WMM Playlist from Oct. 10, 2018

Holly Near photo by Irene Young

Wednesday MidDay Medley
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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Spinning Records With Marion Merritt
+ Holly Near

10:00

Marion Merritt

Today, we welcome back to the show, Marion Merritt as our special “Guest Producer.” For 14 years now she has been sharing her sonic discoveries and information from her musically encyclopedic brain. Marion is the creator of Records With Merritt, a small, independent, minority owned business, at 1614 Westport Rd. in Kansas City, Missouri.

Marion Merritt, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

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

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

3. Tunde Mabadu – “Amupara Ko Ma Dara”
from: Viva Disco / Mr. Bongo / July 27, 2018 [Reissue]
[Viva Disco one was of two albums that Mabadu recorded as Tunde Mabadu & His Sunrise during the 1970s, the second of which was called Bisu. By this time, Mabadu was “already a fanciful and continental saxophonist of any language,” shares Femi Ewetade in Viva Disco‘s liner notes. Originally released on Afrodisia – and fetching upwards of £500+ – Viva Disco’s euphorically funky, horn-filled six tracks have been remastered for this new reissue.]

4. Femi Kuti – “One People One World”
from: One People One World / Knitting Factory Records / February 23, 2018
[Olufela Olufemi Anikulapo Kuti was born June 16, 1962 and is popularly known as Femi Kuti, a Nigerian musician born in London and raised in Lagos. He is the eldest son of afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, and a grandchild of a political campaigner, women’s rights activist and traditional aristocrat Funmilayo Ransome Kuti. Femi’s musical career started when he began playing in his father’s band, Egypt 80. In 1986, Femi started his own band, Positive Force, and began establishing himself as an artist independent of his father’s massive legacy. His first record was released in 1995 by Tabu/Motown, followed four years later by Shoki Shoki (MCA), which garnered widespread critical acclaim. In 2001 he collaborated with Common, Mos Def and Jaguar Wright on Fight to Win, an effort to cross over to a mainstream audience, and started touring the United States with Jane’s Addiction. In 2004 he opened The Shrine, his club, where he recorded the live album Africa Shrine. After a 4-year absence due to personal setbacks, he re-emerged in 2008 with Day by Day and Africa for Africa in 2010, for which he received two Grammy nominations. In 2012 he was both inducted into the Headies Hall of Fame (the most prestigious music awards in Nigeria), was the opening act on the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ European arena tour and became an Ambassador for Amnesty International.]

5. Still Corners – “In the Middle of the Night”
from: Slow Air / Wrecking Light / August 17, 2018
[Still Corners are a London-based dream pop/synthpop musical project consisting of songwriter/producer Greg Hughes and vocalist Tessa Murray. Still Corners self-released their debut EP, Remember Pepper?, on 13 June 2008, followed by a 7″ single, “Don’t Fall in Love”, released by UK label The Great Pop Supplement on 30 August 2010. The duo signed with record label Sub Pop in 2011 and issued their first full-length debut, Creatures of an Hour, to favourable reviews. In October 2012, the band released a new single, “Fireflies”, which was named “Best New Track” by Pitchfork. In February 2013, Still Corners announced that their second album, Strange Pleasures, would be released on Sub Pop in May 2013. The second single, “Berlin Lovers”, received widespread coverage.[6]On 29 June 2016, the band announced the 16 September release of their third album, Dead Blue, on their own Wrecking Light Records label; Still Corners also shared the video for the album’s first single, “Lost Boys.]

6. Cowboy Junkies – “All That Reckoning, Pt. 1”
from: All That Reckoning / Latent Records / July 13, 2018
[The Cowboy Junkies are an alternative country and folk rock band formed in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 1985. The group was formed in 1985 by Alan Anton (bassist), Michael Timmins (songwriter, guitarist), Peter Timmins (drummer) and Margo Timmins (vocalist). The three Timmins are siblings, and Anton worked with Michael Timmins during their first couple of bands. John Timmins was initially a member of the band but left the group before the recording of their first album. The band line-up has never changed since, although they use several guest musicians on many of their albums, including multi-instrumentalist Jeff Bird who has performed on every album except the first. The Junkies’ 1986 debut album, produced by Canadian producer Peter Moore, was the blues-inspired Whites Off Earth Now!!, recorded in the family garage using a single ambisonic microphone. The Junkies gained worldwide fame and recognition with their second album, The Trinity Session, recorded in 1987 at Toronto’s Church of the Holy Trinity. Their sound, again using the ambisonic microphone, and their mix of blues, country, folk, rock and jazz earned them both critical attention and a strong fan base. The Los Angeles Times named the recording as one of the ten best albums of 1988. The Cowboy Junkies have gone on to record a total of sixteen studio albums and five live albums, and remain an active band for over thirty years.]

7. Cowboy Junkies – “All That Reckoning, Pt. 2”
from: All That Reckoning / Latent Records / July 13, 2018

10:32 – Underwriting

8. Blood Orange – “Orlando”
from: Negro Swan / Domino Recording Co / August 24, 2018
[Devonté Hynes aka David Joseph Michael Hynes,was born December 23, 1985, better known as Blood Orange and formerly Lightspeed Champion, is a British singer, songwriter, composer, producer, dancer and director. From 2004 to 2006, Hynes was a member of the band Test Icicles, playing guitar, synth, and occasionally performing vocals. They released one full-length album in 2005. Hynes went on to release two solo studio albums as Lightspeed Champion and subsequently four more as Blood Orange, between 2008 and 2018. He has written, played or produced for artists such as Tinashe, Solange Knowles, Sky Ferreira, FKA twigs, Haim, Florence and the Machine, Carly Rae Jepsen, Diana Vickers, The Chemical Brothers, Kylie Minogue, A$AP Rocky and Blondie. Hynes was voted the 49th ‘coolest person in rock’ in NME’s 2007 Cool List, jumping to position 20 in the following year’s list]

9. Bosley – “I Just Can’t Stand It”
from: Unreal Fire / Bosley Music / June 15, 2018
[Bosley Brown is the soulful alter-ego of American singer, songwriter and producer Thomas Mayer. Bosley has performed alongside Sharon Jones and the Dapkings, Galactic, Dr. Dog, and many other contemporary rock/soul acts. His music has been featured in series on HBO, Comedy Central and in several feature films. With the release of his debut album Honey Pig in 2011, Bosley was born. Honey Pig showcased a talent for pop songwriting and a stylistic range from early James Brown to Waits-ian jazz ballads, all channeled through Mayer’s dynamic and powerful voice. Adopting a 70’s Soul Review format, Bosley began touring and performing with an immaculately dressed 9-10 piece band complete with a horn section and choreographed back up singers. The music and band were gaining popularity, but as the party raged on, behind the scene things for Mayer were on a personal decline. In 2012, Thomas came clean about a decade long struggle with Alcohol and drug addiction. After taking time off to seek treatment, he reassembled a new band and began writing and performing again. Seeing a second chance for a life beyond the grip of addiction, Mayer embraced sobriety and dedicated himself back to his music career. The result of these struggles was 2015’s deeply personal and hysterically fun follow up album, The Dirty Dogs Radio Show. TDDRS serves as a personal testament to loving the party and knowing it can’t last. Bosley’s 3rd album, Unreal Fire dances between the old and the new taking the vintage sounds of Stax and Motown and combining it with contemporary Pop appeal. UF is at once an tribute to the bygone days of analog recording and a retrospection of the music of that era. Recorded meticulously live in analog, Bosley delivers the best synthesis to date of his unique knack for danceable, melodic pop and heartfelt human experience. \]

10. Ural Thomas & the Pain – “Slow Down”
from: The Right Time / Tender Loving / September 26, 2018
[If life was at all fair Ural Thomas would be a household name, his music slotted into countless sweet, seductive mixtapes between James Brown, Otis Redding, and Stevie Wonder (all of whom Thomas has performed with.) Straddling the line between hot soul shouter and velvety-smooth crooner, Thomas released a few singles in the late 60’s and early 70’s; most notably “Can You Dig It”, which featured backing vocals from soul luminaries Merry Clayton, Mary Wells and Brenda Holloway. Thomas played over forty shows at the legendary Apollo Theater before turning his back on an unkind business and heading home to Portland, OR. It goes without saying that a man practically built out of rhythm would never stop playing music. Thomas began hosting a regular Sunday night jam session at his home that ran for nearly twenty years. A de facto mentor to many of the younger players, Thomas reminds us all that “If you care about what you’re doing, you need to build those muscles and do the work. Don’t get discouraged, do it for love. Even if you’re digging ditches, do it with passion.” In 2014, local soul DJ Scott Magee sat in on drums. The two became fast friends and at Magee’s urging Thomas decided to give his musical career another shot. Magee became the musical director, they put together a band, and in 2016 released a self-titled album on Mississippi Records. In 2017 Thomas signed with Tender Loving Empire and began work on what, in many respects, will be his debut full length. Diving deep into lifetime of melodic creativity, Thomas and his band got to work. Recorded in Magee’s studio Arthur’s Attic, The Right Time features the air-tight work of Magee on drums, percussion, and backing vocals, Bruce Withycombe (The Decemberists) on baritone sax, Portland jazz scene fixture Brent Martens on guitars and vibraphone, Arcellus Sykes on bass, Steve Aman (Lady Rizo) on piano and organ, Dave Monnie on trumpet, Willie Matheis (Cherry Poppin’ Daddies) on tenor sax, and Jasine Rimmel, Joy Pearson, Sarah King, Rebecca Marie Miller on backing vocals. The Arco Quartet performed the strings, and the record was engineered and mixed by Jeff Stuart Saltzman (Blitzen Trapper) and mastered by JJ Golden (Sharon Jones, Ty Segall). One might think after a sizeable taste of early success Thomas would be more than a touch bitter – yet the opposite is true. “We have to be positive if we want the world to get better” Thomas advises. “We’ve come a long way, but if you carry a grudge with the whole world you’ll stop your growth. We’re a family, all just brothers and sisters, descendants of Adam. You can’t get anywhere without an open heart.” A developing artist at nearly eighty years old, for Thomas music has always been about bringing people together. “If we play for twenty people we cook it like it’s twenty thousand” says Thomas. “If we make someone smile we’re satisfied. They’re ain’t no difference between us. It’s all love and brotherhood. If folks listen to my record and feel that I’ll feel very blessed.” Standing in bold defiance of the idea that aging is a reason to slow down and stop living, for Thomas the right time to get down is the next time someone plugs in a guitar or puts on a record. Ural is ready – are you?]

11. Spiritualized – “The Morning After”
from: And Nothing Hurt / Fat Possum Records / September 7, 2018
[Spiritualized are an English space rock band formed in 1990 in Rugby, Warwickshire by Jason Pierce (often known as J. Spaceman), formerly of Spacemen 3. The membership of Spiritualized has changed from album to album, with Pierce—who writes, composes and sings all of the band’s material—being the only constant member. Spiritualized have released eight studio albums. The best known and most critically acclaimed of these is 1997’s Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space, which NME magazine named as their Album of the Year, beating other critically acclaimed albums such as Radiohead’s OK Computer and The Verve’s Urban Hymns.]

