WMM Playlist from February 13, 2019

Wednesday MidDay Medley
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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Spinning Records With Marion Merritt
+ Ada Brumback, Anna Selle & Bandwaggn

Marion Merritt

Marion Merritt returns as our special “Guest Producer.” For almost 15 years now, Marion has been sharing her musical discoveries and information from her encyclopedic brain. Marion is the creator of Records With Merritt, a small, independent, minority owned business, at 1614 Westport Rd. in Kansas City, Missouri.

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

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

3. The Bevis Frond – “Lead On
from: We’re Your Friends Man / Fire Records / December 7, 2018
[26th studio album from The Bevis Frond, a British musical group whose range covers hard edge to melancholy vintage indie rock to poetic, “classic-rock” songcraft. Nick Saloman is the band’s frontman and songwriter. They have recorded many singles and albums on various independent labels since 1987. Saloman was originally in a band known as the Bevis Frond Museum in the late 1960s, and in the 1970s, whilst at college, he played guitar with a duo called Oddsocks. They released one album, Men of the Moment. In 1979 he formed a band called the Von Trap Family, who released the first single on his own Woronzow Records label. The early Von Trap Family recordings, comprising three sessions, were released on the Bevis Frond Bandcamp site for the first time in May 2010. The next release on Woronzow was in 1982, a 12″ single by Room 13 with Saloman on guitar and future Bevis Frond drummer Martin Crowley. After Room 13 reached the end of its natural life, Nick Saloman had a bad motorbike accident that left him with a constriction of movement in his left arm. True to form, he had the arm set so that he could continue playing guitar. With the proceeds from a damages claim he bought a 4 track recorder and recorded some music which he decided to press as a limited release of 250 albums, more for the sake of just releasing an album than anything else. He was very surprised when Funhouse records in Kent phoned him up and asked for a couple of hundred copies as they’d been selling the album quite briskly. Saloman’s desire was to “record the kind of music I’d like to listen to… I wanted a Hendrix/Wipers/Byrds sound but with a distinctly British feel.” Subsequent albums were also recorded in a home studio and released on Woronzow until 1988, when he signed a deal with Reckless Records for the UK and USA. All the early albums were finally re-released on CD and Reckless financed the recording and release of his sixth album, Any Gas Faster, using a professional studio for the first time, reuniting him with Drummer Martin Crowley. This is also the point that he began touring. Another 1990 album, Magic Eye, was a collaboration with Twink of the Pink Fairies. In 1990, he returned to the studio to record his next album, New River Head, which featured guest musicians including Barry Dransfield and David Tibet. The next year he recorded London Stone, but Reckless were less than happy with the album, and in the ensuing friction, Saloman decided to release the album on Woronzow again. All his subsequent albums have appeared on Woronzow.]

4. Baxter Dury, Delilah Holliday & Etienne de Crécy – “Walk Away”
from: B.E.D / Pias America / October 26, 2018
[Debut recordings of collaborative trio of French producer Etienne de Crécy on electronic textures, with vocalist Baxter Dury’s and singer Delilah Holliday (of London band Skinny Girl Diet). Baxter Dury told the press, “Etienne has created a musical background for my confessional narrative and Delilah has encouraged it to be something more emotional. It’s an unlikely mix that works because its short, simple and honest.”]

5. Big Wild – “6’s to 9’s (feat. Rationale)”
from: Superdream / Counter Records / February 1, 2019
[Debut album from Big Wild who is Jackson Stell, an electronic DJ, producer, composer, and engineer. Stell was born in Lancaster, Massachusetts. Stell set out on his own tour in Spring 2017, hitting 27 dates around America. Rational is Matthew Cameron Brotzel, a Canadian hip-hop artist from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. On March 30, 2010, RationaL released his debut single “Cocaine Cowboy” from his debut album, The BirthWrite LP. The song garnered a 2010 Sphere of Hip-Hop award for “Song of the Year”, co-winning the honor alongside 2011 Juno Award winner and fellow Canadian rapper, Shad (“Rose Garden”). July 17, 2012 the rapper released The BirthWrite LP under his own independent imprint, Ear RationaL Music. The album featured guest appearances from Quannum Projects recording artist Pigeon John, former Rawkus Records artist and member of The Procussions, Mr. J. Medeiros, Relic, Theory Hazit and Ohmega Watts. In the fall of 2007, RationaL began the writing and recording process for his debut album, The BirthWrite LP. The album charted as high as #2 on the !earshot hip-hop charts. Although The BirthWrite LP is officially considered RationaL’s debut album, there was a free promotional album released on July 20, 2010 entitled Hard Labor: The BirthWrite Prequel that circulated locally and was made available online. The BirthWrite LP is most notable for the award-winning lead single “Cocaine Cowboy”. On July 23, 2013, RationaL reached an exclusive agreement with the Toronto Blue Jays and Major League Baseball to release his new single, “A Swing and a Belt”, dedicated to the late Hall of Fame voice of the Blue Jays, Tom Cheek. Cheek called a Major League record 4,306 consecutive games for 28 straight seasons on the Toronto Blue Jays Radio Network from April 7, 1977 to June 2, 2004. Produced by Imperial, “A Swing and a Belt” received high-praise from former World Series hero Joe Carter. Former Jays manager and current Sportsnet play-by-play man Buck Martinez also raved about the song. Martinez stated, “RationaL has captured everything that Tom Cheek was in regards to baseball. He had his passion, he understood his love of the game, he understood all the great moments in Tom Cheek’s broadcasting career. He weaves them into “A Swing and a Belt” in such a way that it brings back so many memories for fans, baseball people and media people that really captures the essence of Tom Cheek’s career with the Blue Jays. I don’t think it could have been done any better.”[citation needed] In addition, Sportsnet aired a clip of the song during the Blue Jays game versus the Houston Astros on July 27, 2013. “A Swing and a Belt” is also the lead single from RationaL’s upcoming album entitled Hell or High Water, scheduled for release soon on Ear RationaL Music. Confirmed collaborators for the record thus far include Mr. J. Medeiros, Factor, Imperial, Josh Palmer and Juno Award-winning producer and emcee, Relic.]

6. Kristen Hersh – “Lax”
from: Possible Dust Clouds / Fire Records / October 5, 2018
[The 11th solo album from Martha Kristin Hersh was born August 7, 1966, in Atlanta, Georgia. She moved to Newport, Rhode Island when she was six years old. Her father was a professor at Salve Regina University in Newport and her mother a special educational needs teacher. She was interested in music at an early age and wanted to learn guitar chords so her father gave her a guitar when she was nine. Her parents separated when Hersh was 11 and her mother married the father of her best friend Tanya Donelly. Hersh talked Donelly into starting a band, then called The Muses when they were 14. Throwing Muses was formed in 1981 when Hersh and Donelly were freshmen in high school. Friends from school, including Elaine Adamedes, Becca Blumen, Leslie Langston and David Narcizo, were part of the group with Narcizo becoming a long-term member. Hersh initially wrote and sang most of Throwing Muses’ songs, often in changing tempos. Donelly also contributed songs and lead vocals. Hersh attended Salve Regina University, majoring in archetypal psychology and philosophy, and the Rhode Island School of Design, but dropped out shortly before graduating to establish the band in Boston, Massachusetts, where they had been playing on weekends. While at Salve, Hersh befriended film actress Betty Hutton, who was attending the school in her 60s; Hutton also attended several early Throwing Muses shows in Newport. The Throwing Muses were signed to 4AD, the first American group to be signed on the British label, and released their first EP Chains Changed in 1986. Two releases followed, The Fat Skier and the album House Tornado. The 4AD Throwing Muses biography describes its sound at the time as “… joining the dots between elliptical post-punk, harmonious folk jangle and rockabilly thunder without ever settling into standard genre patterns.” For the Throwing Muses 1986 UK tour, the Boston-based Pixies, embarking on their first European tour, was the opening band. The band signed a U.S. deal with Sire/Reprise Records in 1987 and began touring the U.S. and Europe while recording albums, with Hersh writing most of the songs. The band became a trio when Donelly left the group after 1991’s The Real Ramona. In 1994, Hersh began a solo career on Sire/Reprise and 4AD as an acoustic performer, beginning with Hips and Makers, an album sparsely arranged around her vocals, guitar, and a cellist, in contrast to the volatile, electric sound of her band work. Michael Stipe of R.E.M. made an appearance on this first solo album. After receiving some airplay and major media coverage for the Throwing Muses album University in 1995, Hersh moved to Rykodisc for the band’s 1996 album, Limbo, and released her solo album, Strange Angels in 1998. To better control her career and the distribution of her recorded material, she created the ThrowingMusic label with then-husband and manager Billy O’Connell in 1996. This enabled her to co-release some of her projects, including an ongoing download-subscription service called Works in Progress (WIP) for releases available through the label’s website. Hersh continued to offer her solo releases online, releasing “Sky Motel” in 1999. By the mid-90s, David Narcizo became Throwing Muses’ permanent drummer, still playing in the band whenever they tour. Throwing Muses functions as a noncommercial musical enterprise, focusing on touring over record sales and airplay. In a 2014 interview, Hersh stated, “As far as I’m concerned, music is not a commodity. It’s something that people have earned by being human. They have a right to hear it, and a right to share it, as they always have in churches and parties. That’s how music happens. Hersh has said her parents’ album collections, featuring Patti Smith, the Carter Family, Stevie Wonder, Robert Johnson, Talking Heads, The Clash, Steve Miller, The Beatles, Philip Glass, and traditional music all influenced her when she was growing up. Among her early contemporary musical influences are The Raincoats, The Pretenders, Talking Heads, Violent Femmes, Meat Puppets, Dead Kennedys, Hüsker Dü, Velvet Underground, R.E.M., and X. Hersh was married to her former manager Billy O’Connell for 25 years until they divorced in 2013. She has four sons. Hersh has talked openly about her bouts with mental illness and its role in her musical process. A car accident at age 16 while she was riding her bicycle gave her a double concussion that affected the way she heard sounds. She described it as hearing ambient sounds continuously and “…the sounds would alter their sonic vocabulary until I was hearing syllables, and drums. And then all these words would come.” She’s stated that hearing “pieces of songs” in her mind compelled her to take the pieces apart and craft songs from them. She also claims that she doesn’t remember writing her early songs—that “they wrote her.” She’s had more than one diagnosis (and misdiagnoses) for her condition, including schizophrenic disorder, bipolar disorder, and most recently post-traumatic and dissociative disorders, which she says have been successfully treated with eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy.]

7. Kristen Hersh – “No Shade in Shadow”
from: Possible Dust Clouds / Fire Records / October 5, 2018

10:32 – Underwriting

8. Antena – “Camino del So”
from: Antena: Camino del Sol / Numero / 2019
[Originally released in September, 1982] [Antena: Camino Del Sol is the second compilation album by The Numero Group (NUM002), based on a mini-album originally released in September 1982. It features tracks by French-Belgian trio Antena who were then signed to Belgian label Les Disques Du Crepuscule. Antena featured Isabelle Antena, a pseudonym for Isabelle Powaga, who is a cult figure known for her song “Say I Believe In It.” The re-release contains re-mastered tracks, B-sides and two previously unreleased songs.]

