WMM Playlist from June 29, 2022

Wednesday MidDay Medley
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning
90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio
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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Les Izmore & Jade Green of Arquesta Del SolSoul + Scott Hrabko + Just Angel

  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. Aldous Harding – “Lawn”
    from: Warm Chris / 4AD / March 25, 2022
    [Hannah Sian Topp was born in 1990. She is known professionally as Aldous Harding, is a New Zealand folk singer-songwriter, based in Cardiff, Wales. // Topp comes from a musical family in Lyttelton, New Zealand: her mother is folk singer Lorina Harding.[3] One of the first musicians who came across her was New Zealand folk-pop singer/songwriter Anika Moa. Moa asked Harding to play support for her that night after finding her busking outside the venue she was about to play at. // She has released music through independent record labels Flying Nun, Spunk, and 4AD. She has collaborated with Marlon Williams, John Parish, Mike Hadreas and Fenne Lily. // 4AD announced Harding as a new signing in early 2017 just prior to the release of her second album, Party. Party was nominated for IMPALA’s European Album of the Year Award. Singer-songwriter Aldous Harding, released Designer is the third studio album on April 26, 2019 by 4AD. The song “The Barrel” won the 2019 APRA Silver Scroll award. // As of 2020, she is based in Cardiff, Wales, where she had previously lived with partner and collaborator H. Hawkline.]

[Aldous Ahrding plays The Granada Theatre, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, Kansas on Saturday, July 2, at 7:00 PM.]

The Creepy Jingles
  1. The Creepy Jingles – “Nicotine Mom”
    from: TAKE ME AT MY WORDPLAY / High Dive Records / March 25, 2022
    [This was the second single from band’s 11-track, full-length debut, TAKE ME AT MY WORD PLAY released on March 25, 2022. “Trojan Horse Girl” was the single released February 11, 2022. The Creepy Jingles are a Kansas City based, 4-piece rock and roll band that both honors and defies convention. Led by singer / song-writer Jocelyn Olivia Nixon, a transgender wordsmith who charms with razor wit and dazzles with her lyrical acrobatics. Nick Robertson on drums, Travis McKenzie on guitar, and Andrew Woody on bass guitar bring first class musicianship and creativity, helping Nixon paint the perfect picture of colors and sounds that don’t stay in the lines. Their new album, “Take Me at My Wordplay” is an eclectic blend of catchy Brit-Pop melodies that dance around the landscape of surf, NY garage rock, psychedelia and folk music. Paired up with lyrics centering on themes of identity, strained relationships, social media madness, meme magic, pandemic paranoia, paid off political pundits, backyard bullies and barking up the wrong tree. Everything and the kitchen sink or swim. No stoner left unturned. The Creepy Jingles released their Debut EP on High Dive Records on May 3, 2019. The release was in the top ten of WMM’s 119 Best Recordings of 2019.]
Babydoll
  1. Babydoll – “Flamethrower”
    from: “Flamethrower” – Single / Babydoll / April 7, 2021
    [Babydoll is a musical project of Madison Monroe and Hadiza, who also perform as Collidescope, and as solo artists. Hadiza also performs in Arquesta Del SolSoul. For this track additional vocals were provided by Hadiza and mixing and mastering was provided by Jametatone. For live performaces Madi and Hadiza are often on stage with Tim Hart who plays guitar; Adee Dancy on cello, 2007 Balquier, aka DJ Whorxata on drums. and others. Babydoll released the 3-song EP VESTIGIALon October 31, 2018 with Madison Monroe on guitar & vocal; Hadiza Sa-Aadu on keyboards, Jake McCulley on bass, Gabe Sperry on guitar (Track 1), and drums (Tracks 2 & 3). and JL Bolinger on drums (Track 1) Moe info at dollheaddreams,bandcamp]

[Babydoll plays Rino, 314 Armour Rd., North Kansas City, on Saturdaym July 2, at 7:00 PM with Hadiza. And Nightosphere.]

Arquesta Del SolSoul
  1. Arquesta Del SolSoul – “Mama No Llores”
    from: “Mama No Llores” – Single / Arquesta Del SolSoul / June 29, 2022
    [They call themselves, “African Futurist Genre Killerz from the Middle of the Map bringing an innovative multidimensional sound inspired by our founding musical ancestors to decolonize and time bend indigenous sounds of the Caribbean, Latin America, West, Central, and Southern Africa.” Members include Les Izmore, Jessica Ayala, Brad Williams, Chalis O’Neal, Jade Green, & Hadiza. http://www.instagram.com/arquestadelsolsoul%5D

[Arquesta Del SolSoul will headline night one of the 3rd Annual Queer Narratives Festival, August 5, 2022 at The Black Box in the West Bottoms, 1060 Union Ave. KCMO.]

[Arquest Del SolSoul play Crossroads Music Fest on Saturday, August 27, 2022]

[Arquesta Del SolSoul play SolSoul Fest 2022 on September 30, 2022 at Lemonade Park, West Bottoms, 1628 Wyoming, KCMO.]

10:19 – Interview with Les Izmore and Jade Green

Les Izmore is highly trained in Middle Of The Map Music. His tribal connection is Octavia E. Butler’s SUN, which was spawned in the inner sanctum of African Futurity. He’s been performing through existing channels for 1000’s of years. Known for his work fronting the legendary Kansas City collective Hearts of Darkness and the influential hip hop band Heartfelt Anarchy with Conductor Williams aka d/will, and many other projects, including his solo work and with Les Izmore and the GOATs. Les is a culture builder, continually pushing the bouudaries to create music that honors his ancestors amd gets everyone dancing. Les is also a farmer and gardener growing food in the city and teaching others about food, music, history, and poetry.

