Wednesday MidDay Medley
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Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Music from the 4th annual KC Psych Fest + CRAFT + New & MidCoastal Releases
1. “Main Title Instrumental – It’s Showtime Folks”
from: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to All That Jazz / 1980 [WMM’s theme song]
2. Julia Holter – “Feel You”
from: Have You In My Wilderness / Domino Records / September 25, 2015
[4th studio album from 32 year old Julia Holter who has been compared to: Laurie Anderson, Julianna Barwick, Kate Bush, Joanna Newsom, and Stereolab. Her father once performed with Pete Seeger. Her mother, Carole Shammas, is a prominent academic and currently holds the John R. Hubbard Chair in History at the University of Southern California. Besides playing and recording music, Holter tutors students and works with a nonprofit organization for teenagers in South Central Los Angeles. A graduate of CalArts, where she studied composition, Holter released her debut studio album, Tragedy, in August 2011.]
3. The Depth and The Whisper – “Fade Away”
from: Unrequited [EP] / Every Little Bit / September 22, 2014
[2nd EP release from Albert Bickley & Dave Tanner who formed TDaTW in June 2011, as a way to share new songs. Dave Tanner plays bass, guitar & vocals, Albert Bickley plays guitar & vocals, with friend:s Troy Van Horn, Kelsey Cook, Go Go Ray, Aaron Crawford, & Erik Voeks, joining frequently. Albert Bickley, is a KC native, who’s been writing, recording and performing original music for many years., is currently is living in NYC. Dave Tanner, is a Canadian who calls Parkville, MO, home, has played bass in numerous bands through the years.]
4. JR JR – “Gone”
from: JR JR / Warner Brothers / Sept. 25, 2015
[Formally Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. A project started by Detroit based Joshua Epstein and Daniel Zott, recording in a basement without the benefit of expensive microphones or big-name producers.]
[JR JR play The Bottleneck in Lawrence, KS, Fri, Oct. 3.]
10:15 – Underwriting
10:17 – Four Area Bands Playing 4th Annual KC Psych Fest
5. RLT – “It’s Two AM and Still No Name”
from: From RLT Soundcloud Page / Independent / September 20, 2015
[Kansas City, Missouri based experimental – dance – electronic music from: Ryan Toms and John Bersuch.]
[RTL play KC Psych Fest, Friday, October 2, at recordBar, with Merlin, The Philistines, Crushed Out (from Brooklyn), Holy Gallows (from Memphis), and Via Luna.]
6. Via Luna – “Stratovolcano”
from: Heavy Light – EP / Via Luna / June 26, 2015
[2nd EP from instrumental post rock – math rock band from Kansas City. from by Gregory Baker on guitar, Christopher Gordon on guitar, Mike McDonough on drums, Blain Bridges on bass. Heavy Light was engineered, mixed and mastered by Mike McDonough at Clockwork Audio Production.]
[Via Luna play KC Psych Fest, Fri Oct 2, at recordBar, with Merlin, The Philistines, Crushed Out (from Brooklyn), Holy Gallows (from Memphis), and RLT.] [Via Luna play Records With Merritt, October 5.]
7. The Philistines – “Heart Like Candy”
from: How To Keep Dreaming / The Record Machine / Sept. 10, 2015
[A new compilation series from The Record Machine with proceeds benefiting Midwest Music Foundation. HowToKeepDreaming.com. The song is from forthcoming debut LP that The Philistines will release in spring of 2016. KC based rock ‘n roll/pop band with a psychedelic bent, made up of: Kimberley Queen on lead vocals; Cody Wyoming on lead guitar and vocals; Rod Peal on guitar; Michelle Bacon on bass; Josh Mobley on keyboard, Steve Gardels on drums. Recorded and mixed with Paul Malinowski at Massive Sound, mastered by Dave Gaume.]
[The Philistines play KC Psych Fest, Friday, October 2, at recordBar, with Merlin, RLT, Crushed Out (from Brooklyn), Holy Gallows (from Memphis), and Via Luna.]
8. Be/Non – “Chrono-Synclastic Infundibulum”
from: Fairgrounds / Haymaker Records / December 31, 2014
[Fairgrounds is a collection of experimental and indie music from the KC area. This collection represents 2014 releases on the Haymaker Records, with future Haymaker releases, and other recordings from friends. Brodie Rush, a songwriter, musician, singer, organizer, artist, film maker, music video creator. Over 20 years ago KC native, Brodie Rush formed the experimental, psychedelic, prog-pop band, Be/Non, The band has had more members than Spinal Tap, but Brodie has remained the only consistent member, songwriter and producer. The current line up of the band includes: Ben Ruth, Brodie Rush, Nathan Burian, John Huff, Nanci Ayala, Mike Cochran, Be/Non is getting set to release their 5th record, “Mystic Sunrise / Sunset Magic” on KC indie label Haymaker Records.]
