WMM Playlist from August 1, 2018

C.J. Janovy photo by: John Janovy, Jr.

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

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Calvin Arsenia in Concert on the Radio!
+ Writer & Journalist C.J. Janovy

C.J. Janovy and Calvin Arsenia on the August 1, 2018 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM.

10:00 – Station ID

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

2. Jefferson Airplane – “White Rabbit”
from: Surrealistic Pillow / RCA – Victor / February, 1967
[Marty Balin – vocals, guitar, album design, Jack Casady – bass guitar, fuzz bass, rhythm guitar, Spencer Dryden – drums, percussion, Paul Kantner – rhythm guitar, vocals, Jorma Kaukonen – lead guitar, vocals, Grace Slick – vocals, piano, organ, recorder. Jefferson Airplane was an American rock band formed in San Francisco, California in 1965. A pioneer of counterculture-era psychedelic rock, the group was the first band from the San Francisco scene to achieve international mainstream success. They performed at the three most famous American rock festivals of the 1960s—Monterey (1967), Woodstock (1969) and Altamont (1969) —as well as headlining the first Isle of Wight Festival (1968). Their 1967 record Surrealistic Pillow is regarded as one of the key recordings of the “Summer of Love”. Two hits from that album, “Somebody to Love” and “White Rabbit”, are listed in Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Songs of All Time”.

10:05 – Interview with Bill Sundahl

14th Annual Crossroads Music Fest is September 8, 2018

Bill Sundahl is founder of Crossroads Music Festival and has been coming on this radio program for the last 14 years to share information about the music and venues and collaborations associated with Crossroads Music Festival – one of the longest running music festivals in Kansas City. Bill is also 90.1 FM KKFI’s Development Director, where he is constantly in motion, working to keep Community Radio alive! Bill joins us as to share details about participating artists, and special features, of this year’s CMF, on Saturday, September 8.

Bill Sundahl thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Since it’s inception in 2005, CMF has featured over hundreds of bands and attracted thousands of people to the Crossroads Arts District in Kansas City.

THE 2018 CMF LINEUP INCLUDES:

RADKEY & QUIXOTIC PERFORMERS – HEMBREE – HI LUX – BRANDON PHILLIPS & THE CONDITION – CUBANISMS – EEMS – GAMELAN GENTA KASTURI – GRAND MARQUIS – TAYLOR SMITH BAND – BCR – MY OH MY! – VOGTS SISTERS – VOLKER BROTHERS – FOUR SCORE – SUMMER OSBOURNE – COWTOWN COUNTRY CLUB – SUPERMASSIVE BLACK HOLES – CADILLAC FLAMBE – VI TRAN BAND – CHAD ELLIOTT !!! MORE TO BE ADDED SOON !!!

The 14th annual Crossroads Music Fest is Saturday, September 8.

For more information you can go to: http://www.cmfkc.com or http://www.kkfi.org

10:10 – Underwriting

10:12 – Interview with Calvin Arsenia

Calvin Arsenia

Since 2014 we have been celebrating the music of Calvin Arsenia who came home to KC after living in Edinburgh, Scotland, and released the EPs, Moments, Prose. Last year Calvin released his full length debut, Catastrophe, and a LIVE recording from Greenwood Social Hall. This year he released the EP Caviar to special guests who attended his show at Wickstock West in West Bottoms. Standing at 6 foot 6 inches, Arsenia’s powerful vocals span a 3.5 octave range, while playing piano, banjo, guitar and harp. Calvin has played Folk Alliance International, Kansas City Fringe Fest, Apocalypse Meow, The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, The Kauffman Center For The Performing Arts, The Middle of the Map Fest., The Folly Theatre. Last year he undertook a three month US/European Outlyre Tour where he has played San Francisco, Portland, Vancouver, NYC, Boston, Edinburgh, Sweden, Denmark, Holland, Switzerland, Lyon and Paris. Calvin Arsenia plays plays a special Album Release Show for his new album Cantaloupe, at The Gem Theatre, 1615 East 18th Street, KCMO, on Saturday, September 15 with special guest Krystle Warren and others, presented by Bullseye Records.

Calvin Arsenia, thanks for being with us on WMM.

Calvin was our most played artist of 2017, and his release Castastrophe was in our Top Three of WMM’s The 117 Best Recordings of 2017.

Calvin has been traveling a lot this year. He participated in Escape to Create in Seaside Florida during the month of January. He has traveled to Australia, Gothenburg Sweden, Edinburgh Scotland. Calvin has spent time in Los Angeles recording songs for a new vinyl EP called “The L.A. Sessions,” that will be coming out on Bullseye Records sometime next year.

Calvin has also been working on his new full length album, Cantaloupe, and a special KC Release on September 15.

And Calvin And Simon Huntley are getting ready to go back on tour to Edinburgh, to Fringe By the Sea.

This year Calvin Arsenia was signed to the new Kansas City based music label, Bullseye Records started by Jim Andrews and Patrick Sprehe.

10:16

3. Calvin Arsenia – “Bleu” (LIVE)
also available on Calvin Arsenia’s EP Moments, released April 9, 2014

[Calvin Arsenia plays plays a special Album Release Show for his new album Cantaloupe, at The Gem Theatre, 1615 East 18th Street, KCMO, on Saturday, September 15 with special guest Krystle Warren and others, presented by Bullseye Records.]

10:22

4. Calvin Arsenia – “Dance in The Rain”
from: “Dance in The Rain” – Single / (Unreleased Track) / from 2007
[Self recorded by 17 year old Calvin Arsenia who got his start making worship music for his church in Olathe, Kansas.]

5. Calvin Arsenia – “Jesus Loves Me”
from: “Jesus Loves Me” – Single / (Unreleased Track) / from 2007
[Self recorded by 17 year old Calvin Arsenia who got his start making worship music for his church in Olathe, Kansas.]

10:33

6. Calvin Arsenia – “Lullaby” w/ Sara Morgan
from: “Lullaby – Single / (Unreleased Track) / from February 22, 2006
[16 year old Calvin Arsenia & 17 year old Sara Morgan collaborated on music in the same church.]

10:37

7. Calvin Arsenia – “86”
from: Moments [EP] / Independent / April 9, 2014
[Calvin Arsenia was 24 when he released this EP after returning home to Kansas City after living and performing in Edinburgh, Scotland. Calvin works as a songwriter, composer, lyricist, producer, and engineer. Calvin Arsenia played live on Wednesday MidDay Medley on October 22. 2014.]

[Calvin Arsenia plays a special Album Release Show for his new album Cantaloupe, at The Gem Theatre, 1615 East 18th Street, KCMO, on Saturday, September 15 with special guest Krystle Warren and others, presented by Bullseye Records.]

10:46

8. Calvin Arsenia – “Reflection #3” (LIVE)
Calvin Arsenia performing a harp instrumental of a piece that was originally improvised from a show in Edinburg that Calvin recorded o his cell phone and later transposed for a friend this year who asked him to recreate the piece for a performance.

Calvin Arsenia recently performed in a staged musical called “After Persephone” that was part of the KC Fringe Festival and was performed at Arts Asylum. All of the performances were sold out.

10:56

One of Calvin’s influences is Bjork

9. Bjork – “Generous Palmstroke”
from: Vespertine Live / One Little Indian / June 1, 2004

11:00 – Station ID

11:00 – Interview with C.J. Janovy

C.J. Janovy photo by: John Janovy, Jr.

Writer and journalist C.J. Janovy joins us to discuss her new book, No Place Like Home – Lessons in Activism from LGBT Kansas, from University Press of Kansas. C.J. Janovy currently oversees digital content for 89.3 FM KCUR, Kansas City’s NPR affiliate, where C.J, has also reported on arts and culture. C.J. Janovy also served as Editor of The Pitch Weekly for over a decade. C.J. Janovy received her English Degree from the University of California at Berkeley, and her Masters Degree in creative writing from Boston University.

C.J. Janovy shares her new book in a discussion that examines the evolution of LGBTQIA equality in Kansas on Wednesday, August 8, at 6:30 pm, at the Kansas City Public Library – Central Library, 14 West 10th Street, Kansas City Missouri. You can RSVP at http://www.kclibrary.org

C.J. Janovy thanks for being with us on WMM.

Full disclosure: I’ve known C.J, Janovy since 1990 when she wrote a piece about Big Bang Buffet and The Spoken Word at Cafe Lulu for The New Times, one of Kansas City’s weekly newspapers of the 1990s. Many of the writers of The New Times migrated to The Pitch Weekly where C.J. served as Editor for over a decade. At one point The Pitch was owned by The Village Voice Media, and specialized in advocacy journalism.

C.J. transitioned from print media to radio when she began reporting for KCUR 89.3 FM. C.J. reported on arts and now oversees digital content at http://www.kcur.org

No Place Like Home – Lessons in Activism from LGBT Kansas

This book, No Place Like Home – Lessons in Activism from LGBT Kansas, is a gift. A gift to all of the people who have fought for equality in Kansas.

C.J. Janovy writes that this project began on June 26, 2013. The day of the U.S. Supreme Court ruled by a 5-to-4 vote that the U.S. Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage.

C.J. Janovy spent over 3 years doing research for this book.

In her forward, C.J. mentions other books written about struggles for LGBTQIA Equality, in other states, realizing that the story of Kansas LGBTQIA activists needed to be told.

C.J. also refers to Frank L. Baum’s the Wonderful Wizard of Oz, published in 1900. The 1939 film version, starring Judy Garland has become a huge metaphor and symbolic piece for Gay folk everywhere.

Traveling through the story of LGBTQIA Equality in Kansas, C.J. shares the story of how Kansas has become more socially conservative from the mid 1970s to today.

This book comes out the same year as the Austin Williams documentary film, The Ordinance Project, which tells the story of how, “at the height of the AIDS crisis, the City Council of Kansas City, Missouri debated whether or not to amend its Civil Rights Ordinance to prevent discrimination against lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and people with HIV/AIDS. It quickly became the most highly contested piece of legislation in Kansas City’s history, galvanizing both supporters and opponents while exposing a social divide that is still felt today.” It eventually passed in 1993, after a three year struggle. That story parallels the stories in No Place Like Home, with similar ordinances eventually passing in Manhattan, Salina and Hutchinson, Kansas.

You can find more information at: http://www.cjjanovy.com where C.J. has posted a piece about Lea Hopkins, who is featured in The Ordinance Project.

No Place Like Home – Lessons in Activism from LGBT Kansas deals with Marriage Equality, housing and employment discrimination, Transgender rights, The Christian Right.

No Place Like Home – Lessons in Activism from LGBT Kansas features profiles of: Tiffany Muller, Sandra Stenzel, Diane Silver, Bruce Ney, Christopher Renner, Tom Witt, Bruce McKinney, Pat Munz, Kristi Parker, Stephanie Mott, LuAnn Kahl, Anne Mitchell, Lindy Duree, Tanya Jantz, Kristie Stremel, Isaac Unruh, Charlie Snook, Alley Stoughton, Cora Holt, Jonathan Mertz, Lukus Ebert, Sandra Meade, Kevin Stilley, and many others. These profiles are part of the action of this book, these activists all continually standing up for a more equal and fair world in which to live.

In her book, No Place Like Home – Lessons in Activism from LGBT Kansas, author C.J. Janovy gives special thanks to librarians: Tami Albin of The University of Kansas’s Under the Rainbow: Oral Histories of Gay, Lesbian, Transgender, Intersex and Queer People in Kansas, and Stuart Hinds of GLAMA The Gay and Lesbian Archives of Mid-America at The University of Missouri-Kansas City

C.J. Janovy shares her new book in a discussion that examines the evolution of LGBTQIA equality in Kansas on Wednesday, August 8, at 6:30 pm at the Kansas City Public Library – Central Library, 14 West 10th Street, Kansas City Missouri. You can RSVP at http://www.kclibrary.org

C.J. Janovy and Calvin Arsenia on the August 1, 2018 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM.

11:24 – Underwriting

11:26 – Interview with Calvin Arsenia & Simon Huntley

Calvin Arsenia plays an album release show at The Gem Theatre, 1615 East 18th Street, KCMO, on Saturday, September 15 with Krystle Warren and others, presented by Bullseye Records. More information at: http://www.calvinarsenia.com

Also with us is: Simon Huntley who is a lighting designer, drummer, percussionist, engineer. He works as head percussionist with Quixotic. He serves as head lighting technician at The Folly Theatre. Simon will be traveling again with Calvin throughout Europe on an upcoming tour, starting tomorrow.

Calvin Arsenia, Simon Huntley, thanks for being with us on WMM.

11:28

J. Ashley Miller and Simon Huntley are the producers of Calvin’s new album, Cantaloupe, recorded at various recording studios around Kansas City

10. Jametatone – “Shadow Projecting”
from: Frog In The Pot / J. Ashley Miller / December 21, 2017
[New 10-song album from Jametatone, the solo project of J. Ashley Miller who also records with his band as Metatone. J. Ashley Miller is the 2016 Charlotte Street Generative Performing Artist Award Fellow. He is a composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist. His genre-bending trans-modern work has been performed everywhere from YJ’s to the Kauffman Performing Arts Center, to the MoMa PS1 in NYC. Ashley utilizes a diverse range of technologies, techniques, and collaborators to access obscure facets of the human emotional landscape. You can view more of Ashley’s work at http://www.jametatone.com.]

11:32

11. Calvin Arsenia – ” Poseidon” (Live)
Calvin Arsenia on harp and vocals, Simon Huntey on percussion
also available on Cantaloupe / Bullseye Records / September 15, 2018 (KC Release)

11:40

Calvin was recently signed by Bullseye Records a new record label formed in Kansas City by Jim Andrews and Patrick Sprehe.

12. Calvin Arsenia – “Don’t Explain”
from: L.A. Sessions / Bullseye Records / expected Spring 2019
[Written by jazz singer Billie Holiday & Arthur Herzog Jr. Billie wrote “Don’t Explain” after her husband, Jimmy Monroe, came home one night with lipstick traces on his collar. Recorded by Holiday in 1944.]

11:45

13. Calvin Arsenia – “Equally”
from: Cantaloupe / Bullseye Records / September 15, 2018 (KC Release)

[Calvin Arsenia plays a special Album Release Show for his new album Cantaloupe, at The Gem Theatre, 1615 East 18th Street, KCMO, on Saturday, September 15 with special guest Krystle Warren and others, presented by Bullseye Records.]

