WMM Playlist from June 15, 2022

Wednesday MidDay Medley
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Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Luke Petet + Chris Haghirian & Boulevardia 2022

  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]
Various Blonde
  1. Various Blonde – “Love is How We Will Survive”
    from: “Love is How We Will Survive” – Single / The Record Machine / September 24, 2021
    [Various Blonde. Kansas City based experimental, rock, pop, and funk band originally formed in 2008 and currently served by founder Joshua Allen on guitar, synthesizers, and vocals; and Mark Lomas on drums. The band has been described by Mills Record Company as, “Having all the sex appeal of The Weeknd and all the grit of Rage Against the Machine–the combination makes for a performance that is explosive.” On June 9, 2022 Various Blonde released their latest single, “Too Many Secrets.” On March 13, 2020 Various Blonde released a three song EP called 3s 2 through The Record Machine. On January 2020 Various Blonde released a three song EP called 3s 1 through The Record Machine. On September 16, 2016 Various Blonde released the 10-track album ALL BASES COVERED through The Record Machine. On January 13, 2015 Various Blonde release the 10-track album, SUMMER HIGH. More info at: http://www.variousblonde.com]

[Various Blonde play RecordBar, 1520 Grand, KCMO on Friday, June 17 at 7:00 with Steddy P and DJ MAHF, Les Izmore and The Goats, Styles and Jordan Baumstark.]

Flora from Kansas
  1. Flora from Kansas – “Violets Are Blue”
    from: Emerald City / Flora from Kansas / July 3, 2022
    [Kenn Jankowski on guest vocals on ‘Violets are Blue’, Dave Gnojek on horns & flute. Jim Barnes on drums, Sammie Lee on strings on ‘Holy Roller’, Kosuke Moshimoss Anamizu on effects on ‘What Did I Miss’ Flora’s music career began in Spring 2020 when she was just 13. A little over a year later, she’s releasing her first full-length album, Emerald City. Recorded in a studio on a horse farm in the rural Kansas countryside, there couldn’t have been a better setting. Thematically, Emerald City is a modern-day metaphor for a shy teen girl’s experiences stuck at home during a global pandemic. Flora was born in 2007 into a family of artists and musicians. She was homeschooled in Topeka, Kansas with her two siblings until they moved to nearby Lawrence and started attending a small private school. Flora has done voiceover work for Vans, Dairy Farmers of America and ADFEST. Flora enjoys creating visual art and one day hopes to become a professional illustrator. More information at: florafromkansas.com]

[Flora plays the early show at Gaslight Gardens 317 North 2nd St. Lawrence, Kansas, TONIGHT, June 15, at 6:00 PM with Caroline Blu ]

Mensa Deathsquad
  1. Mensa Deathsquad – “Come Say Hello”
    from: “Come Say Hello” – Single / Gran Cavalera / June 13, 2022
    [ The ongoing creative engine of Kansas City-based darkwave artist Brandon Phillips – the soft human center of Mensa Deathsquad writes: “Mensa Deathsquad is fundamentally about two things, Dark dance music optimized for sweaty catharsis and the most ragged, unpolished emotional honesty I can bring.” On April 12, 2022 Mensa Deathsquad released the 14-track album, YOU WILL HEAR THUNDER, Written, performed and produced by Mensa Deathsquad. Mastered at Element Recording and Mastering. Brandon Phillips of Mensa Deathsquad, writes: “By the time I wrote Chin Up Eyes Wide Open,” (second single from YOU WILL HEAR THUNDER) I was just this little emotional soap bubble, exploding in slow motion. I felt safe in my own skin for the first time in a really long time. This is part of trauma recovery – early on there is this identity crisis that starts in your bone marrow and extends outward into the far reaches of the galaxy and it takes a lot of effort to find yourself again in all that messy tissue and ice cold vastness. By some quirk of luck, I bumped into myself by chance when a friend made a joke about my being exactly her “tall, thin and emotionally unavailable” type. To which I shot back, “Babe, all I am is emotionally available. I am skin and emotions.” Boom. There I was, hiding in plain sight. So “Chin Up, Eyes Wide Open” is a song about my deciding to live that punch line and to just fully embody “skin and emotions” and to never mask that version of myself again. It’s a song about showing up for yourself in all your flawed, fucked up glory.” “Chin Up, Eyes Wide Open” is a follow up to “Light” released November 16, 2021. Brandon Phillips writes, “The electronic music that I daydream about, always has that Stooges layer of dirt and shop grease on it. That’s what I want.” Follow up to CYCLIST, the second album from Mensa Deathsquad released February 23, 2021. The cyclist was released with these notes: Brandon Phillips laid in a Kansas City hospital through the winter of 2019-2020 as his own album release (the unintentionally but appropriately named Patient Zero by his alt-synthwave band Mensa Deathsquad) passed by in the outside world. The first tracks from his debut album Patient Zero were premiering and, chained to a Luciferian merry-go-round of post-operative infections, Brandon strained through the pharmaceutical blur to do promotion for his record, emailing editors and scraping together the necessary pieces they needed. Since his surgery a month prior had gone sideways, and the time, energy, and planning for things like photos, videos and shows had been blown to smithereens, all he had left to look forward to beyond the IVs and the machines that go “ping” was this premiere and the street date. And then came COVID-19, like a rogue wave, to finish off the aimless Mensa Deathsquad sailboat. // But Brandon didn’t die and the boat didn’t sink. As the squall receded and the wanton eye of cruel gods passed over him, Brandon clung to the boat and swore revenge… // As the aphorism goes, “revenge is sweet” and thus Brandon and his Mensa Deathsquad will have the triumphant last laugh. Holed up in the spare bedroom of his apartment in Kansas City with an open wound in his abdomen, two surgical drains, and a severely compromised immune system, Brandon slipped back into his Mensa Deathsquad persona and began working on what would become his newest full length album, Cyclist. // The music that emerged from Brandon’s isolation and illness is a raw, nearly garage-rock take on darkwave and a perfect continuation of what he had begun on Patient Zero. Launching with the one-two punch of electro-punk noir in “Nothing Is Ever Enough” and “Therapist” before the pounding synth-rock of “The Disappointment Of The Christ,” Brandon fixes his furious eyes upon the provocative hypocrisy and violence that results from American Christianity. // A heady package of nudge nudges and intellectual ruminations (a trademark of Brandon’s past as a smartpunk upstart in such seminal bands as The Gadjits and Architects), Cyclist carries both a powerful music punch, a cultural rummaging through pop culture, and a run through his ever-evolving intellect. A knowing wink to fans of the seminal vampire flick The Lost Boy, “Join Us, Michael” is at once a seething appraisal of a world scorched and defiled by an older generation and a musical love letter to that pivotal ‘80s vampire movie soundtrack. “Leap Year (Chaos Reigns)” which began as a Siouxsie & the Banshees-inspired jam serves as Cyclist’s true north – the story of a drug-fueled wrinkle in time that brought the entire cyclical nature of existence into visibility one fateful night. “End Of The World” is dance-floor nihilist electro-rock blending angular post-punk guitar with the nostalgia of neon synths and electroclash drums, while “Takes One To Know One” slowly approaches the thunderstorm of toxic relationships, soulful vocals, tech house kick drums, and grimey-as-hell bass. // As a fitting conclusion to the tour de force through his psyche, Cyclist closes with yet another two-track charge, the swaggering post-electro sneer at celebrity social media, “Famous” followed by the throbbing Giorgio Moroder-via-Tech House cover of Iggy Pop’s classic “The Passenger.” “It was important to me that I cover ‘The Passenger’ as a letter of intent.” Says Brandon. “The electronic music that I daydream about, always has that Stooges layer of dirt and shop grease on it. That’s what I wanted for Cyclist.” The result is a triumph over the storm, as Mensa Deathsquad sails, unvanquished, into victory. More info at: https://mensadeathsquad.bandcamp.com or https://facebook.com/MensaDeathsquad.%5D
Lee Walter Redding
  1. Lee Walter Redding – “We Could Be Warlords”
    from: “We Could Be Warlords”-Single / Lee Walter Redding / June 10, 2021
    [This is their second single from the upcoming EP LIVE FROM THE ARGYLE WALLPAPER, to be released in July. Lee Walter Redding on vocals, guitar; Justin Rogers on bass; Andy Kirk on guitar/synth and Justin Skinner on drums. Lee writes: We Could be Warlords is a story of two twisted, go-getters finding love through a mutual goal of taking over the world. They’re both so consumed with the day-to-day job of developing and controlling a police state that the only way they can get off is by manipulating and hurting the poor citizens of their respective countries.”We could be Warlords drumming up suspicion / Giving the finger to UN resolutions / We could wind em up to lull them down / We could be warlords in love”Lee Walter Redding released “Elephant Man (feat. Stephonne)” om April 9, 2021. Lee told us that he learned about Stephonne Singleton from listening to Wednesday MidDay Medley and hearing Stephonne for the first time. WMM bringing musical collaborations together since 2004. // Kansas City based Lee Walter Redding was raised on 60s rock, steeped in 90s Britpop ennui, and guided by contemporary neo-soul, Lee Walter Redding weaves dry humor into vibrant sonic textures that sway from wistful to chaotic. Think 2010s Nick Lowe fronting The Velvet Underground. On warped vinyl. More info at: http://www.leewalterredding.bandcamp.com]

