WMM Playlist from July 20, 2022

Wednesday MidDay Medley
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning
90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio
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Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Guest Producer – Major Matt Mason USA

We welcome back to the show, Major Matt Mason USA as our special “Guest Producer.” Major Matt Mason USA is the performing name for musician, writer, and producer Matt Roth. Originally from Shawnee, Kansas, Matt is a member of the bands Schwervon!, Broken Heart Syndrome, and Kansas State Flower. In 1994 Matt moved to New York City where he became active in the anti-folk and DIY music scene of New York’s East Village. Centering around the infamous Monday night, open mic, Antihoots at the Sidewalk Cafe, the scene was an early stomping ground for an array of artists including Beck, Regina Spektor, Kimya Dawson, The Moldy Peaches, Langhorne Slim, John S. Hall (King Missile), Jeffrey Lewis, and many more.

Matt Roth will be serving as the House DJ at miniBar, 3810 Broadway, KCMO on Friday, July 22, 2022.

Major Matt Mason USA plays Revolution Records, 1830 Locust, KCMO, on Friday, August 5, 2022.

Major Matt Mason USA plays Manor Records on August 13, 2022.

10:00 – Station ID

  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. Horsegirl – “Anti-glory”
    from: Versions of Modern Performance / Matador Records / June 3, 2022
    [Horsegirl is an American rock band from Chicago, Illinois. The band members are Nora Cheng, Penelope Lowenstein, and Gigi Reece. The group is currently signed to Matador Records. ]
  1. Al-Qasar – “Awal (feat. Lee Ranaldo)”
    from: Who Are We? / We Jazz / releases September 16, 2022
    [Al-Qasar is an Arabian fuzz band with a vision that’s brazenly electric and deeply connected to its roots. The band was started in the Barbès neighborhood of Paris by producer Thomas Attar Bellier. The musicians came together, from France, Morocco, Algeria, Egypt, and the United States. As one of the founding members of Sonic Youth and on his own, Lee Ranaldo bridges the gaps between experimental music and the larger world of alternative rock. // Thomas Attar Bellier on electric saz, guiters, keys; Jaouad El Garouge on vocals, awtar, karkabou, tbila, bendir, claves, caxixi, cowbell; Guillaume Théoden on bass, sub bass; Nicolas Derolin on darbuka, daf, bongos, bendir, shakers, saget; and Paul Void on drums]
  1. Major Matt Mason USA – “Victims of The Storm”
    from: “Victims of The Storm” – Single / Olive Juice Music / July , 2022
    [Major Matt Mason USA previously released, “Stupid Feelings: on May 6, 2022. Major matt Mason released “Endless Summer” on November 18, 2020. Earlier on July 20, 2020 Major Matt Mason USA released the single “Victims Of The Storm.” Major Matt Mason USA is the performing name for musician, poet, and producer Matt Roth. Originally from Shawnee, Kansas, Matt cut his teeth playing guitar for local Lawrence, KS freak out and math rock bands Magic Nose and Dracomagnet in the early 1990s. // In 1994 Matt moved to New York City where he became active in the anti-folk and DIY music scene of New York’s East Village. Centering around the infamous Monday night, open mic, Antihoots at the Sidewalk Cafe, the scene was an early stomping ground for an array of artists including Beck, Regina Spektor, The Moldy Peaches, Langhorne Slim, John S. Hall (King Missile), Jeffrey Lewis, Shilpa Ray, Kimya Dawson, Diane Cluck, and many more. // In 1998 MMM released his debut solo album Me Me Me in the US. The album was licensed for the UK and Europe on Teenage Fanclub drummer Francis MacDonald’s label, Shoeshine Records. He would continue to release two more albums with Shoeshine: 2002’s Honey Are you Ready for the Ballet and 2004’s Bad People Rule The World. In 2005 Matt released a one-off project under the moniker of Kansas State Flower and in 2007 he returned as Major Matt Mason USA with the album Senile Pie Strive Pip Melancholy. // In 2001 he formed the band Schwervon! with Nan Turner. Schwervon! would go on to release five albums and a handful of singles, including a 7” on, Pavement member, Bob Nastanovich’s label Broker’s Tip Records. // During his time in New York, he established Olive Juice Music, a recording studio, independent record label, and online record distro headquartered in his apartment in the Lower East Side. Olive Juice Music would go on to host the OJ All Day Music Fest, for three years, as well as the OJ Distro, a hub for over three hundred independent releases in the early days of online mailorder. OJ Studios has produced recordings for many notable artists including: Kimya Dawson, Daniel Johnston, Jeffrey Louis, Adam Green (Moldy Peaches), Toby Goodshank, The Lovely Eggs, L.D. Beghtol (Magnetic Fields), Dan Fishback, Paleface, Phoebe Kreutz, Elastic No No Band and more. // In 2012 Matt moved back to Shawnee, Kansas and re-inserted himself into the Kansas City Music/ Poetry Scene. In 2015 he started a poetry blog entitled Beef Jerky Clouds and in 2017 formed a side project, Broken Heart Syndrome, featuring Pat Tomek of The Rainmakers on drums. // [Major Matt Mason USA continues to perform as a solo act and as a band. Through his combined projects he has shared the stage, opening, for luminaries such as Belle and Sebastian, Guided By Voices, Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth), The Vaselines, The Wedding Present, Daniel Johnston, Lucy Dacus and many more. // As of the fall of 2019 Major Matt Mason USA has been performing with Brian Hurtgen on drums and more recently Dane Bridges on Bass. More info at: http://www.majormattmasonusa.com

