#661 – December 21, 2016 Playlist

Wednesday MidDay Medley
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Wednesday, December 21, 2016


The 116 Best Recordings of 2016
(Part 3 of 4)

Wednesday MidDay Medley presened part-three, of our four-week special: The 116 Best Recordings of 2016. 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 2016 we’ve played over 1000 different 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 MidCoastal Releases, 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 116 of Best Recordings of 2016!

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

2. (58.) Hinds – “Garden”
from: Leave Me Alone / Mom + Pop / January 8, 2016
[Debut album from Spanish indie rock band from Madrid, formed in 2011, consisting of Carlotta Cosials on vocals & guitar, Ana Perrote on vocals & guitar, Ade Martin on bass, and Amber Grimbergen on drums. The original name of the band was Deers, but they were forced to change it at the end of 2014, due to the threat of legal action from a similarly named band. The group chose “Hinds” (female deer) as the new name.]

3. (57.) Kristen Ford – “El Camino”
from: Rend and Render [Deluxe] / Kristen Ford / Released July 29, 2016
[All songs written & performed by Kristen Ford, engineering by Dan Cardinal & Ariel Bernstein at Dimension Sound Studios, Boston, MA . Nashville based singer songwriter. Since 2009, Kristen has released three full length albums and two EPs. During her childhook, Kristen Ford, moved around alot, growing up in 6 different states. She began working as a dishwasher at 14 to save up enough money for her first guitar. Being left-handed, she soon discovered that the south paw guitars were too expensive and went with a right handed guitar. This perhaps explains her dynamic and expressive rhythm hand, which she uses to drive her band forward and push acoustic songs into a new realm of dance, rock and reggae music. Kristen’s parents supplied an interesting musical upbringing. Her father sang in a barbershop quartet, and now conducts vocal groups and takes Gospel solos at church. Her mother is a folkie of the 60s and 70s, playing guitar and spinning the likes of Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and Simon and Garfunkel records around the house. Her love of touring has led her through 47 states and 6 countries, spending at least a third of each year on the road. Her solo performance of beat-boxing, playing percussion with her feet, looping guitar riffs and hushing the crowd for intimate finger-picking songs. Kristen Ford joined us live on WMM on February 17.]

4. (56.) case/lang/veirs – “1000 Miles Away”
from: case/lang/veirs / Anti- Records / June 14, 2016
[Several years ago k.d. lang sent an email to Neko Case and Laura Veirs on a whim. It read simply, “I think we should make a record together.” Though the three musicians were barely more than acquaintances “Laura and I both responded immediately,” recalls Case. “There was no question.” ‘case/lang/veirs,’ is a new album by three phenomenal, self-driven artists was released with an extensive tour to follow. ‘case/lang/veirs’ features fourteen new, original songs written by the artists over a period of two-and-a-half years. It was recorded in Portland, OR where lang and Veirs both live, and produced by Tucker Martine with the group. Sessions commenced in lang’s loft with a view of Mount St. Helens, and in Veirs’ dining room and backyard studio. ‘case/lang/veirs’ draws inspiration from alluring, mysterious subjects: a supermoon, the tumbledown story of 70s singer Judee Sill, and the “best kept secret” in Silver Lake, to name but three.]

5. (55.) Crystal Clayton – “Be OK”
from: Crystal Clayton / Independent / June 3, 2016
[Debut EP from Kansas City based singer/songwriter, Crystal Clayton has been performing since she was 7 years old. She wrote her first song when she was 15. Versatile in multiple genres of music Crystal has performed in Musical Theatre for The New Theatre in Overland Park and for The Lyric Opera of Kansas City, as well as singing on tracks for hip hop artists Prozak and Ces Cru who are part of Tech N9ne’s label, Strange Music. Finding her own sound in an evergrowing pool of area singer songwriters, Crystal Clayton has just released her debut EP on June 3. Cystal Clayton’s new band made their live performance debut at The Plaza Art Fair, INK Live! Stage, on September 24. Crystal Clayton joined us live on WMM on September 21.]

