#630 – May 18, 2016 Playlist

Wednesday MidDay Medley
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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

New & MidCoastal Releases +
A musical conversation with Krystle Warren

Photo of Krystle Warren by Manu Noyon

Photo of Krystle Warren by Manu Noyon

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

2. ANOHNI – “4 Degrees”
from: HOPELESSNESS / Secretly Canadian / May 6, 2016
[ANOHNI is formerly known as Antony Hegarty or Antony, is an English-born American singer, composer, and visual artist. She is best known as the lead singer of the band Antony and the Johnsons. Anohni was born in 1970 in the city of Chichester, England. Her family moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in the United States in 1981. In 1990, she moved to Manhattan, New York to study at New York University, where she founded the performance art collective Blacklips with Johanna Constantine. Entering a musical career, she began performing with an ensemble of NYC musicians as Antony and the Johnsons. Their first album, Antony and the Johnsons, was released in 2000 on David Tibet’s label Durtro. Their second album, I Am a Bird Now (2005), was a commercial and critical success, earning Anohni the Mercury Music Prize. In 2016, Anohni became the second openly transgender person nominated for an Academy Award; she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song, along with J. Ralph, for the song “Manta Ray” in the film Racing Extinction. Late last year, ANOHNI, released “4 DEGREES”, the first single from HOPELESSNESS, to support the Paris climate conference this past December. The song emerged earlier last year in live performances. As discussed by ANOHNI: “I have grown tired of grieving for humanity, and I also thought I was not being entirely honest by pretending that I am not a part of the problem,” she said. “’4 DEGREES’ is kind of a brutal attempt to hold myself accountable, not just valorize my intentions, but also reflect on the true impact of my behaviors.” HOPELESSNESS, is a dance record with soulful vocals & lyrics addressing surveillance, drone warfare, and ecocide. A radical departure from the singer’s symphonic collaborations, the album seeks to disrupt assumptions about popular music through the collision of electronic sound and highly politicized lyrics. ANOHNI: Vocals, Beat programming, Keyboards, Piano; Daniel Lopatin (aka Oneohtrix Point Never): Beat programming, keyboards; and Ross Birchard (aka Hudson Mohawke): Beat programming, keyboards]

3. Ivory Black – “Ready Get Set”
from: Ready Get Set EP / Independent / June 23, 2015
[Singer, songwriter, rock & roller, Ivory Black was born in 1986 in Peoria Illinois. Given up for adoption at the age of four, it was difficult to find trust in people after living with eight different foster families, running away at 15, moving from Indiana to Oklahoma, Ivory eventually ended up in Seattle. In 2011, after a friend sent a plane ticket, Ivory landed in the Kansas City. Ivory has been performing in singer-songwriter showcases at Davey’s Uptown, and many other area venues. On June 23, 2015, Ivory released the debut EP, Ready Get Set. More info at: https://www.ivoryblackmusic.com/%5D [Ivory Black plays Davey’s Uptown, Thurs, May 19, with The Future Kings, and Some Good News From Kansas]

4. Pity Sex – “Bonhomie”
from: White Hot Moon / Run For Cover Records / April 29, 2016
[Pity Sex is an American indie rock band formed in 2011, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with Sean St. Charles on drums, Brennan Greaves on guitar & vocals; Britty Drake on guitar & vocals, and Brandan Pierce on bass.]

5. Erik Voeks – “Tired of Feeling Alone”
from: Tired of Feeling Alone – Single / Independent / May 1, 2016
[Erik tells us this release is part of a series where he will be releasing a pair of songs on the first day of the month for six months. This was month #2. Erik Voeks is a KC based singer-songwriter. He has travelled the world as both a solo artist and as an accompanist. Written by by Erik Voeks. Drums recorded by Matt Meyer @ The Thebeaudome, everything else recorded at Sandusky Sound Co. Drums & percussion played by Patrick Hawley, trumpets played by Ryan Oldham, everything else played & sung by Erik Voeks. Erik Voeks is performing several show with his band The Vague Lakes: Patrick Hawley, Dave Tanner and Mike Stover. More info at: https://erikvoeks.bandcamp.com/ ]

6. Psychic Heat – “In Two”
from: Sunshower / High Dive Records / May 27, 2015
[Psychic Heat was created by Evan Herd & Tanner Spreer. After releasing their EP Lighter and Brighter in 2015 they quickly turned their attention to their first full length Sunshower being released through High Dive Records. Sunshower is Engineered by Ron Miller (Kid Congo and the Pink Monkey Birds) & mixed/mastered by Kliph Scurlock (previously of the Flaming Lips). Psychic Heat is: Steve/Evan Herd on guitar & vocals, Tanner Spreer on guitar & vocals, James Thomblison on bass, and Mark Rockwell on drums.][Psychic Heat play Mills Record Company on Friday, May 20, with Arc Flash.][Psychic Heat play The Bottleneck, Saturday, May 21, with This Is My Condition and Paper Buffalo.] [Psychic Heat play The Brick, Friday, May 27th at The Brick with The Conquerors & Toughies.]

