#448 – November 21, 2012 Playlist

Wednesday MidDay Medley
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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Sam Billen + Victor & Penny + Ernest James Zydeco
+ Local & New Releases

1. Fourth of July – “L Train”
from: Before Our Hearts Explode! / Rangelife Records / Aug 31, 2010
[Lawrence 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: Adrianne Verhoeven & Katlyn Conroy.]

[Fourth of July play the Replay Lounge in Lawrence, Sat., Nov. 24, w/ Y[our] Fr[end], and Monster.]

2. John Velghe & The Prodigal Sons – “Love’s No Place”
from: forthcoming 2013 album and the b-side, “Affection”

[John Velghe & The Prodigal Sons play The Brick, 1727 McGee in Kansas City, this Friday November 23 at 10:00 PM. This show is also a benefit. We are donating 100% of merchandise sold at this show, plus any donations we collect, to New Jersey Sandy Relief Fund. ]

John Velghe & The Prodigal Sons are donating proceeds from downloads of “Affection” to New Jeresey Sandy Relief fund also. “Affection” was written by New Jersey native, Steven Van Zandt and performed by his band “The Lost Boys.” It was only released on The Soprano’s soundtrack. John Velghe & The Prodigal Sons had decided to track this a few months ago. The night they were tracking the single, Hurricane Sandy came ashore on the New Jersey coast. The band had rolled through Asbury Park, NJ on our tour of the East Coast.

Also, from now until the end of 2012, all proceeds from sales of “Love’s No Place” will be donated to The Best Friends Animal Society — Sandy Shelters.

More info at JohnVelghe.bandcamp.com

3. Sam Billen – “A Light Went On”
from: Places / Primary Colors Collective / September 15, 2012
[From Lawrence, Kansas, In 2009, Sam Billen released Headphones & Cellphones with The Record Machine. It was his first his first solo record in 5 years since leaving Northern Records who also released his decade-long band, The Billions, who disbanded in 2008. After the break up of the Billions, Sam took some time to focus on making his own music and starting a family. Sam works full time at the University of Kansas, and started a new business, Primary Colors Music.]

10:16 – Interview with Sam Billen

Singer-songwriter-producer Sam Billen, lives in Lawrence, Kansas, and has been making music since he started piano lessons at the age of 8. Sam fronted the critically-acclaimed indie rock group The Billions, signed to the L.A. based Northern Records. In 2004, Sam started recording as a solo artist, and this year he released his 10th solo recording: “Places,” on his own new music label, Primary Color Music.

Juggling music with raising daughter Hannah alongside Sam’s wife Yuka, teaching ESL at the University of Kansas, and running his business, PrimaryColorMusic.

10:23

4. Sam Billen – “Heartbeat of The City” (LIVE In studio performance)
Also available on: Tokyo Sessions / Primary Colors Collective / September 15, 2012
[From Lawrence, Kansas, In 2009, Sam Billen released Headphones & Cellphones with The Record Machine. It was his first his first solo record in 5 years since leaving Northern Records who also released his decade-long band, The Billions, who disbanded in 2008. After the break up of the Billions, Sam took some time to focus on making his own music and starting a family. Sam works full time at the University of Kansas, and started a new business, Primary Colors Music.]

After years of fronting a band called the Billions, Sam has journeyed off into a solo music career. Over the past few years, he has been releasing music in many shapes and forms:
a digital EP entitled Tokyo Sessions;
a full-length album called Headphones and Cellphones;
a few Christmas projects including a compilation,
an album with his good friend Josh Atkinson,
and a Christmas concept-album combining original music and artwork by over 20 aural and visual artists from around the world;
a solo piano album called Death of a Saint;
a collection of his remixes and covers of the music that influences him in a project called Removers;
and a number of soundtracks for films and video games.

