#546 – October 8, 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, October 8, 2014

“The MidCoast Sound”
+ co-hosts: Marion Merritt & Betse Ellis
+ KC Psychfest + Coming Out Day + Judy Mills

1. The Quivers – “Love Me or Leave Me”
from: Hot Young Mess / The Quivers / March 21, 2014
[Guests on WMM April 9][Debut full length release from KC based rock & roll band. Terra Skaggs – Bass, Vocals; Todd Grantham – Piano, Organ, Vocals; Abraham Haddad – Guitar; Bernie Dugan – Drums; Desmond Poirier – Guitar.]
[Special Horns on the track from Peter Lawless and Kyle Dahlquist.]

[The Quivers play “It Came Out of the Garage” – An All Hallows Eve Garage Rock Dance Party benefit for KKFI, Thursday, October 30, at 8:00 pm, at Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester St, KCMO. It’s a garage stomp evening and a benefit for KKFI. Music by The Quivers, Til Willis & Erratic Cowboy & Alan Murphy & The Frequent Flyers.]

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

10:04 – Pledge Break #1 – [8 minutes]

Joining us for the entire show: Marion Merritt and Betse Ellis

Betse Ellis, is one of the hardest working musicians in KC, known by many as a founding member of The Wilders. Betse recently released her 2nd full-length solo release, the critically aclaimed, “High Moon Order.” She also recently did her 20th year at The Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas. One of the bands Betse plays with, The Blessed Broke plays Coda, Fri, Oct. 10. TONIGHT Betse plays with The HillBenders at Knuckleheads w/ Brett Hodges.

Marion Merritt is our most frequent contributor to WMM, joining us to share her musical discoveries and info from her encyclopedic brain. For 18 years Marion was the manager of the music department at Barnes & Noble on The Plaza, until she left in January to start her own independent record store, specializing in vinyl. Records With Merritt, is now open at 1614 Westport Rd.


3. Sara Swenson – “Good Boys Win”
from: Runway Lights / Independent / July 18, 2014
[Sara Swenson’s song inspired by The KC Royals]
[Critically acclaimed singer songwriter Sara Swenson has released some of our most played and favorite recordings of the last 7 years. Her self titled debut recording was originally released in 2008 and was at the top of our list of The 100 Best Recordings of 2009. In 2010 Sara Swenson released her second full length recording, “All Things Big and Small” again working with Don Chaffer in Nashville who added new layers to Sara’s great songs and voice. In November of 2011, Sara released her 5 song EP called “Never Left My Mind,” featuring her band, The Pearl Snaps. In that time frame, she also had picked up two Kansas City Singer-Songwriter of the Year awards, performed with Sarah McLachlan’s Lilith Fair, and placed a song on the season finale of ABC’s “Private Practice.” Then after the school year ended in 2012, Sara Swenson left her job as a High School English and Journalism Teacher in Platte County High School, and flew off to the United Kingdom, where she ended up getting married to her husband. This spring, Sara returned to Kansas City and performed for the Folk Alliance International Conference. This summer she released her fourth studio album that captures snapshots of her 18-month experience of living abroad, moving from dating to marriage and sorting through the accompanying transitions and emotions. Produced by Don Chaffer in Nashville.]

4. The Grisly Hand – “Phineas Gage”
from: Country Singles / Independent / April 26, 2013
[Formed in 2009. The current line up includes: Jimmy Fitzner (Guitar and Vocals), Lauren Krum (Vocals and Percussion), Johnny Nichols (Bass and Vocals), Matt Richey (Drums), Mike Stover (Steel Guitar), and Ben Summers (Guitar and Mandolin). Mike Stover & Lauren Krum of The Grisly Hand joined us LIVE April 24.]

[The Grisly Hand play Knuckleheads Saturday, October 11, with The Elders.]

5. Betse Ellis – “The Complainer”
from: High Moon Order / Free Dirt / June 14, 2013
[2nd solo release from renowned fiddler, Betse Ellis, known by many as a founding member of The Wilders]

10:20 – Pledge Break #2 – [8 Minutes]

10:28 – Underwriting

10:30 – Interview with Reverend Mike Irwin and Terrie Johnson

Terrie Johnson, is a senior editor at Sullivan Higdon & Sink, and she is also a well-known blogger, filmmaker and gay rights activist. Terrie was raised in a conservative faith in the deep South. Terrie spent her life in hiding, consumed by guilt and shame because of her sexuality. Terrie’s plan to commit suicide was interrupted, and she eventually came out to her children, family and friends. With her son Brad Johnson, Terrie is creating a documentary about the life of Nate Phelps, the son of Fred Phelps, Jr., former leader of the notorious Westboro Baptist Church. Terrie and Nate will both be speaking at “God and Gays – Isn’t it time for a different conversation?” – a special Coming Out Day Event, this Saturday, Oct. 11, at 1:00, at The Center For Spiritual Living, 1014 West 39th Street, Kansas City, MO. Terrie will share her story of coming out at age 52 and her work to promote acceptance of self and others. Nate Phelps will share his story of leaving home at 18, escaping the persecution of his family, and his new role as a gay rights activist.