7. Various Blond – “Long Beach 2.0″
from: Summer High / Independent / July 29, 2014
[Produced By: Isaiah ” Ikey” Owens. Joshua Allen on guitar & vocals, Evanjohn Mcintosh on bass, Mark Lomas on drums & percussioon, Eddie Moore on keyboards & Rhodes. Conceived in 2008 by mutual friends and now the brainchild of Kansas City native Joshua Allen. The band presents a bombastic, dark alternative progressive style. Various Blonde has opened for numerous national acts, Russian Circles, Free Moral Agents, Zechs Marquise, Dead Meadow, Imaad Wasif, Jucifer,The Memorials, Thursday, Fang Island, Murder By Death, Matt Pryor, Wannabe Jalva, and Electric Sixx.][Various Blonde play the KKFI Spring Dance, Saturday, May 21, at Prohibition Hall with Duncan Burnett, DJ Leo Night Us, and Grand Marquis.]

8. The Electric Lungs – “Play It When You Need It”
from: Don’t be Ashamed of the Way You Were Made / Independent / 2015
[Recorded mastered with Joel Nanos of Element Recording. KC based 4-piece band formed in 2012 by Tripp Kirby, Marc Bollinger, Eric Jones, and Jason Ulanet.] [The Electric Lungs play Ollies Local on Sat, May 21, for Seeing Double with John Keck & David Fines]

9. Katy Guillen & The Girls – “Heavy Days”
from: Heavy Days / VizzTone Label Group and KG&G Records / June 24, 2016
[Katy Guillen on guitar & vocals, Claire Adams on bass & vocals, & Stephanie Williams on drums. Recorded at Weights and Measures Soundlab with their longtime engineer Duane Trower, the band supplemented guitar, vocal and percussive layers; auxiliary instrumentation from blues pianist Mike “Shinetop” Sedovic (Danielle Nicole Band) and jazz trombonist Ryan Heinlein (The Project H); production from Paul Malinowski; and mastering at Black Lab Mastering in Louisville, Kentucky.] [Katy Guillen & the Girls will be celebrating the hometown release of their latest album “Heavy Days” on Saturday, May 21 at Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester St.]

10. Chris Meck & The Guilty Birds – “I Promise I Will”
from: It’s 4 A.M. Somewhere! / Independent / April 8, 2016
[KC based trio with Chris Meck on lead guitar & vocals, Michelle Bacon on drums, and Calandra Ysquierdo on bass guitar & vocals.][Chris Meck and The Guity Birds play Californos in Westport on Friday,May 20, with The Poorhouse Says, and Emmaline Twist.]

11. Sharks in The Deep End – “Shadows in The Sunset”
from: How To Keep Dreaming III / The Record Machine / April 8, 2016
[Indie Rock from Austin, Texas, formed by Tucker Jameson on lead Vocals & guitar, Chris Konte on keyboards, Sam Thompson on lead guitar, Matt Shearon on drums, Clayton Lillard on percussion & keyboards, and Mason Hankamer on bass.] [The Record Machine’s new sampler: How To Keep Dreaming Vol. III, is available at https://therecordmachine.bandcamp.com. Proceeds benefit Spay & Neuter KC.]

12. A Giant Dog – “Sex & Drugs”
from: Pile / Merge Records / May 6, 2016
[Produced by Mike McCarthy (Spoon, White Denim, Trail of Dead). This is the third album from Austin, Texas, band who met while in High School in Houston. Sabrina Ellis on vocals, Andrew Cashen on vocals & guitar, and Orville Neeley on drums) first got their start covering AC/DC, The Ramones, Joan Jett, and the finer points of the Back to the Future soundtrack at school dances under the band name Youth In Asia. Reuniting in Austin in 2008, they enlisted their pals Andy Bauer (guitar) and Graham Low (bass) and christened the act A Giant Dog. In 2012, AGD impressed fellow Austinite and Spoon frontman Britt Daniel enough that he took them under his wing to start demolishing concert halls across the USA as the support act for his band. In Daniel’s own words, “Andrew and Sabrina are currently writing circles around just about anyone else in rock and roll. Their live show is insane, which is probably why I’ve seen more of their shows than any other band’s over the past few years.”

