WMM Playlist from February 6, 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, February 6, 2013

Sean Starowitz & Byproduct: The Laundromat
+ Folkicide + More Music from the MidCoast Takeover
+ A Middle of The Map Festival Announcement!

1. Foxygen – “San Francisco”
from: We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic / Jagjaguar / January 18, 2013
[Second full-length album by Californian experimental rock duo of Sam France, 22 year old vocalist and songwriter, originally from Olympia, Washington, and Jonathan Rado, also 22, who is a songwriter, guitarist, and keyboard player, originally form NYC. Formed in 2005, the band self-released several EPs between 2007 and 2011. In 2012 the group was signed to Jagjaguwar Records. This album was produced by Richard Swift and recorded at his National Freedom studio.]

2. Cowboy Indian Bear – “Does Anybody See You Out?”
from: Single Track Release / The Record Machine / Jan. 2013
[First Single release download from their upcoming 2nd full-length album: “Live Old, Die Young” that will be released on White Vinyl in April! The download also includes the songs: “Sheets,” “Live Old, Die Old,” and “Crime & Feel” on The Record Machine’s Tumblr page. Joshua Browning served the band as producer and engineer. The songs were recorded over a three year period, where the band was also constantly touring, living on the road, keeping the van running. Beau Bruns – percussion, vocals, glockenspiel, guitar, Charles Calhoun – vocals, guitar, bass, keys, percussion, Martinez Hillard – vocals, guitar, keys, bass, percussion; Katlyn Conroy vocals, piano, keys.]

[Cowboy Indian Bear play The Uptown Theatre February 15, at 7:00 for JayRock 8 w/ Quiet Corral]

10:15

3. The Depth and The Whisper – “Highway”
from: Single Track Release / Independent / December, 2012
[Produced and recorded by John Velghe at Guttersnipe recording. This song features Albert Bickley and Dave Tanner, the principle musicians and songwriters, with Troy Van Horn on lead guitar, Go Go Ray on Drums, John Velghe on keyboards.]

[The Depth & The Whisper play Uptown Arts Bar, KC, for the MBird Artist Showcase, Feb. 21.]

Two of the bands who will be part of Midwest Music Foundation’s MidCoast Takeover at the 2013 SXSW Music Festival in March.

4. Sleepy Kitty – “Don’t You Start”
from: Single Track Release b/w “All I Do Is Dream of You” / Euclid Records / Sept. 3, 2012
[St. Louis based band via Chicago. Paige Brubeck on vocals/guitar/keys, and Evan Sult (formerly of Harvey Danger) on drums/vocals/tapes. In the past few years the band has opended for Neon Trees, Dresden Dolls, Deerhoof, and Chuck Berry. While at home, Sleepy Kitty runs a screenprinting studio out of a 19th century warehouse where they specialize in handprinted show posters for bands & venues in St. Lu, Chicago & NYC.]

5. Radkey – “We’re Going Down”
from: Irrationally Yours – EP / Radkey/ March 29, 2011
[The Deli KC announced on their blog last week that The Deli’s Best Emerging Kansas City Artist of 2012 is Radkey! The three-piece band swept the competition, with a landslide of votes from local music jurors. Taking second place was Making Movies, followed closely by Schwervon! The complete ranking of the list of 48 very fine Kansas City area bands is posted at kansascity.thedelimagazine.com. Radkey is a band made up of three teenage brothers Darrion, Isaiah, and Solomon. Their influences include The Who and Nirvana.]

[Radkey plays the recordBar, Wednesday, February 13, with Local H in an 18 an over show.]

10:29 – Underwriting

10:30 – Interview with Sean Starowitz

Sean Starowitz is a 2010 graduate of the Interdisciplinary Arts program at the Kansas City Art Institute. Sean is also the co-founder of Bread! KC, with classmate Andrew Erdrich that since 2010 has fed over 1000 attendees and raised over $12,000 in grants for art and community projects. Last year Sean and Andrew created The Speakeasy a six-week temporary cultural center at the La Esquina Gallery, for the Charlotte Street Foundation. Currently Bread! KC is collaborating with the UMKC Theatre Department, for “Eat This! KC Chews on the Politics of Food,” written and directed by Stephanie Roberts. Sean Starowitz joined to discuss the launch of Byproduct: The Laundromat, a project he organized and received a Rocket Grant through the Andy Warhol Foundation to produce, that begins at 7:00 PM this Sat, February 9th, at Walnut Place Laundromat in KCMO.

Sean Starowitz talked about the reasons for doing, Byproduct: The Laundromat.

Sean Starowitz talked about challenging the notion of traditional art spaces.

During the first wash cycle, the series will begin with a screening of Kentucky-based filmmaker Ron Schildknect’s “My Porcelain Past,” a short documentary about that chronicles the last day of operation for a Louisville, Kentucky landmark, a White Castle Restaurant. You are from Louisville.

During the dry cycle, the programming will continue with KCAI professor and poet Jordan Stempleman, who will host a Common Sense Reading.

For more info please email seanstarowitz@gmail.com to rsvp, (seating is limited to the amount of washing/drying machines) and please bring your laundry.

Sean Starowitz talked about the Rocket Grant he received through the Andy Warhol Foundation.

Sean Starowitz and Bread! KC are collaborating with Stephanie Roberts and “Eat This! KC Chews on the Politics of Food.” Stephanie and company members will with us on WMM in three weeks on February 27.

“Starowitz creates opportunities for alternative economies and exchanges, such as Wheels for Meals, BREAD! KC , and The Burnt Ends Residency.”

Byproduct: The Laundromat will begin at 7:00 pm on Saturday, February 9th at Walnut Place Laundromat (4241 Walnut Street, KCMO.) For more info please email seanstarowitz@gmail.com to rsvp, (seating is limited to the amount of washing/drying machines) and please bring your laundry.

10:44

6. Bloodbirds – “Radiation”
from: Psychic Surgery / Independent / February 1, 2013
[KC based Psychedelic post-punk trio featuring ex-Ad Astra Per Aspera member Mike Tuley, his wife Brooke Tuley and Anna St. Louis. The album will be available as a vinyl LP in April. Recorded at Junior’s Motel, with additional recording at the Worst Place in the World, and House Tuley. Rcorded by Kirk Kaufman and Mike Tuley. Mixed by Mike Tuley.

[Bloodbirds play the recordBar, Tuesday, February 12, with Ex-cult and Lazy.]

7. Schwervon! – “Daydream Ration”
from: Courage / Olive Juice Records / September 28, 2012
[2 piece rock band. Nan plays drums & Matt plays guitar and they both sing. They lived in NYC for 15 years and recently relocated to KC. Last year they opened for both The Vaselines and Belle & Sebastian. They recorded Courage with Memphis-based engineer Doug Easley who’s worked with Pavement, Sonic Youth, Cat Power.]

[Schwervon play the recordBar, Friday, February 15, 10:00pm with The Lucky, and The Heavy Figs, to celebrate the release of The Lucky’s Debut CD]

[Major Matt Mason USA plays Davey’s Uptown, 3402 Main St., Wed. February 13, in an acoustic set, with Rabbit Killer and Folkicide.]

[Schwervon! will play the Midwest Music Foundation’s MidCoast Takeover at the 2013 SXSW Music Festival in March.]

The MidCoast Takeover fundraiser shows will benefit the Midwest Music Foundation’s SXSW MidCoast Takeover, the annual showcase, featuring 40 bands from the KC area, over 4 days, March 13 – 16, at the Shangri-La, on East 6th Street, in Austin, Texas. For more information you can visit: midcoasttakeover.com or midwestmusicfound.org.

The MidCoast Takeover fundraisers continue, Sat, Feb 16 – The Brick w/ Rev Gusto – 10:00, Cherokee Rock Rifle – 10:45, David Hasselhoff on Acid – 11:30, Not A Planet – 12:30

8. Rev Gusto – “Click Click”
from: Rev Gusto [EP] / Catapult / November 10, 2012
[Jerry Frederick on Vocals & Guitar, Sam Frederick on Bass, Shaun Crowley on Guitar, Peter Beatty on guitar Quinn Hernandez on Drums, Rev Gusto just released their first self-titled EP recorded at Element Recording.]

[Rev Gusto play The Brick, Feb. 16, w/Not A Planet, Cherokee Rock Rifle, & David Hasselhoff on Acid.]

9. Not A Planet – “Black Dress”
from: Single Track Release / Independent / December 7, 2012
[Kansas City based Rock and Roll trio formed in 2010. Nathan Corsi, Liam Sumnicht, Bill Sturges.]

[Not A Planet plays The Brick, Saturday, Feb. 16, with Rev Gusto, Cherokee Rock Rifle, & David Hasselhoff on Acid.]

11:00 – Station ID

Middle of The Map Festival Announcement…

Now in its 3rd year, Ink’s Middle of the Map Fest, curated by The Record Machine, returns to Kansas City this spring with an expanded lineup. Ink’s Middle of the Map Fest is the brainchild of Nathan Reusch of The Record Machine. This year’s Music Fest will take place April 4th through 6th at the Record Bar, Riot Room, The Uptown Theater, Union, Gusto Lounge, and Westport Coffeehouse.

Returning to the Fest for the second year, the Forum will feature speakers, technological and cultural panel dialogues, collaborative performances April 17th 18th and 19th at OfficePort in the Crossroads Arts District.

The Festival expands this year to include its first Film Fest taking place May 1 – 5 at the Alamo Drafthouse in downtown KC.

For more info: middleofthemapfest.com

The 2013 line up for Ink’s Middle of the Map Fest includes:
Grizzly Bear, The Joy Formidable, Tennis, Deerhoof, JEFF the Brotherhood, Kids These Days, Iceage, The Whigs, Wovenhand, The Appleseed Cast, The Casket Lottery, White Lung, People Get Ready, Denison Witmer, Kitten, Guards, Cowboy Indian Bear, Soft Reeds, Palace, Making Movies, Détective, Owen Pallet, Mister Lies, The Last Bison, Pujol, Joe Pug, La Guerre, Spirit is the Spirit, Sleepy Kitty, My Gold Mask, Dots Not Feathers, Smoker, the Soil & the Sun, Trouper, Little Legend, Maps For Travelers, She’s A Keeper, Bloodbirds, Quiet Corral, Akkilles, Radkey, Steddy P & DJ Mahf, Thee Water MoccaSIns, the ACB’s, Shy Boys, Fourth of July, Ghosty, Shadow Paint, The Slowdown, Cherokee Rock Rifle, Clairaudients, White Girl, Antennas Up, Heartfelt Anarchy, Six Percent, The Regrets, The Belles, The Noise FM and many more to be announced.

Chris Haghirian will be with us on March 27 to talk more about The Middle of the Map Fest.

10. Tennis – “Origins”
From: Yound & Old / Fat Possum Records / February 13, 2012
[Produced by Patrick Carney of The Black Keys, 2nd album from Denver indie pop band of husband-and-wife duo Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley. The couple met each other while studying philosophy in college, and started the band after they got back from a 7-month sailing expedition down the Eastern Atlantic Seaboard.]

[Tennis will play Ink’s Middle of The Map Festival.]

The MidCoast Takeover fundraiser shows will benefit the Midwest Music Foundation’s SXSW MidCoast Takeover, the annual showcase, featuring 46 bands from the KC area, over 4 days, March 13 – 16, at the Shangri-La, on East 6th Street, in Austin, Texas.

