#585 – July 8, 2015 Playlist

Wednesday MidDay Medley
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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Krystle Warren
+ Christian Hankel, Tara Varney, Evan Lovelace
& “Silver: A Noir Ballet”


Photo of Krystle Warren by Manu Noyon

Photo of Krystle Warren by Manu Noyon

1. “Main Title Instrumental – It’s Showtime Folks”
from: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to All That Jazz / 1980 [WMM’s theme song]

2. The Helio Sequence – “Stoic Resemblance”
from: The Helio Sequence / Sub Pop Records / May 19, 2015
[6th full length album from the alternative rock duo from Beaverton, Oregon, formed in 1999. The band and consists of Brandon Summers on vocals and guitars and Benjamin Weikel on drums and keyboards.]

3. Calexico – “Falling From The Sky”
from: Edge of The Sun / Anti / April 13, 2015
[8th studio album from Tucson, Arizona-based Americana / Tex-Mex / indie rock band. The band’s two main members, Joey Burns and John Convertino, first played together in Los Angeles as part of the group Giant Sand. They have recorded a number of albums on Quarterstick Records, while their 2005 EP In the Reins recorded with Iron & Wine has reached the Billboard 200 album charts. Their musical style is influenced by traditional Latin sounds of mariachi / conjunto / cumbia / Tejano music and also the Southwestern United States country music as well as ’50s-’60s jazz and ’90s-’00s post-rock, and they have been described by some as “desert noir” or indie rock. The band is named for the border town of Calexico, California. The band’s current line up includes: Ryan Alfred – Bass (Electric) & (Upright), Guitar, Synthesizer, Vocals; Joey Burns – Accordion, Banjo, Bass, Cello, Congas, Guitars, Harmonica, Organ, Shaker, Ukulele, Vocals; John Convertino – Drums, Percussion; Sergio Mendoza – Accordion, Guitar, Mellotron, Organ, Percussion, Piano, Ukulele, Vibraphone, Vihuela, Vocals (Background); Paul Niehaus – Pedal Steel; Jacob Valenzuela – Trumpet; Martin Wenk – Synthesizer, Trumpet, Vibraphone; Jairo Zavala – Bass, Guitar. Other musicians include: Sam Beam – Vocals; Ben Bridwell – Vocals; Pieta Brown – Vocals; Neko Case – Vocals; Tom Hagerman – Strings; Steff Koeppen – Vocals; Thomas Konstantinou – Bouzouki, Lute; Greg Leisz – Guitar, Pedal Steel; Gaby Moreno – Vocals; Carla Morrison – Vocals; Adrian Perez – Harp; Antonio Pro – Guitarron; Isaac Rodriguez – Vocals; Amparo Sánchez – Vocals; Chris Schultz – Percussion, Vocals; Craig Schumacher – Moog Bass; and Nick Urata – Vocals]

10:09

4. Rev Gusto – “Can’t Control”
from: Burnt Out Friends / High Dive Records / July 2, 2015
[Debut full length album, released on vinyl. Jerry Frederick on Vocals & Guitar, Sam Frederick on bass, Shaun Crowley on lead guitar and keys; Peter Beatty on guitar & back-up vocals; Quinn Hernandez on drums.]

[Rev Gusto plays Manor Fest July 11, at The Shawnee Manor.]

5. Beautiful Bodies – “She’s A Blast”
from: Battles / Epitaph / June 12, 2015
[Alternative rock band from Kansas City, Missouri featuring Alicia Solombrino on vocals, Thomas Becker on guitar and drums, and Luis Arana on bass. Beautiful Bodies have shared the stage and toured with The Smashing Pumpkins, My Chemical Romance, Jane’s Addiction, Paramore, and The Yeah Yeah Yeahs. They’ve played Warped Tour, Kanrocksas,and SXSW, and have toured the U.S. and Canada extensively. Beautiful Bodies won Ernie Ball’s 2013 Battle of the Bands for Warped Tour, beating out 32,000 bands. In May 2014, the band signed a record deal with Epitaph Records.]

