About Mark Manning

For 19 years Mark Manning has served as Coordinator of the KCK Organic Teaching Gardens, an Initiative of The University of Kansas School of Medicine, Office of Cultural Enhancement and Diversity, Health Careers Pathways Program, K-12. Each year Mark works with 1000 to 2000 students, between K through 8th grades, with organic, "raised bed" gardens built directly on the school grounds of three Middle Schools and four Elementary Schools in the inner city of the Kansas City, Kansas school district. Mark conducts over 440 workshops annually in classrooms at these schools. He started the project under the guidance of Marcia Pomeroy, in 1999, after working in a literacy program. The KCK Organic Teaching Gardens has been financially supported through grants from The Kauffman Foundation, and The University of Kansas Medical Center. The project has been recognized locally and nationally by The National Gardening Association, The Kansas City Star, The Kansas City Community Gardens, The Green Bliss Festival, The Urban Farm & Garden Tour, and on the PBS television program America's Harvest. Mark learned about gardening from his grandmother Edna Jacobsen on the family's McCool Junction, Nebraska farm. His grandmother raised a huge garden, chickens, sheep and cattle. She preserved apples, wild berry jams, and beets and virtually everything she grew was canned for consumption in winter months. Edna raised seven children with no running water and as a child lived in a sod house. His passion for the school gardening program has been fueled by the fact that he doesn't see the lessons he learned from his grandmother passed down to kids today. Kids need to know where their food comes from, especially with the rise of diabetes, and over weight Americans. We can all learn from our gardens how to treat ourselves and the world better.

WMM Playlist from Dec. 2, 2020

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Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Michelle Bacon’s Favorite Releases of 2020 +
Wednesday MidDay Medley’s Favorite Singles of 2020

  1. “Main Title Instrumental – It’s Showtime Folks”
    from: Motion Picture Soundtrack to All That Jazz / Universal / Dec. 20, 1979
    [WMM’s theme]

10:00 – 15 of Wednesday MidDay Medley’s Favorite 50 Singles of 2020.

We’ve played over 100 New MidCoastal Single Releases in 2020. We’ve squeezed & sifted our year long playlist, these tracks represent diversity in the MidCoastal Music Community. These are stand-alone singles that were not part of an album, EP or compilation of 2020. Check http://www.WednesdayMidDayMedley.org for the complete list of WMM’s 50 Favorite Singles of 2020

  1. (#15.) Berwanger – “Change The Season”
    from: “Change the Season” – Single / Wiretap Records / September 18, 2020
    [In pandemic Josh released several B-side singles of earlier releases and inspired by the presidential election released a new single. Last year Josh Berwanger released his 4th full length album “Watching A Garden Die” on Wiretap Records. Josh was in The Anniversary, a Kansas band that released, 2000’s Designing a Nervous Breakdown & 2002’s Your Majesty and sold over 100,000 records before breaking up on tour in Japan. The band recently reunited for new shows and a tour this year. Berwanger was also in the band, The Only Children, and released, 2004’s Change of Living & 2007’s Keeper of Youth. When Keeper of Touth ended Josh Berwanger took a break and became a high school basketball coach. In the 2012 Josh formed the Josh Berwanger band. Berwanger released Dtrange Stains in April 2014, the EP Demonios November 11, 2016, Exorcism Rock in Oct. 2017, and The Star Invaders October 2017. Josh Berwanger also plays in Radar State.]
Quiet Takes
  1. (#14.) Quiet Takes – “Wanted (The Dirty Windshield Version)”
    from: “Wanted (Dirty Windshield Version)” – Single / Sarah Magill / May 1, 2020
    [Sarah Magill writes: “Wanted” lives in the ellipses between acknowledging you want something you can’t have…and letting that desire go. The plan was to put this stripped-down version out in the fall after releasing its more produced twin on an EP this summer, but then everything changed. Beyond the pandemic’s catastrophic casualties, we are all grappling with lesser losses: plans, jobs, dreams, relationships, routines, shows, savings, physical touch. It seemed right to put this version out now. Sometimes we only realize what we want when it’s absent. That’s the gift in the grief, but it stings, doesn’t it? Music & Lyrics by Sarah Magill. Produced by David Bennett. Vocals & keyboards by Sarah Magill, guitars, & bass by David Bennett. Extra keyboards by Ian Thompson. Engineered & mixed by David Bennett at Aorist Studios in KCMO. Mastered by Zach Hanson. Quiet Takes (formerly MYRY) is an on-going collaborative music project by Sarah Magill a writer & musician based in KC. She performs with a rotating cast of friends—although these stay-at-home days, she is playing solo. In KC, she is known for hosting house shows and co-founding Rubix, a performance art collective. MYRY’s first EP, AHEM, was released in 2018. Sarah released four of MYRY’s songs from that 2018 EP release as Quiet Takes singles in 2020. She is preparing to release a new EP or album in 2021. Sarah Magill was our guest on WMM on May 13. “Wanted” was a new song not from MYRY’s previous release.]
No Germ Candy
  1. (#13.) No Germ Candy – “Straight Talk”
    from: “Straight Talk” Single Side A / Too Much Rock / October 21, 2020
    [No Germ Candy was formed in 2018 by Zso Nemeth on vocals and Harper Knecht on guitar. Both live in KCMO. Their style consists of an upbeat, poppy sound and sincere lyrics with humorous undertones. Nemeth and Knecht’s combination of bright vocals and soft strings create an intimate, heartfelt energy. Zso Nemeth is the daughter of Krysztof Nemeth, baritone guitarist of Emmaline Twist. Harper Knecht is the daughter of Jonathan Knecht drummer of Emmaline Twist. Sid Sowder founded Too Much Rock, a music blog site he created in 1997 to share his photos, videos & comments of live music shows he attends. The Too Much Rock Singles Series is a collection of 45 rpm singles that marry great songs with great bands all for the love of vinyl. Each old-school two-song single features one unique song paired with one cover chosen by Too Much Rock who press 500 limited edition copies and then simply give them to the band. Schwervon!, Rev Gusto, Josh Berwanger Band, The Uncouth, Hipshot Killer, Witch Jail, Red Kate, Heidi Lynne Gluck, and Brandon Phillips and The Condition have all recorded for the Too Much Rock Single Series. More info at: http://www.toomuchrock.com No Germ Candy and Sid Sowder were on WMM on Oct. 21, 2020.]
  1. (#12.) Ernest Melton – “Narrative for Natives”
    from: Narrative for Natives – Single / Ernest Melton / March 9, 2020
    [One of two singles released by Ernest Melton including “Chronicles of Conception” released April 21, 2020. Earnest Melton is also featured on the BodaciousThang single, “Say Hi” released Sept. 2, 2020 on Jucy Burrito Records. In 2019 Ernest Melton released the album “The Standard Imperfections.” In 2018 he released the album “The Time of the Slave Is Over.” Ernest Melton is a saxophonist, composer, and band leader currently residing in Kansas City, Missouri by way of Goldsboro, North Carolina. He relocated to his mother’s hometown of Kansas City, Missouri at the age of ten where he picked up his first saxophone at Longfellow Academy of the Arts. Bored with the classical curriculum of the music department, Ernest studied more contemporary genres of music and the guitar until the age of fourteen when he joined his first jazz program through the American Jazz Museum of Kansas City. Playing mostly tenor sax by the age of fourteen, Ernest joined Lincoln High School jazz band and many other musical programs around the Greater Kansas City area. Naturally excelling, Melton left school at the age of sixteen to study music on his own. With kind neighbors and a supportive mother, Ernest was free to practice the saxophone, study albums, and write compositions at any hour of the day. It was during this time he found his first major influences in jazz like Dexter Gordon, John Coltrane, Kenny Garrett, and Pharoah Sanders. Pharoah’s polyphony were like echoes of Melton’s father, a Primitive Baptist preacher, and became a large influence of his playing. An avid composer as well, Ernest studied with tutors in classical orchestration, big band arranging, and Afro-Cuban drumming. He cites Charles Mingus, Igor Stravinsky, and Wayne Shorter as his favorite all around composers and still tries to implement their techniques in his music today. After being accepted into Berklee College of Music he decided not to attend and began his career playing music in bands of every genre around the Greater Kansas City area. In 2018 Ernest release his first full length album entitle, “The Time Of The Slave Is Over”, which received raved reviews at home and abroad by media such as Plastic Sax, Quest TV, and JAZIZZ to name a few. Currently, Melton is working on his second full length album entitled, “Sound Stories”, to be released in 2020. While still in his early twenties, Ernest Melton has played all over the country and plans to continue to travel abroad.]
  1. (#11.) Scabb & Strings – “Mount (Radio Edit)”
    from: Mount – Single / Manor Records / May 25, 2020
    [Scabb & Strings is Sammy Hernandez (Scabb) and Shaun Crowley (Strings). Sammy Hernandez is the younger brother of Quinn Hernandez of the band Momma’s Boy. Shaun Crowley is the lead guitarist for Momma’s Boy and founder of Manor records and the Manor Fest. Produced & engineered by Scabb. Sammy released his own solo Scabb debut 6-song EP on November 6, 2020, which included “Honey Dew” released as a single Oct. 29, and “Champagne Chutney” released as a single Oct. 15. Scabb, is a KCK native and multi faceted artist seasoned heavily in soul and experimental samples. His love/hate relationship with himself and society with the mix of his obsession with word choice and mood switch add range to his malleable style bringing you back for a second listen. Scabbs nostalgic melodies, raw lyricism and self centered banter will you keep you feeling engaged and refreshed.]
  1. (#10.) The Jinxed – “World On Fire”
    from: World On Fire – Single / The Jinxed / May 8, 2020
    [The Jinxed is Bobby Topaz on vocals & guitar & Jon Ulasien on drums, guitar, bass, vocals, piano, synth. Lyrics, production, tracked and engineered by Jon Ulasien. Bobby Topaz is also in Hot Suede and Bad Wheels, and was in the Abracadabras. Jon Ulasien is in Shadow Rabbits and was part of Antennas Up. The Jinxed released their debut single “The Loon” with “Say To Me” in 2013 on Sharp County Records. Bobby Topaz told Michelle Bacon on The Bridge 90.9 website: “We originally started because Jonny wanted me to sing on ‘The Loon,’ and I had a song too. Then, we kinda moved on from it, but never forgot about it,” Topaz said. “Since we’re not able to play live anymore, it seemed like a good time to put this out. We figured, why not? We’ve got the time to do it right.” “The song itself had the good fortune of timing,” Topaz said. Jon wrote the lyrics about feeling adrift, but being grateful to have someone to lean on. I had no idea what was to come, but I feel like that sentiment of being lost and scared is very relatable to people right now.”]
  1. (#9.) Eems – “Unbreakable”
    from: Unbreakable – Single / Eems / October 11, 2020
    [“Unbreakable” is one of four single tracks Eems released in 2020 including “Middle” on May 4, 2020, and the two song release “Spacelord” on February 29, 2020. Eems started 2020 with the 8-track release “Sweet Dreams on January 10. Eems is Phillip Jackson, a KC based ukulele loop artist, singer songwriter, rapper, pianist, drummer, The resonance of his bright musical sounds, and lyrical calls, are woven through genres of folk, hip hop, pop, and dance influences. He has shared the stage with notable hop hop artists, and KC Folk Music Fest, Middle of The Map Fest. For Eems, a ukulele is a jumping off point that leads to an uncharted and often unpredictable world of sound and inspiration. Blending it with loops and effects to achieve a captivating blend of R&B and pop music, Eems has used his unique sounds, voice and sense of humor to reach crowds across the country. Eems has opened up for” Slick Rick The Ruler and GLC form Kanye West’s G.O.O.D music label. Eems released his EP Dreems on June 26, 2018. Eems released Rocket Shop EP on August 11, 2017. Eems released IIID on June 17, 2016.]
  1. (#8.) Khrystal. – “Magic”
    from: Magic – Single / Manor Records / August 8, 2020
    [Manor Records announced a new single from newly signed KCK musical artist Khrystal. Her new single “Magic” will be available on August 8, 2020 and will be released on limited edition cassette singles with her most recent single “You Again” as a B-Side. On September 1, 2017 Khrystal. Released The Glow Up EP, Produced & Written by Khrystal Coppage and Duncan Burnett. This was follow up to Khrystal’s Debut EP, Quarter Century Living. Executive Produced By Duncan Burnett. Written By Khrystal Coppage & Duncan Burnett. Kansas City based Khrystal Coppage served as Editor-in-Chief of Khorage Magazine. She served as Production Manager at UMKC University News from 2015 to 2016. She graduated from UMKC in 2016 where she studied Family Studies. She graduated from Kansas City Kansas Community College in 2013. She is a graduate of Sumner Academy of Arts & Science, in KCK. ]

10:28 – Underwriting

  1. (#7.) Ivory Blue – “Family Tables”
    from: “Family Tables” – Single / Devin Kesler / December 7, 2020
    [One of three new singles along with, “Elite Dreamland,” and “Half a Life” released this year from Ivory Blue. Singer, songwriter, rock & roller, Ivory Blue was born in 1986 in Peoria Illinois, as Devin James Miclettet. Ivory’s birth mother put them up for adoption at the age of four. Ivory speaks about how it was difficult to find trust in people offering their home to someone denied of it for so long, Ivory had lived with eight different families, before running away at 15, moving from Indiana to Oklahoma and eventually ending up in Seattle. In 2011, after a friend sent a plane ticket, Ivory landed in the Kansas City area, and became a part of new family where they were able to have solid ground and over the past several years has been performing in singer-songwriter showcases. Ivory Blue’s debut EP, Ready Get Set was released in June 2015 and had wide radio airplay on this show and multiple radio and television stations in Kansas City and across the country. In 2017 Ivory was among 1800 bands that competed in neXt2Rock. Ivory won local & regional challenges and advanced to nationals in Los Angeles to win the top prize. Ivory Blue has played Crossroads Music festival, The Middle of the Map Festival, The Westport Roots Festival, the KCPT Screening of “Real Boy” at The Kansas City Public Library, and Kauffman Stadium. Ivory Blue is currently in the studio putting together a new full length 10-song album called “Compound Love” for release in 2021. Ivory Blue was a guest on WMM on April 29 and September 2.]
  1. (#6.) Monta At Odds – “When Stars Grow Old”
    from: “When Stars Grow Old” / The Record Machine / October 19, 2020
    [Monta At Odds released their 4-song EP Zen Diagram earlier this year on May 1, 2020. “When Stars Grow Old” is from Monta At Odd’s seventh full-length album, Peak of Eternal Light, to be released in 2021 on The Record Machine. Dedric Moore describes the song , “it’s an android of a song, combining the human and the electronic into a sizzling new sonic creation. “When Stars Grow Old” is the sound of humanity visiting new worlds across the dark spaces of time, reconstructing the beat of music through memory and instinct. An ad hoc band plays to the sparkling, unfamiliar sky of a distant world. It’s the music of the future if formed from ghostly, discarded impressions of the past.” The band describes their music as: Mutant Disco, minimal synthwave, post-punk dance, Electronica, Indie, Space Rock, Ambient. Monta At Odds is a psychedelic, experimental indie/space rock/electronic collective based in KCK formed by brothers Dedric and Delaney Moore. Recently the band had added Mikal Shapiro and Teri Quinn and Lucas Behrens to the line up. Past supporting members: Alexander Thomas, Adam Davies, Zach Bozich, Aaron Osborne, Matthew Hayden, Mika Tanaya, Sterling Holman, Bree Plaster; Eric Bessenbacher, Ryan Shank, Jeremiah James, Samer Saba, Doug Hutchinson, Erin O’Neill, Sam Behrens, Sam Hughes, Tom Romero, Caleb Aldrich, John Aldrich. Monta At Odds released their 6th full length album Argentum Dreams on October 19, 2018.]
  1. (#5.) Brandon Phillips & The Condition – “Contrition”
    from: “Contrition” – Single / Brandon Phillips & The Condition / June 16, 2020
    [The first release of the band’s Summer Singles 2020 Series which also included “Sunrise” released July 14, 2020, and “Veronica” released August 11, 2020. Brandon Phillips, Adam Phillips, Brent Kastler, Mike Alexander, Julie Berndsen, Julia Haile, and Nathan Showalter. Recorded and Mastered at Element Recording and Mastering with Joel Nanos. Mixed by Brandon Phillips. Art by Jud Kite. Follow up to their April 13, 2019 Too Much Rock release, “Angel Say No” / “People Talk” 7” single release. The group is inspired by Elvis Costello and Motown Records”Girl Groups.” This is a project of Brandon Phillips (The Architects, The Gadjits, Other Americans) and features an ensemble cast.]
  1. (#4.) Hi-Lux – “Revolution”
    from: Revolution / Get What You Give – Single / The Record Machine / March 6, 2020
    [This KC based band is lead by singer Julia Haile, with Tim Braun on guitar, Nick Howell on keys, Dan Loftus on bass and Kian Bryne on drums. Hi-Lux is a Modern-Soul band that blends and bends the boundaries between soul, rock n roll, reggae, and funk. This group aims to create music that pays tribute to their myriad of influences (Amy Winehouse, The Meters, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings) but also claims a spotlight of its own in the musical world. After a string os single releases, including one on 7” vinyl through Sunflower Soul Records, followed by the release of their self-titled EP, Hi-Lux has introduced an eclectic and impressive collection of songs to give the world a small taste of what’s to come. Hi-Lux is on a journey of musical discovery, mixing old and new to create something unique.]
Kianna White
  1. (#3.) Kianna White – “Homecoming Queen”
    from: “Homecoming Queen” – Single / Team Love / September 25, 2020
    [Kianna cut her teeth in the critically-acclaimed indie band Tilly and the Wall, touring through the mid to late aughts with bands such as She and Him, Bright Eyes, Rilo Kiley and Of Montreal, playing venues around the world and major festivals like Coachella, Japan’s Summersonic, Iceland Airwaves, Reading and Leeds among others, as well as performing on Late Night with David Letterman and Sesame Street before going on hiatus in 2013. During this era, she also performed guest vocals on Rilo Kiley’s “The Absence of God”, “In the Sun” by She & Him and co-wrote and sang on Tiësto’s song “You Are My Diamond”. // Since 2017, her band Yes You Are, with now husband and co-writer Jared White, has had many song placements in movies, television and commercials, most notably in the Pepsi Super Bowl 51 commercial. When Forbes Magazine asked Lyle Hysen, the founder of Bank Robber Music, about the biggest licensing hits over the years, he spotlit Kianna and Jared’s work alongside artists like Spoon and Phantogram saying “Kianna Alarid from Tilly and the Wall has been working on new music with her band Yes You Are. They’re giving us two songs at a time, and they get placements all the time.” // Known for their electrifying live performances, Yes You Are shared the stage with the likes of K. Flay, Young the Giant and Fitz and the Tantrums, and toured the US with Neon Trees. Even though Yes You Are had proven to be successful in many ways, Kianna and Jared felt like the band hadn’t yet accessed their full artistic potential. In mid 2020 they announced the band’s break up when unexpected and major changes in the lineup served as a clear sign it was time to move on. They also decided that Kianna’s ability to hold the spotlight shouldn’t be ignored and set to work on new songs with a solo career for her in mind. The idea proved to be immediately inspiring to the writing duo, and they quickly assembled a collection of impressive new music that feels artistically fresh and full of potential. // Going now by her married name, and having found the support of Team Love Records, Homecoming Queen is Kianna White’s first solo release. The song’s hazy mood and hypnotic guitar lines take indie pop through the looking glass. What emerges on the other side is not flower child psychedelia, but a modern, luscious, psyche-pop, where lyrics of stoned introspection and longing float around on haunted, seductive melodies. Kianna’s voice keeps the trip from spinning off into a hall of funhouse mirrors, becoming a trusted and sober co-pilot, allowing you to surrender, close your eyes, and dance. // High on the freedom to control her individual narrative for the first time Kianna filmed, starred in and edited Homecoming Queen’s innovative and spellbinding music video. All alone in her bedroom and encumbered with the limitations of self-isolation (she used only an iPhone, a Snapchat filter, a flashlight and iMovie) she managed to create something that feels new, slightly unsettling and entirely captivating. The spooky, trance-inducing visual effects over the song’s eerily inviting hooks, present us with a poignant reflection of our strange and anxious times. Kianna was on WMM Sept. 30, 2020.]
They Call Me Sauce
  1. (#2.) They Call Me Sauce – “Make You Sing [feat. Love, Mae C]”
    from: Make You Sing – Single / I Got The Sauce / March 27, 2020
    [One of 5 Singles released this year from They Call Me Sauce. Produced by D. Professor. Recorded at I Got The Sauce Studios & Woodgrain Productions. Mixed & mastered by Tony at Woodgrain ProductionsRoyce “Sauce” Handy is a rapper, a songwriter, a beat maker, a designer, a teacher, an MC, a business owner, a social media manager, a husband, a father., a community organizer. He has worked with the AdHoc Group Against Crime, Teens in Transition, Storytellers Inc., Arts Tech, Mid-America Regional Council, UMKC, Representative Brandon Ellington, former Mayor Sly James. He is co-owner of The Rap Asylum, We are RAP, and owner of Melanin Connoisseur. Sauce has collaborated with visual artists, and the hip hop community. In 2017 Sauce released his EP, Summer Sauce, part of WMM’s 117 Best Recordings of 2017. In 2018 Sauce released Soul Food 4. In 2019 his collective NuBvckCity w/ Kartez Marcel, Mae C, & VP3 released “All Night” / “Alive”. This was #1 on WMM’s 39 Favorite Singles of 2019.]
  1. (#1.) David George & Friends – “When We All Come Together”
    from: “When We All Come Together” – Single / Moozer Music / May 11, 2020
    [Nearly two months, four creators, and almost 100 musicians came together to make this amazing song! “When We All Come Together” started the week Kansas Citians were asked to self-quarantine. This meant all businesses would be shut down until it was safe to return to normal. But it was pretty clear normal would be a long way away for musicians and others in the music community. Midwest Music Foundation is a Kansas City-based organization that helps those who need help in our music community. This video and song were created to help those struggling in the Kansas City Music Community. To donate or for more information go to: http://www.midwestmusicfoundation.org. Written by David George (featuring rap written by Kadesh Flow). Orchestral arrangements by Brian Lynn. Mastered by Duane Trower. Creative team: Steve Gardels, David George , Michael Lopez, and Giuliano Mingucci. The Band includes: Drew Black, David George, Jeremiah James, John Johnson , J B Moreland, and Mike Penner on guitars; Joe Donley, and Gavin Mac on bass; Giuliano Mingucci on drums; Billy Brimblecom, Jr., Leo Brimblecom (cowbell), and Sam Wisman on percussion; Lin Buck (B3 Organ), and Mark Lowrey (piano) on keyboards; Kian Byrne, Shay Estes, David George, Skeet Hank, Camry Ivory, Kadesh Flow, David Luther, Dana Joel Nicholson, Kirsten Paludan , Nicole Springer, Jillian Roscoe, Jordan Smith, Greg Wickham on featured vocals; Albert Bickley, Lin Buck, Noah Davis, Elizabeth Day & son, Chris Doolittle, Cheryl Fountaine & son, Debbie George, Bill Guilfoyle, Jeff Hon, Rachel Hon, Chris Hudson, Matt Kessler, Brent Kinder, Brian Lynn, Barry Lee, Troy Meiss, John Michaels, Shawn Stewart, Scotty McCormick, Anne Marie McLaughlin, Tiffany Smith, Dave Tanner, and Bob Walkenhorst as the When We All Come Together Choir; with the When We All Come Together Orchestra: Marti Whelan on Bassoon; Phil Brenner, and Teri Quinn on clarinet; Christine Broxterman, Novella Collum, Michael Hon, Laura Hoesly , and Ben Munoz on cello; Karl Hayes on English horn; Janice Lee, Cameron Lynn, Lyra Pherigo , and Mimi Wenger on flute; Karl Hayes on oboe; Phil Brenner (Alto/Tenor), Ian Corbett (Alto/Tenor), Peter Lawless on saxophone; Andrew Anderson, Kadesh Flow, Libby Hanssen, Mark Hoffman, and Anthony Ritchie; Pete Caroll, David Cunningham, Stanton Kessler, Nate Nall, and Ryan Oldham on trumpet; Ben Ruth on tuba; Hannah Dowell, Katie Johnson, Laurel Parks, Roshelle Pekarek, Michael Turnbo on violin; Lexi Carbellero, Roshelle Pekarek, Mason Salmond on viola; When We All Come Together Sign holders (in video): Michelle Bacon & Elena, Tabitha Cosper, Liz Ernst, Sondra Freeman, Shannon Higgins, Liz, Amelia, William Higgins, Phil & Alice Jaggard, Rhonda Lyne, Deegan Poores, Sean Poores, and Pat Tomek; Dancers (in video): Katie Gilchrist, and Brimblecom kids. Thanks to everyone at Midwest Music Foundation for their amazing service to the music industry of Kansas City: Rhonda Lyne, Sondra Freeman, Michelle Bacon, Canyon McClung, Brenton Cook, Christopher Tate, Scott Easterday, Chris Meck, Garrett Nordstrom, Ellen Sherman, Eric Barton. Dr. K. Allen Greiner, Erin Corriveau, Bryant Miller, Vi Tran, Camry Ivory, and Amber Hulet. ©2020 Moozer Music Inc]

You just heard the Top 15 of Wednesday MidDay Medley’s 50 Favorite Singles of 2020. Check http://www.WednesdayMidDayMedley.org for the complete list of WMM’s 50 Favorite Singles of 2020.

Tune into Wednesday MidDay Medley throughout December for our 4-week series: The 120 Best Recordings of 2020, on December 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th. This is our celebration of the year in music based on the playlists of this little ole radio show. In 2020 we’ve played from over 400 New & MidCoastal Releases. We conducted 130 interviews with 156 special guests in 2020, and our next guest will make that 131 interviews.

11:00 – Station ID

Michelle Bacon playing bass with The Band That Fell To Earth

11:00 – Michelle Bacon’s Favorite Musical Recordings of 2020.

Michelle Bacon, is Content Writer and Database Manager at 90.9 The Bridge, where she helps to shine a light on area musicians and events. Michelle has written for The Kansas City Star, The Deli Magazine KC, and Folk Alliance International. This year Michelle has played bass with The Band That Fell To Earth, Other Americans, Katy Guillen & The Drive, Kianna White, Nathan Corsi Band, Women of Women and The Republic Tigers. Michelle Bacon joins us to share her Favorite Musical Recordings of 2020.

For five years Michelle Bacon has been organizer and band leader for The Band That Fell To Earth: A Tribute to David Bowie, at recordBar, with: Michelle Bacon on bass, Alex Alexander on guitar, Nathan Corsi on vocals & guitar, Kyle Dahlquist on keyboards, Katy Guillen on guitar, Steve Tulipana on vocals, Stephanie Williams on drums, Havilah Bruders and Camry Ivory on backing vocals, Matt Ronan on percussion, Christine Broxterman on cello, Betse Ellis on violin, Rich Wheeler on saxophone, and special guests.

