Wednesday MidDay Medley presents: The 118 Best Recordings of 2018 (Part 3 of 4)

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

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

The 118 Best Recordings of 2018
(Part 3 of 4)

Wednesday MidDay Medley presents part-three, of our four-week special: The 118 Best Recordings of 2018. Based on playlists of this little ole radio show, we’ve compiled representative tracks from our favorite full-length and EP recordings of the year. We realize that these “Best of” lists can seem very subjective, please accept our list as a celebration of the year in music.

In 2018 we’ve played nearly 1000 different songs on the show, and we’ve played from over 400 New Releases. More than 250 of these were New MidCoastal Releases. We also conducted over 117 interviews with over 150 different guests. 75 of the representative recordings in our “Best of” list were MidCoastal Releases. Over 35 of the bands and artists in our “Best of” list have joined us as guests on Wednesday MidDay Medley on 90.1 FM. It’s all good!

Tune into 90.1 FM, Wednesdays in December, as we present our 4-week series: The 118 Best Recordings of 2018. December 19th, and 26th. We’ll be packing 8-hours of radio with music that represent: The 118 of Best Recordings of 2018!

This Wednesday, we’ll count down #59 to #30 with representative tracks from: Danielle Nicole, Of Tree, Amanda Fish, Second Hand King, Chris Hazelton’s Boogaloo 7, My Oh My!, FACEFACE, Hi-Lux, Eems, Scruffy & the Janitors, Kian Byrne, The Get Up Kids, Sara Morgan, The Phantastics, Kadesh Flow, Carswell & Hope, Grand Marquis, Dragon Inn 3, Vigil and Thieves, The Big Iron, Yo La Tengo, Soccer Mommy, David Byrne, Fantastic Negreto, Lucy Dacus, Mary Gauthier, Gully Boys, Kississippi, First Aid Kit, and Angélique Kidjo.

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WMM’s Playlist from November 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, November 21, 2018

2018 – The Year in Music
with: Tim Finn, Marion Merritt, Chris Haghirian, & Fally Afani

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

Today we take a look at 2018: The Year in Music with 4 special guests who’ll share their Favorite Musical Releases of 2018. Guests include: Tim Finn of In Kansas City Magazine, Marion Merritt of Records With Merritt, Chris Haghirian of Eight One Sixty on 90.9 The Bridge, and Fally Afani of I Heart Local Music.

Tim Finn of In Kansas City Magazine

10:06 – Interview with Tim Finn

Tim Finn is Music Writer for In Kansas City Magazine. Tim is originally from Youngstown, New York. He studied at University of Missouri in Columbia and received his Masters of Arts, in Journalism from the University of Kansas. Tim served as Music Writer of the KC Star, where he worked for 29 years. You can hear Tim Finn Thursday afternoons between 4:00 PM and 5:00 PM on 90.9 The Bridge with Jon Hart.

Tim Finn’s Favorite Musical Releases of 2018

#5. Calvin Arsenia – Cantaloupe/ Bullseye Records / September 15, 2018

2. Calvin Arsenia – “Toxic”
from: Cantaloupe / Bullseye Records / September 15, 2018 (KC Release)
[The first release on Bullseye Records. Calvin Arsenia who came home to KC in 2014 after living in Edinburgh, Scotland, and has released the EPs, Moments, Prose, and last year’s full length debut, Catastrophe. This year he released the EP Caviar to special guests who attended his Wickstock West show in West Bottoms. Standing at 6 foot 6 inches, Arsenia’s powerful vocals span a 3.5 octave range, while playing piano, banjo, guitar & harp. Calvin has played Folk Alliance International, KC Fringe Fest, Apocalypse Meow, The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, The Kauffman Center For The Performing Arts, Middle of the Map Fest., The Folly Theatre. Last year he undertook a three month US/European Outlyre Tour where he has played San Francisco, Portland, Vancouver, NYC, Boston, Edinburgh, Sweden, Denmark, Holland, Switzerland, Lyon and Paris.]

[Calvin Arsenia plays The Truman December 31 with Making Movies.]

