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, September 27, 2017
Music From 2017 Outer Reaches Festival
with Brenton Cook, Dedric Moore & Steve Tulipana
10:00 – New & MidCoastal Releases
1. “Main Title Instrumental – It’s Showtime Folks”
from: Motion Picture Soundtrack to All That Jazz / Universal / Dec. 20, 1979
2. Hi-Lux – “Take Me Where You Are”
from: Take Me Where You Are – Single / Hi-Lux / August 15, 2017
[HI-LÜX is Julia Haile on vocals, Nick Howell on keyboards & organ, Kian Byrne on drums and vocals, Pete Leibert on bass, Tim Braun on guitar. Hi-Lux is based in Kansas City. The band brings together elements of soul, reggae and funk for a unique and dance inspiring sound. This is their 3rd single release of this year. More information at: http://www.hi-lux.bandcamp.com]
[Julia Haile collaborated w/ Barclay Martin at KKFI Collaborations Live!, June 30, The Folly Theatre]
[Hi-Lux recently played the Pink Royal – Do You Mind – EP release show at recordBar.]
3. Morrissey – “Spent the Day in Bed”
from: Low In High School / BMG / November 17, 2017
[11th solo studio album of Morrissey was produced by Joe Chiccarelli, and recorded at La Fabrique Studios in France and at Ennio Morricone’s Forum Studios in Italy. Steven Patrick Morrissey was born May 22, 1959, and is professionally known as Morrissey, is an English singer, songwriter and author. He rose to prominence as the lead singer of the indie rock band the Smiths, which was active from 1982 to 1987. Since then, Morrissey has had a solo career, making the top ten of the UK Singles Chart on ten occasions. Born in Davyhulme, Lancashire, to a working-class Irish family, Morrissey grew up in Manchester. As a child he developed a love of literature, kitchen sink realism and popular music. Involved in Manchester’s punk rock scene during the late 1970s, he fronted the Nosebleeds, with little success. Beginning a career in music journalism, he authored a number of books on music and film in the early 1980s. With Johnny Marr he established the Smiths in 1982, soon attracting national recognition for their self-titled debut album. As the band’s frontman, Morrissey attracted attention both for his witty and sardonic lyrics and his idiosyncratic appearance; deliberately avoiding rock machismo, he cultivated the aesthetic of a social outsider who eschewed drugs and embraced celibacy. He was also noted for his unusual baritone vocal style (though he sometimes uses falsetto). The Smiths released five further albums – including the critically acclaimed Meat is Murder and The Queen is Dead – and had a string of hit singles. Personal differences between Morrissey and Marr resulted in the Smiths’ separation in 1987. Since The Smiths disbanded in 1987 he has released ten studio albums, two live albums, eleven compilation albums, one extended play (EP), forty-six singles and seven video albums on HMV, Sire Records, Parlophone, Polydor, RCA Victor, Island, Mercury, Sanctuary Records, EMI, Reprise Records, Rhino, Decca Records, Harvest Records, Capitol Music Group and BMG..]
[Morrissey is on tour and will be in Denver on Nov. 20, and St. Louis on Nov. 22 but not KC, sad.]
