#608 – December 16, 2015 Playlist

Wednesday MidDay Medley
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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The 115 Best Recordings of 2015
(Part 2 of 4)

Wednesday MidDay Medley presented part-two, of our four-week special: The 115 Best Recordings of 2015. Based on playlists of this little ole radio show, we’ve compiled representative tracks from our favorite full-length and EP recordings of the year. We realize that these “Best of” lists can seem very subjective, however we ask that you please accept our list as a celebration of the year of music.

In 2015 we’ve played over 1000 songs on the show, and from over 300 New & MidCoastal Releases. Over 40 of the bands and artists in our “Best of” list have actually joined us live and/or performed in our 90.1 FM studios. We’ve interviewed over 200 local and national guests. 70 of the representative recordings on our “Best of” list were produced by artists based here in the area. It’s all good!

Tune into 90.1 FM, Wednesdays in December. We’re packing 8-hours of radio with music that represent: The 115 of Best Recordings of 2015!

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

(86.) Ducktails – “Surreal Exposure”
from: St. Catherine / Domino Recording Group / July 24, 2015
[5th album from New Jersey Psychedelic pop band, formed in 2006. Initially the solo recording project of Real Estate’s guitarist Matt Mondanile, the band also includes Josh de Costa (bass) and Ross Chait (drums).]

(85.) 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.]

(84.) Mysterious Clouds – “Other Side of Yesterday”
from: Vibrations: Shake the Path / Montamusic – Haymaker Records / May 12, 2015
[co-released by Montamusic and Haymaker Records on cassette, with a limited run of 50. Mixed in mono “under psychedelic instructions …to capture those heavenly vintage vibes.” A project of Monta At Odds members Dedric and Delany Moore with Aaron Osborne (of Expo 70), and Jonathan Thatch of (HMPH!) Dedric Moore joined us live on WMM on July 22.]


(83.) stik figa x D/Will – “How Ya Feel”
from: JOBB / Independent / September 18, 2015
[All songs written by Stik Figa. All songs produced, mixed and mastered by D/WILL. Stik Figa is a prolific MC and wordsmith from Topeka, Kansas. He was raised in Memphis. He has been featured on NPR and 2DopeBoyz. After signing with Mello Music Group, he released “As Himself” a project drawing from his unique perspective and background. On March 31, 2015 he released, Stik Figa Is Not Quite Himself, produced by Leonard DStroy.]

(82.) Christian Hankel – “Sun Up Sun Down”
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 Hankel joined us live on WMM on July 8.]]

[Christian Hankel is also a member of the band Hillary Watts Riot, who play recordBar, 1020 Westport Road, Monday, December 28, at 9:30 with Robot Monkey Madman, and Be/Non.]

(81.) 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.]

(80.) Wire – “Joust And Jostle”
from: That’s My Bike / Pink Flag / April 13, 2015
[14th studio album from English rock band, formed in London in October 1976[1] by Colin Newman (vocals, guitar), Graham Lewis (bass, vocals), Bruce Gilbert (guitar), and Robert Gotobed (drums). They were originally associated with the punk rock scene, appearing on The Roxy London WC2 album—a key early document of the scene—and were later central to the development of post-punk.]


(79.) Darondo – “Luscious Lady”
from: Listen To My Song: The Music City Sessions / Big Beat Records / 2015
[10-track LP on brown translucent vinyl, limited to 1200 copies and features Darondo’s most well-known songs, “Didn’t I” and “Listen To My Song” and previously unissued songs from the 1973-74 sessions. William Daron Pulliam (October 5, 1946 – June 9, 2013), who performed in the 1970s under the name Darondo, was a funk and soul singer from the San Francisco Bay Area. Although he is not widely recognized today, serious enthusiasts of the soul genre consistently rate him in high regard. The mythology surrounding Darondo describes him as a pimp, although he has denied this claim. His performing name is said to have originated as a compliment from a waitress who was fond of his generous tipping habits. Darondo has received more attention in recent years thanks to London DJ Gilles Peterson playing his 1973 single, “Didn’t I” on his BBC Radio 1 program. Recordings of Darondo are available from Luv N Haight, an imprint label of Ubiquity Records. Other works can be purchased from Omnivore Recordings. He also hosted a public broadcasting music video program where he did comedy skits and gave love advice in a segment called “Penthouse Letters” which can be found on YouTube. He died of heart failure in 2013.]