6. (54.) Suicide Robins – “I’ll Repay You”
from: I’ll Repay You: A Benefit for John Fackler – featuring the songs of John Fackler and Jettison / Independent / May 20, 2016
[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. This song was written by John Fackler, who doesn’t have all the words necessary to describe how much he loves this version by Suicide Robins, but he will try. “So punk.” John is a big fan of this type of punk. The “get up and form a band!” type. John’s version was always “Please come back, please”. Suicide Robins’ version is more “Fuck you.” John loves this difference. Performed by Suicide Robins with Melissa on guitar & vocals; Don Dawn on drums & vocals, and Mike Alexander on bass & vocals. Recorded at Whisker Gables, KCMO by Chris Meck. Mastered by Duane Trower at Weights & Measures Soundlab, KCMO]

7. (53.) Michael Kiwanuka – “Love & Hate”
from: Love & Hate / Interscope Records / July 15, 2016
[2nd studio album by London-based singer-songwriter. The album is the follow-up to Kiwanuka’s 2012 Mercury Prize-nominated album Home Again. The album was produced by Danger Mouse, Inflo, and Paul Butler. He has been compared to Bill Withers, Randy Newman, Terry Callier, and Otis Redding, as well as Van Morrison and the Temptations. In January 2012, he won the BBC’s Sound of 2012 poll.]

8. (52.) Deerhoof – “Life is Suffering”
from: The Magic / Polyvinyl / June 24, 2016
[13th studio release from prolific San Francisco based experimental rock band who play with noise pop, punk rock, and avant-garde styles. Formed in 1994, the lineup includes: Greg Saunier on drums & vocals, Satomi Matsuzaki on vocals & bass, John Dieterich on guitar, and Ed Rodríguez on guitar.]

10:28 – Underwriting

9. (51.) Teri Quinn – “Free of Wanting”
from: Moons and Meltdowns / Teri Quinn / April 17, 2016
[KC 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. Teri Ann Quinn plays banjo & sings with Abandoned Bells with Tyson Schroeder on drums & vocals, and Krysztof Nemeth on baritone guitar. Teri plays clarinet and guitar for Claire and the Crowded Stage and has also contributed experimental compositions for The Black House Collective. Teri Quinn joined us on WMM 4/13 & 7/20]

10. (50.) Rae Fitzgerald – “Jackyl”
from: Popular Songs For Wholesome Families / Rae Firzgerald / June 3, 2016
[3rd album from Columbia, Missouri based singer songwriter. Recorded at Centro Cellar Studio in Columbia, MO, and Good Danny’s in Austin, TX, between October 2014 and September 2015. Engineered and produced by Lucas Oswald of Shearwater/Minus Story/Appleseed Cast/Old Canes/Hospital Ships. Mastered by Carl Saff. Rae Fitzgerald joined us on WMM on February 3.]

11. (49.) Jorge Arana Trio – “All My Friends Are Brown”
from: Mammoth / Haymaker Records / September 23, 2016
[Recorded in early 2016 by Justin Wilson at Sound 81 Productions. Jorge Arana Trio is: Jorge Arana, Josh Enyart, & Jason Nash. Formed in 2011. Mammoth is the 3rd album and 2nd full length release. Jorge Arana Trio played their first album release concert at recordBar, September 2 with 34 and Riala. The Jorge Arana Trio joined us live on WMM on August 31.]

12. (48.) The Quivers – “I Gotta Go”
from: Sugar Tease / The Quivers / March 4, 2016
[Follow up to the band’s full length debut recording, Hot Young Mess, from March, 2014. The band has also released two EPs. The Quivers are: Terra Skaggs on vocals & bass, Todd Grantham on vocals & organ, Bernie Dugan on drums, and Gary Parades on guitar. The album also features special guests: Kyle Dahlquist on trumpet & trombone, and Jesse Howes on saxophone. Recorded, mixed & mastered at Weights and Measures Soundlab by Duane Trower.]