[Lee Walter Redding joins us on WMM on July 13]

Kadesh Flow
  1. Kadesh Flow – “Away From You”
    from: “Away From You”– Single / Ryan Jamaal Davis / July 1, 2022
    [Kadesh tells us “I’ve been a little quiet from a release standpoint because I’ve been scoring a feature length film.” “This song is… inspired by Eren Yeager and his tragic, brutal journey in Attack on Titan but is also deeply personal to me. There’s a lot of current world problem glazing that I’m doing on it as well.” “Also, June 30 marks five years since I left my financial tech career to pursue my performing and recording artist career full time. I’m releasing this on July 1st, partially in celebration of that milestone.” This is one of over 23 new singles Kadesh Flow has released in the last 18 months: This is a follow up to “Move Different (feat. Gr3s0n)” with lyrics by Kadesh Flow & Gr3ys0n. Music by Kadesh Flow. Mixing: Kadesh Flow. Mastering: Kadesh Flow and was released on January 21, 2022. The year before, Kadesh Flow & The Enclave released, “Soft Side,” on Jan. 21, 2021, written, produced, performed, mixed & mastered by Kadesh Flow. Kadesh Flow released, “Assumptions feat. Shubzilla,” on Jan. 29, 2021. Kadesh Flow released, “Frosty,” on February 12, 2021, written, produced, performed, mixed & mastered by Kadesh Flow. Kadesh Flow & The Enclave released, “Cry For Me 2,” February 12, 2021. Kadesh Flow released, “Not on My Watch,” on February 19, 2021, Inspired by Lord Beerus (Dragonball Super). Kadesh Flow released, “Held Me Longer,” on Marc written, produced, performed, mixed & mastered by Kadesh Flow. Kadesh Flow released, “Your Dream Isn’t Always Yours,” on March 12, 2021, written, produced, performed, mixed & mastered by Kadesh Flow. Kadesh Flow & The Enclave released, “Forgot About Me,” on March 14, 2021. Kadesh Flow released, “Take Backs (feat. Ryan Heinlein),” on March 26, 2021, written, produced, performed, mixed & mastered by Kadesh Flow. Kadesh Flow & The Enclave released, “But Hope” on March 26, 2021, written, produced, performed, mixed & mastered by Kadesh Flow. Kadesh Flow released the single, “I Don’t Care” on April 9, 2021, written, performed, mixed and mastered by Kadesh Flow. Produced by D. Professor. Kadesh Flow released the single, “That Way” on April 16, 2021, written, performed, mixed & mastered by Kadesh Flow, and produced by Dominique “Bassman” Saunders. Kadesh Flow released the new single, “So Far” on April 23, 2021, written, performed, mixed & mastered by Kadesh Flow and produced by Dominique “Bassman” Sanders. Kadesh Flow released the single, “On Target” on April 30, 2021, written, produced, performed, mixed and mastered by Kadesh Flow. Kadesh Flow released the single ”Lighten Up”on May 7, 2021, written, produced, performed, mixed & mastered by Kadesh Flow. Kadesh Flow released the single “Elegant” on May 21, 2021. Written, Produced, Performed, Mixed & Mastered by Kadesh Flow. This is his 16th single the year, so far. Kadesh Flow released the 13-track album ROOM SERVICE 2, on July 19, 2021. Kadesh Flow released the single “Coming For Your Neck” on August 20, 2021. Written, Produced, Performed, Mixed & Mastered by Kadesh Flow. This is his 17th single the year. Kadesh Flow released the single “Easy” on August 27, 2021. Written, Produced, Performed, Mixed & Mastered by Kadesh Flow. This is his 18th single the year. Kadesh Flow released the single “Fiend” on Sept. 4, 2021. Written, Performed, Mixed & Mastered by Kadesh Flow. Produced by Dominique Sanders. This is his 19th single the year. le, “Gardens Out The Gutter” on Dec. 3, 2021. This is one of 22 singles and a 13 track album that Kadesh Flow has released so far this year. Written, Performed, Mixed & Mastered: Kadesh Flow. Instrumental: Dominique Sanders. Kadesh Flow released the single, “CHOICE (The Cost)” on December 17, 2021. Written, Performed, Mixed & Mastered: Kadesh Flow. Instrumental: Dominique Sanders. This is one of 22 singles and a 13 track album that Kadesh Flow has released so far this year. 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 The Phantastics, and Marcus Lewis Big Band. Kadesh Flow played the 17th Annual Crossroads Music Fest, Saturday, September 11, as part of Deshica Rage (with Kadesh Flow & Jessica Paige) at 10:00 PM on Community Lending of America Stage at Lemonade Park. Kadesh Flow was on WMM on Oct. 21, 2020. More info at: http://www.kadeshflow.com ]

[Kadesh Flow plays Boulevardia Friday, June 17 with The Phantastics, and with Sat. June 18 as part of Deshica Rage (Kadesh Flow & Jessica Paige), and with Making Movies, and on the same night in a closing set with Trevor Turla.]

