#598 – October 7, 2015 Playlist

Wednesday MidDay Medley
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Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The MidCoast Sound

The MidCoast Sound

“The MidCoast Sound”
More Hunky Dory Releases of 2015
WMM Fall Fund Drive Show

With Special Guest Co-Hosts:
Marion Merritt and Betse Ellis

Betse Ellis, is one of the hardest working musicians in KC, known by many as a founding member of The Wilders. Betse 2nd full-length solo release, the critically acclaimed, “High Moon Order” was in the top three of our 113 Best Recordings of 2013. She also recently did her 21st year at The Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas, and has been touring all over the place performing with multi instrumentalist, songwriter, & producer Clarke Wyatt.

For 11 years Marion Merritt has been a regular and valuable contributor to WMM, sharing her musical discoveries and info from her encyclopedic brain. With 25 years in the music business, in May of 2014, Marion opened her own, independent record store. Records With Merritt, at 1614 Westport Rd. specializes in new vinyl releases. And in January, Marion Merritt was elected to The MidCoast Radio Project’s Board of Directors.

Thank you so very much, to all of the great folks who called in to support KKFI 90.1 FM during Wednesday MidDay Medley this morning. While our program is not in a drive time slot, we have continually demonstrated the generosity of our beautiful and diverse listeners. This morning, with the help of my friends, Marion Merritt and Betse Ellis, we made our goal! Thanks to all of you, who took just a few moments out of your day to give a little bit of your hard-earned-money, to keep this program and this station on the airwaves. You made that investment for ALL of our listeners. Your special “Thank You Gifts” will be getting out to you in a few days. I will not forget your gift to 90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio during our little ole radio program. Thank you!

We wish to extend a big Thank You to: Haymaker Records, Be/Non, High Dive Records, MudStomp Records, It’s a Beautiful Day, Records with Merritt, Vinyl Renaissance & Audio on 39th, The Vinyl Underground at 7th Heaven, Josey Records Kansas City, Iris DeMent, Ivory Black, The Folly Theater, Kitschup Creations, and Performing Arts Series at Johnson County Community College, for donating “Thank You Gifts” for our Wednesday MidDay Medley Fall Fund Drive.

1. “Main Title Instrumental – It’s Showtime Folks”
from: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to All That Jazz / Universal / December 20, 1979 [WMM’s theme song]

2. Toughies – “Horsefeather”
from: Tough Enough EP / Independent / September 25, 2015
[4-piece, Lawrence, band formed in 2015 by, Brad Girard, Joe Gronniger, Caroline Lohrenz and Carl Smith.]

[Toughies play KJHK’s 40th Birthday Party, Friday, October 16, at 8:00 pm, at The Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire Street, Lawrence, Kansas, with Psychic Heat, Real Adults, and Arc Flash.]

10:05 – Pledge Break #1

10:14 – The MidCoast Sound

3. The Grisly Hand – “Get In Line Stranger”
from: Flesh & Gold / Independent / October 2, 2015
[The songs on Flesh & Gold are part of a double LP to be released in 2016. The band spent a year with Joel Nanos at Element Recording, and decided to split the songs between two CD/digital releases. The second half will be released in 2016, along with the LP. The album is the first with the newest member, Dan Loftus on bass, keyboards & vocals, joining Jimmy Fitzner on guitar & vocals, Lauren Krum on vocals & percussion, Matt Richey on drums, Mike Stover on steel guitar, bass & vocals, Ben Summers on guitar, vocals & mandolin. “Regrets On Parting” features: Rich Wheeler on tenor saxophone, Nick Howell on trumpet, and Mike Walker on trombone.]

4. Dreamgirl – “Acid Wash Queen”
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.]

5. Ivory Black – “Ready Get Set”
from: Ready Get Set EP / Independent / June 23, 2015
[Ivory Black was born in 1986 in Peoria Illinois, as Devin James Miclettet. Adopted at the age of four, it was difficult to find trust in people offering their home to someone denied of it for so long, she had 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 here in the Kansas City area, and became a part of new family where she was able to have solid ground and over the past several years she has been performing in singer-songwriter showcases and this June released her debut EP, Ready Get Set.]

6. 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.]

10:24 – Pledge Break #2

10:33 – Family Bands that Rock!