13. (47.) Bobby Watson w/ Grupo Aztlan, and The T.J. Martley Trio – “Manicero”
from: KKFI Collaborations / KKFI 90.1 FM / January 29, 2016
[Collaborations was produced by 90.1 FM Station Manager – Barry Lee. The album features 13 collaborations: Betse & Clarke with Bird Fleming & John Kizilarmut; Kasey Rausch Music with The Vine Street Seven; Howard Iceberg with Hidden Pictures; Victor & Penny with Cody Wyoming; Gary Kirkland & Bill Dye; Angela Hagenbach & The KKFI Jazz Band (Jeff Harshbarger, Roger Wilder, John Kizilarmut, Terry Wilkerson); Jen Harris with Rich Hill; Bobby Watson with Grupo Aztlan, and The T.J. Martley Trio; BCR with Music by Betse Ellis and Bill Dye; The Boss Toms (The Latenight Callers with Teri Quinn); Enrique Chi of Making Movies with Bob Walkenhorst and Una Walkenhorst, Cucharada with Gerald Trimble’s Celtic and World Music Sessions, Freight Train Rabbit Killer with Jason Vivone.]

[In July, KKFI will present Collaborations LIVE at The Folly Theatre. Stay tuned for more info.]

14. (46.) Madisen Ward & the Mama Bear – “Daisey Jane”
from: Live At Grimey’s / Glassnote / April 16, 2016
[Record Store Day release. Singer songwriters, Madisen Ward and Ruth Ward, both play guitar, and sing harmonizing as son and mom. In the past 3 years they have garnered national acclaimed after an appearance at the 2014 Americana Music Fest, they signed with Glassnote Records and recorded their debut full-length album in Nashville with acclaimed producer Jim Abbiss. They released their first single, “Silent Movies,” the same night they performed the song on The Late Show with David Letterman on CBS Television. They launched a big tour across the United States and traveled to Europe for multiple shows in London, Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, and ten did it all again. They sang and played on the influential British television show, “Later With Jools Holland.” They were featured on CBS Sunday Morning, and the Today Show, and have visited many radio stations. They performed on tour with Sufjan Stevens, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, played Bonnaroo, Pilgramage, the Newport Folk Festival, and others, representing KC all over the world. We were the first to play them on the radio!]

15. (45.) Violet and the Undercurrents – “Chasin the Sun”
from: Nashville Sessions [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.]

11:00 – Station ID

16. (44.) Esperanza Spalding – “One”
from: Emily’s D+Evolution (Deluxe Edition) / Concord Music Group / March 4, 2016
[5th album from an American jazz bassist, cellist and singer, Esperanza Emily Spalding, born October 18, 1984, who draws upon many genres in her own compositions. A concept album revolving around a central character named Emily (Spalding’s middle name), Emily’s D+Evolution is not a jazz album — though jazz does inform much of the music here. Instead, Spalding — who also co-produced the album alongside legendary producer Tony Visconti (David Bowie) — builds the release largely around angular, electric guitar-rich prog rock, kinetic, rhythmically rich jazz fusion, and lyrically poetic pop. Spalding was raised in Portland, Oregon and was a musical prodigy, playing violin in the Chamber Music Society of Oregon at age five. She was later both self-taught and trained on a number of instruments, including guitar and bass. Her proficiency earned her scholarships to Portland State University and the Berklee College of Music. She has won four Grammy Awards, including the Grammy Award for Best New Artist at the 53rd Grammy Awards, making her the first jazz artist to win the award. Of her new album Pitchfork writes, “These are exuberant, confrontational songs, amplified in the same sort of rock/funk hybrid style that brings Prince and Janelle Monae to mind. Gone is the Afro, replaced with long braids, wide-rimmed glasses, and ornate outfits.”.]

17. (43.) Shapiro Brothers – “Almost Ready”
from: Shapiro Brothers [EP] / Shapiro Brothers / November 3, 2016
[Kansas City based Americana duo, formed by Mikal Shapiro and Chad Brothers who interpret classic country and folk music alongside critically acclaimed originals. Strengthened by Shapiro’s lyrical prowess and Brothers world-class flat picking, the couple showcases their harmonies, stellar guitar interplay and a magnetic onstage chemistry. All songs written by Mikal Shapiro, except “Almost Ready” was written by Mikal Shapiro and Chad Brothers. Shapiro Brothers played a special EP Release show, November 3, at The Brick, with Grady Keller from Old Sound and Spectator from St. Louis. Shapiro Brothers also played Apocalypse Meow 9, on November 5, at recordBar, with Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, Rachel Mallin and The Wild Type, Emmaline Twist, The Invisible World, Nicholas St. James, Crystal Clayton, and Jake Wells.]

18. (42.) Victor & Penny – “Day Off Boogie”
from: Electricity / Victor & Penny / April 19, 2016
[Written by Erin McGrane, Jeff Freling. Victor & Penny were formed in 2010, by Jeff Freling on guitar & vocals and Erin McGrane on ukulele & vocals. 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 played an ELECTRICITY: CD Release Concert with their Loose Change Orchestra, April 19 at Musical Theatre Heritage in Crown Center. Victor & Penny joined us live on WMM on April 13.]

[Victor & Penny play a Roarin’ RecordBar New Year’s Eve Party at recordBar 1520 Grand, Dec. 31 – New Year’s Eve!]

19. (41.) Wild Beasts – “Get My Bang”
from: Boy King / Domino Recording Co / August 5, 2016
[Indie rock from the UK. They released their first single, “Brave Bulging Buoyant Clairvoyants”, on Bad Sneakers Records in Nov. 2006, and then signed to Domino Records. They’ve released 4 acclaimed albums, Limbo, Panto (2008), Two Dancers (2009), Smother (2011), Present Tense (2014). In 2002, Queen Katherine School students Hayden Thorpe and Ben Little formed the duo Fauve, the French term for “wild beast”, and began writing songs. In January 2004, drummer Chris “Bert” Talbot and bassist Gareth “Gaz” Bullock, joined and the band’s name became Wild Beasts. The quartet recorded their eponymous demo EP in June 2004. In September 2005, the band relocated to Leeds and Tom Fleming replaced Bullock full-time bassist.]

20. (40.) Iggy Pop – “Gardenia”
from: Post Pop Depression / IGHO – Loma Vista – Concord / March 18, 2016
[17th studio album by Iggy Pop. Produced by Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age, the album was recorded in secrecy. Pop and Homme began working on the album in January 2015. Pop reached out to Homme by text message to ask if he was interested in writing music together. After they spoke by phone, Pop sent Homme some lyrics by mail, along with notes about Pop’s time working with David Bowie. Three months later, Homme sent lyrics to Pop, and they agreed to work together on recording songs in a studio. The album, consists of nine songs, recorded at Homme’s home studio in Joshua Tree, California, over the course of two weeks, and another week in his studio in Burbank, California. Pop and Homme self-financed the album.]

21. (39.) BLKFLANL – “Keep Me Safe (Radio Edit)”
from: BLKFLANL II: For the Imperfect, for the Diligent / Believe.Create / March 30, 2016
[BLKFLANL is a rap group from KCMO that started as a debut recording from Barrell Maker aka Morgan Cooper, who is 24, and grew up in a lower middle class neighborhood in Grandview, Missouri. He first started writing poetry and music in middle school and after high school he began apprenticeships in film and photography. He recorded and released his debut record Blk Flanl, with area producer and hip hop artist D/Will, (Denzil Williams). Now the two have returned as group named BLKFLANL with MC: Barrel Maker and beats from Conductor Williams. More info at: http://www.blkflanl.com%5D

22. (38.) Red Kate – “You Don’t Speak For Me”
from: unamerican activities / Black Site Records / April 2, 2016
[L. Ron Drunkard on bass & vocals, Andrew Whelan on drums & vocals, Brad Huhmann on guitar & vocals, Desmond Poirier on guitar & vocals. Produced by Red Kate. Recorded at Weights and Measures Soundlab, KCMO, with Duane Trower doing recording, mixing and serving as digital mastering engineer. Roger Seibel on vinyl mastering at SAE Mastering, Phoenix, AZ. Shaun Hamontree created the cover art. Vinyl pressed at Quality Record Pressings, Salina, KS. Red Kate played an Album Release show at Davey’s Uptown, April 2, with The Bad Ideas, The Pedalljets, and The Brannock Device]

23. (37.) Under The Big Oak Tree – “Stars Songs Faces (After Sandburg)”
from: Local Honey / Mudstomp Records / January 22, 2016
[Acoustic Folk – Country Roots from Saint Joseph, Missouri based band formed by: Kristin Hamilton, Doug “Sluggo” Ward, and Simon Fink. Under The Big Oak Tree play multiple showcases at this year’s Folk Alliance International Conference.]