The MidCoast Takeover fundraisers continue, Friday, March 8 – Uptown Arts Bar (acoustic show) with Cadillac Flambe – 8:00, Sons of Great Dane – 9:00, Clairaudients – 10:00, and Heroes & Villains – 11:00

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

[Sons of Great Dane play Uptown Arts Bar, Fri., Mar. 8, w/ Cadillac Flambe, Clairaudients, and Heroes and Villians.]

12. Cadillac Flambe’ – “The Devil’s Heavy 12”
from: Midwestern Audio Vol. 1 / Midwest Music Foundation / September 23, 2012
[“Midwestern Audio Vol. 1” is the indepth compilation assembled for Midwest Music Foundation by Brenton Cook and co-sponsored by Ink Magazine featuring over 40 bands. More info at MidwestMusicFound.org]

[Cadillac Flambe play Uptown Arts Bar, Fri., Mar. 8, w/ Maps for Travelers , Clairaudients, and Heroes and Villians.]

11:16 Underwriting

11:17 – Interview with Folkicide

13. Folkicide – “Empire of The Ants”
from: Devotional Hymns From the Church of the Darwinian Snuff Film / August 15, 2011

[Folkicide plays Czar Sat. Feb. 9 with Ari Lehman the original Jason Voorhees.]

[Folkicide plays Davey’s Uptown, 3402 Main St., Wed. February 13, in an acoustic set, with Rabbit Killer and Major Matt Mason USA.]

“Devotional Hymns From the Church of the Darwinian Snuff Film” was the 3rd full length release from KC based singer-songwriter, Folkicide, who has described his music as “despair-core” and writes that his vision of constructive pessimism, he hopes in time, will be recognized as a new acoustical genre, fully devoted to the documentation of the delightful futility of existence. Since 2010 Folkicide has released 4 full-length recordings and one EP, writing and arranging and recording over 60 tracks. Folkicide is also a visual artist. His works are currently on display at The Midwestern Musical Co. in the Crossroads. Folkicide plays Czar Sat. Feb. 9 with Ari Lehman the original Jason Voorhees. Folkicide also plays Davey’s Uptown, 3402 Main St. Wed. Feb 13, in an acoustic set, with Rabbit Killer and Major Matt Mason USA

Folkicide translated is death of folk? Folkicide explained his transition from Punk and Rock and Roll to his solo work playing non-electric. The sounds of the acoustic guitar, the expression.

Folkicide would appear to be KC’s own Nihilist anti-hero, truly rejecting all religious and moral principles, in the belief that life is meaningless.

“Empire of The Ants” is one of Folkicide’s songs from a few years ago, that he is adding drums for a future Mikal Shapiro video involving the song.

The titles of Folkicide’s recordings reflect the darkness of his songs and lyrics: Let’s Worship Degenerates, Ultimate Decimation Blues, Devotional Hymns From the Church of the Darwinian Snuff Film, The Genocide is Mean.

Last year Folkicide released “The Genocide is Mean” EP in July 1, 2012. Most of the music was recorded on May 11, 2012, by Chubby Smith at his magical tractor shed in Perry, KS.

After four years of tinkering with the idea, Folkicide’s NATO was finally recorded during April through August 2012 by Jonathan Brokow (the Anti-Roy Thomas Baker) mostly in the Folkicide basement via 4 track cassette.

It was engineered and mastered mid-August by David Moore at Merriam Shoals Studio.

All songs were originally composed by the various Queen members and then strategically deconstructed by Folkicide Mercury without disrespect or irony intended because he truly loves Queen (well, pre-Hot Space Queen anyway) and NATO in particular.

Even though the songs were written by Queen, the lyrics, especially Bohemian Rhapsody seems perfect for Folkicide’s “pessimistic exploration into the decaying frame of Western Civilization.”

Folkicide discussed the challenges of covering an entire record.

11:28

14. Folkicide – “Bohemian Rhapsody”
from: Folkicide’s A Night At The Opera / Independent / September 29, 2012

11:31

Art, the album covers, band posters, Folkicide has works on display at Midwestern Musical Co. in a show titled “Cut and Paste Manifesto” featuring the works of R. Ducan Burnett, Folkicide, Stan Morgan, and William L. Philyaw.

Other musicians who have played and recorded with Folkicide:
Zachary Turner: Drums, banjo, dulcimer, organ, synthesizer.
All Blood: Electric guitar, organ
Darrin Welch: Background vocals on “Best Friend”
Michael Walker: Trombone on “Seaside Rendezvous”
Jason Beers: Banjo, Saw.

The artwork of Folkicide is currently on display at The Midwestern Musical Co. in the Crossroads. Folkicide plays Czar Sat. Feb. 9 with Ari Lehman the original Jason Voorhees. Folkicide also plays Davey’s Uptown, 3402 Main St. Wed. Feb 13, in an acoustic set, with Rabbit Killer and Major Matt Mason USA. You can hear all of his music at: folkicide.bandcamp.com

11:41

15. Folkicide – “Little Nihilist”
from: Let’s Worship Degenerates / Independent / June 1, 2010
[From the debut recording of Folkicide. Recorded March 6, 2010, at Merriam Shoals Studio by David Moore (Rough Edges Smoothed the following weekend by David.]

11:45

16. The Wires – “Red Rock”
from: The Wires – Alternative Strings / Independent / November, 2012
[The Wires are an alternative exploration in string sound. Hailing from Kansas City, Missouri, The Wires compose and perform original music for violin and cello. Created, composed and performed by Laurel Morgan on violin (formerly of the band In The Pines) and Sascha Groschang on cello). The Wires will play live on WMM in two weeks on Feb. 20th.]

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

17. The Way Back– “How It Has To Be”
from: The Way Back [EP] / Independence / October 2 2, 2012
[The Way Back is an alternative rock band formed by Alex Ellis and Jeff Kinney (formerly of Roanoke and The Brisbanes) in March of 2012. In the midst of wrapping up their first studio EP, The Way Back quickly recruited music veterans Daniel Cole and Paul Herman to complete the group.]

[The Way Back play The VooDoo Lounge at Harrah’s Casino, 1 Riverboat Drive, KCMO, Tonight, Feb 6 for KC Raw presents: DISCOVERY, with artists, photographers, fashion designers, and music.]

[The Way Back play The Jackpot Saloon, in Lawrence, Thursday, Feb. 7, at 8:00 PM with Berwanger, Hidden Pictures, and Margo May.]

18. The Clementines – “Below”
from: The Clementines / Independent / 2012
[The Clementines are: Tim Jenkins & Nicole Springer with Stephanie Williams on Drums, and Travis Earndshaw on Bass. More info at: reverbnation.com/theclementinesnicoleandtim]

[The Clementines play the recordBar for the ASA Masquerade Mardi Gras Party Saturday, February 9th, with Drew Black & Dirty Electric, Molly Picture club, Alice Sweet Alice, and Mad Libby.]

11:59:30

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

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WMM Playlist from: Jan. 23, 2019

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

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Mat Shoare + Spencer Ward
+ Michelle Bacon & Terra Peal & SXSW MidCoast Takeover
+ Local & New Releases

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.]

2. David Bowie – “Where Are We Now?”
from: The Next Day / ISO – Columbia / Expected March 12, 2013
[We were all surprised to hear the single Bowie released on his birthday, Jan. 8. His 1st new music in 10 years. In the works for over 2 years, Bowie is collaborating w/ longtime producer Tony Visconti who told the BBC that they worked on the new album at a very slow pace. “We never spent more than two to three weeks at a time recording,” Visconti said. “And then we’d take off as much as two months. We’d usually work on one or two songs in an afternoon and we’d whip them up to shape where they’d sound like great rock tracks. At that point there wouldn’t be any final vocals or lyrics. This is the same way I’d been working with him since The Man Who Sold the World. He hasn’t really changed in his approach.” Toward the end of Bowie’s 2004 tour in Europe the singer underwent emergency heart surgery for a blocked artery. There were rumors about Bowie’s health. Visconti told the BBC “He’s a very healthy man… I couldn’t explain how I know that, but I worked with a very healthy David Bowie in the studio and a very happy David Bowie in the studio.”]

3. Drew Black and Dirty Electric – “Curio Doll”
from: Single Track from upcoming release / Independent / , 2013
[Joining Drew Black on Guitar & Vocals are members of bands: The Quivers, Deco Auto, & Dolls On Fire, w/ Terra Peal on Bass & Vocals, Michelle Bacon on Drums, Zach Hodson on Guitar & Percussion & Vocals.]

[Drew Black and Dirty Electric play the recordBar, Saturday, January 26, with She’s A Keeper, Molly Picture Club, and Antennas Up.]

10:15 – Interview with Michelle Bacon & Terra Peal

Drew Black and Dirty Electric is a four-piece group that is the brainchild of Drew Black (formerly of The Belated), who wrote and released his solo album “Wanderlust” in early 2012. Soon after, Black enlisted bassist Terra Peal (of The Quivers), drummer Michelle Bacon (of Deco Auto, and Dolls on Fire) and multi-instrumentalist Zach Hodson (of Dolls on Fire) to bring Drew’s recorded songs to life on stage, as a full throttle rock and roll machine. The band will play the recordBar, Saturday, January 26, with She’s A Keeper, Molly Picture Club, and Antennas Up for the first of 5 MidCoast Takeover Fundraisers.

In the coming weeks Wednesday MidDay Medley will feature the music from KC area bands participating in The MidCoast Takeover fundraiser shows. Proceeds from these shows benefit the Midwest Music Foundation’s SXSW MidCoast Takeover, the annual showcase, that this year will showcase over 40 bands from the KC area, over 4 days, March 13 – 16, at the Shangri-La, on East 6th Street, in Austin, Texas.

The Deli KC Editor, Michelle Bacon, who is also a dedicated Midwest Music Foundation volunteer, and member of the bands: Deco Auto, Dolls on Fire, along with Terra Peal who is part of the band The Quivers joined us to give us the details on this year’s MidCoast Takeover.

Drew Black and Dirty Electric will be playing the MidCoast Takeover Fundraiser on Saturday night at the recordBar with: She’s A Keeper, Molly Picture Club, and Antennas Up.

Drew Black and Dirty Electric also in concert: Saturday, Feb. 9, at the recordBar, and Saturday, March 9, at The Brick.

MidCoast Takeover Fundraisers

Saturday, January 26 – recordBar
9:45 She’s A Keeper
10:30 Drew Black and Dirty Electric
11:15 Molly Picture Club
12:15 Antennas Up

Friday, February 1 – Czar
9:45 Jorge Arana Trio
10:30 Eyelit
11:15 Tiny Horse
12:00 The Latenight Callers

Saturday, February 2 – Riot Room
9:45 Various Blonde
10:30 Drop A Grand
11:15 Maps for Travelers
12:15 Six Percent

Saturday, February 16 – The Brick
10:00 Rev Gusto
10:45 Cherokee Rock Rifle
11:30 David Hasselhoff on Acid
12:30 Not A Planet

Friday, March 8 – Uptown Arts Bar (acoustic show)
8:00 Cadillac Flambe
9:00 Sons of Great Dane
10:00 Clairaudients
11:00 Heroes & Villains

The MidCoast Takeover fundraiser shows will benefit the Midwest Music Foundation’s SXSW MidCoast Takeover, the annual showcase, featuring 40 bands from the KC area, over 4 days, March 13 – 16, at the Shangri-La, on East 6th Street, in Austin, Texas. For more information you can visit: midcoasttakeover.com or midwestmusicfound.org.

10:30 – Underwriting

10:31 – Interview with Mat Shoare

4. Mat Shoare – “Evolution”
from: Domestic Partnership / Golden Sound Records / December 11, 2013
[All songs by Mat Shoare. Made by Mat Shoare and Ross Brown. Most parts of this album were recorded by Mat Shoare in multiple bedrooms, basements, and offices from winter 2011 till fall 2012. It was finally focused into something cohesive by Ross Brown at The Reservation in Kansas City, MO.]

