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, May 6, 2015
Ivory Black + Howard Iceberg
+ Jamie Searle & 90.1 FM’s Spring Dance
1. “Main Title Instrumental – It’s Showtime Folks”
from: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to All That Jazz / 1980 [WMM’s theme song]
2. Digital Leather – “Face to the Wall”
from: All Faded / FDH Records / Expected June 23, 2015
[Omaha, Nebraska based Synth punk, New Wave, pop, lo-fi, and psychedelic musical project led by multi-instrumentalist Shawn Foree. Originally from Yuma, Arizona, Foree began calling his project Digital Leather when he moved to Tucson, where he studied American Literature at University of Arizona. He used student loan money to buy equipment. He managed to release his first three albums after recording them in his bedroom on labels such as Tic Tac Totally, Jay Reatard’s Shattered Records imprint, and FDH Records. He supported this “bedroom project” with several nationwide and European tours. Sorcerer, released on Goner Records in 2008, is a half-live, half-studio record. In 2009, Foree began working on a collection of songs in a fully operational studio. Released in September 2009 by Fat Possum Records, Warm Brother garnered positive reviews. After relocating to Omaha, Nebraska, a 5-piece band formed. They toured around and as a band Digital Leather recorded All Faded. The record sounds huge in comparison to the earlier efforts. Big drums,thick bass, great guitars, and of course biting synth-leads courtesy of The Faint’s Todd Fink.]
[Digital Leather play NYC on June 3 at Cake Shop.]
3. Speedy Ortiz – “The Graduates”
from: Foil Deer / Carpark Records / April 20, 2015
[Northampton, Massachusetts, indie rock band that originated in 2011 as Sadie Dupuis’ solo project while she was teaching songwriting at a summer camp, recording her own material using her laptop. Two releases resulted from this solo endeavor, the Cop Kicker EP, and the album, The Death of Speedy Ortiz. The project expanded into a full band in late 2011. The group independently released “Taylor Swift” b/w “Swim Fan,” recorded by Paul Q Kolderie, which was followed by 2012’s Sports, released on Exploding in Sound Records. Their debut album, as a band, Major Arcana, was released on Carpark Records in 2013. In 2014, guitarist Matt Robidoux was replaced by fellow Massachusetts musician Devin McKnight of Grass is Green.]
[Speedy Ortiz play The Riot Room, May 31, with Palehound, Alex G, and World Record.]
4. Toro y Moi – “Empty Nesters”
from: What for ? / Carpark Records / April 6, 2014
[5th studio album from Chazwick Bradley Bundick, born November 7, 1986 in Columbia, South Carolina, to a Filipino mother and an African-American father. He attended Ridge View High School, where he formed the indie rock band The Heist and The Accomplice with three schoolmates. Better known by his stage name Toro y Moi, he is often identified with the rise of the chillwave movement in 2010 and 2011. His stage name is a multilingual expression consisting of the Spanish words toro and y (meaning “bull” and “and”, respectively), and the French word moi (which means “me”).]
5. Deco Auto – “One In A Million”
from: “The Curse of Deco Auto” / Indep. / To be released in 2015. Single released Dec. 30, 2014
[New music from Kansas City based alternative pop-punk / power-pop trio. Guitar/vocals: Steven Garcia; bass/vocals: Tracy Flowers; drums: Pat Tomek. All songs written by Steven Garcia, $tudent Loans For Life Music (ASCAP). Recorded, mixed and mastered by Pat Tomek at Largely Studios, Kansas City, MO.]
[Deco Auto play Knuckleheads, Friday, May 8, opening for The English Beat. (Mark Manning: “I first saw The English Beat in concert at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, on August 24, 1982, when they opened for The Police on the Ghost in The Machine Tour.”)]
6. Diarrhea Planet – “Togano”
from: I’m Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams / Infinity Cat Recordings / August 20, 2013
[6-piece rock & roll band from Nashville, Tennessee, formed in 2009 composed of singer-guitarist Jordan Smith, guitarist-singer Emmett Miller, guitarist Evan Bird, guitarist-singer Brent Toler, bassist Mike Boyle, and drummer Ian Bush. Diarrhea Planet has described its sound as “pop played through the filter of heavy metal” and have cited influences such as Jimi Hendrix, AC/DC, The Rolling Stones, and Dokken. Diarrhea Planet has drawn acclaim for their rowdy live shows, which occasionally feature covers of Bruce Springsteen.]
[Diarrhea Planet play Riot Room, May 16, w/ Left & Right, The Author and The Illustrator, Sundiver.]