#4. Mikal Shapiro – The Musical II / Mikal Shapiro / May 26, 2018

3. Mikal Shapiro – “Everybody’s Baby”
from: The Musical II / Mikal Shapiro / May 26, 2018
[“Everybody’s Baby” is her pop song she wrote, but all the songs on The Musical 11 are great. The sequel to Shapiro’s 2015 concept album “The Musical.” Mikal Shapiro, on vocals & guitar, Chad Brothers on vocals & guitar, Johnny Hamil on bass, and Matt Richey on drums. Special guests include: Hermon Mehari on trumpet, Tina Bilberry on viola & violin, Damon Parker on keyboards, and Lauren Hughes on vocals. Engineered and co-produced by Joel Nanos at Element Recording & Mastering Studios. Mikal Shapiro is a KC songwriter whose musical influences span popular songs, psych rock, lounge, classic country and old time spirituals. She has toured extensively across the U.S. and has recorded five critically acclaimed albums. KC Star and Tim Finn declared her album “The Musical” to be one of his top five releases of 2015. A third generation storyteller, she draws inspiration from her travels, love life, and the state of the Union.]

[Mikal Shapiro will be performing vocals for the MONTA AT ODDS Argentum Dreams RECORD RELEASE in a special ‘One Performance Only’ show on Saturday, December 1, at 8:00 PM, at recordBar, 1520 Grand Boulevard, with SHANA FALANA [NYC}, MIKAL SHAPIRO & “The Musical” Band / with live video projections from VJDN8]

#3. Bob & Una Walkenhorst – For Tomorrow / Bat Records / October 12, 2018

4. Bob & Una Walkenhorst – “For Tomorrow”
from: For Tomorrow / BAT Records / October 12, 2018
[25 year old Una Walkenhorst is a singer/songwriter from Kansas City, Missouri. Following the release of her debut album “Scars” in 2014, Una immediately had “new fans. . . coming out of the proverbial woodwork” (AXS). Paired with refreshingly raw vocals, Una’s heartfelt lyrics “will stop you in your tracks (at once beautiful and chilling),” wrote Gilded Palace Radio, as she weaves stories of genuine human experience. Una told KCUR FM that her father was one of the people who made her love music. But having a famous father can be challenging: “I knew that if I started my music career here I would have a lot of opportunities, but not all of them would be because of my music. They would be because I am someone’s daughter,” Walkenhorst says. Loading up her 97 Honda Civic, Una then spent a year traveling across North America promoting her music and connecting with listeners one-on-one. She ended up living in New Orleans. Una Walkenhorst is the youngest daughter of Bob Walkenhorst, a founding member of The Rainmakers, which had national and international hits in the 1980s and 90s, and continue to this day touring and recording new music. In January of 2018 Una Walkenhorst returned home to Kansas City from New Orleans. Over the past several years, Una and Bob had performed together at selected events, including Folk Alliance International. This year the father and daughter duo decided to record an album together, where they split the difference, taking turns as songwriters for the album’s songs, written individually, and recorded together, in clear beautiful harmonies, with that extra special shared musical DNA, that can be heard in the harmonies of The Carter Family, Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, or Shy Boys.]

[Bob & Una Walkenhorst play RSD Black Friday Nov. 23, at 2:00 PM, at Vinyl Renaissance & Audio 7932 Sante Fe Dr, Overland Park]

#2 Madisen Ward and The Mama Bear – Radio Winners EP / Glassnote / July 27, 2018

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

[Madisen Ward and The Mama Bear have just returned home from the road with The Record Company with shows in NYC, Philadelphia, Portland Maine, Charlotte, Atlanta, Birmingham, Austin, Dallas, Albuquerque, Phoenix, Tucson, San Diego, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Denver.]

#1. Amy Farrand and The Like – One / Amy Farrand / April 28, 2018

6. Amy Farrand and The Like – “Sweet Thing”
from: One / Amy Farrand / April 28, 2018
[Amy Farrand & The Like are Amy Farrand on lead vocals & guitar, Steve Tubbert on bass, Felix Dukes on drums, Kyle Dahlquist on keyboards & backing vocals, Stephan Jean-Francois on trumpet, and Katie Gilchrist on backing vocals. 11-song debut album was recorded with Duane Trower at Weights & Measures Soundlab. Amy Farrand plays over a dozen instruments, bass, drums, lap steel, guitar, she has hosted variety shows, and radio shows and has been a a member of the bands: American Catastrophe, Experimental Instrument Orchestra, Shotgun Idols, Sister Mary Rotten Crotch, Atlantic Fadeout, The Silver Maggies. One reviewer wrote of her, “Amy Farrand is a tough-as-nails vocalist making her an invaluable asset to any live act.”]