12. Spiritualized – “The Prize”
from: And Nothing Hurt / Fat Possum Records / September 7, 2018

11:01- Station ID

13. Cat Power – “Stay”
from: Wanderer / Domino Recording Co / October 5, 2018
[10th studio album by Cat Power. The album was produced entirely by Marshall herself and was written and recorded in Miami and Los Angeles over the past few years, she stated: “The course my life has taken in this journey—going from town to town, with my guitar, telling my tale; with reverence to the people who did this generations before me. Folk singers, blues singers, and everything in between. They were all wanderers, and I am lucky to be among them.” The album includes a collaboration with Lana Del Rey, whom Marshall opened for on the European leg of her LA to the Moon Tour. It is her first album to not be released on Matador since 1996. In support of the release, Marshall has embarked a world tour, that began in September. Charlyn Marie “Chan” Marshall was born January 21, 1972, She is better known by her stage name Cat Power. She is a singer-songwriter, musician, occasional actress, and model. Cat Power was originally the name of Marshall’s first band, but has become her stage name as a solo artist. Born in Atlanta, Marshall was raised throughout the southern United States, and began performing in local bands in Atlanta in the early 1990s. She was discovered opening for Liz Phair in 1994 by Steve Shelley of Sonic Youth and Tim Foljahn of Two Dollar Guitar, with whom she recorded her first two albums, Dear Sir (1995) and Myra Lee (1996), on the same day in 1994. In 1996 she signed with Matador Records, and released a third album of new material with Shelley and Foljahn, What Would the Community Think. Following this she released the critically acclaimed Moon Pix (1998), recorded with members of Dirty Three, and The Covers Record (2000), a collection of sparsely-arranged cover songs. After a brief hiatus she released You Are Free (2003), featuring guest musicians Dave Grohl and Eddie Vedder, followed by the soul-influenced The Greatest (2006), recorded with numerous Memphis studio musicians. A second album of cover tracks, Jukebox, was released in 2008. In 2012 she released the self-produced Sun, which debuted at number 10 on the Billboard 200, the highest charting album of her career to date. Critics have noted the constant evolution of Cat Power’s sound, with a “mix of punk, folk and blues” on her earliest albums, and elements of soul and other genres more prevalent in her later material. Her 2012 album Sun incorporated electronica, in a self-proclaimed move from the “slower” guitar-based songs she initially wrote for the album.]

14. Adrianne Lenker – “symbol”
from: abysskiss / Saddle Creek / October 5, 2018
[Adrianne Lenker has been writing songs since she was 10 years old. Her “back story” has been well documented in various interviews and profiles for Big Thief over the last 3 years. Despite, or more likely because of, the constant touring and studio work, the last few years have been some of the most prolific for Lenker as a writer. Songs pop out at soundcheck. They pop out on late night drives between cities. They pop out in green rooms, hotel stairwells, gardens, and kitchens around the world. In the hands of Lenker, songwriting is not an old dead craft. It is alive. It is vital. With little regard for standard album cycle practice or the idea of resting at all, Lenker set out to make a document. Songs can be slippery and following 2+ years on the road with Big Thief, Lenker felt a growing need to document this particular time in her life in an intimate, immediate way. The result is her new album, abysskiss, out October 5th via Saddle Creek. “I want to archive the songs in their original forms every few years,” explains Lenker. “My first solo record I made was Hours Were the Birds. I had just turned 21 and moved to New York City where I was sleeping in a warehouse, working in a restaurant and photographing pigeons. Now five years later, another skin is being shed.” Following a two week road trip through the southwestern United States, Lenker headed into the studio with longtime friend Luke Temple. Temple put on his loosely fitting, bright orange, 100% wool producer hat and for one week they made music. The songs chosen for this collection were the songs that felt the most alive in the room. These are not castaways or B-sides. Some of these songs have been alive for years while some were written just days before the session. Some will appear in different future forms, some will not. The thread that connects these songs is not something that can easily be put down in words. Intuition connects these songs. They are a record of a time. With this collection, Lenker further illuminates to the listening public what those close to her already know; here we have a songwriter of the highest order, following her voice and the greater Voices that pass through her with an unflinching openness and clarity of translation.]

15. The Holydrug Couple – “I’ll Only Say This”
from: Hyper Super Mega / Sacred Bones / September 14, 2018
[The Holydrug Couple is a psychedelic rock duo from Santiago, Chile. The Holydrug Couple began in 2008. They released their first album in 2011 titled Awe via BYM Records. Shortly after the release, the band caught the attention of Sacred Bones Records, who signed the band to their label. Later that year, the band released an EP titled Ancient Land. In 2013, the band released their second full-length album and major label debut, Noctuary via Sacred Bones. In 2014, the band released a 7″, with Everyone Knows All on the A side and Quetzal on the B side. In 2015, The Holydrug Couple released their third full-length album (second on their label) titled Moonlust on May 12. In 2016, the band released their fourth full-length album (second on their chilean label BYM Records) titled Soundtrack for Pantanal. Band members include: Ives Sepúlveda (Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Keys) and Manuel Parra (Drums) In the studio: Ives Sepúlveda (Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Keys, Drums, Production, Engineering) Manuel Parra (Drums). Studio albums include: Awe (2011, BYM); Noctuary (2013, Sacred Bones); Noctuary Demos (2013, BYM); Moonlust (2015, Sacred Bones); Moonlust Demos (2016, BYM); Soundtrack for Pantanal (2016, BYM); and Hyper Super Mega (2018, Sacred Bones).]

16. Anemone – “Why Do I Worry”
from: Silver Star / Music On Vinyl / August 31, 2018
[Debut album. Raw and psychedelic soundscapes, Madchester grooves and nineties Pop songs, Anemone started combining these elements in the spring of 2017. The band from Rotterdam played dozens of shows in their first year and recorded their debut album ‘Silver Star’ in August with Patrick Delabie, who also recorded the first The Afterveins LP of frontman Xander van Dijck. Beside the Afterveins, band members also played in The Medics and Moon Tapes. In the record collections of the band members, you’ll find some nice albums of The Brian Jones Town Massacre/Oasis and during live shows you can hear people whisper about the Smiths.]

17. Waxahatchee – “Singer’s No Star”
from: Great Thunder – EP / Merge / September 7, 2018
[Waxahatchee is an American indie music project, formed in 2010 by American singer-songwriter Katie Crutchfield, previously a member of P.S. Eliot. The band is named after Waxahatchee Creek, in Alabama. Originally an acoustic solo project, her recordings tend to now involve a backing band and the music has increasingly more often been performed in this way. Crutchfield, as Waxahatchee, has released 4 albums to date; American Weekend (2012), Cerulean Salt (2013), Ivy Tripp (2015), and Out in the Storm (2017).]

Marion Merritt thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley. Marion is the creator of Records With Merritt, a small, independent, minority owned business, at 1614 Westport Rd. in Kansas City, Missouri. More info at: http://www.recordswithmerritt.com

11:29 – Underwriting

18. Holly Near – “Are You Kidding Me”
from: 2018 / Calico Tracks Music / June 29, 2018

Holly Near photo by Irene Young

11:34 – Interview with Holly Near

Earlier this month a new documentary film about Holly Near‘s life called “Holly Near Singing For Our Lives” from award winning director Jim Brown premiered at the Mill Valley Film Festival. On June 29th, legendary singer songwriter, actress, teacher and activist – Holly Near released her 31st album, titled “2018.” Born in Ukiah, CA in 1949, Holly started performing at the age of 8, then acting and soing in school plays and musicals and studiing theatre at UCLA. She built her performing career with acting parts on 1970s television shows like Mod Squad, Room 222, All in The Family, and The Partridge Family as well as work in motion pictures. In 1970 she was a cast member of the Broadway musical Hair. Following the Kent State shootings in May of that year, the entire cast staged a silent vigil in protest.

In 1971, Holly Near joined the Free The Army tour, an anti-Vietnam War road show organized by antiwar activist Fred Gardner, Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland. In 1972, Holly was one of the first women to create an independent record company Redwood Records. Often cited as one of the founders of the Women’s Music movement, Holly led the way for outspoken women in the music world, and worked for peace and multicultural consciousness. Throughout her long career Holly has continued working in film, stage, and music where she has collaborated with: Pete Seeger, Ronnie Gilbert, Arlo Guthrie, Mercedes Sosa, Bernice Johnson Reason, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Joan Baez, Phil Ochs, Harry Belafonte, Cris Williamson, and many others. This Sunday, October 14, 7:00 PM, Willow Productions presents Holly Near w/ Jan Martinelli & Tammy Hall at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 4501 Walnut, KCMO.

Holly Near Thanks for being with us on WMM

Holly Near’s new record “2018” is a direct response to the times we are currently living through: including environment, aging, domestic violence and the unresolved storm damage in Puerto Rico. Her career as a musician has been intrinsically woven into the fabric of our times, the Vietnam War, Kent State, Women’s Equality, Safe Energy, the rights of LGBTQ people.

On Sunday night at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church She will be performing with Jan Martinelli on electric and acoustic bass and Tammy Hall on keyboards. Both of these musicians play with her on “2018,” and have collaborated with her on past projects.

Holly Near’s professional career began in 1969 with a part on the television show The Mod Squad, followed by appearances in other shows, such as Room 222, All in the Family, and The Partridge Family. She also appeared in films such as Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five, Minnie and Moskowitz, and had a prominent role in the 1991 film Dogfight.

In 1970, Near was a cast member of the Broadway musical Hair. On May 4, Ohio National Guard opened fire on unarmed Kent State students protesting the bombing of Cambodia by the United States Military forces. The 28 guardsmen fired over 67 rounds, killing four and injuring nine. Following the Kent State shootings, the entire cast of Hair staged a silent vigil in protest. Holly wrote the song, “It Could Have Been Me” (released on A Live Album, in 1974), was her heartfelt response to the shootings.

In 1971, Holly Near joined the FTA (Free The Army) Tour, an anti-Vietnam War road show of music, comedy, and plays that performed for soldiers, many of whom were resisting war and racism from within the military. The tour was organized by antiwar activist Fred Gardner and actors Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland. Near was only 21 and the youngest member of the troupe.

In 1972, Near founded an independent record label called Redwood Records to produce and promote music by “politically conscious artists from around the world”. She was one of the first women to found an independent record company. Near’s record company went out of business in the mid-1990s due to financial difficulties.

In 1978 Holly Near wrote, “Singing For Our Lives” in the immediate wake of the assignation of openly gay San Francisco Board of Supervisors Member Harvey Milk, and Mayor George Moscone on November 27, 1978. “Singing For Our Lives” appears in Singing the Living Tradition, the official hymnal of the Unitarian Universalist Association, under the title “We Are A Gentle, Angry People” (Hymn #170). The hymn was also performed by Quaker Friends in an episode of the TV series Six Feet Under.

Elizabeth Anderson wrote: It urges us to follow Harvey’s imploring words: “Gay brothers and sisters, you must come out.” Kansas City’s Heartland Men’s Chorus sang this song two years ago.

