#512 – February 12, 2014 Playlist

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

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Old Sound + Middle of The Map Fest + Sam Harris

1. Shy Boys – “Heart Is Mine”
from: Shy Boys / High Dive Records / January 21, 2014
[Brothers Collin Rausch, Kyle Rausch, and roommate Konnor Ervin, are members of the KC based band.]

[Shy Boys play an in-store performance at Mills Record Company, Saturday, Feb. 15, 7:30pm]

2. Gary Numan & The Tubeway Army – “Down In The Park”
from: Replicas / Beggars Banquet – Atco Records / April 1979

[Gary Numan will play Kansas City for The Middle of the Map Fest, April 3-5.]

3. Bummer – “Estocada”
from: Milk / Independent / October 23, 2013
[One of two EPs released last year from the Kansas City based trio of Matt Perrin on Guitar/Vocals, Mike Gustafson on Bass, Thomas Williams on Drums. The EP was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Tyler Perryman.The call their music: neanderthal punk noise rock sludge from Kansas City]

[Bummer plays an in-store performance at Mills Record Company, Friday, Feb. 14 with Steady States]

[Bummer plays The Middle of the Map Fest, April 3-5.]

10:15 – Interview with Nathan Reusch

Now in it’s 4th year, Ink’s Middle of the Map Fest, curated by The Record Machine, returns to Kansas City this April 3rd-5th, featuring local, national, international and emerging talent. Ink’s Middle of the Map Fest is the brainchild of Nathan Reusch of The Record Machine who joined us to talk more about this year’s festival.

This year’s Music Fest will take place April 3rd – 5th in Kansas City’s Westport entertainment district. The 3-day fest will feature more than 120 local, national, international and emerging artists including:

The Get Up Kids, of Montreal, Kate Nash, Gary Numan, Del the Funky Homosapien, J Roddy Walston and the Business, !!! (Chk Chk Chk), Kishi Bashi, Fanfarlo, William Elliott Whitmore, Reggie and The Full Effect, WHY?, The Colourist, Shabazz Palaces, Those Darlins, Har Mar Superstar, S Carey, The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Small Black, Peelander-Z, Wolf Eyes, Wayne Hancock, Dosh, Crash Kings, Big Black Delta, Cowboy Indian Bear, Palace, The Noise FM, La Guerre , Little Legend, Max Justus, Spirit is the Spirit , Dots Not Feathers, The Great American Canyon Band, Chambers, Hammerlord, White Mule, The Weeks, Upset, Roman Remains, Caroline Smith, The Tontons, The Belle Game, Milagres, Ski Lodge, Good Graeff, Nite, Beau Jennings & The Tigers, Maps For Travelers, The Sluts, CS Luxem, Psychic Heat, The Kickback, Ings, Schwervon!, State Bird, Nathan Phillips, BODY2BODY, Bummer, Outsides, Twinsmith, Ghetto Blaster, Mammoth Life, Me Like Bees, Conchance, Not A Planet, Actors & Actresses, Dead Girls, John Velghe & the Prodigal Sons, Sleepy Kitty, Eyelit, Steddy P, Rev Gusto, Shy Boys, Hearts of Darkness, Your Friend., Middle Twin, Stik Figa, Rooms Without Windows, AJ Gaither, Bears & Company, The Bad Ideas, Forrester, Anna Cole & the Other Lovers, Josh Berwanger Band, Heartfelt Anarchy, Maria The Mexican, Howard Iceberg & the Titanics, Mime Game, The Naughty Pines, Wells The Traveler, Jorge Arana Trio, The Hooten Hallers, Loose Park, Monta At Odds, Pedaljets, Supernauts, Twenty Thousand Strongman, Billy Beale and the Blues Preservationists, Is Paris Burning, LA Price, Olassa, Ruddy Swain, Vi Tran Band, Katy Guillen & the Girls, The Clementines, Konza Swamp Band, The Phillistines, Loaded Goat, Scruffy & the Janitors, Spinstyles, Various Blonde, The Electric Lungs, Victor & Penny, Gracie Schram, Let’s Use Teamwork, The Ready Brothers, and Those Poor Bastards. (line-up subject to change)

More info at: http://www.middleofthemapfest.com


4. Ski Lodge – “Boy”
from: Big Heart / Dovecote / Aug. 20, 2013
[Full length debut from NYC based four piece band led by Andrew Marr, the multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter who wrote all of the lyrics and music, and played nearly every sound that ended up on the record. However, this was the first time the 26-year-old worked in a professional studio with a producer, the indelible Lewis Pesacov (Best Coast, Fool’s Gold), over several weeks in Los Angeles.]