10:30 – Underwriting

Marion Merritt of Records With Merritt

10:32 – Interview with Marion Merritt

For nearly 15 years Marion Merritt has been sharing her musical 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’s Favorite Musical Releases of 2018

#5 – Blood Orange / Domino Recording Co. / August 24, 2018

7. 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]

#4. Cowboy Junkies – All That Reckoning / Latent Records / July 13, 2018

8. 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.]

#3. Tash Sultana – Flow State / Lonely Lands Records – Mom + Pop / August 31, 2018

9. Tash Sultana – “Big Smoke”
from: Flow State / Lonely Lands Records – Mom + Pop / August 31, 2018
[Natasha “Tash” Sultana was born June 15, 1995. She is an Australian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Described as a “one-woman band who brings new meaning to the concept of multi-tasking”. Half Australian and half Maltese, Sultana was born and grew up in Melbourne. She received a guitar from her grandfather when she was three, and has played ever since. She now can play over 10 instruments including guitar, bass, trumpet, flute, percussion and saxophone. Sultana’s teenage years were troubled. A self-described drug addict, she developed drug-induced psychosis when she was 17, and had to undergo several months of therapy to recover. Unable to find regular work, she turned to busking on the streets of Melbourne to get by.]

#2. Fantastic Negrito – Please Don’t Be Dead / Blackball Universe / June 15, 2018

10. Fantastic Negrito – “A Letter To Fear”
from: Please Don’t Be Dead / Blackball Universe – Cooking Vinyl / June 15, 2018
[Fantastic Negrito was raised in an orthodox Muslim household. His father was a Somali-Caribbean immigrant who mostly played traditional African music. When, at the age of 12, Negrito’s family moved from Massachusetts to Oakland, California. Oakland in 1970s was a million miles from Negrito’s conservative childhood. He went from Arab chants to Funkadelic in one day. By the time he was 20, Negrito had taught himself to play every instrument he could get his hands on. He was recording music, and after some difficulties on the streets he packed his bags and headed to LA, armed with a demo on cassette. Negrito signed with a million dollar deal at Interscope. The record deal was a disaster. Gangsta rap was ruling the airwaves and Negrito was in the wrong place at the wrong era. Negrito came out of the deal with a failed album and his confidence gutted. In 2000, Negrito was in a near fatal car accident that put him in a coma. For four weeks it was touch and go. Because his muscles atrophied while bedridden, he had to go through months of frustrating physical therapy to regain use of his legs. Rods were placed throughout his body. And worst of all, his playing hand was mutilated. Back in Oakland, Negrito forgot about life as a musician. He got married, he planted vegetables, raised his own chickens, and made money growing weed. He also settled into being a man, on his own, clear of the distractions of wanting to be a star. And then his son Kyu was born. He began recording without the hindrances that come with chasing trends. Negrito turned to the original DNA of all American music, the Blues. The beating life had given him primed him to channel his literal and musical forefathers: the Blues musicians of the Delta]

#1. R+R=Now – Collagically Speaking / Blue Note Records / June 15, 2018

11. R+R=NOW – “The Night In Question (feat. Terry Crews)”
from: Collagically Speaking (feat. Robert Glasper, Terrace Martin, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Derrick Hodge, Taylor McFerrin & Justin Tyson) Blue Note / June 15, 2018
[Reflect+Respond=Now, a supergroup featuring Robert Glasper on keybords, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah on trumpet, Derrick Hodge on bass, Taylor McFerrin on synthesizer, Justin Tyson on drums, and Terrace Martin on synth and vocoder. Motivated by their ethos to “reflect and respond,” forward-thinking jazz supergroup R+R=Now makes an ambitious, socially conscious blend of post-bop jazz, electronic-tinged fusion, avant-garde improvisational music, and hip-hop-influenced funk. Led by acclaimed pianist Robert Glasper, the group came together while he was working on Nina Revisited, a companion album released in conjunction with the 2015 Nina Simone documentary What Happened, Miss Simone?]