9. Boogarins – “Onda Negra”
from: Lá Vem a Morte / OAR / June 9, 2017
[Boogarins are a Brazilian psychedelic rock band formed in 2013 by Dinho Almeida (vocals, rhythm guitar) and Benke Ferraz (solo guitar). Later they were joined by Hans Castro (drums) and Raphael Vaz (bass guitar), forming a four-piece. In 2014, Ynaiã Benthroldo replaced Hans as drummer. Boogarins was formed by Benke and Dinho, two childhood friends who got together and recorded an EP at home (As Plantas Que Curam) while they were still at school. After the release of the EP, Boogarins signed a contract with Other Music, the debut album As Plantas Que Curam was released in 2013. A second album followed in 2015. The band took their name from a jasmine flower in Brazil. On June 7, 2017, the band’s third album Lá Vem a Morte was released on YouTube as a surprise for the fans. It was elected the 9th best Brazilian album of 2017 by the Brazilian edition of Rolling Stone. They have a new album titled Sombrou Dúvida to be released in 2019]

10. Sharon Van Etten – “I Told You Everything (Edited)”
from: Remind Me Tomorrow / Jagjaguary / January 18, 2019
[5th studio album from Sharon Van Etten (born February 26, 1981 in Belleville, New Jersey and lived in Nutley, NJ before moving to Clinton as a pre-teen. Later, she moved to Tennessee to attend Middle Tennessee State University and studied recording, but dropped out of college after a year. Van Etten ended up working at the Red Rose, a coffee and record shop and music venue in Murfreesboro, for about five years. In 2004, she moved back to New Jersey, where she worked at Perryville Wine and Spirits. Van Etten moved to New York City in 2005. Van Etten self-released handmade CDs until 2009, when her debut studio recording was released. Before her studio debut, she worked at Astor Wines and as a publicist at Ba Da Bing Records. Van Etten’s debut, Because I Was in Love, was released on May 26, 2009, on Language of Stone, and was manufactured and distributed by Drag City. This is her third album from Jagjaguar]

11. Hand Habits – “placeholder”
from: placeholder / Saddle Creek Records / March 1, 2019
[Meg Duffy grew up in a small town in Upstate New York and they cut their teeth as a session guitarist and touring member of Kevin Morby’s band. The Hand Habits project emerged after Meg moved to Los Angeles; it started as a private songwriting outlet but soon evolved into a fully-fledged band with Meg at the helm. Hand Habits’ debut album, Wildly Idle (Humble Before The Void), was released by Woodsist Records in 2017. The LP was entirely self-produced and recorded in Meg’s home during spare moments when they weren’t touring. Wildly Idle (Humble Before The Void) is a lush, homespun collection of folk songs that found Meg in an exploratory state as an artist moving out on their own for the first time. Two years later, Hand Habits has returned with their sophomore album, placeholder. To make this album, Meg chose to work in a studio and bring in collaborators, entrusting them with what had previously been a very personal creative process. Over the course of 12 tracks, Meg emerges with new confidence as both a bandleader and singer. This album is as tender and immediate as anything Meg’s ever written, but it’s also intensely focused and refined, the work of a meticulous musician ready to share their singular vision with the world. The name placeholder stems from Meg’s fascination with the undefinable. Their songs serve as openings — carved-out spaces waiting to be endowed with meaning. As a lyricist, Meg is drawn to the in-between, and the songs on this new album primarily confront the ways in which certain experiences can serve as a stepping stone on the road to self-discovery. “A big aspect of my songwriting and the way I move through the world depends on my relationships with people. The songs on placeholder are about accountability and forgiveness,” Meg says. “These are all real stories. I don’t fictionalize much.” Meg describes these songs as their most direct to date, crafted with clear intention, and unlike Wildly Idle (Humble Before The Void), placeholder doesn’t meander. “It’s less of a submerged landscape and more a concise series of thoughts,” Meg explains. Instrumentally, placeholder can be situated alongside some of Meg’s folk-adjacent contemporaries like Angel Olsen or Big Thief, and the guitar work on this album proves that Meg continues to be one of the finest young musicians working today. placeholder is another entry in the Hand Habits songbook, but it’s also a valuable testament of our time. While placeholder inspires a sense of ease, simple questions rarely beget easy answers and Meg honors the indescribable joy and profound sorrow that comes with figuring things out, one step at a time.]

10:59 – Station ID

12. Cass McCombs – “I Followed the River South to What”
from: Tip of the Sphere / Anti / February 8, 2019
[Produced by Cass McCombs & Dan Horne. Engineered by Sam Griffin Owens. Mixed by Dan Horne. Mastered by Heba Kadry. Vinyl cut by Carl Rowatti. Recorded at Figure 8 Studios, Brooklyn NY. Additional engineering on The Great Pixley Train Robbery by Jason Quever. All songs Cass McCombs (BMI)Cass McCombs was born 1977 in Concord, California) is an American musician, best known for blending genres such as rock, folk, psychedelic, punk, and alt country, he has played in numerous bands in the Bay Area and Pacific Northwest during the 1990s, often in DIY spaces, before relocating to New York City. He moved to San Francisco in 2001, where he recorded his debut E.P., entitled Not the Way E.P., released on Monitor Records in Baltimore. McCombs then recorded a Peel Session for John Peel in 2003, and that year released his first LP A, also touring with Baltimore’s OXES as his backing band. McCombs and his band spent much of 2003 and 2004 touring, performing everywhere from the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival to house shows. McCombs otherwise divided his time amongst the Pacific Northwest, England and Baltimore. In spring 2005 he released PREfection on Monitor Records and 4AD, and in support of the album he toured with Modest Mouse. Later that year, he moved to Southern California to begin work on his third full-length, Dropping the Writ, which was released on October 9, 2007, by Domino Records. It was named one of Amazon.com’s Best Albums of 2007. Also in 2007 he toured with Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti. He signed a multiple-album deal with Domino Records, who released his following four records including Catacombs (2009), which was voted one of the “50 Top Albums on the Year” by Pitchfork. It was followed by Wit’s End (2011), Humor Risk (2011), and Big Wheel and Others (2013). He toured with John Cale in 2012, and also performed at the benefit concert Occupy Sandy. Other bands he has performed or toured with include Ariel Pink, Cat Power, Band of Horses, Andrew Bird, The Decemberists, Arcade Fire, Peter Bjorn and John, Papercuts, The Shins, Iron and Wine, Deerhoof, The Walkmen, Jana Hunter, Thurston Moore, Joe Russo and The War On Drugs. His single “Bradley Manning” premiered on the Democracy Now News Hour in 2012. His songs have been featured in films including the surf film The Present (2009), and Ralph Arlyck documentary Following Sean, as well as notable skate videos featuring Jason Dill, Jerry Hsu Chima Ferguson and Dylan Rieder. His song “Bobby, King of Boys Town” appeared in HBO show Girls (Season 2, Episode 9 – “On All Fours”). In 2014 he did a co-headlining fall tour with the Meat Puppets. McCombs is a member of The Skiffle Players, who released their debut LP, Skifflin’ on February 12, 2016. In June 2016, McCombs performed at the Primavera Sound and Field Day music festivals. McCombs ANTI- Records debut, Mangy Love was released on August 26, 2016.]

13. M. Ward – “Shark”
from: What a Wonderful Industry / M. Ward Records / June 8, 2018
[Matthew Stephen “M.” Ward was born October 4, 1973 and raised in Ventura County, California. He moved to Portland, Oregon after college. Growing up, Ward taught himself songs by The Beatles on his brother’s guitar, and began recording demos on a four-track analog tape recorder when he was about fifteen. Ward continues to only record analog, and starts all of his songs as demos on the same recorder he has had since his teens. M. ward is a singer-songwriter and guitarist who is known for his folk and blues-inspired Americana analog recordings. He has released nine albums since 1999, primarily through independent label Merge Records. In addition to his solo work, he is a member of pop duo She & Him and folk-rock supergroup Monsters of Folk, and also participates in recording, producing, and playing with multiple other artists. More info at: http://www.mwardmusic.com]

14. The Glands- “Lovetown”
from: The Glands / Capricorn Records / 2018
[Originally released on August 1, 2000 on New West Records][The Glands were an American indie rock band from Athens, Georgia, United States. Their first CD, Double Thriller, was self-released in 1996 and reissued on Bar/None Records in 1998. Their self-titled album was first released in 2000 on Capricorn Records and reissued on Velocette Records in August 2001. The Glands’ unique sounds recalled a variety of influences, including the Kinks, the Who, and The Rolling Stones. The song “Livin’ Was Easy” was featured in the DVD Let America Laugh by comedian David Cross. The band reunited for a brief east coast tour in late 2011, playing several dates with Yo La Tengo. Ross Shapiro, singer, guitarist, and founding member of The Glands, died in March 2016 following a battle with an illness.]

15. The Glands – “I Can See My House from Here”
from: The Glands / Capricorn Records / 2018 [original – Aug. 1, 2000 on New West Records]

16. Lucy Dacus – “Night Shift”
from: Historian / Matador / March 2, 2018
[Lucy Dacus was born 1995 and grew up in Richmond, Virginia . She is an indie rock singer-songwriter who has has released two albums, both on Matador Records: 2016’s No Burden and 2018’s Historian. She started studying film at Virginia Commonwealth University but left to pursue her music career. She first performed in New York in March 2015. Sasha Gessen in Pitchfork wrote about Historian: ” It’s not an easy album to wear out. It lasts, and it should, given that so many of its lyrics pick at time, and the way time condenses around deep emotional attachments to other people.”]

17. boygenius – “Me & My Dog”
from: bygenius / Matador / October 26, 2018
[indie rock supergroup formed by Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, & Lucy Dacus. Their self-titled debut EP was written and recorded in four days at Sound City Studios in Los Angeles. In November 2018, Baker and Bridgers hit the road in North America for a co-headline tour, with Dacus opening. Each artist played her own individual set of tunes. The tour kicked off at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium on November 4th, and traveled through the Northeast, Midwest, and West Coast, culminating at The Wiltern in LA on November 30.]

18. Better Oblivion Community Center – “Dylan Thomas”
from: Better Oblivion Community Center / Dead Oceans / January 23, 2019
[Better Oblivion Community Center is an American indie rock duo composed of musicians Conor Oberst and Phoebe Bridgers. Oberst and Bridgers first met in 2016 when Bridgers performed at a secret showcase Oberst hosted at the Bootleg Theater in Los Angeles. They collaborated on the duet “Would You Rather” from Bridgers’ 2017 debut album Stranger in the Alps. The duo’s album received critical acclaim upon release.They performed “Dylan Thomas” on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert the day before it’s release. On January 29, 2019, the band announced their initial concert tour of the United States and Europe along with releasing a music video for their initial single, “Dylan Thomas”, directed by Michelle Zauner a.k.a. Japanese Breakfast.]

11:37 – Underwriting

11:39 – Interview with Ada Brumback & Anna Selle

Ada Brumback & Anna Selle of Bandwaggn Kansas City on the February 13, 2019 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM

KC based musician, freelance videographer and editor, Ada Brumback, plays guitar, bass, and some keyboards in the band, Chase The Horseman. Ada Brumback used to play drums in the band Bedroom Wounds. Ada has collaborated with the Springfield, Illinois band, Looming: the Chicago band, Cold Country; and area singer songwriter Doby Watson.

Anna Selle is editor and founder of HearQueer, an online and print publication that amplifies queer voices in music. The first issue was launched June 30, 2017, and Anna is getting ready to release issue #4 this spring. Anna also serves s staff photographer for Playlistplay. She studied Art History at Truman State University. Anna is one of the co-founders of Bandwaggn. More info at: http://www.hear-queer.com

Ada Brumback and Anna Selle join us today to talk about Bandwaggn, a youth-centered arts and social justice organization aspiring to be a 6-day summer music camp serving girls, gender nonconforming, and trans youth.

Ada Brumback and Anna Selle thank you for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Their first fundraiser: Valentine’s Day Formal: A Benefit for Bandwaggn, February 15, at Stray Cat Film Center has been rescheduled due to unforeseen circumstances and a surprise extreme snow forecast, this event will be RESCHEDULED to a later date TBA!

Bandwaggn’s mission “…is to create a youth-centered arts and social justice organization, creating a Kansas City chapter of a 6-day summer music program under the national umbrella “Girls Rock Camp Alliance.”

The camp will serve kids who identify as girls, gender nonconforming, and trans, ages 8-17. Bandwaggn’s goal is to host at least 20 kids at the camp June 2020.

Bandwaggn strives to be inclusive and reach as many deserving young folks who want to participate as possible. Outcomes they hope to see include community building and empowerment among our youth participants.

Bandwaggn sees a need for this in Kansas City because most extracurricular opportunities often exclude the most marginalized children and most music camps require previous musical skill and experience.” It’s our goal to become a member of the national Girls Rock Camp Alliance https://www.girlsrockcampalliance.org/

Valentine’s Day Formal: A Benefit for Bandwaggn, originally scheduled for Friday, February 15, at Stray Cat Film Center, has been rescheduled due to unforeseen circumstances and a surprise extreme snow forecast, this event will be RESCHEDULED to a later date TBA!


19. Mercury Rev – “Big Boss Man”
from Bobbie Gentry’s the Delta Sweete Revisited / Partisan Records / February 8, 2019
[It slipped out of a Mississippi of hot biscuits, genteel table manners and working-class sense, suddenly overturned by a grave sinning and suicide. Carried on an evening breeze of strings and a supple, foreboding voice like sensually charged breath, “Ode to Bilie Joe”—Bobbie Gentry’s 1967 debut as a singer-songwriter and a Number One single for three weeks in the late Summer of Love—was the most psychedelic record of that year not from San Francisco or London, as if Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Brian Wilson had conspired to make a country-rock Pet Sounds. Except Gentry, just 23 when she wrote the song, got there first, in miniature. // Gentry’s hit was a revolutionary act, a quietly thorough feminism in vision, deed and success amid the strict, paternal order of the country-music industry. And it was her license to thrill again. In October, 1967, while “Billie Joe” was still in the Top Five, Gentry began recording The Delta Sweete, a connected set of a dozen songs that extended the narrative dynamics of that single with personal reflection and set her folk-siren charisma in a richer frame of dream-state orchestration, swamp-rock guitars and big-city-R&B horns. // In her eight original songs for the album, Gentry drew from her childhood and church life on her grandparents’ farm in Chickasaw County, Mississippi: the girl-ish craving for a beautiful dress in “Reunion”; the rise-and-shine of “Mornin’ Glory”; the stern Sunday lessons in “Sermon,” based on a traditional hymn also known as “Run On.” The covers were boldly chosen: Mose Allison’s chain-gang blues “Parchman Farm”; “Tobacco Road”’s litany of trial; the Cajun pride in Doug Kershaw’s “Louisiana Man”. Gentry also turned them to new purpose and even gender. “Gonna get myself a man, one gonna treat me right,” she sang in Jimmy Reed’s “Big Boss Man” with heated assurance. // But The Delta Sweete—released in March, 1968, only three months after Dylan’s John Wesley Harding and right as the Byrds came to Nashville to cut Sweetheart of the Rodeo—was too soon in its precedence. Gentry’s LP, the first country-rock opera, was ignored on arrival, not even cracking Billboard’s Top 100. It was as if Billie Joe had risen out of the Tallahatchie River and thrown that record off the bridge instead. // This Delta Sweete is her long-delayed justice—Mercury Rev’s committed and an affectionate resurrection of an album that anticipated by three decades their own pivotal expedition through transcendental America, 1998’s Deserter’s Songs. From their recording lair in New York’s Catskill Mountains, the founding core of Jonathan Donahue and Grasshopper with Jesse Chandler (previously in the Texas group Midlake) honor Gentry’s foresight and creative triumph with spacious invention and hallucinatory air. And they are not alone. Gentry’s stories and original resolve are brought to new vocal life and empowerment by a vocal cast of women from across modern rock and its alternative paths: among them, Mazzy Star’s Hope Sandoval; Laetitia Sadier, formerly of Stereolab; Marissa Nadler; Margo Price, the fiery new country star with a punk-rock heart; and Norway’s Susanne Sundfør, who cuts through “Tobacco Road” with arctic-Nico poise. Phoebe Bridgers, whose first record was a softly stunning 2015 single for Ryan Adams’ PAX AM label, hovers through the acid- western suspense of Gentry’s “Jessye’ Lisabeth” with floating calm, like a comforting angel. // On the 1968 LP, Gentry opened with a call to jubilant order, “Okolona River Bottom Band,” like she was leading a barn-dance union of the early Rolling Stones and Louis Armstrong’s Hot Five. Norah Jones takes that entrance here with her own sultry command, like Sarah Vaughan at the head of a slow-blooming choir. In “Sermon,” Price—who has known real struggle up close—sings like a survivor through Mercury Rev’s explosion of color and groove: a specialty throughout the band’s history as recently as 2015’s The Light in You, going back through All Is Dream in 2001, the whirling iridescent soul of 1995’s See You on the Other Side and the sumptuous turbulence of the 1992 single “Car Wash Hair.” // Gentry is still very present in the changes. Her seesaw of pride and hurt in the melancholy blur of “Penduli Pendulum” (“When goodbye serves as/My one amusement”) is even more explicit with the seasoned intimacy of Vashti Bunyan—a once-elusive voice from Britain’s psychedelic-folk boom—set against the younger, brighter arc of Kaela Sinclair, now in the electronic project M83. And in “Courtyard,” a despairing finale of strings and guitar arpeggios on Gentry’s LP, Mercury Rev build a striking Delta Krautrock in which the English singer Beth Orton wanders, like Gentry, through a ruin of profound loss and treasured memory. // “Ode to Billie Joe” was not on the ‘68 Delta Sweete. But Mercury Rev go back to that dinner table with Lucinda Williams of Lake Charles, Louisiana, and it is an inspired bond, calling up the ghosts and questions of a South still very much with us. Indeed, Gentry—who retired from recording and performing in the Seventies—reportedly lives only a couple hours’ drive from the bridge that made her famous, while the spirits she set loose in The Delta Sweete are as restless and compelling as they were 50 years ago. This album is a loving tribute to that achievement, one of the greatest albums you have never heard. It is also a dozen new ways to walk that land. -David Fricke]

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

Next week on February 20, Claire Adams joins us to talk about her show on Friday, February 22, at 8:00 PM at The Rino, 314 Armour Rd, North Kansas City, with string quartet, Rewound, performing Adams’ original songs as arranged by Peter Lawless with special guest Alyssa Murray opening the night. ALSO…Frank Alvarez joins is to talk about the new record store Sister Anne’s – Records and Coffee that he has opened with Jim Oshel at 901 East 31st Street, KCMO named after Anne Winter who owned Recycled Sounds a record store where they both worked. ALSO next week, Wick Thomas joins us to share details about A Tribute to Queen at The Granada Theatre, 1020 Massachusetts St. in Lawrence, Kansas, on Friday, February 22 at 7:00 PM.

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

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WMM Playlist from: Feb. 27, 2013

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The ACB’s + New & Local Releases + Stephanie Roberts & Eat This!
+ Music from the KC Friends of JJ’s Benefit at Uptown Theatre

1. Divine Fits – “Would That Not Be Nice”
from: A Thing Called The Divine Fits / Merge Records / August 28, 2012
[Debut album from U.S. / Canadian band made up of: Britt Daniel – lead singer & guitarist of Spoon, Dan Boeckner of Wolf Parade & Handsome Furs, Sam Brown, – drummer of New Bomb Turks, and Alex Fischel – keyboardist from the band PAPA. The vocals are shared between Daniel & Boeckner. The album was recorded in Los Angeles in a backyard studio, with producer Nick Launay in March through May 2012.]

[The Divine Fits were just added to the Middle of The Map Fest, April 4-6. middleofthemapfest.com]

Thanks for tuning into Wednesday MidDay Medley.

On Tuesday, February 19, a huge natural-gas explosion, in Kansas City’s west edge of the Country Club Plaza, destroyed the beloved restaurant JJ’s, reducing the area to a crater. 16 people were injured, including many JJ’s employees.

One JJ’s server, Megan Cramer, was killed in the blast. Megan Cramer had lived here in KC for over 26 years. She received her law degree from UMKC and started one of UMKC’s very first LGBT Student groups. As well as working with KC Human Rights Ordinance Project in the early 1990s, Megan was active in many other equality projects. Megan will be greatly missed by her Family from Springfield MO, and by her JJ’s Family, and all of us in the KC LGBT & Allied Communities, who have known and admired Megan for many years. A memorial service for Megan Cramer will be held at 1 p.m., Monday, March 4, at Community Christian Church, 4601 Main St., Kansas City, MO.

The Music & Restaurant Communities were quick to mobilize support for JJ’s and their employees. One example of this support is: the “Friends of JJ’s Benefit” Tuesday, March 5, at 7:00 PM at The Uptown Theatre, 3700 Broadway. Info: friendsofjjs@gmail.com

2. Krief – “Forever Goodnight”
from: Hundred Thousand Pieces / Pirates Blend Music / Released April 17, 2012 in Canada
[Montreal based musician and singer-songwriter, best known as the guitarist for The Dears since 2004. In August 2007 Krief released his debut solo EP Take It Or Leave, which was co-mixed by former Dears bandmate Murray Lightburn. In 2009 Krief released “Calm Awaits” with his band Black Diamond Bay..]

[Krief plays The Uptown Theatre, Tuesday, March 5 for the Friends of JJ’s Benefit]

10:12 – Underwriting

3. Jimbo Mathus & The Tri -State Coalition – “(I Wanna Be) Your Satellite”
from: White Buffalo / Fat Possom / Jan. 22, 2013 [Born in Oxford, MS. in 1967. In the early 1980s Jimbo help form the band Johnny Vomit & The Dry Heaves and participated in the South Memphis early punk scene with Jack Oblivion. In 1993 Jimbo co-founded the Squirrel Nut Zippers. Jimbo’s been nominated for 2 Grammys, and performed for Presidents, Olympics, & Dick Clark.]

[Jimbo Mathus & Tri-State Coalition play Knuckleheads Mar. 8 w/ Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band.]

4. Fourth Of July – “Friend of a Friend”
from: Before Our Hearts Explode / Rangelife Records / 2010
[Comprised of two sets of siblings, Brendan Hangauer (guitar, vocals), Patrick Hangauer (bass guitar), Brian Costello (drums, vocals), Brendan Costello (lead guitar, vocals). The band is currently putting the finishing touches on their new record produced by Chris Crisci of Old Canes and Appleseed Cast.]

[Fourth of July play The ACB’s Record Release Show, Fri, Mar 1, 7:00 PM, at the recordBar]

Music from Friends of JJ’s Benefit, Tuesday, March 5, at 7:00 at The Uptown Theatre

5. David George & A Crooked Mile – “Cold Rain”
from: Going Underground [EP] / Independent / June 21, 2012
[Featured on “Cold Rain” is Danielle and Jacob Prestidge of The Blackbird Revue.]

[David George & A Crooked Mile play Uptown Theatre, Tues, March 5 for the Friends of JJ’s Benefit]

6. The Grisly Hand – “Paris of The Plains”
from: Safe House [EP] / Independent / November 2, 2010

[The Grisly Hand play Uptown Theatre, Tues, March 5 for the Friends of JJ’s Benefit]


7. The ACB’s – “Feel Winter”
from: Little Leaves / High Dive Records / March 1, 2013
[Konnor Ervin on lead vocals, Andrew Connor on Guitar & Vocals, Bryan McGuire on Bass & Vocals, Kyle Rausch on Drums & Vocals. ]

10:32 – Interview with The ACB’s

Konnor Ervin, Bryan McGuire, Andrew Connor, and Kyle Rausch are The ACB’s. This week the band is releasing their new full length: “Little Leaves,” from High Dive Records. After five years of being nominated, The ACB’s won the 2012 Pitch Music Award for Best Pop Band. Their songs have been featured on MTV’s The Inbetweeners, and on Daytrotter. Their lead single, “Ocean,” released in late 2012, moved Popmatters to declare The ACB’s as one of its “Best Hopes to Break Out in 2013.” The ACB’s play a Record Release Show, Fri, Mar. 1, 7:00 PM, at recordBar, 1020 Westport Rd, with Fourth Of July. The ACB’s also play Vinyl Renaissance, 1415 West 39th Street, on Saturday, March 9, at 1:00 PM.

Konnor Ervin, Bryan McGuire, and Kyle Rausch, joined us live on WMM.

The ACB’s formed in 2006 in KC. In 2007 they released their self titled solo debut, went on tour, and played with The Get Up Kids, Republic Tigers. Music Editor of The Pitch, David Hudnall wrote: ‘The ACBs began 2010 as a broken band, but closed out the year as a super -group of sorts. After half the band moved to L.A., frontman Konnor Ervin & bassist Bryan McGuire regrouped, adding Andrew Connor from Ghosty and Kyle Rausch from Abracadabras. They released their first album in 4 years. On Stona Rosa, the ACBs moved beyond the power pop sound they’d cultivated on their debut and settled into a stranger, stonier, lonelier space. Ervin’s couching his inventive melodies in more tender, artful compositions, and the band has the chops & confidence to sell it. It’s a good look on them.’

Andrew Connor’s band Ghosty recorded one of our favorite releases of 2012.
Even though they weren’t officially released, the demos of Kyle’s band The I’ms, now known as Shy Boys, were included in our top ten Best Recordings of 2011.

Little Leaves, The ACBs 3rd full-length was inspired by Connor Ervin’s landscaping job.

The band’s 2nd single from “Little Leaves” is “Record Store.”


8. The ACB’s – “Record Store”
from: Little Leaves / High Dive Records / March 1, 2013
[David Hudnall of The Pitch wrote, “Nobody in the city is writing sharper or more inventive melodies than Ervin, who has honed his craft the old-fashioned way: working a part-time job, living in a (crappy) apartment and practicing music all the time.”]


Konnor Ervin, Bryan McGuire, Andrew Connor, and Kyle Rausch are The ACB’s. This week the band is releasing their new full length: “Little Leaves,” from High Dive Records. The ACB’s play a Record Release Show, this Friday, March 1, 7:00 PM, at recordBar, 1020 Westport Rd, with Fourth Of July. The ACB’s also play Vinyl Renaissance, 1415 West 39th Street, on Saturday, March 9, at 1:00 PM.

Fourth of July – this band is made up of good friends of The ACB’s.

Bryan McGuire talked about how the band’s new release comes out on a new label, High Dive Records.

There will be a High Dive Records Showcase with: Ghosty, Shy Boys, and Fourth of July, for Ink’s Middle of The Map Festival, April 4-6

Mark read from biographical information on The ACB’s where it was written that the band is influenced by the music of Michael Jackson, early Beatles, Matthew Sweet, and modern bands: Wolfdeerhorse and Bear Eyes.

The information went on to talk about how the The ACB’s are also influenced by an inability to interact comfortably with the opposite sex, fear of hair loss, male friendships that have been described by outsiders as bordering on homoerotic, and the lingering effects of their deeply Midwestern religious upbringing.

Konnor talked about his process of song writing and how he records his ideas on a small dictaphone for reference later.

The band talked about how they balance the connections between The ACB’s, Ghosty, and Shy Boys with the shows, recording process, and rehearsals.

The ACB’s have a brand new video for your new single “Television.” The video was directed by Brook Linder (SSLYBY, Free Energy), the clip’s grainy look is inspired by the grind house cinema of the ’70s. There was a disembodied beauty to the performances.

The ACB’s play a Record Release Show, Friday, March 1, 7:00 PM, at the recordBar, 1020 Westport Rd, with Fourth Of July. The ACB’s also play Vinyl Renaissance, on West 39th Street, on Saturday, March 9, at 1:00 PM.


9. The ACB’s – “Television”
from: Little Leaves / High Dive Records / March 1, 2013

11:00 – Station ID

10. Christopher Owens – “Here We Go”
from: Lysandre / Fat Possom / January 15, 2013
[Best known as the frontman & songwriter for the band Girls, Owens was born in Miami, Florida in 1979. At the time of his birth, both his parents were members of the Children of God traveling religious community. Shortly before Owens’ birth his infant brother Steven died of pneumonia due to the reluctance of the church’s members to seek professional medical assistance. In 1981, Owens’ family left the United States to travel with the church and he lived “all over Asia” until he was ten, before traveling throughout Western Europe. Owens learned to play guitar in his early teens and would perform covers of Everly Brothers and Fleetwood Mac songs on the street. At the age of sixteen, while living in Slovenia, he left the church and followed his sister to Amarillo, Texas. Owens spent his first four years in Texas working as a nighttime shelf stocker in Albertson’s grocery store as well as in various restaurants. In 2001 he met artist and oil tycoon Stanley Marsh 3, who hired him first as a lawn mower and later as a personal assistant. After nine years in Texas, Owens moved to San Francisco, California with the intention of becoming a “famous painter”. There he met musicians Matt Fishbeck and Ariel Pink and joined their band as a touring guitarist. In 2007, Owens was inspired to form his own band and began writing songs for the first time. In September 2012, it was announced by Saint Laurent Paris (formerly Yves Saint Laurent) that Owens would be the face of their Spring/Summer campaign.]

11. Beach Fossils – “Clash The Truth”
from: Clash The Truth / Captured Tracks / Feb. 19, 2013
[2nd release from Brooklyn band, formed in 2009, by Dustin Payseur’s who recorded the band’s self-titled debut album on his own, playing all instruments. After signing to Captured Tracks Beach Fossils became a full band, touring the U.S. endlessly with a scattered line-up that included 12 different drummers and 3 guitarists.]

12. Veronica Falls – “Teenage”
from: Waiting For Something to Happen / Slumberland Records / Feb. 12, 2012
[2nd album from English indie pop band, formed in London, in 2009. The band consists of Roxanne Clifford & James Hoare, both on vocals & guitar, Marion Herbain on bass and Patrick Doyle on drums & back vocals.]

13. The Wires – “Grappelli”
from: The Wires – Alternative Strings / Independent / March 9, 2013
[Hailing from KCMO, The Wires compose & perform original music performed by Laurel Morgan on violin (formerly of In The Pines) & Sascha Groschang on cello).]

[The Wires play a CD Release at the recordBar, Saturday, March 9, 2013, at 7:00 PM, accompanied by a video-installation by multi-media artist Ben Parks.]

11:15 – Underwriting

11:16 – Interview with Stephanie Roberts

Writer, Director, Performer, Stephanie Roberts, was the winner of the 2010 Charlotte Street Foundation’s Generative Performing Artist Award. She is Assistant Professor of Physical Theatre for the UMKC’s MFA Professional Actor Training Program. She has toured nationally and abroad, and taught and directed works for the Seattle Repertory Theatre as well Cornish College of the Arts. Her Ensemble-generated works include “Meanwhile” for UMKC’s Undergraduate Theatre Department, “Tallahassee” for KC Fringe Festival, and “Boom! An International Lost and Found Marching Band” for KC Fringe Festival, and The St. Mane in Lanesboro, MN. In 2010 she created a piece with graduate theater students called “Slammed! KC Speaks Out About the Recession,” based on interviews with Kansas Citians. She received an Inspiration Award from ArtsKC, to development of “The Mask of the Broken Heart,” a one-woman mask play which premiered at the Fishtank Performance Studio. She holds a BFA in Acting from Cornish, and an MFA in Ensemble Based Physical Theatre from Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre. Stephanie Roberts joins us today to discuss her work as writer and director of the new UMKC Theatre production, Eat This! “KC Chews on the Politics of Food,” with preview performances March 2 – 5, Opening on March 6, and continuing through March 10, in Studio 116, of the Olson Performing Arts Center, at UMKC.

Stephanie talked about how she believes that our society is in the middle of a food movement, and many people don’t realize that this movement is happening, but that this movement is very politicized.

Stephanie and other company members visited farms, elementary schools, slaughterhouses and processing plants. You interviewed urban farmers, and nutritionists who plan school lunch menus, teachers and students.

Stephanie told The KC Star that: “It’s important (to me) that it’s not journalism because we’re putting our own stamp on it,” she said. “Most of the interviews I do are at a coffee shop. A lot of the people we interview are more introverted and soft-spoken. We, as actors and theater-makers, need to bring that inner passion out.”

“And also, because it’s theater, there needs to be conflict. We used the audio recordings for inspiration for characters. So it’s not by any means an impersonation. But it’s important that we get it right so we don’t misrepresent the people we’re portraying.”

Stephanie told Bob Trussell, in the KC Star that, “We found that most people are not connected to where their food comes from, and we became curious about that,” she said. “What goes into our food? Not just the ingredients, but where did it come from? How do you eat it? Where do you buy it? Who brought it to you?”

Stephanie discussed how all of the interview assembled, virtually hours and hours of narrative, were edited into a stage show.

Stephanie talked about how there are 60 characters are in the show.

Stephanie talked about the technical abilities of Studio 116 known as a black box theatre, in the Performing Arts Center. The show will use video projections, special lighting and sound, and a huge set change between act one and act two

Eat This! serves up issues as well as a meal–prepared onstage and shared with the audience! “Food artists” for this project are Sean Starowitz and Andrew Erdrich from Bread KC. [breadkc.wordpress.com]

The UMKC Theatre production, Eat This! KC Chews on the Politics of Food, with preview performances March 1 – 5, Opening on March 6, and continuing through March 10, in Studio 116, of the Olson Performing Arts Center, at 4949 Cherry at UMKC.

For tickets and information you can call the Central Ticket office at 816-235-6222.


14. Me Like Bees – “The Ides”
from: The Ides / Indep. / 2013 [Formed in Joplin by Luke Sheafer, Nick Bynum, Pete Burton, Tim Cote.]

15. Shy Boys – “Postcardd”
from: demos from upcoming album / Independent / 2013
[Collin & Kyle Rausch, Konnor Ervin]

16. The Postal Service – “A Tattered Line of String”
from: Single Release / Sub Pop / Feb. 12, 2013
[It’s been a decade since The Postal Service released “Give Up” Feb, 2003. The indie classic recently went platinum! Sub Pop is releasing a deluxe, 10th anniversary reissue of Give Up on April 9th. The deluxe version will feature 15 bonus tracks, including covers by The Shins and Iron & Wine, and two brand new Postal Service songs, “Turn Around” and “A Tattered Line of String.” The Postal Service will also be setting out on a 10th anniversary tour with Ben Gibbard and Jimmy Tamberello as well as Jenny Lewis.]

17. Johnny Marr – “Upstarts”
from: The Messenger / Sire / Feb. 26, 2013
[Debut solo recording from British musician, Born October 31, 1963. Marr is best know as lead guitarist and co-songwriter for one of the most influencial bands of all time, “The Smiths.” Marr has also been a member of Electronic, The The and Modest Mouse.]


18. Tiny Horse – “Ghost”
from: Darkly Sparkly / Independent / Mar. 4, 2013
[Outside of the band, we were the first to hear the very new, debut EP release from Abigail Henderson and Christopher Lynn Meck with Matt Richey on Drums, & Cody Wyoming on guitar. In our opinion, Abigail Henderson’s voice remains one of the most honest and moving voices in KC music scene, Christopher Meck’s guitar sings too. the addition of Matt Richey who also plays drums for Dead Voices and The Grisly Hand, and Cody Wyoming help give this Tiny Horse galloping power.]

[Tiny Horse play a Video and EP Release Show, Mon, Mar. 4th, at recordBar, 1020 Westport RD.]


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

sources for notes: artists websites and wikipedia.org

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WMM Playlist from Dec. 12 – The 112 Best Recordings of 2012 (Part 2)

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 12, 2012

The 112 Best Recordings of 2012
(Part 2 of 4)

Part-2, of our 4-week special: The 112 Best Recordings of 2012. Based on the playlists of Wednesday MidDay Medley. In 2012 we’ve played over 700 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! Tune into 90.1 FM, Wednesdays in December, 19th and 26th, we’ll play music that represents: The 112 of Best Recordings of 2012!

1. (84.) Black Moth Super Rainbow – “Windshield Smasher”
from: 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 their use of analog electronic instruments including the vocoder, Rhodes piano, 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.”]

2. (83.) Gemini Revolution – “Other Side of Yesterday”
from: 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.]

3. (82.) Alt-J – “Fitzpleasure”
from: An Awesome Wave / Infectious Records / September 18, 2012
[Debut, and 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.]

[Alt-J plays The Midland Theatre Sun, Dec. 16 w/ Passion Pit, Blondfire, Heroes & Villains, Churchill.]


4. (81.) Folkicide – “Power To The People”
from: 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 Queen members, 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.]

5. (80.) Gossip – “Move in The Right Direction”
from: 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.]

6. (79.) The Clementines – “Fair Trade”
from: 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]

[The Clementines play The Brick, on Fri, Dec. 21 w/ Monarchs, Root & Stem, and The Summit Show.]

7. (78.) Michael Kiwanuka – “I’m Getting Ready”
from: 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.]

10:29 – Underwriting


8. (77.) Helen Gillet – “Carolina”
from: 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 ow WE and art/performance/installation created last year by Jane Gotch and Mark Southerland who often welcomes Gillet to KC for live shows with is band Snuff Jazz.]

9. (76.) Katy & Go Go – “Funny Place”
from: 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.]

[The Katy Guillen Trio plays The Brick on Sat. Dec. 22 with Appropriate Grammar, and Drew Black and The Dirty Electric.]

[Katy Guillen plays the recordBar, Saturday night, Dec. 15 with the Pedaljets , and John Velghe & The Prodigal Sons.]

[The Pedaljets 7″ single release Give-Away to the 3rd caller…816-931-5534]

10. (75.) Forrest Whitlow – “Judd’s Ephemera (Green)”
from: Ghosts From The Old Country (Double Album) / eternal return music / November 9, 2012
[“When all the trees have been cut down, when all the animals have been hunted, when all the waters are polluted, when all the air is unsafe to breathe, only then will you discover… you cannot eat money.” -Native American prophecy. Originally from Greensburg, Kentucky, Forrest 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. Produced by Forrest Whitlow with Pat Tomek. Recorded, mixed and mastered at Largely Studios, Kansas City, Missouri by Pat Tomek. One of many recordings on our “112 Best…” that was produce by Pat Tomek. For the recording: Forrest Whitlow – acoustic guitar, vocals, harmonica, banjo, whistles, ambient, nasal wind. Rick Gray – electric guitars, pedal and lap steel, and mandolin. Todd Wiseman – bass, and additional vocals. Mike “D.J. Clem” Stover – upright bass. Pat Tomek – drums and percussion. More info at Forrestwhitlow.com]


11. (74.) Power and Light – “Earthly Schemes”
from: 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. Nominated for a Pitch Music Award for Best Electronic Band.]

12. (73.) Laura Spiegel – “A Folk Study”
from: 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.]

13. (72.) White Girl – “Setting Fire”
from: White Girl Vol. Two [EP] / Independent / Oct. 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.]

14. (71.) Antennas Up – “Coming On”
from: 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]

[Antennas Up play the recordBar Sat. Dec. 29 with Not a Planet, and In Back of a Black Car.]


15. (70.) She’s A Keeper – “Headless King”
from: 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.]

[She’s A Keeper play The Midland Theatre, this Saturday night, Dec. 15, with Grouplove, Of Monsters And Men, The Joy Formidable, and Elle King. (The show is very sold out.)]


16. (69.) The Sleazebeats – “Goosesteppin’ Nazis”
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. The Sleazebeats have played Live on the show on several occassions.]

17. (68.) Cher UK – “Little Blue Soldier”
from: Little Blue Soldier / 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.]

18. (67.) Eyelit – “Dying Old”
from: 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.]


19. (66.) Bobby Womack – “Please Forgive My Heart”
from: 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.]

20. (65.) Thom Hoskins – “Still Feeling Bronze”
from: 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.]

21. (64.) Alacartoona – “Drowning All My Sorrows”
from: 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]

[Alacartoona play Californos on Saturday, Dec. 22 at 8:00pm]

10:29 – Underwriting


22. (63.) Dolls On Fire – “GFY (300 Hands)”
from: Ladies and Gentleman… / Independent / November 13, 2012
[Second single from 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 Zach Hodson, except “Minotaur,” which was written by, Hodson/Jaggard/Johnson. Michelle Bacon joined us on November 7, on Wednesday MidDay Medley.]

23. (62.) Erik Voeks – “There’s A Light (That Always Goes Out)”
from: 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. Other instruments and voices by Erik Voeks. All songs written by Erik Voeks. Drums and percussion recorded by Joe Thebeau @ Victory Over Gravity Productions. Steel Guitar recorded by Mike Stover @ The Stoverdome. Everything else recorded by E.Voeks @ Sandusky Sound Co.]

24. (61.) 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. 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.]

25. (60.) Eleni Mandell – “The Future”
from: 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.]


26. (61.) The Magnetic Fields – “Andrew in Drag”
from: Love at The Bottom of The Sea / Merge Records / 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]

27. (58.) Regina Spektor – “Don’t Leave Me (Ne me quitte pas)”
from: 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]

28. (57.) The xx – “Angels”
from: 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.]


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

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Show #451

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.”


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


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 March 21, 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, March 21, 2012

New & Local Releases + Middle of The Map Fest
+ John Velghe LIVE!

1. Mates of State – “Palomino”
from: Mountaintops / Barsuk / Sept. 13, 2011
[Single release: December 1, 2011. 7th full-length album from indie pop husband-and-wife duo of Kori Gardner (vocals, organ, synthesizer, piano, electric piano, and occasional guitar) and Jason Hammel (vocals, drums, percussion, and occasional synthesizer) who met in Lawrence, Kansas, and formed the band in 1997.]

[Mates of State play The Middle of The Map Fest. Friday April 6, 9:45pm – 10:45pm @ The Beaumont Club 4050 Pennsylvania Ave KCMO]

2. Jonquil – “It’s My Part”
from: Point of Go / Dovecote / Feb 21, 2012
[Hugo Manuel, Sam Hudson Scott, Robin McDiarmid and Dominic Hand, four men in their early twenties living in Oxford, England. All tracks produced by Manuel who also records solo under the name Chad Valley. Part of Oxford’s Blessing Force collective, Jonquil, alongside Pet Moon, Trophy Wife, Fixers, Rhosyn, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs and Chad Valley, represent the musically creative output of today’s Oxford.]

[Jonquil plays the Middle of The Map Fest. on Saturday April 7 at the recordBar.]


3. 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, since then they signed up with The Record Machine, released their debut recording “Try Brother” to critical acclaim, went on a 44 city tour, made a fan out of film maker Spike Jonze, recorded the soundtrack for the Independent film “One Two Many Mornings,” They backed up Daniel Johnston at last year’s Middle of The Map Festival, and now have just released their new record: “Dave Drusky.”]

[Capybara plays The Middle of The Map Fest. Fri. April 6, 7:45pm – 8:45pm @ The Beaumont Club 4050 Pennsylvania Ave KCMO]

4. Sam Billen – “Heartbeat of the City”
from: Tokyo Sessions / The Record Machine / 2009
[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 rstarted a new business, BillenSounds, LLC.]

[Sam Billen & The Billions play The Middle of The Map Fest. Saturday April 7, at 3:45pm – 5:00pm @ The Record Bar 1020 Westport Road, KCMO.]

5. White Denim – “Drug”
from: D / Downtown Records / May 24, 2011
[4th full-length studio album by four-piece rock band from Austin, Texas that includes: James Petralli – vocals, guitar; Joshua Block – drums; Steven Terebecki – vocals, bass; Austin Jenkins – guitar.]

[White Denim plays The Middle of The Map Fest. Sat. Apr. 7, 12:00 – 1:00am @ Riot Room 4048 Broadway KCMO.]

6. Mission of Burma – “Academy Fight Song”
from: Signals, Calls and Marches / Matador / (August 1981) Remastered by by Matador in 2008
[American post-punk band formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1979. The band was formed by Roger Miller (guitar), Clint Conley (bass), Peter Prescott (drums) and Martin Swope (tape manipulator/sound engineer). Miller, Conley and Prescott share singing and songwriting duties. In early years the band’s recordings were all released on the small Boston-based record label Ace of Hearts. Despite initial success, Mission of Burma disbanded in 1983 due to Miller’s development of tinnitus caused by the volume of the band’s live performances. The band released only one album in its original lineup, Vs.. Mission of Burma reformed in 2002, with Bob Weston replacing Swope, and has since recorded three more albums, ONoffON, The Obliterati, and The Sound The Speed The Light.]

[Mission of Burma plays The Middle of The Map Fest. Friday April 6, 11:30pm – 1:00am @ The Record Bar 1020 Westport Road, KCMO.]

Middle of The Map Fest

10:30 – Interview with Chris Haghirian and Nathan Reusch

Chris Haghirian is a 12 year veteran of The KC Star and helped launch INK in 2008. For the past 3 years Chris has heroically served a one of the primary organizers of MidCoast Takeover SXSW, recognized nationally by USA Today. For the past two years Chris has helped organize and cultivate The Middle of The Map Festival. Chris is also a regular contributor to The Mailbox, a weekly radio podcast produced & hosted by Michael Byars, available at midwestmusicfound.org.

Nathan Ruesch is co-founder and manager of The Record Machine, an Independent KC based record label, founded in 2003, Nathan Ruesch also djays at The Union, on a semi regular basis with Dan Eaton, who is one of the 30 plus artists & bands in The Record Machine family. With Chris, Nathan is the co-mastermind, of The Middle of The Map Festival.

Chris talked about the SXSW Music festival in Austin and The MidCoast Takeover

Ink’s Middle of the Map Fest, April 5-7, 100+ Bands. 8 Venues. 10 Stages. 3 Days.

Mission of Burma – legendary punk band

Friends – from Brooklyn,

Jonquil – 4 piece band from Oxford England fronted by Hugo Manuel aka Chad Valley

Chad Valley – Electronica (a.ka. Hugo Manuel) from Oxford England.

Baby Teardrops – from KC and NYC,

Saintseneca – folk band from Columbus, Ohio.

Neon Indian, – Indie electronica from Denton, TX and Mexican-born Alan Palomo

Phantasmagoria – electro-rock/pop duo from Detroit Michigan

Mr. Gnome – gritty, space-psychedelia duo from Cleveland, Ohio.

Nerves Junior – 4 piece indie rock band from Louisville, Kentucky

Keep Shelly In Athens – an electronic / downtempo duo from Athens, Greece.

A Lull – Indie Rock from Chicago

fun. – indie pop band from New York, New York

Beacon – Electronica from Brooklyn, NYC

Acid Mothers Temple, –

Venues: Record Bar, Riot Room, Beaumont Club, Union, Gusto Lounge, Firefly Lounge, McCoy’s, Westport Coffeehouse

Featuring over 70 KC area bands:
Capybara, Cowboy Indian Bear, Soft Reeds, Ad Astra Arkestra, Motorboater, Max Justus, Sam Billen, The ACB’s, Ghosty, The Life and Times, Molly McGuire, The Esoteric, Season To Risk, Cher UK, Olympic Size, Thee Water MoccaSins, Everyday/Everynight, Fullbloods, Empty Spaces, The Caves, Oriole Post, Maps For Travelers, Spirit Is The Spirit, Grisly Hand, Beautiful Bodies, The Latenight Callers, Miles Bonny, Les Izmore, Diverse Trio, Sara Swenson & The Pearl Snaps, Sons of Great Dane, Quiet Corral, American Catastrophe, Dollar Fox, Minden, Cherokee Rock Rifle, She’s A Keeper, Casket Lottery, We Are Voices, Blackbird Review, Deep Thinkers, Greg Enemy, Stik Figa, Making Movies, The Appleseed Cast, Thom Hoskins, Old Canes, Minus Story, Hospital Ships, La Guerre, Believers, Jaeniki, Steddy P, Louiz Rip, Gee Watts, the Phantom, Molly Picture Club, Deadringers, Team Bear Club, Apples for Archers, Mask and Glove, The Conquerors, Diverse Trio, The Slowdown, In The Grove, Waiting For Signal, Dan Jones, Fourth of July, Brent Tactic, The Devil, and Reflector.

Also featuring:
Fucked Up, Murder by Death, El Ten Eleven, White Denim, Deastro, Coalesce, Hooray for Earth, Owen, Elite Gymnastics, Gold Motel, Broncho, Akkilles, Beau Jennings and The Tigers, the Loom, Christopher Paul Stelling, Sleepy Kitty, Farout, Altos, JBoamb, Dallas, schwervon, Telegraph Canyon, Murder By Death, Shaun DuVall, Mansions, The Phantom Family Halo, DJ Maxx, and Unicycle Loves You.

Special curated shows from The Record Machine and Golden Sounds Records.

To get all the details you can visit: middleofthemapfest.com

Middle of the Map Fest, Ink Magazine and The Record Machine are hosting The Forum at OfficePort, StagePort & Screenland on Thurs & Fri, Apr 5th & 6th, 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

SPEAKERS include:

BILL ZAHNER, President and CEO of Zahner, is recognized as expert on the use of metals in artwork and architecture. The American Institute of Architects bestowed upon him an honorary AIA membership in 2007 for his dedication to the profession of Architecture, his knowledge of metal building envelopes, and his contributions to advancing the quality of the built environment.

BOB BERKEBILE is a founding principal of BNIM and has contributed over four decades to the architectural profession. Bob and his firm are setting new standards for regenerative design & resource efficiency at the building & community scales. Thru their involvement, energy, materials & human resources efficiency strategies are being implemented on a broad range of projects across the country.

PORTER ARNEILL, KC Municipal Art Commission. Porter Arneill holds a Master’s degree in fine art from the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. He has served as the Director of Education and Adjunct Curator at Laumeier Sculpture Park and Museum and as the Director of Public Art and Education for the Regional Arts Commission, both in St. Louis. He has been the Director/Public Art Administrator for the Kansas City, Missouri Municipal Art Commission since 2002.

PETER WITTE, Dean of the Conservatory of Music and Dance and Professor of Conducting at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (appointed in August, 2008.) During this time, the Conservatory has partnered w/ the Kansas City Symphony, the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Friends of Chamber Music, the KC Ballet, the Greater KC Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Council, the Crossroads Arts District, the Arts Council of Kansas City, and the American Jazz Museum. Mr. Witte serves on the Mayor’s Task Force for the Arts in Kansas City.

JULIÁN ZUGAZAGOITIA, Director of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and took his post September 1, 2010. Since arriving at the Museum, he has shown a high interest in reaching out to the community and in making the Nelson-Atkins more open and accessible to all visitors. Born in Mexico and educated at the Sorbonne Paris IV in France, Zugazagoitia speaks six languages and has worked at institutions in the Americas and Europe. Before moving to Kansas City.

In the spirit of David Bohm’s “on Dialogue”, panelists will facilitate hour long dialogues exploring the challenges facing the future of art, culture, and technology.

Anthony Magliano | Quixotic Fusion
Rachel Hack | Google Fiber
Gregory Kratofil | Polsinelli Shughart
Ford Sypher | Team Rubicon
Joe Reardon | KCKS Mayor
Sly James | KCMO Mayor
Barry Anderson | UMKC
Steve Miller | MindMixer
Stephen Hardy | BNIM
Jon Stephens | Rockhill Strategic
Json Myers | Artist
Cara Lewis | Cara&Cabezas
Danny O’Neill | The Roasterie
Matt Dehaemers | Artist
Ryan Weber | KCnext
Jeff Owens | Goodfriends Entertainment
Andy McLeod | VML
Teri Rogers | Take2
Jonathan Arnold | Arnold Imaging
Christina Hoxie | BNIM
Shaul Jolles | OfficePort
Sean Kelley | City Arts Project
Rachel Pollack | New Roots for Refugees
Jase Wilson | Luminopolis
Jeremy Eccles | Rade|Eccles
Gregory Kolsto | Oddly Correct
John Raux | Artist
Michael Gelphman | KCITP
Daniel Dermitzel | Cultivate Kansas City
Chris Cardinal | Huddle Strategic
Mark O’Renick | Salva O’Renick
Anne St. Peter | Global Prairie
Kate Hackman | Charlotte Street

For more info: middleofthemapfest.com

Ink’s Middle of the Map Fest, April 5-7, featuring over 80 Bands, in 8 Venues, on 10 Stages, in 3 Days. More info at: middleofthemapfest.com


7. 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 and Hospital Ships will be performing at College Night at the Kemper Museum, Saturday, March 31, From 7 to 10, with screenings of video works by students from the Kansas City Art Institute and University of Missouri-Kansas City. GHOSTY plays The Middle of The Map Fest. Friday April 6, 8:30pm – 9:30pm @ Gusto Lounge 504 Westport Rd, KCMO.]

8. Power and Light – “Joy in My Sorrow”
from: EP / Independent / January 14, 2012
[A new collaboration between Nathan Readey (production) and Andrew Connor (songs, vocals). Their music is described as pop, chill, downtempo, electropop, french pop. Mixing new Ghosty songs before Ghosty releases their new songs.]

9. Andrew Bird – “Give It Away”
from: Break It Yourself / Mom + Pop / March 6, 2012
[6th solo studio album from 38 year old musician, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist and follow up to his critically acclaimed 2009 release “Noble Beast.” Andrew Bird will be in Concert in Kansas City on Friday, March 23 at The Uptown Theatre.]


10. Ruthie Foster – “Welcome Home”
from: Let It Burn / Blue Corn Music / Jan 31, 2012
[Ruthie Foster will be in concert in Kansas City with Paul Thorn, Wednesday, March 28, at 8:00 pm, at Knuckleheads, 2715 Rochester KCMO]

11. Sara Swenson – “All Things Big and Small”
from: All Things Big and Small / Independent / 2010
[KC based singer songwriter Sara Swenson, is a full time high school teacher at Platte County High School in Platte City, in her 9th year of teaching. This is the follow-up to her 2009 critically acclaimed selt titled debut. She also released a new EP in late 2011. Sara Swenson & the Pearl Snaps will be in concert w/ David Burchfield at the R Bar March 24. Sara Swenson aand the Pearl Snapsl play the Middle of The Map Fest. Friday April 6, 10:00pm – 11:00pm @ McCoys 4057 Pennsylvania Ave, KCMO]

12. Diverse – “Sojourner”
from: Diverse / Origin Records / July 21, 2009
[Mentored by the great Bobby Watson at University of Missouri-KC, trumpeter Hermon Mehari, saxophonist William Sanders, pianist John Brewer, bassist Ben Leifer, and drummer Ryan Lee were the winners of the 2008 Origin Records / Gene Harris Jazz Festival Competition, and were awarded a deal to record this album of original music.]

Hermon Mehari, Ben Leifer, and Ryan Lee make up: Diverse Trio and will play The Middle of The Map Fest. Sat. Apr. 7, 12:15 – 1:00am @ Riot Room Patio 4048 Broadway St.

ALSO: Hermon Mehari & The KC High School All Star Jazz Ensemble Present the Music of Duke Ellington & Count Basie at the RecordBar this Saturday, March 24, at 7:00 PM.

At 10:00 PM Hermon Mehari & Diverse.

at 11:30 John Velghe & the Prodigal Sons play at 11:30 PM at the RecordBar, 1020 Westport Road.

13. John Velghe & The Prodigal Sons– “Assume The Ground”
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 will be our guest on Mar. 21, to talk about the new record and play a few songs LIVE. John will be concert at The recordBar, Feb 10, w/ 7-piece, “The Prodigal Sons.” “Don’t Let Me Stay” will have a special release concert, Mar. 24, at The Record Bar that’ll include an 11 piece ensemble, including string players and a horn section.]

John Velghe

11:16 – Interview with John Velghe

KC based musician John Velghe has just returned from the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas, where his band The Prodigal Sons, were featured in Alejandro Escovedo’s annual SXSW Party, held at The Continental Club, on Sunday Night, March 19, and where John performed on the same stage as Lenny Kaye of The Patti Smith Band, Garland Jeffreys, Tommy Stinson of The Replacements, and Peter Buck and Mike Mills of R.E.M. For over 20 years now John Velghe has been creating music and touring in bands including: The Daybirds, Saint Jude, famous fm, and Mendoza Lie. As a composer John Velghe has scored feature-length documentaries and short films. In 2010 John released his first solo EP and last week his new, full length album, “Don’t Let Me Stay,” was released on vinyl from Lakeshore Records. John Velghe & The Prodigal Sons will be concert this Saturday, March 24, at the recordBar, 1020 Westport Rd, in a special recording release show that will include an 11-piece ensemble, including string players and a horn section.

Alejandro Escovedo joined John Velghe on stage to sing Iggy Pop’s “I Wanna Be your Dog.”

John Velghe’s new recording, “Don’t Let Me Stay,” features a track called “Austin (you sorta stole my heart),” that you wrote on the street in Austin, at last year’s festival.

“Don’t Let Me Stay” features John Velghe on lead vocals, guitars, & keyboards, with, The Prodigal Sons: Mike Alexander on guitar, mandolin, backing vocals; Chris Wagner on bass, backing vocals; GoGo Ray on drum set; Hermon Mehari on trumpet; Sam Hughes on saxophone; Mike Walker on trombone. With: Kirsten Paludan on vocals; James Mitchell on cello; Whitney Williamson on violin; Catherine Root on violin.

The Prodigal Sons:

Mike Alexander, on guitar, also of punk band Hipshot Killer, country band Starhaven Rounders, and Irish rock band, Blarney Stoned.

Chris Wagner on bass, also of punk band Hipshot Killer, and the Revolvers, played with John in their band The Mendoza Lie.

“Go-Go Ray” Pollard on the drum kit, a nationally recognized drummer.

Mike Walker, on Trombone who played in tow of my favorite bands: Doris Henson and Olympic Size (with Wade Williamson and Kirsten Paludan, both of whom play in Mike Alexander’s Starhaven Rounders) as well as The Maytags, a “neo-dub explosion” led by Zach Phillips of the Architects and The Gadjits.

Sam Hughes, on Saxophone who plays with Hearts of Darkness, and the Gamelan and was a founding member of the band Sky Burial.

Hermon Mehari on trumpet, who also is know as a founding member of Diverse Trio. Who also collaborates with many area hip hop artists including Lez Izmore of H o D.

This Saturday Night, March 24, Hermon Mehari & The KC High School All Star Jazz Ensemble Present the Music of Duke Ellington & Count Basie at the RecordBar at 7:00 PM. At 10:00 PM Hermon Mehari & Diverse Jazz open for John Velghe & the Prodigal Sons who go on at 11:30 PM at the RecordBar.


14. John Velghe & The Prodigal Sons – “The Occupier” (Live)
Also available on: Don’t Let Me Stay / Lakeshore Records / March 13, 2012

John Velghe has also produced and recorded projects for Krystle Warren, The Depth and The Whisper, and hip hop artist Blydell. John created Guttersnipe Recording 10 years ago.

We mentioned Alejandro Escovedo, some of your other influences include Brian Wilson, The Replacements, John Lennon, The Stooges, Hayden, The Daybirds, Brian Eno, Daniel Lanois, Jay Bennett, Jeff Tweedy, Will Johnson, Quincy Jones, Jim Keltner, Richard Buckner, Townes Vansandt, Big Star, Bob Wills, Superchunk, Husker Dü, Matt Wilson, REM, Guadal Canal Diary, Thin White Rope, The Loud Families.

In your 20 years of working in the music scene what are your thoughts of the Kansas City Music Scene?

Lakeshore Records is based in Beverly Hills, California.

From John’s biographical information:
John Velghe writes songs leaning towards personal narratives and accounts of people he’s met over 20 years of playing in bands and touring. From a friend’s ex-wife in Austin to a four-year-old waitress in Lucas, Kansas to a transvestite railroad worker he met on the banks of Lake Superior in Duluth, Minnesota; Velghe populates his songs with real characters who’ve informed personal allegories about escape, transformation and fear.


15. John Velghe & The Prodigal Sons – “Heaven’s Waitress” (LIVE)
Also available on: Don’t Let Me Stay / Lakeshore Records / March 13, 2012

John Velghe & The Prodigal Sons will be concert on Saturday, Mar. 24, at The Record Bar, 1020 Westport Road, in a special recording release show that will include an 11-piece ensemble, including string players and a horn section. More info at: johnvelghe.com


16. Hidden Pictures – “Just A Little Bit More”
from: Synchronized Sleeping / Hidden Pictures / April 1, 2011
[Richard Gintowt and Michelle Sanders first met at the recordBar and performed together in OK Jones before starting Hidden Pictures. This is their debut full length. Several songs had been previously released in two separate EPs in 2010. Hidden Pictures will be in concert at The recordBar, 1010 Westport Road, on Friday, March 23 at 10:00 PM followed by Rusty Scott & The Enormous at 11:00 PM and Wildlife City at Midnight.]

17. The Cars – “Just What I Needed”
from: The Cars / Elektra / May 1978
[Lead singer and rhythm guitarist Ric Ocasek, lead singer and bassist Benjamin Orr, guitarist Elliot Easton, keyboardist Greg Hawkes and drummer David Robinson formed The Cars in Boston, Mass, and were signed to Elektra Records in 1977. The Cars were at the forefront in merging 1970s guitar-oriented rock with the new synth-oriented pop. The band broke up in 1988. Bassist Benjamin Orr died in 2000 from pancreatic cancer. The surviving original members reunited in 2010 to record a new album, titled Move Like This, which was released May 10, 2011, and toured to support the album. Sonic Spectrum presents a tribute to The Cars featuring members of Minden, White Girl, Be/Non, Deco Auto, Lazy, The Sexy Accident and more. March 25 at 7:00 PM at the recordBar. A portion of the proceeds will go to the midwest music foundation.]


Gregory Russell Clark

I met Greg Clark though my friend April Fletcher. Greg & April were young students together at UMKC, just starting out in the world. Gregory Russell Clark had went to Bishop Hogan High School and eventually graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the UMKC Conservatory of Music in 1991.

Greg worked professionally in NYC as a singer, arranger, producer, coach, and contractor. His vocals can be heard on the NBC Television show “Smash” where he worked with composer Marc Shaiman. Greg sang with so many of the most successful artists in the business, including: The Roots, Queen Latifah, Dolly Parton, the list goes on forever. Greg sang all over the world, in venues including Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Carnegie Hall. Greg’s voice can be heard in numerous television on a radio commercials, singing back up for superstar vocalists and producers in the studio, and touring with many many artists and bands. Oleta Adams gave Greg his first big break in the music business.

Greg’s voice was rich with a beautiful range. He could sing as deep as Barry White and seamlessly climb to his beautiful falsetto.

In the early hours of Tuesday, March 20, Gregory Russell Clark, passed away, in his NYC apartment, leaving friends & musical comrades in shock. We just cannot believe he is gone.

Greg’s voice was so very big, and so was his heart, and his soul, and his loyalty to friends, and his sense of justice, and his unforgettable laugh. I once asked Greg to be a part of a performance art piece I performed in the early 1990’s, about North Carolina Senator Jesse Helms. Greg played the part of Mr. Rogers, and even though he was a little nervous, he played the part with honesty, and with his beautiful heart and voice shining through.

Steffani Bennett, gave me permission to play a song that Greg recorded as a demo. The song is called “This Love Won’t Wait.”

Gregory Russell Clark was a man who followed his dreams and lived them, we’ll miss his voice & heart, Gregory Russell Clark, we love you.

18. Gregory Russell Clark – “This Love Wont Wait”
written by Steffani Bennett & Nunzio Signore (recorded as a demo)

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

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

Show #413

WMM Playlist from January 18, 2012

Wednesday MidDay Medley
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Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning

Playlist from: Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Local & Future Releases
+ Albert Mazibuko of Ladysmith Black Mambazo

1. The Grisly Hand – “Western Avenue”
from: Western Avenue / Independent / February 1, 2012
[The new EP is now available through thegrislyhand.com and on Feb 1 it will be available on iTunes and Amazon. The EP contains 2 original songs, “Western Ave.” & “Black Coffee,” and 2 covers, Radiohead’s “Thinking About You” & “Still Feelin’ Blue” by Gram Parsons. The 2 originals are currently being pressed into a 7″ dual A-Side, which will be available Mid-February. Nick Davis reports that the band is already back in the studio working on another EP, and they’ll be releasing a full-length around this time next year, with or without any label support.]

2. Thee Water MoccaSins – “Diablo Diablo”
from: Thee Water MoccaSins / Independent / April 5, 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, told us that the band will release their new record during this year’s Middle of The Map Festival, to be held April 5 – 7.]


3. 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 will be our guest on Mar. 21, to talk about the new record and play a few songs LIVE. John will be concert at The recordBar, Feb 10, w/ 7-piece, “The Prodigal Sons.” “Don’t let Me Stay” will have a special release concert, Mar. 24, at The Record Bar that’ll include an 11 piece ensemble, including string players and a horn section.]

4. The Depth and The Whisper – “Blindsided”
from: One Steady Breath / Independent / June 28, 2011
[Produced and recorded by John Velghe at Guttersnipe recording. This song features Albert Bickley and Dave Tanner, the principle musicians and songwriters, with Troy Van Horn on lead guitar, Go Go ray on Drums, John Velghe on keyboards and backing vocals and Elaine McMilian on backing vocals. The Depth and The Whisper will be in concert at the Record bar on Jan. 27 with the entire band. Dave Tanner told us Elaine McMilian, will be with them for this show.]

5. Christopher Tolle – “We Belong Together”
from: We Belong Together (Digital Single) / Capitol / Jan. 14, 2011
[One of the founding members of Olympic Size, Christopher Tolle told us because of the “feel” of several of his new songs, he is going to wait for Summer to release the full length record. He said it’s just a summer-y-kind-of-record. He is, however, going to release an EP of brand new songs this winter. (2 of the 4 songs are already recorded). He promised us that as soon as the new stuff is out he will send the songs to us, to share with listeners on WMM. CT with Bill Latas will be in concert at The Brick, KCMO – with The CAVES, this Friday, January 20.]

10:27 – (Bands with Andrew Connor)

6. Power and Light – “Earthly Schemes”
from: EP / Warp / January 14, 2012 [A new collaboration between Nathan Readey (production) and Andrew Connor (songs, vocals). Their music is described as pop, chill, downtempo, electropop, french pop.]

7. The ACB’s – “Feel Winter”
from: Daytrotter Studio / Independent / Jan. 6, 2012
[Konnor Ervin on lead vocals, Andrew Connor on Guitar, Bryan McGuire on Bass, Kyle Rausch on Drums. David Hudnall of The Pitch wrote, “Nobody in the city is writing sharper or more inventive melodies than Ervin, who has honed his craft the old-fashioned way: working a part-time job, living in a (crappy) apartment and practicing music all the time.” Recenting while the band was out on the road, The ACB’s were invited to play for The Daytrotter Sessions, in the Horseshack studios, in Rockford, Illinois. The band recorded four songs: 2 from The ACB’s late 2010 release, “Stona Rosa,” and 2 brand new songs. On January 6, Daytrotter posted the songs at Daytrotter.com.]

8. Ghosty – “This Wolf”
from: unmastered track from Spring release / More Famouser Records / April 2012
[Andrew Connor performs with: The ACB’s, Power and Light, The Finsters, Mary Fartune, many know him for the band Ghosty. Andrew told us that Ghosty is currently wrapping up the production of their new album this week, at More Famouser Studios, w/ Mike Nolte. Andrew says they’re “trying for a big vinyl release party in March or April.” The album is not mastered yet, but he passed on a mix of their new song, “This Wolf.”]


9. The Latenight Callers – “Calaveras”
from: Easy Virtues / TLNC / 2012
[TLNC have been invited to perform in San Francisco, Sat, Jan. 28, at The Noir City Nightclub, in a celebratory fundraiser for The Film Noir Foundation. TLNC were originally 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 TLNC have become a KC Band known for their enchanting live performances. The band hosts a CD Release Party, Sat, Feb 25, at The Beaumont Club. W/ Federation of Horsepower, American Catastrophe, The Delighted, & Voler Aerial Arts.]

