WMM Playlist from Dec. 25, 2019

Wednesday MidDay Medley
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning
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Wednesday, December 25, 2019

The 119 Best Recordings of 2019
(Part 4 of 4)

The 119 Best Recordings of 2019 are based on playlists of Wednesday MidDay Medley. We’ve compiled representative tracks from our favorite full-length and EP recordings of 2019 (and a few that came out late in 2018). We realize these “Best of” lists can seem subjective, so we ask that you please accept our list as a celebration of the year in music.

In 2019 we have broadcast nearly 800 musical recordings through our 90.1 FM Community Radio Airwaves, powered by our 100,000 watt transmitter. Over 400 of these tracks were from New & MidCoastal Releases. We played tracks from 145 National Releases, and 183 MidCoastal Releases. 75 of the representative tracks in our “Best of” list are from MidCoastal Releases. In 2019 we conducted 127 interviews, with 209 special guests. On X-Mas morning, December 25th we unwrap our final show of the year, as we count down #30 to #1

10:00 – Station ID

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

2. (30.) Mavis Staples – “Change”
from: We Get By / Anti / May 10, 2019
[14th studio solo album from rhythm & blues and gospel singer, actress and civil rights activist, born in Chicago, Illinois on July 10, 1939. The album’s cover features the photograph “Outside Looking In” by Gordon Parks from his 1956 photo essay The Restraints: Open and Hidden. The album was produced and written by Ben Harper. Staples & Harper had previously collaborated on “Love and Trust”, a song from Staples’ 2016 album, Livin’ on a High Note. In a statement, Staples said, “These songs are delivering such a strong message. We truly need to make a change if we want this world to be better.” Mavis Staples has recorded and performed with her family’s band The Staple Singers. She began her career with her family group in 1950. Initially singing locally at churches, appearing on a weekly radio show, the Staples scored a hit in 1956 with “Uncloudy Day” for the Vee-Jay label. When Mavis graduated from what is now Paul Robeson High School in 1957, The Staple Singers took their music on the road. Led by family patriarch Roebuck “Pops” Staples on guitar and including the voices of Mavis and her siblings Cleotha, Yvonne, and Purvis, the Staples were called “God’s Greatest Hitmakers.” With Mavis’ voice and Pops’ songs, singing, and guitar playing, the Staples evolved from enormously popular gospel singers (with recordings on United and Riverside as well as Vee-Jay) to become the most spectacular and influential spirituality-based group in America. By the mid-1960s The Staple Singers, inspired by Pops’ close friendship with Martin Luther King, Jr., became the spiritual and musical voices of the civil rights movement. They covered contemporary pop hits with positive messages, including Bob Dylan’s “A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall” and a version of Stephen Stills’ “For What It’s Worth.” Staples was briefly married to Spencer Leak in 1964; they divorced when Staples would not end her music career to stay home. She has no children. In the 2015 documentary Mavis! she reveals that Bob Dylan once proposed to her, and she turned him down.]

3. (29.) FKA Twigs – “cellophane”
from: MAGDALENE / Young Turks Recordings / November 8, 2019
[Tahliah Debrett Barnett was born on January 16, 1988. She is known professionally as FKA Twigs. She is a British singer and songwriter, raised in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire. She became a backup dancer after moving to South London when she was 17 years old. She made her musical debut with the extended plays EP1 (2012) and EP2 (2013). Her debut studio album, LP1, was released in August 2014 to critical acclaim, peaking at number 16 on the UK Albums Chart and number 30 on the US Billboard 200. It was later nominated for the 2014 Mercury Prize. She released the M3LL155X EP in 2015 to further critical praise, as well as her second studio album Magdalene four years later. Her work has been described as “genre-bending”, drawing on various genres including electronic music, trip hop, R&B, and avant-garde. Her work has been compared to the work of Tricky as well as Kate Bush, Janet Jackson, The xx, and Massive Attack.]

4. (28.) Bon Iver – “Hey, Ma”
from: i,i / Jagjaguwar Records / August 9, 2019
[Bon Iver is an American indie folk band founded in 2006 by singer-songwriter Justin Vernon. Vernon released Bon Iver’s debut album, For Emma, Forever Ago, independently in July 2007. The majority of that album was recorded while Vernon spent three months isolated in a cabin in northwestern Wisconsin. The band later won in 2012 the Grammy awards for Best New Artist and Best Alternative Music Album for their album Bon Iver, Bon Iver. They released their third album 22, A Million to critical acclaim in 2016.]

5. (27.) GAV7D – “Eastwood Stayed Skinny, Travolta Got Fat, Pt. 1”
from: Thanks For Everything Punkfunkpolka / GAV7D / May 31, 2019
[Johnny Hamil on bass, Clarke Wyatt on keyboards, Mikal Shapiro on guitars & vocals, Kyle Dahlquist on accordions & theremins & vocals, Charles “Critter” Sims on drums, and Chad Meise on Hendrix inspired guitars. Written & arranged by Johnny Hamil. This is the 3rd release in the GAV7D series. The debut, “Thanks For Everything” was released June 21, 2015. The double album, “Thanks For Everything – Cartoonoirjazz” was released June 1, 2016. Johnny Hamil told us that he recently finished the mixing for 4th GAV7D “Thanks for Everything – exoticamiddleasternfreejazz,” to be released next year. Johnny said that it “reminded me that the outside listener doesn’t hear the whole project like I do, or the concert goer does.” He added “I really feel like it’s my major work of my lifetime, but even better, it tells the story of the KaC music community, which I’m so proud of.” KC based musician, composer, and teacher Johnny Hamil plays in the band Pamper The Madman. Johnny will be in the studio from Dec. 29 through Jan. 2 recording the new Pamper The Madman album. Johnny Hamil also plays bass for Mikal Shapiro, and Julia Othmer, and can be heard on the recordings of many KC and Lawrence based artists including Stephonne Singelton. Johnny Hamil collaborates with jazz combos, theatre productions, and is also known for his work with The Malachy Papers. As a teacher of the bass, Johnny Hamil was recently featured on Queer Eye on Netflix. Johnny is a founding member of Mr. Marco’s V7, a band that has been reinvented with each new release, and changed and evolved with different line-ups. Known for experimental, instrumental music, Johnny told us that the music he composed for the band came to him in his dreams. In 2011 the bassist noticed something revolutionary for his creative process when his dream compositions included lyrics for the first time This set him on a new path to create GAV7D, which is not Mr. Marco’s V7 proper, but members from throughout the long history of the the band. The concept was to collaborate a vocal version of the compositions with friends and then have various lineups of the V7 family interpret the material in different ways, CartoonNoirJazz, PunkFunkPolka, and FreeeExoticaMiddleEastern. GAV7D premiered at the Folk Alliance International. Chad Meise is a master of sound and the studio and stage producing and engineering records for Mr. Marco’s V7, Hearts of Darkness, Expassionate, Rex Hobart, MIke Dillon, The Gaslights, Atlantic Fadeout, and The Country Duo.]

[Julia Othmer presents Bobby Pinz & The Spray with Johnny Hamil on bass, Chris Tady on guitar and John Floyd Whitaker on drums. Sharing the evening with, Chad Meise Presents: Tribute to Hendrix, Thurs, Dec. 26, at 8:00 PM at Davey’s Uptown Rambler’s Club, 3402 Main St, KCMO.]

[KC Killers: An Iron Maiden Tribute, Fri, Dec. 27, at 8:00 PM, at The Brick 1727 McGee St, KCMO.]

[Pamper The Madman play The Riot Room, 4048 Broadway, KCMO, Sat, Dec 28, at 8:00 PM w/ The Pornhuskers, and Otis 13.]

[Mr. Marco’s V-7 play The Ship 1227 Union Avenue, KCMO, Thurs, Jan. 2, 2020, at 9:00 PM].

6. (26.) Solange – “Dreams”
from: When I Get Home / Columbia Records / March 1, 2019
[4th studio album from singer and songwriter Solange, and follow up to her breakthrough record, A Seat at the Table released on September 30, 2016,. Following the release of her second studio album Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams (2008), Knowles began work on her third studio album, during which she suffered a “breakdown” due to the amount of time and emotion she was putting into the recording process. While recording the album Knowles released an EP entitled True (2012) and launched her own record label named Saint Records. A Seat at the Table became Solange’s first number-one album on the Billboard 200.]

7. (25.) Lomelda – “M for Mush”
from: M for Empathy / Double Double Whammy / March 1, 2019
[Lomelda is the stage name of musician Hannah Read. According to Read, Lomelda is a made up word that means “echo of the stars”. Hannah Read was raised in Silsbee, Texas. She began her music career playing in bands with her brother as well as her high school friends. Read’s first full-length album, Forever, was released in 2015. In 2017, Read released her second full-length album, Thx, with the independent record label Double Double Whammy. The album was co-produced with the assistance of Read’s brother, Tommy. It was primarily written over a few months while Read was sleeping in her car.]

8. (24.) Mike McCoy’s Trompe-l’œil – “The Hard Way”
from: Eyein’ Lies / Mike McCoy’s Trompe-l’œil / July 19, 2019
[Formed in Austin, Texas in August 2015, members include: Andrew Duplantis, Jacob Schulze, Travis Garaffa, David Garrett, and Mike McCoy. Kansas native and Austin resident Mike McCoy is a man for all seasons. A gifted singer, composer, songwriter, social commentator and conceptual artist from the heartland, McCoy has been making music for more than 30 years, incorporating a whiplash array of styles and genres from country-roots to punk to performance art and power pop. All overlap in McCoy’s world. Mike founded the KC power-pop band Cher UK (Cargo/FistPuppet) & (Red Decibel/Columbia Records) in the mid 1990s and has fronted other quirky conceptual bands such as the Black Rabbits of Lawrence, Kansas, and two Austin critics’ darlings, the American People and the Service Industry. Mike is also a prolific solo artist . A religion studies and art-history graduate of TCU, fund-raising researcher at Yale, a carpenter/designer in Austin, an online “word contortionist” and a former museum administrator in KC, McCoy’s truest calling is the crafting of songs. He’s a hayseed intellectual-philosopher whose compositions strike the right balance of plaintive and high-brow, sardonic and humble. McCoy brings a singular, poet’s sensibility to the music equation. He writes about a wonderful waitress in a rundown town who has the power to make or break your stay (“if you treat her well, you might get what you want…”), about an immigrant woman whose dreams of America lead her to a lonesome life as a domestic (“feather duster I believe her, no one sees the way I see her…”), about American apathy and how winter is a submarine (“winter is a submarine — I lay inside and I no longer dream…”). In most of McCoy’s songs, there is something deeply wistful, despite the freighted narratives and their dizzying wordplay. He’s a serious guy and he writes about serious stuff. Yet in the lyrics and in the spaces between words and melody, you can almost hear that lone whistle blow in the dark of a heartlands night; you hear a style of writing that combines political commentary and snarky populism with an inextinguishable belief that somehow, with the right blend of gumption and fortitude, we humans might just pull off something good. He’s equal parts punk-rock-Americana — a strange brew of Bob Dylan, Iggy Pop, John Mellencamp, Ramones and Burl Ives. But no matter in what incarnation you encounter Mike McCoy, you’ll find he’s driven by the same basic themes: ideas and ideals of humanity, principles and hopes, outrage and indignation, absurdism and dadaism, puns and poetry and parody, with a large dose of red-white-and-blue wishful thinking.]