13. The Grisly Hand – “Regrets on Parting”
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.] [The Grisly Hand play Knuckleheads KC, Friday, May 20, with Hi-Lux.]

14. Teri Quinn – “Free of Wanting”
from: Moons and Meltdowns / Independent / April 17, 2016
[Kansas City based singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Teri Quinn. Originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan, Teri Quinn moved to Kansas City in 2009 to study Clarinet Performance and Music Composition at the University Of Missouri Kansas City’s Conservatory of Music where Teri graduated in 2013. She plays clarinet and guitar for Claire and the Crowded Stage and has also provided vocals and guitar for Rooms Without Windows. Teri has also contributed experimental compositions for The Black House Collective.] [Teri Quinn plays Prospero’s Books at 39th & Bell, Saturday,May 21,at 8:00 pmwith The Sexy Accident]

15. Dirtnap – “In A Better Place Now”
from: Long Songs for Short Term Friends / Anodyne Records / September 1, 2002
[Dirtnap was formed in 1996 and is known as the first local indie-rock band to use keyboards. There have been a few line-up changes, but drummer Pete LaPorte has been around since the band’s inception with Billy Smith, Wade Williamson and Dave Gaume.][Dirtnap play recordBar Saturday, May 21, at 8:00 pm, with Riddle of Steel, and Traindodge.]

16. Krystle Warren – “Station ID”

11:00 – A Musical Conversation with Krystle Warren

Krystle Warren is from Kansas City, Missouri. She learned to play the guitar by listening to The Beatles albums: Rubber Soul and Revolver. Krystle Warren graduated from Paseo Arts Academy in 2001 and began her musical career Kansas City audiences and collaborating with local jazz and pop musicians. After living in San Francisco and New York City, Krystle was signed to a French recording label, Because Music, and moved to Paris and released her album “Circles” in 2009. Krystle 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. Krystle created, Parlour Door Music to release, “Love Songs: A Time you May Embrace” a recording from a 13 day session in Brooklyn, where she recorded 24 songs live with 28 musicians including her band, The Faculty, alongside choirs, horn and string sections. Krystle is back in Kansas City where at she recently at The Middle of The Map Fest she shared her new songs that she is i the process of recording.

Krystle Warren and her band will play The Polsky Theatre, Wednesday, May 25, at 7:30 PM, for the Performing Arts Series at Johnson County Community College.

Krystle Warren joined us for the entire second hour to talk about her new songs and her latest recording project. Krystle also shared musical inspirations for these songs.

17. Howlin’ Wolf – “No Place To Go”
from: Moanin’ In The Moonlight / Chess / 1959 [Reissued 1986 Geffen]
[Debut album from Howlin’ Wolf was a compilation of previously issued singles by Chess Records. It was originally released by Chess Records as a mono-format LP record in 1959. The album has been reissued several times, including a vinyl reissue in 1969 titled Evil. Burnett was born on June 10, 1910, in White Station, Mississippi, near West Point. He was given the name Chester Arthur, after Chester A. Arthur, the 21st president of the United States. His physique garnered him the nicknames Big Foot Chester and Bull Cow as a young man: he was 6 feet 3 inches tall and often weighed close to 275 pounds. He explained the origin of the name Howlin’ Wolf: “I got that from my grandfather”, who would tell him stories about wolves in that part of the country and warn him that if he misbehaved the “howling wolves” would get him. The blues historian Paul Oliver wrote that Burnett once claimed to have been given his nickname by his idol Jimmie Rodgers. Burnett’s parents separated when he was one year old. His mother, Gertrude, threw him out of the house while he was a child, for refusing to work on the farm. He then moved in with his uncle, Will Young, who treated him badly. When he was 13, he ran away and claimed to have walked 85 miles barefoot to join his father, where he finally found a happy home with his father’s large family. At the peak of his success, he returned from Chicago to see his mother in Mississippi and was driven to tears when she rebuffed him: she refused to take money offered by him, saying it was from his playing the “devil’s music”. Chester Arthur Burnett died January 10, 1976.]

At the Middle of the Map Fest Krystle shared the music she is currently working on for her next release, where in the recording studio she played all of the instruments.

