WMM Playlist from September 11, 2013

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 11, 2013

Mark Titus & Recordings from KC Musical Theatre
+ Bill Sundahl & The 9th Annual Crossroads Music Fest
+ Amy Farrand’s Weirdo Wednesday Supper Club

Mark Titus – Guest DJ

1. Emily Nan Phillips – “King Corn Blues”
from: Eat This: KC Chews on The Politics of Food / UMKC Theatre / March 2013
[Written Performed by UMKC MFA theatre students in cast. Directed by Stephanie Roberts]

Last year, Mark Titus joined us to share music from the Pembroke Hill Glee Club of 1968, DMZ a Boston based punk band, and the KC Chorale in Kirkwood Hall. Mark Titus returns today to share musical selections inspired by a July 11, 2013, KC Star Preview feature written by Robert Trussell showcasing seven female performers of musical theatre.

Mark Titus has been involved in the video industry for more than 20 years. What started as videotaping family events led to the creation of Titus Video in 1985. Gradually Mark has expanded his focus to include performance art archiving, training videos, coach and highlight DVDs for high school, college, and professional sports.

For more information you can visit: marktitus.com.

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2. Missy Koonce – “Likability”
from: Lyle The Crocodile / The Coterie Theatre / July, 2013

3. Manna Nichols (Kim) Charlie Brady (Chris) – “Sun and Moon”
from: Miss Saigon / Starlight Theatre / September 2013

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4. Nathan Bovos, Matthew McAndrews, J. Will Fritz, Taylor Feldspausph St. John, Phillip Shin, Bruce Roach, Greg Mackender – Scenes from “As You Like It”
(A. Under The Greenwood Tree, B. Blow Blow Thou Winter Wind, C. Lover and His Lass)
from: Greg Mackender Sound Design of “As You Like It”/ Heart of America Shakespeare Festival / June-July, 2013

5. Katie Gilchrist & Company – “Kind of Woman”
from: Pippin / Kansas City Repertory Theatre / September, 2012

6. Lauren Bratton – “Holding To The Ground (Falsettoland)”
from: Take The Stage / The Unicorn Theatre 40th Anniversary Gala / Sunday, August 11, 2013
[J. Kent Barnhart on Piano]

10:35 – Underwriting

7. Molly Denninghoff – “If I Loved You”
from: Carousel / The Living Room & Kansas City Repertory Theatre / March April, 2013

8. Jennie Greenberry – “Don’t Start Playing My Swan Song”
from: Lucky Duck / Coterie Theatre / May, June, July 2010 [2012 in NYC]

9. Jessalyn Kincaid & Natalie Weaver – “What Kind of Girl is She”
from: [title of show] / Unicorn Theatre / September, October 2010

10. Katie Gilchrist & Company – “”The Death of Cupid – Opening Song”
from: The Death of Cupid / The Living Room / July, 2013

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11. Katie Gilchrist – “You’ll Never Walk Alone”
from: Carousel / The Living Room & Kansas City Repertory Theatre / March April, 2013

12. Mary Bridget Davies – “Move Over”
from: Love Janis / Kansas City Repertory Theatre / February, 2007
[The inaugural production in Kansas City Repertory Theatre’s 320-seat playhouse, Copaken Stage. The show has been in production and developed through several regional productions. Now called “One Night with Janis Joplin,” the Kansas City Repertory Theatre announced that the show will not be performed in its 2013-14 season. The musical tribute, written and directed by Randy Johnson, and starring Mary Bridget Davies is based on the life and music of the late Janis Joplin. One Night with Janis Joplin had originally planned a pre-Broadway production at Spencer Theatre, running Sept. 20-Oct. 13. Instead, the show will go directly to the Lyceum Theatre in New York, where performances begin Sept. 20]

For more information you can visit: marktitus.com.

11:00 – Station ID

11:00 – Music in The Crossroads

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13. Gooding – “Crash”
from: Buffalo / Independent / April 23, 2013
[Guitarist/Singer and namesake “Gooding” and his band of brothers, Jesse Rich and Billy Driver, have been touring non-stop for 8 yrs. Their live shows are infused with the confident energy and heart-on-your-sleeve emotion that only comes from 3 childhood friends living out their dream on the road.]

[Gooding plays the Crossroads Music Fest Saturday, Sept. 14, at CZAR BAR, 1531 Grand, at 10:00PM]

11:04 – Interview with Bill Sundahl & Amy Farrand

Bill Sundahl is a musician and singer and songwriter who was part of the Pitch Music Award winning band It’s Over, the critically acclaimed band The Columns, he toured with The Gaslights, and he currently plays in the KC supergroup: The Starhaven Rounders. Bill Sundahl is the founder of Spice of Life Productions, creator of “The Donkey Show,” and founder and organizer of The Crossroads Music Festival, now in it’s 9th year. For 9 years Bill has joined us in September, on the Wednesday MidDay Medley to talk about the Crossroads Music Festival, and the great bands that are participating.

Also joining us was Amy Farrand

Singer, songwriter, bassist, drummer, mistress of ceremonies, producer, organizer, trail blazer, Amy Farrand, has been a part of many influential KC bands including Sister Mary Rotten Croth, EIO, Atlantic Fadeout, and The Silver Maggies. The Weirdo Wednesday Supper Club – Autumnal Equinox Edition will be presented at Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 7:30pm until 10:30pm Featuring: Annie Cherry, Damian Blake, Microphone Jack, Tyson Schroeder, and Schwervon.

The 9th Annual Crossroads Music Fest, Sat, Sept. 14, 6pm to 3am, w/ 25 BANDS, on 6 Stages around Crossroads KC at Grinders.

The Music:
She’s A Keeper, The Grisly Hand, My Brothers & Sisters, Hearts of Darkness, The Givens, Amy Farrand, The Empty Spaces, Not A Planet, Rural Grit All-Stars, Lee Langston, Starhaven Rounders, Dead Voices, Mr Marco’s V7, Cherokee Rock Rifle, The Blackbird Revue, One Hundred Flowers, Gooding, Diverse, Sunu, Joe Cartwright Trio, Max Groove, Brian Maloney, Nicolette Paige, Erik Voeks, and Mikal Shapiro.

The Venues:

1. CROSSROADS BEHIND GRINDERS, 417 E. 18th – ALL AGES
2. MIDWESTERN MUSICAL CO, 1830 Locust (behind Crossroads stage) – ALL AGES
3. THE BRICK, 1727 McGee – All Ages till 9pm w/ Parent or Guardian
4. CZAR BAR, 1531 Grand – All Ages till 9pm w/ Parent or Guardian
5. GREEN LADY LOUNGE, 1809 Grand – All Ages till 9pm w/ Parent or Guardian
6. COLLECTION, 1532 Grand – All Ages till 9pm w/ Parent or Guardian

CROSSROADS BEHIND GRINDERS, 417 E. 18th (ALL AGES)

7:00PM – She’s A Keeper
8:10PM – The Grisly Hand
9:30PM – My Brothers & Sisters
11:00PM – Hearts of Darkness

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14. My Brothers & Sisters – “How 2 Move What 2 Wear”
from: demo from recording session / Independent / 2013
[Jamie Searle won critical acclaim as lead vocalist and songwriter for the band It’s Over who won a Pitch Music Award for Best Live Act. He left It’s Over to concentrate on his music education as a student of UMKC’s Conservatory of Music where he has immersed himself in musical theory, composition, harmonic structure, melody. Now out of school, Jamie is in the process of recording a full length release of material he has composed for a large ensemble of musicians. The result is: My Brothers & Sisters, a collective of at times up to 18 musicians, including a strings, horns, percussionists, bass, keyboards, vocalists, and back-up vocalists, Jamie on vocals and guitar and conducting.]

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THE BRICK, 1727 McGee (All Ages till 9pm w/ Parent or Guardian)

6:00PM – Rural Grit All-Stars
7:15PM – Lee Langston
8:45PM – Starhaven Rounders
10:15PM – Dead Voices
11:30PM – Mr Marco’s V7
1:00AM – Cherokee Rock Rifle

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15. Dead Voices – “Virginia Avenue”
from: Dead Voices / Independent / April 20, 2013
[KC Super-Group, was formed in 2010. The band includes: David Regnier, Jason Beers, Matt Richey, Michael Stover, Marco Pascolini and sometimes Lauren Krum who sings with David on “Pardoning”on the EP. David Regnier was part of critically acclaimed band The Afterparty, that released three full length recordings. He formed Dead Voices with Jason Beers of The Brannock Device, and Mike Stover and Matt Richey of The Grisly Hand, and Marco Pascolini who plays in The Brannock Device with Jason, and is founder of Mr. Marcos V7 a band that also includes Mike Stover. Lauren Krum who aside from her lead vocals with The Grisly Hand, also sings with David as the duo Ruddy Swain.]

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16. Cherokee Rock Rifle – “Burn”
from: Ta Li / Independent / April 20, 2013
[Second EP from KC based band fronted by Dutch Humphrey. The 5-piece band also features: Douglas Nelson on lead guitar, Scott Reed on rhythm guitar, Bert Northward on drum, and Evan John on bass. Cherokee Rock Rifle play the Crossroads Music Fest, on Sept 14.]

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CZAR BAR, 1531 Grand (All Ages till 9pm w/ Parent or Guardian)

7PM – The Blackbird Revue
8:30PM – One Hundred Flowers
10:00PM – Gooding
11:30PM – Diverse
1:00AM – Sunu

17. One Hundred Flowers – “You Really Must Accept”
from: Mechanical Bride / Stem and Leaf / November 2, 2010
[Debut LP Experimental from indie-pop group from Austin, Texas. In 2010 they embarked on a national promotional tour. Mechanical Bride received praise from local and national press and in its second week of release landed on the CMJ 200 charts. The members most currently have written and recorded a follow-up EP, Lapses and Losses, that just came out yesterday, Sept. 10, 2013.]

18. SUNU – “Sofa”
from: SUNU / Dylan Bassett / April 4, 2011
[Funk/afro-beat/jazz/R&B band based out of Lawrence. KS. Formed in 2007 the band is currently made up of: Dylan Bassett – Drums & Percussion; Dan Pem – Saxophone ; Michael Hamm – Guitar; Tommy Johnson – Trumpet ; Rev. Aaron Morris – Trumpet & Vocals ; Alex Thiessen – Drums & Percussion ; Chris Shaw – Bass; Taylor Babb – Drums & Percussion; and Joe Sears – Vocals and Percussion.]

11:35 – Underwriting

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GREEN LADY LOUNGE, 1809 Grand (All Ages till 9pm w/ Parent or Guardian)

5:00PM – Joe Cartwright Trio
9:00PM – Max Groove

COLLECTION, 1532 Grand (All Ages till 9pm w/ Parent or Guardian)

6:30PM – Brian Maloney
8:00PM – Nicolette Paige
9:30PM – Erik Voeks
11:00PM – Mikal Shapiro

MIDWESTERN MUSICAL CO, 1830 Locust (behind Crossroads stage) (ALL AGES)

6:30PM – The Givens
8:00PM – Amy Farrand
9:30PM – The Empty Spaces
11:00PM – Not A Planet

19. Not A Planet – “Kingdom Come”
from: The Few, The Proud, The Strange / Independent / May 10, 2013
[Kansas City based Rock and Roll trio formed in 2010. Nathan Corsi, Liam Sumnicht, Bill Sturges.]

20. Amy Farrand – “How You Feelin’”
from: Amy Farrand (hearts) You [EP] / Independent / March 14, 2012
[Ernie Locke on harmonica. Recorded and mixed by Chris Meck. After three years of working the “Weirdo Wednesday Supper Club happens at Wednesday night at Davey’s Uptown.]

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Amy Farrand talked with us about The Weirdo Wednesday Supper Club – Autumnal Equinox Edition will be presented at Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club, Wednesday, September 18, 7:30pm until 10:30pm Featuring: Annie Cherry, Damian Blake, Microphone Jack, Tyson Schroeder, and Schwervon.

Amy’s Band The Silver Maggies has several shows in the next several weeks.

The 9th Annual Crossroads Music Fest, Saturday, September 14, 6:00 pm to 3:00 am, with 25 BANDS, at 6 Stages around Crossroads KC at Grinders featuring: She’s A Keeper, The Grisly Hand, My Brothers & Sisters, Hearts of Darkness, The Givens, Amy Farrand, The Empty Spaces, Not A Planet, Rural Grit All-Stars, Lee Langston, Starhaven Rounders, Dead Voices, Mr Marco’s V7, Cherokee Rock Rifle, The Blackbird Revue, One Hundred Flowers, Gooding, Diverse, Sunu, Joe Cartwright Trio, Max Groove, Brian Maloney, Nicolette Paige, Erik Voeks, and Mikal Shapiro. Tickets at Grinders, Tickets at Vinyl Rennaissance. More info at: WWW.CMFKC.COM

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Kansas City Volunteer Lawyers & Accountants for the Arts present a Legal Bootcamp for Musicians, Sat, Sept 14, Noon to 5pm at Czar Bar, 1531 Grand Blvd. This intensive bootcamp will providing knowledge on: copyrights, contracts, financing, and business formation. Hosted by KCVLAA, MMF, and CMFKC. You may pre-register at the link posted on our WMM Facebook page.

12-12:10pm: Opening remarks/Welcome – Information about the KCVLAA and the content of the day’s presentations – Danielle Merrick – KCVLAA,

12:10-1p: Have A Cigar: an Overview of Music Industry Terminology, Publishing, Licensing, and Trademarks – Information about the common terms used in the music industry, explanation of some of the components of the publishing industry and general licensing and trademark information – Don Simon, Simon Business Consulting, Inc.

1:10-2pm: Music Royalties – Who, What, When, Wherw, How-Nick Carswell & Don Simon

2:10-3pm: Music Promotion & Booking & When Weezer Calls Jamie: The Balance Between Marketing Your Work and Enforcing Your Rights – Chris Haghirian and Rebecca Shaffer Stroder – Information on marketing music while maintaining control of intellectual property and enforcing the musicians’ intellectual property rights

3:10-4pm: Contracts, Taxes, Partnerships, Insurance – Amy Nelson-Searcy, Don Simon, and Danielle Abernethy Merrick

4:10-5pm: Ask the Experts – One on One with Professionals – Get your questions answered. Please sign up for slots at the door. Slots are first come, first serve.

http://kcvlaa.givezooks.com/events/copy-of-legal-bootcamp-for-musicians-september-14-2013

Our friend Britt Adair of The Bad Ideas wanted us to let you know that KCXX is pleased to present the 2013 Video Showcase, Saturday, September 21, at 8:00 pm at Tivoli Cinemas in Westport, featuring 10 short films showcasing local Kansas City talent. Filmmakers represented are: Julia Barnett, Emily Camille Boullear, Willa Dock, Ernesto Flores, MacGregor Greenlee, Hillary Larson, Jon Lim, The Northeast Film Group , and Chris Patterson. KCXX is a social benefit organization established in May of 2012 to benefit and showcase Kansas City’s artists and musicians. The group aims to award grants and financial support to artists, musicians and performers of merit, and to host events featuring both visual art and live music that emphasizes talent found in and around Kansas City. Our intention is to further connect the visual art and music communities with the general public and to contribute to the growth of Kansas City as a center for locally-driven music and visual art. For more info:www.kc-xx.com

Tonight, upstairs at Minibar, Molly Picture Club and Hero Worship play their last show in a send of to singer, songwriter, keyboard player Aniko Adany who is leaving Kansas City.

Next week on Wed, Sept 18, Marion Merritt returns w/ more music and info from her musically encyclopedic brain. Marion will feature music from the gret new compilation: THIS NOW EXISTS: ECCENTRIC SOUL: THE FORTE LABEL.

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21. She’s A Keeper – “Plattsburg”
from: Sterlin / Independent / Oct/Nov. 2013
[5-piece band from Kansas City, includes: Fritz Hutchison – vocals, banjo, percussion; Zac Jurden – vocals, guitar; Colin Nelson – vocals, guitar; Elliott Phillips – bass, mandolin; Kate Sopcich – cello, keyboard. The band is currently working on a second full-length album. Zac sent us this track which is one of two singles off our new record. The song is named after the place in Missouri. Zac told us that they are looking to release the new record in october or november if everything goes according to plan.]

Sources for notes on tracks: artist’s websites and wikipedia.org

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WMM Playlist from Sept. 4, 2013

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 4, 2013

Vi Tran + The 816 Bicycle Collective
+ A Musical Tribute to Abigail Henderson

1. The Noise FM – “Crooked Smile”
from: Attraction / The Record Machine / October, 2013
[Alex Ward: Vocal, Guitar, Keyboard, Programming; Austin Ward: Vocal, Percussion, Drums, Bass; Barry Kidd: Vocal, Bass. Engineered and mixed by Greg Panciera. Recorded at Waterdog Studios, Chicago, Illinois.]

[The Noise FM are returning from Chicago for a hometown record release show in Kansas City on Saturday, September 14 with Quiet Corral and Cowboy Indian Bear at The Riot Room.]

2. Quiet Corral – “Send The Line”
from: Ancestors / Independent / August 27, 2013
[Quiet Corral is a six-piece band from Lawrence, Kansas, that includes: Jim Barnes, Garrett Childers, Isaac Flynn, Matt Green, Jesse Braswell Roberts, Zach Mehl. Recorded in Lawrence, KS at The Art House and The Flynn Music Factory in 2012. Engineered by Jim Barnes. Additional engineering by Isaac Flynn. Mixed by Jim Barnes. Produced by Jim Barnes and Quiet Corral. All songs written by Quiet Corral.]

[Quiet Corral plays KC on Sat., Sept. 14 w/ The Noise FM and Cowboy Indian Bear at The Riot Room.]

3. PedalJets – “Riverview”
from: What’s In Between / Electric Moth Records / June 25, 2013
[Released last Dec. as a 7′ green vinyl single. Now included on The Pedaljets 1st album of new material in 23 years. Paul Malinowski (Vocals, Guitar), Rob Morrow (Drums, Vocals), Mike Allmayer (Guitar, Vocals), Matt Kesler (Bass, Vocals). Produced by The Pedaljets & Paul Malinoski. The albums photos & design are from artist Archer Prewitt of: the Sea and Cake and The Coctails. More info: thepedaljets.com]

[The Pedaljets play The Pedaljets play the Ryan Beye Foundation’s C4 Fest, Friday, September 6, on Locust Street from 18th to 19th Streets in The Crossroads, also playing the festival will be Ruddy Swaine, The Calamaty Cubes, La Guerre, and AU-MusiK. More info at http://www.ryanbeyefoundation.com.]

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4. Julia Holter – “This is A True Heart”
from: Loud City Song / Domino Records / August 19, 2013
[3rd studio album from 30 year old Julia Holter who has been compared to: Laurie Anderson, Julianna Barwick, Kate Bush, Joanna Newsom, and Stereolab. Her father once performed with Pete Seeger. Her mother, Carole Shammas, is a prominent academic and currently holds the John R. Hubbard Chair in History at the University of Southern California. Besides playing and recording music, Holter tutors students and works with a nonprofit organization for teenagers in South Central Los Angeles. A graduate of CalArts, where she studied composition, Holter released her debut studio album, Tragedy, in August 2011.]

5. Crocodiles – “I Like It In The Dark”
from: Crimes of Passion / Frenchkiss Records / August 20, 2013
[4th studio album by noise pop/indie pop band from San Diego, CA. The group was formed in 2008 by core members Brandon Welchez and Charles Rowell after the break-up of their former punk bands Some Girls and The Plot to Blow Up the Eiffel Tower. Brandon Welches also played in an early incarnation of Dum Dum Girls and he is married to frontwoman Dee Dee Penny. The album was produced by Sune Rose Wagner of The Raveonettes in Los Angeles, California. Guests on the album include Gregg Foreman of Delta 72 and Cat Power, soul singer Afrodyete of Breakestra as well as Welchez’ brother, jazz musician Josh Welchez.]

[In September 2010, Crocodiles released an instrumental song, “Kill Joe Arpaio”, referencing the controversial anti-immigrant Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona. Arpaio heard the song and responded using twitter, “Msg for the San Diego band ‘Alligators’ who wrote new song called ‘Kill Joe Arpaio’: BITE ME,”. Arpaio also referenced the song during an appearance on Phoenix TV channel KPHO, saying “I’m a little concerned about the music, where kids can get this type of music. I think it sends a bad message. I understand freedom of speech, but there has to be a line of threatening a law enforcement official.” Crocodiles responded via Spin Magazine saying “Maybe if the song was called ‘I’m Gonna Kill Joe Arpaio,’ he’d have a case but what we are attacking is the attitudes and policies he represents. In reality, we’re keeping our fingers crossed that his much-deserved heart attack comes soon; the world can always use one less racist.” ]

6. Superchunk – “Me & You & Jackie Mittoo”
from: I Hate Music / Merge Records / August 20, 2013
[10th studio album from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, indie rock band consisting of singer/guitarist Mac McCaughan, guitarist Jim Wilbur, bassist Laura Ballance, and drummer Jon Wurster. Formed in 1989, they helped define the Chapel Hill music scene of the 1990s. Their energetic, high-velocity style and do-it-yourself ethics were influenced by punk rock. The band released a string of full length album’s and compilations throughout the 90’s. Members McCaughan and Ballance founded the successful independent record label Merge Records in 1989 as a way to release music from Superchunk and music created by friends, which has expanded to include artists from around the world like Arcade Fire and The Magnetic Fields.]

7. Ty Segall – “Sleeper”
from: Sleeper / Drag City Records / August 20, 2013
[Musician and songwriter. He sings, drums, and plays guitar. He has released 8 solo albums and is a member of the bands Fuzz, The Traditional Fools, Epsilons, Party Fowl, Sic Alps, The Perverts, and Ty Segall Band.]

10:30 – Underwriting

10:31- Transition Music…

7B. Queen – “Bicycle Race”
from: Jazz / Hollywood Records / 1978

10:30 – Interview with Idris Raoufi of The 816 Bike Collective

Idris Raoufi is a co-founding member of the 816 Bicycle Collective a volunteer run organization working to rescue, repair and redistribute bicycles. The collective wants to increase the bike community to promote alternative transportation that is healthy, inexpensive, and with zero emissions. The Kansas City Bicycle Federation currently owns the building at 518 E. 31st St. intended to house The 816 Bicycle Collective non-profit community bicycle shop, as well as other like-minded individuals and organizations.

Idris Raoufi discussed the programs of 816 Bike Collective: The List and WRENCH

All bikes are built up by WRENCH mechanics and are double checked for safety. The goal of the list build-up is to provide a bicycle that rolls, stops and is safe to ride; for any further maintenance or upgrades, our shop is here to assist with those needs. Each WRENCH volunteer has a dedicated shift on either THURSDAY or SATURDAY and attends WRENCH meetings. WRENCH volunteers help patrons of the collective with bike needs during any shop hours and often are responsible for opening, greeting, running and/or closing the shop. WRENCH volunteers have a say in how the shop is run, serve as both student and teacher, have an overall understanding of how the shop works, and basic mechanic skills.

The 816 Bicycle Collective purchased outright three under-loved buildings at the corner of 31st and Cherry. This affords us the unique opportunity to take ownership of our future and implement the programming we’ve always dreamed of. In addition to the new home of The 816, these buildings will provide space for other likeminded non-profits and businesses to sustain the operations of the buildings.

You can help 816 Bike Collective by donating at: http://www.neighbor.ly/816-bike

Idris is also one of the organizers of Main Street Day, Saturday, Sept. 7, and The Cyclovia Festival a car-free and care-free environment for walkers, skaters, cyclists. Main Street Day, is coming up on Saturday, Sept. 7, 11:00am to 4:00pm. Main Street will be closed off from 34th to 40th Streets, with through-traffic stops at Armour Blvd. and 39th Street.

More info at: http://www.816bike.org and http://www.mainstreetday.com

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8. Amy Farrand – “Holding Time”
from: Amy Farrand (hearts) You [EP] / Indep. / March 14, 2012
[Recorded & mixed by Chris Meck.]

[Amy Farrand joins us next week to talk about “Weirdo Wednesday Supper Club” at Davey’s Uptown.]

Last week we said goodbye to a friend, a musician, an activist, a singer, a songwriter, an organizer, a founder, a rock & roller, a warrior, a voice, a beauty, a daughter, a wife. The following is Abigail Henderson’s Obituary, as published in the KC Star on August 31, 2013, with additional notes, and 4 songs, from 4 bands, Abigail played with from 2001 to 2013.

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Abigail Hope Henderson Meck, 36, died Aug. 27, 2013 at her home in Kansas City after a five-year battle with cancer. Abigail was born April 8, 1977, in New York. In 1984, she moved to a suburb of Detroit. In 1999, she moved to KC to live with her mother, Carol Pfander, who preceded her in death. Abigail attended the University of Missouri at Kansas City. She graduated in 2002 with a bachelor of arts in English. While at UMKC, she was co-founder and co-director of the Association of Women Students. The association sponsored several events, including an appearance by Angela Davis, a performance of “The Vagina Monologues” and a “Take Back the Night” vigil. After college, she also helped organize “Beauty Slays the Beast,” a benefit for political-activism and voter awareness. While in college, Abigail started playing guitar. In 2001, she started her first band, Trouble Junction.

9. Trouble Junction – “Middle West”
from: Trial By Fire / Independent / 2003
[The songs were recorded in Spring 2003. Trouble Junction were: Abigail Henderson, guitar & vocals; Mike Stover, guitar; Calandra Potter, vocals Guitar; Jeff Williams, bass; and John Bersuch, drums. This music was recorded and mixed by John Velghe who told me that when Abigail unleashed her powerful voice in his home studio, plaster fell from the ceiling.]

