#537 – August 6, 2014 Playlist

Wednesday MidDay Medley
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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Spinning Records With Merritt

Marion Merritt joined us Guest Producer and Guest Co-Host, to share information from her musically-encyclopedic-brain. After 18 years as Manager of the Music Department at Barnes & Noble on The Plaza, Marion Merritt, left to pursue a dream and this year she became the owner of Records With Merritt, 1614 Westport Road, KCMO 64111. More info at: http://www.recordswithmerritt.com

1. Dimitri From Paris – “Prologue”
from: Sacrebleu / Atlantic / 2001

2. Hercules and Love Affair – “My Offence” (feat. Krystle Warren)
from: The Feast of the Broken Heart / Imports / 2014
[Played with a live manual radio edit of a crucial word to the meaning of this song, that is used in the chorus, appearing 24 times in the song, but we are not allowed to play this particular word on broadcast radio based on standard FCC guidelines. Check out the song. Krystle sounds beautiful as always.]

3. Caribou – “Can’t Do Without You”
from: Our Love / Merge / Expected October 7, 2014
[7th studio release from Daniel Victor Snaith, born 1978, a Canadian composer, musician and recording artist who records and performs under stage names Caribou, Manitoba and Daphni. Snaith originally recorded under the stage name Manitoba, but after being threatened with a lawsuit by Richard “Handsome Dick” Manitoba, formerly of punk band The Dictators, Snaith changed his performance name to Caribou. Snaith’s previous full-length albums were then re-released under the new moniker, and The Milk of Human Kindness was released in 2005 by Domino. Snaith said that the situation was “like The Smiths suing John Smith or something”. In 2005, Snaith received a doctorate in mathematics from Imperial College London, for work on Overconvergent Siegel Modular Symbols under Kevin Buzzard. When playing gigs, Snaith usually performs with a live band and plays percussion. Live shows also often include complex video projections on a large screen, as captured in a DVD released in November 2005. “[I]n music I will have an idea to put some different sounds together or a melody that meshes with a chord sequence or a sonic mood,” said Snaith in an interview. “I’m not the type of person who takes physical things apart and plays around with them, but I like taking mental ideas apart and playing around with them. That’s what appeals to me about what I’ve spent my life doing.”]


4. Stoney & The Jagged Edge – “Can’t Find the Key”
from: Chasing Rainbows / Ace Records / 2014
[6 tracks on vinyl only, a true Detroit holy grail, one of the premier attractions at the Grande Ballroom during the halcyon “high energy” days of the late 1960s. Contemporaries of the MC5 and Stooges, the Edge were equally as cutting edge, with a wild stage presence and notorious, enigmatic frontman in Dave “Stoney” Mazar. The quartet burned briefly but fiercely between early 1967 and late 1968, leaving only some indelible memories with the few that witnessed them in action, and one studio session supervised by Holland at Detroit’s United Sound, which in the ensuing decades was believed lost. Now that a source has surfaced, the world can hear prime 1968 Grande Ballroom psychedelia, with the power and punk edge that only Detroit can provide. = Frantic, March 7, 2014 at http://www.g45central.com/forum%5D

5. Wooden Shjips – “Home”
from: West (Deluxe Edition) / Thrill Jockey / August 15, 2011
[Space rock/psychedelic rock from San Francisco, USA. Their sound has been described as experimental, minimalist, drone rock, and “spacey psychedelic rock”. They have been compared to Suicide, Loop, The Velvet Underground, The Doors, Soft Machine and Guru Guru. They are currently signed to Thrill Jockey records, whose artist roster also includes Tortoise, Future Islands, The Sea and Cake and Matmos.]

10:28 – Underwriting


6. Meshell Ndegeocello – “Friends”
from: Comet, Come to Me / Naive / June 3, 2014
[the 11th studio album from Meshell Ndegeocello a singer-songwriter, rapper, bassist, and vocalist. Her music incorporates a wide variety of influences, including funk, soul, hip hop, reggae, R&B, rock, and jazz. She has received significant critical acclaim throughout her career, and has had ten career Grammy Award nominations.Named Michelle Lynn Johnson at birth,August 29, 1968, Ndegeocello adopted her surname at the age of 17, which she says means “free like a bird” in Swahili. Meshell Ndegeocello is pronounced Mee-shell N-deh-gay-o-chel-o. Early pressings of Plantation Lullabies were stickered with the instructions. The spelling has changed in the hands of record labels a few times during her career; however, the correct spelling of her stage name is now Meshell Ndegeocello.]

7. Cassandra Wilson – “Run the Voodoo Down”
from: Traveling Miles / Blue Note / (1999) Re-released 2014
[Born December 4, 1955, in Jackson Mississippi, this American jazz musician, vocalist, songwriter, and producer was escrowed by critic Gary Giddins as “a singer blessed with an unmistakable timbre and attack [who has] expanded the playing field” by incorporating country, blues and folk music into her work, Wilson has won two Grammy Awards.]


