Wednesday MidDay Medley
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Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Spinning Records With Merritt + La Guerre
Our good friend, Marion Merritt, joined us Guest Producer & 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 last May, 2014, she became the owner of Records With Merritt, at 1614 Westport Road, KCMO 64111. You can learn more at: http://www.recordswithmerritt.com. Marion has been a regular monthly and quarterly contributor to Wednesday MidDay Medley for over 10 years. She has also co-hosted and helped raise funds for ALL of our fund drive shows, over all of these past 10 years, where she has donated priceless, and personal “Thank You Gifts,” to help raise finding from our listeners, to keep independent, volunteer driven, community radio alive on our airwaves. This year Marion was also elected to the board of directors of The MidCoast Radio Project, the not-for-profit, 501 c 3 organization that supports 90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio.
1. “Main Title Instrumental – It’s Showtime Folks”
from: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to All That Jazz / 1980
[Wednesday MidDay Medley’s theme song]
2. Dimitri From Paris – “Prologue”
from: Sacrebleu / Atlantic / 2001
3. Stanislas Tohon – “Dja, Dja, Dja”
from: Dans le Tchink Système / Hot Casa / 2014
4. The Pop Group – “Mad Truth”
from: Citizen Zombie / Freaks R Us / 2015
5. The Pop Group – “She Is Beyond Good and Evil”
from: Y / Freaks R Us / 2014 [orig. 1996]
6. Magic Castles – “Trembling Hands”
from: Sky Sounds / A. Records / 2014
7. Magic Castles – “Rebecca’s World”
from: Sky Sounds / A. Records / 2014
8. Acid Baby Jesus – “Diogenes”
from: Selected Recordings / Slovenly Recordings / 2014
10:38 – Underwriting
9. Sly Stone Featuring Joe Hicks – “Life & Death In G & A (Parts 1 & 2)”
from: I’m Just Like You: Sly’s Stone Flower 1969-1970 / Light In The Attic / 2014
10. Black On White Affair – “Bold Soul Sister, Bold Soul Brother”
from: Wheedle’s Groove – Seattle’s Finest in Funk & Soul 1965-75 / Light In The Attic / 2009
11. The Paradise Bangkok Molam International Band – “Sao Sakit Mae”
from: 21st Century Molam / Studio Lam / 2014
12. Sorry Bamba – “Yayoroba”
from: Volume One 1970-1979 / Thrill Jockey / 2011
11:03 – Station ID
13. Universal Togetherness Band – “Ain’t Gonna Cry”
from: Universal Togetherness Band / Numero / 2015
14. The Fantastic Aleems – “Hooked On Your Love (John Morales Mix) [feat. Calebur]”
from: Soul Jazz Records Presents Disco: A Fine Selection of Independent Disco, Modern Soul and Boogie 1978-82 / Soul Jazz / 2014
11:17 – Underwriting
15. La Guerre – “The Mystery of My Bed”
from: Sapphires / The Record Machine / January 20, 2015
[La Guerre plays Replay in Lawrence on Fri, March 6. La Guerre also plays Crown & Harp in Dallas, Texas, on Saturday, March 14, and Dan’s Silverleaf in Denton, Texas, on Sun, March 15 before traveling to the SXSW Music Fest in Austin. La Guerre plays Middle of The Map Fest, Saturday, April 25 ]
11:22 – Interview with Katlyn Conroy
Musician, singer and songwriter, Katlyn Conroy, is a Lawrence, Kansas native. She was a member of the acclaimed and popular band, Cowboy Indian Bear. Katlyn has been releasing and performing music for over 10 years. Katlyn was the winner of a 2013 Pitch Music Award for Best Singer/Songwriter. More info at: http://www.katlynconroy.bandcamp.com.
Katlyn starting playing the piano at the age of 7, and started singing around that time also. Her mother was an opera singer and her family encouraged her musical endeavors. When she was 15 years old she began performing out with her original material.
Sapphires was produced, and engineered by Joshua Browning who also played bass. Joshua has worked with Katlyn on most all of her recording projects. Several members of Cowboy Indian Bear came in to help play on her recording. Percussion: Beau Bruns, Chris Brower. Guitar/Additional Vox: Charles Calhoun, Gavin Snider; Trombone: Joshua Landau; Additional Vox: Will Weinstein.
Katlyn Conroy is a prolific songwriter. In a short period of time she has released several full-length recordings and EPs. Recently Katlyn Conroy was featured in the Lawrence Journal-World for her Valentine’s Day Project where she wrote over 35 personalized tunes and recorded them for customers, to give to their loved ones or friends, all for 20 dollars, a song. She spent hours making each song original and specially customized for each valentine.