4. Jay Som – “The Bus Song”
from: Everybody Works / Polyvinyl Records / March 10, 2017
[from http://www.jaysom.bandcamp.com: On her first proper album as Jay Som, Melina Duterte, 22, solidifies her rep as a self-made force of sonic splendor and emotional might. If last year’s aptly named Turn Into compilation showcased a fuzz-loving artist in flux—chronicling her mission to master bedroom recording—then the rising Oakland star’s latest, Everybody Works, is the LP equivalent of mission accomplished. Duterte is as DIY as ever—writing, recording, playing, and producing every sound beyond a few backing vocals—but she takes us places we never could have imagined, wedding lo-fi rock to hi-fi home orchestration, and weaving evocative autobiographical poetry into energetic punk, electrified folk, and dreamy alt-funk. And while Duterte’s early stuff found her bucking against life’s lows, Everybody Works is about turning that angst into fuel for forging ahead. “Last time I was angry at the world,” she says. “This is a note to myself: everybody’s trying their best on their own set of problems and goals. We’re all working for something.” Everybody Works was made in three furious, caffeinated weeks in October. She came home from the road, moved into a new apartment, set up her bedroom studio (with room for a bed this time) and dove in. Duterte even ditched most of her demos, writing half the LP on the spot and making lushly composed pieces like “Lipstick Stains” all the more impressive. While the guitar-grinding Jay Som we first fell in love with still reigns on shoegazey shredders like “1 Billion Dogs” and in the melodic distortions of “Take It,” we also get the sublimely spacious synth-pop beauty of “Remain,” and the luxe, proggy funk of “One More Time, Please.” Duterte’s production approach was inspired by the complexity of Tame Impala, the simplicity of Yo La Tengo, and the messiness of Pixies. “Also, I was listening to a lot of Carly Rae Jepsen to be quite honest,” she says. “Her E•MO•TION album actually inspired a lot of the sounds on Everybody Works.” There’s story in the sounds—even in the fact that Duterte’s voice is more present than before. As for the lyrics, our host leaves the meaning to us. So if we can interpret, there’s a bit about the aspirational and fleeting nature of love in the opener, and the oddity of turning your art into job on the titular track. There’s even one tune, “The Bus Song,” that seems to be written as a dialog between two kids, although it plays like vintage Broken Social Scene and likely has more to do with yearning for things out of reach. While there’s no obvious politics here, Duterte says witnessing the challenges facing women, people of color, and the queer community lit a fire. And when you reach the end of Everybody Works, “For Light,” you’ll find a mantra suitable for anyone trying, as Duterte says, “to find your peace even if it’s not perfect.” As her trusty trumpet blows, she sings: “I’ll be right on time, open blinds for light, won’t forget to climb.”]
5. Mene Mene – “Stone Steel, and Spark”
from: Stone, Steel, and Spark – EP / Mene Mene / September 9, 2017
[Their bandcamp page described the band as: “Kansas City based Indie Alt Rock with some piano, some drums, and a whole lot of repressed feelings.” Written and performed by Brad Feagen and Alec Stockman.]
[Mene Mene play an EP Release Show Saturday, September 30, at The Brick with Scruffy and the Janitors, and The UK’s.]
6. John Moreland – “Lies I Chose To Believe”
from: Big Bad Luv / 4AD / May 5, 2017
[Tulsa, Oklahoma based singer-songwriter John Moreland was born June 22, 1985 in Longview, Texas. The son of Robert Lloyd Moreland and Connie May, Moreland’s father worked for Sunoco as an electrical engineer, and because of this job the family moved a lot. When he was a baby they moved to Northern Kentucky, across the river from Cincinnati, Ohio. Moreland credits his love for Cincinnati Reds to this time in Kentucky. When Moreland was 10 years old Moreland’s family moved from Boone County, Kentucky to Tulsa, Oklahoma and with the help of his father, started playing the guitar. When he was 12 he played with a kid he went to church with who wrote songs and inspired him to start writing songs “that made sense.” John grew up in a conservative Southern Baptist family. “From the time I was born up until about age 16, my entire worldview and all my opinions were pretty much solely influenced by the evangelical church. All the years since then have sort of been this slow process of figuring out where I stand now that I’m not an impressionable kid anymore. I feel like I’m done with that at this point, but it keeps showing up in songs. I guess that stuff stays in your psyche forever.” His “High on Tulsa Heat” was in our 115 Best Recordings of 2015.]
[John Moreland plays Tito’s Sound Machine Series Mon, Oct. 2, ar recordBar w/ The Hardship Letters.]
