#464 – March 13, 2013 Playlist

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Local & New Releases +
Tommy Donoho, Christian Hankel & The HomeGuard Festival!

1. David Bowie – “Dancing Out In Space”
from: The Next Day / ISO Records – Columbia / March 12, 2013
[Bowie’s first new music in 10 years. In the works for over 2 years, Bowie is collaborated with longtime producer Tony Visconti who told the BBC that they worked on the new album at a very slow pace. “We never spent more than two to three weeks at a time recording,” Visconti said. “And then we’d take off as much as two months. We’d usually work on one or two songs in an afternoon and we’d whip them up to shape where they’d sound like great rock tracks. At that point there wouldn’t be any final vocals or lyrics. This is the same way I’d been working with him since The Man Who Sold the World. He hasn’t really changed in his approach.” Toward the end of Bowie’s 2004 tour in Europe the singer underwent emergency heart surgery for a blocked artery. There were rumors about Bowie’s health. Visconti told the BBC “He’s a very healthy man… I couldn’t explain how I know that, but I worked with a very healthy David Bowie in the studio and a very happy David Bowie in the studio.”]

2. David Bowie – “I’ll Take You There (Bonus Track)”
from: The Next Day (Deluxe Version) / ISO Records – Columbia / March 12, 2013

3. Dollar Fox – “Hollow As A Ghost”
from: Little Mother’s Things I Am Keeping / Money Wolf Music / Oct. 27, 2012
[Recorded by Patrick Meager at Fuzz Bomb. Produced by Meger and Dollar Fox. Mastered by Duane Trower at Weights & Measures Soundlab. 7th release from Money Wolf Music. Dollar Fox: Tommy Donoho, Justin Penney, Nick Dothage, Ethan Taylor, Ryan Watkins.]

[Tommy Donoho, the singer/songwriter behind Kansas City’s Dollar Fox will open a special intimate house concert featuring Sam Baker Thursday, March 14, the first night of the HomeGuard Festival.]

4. The Blackbird Revue – “When You Are Mine”
from: Glow / Independent / February 23, 2013
[Produced by Don Chaffer & Jacob Prestidge. All songs by Jacob Prestige. Recorded at The Conductor Studio, Nashville, TN.]

[The Blackbird Revue play The HomeGuard Festival VIP Party]

10:16 – 3 bands playing in the HomeGuard Festival, Friday, March 15, at the recordBar.

5. Molly Picture Club – “Bomb Inside Your Head”
from: Molly Picture Club / Independent / March 3, 2012
[The power trio of Molly Picture Club are: Aniko Adany: vocals, plays synthesizers, keyboards, & the omnichord; Matthew Hayden: drums, & drum sequencing; and Michael Tipton: vocals, guitar, & bass. The album was mixed & mastered by Duane Trower at Weights & Measures Soundlab in KC.]

6. Dream Wolf – “Astro-Wolf”
from: Dream Wolf / Independent / December 1, 2012
[Full length debut from: Christian Tady – Electric Guitar, Tess Jehle – Drums, Megan Zander – Vocals, Katelyn Boone – Keyboards, Brent Jamison – Bass. Recorded by DEERWOLFANIMALBEAR and mastered by Element Recording Studios. Includes 9 songs, photos by Meredith McGrade, design work by Katelyn Boone, logo design by Michael Schultz, and disc artwork by Janelle Day.]

7. Be/Non – “Yoko’s Alright”
from: Midwestern Audio Vol. 1 / Midwest Music Foundation / September 23, 2012
[Brodie Rush – VOX, GUITAR, SYNTH, Ben Ruth – BASS, VOX, SYNTH, Ryan Shank – DRUMS, IPOD, SEX APPEAL, “yeahs” and “bom-bom-boms.” To be included in their new release coming soon!]