In the fall of 2003, singer/songwriter Abigail Henderson and guitarist Chris Meck got together and started writing songs. They confessed that their first songs were “pretty country…pretty… cow-punkish.” Mike Stover wrote on facebook that, “Trouble Junction had to end so that Abigail could start the next chapters.” In 2003, Abigail started the band The Gaslights with Chris Meck, who would later become her husband. The Gaslights recorded five albums, releasing three of them.

As we approach our 500th show this fall, I remember my friend Anne Winter, who inspired me to volunteer in community radio and so much more. Anne was instrumental in nudging me into working on many great projects and shows. I started doing this radio program the same year The Gaslights released their debut recording. Prominently displayed on the New Releases shelf at Recycled Sounds, Anne’s record store, it was Anne Winter who encouraged me to check out The Gaslights first release, “Midwest Hotel.”

10. The Gaslights – “Magnolia”
from: The Midwest Hotel / Flyover Records / 2004
[Abigail Henderson vocals & guitar; Chris Meck guitars & vocals; Glen Hockemeir drums & percussion; Monty Black bass guitar; Clarke Wyatt on Wurlitzer]

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The Gaslights toured & recorded from 2004 to 2008. After 9 bass players, 3 drummers, 2 vans, 1 dead moose, 1 impromptu marriage, countless tours of the United States, 3 tours in Europe, 3 full length releases. The Gaslights ended.

In early 2008, Abigail was diagnosed with Stage 3 inflammatory breast cancer. In response to her battle with a health insurance company and daunting medical bills, she and others in the music community founded the Midwest Music Foundation, a group that sponsors health care programs and provides financial relief to local musicians who have suffered a health care crisis. Since 2009, the MMF has distributed $30,000 in health-care grants. It also co-sponsored the Well Women’s Clinic, which provides free screenings for female musicians. Abigail also founded Apocalypse Meow, an annual fundraiser for the MMF.

Doing this radio show has taught me about the growing & fertile KC Music Scene. Abigail was always fostering the community, as a songwriter & performer, but also as an organizer. A frequent guest on WMM, she came on the air to talk about Apocalypse Meow & The MidCoast Takeover. On one of her earliest appearances, Abigail told me,”We think of this as OUR radio show.” She was right. In fact, 90.1 FM, belongs to all of us. She knew that.

In 2010, Abigail & Chris formed: Atlantic Fadeout with Dutch Humphrey on bass, vocals; and Amy Farrand on drums. Abigail had lost her hair, but not her power. Anyone who saw Atlantic Fadeout live, could not deny the spirit in her performance. Like opera, you felt the song, because Abigail imprinted her lyrics into your heart, with the strength of her voice.

11. Atlantic Fadeout – “Better Run of Bad Luck”
from: Better Run of Bad Luck / Flyover Records / May 23, 2011
[Debut AF featuring: the great…Abigail Henderson on lead vocals and guitar; Chris Meck lead guitar, steel guitar, vocals; Dutch Humphrey on bass, vocals; and Amy Farrand on drums. The new band was created from the ashes of The Gaslights, combined with the super powers of Amy Farrand who plays bass in American Catastrophe (amoung several other bands) and Dutch Humphrey who sings lead in Cherokee Rock Rifle.]

Abigail had undergone multiple rounds of chemotherapy treatments. In January 2012 her cancer reappeared and she tried an experimental treatment. As reported in the Kansas City Star, “She took a last-ditch experimental drug and recovered, but not unscathed. The cancer had paralyzed one of her vocal cords. Still, she did not give up her music. Instead, she and Meck started Tiny Horse, a folk duo that would grow into a full band.” She told The Star last October, just days before the 5th annual Apocalypse Meow, “I used to nail notes to the walls, I can’t do that anymore. I had to find a different path. It’s like a guitar player who loses fingers: You can still play, you just have to figure out how to do it differently.”

In addition to her mother, Abigail was preceded in death by her father, Frank Henderson, who died in 2007. Abigail is survived by her husband and many friends and music fans in the KC and Lawrence area. A memorial in her honor was held Sat, Aug. 31, at Unity Temple on The Plaza. After the services, a wake was held that lasted until the sunrise.

You can honor Abigail’s work and her music by donating to the Midwest Music Foundation. For more information you can visit: http://www.MidwestMusicFound.org

This year Abigail Henderson and Chris Meck released the beautiful EP, “Darkly Sparkly” from their most recent band: Tiny Horse. Abigail’s final live performance in Kansas City was at Knuckleheads on July 11, when Tiny Horse opened for the BoDeans.

Abigail Hope Henderson Meck, your life was cut short, way too early, but in the last 10 years you did more than many will do in 60 years, and you have left us better off than we were before you were here. We will keep your light shining!

12. Tiny Horse – “Ride”
from: Darkly Sparkly [EP] / Flyover Records / Mar. 4, 2013 [Outside of the band, we were the first to hear the debut EP release from Abigail Henderson and Christopher Lynn Meck. In our opinion, Abigail’s voice remains one of the most honest and moving voices in KC music scene, Chris Meck’s guitar sings too. Cody Wyoming-baritone guitar, guitar, keys, Zachary Phillips-bass guitar, Matt Richey-drums, percussion ]

11:11 – Underwriting

11:12

13. Vi Tran Band – “Sign On A Country Road”
from: American Heroine / Independent / October 4, 2013
[The Vi Tran Band is singer, songwriter, guitarist – Vi Tran, with Katie Gilchrist on vocals, percussion; Sean Hogge on guitar; Jerod Rivers on drums, vocals; and Ben Byard on bass, vocals]

[Vi Tran Band plays Manhattan, Kansas at Aggie Central Station on Sept. 14. Vi Tran Band plays Kill Devil Club, in KC on First Friday Oct. 4, w/ Mark Lowrey and David George & A Crooked Mile.]

11:15 – Interview with Vi Tran

Writer, actor, musician, artist, teacher, singer, songwriter – Vi Tran was born near Saigon, Vietnam and raised in southwestern Kansas. He began performing as a toddler in the refugee camps of southeast Asia. Other refugees took pity on the young (and literally starving) artist, giving him what food they could spare. Vi Tran considers his life an open-ended refugee story and All-American tale, full of landlocked sailors and broken lovers; loss and discovery; but most of all, hope. Vi has appeared in Theatres all across Kansas City as an actor, has also become a big part of the Kansas City Music Scene and is on the verge of releasing his debut full length recording “American Heroine.”

Vi Tran in Element Recording Studio

Vi Tran in Element Recording Studio

Vi Tran discussed what inspired him to write these songs. He talked about his journey as an immigrant, being born in Vietnam, living in a refugee camp, and how he ended up in Kansas.

11:27

14. Vi Tran Band – “Waterlily”
from: American Heroine / Independent / October 4, 2013

11:33

Vi Tran Band: singer, songwriter, guitarist Vi Tran, Katie Gilchrist on vocals, percussion; Sean Hogge on guitar; Jerod Rivers on drums, vocals; and Ben Byard on bass, vocals

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American heroine was recorded by Joel Nanos at Element Recording Studio.

Vi Tran Band plays Manhattan, Kansas at Aggie Central Station on Sept. 14.

Vi Tran Band plays Kill Devil Club, in KC on First Friday Oct. 4, w/ Mark Lowrey and David George & A Crooked Mile.

More info at: http://www.vitranmusic.com

11:45

15. Vi Tran Band – “The Charmer”
from: American Heroine / Independent / October 4, 2013
[The Vi Tran Band is singer, songwriter, guitarist – Vi Tran, with Katie Gilchrist on vocals, percussion; Sean Hogge on guitar; Jerod Rivers on drums, vocals; and Ben Byard on bass, vocals]

[Vi Tran Band plays Manhattan, Kansas at Aggie Central Station on Sept. 14. Vi Tran Band plays Kill Devil Club, in KC on First Friday Oct. 4, w/ Mark Lowrey and David George & A Crooked Mile.]

16. High and Dry – “Pay No Attention To Alice”
from: High and Dry / Independent / August 16, 2013
[KC based band High and Dry is: Greg Connally on accordian & vocals; Sam Zech on guitar & vocals; Cathy Hawes on mandolin & vocals; and John Yingst on dobro, banjo & vocals. Written by Tom T. Hall.]

17. Betse Ellis – “Question to Lay Your Burden Down”
from: High Moon Order / Free Dirt Records / June 14, 2013
[A renowned fiddler, Betse Ellis, is known by many as a founding member of The Wilders]

11:59:30

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

Sources for notes on tracks: artist’s websites and wikipedia.org

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Show #489

WMM Playlist from: Dec. 26 – The 112 Best Recordings of 2012 (Part 4)

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, December 26, 2012

The 112 Best Recordings of 2012
(Part 4 of 4)

Wednesday MidDay Medley presented part-4, of our 4-week special: The 112 Best Recordings of 2012, based on the playlists of Wednesday MidDay Medley. In 2012 we’ve played hundreds of New & Local Releases, we’ve presented dozens of LIVE in-studio performances from area performers, and we’ve interviewed over 150 local and national guests. 70% of the recordings on our list were locally produced. It’s all good!

1.(28.) Amy Farrand – “How You Feelin’”
from: Amy Farrand (hearts) You [EP] / Independent / March 14, 2012
[Ernie Locke on harmonica. Recorded & mixed by Chris Meck. Amy Farand joined us on WMM, Nov. 14.]

[Amy Farrand has Amy has been producing and hosting the “Weirdo Wednesday Supper Club” at Davey’s Uptown for 3 years now, and tonight will be the FINAL weekly show! 7-9:00pm w/ special guests: Kimberely Queen, Cheri Lu Woods, and Burlesque by Nada Darling.]

[Amy Farrand plays The Uptown Arts Bar, Friday, December 28]

2. (27.) The Grisly Hand – “Thinking About You”
from: Western Avenue / Independent / February 1, 2012
[The Grisly Hand is working on a new full length recording. Jimmy Fitzner (Guitar & Vocals), Lauren Krum (Vocals & Percussion), Johnny Nichols (Bass & Vocals), Matt Richey (Drums), Mike Stover (Steel Guitar), and Ben Summers (Guitar & Mandolin).]

3. (26.) Sharon van Etten – “Serpents”
from: Tramp / Jagjaguar Records / February 6, 2012
[3rd studio album, produced by The National’s Aaron Dessner, and recorded in his studio over the period of several months. Sharon van Etten was born & raised in New Jersey. She moved to Tennessee to attend Middle Tennessee State University, where she discovered a variety of influential music. After moving back to New Jersey, Van Etten was encouraged by Kyp Malone of TV on the Radio to pursue a career in music.]

4. (25.) Laetitia Sadier – “Find Me The Pulse of The Universe”
from: Silencio / Drag City / July 24, 2012
[Stereolab frontwoman Laetitia Sadier solo follow up to her excellent 2010 record The Trip. Silencio features former Stereolab member/founder Tim Gane, the Zincs’ James Elkington, & The Sea and Cake’s Sam Prekop.]

10:15

5. (24.) Best Coast – “The Only Place”
from: The Only Place / Kemando / May 15, 2012
[From wikipedia.org: American surf pop band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 2009. The band consists of duo Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno, with several drummers having joined the band for live performances, most notably former Vivian Girls drummer Ali Koehler. The band’s music is often categorized under the subgenres of garage rock, surf pop, and lo-fi.]

6. (23.) MeShell Ndegeocello w/ Liz Wright- “Nobody’s Fault But Mine”
from: Pour une ame sourveraine-A Dedication To Nina Simone / Naive / October 8, 2012
[11th studio album from Meshell Ndegeocello, born Michelle Lynn Johnson, August 29, 1968. She is an American singer-songwriter, rapper, bassist, and vocalist. Her music incorporates a wide variety of influences, including funk, soul, hip hop, reggae, R&B, rock, and jazz. She has received significant critical acclaim throughout her career and has had ten career Grammy Award nominations. She has been credited for having “sparked the neo-soul movement.” She honed her skills in the DC Go-Go circuit.]

7. (22.) Leonard Cohen – “Crazy To Love You”
from: Old Ideas / Columbia-Sony / January 31, 2012
[Born in Montreal in 1934, this is the 12th studio album from the famed Canadian singer-songwriter. It is Cohen’s highest-charting release in the United States, reaching number 3 on the Billboard 200, 44 years after the release of his first album. The album topped the charts in nine countries, including Finland, where Cohen became, at the age of 77, the oldest chart-topper, during the album’s debut week.]

8. (21.) Frank Ocean – “Thinkin Bout You”
from: Channel ORANGE / Island Def Jam / July 10, 2012
[Debut studio album of American singer-songwriter, born October 28, 1987, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Ocean’s early career was as a ghostwriter for artists such as Brandy, Justin Bieber, and John Legend.]

10:30 – Underwriting

10:31

9. (20.) Father John Misty – “Nancy From Now On”
from: Fear Fun / SubPop / May 1, 2012
[1st album by Seattle-born musician Josh Tillman (born May 3, 1981), under the pseudonym Father John Misty. Joshua Tillman is the former drummer the Seattle-based band Fleet Foxes (2008 to 2012). He departed the Fleet Foxes to focus on his solo album under the moniker Father John Misty.]

10. (19.) First Aid Kit – “Blue”
from: The Lions Roar / Wichita / Jan 17, 2012
[A duo of two sisters Johanna (keyboards, autoharp, and Vocals) and Kiara Soderberg (guitar & Vocals). They’re from Sweden and their album was recorded in Omaha.]

11. (18.) Alejandro Escovedo – “Man of The World”=
from: Big Station / Concord Music / June 5, 2012
[San Antonio, Texas native, singer/songwriter Alejandro Escovedo’s third album working with both writing partner Chuck Prophet and producer Tony Visconti. Alejandro Escovedo enlisted the help of John Velghe and the Prodigal Sons for a few shows in Austin, Texas, during the SXSW Music Festival.]

10:44 – Record Give Away!

Record Give Away… of The Pedaljets, new, rare, limited edition, green vinyl, 7″ single release, featuring their songs: “Riverview” and “Terra Nova” this will be available, for you to pick up, here at 90.1 FM KKFI, This goes out… to the 3rd caller at… 816-931-5534.

10:45

12. (17.) Tame Impala – “Apocalypse Dreams”
from: Lonerism / Modular Records / October 9, 2012
[Trio from Perth, Australia, a psychedelic rock project of Kevin Parker. The band came to prominence in 2010 with the release of their debut album, Innerspeaker. In late 2010, Parker ran into some problems with the new album, he had all his demos, half of the new album, on his iPod, and he had a hole in his bag, and it fell out somewhere between Amsterdam and London. The demos were later found and returned to Parker who relocated to Paris in 2011, for the mixing of the album, with help of famed producer Dave Fridmann.]

13. (16.) Dream Wolf – “Astro-Wolf”
from: Dream Wolf / Independent / December 1, 2012
[Full length debut from: Christian Tady – Electric Guitar, Tess Jehle – Drums, Megan Zander – Vocals, Katelyn Boone – Keyboards, Brent Jamison – Bass. Recorded by DEERWOLFANIMALBEAR and mastered by Element Recording Studios. Includes 9 songs, photos by Meredith McGrade, design work by Katelyn Boone, logo design by Michael Schultz, and disc artwork by Janelle Day.]

14. (15.) Making Movies – “Cuna De Vida”
from: A La Deriva / Independent / December 21, 2012
[Enrique Chi (guitar/lead vox), Brendan Culp (drums), Diego Chi (bass), Juan-Carlos Chaurand (percussion /keyboard). Their new full length was produced with Steve Berlin of Los Lobos. The band was recently on tour in Dallas, San Antonio, San Jose, Salinas, Bakersfield, CA., with a CD release show at the recordBar, on Dec. 21. They also released the EP “Aguardiente” this year. The Record Machine pressed a limited number of the 7 inch vinyl, 4 song EP. More info at makingmoviesband.com]

11:00

15. (14.) The Brannock Device – “The Consequence of Hope”
from: Into The Witness Chamber / Independent / May 15, 2012
[Jason Beers, Bernie Dugan, Marco Pascolini & Elaine McMilian. Members of the band joined us on WMM on June 20. Bernie Dugan told the story, with an almost perfect vocal interpretation, of how guitarist – Marco Pascolini asked band founder – Jason Beers, if he could join the band. Bernie Dugan also plays drums w/ The Quivers, and Cher UK. Marco Pascolini, considered one of the best guitarists in the area, played guitar with Expassionates, currently he also plays w/ Mr. Marcos V-7, and Dead Voices. Elaine McMilian has performed with several KC area bands including: Easterday, Swinging Six, and last year she released a solo recording.]

[The Brannock Device play The Brick, Friday, Jan. 11, at 9:00 with Schwervon!]

16. (13.) The Cave Girls – “I Said Wow!”
from: The Cave Girls / Cave Out Records / Feb 4, 2012
[TCG played LIVE on our April 18 Wednesday MidDay Medley. The Cave Girls include: Robin Campbell, Sara Teasley, & Stephanie Williams. Their debut recording was produced by Pat Tomek at Largely Studios in KC. Robin Campbell was formerly the lead singer of The Last Call Girls. When Robin Campbell was on our show in April she shared with us her love of Loretta Lynn, and gave me a special Loretta Lynn coloring book.

17. (12.) The B’Dinas – “Five-Day Weekend”
from: Morning Party / Independent / Feb. 25, 2012
[The B’Dinas joined us LIVE on our February 22, Wednesday MidDay Medley. Katy Guillen (guitar/vocals/harmonica), Meredith McGrade (guitar/vocals), Peter Lawless (bass/vocals/saxophone), Katelyn Boone (keys/vocals/bass), and Tess Jehle (drums). The B’Dinas are a Super Group of 5 amazing musicians who are each involved in at least one or two or three other bands or performing entities and/or troupes. They all write and sing. Multi-instrumentalists, Artists all, collaborators, curators, students and teachers. These are 5 amazingly wonderful people who make music that moves your body and brain. “Morning Party,” is a follow-up to their 2010 debut EP “Homemade Rock & Roll.” The B’Dinas played “A Story in A Song” Post Story Dance Party in July.]

[The B’Dinas, play CODA, New Year’s Eve, Monday, Dec. 31, with Promise Makers, & The Heavy Figs]

18. (11.) Grand Marquis – “The Jungle”
from: The Sun Session / Grand Marquis / Jan. 13, 2012
[Recorded live, February 1, 2011 at Sun Studio, 706 Union Avenue, in Memphis Tennessee. This song is on their CD plus also on their limited edition 2 song, 7-inch single, on vinyl. Bryan Redmond – lead vocals, soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones; Chad Boydston – trumpet, backing vocals; Ryan Wurtz – guitar; Ben Ruth – upright bass, sousaphone, backing vocals; Lisa Mckenzie – drums, washboard.]

[Grand Marquis play Jazz, a Louisianna Kitchen on West 39th & State Line, on Thurs, Dec 27.]

11:15 – The Top Ten

19. (10.) Thee Water MoccaSins – “On A Wire”
from: From The Rivers of Missouri and The Banks of Fear / Independent / Feb. 22, 2012
[Comprised of KC musicians Billy Smith on Guitar & Vocals; Steve Tulipana on Vocals, Guitar & Bass; John Bersuch on Drums & Percussion; and Wade Williamson on Guitar, Keyboards, & Bass. All musicians are currently involved with, or have been involved with: Roman Numerals, Season to Risk, Olympic Size, Dirt Nap, Stella Link, Bacon Shoe, Minds Under Cover and Starhaven Rounders. Billy Smith, is now in NYC.]

[Thee Water MoccaSins play the recordBar, New Year’s Eve, Mon, Dec. 31 with The Golden Republic.]

20. (9.) The Latenight Callers – “Calaveras”
from: Easy Virtues [EP] / TLNC / February 25, 2012
[Formed in Lawrence by baritone guitarist, Krysztof Nemeth, and vocalist Julie Berndsen, With the addition of Guitarist Ellen O’Hayer, Bassist Gavin Mac, and Nick Combs on keyboards. This band is constantly perfoming live in the KC area, and their new recording continues their reputation as being “the perfect band for a David Lynch pool party.”]

[Gavin Mac along with a bevy of local musicians, including: The Barclay Martin Ensemble, Jerad Tomasina, Michelle Bacon, and many others, play the Sonic Spectrum Tribute Series: Rat Pack! Sun, December 30, at the recordBar, at 8:00. A portion of ticket sales goes to Midwest Music Foundation.]

21. (8.) Molly Picture Club – “Idears (You Don’t Dance Enough)”
from: Molly Picture Club / Independent / March 3, 2012
[The power trio of Molly Picture Club were our guest on April 18 on WMM. Aniko Adany: vocals, plays synthesizers, keyboards, & the omnichord; Matthew Hayden: drums, & drum sequencing; and Michael Tipton: vocals, guitar, & bass. The album was mixed & mastered by Duane Trower at Weights & Measures Soundlab in KC. Mike Tipton was one of our first guests on WMM, in 2004, when he was part of the band Tabla Rasa. Aniko Adany was born in Budapest, and was influenced greatly by 80s and 90s punk. Aniko was in the KC band Raising Grey. MPC also played “A Story in A Song” Post Story Dance Party in July.]

[Members of MPC also play in the Talking Heads tribute band, I Found A Job, they’ll play The Brick, at 1727 McGee, Sat, December 29, at 10:00 for a special Talking Heads and The Cure Tribute Night.]

11:30 – Underwriting

11:31

22. (7.) The Caves – “Handcuffs”
from: Duplexiaville / Golden Sound Records / Nov. 24, 2012
[KC based: Andrew Ashby on Guitar & Voice, David Gaumé on Bass, Elizabeth Bohannon on Keyboards, Percussion & Voice, Jake Cardwell on Drums & Percussion.]

23. (6.) Hidden Pictures – “Oldies 104.3”
from: Rainbow Records / Golden Sound Records / July 17, 2012
[Richard Gintowt – vocals/guitar, Michelle Sanders – vocals /glockenspiel, Cameron Hawk – drums, Erik Voeks – bass, Nate Holt – piano/keys. Richard Gintowt who was formerly in the the band OK Jones, has been a frequent music writer and reviewer for The Pitch and other publications. Richard also operates his own DJ company. Richard Gintowt joined us on Wednesday MidDay Medley, on July 25.]

24. (5.) John Velghe & The Prodigal Sons – “The Occupier”
from: Don’t Let Me Stay / Lakeshore Records / March 13, 2012
[John Velghe – vox, guitars, keyboards. The Prodigal Sons: Mike Alexander – guitar, mandolin, backing vocals; Chris Wagner – bass, backing vocals; GoGo Ray – drum set; Hermon Mehari – trumpet; Sam Hughes – saxophone; Mike Walker – trombone. With: Kirsten Paludan – vocals; James Mitchell – cello; Whitney Williamson – violin; Catherine Root – violin. John Velghe was our special guest on March 21.]

25. (4.) The Hearts of Darkness – “Come Forward”
from: Shelf Life / Shipshape Records / August 25, 2012
[The 15 piece ensemble welcomed 6 additional musicians to record “Shelf Life” their 2nd full-length release, 2 years in the making. Recorded live at the Cooler Studio in Kansas City, Kansas, with Chad Meise, and mastered by Collin Jordan at the Boiler Room in Chicago, using both vintage analog and modern digital technologies. The album will be released on CD and as a limited edition collectible vinyl LP at local music stores, and also available on iTunes. Contributing musicians to “Shelf Life” include: Bob Asher – Trumpet, Sean Branagan – drums and percussion, Rachel Christia – Vocals , Andrew Ford – Trombone, Brandy Gordon – Vocals, Richard Gumbel – Rhythm and Lead Guitar, Sam Hughes – Baritone Saxophone, Les Izmore – Vocals, Pete Leibert – Bass Guitar, Jolan Smith – Tenor Saxophone and Vocals, Miko Spears – Congas, Erica Townsend – Vocals, Ken Walker – Valve Trombone, Brad Williams – drums and percussion, Hermon Mehari – Trumpet, Shawn Hansen – Alto Saxophon, Phil Keegan – Bass Guita, Chris Meck – Rhythm Guita, Josh Mobley – Keyboards, Guitar, Alex Smith – Tenor Saxophone, Mark Vick – Rhythm Guitar. In 2011, the band opened for Huey Lewis and the News, for Snoop Dogg, played w/ Willie Nelson & Neil Young at Farm Aid and performed at the Kanrocksas Music Festival, and won “Best Jazz Ensemble” by the Pitch Music Awards. In 2012 the band released a new single, played the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas, shared the stage with Seun Kuti & the legendary Egypt 80, played the Wakaursa Festival, Kauffman Stadium, Davey’s Uptown in a benefit for 90.1 FM KKFI, the recordBar, KC Crossroads, and Knuckleheads. Members of The Hearts of Darkness: Bobby Asher and Peter Leibert joined us on Wednesday MidDay Medley on August 22.]

11:45

26. (3.) Schwervon! – “Truth Teller”
from: Courage / Olive Juice Records / September 28, 2012
[Schwervon! is a two piece rock band. Nan plays drums and Matt plays guitar and they both sing. They lived in NYC for 15 years and have just relocated to Kansas City. Last year they opened for both The Vaselines and Belle & Sebastian. They recorded Courage with Memphis-based engineer Doug Easley who has worked with Pavement, Sonic Youth, Cat Power.]