7. Pink Royal – “Bring It On Back”
from: Do You Mind EP / Pink Royal / September 12, 2017
[Experimental groove pop, 5-piece band based in Lawrence, Kansas with Steven LaCour on guitar & vocals, Josh Dorrell on guitar & vocals, Alex Hartmann on drums, Nick Carswell on bass & vocals, Vik Govindarajan on Keyboards & vocals. Music and Lyrics by Pink Royal (except Tracks 3 & 6 by Pink Royal and Dylan Guthrie.) Recorded and produced by Jim Barnes. Mastered by Dalton Brand at WaveBurner Recording.]
[Pink Royal played a Do You Mind EP Release show, Fri, Sept 22, at recordBar, w/ Hi Lux, and Evolfo.]
8. Diet Cig – “Leo”
from: Swear I’m Good At This / Father Daughter Records / April 7, 2017
[Pop-punk duo Alex Luciano on vocals & guitar, Noah Bowman on drums met at a house show in New Paltz, New York, in the summer of 2014. Bowman’s old band, Earl Boykins, was playing at the house show, where Luciano needed a cigarette lighter. She interrupted the band’s set to ask Bowman for one, but he gave her a bottle of wine instead. Afterwards, Luciano got his number and told him she’d make a music video for him. The next day, Bowman tattooed a daisy on Luciano’s foot and by August 2014, the pair were making music together. They officially named their act Diet Cig in September 2014. Luciano and Bowman confirmed. Swear I’m Good At This was produced, engineered and mixed by Christopher Daly at Salvation Recording Co. in New Paltz, NY with additional recording at Atomic Sound in New York City, and additional engineering by Travis DeJong and Dakota Bowman. It was mastered by Jamal Ruhe at West West Side.]
10:28 – Underwriting
10:30 – Interview with Brenton Cook, Dedric Moore & Steve Tulipana
9. Sego – “Whatever Forever”
from: Whatever Forever” – Single / Dine Alone Records / September 14, 2017
[Los Angeles based Sego is Spencer Petersen and Thomas Carroll. Both were birthed in the burgeoning Provo, Utah music scene. However, finding inspiration in the dissonance that the towering structures and bustling city offers over the mountains and relative quiet of Provo, both relocated to an old pasta factory in downtown LA. Through various projects together, both founding members uncovered their distinct sound: lazy, grungy guitars with digital overlays and refreshingly honest lyrics. The band’s debut album, Once Was Lost Now Just hanging Around, came out March 4, 2016 and surprises with angular guitars, complex arrangements and musings from an 80’s kid contemplating the void left from the misguided hope of our youth.]
[Sego plays the Lincoln Calling Festival, in Lincoln Nebraska, on Friday, September 29]
[Sego plays Outer Reaches Fest, at recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd, KCMO, Saturday, September 30]
Outer Reaches was formerly called KC Psych Fest started in 2012 as a way to bring together outsider musical acts and celebrate the variety of experimental music within Kansas City, particularly genres that ventured into the psychedelic realm. The goal of Outer Reaches is to promote music that is adventurous and mind expanding.
The 2017 Outer Reaches Fest, is this Friday, September 29 and Saturday, September 30, at recordBar, 1520 Grand Ave, KCMO. On Friday features: Deerhoof of San Francisco, CA, Lily and Horn Horse from New York City, NY, Matchess out of Chicago, IL, Various Blonde from KCMO, and Mysterious Clouds from KCK. Saturday, September 30, the fest features: El Ten Eleven from Los Angeles, CA, Dead Rider from Chicago, IL, The Hearers of Kansas City, MO, Sego from Los Angeles, CA, and Pageant Boys of Kansas City, KS.
Joining us to share music and information about Outer Reaches 2017 are three guys who together make Outer Reaches happen each year: Brenton Cook, Dedric Moore, and Steve Tulipana who join us for the remaining 85 minutes of the show.
Dedric Moore launched this festival in 2012. The idea grew out of the music he was creating with his Brother Delaney Moore at the HQ Artspace in KCK. Dedric is a member of the bands Monta At Odds, Mysterious Clouds, and Gemini Revolution. He has also produced recordings for the Philistines and HMPH, and others.