  1. (#10.) The Republic Tigers – “Mind Over Matter”
    from: Mind Over Matter / The Record Machine / June 5, 2020
    [Hailing from Kansas City, MO, The Republic Tigers spike their lushly orchestrated indie rock with organic and synthetic elements. Founder Kenn Jankowski originally moved to Kansas City in 1999 and began playing guitar for The People, a band that later changed its name to The Golden Republic (Astralwerks Records). He also made fast friends with local musicians Ryan Pinkston and Adam McGill; and when The Golden Republic disbanded seven years later, he opted to launch his pop-based project with the other two multi-instrumentalists. Taking their name from Jankowski’s high school mascot, The Republic Tigers expanded their lineup with bassist Marc Pepperman and drummer Justin Tricomi. Electronic structures remained to play an important role in their music (via convenience/sensible creation-farming/forming), and the band issued a self-titled EP in late 2007 before putting the finishing touches on Keep Color, which arrived in 2008. Then there was a cool EP in 2011 titled “No Land’s Man” which featured the emo smash hit “The Infidel” and the extremely fun “Merrymake It With Me”. And then a second concept LP was concocted, “Mind Over Matter” – written from the year 2008 to the year 2011. Mixed and mastered in the year 2012. But then it was sadly shelved by the original labels. Which leads us to now, the year is 2020. Something new is going to happen.]
  1. (#9.) Saint Sé – “In/Out (feat. Allison Gliesman)”
    from: Spectra – EP / Benjiman Lucas Music / July 31, 2020
    [Debut EP from Saint Sé. This song was released as a single on May 22, 2020. Written by: Lucas Carpenter & Allison Gliesman. Vocals by: Allison Gliesman. Music Produced by: Lucas Carpenter. Additional Production by: Zach Thomas. Mixed/Mastered by: Mark Francis Buergler. Visualizer created by Andy Thies. Allison Gliesman (with the band Mess) released Learning How To Talk last year on March 29, 2019 and has previously releases several singes with Mess including their debut EP, heartswithholes in 2017.]
  1. (#8.) Jo MacKenzie – “’96 DiCaprio”
    from: let me give you what i wish i had. EP / Jo MacKenzie / October 3, 2020
    [One of several new singles from 16 year old, Kansas City based singer songwriter, Jo MacKenzie released this year that were collected together in a 5 -song EP, written, performed and produced by Jo MacKenzie. Mixed by Harper James. Jo MacKenzie released her debut EP, Proud on November 17, 2018. Jo Mackenzie released the single “Just Like Rain” on August 18, 2018; “I Should Come with a Warning Sign” on September 28, 2019; and “Alaska” on November 23, 2019 and the single “Suicide Season” on February 1, 2020, and the single “Lose My Face” on April 24, 2020. More info at http://www.jomackenzie.com]
  1. (#7.) They Call Me Sauce – “Anmls (An NPR Music Song for Change)”
    from: “Anmls (An NPR Music Song for Change) – Single / I Got The Sauce / Aug. 21, 2020
    [One of 5 Singles released this year from They Call Me Sauce. Produced by J-Luv. Written and Performed by Royce “Sauce” Handy/They Call Me Sauce. Mixed and Mastered by Tony and Woodgrain Productions. Royce “Sauce” Handy is a rapper, a songwriter, a beat maker, a designer, a teacher, an MC, a business owner, a social media manager, a husband, a father., a community organizer. He has worked with the AdHoc Group Against Crime, Teens in Transition, Storytellers Inc., Arts Tech, Mid-America Regional Council, UMKC, Representative Brandon Ellington, former Mayor Sly James. He is co-owner of The Rap Asylum, We are RAP, and owner of Melanin Connoisseur. Sauce has collaborated with visual artists, and the hip hop community. In 2017 Sauce released his EP, Summer Sauce, part of WMM’s 117 Best Recordings of 2017. In 2018 Sauce released Soul Food 4. In 2019 his collective NuBvckCity w/ Kartez Marcel, Mae C, & VP3 released “All Night” / “Alive”. This was #1 on WMM’s 39 Favorite Singles of 2019.]
  1. (#6.) Marcus Lewis Big Band – “Black in America feat. Kemet Coleman & Kadesh Flow” / Sharp 11 Records / Nov. 2, 2020
    [Marcus Lewis has performed at the Grammy Awards, the New Orleans Jazz Fest, the Glastonbury Fest, Nobel Peace Prize Concert and the North Sea Jazz Fest, Sydney Opera House, and the White House. TV shows include SNL, David Letterman, The Today Show, Jools Holland, Arsenio Hall, and American Idol. Marcus has performed with Aretha Franklin, Prince, Janelle Monáe, Bruno Mars, B.o.B, and Jidenna. On August 24, 2019 Marcus Lewis Big Band released Brass and Boujee in collaborating with veteran Kansas City MCs: Kemet Coleman and Kadesh Flow to bring Big Band together with Hip Hop.]

11:28 – Underwriting

11:30 – Michelle Bacon’s Favorite Musical Recordings of 2020.

  1. (#5.) Brent Windler –”Around The Bend”
    from: “Around The Bend” – Single / Brent Windler/ May 29, 2020
    [Brent Windler is a singer/songwriter based in KCMO. His songs display Power pop leanings but still stay rooted in the Midwestern US creating a unique blend of melodic pop and Americana. Brent is also known for his work with The Casket Lottery, and the band Sons of Great Dane. Brent Windler also released “Spanish Jasmine” on Sept. 4, 2020 and under the moniker, Dandelions with Tim Gutschenritter the duo released “The Cat, The Killer” on September 29, 2020 and “Take On the World” on November 24, 2020.]
  1. (#4.) Shiner – “Paul P Pogh”
    from: Schadenfreude / Two Black Eyes / May 8, 2020
    [Shiner is an American post-hardcore band from Kansas City, Missouri that was active from 1992 to 2003. Since 2012 Shiner has been playing several shows a year. The band’s new record “Schadenfreude.”The group formed in 1992, and quickly found wide exposure, releasing a vinyl EP in 1993 and touring with acts such as Sunny Day Real Estate, Chore, Jawbox, Season to Risk, The Jesus Lizard, and Girls Against Boys. The group released their first LP, Splay (recorded at Steve Albini’s Chicago studio) in 1996, and a second album, Lula Divinia the next year. Sub Pop took notice, and released a 7” single of the group’s songs “Sleep it Off” and “Half Empty”. Following this the band toured with Hum in 1998. A third full-length, Starless, was released on a label run by members of Descendents, Owned and Operated, in 2000. A fourth LP, The Egg, would follow before the group broke up in 2002. This was recorded and produced at Matt Talbott’s recording studio, Great Western Record Recorders in Tolono IL. Guitarist Josh Newton is the guitar/synth player/mastermind for Sie Lieben Maschinen, Jason Gerken on drums plays in multiple projects, Paul Malinowski on bass. also produces music at Massive Sound Studio, lead singer songwriter Allen Epley is also in The Life and Times.]
Daniel Gum
  1. (#3.) Daniel Gum – “In The Worst Ways”
    from: Thirteen / Manor Records / October 30, 2020
    [Produced by Mike Crawford and Daniel Gum. All songs written, performed, and mixed by Daniel Gum.
    Engineered by Mike Crawford. Mastered by Mike Nolte at Eureka Mastering. Daniel Gum is a 23 year old singer-songwriter from Kansas City. Since the age of 12, he has spent the majority of his time writing and recording songs by himself in his room. His most recent project, Moon, on the other hand was recorded by someone else in another room while Daniel was by himself in yet another room. The Moon EP was released December 7, 2019. It was engineered by Mike Crawford and Daniel Gum and mixed by Daniel Gum with piano and accordion by Cole Crawford. Daniel Gun released his EP i’m not dead October 25, 2017, and his 10-song album Reorient on July 31, 2015, with all songs written, recorded and mixed by Daniel Gum who also performed all vocals guitars, drums, piano, bass. harmonica, and programming. The first single from Daniel Gum’s album, Thirteen “Ruin Your Life” was released on September 4, The second single, “In The Worst Ways” was released September 28, 2020. ] [On our July 22, 2020, WMM show we played Daniel Gum’s track, “Tired Saint” from French Exit Records – Black Lives Matter Compilation, released July 6, 2020. French Exit Records was launched two years ago as an independent music label in KCMO, founded by Brad Girard. French Exit Records has released albums for No Magic and Raymond,. BLM Compilation is 22 acts from the area, with all proceeds donated to One Struggle KC’s Liberation Fund, a Black-led coalition of KC activists seeking to connect the struggles of oppressed communities, locally & globally.]
  1. (#2.) The Freedom Affair – “Heartaches Don’t Come Easy”
    from: Freedom is Love / Sunflower Soul Records / September 25, 2020
    [“Freedom Is Love” is the debut album from Kansas City’s newest soul juggernaut, The Freedom Affair. The album explores themes of love, heartache, empowerment, and togetherness through a varying landscape of hard-hitting funk, luscious soul, and everything in between. The Freedom Affair is a unique collective featuring 3 powerhouse female vocalists in front of a dynamic 6-piece band. On “Freedom Is Love”, each of the ladies get their time to shine individually, but the magic is on full display when all 3 come together in unison and harmony, symbolically embodying the messages that they sing about. The album was recorded and produced by Chris Hazelton, utilizing the best of vintage and new recording technologies to create an authentic experience, befitting of a soul record that would have been relevant 50 years ago as much as it will be 50 years from now. The Freedom Affair is: Misha Roberts on vocals; Paula Saunders on vocals; Seyko Groves on vocals; Cole Bales on guitar, sitar (Track 3); Branden Moser on guitar; Chris Hazelton on bass guitar, organ (Tracks 1, 2, 9, & 10), Tambourine (Track 1), Glockenspiel (Track 3), & Chimes (Track 4); Dave Brick on drums; Pete Carroll on trumpet; Brett Jackson on tenor sax, baritone sax (Tracks 1 & 5), & tambourine (Tracks 5, 6, & 8). Additional Musicians: Pat Conway on Congas (Tracks 1, 3, & 6), Alyssa Bell on viola (Tracks 3, 4, & 7), Elizabeth Codd on violin (Tracks 3 & 4), Matt Bennett on violin (Tracks 3 & 7), John Wickersham on timpani (Track 4), Pamela Baskin-Watson on piano (Track 10), Nick Howell on tambourine (Track 10), The Freedom Family Choir (Track 10): Misha Roberts, Erica Hazelton, Seyko Groves, Paula Saunders, Jordyn Saunders, Cole Bales, and Chris Hazelton. All Horn & String Arrangements by Chris Hazelton except: “Heartaches Don’t Come Easy” and “Give A Little Love” by Pete Carroll & Brett Jackson, “Don’t Shoot” by Chris Hazelton & Allyssa Bell. Produced, Recorded, & Mixed by Chris Hazelton. Assistant Produced by Dave Brick. Rhythm Section on Track 10 recorded by Chad Meise. Mastered by JJ Golden. Cover Artwork by Matthew “Mo” Manley. Front cover photograph of civil rights protesters in Kansas City, MO (April 9th, 1968). The Freedom Affair and their track “Rise Up” were selected to be part of Colemine Records 3xLP box set, “Soul Slabs Vol. 2” a Record Store Day Exclusive, released April 13, 2019. Colemine writes: “The Freedom Affair is a freight train of KC soul! Dirty, funky drums, gritty horns, and the combined vocals of Misha Roberts, Seyko Groves, and Paula Saunders to put this band over the top. Politically charged soul music for the dancefloor!”]
Blackstarkids
  1. (#1.) BLACKSTARKIDS – “Acting Normal”
    from: Whatever, Man (Deluxe) / Dirty Hit Records / October 29, 2020
    [Blackstarkids released Surf Basement Demos on Dirty Hit Records on March 5, 2020. The band also released their second album SURF through their own label Bedroom Records on February 28, 2020. BlackStarKids, a pop/R&B/hip-hop group based in Kansas City, Missouri. Members include: TheBabeGabe, Deiondre, and TyFaizon (of the Drop Dead XX collective). The group released its first album, Let’s Play Sports, in 2019. Blackstarkids, recently caught the attention of The 1975’s frontman Matty Healy and now they’re signed to The 1975’s management company, Dirty Hit Records.]
  1. Noel Coward – “The Party’s Over Now”
    from: Noel Coward in New York / drg / 2003 [orig. 1957]

Next week, Wednesday MidDay Medley begins our 4-week series: The 120 Best Recordings of 2020, on December 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th. This is our celebration of the year in music based on the playlists of this little ole radio show. In 2020 we’ve played from nearly 400 New & MidCoastal Releases. We’ve conducted over 131 interviews with 256 special guests in 2020.

Thank you to all who donated to Wednesday MidDay Medley and KKFI 90.1 FM during our Fall Fund Drive. Between our on 10/14 and 10/21 air fund drive shows, and our Facebook Fundraiser, we had a total of 50 listeners who donated a total of $2954.00 to support community radio. THANK YOU!!!!

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

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Black Lives Matter

Show #866

WMM’s 15 Favorite Singles of 2020 + Michelle Bacon’s Favorite Recordings of 2020

Wednesday MidDay Medley
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning
90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio
TEN to NOON Wednesdays – Streaming at KKFI.org

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Michelle Bacon’s Favorite Releases of 2020 +
Wednesday MidDay Medley’s Favorite Singles of 2020

We’ll play MidCoastal Releases from: Blackstarkids, Kiana White, The Freedom Affair, Ivory Blue, Shiner, They Call Me Sauce, Love Mae C., Brent Windler, Monta At Odds, Khrystal., Brandon Phillips and the Condition, Daniel Gum, Eems, Scabb & Strings, Marcus Lewis Big Band featuring Kemet Coleman & Kadesh Flow, Berwanger, Hi-Lux, Jo MacKenzie, Quiet Takes, Saint Sé, The Republic Tigers, Ernest Melton, The Jinxed, No Germ Candy, and David George & Friends.

At 10:00 AM we’ll play Wednesday MidDay Medley’s Favorite 15 Singles of 2020. These tracks represent the diverse talent in our MidCoastal Music community. On December 2, after the show, check http://www.WednesdayMidDayMedley.org and our Wednesday MidDay Medley Facebook Page and Twitter for the complete list of WMM’s 50 Favorite Singles of 2020, as previously played on the show.

Michelle Bacon playing with The Band That Fell To Earth, January 2020

At 11:00 AM we welcome Michelle Bacon, Content Writer and Database Manager at 90.9 The Bridge, where she helps to shine a light on area musicians and events. Michelle has also written for The Kansas City Star, The Deli Magazine KC, and Folk Alliance International. In 2020 Michelle has played bass with The Band That Fell To Earth, Other Americans, Katy Guillen & The Drive, Kianna White, Nathan Corsi Band, Women of Women and The Republic Tigers. Michelle Bacon joins us to share her Favorite Musical Recordings of 2020.

Tune into Wednesday MidDay Medley throughout December for our 4-week series: The 120 Best Recordings of 2020, on December 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th. This is our celebration of the year in music based on the playlists of this little ole radio show. In 2020 we’ve played nearly 400 New & MidCoastal Releases. We conducted over 131 interviews with 156 special guests.

Tune in on 90.1 FM KKFI
or streaming live at kkfi.org

Show #866

WMM Playlist from Nov. 25, 2020

Wednesday MidDay Medley
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning
90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio
TEN to NOON Wednesdays – Streaming at KKFI.org

Wednesday, November 25, 2019

2020 – The Year in Music
with: Tim Finn, Marion Merritt, Chris Haghirian, & Fally Afani

  1. “Main Title Instrumental – It’s Showtime Folks”
    from: Motion Picture Soundtrack to All That Jazz / Universal / Dec. 20, 1979
    [WMM’s theme]
Tim Finn photo by Paul Andrews

Tim Finn’s Favorite Musical Releases of 2020

5. The Roseline – GOOD / GRIEF / Alt Country Club / April 3, 2020

  1. The Roseline – “8 Bilirubin”
    from: GOOD / GRIEF / Alt Country Club / April 3, 2020
    [From the 6th album of the Lawrence, KS, based alt-country, Americana, rock band, formed by Colin Halliburton with friends in 2005. The songs were born, largely, in response to the death of Halliburton’s best friend (and keyboardist in The Roseline), as well as the loss of his mother-in-law to suicide. Additionally, the album explores themes of love & marriage, the grieving process, elder millennial existential dread, politicized rage, drugs, and mortality. Beyond simply the lyrics, they have added sonic textures that have not previously been explored, thanks to the addition of guitarist Bradley McKellip, bassist Colin Jones, and keyboardist and vocalist Heidi Gluck. Drummer Jim Piller and guitarist Kris Losure have returned as solid mainstays of the band. Guest appearances from lap steel player Mike Stover, pianist Dan Loftus, and vocalist Chase Horseman widen the sonic spectrum even further. The album was recorded, engineered and produced by Joel Nanos at Element Recording Studios in KCMO. The new album follows the September 29, 2017 release “Blood,” and the June 19, 2015 album, “Townie.” The band has toured the US and Halliburton has completed two European solo tours thus far, taking him through Poland, Germany, Belgium, and The Netherlands.]

10:05 – Interview with Tim Finn

Tim Finn is Music Writer for In Kansas City Magazine. Tim is originally from Youngstown, New York. He studied at University of Missouri in Columbia and received his Masters of Arts, in Journalism from the University of Kansas. Tim served as Music Writer of the KC Star, where he worked for 29 years. You can hear Tim Finn Thursday afternoons on 90.9 The Bridge with Jon Hart.

Tim Finn, thanks for being with us on again on WMM.

2020 has been a year unlike any other with: COVID-19 killing a quarter million citizens in the U.S. in 8 months; a presidential election from hell; and the nationwide Black Lives Matter movement in the streets and in all organizations who care about equality for all. The cover of The Roseline album is a tornado with gold embossed words: GOOD / GRIEF.

Colin Halliburton’s new songs were born, largely, in response to the death of Halliburton’s best friend (and keyboardist in The Roseline), as well as the loss of his mother-in-law to suicide. Additionally, the album explores themes of love & marriage, the grieving process, elder millennial existential dread, politicized rage, drugs, and mortality.

4 Daniel Gum – Thirteen / Manor Records / October 30, 2020

  1. Daniel Gum – “In The Worst Ways”
    from: Thirteen / Manor Records / October 30, 2020
    [Produced by Mike Crawford and Daniel Gum. All songs written, performed, and mixed by Daniel Gum.
    Engineered by Mike Crawford. Mastered by Mike Nolte at Eureka Mastering. Daniel Gum is a 23 year old singer-songwriter from Kansas City. Since the age of 12, he has spent the majority of his time writing and recording songs by himself in his room. His most recent project, Moon, on the other hand was recorded by someone else in another room while Daniel was by himself in yet another room. The Moon EP was released December 7, 2019. It was engineered by Mike Crawford and Daniel Gum and mixed by Daniel Gum with piano and accordion by Cole Crawford. Daniel Gun released his EP i’m not dead October 25, 2017, and his 10-song album Reorient on July 31, 2015, with all songs written, recorded and mixed by Daniel Gum who also performed all vocals guitars, drums, piano, bass. harmonica, and programming. The first single from Daniel Gum’s album, Thirteen “Ruin Your Life” was released on September 4, The second single, “In The Worst Ways” was released September 28, 2020. ] [On our July 22, 2020, WMM show we played Daniel Gum’s track, “Tired Saint” from French Exit Records – Black Lives Matter Compilation, released July 6, 2020. French Exit Records was launched two years ago as an independent music label in KCMO, founded by Brad Girard. French Exit Records has released albums for No Magic and Raymond,. BLM Compilation is 22 acts from the area, with all proceeds donated to One Struggle KC’s Liberation Fund, a Black-led coalition of KC activists seeking to connect the struggles of oppressed communities, locally & globally.]

3. Shiner – Schadenfreude / Two Black Eyes / May 8, 2020

  1. Shiner – “Nothing”
    from: Schadenfreude / Two Black Eyes / May 8, 2020
    [Shiner is an American post-hardcore band from Kansas City, Missouri that was active from 1992 to 2003. Since 2012 Shiner has been playing several shows a year. The band’s new record “Schadenfreude.”The group formed in 1992, and quickly found wide exposure, releasing a vinyl EP in 1993 and touring with acts such as Sunny Day Real Estate, Chore, Jawbox, Season to Risk, The Jesus Lizard, and Girls Against Boys. The group released their first LP, Splay (recorded at Steve Albini’s Chicago studio) in 1996, and a second album, Lula Divinia the next year. Sub Pop took notice, and released a 7” single of the group’s songs “Sleep it Off” and “Half Empty”. Following this the band toured with Hum in 1998. A third full-length, Starless, was released on a label run by members of Descendents, Owned and Operated, in 2000. A fourth LP, The Egg, would follow before the group broke up in 2002. This was recorded and produced at Matt Talbott’s recording studio, Great Western Record Recorders in Tolono IL. Guitarist Josh Newton is the guitar/synth player/mastermind for Sie Lieben Maschinen, Jason Gerken on drums plays in multiple projects, Paul Malinowski on bass. also produces music at Massive Sound Studio, lead singer songwriter Allen Epley is also in The Life and Times.]

2. Fritz Hutchison – Wide Wild Acres / Center Cut Records / March 27, 2020

  1. Fritz Hutchison – “Stationary”
    from: Wide Wild Acres / Center Cut Records / March 27, 2020
    [Debut album of Fritz Hutchison,. Written & performed by Fritz Hutchison. Produced by Fritz Hutchison & Joel Nanos. Recorded & mixed in KC by Joel Nanos at Element Recording Studio. Mastered by Collin Jordan at The Boiler Room in Chicago. Multi-instrumentalist Fritz Hutchison was born May 27, 1991. A life-long resident of KC Since 2008 he’s been part of multiple bands playing drums with: She’s a Keeper, Freight Train Rabbit Killer, and Grand Marquis. As a guitarist he has played along side J Ashley Miller, Lauren Krum, Miki P and Calvin Arsenia. A decade of lending an ear and a hand to other musicians has left Fritz poised to launch his own solo career as a singer-songwriter.“Fortunate Flaws” features Ian Teeple on bass, and Coleen Dieker on strings. All other instruments: drums, guitar, piano and vocals are performed by Fritz Hutchison.]

1. The Freedom Affair – Freedom is Love / Sunflower Soul Records / Sept. 25, 2020

  1. The Freedom Affair – “Out Of My Mind”
    from: Freedom is Love / Sunflower Soul Records / September 25, 2020
    [“Freedom Is Love” is the debut album from Kansas City’s newest soul juggernaut, The Freedom Affair. The album explores themes of love, heartache, empowerment, and togetherness through a varying landscape of hard-hitting funk, luscious soul, and everything in between. The Freedom Affair is a unique collective featuring 3 powerhouse female vocalists in front of a dynamic 6-piece band. On “Freedom Is Love”, each of the ladies get their time to shine individually, but the magic is on full display when all 3 come together in unison and harmony, symbolically embodying the messages that they sing about. The album was recorded and produced by Chris Hazelton, utilizing the best of vintage and new recording technologies to create an authentic experience, befitting of a soul record that would have been relevant 50 years ago as much as it will be 50 years from now. The Freedom Affair is: Misha Roberts on vocals; Paula Saunders on vocals; Seyko Groves on vocals; Cole Bales on guitar, sitar (Track 3); Branden Moser on guitar; Chris Hazelton on bass guitar, organ (Tracks 1, 2, 9, & 10), Tambourine (Track 1), Glockenspiel (Track 3), & Chimes (Track 4); Dave Brick on drums; Pete Carroll on trumpet; Brett Jackson on tenor sax, baritone sax (Tracks 1 & 5), & tambourine (Tracks 5, 6, & 8). Additional Musicians: Pat Conway on Congas (Tracks 1, 3, & 6), Alyssa Bell on viola (Tracks 3, 4, & 7), Elizabeth Codd on violin (Tracks 3 & 4), Matt Bennett on violin (Tracks 3 & 7), John Wickersham on timpani (Track 4), Pamela Baskin-Watson on piano (Track 10), Nick Howell on tambourine (Track 10), The Freedom Family Choir (Track 10): Misha Roberts, Erica Hazelton, Seyko Groves, Paula Saunders, Jordyn Saunders, Cole Bales, and Chris Hazelton. All Horn & String Arrangements by Chris Hazelton except: “Heartaches Don’t Come Easy” and “Give A Little Love” by Pete Carroll & Brett Jackson, “Don’t Shoot” by Chris Hazelton & Allyssa Bell. Produced, Recorded, & Mixed by Chris Hazelton. Assistant Produced by Dave Brick. Rhythm Section on Track 10 recorded by Chad Meise. Mastered by JJ Golden. Cover Artwork by Matthew “Mo” Manley. Front cover photograph of civil rights protesters in Kansas City, MO (April 9th, 1968). The Freedom Affair and their track “Rise Up” were selected to be part of Colemine Records 3xLP box set, “Soul Slabs Vol. 2” a Record Store Day Exclusive, released April 13, 2019. Colemine writes: “The Freedom Affair is a freight train of KC soul! Dirty, funky drums, gritty horns, and the combined vocals of Misha Roberts, Seyko Groves, and Paula Saunders to put this band over the top. Politically charged soul music for the dancefloor!”]

10:28 – Underwriting

Marion Merritt photo by Mark Manning

Marion Merritt’s Favorite Musical Releases of 2020

10:30 – Interview with Marion Merritt

For more than 16 years Marion Merritt has been sharing her musical discoveries and information from her musically encyclopedic brain with the listeners of WMM. With her partner Ann Stewart, Marion is the proprietor of Records With Merritt a small, independent, minority owned business, at 1614 Westport Rd. in Kansas City, Missouri.

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

5. Holy Fuck – Deleter / Ef Records / January 17, 2020

  1. Holy Fuck – “Deleters (feat. Angus Andrew)”
    from: Deleter / Ef Records / January 17, 2020
    [Holy Fuck is an electronica band from Toronto. They were a part of Dependent Music, a music label & artist collective that began in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia in 2004 until its closing. They were then a part of the Young Turks label. In 2016 they signed with Innovative Leisure. The band uses live instrumentation & miscellaneous instruments and non-instruments, including a 35 mm film synchronizer, toy keyboards & toy phaser guns, to achieve electronic-sounding effects without the use of laptops or programmed backing tracks. According to Pitchfork Media, “The band formed with the intent of creating the equivalent of modern electronic music without actually using the techniques, looping, splicing, programming and the like, of that music.]

4. Throwing Muses – Sun Racket / Fire Records / September 4, 2020

  1. Throwing Muses – “Dark Blue” from: Sun Racket / Fire Records / September 4, 2020
    [Sun Racket is a studio album by American alternative rock band Throwing Muses. The album was released on Fire Records on September 4, 2020, and has received positive reviews from critics. // Although it had been seven years since Purgatory/Paradise and a decade prior to that since Throwing Muses, primary songwriter Kristin Hersh had continuously been writing songs both for this band and her project 50 Foot Wave and the songwriting for this album was influenced by the harder rock sound of the latter band. She was only motivated to make a new Throwing Muses album once she had the right songs that sounded appropriate for this group: according to Hersh, the distinction is so stark that she has written them in a fugue state as a response to post-traumatic stress disorder and has no memory of their composition.// The first single from the album, “Dark Blue”, was released in February 2020. The second single, “Bo Diddley Bridge”, was released in July, and the third, “Frosting”, in August. // The album had a planned release date of May 22, 2020 but was later delayed to September 4, 2020. Throwing Muses is an American alternative rock band formed in 1981 in Newport, Rhode Island, United States, that toured and recorded extensively until 1997, when its members began concentrating more on other projects. The group was originally fronted by two lead singers, Kristin Hersh and Tanya Donelly (stepsisters), who both wrote the group’s songs. Throwing Muses are known for performing music with shifting tempos, creative chord progressions, unorthodox song structures, and surreal lyrics. The group was set apart from other contemporary acts by Hersh’s stark, candid writing style; Donelly’s pop stylings and vocal harmonies; and David Narcizo’s unusual drumming techniques eschewing use of cymbals. Hersh’s hallucinatory, feverish lyrics occasionally touch on the subject of mental illness, more often drawing portraits of characters from daily life or addressing relationships.]

3. Lianne La Havas – Lianne La Havas / Nonesuch – Warner Records UK / July 17, 2020

  1. Lianne La Havas – “Bittersweet”
    from: Lianne La Havas / Nonesuch -Warner Records UK / July 17, 2020
    [Third studio album from Lianne La Hava born Lianne Charlotte Barnes (born 23 August 23, 1989). Lianne La Havas is a British singer and songwriter. Her career began after being introduced to various musicians, including singer Paloma Faith, for whom she sang backing vocals. In 2010, La Havas signed to Warner Bros. Records, spending two years developing her songwriting, before releasing any music. La Havas’ debut studio album, Is Your Love Big Enough? (2012), was released to positive reviews from critics and earned her a nomination for the BBC’s Sound of 2012 poll and awards for the iTunes Album of The Year 2012. La Havas was born and raised in London, England, to a Greek father and Jamaican mother. She was raised in Tooting and Streatham, spending the majority of her time with her grandparents after her parents separated. La Havas began singing at seven, and cites her parents’ diverse musical tastes as having the biggest influence on her music. Her father, an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, taught her the basics of guitar and piano. Lianne wrote her first song at the age of 11, but did not learn to play the guitar until she was 18 years old. Lianne sang in her school choir. She attended Norbury Manor Business and Enterprise College for Girls in Thornton Heath where she studied art A-level, and had planned to take an art foundation course before she decided to leave college to pursue a career in music full-time. Her birth name is Lianne Barnes, and her stage name is an adaptation of her Greek father Henry Vlahavas’ surname. She lives in London.]