8. Sweet Exorcist – “Testone”
from: RetroActivity / Warp Records / 2011
[Sweet Exorcist was named after a Curtis Mayfield track, and was the project of Sheffield based musicians Richard H. Kirk (Cabaret Voltaire) and Richard ‘DJ Parrot’ Barratt. Kirk and Barratt knew each other since the mid-1980s. Barratt had already supported a Cabaret Voltaire British tour in 1986. After both worked on several tracks together Parrot suggested making a club track with studio test tones. In the January of 1990 the tracks were released as Testone on Warp Records. It defined the bleep techno sound, by making playful use of sampled sounds from Yellow Magic Orchestra’s Computer Game (1978) and the film Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977). The next release was Clonk, also on Warp. For both singles remix versions were released. 2011 saw the release of the compilation album RetroActivity on Warp Records.]

9. David Bowie – “Abdulmajid (2001 Remastered)”
from: All Saints / Jones Tintoretto Parlophone / 2001
[Originally from the Low Sessions. Named after Bowie’s wife Iman Abdulmajid]

10:58 – Station ID

10. Death – “Keep On Knocking”
from:…For the Whole World to See / Drag City / 2009 2014

11. Death – “Restlessness”
from: III / Drag City / 2014
[Death is a garage rock and protopunk band formed in Detroit, Michigan in 1971 by brothers Bobby (bass, vocals), David (guitar), and Dannis (drums) Hackney. The trio started out as a funk band but switched to rock after seeing a concert by The Who. Seeing Alice Cooper play was also an inspiration. Music critic Peter Margasak retrospectively wrote that David “pushed the group in a hard-rock direction that presaged punk, and while this certainly didn’t help them find a following in the mid-70s, today it makes them look like visionaries.” In 1975 at Detroit’s United Sound Studios with engineer Jim Vitti, they recorded seven songs written by David and Bobby. According to the Hackney family, Columbia Records president Clive Davis funded the recording sessions, but implored the band to change its name to something more commercially palatable than Death. When the Hackneys refused, Davis ceased his support. The band only recorded seven songs instead of the planned dozen. The following year they self-released (on their label Tryangle) a single taken from the sessions: “Politicians in My Eyes” b/w “Keep on Knocking,” in a run of just 500 copies. The band broke up by 1977 but reformed in 2009 when the Drag City label released their 70s demos for the first time.]


12. Clairy Browne & The Bangin’ Rackettes – “Love Letter”
from: Baby Caught The Bus / Cult Classics – Vanguard / 2014
[Clairy Browne & The Bangin’ Rackettes are a 9 piece soul band from Melbourne, Australia that formed in 2009. The band is fronted by lead vocalist Clairy Browne and backed by Camilla McKewen, Loretta Miller and Ruby Jones (The Bangin’ Rackettes) along with Darcy McNulty (Saxophone), Peter Bee (Guitar), Jules Pascoe (Bass), Gabriel Strangio (Keyboards) and Nick Martyn (Drums). The band’s debut album Baby Caught the Bus was released in Australia (Independent) in 2011 and in the US (Vanguard Records) in 2013, and features the lead single “Love Letter”.]

13. Lady, The Band – “Karma”
from: Lady / Truth & Soul Records / 2013
[Lady is Nicole Monique Wray and her band, and also the title of her debut album. At 17, Nicole was the first artist signed to Missy Elliot’s Goldmind Records. In 1998, her debut single, “Make It Hot,” would go on to reach certified gold status. Her voice would later lend itself to features and hit singles by Missy Elliott, Cam’ron, Kid Cudi and to The Black Keys’ critically acclaimed project, Blackroc. She was then enlisted to lend background vocals on their seventh studio LP, Brothers. The Akron, Ohio duo encouraged Nicole to expand and mature as a vocalist and musician and from this experience rose a Phoenix, rose a Lady.]

14. The Carrots – “Baby You Don’t Know”
from: New Romance / Elefant / 2013

15. The Carrots – “You Can’t Promise (Boys)”
from: New Romance / Elefant / 2013
[Mom Rock from Austin, Texas. Jason “Chef” Pittman, Christopher “Chris” Lyons, Veronica “Innocent Bitch” Ortuno, Shelley “Get Crackin” McKann, Rose “Party Girl” Russo, Jason “Party Boy” Pearson. Veronica started this band in San Jose during the Ford Administration. After many successful tours and albums, the Carrots finally settled in Austin in 1998 to grow marijuana for Willie Nelson on a large scale. All of the Carrots songs are about Willie Nelson’s marijuana. All except one; the most beautiful one.]

11:22 – Interview with Vi Tran and Mackenzie Goodwin


Mackenzie Goodwin, Mama Tran, and Vi Tran joined us live in the 90.1 FM studios, August 6, 2014, for Wednesday MidDay Medley, on KKFI 90.1 FM.