11:00 – Station ID

Chris Haghirian of Eight One Sixty on 90.1 The Bridge

11:00 – Interview with Chris Haghirian

Chris Haghirian has worked for The KC Star for 19 years and helped launch INK in April of 2008 where he puts together music promotions, and organizes music at, Boulevardia, The Plaza Art Fair, and Wednesday “Winsday” home game concerts at Kauffman Stadium for the Kansas City Royals. Chris hosts Star Sessions Live every Monday at Noon on Facebook Live. With Nathan Reusch of The Record Machine, Chris makes The Middle of The Map Fest happen each year, and Chris gets to share his amazing passion for the Kansas City music scene as host, with Sarah Bradshaw, of Eight One Sixty, heard Tuesday nights at 6:00 pm, on 90.9 The Bridge.

Chris Haghirian’s Favorite Musical Releases of 2017

#5. Cat Power – Wanderer / Domino Recording Co / October 5, 2018

12. Cat Power – “Woman feat. Lana Del Rey (Single Version)”
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.]

#4. Christine and The Queens – Chris / Because Music / September 21, 2018

13. Christine and The Queens – “Doesn’t Matter”
from: Chris / Because Music / September 21, 2018
[Chris is the second studio album by French singer Christine and the Queens, released in both English and French versions through Because Music. It was preceded by the release of two singles, each of which were released in both English and French versions: “Girlfriend” / “Damn, dis-moi”, featuring Dâm-Funk, and “Doesn’t Matter” / “Doesn’t Matter (Voleur de soleil)”. An English-language single, “5 Dollars”, was also released alongside an S&M-inspired video, followed by the French version of “La Marcheuse”. Héloïse Letissier (born 1 June 1988), known professionally as Christine and the Queens (or, as of 2017, simply Chris), is a French singer, songwriter and producer. Born in Nantes, France, Letissier studied theatre before forming her solo musical group Christine and the Queens. Letissier has been signed to the independent record label Because Music since 2012. Her work combines music, performance, art videos, drawings and photography.]

#3. Dragon Inn 3 – Double Line / American Laundromat / August 17, 2018

14. Dragon Inn 3 – “Club Sauce”
from: Double Line / American Laundromat Records / August 17, 2018
[Kansas City based and formed in 2012 with Grace Bentley, Sharon Bowie, Philip K. Dickey, E.P. Marcus. Dragon Inn 3’s debut LP clocks in at 28 minutes, but the band spent six years whittling away on the songs that would eventually become Double Line. Combining sugary pop hooks, hypnotic beats, and huge MOOG synths, Dragon Inn 3’s playful take on 80s pop could double as the soundtrack to a John Hughes movie (if John Hughes directed Blade Runner). The cinematic origins of Dragon Inn 3 can be traced back to 2012, when Philip Dickey (leader of the indie-pop group Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin) wrote a theme song for the award-winning short film Ghoul School. “If you watch the trailer you can tell it’s the same premise and look as Stranger Things–we just accidentally made it three years before them,” Dickey says. “I had so much fun making the soundtrack with the director (E.P. Marcus) that we decided to start a band.” Dickey recruited his sister, Sharon Bowie, an occupational therapist, and his wife, children’s librarian Grace Bentley, to help with songwriting and vocal duties. The group self-released the Ghoul School Soundtrack EP in late 2012, receiving high praise from Consequence of Sound, Philadelphia’s WXPN, and The Riverfront Times, before climbing to #1 on Bandcamp’s cassette charts. Then it was back to the studio (i.e. the bedrooms, kitchens, garages, and hotel rooms that doubled as makeshift recording studios). In between full-time jobs, parenthood, graduate school classes, and cross country moves, the members of Dragon Inn 3 put Double Line to tape. “I’m a stay-at-home dad now, so I would work on song arrangements and rough mixes when our toddler was taking his naps,” explains Dickey. “Grace would come home from work and record all her parts after his bedtime. We recorded all the breathy vocals in the living room and all the yelly parts in the garage so we wouldn’t wake him up.” The result is a highly addictive album that creates “a soundtrack for the more introspective moments on and off the dance floor,” according to critic David Greenwald. Opening track “What Kind Of World Are You Living In” plays like Blondie if the band hired Hall and Oates to record guitars. The album takes an intimate turn with “Bad Boy,” Bowie’s dreamy “Rocket Launcher,” and Bentley’s introspective cover of Robin Gibb’s “Juliet.” “3 Minute Mile” swoons with arpeggios and a hypnotic MOOG bass, while Bentley softly repeats the phrase “desperation/bad desire.” Then there are Italo-disco tinged tracks “Backstabber” and “Club Sauce,” with sing-songy pop hooks that harken back to Madonna and Whitney Houston’s greatest hits. “Double Line Theme” and “Murder In The Third” show off DI3’s soundtrack aspirations, and sound like lost Tangerine Dream and Giorgio Moroder B-sides. “Up In The Business” provides indelible synth hooks and a triumphant ending to Double Line. With members spread out over the country (KC, LA, and Springfield, MO), the group signed to American Laundromat Records in early 2018. A demo of “Bad Boy” (co-written with Free Energy’s Paul Sprangers) landed in a commercial for Ryan Adams’ Beats 1 Radio show before the song was even completed.]