[Schwervon! play The Brick, Friday, Jan. 11, at 9:00 with The Brannock Device]

27. (2.) Ghosty – “You Saved Me”
from: GHOSTY / More Famouser Records / April 17, 2012
[3rd full length release from Lawrence and KC area band. Ghosty is Andrew Connor, Mike Nolte an Bill Belzer who recorded their new album themselves over the last couple of years with help from David Wetzel, Josh Adams, Jake Blanton, Konnor Ervin, Ryan Connor, Kirsten Paludan, and Dan Talmadge. The new release was pressed on vinyl and available on LP and digital download. More info at ghostysounds.com.]

28. (1.) Iris DeMent – “The Night I Learned How Not To Pray”
from: Sing The Delta / Flariella / Oct. 2, 2012
[Iris Dement previewed many of her new songs when she was in concert with husband Greg Brown, last year for their 11-11-11 show at The Folly Theatre to benefit St. Mark Child and Family Development Center. Now those songs are part of her brand new release that includes a total of 12 new songs. It is her first full-length release of original songs since 1996. The new record has been critically acclaimed by the music press on both sides of the Atlantic. Iris DeMent was our special guest on our October 10, Wednesday MidDay Medley.]

11:59:30

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

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Show #453

The 112 Best Recordings of 2012

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

The 112 Best Recordings of 2012

The 112 Best Recordings of 2012 are based on the playlists of Wednesday MidDay Medley. In 2012 Wednesday MidDay Medley has featured hundreds of New & Local Releases, we’ve featured dozens of LIVE in-studio performances from area performers, and we have interviewed over 150 local and national artists. 70% of the recordings on our list are locally produced. Tune in Wednesdays in December, on 90.1 FM, for our annual 4-week special event. We’ll play nearly 8-hours of representative tracks from our favorite recordings. It’s all good!

Tune into 90.1 FM, Wednesdays in December, on the 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th. We’ll play nearly 8-hours of music that represent: The 112 of Best Recordings of 2012!

1. Iris DeMent – Sing The Delta / Flariella / October 2, 2012
[Iris Dement previewed many of her new songs when she was in concert with husband Greg Brown, last year for their 11-11-11 show at The Folly Theatre to benefit St. Mark Child and Family Development Center. Now those songs are part of her brand new release that includes a total of 12 new songs. It is her first full-length release of original songs since 1996. The new record, has been critically acclaimed, by the music-press, on both sides of the Atlantic. Iris DeMent was our special guest on our October 10, Wednesday MidDay Medley.]

2. Ghosty – GHOSTY / More Famouser Records / April 17, 2012
[3rd full-length release from Lawrence and KC area band. Ghosty is Andrew Connor, Mike Nolte an Bill Belzer who recorded their new album themselves over the last couple of years with help from David Wetzel, Josh Adams, Jake Blanton, Konnor Ervin, Ryan Connor, Kirsten Paludan, and Dan Talmadge. The new release was pressed on vinyl and available on LP and digital download. More info at ghostysounds.com.]

3. Schwervon! – Courage / Olive Juice Music / September 28, 2012
[Schwervon! is a two piece rock band. Nan plays drums and Matt plays guitar and they both sing. They lived in NYC for 15 years and have just relocated to Kansas City. Last year they opened for both The Vaselines and Belle & Sebastian. They recorded Courage with Memphis-based engineer Doug Easley who has worked with Pavement, Sonic Youth, Cat Power.]

4. The Hearts of Darkness – Shelf Life / Shipshape Records / August 25, 2012
[The 15 piece ensemble welcomed 6 additional musicians to record “Shelf Life” their 2nd full-length release, 2 years in the making. Recorded live at the Cooler Studio in Kansas City, Kansas, with Chad Meise, and mastered by Collin Jordan at the Boiler Room in Chicago, using both vintage analog and modern digital technologies. The album was released on CD and as a limited edition collectible vinyl LP at local music stores, and also available on iTunes. Contributing musicians to “Shelf Life” include: Bob Asher – Trumpet, Sean Branagan – drums and percussion, Rachel Christia – Vocals, Andrew Ford – Trombone, Brandy Gordon – Vocals, Richard Gumbel – Rhythm and Lead Guitar, Sam Hughes – Baritone Saxophone, Les Izmore – Vocals, Pete Leibert – Bass Guitar, Jolan Smith – Tenor Saxophone and Vocals, Miko Spears – Congas, Erica Townsend – Vocals, Ken Walker – Valve Trombone, Brad Williams – drums and percussion, Hermon Mehari – Trumpet, Shawn Hansen – Alto Saxophon, Phil Keegan – Bass Guita, Chris Meck – Rhythm Guita, Josh Mobley – Keyboards, Guitar, Alex Smith – Tenor Saxophone, Mark Vick – Rhythm Guitar. In 2011, the band opened for Huey Lewis and the News, for Snoop Dogg, played w/ Willie Nelson & Neil Young at Farm Aid and performed at the Kanrocksas Music Festival, and won “Best Jazz Ensemble” by the Pitch Music Awards. In 2012 the band released a new single, played the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas, shared the stage with Seun Kuti & the legendary Egypt 80, played the Wakaursa Festival, Kauffman Stadium, Davey’s Uptown in a benefit for 90.1 FM KKFI, the recordBar, KC Crossroads, and Knuckleheads. Members of The Hearts of Darkness: Bobby Asher and Peter Leibert joined us on Wednesday MidDay Medley on August 22.]

5. John Velghe & The Prodigal Sons – Don’t Let Me Stay / Lakeshore Records / March 13, 2012
[John Velghe – vox, guitars, keyboards. The Prodigal Sons: Mike Alexander – guitar, mandolin, backing vocals; Chris Wagner – bass, backing vocals; GoGo Ray – drum set; Hermon Mehari – trumpet; Sam Hughes – saxophone; Mike Walker – trombone. With: Kirsten Paludan – vocals; James Mitchell – cello; Whitney Williamson – violin; Catherine Root – violin. John Velghe was our special guest on Wednesday MidDay Medley on March 21.]

6. Hidden Pictures – Rainbow Records / Golden Sound Records / July 17, 2012
[Richard Gintowt – vocals/guitar, Michelle Sanders – vocals /glockenspiel, Cameron Hawk – drums, Erik Voeks – bass, Nate Holt – piano/keys. Richard Gintowt who was formerly in the band OK Jones, has been a frequent music writer and reviewer for The Pitch and other publications. Richard also operates his own DJ company. Richard Gintowt joined us on Wednesday MidDay Medley, on July 25.]

7. The Caves – Duplexiaville / Golden Sound Records / November 24, 2012
[KC based: Andrew Ashby on Guitar & Voice, David Gaumé on Bass, Elizabeth Bohannon on Keyboards, Percussion & Voice, Jake Cardwell on Drums & Percussion.]

8. Molly Picture Club – Molly Picture Club / Independent / March 3, 2012
[The power trio of Molly Picture Club were our guest on April 18 on Wednesday MidDay Medley. Aniko Adany: vocals, plays synthesizers, keyboards, & the omnichord; Matthew Hayden: drums, & drum sequencing; and Michael Tipton: vocals, guitar, & bass. The album was mixed & mastered by Duane Trower at Weights & Measures Soundlab in KC. Mike Tipton was one of our first guests on WMM, in 2004, when he was part of the band Tabla Rasa. Aniko Adany was born in Budapest, and was influenced greatly by 80s and 90s punk. Aniko was in the KC band Raising Grey. Members of MPC also play in the Talking Heads tribute band: Found A Job. MPC also played “A Story in A Song” Post Story Dance Party in July.]

9. The Latenight Callers – Easy Virtues [EP] / TLNC / February 25, 2012
[Formed in Lawrence by baritone guitarist, Krysztof Nemeth, and vocalist Julie Berndsen, With the addition of Guitarist Ellen O’Hayer, Bassist Gavin Mac, and Nick Combs on keyboards. This band is constantly perfoming live in the KC area, and their new recording continues their reputation as being “the perfect band for a David Lynch pool party.”]

10. Thee Water MoccaSins – From The Rivers of Missouri and The Banks of Fear / Independent / February 22, 2012
[Thee Water MoccaSins is comprised of KC musicians Billy Smith on Guitar and Vocals; Steve Tulipana on Vocals, Guitar and Bass; John Bersuch on Drums and Percussion; and Wade Williamson on Guitar, Keyboards, and Bass. All musicians are currently involved with, or have been involved with: Roman Numerals, Season to Risk, Olympic Size, Dirt Nap, Stella Link, Bacon Shoe, Minds Under Cover and Starhaven Rounders. Billy Smith, now living in NYC.]

11. Grand Marquis – The Sun Session [EP] / Grand Marquis / January 13, 2012
[Recorded live, February 1, 2011 at Sun Studio, 706 Union Avenue, in Memphis Tennessee. This song is on their CD plus their limited edition 2 song 7 inch single on vinyl. Bryan Redmond – lead vocals, soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones; Chad Boydston – trumpet, backing vocals; Ryan Wurtz – guitar; Ben Ruth – upright bass, sousaphone, backing vocals; Lisa Mckenzie – drums, washboard.]

12. The B’Dinas – Morning Party [EP] / Independent / February 25, 2012
[The B’Dinas joined us LIVE on our February 22, Wednesday MidDay Medley. Katy Guillen (guitar/vocals/harmonica), Meredith McGrade (guitar/vocals), Peter Lawless (bass/vocals/saxophone), Katelyn Boone (keys/vocals/bass), and Tess Jehle (drums). “Morning Party,” (follow-up to their 2010 debut “Homemade Rock & Roll.” The B’Dinas also played “A Story in A Song” Post Story Dance Party in July.]

13. The Cave Girls – The Cave Girls / Cave Out Records / February 4, 2012
[TCG played LIVE on our April 18 Wednesday MidDay Medley. The Cave Girls include: Robin Campbell, Sara Teasley, & Stephanie Williams. Their debut recording was produced by Pat Tomek at Largely Studios in KC. Robin Campbell was formerly the lead singer of The Last Call Girls. Robin shared with host Mark Manning their shared love of Loretta Lynn, when she gave Mark a special Loretta Lynn coloring book.

14. The Brannock Device – Into The Witness Chamber / Independent / May 15, 2012
[The Brannock Device is Jason Beers, Bernie Dugan, Marco Pascolini & Elaine McMilian. Members of the band joined us on Wednesday MidDay Medley on June 20. Bernie Dugan told the story, with an almost perfect vocal interpretation, of how guitarist – Marco Pascolini asked band founder – Jason Beers, if he could join the band. Bernie Dugan also plays drums with The Quivers, and Cher UK. Marco Pascolini, considered one of the best guitarists in the area, played guitar with Expassionates, currently he also plays with Mr. Marcos V-7, and Dead Voices. Elaine McMilian has performed with several KC area bands including: Easterday, Swinging Six, and last year she released a solo recording.]

15. Making Movies – A La Deriva / Independent / December 21, 2012
[Enrique Chi (guitar/lead vox), Brendan Culp (drums), Diego Chi (bass), Juan-Carlos Chaurand (percussion /keyboard). Their new full length was produced with Steve Berlin of Los Lobos. The band is on tour: Nov 29 – Prophet Bar – Dallas / Nov 30 – Club Rio – San Antonio / Dec 7 – The Playhouse – San Jose, CA / Dec 14 – El Callejon – Salinas, CA / Dec 15 – Sandrini’s – Bakersfield, CA. Then back in KC with a CD release December 21 at the recordBar. They also released the EP “Aguardiente” this year. The Record Machine pressed a limited number of the 7-inch vinyl, 4 song EP. More info at makingmoviesband.com]

16. Dream Wolf – Dream Wolf / Independent / December 1, 2012
[Full length debut from: Christian Tady – Electric Guitar, Tess Jehle – Drums, Megan Zander – Vocals, Katelyn Boone – Keyboards, Brent Jamison – Bass. Recorded by DEERWOLFANIMALBEAR and mastered by Element Recording Studios. Includes 9 songs, photos by Meredith McGrade, design work by Katelyn Boone, logo design by Michael Schultz, and disc artwork by Janelle Day.]

17. Tame Impala – Lonerism / Modular Records / October 9, 2012
[Trio from Perth, Australia.]

18. Alejandro Escovedo – Big Station / Concord Music / June 5, 2012
[San Antonio, Texas native, singer/songwriter Alejandro Escovedo’s third album working with both writing partner Chuck Prophet and producer Tony Visconti. ]

19. First Aid Kit – The Lions Roar / Wichita / January 17, 2012
[A duo of two sisters Johanna (keyboards, autoharp, and Vocals) and Kiara Soderberg (guitar & Vocals). They are from Sweden Their album was recorded in Omaha.]

20. Father John Misty – Fear Fun / SubPop / May 1, 2012
[1st album by Seattle-born musician Josh Tillman (born May 3, 1981), under the pseudonym Father John Misty. Joshua Tillman is the former drummer the Seattle-based band Fleet Foxes (2008 to 2012). He departed the Fleet Foxes to focus on his solo album under the moniker Father John Misty.]

21. Frank Ocean – Channel ORANGE / Island Def Jam / July 10, 2012
[Debut studio album of American singer-songwriter, born October 28, 1987, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Ocean’s early career was as a ghostwriter for artists such as Brandy, Justin Bieber, and John Legend.]

22. Leonard Cohen – Old Ideas / Columbia-Sony / January 31, 2012
[Born in Montreal in 1934, this is the 12th studio album from the famed Canadian singer-songwriter. It is Cohen’s highest-charting release in the United States, reaching number 3 on the Billboard 200, 44 years after the release of his first album. The album topped the charts in nine countries, including Finland, where Cohen became, at the age of 77, the oldest chart-topper, during the album’s debut week.]

23. MeShell Ndegeocello – Pour une ame sourveraine – A Dedication To Nina Simone / Naive / October 9, 2012
[11th studio album from Meshell Ndegeocello, born Michelle Lynn Johnson, August 29, 1968. An American, singer-songwriter, rapper, bassist, and vocalist. Her music incorporates a wide variety of influences, including funk, soul, hip-hop, reggae, R&B, rock, and jazz. She has received significant critical acclaim throughout her career and has had ten career Grammy Award nominations. She has been credited for having “sparked the neo-soul movement.” She honed her skills in the DC Go-Go circuit.]

24. Best Coast – The Only Place / Kemando / May 15, 2012
[From wikipedia.org: American surf pop band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 2009. The band consists of duo Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno, with several drummers having joined the band for live performances, most notably former Vivian Girls drummer Ali Koehler. The band’s music is often categorized under the subgenres of garage rock, surf pop, and lo-fi.]

25. Laetitia Sadier – Silencio / Drag City / July 24, 2012
[Stereolab frontwoman Laetitia Sadier solo follow up to her excellent 2010 record The Trip. Silencio features former Stereolab member/founder Tim Gane, the Zincs’ James Elkington, & The Sea and Cake’s Sam Prekop.]

26. Sharon van Etten – Tramp / Jagjaguar Records / February 6, 2012
[3rd studio album, produced by The National’s Aaron Dessner, and recorded in his studio over the period of several months. Sharon van Etten was born & raised in New Jersey. She moved to Tennessee to attend Middle Tennessee State University, where she discovered a variety of influential music. After moving back to New Jersey, Van Etten was encouraged by Kyp Malone of TV on the Radio to pursue a career in music.]

27. The Grisly Hand – Western Avenue [EP] / Independent / February 1, 2012
[The band is working on a new full length recording.The Grisly Hand includes: Jimmy Fitzner (Guitar and Vocals), Lauren Krum (Vocals and Percussion), Johnny Nichols (Bass and Vocals), Matt Richey (Drums), Mike Stover (Steel Guitar), and Ben Summers (Guitar and Mandolin).]

28. Amy Farrand – Amy Farrand (hearts) You [EP] / Independent / March 14, 2012
[Ernie Locke on harmonica. Recorded and mixed by Chris Meck. After three years of producing and hosting “The Weirdo Wednesday Supper Club,” every Wednesday night at Davey’s Uptown, Amy Farrand announced live on our November 14, Wednesday MidDay Medley, that at the end of the year she is taking a “hiatus” on Wednesdays at Davey’s.]

29. The Quivers – I Gots To Have It! [EP] / Independent / August 1, 2012
[Terra Peal- Vocals & Bass, Todd Grantham- Keys & Vocals, Abe Haddad- Guitar & Vocals, Bernie Dugan- Drums. Terra Peal and Bernie Dugan joined us LIVE on Wednesday MidDay Medley on August 15.]

30. Deco Auto – Past Mistakes and Hauntings [EP] / Independent / July 6, 2012
[Steven Garcia – guitar, vocals; Tracy Flowers – bass, vocals; Michelle Bacon – drums. Recorded by Pat Tomek. Produced by Steven Garcia with Pat Tomek at Largely Studios, 2012, in Kansas City, MO. Steven Garcia was a founding member of the bands: Armchair Martian and Knee Jerk. Michelle Bacon played with The Threes and currently with Drew Black & Dirty Electric and Dolls on Fire. Flowers and Bacon were both founding members of The Straight Ups. All songs by Steven Garcia, notdeadyet music (ASCAP). All songs performed by Steven Garcia (guitar/vox), Tracy Flowers (bass/vox), Michelle Bacon (drums).]

31. LAZY – Obsession / Independent / June 1, 2012
[Recorded by Ashley Miller, Mixed by Ashley Miller and LAZY, Mastered by Ashley Miller. LAZY includes: Brock Potucek, Zach Vanbenthuzen, Sarica Douglas, Billy Belzer]

32. SSION – Bent (Bonus Track Versions) / Dovecote Records / September 18, 2012
[Written by Cody Critcheloe, produced by J. Ashley Miller, this new bonus track versions release features 4 additional remixes. SSION, (pronounced “shun”) was formed in 1996, in Kansas City, by multi-talented vocalist, visual artist, musician, performance artist, music- video director, Cody Critcheloe. SSION, have been known for their extravagant live shows and amazingly crerative and hilarious videos. SSION has toured with Gossip, Fischerspooner, CSS, and yeah yeah yeahs. Cody Critcheloe has served as Music Video Director music videos from Santigold, CSS, Peaches, Gossip, and Tilly and the Wall. Ssion recently toured, doing shows in San Francisco, Arizona, Texas, New Orleans, Atlanta, DC, Baltimore and Brooklyn.]

33. Dollar Fox – Little Mother’s Things I Am Keeping / Money Wolf Music / Oct. 27, 2012
[“Letter” is included on the Midwestern Audio Vol. 1. Recorded by Patrick Meager at Fuzz Bomb. Produced by Meger and Dollar Fox. Mastered by Duane Trower at Weights & Measures Soundlab. This is the 7th release from Money Wolf Music. Dollar Fox is: Tommy Donoho, Justin Penney, Nick Dothage, Ethan Taylor, Ryan Watkins. Members of Dollar Fox joined us LIVE on Wednesday MidDay Medley for our Band Auction on April 18, and October 24 before the release of their new recording.]

34. Richard Burgess – Midwestern Wind / Independent / June 23, 2012
[Richard Burgess played live on our show, June 20, he played bass in the bands Expassionates and Hadacol.]

35. Ernest James Zydeco – 3 Steps From La La / Jam Rat Records / November 31, 2012
[From KC Missouri, the band lineup has been constant since 2008: Ernest James on accordion and vocals, Barry Barnes on washboard, Jaisson Taylor on drums, Mike Stover on bass guitar, and Tony LaCroix on guitar. This album also includes 4 songs featuring KC’s own Betse Ellis (of The Wilders). Recorded and mixed in KC, at Markosa Studios, with Mark Thies. The album was mastered by Collin Jordan at The Boiler Room in Chicago. Ernest James and Jaisson Taylor co-wrote and co-produced the songs. Members of Ernest James Zydeco joined us on Wednesday MidDay Medley on November 22.]

36. Appropriate Grammar – Lies and Stories / Independent / April 21, 2012
[Their song “Six Foot Dreams” is on the Midwestern Audio Vol. 1 compilation. Appropriate Grammar includes: Nick McKenna – Guitar/Vocals, Alex Dunsford – Lead Guitar, Claire Adams – Bass/Vocals, and Steve Gardels – Drums.]

37. The Shins – Port of Morrow / Columbia a division of Sony / March 20, 2012
[4th studio album by indie rock band The Shins. Co-produced by Greg Kurstin and frontman James Mercer, it is the band’s first studio album in five years, following the release of 2007’s Wincing the Night Away.]

38. Krystle Warren & The Faculty – Love Songs: A Time You May Embrace / Proper -Parlour Door Music / April 9, 2012 UK]
[Kansas City’s very own: Krystle Warren, a Paseo Arts Academy Graduate was signed to a French label and is has been touring Europe opening for Rufus Wainwright, Nick Cave, Norah Jones, and Joan As Police Woman. Krystle Warren’s new album came from a 13 day recording session in Brooklyn, where she recorded the songs live with 28 musicians including her band, The Faculty, alongside choirs, horn and string sections. Krystle wrote the songs, and produced the double vinyl release.]

39. Sam Billen – Places / Primary Colors Collective / September 15, 2012
[From Lawrence, Kansas, In 2009, Sam Billen released Headphones & Cellphones with The Record Machine. It was his first his first solo record in 5 years since leaving Northern Records who also released his decade-long band, The Billions, who disbanded in 2008. After the break up of the Billions, Sam took some time to focus on making his own music and starting a family. Sam works full time at the University of Kansas, and started a new business, Primary Colors Music. Sam joined us live on Wednesday MidDay Medley on November 22 and Sam played LIVE in our studios.]

40. Beach House – Bloom / SubPop / May 15, 2012
[4th studio album by American dream pop duo formed in 2004 in Baltimore, Maryland, consisting of French-born Victoria Legrand and Baltimore native Alex Scally.]

41. Purity Ring – Shrines / 4AD / July 20, 2012
[First single from debut album from Canadian indie electronic band based out of Montreal who formed in 2010. The band consists of two members: Megan James (vocals) and Corin Roddick (instrumentals).] [One of Chris Haghirian’s favorite shows/albums/songs of the year at the Jackpot]

42. Patti Smith – Banga / Columbia Records a Division of Sony / June 1, 2012
[Lead single off the 11th studio album by Poet / Biographer / Musician / Artist / Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee: Patti Smith. Recorded throughout 2011 at New York’s Electric Lady Studios and Hoboken’s Hobo Recorders, Banga was produced by Smith, Tony Shanahan, Jay Dee Daugherty and collaborator Lenny Kaye. with guest musicians: Tom Verlaine of Television and Smith’s own children, Jackson and Jesse Paris.]

43. Cat Power – Sun / Matador / September 4, 2012
[9th studio album by Chan Marshall, also known by her stage name, Cat Power. Her first album of all-original material since 2006’s The Greatest. The album was issued in a variety of formats, including a limited edition deluxe LP containing a 7″ vinyl of bonus tracks. Sun is being included on many, end of year, “Best of” lists.]

44. Two Headed Cow – Zen Again / Saunders Street Records / December 15, 2012
[Tod Davis and Bj McArthur moved to KC from Pensacola, Florida several years ago. Once in KC they changed the band’s name to: Two Headed Cow, for a more regional appeal. Their new release “Zen Again” is their follow up to 2008’s “Safe As Milk.” The release also features Glen Hockemeier on Drums and Matt Waddell on Bass. Two Headed Cow performed LIVE on Wednesday MidDay Medley, on November 14.]

45. The Sea and Cake – Runner / Thrill Jockey / September 18, 2012
[10th album from Chicago indie band formed in the early 1990s from members of The Cocktails, Shrimp Boat, and Tortoise. Sam Prekop (vocals, guitar), Archer Prewitt (guitar, piano, vocals), John McEntire (percussion, drums, some synthesizer), Eric Claridge (bass, synthesizer).]

46. Cate Le Bon – Cyrk II / The Control Group / August 20, 2012
[Based in Cardiff, Wales, she sings in both English and Welsh. Singled out by critics for her dark lyrical content, and “haunting voice.” She released one of our favorite records of 2012 so far Cate Le Bon has announced the new release of a five-song follow-up to the 10-track CYRK. According to her label, CYRK II serves as an “older sister” to the original release, “bearing songs of a more starkly confessional nature.”]

47. Capybara – Dave Drusky / The Record Machine / February 7, 2012
[Lifelong friends Mark Harrison, Jared Horne, Darin Seal, and Joel Wrolstad formed Capybara in January, of 2009. This is their follow up to their debut: “Try Brother.” ]

48. The Brian Jonestown Massacre – Aufheben / ‘a’ Records / April 30, 2012
[13th studio album by The Brian Jonestown Massacre, released on band leader Anton Newcombe’s A Records label. The album was available for free streaming prior to its release, and was recorded in Berlin at Anton Newcombe’s studio and the East German Radio Station “Studio East”. The title of the album comes from a German word. It has several meanings, such as “to lift up” or “to abolish”. In philosophy, it is used by Hegel to explain what happens when a thesis and antithesis interact.]

49. David Byrne & St. Vincent – Love This Giant / 4AD / September 11, 2012
[Made in collaboration between Byrne and St. Vincent aka Annie Clark who began working together in late 2009, using a writing and promotion process that Byrne had previously used on his 2008 collaboration with Brian Eno on Everything That Happens Will Happen Today. The two artists first met in 2009 at a Radio City Music Hall benefit concert for the AIDS/HIV charity Dark Was the Night. The collaboration stemmed from their second meeting, at the New York bookstore Housing Works, where Björk and Dirty Projectors were performing. A concert organizer suggested that Byrne and Clark try a similar collaboration. Their work was initially slated just for a single live performance, but Clark suggested adding brass to their line-up and the two realized they could write original music around horns. The musicians composed lyrics in person and via e-mail, which resulted in an entire album’s worth of material. The performers enlisted a variety of brass musicians to augment their songwriting and have embarked on a tour to promote the album.]