Calvin Arsenia also plays The Mark Music Show 2.6 An Evening With Calvin Arsenia, hosted by The MARK and St. Mark Hope and Peace Lutheran, Saturday, September 29 at 7:30 PM at St. Mark Hope and Peace Lutheran, 3800 Troost Ave, KCMO

11:48

14. Calvin Arsenia – “Headlights”
from: Cantaloupe / Bullseye Records / September 15, 2018 (KC Release)
[First single from Cantaloupe]

More information at http://www.calvinarsenia.com

11:56:30

15. Calvin Arsenia – “Tip Toe (Radio Edit)”
from: Caviar EP/ Calvin Arsenia / December 5, 2017
[Produced for attendees at Calvin’s “Secret Show,” Tuesday, December 5, at Wickstock West, 1324 West 12th Street, in The West Bottoms, and for supporters of his Outlyre Tour. Words and Music by Calvin Arsenia. Produced by Jametatone, Simon Huntley and Calvin Arsenia. Recorded at The Infoaming Vertex. Since Calvin Arsenia came home to KC after living in Edinburgh, Scotland, he has released his EP, Moments, in 2014, and his EP Prose in 2015, and his Folk Alliance exclusive EP Catastrophe in 2016. On February 14, 2017 Calvin released his critically acclaimed full length debut, Catastrophe. Calvin Arsenia premiered these songs in a live show at recordBar in November 2016 in a stage show that involved a company of 50 people, dancers, stilt walkers, special lighting, back up singers, guest artists. Calvin released Live at Greenwood Social Hall from his June 11, 2017 live performance at Greenwood Social Hall, 1760 Bellevue. In the late Summer and Fall Calvin went on a three month US/European Outlyre Tour where he has played San Francisco, Portland, Vancouver, NYC, Boston, Edinburgh, Sweden, Denmark, Holland, Switzerland, Lyon and Paris, in over 40 shows, with musician and friend Simon Huntley who plays with Quixotic. Since 2014 we have been celebrating the music of Calvin Arsenia. Calvin is a graduate of Artist INC.]

[Calvin Arsenia plays plays a special Album Release Show for his new album Cantaloupe, at The Gem Theatre, 1615 East 18th Street, KCMO, on Saturday, September 15 with special guest Krystle Warren and others, presented by Bullseye Records.]

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 8, Marion Merritt returns as our Special Guest Producer. Marion will share tracks from: R+R Now, Kamasi Washington, Bernice, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Super Elcados, Ty Segall and White Fence, J.M. Black and more. Also next week, we’ll talk with Kansas City based singer songwriter, Una Walkenhorst who plays Songs For Justice: A Benefit for the Midwest Innocence Project, Monday, August 20 at 7:00 PM, at recordBar, 1520 Grand Boulevard, KCMO with Instant Karma, and Blue False Indigo.

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

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

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C.J. Janovy photo by: John Janovy, Jr.

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WMM Playlist from May 22, 2013

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

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

+ The Blackbird Revue
+ Patrick Sumner & Chris Snipes & “Civil War on Wheels”
+ Guest DJ Simone Briand

1. Yo La Tengo – “Well You Better”
from: Fade / Matador Records / January 15, 2013
[Indie rock band formed in Hoboken, New Jersey in 1984 by husband and wife: Ira Kaplan (guitars, piano, vocals), and Georgia Hubley (drums, piano, vocals). Since 1992, the lineup has included James McNew (bass, vocals). This is their 13th full-length album. It was produced by John McEntire, instead of Roger Moutenot, who had produced all their albums since 1993’s “Painful.” Yo La Tengo has been called “the quintessential critics’ band” and maintains a strong cult following. The band is renowned for its encyclopedic repertoire of cover songs both in live performance and on record.]

[Yo La Tengo plays Kansas City, TONIGHT at 8 p.m. at Crossroads KC, 417 E. 18th St. There is no opener. Yo La Tengo will perform two sets.]

2. The ACB’s – “Surface”
from: Little Leaves / High Dive Records / March 5, 2013
[Konnor Ervin on lead vocals, Andrew Connor on Guitar & Vocals, Bryan McGuire on Bass & Vocals, Kyle Rausch on Drums & Vocals.]

[The ACBs play Golden Sound Records “On The House”show 9:00 pm at the Riot Room, Saturday, May 25 with The Empty Spaces and Rev Gusto.]

3. David George & A Crooked Mile – “Withering”
from: Single Release / Independent / May 2013
[David George – Vocal, Acoustic & Electric guitars, Percussion, Eason Pritchard – Bass , John Johnson – Lead Guitar , Cody Wyoming- Lap Steel, Vocals , Chris Meck – Lap Steel , Matt Davis – Drums , Melissa Bollman – Vocals]

[David George played on The Late Show with David Letterman last night on CBS Television when he performed as part of John Fogerty’s band who David has been touring and playing with, when he is not doing his own music.]

4. Vehicle – “Virgil’s Ploy”
from: The Reluctant Cog / Recorded at Deerwolfanimalbear studios / May 25, 2013

[After 12 Years, Vehicle will release their new CD “The Reluctant Cog” as their farewell show, at Coda, Saturday, May 25, with The King Devilles, Terrence Moore, Chris Tady.]

10:15– Interview with Patrick Sumner & Chris Snipes

Patrick Sumner is the writer and Director and with Chris Snipes is the producer of “Civil War on Wheels” a new documentary film that follows Greg Clemon’s Civil War on Wheels demolition derby promotions, and Mac McClanahan’s derby team, We Ain’t Stupid, that was partly made up of “big city artists” and eccentrics. The film outlines the intersection of Kansas versus Missouri drivers in such County Fairs as Platte, Cass, and Wyandotte in the Greater Kansas City Metro region. The film is full of car crashes, and bluegrass music. “Civil War on Wheels” premieres tomorrow night, Thursday, May 23 at 7:00 pm, at the Tivoli Theatre in Kansas City.

Civil War On Wheels Premier ~ A documentary about rivalry between Kansas and Missouri demolition derby drivers produced by Patrick Sumnerand Chris Snipes starring derby promoter Greg Clemons and driver/team leader Mac McClanahan. The movie premiered April 28 at the Lawrence Arts Center, Lawrence, KS.

Originated by the Sumnerve Brothers, in 2004, and concluded by Patrick Sumner & Chris Snipes

Music in this documentary includes tracks from: Rural Grit Records (thanks Kim and Mark), Split Lip Rayfield (thanks Eric Mardis), Molly Gene the One Whoaman Band, The Sybil (thanks Kevin Young), Snuff Jazz (thanks Mark Southerland) Jamey Logan the E string fiddler and Sin City Disciples (thanks Ernie Locke) plus Dain Peterson with an original for the film about Demolition Derby by the same title.

“Civil War on Wheels” premieres tomorrow night, Thursday, May 23 at 7:00 pm, at the Tivoli Theatre in Kansas City.

10:27

5. Dale Frazier – “June Apple”
from: / Rural Gri tRecords /

10:29 – Underwriting

10:30 – Interview with Jacob & Danielle Prestidge of The Blackbird Revue

6. The Blackbird Revue – “RPM” (LIVE)

Jacob Prestidge and Danielle Prestidge, new EP Glow was recorded at The Conductor Studio, Nashville, TN. and produced with Don Chaffer who has made amazing recordings with Sara Swenson and The Barclay Martin Ensemble.

All songs written by Jacob Prestige.

Joesph Peaks joined the band 6 months ago, and he played guitar live, during the radio performances.

The Blackbird Revue have recently shared the stage with such luminaries as Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Over the Rhine, and Gregory Alan Isakov, while playing at numerous venues across the midwest, including the SXSW Festival in Austin, TX, and Kansas City’s Middle of the Map Fest. The band recently opened for: Pegi Young & The Survivors.

10:45

7. The Blackbird Revue – “The Devil’s Hand” (LIVE)

The Blackbird Revue are playing a the recordBar, at 1020Westport Road, this Saturday night, May 25, with She’s A Keeper.

10:51

8. The Beatles – “And Your Bird Can Sing”
from: Revolver / Capitol / August 5, 1966

10:53 – Interview with Barry Lee

Barry Lee hosts Signal To Noise every Sunday night at 8:00pm on 90.1 FM KKFI and for the third year in a row he has organized an amazing Beatles Tribute Benefit Concert of 90.1 FM – Beatles Tribute III: Being for the Benefit of KKFI, June 1, 8:00 pm, at Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester Street, KCMO.

The show has moved to Knuckleheads Saloon, (2715 Rochester Street, KCMO.) this year!

$18 Advance; $20 Day of Show. More info at:knuckleheadskc.com or kkfi.org

Featuring The Heebie Jeebies

The Dead Girls will be performing “Revolver” in it’s entirety.

Also featuring the band assembled for this special evening: Darrell Lea, Alan Wellman, Pat Tomek, Dan Mesh, Nate Holt, & Paul Lemon.

with guest vocalists: Elaine McMillan, Joey Skidmore, Steve Wilson, Dave Tanner, and Fast Johnny Ricker.

Beatles Tribute III: Being for the Benefit of KKFI, June 1, 8:00 pm, at Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester Street, KCMO. $18 Advance; $20 Day of Show. More info at: kkfi.org

11:00 – Guest DJ Simone Briand

9. The Clash – “Lose this skin”
from: Sandinista / CBS – Epic / Dec. 12, 1980

Simone Briand has lived in New York and Miami, but grew upon the high plains of western Kansas, where she learned to love the sky, sonic booms, and Engelbert Humperdink. Her older siblings’ hippie albums set her onthe path to loving music of all types. A self-described zen-hobo, she currently resides in Overland Park and works as a librarian.

10. Kristin Hersh – “Ruby”
from: Sunny Border Blue / 4AD / March 12, 2001

11. Mike Andrews – “Hello Lemon”
from: Hand on String / Elgin Park Recordings / Feb. 14, 2006

11:15

12. Paul Kantner and Grace Slick – “Silver Spoon”
from: Sunfighter / Grunt, RCA / Nov. 1971

13. Paul Kantner and Grace Slick – “China”
from: Sunfighter / Grunt, RCA / Nov. 1971

14. Victoria Williams – “Love”
from: Loose / Atlantic / Oct. 18, 1994

11:30 – Underwriting

11:31

15. The Specials – “I Can’t Stand It”
from: More Specials / 2 Tone / Oct, 1980

16. The Clash – “Call Up”
from: Sandinista / CBS, Epic / Dec. 12 1980

17. Modest Mouse – “Perpetual Motion Machine”
from: No one’s first and you’re next / Epic / August 4, 2009

11:30

18. Bjork – “Dark Matter”
from: Biophilia / One little Indian – Polydor / Oct. 10,2011

19. Inara George – “A Day”
from: All Rise / Everloving / Jan. 25 2005

20. They Might Be Giants – “I can hear you”
from: Factory Showroom / Elektra / Oct. 8 1996

11:59:30

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

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

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WMM Playlist from Dec. 21 – The 111 Best Recordings of 2011 (Part 3 of 4)

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

Wednesday, December 21, 2011:

The 111 Best Recordings of 2011
(Part 3 of 4)

Part-3, of our 4-week special: The 111 Best Recordings of 2011, based on the playlists of Wednesday MidDay Medley. In 2011 we’ve featured hundreds of New & Local Releases, we’ve featured dozens of LIVE, in-studio performances from area musicians, and we’ve interviewed over 150 local and national artists. Over 40 recordings on our list are from the KC & Lawrence area. Please Tune in to 90.1 FM every Wednesday in December for our annual 4-week special event. We’re playing nearly 8-hours of music that represent: The 111 of Best Recordings of 2011!

1. (54.) Lazy – “Future Boy”
from: Lazy [EP] / The Record Machine / 2011
[Sarica Douglas, Brock Potucek, Matt Huff, and Zach Van Benthusen originally formed as Lazy K for late 2009 show in Lawrence, KS. The band eventually went on to write their own original material. In the summer of 2010 they recorded their self titled debut with the help of Mike Tuley of Ad Astra Arkestra. Local label The Record Machine signed on to release their debut ep just before the band took off on a summer tour down the west coast. Lazy is currently writing and working on material for the follow up release.The Pitch wrote: “The local art-rock band’s self-titled EP is sopped with Modern Lovers beats, Velvet Underground dissonance and lo-fi discord…” We first played Lazy back on March 23.]

2. (53.) Wild Flag -“Romance”
from: Wild Flag / Merge / Sept. 21, 2011
[2nd single from the debut of the four-piece super group, of sorts, based in Portland, Oregon and Washington, D.C. that consists of Carrie Brownstein (formerly of Sleater-Kinney), Mary Timony (formerly of Helium), Rebecca Cole (formerly of The Minders) and Janet Weiss (formerly of Quasi and Sleater-Kinney). The band played the RecordBar on Oct. 5.]

3. (52.) Motorboater – “Rainy Dayz (feat. Cowboy Indian Bear)”
from: Sport / The Record Machine / June 21, 2011 [Motorboater is Kansas City’s very own Dan Eaton who performs with one of his primary instruments: a Mac laptop. Mark Schoneveld in his music blog, yvynyl (‘why-vinyl’) describes Dan Eaton as making, “frenetic mellow music. It’s got that slow rumbling bass that you feel in your solar plexus on a big system, but is just chill enough for a late night makeout sesh. Throw in some 80s synth hooks and a warped glitch-art video and you’ll understand where he’s going with this.” ]

10:15

4. (51.) Ford & Lopatin – “Emergency Room”
from: Channel Pressure / Software / June 7, 2011
[full length debut from Daniel Lopatin and Joel Ford who began working together early in 2010 on music heavily influenced by 1980s-era production techniques, including the use of digital and analog synthesizers, drum machines, and sequencers. ]

5. (50.) The Republic Tigers – “The Infidel”
from: No Land’s Man [EP] / Chop Shop Records – Atlantic / April 18, 2011
[Formed in Kansas City, Missouri by Kenn Jankowski A pastor’s son, who moved all over the US, and ended up in the Springfield, Missouri suburb of Republic. In 1999, he moved to KC where he began playing guitar in The People, a band that later changed their name to The Golden Republic. When the Golden Republic split in early 2006, Jankowski reached out to his friend Adam McGil and a new band was born. Jankowski explains on the Chopshop website that “‘The Republic Tiger’ was my high-school mascot,” “… I don’t like band names very much and I don’t like thinking about them either, so I just took something that I knew was timeless to me, and big enough that we could color it with our music and create its meaning with our songs.” guitarist/pianist Ryan Pinkston, bassist Marc Pepperman, and drummer Justin Tricomi all brought their multi-instumentalist talents to the band who were the first act to sign with Chop Shop Records (an imprint of Atlantic Records). The song The Infidel was also featured on the Grey’s Anatomy Vol. 4 Soundtrack.]

