#554 – December 3, 2014 Playlist

Wednesday MidDay Medley
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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

2014: The Year in Music
with: Tim Finn, Marion Merritt, Chris Haghirian, & Natalie Gallagher

10:00 – Tim Finn’s Favorite Releases of 2014

Tim Finn

Tim Finn

Originally from Youngstown, New York, Tim Finn studied at University of Missouri in Columbia and received his Masters of Arts, in Journalism from the University of Kansas. Tim is the Pop Music Writer of the KC Star and Ink, and the music blog: Back to Rockville.

8. John Velghe & the Prodigal Sons – Organ Donor Blues/ Indep. / June 24, 2014
7. My Brothers and Sisters – Violet Music, Vol. 1 / Indep. / April 12, 2014
6. Cadillac Flambe – Old American Law / Little Class Records / June 14, 2014
5. Voices of Unbound – Madagascar / Unbound / November 7, 2014
4. The Architects – Border Wars Episode Two / Indep. / Sept. 8, 2014
3. Outsides – Million [EP] / Independent / May 1, 2014
2. Kirsten Paludan & The Key Party – Up All Night / Indep. / Dec. 21, 2014
1. The Big Iron – We Will Fall / Independent / May 30, 2014

1. (5.) Voices of Unbound – “Tinora Midera”
from: Madagascar / Unbound / November 7, 2014
[Singer/songwriter Barclay Martin spent a month in Madagascar with musician, drummer, engineer and producer, Giuliano Mingucci. The two friends and band mates recorded music written by the local people of Madagascar. The music was recorded in make-shift studios, field recordings, in people’s homes and villages. This project was produced by Unbound, formerly known as CFCA. The CD was released at a special exhibit HEMISPHERES: Sound Photographs from Madagascar. “Blending photography, music, interactive media, on November 7 & 8, at The Living Room Theatre. “Unbound is a humanitarian organization bringing people together to challenge poverty in new and innovative ways in 21 developing countries. Unbound brings people together to challenge poverty in new and innovative ways. More info at http://www.Unbound.org]

2. (4.) The Architects – “Killer Crush”
from: Border Wars Episode Two / Independent / September 8, 2014
[7th release from Kansas City based band: Adam Phillips on drums, Zachary Phillips on bass, Brandon Phillips on guitar & voice, Keenan Nichols on guitar. The three Phillips brothers had previously composed a successful ska and rock band called The Gadjits. In June 2004 The Gadjits ceased to exist as a band and a new band, Architects, was formed. Architects’ sound is a combination of traditional punk, maximum R&B, Midwestern alternative rock, blues-based metal and pop melodies, influenced by The Clash, The Who, Social Distortion, Green Day, Soul Asylum, The Replacements, AC/DC, The Jam and The Kinks. The Architects have toured on the Vans Warped Tour, with My Chemical Romance, and Floggin Molly. Border Wars is a a five-part concept album and graphic novel series funded by the band’s loyal fans through Indiegogo crowd sourcing, and by the band members themselves. More info at: http://thearchitectsrock.com/ ]

3. (3.) Outsides -“Just Curious”
from: Million [EP] / Independent / June 6, 2014
[Debut] [Outsides is Tim Ellis. The Chicago Tribune called his performance at Lollapalooza: “transcendent” motivating Ellis to dedicate himself to his new project, Outsides. Having relocated from Chicago to his boyhood home of Kansas City, Tim found himself recording in his bedroom, writing guitar parts that were sampled and woven together with synthesizers. When Outsides plays live the band includes: Tim Ellis (guitar, vox); Bronson Kistler (keys, bgv); Ryan Shank (drums); Ian Shea (bass, bgv).]

4. (2.) Kirsten Paludan & The Key Party – “Fireflies”
from: Up All Night / Independent / May 1, 2014
[Recorded at Element Studios, KCMO, February – November 2012. Produced by Kirsten Paludan and David Gaume. Engineered and mixed by David Gaume. Additional tracking on ‘Siberia’ by Joel Nanos. Cover artwork: ‘Moon’ by Jeremy Rockwell. Design: Studio Ike. Photo: Jeffrey McKee.]