Mackenzie Goodwin, Mama Tran, and Vi Tran joined us live in the 90.1 FM studios, August 6, 2014, for Wednesday MidDay Medley, on KKFI 90.1 FM.

Writer, actor, musician, artist, teacher, singer, songwriter – Vi Tran was born near Saigon, Vietnam and raised in southwestern Kansas. He began performing as a toddler in the refugee camps of southeast Asia. Vi has appeared in theatres all across Kansas City as an actor, has also become a big part of the Kansas City Music Scene. In 2013 his debut full length recording “American Heroine” was part of our 113 Best Recordings of 2013. Vi joins us today to talk about, THE BUTCHER’S SON – A Refugee Play & Performance Memoir by Vi Tran, and directed by Mackenzie Goodwin. Performed in The Buffalo Room at Westport Flea Market, 817 Westport Rd., August 6 through the 18th

Vi Tran and Mackenzie Goodwin, joined us to discuss:

THE BUTCHER’S SON – A Refugee Play & Performance Memoir
by Vi Tran, and directed by Mackenzie Goodwin.

Performed in The Buffalo Room at Westport Flea Market, 817 Westport Rd., August 6-11, 14, 15, 17, 18, with evening performances at 8:00 pm, Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm. For more info: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/758209

Vi Tran uses drama, spoken word, slam poetry, and folk music to tell the harrowing autobiographical account of his family’s escape from Vietnam after the fall of Saigon, through Khmer Rouge-controlled Cambodia, the refugee camps of Thailand and The Philippines, to their eventual arrival and new life in America.

For more info: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/758209

The Buffalo Room, 817 Westport Road, KCMO. A performance venue and creative commons in the grand tradition of the historic artists’ salons of Paris, London, and New York, but with a Midwestern twist.

More info at: http://www.facebook.com/buffaloroomkc

THE BUTCHER’S SON – A Refugee Play & Performance Memoir by Vi Tran, and directed by Mackenzie Goodwin. Performed in The Buffalo Room at Westport Flea Market, 817 Westport Rd., August 6-11, 14, 15, 17, 18, with evening performances at 8:00 pm, Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm. More info at: http://www.facebook.com/buffaloroomkc

11:42 – Underwriting


16. Curtis Harding – “Next Time”
from: Soul Power / Burger Records / April 24, 2012
[The Michigan-bred, Atlanta-based singer-songwriter, and backup singer and writer for Cee-Lo Green and as a member of Night Sun, the lo-fi soul project he formed with Cole Alexander of The Black Lips. His first-ever solo album, Soul Power, was recorded at the Living Room Studios in Atlanta with Justin McNeight and Edward Rawls, who has worked with the Black Lips and the Coathangers. BURGER RECORDS in Fullerton, California, is a record store, and record company, that call themselves a rock n roll philanthropic quasi-religious borderline-cultish propaganda spreading group of suburban perma-teen mutants. More info at: http://www.burgerrecords.org]

17. The Sensations – “Please Baby Please”
from: Eccentric Soul: The Way Out Label / Numero / 2014
[The Sensations were a vocal group out of Albion, Michigan. The lead singer of the group was Johnny Washington, remembered for the songs ‘Please Baby Please’, ‘Too Shy’, ‘Demanding Man’, ‘Lonely World’, and ‘Get on up Mama’.
Rico Simmons was the groups co-writer and keyboard player. The Sensations recorded for the Way Out Records imprint, which was based in Cleveland and was owned by the late Lester Johnson and Bill Branch.]

18. Hobocop – “Good News”
from: Half Man Half Cop / Sloveny Recordings / May 18, 2014
[HOBOCOP is the bastard love child of an alleged member of Shannon and the Clams (Jumbo Jack Flash) and the reclusive Long John Hobocop. “Half Man Half Cop” is their vinyl debut. It’s ideal for addicts of slop, fuzz, weirdness and fungus. Like the SCREAMERS ‘78 demos blasted through a moldy boombox in a California flophouse, this splattering of sweet golden punk oldies is the perfect slice of slime for Slovenly.]

Programming Notes:

Next week on Wed, August 13 Britt Adair of The Bad Ideas joins us live in the 90.1 FM Studios plus we’ll play more area and new releases

Money Wolf Music & Records with Merritt
present: Recording a Record in a Record Store

Saturday, August 23, at 5:30pm
Records with Merritt -1614 Westport Rd, Kansas City, Missouri 64111

Records with Merritt is celebrating the end of their first summer in business and asked Money Wolf Music to lend a hand. Seven KC songwriters will make an appearance. The entire thing will be recorded and released on a super limited edition record – available only at the show, and with a few left over to purchase in their shop. It’s the only place to get it. So don’t miss out.

The Performers:

Nathan Corsi of Not A Planet
Cameron Joel Hawk of The Dead Girls
Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear
Folkicide Mercury
Tommy Donoho
Justin Penney of Dollar Fox
Dead Ven


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

Sources for notes on tracks: artist’s websites and wikipedia.org

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