7. Radkey – “Love Spills”
from: Dark Black Makeup / Strange Loop Records / August 21, 2015
[Debut full length album from Radkey, a St. Joesph, Missouri based band, made up of teenage brothers Darrion, Isaiah, and Solomon. Their influences include The Who and Nirvana. They brothers are going on the road for the rest of the year mostly throughout Europe.]

[Radkey play Webster Hall, in NYC, TONIGHT. later this month they travel back to Europe for multiple shows in Germany, the Netherlands, UK, France, Belgium.]

8. The Architects – “02 Eddie Cochran (Wannabe Rocknrollers)”
from: Border Wars Episode III / Independent / September 18, 2015
[8th release from KC band: Adam Phillips on drums, Zachary Phillips on bass, Brandon Phillips on guitar & voice, Christopher Meck on guitar. The three Phillips brothers had previously composed a successful ska and rock band called The Gadjits. In June 2004 The Gadjits ended and Architects, was formed. Mixing traditional punk, maximum R&B, Midwestern alternative rock, blues-based metal and pop melodies, the band is influenced by The Clash, The Who, Social Distortion, Green Day, The Replacements, The Jam and The Kinks. Border Wars is a a five-part concept album and graphic novel series funded by the band’s loyal fans through crowd sourcing. More info at: http://thearchitectsrock.com/ ]

[The Architects play a Border Wars Episode 2 Release Party, Saturday, October 24, at 7:00pm, at Mills Record Company, 314 Westport Rd, KCMO, with The Sluts, in an all ages show.The Band will have copies of the newest Architects record, Border Wars Episode 2.]

9. Thunderclaps – “You Got a Hold on Me”
from: Cookin’ Up a Good Time EP / Independent / October 16, 2014
[Colin Blunt – Drums and Bryce Jones – vocals and Guitar. Bryce works as an English teacher in Salina, KS.]

[Thunderclaps play an EP Release Show, Fri, Oct 16, at miniBar w/ Small Waves & New Baboons.]
[Thunderclaps will be our guest on Oct. 14 WMM]

10:43 – Underwriting

10:45 – Pledge Break #3

10:54 – Kraftwerk Ticket Give Away!!!!

10. Kraftwerk – “Computer World 2 (2009 – Remaster)”
from: Computer World (Remastered) / Warner Bros. / May 10, 1981
[Kraftwerk has released 10 studio albums, one live album, one remix album and 26 singles. Formed by Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider in Düsseldorf in 1970, Kraftwerk were part of the krautrock scene, but mostly found fame as pioneers of electronic music, showcasing their styles on a series of concept albums.]

[Kraftwerk play The Midland Theatre, Friday, October 9, at 8:00 pm]

10:58 – Station ID

11. Barrel Maker – “Hands High”
from: BLK FLANL – Barrel Maker X D/WILL / Independent / March 5, 2015
[Kansas City producer/emcee D/WILL switches from focusing on solo material to going behind-the-boards for upstart artist Barrel Maker. The 9-track LP produced by D/WILL.]

12. Sinple – “Ambulens”
from: “0” (Zero) / Independent / June 26, 2015
[Sinple is the electronic music project of Jesse Bartmess who plays synths, drum machine, and vocals. The project has recently grown to include: Natasha Derakhshanian on violin, Chris on guitar, and Allan Jones on vocals. Jesse Bartmess was with us on the June 24 edition of WMM. More at http://sinple.bandcamp.com/%5D

13. LION – “Awakening”
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

11:04 – Pledge Break #4

11:13 – WMM is a little bit country

14. Ty Herndon – “Beautiful Love Song”
from: Lies I Told Myself / FUNL Music / October 22, 2013
[As a teenager, Ty Herndon performed at OPRYLAND USA. He won Best Male Vocalist on “Star Search.” In 1995, Herndon signed with Epic Records, making his chart debut with “What Mattered Most,” becoming his first #1 single. Herndon has charted a total of 17 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including 3 number ones. He has released over 10 albums and has been nominated for a Grammy and is the winner of a Dove Award. In Nov of 2014, Ty Herndon was the first major male country artist to publicly come out as gay.]

