#500 – November 20, 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, November 20, 2013

Our 500th Show!

Featuring LIVE performances in our 90.1 FM Studios from: Betse Ellis, Nathan Granner, Mat Shoare, Kasey Rausch, Mikal Shapiro, Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, Claire Adams & Katy Guillen, Lisa Cordes, David Wayne Reed, Bess Wallerstein and Maria Vasquez Boyd. Plus, Marion Merritt, Judy Mills, and Barry Lee playing their favorite song.


1. Dimitri From Paris – “Prologue,”
from: Sacreblu / Atlantic Records / June 11, 1996

2. The Whittlers – “Touch The Artist”
from: Touch The Artist / Independent / Summer 2002
[One of four full length releases from Tom Livesay and Phil Wade released between 2000 – 2004. The album was made up entirely of covers with the exception of this song where Phil and Tom edited together excerpts of records from their collections. Ike Sheldon played piano and keyboards on several tracks.]

3. Dream Wolf – “interlude #3”
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.]


Today’s show isn’t a retrospective. We’ll save that for our 10 year Anniversary Show next year. No, today’s show is a celebration of 500 weeks, at the same time, on the same station. When I started the show I only wanted to play music that I hadn’t heard on the radio for a while. I wanted to play new releases. I want to include interviews, and live performances, and special themes, and surprises, april fool’s day broadcasts, stories from our listeners. I wanted to mix it up. I remember early on, a listener called up, just after i played Jimi Hendrix followed by Peter Allen. The listener asked, “So this is how it’s gonna be, this is how you’re gonna do the show.” I hesitated and answered, yes, but I really wasn’t sure yet. I was still finding my way. We started doing entire programs devoted to Kansas City area musicians, and the Crossroad Music Festival, Apocalypse Meow, The MidCoast Takeover, The Middle of The Map Fest, The Pitch Music Awards.

To say that I’ve been inspired by the KC music scene, is an understatement. In just this last year, we have played from over 100 local releases of 2013. The KC music community is fueled by a collaborative and generous heart that is beating in so many of the artists I’ve met while doing this show. I am inspired by the women who created radio on 90.1 FM before me: my friend April Fletcher, and my friend Anne Winter. I’m inspired by the diverse , intelligent, motivated, listeners, looking for place on the dial, where they can connect to the amazing story of our community.

Today we celebrate the idea of community radio, free form radio, radio that tells the story of the people who live here, the artists, the writers, the teachers, the performers, the lovers. Today we celebrate 500 weeks of Wednesday MidDay Medley, the show that has brought us together, at this time, on this station. Thanks for listening.


Mat Shoare is a Kansas City based singer, guitarist, songwriter, record label founder. His second full length solo record,”Domestic Partnership” was released last December, on Golden Sound Records. Mat has also released EPs with his band The Empty Spaces, who won a Pitch Music Award this year for Best Garage Band. All of the music is available at Golden Sound Records, an independent, KC based record label Mat founded with his friends Jerad Tomasino and Ross Brown.


4. Mat Shoare – “Without You” (LIVE)
Also available on: Domestic Partnership / Golden Sound Records / Dec 11, 2013
[All songs by Mat Shoare. Made by Mat Shoare and Ross Brown. Most parts of this album were recorded by Mat Shoare in multiple bedrooms, basements, and offices from winter 2011 till fall 2012. It was finally focused into something cohesive by Ross Brown at The Reservation in Kansas City, MO.]


5. Boards Of Canada – “I Saw Drones”
from: Geogaddi / Warp / February 19, 2022
[a Scottish electronic music duo consisting of brothers Michael Sandison (born 1 June 1970) and Marcus Eoin (born Marcus Eoin Sandison; 21 July 1971)]


Maria Vasquez Boyd is a regular contributor to Wednesday MidDay Medley where she has produced shows about Ukuleles, Teachers, The Day of The Dead, and The Artist’s Studio. Maria is graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute, where she has taught in the Design/Illustration Department, as well as, the Nelson Atkins Museum. Maria has served as the gallery coordinator for the Guadalupe Center and The Writers Place and as contributing Artist at Mattie Rhodes, Prosperos Books, and Present Magazine. Maria is also a founding member of the Latino Writers Collective. Maria is also the host of 90.1 FM’s ARTSPEAK Radio with Blair Schulmann, Airing tomorrow night at 7:30 PM and soon to be in a new tike slot.