10:30 – Underwriting

10:30 – Interview with Tommy Donoho & Christian Hankel

The HomeGuard Festival
, is a 3-day celebration of KC music and culture, sponsored by Folk Alliance International and The Pitch. HomeGuard brings Sam Baker to town on March 14, features a local music showcase on Mar. 15, and special guests on Mar. 16. More info at homeguardfestival.com

Since 2009 Tommy Donoho has been a singer guitarist songwriter for the band Dollar Fox. In 2010 he also became the lead guitarist for The Hillary Watts Riot. In 2011 he co-founded Money Wolf Music a new Kansas City record label that has released music from alacartoona, The Rumblejetts, Hillary Watts Riot, The Peculiar Pretzelmen, and more. Tommy also performs as a solo artist.

Christian Hankel has been a guest on this radio show representing his early 1990s band Mongol Beach Party and his current bands alacartoona, and Hillary Watts Riot. Christian is a composer, singer, bassist, actor, playwright, producer, programmer, dad, and organizer. Christian has been a co-creator of original theatrical performance pieces “The Oil Boiler” staged at The Living Room, and the 2009 film “The Night is the Mirror.” Christian was seen in last year’s Fringe Festival in Sexing Hitler, and is a founder of the performance collective The Monocle.

Tommy Donoho & Christian Hankel talked about The HomeGuard Festival, a 3-day celebration of KC music and culture, sponsored by Folk Alliance International and The Pitch.

This seems to have evolved from last year’s SXSW trafficway Festival?

Over 50 local bands have left town to make their way through the crowns of Austin’s annual SXSW Music Festival. Does if feel lonely here in KC?

On day 2 of the HomeGuard Festival, on Friday, March 15 at the recordBar starting at 6:00: Nuthatch 47, M. Incroyable, Rumblejetts, Molly Picture Club, Dream Wolf, Be/Non

On day 1 of The HomeGuard Festival, on Thursday, March 14, singer/songwriter Sam Baker will be playing a special intimate house concert. Christian discussed how it was his girlfriend Catherine Tronnes who introduced him to the music of Sam Baker. Catherine then called Sam Baker on the phone to ask him if he would come to KC.

Sam Baker is working on a new full-length recording to be released this year.


8. Sam Baker – “cOTTON”
from: Cotton / Music Road / July 7, 2006
[Part of the Mercy Trilogy of recordings that included his 2004 release: Mercy, his 2007 release: Pretty World]

[Sam Baker plays an intimate house concert, Thurs, Mar. 14, the 1st night of the HomeGuard Festival.]


Christian talked about how the Folk Alliance International is relocating to Kansas City. and The Pitch?

Tommy discussed how Money Wolf Music came to be, and how this year they will be releasing their 20th recording.

In the last 5 years we’ve seen the development of The Record Machine, Golden Sound Records, Money Wolf Music, Sharp County Records, Saunders Street Records, High Dive Records. Area bands are taking control of their own destiny. It is a whole new world.

Tommy discussed the upcoming Money Wolf Music MWR014 vinyl release series. The Peculiar Pretzelmen, Jason Beers, The Hillary Watts Riot, Kevin Seconds, Dead Ven. There will probably be less than 20 of any of these albums pressed and then they’re gone for good.


9. The Peculiar Pretzelmen – “Howlin’ Gale”
from: A-side of 45′ vinyl single / Money Wolf Music / Net yet released
[This super exclusive Peculiar Pretzelmen track will be released as part of an ongoing series of super exclusive and limited vinyl releases under the MWR014 catalog number. This track will be the A-side of MWR014.1. The flip side will feature a new song by Jason Beers. This will be an endless resource of unique music featuring Money Wolf Music artists with most of the albums having only a handful of pressings.]


Tommy Donoho & Christian Hankel discussed The HomeGuard Festival, a 3-day celebration of KC music and culture, sponsored by Folk Alliance International and The Pitch. More info at homeguardfestival.com.

Day 1 of The HomeGuard Festival, on Thursday, March 14, singer/songwriter Sam Baker will be playing a special intimate house concert.

Day 2 of the HomeGuard Festival, on Friday, March 15 at the recordBar starting at 6:00, with: Nuthatch 47, M. Incroyable, Rumblejetts, Molly Picture Club, Dream Wolf, Be/Non.

