#415 – April 4, 2012 Playlist

Wednesday MidDay Medley
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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Music of the Middle of The Map Fest + Mike McCoy
+ Mike Alexander & Center of The City Fest + BCR & Local Releases!

Middle of the Map Fest

1. Nerves Junior – “As Bright As Your Night Light”
from: As Bright As Your Night Light / sonaBLAST Records / Sept. 6, 2011
[9-song debut release from indie rock band from Louisville, Kentucky, formed in 2009. The band consists of Cory Wayne, Stuart Phelps, Christopher Snow, and Zachary O’Renick.]

[Nerves Junior play The Middle of The Map Fest. Saturday April 7, 9:30pm – 10:30pm @ Firefly Lounge 4118 Pennsylvania Ave Kansas City, MO ]

Mr. Gnome

2. Mr. Gnome – “Bit of Tongue”
from: Madness in Minature / El Marko Records / Oct. 25, 2011
[Duo from Cleveland, Ohio. Formed band in 2005. Nicole Barille on vocals & guitar; and Sam Meister on drums, piano & back-up vocals.]

[Mr. Gnome play the Middle of The Map Fest. on Saturday April 7, 10:30pm – 11:30pm @ The Union 421 Westport Rd KCMO.]

3. Friends – “Friend Crush”
from: (Single) / Lucky Number / Mar. 21, 2011
[Debut single of Brooklyn band, fronted by Samantha Urbani. Appearing at this year’s Middle of The Map Festival, to be held April 5 – 7.]

[FRIENDS play the Middle of The Map Fest. on Saturday April 7, 8:30pm – 9:30pm @ The Beaumont Club 4050 Pennsylvania Ave KCMO]


In the midst of The Middle of the Map Fest w/nearly 70 local bands in Westport April 5-7, The Center of The City Fest presents 16 of KC’s best Punk bands April 6-7 at The News Room. The depth of KC’s local music scene is staggering. In a town known for Jazz and Blues, Punk music can be easily misunderstood, or marginalized, but Punk has always remained a nesessary outlet to bring Rock back to the basics, and the beat. Local punk bands also offer some of the best political lyrics, songs about: war, working families, & fair wages. We present 5 area punk bands playing Center of The City Fest, April 6-7, at The News Room.

Center of the City Fest

4. LAZY – “Work It Out”
from: Obsession [EP] / Manic Static / late May 2012
[Manic Static, a Chicago label will release Obsession on Cassette, and CD. The band is currently working on it’s follow up to their debut full length from The Record Machine, and they are recording w/ J. Ashley Miller of Ssion. In January of 2012 the band started calling itself both Lazy and Knot Lazy. Knot Lazy comes from the band saying that it’s “Not” Lazy and the “K” in “Knot” is a reference back to Lazy K the band’s name when they first formed in late 2009.]

[Lazy play Center of The City Fest. Sat, April 7, at 12:45am @ The News Room, 3740 Broadway]

5. Red Kate – “Flirty Hips”
from: Little Red Songbook [EP] / Independent / Jan. 1, 2009
[In the review of the debut EP, The Pitch wrote, “Bassist and lead vocalist L. Ron Drunkard, (aka Shaun Saving) is a socialist activist by day, bellows like an Appalachian Roger Daltrey.” The band also features: Andrew Whelanon Drums & Vocals and Brad Huhmann on Guitar]

[Red Kate play Center of The City Fest. Fri, April 6, at 12:00am @ The News Room, 3740 Broadway]

6. Iron Guts Kelly – “Killology”
from: Killology / Violent Pacification / May 31, 2011
[Formed in Lawrence KS, in 2002 by Sean Riley who plays drums, and Shawn Reynolds who plays bass, with Josh Leon on guitar and Robert “Boj” Stevens on vocals. Iron Guts Kelly has released five CDs and have toured the midwest, northeast and southwest. In 2010 the band signed w/ KC based Violent Pacification records for their 5th release “Killology.” The band is currently writing their 6th studio album. Iron Guts Kelly’s lyrics confronts the plight of working class families and urban decay.]

[Iron Guts Kelly play Center of The City Fest. Fri, Apr. 6, at 11:15pm @ The News Room, 3740 Broadway]

7. Smash The State – “God Less America”
from: 5 Song Demo [EP] / 3rd Rate Records / November 1, 2011
[Formed in December of 2009, by Mike Yeager on Vocals, Dustin Bigelow on Guitars, Thad Nugent on Guitars, Matt Warriner on Bass, and Josh Smithey on Drums.]

[Smash The State play Center of The City Fest. Fri, Apr. 6, at 9:00pm @ The News Room, 3740 Broadway]

8. Hipshot Killer – “Straight Line”
from: Hipshot Killer / Locket Love Records / April 29, 2011
[Debut release from KC based 3-piece power punk band formed in the fall of 2008 by, Mike Alexander (Revolvers, Architects), on Guitar & Vocals, Chris Wagner (100 Years War, Jackie Carrol) on Bass & Vocals, Brad Wicklander (Dark Circles, Anvil Chorus), on Drums. They have recorded a 4 song EP that will be released as a 10inch this year.]

