WMM Playlist from June 22, 2022

Wednesday MidDay Medley
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Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Stephonne & Lawrence Pride + Monta At Odds

Roy Scheider as Bob Fosse in All That Jazz “It’s Showtime folks!”
  1. “Main Title Instrumental – It’s Showtime Folks”
    from: Orig. Motion Picture Soundtrack All That Jazz / Casablanca / December 20, 1979
    [WMM’s Adopted Theme Song]
Various Blonde
  1. Various Blonde – “Too Many Secrets”
    from: “Too Many Secrets” – Single / The Record Machine / June 9, 2022
    [Various Blonde. Kansas City based experimental, rock, pop, and funk band originally formed in 2008 and currently served by founder Joshua Allen on guitar, synthesizers, and vocals; and Mark Lomas on drums. The band has been described by Mills Record Company as, “Having all the sex appeal of The Weeknd and all the grit of Rage Against the Machine–the combination makes for a performance that is explosive.” On September 24, 2021 Various Blonde released their single, “Love is How We Will Survive”. On March 13, 2020 Various Blonde released a three song EP called 3s 2 through The Record Machine. On January 2020 Various Blonde released a three song EP called 3s 1 through The Record Machine. On September 16, 2016 Various Blonde released the 10-track album ALL BASES COVERED through The Record Machine. On January 13, 2015 Various Blonde release the 10-track album, SUMMER HIGH. More info at: http://www.variousblonde.com]

[Various Blonde play RecordBar, 1520 Grand, KCMO on Wednesday, July 27 at 7:00 with Blvck Hippie, Hall Johnson, and Supermoto presented by The Record Machine.]

Making Movies
  1. Making Movies – “XOPA”
    from: “XOPA / Cosmica Artists / June 17, 2022
    [Making Movies released the single “Calor” on March 11, 2022. Making Movies released the single “Sala De Los Pecadores” on April 13, 2022. Making Movies released the songle “Porcelina” on May 17, 2022, which features Tennis, singing in Spanish. All three singles are from the Making Movies album, XOPA and was recorded in Memphis, produced by Ben Yonas and mixed by Tchad Blake. Info at: http://www.makingmovies.world. Making Movies is a Kansas City 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 Duncan Burnett 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 5-song EP, EN VIVO (SIN APLAUSO) on February 4, 2022. Prior to that, Making Movies released the 6-track EP BORING BITS, on May 7, 2021, which includes their single “La Marcha.” On February 5, the band released a sneak peek of the new music they’ve been working on. The 7-song, La Cuarentena EP includes a brand new version of the first Making Movies song, “La Marcha” and the lullaby “Could You?” (both mixed by Jim Eno of Spoon and tracked at Memphis Magnetic studio), and the love ballad “Una Vida.” The EP was ranked #25 inWMM’s 120 Best Recordings of 2021. The EP also includes: covers of Talking Heads and Tears for Fears classics, plus bonus live acoustic tracks. This EP was made available on BandCamp for only three days on February 5 through February 7, 2021. Since then it has been made private, an is not available anywhere. Making Movies released their single “Could You” on January 12, 2021. About “Could You” lead singer Enrique Javier Chi wrote, “I was thinking about what to share for “Could You?” and I just go back to the fact that Memphis is a profound place… it is a place where you can feel what America truly is and where it comes from. I think you see and feel the reality that so much of this nation was built from exploiting people. You can see that our pop culture is driven by the Black community and yet that community is still the most oppressed in the nation. Things are still so messed up. // Memphis is the place where Elvis started singing black music with a country twang and where Martin Luther King Jr. was shot. It’s a beautiful place, it’s a charming place, it feels at times downtrodden and it’s a place that reminds me of home (both KC and Panamá in different ways. Our experiences going to Memphis gave us the context to create “Could You?” It was filmed originally for AMERI’KANA TV..” Making Movies released their critically acclaimed album ameri’kana through 3/2 Recordings on May 24, 2019. This was #1 on WMM’s 119 Best Recordings of 2019. Produced by Steve Berlin and Ben Yonas. The notes for this album read: “ameri’kana is a canary in a coal mine, the watchman at the tower. It is a desire to remember where we come from and assure that we better ourselves in every step along our journey. Every chapter is an example, a reason to not be silent and not accept corrupt leaders as something inevitable. ameri’kana is based on faith, faith that every person on this continent carries within themselves the ability to grow, to awaken their consciousness and merits of the same rights. We were accomplices to get ourselves to this point so we will have to be accomplices in the solutions.” This was the band’s follow up release to their critically acclaimed, I Am Another You, released May 26, 2017. The quartet has toured with Arcade Fire, Thievery Corporation, Cold War Kids, Los Lobos, Ozomatli, Tennis, Sergio Mendoza of Calexico, Rodrigo y Gabriela, and Hurray for the Riff Raff. Enrique Chi joined WMM on May 19, 2021. ]

[Making Movies are currently on tour: June 23 | @theparamountla | Los Angeles, CA. //
June 25 | @machacafestival | Monterrey, MX // June 28 | @foroindierocks | CDMX //
June 30 | @overtonparkshell | Memphis, TN]

Maria The Mexican
  1. Maria The Mexican – “Bottle of Wine”
    from: “Bottle of Wine” – Single / Independent / July 17, 2022
    [On March 11, 2016, Maria The Mexican released their album, South of The Border Moonlight. In 2013 Maria The Mexican released their debut full length, Moon Colored Jade. Influenced by traditional Mariachi music, Maria The Mexican is a hybrid of Mexican folklore and Rock. For over ten years, Teresa and Maria Elena Cuevas have performed with Marachi Estrella founded by their grandmother Teresa Cuevas in 1970. As one of the first all female mariachi bands in the country, Maria Teresa Alonzo Cuevas is a pioneer in the Hispanic musical community. Her band flourished in the 80s but was struck by tragedy when four of the seven members were killed in the Hyatt Skywalk collapse in 1981. Once Teresa recovered she began teaching her grandchildren Mariachi music. In 2000, Teresa and Maria began exploring other genres of music while simultaneously co-directing Mariachi Estrella. Today the fusion of Maria The Mexican is mixed with a touch of blues, soul, funk, and rock n’ roll enhanced by the musical knowledge and sounds of Garrett Nordstrom.]

[Maria The Mexican play The Aztec Shawnee Theatre, 11119 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, Kansas on Saturday, June 25, doors at 6:00 PM, Show at 7:00 PM]

Paige Hargrove
  1. Paige Hargrove – “Blooming Garden”
    from: The Name of The Game is Luck / Paige Hargrove / June 3, 2022
    [Paige Hargrove is a singer-songwriter from Chicago, who recently moved back after living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her music fits into the Americana/Singer-Songwriter genre. The Name Of The Game Is Luck was recorded at Cave Studios Pewaukee, WI. Produced by Kyle White, Zach Pietrini, and Paige Hargrove; Mixed by Kyle White; Mastered by Justin Perkins at Mystery Room. Instruments by Paige Hargrove, Kyle White, Zach Pietrini, Josh Miranda, and Evan Lane. Songwriters are: Paige Hargrove, Zach Pietrini (Amelia)

[Paige Hargrove plays VIVO, 7300 West 119th Street, Overland Park, Kansas on Friday, June 24, qt 8:00 PM with David luther and Tara Dente, presented by You Found Music]

[Paige Hargrove plays ULAH Live Sessions at 4707 Rainbow Blvd., Westwood, Ks, on Sat., June 25, at 6:00 PM. ULAH Live Sessions, is a monthly intimate in store concert presented by You Found Music.]

Jo Mackenzie
  1. Jo MacKenzie – “The Cab Ride”
    from: “The Cab Ride”– Single / Jordin MacKenzie / June 17, 2022
    [Just graduated from High School, Jo MacKenzie received a full ride scholarship to attend the University of Southern California. “The Cab Ride” was produced, and performed by Jo MacKenzie, mixed by Jo MacKenzie, written by Jordin MacKenzie, Scott Krippayne, and Bryan Reynolds. On May 27, 2022, 18 year old Jo Mackenzie (producer and songwriter) released the single “Radiator.” On March 11, 2022, Jo MacKenzie released the EP, TOURIST. Last year, Jo Mackenzie and 19 year old Dia Jane (singer/songwriter) released the EP, BRAINBABY on September 5, 2021. The two met at an open mic in Kansas City, Missouri, when Jo was in 8th grade and Dia was in 10th grade. Three years later, the two reconnected to started a musical project together that eventually turned into Baby and the Brain, a self-produced indie-pop band. In 2020 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 information at: http://www.jomackenzie.bandcamp.com or http://www.jomackenzie.com]
  1. GAV7D – “The Privilege (For Anne)”
    rom: Thanks For Everything SoloBassVideoGame / GAV7D / June 28, 2022
    [This is the 4th release in the GAV7D series. The debut, “Thanks For Everything” was released June 21, 2015. The double album, “Thanks For Everything – Cartoonoirjazz” was released June 1, 2016. Thanks For Everything Punkfunkpolka was released on May 31, 2019 and included Johnny Hamil on bass, Clarke Wyatt on keyboards, Mikal Shapiro on guitars & vocals, Kyle Dahlquist on accordions & theremins & vocals, Charles “Critter” Sims on drums, and Chad Meise on Hendrix inspired guitars. Written & arranged by Johnny Hamil. Johnny Hamil told us that the 5ht and final album in the series, GAV7D “Thanks for Everything – ExoticaMiddleasternFreeJazz,” to be released July 28, 2022. Johnny said that it “reminded me that the outside listener doesn’t hear the whole project like I do, or the concert goer does.” He added “I really feel like it’s my major work of my lifetime, but even better, it tells the story of the KaC music community, which I’m so proud of.” KC based musician, composer, and teacher Johnny Hamil plays in the band Pamper The Madman. Johnny Hamil also plays bass for Mikal Shapiro, and Julia Othmer, and can be heard on the recordings of many KC and Lawrence based artists including Stephonne Singelton. Johnny Hamil collaborates with jazz combos, theatre productions, and is also known for his work with The Malachy Papers. As a teacher of the bass, Johnny Hamil was recently featured on Queer Eye on Netflix. Johnny is a founding member of Mr. Marco’s V7, a band that has been reinvented with each new release, and changed and evolved with different line-ups. Known for experimental, instrumental music, Johnny told us that the music he composed for the band came to him in his dreams. In 2011 the bassist noticed something revolutionary for his creative process when his dream compositions included lyrics for the first time This set him on a new path to create GAV7D, which is not Mr. Marco’s V7 proper, but members from throughout the long history of the the band. The concept was to collaborate a vocal version of the compositions with friends and then have various lineups of the V7 family interpret the material in different ways, CartoonNoirJazz, PunkFunkPolka, and FreeeExoticaMiddleEastern. GAV7D premiered at the Folk Alliance International. Chad Meise is a master of sound and the studio and stage producing and engineering records for Mr. Marco’s V7, Hearts of Darkness, Expassionate, Rex Hobart, MIke Dillon, The Gaslights, Atlantic Fadeout, and The Country Duo.]

[Johnny Hamil is releasing his latest GAV7D SOLOBASSVIDEOGAME with a special Album Release Show on at RecordBar, 1520 Grand, KCMO on Tuesday June 28 as part of Johnny’a annual KCBassFest at recordBar (back for first time since pandemic). More info at: http://www.johnnyhamil.com]

[Johnny Hamil also plays the Amado Espinoza Quartet release their new album, Q’ansas CD, Friday, July 15, 2022 with a special show at recordBar. More info at: https://linktr.ee/AmadoEspinozaM%5D

[Johnny Hamil is releasing the final GAV7D album EXOTICAFREEJAZZMIDDLEEASTERN on July 28, 2022 with a special show at The Ship. More info at: http://www.johnnyhamil.com]

SEB
  1. SEB– “seaside demo”
    from: “seaside demo” – single / Mom + Pop / May 17, 2021
    [Last year this song went viral on Tik Tok and in just a few days, the song had over 400,000 spins on Spotify alone. The Los Angeles up-and-comer wrote, produced, and engineered the song all within the confines of his bedroom, independently releasing the song after perfecting its chill, carefree vibe.// Growing up in Chicago – after hopping between New York, Haiti, Oklahoma and Miami – SEB has come a long way from free-styling over beats ripped from YouTube with his middle school rap group. Returning to New York for college, he interned at the iconic Electric Lady Studios where brief brushes with artistic giants spurred SEB on to seriously consider his artist project and make the move to LA. // Firmly in his own lane, SEB is inspired by emotionally charged songwriters like Kurt Cobain and Joni Mitchell, and other boundary-breaking artists like Tyler the Creator, Kid Cudi and Grimes. In a recent interview with Spindle Magazine, SEB explained “the fact that I’m black makes it hard for people to just call my music pop.” Adding “the whole point of my artist’s existence, right now, is fighting for the idea that a single black artist, who can write and produce their own music, can stand right next to a Taylor Swift or Harry Styles.” // Since releasing debut single “Boys Don’t Cry” in 2020, SEB has been connecting with fans worldwide and garnering critical acclaim from tastemakers in the UK, US, Europe and beyond. His debut EP IT’S OKAY, WE’RE DREAMING released on July 30, 2021 with lead singles “Coney Island”, “THEY DON’T LIKE ME” and “seaside_demo” (80MM+ streams) as a bonus track. The EP explores some of SEB’s darkest truths as he questions how the past shapes who he is today – complete with an enthralling visual world inspired by cult movies Gummo and Donnie Darko. // SEB’s release at the end of 2021,“god of the sunsets”, serves as a formal introduction to the character SEB debuted in the lyrics of IT’S OKAY, WE’RE DREAMING (as hinted at in his recent “All Eyes On” feature for SPIN), lending further context to the world established on his last project and paving way for the new music to come. // While “god of the sunsets” bridged the divide, SEB’s first single of 2022 “fuck it, i’m the man” fully introduces the second persona in SEB’s three-act project. While SEB views IT’S OKAY, WE’RE DREAMING as Act I, the second act can be defined by “fuck it, i’m the man”’s roaring statements on confidence, family, and finding your own groove. Alternatively, Act II faces some of SEB’s challenges with toxic behaviors and self-doubt, introduced in his newest single “SAVE ME”. Both themes thread throughout SEB’s upcoming project, which is sure to make a splash in the Summer.]

10:31 – Underwriting

Stephonne
  1. Stephonne Singleton – “Cross My Heart (Sext M.F.) (Radio Edit)”
    from: “Cross My Heart (Sexy M.F.) (Radio Edit)” – Single / Stephonne / June 3, 2022
    [Co-produced by, Justin Mantooth, and recorded at Westend Recording Studios. Johnny Hamil on bass, and Adam McKee on drums. This single will be part of the EP SIS: Side B to be released Friday, June 24, 2022. Stephonne released the single, “Deja Vu” with Shilow and Regina Del Carmen on May 9, 2022. Stephonne released the single “The King’s Gambit” on July 28, 2021. Stephonne was part of the single, “Elephant Man (feat. Stephonne)” from Lee Walter Redding & Stephonne, released April 9, 2021. Stephonne released the single “Beautiful Life (Acoustic)” on January 15, 2021. Stephonne released SIS: Side A on August 7, 2020. The 4 song EP contained the song “Want Me” that was also made into a video featuring body painting on to Stephonne’s body from artist Ryan Wilks. Stephonne released his debut album, “Caged Bird Sings Songs About Red Beard.” The album was one of WMM’s 118 Best Recordings of 2018. Stephonne was born and raised in Wyandotte County, Kansas. Stephonne grew up in KCK. He has performed in multiple shows for Late Night Theatre. Stephonne told John Long of Camp Magazine “I was surrounded by records, and my parents always had music on.” ]

10:38 – Interview with Stephonne Singleton

Stephonne

Singer, songwriter, actor, model, artist – Stephonne Singleton is everywhere these days. Playing and organizing a Tribute to Sade at Lemonade Park, playing shows for Manor Records, Midwest Music Foundation, recordbar, Raj Ma Hall, The AIDS Service Foundation of KC, InterUrban ArtHouse, The Black Box, The Folly Theatre, collaborating with The Black Creatures, Calvin Arsenia, Miki P, Jass, Eboni Fondren, putting out EPs, and singles. Stephonne describes himself as the lovechild of Prince & Billie Holiday. He grew up in KCK and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Benedictine College, and Masters in Entertainment Business from Full Sail University. On

On Thursday, June 23, Stephonne plays LIVE! In The Lounge at The Folly Theatre 300 West 12th Street, KCMO Thursday, June 23, at 7:00 PM in partnership with 90.1 FM KKFI.

On Friday, June 24, Stephonne releases his new EP SIS: Side B Co-produced by, Justin Mantooth, and recorded at Westend Recording Studios

On Saturday Stephonne headlines Lawrence Pride, June 25, presented by I Heart Local Music. Marching in the Lawrence Pride Parade in Downtown followed by the huge PRIDE Party at 4:00 PM, at Abe & Jakes, 8 East 6th Street.

Stephonne Singleton, Thank you for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Lawrence Pride, is June 24 & 25, presented by I Heart Local Music. It starts Friday at 6:00 PM with an Art Fair at Vibe, 1014 Massachusetts, Continuing at 8:00 PM with music & drag from Cuee & Friends, VCMN, and Ms. Eda Bull & Rose Champagne at Lucia, 1016 Massachusetts. Friday’s closing event starts at 8:00 PM with a Ballroom at The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts courtesy of the KC ballroom community & Fatha Ambrosia.

On Saturday June 25 the Lawrence Pride Parade happens Downtown, followed by the huge PRIDE Party at 4:00 PM, at Abe & Jakes, 8 East 6th Street, featuring performances from: MsAmanda Love, Stephonne, Deja Brooks, Cuee, Novacayne DeMornay, Sasha May Carmichael, Raven Jade Von’Du, Candice Marie, Ms. Eda Bull, The Rose Champagne, Victor Shawn Von’Du, DJ Chance Romance, The Sass-A-Brass-Marching Band. This an ALL AGES event. More at: http://www.iheartlocalmusoc.com.

Stephonne’s 4-track EP, SIS: Side B, is out on June 24, 2022 through Glory Blue Music.

Stephonne’s band is called: The Gay Rodeo

Miki P on drums
Benjamin Hart (Byard) on lead guitar
Ahafia Jurkiewicz-Miles on keyboards
Spencer Thut on bass

(on SIS: Side B Johnny Hamil is on bass, and Adam McKee is on drums)

Stephonne and The Gay Rodeo hold band practice every week at Charlotte Street Foundation where Stephonne is in his second year of a residency.

The recent performances of Stephonne with The Gay Rodeo show a whole new sexier Stephonne wearing very little clothes wearing mostly women’s undergarments and erotic costuming. Stephonne credits his work in therapy during the pandemic that has helped him take control of his own sexuality

Stephonne’s latest publicity photos are taken by photographer John Brant.

Stephonne believes he is doing a better job of “receiving” in this part of his journey.

Stephonne Discography

“Cross My Heart (Sexy M.F.) (Radio Edit)” – Single / Stephonne / June 3, 2022
[Co-produced by, Justin Mantooth, and recorded at Westend Recording Studios. Johnny Hamil on bass, and Adam McKee on drums.

EP SIS: Side B to be released Friday, June 24, 2022.

Stephonne released the single, “Deja Vu” with Shilow, Regina Del Carmen on May 9, 2022.

Stephonne released the single “The King’s Gambit” on July 28, 2021.

Stephonne was part of the single, “Elephant Man (feat. Stephonne)” from Lee Walter Redding & Stephonne, released April 9, 2021.

Stephonne released the single “Beautiful Life (Acoustic)” on January 15, 2021.

Stephonne released SIS: Side A on August 7, 2020. The 4 song EP contained the song “Want Me” that was also made into a video featuring body painting on to Stephonne’s body from artist Ryan Wilks.

Stephonne released his debut album, “Caged Bird Sings Songs About Red Beard.”

On August 18, 2021 Stephonne joined us on WMM to talk about his single “The King’s Gambit.” Stephonne loves to push boundaries with his music by blending the genres of Alt-Rock & R&B /Soul. His influences, like Prince, Billie Holiday, The Alabama Shakes, are apparent in the foundation of his music and his single “The King’s Gambit”. Stephonne wrote this track about having strong feelings for a man, but due to the fear of rejection, was afraid to share these sentiments aloud. In this track, Stephonne compares the skill of flirtation to a game of chess.

On July 15, 2020 – Stephonne Singleton joined us on WMM to talk about his EP, SIS: Side A, released August 7, 2020, and the single “Deep,” released July 14, 2020. Stephonne co-produced this EP with Justin Mantooth who also engineered & mixed, at Westend Studios. Joining Stephonne was Johnny Hamil on bass, Ben Byard on guitar, & Adam McKee on drums.

Notes from Stephonne’s SIS: Side A EP

After 2018’s Caged Bird Sings Songs About Red Beard and the release of two singles, ‘Want Me’ and ‘Dominate’, on 2020 Stephonne released SIS: Side A EP. “With ‘Want Me’, I finally found a full confidence and strength in myself again. There were a lot of years that passed, where I really felt that I couldn’t do this independently. I stopped listening to the music and instead listened to rejection, doubt and a lot of self-sabotage.” After a 2018 New York showcase, Singleton laid in A friend’s Philadelphia bed and thought about what was next. He had taken a step he hadn’t before and it was that precise step that woke up a sleeping giant. “It all hit me at once! I got so much closer to my dream than ever before and a dream with steps and goals that I’d written down and prayed aloud for since I was 7.” ‘Want Me’ would spawn a very successful Kickstarter for its major music video and an EP that Stephonne had no idea he’d end up writing.

‘Want Me’ had been written before my debut was released but was just sitting and, honestly, after I decided I needed to go about this alone I remembered that I was broke,” laughs the singer-songwriter. From jobs in corporate America, local theatre and drag Stephonne put his money where his dreams were. After crowdfunding success, the songs just showed up and demanded attention. SIS, in the case of this EP, actually means Summoning Insatiable Spirits.

“That is what I do every time I write a song. The spirits are my emotions, thoughts, traumas, fears and joys.” On Side A and, an upcoming, B we find those spirits. “All of these songs came to me in an instant. They are really from some relationship that I have with the ether that I can’t explain. Whole songs in 10-15 minutes that I hear over and over until I get in with the band (Johnny Hamil, Ben Byard and Adam McKee) finish writing with everyone and then record them.”

Side A’s first single, ‘Deep’, came to Stephonne on a return to MCI from SEA. “There I was… crying on the plane like a big ass baby because of some dude I fell in love with and knew it wouldn’t work out with. The melody and lyrics hit me like a brick and after trying to hide my weeping face from the two passengers next to me, I went to that tiny bathroom and got everything on my phone.” Like ‘Want Me’, the pop gem would sit and scream at Stephonne until late 2019. The influence of 90’s and early 00’s radio rock reigns supreme on ‘Deep’ and we find Stephonne in his greatest melodic and lyrical territory yet. “I feel like you are always trying, unsuccessfully, to write a hit and with every single one of these songs there was no trying. I listened to life, wrote it down and got out of my own way.” Each song holds its ground without overproduction and a desperation for chart placement that holds back many industry hopefuls. What is delivered is sincere, raw but refined, pure and honest music that is accessible no matter your love of genre. With that being said, that this is a rock record is undeniable. “The frustrating thing for me about it, is that radio and audiences look at my skin color and automatically label everything as Hip-Hop and R&B. I’d say I did music as a kid and people would ask me if I was a rapper without even a second passing.. Music of every genre has BLACK origin and yet where are we on the radio? We continue to carry the industry on our backs and are still having to use the back door!”

The genre jumper doesn’t deny his R&B, Soul and Jazz influences on SIS. It’s quite the opposite. Rock and R&B collide with the sultry, silky and vocal grit of Stephonne. He is an artist who conjures up the spirits of Prince and Billie Holiday (his biggest influences) but that delivers something inimitable, visceral, strange and beautiful. Even on the sugary and hyper sexuality of ‘Sweet Tooth’ and the dark but hopeful beauty of ‘Middle Man’, there is a triumphant transcendence that was a staple of yesteryears Popular music. A time when saturation wasn’t heavy and when artist development was embraced over carbon copying. “I only have interest in being me. Sis, I’m Black, unapologetically Queer, and very sex positive. I’m at a point in my life where I embrace every single part and won’t spend energy on anything but self-love, my music and the things that I can help with to change this world for the better.” SIS: Side A reflects all of the above exclamations of Stephonne but it also puts him in position to step into the world’s radar and officially begins his legacy as one music’s greatest treasures. For more visit www.stephonne.com!

Stephonne slinks and slides into ears with ‘Want Me’. The dark and slickly polished track oozes of sex, confusion and tension. “Those things describe my coming of age as a black gay man. I’ve put my heart and mental health through a lot, trying to find love.” With Stephonne you find a painfully personal style of writing. Here, he delves into the point of view of an ex-lover. “I kept trying to make it work and the outcome was always the same. It was so confusing, that it haunted me. I was with a person who loved me but that didn’t want anything to do with love. I was just a body for sex and a cheerleader when he decided it was game on.” The song was his final straw and a way to make sense of what he’d been through. It also examines the hookup culture of apps like Grindr & Scruff. “The app culture feels like shopping at a butcher shop for meat. It’s a bunch of ghosts, most of the time, who appear and disappear as soon as they cum. Sex can be utility but I suddenly don’t exist after that?!” Being black, becoming fetishized and turned away from members of queer communities has been an often occurrence for the singer-songwriter.

The writing and production comes solely from the Kansas City native, with a huge helping hand from co-producer, Justin Mantooth. Recorded at Westend Recording Studios the track features Johnny Hamil on bass, Ben Byard on guitar and Adam McKee on drums. Singleton continues to defy genre, but instead of dipping his toe into his alternative rock roots he takes a deep dive in. Still marked by breathy vocals, buttery falsetto, gospel rasp and innate jazz sensibilities, the track & new music video lift Stephonne to new heights. 

The video transports us into the center of a horror movie. Surrounded by candles and ancient sigil work, Stephonne is painted in a nod to Grace Jones and Kieth Haring. Artist, Ryan Wilks makes Stephonne and the set a canvas, where he resurrects someone he probably shouldn’t. From a mere snap, we travel through a film noire that is equal parts Nosferatu, The Craft and an inescapable heat and sexuality that emit from both the songwriter and featured dancer, Courtney Germany. “I needed black girl magic in this video and what was most important to me was to have someone who could express every bit of agony and yearning in the song with their body.” Courtney is breathtaking. Choreographed by Ashley Personett of Empire Dance Academy and That’s Entertainment KC, Germany turns into a lovelorn golem who will do anything for the attention of its maker. “There is a magic that BIPOC hold within us that comes from a 24/7, 365 day struggle just to survive. On top of that, we also have to live, love and try to find time to heal. We are worthy of so much more than this world gives us.” In this way, Stephonne becomes a symbol for what’s not given and for what doesn’t wish to be given in the video.

