#479 – June 26, 2013 Playlist

Wednesday MidDay Medley
TEN to NOON Wednesdays – Streaming at KKFI.org
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Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Akkilles + Sterling Witt
+ Major Matt Mason USA, Folkicide & Rabbit Killer

1. Grand Marquis – “Bed Of Nails”
from: Blues and Trouble / Grand Marquis / June 25, 2013
[12 New songs from Bryan Redmond – lead vocals, soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones; Chad Boydston – trumpet, backing vocals; Ryan Wurtz – guitar; Ben Ruth – upright bass, sousaphone, backing vocals; Lisa Mckenzie – drums, washboard. Grand Marquis played a special CD Release show last night at Mills Record Company, 314 Westport Rd, Kansas City, MO

[Grand Marquis play Jazz at 39th & State Line, Thursday, June 27, at 7:00 PM]

[Grand Marquis play a CD Release, Fri, June 28, 8:00 pm, at Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester St.]

2. Clairaudients – “Like A Song”
from: I’m a Loudmouth, You’re a Puppet / Independent / June 29, 2013
[Music and Lyrics by Clairaudients: Eric Fain – Graphite Neck Electric Bass, Backup Vocals; Brandon Gardner – Electric Guitars; Blaire Geenens – Drumset; Chase Horseman – Grand piano, Backup Vocals, Bigsby Strums; Patrick Robinson – Lead Vocals, Electric Rhythm Guitar; Jordan Thompson – Lead Vocals, Electric Slide Guitar, Backup Vocals. Recorded from January to June, 2013 with Jeff Pickman at Massive Sound Studios. Produced by Jeff Pickman and Clairaudients]

[Clairaudients play a release show Sat, June 29, at Davey’s Uptown w/ We Are Voices and Not A Planet.]

10:10 – Underwriting

3. Sterling Witt – “Built By Design”
from: Sterling Loves U / Grand River Records / October 15, 2012

10:15 – Interview with Sterling Witt

In writing about Artist and Musician – Sterling Witt’s recent full length recording, “Sterling Loves U,” music critic – Anthony David wrote in Indie Music magazine, “Originality is a hard thing to come by these days; and not a word we use lightly, but it has to be said – Sterling Witt is IT. Mastering satirical humour throughout, the album is a collection of short, sweet acoustic tunes that are sure to brighten any dull day and leave you with a smile on your face.”

Upcoming tour dates:
6.28.13 – Indianapolis Indiana – the Irving Theater
6.29.13 – Philadelphia PA – The Fire
6.30.13 – New York NY – Googies Lounge
7.1.13 – New Haven CT- Stella Blues Bar
7.2.13 – Boston MA – Avant garde acoustic
7.3.13 – Portland ME – Flask Lounge
7.4.13 – Montreal Canada – Quai Des Brumes
7.5.13 – Cleveland Ohio – Avant garde acoustic
7.6.13 – Detroit MI – Paycheck’s Lounge
7.13.13 – Freeman MO – Sterling Witt’s Birthday Party
7.27.13 – Kansas City MO – Fringe Fest

Sterling gave our Wednesday MidDay Medley listeners a chance to win an a special collection of gifts created by Sterling including an invitation to Sterling’s birthday party on July 13 in Freeman, Missouri.

4. Sterling Witt – “Every Single Second”
from: Sterling Loves U / Grand River Records / October 15, 2012

Grand River Records is a record label dedicated to individualistic artistic expression. The physical structure is located in the rural countryside of Missouri near Kansas City. GRR is owned by Sterling Witt.

Artist Allan Winkler plays drums with Sterling Witt.

In the world of Sterling Witt, Art and Music flow together.

Sterling Witt’s new album, “Sterling Loves U” is available through iTunes.
More info at SterlingWitt.com

5. Sterling Witt – “Perfect Girl”
from: Sterling Loves U / Grand River Records / October 15, 2012

10:30 – Interview with David Bennett and Isaac Anderson

6. Akkilles – “I Went Alone” (Vinyl)
from: Something You’d Say / Akkilles / July 2, 2013

Singer/songwriter David Bennett formed the KC based band Akkilles in 2011. David has been recording and performing with a collective of his friends and fellow musicians.