2. Fantastic Negrito – Have You Lost Your Mind Yet? / Cooking Vinyl / August 14, 2020

  1. Fantastic Negrito – “Chocolate Samurai”
    from: Have You Lost Your Mind Yet? / Fantastic Negrito – Cooking Vinyl / August 14, 2020
    [Follow up to his June 15, 2018 release, Please Don’t Be Dead on Blackball Universe – Cooking Vinyl Records that was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album. His 2016 album The Last Days of Oakland won a Grammy award for Best Contemporary Blues Album at the 59th Grammy Awards. In 2019, his album Please Don’t Be Dead won the same category for the 61st Grammy Awards.Fantastic Negrito was raised in an orthodox Muslim household. His father was a Somali-Caribbean immigrant who mostly played traditional African music. He was the eight of 15 children. When, at the age of 12, Negrito’s family moved from Massachusetts to Oakland, California. Oakland in 1970s was a million miles from Negrito’s conservative childhood. He went from Arab chants to Funkadelic in one day. By the time he was 20, Negrito had taught himself to play every instrument he could get his hands on. He was recording music, and after some difficulties on the streets he packed his bags and headed to LA, armed with a demo on cassette. Negrito signed with a million dollar deal at Interscope. The record deal was a disaster. Gangsta rap was ruling the airwaves and Negrito was in the wrong place at the wrong era. Negrito came out of the deal with a failed album and his confidence gutted. In 2000, Negrito was in a near fatal car accident that put him in a coma. For four weeks it was touch and go. Because his muscles atrophied while bedridden, he had to go through months of frustrating physical therapy to regain use of his legs. Rods were placed throughout his body. And worst of all, his playing hand was mutilated. Back in Oakland, Negrito forgot about life as a musician. He got married, he planted vegetables, raised his own chickens, and made money growing weed. He also settled into being a man, on his own, clear of the distractions of wanting to be a star. And then his son Kyu was born. He began recording without the hindrances that come with chasing trends. Negrito turned to the original DNA of all American music, the Blues. The beating life had given him primed him to channel his literal and musical forefathers: the Blues musicians of the Delta]

1. Gregory Porter – All Rise / Blue Note Records / August 28, 2020

  1. Gregory Porter – “If Love Is Overrated’
    from: All Rise / Blue Note Records / August 28, 2020
    [Sixth studio album from Gregory Porter, born November 4, 1971. He is an American singer, songwriter, and actor. He won the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album in 2014 for Liquid Spirit and in 2017 for Take Me to the Alley. Gregory Porter was born in Sacramento, California, and was raised in Bakersfield, California, where his mother Ruth was a minister. Porter has seven siblings. His mother was a large influence on his life, having encouraged him to sing in church at an early age. His father, Rufus, was largely absent from his life. Says Porter, “Everybody had some issues with their father, even if he was in the house. He may have been emotionally absent. My father was just straight-up absent. I hung out with him just a few days in my life. And it wasn’t a long time. He just didn’t seem to be completely interested in being there. Maybe he was, I don’t know.” // A 1989 graduate of Highland High School, he received a full athletic scholarship as a football lineman to San Diego State University (SDSU Aztecs), but a shoulder injury during his junior year cut short his football career. // Porter’s mother died from cancer when he was 21 years old. From her death bed, she entreated him: “Sing, baby, sing!” // Porter moved to the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn in 2004, along with his brother Lloyd. He worked as a chef at Lloyd’s restaurant Bread-Stuy (now defunct), where he also performed. Porter performed at other neighborhood venues including Sista’s Place and Solomon’s Porch, and moved on to Harlem club St. Nick’s Pub, where he maintained a weekly residency. Out of this residency evolved what would become Porter’s touring band. // Porter released two albums on the Motéma label together with Membran Entertainment Group, 2010’s Water and 2012’s Be Good, before signing with Blue Note Records (under Universal Music Group) on May 17, 2013. His third album, Liquid Spirit, was released on September 2, 2013, in Europe and on September 17, 2013, in the US. The album was produced by Brian Bacchus. The album won the 2014 Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album. // Liquid Spirit enjoyed commercial success rarely achieved by albums in the jazz genre, reaching the top 10 on the UK album charts. It was certified gold by the BPI, selling over 100,000 units in the UK. // In August 2014, Porter released “The ‘In’ Crowd” as a single. On May 9, 2015, Porter participated in VE Day 70: A Party to Remember, a televised commemorative concert from Horse Guards Parade in London, singing “As Time Goes By”. //His fourth album, Take Me to the Alley, was released on May 6, 2016. In UK’s The Guardian it was Alexis Petridis’s album of the week. // On June 26, 2016, Porter performed on the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festival 2016. Writing for The Daily Telegraph, Neil McCormick said, “The portly middle-aged jazzer may be the oddest pop star on the planet but he is a refreshing testament to the notion that the most important organ for musical appreciation should always be our ears. And Porter has one of the most easy-on-the-ear voices in popular music, a creamy baritone that flows thick and smooth across a rich gateaux of juicy melody. It’s a voice that makes you want to lick your lips and dive right in.” // In September 2016, Porter performed at Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park from Hyde Park, London. He would go on to perform in the annual BBC Children in Need show in November, a night dedicated to Sir Terry Wogan, who hosted it in previous years and was a fan of Porter. // In January 2017, Porter performed the song “Holding On” on BBC One’s The Graham Norton Show. In September 2017 he performed as part of the Later… with Jools Holland: Later 25 concert at the Royal Albert Hall. In October 2017, he performed the song “Mona Lisa” on BBC One’s The Graham Norton Show with Jeff Goldblum on piano. // His debut album, Water, was nominated for Best Jazz Vocal album at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards. He was also a member of the original Broadway cast of It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues. His second album, Be Good, which contains many of Porter’s compositions, garnered critical acclaim for both his distinctive singing and his compositions, such as “Be Good (Lion’s Song)”, “Real Good Hands”, and “On My Way to Harlem”. The title track was also nominated for Best Traditional R&B Performance at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards. In his review of Water, Kevin Le Gendre of the BBC wrote that “Gregory Porter has a voice and musicality to be reckoned with.” // The New York Times described Porter as “a jazz singer of thrilling presence, a booming baritone with a gift for earthy refinement and soaring uplift” in its review of Liquid Spirit. // Michael G. Nastos of AllMusic wrote a mixed review of Water, stating: “In hard bop trim, Shorter’s ‘Black Nile’ has Porter shouting out a lyric line that was done many years ago by Chicago’s Luba Raashiek, but Porter’s voice is strained and breaks up. While on every track Porter sings with great conviction, he’s more effective on lower-key compositions”, but went on to say that “he’s right up there with José James as the next big male vocal jazz star.” // Porter is married to Victoria and they have a son, Demyan. Their home is in Bakersfield, California. // For public appearances, Porter always wears a hat reminiscent of a deerstalker incorporating fabric that covers his ears and chin. In a 2012 interview with Jazzweekly.com, when asked: “What’s with the weird and wonderful hat?” Porter replied: “I’ve had some surgery on my skin, so this has been my look for a little while and will continue to be for a while longer. People recognize me by it now. It is what it is.” In an interview with The Daily Telegraph in 2016, he divulged that he received some facial scars when he was “seven or eight”, but declined to go into the specifics of how they were sustained. He said: “I just saw it one day (The hat) and said ‘I’m gonna put this on, I like it.’ It was before the music career. The cap is a Kangol Summer Spitfire]

11:00 – Station ID

11:00 – Interview with Chris Haghirian

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, just a few clicks up the dial. In May of this year Chris Haghirian organized KC Bands Together – A Livestream Concert on May 15, and 16, celebrating KC musicians in the area and around the world! To benefit Midwest Music Foundation, and raising over $60,000. Chris worked for The KC Star for over 20 years. In normal non-pandemic years Chris organizes music for, Boulevardia, The Plaza Art Fair, and concerts at Kauffman Stadium. With Nathan Reusch of The Record Machine, Chris created The Middle of The Map Fest. Chris was an early adaptor of Pandemic Times creating KC Bands Together served as a template for many virtual music festivals to follow: including Crossroads Music Fest, Apocalypse Meow and others.

Chris Haghirian thanks for being with us on WMM.

Chris Haghirian’s Favorite Musical Releases of 2019

5. Jo MacKenzie – let me give you what i wish i had. EP / Jo MacKenzie / Oct. 3, 2020

  1. Jo MacKenzie – “Lost Myself”
    from: let me give you what i wish i had. EP / Jo MacKenzie / October 3, 2020
    [One of several new singles from 16 year old, Kansas City based singer songwriter, Jo MacKenzie released this year now collected together in a 5 -song EP, written, performed and produced by Jo MacKenzie. Mixed by Harper James. Jo MacKenzie released her Debut EP Proud on November 17, 2018. Along with Proud, Jo Mackenzie released the single “Just Like Rain” on August 18, 2018; “I Should Come with a Warning Sign” on September 28, 2019; and “Alaska” on November 23, 2019 and the single “Suicide Season” on February 1, 2020, and the single “Lose My Face” on April 24, 2020. More info at http://www.jomackenzie.com]

4. Silver Girl – silver girl / Silver Girl / August 14, 2020

  1. Silver Girl – “Ceremony”
    from: silver girl / Silver Girl / August 14, 2020
    [“ceremony” is one of three singles released from Silver Girl’s self titled debut 7-song EP. Silver Girl is the collaboration between producer and musician Jared Logan and singer songwriter Chloe Jacobson.]

Last week on Chris Haghirian’s radio show he paid tribute to musical artists who have gone out of their way to help raise money for needed causes. Una Walkenhorst was one of those people, as she has worked tirelessly this year for Greenline Grows KC – Benefit for The Greenline Initiative, a Black family-owned organization that uses crowdsourcing to help historically marginalized and low income populations buy and renovate the houses they rent. Based in KC’s 3rd District, the initiative builds permanent community and generational wealth in formerly redlined neighborhoods. More info at: http://www.thegreenlineinitiative.com

3. Una Walkenhorst – Woman of the Year / Una Walkenhorst / April 16, 2020

  1. Una Walkenhorst – “People in The Paper”
    from: Woman of the Year / Una Walkenhorst / April 16, 2020
    [2nd single from Una’s “Woman of the Year”. 25 year old Una Walkenhorst is a singer/songwriter from Kansas City. Una told KCUR FM that her father was one of the people who made her love music. But having a famous father can be challenging: “I knew that if I started my music career here I would have a lot of opportunities, but not all of them would be because of my music. They would be because I am someone’s daughter,” Walkenhorst says. Loading up her 97 Honda Civic, Una then spent a year traveling across North America promoting her music and connecting with listeners one-on-one. She ended up living in New Orleans. Una Walkenhorst is the youngest daughter of Bob Walkenhorst, a founding member of The Rainmakers, which had national and international hits in the 1980s and 90s, and continue to this day touring and recording new music. In January of 2018 Una Walkenhorst returned home to Kansas City from New Orleans. Over the past several years, Una and Bob had performed together at selected events, including Folk Alliance International. In 2018 the father and daughter duo decided to record an album together, where they split the difference, taking turns as songwriters for the album’s songs, written individually, and recorded together, with beautiful harmonies. Una will be on WMM on March 18]

2. BLACKSTARKIDS – SURF / Bedroom Records / February 28, 2020

  1. BLACKSTARKIDS – “Sounds Like Fun!”
    from: SURF / Bedroom Records / February 28, 2020
    [Second album from, BlackStarKids, a pop/R&B/hip-hop group based in Kansas City, Missouri. Members include: TheBabeGabe, Deiondre, and TyFaizon (of the Drop Dead XX collective). The group released its first album, Let’s Play Sports, in 2019. Blackstarkids,recently caught the attention of The 1975’s frontman Matty Healy and now they’re signed to The 1975’s management company, Dirty Hit Records and they were just featured in Clash Magazine.]

1. Ebony Tusks – Heal Thyself / High Dive Records / November 6, 2020

  1. Ebony Tusks – “Bloodletting (Radio edit)”
    from: Heal Thyself / High Dive Records / November 6, 2020
    [All songs written and performed by Ebony Tusks unless otherwise noted. // All Songs engineered and mixed by George Henry Valyer IV at Rundown Studios in Topeka, Kansas and MalaMUTE Studios in East Lawrence, Kansas. Assistance provided by Nico Williams and Claire Kuner. // Conny Franko’s vocals on “You Runner” engineered by Keith Rodger and Rick Carson at Make Believe Studios in Omaha, Nebraska. // IK’s vocals on “Gang Signs” engineered by Derek Montgomery. // Stik Figa’s vocals on “Hell Above Or Here Below” engineered by Sean Patrick at Twelves Studios in Forth Worth, Texas. // Cello on “Heir Apparent” written and performed by Brail Watson. Rhodes and Moog on “Heir Apparent” written and performed by Daniel Bowersox. // All Songs mastered by Mike Nolte at Eureka Mastering in Portland, Oregon. // Album cover art by Justin Bergin. Album cover photography by Rachel Lock. Album layout by Martinez Hillard. // Album insert photography by Ailecia Ruscin and LeRoy Pristach. // Ebony Tusks is Daniel Smith on DJ & Production, Geese Giesecke on vocals & Production, and Marty Hillard on vocals & Production. Martinez Hillard told Vivid Seats: “ I began EBONY TUSKS in 2009 after a difficult period that summer. I was living in the student ghetto near the University of Kansas in Lawrence. It was an eerily calm Friday night and I didn’t have any plans after work so I crashed. I woke up shortly after 9:00 pm because my door was being kicked in. I was beaten and robbed at gunpoint. Thankfully, two of my neighbors were close friends and called the police immediately. I had nightmares for years afterward that included many symbols I’ve come to associate with various religious practices. I also began writing raps for the first time in over a decade. I was working with a couple producers and we had our first show at a house venue called Pizza Power in October 2010. Both Daniel and Geese came into the fold within a couple years of that show.” Daniel Smith lives in Lawrence, Kansas. He was born in Berkeley California. He moved to Lawrence when he was a child. Hs father is a Professor at The University of Kansas. Daniel works the United Way of Douglass County. He helps to provide after school job-training programs for under-served youth. Nathan “Geese” Giesecke grew up in Olathe but now lives and works in Kansas City, MO. He was friends with Calvin Arsenia in High School. Geese works as a producer as GEESACE. He makes beats and you can find his music at http://soundcloud.com/geesace Nathan is also a lighting designer who jumped on stage to do back up vocals for Marty and ended up being in the band. Martinez Hillard is the main vocalist and lyricist for EBONY TUSKS. He raps under the moniker Bodye, (pronounced “body”). He also produces beats. Martinez lives in the Old Town neighborhood in downtown Topeka with wife and 5 year old daughter. Martinez was part of the super group Cowboy Indian Bear. Martinez was recently elected to serve as a board member for Friends of the Library for Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library. As Marty told Johnson County Library, in a piece published April 27, 2018: “ It was a project I started with other producers back in 2010. I asked Daniel to DJ for me sometime in 2011-2012 and Geese joined not too far behind him. Daniel and I had become fast friends when I lived in Lawrence and he was the nicest, most easygoing DJ of the handful I knew. He made our shows a lot less stressful. Geese was and is a lighting technician for a number of our friends’ projects and that was how I made acquaintance with him, seeing him work for a band and asking if he’d do lights for an EBONY TUSKS concert. He eventually asked if he could be hypeman for us and he brought an new intensity.” EBONY TUSKS have been a band for over 11 years making hip hop in the Lawrence scene that includes Approach, Stik Figa, Heartfelt Anarchy, and Archetype are just a small fraction. With that said, the three of us are always having conversations about how other genres influence us personally. Post-rock, post-hardcore, industrial, indie rock, and electronic all factor in. Our tastes evolve naturally and we follow accordingly. Since the three members of EBONY TUSKS live in three separate cities: Kansas City, Lawrence and Topeka early on, they created a Dropbox folder to share demos with one another. And as they told Vivid Seat: “It also gave us a bit of language to use in building sounds independent of one another.” More info at: ww.highdiverecords.com]

11:28 – Underwriting

11:30 – Fally Afani’s Favorite Musical Releases of 2020

6. TL Jones – “No Chaser feat. Aka from DNA” – Single / TL Jones / May 2, 2020

  1. TL Jones – “No Chaser feat. Aka from DNA (Clean)”
    from: “No Chaser feat. Aka from DNA” – Single / TL Jones / May 2, 2020
    [Originally recorded on No Chaser – EP from TL Jones released July 23, 2018. TL Jones is an author, singer, rapper, songwriter, based in Kansas City, Kansas. Her single “Miss Me” was released July 4 through Empire.]

10:32 – Interview with Fally Afani

Fally Afani is an award-winning journalist with a career spanning nearly 29 years in media. She has worked extensively in radio, television, newspapers, and magazines. She has received several Kansas Association of Broadcasters awards as well as an Edward R. Murrow award for her online work in journalism. Fally lives in Lawrence, Kansas, where she reports on local & touring musicians and is the editor & founder of, I Heart Local Music a comprehensive website providing info and place for music lovers in Lawrence to gather. It was started out of a deep love & appreciation for the local music scene. And has grown to produce a quarterly printed magazine. Info at: http://www.iheartlocalmusic.com

Fally Afani, Thank you for being with us in Wednesday MidDay Medley.

5. Thighmaster – ” Between The Knees And Squeeze / High Dive Records / Jan. 10, 2020

  1. Thighmaster – “Jane Fonda You”
    from: Between The Knees And Squeeze / High Dive Records / January 10, 2020
    [Thighmaster is a Lawrence, Kansas based band formed by Maxfield Yoder (formerly of the bands: Dean Monkey & the Dropouts, Plains) on guitar & vocals, Max Lock on vocals, Max Smith on tambourine & vocals, Esteban Gomez –on bass, Jennifer Graham on drums, and Jake Little on guitar.Thighmaster recently signed with KC based label High Dive Records. The band is resurrecting the song-writing demons that have long haunted Mayfield Yoder. Thighmaster truly is garage pop for cool grandparents. Now you too can have shapely thighs in minutes a day. Tracked, Mixed and Mastered by Ross Williams and written by Thighmaster.]

4. The Sluts – Enjoy The Show / The Sluts / May 7, 2020

  1. The Sluts – “King Kong” from: Enjoy The Show / The Sluts / May 7, 2020
    [Follow up to last year’s 6-song EP Break Their Heart. The Lawrence based band The Sluts were formed by Ryan Wise & Kristoffer Dover in 2011. Produced recorded, mixed, and mastered by Joel Nanos at Element Recording and Mastering Studios, KCMO. The Sluts released their debut EP Virile on November 14, 2013. The Sluts released The Loser EP on July 8, 2014. They released their 11-song full length album The Sluts on June 17, 2015. The Sluts released their EP Only One on May 25, 2017. Info at http://www.thesluts.bandcamp.com]

3. Harrisonics – Love Songs For All Occasions / Fabcom Records / July 6, 2020

  1. Harrisonics – “Trailer Court Goth Girls”
    from: Love Songs For All Occasions / Fabcom Records / July 6, 2020
    [Lawrence Kansa trio. The band was a quartet, but the guitarist quit. Now their songs are even shorter. The band writes: Sparkling power pop or middle-aged dullard rock? It’s your nickel. We would have sounded pretty edgy in about 1979. We still like loud guitars and we would love to play for you sometime. ]

2. DumpStar – DumpStar – Exile on 9th Street / DumpStar / April 24, 2020

  1. DumpStar – “Divine Spark”
    from: DumpStar – Exile on 9th Street / DumpStar / April 24, 2020
    [Kurt Mangold on guitars, more guitars; Tim Manning on bass, vocals; Nick Wells on drums, percussion; Steve Wilson on lead and backing vocals. Exile on 9th Street” is the first in a series of extended play releases from DumpStar. People who like us say we put them in mind of the New York Dolls, Stooges, Stones, Dead Boys, Real Kids, and of course the Beaux Arts Trio.]

Fally Afani Honorable Mentions:

Godzillionaire – Ballad of the Topeka Gentleman (5:13)
Bloom Pressing – Palms (6:13)
Pala Zolo – You Can’t (3:16

1. Unfit Wives – “Damn That Man” – Single / Lost Cowgirl Records / June 19, 2020

  1. Unfit Wives – “Damn That Man”
    from: “Damn That Man” – Single / Lost Cowgirl Records / June 19, 2020
    [Unfit Wives bring their hard-driving bluegrass originals to Kansas City and surrounding areas with hot licks, lyrics, and feisty four-part harmonies. Unfit Wives are: Jenna Rae on guitar & vocals, Shannon O’Shea on fiddle & vocals, Monica Greenwood on mandolin & vocals, and Kahlen Mitchell on upright bass & vocals.
    Unfit Wives who played a Parking Lot Show with Ryan Manuel, and Tyler Gregory, Saturday, October 10, at 7:00 PM, at Theatre Lawrence, 4660 Bauer Farm Drive, Lawrence Kansas, presented by I Heart Local Music and Theatre Lawrence for a socially distanced drive-in concert at the Theatre Lawrence parking lot. More info at http://www.unfitwives.com and http://www.thelostcowgirl.com]
  1. Noel Coward – “The Party’s Over Now”
    from: Noel Coward in New York / drg / 2003 [orig. 1957]

Next week on December 2, Michelle Bacon joins us to share her Favorite Releases of 2020. Also, in the first hour, Wednesday MidDay Medley spins our Top Singles of 2020! (These are stand alone single releases of 2020 that are not included on any EPs or full length album releases.)

Tune into Wednesday MidDay Medley throughout December as we present our 4-week special series: The 120 Best Recordings of 2020, on December 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th. This is our celebration of the year in music based on the playlists of this little ole radio show.

Thank you to all who donated to Wednesday MidDay Medley and KKFI 90.1 FM during our Fall Fund Drive. Between our on 10/14 and 10/21 air fund drive shows, and our Facebook Fundraiser, we had a total of 50 listeners who donated a total of $2954.00 to support community radio. THANK YOU!!!!

Tim Finn photo by Paul Andrews

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

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Show #865

WMM w/ Tim Finn, Marion Merritt, Chris Haghirian, & Fally Afani

Wednesday MidDay Medley
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning
90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio
TEN to NOON Wednesdays – Streaming at KKFI.org

Wednesday, November 25, 2019

2020 – The Year in Music
with: Tim Finn, Marion Merritt, Chris Haghirian, & Fally Afani

Mark welcomes four special guests who share their Favorite Musical Releases of 2020. Guests include: Tim Finn – Music Writer for In Kansas City Magazine, Marion Merritt – owner of Records With Merritt, Chris Haghirian – Host of Eight One Sixty on 90.9 The Bridge, and Fally Afani – Founder & Editor of I Heart Local Music.

We’ll spin representative tracks from: The Freedom Affair, Una Walkenhorst, Ebony Tusks, Shiner, BLACKSTARKIDS, The Sluts, Unfit Wives, Daniel Gum, DumpStar, Silver Girl, The Roseline, Thighmaster, Jo MacKenzie, Fritz Hutchison, Tione Jackson, Harrisonics, TL Jones, Fantastic Negrito, Throwing Muses, Gregory Porter, Lianne La Havas, and Holy F**k.

AND NEXT WEEK, On December 2, Michelle Bacon joins us to share her Favorite Releases of 2020. Also, in the first hour, Wednesday MidDay Medley spins our Top Singles of 2020! (These are stand alone single releases of 2020 that are not included on any EPs or full length album releases.)

Tune into Wednesday MidDay Medley throughout December as we present our 4-week special series: The 120 Best Recordings of 2020, on December 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th. This is our celebration of the year in music based on the playlists of this little ole radio show.

Tim Finn photo by Paul Andrews

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Show #865

WMM Playlist from Nov. 18, 2020

Wednesday MidDay Medley
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning
90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio
TEN to NOON Wednesdays – Streaming at KKFI.org

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

James Andrews & Patrick Sprehe of Center Cut Records + Grady Keller of Old Sound + Shanté Clair & Tucker Slough of Shiny Jets

