#518 – March 26, 2014 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, March 26, 2014

More Local & New Releases
+ Kaite Stover of Kansas City Public Library
+ Nathan Reusch & Middle of the Map Fest
+ Guest Producer Crystal Boson

1. Barclay Martin Ensemble – “Too Many Things”
from: Pools That Swell With The Rain / Independent / September 24, 2010
[Barclay Martin on guitar and vocals, Mark Lowrey on piano, Giuliano Mignucci on drums, and Rick Willoughby on bass. For more info: BarclayMartin.com.]

[Barclay Martin plays the Late Night Happy Hour at Kansas Town, 1403 W 39th St., KCMO on Thursday at 10:00 pm.]

This Saturday night, March 29, at the recordBar, the local Hip Hop community honors and pays tribute to one of its own. Joc Max, one of the most respected members of Kansas City’s Hip Hop scene. With over 20 years of experience as an emcee, producer, and DJ, he is regarded as one of the finest. One of the people touched by his career legacy is fellow emcee and producer Reach. His celebration of Joc Max began as a two-part podcast tribute (currently posted at http://www.Audiomack.com). This Saturday, March 29th, Reach will host a Hip Hop honors show for the community to show Joc Max their appreciation.

Joc Max is a former member of iconic Kansas City rap group Basement Khemist. His work with the group is revered across the country. Through his other travels, he’s become well known for his production work. Joc Max has produced for: Polyrhythm Addicts, The Jigmastas, J-Live, De La Soul, Grap Luva, Miles Bonny, Reggie B and a host of other artists. These days he’s a steady contributor to KC’s nightlife scene as a regular DJ for various midtown venues.

Here are two of our favorite Joc Max collaborations.

2. SoundsGood – “Worldwide (feat. Joc Max)”
from: Bisquits & Gravy / Innate Sounds / August 15, 2005
[2nd full length album from critically acclaimed, Kansas City based band made up of. Joe Good on vocals and lyrics and Miles Bonny on beats and music. Recorded by JAZ at 64111Clinic Studios. Additional lyrics written and performed by Joc Max.]

[SoundsGood will reunite and play together for the first time in many years for: A Night For Joc Max, Saturday, March 29 at 10:00pm, at the recordBar, 1020 Westport Rd. in KCMO with Reach, Sounds Good, DJ Ataxic, DJ Skeme, DJ Maxx, and Smooth C. The local Hip Hop community honors Joc Max.]

3. Malachy Papers – “Dick and Jane”
from: Backbelly / Independent / Recorded LIVE at Davey’s 2003
[Mike Dillon on vibes, percussion, traps; Mark Southerland sax, double sax, experimental instruments, 8 tracks; Earl Harvin on drums; Brad Houser on bass; E Clarke Wyatt on keyboards; and Joc Max on turn tables.]

10:15 – Interview with Kaite Stover

Kaite Stover is Director of Readers’ Services at The Kansas City Public Library. Kaite returns for her third visit to the Wednesday MidDay Medley radio show for some book talk, Today’s topic: “Books to replace your TV fixations.

For fans of “True Detective” Kaite recommends: Feast Day of Fools (Hackberry Holland) by James Lee Burke (Aug 28, 2012) or Rain Gods: A Novel by James Lee Burke (May 25, 2010)

For fans of Sherlock! Kaite recommends: Angelmaker (Vintage Contemporaries) by Nick Harkaway (Oct 23, 2012)

For fans of Downton Abbey, Kaite recommends: The House at Riverton: A Novel by Kate Morton (Mar 3, 2009)

More info at http://www.kclibrary.org


4. Schwervon! – “Jad Fair”
from: Low Blow / Olive Juice Records / February 6, 2009
[Schwervon! is a two piece rock band. Nan plays drums, Matt plays guitar, they both sing. They lived in NYC for 15 years and moved back to KC. They’ve opened for both The Vaselines and Belle & Sebastian. They recorded their great 2012 release Courage with Memphis-based engineer Doug Easley who has worked with Pavement, Sonic Youth, Cat Power.]

[Schwervon! play The Chesterfield at Alamo Draft House, Fri, Mar 28, w/ Drew Black & Dirty Electric, and Claque.]

