Mastered by Dave Gaume at Element Recording Studios. Knife Ccrime is a 4-piece Kansas City based band formed on January 19, 2011. More info at: http://www.black-site.org]

[Knife Crime plays Lemonade Park, 1628 Wyoming (NW corner of Wyoming & 17th St.), behind Voltaire, on Friday, April 30, at 6:00 PM with Emmaline Twist and Dan Jones and the Squids. Lemonade Park is a limited capacity socially distanced outdoor venue created in partnership between recordBar, Voltaire, and Moxie Catering.]

  1. Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio – “Inner City Blues”
    from: Coleman Records Presents: Brighter Days Ahead / Colemine / February 19, 2021
    [Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) by Marvin Gaye & James Nyx Jr. released Sept. 16, 1971.// From label owner Terry Cole, “It was on March 16, 2020 that we closed up our storefront as the reality of a worldwide pandemic began to spread across the Midwest. We had no idea how it was going to impact our shop, our label, or the artists we represent. We were all fortunate to have our family members stay safe and healthy; however, the livelihood of many of our friends and artists were drastically and immediately impacted. No tours, no live performances, record shops closed, pressing plants shut down, etc. And while the level of uncertainty was unnerving, from that uncertainty came the idea for Brighter Days Ahead. We knew we wanted to continue to release new music, but proceeding with our heavy 2020 release schedule as planned seemed ill advised. So the idea was to release individual tracks from many of our artists on a weekly basis and as a musical family, we could all help shine light on each individual artist weekly. Strength in numbers! So throughout the summer and into the fall, that’s what we did. We released several dozen tracks and the weekly announcements certainly garnered a strong sense of community for our artists and fans alike. We’re very proud to present Brighter Days Ahead: a compilation from our talented stable of artists on both our Colemine and Karma Chief imprints.” Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio – “Inner City Blues” was the b-side of their a-side single “Fo Sho” released Sept. 22, 2020 and from Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio’s 2nd studio album, I TOLD YOU SO, released January 29, 2021 on Colemine Records. // Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio specialize in the lost art of “feel good music.” The ingredients of this intoxicating cocktail include a big helping of the 1960s organ jazz stylings of Jimmy Smith and Baby Face Willette; a pinch of the snappy soul strut of Booker T. The M.G.’s and The Meters; and sprinkles Motown, Stax Records, blues, and cosmic Jimi Hendrix-style guitar. It’s a soul-jazz concoction that goes straight to your heart and head makes your body break out in a sweat. // The band features organist Delvon Lamarr, a self-taught virtuosic musician, with perfect pitch who taught himself jazz and has effortlessly been able to play a multitude of instruments. On guitar is the dynamo Jimmy James who eases through Steve Cropper-style chanking guitar, volcanic acid-rock freak-out lead playing, and slinky Grant Green style jazz. From Reno, Nevada is drummer Dan Weiss (also of the powerhouse soul and funk collective The Sextones). Dan’s smoldering pocket-groove drumming locks in the trio’s explosive chemistry. // Founded by Lamarr’s wife and manager Amy Novo, the trio started from humble beginnings in 2015, but since then has released two Billboard charting albums and toured the world to sold out venues.]
  1. Amythyst Kiah – “Black Myself”
    from: Black Myself – Single / Rounder Records / February 19, 2021
    [With an unforgettable voice that’s both unfettered and exquisitely controlled, the Tennessee-bred singer/ songwriter expands on the uncompromising artistry she most recently revealed as part of Our Native Daughters, an all-women-of-color supergroup whose Kiah-penned standout “Black Myself” earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best American Roots Song and won Song of the Year at the 2019 Folk Alliance International Awards. When met with the transcendent quality of her newly elevated sound, what emerges is an extraordinary vessel for Kiah’s songwriting: a raw yet nuanced examination of grief, alienation, and the hard-won triumph of total self-acceptance. // This new studio version of “Black Myself” is a glorious collision of two vastly different worlds: the iconoclastic alt-rock that first sparked her musical passion, and the roots/old-time-music scene. Produced by Tony Berg (Phoebe Bridgers, Amos Lee, Andrew Bird) the track was recorded at the legendary Sound City Studios in Los Angeles. More info at: http://www.amythystkiah.com]
  1. John Velghe and The Prodigal Sons – “Pissed Off 2AM”
    from: Pissed Off 2AM b/w Cripple Side of Town, Billy Clubs and Mercy / John Velghe / Feb 19, 2021
    [All proceeds will be donated to the Austin Mutual Aid http://www.gofundme.com/f/kick-the-cold-austin-mutal-aid. // LINER NOTES from John Velghe: Alejandro had just released “Pissed Off 2AM” from this album, With These Hands, when I met him in 1996 at Liberty Hall in Lawrence, Kansas. For me, this song has always been nine stories at once. // I rediscovered it in the middle of a pandemic when it reminded me of my friends and how much I miss my band. In the winter of 2020, Al’s lyrics sounded like he could have written them that same week in 2020; longing for those 2AM drives from one stage to the next in a van stuffed with mates and instruments but not much sleep or sense. The drives where you forget the songs until the next night and instead remember movies, or baseball players, or which Wu Tang album is the best. // So I talked to the Prodigal Sons and asked them if they were into recording a cover of it. They were game as always; a luxury I’ve grown accustomed to over the last 10 years and one I swear I’ll never take for granted again. // As we were wrapping up tracks a winter storm laid waste to Texas leaving my family and dearest friends without power, water, or food for days. My friend Bobby Daniel sent me a photos. In it, the East side of Austin (The “Cripple Side of Town”) was dark as a midnight reservoir. But on the other side of I35, Downtown Austin’s hotels and office buildings twinkled and glowed like Manhattan during dinner hour. “Pissed Off 2AM” took on a tenth story. // So we all pitched in and finished this track up so we can release it today and try to scape together even a little bit of money to help our friends in Austin. // For the first several years I knew him, Alejandro sort of served as the Musical Mayor of Austin. Bringing bands like ours and others from all over the world in to play his showcases at SXSW. It only seemed right that we’d try to return that favor and make this cover into some kind of civic act for a city that has always welcomed us with such grace and sweetness. // Working on this song was almost agonizing at times because it just kept reminding me of how much I miss my band. For some of them life has completely changed since the start of the pandemic; a breakup, one in locked-down in Paris for months, one adopting a foster son, and I learned one has an illness that puts him into a high-risk category for Covid while two of them contracted the virus over the last few months. Our lives have all changed too much in the past 11 months of what I was promised would be stasis. // One of my favorite pastimes at our shows is to turn away from the mic and watch my bandmates play. Just to watch my favorite musicians play music; to be an audience member with the best view. There were times I’d be mixing this in tears from wishing to see the Prodigal Sons making music again. But I would hit these points while mixing where I’d see them like they were in the room with me. I’d see Hermon playing trumpet with Sam and Mike Walker right next to him. Josh seated at his steel right in front of them. Chris or Mike singing backup while playing something I could only fake at. // The whole process wrapped up on a Kansas City day when the temperature finally rose above freezing after 10 of single digits and snow; interminable cloud cover and wither. While my friends and family in Texas were still without power and water, to their North we are finally starting to feel the sun. // This day, like Alejandro’s song, reminds me that after a long long freeze, the sun will come to cold places. That 2AM will yield to 10PM, and we’ll take those stages again, sweat, laugh, drink and maybe bleed if we’re lucky. I will see my mates, and we will make music, because that’s all we have between us. Info at: http://www.johnvelghe.com]
  1. Jillian Riscoe – “People in The Real World”
    from: People in The Real World – Single / Avenue Record Company / March 5, 2021
    [Singing and performing since the age of 7, Jillian has had her share of success. The Kansas City native singer/songwriter and musician has toured and performed across the United States, including the NAMM show, major sporting events, the Grammy Museum Music Revolution Project, and the CDBaby DIY Musician’s Conference. She has received regional music awards, secured national radio airplay, and opened up for artists like Pat Benatar, Rick Springfield, Lisa Loeb, Everclear, Tantric, Stabbing Westward. Jillian Riscoe is learning to fly again. The award-winning soulful rock and pop vocalist is writing new songs about resilience and courage. It’s all a part of her own recovery from a difficult relationship that endured the deep throws of abuse and alcoholism. // But far from internalizing her struggles, she is using music to share her story and connect with others. “I love that with music, there are infinite possibilities of creation and self-expression,” says Riscoe. “Music has been there for me through everything, and I hope mine can be there for others as well.” More information at: http://www.jillianriscoe.com]