“Something You’d Say” is being released on vinyl!

“Something You’d Say” will be released on Tuesday, July 2.

For more information you can visit: akkilles.bandcamp.com


7. Akkilles – “Leave Your Love”
from: Something You’d Say / Akkilles / July 2, 2013

Akkilles includes David Bennett on lead vocals, guitar; Isaac Anderson, on drums; Rachel Pollock on violin, piano, percussion, and vocals; Nick Pick on Bass and vocals; and Jeff Larison on lead guitar and dobro. The band played The Middle of the Map Fest and the Crossroads Block Party.

In April, David Bennett told David Hudnall of The Pitch:

“When I play by myself, I do a lot of loops and effects and play with microphones that accentuate vocals,” Bennett says. “With the band, it’s a little more like straightforward experimental pop. I’m drawn toward what I guess you’d call ambiguous writing, and I like jacking the sound of pop music a little, both musically and lyrically.”

“I’ve spent a lot of time the past few years trying to really learn how to write and record,” Bennett says. “Now it’s getting to the point where I’m recording a lot more and getting a lot of material down. I think there’ll be another Akkilles EP in the fall and maybe another album sometime in 2014. I like doing crummy demos by myself, but it’s also cool to go into a studio with a real band.”

David Bennett has been recording homemade demos as Akkilles. You can learn more about his recordings at SoundCloud, or Bandcamp, where his “Demo Treasure” EP is also available.

8. Akkilles – “Country Boy Deluxe”
from: Something You’d Say / Akkilles / July 2, 2013

[Akkilles play The Brick on Sat, July 6, with The Caves, and Margo May.]

11:00 – Station ID

9. Antennas Up – “Coming On”
from: The Awkward Phase / Plastic Artifice / April 24, 2012
[Formed in KC in 2008. The band has played South By Southwest and over 30 Universities and toured w/ Girl Talk, Electric Six, Flogging Molly, Matt & Kim, Ha Ha Tonka, and Company Of Thieves. Kyle Akers – Lead Vocals/Bass; Bo McCall – Guitar/Vocals; The Ryantist – Drums/Vocals; Jonny Universe – Guitar/Keys/Vocals]

[Antennas Up play the Riot Room, Saturday, June 29.]

10. Radkey – “Pretty Things”
from: Cat & Mouse – EP / Wreckroom / June 4, 2013
[Radkey is a St. Joesph based band made up of three teenage brothers Darrion, Isaiah, and Solomon. Their influences include The Who and Nirvana.]

[Radkey plays The Bottleneck, Friday, July 12, for Lawrence Field Day.]

11:07 – Underwriting


11. The Uncluded – “Earthquake”
from: Earthquake – Single / Rhymesayers Entertainment / February 12, 2013
[San Francisco based Hip Hop artist & producer Ian Matthias Bavitz aka Aesop Rock with anti-folk singer Kimya Dawson, famous for being one half of the group The Moldy Peaches.]

[The Uncluded play an 18+ over show at the recordBar Wed, June 26 at 10:00 pm w/ Hamell on Trial.]

12. Major Matt Mason USA – “Rockstar”
from: Me Me Me / Olive Juice Music / January 1, 1998
[After 15 years of living in NYC Matthew and Nan Turner moved back to KC and relocated Olive Juice Music to KC and their band Schwervon! has become a big part of the KC music scene!]

11:16 – Interview with Major Matt Mason USA, Folkicide, and Rabbit Killer

Three of Kansas City’s most original singer/songwriters: Major Matt Mason USA, Folkicide & Rabbit Killer who’ll share the bill for a special concert, Wednesday, June 26, at 8:00 pm, at Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club. We will play from their recordings and have a live performance in our 90.1 FM Studios.

Major Matt Mason USA is Matthew Roth. Matt’s 1998 solo release “Me Me Me” is celebrate its 15th anniversary and Matt will travel to NYC to perform the songs live on Sunday, August 4, at Sidewalk Cafe as part of the Classic Albums Live series during the Welcome to Boog City Festival.

