#460 – February 13, 2013 Playlist

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

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

13 of The Best of 2013…So Far
+ Mat Shoare & Golden Sound Records +
Katie Gilchrist, Shea Coffman & “Being Alive” at The Fishtank
+ Betse Ellis & Marion Merritt

1. The Dead Girls – “Naysayer”
from: Fade In/Fade Out / Independent / 2013 [The Dead Girls (formerly Dead Girls Ruin Everything) were formed in 2004 from the Lawrence and KC power-pop bands: Ultimate Fakebook and Podstar. Guitarists / singers JoJo Longbottom & Cameron Hawk, of Podstar, combine their twin-guitar engines and vocal harmonies with the powerful rhythmic punches of drummer Eric Melin & bassist Nick Colby, of Ultimate Fakebook. Produced by Chris Cosgrove who produced their 2010 album “Out Of Earshot.”]

[The Dead Girls play The Riot Room, 4048 Broadway Rd, Sun. Feb. 17 w/ Electric Six]

[The Dead Girls play Midwest Music Foundation’s annual showcase, the SXSW MidCoast Takeover, with over 50 bands from the KC area, over 4 days, March 13 – 16, in Austin, TX. ]

10:04 – Pledge Break #1

Every now and then, we have to pass the hat, to pay the bills. 90.1 FM offers programming 24-7, that is, essentially free to you, to tune into. However, we do have expenses just like everyone else. Even though we are a non-commercial radio station, operated by a not-for-profit organization, we still have to pay the light bill, the rent, the insurance. Even though 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 to employ a small staff, to organize volunteers, to handle day to day business, development, and operations.

And so…every now and then, we have to pass the hat…to pay the bills. That’s where YOU come in! YOU are the reason we were able to go onto the airwaves 25 years ago. You are the reason we’ve been able to continue all these years. Volunteers are waiting to hear from YOU right now. Call 888-931-0901 to show your support for Community Radio and Wednesday MidDay Medley. It only takes a few minutes, and we have “thank you gifts” at many levels of giving. The number is 888-931-0901. You can also visit us online at kkfi.org, or call 888-931-0901 to support Kansas City Community Radio 90.1 FM.

Listeners need to support of this one-of-a-kind, programming because Wednesday MidDay Medley offers crucial info on: Music and Art. We offer listeners the best in New & Local musical releases. In the last year we’ve played new local releases from over 200 local bands and artists. We not only play the music, but we tell you the name of the release, the record label, year released, who’s in the band, and where you can go to hear this band or artist. We present local and national artists who share stories about their music and play LIVE. In the last year Mark has interviewed musicians and bands including: Shy Boys, Six Percent, The Latenight Callers, The Jorge Arana Trio, Making Movies, Folkicide, Paleface, Cher UK, The Pedaljets, Hidden Pictures, Two Headed Cow, Mat Shoare, Ernest James Zydeco, Sam Billen, The Depth and The Whisper, Iris DeMent, The Sneaky Creeps, Dollar Fox, The Hearts of Darkness, The Bad Ideas, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Molly Picture Club, Victor & Penny, The Brannock Device, The Quivers, everyday/everynight, The Soft Reeds, MBird, Pony boy, Clover Noir, The Blackberry Winter Band, Mikal Shapiro, Eleni Mandell, Spirit is The Spirit, and The Sexy Accident.


2. Drew Black and Dirty Electric – “Curio Doll”
from: Dead Kings & Queens / Independent / January 26, 2013
[Drew Black – lead vocals, guitar / Terra Peal – bass, vocals / Zach Hodson – guitar, vocals / Michelle Bacon – percussion. Mixed & mastered by Duane Trower at Weights & Measures SoundLab in Kansas City. ]

[Drew Black and Dirty Electric play Midwest Music Foundation’s annual showcase, the SXSW MidCoast Takeover, with over 50 bands from the KC area, over 4 days, March 13 – 16, in Austin, TX. ]

3. Olassa – “Vega”
from: I Love You Come Back To Me / Independent / Jan. 26, 2013
[Indie Folk from Lawrence, Kansas. Allison Olassa Guitar, Accordion, Organ and Vocals; Cain Robberson on guitar and vocals; and Tyler Bachert on drums.]