Alisa Jefferson
  1. Alisa Jefferson – “Angel”
    from: “Angel” – Single / Alisa Jefferson / May 8, 2022
    [Alisa writes: “Angel was released on Mother’s Day and is dedicated to anyone and everyone going through or overcoming something heavy, unresolved conflict, the therapists who listen, and to all spirit guides near and far.” Angel was recorded at Alisa’s home studio. Jeremy KeelerLawrence, Kanss musician Jeremy Keeler added guitar part. Angel was mixed and mastered by Andy Oxman. On June 1, 2021 Alisa Jefferson released the 10-song solo debut album, TELL ME. All lyrics, instrumentation, vocals, melodies, song content for TELL ME was written and created by Alisa Jefferson. TELL ME was also recorded by Alisa Jefferson. Mixed and produced by Alisa Jefferson and Andy Oxman of SoundWorks Recording Studio, Blue Springs, Mo. And mastered by Matt Elliott of Black Sky Studios, Buckner, MO. Alisa Jefferson grew up in KC. She played viola in her school orchestra and received her first acoustic guitar at age 13. Alisa established her rock trio, Morning Fix, in 1994, singing & playing bass. In December, 2014, Alisa established, fronted, and played bass in the rock trio, Radial Red. In 2019 Alisa performed on the side stage with Joan Jett and Heart at Starlight Theatre with KC band, Mad Libby. More info at: http://www.alisajeffersonmusic.com Alisa Jefferson was out guest on WMM on June 2, 2021 and February 10, 2021]

[Alisa Jefferson’s cover band Heart of Glass plays VIVO at 7300 West 119th St., Overland Park, Kansas on Friday, June 17, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.]

[Alisa Jefferson & Scott Mitchell play as Acoustic Duo at Aspens on Overland Park, Kansas, Friday, June 24, at 7:00 to 9:00 PM]

  1. Colebrood – “Leaf in a Hurricane”
    from: Colebrood EP / Debbie Cole / June 3, 2022
    [Cole Brood released the single ,”Tough Get Going” to radio stations on Jan 18, 2020. It was the first single from this new EP. Cole Brood is the musical project of Debbie Cole’s solo work after her tenure with “Black Folk”. She is the lead vocalist and also plays the violin. More information at: http://www.facebook.com/colebroodmusic%5D

10:33 – Underwriting

Luke Petet
  1. Luke Petet – “bleach+hands”
    from: Seventh Spell / Luke Petet / May 20, 2022
    [SEVENTH SPELL was recorded 2018-2022 in Kansas City, Denver, Boulder, Lawrence, Black, Rolla, and Springfield, in houses and basements and during the day and night and sometimes cars or in the woods on various tape or digital recorders assembled from the various tapes and fragments in 2022. Luke Petit was born in Blue Springs, Missouri but calls Kansas City his home. SEVENTH SPELL is his first big solo project. Luke also plays Pedal Steel for the Kansas City baed band, Hellfire Club. Luke released 4-track EP, DOGME95, on April 8, 2022. Luke Petet released the single, “Bleach+Hands” on April 15, 2022. More info at: http://www.lukepetet.bandcamp.com]
Luke Petet and Cooper Dighton

10:38 – Interview with Luke Petet

Luke Petet released the 10-track album, SEVENTH SPELL, on May 20, 2022. SEVENTH SPELL was recorded 2018-2022 in Kansas City, Denver, Boulder, Lawrence, Black, Rolla, and Springfield, in houses and basements and during the day and night and sometimes cars or in the woods on various tape or digital recorders assembled from the various tapes and fragments in 2022. Luke Petit was born in Blue Springs, Missouri but calls Kansas City his home. SEVENTH SPELL is his first big solo project. Luke also plays Pedal Steel for the Kansas City baed band, Hellfire Club. More info at: http://www.lukepetet.bandcamp.com

Luke Petet, thank you for being with us on WMM

Luke brought along his friend Cooper Dighton

We just heard “beach+hands” from Seventh Spell.

In the liner notes for SEVENTH SPELL on Bandcamp Luke write:

“recorded 2018-2022 in Kansas City, Denver, Boulder, Lawrence, Black, Rolla, Springfield, in houses and basements and during the day and night and sometimes cars or in the woods on various tape or digital recorders” “assembled from the various tapes and fragments in 2022” “recorded, destroyed, mixed, mastered, and destroyed again by Luke Petet”

Mute the Pianos lovingly plays piano on (piano)
Jarrett Dietz lovingly plays banjo on “Luna”
Thomas Corbett lovingly plays bass on “dogdogdogdogdog” and “Wind blow through.”

Luke Petet is 19 years old and was born in Blue Springs, Missouri and has lived there since he was born, even though he really just refers to himself as part of Kansas City, as that’s where he spends all of his time.

10:46

Luke Petet
  1. Luke Petet – “ Luna“ (LIVE in Studio)
    (This track is also available on Seventh Spell)

We are talking with Luke Petet who released the 10-track album, SEVENTH SPELL, on May 20, 2022. SEVENTH SPELL was recorded 2018-2022 in Kansas City, Denver, Boulder, Lawrence, Black, Rolla, and Springfield, in houses and basements and during the day and night and sometimes cars or in the woods on various tape or digital recorders assembled from the various tapes and fragments in 2022. More info at: http://www.lukepetet.bandcamp.com

Luke Petet, thank you for being with us on WMM

Luke went to high school at Blue Springs South, and played in some bands with some other musicians he met there.

Luke met his good friend Taylor Samson (who plays with Rue) and his other friend who raps in KC under ENZOKICKSDOORS while he was there.

Luke spent a lot of time in school with his friend Jerry who now does videos for BLACKSTARKIDS, Paris Williams, and tons of other KC rap and pop bands and artists.

Luke tells us, “We had a pretty good community of artists there, though most of the bands I played with at that time were just noise rock things and we never really recorded or put anything out.”

Luke used to make a lot of cassette tapes, mix CDs, and other physical things and give them out to his artist friends in high school, though. Mostly just drone and noise stuff but sometimes they would have songs or dance tracks.

Seventh Spell is really the first big thing that Luke has released!

10:54

Luke Petet and Cooper Dighton
  1. Luke Petet – “DOGME95″ (LIVE)
    (This track is also available on Seventh Spell)

We are talking with Luke Petet who released the 10-track album, SEVENTH SPELL, on May 20, 2022. SEVENTH SPELL was recorded 2018-2022 in Kansas City, Denver, Boulder, Lawrence, Black, Rolla, and Springfield, in houses and basements and during the day and night and sometimes cars or in the woods on various tape or digital recorders assembled from the various tapes and fragments in 2022. More info at: http://www.lukepetet.bandcamp.com

Luke Petet, thank you for being with us on WMM

Luke released 4-track EP, DOGME95, on April 8, 2022. Luke Petet released the single, “Bleach+Hands” on April 15, 2022.

Luke plays Pedal Steel guitar for the KC group Hellfire Club.

Luke writes: “As far as my inspirations, I’ve always been a big fan of the band SALEM, and I listen to a lot of black metal like Paysage D’Hiver or Darkthrone, early stuff really. I’m a big Jim O’Rourke fan too. I’m also super into the club music scene abroad, and Kenta204 and jinkasei are really cool artists from that.”

Luke writes: “I listen to a lot of rap, Gucci Mane is always great, Black Kray too. Country, especially Hank Williams, I’m very influenced by as well. Hank Williams and SALEM are probably the biggest influences. Drag City, ECM, Editions Mego, all great labels.”

Luke Petet, thank you for being with us on WMM.