Krystle brought a rough mix from the recordings of your new album…

18. Krystle Warren – “So We Say”
from: Krystle Warren’s New Album / Parlour Door Music / Unreleased 2016

19. Pharoah Sanders – “The Creator Has A Master Plan”
from: Karma / Impulse! Records / 1969
[Third recording as a leader. Most often remembered for the 32-minute long “The Creator Has a Master Plan”, co-composed by Sanders with vocalist Leon Thomas. It features Sanders on tenor sax, along with two of his most important collaborators, Leon Thomas and pianist Lonnie Liston Smith, flautist James Spaulding; French-horn player Julius Watkins; bassist Reggie Workman, who had played with Coltrane earlier in the 1960s; second bassist Richard Davis, who had appeared on Eric Dolphy’s landmark Out to Lunch; drummer Billy Hart, and percussionist Nathaniel Bettis. While later recorded versions of the tune, some of which featured Sanders and Thomas, became shorter and more lyrical, this original contains extended free instrumental sections, particularly the third section, where the saxophonist demonstrates some of the techniques which build his distinctive sound, including a split-reed technique, overblowing, and multiphonics, which give a screeching sound. Pharoah Sanders born Farrell Sanders on October 13, 1940 in Little Rock, Arkansas. Pharoah Sanders began his professional career playing tenor saxophone in Oakland, California. He moved to New York City in 1961. He received his nickname “Pharoah” from bandleader Sun Ra, with whom he was performing. After moving to New York, Sanders had been destitute:. Sun Ra gave him a place to stay, bought him a new pair of green pants with yellow stripes (which Sanders hated but had to have), encouraged him to use the name ‘Pharoah’, and gradually worked him into the band.” Amiri Baraka lays claim to naming him Pharaoh in an early sixties Down Beat review upon hearing him introduce himself as Farrell Sanders and thinking he said “Pharaoh Sanders”. Sanders came to greater prominence playing with John Coltrane’s band, starting in 1965, as Coltrane began adopting the avant-garde jazz of Albert Ayler, Sun Ra and Cecil Taylor. Sanders first performed with Coltrane on Ascension (recorded in June 1965), then on their dual-tenor recording Meditations (recorded in November 1965). After this Sanders joined Coltrane’s final quintet, usually performing very lengthy, dissonant solos. Coltrane’s later style was strongly influenced by Sanders.]

20. D’Angelo & The Vanguard – “1000 Deaths”
from: Black Messiah / RCA / December 15, 2014
[Third studio album from D’Angelo. Released after a 14-year hiatus. Black Messiah won Best R&B Album at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards as well as Best R&B Song for “Really Love” which also was nominated for Record of the Year. Michael Eugene Archer was born February 11, 1974, better known as D’Angelo. Born in Richmond, Virginia, the son of a Pentecostal minister, he began teaching himself piano as a very young child, and at age 18 he won the amateur talent competition at Harlem’s Apollo Theater three weeks in a row. After briefly being a member of a hip-hop group called I.D.U., his first major success came in 1994 as the co-writer and co-producer of “U Will Know”. His debut solo album, Brown Sugar, released in July 1995, received rave reviews and sold over two million copies. Along with artists like Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill, Maxwell, and collaborator Angie Stone, D’Angelo became part of the Neo soul movement. D’Angelo became more uncomfortable with his growing status as a sex symbol. This was followed by numerous personal struggles including alcoholism, and a fourteen-year musical hiatus. ]

21. The Edwin Hawkins Singers – “Oh Happy Day”
from: Oh Happy Day: The Best of the Edwin Hawkins Singers / Buddha / Aug. 7 2001
[Originally released in 1969. “Oh Happy Day” is a 1967 gospel music arrangement of an 18th-century hymn. Recorded by the Edwin Hawkins Singers, it became an international hit in 1969, reaching No. 4 in the US, No. 1 in France, Germany and the Netherlands and No. 2 in both the UK singles chart and Irish Singles Chart. It has since become a gospel music standard. The recording is notable for the muted piano, drum and bass backing and the dominant use of the left-hand stereo channel which features the performance of lead singer, Dorothy Morrison. Edwin Hawkins’ gospel style arrangement of the hymn “Oh, Happy Day” has a long pedigree: It began as a hymn written in the mid-18th century (“O happy day, that fixed my choice”) by English clergyman Philip Doddridge (based on Acts 8:35) set to an earlier melody (1704) by J. A. Freylinghausen. By the mid-19th century it had been given a new melody by Edward F. Rimbault, who also added a chorus,and was commonly used for baptismal or confirmation ceremonies in the UK and USA. The 20th century saw its adaptation from 3/4 to 4/4 time and this new arrangement by Hawkins, which contains only the repeated Rimbault refrain, with all of the original verses being omitted. Hawkins’ arrangement quickly became a “standard” and has been recorded by hundreds of artists. It was included on the RIAA Songs of the Century list and won Hawkins a Grammy Award for Best Soul Gospel Performance in 1970 (performed by the Edwin Hawkins Singers). He is still active and an elder statesman for the Contemporary Gospel style which “Oh Happy Day” helped found. In live performances and acoustic versions of the Nick Cave song “Deanna” (1988), portions of “Oh Happy Day” are included, revealing the inspiration for Cave’s song. George Harrison has stated the song was a primary inspiration in the writing of his 1970 international hit “My Sweet Lord.]