[Olassa play Midwest Music Foundation’s annual showcase, the SXSW MidCoast Takeover, with over 50 bands from the KC area, over 4 days, March 13 – 16, in Austin, TX. ]

10:19 – Pledge Break #2

In the past 12 months Wednesday MidDay Medley has interviewed over 200 guests.

We’ve featured segments and interviews about: The MidCoast Takeover, Spinning Tree Theatre, Martin Luther King Jr., The Middle of The Map Festival, Vive The Rock, Voler Thieves of Flight, The Living Room Theatre, The Midwest Music Foundation, The KC Fringe Festival, The Charlotte Street Foundation, Rocket Grants, Apocalypse Meow, The Fishtank Theatre, The Latino Writers Collective, The Spraybooth Gallery, The Kansas City Art Institute, The Folly Theatre, The Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, The Crossroads Music Festival, The Crossroads Summer Block Party, The Kauffman Center For The Performing Arts, Midwestern Audio, Record Store Day!, AIDS Walk KC, The Nelson Art Gallery, Mattie Rhodes, Gay Pride, Gorilla Theatre, La Esquina, Golden Sound Records, The Record Machine, The Writer’s Place, Johnson County Community College Performing Arts Series, The New Century Follies, The Plug Project, Bread KC, and The Kansas City Film Festival.
We’ve interviewed writers including: Kelly Barth, Blair Schulmann, Maria Vasquez Boyd, Marideth Sisco, Jose Faus, Philip Hooser, Cory Imig, Mitch Brian, Theresa Bembnister, Felicia Londre, Lisa Jo Sagolla, Philip Hooser, Crystal Boson, Julia Kirt.

We’ve interviewed filmmakers: Mikal Shapiro, Chris Snipes, Mark Titus.

We’ve interviewed actors: Jennie Greenberry, Bob Linebarger Scott Cordes, Missy Koonce, Heidi Van, Rusty Sneary, Annie Cherry and Damian Blake, Spencer Brown, Forrest Attaway, Cody Wyoming, Jan Chapman, Alan Tilson, De De Deville, Kip Niven, and Julie Harris Shaw.

We’ve interviewed organizers Bill Sundahl, Chris Haghirian, Nathan Reusch, Barry Lee.

10:27 – Underwriting


4. Cowboy Indian Bear – “Sheets”
from: Single Track Release / The Record Machine / Jan. 2013
[released with First Single “Does Anybody See You Out?” release download from their upcoming 2nd full-length album: “Live Old, Die Young” that will be released on White Vinyl in April! The download also includes the songs: “Sheets,” “Live Old, Die Old,” and “Crime & Feel” on The Record Machine’s Tumblr page. Joshua Browning served the band as producer and engineer. The songs were recorded over a three year period, where the band was also constantly touring, living on the road, keeping the van running. Beau Bruns – percussion, vocals, glockenspiel, guitar, Charles Calhoun – vocals, guitar, bass, keys, percussion, Martinez Hillard – vocals, guitar, keys, bass, percussion; Kaylyn Conroy vocals, piano, keys.]

[Cowboy Indian Bear play The Uptown Theatre February 15, at 7:00 for JayRock 8 w/ Quiet Corral]

[Cowboy Indian Bear play the first show in Golden Sound Records new series On The House that begins Sat. Feb. 23, at the recordBar, with: Oils, and The CAVES.]

[Cowboy Indian Bear will play Midwest Music Foundation’s annual showcase, the SXSW MidCoast Takeover, with over 50 bands from the KC area, over 4 days, March 13 – 16, in Austin, TX. ]

10:33 – Interview with Mat Shoare

Mat Shoare is a Kansas City based singer, guitarist, songwriter, record label founder. His brand new solo record,”Domestic Partnership” was officially released December 11, 2012, on Golden Sound Records. This is Mat’s second full length solo release. He also released a solo EP. Mat has released two EPs with his band The Empty Spaces, and was a member of the band Everyday/Everynight. All of the music is available at Golden Sound Records, and independent, Kansas City based record label Mat founded with his friends Jerad Tomasino and Ross Brown.

Golden Sound Records new concert series, On The House, that begins Saturday, February 23, at the recordBar, 1020 Westport Road. This first night features: Oils, The CAVES, and Cowboy Indian Bear.