50. Victor & Penny – Side By Side / V & P Productions / November 24, 2012
[2nd release from Erin McGrane & Jeff Freling who joined us LIVE on Wednesday MidDay Medley on November 22 to discuss “Side by Side,” inspired by their experiences on the road. Jeff, originally from Kansas City, calls Chicago home most of the time where he performs regularly with Blue Man Group, Tributosaurus, Mar Caribe, the Tom Waits tribute band B1G T1ME, and has performed alongside Doug Gillard (Guided By Voices). He began furiously studying the guitar at the age of 10 when he first heard Jimmy Page’s guitar solo on “Whole Lotta Love” and has considered himself a guitar geek ever since. In the late 80s and early 90s Jeff was the guitarist and co-songwriter for two of KCs favorite bands: The Mongol Beach Party and Grumpy. He studied at the Conservatory at UMKC and at the Berklee School of music in Boston. Erin has been an active performing artist in the KC arts and music scene for many years. She currently divides her time equally between Chicago and Kansas City, but calls KC home. Erin is a film, theater and commercial actress; a musician and songwriter; and one of the co-hosts of the new TV program CINEMAKC. Most notably, Erin appeared in the Emmy-winning web series THE UNREAL HOUSEWIVES OF KANSAS CITY and in the Oscar-nominated film, UP IN THE AIR alongside George Clooney. Look for Erin this year in the soon-to-be-released thriller feature film NAILBITER. As chanteuse Ruby Falls, she fronts the cabaret act Alacartoona who was awarded a 2009 Inspiration Grant from the Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City. She is proud to say she mis-spent her youth singing in a rock band and was named Kansas City’s sexiest musician in the Pitch Magazine’s “Best of KC 2005”. Victor & Penny played a CD release show, Friday, Nov 23, at 8:00 PM, at The Living Room Theatre, 1818 McGee St , Kansas City, with special guests Annie Cherry & Damian Blake.]

51. The Sexy Accident – Ninja Ninja Fight Darth Vader / Independent / April 21, 2012
[The Sexy Accident’s new full length release, “Ninja Ninja Fight Darth Vader” os available through their website and a local independent record stores. The band’s new music video for their song “What We’d Do” is available for download at music.sexyaccident.com. All of the song’s proceeds go to charity. The Sexy Accident joined us LIVE on Wednesday MidDay Medley on May 2.]

52. David George & The Crooked Mile – Going Underground [EP] / Independent / June 21, 2012
[The follow up to David’s 2010 “Love/Life.” EP contains 5 songs pulled from a 15 song session leading to a full length that will be released tnext year. Featured on “Cold Rain” is Danielle and Jacob Prestidge of The Blackbird Revue. Danielle is also the featured vocalist on “Lift Me Up.” All songs written by David George, except track 3, “I’m a Believer” was written by Neil Diamond.]

53. Lee Fields and The Expressions – Faithful Man / Truth & Soul Records / Mar. 13, 2012
[Since the late sixties, the North Carolina native Lee Fields has amassed a prolific catalog of albums and has toured and played with such legends as Kool and the Gang, Sammy Gordon and the Hip- Huggers, O.V Wright, Darrell Banks, and Little Royal. With a career spanning 43 years, releases on twelve different record labels, and having toured the world over with his raucous-yet- tender voice, itʼs mind-blowing that the music heʼs making today with Brooklynʼs own Truth & Soul Records is the best of his career.]

54. The Empty Spaces – Party Line / Golden Sound Records / July 24, 2012
[KC based band formed from a studio band that recorded Mat Shoare’s solo album The Empty Spaces in 2010. Mat Shoare is a founding member of Everyday/Everynight and a founding partner in Golden Sound Records. Mat Shoare, along w/ Jerad Tomasina, Ross Brown, & Evan Ashby, joined us on Wednesday MidDay Medley, on July 4, to talk about the Crossroads Summer Block Party hosted by Golden Sound Records & Mildred’s.]

55. Ross Brown – Small Victories / Golden Sound Records / October 16, 2012
[We first met Ross Brown on our February 15, WMM. He is co founder of Golden Sound Records, lead singer of the band Fullbloods, and drummer for The Empty Spaces. Ross started playing trumpet in junior high school band and continued through high school playing euphonium, guitar and bass in jazz band, and singing in choir. Music classes were all I took from “public school” during high school. He started writing music when he picked up guitar around 12 years old. Ross went to DeSoto high school for a year and home-schooled the rest. After that I took a two-year audio engineering course at BRC Audio Productions, where he met Jerad Tomasino and everyone in Fullbloods.]

56. Thee Oh Sees – Putrifiers II / In The Red Records / September 11, 2012
[14th album from San Francisco based band that began as a way for John Dwyer to release his instrumental, experimental home recordings, and over the course of several albums it evolved into a full band.]

57. The xx – Coexist / The Young Turks / September 11, 2012
[English indie pop band, formed in London in 2008. The group released their debut album, xx in August 2009. In 2010, the band won the Mercury Music Prize for their debut album. The band met while studying at Elliott School, the same school that produced Hot Chip, and Four Tet. Oliver Sim and Romy Madley-Croft started the band as a duo when they were 15. Guitarist Baria Qureshi joined once they began performing in 2005, with Jamie Smith joining a year after.]

58. Regina Spektor – What We Saw From The Cheap Seats / Sire / May 25 , 2012
[6th studio album from Russian–American alternative singer-songwriter Regina Spektor. Recorded in Los Angeles during the summer of 2011, the album is a collection of new material along with the very first studio recordings of several of Spektor’s older live songs. The album’s second single, “Don’t Leave Me (Ne me quitte pas)” is a song originally from Spektor’s 2002 album Songs. One of our first phone interviews ever on WMM. ][Regina Spektor played Kansas City at The Music Hall November 7.]

59. The Magnetic Fields – Love at The Bottom of The Sea / Merge / March 6, 2012
[The band’s 10th full-length album is their first release of new material with Merge since 1999’s highly acclaimed 69 Love Songs. After putting out their “synth-free trilogy,” The Magnetic Fields are returning to their signature mix of synth and acoustic sounds. Merritt notes about the new album that “Most of the synthesizers on the record didn’t exist when we were last using synthesizers.” The Magnetic Fields went on a North American tour and the closest they got to KC was: IOWA CITY, Iowa, March 28, at the Englert Theatre. More info at houseoftomorrow.com website for The Magnetic Fields]

60. Eleni Mandell – I Can See The Future / Yep Roc / July 10, 2012
[We interviewed Eleni Mandell for a second time. Her recent tour and musical release came from the legendary indie singer songwriter who seemed happier than we’ve ever seen her before. The music created while she was pregnant, was, after the birth of her twins, released with an extensive tour in support of the new music. We talked with Eleni on our August 1 Wednesday MidDay Medley, about touring with the babies, her ex boyfriend that she hired as her nanny, and the inspiration for the new songs. Eleni Mandell played Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club, on Aug 4, with Mikal Shapiro and Ruddy Swain.]

61. Organic Proof – Johan [EP] / Independent / February 21, 2012
[Acoustic song-writing project of multi-instrumentalist Brandon Draper, along with Barclay Martin and Rick Willoughby. Johan was inspired by the writings of Brandon’s 4th great grandfather Johan Augustin Pihl, a Swedish Immigrant that settled in the Kansas Plains in 1860. On Nov. 12 Organic Proof released a new single track called “Simple” at organicproof.bandcamp.com. Rick Willoughby works with Quixotic and he also plays with The Snow Globes, with Barclay Martin, and he joined us LIVE on Wednesday MidDay Medley, on November 21, with Victor & Penny, another KC based band where Rick plays bass.]

62. Eric Voeks – Free Range [EP] / Independent / March 30, 2012
[Produced by E. Voeks, Patrick Hawley and Troy Van Horn, drums and percussion by Patrick Hawley, steel guitar by Mike Stover, all other instruments and voices by Erik Voeks. All songs were written by, Erik Voeks. The drums and percussion recorded by Joe Thebeau ay Victory Over Gravity Productions. Steel Guitar recorded by Mike Stover at The Stoverdome. Everything else was recorded by E.Voeks at Sandusky Sound Co.]

63. Dolls On Fire – Ladies and Gentleman… / Independent / November 13, 2012
[Debut album, recorded, produced, mixed, and mastered by Dolls on Fire at Atzero Studios in Lee’s Summit, MO. Dolls On Fire include: Zach Hodson, Rachel Jaggard, Michelle Bacon, and Mark Johnson. All songs were written by Hodson, except “Minotaur,” that was written by Hodson/Jaggard/Johnson. Michelle Bacon joined us on November 7 on Wednesday MidDay Medley.]

64. Alacartoona – Fantoche / Money Wolf Music / September 14, 2012
[We broadcast the radio premiere of this song on our September 12 Wednesday MidDay Medley. This album is one of four new Money Wolf Music releases on our list. Alacartoona includes: Ruby Falls – vocals/guitar, Providence Forge – bass/vocals, Overton Wooldridge – accordion/vocals, Billings Marland – drums/percussion]

65. Thom Hoskins – Still Feeling Bronze [EP] / Independent / April 7, 2012
[Former lead singer and guitarist for The Buffalo Saints, singer-songwriter, Thommy Hoskins has just released his new solo EP. Thom was our guest on Wednesday MidDay Medley on July 11, where he performed LIVE.]

66. Bobby Womack – The Bravest Man in The Universe / XL Records / June 8, 2012
[First album of new material in over 13 years. Earlier this year, the 68-year-old Bobby Womack was released from the hospital following a successful recovery from pneumonia. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee has also been battling cancer and was scheduled to undergo surgery this year and looks forward to touring in support of his album.]

67. Eyelit – The Woe Dies / Independent / June 22, 2012
[Their song “Motionless” is on Midwestern Audio Vol. 1. Formed in Saint Joseph, MO, in 2008 by Austin (songwriter) and Dansare (voice). They released their first EP “Elephant” in early 2010. “The Woe Dies” was inspired by: Bob Dylan, Iron & Wine, and Bright Eyes.]

68. Cher UK – Little Blue Soldier [EP] / Independent / October 20, 2012
[Founded in 1990 by Mike McCoy who grew up in Hutchinson, Kansas. Cher U.K. filled venues in Kansas City playing punk rock music. Mike McCoy, now lives in Austin Texas and fronts his band the Service Industry. Mike is the founder of The North vs. South Music Festival. Cher UK reunited to play the Middle of the Map Festival in April. While in KC, Mike McCoy gathered up several musicians to record a new Cher UK EP. Mike McCoy – Guitar & Vox, Mark Reynolds – Bass, Bernie Dugan – Drums. Mike McCoy, Mark Reynolds, Bernie Dugan, Lyle Wells of Cher UK & Matt Kesler of The Pedaljets joined us live on Wednesday MidDay Medley on October 17 to talk about their CD Release show at Davey’s Uptown October 20.]

69. The Sleazebeats – The Sleazebeats / Independent / January 1, 2012
[Charlie Colborne – keyboards, guitar, vocals; Bill Belzer – drums; Jeff Harshbarger – bass; Recorded at More Famouser Studios w/ Mike Nolte engineer, mixing, mastering the recordings. The Sleazebeats have played Live on the show on several occassions.]

70. She’s A Keeper – Live From Midwestern [EP] / Independent / March 12, 2012
[All songs written by She’s A Keeper, 2012, Recorded live at the Midwestern Musical Co. in Kansas City, MO. (midwesternmusic.com) Engineered by Dave Guame, Matt Kesler, & Cody Wyoming. Mixed and mastered by Steve Phillips. Band photo by Emmett Merrill. Design by Eric Lindquist.] [5-piece band from Kansas City, includes: Fritz Hutchison – vocals, banjo, percussion; Zac Jurden – vocals, guitar; Colin Nelson – vocals, guitar; Elliott Phillips – bass, mandolin; Kate Sopcich – cello, keyboard. She’s A Keeper has just recently recorded their first music video in promotion of a live EP recorded at Midwestern Musical Co. in KC. The band is currently working on a second full-length album.]

71. Antennas Up – The Awkward Phase / Plastic Artifice / April 24, 2012
[Formed in KC in 2008. The band has played South By Southwest and over 30 Universities and toured w/ Girl Talk, Electric Six, Flogging Molly, Matt & Kim, Ha Ha Tonka, and Company Of Thieves. Kyle Akers – Lead Vocals/Bass; Bo McCall – Guitar/Vocals; The Ryantist – Drums/Vocals; Jonny Universe – Guitar/Keys/Vocals]

72. White Girl – White Girl Vol. Two [EP] / Independent / October 5, 2012
[White Girl is the brain-child of Martin Bush, a dance infused pop romp through eternal fields of post punk grasses and rolling new wave hills. He is joined by Marc Pepperman (the Republic Tigers); Nick Organ (Beautiful Bodies, Various Blonde); Skyler McClun; and Matt Epstein.]

73. Laura Spiegel – The Expanding Universe / Unseen Worlds / September 25, 2012
[Classic 1980 debut album by composer and computer music pioneer Laurie Spiegel. The album is reissued here for the first time in a massively expanded two-CD set, containing all four original album tracks plus an additional 15 tracks from the same period, nearly all previously unreleased! Chicago born, composer. She has worked at Bell Laboratories, in computer graphics, and is known primarily for her electronic-music compositions and her algorithmic composition software Music Mouse. Spiegel was seen by some, as a pioneer of the New York new-music scene. Spiegel’s piece “Sediment” was used in the “cornucopia scene” of the 2012 movie The Hunger Games.]

74. Power and Light – EP / Independent / January 14, 2012
[A collaboration between Nathan Readey (production), and Andrew Connor (songs, vocals). Andrew Connor saw the potential of Readey’s work and because of the success of Kansas City based bands like Ssion, he wanted to encourage Readey by allowing him to remix and release several new Ghosty songs, before Ghosty released them in their own new album. Even though we think they really need to change their name, Power and Light were nominated for a Pitch Musc Award for Best Electronic Band.]

75. Forrest Whitlow – Ghosts From The Old Country (Double Album) / eternal return music / November 8, 2012
[Originally from Greensburg, Kentucky, Forrst Whitlow is now based in kansas City, KS. 90.1 FM’s Signal To Noise host Barry Lee describes Forrest Whitlow as, “David Lynch meets Neil Young.” This is Forrest’s ninth studio album.]

76. Katy & Go Go – When I Get Away / Independent / April 19, 2012
[Katy & Go-Go is vocalist and guitarist Katy Guillen (of The B’Dinas) and drummer extraordinaire Go-Go Ray (of Mike Dillon’s Go-Go Jungle, Samantha Fish, John Velghe). They hit the KC stages in January of 2011, securing a steady monthly gig at The Brick’s Rhythm, Roots, & Soul Saturday Matinee. Nominated for a Pitch Music Award for Best Blues Band. Band-leader Katy Guillen has told us that Go-Go is on the road for an indefinite amount of time. Before he left to tour the country and Europe he replaced himself with an awesome drummer: Kelsey Cook, and Tim Braun of Good Foot has joined the band on bass.]

77. Helen Gillet – Helen Gillet / Independent / June 8, 2012
[Recorded by Chad Meise in Kansas City, MO. Photography by Zack Smith; Graphic Design by Kourtney Keller, Mastered by John Fishback (New Orleans); Produced, Composed and Performed by Helen Gillet. A familiar face in New Orleans’ experimental-jazz scene. Her first New Orleans-recorded album, “Running of the Bells,” was released last year. Helen Gillet’s new album has been compared to intensity and grace of John Cale and the recordings of the Velvet Underground and Nick Drake. Hellen Gillet was part of WE an art/performance/installation created last year by Jane Gotch and Mark Southerland who brings Gillet to KC, for live shows with is band Snuff Jazz.]

78. Michael Kiwanuka – Home Again / Polydor / May 1, 2012
[24-year old British soul musician has been compared to Bill Withers, Randy Newman, and Otis Redding, he grew up in North London, the son of Ugandan parents who had escaped the Amin regime.]

79. The Clementines – The Clementines / Independent / August 18, 2012
[We first met The Clementines as a duo Tim Jenkins & Nicole Springer when they played LIVE on our April 25 show. Since then they’ve added Stephanie Williams on Drums, and Travis Earndshaw on Bass. Nicole Springer grew up in Oak Grove, MO, and graduated H.S. in 2004. She studied Music-Vocal/Choral at Missouri State University, in Springfield, MO, and studied Special Education with Music at Metropolitan MO CC, in KCMO. Nicole told The Pitch (Jan. 10, 2012 article): “I grew up singing in gospel choirs,” she says. “And I still love gospel music, though I’m not religious or anything. I did musicals throughout high school, and I went to school for a year at Missouri State for music education. But I’ve never been in a committed band before this one.” Nicole told David Hudnall of The Pitch: that her vision for the Clementines was initially inspired by the Irish folk duo the Swell Season. “I had just seen them in concert before I put up that ad,” Springer says. “They’re just so passionate, and I wanted to do something that had that much soul in it. It’s the same reason I like Aretha or the Gossip.” Tim Jenkins grew up in KC. Studied at UMKC. He has been playing music for over 10 years. He is a fan of “geek rock, like ’70s prog stuff.” “I usually bring in a song,” Springer says, “and Tim will tweak it and add solos and sometimes a riff — he helps complete it.” More info at: reverbnation.com/theclementinesnicoleandtim]

80. Gossip – A Joyful Noise / Columbia Records a division of Sony Records / May 11, 2012
[Formed in 1999 in Olympia, Washington with vocalist Beth Ditto, guitarist Nathan “Brace Paine” Howdeshell and drummer Kathy Mendonca. All 3 were originally from Searcy, Arkansas; Mendonca moved to Olympia to attend Evergreen State College and Howdeshell and Ditto followed. Drummer Kathy Mendonca left the band to pursue a career as a midwife. Established punk drummer Hannah Blilie joined to replace her.]

81. Folkicide – The Genocide is Mean [EP] / Independent / August 18, 2012
[Follow up to “Devotional Hymns From the Church of the Darwinian Snuff Film.” Folkicide is the outlet for Kansas City songwriter Burnie Booth’s vision of constructive pessimism that he hopes in time will be recognized as a new acoustical genre fully devoted to the documentation of the delightful futility of existence. Folkicide continues their pessimistic exploration into the decaying frame of Western Civilization. Most of the music was recorded on May 11, 2012, by Chubby Smith at his magical tractor shed in Perry, Kansas. Folkicide also released “Folkicide’s Night at The Opera,” this year. Recorded April through August, 2012, mostly in Folkicide’s basement. Engineered and Mastered by David Moore at Merriam Shoals Studios. All songs were originally written by members of Queen, and then strategically deconstructed by Folkicide Mercury, without disrespect or irony, because he truly loves Queen (pre-Hot Space) and “Night at The Opera” in particular.]

82. Alt-J – An Awesome Wave / Infectious Records / September 18, 2012
[Debut. Winner of the 2012 British Mercury Prize. Pronounced “alt-J”, the delta sign is created when you hold down the alt key on your computer keyboard and punch ‘J’ on a Mac computer. The symbol has a deeper meaning, the band explains that, “in mathematical equations it’s used to show change.” Gwil, Joe Newman [guitar/vocals], Gus Unger-Hamilton [keyboards] and Thom Green [drums] met at Leeds University in 2007.]

83. Gemini Revolution – Gemini Revolution / Upstairs Recordings / September 20, 2012
[This year they also released: EPs: “Informal Revolution” “Sizuka.” Gemini Revolution is: Dedric Moore, Delaney Moore, Mika Tayana. They were asked to perform at this year’s Pop Montreal Festival in September 20. Upstairs Recordings of Vancouver, Canada, released their full-length debut to coincide with the festival.]

84. Black Moth Super Rainbow – Cobra Juicy / Rad Cult / October 22, 2012
[5th, and some say finest, album to date from the psychedelic-electronic-experimental band from Pittsburgh. Their sound is characterized by analog, electronic, instruments including the vocoder, Rhodes piano, and Novatron. Little is known about band members who’re all something of an enigma, keeping their true identities hidden behind monikers like: Tobacco, Bullsmear, The Seven Fields of Aphelion Fields. One critic described their music this way: “Imagine that disco put on a blonde wig, a denim jacket, and roller-skates; then proceeded to do a considerable quantity of acid and dance around in the abandoned roller rink in your hometown.”]

85. Danny McGaw – Eccles Road / Zoe Records / October 27, 2012
[Born and raised in Northern England, Danny wrote his first song when he was 12 years old. He spent his childhood pursuing a professional football (with the feet) career. Danny left Manchester to travel at 18. His unique journey led him to Los Angeles where he recorded with the late Terry Melcher (producer of The Byrds, Taj Mahal, Ry Cooder).]

86. Grimes – Visions / 4AD / February 21, 2012
[3rd album from Grimes aka Claire Boucher who was born March 17, 1988 and was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia. After Secondary School she moved to Montreal, Quebec to attend Montreal’s McGill University. It was during her studies that she began to record and perform under the name Grimes.]

87. The Hillary Watts Riot – A/S/L / Money Wolf Music / April 20, 2012
[First single from their debut album, THWR include: Hillary Watts Bird, Christian Hankel, Tommy Donoho, Sergio Moreno, Justin Penney. They describe their music as “freak pop.” This band is so fun to see live.]

88. Sarah Jaffe – The Body Wins / Kirtland Records / April 24, 2012
[2nd full-length release. Produced by John Congleton, showing another side of the amazing, 26 year old singer-songwriter from Denton, Texas. Very different from last year’s “Suburban Nature,” the new release shows the part of her that liked to dance and listen to hip-hop and cover Robyn songs live. Sarah Jaffe was on tour with Norah Jones and Blitzen Trapper in June and July.]

89. Dent May – Do Things / Paw Tracks / June 12, 2012
[Based in Oxford, Mississippi. Signed to Animal Collective’s Paw Tracks label while the group was in Oxford recording Merriweather Post Pavilion. Dent May played every part on “Do Things” and recorded it at his home, the Cats Purring Dude Ranch. An NYU film school drop-out, this is his follow up to the critically acclaimed, Dent May and His Magnificent Ukulele.]

90. O, Giant Man – Our Friend Goes West [EP] / Independent / January 4, 2012
[Christopher Robbins – Lead Vocals, Guitars; Jake Schulenberg – Bass Guitar, Vocals; Andy Wendling – Percussion, Vocals; Rick Schulenberg – Keys, Vocals, Percussion.]

91. Rumblejetts – Motor Honey / Spinjet – Money Wolf Music Records / Sept. 12, 2012
[Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Justin Penney at Money Wolf Music. Rumblejetts include: Jim Holopter- Guitar, vocals; Jud Kite – Drums, vocals; Chad Hasty – Bass and Vocals. Rumblejetts were nominated this year for a Pitch Music Award for Best Country/Rockabilly Band.]

92. Shearwater – Animal Joy / Sub Pop / Feb. 15, 2012
[7th studio album from American indie rock band formed in Austin, Texas in 1999 by Okkervil River members Jonathan Meiburg and Will Sheff, although Sheff is no longer with the band.]

93. Secret Handshakes / Golden Sound Records + The Record Machine (12″ Split Release) / Apr. 21, 2012
[Nathan Reusch from The Record Machine, and Jerad Tomasina and Ross Brown from Golden Sound Records joined us LIVE on Wednesday MidDay Medley on April 11, to discuss Record Store Day and their special vinyl release that combined 6 special new tracks from each of their KC based labels.]

94. Jason Beers – No Banjo is An Island / Independent / April 11, 2012
[Jason Beers is almost everywhere these days. Playing the saw, on the big stage at The Folly Theatre, with The New Century Follies, and on the small stage at The Fishtank for Mel Neet’s annual anti-Valentine’s Day Show. Jason was seen playing on top of a downtown building, in a train car, with Betse Ellis, for the Prairie Logic Opening. Jason played in the Dead Voices band with Tiny Horse and Betse Ellis for Wednesday MidDay Medley’s LIVE show “A Story In A Song” in July at the recordBar. Jason also plays with his own band The Brannock Device, who released their own new album this year too. That’s Elaine McMilian singing harmony with Jason]

95. Tina And Her Pony – Tina And Her Pony / Independent / March 9, 2012
[Tina Collins and Quetzal Jordan perform as Tina And Her Pony, a critically acclaimed, alt Americana band. We interviewed them LIVE on Wednesday MidDay Medley on August 22. Tina And Her Pony joined Victor and Penny in concert, Aug 25, at The Kansas City Academy, Grassroots Concert Series.]

96. The John McKenna Band – Beautuful Dangerous [EP] / Independent / Jan. 25, 2012
[Born out of a conversation between McKenna and Jeff Larison (Blackbird Revue, Oriole Post, Sara Swenson, Red Guitar). Ryan Green (Satellite Soul) was quickly brought into the discussion and the three eventually started working on old and new McKenna tunes. Todd Way (Beggar’s Table, Satellite Soul) was brought in to play bass, but it wasn’t long before he was playing other instruments as well, namely piano and some guitar from time to time. Eventually, the sound was rounded out, by an old friend of everyone in the band, Allison Cloud. Current line-up: John McKenna- guitars & vocals; Jeff Larison- lap & pedal steel, guitars; Ryan Green- drums; Todd Way- bass, keys, & vocals; Allison Cloud- vocals; Nick “Pick” Pickrell – bass.]