[Matt Roth will be serving as the House DJ at miniBar, 3810 Broadway, KCMO on Friday, July 22, 2022.]

[Major Matt Mason USA plays Revolution Records, 1830 Locust, KCMO, on Friday, August 5, 2022.]

[Major Matt Mason USA plays Manor Records on August 13, 2022.]

  1. Hello Mary – “Sink In”
    from: “Stinge” / “Sink In” – Single / Frenchkiss Records / March 1, 2022
    [Hello Mary is new band from Brooklyn NY. Stella Branstool the drummer is the daughter of Christy Davis who played drums for me in a project I did in NY called Kansas State Flower. They’re getting a lot of attention and have already opened for bands like Luna and are slated to to do a tour opening for the band Bully. ]
  1. El Shirota – “Tibio (feat. Alo)”
    from: Niebla (3-track) EP / Devil in the Woods / February 18, 2022
    [El Shirota were formed in 2013 in a suburb of Mexico City. The Guitar-heavy quartet calls on the influence of ’90s alt-rock songwriting and high-volume shoegaze production, resulting in a sound that quickly turns from dreamy textures to noisy chaos.]

10:32 – Underwriting

  1. Skull Snaps – “It’s A New Day”
    from: Skull Snaps (Remastered) / Essential Media Group / 1974
    [Skull Snaps was an enigmatic funk group active between 1963 and 1973. The group is known for their mysterious origins and the anonymity of their members, with the identities of their members being unknown for most of their career and long afterward.The album contains drum breaks that have been sampled numerous times on various hip hop records.Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Das EFX, DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince, Eric B. & Rakim, Digable Planets, DJ Shadow, Stabbing Westward, the Prodigy, Panjabi MC, Suprême NTM, Linkin Park and others.]
  1. Orgone – “Wicked Karma”
    from: Lost Knights / 3 Palm Records / May 27, 2022
    [Orgone is an American band from Los Angeles, California. The group’s sound draws from 1960s and 1970s-era funk and soul. While several members of the band played together from the early 1990s, Orgone did not coalesce into a regular band until around 1999. Many of their early gigs were as a backing band for hip-hop musicians. After a 2001 debut release, the band added vocalist Fanny Franklin to do a cover of “Funky Nassau” by the Beginning of the End; she remained as a full-time member, although much of their music is instrumental. The group released its second album The Killion Floor in 2007,[3] which featured “Funky Nassau” as well as covers of “Do Your Thing” by Isaac Hayes and “I Get Lifted” by Harry Wayne Casey of K.C. and the Sunshine Band. In 2010 the band opened for Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings on tour. They have also performed at festivals like Bonnaroo and New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.]
  1. Lady Wray – “Through It All”
    from: Piece of Me / Big Crown Records / January 28, 2022
    [Lady Wray’s 2022 album Piece Of Me is one of my favorite releases for the year. Incredible vintage, sounding heartfelt R&B/ Soul music. With modernized takes on classic love songs. / Virginia-born singer/songwriter Nicole Wray has everything you’d want in a singer: an infectious Jackson-5-family-member flare, a range like Aretha’s, and a church upbringing that’s brought a pure, healing texture to her voice.]
  1. The Dip – “Real Contender”
    from: Sticking With It / Dualtone Music Group / March 4, 2022
    [The Dip is another new old sounding R&B band made up of University of Washington in Seattle music school grads. I love this album for the melodies and the old soul sounds of longing.]
  1. Theon Cross – “Epistrophy”