10:28 – Underwriting

9. (23.) J.S. Ondara – “Saying Goodbye”
from: Tales of America / Verve / February 1, 2019
[27 year old J.S. Ondara is a Kenyan singer-songwriter whose debut album, Tales of America, was released on February 15, 2019 via Verve Label Group. J.S. Ondara was born in August 1992 in Nairobi, Kenya. As a child, he wrote poems and stories as well as songs despite not having an instrument to play them on because his family couldn’t afford one. He was inspired by Radiohead, Nirvana, Death Cab For Cutie, Jeff Buckley, Pearl Jam, Guns N’ Roses, and Bob Dylan. He grew up listening to rock songs on his older sisters’ battery-powered radio. Having discovered The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan following a dispute with a friend over whether Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door was a Guns N’ Roses song, Ondara resolved to travel to the United States to pursue a career in music. In February 2013, after winning in the green card lottery, he moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota at the age of 20. He taught himself to play guitar and perform during open mic nights. Eventually, he decided to study music therapy in college, but dropped out of school to return to playing small shows at coffee houses after attending a concert. After moving to Minnesota, Ondara tried his hand at making music and performing in small venues. His big break came when Minneapolis radio station KCMP 89.3 The Current played one of his songs on air by pulling audio from his YouTube channel, where he had been uploading covers of his favorite songs. At the time, he was going by the name Jay Smart. Ondara’s debut album, Tales of America, was released in February 2019 by Verve Label Group. Despite only 11 tracks making the final tracklist, Ondara wrote more than 100 songs for the album, all based on an immigrant’s life in America. The album was produced by Mike Viola of the Candy Butchers. In support of the album, Ondara embarked on his first headlining tour in March 2019. After the release of the album, Ondara debuted on Billboard’s Emerging Artist chart at No. 37 in March 2019. The album also landed on the Billboard Heatseekers Album, Americana/Folk Album Sales, and Rock Album Sales charts. He was nominated for Best Emerging Act at the 2019 Americana Music Honors & Awards. Ondara cites Bob Dylan as his musical hero, which is why he chose to live in Minnesota and why he wears his signature fedora. He has toured with the Milk Carton Kids, Lindsey Buckingham and in 2019, he opened for select dates on tour with Neil Young.]

10. (22.) Deerhunter – “Greenpoint Gothic”
from: Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared? / 4AD / January 18, 2019
[8th studio album by the American indie rock band Deerhunter. The album was co-produced by singer-songwriter Cate Le Bon, Ben H. Allen (who had previously worked with the band on Halcyon Digest and Fading Frontier), Ben Etter (who worked as a studio assistant on Fading Frontier) and the band itself. The first single, “Death in Midsummer”, was released on October 30, 2018. The same day, a world tour in support of the album was announced, starting in November 4, 2018. The second single from the album, “Element”, was released on December 6, 2018. The album leaked on December 12, 2018. Deerhunter is an American rock band from Atlanta, Georgia, formed in 2001. The band consists of Bradford Cox (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Moses Archuleta (drums, electronics, sound treatments), Lockett Pundt (guitar, vocals, keyboards), Josh McKay (bass) and Javier Morales (keyboards, synthesizers, alto saxophone). Founded by Cox and Archuleta, Deerhunter’s first stable line-up included guitarist Colin Mee and bass guitarist Justin Bosworth.]

11. (21.) Hipshot Killer – “Places We Want To Be”
from: All This Time is Ours / Hipshot Killer / March 20, 2019
[KC based 3-piece power punk band formed in the fall of 2008. The current line up consists of: Mike Alexander (Revolvers, Architects, John Velge and The Prodigal Sons, The Starhaven Rounders), on guitar & vocals, Chris Wagner (100 Years War, Jackie Carrol, John Velge and The Prodigal Sons) on bass & vocals, legendary drummer Jon “Buddy” Paul, who plays in (The Big Iron, The Revolvers.) All This Time is Ours was Mastered at Weights and Measures studio by Duane Trower. All songs written by Mike Alexander. The band released their debut record Hipshot Killer, April 29, 2011. The band released their second album They Will Try To Kill Us All on January 16, 2016. It was number 7 in Wednesday MidDay Medley’s 116 Best Recordings of 2016. Hipshot Killer also released a single on Too Much Rock on October 21, 2016 . Mike Alexander has been a tireless organizer of the KC area punk scene and has helped to produce multiple years of the Center of the City Fest. Mike also helped to create the 8-song tribute recording, I’ll Repay You: A Benefit for John Fackler – featuring the songs of John Fackler and Jettison. More info at http://www.hipshotkiller.com]

12. (20.) The Sluts – “Break Their Heart”
from: Break Their Heart / The Sluts / February 12, 2019
[New 6 song EP from the Lawrence based band The Sluts formed by Ryan Wise & Kristoffer Dover in 2011. Produced recorded, mixed, and mastered by Joel Nanos at Element Recording and Mastering Studios, KCMO. The Sluts released their debut EP Virile on November 14, 2013. The released The Loser EP on July 8, 2014. They released their 11-song full length album The Sluts on June 17, 2015. The Sluts released their EP Only One on May 25, 2017. All were recorded at Element Recording. Info at http://www.thesluts.bandcamp.com]

13. (19.) Dead Voices – “Passing Through”
from: Commoners / Dead Voices / February 4, 2019
[The follow up to their 2013 debut EP. Kansas City Super-Group, formed in September of 2010, by David Regnier on lead vocals, Jason Beers on bass, Matt Richey on drums, Michael Stover on lap steel and other instruments, and Marco Pascolini on guitar.]

14. (18.) Helado Negro – “Please Won’t Please”
from: This Is How You Smile / RVNG Intl. / March 8, 2019
[6th album from Roberto Carlos Lange, better known by his stage name Helado Negro, is an American musician. He was formerly signed to Asthmatic Kitty Records from 2009 to 2016. Helado is now currently signed to and released his latest album through RVNG Intl., a Brooklyn-based music institution. Helado grew up in Miami, Florida where he spent his teenage years searching for his identity in the cultural melting pot of south Florida. He immersed himself in the hip-hop and electronic music scenes, where he learned to be an artist by playing out shows to small audiences. Helado released his first full-length album in 2009 titled Awe Owe. In 2010, Helado released an EP titled Pasajero. Helado released his second full-length album in 2011 titled Canta Lechuza. In 2012, Helado released the first of a three part EP, titled Island Universe Story – One. Helado released his third full-length album in 2013 titled Invisible Life. Helado released the second Island Universe Story EP in 2013. In 2014, Helado released his fourth full-length album titled Double Youth. The third EP in Helado’s three-part Island Universe Story series was released in 2014. In 2015, Helado released the single “Young, Latin and Proud” along with an animated-visual and lyric video. Lange describes the song as “It was as if I was singing my 6-year-old self a lullaby… It’s about feeling a sense of pride and self-confidence, understanding that you’re born into something and it’s alright to feel good about it. Stereotypes and contradictions are built into identity and I think those are a strong current in both Latino and black identity in the U.S. today.” In 2016, Helado released his fifth full-length album titled Private Energy.]

15. (17.) The Highwomen – “Highwomen”
from: The Highwomen / Elektra / September 6, 2019
[The Highwomen is a country music group composed of Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby, Maren Morris, and Amanda Shires, formed in 2019. The group’s self-titled debut album was released on September 6, 2019, by Elektra Records and was produced by Dave Cobb. In 2016, when Shires was finishing her record, My Piece of Land, in music producer Dave Cobb’s studio, Shires had an idea to create a girl country supergroup in homage to the legendary Highwaymen country supergroup (consisting of Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson). At the same time, the lack of representation of women artists on country music radio and at country music festivals had been publicly discussed by many, influenced by the Me Too movement and journalists like Marissa Moss. While on tour in her van, while listening to country radio, Shires kept a running list of artists and noticed that there were few women. When she called to request they play more women artists, she was directed to a Facebook page lottery system. Cobb recommended Shires call Carlile, whom she didn’t know. Carlile thought it would be fun, and would be an interesting creative project. The Highwomen project was widely hinted at by Carlile, Morris and Shires before it was officially announced on April 6, 2019. With the name paying homage to the legendary Highwaymen country supergroup, the Highwomen were originally intended to leave the fourth spot in their line-up vacant to allow other female collaborators to join them, with Chely Wright, Courtney Marie Andrews, Margo Price, Janelle Monae and Sheryl Crow mentioned as potential guests. The band, who jokingly refer to the collaboration as a pirate ship experience, said that they see the project as an incubator project that highlights mentorship and support of fellow women artists. Maren hadn’t worked with Cobb before, and remarked on how much she liked tracking live. The band recorded live vocals, live band, harmonies in unison, where the musicians were recording together live in an organic environment at historic RCA Studio A, which Cobb now owns. As part of the experience, some of the members got matching Highwomen tattoos. The group made their live debut on April 1, 2019 at Loretta Lynn’s 87th birthday concert held at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. There, Natalie Hemby was officially revealed as the final member and the quartet performed “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels”. Their debut single, “Redesigning Women”, and its associated music video featuring female artists including Tanya Tucker, Cam, Lauren Alaina, Cassadee Pope and Wynonna Judd was released on 19 July 2019, with their self-titled debut album (set for release on September 6) becoming available for pre-order on the same day. The song was promoted by country singer Dierks Bentley who released a comedic reading of the lyrics to his YouTube Channel which received praise from Carlile and Morris. Their second single, “Crowded Table”, written by band member Hemby and Lori McKenna, was released on July 26, 2019. In July 2019, the Highwomen performed their first ever full live set at the 60th annual Newport Folk Festival, previewing songs from their upcoming album including “If She Ever Leaves Me”, written by Shires, her husband Jason Isbell and Chris Thompkins. With Carlile on lead vocals, Isbell described it as “the first gay country song” which elicited applause from the audience. Other songs performed included “My Only Child”, an ode to “suburban moms” performed by Hemby who wrote the track with Shires and Miranda Lambert, “Loose Change”, a nod to 70s country written by Morris, Daniel Layus of Augustana, and Maggie Chapman, featuring Morris on lead vocals and “Cocktail and a Song” which was written solely by Shires in honor of her father. Carlile later invited the rest of the Highwomen to join her during her headlining set where, as they originally intended, the group performed alongside other female artists including Amy Ray, Courtney Marie Andrews, Dolly Parton, Jade Bird, Judy Collins, Linda Perry, Lucy Dacus, Our Native Daughters, Sheryl Crow, The First Ladies of Bluegrass, and Yola Carter. Shires said the plan was always to debut their music at Newport with Dolly Parton. The band wore custom suits by Manuel. Their cover of “The Chain” by Fleetwood Mac from the soundtrack of the movie The Kitchen debuted during the film’s first trailer and was officially released on August 2, 2019. The title track of their self-titled debut album was released on August 13, 2019. Written by Carlile and Shires with Jimmy Webb, the original writer of “Highwayman”, the track that originally inspired the Highwomen’s formation, it tells the story of various women throughout history and features guest vocals from British country soul singer Yola Carter and backing vocals from Sheryl Crow. The song is a classic answer song. The band recorded 15 songs, but 12 tracks made the album. Songwriters included the Jimmy Webb, Rodney Clawson, Maggie Chapman, Lori McKenna, Jason Isbell, Peter Levin, Miranda Lambert, Ray LaMontagne, among others. Many songs flip gender roles, with additions of characters like refugee, preacher, Freedom Rider, and a healer, compared to the characters drawn by the Highwaymen songs.]