Dedric Moore, thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley
The Festival seems to have grown organically, growing too big for FOKL, the arts/performance space in Kansas City, Kan., that hosted the first two KC Psych Fests.
Dedric and Delaney are part of the KCK Music Scene.
In 2014 the festival moved to recordBar.
Steve Tulipana is the co-owner of recordBar. Steve studied video, fine arts & painting at UMKC, where he graduated in 1991. A constant collaborator, Steve is a founding member of influential KC bands: Season To Risk, Pornhuskers, Unknown Pleasures, Sie Lieben Maschinen, Roman Numerals, and Thee Water MoccaSins. With Shawn Sherrill, he is co-owner of recordBar and miniBar. After 10 years at 1020 Westport Rd. recordBar reopened at 1520 Grand, and recently started serving food from their kitchen and full menu. Along with Outer reaches, and a full calendar of shows, Steve’s band Roman Numerals are reuniting to play live at recordBar, Saturday, October 21 with Olympic Size, Mazinaw, and DJ Just. Steve’s band, Season to Risk will open for Descendents, Friday, Niovember 3, at 8:00 PM, with Less Than Jake. Also look for recordBar’s upcoming 7″ Single Series.
Steve Tulipana, welcome back to Wednesday MidDay Medley.
The new recordBar, 1520 Grand, in the Crossroads feels like a really great fit for Outer Reaches.
Brenton Cook studied Computer Science at Missouri University of Science and Technology, in Rolla, Missouri, where he also had his own college radio show. Brenton produced three extensive compilations of area music for the Midwest Music Foundation. He formed the Kansas City independent music label, Haymaker Records in January 2014. The label has released multiple full length albums, for Monta At Odds, HMPH!, Be/Non, Jorge Arana Trio, Riala, Mysterious Clouds, Sie Lieben Maschinen, Schwervon!, and others on vinyl, cassette, CD, and 7 “. He has also produced two Haymaker compilation releases, called Fairgrounds. For the last 5 years, Haymaker Records has been a co-sponsor & co-curator of the Outer reaches with Dedric Moore.
Brenton Cook, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley
In six years this festival has changed cities, venues, names, but the spirit of the festival continues. The festival aims to be genre-spanning and showcase young and established local, national, and international acts.
10. Deerhoof – “Con Sordino”
from: Mountain Moves / Joyful Noise / September 8, 2017
[Satomi Matsuzaki plays bass and sings, Greg Saunier plays drums, John Dieterich and Ed Rodriguez play guitars. Pitchfork went so far as to label Deerhoof as “the best band in the world.” From their humble beginnings as an obscure San Francisco noise act, they’ve become one of indie music’s most influential bands with their ecstatic and unruly take on pop.]
[Deerhoof plays Outer Reaches Fest, at recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd, KCMO, Friday, September 29.]
11. El Ten Eleven – “Battle Axes”
from: Fast Forward / Fake Record Label / August 21, 2015
[El Ten Eleven is a Los Angeles post-rock duo known for combining guitar/bass doubleneck or fretless bass, with heavy looping, or vamping, and the utility of an effects pedal, over acoustic or electric drumming. They have released six full-length albums, 2 EPs and a remix album, earning generally positive reviews. The band has earned some attention due to many of their songs being featured in the soundtracks of Gary Hustwit’s design documentaries Helvetica, Objectified, and Urbanized. The name El Ten Eleven is derived from the name of an airliner, the Lockheed L-1011 TriStar. Bassist and composer Kristian Dunn and drummer Tim Fogarty formed El Ten Eleven in 2002 while living in the Silver Lake community of Los Angeles. They released their eponymous debut album, El Ten Eleven in 2004 on Fake Record Label, and through Bar/None Records on September 20, 2005. Many reviews of the album garnished the band with positive acclaim. Comparisons have been drawn to Sigur Rós and The Mercury Program, though reviews have heavily emphasized the duo’s utilization of a limited number of musicians to create complex instrumental works. The Dallas Observer called them the fourth best instrumental band in the last twenty years. Spin, which awarded them the title ‘Band of the Day’, September 29, 2005, describes their work as “experimental instrumental music that’s both highly skilled and deeply felt.”]