6. Maria Vasquez Boyd – Original Piece (Live)


7. Piney Gir – “Que Sera Sera”
from: Peakahokahoo / Greyday Records / November 16, 2004
[Piney Gir is Angela Penhaligon who was born in Kansas and is now based in London, England. We had the chance to interview her on this show. She was encouraged by her parents to learn the piano from the age of four, she wrote her first song at the age of nine. Having earned a degree in music, she moved to England in 1998 to study at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. She released her debut solo electronica album, Peakahokahoo, in 2004 on UK label Truck Records (and licensed to Greyday Records for release in North America). She toured extensively, including opening for Erasure on a month long European tour. Her most recent album: Geronimo! was recorded in early 2011 in Los Angeles.]


Kasey Rausch was one of the first musicians to play live on the show. I think we may have played every song from her 2005 release “Born Near The Water, ” and her 2007 release “Live How You Love.” We started 2013 with a special show for Wednesday MidDay Medley that Kasey produced with her sister Kim Rausch McLaws, called The Rausch Haus Radio Show featuring musical recordings and live performances from five generations of the Rausch Family. Beside her solo work Kasey also plays bass in The Buttermilk Boys and is also a member of the new band doing older country songs, called The Naughty Pines.

Singer Songwriter, Artist, Curator, Journalist, Mikal Shapiro is back solidly in Kansas City after a seven-year hiatus in New York, Hawaii and Chicago. Mikal studied Film History, Film, and Writing at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York, and received her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago studying Film, Video, New Media, and Animation. Her full length solo releases “The Crow The Lark And The Loon from 2008, and “For Good” from 2010 have been acclaimed by local music writers. Mikal toured through the west and is the creator of the web television project, “Go! Go! Global Girls.” Mikal has also recently created music videos for Dead Voices and Folkicide.


8. Kasey Rausch – “Crazy Heart” (Live)


Mikal Shapiro you recently alkyd about how Kasey Rausch gave her her first guitar and taught her her first chords.


9. Mikal Shapiro – “Sycamore Valley” (Live)

10:30 – Underwriting


Marion Merritt is the creator of the music film books and art blog: a2-m3.com a site that gives visitors a wealth of information on new releases. Marion also works in the music department at Barnes & Noble on The Plaza, and has been joining us on Wednesday MidDay Medley for over 7 years, sharing her newest sonic discoveries and information from her musically encylopedic Brain.


10. Billie Holiday “When It’s Sleepy Time Down South”
from: Last Recording / MGM / July 1959
[Billie Holiday (born Eleanora Fagan (April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959) was an American jazz singer and songwriter. Nicknamed “Lady Day” by her friend and musical partner Lester Young, Holiday had a seminal influence on jazz and pop singing. Her vocal style, strongly inspired by jazz instrumentalists, pioneered a new way of manipulating phrasing and tempo.]


Operatic Tenor, Nathan Granner is recognized throughout the world as a generative, solo and collaborative artist and as one of The American Tenors, from the Odyssey/Sony Masterworks imprint. Nathan has collaborated with artists and producers of Opera, Concerts, Recorded Audio, Musical Theater and Performance Installation. Nathan is a graduate of University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory of Music and a Metropolitan Opera National Council Semi-Finalist. He has performed leading roles at Opera Theatre Saint Louis, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Wolf Trap Opera, as well as having been a featured artist with Opera Tampa and Tulsa Opera. Nathan has served as artistic director and performer in the first National PBS taping at the new Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. His latest endeavors are creating the Multi-Course Performance, an immersive installation experience of Classical Music, Cuisine and Light and Facilitating Artist Inc 2.

Nathan has been collaborating with so many groups and musicians and artists. Including Monocle, Bach Aria Soloists, and several theatre & arts organizations.


11. Nathan Granner – “I think I’m Going to Make it” w/ guitar (Live)

We also talked with Nathan about: KCMetropolis.org, The Monocle: Orphan’s feast


12. Nathan Granner – “Hustly-Bustly/Deck the Halls” (Live)
from: Orphan’s Feast produced last year by The Monocle


13. Be / Non – “Journey”
from: A Mountain of Yeses / Unipegadong / 2009


Lisa Cordes is a Kansas City based writer, theater artist, educator, non-profit worker. She nurtures children and art, in that order. Lisa has joined us on Wednesday MidDay Medley to help during our fund drive shows, to talk about events at The Fishtank Theatre, The Shakespeare Festival, and the California Prop 8 case. Her play Prop 8 was produced on stage in Kansas City, Lawrence, Kansas and Orlando, Florida as well as for radio in a 2-hour LIVE broadcast on 90.1 FM.