10:32 – Underwriting


5. of Montreal – “She Ain’t Speakin’ Now”
from: Lousey With Sylvianbriar / Polyvinyl / October 8, 2013

[Athens, Georgia based rock band, founded by frontman Kevin Barnes in 1996, named after a failed romance with a woman “of Montreal.” The band is one of the bands of the Elephant 6 collective. Throughout its existence, of Montreal’s musical style has evolved from vaudeville and Beatles-influenced psychedelic twee pop to a mixture of electronica, funk, glam, and afrobeat music influenced by Prince and David Bowie. Lousy with Sylvianbriar is the upcoming twelfth studio album.]

[Of Montreal plays the Middle of the Map Fest, Saturday, April 5, at 9:45 pm at the Outdoor Stage at Westport Rd. and Mill Street.]

10:37 – Interview with Nathan Reusch

Now in it’s 4th year, Ink’s Middle of the Map Fest, is happening 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 joins us to talk more about this year’s festival.

Some of the participating bands:

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.


6. Kishi Bashi – “Philosophize In It! Chemicalize With It!”
from: Lighght (Deluxe Version) / Joful Noise + Kishi Bashi / May 13, 2014
[Kishi Bashi is the pseudonym of singer, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter Kaoru Ishibashi born November 4, 1975, in Seattle, Washington. Ishibashi grew up in Norfolk, Virginia where both of his parents were professors at Old Dominion University. As a 1994 graduate of Matthew Fontaine Maury High School, he went on to study classical music becoming a renowned violinist. Ishibashi has recorded with and toured internationally as a violinist with diverse artists such as Regina Spektor, Sondre Lerche, and most recently, the Athens, Georgia based indie rock group of Montreal. Ishibashi is also the singer and founding member of the New York synth rock outfit, Jupiter One. In 2011, he started to record and perform as a solo artist. He supported of Montreal on their spring 2012 tour.]

[Kishi Bashi plays Middle of the Map Fest, Sat, Apr 5, 6 pm – Outdoor Stage at Westport Rd. & Mill St.]


Nathan talked about the Middle of The Map Forum

Nathan also shared new information about The MIDDLE OF THE MAP FILM FEST

Get tickets: http://ticketf.ly/1rAwAWV

Nathan talked specifically about these films:

MISTAKEN FOR STRANGERS with in-theater concert following the film by Chase Horseman, playing songs by The National








For a complete list and for more information please visit:

ALSO…On Saturday April 5, at Westport Saloon, 3122 Pennsylvania Ave., Wednesday MidDay Medley – 90.1 FM KKFI is hosting a Middle of The Map – Day Party / ages 21+ up at Westport Saloon on The APPLEBEE’S Stage, at 4112 Pennsylvania Ave.

Our Wednesday MidDay Medley 90.1 FM Day Party features FIVE of our FAVORITE Kansas City based bands:

2:00 Vi Tran Band
3:00 Maria The Mexican
4:00 The Philistines
5:00 Rev Gusto
6:00 Pedaljets

Saturday April 5, at Westport Saloon, 3122 Pennsylvania Ave

Ink’s Middle of the Map Fest, April 3rd-5th.
Passes available at recordBar and Mills Records

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


7. The Philistines – “Heart Like Candy”
from: Brand new song, first time played on radio, to be released soon / Independent / Mar. 2014
[The Philistines are Kansas City based rock ‘n roll/pop band with a psychedelic bent, made up of: Kimberely Queen on lead vocals; Cody Wyoming on lead guitar and vocals; Rod Peal on guitar; Michelle Bacon on bass; Josh Mobley on keyboard, and Steve Gardels on drums.]

[The Philistines play The Middle of the Map Fest, Saturday, April 5, at 4:00 for Wednesday MidDay Medley’s – 90.1 FM KKFI Day Party at Westport Saloon, 4112 Pennsylvania Ave. with Vi Tran Band, Maria The Mexican, Rev Gusto, and Pedaljets.]