5. (1.) The Big Iron – “No One Left to Pray”
from: We Will Fall / Independent / May 30, 2014
[The band’s third full-length release was produced and mixed by Joel Nanos of Element Recording. It’s the band’s follow-up to 2008’s “Thanks for the Therapy,” and their 2001 debut recording, “Bury My Mistakes.” Ricky Reyes on guitar; Jon Paul on drums; Jeff Pendergraft on vocals, PK on guitar; and Mike Farren on bass. More info at: thebigiron.bandcamp.com/]

10:30 – Underwriting

10:32 – Marion Merritt’s Favorite Releases of 2014

Marion Merritt

Marion Merritt

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. Marion has been joining us on WMM for over 10 years, sharing her discoveries and info from her musically encylopedic brain.

5. Vashti Bunyan – Heartleap / DiCristina Records / October 7, 2014
4. Caribou – Our Love / Merge / October 7, 2014
3. Curtis Harding – Soul Power / Burger Records / April 24, 2012
2. Brigitte Fontaine – Brigitte Fontaine / Superior Viaduct / 2014 Reissue
1. Barbara Lynn – Here Is Barbara Lynn / Rhino / 2014 Reissue

6. (5.) Vashti Bunyan – “Across the Water”
from: Heartleap / DiCristina Records / October 7, 2014
[Vashti Bunyan (born Jennifer Vashti Bunyan, 1945, Newcastle, England) is an English singer-songwriter. Bunyan released her debut album, Just Another Diamond Day in 1970. The album sold very few copies, and Bunyan, discouraged, abandoned her musical career. By 2000, her album had acquired a cult following; it was re-released and Bunyan recorded more songs, initiating the second phase of her musical career after a gap of thirty years. Heartleap is the third and final studio album by Vashti Bunyan, released on October 6, 2014, in the UK on Fat Cat Records and October 7 in the U.S. via DiCristina. First announced in June, Heartleap was accompanied by a statement where Bunyan wrote, “The whole point of the album was finally to learn a way that would enable me to record the music that is in my head, by myself. I neither read nor write music, nor can I play piano with more than one hand at a time, but I have loved being able to work it all out for myself and make it sound the way I wanted. I’ve built these songs over years. The album wouldn’t have happened any other way.]

7. (4.) Caribou-“Can’t Do Without You”
from: Our Love / Merge / October 7, 2014
[Our Love is the sixth studio album by Daniel Victor “Dan” Snaith (born 1978) is a Canadian composer, musician and recording artist who has performed under the stage names Caribou, Manitoba and Daphni. The album’s title was a reflection of the success Snaith received after the release of Swim. Describing the inspiration for Our Love, Snaith said “The primary impulse on this record was to make something that was generous in the sense that it was for everybody, not just for me locked in a studio by myself.” The album features contributions from Jessy Lanza and Owen Pallett.]

8. (3.) Curtis Harding – “1 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]

9. (2.) Brigitte Fontaine – “Vingt secondes”
from: Brigitte Fontaine / Superior Viaduct / [orig. 1972] 2014 Reissue

10. (2.) Brigitte Fontaine – “Brigitte”
from: Brigitte Fontaine / Superior Viaduct / [orig. 1972] 2014 Reissue
[Brigitte Fontaine, born in 1939 in Morlaix in the Brittany region of France, is a singer of avant-garde music. During the course of her career she has employed numerous unusual musical styles such melding rock and roll, folk, jazz, electronica, spoken word poetry and world rhythms. She has collaborated with such celebrated musicians as Stereolab, Michel Colombier, Jean-Claude Vannier, Areski Belkacem, Gotan Project, Sonic Youth, Antoine Duhamel, Grace Jones, Noir Désir, Archie Shepp, Arno and The Art Ensemble of Chicago. She is also a novelist, writer, actress, playwright, and poet.]