Jade Green has a vocal background in opera, and is half of the critically acclaimed band The Black Creatures who a point to blur the lines of genre while maintaining a recognizable cohesion; blending pop, hip-hop, dance, R&B, EDM and soul with cinematic and storytelling. Jade’s voice captivates the audience from beginning to end. After releasing Wild Echoes in the fall of 2020, the record received Album Of The Year from The Pitch Magazine. Nuance Magazine wrote, “The Black Creatures take their musical talents and use them in such a way that forces listeners to not only tap their foot to a catchy tune, but pay attention and feel something about what is going on in the world around them. Tackling fascism, police brutality, and the deep-rooted effects of slavery in a rhythmic fashion is one thing. Simultaneously making it a good listen is another. However, The Black Creatures make it happen.”

Les Izmore and Jade Green are members of Arquesta Del SolSoul a six-piece Kansas City based music collective of African futurists. Their sound brings an innovative multidimensional eclectic fusion of Soul, Hip-Hop, R&B, Afro-Latin percussion, and Spoken Word. Inspired by their founding musical ancestors, they decolonize and time bend indigenous sounds of the Caribbean, Latin America, West, Central, and Southern Africa. Members include Les Izmore, Jessica Ayala, Brad Williams, Chalis O’Neal, Jade Green, and Hadiza.

We just played the radio premiere of Arquesta Del SolSoul’s song, “Mama No Llores”

Arquesta Del SolSoul will headline night one of the 3rd Annual Queer Narratives Festival, August 5, 2022 at The Black Box in the West Bottoms, 1060 Union Ave. KCMO.

Arquest Del SolSoul play Crossroads Music Fest on Saturday, August 27, 2022

Arquesta Del SolSoul play SolSoul Fest 2022 on September 30, 2022 at Lemonade Park, West Bottoms, 1628 Wyoming, KCMO.

The Black Creatures play Downtown KCK at 7th and Minnesota on Friday, July 1, at 11:30 to 1:00 PM

More info at: http://www.instagram.com/arquestadelsolsoul

Les Izmore and Jade Green Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

Arquesta Del SolSoul call themselves, “African Futurist Genre Killerz from the Middle of the Map bringing an innovative multidimensional sound inspired by our founding musical ancestors to decolonize and time bend indigenous sounds of the Caribbean, Latin America, West, Central, and Southern Africa.”

Arquesta Del SolSoul members include:

Les Izmore, Jessica Ayala, Brad Williams, Chalis O’Neal, Jade Green, and Hadiza.

Jessica Ayala is an Indigenous Colombian Two-Spirit multi discipline artist. Miss Ayala is a spoken word poet, musician, published author, cultural worker, light worker, activist, public speaker, and writer-in-residence alumni of Charlotte Street Foundation. Their work is a fusion of her heritage merging oral tradition, storytelling, poetry, song, and native percussion; creating spaces to explore concepts of internalized oppression and decolonization. Ayala immigrated to the United States at the age of three, publishing her first series of poems for the Young Authors Conference at the age of eight. Her current poetry has been published in two anthologies winning an Honorable Medal in the 2017 International Latino Book Awards. Additionally, Miss Ayala is the recipient of the 2018 Best Kansas City Spoken Word Artist Award and was recently awarded the 2020 Civil and Human Rights Award by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

Les Izmore is highly trained in Middle Of The Map Music. His tribal connection is Octavia E. Butler’s SUN, which was spawned in the inner sanctum of African Futurity. He’s been performing through existing channels for 1000’s of years. Known for his work fronting the legendary Kansas City collective Hearts of Darkness and the influential hip hop band Heartfelt Anarchy with Conductor Williams aka d/will, and many other projects, including his solo work and with Les Izmore and the GOATs. Les is a culture builder, continually pushing the bouudaries to create music that honors his ancestors amd gets everyone dancing. Les is also a farmer and gardener growing food in the city and teachong others about food, music, history, and poetry.

Brad Wiiliams is a Native to Kansas City, this percussionist takes no issue with referencing his blues, gospel, jazz and folk roots while leaving room for spontaneous, in the moment expression. Brad has been playing in Kansas City’s arts scene for nearly 20 years building style and techniques that have garnered a sound all his own. He has been fortunate to share creative space with a myriad of artists and looks forward to cultivating new opportunities for growth and collaboration. Brad has also taken time to offer what he has learned to new up and coming musicians through private instruction and by hosting concept sessions. Brad has played with everyone including Hearts of Darkness, and Krystle Warren.

Chalis O’Neal released his debut solo album Flirting on November 15, 2021. The track “La Tienda de Regalos” features spoken word poet Jessica Ayala. Musician and performer Chalis O’Neal about his upcoming debut album, FLIRTING. Chalis picked up the trumpet at the age of eleven and began studying music at Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts. Chalis majored in Jazz Studies with a minor in Classical Trumpet under the direction of Jazz legend Bobby Watson at the University of Missouri Kansas City. O’Neal’s eclectic style ranges from jazz venues to theatre work with the New Theatre Restaurant performing and acting in the The Buddy Holly Story. O’Neal also has burlesque experience with Quixotic Cirque Nouveau. Chalis is also the lead trumpeter for the Afro futuristic band, Arquesta Del SolSoul. O’Neal has performed with Bobby Watson, Harold O’Neal, Tivon Pennicott, Marcus Strickland, Lisa Henry, and David Basse. // Chalis O’Neal is the youngest brother of Harold Mujahid O’Neal who was born March 27, 1981, and is an American pianist, composer, record producer, public speaker, dancer, and storyteller. He has recorded and performed with artists in a variety of musical genres (U2, Lupe Fiasco, Busta Rhymes, Damien Rice, Aloe Blacc, and Jay Z). O’Neal has been profiled and featured in numerous publications and programs including Forbes, NPR’s All Things Considered, Fortune, Studio 360, and the 92Y, with The New York Times comparing him to Duke Ellington, Kenny Kirkland, and Maurice Ravel. He is considered to be of this generation’s greatest pianists and composers. O’Neal has been awarded fellowship to the Royal Society of the Arts, with the Patron being Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and recently played a role as a creative expert for the Academy Award winning Pixar film, Soul. // Harold O’Neal was born in Arusha, Tanzania, and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. His great-grandfather, Ollie Harold Pennington, was a jazz pianist and composer for silent film in Kansas City, where his grandmother walked to school with Charlie Parker. O’Neal began playing the piano by ear at age four on his father’s miniature keyboard. He found his earliest inspirations in the music of Tom and Jerry, Looney Tunes, and Disney. While growing up, he spent a considerable amount of time with his grandmother exploring various creative outlets, before eventually becoming a pianist. Having spent much of his youth living in the projects (Public Housing) and surviving near-death experiences, he credits music with saving his life. O’Neal attended the Paseo Academy Of Fine And Performing Arts, with classmates Logan Richardson, Lil’ Ronnie, and Brian Kennedy, where he began his jazz piano studies while being mentored by Ahmad Alaadeen. He studied classical piano and composition with Margie Cameron-Jarrett, whose musical lineage can be traced back to Franz Liszt.