6. (49.) Dirty Projectors & Bjork – “On and Ever Onward”
from: Mount Wittenberg Orca / Domino Records / October 24, 2011
[In 2009, Björk and Dirty Projectors, were asked to perform a charity concert of seven songs written just for the occasion. A year later they recorded the songs and released a digital-only format. Now over two years later the recording was released on CD and Vinyl by Domino Records. All proceeds to the National Geographic Society for the project of creating international marine protected areas. Mount Wittenberg is located at Point Reyes National Seashore in California. The inspiration for the EP came when Amber Coffman of Dirty Projectors saw a pod of whales off the coast while hiking at that spot.]

7. (48.) Cornershop – “Natch”
from: Cornershop & The Double-O Groove of / Ample Play Records / March 14, 2011
[The follow up to their 2009 album Judy Sucks a Lemon for Breakfast. The album had been six years in the making and is a collaboration album a previously unrecorded, New Delhi-born, Lancashire-raised housewife, Punjabi singer, Bubbley Kaur, who sings all the lead vocals. Uncut Magazine wrote, “[It] isn’t just great music, it fuses disparate cultures with such joyous irreverence that, for 40 inspirational minutes, entire notions of national borders and racial divides cease to exist”.]

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8. (47.) Margo May – “Dream Boy”
from: Space/Face / Independent / July 2011
[She grew up in Kansas City and worked as an actor at The Coterie Theatre. She Studied Liberal Arts and English at UMKC. and made her national network television debut on American Idol in 2010. Margo May, first appeared on our show on March 17, 2010 where she performed live, just a few days before she traveled to Austin, Texas for the SXSW Music Fest. Her Debut recording “Summerof” was one of our favorite recordings of 2010 and has received critical acclaim. She was the winner of the 2010 Pitch Music Award for Best Emerging Act. 24-year-old singer-songwriter Margo May is now based in Portland, Oregon. Margo May played LIVE on our June 8 WMM.]

9. (46.) Ha Ha Tonka – “Lonely Fortunes”
from: Death of A Decade / Bloodshot Records / April 5, 2011
[originally formed in Springfield, Missouri their music is steeped in Ozark folk. They are currently signed to Bloodshot Records out of Chicago. Recently, Ha Ha Tonka was a guest on The Travel Channel’s flagship show, “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations.” In March 2011, Ha Ha Tonka kicked off a year of touring with shows at the SXSW festival in Austin, TX. In April and May, the band toured the US with stops at Wakarusa in June. The band is named after Ha Ha Tonka state park in southern Missouri.]

10. (45.) London Transit – “Fake Figures”
from: Fake Figures [EP] / Independent / Jan 1, 2011
[Brian Schick – Vocals / Guitar / Keyboards, Rellemurd Jones – Keyboards / MPC / Vocals, Robert William Jarrett III – Drums / Percussion. Recorded from January 2010 to October 2010. All songs written and recorded by London Transit.]

11. (44.) King Creosote & Jon Hopkins – “Your Young Voice”
from: Diamond Mine / Domino / March 28, 2011
[Nominated for the Mercury Prize King Creosote,is the stage name for Kenny Anderson, an independent singer-songwriter from Fife, Scotland, who has released over 40 albums. Anderson is also a member of Scottish-Canadian band, The Burns Unit.]

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12. (43.) The Appleseed Cast – “Middle States”
from: Middle States EP / Graveface – Red / June 7, 2011
[Based in Lawrence, Kansas,with CHRIS CRISCI on guitar and vocals, TAYLOR HELENBECK on guitars, NATE WHITMAN on bass, NATHAN WILDER on drums. As part of The Middle of The Map Festival , The Appleseed Cast played The Middle of The Map Festival on April 8, at The Riot Room, 4048 Broadway]

13. (42.) Joan As Police Woman – “Kiss The Specifics”
from: The Deep Field / 101 Distribution / Feb. 1, 2011
[Joan Wasser was a professional violinist, who after the death of her boyfriend Jeff Buckley, began to sing and write songs with some of Jeff’s band mates in a project called Black Beetle. Since assuming her current moniker in 2002 she assumed her new identity – a reference to the 70’s cop show, and has toured and collaborated with Rufus Wainwright and Antony and the Johnsons. She has received critical acclaim for her three studio albums REAL LIFE (2006), TO SURVIVE (2008) and a compilation of covers aptly titled COVER (2009).]

14. (41.) Times New Viking – “No Room To Live”
from: Dancer Equired / Merge / April 26, 2011
[5th studio release from the lo-fi indie rock from Columbus, Ohio. With guitarist Jared Phillips, drummer and vocals from Adam Elliott, and Beth Murphy on keyboards and vocals. “Times New Viking,” is a play on the popular typeface Times New Roman.]

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15. (40.) The Sea and Cake – “Up On The Northshore”
from: The Moonlight Butterfly / Thrill Jockey / May 10, 2011
[9th release from Chicago based band formed in the mid 1990s out of the ashes of local bands The Coctails and Shrimp Boat. Archer Prewitt and Sam Precop have both also release solo recordings.]

16. (39.) Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “Ffunny Ffrends”
from: Unknown Mortal Orchestra / Fat Possum Records / June 21, 2011
[self-titled debut from Portland based band, initially conceived by New Zealand native, Ruban Neilson, who pieced a band together, with his producer, Jake, on bass, and a teenage drummer named Julien. Their facebook page describes them as, “bring(ing) break-beats together with 60’s/70’s Beatles sounding pop harmonies and a minimal Krautrock rhythm section.”]

17. (38.) Cherokee Rock Rifle – “4 gram Shotgun”
from: …and the plains are burning / Independent / Jan. 2011
[Debut EP from KC based band fronted by Dutch Humphrey. The 5-piece band also features: Douglas Nelson on lead guitar, Scott Reed on rhythm guitarr, Bert Northward on drum, and Evan John on bass. Cherokee Rock Rifle played the Crossroads Music Fest, on Sept 10 KC Uncovered II, and multiple shows through out the Mo/Kan region.]

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

19. (36.) Barnaby Bright – “If I Came Back As A Song”
from: Gravity / Mishara / June 7 , 2011
[Brooklyn-based indie folk rock duo Barnaby Bright, have garnered high accolades for their lyrically captivating and impeccably balanced songwriting and sound. Finalists in the New York Song Circle Contest for two years in a row, Barnaby Bright was awarded the Grand Prize, winners in November 2010 for their song, “Don’t Look Down.”]

20. (35.) Civil Wars – “C’est la Mort”
from: Barton Hallow / Sensibility Records / July 19, 2011
[First full length from singer-songwriters Joy Williams and John Paul White. The duo met during a Nashville, Tennessee songwriting session.]

21. (34.) Mary Fortune – “The Paper”
from: Mary Fortune / Independent / May 6 2011
[Mary Fortune are: Jori Sackin- guitar, vocals, Laura Frank- vocals, singing saw, accordion; Billy Belzer- percussion; Andrew Connor- bass guitar, vocals; Liz Connor- violin. Mary Fortune played Midwestern Musical Company, 1830 Locust, Friday May 6 in a CD release concert with: Ghosty. Jori Sackin was out guest on WMM on September 28 joining us to discuss his film project with Pat Vamos called “Space Thang.” that premiered at The Strand Theatre on Troost.]

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22. (33.) Vivian Girls – “I Heard You Say”
from: Share The Joy / Polyvinyl Records / April 12, 2011
[Third album by lo-fi/punk band Vivian Girls, the female trio from Brooklyn.]

23. (32.) Radiohead– “Lotus Flower”
from: King of Limbs / Ticker Tape / Feb 18, 2011
[8th studio album by English rock band Radiohead, produced by Nigel Godrich. It was self-released on February 18, 2011 as a download in MP3 and WAV formats. The King of Limbs has been nominated for five categories in the 54th Grammy Awards: Best Alternative Music Album, Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package, Best Short Form Music Video (for “Lotus Flower”), Best Rock Performance (for “Lotus Flower”) and Best Rock Song (also for “Lotus Flower”).]

24. (31.) Destroyer –“Chinatown”
from: Kaputt / Merge / Jan. 25, 2011
[9th album from the Canadian indie rock band fronted by singer-songwriter Dan Bejar (pronounced /ˈbeɪhɑr/) a singer-songwriter from Vancouver who formed Destroyer in 1995. Bejar is also a member of the supergroup: The New Pornographers. Last year we featured the Merge records reissue of 2001 release, Streethawk: A Seduction, on our list of the 100 Best recordings of 2010. ]

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25. (30.) Little Dragon – “Ritual Union”
from: Ritual Union / Peace Frog / July 26, 2011
[From Gothenburg, Sweden. This is the 3rd release frpm the four-piece band that blends R&B, new wave, electronica and experimental pop with the lead vocals of Yukimi Nagano.]

26. (29.) Lykke Li – “I Follow Rivers”
from: Wounded Rhymes / LL Records / March 1, 2011
[The second studio album by Swedish recording artist Lykke Li who spent six months writing and recording the album in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, while visiting the desert, and eventually coming up with songs she calls “hypnotic, psychotic and more primal”. In an interview with Pitchfork Media on November 18, 2010, she said, “I’m from Sweden so I don’t enjoy winter at all; there’s nothing cute about it. I was totally romanticizing the idea of Los Angeles when the Doors, Joni Mitchell, and Neil Young were hanging out there. I was trying to find David Lynch and Leonard Cohen with no luck. It was just more of a retreat. And Los Angeles is such a mysterious place because there’s so much evil in that city, but there’s also so much light. You can be totally alone on a hillside and I love that kind of secluded, deserted rawness.”]

27. (28.) Wilco – “Born Alone”
from: The Whole Love / dBpm Records – Epitaph Records / Sept. 23, 2011
[8th album by Chicago based band was formed in 1994 by the remaining members of Uncle Tupelo following Jay Farrar’s departure. Wilco’s lineup has changed frequently, with only singer Jeff Tweedy and bassist John Stirratt remaining from the original incarnation. Since early 2004, the other current members are guitarist Nels Cline, multi-instrumentalists Pat Sansone and Mikael Jorgensen, and drummer Glenn Kotche. Wilco has released 8 studio albums, a live double album, and three collaborations: two with Billy Bragg, and one with The Minus 5. Wilco played The Uptown on December 3, in a show that had been sold out for months.]

Concert Calendar:
12-21 Mark Lowrey and the KC Hip Hop All Stars at recordBar
12-22 Mark Smeltzer on 90.1 FM’s Local Showcase 8 – 10
12-22 Cassie Taylor at Knuckleheads
12-22 Moaning Lisa/The Dead Girls/Dream Wolf at The Riot Room
12-22 Molly Picture Club/The Quivers at recordBar
12-23 Haunted Creepys/Cher U.K./Drop A Grand at recordBar
12-23 Sons of Great Dane/Filthy 13 Holiday show at The Brick
12-23 The Floozies/E.Z. Brothers FREE SHOW at Beaumont
12-24 American Catastrophe/Cadillac Flambe at Davey’s
12-26 Sonic Spectrum presents: ELO tribute with Be/Non, Oleo feat.members of Gardrails & Gourmet Mushroom x and more at recordBar
(Special Thanks to Chris Haghirian for concert information!)

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

Show # 400

The 111 Best Recordings of 2011*

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

* The 111 Best Recordings of 2011 are based on the playlists of Wednesday MidDay Medley. In 2011 Wednesday MidDay Medley has featured hundreds of New & Local Releases, we’ve featured dozens of LIVE in-studio performances from area performers, and we’ve interviewed over 150 local and national artists. Over 40 recordings on our list are from the KC & Lawrence area. Tune in Wednesdays in December, on 90.1 FM, for our annual 4-week special event. We’ll play nearly 8-hours of representative tracks from our favorite recordings.

The 111 Best Recordings of 2011

1. Howard Iceberg & The Titanics – Welcome Aboard / Independent / June 26, 2011
[7-CD set, includes over 100 new songs, featuring The Titanics: Gary Paredes on lead guitar, Dan Mesh on rhythm guitar, Scott Easterday on bass, Pat Tomek on drums. With contributions from over 70 local artists, who’ve joined in on Howard’s “never-ending recording project” conducted in Pat Tomek’s home studio. Howard Iceberg, Pat Tomek, Scott Easterday, Elaine McMilian and Danny Alexander joined us LIVE on June 22, just days before the huge tribute to Howard Iceberg and his music at Crosstown Station on June 26.]

2. The Wilders – The Wilders
/ Free Dirt Records / June 21, 2011
[The 10th release from Ike Sheldon- Guitar, Lead Vocals, Betse Ellis- Fiddle, Vocals, Phil Wade- Dobro, Banjo, Mandolin, Vocals, Nate Gawron- Bass, Vocals. On December 6, Ike and the band announced that they would be taking a hiatus in 2012, after 12 years of almost constant touring. We absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE this band and each of the members who are some of the most amazing musicians and as well as being really great human beings. Betse Ellis was with us on WMM on March 2 as our guest producer and host in a show that celebrated Cajun Music.]

3. Hidden Pictures – Synchronized Sleeping / Hidden Pictures / April 1, 2011
[Richard Gintowt and Michelle Sanders first met at the Record bar and performed together in OK Jones before starting Hidden Pictures. This is their debut full length.]

4. Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey – Race Riot Suite / Kinnara – The Royal Family / Aug. 30, 2011
[from Tulsa, Oklahoma, their 20th album, Race Riot Suite, written by Chris Combs for the current quartet of Brian Haas on piano & keyboards, Josh Raymer on drums, Chris Combs on lap steel and Jeff Harshbarger on upright bass. For this recording the band is accompanied by a horn section consisting of Sex Mob’s Steven Bernstein, Jeff Coffin (of Dave Matthews and Bela Fleck fame), Mark Southerland (Snuff Jazz, Malachy Papers), Peter Apfelbaum, and former JFJO member Matt Leland. The album is dedicated to the victims of the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot, the largest race riot in United States history. Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey joined us LIVE in the studio on March 30.]

5. Everyday/Everynight – Etc. / Golden Sound Records / May 3, 2011
[Nominated for a Pitch Music Award for “Best Emerging Act”. Evan Ashby on Guitar, Mat Shoare on Guitar/Keyboard/Vocals, Austin Lyon on Drums, and Jerad Colton Tomasino on Guitar/Keyboard/Vocals of Everyday/Everynight. The band includes three members who sing and write songs. Golden Sound Records is a new local recording company who also released the music of Oriole Post, The Fullbloods, and The Empty Spaces, as well as the solo works of Jerad Colton Tomasina and Mat Shoare.]

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

7. Mr. Marco’s V-7 – Sparkin’ Your Mama / Independent / 2011
[Drummer Kent “Precious Metalz’ Burnham, bassist Johnny “License Bolt” Hamil, guitarist Marco “Hair Party” Pascolini and console/steel / Theremin / moog man Mike “Creeping Death” Stover. 3 of the 4 members were our guests, February 16, on Wednesday MidDay Medley.]

8. Sara Swenson & The Pearl Snaps – Never Left My Mind [EP] / Indep. / Nov. 19, 11
[The Pearl Snaps are: Ian Davidson, John Flynn, Brandon Graves, Sarah Magill and Roger Strong. Their new EP, “Never Left My Mind,” features five tracks recorded and produced in Kansas City by Mike Crawford and Beau Davidson. Sara Swenson & The Pearl Snaps EP Release was November 19 at The Brick.]

9. Greg Brown – Freak Flag / Yep Roc / May 10, 2011
[Accomplished songwriter, co-founder of the influential indie roots label Red House, and former musical director for Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion radio program. While recording what was to be his next album lighting hit the studio where he was working, and Greg Brown lost the recordings. Greg, used the experience to turn inward and write more songs that comprise his 24th album: Freak Flag, the title track is all that remains of the lost original album. Greg wrote ten new songs, recording them at Memphis, Tennessee’s legendary Ardent Studios. Produced by Bo Ramsey, the album also includes a cover of Brown’s wife Iris Dement’s ”Let the Mystery Be” and Brown’s daughter Pieta’s song ”Remember the Sun.” Greg Brown played LIVE on our November 9 WMM.]

10. The I’ms – Second MIXES / Independent / 2011
[from The I’ms Facebook Page – Collin Rausch, Kyle Rausch. Collin Rausch & his cousin Kasey Rausch performed together at Barry Lee’s Beatles Tribute. Kyle Rausch also plays with The ACB’s.]

11. Cut Copy – Zonoscope / Modular / Feb. 8, 2011
[3rd studio album by electronic band Cut Copy, formed in 2001 in Melbourne, Australia. It was originally a solo-project of Dan Whitford, a DJ and graphic designer. The band now includes: Tim Hoey on guitar and sampler, Ben Browning on bass guitar and Mitchell Scott on drums. Zonoscope has also been nominated for Best Dance/Electronica Album at the 54th Grammy Awards.]

12. Cass McCombs – Wit’s End / Domino / April 26, 2011
[Born in Concord, California in 1977. Famed DJ John Peel called his music “unobtrusively brilliant.” Cass McCombs has received widespread critical acclaim. He has led a nomadic existence for most of his adult life, moving from one city to the next, living in cars, on couches and at campsites. McCombs spent time developing his music bouncing between NYC, San Francisco, the Pacific Northwest, England and Baltimore. McCombs has stated that his tombstone will read “Home At Last.”]

13. The Empty Spaces – Low Noise / Golden Sound Records / 2011
[Debut EP from a KC based band formed from a studio band that recorded Mat Shoare’s solo album: The Empty Spaces in 2010. The three piece began to collaborate more with song arrangements and came up with a kind of “retro-punk rock” that is fronted by an energetic, yelping vocal style. One writer described their sound as “charming fuzzed-out slacker rock.” The band has been touring to support the release. Mat Shoare is also a founding member of Everyday/Everynight and a founding partner in Golden Sound Records.]

14. John Vanderslice – White Wilderness / Dead Oceans / Jan 25, 2011
[9 new songs captured live over 3 days in a collaboration with the Magik*Magik Orchestra, a collective of classically trained musicians in the Bay Area led by artistic director Minna Choi who arranged and conducted White Wilderness with 19 members of the Magik*Magik playing strings and horns, vibraphone, pedal steel and piano, an assortment of reed instruments, and with the voice of Minna Choi singing backup at key moments throughout the album.]

15. tUnE- yArDs – W H O K I L L
/ 4AD Records / April 19, 2011
[2nd studio release by Merrill Garbus’ experimental solo-project tUnE-yArDs. When performing live, Garbus creates drum loops on the spot, and layers these w/ ukulele, voice, & electric bass played by Nate Brenner. tUnE-yArDs played The Jackpot Lounge in Lawrence on November 7.]

16. Deer Tick – Divine Providence / Partisan Records / October 24, 2011
[from Providence, Rhode Island led by guitarist and singer-songwriter John McCauley]

17. Wire – Red Barked Tree / Pink Flag / Jan. 10, 2011
[12th studio album from Wire, formed in London in 1976 by Colin Newman (vocals, guitar), Graham Lewis (bass, vocals), Bruce Gilbert (guitar), and Robert Gotobed (drums). They were originally associated with the punk rock scene. Wire’s debut album, Pink Flag from 1977, is one of my all-time favorite recordings.

18. Low – C’Mon / Sub Pop / April 12, 2011
[9th full-length album from the band formed in Duluth, Minnesota, in 1993. C’mon was recorded in an old church in Duluth, MN and mixed in an apartment in Hollywood, CA.]

19. Pieta Brown – Mercury / Red House / September 27, 2011
[Born in Iowa City, Iowa in 1973, she is the daughter of two preachers’ kids. Her early upbringing in Iowa was in a rural outpost with no furnace or running water. There, Brown was exposed to traditional and rural folk music through her father, singer songwriter Greg Brown. Brown spent her childhood living in 17 different residences between Iowa and Alabama. While living with her mother in Alabama, Brown began writing poetry and composing instrumental songs on piano. She has released four critically acclaimed albums and three EPs in the last decade. She has performed with artists such as Mark Knopfler, John Prine, Amos Lee and Calexico. Collaborator Bo Ramsey produced her 2002 debut record, Pieta Brown and co-produced her 2005 album In the Cool which was named one of the year’s best by Amazon. Pieta and Bo are now married.]

20. Victor & Penny – Antique Pop / V & P Productions / December 9, 2011
[Victor & Penny performed LIVE on our Sept. 7 WMM. This Chicago / KC based duo is Jeff Freling of the Chicago Blue Man Group; and Erin McGrane of the cabaret group Alacartoona. Antique Pop contains 8 vintage songs plus 2 original songs written by Jeff Freling and a song written by Barclay Martin.]

21. Austra – Feel It Break / Domino Records / May 17, 2011
[Co-founder and lead singer, and songwriter Katie Stelmanis, draws upon her classical and operatic upbringing and mixes it up with drummer Maya Postepski and bassist Dorian Wolf to create what Amazon calls, “a stark, danceable masterpiece suitable for both ritual incantations and clubs.”]

22. Tom Waits – Bad As Me / Anti Records / October 21, 2011
[17th studio album and Waits’ first album consisting completely of new material in seven years since Real Gone (2004). Waits’ label, ANTI-, recently agreed on a distribution deal with Warner Music Group allowing them to release the album internationally. This marks Waits’ first release through the Warner organization since Heartattack and Vine (1980). Upon its release, Bad As Me received widespread critical acclaim.]

23. David Kilgour and the Heavy Eights – Left By Soft / Merge / April 26, 2011
[8th album from former leader of legendary New Zealand band, the Clean.]

24. Thee Oh Sees – Carrion Crawler – The Dream / In The Red Records / Nov. 8, 2011
[From San Francisco. It began as an outlet for John Dwyer to release his instrumental, experimental home recordings. Over the course of several albums a full band evolved. We first played The Oh Sees on Sept. 28.]

25. Dengue Fever – Cannibal Courtship / Concord Music / April 19, 2011
[Newest release from 6-piece band formed by brothers: Zac and Ethan Holtzman in 1981 after being inspired by a trip to Cambodia.]

26. The Low Anthem – Smart Flesh / Nonesuch / February 21, 2011
[The follow up to their critically acclaimed “Oh My God, Charlie Darwin” where the three original band members-Jocie Adams, Ben Knox Miller, and Jeff Prystowsky took over a Block Island cabin in the dead of winter. To record Smart Flesh, the group expanded to a quartet with the addition of drummer Mat Davidson and they found a former pasta factory in Central Falls, Rhode Island, a cavernous loft space that became crucial to the shape of the album. Says vocalist Miller, “We knew right away when we stepped into the factory that the space was really the main instrument for the whole record. The resonance was chilling. We were able to experiment with new recording techniques to capture the sound at different distances. Mics 100-200 feet away caught the sound barreling across the room.” Additional tracks were recorded in a garage that had previously been home to a reptile breeder, another unconventional studio space that the quartet dubbed “the gator pit.”]

27. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – It’s A Corporate World / Warner Brothers / June 3, 2011
[A project started by Detroit based Joshua Epstein and Daniel Zott, recording in a basement without the benefit of expensive microphones or big-name producers.]

28. Wilco – The Whole Love / dBpm Records – Epitaph Records / Sept. 23, 2011
[8th album by Chicago based band was formed in 1994 by the remaining members of Uncle Tupelo following Jay Farrar’s departure. Wilco’s lineup has changed frequently, with only singer Jeff Tweedy and bassist John Stirratt remaining from the original incarnation. Since early 2004, the other current members are guitarist Nels Cline, multi-instrumentalists Pat Sansone and Mikael Jorgensen, and drummer Glenn Kotche. Wilco has released 8 studio albums, a live double album, and three collaborations: two with Billy Bragg, and one with The Minus 5. Wilco played The Uptown on December 3, in a show that had been sold out for months.]

29. Lykke Li – Wounded Rhymes / LL Records / March 1, 2011
[The second studio album by Swedish recording artist Lykke Li who spent six months writing and recording the album in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, while visiting the desert, and eventually coming up with songs she calls “hypnotic, psychotic and more primal”. In an interview with Pitchfork Media on November 18, 2010, she said, “I’m from Sweden so I don’t enjoy winter at all; there’s nothing cute about it. I was totally romanticizing the idea of Los Angeles when the Doors, Joni Mitchell, and Neil Young were hanging out there. I was trying to find David Lynch and Leonard Cohen with no luck. It was just more of a retreat. And Los Angeles is such a mysterious place because there’s so much evil in that city, but there’s also so much light. You can be totally alone on a hillside and I love that kind of secluded, deserted rawness.”]

30. Little Dragon – Ritual Union / Peace Frog / July 26, 2011
[From Gothenburg, Sweden. This is the 3rd release from the four-piece band that blends R&B, new wave, electronica and experimental pop with the lead vocals of Yukimi Nagano.]

31. Destroyer – Kaputt / Merge / Jan. 25, 2011
[9th album from the Canadian indie rock band fronted by singer-songwriter Dan Bejar (pronounced /ˈbeɪhɑr/) a singer-songwriter from Vancouver who formed Destroyer in 1995. Bejar is also a member of the supergroup: The New Pornographers. Last year we featured the Merge records reissue of 2001 release Streethawk: A Seduction on our list of the 100 Best recordings of 2010. ]

32. Radiohead – King of Limbs / Ticker Tape / Feb 18, 2011
[8th studio album by English rock band Radiohead, produced by Nigel Godrich. It was self-released on February 18, 2011 as a download in MP3 and WAV formats. The King of Limbs has been nominated for five categories in the 54th Grammy Awards: Best Alternative Music Album, Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package, Best Short Form Music Video (for “Lotus Flower”), Best Rock Performance (for “Lotus Flower”) and Best Rock Song (also for “Lotus Flower”).]

33. Vivian Girls – Share The Joy / Polyvinyl Records / April 12, 2011
[Third album by lo-fi/punk band Vivian Girls, the female trio from Brooklyn.]

34. Mary Fortune – Mary Fortune / Independent / May 6 2011
[Mary Fortune are: Jori Sackin- guitar, vocals, Laura Frank- vocals, singing saw, accordion; Billy Belzer- percussion; Andrew Connor- bass guitar, vocals; Liz Connor- violin. Mary Fortune played Midwestern Musical Company, 1830 Locust, Friday May 6 in a CD release concert with: Ghosty. Jori Sackin was out guest on WMM on September 28 joining us to discuss his film project with Pat Vamos called “Space Thang” that premiered at The Strand Theatre on Troost.]

35. Civil Wars – Barton Hallow / Sensibility Records / July 19, 2011
[First full length from singer-songwriters Joy Williams and John Paul White. The duo met during a Nashville, Tennesee songwriting session.]

36. Barnaby Bright – Gravity / Mishara / June 7 , 2011
[Brooklyn-based indie folk rock duo Barnaby Bright, have garnered high accolades for their lyrically captivating and impeccably balanced songwriting and sound. Finalists in the New York Song Circle Contest for two years in a row, Barnaby Bright was awarded the Grand Prize, winners in November 2010 for their song, “Don’t Look Down.”]

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

38. Cherokee Rock Rifle – …and the plains are burning / Independent / Jan. 2011
[Debut EP from KC based band fronted by Dutch Humphrey. The 5-piece band also features: Douglas Nelson on lead guitar, Scott Reed on rhythm guitarr, Bert Northward on drum, and Evan John on bass. Cherokee Rock Rifle played the Crossroads Music Fest, on Sept 10 KC Uncovered II, and multiple shows through out the Mo/Kan region.]

39. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Unknown Mortal Orchestra / Fat Possum / June 21, 11
[Self-titled debut from Portland based band, initially conceived by New Zealand native, Ruban Neilson, who pieced a band together, with his producer, Jake, on bass, and a teenage drummer named Julien. Their facebook page describes them as, “bring(ing) break-beats together with 60’s/70’s Beatles sounding pop harmonies and a minimal Krautrock rhythm section.”]

40. The Sea and Cake – The Moonlight Butterfly / Thrill Jockey / May 10, 2011
[9th release from Chicago based band formed in the mid 1990s out of the ashes of local bands The Cocktails and Shrimp Boat. Archer Prewitt and Sam Precop have both also release several fine solo recordings.]

41. Times New Viking – Dancer Equired / Merge / April 26, 2011
[5th studio release from the lo-fi indie rock from Columbus, Ohio. With guitarist Jared Phillips, drummer and vocals from Adam Elliott, and Beth Murphy on keyboards and vocals. “Times New Viking,” is a play on the popular typeface Times New Roman.]

42. Joan As Police Woman – The Deep Field / 101 Distribution / Feb. 1, 2011
[Joan Wasser was a professional violinist, who after the death of her boyfriend Jeff Buckley, began to sing and write songs with some of Jeff’s band mates in a project called Black Beetle. Since assuming her current moniker in 2002 she assumed her new identity – a reference to the 70’s cop show, and has toured and collaborated with Rufus Wainwright and Antony and the Johnsons. She has received critical acclaim for her three studio albums REAL LIFE (2006), TO SURVIVE (2008) and a compilation of covers aptly titled COVER (2009).]

43. The Appleseed Cast – Middle States [EP] / GRAVEFACE RECORDS-RED / June 7, 2011
[Based in Lawrence, Kansas, with CHRIS CRISCI on guitar and vocals, TAYLOR HELENBECK on guitars, NATE WHITMAN on bass, NATHAN WILDER on drums. The Appleseed Cast played The Middle of The Map Festival on April 8, at The Riot Room, 4048 Broadway.]

44. King Creosote & John Hopkins – Diamond Mine / Domino / March 28, 2011
[Nominated for the Mercury Prize King Creosote is the stage name for Kenny Anderson, an independent singer-songwriter from Fife, Scotland, who has released over 40 albums. Anderson is also a member of Scottish-Canadian band, The Burns Unit.]

45. London Transit – Fake Figures [EP] / Independent / Jan 1, 2011
[Brian Schick – Vocals / Guitar / Keyboards, Rellemurd Jones – Keyboards / MPC / Vocals, Robert William Jarrett III – Drums / Percussion. Recorded from January 2010 to October 2010. All songs written and recorded by London Transit.]

46. Ha Ha Tonka – Death of A Decade / Bloodshot Records / April 5, 2011
[Originally formed in Springfield, Missouri their music is steeped in Ozark folk. They are currently signed to Bloodshot Records out of Chicago. Recently, Ha Ha Tonka was a guest on The Travel Channel’s flagship show, “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations.” In March 2011, Ha Ha Tonka kicked off a year of touring with shows at the SXSW festival in Austin, TX. In April and May, the band toured the US with stops at Wakarusa in June. The band is named after Ha Ha Tonka state park in southern Missouri.]

47. Margo May – Space/Face / Independent / July 2011
[She grew up in Kansas City and worked as an actor at The Coterie Theatre. She studied Liberal Arts and English at UMKC and made her national network television debut on American Idol in 2010. Margo May, first appeared on our show on March 17, 2010 where she performed live, just a few days before she traveled to Austin, Texas for the SXSW Music Fest. Her debut recording “Summerof” was one of our favorite recordings of 2010 and has received critical acclaim. She was the winner of the 2010 Pitch Music Award for Best Emerging Act. 24-year-old singer-songwriter Margo May is now based in Portland, Oregon. Margo May played LIVE on our June 8 WMM.]

48. Cornershop – Cornershop & The Double-O Groove of / Ample Play / March 14, 2011
[The follow up to their 2009 album Judy Sucks a Lemon for Breakfast. The album had been six years in the making and is a collaboration album a previously unrecorded, New Delhi-born, Lancashire-raised housewife, Punjabi singer, Bubbley Kaur, who sings all the lead vocals. Uncut Magazine wrote, “[It] isn’t just great music, it fuses disparate cultures with such joyous irreverence that, for 40 inspirational minutes, entire notions of national borders and racial divides cease to exist”.]

49. Dirty Projectors & Bjork – Mount Wittenberg Orca / Domino Records / Oct. 24, 2011
[In 2009, Björk and Dirty Projectors, were asked to perform a charity concert of seven songs written just for the occasion. A year later they recorded the songs and released a digital-only format. Now over two years later the recording was released on CD and Vinyl by Domino Records. All proceeds from the digital sales at mountwittenbergorca.com go to the National Geographic Society for the project of creating international marine protected areas. Mount Wittenberg is located at Point Reyes National Seashore in California. The inspiration for the EP came when Amber Coffman of Dirty Projectors saw a pod of whales off the coast while hiking at that spot.]

50. The Republic Tigers – No Land’s Man [EP] / Chop Shop – Atlantic / April 18, 2011
[Formed in Kansas City, Missouri by Kenn Jankowski, a pastor’s son, who moved all over the US, and ended up in the Springfield, Missouri suburb of Republic. In 1999, he moved to KC where he began playing guitar in The People, a band that later changed their name to The Golden Republic. When the Golden Republic split in early 2006, Jankowski reached out to his friend Adam McGill and a new band was born. Jankowski explained on the Chopshop website that “‘The Republic Tiger was my high-school mascot,” “… I don’t like band names very much and I don’t like thinking about them either, so I just took something that I knew was timeless to me, and big enough that we could color it with our music and create its meaning with our songs.” guitarist/pianist Ryan Pinkston, bassist Marc Pepperman, and drummer Justin Tricomi all brought their multi-instrumentalist talents to the band who were the first act to sign with Chop Shop Records (an imprint of Atlantic Records). The song The Infidel was also featured on the Grey’s Anatomy Vol. 4 Soundtrack.]

51. Ford & Lopatin – Channel Pressure / Software / June 7, 2011
[Full length debut from Daniel Lopatin and Joel Ford who began working together early in 2010 on music heavily influenced by 1980s-era production techniques, including the use of digital and analog synthesizers, drum machines, and sequencers.]

52. Motorboater – Sport / The Record Machine / June 21, 2011
[Motorboater is Kansas City’s very own Dan Eaton who performs with one of his primary instruments: a Mac laptop. Mark Schoneveld in his music blog, yvynyl (‘why-vinyl’) describes Dan Eaton as making, “frenetic mellow music. It’s got that slow rumbling bass that you feel in your solar plexus on a big system, but is just chill enough for a late night makeout sesh. Throw in some 80s synth hooks and a warped glitch-art video and you’ll understand where he’s going with this.”]

53. Wild Flag – Wild Flag / Merge / Sept. 21, 2011
[Debut of the four-piece super group, of sorts, based in Portland, Oregon and Washington, D.C. that consists of Carrie Brownstein (formerly of Sleater-Kinney), Mary Timony (formerly of Helium), Rebecca Cole (formerly of The Minders) and Janet Weiss (formerly of Quasi and Sleater-Kinney). The band recently played the RecordBar on Oct. 5.]

54. Lazy – Lazy [EP] / The Record Machine / 2011
[Sarica Douglas, Brock Potucek, Matt Huff, and Zach Van Benthusen originally formed as Lazy K for late 2009 show in Lawrence, KS. The band eventually went on to write their own original material. In the summer of 2010 they recorded their self titled debut with the help of Mike Tuley of Ad Astra Arkestra. Local label The Record Machine signed on to release their debut ep just before the band took off on a summer tour down the west coast. Lazy is currently writing and working on material for the follow up release.The Pitch wrote: “The local art-rock band’s self-titled EP is sopped with Modern Loversbeats, Velvet Underground dissonance and lo-fi discord…” We first played Lazy back on March 23.]

55. Baby Teardrops – X Is For Love / Golden Sound Records / November 15, 2011
[KC native and former Doris Henson leader, Matthew Dunehoo’s new band, was formed in NYC with Megan Thomas and Gerry White. Golden Sound Records, of Kansas City, re-released “X is for Love” on November 15th, in digital, CD, and for the first time, vinyl formats. The release also included exclusive remixes of album tracks. Matt Dunehoo and a Kansas City version of Baby Teardrops performed in concert for a Vinyl release party on November 25 at The Brick, with Olivetti Letter opening the show.]

56. TV On The Radio – Nine Types of Light / DGC Records / April 12, 2011
[4th album from Brooklyn based band formed in 2011. It is also the final TV on the Radio album to feature bassist Gerard Smith, who died of lung cancer nine days after Nine Types of Light was released. ]

57. Gillian Welch – The Harrow & The Harvest / Acony Records / June 28, 2011
[Born October 2, 1967 in NYC, her biological mother was a freshman in college, and her father was a visiting musician. Alec Wilkinson of The New Yorker stated that “from an address they had been given, it appeared that her mother … may have grown up in the mountains of North Carolina”. Gilian was adopted by Ken and Mitzie Welch, comedy and music entertainers. When Welch was three, her adoptive parents moved to L.A. to write music for The Carol Burnett Show. As a youngster, Welch was introduced to the music of American folk singers Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, and the Carter Family. She performed folk songs with her peers at the Westland Elementary School in Los Angeles. After graduating from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in photography, Welch attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she majored in songwriting. Welch met her music partner David Rawlings at a successful audition for Berklee’s only country band. Upon finishing college in 1992, She recalled, “I looked at my record collection and saw that all the music I loved had been made in Nashville—Bill Monroe, Dylan, The Stanley Brothers, Neil Young,” so she moved there. Rawlings soon followed. “The Harrow & The Harvest” on Acony Records, is her first record in over 7 years. Gillian Welch played Liberty Hall in Lawrence on Sunday September 4.]

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

59. Elaine McMilian – The Messenger / Independent / July 22, 2011
[Elaine McMilian grew up in Independence, and graduated High School in 1973. She went to college as a vocal music major, but left after her first year to get married and start a family. In her mid thirties she went back to college a UMKC where she met Christian Hankel, who introduced her to a whole new generation of musicians in KC. She graduated in 1991 and answered an ad in The Pitch which led to her being involved in the band Swingin’ Six with Erin McGrane and Suzi Seigler. Elaine has performed in and around KC for almost 20 years as a solo artist and in the bands: Swingin’ 6, Easterday, Bonnys’ McGill, Toy Box, Sugar Plums and The Brannock Device. Elaine recently created EME LLC, a musician’s representation company to promote bands and solo artists. Elaine has appeared on WMM several times this year to talk about her work organizing the Howard Iceberg tribute show at Crosstown Station, and the reunion show of Easterday at The Recordbar on August 26. She also joined us prior to the release concert of “The Messenger,” on July 22 at The Record Bar, in a show that included Dollar Fox and one of the last performances of the great band, Expassionates.]

60. Jason Beers – Bangoism…Da / Independent / Late 2010
[Released in late 2010, this didn’t make it onto our playlists until 2011. Jason Beers has collaborated with many of KC’s best musicians. He writes, sings and plays bass with his band, The Brannock Device , made up of Jason, Elaine McMilian, Marco Pascolini, and Bernie Dugan. He is a father of two, who teaches children with special needs. The Brannock Device are currently working on their latesr recording expected in 2012. Banjoism…Da was recorded at Hideaway Studios.]

61. Folkicide – Devotional Hymns of the Church of the Darwinian Snuff Film / Indep. / 11
[After his band the Charge Droplets ended, Burnie Booth created his solo project: Folkicide, to “continue the exploration into the decaying frame of Western Civilization.” Burnie Booth grew up in Spring Hill, Kansas. In high school in the latter half of the 1980s, he was in a band called Big Toe, that played the Outhouse in Lawrence. He moved to Seattle in 1991 and played for four years with the Moogs, working days in pest control. He eventually married and moved back to Kansas City with his wife in 1999. Folkicide performed a CD Release concert at the RecordBar on September 9.]

62. Beirut – The Rip Tide / Pompeii Records / August 2, 1011
[Originally the solo musical project of Zach Condon, born in Santa Fe, New Mexico on February 13, 1986. He was brought up in Newport News, Virginia before moving back to New Mexico. Zach played trumpet in a jazz band as a teenager and cites jazz as a major influence. Condon attended Santa Fe High School, but dropped out at the age of 16. In Santa Fe he was exposed to Mariachi music. He also worked at a cinema showing where he was exposed to the international films of Fellini arias and Sicilian funeral brass as well Balkan music. He later enrolled in community college, but only attended for a short period before traveling to Europe at the age of 17 with his older brother, Ryan. Condon’s subsequent exploration of world music proved to be instrumental in the development of Beirut’s melodic sound. The Rip Tide was recorded in Upstate New York, Brooklyn and Condon’s hometowns of Albuquerque and Santa Fe.]

63. Seun Kuti – From Africa with Fury: Rise / Knitting Factory Records / June 21, 2011
[Nigerian musician, and the youngest son of legendary afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti. After Fela’s death of AIDS in 1997 Seun, then only 14 years old, became the lead singer of Egypt 80. While in school Seun had to choose between a career in music and one in American Football for which he has an outstanding talent. About three-fourths of the current Egypt 80 line-up consists of musicians that not only played with Fela Kuti, but often were arrested and harassed alongside the founder of the Afrobeat movement. Live sets consist of both new material and originals from Seun’s father. During his lifetime Fela Kuti never performed songs he had recorded, so for many fans this is their first chance to hear many Kuti classics.]

64. Canon Blue – Rumspringa / Temporary Residence Limited / August 16, 2011
[Blue Canon is Daniel James, from Nashville. His 2007 debut, Colonies, was a collaboration w/ Grizzly Bear’s Chris Taylor. Rumspringa was made partly in Copenhagen with Danish orchestral pop ensemble Efterklang and partly in Iceland withmembers of Sigur Ros, “Canon Blue (Des Moines)” is the album’s first single.]

65. Pulseprogramming – Charade Is Gold / Audraglint / May 3, 2011
[born as an experimental, concept in Portland, Oregon in 1998. Pulseprogramming is currently centered around Marc Hellner and new member Chanel Pease, but also includes art directors: John Schacter and Hans Seeger, a filmmaker/video artist: Eric David Johnson, aka DJ Bunny Ears, and a poet: Joel Craig. Their 1999, self-titled debut album was predominantly a work of ambient music, and was released on Chicago’s Aesthetics Records. The group’s current work leans towards the early 1980s and is more song-oriented.]