[El Ten Eleven play Outer Reaches Fest, at recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd, KCMO, Sat, September 30]
10:52 – Interview with Brenton Cook, Dedric Moore & Steve Tulipana
We’re talking with Brenton Cook, Dedric Moore & Steve Tulipana about the 2017 Outer Reaches Festival this Friday and Saturday night at recordBar, 1520 Grand Avenue, in the Crossroads. More information can be found at: http://www.outerreachesfest.com and http://www.therecordbar.com.
We just heard one of the headliner bands playing Saturday Night at Outer Reaches, the Los Angeles band, El Ten Eleven.
Dedric Moore, you told The Star in 2014, “We’ve always taken the idea of psychedelic music as being something mind-expanding…” “Anybody that’s pushing the boundaries, creating something unique.”
10:57 – Station ID
12. Dead Rider – “Ramble on Rose”
from: Crew Licks / Drag City Records / September 22, 2017
[4th studio album from Dead Rider, formerly known as D. Rider, is an American experimental rock band from Chicago, Illinois, United States. Assembled by former U.S. Maple guitar player Todd Rittmann, the current lineup features Rittmann on guitar and lead vocals, Andrea Faught on trumpet and keyboards, Thymme Jones on keyboards, and Matt Espy on drums. Dead Rider formed in 2009. Their third album, Chills on Glass, was released by independent record label Drag City in 2014. It premiered on the website for High Times magazine.]
[Dead Rider play Outer Reaches Fest, at recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd, KCMO, Sat, September 30]
13. Matchess – “Mortification of the Flesh”
from: Somnaphoria / Trouble In Mind / June 23, 2015
[From Trouble in Maind Records: Whitney Johnson’s Matchess project took flight in 2013, with the super limited cassette release “Seraphastra” on Digitalis Industries, a bewitching miasma of synth & organ drones, prepared tape loops, & viola scree. Trouble In Mind re- released “Seraphastra” in 2014 on vinyl, giving it a much-needed wider release, and since then, Johnson has been working diligently, crafting her next installment in a proposed trilogy, entitled “Somnaphoria”. Johnson’s solo work has always toed the line between the corporeal vs. metaphysical – the juxtaposition of the physical interaction of viola strings & the electronic pulses of circuits & oscillators. Recorded by Johnson in her home studio & mixed by Cooper Crain (Bitchin’ Bajas/Cave), & inspired by the writings of Rimbaud, Baudelaire & Verlaine, “Somnaphoria” is a dazzling leap forward. With a cohesive vision both thematically & sonically, the album fuses elements of contemporary classical music & modern experimental electronic music with a neo-new age mysticism. Johnson isn’t the first electronic musician to find inspiration in the French poets – pioneering musician Ruth White also found Baudelaire’s “Flowers of Evil” to be a guiding force & titled her 1969 album after the writer’s collected poetry works & White’s seminal work seems to be a touchstone for “Somnaphoria”. Much like Rimbaud’s symbolist poems, the underlying themes of the album’s eleven compositions play out like the fever-dream of a sleeper refusing to wake up, drifting in & out of focus, but seeing all. Indeed Rimbaud’s quest to become a “seer” thru his poetry is analagous to Johnson’s quest for a shamanic connection to the listener through her music. Matchess continues to evolve, both recorded & in a live setting & Johnson has only begun to allow us, the listener to hear her potential. Fans who order “Somnaphoria” direct from Trouble In Mind will receive a copy on GOLD VINYL – limited to 300 copies! The stunning album artwork is by Chicago illustrator Carrie Vinarsky!Mixed by Cooper Crain, Mastered by Shelly Steffens]
[Matchess plays Outer Reaches Fest, at recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd, KCMO, Friday, September 29.]