  1. “It’s Showtime Folks”
    from: Orig. Motion Picture Soundtrack All That Jazz / Casablanca / Dec. 20, 1979
    [WMM theme]
  1. BLACKSTARKIDS – “Acting Normal”
    from: Whatever, Man (Deluxe) / Dirty Hit Records / October 29, 2020
    [Blackstarkids released Surf Basement Demos on Dirty Hit Records on March 5, 2020. The band also released their second album SURF through their own label Bedroom Records on February 28, 2020. BlackStarKids, a pop/R&B/hip-hop group based in Kansas City, Missouri. Members include: TheBabeGabe, Deiondre, and TyFaizon (of the Drop Dead XX collective). The group released its first album, Let’s Play Sports, in 2019. Blackstarkids, recently caught the attention of The 1975’s frontman Matty Healy and now they’re signed to The 1975’s management company, Dirty Hit Records.]
  1. Kristie Stremel – “I Love You”
    from: Sky Crew / Stemeltone Records / November 13, 2020
    [Kristie Stemel’s 11th Full Length release. “I Love You” was written by Kristie Stremel (Stremeltone Songs ASCAP). Recorded at Stremeltone Studio, Kansas. Mixed by John Hobson. Mastered by Paul Malinowski. Kristie Stremel on vocals & guitar, Lance Gilchrist on drums, Jason Hammond on bass, Ryan McCall on keyboards, and John Hobson on guitar & vocals. Described as “Joan Jett & Tom Petty’s love child,” and armed with her guitar, fueled by coffee, and over 85 published songs, singer, songwriter, producer, rock & roll mom, Kristie Stremel has 11 full-length releases in her musical career of over 20 years. She has recorded as a solo artists and also on the bands Frogpond, and The 159ers. In October, 2013 Kristie and her partner, Lori Isabell, welcomed their adopted baby son, Charlie, into their family. In April 2014 Kristie released her 6th solo record, and the 9th full-length release of her musical career of over 20 years. SONGWRITER was released on her own label, Stremeltone, it was Kristie’s first self-produced album. Stremeltone Records, was created in her home in Lawrence. The last track, “It’s Enough” was released early, as a video, featuring photos of couples in partnerships, relationships, marriages, unions, families. The video was Kristie’s response the the KS House of Representatives passing HD 2453 allowing businesses the right to refuse service to LGBT customers. In 2015 Kristie released, WILDFLOWERS, her children’s book of song and poems with accompanying CD recording with contributions from Victor & Penny, Kelley Hunt, Ron Megee, Kasey Rausch and more. In 2016 Kristie released the single “Orlando (Keep Dancing).” The song was written by: Kristie Stremel in response to the Pulse Nightclub massacre on June 12, 2016, when Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old security guard, killed 49 people and wounded 53 others in a hate crime inside Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Pulse was hosting Latin Night and most of the victims were Latino. About 320 people were inside the club, which was serving last call drinks at around 2:00 a.m. After arriving at the club by van, Omar Mateen approached the building on foot, armed with a SIG Sauer MCX semi-automatic rifle and a 9mm Glock 17 semi-automatic pistol and bypassed security and began shooting and taking hostages. After a three-hour standoff, he was shot and killed by Orlando Police Department officers. It was both the deadliest mass shooting by a single shooter and the deadliest incident of violence against LGBT people in United States history. It was also the deadliest terrorist attack in the US since the 9 /11 attacks in 2001. “Keep Dancing” was included in the new release SKY CREW. More info at: http://www.kristiestremel.com]
  1. Shamir – “I Wonder”
    from: Shamir / Shamir / October 2, 2020
    [Second full length release from Shamir this year with Shamir Bailey on vocals, bass, Guitar, Synth; Kyle Pully on production, mixing, bass, synth; Grant Pavol on production; Matty Beatson production; Justin Tailor on mixing; Zack Hanni on engineering; Danny Murillo on drums, production; Mike Brenner on Lap Steel; Molly Germer on violin, Viola, string arrangement; and Ryan Schwabe on mastering. // Shamir Bailey, born November 7, 1994, known by his stage name Shamir, a singer and songwriter from Las Vegas, Nevada, released his debut EP, Northtown, on June 2014 to positive reviews. In October 2014 Shamir signed to XL Recordings and released the single “On the Regular.” and his debut full length album, Ratchet on XL records on May 19, 2015. On April 17, 2017, Shamir released his second album, Hope. He revealed he was dropped from XL Recordings and self-released the album. // After Hope was released, Shamir broke with his management team and again considered quitting his music career. After a psychotic episode, he spent time in a psychiatric hospital, where he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. He returned to Las Vegas, where he wrote and recorded most of his third album, Revelations, in two weeks. Noting that the style of the album differed significantly from his previous work, he told a journalist: “A lot of people think I’m crazy. I guess I kind of am. But I also know what’s best for me, and that’s more important than fame and money”. Revelations was released November 3, 2017.// Shamir was featured on Wussy Magazine’s “Sex Issue” in 2018. On March 9, 2018, Shamir released his fourth album, Resolution on March 9, 2018 without any prior announcement. Resolution marks a continuation of Shamir’s indie rock style, similar to Hope and Revelations. // On April 19, 2019 Shamir released his fifth album, Be the Yee, Here Comes the Haw, with all songs written, recorded, and performed by Shamir. // On March 18, 2020 Shamoore released his sixth album, Cataclysm, containing nine spongs written, performed and produced by Shamir Bailey. // Shamir is known for his androgynous countertenor voice. Radio.com wrote that his singing voice, “like Joplin’s, stops you in your tracks.” Shamir has said that he does not mind having his voice described as androgynous, but notes that “countertenor” is the correct term: “It’s not feminine, it’s not masculine. It’s a happy medium … I feel like if the world was more like that, our problems would be gone.” We saw Shamir play The Tank Room, in Kansas City on Oct 5, 2015.]
  1. Ebony Tusks – “Schuyler”
    from: Heal Thyself / High Dive Records / November 6, 2020
    [All songs written and performed by Ebony Tusks unless otherwise noted. // All Songs engineered and mixed by George Henry Valyer IV at Rundown Studios in Topeka, Kansas and MalaMUTE Studios in East Lawrence, Kansas. Assistance provided by Nico Williams and Claire Kuner. // Conny Franko’s vocals on “You Runner” engineered by Keith Rodger and Rick Carson at Make Believe Studios in Omaha, Nebraska. // IK’s vocals on “Gang Signs” engineered by Derek Montgomery. // Stik Figa’s vocals on “Hell Above Or Here Below” engineered by Sean Patrick at Twelves Studios in Forth Worth, Texas. // Cello on “Heir Apparent” written and performed by Brail Watson. Rhodes and Moog on “Heir Apparent” written and performed by Daniel Bowersox. // All Songs mastered by Mike Nolte at Eureka Mastering in Portland, Oregon. // Album cover art by Justin Bergin. Album cover photography by Rachel Lock. Album layout by Martinez Hillard. // Album insert photography by Ailecia Ruscin and LeRoy Pristach. // Ebony Tusks is Daniel Smith on DJ & Production, Geese Giesecke on vocals & Production, and Marty Hillard on vocals & Production. Martinez Hillard told Vivid Seats: “ I began EBONY TUSKS in 2009 after a difficult period that summer. I was living in the student ghetto near the University of Kansas in Lawrence. It was an eerily calm Friday night and I didn’t have any plans after work so I crashed. I woke up shortly after 9:00 pm because my door was being kicked in. I was beaten and robbed at gunpoint. Thankfully, two of my neighbors were close friends and called the police immediately. I had nightmares for years afterward that included many symbols I’ve come to associate with various religious practices. I also began writing raps for the first time in over a decade. I was working with a couple producers and we had our first show at a house venue called Pizza Power in October 2010. Both Daniel and Geese came into the fold within a couple years of that show.” Daniel Smith lives in Lawrence, Kansas. He was born in Berkeley California. He moved to Lawrence when he was a child. Hs father is a Professor at The University of Kansas. Daniel works the United Way of Douglass County. He helps to provide after school job-training programs for under-served youth. Nathan “Geese” Giesecke grew up in Olathe but now lives and works in Kansas City, MO. He was friends with Calvin Arsenia in High School. Geese works as a producer as GEESACE. He makes beats and you can find his music at http://soundcloud.com/geesace Nathan is also a lighting designer who jumped on stage to do back up vocals for Marty and ended up being in the band. Martinez Hillard is the main vocalist and lyricist for EBONY TUSKS. He raps under the moniker Bodye, (pronounced “body”). He also produces beats. Martinez lives in the Old Town neighborhood in downtown Topeka with wife and 5 year old daughter. Martinez was part of the super group Cowboy Indian Bear. Martinez was recently elected to serve as a board member for Friends of the Library for Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library. As Marty told Johnson County Library, in a piece published April 27, 2018: “ It was a project I started with other producers back in 2010. I asked Daniel to DJ for me sometime in 2011-2012 and Geese joined not too far behind him. Daniel and I had become fast friends when I lived in Lawrence and he was the nicest, most easygoing DJ of the handful I knew. He made our shows a lot less stressful. Geese was and is a lighting technician for a number of our friends’ projects and that was how I made acquaintance with him, seeing him work for a band and asking if he’d do lights for an EBONY TUSKS concert. He eventually asked if he could be hypeman for us and he brought an new intensity.” EBONY TUSKS have been a band for over 11 years making hip hop in the Lawrence scene that includes Approach, Stik Figa, Heartfelt Anarchy, and Archetype are just a small fraction. With that said, the three of us are always having conversations about how other genres influence us personally. Post-rock, post-hardcore, industrial, indie rock, and electronic all factor in. Our tastes evolve naturally and we follow accordingly. Since the three members of EBONY TUSKS live in three separate cities: Kansas City, Lawrence and Topeka early on, they created a Dropbox folder to share demos with one another. And as they told Vivid Seat: “It also gave us a bit of language to use in building sounds independent of one another.” More info at: ww.highdiverecords.com]
  1. We The People – “Freedom Fighter”
    from: Misunderstood / Eddie Moore Music / September 25, 2020
    [Eddie Moore on piano, Rhodes, synth, keyboards, & bass; Jason Emmond – on bass; Zach Morrow on drums; Andrew Baile on guitar; Keith Rodgers; Angle Gibson on vocals “Enough”; Rane Raps- “The Truth”; Lucero on vocals “The Truth”; Andrew McGhie on tenor sax “Round Up”. “Worst Nights” Produced by Jason Emmond/ Eddie Moore. Recorded at Make Believe Studios by Keith Rodgers. Mix & Mastered by Rick Carson. Executive Producers: Eddie Moore and Amilcar “PRO” Welton. Album Art by Adrian Truth. This is for all the times we are misunderstood and mean the best for people. This is for times pain and fear were swallowed and a unique beauty emerged. The times that struggle became a culture, a new identity for the land of the free. The idea of Freedom and the celebration of individuality. Eddie Moore is the recipient of the 2016 Charlotte Street Generative Performance Award for his genre bending collaborations. Raised in Houston Texas, he began his musical journey at Texas Southern University where he later earned a Bachelors in Arts and immersed himself in the Houston music scene. Eddie relocated to Kansas City to study under Bobby Watson at the University of Missouri-Kansas City where he received a M.A in Jazz Studies. 2017’s Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art “Artist in Residence” in collaboration with Rashid Johnson. In 2018 his work with The Outer Circle was nominated for an Indie Music Award for “007”. His music has also been featured commercially for Sprint, Netflix’s “Queer Eye”, and Morgan Cooper’s short film “Room Tone”. Moore’ has shared the stage and record with distinctive artist such as Bobby Watson, Pam, Watson, Logan Richardson, Maurice Brown, Boys II Men, Brian Blade and the Fellowship, John Baptiste, Erykah Badu, Mosdef, Bilal, Ledisi, Chantae Cann, Krystal Warren, Matt Otto, Brandon Draper, Andre Hayward, Tivon Pennicott, Various Blonde, Dominique Sanders, 77 Jefferson, and the Marcus Lewis Big Band. We the People is a genre-defying quartet comprised of keyboardist Eddie Moore, bassist/producer Jason Emmond, drummer Zach Morrow, and turntablist/producer Kethro. Together, they sift through American music of the last 20th century and gather all of their influences into incredible masterpieces. ]
  1. Flutienastiness – “AlterEgo”
    from: This Is Me / Flutienastiness Entertainment / October 28, 2020
    [Flutienastiness is the music and educational project of Amber Underwood who works as a band director in KC Public Schools and is a private flute instructor at REW Band & Instruments. Her style falls on the R&B, Pop, and Soul side of jazz, Amber Underwood is a vivid performer. Amber studied Education at Pittsburgh State University from 2010 to 2012. Amber lives in Shawnee, KS. The album was produced, mixed, & mastered by Desmond “D. Professor” Mason for Out D. Park Productions. All flutes by Amber Underwood. All tracks were composed collaboratively between Amber & Desmond. Amber writes: “This is album is a touch of all my feelings, life journeys and a inside look into Amber ‘Flutienastiness’ Underwood as a person beyond the stage. This album is for all the female artists & musicians who have been criticized or not excepted when it comes to their work, art or music and felt like they didn’t belong. ‘This Is Me’ is my testimony that all things are possible and not be scared to create your OWN lane.” More info at:www.flutienastiness.com.]

10:25 – Underwriting

  1. Fritz Hutchison – “Cold Comfort”
    from: Wide Wild Acres / Center Cut Records / March 27, 2020
    [Debut album of Fritz Hutchison,. Written & performed by Fritz Hutchison. Produced by Fritz Hutchison & Joel Nanos. Recorded & mixed in KC by Joel Nanos at Element Recording Studio. Mastered by Collin Jordan at The Boiler Room in Chicago. Multi-instrumentalist Fritz Hutchison was born May 27, 1991. A life-long resident of KC Since 2008 he’s been part of multiple bands playing drums with: She’s a Keeper, Freight Train Rabbit Killer, and Grand Marquis. As a guitarist he has played along side J Ashley Miller, Lauren Krum, Miki P and Calvin Arsenia. A decade of lending an ear and a hand to other musicians has left Fritz poised to launch his own solo career as a singer-songwriter.“Fortunate Flaws” features Ian Teeple on bass, and Coleen Dieker on strings. All other instruments: drums, guitar, piano and vocals are performed by Fritz Hutchison.]

10:31 – Interview with James Andrews and Patrick Sprehe

James Andrews has worked in the publishing business since 1999 and is part-owner of Andrews McMeel Universal. Patrick Sprehe has worked as High School teacher for 25 years, first serving with the Peace Corps in Kazakhstan, and then moving on to Raleigh, NC; Oakland, CA; and Tokyo, Japan. He spent 13 years teaching at Academie Lafayette. James and Patrick are the co-founders of Center Cut Records with a mission to illuminate the amazing collection of musical talent in Kansas City and solidify its place in the national discussion about sonic art. Center Cut Records released Calvin Arsenia‘s CANTALOUPE (2018), and L.A. SESSIONS (2019), and the EP HONEYDEW (2019); Fritz Hutchison‘s WIDE WILD ACRES (2020); and they recently signed and remastered and reissued The Black Creatures WILD ECHOES (2019 – 2020) full length album digitally and on vinyl. More info at: http://www.centercutrecords.com

Jim Andrews & Patrick Sprehe, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

From their biographical information: Beginning with a friendship back in high school, Jim and Patrick discovered a mutual passion for all things music. Countless hours were spent at Ron Rooks’ Music Exchange in Westport arguing over who had first dibs on a prized promotional album, and buying records based solely on intriguing album covers. A few doors down, they could be found at Penny Lane chuckling over one of LeRoi’s “Riding With The King” album reviews in KC Pitch that doled out his infamous “Fly Me” mark of shame. Further treks south took them to Peaches Records to fill the wooden peach crates with the latest releases, with pit stops at Exile Records to score used new wave, punk, and blues cassettes, while drooling over the cheap concert t-shirts unavailable anywhere else in the States.

College came and even though they went their separate ways, they found the time to meet at Anne Winter’s Recycled Sounds to trade in their old tapes for bootleg compact discs. Regular road trips were taken to Love Garden in Lawrence to look for rare vinyl, extended remixes and Japanese imports. Their thirst was insatiable. This led to a new appreciation of local artists to be found at a seemingly endless supply of venues: The Homestead Grays at The Bottleneck or Jazzhaus in Lawrence, The Bon Ton Soul Accordion Band at Kiki’s Bon Ton Maison or The Hurricane, or The Sin City Disciples at Davey’s Uptown or The Shadow to name a few. And let’s not forget the late, great granddaddy of them all, The Grand Emporium, that was practically a 2nd home during those years.

More time passed and both of the young men moved away from their families in Kansas City for some time in search of their dreams. Mix tapes and CDs were sent across states and continents. Music and home were never far from their minds though, and they both eventually returned. James Andrews has worked in the publishing business since 1999 and is now part-owner of Andrews McMeel Universal. Patrick Sprehe has been a teacher for 25 years, first serving with the Peace Corps in Kazakhstan, and then moving on to Raleigh, NC; Oakland, CA; and Tokyo, Japan. He spent the past 13 years teaching at Academie Lafayette.

As both men approached 50, their discussions about music led to the decision to make a difference in the Kansas City music community. Not being musicians themselves, both James and Patrick wanted to find a way to give back some of the joy they had felt over the years while finding a way to share the rich, storied musical heritage of Kansas City with the rest of the world. The variety of musical genres found in KC is enormous, and lines are blurred constantly as artists collaborate and create a unique sound which can only be described as Kansas City. Kansas City is truly at the geographical center of America, and they believe it is also at the center of the musical universe.

Several years ago, Jim’s love of vinyl led him to discover Records With Merritt and proprietor, Marion Merritt, who encouraged Jim and Patrick to pursue their dream of creating a record label.

James and Patrick were first on WMM on September 12, 2018, just prior to Center Cut Records presenting an Album Release Show for Calvin Arsenia’s Cantaloupe, at The Gem Theatre, 1615 East 18th Street, KCMO, Saturday, September 15, at 7:00PM. Taking place two weeks prior to the international launch of the record, the event gives Kansas City friends and supporters an intimate, first listen to Arsenia’s much-anticipated follow up to his 2017 debut album, Catastrophe. Backing up Calvin Arsenia’s vocal and harp were percussionist Simon Huntley, Robert Castillo on bass, jazz pianist Charles Williams, and electronic musician and producer J Ashley Miller. Also featured was a 6-piece string ensemble with Tina Bilberry and Carmen Dieker on violin, Alyssa Bell on viola, Ezgi Karakus and Eman Chalshotori on cello, and Rick Willoughby on upright bass. Flanking the other side of the stage will be a brass-wind ensemble featuring bassoonist Rachel Lovelace and Billy Winston on soprano sax and flute. Joining Calvin on vocals will be Jessica Paige and Ashley Jean Rippeto, with a special appearance from Krystle Warren.

Center Cut Records now has a podcast called Center Cuts. They have produced 8 episodes, so far, with interviews with Michelle Bacon, Steve Tulipana, Ann Stewart, Brenton Cooke, and others. The podcast is recorded and edited by Chris Mowry and available through all streaming services including http://www.kkfi.org

Jim Andrews & Patrick Sprehe, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Center Cut Records has released Calvin Arsenia’s CANTALOUPE (2018), and L.A. SESSIONS (2019), and the EP HONEYDEW (2019); Fritz Hutchison’s WIDE WILD ACRES (2020); and they recently signed and remastered and reissued The Black Creatures WILD ECHOES (2019 – 2020) full length album digitally and on vinyl. More info at: http://www.centercutrecords.com

10:50

  1. The Black Creatures – “D’UMM”
    from: Wild Echoes / Center Cut Records / August 28, 2020 [remastered]
    [Originally released September 30, 2019. Center Cut Records remixed a few of the songs, and added some new vocals, and remastered the album and is re-releasing the albumdigitally and on vinyl.. Although it is basically the same record, the sound quality is improved.The Black Creatures are Jade Green & Xavier Martin. The band joined us on the radio on the August 26 edition of WMM. “Wild Echoes” was #2 in WMM’s 119 Favorite Releases of 2019 (Albums & EPs). Since the release of ”Wild Echoes” the band has released seven entirely new songs, nearly one per month, all posted to their bandcamp page. The Black Creatures fuse dark-pop hip-hop, soul, jazz, and electronic music with elements from science fiction to tell inter-dimensional stories of love, community, life, culture, history. Xavier & Jade have made an impression in the KC music community with their live shows in clubs, galleries, record stores, and area music festivals
    The Black Creatures Discography
    The Black Creatures “Mouth 2 Mouth” – Single, June 5, 2016.
    The Black Creatures released their debut album, See No Evil, Dec. 6, 2017.
    The Black Creatures “Elements” – Single, February 14, 2018
    The Black Creatures “Silver Tears” – Single, June 19, 2018 with additional voices provided by AniMal (Ana Marcela Maldonado Morales) , Barbara Solomon , Kassidee, Quaranta , Adres Va Cortas
    The Black Creatures “Dare” (Gorillaz Cover)” – Single, August 8, 2019
    The Black Creature – Wild Echoes – September 30, 2019
    The Black Creatures – “Turn” – Single, October 30, 2019
    The Black Creatures – “Quartz (Twilight)” – Single, November 13, 2019
    The Black Creatures – “SHINE” – Single, December 11, 2019
    The Black Creatures- “Ghost Bustin’ Dead Prezidentz” – Single, January 8, 2020
    The Black Creatures – “To Whom It May Concern” – Single, January 22, 2020
    The Black Creatures – “Arcade Love” – Single, February 5, 2020
    The Black Creatures – “Run Up” – Single, February 19, 2020.
    The Black Creature – Wild Echoes – September 30, 2019
    The Black Creatures – “wretched (it goes)”- single Center Cut, July 17, 2020 [remastered]
    The Black Creature – Wild Echoes – Album (Remastered] August 28, 2020 [Center Cut].]
  1. Bettye LaVette – “Blackbird”
    from: Blackbirds / Verve Records / August 28, 2020
    For Bettye LaVette’s Blackbirds Steve Jordan served as producer. Blackbirds features songs primarily popularized by peers-other iconic women in music-who she respected and admired. This is the 11th studio album from Bettye LaVette, born Betty Jo Haskins, on January 29, 1946. She is an American soul singer-songwriter who made her first record at sixteen, but achieved only intermittent fame until 2005, with her album I’ve Got My Own Hell to Raise. Her eclectic musical style combines elements of soul, blues, rock and roll, funk, gospel, and country music.LaVette was born in Muskegon, Michigan, and raised in Detroit. Unlike many of her contemporaries, she did not begin singing in the church, but in her parents’ living room, singing R&B and country and western music. She was signed by Johnnie Mae Matthews, a local record producer. In 1962, aged sixteen, she recorded a single, “My Man — He’s a Lovin’ Man”, with Matthews, which became a Top Ten R&B hit after Atlantic Records bought distribution rights. This led to a tour with rhythm and blues musicians Clyde McPhatter, Ben E. King, Barbara Lynn, and then-newcomer Otis Redding. She next hit the charts with “Let Me Down Easy” on Calla Records in 1965. This led to a brief stint with The James Brown Revue. After recording several singles for local Detroit labels, LaVette signed to the Silver Fox label in 1969. She cut a handful of tracks, including two Top 40 R&B hits: “He Made A Woman Out Of Me” and “Do Your Duty”. The Memphis studio musicians on these recordings have since become known as The Dixie Flyers. In 1972, she signed once again with Atlantic/Atco. She was sent to Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Alabama to record what was to be her first full-length album. Titled Child of the Seventies, it was produced by Brad Shapiro and featured the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, now known as The Swampers, but Atco chose not to issue the album. The mid 1970s saw a brief stint and two 45s with Epic, and in 1978 she released the disco smash on West End Records “Doin’ The Best That I Can”. In 1982, she was signed by her hometown label, Motown, and sent to Nashville to record. The resulting LP (her first album actually issued), titled Tell Me A Lie, was produced by Steve Buckingham. The first single, “Right In The Middle (Of Falling In Love)” hit the R&B Top 40. She briefly gave up recording for a six-year run in the Broadway smash Bubbling Brown Sugar, appearing alongside Honi Coles and Cab Calloway. After LaVette had played her own personal mono recordings of Child of the Seventies for Gilles Petard, a French soul music collector, he sought the master recordings at Atlantic, whose personnel had previously thought they had been lost in a fire some years back. In 1999, he finally discovered the masters and then licensed the album from Atlantic and released it in 2000 as Souvenirs on his Art and Soul label. At the same time, Let Me Down Easy — Live In Concert was issued by the Dutch Munich label. Both albums sparked a renewed interest in LaVette and in 2003, A Woman Like Me (produced by Dennis Walker) was released. The CD won the 2004 W. C. Handy Award for “Comeback Blues Album of the Year”. In an interview, LaVette identified A Woman Like Me as the first album in the second phase of her career and said her 2012 autobiography was named after the album.]
  1. Molly Hammer – “Guess Who I Saw Today”
    from: I’m Feeling Mellow / Molly Hammer / October 27, 2020
    [Molly’s new album is a collaboration between Molly on vocals, Rod Fleeman on guitar and Gerald Spaits on bass. Produced by Jane Monheit who writes: “Please check out this beautiful new album by my beloved friend, Molly Hammer, available on all digital platforms!! A gorgeously sung collection of standards paying tribute to the great Julie London.” Molly Hammer has been performing in the Kansas City area since 2005. With an eclectic vocal background, she has found her home in the world of jazz and blues, drawing inspiration from the likes of Peggy Lee, Dinah Washington, Sara Vaughn, and many others. She has had the privilege of performing with some of the finest jazz musicians in the Kansas City area. You can hear her regularly at The Green Lady Lounge. She can also be seen and heard at one of the many Unity Churches in the area nearly every Sunday. Molly is a graduate of the Artist INC program and has also had the honor of singing the National Anthem for both The Royals and The Chiefs. In 2018 Molly wrote about her cancer diagnosis. “MY STORY IS NOT OVER – It was the fall of 2007 and I happened to brush my hand across my right breast and feel a strange lump. I didn’t just immediately think cancer, I was only thirty-four and it didn’t seem likely to me. I did have my mom and sisters feel it and I remember my sister saying, “That’s too big to be cancer. It wouldn’t have grown that fast.” She had no idea and was certainly trying to comfort me. // Fast forward to February of 2008. I had finally remembered to book myself a mammogram on my lunch break from my day job. I never made it back to work that day. After hours of waiting, three mammograms and a sonogram, a radiologist came in and told me that what they saw was of “dire concern.” To say I was terrified would be an understatement. The next few weeks were almost a blur of appointments. My entire life had changed in the blink of an eye. I had stage 3B Estrogen positive invasive breast cancer. I had one lymph node affected, so chemo and radiation were recommended along with a mastectomy. My oncologist and surgeon recommended a partial mastectomy but I was insistent they take both breasts. The next year and a half was all about cancer. I worked as much as I could and I had a pretty great support in my family and a few friends. I had a boyfriend that I lived with at the time who was good to me but I knew in my heart of hearts that if I didn’t have cancer we wouldn’t be together. I mean, who wants to be that guy that breaks up with their girlfriend while they’re going through chemo? // Well I made it through that crazy intense year and a half of treatments and surgeries. That boyfriend broke up with me and I did my best to move on. I quit that day job because I hated it anyway and life is short. I felt a renewed sense of purpose. I wanted to be a jazz singer and I was going to make it happen. You see, I had been a professional actress for fifteen years already and had always secretly wanted to go my own way. Well over the next eight years I made that happen. I worked hard, got a mentor, listened to everything I could, learned what felt like a million songs, and became successful in my own right. In that time I met a man named Jeremy and we got married. I also had a hysterectomy at the recommendation of my oncologist so I’d never give birth. Jeremy has two children so he didn’t mind and I grew to feel okay about it. I have nieces, nephews, godchildren, and girls I nanny and they all know I love them. It’s enough. // My older sister Ann tragically passed away on Christmas Day in 2014. We were extremely close, so 2015 was a blur of grief for me. Grief is a strange animal and it can make you stop caring about your own well being. I didn’t go in to see my oncologist at all that year and at the beginning of 2016 I knew something was off. My chest was tight and I was having weird pains around my hip and pelvis. I was scared to go in but I knew I had to. I’d been cancer free for eight years and at that point it all felt like a lifetime ago. Well, my worst fears had been confirmed. The cancer was back and it was in my left lung, and several spots in my bones. Stage Four. Those two words used to terrify me….Stage Four. // Life had been turned on its head yet again for me but this time it felt different. I felt more settled, more “me” I guess. I had a husband who cared for me, my amazing family and friends, and this time, a whole community of people who came out of the woodwork to lend their support to me. I felt truly loved and lifted up by this and I felt my heart grow even more. I had a great two years on a brand new drug used for women with exactly my kind of breast cancer. It was a form of hormone therapy that allowed me to continue singing, which I did. I had always wanted to travel and I made sure that happened. I went to Paris, Florence, Rome, Mexico, San Francisco, Seattle, New York, Southern California, and I’m not done. Not by a long shot. I recorded my first CD, which was an absolutely amazing experience and I can’t wait to record more. // My career has blossomed and grown. I’ve won some awards, played some great jazz festivals, I sang in New York in the Village, and I continue to sing nearly every weekend in Kansas City. I am blessed beyond measure. My cancer became resistant to that drug three months ago now and I’ve had to start chemotherapy again. It was a big adjustment but I feel supported completely by my husband, who is a saint by the way, and my community here in Kansas City. I’m singing as much as my body will allow. It’s good for my soul. I feel transformed by all this. I think many people who’ve faced their immortality, especially at a young age can relate to this. I have no idea what my future holds. Really, who does? I do know that I’m not afraid. I have my moments but I never stay there. I know that I am loved and I return that love tenfold. I live everyday with an open heart and I know that I can handle whatever comes. There’s a peace in that. My story is not over. (November 2018). Molly has requested that the proceeds from her music sales go to Midwest Music Foundation. MMF provides grants to musicians with healthcare needs. http://www.midwestmusicfoundation.org. Molly has announced she has entered hospice and will be transitioning from this worldly place to the next at home with her family and her beloved husband Jeremy. As transitions go, this one will occur far too soon and will leave behind a multitude of broken hearts. More info at: http://www.mollyhammer.com.]

11:00 – Station ID

Old Sound
  1. Old Sound – “Empire”
    from: Deluge / Old Sound / October 16, 2020
    [Greg Herrenbruck on bass & vocals; Grady Keller on mandolin, acoustic guitar & vocals; Chad Brothers on acoustic guitar & vocals. Recorded at Temple Sounds in Kansas City. The new album was produced by Old Sound, Brendan Moreland and Phil Wade. The album was engineered and mixed by Brendan Moreland and Mastered by Duane Trower at Weights & Measures Sound Lab. In 2014 they released their debut recording RAIN FOLLOWS THE PLOW. More info at: http://www.oldsoundmusic.com]
Grady Keller

11:03 – Interview with Grady Keller

Musician and songwriter Grady Keller joins us to talk about his band Old Sound and their new album DELUGE, recorded at Temple Sounds in Kansas City. Old Sound, is a Kansas City based band formed by Greg Herrenbruck, Grady Keller, and Chad Brothers. “Deluge” dives deep into the band’s 20-year chemistry, showcasing the band’s acoustic soundscapes and strong three-part harmony. The wide range of songwriting contains lyrics concerning life, love, self-expression, capitalism, climate change, police brutality, the demise of our country, death, and much more. More info at: http://www.oldsoundmusic.com

Grady Keller, Thanks for being with us on WMM.

The wide range of songwriting contain lyrics of life, love, self-expression, capitalism, climate change, police brutality, the demise of our country, death, and much more.

The new album was produced by Old Sound, Brendan Moreland and Phil Wade. The album was engineered and mixed by Brendan Moreland and Mastered by Duane Trower at Weights & Measures Sound Lab. In 2014 they released their debut recording RAIN FOLLOWS THE PLOW.

Grady Keller plays guitar and mandolin, Greg Herrenbruck plays bass and Chad Brothers plays lead guitar. All sing. The three members have been creating music together in some fashion for more than 20 years.

Old Sound has a 20-year chemistry, Greg Herrenbruck & Chad Brothers grew up together as friends in Winfield, Kansas. Winfield is the home of the Walnut Valley Festival. As young college students at Kansas State University they met Grady Keller. The trio has shared many years of picking, camping and performing at the Walnut Valley Festival. Old Sound, is a synthesis of the ideas, techniques, songs and stories we’ve found in those campgrounds.

Old Sound blends voices, and melodies, with original heartfelt lyrics and three-part harmonies. The band uses vintage instruments adds a percussive rhythm and a pulse to the music.

The last time Grady was on WMM was on February 12, 2014 prior to the release of the band’s album Rain Follows The Plow, Recorded and produced by Phil Wade at his studio, Alluvial Fan. Producer and musician Phil Wade of The Wilders fame, returned to help with the new album.

Grady Keller, Thanks for being with us on WMM.

Old Sound’s album DELUGE, was released Oct 16, 2020 Info at http://www.oldsoundmusic.com

11:15

Chad Brothers
  1. Old Sound – “Walk On The River”
    from: Deluge / Old Sound / October 16, 2020
    [Written by Chad Brothers. Greg Herrenbruck on bass & vocals; Grady Keller on mandolin, acoustic guitar & vocals; Chad Brothers on acoustic guitar & vocals. Recorded at Temple Sounds in Kansas City. The new album was produced by Old Sound, Brendan Moreland and Phil Wade. The album was engineered and mixed by Brendan Moreland and Mastered by Duane Trower at Weights & Measures Sound Lab. In 2014 they released their debut recording RAIN FOLLOWS THE PLOW. More info at: http://www.oldsoundmusic.com]
  1. Major Matt Mason USA – “Endless Summer”
    from: Endless Summer – Single / Olive Juice Music / November 18, 2020
    [Earlier this year 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
  1. Dandelions – “The Cat, The Killer”
    from: The Cat, The Killer – Single / Dandelions / October 15, 2020
    [Dandelions is a new project from a couple well-known names in KC’s music scene — Brent Windler of Sons of Great Dane and Tim Gutschenritter, co-owner of The Riot Room and formerly of National Fire Theory.]