10:15

6. Indigo Girls – “Happy in the Sorrow Key”
from: One Lost Day / IG Recordings – Vangaurd / June 2, 2015
[14th studio album by Indigo Girls, recorded in Nashville, and engineered by Don Chaffer who has produced all of Sara Swenson’s brilliant records as well as Barclay Martin Ensemble. Indigo Girs are: Amy Ray and Emily Saliers who met in elementary school and began performing together in high school in Decatur, Georgia. They started performing as Indigo Girls as students at Emory University, performing weekly at The Dugout, a bar in Emory Village. They released a self-produced, full-length record album in 1987 and contracted with a major record company in 1988. After releasing 9 albums with major record labels from 1987 through 2007, they resumed to self-producing albums with their own IG Recordings Co. Amy Ray has released several solo albums and founded a non profit organization that promotes independent musicians, Emily Saliers works in the restaurant industry and is a professional author; she also collaborates with her father, Don Saliers, in performing for special groups and causes. Emily Saliers and Amy Ray have been open lesbians, and are active in political and environmental causes.]

7. Girlpool – “Before The World Was Big”
from: Before The World Was Big / Wichita Recordings / June 2, 2015
[Debut album from the Los Angelous, California Punk Rock duo of Cleo Tucker on guitar, vocals; and Harmony Tividad on bass, vocals. Cleo and Harmony are 18 and 19 years old. The band does not have a drummer. Their debut EP, also entitled Girlpool, was posted on their Bandcamp account in 2014, and subsequently re-released on Wichita Recordings later that year, on November 17. ]

10:22

8. The Dynamite Defense – “Hit The Town”
from: The Dynamite Defense EP / Independent / June 2, 2015
[Jordan Carver, Clint Hoffmeier, Tess Jehle-Ray, Chris Tady, Chris Teasley.]

[The Dynamite Defense plays The Brick on Friday, July 10 with Strawbelly.]

9. Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell – “The Traveling Kind”
from: The Traveling Kind / Nonesuch / May 8, 2015
[Produced by Joe Henry. Distinctive and legendary solo artists, who have also been masterful collaborators with so many others were able to join together for the 2013 release Old Yellow Moon, winner of the 2014 Grammy for Best Americana Album.]

10:30 – Underwriting

10:32 – Interview with Christian Hankel, Tara Varney, & Evan Lovelace

Tara Varney, Christian Hankel, and Evan Lovelace

Tara Varney, Christian Hankel, and Evan Lovelace

Christian Hankel is many things to many people, a software engineer, a dad, a composer, a producer, a performer. He was a founding member of Mongol Beach Party, Alacartoona and currently plays in the band The Hilary Watts Riot. In 2013 he became a partner in Money Wolf Music a collective, and production house, and a record label where he has worked tirelessly building bridges with Folk Alliance International and the local music scene. For theatre and film Christian has worked an actor, composer, writer and producer on original, multi-genre collaborative pieces, merging the area music scene and area theatre scene together. Christian joins us to share the details about the world premiere of “Silver: A Noir Ballet,” July 17 thru 25, at the H&R Bloch City Stage in Union Station, as part of the 2015 KC Fringe Fest. “Silver: A Noir Ballet,” features an 8-piece jazz ensemble playing 11 original compositions, with score and libretto by Christian Hankel.

Tara Varney is co-director for Project Pride at Coterie Theatre. She has worked as a Director and Producer at Mummer Opera Company, and as an Actor at Egads Theatre Company. She also has worked at Theatre For Young America and City in Motion Dance Theater, Inc. With Bryan Colley she has co-written and directed multiple shows for the KC Fringe Festival including “KHAAAAAN! The Musical!,” “Hexing Hitler,” “Sexing Hitler” and this year’s “Voyage to Voyager,” July 17-25, at Gottlied Planetarium. Tara is an Artist Inc. graduate. Tara is involved in multiple Fringe shows this year including serving as Director for “Silver: A Noir Ballet.”

