#633 – June 8, 2016 Playlist

Wednesday MidDay Medley
TEN to NOON Wednesdays – Streaming at KKFI.org
90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

“The MidCoast Sound”
Hunky-Dory MidCoastal Releases of 2016 …So Far
Marion Merritt + Joelle St. Pierre + Heidi Lynne Gluck + Anson The Ornery

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

2. Leyla McCalla – “A Day for the Hunter, a Day for the Prey”
from: A Day for the Hunter, a Day for the Prey / Jazz Village-Harmonia Mundi / May 27, 2016
[Leyla Sarah McCalla was born October 3, 1985. She is a classical and folk musician. She has been a cellist with the Grammy-winning string band Carolina Chocolate Drops but left that group to focus on her solo career. Both of McCalla’s parents were born in Haiti. Her father Jocelyn McCalla was the Executive Director of the New York-based National Coalition for Haitian Rights from 1988 to 2006 and is credited as translator on Vari-Colored Songs. Her mother Régine Dupuy arrived in the United States at age 5, is the daughter of Ben Dupuy who ran Haiti Progrès, a New York based Haitian socialist newspaper. McCalla’s mother went on to found Dwa Fanm, an anti-domestic violence human rights organization. McCalla was born in New York City and raised in New Jersey. She lived in Accra, Ghana for two years as a teen. After a year at Smith College, she transferred to New York University to study cello performance and chamber music. She then moved to New Orleans where she played music on the streets. Her critically acclaimed album Vari-Colored Songs was a tribute to Langston Hughes which includes adaptations of his poems, Haitian folk songs sung in Haitian Creole and original compositions. ‘A Day For The Hunter, A Day For The Prey, ‘ takes its title by a book of the same name that the singer and cellist read while pregnant with her first daughter. Taking its title in turn from a Haitian proverb, the book analyzes the intersection of politics, power and music in Haiti. McCalla was struck by how political crisis can create a scene for music to be born. Through deeply felt originals and interpretations of traditional songs from Creole, Cajun, Haitian, American folk and jazz canons, the album depicts a diverse American experience and Leyla’s struggles with and acceptance of her own identity. Leyla McCalla played an Official Showcase at Folk Alliance International, Fri, Feb 19, at Westin Crown Center.][Leyla McCalla will be at Knuckleheads Saloon on June 18.]

10:04 – Pledge Break #1

Marion Merritt is our most frequent contributor to WMM, for 12 years she has been sharing her musical discoveries and information from her encyclopedic brain. For over a decade and more, Marion has joined us for every on-air fund drive to help us raise funds, donate money, and give us priceless photographs, and valuable coupons for “Thank You Gifts.” Marion is the creator of Records With Merritt, a small, independent, minority owned business, at 1614 Westport Rd. in Kansas City, Missouri. And is keeping the tradition of, female-owned, independent record stores, alive, on Westport Road. Record Stores that not only make available MidCoastal releases from independent KC music labels, but also host multiple weekly in-store shows featuring area and touring bands.

Also with us is Joelle St. Pierre, a friend of the show, a friend of mine since the early 1990s, and a huge friend to 90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio. Joelle is a 90.1 FM “Super Volunteer,” she works long hours helping with KKFI’s special events, including the annual Crossroads Music Festival, The Spring Dance, Folk Alliance International, and answering phones for our On-Air-Fund Drives. Joelle is someone who stepped out of the crowd of our beautiful KKFI listening audience, to not only donate to KKFI, but also give her time and energy to help keep this rare treasure of the airwaves alive. Despite all of her hours given to community radio, like so many of our hardest working volunteers, she is not often found behind the microphone, so today is special.

Non-Commercial, Community Radio, means that three times a year, we interrupt our regularly scheduled programming, to ask YOU our beautiful-listeners, to help us continue 90.1 FM’s unique, 24-7 programming, that is…essentially free to you, to tune into. While the spirit of this station is kept alive by hundreds of volunteers who passionately donate their time and abilities to keep the transmission of our 100,000-watt-signal alive. We are a operated by a not-for-profit organization, incorporated over 35 years ago, called The MidCoast Radio Project. YOU are the reason we are able to stay alive.