11:28 – Underwriting

  1. Shiny Jets – “End Transmission”
    from: EPs 1 & 2 / Shiny Jets / June 4, 2019
    [On June 4 , 2019 Shiny Jets released EPs 1 & 2 on 12″ vinyl and also EPs 3 & 4 and a second 12″ vinyl. All songs written, recorded and mixed by Shiny Jets. Mastered by Carl Saff at Saff Studios. Shiny Jets is an experimental rock band formed in Chicago in 2004. The band began when drummer Tucker Slough encountered Singer/Guitarist Shanté Clair performing at a party thrown by a mutual friend in the Rogers Park area. The two struck up a friendship and began trying to incorporate Tucker’s drumming into Shanté’s existing solo project, The Maybe. Soon they began writing new songs and pushing their musical ideas further, incorporating looping pedals and other electronics until they had compiled a number of songs. Some time afterwards, Tucker moved back to his hometown of Kansas City and Shanté left Chicago to live in New York for a number of years. Around 2014, the two began working on new songs together, with Shanté writing songs that Tucker would then add drums parts to and send back via Dropbox. Within a short time the material they were creating began to take shape and discussions began about re-establishing the band. In March of 2015 Shanté packed up and moved to Kansas City to begin work on the project that would assume the moniker Shiny Jets. Incorporating songs written back in Chicago and those songs written long distance between New York and Kansas City, the two began adding layers of sampling and further experimentation with even more complex looping and arrangements. Currently Shiny Jets are currently based in Kansas City where the band rehearse, perform and record. More info at: http://www.shinyjetsmusic.com]
Tucker Slough and Shanté Clair of Shiney Jets

11:33 – Interview with Shanté Clair & Tucker Slough

Shanté Clair & Tucker Slough of Shiny Jets join us to share music from their: EPs 1 & 2, and EPs 3 & 4, written, recorded and mixed by Shiny Jets. Shiny Jets is an experimental rock band formed in Chicago in 2004 when drummer Tucker Slough encountered singer/guitarist Shanté Clair performing at a party thrown by a mutual friend in Rogers Park. The two became friends and began incorporating Tucker’s drumming into Shanté’s existing solo project, The Maybe. Soon they began writing new songs and pushing their musical ideas further, incorporating looping and electronics until they had compiled a number of songs. Some time afterwards, Tucker moved back to his hometown of KC and Shanté left Chicago to live in New York City. In 2014, the two began collaborating again, with Shanté writing songs that Tucker would then add drums parts to and send back via Dropbox. In 2015 Shanté moved to KC to begin work on the project that would become Shiny Jets. Using songs written back in Chicago and those songs written long distance from NYC and KC, the two began adding layers of sampling and further experimentation with even more complex looping and arrangements. More info at: http://www.shinyjetsmusic.com

Shanté Clair & Tucker Slough, Thanks for being with us on WMM.

Shanté Clair & Tucker Slough of Shiny Jets join us to share music from their: EPs 1 & 2, and EPs 3 & 4, written, recorded and mixed by Shiny Jets.

Shiny Jets is an experimental rock band formed in Chicago in 2004 when drummer Tucker Slough encountered singer/guitarist Shanté Clair performing at a party thrown by a mutual friend in Rogers Park. The two became friends and began incorporating Tucker’s drumming into Shanté’s existing solo project, The Maybe.

Soon they began writing new songs and pushing their musical ideas further, incorporating looping and electronics until they had compiled a number of songs.

Some time afterwards, Tucker moved back to his hometown of KC and Shanté left Chicago to live in New York City. In 2014, the two began collaborating again, with Shanté writing songs that Tucker would then add drums parts to and send back via Dropbox.

In 2015 Shanté moved to KC to begin work on the project that would become Shiny Jets. Using songs written back in Chicago and those songs written long distance from NYC and KC, the two began adding layers of sampling and further experimentation with even more complex looping and arrangements. More info at: http://www.shinyjetsmusic.com

Shanté Clair & Tucker Slough, Thanks for being with us on WMM.

Shiny Jets EPs 1 & 2, and EPs 3 & 4 are available at: http://www.shinyjets.bandcamp.com

11:46

  1. Shiny Jets – “Feelist Manifesto”
    from: EPs 3 & 4 / Shiny Jets / June 4, 2019
    [On June 4 , 2019 Shiny Jets released EPs 3 & 4 on 12″ vinyl and also EPs 3 & 4 and a second 12″ vinyl. All songs written, recorded and mixed by Shiny Jets. Mastered by Carl Saff at Saff Studios. Shiny Jets is an experimental rock band formed in Chicago in 2004. The band began when drummer Tucker Slough encountered Singer/Guitarist Shanté Clair performing at a party thrown by a mutual friend in the Rogers Park area. The two struck up a friendship and began trying to incorporate Tucker’s drumming into Shanté’s existing solo project, The Maybe. Soon they began writing new songs and pushing their musical ideas further, incorporating looping pedals and other electronics until they had compiled a number of songs. Some time afterwards, Tucker moved back to his hometown of Kansas City and Shanté left Chicago to live in New York for a number of years. Around 2014, the two began working on new songs together, with Shanté writing songs that Tucker would then add drums parts to and send back via Dropbox. Within a short time the material they were creating began to take shape and discussions began about re-establishing the band. In March of 2015 Shanté packed up and moved to Kansas City to begin work on the project that would assume the moniker Shiny Jets. Incorporating songs written back in Chicago and those songs written long distance between New York and Kansas City, the two began adding layers of sampling and further experimentation with even more complex looping and arrangements. Currently Shiny Jets are currently based in Kansas City where the band rehearse, perform and record. More info at: http://www.shinyjetsmusic.com]
  1. Mike Dillon – “Beignet’s Bounce”
    from: Rosewood / Shiny Jets / July 17, 2020
    [Mike Dillon’s latest album ‘Rosewood’ musically signifies transition and transformation. The 13-track collection was written and recorded during a period of profound change. Dillon found himself relocating from his fourteen year base in New Orleans to his current residence in Kansas City. This coincided with the beginning a new relationship that would result in marriage. Recorded intermittently between January 2018 and September 2019, its 13 majestic tracks swirl with the tangled and bittersweet emotions of one chapter ending as another began. Dillon created the album solely with vibraphone and percussion instruments and titled the record ‘Rosewood’ after the type of lumber used to make marimba bars. // “I started spending time in Kansas City in August 2017, where I’d previously lived in 1997,” explains Dillon. “My friend of twenty years, Peregrine Honig, invited me to see her beautiful art studio converted from an old church building called Greenwood Social Hall. By December, I brought my marimba there and would play for hours. The songs on this record wrote themselves in that sonically sacred space.” // Furthering this metamorphosis, ’Rosewood’ also finds Dillon, who’s been hailed “a punk jazz provocateur,” shifting from the freewheeling, anything goes aesthetic that informed his primary touring unit, The Mike Dillon Band, to a more conceptual and compositional approach. He’d hinted at this side of his musical personality with the 2016 album release ‘Functioning Broke,’ as well as, three performances with his 23-piece New Orleans Punk Rock Percussion Consortium at The Music Box Village. The introspective ‘Functioning Broke,’ however, relied heavily on outside material, including songs by Elliott Smith, Neil Young and Martin Denny, while the latter performance experiment required the massive energy generated by two dozen musicians on percussion and mallet instruments. On ‘Rosewood,’ Dillon boils down the essence of those two projects into a focused auditory journey, drawing almost exclusively on his own compositions with exception of two additional Elliott Smith songs, “Talking To Mary” and “Can’t Make A Sound,” along with the ghostly take on Johnny Cash arrangement of the classic Trent Reznor / Nine Inch Nails’ song “Hurt.” Dillon performed all of the parts himself with exception of contributions by drummer and frequent collaborator Earl Harvin and the guiding hand of Dillon’s old friend, recording engineer Chad Meise. // “When I decided to record in Kansas City, I immediately recruited Chad. He and I made several Malachy Papers’ records, the Go Go Jungle album ‘Battery Acid’ and the Mike Dillon Band record ‘Urn.’ Our chemistry in the middle of a really bittersweet time for me simplified the process. We layered the songs on 24-track, 2-inch tape. Some songs I would start on the vibes, other times I put on a marimba first before fleshing out the rest. My old pal, the incredible drummer Earl Harvin, visited KC from his home in Berlin during the summer of 2018 and played drum kit on several of the tracks. By recording to tape, we captured the warm relationship of the percussion/mallet family.” // All of the sounds on ‘Rosewood’ are from Dillon’s collection of mallet instruments ranging from the rare Deagan Electric Bass Marimba to the Deagan Electro Vibes, a 1942 Leedy Marimba to his primary touring instrument, the Majestic Electric Vibraphone, running through a collection of analog peddles. The only non-percussion sound was a synth on “Bonobo” that was triggered by a MalletKat. The crescendo of timpani and tabla pulsate beneath the Sonic Youth-like layers of vibes on “Drone” set against the Kraut rock drumming of Harvin. The ambient Steve Reich-inspired pulsations of marimbas on “Vibes at the End of the World” capture the feeling of being in New Orleans when the Hurricane Gustav evacuation order was given to Dillon back in 2007. There are also several moments of joyful percussive optimism with tracks like “Rumba for Peregrine” and “Beignet’s Bounce.” “Sober on Mardi Gras” was composed in New Orleans on Mardi Gras Day 2019 before Dillon marched behind Big Chief Monk Boudreaux alongside Stanton Moore and Joe Gellini. “Tiki Bird Whistle” and “Earl’s Bolero” were also composed in New Orleans in an apartment that was home for many NOLA musicians, including Brian Blade, Doug Belote and John Ellis. // Much of the feeling of this record is dealing with the sadness of moving out of a great city like New Orleans, but with the optimism of a fresh start in Kansas City,” explains Dillon. “To this day it’s hard for me not to say I live in New Orleans. However, in reality, prior to the pandemic, I lived a nomadic lifestyle in my Chevy van going wherever the next gig leads me. And yet now, in the age of Covid-19, we’re faced with change again. It is the only constant.” // Mike Dillon has been an integral member of bands including Garage A Trois, Dead Kenny Gs and Critters Buggin. He’s served as a key sideman to artists like Rickie Lee Jones, Les Claypool and Ani DiFranco. He’s amassed an extensive catalog of genre-defying recordings. He’s taken to the road relentlessly, building one of the most loyal underground fanbases on the contemporary music scene, while being invited to share bills with bands including Clutch, Dean Ween Group and Umphrey’s McGhee. For nearly three decades, Dillon has played exclusively by his own rules. With his latest work, ‘Rosewood,’ he once again embraces the philosophy of change and evolution.
  1. Barry Lee – “Dearest”
    from: A Belated Legacy / Barry Lee / November 27, 2020
    [Originally written and performed by Buddy Holly. Barry Lee is host of Signal to Noise heard Friday nights at 9:00 here on KKFI 90.1 FM. Barry has been a longtime programmer at KKFI. Barry Lee has organized multiple benefit concerts for KKFI including his annual Beatles Tribute shows, A Tribute to Pete Seeger, and special “Collaborations” recordings. It was while playing in a tribute to Neil Young that Barry and friends formed Broken Arrows, a 5-piece band that has released their multiple records, including “Street Flowers” in August of 2018 to critical acclaim, before the band broke up. Barry Lee is also part of the band The Jubilee Mystics who have released 2 albums.]
  1. Noel Coward – “The Party’s Over Now”
    from: Noel Coward in New York / drg / 2003 [orig. 1957]

Next week on November 25 – we welcome Tim Finn – Music writer for IN Kansas City, Marion Merritt – owner of Records With Merritt, Chris Haghirian – of Eight One Sixty on 90.9 The Bridge, and Fally Afani – founder of I Heart Local Music who all join us to share their favorite releases of 2020.

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

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

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Black Lives Matter

Show #864

WMM with Shiny Jets + Old Sound + Center Cut Records

Wednesday MidDay Medley
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning
90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio
TEN to NOON Wednesdays – Streaming at KKFI.org

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

James Andrews & Patrick Sprehe of Center Cut Records + Grady Keller of Old Sound + Shanté Clair & Tucker Slough of Shiny Jets

Mark plays New & MidCoastal Releases from: Blackstarkids, We The People, Kristie Stremel, Ebony Tusks, The Black Creatures, Old Sound, Molly Hamer, Shiny Jets, Major Matt Mason USA, Fritz Hutchison, Mike Dillon, Flutienastiness, Dandelions, Barry Lee & The Mystic Arrows, Shamir, and Bettye LaVette.

James Andrews and Patrick Sprehe of Center Cut Records

At 10:30 we talk with Jim Andrews & Patrick Sprehe of Center Cut Records. James Andrews has worked in the publishing business since 1999 and is part-owner of Andrews McMeel Universal. Patrick Sprehe has worked as High School teacher for 25 years, first serving with the Peace Corps in Kazakhstan, and then moving on to Raleigh, NC; Oakland, CA; and Tokyo, Japan. He spent 13 years teaching at Academie Lafayette. Center Cut Records have a mission to illuminate the amazing collection of musical talent in Kansas City and solidify its place in the national discussion about sonic art. Center Cut Records has released Calvin Arsenia‘s CANTALOUPE (2018), and L.A. SESSIONS (2019), and the EP HONEYDEW (2019); Fritz Hutchison‘s WIDE WILD ACRES (2020); and they recently signed and remastered and reissued The Black Creatures WILD ECHOES (2019 – 2020) full length album digitally and on vinyl. More info at: http://www.centercutrecords.com

Old Sound

At 11:00 Mark talks with musician and song writer Grady Keller about his band Old Sound and their new album DELUGE, recorded at Temple Sounds in Kansas City. Old Sound, is a Kansas City based band formed by Greg Herrenbruck, Grady Keller, and Chad Brothers. “Deluge” dives deep into the band’s 20-year chemistry, showcasing the band’s acoustic soundscapes and strong three-part harmony. The wide range of songwriting contains lyrics concerning life, love, self-expression, capitalism, climate change, police brutality, the demise of our country, death, and much more. The new album was produced by Old Sound, Brendan Moreland and Phil Wade. The album was engineered and mixed by Brendan Moreland and Mastered by Duane Trower at Weights & Measures Sound Lab. In 2014 they released their debut recording RAIN FOLLOWS THE PLOW. More info at: http://www.oldsoundmusic.com

Tucker Slough and Shanté Clair of Shiny Jets

At 11:30 Shanté Clair & Tucker Slough of Shiny Jets join us to share music from their: EPs 1 & 2, and EPs 3 & 4, written, recorded and mixed by Shiny Jets. Shiny Jets is an experimental rock band formed in Chicago in 2004 when drummer Tucker Slough encountered singer/guitarist Shanté Clair performing at a party thrown by a mutual friend in Rogers Park. The two became friends and began incorporating Tucker’s drumming into Shanté’s existing solo project, The Maybe. Soon they began writing new songs and pushing their musical ideas further, incorporating looping and electronics until they had compiled a number of songs. Some time afterwards, Tucker moved back to his hometown of KC and Shanté left Chicago to live in New York City. In 2014, the two began collaborating again, with Shanté writing songs that Tucker would then add drums parts to and send back via Dropbox. In 2015 Shanté moved to KC to begin work on the project that would become Shiny Jets. Using songs written back in Chicago and those songs written long distance from NYC and KC, the two began adding layers of sampling and further experimentation with even more complex looping and arrangements. More info at: http://www.shinyjetsmusic.com

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Show #864

WMM Playlist from Nov. 11, 2020

Wednesday MidDay Medley
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning
90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio
TEN to NOON Wednesdays – Streaming at KKFI.org

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Spinning Songs with Shy Boys + Julia Othmer + Daniel Gum

  1. “It’s Showtime Folks”
    from: Orig. Motion Picture Soundtrack All That Jazz / Casablanca / Dec. 20, 1979
    [WMM theme]
  1. Angélique Kidjo & John Legend – “Move On Up”
    from: Listen Up! The Official 2010 FIFA World Cup Album / Sony Music / May 28, 2010
    [“Move On Up” is a song by Curtis Mayfield from his 1970 debut album Curtis. Nearly nine minutes long on the album version, it was released as a single in the United States his own label, Curtom Records on June 25, 1974. Angélique Kpasseloko Hinto Hounsinou Kandjo Manta Zogbin Kidjo, known as Angélique Kidjo (born July 14, 1960), is a Grammy Award-winning Beninese singer-songwriter, actress and activist, noted for her diverse musical influences and creative music videos. Time magazine has called her “Africa’s premier diva”. The BBC included Kidjo in its list of the African continent’s 50 most iconic figures. The Guardian has listed her as one of its Top 100 Most Inspiring Women in the World and Kidjo is the first woman to be listed among “The 40 Most Powerful Celebrities In Africa” by Forbes magazine. The Daily Telegraph in London described her as “The undisputed queen of African music” during the 2012 Olympic Games River of Music Festival. In March 2013, NPR, National Public Radio in America, called her “Africa’s greatest living diva”. Kidjo is listed among the “2014 Most Influential Africans” by New African magazine and Jeune Afrique. Forbes Afrique put Kidjo on the cover of their “100 most influential women” issue in 2015. On June 6, 2013, Kidjo was elected vice-president of the Confédération Internationale des Sociétés d´Auteurs et Compositeurs (CISAC). She now resides in New York City, where she is an occasional contributor to the New York Times. Kidjo has received Honorary Doctorates from Yale University, Berklee College of Music and Middlebury College. She is the 2018 Harvard University Jazz Master In Residence. Her musical influences include the Afropop, Caribbean zouk, Congolese rumba, jazz, gospel, and Latin styles; as well as her childhood idols Bella Bellow, James Brown, Nina Simone, Aretha Franklin, Miriam Makeba and Carlos Santana. She has recorded George Gershwin’s “Summertime”, Ravel’s Boléro, Jimi Hendrix’s “Voodoo Child” and the Rolling Stones’ “Gimme Shelter”, and has collaborated with Dave Matthews and the Dave Matthews Band, Kelly Price, Alicia Keys, Branford Marsalis, Ziggy Marley, Philip Glass, Peter Gabriel, Bono, Carlos Santana, John Legend, Herbie Hancock, Josh Groban, Dr John, the Kronos Quartet and Cassandra Wilson. Kidjo’s hit songs include “Agolo”, “We We”, “Adouma”, “Wombo Lombo”, “Afirika”, “Batonga”, and her version of “Malaika”. Her album Logozo is ranked number 37 in the Greatest Dance Albums of All Time list compiled by Vice Magazine’s Thump web site. Kidjo is fluent in 5 languages: Fon, French, Yorùbá, Gen (Mina), and English. She sings in all of them, and she also has her own personal language, which includes words that serve as song titles such as “Batonga.” “Malaika” is a song sung in the Swahili language. Kidjo often utilizes Benin’s traditional Zilin vocal technique and jazz vocalese. Kidjo is the recipient of the 2015 Crystal Award given by the World Economic Forum of Davos in Switzerland and has received the Ambassador Of Conscience Award from Amnesty International in 2016 She also is included in the exhibits at the National Museum of African American History that officially opened on Sept. 24, 2016 on the National Mall.]
  1. Leyla McCalla – “When I Can See the Valley”
    from: Vari-Colored Songs / Music Maker Recordings / Feb. 4, 2014
    [Reissued – Smithsonian Folkways 2020]
    [Leyla Sarah McCalla was born October 3, 1985. She is a classical and folk musician. She has been a cellist with the Grammy-winning string band Carolina Chocolate Drops but left that group to focus on her solo career. Both of McCalla’s parents were born in Haiti. Her father Jocelyn McCalla was the Executive Director of the New York-based National Coalition for Haitian Rights from 1988 to 2006 and is credited as translator on Vari-Colored Songs. Her mother Régine Dupuy arrived in the United States at age 5, is the daughter of Ben Dupuy who ran Haiti Progrès, a New York based Haitian socialist newspaper. McCalla’s mother went on to found Dwa Fanm, an anti-domestic violence human rights organization. McCalla was born in New York City and raised in New Jersey. She lived in Accra, Ghana for two years as a teen. After a year at Smith College, she transferred to New York University to study cello performance and chamber music. She then moved to New Orleans where she played music on the streets. Her critically acclaimed album Vari-Colored Songs is a tribute to Langston Hughes which includes adaptations of his poems, Haitian folk songs sung in Haitian Creole and original compositions. McCalla says the first song she wrote for the album was Heart of Gold because it provided “a window into Hughes’ thinking”.McCalla chose to dedicate this work to Hughes because she says “reading his work made me want to be an artist.” McCalla started working on the album 5 years prior to its release. Commentators have noted the influence of Louisiana musical traditions such as old Cajun fiddle melodies and trad-jazz banjo on the album. Members of the Carolina Chocolate Drops appear on the album.]
  1. Phylshawn – “Eclipses”
    from: Soul Heart / Nation of Love / September 25, 2020
    [Columbia, MO based Phylshawn Johnson is a singer, songwriter, drummer with the band Violet and the Undercurrents. She is also a teacher, producer, engineer, label manager for The Nation of Love Records. In 2009, Johnson started an independent label, The Nation of Love, as a way to give artists such as herself, Violet Vonder Haar, Ruth Acuff, and other songwriters a place to create freely and have the support of a musical community. With her partner Violet Vonder Haar, Phylshawn Johnson is also a cofounder of the band Violet and the Undercurrents who last year released the critically acclaimed album The Captain, on March 1, 2019. Phylshawn also previously released the EP Across The Tracks on August 9, 2014.]
  1. Daniel Gum – “Mary”
    from: Thirteen / Manor Records / October 30, 2020
    [Produced by Mike Crawford and Daniel Gum. All songs written, performed, and mixed by Daniel Gum. Engineered by Mike Crawford. Mastered by Mike Nolte at Eureka Mastering. Daniel Gum is a 23 year old singer-songwriter from Kansas City. Since the age of 12, he has spent the majority of his time writing and recording songs by himself in his room. His most recent project, Moon, on the other hand was recorded by someone else in another room while Daniel was by himself in yet another room. The Moon EP was released December 7, 2019. It was engineered by Mike Crawford and Daniel Gum and mixed by Daniel Gum with piano and accordion by Cole Crawford. Daniel Gun released his EP i’m not dead October 25, 2017, and his 10-song album Reorient on July 31, 2015, with all songs written, recorded and mixed by Daniel Gum who also performed all vocals guitars, drums, piano, bass. harmonica, and programming. The first single from Daniel Gum’s album, Thirteen “Ruin Your Life” was released on September 4, The second single, “In The Worst Ways” was released September 28, 2020. ] [On our July 22, 2020, WMM show we played Daniel Gum’s track, “Tired Saint” from French Exit Records – Black Lives Matter Compilation, released July 6, 2020. French Exit Records was launched two years ago as an independent music label in KCMO, founded by Brad Girard. French Exit Records has released albums for No Magic and Raymond,. BLM Compilation is 22 acts from the area, with all proceeds donated to One Struggle KC’s Liberation Fund, a Black-led coalition of KC activists seeking to connect the struggles of oppressed communities, locally & globally.]
Daniel Gum / Photo by Quinn Hernandez

10:15 – Interview with Daniel Gum

Daniel Gum is a Kansas City based singer-songwriter who has been releasing music since 2017 with EP’s I’m Not Dead and Moon. Daniel has played in Kansas City based groups Pillow and Chloe Jacobson. Daniel has taken the last few years to focus on songwriting and producing his new record. Daniel Gum joins us on the phone to shares details about his new album “Thirteen” released on Manor Records on October 30, 2020 More info at: http://www.danielgum.bandcamp.com

Daniel Gum thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Thirteen was produced by Mike Crawford and Daniel Gum.
All songs written, performed, and mixed by Daniel Gum.

Engineered by Mike Crawford. Mastered by Mike Nolte at Eureka Mastering.

Daniel Gum is a 23 year old singer-songwriter from Kansas City. Since the age of 12, he has spent the majority of his time writing and recording songs by himself in his room. His most recent project, Moon, on the other hand was recorded by someone else in another room while Daniel was by himself in yet another room.

The Moon EP was released December 7, 2019. It was engineered by Mike Crawford and Daniel Gum and mixed by Daniel Gum with piano and accordion by Cole Crawford. Daniel Gun released his EP, i’m not dead October 25, 2017, and his 10-song album Reorient on July 31, 2015, with all songs written, recorded and mixed by Daniel Gum who also performed all vocals guitars, drums, piano, bass, harmonica, and programming.

The first single from Daniel Gum’s album, Thirteen “Ruin Your Life” was released on September 4, The second single, “In The Worst Ways” was released September 28, 2020.

Daniel has played in Kansas City based groups Pillow and Chloe Jacobson over the last few years.

Daniel’s new record Thirteen echoes the likes of Elliott Smith & Andy Shauf.

Daniel Gum / Photo by Quinn Hernandez

Daniel contributed a track to French Exit’s Black Lives Matter Compilation

On our July 22, 2020, WMM show we played Daniel Gum’s track, “Tired Saint” from French Exit Records – Black Lives Matter Compilation, released July 6, 2020. French Exit Records was launched two years ago as an independent music label in KCMO, founded by Brad Girard. French Exit Records has released albums for No Magic and Raymond,. BLM Compilation is 22 acts from the area, with all proceeds donated to One Struggle KC’s Liberation Fund, a Black-led coalition of KC activists seeking to connect the struggles of oppressed communities, locally & globally.

Daniel contributed a track to Manor Records Keep The Change Fundraiser Compilation.

Daniel Gum thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Daniel Gum’s new album “Thirteen” was on Manor Records on October 30, 2020 More info at: http://www.danielgum.bandcamp.com

10:17

  1. Daniel Gum – “Ruin Your Life”
    from: Thirteen / Manor Records / October 30, 2020
    [Produced by Mike Crawford and Daniel Gum. All songs written, performed, and mixed by Daniel Gum. Engineered by Mike Crawford. Mastered by Mike Nolte at Eureka Mastering. Daniel Gum is a 23 year old singer-songwriter from Kansas City. Since the age of 12, he has spent the majority of his time writing and recording songs by himself in his room. His most recent project, Moon, on the other hand was recorded by someone else in another room while Daniel was by himself in yet another room. The Moon EP was released December 7, 2019. It was engineered by Mike Crawford and Daniel Gum and mixed by Daniel Gum with piano and accordion by Cole Crawford. Daniel Gun released his EP i’m not dead October 25, 2017, and his 10-song album Reorient on July 31, 2015, with all songs written, recorded and mixed by Daniel Gum who also performed all vocals guitars, drums, piano, bass. harmonica, and programming. The first single from Daniel Gum’s album, Thirteen “Ruin Your Life” was released on September 4, The second single, “In The Worst Ways” was released September 28, 2020. ] [On our July 22, 2020, WMM show we played Daniel Gum’s track, “Tired Saint” from French Exit Records – Black Lives Matter Compilation, released July 6, 2020. French Exit Records was launched two years ago as an independent music label in KCMO, founded by Brad Girard. French Exit Records has released albums for No Magic and Raymond,. BLM Compilation is 22 acts from the area, with all proceeds donated to One Struggle KC’s Liberation Fund, a Black-led coalition of KC activists seeking to connect the struggles of oppressed communities, locally & globally.]

10:30 – Underwriting

  1. Julia Othmer – “Born In The USA”
    from: Seeds (Volume 1) / Julia Othmer & James Lundie / November 13, 2020
    [“Seeds” is Julia Othmer’s 3rd full length album and contains 10 live songs selected from her 30-day Songs of September Project, where Julia performed a different live cover of her favorite songs and broadcast the performance throughout the streaming social media platforms to inspire people to register and vote on November 3. From those songs Julia’s fans democratically selected their favorite tracks to be released together on “Seeds.” Julia Othmer released “Sound,” on April 12, 2019, her second album, that took 3 years to complete, and was produced with James Lundie, who also married Julia in January of 2016, during the completion of the record. Julia Othmer, is a graduate of Park Hill High School. She moved to Los Angeles in 2006 to record her 1st full-length album, “Oasis Motel.”.]

10:36 – Interview with Julia Othmer

Singer songwriter Julia Othmer joins us to talk about her new album “Seeds” (Volume 1), to be released Friday, November 13, 2020. Julia Othmer was born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1975. She studied at Columbia University in New York City. She has lived in Boston, Philadelphia, Colorado, and currently lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband James T. Lundie who recorded and produced the new record. Last year Julia released her acclaimed album “Sound,” on April 12, 2019 on Frikin’ Awesome Records. It was in the TOP TEN of WMM’s 119 Best Recordings of 2019. More information at: http://www.juliaothmer.com

Julia Othmer welcome back to Wednesday MidDay Medley

“Seeds” contains 10 live songs selected from Julia’s 30-day Songs of September Project, where everyday throughout September Julia performed a different live cover of one of her favorite songs and broadcast theses daily performance throughout her streaming social media platforms. The effort was designed to inspire people to register and vote on November 3. From those live performances 30 songs were recorded and Julia’s fans democratically selected their favorite 10 tracks to be released together on “Seeds.”

“Seeds” Tracklist: Title – Writers (Artist, Year)

  1. Born In The USA – Bruce Springsteen (1984)
  2. True Colors – Billy Steinberg & Tom Kelly (Cyndi Lauper, 1986)
  3. What a Wonderful World – Bob Thiele & George David Weiss (Louis Armstrong, 1967)
  4. The First Day – Julia Othmer
  5. Hello (Turn Your Radio On) – Siobhan Fahey, Marcella Detroit, Manu Guiot (Shakespears Sister, 1992)
  6. Heroes – David Bowie (1977)
  7. Imagine – John Lennon (1971)
  8. Let It Be – The Beatles (Paul McCartney, 1970)
  9. The Sound of Silence – Simon & Garfunkel (Paul Simon, 1965)
  10. The Times They Are A Changin’ – Bob Dylan (1964)

Julia’s husband and co-collaborator is James Lundie, originally from London, UK. James helped engineer, record, and produce the new record.