#2. Bob & Una Walkenhorst – For Tomorrow / Bat Records / October 12, 2018

15. Bob & Una Walkenhorst – “Get On The Bus”
from: For Tomorrow / BAT Records / October 12, 2018
[25 year old Una Walkenhorst is a singer/songwriter from Kansas City, Missouri. Following the release of her debut album “Scars” in 2014, Una immediately had “new fans. . . coming out of the proverbial woodwork” (AXS). Paired with refreshingly raw vocals, Una’s heartfelt lyrics “will stop you in your tracks (at once beautiful and chilling),” wrote Gilded Palace Radio, as she weaves stories of genuine human experience. Una told KCUR FM that her father was one of the people who made her love music. But having a famous father can be challenging: “I knew that if I started my music career here I would have a lot of opportunities, but not all of them would be because of my music. They would be because I am someone’s daughter,” Walkenhorst says. Loading up her 97 Honda Civic, Una then spent a year traveling across North America promoting her music and connecting with listeners one-on-one. She ended up living in New Orleans. Una Walkenhorst is the youngest daughter of Bob Walkenhorst, a founding member of The Rainmakers, which had national and international hits in the 1980s and 90s, and continue to this day touring and recording new music. In January of 2018 Una Walkenhorst returned home to Kansas City from New Orleans. Over the past several years, Una and Bob had performed together at selected events, including Folk Alliance International. This year the father and daughter duo decided to record an album together, where they split the difference, taking turns as songwriters for the album’s songs, written individually, and recorded together, in clear beautiful harmonies, with that extra special shared musical DNA, that can be heard in the harmonies of The Carter Family, Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, or Shy Boys.]

[Bob & Una Walkenhorst play RSD Black Friday Nov. 23, at 2:00 PM, at Vinyl Renaissance & Audio 7932 Sante Fe Dr, Overland Park]

#1. Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – A Star Is Born Soundtrack / Interscope / Oct. 5, 2018

16. Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – “Shallow”
from: A Star Is Born Soundtrack / Interscope / October 5, 2018
[A Star Is Born is a 2018 American musical romantic drama film produced and directed by Bradley Cooper (in his directorial debut) and written by Eric Roth, Cooper and Will Fetters. A remake of the 1937 film of the same name, it stars Cooper, Lady Gaga, Andrew Dice Clay, Dave Chappelle, and Sam Elliott, and follows a hard-drinking musician (Cooper) who discovers and falls in love with a young singer (Gaga). It marks the fourth remake of the original 1937 film, after the 1954 musical, the 1976 rock musical and the 2013 Bollywood romance film. After seeing him perform at Desert Trip festival, Cooper approached Lukas Nelson (son of country music singer Willie Nelson) and asked him to help work on the film. Nelson agreed and wrote several songs, which he sent to the producers. Nelson subsequently met Lady Gaga and began writing songs with her and she, in turn, provided backing vocals on two tracks on his self-titled 2017 album. The soundtrack, performed by Gaga and Cooper, was released on October 5, 2018, by Interscope Records. The studio announced that the album “features 19 songs in a wide range of musical styles + 15 dialogue tracks that will take you on a journey that mirrors the experience of seeing the film.”.]