In the last year Wednesday MidDay Medley has welcomed over 200 guests including: Lily Tomlin, The Philistines, Brodie Rush, Iris DeMent, Calvin Arsenia, Fally Afani, Louis Meyers, Krystle Warren, Bach Aria Soloists, Psychic Heat, Enrique & Diego Chi, The Thunderclaps, Slow Motion Commotion, Scott Easterdy, Alyssa Murray, Ty Herndon, Stephonne Singleton, Cheri Woods, Andrew Foshee, 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 and 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, Ryan Wilks, Dedric Moore, Jonathan Bender, Camry Ivory, Ivory Black, Sondra Freeman, Chris Haghirian, Gamelan Genta Kasturi, and Spinning Tree Theatre. Coming up we have interviews with Iris DeMent, and more


3. Doby Watson – “Natural Ice (Early Morning Version)”
from: Natural Ice (Early Morning Version) – Single / Independent / May 11, 2016
[Written by Doby Watson, featuring Hanna Maria Albina and Adamah. Produced by Zack Hames. Doby Watson is a KC based Singer-Songwriter who He released a debut album Live-In Son in 2009 and earlier this year on Jan 27, he played live on WMM to share music from an EP, collaboration with Austin Swearengin and Margo May, titled Swearengin, Watson & May, was recorded by Cory Schulz in his living room in Milwaukee, WI while the three songwriters had some time off during a recent tour. It was released by Double Shift Music. Doby is almost finished with a new solo EP and almost done writing a new full length.][Doby Watson plays Records With Merritt, Friday, June 10, at 7;00 pm with Colin Halliburton (of the band The Roseline) and Chase Horseman (who recently played live on WMM on April 13 with Teri Quinn).]

4. Kevin Morby – “I Have Been to the Mountain”
from: Singing Saw / Dead Oceans / April 15, 2016
[third release from Kevin Robert Morby born April 2, 1988. Morby learned to play guitar when he was 10. In his teens he formed the band Creepy Aliens. 17-year-old Morby dropped out of Blue Valley Northwest High School, got his GED, and moved from his native Kansas City to Brooklyn in the mid-2000s, supporting himself by working bike delivery and café jobs.[5] He later joined the noise-folk group Woods on bass. While living in Brooklyn, he became close friends and roommates with Cassie Ramone of the punk trio Vivian Girls, and the two formed a side project together called The Babies, who released albums in 2011 and 2012. He began a solo career in 2013 releasing his debut album Harlem River with positive reviews. His second album Still Life was released the following year.][Kevin Morby will be back in Kansas City to play The Riot Room on June 12 with Jaye Bartell.]

5. The Buhs – “Can’t Let Go”
from: Can’t Let Go – unreleased single track / January 13, 2016
[The Buhs include: singers Julia Haile, Lee Langston, and Anthony Saunders, with emcees Reach and Les Izmore, and Ryan J. Lee, Hermon Mehari, Ben Leifer, Tim Braun, Brad Williams and Kinyon Price. In Nov the band shot a music video in Paris. More info at: http://www.thebuhs.com][The Buhs play Boulevardia, on Sunday, June 19, at 1:00 pm, in the historic West Bottoms, on the Qdoba Native Flavor Stage.]

10:22 – Pledge Break #2

WMM Summer Fund Drive Team: Marion Merritt and Joelle St. Pierre

In the last year we’ve played nearly 1000 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 like 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. We believe we present one of the most integrated, multi-cultural collage, of really good music, and insightful and informational interviews.

10:29 – Underwriting

10:31 – Phone Interview with Heidi Lynne Gluck & Monica George

Lawrence, Kansas based Heidi Lynne Gluck is a songwriter, singer and multi-instrumentalist originally from the middle of Canada and the plains of Manitoba. She released her solo debut EP, The Only Girl in the Room, on Lotuspool Records, in 2015 and is getting ready to release new music this fall.

Monica George is part of the Lawrence Kansas based trio, The Ovaries-eez. Their debut full length, I Saw You in My Dream, was recorded & mastered by John Griffin at Sound + Vision Studio at Lawrence Public Library and released on Whatever Forever.

Heidi & Monica talked to us about Girls Rock! and the 2nd Annual Girls Rock! Camp Showcase, at Liberty Hall, this Saturday, June 11, at 7:00 pm. This event is part of Girls Rock Camp and the showcase will feature the bands performing the songs they wrote at camp.

“Girls Rock Lawrence serves those who aren’t given visibility in male-dominated spaces. Part of our mission is to provide a sense of community that will transform the local music scene,” says founding board member Sally Sanko. “Response from the community has been overwhelmingly positive. We look forward to showcasing the effects of this camp!”