[Ty Herndon plays The Folly Theatre, Fri, Oct 23, at 8:00 pm w/ his full On Tour Show. The Folly Theatre, 300 W 12th St, KCMO. For ticket info: (816) 474-4444 or http://www.follytheatre.org ]

[Ty Herndon will be our guest, LIVE on WMM on October 21.]

15. Jessica Paige– “Beautiful Life”
from: Sweet Nothings / Independent / September 18, 2015
[Jessica’s band includes: Jessica Paige- on vocals & guitar, Coleen Dieker on keysboards & violin, Jerod Rivers on drums, Damon Bailey on guitar, and Ben Byard on bass & viola.]

[Jessica Paige plays Macabre KC – Halloween Night, Sat, Oct 31, 8:30pm to 12:30am, at Knuckleheads, with My Brothers & Sisters and Calvin Arsenia, Stephonne Singleton, Christian Robinson, Sarah Tannehill Anderson AND a Historical Kansas City Reading from Paris of the Plains Podcast, Accompanied by 20 piece Orchestra AND Scenes Projected from famous Horror and Adventure Films w/ live 20 Piece Orchestra providing live theme songs and live music from the film scores. ]

3. Iris DeMent – “Listening To Singing”
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.]

[Iris DeMent will be our guest on WMM on Nov. 18]

11:23 – Pledge Break #5

11:32 – A Betse Set

17. Victor & Penny – “The Privilege”
from: GAV7D – Thanks for Everything / Independent / June 21, 2015
[While Betse didn’t contribute to this specific track, she is on the GAV7D release, and once was in a band with Erin McGrane called Blue Museum in the mid 1990s]
[“The Privilege’ was inspired by Anne Winter. Produced by Chad Meise. Written & arranged by Johnny Hamil. Johnny is one of the founding members of Mr. Marco’s V7, a band that has reinvented themselves with each release, and changed and evolved with different line-ups. Johnny told us that for ALL of the music he has composed for the band came to him in his dreams. 4 years ago Johnny’s dream compositions included lyrics for the first time, and this set him on a new path to create, the GAWD project, which is not Mr. Marco’s V7 proper, but includes members of the V7 from throughout the long history of the the band. The concept was to collaborate a vocal version of a composition with musical friends and then have various lineups of the V7 family interpret the material in different ways. Selections from the GAWD project first premiered at the Folk Alliance.]

[Victor & Penny & The Loose Change Orchestra released “Live At The Living Room Theatre” Jan. 10, 2015]

18. Ernest James Zydeco – “Knock Me Over With A Feather”
from: Automatic Harvester / Jam Rat Records / July 13, 2015
[From KC Missouri, the band lineup has been constant since 2008: Ernest James on accordion and vocals, Barry Barnes on washboard, Jaisson Taylor on drums, Mike Stover on bass guitar, and Tony LaCroix on guitar. This song features Jaisson Taylor on lead vocals and Betse Ellis on fiddle. Recorded and mixed in KC at Markosa Studios. The album was mastered by Collin Jordan at The Boiler Room in Chicago. Ernest James and Jaisson Taylor co-wrote and co-produced the songs.]

[Ernest James Zydeco play Overland Park Arboretum in Bucyrus Kansas, Sunday, Oct 10, at 7:00 pm]

19. Betse & Clarke – “Riding on Your High Horse”
from: Bird Notes / Independent / May 28, 2015 [Betse Ellis on fiddle, and Clarke Wyatt on banjo. Arrangements by Betse & Clarke. Betse & Clarke also released Two Forks Acrylic On Cardboard Recorded January 2, 2015. Engineered & produced by Clarke Wyatt.]

[Betse & Clarke play KKFI HOEDOWN, Sat, Oct. 17, 7 to 12:45, at Knuckleheads, with Good Time Charley, Gary Kirkland, River Town, Kasey Rausch, Kansas City Bear Fighters, Sara Morgan & Carl Butler, Starhaven Rounders, and a big finale All Star Jam lead by Starhaven Rounders.]

11:42 – Underwriting

11:44 – Pledge Break #6

11:53 – Goodbyes Betse & Marion Thank you!

