#651 – October 12, 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, October 12, 2016

“The MidCoast Sound”
Maria Vasquez Boyd + Marion Merritt
+ Nathan Reusch & Sound Machine KC + Caitlin Jemma

Special Fund Drive Co-hosts:
Marion Merritt is our most frequent contributor to WMM, She grew up in Los Angeles, and St. Louis. She came to Missouri to go to college. She studied art and musical engineering, and is a avid lover of classic films and punk rock music. For over twelve years she has been sharing her musical discoveries and information from her encyclopedic brain on Wednesday MidDay Medley. Marion has joined us for every on-air fund drive of the past 11 years to help us raise funds for the MidCoast Radio Project. Marion is the creator of Records With Merritt, a small, independent, minority owned business, at 1614 Westport Rd. in Kansas City, Missouri. And in the spirit of Anne Winter, a renegade who helped launch KKFI, Marion Merritt is keeping the tradition of, female-owned, independent record stores, alive, on Westport Road. More information at: http://www.recordswithmerritt.com

Maria Vasquez Boyd is a writer and artist and published poet. Maria is a founding member of the Latino Writers Collective. She is a graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute, where she has also taught in the Design/Illustration Department and for for the Nelson Atkins Museum. Maria has served as the gallery coordinator for the Guadalupe Center and The Writers Place. She is a contributing Artist at Mattie Rhodes, Prospero’s Books, and Nelson tins Museum of Art. Maria is host and producer of ARTSPEAK Radio, heard every Wednesday at Noon, on 90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio.

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

2. Sharks in The Deep End – “Shadows in The Sunset”
from: Killin’ Machine / Sharks in the Deep End / April 22, 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.] [Also avaialble on The Record Machine’s sampler: How To Keep Dreaming Vol. III, (April 8, 2016, available at https://therecordmachine.bandcamp.com. Proceeds benefit Spay & Neuter KC.]

[Sharks in the Deep End play The Bottleneck, in Lawrence tonight, October 12, opening for Peelander Z, with The People’s Punk Band.]


3. Calvin Arsenia – “Falling Over”
from: Catastrophe / Calvin Arsenia / February 17, 2016 (Limited edition EP of Demos)
[Since Calvin Arsenia came home to KC after living in Edinburgh, Scotland, he has released his EP, Moments, in 2014, and his EP Prose in 2015, and his Folk Alliance exclusive EP Catastrophe in 2016. He has played all over town, including showcases at Folk Alliance International, Kansas City Fringe Fest, The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, and collaborations with bands like My Brothers and Sisters. Standing at 6 foot 5 inches, Arsenia’s powerful vocals span a 3.5 octave range, while playing piano, bango, guitar and harp. Calvin Arsenia is getting ready to release a new album in the fall. Calvin teaches music to elementary students. Calvin is also a graduate of Artist INC professional development program for artists in the Kansas City metro area and across the Mid-America Arts Alliance five state region.]

[Calvin Arsenia will be our guest on November 2]

[Calvin Arsenia plays a Catastrophe Album Release Show at recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd., Tuesday, November 15 at 6:00 pm, with Jametatone + Liz, and Quixotic.]


4. Psychic Heat – “Black Radio”
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 a Tour Kickoff Show, Friday, Octobr 14, at Replay Lounge in Lawrence with Arc Flash, Greg Wheeler & The Polygamist Mall Cops, and Real Adults]

[Psychic Heat play Sound Machine KC at recordBar, 1520 Grand, Saturday, Oct 15, with Shonen Knife, The Philistines, Westerners, Leggy, Darsombra, Drop a Grand, Weyward Sister, Macemouth]

5. Westerners – “Dog Years”
from: Tetris – Single B/W Dog Years / The Record Machine / September 11, 2015
[Indie rock band from Lawrence and KC formed in August of 2013. The band includes: Mitch Hewlett, Josh Hartranft, and Matt Mirsch. Westerners signed to Kansas City independent label The Record Machine in 2015. Their debut full length album “Reoccurring Dream Theme” is set to be released soon.] [Westerners are also on 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.]

[Westerners play Sound Machine KC at recordBar, 1520 Grand, Saturday, Oct 15, with Shonen Knife, The Philistines, Psychic Heat, Leggy, Darsombra, Drop a Grand, Weyward Sister, Macemouth.]