Day 3 of the HomeGuard Festival, on Saturday, March 16 at Midwestern Musical Co., 1830 Locust in the Crossroads for the HomeGuard Wrap Party. Doors open to the public at 8:00. Featuring: M. Incroyable, Patrick Deveny, Terrence Moore (Silver Maggies) will perform a singer/songwriter duel.

The Blackbird Revue plays The HomeGuard Festival VIP Party

More info at homeguardfestival.com.

11:00 – Station ID

10. Swimming in Speakers – “So Alive”
from: Guessing The Others / Independent / February 5, 2013
[Debut full length recording from Christopher Clarke & Meadow Elizabeth. Christopher Clarke was a professional actor in Kansas City after graduating from UMKC’s professional actor training program at the conservatory. After living and working in Prague, Christopher landed back in Adirondack Park, New York where Swimming in Speakers was formed, and ignited the rich Northeastern music scene with strong live performances and an impressive EP that twice landed them on episodes of Grey’s Anatomy. The band mixes indie ambient synth-pop, toe-tapping freak folktronica, and Christopher Clarke’s multi-layered production with Meadow Elizabeth’s hypnotic vocals.]

11. Bloodbirds – “Patterned Sky”
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.]

[Bloodbirds play Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club 3402 Main St, KCMO, March 14, at 9:00 PM with Peace Warrior, Meat Mist with special guests Pkack Blaque and Violator X fromm Lincoln.]

12. Metatone – “Reject The Death Cult”
from: Single digital release / Independent / December 2, 2012
[KC Based band formed in 2011 by J. Ashley Miller – lead vocals, guitar, songwriter, Abbi Miller – back up vocals, egg-shaker / dance-pants, Jon Kraft – drums, Gary Miller – auxiliary percussion, back up vocals , Rhys Ziemba- guitar, Rabbit Killer (Mark) – Mr. Squeaky. More info at metatone.bandcamp.com]

[Tatsuya Nakatani w/ Mark Southerland, Ashley Miller & Shawn Hansen play Walnut Place Laundro- mat, Fri, March 15, at 9:00 PM, as part of Byproduct: Laundromat series curated by Sean Starowitz.]

13. Pure X – “Things in my Head”
from: Crawling Up The Stairs / Acephale Records / May 14, 2013
[Pure X is the collaboration between Austin, Texas, musicians and friends Nate Grace, Jesse Jenkins and Austin Youngblood.]

11:15 – Underwriting


14. Helen Gillet – “Lithium”
from: Helen Gillet / Independent / June 8, 2012
[Recorded by Chad Meise in KCMO. Mastered by John Fishback (New Orleans); Produced, Composed and Performed by Helen Gillet. A familiar face in New Orleans’ experimental jazz scene. Her first New Orleans-recorded album, “Running of the Bells,” was released last year. Helen Gillet’s new album has been compared to intensity and grace of John Cale and the recordings of the Velvet Underground and Nick Drake. Hellen Gillet was part ow WE and art/performance/installation created in 2011 by Jane Gotch and Mark Southerland who often welcomes Gillet to KC for live shows with is band Snuff Jazz.]

15. Fourth Of July – “Drinking Binge”
from: Empty Moon / High Dive Records / 2013
[Comprised of two sets of siblings, Brendan Hangauer (guitar, vocals), Patrick Hangauer (bass guitar), Brian Costello (drums, vocals), Brendan Costello (lead guitar, vocals). The band is currently putting the finishing touches on their new record produced by Chris Crisci of Old Canes and Appleseed Cast.]

[Fourth of July play the High Dive Records Showcase with Ghosty, Shy Boys, and The ACB’s for Ink’s Middle of The Map Festival April 4-6]

16. Samantha Crain – “Somewhere All The Time”
from: Kid Face / Ramseur / February 19, 2012
[26 year old singer, songwriter, musician, from Shawnee, Oklahoma, born and raised in Shawnee, Oklahoma,. Samantha Crain is of Choctaw heritage.]