The multi-layered and cinematic masterpiece was helmed and directed by Method Media. You may know them from the critically acclaimed and TIME magazine reviewed/featured videos by Kansas City natives, SSION (Inherit, At least The Sky is Blue and Comeback). Every detail is given the utmost attention by director and editor, Jordon Rioux. Every tone, shot and transition contains an edge and sophistication that only heightens this supernatural affair. The video production is an affair of its own. A Kansas City love affair that showcases the talents, locations (filmed at Heidi Van’s Black Box) and savvy of a slept on city that has recently gained new notoriety due to shows like Queer Eye. “We are a city full of so much treasure and promise! Every part of this video was responsible because of KC businesses, costume/jewelry makers, artists and more. I will always rep my city.”

Lee Walter Redding told me that he learned about Stephonne Singleton from listening to Wednesday MidDay Medley and hearing Stephonne for the first time. WMM bringing musical collaborations together since 2004. Lyrics and music by Lee Redding. Vocals and raw emotion on Elephant Man by Stephonne. Mixing and mastering by Justin Skinner. Lee Walter Redding writes: “Elephant Man” is inspired by young, black men diagnosed with schizophrenia and the issues they face dealing with stigma and difficulty fitting into a society that makes little room for those with severe mental health challenges. This is something that Stephonne felt deeply connected to and was gracious enough to put his full heart on display for the world to hear.

10:53

Stephonne

Stephonne Singleton, Thank you for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

On Thursday, June 23, Stephonne plays LIVE! In The Lounge at The Folly Theatre 300 West 12th Street, KCMO Thursday, June 23, at 7:00 PM in partnership with 90.1 FM KKFI.

On Friday, June 24, Stephonne releases his new EP SIS: Side B Co-produced by, Justin Mantooth, and recorded at Westend Recording Studios

On Saturday Stephonne headlines Lawrence Gay Pride, June 25, presented by I Heart Local Music. Marching in the Lawrence Pride Parade in Downtown followed by the huge PRIDE Party at 4:00 PM, at Abe & Jakes, 8 East 6th Street.

Stephonne will be back on WMM on July , 2022

Stephonne Singleton, Thank you for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

10:54

Cuee
  1. Cuee – “Boss Talk (feat. Kay V)” [Radio Edit]
    from: “Boss Talk (feat. Kay V)” – Single / Cuee / March 21, 2022
    [Lawrence based hip-hop artist Cuee is a rapper with a Master’s Degree. Cuee received his Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Kansas. Cuee is also a graduate of Artist Inc. Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Cuee has wowed audiences in Lawrence and KC with exciting live performances. On August 8, 2021 Cueereleased the single, “Silky (feat. Silky Ganache)”. On May 7, 2021 Cuee released the album GOSPEL which was #4 on WMM 120 Best Recordings of 2021. And since 2017 Cue has released two critically acclaimed albums, an EP, multiple singles. We last talked with Cuee on March 3, 2021 and on May 5, 2021 and before that, on August 12, 2020, when he released the single “Who’s Back.” and before that on May 29, 2019. Cuee released the single: “Gravity (Feat: Lindsey Alderman)” on April 29, 2021 and part of GOSPEL the album. In 2020 Cuee’ track, “Shook” landed on an official Spotify playlist dedicated to transgender, non-binary and gender-fluid musicians across the globe including Kim Petras and Lex Allen. Spotify sent out a note said, “Hey Cuee you hit a high note this month.” Cuee said he didn’t even know what that meant, and he looked up to discover he had over 24,000 listener during the month of June on Spotify. I was trying to figure out what happened. I did a little research, I logged onto my instagram account, I was starting to get a flood of followers. I was just tracing it back and I landed on a Spotify playlist, it was an editorial playlist so he couldn’t find out who put him on there. “Someone found me.” Cuee made three trips home to Chicago to record the record. For the new album GOSPEL Cuee explained that this term can have biblical connections but it also means ‘the truth.” The video for “Ain’t Going Back” takes place in a church, and is a declaration of freedom, and identity, while also paying respect. Cuee talked us about how the track was created in the studio and translating the song into a video that was shot in a church. Last time we talked with Cuee he shared his thoughts about ‘”Queerness in a church,” Cuee said, “you know, is very…different, I mean I wanted to bring that into that space, and freedom into that space, allow that space to be seen and heard by other people who traditionally wont take up that space.” Originally from Chicago, Illinois. 27 year old Lawrence based hip-hop artist emcee, and educator. Cuee has gained fans over the last six years in Lawrence and Kansas City for his critically acclaimed musical releases and live performances. Along with getting his Master’s Degree, Cuee has released around 30 different musical tracks, legally changed his name, and has transitioned physically and vocally. The song “Ain’t Going Back” features Cuee’s friend Joel Leoj who is originally from Florida, but after moving to Chicago, became friends with Cuee in school, and recently moved to Lawrence to make music and collaborate on recordings with Cuee. Cuee explained that they have known each other since high school, that they “started a Hip Hop culture club in our high school, to bring music, kinda having a place to chill after school, write music together as a community. That’s how we started.” “I moved out here to Kansas, to go to school, he stayed back in Miami, and then we kind of connected back, maybe about two years ago, and hit it off really strong. We decided we wanted to pursue this music thing together. We decided let’s just do this. So he said he was going to move to Lawrence. I didn’t believe him at first, until he showed up on my doorstep, and I was like, Wow, you are here, let’s do this.” Joel Leoj released the album, JOEY IN WONDERLAND on January 31, 2021. Cuee was our guest on WMM on March 3, 2021, and May 5, 2021. More info at: http://www.officialcuee.com]

[Cuee is releasing his EP, COMING OUT on June 24, 2022. More info at: http://www.cueemusic.com]

[Cuue plays Lawrence Gay Pride, presented by I Heart Local Music. Fri. June 24, 2022 at 6:00 PM at Lucia, 1016 Massachusetts St. with Cuee & Friends, VCMN, and Ms. Eda Bull & Rose Champagne.]

[Cuue plays the PRIDE Party at 4:00 PM, at Abe & Jakes, 8 East 6th Street, featuring performances from: MsAmanda Love, Stephonne, Deja Brooks, Cuee, Novacayne DeMornay, Sasha May Carmichael, Raven Jade Von’Du, Candice Marie, Ms. Eda Bull, The Rose Champagne, Victor Shawn Von’Du, DJ Chance Romance, The Sass-A-Brass-Marching Band. This an ALL AGES event.]

VCMN
  1. Vicman – “Need To Be”
    from: The VCMN Project / Vicman / November 12, 2021.
    [VCMN releases their debut album entitled “The VCMN Project” on Friday May 13, 2022. VCMN is an American singer-songwriter duo who’s artistry is shaped by way of edgy, alternative R&B, Pop, and Rock. More information at: http://www.vcmnofficial.com]

[VCMN plays Lawrence Gay Pride, presented by I Heart Local Music. Fri. June 24, 2022 at 6:00 PM at Lucia, 1016 Massachusetts St. with Cuee & Friends, VCMN, and Ms. Eda Bull & Rose Champagne.]

11:00 – Station ID

  1. Monta At Odds – “When Stars Grow Old (Single Mix)”
    from: Peaked – Alternative Takes and Remixes / The Record Machine / June 24, 2022
    [Peaked – Alternative Takes and Remixe contains songs from Peak of Eternal Light in their alternate lifeforms, with special covers, and remixes. “When Stars Grow Old.” was released as a single from the band’s 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. Monta at Odds is: Dedric Moore on synths, programming; Mikal Shapiro on vocals; Matthew Heinrich on drums; Lucas Behrens on baritone guitar; Krysztof Nemeth on baritone guitar; and Kenn Jankowski on synths.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.]

[Static Phantoms a musical side project of Dedric Moore and Krysztof Nemeth who open for Modern English at RecordBar onFriday, June 24.]

[On Friday, June 24, 2022 Monta At Odds releases, PEAKED – ALTERNATE TAKES AND REMIXES containing songs from PEAKED in their alternate lifeforms, with special covers, and remixes. ]

[Monta At Odds play an official vinyl release party on Saturday, June 25 at 7:00 PM, at RecordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd, with Jorge Arana Trio, The Moose, and the Royalettes Vinyl Club.]

More info at http://www.therecordmachine.co and http://www.montaatodds.bandcamp.com

Dedric Moore

11:03 – Interview with Dedric Moore

KCK based musician and producer Dedric Moore and his brother Delaney Moore are the founders of the prolific band Monta At Odds who last year released their critically acclaimed 7th full length album PEAK OF ETERNAL LIGHT, on July 23, 2021. PEAK OF ETERNAL LIGHT has just been released on vinyl and Monta At Odds play an official vinyl release party on Saturday, June 25 at 7:00 PM, at RecordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd, with Jorge Arana Trio, The Moose, and the Royalettes Vinyl Club. On Friday, June 24, 2022 Monta At Odds releases, PEAKED – ALTERNATE TAKES AND REMIXES containing songs from PEAKED in their alternate lifeforms, with special covers, and remixes. We’ll also play Static Phantoms a musical side project of Dedric Moore and Krysztof Nemeth who open for Modern English at RecordBar onFriday, June 24.

More info at http://www.therecordmachine.co and http://www.montaatodds.bandcamp.com

Dedric Moore, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Monta at Odds is: Dedric Moore on synths, programming; Mikal Shapiro on vocals; Matthew Heinrich on drums; Lucas Behrens on baritone guitar; Krysztof Nemeth on baritone guitar; and Kenn Jankowski on synths (who is currently on a summer hiatus).

Monta At Odds PEAK OF ETERNAL LIGHT was created by brothers Dedric Moore on pulsing melodic bass and Delaney Moore‘s artfully unhinged synthesizers in collaboration with acclaimed vocalists and songwriters Mikal Shapiro and Teri Quinn, Krystof Nemeth of Emmaline Twist on baritone guitar, Matthew Heinrich of Mysterious Clouds on drums, Kenn Jankowski of The Republic Tigers on synth, and Lucas Behrens on guitar and synth. The record contains Mikal and Teri’s otherworldly vocal contributions, with guest vocalist Your Friend on two tracks.

Monta At Odds continues to push their alternate reality into streamlined consciousness. Minimal rhythms set to maximum noise, shoegazed guitar signals, slo-mo psychedelic darkwave, endless dub echo, and extended-cut warped disco. Live musicians manipulating time and space via knob turning, cymbal cracking, and pedal pushing as they interlock into hypnotic moments of heavenly bliss that seem to hold forever, captivating the mind.

11:10

  1. Monta At Odds – “Hands Trace The Miles”
    from: “Hands Trace The Miles” – Single / The Record Machine / May 6, 2022
    [This single follows the bands recent single and cover of the New Order classic “The Perfect Kiss.” Both singles are part of a companion album called EAKED – ALTERNATE TAKES AND REMIXES to be released June 24, 2022. The album contains remixes and alternative versions of Monta AT Odds’ 2021 album, PEAK OF ETERNAL LIGHT. On the track the band is: Dedric Moore on synths & programming, Mikal Shapiro on vocals, Matthew Heinrich on drums, Lucas Behrens on baritone guitar, Krysztof Nemeth on baritone guitar, and Kenn Jankowski on synths.. // Monta At Odds released their 7th album PEAK OF ETERNAL LIGHT on July 23, 2021.. // Monta At Odds is a Kansas City combo led by the brothers Dedric and Delaney Moore. The two have played music together all their lives and have been exploring the Monta At Odds sound since the band’s debut in 2000. Dedric’s pulsing, melodic bass and Delaney’s artfully unhinged synthesizers frame the band’s central character, which is fleshed out by a talented cast of musicians and collaborators. The result is a heady sonic pool that has been inscrutably referred to as ‘Ummagumma meets Arthur Russell’s mutant disco at Vangelis’s house.’ // In 2020 the band added acclaimed vocalists, guitarists, and songwriters Mikal Shapiro and Teri Quinn to the lineup. With Mikal and Teri’s otherworldly vocal contributions, Monta At Odds continued to push their alternate reality into streamlined consciousness. With Lucas Behrens on guitar and synth and Matthew Heinrich on drums both rounds out the stellar lineup. The nad releaased a remix of their single “When I’m Gone” mixed by The Record Machine label mate Kenn Jankowski, lead singer, co-founder of The Republic Tigers. The remix featured Kenn’s voice singing with Teri’s voice. The collaboration led to Kenn joining Monta At Odds as a voclist and synth player. And when Kenn plays out as The Republic Tigers the members of Monta At Odds become The Republic Tigers.
  2. On December 18, 2020 Monta At Odds released A GREAT CONJUNCTION their 5-song EP released just in to coincide with the ‘double-planet’ convergence of Jupiter and Saturn on December 21 2020, which last occurred in 1226. These tunes form a soundtrack to the planetary event, five songs linked together by the vastness of space and as a meditation on our infinitesimal place in the universe. The EP featured Krystof Nemeth, Teri Quinn, Alexander Thomas, Dedric Moore and Matthew Heinrich. // In late 2020 Monta At Odds released the single “When Stars Grow Old.” // Monta At Odds released their 4-song EP Zen Diagram on May 1, 2020. The album was a more post-punk leaning follow-up to Argentum Dreams. Expect minimal rhythms set to maximum noise, shoegazed guitar signals, slo-mo psychedelic darkwave, endless dub echo, and extended-cut warped disco. Live musicians manipulating time and space via knob turning, cymbal cracking, and pedal pushing as they interlock into hypnotic moments of heavenly bliss that seem to hold forever, captivating the mind.]

[Static Phantoms a musical side project of Dedric Moore and Krysztof Nemeth who open for Modern English at RecordBar onFriday, June 24.]

[On Friday, June 24, 2022 Monta At Odds releases, PEAKED – ALTERNATE TAKES AND REMIXES containing songs from PEAKED in their alternate lifeforms, with special covers, and remixes. ]

[Monta At Odds play an official vinyl release party on Saturday, June 25 at 7:00 PM, at RecordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd, with Jorge Arana Trio, The Moose, and the Royalettes Vinyl Club.]

More info at http://www.therecordmachine.co and http://www.montaatodds.bandcamp.com

11:15 – Interview with Dedric Moore

KCK based musician and producer Dedric Moore and his brother Delaney Moore are the founders of the prolific band Monta At Odds who last year released their critically acclaimed 7th full length album PEAK OF ETERNAL LIGHT, on July 23, 2021. PEAK OF ETERNAL LIGHT has just been released on vinyl.

Static Phantoms a musical side project of Dedric Moore and Krysztof Nemeth who open for Modern English at RecordBar onFriday, June 24.

On Friday, June 24, 2022 Monta At Odds releases, PEAKED – ALTERNATE TAKES AND REMIXES containing songs from PEAKED in their alternate lifeforms, with special covers, and remixes.

Monta At Odds play a vinyl release party on Saturday, June 25 at 7:00 PM, at RecordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd, with Jorge Arana Trio, The Moose, and Royalettes Vinyl Club.

More info at http://www.therecordmachine.co and http://www.montaatodds.bandcamp.com

Dedric Moore, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Monta At Odds released their 6th full length album Argentum Dreams on Oct 19, 2018. In Argentum Dreams, Monta At Odds welcomed guest vocalist Your Friend (Taryn Blake Miller) to sing the lyrics for each of the albums songs. When the band played the official Argentum Dreams Album Release show on Saturday, December 1, 2018, at 8:00 PM, at recordBar, 1520 Grand Boulevard, (with SHANA FALANA [NYC}, MIKAL SHAPIRO & “The Musical” Band / with live video projections from VJDN8) Your friend was not available as she had relocated to NYC so MONTA AT ODDS invited Mikal Shapiro to perform the vocals in a special ‘One Performance Only’ show. That one performance only turned in multiple performances.

Then for Peak of Eternal Light, Teri Quinn joined the band too. Teri Quinn and Krysztof Nemeth had recorded music and performed together in the band Abandoned Bells. Teri’s spooky folk vocals worked perfectly with Monta At Odds space-aged-sounds.

Dedric Moore and Teri Quinn joined us on WMM on August 18, 2021 where Teri announced she would continue recording with the band but was was leaving the band for live performances.

The third single from Monta At Odds album, PEAK OF EYERNAL LIGHT (July 24, 2021) was “Other Side of Yesterday (feat. Your Friend),” released through The Record Machine on June 11, 2021. For this song, the Kansas City-based band once again collaborated with Taryn Blake Miller, AKA Domino Record Co. artist Your Friend.

This single followed Monta’s “When I’m Gone (Feat. Teri Quinn) (Republic Tigers Remix)” Republic Tigers lead singer Kenn Jankowski remixed the track, joining Teri Quinn on vocals. The two bands are label mates on The Record Machine. Monta At Odds has traced its adventure from its inception to vocalist Teri Quinn’s addition to their sleek, indie-Tronic cascade of the band’s latest recording. An electric drum punch and layers of buzzing synths anchor Quinn’s pleading words, depositing the fact that “we both know you’ll feel better when I’m gone.” It’s the hard choice of ending a relationship and hanging on for dear life.

Kenn Jankowski of The Republic Tigers wrote: My band The Republic Tigers released a new remix/reimagined song yesterday. It’s a Monta At Odds song featuring Teri Quinn. I got to sing on it with her.” Teri Quinn’s vocals soar, driven into the air by The Republic Tigers’ full sound explosion without betraying Monta At Odds’ cosmic vibe. Monta At Odds released the single, “When I’m Gone. (feat. Teri Quinn)” on March 5, 2021.The two bands are label mates on The Record Machine.

11:22

  1. Monta At Odds – “When I’m Gone (The Republic Tigers Remix)”
    from: When I’m Gone – Single / The Record Machine / May 14, 2021
    [Kenn Jankowski of The Republic Tigers wrote: My band The Republic Tigers released a new remix/reimagined song yesterday. It’s a Monta At Odds song featuring Teri Quinn. I got to sing on it with her.” Teri Quinn’s vocals soar, driven into the air by The Republic Tigers’ full sound explosion without betraying Monta At Odds’ cosmic vibe. The two bands are label mates on The Record Machine. Monta At Odds released their latest single, “When I’m Gone. (feat. Teri Quinn)” on March 5, 2021. Monta At Odds has traced its adventure from its inception to vocalist Teri Quinn’s addition to their sleek, indie-Tronic cascade of the band’s latest recording. An electric drum punch and layers of buzzing synths anchor Quinn’s pleading words, depositing the fact that “we both know you’ll feel better when I’m gone.” It’s the hard choice of ending a relationship and hanging on for dear life. // Monta At Odds is a Kansas City combo led by the brothers Dedric and Delaney Moore. The two have played music together all their lives and have been exploring the Monta At Odds sound since the band’s debut in 2000.]

[Static Phantoms a musical side project of Dedric Moore and Krysztof Nemeth who open for Modern English at RecordBar onFriday, June 24.]

[On Friday, June 24, 2022 Monta At Odds releases, PEAKED – ALTERNATE TAKES AND REMIXES containing songs from PEAKED in their alternate lifeforms, with special covers, and remixes. ]

[Monta At Odds play an official vinyl release party on Saturday, June 25 at 7:00 PM, at RecordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd, with Jorge Arana Trio, The Moose, and the Royalettes Vinyl Club.]

  1. The Republic Tigers – “Trust Fall”
    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. Kenn Jankowski joined us on WMM on June 3, 2020. More info at http://www.therecordmachine.co]
The Republic Tigers

11:29 – Underwriting

11:31 – Interview with Dedric Moore

We are talking with KCK based musician and producer about Monta At Odds critically acclaimed 7th full length album PEAK OF ETERNAL LIGHT, released on July 23, 2021, that has now, 13 months later, just been released on vinyl.

Static Phantoms a musical side project of Dedric Moore and Krysztof Nemeth who open for Modern English at RecordBar on Friday, June 24.

On Friday, June 24, 2022 Monta At Odds releases, PEAKED – ALTERNATE TAKES AND REMIXES containing songs from PEAKED in their alternate lifeforms, with special covers, and remixes.

Monta At Odds play avinyl release party on Saturday, June 25 at 7:00 PM, at RecordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd, with Jorge Arana Trio, The Moose, and Royalettes Vinyl Club.

Dedric Moore, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Dedric Moore is the founder : Monta At Odds, Mysterious Clouds, and Gemini Revolution.

In 2020 Monta At Odds released Zen Diagram EP on Kosmic City on May 1, 2020. Conceptual Kansas City art-rock combo Monta At Odds continue their experimentation in sound with an expanded line-up and a new EP, Zen Diagram. Led by Dedric Moore and fueled from 2020’s angst and uncertainty, the band adopts a darker, grittier direction that coincides with a post-punk indulgence. The result is an evocative four-song tableau, showcasing the veteran project’s drive to explore sonic territory as they lay down some mesmerizing jams. The title track opens the EP as a voyage into soundtrack dreams and sonic imagery. It’s a fully-packed production, featuring twin vocals from Mikal Shapiro and Teri Quinn, Krystof Nemeth of Emmaline Twist on epic baritone guitar, Lucas Behrens on Moog, and Delaney Moore on slide guitar. The song builds and builds over 10 minutes, introducing a bevy of interplaying elements and melodies. There’s a complexity that grooves. Monta At Odds embraces the grayer shades of these sessions with a faithful but otherworldly cover of “Movement of Fear,” the classic cut from Tones On Tail. Mikal leans into the vocals with gentle whispers as Lucas plucks the atmosphere. Meanwhile, Matthew Heinrich merges live drums with the programmed ones until he is one with the machines. The result is multi-textured and dubbed-out, exposing the bloodline of Monta’s aesthetic. “Two Lanes Two Paths” is frenetically powered by the jazzy drum drive of Alexander Thomas. Dedric’s relentless bassline, Delaney’s freeform synthesizer soloing, and Krystof’s expressive guitar tones conspire to form a congealed essence. It’s a spaced-out instrumental that could be from another time, floating defiantly into the present. Zen Diagram ends with “I Count The Steps To A New Sunrise.” The previous cut’s path takes us to a crest on a hill with a view of the damage below. The combo is locked-in, as skittering drums, cosmic synths, spacious noise guitars, and a pensive bass riff promise a way out. Dedric’s vocals are pure 2020, overcome with the zeitgeist of isolation and yearning to reach for something, anything. The diagram becomes a map, and this is how we find an escape.

Dedric is also the creator the annual Kansas City Psych Fest, launched in 2012. The idea grew out of the music he was creating with his Brother Delaney Moore at the HQ Artspace in KCK. The KC Psych Fest is now called Outer Reaches Fest and is produced in collaboration with Haymaker Records and recordBar. Dedric Moore has produced music for KC bands the Philistines, HMPH, and others. Dedric has released several monthly compilations from his music label Kosmic City. More information at: http://www.kosmiccity.com

Last year when Monta At Odds played a special Record Release Show for PEAK OF ETERNAL LIGHT at recordBar, 1520 Grand, KCMO, Friday, August 20, 2021 at 7:00 PM, the band welcomed Krystof Nementh’s band Emmaline Twist and also performed a very special New Order Tribute set.

11:38

  1. Monta At Odds – “The Perfect Kiss”
    from: “The Perfect Kiss” / The Record Machine / March 18, 2022
    [This cover of the New Order classic is part of the companion album called PEAKED – ALTERNATE TAKES AND REMIXES that has remixes and alternative versions of Monta AT Odds’ 2021 album, PEAK OF ETERNAL LIGHT. On the track the band is: Dedric Moore on synths & programming, Mikal Shapiro on vocals, Matthew Heinrich on drums, Lucas Behrens on baritone guitar, Krysztof Nemeth on baritone guitar, and Kenn Jankowski on synths. // The Perfect Kiss” is a song by the English band New Order. It was recorded at Britannia Row Studios in London and released on May 13, 1985. It was included on a studio album, Low-Life. // The song’s themes include love “We believe in a land of love” and death “the perfect kiss is the kiss of death”. The overall meaning of the song is unclear to its writer today. In an interview with GQ magazine Bernard Sumner said “I haven’t a clue what this is about.” He agreed with the interviewer that his best known lyric is in the song: “Pretending not to see his gun/I said, ‘Let’s go out and have some fun'”. The lyrics, he added, came about after the band was visiting a man’s house in the United States who showed his guns under his bed before they went out for an enjoyable night. It had been quickly written, recorded and mixed without sleep before the band went on tour in Australia. // The song’s complex arrangement includes a number of instruments and methods not normally used by New Order. For example, a bridge features frogs croaking melodically. The band reportedly included them because Morris loved the effect and was looking for any excuse to use it. At the end of the track, the faint bleating of a (synthesized) sheep can be heard. Sheep samples would reappear in later New Order singles “Fine Time” and “Ruined in a Day”. //Despite being a fan favorite, the song was not performed live between 1993 and 2006 due to the complexity of converting the programs from the E-mu Emulator to the new Roland synthesizer. However, it returned to the live set at a performance in Athens on June 3, 2006. // Monta At Odds released their 7th album PEAK OF ETERNAL LIGHT on July 23, 2021.. // Monta At Odds is a Kansas City combo led by the brothers Dedric and Delaney Moore. The two have played music together all their lives and have been exploring the Monta At Odds sound since the band’s debut in 2000. Dedric’s pulsing, melodic bass and Delaney’s artfully unhinged synthesizers frame the band’s central character, which is fleshed out by a talented cast of musicians and collaborators. The result is a heady sonic pool that has been inscrutably referred to as ‘Ummagumma meets Arthur Russell’s mutant disco at Vangelis’s house.’ // In 2020 the band added acclaimed vocalists, guitarists, and songwriters Mikal Shapiro and Teri Quinn to the lineup. With Mikal and Teri’s otherworldly vocal contributions, Monta At Odds continued to push their alternate reality into streamlined consciousness. With Lucas Behrens on guitar and synth and Matthew Heinrich on drums both rounds out the stellar lineup. The band released a remix of their single “When I’m Gone” mixed by The Record Machine label mate Kenn Jankowski, lead singer, co-founder of The Republic Tigers. The remix featured Kenn’s voice singing with Teri’s voice. The collaboration led to Kenn joining Monta At Odds as a vocalist and synth player. And when Kenn plays out as The Republic Tigers the members of Monta At Odds become The Republic Tigers. On December 18, 2020 Monta At Odds released A GREAT CONJUNCTION their 5-song EP released just in to coincide with the ‘double-planet’ convergence of Jupiter and Saturn on December 21 2020, which last occurred in 1226. These tunes form a soundtrack to the planetary event, five songs linked together by the vastness of space and as a meditation on our infinitesimal place in the universe. The EP featured Krystof Nemeth, Teri Quinn, Alexander Thomas, Dedric Moore and Matthew Heinrich. // In late 2020 Monta At Odds released the single “When Stars Grow Old.” // Monta At Odds released their 4-song EP Zen Diagram on May 1, 2020. The album was a more post-punk leaning follow-up to Argentum Dreams. Expect minimal rhythms set to maximum noise, shoegazed guitar signals, slo-mo psychedelic darkwave, endless dub echo, and extended-cut warped disco. Live musicians manipulating time and space via knob turning, cymbal cracking, and pedal pushing as they interlock into hypnotic moments of heavenly bliss that seem to hold forever, captivating the mind. / Info at: http://www.facebook.com/montaatodds%5D

[Static Phantoms a musical side project of Dedric Moore and Krysztof Nemeth who open for Modern English at RecordBar onFriday, June 24.]