11. (1.) Barbara Lynn – “You’ll Lose A Good Thing”
from: Here Is Barbara Lynn / Rhino / 2014 Reissue [orig. 1968 Atlantic] [Barbara Lynn (born Barbara Lynn Ozen, later Barbara Lynn Cumby, January 16, 1942) is an American rhythm and blues and electric blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. She is best known for her R&B chart-topping hit, “You’ll Lose A Good Thing” (1962). She was born in Beaumont, Texas, and attended Hebert High School. She played piano as a child, but switched to guitar, which she plays left-handed. Inspired by blues artists Guitar Slim and Jimmy Reed, and pop acts Elvis Presley and Brenda Lee, and winning several local talent shows, she created an all-female band, Bobbie Lynn and Her Idols. She began performing in local clubs in Texas. Singer Joe Barry saw her and introduced Lynn to producer Huey P. Meaux, who ran SugarHill Recording Studios and several record labels in New Orleans. Her first single, “You’ll Lose A Good Thing”, co-written by her and Meaux, was recorded at Cosimo Matassa’s J&M studio with session musicians including Mac Rebennack (Dr. John). Released by Jamie Records, it was a number 1 US Billboard R&B chart hit and Top 10 Billboard Hot 100 hit in 1962. The song was later recorded by Aretha Franklin and became a country hit record for Freddy Fender. Lynn also released an album, also titled You’ll Lose A Good Thing, which featured 10 of her compositions. Unusually for the time, Lynn was a female African American singer who both wrote most of her own songs and played a lead instrument. Soon Lynn was touring with such soul musicians as Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Dionne Warwick, Jackie Wilson, Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, James Brown, Al Green, Carla Thomas, Marvin Gaye, Ike and Tina Turner, the Temptations, and B.B. King. She appeared at the Apollo Theater, twice on American Bandstand, and had her song, “Oh Baby (We’ve Got A Good Thing Goin’)” (1964) covered by the Rolling Stones on their album The Rolling Stones Now! (1965). She continued to record for the Jamie label until 1966 and had several more minor hits. In 1966 she signed to Meaux’s Tribe label, and recorded “You Left the Water Running,” which was covered by Otis Redding among others. She signed for Atlantic the following year, and recorded another album, Here Is Barbara Lynn, in 1968. She married for the first time, at age 28, in 1970 and had three children. This, together with dissatisfaction with poor promotion by the record company, contributed to her decision to largely retire from the music business for most of the 1970s and 1980s. However, while living in Los Angeles, she occasionally appeared at local clubs, and released several singles on Jetstream and other small labels. In 1984 she toured Japan, and recorded a live album, You Don’t Have to Go, which was released later in the US. She resumed her recording career after her husband’s death, and returned to Beaumont, Texas, where her mother lived. She also undertook further international tours, to Europe and elsewhere. In 1994, she recorded her first studio album for over twenty years, So Good, and released several more albums for various labels in later years. She continues to reside in Beaumont, and was given a Pioneer Award by the Rhythm and Blues Foundation in 1999. In 2002, electronic musician Moby sampled Lynn’s “I’m A Good Woman” on his album 18.
1963 You’ll Lose A Good Thing (Jamie)
1964 Sister of Soul (Jamie)
1968 Here Is Barbara Lynn (Atlantic)
1988 You Don’t Have To Go (Ichiban)
1993 So Good (Bullseye Blues)
1996 Until Then I’ll Suffer (I.T.P.)
2000 Hot Night Tonight (Antone’s)
2004 Blues & Soul Situation (Dialtone)

11:00 – Station ID

11:00 – Chris Haghirian’s Favorite Releases of 2014

Chris Haghirian

Chris Haghirian

Chris Haghirian has worked for The KC Star for 15 years and helped launch INK in April of 2008. Chris works on the marketing side of INK and puts together all of the music promotions. Chris was instrumental in the organization of The Middle of The Map Fest, The MidCoast Takeover of SXSW Music Festival, the music at The Plaza Art Fair, Boulevardia, and Wednesday Home Game concerts at The Kauffman Stadium for The Royals. Chris also is a valuable hardworking volunteer for Midwest Music Foundation.