16. (16.) Short Round Stringband – “Shine Hallelujah Shine”
from: Ain’t No Part of Nothin’ / Short Round Stringband / July 19, 2019
[On April 24, 2019 WMM was the first to play the debut single from this new collection of songs writen by Bill Monroe performed by this new ensemble of veteran musicians. The debut album from the pan-Missouri band with a refreshing approach to old time music, Short Round Stringband is the coming together of two musical couples and a bassist with Kansas roots. The band members are Kelly Wells and Ryan Spearman (The Aching Hearts, St. Louis), Betse Ellis and Clarke Wyatt (Betse & Clarke, Kansas City), and Chris DeVictor (Konza Swamp and more). With deep connections to old-time, country and Ozark tunes and songs, Short Round Stringband takes you on a moving journey through the sounds and stories of the American experience.]

11:58 – Station ID

17. (15.) Black Belt Eagle Scout – “Scorpio Moon”
from: At the Party With My Brown Friends / Saddle Creek / August 23, 2019
[Released in September of 2018, Mother of My Children was the debut album from Black Belt Eagle Scout, the recording project of Katherine Paul. Heralded as a favorite new musician of 2018 by the likes of NPR Music, Stereogum, and Paste, the album was also named as a “Best Rock Album of 2018” by Pitchfork, and garnered further end-of-year praise from FADER, Under The Radar and more. // Arriving just a year after that debut record, At the Party With My Brown Friends is a brand new full-length recording from Black Belt Eagle Scout. Where that first record was a snapshot of loss and landscape and of KP’s standing as a radical indigenous queer feminist, this new chapter finds its power in love, desire and friendship. // At the Party With My Brown Friends is a profound and understated forward step. The squalling guitar anthems that shaped its predecessor are replaced by delicate vocals and soft keys, sentiments spoken and unspoken, presenting something shadowy and unsettling; a stirring of the waters. // The end result presents a captivating about-face that redefines KP’s beautifully singular artistic vision. At the Party With My Brown Friends is introduced in greater detail here via a new statement by the artist. // ARTIST’S STATEMENT: My name is Katherine Paul and I am Black Belt Eagle Scout. // I grew up on the Swinomish Indian Reservation in NW Washington state, learning to play piano, guitar and drums in my adolescent years. The very first form of music that I can remember experiencing was the sound of my dad singing native chants to coo me to sleep as a baby. I grew up around powwows and the songs my grandfather and grandmother sang with my family in their drum group. This is what shapes how I create music: with passion and from the heart. // After the release of Mother of My Children, I felt awake and desperately wanted to put new music out into the world. I had no real intent behind At the Party With My Brown Friends except creating songs around what was going on in my life. In the past few years, the reciprocal love I experienced within friendships is what has been keeping me going. A lot of what is in this album deals with love, desire and friendship. // The lead single, “At the Party,” starts off with a quintessential BBES guitar lick, heading into booming and abundant drums and vocals. The lines ‘How is it real? We will always sing’ came out of me one evening when I was crafting the song in my bedroom. Within my conscious self, there is always a sense of questioning the legitimacy of the world when you grow up on an Indian reservation. We are all at the party (the world), trying to navigate ourselves within a good or bad situation. I happen to be at the party with my brown friends- Indigenous, Black, POC who always have my back while we walk throughout this event called life. // I started writing “My Heart Dreams” the summer after I initially put out MOMC, writing the guitar chords in a friend’s apartment on Ohlone land. I had been in a transitional part of my life, leaving one love and wanting to find another so much so that I felt like my heart was dreaming about it along with my brain at night. I have an obsession with dreams, mainly because I cannot remember most of mine and often times that leaves me frustrated not knowing that part of myself. I would wake up and be overcome with anxiety about not knowing what had gone down in my brain so much so that I started feeling like my heart dreamt more than my mind, thus becoming the line, my heart dreams. // I wrote “Going To The Beach With Haley” one day when I was out on a coastal trip with my friend Haley Heynderickx. We loaded up her car with our blankets and instruments and drove straight to a beach where we sat and listened to the waves and young families with their babies on the beach. I had brought my mini casio keyboard that had an array of beats I used when writing songs. The beat that’s on the song just stuck there along with the main guitar part. Initially written on an old acoustic guitar my mom bought me, the song really transformed in the studio where I added drums and other melodies to create the song. // Throughout the course of my writing and playing around this record, most of these songs deal with relationships I have either with loved ones or friends. I think it low key has to do with my anthropology degree, but also the fact that writing and playing guitar in my bedroom just makes everything feel better for me. For the longest time, I wanted to convey my feelings around coming out to my family. It had been a good experience for me and while I know it is not always that way when kids decide to tell their family, I think that we can open our hearts more for that. I would watch youtube videos of moms being proud of their kids surrounding their sexuality and gender identity and I really wanted to raise my voice to say, ‘my family too!’ What started with trying to sound so literal in this song ended up turning into a song about how much I love my mom and how our connection is eternal. “You’re Me and I’m You” is about being one with your mother, since we all were a part of their bodies at one point. It’s me trying to explore who she is and who I am with my love for people.]

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

19. (13.) Samantha Fish – “Love Your Lies”
from: Kill or Be Kind / Rounder Records – Concord Music / September 20, 2019
[Samantha Fish, born January 30, 1989, is an American blues singer-songwriter and guitarist. Samantha Fish grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. Fish started out playing drums, but when she was 15 she switched to the guitar. Fish frequently went to the Knuckleheads Saloon to hear touring Blues artists. After turning 18, she often joined in with the singers and bands who were performing at Knuckleheads. In 2009, Fish recorded and produced Live Bait. The live album attracted the attention of a talent company, who recommended her to Ruf Records. Ruf Records put together a record with Fish and two other female blues artists, Cassie Taylor and Dani Wilde, titled Girls with Guitars. The three guitarists then toured on the Ruf Records 2011 Blues Caravan in the U.S. and Europe. Fish continued touring with the Samantha Fish Band, featuring “Go-Go Ray” Pollard on drums and Chris Alexander on bass, playing in Europe and the United States. In 2011, Fish recorded Runaway with the help of her mentor Mike Zito. The album won the 2012 Blues Music Award for Best New Artist. Fish appeared on Devon Allman’s 2013 album Turquoise in a duet covering the Tom Petty/Stevie Nicks’ song “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around”. During the summer of 2013, Fish was called up on stage to play with a skeptical Buddy Guy who was so impressed with her playing on the guitar, he declared with a beaming smile to his audience, “When this kind of shit happens, I’ll play all night!” In 2013, Fish released her second major studio album, Black Wind Howlin’, featuring Mike Zito on guitar, Yonrico Scott on drums, Johnny Sansome on harmonica, and Paul Thorn, vocal duet on one track. The album was recorded in Dockside Studios, in Maurice, Louisiana. Mike Zito’s bandmates from his group Royal Southern Brotherhood, Yonrico Scott and Charlie Wooton, were brought in to assist in the session recordings. Also in 2013, Fish appeared on The Healers Live at Knuckleheads Saloon, producing a CD/DVD collaboration with Jimmy Hall, Reese Wynans, Kate Moss, and Danielle and Kris Schnebelen (sister and brother, formerly of the band Trampled Under Foot). Proceeds benefit the Blue Star Connection. The Healers occasionally perform together as their schedule permits. Fish’s third studio album, Wild Heart was released on July 10, 2015. The new album is more roots rock than her earlier blues rock. Fish wrote five songs on the record. She co-wrote five other songs with Jim McCormick in Nashville, Tennessee. Luther Dickinson produced the album, as well as played various stringed instruments (guitar, bass, mandolin, lap steel) to flesh out the sound. The album was recorded in four studios, Royal Studios and Ardent Studios in Memphis, Tennessee, Zebra Ranch in Coldwater, Mississippi, and Blade Studios in Shreveport, Louisiana. Other musicians on the record are Brady Blade (drums), Lightnin’ Malcolm (guitar), Shardé Thomas (drums), Dominic Davis (bass), Shontelle Norman-Beatty (background vocals), and Risse Norman (background vocals). Fish released her fourth solo album, Chills & Fever on March 17, 2017. The album was recorded in Detroit and was recorded with members of the band The Detroit Cobras. Bobby Harlow produced the album. Belle of the West followed in December 2017. Fish released her sixth solo album, Kill or Be Kind, on September 20, 2019, on her new label, Rounder Records. In December Samantha Fish is on a Holiday Tour promoting her new Christmas Album.]