[Hipshot Killer play Center of The City Fest. Sat, Apr 7, at 9:00pm @ The News Room, 3740 Broadway]

10:30 – Interview with Mike Alexander and Matt Warriner

As we feature music from The Middle of the Map Fest we paused to recognize the Center of The City Fest, featuring 16 of the Kansas City area’s bast punk bands, all playing at The News Room at 3740 Broadway, this Friday and Saturday night, April 6 and 7, starting at 7:00 each night. Joining us to talk about Center of the City was the amazing Mike Alexander of Hipshot Killer, and the heroic Matt Warriner of Smash The State.

Mike Alexander is a very busy musician, playing guitar with John Velghe and The Prodigal Sons, and playing power punk with Hipshot Killer.

Mike talked about recently going to Austin for the SXSW Music Festival, where he played several shows with John Velghe and The Prodigal Sons.

Matt Warriner, is the bass player in Smash The State, and has served as principle organizer of the Center of The City Fest. Matt has “siezed the day” to bring to the table, one more venue, to showcase 16 local punk bands.

The Bands @ The News Room at 3740 Broadway, Friday & Saturday night, April 6 & 7,


7:30 – The Rackatees
8:15 – Dead Ven
9:00 – Smash the State!
9:45 – The Alerts
10:30 – Bent Left
11:15 – Iron Guts Kelly
12:00 – Red Kate
12:45 – Dismantle The Virus


7:30 – Pizza Party Massacre
8:15 – Bombs Over Broadway
9:00 – Hipshot Killer
9:45 – Death Valley Wolfriders
10:30 – They Stay Dead
11:15 – The Kingshifters
12:00 – The Bad Ideas
12:45 – Lazy

The Local Punk Music Scene has often had to create its own, very independent venues.

Kansas City and Lawrence have a long history of Punk Bands, Mike and Matt talked about some of their influences.

“I am always happily reminded that some of our most political music comes from our Punk bands. Speaking back to authority is an important element in Punk music.” – Mark

Programming note:
Every Monday night at midnight, 90.1 FM KKFI airs KCDIY Radio, Kansas City’s last and only punk radio program. Each week is a themed selection of punk and hardcore from the past 30 years, including new music. From the early days of KKFI in 1988, through most all of the early 1990s Anne Winter hosted a long running punk show as Little Orphan Annie. Radio hasn’t always been a friend to Punk music.

Mike Alexander discussed the new Hipshot Killer EP that will be coming out sometime this year.

Matt told us that more than likely, the Center of The City Fest will be an annual event.

The Center of the City Fest, features 16 of the Kansas City area’s best punk bands, Friday and Saturday, April 6 – 7, at 7:00 to 1:30 AM, at The News Room, at 3740 Broadway St. KCMO.


9. Baby Teardrops – “ME Where”
from: X Is For Love / Golden Sound Records / November 15, 2011
[KC native and former Doris Henson leader, Matthew Dunehoo’s new band, was formed in NYC w/ Megan Thomas & Gerry White. Golden Sound Records of KC re-released “X is for Love” on November 15th, in digital, CD, and for the first time, vinyl formats. The release also included exclusive remixes of album tracks.]

[Baby Teardrops play the Middle of The Map Fest. Friday April 6, 11:15pm – 12:00am @ Westport Coffeehouse 4010 Pennsylvania KCMO in a special evening curated by Golden Sound Records that also features: Oriole Post, The Caves, Fullbloods, The Empty Spaces and Everyday/Everynight.]

10. Christopher Paul Stelling – “King is Dead”
from: Songs of Praise and Scorn / Mecca Lecca Records / Feb. 21, 2012
[…”recordings where made in a matter of days in the wet heat of August in an apartment located above a functioning funeral home in Louisville, KY which has been in constant operation since 1848. At times the recording sessions would cease for various intervals out of respect for the family and friends of the recently departed.”]

[Christopher Paul Stelling plays the Middle of The Map Fest. tomorrow, Thursday April 5, 10:00pm – 10:45pm @ The Union 421 Westport Rd KCMO]

11. Keep Shelly in Athens – “Diy”
from: Our Own Dream / Forest Family Records / Nov. 5, 2011
[6-song EP follow up to their 2010 debut “In Love with Dusk” this duo is based in Athens, Greece.]

[Keep Shelly in Athens play the Middle of The Map Fest. Saturday April 7, 2012 11:00pm – 12:00am @ The Record Bar 1020 Westport Road, Kansas City, MO 6411]

12. Saintseneca – “Cold Water History”
from: Last / Mama Bird Recording / August 16, 2011
[debut full-length from Columbus, Ohio based folk band formed by lifelong friends rooted in the same small Appalachian town. The band has toured non-stop for 4 years and previously released 2 EPs.]