[On Friday, June 24, 2022 Monta At Odds releases, PEAKED – ALTERNATE TAKES AND REMIXES containing songs from PEAKED in their alternate lifeforms, with special covers, and remixes. ]

[Monta At Odds play an official vinyl release party on Saturday, June 25 at 7:00 PM, at RecordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd, with Jorge Arana Trio, The Moose, and the Royalettes Vinyl Club.]

11:42 – Interview with Dedric Moore

We are talking with KCK based musician and producer Dedric Moore of the prolific band Monta At Odds who last year released their critically acclaimed 7th full length album PEAK OF ETERNAL LIGHT, on July 23, 2021. PEAK OF ETERNAL LIGHT has just been released on vinyl.

Static Phantoms a musical side project of Dedric Moore and Krysztof Nemeth who open for Modern English at RecordBar on Friday, June 24.

On Friday, June 24, 2022 Monta At Odds releases, PEAKED – ALTERNATE TAKES AND REMIXES containing songs from PEAKED in their alternate lifeforms, with special covers, and remixes.

Monta At Odds play avinyl release party on Saturday, June 25 at 7:00 PM, at RecordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd, with Jorge Arana Trio, The Moose, and Royalettes Vinyl Club.

Dedric Moore, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Earlier this year Monta At Odds will play this song at the Treefort Fest in Boise, Idaho on March 18, 2022.

11:45

New Obsessions is Jorge Arana
  1. New Obsessions – “Lies”
    from: “Lies” – Single / Haymaker Records / June 17, 2022
    [New Obsessions is basically a solo project for Jorge Arana who is the creative force and lead singer and lead guitarist for the Jorge Arana Trio. More info at: https://www.facebook.com/newobsessionsmusic / Jorge Arana Trio released Mammoth on Haymaker Records on September 23, 2016. Recorded in early 2016 by Justin Wilson at Sound 81 Productions. Jorge Arana Trio is: Jorge Arana, Josh Enyart, & Jason Nash. Formed in 2011. Mammoth is the 3rd album and 2nd full length release. Jorge Arana Trio played their first album release concert at recordBar, September 2 with 34 and Riala. The Jorge Arana Trio joined us live on WMM.]

[Monta At Odds play an official vinyl release party on Saturday, June 25 at 7:00 PM, at RecordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd, with Jorge Arana Trio, The Moose, and the Royalettes Vinyl Club.]

11:48 – Interview with Dedric Moore

We are talking with KCK based musician and producer Dedric Moore of the prolific band Monta At Odds who last year released their critically acclaimed 7th full length album PEAK OF ETERNAL LIGHT, on July 23, 2021. PEAK OF ETERNAL LIGHT has just been released on vinyl.

Static Phantoms a musical side project of Dedric Moore and Krysztof Nemeth who open for Modern English at RecordBar on Friday, June 24.

On Friday, June 24, 2022 Monta At Odds releases, PEAKED – ALTERNATE TAKES AND REMIXES containing songs from PEAKED in their alternate lifeforms, with special covers, and remixes.

Monta At Odds play avinyl release party on Saturday, June 25 at 7:00 PM, at RecordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd, with Jorge Arana Trio, The Moose, and Royalettes Vinyl Club.

Dedric Moore, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

11:54

Static Phantoms
  1. Static Phantoms – “Bathed in a Blue Light”
    from: “Bathed In a Blue Light” – Single / The Record Machine / February 22, 2022
    [We premiered this new track on February 2, 2022. The first single from upcoming album BATHED IN BLUE LIGHT. Their 2nd single “Ghostwalk was released March 18, 2022. Static Phantoms are: Dedric Moore on synths, drum programming, backing vocals, & production; and Krysztof Nemeth on baritone guitar, bass, synths, lead vocals. The Pandemic offered Dedric Moore and Krysztof Nemeth the opportunity to pass the time and get creative in the studio exploring the music and themes of New Wave music of the 1980s. Those who follow the bands: Monta at Odds, The Republic Tigers, Emmaline Twist), you know about the passion Dedric and Krystoff bring to their synths and guitars. As Static Phantoms, the duo is influenced by the 1080s trailblazing bands: The Glove, Tones on Tail, Tears For Fears, and Soft Cell.]

[Static Phantoms a musical side project of Dedric Moore and Krysztof Nemeth who open for Modern English at RecordBar onFriday, June 24.]

[On Friday, June 24, 2022 Monta At Odds releases, PEAKED – ALTERNATE TAKES AND REMIXES containing songs from PEAKED in their alternate lifeforms, with special covers, and remixes. ]

[Monta At Odds play an official vinyl release party on Saturday, June 25 at 7:00 PM, at RecordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd, with Jorge Arana Trio, The Moose, and the Royalettes Vinyl Club.]

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

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

Next week on Wednesday, June 29, we welcome back to the show Les Izmore and Jade Green of Arquesta Del SolSoul, plus we welcome Scott Hrabko who has a new double CD rlelease of 22 new songs called The Wonderful World of Scott Hrabko & The Rabbits, AND Kansas City powerhouse vocalist, Just Angel makes her WMM debut.

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Show #947

WMM presents Stephonne & Lawrence Pride + Monta At Odds

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, June 22, 2022

Stephonne & Lawrence Pride + Monta At Odds

Stephonne

Mark plays more New & Midcoastal Releases from: Making Movies, Stephonne, Monta At Odds, Various Blond, Cuee, Maria The Mexican, Jo Mackenzie, VCMN, Static Phantoms, GAV7D, The Republic Tigers, Paige Hargrove, and SEB

At 10:30 Stephonne talks about Lawrence Gay Pride, June 24 & 25, presented by I Heart Local Music. It starts Friday at 6:00 PM with an Art Fair at Vibe, 1014 Massachusetts, with music & drag from Cuee & Friends, VCMN, and Ms. Eda Bull & Rose Champagne at Lucia, 1016 Massachusetts. Friday’s closing event starts at 8:00 PM with a Ballroom at The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts courtesy of the KC ballroom community & Fatha Ambrosia. On Saturday June 25 the Lawrence Pride Parade happens Downtown followed by the huge PRIDE Party at 4:00 PM, at Abe & Jakes, 8 East 6th Street, featuring performances from: MsAmanda Love, Stephonne, Deja Brooks, Cuee, Novacayne DeMornay, Sasha May Carmichael, Raven Jade Von’Du, Candice Marie, Ms. Eda Bull, The Rose Champagne, Victor Shawn Von’Du, DJ Chance Romance, The Sass-A-Brass-Marching Band. This an ALL AGES event. More at: http://www.iheartlocalmusoc.com. Also, Stephonne is releasing the 4-track EP, SIS: Side B, on June 24, 2022 through Glory Blue Music. More information at: http://www.stephonne.com

Monta At Odds

At 11:00 Mark talks with members of the Kansas City super group, Monta At Odds. Their critically acclaimed album PEAK OF ETERNAL LIGHT has just been released on vinyl and Monta At Odds play an official vinyl release party on Saturday, June 25 at 7:00 PM, at RecordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd, with Jorge Arana Trio, The Moose, and the Royalettes Vinyl Club. On Friday, June 24, 2022 Monta At Odds releases, PEAKED – ALTERNATE TAKES AND REMIXES containing songs from PEAKED in their alternate lifeforms, with special covers, and remixes. Monta at Odds is: Dedric Moore on synths, programming; Mikal Shapiro on vocals; Matthew Heinrich on drums; Lucas Behrens on baritone guitar; Krysztof Nemeth on baritone guitar; and Kenn Jankowski on synths. We will also play Static Phantoms a musical side project of Dedric Moore and Krysztof Nemeth who open for Modern English at RecordBar onFriday, June 24. More info at http://www.therecordmachine.co and http://www.montaatodds.bandcamp.com

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Show #947

WMM Playlist from June 15, 2022

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, June 15, 2022

Luke Petet + Chris Haghirian & Boulevardia 2022

  1. “Main Title Instrumental – It’s Showtime Folks”
    from: Orig. Motion Picture Soundtrack All That Jazz / Casablanca / December 20, 1979
    [WMM’s Adopted Theme Song]
Various Blonde
  1. Various Blonde – “Love is How We Will Survive”
    from: “Love is How We Will Survive” – Single / The Record Machine / September 24, 2021
    [Various Blonde. Kansas City based experimental, rock, pop, and funk band originally formed in 2008 and currently served by founder Joshua Allen on guitar, synthesizers, and vocals; and Mark Lomas on drums. The band has been described by Mills Record Company as, “Having all the sex appeal of The Weeknd and all the grit of Rage Against the Machine–the combination makes for a performance that is explosive.” On June 9, 2022 Various Blonde released their latest single, “Too Many Secrets.” On March 13, 2020 Various Blonde released a three song EP called 3s 2 through The Record Machine. On January 2020 Various Blonde released a three song EP called 3s 1 through The Record Machine. On September 16, 2016 Various Blonde released the 10-track album ALL BASES COVERED through The Record Machine. On January 13, 2015 Various Blonde release the 10-track album, SUMMER HIGH. More info at: http://www.variousblonde.com]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10:33 – Underwriting

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

10:38 – Interview with Luke Petet

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

Luke Petet, thank you for being with us on WMM

Luke brought along his friend Cooper Dighton

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

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

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

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

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

10:46

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

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

Luke Petet, thank you for being with us on WMM

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

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

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

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

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

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

10:54

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

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

Luke Petet, thank you for being with us on WMM

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

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

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

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

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

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

11:00 – Station ID

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

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

Chris Haghirian

11:04 – Interview with Chris Haghirian

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

Chris Haghirian, thanks for being with us again on WMM

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

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

Boulevardia – Friday, June 17

TIMBERS – FRIDAY 4:40PM | P3 PARK STAGE

NUBLVCKCITY – FRIDAY 5:00PM | FOUNTAIN STAGE

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

TYLER GREGORY – FRIDAY 5:45PM | QUIRK STAGE

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

SAXSQUATCH – FRIDAY 6:15PM | FOUNTAIN STAGE

HEMBREE – FRIDAY 6:40PM | VISIT MISSOURI STAGE

NOAH SPENCER – FRIDAY 7:00PM | QUIRK STAGE

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

BLACKSTARKIDS – FRIDAY 7:30PM | FOUNTAIN STAGE

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

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

RADKEY – FRIDAY 8:45PM | FOUNTAIN STAGE

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

PARIS WILLIAMS- FRIDAY 9:30PM | QUIRK STAGE

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

THE PHANTASTICS – FRIDAY 10:00PM | FOUNTAIN STAGE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11:09

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

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

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

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

11:15 – Interview with Chris Haghirian

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

Chris Haghirian, thanks for being with us again on WMM

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

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

Boulevardia – Saturday, June 18

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

JACLYN BELL – SATURDAY 11:30AM | QUIRK STAGE

THE WHIPS – SATURDAY 12:00PM | FOUNTAIN STAGE

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

SEASHINE – SATURDAY 12:25PM | P3 PARK STAGE

JILLIAN RISCOE – SATURDAY 12:45PM | QUIRK STAGE

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

IVORY BLUE – SATURDAY 1:15PM | FOUNTAIN STAGE

MID – SATURDAY 1:45PM | P3 PARK STAGE

DISTANT COUSINS – SATURDAY 2:00PM | QUIRK STAGE

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

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

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

LILY DETAEYE – SATURDAY 3:15PM | QUIRK STAGE

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

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

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

KAT KING – SATURDAY 4:30PM | QUIRK STAGE

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

MAKING MOVIES – SATURDAY 5:00PM | FOUNTAIN STAGE

PURE XTC – SATURDAY 5:45PM | QUIRK STAGE

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

FROGPOND – SATURDAY 6:15PM | FOUNTAIN STAGE

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

MUSICBYSKIPPY – SATURDAY 7:00PM | QUIRK STAGE

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

SUMMER BREEZE – SATURDAY 7:30PM | FOUNTAIN STAGE

DAYGLOW – SATURDAY 8:05PM | VISIT MISSOURI STAGE

LAUREN SANDERSON – SATURDAY 8:45PM | FOUNTAIN STAGE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11:20

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

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

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

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

11:25 – Underwriting

11:26 – Interview with Chris Haghirian

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

Chris Haghirian, thanks for being with us again on WMM

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

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

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

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

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

11:31

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

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

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

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

11:39 – Interview with Chris Haghirian

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

Chris Haghirian, thanks for being with us again on WMM

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

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

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

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

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

11:44

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

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

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

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

11:51- Interview with Chris Haghirian

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

Chris Haghirian, thanks for being with us again on WMM

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

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

11:54

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

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

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

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

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Show #946

WMM surveys Boulevardia 2022 with Chris Haghirian + Luke Petet Plays Live!

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, June 15, 2022

Luke Petet + Chris Haghirian & Boulevardia 2022

Mark plays more New & Midcoastal Releases from: Various Blonde, Luke Petet, Flora From Kansas, Mensa Deathsquad, Kadesh Flow, Alisa Jefferson, Colebrood, Lee Walter Redding, Calvin Arsenia, Blackstarkids, Paris Williams, Pure XTC, Frogpond, MiD, and The Pharcyde, Jenny Lewis, Valerie June, and Dashboard Confessional.

Luke Petet

At 10:30 We will talk with Luke Petet who released the 10-track album, SEVENTH SPELL, on May 20, 2022. SEVENTH SPELL was recorded 2018-2022 in Kansas City, Denver, Boulder, Lawrence, Black, Rolla, and Springfield, in houses and basements and during the day and night and sometimes cars or in the woods on various tape or digital recorders assembled from the various tapes and fragments in 2022. Luke Petit was born in Blue Springs, Missouri but calls Kansas City his home. SEVENTH SPELL is his first big solo project. Luke also plays Pedal Steel for the Kansas City baed band, Hellfire Club. More info at: http://www.lukepetet.bandcamp.com

At 11:00 Mark talks with friend of the show, Chris Haghirian who joins us to share all of the details about Boulevardia 2022, on Friday, June 17, and Saturday, June 18, at Crown Center, 2396 Grand Boulevard, with 66 bands, on 5 stages, with 48 Brewing Companies from 19 States and 2 Countries, 29 Restaurants & Food Trucks, 46 merchants in the Makers Market, plus a Podcast Stage, a Legacy Skating Party, The Silent Disco, and various VIP Experiences. Chris Haghirian shares his passion for the KC music community as host of Eight One Sixty, heard Tuesday nights at 6:00 PM, on 90.9 The Bridge. Chris worked for The Kansas City Star for over 20 years and is a graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute. Chris organizes multiple concert series throughout the metro, and music stages for The Plaza Art Fair, The Innovation Fest, and with Nathan Reusch of The Record Machine, he co-created The Middle of The Map Fest. More info at http://www.boulevardia.com

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Show #946

WMM Playlist from June 8, 2022

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, June 8, 2022

WMM’s Favorite MidCoastal Releases of 2022 …So Far! + Marion Merritt + Betse Ellis + Julia Othmer

WMM plays from some of our Favorite MidCoastal Releases of 2022…So Far! We spin tracks from: The Creepy Jingles, Making Movies, Katy Guillen & The Drive, Kevin Morby, Ivory Blue, Jo Blaq with Wanda Jae, Fritz Hutchison, Jass, Claire Adams + Alyssa Murray, The Greeting Committee + Tune-Yards, Boxknife, JNabe with Sh3, Mac Sauce, The Phantastics, Major Matt Mason USA, Static Phantoms, musicbyskippy, and Julia Othmer.

  1. “Main Title Instrumental – It’s Showtime Folks”
    from: Orig. Motion Picture Soundtrack All That Jazz / Casablanca / December 20, 1979
    [WMM’s Adopted Theme Song]
  1. Major Matt Mason USA – “Stupid Feelings”
    from: “Stupid Feelings” – Single / Olive Juice Music / May 6, 2022
    [Matt Roth on guitar & vocals, Brian Hurtgen on drums, Dane Bridges on bass. Recorded and mixed by Paul Malinowski at Massive Audio (Shawnee, KS). Produced by Matt Roth and Paul Malinowski. copyright 2022 (Claws Beat Skin BMI) Matt writes, “This is a song about releasing yourself and others from judgment. It’s a celebration of the beautiful messes that we are and that strange peace you feel when you’re cleaning up after the party that trashed your house the night before.”Major Matt Mason USA previously released “Endless Summer” on Movember 18, 2020. Earlier on July 20, 2020 Major Matt Mason USA released the single “Victims Of The Storm.” Major Matt Mason USA is the performing name for musician, poet, and producer Matt Roth. Originally from Shawnee, Kansas, Matt cut his teeth playing guitar for local Lawrence, KS freak out and math rock bands Magic Nose and Dracomagnet in the early 1990s. // In 1994 Matt moved to New York City where he became active in the anti-folk and DIY music scene of New York’s East Village. Centering around the infamous Monday night, open mic, Antihoots at the Sidewalk Cafe, the scene was an early stomping ground for an array of artists including Beck, Regina Spektor, The Moldy Peaches, Langhorne Slim, John S. Hall (King Missile), Jeffrey Lewis, Shilpa Ray, Kimya Dawson, Diane Cluck, and many more. // In 1998 MMM released his debut solo album Me Me Me in the US. The album was licensed for the UK and Europe on Teenage Fanclub drummer Francis MacDonald’s label, Shoeshine Records. He would continue to release two more albums with Shoeshine: 2002’s Honey Are you Ready for the Ballet and 2004’s Bad People Rule The World. In 2005 Matt released a one-off project under the moniker of Kansas State Flower and in 2007 he returned as Major Matt Mason USA with the album Senile Pie Strive Pip Melancholy. // In 2001 he formed the band Schwervon! with Nan Turner. Schwervon! would go on to release five albums and a handful of singles, including a 7” on, Pavement member, Bob Nastanovich’s label Broker’s Tip Records. // During his time in New York, he established Olive Juice Music, a recording studio, independent record label, and online record distro headquartered in his apartment in the Lower East Side. Olive Juice Music would go on to host the OJ All Day Music Fest, for three years, as well as the OJ Distro, a hub for over three hundred independent releases in the early days of online mailorder. OJ Studios has produced recordings for many notable artists including: Kimya Dawson, Daniel Johnston, Jeffrey Louis, Adam Green (Moldy Peaches), Toby Goodshank, The Lovely Eggs, L.D. Beghtol (Magnetic Fields), Dan Fishback, Paleface, Phoebe Kreutz, Elastic No No Band and more. // In 2012 Matt moved back to Shawnee, Kansas and re-inserted himself into the Kansas City Music/ Poetry Scene. In 2015 he started a poetry blog entitled Beef Jerky Clouds and in 2017 formed a side project, Broken Heart Syndrome, featuring Pat Tomek of The Rainmakers on drums. // [Major Matt Mason USA continues to perform as a solo act and as a band. Through his combined projects he has shared the stage, opening, for luminaries such as Belle and Sebastian, Guided By Voices, Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth), The Vaselines, The Wedding Present, Daniel Johnston, Lucy Dacus and many more. // As of the fall of 2019 Major Matt Mason USA has been performing with Brian Hurtgen on drums and more recently Dane Bridges on Bass. More info at: http://www.majormattmasonusa.com]

[Matthew Roth (the man behind Major Matt Mason USA and Schwervon) will be spinning vinyl as the “House DJ” at miniBar, 3810 Broadway Rd. on Friday, June 10, and Friday, June 17, 7:00 to 9:00 PM AND he will be Guest Producer on WMM on July 20, 2022.]

  1. Jass – “Him”
    from: “Him” – Single / JASS / February 23, 2022,
    [Jass is Jasmine “Jass” Couch. Jass released At the Close of a Decade on November 26, 2022. It was part of WMM’s 121 Best Recordings of 2021. She wrote, “After years of writing and recording in voice memos .. I decided to grab my iPad and began recording something that I am very proud of. I named it, At the Close of A Decade, and released it in November 2019. With my iPhone/iPad, some apple headphones, I created this project. The amazing people around me told me it was worth it, even when I didn’t believe it myself. I convinced myself I would be the only one that liked my songs. If you decide to listen you’ll hear sound clips of shows and movies that made a difference in the way I saw the world, the way I saw myself, and the way I overcame my experiences. I remember asking my grandma and my son if I should release what I’ve been writing and they both said very simply to do it, so I’ve done it. I want to thank all of my wonderful friends who have been my soundboards during this process, all of the people that have asked me when it’s coming, the people that have kept me accountable, and believed that this time it was for real. My story is so very triumphant and beautiful because I have overcome experiences and shunned the fear I had to do what I love. It’s crazy how you can talk your way out of some amazing things and also how you can talk yourself into making some amazing things happen. If you partake, I hope you enjoy.” More info at: http://www.jassrcouch.com]

[Jass has been nominated for a Kansas City People Choice Awards in the Best Female Voice Category. The Ceremony is August 7, at 3:30 at The Midland, 1228 Main Street. KCMO.]

[Jass also plays the 2022 ESSENCE Festival of Culture, New Orleans July 1 through July 3, 2022]

10:07 – Intro Pledge Break #1

Marion Merritt of Records With Merritt, and Betse Ellis of Betse & Clarke join us as special Guest Co-Hosts to encourage our listeners to call 888-931-0901, or visit http://www.kkfi.org to support 90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio during our Spring Fund Drive Show.

Betse Ellis. Originally from Fayetteville, Arkansas, Betse received her Bachelors of Arts in Music and a Bachelors of Arts in English, from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. She has been playing the Violin for over 40 years, with over 20 years playing fiddle and also working as a teacher of music. Betse was a founding member of the acclaimed internationally known band, The Wilders. Betse has released two solo records, and records and performs with her husband, multi-instrumentalist Clarke Wyatt, as Betse & Clarke. In 2020 they released their latest 8-song release, WINTER, which was in the Top Ten of WMM’s 120 Best Recordings of 2020

Betse Ellis, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Marion Merritt is our most frequent contributor to WMM, She grew up in Los Angeles, and St. Louis. She went to college in Columbia, Missouri. She studied art and musical engineering, and is a avid lover of classic films and punk rock music. She saw Talking Heads on their first U.S. tour when they played One Block West in 1978. For 16 years she has been sharing her musical discoveries and information from her musically-encyclopedic brain on Wednesday MidDay Medley. With her partner Ann Stewart, Marion is the proprietor of Records With Merritt, a minority owned business at 1614 Westport Rd. in Kansas City, that features new vinyl releases, in-store performances,, and was once the location for a wedding. More information at: http://www.recordwithmerritt.com

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

90.1 FM KKFI Kansas City Community Radio is Non-Commercial, and that means that three times a year, we interrupt our regular programming, to ask our listeners, to help us continue our unique, 24-7 programming. For 33 years 90.1 FM KKFI has been on the air. While the spirit of this station is kept alive by hundreds of volunteers who passionately donate their time and abilities to keep the transmission of our 100,000-watt-signal alive. We are a operated by a not-for-profit organization, incorporated over 40 years ago, called The MidCoast Radio Project and we have hundreds of committed volunteers, who donate thousands of hours every year, producing radio shows, answering phones, creating websites, producing benefits, rewiring the board, setting up our computer system, we still need YOU, our listener, to take a moment and call 888-931-0901 and donate to keep us alive!