17. Thao & The Get Down Stay Down – “We the Common (for Valerie Bolden)”
from: We The Common / Ribbon Music / Feb. 5 2013
[4th full-length from San Francisco, Ca-based band led by Thao Nguyen who began playing guitar at 12 in Falls Church, Virginia, practicing songs while working at her mother’s laundromat. ]

[Thao & The Get Down Stay Down play the recordBar, Wednesday April 3, at 10:00 PM]


18. Paul Draper Band – “I’m Coming Home”
from: Paul Draper Band / Independent / December 1, 2012
[Paul Draper makes his debut as a leader on this recording. He spent his life as a sideman on countless recordings and tours beginning in 1964 playing Farfisa keyboard with the show/review band the Shampells. This record was produced by his son, professional Kansas City-based musician, Brandon Draper. The two have been sharing the stage since Brandon was 9 years old. Paul has been stealing the spotlight for years with his Hammond Organ skills and stage presence, AKA “The Wildman” as he was aptly named years ago for his energy and spirit. This recording features a vast array of styles of funk, blues, R&B, soul, country, and jazz, all with uplifting lyrical content. The instruments used were all vintage and there was no cutting corners on getting the right sounds spending 5 years to complete.]

[Paul Draper Band play a special CD Release and ‘Father Son’ Concert featuring Brandon Draper’s jazz group at the Blue Room on Saturday, April 13]

19. Denison Witmer – “Keep Moving Brother, Keep Moving Sister”
from: Denison Witmer / Asthmatic Kitty / April 30, 2013
[Ninth release from the singwr songwriter who has been recording for 15 years now. Hoping to print a hundred or so copies of his first CD, Safe Away (1998), a teenaged Denison found himself stuck with ten times that many, and went on his first tour in an attempt to keep the extras from going to waste. He sold the whole thousand, including one copy that found its way into the hands of the Burnt Toast Vinyl label, and a recording project intended for a tiny audience turned into a full-fledged album release.]

[Denison Witmer comes to Kansas City to be one of over 100 musical acts that will play Ink’s Middle of The Map Festival April 4-6.]

20. Morrissey – “Irish Blood, English Heart”
from: Live at Earls Court / Sanctuary Records / March 25, 2005

[Morrissey has rescheduled his postponed show at Liberty Hall in Lawrence, for this Monday, Mar. 18, at 9:00 PM. Kristeen Young will open. The show was initially scheduled for Feb. 2 but was one of several shows postponed in January after Morrissey needed emergency treatment for a bleeding ulcer.]


21. Spirit is the Spirit – “I Believe That We Will Win”
from: Baktun Baby / Independent / November, 2012
[Lawrence, Kansas based 5-piece band known for their beautiful Psychedelic-Folk-Rock sound. Members include: Austen Malone, Noah Compo, Josh Landau, Brook Partain, Danny Bowersox]

[Currently down in Austin for the SXSW Music Festival getting ready to play shows including the MidCoast Takeover sponsored by the Midwest Music Foundation. Spirit is The Spirit will also be one of over 100 musical acts that will play Ink’s Middle of The Map Festival April 4-6.]

22. Jeff Black – “Alice Carry”
from: B-Sides and Confessions, Vol. 2 / Lotos Nile Music / January 15, 2013
[Originally from Kansas City, Missouri and now based in Nashville, Tennessee. In his twenties Black began performing at Blayney’s, where he also worked as a bouncer. Soon Black began touring and eventually relocated to Nashville, Tennessee where he met, among others, Iris DeMent (Black lends some backing vocals on DeMent’s 1992 debut album, Infamous Angel). His writings have been described as “impressionistic songs that are smart without forgetting the emotional undercurrent.” His songs have been covered by Waylon Jennings, Sam Bush and BlackHawk. BlackHawk’s cover of Black’s song, “That’s Just About Right,” was a Top 10 Country single in 1994. Since then Black has released many of his own solo albums and tours widely. He also maintains his own free weekly podcast, Black Tuesdays.]

[Jeff Black comes back home to KC to play a special benefit concert with 2-Bit Palomino, Alan White & Friends, Laura Lisbeth, Kasey Rausch, LIVE on stage, Saturday, March 23, at 7:00 PM in honor of KKFI 90.1 FM and Coffeehouse Radio Show on KKFI’s 25th Anniversary!]


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

Sources for notes: artists websites and wikipedia.org

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