#652 – October 19, 2016 Playlist

Wednesday MidDay Medley
TEN to NOON Wednesdays – Streaming at KKFI.org
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Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Spinning Records With Marion Merritt
+ Mike Alexander of Hipshot Killer
& Too Much Rock Single Series

Marion Merritt joined us as our special “Guest Producer.” For more than 12 years she has been sharing her musical discoveries and information from her encyclopedic brain with the listeners of Wednesday MidDay Medley. Marion is the creator of Records With Merritt, a small, independent, minority owned business, at 1614 Westport Rd. in Kansas City, Missouri. Keeping alive the tradition of female-owned, independent record stores on Westport Road. Our area independent record stores make available area releases from independent KC music artists and labels, while also hosting multiple weekly in-store shows featuring area and touring bands.

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

2. Dimitri From Paris – “Prologue”
from: Sacrebleu / Atlantic / 2001

3. Baby Huey & The Baby Sitters – “Hard Times”
from: The Baby Huey Story-The Living Legend / Water Music Records-1971 / City Hall-2013
[Baby Huey & the Babysitters was a soul band hailing from Gary, Indiana. The band, founded in 1963, was the idea of organist / trumpeter Melvyn Jones and guitarist Johnny Ross. James Ramey was their front man, and he adopted the stage name of “Baby Huey” (after the cartoon/comic book character Baby Huey). They were well known on the club scene in Chicago. By 1970, most of the original Babysitter members had left and had been replaced by new personnel. Melvyn Jones was one of the last original founding members to leave. Ramey died on October 28, 1970. He was in the midst of recording the band’s debut album for the Curtom label. The album that was released posthumously only featured some songs by the Babysitters. The rest were with Curtom session musicians. The Babysitters re-formed, briefly, to play at Ramey’s funeral. Manager Marv Stuart would later take some former members, including Dave Cook, to form Goliath with Chaka Khan.]

4. Fantastic Negrito – “In the Pines”
from: The Last Days of Oakland / Blackball Universe / 2016
[Fantastic Negrito was raised in an orthodox Muslim household. His father was a Somali-Caribbean immigrant who mostly played traditional African music. When, at the age of 12, Negrito’s family moved from Massachusetts to Oakland, California. Oakland in 1970s was a million miles from Negrito’s conservative childhood. He went from Arab chants to Funkadelic in one day. By the time he was 20, Negrito had taught himself to play every instrument he could get his hands on. He was recording music, and after some difficulties on the streets he packed his bags and headed to LA, armed with a demo on cassette. Negrito signed with a million dollar deal at Interscope. The record deal was a disaster. Gangsta rap was ruling the airwaves and Negrito was in the wrong place at the wrong era. Negrito came out of the deal with a failed album and his confidence gutted. In 2000, Negrito was in a near fatal car accident that put him in a coma. For four weeks it was touch and go. Because his muscles atrophied while bedridden, he had to go through months of frustrating physical therapy to regain use of his legs. Rods were placed throughout his body. And worst of all, his playing hand was mutilated. Back in Oakland, Negrito forgot about life as a musician. He got married, he planted vegetables, raised his own chickens, and made money growing weed. He also settled into being a man, on his own, clear of the distractions of wanting to be a star. And then his son Kyu was born. He began recording without the hindrances that come with chasing trends. Negrito turned to the original DNA of all American music, the Blues. The beating life had given him primed him to channel his literal and musical forefathers: the Blues musicians of the Delta]


5. Morgan Delt – “Some Sunsick Day”
from: Phase Zero / Sub Pop / August 26, 2016

6. Allah-Las – “Place in the Sun”
from: Calico Review / Mexican Summer / September 9, 2016


7. The Frightnrs – “Nothing More to Say”
from: Nothing More to Say / Daptone Records / 2016

8. The Oympians – “Sirens of Jupiter”
from: The Olympians / Daptone Records / 2016

10:33 – Underwriting

9. The Brian Jonestown Massacre-“La Façon Dont La Machine Vers L’arrie̠re”
from: La Façon Dont La Machine Vers L’arrière -Single / Hoga Nord Rekords- a Records / 2016

10. The Brian Jonestown Massacre – “The Sun Ship”
from: The Sun Ship-Single / a Records / 2016


11. Betty Harris – “What’d I Do Wrong”
from: Soul Jazz Records Presents Betty Harris: The Lost Queen of New Orleans Soul / Soul Jazz Records / 2016

12. Lee Moses – “Hey Joe”
from: Time and Place / Maple Records/ 1971 [Light In The Attic / 2016]

10:56 – Station ID

13. Bon Iver – “22 (OVER S∞∞N)”
from: 22, A Million / Jagjaguwar / 2016

14. Bon Iver – “8 (circle)”
from: 22, A Million / Jagjaguwar / 2016


15. Eugene Blacknell & The New Breed – “Wahwah Funk”
from: We Can’t Take Life for Granted / Luv N’ Haight – Ubiquity / 2007

16. Doug Hream Blunt – “Gentle Persuasion”
from: My Name Is Doug Hream Blunt: Featuring the Hit Gentle Persuasion / Luaka Bop / 2015