(78.) Laura Marling – “False Hope”
from: Short Movie / Ribbon Music / March 23, 2015
[Laura Beatrice Marling was born February 1, 1990, from Eversley, Hampshire. Her debut album Alas, I Cannot Swim, her second album I Speak Because I Can, and her fourth album Once I Was An Eagle were all nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in 2008, 2010, and 2013, respectively. She won the Brit Award for Best British Female Solo Artist at the 2011 Brit Awards, and was nominated for the same award at the 2012 and 2014 Brit Awards. The youngest of three daughters, Marling learned guitar at an early age. Her father, Sir Charles William Somerset Marling, the 5th Marling Baronet, ran a recording studio, introduced her to folk music and shaped her musical taste, an experience that Marling later described as, “a bit of a blessing and a bit of a curse….[because] I couldn’t slot myself into the age-appropriate genre”. Marling received a scholarship to attend Leighton Park School, a private Quaker school in Reading, Berkshire. During her secondary school years she felt uneasy around other people and was afraid of death. Marling dated Noah and the Whale singer/guitarist Charlie Fink briefly before the pair separated in 2008. She also dated Marcus Mumford of Mumford and Sons until late 2010. She moved to Silver Lake in Los Angeles, California in 2013, before relocating back to London in December 2014. In September 2013, Marling explained: “I am a solitary person but I love people, I’m not a misanthrope. I like the idea of speaking only when it’s strictly necessary. The closest I ever feel to people is in shared experience. I’m still exploring that, I don’t know where it’s going to lead me.”]

(77.) Megan Slankard – “Bones Live Forever”
from: Running on Machinery / Independent / May 19, 2015
[Fifth album from San Francisco indie alt-rock musician Megan Slankard. She calls her new release “…a healthy mix of stories about the end of the world, bank robberies, prison escapes, failed relationships, and other adventures.” More info at: http://www.meganslankard.com. Megan Slankard joined us on WMM on February 18, during Folk Alliance International Conference.]

(76.) Pieta Brown – “Goin’ Up The Country”
from: Drifters / Lustre Records / November 20, 2015
[Drifters, it is a collection of outtakes from the sessions for Brown’s 2014 album Paradise Outlaw. Recorded at Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon’s studio April Base, Paradise Outlaw was another new spin on the ethereal folk sound Brown has crafted over six albums. The six-track Drifters EP is released on Brown’s new, in her words, “underground label” Lustre Records and is currently only available from her website and from her at shows. Playing with Brown on the EP are Outlaw session musicians: Bo Ramsey, Jon Penner, Michael Rossetto, JT Bates and David Mansfield. Greg Brown, Constie Brown and Iris DeMent sing back up vocals for “Goin’ Up The Country.” The EP also includes a remix of the instrumental track “Little Swainson” by Justin Vernon and BJ Burton which was sacrificed when the album changed from being a double to a single. Pieta Brown was born in 1973 in Iowa City, Iowa. Her early upbringing was in Iowa. There, Brown was exposed to traditional and rural folk music through her father, singer songwriter Greg Brown. Brown spent her childhood living in 17 different residences between Iowa and Alabama. While living with her mother in Alabama, Brown began writing poetry and composing instrumental songs on piano. As a musician and singer-songwriter she has released five albums and four EPs. Collaborator Bo Ramsey produced her 2002 debut record, Pieta Brown and co-produced her 2005 album In the Cool, which was named one of the year’s best by Amazon. Her next album Remember The Sun was released in 2007 and was cited as one of the year’s best in a The Wall Street Journal article. After the release of her next album, One and All, Brown joined Mark Knopfler’s North American tour, had a string of performance dates with John Prine, participated in a full orchestral show with Brandi Carlile, and embarked on her own performance tour in Australia. Brown’s 2009 EP, Shimmer was produced by Don Was after hearing her on his car radio in a live solo performance. In addition to Mark Knopfler, John Prine and Brandi Carlile, Brown has shared stages with JJ Cale, Emmylou Harris, Richard Thompson, Ani DiFranco, Calexico, Neko Case, Mason Jennings, Shawn Mullins, Carrie Rodriguez and Jim Lauderdale. She has performed at festivals throughout North America including Bonnaroo, Mountain Jam, Edmonton Folk Music Festival and more. Her national radio credits include performances on eTown and Mountain Stage. Brown is married to guitarist and producer, Bo Ramsey.]