More Golden Sound Records info at: goldensoundrecords.com


5. Mat Shoare – “Evolution”
from: Domestic Partnership / Golden Sound Records / December 11, 2013

[Matt’s band The Empty Spaces play Midwest Music Foundation’s annual showcase, the SXSW MidCoast Takeover, with over 50 bands from the KC area, over 4 days, March 13 – 16, in Austin, TX. ]

6. Six Percent – “Old Routines”
from: The Years [EP] / Independent / October 26, 2012
[KC based punk rock band re-formed in 2010. Six Percent has shared the stage with Smashing Pumpkins, 311, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Slipknot and Norma Jean. The band features: Joel Friday on vocals, Jason Matthews on guitar & vocal, Jeremy Angotti on drums, Mike Mudry on guitar, Dustin Clements on trombone & vox, and Kenny Saunders on bass. The band is currently working on a new recording.]

[Six Percent play Midwest Music Foundation’s annual showcase, the SXSW MidCoast Takeover, with over 50 bands from the KC area, over 4 days, March 13 – 16, in Austin, TX. (Also on MT Download.)]

10:48 – Pledge Break #3

90.1 FM is a grassroots movement, a radio station created by the people in the village. 35 years ago those people created a not-for-profit, 501 (c) 3 organization called, The MidCoast Radio Project and for ten years volunteers worked to raise the funds to buy a signal, a tower, and create a physical station with studios and offices, to serve the community. In February of 1988, KKFI began broadcasting over the airwaves…

Those first radio shows were prerecorded on reel to reel tape in the basement of Tom Crane’s house on Pennsylvania Ave, and then delivered to the tower site and transmitter, where they were played. Tom Crane was there in the beginning and has played a vital role in KKFI’s development over the years. Anne Winter aka Little Orphan Annie Kansas City’s first Punk show on the airwaves. Former locations of 90.1 FM: The Crossroads, Westport, and now 39th & Main.


7. The Wires – “Snap”
from: The Wires – Alternative Strings / Independent / March 9, 2013
[The Wires are an alternative exploration in string sound. Hailing from KCMO, The Wires compose & perform original music for violin & cello. Created, composed & performed by Laurel Morgan on violin (formerly of In The Pines) & Sascha Groschang on cello). The Wires will be with us next week on Feb. 20th.]

[The Wires play a CD Release at the recordBar, Saturday, March 9, 2013, at 7:00 PM, accompanied by a video-installation by multi-media artist Ben Parks.]

8. Mark Lowrey – “Adentro Del Piano”
from: Tangos For 18th Street / Independent / December, 2012
[Mark Lowrey is one of KC’s most versatile performers, playing solo, in a Jazz Trio, with The Barclay Martin Ensemble. Mark credits the local KC Band Tango Lorca for bringing the Argentine Tango to his ears.]

11:01 – Station ID

11:01 – Interview with Shea Coffman, and Katie Gilchrist

The Fishtank is presenting: “Being Alive: A Musical Conversation About Life and Its Company,” that runs Feb. 14 thru 16, at 8:30 PM, and Feb. 17 at 4:00 PM at the Fishtank Performance Studio, 1715 Wyandotte, KCMO.

Shea Coffman has been praised for his work as an actor and singer in KC productions of “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” and “Bare” at The Unicorn, “Spring Awakenings” at The Coterie, “Make Me A Song” at The Off Center Theatre, Shea has appeared at The New Theatre Restaurant, The Fishtank, Egads Theatre, a well as his work in Chicago.

Katie Gilchrist is always working in shows like: Carousel at The Living Room Theatre, “Pippin” at the KC Rep, “Everyday Rapture” at The Unicorn, along with The Monocle, The New Century Follies, and her weekly gigs with Vi Tran. Katie will be part of the 14th annual Love Hangover, an multi-city post-Valentine’s Day showcase that celebrates love songs, at the recordBar, Fri, Feb 15, at 7:00 PM Katie Gilchrist sings with David George.

The show re-imagines the songs of Sondheim to examine human connections and relationships today. The show contains songs from “Company,” “Into the Woods,” “Follies,” “Assassins” are paired with actual responses to questions about life and our connection to one another.