20. Lauren Anderson – “Can’t You See”
from: Truly Me / Independent / July 24, 2015
[Originally from Chicago, Lauren first started performing solo gigs around KC after completing her masters in music therapy, from University of Kansas in 2012. Lauren then formed her own band and released her debut EP “Do & Hope” in August 2014. Lauren Anderson was nameds the 2015 Female Vocalist of the Year from Midwest Music Awards.]

[Lauren Anderson plays T-Bones, Lee’s Summit, MO, on Friday, Oct 9.]

[Lauren Anderson plays Frank James Saloon, Parkville, MO, on Sat, Oct 10]


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

Next week on October 14 we will talk with members of the band Slow Motion Commotion, and The Thunderclaps. Also joining us is Scott Easterday and Patrick Conway who will share music and information about the live presentation of the first Expassionates release “Verse, Chorus, Bridge” on stage at Davey’s Uptown Rambler’s Club, Saturday, October 17, at 8:00 pm with an all-star line up of musicians.
Sources for notes: artist’s websites, bios, wikipedia.org

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Show #598

Notes on WMM:

Wednesday MidDay Medley offers information on Music, Art, Performance & Activism. In just the last year this program has interviewed over 175 guests (artists & bands), including: Lily Tomlin, Brodie Rush, Calvin Arsenia, Steve Tulipana, Louis Meyers, Krystle Warren, Vi Tran, Phil Neal, Rev Gusto, Bach Aria Soloists, Psychic Heat, Enrique & Diego Chi, The Blackbird Revue, Kelley Hunt, Crystal Clayton, Teri Quinn, Glenn North, Howard Iceberg, Mat Kessler, Shy Boys, Bummer, Jamie Searle, David George, Johnny Hamil, John Keck, Thom Hoskins, Judy Mills, Mat Shoare, GK Callahan, The Brannock Device and Jason Beers, Katlyn Conroy, J. Ashley Miller, Nathan Reusch, Megan Slankard, Shades of Jade, Kodascope, Gary Cloud, Bill Svoboda of KC Gay Pride, Betse Ellis, Connor Liemer, The Fog, Mike Alexander, Hank Wiedel, The Cave Girls, The Waspmen, The Electric Lungs, Not A Planet, Lisa Cordes, CS Luxem, Rolf Peterman, Sinple, Shaun Crowly, Christian Hankel, Evan Lovelace, Tara Varney, The Matchsellers, Brenton Cook, Michael McQuary, Riala, Sterling Witt, Britt Adair, HMPH!, Lauren Anderson, Bill Sundahl, Nate Allen, The Clementines, Ryan Wilks, Dedric Moore, Jonathan Bender, Camry Ivory, Ivory Black, Sondra Freeman, Chris Haghirian, Gamelan Genta Kasturi, Dustin Rapier, Emily Jones Behrman, and Spinning Tree Theatre. Coming up we’ll have interviews with Iris DeMent, The Thunderclaps, Slow Motion Commotion, Scott Easterday, Alyssa Murray, Ty Herndon, Stephonne Singleton, Cheri Woods, Andrew Foshee, and more.

We’ve featured shows & segments about: Crossroads Music Fest, Folk Alliance International, Middle of the Map Fest, KC Fringe Festival, KC Psych Fest, Out Here Now Film Fest, Center of The City Fest, SeedCo Harvest Fest, Dr. Martin Luther King’s Birthday, KC Gay Pride, Record Store Day!, Crossroads Summer Block Party, Johnson County Community College Performing Arts Series, Spinning Tree Theatre, Haymaker Records, The Record Machine, Mills Record Company, Records With Merritt, Midwest Music Foundation, CRAFT, Black Archives, Carnaval, and Charlotte Street Foundation.

Tim Finn of Kansas City Star and INK named Wednesday MidDay Medley “The Best Place to Hear Local Music on the Radio.” So far this year we have played over 700 songs on the show. Over half of these songs are from MidCoastal artists. We spin new vinyl and releases from area music labels: High Dive Records, Haymaker Records, MudStomp Records, The Record Machine, Little Class Records, and from hundreds of independently produced, artist released recordings. We desire to mix area recordings with critically acclaimed “national” releases. We like to mix different genres of music: Psychedelic, Jazz, Indie Rock, Folk, Classical, Hip Hop, Country, Blues, Pop, Electronic, Latin, and more.