[Samantha Fish plays Knuckleheads Saloon, Sat., Dec. 28, at 8:30 with Jonathon Boogie Long]

20. (12.) Cate Le Bon – “Daylight Matters”
from: Reward / Mexican Summer / May 24, 2019
[From the upcoming 5th solo album from Cate Le Bon who was born Cate Timothy on March 4, 1983. She is a musician and producer. She sings in both English and Welsh. She has released four solo albums, three EPs and a number of singles. Le Bon has toured with artists such as St. Vincent, Perfume Genius and John Grant. In 2018, she joined John Cale on stage at The Barbican with the London Contemporary Orchestra. Le Bon was born in Penboyr, Carmarthenshire, Wales, and first gained public attention when she supported Gruff Rhys (of the Super Furry Animals) on his 2007 solo UK tour. She appeared as a guest vocalist on Neon Neon’s 2008 single “I Lust U” from their album Stainless Style. Under her original name she provided backing vocals on Richard James’s debut solo album The Seven Sleepers Den in 2006. She also appeared on his second solo album, We Went Riding, from 2010. Her first official release was a Welsh language EP, Edrych yn Llygaid Ceffyl Benthyg (“Looking in the Eyes of a Borrowed Horse”, similar to the English expression “to look a gift horse in the mouth”), on Peski Records in 2008. She also self-released the double A-side debut single “No One Can Drag Me Down” / “Disappear” (described by Gruff Rhys as “Bobbie Gentry and Nico fight over a Casio keyboard; melody wins!”) on her website. Le Bon worked alongside Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci’s Megan Childs, who contributed violin, and Super Furry Animals and Thrills collaborator John Thomas, who added pedal steel. Her debut album, Me Oh My was released in 2009, followed by Cyrk and the Cyrk II EP in 2012. In January 2013, Le Bon moved to L A to further her career in the US. Her third album, Mug Museum, was released November 2013. It was produced by Noah Georgeson and Josiah Steinbrick in Los Angeles, and featured Stephen Black (bass) & Huw Evans (guitar). She provided guest vocals on the track “Slow Train” from Kevin Morby’s debut album Harlem River. In 2015, Le Bon collaborated with Tim Presley as DRINKS and released the album Hermits on Holiday in August 2015. DRINKS released their second album Hippo Lite in April 2018. Le Bon released her fourth studio album, Crab Day, on April 15, 2016 on Drag City to generally favorable reviews. The album was produced by Josiah Steinbrick and Noah Georgeson, and again featured Stephen Black (bass) & Huw Evans (guitar), w/ Stella Mozgawa (drums). She noted how the collaboration with Presley had made her realise “that I make music because I love to, not because I have to”. On tour she was supported by Black and Evans and on occasion by Steinbrick and Josh Klinghoffer, a five-piece that also performs instrument improvisations under the name BANANA. In January 2017, Le Bon released the four-track EP Rock Pool via Drag City. It includes her version of the track “I Just Want to Be Good” featuring Perfume Genius, which she wrote for Sweet Baboo’s 2015 album The Boombox Ballads. In the same month Leaving Records released Live by BANANA, recorded live during the band’s 2016 tour and Le Bon remixed Eleanor Friedberger’s ‘Are We Good?’ In 2018, Le Bon signed with Brooklyn based record label Mexican Summer (Ariel Pink, Jessica Pratt, Connan Mockasin).]

21. (11.) Scott Hrabko & The Rabbits – “Sometimes”
from: Smash Hits From A Parallel Universe (EP) / Scott Hrabko / February 14, 2019
[Scott Hrabko on lead vocals, backing vocals, acoustic 6 and 12 string guitar, electric guitar, keyboards, & percussion; Jason Beers on bass guitar; Tim Higgins on drums, Marco Pascolini on junior electric guitar. Scott calls this release: 4 songs for the new age of anxiety. Scott Hrako & The Rabbits released “Summer” in 2017, and “Biscuits and Gravity” in 2015. Scott Hrabko’s 2013 critically acclaimed solo release, “Gone Places” was said to be 30 years in the making. Singer-songwriter Scott Hrabko has played with KC’s oldest garage band The Original Sinners, as well as various incarnations of the 1980s bands: The Splinters, and The Andersons. In the early 1990s Scott performed as a solo artist in coffee houses with Iris Dement and Howard Eisberg.]

22. (10.) The Creepy Jingles – “Atom & Evolution”
from: The Creepy Jingles EP / High Dive Records / May 3, 2019
[Debut EP Release from The Creepy Jingles: Jocelyn Olivia Nixon on lead vocals, rhythm guitar, & keyboards; Travis McKenzie on lead guitars, Nick Robertson on drums; and Adam York on bass. From High Dive Records website: “The brainchild of singer/ songwriter, Jocelyn Olivia Nixon acts to guide the listener thru a self-actualized Mono-myth of forging identity thru Bizarre arcane cosmic poetry coupled with the wordplay of a wry smile and eccentric wit. Drummer Nick Robertson charges the group forward with a fiery fueled obsidian backbeat. Adam York delivers pulsing bass lines that the compliment the songs and his partner in the rhythm section. Rounding out the band is Guitarist Travis McKenzie who generously spins a holographic spectrum of color that lift the catchy Brit pop melodies that effortlessly dance about the rapidly changing landscapes of New York Garage Rock and 60s/70s folk music. Beware The Creepy Jingles, their siren call is coming from inside the house.”]

[The Creepy Jingles play Davey’s Uptown Rambler’s Club, 3402 Main Street, KCMO, Friday, December 27 ay 9:00 PM with Killer City, The Black Mariah Theatre, and Vertical Striping.]

[The Creepy Jingles play miniBar, 3810 Broadway Rd, KCMO, Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 9:00 PM with Stary, Shady Bug (STL), and Momma’s Boy.]

23. (9.) Julia Othmer – “Frickin Awesome”
from: Sound / Frickin Awesome Records / April 12, 2019
[Julia Othmer’s second album took three years to complete and was produced with James Lundie, who married Julia in January of 2016, during the completion of the record. Julia Othmer, is a graduate of Park Hill High School and studied at Columbia University in New York City. She moved to Los Angeles in 2006 to record her first full-length album, “Oasis Motel.”]

[Julia Othmer presents Bobby Pinz & The Spray with Johnny Hamil on bass, Chris Tady on guitar, John Floyd Whitaker on drums. Sharing the evening with, Chad Meise Presents: Tribute to Hendrix, Thurs, Dec. 26, at 8:00 PM at Davey’s Uptown Rambler’s Club, 3402 Main St, KCMO.]

24. (8.) Hembree – “Continents”
from: House on Fire / OREAD Records / April 26, 2019
[KC based band was formed in November of 2015, with Isaac Flynn on guitar, & lead vocals, Garrett Childers on bass & vocals, Eric Davis on keys & synth, Alex Ward on guitar, and Austin Ward on drums. Hembree is signed to Thirty Tigers of Nashville, TN. The band was founded by original members Isaac Flynn, Garrett Childers, and Eric Davis. Brothers Alex and Austin Ward later joined in 2018. Hembree quickly garnered national attention after their single “Holy Water” was placed in an Apple commercial that aired during Super Bowl LII. The band’s music has been featured in a variety of other national placements, including Monday Night Football (NFL) and Bose. Hembree has notably supported Elvis Costello, Phoenix, Cold War Kids, Vance Joy, JR JR, and Joywave, among others. The band first toured Europe in Fall 2018. In 2018, Hembree signed with Thirty Tigers (The Avett Brothers, Lupe Fiasco) to release their first full-length album House on Fire, released 4/26/2019. In 2019, Hembree performed at Hangout Music Festival. They will also appear on the soundtrack of 13 Reasons Why: Season 3 with the song “Culture”. Hembree was named one of NPR’s Slingshot 2018 Artists to Watch. Rolling Stone named Hembree as one of the thirty best artists at SXSW 2018. “Had It All” debuted on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 on January 19, 2017. Lowe described the song as “absolutely fantastic.” “Holy Water” was featured in Apple’s HomePod “Distortion” TV spot, which ran during Super Bowl LII, the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, and the 2018 Winter Olympics.]

[Hembree plays The Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire St, Lawrence KS.,Tues, Dec 31, at 7:PM w/ Mess.]

11:27 – Underwriting

25. (7.) Mess – “Body Parts”
from: Learning How To Talk / Mess / March 29, 2019
[Debut full length album from Kansas City based band formed by: Allison Gliesman, Kevin Briody, Tanner Pinkerton & Evan Velasquez. Produced by Patrick Robinson, mixed by Braxton Matlock,and mastered by Troy Glessner (spectre). Mess previously released several singes and heartswithholes EP in 2017.]

[Mess plays The Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire St, Lawrence KS.,Tues, Dec 31, at 7:00 PM with Hembree.]

26. (6.) Kelly Hunt – “Sunshine Long Overdue”
from: Even The Sparrow / Rare Bird Records / May 17, 2019
[The daughter of an opera singer and a saxophonist, Kelly Hunt was raised in Memphis, TN, and grew up performing other people’s works through piano lessons, singing in choirs, and performing theater. “It was a very creative, artistic household,” says Hunt. During her teenage years, influenced by musical inspirations as diverse as Norah Jones, Rachmaninov, and John Denver, she began writing her own songs on the piano as a creative outlet. After being introduced to the banjo in college while studying French and visual arts, Hunt began to develop her own improvised style of playing, combining old-time picking styles with the percussive origins of the instrument. “I’m self-taught, I just started letting the songs dictate what needed to be there,” she says. “I heard a rhythm in a song that I wanted to execute, so I figured out how to do it on the drum head while still being able to articulate certain notes in one motion.” After college, Hunt followed a rambling path that took her through careers in acting, graphic design, traditional French bread making, and medicine, all the while making music as a private endeavor. “I wanted to get serious about a responsible career choice, but music kept bubbling up. I was writing a lot and playing a lot and started to not be satisfied just playing to my walls of my room.” After moving to Kansas City and discovering her mysterious Depression-era tenor banjo, Hunt began recording Even The Sparrow in Kansas City alongside collaborator Stas’ Heaney and engineer Kelly Werts. “It took almost two years to record,” she says, “learning how to let the songs dictate the production.” Having finally come to light, the album displays Hunt’s penchant for masterful storytelling and intriguing arrangement, as researched and complex as they are memorable, punctuated by her articulate melodies and a well-enunciated and creative command of lyrical delivery infused with deft emotional communication. While reminiscent of modern traditionalists such as Gillian Welch–a number of her songs even borrow titles and phrasing from traditional American music (“Back to Dixie,” “Gloryland”)–Even The Sparrow reveals an ineffable quality that hovers beyond the constraints of genre, à la Anais Mitchell and Patty Griffin. In “The Men of Blue & Grey,” what begins as a Reconstruction-era ballad about the repurposing of Civil War glass plate negatives in a greenhouse roof soon becomes a meditation on the hope that growth and life may one day be able to emerge from the ruins of suffering and haunting of violence. “Across The Great Divide” turns an otherwise traditional accounting of spurned love into a philosophical epic of the ethics of forgiveness and freedom, evoking the ideas of Søren Kierkegaard and Walt Whitman.]