11:04 – Interview with Brenton Cook, Dedric Moore & Steve Tulipana
We’re talking with Brenton Cook, Dedric Moore & Steve Tulipana about the 2017 Outer Reaches Fest, Friday and Saturday at recordBar, 1520 Grand Avenue, in the Crossroads.
Friday, September 29
Deerhoof (San Francisco, CA)
Lily and Horn Horse (New York City, NY)
Matchess (Chicago, IL)
Various Blonde (Kansas City, MO)
Mysterious Clouds (Kansas City, KS)
Saturday, September 30
El Ten Eleven (Los Angeles, CA)
Dead Rider (Chicago, IL)
The Hearers (Kansas City, MO)
Sego (Los Angeles, CA)
Pageant Boys (Kansas City, KS)
Outer Reaches Sponsors:
Records with Merritt
Josey Records Kansas City
It’s a Beautiful Day
The Record Machine
Sound 81 Productions
Midwest Music Foundation
14. The Hearers – “Five Seasons”
from: Five Seasons / The Hearers / September 6, 2017
[Third full length release from KC/Seattle/San Diego/Lawrence based band, made up of Darren Welch on bass, vocals, 12-string, keys; Marc Tweed on guitar, vocals, synth; David Moore on guitar, vocals, Hammond; Chris Braun on piano, cello, Hammond, ukulele, flute, vocals; Jay Kakert on harmonica, glockenspiel; Jeff Doom on electric guitar; Eric Mardis on pedal steel, banjo; Rob Veitch on drums, percussion, concert bass drum; Michael Walker on trombone, monotron, horn arrangements. With Additional horns from: Rich Wheeler on tenor sax, C melody sax; Brett Jackson on baritone sax; Nick Howell on trumpet. Recorded, mixed and mastered by David Moore at Merriam Shoals. Additional recording by Marc Tweed at SexDungeon Studio.]
[The Hearers play Outer Reaches Fest, at recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd, KCMO, Sat, September 30]
15. Lily and Horn Horse – “Next To Me”
from: Next To Me / Independent / September 22, 2017
[From http://www.lilyandhornhorse.bandcamp.com: Imagine if …”Baby One More Time”-era Britney Spears and Bill Callahan holed away to make a record. That’s the fantasy Lily Konigsberg and Matt Norman bring to life as Lily and Horn Horse. Though the two barely crossed paths during their overlapping time at Bard College in New York’s Hudson Valley, a seemingly predestined encounter brought Lily and Matt together. While on a quest for a lost blanket, Matt ended up at his old house, in which Lily was now residing. The pair eventually began working on recordings together, with Matt adding baritone horn to Lily’s songs, and Lily adding vocals to Matt’s recordings. Many of those tracks found their way onto March 2017’s compilation Lily on Horn Horse; the 28 track tape flits from drum-machine dances to abstract frenzies but sounds remarkably cohesive all things considered.” The 19 tracks that fill their debut LP, Next to Me, paint a picture of pessimism, love, despair, and perseverance. “Our working relationship is sustained by criticism and love. While performing we usually don’t directly interact, but when we have to share a microphone we accidentally perform intimacy,” the two musicians explain. “Also, we have learned dance techniques from each other and sometimes synchronize them in performances.” Unlike her frenzied work in the experimental punk trio Palberta, here Lily luxuriates in softness. Her voice is helium-spiked cotton candy while Matt’s baritone provides robotic sharpness. Lily finds inspiration in the works of Arthur Russell and Guided by Voices while Matt cites “young Ry Cooder, old George Jones, and 4th dimensional Donald Fagen.” While they may pull influence from these sources, Lily and Horn Horse sound wholly unique. The pair typically begin building songs individually and then collaborate in later stages of production. As such, the tracklist alternates between each performer and is filled with brief instrumental interludes. “Do you see what I see/Listen to me beforehand baby/If you want to get next to me,” Lily chirps over careening blips on the opener “Next to Me 1.” On “Scumbag’s Apprentice,” squawking samples give way to Matt experiencing a crisis of character that could soundtrack an 8-bit video game. When Lily and Matt appear together later on “I’m 25,” their voices meld together so hypnotically that their crooning sounds like a message from another planet. “Staring at Plants” transforms a sample of Lily and Matt playing a casio keyboard together into a whirling, sensuous dreamscape. To say the least, Next to Me is a reverie of ideas and melodies that sweep the listener away into the world of Lily and Horn Horse. Recorded and Mixed by Lily Konigsberg and Matt Norman. Mastered by Damon Karr.]