[Jilian Riscoe plays Seresto® Stage Live! at Bar K, 501 Berkley Parkway, Kansas City, MO on Saturday, March 13, at 2:00 PM]

[Jilian Riscoe plays a free Concert Saturday, March 27, at 7:00 PM at Harley’s Hideaway Bar & Grill, 12200 Johnson Drive, Shawnee Kansas 66216]

10:29 – Underwriting

  1. Quiet Takes – “San Fidel”
    from: “San Fidel” – EP / Sarah Magill / March 5, 2021
    [Sarah Magill released “San Fidel” under her moniker, Quiet Takes. Written by Sarah Magill. Produced by David Bennett and Sarah Magill. Vocals and keys by Sarah Magill on vocals & keyboards, David Bennett on guitars and bass, Ian Thompson on additional keyboards & synthesizers, Kyle Rausch on drums, and Bryan Koehler on percussion. Engineered and mixed by David Bennett at Aorist Studios in Kansas City, MO. Mastered by Zach Hanson. Cover image by Shawn Brackbill. Sarah Magill released her single “Wanted (The Dirty Windshield Version)” on May 1, 2020. . Sarah Magill released Ahem, a 4-song EP, on December 11, 2020. The songs were originally released under her old project name MYRY, in November 2018. Quiet Takes (formerly MYRY) is an on-going collaborative music project by Sarah Magill a writer & musician based in KC. She performs with a rotating cast of friends—although these stay-at-home days, she is playing solo. In KC, she is known for hosting house shows and co-founding Rubix, a performance art collective. MYRY’s first EP, AHEM, was released in 2018. Sarah released four of MYRY’s songs from that 2018 EP release as Quiet Takes singles in 2020. Sarah Magill was a guest on WMM on May 13, 2020. More info at: https://quiettakes.com ]
San Fidel EP Cover Photo by: Shawn Brackbill