[Kelly Hunt plays The Cosmic Country Ball presented by Lost Cowgirl Records, Saturday, February 15, 2020, at 8:00 PM at Voodoo Lounge, 1 riverboat Drive, KCMO, with Miki P and the Swallowtails, Elexa Dawson, Lily B. Moonflower, Unfit Wives, and Jenna Rae.]

27. (5.) Kevin Morby – “No Halo”
from: Oh My God / Dead Oceans / April 29, 2019
[5th release from Kevin Robert Morby born April 2, 1988. follow up to his 2017 release City Music. Kevin learned to play guitar when he was 10. In his teens he formed the band Creepy Aliens. 17-year-old Morby dropped out of Blue Valley Northwest High School, got his GED, and moved from his native Kansas City to Brooklyn in the mid-2000s, supporting himself by working bike delivery and café jobs. He later joined the noise-folk group Woods on bass. While living in Brooklyn, he became close friends and roommates with Cassie Ramone of the punk trio Vivian Girls, and the two formed a side project together called The Babies, who released albums in 2011 and 2012. He began a solo career in 2013 releasing his debut album Harlem River. His 2nd album Still Life was released in 2014. His album Singing Saw was in WMM’s The 116 Best Recordings of 2016. His album City Music was in WMM’s The 118 Best Recordings of 2018]

[Kevin Morby plays recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd, KCMO, Saturday, April 25, 2020 at 9 PM]

28. (4.) Calvin Arsenia – “Dying”
from: L.A. Sessions / Center Cut Records / September 20, 2019
[Produced by Tony Braunagel (he also delivers exquisite percussion on LA Sessions) with Paul Brown on guitar, Mike Finnigan on keyboards, Freddie Washington on bass, and David Garfield on piano. Between them, the five musicians have worked with some of music’s most iconic names, including Jimi Hendrix, George Benson, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Leonard Cohen, Bonnie Raitt, Chuck Loeb, Rickie Lee Jones, Buddy Guy, The Neville Brothers. “It was a thrill for me to work with such legendary players,” says Calvin. “Not only were they incredibly talented, but I got off a plane straight from Australia, hit the studio, and they were more than ready to get to that place where you honor the songs, leaving their egos at the door and honoring what the muses tell them. It was one of the best recording experiences I ever had.” Calvin’s production M.O. on previous recordings was to piece together songs “like pieces of a puzzle” and “layer them over several sessions.” Born in Orlando, Florida, Calvin’s creative journey really began when he moved to the KC suburb of Olathe, teaching himself the guitar, and eventually the harp. He learned his signature instrument at the age of 20 after he couldn’t find a harpist as determined as him to meld folk, rock, classical, rap and R&B into the irresistible fusion which has become his calling card in the Kansas City music scene and beyond. His passion for stretching the boundaries of musical expression saw him transform a trip to Edinburgh, Scotland’s Fringe Festival early in his career into a life-changing music mission, with an Edinburgh church offering him a role as musical liaison between the church and the city that would change his life. Two years and 300 shows later, Calvin returned to Kansas City reborn as a humanistic songwriter/performer whose impassioned and conceptual stage shows (regularly sold-out in Kansas City, currently catching fire on the West Coast with a diverse following across Europe), are collaborative, costumed-culture-bridging spectacles which In KC Magazine has hailed as ‘equal parts opera, symphony, musical theatre, rock show, all built around its creator: a charismatic 6-foot-6-inch harpist with a natural stage command and knack for gilding gold and painting lilies.’ Calvin’s 2018 national debut, Cantaloupe, September 15, 2018 on Center Cut Records, has been acclaimed for melding diverse textures into an alluring signature sound for the adventurous artist. On June 28, 2019 Calvin released Honeydew, an EP including a remix of three songs from Cantaloupe. On December 13, 2019 Calvin released his full length Christmas album “all is calm.”]

[Calvin Arsenia plays a New Years Eve show at Crossroads Hotel 2101 Central St., KCMO., Tuesday, December 31, at 9:00 PM with Quixotic, and DJ Marvin Gardens & DJ House of Dante.]

[Calvin Arsenia plays Olathe Indian Creek Library, 16100 W 135th Street, Olathe, KS, on Sunday, January 5, 2020 at 2:00 PM.]

[Calvin Arsenia opens for Krystle Warren & The Faculty LIVE at Rough Trade NYC, 64 N 9th St, New York, New York, Saturday, Jan 10, 2020 at 8:00 PM.]

29. (3.) Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear – “Started With a Family”
from: Started With a Family / Starts With Music, LLC / September 6. 2019
[Produced with Grammy-winner Nathan Chapman at iconic Blackbird Studios in Nashville. Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear have garnered international acclaim, and new fans from all over the world. They signed with Glassnote Records and recorded their debut full length album in Nashville with acclaimed producer Jim Abiss. They performed their debut single “Silent Movies” on The Late Show with David Letterman, they’ve toured across the United States, and Europe, more than once. They were featured on CBS Sunday Morning, NBC’s The Today Show, and “Later With Jools Holland and played Bonnaroo, Pilgramage, and the Newport Folk Festival, and the Ryman Theatre, in Nashville. Ruth Ward has continually performed throughout her life, mostly in coffee shops and open mics, for over 30 years, even recording a solo record. In the midst of this she got married and became a mom, and was busy raising a family. Madisen Ward was born in Oklahoma, and grew up in the outskirts of Kansas City, Missouri. He graduated from William Chrisman High School in 2007. Madisen’s journey to become a musician, was “melodically passed down” through the songs of his mother, where Madisen grew up watching his mom perform at local coffee shops. Eventually he began to learn to play the guitar, and poured his talent for writing into the music to create original songs. They began playing Madisen’s original songs along with the occassional cover of a classic track, reinterpreted in their own incredibly beautiful performance of two voices and two guitars in harmony and orchestration. Their debut album, The Skeleton Crew, was released May 9, 2015 and was our most played record that year and was #1 on WMM’s The 115 Best Recordings of 2015. The band’s follow up EP – Radio Winners, was released July 27, 2018 and received critical acclaim.] [Madisen Ward and The Mama Bear played Crossroads Music Fest, Sat., Sept 7,, Crossroads KC, with Shy Boys, Split Lip Rayfield, The Freedom Affair.]

30. (2.) The Black Creatures – “D’umm”
from: “Wild Echoes / The Black Creatures / September 30, 2019
[Darkpop hip-hop musical pulling elements from sci-fi to tell an inter-dimensional story. Xavier Martin and Jade Green have made an impression of the KC music community with their videos and songs, live shows in clubs, art galleries, record stores, area music festivals and shows in surrounding areas. They’ve released an EP, an album, several singles.]

[The Black Creatures play The Brick, 1727 McGee St, KCMO, Saturday, December 28, at 9:00 PM, with Schwervon!, and Casey Guest.]

[The Black Creatures play Three Headed Thursday at Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS. on Thursday, January 2, 2020 at 9:00 PM, with Bad Alaskan, and Collidescope.]

[The Black Creatures play Hadiza’s Shadow Weight Release Ritual at miniBar, 3810 Broadway, KCMO on Saturday, January 25, at 9:00 PM with Hadiza., Babydoll, and Les Izmore and the Gods.]

31. (1.) Making Movies – “Delilah (ft. Rubén Blades)”
from: ameri’kana / 3/2 Recordings / May 24, 2019
[Produced by Steve Berlin and Ben Yonas. 3rd full length release from KC based 4-piece band and made up of two sets of brothers: Enrique Chi on guitar and lead vocals; Diego Chi on bass & vocals; Juan-Carlos Chaurand on percussion & keyboards; and Andres Chaurand on drums. The band draws their influences from the origins of their families: Santiago, Panama, and Kansas City, Missouri, and Guadalajara, Mexico. The notes for this album read: “ameri’kana is a canary in a coal mine, the watchman at the tower. It is a desire to remember where we come from and assure that we better ourselves in every step along our journey. Every chapter is an example, a reason to not be silent and not accept corrupt leaders as something inevitable. ameri’kana is based on faith, faith that every person on this continent carries within themselves the ability to grow, to awaken their consciousness and merits the the same rights. We were accomplices to get ourselves to this point so we will have to be accomplices in the solutions.” This was their follow up released to their critically acclaimed I Am Another You, released May 26, 2017. The quartet has toured with Arcade Fire, Thievery Corporation, Cold War Kids, Los Lobos, Ozomatli, Tennis, Sergio Mendoza of Calexico, Rodrigo y Gabriela, and Hurray for the Riff Raff.]

[Making Movies presents a PuNky Draggy New Year’s Eve PartY, Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at 9:00 PM at The Truman, 601 E. Truman Road, KCMO, performing The Clash album “Combat Rock” in it’s entirety, with special guests: Radkey, Yes You Are, The Freedom Affair, Una Walkenhorst, Brandon Phillips, Victor & Penny, Khrystal., The Royal Chief, Wick & The Tricks, DJ Thundercutz, Mireya Ramos of Flor De Toloache and Drag Queens and Kings: Jaharia Von Du, Moltyn Decadence, Dick Von Dyke, and KC Sunshine]

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

Next week on January 1, 2020, we bring in the new year celebrating the Birthday of Iris DeMent, born January 5, 1961, in rural Paragould, Arkansas. She was the youngest of 14 children. With special permission from the artist, we’ll feature music from all six of Iris DeMent’s full length recordings, plus her collaborative studio work with: Greg Brown, John Prine, Nancy Griffith, Emmylou Harris, Tom Russell, Steve Earle, and Kansas City’s own, Gary Kirkland. We’ll also feature music from Iris DeMent’s inspirations: Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, Joni Mitchell, Merle Haggard and Bob Dylan.

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Red Kate + Wells The Traveler + Sinple

1. 40 Watt Dreams – “40 Watt Dreams”
rom: 40 Watt Dreams / Independent / December 3, 2012
[Katie West (one half of the musical duo, Truckstop Honeymoon) fronts 40 Watt Dreams, a 5 piece band based in Lawrence, Kansas. Also release as Katie Euliss.]

[40 Watt Dreams will open for Wells the Traveler for the CD Release Show of their debut album, “One for the Dreamers” at The Brick, Friday, Aug 23.]

2. Ghosty – “Love U 2”
rom: “Love 2 U” – Single / Hi Dive Records / July 15, 2013
[Recorded June 2013 at Westend Studios, in Kansas City, Kansas. Released July 15, 2013. mike nolte – bass, engineering, mastering; andrew connor – guitar, keys, vocals; bill belzer – drums, percussion. In anticipation of the re-release of their third album “Ghosty” available ontheir new label, KC based Hi Dive Records, the band recorded a new song. Prior to embarking on a short eastern tour July. More info at ghostysounds.com.]