97. The Ned Ludd Band – Spacebar / Independent / November 17, 2012
[Recorded by DEERWOLFANIMALBEAR. The Ned Ludd Band includes: Clint Hoffmeier, Jordan Carver, Aaron Fuhr. Produced by Brent Jamison who now plays drums w/ the band. Clint Hoffmeir joined us on Wednesday MidDay Medley on September 12.]

98. Sons of Great Dane – You Can’t Lose It All, All At Once [EP] / Sharp County Records / September 4, 2012
[Brent Windler: Guitar/Vocals, Nolle Bond: Bass, Evanjohn: Guitar, and Brendan Culp: Drums. Recorded and Mixed by Paul Malinowski at Massive Sound. Mastered by Mike Nolte at West End Studios. ]

99. The Casket Lottery – REAL FEAR / No Sleep Records / Nov. 3, 2012
[KC based band was formed by Nathan Ellis (guitar/vocals) and Stacy Hilt (bass) in July of 1997 while Nathan was in the band COALESCE. Nathan “Junior” Richardson joined in on drums. They toured with other late 1990s bands: GIANTS CHAIR, BOYS LIFE, and SHUDDER TO THINK. In the band’s initial 5 years they created over 50 songs, including three full length albums, three EPs, numerous 7″, split 7″, and compilation appearances. After one last tour to the West Coast in support of their 2006 release “Smoke and Mirrors,” the band called it quits. Now a 5-piece band, the group has returned like a phoenix with new music that was recorded with Ed Rose, at Black Lodge Recordings, in Eudora, KS, during the Fall and Winter of 2010 – 2011.]

100. Sneaky Creeps – The Thin Man Wigs Out [EP] / Independent / Jan. 8, 2012
[The 2nd EP from band formed by, Max Crutcher, Andy Davis, Andy Erdrich who all met while going to KCAI. Andy Davis moved away, making the Sneaky Creeps a duo of Max Crutcher on Drums and Yell/Talk, and Andrew Erdrich on Guitar and Yell/Talk. Recorded by Ashley at Infoaming Vortex. All material was written by Sneaky Creeps. Andy Erdrich, who is also a co-founder of BREAD KC! was happy to report that we were the very first to download their new, release, “The Thin Man Wigs Out,” through Bandcamp. Sneaky Creeps joined us several times throughout the year as our guest producers.]

101. Himanshu – Nehru Jackets / Greedhead / January 23, 2012
[Himanshu Suri, aka Heems, from Queens Hip Hop band Das Racist, releases his own solo album-mix tape.]

102. Dirty Projectors – Swing Low Magellan / Domino Recording Co. / July 10, 2012
[6th studio album by American experimental rock. The album was written, recorded, produced and mixed by Dirty Projectors frontman Dave Longstreth in Delaware County, New York.]

103. Gentleman Savage – Gentleman Savage [EP] / Independent / Oct. 12, 2012
[Psychedelic-pop band from Kansas City with: Holden Simpson on Vocals/Guitar/Keys, Kyle Anthony on Bass, and Nick Talley on Drums/Percussion.]

104. Ruthie Foster – Let It Burn / Blue Corn Music / Jan 31, 2012
[Texas born Ruthie Foster’s new album features special guests The Blind Boys of Alabama, soul legend William Bell, and the rhythm section of The Funky Meters (bassist George Porter Jr. and drummer Russell Batiste). Recorded in New Orleans with producer John Chelew (The Blind Boys of Alabama, John Hiatt, Richard Thompson), Let It Burn also includes New Orleans-bred guitarist Dave Easley, renowned saxophonist James Rivers and Ike Stubblefield (Curtis Mayfield, Marvin Gaye, and Eric Clapton) on organ. Ruthie Foster played Kansas City with Paul Thorn, March 28, at Knuckleheads.]

105. Caul – Let The Stars Assume The Whole of The Night / Hypnos / March 29 2012
[12th full length album from Caul aka Brett Smith, a prolific musician based in Baldwin City, Kansas, who has been releasing music since 1996 on various electronica labels. Caul began in 1993, while he was playing guitar in John Bergin’s band Trust Obey.]

106. Daughn Gibson – All Hell / White Denim / March 26, 2012
[Carlisle, Pennsylvania based singer/songwriter, was formerly the drummer for the band Pearls and Brass. His debut solo album “All Hell” has received critical acclaim. Sub Pop records has signed Gibson \where is is working on a full-length Sub Pop debut to be released next year. Gibson has recorded a new song called “Reach Into the Fire” that samples his new labelmates Shabazz Palaces and Tiny Vipers (above). He’s also added more dates to his U.S. tour.]

107. Jason Vivone & The Billy Bats – Lather Rinse Repeat / Independent / May 4, 2012
[Jason Vivone (vocals, guitar, mandolin, harp, cigarbox guitar, diddley bow, piano) ; Ben Hoppes (vocals, banjo, guitar) ; Imani Glasgow (vocals, fiddle, percussion); Jeremy Clark (bass); Matt Bustamante (vocals, drums); Paula Crawford (vocals, guitar). Jason Vivone joined us on Wednesday MidDay Medley on May 2.]

108. The Kinsey Sicks – Electile Dysfunction / The Kinsey Sicks / May 8, 2012
[Based on their hit musical, “ELECTILE DYSFUNCTION: THE KINSEY SICKS FOR PRESIDENT,” The Kinsey Sicks were formed in 1993, by original members: Ben Schatz (“Rachel”) is a Harvard-trained civil rights lawyer, former Director of the national Gay and Lesbian Medical Association, and one-time presidential advisor on HIV issues, who created the first national AIDS legal project and authored Clinton’s HIV policy during the 1992 presidential campaign, and Irwin Keller (“Winnie”) is a University of Chicago-trained lawyer and linguist and former director of the AIDS Legal Referral Panel of the San Francisco Bay Area, who authored Chicago’s gay rights ordinance, passed into law in 1989. In 2004, the Kinsey Sicks were joined by actor/singer/designer Jeff Manabat, who is responsible for Trixie’s inordinate glamour and soaring counter-tenor, as well as the entire group’s hot couture. Beginning in October of 2008, the Kinsey Sicks are joined by the hilarious and talented Spencer Brown (“Trampolina”), a Kansas City-based actor and singer, already known for his drag character Daisy Buckët (pronounced, of course, “bouquet”).]

109. SoundsGood – Goodbye / Innate Sounds / March 1, 2012
[Vocals – Joe Good, Beats – Miles Bonny. Third and final album, from this legendary KC Hip Hop band. Miles Bonny and Brenk Sinatra released S3 “Supa Soul Sh*t” in Nov.]

110. Flying Lotus – Until The Quiet Comes / Warp Records / October 1, 2012
[Flying Lotus is Steven Ellison the great-nephew of the late jazz pianist Alice Coltrane, wife of saxophonist John Coltrane and cousin of musician Ravi Coltrane. Flying Lotus has released 4 studio albums and has produced much of the bumper music on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim programming block. He also contributed remixes for fellow Plug Research artists including Mia Doi Todd.]

111. The Bad Ideas – Worse Thoughts [EP] / Independent /January 22, 2012
[Britt or Dare (guitar), Break-A-Dawn (vocals), the Caitlin Curry Implosion (bass), and Brittain Lawlessness (drums) joined us live on Wednesday MidDay Medley, July 11.]

112. Eternal Summers – Correct Behavior / Kanine Records / July 24, 2012
[This is the second proper full length from Virginia based Eternal Summers who have previously released a handful of 7 inches, EP’s and one debut as a duo. Now a power trio.]

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WMM Playlist from November 14, 2012

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Paleface + Two Headed Cow + Amy Farrand
+ Local & New Releases

1. Making Movies – “Pendulum”
from: A La Deriva / Independent / November, 2012
[Enrique Chi (guitar/lead vox), Brendan Culp (drums), Diego Chi (bass), Juan-Carlos Chaurand (percussion /keyboard). Making Movies performed a special “listening party” last friday at Czar Bar. They talked about their new full length release, played some acoustic songs and listening to their new recording. Enrique sent us new music to share. Making Movies performed last night at La Fonda El Taquito ft. Enrique Chi Sr.]

[Making Movies on tour: Nov 29 – Prophet Bar – Dallas / Nov 30 – Club Rio – San Antonio / Dec 7 – The Playhouse – San Jose, CA / Dec 14 – El Callejon – Salinas, CA / Dec 15 – Sandrini’s – Bakersfield, CA]

2. Ernest James Zydeco – “Pearlie Pearl”
rom: 3 Steps From La La / Jam Rat Records / Fall 2012
[Hailing from KC Missouri, the band lineup has been constant since 2008: Ernest James on accordion and vocals, Barry Barnes on washboard, Jaisson Taylor on drums, Mike Stover on bass guitar, and Tony LaCroix on guitar. This album also includes 4 songs featuring KC’s own Betse Ellis (of The Wilders). Recorded and mixed in KC at Markosa Studios, with Mark Thies. The album was mastered by Collin Jordan at The Boiler Room in Chicago. Ernest James and Jaisson Taylor co-wrote and co-produced the songs.]

[Ernest James Zydeco will be our guests next week on Wednesday MidDay Medley]

3. Alt-J – “Fitzpleasure”
from: An Awesome Wave / Infectious Records / September, 2012
[Debut. Winner of the 2012 British Mercury Prize. Pronounced “alt-J”, the delta sign is created when you hold down the alt key on your computer keyboard and punch ‘J’ on a Mac computer. The symbol has a deeper meaning, the band explains that, “in mathematical equations it’s used to show change.” Gwil, Joe Newman [guitar/vocals], Gus Unger-Hamilton [keyboards] and Thom Green [drums] met at Leeds University in 2007.]

10:15

4. Organic Proof – “Follow Your Heart”
from: Johan [EP] / Independent / February 21, 2012
[Acoustic song-writing project of multi-instrumentalist Brandon Draper, along with Barclay Martin and Rick Willoughby. Johan was inspired by the writings of Brandon’s 4th great grandfather Johan Augustin Pihl, a Swedish Immigrant that settled in the Kansas Plains in 1860. On Nov. 12 Organic Proof released a new single track called “Simple” at organicproof.bandcamp.com.]

[Brandon Draper and Barclay Martin have created the Grassroots Concert Series at KC Academy at 7933 Main St., a 3-evening event, and fundraiser for the Academy, a not-for-profit school. Tomorrow night, Nov 15, Organic Proof performs at 7:00. On Fri, Nov 16, She’s A Keeper and The Natural State perform, and Sat. night, Nov. 17 features Matt Otto Trio and Ghosty. More info at kcacademy.org]

5. Helen Gillet – “Carolina”
from: Helen Gillet / Independent / June, 2012
[A familiar face in New Orleans’ experimental jazz scene. Her first New Orleans-recorded album, “Running of the Bells,” was released last year. Helen Gillet’s new album has been compared to intensity and grace of John Cale and the recordings of the Velvet Underground and Nick Drake.]

[Helen Gillet will be part of a killer show this Friday night at The Brick, 1727 McGeee Street, with Mark Southerland, Simon Berz, Chris Combs, Klaas Hubner, J Ashley Miller, Shawn Hansen]

6. Sarah Jaffe – “Mannequin Woman”
from: The Body Wins / Kirtland Records / April 24, 2012
[2nd full length release. Produced by John Congleton, showing another side of the amazing, 26 year old singer-songwriter from Denton, Texas. Very different from last year’s “Suburban Nature,” the new release shows the part of her that liked to dance and listen to hip-hop and cover Robyn songs live. “Glorified High.” Sarah Jaffe been on tour with Norah Jones and Blitzen Trapper in June and July.]

[Jarah Jaffe plays The Bottleneck in Lawrence, tomorrow night, Nov. 15 with State Radio.]

7. Ghosty – “Need This”
from: GHOSTY / More Famouser Records / April 17, 2012
[Andrew Connor, Mike Nolte an Bill Belzer who recorded their new album, themselves, over the last couple of years w/ help from David Wetzel, Josh Adams, Jake Blanton, Konnor Ervin, Ryan Connor, Kirsten Paludan, Dan Talmadge. Pressed on vinyl and available on LP and digital download. More info at ghostysounds.com.]

[Ghosty plays the Grassroots Concert Series at KC Academy at 7933 Main St. on Sat. night, Nov. 17 with the Matt Otto Trio and Ghosty. More info at kcacademy.org]

10:31 – Underwriting

10:32 – Interview with Two Headed Cow

Bj McArthur and Tod Davis, are the founders of the Kansas City based band, Two Headed Cow. Their new full-length release, “Zen Again” from Saunders Street Records. Two Headed Cow play Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club on Friday, November 16, with Scott Moyer Band.

Glen Hockemeier plays drums in Scott Moyer Band and Two Headed Cow,

Two Headed Cow perform LIVE as a 4-piece:

Bj McArthur
Tod Davis
Glen Hockemeier – Drums
Matt Waddell – Bass

“Zen Again” if the band’s newest release since 2008’s “Safe As Milk.”

“Zen Again” was produced through Saunders Street Records.

11:34

8. Two Headed Cow – “Tao Jones” from: Zen Again / Saunders Street Records / Dec. 2012

Bj McArthur and Tod Davis, are the founders of the Kansas City based band, Two Headed Cow. Their new full length release, “Zen Again” from Saunders Street Records.

Two Headed Cow play Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club on Friday, November 16, with Scott Moyer Band.

B.J. and Tod have been playing music together for 30 years.

At one time B.J. and Tod performed as “Lobster Boy and Shrimp Girl.”

Tod Davis and Bj McArthur moved to Kansas City from Pensacola Florida. Once in KC they changed their band’s name to: Two Headed Cow, for a more regional appeal.

11:44

9. Two Headed Cow – “Strange Fishes”
from: Zen Again / Saunders Street Records / Dec. 2012

A video for “Strange Fishes” is posted at facebook.com/twoheadedcow

We have also posted this at facebook.com/wednesdaymiddaymedley

11:51

10. Two Headed Cow – “Flower Girls”
from: Zen Again / Saunders Street Records / Dec. 2012

10:54

B.J. McArthur, Tod Davis. Thanks for being with us on WMM

Two Headed Cow’s new full length release, “Zen Again” was produced through Saunders Street Records.

Two Headed Cow play Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club on Friday, November 16, with Scott Moyer Band.

Two Headed Cow will also play CODA December 1.

And they’ll play All Star Rock Bar, 7210 N.E. 43rd Street

10:54

11. Everyday/Everynight – “16 Monkies”
from: Fire / Golden Sound Records / As yet to be released (2012)
[Evan Ashby on Guitar, Matthew Gratton on Bass, Mat Shoare on Guitar, Nicholas Stahl on Drumset, Jerad Colton Tomasino on Guitar/Keyboard/Vocal. Recorded/mixed/mastered by Ross Brown at Rock Jack Studio. Produced by Everyday/Everynight and Ross Brown. #16monkies written by Matthew Gratton.]

[Everyday/Everynight is in concert: Thurs, Nov 15 – Zoo Bar – Lincoln, NE / Nov 16 – Vaudeville Mews w/ Diamonds for Eyes – Des Moines, IA / Dec 21 – Slowdown – Omaha, NE]

11:00

12. Amy Farrand – “How You Feelin’”
from: Amy Farrand (hearts) You / Independent / 2012
[Ernie Locke on harmonica. Recorded and mixed by Chris Meck.]

[Amy Farrand’s “Weirdo Wednesday Supper Club happens every Wednesday night at Davey’s Uptown]

13. Howard Iceberg & The Titanics w/ Amy Farrand – “She’s My Girlfriend Too”
from: Welcome Aboard / Independent / June 26, 2011
[7-CD set, includes over 100 new songs, feat. The Titanics: Gary Paredes on lead guitar, Dan Mesh on rhythm guitar, Scott Easterday on bass, Pat Tomek on drums. W/ contributions from over 70 local artists participating in Howard’s “never-ending recording project” conducted in Pat Tomek’s home studio.]

11:07 – Underwriting

11:08

14. Schwervon! – “Truth Teller”
rom: Courage / Olive Juice Records / September 28, 2012
[Schwervon! is a two piece rock band. Nan plays drums and Matt plays guitar and they both sing. They lived in NYC for 15 years and have just relocated to Kansas City. Last year they opened for both The Vaselines and Belle & Sebastian. They recently recorded with Memphis-based engineer Doug Easley (Pavement, Sonic Youth, Cat Power).]

[Schwervon! plays Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club, 3402 Main St., Wed. Nov. 14, at 9:00 PM, w/ PALEFACE and Folkicide.]

[Schwervon! also plays an early show at the recordBar, 1020 Westport Rd. on December 8th.]

15. Folkicide – “Power To The People”
from: The Genocide is Mean EP / Independent / 2012
[Follow up to “Devotional Hymns From the Church of the Darwinian Snuff Film”Folkicide is the outlet for Kansas City songwriter Burnie Booth’s vision of constructive pessimism that he hopes in time will be recognized as a new acoustical genre fully devoted to the documentation of the delightful futility of existence. Folkicide continues their pessimistic exploration into the decaying frame of Western Civilization.]

[Folkicide plays Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club, 3402 Main St., Wed. Nov. 14, at 9:00 PM, w/ PALEFACE and Schwervon!]

16. Paleface – “You Will Get What You Want”
from: One Big Party / Ramsuer Records / October 12, 2010

[PALEFACE plays Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club, 3402 Main St., Wed. Nov. 14, at 9:00 PM, w/ Schwervon! and Folkicide.]

11:18 – Interview with Paleface, Monica “Mo” Samalot, Grey Revell, and Amy Farrand.

Paleface was mentored in songwriting from Daniel Johnston in 1989, in New York City, where he was a friend and roommate of Beck who credits Paleface as an early influence. In 1990 Danny Fields (manager of The Stooges, The Ramones, MC5, and The Doors) discovered Paleface at a NYC open mic, and signed on as his manager. Paleface has released 17 albums, and toured with Crash Test Dummies, Billy Bragg, The Breeders and performed with: The Moldy Peaches, Langhorne Slim, Regina Spektor, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and The Avett Brothers. currently on tour as high-energy three piece band with his darling drummer Mo and Grey Revell, in support of his Ramseur Records follow up One Big Party, Paleface plays Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club, 3402 Main St., Wed. Nov. 14, at 9:00 PM, w/ Schwervon! and Folkicide.

Paleface has been making music, and touring, and writing so many songs since the late 1980s. he has seen the music business from the inside out, and back again. Paleface talked with us about when he knew that music would be central in his life.

Paleface talked about ending up in NYC and meeting Daniel Johnston, in 1989.

Beck used to sleep on his couch

In 1990 Danny Fields (manager of The Stooges, The Ramones, MC5, and The Doors) discovered Paleface at a NYC open mic, and signed on as manager for 8 years.

We talked with Paleface about the anti-folk scene in NYC.

Paleface credits a show organized by New Jersey singer/songwriter Nicole Atkins at Lach’s Antihoot in NYC, featuring: Regina Spektor, Langhorne Slim, Jaymay and the Avett Brothers all in one room—as a night that changed his life.

In 2005 PALEFACE he was invited by The Avett Brothers to their studio to join in the making of Four Thieves Gone: The Robbinsville Sessions. Thirty-one songs were recorded, including five written by Paleface. “Dancin Daze” was chosen for the final release. Later that year Multi-bean Vol.2 was compiled and released.

In 2007, Paleface and girlfriend-drummer Monica “Mo” Samalot left NYC and relocated to North Carolina in order to tour on a full-time basis as an Indie folk duo.

They are both featured on The Avett Brothers record Emotionalism.

A Different Story (2008) was released next. It features guest performances by The Avett Brothers. Paleface continued to tour with Monica “Mo” Samalot. They performed at festivals such as Floyd Fest, Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival, and Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion.
In 2009, the duo released their full length Ramseur Records debut The Show Is On The Road”. Produced by Grey Revell and Paleface, The record features guest performances by Seth Avett, Bob Crawford and Joe Kwon of The Avett Brothers.

Paleface and drummer Mo spent the next year touring from coast to coast in support of the album, including performances at festivals such as Pickathon (Portland, OR), Riverbend (Chattanooga TN) and Bristol Rhythm And Roots (Bristol, VA-TN), as well as showcases such as Tennessee Shines @ Bijou Theatre (WDVX Knoxville TN), Non-com (WXPN & World Cafe Live, Philadelphia PA), and South By Southwest Festival (Austin, TX). And right after SXSW Festival, The Denver Post featured Paleface as one of the “Top 10 Standout SXSW bands of 2010”!

On April 2010 Paleface released his Ramseur Records full length follow-up “One Big Party”, which features girlfriend Monica “Mo” Samalot on drums and vocals, among other friends. The record was produced by Paul ‘Ena’ Kostabi (Cults, The Willowz, Dee Dee Ramone).

The duo celebrated the release with a special guest-performance alongside friends The Avett Brothers at the Avett’s sold out Radio City Music Hall show Oct 13th 2010, followed by an US and Europe tours.

We talked with Paleface about his paintings.

On November 21, 2011, Paleface released: Multibean Vol.3,” at: paleface.bandcamp.com, features 16 tracks carefully selected (and sequenced) by PF….from an extended collection of rough demos, raw home tape recordings, live show performances, and album outtakes from 1990’s to 2008.

Amy Farrand, tonight’s Weido Wednesday Supper Club tonigh features Music by Dale Frazier! Burlesque by Violet Vendetta! More music by Amy Farrand!

Folkicide 9:30
PALEFACE 10:30
Schwervon 11:30

For more information about Paleface, the music, the tour, the paintings visit palefaceonline.com.

Paleface plays Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club, 3402 Main St., Wed. Nov. 14, at 9:00 PM, w/ Schwervon! and Folkicide.

11:43

17. Paleface – “She’s So”
rom: One Big Party / Ramsuer Records / October 12, 2010

[PALEFACE plays Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club, 3402 Main St., Wed. Nov. 14, at 9:00 PM, w/ Schwervon! and Folkicide.]

18. The Avett Brothers – “Die Die Die”
from: Emotionalism / Ramsuer Records / May 15, 2007
[Paleface contributed to the 5th full length release, and the album that launched The Avett Brothers into the national spotlight, catching the eye of producer Rick Rubin who signed on to produce their 2009 release “I And Love And You.” This folk rock band from Concord, North Carolina is made up of two brothers, Scott Avett, playing the banjo and Seth Avett, playing the guitar, and Bob Crawford who plays the stand-up bass, with Joe Kwon, cello, and Jacob Edwards, drums. The band’s 7th studio release, “The Carpenter” came out this year on September 11, also produced by Rick Rubin.]

11:50

19. Joni Mitchell – “Dime Store in Des Moines”
from: Mingus / Asylum / 1979
[10th studio album by Joni Mitchell, and a collaboration with jazz musician Charles Mingus. Recorded in the months before his death, it would be Mingus’s final musical project; the album is wholly dedicated to him. All of the lyrics are by Mitchell, while the music for four of the songs was composed by Mingus, three being new tunes, a fourth being his tribute to saxophonist Lester Young from his 1959 classic Mingus Ah Um, “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat”, for which Mitchell wrote a set of lyrics. As with the release preceding, Don Juan’s Reckless Daughter, Mitchell hired personnel from jazz fusion group Weather Report to play on the sessions. Mingus would also mark the first reunion of saxophonist Wayne Shorter and pianist Herbie Hancock in the studio since recording together on Shorter’s seminal Native Dancer album, featuring Milton Nascimento, released in September 1974.”God Must Be a Boogie Man” was the only song Mingus was unable to hear, having taken shape two days after his death. The artwork features paintings by Mitchell of Mingus. It peaked at #17 on Billboard Pop Albums chart.]

20. MV & EE – “Sweet Sure Gone”
from: Space Homestead / Woodsist Records / May 15, 2012
[ Vermont-based group of musicians focused around Matt “MV” Valentine and his partner Erika “EE” Elder. “Sweet Sure Gone” was recorded over the course of a year, in nine different studios.]

[MV & EE play the recordBar, TONIGHT, Nov. 14, w/ Harmed Brothers, Sons of Great Dane , and Tom VandenAvond.]

Wednesday MidDay Medley in on the web:
WednesdayMidDayMedley.org
facebook.com/WednesdayMidDayMedleyon90.1FM
and kkfi.org

11:59:30

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

Wednesday MidDay Medley in on the web:
WednesdayMidDayMedley.org
facebook.com/WednesdayMidDayMedleyon90.1FM and
kkfi.org

Show #447

WMM Playlist from October 10, 2012

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 10, 2012

Iris DeMent
+ Spinning Tree Theatre
+ Betse Ellis, Marion Merritt, & Tom Crane

1. Thee Oh Sees – “Flood’s New Light”
from: Putrifiers II / In The Red Records / September 11, 2012
[14th album from San Francisco based band that began as a way for John Dwyer to release his instrumental, experimental home recordings, and over the course of several albums it evolved into a full band.]

And joining Mark for the entire show were: Betse Ellis, Marion Merritt along with Tom Crane who joined in to encourage YOU to show your support for 90.1 FM.

10:04 – Pledge Break #1

Our Fund Drive Team: Betse Ellis, Marion Merritt, with Tom Crane

What 90.1 FM KKFI Kansas City Community Radio means to YOU.