10:35 – Interview with Sarah Magill

Musician and songwriter Sarah Magill joins us live to talk about her music project Quiet Takes, and the new EP, San Fidel, released on March 5, 2021. Sarah performs with a rotating cast of friends—although these stay-at-home days, she is playing solo. In KC, she is known for hosting house shows and co-founding Rubix, a performance art collective. More info at: https://quiettakes.com.

Sarah Magill Thanks for being with us again on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Last time we talked with Sarah was on May 13, 2020, just after she released the single, “Wanted (The Dirty Windshield Version)” on May 1, 2020. A different version of “Wanted” is part of your new 5-song EP “San Fidel”

“Wanted (The Dirty Windshield Version)” was one of our favorite singles of 2020.

Sarah Magill writes: “Wanted” lives in the ellipses between acknowledging you want something you can’t have…and letting that desire go. The plan was to put this stripped-down version out in the fall after releasing its more produced twin on an EP this summer, but then everything changed. Beyond the pandemic’s catastrophic casualties, we are all grappling with lesser losses: plans, jobs, dreams, relationships, routines, shows, savings, physical touch. It seemed right to put this version out now. Sometimes we only realize what we want when it’s absent. That’s the gift in the grief, but it stings, doesn’t it? Music & Lyrics by Sarah Magill. Produced by David Bennett. Vocals & keyboards by Sarah Magill, guitars, & bass by David Bennett. Extra keyboards by Ian Thompson. Engineered & mixed by David Bennett at Aorist Studios in KCMO. Mastered by Zach Hanson.

The plan was to put this stripped-down version out in the fall after releasing its more produced twin on an EP this summer, but then everything changed. Beyond the pandemic’s catastrophic casualties, we are all grappling with lesser losses: plans, jobs, dreams, relationships, routines, shows, savings, physical touch. It seemed right to put this version out now. Sometimes we only realize what we want when it’s absent. That’s the gift in the grief, but it stings, doesn’t it?

San Fidel tracks:

  1. Monastery (piano, drums, synths, percussion, layered harmonizing vocals)
  2. San Fidel (beats, synths, percussion, layered harmonizing vocals)
  3. MBC (drums, synths, layered harmonizing vocals)
  4. Wanted (drums, guitar, bass, synths, layered harmonizing vocals)
  5. Born (drums, guitar, bass, synths, layered harmonizing vocals)

San Fidel was engineered and mixed by David Bennett at Aorist Studios in Kansas City, MO. Quiet Takes is an on-going collaborative music project by Sarah Magill a writer & musician based in KC.

Written by Sarah Magill. Produced by David Bennett and Sarah Magill.

Sarah Magill on vocals & keyboards.
David Bennett on guitars and bass,
Ian Thompson on additional keyboards & synthesizers,
Kyle Rausch on drums
Bryan Koehler on percussion.

Engineered and mixed by David Bennett at Aorist Studios in Kansas City, MO. Mastered by Zach Hanson.
San Fidel, Sarah’s Liner Notes:

On San Fidel, the new EP from Quiet Takes, Midwestern introvert Sarah Magill weaves threads of intimate, soft-focus synth-pop, minimal breaks, and uplifting piano ballad into a melodic cozy sweater—ready to be wrapped snugly around our bruised psyches. Her languid, captivating vocals slide gracefully from woozy coo to ethereal shimmer. As Magill calls it, Quiet Takes is “music for feelers.”

Sarah Magill

Magill grew up the small-town version of classically trained. Her first piano teacher lived two miles down the road from her southwest Iowa farm. “She told me it doesn’t matter if you make mistakes as long as you can feel the music,” says Magill, “but it took me years to understand what she was talking about.” Magill wrote songs in her head and sang them into corn cribs, competed in piano contests, and played in high school and college bands. One of them made a valiant charge at the music industry, only to crash and burn after a few records.

Eventually, with a corporate writing job keeping the lights on, Magill tried to be satisfied just going to shows and watching other people play. It was no good; she was still in love with creating music. . “I accepted the fact that nothing else was ever going to make me happy, so I started making music again” she explains. “I had been friends with musician/producer David Bennett for years and always admired his work in Akkilles. Sometime in early 2018, I called him up, we met at my favorite coffee shop, and off we went on the first batch of songs that became my record Ahem (2018)”.

In the space between the Ahem EP and tracking San Fidel, Magill found herself in the midst of a deluge of upheaval. Friends moved away and other relationships morphed, shifted and strained under lives taking different directions. Her instinctive reaction to the chaos was to redouble her focus on songwriting. Committing to making art in any way demands getting comfortable with longing and loneliness. San Fidel is an exploration of that process. Of learning to feel both those things without shame. Of the ongoing struggle just to feel it, without trying to explain it or judge it or tidy it up.