    from: “Epistrophy”– Single / Decca Records / June 24, 2022
    [Theon Cross is a London based jazz tuba player who is taking that very marginalized instrument to all sorts of new heights. He’s also a member of one of my favorite new Jazz ensembles, Son’s of Kemet, led by sax player Shabaka Hutchins.]
  1. Toby Goodshank – “Baby I feel Like I Just Got Cut In Half”
    from: Truth Jump Fall / Toby Goodshank / October 18, 2011
    [Toby Goodshank is a member of the Moldy Peaches. His 2011 album Truth Jump Fall has just been remastered by famous indie rock producer Kramer and pressed to vinyl for the first time. ]

11:00 – Station ID

  1. Ibibio Sound Machine – “Protection From Evil”
    from: Electricty / Merge Records / March 25, 2022
    [Ibibio Sound Machine is an English electronic afro-funk band from London. Formed in 2013, the band currently consists of vocalist Eno Williams. Their latest album Electricity was produced by English syth pop collaboration Hot Chip.The name of the band itself finds influence from Eno Williams’ Nigerian mother, whose native tongue was Ibibio.]
  1. Kevin Morby – “This is a Photograph”
    from: THIS IS A PHOTOGRAPH / Dead Oceans / May 13, 2022
    [KC’s own Kevin Morby’s latest albums explores the city of Memphis as a metaphor for a certain kind of under appreciated American city. The album was also inspired by a box of photos he found at his fathers home in Kansas while visiting him during a health crisis. // Kevin Morby’s 7th album. From http://www.rollingstone.com: “In January 2020, songwriter Kevin Morby witnessed his father collapse from a medical event while visiting his childhood home in Kansas. In a state of shock, the singer spent the evening looking at old family photos and fixated on an image of his father as a young man, looking, as Morby states, ‘full of confidence.’ The experience forced Morby to confront both the idea of mortality and the passage of time — and, after an extended sojourn in Tennessee, these reflections came together in the form of his upcoming album, This Is a Photograph. To mark the announcement, the singer released the record’s eponymous single, accompanied by a music video directed by Chantal Anderson. Produced by frequent Morby collaborator Sam Cohen, This Is a Photograph was primarily written in Memphis’ historic Peabody Hotel, where the singer-songwriter holed up in search of inspiration and self-realization amongst the city’s dark past.” Morby will also embark on a 65 City tour of Europe and North America through the majority of 2022, which starts May 20 in Madrid, Spain and wraps Nov. 12 in Vancouver, BC. On Oct 16, 2020 Kevin Morby released SUNDOWNER, ranked #20 on WMM’s 120 Best recordings of 2020 and was the 6th release from Kevin Robert Morby born April 2, 1988. SUNDOWNER was the follow up to his 2019 release OH MY GOD. Kevin Morby released CITY MUSIC in 2017. Kevin learned to play guitar when he was 10. In his teens he formed the band Creepy Aliens. 17-year-old Morby dropped out of Blue Valley Northwest High School, got his GED, and moved from his native Kansas City to Brooklyn in the mid-2000s, supporting himself by working bike delivery and café jobs. He later joined the noise-folk group Woods on bass. While living in Brooklyn, he became close friends and roommates with Cassie Ramone of the punk trio Vivian Girls, and the two formed a side project together called The Babies, who released albums in 2011 & 2012. He began a solo career in 2013 releasing his debut album HARLEM RIVER. His 2nd album STILL LIFE was released in 2014. SINGING SAW was in WMM’s 116 Best Recordings of 2016. His album CITY MUSIC was in WMM’s The 118 Best Recordings of 2018.]