Mat Shoare is a Kansas City based singer, guitarist, songwriter, record label founder. His brand new solo record,”Domestic Partnership” was officially released December 11, 2012, on Golden Sound Records. This is Mat’s second full length solo release. He also released a solo EP. Mat has released two EPs with his band The Empty Spaces, and was a member of the band Everyday/Everynight. All of the music is available at Golden Sound Records, and independent, Kansas City based record label Mat founded with his friends Jerad Tomasino and Ross Brown.

Mat prefers the homemade sound and feel in his recordings. The Golden Sound Records website reports that most parts of his album were recorded in multiple bedrooms, basements, and offices from winter 2011 through the fall of 2012.

The Golden Sound Records website describes “Domestic Partnership” as a recollection of love, loss, and love again. Then loss…and so forth.”

10:39

5. Mat Shoare – “Keeping Everyone Happy”
from: Domestic Partnership / Golden Sound Records / December 11, 2013

10:42

On Domestic Partnership, all of the songs were written and performed by Mat Shoare. Made by Mat Shoare and Ross Brown. It was finally focused into something cohesive by Ross Brown at The Reservation in Kansas City, MO.

Ross plays drums on Domestic Partnership and also with Mat’s band The Empty Spaces. The band has released two EPs including 2012’s “Party Line” which was part of Wednesday MidDay Medley’s 112 Best Recordings of 2012. Mat’s solo work is very different for his work with the band, even though his band evolved out of the recording of your first full length solo recording.

10:46

6. Mat Shoare – “Boots of Spanish Leather” (LIVE)
Written & Recorded by Bob Dylan for his 3rd album “These Times They Are a-Changin’ “/ 1964

10:50

The Empty Spaces will participate with Midwest Music Foundation’s MidCoast Takeover for the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas in March.

10:54

7. Mat Shoare – “Put That in Your Pipe and Smoke It” (LIVE)
also available on: Domestic Partnership / Golden Sound Records / December 11, 2013

More information at GoldenSoundRecords.com

11:00

8. David Seume– “All I Have To Give”
from: Single Track Release / Independent / January 5, 2013
[Last month, Arthur Jack Seume, the son of local singer-songwriter David Seume and his wife, Kelly, died, just five weeks shy of his due date. An unknown knot in the umbilical cord had tightened its grip. David Seume wrote about this tragic loss on his blog davidsueme.com where he very eloquently expressed his despair, and his questions, and his attempt, through ART, to “making sense of the senseless.” With his wife Kelly they are starting a memorial fund in Arthur’s name. David has recorded a new song, “All I Have to Give,” which can be downloaded, in support of Arthur. All proceeds go to the Arthur Jack Seume Memorial Fund. David’s friends Konnor Ervin and Kyle Rausch of The ACB’s sang backing vocals, and Mike Nolte of Ghosty, mixed and mastered the track. The link is: davidseume.com.]

9. Claire and the Crowded Stage – “Tower of Babel”
from: Technicolor / Golden Sound Records / January 5, 2013
[All songs by Claire Adams. All arrangements by The Crowded Stage: Katy Guillen, Katelyn Boone,, Brent Jamison, Peter Lawless, Stephanie Williams, Jerod Rivers and Teri Quinn. Recorded in Kansas City by Jerod Rivers, Peter Lawless, Claire Adams and Brent Jamison, mixed by Claire Adams
mastered by Duane Trower at Weights+Measures soundlab.]

10. The Dead Girls – “Never Erased”
from: Fade In/Fade Out / Independent / 2013
[The Dead Girls (formerly Dead Girls Ruin Everything) was formed in 2004 from the ashes of Ultimate Fakebook and Podstar, two bands that were staples of the Lawrence and KC power-pop sound. Guitarists / singers JoJo Longbottom and Cameron Hawk, of Podstar, combine their dual-guitar attack and vocal harmonies with the rhythmic assault of drummer Eric Melin and bassist Nick Colby, of Ultimate Fakebook. The band’s new record was Produced by Chris Cosgrove who produced their 2010 album “Out Of Earshot.”]

[The Dead Girls play 2 Release Shows: Friday, Feb. 1 at the Replay Lounge in Lawrence, w/ The Depth and The Whisper, and Saturday, Feb 2, at the recordBar, with Casket Lottery and Gentleman Savage. ]

11:14 – Underwriting

11:15 – Interview with Spencer Ward

11. Spencer Ward – “One Life”
from: Single Track Release / Independent / 013

11:19

The Broadcast premiere of Spencer Ward’s new song “One Life.” Spencer Ward grew up in the KC Area. He graduated from Shawnee Mission South High School, and received his Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Science and Holistic Health. In 2011 he released 4 song EP and is currently working on a new recording. Spencer is also an actor, and he recently worked in two new local films the will be making their premieres this year. Spencer also spent 13 years as an amatuer and professional boxer, where he had over 30 fights. We talked with Spencer about performing in Nashville, and his life growing up in a boxing and theatre family, and his new music.

“One Life” is one Spencer’s new songs that was just recently recorded and produced by David Lichtenauer.

Spencer grew up taking piano lessons, but didn’t really find his passion for music until he was taking audio and engineering and recording classes at Johnson County Community College.

One of his teachers, Mike Moreland, helped to encourage him to record and create new songs.

Spencer grew up in and musical family. His parents met while studying Theatre at Tarkio and performed in Plays and Musical and worked as commercial actors in print and television. Spencer’s sister is a performer too.

Spencer also grew up in the world of boxing. His father was an undefeated boxer, who and is now a trainer, and manager of The Underground Boxing Company in Overland Park, Kansas. Spencer’s brother Keaton is also a boxer.

11:27

12. Spencer Ward – “The Bridge” (LIVE)

11:31

Spencer has recently worked as an actor in two new short films produced here in the KC area.

A short student film called “Infected,” written and directed by Taylre Jones.

Spencer also appears in and the new short film “Martini Lunch,” written and directed by Nathan Kincaid, a Kansas City native who studied film in San Francisco and England. Nathan was recently selected as a Robert Altman Emerging Filmmaker in KC. This film will be shown in film festivals in Kansas City and all around the world. Spencer plays the main character of Charlie, a young busboy working in one of Kansas City’s most upscale restaurants in the 1950’s. Charlie serves the many wealthy and influential patrons, and overhears brief snippets of their conversations. Much of the film was shot in Kansas City’d Savoy Restaurant and also features former Mayor of Kansas City, and State Senator, Dr. Charles B. Wheeler, in a key role.

Spencer also works in the world of healthy food and healthy living. Spencer works at Whole Foods and talked about how Whole foods has opened the doors for him to do shows in Las Vegas, and Nashville.

Spencer also has performed Gavin DeGraw’s club in Nashville and at famous Bluebird Cafe.

Spencer considers Brett Dennen to be one of his biggest inspirations.

More information at spencerward.com.

13. Spencer Ward – “Tell Me”
from: Spencer Ward / Independent / 2011

11:42

14. Mark Lowrey – “Que Nada Sapa Mi Suftir”
from: Tangos For 18th Street / Independent / December, 2012
[Mark Lowrey is one of KC’s most versatile performers, playing solo, in a Jazz Trio, with The Barclay Martin Ensemble. Mark credits the local KC Band Tango Lorca for bringing the Argentine Tango to his ears.]

[Mark Lowrey & friends play The Majestic, January 20 and 21.]

15. Making Movies – “Ego Trip”
from: A La Deriva / Independent / KC Pre-release: December 21, 2012
[Enrique Chi (guitar/lead vox), Brendan Culp (drums), Diego Chi (bass), Juan-Carlos Chaurand (percussion /keyboard). Their new full length was produced with Steve Berlin of Los Lobos.]

16. The PedalJets – “Riverview”
from: 7″ Single b/w “Terra Nova” / Independent / December 15, 2012
[The Pedaljets first new material in 23 years. The sound of “Riverview,” has been described as “possible love child of Iggy Pop & Bob Dylan.” A full length to be released Feb. 13. More info: thepedaljets.com]

17. Fleetwood Mac – “That’s Enough For Me”
From: Tusk / Warner Bros. / 1979

11:59:30

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

sources for notes: artists websites and wikipedia

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Show #457

WMM Playlist from October 31, 2012

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

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Local & New Releases
+ Abigail Henderson & Midwest Music Foundation’s Apocalypse Meow 5
+ Les Vilda, Presidential Candidate

1. MarchFourth Marching Band – “Lesley Metal”
from: Magnificent Beast / Independent / Oct. 25, 2011
[Portland, Oregon based instrumental brass band that performs music in a marching band style, combined with a visual performance by stiltwalkers and fire- and flag-dancers. They’ve performed with Fleetwood Mac, No Doubt, KISS, Blink 182, Galactic, The Neville Brothers, Antibalas and Pink Martini and have toured Germany, The Netherlands, France, British Columbia and the United States. Their name is from the date of the band’s creation, March 4, 2003, Fat Tuesday.]

[MarchFouth Marching Band play Beaumont Club, TONIGHT w/ Afrobeats feat. Brandon Draper & Leonard D Stroy.]

By request…

2. Brian Eno – “Baby’s On Fire”
from: Here Come The Warm Jets / Island / 1974
[Solo debut produced by Eno. A hybrid of glam rock and art rock. Recorded in 12 days during Sept. 1973. Eno invited 16 musicians: John Wetton & Robert Fripp of King Crimson, Simon King from Hawkwind, Bill MacCormick of Matching Mole, Paul Rudolph of Pink Fairies, Chris Spedding, and all of Roxy Music except vocalist Bryan Ferry. Eno stated that he “got them together to see what happens when you combine different identities and allow them to compete. Eno directed the musicians by using body language and dancing. After recording the tracks, Eno condensed and mixed the instrumentation deeply, resulting in the tracks bearing little resemblance to what musicians recorded during the sessions.]

3. The Brannock Device – “The Consequence of Hope”
from: Into The Witness Chamber / Independent / July, 2012
[Originally formed in 1994, The Kansas City band The Brannock Device includes: Jason Beers on Bass & Vocals, Bernie Dugan on Drums, Marco Pascolini on Guitar, and Elaine McMilian on Vocals. ]

[Jason Beers and Marco Pascolini also play together in the band Dead Voices with Mike Stover, Matt Richey and David Regnier. Dead Voices play Apocalypse Meow 5, A Benefit for the Midwest Music Foundation’s Musician’s Emergency Health Care Fund, Friday November 2, from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm at Midwestern Musical Co. withTiny Horse.]

10:15

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

5. John Vanderslice – “Exodus Damage (Edit)”
from: Pixel Revolt / Barsuk Records / Aug. 23, 2005
[Born May 22, 1967, John Vanderslice grew up in Florida and Georgia, before his family moved to Maryland when he was 11. After playing in several bands as a teenager, he spent five years as a member of the experimental pop band MK Ultra, with whom he released three albums in the 1990s. During this period, he also founded a recording studio, Tiny Telephone, in the Mission District of San Francisco. Established in 1997, the studio was initially used as a rehearsal space before being developed as a full-time, all-analog recording studio. Bands who have recorded in the studio include Death Cab for Cutie, Okkervil River, Deerhoof, The Magnetic Fields, and Spoon.]

[John Vanderslice plays the recordBar, 1020 Westport Rd. on November 10 with Crooked Fingers.]