Also joining us in Reverend Mike Irwin Assistant Minister at The Center for Spiritual Living.

Reverend Mike Irwin told us about Center For Spiritual Living.

The forum will be led by Dr. Chris Michaels, Senior Minister at CSL, with special guest Nate Phelps, son of Fred Phelps, Jr., former leader of the notorious Westboro Baptist Church. Nate Phelps will share his story of leaving home, escaping the persecution of his family, and his new role as a gay rights activist.

Terrie Johnson talked about the persecution she received from her church when she “came out” at 52. She talked about meeting Nate Phelps, and how she and her son Brad became motivated you to make a documentary film about his life.

The film is “Not My Father’s Son,” 40 to 50% of the filming is completed, and that Terrie has been funding the film from her own resources.

To learn more about fundraising to make this film possible go to: http://natephelps.com/ whee you can learn more information about Nate Phelphs and this film.

October 11 is National Coming Out Day. Terrie Johnson, “came out” in August 2012 to your close friends and family, and then she wrote a “coming out” blog on January 1, 2013. “Coming Out” was a very brave thing for her to do. She was immediately asked to leave her church. Her national speaking engagements were cancelled, and she was denounced from the pulpit and called an “abomination.” Her courageous story and clear honesty has made a big difference to so many, and in some cases has made a life and death difference for some of the people she has touched with her story.

Terrie described how she has navigated the waters of this amazing adventure she has been on in these past two years.

Terrie talked why “Coming Out” is so important for all of us.

Reverend Mike Irwin, talked about the National Coming Out Day event at CSL on Saturday, and how it has two parts: a workshop from 10 to Noon, for the LGBT community only, and a forum from 1:00 to 3:30.

“God and Gays: A Different Conversation,” a National Coming Out Day event on October 11, with a workshop from 10 to Noon, and an open forum from 1:00 to 3:30 pm. The forum will be led by Dr. Chris Michaels, Senior Minister at CSL, with special guest Nate Phelps, son of Fred Phelps, Jr., former leader of the notorious Westboro Baptist Church. Nate Phelps will share his story of leaving home, escaping the persecution of his family, and his new role as a gay rights activist. Center for Spiritual Living (CSL) is at 1014 W 39th St, KCMO 64111. For more info: http://www.cslkc.org


6. Kristie Stremel – “It’s Enough”
from: Songwriter / Stremeltone / April 1, 2014
[Kristie Stremel, with partner Lori Isabell, adopted baby son, Charlie. Kristie told Tim Finn in the KC Star, “The weight of bringing a new, little creature home was a little overwhelming at first,” she said. “But it has been everything I wanted it to be. I’ve always wanted to have a child. Sometimes, desire is all it takes. If you desire it, it will come to you.” “I have a different perspective now that I have a kid, and maybe it will change. But I can’t see giving up music for anything.” Stremeltone Records, was created in her home in Lawrence. The last track, “It’s Enough” was released early, as a video, featuring photos of couples in partnerships, relationships, marriages, unions, families. The video was your own response the the Kansas House of Representatives passing HD 2453 allowing business the right to refuse service to LGBT customers. The bill eventually died in the Kansas Senate.]

10:44 – Pledge Break #3 – [8 minutes]


7. Schwervon! – “Undertow”
from Broken Teeth / Haymaker Records / September 30, 2014
[2-piece rock band. Nan plays drums and Matt plays guitar and they both sing. They lived in NYC for 15 years and have just relocated to KC.]

[SCHWERVON! play St. Louis tonight at Melt. Indianapolis, Cincinatti, Columbus, Brooklyn, NY and then off to London to start their Eurpean tour.]

8. Monta At Odds– “Hustle for Pennies”
from: Robots of Munich / Haymaker Records / October 26, 2014
[5th full length release from KCK based band formed by brothers Dedric and Delaney Moore. Their upcoming recording: “Robots of Munich” will be released on the new record label created by Brenton Cook called Haymaker Records. Robots of Munich was released on Cassette on RSD, April 19, 2014]

[Monta At Odds play 3rd Annual KC Psychfest, Saturday, Oct. 11, at recordBar, 1020 Westport Rd.]