[Kevin Morby plays Knuckleheads, 2715 Rochester, KCMO, on Thursday, Nov 3 at 8:00 PM w/ Coco.]

  1. Aldous Harding – “Lawn”
    from: Warm Chris / 4AD / March 25, 2022
    [Aldous Harding is New Zealand based singer songwriter. He Lyrics are brilliantly expressive and surreal. Her minimalist Indie rock 2022 album Warm Chris is one of my favorites of the year. // Hannah Sian Topp was born in 1990. She is known professionally as Aldous Harding, is based in Cardiff, Wales. // Topp comes from a musical family in Lyttelton, New Zealand: her mother is folk singer Lorina Harding. 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 Harding played The Granada Theatre, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, on Saturday, July 2.]

  1. Toro Y Moi – “The Loop”
    from: MAHAL / Dead Oceans / April 29, 2022
    [Chaz Bear (born Chazwick Bradley Bundick; November 7, 1986), known professionally as Toro y Moi, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and graphic designer. He is often recognized as a spearhead of the chillwave genre in the 2010s, alongside contemporaries Washed Out and Neon Indian, although his music has explored various styles since. His stage name is a multilingual expression consisting of the Spanish words toro and y (meaning “bull” and “and”, respectively) and the French word moi (meaning “me”).]

11:20 – Underwriting

  1. Gustaf – “Best Behavior”
    from: Audio Drag For Ego Slobs / Royal Mountain Records / October 1, 2021
    [Gustaf is a Brooklyn based post punk band that hearkens back to the golden age of bands like ESG, Bush Tetrus and James Chance and the Contortions.]
  1. Momma – “Rockstar”
    from: Household Name / Polyvinyl Records Co. / July 1, 2022
    [Following Momma’s beloved 2020 LP Two of Me, which introduced the world to the symbiotic writing style and profound creative intuition of founders Etta Friedman and Allegra Weingarten, the band’s third studio album Household Name reveals an exciting new chapter marked by both personal and artistic growth. Mastered by Grammy-winning engineer Emily Lazar, the album is a tightly-stitched collection that is magnetic and dynamic, and also marks their debut for Polyvinyl Record Co./Lucky Number—who signed Momma in the midst of the pandemic. // Bygone heroes helped inspire a lyrical theme throughout Household Name: the rise and fall of the rock star, and the tropes and tribulations that come with that arc. The theme allowed the group to celebrate (and, in some cases, directly reference) icons like Nirvana, Pavement, Smashing Pumpkins, Veruca Salt, and the Breeders’ Kim Deal, while weaving in their own perspective and experiences. The album perfects a balance of heavy riffs, deep emotions, inviting sonic production, and a lighthearted, wry sense of humor, creating a singular lane for Momma in today’s world of alt rock.]
  1. A Place to Bury Strangers – “Love Reaches Out”
    from: See Through You / Dedstrange / February 4, 2022
    [While A Place to bury stranger is another Brooklyn based band that takes their cure from more shoe gaze wall of sound bands fo the early 90’s like Jesus and Mary Chain and My Bloody Valentine.// vOliver Ackermann formed A Place To Bury Strangers in Brooklyn, New York in 2003. He has written, produced, mixed, and mastered all five A Place To Bury Strangers albums and numerous EPs. He has relentlessly toured the world for 13 years with various bandmates. A fierce and legendary live band, APTBS is known for wild live performances filled with beyond intense visuals and dangerous stage antics.]