Sam constantly records new material in his in-home studio (a converted bedroom in his basement)

Sam’s business, PrimaryColorMusic, creates music for film, advertising, video games and other mixed media. You can hear samples of this work and find out more info about this business at primarycolormusic.com

Sam released his first solo album (SAM – MIRACLES) on Northern Records in the spring of 2004. Producer Chris Colbert came out to The Billions’ farmhouse to record the album entirely on location. Local writer Richard Gintowt summed up the finished product nicely when he wrote, “The 11-song home recording showcases his heart-on-sleeve songwriting and Beach Boys-inspired pop sensibilities. The songs are decorated with lush violin arrangements, plucky banjo lines, casiotone keyboards, sleigh bells, synthesized sitar sounds and just about anything else Billen found laying around the farmhouse where he resides just west of Lawrence.”

Sam also recently produced an album by his brother, Dan Billen (co-ex-member of the Billions). In the not-so-near future, Sam also hopes to release an album of old church hymns, a lullaby album, and an instrumental guitar/piano album.

Sam’s latest full-length, Places, was released September 15, and is currently available on iTunes, Bandcamp, Amazon, etc. Sam also recently produced an album by his brother, Dan Billen (co-ex-member of the Billions). More information at: sambillen.com

10:32

5. Sam Billen – “It Is not A Lie” (LIVE In studio performance)
also available on: Places / Primary Colors Collective / September 15, 2012
[From Lawrence, Kansas, In 2009, Sam Billen released Headphones & Cellphones with The Record Machine. It was his first his first solo record in 5 years since leaving Northern Records who also released his decade-long band, The Billions, who disbanded in 2008. After the break up of the Billions, Sam took some time to focus on making his own music and starting a family. Sam works full time at the University of Kansas, and started a new business, Primary Colors Music.]

10:37 – Underwriting

10:38

6. Victor & Penny – “A Smile Will Go A Long Long Way”
from: Side By Side / V & P Productions / November, 2012

[Victor & Penny play CD release show, Friday, Nov 23, at 8:00 PM, at The Living Room Theatre, 1818 McGee St , Kansas City, with special guests, hosted by Annie Cherry & Damian Blake]

[CD release show, Saturday, Nov 24, at 1:00 PM, at The Record Bar, 1020 Westport Rd, Kansas City. KIDS SHOW! A Benefit for Academie LaFayette.]

10:40 – Interview with Victor & Penny

Erin McGrane, Jeff Freling and Rick Willoughby joined us to discuss their new upcoming full-length release, “Side by Side,” inspired by their experiences on the road and the people they’ve met. Victor & Penny play CD release show, Friday, Nov 23, at 8:00 PM, at The Living Room Theatre, 1818 McGee St , Kansas City, with special guests, hosted by Annie Cherry & Damian Blake, AND they also play the recordBar, Saturday, November 24, in an all-ages show at 1:00 PM

Side By Side was recorded last month, in October, 2012, at The Cooler in Kansas City.

Erin talked about how the music on the new release was inspired by the road.

Rick Willoughby played upright bass on the new record. He also joins the band in live performances.

Jeff, originally from Kansas City, calls Chicago home most of the time where he performs regularly with Blue Man Group, Tributosaurus, Mar Caribe, the Tom Waits tribute band B1G T1ME, and has performed alongside Doug Gillard (Guided By Voices). He began furiously studying the guitar at the age of 10 when he first heard Jimmy Page’s guitar solo on “Whole Lotta Love” and has considered himself a guitar geek ever since. In the late 80s and early 90s Jeff was the guitarist and co-songwriter for two of KCs favorite bands: The Mongol Beach Party and Grumpy. He studied at the Conservatory at UMKC and at the Berklee School of music in Boston.

10:47

7. Victor & Penny – “Pork And Beans”
from: Side By Side / V & P Productions / November, 2012

[Victor & Penny play CD release show, Friday, Nov 23, at 8:00 PM, at The Living Room Theatre, 1818 McGee St , Kansas City, with special guests, hosted by Annie Cherry & Damian Blake

CD release show, Saturday, Nov 24, at 1:00 PM, at The Record Bar, 1020 Westport Rd, Kansas City. KIDS SHOW! A Benefit for Academie LaFayette.]