Lee Hartman wrote: “Singing for Our Lives, written by Holly Near as she attended Harvey Milk’s memorial, was the most moving moment of the evening and even more so in retrospect. Audience members, at least those from my vantage point in the balcony, stood and joined in the singing of this unofficial anthem of the LGBTQ movement. Many held their loved ones closer and most were teary eyed. Rightfully, HMC reportedly repeated this piece at the (Pulse Orlando shootings) vigil following its Sunday performance.”

During her long career in folk and protest music, Holly Near has worked with a wide array of musicians, including Ronnie Gilbert, Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, Mercedes Sosa, Bernice Johnson Reagon, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Meg (Shambhavi) Christian, Cris Williamson, Linda Tillery, Joan Baez, Phil Ochs, Harry Belafonte, and many others, as well as the Chilean exile group Inti-Illimani.

Near has been recognized for her work for social change, including honors from the ACLU, the National Lawyers Guild, the National Organization for Women, NARAS, Ms. Magazine (Woman of the Year), and the Legends of Women’s Music Award. In 1989 Holly Near received a Dr of Humane Letters at World College West in California.

Holly Near (born June 6, 1949 in Ukiah, California) is an American singer-songwriter, actress, teacher, and activist. Holly Near was raised on a ranch in Potter Valley, California. She was eight years old when she first performed publicly, and she auditioned for Columbia Records when she was ten. She sang in all the high school musicals, talent shows and often was invited by local service groups to sing at their gatherings. Groups like the Soroptimist Club, Lions Club, and Garden Club. Her senior year she played Eliza Doolittle in Ukiah High School production of My Fair Lady. In the summer Holly attended performing arts camps such as Perry-Mansfield in Colorado and Ramblerny Performing Arts where she studied with jazz musicians Phil and Chan Woods and modern dancer/choreographer Joyce Trisler.

After starting high school in 1963, Holly Near began singing with three boys who called themselves the Freedom Singers, a folk group modeled after the Kingston Trio. When Holly joined, they began to sound more like The Weavers, three male voices and one female. Near learned later of the original Freedom Singers who sang as part of the Civil Rights Movement. Unbeknownst to her, Holly would soon meet one of the founding members of that group, Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon, an artist who would be a great influence for the next 40 + years. She would also meet and work with the female singer in The Weavers, Ronnie Gilbert.

After high school, Near enrolled in the Theatre Arts program at UCLA; her freshman year she got the lead in the UCLA production of Guys and Dolls playing soprano Sarah Brown. Because Near was trained in a lower range she got nodules on her vocal chords and had to leave the show. She entered in to a long period of silence until her voice healed. After one year, she left UCLA and began to work in film and television as well as with anti war groups such as Another Mother for Peace.

She was briefly a member of the musical comedy troupe, “First National Nothing”, and appeared on the troupe’s only album, If You Sit Real Still and Hold My Hand, You Will Hear Absolutely Nothing (Columbia Records – LP C 30006).

Near wrote an autobiography in the early nineties called Fire in the Rain, Singer in the Storm. Later, with her sister Timothy, Near co-wrote a one-woman show based on the stories in the book. The show was presented at The San Jose Rep and in Los Angeles at The Mark Taper Forum, as well as productions in San Francisco and off Broadway in NYC. In April 2004, Holly performed at the March for Women’s Lives in Washington, DC where she sang “We Are Gentle Angry People” and “Fired Up” a capella.

The following year, Near was named among the “1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize”. Near continues an active tour schedule and as of 2012 had a discography of 29 albums. She is still active as a performer and composer, and she has begun issuing CDs available through her website that include tracks from her out-of-print albums.

Holly Near was named an Honoree for National Women’s History Month for 2015. She continues performing concerts, music festivals & rallies. Near hosted many of the tributes to both Pete Seeger & Ronnie Gilbert, members of the seminal folk group The Weavers.

Holly has been an honored guest at several of the GALA Gatherings, a conference of GLBTQ choirs and choruses. In her work with the choruses she focuses on diction, drama, and understanding the intention of the lyric. She also appears as a soloist with several of the choruses and many of her songs have been arranged for choral singing.

In 2018, Holly released a new recording called, 2018 reflecting some of the issues of the day including environment, aging, domestic violence and the unresolved storm damage in Puerto Rico. In October of 2018, a documentary film about Near’s life and work made by award winning director Jim Brown premiered at the Mill Valley Film Festival and received standing ovations and high acclaim.

As a result of her travels in the Pacific with the FTA show, Near became a feminist, linking international feminism and anti-war activism. In 1976, Near came out as a lesbian and began a 3-year relationship with musician Meg Christian. Near was probably the first out lesbian to be interviewed in People Magazine. She added LGBT issues to her international peace work as she continued to present social change music around the world and at home. Although Holly was one of the most visible artists in the lesbian community, she was also becoming aware that “monogamous” defined her sexuality more than any other title.

Near is dedicated to the rights of LGBTQ+ communities and works to create a cultural forum for diversity. Near writes, “For many, sexual identity and/or gender identity is the primary door through which they walk. It is what politicized them. It is what feeds their emotional and spiritual perspectives. I totally honor this. Even though sexual preference is maybe 5th or 10th on my personal list of priorities now, I will always work for all of us to have self determination over our bodies, our identities, our relationship choices.”

Near spent a year traveling across the US camping out of her car and staying with friends. She went to Argentina and Chile to study & write. She currently rents a 1 bedroom apartment in Sonoma County, Ca. and she spends time in NYC. She drives a 2003 VW. “auntie” & “grandma” to several young people even though Near never had children.

Holly Near Discography

Hang in There, Redwood Records (1973) (support of the people of Vietnam)
A Live Album, Redwood Records (1975)
You Can Know All I AM, Redwood Records (1976)
Imagine My Surprise, Redwood Records (1978) (with Meg Christian)
Fire in the Rain, Redwood Records (1981) produced by June Millington
Speed of Light, Redwood Records (1982)
Journeys, Redwood Records (1983)
Lifeline, Redwood Records (1983) (with Ronnie Gilbert)
Watch Out!, Redwood Records (1984) (with John McCutcheon and Trapezoid)
Sing to Me the Dream, Redwood Records (1984) (with Inti Illimani)
HARP, Redwood Records (1985) (w/ Pete Seeger, Ronnie Gilbert & Arlo Guthrie)
Singing With You, Redwood Records (1987) (with Ronnie Gilbert)
Don’t Hold Back, Redwood Records (1987)
Sky Dances, Redwood Records (1989)
Singer in the Storm, Chameleon Music Group (1990) (with Ronnie Gilbert)
Musical Highlights, Redwood Records/Calico tracks (1993) (Fire in the Rain written by Holly Near & Timothy Near)
This Train Still Runs, Abbe Alice Music (1996) (with Ronnie Gilbert)
With a Song in My Heart, Calico Tracks Music (1997) (songs of 30s & 40s)
Edge, Calico Tracks Music (2000)
Cris & Holly, HC Recordings (2003) (w/Cris Williamson, pianist John Bucchino)
Show Up, Calico Tracks Music (2006)
Sing to Me the Dream, Calico Tracks Music (2008) (historic live recording of 1984 Peace in the Americas Tour w/ Inti Illimani)
We Came to Sing, Calico Tracks Music (2009) (with emma’s revolution)
Peace Becomes You, Calico Tracks Music (2012)
2018, Calico Tracks Music (2018)

Holly Near Filmography

Angel, Angel, Down We Go (1969), Tara Nicole Steele
The Magic Garden of Stanley Sweetheart (1970), Fran
The Todd Killings (1971), Norma
Minnie and Moskowitz (1971), Irish
F.T.A. (1972), Herself
Slaughterhouse-Five (1972), Barbara Pilgrim
The Weavers: Wasn’t That a Time! (1982), Herself (documentary interview)
Women of Summer (1985), Herself (documentary; performance at reunion)
Dogfight (1991), Rose Sr.
Heartwood (1998), Lucille Burris
Holly Near Singing For Our Lives (2018) Herself (documentary by Jim Brown)
Television movies[edit]
Mr. and Mrs. Cop (1974), Mrs. Salmon

Holly Near TV appearances

The Bold Ones: The Senator, Sylvia – in the episode “Power Play” (1970)
Room 222, Esther – in the episode “The Lincoln Story” (1970)
All in the Family, Mona – in the episode “Gloria Has a Belly Full” (1971)
The Partridge Family, Phyllis – in the episode “The Selling of the Partridges” (1973)
L.A. Law, Lucille Skerritt – in the episode “Spleen It to Me, Lucy” (1991)

Earlier this month a new documentary film about Holly Near’s life called “Holly Near Singing For Our Lives” from award winning director Jim Brown premiered at the Mill Valley Film Festival.

Holly Near, Thanks for being with us on WMM

Holly Near with Jan Martinelli & Tammy Hall / photo by Irene Young

Willow Productions presents Holly Near with Jan Martinelli & Tammy Hall at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 4501 Walnut, KCMO, on Sunday, October 14, at 7:00 PM. Tickets at http://www.brownpapertickets.com

19. Holly Near – “Singing For Our Lives”
from And Still We Sing: The Outspoken Collection / Calico Tracks Music / Sept 17, 2002
[Written in the immediate wake of Harvey Milk’s assassination in 1978. “Singing For Our Lives” appears in Singing the Living Tradition, the official hymnal of the Unitarian Universalist Association, under the title “We Are A Gentle, Angry People” (Hymn #170). It was also performed by Quaker Friends in an episode of the TV series Six Feet Under.]

20. Leela James – “A Change Is Gonna Come”
from: A Change Is Gonna Come / Warner Brothers – WEA / 2005
[Ms. James first burst onto the scene with her 2006 debut album A Change is Gonna Come, introducing audiences to her considerable vocal chops and garnering nominations for Outstanding New Artist at the NAACP Image Awards and Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist of 2008 at the Soul Train Music Awards. James has gone on to record three subsequent albums including My Soul, which reached #7 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip Hop Albums Chart and #37 on the Billboard 200 chart, and earned acclaim from critics for her songwriting skills. Fall For You has similarly climbed the charts, its single by the same name reaching the top 15 on the Urban AC charts in 2014/15.]

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

Next week on October 17, Jennifer Owen of Owen Cox Dance Ensemble joins us to share information about their latest production, “Morena” with soprano Victoria Botero October 20 – 21 at Polsky Theatre at Johnson County Community College. Also Jake Wells joins us to share information about his show at recordBar, Monday October 22 with Calvin Arsenia & Duncan Burnett. Plus Marion Merritt and Betse Ellis join me as Guest Co-Hosts for our Fall Fund Drive to encourage you our wonderful listeners to donate to the Voice of The Community – 90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio.

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

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Show #755

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WMM Playlist from May 2, 2018

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

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Spinning Records With Marion Merritt
+ Barry Lee & An Evening With the Music of The Beatles: Unplugged

10:00 – Guest Producer: Marion Merritt

Marion Merritt of Records With Merritt

We welcome back to the show, Marion Merritt as our special “Guest Producer.” For 14 years now she has been sharing her musical discoveries and information from her encyclopedic brain. Marion is the creator of Records With Merritt, a small, independent, minority owned business, at 1614 Westport Rd. in Kansas City, Missouri.