In 2018 to 2019 Julia Othmer toured with and opened for The Alarm in US show and shows in the United Kingdom.

Julia first started playing piano in first grade.

Julia Othmer is a graduate of Park Hill High School and moved to Los Angeles in 2006. While she lives in LA, she will always call KC her hometown.

Julia moved to Los Angeles in 2006 to record her first full-length album, “Oasis Motel.”

Julia’s mother Sieglinde Othmer is from Hamburg, Germany, and is an artist who studied at Sorbonne in Paris. She is the author of sevrl award winning books.

Julia recently lost her father Arthur Othmer

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

Out of Print Magazine says: “This Thursday evening in the quaint little village of NYC, Julia Othmer, the mesmerizingly sultry singer/songwriter will be riding into town tucked under the wings of a Southwest jet. She will be performing at Rockwood Music Hall (196 Allen St. New York, NY) at 7PM sharp. If you haven’t heard of her, it may be because she has been diligently working on her new album for the last few years on the sunny and less immediate coast. Formerly a Kansas City native, Julia has put her pillow in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, some gondola in Colorado and finally Los Angeles, the city of lights and traffic, where she currently lives with her little white piano, her rock star and her cat Cosmo. Julia’s musical musings are so diverse that they become quite elusive to the simple description. Perhaps the best way to explain it would be if Nora Jones, Tom Waits, Billy Holiday and Lyle Lovett had a musical orgy and let you watch behind a curtain of burning lace and a whiskey waterfall. I’ll bring the unfiltered cigarettes, you bring your soul.”

When Julia Othmer is in Kansas City she plays with Johnny Hamil on bass, Chris Tady on guitar, John Floyd Whitaker on drums.

Last year Julia released “Sound,” her second full-length album, produced with James Lundie, who married Julia in January of 2016 during the completion of the record.

Tim Finn describes “Sound” as a “self-made record with a big-label sound… rich in space and soaring dynamics and rife with layers and textures and melodies and grooves.”

Julia Othmer, thanks for being with us on WMM

Singer songwriter Julia Othmer about her new album “Seeds” (Volume 1), to be released Friday, November 13, 2020. More info at http://www.juliaothmer.com.

10:49

  1. Julia Othmer – “True Colors”
    from: Seeds (Volume 1) / Julia Othmer & James Lundie / November 13, 2020
    [“Seeds” is Julia Othmers 3rd full length album and contains 10 live songs selected from her 30-day Songs of September Project, where Julia performed a different live cover of her favorite songs and broadcast the performance throughout the streaming social media platforms to inspire people to register and vote on November 3. From those songs Julia’s fans democratically selected their favorite tracks to be released together on “Seeds.” Julia Othmer released “Sound,” on April 12, 2019, her second album, that took 3 years to complete, and was produced with James Lundie, who also married Julia in January of 2016, during the completion of the record. Julia Othmer, is a graduate of Park Hill High School. She moved to Los Angeles in 2006 to record her 1st full-length album, “Oasis Motel.”]
  1. Krystle Warren & The Crew – “Dear Landlord”
    from: The Crew EP / Parlour Door Music / September 15, 2020
    [Written by Bob Dylan. Through isolation came unity. The Crew is Lakecia Benjamin, Matthew Silberman, Jacob Snider, Joe Blaxx, Solomon Dorsey, Zach Djanikian, Cassorla, Krystle Warren, and Ben Kane. They have recorded unique versions of classic songs with the hope of encouraging the rallying cries of The Moment: the movement of the people. // In the lockdown of their homes, they sewed together their interpretations of “Bein’ Green” (based upon Ray Charles’ rendition); “Gimme Some Truth” (John Lennon); “Dear Landlord” (Bob Dylan); and “Rhythm of Life”, (a timeless statement originally performed by Oleta Adams). // A portion of the proceeds from The Crew. EP will be donated to the various causes and organizations. // Originally from KC, Krystle Warren learned to play the guitar by listening to Rubber Soul & Revolver from The Beatles. Krystle graduated from Paseo Arts Academy in 2001 and began her musical career in collaborating with area jazz and pop musicians. After living in San Francisco and NYC, Krystle was signed to a French label, Because Music, who gave her a one way ticket to France. Krystle moved to Paris to release “Circles” in 2009. Krystle played French and British television programs, including Later with Jools Holland, garnering critical acclaim and traveling all over the world on tours with Rufus Wainwright, Nick Cave, Norah Jones, and Joan As Police Woman. Krystle left Because Music and created her own recording label, Parlour Door Music, to release “Love Songs: A Time You May Embrace / A Time to Refrain from Embracing” a double album recording from a 13-day session in Brooklyn, where she recorded 24 songs live with 28 musicians including her band, The Faculty, alongside choirs, horn and string sections. In 2019 The KC based Owen/Cox Dance Group premiered a new dance piece titled “Love Songs” with choreography by Jennifer Owen, set to all 24 songs, in the order they appear in the recording,. Krystle Warren has collaborated with Erykah Badu, Keziah Jones, Zap Mama, Rufus Wainwright and Martha Wainwright, Brad Cox Amadou & Mariam, Lakecia Benjamin, Guarco, Teddy Thompson, Gwyneth Herbert, Hercules & Love Affair, and Joon Moon. Along with being included in the compilation “NYC Subway – Songs from the Underground,” and tribute recordings for Kate McGarrigle, and Nick Drake, Warren has released the EP “Diary” on May 1, 2007; “The Up Series – EP” on November 10, 2008; “Circles” her 13-song full length on March 13, 2009; “A Time To Keep – Love Songs EP”, on August 12, 2011, The double album 24-song “Love Songs” released on vinyl in Europe on April 9, 2012 and as separate digital and CD albums in the U.S. as: “Love Songs: A Time to Embrace,” on March 13, 2012 and “Love Songs: A Time to Refrain from Embracing” on February 27, 2015; Krystle released “Three the Hard Way” on August 18, 2017.]
  1. Sylan Esso – “Ferris Wheel”
    from: Free Love / Loma Vista – Concord / September 25, 2020
    [3rd studio album by indie pop duo Sylvan Esso, from Durham, North Carolina, formed in 2013. The band consists of singer Amelia Meath and producer Nick Sanborn. They made their debut with the single “Hey Mami” and released their eponymous debut album on Partisan Records on May 12, 2014, which reached No. 39 on the Billboard 200. They released their second album What Now with Loma Vista Recordings on April 28, 2017, which was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Dance/Electronic Album. Lead singer Amelia Meath, who was at the time involved with her trio, Mountain Man, created the vocals to the song called “Play It Right”. She later met electronic music producer Nick Sanborn (who played bass in Megafaun) in Milwaukee at the Cactus Club, performing at the time solo as Made of Oak, and asked him to make a rendering of her single, Play It Right, in his own way. From 2012 to 2013, the band slowly formed. Meath had returned from a year-and-a-half tour with Feist and was looking for an affordable place to live, thus landing in Durham with Sanborn and began making their album, with all of their songs being recorded in Sanborn’s apartment bedroom. The band named itself after a character in an early iOS game titled “Swords and Sworcery”.]

11:00 – Station ID
11:00 – Spinning Songs With Shy Boys

  1. Shy Boys – “In Gloves”
    from: Talk Loud / Polyvinyl Record Co. / September 25, 2020
    [3rd album from Shy Boys. Follow up to the Dim The Light / Brick By Brick, singles released Feb. 15, 2019. Shy Boys released their 2nd album and Polyvinyl debut, Bell House on August 3, 2018. Shy Boys line-up consists of brothers Collin Rausch & Kyle Rausch, Konnor Ervin, Kyle Little and Ross Brown. Kyle Rausch and Konnor Ervin were band mates in The ACBs. Collin had been playing for years in the KC area including The Abracadabras, and The I’ms with Kyle. The three shared a love for 1960s era pop rock and soon started writing their own music. In 2014 they released the self-titled Shy Boys on High Dive Records. In June 2014, the band recorded and released two more singles and one of them, “Life Is Peachy,” was featured on Stereogum. On April 4th, 2018, it was announced the band signed to Polyvinyl Record Co.]
Shy Boys photo by Barrett Emke

11:04 – Interview with Shy Boys

Shy Boys released their 3rd album, Talk Loud, on Sept. 25, 2020 on Polyvinyl Records. Shy Boys are brothers Collin Rausch & Kyle Rausch, Konnor Ervin, Kyle Little and Ross Brown. In the next hour we’ll spin songs from, Talk Loud and bands from the Shy Boys “tree of music”: The ACBs, Full Bloods, Abracadabras, and Koney. More info at http://www.shyboys.website

Collin Rausch, Kyle Rausch and Ross Brown thanks for being with us on WMM

Talk Loud is the 2020 follow up to, Bell House, released Aug. 3, 2018 on Polyvinyl Records.

Collin & Kyle come from a family of musicians. Their cousin is Kasey Rausch, their father Kent Rausch is a jazz musician and was the music teacher and band director at their High School. Their mother was a choir director. Their father was from a family of 7 brothers (Greg, Terry, Brad), many who are musicians and recording artists, including their Grandfather Dean Rausch.

Shy Boys originally formed as a trio in 2012 with brothers Collin Rausch, Kyle Rausch, and roommate Konnor Ervin (of The ACB’s). Collin had been playing in bands including The Abracadabras, and The I’ms with Kyle. The three shared a love for 1960s era pop rock and started writing their own music. In 2014 they released their self-titled Shy Boys on High Dive Records. The single “Bully Fight” was featured on Spin.com. In June 2014 the band recorded and released two more singles. “Life Is Peachy,” was featured on Stereogum

Kyle Little and Ross Brown (of Fullbloods) joined to make Shy Boys a 5-piece. On April 4th, 2018, it was announced that Shy Boys had signed to Polyvinyl.

Posted on the Shy Boys Bandcamp page for their Bell House release, fellow Kansas City area musician Kevin Morby contributed an essay in honor of the Shy Boys:

Being in a band is a sacred thing.
Being in a band in 2018 is a sacred thing.
Being from the Midwest is a sacred thing.
Being in a band that is from the Midwest in 2018…

Consider Shy Boys – DIY local champions of Kansas City, MO, who if you add it all up, are something sacred. Comprised of brothers Collin and Kyle Rausch and best friends Konnor Ervin, Kyle Little and Ross Brown, Shy Boys are the heartland’s answer to The Beach Boys had Alex Chilton been on guitar.

But if a harmony falls into a microphone in the middle of America does anyone really hear it? Some do. Take for instance Shy Boys’ 2014 self-titled debut on local Kansas City label, High Dive Records – I first came across this album while living in Los Angeles and catching wind of a band from my home town that I was told could “actually sing,” and after the first spin, through the muddy fidelity, man, could they actually sing.

Shy Boys’ history isn’t too dissimilar from any other Midwestern band. Like the many Replacements or Husker Düs before them – they exist neither here nor there, but instead, somewhere anonymously in the middle. And though you may not find the same opportunity floating in the middle as one would Here or There, you are allotted a certain amount of time and space to grow both yourself and your craft into what you want it to be. Over the past four years, that is exactly what Shy Boys have done and that is what brings us here today.

On August 3, 2018, the world will see the release of their second record, Bell House, out on legendary and globally cherished record label Polyvinyl, bringing both their profile and music to the surface for the first time.

The album’s title is taken from the band’s beloved headquarters – the old house on Bell Street in Kansas City where they lived together for the better part of 5 years.

“‘Lived’ is a loose term,” says lead songwriter Collin. “It was more like a bum den than anything else. There was a giant hole in the floor of the kitchen that had a piece of plywood over it. In the backyard, weeds got like 6 feet high in the summer. It was its own thriving biome. We lived in trash.”

Musically, Collin describes the songs on Bell House taking shape through “a group of guys trying to get through some sort of mutual identity crisis. The lifestyle became overwhelming and really seeped into the music.”

In the time since the release of ST, Collin saw himself falling in love and getting married, leaving the old house on Bell Street, and moving back into his mom’s house with his wife in a suburb of the city. It’s here where the songs of Bell House were born. Being back under the same roof he had grown up in where there was “still writing on the walls from childhood,” Rausch found himself reflective and looking out at his life as a whole.

Take closing track “Champion” for instance, a song Collin says is dedicated to his and Kyle’s mother. “It’s just a note saying that she took care of us when we were young, and now it’s time for us to be there and take care of her.”

The reflective spirit sprinkled throughout the album is also evident on lead single, “Take The Doggie,” a bouncy, guitar driven track centered around wanting to secretly rescue their neighbor’s dog from an abusive owner, or on album highlight “Evil Sin,” which tackles the memory of drummer/bassist Konnor Ervin getting robbed.

But through all of this, Rausch kept his passion in his band, if even for nothing more than to – in his own words – have an excuse to keep hanging out with his brother and best friends.

“I have to keep Shy Boys alive to have a regular excuse to hang out with them,” says Collin. “To keep the band alive, I have to write songs. To be able to travel with my buddies, there has to be a new record.”

There is an old term that’s kicked around in country music called a “blood harmony” – in which two people in the same blood line, usually siblings, harmonize with one another in real time. Perhaps that is Shy Boys’ magic touch, putting them just a notch above all the other angels out there in the indie rock choir, and it makes sense, though no longer practicing evangelicals, Collin and Kyle grew up singing besides their parents in their church choir, so their keen sense of harmony is nothing new to them, but instead a life practice devoted to the voice as an instrument.

The result is Bell House, and the result is beautiful. There is something sensitive to the touch about this album, which is perhaps another way of saying that, well – Shy Boys are indeed Shy Boys. I envision the band as a solid unit, with each moving part as an equal. There is a heavy sense of family in everything they do both, literally and figuratively. Bruce Springsteen’s 1980 song “Highway Patrolman” always seems to come to mind;

“Yeah me & Franky out laughing and drinking, Nothing feels better than blood on blood.”

-Kevin Morby

Polyvinyl Record Co. is an American independent record label based in Champaign, Illinois. The label is headquartered in Champaign, IL and has satellite offices in New York, Austin, and the Bay Area. The Polyvinyl roster currently consists of 30+ active artists, including Alvvays, Xiu Xiu, Jeff Rosenstock, Kero Kero Bonito, and Julia Jacklin as well as longtime label signees like of Montreal, American Football, STRFKR, and Rainer Maria. Recent additions to the Polyvinyl family include Laura Jane Grace, Anamanaguchi, IAN SWEET, Oceanator, Chris Farren, Squirrel Flower, and Yumi Zouma. Polyvinyl has put out over 400 releases to date.

Shy Boys originally formed as a trio in 2012 with brothers Collin Rausch, Kyle Rausch, and roommate Konnor Ervin (of The ACB’s).

Kyle Rausch became a member of The ACBs. The ACBs are an indie pop band from Kansas City, Missouri. The two constant members of the group have been lead singer and songwriter Konnor Ervin and bassist Bryan McGuire. The ACBs came together in 2006 after many years of playing in and around the Kansas City area with shuffling lineups and under different names. They self-released the eponymous The ACBs in November 2006 with Cory Egan and Matt Saladino. The album is noted for its guitar driven, pop-rock sound and the melodic hooks that comprised much of their early sound. In 2011 the band recorded Stona Rosa after Egan and Saladino left the band to pursue careers in Los Angeles, California. The album marked a more mature change in their sound and content and drifted away from the guitar-driven sound of their first album. They soon recruited guitarist Andrew Connor of the indie rock band Ghosty and local drummer Kyle Rausch to fill out the group. The single “Be Professional” from the album appeared on an episode of MTV’s The Inbetweeners. In 2013 the band signed with High Dive Records and headed into Westend Recording Studios in Kansas City, Kansas to record Little Leaves. The album displayed a variety of influences and the sounds heard on the album range from 1960s era pop to funk. The conceptual nature of the album also addresses issues of depression, anxiety, and alienation inside of a pop music framework. Two acoustic ballads bookend the first side of Little Leaves and one of them, “All Over,” was featured on an episode Showtime’s Shameless. Konnor Ervin was born on March 31, 1981.

11:09

  1. The ACBs – “Feel Winter”
    from: Little Leaves / High Dive Records / March 5, 2013
    [The ACBs released their 3rd release Little Leaves on High Dive Records on March 5, 2013. Konnor Ervin on lead vocals, & guitar; Bryan McGuire on bass, Andrew Connor on guitar; Kyle Rausch on drums. Their songs have been featured on MTV’s The Inbetweeners, and Daytrotter. The title “Little Leaves” is a nod to frontman Konnor Ervin’s landscaping day job. The lead single, “Ocean” was released as a free download in late 2012, prompting Popmatters to declare the ACBs as one of its “Best Hopes to Break Out in 2013.”]

11:11 – Spinning Songs With Shy Boys

We are spinning songs with Shy Boys who released their third album, Talk Loud, on September 25, 2020 on Polyvinyl Records. Shy Boys are Collin Rausch & Kyle Rausch, Konnor Ervin, Kyle Little and Ross Brown. More info at http://www.shyboys.website

Collin Rausch, Kyle Rausch and Ross Brown thanks for being with us on WMM

Before Shy Boys, Konnor was the founder of the critically acclaimed band The ACBs who released their self titled debut album in 2007, followed by Stona Rosa in 2011, and Little Leaves.

Shy Boys / The ACBs / Ghosty / The I’ms / Fullbloods / Koney – Discography

The ACB’s / The ACB’s / July 10, 2007
[Debut from KC based 4-piece with Konnor Ervin on lead vocals, Bryan McGuire on bass, Matt Saladino on guitar, Corey Egan on drums & vocals. Written by, and arranged by Konnor Ervin. Produced by Tim Suttle. Recorded & mixed at Underdog Studio in Desoto, KS. Mastered at Euphonic Masters in Memphis, TN.]

The Abracadabras – Be Still, Be Cool / The Abracadabras / January 1, 2008
[5-piece KC band formed in the spring of 2007, with Jocelyn Olivia (John) Nixon on keyboards & vocals, Travis Mckenzie on lead guitar, Bobby (Wayne Hutcherson) Topaz on guitar & vocals, Collin Rausch on bass & vocals, and Kyle Rausch on drums & vocals.]

The ACBs – Stona Rosa / The ACBs / January 1, 2011
[After half of the band left to move to LA, Konnor Ervin and Bryan McGuire got help from: Andrew Connor of Ghosty, and Beau Bruns of Cowboy Indian Bear. All songs written by, and arranged, lead vocals & guitar by Konnor Ervin. Mike Nolte on bass, Bryan McGuire on bass & vocals, Andrew Connor on guitar & vocals, Beau Brus on drums. Kyle Rausch on vocals. Produced by Mike Nolte. Mastered by Roger Seibel Recorded at More Famouser Studios. Mixed at More Famouser Studios. Mastered at SAE Mastering.]

The I’ms – Second MIXES / Independent / 2011
[Collin Rausch and Kyle Rausch. Kyle Rausch also plays with The ACB’s. In 2011 on WMM we started playing songs from The I’ms, a duo made of up Collin and Kyle, who posted 6 of their self recorded songs on their facebook page. We included this informal release in our Top Ten of The 111 Best Recordings of 2011. 3 of the songs from The I’ms ended up being rerecorded for Shy Boys.]

Ghosty – GHOSTY / More Famouser Records – High Dive Records / April 17, 2012
[3rd full length release from Lawrence and KC area band. Ghosty is Andrew Connor, Mike Nolte an Bill Belzer who recorded their new album themselves over the last couple of years with help from David Wetzel, Josh Adams, Jake Blanton, Konnor Ervin, Ryan Connor, Kirsten Paludan, and Dan Talmadge. The new release was pressed on vinyl and available on LP and digital download. More info at ghostysounds.com.]

The ACBs – Little Leaves / High Dive Records / March 5, 2013.
[Konnor Ervin on lead vocals, & guitar; Bryan McGuire on bass, Andrew Connor on guitar; Kyle Rausch on drums. Their songs have been featured on MTV’s The Inbetweeners, and Daytrotter. The title “Little Leaves” is a nod to Konnor Ervin’s landscaping day job. The lead single, “Ocean” was released as a free download in late 2012, prompting Popmatters to declare the ACBs as one of its “Best Hopes to Break Out in 2013.”]

Shy Boys – Shy Boys / High Dive Records / January 17, 2014
[Debut release. Brothers Collin Rausch, Kyle Rausch, and friend and roommate Konnor Ervin, are members of this KC based trio. Collin and Kyle’s father was a High School band director and music teacher. Konnor Ervin is the lead singer and songwriter of The ACBs, where Kyle also plays drums. The 10 song release had two singles premiered by Stereogum. “Keeps Me On My Toes” was a song Collin wrote in 15 minutes while his girlfriend was in the shower. The album was recorded at West End Studio, over two-weekends.]

Shy Boys – “Life is Peachy” – Single Release / High Dive Records / July 15, 2014
[Stereogum has premiered the band’s new song, “Life Is Peachy”, the A-side to their new 45 rpm, 7″ single coming from High Dive Records. Brothers Collin Rausch, Kyle Rausch, and roommate Konnor Ervin, are members of the Kansas City based band, Shy Boys. ]
Fullbloods – Mild West / High Dive Records / February 26, 2016
[Second full length release from Fullbloods: Ross Brown; Jared Tomasino; David Seume; and Bill Pollock. Recorded at Westend Studios in Kansas City, Kansas by Mike Nolte. Mixed by Fullbloods. Mastered by Mike Nolte at Eureka Mastering. (Starfucker, Of Montreal).]

Shy Boys – Bell House / Polyvinyl Record Co. / August 3, 2018
[Shy Boys line-up consists of brothers Collin Rausch and Kyle Rausch, Konnor Ervin, Kyle Little and Ross Brown. The group formed shortly after the trio became roommates in 2012. Kyle Rausch and Konnor Ervin were already band mates in the indie-pop band The ACBs and Collin had been playing for years in the Kansas City area in various bands. The three shared a love for 1960s era pop rock and soon started writing their own music. In 2014 they released the self-titled Shy Boys on High Dive Records. The album received generally positive reviews and the single “Bully Fight” was featured on Spin.com

Shy Boys – Dim The Light / Brick By Brick – Singles / Polyvinyl Record Co. / Feb. 15, 2019
[Single release follow up to band’s 2nd album and Polyvinyl debut, Bell House. Shy Boys line-up consists of brothers Collin Rausch and Kyle Rausch, Konnor Ervin, Kyle Little and Ross Brown. Kyle Rausch and Konnor Ervin were already band mates in the indie-pop band The ACBs and Collin had been playing for years in the Kansas City area in various bands. The three shared a love for 1960s era pop rock and soon started writing their own music. In 2014 they released the self-titled Shy Boys on High Dive Records. The album received generally positive reviews and the single “Bully Fight” was featured on Spin.com. In June 2014 the band recorded and released two more singles and one of them, “Life Is Peachy,” was featured on Stereogum. On April 4th, 2018, it was announced that the band had signed to Polyvinyl Record Co.]

Fullbloods – Soft and Virtual Touch / High Dive Records / April 3, 2020
[3rd full-length album from, KC based Fullbloods. All songs written, performed, recorded, mixed by Ross Brown (℗© 2019 Bargain Hunt Music / ASCAP) in Kansas City, MO. Mastered by Mike Nolte at Eureka Mastering. Artwork by Nika Winn. Kyle Rausch played drums on 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, and 9, sang on 9. Bill Pollock Played drums on 3 and 5. David Seume played bass on 5. Jerad Tomasino played synth on 9 and 10, sang on 9. Jenni Kornfeld played cello on 4. Leslie Butsch played sax on 10. More info at: http://www.fullbloods.com.]

Shy Boys – Talk Loud / Polyvinyl Record Co. / September 25, 2020
[3rd album from the KC band Shy Boys. New music follow up to the Dim The Light / Brick By Brick, singles released February 15, 2019. Shy Boys released their 2nd album and Polyvinyl debut, Bell House on August 3, 2018. Shy Boys line-up consists of brothers Collin Rausch and Kyle Rausch, Konnor Ervin, Kyle Little and Ross Brown. Kyle Rausch and Konnor Ervin were already band mates in the indie-pop band The ACBs and Collin had been playing for years in the Kansas City area in various bands including The Abracadabras, and The I’ms with brother Kyle. The three shared a love for 1960s era pop rock and soon started writing their own music. In 2014 they released the self-titled Shy Boys on High Dive Records.]

Koney – Koney / High Dive Records / October 9, 2020

[from Lucas Wetzel’s Pitch Feature: “To bring the songs to life, Konnor enlisted brothers Collin and Kyle Rausch, his roommates in their ramshackle West Plaza house/practice space and his bandmates in chamber pop group Shy Boys. Ross Brown (of Fullbloods) played synthesizer and helped run sound, and multi-instrumentalist Kyle Little contributed on guitar. Fritz Hutchison and Andrew Connor also contributed on several tracks. Recording engineer Mike Nolte flew in from Portland to run the controls at Westend Recordings, and the group set up camp in the studio over a long snowy weekend in 2015.” ]

11:16

  1. The ACBs – “Bottled Water”
    from: High Dive Spring Sampler / High Dive Records / April 17, 2013
    [Konnor Ervin on lead vocals, & guitar; Bryan McGuire on bass, Andrew Connor on guitar; Kyle Rausch on drums. Their songs have been featured on MTV’s The Inbetweeners, and Daytrotter.]

11:19 – Spinning Songs With Shy Boys

We’re spinning songs with Shy Boys who released their third album, Talk Loud, on September 25, 2020 on Polyvinyl Records. Shy Boys are brothers Collin Rausch & Kyle Rausch, Konnor Ervin, Kyle Little and Ross Brown. More info at http://www.shyboys.website

Collin Rausch, Kyle Rausch and Ross Brown thanks for being with us on WMM

One of the first bands Kyle and Collin Rausch were part of was, The Abracadabras. Collin and lead singer Joceyln Olivia (John) Nixon were the main songwriters of the band, and had been good friends in High School. The 5-piece KC band formed in the spring of 2007, with John Nixon on keyboards & vocals, Travis Mckenzie on lead guitar, Bobby (Wayne Hutcherson) Topaz on guitar & vocals, Collin Rausch on bass & vocals, and Kyle Rausch on drums & vocals. Joceyln Olivia (John) Nixon and Travis Mckenzie are currently in the the band The Creepy Jingles.

11:23

  1. The Abracadabras – “Give Me Your Name”
    from: Be Still, Be Cool / The Abracadabras / January 1, 2008
    [5-piece KC band formed in the spring of 2007, with Joceyln Olivia (John) Nixon on keyboards & vocals, Travis Mckenzie on lead guitar, Bobby (Wayne Hutcherson) Topaz on guitar & vocals, Collin Rausch on bass & vocals, and Kyle Rausch on drums & vocals. Richard Gintowt wrote about The Abracadabras for the October 9, 2008 edition of The Pitch: Be Still, Be Cool is …an avalanche of tunes inspired by alternative rock, Britpop, ’60s psychedelia, hippie folk, and swampy Southern blues. Regardless of what labels or managers get behind it (or not), Be Still, Be Cool sounds like a big-time record — not the annoying Fall Out Boy sort but rather the well-rounded Supergrass variety. Recorded with producer Mike Crawford at his upstart studio, The Impossible Box, the album showcases a breadth of recording techniques from one-take numbers to the sort of trickery that has informed albums since Sgt. Pepper’s. Each track is stacked with harmonies, guitar overdubs and vintage keyboards. “We threw the whole kitchen sink into it,” lead singer John Nixon says. “Mike added a lot of great X factors to tracks. He’d dial up perfect guitar and keyboard tones.” Nixon says the group intended to stack the front of the record with pop songs and then let it “slowly unveil itself as something else.” The song “Deep” is a mellow acoustic number in the vein of CSN&Y, while “Show Me the Sunrise, Callie Anne” summons the campfire country-rock of the Rolling Stones’ Sticky Fingers. Such detours complement infectious two-minute singles like “C’mon and Get It!” and “An Argument.” “We’re enthusiasts of the art of order and timing,” Collin Rausch says. “One of my favorite things to do is take classic rock records and rearrange them to see if I can make them better.” This Friday’s album-release party at the Riot Room should offer a sense of vindication after a long summer. The frustrating events unfolded in July, when a prospective label fell out of the loop and manager Harley Sears also exited the picture. Sears, who also worked with KC bands Lovers in Transit and the Rich Boys, relocated to New York City in May. He says the decision to part ways with the Abracadabras was “amicable and necessary” due to other commitments. “I enjoyed the time we spent together,” Sears says. “Their new album was a labor of love, and the end result was a true work of art.” However amicable the split was, the Abracadabras couldn’t help but feel a bit bummed. “We went from almost being signed and having a manager and possibly moving to nothing,” Rausch says. “No matter how hard you try to stay grounded, you get your hopes up.” Adds guitarist Bobby Topaz (real name: Wayne Hutcherson): “It was like the rug was pulled out from under us. There was a week where we all sitting around scratching our heads like, ‘What’s next?’” The events motivated the group to self-release Be Still, Be Cool. They began unveiling tracks on their MySpace page a couple of months ago, leading up to a free release of the album this week. Rather than invest in hard copies, the band is handing out cards with free download codes. They also plan to make the entire album available for download via MySpace. “I think in the long term it’ll be better to give it away,” Nixon says. “The point is that we’re not big, and we’re not making money now anyways, so we may as well try to get people to come to shows.” Nixon is also adamant about downsizing the group’s reputation for dressing up at shows, preferring to redirect the focus toward the music. “It became more of a thing to talk about what we were wearing than what we were doing,” he says. “[Making the record] was a long and frustrating journey, so we had to do things to entertain ourselves and the audience in the meantime. I think we all like making music more than putting on shiny jackets and making sure our hair is pretty. We like that, too, obviously”.]