11:29 – Underwriting

Fally Afani of I Heart Local Music

10:31 – Interview with Fally Afani

Fally Afani is an award-winning journalist with a career spanning more than 17 years in media. She has worked extensively in radio, television, newspapers, and magazines. She has received several Kansas Association of Broadcasters awards as well as an Edward R. Murrow award for her online work in journalism. Fally lives in Lawrence, Kansas, where she reports on local and touring musicians and where she is the founder of, I Heart Local Music a comprehensive website providing info and place for music lovers in Lawrence to gather. It was started out of a deep love and appreciation for the local music scene. More information at: http://www.iheartlocalmusic.com

11:33 – Fally Afani’s Favorite Musical Releases of 2018

#5. Khrystal – “The Awkward Muva / Khrystal / July 13, 2018

17. Khrystal. – “Some People”
from: The Awkward Muva / Khrystal. / July 13, 2018
[Khrystal Coppage is Editor-in-Chief of Khorage Magazine. She served as Production Manager at UMKC University News from 2015 to 2016. She graduated from UMKC in 2016 where she studied Family Studies. She graduated from Kansas City Kansas Community College in 2013. She is a graduate of Sumner Academy of Arts & Science, in KCK. You can hear her debut album at; http://mixtapemonkey.com/2073/khrystal-q-u-a-r-t-e-r-c-e-n-t-u-r-y-l-i-v-i-n-g. Khrystal also released the three song EP, The Glow Up produced by Duncan Burnett on November 7, 2017 ]

#4. Pale Tongue – Pale Tongue EP / Manor Records / October 5, 2018

18. Pale Tongue – “King in Yellow”
from: Pale Tongue EP / Manor Records / October 5, 2018
[Lawrence based 3-piece band formed by Carlos Calderon and Nick Fredrickson of The Appleseed Cast and bassist James Thomblinson of Arc Flash, and Psychic Heat. The trio has molded their ripping ‘dungeon rock’ sound into a fierce torrent of fuzz and fury, bending and merging gritty acidic psych-punk with hypnogogic dreamscapes, crafting a realm of experience dripping in cosmic horror and heady awe. Engineered by Mitch Hewlett. Mix and Mastered by Joel Coon.]

#3. Sona – Sona EP2 / Spounds Wierd Records / September 14, 2018

19. Sona – “Pop Song”
from: Sona EP 2 / Something Sounds Weird Records / September 14, 2018
[Sona began as the love child of husband and wife Brian and Jenna Goodman. Add Bobby Reeves on drums makes this alternative indie rock shoegaze post-punkLawrence Kansas based band a “power trio.” The EP was recorded at Fire & Ice Studios Baldwin, KS and was engineered/mixed by Steve Squire and mastered by Duane Trower with all songs written by SONA ©2018 Something Sounds Weird Records]

#4. Serene Fiend – Sowing Dischord / DK Records / July 27, 2018

20. Serene Fiend – “Just Wont Go Away”
from: Sowing Discord / DK Records / July 27, 2018
[Industrial pop-rock project from Lawrence, Kansas based Joel Bonner. Vocals, guitar, bass, synthesizers, Drum Programming, Mixing, Mastering by Joel Bonner. Written by Joel Bonner. I Heart Local Music calls Sowing Discord “warm and beautiful, wrapping you up its lush sound.”]

#1 CS Luxem – Symptoms / Whatever Forever / February 17, 2018

21. CS Luxem – “Let Me Go On”
from: Symptoms / Whatever Forever / February 17, 2018
[Debut full-length from CS Luxem who works as a solo artist as well as a collaborator. CS Luxem has released several EPs and has performed all over the United States and Europe. Info at http://www.csluxem.bandcamp.com]

Fally’s Honorable Mentions:
Brass and Boujee – “All Day”
Bummer – “Reefer Sadness” off Holy Terror
HighWesthus – “Fangs” off TAKOTSUBO: a love story
The Phantastics – “Life of the Party” off of Life of the Party EP
Duncan Burnett – “Black Boy Joy” off The Almighty
Calvin Arsenia – “Tip Toe” or “Toxic” off Cantaloupe

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

Next week on November 28, Wednesday MidDay Medley presents our Top 25 Singles of 2018 (These are stand alone single releases of 2018 that are not included on any EPs or full length album releases.)

Tune into Wednesday MidDay Medley throughout December as we present our 4-week special series: The 118 Best Recordings of 2018, on December 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th. This is our celebration of the year in music based on the playlists of this little ole radio show.