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

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

3. Cymande – “Anthracite”
from: Second Time Round/ Cherry Red / 1973 [Reissued by Mr. Bongo 2018]
[Cymande (See-man-day) was a British funk group that released several albums in the early 1970s and reunited in 2014 with a European tour and a new album released in 2015. The group was formed by Steve Scipio and Patrick Patterson in 1971 in London, England, along with musicians from Guyana, Jamaica and Saint Vincent. The name Cymande is derived from a calypso word for dove, symbolising peace and love. The group developed a subtle and complex, deep funk style influenced by calypso rhythms, jazz, African music, American soul and UK rock of the time. By the mid-1970s the band members were going their separate ways, and the group disbanded in 1974. It was not until 20 years later that they reaped any financial rewards, as their music became a popular source for samplers. Cymande’s original albums are still widely sought-after by DJs and funk aficionados. Perhaps the band’s best known recording is the soulful dancefloor filler called “Bra”, which was later sampled by the American hip-hop group De La Soul and used as a breakbeat record by Kool Herc and Grandmaster Flash. Cymande was accidentally discovered by English producer John Schroeder in a Soho, London club where they were rehearsing. He was there to see a rock band but the gig had been cancelled, and he stumbled upon these West Indian musicians. He soon signed the band and recorded their initial single “The Message.” The single was released by Janus Records, a division of Chess Records. The track reached #20 on the US Billboard R&B chart. This set the stage for Cymande’s self-titled release in 1972. Cymande traveled to New York after the success of the first album, and began a tour of the US with Al Green. They shared bills with Latin funk ensemble Mandrill. They played The Apollo, and played a gig on Soul Train. The band released 3 LPs for Janus. However, their final album, Promised Heights, was not released in the US, where Cymande had achieved their initial success. Promised Heights included “Brothers on the Slide”, “The Recluse” and “Promised Heights”. The tracks “Brothers on the Slide” and “Bra” also were staples of the rare groove scene that developed in London and NYC nightclubs during the 1980s.

Discography
1972 – Cymande
1973 – Second Time Round
1974 – Promised Heights
1981 – Arrival
1999 – The Message (compilation)
2000 – The Soul of Rasta (compilation)
2003 – The Best of Cymande (compilation)
2003 – Nyah-Rock (compilation)
2004 – Renegades of Funk (best of anthology)
2007 – Promised Heights (reissue compilation)
2015 – A Simple Act of Faith]

4. Cymande – “Promised Heights
from: Promised Heights / Newhouse Records / 1974 [Reissued by Mr. Bongo 2018]

5. King Britt & Sister Gertrude Morgan – “Living Bread”
from: King Britt Presents: Sister Gertrude Morgan / Ropeadope / 2005
[Reissued 2018]
[King Britt is a DJ, composer & record producer from Philadelphia. He is a 1986 graduate of Central High School (Philadelphia). In 1987 he started working at Tower Records, as a buyer for the singles/import section. His extensive knowledge of dance music made him an in demand buyer in the company. He went on to make many connections in the music community, bringing in records and new labels from all over the world. King attended Temple University. He produced King Britt Presents: Sister Gertrude Morgan in 2005. A recreation of self-proclaimed bride of christ, Sister Gertrude’s original Preservation Hall album gets new life. The record goes on to be included in the Michael Mann’s 2006 film Miami Vice, on the AdBusters compilation, Live Without Dead Time and the HBO television show True Blood. Sister Gertrude Morgan (April 7, 1900 – July 8, 1980) was a self-taught African American artist, musician, poet and preacher. Born in LaFayette, Alabama, she relocated to New Orleans in 1939, where she lived and worked until her death in 1980. Sister Morgan achieved critical acclaim during her lifetime for her folk art paintings. Her work has been included in many groundbreaking exhibitions of visionary and folk art from the 1970s onwards. In 1957 Sister Morgan received another revelation from God. Dreaming, she heard a voice that told her she was the Bride of Christ. She then discarded her black missionary attire in favor of an all-white ensemble made up of a nurses’ uniform, peaked nurses’ cap and matching white shoes. Music was another tool of Sister Morgan’s ministry. In the early 1970s, Let’s Make A Record was recorded in order to capture Morgan singing and playing her tambourine. In 2004 the original album was re-released on the Preservation Hall Recordings label. In 2005, Ropeadope released King Britt presents Sister Gertrude Morgan, which took the a cappella/tambourine recordings of Let’s Make A Record and added contemporary beat programming and instrumentation. The album received rave reviews and created a new, young audience for Sister Gertrude Morgan. The album artwork featured her paintings.]

6. Nina Simone – “I Can’t See Nobody (Daniel Y. Remix)”
from: Nina Simone Remixed & Reimagined / Legacy /2006 [Reissued-Legacy RCA 2008]
[Nina Simone was born Eunice Kathleen Waymon on February 21, 1933. She died April 21, 2003. She was was a singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and activist in the Civil Rights Movement. Simone employed a broad range of musical styles including classical, jazz, blues, folk, R&B, gospel, and pop. Born in North Carolina, the sixth child of a preacher, Waymon aspired to be a concert pianist. With the help of a few supporters in her hometown of Tryon, North Carolina, she enrolled in the Juilliard School of Music in New York. Waymon then applied for a scholarship to study at the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where she was denied admission despite a well-received audition. Waymon became fully convinced this rejection had been entirely due to racial discrimination. In 2003, just days before her death, the Curtis Institute of Music bestowed on her an honorary degree. To make a living, Eunice Waymon changed her name to “Nina Simone”. The change related to her need to disguise herself from family members, having chosen to play “the devil’s music” or “cocktail piano” at a nightclub in Atlantic City. She was told in the nightclub that she would have to sing to her own accompaniment, and this effectively launched her career as a jazz vocalist. Simone recorded more than 40 albums, mostly between 1958, when she made her debut with Little Girl Blue, and 1974. She had a hit in the United States in 1958 with “I Loves You, Porgy”. Simone’s musical style fused gospel and pop with classical music, in particular Johann Sebastian Bach, and accompanied expressive, jazz-like singing in her contralto voice.]

7. Thievery Corporation – “Music to Make You Stagger”
from: Treasures from the Temple / Eighteen St – ESL / April 20, 2018
[10th album from Thievery Corporation was formed in the summer of 1995 at Washington D.C.’s Eighteenth Street Lounge. Rob Garza and Lounge co-owner Eric Hilton were drawn together over their mutual love of club life, as well as dub, bossa nova and jazz records. They decided to see what would come of mixing all these in a recording studio, and from this, in 1996 the duo started their Eighteenth Street Lounge Music record label. The duo drew attention with their first two 12-inch offerings, “Shaolin Satellite” and “2001: a Spliff Odyssey” and with their 1996 debut LP, Sounds from the Thievery Hi-Fi. The duo has publicly stated their fondness of the Brazilian culture in interviews and liner notes of their releases, especially of the 1960s Bossa Nova music movement. Some of their earlier recordings even had specific artwork paying homage to classic releases by bossa nova artists like João Gilberto (His self-titled 1973 album) or Tom Jobim (Stone Flower). They also released “Sounds From The Verve Hi-Fi” in 2001, a ‘best of’ compilation of 1960s–1970s material of Verve Records that includes Jazz, Bossa Nova and Latin Jazz works from artists like Cal Tjader, Wes Montgomery, Sérgio Mendes & Brasil ’66, Luiz Bonfá, among others. Their 1997 debut album is also dedicated to the memory of Antonio Carlos Jobim, who died three years earlier.]

8. Thievery Corporation – “Voyage Libre (feat. LouLou Ghelichkhani)”
from: Treasures from the Temple / Eighteen St – ESL / April 20, 2018

10:39 – Underwriting

9. Bettye LaVette – “Person to Person”
from: Strange Angels: In Flight with Elmore James / Sylvan Songs / Jan. 26, 2018
[Bettye LaVette was born Betty Jo Haskins, on January 29, 1946. She is an American soul singer-songwriter who made her first record at sixteen, but achieved only intermittent fame until 2005, with her album I’ve Got My Own Hell to Raise. Her eclectic musical style combines elements of soul, blues, rock and roll, funk, gospel, and country music. LaVette was born in Muskegon, Michigan, and raised in Detroit. Unlike many of her contemporaries, she did not begin singing in the church, but in her parents’ living room, singing R&B and country and western music. She was signed by Johnnie Mae Matthews, a local record producer. In 1962, aged sixteen, she recorded a single, “My Man — He’s a Lovin’ Man”, with Matthews, which became a Top Ten R&B hit after Atlantic Records bought distribution rights. This led to a tour with rhythm and blues musicians Clyde McPhatter, Ben E. King, Barbara Lynn, and then-newcomer Otis Redding. She next hit the charts with “Let Me Down Easy” on Calla Records in 1965. This led to a brief stint with The James Brown Revue. After recording several singles for local Detroit labels, LaVette signed to the Silver Fox label in 1969. She cut a handful of tracks, including two Top 40 R&B hits: “He Made A Woman Out Of Me” and “Do Your Duty”. The Memphis studio musicians on these recordings have since become known as The Dixie Flyers. In 1972, she signed once again with Atlantic/Atco. She was sent to Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Alabama to record what was to be her first full-length album. Titled Child of the Seventies, it was produced by Brad Shapiro and featured the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, now known as The Swampers, but Atco chose not to issue the album. The mid 1970s saw a brief stint and two 45s with Epic, and in 1978 she released the disco smash on West End Records “Doin’ The Best That I Can”. In 1982, she was signed by her hometown label, Motown, and sent to Nashville to record. The resulting LP (her first album actually issued), titled Tell Me A Lie, was produced by Steve Buckingham. The first single, “Right In The Middle (Of Falling In Love)” hit the R&B Top 40. She briefly gave up recording for a six-year run in the Broadway smash Bubbling Brown Sugar, appearing alongside Honi Coles and Cab Calloway. After LaVette had played her own personal mono recordings of Child of the Seventies for Gilles Petard, a French soul music collector, he sought the master recordings at Atlantic, whose personnel had previously thought they had been lost in a fire some years back. In 1999, he finally discovered the masters and then licensed the album from Atlantic and released it in 2000 as Souvenirs on his Art and Soul label. At the same time, Let Me Down Easy — Live In Concert was issued by the Dutch Munich label. Both albums sparked a renewed interest in LaVette and in 2003, A Woman Like Me (produced by Dennis Walker) was released. The CD won the 2004 W. C. Handy Award for “Comeback Blues Album of the Year”. In an interview, LaVette identified A Woman Like Me as the first album in the second phase of her career and said her 2012 autobiography was named after the album.]

10. C.W. Stoneking – “Jungle Blues”
from: Jungle Blues / King Hokum / 2008 [Reissued by King Hokum 2018]
[Christopher William “C.W.” Stoneking (born 1974) is an Australian blues singer-songwriter, guitarist and banjo player. He has released three studio albums, King Hokum (March 2005), Jungle Blues (28 August 2008) and Gon’ Boogaloo (17 October 2014), on his own King Hokum Records label.]