[Be/Non play KC Psych Fest, Saturday, October 3, at recordBar, with Slim Twig (from Toronto), Wet Socks (from Savannah), Van Allen Belt (from Pittsburgh), Jorge Arana Trio, and El Condor.]
10:33 – Interview with Brenton Cook, Dedric Moore and Brodie Rush
Brenton Cook formed Kansas City independent record label Haymaker Records in January 2014. Brenton also works as a computer programmer and is web administrator for the Midwest Music Foundation where is the curator of the Midwestern Audio compilation series, volumes 1 through 3.
Dedric Moore is a musician, songwriter, producer, organizer, husband, father, and member of the bands Monta At Odds, and Mysterious Clouds. Dedric Moore is also the founder KC Psych Fest.
Brodie Rush is the brainchild behind Be/Non, a Kansas City band that has been making music for over 20 years. Brodie is currently featured in The Pitch, and Be/Non is getting ready to release their 6th album, Mystic Sunrise / Sunset Magic, on Haymaker Records.
Brenton, Dedric, and Brodie joined us to talk about the 4th Annual KC Psych Fest, Friday and Saturday, October 2 & 3, at recordBar, 1020 Westport Rd, as part of recordBar’s 10th Anniversary celebration.
Night One, Oct. 2 features:
Merlin, The Philistines, Crushed Out (from Brooklyn), Holy Gallows (from Memphis), Via Luna, and RLT.
Night Two, Oct. 3 features:
Slim Twig (from Toronto), Wet Socks (from Savannah), Van Allen Belt (from Pittsburgh), Be/Non, Jorge Arana Trio, and El Condor.
9. Crushed Out – “To Lovebirds”
from: TEETH / DFA / September 16, 2014
[Brooklyn based band formed by Franklin Russell Hoier on vocals, guitar, bass, organ, maracas, and Moselle Spiller on vocals, drums, percussion.]
[Crushed Out play KC Psych Fest, Friday, October 2, at recordBar, with Merlin, RLT, The Philistines, Holy Gallows (from Memphis), and Via Luna.]
10. The Van Allen Belt – “One On The Board”
from: Heaven On A Branch / Independent / September 26, 2014
[Pitsburgh based 4-piece band. The second installment of a three album series beginning with the debut “Meal Ticket To Purgatory”. Home recorded in 2 living rooms and 1 bedroom roughly between 2012 and 2014. Best sound quality will be delivered when listening through stereo. All songs written and produced by Benjamin Ferris. Mastered by Scott Taylor. © 2014. Benjamin Ferris on guitar, keys, samples, & vocals; Tamar Kamin on vocals; Scott Taylor on turntables, effects processes, & drums; and Tom Altes on bass.]
[Van Allen Belt play KC Psych Fest, Saturday, October 3, at recordBar, with Slim Twig (from Toronto), Wet Socks (from Savannah), Jorge Arana Trio Be/Non, and El Condor.]
The 4th Annual KC Psych Fest Sponsors include: recordBar, KC Psych Fest, Ink Magazine, Duvel, Mills Record Company, Haymaker Records, and It’s A Beautiful Day.
More info at: http://www.kcpsychfest.com
4th Annual KC Psych Fest, Oct. 2 & 3, recordBar, 1020 Westport Rd, part of recordBar’s 10th Anniversary. Night One, Oct. 2 features: Merlin, The Philistines, Crushed Out (from Brooklyn), Holy Gallows (from Memphis), Via Luna, and RLT. Night Two, Oct. 3 features: Slim Twig (from Toronto), Wet Socks (from Savannah), Van Allen Belt (from Pittsburgh), Be/Non, Jorge Arana Trio, and El Condor.