San Fidel was written, literally, on the road. Magill pulls melodies from the ether while driving. She sings nonsense words that flash by on road signs or passing trucks, charting a found-sound audio trip diary into her phone. “The chorus to “San Fidel” was written like that” explains Magill. “I was driving past San Fidel, New Mexico, and singing to myself. Later, I found a picture of an old San Fidel curio shop online, and I started imagining what it would have been like to live there, to work in that curio shop, right when Route 66 was dying…that feeling that something is ending and you have no idea what’s ahead. All you have is the present. No promises. And maybe these people were holding on a little longer, dancing in the fantasy a bit before they had to face reality.”

When the time came to track, Magill once again returned to David Bennett and Aorist Studios in Kansas City, MO. Produced by Magill and Bennett (who also plays guitars and bass on the record), San Fidel features additional keys and synth by Ian Thompson (Akkilles), drums by Kyle Rausch (Shy Boys), and percussion by Bryan Koehler (Akkilles). The record was engineered and mixed by Bennett, and mastered by Zach Hanson (Bon Iver, S. Carey).

Artists often create work that proves prescient. With San Fidel, Quiet Takes has delivered a soundtrack to the process of learning to sit with loneliness and longing. While no one anticipated those would be lessons learned globally in this turbulent year, we are lucky to have San Fidel to help guide us through.

Quiet Takes was most recently called MYRY. Myry music that was released in November 2018.was re-released by Sarah Magill, under the name: Quiet Takes released on December 11, 2020. // Music & Lyrics by Sarah Magill (More) and Sarah Magill and David Bennett (Problem, Don’t Make Plans and Just Just Just). // Vocals & keys by Sarah Magill on vocals & keyboards, David Bennett on guitars & bass, Drew little on drums & percussion. Produced, engineered & mixed by David Bennett at Aorist Studios in Kansas City, Missouri. Mastered by Zach Hanson. Artwork by Joe Hoog

During these stay-at-home days of COVID-19 Sarah is creating solo works.

In Kansas City, she is known for hosting house shows and co-founding Rubix, a performance art collective.

Sarah Magill Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Musician and songwriter Sarah Magill just released the new EP San Fidel, on March 5, 2021. More info at http://www.quiettakes.com

10:48

  1. Quiet Takes – “Born”
    from: “San Fidel” – EP / Sarah Magill / March 5, 2021
    [Sarah Magill released “San Fidel” under her moniker, Quiet Takes. Written by Sarah Magill. Produced by David Bennett and Sarah Magill. Vocals and keys by Sarah Magill on vocals & keyboards, David Bennett on guitars and bass, Ian Thompson on additional keyboards & synthesizers, Kyle Rausch on drums, and Bryan Koehler on percussion. Engineered and mixed by David Bennett at Aorist Studios in Kansas City, MO. Mastered by Zach Hanson. Cover image by Shawn Brackbill. Sarah Magill released her single “Wanted (The Dirty Windshield Version)” on May 1, 2020. . Sarah Magill released Ahem, a 4-song EP, on December 11, 2020. The songs were originally released under her old project name MYRY, in November 2018. Quiet Takes (formerly MYRY) is an on-going collaborative music project by Sarah Magill a writer & musician based in KC. She performs with a rotating cast of friends—although these stay-at-home days, she is playing solo. In KC, she is known for hosting house shows and co-founding Rubix, a performance art collective. MYRY’s first EP, AHEM, was released in 2018. Sarah released four of MYRY’s songs from that 2018 EP release as Quiet Takes singles in 2020. Sarah Magill was a guest on WMM on May 13, 2020. More info at: https://quiettakes.com ]
  1. Asterales – “Offline”
    from: Offline – Single / Asterales / February 26, 2021
    [Kansas City based leftfield, experimental, electronica music maker, also known as Nate Holt. Since 2016 Asterales has released the 5-track EP, WORK HOURS on September 6, 2016 in collaboration with Aikido Bray, Leo Minor, Katlyn Conroy, and Tanner Walle, with synthesizers, production, recording, engineering and mastering by Etan Tioh for Datura Records. This was followed by the 3-track EP, Fragments, released February 3, 2017. Asterales released the single A.M. on February 4, 2017. Asterales released the 10-track album, OUTSIDE THE BOX on October 31, 2017. Asterales released the singles: “BRKFST 4 BTLVRS” on October 31, 2017; and “Soft Spheres” on April 21, 2018. Asterales released the 10-track album ORBITAL DEBRIS: VOL. 1 on August 14, 2020 on Mr. Furious Records. Asterales released the single “ASTR_40”on August 26, 2020. Asterales released the 4-song EP EXTRA JUNK on December 4, 2020 through Mr. Furious Records. Asterales released the singles: “Solstice Song” on December 21, 2020, and “Desire (Tanner Walle) – Asterales Remix” on January 29, 2021. More information at http://www.asterales.bandcamp.com]
  1. Riley The Musician – “99″
    from: “99” – Single / Riley The Musician / February 15, 2021
    [Riley The Musician is a non-binary, KC based producer, electronica music maker, producer, & DJ. This is the first single of the upcoming album Montana. Riley The Producer released the 5-track EP TEENAGE HEART- THROB on June 29, 2018. Riley The Producer released the 13-track album ART IS DEAD, on June 6, 2019. Riley The Producer released the 7-track EP, ANA KENNEDY, on July 10, 2020. Riley The Producer released the 7-track EP, ANA KENNEDY DEMOS, on Sept. 4, 2020. Riley The Producer released the 2-track Single, “Iced Out” b/w “Ice Out (Slowed)” on Sept. 16, 2020. More info at: https://linktr.ee/rileythemusician