7. Tycho – Awake / Ghostly International / 2014
6. Highasakite – Silent Treatment / Inkind Music / 2014
5. Hembree – “New Oasis” Single / Independent / September 9, 2014
4. Jorge Arana Trio – Oso / Haymaker Records / July 19, 2014
3. Katy Guillen & The Girls – Katy Guillen & The Girls / Indep. / Sept 6, 2014
2. Sara Swenson – Runway Lights / Independent / July 18, 2014
1. Zola Jesus – Taiga / Mute Records / October 7, 2014

12. (5.) Hembree – “New Oasis”
from: Single / Independent / September 9, 2014
[From upcoming release coming January 13, 2015. Recorded by James Allen Barnes at Orin Underground. Produced by James Allen Barnes and Isaac Flynn. Music by Hembree: James Allen Barnes, Garrett Childers, Isaac Flynn, Matthew Green, Eric Davis – the band that has risen from the ashes of the legendary Quiet Corral. The band’s new music video for Walk Alone will premiere tomorrow on their facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/hembreemusic%5D

[Hembree play the 2nd Annual Noise For Toys show Saturday, December 6, at The Riot Room, December with Noise FM, Sheppa, and French Horn Rebellion (from Brooklyn).]

13. (4.) Jorge Arana Trio – “Crime of Passion Fruit”
from: Oso / Haymaker Records / July 19, 2014
[Jorge Arana on Guitar and Keyboard, Josh Enyart on drums and Percussion, and Jason Nash on bass. Oso is the name of Jorge’s childhood Family Dog. The band was the winner of the 2013 Pitch Music Award for Best Avant-Garde group. Nominated this year for Best Live Act.]

[Jorge Arana Trio plays Replay on Dec. 13 w/ Wrong Kata Trio (album release) and Narkalark.]

14. (3.) Katy Guillen & The Girls – “Woke Up In Spain”
from: Katy Guillen & The Girls / Independent / September 6, 2014
[Katy Guillen (guitar, vocals), Claire Adams (bass, vocals) & Stephanie Williams (drums). Finalist for the Int. Blues Competition in Memphis.]

[Katie Guillen & the Girls play BB’s Lawnside BBQ on Friday, Dec 5]

15. (2.) Sara Swenson – “Good Boys Win”
from: Runway Lights / Independent / July 18, 2014
[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 ended up 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 at the time, 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 left the Kansas City music scene, and she flew off to the United Kingdom, where she got married. 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.]

16. (1.) Zola Jesus – “Dangerous Days”
from: Taiga / Mute Records / October 7, 2014
[fifth studio album by Wisconsin based performer Zola Jesus. The album was co-produced by Nika Roza Danilova and Dean Hurley. It marks the first Zola Jesus record to be released through Mute Records. The album title Taiga is the Russian word for boreal forests. A music video was released for the album’s first single “Dangerous Days”. The music video was directed by Timothy Saccenti and filmed in Hoh Rainforest, Washington. Nika Roza Danilova (born April 11, 1989), better known by her stage name Zola Jesus, is an American singer-songwriter. She has released three EPs and five full-length albums that combine electronic, industrial, classical, goth, and experimental rock influences

[Zola Jesus plays the Granada in Lawrence on January 14]

11:29 – Underwriting

11:31 – Natalie Gallagher’s Favorite Releases of 2014


Natalie Gallagher has been the music editor at The Pitch Weekly since Sept. 2013, when she moved to KC from her beloved Minneapolis. She is a very good writer and She covers a lot of territory reviewing new releases, covering live performances, writing feature pieces, hiring writers and editing tons of content for Kansas City’s oldest weekly, which originally began at the Penny Pitch out of Penny Lane Records, all those years ago. Natalie loathes being asked what her favorite type of music is, because she listens to it all anyway and couldn’t possibly choose (but if you must know, her first concert was Van Morrison.) In the year and 3 months that Natalie has lived in KC, she’s eaten enough burnt-end sandwiches and drank enough Boulevard Wheat to last a lifetime.