11. Kevin Morby – “Slow Train (feat. Cate Le Bon)”
from: Harlem River / Woodsist / November 26, 2013
[Debut full length solo release from Kevin Robert Morby born April 2, 1988. 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 with positive reviews. His 2nd album Still Life was released in 2014. His album Singing Saw was one of our 116 Best Recordings of 2016, In 2017 Kevin Morby released his 4th album, City Music on Dead Oceans Records. It was one of WMM’s The 117 Best Recordings of 2017.]

[Kevin Morby plays recordBar, 1520 Grand, KCMO. Saturday, May 5, at 9:00 pm, with Hand Habits.]

12. Mike Donovan – “Spiral Tee Shirt”
from: How to Get Your Record Played in Shops / Drag City / April 20, 2018
[Mike Donovan was born October 6, 1971. He is a San Francisco, California based musician best known as the guitarist and singer of Sic Alps (2004-2013). He has also released music by other San Francisco musicians with his Dial Records and Folding Cassettes labels. Donovan is a veteran of several other bands. He was a member of The Ropers, The Church Steps with Chris Douglas, NAM, Big Techno Werewolves, Sounds of the Barbary Coast and Yikes. In October 2013 he released his solo debut “Wot” on Drag City. In May 2015, Donovan formed the San Francisco lo-fi supergroup The Peacers, releasing a self-titled debut on July 17, 2015. The self-titled album was co-produced and co-performed by Ty Segall. The current lineup of The Peacers is Mike Donovan, Shayde Sartin, Mike Shoun and Bo Moore. The band release their 2nd record “Introducing The Crimsmen” on Drag City on June 16, 2017]

11:00 – Station ID

13. Matador! Soul Sounds – “Get Ready”
from: Get Ready / Color Red Records / March 12, 2018
[Matador! Soul Sounds is a band loosely based on the concept of Spanish bullfighting. A common misconception in America is that bullfighting is a feat of one man versus one bull—in reality, bullfighting is largely a team effort by a matador and his cuadrilla. Born from the vision of Eddie Roberts (The New Mastersounds) and Alan Evans (Soulive) their fierce cuadrilla consists of keyboardist Chris Spies and bassist Kevin Scott (Jimmy Herring) as the band’s “banderilleros”. Adding a feminine energy to the band are Adryon de León and Kimberly Dawson (Pimps of Joytime) on vocals. Combining the dynamism of each band leader, the music they have created is brand new, hard hitting and drenched with their shared musical passions – jazz, funk & soul. The band made their official World Debut at Live for Live Music’s Brooklyn Comes Alive 2017 and will be touring in the spring of 2018 behind their first full length EP “Get Ready”]

14. The New Mastersounds – “Chicago Girl”
from: Renewable Energy / One Note Records / April 13, 2018
[The New Mastersounds are a British four-piece jazz fusion and funk band from Leeds, England. Over the last 16 years, they have issued ten studio albums, two live dates, two remix collections, and a compilation album.In the late 1990s, guitarist and producer Eddie Roberts was running a club night in Leeds called “The Cooker.” When The Cooker moved into a new venue with a second floor in 1999, there was space and the opportunity to put a live band together to complement the DJ sets. Simon Allen and Roberts had played together in 1997 as The Mastersounds, with a different bassist and no organ. Through friends and the intimate nature of the Leeds music scene, Pete Shand and Bob Birch were added on bass and Hammond respectively, establishing The New Mastersounds. Their first rehearsal produced the release for Blow it Hard Records on two limited-edition 7″ singles in 2000.]

15. Grouper – “Parking Lot”
from: Grid of Points / Kranky / April 27, 2018
[Grouper is the solo project of US-American musician, artist and producer Liz Harris. She has been releasing material on her own label and other independent labels since 2005. Grouper released the critically acclaimed Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill in 2008, followed by five more records, including a two-part album, A I A, and the piano-led album Ruins. Her eleventh album, Grid Of Points was released on April 27, 2018. On March 8, 2018, the song Parking Lot from the forthcoming album was released via her BandCamp. She has collaborated with a number of other artists, including Xiu Xiu, Jesy Fortino (Mirrorring), Roy Montgomery, The Bug, Lawrence English (Slow Walkers), and Jefre Cantu-Ledesma (Raum). Harris was born in Northern California and grew up around the San Francisco Bay area. She grew up in a Fourth Way commune there which was inspired by the philosophy of George Gurdjieff. The community was known as “The Group”, which would later serve as some inspiration for the moniker Grouper. According to Harris, the kids called each other and the parents ‘groupers’ sort of as a defiance. She says: “It was us making our own identities inside a pretty controlled environment, and sort of lashing back maybe… When I had to think of a name I felt annoyed at nothing sounding right. I wanted something that referenced me without referencing ‘Me.'” According to her, she “felt like the music was at its barest just a grouping of sounds, and I was just the grouper.”]

16. Melody’s Echo Chamber – “Breathe in, Breathe Out”
from: Bon Voyage / Fat Possum Records / June 16, 2018
[Melody’s Echo Chamber is the main project of French musician Melody Prochet. When Prochet’s previous project My Bee’s Garden supported Tame Impala on their European tour in 2010, Prochet collaborated with Kevin Parker to produce her new solo material as Melody’s Echo Chamber. The material was recorded in Parker’s makeshift studio in Perth, Australia and Prochet’s grandmother’s seaside home in the south of France. The self-titled debut album was released on Fat Possum Records in the Fall of 2012.]

17. Lou Johnson – “Rock Me Baby”
from: Sweet Southern Soul / Water Music Records / 1969
[Reissued by Run Out Groove Records 2018]
[Born 1941, in Brooklyn, NYC. He is a soul singer & pianist who was active as a recording artist in the 60s and early 70s. He started singing in gospel choirs in his teens, before studying music at Brooklyn College. He learned keyboards & percussion, forming a gospel group, the Zionettes, who recorded for Simpson Records and achieved some local success. Johnson then formed a secular group, the Coanjos, with Tresia Cleveland & Ann Gissendammer, recording “Dance the Boomerang” before Cleveland & Gissendanner left to become the Soul Sisters. In 1962, Johnson signed as a solo singer with Bigtop Records, run by the Hill & Range music publishing company in the Brill Building. There, he met the songwriting team of Burt Bacharach & Hal David, who wrote Johnson’s 1st single, “If I Never Get to Love You”. Neither that song nor his 2nd record, “You Better Let Him Go”, were hits, but his 3rd single, “Reach Out for Me”, also written by Bacharach & David and this time produced by Bacharach, reached # 74 on the Billboard Hot 100 in late 1963. However, as it rose up the charts, the record company collapsed, limiting the record’s success. Johnson signed to its successor label, Big Hill, and continued to record Bacharach & David songs. In 1964, his original version of “(There’s) Always Something There to Remind Me”, with backing vocals by Doris Troy, Dee Dee Warwick, and Cissy Houston, reached # 49 in the US charts. In the UK, a cover version by English singer Sandie Shaw rose to #1 on the British singles chart. Johnson also recorded the original versions of several other Bacharach & David songs that later proved to be bigger hits for other musicians. “Reach Out for Me”, “Message to Michael (Kentucky Bluebird)” (originally “A Message to Martha”), and “(There’s) Always Something There to Remind Me” were all American hits, also produced by Bacharach & David, for Dionne Warwick. Several of his records reached the Cashbox R&B Top 20 including “Always” peaking at # 12 and “Reach Out” at #15. In the UK, Johnson’s version of “A Message to Martha” was his biggest hit, reaching #36 in late 1964, but was outsold by Adam Faith’s cover version. In 1965, working with the team of Bill Giant, Bernie Baum & Florence Kaye on the reactivated Bigtop label, Johnson recorded a vocal version of Sidney Bechet’s instrumental hit of a few years earlier, “Petite Fleur”, entitled “A Time to Love, A Time to Cry”. He appeared on the UK TV program: Ready Steady Go!, but neither it nor its follow-ups, a version of the jazz standard “Anytime” and then a version of “Walk On By” co-produced by Allen Toussaint, were successful, and the record company’s choice of songs distanced him from his earlier audience. An album, called Anytime, went unreleased as the record company again collapsed. Johnson recorded two albums in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The first, Sweet Southern Soul, for the Atlantic subsidiary Cotillion, was produced by R&B producer, Jerry Wexler, at Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals. Allen Toussaint produced the 2nd, With You in Mind, at his New Orleans studio for Stax’s Volt label, but neither proved successful. After moving to Orange County, CA, Johnson became a nightclub entertainer. He sometimes performed in a latter-day version of the Ink Spots.]

18. Sir Stanley – “I Believe”
from: Eccentric Soul: The Saru Label / Numero Group / March 23, 2018
[20th volume of our flagship Eccentric Soul series has all the boxes checked: Gun-toting, skip-tracing record producers, child stars, rip-offs, the “World’s Greatest Bail Bondsman,” swindles, soaring falsettos, and a dwindling rust-belt cityscape offering mere glimpses of hope before the record industry escaped for the coasts. Helmed by the O’Jays Bobby Massey, Saru was a creative vortex that pulled Cuyahoga County’s greatest talent in, making a strong case for Cleveland to contend with Detroit, Philly, and Memphis as America’s soul music’s capital. Deluxe compact disc includes 25 obscure and unknown sides from the Out of Sights, the Elements, Pandella Kelly, David Peoples, Sir Stanley, the Ponderosa Twins + 1, Ba-Roz, Bobby Dukes, and of course, the O’Jays.]

19. Miles Davis & John Coltrane – “Round Midnight (Live from Olympia Theatre, Paris)”
from: The Final Tour: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 6 / Columbia-Sony Legacy / March 23, 2018
[The latest entry in the award-winning Miles Davis Bootleg Series focuses on the final chapter in the landmark collaboration between Davis and saxophonist John Coltrane: their last live performances together, in Europe in the spring of 1960. Miles and Coltrane first collaborated in 1955, when Davis recruited the tenor saxophonist alongside pianist Red Garland, bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Philly Joe Jones. This “first great quintet” made their Columbia Records debut in 1957. Those early recordings showcased the stunning contrasts between Miles’ spacious, melodic lines and Trane’s cascading high-energy solos, famously described by the critic Ira Gilter in 1958 as “sheets of sound.” While the quintet disbanded shortly after the release of ‘Round About Midnight, Coltrane was back in Miles’ ensemble in early 1958. A year late, the Miles Davis Sextet (Davis, Coltrane, Chambers, saxophonist Julian “Cannonball” Adderley, pianists Bill Evans or Wynton Kelly, and drummer Jimmy Cobb) recorded the historic Kind Of Blue, the best-selling jazz album of all time. And for this final tour the rhythm section of Kelly, Chambers and Cobb backed Miles and Trane. These historic performances marked Miles and Trane’s last outing together and showcased both musicians’ incredible influence on the changing sound of jazz. The beautiful music they made together is presented here officially for the very first time. The 4CD set The Final Tour: The Bootleg Series Vol. 6 includes concerts recorded in Paris, Copenhagen and Stockholm.]

Marion Merritt thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley. Marion is the creator of Records With Merritt, a small, independent, minority owned business, at 1614 Westport Rd. in Kansas City, Missouri. More info at: http://www.recordswithmerritt.com

11:31 – Underwriting

11:33 – Interview with Barry Lee

Barry Lee and Marion Merritt on the May 2, 2018 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM.