11:00 – Station ID

  1. Dan Jones and The Squids – “The Rhythm and The Rhyme”
    from: Serve Without Delay / Dan Jones / February 5, 2021
    [Recorded Friday, November 13, 2020 in a LIVE STREAMING SHOW at recordBAR, with Paul Malinowski: live sound & recording engineer. Mixed and edited by Paul Malinowski at Massive Sound, Shawnee Kansas. Mastered by Tom Nunes at Atomic Disc. Dan Jones on guitar & vocals, Matt Ronan on drums & vocals; Steve Tulipana on bass & vocals. All songs by Daniel Sherman Jones (BMI), except “I Wanna Be You” by Ed Cole SERVE WITHOUT DELAY, is the new Dan Jones and The Squids live album of NEW songs, 14 live tracks and 7 home recordings. Their 2019/2020 release, We Live In A World That Is Out Of This World, is included. // In 2020 the band didn’t get to play out much, so they hunkered down and worked up a double album’s worth of new tunes. It was a weekly woodshed-workshop that culminated with a live-streamed live-album show on November 13, 2020 at recordBAR. Paul Malinowski engineered and mixed. //Jones is among the hardworking lifers with taste and talent, keeping the dream alive that music matters. This is the Kansas City singer/songwriter’s seventh LP over two decades, starting in Eugene, OR before returning to his native, non-coastal home. His bio speaks of support gigs with Mike Watt (who plays these Squids on his radio show), Dinosaur Jr., Steve Wynn, John Doe, Tav Falco, Pedaljets, Peter Case, and Minus 5, all hinted at in his fine music. But what he/they most remind of is Watt’s influence The Urinals/100 Flowers, in the way he breaks out homey tunes in the rush of spikier energy—like “My Favorite Lounge,” which spits guitar glory with gusto following tight circular riffs, while hailing soulful, sweaty dives with honest bands. It’s where you’d want to catch Jones and his cephalopods, happily blasting away. // Dan Jones and The Squids released We Live In A World That Is Out Of This World, on December 6, 2019. It was Recorded at Temple Sounds in KCMO, 2018-2019. Engineered. by JB Moreland. Produced by Dan Jones and The Squids and JB Moreland. Mastered by Tom Nunes at Atomic Disc. With Dan Jones on acoustic & electric guitars, keyboard, lead vocals + drums/bass on “Love/Life”; Matt Ronan on drums, percussion, vocals; Alex Alexander on electric guitar, vocals; Steve Tulipana on bass, vocals; Joey Slab on poem and spiel on “Beach, Please”; Scot Sperry on electric slide guitar on “Love/Life”; Donna Jones on lyrics to “The Violet Man.” More info at: http://www.danjones1.bandcamp.com)]

[Dan Jones and the Squids play Lemonade Park, 1628 Wyoming (NW corner of Wyoming & 17th St.), behind Voltaire, on Friday, April 30, at 6:00 PM with Emmaline Twist and Knife Crime. Lemonade Park is a limited capacity socially distanced outdoor venue created in partnership between recordBar, Voltaire, and Moxie Catering.]

11:02 – Interview with Dan Jones

Dan Jones joins us live to share details about the new live album, Serve Without Delay, from his band, Dan Jones and The Squids, released on February 5, 2021. This is the Kansas City singer songwriter’s 7th album over two decades, starting in Eugene, Oregon before returning to his native, non-coastal home. Dan Jones has played onstage with Mike Watt (who plays these Squids on his radio show), Dinosaur Jr., Steve Wynn, John Doe, Tav Falco, Pedaljets, Peter Case, and Minus 5. More info at: http://www.danjones1.bandcamp.com

Dan Jones, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Serve Without Delay, was performed and recorded on Friday, November 13, 2020 in a Live Streaming Show from recordBar.

These are new songs, performed live, recorded, edited and mixed by Paul Malinowski of Massive Sound Studios.

It features Dan Jones on guitar & vocals, Matt Ronan on drums & vocals, and Steve Tulipana on bass & vocals.