Matthew Roth was a large part of the New York City music community, founding Olive Juice Music; recording, mixing, and mastering music for himself and others, including Kimya Dawson, Daniel Johnston, Jeffrey Lewis, Adam Green, The Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players, and Toby Goodshank; and performing live as part of Schwervon! and Kansas State Flower, and solo artist as Major Matt Mason USA.

After 15 years of living in NYC, Matthew Roth and Nan Turner moved back to KC and relocated Olive Juice Music to KC and their band Schwervon! has become a big part of the KC music scene!


13. Major Matt Mason USA – “Tripping Yourself” (LIVE) 


KC based singer-songwriter, Folkicide, has described his music as “despair-core” and writes that his vision of constructive pessimism, he hopes in time, will be recognized as a new acoustical genre, fully devoted to the documentation of the delightful futility of existence. Since 2010, Folkicide has released 4 full-length recordings and one EP, writing and arranging and recording over 60 tracks.

Folkicide is now working on his new album of 13 songs called, “Meaningless Glare of Broken Human Beings,” engineered by David Moore at Merriam Shoals Studio.

Michael Walker plays trombone on “Seaside Rendezvous” for “Folkicide’s A Night At The Opera,” Michael also plays on Folkicide’s new record too.


14. Folkicide – “Melodic Screams”
from: Meaningless Glare of Broken Human Beings / Fall, 2013
[You can hear all of his music at: folkicide.bandcamp.com]

Rabbit Killer is Mark Smeltzer who has been playing and making music in Kansas City for over 20 years. Mark has collaborated with Betse Ellis, Amy Farrand, Howard Iceberg, The Wilders, Metatone and many many others. Mark is know for the creation of his own instruments from found objects. He was one of the original members of the band Trouble in Mind, and performs as a solo artist, as Rabbit Killer, The Rural Grit All Stars E.I.O., and is a cofounder of Rural Grit Music Hour every Monday Night at The Brick and also Rural Grit Records a music label that captured many of the early recordings of the Wilders, live performances at the Tic Fest and many area bands. Mark is also an actor and appeared in the film “Two Sisters.”

Mark Smeltzer, told the story of how he came to create the alter ego, Rabbit Killer.

The Rural Grit Happy Hour is one of the longest running shows in Kansas City, this weekly show has been a place for musicians to collaborate for many years, originally starting at The Grand Emporium in the 1990s.


15. Rabbit Killer – “Aligators and Crocodiles” (LIVE)

Major Matt Mason USA, Folkicide, and Rabbit Killer will play in concert together, tonight, Wednesday June 26, in an acoustic set at Davey’s Uptown, 3402 Main St. KCMO.


16. 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.]

[Dream Wolf play recordBar, Sat, June 29 w/ Darkside of The Force, Deco Auto, and Scene of Irony.]

[Members of Dream Wolf participate in Sonic Spectrum’s Tribute Series to The Rolling Stones, Sunday, June 30, at the recordBar, with the Cody Wyoming Deal, The Empty Spaces, and members of Dolls on Fire, The Dirty Electric, The Latenight Callers and others.]

17. The Rolling Stones – “Street Fighting Man”
from: Beggar’s Banquet / Decca / Dec. 6, 1968
[Originally titled and recorded as “Did Everyone Pay Their Dues?”, containing the same music but very different lyrics, “Street Fighting Man” is known as one of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards’ most politically inclined works to date. Jagger allegedly wrote it about Tariq Ali after Jagger attended a March 1968 anti-war rally at London’s U.S. embassy, during which mounted police attempted to control a crowd of 25,000.]

18. The Depth and The Whisper – “Highway”
from: Single Track Release / Independent / December, 2012
[Produced and recorded by John Velghe at Guttersnipe recording. This song features Albert Bickley and Dave Tanner, the principle musicians and songwriters, with Troy Van Horn on lead guitar, Go Go Ray on Drums, John Velghe on keyboards.]

[The Depth and The Whisper play the recordBar, Friday, June 28, with John Velge & The Prodigal Sons and Adam Marsland.]


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

Sources for notes on tracks: artist’s websites and wikipedia.org

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