22. The Swan Silvertones – “Oh Mary, Don’t You Weep”
from: Platinum Gospel: The Swan Silvertones / Sonorous Ent. / 2012 (1959)
[“Mary Don’t You Weep” (alternately titled “O Mary Don’t You Weep”, “Oh Mary, Don’t You Weep, Don’t You Mourn”, or variations thereof) is a Negro spiritual that originates from before the American Civil War – thus it is what scholars call a “slave song,” “a label that describes their origins among the enslaved,” and it contains “coded messages of hope and resistance.” It is one of the most important of Negro spirituals. The song tells the Biblical story of Mary of Bethany and her distraught pleas to Jesus to raise her brother Lazarus from the dead. Other narratives relate to The Exodus and the Passage of the Red Sea, with the chorus proclaiming Pharaoh’s army got drown-ded!, and to God’s rainbow covenant to Noah after the Great Flood. With liberation thus one of its themes, the song again become popular during the Civil Rights Movement. Additionally, a song that explicitly chronicles the victories of the Civil Rights Movement, “If You Miss Me from the Back of the Bus”, written by Charles Neblett of The Freedom Singers, was sung to this tune and became one of the most well-known songs of that movement. In 2015 it was announced that The Swan Silvertones’s version of the song will be inducted into the Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry for the song’s “cultural, artistic and/or historical significance to American society and the nation’s audio legacy”. The first recording of the song was by the Fisk Jubilee Singers in 1915. The best known recordings were made by the vocal gospel group The Caravans in 1958, with Inez Andrews as the lead singer, and The Swan Silvertones in 1959. “Mary Don’t You Weep” became The Swan Silvertones’ greatest hit, and lead singer Claude Jeter’s interpolation “I’ll be a bridge over deep water if you trust in my name” served as Paul Simon’s inspiration to write his 1970 song “Bridge over Troubled Water”.The spiritual’s lyric God gave Noah the rainbow sign, no more water the fire next time inspired the title for The Fire Next Time, James Baldwin’s 1963 account of race relations in America.]

Krystle Warren and her band will play The Polsky Theatre, Wednesday, May 25, at 7:30 PM, for the Performing Arts Series at Johnson County Community College.

23. Charles Mingus – “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat”
from: Ah Um / Sony Music / (Originally 1959) Reissued: 1979. 1993
[“Goodbye Pork Pie Hat” is a jazz standard composed by Charles Mingus originally recorded by his sextet in 1959: John Handy on tenor saxophone, Booker Ervin on tenor saxophone, Shafi Hadi on tenor saxophone, Horace Parlan on piano, Charles Mingus on bass, and Dannie Richmond on drums. Mingus wrote it as an elegy for saxophonist Lester Young, who had died two months prior to the recording session, and was known to wear a broad-rimmed pork pie hat. It is one of Mingus’s best-known compositions and has been recorded by many jazz and jazz fusion artists. Joni Mitchell added lyrics to the song for her album Mingus, recorded in collaboration with Mingus during the months before his death. Charles Mingus Jr. (April 22, 1922 – January 5, 1979) was a jazz double bassist, composer and bandleader. His compositions retained the hot and soulful feel of hard bop, drawing heavily from black gospel music and blues, while sometimes containing elements of Third Stream, free jazz, and classical music. He once cited Duke Ellington and church as his main influences.]

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

Photo of Krystle Warren by Manu Noyon

Next week, May 25, The Philistines join us LIVE in the 90.1 FM Studios to talk about their upcoming debut full length release: The Backbone of Night on The Record Machine label. Also joining us next week is singer songwriter Rae Fitzgerald.

Our Script/Playlist is a cut and paste of information.
Sources for notes: artist’s websites, bios, wikipedia.org

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