#572 – April 8, 2015 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, April 8, 2015

Electric Lungs + Maria The Mexican
+ Not A Planet + DJ Nathan Reusch

Wednesday MidDay Medley continued with 90.1 FM’s Annual Band Auction! Listeners make a bid on a band or DJ, to come play at your house, or party, or event. The highest bid gets a 2-hour show! The auction supports 90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio. For more info visit: http://www.kkfi.org

10:00 – The Electric Lungs

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. The Electric Lungs – “Illium Works”
from: Simplified and Civilized / Little Class Records / February 12, 2013
[KC based 4-piece band formed in 2012 by Tripp Kirby, Marc Bollinger, Eric Jones, and Jason Ulanet]

[The Electric Lungs play The Bay, 139 W Pine St, in Warrensburg, Friday, April 10, with Dolls On Fire]

[The Electric Lungs play The Brick, Saturday, April 11 with Dolls on Fire]

This Kansas City based, 4-piece band was formed in 2012 by Tripp Kirby, Marc Bollinger, Eric Jones, and Jason Ulanet.

Tripp Kirby, Marc Bollinger, and Jason Ulanet joined us live in the 90.1 FM Studios.

Music writer – William Chaffin of KillYourTV KC wrote, “Simplified & Civilized” chugs forth with it’s rockabilly stomp spitting smooth, grinding, grooves and punk rock choruses & becomes an unrelenting beast of perpetual Clash-esque strutting. More info at: http://www.facebook.com/theelectriclungs

“The Electric Lungs steamroll through their songs with an abandon that some may call “reckless” but I feel is closer to “playful.” The band seems so excited by the sounds they are able to create that they feel compelled to explore continually their sonic spectrum–an aesthetic that makes them as fun to watch as listen to.”
Brian Clifton – Mills Record Company Blog

10:11

3. The Electric Lungs – “Catching Up”
from: Simplified and Civilized EP / Independent / April 2, 2015
[Also released on: Simplified and Civilized / Little Class Records / February 12, 2013. KC based 4-piece band formed in 2012 by Tripp Kirby, Marc Bollinger, Eric Jones, and Jason Ulanet]

From the band’s facebook page: “A sonically diverse bunch of tunes written for the fun of it and played in hi-def for your enjoyment. Drawing from a wide variety of musical styles and pulling them back into the realm of pop rock and punk. It’s like touring the world in your favorite easy chair or like eating cooked sushi.”

“The Electric Lungs have been called Clash-esque due to our eclectic sound and rock-a-billy punk in our delivery. We’re essentially a punk rock band but we have musical ADD so sometimes you get a shimmering pop song, some old timey jazz, a little Spanish serenade, maybe some introspective indie rock, or a little frantic post-hardcore after a good old fashioned murder ballad. We have our own distinct style that likes to weave its way into everything we do but we don’t like to sit still. We’re the band that last year’s teacher warns next year’s teacher about.”

10:22

4. The Electric Lungs – “Time Whiskey & The Lord”
from: Don’t be Ashamed of the Way You Were Made / Little Class Records / early Fall, 2015
[from their new recording sessions, recently mastered. To be released in the Fall of 2015. recorded with Joel Nanos of Element Recording. KC based 4-piece band formed in 2012 by Tripp Kirby, Marc Bollinger, Eric Jones, and Jason Ulanet]

“In the end, you end up with something punky, something rockabilly, something proggy, sort of like Yes and Black Flag sharing a Bloody Mary at Brian Setzer’s wine mixer.” – Zach Hodson/Deli KC

“The Electric Lungs that I experienced was a fierce, driven band.”
– kcfanview.wordpress.com

10:26

5. The Electric Lungs – “Surgical Malfunction”
from: Don’t be Ashamed of the Way You Were Made / Little Class Records / early Fall, 2015
[from their new recording sessions, recently mastered. To be released in the Fall of 2015. recorded with Joel Nanos of Element Recording. KC based 4-piece band formed in 2012 by Tripp Kirby, Marc Bollinger, Eric Jones, and Jason Ulanet]

10:29 – Underwriting

10:30 – Maria the Mexican

6. Maria The Mexican – “El Cascabel”
from: Moon Colored Jade / Independent / Oct. 18, 2013

Garrett Nordstom joined us live in our 90.1 FM Studios.

Influenced by traditional Mariachi music, a hybrid of Mexican folklore and Rock. For 10 years, Teresa & Maria Elena Cuevas performed w/ Marachi Estrella founded by their grandmother Teresa Cuevas in 1970. One of the first all female mariachi bands in the country, Maria Teresa Alonzo Cuevas is a pioneer in the community. Her band flourished in the 80s but was struck by tragedy when 4 of the 7 members were killed in the Hyatt Skywalk collapse in 1981. Once Teresa recovered she began teaching her grand-children Mariachi music. In 2000, Teresa & Maria began exploring other genres of music while simultaneously co-directing Mariachi Estrella. The band’s fusion is mixed with blues, soul, funk, rock, enhanced by the musical knowledge and sounds of Garrett Nordstrom.

[Maria The Mexican will be playing BO’s, in Topeka, Kansas, on Friday, April 10.
[Maria The Mexican play BrickYard 20 Ale House 402 Merchant St. in Emporia, KS, April 18, 8:00pm.] [Maria The Mexican play Apple Blossom Festival, St. Joseph, MO, May 2]
[Maria The Mexican play Knuckleheads May 2 at 8:00 pm as part of Merle Jam w/ LOS LOBOS!]

10:34

Formed 2011, in Chicago, when vocalists Maria and Tess Cuevas hired blues/funk musician Garrett Nordstrom to play Mariachi guitar. Nordstrom and the Cuevas Sisters paired up with guitarist Jason Riley to form Maria the Mexican, an Americana Soul/Mexicana Groove band.

The band calls their sound “a hybrid of Mexican folklore and Rock.” Maria The Mexican is influenced greatly by traditional Mariachi music.

Maria & Tess were taught by their grandmother Maria Teresa Alonzo Cuevas, a pioneer in the Hispanic musical community. In 1970, she formed one of the first, all female, mariachi bands in the country, Marachi Estrella. Marachi Estrella flourished in the 1980s but was struck by tragedy when four of the seven members were killed in the Hyatt Skywalk collapse in 1981. It was after this tragedy, and after Teresa recovered, that she began teaching her grandchildren Mariachi music.

10:39

7. Maria The Mexican – “I Hear a Voice”
from: Moon Colored Jade / Independent / Oct. 18, 2013

For most of their lives, Tess and Maria Elena Cuevas performed with Mariachi Estrella. Both of you started playing at the age of 11. Teresa you are a classically trained vocalist and violinist, Maria you are are a classically trained guitarist, pianist and vocalist. Was it expected that you follow your grandmother into the world of music?

Both of you graduated from the University of Kansas with degrees in Communications and minors in Latin Amercian studies.

Garrett Nordstrom previously recorded and performed music with his band The Garrett Nordstrom Situation. The band brought him into musical collaborations with many local and national musicians. Some of the members from GNS now play live with MTM. GNS members included: (Scot Eldridge/drums, Craig Kew/bass, Rich Wood/guitar, Chad Rex/guitar, Jen K. Johnson/vocals, Meshell Devon/vocals, Maria Elena Cuevas/guitar).

8. Maria The Mexican – “Sigh”
from: Moon Colored Jade / Independent / Oct. 18, 2013
[Recorded with Patrice Pike]

Moon Colored Jade was released on vinyl.

Maria The Mexican’s debut album, “Moon Colored Jade.” is available at local record stores, on iTunes, Amazon, etc. More info at http://www.mariathemexican.com

Maria The Mexican will be playing BO’s, in Topeka, Kansas, on Friday, April 10. The BrickYard 20 Ale House 402 Merchant St. in Emporia, KS, April 18, 8:00pm. The Apple Blossom Festival, St. Joseph, MO, May 2. And Knuckleheads May 2 at 8:00 pm as part of Merle Jam w/ LOS LOBOS! You could have this amazing band play your event. Call 888-931-0901 to bid.

10:57

9. Maria The Mexican – “You and Me Against The Moon”
from: Moon Colored Jade / Independent / Oct. 18, 2013

11:00 – Station ID

11:00 – Not A Planet

Not A Planet, played LIVE in our 90.1 FM Studios. Formed as a power trio in 2010 with: Nathan Corsi, Liam Sumnicht, Bill Sturges. Not A Planet was voted “Best Rock Band” in Kansas City’s 2013 Pitch Music Awards.

10. Not A Planet – “The World We Know” (LIVE)

Nathan Corsi, on Guitar & Vocals
Liam Sumnicht on Drums & Harmony Vocals
William Sturges on Bass Guitar & Harmony Vocals

[Not A Planet play The Bay, 139 W Pine St, Warrensburg, Thur, April 9 w/ The Philistines]
[Not A Planet plays Aggie Central Station in Manhattan, KS, Fri. April 10, at 10:00pm]
[Not A Planet plays JB’s in Joplin, Missouri, Saturday, April 11, at 9:30pm]

[Not A Planet play the Middle of the Map Fest, for Wednesday MidDay Medley’s 90.1 FM Day Party at The Westport Saloon, in Kansas City, Missouri from 2:00 to 6:00, with The Lucky, The Project H, She’s A Keeper, and The Big Iron. Not A Planet goes on at 5:00pm]

Their 2013 critically acclaimed debut release: “The Few, The Proud, The Strange” was part of Wednesday MidDay Medley’s 113 Best Recordings of 2013, and is one of our most played releases of the past two years.

Not A Planet have played on stage and opened for: Matt and Kim, ZZ Ward, Seawolf, Free Energy, Maps and Atlases, Bright Light Social Hour, Ha Ha Tonka, The Dirty Heads, Presidents of the United States of America and Stone Temple Pilots.

Nathan Corsi, the guitarist, singer, and wordsmith of Not A Planet. Corsi’s carefully crafted and emotionally charged lyrics sync perfectly with the swirling harmonies sung by Liam Sumnicht (drums) and Bill Sturges (bass). The songs unabashedly culminate in a blend of 60’s pop, east coast indie and the blues of the north. Call 888-931-0901 to bid.

11:12

11. Not A Planet – “Low”
also available on: The Few, The Proud, The Strange / Independent / May 10, 2013

An Akron, Ohio native, Corsi’s musical tastes and influences grew in the same fertile soil that reaped rock and roll innovators like the James Gang, Devo, the Pretenders and the Black Keys. Moving to Kansas City, by way of New York, Corsi met local music-enthusiast poster child and 96.5 the Buzz radio personality, Liam Sumnicht in 2010. With their powers combined, they immediately booked their first tour while Sumnicht simultaneously navigated Corsi throughout the KC music scene.

Extensive touring to the east coast and back in the belly of their (t)rusty van, “Trudy”, Corsi and Sumnicht were accompanied by various and sundry bass players while their bond as bandmates and fellow artists grew stronger. Ripe and ready for a permanent solution, in the winter of 2012, they welcomed a bundle of joy, Sweet William Sturges, with open arms. William’s unmatched joie de vivre made him a natural fit for NAP. A skillful stylist, Sturges’ bass became the glue that bound Not A Planet’s signature sound. Their first release, the NAP Sack EP, was seven tracks gleaned from a scrapped full-length recording.

11:19

12. Not A Planet – “Walk On My Way” (LIVE) 


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

11:24

13. Not A Planet – “The Feeling” (LIVE)


11:29 – Underwriting

11:30 – Interview with Nathan Reusch

Nathan Reusch is the cofounder of The Record Machine, an area record label, now in their 11th year. Nathan is also the co-creator of Middle of the Map Fest, now in it’s 5th year, presented by Ink, and curated by The Record Machine. The Middle of the Map Music Fest is April 22nd-25rd. The Middle of The Map Film Fest starts today and runs through Sunday April 12, at Alamo Draft House Kansas City. Nathan Reusch is also a DJ, spinning tracks in clubs in Lawrence and Kansas City.

Nathan Reusch is a very busy guy right now as The Middle of The Map Film Fest starts today and runs through Sunday April 12, at Alamo Draft House Kansas City.

11:33

14. Four Fists – “MMMMMHMMMMM”
from: MMMMMHMMMMM Single b/w Please Go EP / Doomtree Records / October 8, 2013

[Four Fists (P.O.S. & Astronautalis) play MIddle of The Map Fest, Friday, April 24]

Nathan joined us to share more details about…

Ink’s Middle of The Map Film Fest, April 8-12, The Alamo Drafthouse Kansas City
Ink’s Middle of The Map Forum, April 15-17, The Kansas City Star Press Pavilion
Ink’s Middle of The Map Music Fest, April 22-25, Uptown & Various Venues in Westport

Wednesday, April 22 at The Uptown – OK GO / The Republic Tigers
Thursday, April 23 at The Uptown – Iron & Wine / Strand of Oaks / Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear / Sean Rowe

Friday, April 24 & Saturday, April 25 in Various Venues in Westport …120+ bands

VENUES
Uptown Theater (Wed/Thurs)
Outdoor Stage (Fri/Sat) ALL AGES – parking lot in Westport /
Ernie Biggs 4115 Mill Street
recordBar 1020 Westport Road
Riot Room (inside) 4048 Broadway
Riot Room (outside) 4048 Broadway
The Westport Saloon 4112 Pennsylvania
Mills Record Company (Sat) 314 Westport Road

Friday: Atmosphere + Lord Huron + Shiner + Ben Kweller + Four Fists (P.O.S. & Astronautalis) + The Relationship (featuring Brian Bell of Weezer) + BASS DRUM OF DEATH + PUJOL + Mija + Ghastly Menace + Max Justus + illphonics + Stolen Nations + Hembree + Seoul + Ballet School

Saturday: Peter Hook & The Light (Joy Division Celebration performing Unknown Pleasures & Closer) + Murder By Death + Magic Man + William Elliott Whitmore + The Slackers + PHOX + Mickey Avalon + Peelander-Z

11:41

15. Ghastly Menace – “80s”
from: Songs of Ghastly Menace / The Record Machine / January 27, 2015
[6-piece band made up of: Andy Schroeder, Chris Geick, Pat Lawlor, Kody Nixon, Michael Heringhaus, and Clint Weber. Formed in Chicago, IL. in 2010, initially the group started as a recording project between two friends. Songs of Ghastly Menace, marks the group’s first full band effort. Recorded in collaboration with songwriter/producer Nigel Dennis, the album expands greatly upon the experimentation and stylistic range of 2010’s Pitcairn EP.]

[Ghastly Menace will play The Middle of The Map Fest, Saturday, April 25, on the Outdoor Stage.]

Ink’s Middle of The Map Music Fest, April 22-25, Uptown & Various Venues in Westport

DAY PARTIES AND SHOWCASES (Saturday)
* 90.9 The Bridge Day Party w/ Jon Hart (recordBar)
* Eight One Sixty from 90.9 The Bridge Day Party w/ Sarah Bradshaw (Riot Rm outside)
* 90.1 FM Wednesday MidDay Medley KKFI Day Party w/Mark Manning(Westport Saloon)
with: Not A Planet, The Big Iron, The Project H, She’s A Keeper, and The Lucky
* I Heart Local Music and 90.9 KJHK Day Party (Riot Room inside)
* The Record Machine Day Party (Outdoor Stage)
* Tim Finn’s Back To Rockville Singer-Songwriter Showcase (Mills Record Company)

11:48

16. Light Music – “Don’t Go Quietly”
from: Ocean’s Daughter / Independent / Coming in 2015
[First Single from debut recording of Milwaukee, Wisconsin based band, founded in June 2012, with: Brendan Benham, Shae Lappen, Dan Mena, Ed Zuehlke]

[Light Music will play The Middle of The Map Fest, Friday, April 24]

Ink’s Middle of The Map Music Fest, April 22-25, Uptown & Various Venues in Westport.More info at http://www.middleofthemapfest.com

11:57

18. Seoul – “Stay With Us”
from: Stay With Us – Single / Grand Jury Music / October 14, 2014
[Montreal band formed in 2013.]

[Seoul play The Middle of The Map Fest, Friday, April 24]

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

Sources for notes: artist’s websites, bios, wikipedia.org

Wednesday MidDay Medley in on the web:
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http://www.facebook.com/WednesdayMidDayMedleyon90.1FM
http://www.kkfi.org

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