11. Slim Twig – “Fadeout Killer”
from: Thank You For Stickin’ With Twig / Independent / Auust 7, 2015
[5th album by the Toronto based songwriter and producer. Twig has released these previous records among a swath of EP’s, singles and one-offs, displaying in the process a complete disregard for genre or consistency.Thank You For Stickin’ With Twig is to date the most sonically immersive album in Twig’s discography. Where some records have focused explicitly on sample-based songwriting, while others have been completely live- recorded, the new album arrives at a perfectly produced fusion of fidelities. It hovers, glamorously caught between a cloud of obscurant, half-speed tape hiss, and the most stoned Jeff Lynne production you’ve ever heard. Twig flirts here with a variety of vibes, most often opting for a three dimensional approach whereby a warped tape aura is overlaid with colourful, laser-cut keyboard and guitar melodies. A fetishization of analogue texture is married to a digital approach. All the while, we find Twig irreverently raiding classic rock of its symbolism, sexuality, and social ambition for ulterior subversions.]
[Slim Twig play KC Psych Fest, Saturday, October 3, at recordBar, with Jorge Arana Trio, Wet Socks (from Savannah), Van Allen Belt (from Pittsburgh), Be/Non, and El Condor.]
12. Jorge Arana Trio – “Kallisto”
from: Oso / Haymaker Records / July 19, 2014
[Jorge Arana on Guitar & Keyboard, Josh Enyart on drums & Percussion, and Jason Nash on bass. Oso is the name of Jorge’s childhood family dog. Winner of the 2013 Pitch Music Award for Best Avant-Garde group.]
[Jorge Arana Trio play KC Psych Fest, Saturday, October 3, at recordBar, with Slim Twig (from Toronto), Wet Socks (from Savannah), Van Allen Belt (from Pittsburgh), Be/Non, and El Condor.]
11:00 – Station ID
13. Metric – “The Shade”
from: Pagans in Vegas / Crystal Math Music / September 18, 2015
[6th album from Canadian rock band founded in 1998 in Toronto. The band consists of Emily Haines on lead vocals, synthesizers, guitar, tambourine, harmonica, piano; James Shaw on guitar, synthesizers, theremin, backing vocals; Joshua Winstead on bass, synthesizers, backing vocals; and Joules Scott-Key on drums & percussion. The band started in 1998 as a duo formed by Haines and Shaw with the name “Mainstream”. After releasing an EP titled Mainstream EP, they changed the band’s name to Metric, after a sound that was programmed by Shaw on his keyboard. In 2001, Winstead and Scott-Key joined them. .]
14. Telekinisis – “Sleep In”
from: Ad Infinitum / Merge Records / September 18, 2015
[4th album, from drummer/songwriter/principal architect Michael Lerner who in just under five years, he has released three critically aclaimed records: Telekinesis! (2009), 12 Desperate Straight Lines (2011), and Dormarion (2013). After touring all over the world, amd sharing stages with great bands, Lerner is newly married and found himself happily ensconced in the home studio he’d assembled in his West Seattle basement. Lerner found himself asking the question of what do you do after the rock and roll dreams you had when you were 19 have all come true? “I went down to the basement,” Lerner recalls, “and started playing the same chords I always play… I just felt like I’d exhausted everything I knew. I was not excited at all. I just could not make another power-pop album.” From the Merge records.com website: “In the movie version of the story, Lerner would stumble on his way down the stairs, hit his head, and wake up in 1983, and the only way he could get back to the present day would be to make a record using available instruments. Then he’d wake in 2015 to discover he’d been in his basement studio all along. And the record he’d made in that strange dream state would turn out to be Ad Infinitum, the most ambitious and assured Telekinesis release to date. stumble on his way down the stairs, hit his head, and wake up in 1983, and the only way he could get back to the present day would be to make a record using available instruments. Then he’d wake in 2015 to discover he’d been in his basement studio all along. And the record he’d made in that strange dream state would turn out to be Ad Infinitum, the most ambitious and assured Telekinesis release to date.]
15. Iris DeMent – “From an Airplane”
from: The Trackless Woods / FlariElla / August 7, 2015
[6th studio album from Grammy nominated Iris DeMent who NPR said was considered ”one of the great voices in contemporary popular music.” The Trackless Woods sets 18 poems by acclaimed 20th century Russian poet Anna Akhmatova to life. Hailed as one of Russia’s finest poets, Akhmatova survived the Bolshevik Revolution, both World Wars and Stalin. She lost family, friends and fellow writers to political killings and labor in the gulags. When Iris randomly stumbled upon Akhmatova’s work in a book of poetry a friend sent as a gift, she was immediately taken by the sorrow and burden of the poems, juxtaposed with Akhmatova’s lightness and transcendence in the face of inhumanity. ”Anna’s gift of song is so strong, about alI I had to do was get really quiet and listen,” says Iris. After reading that first poem the melodies began pouring out of her, and before she even fully understood what was driving her, Iris was gathering musicians and friends, including co-producer Richard Bennett (Emmylou Harris, Neil Diamond, Steve Earle), to record ‘The Trackless Woods’ in her living room over a five-day period. The result is a breathtaking pairing of piano and voice in Iris’ style with timeless melodies that are deeply rooted in the American South. The project also fulfilled a long yearned-for desire to connect with her adopted daughter’s culture and history. Iris and her husband Greg Brown adopted their daughter from Siberia in 2005, when she was 6, and she says ”I’d never have made this record were it not for her.”]