17. Jenny Hval – “Female Vampire”
from: Blood Bitch / Sacred Bones / 2016

18. Angel Olsen – “Intern”
from: My Woman / Jagjaguwar / 2016

11:32 – Underwriting

11:34 – Interview with Mike Alexander

Back in January, our next guest, Mike Alexander, joined us to share music from his band Hipshot Killer and their latest full length release, “They Will Try To Kill Us All” where he is a guitarist and singer in the power punk trio. Mike returns today, to share new music from the band, from their their new 7″ vinyl release as part of the Too Much Rock Single Series. In just a few moments we are going to play, the radio broadcast premiere, of the new Hipshot Killer, B side cover, “Sky Flying By” originally recorded by influential punk band Samiam. We’ll also play the Hipshot Killer A side: “All the Hell in the World,” the fifth release from the Too Much Rock Single Series. Hipshot Killer plays Mills Record Company, Saturday, October 22, , and Tues, Oct 25 at Davey’s Uptown Rambler’s Club.

Mike Alexander thanks for being with us on WMM.

New Single: “All the Hell in the World,” with B-Side: “Sky Flying By” originally recorded by influential punk band Samiam.

Mike Alexander (Revolvers, Architects), on Guitar & Vocals, Chris Wagner (100 Years War, Jackie Carrol) on Bass & Vocals, legendary drummer Jon “Buddy” Paul, who plays in The Big Iron and The Revolvers.

Recorded by Duane Trower at Weights and Measures Soundlab in Kansas City
Artwork: Michael Olson, Photography: Todd Zimmer, Cover Model: Britt Adair

Too Much Rock, a music blog site created by Sid Sowder in 1997, where he shares his photos & videos & comments of the live music shows he attends. Sid also posts podcasts!

The Too Much Rock Singles Series is a collection of 45 rpm singles that marry great songs with great bands all for the love of vinyl. Each old-school two-song single features one unique song paired with one cover chosen by Too Much Rock who press 500 limited edition copies and then simply give them to the band. More info at: http://www.toomuchrock.com or http://www.hipshotkiller.com

Schwervon!, Rev Gusto, Josh Berwanger Band, The Uncouth have all recorded for the Too Much Rock Single Series.

Hipshot Killer plays Mills Record Company, Saturday, October 22, , and Tuesday, October 25 at Davey’s Uptown Rambler’s Club.


19. Hipshot Killer – “Sky Falling By” (7″ Vinyl)
from “Sky Falling By” B-Side Single “All The Hell in The World / Too Much Rock / Oct. 21, 2016

Hipshot Killer plays Mills Record Company, Saturday, October 22, , and Tuesday, October 25 at Davey’s Uptown Rambler’s Club.

Along with the new Too Much Rock Single and the Hipshot Killer album released in January, Mike Alexander and the band were a big part of one of our favorite releases of 2016.

I’ll Repay You: A Benefit for John Fackler – featuring the songs of John Fackler & Jettison was independently released on May 20, 2016. Last week we played the Hipshot Killer cover of the Jettison song “Porcelain.”

This release is 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]

Mike has been a part of the Center of the City Fest for the past 5 years and is also one of this year’s organizers of the Fest.

Mike is also a much sought after guitar player and he regularly performs live and records with John Velghe & The Prodigal Sons, and The Starhaven Rounders. Mike has also played with Revovers and The Architects.


20. Hipshot Killer – “All The Hell in The World”
from: “All The Hell in The World” – Single / Too Much Rock / Oct. 21, 2016

The 2016 Hipshot Killer album, They Will Try to Kill Us All, was released on vinyl on Jan 16, 2016, with Thomas Becker, of Beautiful Bodies, on Drums. was recorded by Michael Stout and Chris Wagner at: The Uptown Theatre on Broadway and Valentine and the Becker Residence in Hyde Park, The Sandbox at Vinyl Renaissance on 39th Street West, and Dumit’s Rug Shop on 79th Street, and was Mastered at Weights and Measures studio by Duane Trower. All songs written by Mike Alexander Released on Throwing Things Records, 6819 Minnesota Ave, St. Louis, Missouri

With bandmate Chris Wagner Mike plays with John Velghe & The Prodigal Sons. John Velghe helped in the recording of tracks for “They Will Try To Kill Us All.”

Mike Alexander grew up in KCK.

As part of the Too Much Rock Singles Series, Hipshot Killer plays a single release show at Mills Record Company, Saturday, October 22, , and Tuesday, October 25 at Davey’s Uptown Rambler’s Club. More info at: http://www.toomuchrock.com or http://www.hipshotkiller.com


21. Hipshot Killer – “Alone on The Airwaves”
from: They Will Try To Kill Us All / Throwing Things / January 16, 2016
[KC based 3-piece power punk band formed in the fall of 2008. For the recording: Mike Alexander (Revolvers, Architects), on Guitar & Vocals, Chris Wagner (100 Years War, Jackie Carrol) on Bass & Vocals, Thomas Becker (Beautiful Bodies), on Drums. The band released their debut record Hipshot Killer, April 29, 2011, and are currently working on their new release.]

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

Next week, on October 26, Mark welcomes special guests Beth Byrd, and Michael McQuary. At 11:00 Guest Producer Nico Gray joins us for the 2nd hour, to share haunted tracks from some of his favorite music from when he worked at The Limelight in Chicago in the late 1980s, all in the spirit of the upcoming halloween holiday.

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

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