Erin has been an active performing artist in the KC arts and music scene for many years. She currently divides her time equally between Chicago and Kansas City, but calls KC home. Erin is a film, theater and commercial actress; a musician and songwriter; and one of the co-hosts of the new TV program CINEMAKC. Most notably, Erin appeared in the Emmy-winning web series THE UNREAL HOUSEWIVES OF KANSAS CITY and in the Oscar-nominated film, UP IN THE AIR alongside George Clooney. Look for Erin this year in the soon-to-be-released thriller feature film NAILBITER. As chanteuse Ruby Falls, she fronts the cabaret act Alacartoona who was awarded a 2009 Inspiration Grant from the Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City. She is proud to say she mis-spent her youth singing in a rock band and was named Kansas City’s sexiest musician in the Pitch Magazine’s “Best of KC 2005”.

10:56

Victor & Penny play CD release show, Friday, Nov 23, at 8:00 PM, at The Living Room Theatre, 1818 McGee St , Kansas City, with special guests, hosted by Annie Cherry & Damian Blake

CD release show, Saturday, Nov 24, at 1:00 PM, at The Record Bar, 1020 Westport Rd, Kansas City. KIDS SHOW! A Benefit for Academie LaFayette.
More info at: victorandpenny.com.

10:57

8. Victor & Penny – “Side By Side”
from: Side By Side / V & P Productions / November, 2012

[Victor & Penny play CD release show, Friday, Nov 23, at 8:00 PM, at The Living Room Theatre, 1818 McGee St , Kansas City, with special guests, hosted by Annie Cherry & Damian Blake

CD release show, Saturday, Nov 24, at 1:00 PM, at The Record Bar, 1020 Westport Rd, Kansas City. KIDS SHOW! A Benefit for Academie LaFayette.]

11:00

9. The Caves – “Handcuffs”
from: Duplexiaville / Golden Sound Records / Nov. 24, 2012
[KC based: Andrew Ashby on Guitar & Voice, David Gaumé on Bass, Elizabeth Bohannon on Keyboards, Percussion & Voice, Jake Cardwell on Drums & Percussion.]

[The Caves play The Brick this Saturday, November 24, with Tree, and Knife Crime.]

10. LAZY – “Work It Out”
from: Obsession / Independent / June 1, 2012
[Recorded by Ashley Miller, Mixed by Ashley Miller and LAZY, Mastered by Ashley Miller
LAZY: Brock Potucek , Zach Vanbenthuzen , Sarica Douglas, Billy Belzer]

[Lazy play CHICAGO! DEC 5th at the EMPTY BOTTLE]

11. The Sleazebeats – “You’ll Sparkle”
from: The Sleazebeats / Independent / Feb. 16, 2012
[Charlie Colborne – keyboards, guitar, vocals; Bill Belzer – drums; Jeff Harshbarger – bass; Recorded at More Famouser Studios w/ Mike Nolte engineer, mixing, mastering the recordings.

[The Sleazebeats play Thanksgiving Night, Nov. 22, at Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club on Main.]

11:11 – Underwriting

11:12

12. Ernest James Zydeco – “Lookin’”
from: 3 Steps From La La / Jam Rat Records / Fall 2012
[Hailing from KC Missouri, the band lineup has been constant since 2008: Ernest James on accordion and vocals, Barry Barnes on washboard, Jaisson Taylor on drums, Mike Stover on bass guitar, and Tony LaCroix on guitar. This album also includes 4 songs featuring KC’s own Betse Ellis (of The Wilders). Recorded and mixed in KC at Markosa Studios, with Mark Thies. The album was mastered by Collin Jordan at The Boiler Room in Chicago. Ernest James and Jaisson Taylor co-wrote and co-produced the songs.]