[Iris DeMent plays Knuckleheads Saloon, Friday, November 20.]
16. The Blackbird Revue – “Blueprints”
from: New Un-released Recordings / 2015
[The band includes: Jacob & Danielle Prestidge. The band’s debut EP “Glow” was released January 23, 2013 Recorded at The Conductor Studio, Nashville, TN. and produced with Don Chaffer. All songs by Jacob Prestige.]
[The Blackbird Revue play Craft, on Sunday, Oct. 4, at 3:00 pm, on the INK Stage, at Crown Center]
11:16 – Interview with Nathan Reusch & Jonathan Bender
Nathan Reusch of The Record Machine, and Jonathan Bender of Recommended Daily joined us to share info about CRAFT a new two-day pop-up event presented by Chick Events & Recommended Daily that marries handmade and vintage goods with curated local sips and bites and homegrown local bands: Yes You Are, Pink Royal, Rev Gusto, Captiva, Atlas, The Blackbird Revue, La Guerre, and Heidi Lynne Gluck, on Sat, Oct. 3, 10 to 8:00pm, and Sun, Oct. 4, 11 to 4:00pm, at Crown Center.
Jonathan Bender’s website Recommended Daily is a Kansas City publication focused on the local eating, cooking and growing scene. It’s the only food group you need. More info at: http://www.recommendeddaily.co
The Recommended Daily was launched in KC in 2013, for readers who want to find the latest places to eat and what is on the menu, with stories about the people in the KC food scene.
Jonathan told us: “The goal for us was to integrate the music into the festival by placing it under the Ice Rink tent with the artist & food pavilion. I want you to have a local beer in hand and a bag of popcorn from KC while you listen to local acts. We’re also having whiskey and wine tastings (Dark Horse Distillery & Amigoni Urban Winery) as well as a Cookies & Beer garden featuring Dolce Bakery’s cookies and Boulevard Beer. “
About CRAFT — Time: 10am to 8pm, Sat, Oct 3, and 11am to 4pm, Sun, Oct 4.
Location: Crown Center Square (2450 Grand Boulevard)
Parking is available in the Crown Center lots on the East and West Side of Grand Boulevard.
For Event & Ticket Information you can visit: http://www.craftkansascity.com
[Tickets: $10 general admission at the gate. $7 in advance. For a limited time, get a weekend pass ($10) or a Buddy System ticket (two tickets) for $10. Attend a Grape to Glass seminar with Amigoni Urban Winery for $20 (includes a GA ticket) or a Meet the Distiller seminar with Dark Horse Distillery for $20 (includes a GA Ticket]
85 Craft Vendors.
21 Food Vendors
including: Shatto – The Local Pig – The Roasterie – Little Freshie – Green Dirt Farm – KC Food Circle
The Record Machine curated music for The Ink Stage
Saturday, October 3
12:45 – Pink Royal
2:15 – Atlas
4:00 – Heidi Lynne Gluck
5:30 – Yes You Are
7:00 – Rev Gusto
Sunday, October 4
12:45 – Captiva
1:45 – La Guerre
3:00 – The Blackbird Revue
17. Pink Royal – “Don’t Bring It On Me”
from: Taps / Silly Goose Records / April 11, 2015
[Alt-electro-rock-pop from Pink Royal, based out of Lawrence, Kansas, was the brainchild of guitarist Steven LaCour. Following a brief stint with an alternate line up, LaCour recruited local musicians Dylan Guthrie on vocals, Nick Carswell on bass guitar & keyboards, and Alex Hartmann on drums. Pink Royal as we know it was born. With the additions guitarist Josh Dorrell, of Lawrence’s Alien Jones, and saxophonist, keyboard player Zak Pischnotte, right out of KU’s music performance doctorate program. ]
[Pink Royal play Craft, on Saturday, Oct. 3, at 12:45, on the INK Stage, at Crown Center]
18. Heidi Lynne Gluck – “The Only Girl in the Room”
from: The Only Girl in the Room – EP / Lotuspool Records / April 28, 2015
[Debut solo release from Lawrence, Kamsas 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 Craft, on Saturday, Oct. 3, at 4:00 pm, on the INK Stage, at Crown Center]
Earlier in the show we played new recordings for The Philistines, and then Pink Royal, and coming up from Atlas. All of these tracks are included in a new compilation series from The Record Machine, “How To Keep Dreaming” released on September 10, 2015 , celebrating the music that is inspiring us, with proceeds benefiting Midwest Music Foundation.