Every now and then, we have to pass the hat, to pay the bills. 90.1 FM offers programming 24-7, that is, essentially free to you, to tune into. However, we do have expenses just like everyone else. Even though we are a non-commercial radio station, operated by a not-for-profit organization, we still have to pay the light bill, the rent, the insurance. Even though we have hundreds of committed volunteers, who donate thousands of hours every year, producing radio shows, answering phones, creating websites, producing benefits, rewiring the board, setting up our computer system, we still need to employ a small staff, to organize volunteers, to handle day to day business, development, and operations.

And so…every now and then, we have to pass the hat…to pay the bills. That’s where YOU come in! YOU are the reason we were able to go onto the airwaves nearly 25 years ago, and You are the reason we’ve been able to continue all these years. Volunteers are waiting to hear from YOU right now. Call 888-931-0901 to show your support for Community Radio and Wednesday MidDay Medley. You can also visit us online at kkfi.org to support Kansas City Community Radio 90.1 FM.

Why listeners need to support of this one-of-a-kind, programming.

Case #1 – 90.1 FM is a grassroots movement, a radio station created by the people in the village. 35 years ago those people created a not-for-profit, 501 (c) 3 organization called, The MidCoast Radio Project and for 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…

Those first radio shows were prerecorded on reel to reel tape in the basement of Tom Crane’s house on Pennsylvania Ave, and then delivered to the tower site and transmitter, where they were played. Tom Crane was there in the beginning and has played a vital role in KKFI’s development over the years.

Tom Crane talked about the early years, charity bingo, the reel to reel recordings.

Tom also talked about Anne Winter who hosted a KKFI show as “Little Orphan Annie” and produced Kansas City’s very first Punk show on the airwaves.

10:12

2. The Caves – “Liars”
from: Duplexiaville / Golden Sound Records / 2012
[KC based: Andrew Ashby on Guitar & Voice, David Gaumé on Bass, Elizabeth Bohannon on Keyboards, Percussion & Voice, Jake Cardwell on Drums & Percussion. A new track that’ll be part of the band’s upcoming release “Duplexiaville” available soon on Golden Sound Records.]

[The Caves play the recordBar, Friday, October 12, with Spring Standars, and John McKenna Band.]

3. The Hearts of Darkness – “Come Forward”
from: Shelf Life / Shipshape Records / August 25, 2012
(Their song “Debt On Me” is on the Midwestern Audio Vol. 1 compilation)
[The 15 piece ensemble welcomed 6 additional musicians to record “Shelf Life” their 2nd full-length release, 2 years in the making. Recorded live at the Cooler Studio in Kansas City, Kansas, with Chad Meise, and mastered by Collin Jordan at the Boiler Room in Chicago, using both vintage analog and modern digital technologies. The album will be released on CD and as a limited edition collectible vinyl LP at local music stores, and also available on iTunes. Contributing musicians to “Shelf Life” include: Bob Asher – Trumpet, Sean Branagan – drums and percussion, Rachel Christia – Vocals , Andrew Ford – Trombone, Brandy Gordon – Vocals, Richard Gumbel – Rhythm and Lead Guitar, Sam Hughes – Baritone Saxophone, Les Izmore – Vocals, Pete Leibert – Bass Guitar, Jolan Smith – Tenor Saxophone and Vocals, Miko Spears – Congas, Erica Townsend – Vocals, Ken Walker – Valve Trombone, Brad Williams – drums and percussion, Hermon Mehari – Trumpet, Shawn Hansen – Alto Saxophon, Phil Keegan – Bass Guita, Chris Meck – Rhythm Guita, Josh Mobley – Keyboards, Guitar, Alex Smith – Tenor Saxophone, Mark Vick – Rhythm Guitar.]

[Bob Asher and Peter Leibert joined us LIVE on August 22 prior to their big show at Knuckleheads.]

4. Betse Ellis – “Run!”
from: Don’t You Want To Go / Free Dirt / April 21, 2009
[Originally from Fayetteville, Arkansas, Betse Ellis is one of the founding members of Kansas City’s The Wilders, an acoustic honky-tonk band, have been together for 15 years, and have gone on haitus.]

[Betse Ellis played the Opening reception for Prairie Logic, Fri, Oct 5, 5:00 rooftop at 12th & Main.]

10:19 – Pledge Break #2

This is WMM’s Fall Fund Drive Show Betse Ellis, and Marion Merritt

Why listeners need to support of this one-of-a-kind, programming.

Case #2. – Wednesday MidDay Medley brings resourceful Music, Arts, & Performing Arts Information to our listeners!

Wednesday MidDay Medley offers crucial info on: Music and Art. We offer listeners the best in New & Local musical releases. So far this year we’ve played new local releases from over 200 local bands and artists. We not only play the music, but we tell you the name of the release, the record label, year released, who’s in the band, and where you can go to hear this band or artist. We present local and national artists who share stories about their music and play LIVE. This year we’ve welcomed members of: The Cave Girls, The Clementines, The Hearts of Darkness, The Bad Ideas, The Depth and The Whisper, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Molly Picture Club, Dollar Fox, Victor & Penny, Vi Tran, The Brannock Device, The Quivers, everyday/everynight, The Soft Reeds, MBird, Pony boy, Clover Noir, The Blackberry Winter Band, Mikal Shapiro, Hidden Pictures, Eleni Mandell, The Sneaky Creeps, Richard Burgess, The Wilders, Sinple, Hipshot Killer, Spirit is The Spirit, Two Headed Cow, Sterling Witt, Thommy Hoskins, DJ Fat Sal, The Ned Ludd Band, The Billy Bats, John Velghe, Elsa Rae, The B’Dinas, Beautiful Bodies, David Burchfield, Tom Livesay, The Ukulele Fight Club, and The Sexy Accident.

10:27 – Underwriting

10:28

6. Iris DeMent – “Go On Ahead And Go Home”
from: Sing The Delta / Flariella / Oct. 2, 2012
[Iris Dement previewed many of her new songs when she was in concert with husband Greg Brown, last year for their 11-11-11 show at The Folly Theatre to benefit St. Mark Child and Family Development Center. Now those songs are part of her brand new release that includes a total of 12 new songs. It is her first full-length release of original songs since 1996.]

10:32 – Interview with Iris DeMent

Grammy Nominated Iris DeMent has performed at all over the world, at Carnegie Hall, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Late Show with David Letterman, and the Grand Ole Opry. She was born in rural Paragould, AR, the youngest of 14 children. At the age of three, her family moved to California, where she grew up singing gospel music. Upon graduating high school, she relocated to KC to attend college. After a series of jobs waitressing and typing, she first began composing songs at the age of 25. Honing her skills at open-mic nights. In 1988 she moved to Nashville, where she contacted producer Jim Rooney, who helped her land a record contract. She made her recording debut in 1991 /1992, with her release: “Infamous Angel.” Iris has collaborated w/ John Prine, Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Nanci Griffith, John McCutcheon, Randy Scruggs, Tom Russell and Kansas City bus driver Gary Kirkland. Iris married singer-songwriter Greg Brown on November 21, 2002, while she still lived in KC. They now live together in Iowa. Last week Iris DeMent released her new recording “Sing The Delta” on Flariella Records, that includes 12 new songs. It is her first album of all new material in 16 years, since her fantastic 1996 release, “The Way I Should.” Iris’ new release “Sing The Delta” is already receiving great critical acclaim, and she is currently on the road singing her new songs.

Last year on 11-11-11 Iris and Greg Brown performed together here in Kansas City in a benefit for St. Mark Early Childhood and Family Development Center, That night she surprised me when she only performed one or two songs that I had heard before. Instead she shared with the packed crowd at the Folly, many of her new songs that ended up on this record. Iris discussed the process of writing the songs and getting them recorded and produced in the studio.

I read where Iris has said that she “learned about music from people who didn’t use music as entertainment.” That her “parents lived very on the edge. They had a gazillion kids and came from an area where people live on the edge. They used music as a life source. That music had to come through for them and make them feel like they could get up on Monday and keep going.” She said that “You think that’s one of the reasons why you didn’t write for so long. I learned about music as a life line. I feel like that’s the kind of task I’m trying to take on every time I try and write something. I’ve got to make somebody want to keep going. That’s what music was about.”

Iris DeMent has a long history of doing benefit shows for groups like 90.1 FM. In 2004 she and Greg Brown opened for Amy Goodman at Community Christian Church. In the 2002 she did a benefit concert for The Friends of Community Radio and invited Greg Brown to open the concert at Unity Temple, then several months later she and Greg were married in a private ceremony in the offices of Rev. Sam Mann of St. Mark Church here in KC.

Kansas City is where Iris started her musical career, singing in coffeehouses. Iris talked about how she loves that we claim her as one of our own, here in Kansas City.

The liner notes of Iris DeMent’s new record talks about St. Mark Church and how the Church took her in during a dark time of her life. She found inspiration at St. Mark, inspiration from the people of the church and also from the pastor of the church, Rev. Sam Mann who she originally heard over the airwaves of 90.1 FM KKFI, and met at an anti-war rally at the fountains near 47th and Broadway near the Country Club Plaza.

The photographs for Iris DeMent’s new album were taken by her stepdaughter Pieta Brown, all except for one photograph that is in many ways a symbol of this recording, that was photographed by her daughter, Dasha Brown. Iris talked about the photo and it’s special meaning.

The new recording contains many songs about her family, and especially her mother, who died last year at age 93. Iris DeMent’s mother sings on her debut “Infamous Angel” and we definitely feel her presence on “Sing The Delta.” Iris writes that her mother dreamed of being a professional singer, and how she asked Iris one day, “Ain’t you got tard yet of trapesin’ All over the country?”

I read a review of “Sing The Delta” that starts off by referencing Iris DeMent’s song, “Let the Mystery Be” from her debut “Infamous Angel.” The reviewer connected that song to her new 5th release, 20 years later, with new lyrics and stories that continue to examine the “religious doctrine on life and death.” The reviewer also references Iris DeMent’s 2004 release “Life Line” which was a collection of traditional protestant hymns.

In reading many of the reviews of Iris DeMent’s new recording, I was struck by the personal relationship Iris has with her fans, who fell in love with “Infamous Angel” and have followed her through these past 20 years, and this period where she has recorded with so many other artists, toured consistently, but also was busy with her family, husband, and daughter. That because her songs were so honest and heartfelt, and special, her fans accepted and understood why it might have taken some time for this new recording of 12 new songs.

We are in the middle of our Fall Fund Drive here at 90.1 KKFI. Iris has had many connections to this radio station. We mentioned Sam Mann, who at one time hosted a radio program on 90.1 FM. Another person who helped build this station was our mutual friend Anne Winter. Iris talked about how she met Anne Winter.

Iris is currently on the road doing shows in Toronto Canada, along the East Coast and Florida and also on the west coast in California.

Iris & Greg currently are living in Iowa City, Iowa.

“Sing The Delta” was released October 2, on on Flariella Records and includes 12 new songs. You can have Iris DeMent’s new CD as a “Thank You Gift” for your pledge of $50.00 or more during Wednesday MidDay Medley’s Fall Pledge Drive Show.

10:51

6. Iris DeMent – “There’s A Whole Lot Of Heaven”
from: Sing The Delta / Flariella / Oct. 2, 2012
[Iris Dement previewed many of her new songs when she was in concert with husband Greg Brown, last year for their 11-11-11 show at The Folly Theatre to benefit St. Mark Child and Family Development Center. Now those songs are part of her brand new release that includes a total of 12 new songs. it is her first full-length release of original songs since 1996.]

7. Appropriate Grammar – “Woke Up All Askew”
from: Lies and Stories / Independent / 2010
(Their song “Six Foot Dreams” is on the Midwestern Audio Vol. 1 compilation)
[Appropriate Grammar includes: Nick McKenna – Guitar/Vocals, Alex Dunsford – Lead Guitar, Claire Adams – Bass/Vocals, and Steve Gardels – Drums.]

[Appropriate Grammar play The Riot Room, tomorrow, Oct. 11, w/ The Features, and Is Paris Burning]

10:57 – Pledge Break #3

This is WMM’s Fall Fund Drive Show with Betse Ellis, and Marion Merritt.

Why listeners need to support of this one-of-a-kind, programming.

Case #3. – So far this year, Wednesday MidDay Medley has interviewed over 136 guests.

We’ve featured segments and interviews about: Voler Thieves of Flight, The Living Room Theatre, The KC Fringe Festival, The Charlotte Street Foundation, The Latino Writers Collective, The Fishtank Theatre, The Spray Booth Gallery, The Kansas City Art Institute, Martin Luther King Jr., The Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, The Middle of The Map Festival, The Crossroads Music Festival, The Crossroads Summer Block Party, The Kauffman Center For The Performing Arts, The Midcoast Takeover, Midwestern Audio,
The Midwest Music Foundation, Center of The City Festival, Like Me Lighthouse, Record Store Day!, The Folly Theatre, AIDS Walk KC, The Nelson Art Gallery, Mattie Rhodes, Gay Pride, Gorilla Theatre, La Esquina, Golden Sound Records, The Record Machine, The Writer’s Place, Johnson County Community College Performing Arts Series, The New Century Follies, The Plug Project, Bread KC, and The Kansas City Film Festival.

We’ve interviewed writers including: Lisa Jo Sagolla, Crystal Boson, Kelly Barth, Blair Schulmann, Maria Vasquez Boyd, Marideth Sisco, Jose Faus, Philip Hooser, Cory Imig, Mitch Brian, Theresa Bembnister, Felicia Londre, Julia Kirt.

We’ve interviewed filmmakers: Mikal Shapiro, Chris Snipes, Mark Titus.

We’ve interviewed actors: Scott Cordes, Missy Koonce, Heidi Van, Rusty Sneary, Annie Cherry and Damian Blake, Spencer Brown, Forrest Attaway, Cody Wyoming, Jan Chapman, Alan Tilson, De De Deville, Kip Niven, and Julie Harris Shaw.

We’ve interviewed organizers Bill Sundahl, Chris Haghirian, Nathan Reusch, Barry Lee.

11:06

8. Schwervon! – “Dog Got Your Cat Tongue”
from: Courage / Olive Juice Records / September 28, 2012
(Their song “Wake and Bomb” is on the Midwestern Audio Vol. 1 compilation)
[Schwervon! is a two piece rock band. Nan plays drums and Matt plays guitar and they both sing. They lived in NYC for 15 years and have just relocated to Kansas City. Last year they opened for both The Vaselines and Belle & Sebastian. They recently recorded with Memphis-based engineer Doug Easley (Pavement, Sonic Youth, Cat Power).]

[Schwervon! are touring all over Europe returning to Kansas City, to play Davies Uptown November 14, with Paleface who will also join us on the Wednesday MidDay Medley on that day.]

9. Soft Reeds – “Magic”
from: a track from their upcoming release / Golden Sound Records / 2012
(Their song “Funky Friends Breathe, OK/” is on the Midwestern Audio Vol. 1 compilation)

11:11 – Interview with Michael Grayman

Leonard Bernstein called her “The Bible of Opera.” In 2006, Opera News wrote of her: “Nearly thirty years after her death, she’s still the definition of the diva as artist—and still one of classical music’s best-selling vocalists.” She was born in New York City on December 2, 1923 and she on September 16, 1977, at 53. Maria Callas was an American-born Greek soprano and one of the most renowned and versatile opera singers of the 20th century. Her remarkable musical and dramatic talents led to her being hailed as La Divina.

Tony and Emmy Award winning Playwright Terrence McNally, who has written about Maria Callas in several of his plays including The Lisbon Traviata, put his muse, Maria Callas center stage, for his play of 1995, “Master Class,” that focuses on Maria Callas after she has headlined every major opera house, and accepts an invitation from The Juilliard School to conduct a series of sold-out master classes for a select group of young professionals. Master Class won both the 1996 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding New Play and the 1996 Tony Award for Best Play.

Director Michael Grayman, joined us to discuss Spinning Tree Theatre’s production of Terrence McNally’s “Master Class” with performances Oct. 11 thru 28, Thurs, Fri, and Sat at 8:00 PM and Sun at 2:00 PM. at the Crown Center Off Center Theatre. Info: (816) 842-9999 or spinningtreetheatre.com

Spinning Tree Theatre has created it’s own new identity through the musicals and plays it has produced of these past two years.

In “Master Class” Maria Callas, is glamorous, commanding, larger-than-life, caustic, and surprisingly drop-dead funny. Alternately dismayed and impressed by the students who parade before her, she retreats into recollections about the glories of her own life and career. Included in her musings are her younger years as an ugly duckling, her fierce hatred of her rivals, the unforgiving press that savaged her early performances, her triumphs at La Scala, and her affair with Aristotle Onassis. It culminates into a monologue about sacrifice taken in the name of art.

Spinning Tree Theatre production of MASTER CLASS features:

Cynthia Hyer* as Maria Callas

Natalie Liccardello as First Soprano (Sophie)

Sylvia Stoner* as Second Soprano (Sharon)

Vigthor Zophoniasson as Tenor (Tony)

Tom Lancaster as Stagehand

and Tony Bernal as Accompanist (Manny)

*members of Actors’ Equity Association

Andy Parkhurst, Managing Director – Spinning Tree Theatre

Spinning Tree Theatre’s production of Terrence McNally’s “Master Class” with performances October 11 thru 28, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8:00 PM and Sunday at 2:00 PM. at the Crown Center Off Center Theatre (Level 3) 2450 Grand Blvd. KCMO. For more info: (816) 842-9999 or spinningtreetheatre.com

11:22

10. Maria Callas – “La Traviata, Act 1: “E’ Strano!…E’ Strano!””
from: Birth of a Diva – Legendary Early Recordings of Maria Callas / Warner/ Aug. 17, 2007

11:24 – Pledge Break #4

This is WMM’s Fall Fund Drive Show with special co-hosts: Betse Ellis, and Marion Merritt

Why listeners need to support of this one-of-a-kind, programming.

Case #4. KKFI keeps me culturally connected. Through both the great public affairs, news, and music programs on 90.1 FM, we can all be “in the loop” with all that is happening in the area and the world. Information and entertainment that is guided by a mission rather than a need to deliver consumers to advertisers.

KKFI’s daily Blues and Jazz Calendars let me know where LIVE music is being performed Today! While other stations may feature corporate owned and cloned programming, from national and regional media conglomerates and giant institutional systems, or commercial outlets, 90.1 FM KKFI is essentially owned by YOU the listener. Your investments, in your community airwaves, are what keep 90.1 alive. It is YOU we listen to, instead of advertisers selling breast enhancements, diet pills, or bad political campaign adverts.

Because of YOU, and your generous financial support, 90.1 FM KKFI is able to offer more locally produced programs than any other radio station, or broadcast or cable television outlet in the entire metro region.

No other station has a locally produced, weekly, LGBT Public Affairs Show.
No other station has a weekly Farsi language program.
No other station plays as much Blues or Jazz as KKFI.
No other station offers a weekly program hosted by atheists and skeptics.
No other station offers a weekly Eco program.
No other station offers weekly local theatre interviews.
No other station offers weekly New Age and Psychic information.
No other station offers as many weekly urban public affairs.

No other station gives you such unfiltered news programs like: Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman, Alternate Radio produced in Bolder, Counterspin, Free Speech Radio News, Worker Independent News and more.

No other station offers the diversity of music, whether it be reggae, rockabilly, americana, electronic, tejano, latin rock, southern soul, funk, world, native american, women’s music, blues, local hip hop, folk, jazz, chamber music, rock, and traditional.

No other station plays as much local music.
No other station welcomes as many guests into our studios each week.

It really is radio like you’ve never heard it before.
It really is a rare medium done well.

11:32 – Underwriting

11:33

11. Shearwater – “You As You Were”
from: Animal Joy / Sub Pop / Feb. 15, 2012

[Shearwater plays The Riot Room, next Tuesday night, with Cowboy Indian Bear]

12. Root and Stem – “Ruby”
from: Ruby / Polydor / May 1 2012
[KC based band made up of James Embry – Guitar/Vocals, Baird Williams – Guitar/Vocals, Cody Barrett – Bass, and Joel Shipley – Drums. Nominated for a Pitch Music Award for Best Americana/Bluegrass Band.]

[Root and Stem will play Czar Bar tonight! with Grayshot, and Sage & Sour]

11:40 – Pledge Break #5

This is WMM’s Fall Fund Drive Show with special co-hosts: Betse Ellis, and Marion Merritt

Why listeners need to support of this one-of-a-kind, programming.

Case #5. – 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 100,000 watt crystal clear signal, and hear the music, information, news, entertainment, calendar of 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 and local music, as well as the news and information without the intrusion of advertisers, and ratings. It is radio brought to YOU by real people, who create these shows a 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.”

Driving in your car, at the office, at the gym, in your garage, at CODA, in your cubicle, in your art space, on your ipod, at your construction site, in your kitchen, YOU can take 90.1 with you, as your companion. 90.1 FM is generally a good date. Good for a few laughs, fun to dance with, always interested in good conversation. Isn’t 90.1 FM KKFI worth a few dollars a day, or a week? So many people tune in to kkfi.org everyday, but studies show, that less than 10 percent actually donate to keep this miracle of broadcasting alive. Your support means that you will help bring this programming to folks who could not donate at this time, for what ever the reason.

This is your chance to put your money where your ears are. Please help keep at least this part of our public airwaves alive, for our public to enjoy, free from commercials, free from religious sermonizing, free from extremly conservative and slanted right wing “talk monsters,” and free from corporately owned and cloned robotic affiliates that play the same 15 songs everyday at the same time. YOU deserve better. YOU deserve radio that really reflects our great city, and tells the story of our great music scene, and performing arts scene, and labor rights, and women’s issues, and LBGT information, and programming specifically produced for Latinos and African Americans, and Farsi speaking Americans. Support the free-form spirit that is 90.1 FM KKFI! It really is radio like you’ve never heard it before. It really is a rare medium done well.

11:48

13. Ghosty – “This Wolf”
from: GHOSTY / More Famouser Records / April 17, 2012
[Andrew Connor, Mike Nolte an Bill Belzer who recorded their new album, themselves, over the last couple of years w/ help from David Wetzel, Josh Adams, Jake Blanton, Konnor Ervin, Ryan Connor, Kirsten Paludan, Dan Talmadge. Pressed on vinyl and available on LP and digital download. More info at ghostysounds.com.]

14. Amy Farrand – “How You Feelin’”
from: Amy Farrand (hearts) You / Independent / 2012
[Ernie Locke on harmonica. Recorded and mixed by Chris Meck.]

[Amy Farrand plays Czar Bar, Saturday night, October 13, with The Collide & Conquer Tour with Hunter Valentin and Queen Caveat.]

[Amy Farrand’s “Weirdo Wednesday Supper Club” happens every Wednesday night at Davey’s Uptown]

11:53 – Pledge Break #6

11:59:30

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

Wednesday MidDay Medley in on the web:
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facebook.com/WednesdayMidDayMedleyon90.1FM and
kkfi.org

Show #442

WMM Playlist from July 4, 2012

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, July 4, 2012

The Best (Local) Releases of 2012…so far
+ Chris Haghirian + The Crossroads Summer Block Party

1. Molly Picture Club – “Satellites”
from: Molly Picture Club / Independent / March 3, 2012
[The power trio of Molly Picture Club were our guest on April 18. Aniko Adany: vocals, plays synthesizers, keyboards, & the omnichord; Matthew Hayden,: drums, & drum sequencing; and Michael Tipton: vocals, guitar, & bass. The album was mixed & mastered by Duane Trower at Weights & Measures Soundlab in KC. ]

Wednesday MidDay Medley is taking to the stage for a LIVE SHOW on Tuesday, July 10 at the recordBar, 1020 Westport Road, when we present “A Story in A Song” LIVE at the recordBar. 7 Kansas City Writers including Lisa Cordes, David Wayne Reed, Meghan Whelan, Sarah Beth Mundy, tell a story about a song that changed their life in some way, then we’ll hear the song performed LIVE on stage by members of the Dead Voices band, Tiny Horse and Betse Ellis of the Wilders. 7 stories, 7 songs. After A Story in A Song at 10:00 we present a Post Story Dance Party with: Molly Picture Club, The B’Dinas, and Red Kate. 10 bucks at the door gets you into both shows. A Benefit for 90.1 FM KKFI.

2. The Cave Girls – “I Wanna See The Band”
from: The Cave Girls / Cave Out Records / Feb 4, 2012
[TCG played on our April 18 WMM. Robin Campbell, Sara Teasley, & Stephanie Williams. Debut produced by Pat Tomek at Largely Studios in KC. ]

3. John Velghe & The Prodigal Sons – “Heaven’s Waitress”
from: Don’t Let Me Stay / Lakeshore Records / March 13, 2012 [John Velghe – vox, guitars, keyboards. The Prodigal Sons: Mike Alexander – guitar, mandolin, backing vocals; Chris Wagner – bass, backing vocals; GoGo Ray – drum set; Hermon Mehari – trumpet; Sam Hughes – saxophone; Mike Walker – trombone. With: Kirsten Paludan – vocals; James Mitchell – cello; Whitney Williamson – violin; Catherine Root – violin. John Velghe was our guest on Mar. 21]

[John Velghe & The Prodigal Sons, play The Brick, Saturday, July 21, w/Dollar Fox, and John Statz.]

10:14

4. The B’Dinas – “Five-Day Weekend”
from: Morning Party / Independent / Feb. 25, 2012
[The B’Dinas joined us on our Feb. 22 WMM. Katy Guillen (guitar/vocals/harmonica), Meredith McGrade (guitar/vocals), Peter Lawless (bass/vocals/saxophone), Katelyn Boone (keys/vocals/bass), and Tess Jehle (drums). “Morning Party,” (follow-up to their 2010 debut “Homemade Rock & Roll.”)