Barry Lee joins us to share information about, An Evening With the Music of The Beatles: Unplugged, Saturday, May 12 at 7:30 PM, at Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St, Lawrence, KS. Signal to Noise’s Barry Lee hosts an All-Star group of KC & Lawrence musicians in a benefit for KPR’s Audio Reader Network. The evening will highlight the quieter side of the Beatles’ music. Special guests, The Volker Brothers (David George & Eric Voeks) will open the show with a set of acoustic Beatles songs.

Barry Lee is the host & producer of Signal To Noise heard Friday nights at 9:00 PM.

We offered our sincere condolences on the loss of Barry’s friend and wife Caroline Lee who passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 18th, surrounded by her family.

Caroline and Barry Lee

Caroline was an early volunteer and organizer for KKFI beginning in 1985. When the station went on the air in 1988, she hosted a show called “Watusi Rodeo,” which was one of the first alternative country radio shows in the country.

After that, she guested often on Signal To Noise, tended her garden, went to music shows and doted on her cats.

Barry plans two memorial shows for Caroline Lee on May 4th and May 11th, at 9:00 pm on KKFI. Signal To Noise, will present “Watusi Radio” a tribute to Caroline Lee on Friday, May 4, at 9:00 PM.

There will also be a concert at Knuckleheads in July in her memory. She requested donations be sent to KKFI via http://www.kkfi.org/donate in lieu of flowers or cards.

Barry has been working on a special benefit he is producing for KPR’s Audio Reader Network.

An Evening With the Music of The Beatles: Unplugged, Saturday, May 12 at 7:30 PM, at Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St, Lawrence, KS

An Evening With the Music of The Beatles: Unplugged, Saturday, May 12 at 7:30 PM, at Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St, Lawrence, KS.

10:42

20. Beatles Tribute Band – “Two Of Us”
from: Unreleased Rehearsal Recordings / April 29, 2018
[Mike Penner on guitar & vocals, Darrell Lea on guitar & vocals, Nate Holt on keyboards, Paul Lemon on percussion, Pat Tomek on drums, & Michael Paull on bass & vocals]

10:46 – More interview with Barry Lee

Barry Lee joins us to share information about, An Evening With the Music of The Beatles: Unplugged, Saturday, May 12 at 7:30 PM, at Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St, Lawrence, KS.

Signal to Noise’s Barry Lee hosts an All-Star group of KC & Lawrence musicians in a benefit for KPR’s Audio Reader Network.

The evening will highlight the quieter side of the Beatles’ music. Special guests, The Volker Brothers (David George & Erik Voeks) will open the show with a set of acoustic Beatles songs.

The Volker Brothers (David George & Erik Voeks) will open the show

All – Star band:
Mike Penner on guitar,
Darrell Lea on guitar,
Nate Holt on keyboards,
Paul Lemon on percussion,
Pat Tomek on drums, &
Michael Paull on vocals and bass

11:56

21. Beatles Tribute Band – “Fool On A Hill”
from: Unreleased Rehearsal Recording / April 29, 2018
[Mike Penner on guitar, Darrell Lea on guitar, Nate Holt on keyboards, Paul Lemon on percussion, Pat Tomek on drums, & Michael Paull on vocals and bass]

[An Evening With the Music of The Beatles: Unplugged, Saturday, May 12 at 7:30 PM, at Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St, Lawrence, KS.]

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

Next week, on May 9th David Wayne Reed joins us to share information the premiere of Eternal Harvest his new short film about the cycle of life as depicted by the growing season on a rural Kansas farm using drones, dance, farm implements, heirloom quilts, agriculture, and video installation, that will be part of the Miami County Farm Tour May 12 in Louisburg, Kansas. Also next week we’ll talk with Johnny Hamil, Theresa Scott, Chris Tady about Woodstack 2018 on Saturday, May 12 at Woodyard BBQ, 3001 Merriam Lane in Kansas City, Kansas featuring The Sleazebeats, Sopchoppy, Claire Adams, Erica Joy, Betse & Clarke, WyCo Low Riders, The Almighty Trouble Brothers and Pamper The Madman. Also next week we have an extended interview with Musician and Director Cody Critcheloe of SSION, just before the national release of the new SSION album, 0, thaty comes out May 11 on DERO ARCADE records. Also next week Shawn Saving joins us to share information about Workers Revival Fest – May 11 and 12 at recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd, KCMO, with Downtown Boy, Red Kate, Friendship Commanders, EBONY TUSKS, Nublvckcity, Baracutanga, Rev. Sekou, Austin Lucas, Scruffy & the Janitors, and Lovergurl featuring speakers from Jobs With Justice, Greater AFL-CIO, Noisey, and more

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

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

Show #732

Wednesday MidDay Medley

WMM Playlist from February 21, 2018

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

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Spinning Records With Marion Merritt
+ Red Kate & Too Much Rock

Marion Merritt of Records With Merritt

Today, we welcome back to the show, Marion Merritt as our special “Guest Producer.” For 14 years now she has been sharing her musical discoveries and information from her encyclopedic brain. Marion is the creator of Records With Merritt, a small, independent, minority owned business, at 1614 Westport Rd. in Kansas City, Missouri.

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

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

3. The O’Jays – “For the Love of Money”
from: The Ultimate O’Jays / Sony Music / April 10, 2001
[A soul/funk song written and composed by Kenneth Gamble, Leon Huff, & Anthony Jackson; recorded by Philadelphia soul group The O’Jays for the album Ship Ahoy. Produced by Gamble & Huff for Philadelphia International Records, “For the Love of Money” was issued as a single in late 1973 (see 1973 in music), with “People Keep Tellin’ Me” as its b-side. The single peaked at number three on the U.S. Billboard R&B chart, and at No. 9 on Billboard’s Pop Singles chart in spring 1974. Though the album version of the song was over seven minutes long, it received substantial radio airplay. The song’s title comes from a well-known Bible verse, 1 Timothy 6:10: “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” (This translation is from the King James Version of the Bible.) The O’Jays are an American R&B group from Canton, Ohio, formed in 1958 and originally consisting of Eddie Levert (born June 16, 1942), Walter Williams (born August 25, 1943), William Powell (Jan. 20, 1942 – May 26, 1977), Bobby Massey and Bill Isles. The O’Jays made their first chart appearance with “Lonely Drifter” in 1963, but reached their greatest level of success once Gamble & Huff, a team of producers and songwriters, signed them to their Philadelphia International label in 1972. With Gamble & Huff, the O’Jays (now a trio after the departure of Isles and Massey) emerged at the forefront of Philadelphia soul with “Back Stabbers” (1972), and topped the Billboard Hot 100 the following year with “Love Train”. Numerous other hits followed through the 1970s and into the 1980s and 1990s, and The O’Jays were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2004, and The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005.]

4. The Chocolate Watchband – “Voyage of the Trieste”
from: Inner Mystique / Tower / 1968
[Reissued by Sundaze / 2018]

5. Wooden Shjips – “Staring At the Sun”
from: V. / Thrill Jockey / May 25, 2018

10:26 – Underwriting

6. LaVice & Company – “Thoughs Were the Days”
from: LaVice And Company’s Two Sisters From Bagdad / Jazzman / 2018
[Released as a single from Numero Group April 14, 2017]

7. THE DESCENDANTS OF MIKE AND PHOEBE – “Coltrane” (CD #7) (5:01)
from: A Spirit Speaks / Strata-East Records / 1974 [Reissued by Everland Music Group 2017]

8. Death & Vanilla – “Dioz Delirium”
from: The Tenant / Fire America / March 9, 2018

9. The Brian Jonestown Massacre & Asia Argento – “Le sacre du printemps”
from: Musique de film imaginé / ‘A’ Records / April 27, 2015

10. CSC Funk Band – “Above the Starrs”
from: Above the Starrs / Electric Cowbell – Newtown Creek Jamz / March 24, 2017

11:00 – Station ID

11. Orgone – “The Black Five”
from: Undercover Mixtape / Colemine Records / February 2, 2018

12. Funkadelic – “Undisco Kidd (Gay Marvine Edit)”
from: Reworked By Detroiters / Westbound – Ace Records / October 27, 2017

13. Bardo Pond – “Cud”
from: Volume 8 / Fire Records / Februry 2, 2018
[Brand new album from Philadelphia’s much loved neo-space rock stoner drone outfit. A euphoric transcendental journey to a mountain top nirvana, a psychedelic tapestry that slowly unwinds as they travel onwards into the inner mind. A 40-minute opus delivered from a hail of reverb soulfully caressed by a ceremonial flute, that makes way for a shroud of ‘Weld’—era Neil Young fog. Bardo Pond is your rather ruffled tour guide to this far off place, this distant sense of wonderment at the crossroads with bewilderment. Loved and lauded by the late Lou Reed and his wife Laurie Anderson, Jesus & Mary Chain, Mogwai and many more and acclaimed in the music press as such: “Dinosaur Jr guitar power with the glacial grandiosity of Black Mountain, as if Isobel Sollenberger is conjuring a thunderstorm with the sound of her voice and riding it across the heavens.” Stereogum “One of underground rock’s most extraordinary enigmas” The Quietus. “They alter brain chemistry by the alchemical effect of distressed sound alone, aspiring to become engineers of the soul’s passage to alternate states of consciousness.” Tony Dale (RIP), Ptolemaic Terrascope, 2001. “Playing fuzzed out stuff of stoner dreams since the mid ‘90s.” Pitchfork. “Fugazi on acid.” Noisey]

14. The Sufis – “Sri Sai Flora”
from: The Sufis / Ample Play Records / July 2, 2012

15. Tess Parks – “Gates of Broadway”
from: Blood Hot / 359 Music / 2013 [Reissued by Optic Nerve / 2018]

16. Jóhann Jóhannsson – “Part 5/ The Sun’s Gone Dim and the Sky’s Turned Black”
from: IBM 1401 a User’s Manual / 4AD / 2006 [Reissued by 4AD 2017]

Marion Merritt thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley. Coming up we talk with members of Red Kate and Sid Sowder of Too Much Rock

11:31 – Underwriting

11:33 – Interview with L. Ron Drunkard, Shaun Hamontree, and Sid Sowder

The KC based Punk Rock and Roll band, Red Kate has been rocking venues since 2007. In the review of their debut EP, The Pitch wrote, “Bassist and lead vocalist L. Ron Drunkard, (aka Shawn Saving) is a socialist activist by day, bellows like an Appalachian Roger Daltrey.”The band’s first full-length album, “When the Troubles Come” was released on Replay Records in 2013. In 2016 the band released their follow up full – length record, unamerican activities, on Kansas City’s coop record label, Black Site. The n]band has also release two 7″ split sinle releases with The Bad ideas, and Stiff Middle Fingers. Members of Red Kate join us today to share their newest release, “Iraqi Girl,” as part of the Too Much Rock – Singles Series, 7” vinyl 45-rpm release, with a B side cover of TSOL’s,” American Zone,” the first recording with the band’s newest member, rhythm guitarist Shaun Hamontree who joins bassist and lead vocalist L. Ron Drunkard Shawn Saving), Andrew Whelan on drums & vocals, and Desmond Poirier on guitar & vocals. Red Kate celebrates the release of the new record Friday, February 23 at Davey’s Uptown with Reacharounds from Springfield, MO, Arson Class and Vidco Kult. The band also plays an all ages show Saturday, March 3 at Mills Record Company with Martian Martian Martian. The single is out February 24.