Luke Petet released the 10-track album, SEVENTH SPELL, on May 20, 2022. SEVENTH SPELL was recorded 2018-2022 in Kansas City, Denver, Boulder, Lawrence, Black, Rolla, and Springfield, in houses and basements and during the day and night and sometimes cars or in the woods on various tape or digital recorders assembled from the various tapes and fragments in 2022. More info at: http://www.lukepetet.bandcamp.com

11:00 – Station ID

Calvin Arsenia
  1. Calvin Arsenia – “Dying”
    from: L.A. Sessions / Center Cut Records / September 20, 2019
    [Produced by Tony Braunagel (he also delivers exquisite percussion on LA Sessions) with Paul Brown on guitar, Mike Finnigan on keyboards, Freddie Washington on bass, and David Garfield on piano. Between them, the five musicians have worked with some of music’s most iconic names, including Jimi Hendrix, George Benson, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Leonard Cohen, Bonnie Raitt, Chuck Loeb, Rickie Lee Jones, Buddy Guy, The Neville Brothers From Center Cut Record Press Release: “It was a thrill for me to work with such legendary players,” says Calvin. “Not only were they incredibly talented, but I got off a plane straight from Australia, hit the studio, and they were more than ready to get to that place where you honor the songs, leaving their egos at the door and honoring what the muses tell them. It was one of the best recording experiences I ever had.” Calvin’s production M.O. on previous recordings was to piece together songs “like pieces of a puzzle” and “layer them over several sessions.” He believes the immediacy of the LA Sessions, and having the instrumentation all happening in the “same emotional space together as a band,” powerfully served the intimacy of the album. Born in Orlando, Florida, his creative journey really began when he moved to the KC suburb of Olathe, teaching himself the guitar, and eventually the harp. He learned his signature instrument at the age of 20 after he couldn’t find a harpist as determined as him to meld folk, rock, classical, rap and R&B into the irresistible fusion which has become his calling card in the Kansas City music scene and beyond. His passion for stretching the boundaries of musical expression saw him transform a trip to Edinburgh, Scotland’s Fringe Festival early in his career into a life-changing music mission, with an Edinburgh church offering him a role as musical liaison between the church and the city that would change his life. Two years and 300 shows later, Calvin returned to Kansas City reborn as a humanistic songwriter/performer whose impassioned and conceptual stage shows are collaborative, costumed-culture-bridging spectacles which In KC Magazine has hailed as ‘equal parts opera, symphony, musical theatre, rock show, all built around its creator: a charismatic 6-foot-7-inch harpist with a natural stage command and knack for gilding gold and painting lilies.’ Calvin’s 2018 national debut, Cantaloupe (Center Cut Records), has been acclaimed for melding diverse textures into an alluring signature sound for the adventurous artist. Calvin performed live at L.A.’s The Mint, showcasing the songs on LA Sessions with the musicians who collaborated with him on the album. Says Calvin: “It’s such a special experience to play with them. To be able to perform these songs in front of an audience and do this for a living – to have made a career out of something I love is so amazing – it is an honor that I never take for granted.” Since Calvin Arsenia came home to KC after living in Edinburgh, Scotland, he has released his EP, Moments, in 2014, and his EP Prose in 2015, and his Folk Alliance exclusive EP Catastrophe in 2016. His full-length album Catastrophe on February 14, 2017, His EP Caviar in Novenber 2017. Calvin’s 2018 national debut, Cantaloupe, on September 15, 2018 on Center Cut Records. On June 28, 2019 Calvin released Honeydew, an EP including a remix of three songs from Cantaloupe. On September 20, 2019 Calvin released LA Sessions. On December 13, 2019 Calvin released his full length Christmas album “all is calm.” Calvin is also a graduate of Artist INC. Since 2014 we have been celebrating the music of Calvin Arsenia. Calvin was first on WMM on July 25, 2012. He has appeared live on 22 shows, most recently on October 27, 2021]

[Calvin Arsenia plays Boulevardia 2396 Grand Blvd on Friday June 17, at 7:20 on the P3 Park Stage.]

Chris Haghirian

11:04 – Interview with Chris Haghirian

Chris Haghirian joins us to share all of the details about Boulevardia 2022, on Friday, June 17, and Saturday, June 18, at Crown Center, 2396 Grand Boulevard, with 70 artists/ bands, on 5 stages, with 48 Brewing Companies from 19 States and 2 Countries, 29 Restaurants & Food Trucks, 46 merchants in the Makers Market, plus a Podcast Stage, a Legacy Skating Party, The Silent Disco, and various VIP Experiences. Chris Haghirian shares his passion for the KC music community as host of Eight One Sixty, heard Tuesday nights at 6:00 PM, on 90.9 The Bridge. Chris worked for The Kansas City Star for over 20 years and is a graduate of the Kansas University and also studied at The City Art Institute. Chris organizes multiple concert series throughout the metro, and music stages for The Plaza Art Fair, The Innovation Fest, and with Nathan Reusch of The Record Machine, he co-created The Middle of The Map Fest. More info at http://www.boulevardia.com

Chris Haghirian, thanks for being with us again on WMM

Boulevardia 2022, on Friday, June 17, and Saturday, June 18, at Crown Center, 2396 Grand Boulevard, with 70 artists / bands, on 5 stages. With 48 Brewing Companies from 19 States and 2 Countries, 29 Restaurants & Food Trucks, 46 merchants in the Makers Market, Plus a Podcast Stage, a Legacy Skating Party, The Silent Disco, and VIP Experiences. More info at http://www.boulevardia.com

FOUNTAIN STAGE, VISIT MISSOURI STAGE, P3 PARK STAGE, QUIRK STAGE, SILENT DISCO

Boulevardia – Friday, June 17

TIMBERS – FRIDAY 4:40PM | P3 PARK STAGE

NUBLVCKCITY – FRIDAY 5:00PM | FOUNTAIN STAGE

DANTE ELEPHANTE -FRIDAY 5:20PM | VISIT MISSOURI STAGE

TYLER GREGORY – FRIDAY 5:45PM | QUIRK STAGE

DAVID LUTHER – FRIDAY 6:00PM | P3 PARK STAGE

SAXSQUATCH – FRIDAY 6:15PM | FOUNTAIN STAGE

HEMBREE – FRIDAY 6:40PM | VISIT MISSOURI STAGE

NOAH SPENCER – FRIDAY 7:00PM | QUIRK STAGE

CALVIN ARSENIA – FRIDAY 7:20PM | P3 PARK STAGE

BLACKSTARKIDS – FRIDAY 7:30PM | FOUNTAIN STAGE

JENNY LEWIS – FRIDAY 8:00PM | VISIT MISSOURI STAGE

THE BLACK CREATURES – FRIDAY 8:15PM | QUIRK STAGE

RADKEY – FRIDAY 8:45PM | FOUNTAIN STAGE

UNFIT WIVES – FRIDAY 9:00PM | P3 PARK STAGE

PARIS WILLIAMS- FRIDAY 9:30PM | QUIRK STAGE

NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHT SWEATS – FRIDAY 9:40PM | VISIT MISSOURI STAGE