Founding board member Angie Schoenherr adds, “Aside from being a music camp, Girls Rock Lawrence is part of a international social movement that uses music as a unifying structure to create a safe-space for female and trans youth. Within this space, campers are given the opportunity to explore creatively, learn healthy relational skills, and discuss deep systemic issues ranging from racism, privilege, oppression, and sexism. Our hope is that the campers are able to take the skills and confidence they have developed at camp and apply those to all areas of their life.”

GRL is a volunteer-run, non-profit organization that provides a safe space to educate and empower girls and trans youth through musical exploration, creative expression, and performance. In one week Girls Rock! Lawrence campers learn to play an instrument, form a band, and write a song. The camp provides a uniquely supportive environment to create both music and a healthy self-image within a non-competitive learning environment.

The 2nd Annual Girls Rock! Camp Showcase, at Liberty Hall, this Saturday, June 11, at 7:00 pm. More info at:: http://www.girlsrocklawrence.com


6. Dressy Bessy – “Lady Liberty”
from: Kingsized / Yep Roc / February 5, 2016
[Indie rock band from Denver, Colorado, associated with the Elephant Six Collective. Guitarist John Hill also plays with The Apples in Stereo. Lead vocalist/guitarist Tammy Ealom formed the band with drummer Darren Albert and guitarist turned bassist Rob Greene in 1996. The name was taken from a popular Playskool doll of the 1970s. Hill joined around the time they started recording.][Dress Bessy plays miniBar, Thursday, June 9, with Cave Girls, and New Baboons.][Dressy Bessy plays Replay in Lawrence, Saturday, June 10, with Pop Empire, and Arc Flash.]

7. Fullbloods – “Money”
from: Mild West / High Dive Records / February 26, 2016
[Second full length release from Fullbloods: Ross Brown; Jared Tomasino; David Seume; and Bill Pollock. Recorded at Westend Studios in Kansas City, Kansas by Mike Nolte. Mixed by Fullbloods. Mastered by Mike Nolte at Eureka Mastering. (Starfucker, Of Montreal).[Fullbloods play Manor Fest 2, June 17, at 10:15 with Shyboys, Toughies, Momma’s Boy, Arc Flash, BLKFLNL, YOur Friend, Real Adults, YUNG UNKL, and 10 other bands for this two night event.]

10:46 – Pledge Break #3

WMM’s Summer Fund Drive Show with Marion Merritt, & Joelle St. Pierre.

90.1 FM is a grassroots movement, a radio station created by the people in the village. 38 years ago those people created a not-for-profit, 501 (c) 3 organization called, The MidCoast Radio Project and for over ten years volunteers worked to raise the funds to buy a signal, a tower, and create a physical station with studios and offices, to serve the community. In February of 1988, KKFI began broadcasting over the airwaves. We are a rare breed. A community radio station with 100,000 watts of power sending our crystal clear signal as far 40 miles away. Our engineers tell us that when our music is playing we have about the best sounding signal you will find in the area.

In one week of programming you will hear over 2000 different songs. 90.1 FM offers: Jazz – Mondays thru Fridays, Blues – 6 days a week, Reggae – Saturdays & Sundays, Hip Hop, Latin Music, Americana, Fusion, Rockabilly, Chamber Music, Metal, Punk, Freeform, Soul, Folk, World, Native American, Psychedelic, Rock, and Local Music.


8. Victor & Penny – “Rickshaw Chase”
from: Electricity / Victor & Penny / November 16, 2016
[Victor & Penny were formed in 2010, by Jeff Freling on guitar & vocals and Erin McGrane on ukulele & vocals. Chuck Haddix, of KCUR’s “The Fish Fry” writes, “Victor & Penny infuse their music with a strong sense of swing, rooted in the riff driven style of Kansas City jazz, to create their own distinctive style.” The nationally-touring duo have made over 800 public appearances, traveling over 150,000 miles, in the last 4 years, performing their original songs, and hot jazz and offbeat pop standards. Their new release, Electricity was produced by Grammy Award winning Producer/Engineer Mitch Dane, at Sputnik Sound in Nashville, TN, featuring Victor & Penny’s fine band, The Loose Change Orchestra with James Isaac on clarinet, soprano saxophone and melodica; Rick Willoughby on upright bass; and trombonist Kyle Dahlquist.][Victor & Penny are out on the road performing tonight in Tulsa, OK and then trveling west with shows in Salina, and thn in Colorado.]

9. Anson The Ornery – “Inauguration”
from: Inauguration – Single / Independent / June 10, 2016
[Anson the Ornery Singles Release show at Mills Record Company, 314 Westport Rd, KCMO, is on Friday, June 10, at 7:00 PM with CS Luxem.]