Evan Lovelace is a choreographer, dancer, actor, dance teacher, acting teacher and vocal coach. He is a member of Actor’s Equity and a graduate of Missouri State University with a Bachelor in Fine Arts degree. Evan was born in St. Louis but grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. Evan most recently performed in the musical The Wiz, at Shawnee Mission Theatre in The Park. Along with serving as choreographer for “Silver: A Noir Ballet” Evan also plays the role of One Eyed Jack.

Christian Hankel, Tara Varney, Evan Lovelace, thanks for being with us today on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

Silver: A Noir ballet is directed by Tara Varney, with choreography by Evan Lovelace, Christian Hankel also serves as Producer.

10. Christian Hankel – “Silver Bacardi”
from: Silver: Music From The Noir Ballet / July 17, 2015 / Money Wolf Music
[Shay Estes on vocals, Desmond Mason on keys, Johnny Hamil on upright bass, Tim Gillespie on tenor sax, Rich Wheeler on tenor sax, Brenna Hayes on bari sax, Kyle Dahlquist on trombone, Jerod Rivers on drums and percussion. Additional keys from Richard Walker, and additional drums from Terre Norton. Written and arranged by Christian Hankel. Produced by Christian Hankel and Jerod Rivers. Engineered and mixed by Jerod Rivers at Sangha Studios, KCMO, Mastered by Patrick Meagher at Fuzz Bomb, KCMO.]

Christian talked about how for Silver, he had to record the music ahead of time so that he could provide the choreographer with an accurate version of the music to which he was setting movement. Christian decided to take it all one step further and record the music in such a way that he could release the CD at the Fringe Fest. As a result, he has a new recording of 11 songs, “Silver: A Noir Ballet,” the recording is released through area label: Money Wolf Music. More info at: http://www.silveranoirballet.com/

Paralleling the events of Odysseus’s ancient journey, Silver tells the modern story of a young man lost in the city at night. Featuring live music and dance, Silver shines its light on love, life, and longing in the dark corners of the world.

“Silver: A Noir Ballet,” July 17 thru 25, at the H&R Bloch City Stage in Union Station, as part of the 2015 KC Fringe Fest. “Silver: A Noir Ballet,” features an 8-piece jazz ensemble playing 11 original compositions.

Show times:

Fri, July 17 – 6:00
Sat, July 18 – 4:30
Mon, July 20 – 9:00
Tue, July 21 – 6:00
Thu, July 23 – 7:30
Sat, July 25 – 9:00

10:56

11. Christian Hankel – “Mr. Sunrise”
from: Silver: Music From The Noir Ballet / July 17, 2015 / Money Wolf Music
[Shay Estes on vocals, Desmond Mason on keys, Johnny Hamil on upright bass, Tim Gillespie on tenor sax, Rich Wheeler on tenor sax, Brenna Hayes on bari sax, Kyle Dahlquist on trombone, Jerod Rivers on drums and percussion. Additional keys from Richard Walker, and additional drums from Terre Norton. Written and arranged by Christian Hankel. Produced by Christian Hankel and Jerod Rivers. Engineered and mixed by Jerod Rivers at Sangha Studios, KCMO, Mastered by Patrick Meagher at Fuzz Bomb, KCMO.]

11:00 – Krystle Warren Station ID

12. LION – “Believe feat. Bongo Madrid”
from: Disquiet / Dusty International / February 23, 2015
[Electronic Hip Hop and Instrumentals from Lawrence, Kansas, based Brian Rogers. More info at https://soundcloud.com/thereallion%5D

13. Krystle Warren & The Faculty – “Born in The Fall”
from: Love Songs EP / Parlour Door Music / August 12, 2011
[Paseo Arts Academy Graduate was signed to a French label, Because Music and then created her own label: Parlour Door Music. Krystle has been touring Europe opening for Rufus Wainwright, Nick Cave, Norah Jones, and Joan As Police Woman. Krystle Warren’s new album came from a 13 day recording session in Brooklyn, where she recorded the songs live with 28 musicians including her band, The Faculty, alongside choirs, horn and string sections.]