More info at: http://www.HowToKeepDreaming.com.
It has been a busy year for The Record Machine, now in it’s 12th year, with Middle of The Map Fest, Film Fest, Forum, curating a stage at Crossroads Music Fest, collaborations with Intelligent Sound, the compilation, signing the band Light Music, and more.
CRAFT a new two-day pop-up event concept presented by Chick Events and Recommended Daily that marries handmade and vintage goods with curated local sips and bites and homegrown local bands: Yes You Are, Pink Royal, Rev Gusto, Captiva, Atlas, The Blackbird Revue, La Guerre, and Heidi Lynne Gluck, on Saturday, October 3, 10:00am to 8:00pm, and Sunday, October 4, 11:00am to 4:00pm, at Crown Center. More info at: http://www.craftkansascity.com
19. Atlas – “Between”
How To Keep Dreaming / The Record Machine / September 10, 2015
[A new compilation series from The Record Machine celebrating the music that is inspiring us with proceeds benefiting Midwest Music Foundation. More info at: http://www.HowToKeepDreaming.com. Atlas released their debut album, Ten Twenty on November 21, 2014. ATLAS was formed in 2007 by 5 friends: Jonny, Dave, Nick, Josh, and Jeremy who have known each other for most of their lives. Since graduating college, music has become a common ground.]
[Atlas play Craft, on Saturday, Oct. 3, at 2:15, on the INK Stage, at Crown Center]
11:45 – Underwriting
20. The Revivalists – “Keep Going”
from: Men Amoungst Mountains / Wind-Up Records / July 17, 2015
[American rock/soul band formed in New Orleans in 2007. The 7-piece band consists of Ed Williams on pedal steel guitar, David Shaw on vocals, Zack Feinberg on guitar, Rob Ingraham on saxophone, George Gekas on bass, Andrew Campanelli on drums, and Michael Girardot keyboards & trumpet. The group’s freshly interesting sound is best described by David Fricke of Rolling Stone as “a Crescent City-rhythm spin on jam-band jubilee.”]
21. Fly Golden Eagle – “Horse’s Mouth”
from: Quartz / ATO Records / May 12, 2015
[Ben Trimble was raised in Detroit but has Kentucky roots. It was in a Nashville basement that Trimble lost himself in rock ‘n’ roll. He found himself working for a music supervisor with a record collection of 60,000 releases. Ben fell down the vinyl the rabbit spindle hole. He explored: Motown, Blues, Glam rock, Psychedelia, all of the sparks of his inspiration, his musical tree of life, his Detroit roots, his need for expression, the new discovery of a musical community in Nashville. All of these ingredients, were baked together to become Fly Golden Eagle. Trimble says. “I realized that there was a long line of people who had expressed rebellion — both serious and casual — through music. They’d done so in different ways and in different parts of the country.” Joining Ben Trimble are Matt Shaw from Celeste, Texas, on bass; Mitch Jones from Knoxville, Tennessee, on the keyboards; and Richard Harper from Huntsville, Alabama, on drums rounding out this southern psychedelic sonic 4-piece. From the ban’s EPK: “Quartz is a 26-song epic, a collection of songs that join together to form a narrative arc describing a story that is sometimes vulgar, sometimes profane, and sometimes beautiful. It’s about the psychedelia found in the natural world and it’s a love story.”]
22. Noel Coward – “The Party’s Over Now”
from: Noel Coward in New York / drg / 2003 [orig. 1957]
Next week on October 7, Betse Ellis and Marion Merritt join us as special guest co-hosts, as we feature some of our favorite MidCoastal Releases of the last 4 months. It is also our Fall Fund Drive show and we have some absolutely fabulous “Thank You Gifts” for this that donate during Wednesday MidDay Medley.
Sources for notes: artist’s websites, bios, wikipedia.org
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