11:00 – Station ID

11:00 – Interview with Anson the Ornery

Anson the Ornery is a multimedia artist who combines his backgrounds in music, visual arts, writing and acting to create interactive installations and performances that make the viewer a part of the art rather than apart from the art. He received a BFA in Expanded Media from the University of Kansas in 2010 with minors in Music and English, he moved to Kansas City to become involved in the growing art scene. Anson the Ornery joined us to share new music and chat about his Singles Release show at Mills Record Company, 314 Westport Rd, KCMO, on Friday, June 10, at 7:00 PM with CS Luxem. Anson the Ornery will premiere two singles from his upcoming conceptual album Ferrule. Named for a ring of metal that joins two objects together, this full sensory multimedia spectacle endeavors to connect the audience with the supernatural world.

A limited amount of handmade “Screaming Wraith” prints containing download codes for the singles, Inauguration, and Similaire will be available for purchase during the event.



9. Anson The Ornery – “Similair”
from: Inauguration – Single / Independent / June 10, 2016
[Anson the Ornery Singles Release show at Mills Record Company, 314 Westport Rd, KCMO, is on Friday, June 10, at 7:00 PM with CS Luxem.]

11:13 – Pledge Break #4

WMM’s Summer Fund Drive Show with Marion Merritt and Joelle St. Pierre

90.1 offers nearly 100 different radio programs. 80 of those programs are locally produced, and hosted and engineered by over 100 different people, who create content, and personally handcraft each show. There are over 135 hours each week of locally produced handcrafted programs. You will not find this anywhere else on your radio dial. It is very special. Not only do we bring the most diverse and unfiltered news and information, but our musical playlist is so very much deeper, and more comprehensive, than any other radio station in town. In one week you will hear over 2000 different songs played, as well as voices from the hundreds of KKFI volunteers and the hundreds of guests who visit out midtown studios to share their stories and music.


11. Cambodian Space Project – “Dance Twist”
from: Rough Guide To Psychedelic Cambodia / World Music Network / 2015

12. 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 is out on tour with upcoming shows in Springfield, MO, June 16, at Front of House Lounge; Des Moines, IA, June 21, at Underground Rock Shop; and Madison, WI, June 22, at High Noon Saloon.]

11:29 – Underwriting

11:31 – Pledge Break #5

WMM’s Summer Fund Drive Show with Marion Merritt, and Joelle St. Pierre.

KKFI offers 24-7 programming, and YOU (the listener), basically get all of this amazing programming for “free.” I, for one, love that I can turn on my radio, or computer device, and tune into the 90.1 FM’s 100,000 watt, crystal-clear signal, and hear the music, information, news, entertainment, events, and stories, that I really cannot find anywhere else. 90.1 is my comfort, my special companion, my diverse friend, introducing me to all kinds of new & local music, as well as the news & information without the intrusion of commercials. It is radio brought to YOU by real people, who create these shows out of love, and are guided by KKFI’s noble mission that “seeks to stimulate, educate and entertain our audience, to reflect the diversity of the local and world community, and to provide a channel for individuals and groups, issues and music that have been overlooked, suppressed or under-represented by other media.”


13. The Sexy Accident – “I’m Going To Love Your New Boyfriend”
rom: Champagne Babycakes / Independent / To Be Released Sumer/Fall, 2016
[Produced by Seattle legend Steven Henry Fisk. The Sexy Accident is a pop band from Kansas City. The current line up consist of: Jesse Kates on guitar and vocals, Ramone Hall on drums, and Jamie Lin on voice. This song includes Dan Diamond on bass, Kyle Dahlquiston on keyboards. Recorded at West End courtesy of Justin Mantooth and Mike Miller, with mastering by Steve Turnidge. The Sexy Accident have released over 60 songs on five albums and three EPs and are planning to release their sixth album, Champagne Babycakes, as a card game! The new record includes 12 songs, and A game deck of 45 cards designed by Gavin Snider. Bandleader Jesse Kates will be on WMM on, June 15. YOU can help them make this release a reality by contributing to their IndieGoGo campaign: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/champagne-babycakes#/ ]