66. Digitalism – I Love You, Dude / V2 Records / June 21, 2011
[2nd studio album by German electro pop duo who met at a record store in Hamburg in 2004, and became friends. Later, the store’s owner asked them to DJ a party, and they then began mixing and recording. They record their music in a World War II bunker they own in Hamburg. They perform live using a Macbook Pro laptop as the heart of the act.]

67. Piney Gir – Geronimo! / Damaged Goods / Aug. 23, 2011
[Piney Gir is Angela Penhaligon who was born in Kansas and is now based in London, England. We had the chance to interview her on WMM. She was encouraged by her parents to learn the piano from the age of four, she wrote her first song at the age of nine. Having earned a degree in music, she moved to England in 1998 to study at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. She released her debut solo electronica album, Peakahokahoo, in 2004 on UK label Truck Records (and licensed to Greyday Records for release in North America). She toured extensively, including opening for Erasure on a month long European tour. Geronimo! was recorded in early 2011 in Los Angeles.]

68. PJ Harvey – Let England Shake / Island / Feb. 15 2011
[8th studio album. Produced by Flood. Written between late 2007 and 2008, and recorded over a five-week period. Musically, Harvey dislikes repeating herself. She has experimented with rock, pop, electronica, and folk. She is also known for changing her appearance from album to album by altering her mode of dress or hairstyle. Each look is then incorporated into the album’s artwork, music videos, and live performances. One of the more unexpected British TV highlights of 2010 came when a black-clad PJ Harvey performed the title track, Let England Shake, in front of then prime minister Gordon Brown. As Brown sat soberly, Harvey played an autoharp, relishing the line “England’s dancing days are done.”]

69. Wanda Jackson – The Party Ain’t Over Yet / Third Man Records / Jan. 21, 2011
[Wanda Lavonne Jackson was born October 20, 1937. She is an American singer, songwriter, pianist and guitarist who had success in the mid-1950s and 60s as one of the first popular female rockabilly singers and a pioneering rock and roll artist. She is known to many as the First Lady of Rockabilly. She has been releasing albums since 1958. This year at age 74, she released her 33rd album, produced by Jack White.]

70. Exene Cervenka – The Excitement of Maybe / Bloodshot / March 8, 2011
[2nd solo release. Exene is a singer, artist and poet and cofounder of the legendary punk band X as well as The Knitters and The Original Sinners. Her spoken word performances with Lydia Lunch in the 80’s led to the publication of “Adulterers Anonymous” and another four volumes of poetry followed. Upon relocating to rural Missouri, Cervenka found inspiration in the simplicity of country living and began writing her first solo album in 19 years. The product, Somewhere Gone, recorded and produced in Springfield by Lou Whitney, was released in 2009. It was on of our favorite recordings of that year. In 2009 Exene Cervenka revealed that she had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. She continue writng new songs and recorded her second solo record, but on April 14 her tour was cancelled, due to a flare-up of her MS.]

71. Heather Thornton – Obvious / Saunders Street Records / April 28, 2011
[Heather Thornton moved with her family to KC from Arkansas. She has been singing and performing for over 10 years in KC. She plays keyboards and sings and plays on the first Saturday of every month at Jazz 1823 W 39th Street KCMO with Jeramy Johnston – guitar/bass, Brian Ruskin – guitar, Bree Plaster – drums. Heather’s background vocals can be heard on the Saunders Street Records releases of Jen Lawless and William Sauders. Heather has a new Christmas CD available at heatherthornton.com.]

72. Kirsten Paludan – All In / Independent / 2010
[Released late 2010. Kirsten Paludan’s worked for over a decade as a solo artist and with the band Olympic Size. As an actress she has appeared on FOX Television’s “Melrose Place.” In the Ang Lee film “Ride With The Devil,” the Spike Lee produced, Confederate States of America, directed by Kevin Wilmoth. Kirsten Paludan joined us LIVE on our January 26 WMM.]

73. Ruddy Swain – Ruddy Swain [EP] / Independent / November 13, 2011
[Ruddy Swain is David Regnier of Dead Voices and Lauren Krum of The Grisly Hand.]

74. Fruit Bats – Tripper / Sub Pop / Aug 2, 2011
[5th album since signing with Sub Pop Records in 2001. Formed in Chicago in 1997 by singer/songwriter Eric D. Johnson who has performed as a side man in the the band Califone and as the leader of I Rowboat.]

75. Sleepy Kitty – Infinity City / Euclid Records / July 12, 2011
[From Chicago and St. Louis. Paige Brubeck on vocals/guitar/keys, and Evan Sult on drums/vocals/tapes. More info at: sleepykittymusic.com]

76. Yellow Ostrich – The Mistress / Barsuk Records / August 16, 2011
[Barsuk records has re-released “The Mistress” originally put out on Vinyl by AFTERNOON RECORDS on February 15, 2011. It’s what they are calling “a bedroom project,” from Alex Schaaf, the individual behind the NYC based Yellow Ostrich, who now tours as a three piece band. Yellow Ostrich played the Bourbon Theatre in Lincoln, NE, on Nov. 16 with Ra Ra Riot + Delicate Steve.]

77. The Coathangers – Larceny and Old Lace / Suicide Squeeze Records / June 7, 2011
[3rd album from the all female punk uartet from Atlanta, Georgia, includes: lead vocalist – Julia Kugel, drummer – Stephanie Luke, keyboardist – Candice Jones and bassist – Meredith Franco. ]

78. Sour Babies – Morning Star / Independent / Mar 30, 2011
[Brent Jamison, Chas Felkins, Mark Harvey, Mary Sanders, Ben Hume and Jason Martinez of The Sour Babies, played live on our July 20 WMM.]

79. The Finsters – The Finsters / Independent / 2011
[The Finsters, are an old time Americana band, dedicated to playing the music of Harold Finster. The band includes: Andrew Connor on guitar and vocals, Liz Connor on fiddle and mandolin, Allan Winkler on accordion and percussion, and Jami Blakeley on banjo and vocals.]

80. Wild Beasts – Smother / Domino Records / May 10, 2011
[3rd album and follow up to their Mercury Award nominated “Two Dancers.” One critic wrote the band possesses, “oscillating falsetto and baritone vocals, lyrical wit, and a penchant for seedier topics.”]

81. Holy Ghost! – Holy Ghost! / DFA / April 4, 2011
[The brainchild of childhood friends Alex Frankel and Nick Millhiser, the Brooklyn-based band Holy Ghost! recently transformed from a duo into a 4-piece band that has spent the summer touring with LCD Soundsystem and Chromeo The tour culminated with Hot Chip and Hercules and Love Affair at Central Park Summerstage on August 4th. Holy Ghost uses a lot of vintage synths.]

82. Molly Picture Club – four on the floor [EP] / Independent / late 2010
[KC Based featuring: Aniko Adany- vocals, synths, keys, omnichord, Matthew Hayden- drums, drum sequencing, & Michael Tipton- vocals, guitar, bass.]

83. Prefuse 73 – The Only She Chapters / Warp Records / April 25, 2011
[Guillermo Scott Herren was born in Miami, Florida and grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. His father is Catalan and his mother is Irish and Cuban. At an early age his parents encouraged him to play piano and other instruments; his mother “forced” Herren to play a wide variety of instruments, even going so far as to teach him the Suzuki Method in order to “keep him out of trouble”. Growing up, Herren’s musical tastes branched out and he became interested in hip-hop, punk rock, and electronic music.]

84. Com Truise – Galactic Melt / Ghostly / July 2011
[Com Truise, is New Jersey based designer and musician named Seth Haley, who said he envisioned this record as a “sort of film score…from the mind,” chronicling the life and death of Com Truise, the world’s first robotic astronaut, from his creation and life on Earth to his subsequent mission to a newly discovered galaxy called “Wave 1.”]

85. Neon Indian – Era Extrana / Mom + Pop / September 13, 2011
[Recorded in Helsinki, Finland during the winter of 2010, Era Extraña translates: “Strange Era.” Neon Indian is an indie electronic band from Denton, Texas with music created by Mexican-born composer by Alan Palomo who was born in Monterrey, Mexico in 1988 and moved to San Antonio, Texas at the age of 5. He relocating to Denton, Texas for college. Neon Indian played The Record Bar on October 11 tour with Com Truise and Purity Ring.]

86. Mountain Man – Live At The Wiltern / Partisan Records / July 5, 2011
[Molly Erin Sarle, Alexandra Sauser-Monnig and Amelia Randall Meath met at Bennington College, in the small town of Bennington, Vermont. This fall the trio toured with Feist.]

87. Cadillac Fambe’ – Eli’s Porch / Independent / July 29, 2011
[KC based band dedicated to pushing the envelope and blending various styles to create a new class of blues. The band was featured at Murder Ballad Ball of 2011, a Benefit for the Midwest Music Foundation, Fri, Dec 9, at The Riot Room, 4048 Broadway, KCMO also appearing: American Catastrophe, Rural Grit All Stars, Tommy Donoho, Bob & Diana Suckiel, Sons of Great Dane, Cody Wyoming, Tony Ladesich, The Delighted, and others.]

88. Raphael Saadiq – Stone Rollin’ / Sony / May 10, 2011
[Born Charles Ray Wiggins in Oakland, California on May 14, 1966, Saadiq has been representing “old school” R&B since his early days as a member of the group Tony! Toni! Toné! He’s produced songs for TLC, Joss Stone, D’Angelo, Mary J. Blige, and John Legend. For his 4th studio album he pushed beyond the “classic soul revival” with more rock-inspiring funk, Chess Records-blues, and the more expansive orchestral sound of post-Detroit Motown and 1970s Philadelphia sound.]

89. Stephin Merritt – Obscurities / Merge Records / August 30, 2011
[In 1999, The Magnetic Fields’ three-CD collection 69 Love Songs established Stephin Merritt as one of this generation’s most talented songwriters. The LA Times called Merritt, “one of indie-rock’s most acclaimed figures.” “The Sun and the Sea and the Sky,” could be considered the 70th love song. Stephin Merritt writes that “this song didn’t go on 69 Love Songs because it wasn’t actually about romantic love. Now it sounds like a Germanic hymn to nature, as directed by Leni Riefenstahl.” This previously unreleased track is part of Stephin Merritt’s latest release, Obscurities, in his return to Merge Records, a collection of Merritt’s hard-to-find recordings dating back to his time on Merge (1994 1999) and prior, as well as 5 previously unreleased tracks. Pitchfork reports The Magnetic Fields will be releasing a new album on Merge in early 2012.]

90. Tom Russell – Mesabi / Shout! Factory Records / September 5, 2011
[Identified with the Texas Country music tradition, his music also includes elements of folk, Tex-Mex, and cowboy music of the American West. Mesabi includes songs about Bob Dylan, James Dean, Elizabeth Taylor, Cliff “Ukulele Ike” Edwards, Jimmy Driscoll and Sterling Hayden. Furious Love (For Liz)” was the last song written for Mesabi. Following the recent death of Elizabeth Taylor, Russell says, “I married a Swiss lady and we have a place in Switzerland in the Alps, and Liz Taylor had a chalet right down the street. Then I found out she lived for a short while in a penthouse in El Paso, with her first husband, Nicky Hilton. That overlooks Juarez, Mexico, and I thought, I’d write a waltz about Liz looking out on Juarez.” Tom Russell played Knuckleheads on October 6, 2011.]

91. Robert Ellis – Photographs / New West / July 5, 2011
[The New York Times writes that Robert Ellis is “Equally inspired by Jackson Browne and George Jones.” Based in Houston, Texas, the 22 year old singer songwriter was first brought our attention by our Artist Joey Grimm, KCAI graduate from 2010, (now doing graduate work in Delaware) who played him on WMM back on August 10. Joey had just seen him live in Texas.]

92. St. Vincent – Strange Mercy / 4AD / September 13 , 2011
[Manhattan based Annie Clark’s 11-song follow up to her critically acclaimed release “Actor” from 2009. Strange Mercy was eecorded in Dallas, TX. St. Vincent played Lawrence, KS on October 7.]

93. Jenny Carr – Maybe Definitely Really For Sure / Independent / Dec, 2010
[A Missouri native, Jenny Carr has fronted the KC band the Waiting List and played bass for indie-rock bands: Anvil Chorus and Lights & Siren. She lists her influences as: The Beatles, The Kinks, Joni Mitchell, Elliott Smith and The Cranberries.]

94. Yuck – Yuck / Fat Possum Records / Feb. 15, 2011
[Indie rock from London, England. Critics have compared their self-titled debut album to Dinosaur Jr and Sonic Youth.]

95. Brian Eno – Drums Between The Bells / Opal – Warp Records / July 5, 2011
[40 years in music as an glam rocker, Ambient pioneer, producer, multimedia artist, technological translator, world beat drum-beater, and self-described non-musician. In the early years of Roxy Music, he set up a sound table off stage and turn knobs to create textures and echos.]

96. They Might Be Giants – Join Us / Idlewild Recordings / July 19, 2011
[15th studio album and the first non-children’s album from the band since “The Else” in 2007. They Might Be Giants playde Beaumont Club October 14.]

97. Jason Vivone – My Roaring Twenties / Independent / 2011
[Jason Vivone is the former Kansas City Blues Society’s International Blues Challenge solo winner. His band the Billy Bats were crowned KINGS OF THE ROOTS at the showdown at the Blue Note in Columbia, Missouri. In an annual event held by the Missouri Lottery and the Roots and BBQ fest, the Billy Bats beat out three other bands with their soulful, energetic live show. In January, Jason Vivone’s new solo CD “MY ROARING TWENTIES” was released to acclaim and terrific on-line sales. In March the new line up of the Billy Bats opened for Fishbone and also performed at the SXSW Festival in Austin. Jason Vivone performed LIVE on our Nov. 2 WMM show.]