7. atlas – ten twenty / Indep. / 2014
6. Katy Guillen & The Girls – Katy Guillen & The Girls / Indep. / Sept 6, 2014
5. The Sluts – The Loser EP / Independent / July 8, 2014
4. Cowboy Indian Bear – Vandeventer / The Record Machine / May 20, 2014
3. Brooke Tuley – FIRST MIDNIGHT / Independent / April 14, 2014
2. Loose Park – Monstrous / Independent / June 5, 2014
1. Kasey Rausch – Guitar in Hand / Mudstomp Records / November 21, 2014

19. (5.) The Sluts – “Loser”
from: The Loser EP / Independent / July 8, 2014
[All songs written by The Sluts. The Sluts are Kristoffer Dover and Ryan Wise. Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Joel Nanos at Element Recording Kansas City, MO. The band is the winner of the 2014 Pitch Music Award for Best Punk Band]

[The Sluts play Jackpot in Lawrence, Fri, Dec. 5, at 9:30, w/ The Philistines, Scruffy & the Janitors]

20. (4.) Cowboy Indian Bear – “Push”
from: Vandeventer / The Record Machine / May 20, 2014
[7-song release from Cowboy Indian Bear: Beau Bruns, CJ Calhoun, Danny Bowersox, Katlyn Conroy, and Martinez Hillard. Recording note from the band: “Back in the fall, on our way east for a run of shows, our faithful van finally kicked the bucket in Saint Louis. We were there in STL for a few days and figured we would use the time to make something positive out of a less than ideal situation. Those are the songs that make up this EP, named after a street a couple blocks from where our van decided it had done all it could. This is a fun set of songs that we hope you’ll enjoy!”]

21. (3.) Brooke Tuley – “she’s gone”
from: FIRST MIDNIGHT / Independent / April 14, 2014
[In October 2013 the Bloodbirds announced they would be going on hiatus as the band’s bassist, Anna St. Louis, was leaving KC for California. In April, Bloodbirds drummer drummer Brooke Tuley released a solo record, produced, mixed and mastered by her husband and Bloodbirds frontman Mike Tuley who wrote on his Facebook page: “Brooke hid away all winter and recorded a slew of jams on our old 4-track. I helped her put them on the computer and gussy them up. Now she put them online! I’m really proud of her and I love her music so much! She’s making a tape to sell, and she’ll be playing shows soon. Be brave, Brooke! YEAH DOGGIE!. The Pitch calls it “a gorgeous, sparse 10-track collection in the vein of Sharon Van Etten’s Tramp, with some discordant, odd and eerie effects a la Cate le Bon. ” Brooke Tuley told Natalie Gallagher and The Pitch, “It [the recording of this record] started this fall after Bloodbirds kind of decided to stop playing music for a while,” Tuley explains over the phone. “I’m pregnant now, so it’s kind of just a project for in the meantime, before the baby comes. I’m five and a half months pregnant, and it started then.]

22. (2.) Loose Park – “Dangerous Work”
from: Monstrous / Independent / June 5, 2014
[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.]

23. (1.) Kasey Rausch – “An East Texas Day”
from: Guitar in Hand / Mudstomp Records / November 21, 2014
[Guitar in Hand is the third solo release from Kansas City based singer-songwriter Kasey Rausch. With Mikal Shapiro she hosts/produces RIVER TRADE RADIO Sunday mornings at 9am, on 90.1 FM. Kasey Rausch plays with The Naughty Pines every Tuesday at CODA.]

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

Next week on December 10 – we present part one of our 4-week special: The 114 Best Recordings of 2014

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