Wednesday MidDay Medley
TEN to NOON Wednesdays – Streaming at KKFI.org
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Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Local & New Releases
+ Mac McSpadden & Sondra Freeman
+ Lucky DeLuxe & Meghan Whelan
+ Artist Ryan Wilks & Writer Jen Harris
1. Arcade Fire – “Flashbulb Eyes”
from: Reflector / Merge / October 28, 2013
[From wikipedia: 4th studio album from Montreal based band. Reflektor was co-produced by former LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy, regular Arcade Fire producer Markus Dravs, and the band itself. Influenced by Haitian rara music, the 1959 film Black Orpheus and Søren Kierkegaard’s essay, “The Present Age”, Reflektor’s release was preceded by a guerrilla marketing campaign inspired by veve drawings, and the release of a limited edition single, “Reflektor”, credited to the fictional band, The Reflektors, on September 9, 2013. The song features guest vocals by David Bowie. The album’s origins stem from a trip that both vocalist and guitarist Win Butler and multi-instrumentalist Régine Chassagne took to her family’s home country of Haiti. Butler noted, “Going to Haiti for the first time with Regine was the beginning of a major change in the way that I thought about the world. Usually, I think you have most of your musical influences locked down by the time you’re 16. There was a band I [feel] changed me musically, just really opened me up to this huge, vast amount of culture and influence I hadn’t been exposed to before, which was really life-changing.” Inspired by the country’s rara music, Butler and Chassagne incorporated elements of this sound into the band’s new material, alongside Jamaican influences. Butler stated, “I mean, it’s not like our band trying to play Haitian music. I just felt like we were opened up to a new influence. Bob Marley probably felt the same way the first time he heard Curtis Mayfield.”]
2. David Bowie – “I’d Rather Be High (Venetian Mix)”
from: The Next Day Extra / ISO Records – Columbia / November 5, 2013
[Bowie’s first new music in 10 years The Next Day was released on ISO Records – Columbia on March 12, 2013. In the works for over 2 years, Bowie 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.”]
10:09 – Underwriting
3. PedalJets – “Terra Nova (Radio Edit)”
from: What’s In Between / Electric Moth Records / June 25, 2013
[1st album of new material in 23 years. Paul Malinowski (Vocals, Guitar), Rob Morrow (Drums, Vocals), Mike Allmayer (Guitar, Vocals), Matt Kesler (Bass, Vocals). Produced by The Pedaljets & Paul Malinoski. The albums photos & design are from artist Archer Prewitt of: the Sea and Cake and The Coctails. More info: thepedaljets.com]
[The PedalJets play The BOTTLENECK in Lawrence on Friday, Nov. 15, ay 9:00 with Dead Girls.]
10:15 – Interview with Mac McSpadden and Sondra Freeman
Jenni “Mac” McSpadden is Managing Director & Cofounder of MMF. She moved to KC in 2006 after a decade in NYC and fell in love with the local music community. She was involved in community theatre as a child, and has a BA in theatrical design. She loves to play the guitar, run the soundboard and support local music.
Sondra Freeman is Director of Promotions & Artist Relations for MMF. After meeting Rhonda Lyne while buying raffle tickets at an MMF function, Sondra was immediately interested in the mission and quickly became an active volunteer. Sondra’s works as a band liaison, booking, promotions & event planning. She owns Sistrum Enterprises, is co-owner of Team Auto Sales & Big Mac’s Fireworks. She’s also a band manager & music promoter.
Midwest Music Foundation a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational arts organization that unites performer & audience and fills a health care gap for KC musicians.
Mac McSpadden & Sondra Freeman, joined us to discuss, Blvd. Brewing Co.’s new “10% for KC” program that’s selected MMF as a beneficiaries of KC Pils sales during the 4th quarter.
As reported by The KC Star’s Joyce Smith (Oct. 1, 2013) “Boulevard Brewing Co.’s new “10% for KC” program has selected some new charities to help. Under the program announced earlier this year, the Kansas City brewery is donating 10 percent of the sales of its KC Pils each quarter to three different charities. Three different groups have been named as beneficiaries of KC Pils sales during the fourth quarter: First Downs for Down Syndrome, the Midwest Music Foundation, and Synergy Services. During the last 10 days of the quarter, members of the public can vote for their favorite charity among the three. The charity getting the most online votes will receive 60 percent of the available funds raised during that quarter; the runners-up will get 20 percent each.”