3. Wells The Traveler – “Oh My Love”
from: One For The Dreamers / Independent / August 23, 2013

10:15 – Interview with Danny McGaw, Jason Jones & Dan Hines of Wells the Traveler

Manchester, England born Danny McGaw released one of our favorite recordings of 2012 with his album “Eccles Road.” Since that recording he has been playing with drummer Jason Jones and bassist Dan Hines (of the famed Lawrence band Paw), Chad Brothers on guitar, and musician, producer, and member of the famed duo Truckstop Honeymoon, Mike West, who was initially brought in to produce the group’s debut recording, and ended up becoming the fifth member of the band. The result is: Wells the Traveler, and a debut recording called “One for the Dreamers” to be released in a CD Release Show at The Brick, Friday, August 23, with 40 Watt Dreams. More information at: wellsthetraveler.com

Danny McGaw, was a pro-soccer player, turned street singer, who played the sidewalks of Santa Monica, before landing in Kansas City. Danny’s adventurous spirit was a good match for Mike West. Danny talked about how he met Mike West and they agreed to do this project. It was the muddy campground of the Walnut Valley Bluegrass festival, where Danny met Mike West.

Jason Jones talked about how he came to be in the band with Dan Hines on bass & Chad Brothers on guitar.

Mike West, is a veteran banjo player, respected producer, one half of Trucktop Honeymoon with his wife Katie, who we played at the start of the show with 40 Watt Dreams. We’ve recently featured Mike’s work as producer on the Betse Ellis release, “High Moon Order” and his collaborations with other musicians including Kasey Rausch. Mike West lived in Manchester England in the 1980s, touring with indie rock bands of that time.

Danny Mcgaw talked about the name Wells The Traveler, and how Wells was a lost family name that his father wanted to give him as a middle name.

“One for the Dreamers” was recorded at the 9th Ward Pickin’ Parlor in Lawrence. The chemistry between the musicians in the studio was extraordinary. Dynamic arrangements combined with expressive vocal performances to produce an album full of subtlety, power and raw feeling. “After 3 days of recording, we realized we had experienced something exceptional ,” says Danny McGaw, “It was like a meditation, like a kind of church.”

The music of Wells the Traveler ranges from anthemic to bare and intimate, from garage rock to folk, searing electric guitars to mandolin and banjo. It is a rare meeting of British rock and American acoustic traditions in finely crafted songs, sung with honesty and heart.

Wells the Traveler debut “One for the Dreamers” will be released in a CD Release Show at The Brick, Fri, Aug 23, w/ 40 Watt Dreams. More info at: wellsthetraveler.com

4. Wells The Traveler – “Stand Up Straight”
from: One For The Dreamers / Independent / August 23, 2013


5. Sinple – “Wallpaper”
from: Wallpaper – Single / http://www.sinple.bandcamp.com / April 23, 2013

10:38 – Underwriting

10:39 – Interview / Performance with Sinple

Experimental electronic musical artist, Jesse Bartmess who pefoms under the moniker, Sinple joined us to talk about his recent recordings and to play LIVE in our 90.1 FM Studios.

Jesse talked about how he started making experimental, electronic music.

“Wallpaper” was released in late April, and followed up with “June Demos” a 10 track release that came out in mid june, followed by the EP “Dust.” Jesse and mark talked about how creating music electronically and making the music available digitally seems to allow for a more accelerated production of music.

People think of electronic music as a product of the studio, but Jesse talked about performing live, and described the experience as Bliss.

Jesse Bartmess went to school at Shawnee Mission North, and is a big fan of music and a supporter of the local scene.


6. Sinple – “a new, original, as yet untitled song” (LIVE)

You can hear all of sinple’s music at http://www.sinple.bandcamp.com


6. Summer Osborne – “I Love Your Shine”
from: As I Am / Summer Osborne / June 30, 2013
[St. Louis based singer songwriter Summer Osborne has been performing on stage since the age of four. She has been performing her original music since 2005, releasing 8 full-length albums and an EP. Since 2009, Summer has been constantly on tour playing Pridefests in St. Louis, Vancouver, Columbia, Memphis, Springfield, Lexington, Belleville.]

11:00 – Station ID

7. The Dead Girls – “Never Erased”
from: Fade In/Fade Out / Independent / 2013
[The Dead Girls (formerly Dead Girls Ruin Everything) were formed in 2004 from the Lawrence and KC power-pop bands: Ultimate Fakebook and Podstar. Guitarists / singers JoJo Longbottom & Cameron Hawk, of Podstar, combine their twin-guitar engines and vocal harmonies with the powerful rhythmic punches of drummer Eric Melin & bassist Nick Colby, of Ultimate Fakebook. Produced by Chris Cosgrove who produced their 2010 album “Out Of Earshot.”]

[The Dead Girls play The Arts and Crafts Festival at Screenland Armour, Sat. August 24. More info at: http://www.artsandcraftskc.com]

8. Man Bear – “Out of the Cool (Alternative Mix)”
from: You Know (Alternate) b/w Out of the Cool (Alternate) / Independent / April 20, 2013
[Alternate mixes of two tracks off the Infinity Cat EP. The drums no longer sound like they were recorded in a tin can. The band’s EP Infinity Cat was recorded September-December 2012 in Keith and Alex’s basements, and released December 11, 2012. Aaron – Bass, Alex- Vocals, Guitars, Electronics, Keith- Drums.]

[Man Bear play The Arts and Crafts Festival at Screenland Armour, Fri. August 24. More info at: http://www.artsandcraftskc.com]

11:08 – Underwriting


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

[The Quivers open for Red Kate at Davey’s Uptown, Fri, Aug 23, w/ Steady States, The Bad Ideas. Terra Peal & Todd Grantham of The Quivers join Red Kate on stage, as they did on the recording.]

10. Red Kate – “Union Voice (Radio Edit)”
from: When the troubles come (Vinyl) / Replay Records USA / August 23, 2013
[In the review of the debut EP, The Pitch wrote, “Bassist and lead vocalist L. Ron Drunkard, (aka Shaun Saving) is a socialist activist by day, bellows like an Appalachian Roger Daltrey.” Andrew Whelan – Drums/Vocals, Brad Huhmann – Guitar]

[Red Kate plays a CD Release Show at Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club, Friday, August 23, with The Quivers, Steady States, and The Bad Ideas. Terra Peal and Todd Grantham of The Quivers join Red Kate on stage, as they did on the recording.]

11:16 – Interview with L. Ron Drunkard & Desmond Poirier of Red Kate

The Kansas City based Punk Rock band Red Kate is a 4-piece group that has been rocking venues since 2007. “When the Troubles Come” is the band’s first full-length album and first on Lawrence, KS based Replay Records. Red Kate plays a CD Release Show at Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club, Friday, August 23, with The Quivers, Steady States, and The Bad Ideas. joining us in the studio are the band’s bass player, and lead guitarist

In the review of Red Kate’s 3-song EP, from a few years back, The Pitch wrote, “Bassist and lead vocalist L. Ron Drunkard, is a socialist activist by day, bellows like an Appalachian Roger Daltrey.”

“Union Voice” is the first track on “When the troubles come.” Mark talked about how in the past year Wednesday MidDay Medley has featured KC based punk bands: The Bad ideas, and members of the bands, Hip Shot Killer, and Smash The State, and surveyed music from the Center of The City Festival. mark and Shawn talked about how the genre of punk music in KC is not afraid to get political, and deal lyrically and musically with the problems of the day including unemployment, war, gay rights.

The new Red Kate LP contains eleven honest, high-energy punk rock and roll numbers handcrafted in hi-fidelity sound to carry you through the work week and into the weekend.

“When the Troubles Come”was Engineered by Duane Trower at Weights and Measures Soundlab in Kansas City.

The band made every attempt to capture the raw power and grit of their live show while adding an extra spark with guest performances from two members of Kansas City R&B garage rockers, The Quivers – organist and pianist Todd Grantham & vocalist Terra Peal.


11. Red Kate – “Pink Sweater”
From: When the troubles come (Vinyl) / Replay Records USA / August 23, 2013


“When the Troubles Come”was Pressed on red vinyl with cover art by midwestern muralist and populist agitator, Dave Loewenstein, and hand printed locally by La Cucaracha Press, When the Troubles Come blurs the line between a fine piece of art and a rock and roll record.

Red Kate has two upcoming shows:

Friday, August 23rd at Davey’s Uptown w/ The Quivers, The bad Ideas, and Steady States (Terra & Todd will be joining Red Kate)

Saturday, Sept 14, Black Label Cycles, w/ The Big Iron, The Uncouth and The Bad Ideas ALL AGES!!!

When the Troubles Come is available at record stores throughout Kansas City and Lawrence, and online at replayrecordsusa.com and redkate.bandcamp.com.

Distributed by Revolver / Midheaven.

Formed out of the remnants of such regional and national acts as Truck Stop Love, Wayback Machine, Squadcar, and the River City Revelator’s, Red Kate’s experience has helped them persevere in an industry that can love you one minute and spit you out the next.

Sonically, the band tips a cap to the beer soaked barroom floors of the short lived early 70’s British Pub-Rock scene and the modern blues-punk sounds that have since taken root in the Midwest’s dive bars and basements. Hard working both on and off the stage, the band’s locale has lent its perspective in sound, lyric, and work ethic. Straight off the factory line, Red Kate hearkens back to a time when musicians played hard, stayed up late, and carried a union card.


12. Red Kate – “Your Favorite Song”
from: When the troubles come (Vinyl) / Replay Records USA / August 23, 2013

[Red Kate plays a CD Release Show at Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club, Friday, August 23, with The Quivers, Steady States, and The Bad Ideas. Terra Peal and Todd Grantham of The Quivers join Red Kate on stage, as they did on the recording.]


We gave away 2 pairs of tickets for The New Century Follies: “Ballyhoo Hulabaloo!” The big event is Saturday, August 24, at 7:30pm at The Folly Theatre. More info at: http://www.thenewcenturyfollies.com

13. Clairaudients – “Broken Mend”
from: I’m a Loudmouth, You’re a Puppet / Independent / June 29, 2013
[Music and Lyrics by Clairaudients: Eric Fain – Graphite Neck Electric Bass, Backup Vocals; Brandon Gardner – Electric Guitars; Blaire Geenens – Drumset; Chase Horseman – Grand piano, Backup Vocals, Bigsby Strums; Patrick Robinson – Lead Vocals, Electric Rhythm Guitar; Jordan Thompson – Lead Vocals, Electric Slide Guitar, Backup Vocals. Recorded from January to June, 2013 with Jeff Pickman at Massive Sound Studios. Produced by Jeff Pickman and Clairaudients]

[Ink Magazine Local Music Summer Showcase presents Clairaudients live for a pre game show at Kauffman Stadium on Today, Wednesday August 21st. The band plays at 6:00pm, The Royals vs. White Sox game starts at 7:00pm.]