[Krystle Warren plays Californo’s Patio, 4124 Pennsylvania Ave., Kansas City, MO., Friday, July 10, at 9:00 pm. Tickets available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com]

11:07 – Interview with Krystle Warren

Krystle Warren graduated from Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts of Kansas City, Missouri in 2001 and began her musical career in KC wowing audiences with her beautiful and expressive voice, her original songs, and collaborations with local jazz and pop musicians. After living in San Francisco and New York City, Krystle was signed to French label, Because Music, and moved to Paris and released her Innationally released album “Circles.” Krystle has played many French and British television programs, including Later with Jools Holland. She has been compared to Tracy Chapman and Nina Simone, garnering critical acclaim and traveling all over the world, touring with Rufus Wainwright, Nick Cave, Norah Jones, and Joan As Police Woman. Krystle Warren is currently on tour in the United States and she plays Californo’s Patio, 4124 Pennsylvania Ave., Kansas City, MO., Friday, July 10, at 9:00 pm. Tickets available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com

Krystle Warren, was in San Francisco last week, she is back home in Kansas City this week, and Krystle will be playing Brooklyn next week.

Krystle was in San Francisco when the Supreme Court Decision on Marriage Equality was read, and during SF Pride Season.

In 2003 Krystle moved from KC to New York City where she lived for 5 years. She then lived in San Francisco and was signed to a French recording label, Because Music. Krystle moved to Paris where she released her album “Circles” in 2009, and eventually found her “other half” and was married, and ended up living in Paris. Krystle has played numerous French and British television programs, including Later with Jools Holland, garnering critical acclaim and traveling all over the world, touring with Rufus Wainwright, Nick Cave, Norah Jones, and Joan As Police Woman, to name a few.

Krystle Warren has collaborated with: Hercules and Love Affair, Teddy Thompson, Rufus Wainwright, and with the Kate McGarrigle Tribute.

Krystle recently created her own music label: Parlour Door Music, to release her new recordings for: “Love Songs” a recording that came from a 13 day session in Brooklyn, where she recorded the songs live with 28 musicians including her band, The Faculty, alongside choirs, horn and string sections. Krystle wrote the songs.

Love Songs was Krystle’s desire to make a “double album.” Krystle Warren is on tour in support of Love Songs, released in two separate full-length albums. “A Time You May Embrace,” came out in 2012, in Europe. The second release, “A Time to Refrain From Embracing,” will soon be released digitally. All twenty-four tracks from “Love Songs” are now available in a limited vinyl collector’s edition featuring a 14 page booklet with lyrics, rare photos, liner notes, and a dvd, “A Time It Was,” that showcases the recording of “You Can Take Me With You”; a trifold jacket adorned with new cover art, plus a specific number for each copy. More info at http://www.krystlewarren.com.

Krystle’s U.S. Tour is called “Bringing It All Back Home.”

Paseo Arts Academy Graduate, Krystle Warren graduated in 2001 and began her musical career wowing Kansas City audiences and collaborating with local jazz and pop musicians including: Solomon Dorsey, Brad Cox, Beau Bledsoe, Jeff Harshbarger.

The Kansas City show at California will reunite Krystle with friends: Beau Bledsoe on guitar, Brad Cox on keys, and Brad Williams on drums, plus Marcus Williams on trombone, (plays w/ Janelle Monáe), Hermon Mehari on trumpet, who Krystle is playing with for the first time.

11:17

14. Krystle Warren & The Faculty – “Forever Is A Long Time”
from: Love Songs: A Time You May Embrace / Parlour Door Music / April 9, 2012 UK]
[Paseo Arts Academy Graduate was signed to a French label, Because Music and then created her own label: Parlour Door Music. Krystle has been touring Europe opening for Rufus Wainwright, Nick Cave, Norah Jones, and Joan As Police Woman. Krystle Warren’s new album came from a 13 day recording session in Brooklyn, where she recorded the songs live with 28 musicians including her band, The Faculty, alongside choirs, horn and string sections. Krystle wrote the songs, and is releasing the music in 2 separate releases. Krystle recently played KC on Sun, Oct 6. Our recent interview with Krystle will be broadcast as part of next week’s WMM.]