MMF is involved in a 2-day recording session & video shoot at Element Studios, with Joel Nanos, Black Mariah Productions and 12 KC area bands. This is all part of the Midwest Music Foundation and Boulevard Brewery’s KC Pils gives back to local charity campaign. More info: http://www.voteformmf.com. One vote per day per IP address.
Other MMF related events:
One Night Stand: An Acoustic Evening With The Boys of Rock-N-Roll, Thur, Nov 14, 9:00pm, at recordBar, feat. acoustic sets by members of: The Dead Girls , The Slowdown, Drew Black & Dirty Electric, Sons of Great Dane, Radio City. This Sistrum Enterprises event supports Blvd Brewing Company’s 10% For KC campaign and the MMF.
KC Uncovered III: Shine A Light, Sat, Dec 21, recordBar, A Tribute to Abigail Henderson and MMF KC Pils Voting Party. The 1st day of 10-day voting period for Blvd. Brewing Co. KC Pils campaign. Starring: Sister Mary Rotten Crotch, Not a Planet , Vi Tran band, The Clementines , The Oil Lamps (Feat. Bill Sundahl, Mike Meyers, and others)
Midwest Music Foundation sponsors health care programs and provides financial relief to local musicians who have suffered a health care crisis. Since 2009, the MMF has distributed $30,000 in health-care grants. The Foundation aims to create mechanisms where Musicians, Live Sound Engineers, Music Club Employees, and Recording Engineers can gain affordable access to health care. More info at MidwestMusicFound.org
4. Loaded Goat – “Down On The Misery”
from: Corker / Loaded Goat / October 15, 2013
[Martin Korb, Matt Hawkins, Eddie Crane, Paul Andrews, Rob Ritter. Written by Matt Hawkins. Recorded, mixed and mastered by Mike West at the 9th Ward Pickin’ Parlor, Lawrence, Kansas.]
[Loaded Goat play the 5th annual Murder Ballad Ball “Pleading The Fifth” Dec. 6 & 7, at The Living Room Theatre 1818 McGee, KCMO. FRIDAY, DEC 6, “THE TRIAL” features: Freight Train & Rabbit Killer, and the reunion of, American Catastrophe. Before the concert, a very special dinner will be prepared by KC celebrity chef, Celina Tio, limited to 50 people and is presale only. SATURDAY, DEC 7, “THE VERDICT” features 14 short performances by: The Silver Maggies, Rural Grit Allstars, Thee Haunted Maestro (Shaun Hamontree’s his new band), Anthony Ladesich, Kasey Rausch, Cadillac Flambe’, Mikal Shapiro, The Philistines , Damon Parker, Loaded Goat, Kill Noise Boys, A.J.Gaither, Blue Boot Healers, and David George. More info at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/512564 ]
5. Josh Berwanger – “Baby Loses Her Mind”
from: Strange Stains / Good Land Records / October 1, 2013
[From Berwangermusic.com: “Josh Berwanger could easily be considered a veteran of the rock and roll wars. He first made a name for himself as a member of The Anniversary, a seminal Kansas band that released two glorious albums (2000’s Designing a Nervous Breakdown and 2002’s Your Majesty) and selling over 100,000 records before imploding in a breakup of Fleetwood Mac-style proportions while attempting to tour Japan. Undeterred, Berwanger put together a new band—a country-rock outfit called The Only Children–and would go on to release two criminally underrated records (2004’s Change of Living and 2007’s Keeper of Youth) before pulling the plug on that project and taking a job doing the next most logical thing possible– coaching high school basketball in Lawrence, Kansas. For the recording of Strange Stains, Berwanger joined forces with old pal (and original drummer for The Anniversary) Michael Hutcherson, who brought not only brought the rhythm to the record, but a wonderful familiarity as well. “Josh and I met in 1996 while playing in local Kansas City pop punk bands,” recalls Hutcherson, “I am honored to be making music with Josh again. For all that’s changed in our lives over the years, we’ve still got a symbiotic musical relationship. No questions, no egos, just rock and roll. The new also features additional playing from The Breeders’ Jim Macpherson.”]