(75.) Rachel Mallin – “Noise of the Night”
from: The Persistence of Vision EP / Independence / September 12, 2014
[During the summer of 2014, this EP was written, recorded, mixed, and produced by Rachel Mallin, at the age of 19, in her hometown of Kansas City, MO. The songs were recorded in her basement. Co-mixed by Michael Kessler. Mastered by William Reeves at Centro Cellar Studio. This year Rachel formed a band called The Wild Type, currently with Jesse Bartmess on bass, Austin Edmisten on drums & voice, and Justin Walker on lead guitar. Rachel Mallin & The Wild Type also revealed a new song: “Something Wicked” on the new compilation series How To Keep Dreaming from The Record Machine, released September 10, 2015, celebrating the music that is inspiring us with proceeds benefiting Midwest Music Foundation. More info at: HowToKeepDreaming.com. Rachel Mallin has shared the stage support of musical acts such as Metric, Panic is Perfect, The Lonely Wild, Pan Astral, and The Architects. Rachel Mallin just released “Dropout” a celebratory indie-rock dance anthem recorded two weeks ago with Joel Nanos at Element Studios, and plan to follow it up with an EP tentatively set for February 29th, 2016. Rachel Mallin will join us on Feb. 24, 2016.]

(74.) Thunderclaps – “You Got a Hold on Me”
from: Cookin’ Up a Good Time EP / Independent / October 16, 2014
[Thunderclaps was formed by two cousins, Bryce Jones who lives in Salina Kansas and is a high school english teacher, and Colin Blunt who lives in Kansas City and host a Late Saturday Night Music program called The Pipeline. On Friday, Thunderclaps will release their new EP, “Cookin’ Up a Good Time,” produced and engineered by Lennon Bone at Element Recording and mastered by Joel Nanos. Thunderclaps joined us on WMM on October 14.]

(73.) Sie Lieben Maschinen – “Should’ve Looked in the Mirror”
from: June Gloom / Independent / January 1, 2015
[Steve Tulipana on vocals; Josh Newton on guitar, bass, synth; Chris Bolig on drums. Recorded and mixed by Scott Evans at Sharkbite Studios and Antisleep Audio. Vocals for “The Man Laughs”, “Postcards” and “Public Image” recorded by John Bersuch at Innerhorse. All other vocals recorded by Duane Trower at Weights & Measures Sound Lab in Kansas City, MO. Mastered by Carl Saff. Steve Tulipana joined us on WMM on March 25, during the time of The Middle of The Map Fest.]

[Steven Tulipana’s other musical projects include the band Roman Numerals, formed with his recordbar co-owner/partner Shawn Sherrill on keyboards and bass, Billy Smith on guitar & vocals, and Ryan Shank on drums. Roman Numerals will play one of the last shows at recordBar on Janury 1, at 9:00 pm, with The Life and Times and Outhouse.]

[Steven Tulipana is associated with the band Like A Grand, who play the Annual Kansas City Tribute to the music of Joe Strummer Friday, December 18, at 9:30 pm, featuring members of EXTRA ordinary (ex Wayback/Bromtoms Cocktails), The Big Iron, Grisly Hand, New Riddim, Drop A Grand, Squids KC and more.]

(72.) Of Montreal – “Virgilian Lots”
from: Aureate Gloom / Polyvinyl / February 27, 2015
[Athens, Georgia based band, founded by Kevin Barnes in 1996, named after a failed romance with a woman “of Montreal.” The band is one of the bands of the Elephant 6 collective. Of Montreal’s musical style has evolved from vaudeville and Beatles-influenced psychedelic twee pop to a mixture of electronica, funk, glam, and afrobeat music influenced by Prince and David Bowie. Aureate Gloomis the band’s 13th studio album.]


(71.) Yes You Are – “HGX”
from: A Dream EP / Independent / November 8, 2015
[Kianna Alarid, Jared White, Willie Jordan, and Jacob Teemeyer. Yes You Are lead singer Kianna Alarid was also lead singer and bassist for the critical acclaimed band, Tilly and the Wall, who released 4 albums on Saddle Creek Records, toured the world, and appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman. After Tilly and the Wall ended, Yes You Are was formed in 2014. This past summer they toured nationally with Neon Trees and released their first music video. The band is currently working on their debut full length album. yes You Are will join us on WMM on January 20, 2016]

[Yes You Are play The Tank Room, on Sat., December 19, with Austin Plaine and Holy White Hounds.]

(70.) Death And Vanilla – “Follow the Light”
from: To Where the Wild Things Are / Fire Records / May 4, 2015
[Experimental-psychedelic-dream-pop trio formed in Malmö, Sweden, by Marleen Nilsson and Anders Hansson. Death and Vanilla utilise vintage musical equipment such as vibraphone, organ, mellotron, tremolo guitar and moog, to emulate the sounds of 60s/70s soundtracks, library music, German Krautrock, French Ye-ye pop and 60s psych. They revel in the warmth of older analogue instruments to create a more organic sound, each loose wire and off-kilter noise adding to the rich atmosphere. The band recorded the new album themselves in their rehearsal space, using just one microphone – a 70’s Sennheiser – which they bought at a flea market for a tenner. It is this unconventional recording process that gives Death and Vanilla their unique personality; using a trial and error approach to recording has rewarded the album with a strangeness that would not have otherwise been achievable.]