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

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Show #761

Wednesday MidDay Medley with Tim Finn + Marion Merritt + Chris Haghirian + Fally Afani

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 21, 2018

2018 – The Year in Music
with: Tim Finn, Marion Merritt, Chris Haghirian, & Fally Afani

Mark welcomes four special guests who share their Favorite Musical Releases of 2018. Guests include: Tim Finn – Music Writer for In Kansas City Magazine, Marion Merritt – owner of Records With Merritt, Chris Haghirian – of The Kansas City Star and Host of Eight One Sixty on 90.9 The Bridge, and Fally Afani – Founder & Editor of I Heart Local Music.

We’ll hear representative tracks from: Calvin Arsenia, Bob & Una Walkenhorst, Mikal Shapiro, Madisen Ward and The Mama Bear, Amy Farrand and The Like, Khrystal, Pale Tongue, Sona, Serene Fiend, CS Luxem, Dragon Inn 3, Cat Power, Tash Sultana, Christine and the Queens, Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper, Blood Orange, Cowboy Junkies, Fantastic Negrito, and R+R=Now.

NEXT WEEK, On November 28, Wednesday MidDay Medley presents our Top 25 Singles of 2018 (These are stand alone single releases of 2018 that are not included on any EPs or full length album releases.)

Tune into Wednesday MidDay Medley throughout December as we present our 4-week special series: The 118 Best Recordings of 2018, on December 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th. This is our celebration of the year in music based on the playlists of this little ole radio show.

Tune in on 90.1 FM KKFI
or streaming live at kkfi.org

Show #761

WMM Playlist from November 14, 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, November 14, 2018

Royce “Sauce” Handy
+ Shaun Crowley & Mason Blaize +
Dr. Michael J C Taylor + New & MidCoastal Releases

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

2. The Depth and The Whisper – “Souvenir”
from: “Souvenir” – Single / The Depth and The Whisper / October 26, 2018
[Dave Tanner on bass, guitar & vocals; Albert Bickley on guitar & vocals. Albert Bickley, a Kansas City native, has been writing, recording and performing original music for years. Everything, including other bands he’s been in, have led to this moment and this project. Dave Tanner, a Canadian who calls Parkville, MO, home, has played bass in numerous bands through the years from rock and heavy metal to folk and punk. Albert Bickley and Dave Tanner do not believe the world owes them anything, but they know that they have something to give her. The two songwriters and musicians met in 2010 in the music scene of Kansas City, where they both had been active for several years. “When my last band broke up and I wrote new songs again, I immediately thought of Dave,” Albert remembers “I wanted his bass. I just told him to come over when you have time. He played the demos, we listened to it and just said, ‘That’s it! Perfect! ‘”This feeling is very rare.” Dave confirms:” We immediately had great respect and reverence for each other. We are both at the moment. And our music satisfies a deep need in us. We complement each other, we get better. And by that I do not just mean the music. “Because since then an extraordinary friendship has grown between them. “Albert and I started a conversation back then,” Dave explains, “and it never ended.”]

3. Monta At Odds – “Chromosphere”
from: Argentum Dreams / Haymaker Records / October 19, 2018
[6th full length release from the psychedelic, experimental indie/space rock/electronic collective based in KCK formed by brothers Dedric and Delaney Moore. The band describes their music as: Mutant Disco, minimal synthwave, post-punk dance, Electronica, Indie, Space Rock, Ambient. Current members include: Dedric Moore, Delaney Moore, Alexander Thomas, Adam Davies, Zach Bozich, Aaron Osborne, Matthew Hayden, past supporting members: Mika Tanaya, Sterling Holman, Bree Plaster; Eric Bessenbacher, Ryan Shank, Jeremiah James, Samer Saba, Doug Hutchinson, Erin O’Neill, Sam Behrens, Luke Behrens, Sam Hughes, Tom Romero, Caleb Aldrich, John Aldrich.]