11:00 – Station ID

11:00 – Guest Producer Crystal Boson

Writer and poet Crystal Boson joins us as “Guest Producer” for our second hour. Crystal Boson is irrepressible, crafty, and really into Afro-Futurism and Black Sci-Fi. She has been previously published in Callaloo, Pank, The Black Bottom, and has two chapbooks, “The Icarus Series” and “The Queer Texas Prayerbook” with Seven Kitchens Press. She is also currently working on her new collection, “Kansas Up South”. Her work focuses on the intersections of blackness, queerness, femme-ness and the everyday horror and beauty of the way those intertwine. When not doing that, she’s finishing up her dissertation on Hoodoo in the Department of American Studies at KU.

Crystal will be moving to Corvallis, Oregon in the fall, where she will be working in the WGSS department at Oregon State University. She currently resides in Lawrence, KS with her Kitchenaid Stand Mixer, her partner, and her cat, Ms. Delphina Jenkins Boson Lease III.


8. Janelle Monáe (Featuring Prince) – “Give Em What They Love”
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 played the Uptown Theatre, Friday, November 15]

9. John Legend – “Stay With You”
from: Get Lifted / Sony – BMG / December 28, 2004
[Debut studio album of American singer John Legend, released via Kanye West’s GOOD Music label in the United States. Featuring production by West, John Legend, Dave Tozer and will.i.am, the album sold over three million units worldwide, with a total of 2.1 million copies in the U.S., where it was certified platinum. The album won the 2006 Grammy Award for Best R&B Album, and earned Legend another two awards, for Best New Artist and Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for his single “Ordinary People”. John Roger Stephens (born December 28, 1978), better known by his stage name John Legend, is an American singer-songwriter and actor. He has won nine Grammy Awards, and in 2007, Legend received the special Starlight Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame.]

10. Laura Mvula – “That’s Alright”
from: Sing to the Moon / Sony / March 1, 2013
[British soul singer-songwriter from Birmingham. Her debut album Sing to the Moon was produced by Steve Brown. She graduated from the Birmingham Conservatoire with a degree in composition. While she was working as a supply teacher in a Birmingham secondary school, she started writing songs on her laptop. She was working as a receptionist when she sent out two demos to several people in the music industry. One of them, Steve Brown, heard the songs and sent them to his manager Kwame Kwaten who would become Laura’s manager. Laura is married to singer Themba Mvula. In a podcast for The Daily Telegraph, Mvula admitted to suffering from “crippling stage fright”.]


11. Blind Willie Johnson – “Dark Was the Night – Cold Was The Ground”
from: Dark Was The Night / Fat Possum Records / June 4, 1998
[“Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground” is a gospel-blues song written and performed by American musician Blind Willie Johnson and recorded in 1927. The song is primarily an instrumental featuring Johnson’s self-taught bottleneck slide guitar and picking style accompanied by his vocalizations of humming and moaning. It has the distinction of being one of 27 samples of music included on the Voyager Golden Record, launched into space in 1977 to represent the diversity of life on Earth. “Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground” was chosen as the human expression of loneliness. The song has been highly praised and covered by numerous musicians and is featured on the soundtracks of several films. Blind” Willie Johnson was born January 22, 1897 and died September 18, 1945. He was a gospel blues singer and guitarist. While the lyrics of his songs were usually religious, his music drew from both sacred and blues traditions and is distinguished by his slide guitar accompaniment and gravelly false-bass voice, with occasional use of a tenor voice. Johnson was not born blind, and, although it is not known how he lost his sight, Angeline Johnson told Samuel Charters that when Willie was seven his father beat his stepmother after catching her going out with another man. According to this account, the stepmother then blinded young Willie by throwing lye in his face.]

12. Meshell Ndegeocello – “Fool of Me”
from: Bitter / Maverick / August 13, 1999
[3rd solo album by Meshell Ndegeocello (born Michelle Lynn Johnson, Aug. 29, 1968) an American singer-songwriter, rapper, bassist, vocalist. Her music incorporates a wide variety of influences, including funk, soul, hip hop, reggae, R&B, rock, jazz. She has received significant critical acclaim throughout her career, and has 10 career Grammy Award nominations. She has been credited for having “sparked the neo-soul movement.”]