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

[The Dead Voices Trio plays with Elaine McMilian in a show Friday, August 23, at CODA]

15. Mikal Shapiro – “For Good”
from: For Good / Independent / 2010
[Featuring David Regnier of The After Party and Dead Voices singing & playing guitar w/ Mikal.]

[Mikal Shapiro plays Davey’s Uptown, Sat, Aug. 24 with Heart’s Anne McCue with Amy Farrand.]


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

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

Wednesday MidDay Medley in on the web:

Show #487

WMM Playlist from: April 17, 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, April 17, 2013

Dead Voices + Ben Grimes of Soft Reeds +
and 90.1 FM’s Band Auction with…
Two Headed Cow + The Depth and The Whisper + Dollar Fox

1. Soft Reeds -“Funny Patterns”
from: Blank City / The Record Machine / April 26, 2013

2. Dead Voices – “Dream Notes”
from: Dead Voices [EP] / Independent / April 20, 2013

10:09 – Interview with David Regnier, Jason Beers, and Matt Richey of Dead Voices + Ben Grimes of Soft Reeds

The Kansas City Super-Group, Dead Voices were formed in September of 2010. The band includes: David Regnier, Jason Beers, Matt Richey, Michael Stover, Marco Pascolini, and sometimes Lauren Krum who sings with David on “Pardoning” from the new EP. The band is releasing their six-song debut EP with a special live performance, this Saturday, April 20, at 10:00 at the recordBar, 1020 Westport Rd. with Austerity Measures, and The Ants. More info at: facebook.com/deadvoices

David Regnier was part of critically acclaimed band The Afterparty, that released three full-length recordings. He formed Dead Voices with Jason Beers of The Brannock Device, and Mike Stover and Matt Richey of The Grisly Hand, and Marco Pascolini who plays in The Brannock Device with Jason, and is founder of Mr. Marcos V7 and band that also includes Mike Stover. Also joining the band on a semi regular basis is Lauren Krum who aside from her work as lead vocalist with The Grisly Hand, also sings with David as the duo Ruddy Swain.

Ben Grimes leads the band, Soft Reeds, releasing their new full-length recording, “Blank City” from The Record Machine. Soft Reeds play a Kansas City Album Release Party, Friday, April 26, at the Riot Room, 4048 Broadway, with Be/Non, and Rev Gusto. More info at: softreeds.com

“Blank City” is the follow up to the Soft Reeds 2010 debut full-length release “Soft Reeds Are Bastards.”

Ben is originally from Chicago. Many of us came to know hismusic through the Astralwerks Records signed band, Golden Republic. Ben talked about seeing the music industry from so many perspectives.

Mark also talked with Ben about his love for, Bowie, Eno, music of the “Berlin Trilogy. “ Ben promised to come back on a future show as aguest producer and play the music that has inspired him.

Soft Reeds new album “Blank City” is being released this week and Soft Reeds play a Kansas City Album Release Party, Friday, April 26, at the Riot Room, 4048 Broadway, with Be/Non, and Rev Gusto. More info at: softreeds.com

Dead Voices is releasing their six-song debut EP with a special live performance, this Saturday, April 20, at 10:00 at the recordBar, 1020 Westport Rd. with Austerity Measures, and The Ants. More info at: facebook.com/deadvoices

Matt Richey and Mike Stover play with The Grisly Hand, who also have a new record, coming out this month.


3. The Grisly Hand – “Phineas Gage”
from: Country Singles / Independent / 2010

10:31 – Underwriting

10:32 – Two Headed Cow

Two Headed Cow is: Bj McArthur, Tod Davis, Ike Goletz on bass and Matt Waddell on drums.

4. Two Headed Cow –”Flower Girls”
from: Zen Again / Saunders Street Records / March 22, 2013

“Zen Again” was recorded with Saunders StreetRecords.

Two Headed Cow will be playing LIVE at It’s Beautiful Day on 4/20.


5. Two Headed Cow – “A Little Bit Closer”
from: Zen Again / Saunders Street Records / March 22, 2013


6. Two Headed Cow – “Signs and Wonders”
from: Zen Again /Saunders Street Records / March 22, 2013

For more information you can visit:myspace.com/twoheadedcowmusic or facebook.com/TwoHeadedCowRevernation.com/TwoHeadedCow


7. Two Headed Cow – “Tao Jones”
from: Zen Again / Saunders Street Records / March 22, 2013

11:00 – The Depth and The Whisper

8. 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 VanHorn on lead guitar, Go Go Ray on Drums, John Velghe on keyboards and backing vocals and Elaine McMilian on backing vocals.]


A KC 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 many bands through the years and 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.

Dave Tanner & Albert Bickley, and drummer Kelsey Cook joined us live in the studio.

In 2011 The Depth and The Whisper 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.

The song “Be Together” was used in a short film produced by people at Hallmark


9. The Depth and TheWhisper – “Waiting for the World To End” (LIVE)

Albert Bickley plays CODA, Thursday, April 25, with Laura Lisbeth.

The Depth and The Whisper play Flywheel Coffee House in KCK, Fri, April 26.

The Depth and The Whisper play recordBar, Fri, June 28, with Adam Marsden.

10. The Depth and The Whisper – “Too Late To Be Your Fool” (LIVE)
also available on: One Steady Breath / Independent / June28, 2011

The band is currently working on songs for a new recordingto follow “One Steady Breath.”

Albert talked about playing in NYC.


11. The Depth and TheWhisper – “Highway”
from: Demo / Independent / 2012

11:29 – Underwriting

11:30 – Dollar Fox (Interview with Justin Penney)

12. Dollar Fox –“Letter”
from: Little Mother’s Things I Am Keeping / Money Wolf Music / Oct. 27, 2012
[Recorded by Patrick Meager at Fuzz Bomb. Produced by Megerand Dollar Fox. Mastered by Duane Trower at Weights & Measures Soundlab. 7th release from Money Wolf Music. Dollar Fox: Tommy Donoho, Justin Penney, Nick Dothage, Ethan Taylor, Ryan Watkins.]

Tommy Donoho, Justin Penney, Ryan Watkins, Nick Dothage, and Ethan Taylor,
are Dollar Fox.

The band plays accordions, banjo, bass, drums, guitars, mandolin, piano, upright bass and vocals. You all have been very busy since releasing Little Mother’s Things I am Keeping. The HomeGuard Festival, Middle of The Map Festival, Money Wolf Music.


13. Dollar Fox – I Don’t Remember Names”
from: Little Mother’s Things I Am Keeping / Money Wolf Music / Oct. 27, 2012
[Recorded by Patrick Meager at Fuzz Bomb. Produced by Meger and Dollar Fox. Mastered by Duane Trower at Weights & Measures Soundlab. 7th release from Money Wolf Music. Dollar Fox: Tommy Donoho, Justin Penney, Nick Dothage, Ethan Taylor, Ryan Watkins.]

Dollar Fox play Knuckleheads on May 24th at with The Rumblejetts and The Deadstring Brothers. The band plays O’Malley’s in Weston on July 14th and 15th.

Money Wolf Music is currently working on the next Rumblejetts album.

Money Wolf Music is re-printing the sampler handed out at Middle of the Map Fest.


14. Dollar Fox – “Whiskey Tonight”
from: Whiskey Tonight / Independent / 2011


15. Dollar Fox – “Hollow As A Ghost”
from: Little Mother’s Things I Am Keeping / Money Wolf Music / Oct. 27, 2012
[Recorded by Patrick Meager at Fuzz Bomb. Produced by Meger and Dollar Fox. Mastered by Duane Trower at Weights & Measures Soundlab. 7th release from Money Wolf Music. Dollar Fox: Tommy Donoho, Justin Penney, Nick Dothage, Ethan Taylor, Ryan Watkins.]


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

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

Wednesday MidDay Medley in on the web:

Show #469

WMM Playlist from April 11, 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, April 11, 2012

New & Local Releases + Char Daniels of LIKE ME Lighthouse
+ Nathan Reusch, Jerad Tomasino, Ross Brown, & Coleen Voeks

1. Vacationer – “Trip”
from: Gone / Downtown Records / March 20, 2012
[A side project of Body Language, a Brooklyn synth pop outfit known for their EP, Social Studies. Vacationer plays The Midland, April 17, with The Naked and The Famous, and Now, Now.]

2. Ruddy Swain – “There Goes My Love”
from: Ruddy Swain [EP] / Independent / November 13, 2011
[Ruddy Swain is David Regnier of Dead Voices and Lauren Krum of The Grisly Hand. Ruddy Swain plays The Riot Room Tomorrow, April 12, with Mountain Sprout, and Deen-O & The Eskimo Bros.]

3. Dead Voices – “Dream Notes”
from: Studio Cut / Independent / 2010
[written by Dave Regnier of The Afterparty, who w/ Jason Beers of The Brannock Device, Mike Stover of Mr. Marco’s V7’s and Matt Richey of The Columns make up Dead Voices, who also sometimes include: Lauren Krum and Marco Pascolini. Dead Voices will play Davey’s Uptown Rambler’s Club, this Friday, April 13 w/ The Blessed Broke and The Sawyers.]


We gave away 2 tickets to Byrd Production’s 13th Annual Laid Back Fund Raiser, this Sat, April 14, 7:00pm at Just Off Broadway Theatre, w/ Boulevard Beer, Moxie Catering, Brody’s Bakery, performances from Last Free Exit, Jay Cady, Rod Sipe & Matt Gurley, Patricia Rusconi, The Flock, Victor Dougherty, Poets: Jason Ryberg, Iris Appelquist & William Peck, Burlesque from: Goldie Goldstein as LuLu Xanadu, Yvette D’Sin, Kinsey Scale, Ruby Sunset & Cher D Blame. More info: byrdproductions.org

4. Appropriate Grammar – “Lady in Love”
from: Lies and Stories [EP] / Independent / Spring 2012
[Appropriate Grammar includes: Nick McKenna – Guitar/Vocals, Alex Dunsford – Lead Guitar, Claire Adams – Bass/Vocals, and Steve Gardels – Drums. Appropriate Grammar play the recordBar TONIGHT with Goldenboy and Martin Bush.]

5. Bobby Womack – “Please Forgive My Heart”
from: The Bravest Man in The Universe / XL Records / Summer, 2012
[First album of new material in over 13 years. Late last month, the 68-year-old Bobby Womack was released from the hospital following a successful recovery from pneumonia. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee has also been battling cancer is scheduled to undergo surgery later this year and looks forward to touring in support of his upcoming album.]