10:15

  1. Claire Adams – “If It Isn’t Right (feat. Rewound and Alyssa Murray) (Alyssa Murray Remix)”
    from: “If It Isn’t Right (Alyssa Murray Remix)” / Claire Adams / April 15, 2022
    [This features Rewound and Alyssa Murray. Our friend Claire Adams recently wrote to us saying, “Alyssa Murray made a super cool remix of one of the songs off the last album and I wanted to share it with you. The song is ‘If It Isn’t Right’ and also features the Rewound string trio and an arrangement by Peter Lawless. Alyssa really made it her own and gave it a whole new spin, she’s amazing!” Here are the full credits: Vocals: Claire Adams, Alyssa Murray, Fritz Hutchison. Synths and Beats: Alyssa Murray. Cello: Ezgi Karakus. Viola: Alyssa Bell. Violin: Carmen Dieker. String Arrangement: Peter Lawless. Mixed and Mastered by Duane Trower at Weights + Measures Soundlab. Cover Art by Cassie Allen. ‘If It Isn’t Right’ written by Claire Adams. This song was originally on Claire’s acclaimed album YOU KNOW I KNOW YOU originally released April 24, 2020. The album was lost in the COVID 19 of 2020. The album was properly given a “release show” and put out on CD in 2021. 10 songs all written by Claire Adams. Recorded at The Blue House in Kansas City, MO. Additional tracking at MARZ Studios in Nederland, TX. Mixed & mastered at Weights + Measures Soundlab in KCMO. Written by Claire Adams, with Claire Adams on guitars, bass, and vocals; Alyssa Murray on keyboards & vocals; and Fritz Hutchison on drums & vocals. Claire also released: Words of Love on Feb. 5, 2021 – Recorded and Produced by Claire Adams at Casa 34 in Guadalajara, Jalisco. Mixed and Mastered by Duane Trower at Weights + Measures in Kansas City, MO. Cover Photo by Hugo Parasol. ‘So This Is Love’ written by Mack David, Al Hoffman, and Jerry Livingston. ‘Pocketful Of Rainbows’ written by Ben Weisman, ‘Till There Was You’ written by Meredith Wilson. “Words of Love” written by Claire Adams. ‘Calico Skies’ written by Paul McCartney. Claire also released the EP Moras under the moniker, Mismo Sismo (same earthquake) on July 21, 2021. Claire Adams wrote and recorded this EP at home during the first months of the COVID-19 quarantine. The three songs are meant to be played all together but also stand alone. Mismo Sismo is a collaboration with photographer Hugo Parasol. Claire played guitar on True Lions album THE FEMPIRE STRIKES BACK. In 2020 Clairplayed with the band Ondist for their three full length albums, No Coincidence on June 12, and Electricity on Aug. 14, and Mise en Place on Nov. 13, 2020 with songs recorded at Weights & Measures with Duane Trower with Sam Platt on drums, Eddie Moore on keyboards, DeAndre Manning on bass, Jamie Anderson on guitar, Claire Adams on vocals, and Jillian Riscoe on vocals. Claire also participated in Katy Guillen and The Girls Reunion shows in summer of 2021. Claire Adams on WMM on April 7, 2021. Info at: https://claireadams.bandcamp.com%5D
  1. The Greeting Committee & Tune Yards-“How Long?(Tune-Yards Remix)”
    from: “How Long? (Tune-Yards Remix)” – Single / Harvest Records / March 25, 2021
    [Happiness is…When one of your favorite bands, of all-time, remixes a single by one of your favorite bands from Kansas City…The Greeting Committee’s new single “How Long?” Tune-Yards remix will appear on the trio’s forthcoming deluxe edition of ‘Dandelion’ to be released this Friday, June 10. 2022. Accompanying the remix is a tantalizing animated visual, created by the Singapore-based art director/illustrator Kezia Gabriella. Known for her vibrant imagery that abounds with abstract shapes and unusual characters, Gabriella previously co-directed the video for “Float Away,” another track from Dandelion. Formed in KC in 2014 with Addie Sartino, Brandon Yangmi, & Pierce Turcotte, with Austin Fraser on the road. On September 24, 2021). The Greeting Committee released theit EP, DANDELION (one of WMM’s 120 Best recordings of 2021. is a follow up to their Oct. 17, 2019 EP, I’m Afraid I’m Not Angry, and their October 26, 2018, full length vinyl release “This Is It.” The band has previously released the EP “Meeting People is Easy” in 2017, and “It’s Not All That Bad” in 2015.The Greeting Committee released their single “Ada” on August 27, 2021, through Harvest Records / UMG Recordings. “Ada” is a queer narrative inspired by lived experience of a dear friend. Addie wrote, “i knew this wasn’t my story to tell, but instead the story of someone i fiercely admire. to our garden, you are loved. you are loved.” You can listen to “Ada” at: thegcband.lnk.to/ada. The trio is currently in the midst of their headlining Dandelion tour, which concludes with a hometown show at KC’s Uptown Theater on April 9. More info at: http://www.thegcband.com]

[The Greeting Committee play The Innovation Festival August 6, at 7:00 PM, 2022, at Crown Center 2450 Grand BLVD, KCMO, 64108]

Katy Guillen & The Drive photo by Morgan Jones
  1. Katy Guillen & The Drive – “Set In Stone”
    from: “Set In Stone” – Single / Katy Guillen / May 24, 2022
    [Produced by Kevin Ratterman (My Morning Jacket, Heartless Bastards, Ray LaMontagne) at Invisible Creature Studio in Los Angeles, “Set In Stone” is brimming with vibrant textures, fuzzy electric guitars, and warm vocals.“Set In Stone” marks the beginning of a major life transition for Katy Guillen (pronounced Ghee-En). Written shortly after her longtime band announced their final show, she was struggling to find the next step in her career and personal life, while longing for a past sense of stability. “The song’s vigorous structure and deliberate rhythms convey that feeling of defeat and darkness, but with a sense of resolution and surrender through the guitar solo – a favorite moment on the record for me,” explains Katy. “While it started on shaky ground, coming out on the other side meant starting over and building something new.”It is a taste of what’s to come on their full-length debut album ANOTHER ONE GAINED (due August 19, 2022), a memoir of growth and reawakening by way of heart-wrenching transition and change – loss of her long-time band, end of a romantic relationship and finding herself amidst it all. “Set In Stone” premiered earlier this week on Guitar Girl Magazine. Katy Guillen & The Drive – Katy Guillen (drums) and Stephanie William (drums) – dropped their first EP, Dream Girl, right before the 2020 lockdown, leaving them without opportunities to perform live. In their basement rehearsal space, they spent the year learning home recording and pre-production techniques, gradually crafting a collection of songs from the ground up. The following April, they took the demos to producer/engineer Kevin Ratterman (My Morning Jacket, Heartless Bastards, Ray LaMontagne) at Invisible Creature Studio in Los Angeles. From their work with Ratterman emerged a batch of 15 songs. At the end of 2021, the band released the four-track Battles EP, offering listeners a darker, more simmering edge to their impelling indie-rock sound. Ten more would comprise Another One Gained, the full-length debut due August 19, 2022. Previously Katy Guillen & The Drive released BATTLES EP on December 17, 2021, Recorded at Invisible Creature Studio in Los Angeles, CA. Engineered and mixed by Kevin Ratterman. Produced by Kevin Ratterman, Katy Guillen, and Stephanie Williams. Mastered by Shelley Anderson at Black Lab Mastering in Louisville, KY. All songs written by Katy Guillen and Stephanie Williams. Katy Guillen on vocals, guitar, bass, & keyboarda. Stephanie Williams on drums & percussion. Additional keys and programming by Kevin Ratterman. Album design and photography by Morgan Jones. This is a follow up to Katy Guillen & The Drive’s 7-song EP DREAM GIRL, released March 20, 2020. Katy Guillen & The Drive, is a project dedicated to Guillen’s songwriting that is founded on the creative spark and chemistry between Katy Guillen & Stephanie Williams. With Guillen on guitar & vocals and Williams on drums, the two sculpt a sound that recalls bands like Led Zeppelin, The Bangles, and Band of Skulls. In 2012, Guillen & Williams formed Katy Guillen and The Girls, and began to build a foundation of touring and recording that carried them through six years and produced three full-length albums: Katy Guillen & the Girls, Heavy Days, and Remember What You Knew Before. Between 2012 and 2018, they traveled the United States extensively, performed at the International Montreal Jazz Festival, toured Sweden, and supported major acts like The Doobie Brothers, Robin Trower, and Heartless Bastards. In these 6 years playing together, Guillen & Williams created a dynamic, sound informed by Guillen’s mesmerizing, emotive guitar style and poignant arrangements, and an equally captivating live show that showcased Williams’ technical, melodic style, resulting in a powerful on-stage chemistry. In addition to the compelling synergy formed by years of playing together, the two developed a method of working together on Guillen’s songs that only deepened their artistic connection, propelling them to forge a path to a new plateau in their music. KG & The Drive push ahead with a melodic, heavy, and soulful sound while maintaining the edge of the artist’s rock ‘n’ roll and blues roots. Katy Guillen joined us on WMM on March 18, 2020. More info at: http://www.katyguillenmusic.com]

Katy Guillen & The Drive U.S. TOUR DATES
JUN 10 @ LAWRENCE, KS @ The Bottleneck
JUN 24 / APPLETON, WI @ Fox River House
JUNE 25 / MILWAUKEE, WI @ TBA
JUL 7 / JACKSON, MS @ Duling Hall
JUL 8 / BATON ROUGE, LA @ Manship Theatre
JUL 15 / GRAND ISLAND, NE @ Hear Grand Island
JUL 16 / SIOUX CITY, IA @ Vanguard Arts
JUL 31 / COLORADO SPRINGS, CO @ Vultures
AUG 3 / VIRGINIA BEACH, VA @ Elevation 27
AUG 4 / RICHMOND, VA @ Richmond Music Hall
AUG 5 / WASHINGTON, DC @ City Winery
AUG 7 / ROCKY MOUNT, VA @ Harvester Performance Center
AUG 19 / DAVENPORT, IA @ Alternating Currents Festival
AUG 20 / LINCOLN, NE @ The Zoo Bar
AUG 26 / KANSAS CITY, MO @ Knuckleheads
AUG 27 / DES MOINES, IA @ xBk Live

10:29 – Pledge Break #2

Our WMM Spring Fund Drive Team: Marion Merritt and Betse Ellis

Today on WMM we are celebrating 18 of our Favorite MidCoastal Releases of 2022…So Far! 90.1 FM KKFI’s non-profit organization and governing body is the MidCoast Radio Project. MidCoastal is where we are, on the coasts of the Missouri and Kansas Rivers with a music community that spans the Kansas City Metro region and west to Lawrence and Topeka and south to Olathe and east to Columbia and North to St Joseph. Not necessarily the reach of our 100,000 watt signal but definitely the reach of our community. Wednesday MidDay Medley 90.1 FM was the first radio show and first radio station to ever play many if these amazing musical artists. WMM was the first to play the recordings of: Calvin Arsenia, and Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, and Krystle Warren, and The Black Creatures and KD Kuro, The Shy Boys, The Salvation Choir. We were the first to interview these artists live on the radio and bring their music to a wider audience.

WMM Plays New & MidCoastal Releases. Timothy Finn while writing for the Kansas City Star named WMM as, “The Best Place to Hear Local Music on the Radio” and “the Best Place to hear area musicians talk about their music.”

10:37

  1. Fritz Hutchison – “Ladder Shake (Feat. Bodacious Thang)”
    from: “Ladder Shake (Feat. Bodacious Thang)”- Single / Manor Records / February 25, 2022
    [Multi-instrumentalist Fritz Hutchison was born May 27, 1991. His 2nd solo album, MOVIE NIGHT was released April.15, 2022 . A life-long resident of KC. Since 2008 he’s been part ofthe bands: She’s a Keeper, Freight Train Rabbit Killer, and Grand Marquis. As a guitarist he has played along side True Lions, J Ashley Miller, Lauren Krum, Miki P, Calvin Arsenia. A decade of lending an ear and a hand to other musicians Fritz Hutchison released his debut solo album Wide Wild Acres on Center Cut Records on March 27, 2020. Written & performed by Fritz Hutchison. Produced by Fritz Hutchison & Joel Nanos. Recorded & mixed in KC by Joel Nanos at Element Recording Studio. Fritz was our guest on WMM on March 25, 2020]

[Fritz Hutchison plays Lemonade Park 1628 Wyoming, KCMO, West Bottoms, on Friday, July 8, at 7:00 PM with Fullbloods, Mr. Golden Sun, and Chalis O’Neil.]

  1. The Creepy Jingles – “Connundrum and Bass”
    from: “Connundrum and Bass” – Single / High Dive Records / February 25, 2022
    [This is the second single from band’s 11-track, full-length debut, TAKE ME AT MY WORD PLAY released on March 25, 2022. “Trojan Horse Girl” was the single released February 11, 2022. The Creepy Jingles are a Kansas City based, 4-piece rock and roll band that both honors and defies convention. Led by singer / song-writer Jocelyn Olivia Nixon, a transgender wordsmith who charms with razor wit and dazzles with her lyrical acrobatics. Nick Robertson on drums, Travis McKenzie on guitar, and Andrew Woody on bass guitar bring first class musicianship and creativity, helping Nixon paint the perfect picture of colors and sounds that don’t stay in the lines. Their new album, “Take Me at My Wordplay” is an eclectic blend of catchy Brit-Pop melodies that dance around the landscape of surf, NY garage rock, psychedelia and folk music. Paired up with lyrics centering on themes of identity, strained relationships, social media madness, meme magic, pandemic paranoia, paid off political pundits, backyard bullies and barking up the wrong tree. Everything and
    the kitchen sink or swim. No stoner left unturned. The Creepy Jingles released their Debut EP on High Dive Records on May 3, 2019. The release was in the top ten of WMM’s 119 Best Recordings of 2019. ]

[The Creepy Jingles play RecordBar, Friday, June 10, with Effie, and Everett The Gray]

  1. The Phantastics – “All That Fine – Single”
    from: “All That Fine”- Single / Kemet Creative / May 6, 2022
    [8 member band from KC formed in December of 2010. Kemet the Phantom on lead vocals; Leigh Gibbs on lead vocals; JJ Cantrell on lead guitar & vocals; Danny Florez on electric bass; Ashley Thompson on drums, DJ Mitchell on saxophone; Ryan Jamaal Davis on Trombone and rap vocals; Austin Quick on keyboards. The Phantastics specialize in genre-blending dance floor activators. In 2015, the music group was crowned “Kansas City’s best party band” by the Kansas City Star. Musicianship and diversity are at the core of their success. Rock, Rap, Dance, Funk, Jazz & Soul are all incorporated into their music. “The band that can do it all”, according to I Heart Local Music, has shared the stage with some of music’s most legendary acts including George Clinton and the Parliament Funkadelic. On Oct. 18, 2019 The Phantastics released LIVE AT THE PLAZA ART FAIR. On Aug. 24, 2018 The Phantastics released the EP, LIFE OF THE PARTY. On Dec. 14, 2013 The Phantastics released their debut album THE CLOSER. Info at: http://www.thephantastics.com]
    [The Phantastics play Music in the Park, Westwood Park, 4798 Wyoming St, KCMO, Sat, June 11, at 8:00pm with Bob Walkenhorst, Cassie Taylor, Mark Farina, and MID. The West Plaza Neighborhood Association presents Music in the Park a day of music, arts, vendors, food trucks and other activities]

[The Phantastics play Boulevardia on Fri, June 17 at 10:00 PM, on the Fountain Stage at 2395 Grand Blvd, KCMO.]

  1. Boxknife – “The Tower”
    from: “The Tower” – (Single) / Squarestab Records / May 20, 2022
    [Debut Single from Boxknife, a queer dark-pop band from Kansas City made up of Stephanie Bankston, Britt Wild, Mia Morrow, and Brook Worlledge who formed from the ashes of the band Lovergurl. Keyboardist and vocalist, Stephanie Bankston was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. She is a graduate of The University of Missouri. She moved abroad in her 20s, and lived in Seoul, Korea, where she played in a mostly female band called BaekMa (“White Horse”). Stephanie returned to Kansas City in the Fall 2015. Brook Worlledge,is a Kansas City native. She is the band’s drummer and she sings and writes songs for the band. Brook is a defender of the proletariat. Brook’s influences range from The B-52s, The Velvet Underground, and The Brian Jonestown Massacre. Brit Wild has played to Wick and the Tricks and other bands in Kansas City.

[Boxknife play miniBar, 3810 Broadway, Thur, July 21, at 8:00 PM w/ Polymer Mercies, Castle Black]

10:49 – Pledge Break #3

Our WMM Spring Fund Drive Team: Marion Merritt and Betse Ellis

Donating to 90.1 FM KKFI is investing in your community.

KKFI’s Mission Statement: KKFI is the Kansas City area’s independent, noncommercial community radio station. We seek to stimulate, educate and entertain our audience, to reflect the diversity of the local and world community, and to provide a channel for individuals and groups, issues and music that have been overlooked, suppressed or under-represented by other media.

KKFI’s Philosophy Statement: KKFI is committed to diversity in programming and discourse and seeks to create a climate of mutual respect and collaboration among volunteers and staff.

10:57

  1. Julia Othmer – “Fortunate Son”
    from: SEEDS, Volume 2 (LIVE) / Frickin’ Awesome Records / March 20, 2021
    [Written by John Fogerty. This is Julia’s 4th full length and contains 10 live songs selected from her 30-day Songs of September Project, where Julia performed live covers of her favorite songs of protest and hope, broadcast through streaming social platforms to inspire people to vote on November 3. Julia’s fans democratically selected their favorite tracks to be included 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.” In 2018 to 2019 Julia Othmer toured with and opened for The Alarm in US show and shows in the United Kingdom. When Julia Othmer is in Kansas City she plays with Johnny Hamil on bass, Chris Tady on guitar, John Floyd Whitaker on drums. More info at http://www.juliaothmer.com. Julia Othmer was our guest on WMM on September 1, 2021 and March 9, 2022. and May 18, 2022]

[Julia Othmer plays The Benefit for Ukraine, Friday, June 10, at 7:00 PM at Lemonade Park, 1628 Wyoming KCMO, West Bottoms, with Ivory Blue, Havilah Bruders, Johnny Hamil, Courtney Collado, spoken word artist José Faus, Poet-on-Demand Elizabeth Howard, and more! hosted by Frickin’ Awesome Industries and InterUrban ArtHouse.]

11:00 – Station ID

11:00 – Interview with Julia Othmer

Julia Othmer was a Folk Alliance International Official Showcase Artist at the 2022 Folk Alliance International Conference in the Kansas City Westin Crown Center Hotel, May 18 thru 22. Julia just recently returned home from Dragonfly Music Fest, in Sedona, AZ. Julia was one of seven artists selected to represent the USA for Global Music Match 2021. Julia is also a 2022 graduare of Artist Inc. Othmer’s music is vibrant and emotionally potent. The child of European refugees, she draws from a broad and richly cultured palette of experience to create her intensely human yet otherworldly songs. Her piano-driven performances are a mesmerizing and superconscious fusion of raw power, vocal artistry and joy. In 2021 Julia released SEEDS VOLUME 2, her 4th album with live recordings from her 30-day “Songs of September Project”, where Julia covered songs of protest & hope, to inspire people to vote. In 2020, Julia released SEEDS VOLUME 1. Julia Othmer released “Sound,” on April 12, 2019, her second album produced with James Lundie, who became Julia’s husband in 2016.

Julia Othmer joins us to share details about the Benefit for Ukraine, Friday, June 10, at 7:00 PM at Lemonade Park, 1628 Wyoming KCMO, West Bottoms, with Julia Othmer, Ivory Blue, Havilah Bruders, Johnny Hamil, Courtney Collado, spoken word artist José Faus, Poet-on-Demand Elizabeth Howard. The evening benefits: Heart To Heart International and World Central Kitchen. Info at: http://www.lemonadeparkkc.com/tickets

Julia Othmer thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Julia survived the 2022 Folk Alliance International Conference performing as an Official Showcase Artist and playing multiple private showcases in the Kansas City Westin Crown Center Hotel, Thursday, May 19, through Sunday, May 23, 2022.

Julia played the Dragonfly Music Festival Launch Party, Wednesday, May 25 @at 7:00 PM Mary Fisher Theatre, Sedona, AZ. Julia played the Dragonfly Music Fest, Friday, May 27 at Sedona Creative Life Center, Sedona, AZ. Julia played Pianotastic at the Dragonfly Music Festival on, Saturday, May 28 ay 8:00 PM Sedona Performing Arts Center, Sedona, AZ (sharing the stage with two phenomenal musicians – Brockett Parsons – inventor of the PianoArc, singer/songwriter, and member of Lady Gaga’s touring band Henri Herbert – he plays piano like NOONE else – just trust me on this Get ready to swoon with these amazing people and many special guests.

Julia plays The Benefit for Ukraine, Friday, June 10 at 7:00 PM at Lemonade Park, KC, MO. The line-up of artists includes Julia Othmer, Ivory Blue, Havilah Bruders, Johnny Hamil (with GAV7D set with guest vocalists; Amy Farrand and SteveTulipana, and Arnold Young on drums, Chris tady onguitar, Tina Bilberry on violin, and Johnny in a catsuit), Courtney Collado, spoken word artist José Faus, Poet-on-Demand Elizabeth Howard.

The evening benefits: Heart To Heart International and World Central Kitchen. More info at: http://www.lemonadeparkkc.com/tickets

Between the live performances, The Benefit For Ukraine will be showcasing a curated virtual gallery of visual artists who contributed work that addresses peace, resolution, hope, and healing. Organized to raise humanitarian aid for the people of Ukraine and stand in solidarity with peace and resolution. The evening is hosted by Julia Othmer of Frickin’ Awesome Industries and InterUrban ArtHouse and our many artist collaborators.

Kansas City area artists are coming together at Lemonade Park to raise humanitarian aid for the people of Ukraine and stand in solidarity with peace and resolution. The evening will include live music, spoken word, dance, improvisation, poetry-on-demand, and a curated gallery of visual art projected on a screen between performances. Between the live performances, we will be showcasing a curated virtual gallery of visual artists who contributed work that addresses peace, resolution, hope, and healing. // A complete gallery of all visual arts submissions will be available, via a virtual gallery. The virtual gallery will include links to artists pages (websites, social, etc.) and a purchase price (if applicable) // The evening is hosted by Julia Othmer of Frickin’ Awesome Industries and InterUrban ArtHouse and our many artist collaborators.

Julia Othmer just recently completed training through the Artist Inc program.

Julia Othmer is a “captivating” piano-playing singer/songwriter known for her energetic live performances. Passionate and engaging, Othmer creates intimate warmth with her audiences. Using music to connect to people and social issues inspires her.
For more info: juliaothmer.com/

Julia’s album SOUND, SEEDS VOLUME 1, and SEEDS VOLUME 2 have all been produced with Julia’s husband James Lundie.

Julia Othmer thank you for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

Julia Othmer plays The Benefit for Ukraine, Friday, June 10, at 7:00 PM at Lemonade Park, 1628 Wyoming KCMO, West Bottoms, with Ivory Blue, Havilah Bruders, Johnny Hamil, Courtney Collado, spoken word artist José Faus, Poet-on-Demand Elizabeth Howard, and more! hosted by Frickin’ Awesome Industries and InterUrban ArtHouse. The evening benefits: Heart To Heart International and World Central Kitchen. Info at: http://www.lemonadeparkkc.com/tickets

11:10

  1. Ivory Blue – “Good Changes”
    from: Compound Love / Sound Ballistics Music & Publishing / February 25, 2022
    [Ivory Blue signed a publishing deal with Sound Ballistics Music & Publishing of Atlanta GA on August 18, 2021. This company is managing Ivory and handling all of their publishing. For COMPOUND LOVE Ivory served as songwriter, producer, vocalist and played all instruments with the exception of: Lester Estelle on drums, Klaartje Van Lue on piano, Craig Kew on bass, Lennon Bone on drums, and Marco Pascolini on pedal steel guitar. Nick Poortman served in mixing, with Kurt Festge who also served in mixing & Mastering. KC based singer songwriter and rock & roller, Ivory Blue is currently in the studio putting together a new full length 10-song album called “Compound Love” for release in 2022. 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 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 it for so long, Ivory lived with eight different families. before running away at 15. // Ivory has talked with us about how in their life they have turned to music to express pain. Ivory spent most of their childhood looking for a family. In 2010 Klaartje Van Lue saw Ivory performing in a YouTube video and contacted them, flying them Ivory KC, and adopting Ivory into the Van Lue family. During the past 10 years Ivory came out as “Non-Binary Transgender. // As a multi-instrumentalist, Ivory began refining their performance style, using digital looping pedals to stack harmonies and guitar parts live on stage, giving their solo shows the feel of a full band. In 2011, Ivory settled in Kansas City, MO and quickly began attracting an intense regional following for their strong vocals and incisive, deeply personal lyrics. // By 2013, IVORY BLUE was playing regularly in and around Kansas City and the first EP ‘Ready Get Set’ was released. in 2015. While the EP helped spread the word and got much attention from regional radio and TV stations, a big break would come in 2017.Ivory entered NeXt2Rock, a nationwide talent search with over 1800 artists/bands who applied to find fresh and promising rock artists. The top 5 national bands battled it off for the win in Los Angeles CA at the legendary Viper Room, with judges Scott Borchetta (BMLG), John Varvatos (fashion designer), Steve Jones (Sex Pistols Guitarist and Host of “Jonesy’s Jukebox”), Desmond Child (Musician, producer), Chris Lord-Alge (producer), Ivory Blue won over the judges and became the grand prize winner! Ivory Ivory won the contest and a one-year record deal with BMLG who re-released the song Ready Get Set from the 2015 EP. Ivory’s 2018 re-release of ‘Ready Get Set’ undauntedly received National and International airplay within weeks. For their upcoming album, IVORY BLUE is producing all the tracks with the exception of Drums and Bass. Ivory is currently working with Lester Estelle (Drummer for Kelly Clarkson), Craig Kew (Bass) KC, Kurt Festge (Mastering | Citizen Kane & Vilent Femmes) NC. and Nick Poortman (LA based Los Angeles based Producer, Engineer, Mixer, and Songwriter) Nick has worked alongside producers including Justin Gray, Gil Norton, Big Tank, and Greg Haver on sessions throughout the USA, UK, Europe, and New Zealand. // On August 18th 2021 Ivory Blue signed a publishing deal with Sound Ballistics Music & Publishing out of Atlanta GA. // Ivory released the singles: “Elite Dreamland,” on Feb. 17, 2021, “Half a Life” on Sept. 20, 2021. Ivory Blue released the video of “Family Table” directed by Mikal Shapiro, on August 21, 2021 and the audio track was released on September 7, 2021. Ivory Blue released the single “Good Changes” on Oct 26, 2021. Ivory Blue released the singles: “Heavy,” “Bad Weather,” “It Must Have Been Me,” “Compound Love,” and “The Start” on December 14, 2021. Ivory Blue joined us on WMM on November 10, September 15, and July 28, in 2021. More info at: https://linktr.ee/ivorybluemusic%5D

[Ivory Blue plays The Benefit for Ukraine, Friday, June 10, at 7:00 PM at Lemonade Park, 1628 Wyoming KCMO, West Bottoms, with Julia Othmer, Havilah Bruders, Johnny Hamil, Courtney Collado, spoken word artist José Faus, Poet-on-Demand Elizabeth Howard, and more! hosted by Frickin’ Awesome Industries and InterUrban ArtHouse.]

[Ivory Blue plays Boulevardia, Saturday, June 18 at 1:15 on The Fountain Stage, 2396 Grand Boulevard]

11:13 – Pledge Break #4

This is WMM’s Spring Fund Drive Show with Marion Merritt & Betse Ellis.

Along with our National Public Affairs shows like Democracy Now and Alternative Radio KKFI offers more locally produced public affairs programs than anywhere else on the dial. We offer programs specifically produced for the LGBTQIA Community, Women’s Issues, Native American News and Culture, Middle Eastern Music and Information, Latino Programming, African American Public Affairs and Community News, Labor and Worker’s Unions, our prison population and justice system, environmental programming, Visual and Literary Arts, and Performing Arts.

Just remember what you don’t have to hear when you are tuned to 90.1 FM KKFI…No commercials, we do have brief underwriting announcements, recognizing those who financially contribute to support non-profit community radio. KKFI has oo automated robot playing the same 40 to 80 songs in a “rotation,” based on a formula, created by a programmer of the robot. KKFI is the opposite of a robot. There is always human being on the other end of the phone line anytime you call.

90.1 offers 104 different radio programs. 76 of these programs are locally, produced, hosted, engineered and written by over 100 different people, who create content, and personally handcraft each show, each week. There are 55 local music shows and 21 locally produce News, Public Affairs, Arts & Talk shows. There are 140 hours each week of locally produced handcrafted programs. You will not find this kind of representative diversity anywhere else on your radio dial. Or from any singular source on your computer. It is very special. It needs to be nourished and kept alive in a world of corporate, nationally owned, commercial or religious broadcasting.

Not only do we bring the most diverse and unfiltered news and information, but our musical playlists are deep, and comprehensive. In one week you can hear over 2000 different songs played, in Blues, Jazz, Folk, Hip Hop, Reggae, Classical, World, Americana, Southern Soul, Fusion, Soul, Rock, New Wave, Electronic, Native, Local, Old Timey, Rockabilly, Women’s, Children’s, Gospel, and Experimental. With all of this, you hear the voices from the hundreds of KKFI volunteers, and thousands of guests from the community, who share their stories, broadcast live from our non-commercial, midtown studios, at 39th & Main, in the center of our metro, across two states, a collective of communities, and thousands of listeners. What is this worth to you?