9. Loose Park – “Dangerous Work”
from: Monstrous / Wreckroom / June 4, 2013
[Brand new music from Kansas City based band formed in June 2013 with Matthew Dunehoo on guitar, vocals; Beckie Trost on Bass guitar; and Mike Myers on Drums . This trio are also members/former members of Doris Henson/Baby Teardrops/Ecstatics, The String & Return/In The Pines/Spacesuit, and Soft Reeds.]

11:00 – Station ID

11:00 – Pledge Break #4 – [8 Minutes]


10. Thee Water MoccaSins – “Holy Roller”
from: From The Rivers of Missouri and The Banks of Fear / Independent / Feb. 22, 2012
[Thee Water MoccaSins is comprised of KC musicians Billy Smith on Guitar and Vocals; Steve Tulipana on Vocals, Guitar and Bass; John Bersuch on Drums and Percussion; and Wade Williamson on Guitar, Keyboards, and Bass. All musicians are currently involved with, or have been involved with: Roman Numerals, Season to Risk, Olympic Size, Dirt Nap, Stella Link, Bacon Shoe, Minds Under Cover and Starhaven Rounders.]

[Thee Water MoccaSins play 3rd Annual KC Psychfest, Sat, Oct 11, at recordBar, 1020 Westport Rd.]

11. The Blessed Broke – “Late in April”
from: Ladders Out of Purgatory / Independent / 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 Coda, Friday, October 10, with Metarhune.]

11:15 – Interview with Judy Mills

Judy Mills is a native of Pittsburg, Kansas. She attended Kansas State, where she earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English. Judy Mills worked as a teaching assistant, and an adjunct professor, teaching writing and English. She worked at Johnson County Community College. She worked as an account executive for Clinique, and then worked for several years at Restoration Hardware, until the Leawood store closed and she took a hiatus. Judy Mills left the world of corporate retail to focus on her new vision, and in early May, 2013, she opened, Mills Record Company, at 314 Westport Rd, KCMO. This Saturday the store reveals it’s new expansion with the addition of the nextdoor space which will double the size of the store and provide a space for the giant collection of used vinyl Mills Records has been hoarding in their secret storage facilities.

Judy Mills joined us to discuss Mills Record’s new expansion, and the opening of their new space on October 11.

Used Records now have a home at Mills. In store performances starting Saturday October 18, on the new stage at Mills.

Construction, painting, cabinet building, poster making has been a community involvement in the Mills record expansion.

More information on Mills Record Company at: http://www.millsrecordcompany.com

11:22 – Underwriting

11:24 – Pledge Break #5 – [8 minutes]


12. Madisen Ward & the Mama Bear – “Yellow Taxi”
from: We Burned The Cane Field / Independent / October 6, 2012
[Singer songwriter, Madisen Ward graduated from William Chrisman High School in Independence, Missouri in 2007. He plays live and records with his Mother, Ruth Ward, both on guitar, with Mama Bear harmonizing with her son. Their debut EP was recorded in Kansas city’s Element Recording by Joel Nanos.]

13. Your Friend – “Jekyll / Hyde”
from: Jekyll / Hyde – EP / Domino Records / February 20, 2014
[Lawrence based Taryn Blake Miller was signed to Domino Records. Jekyll/Hyde is available on cassette tape from the Whatever Forever.]

[Your Friend play 3rd Annual KC Psychfest, Sat, Oct 11, at recordBar, 1020 Westport Rd.]

11:40 – Pledge Break #6 – [8 Minutes]


14. The Hillbenders – “Another Day, Another Dollar”
from: Down To My Last Dollar / Compass Records / January 29, 2013

[The HillBenders play Knuckleheads TONIGHT, Oct. 8, with special guest Betse Ellis & Brett Hodges.]

We didn’t have time to play:

(15.) Scott Hrabko – “Blurry Marie”
from: Gone Places / Independent / Oct. 18, 2013
[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. ]

[Scott Hrabko & The Rabbits play recordBar, Tuesday, October 14, with Mikal Shapiro.]

Next week on October 15 Amy Farrand joins us to talk about Weirdo Wednesday Supper Club at Davies Uptown. Plus, Adam Merker of the KC based band, My Oh My, drops by to play a few songs. Plus will hear music from Fela Kuti, Hearts of Darkness, Vacationer, Various Blonde & more.


15. 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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