7. Heidi Lynne Gluck – “One of Us Should Go”
from: The Only Girl in the Room – EP / Lotuspool Records / April 28, 2015
[Debut solo release from Lawrence, Kansas based Heidi Lynne Gluck is a songwriter, singer and multi-instrumentalist originally from the middle of Canada. After transplanting herself from the plains of Manitoba to the midwestern United States, Heidi quickly became an in-demand player, performing on stage and in the studio both as a solo artist and with renowned musicians including Juliana Hatfield & Some Girls, Margot & The Nuclear So and Sos, Lily & Madeleine, The Pieces, The Only Children, and others.]
[Heidi Lynne Gluck plays Mills Record Company, Friday, May 5, with Brooke Tuley.]
8. John Moreland – “Hang Me in the Tulsa County Stars”
from: High on Tulsa Heat / Old Omens / April 21, 2015
[Tulsa, Oklahoma based singer-songwriter John Moreland was born June 22, 1985 in Longview, Texas. The son of Robert Lloyd Moreland and Connie May, Moreland’s father worked for Sunoco as an electrical engineer, and because of this job the family moved a lot. When he was a baby they moved to Northern Kentucky, across the river from Cincinnati, Ohio. Moreland credits his love for Cincinnati Reds to this time in Kentucky. When Moreland was 10 years old Moreland’s family moved from Boone County, Kentucky to Tulsa, Oklahoma and, with the help of his father, started playing the guitar. When he was 12 he started playing with a kid he went to church with who wrote songs and inspired him to start writing songs “that made sense.” Moreland grew up in a conservative Southern Baptist family. “From the time I was born up until about age 16, my entire worldview and all my opinions were pretty much solely influenced by the evangelical church. All the years since then have sort of been this slow process of figuring out where I stand now that I’m not an impressionable kid anymore. I feel like I’m done with that at this point, but it keeps showing up in songs. I guess that stuff stays in your psyche forever.”]
[John Moreland, plays Prospero’s Books on May 10, with The Hardship Letters.]
10:28 – Underwriting
10:30 – Interview with Ivory Black
9. Ivory Black – “Drive”
from: Drive – Single / CBM Records / March 10, 2015
[A native of Indiana, Ivory Black has lived in Oklahoma & Missouri, and is currently based in Lone Jack and currently working with AweStruck Studios in KC, Ivory released a single through CBM Records and is set to put out a new EP Ready Get Set, this year.]
Ivory Black is a native of Indiana, and survived a difficult childhood. She was given up for adoption at 4 years of age, and lived with eight different families, before running away at 15, moving from Indiana to Oklahoma and eventually ending up in Seattle. In 2011, after a friend sent a plane ticket, she landed in Kansas City. Over the past several years she has been performing in singer-songwriter showcases in Kansas City and has just released her debut single, “Drive” in March, through CBM Records, and is getting set to release her debut EP, “Ready Get Set.” Ivory Black plays a special In-Store show at Records with Merritt, on Sat, May 9 at 6pm. Ivory Black also plays The Scene K.C. Rock Bar, in Independence, on Tuesday, May 12.
Ivory Black’s upcoming EP – Ready Get Set, also features, Micah Burdick on guitar, Craig Kew on bass, and Lester Estelle, drummer for Kelly Clarkson, on drums. Mastered by Kurt Festge at Crystal Lake Studio.
Ivory has written many many songs, and has been performing live for close to 10 years.
Ivory turned to music to express the pain. She spent most of her childhood looking for a family, but never really getting what she expected from a family.
It was her teachers in school who told her she had a good singing voice.
10. Ivory Black – “Ready Get Set” (LIVE)
Ivory Black recently released a 7-minute EPK, (Electronic Press Kit) where she addresses her life, running away, coming to KC, and Caroline Gibbs, co-founder of the Transgender Institute.
In an interview with The Pitch KC, Caroline Gibbs said, “Trans people have to live with being objectified a lot. It’s an ugly place to be, and nobody wants to live in that place. The fact that people would be willing to live openly in the face of all kinds of denigration tells me how compelling this urge to live out their true gender really is.”
Ivory says that “people see what they want to see.”
Gender has always been defined as binary — either male or female, Ivory Black sees herself as non-binary.
The critically acclaimed new television series, “Transparent” and shows like “Orange is the New Black” have led the way with characters and stories about transgender people. Kansas City has even given birth to: “New Girls on the Block,” a docu-series that follows a group of friends in Kansas City, who happen to be transgender. The show airs Saturdays at 7/6c on Discovery Life Channel. Chloe Hudson and Robyn Clarke, cast members in the show are both friends of Ivory.
Klaartje Van Lue is Ivory’s manager, she helped bring her to KC in 2011, and adopted Ivory into her family. Ivory has said that Klaartje saved her life. Klaartje, with her husband, has raised 4 children in Lone Jack, Missouri, and is originally from Belgium. Klaartje is also a composer and pianist.
Ivory Black – “Music is supposed to be relative.”
11. Ivory Black – “A Good Answer” (LIVE)
Ivory Black released her debut single “Drive” in March, through CBM Records and is set to release her debut EP, Ready Get Set.