11:26 – Underwriting

We’re spinning songs with Shy Boys who released their third album, Talk Loud, on September 25, 2020 on Polyvinyl Records. Shy Boys are brothers Collin Rausch & Kyle Rausch, Konnor Ervin, Kyle Little and Ross Brown. More info at http://www.shyboys.website

Collin Rausch, Kyle Rausch and Ross Brown thanks for being with us on WMM

Fullbloods is a studio project of songwriter and producer Ross Brown, dedicated to gently nudging the boundaries of pop music for the guitar/synth/bass/drums band arrangement. Live he is joined by his wonderfully talented friends, where the project takes on a separate but cohesive identity. Melodies and hooks are the core values of a Fullbloods song.

Full Bloods released Mild West on February 26, 2016 through High Dive Records. It was the second full length from Fullbloods: Ross Brown, Jared Tomasino, David Seume, & Bill Pollock. Recorded at Westend Studios in Kansas City, Kansas by Mike Nolte. Mixed by Fullbloods. Mastered by Mike Nolte at Eureka Mastering. (Starfucker, Of Montreal).

11:32

  1. Fullbloods – “Divvy Up”
    from: Soft and Virtual Touch / High Dive Records / April 3, 2020
    [3rd full-length album from, Fullbloods, a Kansas City based band. All songs written, performed, recorded, mixed by Ross Brown (℗© 2019 Bargain Hunt Music / ASCAP) in Kansas City, MO. Mastered by Mike Nolte at Eureka Mastering. Artwork by Nika Winn. Kyle Rausch played drums on 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, and 9, sang on 9. Bill Pollock Played drums on 3 and 5. David Seume played bass on 5. Jerad Tomasino played synth on 9 and 10, sang on 9. Jenni Kornfeld played cello on 4. Leslie Butsch played sax on 10. More information at: http://www.fullbloods.com.]

11:36 – Spinning Songs With Shy Boys

We are spinning songs with Shy Boys who released their third album, Talk Loud, on September 25, 2020 on Polyvinyl Records. Shy Boys are brothers Collin Rausch & Kyle Rausch, Konnor Ervin, Kyle Little and Ross Brown. More info at http://www.shyboys.website

Collin Rausch, Kyle Rausch and Ross Brown thanks for being with us on WMM

In an earlier visit on WMM, Collin and Kyle Rausch talked about how Mike Nolte, who is a friend of the band and has worked on their recordings shared the band’s debut album with cohorts at Polyvinyl. When the band was getting ready to make a new album, Polyvinyl came calling.

11:39

  1. Shy Boys – “Price Tag”
    from: Talk Loud / Polyvinyl Record Co. / September 25, 2020
    [3rd album from Shy Boys. Follow up to the Dim The Light / Brick By Brick, singles released Feb. 15, 2019. Shy Boys released their 2nd album and Polyvinyl debut, Bell House on August 3, 2018. Shy Boys line-up consists of brothers Collin Rausch & Kyle Rausch, Konnor Ervin, Kyle Little and Ross Brown. Kyle Rausch and Konnor Ervin were band mates in The ACBs. Collin had been playing for years in the KC area including The Abracadabras, and The I’ms with Kyle. The three shared a love for 1960s era pop rock and soon started writing their own music. In 2014 they released the self-titled Shy Boys on High Dive Records. The album received positive reviews and the single “Bully Fight” (originally released by The I’ms) was featured on Spin.com. In June 2014, the band recorded and released two more singles and one of them, “Life Is Peachy,” was featured on Stereogum. On April 4th, 2018, it was announced the band signed to Polyvinyl Record Co.]

11:42 – Spinning Songs With Shy Boys

We’re spinning songs with Shy Boys, who’ve released their 3rd album, Talk Loud, on Sept. 25, 2020 on Polyvinyl Records. Shy Boys are Collin Rausch & Kyle Rausch, Konnor Ervin, Kyle Little and Ross Brown.
Collin Rausch, Kyle Rausch and Ross Brown thanks for being with us on WMM

In the Shy Boys – ACBs – Fullbloods world, nicknames are plentiful. Collin Rausch is “Tooty”, Konnor Ervin is “Koney”, Mike Nolte is “Bush”, Andrew Connor is “Pumpy”, Ross Brown is “Russ”, Kyle Rausch is “Slappy”, Kyle Little is “Little Kyle”, Bryan McGuire is “Briney”, and Fritz Hutchinson is “Fritz”.

Konnor’s work on what might have been The ACBs fourth full-length album, got held up, but now five years later it is seeing the light of day under the name Koney, Konnor’s nickname from Shy Boy’s band mates.

From Lucas Wetzel’s Pitch Feature: “To bring the songs to life, Konnor enlisted brothers Collin and Kyle Rausch, his roommates in their ramshackle West Plaza house/practice space and his bandmates in chamber pop group Shy Boys. Ross Brown (of Fullbloods) played synthesizer and helped run sound, and multi-instrumentalist Kyle Little contributed on guitar. Fritz Hutchison and Andrew Connor also contributed on several tracks. Recording engineer Mike Nolte flew in from Portland to run the controls at Westend Recordings, and the group set up camp in the studio over a long snowy weekend in 2015.”

11:46

  1. Koney – “Sue 2”
    from: Koney / High Dive Records / October 9, 2020
    [Konnor Ervin is part of the Shy Boys who’ve released three full-length albums and multiple singles. Before Shy Boys, Konnor was the founder of the critically acclaimed band The ACBs who released their self titled debut album in 2007, followed by Stona Rosa in 2011, and Little Leaves in 2013. Konnor’s work on what might have been The ACBs fourth full-length album, got held up, but now five years later it’s seeing the light of day under the name Koney, Konnor’s nickname from Shy Boy’s band mates. From Lucas Wetzel’s Pitch Feature: “To bring the songs to life, Konnor enlisted brothers Collin and Kyle Rausch, his roommates in their ramshackle West Plaza house/practice space and his bandmates in chamber pop group Shy Boys. Ross Brown (of Fullbloods) played synthesizer and helped run sound, and multi-instrumentalist Kyle Little contributed on guitar. Fritz Hutchison and Andrew Connor also contributed on several tracks. Recording engineer Mike Nolte flew in from Portland to run the controls at Westend Recordings, and the group set up camp in the studio over a long snowy weekend.”]

10:50 – Spinning Songs With Shy Boys

We’re spinning songs with Shy Boys, who released their third album, Talk Loud, on September 25, 2020 on Polyvinyl Records. Shy Boys are brothers Collin Rausch & Kyle Rausch, Konnor Ervin, Kyle Little and Ross Brown. More info at http://www.shyboys.website

Collin Rausch, Kyle Rausch and Ross Brown thanks for being with us on WMM

11:55

  1. Shy Boys – “View From The Sky”
    from: Talk Loud / Polyvinyl Record Co. / September 25, 2020
    [3rd album from Shy Boys. Follow up to the Dim The Light / Brick By Brick, singles released Feb. 15, 2019. Shy Boys released their 2nd album and Polyvinyl debut, Bell House on August 3, 2018. Shy Boys line-up consists of brothers Collin Rausch & Kyle Rausch, Konnor Ervin, Kyle Little and Ross Brown. Kyle Rausch and Konnor Ervin were band mates in The ACBs. Collin had been playing for years in the KC area including The Abracadabras, and The I’ms with Kyle. The three shared a love for 1960s era pop rock and soon started writing their own music. In 2014 they released the self-titled Shy Boys on High Dive Records. The album received positive reviews and the single “Bully Fight” (originally released by The I’ms) was featured on Spin.com. In June 2014, the band recorded and released two more singles and one of them, “Life Is Peachy,” was featured on Stereogum. On April 4th, 2018, it was announced the band signed to Polyvinyl Record Co.]
  1. Noel Coward – “The Party’s Over Now”
    from: Noel Coward in New York / drg / 2003 [orig. 1957]

Next week on November 18 – We talk with James Andrews and Patrick Sprehe of Center Cut Records. We also talk with Grady Keller of Old Sound. And Shanté Clair and Tucker Slough of Shiny Jets join us live in our 90.1 FM Studios.

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

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

Daniel Gum photo by Quinn Hernandez
Shy Boys photo by Barrett Emke

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Black Lives Matter

Show #863

WMM Spins Songs with Shy Boys + Julia Othmer + Daniel Gum

Wednesday MidDay Medley
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning
90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio
TEN to NOON Wednesdays – Streaming at KKFI.org

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Spinning Songs with Shy Boys + Julia Othmer + Daniel Gum

Mark plays New & MidCoastal Releases from: Shy Boys, Krystle Warren & The Crew, Julia Othmer, Daniel Gum, Fullbloods, Koney, The ACBs, The Conquerors, Sylvan Esso, Angélique Kidjo & John Legend, and Jayda G.

Daniel Gum

At 10:15 Daniel Gum shares information about his new album “Thirteen” released on Manor Records on October 30, 2020. Daniel Gum is a Kansas City based singer-songwriter who has been releasing music since 2017 with EP’s I’m Not Dead and Moon. Daniel has played in Kansas City based groups Pillow and Chloe Jacobson over the last few years. Daniel has taken the last few years to focus on songwriting and producing his new record Thirteen that echoes the likes of Elliott Smith & Andy Shauf. Daniel has also contributing tracks to French Exit’s Black Lives Matter Compilation and Manor Records Keeps The Change Fundraiser Compilation. More info at: http://www.danielgum.bandcamp.com

Julia Othmer

At 10:30 Mark talks with singer songwriter Julia Othmer about her new album “Seeds” (Volume 1), to be released Friday, November 13, 2020. “Seeds contains 10 live songs selected from her 30-day Songs of September Project, where Julia performed a different live cover of her favorite songs and broadcast the performance throughout the streaming social media platforms to inspire people to register and vote on November 3. From those songs Julia’s fans democratically selected their favorite tracks to be released together on “Seeds.” Julia Othmer was born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1975. She studied at Columbia University in New York City. She has lived in Boston, Philadelphia, Colorado and currently lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband James T Lundie who recorded and produced the new record. Julia released her album “Sound,” on April 12, 2019 on Frikin’ Awesome Records. More information at: http://www.juliaothmer.com

Shy Boys

At 11:00 we devote our second hour to hanging out with Shy Boys who released their third album, Talk Loud, on September 25, 2020 on Polyvinyl Records. Shy Boys are brothers Collin Rausch & Kyle Rausch, Konnor Ervin, Kyle Little and Ross Brown. Kyle & Konnor had been band mates in The ACBs. Collin had been playing in various bands including The Abracadabras, and The I’ms with brother Kyle. The three shared a love for 1960s era pop rock and soon started writing their own music. In 2014 they released their self-titled Shy Boys on High Dive Records. Kyle Little and Ross Brown then joined the band and on April 4th, 2018, it was announced that the band had signed to Polyvinyl Record Company and released their 2nd album and Polyvinyl debut, Bell House on August 3, 2018. We’ll feature tracks from, Talk Loud and bands from the Shy Boys tree of music: The ACBs, Full Bloods, The Conquerors, and Koney. More info at http://www.shyboys.website

Daniel Gum photo by Quinn Hernandez
Shy Boys photo by Barrett Emke

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Show #863

WMM Playlist from Nov. 4, 2020

Wednesday MidDay Medley
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning
90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio
TEN to NOON Wednesdays – Streaming at KKFI.org

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Music for The Day After + Sondra Freeman & Apocalypse Meow 13 + Blanky + Chris Hudson & Julie Bennett Hume

  1. “It’s Showtime Folks”
    from: Orig. Motion Picture Soundtrack All That Jazz / Casablanca / Dec. 20, 1979
    [WMM theme]
  1. Shea Diamond – “I Am American”
    from: “I Am America” – Single / East West Records / April 23, 2020
    [ShaGasyia “Shea” Diamond was born March 17, 1978. She is a singer, songwriter, and transgender rights activist. Her music is chiefly soul and R&B, and includes elements of blues, rock, hip-hop and folk. Her songwriting has been described as “demonstrating a rare gift to portray raw, dynamic emotion in a way that moves the body as much as the spirit” Her influences include Whitney Houston and Tina Turner. Her debut extended play, Seen It All, was released on June 29, 2018. Diamond was born in Little Rock, Arkansas to a fourteen-year-old mother and was raised by relatives in Memphis, Tennessee before living most of her teenage years and adulthood in Flint, Michigan. She ran away from home at age fourteen and spent time in the foster care system before getting emancipated at seventeen. Growing up she felt immense pressure to act masculine, despite knowing early on that she identified as a woman. She was inspired to become a singer by Tina Turner and worked on her skills while directing her church choir, where she was often chastised for singing too high. At age 20 she robbed a convenience store at gunpoint to pay for gender affirmation surgery. Diamond was in and out of men’s correctional facilities in Michigan between 1999 and 2009. It was in prison that she wrote her song “I Am Her.” While incarcerated, Diamond faced discrimination specifically for her identity as a trans woman. She was kept in protective segregation and lost privileges often to keep her away from the male population. Humiliation, isolation, and misgendering were used as punishment. After watching a video of Diamond performing her song “I Am Her” a cappella at a Trans Lives Matter rally, pop songwriter Justin Tranter was so impressed by her “honesty” and raw vocal talent that he immediately got in contact with her and they began recording music together. Tranter went on to co-sign her to Asylum Records and executive produce and co-write her debut extended play Seen It All, through Asylum Records. Diamond covered “I’d Love to Change the World” by the English rock band Ten Years After for the 2017 television miniseries When We Rise. In December 2018 Diamond joined the Human Rights Campaign’s Equality Rocks campaign. In February 2019 she was nominated for the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Music Artist. In 2019 her song “American Pie” was endorsed by 2020 United States presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg. In June 2019 she was a headliner for the Washington, DC Capital Pride Concert. On June 7, 2019 Diamond released her single “Don’t Shoot”, a song described by Paper as containing, “a message against America’s ongoing gun violence epidemic while also being a reflection Diamond’s experience as a Black trans woman who has been incarcerated and systemically discriminated against”. Diamond’s hand appeared on the original cover of Sam Smith’s third studio album, back when it was known as To Die For. She also appears in the music video for their song “I’m Ready” with Demi Lovato. Diamond’s song “I Am America” provides the theme song for the HBO series EQUAL. The song was released as a single on April 23, 2020.]
  1. Phylshawn – “Change The World”
    from: Soul Heart / Nation of Love / September 25, 2020
    [Columbia, MO based Phylshawn Johnson is a singer, songwriter, drummer with the band Violet and the Undercurrents. She is also a teacher, producer, engineer, label manager for The Nation of Love Records. In 2009, Johnson started an independent label, The Nation of Love, as a way to give artists such as herself, Violet Vonder Haar, Ruth Acuff, and other songwriters a place to create freely and have the support of a musical community. With her partner Violet Vonder Haar, Phylshawn Johnson is also a cofounder of the band Violet and the Undercurrents who last year released the critically acclaimed album The Captain, on March 1, 2019. Phylshawn also previously release the EP Accross The tracks on August 9, 2014. ]
Calvin Arsenia
  1. Calvin Arsenia – “Scars and Stripes”
    from: ‘Scars and Stripes” – Single track / (Center Cut Records) / October 12, 2020 (Unreleased)
    [Born in Orlando, Florida, Calvin’s 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 KC 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 (regularly sold-out in Kansas City, currently catching fire on the West Coast with a diverse following across Europe), 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-6-inch harpist with a natural stage command and knack for gilding gold and painting lilies.’ Calvin’s 2018 national debut, Cantaloupe, September 15, 2018 on Center Cut Records, has been acclaimed for melding diverse textures into an alluring signature sound for the adventurous artist. On June 28, 2019 Calvin released Honeydew, an EP including a remix of three songs from Cantaloupe. On December 13, 2019 Calvin released his full length Christmas album “all is calm.” More info at http://www.calvinarsenia.com.]

[Calvin Arsenia plays the Raj Ma Hall, 2829 Eat 7th Street, KCMO, 64124, on Saturday, November 7, at 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM with Jolly Giant and Erin Keller Raj Ma Hall, is an outdoor Kansas City Institution for the Arts bringing you COVID sanctuary, Soul, and a little Funk. Raj Ma Hall is the studio and home of Roger Guibor-MacBride, local sculptor, artist, and community organizer. He presents his Raj Ma Hall CONCERT SERIES as an offering to the community in support of our local Kansas City artists and musicians and an intersection of COVID SAFE outdoor community fellowship and sanctuary. Seating is available in the outdoor setting of 2-tops, 4-tops, and 6-tops, all with a perfect view of the stage from your reserved “balcony box”. Bring your own food and drink and chairs and enjoy the music. $12.50 per person. Limited audience of 50 people. Temperature taken at admission. No touch service, built in Social Distancing with your own “balcony box”, wide and marked pathways, only small musical acts, bathroom attendants who sanitize bathroom after each use. MASK ON WHEN NOT SEATED, STAY BEHIND THE RAILINGS. Free street parking on both sides. Entrance through driveway gate. Your temperature will be taken. You will be escorted to your Balcony. If weather interferes, the show will be at 12:00-3:00 Sun. Oct. 11. All proceeds go to the musicians. ]

  1. Monta At Odds – “When Stars Grow Old”
    from: “When Stars Grow Old” / Kosmic City Records / October 19, 2020
    [Monta At Odds released their 4-song EP Zen Diagram earlier this year on May 1, 2020. “When Stars Grow Old.” is from the band’s forthcoming 7th full length album, Peak of Eternal Light, from The Record Machine. Dedric Moore describes the song , “it’s an android of a song, combining the human and the electronic into a sizzling new sonic creation. “When Stars Grow Old” is the sound of humanity visiting new worlds across the dark spaces of time, reconstructing the beat of music through memory and instinct. An ad hoc band plays to the sparkling, unfamiliar sky of a distant world. It’s the music of the future if formed from ghostly, discarded impressions of the past.” The band describes their music as: Mutant Disco, minimal synthwave, post-punk dance, Electronica, Indie, Space Rock, Ambient. Monta At Odds is a psychedelic, experimental indie/space rock/electronic collective based in KCK formed by brothers Dedric and Delaney Moore. Recently the band had added Mikal Shapriro and Teri Quinn and Lucas Behrens to the line up. Past supporting members: Alexander Thomas, Adam Davies, Zach Bozich, Aaron Osborne, Matthew Hayden, Mika Tanaya, Sterling Holman, Bree Plaster; Eric Bessenbacher, Ryan Shank, Jeremiah James, Samer Saba, Doug Hutchinson, Erin O’Neill, Sam Behrens, Sam Hughes, Tom Romero, Caleb Aldrich, John Aldrich. Monta At Odds released their 6th full length album Argentum Dreams on October 19, 2018. ]

[Monta At Odds play Lemonade Social Day 2 with The Republic Tigers, Pala Zolo, and Bad Alaskan on Friday, November 6, at 6:00 PM at Lemonade Park, 1628 Wyoming (NW corner of Wyoming & 17th St.), behind Voltaire. Lemonade Park is a limited capacity socially distanced outdoor venue created in partnership between recordBar, Voltaire, and Moxie Catering.]

  1. Daniel Gum – “Blue Light”
    from: Thirteen / Manor Records / October 30, 2020
    [Produced by Mike Crawford and Daniel Gum. All songs written, performed, and mixed by Daniel Gum. Engineered by Mike Crawford. Mastered by Mike Nolte at Eureka Mastering. Daniel Gum is a 23 year old singer-songwriter from Kansas City. Since the age of 12, he has spent the majority of his time writing and recording songs by himself in his room. His most recent project, Moon, on the other hand was recorded by someone else in another room while Daniel was by himself in yet another room. The Moon EP was released December 7, 2019. It was engineered by Mike Crawford and Daniel Gum and mixed by Daniel Gum with piano and accordion by Cole Crawford. Daniel Gun released his EP i’m not dead October 25, 2017, and his 10-song album Reorient on July 31, 2015, with all songs written, recorded and mixed by Daniel Gum who also performed all vocals guitars, drums, piano, bass. harmonica, and programming. The first single from Daniel Gum’s album, Thirteen “Ruin Your Life” was released on September 4, The second single, “In The Worst Ways” was released September 28, 2020. ] [On our July 22, 2020, WMM show we played Daniel Gum’s track, “Tired Saint” from French Exit Records – Black Lives Matter Compilation, released July 6, 2020. French Exit Records was launched two years ago as an independent music label in KCMO, founded by Brad Girard. French Exit Records has released albums for No Magic and Raymond,. BLM Compilation is 22 acts from the area, with all proceeds donated to One Struggle KC’s Liberation Fund, a Black-led coalition of KC activists seeking to connect the struggles of oppressed communities, locally & globally.]
  1. LK Ultra – “Pussy Hat”
    from: You’re Not Gonna Like This / LK Ultra / October 2, 2020
    [This track was originally released as a single on July 7, 2020 and now included n the band’s second 4-song EP release that was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Griffin Nelson. Lawrence, Kansas based 4-piece indigenous-fronted, queer music, straight from the birthplace of emo. Formed by Lily Pryor, Inez Robinson, Aoife Conway, and August Hyde. The band is now a 3-piece, Their debut EP “Demos for Bangal was released on March 19, 2019 and was mixed and recorded by Mitchell Hewlett in The Coop.]

10:28 – Underwriting

  1. The Multiverse – “Dark Descension”
    from: Songs Of Latter Days / The Multiverse / November 1, 2020
    [The Multiverse is Chris Hudson & Julie Bennett Hume have been playing and creating songs for decades in the KC – Lawrence area. Prolific songwriters with a love of poetry and prose, their music is an eclectic mix of folk, blues and country. For this recording of 13 songs Chris wrote 6 and Julie wrote 6 and they wrote one song together. They play on all songs together with help from the Kansas City acclaimed alternative string duo The Wires with Laurel Morgan parks on violin and Sascha Groschang on cello. Also contributing to the recording was Jason Beers. Chris Hudson also plays solo and with the bands “Gullywasher” and “The Bard Owls”. Julie Bennett Hume plays in the folk duo “The Stray Grays” with Leslie Giggler. Julie and Chris also perform in the group “Lost Cowgirl Revue”. More info at: http://www.themultiversekc.com]

10:35 – Interview with Chris Hudson and Julie Bennett Hume

Chris Hudson a Kansas City Native. He is a classical guitarist, guitarist, musician, composer, multi-instrumentalist, singer songwriter, teacher and visual artist. Chris Hudson is also a teacher through Kansas City Young Audiences. Chris also plays solo and with the bands “Gullywasher” and “The Bard Owls.” Chris was just names Musical Artis of the Month by The Heartland Song Network.

Julie Bennett Hume is a singer-songwriter from Stilwell, Kansas. She has plays bass, guitar, and banjo. Julie is a mom who also teaches German at a local high school and is the producer and host of the KKFI program “River City Chautauqua.” Julie plays in the folk duo “The Stray Grays” with Leslie Giggler. Julie and Chris also perform in the group “Lost Cowgirl Revue”.

Chris Hudson & Julie Bennett Hume have been playing and creating songs for decades in the KC – Lawrence area. Prolific songwriters with a love of poetry and prose, their music is an eclectic mix of folk, blues and country. Chris Hudson & Julie Bennett Hume join us to share music from their new musical project The Multiverse, and their new album, Songs Of Latter Days . More info at: http://www.themultiversekc.com

Chris Hudson & Julie Bennett Hume thanks for being with us on WMM.

Chris Hudson & Julie Bennett Hume have been playing and creating songs for decades in the KC – Lawrence area. Prolific songwriters with a love of poetry and prose, their music is an eclectic mix of folk, blues and country.

How did Chris and Julie meet and why did they form The Multiverse?

For the 13 songs on Songs Of Latter Days, Chris wrote six songs and Julie wrote sic songs and they wrote one song together: “Sahara Winds” .

They play on all songs together with help from the Kansas City acclaimed alternative string duo The Wires with Laurel Morgan parks on violin and Sascha Groschang on cello. Also contributing to the recording was Jason Beers.

We started the segment with the song “Dark Descension” a song that speaks poetically about a specific time and place. Both Chris and Julie are multi-talented, “Renaissance People” who are not only musicians, but also teachers, writers, organizers, and historians. “Songs of Latter Days” contain lyrics about The Holocaust, Nazi documentarian filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl, war, sanctuary cities, refugees. Calling this collection “Songs of Latter Days” makes us wonder is this their political album of 2020? Chris and Julie agree and talked about how many of these songs were recorded and put together during the Presidential impeachment. And while current times a an inspiration, Chris talks about growing up in Kansas City and watching the erosion of Unions during the Reagan administration and the loss of security for working people ever since. Chris and Julie both considered the “timeless” quality of each of these songs.

“Songs of Latter Days” was recorded at Weights and Measures with Duane Trower.

Julie Bennett Hume and Chris Hudson of The Multiverse on the Nov. 4, 2020 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley

10:45

  1. The Multiverse – “Sahara Winds”
    from: Songs Of Latter Days / The Multiverse / November 1, 2020
    [The Multiverse is Chris Hudson & Julie Bennett Hume have been playing and creating songs for decades in the KC – Lawrence area. Prolific songwriters with a love of poetry and prose, their music is an eclectic mix of folk, blues and country. For this recording of 13 songs Chris wrote 6 and Julie wrote 6 and they wrote one song together. They play on all songs together with help from the Kansas City acclaimed alternative string duo The Wires with Laurel Morgan parks on violin and Sascha Groschang on cello. Also contributing to the recording was Jason Beers. Chris Hudson also plays solo and with the bands “Gullywasher” and “The Bard Owls”. Julie Bennett Hume plays in the folk duo “The Stray Grays” with Leslie Giggler. Julie and Chris also perform in the group “Lost Cowgirl Revue”. More info at: http://www.themultiversekc.com]

10:47 – Interview with Chris Hudson and Julie Bennett Hume

Chris Hudson is a guitarist, artist, music teacher, singer-songwriter and band leader of Gullywasher and The Bard Owls. He’s been performing and creating music since the Mid 90’s. Chris attended the Conservatory of Music at UMKC in in the 90’s where he studied classical guitar. He has been teaching guitar and music for about the same amount of time. He currently works for Kansas City Young Audiences as a teaching artist there, heading up and running the Garage Band Classes for kids. Chris has recorded solo instrumental classical guitar original work. Gullywasher releases their second album, “Holding the Dawning,” in late 2020.

Chris Hudson welcome back to Wednesday MidDay Medley

Julie Bennett Hume is a singer-songwriter from Lee’s Summit, Missouri. She has been playing folk music for over 35 years in the Lawrence/Kansas City area. She has played bass, guitar, banjo and performed as a vocalist in numerous folk ensembles such as The Alferd Packer Memorial String Band, The Kansas City Cajun Band, The All Night Fiddlers, the Afro- Cuban ensemble Manos , The Euphoria String Band and Table for Three. She currently performs solo and with the duos The Stray Grays (with Leslie Giggler) aas well as the group Lost Cowgirl Revue, which recently toured Germany and the Netherlands. Julie also teaches German at a local high school and is the producer and host of the KKFI program “River City Chautauqua”. She is a board member of the “Heartland Song Network”. Her newest solo CD, Vinegar, was released in Nov of 2019.

Julie Bennett Hume welcome back to Wednesday MidDay Medley.

Julie Bennett Hume and Chris Hudson of The Multiverse on the Nov. 4, 2020 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley.

Chris Hudson & Julie Bennett Hume join us to share music from their new project The Multiverse, and their new album, Songs Of Latter Days. Info at: http://www.themultiversekc.com

DANCING WITH LENI VIDEO DEBUT – October 23 2020 – History is full of minor characters who played a larger role than anyone knew. The Multiverse’s debut single, Dancing with Leni introduces us to one such woman. Helene Bertha Amalie “Leni” Riefenstahl was a German film director, actress, photographer and Nazi sympathizer. A swimmer and an artist, she also became interested in dancing during her childhood, performing across Europe. The song, written by Julie, has a 1930’s German cabaret meets klezmer sensibility ironically sung. Leni documents Hitler’s dictatorial culture through photographs and film. In the video, made by Bill Hume, we see Leni dancing without a care as the Third Reich destroys Europe. The song and video compare what happened then to our current consitutional crisis and the influence of unreliable news sources to twist the truth and fan the flames of fascism.