Shea Coffman, Katie Gilchrist talked about how the creative team came together to create this show,

Shea Coffman, Katie Gilchrist talked about their cast members: Bryan LaFave, Gil Perez-Abraham, and Emily Shackelford, director Heidi Van, with musical direction by Jeremy Watson\, and Sam Slosberg, “media content” curator who is using media pieces that tie songs with texts, pictures, & video submissions.

“Being Alive: A Musical Conversation About Life and Its Company.” The show re-imagines the songs of Sondheim to examine human connections and relationships today. Runs Feb. 14 thru 16, at 8:30 PM, and Feb. 17 at 4:00 PM. Fishtank Performance Studio, is at 1715 Wyandotte, KCMO. (816) 809-7110 Tickets at brownpapertickets.com


9. Bloodbirds – “Organ Donor”
from: Psychic Surgery / Independent / February 1, 2013
[KC based Psychedelic post-punk trio featuring ex-Ad Astra Per Aspera member Mike Tuley, his wife Brooke Tuley and Anna St. Louis. The album will be available as a vinyl LP in April. Recorded at Junior’s Motel, with additional recording at the Worst Place in the World, and House Tuley. Rcorded by Kirk Kaufman and Mike Tuley. Mixed by Mike Tuley.]

11:15 – Pledge Break #4

KKFI keeps me culturally connected. Through both the great public affairs, news, and music programs on 90.1 FM, we can all be “in the loop” with all that is happening in the area and the world. Information and entertainment that is guided by an mission rather than a need to deliver consumers to advertisers.

KKFI’s daily Blues and Jazz Calendars let me know where LIVE music is being performed Today! While other stations may feature corporate owned and cloned programming, from national and regional media conglomerates, 90.1 FM KKFI is essentially owned by YOU the listener. Your investments, in your community airwaves, are what keep 90.1 alive. It is YOU we listen to, instead of advertisers selling breast enhancements, diet pills, or bad political campaign adverts.

Because of YOU, and your generous financial support, 90.1 FM KKFI is able to offer locally produced weekly programs offering, LGBT Public Affairs, Farsi language programs., multiple Blues and Jazz shows, Eco Radio, local theatre interviews., Urban Public affairs, ArtSpeak Radio, Occupy KC, Spanish language programs. And unfiltered news programs like: Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman, Alternate Radio produced in Bolder, CounterSpin, Free Speech Radio News, and more. Reggae, rockabilly, americana, electronic, Tejano, latin rock, southern soul, funk, world, native american, women’s music, local hip hop, chamber music, Jam-band, gospel, folk and traditional. Where else will you find so much local music, and so many guests in our studios each week.

It really is radio like you’ve never heard it before.

11:23 – Underwriting


10. Betse Ellis – “Bear Creek Sally Goodin’”
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 acoustic honky-tonk band, have been together for 15 years, and have gone on haitus.]

11:27 – Interview with Betse Ellis

A renowned fiddler, Betse Ellis, is a founding member of “hillbilly riot” band, The Wilders, who are on an indefinite hiatus, so Betse is currently recording her 2nd solo full length release and touring on her own. Betse is adept at the difficult technique of singing while playing the fiddle. Betse performs material, drawn from traditional American fiddle tunes, spirituals, original tunes, and her “personal old-time music”, influenced by avant-garde artists like Talking Heads, punk pioneers The Clash, and 19th century art music composer Gabriel-Marie. In 110 days Betse will release a “different kind of solo album” and you can catch up on her Pledge Music Campaign updates at pledgemusic.com/projects/betseellis

Betse on tour:

Feb 21 Folk Alliance International Toronto, Canada
Feb 22 Folk Alliance International Toronto, Canada
Feb 23 Folk Alliance International Toronto, Canada
Mar 23 Folk School of St. Louis St Louis, MO
May 31 John Hartford Memorial Festival Jackson, IN
Jun 01 John Hartford Memorial Festival Jackson, IN

In 110 days Betse will release a “different kind of solo album” and you can catch up on her Pledge Music Campaign updates at pledgemusic.com/projects/betseellis


11. The ACBs – “Record Store”
from: Little Leaves / High Dive Records / March 5, 2013
[Konnor Ervin (lead vocals, guitar); Bryan McGuire (bass); Andrew Connor (guitar); Kyle Rausch (drums). Follow up to their December, 2010 release, Stona Rosa. Their songs have been featured on MTV’s The Inbetweeners, and Daytrotter. The title “Little Leaves” is a nod to frontman Konnor Ervin’s landscaping day job. The lead single, “Ocean” was released as a free download in late 2012, prompting Popmatters to declare the ACBs as one of its “Best Hopes to Break Out in 2013.”]