Dan Jones was on WMM on March 11, 2020 with Matt Ronan of the band to share music and information about Dan Jones & The Squids and their last studio album “We Live In A World That Is Out Of This World” released on December 21, 2019 with: Dan Jones & The Squids includes Dan Jones on acoustic & electric guitars, keyboard, lead vocals; Matt Ronan on drums, percussion & vocals; Alex Alexander on electric guitar & vocals; and Steve Tulipana on bass & vocals.

http://www.danjonesmusic.com – features words, music, doodles and Squids updates

You can find Dan’s graphic art on Pillows, Rock and Roll Postcards, Coffee Mugs, Music

Dan Jones is an artist, Dan Jones is a musician, Dan Jones is a journalist. On Dan’s website he has a section called TENTACLES where he interviews friends with really fun questions.

We borrowed a few of his questions and turned the tables on Dan

What’s your favorite record right now?

Dan Jones: “The Gun Club – MIAMI, is one I’ve never really had. I bought a copy at Sister Anne’s, about a month or so ago. Man I love that. I read his autobiography (Jeffrey Lee Pierce), and collected lyrics that my buddy Jeff gave me. I’ve just been really immersed in that album. I just love it.”

[Note: The Gun Club were a post-punk band from Los Angeles, California, which existed from 1979 to 1996. Created and led by singer-songwriter and guitarist Jeffrey Lee Pierce, they were notable as one of the first bands in the punk rock subculture to incorporate influences from blues, rockabilly, and country music. The Gun Club has been called a “tribal psychobilly blues” band, as well as initiators of the punk blues sound cowpunk – “He (Pierce) took Robert Johnson and pre-war acoustic blues and ‘punkified’ it. Up until then bands were drawing on Iggy + The Stooges and the New York Dolls but he took it back so much further for inspiration. // Miami is the second studio album by The Gun Club, released in 1982. It was released on Blondie guitarist Chris Stein’s label, Animal Records. Stein also produced the album. // Debbie Harry appears as a backing singer on various tracks on the album under the pseudonym “D.H. Laurence Jr.” The album front cover photograph doesn’t include Rob Ritter who had already left the band. Before leaving, Ritter first taught all the bass-lines to his ex-Bags bandmate Patricia Morrison. // Billy Idol had met up with Pierce in an L.A. bar around the time of Miami and later revealed his commercial hit “White Wedding” had been an attempt to emulate the Gun Club’s “Mother of Earth” from the Miami album.]

How do you take care of your creative practice and stay inspired and energized?

Dan Jones: “That’s a good question.”

Mark: “You wrote it!”

Dan Jones: “I’m fairly routine orientated, so I get up every morning and write. I’ve been doing that for 25 years. Inspired by ‘The Artist’s Way’ the book. I try to exercise. I try to get in few treadmill workouts a week, and I watch movies, and for me it’s about breaking through the workaholism, and have time for friends, ZOOM Calls and calling friends, that helps me a lot, but I think a lot of how I stay energized is watching art movies on Canopy, things like that. It helps me disengage and renew.”

What’s a brick and mortar business you’ve always wanted to work at, something you’d even do for free?

Dan Jones: “My two life-long answers would be Record Stores and or Book Stores, or some combination of both. Lately I’ve thought about a rubber stamp store or sticker store. Like a sticker, rubber stamp and postcard shop. (Laughing) Like retiring in a little coastal city and have a little shop you know where you can sell funky stuff like that.”

Originally from KC, many years lived in Eugene Oregon, and now back in KC. Eugene seems like it’s own little bohemian paradise what do you miss most of your former home?

Dan Jones: “It is. It has sort of a college footprint like Lawrence, and Boulder, and Madison, you know with a liberal enclave. It may not have two, or three, or four ‘world class’ examples of some thing, but there’s always one world class bakery, or one world class bookstore, or one artist or whatever, you know? It is a culturally dense place, full of really cool people, very eclectic, and punk rock and definitely hippy culture for sure. I mean The Grateful Dead’s family roots being from there.

Mark: “What do you miss about Eugene?”

Dan Jones: “I miss the people and my friends, and July and August, that time of year. You trudge through all kinds of bad weather to be alive. Organic farms are hopping and bike riding is great, and swimming holes are great. It’s a special place, but not year round.”

Dan Jones is a punk-influenced rock and roll singer-songwriter living in KC, Missouri.

Dan Jones thanks or being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Dan Jones and The Squids released their new live album, Serve Without Delay, on February 5, 2021. More info at http://www.danjonesmusic.com.