THE PHANTASTICS – FRIDAY 10:00PM | FOUNTAIN STAGE

COUGHMAN
FRIDAY 5:00PM | SILENT DISCO
FRIDAY 6:00PM | SILENT DISCO

DJ SKEME
FRIDAY 5:00PM | SILENT DISCO
FRIDAY 6:00PM | SILENT DISCO

JONISTHENEWBLK
FRIDAY 7:00PM | SILENT DISCO
FRIDAY 8:00PM | SILENT DISCO

DJ SKITTLEZ
FRIDAY 7:00PM | SILENT DISCO
FRIDAY 8:00PM | SILENT DISCO

SHEPPA
FRIDAY 9:00PM | SILENT DISCO
FRIDAY 10:00PM | SILENT DISCO

DJ NE$$
FRIDAY 9:00PM | SILENT DISCO
FRIDAY 10:00PM | SILENT DISCO

More info at http://www.boulevardia.com

11:09

Blackstarkids
  1. BLACKSTARKIDS – “Sounds Like Fun!”
    from: SURF / Bedroom Records / February 28, 2020
    [Blackstarkids are phenomenon who came out of Kansas City in 2020 became the soundtrack for the summer. Blackstarkids are a pop/R&B/hip-hop trio based in Kansas City, Missouri. Members include: TheBabeGabe, Deiondre, and TyFaizon (of the Drop Dead XX collective). The members have known each other since high school in Raytown, Missouri. Members met at Raytown South High School and formed the band in 2019. The group released its first album, Let’s Play Sports, on August 1, 2019. Blackstarkids then released their second album SURF through their own label Bedroom Records on February 28, 2020. Blackstarkids caught the attention of The 1975’s frontman Matty Healy and were then signed to The 1975’s management company and UK-based label Dirty Hit Records. They were featured in Clash Magazine. Blackstarkids then released, Surf Basement Demos on Dirty Hit Records on March 5, 2020. On October 29, 2020, Blackstarkids released Whatever, Man on Dirty Hit Records, their third album release of 2020. Gabe, of Blackstarkids recently described the KC Music community to an interviewer, “The music scene here is really nice. There are a lot of bands who are super talented and do all types of genres. The jazz music here is really great as well. Kansas City is honestly a hidden gem when it comes to music. I feel like you can meet an artist anywhere and anyplace in this city.” Deiondre added, “The music scene here is getting cool now, there’s a lot of jazz musicians that go to school for music here too but you can find people from different scenes all over if around the city.” Ty wrote, “The Kansas City scene is great, the community here is so supportive and genuine. This is a really prideful city here and I think they’re finally getting the musicians they deserve.”]

[Blackstarkids plays Boulevardia 2396 Grand Blvd on Friday June 17, at 7:30 on the Fountain Stage.]

Jenny Lewis
  1. Jenny Lewis – “Just One of The Guys”
    from: The Voyager / Warner Records / July 25, 2014
    [Jennifer Diane Lewis was born January 8, 1976. She is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and actress. She was the lead singer, rhythm guitarist and keyboardist for the indie rock band Rilo Kiley. // Lewis gained prominence in the 1980s as a child actress, appearing in the films Troop Beverly Hills (1989) and The Wizard (1989) and the television series Brooklyn Bridge (1991–93). In the mid-1990s, Lewis semi-retired from acting to focus on her musical career, and formed Rilo Kiley in 1998 with fellow former child actor Blake Sennett. Rilo Kiley released four albums before they disbanded in 2014. Lewis has released four solo albums: Rabbit Fur Coat (2006), Acid Tongue (2008), The Voyager (2014) and On the Line (2019). In addition to Rilo Kiley and her solo career, Lewis has been a member of the Postal Service, Jenny & Johnny and Nice As Fuck. // The Voyager is the second studio album and third overall by American singer-songwriter Jenny Lewis. The album was released on July 29, 2014, by Warner Bros. Records. The album was primarily produced by Ryan Adams at his studio, PAX AM. // In May 2014, Lewis spoke to Rolling Stone about the album, saying: “Making The Voyager got me through one of the most difficult periods of my life. After Rilo Kiley broke up and a few really intense personal things happened, I completely melted down. It nearly destroyed me. I had such severe insomnia that, at one point, I didn’t sleep for five straight nights. Many of the songs on The Voyager came out of the need to occupy my mind in the moments when I just couldn’t shut down.” // In a July 2014, interview with Rolling Stone, she spoke about Ryan Adams producing the album, saying: “In some ways, I felt like he was needling me. He was winding me up. I was somewhat agitated at times, and I think it put me in a really cool place to perform those songs. Ryan is the most unique producer I’ve ever worked with, in his approach and behavior […] He made me listen to five or six Creed songs, really loudly on these beautiful tube speakers. My ears were bleeding. And it was Creed! He was like, “This is great music. I want you to hear it.” And by the third song, I was like “Huh. Umm. Yeah, I can maybe see that.” // In 2004, Conor Oberst invited Lewis to record a solo record for record label Team Love. Described by Lewis as “a kind of soul record”, Rabbit Fur Coat (released January 24, 2006) features contributions from Oberst, M. Ward, and Maroon 5 guitarist James Valentine. Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie guests on a cover of The Traveling Wilburys’ “Handle With Care.” The Watson Twins provide accompaniment on the album, billed as Jenny Lewis with the Watson Twins. Lewis toured with the Watson Twins in support of the album three times in 2006 and appeared with her band on the Late Show with David Letterman, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Late Night with Conan O’Brien and Later with Jools Holland. They also appeared on a Washington, D.C.-based children’s music program called Pancake Mountain, performing the song “See Fernando”. The album received positive reviews, with Entertainment Weekly writing, “Consider Lewis the Emmylou Harris of the Silverlake set” and Rolling Stone commenting that “her girlishly seductive vocals are more versatile than ever”. // The A.V. Club, Spin, and NPR music critic Meredith Ochs named it among the best albums of the year. // In 2008, Lewis released a second solo album, this time without the Watson Twins, titled Acid Tongue. // On July 29, 2014, Lewis released The Voyager. The album took 5 years to complete and is a reflection on Rilo Kiley’s break-up and the death of her father. The release of the album was preceded by the single “Just One of the Guys”. The music video for “Just One of the Guys” was released on July 15, 2014, through GQ and stars Lewis, Anne Hathaway, Kristen Stewart, Brie Larson, and Tennessee Thomas, former drummer of The Like (now disbanded). Lewis also directed the music video. // On January 23, 2019, Lewis announced the release date of her new album On the Line would be March 22, 2019. The lead single “Red Bull & Hennessy” debuted with positive acclaim.]

[Jenny Lewis plays Boulevardia 2396 Grand Blvd on Friday June 17, at 8:00 on the Main Stage.]