(69.) Chris Meck & The Guilty Birds – “Brave and Wreckless”
from: Chris Meck & The Guilty Birds EP / Independent / February 10, 2015
[KC based trio with Chris Meck on lead guitar & vocals, Michelle Bacon on drums, and Calandra Ysquierdo on bass guitar & vocals. Tor this recording, Camry Ivory was on keys & vocals. Recording with Chad Meise. Chris Meck & The Guilty Birds played recordBar, Friday, November 6, for Apocalypse Meow kick off show with Drop A Grand, and Amy Farrand and The Like.]

(68.) 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.]


(67.) 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, with Mark Thies. 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. Recently Ernest James, Tony LaCroix, and Betse Ellis formed a side project trio, SugarBee.]

[Ernest James Zydeco plays Llywelyn’s Pub in Overland Park, KS, on Sat, December 19, at 9:00 PM]

(66.) Campdogzz – “The Well”
from: Riders In the Hills of Dying Heaven / Independent / July 13, 2015
[Chicago based Mike Price on drums, bass, guitar; Jess Price on vocals, guitar. They left their home in Logan Square, to live in a converted school bus and tour the country. Songwriter, Jess Price, is an Oklahoma native and multi-instrumentalist. Jerad Tomasino playing bass for Campdogzz on their big tour through September. The band stopped and camped in some of the most beautiful places across the country.]

(65.) HMPH! – “Cauliflower”
from: Headrush / Haymaker Records / August 21, 2015
[Ryan Lee Toms on guitar, Jonathan Thatch on drums. Recorded by Dedric Moore. HMPH! joined us on WMM on August 12.]

11:30 – Underwriting

(64.) Riala – “The Diving Bell”
from: Be Here | Be There / Haymaker Records / September 4, 2015
[Nick Turner on Voice & Guitar, Kalo Hoyle on bass, Morgan Greenwood on drums. Recorded, mixed.and mastered by Joel Nanos at Element Recording Studios. Members of Riala joined us on WMM on July 29.]

(63.) Jamie xx – “Loud Places (feat. Romy)”
from: In Colour / Young Turks / May 29, 2015
[Debut studio album from Jamie Smith known as Jamie xx, born Oct. 28, 1988. Jamie xx is an English music producer and remix artist who is known both as a solo act and as a member of the London-based band The xx.]

(62.) Deco Auto – “The Silent Ones”
from: The Curse of Deco Auto / Indep. / February 14, 2015
[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.]


(61.) Sara Morgan – “Easy To Dream”
from: Easy To Dream EP / Independent / June 9, 2015
[Song written by Jeff Porter. KC based Singer/Songwriter, originally from McGehee, Arkansas plays piano, saxophone, guitar, banjo, ukulele, and piano. Sara has opened for BJ Thomas, John Michael Montgomery, John Corbett, Sean Rowe, Chuck Mead, Ben Taylor, and was the preshow at the Industry Bar inside the Uptown Theater before Loretta Lynn, took the main stage in November 2014. Ms. Lynn hosted Sara on her tour bus after Sara’s set and prior to Ms. Lynn’s performance.]

[Sara Morgan plays Knuckleheads Saloon, Sat, Dec. 19. at 7:00 pm with Katy Guillen & The Girls]

(60.) The Depth and The Whisper – “Fade Away”
from: Unrequited EP / Every Little Bit / September 22, 2015
[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.]

(59.) Rex Hobart and The Misery Boys – “Long Shot of Hard Stuff”
from: Long Shot of Hard Stuff EP / Little Class Records / March 6, 2015
[Rex Hobart & the Misery Boys are…Rex Hobart on vocals, Blackjack Snow on bass, J.B. Morris on guitar, T.C. Dobbs on drums, and Solomon Hofer on pedal steel.


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

Next week, on Wednesday MidDay Medley, on December 23, we continue with part 3 of our 4 week series, The 115 Best Recordings of 2015, we’ll count down #58 through #30 of our list, with representative tracks from: She’s A Keeper, Betse & Clarke, Johnny Hamil’s GaV7d, Good Time Charley, Kodascope, Psychic Heat, The Electric Lungs, Ivory Black, Connor Leimer, Jessica Paige, The AM Trio, Heidi Lynne Gluck, The Matchsellers, Victor & Penny, Barrel Maker & LION, Sinple, Low, Pops Staples, Sterling Witt, Shamir, Joanna Newsom, Sleater-Kinney, the author and the illustrator, Mbongwana Star, Sufjan Stevens, Courtney Barnett, Leon Bridges, The Fog, and Yo La Tengo.

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

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