[Ski Lodge will play Kansas City for The Middle of the Map Fest, April 3-5.]

10:31 – Underwriting


5. Old Sound – “String Quartet”
from: Rain Follows The Plow / Independent / February 2014
[Greg Herrenbruck ~ Bass & Vocals; Grady Keller ~ Mandolin, Acoustic Guitar & Vocals; Chad Brothers ~ Acoustic Guitar & Vocals. Recorded and produced by Phil Wade at his studio: Alluvial Fan.]

[Old Sound play Folk Alliance International Conf. Wed, Feb. 19 at Penn Valley on the KKFI Stage]

10:35 – Interview with Grady Keller and Chad Brothers of Old Sound

Chad Brothers, Greg Herrenbruck, and Grady Keller of Old Sound.

Chad Brothers, Greg Herrenbruck, and Grady Keller of Old Sound.

The members of Old Sound have been recording their new songs with producer and musician Phil Wade of The Wilders fame, at his new studio, Alluvial Fan. Fresh from their Monday night performance at The Rural Grit Happy Hour at the Brick, band members Grady Keller, & Chad Brothers joined us to discuss their new recording, “Rain Follows The Plow.” Old Sound will also be playing for the Folk Alliance International Conference Feb. 19 – 23, at The Westin Crown Center.

Grady Keller plays guitar and mandolin, Greg Herrenbruck plays bass and Chad Brothers plays lead guitar. All sing. The three members have been creating music together in some fashion for more than fifteen years.

Winfield, Kansas is the home of the Walnut Valley Festival but it is also the home of Greg Herrenbruck & Chad Brothers. These guys grew up picking, camping and performing at the festival. Old Sound, is a synthesis of the ideas, techniques, songs and stories we’ve found in those campgrounds.

More info at http://www.oldsoundmusic.com/


6. Old Sound – “Migrations”
from: Rain Follows The Plow / Independent / February 2014
[Greg Herrenbruck ~ Bass & Vocals; Grady Keller ~ Mandolin, Acoustic Guitar & Vocals; Chad Brothers ~ Acoustic Guitar & Vocals. Recorded and produced by Phil Wade at his studio: Alluvial Fan.]

[Old Sound play The 2014 Folk Alliance International Conference Opening night KC Extravaganza Wed, Feb. 19 at Penn Valley on the KKFI Stage]

7. Katy Guillen & The Girls – “Stalling On Dreams”
from: Katy Guillen & The Girls – EP / Independent/ August, 2013
[Katy Guillen (guitar, vocals), Claire Adams (bass, vocals) & Stephanie Williams (drums). These three were recent finalist at the International Blues Competition in Memphis garnering new fans from all of the world. Katy Gullen and Claire Adams also play with Claire and The Crowded Stage.Katy Guillen is also a founding member og the band The D’Dinas.]

[The B’Dinas play recordBar, 1020 Westport Rd. on Sat, Feb. 15, with Dolls On Fire, and Rev. Gusto]

11:00 – Station ID

8. Neutral Milk Hotel – “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea”
from: In the Aeroplane Over the Sea / Merge Records / Feb. 20, 1998
[American indie rock band formed by singer, guitarist, and songwriter Jeff Mangum in the early 1990s. On the band’s two full-length albums, Mangum played with a number of other musicians, notably Jeremy Barnes (drums), Scott Spillane (horns), Julian Koster (musical saw/banjo/accordion/bass guitar) and producer-instrumentalist Robert Schneider. Neutral Milk Hotel was one of the original members of the Elephant Six Collective, based in Athens, Georgia. They were on a hiatus from 1998 to 2013 developing an increasing cult following within the indie-music scene with Jeff Mangum enjoying almost legendary status. Jeff Mangum was a member of The Olivia Tremor Control, along with his friend Will Cullen Hart and Bill Doss, appearing on their first release, the California Demise 7”. Neutral Milk Hotel began life in Ruston, Louisiana, United States in the early 1990s, simply as a recording project for Mangum. He produced several demo cassettes, among them 1991’s Invent Yourself a Shortcake, 1992’s Beauty and 1993’s Hype City Soundtrack, along with two more from this period, seemingly unnamed.]

[Neutral Milk Hotel play Kansas City at The Uptown Theatre tomorrow night, Feb. 13 with Elf Power]

11:04 – Underwritng

9. Making Movies – “Cuna De Vida”
from: A La Deriva / Independent / December 21, 2012 [Enrique Chi (guitar/lead vox), Brendan Culp (drums), Diego Chi (bass), Juan-Carlos Chaurand (percussion /keyboard).]

[Making Movies present their Five Year Anniversary Show at the RecordBar, Friday, February 14, with The Conquerors. More info at: http://www.makingmoviestheband.com]

10. Eleni Mandell – “Put My Baby To Bed”
from: Let’s Fly A Kite / Yep Roc / Jan. 28, 2014
[We’ve interviewed Eleni Mandell twice on the show. Her new release explores the joys and trials of being a mother to young twins with the help of Nick Lowe’s crack backing band and producer Neil Brockbank.]

[Eleni Mandell plays Knuckleheads tomorrow, Thursday, Feb. 13 with Vikesh Kapoor]

11. Sam Harris – “In My Life”
from: Always / Tsuris, Inc. – SamHarris.com / December 15, 2006

11:15 – Interview with Sam Harris


Long before The Voice or American Idol there was Star Search, a show that launched the career of Sam Harris who was the Male Vocalist Champion of the first season. Signed to Motown Records, his debut release “Sam Harris” and the follow up “Sam-I-Am” both contained Top 40 hits. Along with multi-platinum record sales, nine full length studio releases, and many years of touring, Sam is also a star of Broadway. He received a Drama Desk nomination for his role in the Tommy Tune-directed revival of GREASE. He was also nominated for a Drama League Award, a Tony Award, an Outer Critic’s Circle Award and a Drama Desk Award for his work in Cy Coleman’s THE LIFE. He’s also appeared on Broadway in Mel Brooks’ THE PRODUCERS, in the national tour of JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT and in the musicals JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, CABARET, HAIR and PIPPIN. Currently, Sam is preparing for the long-awaited production of THE BROADWAY MAN, in which he stars as the darkly complex and charismatic Al Jolson. Sam has also worked extensively in television. At the request of Elizabeth Taylor, Sam became one of the first celebrities to lead the fight against AIDS. Sam has performed in countless benefits and personally collected funds in every major theatre in the country for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. He has also worked to raise funds and awareness for a number of children’s health organizations and continues to fight for equal rights and campaign for fair-minded politicians. Sam Harris will be on stage at The Folly Theatre, tomorrow night, Thurs., Feb. 13, at 7:30 pm, with a ‘Liter-Usical’ show that contains musical songs and literary selections from his new memoir, “Ham: Slices of a Life,” which was released in January, from Simon & Schuster.

“Ham” starts off with a short story about Sam Harris growing up in Sand Springs, Oklahoma. He left home at the early age of 15, to start working professionally as an actor. His first real job was Six Flags Over Mid-America in St. Louis in a show called “Ramblin’ Thru Missou.”

Sam knew what you wanted to do with his life at an early age, but he just had to fight to find the opportunities to do what you loved. His very first productions were in his family’s basement in a show called “An Evening of Music & Bowling.”

The turntable and vinyl records were a huge part of his early journey of discovery.

“Ham” tell stories from Sam’s life. The book is filled with wonderful characters who weave in and out of the stories. His father, a High School Band Director, is prominent throughout the book.

In 1983, Star Search introduced Sam to 25 million viewers each week, next came Motown Records, television appearances, world tours, Carnegie Hall, The Apollo. Motown embraced Sam for his incredible vocal abilities.

Sam became famous in an time when pop music was embracing a new British invasion of New Wave, androgynous singers, and gay artists who weren’t openly gay. Like many LGBT artists of the time, many of us knew and identified with Sam.

“Ham” tells the story of your Sam’s personal observations of wedding guests at Liza Minelli’s wedding with the “Man Whose Name Shall Go Unmentioned.” He specifically writes about Michael Jackson and Elizabeth Taylor, two superstars who crossed Sam’s path and factored into his life. Sam has been friends with Liza for many years.

In “Ham” Sam writes about his husband and partner, Danny Jacobsen who he met while on the national tour of “Joesph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” He has been with Danny for 20 years and is now married and they have adopted a son, Cooper Atticus Harris-Jacobsen, born April 7, 2008.

Sam Harris has been an advocate for Gay marriage, fighting against Prop 8 in California. His most recent recording “Reclamation” deals directly with this civil rights matter.

On Sam’s debut, and in a Motown Apollo television special, and countless other variety and talk shows, he has performed “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” a song that has become one of his signatures. This past year, Sam performed the song beautifully on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.”

There are many celebrities in “Ham slices of a life,” as there should be.

Liza Minelli
Bette Midler
Jerry Blatt
Tommy Tune
Aretha Franklin
Donny Osmond
Lucille Ball
Frank Langella
Sarah Vaughn
Pattie LaPone
Ed McMahon
Rosie O’Donnell
Patti LaBelle
Todd Schroeder

Sam Harris will be on stage at The Folly Theatre, Thursday, Feb. 13, at 7:30 pm, with a ‘Liter-Usical’ a musical show based on “Ham: Slices of a Life,” which was just released in January, from Gallery Books, a division of Simon & Schuster. He will be signing copies of his book after the show.

For ticket information you can visit: follytheatre.org


12. Sam Harris – “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”
from: Sam Harris / Motown / 1984

13. Connor Leimer – “Driving”
from: Like It’s June [EP] / Independent / November 1, 2013
[Connor Leimer – Guitar, Vocals; Blair Bryant- Bass; Hank Wiedel- Drums; Ben Kaster- vocals on “the wanderer”; Nick Riffle- Lead guitar on “doorbell”; Haley Ryan- vocals on “doorbell”; Brandon Thomas- Piano on “driving”. Words and Music by Connor Leimer. Recorded Summer 2013. Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Duane Trower at Weights and Measures Soundlab except for “The Wanderer” recorded by Ben Kaster.]

[Connor Leimer was born and raised in KC, and has been writing songs and playing guitar since the 7th grade. Amazingly, he is now a Junior in High School and has just released his first EP entitled “Like it’s June”. His music is available on iTunes, Spotify, SoundCloud and Bandcamp. ]

14. The Blessed Broke – “Late in April”
from: Ladders Out of Purgatory / Independent / vinyl LP & digital download April 19, 2014
[2nd full length release from KC based band currently made up of: Brian Frame – Guitar/Vocals; Andrew Luker – Electric Guitar; Josh Mobley – Keys; Betse Ellis – Bass, and Matt Richey – Drums

[The Blessed Broke play The Brick on Saturday, Feb. 15, with Dead Voices and The Sawyers.]

[The Blessed Broke play a record release show April 19, at the recordBar]

15. Sara Swenson – “Time To Go”
from: All Things Big and Small / Independent / 2010

[Sara Swenson plays the Love Hangover, Sat, Feb 15, 7:00 pm , at the recordBar, 1020 Westport Rd. with Barclay Martin, Kasey Rausch & Patrick Deveny, Victory & Penny, and The Blackbird Revue.]

[Sara Swenson plays the Folk Alliance International Conf. Feb 19 – 23, at The Westin Crown Center.]


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

Wednesday MidDay Medley in on the web: http://www.kkfi.org

For Wednesday MidDay Medley I’m Mark Manning. Thanks for listening!

Show #512


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