6. The Helio Sequence – “October”
from: Negotiations / Sub Pop / Sept. 11, 2012
[Formed in 1999 in Beaverton, Oregon, the band was and consists of Brandon Summers on vocals and guitars and Benjamin Weikel on drums and keyboards. The band has released two albums on Sub Pop, two on the Portland-based label Cavity Search and a self-released EP. Their fourth album, entitled Keep Your Eyes Ahead, was released on January 29, 2008, on Sub Pop.]

[The Helio Sequence play the recordBar, tomorrow night, Thursday, November 1.]

10:29 – Underwriting

10:30 – Interview with Les Vilda, B.E.E.R. Party Presidential Candidate.

For over 25 years Les Vilda has been the owner of his own Living History business called “Have Donkey Will Travel” where he brings U.S. history alive for school programs, community civic organizations, and festivals. Les has canoed the full length of the Missouri River (2500 miles) and 500 miles of the Mississippi River. He walked 980 miles of the Santa Fe Trail with a pack donkey in 1984, and 1100 miles of the trail with a horse and wagon in 1987. In 1988, Les traveled nearly 300 miles of the Oregon Trail in Wyoming on horseback and, in 1992, traveled 170 miles of the Nebraska City Cut-Off of the Oregon Trail in Nebraska, with a wagon and a donkey-mule team. In 2007 he added another real life experience to his resume, he decided to run for President of the United States. With the help of friend he formed the B.E.E.R. party and has attracted the attention of NBC News, MSNBC, Keith Olbermann, and local Nebraska Television stations and Newspapers. The Wilber, Nebraska native has been busy running for president of the United States for a second time in 2012, after suffering defeat at the hands of Barack Obama in 2008.

Les Vilda joined us today to talk about his campaign and his travels across the United States of America. For more information visit: havedonkeywilltravel.com.

In 2008 Barrack Obama received 66 million votes, the Les Vilda campaign estimates that you received an estimated ten votes, as a write-in candidate, but that hasn’t discouraged Les from running again this year.

His campaign headquarters are at Gary’s Bar in Wilber, Nebraska.

A 1920 Ford Model T that had been sitting in a garage for 40 years was the inspiration for his campaign.

Les has already broken ground and built his own Presidential Library in Wilbur and it has become quite an attraction.

Earlier this month THE B.E.E.R. Party officially nominated Les as their candidate, and just this week they will hold one of their last campaign events at Swanton, Nebraska, with the Czechland Trio. Polka bands have been part of his campaign events.

Les Vilda was an award winning Eagle Scout, he has won numerous rope tying competitions, he graduated from Doane College, in Crete, Nebraska, with a degree in Biology, and he served in the US forces and is a Vietnam War era veteran.

Les lived in the Kansas City area in 1983, at Fort Osage during a cold, cold, winter.

After living at Fort Osage, Les walked 980 miles of the Santa Fe Trail with a pack donkey. That was where his “Have Donkey Will Travel” company was born.

In 1987 Les traveled with a horse and wagon 1100 miles of the Santa Fe Trail.

In 1988, Les traveled nearly 300 miles of the Oregon Trail in Wyoming on horseback and, in 1992, traveled 170 miles of the Nebraska City Cut-Off of the Oregon Trail in Nebraska, with a wagon and a donkey-mule team.

Les was featured in the film “Dances With Wolves” as a Buffalo hunter.

For over 25 years Les has brought history alive in his life and in his teachings. His website has an extensive list of education programs he has created and offered, making important connections between our lives, our history, and the geographical lands where we live.

To learn more about Les Vilda, B.E.E.R. Party Presidential Candidate and his Living History business called “Have Donkey Will Travel” where he brings U.S. history alive for school programs, community civic organizations, and festivals you can visit: havedonkeywilltravel.com.

10:45

7. Forrest Whitlow – “Judd’s Ephemera (Green)”
from: Ghosts From the old Country (Double Album) / eternal return music / November 8, 2012
[Originally from Greensburg, Kentucky, Forrest Whitlow is now based in Kansas City, KS. 90.1 FM”s Signal To Noise host Barry Lee describes Forrest Whitlow as, “David Lynch meets Neil Young.” This is Forrest’s ninth studio album, Ghosts From The Old Country, will be released on November 9, 2012. Produced by Pat Tomek.]

[Forrest Whitlow will be playing two special album release shows for the upcoming Ghosts From the Old Country: Friday, November 9th at the recordBar 6:00 PM and Saturday, November 10th at Prospero’s Books at 10:00 pm. Both shows will feature special guests and openers, such as Harry Hewlett and Rick Gray.]

8. Snuff Jazz featuring Brian Haas – “Trailer Ride”
from: I Heard It On 18th Street II: No Foolin’ We Schoolin’ / Independent (David Ford) / 2009
[Founded in 2001 by Mark Southerland]

[Snuff Jazz play The Brick, Monday, November 5.]

11:00

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

[Gentleman Savage play the recordBar, Thursday Nov. 8 with Pawns and Squirt.]

10. Cadillac Fambe’ – “Long Black Train”
from: 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, on Dec 9, at The Riot Room. Cadillac Flambe’ was one of 26 bands chosen to represent KC at the MidCoast Takeover at SXSW in Austin.]

[Cadillac Flambe’ play Apocalypse Meow 5, A Benefit for the Midwest Music Foundation’s Musician’s Emergency Health Care Fund, Sat, Nov 3, from 5 to 2:00 am at The Beaumont Club, with: School of Rock, Deco Auto, The Empty Spaces, The Blue Boot Heelers, The Atlantic, and The Architects. ]

11. Tiny Horse – “Ride”
from: Single Track Release / Independent / August 2012
Also from: Midwestern Audio Vol. 1 / Midwest Music Foundation / September 23, 2012
[One horse. Very small. Chris Meck & Abigail Henderson are Tiny Horse, an electric/acoustic duo based in Midtown KC. They were a big part of our July 11, “Story in A Song” LIVE at the recordbar where Abigail Henderson sang “Close to You” and Chris Meck sang the Velvet Underground song, “That’s The Story of My Life” as well as Bowie’s “TVC15.”]

[Tiny Horse play Apocalypse Meow 5, A Benefit for the Midwest Music Foundation’s Musician’s Emergency Health Care Fund, Friday November 2, from 7 to 11:00 pm at Midwestern Musical Co. with Dead Voices.]

10:30 – Interview with Abigail Henderson & Christopher Meck

Abigail Henderson and Chris Meck are known for their bands: The Gaslights, Atlantic Fadeout, and Tiny Horse. Abigail Henderson is a songwriter, musician, activist, & survivor. After non-stop touring, recording, & promoting, she was diagnosed with cancer in 2008. That year, The Apocalypse Meow Fund was created by Abby’s friends & fellow musicians, who rallied around her and raised money to help her with the enormous hospital bills. Abigail has spent the last 5 years working to create a permanent net for musicians in the area and Apocalypse Meow is now an annual event to help raise funds for the Musicians Health Care Fund for Artists living and working in the KC area. The Foundation aims to create mechanisms where Musicians, Live Sound Engineers, Music Club Employees, and Recording Engineers can gain affordable access to health care.

About Midwest Music Foundation: Founded in 2008, MMF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational arts organization that unites performer and audience and fills a health care gap for Kansas City musicians. More information can be found online regarding services and programming at midwestmusicfound.org.

The South By Southwest Showcase: “Midcoast Takeover,” will be happening in March of 2013 bringing artists from KC and the region to the national stage at South by Southwest.

Apocalypse Meow 5, A Benefit for the Midwest Music Foundation’s Musician’s Emergency Health Care Fund, Friday November 2, 2012, from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm at Midwestern Musical Co. with music by Dead Voices and Tiny Horse.

This First Friday event will showcase music-inspired posters and artwork by local artists.

This event is all ages and free, but donations are encouraged. A custom built Scarlett Amplifier is currently on display at Midwestern Musical Company and $1 raffle tickets can be purchased there any time prior to the drawing on November 3rd. Tickets will also be available at the Beaumont Club on Saturday.

Apocalypse Meow 5 continues Saturday, November 3, from 5:00 pm to 2:00 am at The Beaumont Club, featuring: School of Rock, Cadillac Flambe, Deco Auto, The Empty Spaces, The Blue Boot Heelers, The Atlantic, and The Architects. Hosted by Michael Byars and Amy Farrand.

The event will include raffles, auctions, food, vendors, and health care information tables. DJ Clockwerk will be spinning tunes on the patio as well. The event is all ages until 9 pm.

For more info: Rhonda Lyne rhonda@midwestmusicfound.org or 816.830.0382

Apocalypse Meow is an annual fundraiser for the Musician’s Emergency Health Care Fund, designed to help Kansas City’s uninsured working musicians negotiate emergency health care situations. Funds are now available to musicians in need. Grant applications and more information are available online at http://www.apocalypsemeow.net.

For more info: midwestmusicfound.org

11:34 – Underwriting

11:35

12. Deco Auto – “Pointless Fight”
from: Past Mistakes and Hauntings / Independent / 2012
[Steven Garcia – guitar, vocals; Tracy Flowers – bass, vocals; Michelle Bacon – drums. The band’s EP was recorded by Pat Tomek at Largely Studios in KCMO.]

[Deco Auto play Apocalypse Meow 5, A Benefit for the Midwest Music Foundation’s Musician’s Emergency Health Care Fund, Sat, Nov. 3, from 5 to 2:00 am at Beaumont Club, with: School of Rock, Cadillac Flambe, The Empty Spaces, The Blue Boot Heelers, The Atlantic, and The Architects.]

13. The Empty Spaces – “It’s All For You, Suzie Q”
from: Party Line / Golden Sound Records / 2012
[KC based band formed from a studio band that recorded Mat Shoare’s solo album The Empty Spaces in 2010. Mat Shoare is a founding member of Everyday/Everynight and a founding partner in Golden Sound Records.]

[The Empty Spaces play Apocalypse Meow 5, A Benefit for the Midwest Music Foundation’s Musician’s Emergency Health Care Fund, Sat, Nov 3, from 5 to 2:00 am at The Beaumont Club, with: School of Rock, Cadillac Flambe, Deco Auto, The Blue Boot Heelers, The Atlantic, and The Architects.

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

[The Casket Lottery play recordBar, 1020 Westport Rd, Saturday, November 3, in a CD Release Show with: Muscle Worship, & New Franklin Panthers]

15. The Tambourine Club – “Summertime”
from: Single release / Electric Kite Records / September 18, 2012
[“Infectious low-fi dark lustful alternative pop sound” written/recorded by Tambourine Club, Mastered by Matt Stager @ Electric Kite Records. Artwork & Video is by artist Danny Joe Gibson. Their 2011 EP: Lo-Fi Feeling, is available on bandcamp, for more info you can visit tambourineclub.com.]

11:50

16. Kelley Hunt – “I’m Ready”
from: Gravity Loves You / 88 Records / Feb. 15, 2011
[5th full length recording from KC born, Singer, Songwriter, Recording artist, Piano player, Guitarist who also co-produced the record.]

[Kelley Hunt plays the South Florida Boogie Woogie Festival, November 16, in Delray Beach, Florida, and in January she’ll be part of the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise.]

17. Hello BiPlane – “Hide and Go Seek”
from: Hello BiPlane [EP] / Independent / Dec. 17, 2010
[Originally formed in Lawrence, Kansas by Braden Young and Spencer Goertz-Giffen who write songs and play them with their friends, and record infrequently, and play shows for fun. Jordan Geiger and Jeff Jackson joined the duo for this EP. Spencer Goertz-Giffen and Braden Young now both live in Oakland, California.]