Also with us is Sid Sowder, founder of Too Much Rock, a music blog site he created in 1997 to share his photos, videos & comments of live music shows he attends. The Too Much Rock Singles Series is a collection of 45 rpm singles that marry great songs with great bands all for the love of vinyl. Each old-school two-song single features one unique song paired with one cover chosen by Too Much Rock who press 500 limited edition copies and then simply give them to the band.

L. Ron Drunkard (Shawn Saving), Shaun Hamontree and Sid Sowder Thanks for being with us on WMM

Tracks were recorded at Weights and Measures Soundlab with engineer Duane Trower and producer L. Ron Drunkard.

10:45

18. Red Kate – “Iraqi Girl” (Vinyl)
from: Iraqi Girl – Single / Too Much Rock / February 24, 2018
[L. Ron Drunkard – bass/lead vocalist, Andrew Whelan – Drums/Vocals, Desmond Poirier – guitar/vocals]

[Red Kate plays release show Friday, Feb 23 at Davey’s with Reacharounds, Arson Class, Vidco Kult.]

[Red Kate plays All Ages show Saturday, March 3 at Mills Record Company w/ Martian Martian Martian.]

Sid Sowder, founder of Too Much Rock, a music blog site he created in 1997 to share his photos, videos & comments of live music shows he attends. The Too Much Rock Singles Series is a collection of 45 rpm singles that marry great songs with great bands all for the love of vinyl. Each old-school two-song single features one unique song paired with one cover chosen by Too Much Rock who press 500 limited edition copies and then simply give them to the band. Schwervon!, Rev Gusto, Josh Berwanger Band, The Uncouth, Hipshot Killer, and Witch Jail have all recorded for the Too Much Rock Single Series. More info at: http://www.toomuchrock.com

Red Kate is proud to announce the release of a new single on local label, Too Much Rock. As with all records in the Singles Series, this old-school, 45 rpm ripper contains one original track and one cover selected by the label. Side A, Iraqi Girl, is a grinding statement on American foreign policy, while side B follows suit with a cover of the TSOL song, American Zone. This frank indictment of how we treat those sent off to impose that foreign policy is as relevant today as it was in 1984. American Zone marks the first recording with the band’s newest member, rhythm guitarist Shaun Hamontree, whose contribution to the effort also includes his arresting, if not disturbing, cover art invoking the devastating reality of a war widow’s scrap book.

Both tracks were recorded at Weights and Measures Soundlab where engineer Duane Trower and producer L. Ron Drunkard have perfected Red Kate’s sonic signature. And like all 7” releases by the band, the covers were printed locally by the good folks of the Allied Printing and Trades Local 16C at Callender Printing in Kansas City, KS.

Red Kate will celebrate the release of the new record Friday, February 23 at Davey’s Uptown with Reacharounds from Springfield, MO, and up and comers, Arson Class and Vidco Kult. An all ages show is scheduled for Saturday, March 3 at Mills Record Company with the brand new Martian Martian Martian.

This limited edition release of 500 records includes 100 copies on clear vinyl with an alternate cover (collect away, nerds!). Distributed by Black Site, they will be available February 24 at record stores throughout the region and online at black-site.org/red-kate and redkate.bandcamp.com.

RED KATE released its first LP, When the Troubles Come, on Replay Records in 2013 and a 7″ split on Mills Record Company with fellow KC punks, The Bad Ideas, in 2014.

BLACK SITE is a record label cooperative created by Kansas City musicians interested in supporting regional punk and rock bands release their recordings on a physical medium. With the world around us becoming a deluge of digital 1’s and 0’s, transient as a trust fund crust punk on a cross country excursion, tangible art is critical to maintaining connections to our past, our sense of place, and who we are as a people. Only WE can create the world we want to live in. Reciprocity and solidarity are the cornerstones of building long lasting, self-sustaining community power that pushes back against the commodification of culture. Music is not a business; Punk is not a brand, and DIY is not a lifestyle to be consumed. This is a way of life, and if we don’t hang together, we’ll surely hang alone.

L. Ron Drunkard, Shaun Hamontree, and Sid Sowder thank you for being with us on WMM.

Red Kate plays release show Fri, Feb 23 at Davey’s w/ Reacharounds, Arson Class, Vidco Kult. Red Kate plays All Ages show Sat, March 3 at Mills Record Company w/ Martian Martian Martian.

11:56

19. Red Kate – “American Zone” (Vinyl)
from: American Zone – B-side Single / Too Much Rock / February 24, 2018
[L. Ron Drunkard – bass/lead vocalist, Andrew Whelan – Drums/Vocals, Desmond Poirier – guitar/vocals]

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

Next week on February 28 The Matchsellers join us live in our 90.1 FM Studios. Also, Poet Jen Harris joins us to discuss a performance show is working on with Gilda’s Club and the Owen Cox Dance Ensemble

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

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

On your local radio dial 90.1 FM or
STREAMING LIVE at: kkfi.org

Show #722

WMM Playlist from November 8, 2017

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

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Spinning Records With Marion Merritt
+ Katy Guillen and the Girls

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

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

3. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – “Matter of Time”
from: Soul of a Woman / Daptone Records / 2017

4. Zara McFarlane – “Fussin’ and Fightin'”
from: Arise / Brownswood / 2017

5. Lizz Wright – “Seems I’m Never Tired Lovin’ You”
from: Grace / Concord Records / 2017

6. Miguel De Deus – “Black Soul Brothers”
from: Black Soul Brothers / Groovie Records / 2017

7. Pucho And The Latin Soul Brothers – ” Got Myself a Good Man”
from: Jungle Fire! / Beat Goes Public / 2009 – Jungle Fire 2017

10:30 – Underwriting

8. ODESZA – “A Moment Apart”
from: A Moment Apart / Counter Records / 2017

9. ODESZA – “Just a Memory (feat. Regina Spektor)”
from: A Moment Apart / Counter Records / 2017

10. Don Drummond – “The Shock”
from: Don Cosmic / Studio One / 2017

11. Mista Savona-“El Cuarto De Tula (feat. Maikel Ante, El Medico & Turbulence)”
from: Havana Meets Kingston / VP Records / 2017

12. Mavis Staples-“Wish I Had Answered (feat. North Mississippi Allstars)”
from: Take Me To the River (Music From the Motion Picture) / Fantasy Records 2014 / Egba 2017

13. Terrence Howard & Hi Rhythm Section – “Walk Away”
from: Take Me To the River (Music From the Motion Picture) / Fantasy Records 2014 / Egba 2017

11:02 – Station ID

14. Moses Sumney – “Don’t Bother Calling”
from: Aromanticism / Jagjaguwar / 2017

15. Curtis Harding – “Wednesday Morning Atonement”
from: Face Your Fear / Anti / 2017

16. Weather Station – “Thirty (Edited)”
from: Weather Station / Paradise Bachelors / 2017

17. Phoebe Bridgers – “Smoke Signals”
from: Stranger in the Alps / Dead Oceans / 2017

18. Kelly Lee Owens – “Arthur”
from: Kelly Lee Owens / Smalltown Supersound / 2017

Marion Merritt thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

11:29 – Underwriting

19. Katy Guillen and The Girls – “Waiting Till the Day”
from: Remember What You Knew Before / KG & The Girls / November 11, 2017
[For this new album the band worked with producer Lennon Bone. The band reworked songs from the 2012 album Katy & Go-Go, the 2014 Katy & The Girls eponymous debut album, and from 2016’s “Heavy Days” with one new song. Katy Guillen and The Girls, were formed in September of 2012 in Kansas City. The blues influenced roots rock trio is made up of Katy Guillen on guitar & vocals, Claire Adams on bass & vocals, & Stephanie Williams on drums.]

[Katy Guillen and The Girls play a Kansas City Release Show on Saturday, November 11, at 7:00 PM, at The Foundation, 1221 Union Avenue, KCMO, with Julia Haile opening the night.]

11:35 – Interview with Katy Guillen and Claire Adams

Claire Adams & Katy Guillen on the November 8, 2017 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley.

Katy Guillen and Claire Adams of Katy Guillen and the Girls joined us to share music from their new full length release, “Remember What You Knew Before.” Katy Guillen and The Girls, were formed in September of 2012 in Kansas City. The blues influenced roots rock trio is made up of Katy Guillen on guitar & vocals, Claire Adams on bass & vocals, & Stephanie Williams on drums.

Katy Guillen and The Girls play a Kansas City Release Show on Saturday, November 11, at 7:00 PM, at The Foundation, 1221 Union Avenue, KCMO, with Julia Haile opening the night. More info at: http://www.kgandthegirls.com

Katy Guillen and Claire Adams thank you for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

“Remember What You Knew Before” was Produced by Lennon Bone

Songs were recorded in their home with multiple instruments including guitars loaned to Katy from her former teacher, Beau Bledsoe.

The new album contains reinterpretation and new versions of 3 songs previously released on last year’s “Heavy Days” album, 4 songs from Katy Guillen & The Girls debut album, from 2014, and 3 songs from 2012’s full length album, Katy & Go-Go.

“If You were Gone” was recorded by Joel Nanos at Element Recording.

A few weeks ago we played the song “Boom” from the 5-song EP, Waiting for The Winds to Change, released, October 22, from Claire Adams, featuring new recordings of original songs by Claire Adams, with Claire Adams on vocals, guitar, & bass; Katy Guillen on guitar & harmony vocals; Lennon Bone on drums. Recorded, mixed & mastered by Duane Trower at Weights + Measures Soundlab, Kansas City, MO. More info at: http://www.claireadamsmusic.com

11:44

20. Katy Guillen and The Girls – “BiWi”
from: Remember What You Knew Before / KG & The Girls / November 11, 2017
[For this new album the band worked with producer Lennon Bone. The band reworked songs from the 2012 album Katy & Go-Go, the 2014 Katy & The Girls eponymous debut album, and from 2016’s “Heavy Days” with one new song. Katy Guillen and The Girls, were formed in September of 2012 in Kansas City. The blues influenced roots rock trio is made up of Katy Guillen on guitar & vocals, Claire Adams on bass & vocals, & Stephanie Williams on drums.]

Katy Guillen and The Girls play a Kansas City Release Show on Saturday, November 11, at 7:00 PM, at The Foundation, 1221 Union Avenue, KCMO, with Julia Haile opening the night. More info at: http://www.kgandthegirls.com

Katy Guillen, Claire Adams, Stephanie Williams play nearly 100 shows a year. In October 2016 they bought a van to tour with and have already put over 50,000 miles on the van.

Stephanie Williams has been a crucial part of The Band That Fell To Earth and the annual Tribute to David Bowie, organized by Michelle Bacon, coming back in January at recordBar for the third year.