11:15

  1. Dan Jones and The Squids – “Shook Loose”
    from: Serve Without Delay / Dan Jones / February 5, 2021
    [Recorded Friday, November 13, 2020 in a LIVE STREAMING SHOW at recordBAR, with Paul Malinowski: live sound & recording engineer. Mixed and edited by Paul Malinowski at Massive Sound, Shawnee Kansas. Mastered by Tom Nunes at Atomic Disc. Dan Jones on guitar & vocals, Matt Ronan on drums & vocals; Steve Tulipana on bass & vocals. All songs by Daniel Sherman Jones (BMI), except “I Wanna Be You” by Ed Cole SERVE WITHOUT DELAY, is the new Dan Jones and The Squids live album of NEW songs, 14 live tracks and 7 home recordings. Their 2019/2020 release, We Live In A World That Is Out Of This World, is included. // In 2020 the band didn’t get to play out much, so they hunkered down and worked up a double album’s worth of new tunes. It was a weekly woodshed-workshop that culminated with a live-streamed live-album show on November 13, 2020 at recordBAR. Paul Malinowski engineered and mixed. //Jones is among the hardworking lifers with taste and talent, keeping the dream alive that music matters. This is the Kansas City singer/songwriter’s seventh LP over two decades, starting in Eugene, OR before returning to his native, non-coastal home. His bio speaks of support gigs with Mike Watt (who plays these Squids on his radio show), Dinosaur Jr., Steve Wynn, John Doe, Tav Falco, Pedaljets, Peter Case, and Minus 5, all hinted at in his fine music. But what he/they most remind of is Watt’s influence The Urinals/100 Flowers, in the way he breaks out homey tunes in the rush of spikier energy—like “My Favorite Lounge,” which spits guitar glory with gusto following tight circular riffs, while hailing soulful, sweaty dives with honest bands. It’s where you’d want to catch Jones and his cephalopods, happily blasting away. // Dan Jones and The Squids released We Live In A World That Is Out Of This World, on December 6, 2019. It was Recorded at Temple Sounds in KCMO, 2018-2019. Engineered. by JB Moreland. Produced by Dan Jones and The Squids and JB Moreland. Mastered by Tom Nunes at Atomic Disc. With Dan Jones on acoustic & electric guitars, keyboard, lead vocals + drums/bass on “Love/Life”; Matt Ronan on drums, percussion, vocals; Alex Alexander on electric guitar, vocals; Steve Tulipana on bass, vocals; Joey Slab on poem and spiel on “Beach, Please”; Scot Sperry on electric slide guitar on “Love/Life”; Donna Jones on lyrics to “The Violet Man.” More info at: http://www.danjones1.bandcamp.com)]

[Dan Jones and the Squids play Lemonade Park, 1628 Wyoming (NW corner of Wyoming & 17th St.), behind Voltaire, on Friday, April 30, at 6:00 PM with Emmaline Twist and Knife Crime. Lemonade Park is a limited capacity socially distanced outdoor venue created in partnership between recordBar, Voltaire, and Moxie Catering.]

11:17

  1. Krystle Warren & The Crew – “Dear Landlord”
    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. 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. Krystle Warren joined us live on WMM on September 23, 2020.]
  1. Andra Day – “Tigress & Tweed”
    from: The United States vs. Billie Holiday (Music from the Motion Picture) / Warner Records / Feb. 19, 2021
    [Cassandra Monique Batie was born Dec. 30, 1984, known by her stage name Andra Day, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. From San Diego, California, her debut album, Cheers to the Fall, was released in 2015 and peaked at number 48 on the US Billboard 200 chart. At the 2016 Grammy Awards, the album was nominated for Best R&B Album and the album’s main single, “Rise Up”, was nominated for Best R&B Performance. Day also appeared alongside Stevie Wonder, who is partially credited for her discovery, in an ad for Apple TV in late 2015. Her Cheers to the Fall Tour began in November 2016. // In 2021, she portrayed Billie Holiday in the biopic The United States vs. Billie Holiday, for which she won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama and was also nominated for Best Original Song. Her stage name was inspired by Holiday, whose nickname was “Lady Day”. // Day was born on December 30, 1984, in Edmonds, Washington. She moved to Southern California at age three, and grew up in and around San Diego, California, with her family. She began singing at a young age at the First United Methodist Church in Chula Vista, California. Day also began taking dance lessons at age 5 (a discipline she continued into her 20s). She attended Valencia Park Elementary School which she credits with fostering her interest in performing arts. At age 12, Day was introduced to the sounds of jazz vocalists such as Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Dinah Washington, all of whom she counts as early influences on her sound. Day attended the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts in Paradise Hills where she graduated in 2003]
  1. Ivy Roots – “Truth about each other”
    from: LOVE ART GROWTH 2 / Ivy Roots / December 16, 2020
    [Ivy Roots released the single “Home” on April 22, 2020. KC native singer songwriter, who plays piano & guitar, and produces beats. Her style ranges from R & B, Neo Soul, Hip Hop, Acoustic, & Pop. The acoustic guitar strumming songstress draws from her inspirations; Stevie Wonder, Lauryn Hill, Deangelo, and India Arie. Ivy Roots studied audio engineering at Kansas City, Kansas Community College. She toured in a 5-piece reggae band, played regional festivals, Los Angeles, and collaborated with film & performance. She also sang in a vocal jazz group at a performing arts jazz festival at Lincoln Center in NYC, before releasing her first album “Bad Intuition” and beginning her solo career. In 2019 Ivy Roots released her EP Love Art Growth on June 5, 2019 where she collaborated with Eddie Moore. Ivy Roots released her debut album Bad Intuition on April 14, 2016. Written & produced by Ivy.]