10:31 – Interview with Nathan Reusch

Nathan Reusch is co-founder of The Record Machine, an independent area music label he started with friends and has fostered for over 12 years. Nathan is also the co-founder and curator of the Middle of The Map Fest with Chris Haghirian.

Nathan Reusch joins us to share information about Sound Machine KC, a new monthly concert series, presented by The Record Machine, that premieres Saturday, October 15, from 4:00 PM to 1:00 am, at the recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd, KCMO. Sound Machine KC will focus on music discovery by highlighting up and coming area talent and bringing in bands from all around the globe. Saturday night’s show include: Shonen Knife, The Philistines, Westerners, Leggy, darsombra, Psychic Heat, DROP A GRAND, Weyward Sister, and Macemouth. More info at: http://www.soundmachinekc.com

Nathan Reusch thanks for being with us on WMM.


6. Shonen Knife – “Cycling is Fun”
from: Yama-No Attchan / Oglio Entertainment Group / 1984
[Japanese pop punk band formed in Osaka, in 1981. Heavily influenced by 1960s girl groups, pop bands, The Beach Boys, and early punk rock bands, such as the Ramones, the trio crafts stripped-down songs with simplistic lyrics sung both in Japanese and English. Despite their pop-oriented nature, the trio maintains a distinctly underground garage rock sound rooted in edgy instrumentation and D.I.Y. aesthetics, which over the course of their long career has earned them a solid, worldwide cult following and made avid fans out of seminal 1990s alternative rock bands such as Sonic Youth, Nirvana, and Redd Kross. The band has been credited with making “the international pop underground more international” by “opening it up to bands from Japan”. They have also performed as a Ramones tribute band under the name The Osaka Ramones.]

[Shonen Knife play Sound Machine KC at recordBar, 1520 Grand, Saturday, Oct 15, with , The Philistines, Westerners, Psychic Heat, Leggy, Darsombra, Drop a Grand, Weyward Sister, Macemouth.]

10:44 – Underwriting

7. Violet and the Undercurrents – “Chasin the Sun”
from: Nashville [EP] / Nation of Love / November 5, 2016
[Columbia, Missouri based, four-piece, all-female band. Violet and the Undercurrents have been described as “..Sophisticated folk-rockers ..” Members include: Violet Vonder Haar on Lead Vocals and Guitar; Linda Bott on Bass Guitar; Lizzy Weiland on lead guitar; Phylshawn Johnson on Drums.]

[Violet and the Undercurrents play The Brick, Friday, October 14, with Chris Meck and The Guilty Birds, and Of Tree]

8. 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 Guilty Birds play The Brick, Friday, October 14, with Violet and the Undercurrents, and Of Tree]

11:00 – Station ID

9. Rachel Mallin & The Wild Type – “Dance Card”
from: Degenerate Matters [EP] / Independent / releases July 30, 2016
[Indie synthpop from Kansas City based, 5-piece band that includes: Rachel Mallin on lead vocals & guitar, Justin Walker on bass, Austin Edmisten on drums & back-up vocals, Jesse Bartmess on synthesizers & keyboards, Matt Kosinski on lead guitar. Degenerate Matters was recorded, produced, and mastered by Joel Nanos at Element Recording Studios. Musical Arrangements written and performed by Rachel Mallin, Justin Walker, Austin Edmisten, Jesse Bartmess, and Matt Kosinski. Lyrics written by Rachel Mallin.]

[Rachel Mallin & The Wild Type play The Midland, Fri, Oct 14, with Phantogram, and Bishop Briggs.]