13. Rob Jungklas – “Drunk Like Son House”
from: Arkadelphia / Madjack Records / April 22, 2003
[Memphis, Tennessee-based musician, singer songwriter. Jungklas worked in the Memphis-based music circuit for 15 years before signing with Manhattan Records and releasing the album “Closer to the Flame” in 1986. The album contained the minor hit “Make It Mean Something” which reached #86 on the Billboard Hot 100. Another song, “Boystown,” had a video directed by Godley & Creme (in the same rapid-jump-cut style of their video for Wang Chung’s “Everybody Have Fun Tonight”). “Hello Heaven,” another song on the album, appeared on the soundtrack of the 1987 movie The Principal. Jungklas recorded a 2nd album that was not released; he then moved to RCA Records, where his album “Work Songs for a New Moon” was released in 1989. The album was not a commercial success, and he left the label. Jungklas then left the music business; he married, earned a college degree and got a job teaching English and science at the Hutchison School in Memphis. He moved to work at St. Georges Collierville working as a 7th grade science teacher. Jungklas began playing music again in 2001, and released the album Arkadelphia in 2003 on Memphis-based label Madjack Records.]

11:35 – Underwriting


14. Beyoncé – “Superpower (feat. Frank Ocean)”
from: BEYONCÉ / Columbia / December 13, 2014
[Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter, simply known as Beyoncé, was born September 4, 1981, Beyoncé is a recording artist and actress. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, she performed in various singing and dancing competitions as a child, and rose to fame in the late 1990s as lead singer of R&B girl-group Destiny’s Child. Managed by her father Mathew Knowles, the group became one of the world’s best-selling girl groups of all time. Their hiatus saw the release of Beyoncé’s debut album, Dangerously in Love (2003), which established her as a solo artist worldwide; it sold 11 million copies, earned five Grammy Awards and featured the Billboard number-one singles “Crazy in Love” and “Baby Boy”.]

15. Janelle Monáe – “We Were Rock & Roll”
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.]


16. Fastball – “Vampires”
from: The Harsh Light of Day / Hollywood Records / September 19, 1999
[3rd album by pop-rock band Fastball, formed in Austin, Texas in the 1990s. The band originally called themselves “Magneto U.S.A.” but changed their name after signing with Hollywood Records. In 1998, their album All the Pain Money Can Buy reached platinum sales within six months of its release, and stayed on the Billboard 200 chart for a year. In addition, the group has been nominated for two Grammy Awards – Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for “The Way”, and Best Long Form Music Video for their promotional video “They Wanted The Highway”. They also received five The Austin Chronicle awards: 1998’s Album of the Year, Best Video, Best Single/EP, Band of the Year, and 1995’s Best Pop Band. The Harsh Light of Day had a distinctly more layered and glossier sound than past albums, and featured an impressive roster of guest stars, including The Beatles contemporary Billy Preston, Stray Cats frontman Brian Setzer and former Wallflowers guitarist Michael Ward. However, despite positive reviews and extensive touring and promotional activity, the album failed to match the success of its predecessor, and would be the band’s last studio effort for Hollywood Records. Miles Zuniga left the band briefly following the completion of promotional duties for The Harsh Light of Day, and moved to Nashville, Tennessee, but re-joined the band soon afterwards. There is an episode of the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer called “The Harsh Light of Day.” Coincidentally, Fastball’s song “Fire Escape” from their previous album was featured on the show. Fastball appeared on an episode of Charmed and played “You’re an Ocean” at Piper’s night club.]

17. Nyle – “Let the Beat Build (Video Cut)”
from: Capstone EP / Independent / August 25, 2009
[The first Album from NYLE x Naysayers. Lyrics written by Nyle Emerson. Produced by The Naysayers, Daniel Mensch, Funknasty, Mitch Friedman. Additional Songwriters: G. Caldwell, Benamin, A. Ekong, W. Allain-Marcus. Engineers: Nyle Emerson, Geoff Strassenburg, Mykael Alexander. Mix Engineer: Mykael Alexander. Mastering: David Pollock.]

18. Wayne Brady – “A Change Is Gonna Come”
from: A Long Time Coming / Concord Music Group / September 16, 2008
[First studio album by Emmy award-winning actor and comedian, Wayne Brady. Born Wayne Alphonso Brady on June 2, 1972. He is known for his work as a regular on the American version of the improvisational comedy television series Whose Line Is It Anyway?. He was the host of the daytime talk show The Wayne Brady Show, the original host of Fox’s Don’t Forget the Lyrics!, and has hosted Let’s Make a Deal since its 2009 revival.]

19. 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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