[Ernest James Zydeco play The Lawrence Arts Center, Saturday, November 24, at 4:00 PM.]

[Ernest James Zydeco play their CD Release show, at BB’s Lawnside BBQ, Friday Nov. 30 at 9:00 PM.]

11:16 – Interview with members of Ernest James Zydeco

Ernest James , Jaisson Taylor, Barry Barnes , Tony LaCroix joined us to discuss their new full length recording, “3 Steps From La La” to be released November 30. Ernest James Zydeco play The Lawrence Arts Center, Saturday, November 24, at 4:00 PM. Ernest James Zydeco play their CD Release show, at BB’s Lawnside BBQ, Friday November 30 at 9:00 PM.

The Band:
Ernest James on Accordion, Guitar and Vocals;
Jaisson Taylor on Drums and Vocals;
Barry Barnes on Washboard and Percussion;
Mike Stover on Bass; and
Tony LaCroix on Guitar and Vocals
.

Ernest James talked about what “3 Steps From La La” means and how La La is a term that defines early creole zydeco.

Ernest James and Jaisson Taylor co-wrote 10 of the 11 songs on the new CD

Betse Ellis joined the band for 4 songs on the new CD

11:27

13. Ernest James Zydeco – “Glory Glory”
from: 3 Steps From La La / Jam Rat Records / Fall 2012
[Hailing from KC Missouri, the band lineup has been constant since 2008: Ernest James on accordion and vocals, Barry Barnes on washboard, Jaisson Taylor on drums, Mike Stover on bass guitar, and Tony LaCroix on guitar. This album also includes 4 songs featuring KC’s own Betse Ellis (of The Wilders). Recorded and mixed in KC at Markosa Studios, with Mark Thies. The album was mastered by Collin Jordan at The Boiler Room in Chicago. Ernest James and Jaisson Taylor co-wrote and co-produced the songs.]

[Ernest James Zydeco play The Lawrence Arts Center, Saturday, November 24, at 4:00 PM.]

[Ernest James Zydeco play their CD Release show, at BB’s Lawnside BBQ, Friday Nov. 30 at 9:00 PM.]\

“3 Steps From La La” was recorded at Markosa Studios in KC with Mark Thies.

The band laid down the basic tracks by playing LIVE in the studio.

Mastered by Collin Jordan at The Boiler Roon in Chicago.

More info at: ejzydeco.com

11:45

14. Ernest James Zydeco – “Shake it Sugaree”
from: 3 Steps From La La / Jam Rat Records / Fall 2012
[Hailing from KC Missouri, the band lineup has been constant since 2008: Ernest James on accordion and vocals, Barry Barnes on washboard, Jaisson Taylor on drums, Mike Stover on bass guitar, and Tony LaCroix on guitar. This album also includes 4 songs featuring KC’s own Betse Ellis (of The Wilders). Recorded and mixed in KC at Markosa Studios, with Mark Thies. The album was mastered by Collin Jordan at The Boiler Room in Chicago. Ernest James and Jaisson Taylor co-wrote and co-produced the songs.]

[Ernest James Zydeco play The Lawrence Arts Center, Saturday, November 24, at 4:00 PM.]

[Ernest James Zydeco play their CD Release show, at BB’s Lawnside BBQ, Friday Nov. 30 at 9:00 PM.]

11:50

15. Fullbloods – “Candy”
from: The Perpetual Machine / Golden Sound Records / 2011
[Ross Brown, Alex Chapman, Bill Pollock, & Glenn Shipps.]

[Fullbloods will be in concert, TONIGHT, Nov. 21, at The Brick, w/ Golden Sound Records label mates The Empty Spaces.]

16. David George & The Crooked Mile – “Going Underground”
from: Going Underground [EP] / Independent / June 21, 2012
[The follow up album to David George’s 2010 “Love/Life”. 5 songs pulled from a 15 song session leading to a full length that will be released this fall.]

11:59:30

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

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