[Lily and Horn Horse plays Outer Reaches Fest, at recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd, KCMO, Fri, Sept 29.]
16. Lily and Horn Horse – “Horn Horse – Brother and Grandma”
from: Lily on Horn Horse / Independent / March 3, 2017
[From http://www.lilyandhornhorse.bandcamp.com: With Lily on Horn Horse, Lily Konigsberg (of Palberta) and Horn Horse (Matt Norman) deliver a 28-track collaboration that synthesizes the eclectic musical talents of both multi-instrumentalists. Originally presented as a CD, the compilation was sold and packaged in origami during an August 2016 tour of the north-east. The album is more a snapshot of a creative time and place than concept-album. As Lily and Matt say “The release of Matt’s Horn Horse album featured Lily on most songs, most of which are included in [the] tape. Around the same time Lily was developing a mega set of karaoke music and instructed Matt to blow down some car horn charts which were eventually replaced by baritone horn parts and inserted into the recordings…inside thine tape.” The record ends up a coherent pastiche of diverse tracks full of free jazz-inspired brass freak-outs, ethereal piano ballads, and synth arrangements skewed toward electronic composition. Lily’s siren-like voice calls from a perfume-cloud of disco-inspired grooves while Horn Horse’s vocals hit robotic and angular production. Tracks like “Today” and “She Doesn’t Have A Good Brain” bring to mind an Arthur Russell-like elevation of pop-music experimentation. In short, the record is a curated-tour through the frontiers of Lily and Horn Horse’s creative landscape.]
[Lily and Horn Horse plays Outer Reaches Fest, at recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd, KCMO, Fri, Sept 29.]
11:22 – Underwriting
17. Mysterious Clouds – “Clear Reflection”
from: Panic on the Non Meridian / Haymaker Records / May 26, 2017
[For this release the band writes: “Crazy times call for crazy music. Panic is a reflection of the turmoil in our hearts, minds, and country. Sometimes you have to embrace the wild times to get a clear mental picture of how to make thing better.” Mysterious Clouds is one of the musical projects of Kansas City, Kansas based post-punk psychedelic musical artists, Dedric Moore and Delaney Moore and special guests. The brothers are also founders of the critically acclaimed band Monta At Odds. Mysterious Clouds also released the EP, Clear Reflection, February 3, 2017. “Clear Reflection” was also include on the Haymaker Records compilation, Fairgrounds Vol. 2, Released March 24, 2017.]
[Mysterious Clouds plays Outer Reaches Fest, at recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd, KCMO, Friday, Sept 29.]
18. Various Blond – “Indigo Children”
from: All Bases Covered / The Record Machine / September 16, 2016
[Alternative experimental progressive rock funk pop progressive psychedelic from KC based band. Produced by Adam McGill, written by Joshua Allen. Various Blonde was conceived by Joshua Allen in 2008 and 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. Current members Include: Joshua Allen on guitar & vocals, Adam Mcgill on guitar, Evanjohn Mcintosh on bass, Mark Lomas on drums.]
[Various Blonde plays Outer Reaches Fest, at recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd, KCMO, Friday, Sept 29.]