Ivory Black plays a special In-store performance at Records with Merritt, on Sat, May 9 at 6:00 pm.
Ivory Black also plays The Scene K.C. Rock Bar, in Independence, on Tuesday, May 12. More info at: http://www.ivoryblackmusic.com
11:00 – Station ID
11:00 – Interview with Howard Iceberg, Pat Tomek & Matt Kesler
12. Betse & Clarke – “Fair And Tender Ladies”
from: Two Forks Acrylic On Cardboard / Independent / February 2, 2015
[Traditional. Betse Ellis on fiddle, and Clarke Wyatt on banjo. Recorded January 2, 2015. Arrangements by Betse & Clarke. Engineered and produced by Clarke Wyatt.]
[Betse & Clark play Coda, May 9, at 9:00 pm with Howard Iceberg on his birthday!]
13. Howard Iceberg & The Titanics – “The Hard Way”
from: Smooth Sailing / Independent / May 9, 2012
[The Titanics are: Gary Paredes on electric and acoustic guitars & vocals, Dan Mesh on electric and acoustic guitars & vocals, Matt Kesler on bass, Pat Tomek on drums & percussion. With contributions from over 15 local artists participating in Howard’s “never-ending recording project” conducted in Pat Tomek’s Largely Studios, KCMO. Recorded and mixed by Pat Tomek. “The Hard Way” lyrics by Howard Iceberg, music by Howard Iceberg and Johnny Hamil. With Chad Rex on guitar and vocals.]
Legendary Kansas City Singer Songwriter, Howard Iceberg is one of the most prolific and poetic songwriters of the “MidCoast Music Scene.” A constant collaborator, Howard Iceberg has been performing live for over 30 years. In 2011, Howard Iceberg & The Titanics released a very special seven CD, box set, of 106 new songs, all instant classics. Howard joins us to share new music from a new limited edition recording of songs, from his on going, never ending recording project. Howard Iceberg & The Titanics play a CD Release Show, on Howard’s birthday, May 9, at 9pm, at CODA, 1744 Broadway, KCMO, with special guests, Betse & Clarke. Howard will share his new CDs, while supplies last.
Pat Tomek, is a longtime member and drummer of The Titanics, he is also the drummer and longtime member of legendary band The Rainmakers, and drummer in the band Deco Auto, (played earlier in the show). Pat Tomek is also a recording engineer and producer who has worked with countless area bands and musicians and has been a primary partner in the recording and production of Howard’s recording project of songs.
Matt Kesler, the new bass player in The Titanics also joined us. Matt is also a member of several legendary KC based bands: The Doo-Dads, Midtown Quartet and The Pedaljets. For the past 25 years Matt Kesler was owner of The Midwestern Musical Co.
“The Hard Way” from the new release, Smooth Sailing. Has lyrics by Howard Iceberg, with music by Howard Iceberg & Johnny Hamil. With Chad Rex on guitar & vocals.
The Titanics: Gary Paredes on electric & acoustic guitars & vocals, Dan Mesh on electric & acoustic guitars & vocals, Matt Kesler on bass, Pat Tomek on drums & percussion.
Howard’s actual birthday is May 11.
The new release Smooth Sailing features 13 new songs and 16 guest artists: Chad Rex, Phil Wade, Scott Easterday, Kyle Dahlquist, Josh Mobley, Grisha Sandomirsky, Michelle Gaume Saunders, Johnny Nichols, Cody Wyoming, Rebecca Liberty, Barclay Martin, Chuck Boyd, Johnny Hamil, Angela Carmack, Betse Ellis, and Doug Osburn. “You Should Be Staying” lyrics by Howard Iceberg, music by Howard Iceberg & Michelle Gaume Sanders. Michelle Gaume Sanders on vocals, Phil Wade on dobro & vocals, Barclay Martin on guitar & vocals, Angela Carmack on cello.
14. Howard Iceberg & The Titanics – “You Should Be Staying”
from: Smooth Sailing / Independent / May 9, 2012
[The Titanics are: Gary Paredes on electric and acoustic guitars & vocals, Dan Mesh on electric and acoustic guitars & vocals, Matt Kesler on bass, Pat Tomek on drums & percussion. With contributions from over 15 local artists participating in Howard’s “never-ending recording project” conducted in Pat Tomek’s Largely Studios, KCMO. Recorded and mixed by Pat Tomek. “You Should Be Staying” lyrics by Howard Iceberg, music by Howard Iceberg and Michelle Gaume Sanders. With Michelle Gaume Sanders on vocals, Phil Wade on dobro & vocals, Barclay Martin on guitar & vocals, and Angela Carmack on cello.]
Pat announced the The Rainmakers would be releasing a new album soon.