98. William Saunders – Tales of Weathered Plains / Saunders Street Records / 2011
[Born in L.A. and raised in KC and Raymore, Missouri, he spent eight years in the U.S. Army and served in the first gulf war. In Riyadh, Saudi Arabia he first started singing and writing. After the military, he started his business career. In the early 90’s he formed a band called “The Decadent.”After 16 years in the corporate world he had written nearly seven hundred songs. In 2010, he left the corporate life to created Saunders Street Records and pursued a career in music and the development of other musical artists. William Saunders played LIVE on our March 23 WMM.]

99. Sterling Witt – Sounds of The Future [EP] / Bright Orange Records / 2011
[Born and raised in the rural countryside of Cass County he went to school in Harrisonville. At 15, he picked up the bass guitar, and taught myself how to play a right-handed instrument upside-down, left handed. Sterling Witt joined us LIVE on April 13 on WMM for the 90.1 FM Band Auction and again on August 31st.]

100. Jen Lawless – Runnin’ Hot / Saunders Street Records / April 8, 2011
[By day, the 5′ 3″ Kansas City Native, Jen Lawless, drives an ambulance for the Fire Department and is responding to emergencies and racing between hospitals. Her occupation is the inspiration for many of the original songs on her Saunders Street Records release. Jen appeared on our May 11th WMM.]

101. Poly Styrene – Generation Indigo / Future Noise Music / April 26, 2011
[On the verge of the release of her third solo release, singer Poly Styrene, former singer with the X-Ray Spex, died at the age of 53, after suffering from cancer. In February, in an interview published in The Sunday Times magazine, she revealed that she had been treated for breast cancer, and that it had spread to her spine and lungs. She died on April 25. She was one of the first female punk icons. She was very influential, with an unorthodox style. Poly Styrene formed her band the X-Ray Spex after watching the Sex Pistols perform on Hastings Pier on her 18th birthday. The band released just one album, “Germ Free Adolescents,” in 1978, before splitting up. The singer went on to record a solo album, Translucence, in 1980, before retreating from the music industry to join the Hare Krishnas. Singer Billy Bragg told a radio station that, “It’s always hard for women in rock music but it was particularly hard in the 70s,” he said. “I think she cut right through that. The work that she did and the things that she produced always stayed true to that original spirit of punk.”]

102. Marketa Irglova – Anar / Anti Records / October 7, 2011
[Solo debut from one-half of the Irish duo The Swell Season and co-star of the motion picture Once. Now at 23, she decided to branch out on her own after relocating to NYC and while The Swell Season were on hiatus.]

103. The Decemberists – The King Is Dead / Capitol / Jan. 14, 2011
[Recorded during the spring of 2010 in the Portland area. The album title has been speculated to pay homage to The Smiths The Queen Is Dead, due to front man, Colin Meloy’s long-touted influence from the band.Meloy has cited that a primary musical influence for much of The King Is Dead is R.E.M., and three songs, feature R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck including “Down By The Water.” The band played The Uptown Theatre Monday, February 7.]

104. Peter, Bjorn & John – Gimme Some / Star time / March 29, 2011
[Our “Best of…” lists always seem to include representatives from Sweden. Gothenburg is a music town that rivals Montreal, Brooklyn, Omaha, and Nashville. Lykke Li also appears on our list . Peter Morén from Dalarna in the North of Sweden and Björn Yttling from Västerbotten – even further to the North – had been playing music together for 8 years when they in 1999 met John – from Norrbotten – which is yet even further to the North! Peter, Bjorn & John are back in our playlists this year with their sixth album.]

105. Telekinesis – 12 Desperate Straight Lines / Merge / Feb. 15, 2011
[Telekinesis is Michael Benjamin Lerner, an indie rocker from Seattle. This is his 2nd album on Merge.]

106. The Middle East – I Want That You Are Always Happy / Spunk Records / April 2011
[debut studio album by Australian folk band The Middle East, released in Australia and New Zealand. Based in Townsville in Queensland, Australia. Formed in 2005, the group played locally and completed several East Coast tours of mainly Christian festivals throughout Australia. They played their last show on July 31, 2011.]

107. The Go Team – Rolling Blackouts / Memphis Industries / 2011
[3rd studio album from Brighton, England-based band that combine indie rock & garage rock w/ a mixture of blaxploitation & Bollywood soundtracks, double dutch chants, old school hip hop and distorted guitars. Their songs mix of live instruments and samples.]

108. Bootsy Collins – Tha Funk Capitol of The World / Mascot / April 26, 2011
[23rd studio album by funk musician Bootsy Collins, features an incredible line up of Bootsy’s friends including Chuck D, Snoop Dogg and Bootsy’s Parliament and P-Funk bandmates, George Clinton & Bernie Worrell.]

109. Veronica Falls – Veronica Falls / Slumberland Records / Sept. 20, 2011
[self-titled debut record from a UK band that daringly recruited a bass player that didn’t know how to play until joining the group. Their first live performance was opening for Pains Of Being Pure At Heart.]

110. Soley – We Sink / Morr Music / October 3, 2011
[From Iceland comes Soley, an introverted singer-songwriter who was recently featured in “Backyard” a documentary about the influential Iceland music scene.]

111. Raleigh Moncrief – Watered Down / Anticon Records / October 25, 2011
[Debut full length recording from Sacremento based, Raleigh Moncrief, who has collaborated with Dirty Projectors for their Bitte Orca recording that is also on our list of 111 Best Recordings of 2011.]

Note: Sources for notes: artist’s websites, wikipedia.org

WMM Playlist from November 30, 2011

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

Wednesday, November 23, 2011:

2011: The Year in Music
with: Tim Finn, Coleen Voeks, Chris Haghirian, and Marion Merritt

1. Victor & Penny – “I’ll Never Say ‘Never Again’ Again”
from: Antique Pop / V & P Productions / December 9, 2011
[Victor & Penny performed LIVE on our Sept. 7 Wednesday MidDay Medley. This Chicago / KC based duo is: Jeff Freling of the Chicago Blue Man Group; and Erin McGrane of the cabaret group Alacartoona. Victor & Penny have a brand new CD called Antique Pop which contain 8 vintage songs plus 2 original songs written by Jeff Freling and a song written by Barclay Martin. Victor & Penny will be in concert celebrating the release of their 1st album, “Antique Pop” on Friday, Dec 9, at 10 PM at the R Bar w/ The Latenight Callers.]

10:03 – Interview with Tim Finn

Mark Manning interviews Tim Finn

Tim Finn, is originally from Youngstown, New York. He graduated with his Masters of Arts, in Journalism from the University of Kansas in 1986. He did his undergraduate at the University of Missouri in Columbia. Tim is the music writer of the Kansas City Star. Tim joined us to talk about The Year in Music.

Five of Tim Finn’s Favorite Releases of 2011:

The Wilders – The Wilders / Free Dirt Records / June 21, 2011

Mr. Marco’s V7 – Sparkin’ Your Mama / Independent / March 2011

Thee Oh Sees – Carrion Crawler – The Dream / In The Red / Nov. 8, 2011

David Kilgour & the Heavy Eights – Left By Soft / Merge / April 26, 2011

Tom Waits – Bad As Me / Anti Records / October 21, 2011

2. The Wilders – “Get Up Kid”
from: The Wilders / Free Dirt Records / June 21, 2011
[The 10th release from Ike Sheldon- Guitar, Lead Vocals, Betse Ellis- Fiddle, Vocals, Phil Wade- Dobro, Banjo, Mandolin, Vocals, Nate Gawron- Bass, Vocals.]

3. Mr. Marco’s V-7 – “Sweet 2”
from: Sparkin’ Your Mama / Independent / March 2011
[3 of 4 members of Mr. Marco’s V7 joined us live on WMM on February 16. Mr. Marcos V 7 could be called a local super group as members Mike Stover (aka DJ Clem) also plays with The Dead Voices; Johnny Hamill also plays with The Malachy Papers, and New Ear; Marco Pascolini also plays with The Expassionates, Kent Burnham also plays with The Jeff Sheetz Band, Bob Harvey Band, and Snuff Jazz. Point is, these guys are some of KC’s finest musicians.]

Back To Rockville, Tim Finn’s Music blog of The Kansas City Star, is where you can find reviews of many of the shows in Kansas City, links to many music venues, publications and broadcasting companies. More info at: backtorockville.com

4. Thee Oh Sees – “Crushed Grass”
from: Carrion Crawler – The Dream / In The Red Records / Nov. 8, 2011
[From San Francisco. It began as an outlet for John Dwyer to release his instrumental, experimental home recordings, and over the course of several albums evolved into a full band.]

We talked with Tim Finn about several area bands who given us a single or leaked a few demo tracks. We looking forward to new releases in 2012: Hearts of Darkness, Dead Voices, The Grisly Hand, The Caves, The Brannock Device, The Pedaljets, American Catastrophe, Ghosty, and In The Pines

5. David Kilgour and the Heavy Eights – “I’ll Climb Back Up That Hill”
from: Left By Soft / Merge Records / April 26, 2011
[8th album from former leader of legendary New Zealand band, the Clean.]

6. Tom Waits – “Chicago”
from: Bad As Me / Anti Records / October 21, 2011
[17th studio album and Waits’ first album consisting completely of new material in seven years since Real Gone (2004). Waits’ label, ANTI-, recently agreed on a distribution deal with Warner Music Group allowing them to release the album internationally. This marks Waits’ first release through the Warner organization since Heartattack and Vine (1980). Upon its release, Bad as Me received widespread critical acclaim.]

10:32 – Underwriting

10:32 – Interview with Coleen Voeks

Coleen Shaw-Voeks is originally from Colorado and has been working in record stores for over 15 years. She was formerly the owner of Need More Discs with her husband, musician Erik Voeks. Need More Discs operated for 6 years in Shawnee, Kansas before closing in August of 2009. Coleen is currently the manager at Vinyl Renaissance on West 39th Street in Kansas City. Coleen is also a distance runner and a running coach and prefers to spend her free time running through the woods.

Five of Coleen’s Favorite Releases of 2011:

Spirit is The Spirit – Mother Mountain / Independent / February 26, 2011

Sleepy Kitty – Infinity City / Euclid Records / July 12, 2011

Glen Campbell – Ghost On The Canvas / Surf Dog Records / August 20, 2011

Dirty Projectors & Bjork – Mount Wittenberg Orca / Domino / Oct. 24, 2011

King Creosote & John Hopkins – Diamond Mine / Domino / March 28, 2011

7. Spirit is The Spirit – “Little Bear/Wild Fox”
from: Mother Mountain / Independent / February 26, 2011
[Folk-psychedelic-rock from Lawrence, Kansas. Austen Malone, Noah Compo, Wayne Zimmerman, Josh Landau, Brook Partain, Danny Bowersox]

8. Sleepy Kitty – “Gimme Chantz”
from: Infinity City / Euclid Records / July 12, 2011
[From Chicago and St. Louis Sleepy Kitty includes: Paige Brubeck on vocals/guitar/keys, and Evan Sult on drums/vocals/tapes. More info at: sleepykittymusic.com]

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

10. Dirty Projectors & Bjork – “On and Ever Onward”
from: Mount Wittenberg Orca / Domino Records / October 24, 2011
[In 2009, Björk and Dirty Projectors, were asked to perform a charity concert of seven songs written just for the occasion. A year later they recorded the songs and released a digital-only format. Now over two years later, the recording was released on CD and vinyl, by Domino Records. All proceeds from the digital sales at mountwittenbergorca.com go to the National Geographic Society for the project of creating international marine protected areas. Mount Wittenberg is located at Point Reyes National Seashore in California. The inspiration for the EP came when Amber Coffman of Dirty Projectors saw a pod of whales off the coast while hiking at that spot.]

11. King Creosote & John Hopkins – “Bubble”
from: Diamond Mine / Domino / March 28, 2011
[Nominated for the Mercury Prize King Creosote,is the stage name for Kenny Anderson, an independent singer-songwriter from Fife, Scotland, who has released over 40 albums. Anderson is also a member of Scottish-Canadian band, The Burns Unit.]

Chris Haghirian of The KC Star & INK and Coleen Voeks of Vinyl Renaissance on West 39th Street

11:03 – Interview with Chris Haghirian

Chris Haghirian has worked for The Kansas City Star for 12 years and helped launch INK in April of 2008. Chris works on the marketing side of INK and puts together all of the music promotions. Chris was instrumental in the organization of The Middle of The Map Festival, Midcoast cares: A Benefit for Joplin, The past two years of MidCoast Takeover SXSW Music festivals featuring KC and Lawrence area bands. To date, He has seen 634 bands live and has been to 346 shows. Chris also is a regular contributor to The Mailbox, a weekly podcast radio show produced and hosted by Michael Byars that is available at the Midwest Music Foundation’s website: midwestmusicfound.org.

Five of Chris Haghirian’s Favorite Releases of 2011:

Everyday/Everynight – Etc. / Golden Sound Records / May 3, 2011

Bon Iver – Bon Iver / Jagjaguwar / 2011

Spirit is the Spirit – Mother Mountain / Independent / February 26, 2011

Cut Copy – Zonoscope / Modular / Feb. 8, 2011

The Joy Formidable – The Big Roar / Atlantic – Canvasback / Jan 21, 2011

12. Everyday/Everynight –“You’ve Died In A Dream (Single)”
from: Etc. / Golden Sound Records / May 3, 2011
[Nominated for a Pitch Music Award for “Best Emerging Act.” Evan Ashby on Guitar, Mat Shoare on Guitar/Keyboard/Vocals, Austin Lyon on Drums, and Jerad Colton Tomasino on Guitar/Keyboard/Vocals. The band includes three members who sing and also write songs. Golden Sound Records is a new local recording company who also release the music of Oriole Post and The Empty Spaces, Fullbloods, Baby Teardrops, as well as the solo works of Jerad Colton Tomasina and Mat Shoare. Golden Sound Records is a partnership between: Mat Shoare, Jerad Colton Tomasino, and Ross Brown.]