19. Pageant Boys – “Last Rites”
from: Shadowboxing EP / The Record Machine / May 19, 2017
[On what was originally slated to be a short trip to Istanbul, Alex Sheppard started recording music with his girlfriend’s laptop and a bluetooth headphone mic. None of Sheppard’s previous musical efforts incorporated electronics in a major way; “It was born of necessity,” says Sheppard. The songs on his new EP, Shadowboxing, came out of those original sessions. The songs are a sensual and almost effervescent approach that combine R&B elements with electronic and processed instrumentation. While in Istanbul, Sheppard established a routine in collaborating with a close friend and poet. He said they developed a fairly specific daily routine for working on music, with the intent of finishing songs, regardless of their quality. “I would wake up at 8 in the morning and start the song and get the chord structure. And then at 10, he would wake up and I would show him what I had. I’d make breakfast, and then I’d show him the melody I wanted for the vocal line. He’d go down and start writing the lyrics, we’d eat breakfast, and he’d have the lyrics written after we got done with breakfast. At 1, I’d start recording the vocals. It was a good schedule.” Sheppard has been writing and recording for the last decade even though he is just in 20’s. Before Sheppard started performing and recording as Pageant Boys he released several albums as Alexandre. Shadowboxing is the maturation of Sheppard’s artistic vision and introduction to a larger audience.]
[Pageant Boys play Outer Reaches Fest, at recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd, KCMO, Sat, September 30]
20. El Ten Eleven – “I’m Right Here (feat. Emile Mosseri)”
from: Unusable Love – EP / El Ten Eleven / August 18, 2017
[Newest release and El Ten Eleven’s first ever vocal collaboration, featuring Emile Mosseri (of The Dig). Produced by El Ten Eleven. Recorded by Kristian Dunn and Tom Biller. Mixed by Justin Gerrish. Mastered by Kevin Bartley at Capitol Records. There are no keyboards on this recording. El Ten Eleven is a Los Angeles post-rock duo known for combining guitar/bass doubleneck or fretless bass, with heavy looping, or vamping, and the utility of an effects pedal, over acoustic or electric drumming. They have released six full-length albums, 2 EPs and a remix album, earning generally positive reviews. The band has earned some attention due to many of their songs being featured in the soundtracks of Gary Hustwit’s design documentaries Helvetica, Objectified, and Urbanized. The name El Ten Eleven is derived from the name of an airliner, the Lockheed L-1011 TriStar. Bassist and composer Kristian Dunn and drummer Tim Fogarty formed El Ten Eleven in 2002 while living in the Silver Lake community of Los Angeles. They released their eponymous debut album, El Ten Eleven in 2004 on Fake Record Label, and through Bar/None Records on September 20, 2005. Many reviews of the album garnished the band with positive acclaim. Comparisons have been drawn to Sigur Rós and The Mercury Program, though reviews have heavily emphasized the duo’s utilization of a limited number of musicians to create complex instrumental works. The Dallas Observer called them the fourth best instrumental band in the last twenty years. Spin, which awarded them the title ‘Band of the Day’, September 29, 2005, describes their work as “experimental instrumental music that’s both highly skilled and deeply felt.”]
[El Ten Eleven play Outer Reaches Fest, at recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd, KCMO, Sat, September 30]
21. Noel Coward – “The Party’s Over Now”
from: Noel Coward in New York / drg / 2003 [orig. 1957]
[WMM Closing Theme]
Next week on Wednesday, on October 4, we’ll talk with Betse & Clarke who have a new musical release and will play live on the show. Plus, Wick Thomas, lead singer of Wick and The Tricks joins us to share information about their new 7-inch record release on Black Site Records, Saturday October 14 at 8:00 pm at Davey’s Uptown with Red Kate, The Quivers, and The Midnight Devils. Also next week, Kemet Coleman aka Kemet The Phantom joins us to share details about a First Friday show, October 6, at Ruin’s Pub, with trombonist and composer, Marcus Lewis and Kadesh Flow (rapper and Trumbonist in the Phantastics). Marcus Lewis has created big band arrangements for Kemet and Kadesh’s original hip-hop lyrics. The three will perform with a 17 member big band show.
Our Script/Playlist is a “cut and paste” of information.
Sources for notes: artist’s websites, bios, wikipedia.org
Wednesday MidDay Medley in on the web: