WMM Playlist from April 24, 2019

Wednesday MidDay Medley
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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Betse Ellis + Mike McCoy + Amy Farrand + Garrett Nordstrom
HuDost + Allaudin Ottinger + Shaun Crowley + Patrick Keizer

1. “It’s Showtime Folks”
from: Orig. Motion Picture Soundtrack All That Jazz / Casablanca / Dec 20, 1979
[WMM’s theme]

2. Cayucas – “Jessica WJ”
from: Real Life / Park The Van Records / April 19, 2019
[Cayucas is Zach Yudin and his twin brother Ben Yudin on bass. Cayucas: Pronounced “ky-yook-us”, is the monikered homage to a sleepy little seaside town in San Luis Obispo County, California. That town, Cayucos, has hardly changed in the last 50 years, a far cry from the gentrified tourist traps parading showily down the nearby coastline. In the early 1960s, the surfing craze hit. There was one bar around which local kids congregated back then, the site of helpless crushes and fights and games of pool, a place whose jukebox soundtracked innumerable teenage years as breezy summers rolled into mild winters and back around again. The bar has since disappeared, but as Zach Yudin, the man behind the name, will tell you, the place still holds on tight to its propensity for dreamy, lazy, bonfire-lit nights worth getting moony-eyed about.]

[Cayucas play recordBar, 1520 Grand Boulevard, KCMO, Monday, April 29, at 7:00 PM for SoundMachineKC w. Cape Francis, and Belle & The Vertigo Waves.]

3. Morrissey – “Wedding Bell Blues”
from: California Son / BMG / May 24, 2019
[Morrissey’s new covers album, his 18th solo studio album has him “putting his own spin on classics by Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Jobriath, and Laura Nyro. The golden state has become Morrissey’s adopted home and he’s made some great California friends to join him on the new record. For the 12-track effort, Morrissey enlisted contributions from a handful of special guests, including Ed Droste of Grizzly Bear, Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong, and Broken Social Scene member Ariel Engle. Additionally, Petra Haden, Sameer Gadhia of Young the Giant, and LP appear. Roy Orbison, Jr has already given the cover of his dad’s song the seal of approval “We love Morrissey! Morrissey’s hair, and melancholy and poetic lyrics always reminded me of my Dad. His version of “It’s Over” is great.” The album was produced by Joe Chiccarelli. Steven Patrick Morrissey was born May 22, 1959, and is professionally known as Morrissey, is an English singer, songwriter and author. He rose to prominence as the lead singer of the indie rock band the Smiths, which was active from 1982 to 1987. Since then, Morrissey has had a solo career, making the top ten of the UK Singles Chart on ten occasions. Born in Davyhulme, Lancashire, to a working-class Irish family, Morrissey grew up in Manchester. As a child he developed a love of literature, kitchen sink realism and popular music. Involved in Manchester’s punk rock scene during the late 1970s, he fronted the Nosebleeds, with little success. Beginning a career in music journalism, he authored a number of books on music and film in the early 1980s. With Johnny Marr he established the Smiths in 1982, soon attracting national recognition for their self-titled debut album. As the band’s frontman, Morrissey attracted attention both for his witty and sardonic lyrics and his idiosyncratic appearance; deliberately avoiding rock machismo, he cultivated the aesthetic of a social outsider who eschewed drugs and embraced celibacy. He was also noted for his unusual baritone vocal style (though he sometimes uses falsetto). The Smiths released 5 further albums – including the critically acclaimed Meat is Murder and The Queen is Dead – and a string of hit singles. Personal differences between Morrissey and Marr resulted in the Smiths’ separation in 1987. Since The Smiths disbanded in 1987.]

4. Middle Kids – “Real Thing”
from: New Songs For Old Problems – EP / Domino Recording Co / May 24, 2019
[Middle Kids are an alternative indie rock band from Sydney, Australia led by lead singer/guitarist Hannah Joy and her husband, Tim Fitz. Drummer Harry Day fills out the trio. They have released one self-titled EP and an album entitled ‘Lost Friends’, released in Australia on EMI, and Domino Records in the US. They have performed as openers for Ryan Adams, Bloc Party, Cold War Kids and their 2017 tour stops at LouFest, Austin City Limits Fest among others.]

5. Amyl and The Sniffers – “Got You”
from: Amyl and The Sniffers / ATO Records / May 24, 2019
[Debut album from Melbourne, Australia based, 4-piece punk band fronted by singer Amy Taylor who explains of the song, “‘Got You’ is about that feeling you get when you first start seeing someone and you’re excited to see them, no matter what shit they got. You just see them at the pub and it feels like the most exciting thing in the world, like you’re so lucky they’re even there. It’s definitely one of the “sweetest” songs on the album, and less punky. It was kind of inspired by Split Enz.”]

10:15 – Underwriting

Short Round Stringband

6. Short Round Stringband – “Rocky Road Blues”
from: Ain’t No Part of Nuthin’ / Short Round Stringband / March 19, 2019
[From the debut album from the pan-Missouri band with a refreshing approach to old time music: Short Round Stringband is the coming together of two musical couples and a bassist with Kansas roots. The band members are Kelly Wells and Ryan Spearman (The Aching Hearts, St. Louis), Betse Ellis and Clarke Wyatt (Betse & Clarke, Kansas City), and Chris DeVictor (Konza Swamp and more). With deep connections to old-time, country and Ozark tunes and songs, Short Round Stringband takes you on a moving journey through the sounds and stories of the American experience. Their hard driving fiddle tunes will get you out of your seat. Their vocal duets will bring a tear to your eye, and their original songs and inventive new compositions showcase a passion for the depth of tradition and a look to new creative paths. And in between all of that, you’ll laugh at their madcap humor.]

[Betse & Clarke play an Old Time Party, TONIGHT, April 24, 7:00 PM, at The Ship, 1217 Union Ave, KCMO with Brett Hodges]

10:20 – Interview with Betse Ellis

Betse Ellis is originally from Fayetteville, Arkansas. She received her Bachelors of Arts in Music and a Bachelors of Arts in English, from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. She has been playing the Violin for over 40 years, with over 20 years playing fiddle and also working as a teacher of music. Betse was one of the founding members of the critically acclaimed and internationally known band, The Wilders. Betse has released two solo records, and for the last several years is recording and performing with her partner, multi-instrumentalist Clarke Wyatt, as Betse & Clarke.

Clarke Wyatt is a finger-style banjo player, drawing inspiration from great traditional and inventive banjoists of earlier decades such as Mike Seeger & John Hartford. His melodies match the fiddle, and also build rhythmic interest to embrace the music’s character. He also plays finger-style guitar, when it suits the musical style & texture.

Betse Ellis joins us to share details about a new project she is involved with as part of the Short Round Stringband! The 5-piece band is in the process of releasing a new 14-track Tribute To Bill Monroe record. They’re also releasing a new video of the song we just heard, “Rocky Road Blues” TODAY! And, Betse & Clarke play an Old Time Party, TONIGHT, Wednesday, April 24, at 7:00 PM, at The Ship, 1217 Union Ave, KCMO with Brett Hodges.

Betse Ellis thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

Short Round Stringband is Kelly Wells and Ryan Spearman (The Aching Hearts, St. Louis), Betse Ellis and Clarke Wyatt (Betse & Clarke, Kansas City), and Chris DeVictor (Konza Swamp and more).

For more info on the band’s Bill Monroe Tribute album you can visit: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/shortroundstringband/aint-no-part-of-nothin

From the band’s Kickstarter page:

Inspiration – Short Round Stringband is a band born of friendship, inspiration, and passion for our musical heroes. Our very first concert together was a tribute to the great John Hartford, an artist who inspired each of us in our musical journeys. When we get together, we listen to music, we examine music, we debate music, and we participate in musical evolution as we pay homage to our heroes and add our own dose of Short Round Stringband to the music they created and perpetuated.

In all this milieu of musical traditions, we didn’t count Bill Monroe as a direct hero for our band. We appreciated his musical contributions to bluegrass, early country, and hillbilly music. We knew the music he played evolved from the musical traditions he experienced from the people around him. We knew he had a knack for innovation and we knew that perhaps his greatest contribution was leading a new generation of musicians to innovate for themselves.

As an old-time band, we don’t think of ourselves as playing bluegrass music (even though those lines are often so blurry). So, as we sat in the campground at Bill Monroe’s Music Park in Bean Blossom, IN in the spring of 2017, we laughed and laughed when Clarke “Wildcard” Wyatt said, “You know what we should do? We should record a Bill Monroe tribute album.” As this idea took root, we started to realize how much Monroe’s innovation had trickled down to our individual styles and even band approach.

We headed into the project thinking what we would produce would be so different from Bill Monroe’s own music: an old-time band covering the father of bluegrass. And it was different. And then it wasn’t. In the end, we did just what we think Bill Monroe would have wanted us to do: we followed his lead and then we made it our own. We hope that somewhere out there, Bill’s just shaking his head, smiling knowingly and saying, “That ain’t no part of nothin’.”

Intention – As artists, we often feel compelled to produce music, not so much because we NEED to, but because we HAVE to. We have these songs, these stories, that we are driven to tell, to perpetuate, to share. For the sharing of these stories and songs to be meaningful, we rely on the people that want to hear them, the people that are willing to enter into a musical partnership with us. This partnership is as old as time. This partnership makes art happen. It makes art significant and relevant.

Tribute to Bill Monroe, “Ain’t No Part of Nothin’ – Earlier this year, the band recorded 14 tracks of their favorite Bill Monroe songs and tunes complete with banjos, fiddles, guitars, mandolin, upright bass, two-part harmonies, three-part harmonies, four-part harmonies, sad songs, happy tunes, and a gospel number or two.

With support, the band will be able to finish the mixing and mastering of the album tracks, hire a graphic designer to design the packaging, pay licensing fees so the estate of Bill Monroe gets its due, and pay to have the album manufactured. Also, as a companion to this album, we’ll have our very first Short Round Stringband comic zine.

Album’s budget:
MIXING AND MASTERING: $1,800
ALBUM ART, PHOTOS, GRAPHIC DESIGN: $1,500
LICENSING: $700
MAILING COSTS AND KICKSTARTER FEES: $1000
FIRST RUN ALBUM MANUFACTURING: $1,500
TOTAL: $6,500
Extra funding would pay for album promotion.

Betse & Clarke play an Old Time Party, TONIGHT, at 7:PM, at The Ship, 1217 Union with Brett Hodges.

An Old Time Session: Betse & Clarke – with “Ampersand” Brett Hodges – have a nearly limitless catalogue of old time, bluegrass, and early country music, which they perform with an easy sense of being in the moment. These three have developed an intuitive approach to presenting music they love, and this will be their first time to share their music at The Ship.

Betse & Clarke take an audience on a musical field trip. Betse Ellis plays powerful and beautiful old time fiddle tunes, sings traditional Ozark songs, and shares her own songs with themes relating to human experience. Expect her to tell some stories along the way, featuring personal moments with her fiddle mentor Violet Hensley. Long known for her energetic style in her former band The Wilders, Betse’s earned a level of maturity while maintaining her contagious enthusiasm. Clarke Wyatt is an engaging finger-style banjo player, drawing inspiration from great traditional and inventive banjoists of earlier decades such as Mike Seeger and John Hartford. His melodies match the fiddle, and also build rhythmic interest to embrace the music’s character. He also plays finger-style guitar, when it suits the musical style and texture.

Betse Ellis thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

For more info on the band’s Bill Monroe Tribute album you can visit: http://www.shortroundstringband.com or https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/shortroundstringband/aint-no-part-of-nothin

Allaudin Ottinger and Betse Ellis on the April 24, 2019 edition of Wednesday Midday Medley on KKFI.

10:34

7. HuDost – “Rise Together”
from: of Water + Mercy / HuDost / April 5, 2019
[8th studio album from Husband-wife-fronted retro-pop art-rock group HUDOST recently partnered with STEREO EMBERS to premiere “Rise Together,” the lead single from their forthcoming full-length album OF WATER + MERCY (due April 05, 2019). The song features an anthemic chorus and finds HUDOST’s Moksha Sommer and Jemal Wade co-writing with Jars of Clay lead vocalist Dan Haseltine. Additionally, all the Jars of Clay band members were involved on the single—which was recorded at Grey Matters Studio in Nashville, TN, and mixed by Vance Powell (Jack White/White Stripes, Pearl Jam, Brandi Carlile).]

HuDost

10:38 – Interview with Jemal Wade Hines & Moksha Sommer & Allaudin Ottinger

Jemal Wade Hines & Moksha Sommer are the husband-wife founding members of the international, retro-pop art-rock band, HuDost, based in Montreal & Kentucky. HuDost play an Album Release Show at Prospero’s Books, at 1800 W 39th St, KCMO tomorrow night, Thursday, April 23, at 7:00 PM, with Allaudin Ottinger who also joins us in the 90.1 FM Studios to share music from his new release, “Vision Bewilderment & Love.

With us on the phone is Jemal Wade Hines & Moksha Sommer, welcome to WMM.

With us in the studio is Allaudin Ottinger, welcome bank to Wednesday MidDay Medley.

HuDost returns to KC to celebrate the release of their new album ‘of Water + Mercy’ with special guest Allaudin Ottinger for an evening of song & Sufi Kirtan at Prospero’s Books.

HuDost will be doing songs from their new record as well as even newer interactive world material, selections from their ‘Sufi Kirtan’ album & a couple of numbers from Allaudin’s ‘Vision, Bewilderment & Love’ album at Prospero’s Books, 1800 W 39th St KCMO, 7:00-9:30

From HuDost’s promotional materials:

The music of HuDost weaves a seamless tapestry of Folk, World, and Rock that renders tears and laughter in listeners, cultivating the nameless longing that abides somewhere in all our hearts and invoking total celebration. HuDost’s core musicians are Moksha Sommer, from Montréal, and Jemal Wade Hines from Kentucky. Having toured the U.S., Canada, and Europe constantly since April 2006, HuDost has grown and expanded, travelled rocky and glorious terrain and marveled at all they can learn and explore. Moksha and Jemal Wade in this time have grown as artists, as seekers, as a couple and as a family. Since 2015 they have also been highly engaged activists, doing advocacy work as KY Congressional District Representatives for ONE (a non-profit organization working to end extreme poverty and, specifically, the sexism of poverty).

“When I wrote the beginning lyric to ‘Rise Together,’ I was exploring the ways we all share a common human value and a common thread of life, loss and rebirth, says Dan Haseltine of Jars of Clay. “In the face of an ever-divided life, and in light of so many messages pitting us against our neighbors, it seemed like a worthwhile exercise to strip all the market trappings away and get back to the core of what connects us.”

“We met Dan Haseltine of Jars of Clay not through music but through our shared work in political advocacy acting on behalf of people living in extreme poverty,” says Moksha Sommer. “Through music and advocacy we have witnessed incredible and real change and know the astonishing power of collective voices on behalf of those who do not have the ability, and sometimes even the rights, to be heard. Songwriting with Dan was a wonderful process of the three of us contributing all that we could and being attached to nothing. I think the result is quite remarkable and reflects the very thing the song is about; rising together through shared vision and action.”

Throughout the eight tracks on OF WATER + MERCY–the eighth full-length studio album from HUDOST–there’s a rich, eclectic blending of pop and rock with a sound that crosses all borders and barriers, taking the listener on a journey.

From Montreal and Kentucky, HuDost weaves a seamless tapestry of sound from the core musicians of Moksha Sommer & Jemal Wade Hines. Having toured the U.S., Canada, and Europe consistently since April 2006, HUDOST’s highlight performances include Bonnaroo, Resident band at FloydFest, BhaktiFest, World Café Live, Blissfest, Music City Roots, The Montreal Folk Festival and more. HUDOST have grown and expanded, travelled rocky & glorious terrain and marveled at all they can learn and explore. Moksha and Jemal Wade in this time have grown as artists, as seekers, as a couple and as a family.

OF WATER + MERCY follows 2015’s full-length The World Is… a collaborative record with Steve Kilbey of The Church with special guest Jon Anderson of YES–and a World Chant album, Sufi Kirtan. The prolific group have also worked with Grammy Award-winner Malcolm Burn (Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, Peter Gabriel) and Grammy Award-winner Oz Fritz (Tom Waits, Bill Laswell, Primus). Produced by HuDost. Co-Production- Dan Haseltine. Mixed by Vance Powell with HuDost & Oz Fritz. Mastered by Pete Lyman

Yogis, kirtan lovers, ecstatic dance fans, and even people who don’t normally listen to sacred music are all raving about Sufi Kirtan by HuDost. In track after track, the neo-folk world rock duo brings heartfelt presence and innovative musical stylings to ancient Sufi mantras of love and healing. And it’s not surprising why. HuDost’s lead composer and singer, Moksha Sommer, has studied 12 different vocal styles from around the world. On Sufi Kirtan, her vocals simultaneously soothe and soar. Her partner in love and music, Jemal Wade Hines, lends a rock sensibility and sonically rich layers of vocals, guitar and synths. It’s official: Sufi Kirtan positions HuDost as a force to be reckoned with in modern mantra music. – Soul Traveler

HuDost return to KC on Thursday to play an album release show at Prospero’s Books w Allaudin + guests then it’s off to Eureka Springs, AK, to play the Earth Fest at the Heart of Many Ways Friday. Saturday will see then in Tulsa at the Woody Guthrie Center’s WGC 6th Anniversary Concerts at Guthrie Green – April 27 with Ramy Essam & many more.

Allaudin Ottinger also joins us in the 90.1 FM Studios to share music from his new release, “Vision Bewilderment & Love.”

Jemal Wade Hines & Moksha Sommer play on Allaudin’s album.

Recorded at Markosa Studios in Kansas City, Kansas with Mark Thies

“…to the Sufi the whole of life is interesting, a constant vision of bewilderment. He cannot explain this to the world because there are no words to explain it.” – Hazrat Inayat Khan

Murshid Allaudin Ottinger originates from Kansas City, Missouri. He is an internationally renowned leader of the Dances of Universal Peace and has facilitated camps, seminars and retreats around the world since 1979. As a senior Dance mentor and teacher in the Sufi Ruhaniat International, “His exceptional musicianship, creativity and spontaneity are the seeds of ecstatic experiences of the transformational, healing power of the sacred arts.” As well as being a consummate drummer, Allaudin has brought through many wonderful Dances and brings with him a great quality of heart.

Jemal Wade Hines, Moksha Sommer, Allaudin Ottinger, thanks for being with on WMM.

10:56

8. Allaudin Ottinger – “Every Single Being Is Of Noble Birth (Peace On Earth)”
from: Vision, Bewilderment And Love / Allaudin Ottinger / August 1, 2018
[Allaudin Ottinger was born in Kansas City, Missouri. Murshid Allaudin Ottinger originates from Kansas City, Missouri. He is an internationally renowned leader of the Dances of Universal Peace and has facilitated camps, seminars and retreats around the world since 1979. As a senior Dance mentor and teacher in the Sufi Ruhaniat International, “His exceptional musicianship, creativity and spontaneity are the seeds of ecstatic experiences of the transformational, healing power of the sacred arts.” As well as being a consummate drummer, Allaudin has brought through many wonderful Dances and brings with him a great quality of heart.]

[HuDost play an Album Release Show at Prospero’s Books, at 1800 W 39th St, KCMO tomorrow night, Thursday, April 23, at 7:00 PM, with Allaudin Ottinger.]

Garrett Nordstrom, Shaun Crowley, Patrick Keizer, Allaudin Ottinger and Amy Farrand on the April 24, 2019 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI.

11:00 – Station ID

Mike McCoy

9. 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 Mike McCoy’s Trompe-l’œil. Mike is the founder of The North vs. South Music Festival. Cher UK reunited to play the Middle of the Map Festival in April 2012. 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 2012 to talk about their CD Release show at Davey’s Oct 20.]

[Cher UK play The Fundraiser for Brianne Grimmer, supporting her medical expense fund, on Friday, April 26, at 6:00 PM, at recordBar, 1520 Grand BLVD. KCMO, with Amy Farrand & The Like, Pamper The Madman, Drop A Grand, Knife Crime, Godzillionaire, KC Bear Fighters, and Mahoots.]

Garrett Nordstrom and Amy Farrand on the April 24, 2019 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI.

11:04 – Interview with Mike McCoy, Amy Farrand, & Garrett Nordstrom

Mike McCoy grew up in Hutchinson, Kansas. In the early 1990s his band Cher U.K. filled venues in Kansas City with their their music playing with popular themes in punk rock music. Mike McCoy, now lives in Austin Texas and plays in his band Mike McCoy’s Trompe-l’œil. Mike has also played in the bands The Service Industry and The American People.

Mike McCoy thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

Amy Farrand plays over a dozen instruments, bass, drums, lap steel, guitar, she has hosted variety shows, and radio shows, and has been a a member of the bands: American Catastrophe, Experimental Instrument Orchestra, Shotgun Idols, Sister Mary Rotten Crotch, Atlantic Fadeout, The Silver Maggies. One reviewer wrote of her, “Amy Farrand is a tough-as-nails vocalist making her an invaluable asset to any live act.” Last year Amy’s band Amy Farrand & The Like released their 11-song debut album in April and were nominated for a Pitch “Best of Kansas City” Award.

Garrett Nordstrom is one of the founding members of the critically acclaimed band Maria The Mexican, where he plays guitar. Garrett grew up in Saint Joseph, Missouri and studied political science at Missouri Western University. Garrett serves on the Board of Directors for Midwest Music Foundation, where he is treasurer of the board.

Amy Farrand & Garrett Nordstrom thanks for being with us on WMM.

Mike McCoy, Amy Farrand, and Garrett Nordstrom join us to share information about The Fundraiser for Brianne Grimmer, supporting her medical expense fund, on Friday, April 26, at 6:00 PM, at recordBar, 1520 Grand BLVD. KCMO, with Amy Farrand & The Like, Pamper The Madman, Cher UK, Drop A Grand, Knife Crime, Godzillionaire, KC Bear Fighters, and Mahoots.

Mike McCoy called in from Austin Texas, where he was boarding a flight to come to KC.

Mikes new band is called: Mike McCoy’s Trompe-l’œil

Mike talked about how impressed he was with Brianne’s bravery in light of her health issues, and how musicians help each other in times of need. He also talked about his love for the KC Music community.

Mike told us that there would be 5 different drummers playing with Cher UK and the only way audiences could know who’ll be playing in Cher UK is to support this fundraiser.

The last time Cher UK played in Kansas City the band consisted of: Mike McCoy Guitar & Vox, Mark Reynolds – Bass, Bernie Dugan – Drums

The band was originally called Cher. You released many of your first recordings on cassette, the band went through several line-up changes and the band’s name changed to Cher UK and got a record deal with Red Decible Records from Minneapolis.

In 2004 Mike founded the North vs. South Music Festival, as a bi-annual, bi-polar music festival designed to showcase independent rock along the I-35 corridor.

The last time Amy Farrand was with us in the radio was the day you opened for Melissa Etheridge at Crossroads KC.

Amy Farrand and The Like includes: Amy Farrand on lead vocals & guitar, Steve Tubbert on bass, Felix Dukes on drums, Kyle Dahlquist on keyboards & backing vocals, Stephan Jean-Francois on trumpet, and Katie Gilchrist on backing vocals.

One was recorded with Duane Trower at Weights and Measures Soundlab.

Amy Farrand is a true veteran of the KC music communities, playing in band since the 1980s early 1990s.

Amy listed some of the bands that Brianne has been a part of including: Never Ready, Main Street Saints, No Man’s Band, Fifteen Minutes Fast, and Sugar Britches.

11:19

10. Lushbox– “La Salsa De Partos”
from: Despues De La Operacion Sere Una Niña / Lushbox / 1999
[Lushbox was: Brad Huhmann, Brianne Grimmer, Heather Grimmer, & Wil Plunkett. The 5-song EP was recorded & mixed by Robert Rebeck in December 1998 at Mercy Recording Studio in Lawrence, Kansas. It was mastered in February 1999 at Bridget Sound in San Francisco by Kris Ziakas & Mike McGinn.]

The Fundraiser for Brianne Grimmer, supporting her medical expense fund, on Friday, April 26, at 6:00 PM, at recordBar, 1520 Grand BLVD. KCMO

6:00 PM – DOORS
6:30 PM – MAHOOTS
7:15 PM – KC BEAR FIGHTERS
8:00 PM – GODZILLIONAIRE
8:45 PM – KNIFE CRIME
9:30 PM – DROP A GRAND
10:15 PM – CHER UK
11:00 PM – PAMPER THE MADMAN
12:00 AM. – AMY FARRAND & THE LIKE

Amy Farrand

11:24

11. Amy Farrand & The Like – “Sweet Thing”
from: One / Amy Farrand / April 28, 2018
[Amy Farrand & The Like are Amy Farrand on lead vocals & guitar, Steve Tubbert on bass, Felix Dukes on drums, Kyle Dahlquist on keyboards & backing vocals, Stephan Jean-Francois on trumpet, and Katie Gilchrist on backing vocals. 11-song debut album was recorded w/ Duane Trower at Weights & Measures Soundlab.]

[Amy Farrand and The Like play The Fundraiser for Brianne Grimmer, supporting her medical expense fund, on Friday, April 26, at 6:00 PM, at recordBar, 1520 Grand BLVD. KCMO, with Amy Farrand & The Like, Pamper The Madman, Cher UK, Drop A Grand, Knife Crime, Godzillionaire, KC Bear Fighters, and Mahoots.]

11:27 – Underwriting

12. Mild Cats – “Keep The Cat Out If The Fire”
from: Keep The Cat Out Of The Fire / Conversation – Single / Mild Cats / February 14, 2019
[Two-track single/demo/EP/ Recorded at Parrot Ice Studios, The Tinsel Room, and a secret attic no one can ever know about. Patrick Keizer on guitar & vocals & keyboards, Christina Silvius on viola, Wade Conyers on bass, Quinn Hernandez on drums, Davy Langerak on percussion, and Josiah Hunter on guitar.]

[Mild Cats play Manor Records Speaks Up – Sat, April 27 at 9:00 pm, at miniBar, 3810 Broadway, with The Golden Fleece, Mouton, Momma’s Boy, and The Rubs.]

13. Momma’s Boy – “Love That Way (Demo)”
from: “Love That Way (Demo)” – Single / Manor Records / June 26, 2018
[Momma’s Boy, is an Indie Surf Pop 4-piece band from KCMO, formed December 2015, and made up of former members of Rev Gusto: Peter Beatty on guitar & vocals, Shaun Crowley on guitar & vocals, Quinn Hernandez on drums, and Jared Bajkowski on bass & vocals. Their debut EP Liquid Courage was released February 25, 2017. Self-recorded in the Momma’s Boy band practice attic. Mixed by Jared Bajkowski, and mastered by Ross Brown. This track was released as part of a series of singles the band has put out over the year. including “Want Me Back” released January 19, 2018 (part of Dead Summer Single Series), and “Asleep On The Floor” on October 12, 2018 (part of Demo Singles Series).]

[Momma’s Boy play Manor Records Speaks Up – Sat, April 27 at 9:00 pm, at miniBar, 3810 Broadway, with Mild Cats, The Golden Fleece, Mouton, and The Rubs.]

Shaun Crowley and Patrick Keizer on the April 24, 2019 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI.

11:35 – Interview with Shaun Crowley & Patrick Keizer

Shaun Crowley is a classically trained guitarist, and has studied at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory. Shaun is part of the band Momma’s Boy and is a co-founder of Manor Records, a music label that grew out of Manor Fest, the first festival sized “house show” Shaun and friends produced in their basement featuring 12 bands. Shaun is also organizing the live music at Voltaire, 1617 Genessee, in the West Bottoms.

Patrick Keizer is from Lawrence, Kansas. He graduated from Blue Valley North High School and studied Special Education at University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. He joined us on Wednesday MidDay Medley Josiah Hunter, Davy Langerak, and Bennett Jones on August 23, 2017 when his band at that time, Shortsweather was on the eve of playing Crossroads Music Fest. Shortsweather ended and Patrick is now in the band Mild Cats on guitar & vocals & keyboards, with Christina Silvius on viola, Wade Conyers on bass, Quinn Hernandez on drums, and Josiah Hunter on guitar.

Shaun Crowley & Patrick Keizer joins us to share details about Manor Records Speaks Up – Sat, April 27 at 9:00 pm, at miniBar, 3810 Broadway, with Mild Cats, The Golden Fleece, Mouton, Momma’s Boy, and The Rubs. Manor Records will also release “The Bennett Tapes” in honor & memory of a good friend Bennett Jones featuring a live un-released track from his old band Shortsweather. The bands & musicians are uniting for a purpose with all door proceeds going to the KC chapter of SPEAK UP, raising awareness about suicide & depression and to help end the stigma associated with suicide. Speak Up stands for Suicide Prevention Education Awareness for Kids United as Partners. More info at http://www.speakup.us

Shaun Crowley & Patrick Keizer thanks for being with us on WMM.

Bennett Jones left this world on October 2, 2018. Patrick and friends wanted to remember him with the release of “The Bennett Tapes” featuring a live un-released track from Shortsweather to be released on Manor Records.

10:41

Davy Langerak, Josiah Hunter, Patrick Keizer, and Bennett Jones of Shortsweather on Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM (8/23/17)

14. Shortsweather – “Fit Dads”
from: Fit Dads – Single / Parrot Ice Studio / January 13, 2017
[1st single from upcoming record Patio Naps, from the KC based alternative indie dreampop surf punk band formed by Patrick Keizer, Davy Langerak, Bennett Jones, Josiah Hunter. Engineered / Produced / Mixed / Mastered / Loved By Jordan Richardson. Written by Shortsweather with Alie Warman.]

We are talking with Shaun Crowley about Manor Records Speaks Up – Sat, April 27 at 9:00 pm, at miniBar, 3810 Broadway, with Mild Cats, The Golden Fleece, Mouton, Momma’s Boy, and The Rubs.

Manor Records will also release “The Bennett Tapes” in honor & memory of a good friend Bennett Jones featuring a live un-released track from his old band Shortsweather.

The bands & musicians are uniting for a purpose with all door proceeds going to the KC chapter of SPEAK UP, raising awareness about suicide & depression and to help end the stigma associated with suicide.

Speak Up stands for Suicide Prevention Education Awareness for Kids United as Partners.

More info at http://www.speakup.us

11:56

15. Alice Merton – “Funny Business”
from: Mint / Paper Plane Records / January 18, 2019
[Born on September 13, 1993 in Frankfurt, Germany to a German mother and a British father. Merton’s family moved frequently due to her father’s job as a mining consultant. When she was three months old, Merton moved to Connecticut. Shortly thereafter, they relocated to Oakville, Ontario, Canada where she was raised until the age of thirteen, learning classical piano and singing. Her family then relocated to Munich. Merton’s return to Germany prompted her to learn German which enabled her to speak with her German grandmother whom she had only seen once annually growing up. While in Germany, Merton wrote her first song and attended a German-language high school before graduating and moving to England. Merton moved frequently in her early life, living in Oakville, Ontario, Connecticut, New York, Munich, Bournemouth, London, and Berlin, among other cities. Through her upbringing, Merton has stated she has felt connected to Canada, England, Germany, and France where her mother lived. In 2013, she started her studies at the Popakademie Baden-Württemberg in Mannheim, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in composition and song writing, and met the members of her future band.]

[Alice Merton plays recordBar, 1520 Grand, BLVD. TONIGHT, April 24, at 7:00 with Parker Bossleys.]

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

Next week on May 1, Marion Merritt of Records With Merritt returns with musical discoveries and information from her musically encyclopedic brain. Plus, we’ll talk with Nathan Reusch of The Record Machine

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

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Wednesday MidDay Medley presents Betse Ellis + Mike McCoy + Amy Farrand + HuDost + Allaudin Ottinger + Shaun Crowley

Wednesday MidDay Medley
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning
90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio
TEN to NOON Wednesdays – Streaming at KKFI.org

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Betse Ellis + Mike McCoy + Amy Farrand
HuDost + Allaudin Ottinger + Shaun Crowley

Mark spins New & MidCoastal Releases from: Mildcats, Short Round Stringband, Momma’s Boy, Cher UK, Amy Farrand & The Like, Shortsweather, HuDost, Allaudin Ottinger, Cayucas, Amyl and The Sniffers, Middle Kids, and Morrissey.

Short Round Stringband

At 10:15 Betse Ellis joins us to share details about the Short Round Stringband‘s new album in the making, an 18 track tribute to Bill Monroe! Short Round Stringband is Betse Ellis, Clarke Wyatt, Kelly Wells, and Ryan Spearman. Kelly & Ryan perform as the The Aching Hearts, based in St. Louis, and like Betse & Clarke they play “old time” music. The 4-piece band is in the final weeks of their crowdfunding campaign to produce the new record. For more information or to donate you can visit: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/shortroundstringband/

HuDost

At 10:35 we talk with Jemal Wade Hines & Moksha Sommer of HuDost, the husband-wife-fronted retro-pop art-rock group based in Montreal & Kentucky. Their new album, of water + Mercy. HuDost play an Album Release Show at Prospero’s Books, Thursday, April 23, at 7:00 PM, at 1800 W 39th St, KCMO with Allaudin Ottinger who also joins us in the 90.1 FM Studios to share music from his new release, “Vision Bewilderment & Love.”

Mike McCoy

Amy Farrand

At 11:00 Mark talks with musician and rock and roll legend, Mike McCoy and musician, singer songwriter, bandleader, Amy Farrand who share information about BRIANNE-I-FIT, The Fundraiser for Brianne Grimmer, supporting her medical expense fund, on Friday, April 26, at 6:00 PM, at recordBar, 1520 Grand BLVD. KCMO, with Amy Farrand & The Like, Pamper The Madman, Cher UK, Drop A Grand, Knife Crime, Godzillionaire, KC Bear Fighters, and Mahoots.

Shaun Crowley

Davy Langerak, Josiah Hunter, Patrick Keizer, and Bennett Jones of Shortsweather on Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM (8/23/17)

At 11:30 Shaun Crowley of Momma’s Boy and Manor Records shares details about Manor Records Speaks Up – Sat, April 27 at 9:00 pm, at miniBar, 3810 Broadway, with Mild Cats, The Golden Fleece, Mouton, Momma’s Boy, The Rub’s, and Drugs & Attics, Manor Records will also release “The Bennett Tapes” in honor & memory of a good friend Bennett Jones featuring a live un-released track from his old band Shortsweather. The bands & musicians are uniting for a purpose with all door proceeds going to the KC chapter of SPEAK UP, raising awareness about suicide & depression and to help end the stigma associated with suicide. Speak Up stands for Suicide Prevention Education Awareness for Kids United as Partners. More info at http://www.speakup.us

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WMM Playlist from April 17, 2019

Wednesday MidDay Medley
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning
90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio
TEN to NOON Wednesdays – Streaming at KKFI.org

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Rita Chiarelli & Mikal Shapiro & Topeka Freedom Singers
+ Sean Mawhirter & Mundo Nouvo + Emmaline Twist

1. “It’s Showtime Folks”
from: Orig. Motion Picture Soundtrack All That Jazz / Casablanca / Dec 20, 1979
[WMM’s opening theme]

2. The Get Up Kids – “The Problem Is Me”
from: Problems / Polyvinyl Record Co / May 10, 2019
[KC / Lawrence KS based band with Matt Pryor on vocals & guitars, Jim Suptic on guitar, Rob Pope on bass, James Dewees on keyboards, Ryan Pope on drums. Formed in 1995, the band was a major player in the mid-1990s emo scene, otherwise known as the “second wave” of emo music. As they gained prominence, they began touring with bands such as Green Day and Weezer before becoming headliners themselves, eventually embarking on international tours of Japan and Europe. The Get Up Kids Members Rob Pope is also in the band Spoon; Jim Suptic is in the bands: Blackpool Lights, and Radar State; James Dewees is in the band Reggie and the Full Effect; and Matt Pryor performs often as a solo artists, and in the bands: Radar State, and The New Amsterdams. On their new album Problems—their first full-length in eight years—The Get Up Kids examine everything from life-changing loss to loneliness to the inevitable anxiety of existing in 2019. But by sustaining the essence of their sound—anthemic choruses with sing-along-ready melodies—the band highlights those troubles as a shared experience, giving way to an unbreakable solidarity. And at the heart of Problems is an invaluable element the band’s embodied since their 1997 debut Four Minute Mile: a penetrating lyricism that’s both acutely introspective and indelibly resonant. // The follow-up to 2018’s Kicker EP, Problems came to life in Bridgeport, Connecticut, with the band holing up together for a three-week span. Working with Grammy Award-winning producer Peter Katis (Kurt Vile, Japandroids, The National), The Get Up Kids took a characteristically riff-driven yet decidedly pop-minded approach to song structure, while also allowing themselves a new sense of creative freedom. “At one point with this band, if we came up with something that felt too much like when we first started out, we would’ve said, ‘No, we can’t do that anymore,’” says Pryor. “These days we’ve learned how to write without roadblocking the ideas that come naturally to us.” // Kicking off with lead single “Satellite,” Problems opens on a stark arrangement of acoustic guitar and stripped-bare vocals, then bursts into brightly crashing rhythms and lyrics revealing the time-bending quality of The Get Up Kids’ songwriting. “I started writing ‘Satellite’ about my son who’s 14 and a total introvert—not antisocial, he just genuinely likes to keep to himself,” says Pryor. “But then somewhere down the line I started singing about myself—about how even when you’re playing a show to a room full of people, I can still feel anxious and isolated.” // Throughout Problems, The Get Up Kids again prove themselves attuned to the nuance of highly specific emotions, and ultimately validate the messiest and most nebulous of feelings. On the joyfully swinging, piano-heavy “The Problem Is Me,” for instance, the band explores the notion of embracing your own romantic dysfunction, while “Salina” captures a small moment of melancholy with sweeping intensity and sprawling guitar work. Later, on “Your Ghost Is Gone,” The Get Up Kids deliver a gently devastating piano ballad sparked from an instrumental piece Dewees wrote soon after his mother’s death. // Through the years, The Get Up Kids have purposely pushed themselves toward previously unexplored songwriting material. “I’m 41 now, I could never write a song like when I was 19—all those ‘I miss my girlfriend’ kind of songs,” Suptic says. “It’s always important to us to write about wherever we are right now.” As shown on Problems, the resulting output both preserves the beloved spirit of The Get Up Kids and creates an entirely new context for their music. “A big part of the reason why we started writing new songs in the first place is that we have things we want to say about this moment in time,” says Pryor. “We’re still so connected to our past and where this all came from—it’s definitely a celebration of the fact that we still get to do this.” ]

3. Weyes Blood – “Andromedia”
from: Titanic Rising / Sub Pop Records / April 5, 2019
[Weyes Blood is Natalie Mering, born June 11, 1988, in Santa Monica, CA and grew up in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. She has released 4 albums and an EP. Both her siblings and parents are musicians and music played an important part in her upbringing. Her older brother, Zak Mering, is also a noteworthy recording artist, producer and songwriter under the “Raw Thrills” alias. At the age of 15 Mering began using the moniker Wise Blood to write songs. She changed to Weyes Bluhd on several self released records before changing the spelling to Weyes Blood. She took the name from the Flannery O’Connor novel Wise Blood. At the same time, while working on her own material, she toured the underground music scene with bands Jackie-O Motherfucker and Nautical Almanac. In 2011 she released the album The Outside Room as Weyes Blood And The Dark Juices on Not Not Fun Records. Uncut magazine described the album as “the vibe is devotional and ethereal, but with an edge”, while Beatbots found it “an impressive and ambitious album”. Natalie released her second record in October 2014 called The Innocents, which was released through Mexican Summer. In 2016 she released the album Front Row Seat to Earth on Mexican Summer to great acclaim throughout the music industry, and has spent the past few years touring throughout Europe and the states.]

4. Lambchop – “Everything for You”
from: This (Is What I Wanted to Tell You) / Merge Records / March 22, 2019
[Lambchop, originally from Nashville, was ever a band with a “core” lineup, Lambchop has consisted of a large and fluid collective of musicians focused around its creative centre, frontman Kurt Wagner. AllMusic referred to tLambchop as “arguably the most consistently brilliant and unique American group to emerge during the 1990s”. Initially indebted to traditional country, the music has subsequently moved through a range of influences including post-rock, soul and lounge music. Whatever the style, the characteristic mood of Lambchop’s music is evoked by Wagner’s distinctive songwriting: lyrically subtle and ambiguous, the vocals melodic but understated. Not so long ago, Lambchop had a famously sprawling line-up, toting a dozen or so members around the world and into the studio to document elliptical country-soul mutations. But in recent years, the band has become a more personal vehicle for Kurt Wagner. Anchored by him and framed by bassist Matt Swanson and Wagner’s incorrigibly grinning foil, the pianist Tony Crow, the Lambchop of this decade has become more pliant and adaptable, opening itself to unexpected collaborators that give Wagner’s thoughts and feelings the shape they need for each new album.]

5. Shy Boys – “Dim The Light”
from: Dim The Light / Brick By Brick – Single / Polyvinyl Record Co. / February 15, 2019
[New single release and follow up to the band’s second album and Polyvinyl debut, Bell House. Shy Boys line-up consists of brothers Collin Rausch and Kyle Rausch, Konnor Ervin, Kyle Little and Ross Brown. The group formed shortly after the trio became roommates in 2012. Kyle Rausch and Konnor Ervin were already band mates in the indie-pop band The ACBs and Collin had been playing for years in the Kansas City area in various bands. The three shared a love for 1960s era pop rock and soon started writing their own music. In 2014 they released the self-titled Shy Boys on High Dive Records. The album received generally positive reviews and the single “Bully Fight” was featured on Spin.com. In June 2014 the band recorded and released two more singles and one of them, “Life Is Peachy,” was featured on Stereogum. On April 4th, 2018, it was announced that the band had signed to Polyvinyl Record Co.]

[Shy Boys play VooDoo Lounge 1 Riverboat Dr, KCMO, with Berwanger And Kid Computer on Saturday, April 20 at 7:30 PM]

10:18 – Underwriting

6. LK Ultra – “Two Spirit”
from: Demos For Bengal / LK Ultra / March 19, 2019
[Lawrence, Kansas based 4-piece indigenous-fronted, queer music, straight from the birthplace of emo. Formed by Lily Pryor, Inez Robinson, Aoife Conway, and August Hyde. The EP release was mixed and recorded by Mitchell Hewlett in The Coop.]

[LK Ultra play an All Ages Show, at Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts St, Lawrence on Friday, April 19, with an early show at 6:00 pm and a late show at 10:00 pm for Tune In! A Girls Rock Lawrence Fundraiser and Rebrand Announcement with a new name that represents the range of identities we serve and a new mission statement that better reflects our goal: to amplify the voices and ideas of local youth through social justice and musical expression.]

7. Rita Chiarelli – “These Four Walls”
from: Music from the Big House Soundtrack / Mad Iris Music / April 5, 2011
[Rita Chiarelli was called “the goddess of Canadian blues” by CBC Radio One. Born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario, Chiarelli began performing in Ronnie Hawkins’ band in the early 1980s. She spent several years in Italy. When she returned to Canada, she attracted the attention of film director Bruce McDonald, who included her “Have You Seen My Shoes?” on the soundtrack to his 1989 film Roadkill. Chiarelli and Colin Linden recorded a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Highway 61 Revisited” for McDonald’s 1991 film Highway 61. Chiarelli released her debut album the following year. She has released 9 solo albums. Just Getting Started and Breakfast at Midnight were both nominated for the Juno Award for Best Blues Album. For her last release, Music From The Big House Soundtrack, Rita again collaborates with Director Bruce McDonald in a film that chronicles Rita’s pilgrimage to the birthplace of the blues, Louisiana State Maximum Security Penitentiary a.k.a Angola Prison, where Rita plays music with inmates serving life sentences.]

Rita Chiarelli & Mikal Shapiro on the April 17, 2019 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley.

10:30 – Interview with Rita Chiarelli & Mikal Shapiro

Rita Chiarelli was called “the goddess of Canadian blues” by CBC Radio One. Born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario, Chiarelli began performing in Ronnie Hawkins’ band in the early 1980s. She spent several years in Italy. When she returned to Canada, she quickly attracted the attention of film director Bruce McDonald, who included her “Have You Seen My Shoes?” on the soundtrack to his 1989 film Roadkill. Chiarelli and Colin Linden recorded a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Highway 61 Revisited” for McDonald’s 1991 film Highway 61, and Chiarelli released her debut album the following year on Stony Plain Records. She has released nine solo albums, two of which, Just Getting Started and Breakfast at Midnight were nominated for the Juno Award for Best Blues Album. For her last release, Music From The Big House Soundtrack, Rita again collaborates with Director Bruce McDonald in a film the chronicles her pilgrimage to the birthplace of the blues, the Louisiana State Maximum Security Penitentiary a.k.a Angola Prison, where Rita plays music with inmates serving life sentences. Rita is now in Kansas City working on a new documentary project that began at Folk Alliance International with Mikal Shapiro.

Mikal Shapiro

Mikal Shapiro is a singer, songwriter, artist, filmmaker, puppeteer, ring-leader. Mikal Shapiro is the founder of State City Films – a new media house based in KCMO that she founded to create content that amplifies independent voices and tells stories that ache to be told through documentary and experimental filmmaking practices. Mikal Shapiro has worked on commercial, non-profit and independent productions since 2008. She was Director of Photography for the regional Emmy award-winning film “Tipping Point.” She studied Film History, Film, & Writing at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York. She received her MFA in Film/Video/New Media/Animation from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2012. She has been involved in music and the arts for over two decades. Mikal’s full length solo releases “The Crow The Lark And The Loon” from 2008, and “For Good” from 2010 and “The Musical” from 2017 and “The Musical II” from 2018 have been acclaimed by local music writers.

Rita Chiarelli and Mikal Shapiro join us to talk about their work to facilitate a music program inside the Topeka Correctional Facility for Women. This project culminates with a concert on May 4 that will be presented to their fellow inmates, families, victims, and the community. Authorities from the Department of Corrections will be invited to attend including the Kansas Governor Laura Kelly. Rita & Mikal are currently in the midst of 10 days of filming, with an all-female crew, inside the facility.

Rita Chiarelli & Mikal Shapiro thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

Rita Chiarelli

Text from their Kickstarter Campaign:

We just heard “These Four Walls” from the Music From The Big House Soundtrack. Rita I heard you explaining in an interview that you “‘cold called” the Louisiana State Maximum Security Penitentary to begin the process of bringing a film crew into the prison.

Rita collaborated with Director Bruce McDonald in a film the chronicle her pilgrimage to the birthplace of the blues, Louisiana State Maximum Security Penitentiary a.k.a Angola Prison, where Rita plays music with inmates serving life sentences.

How It Began… Two years ago, through Folk Alliance International, acclaimed Canadian musician and film maker Rita Chiarelli and cinematographer Mikal Shapiro of State City Films were invited into ‘The Topeka Correctional Facility for Women’ in Kansas. For two days, the mission was to bring, perform and share some music with its inmates.

What They Found…It was quickly discovered that unlike penitentiaries that house male inmates, where there are instruments available and some forms of music programs, the women’s facilities more often than not have none, such was the case in Topeka.

So…Rita Chiarelli began to work with the women, teaching them to sing some traditional tunes, and encouraging them to bring into the mix their own writings.

What happened next…midst the bonding that came through working together on the music, stories of unbelievable abuse that the women have suffered in their lives started to emerge. They shared stories of beatings and frankly abuse too difficult to imagine. As Rita and the inmates worked together, the women’s voices began to ‘rise’, begging to be heard.

This story needs to be told…Why? – A phenomenon is happening. While abuse against women is on the rise… more women are being incarcerated than ever before. Sometimes the abuser is the system itself…poverty, social injustice…this story will reveal what some women in society are going through and what leads to their incarceration. Their stories reveal that they too are victims of the detrimental effects of poverty, addiction, physical and sexual abuse and assault.

Now What? A Film…Rita and Mikal plan to go back in. Rita will bring the healing power of music to this maximum security facility .Through the compassionate eye of Mikal’s lens; she will follow Rita as she works with a group of talented inmates and adds music to their compelling writing.

This work will culminate in a concert… a concert that will be presented to their fellow inmates, families, victims and the greater community. Authorities from the Department of Corrections will be invited to attend including the Kansas Governor Laura Kelly.

This concert is an opportunity for the inmates to express their thoughts and emotions as well as reveal a side of themselves that will showcase their humanity. Their expressions set to music and sung out in what will be a cathartic culmination of a difficult yet liberating soul search for the women involved. And through the power of music, these women will ask us all for a little more understanding, forgiveness and maybe another chance.

What we leave behind…Rita has been in touch with an organization that brings instruments and music programs to prisons that have none. They are now in contact to possibly facilitate a music program in Topeka Correctional Facility for Women. The impact this project could have on the wider public is also considerable. What goes on behind the gates of a prison–from the lives of the state employees and guards, to those imprisoned inside the cells–often goes unseen and unheard. This lack of transparency contributes to a lack of accountability on our justice system as well as stigma and stereotypes of lives behind the wall. Creative work that connects people on “both sides of the fence” contributes to a healthier dialogue around crime, crime prevention, justice, rehabilitation, and redemption and an unsustainable system for controlling crime. Bringing artists and musicians into the dialogue can help highlight our collective humanity and work to facilitate criminal justice reform.

Rita and Mikal have planned 10 days of filming with an all-female crew, and a budget of $32,500 to cover this project’s initial costs of filming this documentary.

The Team
Rita Chiarelli – Director/Producer
Mikal Shapiro – Producer/Director of Photography
Khitam Jabr – 1st Assistant Camera/Camera Operator
Alexandra Lambdin – Audio Engineer/Boom Operator
Courtney Williams – Production Assistant

This project has been two years in the planning.

10:39

8. “T” – “T’s Rap”
from: T’s Rap / Mikal Shapiro footage / April, 2019
[Recorded on camera inside the Topeka Correctional Facility for Women]

We’re talking with Rita Chiarelli & Mikal Shapiro about their work to facilitate a music program inside the Topeka Correctional Facility for Women. This project culminates with a concert on May 4 that will be presented to their fellow inmates, families, victims, and the community. Authorities from the Department of Corrections will be invited to attend including the Kansas Governor Laura Kelly. Rita & Mikal have planned 10 days of filming with an all-female crew inside the facility.

10:42

9. Autumn – “Autumn’s clip for radio”
from: Topeka Freedom Singers / Mikal Shapiro footage / April, 2019
[Recorded on camera inside the Topeka Correctional Facility for Women]

Rita Chiarelli & Mikal Shapiro working to facilitate a music program inside the Topeka Correctional Facility for Women. #documentary #film #topekafreedomsingers #powerofmusic #musicinprison #artsinprison #maximumsecurity #topeka #kansas #womensprison #ritachiarelli #blues #gospel #music

10:45

10. Vegas – “Vegas’s Verse clip for radio”
from: Topeka Freedom Singers / Mikal Shapiro footage / April, 2019
[Recorded on camera inside the Topeka Correctional Facility for Women]

We’re talking with Rita Chiarelli & Mikal Shapiro heir work to facilitate a music program inside the Topeka Correctional Facility for Women. This project culminates with a concert on May 4 that will be presented to their fellow inmates, families, victims, and community. Rita & Mikal have planned 10 days of filming with an all-female crew inside the facility.

Rita Chiarelli & Mikal Shapiro thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

Rita Chiarelli & Mikal Shapiro on the April 17, 2019 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley.

10:50

11. Rita Chiarelli – “I Can Change For You”
from: Breakfast At Midnight / Mad Iris Music / May 8, 2001
[Rita Chiarelli may very well be the most powerful singer in Canada! Bringing her brand of rock & blues to an ever-increasing loyal audience since she was 15 years old, Rita finished high school in Hamilton Ontario and formed the band Battleaxe, a nine piece R&B band which toured Canada and the US. She then joined the Ronnie Hawkins school of rock and roll for a year and in 1981 left Canada on a trip to Italy, staying six years, touring and working in studios. // Back in Canada in the late 1980s she released a succession of independent singles and had one of her most powerful songs, “Have You Seen My Shoes?”, used on the soundtrack of Bruce McDonald’s Canadian-made movie Roadkill, now a cult favorite. // The success of the first Stony Plain album Road Rockets helped cement Chiarelli’s solid reputation on the club circuit as an exciting, powerhouse performer with a stunning 3 octave range and a no-holds-barred delivery that rocked audiences across North America and Europe. Her 2nd album was co-produced with John Switzer, best known for his work with Jane Siberry, and featured guest appearances by Juno Award-winning guitarist & songwriter Colin Linden and members of country rock band Prairie Oyster. All songs with the exception of the Elvis Presley hit “Love Me” were written by Rita, who’s developed her songwriting skills to the point that other artists are paying attention; Long John Baldry recorded Rita’s song “Midnight in Berlin” on his Right To Sing The Blues. – Parsifal.com]

Heidi Lynne Gluck

12. Heidi Lynne Gluck – “Sadness Is Psychedelic”
from: Pony Show / Lotuspool Records / August 26, 2016
[Lawrence, Kansas based Heidi Lynne Gluck is a songwriter, singer and multi-instrumentalist originally from the middle of Canada. After transplanting herself from the plains of Manitoba to the midwestern United States, Heidi quickly became an in-demand player, performing on stage and in the studio both as a solo artist and with renowned musicians including Juliana Hatfield & Some Girls, Margot & The Nuclear So and Sos, Lily & Madeleine, The Pieces, The Only Children, and others. Heidi Lynne Gluck released the single “Party Line” on Too Much Rock on August 3, 2018.]

11:00 – Station ID

Sean Mawhirter on the April 17, 2019 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley.

11:00 – Interview with Sean Mawhirter

Sean Mawhirter, is originally from Wichita, Kansas. He is a guitarist and educator. During his over 20 years in the Kansas City metro music community, he has performed in a variety of settings and styles. Sean is a member of the Kansas City Guitar Society and Fractured Atlas. Sean Mawhirter is also the Artistic Director of Mundo Nouvo, KC’s salsa orchestra whee he also plays guitar in the band, Mundo Nouvo has been honing its style for three years and are ready to release their first full-length album, “Mejor Tarde Que Nunca.” This group play an Album Release Concert, Friday, April 19, at 8:00 PM, at The 10 Spot, 1000 Broadway, Blvd., KCMO.

Sean Mawhirter thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

Combining both Spanish and Haitian-Creole language, Mundo Nouvo [‘mun.do-nu.vo] means “New World”. This ensemble looks to source its material from the roots of Afro-Caribbean music with special emphasis on Cuban and Haitian traditions.

At its fullest, Mundo Nouvo operates as an 11-piece Salsa Orchestra that plays the dance halls for crowds that love the timeless groove of guaracha, merengue, mambo, etc.

This band also adapts to smaller formations (3-8 instruments) to play its repertoire in jazz clubs, restaurants, as well as concert programming.

Mundo Nouvo, KC’s salsa orchestra celebrating it’s first full-length album, “Mejor Tarde Que Nunca.”

Mundo Nouvo

Led by veteran Cuban singer Ramon Terrada.

Mundo Nouvo also includes Jose Miguel Ramos on congas & coro vocals, Felipe “Tato” Ramos on timbales & coro vocals, Tony Ramos on bongos, Will Crain on piano, Daniel Nonweiler on bass, Sean Mawhirter on guitar, Guy Montes on flute & coro vocals, Janne Silfverberg on trombone, Lawrence Jackson on trumpet, David Cunningham on trumpet and frequent contributors: Paul Roberts on piano, Armando Gutierrez on trumpet, and Pat Conway on Congas/Bongos & Drumset.

This group has been honing its style for three years and are ready to share an Album Release Concert, Fri, April 19, at 8:00 PM, at The 10 Spot, 1000 Broadway, Blvd., KCMO.

More information at: http://www.mundonouvo.org

Having assembled some of the best talent in Kansas City, this is not only an active band but a fiscally sponsored Arts Organization that has partnered with the Global Birthing Home Foundation (GBHF) to support their efforts with Maison de Naissance (translates to ‘Birth House’) in Torbeck, Haiti.

Maison de Naissance, a modern, culturally appropriate maternal center, was established in 2004 in Torbeck, Haiti, and is sponsored by GBHF, a 501(c)3 non-profit public charity based in Leawood, KS. Since its establishment, Maison de Naissance has delivered over 4,700 healthy babies, and conducted more than 132,000 consultations.

While all of the revenue raised through the fiscal sponsorship will be attributed to the overhead of maintaining the musical ensemble, the ticket sale proceeds will be donated to the Global Birthing Home Foundation (GBHF).

11:07

13. Mundo Nouvo – “La Esencia del Guaguanco”
from: Live at Kansas Public Radio / Mundo Nouvo – KPR / February 22, 2018

11:12 – Interview with Sean Mawhirter

We are talking with Sean Mawhirter, Artistic Director of Mundo Nouvo, Kansas City’s salsa orchestra celebrating it’s first full-length album, “Mejor Tarde Que Nunca” with an Album Release Concert, Friday, April 19, at 8:00 PM, at The 10 Spot, 1000 Broadway, Blvd., KCMO.

Sean Mawhirter thanks for being with us on WMM.

Johnsoncountylifestyle.com reported on Sean Mawhirter travels abroad in both Haiti and Cuba for monthlong research trips in an effort to conduct further study into the musical roots of these two countries that are the guiding inspiration for Mundo Nouvo. This involved formal courses taken at two music academies and private studies with some of the nations’ finest instrumentalists.

For Mawhirter, was quoted as saying, “There are so many wonderful ways educate yourself in music nowadays, but there is no substitute for being in the context of the art. After all, how can you say that you know someone without sitting at their table?”

“I’m really excited about what is down the road for us”, Mawhirter says. “Aside from the academic aspect, there’ll be instruments coming back with me for our educational outreach with K-12 schools. Also, we’re looking to get some of these master musicians up here to perform with us in future concert events for Kansas City audiences.”

Mundo Nouvo has been honing its style for three years and are ready to share an Album Release Concert, Fri, April 19, at 8:00 PM, at The 10 Spot, 1000 Broadway, Blvd., KCMO.

Sean Mawhirter thanks for being with us on WMM.

Mundo Nouvo, KC’s salsa orchestra is celebrating it’s first full-length album, “Mejor Tarde Que Nunca” with an Album Release Concert, Friday, April 19, at 8:00 PM, at The 10 Spot, 1000 Broadway, Blvd., KCMO. More information at: http://www.mundonouvo.org

11:19

14. The Phantastics – “Heartbreaker”
from: Life of the Party – EP / Kemet Creative / August 24, 2018
[Eight member band from Kansas City formed in December 0f 2010 made up of: Kemet the Phantom -lead vocals; Kim “Phirst Lady” Newsome on lead vocals; JJ Cantrell on lead guitar & vocals; Danny Florez on electric bass; Ashley Thompson on drums, Ernest Melton on saxophone; Ryan Davis on Trombone and rap vocals; Austin Quick on keyboards. The Phantastics specialize in genre-blending dance floor activators. In 2015, the music group was crowned “Kansas City’s best party band” by the Kansas City Star. Musicianship and diversity are at the core of their success. Rock, Rap, Dance, Funk, Jazz and Soul are all incorporated into their music. “The band that can do it all”, according to I Heart Local Music, has shared the stage with some of music’s most legendary acts including George Clinton and the Parliament Funkadelic.]

[The Phantastics play The Jazzhaus of Lawrence, 926 Massachusetts St, with Tyler Sanford and the Coalition, Saturday, April 20, at 10:30 PM.]

15. Son Volt – “While Rome Burns”
from: Union / Thirty Tigers / March 29, 2019
[9th studio album from St. Louis, Missouri based band formed in 1994 after the break up of Uncle Tupelo. Jay Farrar on vocals & guitar & harmonica, Andrew Duplantis on bass & backing vocal, Mark Patterson on drums, Chris Frame on guitar, and Mark Spencer on keyboards & steel guitar.]

[Son Volt plays Knuckleheads, 2715 Rochester St. KCMO, on Tuesday, April 23, at 8:00 PM.]

16. Hi-Lux – “Dance With My Baby”
from: Hi-Lux – EP / Hi-Lux / February 1, 2018
[Originally released as a single on August 15, 2017. Now included in this 6 song EP. HI-LÜX is Julia Haile on vocals, Nick Howell on keyboards & organ, Kian Byrne on drums and vocals, Pete Leibert on bass, Tim Braun on guitar. Hi-Lux is based in KC. The band brings together elements of soul, reggae and funk for a unique and dance inspiring sound. More info at: http://www.hi-lux.bandcamp.com]

[Julia Haile Trio with Tim Braun on guitar and Brendan Culp on drums play The Phoenix, 302 W. 8th, KCMO, Saturday, April 20, at 9:30 PM]

11:28 – Underwriting

17. Priests – “The Seduction of Kansas”
from: The Seduction of Kansas / Sister Polygon / April 5, 2019
[Priests are a post-punk band from Washington D.C. Formed in 2012, they are composed of Katie Alice Greer on vocals, Daniele Daniele on drums, Taylor Mulitz on bass, and G.L. Jaguar on guitar. Strong proponents of DIY ethic, Priests have autonomously released three EPs through their independently run label Sister Polygon Records, as well as tapes and singles from acts such as Downtown Boys, Snail Mail, Shady Hawkins, and other local D.C. bands. In an interview with the Diamondback, guitarist G.L. expressed their commitment to “do it yourself” approaches in creating exposure for corporately marginalized music, “It’s important to try and make safe and supportive art spaces in communities that are very much community oriented.” In 2017, Priests released their full-length debut LP Nothing Feels Natural which found itself on several best albums of 2017 lists including Billboard, NPR, the Atlantic, Will’s Band of the Week, and Pitchfork. On inauguration day, just days before the release of the album, the band played an event which they helped organize called NO: A Night of Anti-Fascist Sound Resistance in the Capital of the USA at the Black Cat. Rolling Stone described the band as “forging jagged incantations that challenge norms ranging from the driving forces of capitalism to punk’s own chest-beating macho traditions.]

[Priests play recordBar, 1520 Grand BLVD. KCMO, on Tuesday, July 9, at 9:00 PM.]

15. Drugs & Attics – “So Tuff”
from: Clean Their Room / High Dive Records / April 19, 2019
[High Dive Records debut from Kansas City based 3-piece premiere party drug rock band.]

[Drugs & Attics play Minibar, 3810 Broadway Rd, KCMO with Dreamgirl and The Whiffs, Thursday April 18, at 9:00 PM celebrating the release of Drugs & Attics new record.]

[Drugs & Attics play Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence, w/ High WestHus, JC& The Nuns, and The Whiffs on Sat, April 20, at 10:00 PM celebrating the release of Drugs & Attics new record.]

16. Emmaline Twist – “Oblivion”
from: Dissimulation / Black Site / August 24, 2018
[Debut LP from Emmaline Twist, Kansas City’s Darkwave / Post-Punk / Shoegaze project. In 2017 the band released “Dissimulation 1,” four songs in digital format, their first since 2016’s single release of “Vega” b/w “Moon Eyes.” The band is Meredith McGrade on vocals & guitar, Kristin Conkright on bass, Jonathan Knecht on drums, and Krysztof Nemeth on baritone guitar. Recorded, Mixed, and Produced at Massive Sound by Paul Malinowski, and Mastered by Mike Nolte at Eureka Mastering. Matched with compelling cover-art created by Amy Abshier. Alex Alexander joined the band on synthesizers & guitar.]

Kristin Conkright & Krysztof Nemeth on the April 17, 2019 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley.

11:40 – Interview with Kristin Conkright & Krysztof Nemeth of Emmaline Twist

Emmaline Twist released their debut album “Dissimulation” on August 24, 2018 on Black Site Records. The record was in the Top 10 of WMM’s 118 Best Recordings of 2018. members of Emmaline Twist join us in our 90.1 FM Studios. Emmaline Twist play recordBar, 1520 Grand Boulevard, KCMO, Friday, April 19, at 8:00 PM with The Foreign Resort, Nite, and Monta At Odds. More information at http://www.emmalinetwist.com

Kristin Conkright and Krysztof Nemeth, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Emmaline Twist is: Meredith McGrade on vocals & guitar, Kristin Conkright on bass, Jonathan Knecht on drums, Krysztof Nemeth on baritone guitar, and Alex Alexander on keyboarders & guitar.

From the band’s website:
These veteran musicians first came together in early 2016 and immediately found an audience eager for their moody, darkwave sound. They produced their first video single, “Vega” (dir. Steve Gardels), later that same year. In the Fall of 2017, they self-released the digital EP, Dissimulation I, as well as their second video — “Desperate Measures” (dir. Matt Lepley). In August of 2018 Emmaline Twist released its debut vinyl LP, Dissimulation, on the Kansas City record label cooperative, Black Site. The album contains four brand new tunes plus completely remastered versions of the four tracks from the 2017 EP. Also in the Summer of 2018, the band released a 45 rpm single of “Vega” (b/w “Moon Eyes”) on Kansas City’s eat.hear.records.

Starting with the solid foundational rhythm section of Jonathan Knecht on drums and Kristin Conkright on bass, keyboardist Alex Alexander, baritone guitarist Krysztof Nemeth, and singer/guitarist Meredith McGrade add layer upon layer of structure and minimalist detail to reveal clean, tightly-crafted songs that are not so much autobiographical documents as they are universal pronouncements ─ sonic explorations of a dark-yet-hopeful aesthetic that is truly a reflection of these anxious times.

Emmaline Twist doesn’t “write songs”. This band constructs vast soundscapes that evoke the urgent, anxious energy of bustling cities enveloped by a sonic atmosphere as wide as the prairie sky. With the workmanlike spirit that is the hallmark of Midwestern rock music, Emmaline Twist combines the angular rhythms of post-punk with the dreamy ambience of shoegaze to create a sound unique to this Paris on the Plains.

This Friday Night will also be the last Emmaline Twist show for quite awhile as they are starting pre-production on their next record and will be recording during the summer.

Kristin Conkright & Krysztof Nemeth on the April 17, 2019 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley.

Kristin Conkright and Krysztof Nemeth, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Emmaline Twist

Emmaline Twist play recordBar, 1520 Grand Boulevard, KCMO, Friday, April 19, at 8:00 PM with The Foreign Resort, Nite, and Monta At Odds. More information at http://www.emmalinetwist.com

11:56

20. Emmaline Twist – “Starcrossed”
from: Dissimulation / Black Site / August 24, 2018
[Debut LP from Emmaline Twist, Kansas City’s Darkwave / Post-Punk / Shoegaze project. In 2017 the band released “Dissimulation 1,” four songs in digital format, their first since 2016’s single release of “Vega” b/w “Moon Eyes.” The band is Meredith McGrade on vocals & guitar, Kristin Conkright on bass, Jonathan Knecht on drums, and Krysztof Nemeth on baritone guitar. Recorded, Mixed, and Produced at Massive Sound by Paul Malinowski, and Mastered by Mike Nolte at Eureka Mastering. Matched with compelling cover-art created by Amy Abshier. Alex Alexander recently joined the band on synthesizers & guitar.]

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

Next week on April 24 Allaudin Ottinger joins us to share music from his new release “Vision Bewilderment & Love” and he brings along special guests HuDost.

Also next week we talk with Mike McCoy and Amy Farrand who share information about their fundraiser for Brianne Grimmer, supporting her medical expense fund, on Friday, April 26, at 6:00 PM, at recordBar, 1520 Grand BLVD. KCMO, with Amy Farrand & The Like, Pamper The Madman, Cher UK, Drop A Grand, Knife Crime, Godzillionaire, KC Bear Fighters, and Mahoots.

And, Shaun Crowley of Momma’s Boy and Manor Records shares details about Manor Records Speaks Up – Sat, April 27 at 9:00 pm, at miniBar, 3810 Broadway, with Mild Cats, The Golden Fleece, Mouton, Momma’s Boy, The Rub’s, and Drugs & Attics, Manor Records will also release “The Bennett Tapes” in honor & memory of a good friend Bennett Jones featuring a live un-released track from his old band Shortsweather. The bands & musicians are uniting for a purpose with all door proceeds going to the KC chapter of SPEAK UP, raising awareness about suicide & depression and to help end the stigma associated with suicide. Speak Up stands for Suicide Prevention Education Awareness for Kids United as Partners. More info at http://www.speakup.us

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

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Show #782

WMM Playlist from August 23, 2017

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

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

More New & MidCoastal Releases
+ Shortsweather + Mr. Marco’s V7 + Schwervon!

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

2. Car Seat Headrest – “War Is Coming (If You Want It)”
from: War Is Coming (If You Want It) – Single / Matador / August 14, 2017
[According to Will Toledo “This is a song about not murdering people.” Originally a started as a solo recording project by 24 year old, Will Toledo, in Leesburg, Virginia. Toledo chose the name “Car Seat Headrest” after recording the vocals of his first albums in the back seat of his car, for privacy. Car Seat Headrest released 12 albums on Bandcamp. Toledo’s production has gradually grown less lo-fi, but he still remains an effective example of the DIY ethic. Toledo saw a large influx of new fans with his 2011 release Twin Fantasy, which has become the most popular of his self-released albums. In September 2015, Car Seat Headrest announced on his Facebook page that he had signed an album deal with Matador Records. In October 2015, Car Seat Headrest released the compilation album, Teens of Style under the label. This was his first album that was not self-released via Bandcamp. His 2016 album, Teens of Denial, was created with traditional studio processes. Car Seat Headrest are currently on tour as a full band.]

3. The Slowdown – “Look Older”
from: Summer Snow / The Slowdown / August 25, 2017
[Founded in 2006, The Slowdown is a Kansas City-based alternative rock/pop band led by multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer Sam Hoskins. The band is supported by seasoned Kansas City musicians: Josh Johnson on guitars and keyboards, and Jordan Smith on bass & backing vocals. Matt Clibanoff of All Things Go Music writes: “Kansas City alternative trio, The Slowdown has just released a new single off their forthcoming album. Gorgeous, though drenched despair, “Look Older” plunges into the solipsistic trench at the heart of the human condition. Guitars and synth dance in annular swirls as a voice skates across the frozen backdrop and breathily delivers the bad news: we’re all painfully and irrevocably lonely. Coolly delivered heartache has never sounded so sweet.”]

[The Slowdown play recordBar, 1520 Grand, Thurs, Aug. 24, w/ Not A Planet and Emmaline Twist.]

4. Benjamin Gibbard – “December”
from: Bandwagonesque / Benjamin Gibbard – Atlantic / July 28, 2017
[Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard’s latest project, is a song-for-song cover of Teenage Fanclub’s entire 1991 album, Bandwagonesque. “It’s my favorite record by my favorite band of all time,” Gibbard said in a press release. “It came along at a pivotal time in my musical life and I’ve loved it for over 25 years. It’s been such a blast taking these songs apart to see how they work and then putting them back together again.”]

5. Krystle Warren – “Thanks and Praise”
from: Three the Hard Way / Parlour Door Music / August 18, 2017
[Produced by Krystle Warren and Ben Kane (D’Angelo, Emily King, PJ Morton). Recorded, engineered, and mixed by Ben Kane. Written & performed by Krystle Warre. Mixed at The Garden, Brooklyn. Mastered & cut by Alex DeTurk at Masterdisk. Last year in Krystle Warren premiered this song and her other new songs from this album at the Middle of the Map Fest in a packed room at Californos in Westport and later at The Polsky Theatre for the Performing Arts Series of Johnsons County Community College. For this record Krystle decided to play every instrument and vocals & back up vocals, “playing bass, drums, lap steel, piano, guitar, and vocals directly to analog tape. She and Ben Kane recorded in Villetaneuse, France, a small town on the outskirts of Paris in a vintage 70s era studio that offered just the right, rich sound to suggest the musical foundation for the record, and to do justice to the duo’s carefully balanced arrangements.” On the radio show last year Krystle shared inspirations for this record, early gospel recordings, that crossed over into Jazz from Pharoah Sanders, Edwin Hawkins, and The Swan Silvertones. Originally from KC, Krystle learned to play the guitar by listening to Rubber Soul & Revolver from The Beatles. Krystle graduated from Paseo Arts Academy in 2001 and began her musical career in collaborating with area jazz and pop musicians. After living in San Francisco and NYC, Krystle was signed to a French label, Because Music, and moved to Paris to release “Circles” in 2009. Krystle played French and British television programs, including Later with Jools Holland, garnering critical acclaim and traveling all over the world with Rufus Wainwright, Nick Cave, Norah Jones, and Joan As Police Woman. Krystle created, Parlour Door Music, to release “Love Songs: A Time You May Embrace” a recording from a 13-day session in Brooklyn, where she recorded 24 songs live with 28 musicians including her band, The Faculty, alongside choirs, horn and string sections.]

6. Broken Social Scene – “Protest Song”
from: Hug of Thunder / Arts & Crafts Productions / July 7, 2017
[Hug of Thunder is the 5th studio album by Toronto, Ontario based, indie rock musical collective Broken Social Scene that was formed in 1999 and continues 15 members. Most of its members play in various other groups and solo projects, mainly in the city of Toronto. These associated acts include Metric, Feist, Stars, Apostle of Hustle, Do Make Say Think, KC Accidental, Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton, Amy Millan, and Jason Collett. The group’s sound combines elements of all of its members’ respective musical projects, and is occasionally considered baroque pop. It includes grand orchestrations featuring guitars, horns, woodwinds, and violins, unusual song structures, and an experimental, and sometimes chaotic production style from David Newfeld, who produced the second and third albums.After declaring a hiatus in September 2011, Broken Social Scene performed at the Field Trip Arts & Crafts Music Festival in 2013 and a couple of festivals in 2015, the latter of which prompted band members Kevin Drew, Brendan Canning, Charles Spearin, Justin Peroff, and Andrew Whiteman to discuss recording new material. “When we’re working, we understand that there will be a lot more input, so we leave space in the music as we’re writing it,” Spearin said. “We would send out invitations for all the usual crew, and say, ‘Hey, we’re doing this again. Would you be interested in being part of this?'” In the end, 18 musicians were credited on Hug of Thunder. During sessions for the album, Leslie Feist conceived the idea for the title track, her first lead vocal on a Broken Social Scene song since 2006.[3] Drew explained that the title represents “exactly who we are. That is our show. We’re trying to create that hug of thunder. That sound. That embrace amongst the chaos.]

7. Eems – “Excuses”
from: Rocket Ship / Independent / August 11, 2017
[Eems is a KC based ukulele loop artist, singer songwriter, rapper, pianist, drummer, The resonance of his bright musical sounds, and lyrical calls, are woven through genres of folk, hip hop, pop, and dance influences. He has shared the stage with notable hop hop artists, and KC Folk Music Fest, Middle of The Map Fest.]

[EEMS plays American Culture in Blue Springs, Missouri on Saturday, August 26]

[EEMS plays the Crossroads Music Fest, Saturday, September 9.]

10:29 – Underwriting

8. Shortsweather – “Fit Dads”
from: Fit Dads – Single / Parrot Ice Studio / January 13, 2017
[1st single from upcoming record Patio Naps, from the KC based alternative indie dreampop surf punk band formed by Patrick Keizer, Davy Langerak, Bennett Jones, Josiah Hunter. Engineered / Produced / Mixed / Mastered / Loved By Jordan Richardson. Written by Shortsweather with Alie Warman.]

[Shortsweather play The Riot Room, August 30, with Dreamgirl, and Bleached.]

[Shortsweather also play the 90.1 FM Crossroads Music Fest, Saturday, September 9.]

10:32 – Interview with Patrick Keizer, Josiah Hunter, Davy Langerak, and Bennett Jones

Davy Langerak, Josiah Hunter, Patrick Keizer, and Bennett Jones of Shortsweather on Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM (8/23/17)

Formed in 2015, the KC based band, Shortsweather are Patrick Keizer on vocals and keyboards, Josiah Hunter on on guitar, Davy Langerak on bass, and Bennett Jones on drums. Shortsweather play The Riot Room, Wednesday, August 30, with Dreamgirl and Bleached. Shortsweather also play the 90.1 FM Crossroads Music Fest, Saturday, September 9.

Patrick Keizer , Josiah Hunter, Davy Langerak, and Bennett Jones thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

We just heard the bands most recent single, “Fit Dads.”

For more information about Shortsweather’s musical recordings you can visit: http://www.shortsweather.bandcamp.com.

Patrick Keizer, born February 2, 1994, 23 years, is from Lawrence, Kansas. He graduated from Blue Valley North High School. Patrick studied Special Education at University of North Texas in Denton, Texas.

Josiah Hunter is originally from the Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas area. While Patrick Keizer was going to University of North Texas he met Josiah and they started creating music together. Josiah eventually moved to Kansas City. He works at Westport Cafe.

Davy Langerak, born April 30, 1991. He plays bass. He is originally from Arvada, Colorado.

Bennett Jones, born December 10, 1992, plays drums. He works at Voltaire, 1617 Genessee St. with Wes Gartner.

10:49

9. Shortsweather – “Sundream”
from: I’ll Teach You What You Don’t Know, And You Can Teach Me What I Don’t Know/ Parrot Ice Studio / February 17, 2016
[Debut 2-song EP release from the KC based alternative indie dreampop surf punk band. recorded by Patrick Keizer and Josiah Hunter.]

[Shortsweather play The Riot Room, August 30, with Dreamgirl and Bleached.]

[Shortsweather also play the 90.1 FM Crossroads Music Fest, Sat, September 9.]

10. Mr. Marco’s V7 – “The Yin & Yang Of A Killing Device In Honor To My Mother’s Wooden Spoon”
from: Man Of Action! II Vol. 1 Motion Picture Soundtrack / MK 12 / 2016
[Originally from Mr. Marco’s V7 Debut album Cowtown Ballroom Sessions from 1997. Marco Pascolini on guitar, Johnny Hamil on bass, Chris Fugitt on drums, Clarke Wyatt on keyboards.]

[Mr. Marco’s V7 original lineup will reunite for a special “Cocktail Hour” performance on Saturday, August 26, 7:00 PM at Davey’s Uptown Rambler’s Club, 3402 Main St, KCMO]

11:00 – Station ID

11:00 – Interview with Johnny Hamil, and Marco Pascolini

Marco Pascolini and Johnny Hamil of Mr. Marco’s V7 on Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM (8/23/17)

Johnny Hamil and Marco Pascolini are original members of Mr. Marco’s V7 a band that was formed in the 1990s and released their debut record, “Cowtown Ballroom Sessions” in 1997. That record is now out of print, however the original lineup will reunite for a special “Cocktail Hour” performance on Saturday, August 26, 7:00 PM at Davey’s Uptown Rambler’s Club, 3402 Main St, KCMO, where the band first performed live in the early 90s. Marco Pascolini, Johnny Hamil, Chris Fugitt, and Clark Wyatt formed the original band and will be playing material from this era. Mark Southerland will join the band as a special guest, just as he did on the album before he officially joined the band. Chad Meise will be running the sound and spinning tiki lounge tracks when the band isn’t performing.

Johnny Hamil, and Marco Pascolini, thanks for being with us on WMM.

Johnny Hamil grew up in KCK. Johnny has also played in the bands Pamper the Madman, Malachy Papers and with many collaborations. Johnny is a teacher and organizes the Kansas City Bass Camp

Marco Pascolini grew up in a family of artists. His parents were both artists at Hallmark. Marco has played in the bands The Naughty Pines, Scott Hrabko and the Rabbits, Folkicide, Dead Voices, Mr. Marco’s V7, Expassionates, the Brannock Device, Snakebite Orphans, The Country Duo, and Fred Wickham

Mr. Marco’s V7 was titled after Johnny’s determination to put Marco’s name in the title of the band and Marco’s randomly looking at a hair tonic’s bottle’s secret formula (V7).

11:09

11. Mr. Marco’s V7 – “Trouble In Delivery (Cha Cha Cha At The D.M.V.)”
from: Man Of Action! II Vol. 1 Motion Picture Soundtrack / MK 12 / 2016
[Originally from Mr. Marco’s V7 debut album Cowtown Ballroom Sessions from 1997. Marco Pascolini on guitar, Johnny Hamil on bass, Chris Fugitt on drums, Clarke Wyatt on keyboards.]

[Mr. Marco’s V7 original lineup will reunite for a special “Cocktail Hour” performance on Saturday, August 26, 7:00 PM at Davey’s Uptown Rambler’s Club, 3402 Main St, KCMO]

Mr. Marco’s V7 / Cowtown Ballroom Sessions / Year: 1997 / Tracks: 11 / Total time: 53:55

1. Meanwhile…the hero waits 3:10
2. Latin Mood 4:52 *
3. Quite night at the Cowtown 5:21
4. BULLDOGged in lulling 3:58
5. the Yin & Yang of a killing device 6:54 *
6. Ah Yeah… 5:01
7. Counterfeit 3:35
8. Dartanian steps out. 9:31
9. My Favorite Milkshake 2:27
10. Shanty 3:13
11. Trouble in Delivery 5:44 *

Mr. Marco’s V7 will also be re-releasing their out-of-print first album that was recorded live at The Cowtown Ballroom.

Johnny Hamil’s notes:

The three V7 songs we are playing on the radio show today are more in the genre of “exotic lounge” but early V7 also had a lot of rockabilly stuff on that first record. We were a short lived rockabilly band called the Rod Knockers, this was before Marco and I started the V7. In the first incarnation of the band, members merged together styles and genre that were not normally mixed together. Marcos and I didn’t accept classifications so easily. The music wasn’t forced in any specific way, we just went where we wanted to go. Truly my favorite part of our music is the trust we all have in each other. It brought out the uniqueness of the music.

The first band/album highlighted Marco Pascolini’s compositions the most. The record really highlights his unique playing style (really unlike any other guitar player). So to some extent, the first album is the most unique out of all our records (all are based on taking some left turn and very worked out compositions until we found a new sound). So, no V7 record sounds the same on purpose. However the first one is so darn happy!

We will be trying to re-issue the first V7 record, “Cowtown Ballroom Sessions” later this year. The packaging won some design awards since Marco is an amazing graphic designer as well as musician (his whole family are well known artists, mostly his father and mother who helped put Hallmark on the map). His father is from a small town near Florence, Italy so art has been in his family for a longtime. Marco Pascolini’s flyers and artwork are on everything we’ve done.

From The Pitch Jan. 24, 2002 – Andrew Miller

V7 — Mr. Marco’s V7, that is — tops all of this column’s area alphabetical representatives in numerous categories: best packaging (a round-edged screw-fashioned cardboard concoction); best song titles (“The Yin & Yang of a Killing Device … in Homage to My Mother’s Wooden Spoon”), and, last but not least, best music. Recorded live at El Torreon in 1997, well before the venue’s resurgence as a punk club, Cowtown Ballroom Sessions captures one of the area’s sharpest instrumental ensembles at its freewheeling best, with the fascinating interaction between lead guitarist Marco Pascolini and Fender Rhodes player Clarke Wyatt fueling the group’s sometimes funky, often jazzy, invariably engaging explorations.

11:24

12. Mr. Marco’s V7 – “Latin Mood”
from: Man Of Action! II Vol. 1 Motion Picture Soundtrack / MK 12 / 2016
[Originally from Mr. Marco’s V7 Debut album Cowtown Ballroom Sessions from 1997. Marco Pascolini on guitar, Johnny Hamil on bass, Chris Fugitt on drums, Clarke Wyatt on keyboards.]

[Mr. Marco’s V7 original lineup will reunite for this special “Cocktail Hour” performance on Saturday, August 26, 7:00 PM at Davey’s Uptown Rambler’s Club, 3402 Main St, KCMO]

11:29 – Underwriting

13. Schwervon! – “Blood Eagle”
from: “Blood Eagle” b/w “Wrath” – Single / Broker’s Tip / September 23, 2017
[Schwervon! is a two piece rock band. Nan plays drums and Matt plays guitar and they both sing. They lived in NYC for 15 years and relocated to Kansas City several years ago. The duo makes annual US and European tours. On tour they’ve opened for The Vaselines and Belle & Sebastian. They recorded Courage with Memphis-based engineer Doug Easley who has worked with Pavement, Sonic Youth, and Cat Power.]

[Schwervon! play a Tour Kick Off Show at Californos in Westport August 26, with Abandoned Bells, and Folkicide Duo.]

[Schwervon! also play a 7″ Release Show! on Saturday, September 23, at 10:00 PM at Replay Lounge.]

11:35 – Interview With Matthew Roth and Nan Turner

Marco Pascolini, Nan Turner & Matthew Roth (of Schwervon!), and Johnny Hamil on Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM (8/23/17)

Matthew Roth and Nan Turner are Schwervon! a two piece rock band band born in New York City and based in Shawnee, Kansas. Nan plays drums. Matt plays guitar. They both sing. Schwervon! have toured the world and performed with Belle and Sebastian, The Vaselines, The Wedding Present, Vampire Weekend, Kimya Dawson, The Thermals, R. Ring (Kelley Deal & Mike Montgomery), Speedy Ortiz, Jeffrey Lewis, and Wussy. Matt also performs and records as Major Matt Mason USA. Nan also performs and records as Nan and The One Nite Stands.

Schwervon! play a Tour Kick Off Show at Californos in Westport August 26, with Abandoned Bells, and Folkicide Duo.

Schwervon! also play a 7″ Release Show! on Saturday, September 23, at 10:00 PM at Replay Lounge.

Matthew Roth and Nan Turner thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Schwervon! have a new 7″ that will released on Broker’s Tip the record label founded by Bob Nastanovich of Pavement, and Silver Jews.

Schwervon! is hitting the road in September to the East Coast and back.

SCHWERVON! SEPTEMBER SPIN OUT TOUR!!
TOUR KICKOFF SHOW AUGUST 26th @ Californo’s (KCMO)
w/ Abandoned Bells + Folkicide Duo)!

SEPTEMBER
1 – Omaha, NE @ Barley Street Tavern (for BFF Femme Fest!!)
2 – Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews w/ Greg Wheeler & the Polygamist Mall Cops + Easy Fruit + DJ Need a Stack
3 – Rock Island, IL – Rozz Toxx
4 – Michigan City, IN – Quality Beet
5 – Lansing, MI – The Fledge
6 – Hamtramck, MI – Trixie’s Bar w/ Kit Parks + Counter Elites + Plutonic Boyfriends
7 – Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk w/ Pat Kewley + Jack Topht + Slow Mutants
8 – Beacon, NY @ Beacon Music Factory
9 – New Brunswick, NJ @ Volume IV w/ Spowder + Glazer + Mr. Payday
12 – Brooklyn, NJ @ Silent Barn w/ Wooing + Fraidycat + Little Cobweb
13 – Washington, D.C. @ Fort Davie (message for details)
14 – Baltimore, MD @ Reverb w/ Manners Manners + Flaming Creatures
15 – Youngstown, OH @ Cedars w/ Sam Goodwill
16 – Cincinnati, OH @ Northside Yacht Club w/ Wussy Duo + Breaking Glass
17 – Murray, KY @ Terrapin Station

Schwervon! Photo by Lippe

Their music is “an expression of imperfect love through jagged rock minimalism.” Their casual interactions on stage, combined with a love of dance and poetry, result in some unique live show experiences. Their ever expanding catalog hearkens to a golden age of Indie rock music that was equal parts fascination and fun.

11:44

14. Schwervon! – “Wrath of Angels”
from: “Blood Eagle” b/w “Wrath” – Single / Broker’s Tip / September 23, 2017
[Schwervon! is a two piece rock band. Nan plays drums and Matt plays guitar and they both sing. They lived in NYC for 15 years and relocated to Kansas City several years ago. The duo makes annual US and European tours. On tour they’ve opened for The Vaselines and Belle & Sebastian. They recorded Courage with Memphis-based engineer Doug Easley who has worked with Pavement, Sonic Youth, and Cat Power.]

Schwervon! is a two piece American band born on the Lower East Side of New York City. Their band name is taken from the warped abbreviation of an urban slang, meaning: “to do something well in one’s own way or in a unique manner, usually involving members of the opposite sex.”

Schwervon! have been described as Antifolk, Minimalist Rock, Noise Pop, DIY, and even 90’s Indie Revivalist. Their longish career spans five albums and three seven inches. Schwervon! are a perpetual experiment between a drumset, a guitar, a couple and a song. But a particular reaction to their music has remained consistent, as David Gedge of The Wedding Present so eloquently put it: “I’m not sure how just two people manage to make such a big sound!”

Live Schwervon! performance intermissions occasionally involve Matt reciting original poetry while Nan improv dances amongst the audience.

Schwervon’s album Courage was recorded in Memphis, Tennessee, with Doug Easley (Cat Power, Pavement, Breeders). Guest artists included Frances McKee (The Vaselines, Sunny Moon) and Dave Shouse (Grifters, Those Bastard Souls).

Schwervon! play a Tour Kick Off Show at Californos in Westport August 26, with Abandoned Bells, and Folkicide Duo.

Schwervon! also play a 7″ Release Show! on Saturday, September 23, at 10:00 PM at Replay Lounge. More info at http://www.schwervon.com

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15. Schwervon! – “American Idle”
from: Courage / Olive Juice Music / September 28, 2012
[Schwervon! is a two piece rock band. Nan plays drums and Matt plays guitar and they both sing. They lived in NYC for 15 years and relocated to Kansas City several years ago. The duo makes annual US and European tours. On tour they’ve opened for The Vaselines and Belle & Sebastian. They recorded Courage with Memphis-based engineer Doug Easley who has worked with Pavement, Sonic Youth, and Cat Power.]

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

Next week, on August 30 Marion Merritt returns with new musical discoveries and information from her musically encyclopedic brain. Plus Ada Jay joins us live in the 90.1 FM Studios.

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

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