10:37 – Interview with Lucky Deluxe and Meghan Whelan
Coming up at The Fishtank Performance Studio at 1715 Wyandotte, in The Crossroads, is “Dear Diary: Casual Encounters,” Saturday, November 16, and Sunday, November 17, at 7:00pm. Casual Encounters is the newest project from Meghan Whelan, creator and producer of Dear Diary, the long-running series that began at The Fishtank in 2010. The host for both nights is comedian and Kansas City native, Susanna Lee aka Lucky DeLuxe. Monday, November 18, at 8:00pm, Standup comedian and performance artist, Lucky DeLuxe brings her newest 1-woman show, “Getting Lucky 2: Getting Luckier: Another Stand-Up Show from a Lay-Down Lady” to the Fishtank Performance Studio. On the phone we talked with Lucky Deluxe in LA, and in the studio was Meghan Whelan.
In 2010, Susanna Lee’s first 1-woman show: “Cabaret DeLuxe”, uniquely blended her standup comedy with burlesque and live jazz, and ran for 11 months at Jardine’s. Her second 1-woman show, “Getting Lucky”, was awarded the “Best Of Fringe” title for its venue, during its debut run, at the 2011 Kansas City Fringe Festival.
Meghan Whelan, discussed Casual Encounters, part of Dear Diary, the series she started at The Fishtank in 2010 where readers at Dear Diary share their meandering adolescent journals with audiences and the result is often a mortifying, hilarious, and… cathartic.
The press materials say that “Casual Encounters,” explores the world of virtual interactions between strangers through humor and personal narrative. Meghan you have said that, “This is one of the worst cities for dating in the entire country. If you’re single in K.C., chances are you’ve tried finding someone online. And chances are, you’ve encountered a lot of weirdos and gone on some dismal first dates. I want all of us to be able to share in the misery of being single in this town through laughter and maybe lighten the mood a little.”
Dear Diary: Casual Encounters, is Sat, Nov. 16, and Sun, Nov. 17, at 7:00pm, at Fishtank Performance Studio, 1715 Wyandotte Hosted By Susanna Lee aka Lucky Deluxe.
Monday, Nov. 18, at 8:00pm, Standup comedian & performance artist, Lucky DeLuxe (Susanna Lee), brings her newest 1-woman show, “Getting Lucky 2: Getting Luckier: Another Stand-Up Show from a Lay-Down Lady” to the Fishtank Performance Studio.
Lucky DeLuxe has been seen and heard on: Last Comic Standing, Beverly Hills Brides, Girls Behaving Badly, America’s Court. She’s performed in the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Ventura Comedy Festival, Chicago Comedy Festival New York Burlesque Festival, New Orleans Burlesque Festival, Southern Fried Burlesque Fest, KC Burlesque Festival. Lucky DeLuxe was a headliner in the 2013 New Zealand Burlesque Festival.