14. Lisa Cordes – “What’s Not There” (Live)


15. The Magnetic Fields – BBC Radiophonic Workshop
from: Holiday / Merge / 1994

16. Nathan Grannar – “Un Meow-ra Amorosa”
from: Some Mozart / Home Recordings


A renowned fiddler, Betse Ellis, is known by many as a founding member of The Wilders. 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. This year Betse released her 2nd full-length solo release, “High Moon Order” to much critical acclaim. Betse has been on the road touring, and adding her fiddle and voice to other musical collaborations. Betse has been a frequent guest of Wednesday MidDay Medley, most recently co-hosting our Winter and Spring Fund Drive Shows.



17. Betse Ellis – “Straight To Hell” (Live)
Also available on High Moon Order / Free Dirt Records / June 14, 2013


18. Joe Strummer – “Without People, You’re Nothing”
from: The Future Is Unwritten / Capitol / March 30, 2007

19. Krystle Warren – “Station I.D.” ( :11)


David Wayne Reed grew up on a farm in Louisburg, Kansas. After graduating from Kansas State University he moved to KC and began appearing in shows at the KC Rep, and earning his Actor Equity Card. David changed paths as he explored the wild side of KC’s independent professional theatre scene as a principal member of Late Night Theatre. David is an actor, writer, raconteur and bon vivant. He has written and directed 8 plays including: Mother Trucker (2004), Mother Trucker 2: Ride On (2011) and Jolly Rancher (2012). David is a 2011 ArtsKC Inspiration Grant recipient and a Resident Artist at the Fishtank Performance Studio. David has joined us on WMM numerous times as guest producer and in our live version of “A Story in a Song” at the recordBar last summer.


20. David Wayne Reed – “Breezy Living Children’s Hour” (Live)


21. Wagon Christ – “Rennie Codgers”
from: Toomorrow / Ninja Records / March 29, 2011


Judy Mills opened Mills Record Company, a new independent record store, just 6 months ago at: 314 Westport Road, in Kansas City. Judy Mills has been a waitress, a student, a teacher, a poet, a corporate road warrior and a corporate retail slave.


22. Neko Case -“Things That Scare Me”
from: Blacklisted / Anti- / August 21, 2002


Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, played LIVE in our 90.1 FM studios on our July 10, broadcast. Madisen Ward & The Mama Bear consists of Madisen Ward and Ruth Ward. They are a modern soulful/folk music duo. Performing mostly all original music. Madisen Ward was born in Oklahoma, and grew up in the outskirts of Kansas City, Missouri. He graduated from William Chrisman High School in 2007. Madisen’s journey to become a musician, was “melodically passed down” through the songs of his mother. Last year Madisen Ward and “The Mama Bear” his mom – Ruth Ward recorded and released their EP, “We Burned The Cane Field.”

Joel Nanos, of Element recording originally gave me the “heads up” about Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear’s great recording and music.


23. Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear – “Dead Daffodils” (Live)

11:35 – Underwriting


Bess Wallerstein Huff is the Marketing and Sponsorship Specialist for the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Bess has joined us on Wednesday MidDay Medley to discuss her work as a Director with One Time Productions the environmental Theatre Company she founded. Bess has also been a part of our resurrection on The Bad Music Hour with her comedy group CounterClockwise Comedy, where Bess is a founding member. Bess is an actor and director and a frequent contributor to The Fishtank Theatre, Eat Their Words, and Screenland Theatre.


24. Bess Wallerstein Huff – “My At Home Audience” (Live)

25. Monta At Odds – “Little Chance is Left”
from: Gringo / Montamusic / June 11 / 2008


Kansas City based singer, songwriter, and musician, Claire Adams, has been an integral part of multiple area bands including: Claire & The Crowded Stage, Appropriate Grammar, and Hidden Pictures. With Katy Guillen the two perform as a duo called Quirk & Ruckus, and with drummer Stephanie Williams they perform as a trio called The Katy Guillen and the Girls. The trio is launching Kickstarter campaign this Thursday for the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in January, and have have shows Thursday at BB’s Lawnside, and Saturday at Quasimodo’s. Friday they will play as the duo Quirk and Ruckus at Coda, with the B’Dinas (Katy Guillen’s other band) and Howard Iceberg.


26. Claire Adams & Katy Guillen – “Think Twice” (Live)


27. Mexican Institute of Sound – “My buddy @julps”
from: Politico / Nacional Records / July 17, 2012


Barry Lee is the host of 90.1 FM’s Signal To Noise, heard every Sunday night from 8:00 to 10:00 pm. For the past three years Barry has organized a giant Beatles Tribute show that was produce this year at Knuckleheads in KC and at Liberty Hall in Lawrence, Kansas.


28. Lou Reed – “There is No Time”
from: New York / Sire / January 1, 1989

29. 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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