11:30 – Underwriting

24. (36.) Fullbloods – “Money”
from: Mild West / High Dive Records / February 26, 2016
[2nd full length release from Fullbloods: Ross Brown; Jared Tomasino; David Seume; & 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 played an album release show, at The Brick, Feb 26, with Shy Boys and at Mills Record Company, February 27, with Momma’s Boy]

25. (35.) Leonard Cohen – “You Want It Darker”
from: You Want It Darker / Sony Music / October 21, 2016
[14th and final studio album from Leonard Cohen. As if the Presidential Election wasn’t bad enough, on November 7, 2016 Canadian singer, songwriter, poet and novelist Leonard Cohen passed away at 82. His work explored religion, politics, isolation, sexuality, and personal relationships. Cohen was inducted into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Cohen pursued a career as a poet and novelist during the 1950s and early 1960s, and did not launch a music career until 1967, at the age of 33. His first album, Songs of Leonard Cohen (1967).]

26. (34.) A Tribe Called Quest – “We The People” [radio edit]
from: We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your service / Sony Music / November 10, 2016
[A Tribe Called Quest is an American hip-hop group that was formed in 1985,[2] and was composed of MC and producer Q-Tip, MC Phife Dawg and DJ and producer Ali Shaheed Muhammad. A fourth member, MC Jarobi White, left the group in 1991 after the release of their debut album. He continued to contribute to the band sporadically before rejoining for their 2006 reunion. Along with De La Soul, the group was a central part of the Native Tongues, and enjoyed the most commercial success out of all the groups to emerge from that collective. In August 2016, Epic Records CEO L.A. Reid revealed that the label would be releasing a new A Tribe Called Quest album in the near future. Said Reid on the album, “[It is] a brand new album that they recorded before Phife Dawg passed away. I’m really happy about it man, it’s really something special. It’s one of the things I’m most excited about over everything we’re working on.'[20] On October 27, 2016, Q-Tip announced that the new Tribe Called Quest album would be out on November 11, and would feature Busta Rhymes and Consequence. The group first went into the studio in November 2015, following their first televised appearance in 18 years. When Phife Dawg died in March 2016, the album was not yet completed. However, Q-Tip said that Phife Dawg had left the group “with the blueprint of what we had to do.” Q-Tip also stated that the album will be the group’s last. The album’s name is We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service and in addition to Busta Rhymes, the album features André 3000, Jack White, Elton John, Talib Kweli, Anderson Paak, Kendrick Lamar and Kanye West; all the recording sessions took place at Q-Tip’s home studio in New Jersey]

27. (33.) Charles Bradley – “Changes”
from: Changes / Daptone / April 1, 2016
[Released almost three years after his critically acclaimed, Victim of Love, from April 2013, one of Wednesday MidDay Medley’s 113 Best Recordings of 2013. Charles Bradley was born Nov 5, 1948. Charles Bradley was raised by his maternal grandmother in Gainesville, Florida, until the age of eight when his mother, who had abandoned him at 8 months of age, took him to live with her in Brooklyn, New York. In 1962, his sister took him to the Apollo Theater to see James Brown perform. Bradley was so inspired by the performance that he began to practice mimicking Brown’s style of singing and stage mannerisms at home. When he was fourteen, Bradley ran away from home due to his poor living conditions — his bedroom was in a basement with a sand floor — and lived on the streets during the day and slept nights in subway cars for two years. Later, he enlisted in Job Corps which eventually led him to Bar Harbor, Maine to train as a chef. One time while working, a co-worker told him he looked like James Brown. When asked if he could sing, he was at first shy but eventually admitted that he could. He overcame his stage fright (when a crew member pushed him through the curtains onto the stage) and performed five or six times with a band. After his band mates were drafted into the Vietnam War, the act never re-formed. Bradley worked in Maine as a cook for ten years until deciding to head west, hitchhiking across the country. He lived in upstate New York, Seattle, Canada and Alaska before settling in California in 1977. There, Bradley worked odd jobs and played small shows for 20 years. In 1996, Bradley’s mother called him and asked him to move back in with her in Brooklyn so she could get to know him. It was there he began making a living moonlighting as a James Brown impersonator in local clubs under the name “Black Velvet.” During this time, Bradley experienced more hard times, including almost dying in a hospital after being given penicillin (to which he has an allergy) and waking to the police arriving to the scene of his brother’s murder just down the road from his mother’s house. While performing as “Black Velvet,” he was eventually discovered by Gabriel Roth, co-founder of Daptone Records. Roth introduced Bradley to Daptone artist and his future producer Tom Brenneck, then the songwriter and guitarist for The Bullets, and later for Menahan Street Band, who invited Bradley to his band’s rehearsal. Bradley asked that the band simply perform while he made up lyrics on the spot. After writing several songs, with Daptone releasing some of them on vinyl starting in 2002, ten were chosen and released as Bradley’s debut album No Time For Dreaming in 2011. Charles Bradley played Middle of the Map Fest, May 7, 2016 at The Midland with Aimee Mann. He broke my heart.]