[The B’Dinas play our “Post Story” Dance Party w/ Molly Picture Club, and Red Kate, Tuesday, July 10, at the recordBar, 1020 Westport Rd. A Benefit for 90.1 FM KKFI.]

5. Dream Wolf – “Water is Full of Lead”
from: Learn To Survive / Independent / January 2011
[Christian Tady – Electric Guitar, Tess Jehle – Drums, Megan Zander – Vocals, Katelyn Boone – Keyboards, Brent Jamison – Bass.]

10:24 – Underwriting

6. She’s A Keeper – “Headless King”
from: Live From Midwestern (Musical Co.) / Independent / March 12, 2012
[All songs written by She’s A Keeper, 2012, Recorded live at the Midwestern Musical Co. in Kansas City, MO. (midwesternmusic.com) Engineered by Dave Guame, Matt Kesler, & Cody Wyoming. Mixed and mastered by Steve Phillips. Band photo by Emmett Merrill. Design by Eric Lindquist.] [5-piece band from Kansas City, includes: Fritz Hutchison – vocals, banjo, percussion; Zac Jurden – vocals, guitar; Colin Nelson – vocals, guitar; Elliott Phillips – bass, mandolin; Kate Sopcich – cello, keyboard. She’s A Keeper has just recently recorded their first music video in promotion of a live EP recorded at Midwestern Musical Co. in KC. The band is currently working on a second full-length album.]

[She’s A Keeper play RedRock KC a Red Cross Event at Crossroads KC at Grinders, Friday, July 13 w/The Lonely Bisquits.]

10:30 – Interview with Chris Haghirian

Chris Haghirian 12 year veteran of The Kansas City Star. Chris helped launch INK in 2008. Chris also is a regular contributor to The Mailbox, a weekly podcast radio show produced and hosted by Michael Byars that is available Midwest Music Foundation’s website: midwestmusicfound.org. Chris joins us to discuss his favorite 12 tracks of the year and his favorite 12 concerts of the year…so far.

Chris Haghirian’s favorite tracks of 2012…so far.

All Of Me by Tanlines
Change the Sheets by Kathleen Edwards
Coca Cola Freestyle by Heems
Dark Star by Polica
Genesis by Grimes
Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings by Father John Misty
Obedear by Purity Ring
Runaway by Mr Little Jeans
Serpents by Sharon Van Etten
The House That Heaven Built by Japandroids
The Only Place by Best Coast
This Isn’t Our Parade by Santigold

Chris Haghirian’s favorite live shows of 2012…so far.

1/17/2012 The Civil Wars liberty hall
1/17/2012 The Staves liberty hall
1/19/2012 Doomtree granada
2/24/2012 Zola Jesus granada
3/11/2012 Radiohead sprint
4/5/2012 Hooray For Earth middle of the map
4/6/2012 Beautiful Bodies middle of the map
4/23/2012 Tiny Horse record bar
4/29/2012 The Lumineers riot room
5/1/2012 M83 granada
5/1/2012 I break horses granada
05/18/12 Two Gallants riot room

11:45

7. Making Movies – “Cuna De Vida”
from: Aguardiente [EP] / The Record Machine / June 2012
[The Record Machine pressed a limited number of 7 inch vinyl, 4 song EP. The digital release was June 5. More info at makingmoviesband.com]

[Making Movies play Red Bull Locally Thrown at Crossroads KC at Grinders, July 6, w/ B-stee, and Mike Scott & SpinStyles w/ Diverse, And Barbaric Merits w/ Hearts of Darkness.]

[Making Movies Presents Carlos Santana’s B-Day Celebration @ Knuckleheads on July 20.]

8. Amy Farrand – “How You Feelin’”
from: Amy Farrand (hearts) You / Independent / 2012
[Ernie Locke on harmonica. Recorded and mixed by Chris Meck.]

[Amy Farrand’s “Weirdo Wednesday Supper Club happens every Wednesday night at Davey’s Uptown]

9. The Clementines – “Below”
from: The Clementines [EP] / Independent / Mar. 8, 2012
[Tim Jenkins grew up in KC & Nicole Springer grew up in Oak Grove, are The Clementines. They founded in February 2011, after Nicole put an ad on Craig’s-List seeking a musical collaborator. Since that time, they have written over 20 songs and have recorded an EP. More info at: reverbnation.com/theclementinesnicoleandtim]

10. Grand Marquis – “The Jungle”
from: The Sun Session / Grand Marquis / Jan. 13, 2013
[Recorded live, February 1, 2011 at Sun Studio, 706 Union Avenue, in Memphis Tennessee. This song is on their CD plus their limited edition 2 song 7 inch single on vinyl. Bryan Redmond – lead vocals, soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones; Chad Boydston – trumpet, backing vocals; Ryan Wurtz – guitar; Ben Ruth – upright bass, sousaphone, backing vocals; Lisa Mckenzie – drums, washboard.]

11:00

11. Capybara – “Neighbor Crimes”
from: Dave Drusky / The Record Machine / February 7, 2012
[Lifelong friends Mark Harrison, Jared Horne, Darin Seal, and Joel Wrolstad formed Capybara in January, of 2009. This is their follow up to their debut: “Try Brother,” ]

12. The Quivers – “Freak Out”
from: (Single) / Independent / Mar. 5, 2012
[One of 4 single releases from Terra Peal- Vocals & Bass, Todd Grantham- Keys & Vocals, Abe Haddad- Guitar & Vocals, Bernie Dugan- Drums.]

[The Quivers play Davy’s Uptown Sat, July 7th w/ Uncouth, Panties Inferno Burlesque, and Bloodfeast.]

13. Thom Hoskins – “Still Feeling Bronze”
from: Still Feeling Bronze [EP] / Independent / April, 2012
[Former lead singer and guitarist for The Buffalo Saints, singer-songwriter Thommy Hoskins has just released his new solo EP. Thom will be our guest next week on WMM]

11:11 – Underwriting

14. Ghosty – “You Saved Me”
from: GHOSTY / More Famouser Records / April 17, 2012
[Ghosty is Andrew Connor, Mike Nolte an Bill Belzer who recorded their new album themselves over the last couple of years with help from David Wetzel, Josh Adams, Jake Blanton, Konnor Ervin, Ryan Connor, Kirsten Paludan, and Dan Talmadge. The new release will be pressed on vinyl and available on LP and digital download. More info at ghostysounds.com.]

[Ghosty plays The Crossroads Summer Block Party, Friday, JULY 6, at 19th & Wyandotte, from 5:00 – 11pm, with: Spirit Is The Spirit, The Caves, Fullbloods, Everyday/Everynight, Cowboy Indian Bear, Ghosty, The Empty Spaces, and Soft Reeds.]

11:15 – Interview with Jerad Tomasino, Ross Brown, Mat Shoare, and Evan Ashby

Chris Haghirian took this shot of the Golden Sound Records crew and the members of 2 great KC bands The Empty Spaces and Everyday/Everynight, with Jerad’s famous slippers. (L-R) Mat Shoare, Jerad Tomasino, Evan Ashby, and Ross Brown.

Jerad Tomasino, Ross Brown and Mat Shoare are the founders of Golden Sound Records as well as members of their own bands, and Evan Ashby is in the band Everyday/Everynight with Jerad, and his family’s own, Mildred’s Coffeehouse.

The Crossroads Summer Block Party, is this Friday, JULY 6, at 19th & Wyandotte, from 4:00 – 11pm, with: Spirit Is The Spirit, The Caves, Fullbloods, Everyday/Everynight, Cowboy Indian Bear, Ghosty, The Empty Spaces, and Soft Reeds,

Food trucks: The Good You, Magical Meatball Tour, Gary’s On The Go, Nacho Express, & the Funnel Cake Truck.

At crossroadsblockparty.com folks can download a sampler of all of the bands.

Golden Sound Records is a Kansas City based record label.

The line-up:

SPIRIT IS THE SPIRIT – 5:00 – 5:30

This 6-piece Lawrence based band includes: Austen Malone, Noah Compo, Wayne Zimmerman, Josh Landau, Brook Partain, and Danny Bowersox. The band was formed in 2010 in Lawrence? “Mother Mountain” is the band’s self-released 5-song [EP] and was part of our 111 Best Recordings of 2011, The EP received critical acclaim.

THE CAVES – 5:45 – 6:15

GHOSTY – 6:30 – 7:00

FULLBLOODS – 7:15 – 7:45

Fullbloods is a rock and roll band pulling inspiration from all corners and time periods of the genre. The band consists of four trained audio engineers who pay respect to conventional rock and roll and aren’t afraid to beg borrow or steal, consulting a smattering of western and surf music along the way.

EVERYDAY/EVERYNIGHT8:00 – 8:30

Everyday/Everynight introduced themselves in the fall of 2009 with a lush, introspective debut record, Moon Phases, and have since continued to turn out mentally and emotionally stimulating indie rock. As the name implies, Everyday/Everynight explore a cycle of human existence; moments of wonder balanced by fits of chaos… From glowing anthems to raging art-punk the sound is nothing short of striking.

COWBOY INDIAN BEAR – 8:45 – 9:15

Members CJ Calhoun, Beau Bruns and Marty Hillard have opened for Peter Bjorn and John, The Appleseed Cast, Murder by Death, and The Republic Tigers. After signing to Kansas City label The Record Machine in early 2010, the band released their full-length debut album “Each Other All The Time.”

THE EMPTY SPACES – 9:30 – 10:00

Formed from a studio band that recorded Mat Shoare’s solo album by the same name The Empty Spaces have been interpreting Shoare’s song writing since early 2010. Eventually the three piece began to collaborate more with song arrangements and stylistic choices yielding a kind of “retro-punk rock” that is fronted with an energetic, yelping vocal style.

SOFT REEDS – 10:15 – 11:00

Soft Reeds is the brainchild of Ben Grimes (formerly of Astralwerks’ The Golden Republic), a Chicago native whose roots grip firmly in the ’77 Berlin sounds of Brian Eno, David Bowie and Iggy Pop, while embracing the richness of American indie rock. Originally started in 2007 as Grimes’ post-TGR solo project, Soft Reeds became a full band in 2009, and released the critically acclaimed ‘Soft Reeds are Bastards’ in 2010.

AFTER PARTY AT BULLDOG – 11pm

The Crossroads Summer Block Party, Friday, JULY 6, at 19th & Wyandotte, from 5:00 – 11pm, with: Spirit Is The Spirit, The Caves, Fullbloods, Everyday/Everynight, Cowboy Indian Bear, Ghosty, The Empty Spaces, and Soft Reeds, playing live music, & food trucks: The Good You, Magical Meatball Tour, Gary’s On The Go, Nacho Express, & the Funnel Cake Truck. More info at GoldenSoundRecords.com

11:30

15. Hidden Pictures – “Boyfriend A.D.D.”
from: Rainbow Records / Golden Sound Records / July, 2012
[Richard Gintowt – vocals/guitar, Michelle Sanders – vocals /glockenspiel, Cameron Hawk – drums, Erik Voeks – bass, Nate Holt – piano/keys.]
[Hidden Pictures will be on WMM July 25. ]

[Hidden Pictures play a CD release party, Fri, July 20, at 10pm at The Brick, w/ Fullbloods & Shy Boys. And the recordBar, July 28, at 10 w/ Southeast Engine & Erik Voeks. Info at hiddenpicturesmusic.com]

16. La Guerre – “23
from: Secret Handshakes/Golden Sound Records+The Record Machine(12″ Split Release)/Apr. 21, 2012

17. The Grisly Hand – “Still Feeling Blue”
from: Western Avenue / Independent / February 1, 2012
[“Still Feelin’ Blue” was written by Gram Parsons. The band is working on a new full length recording.]

[The Grisly Hand play Knuckleheads with The Hearts of Darkness, Sat, July 14]

18. Richard Burgess – “Sylvia”
from: Midwestern Wind / Independent / June 2012
[Richard Burgess played live on our show, June 20, he played bass in the bands Expassionates and Hadacol.]

19. The Brannock Device – “The Consequence of Hope”
from: Into The Witness Chamber / Independent / May 15, 2012
[The Brannock Device is Jason Beers, Bernie Dugan, Marco Pascolini & Elaine McMilian.]

[Jason Beers, & Marco Pascolini will be part of our special benefit show for 90.1 FM Tues, July 10, when WMM presents, “A Story in A Song,” LIVE onstage at the recordBar w/ 7 KC Writers sharing a story, about a song, that changed their life, and then we’ll hear the song performed LIVE by members of the Dead Voices band, Tiny Horse, and Betse Ellis of The Wilders. Tuesday, July 10]

11:44

20. The Latenight Callers – “Mad Season”
from: Easy Virtues / TLNC / 2012
[formed in Lawrence by baritone guitarist, Krysztof Nemeth, and vocalist Julie Berndsen, With the addition of Guitarist Ellen O’Hayer, Bassist Gavin Mac, and Nick Combs on keyboards.]

[The Latenight Callers play the recordbar, July 14, w/ Drakes Hotel, and American Catastrophe who are playing their final show ever.]

21. The Sexy Accident – “Love Doesn’t Get Old” \
from: Ninja Ninja Fight Darth Vader / Independent / April 21, 2012
[The Sexy Accident’s new full length release, “Ninja Ninja Fight Darth Vader” os available through their website and a local independent record stores. The band’s new music video for their song “What We’d Do” is available for download at music.sexyaccident.com. All of the song’s proceeds go to charity. ]

[The Sexy Accident play The Brick, Fri, July 27 at 10pm w/Howard Iceberg, Hillary Watts Riot]

15. The Sleazebeats – “Not My Life”
from: The Sleazebeats / Independent / Jan. 1, 2012
[Charlie Colborne – keyboards, guitar, vocals; Bill Belzer – drums; Jeff Harshbarger – bass; Recorded at More Famouser Studios w/ Mike Nolte engineer, mixing, mastering the recordings..]

23. Deco Auto – “I Shouldn’t Know”
From: Past Mistakes and Hauntings / Independent / 2012
[Steven Garcia – guitar, vocals; Tracy Flowers – bass, vocals; Michelle Bacon – drums. Rec. at Audio Cave Recording Studios w/ Scott Martinez.]

[Deco Auto will perform live to celebrated the release of their debut EP “Past Mistakes and Hauntings” with special guests The Pedaljets, at Midwestern Musical Company, Friday, July 6, at 7:00pm]

[Deco Auto play an In-Store at Vinyl Renaissance at 1415 W. 39th Street,Fri, July 13, 2012 at 6:00pm]

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

Wednesday MidDay Medley in on the web:
WednesdayMidDayMedley.org
facebook.com/WednesdayMidDayMedleyon90.1FM and
kkfi.org

Show #428

WMM Playlist from May 16, 2012

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, May 16, 2012

New & Local Releases +
Patrick Alexander & Urban Culture Project’s Open Studios Weekend
+ Guest DJ Mark Titus

1. Be / Non – “A Mountain of Yeses” (Vinyl)
from: A Mountain of Yeses / Unipegadong / 2009
[Released on vinyl May 15. Features Brodie Rush – VOX, GUITAR, SYNTH, Ben Ruth – BASS, VOX, SYNTH, Jeremiah James – GUITAR, VOX, PERCUSSION, SYNTH, Ryan Shank – DRUMS, IPOD, SEX APPEAL, “yeahs” and “bom-bom-boms.” ]

[Be/Non, Monta At Odds, Mr.Marco’s V7, Expo `70, and 25 other bands play Psychfest, at FOKL, 5th & Central in KCK, Friday, May 18, through Sunday, May 20.]

2. Xiu Xiu – “Honeysuckle”
from: Always / Polyvinyl / Feb. 28, 2012
[Originally from San Jose, California. The band is the brainchild of singer-songwriter Jamie Stewart, who has been its only constant member since its inception in 2002. His current bandmate is Angela Seo. The band’s name is taken from the 1998 Chinese film Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl.]

[Xiu Xiu plays The Jackpot in Lawrence, Tuesday, May 22, with Dirty Beaches.]

3. Amy Farrand – “Holding Time”
from: Amy Farrand (hearts) You / Independent / 2012
[Betse Ellis on violin. Recorded and Mastered by Duane Trower at Weights and measures Sound Lab.]

[Amy Farrand’s “Weirdo Wednesday Supper Club happens every Wednesday night at Davey’s Uptown, Amy Farrand plays The Bottleneck in Lawrence, Mon, May 21 w/ The Shandies, Grenadine, & Blondi Brunetti.]

4. Monta At Odds – “Styrofoil”
from: Fuoco Infernale / Upstairs Recordings (Canada) / 2010
[4th album and 1st with Upstairs Recordings. Monta At Odds’ main men, brothers Dedric & Delaney Moore, work with ambient textures, vintage keyboards in states of disrepair, guitars, melodic bass, and a variety of other found instruments that create their “technicolor sound.” Constructed to include diverse elements of detailed beats, quiet sparseness, Bollywood funk, Italian ‘60s cinema and out there jazz.]

[Monta At Odds, Be/Non, Mr.Marco’s V7, Expo `70, and 25 other bands play Psychfest, at FOKL, 5th & Central in KCK, Friday, May 18, through Sunday, May 20.]

5. Mariachi El Bronx – “Revolution Girls”
from: Mariachi El Bronx (II) / ATO Records / August 2, 2011
[The Bronx is an American hardcore punk band from Los Angeles formed in 2002. The band’s current lineup consists of vocalist Matt Caughthran, guitarists Joby J. Ford and Ken Horne, bass guitarist Brad Magers, and drummer Jorma Vik. They have released three eponymous rock albums, and two additional albums of mariachi music under the alter ego Mariachi El Bronx.]

[Mariachi El Bronx play The Riot Room, Friday, May 18, with Two Gallants.]

10:22 – Underwriting

6. Black House Improvisor’s Collective– “Westward Expansion”
from: Residency Session #2 / Artists Recording Collective – Label Operations / Dec 30, 2010

[The Kansas City based Artists Recording Collective (ARC) was co-founded on December 7, 2007 by alto saxophonist, CHRIS BURNETT; tenor saxophonist, ERICA LINDSAY; and, pianist, SUMI TONOOKA as a professional response to create and maintain a 21st Century industry platform for creative artists, producers and labels http://www.artistrecordingcollective.biz]

[Black House Improvisor’s Collective has been awarded use of rehearsal space in downtown Kansas City by the Charlotte Street Foundation. Residencies are awarded to creative musicians looking to experiment with other artists in an environment that encourages risk-taking.]

[Black House Improvisor’s Collective & Gamelan Genta Kasturi, collaborate to produce The Bell Tree, Friday, May 18, 8:00 PM until 9:00 PM, at City Center Square, 1100 Main St. Featuring a lighted canopy by Angelica Sandoval and dance by Justin Hundley and Xochitl Rodriguez. New music composed by Mary Huntimer, Chris Robinson, Teri Ann Quinn, Russell Thorpe, Patrick Conway, and Hunter Long.]

10:30 – Interview with Patrick Alexander

The collaborative performance of The Bell Tree by Black House and Gamelan Genta Kasturi is part of Charlotte Street’s OPEN STUDIOS WEEKEND on May 18 + 19. It is a FREE public, 2-day event, featuring open studios of 30 visual artists and 7 performing artists/ensembles, in 3 downtown office buildings, with live dance, music, improv, performance art, special exhibitions and installations, art sales, talks, kid-friendly workshops, and more. This culminating event showcases the work of the 2011-2012 Charlotte Street Studio Residents, including Black House Improvisors’ Collective and Gamelan Genta Kasturi!

For more detailed info, you can download the full SCHEDULE of events & activities, MAPS, studio DESCRIPTIONS, and KID-FRIENDLY info at: charlottestreet.org

Here to talk about Charlotte Street, Urban Culture Project, and Open Studios Weekend is Charlotte Street’s very own Patrick Alexander.

Patrick Alexander is a multidisciplinary artist who incorporates collage, painting and drawing with original sound compositions, developed organically, and often exhibited as a site-specific installations. His work has been exhibited in Los Angeles, and locally at The Telephone Booth Gallery, Next Space, Fahrenheit, H&R Block Artspace, Leedy-Voulkos, to name a few. As a curator he was owner operator of Locus Solis Art Gallery, and served as Art Gallery and Theatre Director the YWCA of Greater Kansas City Kansas. Since 1997 he has operated a mobile sound system for special events and clubs and has DJ’d (under the alias Fat Sal) locally and nationally. He specializes in rare vinyl recordings of soul, funk, Dub, reggae, latin, jazz, early hip hop and dance music.

As Facilities Manager for the Charlotte Street Foundation, Pat is responsible for the day to day management, operation, and maintenance of Urban Culture Project exhibition and performance spaces and Studio Residency Program facilities. Patrick Alexander join sus to discuss Urban Culture Project – Studio Residency Open Studios Weekend, May 18-19.

Patrick talked about The Charlotte Street Foundation, how it has grown, and the objective of this amazing not-for-profit organization.

The Foundation through the Urban Culture Project operates 3 different gallery spaces, and also offers studios, in downtown office buildings, for visual and performing artists.

OPEN STUDIOS (May 18-19) THIS WEEKEND HIGHLIGHTS:

– 30 Artists’ studios open for viewing with all artists on-hand to discuss their work and answer questions.

– Curator and Artist Talks

– Dance performances including the collaborative works An Inside Job, The Smith Project, and more, plus individual contemporary dance performances.

– Performance of The Bell Tree, the Black House Improvisor’s Collective and Gamelan Genta Kasturi collaboration of new music combining modern jazz with traditional Balinese music, and featuring a lighted canopy installation and dance by fellow residents.

– Improv comedy performance by resident group LSR

– Family friendly workshops on Saturday including, Mask-Making, Youth Creativity, and Exploring Paint & Plastic, and a hands-on exploration of the unique instruments of Gamelan Genta Kasturi.

VENUES AND ARTISTS: – Find detailed info about the 2011-12 studio residents at http://urbanculturestudioresidents.wordpress.com

CITY CENTER SQUARE / 1100 Main, 5 floor, KCMO

Visual Artists: Anthony Baab, Christina Prestidge, Marie Dougherty, Andrew Erdrich, Dennis Helsel, Charlene Hillebrand, Jeni Mc, David Steele Overholt, Clinton Ricketts, Xochitl Rodriguez, Angelica Sandoval, Jeff Tackett, Nihan Yesil

Performing Artists: Pat Alonzo Conway & Gamelan Genta Kasturi, Black House Improvisors Collective, Justin Hundley, Tom Kessler & LSR Improv, Marisa MacKay, Matt Otto, Katrina Thompson Warren

PARTNERSHIP PLACE / 906 Grand, 13 floor, KCMO
Visual Artists: Katie Ford, Peter Granados, Erika Hanson, Calder Kamin, Amanda Martinez, Paul Anthony Smith

TOWN PAVILION / 1100 Walnut, 6th floor, KCMO
Visual Artists: Elizabeth Allen-Cannon, Todd Christiansen, Kate Clements, Luke Firle, Molly Kaderka, Luther Kroman, Andrew Lyles, Jaclyn Senne, Neil Thrun, Waseem Touma

Charlotte Street’s OPEN STUDIOS WEEKEND on May 18 + 19. It is a 2-day public event, featuring open studios of 30 visual artists and 7 performing artists/ensembles, in 3 downtown office buildings, with live dance, music, improv, performance art, special exhibitions and installations, art sales, talks, kid-friendly workshops, and more. For more detailed info, you can download the full SCHEDULE of events & activities, MAPS, studio DESCRIPTIONS, and KID-FRIENDLY info at: charlottestreet.org

This culminating event of Charlotte Street’s Open Studios Weekend showcases the work of the 2011-2012 Charlotte Street Studio Residents, including Black House Improvisors’ Collective and Gamelan Genta Kasturi!

7. Gamelan Genta Kasturi – “Joged”
from: Kembang Anyar / Spoonbender Labs / 2004

[Black House Improvisor’s Collective & Gamelan Genta Kasturi, collaborate to produce The Bell Tree, Friday, May 18, 8:00 PM until 9:00 PM, at City Center Square, 1100 Main St. Featuring a lighted canopy by Angelica Sandoval and dance by Justin Hundley and Xochitl Rodriguez. New music composed by Mary Huntimer, Chris Robinson, Teri Ann Quinn, Russell Thorpe, Patrick Conway, and Hunter Long.]

8. Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars – “Reggae Sounds The Message”
from: Radio Salone / Cumbancha / April 24, 2012
[3rd studio album from band formed by a group of refugees displaced to Guinea during the Sierra Leone Civil War. Since their return to Freetown in 2004, the band has toured extensively to raise awareness for humanitarian causes. Their story is documented in the 2005 documentary film Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars. Their debut album, Living Like a Refugee, was released on September 26, 2006.]

[Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars play CrossroadsKC at Grinder’s May 24 with The Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Orgone.]

9. Parliament – “Mothership Connection (Star Child)”
from: Funked Up – The Very Best of Parliament / Island – Def Jam / Nov. 5, 2002
[Funk, soul and rock music collective headed by George Clinton that has existed since the 1960s and dates back to the doo-wop group The Parliaments, formed in Plainfield, New Jersey. By the early 1970s the groups Parliament and Funkadelic were operating concurrently and consisted of the same stable of musicians playing different types of funk music for two different labels. The name “Parliament-Funkadelic” became the catch-all term for the multiple bands. By the early 1980s, Clinton consolidated the collective’s multiple projects and continued touring under the names “George Clinton and the P-Funk All-Stars.” Sixteen members of Parliament-Funkadelic were inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.]

