#515 – March 5, 2014 Playlist

Wednesday MidDay Medley
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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

More Local & New Releases + Maria The Mexican
Chad Abernathy + Scott Hrabko + Matt Kesler & Cody Wyoming

1. St. Vincent – “Digital Witness”
from: St. Vincent / Republic Records – / Feb. 25, 2014
[Self-titled 4th studio album from multi-instrumentalists Annie Erin Clark (b. Sept. 28, 1982), known by her stage name St. Vincent. She began her music career as a member of The Polyphonic Spree and was also part of Sufjan Stevens’ touring band before forming her own band in 2006. Clark currently resides in Manhattan.]

[St. Vincent plays Lawrence, Kansas at Liberty Hall, on Monday, March 31, 8:00pm w/ Novellier]

2. The Noise FM – “Scam Artist”
from: Attraction / The Record Machine / January 28, 2014
[Formed in the summer of 2005 by Fort Scott, Kansas brothers Alex Ward on vocals, keyboard, guitar and Austin Ward on drums, vocals. In 2007 the band relocated to Lawrence and in 2010 they relocated to Chicago. The band performs live as a trio with Barry Kidd playing bass.]

[The Noise FM play Kansas City, Friday, March 7, at the recordBar, w/ Clairaudients, & La Guerre.]

[The Noise FM play Lawrence, Saturday, March 8, at Replay Lounge, w/ The Kickback & La Guerre.]

3. HannaLee – “Vahalla”
from: Cucurbita / Ghostly / October 9, 2012 [Part of a 4 EP set, released seasonal, starting in the fall of 2012, through summer of 2013, from the Seattle based trio of Fidelia Rowe, Michael Harley & Anna-Lisa Notter who wowed the Folk Alliance International Conference. Info at: http://www.hannaleesong.com]


4. Saintseneca – “Happy Alone”
from: Dark Arc / Anti, Inc. / April 1, 2014
[4-piece band from Columbus, Ohio led by singer-songwriter Zac Little who hails from the rural hills of Appalachia. “I was raised on farms in Appalachia,” Little explains, “And I think that my perspective on music was shaped by where I grew up. It was twenty minutes to see the nearest person. Being so isolated forced me to be introspective and resourceful.” For Dark Arc “We initially recorded in a friend’s attic,” Little says. “I wanted to push that idea as far as we could. And after nine months the computer was so full it wouldn’t run anymore.” The band then reconvened at the Nebraska recording studio of renowned producer Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, M. Ward, First Aid Kit) to mix and continue to refine the tracks. “We got to revisit the songs with a completely fresh perspective. It went from working in the attic of a house to a studio with every instrument at our disposal.”]

[Saintseneca plays Kansas City at the Czar bar on Monday, March 10, at 7:30 pm, with: The Melodic, Busman’s Holiday, and She’s A Keeper]

5. Carswell & Hope – “Johnny’s Sorry Lot”
from: Carswell & Hope / Silly Goose Records / April 14, 2014
[Debut recording from Lawrence, Kansas band, Nick Carswell, Jason Slote, Dan Hines, Austin Quick, Info at: http://www.carswellandhope.com}

[Carswell & Hope play First Friday, at Mid-America Arts Alliance, Friday, March 7, at 7:00pm until 9:00 pm. Mid-America Arts Alliance is at 2018 Baltimore Avenue, Kansas City, Missouri 64108]

6. Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings – “Making Up and Breaking Up”
from: Give The People What They Want / Daptone Records / Jan 14, 2014

[Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings play Liberty Hall in Lawrence, Kansas, Saturday March 8, 7:00pm]

7. Cadillac Flambé – “Our Child”
from: Movin’ On / Independent / July 18, 2013
[Husband/wife duo Kris & Havilah Bruders, drummer Mike Payne and bassist Dr. Dave Duly are rooted in the solitary country blues of Leadbelly and the urban grit of John Lee Hooker, tmixed with the harmony of Johnny & June Carter Cash and the funk punk blues brandish of The Black Keys. They like to call it: “Blue-Eyed Americana Psychedelic Soul.” Their 2013 release Movin’ On is a collection of recordings memorializing the loss of their harmonica player, James “Pappy” Garrett, a follow up to their 2011 release, Eli’s Porch.]

[Cadillac Flambe’ play the Little Class Records Grand Opening, Sat, March 8, 6:00 to 11:30pm, w/ Billy Beale, The Rackatees, The Electric Lungs, Famous Seamus & the Travelbongs, The County Graves.]

[Little Class Records, LLC is a new KC record label created to nurture, & perpetuate American Roots music through providing a creative environment, technical infrastructure and industry knowledge.]

10:30 – Interview with Chad Abernathy

Last year KC based singer songwriter Chad Abernathy released his debut album of 12 original songs called: “The Journey” on his own music label, Midnight Blue Records and Lone Willow Music. Chad will be in concert this Sat, Mar. 8, at The Mission Theatre, 5909 Johnson Drive, Mission, KS for the Protectors Charities benefit show that also features The Flat Mountain Boys, State Line Drive, and Jesse Harris & The Gypsy Sparrows.

Chad Abernathy’s dad, Bill Abernathy, also released a new album, with a title track that Chad co-wrote. Lone Willow Music is a family business.

The two recently performed together at the Folk Alliance International Conference held in Kansas City.

Chad has been playing all over the Midwest, Washington D.C. & Europe.


8. Chad Abernathy – “The Journey” (Live)
also available on: The Journey / Lone Willow Music / 2013


Chad Abernathy plays the Protectors Charities Benefit this Saturday, March 8, at The Mission Theatre, 5909 Johnson Dr, in Mission, KS with The Flat Mountain Boys, State Line Drive, and Jesse Harris & The Gypsy Sparrows. For more info at http://www.protectorscharities.org

The mission of Protectors Charities is to provide financial or fundraising assistance for our military members, first responders and their families and to bring the community closer to our local hero’s by actively participating in positive events throughout the year.

Organizers will also be donating 30% of proceeds to the Veterans Services Department of the Leavenworth Kansas Veterans Administration.


For more information about Chad Abernathy visit: http://www.chadabernathy.com

10:44 – Underwriting


9. Scott Hrabko – “Lonely Satellite”
from: Gone Places / Independent / Oct. 18, 2013
[Scott Hrabko with his band, The Rabbits and guest Tommy Donoho, play Prospero’s Uptown Books, Sunday, March 9. Scott Hrabko and The Rabbits play the recordBar, Tuesday, March 11, at 7:00 pm, joining Victor & Penny, or the dinner show.]

10:49 – Interview with Scott Hrabko

Kansas City based, singer-songwriter Scott Hrabko has played with Kansas City’s oldest garage band, The Original Sinners, as well as various incarnations of the 1980s bands: The Splinters, and The Andersons. In the 1990s he performed with Iris Dement and Howard Eisberg. Said to be 30 years in the making, Scott Hrabko released his new album, “Gone Places” in November of 2013. With his band, The Rabbits, and special guest Tommy Donoho, Scott plays Prospero’s Uptown Books, this Sunday, March 9, at 7:00pm. Scott Hrabko and The Rabbits play the recordBar, Tuesday, March 11, at 7:00 pm, joining Victor & Penny for the dinner show. Scott joined us today with Kirk Scott from his band The Rabbits.

In the December 31, 2013, KC Pitch weekly, Music Editor Natalie Gallagher wrote a feature about Scott Hrabko, who is quoted as saying, “My musical career has been a textbook example of bad timing, missed connections, stops and starts and detours.” You even had second thoughts about releasing the CD, you thought it might get lost in the shuffle.”

Scott Hrabko has been making music in Kansas City since the mid 1980s as part of the indie rock scene. He went to school at The Kansas City Art Institute in the 1980s.

In the Pitch article, Natalie Gallagher writes that Scott Hrabko’s “debut sounds like a record belonging in rotation between Buck Owens and Willie Nelson. It feels familiar, the way a classic country album would.”

Scott brought along guitarist Kirk Scott, who some of us recently heard playing with Elaine McMilian, at the Money Wold Music Showcase, in room 701, at 2:00 in the morning, at the Westin Crown Center, for the Folk Alliance International Conference, with Jeff Harshbarger playing bass.


10. Scott Hrabko with Kirk Scott – “Ordinary Guy “(Live)
a new song, not yet recorded

11:00 – Station ID

Scott Hrabko and his band, The Rabbits and special guest Tommy Donoho, play Prospero’s Uptown Books, this Sunday, March 9, at 7:00pm.

Scott Hrabko and The Rabbits play the recordBar, Tuesday, March 11, at 7:00 pm, joining Victor & Penny for the dinner show.


11. Sneaky Creeps – “Tired”
from: Bell St. Radio / Independent / January 5, 2013
[3rd release from Sneaky Creeps. Recorded in the Sneaky Creeps living room/practice space (A.K.A. Bell St. Radio) with a single AKG 414. It was later overdubbed with vocals and professionally mastered by Joel Nanos of Element Recording Studios. Max – Drums & Yell/Talk, Isaac – Bass, Andy – Guitar & Yell/Talk.]

[Sneaky Creeps play The Midwestern Musical Co., 1830 Locust, behind The Crossroads Kansas City Stage, for First Friday, March 7, at 8:00 pm with The Culprits.]

11:10 – Underwriting


12. Maria The Mexican – “Bring It On Body”
from: Moon Colored Jade / Independent / Oct. 18, 2013

Members of the Kansas City based band, Maria The Mexican, Maria Elena Cuevas, Tess Cuevas & Garrett Nordstrom, joined us LIVE in our 90.1 FM Studios.

Members of the Kansas City based band, Maria The Mexican, Maria Elena Cuevas, Tess Cuevas & Garrett Nordstrom, joined us LIVE in our 90.1 FM Studios.

11:15 – Interview with Maria The Mexican

Members of the Kansas City based band, Maria The Mexican, Tess Cuevas, Maria Elena Cuevas, & Garrett Nordstrom, joined us LIVE in our 90.1 FM Studios. The band’s debut release “Moon Colored Jade” was one of our Best Recordings of 2013. The band will be traveling to Austin, Texas to be part of the SXSW Music festival and The MidCoast Takeover. Maria The Mexican also play Knuckleheads, March 22, at 8:00 pm.

Maria The Mexican is influenced by traditional Mariachi music, the band calls their sound “a hybrid of Mexican folklore and Rock.” Your grandmother Maria Teresa Alonzo Cuevas was is a pioneer in the Hispanic musical community. In 1970, she formed one of the first all female mariachi bands in the country, Marachi Estrella. Marachi Estrella flourished in the 1980s but was struck by tragedy when four of the seven members were killed in the Hyatt Skywalk collapse in 1981. It was after this tragedy, and after Teresa recovered, that she began teaching her grandchildren Mariachi music.

For 12 years, Tess and Maria Elena Cuevas performed with Marachi Estrella. Both started playing in second grade. Tess is a classically trained vocalist and violinist, Maria is classically trained on vihuela, guitar, piano and vocals.

Both graduated from the University of Kansas with degrees in Communications and minors in Latin American studies.

In 2000 Tess and Maria began exploring other genres of music while simultaneously co-directing Mariachi Estrella.

Maria the Mexican began as a band in 2011, in Chicago, when vocalists Maria and Tess Cuevas hired blues/funk musician Garrett Nordstrom to play Mariachi guitar. Garrett had been playing Alt R & B with his band The Garrett Nordstrom Situation. Nordstrom and the Cuevas Sisters paired up with guitarist Jason Riley to form Maria the Mexican.


13. Maria The Mexican – “Sigh”
from: Moon Colored Jade / Independent / Oct. 18, 2013


Maria The Mexican’s debut album, “Moon Colored Jade.” is available at local record stores, on iTunes, Amazon, etc. the band will be traveling to Austin, Texas, to be part of the SXSW Music Festival and The MidCoast Takeover, and Maria The Mexican play Knuckleheads, March 22, at 8:00 pm. More info at http://www.mariathemexican.com


14. Maria The Mexican – “That Heart”
from: Moon Colored Jade / Independent / Oct. 18, 2013

11:45 – Interview with Matt Kelser & Cody Wyoming

The Kansas City based band, PedalJets released our #1 pick for The 113 Best Recordings of 2013. “What’s In Between” from Electric Moth Records was the band’s 1st album of new material in 23 years. Critically acclaimed by music reviewers on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, the album was produced by The Pedaljets & Paul Malinoski. With some recent changes in the line up of the band, the success of a new video of their song “Terra Nova” that band is recording new music, and doing live shows in Chicago, Austin, Lawrence and at Davey’s Uptown, on Saturday, March 8, at 8:00 pm, with The Green River Kings and UZIS. Here to share a brand new track from the band, is bassist Matt Kesler, owner of the Midwestern Musical Co., and also a member of the band The Doo Dads.

Matt told us about recent changes in the line up of the band with Cody Wyoming (Guitar, Vocals) joining Rob Morrow (Drums, Vocals), Mike Allmayer (Guitar, Vocals), Matt Kesler (Bass, Vocals), and Paul Malinowski (Vocals, Guitar),

The band has been doing shows throughout the area recently traveling to Austin, and Chicago.

Matt is owner of Midwestern Musical Co. at 1830 Locust, behind The Crossroads KC Stage. There is a First Friday show this week with March 7, at 8;00 pm with Sneaky Creeps and The Culprits.

Today is the birthday of Matt Kesler’s mom, Sarah!

Matt brought us new music from Pedal Jets!!

The Pedaljets show at Davey’s Uptown, on Saturday, March 8, at 8:00 pm, with The Green River Kings and UZIS.


15. The Pedaljets – “Twist The Lens”
New unreleased demo track from recordings / 2014

16. 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 and a compilation.

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