11:28 – Underwriting

  1. Juliette Frost – “dull box”
    from: New 6-song EP / Juliette Frost / Unreleased
    [Juliette Frost about her new 6-song EP that was created in a 5-day recording session, last December in Los Angeles, with musician, bassist, & producer Dominique Sanders. The songs, written by Juliette, feature her vocals layered in harmonies, beats and soundscapes. On April 18, 2020 Juliette released Subterranean.Egyptian.Sea.Monkeys, her 19-track, debut, recorded in her bedroom, sampling sounds from her own cats meowing and purring, among others. Juliette Frost is the daughter of opera and jazz vocalist Emily Frost and nationally known Hip Hop Beatboxer Adrian “A-Train” Frost. ]

11:34 – Interview with Juliette Frost

16-year old vocalist, songwriter, & visual artist, Juliette Frost joins us to talk about her new 6-song EP that was created in a 5-day recording session, last December in Los Angeles, with musician, bassist, & producer Dominique Sanders. The songs, written by Juliette, feature her vocals layered in harmonies, beats & soundscapes. Less than a year ago, on April 18, 2020, Juliette released, Subterranean.Egyptian.Sea.Monkeys, her 19-track, debut, recorded in her bedroom, sampling sounds from her own cats meowing and purring, among others. Juliette Frost is the daughter of opera and jazz vocalist Emily Frost and nationally known Hip Hop Beatboxer Adrian “A-Train” Frost.

Juliette Frost thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

Last December Juliette spent 5 days in a recording studio with jazz musician, bassist, and producer Dominique Sanders recording songs for a new EP.

On April 18, 2020, Juliette Frost released Subterranean.Egyptian.Sea.Monkeys – The 19-track, self produced, debut album. She recorded the album in her bedroom, sampling sounds from her own cats meowing and purring, among others.

Juliette has had the opportunity to see the recording process from two very different perspectives: in a recording studio in LA, and in her own private bedroom, working by herself. Juliette says that she prefers the alone time, in her bedroom process, because she can translate her ideas into reality, much faster.

When Juliette was making the music for, Subterranean.Egyptian.Sea.Monkeys, she really wasn’t thinking of putting out an album. She was just creating music, and before she knew it she had all of these songs.

Many of the songs on this album Juliette has been working on for several years.

Juliette says she realized her musical passion, and that she had the abilities to create music and songs when she was in middle school.

We asked Juliette if going to LA last December was welcome relief from the COVID-19 Pandemic? Juliette says that she is thankful for COVID-19 and the shut down, because if gave her the opportunity to stop and realize.

16-year old artist and musician, Juilette Frost, is a Junior at Shawnee Mission North High School. Juliette is not only a songwriter and producer of music but she is also a visual artist who created amazing collage art, and is also a painter and fine artist.

Juliette grew up surrounded by music in her home, Juliette is the daughter of opera and jazz vocalist Emily Frost and nationally known Hip Hop Beatboxer Adrian “A-Train” Frost. Growing up Juliette thought that every kid had parents who were musicians. She didn’t realize until getting older and talking with friends that her family was different and special. Having a mom and dad who were professional musicians had an effect because Juliette grew up surrounded by music.

In addition to the album, Subterranean.Egyptian.Sea.Monkeys, Juliette Frost also released the single “burd,” on February 8, 2021.

Juliette Frost thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

Juliette Frost released Subterranean.Egyptian.Sea.Monkeys – her 19-track, self produced, debut album on April 18, 2020. In addition to the album, Juliette Frost also released the single “burd,” on February 8, 2021.

11:47

  1. Juliette Frost – “rain”
    from: New 6-song EP / Juliette Frost / Unreleased
    [Juliette Frost about her new 6-song EP that was created in a 5-day recording session, last December in Los Angeles, with musician, bassist, & producer Dominique Sanders. The songs, written by Juliette, feature her vocals layered in harmonies, beats and soundscapes. On April 18, 2020 Juliette released Subterranean.Egyptian.Sea.Monkeys, her 19-track, debut, recorded in her bedroom, sampling sounds from her own cats meowing and purring, among others. Juliette Frost is the daughter of opera and jazz vocalist Emily Frost and nationally known Hip Hop Beatboxer Adrian “A-Train” Frost.]
  1. Shadow Figures – “Oppress”
    from: “Oppress” – Single / Shadow Figures / January 1, 2021
    [Imagined by husband and wife creative duo, Dallas & Jade Gutschenritter (aka Jade The Libra), Shadow Figures was created as a vessel to provide an alternate perspective on the convergence of senses. With little interest in conforming to specific genres, Shadow Figures instead seek to break conventions, focusing more on inducing a particular feeling or capturing a specific mood.]
  1. Noel Coward – “The Party’s Over Now”
    from: Noel Coward in New York / drg / 2003 [orig. 1957]

Next week on Wednesday, March 17, 2021 we talk with members of the band Club Sinister. At 11:00 we talk with R.I.Peter about his new album on Manor Records, and at 11:30 Everette The Grey joins us to share his new single.

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

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