11:59:30

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

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Show #445

WMM Playlist from Oct. 3, 2012

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

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

New & Local Releases
+ “Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll”
+ Albert Bickley & Dave Tanner

1.Victor & Penny – “Anything You Say”
from: Antique Pop / V & P Productions / December 9, 2011
[Victor & Penny performed LIVE on our WMM last September. Chicago / KC based duo is Jeff Freling of the Chicago Blue Man Group; and Erin McGrane of the cabaret group Alacartoona.

[Victor & Penny play at the Opening reception for Prairie Logic this Friday, October 5, 2012, 5:00 at the rooftop at 12th & Main. Featuring performances by Betse Ellis and Jason Beers, Diverse with Hermon Mehari, Victor & Penny, and Cadillac Flambe! Prairie Logic, a new public art project funded by the City’s One Percent for Arts program, and created by New York artist Janet Zweig and Kansas City’s el dorado architects inc., The Art refers to Missouri history by highlighting native prairie grasses and inserting a modified boxcar in the urban landscape. The boxcar has operable doors that open up and create a proscenium stage. The public art project was funded by the City’s One Percent for Art program, which, by ordinance, sets-aside one percent of municipal building construction and renovation budgets for the inclusion of unique artwork enhancements. The One Percent for Art program is coordinated by the Municipal Art Commission.]

2. Iris DeMent – “The Night I Learned How Not To Pray”
from: Sing The Delta / Flariella / Oct. 2, 2012
[Iris Dement previewed many of her new songs when she was in concert with husband Greg Brown, last year for their 11-11-11 show at The Folly Theatre to benefit St. Mark Child and Family Development Center. Now those songs are part of her brand new release that includes a total of 12 new songs. it is her first full-length release of original songs since 1996. Iris will be our special guest on next week’s Wednesday MidDay Medley, and we’ll talk with her about this great new recording, influenced by her family, her mother and dedicated to her daughter. Iris also passed along 10 copies of her new CD, that we will give to YOU, as a “thank you” gift, if you call and donate during our show next week. Please tune in!]

3. Calexico – “Splitter”
from: Algiers / Anti, Inc. / Sept. 11, 2012
[7th studio album from Tuscon, Arizona based indie rock/Americana band .The album’s name comes from Algiers, New Orleans, which is where the album was recorded.]

10:14

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

[Schwervon! play Berlin tomorrow night at Schokiladen and will be touring all over Europe returning to kansas City, to play Davies Uptown November 14, with Paleface who will also join us on the Wednesday MidDay Medley on that day.]

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

[Daugh Gibson plays the Replay Lounge in Lawrence, KS, on November 1.]

6. The Brannock Device – “Into The Witness Chamber”
from: Into The Witness Chamber / Independent / June 24, 2012
(This song is also included on the Midwestern Audio Vol. 1 2-CD compilation)
[Originally formed in 1994, The KVC band includes: Jason Beers on Bass & Vocals, Bernie Dugan on Drums, Marco Pascolini on Guitar, and Elaine McMilian on Vocals.]

[Jason Beers plays the Opening reception for Prairie Logic, Fri, Oct 5, 5:00 rooftop at 12th & Main.]

[Jason Beers also plays Earwaxx Records, Sat, Oct. 6, at 5:30 with Be / Non, & Apropriate Grammar]

10:29 – Underwriting

10:30 – Interview with Rusty Sneary and Forrest Attaway

The Living Room Theatre’s 3rd season opened last week with Eric Bogosian’s “Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll”. starring resident artist, Forrest Attaway, who plays 12 different characters, in 12 different scenes, directed by 12 different directors. The show continues performances this week, Thursdays October 4 through Sunday October 7, at The Living Room, 1818 McGee, KCMO. For more info: thelivingroomkc.com Here to tell us even more about the show is The Living Room founder and Artistic Director, Rusty Sneary and Artist and Actor Forrest Attaway.

Robert Trussell of The Kansas City Star wrote that “the rarefied universe of Eric Bogosian is full of truth-tellers. (Some of them — the homeless, the mentally ill, the guys serving time — tell the truth because they have nothing to lose. But others — fast-talking lawyers, rabid consumers — reveal the truth in spite of themselves. And some articulate the truth virtually by accident.)”

Forrest Attaway plays 12 characters, in 12 scenes, with 12 directors.

Robert Trussell’s review talked about… “the clear articulation of Bogosian’s principal theme: the human and planetary cost of mindless consumerism. (Each of these characters is obsessed to some degree with money.) ”

Trussell went on to write: “You might think that a 1990 piece filled with social commentary might be showing its age by now. (Maybe it does in small ways, but Bogosian’s themes remain remarkably — and depressingly — relevant. Yes, we really are poisoning the earth with chemicals. We really are poisoning ourselves at fast-food restaurants. We really do blind ourselves with drugs and alcohol. And increasingly we have consigned our fates to a global network of interactive computer systems.)”

“Benefit” directed by Cody Wyoming

Matt Weiss directed by “Stag”

“Rock Law,” directed by Jerry Genochio

“Dirt” directed by Tim Ahlenius

Scott Cordes directs “Stud” directed by Scott Cordes

“X-Blow” directed by Theodore “Priest” Hughes

“Live” directed by Chris Roady

“Dog Chameleon” directed by by Warren Deckert

“Bottleman” directed by Shawnna Journagan

“Grace of God” directed by Taylor St. John

“Candy” directed by Mackenzie Goodwin

“Artist” directed by Johnny Wolfe

John “Moose” Kimball designed the lighting
Megan Turek’s designed the costumes
Mandy Morris, Amy Kelly and Kenna Hall play the Sexy Stagehands
Many Morris – served as choreographer

Robert Trussell’s review adresses “the Living Room’s posture as a theater that explores the masculine psyche without apology.”

Rusty Sneary will be seen in “Death of A Salesman,” and “Christmas Carol” at the Kansas City Rep. The Rep is also mounting The Living Room Theatre’s “Carousel.”

Eric Bogosian’s “Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll” starring Forrest Attaway at The Living Room, continues performances this week, Thursdays October 4 through Sunday October 7, at The Living Room, 1818 McGee, KCMO. For more info: thelivingroomkc.com or call (816) 533-5TLR.

10:45

7. Cadillac Flambe’ – “The Devil’s Heavy 12”
from: Midwestern Audio Vol. 1 / Midwest Music Foundation / September 23, 2012
[“Midwestern Audio Vol. 1″ is an amazing new compilation assembled for Midwest Music Foundation by Brenton Cook and co-sponsored by Ink Magazine featuring over 40 bands. More information at MidwestMusicFound.org]

[Cadillac Flambe’ will play at the Opening reception for Prairie Logic this Friday, October 5, 2012, 5:00 at the rooftop at 12th & Main. Featuring performances by Betse Ellis and Jason Beers, Diverse with Hermon Mehari, Victor & Penny, and Cadillac Flambe! Prairie Logic, a new public art project funded by the City’s One Percent for Arts program, and created by New York artist Janet Zweig and Kansas City’s el dorado architects inc., The Art refers to Missouri history by highlighting native prairie grasses and inserting a modified boxcar in the urban landscape. The boxcar has operable doors that open up and create a proscenium stage. The public art project was funded by the City’s One Percent for Art program, which, by ordinance, sets-aside one percent of municipal building construction and renovation budgets for the inclusion of unique artwork enhancements. The One Percent for Art program is coordinated by the Municipal Art Commission.]

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

[Sons of Great Dane play The Brick with The Dead Girls, and Radkey, this Saturday night, October 6.]

9. Kristie Stremel & The 159ers – “Color of Stars”
from: Color of Stars / Stremeltone Records / August 21, 2010
[Rob VanBiber drums, Scott Cameron, guitari, James Wheeler bass Kristie Stremel lead vocals. Produced by Lou Whitney in Springfield, MO. All Songs Written By Kristie Stremel & The 159ers. Kristie Stremel & The 159ers played live on our show on October 13.]

[Kristie Stremel plays the early show at Replay Lounge in Lawrence, Fri. night, Oct. 5, w/ Tiny Horse]

[Kristie Stremel plays the early show at recordBar, this Saturday night, october 6, at 7:00 PM]

11:00

10. Dark, Dark, Dark – “Patsy Cline”
from: Who Needs You / Supply and Demand / October 2, 2012
[Minneapolis based 5-piece band includes: Nona Marie Invie, Marshall LaCount, Walter McClements, Mark Trecka, Adam Woznia.]

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

12. Thievery Corporation – “Safar (the Journey)”
from: Culture of Fear / Fat Possum Records / June 28, 2011

[Thievery Corporation play Midland Theatre, Wed, Oct. 10 w/Afrolicious, Pleasuremaker, Senor Oz.]

13. The Depth and The Whisper – “Be Together”
from: One Steady Breath / Independent / June 28, 2011
[Produced and recorded by John Velghe at Guttersnipe recording. This song features Albert Bickley and Dave Tanner, the principle musicians and songwriters, with Troy Van Horn on lead guitar, Go Go ray on Drums, John Velghe on keyboards and backing vocals and Elaine McMilian on backing vocals.]

[The Depth & The Whisper play recordBar Oct. 17 w/ Frontier Ruckus, and Buxton.]

11:13 – Interview with Dave Tanner & Albert Bickley

A Kansas City native, Albert Bickley has been writing, recording and performing original music for years. Dave Tanner, a Canadian who calls Parkville, MO, home, has played bass in numerous bands through the years from rock and heavy metal to folk and punk. He also currently plays in Liverpool: A Tribute to The Beatles. Together Albert Bickley and Dave Tanner formed The Depth and The Whisper in late 2010 as a vehicle to share new songs and ideas. In 2011 they released their debut EP of six songs, titled “One Steady Breath” that was created with musician, producer and recording engineer – John Velghe who captured the band’s sound at his at Guttersnipe Recording Co. during the spring of 2011. Since then, the band has performed in numerous KC venues and has collaborated with many of Kansas City’s finest musicians. The Depth and The Whisper play Record Bar, Oct. 17, with Frontier Ruckus.

Dave Tanner & Albert Bickley talked about how they met and eventually recorded with John Velghe.

Go-Go Ray (drums), Troy Van Horn (lead guitar), John Velghe (keyboard/Rhodes) and Elaine McMilian (backing vocals) round out the band’s sound in the studio and on stage.

Songs on the debut release are framed with openness and honestly that draw the listener to be part of the story. From their first collaborations and all the way through the recording process, it was clear that the songs would come together quickly and maintain an organic feel. Each track aims big and bright just like the opening track, “New York” encourages.

“We do what we feel is right for the song. Nothing more, nothing less,” Albert said during production. That has since become a mantra of sorts for the players on stage and in the studio.

The song “Be Together” will be used in a short film being produced by people at Hallmark, They have heard that Sara Swenson is also on the soundtrack.

Dave Tanner & Albert Bickley are currently laying groundwork for a new recording to follow last year’s EP “One Steady Breath” – you plan to hit the studio this fall for what could be an early 2013 release.

With a growing batch of follow-up songs being considered for the next recording, they want to keep the organic feel captured intuitively by producer John Velghe.

Dave Tanner & Albert Bickley played a song that they’re considering using on their new recording.

00. The Depth and The Whisper – “All I Had” (LIVE)

The band has an upcoming show opening for Frontier Ruckus at Record Bar, Oct. 17. Rundown about the show, what to expect, etc.

Dave Tanner & Albert Bickley are planning a New York trip in December to experience the music scene and open-mic culture.

The Depth and The Whisper play Record Bar, Oct. 17, with Frontier Ruckus.
Their music is available at thedepthandthewhisper.com, iTunes, Spotify, Amazon MP3, Rhapsody and more.