[ACBs play a Record Release Show, Fri, Mar 1, 7:00 PM, at the recordBar, 1020 Westport Rd, KCMO]

[The ACB’s will play this year’s Middle of the Map Fest, April 4-6]

[The ACB’s will be our special guests on WMM in TWO WEEKS on Feb. 27.]

11:37 – Pledge Break #5

KKFI offers 24-7 programming, and YOU (the listener), basically get all of this amazing programming for “free.” I, for one, love that I can turn on my radio, or computer device, and tune into the 90.1 FM’s 100,000 watt, crystal-clear signal, and hear the music, information, news, entertainment, events, and stories, that I really cannot find anywhere else. 90.1 is my comfort, my special companion, my diverse friend, introducing me to all kinds of new & local music, as well as the news & information without the intrusion of commercials. It is radio brought to YOU by real people, who create these shows a out of love, and are guided by KKFI’s noble mission that “seeks 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.”

Driving in your car, at the office, at the gym, in your garage, in your cubicle, in your art space, on your ipod, at your construction site, in your kitchen, YOU can take 90.1 with you, as your companion. 90.1 FM is generally a good date. Good for a few laughs, fun to dance with, always interested in good conversation. Isn’t 90.1 FM KKFI worth a few dollars a day, or a week? So many people tune in to kkfi.org everyday, but studies show, that less than 10 percent actually donate to keep this miracle of broadcasting alive. Your support means that you will help bring this programming to folks who could not donate at this time, for what ever the reason.

This is your chance to put your money where your ears are. Please help keep at least this part of our public airwaves alive, for our public to enjoy, free from commercials, free from religious sermonizing, free from extremely conservative and slanted right wing “talk radio” and free from corporately owned and cloned robotic affiliates that play the same 15 songs everyday at the same time. YOU deserve better. YOU deserve radio that really reflects our great city, and tells the story of our great music scene, and performing arts scene, and labor rights, and women’s issues, and LBGT information, and programming specifically produced for Latinos and African Americans, and Farsi speaking Americans Support the free-form spirit that is 90.1 FM KKFI! It really is radio like you’ve never heard it before. It really is a rare medium done well.

Call 888-931-0901… 888-931-0901. Online: kkfi.org, or call 888-931-0901


12. Claire and the Crowded Stage – “Technicolor”
from: Technicolor / Independent / January 5, 2013
[All songs by Claire Adams. Arrangements by The Crowded Stage: Katy Guillen, Katelyn Boone, Brent Jamison, Peter Lawless, Stephanie Williams, Jerod Rivers & Teri Quinn. Recorded in KC by Jerod Rivers, Peter Lawless, Claire Adams & Brent Jamison, mixed by Claire Adams, & mastered by Duane Trower at Weights + Measures Soundlab. Claire Adams is also part of the KC band Appropriate Grammar. ]

[Claire Adams will be part of the 14th annual Love Hangover, an annual multi-city post-Valentine’s Day musical showcase that celebrates love songs, organized locally by Scott Easterday, at the recordBar, Friday, February 15, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, featuring: Jessie J. Brown & Troy Meiss / Claire Adams & Katy Guillen / Blackbird Revue / Katie Gilchrist & David George. More info at: thelovehangover.com]

[Claire Adams will also be our guest on WMM on March 27.]

13. Jorge Arana Trio – “Nightly Stroll”
from: Mapache / Independent / October 26, 2012
[Debut album by the Jorge Arana Trio. Recorded at Soundtrek Studios with Justin Wilson, May 7th, 2012.
Jorge Arana – Guitar / Keys , Josh Enyart – Drums , Jason Nash – Bass]

[Jorge Arana Trio play Midwest Music Foundation’s annual showcase, the SXSW MidCoast Takeover, with over 50 bands from the KC area, over 4 days, March 13 – 16, in Austin, TX. ]

11:50 – Pledge Break #6


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

sources for notes: artists websites and wikipedia

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