11:21

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

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

  1. Jo Blaq – “Follow Me (feat. Wanda Jae)”
    from: Blaq Joy / DISTRICK / January 1, 2021
    [Jo Blaq is also known as: Joseph Macklin, a native of Kansas City, Kansas. Jo is the youngest of three “preacher’s kids.” Although his musical interest and talents existed then, as a kid, Jo excelled on the basketball court, as well. Jo was ranked as one of the top basketball players in the state of Kansas, hailing from the dominant Washington High School. He went on to play Division 1 College Basketball at the University of Texas-San Antonio, and would later continue his collegiate career at Colorado State. He played professional basketball in Australia before returning home. Blaq invests time, money, and energy into local initiatives in the Kansas City area, including the first-ever Christmas tree lighting and Christmas of Diversity concert in the historic 18th & Vine Jazz District and the rehabilitation of the Quindaro Museum[, which houses houses historical artifacts from the African-American community. Jo has served as the event music producer for the American Jazz Museum and has taught music theory and coding classes through the Full Employment Council and University of Central Missouri for free. The classes offer metro-area teens paid internships and access to Jo as a mentor, songwriter, vocalist,instrumentalist, and producer. Jo has worked with many of the mainstream artists. In 2015, he was nominated for a “Best Pop Vocal Album” Grammy for his vocal production work on Ariana Grande’s MY EVERYTHING. Jo was again nominated for two Grammy’s in 2016 for the vocal production on Tim Bowman’s LISTEN album and Jill Scott’s WOMAN album. Over his genre-spanning career, Jo has worked with artists such as: Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Anita Baker, Justin Bieber, Cruz Beckum, Mario, Big Sean, B5, Chris Brown, 98 Degrees, Jasmine V, Next, Kendrick Lamar, B. Smyth, Evan Ross, Jordin Sparks, Shaunice, Kim Keyz, Evan Ross, Effie, & others. BLAQ GOLD was Produced By JETpack – Joseph “Jo Blaq” Macklin, Stephanie “Effie” Altoro, and Tim Ogutu. Jo Blaq also released the 7-track EP, WHAT THEY DO, in January 1, 2022 also produced By JETpack – Joseph “Jo Blaq” Macklin, Stephanie “Effie” Altoro, and Tim Ogutu. More info at: https://www.instagram.com/joblaqofficial/%5D
  1. MusicbySkippy – “Clr”
    from: MY DYING WISH / Luke Harbur / February 18, 2022
    [musicbyskippy is Luke “Skippy” Harbur’s entertainment project. The Overland Park, Kansas native mixes beatboxing, singing, beat production, rapping, & keyboard playing to entertain all-age audiences. After graduating from Ithaca College in 2018, he moved near home to Kansas City, Missouri, becoming a featured performer for musicians, festivals, corporate & non-profit events, and performance groups. His music passion roots in receiving a life-saving liver transplant at the age of 11 months old. His debut album, my dying wish, is now on all music streaming and purchasing platforms. He hopes you learn something new and experience songs you love.More info at http://www.musicbyskippy.com]

[Musicbyskippy plays Boulevardia, Saturday, June 18, 2022 at 7:00 PM on The Quirk Stage, 2396 Grand Boulevard]

11:31 – Pledge Break #5

This is WMM’s Spring Fund Drive Show with Marion Merritt, & Betse Ellis.

KKFI offers loads and loads of information about what is going on in the community. Not only does this show interview 150 guest each year, not only do we play nearly 900 different songs with more than half of those being locally produced, but we also shine a light on area not-for-profit theatre companies, art museums & galleries, area festivals, service organizations, area record labels and record stores, the area music scene, arts scene, theatre scene, literary arts scene, political action scene. In just this past year, we’ve featured segments shining a light on:, The Kauffman Center for The Performing Arts, UMKC Conservatory of Music, MidCoast Takeover, Spinning Tree Theatre, Coterie Thetre, The Pitch Kansas City, Owen Cox Dance Group, Bandwaggin KC, KC Bands Together, The Green Line Initiative, Black Lives Matter, The Queer Narratives Festival, KC Bass Workshop, Kansas City Syzygy, The Record Machine, Mills Record Company, Records With Merritt, High Dive Records, Center Cut Records, Manor Records, Polyvinyl Records, Lost Cowgirl Records, Sunflower Soul Records, KC Irish Fest, The Crossroads Music fest, MixMaster Music Conference, Too Much Rock, Midwest Music Foundation, Apocalypse Meow, filmmaker Morgan Cooper, Charlotte Street Foundation, Inter Urban Arthouse, Lemonade Park, The Brick, recordBar, Weights and Measure Sound Lab, Troost Festival.

11:38

  1. Making Movies – “Sala De Los Pecadores”
    from: “Sala De Los Pecadores” – Single / 3/2 Recordings / April 13, 2022
    [Making Movies released the single “Calor” on March 11, 2022. Making Movies released “Porcelina” on May 17, 2022, which features Tennis, singing in Spanish. All three singles are from the Making Movies album, XOPA and was recorded in Memphis, produced by Ben Yonas and mixed by Tchad Blake. More info at: http://www.makingmovies.world. Making Movies is a Kansas City 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 Duncan Burnett 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 5-song EP, EN VIVO (SIN APLAUSO) on February 4, 2022. Prior to that, Making Movies released the 6-track EP BORING BITS, on May 7, 2021, which includes their single “La Marcha.” On February 5, the band released a sneak peek of the new music they’ve been working on. The 7-song, La Cuarentena EP includes a brand new version of the first Making Movies song, “La Marcha” and the lullaby “Could You?” (both mixed by Jim Eno of Spoon and tracked at Memphis Magnetic studio), and the love ballad “Una Vida.” The EP was ranked #25 inWMM’s 120 Best Recordings of 2021. The EP also includes: covers of Talking Heads and Tears for Fears classics, plus bonus live acoustic tracks. This EP was made available on BandCamp for only three days on February 5 through February 7, 2021. Since then it has been made private, an is not available anywhere. Making Movies released their single “Could You” on January 12, 2021. About “Could You” lead singer Enrique Javier Chi wrote, “I was thinking about what to share for “Could You?” and I just go back to the fact that Memphis is a profound place… it is a place where you can feel what America truly is and where it comes from. I think you see and feel the reality that so much of this nation was built from exploiting people. You can see that our pop culture is driven by the Black community and yet that community is still the most oppressed in the nation. Things are still so messed up. // Memphis is the place where Elvis started singing black music with a country twang and where Martin Luther King Jr. was shot. It’s a beautiful place, it’s a charming place, it feels at times downtrodden and it’s a place that reminds me of home (both KC and Panamá in different ways. Our experiences going to Memphis gave us the context to create “Could You?” It was filmed originally for AMERI’KANA TV..” Making Movies released their critically acclaimed album ameri’kana through 3/2 Recordings on May 24, 2019. This was #1 on WMM’s 119 Best Recordings of 2019. Produced by Steve Berlin and Ben Yonas. The notes for this album read: “ameri’kana is a canary in a coal mine, the watchman at the tower. It is a desire to remember where we come from and assure that we better ourselves in every step along our journey. Every chapter is an example, a reason to not be silent and not accept corrupt leaders as something inevitable. ameri’kana is based on faith, faith that every person on this continent carries within themselves the ability to grow, to awaken their consciousness and merits of the same rights. We were accomplices to get ourselves to this point so we will have to be accomplices in the solutions.” This was the band’s follow up release to their critically acclaimed, I Am Another You, released May 26, 2017. The quartet has toured with Arcade Fire, Thievery Corporation, Cold War Kids, Los Lobos, Ozomatli, Tennis, Sergio Mendoza of Calexico, Rodrigo y Gabriela, and Hurray for the Riff Raff. Enrique Chi joined WMM on May 19, 2021. ]

[Making Movies play Boulevardia on Saturday, June 18, at 5:00 PM on the Fountain Stage, 2396 Grand Boulevard]

  1. Mac Sauce – “Princess Diaries”
    from: PRINCESS DIARIES / Mac Sauce / February 25, 2022
    [Mac Sauce released the 9-track album PRINCESS DIARIES on February 25, 2022. Mac Sauce is a 10 year old Kansas City rap artist known as “the voice of the playground,” Mac Sauce is one of Kansas City’s youngest rappers who writes all her own lyrics. More info at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDLXataYPNWmko586AVwIyQ%5D
  1. JNabe – “You Want Me (feat.Sh3)”
    from: “You Want Me (Feat. Sh3)” – Single / JNabe / March 25, 2022
    [One of 25 singles JNabe has released so far this year. JNabe is Kansas City’s premiere Indie Asian Rapper. He is 21years old. JNabe started rapping in 2020. He loves making music and strives to make songs that connect with people. // From jnabeofficial.com: “JNabe is a reputable Rapper who began their exciting musical voyage of artistic discovery in 2020. Since then, they’ve used constant collaboration and experimental sound exploration to shape the signature sound that echoes with their inspiration from the streets of Kansas City. In the music world, there’s no standing still. You must constantly learn about new techniques and continue honing your musical craft.” // JNabe released the single.”On a Mission (Feat. Brose Royce (The Real Tez)” on January 14, 2022. // JNabe released the single, “KC Throwdown (Feat. NuSince)” on February 11, 2022. // JNabe released the single.”Can’t Stop Me (Feat. Julia Reynolds)” on February 18, 2022. // JNabe released the single, “You Know Me” on February 25, 2022. JNabe released the single, “Quarantine Time” on March 4, 2022. JNabe released the single, “Defeated (feat. Sa!txero)” on March 11, 2022. JNabe released the single, “Night Life” on March 18, 2022. JNabe released the single, “You Want Me (Feat. Sh3)” on March 25, 2022. JNabe released the single, “Welcome To Life (Feat. Canibus)” on April 1, 2022. JNabe released the single, “Follow Your Dreams (Feat. I Am Justified)” on April 8, 2022. JNabe released the single, “Life,” on April 15, 2022. JNabe released the single, “Ballin and Blowing featuring Rick Ross” on April 19, 2022. JNabe released the single, “So Alone” on April 27, 2022. JNabe released the single, “So Alone” on April 27, 2022. JNabe released the single, “2035 (feat. Sh3)” on April 29, 2022. JNabe released the single, “More Than Friends” on May 4, 2022. JNabe released the single, “Bad Bitch (feat. Constantine)” on May 6, 2022. JNabe released the single, “Selfish” on May 9, 2022. JNabe released the single, “Separate Ways” on May 11, 2022. JNabe released the single, “The Paper (feat. Krizz Kaliko & Yung Punch)” on May 13, 2022.JNabe released the single, “Chop Chop (feat. Krizz Kaliko)” on May 20, 2022. JNabe released the single, “Too Hot (feat. Krizz Kaliko)” on May 27, 2022. JNabe released the single, “Hustlin (feat. Wiz Khalifa)” on May 28, 2022. JNabe released the single, “People Are Crazy (feat. Rittz)” on June 2, 2022. JNabe released the single, “Knife Fight (feat. Krizz Kaliko)” on June 3, 2022. (JNabe’s has released 25 singles this year, so far.) JNabe was a guest on WMM on April 27, 2022. More info at: http://www.jnabeofficial.com]

11:45 – Pledge Break #6

This is WMM’s Spring Fund Drive Show with Marion Merritt, & Betse Ellis.

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11:54

  1. Static Phantoms – “Bathed in Blue Light”
    from: “Bathed In Blue Light” – Single / The Record Machine / February 22, 2022
    [We remiered this new track on February 2, 2022. The first single from upcoming album BATHED IN BLUE LIGHT. Their 2nd single “Ghostwalk was released March 18, 2022.Static Phantoms are: Dedric Moore on synths, drum programming, backing vocals, & production; and Krysztof Nemeth on baritone guitar, bass, synths, lead vocals. The Pandemic offered Dedric Moore and Krysztof Nemeth the opportunity to pass the time and get creative in the studio exploring the music and themes of New Wave music of the 1980s. Those who follow the bands: Monta at Odds, The Republic Tigers, Emmaline Twist), you know about the passion Dedric and Krystoff bring th their synths and guitars. As Static Phantoms, the duo is influenced by the 1080s trailblazing bands: The Glove, Tones on Tail, Tears For Fears, and Soft Cell.]

[Monta At Odds will play the official vinyl release Party for Peak of Eternal Light on June 25 with The Moose, Jorge Arana Trio, and Royalettes Vinyl Club]

[Members of Monta At Odds will join us on WMM on June 22, at 11:00 AM]

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

Next week on Wednesday, June 15, we feature new music from and we talk with Kansas City Musician Luke Petit. In our second hour at 11:00 Chris Haghirian joins us to share all of the details of 2022 Boulevardia, June 17 and June 18. http://www.boulevardia.com

Katy Guillen & The Drive photo by Morgan Jones

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Show #945

WMM’s Favorite MidCoastal Releases of 2022…So Far! + Julia Othmer

Wednesday MidDay Medley
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning
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Wednesday, June 8, 2022

WMM’s Favorite MidCoastal Releases of 2022 …So Far! + Marion Merritt + Betse Ellis + Julia Othmer

Making Movies

WMM plays from some of our Favorite MidCoastal Releases of 2022…So Far! We’ll spin tracks from: The Creepy Jingles, Making Movies, Katy Guillen & The Drive, Kevin Morby, Ivory Blue, Jo Blaq with Wanda Jae, Fritz Hutchison, Jass, Claire Adams + Alyssa Murray, The Greeting Committee + Tune-Yards, Boxknife, JNabe with Sh3, Mac Sauce, The Phantastics, Major Matt Mason USA, Static Phantoms, musicbyskippy, and Julia Othmer.

At 11:00 we’ll talk with Julia Othmer about Benefit for Ukraine, Friday, June 10, at 7:00 PM at Lemonade Park, 1628 Wyoming KCMO, West Bottoms, with Julia Othmer, Ivory Blue, Havilah Bruders, Johnny Hamil, Courtney Collado, spoken word artist José Faus, Poet-on-Demand Elizabeth Howard, and more! Between the live performances, we will be showcasing a curated virtual gallery of visual artists who contributed work that addresses peace, resolution, hope, and healing. Organized to raise humanitarian aid for the people of Ukraine and stand in solidarity with peace and resolution. The evening is hosted by Julia Othmer of Frickin’ Awesome Industries and InterUrban ArtHouse and our many artist collaborators.]

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Show #945

WMM Playlist from June 1, 2022

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, June 1, 2022

New & MidCoastal Releases + Arquesta Del SolSoul + AVAZ + Stacy Busch & When/Time

10:00 – White Rabbit!

  1. “Main Title Instrumental – It’s Showtime Folks” (PAL ) ( :22)
    from: Orig. Motion Picture Soundtrack All That Jazz / Casablanca / December 20, 1979
    [WMM’s Adopted Theme Song]
Julia Othmer
  1. Julia Othmer – “White Rabbit” from: White Rabbit – Single / Fricken’ Awesome Records / August 29, 2021 (Unreleased)
    [Recorded Live at Kulak’s in North Hollywood with Andy Sanesi (Missing Persons, Eminem, Arturo Sandoval) on drums, Jamie Kime (Dr. John, Zappa Plays Zappa) on guitar, and Chris Roy (Nancy Sinatra, Don Randi) on bass. This year Julia released SEEDS VOLUME 2, her 4th album with live recordings from her 30-day “Songs of September Project”, where Julia covered songs of protest & hope, to inspire people to vote. From those songs Julia’s fans democratically selected their favorite tracks to be released together on “Seeds.” In 2020 Julia released SEEDS VOLUME 1. 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. Julia moved to Los Angeles in 2006 to record her 1st album, OASIS MOTEL. In 2018 and 2019 Julia toured with The Alarm in U.S. and United Kingdom. More info at: http://www.juliaothmer.com.]

[Julia Othmer plays a Benefit for Ukraine, Friday, June 10, at 6:00 PM at Lemonade Park, 1628 Wyoming Kcmo, West Bottoms, with Ivory Blue, Havilah Bruders, Johnny Hamil, Courtney Collado, spoken word artist José Faus, Poet-on-Demand Elizabeth Howard, and more! Between the live performances, we will be showcasing a curated virtual gallery of visual artists who contributed work that addresses peace, resolution, hope, and healing. Organized to raise humanitarian aid for the people of Ukraine and stand in solidarity with peace and resolution. The evening is hosted by Julia Othmer of Frickin’ Awesome Industries and InterUrban ArtHouse and our many artist collaborators.]

10:06 – 10:08 – Folk Alliance Spotlight
(Each week, WMM will feature an artist we talked with and heard play live at the 2022 Folk Alliance International Conference held in Kansas City May 18, 19, 20, 21, and 22.)

Allison Russell
  1. Allison Russell – “Persephone (Luck Mansion Sessions)”
    from: Persephone (Luck Mansion Sessions) – Single / Fantasy Records / January 20, 2022
    [Winner of the 2022 Folk Alliance International Folk Muaic Award for Album of the Year AND Artist of The Year. We first saw Allison Russell as part of the band/duo with her partner JT Nero as, The Birds of Chicago at the 2014 International Folk Alliance Conference, where they were an Official Showcase Artist . More info at http://www.folk.org. Russell was born in Montreal to a Grenadian student and a Scottish-Canadian teenage single mother. Her mother struggled with postpartum depression and schizophrenia, and Russell was initially placed in foster care. Her mother regained custody of her after marrying a white-supremacist American expatriate. From the ages of 5 to 15, she was physically and sexually abused by her adoptive father. At the age of 15, Russell ran away from home, eventually moving to Vancouver in 1998. She attended Dawson College. // Russell was initially a member of the Vancouver-based Celtic folk band Fear of Drinking. // In 2003, Russell formed the band Po’ Girl with The Be Good Tanyas member Trish Klein. She recorded seven albums with the band: Po’ Girl (2003), Vagabond Lullabies (2004), B-side Recordings (2006), Home to You (2007), Deer in the Night (2008), Live (2009), and Follow Your Bliss (2010). Russell formed the music group Birds of Chicago with JT Nero in 2012. As part of Birds of Chicago, Russell released three studio albums, Birds of Chicago (2012), Real Midnight (2016) and Love in Wartime (2018). With the group, she also released a live album, Live from Space, and an EP titled Amherican Flowers in 2018. In 2018, Russell joined the musical collective Our Native Daughters alongside fellow musicians Riannon Giddens, Leyla McCalla, and Amythyst Kiah In 2019, the group released the album Songs of Our Native Daughters under the Smithsonian Folkways label. Russell was also featured alongside the rest of the group in a Smithsonian Channel documentary titled Reclaiming History: Our Native Daughters. As a single, Russell released covers of the songs “By Your Side” by Sade and “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac in January 2021. She also released a cover of “Everything I Wanted” by Billie Eilish as a single in February 2021. // In March 2021, Russell released “Nightflyer” as the first single from her album Outside Child. She followed this up with the single “Persephone,” released in April of the same year. She also released the singles “Montreal” and “The Runner” ahead of the album’s full release. // On May 21, 2021, Russell released her first solo album Outside Child under Fantasy Records. The album explores her experiences during her youth, including her recovery from the trauma of her childhood abuse. For her work on the album, Russell was nominated for multiple awards, including four Canadian Folk Music Awards, the long list for the Polaris Music Prize, and a nomination for Emerging Act of the Year at the 2021 Americana Honors & Awards. She was nominated for this award both as a solo artist and in the duo/group category as a member of Our Native Daughters. // Russell performed her song “Nightflyer” with guests Brandi Carlile and Brittney Spencer on an episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live! aired on May 25, 2021. On May 28, 2021, Russell made her debut at the Grand Ole Opry. In the same year, she also performed at the Country Music Hall of Fame. She performed several songs from Outside Child live on CBS This Morning Saturday on July 24, 2021. // On September 25, 2021, Russell performed at the annual Farm Aid event in Hartford, Connecticut. // In November 2021, Russell received 3 Grammy nominations (Best American Roots Performance; Best American Roots Song; Best Americana Album). A month later, she was one of several artists to perform with the Black Opry, a revue focused on black artists in country music. // Russell has been nominated for 4 Canadian Folk Music Awards, 2 Juno Awards and has been named for the Polaris Music Prize. Info: http://www.allisonrussellmusic.com]
Eddie Moore
  1. We The People – “Single Double”
    from: “Single Double” – Single / Eddie Moore Music / June 10, 2021
    [One of WMM’s Favorite 50 Singles of 2021, including: We The People – “We Chillin.” Written & Produced By Eddie Moore with Eddie Moore on keyboards, key bass, & programming; Zach Morrow on drum; Jason Emmond on bass. Recorded at Tribe Studios. Mixed by Rick Carson at make Believe Studios. Album Art by Adrian Truth. Animation by Cody A. Banks. This is a follow-up to We The People’s previous 2021 single, “We Chillin’” released April 9, 2021, written and produced by Eddie Moore with Eddie Moore on piano and Morgan Faw on alto sax. Mixed By Pajmon Porshahi. Eddie Moore’s band We The People released their album MISUNDERSTOOD on September 25, 2020. 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. Eddie Moore joined us live on WMM on September 23, 2020.]

[Eddie Moore Trio plays The Majestic, 931 Broadway Blvd, KCMO, TONIGHT, June 1 at 6:30 PM.]

[Eddie Moore and The Outer Circle play Lemonade Park, 1628 Wyoming KCMO, West Bottoms, Friday, June 3, at 7:00 PM when Center Cut Records presents Summer Soultice with The Black Creatures, Jass, and Flare The Rebel with Woodland Ave.]

The Black Creatures
  1. The Black Creatures – “Loud 4 Nothing”
    rom: “Loud 4 Nothing” – Single / Center Cut Records / Summer, 2022
    [The follow to their last single “True Friends” on September 17, 2021. After being signed to Center Cut Records the label remastered and reissued their album Wild Echoes and began releasing singles. “Wild Echoes” was #2 in WMM’s 119 Favorite Releases of 2019 (Albums & EPs). Since the release of ”Wild Echoes” the band has released seven entirely new songs, nearly one per month, all posted to their bandcamp page. The Black Creatures fuse dark-pop hip-hop, soul, jazz, and electronic music with elements from science fiction to tell inter-dimensional stories of love, community, life, culture, history. Xavier & Jade have made an impression in the KC music community with their live shows in clubs, galleries, record stores, and area music festivals. The Black Creatures released their debut single “Mouth 2 Mouth” June 5, 2016. They released the album, See No Evil, December 6, 2017. The duo released the singles, “Elements” February 14, 2018; “Silver Tears” June 19. 2018; “Dare” a Gorillaz cover August 8, 2019. They released the album “Wild Echoes” September 30, 2019. The Black Creatures released the singles “Turn” October 30, 2019; “Quartz (Twilight)” November 13, 2019; “SHINE” December 11, 2019; Ghost Bustin’ Dead Prezidentz” January 8, 2020; “To Whom It May Concern” January 22, 2020; “Arcade Love” February 5, 2020; and “Run Up” Feb. 19, 2020. The Black Creatures were last on WMM on May 26, 2021 and September 15, 2021.]

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

[The Black Creatures play Center Cut Records Summer Soulstice, Fri, June 3, 2022 at 7:00 PM at Lemonade Park, 1628 Wyoming KCMO, West Bottoms, w/ Eddie Moore & the Outer Circle, Jass, and Flare Tha Rebel with Woodland Ave.]

[The Black Creatures play Boulevardia on Friday, June 17, 2022]

  1. The Phantastics – “All That Fine – Single”
    from: “All That Fine”- Single / Kemet Creative / May 6, 2022
    [8 member band from KC formed in December of 2010. Kemet the Phantom on ead vocals; Leigh Gibbs on lead vocals; JJ Cantrell on lead guitar & vocals; Danny Florez on electric bass; Ashley Thompson on drums, DJ Mitchell on saxophone; Ryan Jamaal Davis on Trombone and rap vocals; Austin Quick on keyboards. The Phantastics specialize in genre-blending dance floor activators. In 2015, the music group was crowned “Kansas City’s best party band” by the Kansas City Star. Musicianship and diversity are at the core of their success. Rock, Rap, Dance, Funk, Jazz and Soul are all incorporated into their music. “The band that can do it all”, according to I Heart Local Music, has shared the stage with some of music’s most legendary acts including George Clinton and the Parliament Funkadelic. On Oct. 18, 2019 The Phantastics released LIVE AT THE PLAZA ART FAIR. On Aug. 24, 2018 The Phantastics released the EP, LIFE OF THE PARTY. On Dec. 14, 2013 The Phantastics released their debut album THE CLOSER. More info at: http://www.thephantastics.com]

[The Phantastics play Music in the Park, Westwood Park, 4798 Wyoming St, KCMO, Sat, June 11, at 8:00pm with Bob Walkenhorst, Cassie Taylor, Mark Farina, and MID. The West Plaza Neighborhood Association presents Music in the Park a day of music, arts, vendors, food trucks and other activities.]

[The Phantastics play Boulevardia on Fri, June 17 at 7:00 PM, KCMO, at 2395 Grand Blvd, KCMO.]