[Saintseneca play the Middle of The Map Fest. Friday, April 6, 9:30pm – 10:30pm @ Gusto Lounge 504 Westport Rd, Kansas City, MO 64111 ]


13. Spirit is the Spirit – “Oh, Speckled Bird”
from: Mother Mountain / Independent / February 26, 2011
[Folk-psychedelic-rock from Lawrence, Kansas. Austen Malone, Noah Compo, Wayne Zimmerman, Josh Landau, Brook Partain, Danny Bowersox. “a Lawrence band with a cosmic hippie vibe plus horns (trumpet, trombone), lots of percussion and supernal vocal harmonies”- Tim Finn]

[Spirit is The Spirit play the Middle of The Map Fest. Friday April 6, 11:00pm – 12:00am @ Riot Room 4048 Broadway Street, KCMO]

14. The Golden Motors – “Tiger in a Crate”
from: The Golden Motors / Daily Records / March 1, 2012
[After 3 critically acclaimed solo albums and a 4th with his indie collective, The Squids, Portland based singer-songwriter Dan Jones has put together a new band, The Golden Motors. On this debut blast of postpunk rock, the song craft is up front, the guitars are loud, and multiple decades of underground rock are jammed into one psychedelic punky-garage rock tour-de-force.]

[Dan Jones plays the Middle of The Map Fest. Saturday April 7, 6:00pm – 7:00pm @ Gusto Lounge 504 Westport Rd, KCMO]

15. Thom Hoskins – “Still Feeling Bronze”
from: Still Feeling Bronze [EP] / Independent / April, 2012
[Former lead singer and guitarist for The Buffalo Saints, singer-songwriter Thommy Hoskins has just released his new solo EP.]

[Thom Hoskins plays the Middle of The Map Fest. Saturday April 7, 2012 7:00pm – 8:00pm @ Gusto Lounge 504 Westport Rd, KCMO]


16. Cher – “Chop-Chop Life”
from: Boy Named Sue Me / Independent / 1991
[Recorded in 1989. Released on Cassette. Mike McCoy Guitar & Vox, Jeff Nichols – Drums, Tom Livesay – Bass, Mark Reynolds – Free Bass]

11:17 – Interview with Mike McCoy

Mike McCoy

Mike McCoy grew up in Hutchinson, Kansas. In the early 1990s his band Cher U.K. filled venues in Kansas City with their their music playing with popular themes in punk rock music. Mike McCoy, now lives in Austin Texas and fronts his band the Service Industry. Mike is the founder of The North vs. South Music Festival. Tomorrow night, Mike’s bandperforms ina reunion show, as part of The Middle of The Map Fest, with: Molly McGuire, The Esoteric, & Season To Risk, tomorrow night Thursday, April 5, at the recordBar, 1020 Westport Rd.

The band was originally called Cher. They released many of their first recordings on cassette, the band went through several line-up changes and the band’s name changed to Cher UK.

Cher UK will also recording new songs for a new EP, here in KC.

Besides Cher UK, Mike McCoy have been in several other bands, and currently plays with his band, The Service Industry.

17. The Service Industry – “Bookstores and Restaurants”
from: Ranch is The New French / Build Gut Records / 2006

In 2004 Mike McCoy founded the North vs. South Music Festival, a bi-annual, bi-polar music festival designed to showcase independent rock along the I-35 corridor. This festival has grown each year. This years festival will be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Mike talked to us about how he recently met Kenny Rogers.

Mike McCoy, performs in a very special reunion show with his band Cher UK, as part of The Middle of The Map Fest, show with: Molly McGuire, The Esoteric, & Season To Risk, Thurs., April 5, the recordBar, 1020 Westport Rd.


18. Fourth of July – “Friend of a Friend”
from: Before Our Hearts Explode! / Rangelife Records / Aug 31, 2010
[Lawrence, Kansas, based band formed in 2002, by Brendan Hangauer (vocals, guitar) Patrick Hangauer (bass) Kelly Hangauer (keys, trumpet, vocals) Brian Costello (drums, vocals) Brendan Costello (guitar) Steve Swyers (guitar on Album) w/ additional vocals by: Adrianne Verhoeven and Katlyn Conroy.]

[Fourth of July play the Middle of The Map Fest. Saturday April 7, 8:30pm – 9:30pm @ Firefly Lounge 4118 Pennsylvania Ave KCMO]


19. Betse Ellis – “Looking The World”
from: Don’t You Want To Go / Free Dirt / April 21, 2009
[Originally from Fayetteville, Arkansas, Betse Ellis is one of the founding members of Kansas City’s The Wilders, an internationally touring acoustic honky-tonk band, have been together for nearly 15 years. More information at wilderscountry.com. Betse received her BA Music from the University of Missouri -KC.]

[Betse Ellis plays The Brick, Saturday night, April 7th, with Run Little Rabbit]

20. BCR – “Blue Momo”
from: Speck of Dust / Sparkling Beatnic / December 31, 2004

Black Crack Review

[Black Crack Review, BCR, celebrates their 30th Anniversary as a band, with a special show at Californos in Westport, Thursday, April 5, at 9:00 PM.]

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

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