Chris Haghirian’s favorite concerts of 2011:

February 18 – Exile on Main Street at Crosstown Station
May 15 – Other Lives at the record bar
April 8 – A Lull at The Riot Room

April 20 – Arcade Fire at Starlight Theatre
June 18 – Peter Gabriel at Starlight Theatre
September 9 – bon iver at The Uptown Theatre

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

Chris is looking forward to the new albums in 2012 from:
Making Movies – in studio in FEB
Quiet Corral
Thee Water MoccaSins
Spirit is the Spirit

With INK Chris will be working on:
The Middle of the Map Festival
The Local Music Showcase with The Royals and Plaza Art Fair
And other new projects

11:25

14. The Joy Formidable – “The Greatest Light is The Greatest Shade”
from: The Big Roar / Atlantic – Canvasback / January 21, 2011
[Alternative rock / indie rock/ shoegazing /dream pop from the three-piece band formed in 2007 in North Wales and currently located in London, England, includes: childhood friends: Ritzy Bryan & bassist Rhydian Dafydd. On April 23 – the band played the riot room. On August 5 they played kanrocksas.]

11:33 – Underwriting

11:35 – Interview with Marion Merritt

Marion Merritt is the creator of the blog: a2-m3.com a site that gives visitors a wealth of information on new CD, Vinyl, and DVD releases. Marion also shares the latest news on: Theatres, Bookstores, and Art Galleries. The site features links, downloads, and articles to keep us current with all the latest releases and arts news. Marion is also the manager of the music department at Barnes & Noble on The Plaza. Marion has been joining us on Wednesday MidDay Medley for over 7 years, once a quarter, to place her newest music discoveries and information from her musically encyclopedic Brain.

Five of Marion Merritt’s Favorite Releases of 2011:

tUnE- yArDs – W H O K I L L / 4AD Records / April 19, 2011

Robert Johnson – The Centennial Collection / Columbia – Sony / 2011

Miles Davis Quintet – Live in Europe / Sony Legacy / 2011

Amy Winehouse – Lioness Hidden Treasures / Island – Universal / Dec 6, 2011

Wild Flag – Wild Flag / Merge / Sept. 21, 2011

15. tUnE- yArDs – “Bizness”
from: W H O K I L L / 4AD Records / April 19, 2011
[The second studio release by Merrill Garbus’ experimental solo-project tUnE-yArDs. When performing live, Garbus creates drum loops on the spot, and layers these with ukulele, voice, and electric bass (played by Nate Brenner). tUnE-yArDs play the jackpot Lounge in Lawrence on Monday, November 7.]
11:38

16. Robert Johnson – “Cross Road Blues”
from: The Centennial Collection / Columbia – Sony / 2011

17. Amy Winehouse – “Our Day Will Come”
from: Lioness Hidden Treasures / Island – Universal / December 6, 2011

19. Wild Flag -“Romance”
from: Wild Flag / Merge / Sept. 21, 2011
[2nd single from the debut of the four-piece super group, of sorts, based in Portland, Oregon and Washington, D.C. that consists of Carrie Brownstein (formerly of Sleater-Kinney), Mary Timony (formerly of Helium), Rebecca Cole (formerly of The Minders) and Janet Weiss (formerly of Quasi and Sleater-Kinney). The band recently played the Record bar on Oct. 5.]
11:57

11:59:30

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

Sources for notes: artist’s websites, wikipedia.org

Wed, Dec 7 we begin our 4-week special: The 100 Best Recordings of 2011

Show # 397

WMM Playlist from November 9, 2001

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

Wednesday, November 9, 2011:

Greg Brown & Rev. Sam Mann
+ Heidi Van, David Wayne Reed of “Bump”

1. Dirty Projectors & Bjork – “On and Ever Onward”
from: Mount Wittenberg Orca / Domino Records / October 24, 2011
[In 2009, Björk and Dirty Projectors, were asked to perform a charity concert of seven songs written just for the occasion. A year later they recorded the songs and released a digital-only format. Now over two years later the recording was released on CD and Vinyl by Domino Records. All proceeds from the digital sales at mountwittenbergorca.com go to the National Geographic Society for the project of creating international marine protected areas. Mount Wittenberg is located at Point Reyes National Seashore in California. The inspiration for the EP came when Amber Coffman of Dirty Projectors saw a pod of whales off the coast while hiking at that spot.]

2. Baby Teardrops – “Flag of Inner Revolution”
from: X Is For Love / Independent / April 7, 2011
[KC native and former Doris Henson leader, Matthew Dunehoo’s new band, formed in NYC with Megan Thomas and Gerry White. Kansas City’s own Golden Sounds Records recently announced they were reissuing “X is for Love” on November 15th in digital, CD, and for the first time, vinyl formats. The release will also include exclusive remixes of album tracks. The Vinyl release party is Tuesday, November 25 at The Brick, 1727 McGee, Kansas City, MO with Olivetti Letter opening the show. We’ll hear more music from both bands on next week’s show.]

3. Alejandro Escovedo – “Street Songs”
from: Street Songs of Love / Concord Music Group / June 29, 2010
[10th studio album from 60 year-old singer songwriter and son of Mexican immigrants to Texas. The Escovedo family boasts several professional musicians: brothers (and percussionists) Coke Escovedo & Pete Escovedo, and Sheila E (Pete’s daughter & Alejandro’s niece). Escovedo began performing in the punk band The Nuns. In 2003, after having lived with Hepatitis-C for many years, Escovedo fell critically ill. Without medical insurance, Escovedo could not pay his substantial medical bills. Friends organized benefit shows that grew into the album Por Vida: A Tribute to the Songs of Alejandro Escovedo, whose proceeds benefit the Alejandro Escovedo Medical and Living Expense Fund. Contributing musicians included Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams, John Cale, Ian Hunter, The Jayhawks, Son Volt, and Sheila E.). In 2005, Escovedo was declared to be free of the disease]

[Alejandro Escovedo will be in KC in An Evening with Alejandro Escovedo and Friends, this Thursday November 10, at 10:00 PM at 1911 Main in Kansas City, MO presented by Midwestern Musical Company Production. KC’s own Dead Voices will be opening the show. Alejandro Escovedo will be backed up by a group of Kansas City musicians organized by Cody Wyoming featuring Cody Wyoming, Chris Meck, Erik Voeks, Mike Stover, Paul Andrews, Lauren Krum, Abigail Henderson and Katie Gilchrist. Tickets information at 1911 Main 816 527 0200 or call Midwestern Musical Company at 816 931 6962.]

4. Brown Bird – “Fingers To The Bone”
from: Salt For Salt / Supply & Demand Music / October 18th, 2011
[5th album from Rhode island based folk duo]

10:15 – Underwriting

5. Bleached – “Searching Through The Past”
from: Searching Through The Past EP /Suicide Squeeze Records / Dec. 6, 2011
[Limited to 750 copies! Sisters of the moon, Jennifer and Jessica Clavin make up the Los Angeles band, Bleached. The songwriting-duo return with the follow-up to their Carter 7-inch]

6. The Roots – “Make My”
from: Undun / Def Jam / December 6, 2011
[featuring Big K.R.I.T. The 13th studio release from the Late Night With Jimmy Fallon house band, and Philadelphia-bred hip-hop veterans the Roots. The album’s concept was partially influenced by Sufjan Stevens “Songs for Mighigan” album and the Roots close their new album with a cover and reinterpretation of the Sufjan Stevens song “Redford” from the Michigan Album.]

7. Richard Thompson – “Oops!…I Did it Again”
from: 1000 Years of Popular Music / Beeswing Music / 2002
[Released as a concert DVD with two audio CDs, this concert set’s encapsulation of 22 songs that trace a musical progression from the Middle Ages through Britney Spears, including rounds, madrigals, and British balladry that recall Thompson’s early days in Fairport Convention..]

10:30 – Interview with Heidi Van and David Wayne Reed

Heidi Van from The Fishtank Theatre talks about "Bump"

David Wayne Reed, Bess Wallerstein and heidi Van in a scene from "Bump"

Last year when Heidi Van, David Wayne Reed and Bess Wallerstein joined heir comedic forces to create the new play, “White Nose Christmas” it ended up winning them a “Best of Kansas City Award” as Best Stocking Stuffer from The Pitch. The show was a hilarious send up, of reality TV personalities that told the story of Brindsay Cardilton, “a coke snorting celebrity, famous for being famous.” This year the three actor, producer, directors have joined forces once again to deliver their newest collaborative holiday show called “Bump” which continues the journey of Brindsay, just out of jail and rehab, who finds herself pregnant. In real life Heidi Van is 8 months pregnant and due to have her baby in just a few weeks. In this new production, Heidi, David and Bess continue the romp, poking fun at their hybrid celebrity character who is equal parts: Kim Kardashians, Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, and Britney Spears. “Bump” opens last Friday night and continues through Nov. 14 at the Fishtank Performance Studio, 1715 Wyandotte St. For more info you can visit: fishtanktheater.com.

In real life Heidi Van is 8 months pregnant and due to have her baby in just a few weeks.

“Bump” includes several musical production numbers choreographed by Ashley Otis.

“Bump” continues through Nov. 14 at the Fishtank Performance Studio, 1715 Wyandotte St. For more info you can visit: fishtanktheater.com or visit brownpapertickets.com.

10:45

8. Sara Swenson and The Pearl Snaps – “Always and Everywhere”
from: Never Left My Mind EP / Independent / Nov. 19, 2011
[The Pearl Snaps are: Ian Davidson, John Flynn, Brandon Graves, Sarah Magill and Roger Strong. Their new EP, “Never Left My Mind,” features five tracks recorded and produced in Kansas City by Mike Crawford and Beau Davidson. Sara Swenson & The Pearl Snaps EP Release is Saturday, November 19, at 7:00 PM at The Brick, 1727 McGee Street, Kansas City. THoward Iceberg & The Titanics will open the show.]

9. The Blind Boys of Alabama – “Run On For A Long Time”
from: e-town live volume 3 / e-town / Dec. 15, 2002
[Live recording from e-town radio show. The Blind Boys of Alabama play The Mildand this Saturday night, November 12 at 8:00 PM.]

10. Greg Brown – “Wash My Eyes”
from: In The Hills of California – Live from the Kate Wolf Music festival 1997 – 2003 / Red House / 2004 [Orig recorded on Greg Brown’s 4th studio release from 1988, “One More Goodnight Kiss.”]

11. Greg Brown – “Lovinest One”
from: Freak Flag / Yep Roc / May 10, 2011
[Accomplished songwriter, co-founder of the influential indie roots label Red House, and former musical director for Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion radio program,. While recording what was to be his next album lighting hit the studio where he was working, and Greg Brown lost the recordings. Greg, used the experience to turn inward and write more songs that comprise his 24th album: Freak Flag, the title track is all that remains of the lost original album. Greg wrote ten new songs, recording them at Memphis, Tennessee’s legendary Ardent Studios. Produced by Bo Ramsey, the album also includes a cover of Brown’s wife Iris Dement’s ”Let the Mystery Be” and Brown’s daughter Pieta’s song ”Remember the Sun.’]


11:00 – Interview with Sam Mann and Greg Brown

Greg Brown and Sam Mann in 90.1 FM Studios

Grammy Nominated Greg Brown is one of the most repected singer songwriters working in music today. He started singing professionally at the age of 18 organizing early folk concerts in New York City. Portland, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. In the 1980s, he worked nd toured extensively wiht A Prairie Home Companion. He also founded his own record label, named Red House Records after a home in which he lived in Iowa.

Greg Brown has release over 30 recordings and has allowed much of his music to be used to raise funds and awareness for environmental and social causes. His songs have been performed by Willie Nelson, Jack Johnson, Carlos Santana, Michael Johnson, Ani DiFranco, Shawn Colvin, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Iris DeMent and Joan Baez.

Greg Brown will be in concert in a rare KC performance with his wife Iris deMent, on Friday night, 11-11-11 at The Folly Theatre to honor and benefit United Inner City Services home of St. Mark Child and Family Development Center. For more info you can call the Folly Theatre Box Office at 816-474-4444 or visit: TicketMaster.com.

Also with us was Rev. Sam Mann, who last year retired after 40 years of serving as pastor of St. Mark Church at 1101 Euclid Avenue, in Kansas City’s East Side. Rev. Mann grew up in Alabama and came to Kansas City in the late 1960s. He has spent his lifetime working for civil rights and social justice issues. Rev. Mann is a father and grand father and friend to so many who have been inspired by his words and his work. He has dedicated his life to make the world a better place for children and families, working tirelessly to feed the hungry, house the poor, offer education and training, and help minority entrepreneurs open businesses. He helped organize the first National Urban Peace and Justice Summit to address gang violence. In 2004 the state-of -the art St. Mark Early Childhood and development Cents was completed at the cost of 5 Million dollars and in retirement sam continues to organize benefits to retire the mortgage on this amazing facility created to serve children and families in need.

In the 2002 Greg and Iris did a benefit concert for The Friends of Community Radio at Unity Temple on The Plaza. Later that year, on November 21, 2002 Greg married the singer-songwriter Iris DeMent in a private ceremony in the office of Rev. Sam Mann of St. Mark Church here in KC.

Greg Brown’s mother played electric guitar, his grandfather played banjo, and his father was an electrician who became a Pentecostal minister in Earlville, Iowa, and later converted to the Baha’i Faith.

Greg has three children: Constance, Zoe, and Pieta, from his first marriage, who are also musicians. Pieta Brown, has released several albums of her own and tours actively as of 2007.

11:15

12. Pieta Brown – “I’m Gone”
from: Mercury / Red House / September 27, 2011

Red House Records includes artists such as Pat Donohue, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Eliza Gilkyson, John Gorka, Lucy Kaplansky, John McCutcheon and many more.

In 2005, Brown and DeMent adopted another daughter from Russia.
Living at the Hacklebarney Farm in Iowa with Iris.

13. Greg Brown – “He Reached Down” LIVE Performance
written by Iris DeMent and included on her 2004 release Lifeline. This song inspired by a sermon delivered by Rev. Sam Mann.

11:33 – Underwriting

Jeff Bridges won the 2009 Academy Award for best Actor for the film Crazy Heart. Greg Brown wrote a song that was included in the film and Jeff Bridges based his character partially on Greg Brown.

11:50

16. Greg Brown – “Stiff Old Bones” – LIVE Performance

Iris DeMent & Greg Brown

Greg Brown will be in concert in a rare KC performance with his wife Iris Dement, on 11-11-11 at The Folly Theatre to honor and benefit United Inner City Services home of St. Mark Child and Family Development Center. For more info you can call the Folly Theatre Box Office at 816-474-4444 or visit: TicketMaster.com.

11:59:30

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

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

Show #394