Jo MacKenzie
  1. Jo MacKenzie – “Radiator”
    from: Radiator – Single / Jordin MacKenzie / May 27, 2022
    [Written, produced, and performed by Jo MacKenzie, mixed by Jo MacKenzie and Harper James. On March 11, 2022, 18 year old Jo Mackenzie (producer and songwriter) released the EP, TOURIST. Last year, Jo Mackenzie and 19 year old Dia Jane (singer/songwriter) released the EP, BRAINBABY on September 5, 2021. The two met at an open mic in Kansas City, Missouri, when Jo was in 8th grade and Dia was in 10th grade. Three years later, the two reconnected to started a musical project together that eventually turned into Baby and the Brain, a self-produced indie-pop band. In 2020 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. Info at http://www.jomackenzie.com]

10:29 – Underwriting

Stacy Busch
  1. Stacy Busch – “Anger”
    from: “When/Time” / Stacy Busch / June 1, 2022
    [“When/Time” was originally presented in Charlotte Street Foundation’s Black Box Theater, 3333 Wyoming St., KCMO, on June 25 & 26, 2021. Busch was named a 2020 Charlotte Street Foundation Generative Performing Artist. This project, intended for 2020, was delayed due to the pandemic. “When/Time,” will now go on tours to health centers, behavioral health/addiction centers, and schools.. “What is certain is that Busch is an important emerging compositional voice, fearless in its vulnerability, and able to pull disparate musical genres into a cohesive whole without artifice.” -KC METROPOLIS. Stacy Busch is a composer and performer. Her concerts and productions are designed to be provocative yet accessible in order to cultivate broader artistic interest and, in particular, reach under-served and/or misrepresented communities. Stacy is the founder and president of No Divide KC, an arts and social justice non-profit that creates artistic events for social causes. Artistically, her work deals with internal conflicts that are often taken abstractly from her personal experiences with addiction and bipolar disorder. These experiences of duality both in the mind and body are universal and her work expresses this underlying human vulnerability. Stacy’s work has been performed nationally as well as in France and Iceland. In 2020, Stacy’s non-profit No Divide KC is producd the 1st Annual Queer Narratives Festival. Also in 2020 Stacy worked on composing the new music and theater production, When/Time in partnership with Charlotte Street Foundation. COVID-19 has changed the dated of this performance. Stacy also has collaborative projects in the works with The Mid America Freedom Band. Recently, Stacy released a new project and subsequent album, titled Mass, which she premiered at MTH Theater. Stacy has performed at Splice Electroacoustic Music Festival, she scored the documentary “The Ordinance Project” which premiered at the Kansas City LGBTQ Film festival, she partnered with Gilda’s Club KC, Owen/Cox Dance Group and Charlotte Street Foundation to compose and perform the music for “Collective: Our Stories of Cancer,” other service with No Divide KC includes partnerships with the Kansas City Ballet School and the Johnson County Library. In addition to Kansas City, Stacy’s work has been featured at the University of Colorado-Boulder, UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance, Western Michigan University and Central Michigan University. It has also been performed by ensembles including: loadbang, Bent Frequency and the Beo String Quartet. She is a 2020 Charlotte Street Foundation Generative Performing Artist Fellow. Stacy has received grants from ArtsKC, ArtSounds, Charlotte Street Foundation and the UMKC Women’s Council. Stacy received her MM In composition from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and her BM in composition from Western Michigan University. Her teachers include Rome Prize winners Paul Rudy and James Mobberley as well as Pulitzer Prize winners Zhou Long and Chen Yi. Other influential teachers include Guggenheim Fellow Curtis Curtis-Smith, Christopher Biggs and Lisa Coons. Prior to studying music, Stacy studied print journalism at Boston University.]

[“When/Time” is presented on The Main Stage at Crown Center, 2450 Grand Blvd, KCMO, on June 7,8,9 at 7:00 PM (Medical Industry Nights), and June 10,11 at 8:00 PM and June 12, at 2:00 PM (Public Performances) Info at: http://www.nodividekc.org]

Kalli Siringas & Stacy Busch

10:35 – Interview with Stacy Busch & Kalli Siringas

Stacy Busch is a queer composer and performer who utilizes her voice with electronics to build unique sound worlds. Her work is a meeting point between art pop, avant-classical and singer-songwriter. Stacy’s work has been performed nationally and internationally. She has received grants from ArtsKC, ArtSounds, Charlotte Street Foundation and the UMKC Women’s Council. Stacy is a 2020 Charlotte Street Foundation Generative Artist Fellow. Stacy is the cofounder and President of No Divide KC is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that uses the arts as a vehicle for stimulating social awareness, participation and community building. No Divide KC partners with Kansas City-based organizations and artists to create artistic events that are focused on the stories of underserved and misrepresented communities in Kansas City.

Kalli Siringas is a writer and performer from Detroit living and working in NYC. She is a graduate of Hunter College. Her work is centered around diet culture, responsible fashion, and most recently ecosystems in the Aegean Sea—as part of a fellowship with The Pulitzer Center. She has performed in spaces like Carnegie Hall, 92Y, and as a Moth StorySlam finalist. She is a weekly contributor to the podcast Talk Easy with Sam Fragoso.

Stacy Busch and Kalli Siringas join us to share details about “When/Time” a new music with theatre performance that weaves together stories of young people dealing with addiction. Presented on The Main Stage at Crown Center, 2450 Grand Blvd, KCMO, on June 7,8,9 at 7:00 PM (Medical Industry Nights), and June 10,11 at 8:00 PM and June 12, at 2:00 PM (Public Performances).

Stacy Busch and Kalli Siringas, thank you for being with us on WMM

“When/Time,” a newer, funnier and fuller view of addiction, presented by NO DIVIDE KC. The show runs from June 7th-12th, with medical industry nights offering free tickets to those in recovery, June 7th-9th. Midwest Music Foundation is sponsoring the performance on June 9th at 7pm!

When/Time
The Main Stage | Crown Center
2450 Grand Blvd STE 301
Kansas City, MO 64108

JUNE 7-9 | 7PM | Medical Industry Nights – Reserved for our medical partners and people in recovery. Free to attend.
JUNE 10, 11 | 8PM | Public Performances
JUNE 12 | 2PM | Public Performance

“When/Time” is a new music with theatre performance. The performance is a coming of age journey that weaves together individual stories of young people dealing with addiction.

The portrayals of 12-Step programs and those who participate in them are primary goals for this project. Composer Stacy Busch says, “I got sober when I was 22 through 12-Step programs and have spent the last 9 years in these spaces. Stigma and misinterpretation of addiction – particularly the portrayals in film, TV and performance – are especially harmful because they can have a more significant impact on young people. These reductive portrayals that are overly dramatic and heavy-handed firmly implant in young people’s minds that addiction is the end of the road. The ‘degenerate’ stereotype is almost impossible to break down and we are losing lives because of it.”

Created/Composed by Stacy Busch

Written/Directed by Kalli Siringas

Choreography by Oscar Trujillo

Musicians: Stacy Busch, J.J. Pearse, Sascha Groschang, Michelle Bacon

Actors: Casey Jane, Courtney Hittle, Vaughan Harrison, Un Joo Christopher

The 3rd Annual Queer Narratives Festival, August 1-6 2022,
at The Black Box 1060 Union Ave, West Bottoms, KCMO.

Info at: http://www.nodividekc.org

Queer Narratives Festival, August 1-6, 2022

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

When: August 1-6, 2022

Weekly programming: August 1-4, 2022

Main Festival: August 5 and 6, 2022

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

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

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Stacy’s work has been performed nationally and in France and Iceland. The Mid America Freedom Band is premiered her double concerto piece for two drag queens. No Divide KC is produced “Stories from Under the Stars” a storytelling event focusing on homelessness in Kansas City as well as the 1st Annual Queer Narratives Festival.

Stacy released the project and album, titled Mass, which she premiered at MTH Theater. She performed at Splice Electroacoustic Music Festival, she scored the documentary “The Ordinance Project” which premiered at the Kansas City LGBTQ Film festival, she partnered with Gilda’s Club KC, Owen/Cox Dance Group and Charlotte Street Foundation to compose and perform the music for “Collective: Our Stories of Cancer,” other service with No Divide KC includes partnerships with the Kansas City Ballet School and the Johnson County Library.
In addition to Kansas City, Stacy’s work has been featured at the University of Colorado-Boulder, University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance, Western Michigan University and Central Michigan University. It has also been performed by ensembles including: loadbang, Bent Frequency and the Beo String Quartet.
She is a 2020 Charlotte Street Foundation Generative Performing Artist Fellow. Stacy has received grants from ArtsKC, ArtSounds, Charlotte Street Foundation and the UMKC Women’s Council. Stacy received her MM in composition from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and her BM in composition from Western Michigan University.
Stacy’s teachers include Rome Prize winners Paul Rudy and James Mobberley as well as Pulitzer Prize winners Zhou Long and Chen Yi. Other influential teachers include Guggenheim Fellow Curtis Curtis-Smith, Christopher Biggs and Lisa Coons. Prior to studying music, Stacy studied print journalism at Boston University.

Stacy Busch and Kalli Siringas, thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

When/Time” a new music with theatre performance that weaves together stories of young people dealing with addiction. Presented on The Main Stage at Crown Center, 2450 Grand Blvd, KCMO, on June 7,8,9 at 7:00 PM (Medical Industry Nights), and June 10,11 at 8:00 PM and June 12, at 2:00 PM (Public Performances). Info at: http://www.nodividekc.org

The 3rd Annual Queer Narratives Festival, August 1-6 2022, at The Black Box 1060 Union Ave, West Bottoms, KCMO. Info at: http://www.nodividekc.or2

10:53

9. Stacy Busch – “We’ve Tried” from: “When/Time” / Stacy Busch / June 1, 2022
[“When/Time” was originally presented in Charlotte Street Foundation’s Black Box Theater, 3333 Wyoming St., KCMO, on June 25 & 26, 2021. Busch was named a 2020 Charlotte Street Foundation Generative Performing Artist. This project, intended for 2020, was delayed due to the pandemic. “When/Time,” will now go on tours to health centers, behavioral health/addiction centers, and schools.. “What is certain is that Busch is an important emerging compositional voice, fearless in its vulnerability, and able to pull disparate musical genres into a cohesive whole without artifice.” -KC METROPOLIS. Stacy Busch is a composer and performer. Her concerts and productions are designed to be provocative yet accessible in order to cultivate broader artistic interest and, in particular, reach under-served and/or misrepresented communities. Stacy is the founder and president of No Divide KC, an arts and social justice non-profit that creates artistic events for social causes. Artistically, her work deals with internal conflicts that are often taken abstractly from her personal experiences with addiction and bipolar disorder. These experiences of duality both in the mind and body are universal and her work expresses this underlying human vulnerability. Stacy’s work has been performed nationally as well as in France and Iceland. In 2020, Stacy’s non-profit No Divide KC is producd the 1st Annual Queer Narratives Festival. Also in 2020 Stacy worked on composing the new music and theater production, When/Time in partnership with Charlotte Street Foundation. COVID-19 has changed the dated of this performance. Stacy also has collaborative projects in the works with The Mid America Freedom Band. Recently, Stacy released a new project and subsequent album, titled Mass, which she premiered at MTH Theater. Stacy has performed at Splice Electroacoustic Music Festival, she scored the documentary “The Ordinance Project” which premiered at the Kansas City LGBTQ Film festival, she partnered with Gilda’s Club KC, Owen/Cox Dance Group and Charlotte Street Foundation to compose and perform the music for “Collective: Our Stories of Cancer,” other service with No Divide KC includes partnerships with the Kansas City Ballet School and the Johnson County Library. In addition to Kansas City, Stacy’s work has been featured at the University of Colorado-Boulder, UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance, Western Michigan University and Central Michigan University. It has also been performed by ensembles including: loadbang, Bent Frequency and the Beo String Quartet. She is a 2020 Charlotte Street Foundation Generative Performing Artist Fellow. Stacy has received grants from ArtsKC, ArtSounds, Charlotte Street Foundation and the UMKC Women’s Council. Stacy received her MM In composition from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and her BM in composition from Western Michigan University. Her teachers include Rome Prize winners Paul Rudy and James Mobberley as well as Pulitzer Prize winners Zhou Long and Chen Yi. Other influential teachers include Guggenheim Fellow Curtis Curtis-Smith, Christopher Biggs and Lisa Coons. Prior to studying music, Stacy studied print journalism at Boston University.]

[“When/Time” is presented on The Main Stage at Crown Center, 2450 Grand Blvd, KCMO, on June 7,8,9 at 7:00 PM (Medical Industry Nights), and June 10,11 at 8:00 PM and June 12, at 2:00 PM (Public Performances) Info at: http://www.nodividekc.org]

Birdie
  1. Birdie – “Riptide”
    from: WHY DO YOU HAVE TO BE SO COOL? / Birdie / May 27, 2022
    [This is Birdie’s new 8-song album. Birdie is the musical project of n birdiesound.com. Power pop, punk, and echoes of the girl groups of our time intersect in Kansas City-based band Birdie. This energetic collaboration of local talent brings a fresh take on classic sounds. Birdie released the single “You Can’t Stop Her” on June 13, 2021. Birdie released the 7-track EP, CELLOPHANE HEART on June 4, 2021. Birdie is the musical project of Betsy Schwartze who lives in Stilwell KS. Info at: http://www.birdiesound.com]

11:00 – Station ID

  1. Zava – “H.O.E”
    from: “H.O.E.” – Single / Taylor Avazpour / June 1, 2021
    [Zava is the musical project, of Taylor Avazpour. Zava ‘s last single “Wrong” was released August 13, 2021 and was added to the “New Queer Friday Playlist” on Spotify. “Wrong” is the 5th single Zava has released in 2021, including: “Electric” on June 4, “I Could Get used To This” on May 14, “Attitude” on April 23, and “Lightyears” on February 12. Since 2017 Taylor has been releasing music videos, has worked at Starlight Theatre, lived in New York City and Boston. Zava was a featured performer at the 2021 Show-Me Kansas City Pride Festival (Aug. 21-22) in Theis Park, KCMO, as presented by KC Pride Community Alliance. Taylor Avazpour is Senior Operations Analyst at Netsmart and Assistant Director at Music Theatre Kansas City. More information at: http://solo.to/thisiszava%5D

[ZAVA plays 2022 Kansas City PrideFest Saturday, June 11, in Theis Park, 522 Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard, KCMO.]

11:03 – Interview with ZAVA (Taylor Avazpour)

Singer, songwriter, actor, dancer – ZAVA joins us to talk about his new single “H.O.E.” that is being released TODAY June 1, 2022. We just heard the radio premiere of this new song. Zava writes: “In a world shrouded in darkness, ZAVA pierces through like lightning. Between soaring vocals, infectious grooves, and celestial production, ZAVA blends all of the music that inspired him to create, what he likes to call, ‘Empowerment Pop’ music. Through this energy, ZAVA hopes to inspire people to discover and cultivate their own light and power from within themselves. Our world depends on it.”

ZAVA plays 2022 Kansas City PrideFest Saturday, June 11, in Theis Park, 522 Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard, KCMO.

ZAVA, Thank you for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

For “H.O.E.” Zava has created a music video

Zava

Zava writes:

“At the dawn of the 21st century, the world is shrouded in darkness. Humans, the only conscious beings on Earth, have become prisoners in their own minds. Hate has become the weapon of the ego. Love has become a feeling of the past. Souls yearn for connection and imagination only to be forgotten through the conditioning of society.

In a moment when all hope seems lost, the soul remembers. Even buried beneath the layers of conditioning, the soul remembers. The love, the connection, the imagination. The reason we are here. As the great awakening emerges, souls from around the world will remember who they are. Not the roles they play, not the identities to which they attach themselves, not even the body in which their souls rest. This is a remembering that peace, joy, and love is who we are. The only way to unlock this treasure is to surrender the ego and dive into the universe that lies within.

Like all things in the universe, there is balance. When darkness reigns, light rises to meet it. Now is the time to awaken, to fight for the light, and to remember who we are.

Are you ready?”

In March Zava held auditions for dancers in the video. The video as shot on Saturday, May 7,2022 and Sunday May 8, 2022.

In making the “H.O.E.” video ZAVA wrote: “That’s a wrap on my first video shoot. I had a moment today where I looked around and genuinely felt a sense of pride in how far I’ve come. Not just as an artist, not just as a human, but as a gay man. All of the struggle, confusion, internalized homophobia I had to survive to get here is making this moment so precious to me. To be able to share all sides of myself – the masculine, the feminine, and everything in between – is what I’m most excited about. It’s time for our society, and especially gay men, to embrace all parts of our humanity. Wear makeup if you want, dance however it feels best for your body, sing as high as the heavens if your soul tells you to. We are not hiding anymore. We are not judging anymore. We are not competing anymore. We are loving ourselves and sharing that love with other members of our community. We are uplifting. We are inspiring. We are supporting. That, more than anything, is what this song and music video represent to me. I am the pop star I always wanted when I was younger. A gay man singing about other men, feeling sexy asf, moving how I wanna to move, singing how I wanna sing, wearing a dress, dancing shirtless, expressing my true self. This one is for the LGBTQIA+ community and I can’t wait for you all to see and hear it when it drops June 1st. I’m so proud of our hard work and I hope this song makes you feel proud of yourself too. You’re worthy of that

Zava has been making music, worked at Starlight Theatre, and lived in NYC and Boston.

Since 2017 Taylor has been releasing music videos, has worked at Starlight Theatre, lived in New York City and Boston. Taylor Avazpour is Senior Operations Analyst at Netsmart and Assistant Director at Music Theatre Kansas City. Info at: http://solo.to/thisiszava/

ZAVA plays 2022 Kansas City PrideFest Saturday, June 11, in Theis Park, 522 Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard, KCMO. Zava played KCPride last Year too,

Zava’s “Wrong” was released Aug. 13, 2021, and added to the “New Queer Friday Playlist” on Spotify. In 2021 Zava also released the singles: “Electric” on June 4, “I Could Get Used To This” on May 14, “Attitude” on April 23, and “Lightyears” on February 12.

11:20

ZAVA (Taylor Avazpour), Thank you for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

ZAVA joins us to talk about his new single “H.O.E.” that is being released TODAY June 1, 2022. ZAVA plays 2022 Kansas City PrideFest Saturday, June 11, in Theis Park, 522 Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard, KCMO. More info at: @thisiszava

Zava
  1. Zava – “Altitude”
    from: “Alitude” – Single / Taylor Avazpour / April 23 2021
    [Zava is the musical project, of Taylor Avazpour. Zava ‘s new single “H.O.E.” was just released today, June 1, 2022. Zava’s single”Wrong” was released August 13, 2021, and added to the “New Queer Friday Playlist” on Spotify. “Wrong” is the 5th single Zava released in 2021, including: “Electric” on June 4, “I Could Get used To This” on May 14, “Altitude” on April 23, and “Lightyears” on February 12. Since 2017 Taylor has been releasing music videos, has worked at Starlight Theatre, lived in New York City and Boston. Zava was a featured performer at this year’s Show-Me Kansas City Pride Festival (Aug. 21-22) in Theis Park, KCMO, as presented by KC Pride Community Alliance. Taylor Avazpour is Senior Operations Analyst at Netsmart and Assistant Director at Music Theatre Kansas City. More information at: http://solo.to/thisiszava%5D

[ZAVA plays KC PrideFest Sat, June 11, in Theis Park, 522 Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard, KCMO.]

Depeche Mode

Andy Fletcher of Depeche Mode just recently died on May 26, 2022.

  1. Depeche Mode – “Just Can’t Get Enough”
    from: The Best of Depeche Mode, Vol 1 (Deluxe Edition) / Sire Records / Nov. 8, 2006
    [The third single, released in UK on Sept. 7, 1981, a month before their debut studio album, Speak & Spell. It was recorded during the summer of that year at Blackwing Studios, and was the band’s first single to be released in the United States, on February 18, 1982. and it was the final single to be written by founding member Vince Clarke, who left the band in November 1981.][Andrew John Leonard Fletcher was born July 8, 1961 and just recently died on May 26, 2022. Fletcher was an English keyboard player, DJ, and founding member of the electronic band Depeche Mode. In 2020, he and the band were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. // Fletcher was the eldest of four siblings born to Joy and John Fletcher. The family moved to Basildon from Nottingham when he was two years old. He was active in the local Boys’ Brigade from an early age, primarily to play football. // Fletcher was 15 in 1976 when punk arrived on the music scene. He said this was “obviously the perfect age to experience it … we were very lucky in life”. He was then influenced by bands such as Siouxsie and the Banshees, the Cure, Kraftwerk, early Human League, and early OMD. Fletcher and schoolmate Vince Clarke formed the band No Romance in China, in which Fletcher played bass guitar. In 1980, Fletcher, Martin Gore and Clarke, the trio now all on synthesizer, formed another group called Composition of Sound. Clarke served as chief songwriter and also provided lead vocals until singer Dave Gahan was recruited into the band later that year, after which they adopted the name Depeche Mode at Gahan’s suggestion. Clarke left the group in late 1981, shortly after the release of their debut album Speak & Spell. // Their 1982 follow-up album, A Broken Frame, was recorded as a trio, with Gore taking over primary songwriting duties. Musician and producer Alan Wilder joined the band in late 1982 and the group continued as a quartet until Wilder’s departure in 1995. From then on, the core trio of Gahan, Gore, and Fletcher remained active, up to the release of their 2017 album Spirit and ensuing world tour. // Fletcher’s role within Depeche Mode was often a topic of speculation. In early incarnations of the band, he played (electric and later synth) bass. As the band evolved after Vince Clarke’s departure in 1981, Fletcher’s role changed as each of the band members took to the areas that suited them and benefited the band collectively. In a key scene in D.A. Pennebaker’s 1989 film about the band, Fletcher clarified: “Martin’s the songwriter, Alan’s the good musician, Dave’s the vocalist, and I bum around.” In his review of 2005’s Playing the Angel, long after Wilder’s departure from the band, Rolling Stone writer Gavin Edwards riffed upon Fletcher’s statement with the opening line: “Depeche Mode’s unique division of labor has been long established, with each of the three remaining members having a distinct role: Martin Gore writes the songs, Dave Gahan sings them and Andy Fletcher shows up for photo shoots and cashes the checks.” Fletcher was the only member of the band who did not receive a songwriting credit. // With the band having not always employed a full-time manager, Fletcher handled many of the band’s business, legal, and other non-musical interests over the years. In the press kit for Songs of Faith and Devotion, he discussed being genuinely interested in many of the business aspects of the music industry that other performing musicians shy away from, and as such, he took over a lot of the business management aspects of the band. In later years, this included acting as the band’s “spokesperson”, with Fletcher often being the one to announce Depeche Mode news (such as record album and tour details). // He was also said to be the member who was “the tiebreaker” and the one that “brings the band together”. According to interviews, Fletcher built the compromise between Gahan and Gore that settled their serious dispute following 2001’s Exciter album and tour over future songwriting duties within Depeche Mode. // In the studio and during live shows, Fletcher contributed a variety of supporting synthesizer parts, including bass parts, strings, and drone sounds, and various samples. Fletcher was the only member of Depeche Mode who did not sing. Although he can be seen singing in videos of Depeche’s past live performances, usually Fletcher’s vocals were either mixed very low or heard only through his own stage monitors. Fletcher sang on the interlude “Crucified” on Violator. According to Alan Wilder, every band member participated in the choir on the song “Condemnation” from Songs of Faith and Devotion and Wilder confirms this on the press kit of the same album. // In 2002, Fletcher launched his own record label, a Mute Records imprint called Toast Hawaii (named after the dish), and signed the band CLIEИT. He coordinated the recording of their eponymous 2003 debut and 2004’s City, while also producing “extended remixes” for their subsequent singles “Price of Love”, “Rock and Roll Machine”, “Here and Now”, “In It for the Money”, “Radio”, and “Pornography” (featuring Carl Barât of the Libertines). // Initially to support CLIEИT’s live shows, Fletcher began touring as a DJ. Whenever he was on hiatus from Depeche Mode, Fletcher played occasional festivals and club gigs, and was known to include various exclusive Depeche remixes in his sets. In late 2015, Fletcher embarked on a small tour of European clubs. // Fletcher was married to Gráinne Fletcher (née Mullan) for almost 30 years. The couple had two children. // While Depeche Mode were touring with the band Blancmange in the early 1980s, Fletcher was renowned for his skill at chess. Neil Arthur of Blancmange has mentioned in interviews “never winning a game of chess with Andy Fletcher!” During the 1990s, Fletcher owned a restaurant called Gascogne located on Blenheim Terrace in St. John’s Wood, London. He made a series of bad investments in the mid-1990s that led to a number of financial settlements involving Lloyd’s of London and Daniel Miller. // Of the widely-covered 1993 Devotional Tour, Ken Scrudato of BlackBook said: “… Depeche were a band that went through periods of devastating strife, their by-now-legendary 1993 Devotional Tour ending with Gahan and Gore in the throes of what could only be described as epic substance abuse issues, Fletch on the verge of a nervous breakdown, and former member Alan Wilder quitting in disgust and exasperation.” Fletcher himself commented in a 1997 interview with MTV that the Devotional Tour “nearly destroyed the band.” // Fletcher died from natural causes at his home on 26 May 2022, aged 60. His fellow bandmates Gahan and Gore stated “we are shocked and filled with overwhelming sadness with the untimely passing of our dear friend, family member and bandmate Andy ‘Fletch’ Fletcher”. Former Depeche Mode member Alan Wilder stated that it was “a real bolt from the blue to hear” about the passing of Andy Fletcher. // Pet Shop Boys, Alison Moyet and the Smashing Pumpkins were among many who paid tribute to Fletcher. Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark dedicated the song “Almost” to Fletcher during their show at the Greek Theatre on the day of his death. The song had inspired former Depeche Mode bandmate Vince Clarke to pursue electronic music.]

11:28 – Underwriting

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

[Arquesta Del SolSoul play Lemonade Park, 1628 Wyoming, KCMO, West Bottoms, on Saturday, June 11, at 7:00 PM with Black Light Animals, SoulTru, and Illphonics.]

[Arquesta Del SolSoul play The Granada Theatre, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, KS, on June 16, opening for Femi Kuti & The Positive Force featuring Mádé Kuti.]

[Les Izmore and The Goats play recordBar, 1020 Grand, KCMO, on June 17 with Steddy P & DJ MAHF, Various Blonde, Stylez & Busty the Drummer, and Jordan Baumstark.]

Les Izmore and Jessica Ayala

11:38 – Interview with Jessica Ayala and Les Izmore

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

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

Les Izmore and Jessica Ayala

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

We just played the radio premiere of Arquesta Del SolSoul’s new eight and a half minute single, “Six Second Sunz.”

Arquesta Del SolSoul play Lemonade Park, 1628 Wyoming, KCMO, West Bottoms, on Saturday, June 11, at 7:00 PM with Black Light Animals, SoulTru, and Illphonics.

Arquesta Del SolSoul play The Granada Theatre, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, KS, on June 16, opening for Femi Kuti & The Positive Force featuring Mádé Kuti.

Les Izmore and The Goats play recordBar, 1020 Grand, KCMO, on June 17 with Steddy P & DJ MAHF, Various Blonde, Stylez & Busty the Drummer, and Jordan Baumstark.

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

Jessica Ayala and Les Izmore Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

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

Arquesta Del SolSoul members include:Les Izmore, Jessica Ayala, Brad Williams, Chalis O’Neal, Jade Green, and Hadiza.

Les Izmore and Jessica Ayala

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

Hadiza and Les Izmore

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

Necia Gamby and Brad Williams

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

Chalis O’Neal

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

Jade Green

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

Hadiza and Lez Izmore

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

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

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

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

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

Discography

Albums: Hearts of Darkness (2010) // Shelf Life (2012)
EPs: Numeration (2012)
We just played the radio premiere of Arquesta Del SolSoul’s new eight and a half minute single, “Six Second Sunz.”

Arquesta Del SolSoul play Lemonade Park, 1628 Wyoming, KCMO, West Bottoms, on Saturday, June 11, at 7:00 PM with Black Light Animals, SoulTru, and Illphonics.

Arquesta Del SolSoul play The Granada Theatre, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, KS, on June 16, opening for Femi Kuti & The Positive Force featuring Mádé Kuti.

Les Izmore and The Goats play recordBar, 1020 Grand, KCMO, on June 17 with Steddy P & DJ MAHF, Various Blonde, Stylez & Busty the Drummer, and Jordan Baumstark.