[Krystle Warren plays Californo’s Patio, 4124 Pennsylvania Ave., Kansas City, MO., Friday, July 10, at 9:00 pm. Tickets available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com]

We last interviewed Kyrstle Warren in late October 2013, when she returned home to Kansas City from Paris to play on the Kansas City Live Stage in the Power & Light District Rhythms Series. We talked about her musical adventures, her marriage, and the day she met Rufus Wainwright and auditioned before Rufus, Nick Cave, and Emmylou Harris for the New York and UK tribute concerts for Kate McGarrigle, the beloved singer and Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame member.

Kate McGarrigle died of sarcoma, a rare form of cancer, in 2010, her children, acclaimed musicians Rufus and Martha Wainwright and her sister and musical partner Anna McGarrigle led tribute concerts in London, Toronto, and NYC. The New York concerts were filmed for a feature documentary entitled Sing Me the Songs That Say I Love You: A Concert for Kate McGarrigle, directed by Lian Lunson who earlier has directed the film, Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man. Krystle Warren sings Kate McGarrigle’s “I Don’t Know.

11:30

15. Krystle Warren – “I Don’t Know”
from: Sing Me The Songs Celebrating The Works of Kate McGarrigle / Nonesuch / June 21, 13
[Features highlights from three concerts in honor of the late Kate McGarrigle. Proceeds from the concerts provided seed money for the Kate McGarrigle Foundation a non-profit organization dedicated to raising money in the fight against sarcoma and also to preserving her legacy through the arts. Net proceeds from the sale of Sing Me the Songs also will be donated to the Foundation. The double-disc set was produced by Joe Boyd, who curated the concerts, and features performances by Rufus & Martha Wainwright, Anna McGarrigle, Emmylou Harris, Antony, Norah Jones, & Teddy Thompson, among others. The New York concerts were filmed for a feature documentary entitled Sing Me the Songs That Say I Love You: A Concert for Kate McGarrigle, directed by Lian Lunson (Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man) and produced by Luson & Teddy Wainwright. Candid interviews with McGarrigle’s family & friends are paired with rousing songs.]

[Krystle Warren plays Californo’s Patio, 4124 Pennsylvania Ave., Kansas City, MO., Friday, July 10, at 9:00 pm. Tickets available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com]

Joe Boyd, who produced and curated the Tribute to Kate McGarrigle, also was the producer of another tribute recording, featuring live recordings of the songs of the late Nick Drake. Joe Boyd was Nick Drake’s original producer. Krystle Warren and Teddy Thompson performed the classic “Pink Moon” on Way to Blue – The Songs of Nick Drake from StorySound Records. Joe Boyd, put together a series of concerts in the UK, Australia and Italy to celebrate Nick’s greatness as a songwriter. The concerts are called Way To Blue and they have involved singers as diverse as Teddy Thompson, Green Gartside (from Scritti Politti), Robyn Hitchcock, Vashti Bunyan and Lisa Hannigan, as well as bass master Danny Thompson (who played on Nick’s records), and the arrangements of Robert Kirby. These recordings are the edited highlights of concerts in New York and London. Over the years, Boyd has explored the possibility of producing an album in tribute to Drake s songwriting. But despite many well-known artists wishing to participate, he always resisted, because it seemed the only practical way to accomplish it would be for each artist to supply a track recorded separately, with their own chosen musicians. Boyd felt that the only way to avoid the pitfalls of the typical Tribute Album would be to have everyone together for a week in a rural studio, backing each other with harmonies and guitar parts, creating an organic whole of an album. By performing Way To Blue fifteen times over the course of four years, he has accomplished something resembling his original dream. The songs have been honed and shaped over the course of time, and the spirit of togetherness among the Way To Blue company has proved inspiring to all participants. The result is an album with the quality of a studio production and the spontaneity of a live performance.]