11:40

14. The Depth and The Whisper – “Stay”
from: One Steady Breath / Independent / June 28, 2011
[Produced and recorded by John Velghe at Guttersnipe recording. This song features Albert Bickley and Dave Tanner, the principle musicians and songwriters, with Troy Van Horn on lead guitar, Go Go ray on Drums, John Velghe on keyboards and backing vocals and Elaine McMilian on backing vocals.]

[The Depth & The Whisper play recordBar Oct. 17 w/ Frontier Ruckus, and Buxton.]

11:43 – Underwriting

11:45

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

[Betse joins us LIVE on Wednesday MidDay Medley next week October 10]

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

16. Of Montreal – “Micro University”
from: Daughter of Cloud / Polyvinyl Records / October 23, 2012
[Athens, GA, psychedelic pop group, founded by Kevin Barnes in 1996 has release 11 full length albums. The band will release a rarities collection, Daughter Of Cloud, that gathers 17 of the psych-rock group’s recordings and even includes some previously unreleased tracks. “Micro University,” comes from the 2006, 7-inch.]

17. Tom Tom Club – “Downtown Rockers”
from: Downtown Rockers / Nacional Records / Sept. 11, 2012
[6th full length studio release since the band was founded in 1981 by husband-and-wife team Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz, both also known for being members of Talking Heads. ]

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

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Show #441

WMM Playlist from May 2, 2012

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

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The Sexy Accident + Jason Vivone & The Billy Bats
+ Sangha Studios + The 2nd Annual Spring Dance

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

[The Good Foot return to play The 2nd Annual Spring Dance at Crossroads KC at Grinders, Saturday, May 5, at 7:00 PM from Spice of Life Productions.]

2. The Hearts of Darkness – “Numeration”
from: Numeration / Bad Way (Split Single) 7″ Vinyl / Shipshape Records / Feb. 18, 2012

[The 15 piece ensemble includes: Les Izmore – Vox, Percussion; Brandy Gordon – Vox; Erica Townsend – Vox; Rachel Christia – Vox; Brad Williams – Drum Kit, Percussion; Sean Branagan – Kit, Percussion; Miko Spears – Congas; Pete Leibert – Bass Guitar; Richard Gumbel – Rhythm Guitar; Jolan Smith – Tenor Sax; Shawn Hansen – Alto Sax, Sam Hughes – Baritone Sax; Andrew Ford – Slide Trombone; Ken Walker – Valve Trombone; Bob Asher – Trumpet. The band blends American funk & soul, hip-hop & KC jazz big-band traditions into an afro beat-based foundation to create a huge sound.]

[The Hearts of Darkness return to play The 2nd Annual Spring Dance at Crossroads KC at Grinders, Saturday, May 5, at 7:00 PM from Spice of Life Productions.]

3. The Grisly Hand – “The Good Wife”
from: Safe House [EP] / Independent / November 2, 2010
[The Grisly Hand new EP Western Avenue was released February 1, 2012. The band is working on releasing a a new full-length this year.]

[The Grisly Hand play Merlefest at Knuckleheads, May 4.]

[The Grisly Hand play 2nd Annual Spring Dance at Crossroads KC at Grinders, Sat, May 5, at 7:00 PM from Spice of Life Productions. The Band also opens for the Royals & Boston Red Sox May 9 at 6:00.]

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

[The Late Night Callers play The Riot Room, 4048 Broadway, Sat, May 12, 8:00pm w/ The Royalty.]

5. The Cave Girls – “I Said Wow!”
from: The Cave Girls / Cave Out Records / February 4, 2012
[Robin Campbell, Sara Teasley, and Stephanie Williams are The Cave Girls. Their debut Release was Produced by Pat Tomek at Largely Studios in Kansas City.]

[The Cave Girls play Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club, Friday night at 8:30. night, February 4, at 9:30 at The Brick with special guests The I’ms and Thee Devotion.]

10:30 – Underwriting

10:31 – Interview w/ Jesse Kates & Camry Ivory from The Sexy Accident, and Zac Eubank

6. The Sexy Accident – “Under Summer Stars”
from: Ninja Ninja Fight Darth Vader / Independent / April 21, 2012

10:35

Jesse Kates and Camry Ivory are part of the Kansas City based band, The Sexy Accident and their new full length release, “Ninja Ninja Fight Darth Vader” was released on Record Store Day, April 21. This week the band released a new music video for their song “What We’d Do” directed, filmed, & edited by Zac Eubank of Aren’t We Clever Productions. You can download the track at music.sexyaccident.com. All of the song’s proceeds go to charity.

The band’s 4th full length release, “Ninja Ninja Fight Darth Vader,” was released on April 21, and the band performed at Vinyl Renaissance on West 39th Street on Record Store Day

Jesse said that this was “the best thing that I, personally, have ever made (not counting my kids.”

Speaking of your kids, we played just a few moments of track 11, the title track.

7. The Sexy Accident – “Ninja Ninja Fight Darth Vader”
from: Ninja Ninja Fight Darth Vader / Independent / April 21, 2012

10:38

Jesse’s son Toby sings lead vocals and wrote the song “Ninja Ninja Fight Darth Vader”

The current The Sexy Accident includes: Jesse Kates, Daniel Torrence, Camry Ivory, and Michael Young.

Jesse wrote in his blog that this “whole thing started in March, 2010, when you wrote “I Guess I’ll Never Know” while driving home from a show in Columbia, MO.

The new release was produced, engineered and mixed in Kansas City and Seattle by Steve Fisk (Low, Unwound, Harvey Danger, Nirvana, The Wedding Present).

10:43

8. The Sexy Accident – “What We’d Do”
from: Ninja Ninja Fight Darth Vader / Independent / April 21, 2012

10:47

This week the band released a new music video for their song “What We’d Do” directed, filmed, & edited by Zac Eubank of Aren’t We Clever Productions.

Zac Eubank joined us on the phone live from L.A.

Download the track at music.sexyaccident.com, all of the song’s proceeds go to charity.

Directed/Shot/Edited: Zac Eubank
Assistant Director: Becca Scott
Executive Producer: Dale Maxfield
Starring: Brittney L. Schmitz and Scott Lucas
Grips: Samuel Towns and Justin Volker
Production Assistant: Sam Eubank
Hair/Makeup: Jen Woodford
Special thanks to the Savoy Hotel and Dale Maxfield

Zac talked about his previous collaboration with The Sexy Accident.

Zac, talked us about his process, and how much time it requires for a short film.

Zac’s company is called: Aren’t We Clever Productions

Currently you can see Zac’s latest videos at thezaceubank.com

Through the whole process of making the record and playing live shows Camry has been going to school at UMKC, studying Higher Education Administration.

From thesexyaccident.com:

(Earlier in 2012, The Sexy Accident released the You’re Not Alone EP, which includes two gender-flipped renditiqns of the songs All Surface and I’m Just Trying to Help (Me Like You) from the band’s prior full-length, the critically-acclaimed Mantoloking, which “addresses the noticeable failings of leaders, family, friendship, and love” and “proffers raw lyrics and bitter memories with aching honesty”) (Present Magazine)

(In 2010, The Sexy Accident released the Now That She’s Gone EP, “a smart, catchy, fulfilling course” (The Pitch) that reveals “a self-contained world of cheating and leaving lovers”) (Erasing Clouds)

(Ninja Ninja Fight Darth Vader reverberates with intimacy and magical realism. In turns playful and sincere, the record encircles a wide thematic range: from youth, wine and women to marriage and fatherhood.)

10:51

9. The Sexy Accident – “Love Doesn’t Get Old”
from: Ninja Ninja Fight Darth Vader / Independent / April 21, 2012

The Sexy Accident’s new full length release, “Ninja Ninja Fight Darth Vader” os available through their website and a local independent record stores. The band’s new music video for their song “What We’d Do” is available for download at music.sexyaccident.com. All of the song’s proceeds go to charity.

10:56

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

[Dream Wolf plays the Spring Invitational, Friday, May 4th, at The Riot Room on the outside stage at 9:15!!! The Spring Invitational is hosted by Recycled Rockstar Industries! Featuring the many bands including: New Lost Souls, Mr. History, Various Blonde, and New Riddim!]

11:00 – Station ID

11. She’s A Keeper – “Headless King”
from: Live From Midwestern / Independent / March 12, 2012
[All songs written by She’s A Keeper, 2012, Recorded live at the Midwestern Musical Co. in Kansas City, MO. (midwesternmusic.com) Engineered by Dave Guame, Matt Kesler, & Cody Wyoming. Mixed and mastered by Steve Phillips. Band photo by Emmett Merrill. Design by Eric Lindquist.]

[5-piece band from Kansas City, includes: Fritz Hutchison – vocals, banjo, percussion; Zac Jurden – vocals, guitar; Colin Nelson – vocals, guitar; Elliott Phillips – bass, mandolin; Kate Sopcich – cello, keyboard. She’s A Keeper has just recently recorded their first music video in promotion of a live EP recorded at Midwestern Musical Co. in KC. The band is currently working on a second full-length album that will be available in the summer of 2012.]

[She’s A Keeper plzy the early show Tuesday, May 8, at the recordBar, and they play The Granda in Lawrence with The Elders on May 19.]

12. Cadillac Fambe’ – “Long Black Train”
from: 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.]

[Cadillac Flambe’ plays The Phoenix at 302 W. 8th St., KCMO, on Saturday, May 5, 2012. ]

13. Howard Iceberg & The Titanics w/Sara Swenson – “Playing Hard To Forget”
from: Welcome Aboard! Vol. 1 / Independent / June 26, 2011
[This 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 & The Titanics plays First Friday at Midwestern Musical Co. Howard Iceberg also plays The Brick on May 24 with Sara Swenson & Friends, David George, Barclay Martin, and Rachel Pollock.]

14. Now Now Sleepyhead – “Saturday Spectacular”
from: …For Science / Independent / Oct. 6, 2011

[Now Now Sleepyhead play The Beaumont on May 11 w/ Maps for Travelers, The Atlantic, O Giant Man, Hidden Pictures, Honest Cowboy]

11:17 – Underwriting

11:18 – Interview with Jason Vivone

15. Jason Vivone & The Billy Bats – “Photograph”
from: Lather Rinse Repeat / / May 4, 2012

11:22

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.

Jason Vivone & The Billy Bats have a new album called “Lather Rinse Repeat.” and a CD Release show at Coda, Friday, May 4, at 8:00 PM. More info at billybats.com.

Jason was with us last November, not long after he had been in a car accident that injured his head, back, and neck. He was still recovering, then, and is still on the mend.

Last year Jason released his solo record “My Roaring Twenties.”

The Billy Bats are:
Jason Vivone (vocals, guitar, mandolin, harp, cigarbox guitar, diddley bow, piano)
Ben Hoppes (vocals, banjo, guitar)
Imani Glasgow (vocals, fiddle, percussion)
Jeremy Clark (bass) Matt Bustamante (vocals, drums)
Paula Crawford (vocals, guitar)

11:29

16. Jason Vivone & The Billy Bats – “The Nina, The Pinta, The Santa Maria”
from: Lather Rinse Repeat / Independent / May 4, 2012

11:33

Jason Vivone wrote and produced the new record, engineered by Ryan Sweeney, Mixed and mastered by Willilam Saunders.

Jasone Vivone is the 2011 – King of the Roots winner and former Kansas City Blues Society’s IBC solo winner.

Jason talked about when he started writing songs and playing music, and how his Grandmother was his greatest musical influence.