Jade Green is half of the critically acclaimed band The Black Creatures. The Black Creatures make a point to blur the lines of genre while maintaining a recognizable cohesion; oftentimes blending contemporary styles of pop, hip-hop, dance, R&B, EDM and soul with cinematic and storytelling sci-fi/fantasy elements and themes. With the complex and creative approach The Black Creatures take to their art, a diverse audience regularly flocks to their gripping and intensely enchanting performances. // Representing the strange land of Kansas City, Missouri, Jade Green and Xavier began working together around the end of 2013 after meeting on-line talking about cosmetics. After Jade stumbled upon Xavier’s SoundCloud, they asked if they could put their vocals on it, and this led to future collaborations with no more than the intention to dabble. They couldn’t stop and eventually dubbed the project The Black Creatures. // Both Jade & Xavier write and perform vocals, with Xavier at the helm of production and composition. Jade Green has a vocal background in opera and a penchant for theatrics, and both are the foundation of their ever-evolving approach to writing and performing in The Black Creatures. While the instrumentals may set the tone for the show, Jade’s voice captivates the audience from beginning to end. Originally a violinist, Xavier unfurled into a producer and vocalist, maintaining the same air of intrigue and mystery throughout his compositions and performances in The Black Creatures. // After releasing Wild Echoes in the fall of 2020, the record received Album Of The Year from The Pitch Magazine, along with high praise from around the world for the four released singles and accompanying videos. “Wretched (It Goes)” was featured in the NPR Live Sessions “Songs For Change” when The Black Creatures were selected as one of 12 national artists, and included in 90.9 The Bridge’s Top 100 singles along with their song “D’ummm” which was in heavy rotation in the winter. Nuance Magazine wrote, “The Black Creatures take their musical talents and use them in such a way that forces listeners to not only tap their foot to a catchy tune, but pay attention and feel something about what is going on in the world around them. Tackling fascism, police brutality, and the deep-rooted effects of slavery in a rhythmic fashion is one thing. Simultaneously making it a good listen is another. However, The Black Creatures make it happen.”

Hadiza. released her solo EP Gone on December 29, 2018, and he 10 song, full-length album called, Shadow Weight, on November 22, 2019. Born in Iowa City, Iowa, she has lived in Bushwick, and Atlanta, and worked in corporate America in the New York Finance District. Since relocating to Kansas City, Hadiza. has been slowly carving out her place as a solo artist and also as lead vocalist and lyricist for the experimental electronic duo Collidescope that recently released their new 7-track album, DEEP TAPE, on December 31, 2020. Collidescope is essentially a duo that includes: Hadiza. on vocals, beats, & synthesizers; and Madison Monroe on guitar, bass, beats, synthesizers, mixing and vocals. DEEP TAPE is a follow up the the band’s debut EP Systemic released December 16, 2017. More info at: http://www.hadizaisnothere.bandcamp.com or http://www.acollidescope.bandcamp.com

Previous Members include:
Irving Graham, Ernest Melton, Andres Ramirez, Fabian Prado.

3 of the current musicians in Arquesta Del SolSoul worked together in Hearts of Darkness.

Hearts of Darkness is a Community whose original material absorbs influences from 1970s afrobeat to hip hop, 1960s and 1970s soul and funk, as well as reaching back to 1920s big band . The sound evokes memories of Count Basie, James Brown, and Fela Kuti Jamming with Nina Simone, Erykah Badu and Sun Ra.

Les Izmore: Vocals, Shekere
Erica Townsend: Vocals
Rachel Christia: Vocals
Leena Will: Vocals
Erin Bopp: Vocals
Brad “Bad Brad” Williams: Kit, Percussion
Miko Spears: Congas
Dominique Sanders: Bass Guitar
Lucas Parker: Rhythm Guitar
Sam Goodell: Keys
Chalis O’neal: Trumpet
Ernest Melton: Saxophones
Jolan Smith: Tenor Sax – Vocals

Discography

Albums: Hearts of Darkness (2010) // Shelf Life (2012)
EPs: Numeration (2012)

Arquesta Del SolSoul Shows:

Arquesta Del SolSoul will headline night one of the 3rd Annual Queer Narratives Festival, August 5, 2022 at The Black Box in the West Bottoms, 1060 Union Ave. KCMO.

Arquest Del SolSoul play Crossroads Music Fest on Saturday, August 27, 2022

Arquesta Del SolSoul play SolSoul Fest 2022 on September 30, 2022 at Lemonade Park, West Bottoms, 1628 Wyoming, KCMO.