Katy Guillen, Claire Adams, thank you for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

11:57

21. Katy Guillen and The Girls – “Humbucker”
from: Remember What You Knew Before / KG & The Girls / November 11, 2017
[For this new album the band worked with producer Lennon Bone. The band reworked songs from the 2012 album Katy & Go-Go, the 2014 Katy & The Girls eponymous debut album, and from 2016’s “Heavy Days” with one new song. Katy Guillen and The Girls, were formed in September of 2012 in Kansas City. The blues influenced roots rock trio is made up of Katy Guillen on guitar & vocals, Claire Adams on bass & vocals, & Stephanie Williams on drums.]

[Katy Guillen and The Girls play a Kansas City Release Show on Saturday, November 11, at 7:00 PM, at The Foundation, 1221 Union Avenue, KCMO, with Julia Haile opening the night.]

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

Next week on Wednesday, November 15, The Country DuoKasey Rausch & Marco Pascolini join us LIVE in our 90.1 FM Studios. Plus we’ll talk with members of Truck Stop Love who join us to talk about their new LP, Can’t Hear It: 1991-1994, a collection of three songs from their debut cassette release of 25 years ago plus 8 more previously unreleased demo tracks released on vinyl through Black Site Records. Truck Stop Love play a KC Reunion / and Album Release show, Friday, November 17 at recordBar with Pedaljets, Red Kate and Chris Tolle. Also next week we’ll talk with Chase the Horseman who has a new songle out. And, Victor & Penny – Jeff Freling & Erin McGrane join us to share music and information about their new 7-inch release with RecordBar’s new label EAT.HEAR. RECORDS and the Label Launch and Release Party for Victor & Penny, November 15 at recordBar.

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

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

Show #707

WMM Playlist from August 30, 2017

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

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Spinning Records With Marion Merritt
+ Ada Brumback

Marion Merritt joined us as “Guest Producer.” For more than 13 years Marion Merritt has been sharing her musical discoveries and information from her encyclopedic brain. Marion is the creator of Records With Merritt, a small, independent, minority owned business, at 1614 Westport Rd. in Kansas City, Missouri.

We also talked with Kansas City based musician, freelance videographer and editor, Ada Brumback, who plays guitar in the band Bedroom Wounds.

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

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

3. The Heliocentrics – “The Sunshine Makers”
from: The Sunshine Makers (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) / Soundway Records / 2017

4. Mulatu Astatke & The Heliocentrics – “Masenqo”
from: Inspiration Information 3 / Strut!K7 / 2009

5. Mulatu Astatke – “Yègellé Tezeta (My Own Memory)”
from: Éthiopiques, Vol. 4: Ethio Jazz & Musique Instrumentale (1969-1974) / Buda Musique /98

6. Laurel Halo – “Moontalk”
from: Dust / Hyperdub / 2017

7. Laurel Halo – “Jelly”
from: Dust / Hyperdub / 2017

10:32 – Underwriting

8. Clement Djimogne – “Africa”
from: Pop Makossa (The Invasive Dance Beat of Cameroon 1976 – 1984)/2017 Analog Africa

9. Pasteur Lappe – “Na Real Sekele Fo’ Ya”
from: Na Man Pass Man / Africa Seven / 2017

10. Danny Offia & The Friks – “Funk with Me”
from: Doing It in Lagos: Boogie, Pop & Disco in 1980’s Nigeria / PMG / 2017

10:57 – Station ID

11. This Is the Kit – “Moonshine Freeze”
from: Moonshine Freeze / Rough Trade / 2017

12. This Is the Kit – “Bullet Proof”
from: Moonshine Freeze / Rough Trade / 2017

13. Come On – “Housewives Play Tennis”
from: The Come On Story / Manufactured Records / 2017

14. Television Personalities – “Games for Boys”
from: They Could Have Been Bigger Than the Beatles / Fire Records-Velvel Records / 1997 [2017 Fire Records]

15. Lewis Parker – “The Glass Ceiling (Main Theme)” [Instrumental]
from: The Puzzle: Episode 2 – The Glass Ceiling (Instrumentals) / King Underground / October 19, 2014 [Reissued by King Underground 2017]

16. Madlib – “Movie Finale”
from: Beat Konducta, Vol. 3 & 4: In India / Stones Throw / August 21, 2007

17. The Beginner’s Mynd – “Don’t Lose Your Mind”
from: Don’t Lose Your Mind / 13 O’Clock / 2017

18. The Kaisers – “Wishing Street”
from: Wishing Street / No Hit / 1998 [Revolver Music / 2017]

Marion Merritt thanks for being with us on WMM. Coming up we talk w/ Ada Brumback

11:29 – Underwriting

19. BEDROOM WOUNDS – “Exist In The Night”
from: Bedroom Wounds / Error/Records / January 6, 2017

[Bedroom Wounds play Records With Merritt, on Wednesday, August 30, at 7:00 PM, with Runaway Brother, Jessica Knight (of Looming), Prince Daddy and the Hyena, and Natural Man & the Reactors.

11:35 – Interview with Ada Brumback

KC based musician, freelance videographer and editor, Ada Brumback, plays guitar in the band Bedroom Wounds. Ada Brumback plays drums and has collaborated with the Springfield, Illinois band, Looming: the Chicago band, Cold Country; and area singer songwriter Doby Watson. Ada works at Black Lodge Recording studios in Eudora, Kansas, owned by Lawrence based, international recording artist Kawehi. Ada Brumback joins us to share tracks from Bedroom Wounds, Looming, and Told Slant.

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

Bedroom Wounds started as a solo recording project of Kristian Kyle Ratliff during his time in Springfield, IL. Formerly of the emo-rock band Our Lady 2010 to 2016, (Mayfly Records) With Bedroom Wounds, Kristian Kyle Ratliff, “furthered expressions of inner strife through the darkened tunnel that is loss. From dealing with these feelings personally, to watching loved ones engulfed in pain, Ratliff has formulated a sonic aura of unsettling proportions.” All tracks created by Kristian Kyle Ratliff. Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Brandon Carnes at Southtown Studios in Springfield, IL.

Bedroom Wounds is now a 4-piece band in Kristian Kyle’s new home of KC, MO. Ada Brumback plays guitar in the band.

Ada Brumback has collaborated as videographer for the Springfield, Illinois band, Looming.

11:44

20. Looming – “Down”
from: Seed / No Sleep Records / September 29, 2017
[1st single from the upcoming release of Springfield, Illinois based band formed in 2013. The band consists of: Jessica Knight on bass & lead vocals, Brandon Carnes on drums & backing vocals, Mitch Baker on guitar & backing vocals, Nick Demarco on guitar, Cassie Staub on guitar & synthesizer. (Original member Jordan Fein left the band after their debut release.) “The band originally came together over a shared common vision and passion for songwriting. After years performing in various Springfield bands (Mother Leopard, Lovecow, Our Lady, Big Storm) the group fell into a natural groove with one another and became known for their unique emo-pop that’s led by the inimitable vocal stylings of Knight that pair perfectly with the band’s bright, airy sound.” “Three guitars work together to perform thick, overlapping lines that lead to satisfying breakdowns. Front-woman Jessica Knight’s curious, chewy singing style and a thumping rhythm section give Looming a potent edge above their peers. ” This album is a follow up to theor debut full-length album, Nailbiter that came out in August 14, 2015.]

[Jessica Knight (of Looming) plays Records With Merritt, on Wednesday, August 30, at 7:00 PM, with Runaway Brother, Bedroom Wounds, Prince Daddy and the Hyena, and Natural Man & the Reactors.]

11:56

21. Told Slant –”Lack”
from: Still Water / Double Whammy Records / August 5, 2012
[Told Slant is the songwriting project of Felix Walworth (They/Them), Brooklyn based lyricist, producer, and founding member of The Epoch arts collective. Walworth started the project in 2011 as a means of marking a stylistic shift in their songwriting, specifically a shift toward understated, ambling arrangements and simple, illustrative lyrics. Told Slant’s debut LP, Still Water, was self-released in 2012, then re-released and pressed to vinyl by Broken World Media in 2014. The band released their follow full-length record, Going By, with Double Double Whammy in the summer of 2016. Though Told Slant functions more like a “solo project” in its recorded state, its live incarnation is arranged and performed by Walworth and Epoch co- collaborators Emily Sprague of Florist (She/Her, They/Them), Oliver Kalb of Bellows (He/Him), and Gabrielle Smith of Eskimeaux (She/Her). Sprague, Kalb, and Smith bring their particular sets of influences and intuitions to the band’s live sets in a way that draws out more energetic and dynamic arrangements from the songs. Told Slant’s members live in Brooklyn, NY, and tour actively.]

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

Next week on September 6, 90.1 FM Development Director, Bill Sundahl joins us for a 2-hour show spinning music from 18 artists playing the 13th Annual Crossroads Music Fest, Saturday, September 9, featuring over 60 bands & artists, on 9 stages, all in a 3-block area.

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

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WMM Playlist from July 18, 2012

Wednesday MidDay Medley
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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Marion Merritt’s Musical Discoveries!

Marion Merritt is the co-creator of the blog: a2-m3.com providing information about: Music, Film, Art, Books, Television, Technology, with links, downloads, and articles keeping us current with the latest musical and film news.

1. Dimitri From Paris – Prologue
from: Sacrebleu / Yellow Productions / 1996

2. Backlash – Hang With The Gang
from: GoGo Get Down / Z Records / 2012

3. Chuck Brown – Back It On Up
from: Tted Go Go All Stars / Tted – UFO / 2012

4. The Orb ft. Lee “Scratch” Perry – Hold Me Upsetter
from: The Observance In The Star House / The End / 2010

5. Coldcut – Just for the Kick (feat. Annette Peacock)
from: Sound Mirrors / Ninja Tune / 2006

6. Annette Peacock – I Am The One
from: Ultra Rare: Female Singers, Vol 2 / Raintree Classics / 2011

7. Laura Spiegel – Appalachian Grove
from: New Music For Electronic & Recorded Media: Women In Electronic Music -1977 [Original Recording Remastered] / Anthology of Recorded Music / 2006

8. Donnie & Joe Emerson – Baby
from: Dreamin’ Wild / Light In The Attic / 2012

9. Donnie & Joe Emerson – My Heart
from; Dreamin’ Wild / Light In The Attic / 2012

10. DIIV – Oshin (Subsume)
from: Oshin (Bonus Track Version) / Captured tracks / June 5, 2012

11. DIIV – Doused
from: Oshin (Bonus Track Version) / Captured tracks / June 5, 2012

12. Bob Chance – Jungle Talk
from: It’s Broken / Trunk / 2012 (orig. 1980)

13. Bob Chance – It’s Broken
from: It’s Broken / Trunk / 2012 (orig. 1980)

14. Timi Yuro – Hurt
from; The Best of Timi Yuro: Hurt / EMI / 1996

15. Timi Yuro – What’s a Matter Baby (Is It Hurting You)
from: The Best of Timi Yuro: Hurt / EMI / 1996

16. Arbouretum – Destroying to Save
from: The Gathering (Bonus Track Version) / Thrill Jockey / 2011

17. Arbouretum – The Highwayman
from: The Gathering (Bonus Track Version) / Thrill Jockey / 2011

18. Little Willie John – Fever
from: Little Willie John: All 15 of His Chart Hits / King / 2006

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

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