[Rachel Mallin & The Wild Type play Apocalypse Meow, on November 5, at recordBar, with Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, Emmaline Twist, The Invisible World, Shapiro Brothers, Nicholas St. James, Crystal Clayton, and Jake Wells]

10. Hipshot Killer – “Porcelain”
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. “Porcelain” was written by John Fackler, but would not exist without Revolvers or Mike Alexander. This was an attempt to really play fast. Sometimes John had trouble keeping up with the rest of his band, who were much, much better players than he was. Much. Mike has no problem keeping up. Buddy throws the song into the stratosphere and then gives it a kick and laughs at it. Chris, as usual, plays the bass parts that make John go “Yes. That. That is it. That is bass.” The first time John heard Mike’s vocal on this track, he turned to Mike halfway through and said “It’s fun to sing, isn’t it?” Mike just chuckled a little and nodded. Mike Alexander on guitar & vocals, Chris Wagner on bass & vocals, Jon “Buddy” Paul on drums. Recorded at Whisker Gables, in KCMO with Chris Meck, and at Guttersnipe Recording Co., KCMO with John Velghe. Mastered by Duane Trower at Weights & Measures Soundlab, KCMO]

[Hipshot Killer released their critically acclaimed, They Will Try To Kill Us, on January 16, 2016]

[Mike Alexander will be with us next week on to premiere Side B of new Too Much Rock Single Series]

11:13 – Underwriting

11:15 – Interview with Caitlin Jemma and Bart Budwig

Eugene Oregon based, singer songwriter, Caitlin Jemma joined us live in our 90.1 FM Studios with multi-instrumentalists Bart Budwig. Caitlin Jemma and Bart Budwig are currently on a US Tour and are in Kansas City for a show, October 12, at Records with Merritt, playing with area musician Johnny Gleason. On October 1, 2016, Caitlin released her new album, Old Joy, with her band The Goodness. This year Bart Budwig released his album, The Moon and Other Things. More info at: http://www.caitlinjemma.com

Caitlin Jemma and Bart Budwig, thanks for being with us today on Wednesday MidDay Medley.


11. Caitlin Jemma with Bart Budwig – “Evangelene” (Live)
Caitlin Jemma on vocals and guitar, Bart Budwig on trumpet and harmony vocals


12. Bart Budwig with Caitlin Jemma – “Four Leaf Clover” (Live)
Bart Buwig on vocals abd guitar, Caitlin Jemma on vocals and harmony


13. Katy Guillen & The Girls – “Driving To Wake Up”
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 joined us on May 4.]

[Katy Guillen & the Girls play The Basement Nashville, Friday, October 14.]


14. Heidi Lynne Gluck – “Waiting For You To Say It”
from: Pony Show / Lotuspool Records / August 26, 2016
[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 is currently on tour on the west coast playing The Assembly, in West Hollywood on Sunday, Octobeer 16]

15. The Phantastics – “Gimme Somethin”
from: Closer / Silly Goose Records / December 14, 2013
[Debut EP from 8 member group Kanas City based band formed in December of 2010, that specialize genre-blending hip-hop, mixed with rock, rap, dance, funk, jazz and soul. Members include: Kemet “the Phantom” Coleman on lead vocals, Leigh Gibbs on vocals, JJ Cantrell on lead guitar & vocals, Danny Florez on electric bass & vocals, Ashley Thompson on drums, DJ Mitchell on saxophone, and Austin Quick on keyboards.]

[The Phantastics play the Fed Up Fest for Harvesters, Saturday, October 15, at Crossroads KC with Sylvan Esso, Hippo Campus, MarchFourth, Split Lip Rayfield, Found A Job, and Various Blonde.]


16. My Oh My! – “Parade”
from: Wouldn’t Have It Any Other Way / Independent / December 12, 2015
[Written by A.M. Merker, Arranged by My Oh My! My Oh My is a 3-woman, 5-man band from Kansas City, that plays “a big, bearhugging blend of Americana, classic rock and folk.” The band includes: Stephen Berry on guitars; Grant Buell on keyboards; Sarah Dolt, Stephanie Gaume & Melissa Geffert on vocals; Jason Harper on bass; Jacob Horpinjuk on drums, A.M. Merker on lead vocals. The band’s second release, the EP, Wouldn’t Have It Any Other Way, was released December 12, 2015. The new music was recorded, engineered, and mixed by Joel Nanos at Element Recording,, Kansas City, MO. Mastered by Wes Martin at Firewheel Recording, Garland, TX. ]

[My Oh My play Californos in Westport, Friday, Oct 14, with Pocket Vinyl, and Colin Halliburton]

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

Next week, on October 19, Marion Merrtt will be back as our Guest Producer. Plus Mike Alexander of Hipshot Killer will be here to premiere music from thje new Too Much Rock Single Series.

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

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