Lucky Deluxe, you are also in the editing process of a new project called “Comic peeps.” (www.susannalee.com)
More info at Fishtanktheater.com
6. Lucy Wainwright Roche – “Seek and hide (feat. Colin Meloy)”
from: There’s A Last Time For Everything / maeby music / October 15, 2013
[From citywinery.com: “Lucy Wainwright Roche was born into a musical family Greenwich Village, NYC, Lucy Wainwright Roche is deeply steeped in the musical world. In addition to her parents (Loudon Wainwright III and Suzzy Roche of The Roches) and her siblings, (Martha and Rufus Wainwright), Lucy’s various aunts, uncles and cousins are all musicians. After a childhood of touring in vans, and hanging out backstage at clubs and theaters around the country, Lucy went off to college and grad school –– a twist on the classic rebellion –– and became a school teacher in NYC. She had very little to do with the music world. Then in 2005 on a whim, she spend a few weeks out on the road with her brother Rufus which reignited her deep connection to life on the road. Shortly, Lucy left her teaching job to pursue music full time. Fast forward to 2013. With two EPs (8 Songs and 8 More) and one full-length album entitled Lucy (2010) under her belt, she’s traveled thousands of miles, and armed with a just a guitar and a huge angelic voice, she’s performed solo and with countless musicians from Neko Case to the Indigo Girls in this country and internationally. There’s a Last Time For Everything was recorded in Nashville with her friend, collaborator and producer, Jordan Brooke Hamlin. Colin Meloy (The Decemberists) adds harmonies to “Seek And Hide”, which Lucy wrote while watching a man walk up and down the block outside of her building one afternoon, and is the album’s upbeat and fleshed out second track. Roche recalls, “It was a song that I wrote kind of mysteriously – and about a stranger. I knew that I wanted a male voice that was very distinctive to join me on that song. My very first choice was Colin and although I don’t know him well, he graciously agreed to sing on the track and really hit the nail on the head and added just the touch I was hoping for.”]
7. Cass McCombs – “There Can Be Only One”
from: Big Wheels and Others / Domino Recording Co. / October 14, 2013
[Born in Concord, California in 1977. Famed DJ John Peel called his music “unobtrusively brilliant.” Cass McCombs has received widespread critical acclaim. He has led a nomadic existence for most of his adult life, moving from one city to the next, living in cars, on couches and at campsites. McCombs spent time developing his music bouncing between New York City, San Francisco, the Pacific Northwest, England and Baltimore. McCombs has stated that his tombstone will read “Home At Last.”]
11:00 – Station Identification
8. Bobby Watson & The I Have a Dream Project – “Check Cashing Day (For Ms. Trudy) [feat. Glenn North”
from: Check Cashing Day / Lafiya Music / Digital – Aug. 28, 2013 / Physical – Nov. 12, 2013
[From wikipedia.org: “Bobby Watson was born in Lawrence, Kansas, August 23, 1953. he is an American post-bop jazz alto saxophonist, composer, producer, and educator. Watson now has 27 recordings as a leader. He appears on nearly 100 other recordings as either co-leader or in a supporting role. Watson has recorded more than 100 original compositions. Watson grew up in Bonner Springs, Kansas, and Kansas City, Kansas. He attended the University of Miami with fellow students Pat Metheny, Jaco Pastorius and Bruce Hornsby. After graduating in 1975, he moved to NYC and joined Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. He performed with the Messengers from 1977 to 1981. After the Jazz Messengers, Watson work with many notable musicians, including: drummers Max Roach and Louis Hayes, fellow saxophonists George Coleman and Branford Marsalis, multi-instrumentalist Sam Rivers and trumpeter Wynton Marsalis. In addition, Watson has served in a supporting role for a number of vocalists including: Joe Williams, Dianne Reeves, Lou Rawls, Betty Carter, and Carmen Lundy, and has performed as a sideman with Carlos Santana, George Coleman, Rufus and Chaka Khan, Bob Belden and John Hicks. Later, in association with bassist Curtis Lundy and drummer Victor Lewis, Watson started the first edition of Horizon, an acoustic quintet modeled after the Jazz Messengers but with its own slightly more modern twist. In addition to his work as leader of Horizon, Watson also led a group known as the High court of Swing (a tribute to the music of Johnny Hodges), The Tailor-Made Big Band (16 pieces in all) and is a founding member of the 29th Street Saxophone Quartet, an all-horn, four-piece group with alto saxophonist Ed Jackson, tenor saxophonist Rich Rothenberg, and baritone saxophonist Jim Hartog. Watson also composed an original song for the soundtrack of Robert De Niro’s A Bronx Tale (1993). A resident of New York for most of his professional life, Watson served as a member of the adjunct faculty and taught private saxophone at William Patterson University from 1985 to 1986 and the Manhattan School of Music from 1996 to 1999. He is currently involved with the Thelonious Monk Institute’s yearly “Jazz in America” high school outreach program. In 2000, he was approached to return to his native midwestern surroundings on the Kansas-Missouri border. Watson was selected as the first William D. and Mary Grant/Missouri, Distinguished Professorship in Jazz Studies. The past seven years he has served as the director of jazz studies at the University of Missouri–Kansas City Conservatory of Music although he still manages to balance live engagements around the world with his teaching responsibilities. Watson’s ensembles at UMKC have garnered several awards and national recognition.]