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

Jessica Ayala and Les Izmore Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

11:54

  1. Femi Kuti and Mádé Kuti – “Pà Pá Pà”
    from: Legacy + / Patisan Records / February 5,. 2021
    [Legacy+ is a 2021 double album by Femi Kuti and Made Kuti. The album is made up of Femi Kuti’s Stop the Hate and Made Kuti’s For(e)ward. It was released on February 5, 2021. // The title represents a tribute to Fela Kuti as the pioneering afrobeat musician and also to the future of afrobeat music in general. It has also been referred to as an immortalisation of Fela Kuti and the afrobeat genre. Femi Kuti’s Stop the Hate album occupies the first 10 tracks of the album while Made Kuti’s For(e)ward album occupies the last 8 tracks. The cover art is a portrait art of Femi Kuti and Made Kuti by Delphine Desane. // Femi Kuti’s 10th studio album, Stop the Hate is described as a sociopolitical recording which proffers solutions to perennial problems highlighted in his previous recordings. He encourages youth participation in politics and urges a quick resolution to problems. // Made Kuti’s For(e)ward adresses national unity, sexual harassment as well as issues relating to police brutality and End SARS. // He also chronicles how Nigeria’s problems have remained the same since the 1970s. // The music video for Femi Kuti’s “As We Struggle Everyday” was released on the same day as the album release. The video was filmed by Optimus Dammy, edited by Audrey Hurtis, and illustrated by Kiki Picasso. // The album was produced by Sodi Marciszewer who had worked with Fela Kuti in the past and was released under Partisan Records. All the instrumentals on For(e)ward were composed, arranged and played by Made Kuti. // Olufela Olufemi Anikulapo Kuti (born June 16, 1962), popularly known as Femi Kuti, is a Nigerian musician born in London and raised in Lagos. He is the eldest son of Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti and a grandchild of political campaigner, women’s rights activist and traditional aristocrat Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti. // Femi Kuti began his musical career playing in his father’s band, Egypt 80. In 1986, Femi started his own band, Positive Force, establishing himself as an artist independent of his father’s legacy. // Omorinmade Kuti (born 26 September 1995) known professionally as Made Kuti, is a Nigerian afrobeat singer, songwriter and instrumentalist. He released his debut album titled For(e)ward in 2021.// the New Afrika Shrine. He learned to play multiple musical instruments including the trumpet, alto, sax, piano and drums in his childhood and started playing the trumpet at age 3. He attended Trinity Laban Conservatoire in London which was Fela Kuti’s alma mater.]

[Femi Kuti & The Positive Force featuring Mádé Kuti. play The Granada Theatre, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, KS, on June 16, Arquesta Del SolSoul will open.]

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

Next week on Wednesday, June 8 we feature our favorite MidCoastal releases of 2022 So Far! Plus, Julia Othmer returns to the show to share details about the Benefit for Ukraine, Friday, June 10, at 6:00 PM at Lemonade Park, 1628 Wyoming Kcmo, West Bottoms, with Ivory Blue, Havilah Bruders, Johnny Hamil, Courtney Collado, spoken word artist José Faus, Poet-on-Demand Elizabeth Howard, and more! Also next week, Marion Merritt, and Betse Ellis will join us again as our special Co-Hosts for WMM’s Spring Fund Drive Show for 90.1 FM KKFI.

Allison Russell Photo by Frankie Cepero

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Show #944

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WMM presents Arquesta Del SolSoul + ZAVA + Stacy Busch & “When/Time”

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, June 1, 2022

New & MidCoastal Releases + Arquesta Del SolSoul + AVAZ + Stacy Busch & When/Time

The Phantastics

Mark plays more New & MidCoastal Releases from: The Phantastics, Arquesta Del SolSoul, The Black Creatures, Jo MacKenzie, Zava, Birdie, Stacy Busch, Julia Othmer, Eddie Moore’s We the People, Allison Russell, Femi Kuti, and Depeche Mode.

At 10:30 we talk with composer & performing artist Stacy Busch & writer performer Kalli Siringas about “When/Time” a new music with theatre performance that weaves together stories of young people dealing with addiction. Presented on The Main Stage at Crown Center, 2450 Grand Blvd, KCMO, on June 7,8,9 at 7:00 PM (Medical Industry Nights), and June 10,11 at 8:00 PM and June 12, at 2:00 PM (Public Performances). When/Time was created & composed by Stacy Busch, written & directed by Kalli Siringas, with choreography by Oscar Trujillo. Musicians include: Stacy Busch, J.J. Pearse, Sascha Groschang, and Michelle Bacon. The cast of actors includes: Casey Jane, Christopher Lion, Courtney Hittle, Vaughan Harrison, and Un Joo Christopher. Kalli Siringas has performed at Carnegie Hall, 92Y, and as a Moth StorySlam finalist. Stacy Busch was named a 2020 Charlotte Street Foundation Generative Performing Artist. Stacy also shares details about the 3rd Annual Queer Narratives Festival, August 1-6 2022, at The Black Box 1060 Union Ave, West Bottoms, KCMO. Info at: http://www.nodividekc.org

At 11:00 ZAVA shares his new single “H.O.E.” to be released June 1, 2022. Zava writes: “In a world shrouded in darkness, ZAVA pierces through like lightning. Between soaring vocals, infectious grooves, and celestial production, ZAVA blends all of the music that inspired him to create, what he likes to call, ‘Empowerment Pop’ music. Through this energy, ZAVA hopes to inspire people to discover and cultivate their own light and power from within themselves. Our world depends on it.” ZAVA plays 2022 Kansas City PrideFest Saturday, June 11, in Theis Park, 522 Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard, KCMO. In 2021 Zava’s single “Wrong” released August 13, 2021, was added to the “New Queer Friday Playlist” on Spotify. In 2021 Zava also released the singles: “Electric” on June 4, “I Could Get Used To This” on May 14, “Attitude” on April 23, and “Lightyears” on February 12. Since 2017 Zava has been releasing music, has worked at Starlight Theatre, and lived in NYC and Boston. More info at: http://solo.to/thisiszava/

At 11:30 Mark talks with Jessica Ayala and Les Izmore of Arquesta Del SolSoul a six-piece KC based music collective of African futurists. Their sound brings an innovative multidimensional eclectic fusion of Soul, Hip-Hop, R&B, Afro-Latin percussion, and Spoken Word. Inspired by their founding musical ancestors, they decolonize and time bend indigenous sounds of the Caribbean, Latin America, West, Central, and Southern Africa. Members include Les Izmore, Jessica Ayala, Brad Williams, Chalis O’Neal, Jade Green, and Hadiza. We’ll play Arquesta Del SolSoul’s new eight and a half minute single, “Six Second Sunz” to be released June 1, 2022. Arquesta Del SolSoul play Lemonade Park, 1628 Wyoming, KCMO, West Bottoms, on Saturday, June 11, at 7:00 PM with Black Light Animals, SoulTru, and Illphonics. Arquesta Del SolSoul play The Granada Theatre, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, KS, on June 16, opening for Femi Kuti & The Positive Force featuring Mádé Kuti. More info at: http://www.instagram.com/arquestadelsolsoul

Femi Kuti & The Positive Force featuring Mádé Kuti

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Allison Russell Photo by Frankie Cepero

Show #944

WMM Playlist from May 25, 2022

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, May 25, 2022

New & MidCoastal Releases + Amy Farrand + Sam Platt

  1. “Main Title Instrumental – It’s Showtime Folks”
    from: Orig. Motion Picture Soundtrack All That Jazz / Casablanca / December 20, 1979
    [WMM’s Adopted Theme Song]
  1. Major Matt Mason USA – “Stupid Feelings”
    from: “Stupid Feelings” – Single / Olive Juice Music / May 6, 2022
    [Matt Roth on guitar & vocals, Brian Hurtgen on drums, Dane Bridges on bass. Recorded and mixed by Paul Malinowski at Massive Audio (Shawnee, KS). Produced by Matt Roth and Paul Malinowski. copyright 2022 (Claws Beat Skin BMI) Matt writes, “This is a song about releasing yourself and others from judgment. It’s a celebration of the beautiful messes that we are and that strange peace you feel when you’re cleaning up after the party that trashed your house the night before.”Major Matt Mason USA previously released “Endless Summer” on Movember 18, 2020. Earlier on July 20, 2020 Major Matt Mason USA released the single “Victims Of The Storm.” Major Matt Mason USA is the performing name for musician, poet, and producer Matt Roth. Originally from Shawnee, Kansas, Matt cut his teeth playing guitar for local Lawrence, KS freak out and math rock bands Magic Nose and Dracomagnet in the early 1990s. // In 1994 Matt moved to New York City where he became active in the anti-folk and DIY music scene of New York’s East Village. Centering around the infamous Monday night, open mic, Antihoots at the Sidewalk Cafe, the scene was an early stomping ground for an array of artists including Beck, Regina Spektor, The Moldy Peaches, Langhorne Slim, John S. Hall (King Missile), Jeffrey Lewis, Shilpa Ray, Kimya Dawson, Diane Cluck, and many more. // In 1998 MMM released his debut solo album Me Me Me in the US. The album was licensed for the UK and Europe on Teenage Fanclub drummer Francis MacDonald’s label, Shoeshine Records. He would continue to release two more albums with Shoeshine: 2002’s Honey Are you Ready for the Ballet and 2004’s Bad People Rule The World. In 2005 Matt released a one-off project under the moniker of Kansas State Flower and in 2007 he returned as Major Matt Mason USA with the album Senile Pie Strive Pip Melancholy. // In 2001 he formed the band Schwervon! with Nan Turner. Schwervon! would go on to release five albums and a handful of singles, including a 7” on, Pavement member, Bob Nastanovich’s label Broker’s Tip Records. // During his time in New York, he established Olive Juice Music, a recording studio, independent record label, and online record distro headquartered in his apartment in the Lower East Side. Olive Juice Music would go on to host the OJ All Day Music Fest, for three years, as well as the OJ Distro, a hub for over three hundred independent releases in the early days of online mailorder. OJ Studios has produced recordings for many notable artists including: Kimya Dawson, Daniel Johnston, Jeffrey Louis, Adam Green (Moldy Peaches), Toby Goodshank, The Lovely Eggs, L.D. Beghtol (Magnetic Fields), Dan Fishback, Paleface, Phoebe Kreutz, Elastic No No Band and more. // In 2012 Matt moved back to Shawnee, Kansas and re-inserted himself into the Kansas City Music/ Poetry Scene. In 2015 he started a poetry blog entitled Beef Jerky Clouds and in 2017 formed a side project, Broken Heart Syndrome, featuring Pat Tomek of The Rainmakers on drums. // [Major Matt Mason USA continues to perform as a solo act and as a band. Through his combined projects he has shared the stage, opening, for luminaries such as Belle and Sebastian, Guided By Voices, Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth), The Vaselines, The Wedding Present, Daniel Johnston, Lucy Dacus and many more. // As of the fall of 2019 Major Matt Mason USA has been performing with Brian Hurtgen on drums and more recently Dane Bridges on Bass. More info at: http://www.majormattmasonusa.com]
Katy Guillen & The Drive photo by Morgan Jones
  1. Katy Guillen & The Drive – “Set In Stone”
    from: “Set InStone” / Katy Guillen / May 24, 2022
    [Produced by Kevin Ratterman (My Morning Jacket, Heartless Bastards, Ray LaMontagne) at Invisible Creature Studio in Los Angeles, “Set In Stone” is brimming with vibrant textures, fuzzy electric guitars, and warm vocals. “Set In Stone” marks the beginning of a major life transition for Katy Guillen (pronounced Ghee-En). Written shortly after her longtime band announced their final show, she was struggling to find the next step in her career and personal life, while longing for a past sense of stability. “The song’s vigorous structure and deliberate rhythms convey that feeling of defeat and darkness, but with a sense of resolution and surrender through the guitar solo – a favorite moment on the record for me,” explains Katy. “While it started on shaky ground, coming out on the other side meant starting over and building something new.”It is a taste of what’s to come on their full-length debut album ANOTHER ONE GAINED (due August 19, 2022), a memoir of growth and reawakening by way of heart-wrenching transition and change – loss of her long-time band, end of a romantic relationship and finding herself amidst it all. “Set In Stone” premiered earlier this week on Guitar Girl Magazine. Katy Guillen & The Drive – Katy Gillen (drums) and Stephanie William (drums) – dropped their first EP, Dream Girl, right before the 2020 lockdown, leaving them without opportunities to perform live. In their basement rehearsal space, they spent the year learning home recording and pre-production techniques, gradually crafting a collection of songs from the ground up. The following April, they took the demos to producer/engineer Kevin Ratterman (My Morning Jacket, Heartless Bastards, Ray LaMontagne) at Invisible Creature Studio in Los Angeles. From their work with Ratterman emerged a batch of 15 songs. At the end of 2021, the band released the four-track Battles EP, offering listeners a darker, more simmering edge to their impelling indie-rock sound. Ten more would comprise Another One Gained, the full-length debut due August 19, 2022. Previously Katy Guillen & The Drive released BATTLES EP on December 17, 2021, Recorded at Invisible Creature Studio in Los Angeles, CA. Engineered and mixed by Kevin Ratterman. Produced by Kevin Ratterman, Katy Guillen, and Stephanie Williams. Mastered by Shelley Anderson at Black Lab Mastering in Louisville, KY. All songs written by Katy Guillen and Stephanie Williams. Katy Guillen on vocals, guitar, bass, & keyboarda. Stephanie Williams on drums & percussion. Additional keys and programming by Kevin Ratterman. Album design and photography by Morgan Jones. This is a follow up to Katy Guillen & The Drive’s 7-song EP DREAM GIRL, released March 20, 2020. Katy Guillen & The Drive, is a project dedicated to Guillen’s songwriting that is founded on the creative spark and chemistry between Katy Guillen & Stephanie Williams. With Guillen on guitar & vocals and Williams on drums, the two sculpt a sound that recalls bands like Led Zeppelin, The Bangles, and Band of Skulls. In 2012, Guillen & Williams formed Katy Guillen and The Girls, and began to build a foundation of touring and recording that carried them through six years and produced three full-length albums: Katy Guillen & the Girls, Heavy Days, and Remember What You Knew Before. Between 2012 and 2018, they traveled the United States extensively, performed at the International Montreal Jazz Festival, toured Sweden, and supported major acts like The Doobie Brothers, Robin Trower, and Heartless Bastards. In these 6 years playing together, Guillen & Williams created a dynamic, sound informed by Guillen’s mesmerizing, emotive guitar style and poignant arrangements, and an equally captivating live show that showcased Williams’ technical, melodic style, resulting in a powerful on-stage chemistry. In addition to the compelling synergy formed by years of playing together, the two developed a method of working together on Guillen’s songs that only deepened their artistic connection, propelling them to forge a path to a new plateau in their music. KG & The Drive push ahead with a melodic, heavy, and soulful sound while maintaining the edge of the artist’s rock ‘n’ roll and blues roots. Katy Guillen joined us on WMM on March 18, 2020. More info at: http://www.katyguillenmusic.com]
Katy Guillen & The Drive photo by Morgan Jones

Katy Guillen & The Drive U.S. TOUR DATES

JUN 3 / LEES SUMMIT, MO @ Lee’s Summit Downtown Days
JUN 4 / IOWA CITY, IA @ Iowa Arts Fest 2022
JUN 5 / YORKVILLE, IL @ The Law Office Pub & Music Hall
JUN 10 @ LAWRENCE, KS @ The Bottleneck
JUN 24 / APPLETON, WI @ Fox River House
JUNE 25 / MILWAUKEE, WI @ TBA
JUL 7 / JACKSON, MS @ Duling Hall
JUL 8 / BATON ROUGE, LA @ Manship Theatre
JUL 15 / GRAND ISLAND, NE @ Hear Grand Island
JUL 16 / SIOUX CITY, IA @ Vanguard Arts
JUL 31 / COLORADO SPRINGS, CO @ Vultures
AUG 3 / VIRGINIA BEACH, VA @ Elevation 27
AUG 4 / RICHMOND, VA @ Richmond Music Hall
AUG 5 / WASHINGTON, DC @ City Winery
AUG 7 / ROCKY MOUNT, VA @ Harvester Performance Center
AUG 19 / DAVENPORT, IA @ Alternating Currents Festival
AUG 20 / LINCOLN, NE @ The Zoo Bar
AUG 26 / KANSAS CITY, MO @ Knuckleheads
AUG 27 / DES MOINES, IA @ xBk Live

Seyko Bond Groves, Misha D Roberts, and Wyatt West
  1. Wyatt West & the Accomplices – “It’s Human Nature”
    from: “It’s Human Nature” – Single / Wyatt West / May 24, 2022
    [Misha D. Roberts: lead vocals, Seyko Bond Groves and Misha D. Roberts, backing vocals, Lawrence Jackson: trumpet, Ryan Jamal Davis: trombone, Ernest Melton: tenor sax, Max Berry: guitars, Thomas “Freight Train” Walker: drums, Wyatt West: piano & keys, Lynn Allred: sound engineer.Iconoclast Wyatt West roams the wide and diverse American music landscape to create a stunning range of music and lyrics. No musical genre is off limits or taboo for his songwriting craft. Wyatt writes: “I’m working on a benefit CD for Hope House using songs I’ve recorded with female singers from here in KC (if I can get everybody’s permission) and this cut will definitely be part of that. We’re probably looking at late fall (Christmas) for that. But this is such a ‘summer cut’ thought I’d try to get it out early for everybody to groove on. Aren’t Misha’s vocals incredible?” More info at http://www.wyattwest.bandcamp.com]

Folk Alliance Spotlight
(Each week, Mark will feature an artist we talked with and heard play live at the 2022 Folk Alliance International Conference held in Kansas City May 18, 19, 20, 21, and 22.)

Crys Matthews
  1. Crys Matthews – “Changemakers”
    from: CHANGEMAKERS / Crys Matthews / May 26, 2021
    [Winner of the 2022 Folk Alliance International Folk Muaic Award for Song of the Year. Crys Matthews was also an Official Showcase Artist for the 34th Annual Folk Alliance International Conference, May 18, 19, 21, 21, and 22 in Kansas City, at Westin Crown Center Hotel, More info at http://www.folk.org. Already being hailed as “the next Woody Guthrie,” Crys Matthews is among the brightest stars of the new generation of social justice music-makers. A powerful lyricist whose songs of compassionate dissent reflect her lived experience as what she lightheartedly calls “the poster-child for intersectionality,” Justin Hiltner of Bluegrass Situation called Matthews’s gift “a reminder of what beauty can occur when we bridge those divides.” She is made for these times and, with the release of her new, hope-fueled, love-filled social justice album Changemakers, Matthews hopes to take her place alongside some of her heroes in the world of social-justice music like Sweet Honey in the Rock and Holly Near. Of Matthews, ASCAP VP & Creative Director Eric Philbrook says, “By wrapping honest emotions around her socially conscious messages and dynamically delivering them with a warm heart and a strong voice, she lifts our spirits just when we need it most in these troubled times. // ”Matthews began performing in 2010, but cemented her acclaim at Lincoln Center as the 2017 New Song Music and Performance Competition grand prize winner. That year she also released two new projects—her album of thoughtful songs on love and life called The Imagineers, and her EP called Battle Hymn for an Army of Lovers, which tackles social justice themes. Matthews also won the People’s Music Network’s Social Justice Songs contest at the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance. Loyal fans quickly followed as Matthews racked up performances at large music festivals and prestigious venues across the country including the Sundance Film Festival, Kerrville Folk Festival, and locally at venues like The Birchmere, TheHamilton, Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center, and Jammin’ Java. In her TedTalk about difficult conversations called “Sing, Don’t Shout—An Alternative Approach” Matthews spoke about being born and raised in a small town in southeastern NorthCarolina by an A.M.E.preacher, and how she witnessed the power of music from an early age. A former drum major and classically-trained clarinetist turned folk singer, Matthews is using her voice to answer Dr. Martin Luther King’s call to be “a drum major for justice.” // “I believe in hope,” Matthews said. “As a social-justice songwriter, it is my duty to keep breathing that hope and encouragement into the people who listen to my music.” And, from the title track to the last track, Changemakers does just that all while tackling some heavy topics like immigration, the opioid crisis, Black Lives Matter, and gun safety to name a few.“ Ani DiFranco said, “People used to make records as in a record of an event,” said Matthews, “so I hope that these songs will serve as a time capsule, a record of the events of the last four years and what it was like to live through them.” Crys Matthews’s thoughtful, realistic and emotional songs speak to the voice of our generation and remind us why music indeed soothes the soul. More info at http://www.crysmatthews.com]
  1. Jerame Gray – “When The Sun Comes Up”
    from: “When The Sun Comes Up”- Single / Full Tank Studios / May 13, 2022
    [Earlier this year on April 30, 2022 Jerame released the single “Transcendental Medication.” On May 24, 2020 Jerame Gray released the single, “Let Morning Rise.” On January 12, 2020 Jerame Gray released the singles, “Before Long (feat. Kate Gray)” and “What Good Is The Rising Sun” and “Ashes Before Dust.” On Hanuary 12, 2012 Jerame Gray released the EP, KILL CREEK ROAD. Australian born singer-songwriter Jerame Gray’s work has. been described as “Music for the working man, the adventurer, the traveler, and for those with an unsettled spirit.” Jerame has an innate capacity for strong melody and musical arrangements, lyrical storytelling, alluring song development, and a soulfully dynamic vocal delivery. He has an energetic and deliberate approach when melding style, form, and balance into multilayered musical compositions. // Jerame is a proficient writer and performer and his work has been featured in film, numerous international travel documentaries, and in a United States web and television campaign for LMC Trucks. // He is represented by Union Entertainment in Nashville, TN and currently lives in Kansas City, MO with his wife, songwriter Kate Gray, and their two children. More info at: https://www.reverbnation.com/jeramegray%5D

[Check out Jerame Gray’s wife Kathryn Gray’s book, The Gardener At Fossil Cottage)

Boxknife
  1. Boxknife – “The Tower”
    from: “The Tower” – (Single) / Squarestab Records / May 20, 2022
    [Debut Single from Boxknife, a queer dark-pop band from Kansas City made up of Stephanie Bankston, Britt Wild, Mia Morrow, and Brook Worlledge who formed from the ashes of the band Lovergurl. Keyboardist and vocalist, Stephanie Bankston was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. She is a graduate of The University of Missouri. She moved abroad in her 20s, and lived in Seoul, Korea, where she played in a mostly female band called BaekMa (“White Horse”). Stephanie returned to Kansas City in the Fall 2015. Brook Worlledge,is a Kansas City native. She is the band’s drummer and she sings and writes songs for the band. Brook is a defender of the proletariat. Brook’s influences range from The B-52s, The Velvet Underground, and The Brian Jonestown Massacre. Brit Wild has played to Wick and the Tricks and other bands in Kansas City.

[Boxknife play RecordBar, 1520 Grand Ave, KCMO, on Thursday, May 26, at 8:00 PM opening for JAY ASTON’S GENE LOVES JEZEBEL with Rosegarden Funeral Party.]

10:29 – Underwriting

Amy Farrand
  1. Amy Farrand & The Like – “Not Gonna Cry”
    from: One / Amy Farrand / April 28, 2018
    [Amy Farrand & The Like are Amy Farrand on lead vocals & guitar, Steve Tubbert on bass, Felix Dukes on drums, Kyle Dahlquist on keyboards & backing vocals, Stephan Jean-Francois on trumpet, and Katie Gilchrist on backing vocals. 11-song debut album was recorded with Duane Trower at Weights & Measures Soundlab. Amy Farrand plays over a dozen intruments, bass, drums, lap steel, guitar, she has hosted variety shows, and radio shows and has been a a member of the bands: American Catastrophe, Experimental Instrument Orchestra, Shotgun Idols, Sister Mary Rotten Crotch, Atlantic Fadeout, The Silver Maggies. One reviewer wrote of her, “Amy Farrand is a tough-as-nails vocalist making her an invaluable asset to any live act.”]

[Amy Farrand and The Like play their first show in almost three years on Friday, June 3, at 8:00 PM at The Black Box, 1060 Union Ave., KCMO, in West Bottoms, with The Utilitarians.]

10:35 – Interview with Amy Farrand

Amy Farrand plays over a dozen instruments, bass, drums, lap steel, guitar, she has hosted variety shows, and radio shows, and she is licsensed to has been a a member of the bands: American Catastrophe, Experimental Instrument Orchestra, Shotgun Idols, Sister Mary Rotten Crotch, Atlantic Fadeout, The Silver Maggies. One reviewer wrote of her, “Amy Farrand is a tough-as-nails vocalist making her an invaluable asset to any live act.” In April 2018, Amy’s band Amy Farrand & The Like released their 11-song debut album and were nominated for a Pitch “Best of Kansas City” Award.

The last time we talked with Amy on the radio, was April 1, 2020, while she was stranded in Italy after traveling there to help a friend move back to the U.S. In her second week of visiting her friend, the Coronavirus hit hard and citizens were ordered to quarantine themselves at home. Amy was stuck in Italy for 4 months, and when it was time to come home her friend ended up staying Europe.

On April 1, 2020 in the U.S. there were 4085 deaths due to Covid 19, and 189,785 confirmed cases. As of today there have been over 1 million deaths in the United States due to Covid.

Amy came back to her home town that was shuttered, venues were closed, friends out of work, Davey’s Uptown lost to a fire. Amy decided to turn her efforts in ward, and as she put it, “do the work, on myself, to work out those things that have been haunting me my whole life.” She says that she is happier now than she has ever been in her whole life. She is 70 pounds lighter. Amy says as she did the work, the weight just went away, gradually over the last year and a half. Amy’s hair is naturally curly, her smile as big as ever. Amy Farrand is real. One of the most real people you will ever meet. She is honest and hardworking and a walking history of the last 25 years of the Kansas City Music Community.

Amy talked with us about how she left home at the age a fifteen, and got her own apartment in midtown. She talked about going to Recycled Sounds to buy posters to decorate her new, self-made home. Recycled Sounds owner, Anne Winter asked Amy if this was for her bedroom, Amy replied that it was for her new apartment. Anne asked, “How old are you?” When Amy replied “15” Anne’s mouth fell open, and that is when Amy felt Anne’s maternal energy, looking after her, even though as Amy mentioned, “she wouldn’t hire me to work at the store.” Amy said, “I would slip my application in while Billy Smith was working there, but Anne didn’t want to hire me, and it’s probably just as well, because I probably would have just spent my entire paycheck on records.”

One of Amy’s first band’s was My Childhood Hero, the reformation and new identity of the previous band, The Young Johnny Carson Story, a band formed by Eve Sheldon, Tom Livesay, and Jeff Brown in 1991. In 1994, after receiving a “deceased and desist” letter from Carson Productions, the band changed their name and added drummer Amy Farrand to the group.