28. (32.) Bon Iver – “33 “GOD””
from: 22, A Million / Jagjaguwar / September 30, 2016
[3rd studio album by indie folk band Bon Iver premiered at lead singer Justin Vernon’s Eaux Claires Music Festival. In Pitchfork’s review of the album, the publication likened it to Radiohead’s Kid A, saying, “Bon Iver’s first album in five years takes an unexpected turn toward the strange and experimental. But behind the arranged glitches and processed voices are deeply felt songs about uncertainty.” Bon Iver was founded in 2007 by singer-songwriter Justin Vernon. Vernon released Bon Iver’s debut album, For Emma, Forever Ago independently in July 2007. The majority of that album was recorded while Vernon spent three months in a cabin in northwestern Wisconsin. Bon Iver won the 2012 Grammy Awards for Best New Artist and Best Alternative Music Album for the album Bon Iver, Bon Iver. The name Bon Iver is derived from the French phrase bon hiver, meaning “good winter”, taken from a greeting on Northern Exposure.]

29. (31.) Bonzo Madrid – “All You Got”
from: Worry / Independent / November 4, 2016
[Bonzo Madrid is the new musical project of CJ Calhoun, formerly of Cowboy Indian Bear. All songs written & played by CJ Calhoun. CJ writes, “Some tracks were also graced by my wonderful friends” Beau Bruns on drums, Danny Bowersox on guitar. Recording comes with bonus EP featuring a remix by LION and La Guerre (Katlyn Conroy). Engineered and Produced by Danny Bowersox & CJ Calhoun. High Dive Records and Whatever Forever will together release Worry on Cassette.]

[Bonzo Madrid plays The Bottleneck, in Lawrence, Friday, December 30, at 8:00 PM, with Hembree, and Spencer Mackenzie Brown.]

31. (30.) Not A Planet – “Tell The Truth”
from: Smoke Bombs & Cigarettes: The History of Now / Independent / September 10, 2016
[Kansas City based Rock and Roll trio formed in 2010. Nathan Corsi, on guitar & vocals; Liam Sumnicht on drums & harmony vocals, and William Sturges on bass guitar & harmony vocals; Nathan Showalter on keyboards and backing vocals. Not A Planet played the 12th Annual Crossroads Music Festival, last Saturday night, September 10 at recordBar, on the same stage with Amanda Fish Band, Kelley Hunt, and Radkey.]

[Not a Planet play recordBar, Friday, December 30 for New Year’s Eve Eve.]

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

Next week, on December 28, 10-Noon, on KKFI 90.1 FM we continue with part 4 of our 4 week series, the grand finale of, “The 116 Best Recordings of 2016”, we’ll countdown #29 through #1 with representative tracks from: The Julie Ruin, Laura Mvula, Jenny Hval, Cate Le Bon, Fantastic Negrito, Nicholas St. James, Angel Olsen, Solange, Your Friend, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, Car Seat Headrest, Howard Iceberg & The Titanics, Lincoln Marshall, ANOHNI, Rachel Mallin and The Wild Type, Chris Meck and The Guilty Birds, Berwanger, Erik Voeks, David Bowie, Calvin Arsenia, Betse & Clarke, Psychic Heat, Hipshot Killer, Various Blonde, Heidi Lynne Gluck, The Conquerors, The Grisly Hand, Katy Guillen & The Girls, and The Philistines.

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

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