Katlyn Conroy’s project La Guerre has been called “brutally honest and emotional… She doesn’t hold back.” Katlyn told us about how her songs all start with the lyrics and then she builds the melody around the words.
La Guerre is the French word for “war.” The name was inspired from a 10-minute, French song, performed by her high school acapella choir, where they reenacted a war with vocals.
Katlyn Conroy told the Lawrence Journal-World tha, La Guerre is… “something much bigger than any other solo project she’s pursued in the past.”
Katlyn’s recordings with La Guerre overlapped with the recordings and touring of Cowboy Indian Bear. Katlyn became the fourth member of Cowboy Indian Bear after the release of their debut full-length. Cowboy Indian Bear released their last recording, Vandeventer, in May, 2014. it was an album of songs written and inspired after their van broke down in St. Louis. The line-up of Cowboy Indian Bear included: Beau Bruns, CJ Calhoun, Danny Bowersox, Katlyn Conroy, and Martinez Hillard.
These are recording notes from the band’s release, Vandeventer: “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.”
Katlyn Conroy shared a new song…
16. La Guerre – “Happy to be Here” (LIVE)
[a new song]
Katlyn Conroy released her first solo record, I Think I’ll Stay inside, in 2009. She has also played in the bands: Another Holiday, Katlyn Conroy & The Wild & Wooly, One More Cheerful Action, The Ultraviolets, as well as Cowboy Indian Bear.
As a musician and songwriter, Katlyn is a big fan of Conor Oberst. She has seen Bright Eyes in concert 21 times. Her other influences include: St. Vincent, and Regina Spektor.
Playing sometimes solo, and also as a 4-piece band, Katlyn Conroy told the Lawrence Journal World that La Guerre… “ is my chance to take everything I’ve worked so hard on and really show people what they’ve been missing.”
Katlyn Conroy shared another new song…
17. La Guerre – “Settling” (LIVE)
[a new song]
For the 5th year in a row, La Guerre plays the Middle of The Map Fest, Saturday, April 25, for The Record Machine Day Party!
La Guerre also plays The Riot Room in May
More info at: http://www.katlynconroy.bandcamp.com.
We were reading on the La Guerre’s Facebook page, and we found a list of the 2015 New Year’s Resolutions written by Katlyn.
La Guerre’s 2015 New Year’s Resolutions
Release “Sapphires” LP
Play (more importantly enjoy) 5th year at SXSW
Write faster songs
Write more energetic songs
Figure out this loop pedal thing
Get better at guitar
Make an effort to see more local bands
Make an effort to see more touring bands
Record an album at ARC Studios
Play my first shows in Colorado, California, Oregon
Play more shows with See Through Dresses, Mat Shoare, Jake Bellows etc.
Write a duets album, get all my friends/heroes to participate
Play more Omaha, Chicago, Austin shows
Katlyn Conroy has already accomplished one third of her list and we’re only nine weeks into this new year. This is yet another indication that this hardworking musician and recording and touring artist is a force to be reckoned with, as she continues making music. We LOVE La Guerre!
18. La Guerre – “Any Other” (LIVE)also available on: Sapphires / The Record Machine / January 20, 2015
La Guerre plays Replay in Lawrence on Fri, March 6. La Guerre also plays Crown & Harp in Dallas, Texas, on Saturday, March 14, and Dan’s Silverleaf in Denton, Texas, on Sun, March 15 before traveling to the SXSW Music Fest in Austin. La Guerre plays Middle of The Map Fest, Saturday, April 25.
Marion Merritt, played us out with another song from her playlist…
19. Death Blues – Consonance
from: Ensemble / Rhythmplex / 2014
20. Noel Coward – “The Party’s Over Now”
from: Noel Coward in New York / drg / 2003 [orig. 1957]
Next week on March 11, 2015, company members of Spinning Tree Theatre’s new play “Black Pearl Sings” currently performing at Just Off Broadway Theatre, join us to talk about this new play making it’s Kansas City debut. Also members of the bands: The Cave Girls and The Waspmen drop by our studios to talk about The Waspmen’s CD release show at the Record Bar on March 14, at 7:00 pm. PLUS…Nathan Reusch and Alex Ellis of The Record Machine join us to talk about Middle of The Map Fest, and the band Psychic Heat from Lawrence, Kansas, will play LIVE in our 90.1 FM Studios.
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