[From DLmediamusic.com: “As Watson reflects, Check Cashing Day serves as “a commentary on where we’ve been, where we are, and where we need to go as a people, as a country, and as a global community.” Watson chose to concentrate on the reason why over 300,000 people, black and white, gathered in Washington, D.C. on August 28, 1963. Dr. King spoke of coming to Washington to cash a 100 year old check, a moral check that the founding fathers wrote into the Declaration of Independence, but to this day, the check keeps coming back marked ‘insufficient funds.’ Introducing poet and spoken word artist Glenn North from KCMO, Check Cashing Day is a concept recording with 15 tracks portrayed in the vein of musical theatre. “I asked Glenn to put some poetry, from his perspective, to several of my compositions, as well as one written by vocalist Pamela Baskin-Watson and two by bassist Curtis Lundy,” comments Watson. “It was my desire with this project to produce poetry that would in some ways cleanse the soul,” notes North. In addition, Watson’s release features trumpeter Hermon Mehari, pianist Richard Johnson, drummer Eric Kennedy, flutist Horace Washington, and trombonist Karita Carter.]
9. Janelle Monae – “Ghetto Woman”
from: The Electric Lady / Bad Boy Records / September 10, 2013
[Janelle Monáe moved from Kansas City, Kansas to New York to study theatre at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Her original plan was to pursue a career on Broadway, but she soon changed her mind and returned to music. After moving to Atlanta, GA, where she met OutKast’s Big Boi, Monáe founded the Wondaland Arts Society with like-minded young artists and made appearances on Outcast’s Idlewild, where Janelle is featured on the songs “Call The Law” and “In Your Dreams”. In 2007, Monáe released her first solo work, titled Metropolis. A few months later she was signed to Sean “Diddy” Combs’ label, Bad Boy Records.]
[Janelle Monae plays the Uptown Theatre, Friday, Novenber 15]
10. Maria The Mexican – “Sigh”
from: Moon Colored Jade / Independent / October 18, 2013
[Influenced by traditional Mariachi music, Maria The Mexican is a hybrid of Mexican folklore and Rock. For ten years, Teresa and Maria Elena Cuevas performed with Marachi Estrella founded by their grandmother Teresa Cuevas in 1970. As one of the first all female mariachi bands in the country, Maria Teresa Alonzo Cuevas is a pioneer in the Hispanic musical community. Her band flourished in the 80s but was struck by tragedy when four of the seven members were killed in the Hyatt Skywalk collapse in 1981. Once Teresa recovered she began teaching her grandchildren Mariachi music. In 2000, Teresa and Maria began exploring other genres of music while simultaneously co-directing Mariachi Estrella. Today the fusion of Maria The Mexican is mixed with a touch of blues, soul, funk, and rock n’ roll enhanced by the musical knowledge and sounds of Garrett Nordstrom. With a southwestern flare and melancholy motifs, Maria The Mexican rocks it out in Spanish and English with a host of emotion..]
11:15 – Interview with Ryan Wilks and Jen Harris
Artist Ryan Wilks and writer Jen Harris first met while in a math class at Johnson County Community College in 2007. The were both kicked out of class after getting into a disagreement with each other. Eventually Jen gave Ryan a job, they ended up becoming room mates in Westport. Their life paths crossed over again and again and they were also roommates in San Francisco. Both grew up in families that moved around a lot, and both found each other to be kindred spirits, support, a chosen family, and inspiration for ech other as they were making their way as artists. When Ryan moved back to Kansas City after living on the west coast, the two began to collaborate again, and they join us to discuss Art Show, this Friday, November 15, at 7:00 pm at the LikeMe lighthouse, 3909 Main St, KCMO. The show features the paintings of Ryan Wilks, along with cigar box acoustic/electric guitars by Linda Morrison, spoken word performance by Jen Harris from her new book of poetry, “Productive Poverty,” and live music from Michelle Cox. Those in attendance can also fling paint at a GIANT community canvas.