14. Chad Rex – “Doubleback”
from: I’ll Repay You: A Benefit for John Fackler – featuring the songs of John Fackler and Jettison / Independent / May 20, 2016
[This a benefit for John Fackler who was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (Type III ) when he was 15. He is now 39 and has worked full time since he was 18. He wants to continue to working to support himself financially, however, because of his ever-worsening condition, he is having obstacles that won’t be overcome without obtaining a Bounder power chair and a wheelchair conversion van. John’s friends, including John Velghe & The Prodigal Sons, Revolvers, Deco Auto, Dead Ven, Chad Rex, Ben Summers, Suicide Robins, and Hipshot Killer all recorded his songs for this new collection and tribute show. All proceeds from this album’s sales go directly via Paypal to the account for gofundme.com/FundFackler to benefit John’s medical and transportation needs so he may continue working and living the life that he wants to lead. “Doubleback” was written by John Fackler, though he could never make this song sound or work like he wanted. Chad Rex made this song sound and work like John always wanted. Chad is one of John’s favorite guitar players of all time. Fackler heard through the grapevine that Chad said this song was a really good mesh of Husker Du and Rush. He would totally be correct, but John makes it a rule to never admit out loud that he sorta likes Rush sometimes, and would rather say this was a “Owner of a Lonely Heart” era Yes influence played by Husker Du, but he probably won’t say that out loud either. Chad Rex on guitar, bass, drums, and vocals. Recorded at Hot Door Studios by Chad Rex. Mastered by Duane Trower at Weights & Measures Soundlab, KCMO]

15. Erik Voeks – “Being In Love With You (edit)”
from: “Being In Love With You”- Single / Independent / June 1, 2016
[Erik tells us this release is part of a series where he is releasing a pair of songs on the first day of the month for six months. This was month #3. 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. Produced by Erik Voeks & Patrick Hawley. Drums recorded by Matt Meyer at the beaudome. Everything else recorded by Erik at Sandusky Sound Co. Drums & percussion played by Patrick Hawley. Background vocals on Being In Love With You by Cameron Hawk. Everything else played & sung by Erik Voeks. More info at: erikvoeks.bandcamp.com/ ]

11:48 – Pledge Break #6

WMM’s Summer Fund Drive Show with Marion Merritt, and Joelle St. Pierre.

Who will tell our stories? We will tell our own stories. We will tell your story too.

We will share our voices to help make a better world, to remind someone that they are not alone. To give someone a smile or a laugh. To be honest. To be real. To represent the world that we live in, with programs created by and for our diverse listening audience.

From the multitude of programs offered 24 – 7, 7 days a week, for 27 years, by over 100 people who give of their time, and talents and resources, to not only create programming, but to work to build an audience, to share the secret. Our Blues programs are huge: The Blues Kitchen, The Boogie Bridge, Voo Doo Kittens Road Trippin Blues. Our Monday through Friday Jazz shows live up to the promise of Kansas City and give jazz a place on the airwaves where no other station has given. Our Latino Programming, and Native American programming, and Folk Music and Chamber Music, and Reggae, and Rock, and Fusion, and Rockabilly, and Women’s Music, and World Music, and Hip Hop programs, and Old Soul R & B, and Americana, and Southern Soul, and British Rock, and Punk, and Electronica. KKFI is the most diverse station on the airwave in Kansas City. Our Urban Affairs, and Eco Radio, and ArtSpeak Radio, and Arts Magazine, and Heartland Labor Forum, and All Souls Forum, and LGBT Public Affairs and The Tenth Voice, and Women’s Programming, and Children’s Programming, and Justice Programming, is unmatched in our local production of programming.


16. Illphonics – “Everything (Jammin’ For Tou)”
from: Gone With The Trends / The Record Machine / April 1, 2016
[St. Louis based Hip-Hop, Alternative, Funk, Rock, Soul band formed by: Larry “Fallout” Morris on Lead Vocals, Keith Moore on keyboards & vocals, Kevin Koehler on guitar & vocals, Simon Chervitz on bass, Chaz Brew on drums & vocals.] [The Record Machine’s new sampler: How To Keep Dreaming Vol. III, is available at https://therecordmachine.bandcamp.com. Proceeds benefit Spay & Neuter Kansas City.]

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

Next week, on June 15, we present part two of our two-week special “The MidCoast Sound” and we will play from some of our favorite MidCoastal full-length or EP or single releases of 2016 – so far. We’ll spin representative tracks from, Katy Guillen & The Girls, The Philistines, The Quivers, BLKFLANL, Chris Meck and The Guilty Birds, Your Friend, Red Kate, Teri Quinn, Andrew Foshee, Hipshot Killer, The UK’s, Mat Shoare, Nicholas St. James, Under The Big Oak Tree, The Ovaries-eez, YUNGUNKL, Rae Fitzgerald, plus we welcome special guests Jesse Kates, and Shawn Crowley

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

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