15. Howard Iceberg & The Titanics – “You and Your Hazel Eyes”
from: Smooth Sailing / Independent / May 9, 2012
[The Titanics are: Gary Paredes on electric and acoustic guitars & vocals, Dan Mesh on electric and acoustic guitars & vocals, Matt Kesler on bass, Pat Tomek on drums & percussion. With contributions from over 15 local artists participating in Howard’s “never-ending recording project” conducted in Pat Tomek’s Largely Studios, KCMO. Recorded and mixed by Pat Tomek. Music and lyrics by Howard Iceberg. With Chad Rex on guitar and vocals.]
Recently Scott Hrabko was on our show and he describe at time in the late 1980s early 1990s when you and he and Iris DeMent all played open mic nights together, and made the rounds as musicians. Howard told the story of how he almost ended up playing accordion in Scott’s band.
16. Howard Iceberg & The Titanics – “You Broke a Heart Today”
from: Smooth Sailing / Indep / May 9, 2012
[The Titanics are: Gary Paredes on electric & acoustic guitars & vocals, Dan Mesh on electric and acoustic guitars & vocals, Matt Kesler on bass, Pat Tomek on drums & percussion.,with contributions from over 15 area artists participating in Howard’s “never-ending recording project.” Recorded & mixed by Pat Tomek in Pat Tomek’s Largely Studios, KCMO. Music & lyrics by Howard Iceberg. With Michelle Gaume Sanders on vocals, Scott Easterday on bass & vocals.]
Howard Iceberg & The Titanics play a CD Release Show, on Howard’s birthday, May 9, at 9pm, at CODA, 1744 Broadway, KCMO, with special guests, Betse & Clarke. Howard will share his new CDs, while supplies last. More info at: http://www.codakc.com
11:30 – Underwriting
17. AY Musik – “Say Hey”
from: Above and Beyond EP / TeamAY / January 3, 2014
[Born and Raised in KCMO, AY is a 24 year old, producer, writer, rapper, singer/songwriter, who leads his band with what he calls “New age Hip Hop.” Lead singer Hailey Canalas brings her pop and country vocals to give AY MusiK a unique blend of genres. AY-MusiK was a contestant in 2012 on the X Factor receiving 4 Yes’ votes from celebrity judges L.A. Reid, Britney Spears, Louis Walsh, & Demi Lovato. The band has performed over 100 touring shows & college shows between 2013-2014, including opening for XV, Cris Cab, Zak Waters & The Lonely Biscuits.]
[AY-Musik play the 90.1FM Spring Dance, Saturday, May 9, at 8:00pm, at The Tank Room 1813 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, Missouri, featuring 6 Dance Bands: The Starhaven Rounders, Grupo Aztlan, The Late Night Callers, My Brothers & Sisters, The Old No. 5′s, AY Musik and Special Guests: The Marching Cobras at 9:00pm.]
11:36 – Interview with Jamie Searle
Jamie Searle splashed onto the KC music scene as lead vocalist and songwriter for the band It’s Over, winners of a Pitch Music Award. It’s Over ended as Jamie became a student of UMKC’s Conservatory of Music where he has immersed himself in musical theory, composition, harmonic structure, melody. Out of school, Jamie spent nearly two and a half years, composing, arranging, recording, engineering, and producing the critically acclaimed 2014 release “Violet Music Vol. 1” a full length album of new material composed for a large ensemble of musicians as Jamie’s band, My Brothers & Sisters, is a collective of at times up to 14 musicians, including a strings, horns, percussionists, bass, keyboards, vocalists, and back-up vocalists, and Jamie on vocals, guitar and conducting. Violet Music Vol. 1 was in the Top Ten of Wednesday MidDay Medley’s 114 Best Recordings of 2014.
18. MY BROTHERS & SISTERS – “Watch Out”
from: Violet Music Vol. 1 / Indep. / April 12, 2014
[Band that includes strings, horns, percussionists, bass, keyboards, vocalists, and back-up vocalists, and Jamie Searle on vocals, guitar, conducting.]
My Brothers & Sisters play the 4th annual 90.1FM Spring Dance, Saturday, May 9, at 8:00pm, at The Tank Room 1813 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, Missouri, featuring 6 Dance Bands: The Starhaven Rounders, Grupo Aztlan, The Late Night Callers, My Brothers & Sisters, The Old No. 5′s, AY MusiK and Special Guests: The Marching Cobras at 9:00pm. Info at http://www.kkfi.org
19. The Weepies – “Sirens”
from: Sirens / The Weepies – Nettwerk Productions / April 28, 2015
[5th album from indie pop-folk duo of married singer-songwriters Deb Talan and Steve Tannen.]
20. 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
Next week on Wed, May 13 Marion Merritt, of Records With Merritt, joins us as Guest Producer to share music and information from her musically-encyclopedic-brain. In our second hour Kansas City based singer-songwriter Gary Cloud will play LIVE on the show.
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