11:15 – Interview with Chris Haghirian

We are talking with Chris Haghirian about Boulevardia 2022, on Friday, June 17, and Saturday, June 18, at Crown Center, 2396 Grand Boulevard, with 70 artists/ bands, on 5 stages, with 48 Brewing Companies from 19 States and 2 Countries, 29 Restaurants & Food Trucks, 46 merchants in the Makers Market, plus a Podcast Stage, a Legacy Skating Party, The Silent Disco, and various VIP Experiences. Chris Haghirian shares his passion for the KC music community as host of Eight One Sixty, heard Tuesday nights at 6:00 PM, on 90.9 The Bridge. Chris worked for The Kansas City Star for over 20 years and is a graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute. Chris organizes multiple concert series throughout the metro, and music stages for The Plaza Art Fair, The Innovation Fest, and with Nathan Reusch of The Record Machine, he co-created The Middle of The Map Fest. More info at http://www.boulevardia.com

Chris Haghirian, thanks for being with us again on WMM

Boulevardia 2022, on Friday, June 17, and Saturday, June 18, at Crown Center, 2396 Grand Boulevard, with 70 artists / bands, on 5 stages. With 48 Brewing Companies from 19 States and 2 Countries, 29 Restaurants & Food Trucks, 46 merchants in the Makers Market, plus a Podcast Stage, a Legacy Skating Party, The Silent Disco, and VIP Experiences.More info at http://www.boulevardia.com

FOUNTAIN STAGE, VISIT MISSOURI STAGE, P3 PARK STAGE, QUIRK STAGE, SILENT DISCO

Boulevardia – Saturday, June 18

KRISTIN HAMILTON & THE HEAT – SATURDAY 11:05AM | P3 PARK STAGE

JACLYN BELL – SATURDAY 11:30AM | QUIRK STAGE

THE WHIPS – SATURDAY 12:00PM | FOUNTAIN STAGE

BACK ALLEY BRASS BAND – SATURDAY 11:45AM | VISIT MISSOURI STAGE

SEASHINE – SATURDAY 12:25PM | P3 PARK STAGE

JILLIAN RISCOE – SATURDAY 12:45PM | QUIRK STAGE

GLASS BANDIT – SATURDAY 1:05PM | VISIT MISSOURI STAGE

IVORY BLUE – SATURDAY 1:15PM | FOUNTAIN STAGE

MID – SATURDAY 1:45PM | P3 PARK STAGE

DISTANT COUSINS – SATURDAY 2:00PM | QUIRK STAGE

THE SALVATION CHOIR – SATURDAY 2:25PM | VISIT MISSOURI STAGE

CARSWELL & HOPE – SATURDAY 2:30PM | FOUNTAIN STAGE

QUITE FRANKLY – SATURDAY 3:05PM | P3 PARK STAGE

LILY DETAEYE – SATURDAY 3:15PM | QUIRK STAGE

DESHICA RAGE (KADESH FLOW/JESSICA PAIGE) – SATURDAY 3:45PM | FOUNTAIN STAGE

DAISY THE GREAT – SATURDAY 3:45PM | VISIT MISSOURI STAGE

LILY B MOONFLOWER – SATURDAY 4:25PM | P3 PARK STAGE

KAT KING – SATURDAY 4:30PM | QUIRK STAGE

THE FAR SIDE (FORMERLY OF THE PHARCYDE) – SATURDAY 5:05PM | VISIT MISSOURI STAGE

MAKING MOVIES – SATURDAY 5:00PM | FOUNTAIN STAGE

PURE XTC – SATURDAY 5:45PM | QUIRK STAGE

RUN WITH IT – SATURDAY 5:45PM | P3 PARK STAGE

FROGPOND – SATURDAY 6:15PM | FOUNTAIN STAGE

VALERIE JUNE – SATURDAY 6:25PM | VISIT MISSOURI STAGE

MUSICBYSKIPPY – SATURDAY 7:00PM | QUIRK STAGE

THE MAGI – SATURDAY 7:25PM | P3 PARK STAGE

SUMMER BREEZE – SATURDAY 7:30PM | FOUNTAIN STAGE

DAYGLOW – SATURDAY 8:05PM | VISIT MISSOURI STAGE

LAUREN SANDERSON – SATURDAY 8:45PM | FOUNTAIN STAGE

OLIVIA FOX – SATURDAY 9:05PM | P3 PARK STAGE

TREVOR TURLA WITH KADESH FLOW – SATURDAY 9:30PM | QUIRK STAGE

DASHBOARD CONFESSIONAL – SATURDAY 9:45PM | VISIT MISSOURI STAGE

GIOVANNIE AND THE HIRED GUNS – SATURDAY 10:00PM | FOUNTAIN STAGE

ROYALETTES VINYL CLUB – SATURDAY 1:00PM | SILENT DISCO
SATURDAY 2:00PM | SILENT DISCO

RYAN & RYAN – SATURDAY 1:00PM | SILENT DISCO
SATURDAY 2:00PM | SILENT DISCO

DJ DIEHARD – SATURDAY 3:00PM | SILENT DISCO
SATURDAY 4:00PM | SILENT DISCO

SONIC LOVE COLLECTIVE – SATURDAY 3:00PM | SILENT DISCO
SATURDAY 4:00PM | SILENT DISCO

STEVIE CRUZ – SATURDAY 5:00PM | SILENT DISCO
SATURDAY 6:00PM | SILENT DISCO

RICO – SATURDAY 5:00PM | SILENT DISCO
SATURDAY 6:00PM | SILENT DISCO

AMANDA GAEZ – SATURDAY 7:00PM | SILENT DISCO
SATURDAY 8:00PM | SILENT DISCO

DAWNA K – SATURDAY 7:00PM | SILENT DISCO
SATURDAY 8:00PM | SILENT DISCO

ASHTON MARTIN – SATURDAY 8:15PM | QUIRK STAGE
SATURDAY 9:00PM | SILENT DISCO – SATURDAY 10:00PM | SILENT DISCO

CASIO MCCOMBS – SATURDAY 9:00PM | SILENT DISCO
SATURDAY 10:00PM | SILENT DISCO

11:20

Paris Williams
  1. Paris Williams – “Youth In Revolt (feat. Medici)” (radio edit)
    from: “Youth in Revolt (feat. Medici)” – Single / Bitter Sweet Sounds / November 5, 2020
    [Paris Williams. Rapper/Producer originally from Muskegon, MI. Previously Paris Williams released the single, “Chunky”on April 20, 2022. He released the single, “Sunsets & Solariums (feat. Bloom Allen)” on October 21, 2021 through Bittersweet Sounds. From Shuttlecok Music Magazine: “Co-produced by Williams, Bloom Allen, and Internet Brad, the track features a sublime mixture of bright, inviting rhymes and the type of nocturnal rhythms you can do schoolwork to, or whatever that YouTube stream is. The single is backed by another track called “As Of Late,” which Williams accurately described at a recent show as (paraphrasing) ‘two minutes of straight bars.’ More info at: allmylinks.com/popstarparis]

[Paris Williams plays Boulevardia 2396 Grand Blvd on Friday, June 17, at 9:30 on the Quirk Stage.]

MiD
  1. MiD – “10 to 13”
    from: DON’T WORRY IT GETS WORSE / MiD / April 8, 2022
    [MID is a rising Indi Rock / Pop band made up of Zak, Karsten, Husk & Colin. All members are musically trained and have written all songs of their debut album, “Don’t worry, it gets worse.” More info at: https://www.instagram.com/thebandmid%5D

[MiD plays Boulevardia 2396 Grand Blvd on Saturday, June 18, at 1:45 on the Park Stage.]

11:25 – Underwriting

11:26 – Interview with Chris Haghirian

We are talking with Chris Haghirian about Boulevardia 2022, on Friday, June 17, and Saturday, June 18, at Crown Center, 2396 Grand Boulevard, with 70 artists/ bands, on 5 stages, with 48 Brewing Companies from 19 States and 2 Countries, 29 Restaurants & Food Trucks, 46 merchants in the Makers Market, plus a Podcast Stage, a Legacy Skating Party, The Silent Disco, and various VIP Experiences. Chris Haghirian shares his passion for the KC music community as host of Eight One Sixty, heard Tuesday nights at 6:00 PM, on 90.9 The Bridge. Chris worked for The Kansas City Star for over 20 years and is a graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute. Chris organizes multiple concert series throughout the metro, and music stages for The Plaza Art Fair, The Innovation Fest, and with Nathan Reusch of The Record Machine, he co-created The Middle of The Map Fest. More info at http://www.boulevardia.com

Chris Haghirian, thanks for being with us again on WMM

Boulevardia 2022, on Friday, June 17, and Saturday, June 18, at Crown Center, 2396 Grand Boulevard, with 70 artists / bands, on 5 stages.