[George Clinton & the P-Funk All-Stars play CrossroadsKC at Grinder’s, at 417 E. 18th St. in KCMO, Friday, May 18, at 7:00 with The Good Foot opening the show!]

11:00 – Guest DJ Mark Titus

Mark Titus has been involved in the video industry for more than 20 years. What started as videotaping family events led to the creation of Titus Video in 1985. Gradually Mark has expanded his focus to include performance art archiving, training videos, coach and highlight DVDs for high school, college, and professional sports. For more information you can visit: marktitus.com. Mark Titus has documented hundreds of LIVE performances in Kansas City over the past 25 years, and he joined us as our guest DJ to share stories for his journey, and music from the Pembroke Hill Glee Club from 1968, where Mark was a student from 1955 to 1967. Mark played music from DMZ, the Boston based punk band that he was associated with with for 3 years in the mid 1970s, and music from the KC Chorale in Kirkwood Hall.

11. Pembroke Hill Glee Club – “The Happy Wanderer”
from: “Needle Drop” Vinyl Recording at Pembroke Day School / Independent / 1966

12. Pembroke Hill Glee Club – “Viva La Company”
from: “Needle Drop” Vinyl Recording at Pembroke Day School / Independent / 1966

14. DMZ – “Lift Up Your Head”
from: DMZ [EP] /BOMP / 1977
[DMZ was a first-wave American punk rock band from Boston, Massachusetts, strongly influenced by 1960s garage rock. In early 1976, Jeff Conolly (sometimes credited as Mono Mann, lead vocalist brought two things the band lacked: keyboards (an electric piano) and original songs. Just over one year later, in April 1977, the band went into the recording studio with Craig Leon (who had produced the Ramones first album). Four songs from that session were released by Bomp! on a 7” vinyl EP. DMZ was signed by Sire Records and went to New York to record their debut album, produced by Flo & Eddie. It was released in 1978 without much success and by the end of the year the group had splintered. Guitarists J. J. Rassler and Preston Wayne left to start the Odds, and Conolly, bassist Rick Coraccio and drummer Paul Murphy formed Lyres. DMZ has re-formed periodically; a 1993 set appears on the Live at the Rat album. Early drummer David Robinson (who had previously been in The Modern Lovers) left DMZ to join The Cars.]

15. The Ramones warming up backstage before a show, (1977).
from: Mark’s Field Recordings

16. DMZ – “You’re Gonna Miss Me”
from: DMZ [EP] /BOMP / 1977
[originally recorded by the 13th Floor Elevators]

17. Flaming Groovies – “Teenage Head”
from: Teenage Head / Kama Sutra Records / April 1971
[The Flamin’ Groovies third studio album, released the same year as The Rolling Stones’ classic album Sticky Fingers, Mick Jagger reportedly noticed the similarities between the albums and thought the Flamin’ Groovies did the better take on the theme of classic blues and rock ‘n roll revisited in a modern context.]

11:45 – Underwriting

18. DMZ – “When I Get Off”
from: DMZ [EP] /BOMP / 1977

19. DMZ – “Guilty Child”
[Unreleased track from the “BOMP” sessions from 1977. Seymour Stein wanted to release this as a single through Sire records. he thought it wouldbe a big hit. Sire records wanted 50 percent of publishing and songwriter Jeff Conolly refused. The song was never released, and never played on radio until today.]

20. Kansas City Chorale – “Live in Kirkwood Hall”
from: Mark’s Field Recordings

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

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Show #421

WMM Playlist from April 25, 2012

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

Playlist from: Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The Clementines + Missy Koonce & AIDS WALK KC

1. Spirit is the Spirit – “Oh, Speckled Bird”
from: Mother Mountain / Independent / February 26, 2011
[Folk-psychedelic-rock from Lawrence, Kansas. Austen Malone, Noah Compo, Wayne Zimmerman, Josh Landau, Brook Partain, Danny Bowersox. “a Lawrence band with a cosmic hippie vibe plus horns (trumpet, trombone), lots of percussion and supernal vocal harmonies”- Tim Finn]

2. David Burchfield – “The Beginning”
from: The Beginning / Independent / 2011
[Produced, engineered, mixed and master by Mike Crawford at the Impossible Box in Kansas City, with David Burchfield on vocals & guitar; Leslie Hammer on banjo, fiddle and viola; Seth Jenkins on upright bass, Jeff Larison on pedal steel and dobro; Andy Michael on piano and accordian; and Devon Russell on vocals, choir.]

[David Burchfield and Friends play Davey’s Uptown this Friday night, April 27, with Betse Ellis, Loaded Goat, and The Great Stop.]

3. The Quivers – “Hip On Ya”
from: (Single) / Independent / Mar. 5, 2012
[One of 4 single releases from Terra Peal- Vocals & Bass, Todd Grantham- Keys & Vocals, Abe Haddad- Guitar & Vocals, Bernie Dugan- Drums.]

[The Quivers play The Brick on April 27th with The Cave Girls and Deco Auto.]

4. Deco Auto – “Such A Bother”
rom: Single / Independent / 2012
[Steven Garcia – guitar, vocals; Tracy Flowers – bass, vocals; Michelle Bacon – drums. Recorded at Audio Cave Recording Studios with Scott Martinez.

[Deco Auto play The Brick on April 27th with The Cave Girls and The Quivers.]

5. Best Coast – “The Only Place”
from: Single / Kemando / March 26, 2012
[from their upcoming full length release “The Only Place.]

6. Real Estate – “It’s Real”
from: Days / Domino / Oct. 18, 2011

[Real Estate plays The Bottleneck this Saturday, April 28, with The Twerps, and Ghosty.]

7. Justin Townes Earle – “Look The Other Way”
from: Nothing’s Gonna Change The Way You Feel About Me Now / Bloodshot / Mar. 27, 2012

10:30 – Underwriting

10:31 – Interview with The Clementines

8. The Clementines – “Fair Trade”
from: The Clementines [EP] / Independent / Mar. 8, 2012
[Tim Jenkins & Nicole Springer are The Clementines]

Sasha Banks in Overground Magazine wrote, “When The Clementines hit the stage, they pretty much set the benchmark for excellence. Classically trained guitarists, with an alternative folk style with strong, sultry vocals, this duo did nothing short of completely shaking The Brick to the ground.” Tim Jenkins & Nicole Springer, are The Clementines, and they will play The Riot Room, tonight Wednesday, April 25, at 8:00 PM. They also play Jerry’s Bait Shop on Monday, April 30.

Tim & Nicole were introduced by a mutual friend, Craig, in late February of 2011.

The Clementines have been together since last February, when Springer put out a Craigslist ad seeking a musical collaborator. She received a number of responses but was most impressed by Jenkins. (“I’ve been playing for about 12 years but mostly just in garage bands that never left the garage,” Jenkins says.) They met and clicked, and in April they started gigging regularly at local open-mic nights. Since that time, they have written over 20 songs and have even recorded a demo.

The Clementines, music is labeled: acoustic alt. rock, blues, jazz, & folk-pop.

The Clementines, get their name from the main character in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

Nicole Springer grew up in Oak Grove, Missouri, and graduated H.S. in 2004. She studied Music-Vocal/Choral at Missouri State University, in Springfield, Missouri, and studied Special Education with Music at Metropolitan MO CC, in KCMO.

Nicole told The Pitch (in a Jan. 10, 2012 article): “I grew up singing in gospel choirs, in Oak Grove,” she says. “And I still love gospel music, though I’m not religious or anything. I did musicals throughout high school, and I went to school for a year at Missouri State for music education. But I’ve never been in a committed band before this one.”

Nicole told David Hudnall of The Pitch: (her) vision for the Clementines was initially inspired by the Irish folk duo the Swell Season. “I had just seen them in concert before I put up that ad,” Springer says. “They’re just so passionate, and I wanted to do something that had that much soul in it. It’s the same reason I like Aretha or the Gossip.”

Tim Jenkins grew up in KC. Studied at UMKC. He has been playing music for over 12 years.

From David Hudnall’s article in The Pitch: Jenkins, a fan of “geek rock, like ’70s prog stuff,” brought a different sensibility to the table.

“I usually bring in a song,” Springer says, “and Tim will tweak it and add solos and sometimes a riff ― he helps complete it.” “I think we know what our strong suits are,” Jenkins says. “Nicole’s voice is the main draw. And we try to mix that with a blues-folk sound that has a little pop sensibility.”

10:45

9. The Clementines – “Muddy Are The Waters” (Live)

10. The Clementines – “Of My Own” (Live)

The Clementines play The Riot Room, Wednesday, April 25, at 8:00 PM. They also play Jerry’s Bait Shop on Monday, April 30.

More information at: reverbnation.com/theclementinesnicoleandtim

10:59 – Ticket Give Away – Gypsy Kings at The Midland Sunday, April 29

11. First Aid Kit – “Emmylou”
from: The Lions Roar / Wichita / Jan 17, 2012
[A duo of two sisters Johanna (keyboards, autoharp, and Vocals) and Kiara Soderberg (guitar & Vocals). The are from Sweden]

12. Amy Farrand – “How You Feelin’”
from: Amy Farrand (hearts) You / Independent / 2012
[Ernie Locke on harmonica. Recorded and mixed by Chris Meck.]

[Amy Farrand’s “Weirdo Wednesday Supper Club happens every Wednesday night at Davey’s Uptown]

13. Shearwater – “You As You Were”
from: Animal Joy / Sub Pop / Feb. 15, 2012

14. Ghosty – “You Saved Me”
from: GHOSTY / More Famouser Records / April 17, 2012
[Ghosty is Andrew Connor, Mike Nolte an Bill Belzer who recorded their new album themselves over the last couple of years with help from David Wetzel, Josh Adams, Jake Blanton, Konnor Ervin, Ryan Connor, Kirsten Paludan, and Dan Talmadge. The new release will be pressed on vinyl and available on LP and digital download. More info at ghostysounds.com.]

11:20 – Interview with Missy Koonce

Missy Koonce is an Actor, Director, Producer, Writer, Emcee and Entertainer who has conducted multi-talented skills at venues including: The Coterie Theatre, The Unicorn Theatre, The American Heartland Theatre, Late Night Theatre, Missy B’s, and Bar Natasha. Missy has worked professionally as a critically acclaimed director, and an actress for over 20 years in Kansas City, and for 24 years she has served as Emcee for AIDS WALK KC, which is happening this Saturday, April 28 in Theis Park. You can find more information at aidswalkkansascity.org

Missy talked about seeing the event from the inside out, the people involved.

Missy talked with us about the Bar Natasha Reunion Show for KC Fringe Festival.

Missy Koonce will be appearing as Host of a special Burlesque Show – Late Night Stage Strut, Friday, April 28th 10:30PM at the Uptown Theater Complex in The Conspiracy Room as part of the Kansas City Burlesque Festival happening this weekend, April 26th, 27th, 28th, 2012! More info at: kcburlesque.com

Missy also works at Missy B’s

24th annual AIDS WALK KC, that is happening this weekend on Saturday, April 28th, 2012, starting at Theis Park, Kansas City, MO. More information at: aidswalkkansascity.org

11:35 – Underwriting

11:36

15. Santigold – “Disparate Youth”
from: Single / from upcoming release: Master of My Make-Believe / Atlantic / May 1, 2012

16. Lambchop – “Gone Tomorrow”
from: Mr. M / Merge / Feb. 21, 2012

17. M. Ward – “Primitive Girl”
from: A Wasteland Companion / Merge / Apr. 20, 2012

18. Jay Brannan – “Beautiful”
from: Rob Me Blind / Nettwerk – Great Depression / March 27, 2012

19. Glen Campbell – “Ghost On The Canvas”
from: Ghost On The Canvas / Surf Dog Records / August 20, 2011
[Song written by Paul Westerberg. Album intended as his farewell to studio recording due to his diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. The album’s creation was made public in March 2010, but Campbell and his wife delayed informing the public about his illness until shortly before he embarked on the Glen Campbell Goodbye Tour. The duo decided to go public so fans of his would not be confused if the performer flubbed his lines or seemed erratic onstage.]

[Glen Campbell plays The Uptown tomorrow night, April 26.]

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

Show #418

WMM Playlist from January 25, 2012

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, January 25, 2012

I Formed a Band – The Tom Livesay Story

1. Foolish Sad Robot – “I Recorded It”
from: The Complete Foolish Sad Robot / Independent / 1995-96

2. Foolish Sad Robot – “Personal Rock Song”
from: The Complete Foolish Sad Robot / Independent / 1995-96
[One of 23 songs recorded with Ike Sheldon and Tom Livesay. Performed at The Rhumba Box.]

3. The Whittlers – “Vans”
from: Reduced Bit By Bit / Independent / Summer 2000
[One of four full length albums created by Tom Livesay and Phil Wade between 2000 – 2004]

“I Formed A Band – The Tom Livesay Story” chronicles the musical history of Tom Livesay‘s life, through every band he has played in, starting with The William Jewel Orchestra and Jazz band and following through 24 years of Tom’s life, playing in 12 bands, where Tom played bass, sang lead vocals, played synthesizers & casios, wrote or co-wrote (probably) over 150 songs, recorded (probably) over 200 songs, and engineered or produced just as many tracks, if not more. Tom Livesay has collaborated with a very long list of KC’s best musicians including: Ike Sheldon, Phil Wade, Beste Ellis & Nate Gawron (who became The Wilders) Amy Farrand, Jeff Brown, Tony Zager, Matt Brahl, Patrick Frazier, Mark Smeltzer, Randy Wolf, Mark Stevenson, Mike McCoy, Jeff Nichols, Mark Reynolds, Stephen DiFranco, Marco Pascolini, Paul Guinto, Wm. Howell, Jennifer Appell, and many others…

Tom grew up in Independence, and graduated from Chrisman High School in 1984.

WJC Jazz Band, February 12, 1988, Kansas State Jazz Festival

After High School Tom was accepted into William Jewell College in Liberty, MO where her played saxophone in the William Jewell Orchestra & Jazz Band. It was in this band where he met future longtime collaborators: Jeff Brown (trumpet) & Ike Sheldon (trombone).

1987 – 88 Tom formed The Freshman Senators with 3 friends who needed a bass player. Tom sold his saxophone, and bought a bass.

4. The Freshman Senators – “Butterfly Fan”
from: The Freshman Senators / Independent / 1988
[Originally released on cassette. Re-released as a single w/ 2 other songs on cassette in 1990. Winner of local radio station call in contest. William Jewell Band w/ Tony Zager – Guitar, David King – Drums, Brian Meredith – Guitar & Saxophone, Tom Livesay – Bass. Friend Jeff Brown formed rival band: The Industry.]

1988 after William Jewell College Tom moved to Midtown, near KCAI, and continued with The Freshman Senators.

1989 Tom formed Wig Newton with Ike Sheldon after Ike graduated and moved to midtown. Wig Newton was influenced by bands of the day: Jane’s Addiction, Faith No More.

1990 – 91 Tom formed Knotty Pines with Tony Zager (of Freshman Senators)

5. Knotty Pines – “Zuleika”
from: Geek Mythology / Independent / 1991
[Antony Zager – Guitars, Tom Livesay – Vocals & Bass. Released on Cassette. Recorded at Westend Studios. Dedicated to The Freshman Senators & Wig Newton.]

1989 to 1991 there was some overlapping between The Freshman Senators, Wig Newton and Knotty Pines. At William Jewel Ike Sheldon had been a vocal music major, in Wig Newton, Ike used his operatic tenor, as well as rapped. We do not have any Wig Newton recordings, but Ike did contribute guest vocals for the Knotty Pines, “Geek Mythology” release, which gives us an example of Ike’s pre-The Wilders vocals.

6. Knotty Pines – “Planet Janet”
from: Geek Mythology / Independent / 1991
[Special lead vocals by Ike O. Sheldon. co-written by Livesay/Zager/Sheldon. Antony Zager – Guitars, Tom Livesay – Vocals & Bass. Released on Cassette. Recorded at Westend Studios. Dedicated to The Freshman Senators & Wig Newton.]

1991 Tom formed The Young Johnny Carson Story with William Jewel Orchestra Members Jeff Brown, Ike Sheldon. The Band’s name came from Ike Sheldon’s dream where he was in a made-for-TV movie, playing the part of a young Johnny Carson.

1992 The Young Johnny Carson Story released “Nerd”

7. The Young Johnny Carson Story – “You’re Too Beautiful”
an unreleased track / Independent / 1992
[Jeff Brown – Guitar & Vox, Tom Livesay – Bass & Vox, Ike Sheldon – Guitar, Bass & Vox]

What happened when Tom Livesay asked Johnny Carson permission to use his name for their “musical project”?

A letter dated March 14, 1994, from Carson Productions read:

Mr. Livesay,

“Thank you for your recent inquiry regarding the use of mr. Carson’s name in your musical project. However, I must inform you that it is in the best interests of Carson Productions to unconditionally refuse permission for the use of the name in any form. To persist in doing so will result in immediate litigation. We wish you luck in the persuit of your project, but must insist in your finding a new name.”

– Carson Productiona

1994 the band changed their name to My Childhood Hero and added drummer Amy Farrand to the group.

In the notes, on the cassette release, it reads “We support, Rhumba Box, Gee Coffee, The Dhurries, Shallow, Trouble in Mind, Secular Theme, Danger Bob, Frogpond, and Shiner.”

8. My Childhood Hero – “fiesta ware”
from: The Young Johnny Carson Story Is Now My Childhood Hero / Whiney Piney / 1994 [Jeff Brown – Guitar, Tom Livesay – Bass, Ike Sheldon – Guitar & Bass, Amy Farrand – Drums. Guest artists: Betse Ellis – Violin & Angel, Mark Smelzer – feedback, Phil Wade – Angel. Recorded live to 2-track ny randy Wolf in Mark & Leslie’s attic, February, 1994.]

1991 (while playing with Young Johnny Carson Story, and My Childhood Hero) Tom also started playing bass with the band Cher fronted by Mike McCoy. Tom played with the band on two cassette releases: “By Named Sue” (1991) and “The Gambler” (1992).

9. Cher – “Chop-Chop Life”
from: Boy Named Sue / Independent / 1991
[Released on Cassette. Mike McCoy Guitar & Vox, Jeff Nichols – Drums, Tom Livesay – Bass, Mark Reynolds – Free Bass]

Raucous life shows, sometimes hostile audiences, it was during a Halloween show when 3 of the 4 members quit and walked off stage, in the middle of the set, leaving Mike McCoy alone on stage. Mike eventually reformed the group with Lisa McKenzie on Drums, and Heather Grehan on Bass, and renamed the band Cher UK and rerecorded many of the songs from the two cassette releases, in Minneapolis, for the 1993 release on Red Decibel Records, “She’s A Weird Little Snack.”

1995 – 96 Tom formed, Foolish Sad Robot with Ike Sheldon, Tom’s 8th band in 8 years. With Ike, at least 23 songs were recorded. The band played in many venues & developed a following.

10. Foolish Sad Robot – “Postpone”
from: The Complete Foolish Sad Robot / Independent / 1995-96
[One of 23 songs written & recorded with Ike Sheldon and Tom Livesay.]

1993-95 The Dhurries, formed with Betse Ellis on Violin, and Phil Wade on sitar, drums, & guitar. Phil was into East Indian ragas. The Dhurries played local coffeehouses including Whistler’s Mother in Westport where they became fans of the Young Johnny Carson Story and Foolish Sad Robot. Tom Livesay, Ike Sheldon, Jeff Brown, Betse Ellis and Phil Wade played together a lot in those days.

11. The Dhurries – “Red Ribbon”
from: Yeppers / Barry Lee Compilation for KKFI / 1995
[Betse Ellis & Phil Wade. Originally recorded on Barry Lee‘s radio program, “Signal To Noise,” in 1995. On a Signal To Noise radio show Ike Sheldon joined Betse & Phil to play a “string tune” they’d been experimenting with after Ike started playing his father’s old country records. Some say this was the beginning of The Wilders. A You Tube video of Ike, Betse & Phil on Signal to Noise is on our Wednesday MidDay Medley Facebook Page.]

1996-97 William Jewell Orchestra members: Tom Livesay, Jeff Brown & Ike Sheldon teamed up with Phil Wade (formerly of the Dhurries and The Pedaljets) and Stephen DiFranco (formerly of Bad Manners) to form a new band: Day Sleeper

12. Day Sleeper – “Meteor (Reprise)”
from: When The Meteor Comes / Independent / 1997
[Tom Livesay (lead vox on this song) – Bass & Vox, Phil Wade – Lead Electric Guitar & Lap Steel Guitar & Vox, Ike Sheldon – Fender Rhoades & Electric Piano, Jeff Brown – Vox & Electric Guitar & Acoustic Guitar, Stephen DiFranco – Drums. Recorded at The Tic Ranch, Frazier Farm, mixed at band’s house, 3605 Jefferson. Songs written by Jeff Brown & Day Sleeper.]

“I Formed A Band – The Tom Livesay Story.” continues…
A chronicle of the musical history of Tom’s life, through every band he has played in, over the past 24 years.

1995, Phil Wade started listening to bluegrass music.

1996 Ike Sheldon, Betse Ellis and Phil Wade formed The Wilders with Matt Kesler (Phil’s band mate from The Pedaljets) sometimes on Bass.

1997 -1998 Tom moved to Arizona with a friend. While in Arizona Tom recorded some solo recordings using casio keyboards.

13. Tom Livesay – “Jumbo Jet Beat”
from: Tom Livesay’s Greatest Hits / Independent / 1998 [Tom’s solo work.]

1998 The Wilders released the first recording: “Cornbread, Molasses and Sassafras Tea” on Rural Grit Records. Ike started hosting The Rural Grit Hour at The Grand Emporium.

1999 Tom Livesay moved back to KC from Arizona and joined: Snakebite Orphans with Mark Stevenson, Marco Pascolini (of Mr. Marco’s V-7), and Matt Brawl (of Sandoval).

1999 Tom Livesay engineered the recording of The Wilders 2000 release: “The Wilders.”

The Wilders

(Note: In 2011 After 15 years, 10 albums, and constant touring, The Wilders announced last month that they would be taking an extended “hiatus.”)

14. The Wilders – “Righten That Wrong”
from: The Wilders / Rural Grit Records / 2000
[Ike Sheldon – Lead Guitar & Vox, Betse Ellis – Fiddle & Vox, Phil Wade – Mandolin & Dobro & Banjo & Vox, Nate Gawron – String Bass. Rec. Live Dec, 1999, at Randy Wolf’s house. Engineered by Tom Livesay & Randy Wolf. Jeff Brown plays Bass on this song.]

2000 – 2004 Tom formed The Whittlers with Phil Wade

15. The Whittlers – “They Wanted Songs”
from: Reduced Bit By Bit / Independent / Summer 2000
[One of four full length albums created by Tom Livesay and Phil Wade between 2000 – 2004]

2000-2004 Tom & Phil Wade recorded 4 albums, while working together at The KC Art Intitute.

16. The Whittlers – “Dressed Up and It’s Hot”
from: Sci Fi Runaway / Independent / January – February 2001
[Song includes a guest rap from Ike Sheldon. Album included guests: Betse ellis, Ike Sheldon, Nate & Mary Gawron, Wm. Howell and others.]

17. The Whittlers – “Stuck in Missouri With You”
from: Touch The Artist / Independent / Summer 2002
[Album was made up entirely of covers. This song was made famous by Stealer’s Wheel. Jeff Brown played drums on several tracks. Ike Sheldon played piano and keyboards on several tracks.]

18. The Whittlers – “Another Night Gone”
from: Nobody’s Happy / Independent / Summer 2004
[written by Betse Ellis. Tom on Vocals, Ike on Piano, Phil on Guitar. Recorded as a surprise for Betse.]

2001 Tom Produced albums for: Wm. Howell & played bass for Paul Guinto aka Redbirds

19. Wm. Howell – “Born Again”
from: Sweet Boy / Independent / 2001

2001 Tom released his first solo release with guest appearances from Ike Sheldon, Phil Wade, Beste Ellis, Tony Zager, Matt Brahl, Patrick Fraizer, Mark Smeltzer, Kim Stanton, Mark Stevenson, Paul Guinto, Wm. Howell,

20. Tom Livesay – “Kids Feel Stifled!”
from: Gazer / Independent / 2001
[co-written with student in Beijing, Tony Zager & Tom Livesay, Guitar by Tony Zager, cyborg vocal by Wm. Howell. Bass, Vocals & Synthesizers by Tom. Drums by Matt Brawl.]

21. Tom Livesay – “Lover Slash Friend”
from: Gazer / Independent / 2001 [co-written by Ike & Tom. Guitar & Tamborine by Ike Sheldon.]

22. Tom Livesay – “Stripmall Opens”
from: Gazer / Independent / 2001 [cello by Betse Ellis.]

23. Tom Livesay – “ReRelease”
from: Gazer / Independent / 2001 [Guitar by Patrick Frazier]

Present day – Tom is raising his 8 year old daughter Hirut, adopted from Ethiopia.

Recently Tom has been working on new songs.

24. Foolish Sad Robot – “Sad Hour”
from: The Complete Foolish Sad Robot / Independent / 1995-96

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Sources for Notes: Artist’s websites noted above and wikipedia.org

Show #405