11:43

16. Krystle Warren & The Faculty – “You Can Take Me With You”
from: Love Songs: A Time You May Embrace / Parlour Door Music / 4-9-12 UK / 6-15 USA
[Paseo Arts Academy Graduate was signed to a French label, Because Music and then created her own label: Parlour Door Music. Krystle has been touring Europe opening for Rufus Wainwright, Nick Cave, Norah Jones, and Joan As Police Woman. Krystle Warren’s new album came from a 13 day recording session in Brooklyn, where she recorded the songs live with 28 musicians including her band, The Faculty, alongside choirs, horn and string sections.]

[Krystle Warren plays Californo’s Patio, 4124 Pennsylvania Ave., Kansas City, MO., Friday, July 10, at 9:00 pm. Tickets available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com]

Maria Vasquez Boyd & Krystle Warren

Maria Vasquez Boyd & Krystle Warren

11:46 – Underwriting

17. Dreamgirl – “Sweet Thang”
from: Illuminaughty – EP / Independent / February 14, 2015
[6-piece band from St. Josesph, Missouri, formed in 2013, by members of the band, Lets Talk, Lacey Hopkins on lead vocals, Zach Sauls, Skylar Smith and Bryce Shoemaker and the St. Joe band Eyelit, Austin Marks on guitar and backing vocals, Sam Stephen on keyboards and bass. The band plays with ‘60s-inspired psychedelic & surf rock.Their new EP was self-produced, and recorded over two days, at the home of Austin Marks.]

[Dreamgirl plays Manor Fest July 11, at The Shawnee Manor]

18. Thee Oh Sees – “Turned Out Light”
from: Mutilator Defeated At Last / Castle Face / May 26, 2015
[9th studio album from Thee Oh Sees, and the band’s fourteenth studio album, overall. Formed in San Francisco in 1997. The band currently consists of primary songwriter and core member John Dwyer (vocals, guitar), Timothy Hellman (bass) and drummers, Ryan Moutinho and Dan Rincon. Thee Oh Sees play a wide range of rock genres, such as 1960s garage rock and psychedelic rock, punk rock, noise rock, art punk, and 1980s post-punk. Initially an outlet for Dwyer (Coachwhips, Pink and Brown, Yikes and The Hospitals) to release experimental home recordings, over the course of several releases and genre transitions, Thee Oh Sees evolved into a full band, featuring Brigid Dawson (vocals, keyboard), Petey Dammit (bass, guitar), Mike Shoun (drums), and Lars Finberg (drums, guitar). The band became noted for their prolific discography, energetic live shows, and whimsical visual aesthetic. The band has changed its lineup and name several times, having previously being known as Orinoka Crash Suite, OCS, Orange County Sound, and The Ohsees.]

11:56

19. The Tallest Man on Earth – “Little Nowhere Towns” (CD #19) (3:29)
from: Dark Bird is Home / Dead Oceans / May 12, 2015
[4th album is the first in his discography to feature a full band playing on almost every track. Kristian Matsson was born on April 30, 1983 and is a singer-songwriter from Dalarna, Sweden who performs under the stage name of The Tallest Man on Earth. Since 2006, he has released four full-length albums and two EPs. Matsson is known for recording and producing his own records in whichever home he is currently living and states that the connection between his voice and guitar is so strong, he rarely records them as separately tracked performances. He is also known both by critics and his fans for his charismatic stage presence.]

[The Tallest Man on Earth plays The Midland Theatre, on Thursday, July 30, at 8:00 pm.]

11:59:30

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

Next week on July 15, we welcome back to the show the band Rev Gusto, who will join us in the first hour to talk about their new record, “Burnt Out Friends.” In our second hour the band Bummer joins us live in our 90.1 FM Studios to talk about their new record “Spank.” Both are being released through High Dive Records.

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

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