11:37

17. Jason Vivone & The Billy Bats – “One Hot Mother”
from: Lather Rinse Repeat / Independent / May 4, 2012

Jason Vivone & The Billy Bats have a new album called “Lather Rinse Repeat.” and a CD Release show at Coda, Friday, May 4, at 8:00 PM. More info at billybats.com.

11:44

This next set featured music from new KC based, record company: Sangha Studios who will have an inaugural show at the recordBar on Friday, May 4, at 9:00 PM. with special guest Claire Adams and Host Vi Tran. More info: facebook.com/Sangha Studios.

18. Genessee – “Letter”
from: Genessee [EP] / Sangha Studios / May 4, 2012 [Jerod Rivers: Lead Vocals, Guitar, Kensey Russell: Bass, Vocals, Aaron White: Drums, Vocals, Spencer Sands: Guitar, Vocals]

[Genessee will be in concert on May 4th @ the recordBar. ]

19. Low Standards – “Again”
from: Low Standards / Sangha Studios / Sept. 13, 2011
[Jerod Rivers – Bass, Justin Scott – Guitar, Jerry Rapp – Vocals, Jim Ward – Drums, Spencer Sands – Guitar, Steve Owens – Keyboards.]

[Low Standards will be in concert on May 4th @ the recordBar. ]

20. Dr. Wizard – “Language Barrier”
from: Doctor Wizard [EP] / Sangha Studios / May 4, 2012
[Zach Raihl – Guitar/Vocals, Aaron Mohr – Bass, Cody Bump – Keyboard/Harmonica, Wade Hulse – Drums, Andrew Weir – Congas/Auxillary Percussion, Becca Ascarrunz – Vocals]

[Dr. Wizard will be in concert on May 4th @ the recordBar. ]

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

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Show #419

WMM Playlist from February 15, 2012

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

Playlist from: Wednesday, February 15, 2012

New & Local Releases + Midcoast Takeover 2012
+ Jerad Colton Tomasino & Ross Brown of Golden Sound Records

1. Dream Wolf – “All Time”
from: Learn To Survive / Independent / January 2011
[Christian Tady – Electric Guitar, Tess Jehle – Drums, Megan Zander – Vocals, Katelyn Boone – Keyboards, Brent Jamison – Bass. Dream Wolf plays the recordBar, Saturday night, February 18. Dream Wolf’s sister band The B’Dinas will be LIVE on our show next week.]

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

3. Vacationer – “Trip”
from: Gone [EP] / Downtown Records / January 31, 2012
[A side project of Body Language, a Brooklyn synth pop outfit known for their EP, Social Studies.]

4. Of Montreal – “Dour Percentages”
from: Paralytic Stalks / Polyvinyl Records / February 7, 2012
[11th full-length studio album from Athens, GA, psychedelic pop group, founded by Kevin Barnes in 1996.]

5. Cursive – “The Sun and Moon”
from: I Am Gemini / Saddle Creek Records / February 21, 2012
[Formed in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1995. This, the band’s seventh LP, was recorded in the summer/fall of 2011 at Omaha’s ARC Studios. Front man Tim Kasher, wrote the albums lyrics in a linear fashion, in order, from song 1 to song 13. Cursive will play KC at the recordBar on March 2. ]

11:22 – Underwriting

11:23

6. 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, will be in concert, this Friday Night, February 17 at The Riot Room at 4048 Broadway, with Maps For Travelers, We Are Voices, and The Atlantic as part of the MidCoast Takeover SXSW 2012 benefit to send KC area bands to the South X Southwest Music Festival in Austin Texas.]

10:30 – Interview with Chris Haghirian

Chris Haghirian is a 12 year veteran of The Kansas City Star. Chris helped launch INK in 2008. Chris is one of the primary organizers of The Middle of The Map Festival, Midcoast cares: A Benefit for Joplin, and the past three years of MidCoast Takeover SXSW. Chris is also a regular contributor to The Mailbox, a weekly podcast radio show produced and hosted by Michael Byars that is available Midwest Music Foundation’s website: midwestmusicfound.org where you’ll also find links to MidCoast Takeover.

The third annual MidCoast Takeover, March 16th and 17th, at Shangri-La in Austin, TX.

MidCoast Takeover will showcase bands from Kansas City, Lawrence, and the Midwest region on the national stage at South by Southwest.

Bands included are:

American Catastrophe, Cherokee Rock Rifle, Hearts of Darkness, Les Izmore w/Hermon Mehari and Diverse Trio, Cadillac Flambe, Everyday/Everynight, Sons of Great Dane, Maps For Travelers, The Beautiful Bodies, Appropriate Grammar, Oriole Post, Quiet Corral, She’s a Keeper, The Atlantic, run little rabbit, Antennas Up, The Empty Spaces, Amy Farrand, The Blackbird Revue, Vi Tran Band, We Are Voices, David George & A Crooked Mile, O Giant Man, The Dead Girls, White Girl, and Future Kings.

Benefit Shows started last week

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10 at THE BRICK – 1727 MCGEE, KCMO
11:45 — Everyday/Everynight
10:30 — Oriole Post
9:45 — Empty Spaces
9:00 — Run Little Rabbit

and continue this weekend…

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17 at THE RIOT ROOM – 4048 BROADWAY, KCMO
11:45 — Cherokee Rock Rifle
10:30 — Maps For Travelers
9:45 — We Are Voices
9:00 — The Atlantic

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24 at RECORD BAR – 1020 WESTPORT ROAD, KCMO
11:30 — Hearts of Darkness
10:15 — She’s A Keeper
9:30 — Future Kings

FRIDAY, MARCH 2 at CZAR – 1531 GRAND BLVD, KCMO
11:00 — Quiet Corral
10:00 — Blackbird Revue
9:00 — Sara Swenson

“The Midcoast Takeover Benefit shows are created to raise funds specifically for the expense of two full days (and night) of the showcase in Austin, Texas, at The SXSW Music Festival. Renting a venue in a prime area is expensive. Unlike a lot of other showcases, the Kansas City organizers invest in top notch production for sound and lights, which are transported to Austin and back home. In addition, there are advertising costs, website design and maintenance, printing costs for posters and handbills. The showcase in Austin is free to the public, so organisers raise all the funds in advance. Everyone involved works to ensure that our Kansas City bands have the best production and best support that organisers can manage.”

MidCoast Takeover was born from The Midwest Music Foundation a not-for-profit organization that has the amazing mission of supporting and helping to create a safety net for our amazing, hard working, local musical artists. The Midwest Music Foundation has given birth to many annual events to raise funds and awareness for the Kansas City Music Scene. MidCoast Takeover is rooted this amazing objective.

Chris and Mark talked about some of the other principle organizers of MidCoast Takeover: Rhonda Lyne, Christopher Meck, Abigail Henderson, Sondra Freeman, and Amy Farrand. These people have donated hours and hours of time and work, to help make our Kansas City music community stronger.

“It takes a village”

Chris talked about the community involvement in MidCoast Takeover and the 2012 SPONSORS: The Brick, CM2 Audio, Czar, Harvest Productions, INK, Midwest Music Foundation, Record Bar, Riot Room, XO, Blackwater, TV Party, Boulevard Brewing Co., C & C Custom Drums, Chipotle, Mammoth/Hunt Productions, Scarlett Amps, Seen Merch, KC Creative Crossroads, J Naatz Design, Mike Nickells Studio, Pipeline Productions, and Eleven Productions.

For more information you can visit: midcoasttakeover.com

Chris Haghirian will be back with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley on March 21 to talk about The Middle of The Map Festival, April 5 – 7.

10:45

7. Cadillac Fambe’ – “Devil’s Branch”
from: 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, on Dec 9, at The Riot Room. Cadillac Flambe’ is one of 26 bands chosen to represent KC at the MidCoast Takeover at SXSW in Austin. Cadillac Flambe’ plays The Phoenix at 302 W. 8th St. , KCMO, on Saturday, March 3, 2012 at 9:00 PM. ]

8. Pokey LaFarge & The South City Three – “So Long Honeybee, Goodbye”
from: Middle of Everywhere / Free Dirt / July 19, 2011
[From St. Louis, Missouri, they’re know for performing American roots music in a creative mix of early jazz, string ragtime, country blues and western swing. Released on Takoma Park, Maryland-based label Free Dirt Records, the label of The Wilders. The South City Three, include fellow St. Louis musicians Joey Glynn, Adam Hoskins & Ryan Koenig. Pokey Lafarge & The South City Three will play here in KC, tomorrow night, Thurs, Feb. 16th at 8:30 PM at Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club w/ the amazing Betse Ellis.]

9. Betse Ellis – “Bear Creek Sally Goodin’”
from: Don’t You Want To Go / Free Dirt / April 21, 2009
[Originally from Fayetteville, Arkansas, Betse Ellis is one of the founding members of Kansas City’s The Wilders, an internationally touring acoustic honky-tonk band, have been together for nearly 15 years. More information at wilderscountry.com. Betse received her BA Music from the University of Missouri – KC. Betse plays Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club, tomorrow night, Thurs, Feb. 16th at 8:30 PM]

10. Oriole Post – “Sparrow”
from: Silver City / Golden Sound Records / 2009
[KCK based band includes: Rachel Pollock – Vocals, Acoustic Guitars; Seth Jenkins – Mandolin, Bass, Acoustic Guitar; Michaela Meckel – Fiddle; William Pollock – Drums & Percussion, Michelle Strong – Vocals; Roger Strong – Double Bass. one of 26 bands chosen to represent KC at the MidCoast Takeover at SXSW in Austin.]

11:00

11. Honey & Darling – “Little Coats”
from: What Became Of What I Love / Golden Sound Records / 2009
[Three piece band, based in Omaha, Nebraska, includes: Sara Bertuldo – Guitar, Bass, Vocals; Mathew Carroll – Guitar, Drums, Vocals; and Robert Little – Drums, Bass, Vocals.]

12. Baby Teardrops – “Still Singing The Same Songs”
from: X Is For Love / Golden Sound Records / November 15, 2011
[Three peice band based in NYC with KC native and former Doris Henson leader, Matthew Dunehoo, 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. The Baby Teardrops will be part of The Middle of the Map Festival in April 5 – 7.]

13. Ross Brown – “Education”
from: The Human Condition / Golden Sound Records / 2007 [The initial songwriting effort from Ross, at 18 years old, the Human Condition was written, performed, produced and recorded by Ross Brown at home. It is a collection of songs documenting over a year of ideas and challenges.]

11:10 – Interview with Jerad Colton Tomasino & Ross Brown of Golden Sound Records.

Ross Brown & Jerad Tomasino are two of the founders (w/ Mat Shoare) of Golden Sound Records.

Ross Brown grew up in West rural Olathe. His band Fullbloods will be in concert this Sat, Feb 18, at 10:00 PM at The Brick, 1727 MCGEE, w/ Richard the Lionhearted from Columbia and Millions of Boys from Omaha, w/ an acoustic set by Jerad Tomasino.

Jerad Tomasino moved around a lot growing up but spent some of his high school years living in Omaha. Jerad has released solo recordings and his also a member of the critically acclaimed band, Everyday/Everynight. Jerad and Ross join us today to talk about Golden Sound Records, their involvement in the Midcoast Takeover 2012, The Middle of The Map Festival and the Kansas City Music Scene.

For info you can visit: goldensoundrecords.com

Ross grew up in west rural Olathe.

Jerad came from a Military family, and moved around alot, but claims Omaha as a hometown.

Ross Brown started playing trumpet in junior high school band and continued through high school playing euphonium, guitar and bass in jazz band, and singing in choir. Music classes were all he took from “public school” during high school. He started writing music when he picked up guitar around 12 years old. He picked up bass and drums shortly afterwards to accompany myself on recordings. Singing wasn’t really his thing until after high school.