6. Chely Wright – “Like Me”
from: Lifted Off The Ground / Vangaurd – EMI Records / May 4, 2010
[Produced by Rodney Crowell. Chely Wright’s 7th album was released the same day Random House published her groundbreaking autobiography, Like Me. On the strength of her debut album in 1994, the Academy of Country Music named her Top New Female Vocalist in 1995. Her first Top 40 country hit came in 1997 with “Shut Up and Drive.” Two years later, her 4th album yielded her first #1 single, the title track, “Single White Female”. She has had more than 15 singles on the country charts, and has sold over 1,000,000 copies in the United States. In May 2010, Chely Wright became the first major country music performer to publicly come out as gay. She cited among her reasons for “coming out” a concern with bullying and hate crimes toward gays, particularly gay teenagers, and the damage to her life caused by “lying and hiding”.]

10:30 – Interview with Char Daniels

Char Daniels is Director of Operations for LIKEME Lighthouse, 3909 Main Street, Kansas City, MO, a project of the LIKEME Organization, a not-for-profit, 501 – C (3) charity founded by musician Chely Wright. The organization chose to open an LGBT Community Center in KC to provide a safe and welcoming place for the area LGBT community to meet and work together to promote equality. More info at: likemelighthouse.org.

Char Daniels talked about Chely Wright’s song “Like Me” from her album “Lifted Off The Ground.”

Char talked about how she became involved in working with LikeMe Lighthouse.

Chely Wright grew up in the Kansas City area.

The LikeMe Lighthouse is located in the same building at 90.1 FM and provides a safe and welcoming space where LGBT individuals and their families, as well as straight allies, can come for education, resources and to build a cohesive LGBT community in the Midwest. The Lighthouse will provide educational and social events to bring all individuals into the Lighthouse, as well as an outreach program to make the Midwest aware of the needs of the LGBT community. The LIKEME Lighthouse will serve as a voice for the LGBT community in the Midwest.

Hours: Monday – Saturday 11AM to 7PM, Sunday Noon to 6PM

The LiKE ME Lighthouse lobby.

Lighthouse comes fully equipped with resources, staff, counselors and a sense of community and safety. Within the Lighthouse, the Community Center provides resources on such topics as the coming out process, gender identity, bullying and other issues the LGBT community faces.

Char and Mark discussed the Grand Opening Weekend of the LikeMe Lighthouse that included sold out events featuring a documentary premiere and a concert featuring Kristie Stremel, Jennifer Knapp, Tracy Ryerson, Stamie Karakasidis, Hal Sparks, Chely Wright, Alan Cumming, Jeff Parshley, Adam Bouska and Thomas Roberts who all came to Kansas City to support the LIKEME Lighthouse.

Char discussed the facilities of The LikeMe Lighthouse that include a Gallery, Library, a Cyber Center, Meeting rooms, a Welcome Center, with more to come.

Already several groups are now using the LikeMe Lighthouse for their Events details

March 24, 2012 – 10:00AM – Cardio 101
March 25, 2012 -2:00PM – VOLUNTEER TRAINING
March 25, 2012 – 4:00PM – GLSEN of Greater Kansas City Chapter Meeting
March 28, 2012 – 6:30PM – Hear Me Out Toastmasters Meeting

LikeMe offers scholarships for area LGBT graduating seniors, who are heading off to college this fall. Applications are due May 31.

LikeMe Lighthouse is currently training new volunteers.

LIKEME Lighthouse, is located at 3909 Main Street, Kansas City, MO, a project of the LIKEME Organization, a not-for-profit, 501 – C (3) charity founded by musician Chely Wright.

Open Monday – Saturday: 11:00am to 7:00pm, Sunday: 12:00pm to 6:00pm.

Phone:(855) RULIKEME

More info at: likemelighthouse.org.

10:44 – Underwriting


7. Kasey Rausch – “Grassroots”
from: Born Near The Waters… / Rausch House / 2004
[Kasey Rausch can be seen in the short film: “Two Sisters” Directed by Anthony Ladesich, that is playing today at 4:30pm, at the AMC Main Street 6 downtown, as part of The Kansas City FilmFest. ]

[Kasey Rausch will play a solo set first, and then will pick up the doghouse bass and join Buttermilk Boys at RecordBar, Tuesday, April 17, 7:00pm to 9:00pm. in an All ages show.]

[Kasey Rausch, The Grisly Hand, AJ Finney, Grand Marquis, Expo ’70, and Troglodyte all perform at Earwaxx Records and More, 6410 N Oak, Saturday, April 21, 11:00am to 9:00pm for Earwaxx Records Record Store Day Celebration.]

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

[Ghosty celebrates the release of their 3rd full-length album (their 1st to be released on vinyl !!) w/ an instore performance at Vinyl Renaissance, 1415 West 39th Street, this Saturday April 14, at 3:00 PM.]

[Ghosty plays the recordBar, Sat, April 21, in a special album release show with Minden and ACBs]

9. Adam Lee & the Dead Horse Sound Company – “When The Spirit Moves Me”
from: When The Spirits Move Me / Independent / November 16, 2010
[Adam Lee & the Dead Horse Sound Co. play Davey’s Uptown tonight, w/ Mercer & Johnson, and JP Harris & the Tough Choices.]

10. Leon Russell – “Give Peace a Chance”
from: Leon Russell / The Right Stuff / Reissued 1995 (Originally released May 1970)
[Leon Russell plays KC this Friday, April 13, at 8:00 pm, at Knuckleheads, 2715 Rochester KCMO]

11:00 – Interview with Nathan Reusch, Jerad Tomasino & Ross Brown, & Coleen Shaw-Voeks

The 5th annual Record Store Day will take place on Sat, April 21. Record Store Day is an internationally celebrated day observed the 3rd Saturday of April each year. Its purpose is to celebrate the art of music. The day brings together fans, artists, and nearly 1000 independently owned record stores in the United States, along with hundreds of independent record stores across the world.

Joining us to talk about Record Store day are : Nathan Reusch of The Record Machine, Jerad Tomasino & Ross Brown of Golden Sound Records, & Coleen Shaw-Voeks of Vinyl Renaissance. We’ll play new music from: Akkilles, La Guerre, The Empty Spaces, Spirit Is The Spirit, Fullbloods, Millions of Boys, Baseball Project, The Sexy Accident, and Kimbra.

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

Record Store Day was created for places just like Vinyl Renaissance.

Coleen brought in new music that will be released for Record Store Day.


11. Kimbra – “Settle Down”
from: Settle Down [EP] / Warner Bros. / Spring 2012
[From New Zealand, Kimbra will be joining Gotye on stage during his Saturday Night Live performance of “Somebody That I Used To Know” on April 14!]


Ross Brown & Jerad Tomasino are two of the founders (w/ Mat Shoare) of Golden Sound Records. Ross grew up in West rural Olathe. Jerad Tomasino moved around a lot growing up but spent some of his high school years living in Omaha. Jerad and Ross talked about their new Golden Sound Records, 12″ vinyl split release with The Record Machine, It is called “Secret Handshakes” and includes 6 tracks featuring Golden Sound Records artists and 6 tracks featuring The Record Machine artists, all created especially for Record Store Day!

Jerad Tomasino & Ross Brown brought in new music from Ross’s band Fullbloods, for us to feature.


12. Fullbloods – “Heavily Drugged”
from: Secret Handshakes / Golden Sound Records + The Record Machine (12″ Vinyl Split Release) / Apr. 21, 2012


Nathan Reusch is co-founder and manager of The Record Machine, an Independent KC based record label, founded in 2003. With Chris Haghirian, Nathan is the co-mastermind, of The Middle of The Map Festival, held last weekend that included over 100 Bands, in 8 Venues, on 10 Stages, in 3 Days.

Nathan, reported that over 6000 people attended The Middle of The Map Festival this year.

Nathan brought in new music to feature.


13. Spirit is the Spirit – “Pillows”
from: Secret Handshakes / Golden Sound Records + The Record Machine (12” Vinyl Split Release) / Apr. 21, 2012
[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]


Coleen Shaw-Voeks is currently the manager at Vinyl Renaissance on West 39th Street. She talked about the bands that will be playing at Vinyl Renaissance on April 21.

Record Store Day at Vinyl Renaissance on West 39th Street
These bands will perform (Starting at 1:00 PM): The Caves, Akkilles, The Empty Spaces, Max Justus, and The Sexy Accident


14. The Sexy Accident – “What’d We Do”
from: Ninja Ninja Fight Darth Vader / Independent / April 21, 2012
[The Sexy Accident will perform at Vinyl Renaissance on West 39th Street on Record Store Day, Saturday, April 21, in an all-ages, electric show. The Sexy Accident return to WMM on May 2]


Ross Brown & Jerad Tomasino founders of Golden Sound Records with Mat Shoare shared more music from Golden Sound Records and The Record Machine’s 12″ vinyl split release that includes a track from Mat’s band The Empty Spaces.


15. The Empty Spaces – “The 1960s Divorce Rate Blues”
from: Secret Handshakes / Golden Sound Records + The Record Machine (12″ Vinyl Split Release) / Apr. 21, 2012

11:35- Underwriting


Nathan Reusch is co-founder and manager of The Record Machine, an Independent KC based record label, founded in 2003.


16. Akkilles – “She’s Alright”
from: Secret Handshakes / Golden Sound Records + The Record Machine (12″ Vinyl Split Release) / Apr. 21, 2012


Coleen Shaw-Voeks Manager at Vinyl Renaissance on West 39th Street, talked about The Baseball Project.


17. The Baseball Project – “El Hombre”
from: Single Release / Euclid Records / 21, 2012


Ross Brown & Jerad Tomasino two of the founders (w/ Mat Shoare) played new music from Omaha based, Millions of Boys.

18. Millions of Boys – “Left For Dead”
from: Secret Handshakes / Golden Sound Records + The Record Machine (12″ Vinyl Split Release) / Apr. 21, 2012


Nathan Reusch is co-founder and manager of The Record Machine, an Independent KC based record label, founded in 2003.


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


Record Store Day is April 21. For more info you can visit: recordstoreday.com, therecordmachine.net, goldensoundrecords.com, vinyl-renaissance.com.

Next week on Wed, April 18 – WMM participates in the 90.1 FM Band Auction with 4 amazing Kansas City bands appearing on our show: Molly Picture Club, Dollar Fox, Two Headed Cow, and The Cave Girls. Call in to bid on these great bands.

Wednesday MidDay Medley in on the web:

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

Show #416