FOUNTAIN STAGE, VISIT MISSOURI STAGE, P3 PARK STAGE, QUIRK STAGE, SILENT DISCO

With 48 Brewing Companies from 19 States and 2 Countries, 29 Restaurants & Food Trucks, 46 merchants in the Makers Market,

Plus a Podcast Stage, a Legacy Skating Party, The Silent Disco, and various VIP Experiences.

More info at http://www.boulevardia.com

11:31

The Pharcyde
  1. The Pharcyde – “Runnin (Radio Edit)”
    from: Labcabincalifornia /The Bicycle Music Company / November 14, 1995
    [The Pharcyde is an American alternative hip hop group, formed in 1989, from South Central Los Angeles. The original four members of the group are Imani (Emandu Wilcox), Slimkid3 (Trevant Hardson), Bootie Brown (Romye Robinson), and Fatlip (Derrick Stewart).[3] DJ Mark Luv was the group’s first disc jockey (DJ), followed by producer J-Swift and then J Dilla. The group is perhaps best known for the hit singles “Drop”, “Passin’ Me By” and “Runnin'”, as well as their first album, Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde (1992). The group continues to tour and record, both collaboratively and in solo projects—the most recent being Hardson’s collaborative EP with DJ Nu-Mark (of Jurassic 5) released in 2014 on Delicious Vinyl. // n 1995, The Pharcyde released their second album, Labcabincalifornia. The album received mixed reviews upon release, maybe due to a different musical direction from the light-hearted playfulness of their debut. The album included another big crossover hit, “Runnin'”, peaking at No. 35 on the Billboard Hot 100. This single was later featured in the movie 8 Mile, as well as the More Music from 8 Mile soundtrack. Labcabincalifornia featured production from producers Jay Dee (who handled the majority of the production). Member Slimkid3 has stated that the group met Jay Dee by way of Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest, who handed them the tape that contained some of the production that would end up on the LP.[19] This album generated lower sales, not reaching gold status. A music video for the song “Drop” was directed by Spike Jonze.// Problems grew between Fatlip and the other MCs after this album, resulting in his leaving the group. In the documentary Cydeways: The Best of the Pharcyde, while the group is performing in shows they still offer their support to Fatlip, telling the crowd that if they support Fatlip on his solo career then they support The Pharcyde and vice versa. // In 2022 IMANI, Slimkid3 and Fatlip launched a “30th Anniversary of Bizarre Ride” tour performing as The Far Side (Formerly of The Pharcyde). More info at: thepharcyde.com

[The Pharcyde plays Boulevardia 2396 Grand Blvd on Saturday, June 18, at 5:05 on the Main Stage.]

Pure XTC
  1. Pure xtc – “Shadow”
    from: “Shadow” Single / Taylor Hughes / June 1, 2022
    [Pure xtc released the EP Nobody’s Home on November 12, 2021. Pure xtc is the musical project of Kansas City based Taylor Hughes. Taylor is also the drummer for the band EXNATIONS who are on hiatus. The idea of pure xtc was formed during an extremely isolating time for multi-instrumentalist, Hughes. Living truly on her own for the first time, she moved to the NYC metro in 2019. Time was spent crying on subways, climbing new rooftops, meeting new people, avoiding new people, feeling extremely fulfilled to feeling like a hollow empty shell. “Ghost” was produced & mixed by Walter Kazmier of Silk City Grooves Studio and mastered by Mike Piacentini of Sony Entertainment’s Battery studios. http://www.purextcmusic.com] [Pure XTC aka Taylor Hughes was our guest on WMM July 14, 2021.]

[Pure XTX plays Boulevardia 2396 Grand Blvd on Saturday, June 18, at 5:45 on the Quirk Stage.]

11:39 – Interview with Chris Haghirian

We are talking with Chris Haghirian about Boulevardia 2022, on Friday, June 17, and Saturday, June 18, at Crown Center, 2396 Grand Boulevard, with 70 artists/ bands, on 5 stages, with 48 Brewing Companies from 19 States and 2 Countries, 29 Restaurants & Food Trucks, 46 merchants in the Makers Market, plus a Podcast Stage, a Legacy Skating Party, The Silent Disco, and various VIP Experiences. Chris Haghirian shares his passion for the KC music community as host of Eight One Sixty, heard Tuesday nights at 6:00 PM, on 90.9 The Bridge. Chris worked for The Kansas City Star for over 20 years and is a graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute. Chris organizes multiple concert series throughout the metro, and music stages for The Plaza Art Fair, The Innovation Fest, and with Nathan Reusch of The Record Machine, he co-created The Middle of The Map Fest. More info at http://www.boulevardia.com

Chris Haghirian, thanks for being with us again on WMM

Boulevardia 2022, on Friday, June 17, and Saturday, June 18, at Crown Center, 2396 Grand Boulevard, with 70 artists / bands, on 5 stages.

FOUNTAIN STAGE, VISIT MISSOURI STAGE, P3 PARK STAGE, QUIRK STAGE, SILENT DISCO

With 48 Brewing Companies from 19 States and 2 Countries, 29 Restaurants & Food Trucks, 46 merchants in the Makers Market,

Plus a Podcast Stage, a Legacy Skating Party, The Silent Disco, and various VIP Experiences.

More info at http://www.boulevardia.com

11:44

Frogpond
  1. Frogpond – “It’s Not Over (Radio Edit)”
    from: TimeThief / Black-Site Records / November 19, 2021
    [Newly reformed KC indie rock band, Frogpond, will release TimeThief, its first album in over twenty years on November 19, 2021, on the KC record label cooperative Black Site. Frogpond is: singer/guitarist and founder Heidi Phillips, long-time bassist, Justine Volpe, with Kristin Conkright on rhythm guitar, and Michelle Bacon on drums. More info at: http://black-site.org/frogpond // Frogpond digitally reissued their Au 1996 vinyl and cassette release Count To Ten on March 12, 2021, 25 years after its original release on August 9, 1996 on Columbia Records. Frogpond was formed in Warrensburg, Missouri. The band existed from 1994-2000, primarily performing in Kansas City and Lawrence, Kansas. COUNT TO TEN was the band’s 12-track national debut full length released on Tristar Music – Columbia on CD and vinyl in 1996 with songs written by Heidi Phillips, with Heidi Phillips on vocals & guitar, Justine Volpe on bass, Megan Hamilton on drums, Kristie Stemel on guitar and backing vocals. Art Alexakis (of the band Everclear) served as producer and contributed backing vocals. // In 1999 Frogpond released the 13-track second album, SAFE RIDE HOME on C2 Records – Columbia, on CD and vinyl with songs written by Heidi Phillips, and with Heidi Phillips on vocals & guitar, Justine Volpe on bass & backing vocals, and Billy Johnson on drums. The album was recorded by Doug McBride at Gravity Studios in Chicago who also served as producer and contributed electric piano and piano. // In 1994 Frogpond self released their 8-song cassette release 2%. 2% was produced, engineered, and mixed at Red House Recording, Lawrence, Kansas, October 1994.]

[Frogpond plays Boulevardia 2396 Grand Blvd on Saturday, June 18, at 6:15 on the Fountain Stage.]

Valerie June
  1. Valerie June – “Fade Into You”
    from: “Fade Into You” – Single / June Tunes-Concord Records / May 12, 2022
    [Mazzy Star Cover. Last year on March 12, 2021 ValerieJne released her 5th full length album THE MOON AND THE STARS, co-produced by Jack Splash and Valerie June. Valerie June Hockett was born January 10, 1982), known as Valerie June, is an American singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist from Memphis, Tennessee, United States. Her sound encompasses a mixture of folk, blues, gospel, soul, country, Appalachian and bluegrass. She is signed to Concord Music Group worldwide. // Born in Jackson, Tennessee on January 10, 1982, June is the oldest of five children. As a child growing up in Humboldt, June was exposed to gospel music at her local church and R&B and soul music via her father, Emerson Hockett. As a teenager, her first job was with her father, owner of Hockett Construction in West Tennessee, and a part-time promoter for gospel singers and Prince, K-Ci & JoJo, and Bobby Womack. She helped by hanging posters in town. Her father died in late 2016. // June relocated to Memphis in 2000 and began recording and performing at the age of 19, initially with her then-husband Michael Joyner, in the duo Bella Sun. After her marriage ended, she began working as a solo artist, combining blues, gospel and Appalachian folk in a style that she describes as “organic moonshine roots music”, and learning guitar, banjo, and lap-steel guitar. She became associated with the Memphis-based Broken String Collective. // In 2009 she was a featured artist on MTV’s online series $5 Cover (following the lives of Memphis musicians attempting to make ends meet), and in 2010 she recorded the EP Valerie June and the Tennessee Express, a collaboration with Old Crow Medicine Show. // In 2011 she was honored by the Memphis and Shelby County Music Commission at the Emissaries of Memphis Music event. She raised funds to record an album with producer Craig Street via Kickstarter.com, raising $15,000 in 60 days. Later that year she relocated from Memphis to Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Shortly after, record producer Kevin Augunas introduced June to Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, which led to the recording of June’s album Pushin’ Against a Stone in July 2011, which was co-written and produced by Dan Auerbach and Kevin Augunas. // In 2012, June performed with producer John Forté on a collaboration called Water Suites (on the hip-hop-blues song “Give Me Water”), and with Meshell Ndegeocello on the song “Be My Husband”. She contributed The Wandering’s 2012 album Go on Now, You Can’t Stay Here: Mississippi Folk Music Volume III. In 2012 she performed in the UK for the first time, playing at Bestival and appearing on Later… with Jools Holland. // She has received substantial radio play in Europe on BBC Radio 6, including a feature on Cerys on 6 with Cerys Matthews. Mary Anne Hobbs of XFM has said of June: “This woman has already touched my heart, she really, really has.” // In February 2013, June was invited to support Jake Bugg on the UK leg of his tour. In March 2013, June performed two nights at South By Southwest. The first performance was on March 14 as part of the Heartbreaker Banquet. On March 16, June performed again, this time as part of The Revival Tour. Rolling Stone June’s second album, The Order of Time one of the 50 Best Albums of 2017, citing “her handsomely idiosyncratic brand of Americana, steeped deep in electric blues and old-time folk, gilded in country twang and gospel yearning….a blend of spacey hippie soul, blues and folk with June’s pinched, modern-Appalachian voice at the center”. In a 2017 interview, Bob Dylan was asked what artists he listened to and respected; June was among the artists he mentioned in reply.More info at: http://www.valeriejune.com]

[Valerie June plays Boulevardia 2396 Grand Blvd on Saturday, June 18, at 6:25 on the Main Stage.]

11:51- Interview with Chris Haghirian

We have been talking with Chris Haghirian about Boulevardia 2022, on Friday, June 17, and Saturday, June 18, at Crown Center, 2396 Grand Boulevard, with 70 artists/ bands, on 5 stages, with 48 Brewing Companies from 19 States and 2 Countries, 29 Restaurants & Food Trucks, 46 merchants in the Makers Market, plus a Podcast Stage, a Legacy Skating Party, The Silent Disco, and various VIP Experiences. Chris Haghirian shares his passion for the KC music community as host of Eight One Sixty, heard Tuesday nights at 6:00 PM, on 90.9 The Bridge. Chris worked for The Kansas City Star for over 20 years and is a graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute. Chris organizes multiple concert series throughout the metro, and music stages for The Plaza Art Fair, The Innovation Fest, and with Nathan Reusch of The Record Machine, he co-created The Middle of The Map Fest. More info at http://www.boulevardia.com

Chris Haghirian, thanks for being with us again on WMM

Thank you to everyone who called in last week during our Spring Fund Drive Show.
46 people donated through Wednesday MidDay Medley at total of $2689.00

For Chris Haghirian and Boulevardia 2022 and for Wednesday MidDay Medley I’m Mark Manning. Thanks for listening!

11:54

Dashboard Confessional
  1. Dashboard Confessional – “Hands Down”
    from: A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar / Vagrant Records / August 12, 2003
    [Hands Down” is a song by Dashboard Confessional that was originally recorded for the acoustic So Impossible EP in 2001, which told the story of a date that Chris Carrabba had in his late teens/early twenties. It was later re-recorded and released as the lead single for the LP A Mark, a Mission, a Brand, a Scar in 2003 with a full band. Carrabba has said that this song is about the best day and date that he’s ever had, and introduces it as such at concerts. “Hands Down” was released to radio on July 15, 2003. // A Mark, a Mission, a Brand, a Scar is the third studio album by American band Dashboard Confessional. // Dashboard Confessional started as the one-man acoustic project of vocalist/guitarist Chris Carrabba. The project’s second album The Places You Have Come to Fear the Most (2001), released through independent label Vagrant Records, featured a full band on a few of the songs. The album become Vagrant’s best-selling release. Lead single “Screaming Infidelities” became a hit at modern rock radio stations. The So Impossible EP, made in collaboration with guitarist Dan Hoerner of Sunny Day Real Estate, was released in December. // It was followed by a companion piece, the Summers Kiss EP in April 2002. Later in 2002, Dashboard Confessional taped a performance for MTV’s Unplugged series, which was later released as MTV Unplugged 2.0. As Dashboard Confessional was becoming a staple at radio and on MTV, the project solidified its line-up as a group: Carrabba, bassist Scott Schoenbeck, guitarist John Lefler and drummer Mike Marsh. In December, Carrabba revealed the next album’s title: A Mark, a Mission, a Brand, a Scar. // In February 2022 Dashboard Confessional released their 9th studio album, All The Truth That I Can Tell. Dashboard Confessional and Jimmy Eat World began their ‘Surviving the Truth Tour’ on Feb 27, 2022. // Info: dashboardconfessional.com]

[Dashboard Confessional plays Boulevardia 2396 Grand Blvd on Saturday, June 18, at 9:45 on the Main Stage.]

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

Next week on Wednesday, June 22, in our first hour we’ll talk with singer, songwriter, actor, performer Stephonne! And… in our second hour we will welcome members of Monta At Odds who play a Vinyl Release Show at RecordBar, 1520 Grand, Blvd, on Saturday, June 25 with Jorge Arana Trio, The Moose, and Royalettes Vinyl Club.

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