Amy talked with us about picking up a guitar and playing for the first time in years. She talked about finding her voice again. Amy Farrand and The Like play their first show in almost three years on Friday, June 3, at 8:00 PM at The Black Box, 1060 Union Ave., KCMO, in West Bottoms with The Utilitarians.

Amy Farrand & The Like are
Amy Farrand on lead vocals & guitar
Steve Tubbert on bass
Felix Dukes on drums
Kyle Dahlquist on keyboards & backing vocals
Stephan Jean-Francois on trumpet
Katie Gilchrist on backing vocals.

Amy Farrand thank you for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

Amy Farrand & The Like play their first show in almost 3 years on Friday, June 3, at 8:00 PM at The Black Box, 1060 Union Ave., KCMO, in West Bottoms with The Utilitarians.

10:51

  1. Amy Farrand & The Like – “Baby (Radio Edit)”
    from: One / Amy Farrand / April 28, 2018
    [Amy Farrand & The Like are Amy Farrand on lead vocals & guitar, Steve Tubbert on bass, Felix Dukes on drums, Kyle Dahlquist on keyboards & backing vocals, Stephan Jean-Francois on trumpet, and Katie Gilchrist on backing vocals. 11-song debut album was recorded with Duane Trower at Weights & Measures Soundlab. Amy Farrand plays over a dozen intruments, bass, drums, lap steel, guitar, she has hosted variety shows, and radio shows and has been a a member of the bands: American Catastrophe, Experimental Instrument Orchestra, Shotgun Idols, Sister Mary Rotten Crotch, Atlantic Fadeout, The Silver Maggies. One reviewer wrote of her, “Amy Farrand is a tough-as-nails vocalist making her an invaluable asset to any live act.”]

[Amy Farrand and The Like play their first show in almost three years on Friday, June 3, at 8:00 PM at The Black Box, 1060 Union Ave., KCMO, in West Bottoms with The Utilitarians.]

  1. Belle & The Vertigo Waves – “Love In Remission”
    from: “Love In Remission” – Single / Drop Out Records / March 25, 2022
    [Belle & The Vertigo Waves is the sonic brainchild of Belle Loux. She resides in KCMO, and is slowly attempting world domination. Members include Belle Loux on lead vocals, John Loux on guitar. This new single is a follow up to “Stand Down” released Jan. 21, 2022. Belle & The Vertigo Waves released their debut album, ALIGNED on Drop Out Records on Oct. 6, 2017. “About the album, Belle told Michelle Bacon at The Bridge, “Many of the tunes had been written around five years prior, when I was just 15 or 16.” Belle had only played them as a solo artist with occasional accompaniment from her dad, guitarist John Loux, & keyboardist Charlie Hibberd. In 2017, she hired the two musicians and a couple other friends to track “Aligned,” dubbing the project Belle and the Vertigo Waves, in the hopes that she’d eventually assemble a live band. “Recording was a surreal and emotional experience. Playing the songs with a band was like seeing them come to life,” she said. “I knew there was no way I could be a solo artist anymore, because I fell in love with the full band sound so much.” The music of Belle & The Vertigo Waves have been described as having an “1980s pop-laden sound.” which drew local attention in 2018. Belle has said that in the past 4 years the band has grown to have more of a darker, glam rock sound, grittier and grungier. Their sound is influenced by three generations of musicians in the band, Belle’s growth as a songwriter and singer, and through the band’s work with engineer and producer Paul Malinowski. Belle & The Vertigo Waves released their single, “Fear or Faith” on June 7, 2019 on Drop Out Records. Belle & The Vertigo Waves released their single, “Pulse” on April 17, 2020 on Drop Out Records. Belle & The Vertigo Waves released their single, “Beat Me To The Punch” on Drop Out Records on Oct. 29, 2021. Belle & The Vertigo Waves joined us on WMM on Feb 5, 2020 and June 26, 2019. More info at: http://www.thevertigowaves.com]

[Belle & The Vertigo Waves will release their album, LORELAI on May 28, 2022. The band will play an Album Release show at RecordBar May 28, at 7:00 PM, with Not A Planet, and Doule Drag. More info at: http://www.thevertigowaves.com]

11:00 – Station ID

  1. The Bobby Lees – “Dig Your Hips”
    from: Hollywood Junkyard EP / Ipecac Recordings / June 17, 2022
    [Woodstock, New York based band with Macky Bowman on drums, Nick Casa on guitar, Sam Quartin on vocals & guitar, Kendall Wind on bass. Produced by Vance Powell (Jack White, Bleached, The Raconteurs). “ “Check out The Bobby Lees… The future is minimal proto slash punk!” – Debbie Harry // “It’s so great to welcome The Bobby Lees to Ipecac. Take no prisoners, DIY rock and roll. Can’t wait to share these tunes with the world,” – Mike Patton // “When our A&R guy, Henry Rollins, brought The Bobby Lees to our attention we did not hesitate. A great band, great people with the right attitude. Honored to be a part of the future of this band.” – Ipecac co-owner Greg Werckman More info at: http://www.thebobbylees.com]

[The Bobby Lees play MiniBar, 3810 Broadway, KCMO on Thursday, June 9, at 8:00 PM with The Whiffs]

11:03 – Interview with Sam Platt

KC based drummer, audio engineer, producer and dad, Sam Platt joins us as “Guest Producer” for our second hour, to talk and share music about his collaborations with Expassionates, Ken Lovern’s OJT, Jackie Myers, Alan Murphy, Jacque Garrouette, Fred Wickham Caravan, and with musician and producer Corbin Dooley for the L.A. based band Ondist (Corbin Dooley, Nick Poortman, & Maya Coppola) and Dooley’s solo recordings and production work. Sam will share a track from a recording session that took place at Weights & Measures with Duane Trower, that included: Claire Adams on vocals, Eddie Moore on keyboards, DeAndre Manning on bass, Jamie Anderson on guitar, and Sam Platt on drums. Over 20 songs were recorded, 14 originals, 6 covers the tracks were spread out over three Ondist albums and a Corbin Dooley solo release.

Sam Platt plays The Ship on Saturday, June 18, at 6:00 PM when Fred Wickham Caravan and Expassionates play live.

Sam Platt thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

We just heard brand new music from The Bobby Lees

Sam Platt is from Carthage Missouri School, graduated 1986, and spent that summer playing tympani and throughout Europe with the U.S. Collegiate Wind Ensemble.

After 3 years at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, he moved to Boston to finish his degree at the Berklee School of Music.

In 1991 Sam moved back to KC, received Master of Arts in Music at UMKC. He started playing 3 nights a week with Billy Meynier & James Albright at The Majestic Steakhouse.

Sam moved to Laguna Beach in 1995 and worked in a recording Internship at Future Post. He taught at Capistrano Valley High school and worked at music stores in Orange County and Burbank.

Sam then taught jazz and toured in the summers at the Chopin School of Music in Warsaw Poland.

In 1996 Sam Platt bought Redhouse Recording in Lawrence Ks, and began recording music, commercials, and audio for video. Sam sold the studio to the Getupkids in 2003.

Platt currently plays with Expassionates, Ken Lovern’s Organ Jass Trio, Jackie Myers, Alan Murphy, Jacque Garrouette, Fred Wickham Caravan, performed with RSS Trio, Jeff Shirley Trio, Bob Brookmeyer, Bobby Foster, Gary Foster, Micheal Urbaniak, Matthew Garrison, Chris Cheek, Seamus Blake, Doug Talley, Milt Abel, Nathan Granner, and Gerald Trottman. Rock bands include Pendergast, Ricky Dean Sinatra, Kristie Stremel, The Naughty Pines, The Sunflower Colonels, Kasey Rausch, Fred Wickham Hadacol Caravan, the Billybats, duo with Jason Vivone went to IBC finals in Memphis.

Sam platt has previously served as head of audio at the American Jazz Museum, just finished 6 weeks of streaming bands 6 nights a week.

His recording clients have included: The Bach Aria Soloists, James Clay, Sequira Costa, Micheal W. Smith, Anhauser Busch, all audio recorded, edited and mastered over 10,000 files for the Liberty Memorial World War I Museum, FedEx, Second Story Productions, the Speed Channel, the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, the Outdoor Channel, Disney, John Deere, Dairy Queen, University of Kansas, Washburn University, Baker University, and Southwest Airlines.

He has composed music for Slim 4 Life, Frontier Broadband, Dish Network, John Deere, Grundfos, Seimans, and Liquid 9 Advertising Agency.

One of the band’s Sam Platt has played with is Expassionates

Scott Easterday conceived Expassionates’ first release, “Verse, Chorus, Bridge,” as a studio project. In July 1998. He assembled seven local musicians: Scott Easterday on vocals, guitar, keyboard; Bryan R. Hicks on acoustic bass; Ryan Bennett on drums, Marco Pascolini on Electric 7 acoustic guitar; Nate Hofer on pedal steel guitar; Richard Alwyn on harmonica; Mark Southerland on tenor saxophone; Jazzbo (Bill Hargrave) on trumpet. Produced by Scott Easterday. Engineered by Chad Meise. Recorded at El Torreon, aka The Cowtown Mallroon, 31st and Gillam, KCMO, July 1998, 102 degrees. Mixed at Nove Coast. Mastered by Lynn Allred at Barry Music (KCMO) on Halloween Day. The country-rock-lounge jazz experiment that resulted in music unlike anything else at the time.

Nearly 10 years later Expassionates reassembled as a 4-man band led by Scott Easterday on guitar, vocals, Marco Pascolini on guitar, Richard Burgess on bass, and Sam Platt on drums to record Landscapes, released November 22, 2008.

Scott Easterday & Bryan Hicks play live at The Pairing: Crossroads Wine & Grocer at 1615 Oak Street, KCMO, Friday, May 29, at 7:00 PM playing all the songs from the EXPASSIONATES : Verse Chorus Bridge, and some more.

Expassionates (Scott Easterday on guitar, vocals, Marco Pascolini on guitar, Richard Burgess on bass, and Sam Platt on drums) play The Ship 1221 Union Avenue, KCMO on Saturday, June 18, 2022, 1t 6:00 PM with Fred Wickham Caravan.

11:11

  1. Expassionates – “Movin’On”
    from: Landscapes / Independent / November 22, 2008
    [Scott Easterday-guitar, vocals, Marco Pascolini-guitar, Richard Burgess-bass, and Sam Platt-drums. Expassionates will have their last show, Saturday, September 17, 2011 at 7:00pm, recordBar, KCMO.]

[Scott Easterday & Bryan Hicks play live at The Pairing: Crossroads Wine & Grocer at 1615 Oak Street, KCMO, Friday, May 29, at 7:00 PM playing all the songs from the EXPASSIONATES : Verse Chorus Bridge, and some more.]

[Expassionates play The Ship 1221 Union Avenue, KCMO on Saturday, June 18, 2022, at 6:00 PM with Fred Wickham Caravan.]

  1. Fred Wickham Caravan – “Just Because You Can”
    from: Town Without Soul / Black Site Records / October 29, 2021
    [The first single released August 27, 2020, from the Fred Wickham Caravan’s debut LP tells of a place we all know, that city where something just ain’t right Fred Wickham on vocals & guitar, Marco Pascolini on pedal steel, Bart Colliver on piano & accordion & vocals, Richard Burgess on upright bass & vocals, Fred Wickham, Jr. on mandolin, Matt Brahl on drums & percussion. Music and lyrics by Fred Wickham. Produced by Fred Wickham Caravan. Recorded at The Nutthouse Recording Studio in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Engineered by Jimmy Nutt. Mastered by Chad Meise at Massive Sound Studios in KCMO. Fred Wickham is best known for his work with Hadacol, the Kansas City based quartet that released two critically acclaimed records and gained a national reputation for ferocious live shows across the country. The Caravan, formed to support the solo album, Mariosa Delta, blends country, soul and rock & roll into a sound that can only be called pure Americana. Info at: http://www.fredwickhamband.com Fred Wickham Caravan played and Album Release show with The Roseline is Friday, October 29, 2021, at 6:30 pm,at The Ship, 1221 Union Ave, Kansas City, MO 64101. Fred Wickham joined us LIVE on WMM on October 20, 2021.]

[Fred Wickham Caravan play The Ship 1221 Union Avenue, KCMO on Saturday, June 18, 2022, 1t 6:00 PM with Expassionates.]

11:19 – Interview with Sam Platt (Continued)

We are talking with KC based drummer, audio engineer, producer and dad, Sam Platt joins us as “Guest Producer” for our second hour, to talk and share music about his collaborations with Expassionates, Ken Lovern’s OJT, Jackie Myers, Alan Murphy, Jacque Garrouette, Fred Wickham Caravan, and with musician and producer Corbin Dooley for the L.A. based band Ondist

Sam Platt plays The Ship on Saturday, June 18, at 6:00 PM when Fred Wickham Caravan and Expassionates play live.

Sam Platt thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Sam Plays Green Lady Lounge

Platt is currently playing with Ken Lovern’s Organ Jazz Trio, Jackie Myers, Alan Murphy, Jacque Garrouette, performed with RSS Trio, Jeff Shirley Trio

Ken Lovern’s Organ Jass Trio, Brian Baggett on guitar, Sam Platt on drums, and Ken Lovern on organ

11:25

  1. Ken Lovern’s O.J.T. – “OJT Theme (Full Version)”
    from: OJT Organ Jazz Trio / Jazz Daddy Records / October 20, 2005
    [Ken Lovern’s OJT Brian Baggett on guitar, Sam Platt on drums, and Ken Lovern on organ. Ken Lovern is a professional musician who works at Green Lady Lounge. He graduated from UMKC in 1984. He studied Law at The University of Kansas from 1992 to 1995, He currently lives in Mission, Kansas with his wife Jamie Ledbetter who he married in December 29, 2005.

[Ken Lovern’s OJT Brian Baggett on guitar, Sam Platt on drums, and Ken Lovern on organ plays Green Lady Lounge – Main Floor, 1809 Grand Blvd, KCMO, on Wednesday, May 25, 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM. Thursday, May 26, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM and Friday, May 27, 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM]

11:28 – Underwriting

11:30 – Interview with Sam Platt (Continued)

WE are talking to KC based drummer, audio engineer, producer and dad, Sam Platt joins us as “Guest Producer” for our second hour, to talk and share music about his collaborations with Expassionates, Ken Lovern’s OJT, Jackie Myers, Alan Murphy, Jacque Garrouette, Fred Wickham Caravan, and with musician and producer Corbin Dooley for the L.A. based band Ondist (Corbin Dooley, Nick Poortman, & Maya Coppola) and Dooley’s solo recordings and production work.

Sam will share a track from a recording session that took place at Weights & Measures with Duane Trower, that included: Claire Adams on vocals, Eddie Moore on keyboards, DeAndre Manning on bass, Jamie Anderson on guitar, and Sam Platt on drums. Over 20 songs were recorded, 14 originals, 6 covers the tracks were spread out over three Ondist albums and a Corbin Dooley solo release.

Sam Platt plays The Ship on Saturday, June 18, at 6:00 PM when Fred Wickham Caravan and Expassionates play live.

Sam Platt thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Ondist is a recording project created by Corbin Dooley with singer songwriter Maya Coppola (Imani’s sister) and Nick Poortman.

Corbin Dooley signed Nine Inch nails to TVT Records in 1990. He managed Blur, and Tekronic.

Kansas City based drummer, producer and engineer Sam Platt told us about how he grew up in Carthage Missouri where Corbin Dooley would visit during summers, staying with is grandparents. Sam explained that recently Corbin with Ondist has been traveling around the country, recording songs. Corbin asked Sam to put a band together for some Kansas City sessions. It was such a success that Corbin has been back twice to record. Corbin flew in producer Nadir Omawale from Detroit and Luke John from Memphis. Recordings took place at Weights and Measures with Duane Trower.

For this track: Claire Adams on lead vocals, Sam Platt on drums, Eddie Moore on keyboards, DeAndre Manning on bass, Jamie Anderson on guitar.

Sam Platt told us that over 20 songs were recorded, 14 originals, 6 covers. Corbin Dooley narrowed down a few for Claire Adams to sing. From these recordings and others 14 songs ended up on No Coincidence. Sam Platt flew to LA to record and played on tracks with Nick Gaffeney a drummer from New Zealand. Sam said the rest of the albums sounds like it mostly features the Kansas City musicians, or played/programmed by Corbin, Nick and Maya.

11:37

  1. Corbin Dooley – “Pinea”
    from: Affection / Bikiniwax Records / September 18, 2020
    [Recorded at Weights & Measures with Duane Trower, that included: Claire Adams on vocals, Eddie Moore on keyboards, DeAndre Manning on bass, Jamie Anderson on guitar, and Sam Platt on drums. Over 20 songs were recorded, 14 originals, 6 covers the tracks were spread out over three Ondist albums and a Corbin Dooley solo release. In 2020, Ondist has released three full length albums, No Coincidence on June 12, and Electricity on August 14, and Mise en Place on November 13 totaling 41 songs, plus a 26 track Acapellas & Instrumentals Release on July 3, plus a 4-song EP entitled Resound on February 28, plus 9 singles. Ondist is Corbin Dooley, Nick Poortman, and Maya Coppola are Ondist. With divergent backgrounds rooted in Arkansas, New Zealand, and New York, the trio connected in Los Angeles. Recording in Malibu, Dallas, Kansas City, and Las Vegas brought environmental influences to the center of the Ondist sound, which is united by its cinematic vision of hope. Several of the tracks for all three albums were recorded at Weights & Measures with Duane Trower with Sam Platt on drums, Eddie Moore on keyboards, DeAndre Manning on bass, Jamie Anderson on guitar, Claire Adams on vocals, and Jillian Riscoe on vocals. Corbin Dooley signed Nine Inch nails to TVT Records in 1990. He managed Blur, and Tekronic. We interviewed Maya Coppola on the October 7, 2020 on WMM.]
Corbin Dooley
  1. Brian Lopez – “Remedios”
    from: Remedios – Single / Dust and Stone Records / may 2, 2022
    [Brian Lopez: Vocals, Guitars, Synths // Gabriel Sullivan: Drums, Bass // Vassili Caillosse: Pedal Steel. Recorded at Dust and Stone Recording Studio (Tucson, AZ). Produced by: Gabriel Sullivan. Engineered by: Frank Bair. Assistant Engineer: Saul Millán . Mixed by: James Saez at The Audio Labs (Los Angeles, CA).. Mastered by: Stephen Marsh at Marsh Mastering (Los Angeles, CA). Executive Producer: Corbin Dooley. Written and arranged by Brian Lopez (Brian Lopez Publishing / SESAC) Brian Lopez is an internationally-acclaimed singer/songwriter from Tucson, Arizona. A classically trained guitarist, Lopez has toured as a solo artist, with his psychedelic cumbia/rock band XIXA, and as a sideman for internationally renowned artists Calexico, KT Tunstall, Giant Sand, Orkesta Mendoza, Mexican Institute of Sound and more. Lopez has released 2 EPs, and 3 studio albums. More info at: http://www.brianlopezofficial.com]

11:48 – Interview with Sam Platt (Continued)

We are talking to KC based drummer, audio engineer, producer and dad, Sam Platt joins us as “Guest Producer” for our second hour, to talk and share music about his collaborations with Expassionates, Ken Lovern’s OJT, Jackie Myers, Alan Murphy, Jacque Garrouette, Fred Wickham Caravan, and with musician and producer Corbin Dooley for the L.A. based band Ondist and Dooley’s solo recordings and production work.

Sam Platt plays The Ship on Saturday, June 18, at 6:00 PM when Fred Wickham Caravan and Expassionates play live.

Sam Platt thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley
Platt currently playing with Expassionates, Ken Lovern’s Organ Jass Trio, Jackie Myers, Alan Murphy, Jacque Garrouette, Fred Wickham Caravan, performed with RSS Trio, Jeff Shirley Trio, Bob Brookmeyer, Bobby Foster, Gary Foster, Micheal Urbaniak, Matthew Garrison, Chris Cheek, Seamus Blake, Doug Talley, Milt Abel, Nathan Granner, and Gerald Trottman. Rock bands include Pendergast, Ricky Dean Sinatra, Kristie Stremel, The Naughty Pines, The Sunflower Colonels, Kasey Rausch, Fred Wickham Hadacol Caravan, the Billybats, duo with Jason Vivone went to IBC finals in Memphis.

Served as head of audio at the American Jazz Museum, just finished 6 weeks of streaming bands 6 nights a week.

His recording clients include: The Bach Aria Soloists, James Clay, Sequira Costa, Micheal W. Smith, Anhauser Busch, all audio recorded, edited and mastered over 10,000 files for the Liberty Memorial World War I Museum, FedEx, Second Story Productions, the Speed Channel, the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, the Outdoor Channel, Disney, John Deere, Dairy Queen, University of Kansas, Washburn University, Baker University, and Southwest Airlines.

He has composed music for Slim 4 Life, Frontier Broadband, Dish Network, John Deere, Grundfos, Seimans, and Liquid 9 Advertising Agency

Sam Platt Thank you for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

11:54

  1. Jackie Myers Angel – “I’ve got A Plan (Live)”
    from: Clementine (Live) / Jackie Myers / April8. 2020
    [Jackie Myers may have the Midas touch for groove, conjuring up musical styles ranging from soul, jazz and modern R&B each time the talented pianist places her hands on the keys. Daytrotter’s Pat Stolley says of Jackie’s music “It reminds me of Joni Mitchell’s jazz period.” The finesse on her chosen instrument plays complement to what the Austin Chronicle describes as “her earthy lungs” – beautiful, captivating, complex, and always with an edge.// 017 saw Myers featured on a Daytrotter session which was lauded as one of the best of that week’s releases by the site. She also produced and composed for the project “Silent Films Out Loud,” A Buster Keaton tribute that commissioned new scores for several short films, which were played live in tandem with a screening of the films at Austin’s premier theater – The Stateside at the Paramount. Myers also produced and performed in a live recreation of Carole King’s Tapestry at Stubb’s. Last but not least, Myers released her album Third which has enjoyed a fair amount of airplay and success throughout the year. // hird! was recorded in Austin at 5th Street Studios (White Denim, Leon Bridges) and features guitarist Michael Brinley (Black Joe Lewis) and Eduardo Torres (Black Joe Lewis, La Mafia) on drums. The album was meticulously crafted by Myers, with its arrangements and orchestrations of original compositions and unique covers planned track by track. “We’d start the sessions with me handing out sheet music. It wasn’t a ‘This is in Bb minor, go!’ type thing at all,” explains Myers. The 11 tracks on Third! range from “the answer to the Doo-wop era” to the “uncharted territory of synths,” exploring a wide array of subject matter from notorious criminals and existential perils to childhood nostalgia. The album saw airplay on several radio stations including KXCI, KMUZ, KAFM, KHUM, NPR affiliate stations: KCUR and KGOU and is the regular rotation on KLOI even a year later. // The Instrumental One, Myers most recent release is a live album she was invited to record at the prestigious venue The Green Lady in Kansas City, MO. The album was featured in KC’s music Magazine The Jam; and received a positive review by music columnist Roger Atkinson. // NEW LIVE ALBUM – The Myers Swingset – The State of This City – Out Now!!

[Jackie Myers plays solo at Corvino Supper Club, 1830 Walnut, KCMO, Tonight, Wednesday, May 25.]

[Jackie Myers plays solo at Tom’s Town, KCMO, Tonight, Thursday, May 26.]

[Jackie Myers Quartet plays solo at Corvino Supper Club, 1830 Walnut, KCMO, Tonight, Fri, May 27.]

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

Next week on Wednesday, June 1 we talk with Stacy Busch about her multi media production, When / Time, Taylor Avazpour shares a new single and talks about Gay Pride, and Les Izmore shares new muic fromhis bandArquesta Del Soul Sol.

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Show #943

WMM Talks with Amy Farrand + Sam Platt

Wednesday MidDay Medley
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning
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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

New & MidCoastal Releases + Amy Farrand + Sam Platt

Boxknife

Mark plays more New & MidCoastal Releases from: Katy Guillen & The Drive, Boxknife, Belle & The Vertigo Waves, Major Matt Mason USA, Crys Matthews, Jerame Gray, Wyatt West & the Accomplices (featuring: Misha Roberts, Seyko Groves, Lawrence Jackson, Ryan Jamaal Davis aka Kadesh Flow, Ernest Melton, Max Berry, and Thomas “Freight Train” Walker), Amy Farrand & The Like, Fred Wickham Caravan, Jackie Myers, Expassionates, Ken Loverns’s OJT, Corbin Dooley (featuring: Claire Adams, Jamie Anderson, Deandre Manning, Eddie Moore, Sam Platt and Duane Trower), The Bobby Lees, and Brian Lopez.

Amy Farrand

At 10:30 we talk with Amy Farrand who plays bass, drums, lap steel, guitar. Amy has been a a member of the bands: American Catastrophe, Experimental Instrument Orchestra, Shotgun Idols, Sister Mary Rotten Crotch, Atlantic Fadeout, The Silver Maggies, and Amy Farrand and The Like. The last time we talked with Amy on the radio was April 1, 2020 while she was stranded in Italy after traveling there to help a friend move back to the U.S. In her second week of visiting her friend the Coronavirus hit hard and citizens were ordered to quarantine themselves at home. One reviewer wrote of her, “Amy Farrand is a tough-as-nails vocalist making her an invaluable asset to any live act.” In April 2018, Amy’s band Amy Farrand & The Like released their 11-song debut album and were nominated for a Pitch “Best of Kansas City” Award. Amy Farrand and The Like play their first show in almost three years on Friday, June 3, at 8:00 PM at The Black Box, 1060 Union Ave., KCMO, in West Bottoms.

Sam Platt

At 11:00 KC based drummer, audio engineer, producer and dad, Sam Platt joins us as “Guest Producer” for our second hour, to talk and share music about his collaborations with Expassionates, Ken Lovern’s OJT, Jackie Myers, Alan Murphy, Jacque Garrouette, Fred Wickham Caravan, and with musician and producer Corbin Dooley for the L.A. based band Ondist (Corbin Dooley, Nick Poortman, & Maya Coppola) and Dooley’s solo recordings and production work. Sam will share a track from a recording session that took place at Weights & Measures with Duane Trower, that included: Claire Adams on vocals, Eddie Moore on keyboards, DeAndre Manning on bass, Jamie Anderson on guitar, and Sam Platt on drums. Over 20 songs were recorded, 14 originals, 6 covers the tracks were spread out over three Ondist albums and a Corbin Dooley solo release. Sam plays drums at Green Lady Lounge. Sam Platt plays The Ship on Saturday, June 18, at 6:00 PM when Fred Wickham Caravan and Expassionates play live.

Katy Guillen & The Drive photo by Morgan Jones

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Show #943