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.]

10:45 – Wednesday MidDay Medley Exclusive!

Two of Kansas City’s favorite bands: The Hearts of Darkness and The Good Foot have teamed up for the release of their first collaborative project, a split single 7” record titled “Numeration / Bad Way”. This single grew out of a discussion between the two bands about ways to cooperate on a release, share expenses and to grow the spirit of friendly competition. The record jacket features two “front covers”, so it’s up to the bands are leaving it up to their fans and listeners to determine which song is the “A” side and which is the “B” side. The single features The Good Foot’s first released original tune: “Bad Way” on one side and Hearts of Darkness’ first single “Numeration” off the forthcoming album on the other side.

The 7″ vinyl record w/ digital download will be released Sat, Feb 18, at The inaugural Carnivàle du Soul, at the Uptown Theater, 3700 Broadway. Carnivàle du Soul was created as the gala event, of the 11 year tradition of Mardi Gras carnival season in KC. Hearts of Darkness and The Good Foot will headline the main stage. Opening the show will be DJ Fat Sal w/ Voler Aerial Fabrics. Also featured will be DJ sets by Superwolf & Joc Max. These DJs specialize in rare funk, soul, R&B, Afro-Caribbean, & reggae on vinyl. More info at: heartsofdarkness.net. The split single will be available at local record stores.

The Hearts of Darkness

11. The Hearts of Darkness – “Numeration”
from: Numeration / Bad Way (Split Single) 7″ Vinyl / Shipshape Records / Feb. 18, 2012
[The Hearts of Darkness will play this year’s Wakaursa Festival. The 15 piece ensemble includes: Les Izmore – Vox, Percussion; Brandy Gordon – Vox; Erica Townsend – Vox; Rachel Christia – Vox; Brad Williams – Drum Kit, Percussion; Sean Branagan – Kit, Percussion; Miko Spears – Congas; Pete Leibert – Bass Guitar; Richard Gumbel – Rhythm Guitar; Jolan Smith – Tenor Sax; Shawn Hansen – Alto Sax, Sam Hughes – Baritone Sax; Andrew Ford – Slide Trombone; Ken Walker – Valve Trombone; Bob Asher – Trumpet. The band blends American funk & soul, hip-hop & KC jazz big-band traditions into an afrobeat-based foundation to create a huge sound. Bobby Asher tells us that the band expects to release the 2nd full length vinyl later in the Spring.]

12. The Good Foot – “Bad Way”
from: Numeration / Bad Way (Split Single) 7″ Vinyl / Shipshape Records / Feb. 18, 2012
[7-piece, KC soul revue that is one of the most popular bands in the area. The band includes: Julia Haile, Adam Wagner, Tim Braun, Quentin Schmidt, David Conarroe, Nick Howell, and Nick Rowland. Known for their interpretations of the Motown & Stax songbook, as well as their own original compositions.]


13. The B’Dinas – “Five-Day Weekend”
from: Morning Party / Independent / Feb. 25, 2012
[Winner of Audience Favorite on the Electric Stage at the HRC Battle of The Bands, this past Sunday January 15. The B’Dinas will perform at a special CD Release concert for their new 6 song EP, on Saturday, February 25 at Czar.]

14. Sneaky Creeps – “Flat”
from: The Thin Man Wigs Out / 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 pf Max Cruthcher on Drums and Yell/Talk, and Andrew Erdrich on Guitar and Yell/Talk. Recorded by Ashley at Infoaming Vortex All material written by Sneaky Creeps, Andy Erdrich, who is also a co-founder of BREAD! Was happy to report that we were the very first to download their new, release, “The Thin Man Wigs Out,” through bandcamp.]

15. The Brannock Device – “The Consequence of Hope”
from: Into The Witness Chamber / Independent / Spring 2012
[The Brannock Device has been making music for 15 years w/ Jason Beers on vocals & bass; D Bernard Dugan on drums & vocals; Marco Pascolini on guitar; Jeremy Schutte on long distance lover, guitar & vocals; and Elaine McMilian on Vocals. Jason Beers tells us that The Brannock Device’s new album is all done and awaiting packaging.]

11:13 – Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Ladysmith Black Mambazo will be in concert at The Kauffman Center for The Performing Arts on Tues, Jan 24, at 7:30 PM. Info at kauffmancenter.org.

16. Ladysmith Black Mambazo – “Diamonds on The Soles of Her Shoes”
from: The Very Best / Springbot Records / September 28, 2011

17. Ladysmith Black Mambazo – “Yangiluma Inkukhu (The Biting Chick)”
from: Songs From a Zulu Farm / Razor & Tie / Feb. 1, 2011

11:20 – Interview with Albert Mazibuko of Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

South Africa’s Ladysmith Black Mambazo, was formed by Joseph Shabalala, in the early 1960s. In the mid-1980s, Paul Simon visited South Africa and incorporated Black Mambazo’s harmonies into his 1986 album “Graceland” and introduced World music to mainstream audiences. “Graceland” won the Grammy Award for Best Album of the Year. In 1987, Paul Simon produced Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s first U.S. release, “Shaka Zulu,” which won the Grammy Award, for Best Traditional Folk Album in 1988. Since then, the group has received 15 Grammy Award Nominations and three Grammy Award wins, and have recorded 40 albums and sold more than 6 million records. The 10-member ensemble will be in concert at The Kauffman Center for The Performing Arts on Tues, Jan 24, at 7:30 PM. (Info at kauffmancenter.org.)

Albert Mazibuko talked about how “Diamonds on The Soles of Her Shoes” a song wriiten by his cousin Joseph Shabalala and Paul Simon, originally released on “Graceland” in 1986, (and later re-recorded for their 2006 release “Long Walk To Freedom” w/ guest Melissa Etheridge) introduced Black Mambazo to the U.S.

The band traveled to London to record “Graceland” w/ Paul Simon. Many people forget that The Apartheid system was still in place during this time, however the Apartheid government allowed the group to tour to parts of Europe. Albert Mazibuko discussed how it was difficult in those years. He talked about how when the band left the country to play ion parotids of Europe they were never sure if they would be allowed back home.

The Apartheid system was abolished in 1994. The after the release of Nelson Mandela, after 27 years imprisonment, Ladysmith Black Mambazo celebrated the end of Apartheid with their song “Isikifil’ Inkululeko” (“Freedom Has Arrived”). Nelson Mandela (shortly after his release from prison) publicly stated that the members of Ladysmith Black Mambazo were “South Africa’s cultural ambassadors”. In 1993 The band accompanied Mandela to the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo, Norway at his request. Mambazo sang again at President Mandela’s inauguration in May 1994, after he became the first democratically elected President of South Africa. Albert told us how this period felt to him as a citizen of South Africa, seeing these changes in his life.

We asked Albert Mazibuko about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and how his life affected Albert and his family in South Africa. Albert told us that he viewed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as an angel sent from heaven.

The name Ladysmith Black Mambazo represent the hometown of Shabalala’s family, Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal; the black ox, considered to be the strongest farm animal; and Mambazo, which means axe in the Zulu language, and is symbolic of the choir’s ability to “chop down” the competition? I read that, by the early 1970s, the group was forbidden to compete in the competitions because of their continual success.

Albert Mazibuko told us about the style of music of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, how this music evolved out of working in the mines, where workers were separated from there families for long periods.

We told Albert about how 90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio plays the music of Ladysmith Black Mamboza every week on our program World Sound, produced and hosted by Tom Crane, on Sundays from 1:00 to 3:00 PM.

It is reported that the group has had over 30 different members at one point or another over the past forty-five years. However it seems that the core of the group has been the families of Joseph Shabalala; his brothers (Headman and Enoch,) and currently his sons (Thamsanqa, Msizi, Thulani, and Sibongiseni and his cousins (Albert) and Albert’s brother (Abednego Mazibuko currently); (and his brothers Milton, Funokwakhe, and Joseph Mazibuko) (as well as close friends Matovoti Msimanga and Walter Malinga) and close friends Russel Mthembu and Ngane Dlamini, currently with the band. Albert discussed how it’s easier traveling with family, his brothers and cousins, because they are from the same family their voices blend in together in positive ways.

We interviewed Albert Mazibuko live on the phone from Brownsville, Texas, where the band has a show. It’s the 3rd show of their current tour that is taking them to 59 cities over the next 4 months. The group tours 8 months of the year and has traveled all over the world performing for Queens and Presidents, for Olympics. We asked Albert where his favorite places to tour & perform are and he replied his favorite place is “on the stage,” sharing their music with the audiences all over the world.

The members of the group currently reside in or near Pinetown, just outside of the coastal city of Durban in KwaZulu-Natal. We asked Albert what he misses most about being away from home, and he told us that it was a food served in South Africa that is not available here: sour milk.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo has been nominated for a Grammy for their recent release, “Songs From a Zulu Farm.” This recording is important to the group because the older members were born and raised on the farms outside of Ladysmith. It is a collection of original and traditional songs that sing of life on the farm.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo will be in concert at The Kauffman Center for The Performing Arts on Tues, Jan 24, at 7:30 PM. Info at kauffmancenter.org.


18. Fullbloods – “Candy”
from: The Perpetual Machine / Golden Sound Records / 2011
[Ross Brown, Alex Chapman, Bill Pollock, & Glenn Shipps. Ross Brown with Mat Shoare & Jerad Colton Tomasino started Golden Sound Records]

19. Millions of Boys – “Dead Girls”
from: Competing For Your Love / Golden Sound Records / 2011-12
[Omaha based, Sara Bertuldo on Guitar, Bass &Vocals; Alex van Beaumont on Guitar, Bass & Vocals; and Ryan Haas on Drums & Vocals will be performing a Vinyl Release of their album “Competing For Your Love” this Sat, Jan. 21 at The Slowdown, 729 N 14th St. in Omaha, NE.]

20. The Pedaljets – “Tangled Up”
from: New unreleased recording / Independent / 2012
[Formed in Lawrence, in 1984 they toured all over the country, opening for Hüsker Dü, The Flaming Lips, The Replacements. In 1988 they released their debut, “Today, Today.” Their 2nd album, “Pedaljets,” was released in 1989. And In 1990 the band went their separate ways. 20 years later The Pedaljets find themselves back in the studio. Bassist Matt Kessler passed on this track, from the band’s new sessions. The PedalJets will be in concert at the recordBar Sat, Jan 28, for Michael Byers’ B-day Party. Matt said they’ll be playing all new songs and he told us the band has been recording a lot, and are not sure about a release date, but are hoping for sometime this spring. Matt’s other band, The Doo-Dads will be in CONCERT at the recordBar, Fri, Jan 20 at 6:00 PM. ]

21. The Caves – “Weekend Blues”
from: Duplexiaville / Independent / 2012
[KC based: Andrew Ashby on Guitar & Voice, David Gaumé on Bass, Elizabeth Bohannon on Keyboards, Percussion & Voice, Jake Cardwell on Drums & Percussion. Andrew Ashby, sent us a new track that’ll be part of upcoming release “Duplexiaville” available this Spring on Golden Sound Records. Andrew Ashby also reports to us that this week The Caves are recording a new song for a compilation of KC/Lawrence bands due out for Record Store Day.]

22. The Sleazebeats – “Goosesteppin’ Nazis”
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. The Sleazebeats will play in a CD Release show at the recordBar, Thurs, Feb 16, at 9:30, w/ The Features from Tennessee.]

Wednesday MidDay Medley in on the web:
and kkfi.org

Thanks for listening!


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

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

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