The Black Creatures play Downtown KCK at 7th and Minnesota on Friday, July 1, at 11:30 to 1:00 PM

More info at: http://www.instagram.com/arquestadelsolsoul

The new single from The Black Creatures is “Loud 4 Nothing” The follow to their last single “True Friends” on September 17, 2021. After being signed to Center Cut Records the label remastered and reissued their album Wild Echoes and began releasing singles. “Wild Echoes” was #2 in WMM’s 119 Favorite Releases of 2019 (Albums & EPs). Since the release of ”Wild Echoes” the band has released seven entirely new songs, nearly one per month, all posted to their bandcamp page. The Black Creatures fuse dark-pop hip-hop, soul, jazz, and electronic music with elements from science fiction to tell inter-dimensional stories of love, community, life, culture, history. Xavier & Jade have made an impression in the KC music community with their live shows in clubs, galleries, record stores, and area music festivals. .]

Charlotte Street Foundation announced that the recipients of the 2022 Generative Performing Artist Awards are The Black Creatures and Calvin Arsenia Scott. This year, Charlotte Street’s Visual Artist Awards were given to Andrew Mcilvaine, Harold Smith Jr., and Johanna Winters. Congratulations!

The Black Creatures play Downtown KCK at 7th & Minnesota Fri, July 1, 11:30 – 1:00 PM

10:28 – Underwriting

  1. Arquesta Del SolSoul – “Huelga”
    from: “Huelga” – Single / Arquesta Del SolSoul / June 29, 2022
    [They call themselves, “African Futurist Genre Killerz from the Middle of the Map bringing an innovative multidimensional sound inspired by our founding musical ancestors to decolonize and time bend indigenous sounds of the Caribbean, Latin America, West, Central, and Southern Africa.” Members include Les Izmore, Jessica Ayala, Brad Williams, Chalis O’Neal, Jade Green, & Hadiza. http://www.instagram.com/arquestadelsolsoul%5D

[Arquesta Del SolSoul will headline night one of the 3rd Annual Queer Narratives Festival, August 5, 2022 at The Black Box in the West Bottoms, 1060 Union Ave. KCMO.]

[Arquest Del SolSoul play Crossroads Music Fest on Saturday, August 27, 2022]

[Arquesta Del SolSoul play SolSoul Fest 2022 on September 30, 2022 at Lemonade Park, West Bottoms, 1628 Wyoming, KCMO.]

10:36 – Interview with Les Izmore and Jade Green

Les Izmore is highly trained in Middle Of The Map Music. His tribal connection is Octavia E. Butler’s SUN, which was spawned in the inner sanctum of African Futurity. He’s been performing through existing channels for 1000’s of years. Known for his work fronting the legendary Kansas City collective Hearts of Darkness and the influential hip hop band Heartfelt Anarchy with Conductor Williams aka d/will, and many other projects, including his solo work and with Les Izmore and the GOATs. Les is a culture builder, continually pushing the bouudaries to create music that honors his ancestors amd gets everyone dancing. Les is also a farmer and gardener growing food in the city and teaching others about food, music, history, and poetry.

Jade Green has a vocal background in opera, and is half of the critically acclaimed band The Black Creatures who a point to blur the lines of genre while maintaining a recognizable cohesion; blending pop, hip-hop, dance, R&B, EDM and soul with cinematic and storytelling. Jade’s voice captivates the audience from beginning to end. After releasing Wild Echoes in the fall of 2020, the record received Album Of The Year from The Pitch Magazine. Nuance Magazine wrote, “The Black Creatures take their musical talents and use them in such a way that forces listeners to not only tap their foot to a catchy tune, but pay attention and feel something about what is going on in the world around them. Tackling fascism, police brutality, and the deep-rooted effects of slavery in a rhythmic fashion is one thing. Simultaneously making it a good listen is another. However, The Black Creatures make it happen.”

Les Izmore and Jade Green are members of Arquesta Del SolSoul a six-piece KC based music collective of African futurists. Their sound brings an innovative multidimensional eclectic fusion of Soul, Hip-Hop, R&B, Afro-Latin percussion, and Spoken Word. Inspired by their founding musical ancestors, they decolonize and time bend indigenous sounds of the Caribbean, Latin America, West, Central, and Southern Africa. Members include Les Izmore, Jessica Ayala, Brad Williams, Chalis O’Neal, Jade Green, and Hadiza.

Arquesta Del SolSoul Shows:

Arquesta Del SolSoul will headline night one of the 3rd Annual Queer Narratives Festival, August 5, 2022 at The Black Box in the West Bottoms, 1060 Union Ave. KCMO.

Arquest Del SolSoul play Crossroads Music Fest on Saturday, August 27, 2022

Arquesta Del SolSoul play SolSoul Fest 2022 on September 30, 2022 at Lemonade Park, West Bottoms, 1628 Wyoming, KCMO.

The Black Creatures play Downtown KCK at 7th & Minnesota Fri, July 1, 11:30 – 1:00 PM

More info at: http://www.instagram.com/arquestadelsolsoul

The 3rd Annual Queer Narratives Festival, August 1-6 2022 is a week-long festival that includes performances, vendors, craftspeople, food trucks, a visual exhibit along with artist-led workshops, talkbacks, meetups and open mics.

When: August 1-6, 2022
Weekly programming: August 1-4, 2022
Main Festival: August 5 and 6, 2022

Where: The Black Box in the West Bottoms, 1060 Union Ave..KCMO 6414

For questions and inquiries, please contact: info@nodividekc.org

Les Izmore and Jade Green Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

Arquesta Del SolSoul will headline night one of the 3rd Annual Queer Narratives Festival, August 5, 2022 at The Black Box in the West Bottoms, 1060 Union Ave. KCMO.

Arquest Del SolSoul play Crossroads Music Fest on Saturday, August 27, 2022

Arquesta Del SolSoul play SolSoul Fest 2022 on September 30, 2022 at Lemonade Park, West Bottoms, 1628 Wyoming, KCMO.

The Black Creatures play Downtown KCK at 7th & Minnesota Fri, July 1, 11:30 – 1:00 PM

More info at: http://www.instagram.com/arquestadelsolsoul

10:55

  1. Arquesta Del SolSoul – “Reina”
    from: “Reina” – Single / Arquesta Del SolSoul / June 29, 2022
    [They call themselves, “African Futurist Genre Killerz from the Middle of the Map bringing an innovative multidimensional sound inspired by our founding musical ancestors to decolonize and time bend indigenous sounds of the Caribbean, Latin America, West, Central, and Southern Africa.” Members include Les Izmore, Jessica Ayala, Brad Williams, Chalis O’Neal, Jade Green, & Hadiza. http://www.instagram.com/arquestadelsolsoul%5D

[Arquesta Del SolSoul will headline night one of the 3rd Annual Queer Narratives Festival, August 5, 2022 at The Black Box in the West Bottoms, 1060 Union Ave. KCMO.]

[Arquest Del SolSoul play Crossroads Music Fest on Saturday, August 27, 2022]

[Arquesta Del SolSoul play SolSoul Fest 2022 on September 30, 2022 at Lemonade Park, West Bottoms, 1628 Wyoming, KCMO.]

11:00 – Station ID

  1. Scott Hrabko & The Rabbits – “Ufohio”
    from: The Wonderful World Of Scott Hrabko & the Rabbits / Scott Hrabko / July 1, 2022
    [These two sprawling discs contain song-craft reminiscent of everything from classic ‘60s adult pop to nostalgia-free Americana to cut ’n’ paste hip hop-inspired grooves — and some wild detours between. “But it’s all me.” – Hrabko. The Rabbits, this time around: Jason Beers on Bass, Organ, Piano, Banjo, Harmonica, Slide Guitar; Clarke Wyatt on Drums; Matt Hopper on Lead Guitar; Chris DeVictor on Upright Bass; Chris Hudson on Nylon String Guitar, Mandolin, Lead Guitar; Mike Lindsey on Bass; Tim Higgins on Drums, Percussion; Gary Paredes on Slide Guitar, Wah Wah Guitar; Chad Brothers on Lead Acoustic, and Havilah Bruders on Vocals, with Scott Hrabko on Voices, Guitars, Bass, Keyboards, Drums, Percussion, Banjo, Static Outbursts, Ghosts Knob Twiddling and Digital Chicanery. This 2-CD, 22-song release, THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF SCOTT HRABKO & THE RABBITS on July 1, 2022. The double album was recorded at Hrabko’s home studio in a time of a global pandemic and social unrest. Mike Warren writes in No Depression Magazine, “Hrabko’s rootsy songs are filled with trap doors, hidden nooks, and secret passageways. They’re like those dreams within comfortably familiar houses that suddenly have brand new rooms.” Scott Hrabko & The Rabbits have released six singles and released the albums and EPs: LAST DANCE (EP) in 2020, SMASH HITS FROM A PARALLEL UNIVERSE (EP) in 2019, SUMMER in 2017, and BISCUITS AND GRAVITY in 2015. Scott Hrabko’s 2013 critically acclaimed solo release, GONE PLACES was said to be 30 years in the making. Scott Hrabko has played with The Original Sinners, as well as the 1980s bands: The Splinters, and The Andersons. In the early 1990s Scott performed as a solo artist in coffee houses with Iris Dement and Howard Eisberg. More info at: http://www.scotthrabko.com]

11:04 – Interview with Scott Hrabko

Scott Hrabko has played with Kansas City’s oldest garage band, The Original Sinners, as well as various incarnations of the 1980s bands: The Splinters, and The Andersons. In the 1990s he performed as a solo artist in coffee houses rubbing shoulders with Iris Dement and Howard Eisberg. Scott Hrabko’s 2014 critically acclaimed solo release, “Gone Places” was said to be 30 years in the making. He has now released 66 recorded tracks, six singles, the two EPs and four albums: LAST DANCE (EP) in 2020, SMASH HITS FROM A PARALLEL UNIVERSE (EP) in 2019, SUMMER in 2017, and BISCUITS AND GRAVITY in 2015.

Now Scott Hrabko is getting set to release his 4th full length 2-CD, 22-song release, THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF SCOTT HRABKO & THE RABBITS on July 1, 2022.

Scott Hrabko, thank you for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

UFOhio • ©2022, Scott Hrabko

An old woman, arms akimbo
Is standing on her lawn
Counting chickens nonexistent
And humming a lonely song

About the terrible day
When all the troubles came

And we dropped everything we were working on
To come running and see
With the sun shining madly
Down on our misery

Beautiful UFOhio
UFOhio
UFOhio

Oh-eye-ho! Oh-eye-ho!

They tell me my people were born there
But hell if I know

UFOhio
UFOhio

Baby, don’t you want to go?
And I can understand if the answer is “no!”

There’s a band in my head
And they don’t get along
They accuse one another
Of wrecking the song

So I went solo
So low I scraped the road

Mike Warren writes in No Depression Magazine, “Hrabko’s rootsy songs are filled with trap doors, hidden nooks, and secret passageways. They’re like those dreams within comfortably familiar houses that suddenly have brand new rooms.”

Scott’s 2017 album SUMMER it was recorded in part by Paul Malinowski at Massive Sound. THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF SCOTT HRABKO & THE RABBIT was recorded at Hrabko’s home studio in a time of a global pandemic and social unrest.

THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF SCOTT HRABKO & THE RABBITS – These two sprawling discs contain song-craft reminiscent of everything from classic ‘60s adult pop to nostalgia-free Americana to cut ’n’ paste hip hop-inspired grooves — and some wild detours between. “But it’s all me.” – Hrabko

The Rabbits, this time around:
• Jason Beers – Bass, Organ, Piano, Banjo, Harmonica, Slide Guitar
• Clarke Wyatt – Drums
• Matt Hopper – Lead Guitar
• Chris DeVictor – Upright Bass
• Chris Hudson – Nylon String Guitar, Mandolin, Lead Guitar
• Mike Lindsey – Bass
• Tim Higgins – Drums, Percussion
• Gary Paredes – Slide Guitar, Wah Wah Guitar
• Chad Brothers – Lead Acoustic
• Havilah Bruders – Voices

SH – Voices, Guitars, Bass, Keyboards, Drums, Percussion, Banjo, Static Outbursts, Ghosts Knob Twiddling and Digital Chicanery

11:12

  1. Scott Hrabko & The Rabbits – “Stragglers”
    from: The Wonderful World Of Scott Hrabko & the Rabbits / Scott Hrabko / July 1, 2022
    [These two sprawling discs contain song-craft reminiscent of everything from classic ‘60s adult pop to nostalgia-free Americana to cut ’n’ paste hip hop-inspired grooves — and some wild detours between. “But it’s all me.” – Hrabko. The Rabbits, this time around: Jason Beers on Bass, Organ, Piano, Banjo, Harmonica, Slide Guitar; Clarke Wyatt on Drums; Matt Hopper on Lead Guitar; Chris DeVictor on Upright Bass; Chris Hudson on Nylon String Guitar, Mandolin, Lead Guitar; Mike Lindsey on Bass; Tim Higgins on Drums, Percussion; Gary Paredes on Slide Guitar, Wah Wah Guitar; Chad Brothers on Lead Acoustic, and Havilah Bruders on Vocals, with Scott Hrabko on Voices, Guitars, Bass, Keyboards, Drums, Percussion, Banjo, Static Outbursts, Ghosts Knob Twiddling and Digital Chicanery. This 2-CD, 22-song release, THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF SCOTT HRABKO & THE RABBITS on July 1, 2022. The double album was recorded at Hrabko’s home studio in a time of a global pandemic and social unrest. Mike Warren writes in No Depression Magazine, “Hrabko’s rootsy songs are filled with trap doors, hidden nooks, and secret passageways. They’re like those dreams within comfortably familiar houses that suddenly have brand new rooms.” Scott Hrabko & The Rabbits have released six singles and released the albums and EPs: LAST DANCE (EP) in 2020, SMASH HITS FROM A PARALLEL UNIVERSE (EP) in 2019, SUMMER in 2017, and BISCUITS AND GRAVITY in 2015. Scott Hrabko’s 2013 critically acclaimed solo release, GONE PLACES was said to be 30 years in the making. Scott Hrabko has played with The Original Sinners, as well as the 1980s bands: The Splinters, and The Andersons. In the early 1990s Scott performed as a solo artist in coffee houses with Iris Dement and Howard Eisberg. More info at: http://www.scotthrabko.com]

11:16 – Interview with Scott Hrabko

Stragglers • ©2022, Scott Hrabko

Some stragglers from a sparrow flock
Broke off to mob a red tailed hawk
And chased him, screaming
Round and round the block

It’s hawks by day and owls by night
In the grass I’m finding grisly sights
Rabbit halves and quarter squirrels
And thirds of birds

What can you do?
It’s just the way of the world
Throw a little sawdust on the purple swirls
And the buzzing flies beneath the tilt-a-whirl

Throw a circle of sky as I lie on my back
The birds so high they may as well be gnats
Gratification delayed and delayed
I’m beginning to wonder if we missed the train

Grackles in panic on the railroad tracks
Fighting over fried chicken scraps
An old man crushing aluminum cans
He does a dance to the thinking man’s jam band
I mean Can

I ain’t no gentile aloutte
Flying high above the fray
Singing a song like nothing’s wrong
So you can get on with your day

Teardrops from treetops
Here come the crows
There go the leaves
They gotta give up the ghost

Well, it’s birds of burden and words of prey
I’m walking my dog-day-dreaming away
All in a day, a beautiful day


“Hrabko’s got a penchant for mixing old-time-sounding music with 21st century sensibilities. Hrabko’s voice is that silky baritone that’s as comfortable with lounge music as it is country swing and rockabilly crooners. I think that’s my favorite secret of Hrabko’s music — on the surface, it seems wholesome but is in fact something your kids should be a little older to listen to.” – Rachel Cholst (No Depression)

“Hrabko is a performer of finesse and subtlety … a master of his art.” – David Cowling – Americana UK

Artwork by Kevin Paulsen

THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF SCOTT HRABKO & THE RABBITS

The Wind Wants In • © 2022, Scott Hrabko
Take That, Gravity • ©2022, Scott Hrabko
RSVP • ©2022, Scott Hrabko
Los Estados Destrozados • ©2022, Scott Hrabko
The Bells • ©2022, Scott Hrabko
(How Can You) Not Fade Away? • ©2022, Scott Hrabko
UFOhio • ©2022, Scott Hrabko
High Horse Blues • ©2022, Scott Hrabko
North Star • ©2022, Scott Hrabko
See That The Birds Are Fed • ©2022, Scott Hrabko
My Back Yard • ©2022, Scott Hrabko
A Horse, A Horse • ©2022, Scott Hrabko
Stragglers • ©2022, Scott Hrabko
Blood Drunk Mosquito • ©2022, Scott Hrabko
Are They Friendly Spirits? • ©2022, Scott Hrabko
Savages • ©2022, Scott Hrabko
Free • ©2020, Scott Hrabko * Previously released single, 8/7/20
Other Wolves, Other Doors • ©2022, Scott Hrabko
Dog In The Back Yard • ©2020, Scott Hrabko * Previously released single, 3/20/20
Breaking Down • ©2020, Scott Hrabko
In Lieu Of Flowers • ©2020, Scott Hrabko * Previously released single, 11/16/20
Pretty Good Day • ©2019, Scott Hrabko * Previously released single, 11/3/19

In their various incarnations, The Rabbits have appeared at the Crossroads Music Fest, KKFI Hoedown, Westport Roots Festival and Folk Alliance International Conference at Crown Center. Hrabko has been the featured live-in-studio guest on KKFI 90.1 FM programs, Mid-Day Medley, River Trade Radio and Morning Brew, as well as Chuck Haddix’s legendary Fish Fry on KCUR 89.3 FM.

Scott Hrabko has played with Kansas City’s oldest garage band, The Original Sinners, as well as various incarnations of the 1980s bands: The Splinters, and The Andersons. In the 1990s he performed as a solo artist in coffee houses with Iris Dement and Howard Eisberg.


DISCOGRAPHY of Scott Hrabko & The Rabbits

THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF SCOTT HRABKO & THE RABBITS (22-track Album) (July 1, 2022)

In Lieu Of Flowers (Single) (November 16, 2020) (Included on Wonderful World)

“Dog In The Back Yard” (Single) (March 20, 2020) (Included on Wonderful World)

“Free” (Single) (August 7, 2020 (Included on Wonderful World)

LAST DANCE (4-track EP) (August 7, 2020)

“Pretty Good Day (Single) (November, 3, 2019) (Included on Wonderful World)

SMASH HITS FROM A PARALLEL UNIVERSE (4-track EP) (February 14. 2019)

“Rosie” (Single) (May 3, 2019)

“Becky” (Single) (May 3, 2019)

SUMMER (10-track album) (June 23. 2017)

BISCUITS AND GRAVITY (10-track album) (January 24, 2015)

GONE PLACES (13-track Solo album) (November 23, 2013)


THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF SCOTT HRABKO & THE RABBITS was Mastered by Mike Nolte at Eureka Mastering, Portland, Oregon

Artwork by Kevin Paulsen, Design by Scott Hrabko

Love to Rachel and Sam
High Horse Blues • ©2022, Scott Hrabko

Oh, the air was thick with schmaltz and shtick
Dilettante demons and dabblers
Tracking the trickle of fractions of fortunes
Down to selling plasma
A busted piñata revolves in the breeze
The beer lights are extinguished
I’m spinning ’round like an eight ball
With too much english

Oh, the smell of the blood red enamel
Down in the dancehall of doom
Red means stop – unless you’re a bull
They couldn’t keep out the goons
Are you a doorman or a matador?
I’m gonna have to ask you to leave
A thousand fathers of failure deny paternity

It was high, wired, hell fired and out of control
But they broke that horse a long time ago
Riding high or lying low, either way, you’ve got to go
And there never was a horse like rock ’n’ roll

Petrified rubbers in the parking place
A frown on the beak of a dead baby bird
Empty airline bourbon bottles
The ants advance, the worms adjourn
Corroded aluminum pull tabs from 1973
Compared to what we’ve all stepped in
Those seem like the good old days to me

It might take a couple more vices
To hold me together tonight
My song of love has landed with a thud
Then out go the lights
Up past the old lady’s bedtime
Coming home with the clowns
We’ve been carrying on just a little too long to stop now

I’m gonna do what I do
Though nobody asked me to
Too many muses to amuse
To get down off the high horse blues

Scott Hrabko thank you for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

The Wonderful World Of Scott Hrabko & the Rabbits is out Friday, July 1, 2022

http://www.scotthrabko.com http://www.scotthrabko.bandcamp.com

11:24

  1. Scott Hrabko & The Rabbits – “High Horse Blues”
    from: The Wonderful World Of Scott Hrabko & the Rabbits / Scott Hrabko / July 1, 2022
    [These two sprawling discs contain song-craft reminiscent of everything from classic ‘60s adult pop to nostalgia-free Americana to cut ’n’ paste hip hop-inspired grooves — and some wild detours between. “But it’s all me.” – Hrabko. The Rabbits, this time around: Jason Beers on Bass, Organ, Piano, Banjo, Harmonica, Slide Guitar; Clarke Wyatt on Drums; Matt Hopper on Lead Guitar; Chris DeVictor on Upright Bass; Chris Hudson on Nylon String Guitar, Mandolin, Lead Guitar; Mike Lindsey on Bass; Tim Higgins on Drums, Percussion; Gary Paredes on Slide Guitar, Wah Wah Guitar; Chad Brothers on Lead Acoustic, and Havilah Bruders on Vocals, with Scott Hrabko on Voices, Guitars, Bass, Keyboards, Drums, Percussion, Banjo, Static Outbursts, Ghosts Knob Twiddling and Digital Chicanery. This 2-CD, 22-song release, THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF SCOTT HRABKO & THE RABBITS on July 1, 2022. The double album was recorded at Hrabko’s home studio in a time of a global pandemic and social unrest. Mike Warren writes in No Depression Magazine, “Hrabko’s rootsy songs are filled with trap doors, hidden nooks, and secret passageways. They’re like those dreams within comfortably familiar houses that suddenly have brand new rooms.” Scott Hrabko & The Rabbits have released six singles and released the albums and EPs: LAST DANCE (EP) in 2020, SMASH HITS FROM A PARALLEL UNIVERSE (EP) in 2019, SUMMER in 2017, and BISCUITS AND GRAVITY in 2015. Scott Hrabko’s 2013 critically acclaimed solo release, GONE PLACES was said to be 30 years in the making. Scott Hrabko has played with The Original Sinners, as well as the 1980s bands: The Splinters, and The Andersons. In the early 1990s Scott performed as a solo artist in coffee houses with Iris Dement and Howard Eisberg. More info at: http://www.scotthrabko.com]

11:29 – Underwriting

  1. Just Angel – “Senseless (feat. T.A. Rell)”
    from: Just Angel Pt .2 – EP / Just Angel / December 25, 2021
    [Just Angel is a Kansas City based, singer, musician, songwriter, dancer. and creative artist. Se recently contributed vocals to the recent Sisterbot record. More info at: /distrokid.com/hyperfollow/justangel/just-angel–pt-1
Just Angel

11:35 – Interview with Just Angel

We just heard the voice of Singer, musician, songwriter, dancer, and creative artist, Just Angel. Her powerful voice has been called, “Passionate … Soulful… and Inspiring.” Her music finds its home in Rock, Jazz, and Alternative, and she has found a way to incorporate those genres within her love with Soul and R&B. Just Angel has performed with My Brothers & Sisters. Just Angel and her band, The Wades can be found rocking stages with her original songs from her recordings and eclectic takes on popular music. She released her debut EP, JUST ANGEL, PART 1 on December 24, 2020. She released her follow up EP, JUST ANGEL, PART 2 on December 25, 2021. She also contributed vocals to the recent Sisterbot record.

Just Angel, Thank you for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Just Angel produced the 4 song EP, JUST ANGEL PT.1 in 3 days in 2020,

She then produced a second 4-song EP, JUST ANGEL PT. 2 in 24 hours in 2021.

Just Angel has a birthday on December 24, and both EPs were recorded around her birthday and motivated to be completed by her birthday with help from T.A. Rell.

Friend, roducer & Musician T.A. Rell helped birth into fruition the Just Angel EP releases with the 5 month hiatus between recordings

Just Angel has recently performed at:

Soirée Steak & Oyster House, 1512 E 18th Street KCMO

The KC Juke House Blues & Jazz Bar/Restaurant Soul Sessions, 1700 E. 18th st. KCMO.

Jazz on The Lawn WW1 Museum

The Phoenix

The Kansas City Folk Festival, on Sunday, May 22.

Just Angel is a member of the band: My Brothers & Sisters with band leader and composer Jamie Searle

Just Angel collaborated with Sisterbot aka Adee Dancey on the track “Approval.”

More info at: https://linktr.ee/JustAngel_TigerLilyStar

11:42

  1. Sisterbot – “Approval (feat. Just Angel)”
    from: Truth House / Sisterbot / July 10, 2021
    [Sisterbot is a performing artist dedicated to breaking genre boundaries, creating cosmic musical and theatrical experiences. The 9-piece Sisterbot Band is a “punk pop chamber orchestra” complete with electric guitar, drums, piano, strings and horn. “Truth House (2021) is a concept album written over the span of three years, encapsulating a chapter of my life that I spent in a house alone, dealing with the aftermath of trauma and rebirth.”- Sisterbot (Adee Dancy). Written by Sisterbot. Produced by Jametatone and Sisterbot. Engineered, Mixed, Mastered by Jametatone, except “Approval” which was Produced, Engineered, & Mixed by Andrew Bonci Jr. at Magnolia Tree Studios, with AJ Bonci on guitar, Just Angel and Sisterbot on vocals. Cover Art by Mazzy Mann. Adee Rocket Dancy released the single “Hello Moon (feat. The Swallowtails)” on April 26, 2021. (This song is alon on the Sisterbot album.) Produced by Jametatone & Adee Rocket Dancy. Adee Rocket Dancy on piano & vocals & cello; Rachel Lovelace on bassoon; Mikala Petillo on guitar & background vocals, Mixing and Mastering by Jametatone, (J. Asley Miller). Adee Rocket Dancy writes, “This is a song about my life-long love for the moon, featuring The Swallowtails (Rachel Lovelace and Miki P). Adee chose the date April 26, 2021, as their release date, to honor the full moon called “The Pink Moon.” More info at: Sisterbot.bandcamp.com]

11:45 – Interview with Just Angel

We are talking with Just Angel who with her band, The Wades can be found rocking stages with her original songs from her recordings and eclectic takes on popular music. She released her debut EP, JUST ANGEL, PART 1 on December 24, 2020. She released her follow up EP, JUST ANGEL, PART 2 on December 25, 2021.

With Adee Dancy Just Angel has a band called Neo Emo Soul.

After the completion of Just Angel, Pt. 2 in late December 2021, in January 2022 Just Angel under went 6 medical surgeries on her throat.

Following her surgeries she was required to have 6 weeks of rest on her voice.

Just Angel’s first public performance after her surgeries was on May 27, 2022 for the No Ordinary Love – All Star Sade Tribute presented by Stephonne at Lemonade Park with vocalists: Stephonne, Jade Green, Calvin Arsenia, Jass, Kimology, Hadiza Kubura, Just Angel, JaySol, Eboni Fondren and the band with Brad Williams on drums, Clarence Copridge and Spencer Thut on keyboards, Spencer Thut on percussion, Ahafia Jurkiewicz-Miles on additional keyboards, Madison Monroe on bass, Benjamin Hart on guitar, and Trevor Turla on horns.

Just Angel also released a book with her last EP.

More info at: https://linktr.ee/JustAngel_TigerLilyStar

Just Angel, Thank you for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

11:54:43

Just Angel
  1. Just Angel – “Intent”
    from: Just Angel: Pt. 2 {EP] / Just Angel / December
    [Just Angel is a Kansas City based, singer, musician, songwriter, dancer. and creative artist. She recently contributed vocals to the recent Sisterbot record. More info at: /distrokid.com/hyperfollow/justangel/just-angel–pt-1: Just Angel: Pt. 2 is a followup to Just Angle Pt.1 – EP released on December 24, 2020 More info at: https://linktr.ee/JustAngel_TigerLilyStar%5D
  1. Noel Coward – “The Party’s Over Now”
    from: Noel Coward in New York / drg / 2003 [orig. 1957]

Next week on Wednesday, July 6, we welcome back to the show Vi Tran, Stephonne, and The MidCoast Radio Project 90.1 FM KKFI President of our Board of Directors – Catina Taylor and our High School Interns.

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

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