Chris Hudson also plays solo and with the bands “Gullywasher” and “The Bard Owls”.

Chris Hudson’s band Gullywasher includes Sam Wright on banjo & vocals, Matt Cathlina on bass, and Mark Hamblin on trumpet.

http://www.gullywasher.com /// http://www.chrishudson.bandcamp.com
http://www.juliebennetthume.com /// http://www.thelostcowgirl,com

Julie Bennett Hume plays in the folk duo “The Stray Grays” with Leslie Giggler. Julie and Chris also perform in the group “Lost Cowgirl Revue”.

Julie Bennett Hume – Vinegar / Lost Cowgirl Records released November 1, 2019

Chris Hudson and Julie Bennett Hume welcome back to Wednesday MidDay Medley

Chris Hudson & Julie Bennett Hume are The Multiverse, and their new album, Songs Of Latter Days was just released. Info at: http://www.themultiversekc.com

11:56

  1. Julie Bennett Hume – “Vinegar Girl”
    from: Vinegar / Lost Cowgirl Records / November 1, 2019
    [Julie Bennett Hume is a singer-songwriter from Stilwell, Kansas. She has been playing folk music for over 35 years in the Lawrence/Kansas City area. She has played bass, guitar, banjo and sung in numerous folk ensembles such as The Alferd Packer Memorial String Band, The Kansas City Cajun Band, The All Night Fiddlers, the Afro- Cuban ensemble Manos , The Euphoria String Band and Table for Three. She currently performs solo and with the duos The Stray Grays (with Leslie Giggler), The Multiverse (with Chris Hudson), the string band Wolves a’ Howlin’ and the group Lost Cowgirl Revue, which recently toured Germany and the Netherlands. Julie also teaches German part-time at a local high school and is the producer and host of the KKFI program “River City Chautauqua”. Her newest CD, Vinegar, was released in November of 2019.]

11:00 – Station ID

  1. Blanky – “Rainbow To Kansas”
    from: No Summertime / Manor Records / October 9, 2020
    [Blanky embodies the languor left of a perfect day gone past. The always evolving musical project has thus far successfully mirrored the tumultuous transition of an agnostic adolescence to a freeing acceptance of life’s unapologetic inhumanity. The result is a dark happiness; simultaneously baffling and enticing. Incubated in a Black Mountain basement and left in the fields ’til full maturity. Blanky has settled in Lawrence, KS by way of Asheville, North Carolina. Southern origins and midwestern sentimentality are bound together in the timeless mindscape provoked by the broad assortment of compositions and styles performed and produced by the band. The ongoing experimentations of Blanky are a testament to their commitment to combining the culture of sharing and adaptation of 60’s folk and the do-it-yourself ethos of contemporary underground music. Blanky’s poignantly devitalized interpretations of rock’n’roll sound both new and familiar. The sense of desolation induced by their work is all so appropriate for an era marked by post-fact disenfranchisement. Recorded in 2019 at El Rancho Morbido in Black Mountain, NC, and Lakehouse Sudios in Asbury Park, NJ. Engineered by Nick Semanchik & Anthony Cunard. Mixed by Anthony Cunard and Kevin Drew. Anthony Cunard on guitar & vocals, Santo Rizzolo on drums, Joseph Makoviecki on bass, Edward Madill on pedal steel.]

11:04 – Interview with Anthony Cunard of Blanky

Max Smith and Anthony Cunard formed Blanky in North Carolina and have since relocated the band to Kansas City, Kansas and now Lawrence, Kansas. Blanky who’ve just released their second album, No Summertime, on October 9, on Manor Records and have added Maxfield Yoder on bass. The album was recorded at El Rancho Morbido in Black Mountain, NC, and Lakehouse Sudios in Asbury Park, NJ. More info at: http://www.blankytheband.com

Anthony Cunard, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Notes on “No Summertime” from Blanky’s Bandcamp page:

Blanky has settled in Lawrence, KS by way of Asheville, North Carolina. ‘Southern origins and midwestern sentimentality are bound together in the timeless mindscape provoked by the broad assortment of compositions and styles performed and produced by the band. “

The ongoing experimentations of Blanky are a testament to their commitment to combining the culture of sharing and adaptation of 60’s folk and the do-it-yourself ethos of contemporary underground music. Blanky’s poignantly devitalized interpretations of rock’n’roll sound both new and familiar. The sense of desolation induced by their work is all so appropriate for an era marked by post-fact disenfranchisement.

Recorded in 2019 at El Rancho Morbido in Black Mountain, NC, and Lakehouse Sudios in Asbury Park, NJ. Engineered by Nick Semanchik & Anthony Cunard. Mixed by Anthony Cunard and Kevin Drew. Anthony Cunard on guitar & vocals, Santo Rizzolo on drums, Joseph Makoviecki on bass, Edward Madill on pedal steel.

Notes from Blanky’s first album “Baby Blue, from 2018 on their Bandcamp page:

The members of Blanky would be like dogs to step on. Yeah, don’t worry, it’s just dogs. Disillusionment is running amok. Jobs we hate are being worked. But, love prevails. Or does it? Blanky would argue that it does. In fact, love might be their personal salvation. The scent of these two sad puppies is on the nose of resentment and a mutual love for creating is the one thing covering their tracks. After repeatedly being told that starting a band with your lover might be the worst possible thing you could attempt; an inevitable train wreck in the making, members Max Smith and Anthony Cunard did it anyways. The pair of underdogs, championing what others have deemed impossible, abandoned the so-called southern oasis of Asheville, NC to be somewhere a little less perfect. Suckers for lifestyles past and urban devitalization, they found no better a place to skip town to than Kansas City, Kansas. Yes, you read correctly, the Kansas side of Kansas City.

As current residents of the pretty-sounding Strawberry Hill neighborhood, Blanky have absolutely no friends, they live alone, and when you hear their music you’ll know that it’s true. The band’s sound combines elements of folk-rock, shoegaze and 90’s alternative, but the voices and lyrics of both Micala and Anthony are the obvious focal points. With vocals on display and melodies at the forefront, Baby Blue, the debut LP of the group offers bedroom pop songs, noise collages, and timeless, sparse duets about love. The pups are used to being alone but are not averse to an audience while they’re howling at the moon. Join them for a show in a city near you!

The band released their 10 song debut album Baby Blue on May 5, 2018. Baby Blue was also recorded by Blanky at The Morbid Ranch in Black Mountain, NC during September and October of 2017. All music and lyrics were written by Micala Smith and Anthony Cunard. With Max Smith on vocals/ Guitar/ Sax/ Organ, and Anthony Cunard on vocals/ Guitar/ Organ/ Drums. Album Artwork was made by Max Smith and Anthony Cunard

Anthony Cunard, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Blanky just released their second album, No Summertime, on October 9, on Manor Records. More info at: http://www.blankytheband.com

11:17

  1. Blanky – “I Never Thought I’d Be The One”
    from: No Summertime / Manor Records / October 9, 2020
    [Blanky embodies the languor left of a perfect day gone past. The always evolving musical project has thus far successfully mirrored the tumultuous transition of an agnostic adolescence to a freeing acceptance of life’s unapologetic inhumanity. The result is a dark happiness; simultaneously baffling and enticing. Incubated in a Black Mountain basement and left in the fields ’til full maturity. Blanky has settled in Lawrence, KS by way of Asheville, North Carolina. Southern origins and midwestern sentimentality are bound together in the timeless mindscape provoked by the broad assortment of compositions and styles performed and produced by the band. The ongoing experimentations of Blanky are a testament to their commitment to combining the culture of sharing and adaptation of 60’s folk and the do-it-yourself ethos of contemporary underground music. Blanky’s poignantly devitalized interpretations of rock’n’roll sound both new and familiar. The sense of desolation induced by their work is all so appropriate for an era marked by post-fact disenfranchisement. Recorded in 2019 at El Rancho Morbido in Black Mountain, NC, and Lakehouse Sudios in Asbury Park, NJ. Engineered by Nick Semanchik & Anthony Cunard. Mixed by Anthony Cunard and Kevin Drew. Anthony Cunard on guitar & vocals, Santo Rizzolo on drums, Joseph Makoviecki on bass, Edward Madill on pedal steel.]
  1. Jo MacKenzie – “Want You Want Me”
    from: let me give you what i wish i had. EP / Jo MacKenzie / October 3, 2020
    [One of several new singles from 16 year old, Kansas City based singer songwriter, Jo MacKenzie released this year now collected together in a 5 -song EP, written, performed and produced by Jo MacKenzie. Mixed by Harper James. Jo MacKenzie released her Debut EP Proud on November 17, 2018. Along with Proud, Jo Mackenzie released the single “Just Like Rain” on August 18, 2018; “I Should Come with a Warning Sign” on September 28, 2019; and “Alaska” on November 23, 2019 and the single “Suicide Season” on February 1, 2020, and the single “Lose My Face” on April 24, 2020. More info at http://www.jomackenzie.com]
  1. Making Movies – “Tired of Giving In (feat. Flor de Toloache)” from: “Tired of Giving In (feat. Flor de Toloache)” – Single / 3/2 Recordings / Oct. 23, 2020
    [New Single from KC based 4-piece band and made up of: Enrique Chi on guitar and lead vocals; Diego Chi on bass & vocals; Juan-Carlos Chaurand on percussion & keyboards; and on drums. The band draws their influences from the origins of their families: Santiago, Panama, and KC Missouri, and Guadalajara, Mexico. Making Movies released the single “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” on March 20, 2020

11:28 – Underwriting

  1. Alejandro Escovedo – “Fury and Fire”
    from: The Crossing / Yep Roc Records / September 14, 2019
    [Alejandro Escovedo was born January 10, 1951, in San Antonio, Texas. He is an American rock musician, songwriter, and singer, who has been recording and touring since the late 1970s. His primary instrument is the guitar. He has played in various rock genres, including punk rock, roots rock and alternative country, and is most closely associated with the music scene in Austin, Texas. He comes from a well-known family of musicians. // The son of Mexican immigrants to Texas, Escovedo is from a family that includes several professional musicians, including his brothers (and percussionists) Coke Escovedo and Pete Escovedo, and Sheila E. (Pete’s daughter and Alejandro’s niece). Alejandro’s brother Mario fronted the hard rock band the Dragons, and another brother, Javier, was in the punk rock band the Zeros. // Escovedo began performing in the first-wave punk rock group the Nuns, with Jennifer Miro and Jeff Olener, in San Francisco, California. After Escovedo’s departure, the Nuns recorded an album for Posh Boy Records but had little commercial success. // In the 1980s Escovedo moved to Austin, Texas, where he adopted a roots rock/alternative country style in the bands Rank and File (with Chip and Tony Kinman) and the True Believers (with his brother Javier, Jon Dee Graham and the bass player Denny DeGorio). His first solo albums, Gravity and Thirteen Years, were released in 1992 and 1994, respectively. // In 1997, Escovedo collaborated with Ryan Adams and the band Whiskeytown in recording sessions for their album Strangers Almanac. He sings on “Excuse Me While I Break My Own Heart Tonight”, “Dancing with the Women at the Bar”, and “Not Home Anymore”. As a salute to Escovedo, a cover of a True Believers song written by him is covered by Whiskeytown on the re-released Strangers Almanac (deluxe edition). // In 1998 No Depression magazine named him Artist of the Decade. Escovedo was also involved in a side project that represents his hard-rocking tastes. Buick MacKane released the album The Pawn Shop Years in 1997, hearkening back to his musical roots in the 1970s. // In 1999, Escovedo contributed to a tribute album to Skip Spence, a co-founder of Moby Grape, who was critically ill with cancer. The album, entitled More Oar: A Tribute to the Skip Spence Album, was intended to raise funds to address Spence’s medical bills. The title refers to Spence’s only solo album, Oar (Columbia, 1969). On More Oar, Escovedo contributes his version of Spence’s “Diana”. The critic Rob Brunner commented, “The best contributions come from artists who realize that Spence’s work is as much about atmosphere as words and chords. …Alejandro Escovedo offers an appropriately bleary ‘Diana’, Spence’s darkest song.” (Birdman Records, 1999), was produced by Bill Bentley, a Warner Bros. Records executive and Austin-referenced music producer. // In 2003, after having lived with hepatitis C for many years, Escovedo collapsed onstage in Arizona as a result of the disease. In his long road to recovery, he faced substantial medical bills, which, lacking medical insurance, he could not pay. Friends and admirers around the country organized benefit shows to help him. This effort grew into the album Por Vida: A Tribute to the Songs of Alejandro Escovedo, a two-disc set whose proceeds benefit the Alejandro Escovedo Medical and Living Expense Fund. Contributing musicians included Steve Earle, Jon Dee Graham, Lucinda Williams, John Cale, Jennifer Warnes, Ian Hunter, the Jayhawks, Bob Neuwirth, Son Volt, and Escovedo’s brothers Pete (with Pete’s daughter, Sheila E.), Javier, and Mario (as a member of the Dragons). // In 2005, it became known that Escovedo’s song “Castanets” was included on the iPod playlist of President George W. Bush. Upon learning this, Escovedo announced that he would not play the song again as long it was on Bush’s iPod or until he was out of office. After two “Castanets”-free years, as Bush was nearing the end of his term, Escovedo lifted the moratorium and began performing the song again. // Boxing Mirror came out on May 2, 2006 and included many of the songs he had promoted with the Alejandro Escovedo String Quintet, including Jon Dee Graham. Escovedo went on a short tour with the Quintet, which included a date at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall in early December 2006. // In April 2008, Escovedo changed managers, hiring managers Jon Landau and Barbara Carr. // Escovedo released Real Animal, produced by Tony Visconti, on June 24, 2008. All of the songs were co-written with Chuck Prophet. // In 2009, Escovedo was invited to contribute to a tribute album to the late Doug Sahm. He contributed his version of “Too Little Too Late” to Keep Your Soul: A Tribute to Doug Sahm (Vanguard Records). // In June 2010, Escovedo released Street Songs of Love, also produced by Visconti but released on a new label, featuring songs that were originally presented during “Sessions on South Congress” at the Continental Club in Austin, Texas with his band, The Sensitive Boys. After starting out writing about nothing in particular, the record “ended up being an album about love, the pursuit of a feeling that is forever elusive, mysterious, and addictive,” said Escovedo. A New York Times “critic’s choice” review of Street Songs of Love claimed that, “In another, less fragmented pop era, this would be the album of thoughtful but radio-ready love songs to finally get Mr. Escovedo the big national audience he deserves.”Pareles, Jon (July 4, 2010). New York Times. Nationally syndicated radio shows such as Little Steven Van Zandt’s Underground Garage gave prominent attention to Escovedo and his album, continuing to play the song “Silver Cloud” in particular well into the following year. // In 2014, Escovedo appeared in the movie and contributed to the soundtrack of the movie Veronica Mars, singing an acoustic version of “We Used to Be Friends”. Also that year, he co-produced and co-hosted the SXSW Tribute to Lou Reed with Richard Barone. In 2016 Escovedo mentored the singer-songwriter Jeremy Nail and produced Nail’s new record, “My Mountain”. // In October 2016, Escovedo released the album Burn Something Beautiful, which had been recorded in April of that year with the Minus Five, in Portland, Oregon. In January 2017, Escovedo did a short tour supporting the album, backed by Minus Five members Scott McCaughey, Kurt Bloch, Peter Buck, John Moen, and sometimes Kelly Hogan, all of whom had performed on the album. All songs on Burn Something Beautiful were written by Escovedo, McCaughey, and Buck.]

[Alejandro Escovedo plays Apocalypse Meow 13, Saturday, November 7, 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM. Apocalypse Meow is Midwest Music Foundation’s primary fundraiser for Abby’s Fund For Musicians’ Health Care, which provides area musicians with emergency health care grants. This year’s event features a virtual concert & online auction, with no live audience. The concert features live sets broadcast from recordBar and pre-recorded performances from: Alejandro Escovedo, Jon Dee Graham, Roman Numerals, Kadesh Flow, Brett Anderson of Ha Ha Tonka, Nathan Corsi Band, and HEELS, Plus special guest speakers! Access to the concert stream is free, but donations are encouraged. MMF will livestream from: Midwest Music Foundation Facebook, MMF YouTube, http://www.youtube.com/user/midwestmusicfound, 90.9 The Bridge Facebook, and recordBar Facebook. The online auction runs Nov. 1 thru Nov 28 at: http://www.32auctions.com/meow2020 More info at: http://www.midwestmusicfoundation.org]

11:32 – Interview with Sondra Freeman

Sondra Freeman is Director of Promotions and Artist Relations for Midwest Music Foundation, a nonprofit created to support music and musicians in Kansas City and the surrounding areas, founded in 2008 by a collective of musicians and music lovers. The Midwest Music Foundation (MMF) unites and empowers the greater Kansas City music community by providing programs and resources to area musicians through outreach, support, education, and health care opportunities. Sondra is instrumental in MMF’s annual events: Apocalypse Meow, MidCoast Takeover and the MidCoast Takeover fundraiser shows, as well as many other collaborative musical events and fundraisers.

Sondra Freeman joins us to share details about Apocalypse Meow 13, Saturday, November 7, 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM. Apocalypse Meow is Midwest Music Foundation’s primary fundraiser for Abby’s Fund For Musicians’ Health Care, which provides area musicians with emergency health care grants. This year’s event features a virtual concert & online auction, with no live audience. The concert features live sets broadcast from recordBar and pre-recorded performances from: Alejandro Escovedo, Jon Dee Graham, Roman Numerals, Kadesh Flow, Brett Anderson of Ha Ha Tonka, Nathan Corsi Band, and HEELS, Plus special guest speakers! Access to the concert stream is free, but donations are encouraged. MMF will livestream from: Midwest Music Foundation Facebook, MMF YouTube, http://www.youtube.com/user/midwestmusicfound, 90.9 The Bridge Facebook, and recordBar Facebook. The online auction runs Nov 1 thru Nov 28 at: http://www.32auctions.com/meow2020 More info at: http://www.midwestmusicfoundation.org

Sondra Freeman thanks for being with us again on WMM.

The Midwest Music Foundation is proud to present the 13th Annual Apocalypse Meow to benefit Abby’s Fund for Musicians’ Health Care.

Apocalypse Meow is the primary event for Abby’s Fund For Musicians’ Health Care — providing area musicians and industry workers with essential health care grants. The fund has given out more than $240,000 since its inception.

Abby’s Fund for Musicians’ Health Care was named for Abigail Henderson (1977-2013).

Death notice from St. Louis Post Dispatch: Abigail Hope Henderson the Kansas City vocalist who started a nonprofit organization to help musicians pay health-care costs, died on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 of cancer at her home. She was 35. For more than a decade, Abigail was the lead singer of several area bands: Trouble Junction, The Gaslights, Atlantic Fadeout, and Tiny Horse. In 2008 she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She had health insurance, but the cost of the treatments prompted her and her husband Christopher Meck, to start the Midwest Music Foundation which raised funds to help area musicians pau health care costs. “Medical bills can throw you into poverty in a week – in one day,” she said. “There’s nothing like standing in your kitchen opeing a j]hospital bill for $63,000.00 in one day and $47,000.00 the next. After a while you don’t want to open them anymore. Who can pay that?”

Midwest Music Foundation – http://www.midwestmusicfoundation.org

Concert features live sets broadcast from recordBar w/pre-recorded performances from:
Alejandro Escovedo + Jon Dee Graham + Roman Numerals + Kadesh Flow + Brett Anderson of Ha Ha Tonka + Nathan Corsi Band + HEELS + Plus special guest speakers!

Access to the concert stream is free, donations are encouraged. MMF will livestream from: Midwest Music Foundation Facebook, 90.9 The Bridge Facebook, and recordBar Facebook, MMF YouTube, http://www.youtube.com/user/midwestmusicfound,

11:40

  1. Roman Numerals – “My Life After Death Pt. II”
    from: Roman Numerals / Anodyne Records / 2007
    [Roman Numerals: Shawn Sherrill, Ryan Shank, Steve Tulipana and William Smith.]

[Roman Numerals play Apocalypse Meow 13, Saturday, November 7, 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM. Apocalypse Meow is Midwest Music Foundation’s primary fundraiser for Abby’s Fund For Musicians’ Health Care, which provides area musicians with emergency health care grants. This year’s event features a virtual concert & online auction, with no live audience. The concert features live sets broadcast from recordBar and pre-recorded performances from: Alejandro Escovedo, Jon Dee Graham, Roman Numerals, Kadesh Flow, Brett Anderson of Ha Ha Tonka, Nathan Corsi Band, and HEELS, Plus special guest speakers! Access to the concert stream is free, but donations are encouraged. MMF will livestream from: Midwest Music Foundation Facebook, MMF YouTube, 90.9 The Bridge Facebook, and recordBar Facebook. http://www.youtube.com/user/midwestmusicfound, The online auction runs Nov. 1 – Nov 28: http://www.32auctions.com/meow2020 More info at: http://www.midwestmusicfoundation.org]

11:42 – More Interview with Sondra Freeman

We are talking with Sondra Freeman about Midwest Music Foundation’s 13th Annual Apocalypse Meow to benefit Abby’s Fund for Musicians’ Health Care which provides area musicians with emergency health care grants. This year’s event features a virtual concert & online auction, with no live audience. The concert features live sets broadcast from recordBar and pre-recorded performances from: Alejandro Escovedo, Jon Dee Graham, Roman Numerals, Kadesh Flow, Brett Anderson of Ha Ha Tonka, Nathan Corsi Band, and HEELS, Plus special guest speakers!

Sondra Freeman thanks for being with us again on WMM.

Main Stage sponsored by Too Much Rock

Access to the concert stream is free, but donations are encouraged. MMF will livestream from: Midwest Music Foundation Facebook, MMF YouTube, http://www.youtube.com/user/midwestmusicfound, 90.9 The Bridge Facebook, and recordBar Facebook.

The online auction runs Nov 1 thru Nov 28 at: http://www.32auctions.com/meow2020 More info at: http://www.midwestmusicfoundation.org

Contact rhonda@midwestmusicfound.org for info or schedule an appt. for health services.

For more info and full list of sponsors visit: http://www.midwestmusicfoundation.org

Midwest Music Foundation Staff

Rhonda Lyne, Executive Director
Sondra Freeman, Director of Promotions and Artist Relations
Michelle Bacon, Editor
Canyon McClung, Production Specialist
Brenton Cook, Promotions Specialist
Christopher Tate, Technical Officer, Website Specialist
Scott Easterday, Website Administrator, Musician

Midwest Music Foundation Board
Chris Meck, Vice President, Musician and CM2 Audio
Ellen Sherman, Secretary, Chair of Marketing
Eric Barton, General Counsel
Dr. K. Allen Greiner, MD, MPH, Chair of Health + Wellness, University of KS Med Center
Erin Corriveau, MD, MPH, Public Health Officer, University of Kansas Medical Center
Bryant Miller, JD, Chair of Development
Camry Ivory, Musician
Amber Hulet, Volunteer Coordinator, Social Media

Apocalypse Meow is the primary event for Abby’s Fund For Musicians’ Health Care — providing area musicians and industry workers with essential health care grants. The fund has given out more than $240,000 since its inception.

Sondra Freeman thanks for being with us again on WMM.

13th Annual Apocalypse Meow to benefit Abby’s Fund for Musicians’ Health Care which provides area musicians with emergency health care grants. This year’s event features a virtual concert & online auction, with no live audience. The concert features live sets broadcast from recordBar and pre-recorded performances from: Alejandro Escovedo, Jon Dee Graham, Roman Numerals, Kadesh Flow, Brett Anderson of Ha Ha Tonka, Nathan Corsi Band, and HEELS, Plus special guest speakers! Access to the concert stream is free, but donations are encouraged. MMF will livestream from: Midwest Music Foundation Facebook, MMF YouTube, http://www.youtube.com/user/midwestmusicfound, 90.9 The Bridge Facebook, and recordBar Facebook. The online auction runs Nov 1 thru Nov 28 at: http://www.32auctions.com/meow2020 More info at: http://www.midwestmusicfoundation.org

11:53

  1. Jon Dee Graham – “Just Like That”
    from: Garage Sale! / Freedom Records / June 26, 2012
    [Jon Dee Graham is a musician, guitarist and songwriter from Austin, Texas. He was born February 28, 1959. Graham was named the Austin Musician of the Year during the South by Southwest (SXSW) music conference in 2006. He was inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame three times: as a solo artist in 2000, again in 2008 as a member of The Skunks, and again in 2009 as a member of the True Believers.]

[Jon Dee Graham plays Apocalypse Meow 13, Saturday, November 7, 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM. Apocalypse Meow is Midwest Music Foundation’s primary fundraiser for Abby’s Fund For Musicians’ Health Care, which provides area musicians with emergency health care grants. This year’s event features a virtual concert & online auction, with no live audience. The concert features live sets broadcast from recordBar and pre-recorded performances from: Alejandro Escovedo, Jon Dee Graham, Roman Numerals, Kadesh Flow, Brett Anderson of Ha Ha Tonka, Nathan Corsi Band, and HEELS, Plus special guest speakers! Access to the concert stream is free, but donations are encouraged. MMF will livestream from: Midwest Music Foundation Facebook, MMF YouTube, http://www.youtube.com/user/midwestmusicfound, 90.9 The Bridge Facebook, and recordBar Facebook. The online auction runs Nov. 1 thru Nov 28 at: http://www.32auctions.com/meow2020 More info at: http://www.midwestmusicfoundation.org]

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

Next week on November 11 – We talk with Daniel Gum about his new album “Thirteen” released on Manor Records on October 30, 2020. We also talk with singer songwriter Julia Othmer about her new album of live cover songs called “Seeds.” And we devote our entire second hour to hanging out wth members of the bans Shy Boys and play tracks fro their new album Talk Loud and from their affiliate bands Coney, Full Bloods, ACBs and more.

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

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

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Black Lives Matter

Show #862

WMM presents Sondra Freeman & Apocalypse Meow 13 + Blanky + Multiverse

Wednesday MidDay Medley
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning
90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio
TEN to NOON Wednesdays – Streaming at KKFI.org

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Music for The Day After + Sondra Freeman & Apocalypse Meow 13 + Blanky + Chris Hudson & Julie Bennett Hume

Mark plays New & MidCoastal Releases from: Phylshawn, Monta At Odds, LK Ultra, Making Movies, Daniel Gum, Calvin Arsenia, Blanky, Jo Mackenzie, Chris Hudson & Julie Bennett Hume, Roman Numerals, Alejandro Escovedo, Jon Dee Graham, and Shea Diamond.

Chris Hudson and Julie Bennett Hume of Multiverse.

At 10:30 Chris Hudson & Julie Bennett Hume join us to share music from their new musical project The Multiverse, and album, Songs Of Latter Days. Chris Hudson & Julie Bennett Hume have been playing and creating songs for decades in the KC – Lawrence area. Prolific songwriters with a love of poetry and prose, their music is an eclectic mix of folk, blues and country. Chris also plays solo and with the bands “Gullywasher” and “The Bard Owls”. Julie plays in the folk duo “The Stray Grays” with Leslie Giggler. Julie and Chris also perform in the group “Lost Cowgirl Revue”. More info at: http://www.themultiverse.com

Blanky

At 11:00 AM Mark talks with members of Blanky who’ve just released their second album, No Summertime, on October 9, on Manor Records. Max Smith and Anthony Cunard formed Blanky in North Carolina and have since relocated the band to Kansas City, Kansas. No Summertime now features Maxfield Yoder on bass. The album was recorded with Anthony Cunard on guitar & vocals, Santo Rizzolo on drums, Joseph Makoviecki on bass, and Edward Madill on pedal steel. No Summertime was recorded at El Rancho Morbido in Black Mountain, NC, and Lakehouse Sudios in Asbury Park, NJ. Engineered by Nick Semanchik & Anthony Cunard. Mixed by Anthony Cunard and Kevin Drew. More info at: http://www.blankytheband.com

At 11:30 Sondra Freeman shares details about Apocalypse Meow 13, Saturday, November 7, 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM. Apocalypse Meow is Midwest Music Foundation’s primary fundraiser for Abby’s Fund For Musicians’ Health Care, which provides area musicians with emergency health care grants. This year’s event features a virtual concert & online auction, with no live audience. The concert features live sets broadcast from recordBar and pre-recorded performances from: Alejandro Escovedo, Jon Dee Graham, Roman Numerals, Kadesh Flow, Brett Anderson of Ha Ha Tonka, Nathan Corsi Band, and HEELS, Plus special guest speakers! Access to the concert stream is free, but donations are encouraged. MMF will livestream from: Midwest Music Foundation Facebook, MMF YouTube, http://www.youtube.com/user/midwestmusicfound, 90.9 The Bridge Facebook, and recordBar Facebook. The online auction runs Nov 1 thru Nov 28 at: http://www.32auctions.com/meow2020 More info at: http://www.midwestmusicfoundation.org

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Show #862