  1. Lou Barlow – “Reason To Live”
    from: Reason To Live / Joyful Noise Recordings / May 28, 2021
    [Lou Barlow is the bass for Dinosaur Jr. as well as half of the indie rock band Sebadoh. His latest album Reason To Live was written and recorded in his home during covid. He has a very amusing Instagram where he reflects upon what its like for a touring musician to be held up in his house with his wife and preschool aged daughter.]
  1. Nan Turner – “Read The Room”
    from: For Champs and Losers, Version 2 / Nan Turner / July 12, 2019
    [Nan Turner is a KC based singer songwriter and half of the band Schwervon!. Her five song EP was released in 2019. // All songs by Nan Turner. Recorded, Mixed, and Co-Produced at Winky World in Kansas City, by Chase Horseman. Mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music, New Windsor, NY. Ian Dobyns plays drums and Chase Horseman plays bass. Nan Turner is one half of the critically acclaimed band Schwervon! Nan has been called the “Lucy Ricardo of Indie Rock.” She also performs as Nan & The One Night Stands. Nan wrote on Facebook about her new EP: “This whole thing started out as an experiment, but I have to say I’m proud as hell with how it turned out. I was just going to record one or maybe two songs. HA HA Welcome to my FIVE SONGER!!! Some songs were written out of heartbreak and some just made me laugh. Just doing this was transformative…stuff was moving around, it was cathartic. I allowed myself to “write bad songs”. I highly recommend doing that because there’s bound to be a gold nugget somewhere in the bunch if you give yourself permission. Me and my guitar got reacquainted. We were “dancing in the dark.” I’ve never quoted Bruce Springsteen before,. but also I didn’t know I was going to record this EP, so you know. I’m rolling with shit. I had the luxury of working with Chase Horseman every week or two…giving myself ample time to add/rework stuff. I took the slow road and enjoyed the process. Chase has great ears and is uber talented in his own right. He & Ian Dobyns (Dreamgirl, Chase The Horseman) were my rhythm section on a few of these tracks.” More Info at: http://www.nanturner.bandcamp.com]
  1. Sonic Youth – “In & Out”
    from: In.Out/In / Three Lobed Recordings / January 13, 2022
    [In & Out if from a Sonic Youth release in 2022 entitled ”In/Out/In” which delivers a new slab of mostly-unheard tracks, with a scope on the post 2000-era band in especially zoned/exploratory regions.]
  1. Noel Coward – “The Party’s Over Now”
    from: Noel Coward in New York / drg / 2003 [orig. 1957]
Matt Roth

Matt Roth thank you for being our Guest Producer on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

Matt Roth will be serving as the House DJ at miniBar, 3810 Broadway, KCMO on Friday, July 22, 2022.

Major Matt Mason USA plays Revolution Records, 1830 Locust, KCMO, on Friday, August 5, 2022.

Major Matt Mason USA plays Manor Records on August 13, 2022.

Next week on July 27 WMM presents More New and MidCoastal Releases we talk with Kat KIng about their new single through Manor Records! AND… Cooper Scott of Jean Claude and The Eclairs joins us live in our 90.1 FM Studios. PLUS…we also talk with Stacy Busch about the Third Annual Queer Narratives Festival. AND members of the band Boxknife share new music! And… we also talk with the hardest working man in show business…Kadesh Flow!

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

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