Jerad told us that he was one of those kids who always sang along to the radio in the car. He picked up the guitar around 7 years old. He took up acting for most of his childhood, but spent countless hours with his ears full of radio and his eyes glued to MTV. He was addicted to studying pop music. Singing was his primary form of music making until Christmas of 2000 when he got his first electric guitar. He wrote his first riff/song, “Stuff” when he was 11 and played around until he moved to Omaha. At 13 he performed his first original song, “Chocolate Warfare”, at a local talent show and got hooked. He ditched acting and set his sights on music.

Ross Brown went to DeSoto high school for a year and home-schooled the rest. After that he took a two-year audio engineering course at BRC Audio Productions, where he met Jerad and everyone in his band Fullbloods.

Jerad Tomasino went to Bellevue West, in Bellevue, Nebraska for 2 years, then he attended Lee’s Summit West for 2 years. After high school Jerad started attending classes at BRC Audio Productions where he double majored in Music Ed. and Music Therapy at The Conservatory. He had a mental breakdown, changed majors and started EverydayEverynight. Jerad will graduate from the University of Missouri at Kansas City this year majoring in Music Composition with a minor in Entrepreneurship.

Jerad met Ross at BRC, and connected with Mat Shoare and Evan Ashby while in choir at The Conservatory at UMKC. Mat Shoare is also a founding member of Everyday/Everynight and a founding partner in Golden Sound Records.

11:17

14. The Empty Spaces – “Starting Over”
from: 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 Empty Spaces are one of 26 bands chosen to represent KC at the MidCoast Takeover at SXSW in Austin, The Empty Spaces will be in concert Feb. 25th @ Riot Room w/ i hate you just kidding]

11:20

Why start a record label?

Ross Brown told us about how he and Jerad and Mat, wanted a platform for their own music and an organized body to support and encourage others to continue making music. Golden Sound Records keeps them involved in, and accountable to their craft.

Jerad told us about how music is always about more than yourself. Even the music that we personally create (as a necessity) must bounce off of other people to truly resonate. So, for Jerad, the idea of a label is an extension of his artistic output; fostering ideas and projects into realization. It makes him a stronger musician and more fulfilled person to touch and be touched by the records and artists he works with. On a logistical front, this label centralizes their efforts, and gives context to the art that is deemed as cool and lets Golden Sound Records present it in a specific way.

11:26

Ross Brown & Jerad Colton Tomasino are two of the founders (with Mat Shoare) of Golden Sound Records. Golden Sound Records will be involved in the Midcoast Takeover 2012, and The Middle of The Map Festival. For info you can visit: goldensoundrecords.com

11:33

15. Fullbloods – “Candy”
from: The Perpetual Machine / Golden Sound Records / 2011
[Ross Brown, Alex Chapman, Bill Pollock, & Glenn Shipps. Fullbloods will be in concert Saturday, February 18, at 10:00 PM at The Brick, 1727 MCGEE, with Richard the Lionhearted from Columbia, MO and Millions of Boys from Omaha, with an acoustic set by Jerad Tomasino.]

Golden Sound records is sending three bands to MidCoast takeover SXSW 2012: Everyday/Everynight, The Empty Spaces, and Oriole Post.

**everyday/everynight**
February 10th @ The Brick (Kansas City, MO)
March 9th @ House/Pizza Party (Kansas City, MO)
March 10th @ Riot Room w/ Capybara (Kansas City, MO)
April 7th @ MOTM (Kansas City, MO)
April 21st @ TBA, Record Store Day (Kansas City, MO)

**The Empty Spaces**
Feb. 10th @ The Brick, SXSW Midcoast Takeover Fundraiser
Feb. 25th @ Riot Room w/ i hate you just kidding
April 6th @ Westport Coffeehouse, MOTM

**Fullbloods**
February 18th @ The Brick, others tba
March 10th @ Czar w/ Noise FM, Photo Atlas, and Archie Powell & The Exports
April 6th @ Westport Coffeehouse, MOTM

**Oriole Post**
February 10th @ The Brick

**Baby Teardrops**
April 6th @ Westport Coffeehouse, MOTM

**The Caves**
April 6th @ Westport Coffeehouse, MOTM

GSR will be curating a special showcase at Westport Coffeehouse for Ink’s Middle of the Map Fest on April 6th.

Jerad Colton Tomasino & Ross Browno be back with us on Wedneday MidDay Medley on April 18 for our special show about Record Store Day.

For more about Golden Sound Records you can visit: goldensoundrecords.com

11:43

16. Everyday/Everynight –“Body Electric”
from: Etc. / Golden Sound Records / May 3, 2011
[Written by Jerad Colton Tomasino. 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. They played The Riot Room, November 5, as part of Apocalypse Meow 4. They are also one of 23 bands going to MidCoast Takeover in Austin, TX. as part of the SXSW Music Festival. Everyday/Everynight will be in concert on March 10th @ Riot Room w/ Capybara. ]

17. Jerad Colton Tomasino – “Two Kids”
from: White Hall / Golden Sound Records / 2010
[5 songs recorded live in White Hall performance hall. Songs written and performed by Jerad Colton Tomasino. Produced by Ross Brown & Hallie Richardson.]

18. Millions of Boys – “Dead Girls”
from: Competing For Your Love / Golden Sound Records / 2012
[Omaha based, Sara Bertuldo on Guitar, Bass &Vocals; Alex van Beaumont on Guitar, Bass & Vocals; and Ryan Haas on Drums & Vocals. Millions of Boys will be in concert Saturday, February 18, at 10:00 PM at The Brick, 1727 MCGEE, with The Fullbloods, Richard the Lionhearted from Columbia, MO and, an acoustic set by Jerad Tomasino]

19. The Sleazebeats – “Get It”
from: The Sleazebeats / Independent / Feb. 16, 2012 [Charlie Colborne – keyboards, guitar, vocals; Bill Belzer – drums; Jeff Harshbarger – bass; Recorded at More Famouser Studios w/ Mike Nolte engineer, mixing, mastering the recordings. The Sleazebeats will play in a CD Release show at the recordBar, Thurs, Feb 16, at 9:30, w/ Lazy and The Features from Tennessee.]

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 noted above and wikipedia.org

Show #408

The 111 Best Recordings of 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

* 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 Dec. 7, 2011 – The 111 Best Recordings of 2011 (Part 1 of 4)

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011:

The 111 Best Recordings of 2011
(Part 1 of 4)

1. (111.) Raleigh Moncrief – “Lament for Morning”
from: Watered Lawn / Anticon Records / October 25, 2011
[Debut full length recording from Sacramento 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.]

2. (110.) Soley – “Blue Leaves”
from: 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.]

3. (109.) Veronica Falls – “Veronica Falls”
from: 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.]

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4. (108.) Bootsy Collins –“FreeDumb” w/ Dr. Cornel West
from: 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 band-mates: George Clinton & Bernie Worrell.]

5. (107.) The Go! Team – “T.O.R.N.A.D.O.”
from: 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 from.]

6. (106.) The Middle East – “Jesus Came To My Birthday Party”
from: 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.]

7. (105.) Telekinesis – “Car Crash”
from: 12 Desperate Straight Lines / Merge / Feb. 15, 2011
[Telekinesis is Michael Benjamin Lerner, an indie rocker based out of Seattle. This is his 2nd album on Merge.]

10:30 – Underwriting

10:31

8. (104.) Peter, Bjorn & John – “Breaker Breaker”
from: 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 appears on our list as we continue the count down. 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.]

9. (103.) The Decemberists – “Down By The Water”
from: The King Is Dead / Capitol / Jan. 18, 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.,[21] and three songs, feature R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck including “Down By The water.” The band played Uptown Theatre Monday, February 7.]

10. (102.) Marketa Irglova – “Go Back”
from: 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.]

11. (101.) Poly Styrene – “Kitsch”
from: 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.”]

10:45

12. (100.) Jen Lawless – “All Goes Down”
from: Running Hot / Saunders Street Records / April 8, 2011
[By day, the 5′ 3″ Kansas City Native, Jen Lawless, drives an ambulance for the KC 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.]

13. (99.) Sterling Witt – “Perfect Girl”
from: 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.]

14. (98.) William Saunders – “Undone”
from: 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 discovered that he had written nearly seven hundred songs. In 2010, he left the corporate life to created Saunders Street Records and pursue a career in music, and the development of other musical artists. William Saunders played LIVE on our March 23 WMM ]

15. (97.) Jason Vivone – “Lemme Come Up For Air”
from: 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 show.]

11:00

16. (96.) They Might Be Giants – “Judy Is Your Vietnam”
from: 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 played Beaumont Club on Oct. 14.]

17. (95.) Brian Eno – “Glitch”
from: Drums Between The Bells / Opal – Warp Records / July 5, 2011
[40 years in music as a 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. ]

18. (94.) Yuck – “Get Away”
from: 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.]

19. (93.) Jenny Carr – “tease”
from: Maybe Definitely Really For Sure / Independent / Dec, 2010
[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.]

11:15

20. (92.) St. Vincent – “Cruel”
from: 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 recorded in Dallas, TX. St. Vincent played Lawrence, KS on October 7.]

21. (91.) Robert Ellis – “Comin’ Home”
from: 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.]

22. (90.) Tom Russell – “Furious Love (For Liz)”
from: 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.]

11:27 – Underwriting

11:28

23. (89.) Stephin Merritt – “The Sun and the Sea and the Sky”
from: 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.]

24. (88.) Raphael Saadiq – “Stone Rollin’”
from: 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.]

25. (87.) Cadillac Fambe’ – “Devil’s Branch”
from: 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 will be featured at Murder Ballad Ball of 2011, a Benefit for the Midwest Music Foundation, Fri, Dec 9, 6 to 2:00 AM, 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.]

26. (86.) Mountain Man – “Animal Tracks”
from: 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.]

11:45

27. (85.) Neon Indian – “Polish Girl”
from: 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 from 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, relocating to Denton, Texas for college. Neon Indian played The Record Bar on October 11 tour with Com Truise and Purity Ring.]

28. (84.) Com Truise – “Futureworld”
from: 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.”]

29. (83.) Prefuse 73 – “The Only Recycled Intro”
from: 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]

30. (82.) Molly Picture Club – “Satellites”
from: four on the floor [EP] / Independent / late 2010
[Kansas City Based band featuring: Aniko Adany- vocals, synths, keys, omnichord, Matthew Hayden- drums, drum sequencing, and Michael Tipton- vocals, guitar, bass.]

31. Owen/Cox Dance Group & The People’s Liberation Big Band – “Spanish Dance”
from: The Nutcracker & The Mouse King / TZIGANE / December 2011
[Owen/Cox Dance Group Presents: The Nutcracker and the Mouse King featuring: Fifteen musicians of the People’s Liberation Big Band, horn sculptor Mark Southerland, artist Peregrine Honig, and students from the Paseo Academy of the Performing Arts as well as the award-winning choreography of Jennifer Owen. Performances: Friday & Saturday, December 9 & 10 at 8:00 PM, Sunday, December 11, at 2:00 PM. Friday & Saturday December 16 & 17, at 8:00 PM, Sunday, December 18, at 2:00 PM at The City Stage in Union Station, 30 West Pershing Rd Kansas City, MO. Tickets: $20 per person, $15 for students, seniors, and groups of 15 or more, $10 for children, ages 12 and under. Tickets & Information: http://www.unionstation.org/Nutcracker%5D

26. 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

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Wednesday, December 14 we continue with part-2, of our 4-week special: The 111 Best Recordings of 2011

Show # 398