Ryan Wilks, you told us that, “It wasn’t until you got home in August of this year, and began pouring onto the canvas that you realized just how much your art has changed in the time I’ve been away.”
Jen Harris has written for many KC publications including the KC Star, The Vinette.com, Greenability, The examiner.com, and has been a regular contributor to the LikeMe Lighthouse News. she’ll be reading from her new book of poetry: “Productive Poverty.”
The Art Show, Fri, Nov. 15, at 7:00 pm at LikeMe lighthouse, 3909 Main, also features the cigar box acoustic/electric guitars by Linda Morrison, and live music from Michelle Cox.
Those in attendance can also fling paint at a 40″ X 60″ community canvas that will be part of the benefit silent auction, tonight at The LikeMe Lighthouse annual fundraiser, on Wednesday, November 13, at The Folly Theater starring Margaret Cho, Judy Gold, John Fugelsang, Jim Short and a special appearance by Chely Wright. Doors open at 5:00 PM with a silent auction, the show starts at 7:00 PM. More information at FollyTheater.org.
The LikeMe Lighthouse is working to connect the many diverse parts of our expansive LGBTQIA community.
11:25 – Jen read a poem
When I asked you to name your inspirations for their art, they mentioned each other.
More info at: likemelighthouse.org.
11. Phosphorescent – “Sun, Arise! (An Invocation, An Introduction)”
from: Muchacho de Lujo (Deluxe Edition) / Dead Oceans / March 15, 2013
[Phosphorescent is the working moniker of American singer-songwriter Matthew Houck. Originally from Alabama, Houck began recording and performing under this nom de plume in 2001 in Athens, Georgia. He is currently based in Brooklyn, New York.]
12. Kim Richey – “Breakaway Speed”
from: Thorn In My Heart (Work Tapes Version) / Yep Roc Records / April 16, 2013
[2-time Grammy nominee, Kim Richey plays Californos in Westport, December 12, at 7:00 pm. The Blackbird Revue opens the show. ]
13. Iris DeMent – “There’s A Whole Lotta Heaven”
from: Sing The Delta / Flariella / Oct. 2, 2012
[Iris Dement previewed many of her new songs when she was in concert with husband Greg Brown, for their 11-11-11 show at The Folly Theatre to benefit St. Mark Child and Family Development Center. Now those songs are part of her brand new release that includes a total of 12 new songs. It is her first full-length release of original songs since 1996. The new record has been critically acclaimed by the music press on both sides of the Atlantic. Iris DeMent was our special guest on our October 10, 2013 Wednesday MidDay Medley.]
[Iris DeMent plays Knuckleheads, Saturday, November 24]
14. Midlake – “Antiphon”
from: Antiphon / Bella Union – ATO / November 5, 2013
[4th studio album from Denton, Texas band, that first gained popularity in Europe, signing to Bella Union and later playing at festivals such as Les Inrockuptibles, Wintercase, End of the Road and South by Southwest.]
15. Man Bear – “Sleep Forever”
from: Power Slop / Universal / Oct. 21, 2013
[Charles Aaron Nickless – Bass, Alex Courtney – Vocals, Guitars, Keith – Drums. Produced by Chan. Recorded in the Man Bear Cave. All songs written by Man Bear]
16. Yuck – “Out Of Time”
from: Glow and Behold / Fat Possum Records / September 30, 2013
[An indie rock band that originated in London, England. The band features Max Bloom, who formerly played in the band Cajun Dance Party along with former ‘Yuck’ member Daniel Blumberg.[The band’s self-titled debut album was released through Fat Possum on 21 February 2011 in the United Kingdom. Critics have likened the band to bands such as Dinosaur Jr, Pavement, My Bloody Valentine and Sonic Youth.]
17. Noel Coward – “The Party’s Over Now”
from: Noel Coward in New York / drg / 2003 [orig. 1957]
Sources for notes on tracks and interview segments come from: artist’s websites and wikipedia.org and where noted.
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