[MONTA AT ODDS plays an Argentum Dreams RECORD RELEASE with Mikal Shapiro performing vocals in a special ‘One Performance Only’ show on Saturday, December 1, at 8:00 PM, at recordBar, 1520 Grand Boulevard, with SHANA FALANA (NYC), MIKAL SHAPIRO & “The Musical” Band / with live video projections from VJDN8]

4. The UK’s – “AWOD”
from: American Way of Death – EP / The UK’s / November 17, 2018
[Kansas City based band formed in July 2010 with Noah Bartelt on lead vocals & guitar, Scott Combs on guitar & vocals, Katelyn Miles on bass, Tarquin Eugene Kellough on drums. This EP is their follow up release to their 2016 debut album “Bad Seed”, featuring their single “The Poison Squad” released in March of 2018 and four more tracks. More info at: http://www.theuksband.com]

[The UK’s play an EP Release Bonanza Show with Shoebox Money who are also releasing a new EP, Saturday, November 17, at 8:00 PM, at The Rino, 314 Armour Rd., North Kansas City, with The Way Way Back, and Kid Computer.]

5. Shoebox Money – “Lifeline”
from: Reason and Rhyme Side B / Avenue Records / November 17, 2018
[Lawrence, Kansas based band that has recently had some line up changes. The current band includes: Hannah Norris on guitar & vocals , Ben Wellwood on guitar & harmonica & vocals, Patrick Spanier on bass, John Feess on slide guitar, and Nico Williams on percussion. This new EP is a follow up to the band’s September 1, 2018 EP release, Reason & Rhyme – Side A. After winning the Farmer’s Ball 2018 Battle of the Bands in Lawrence, Kansas the band finally had the funds to record their first ever professional EP. Filled with tales of frustration, heartbreak, longing, and good times, they are incredibly proud of the music they have worked so hard to create.]

[Shoebox Money play an EP Release Bonanza Show with The UK’s who are also releasing a new EP, Saturday, November 17, at 8:00 PM, at The Rino, 314 Armour Rd., North Kansas City, with The Way Way Back, and Kid Computer.]

6. Heidi Phillips and Danny Krause – “Be Good”
from: Honest I’m Fine / Heidi Phillips and Danny Krause / June 23, 2018
[Heidi Phillips on vocals, guitar, mandolin, & drums; Danny Krause on vocals, guitar, mandolin, & bass; Zeke Krause on percussion; and Linn Buck on piano. Heidi and Danny played together in the short lived band Abileen who released a great album and broke up just as the album was being released. Before that Heidi was the co-songwriter for the alternative rock band Frogpond that she formed in 1994. Frogpond achieved considerable success and was signed to Tristar Music and Columbia Records. Through a few line up changes the band included Heidi Phillips, Justine Volpe, Krisite Stremel, Megan Hamilton, Tawni Freeland and the late Billy Johnson who played drums on all of their recordings and who passed away on February 14, 2018 at the age of 42.]

7. Eggs on Mars – “Sod is Good”
from: Mama Pancake / Eggs On Mars / November 9, 2018
[KC based 3-piece, lo-fi, psych-surf-garage rock band with Brad Smith on guitars, vocals & keyboards; Justin Longmeyer on bass; and Mason Potter on drums & percussion. Mama Pancake was recorded May through September of 2018. Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Rodd Fenton. All songs by Eggs on Mars.]

8. BRONCHO – “Boys Got To Go”
from: Bad Behavior / Park The Van Records / October 12, 2018
[4th album from indie rock band formed in Norman, Oklahoma in 2010. The current lineup consists of Ryan Lindsey on guitar and vocals, Ben King and Mandii Larsen on guitars, Penny Pitchlynn on bass and Nathan Price on drums.Their debut album Can’t Get Past the Lips originally came out in 2011 and was rereleased by Fairfax Recordings in 2013. Broncho released their second album Just Enough Hip to Be Woman on September 16, 2014 on Dine Alone Records. The album received generally favorable reviews from the music press.The band’s song “It’s On” was played over the closing credits of “Females Only,” the first episode of the third season of the HBO series Girls. “Try Me Out Sometime” was used in an advertisement for HBO Now and Movie 43. “Try Me Out Sometime” was also featured in the documentary, Valley Uprising. The track “Class Historian” was used in a commercial featuring Kate Hudson for her Fabletics brand of women’s athletic clothing as well as Cartoon Network’s bearstack campaign. “Class Historian” also appears on the soundtrack for Vacation, as well as the second episode of the second season of Santa Clarita Diet.]

[BRONCHO plays The Riot Room, 4048 Broadway, on Saturday, November 17, at 8:00 PM with Valen, and Momma’s Boy.]

10:28 – Underwriting

Michael J C Taylor on the November 14, 2018 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM.

10:32 – Interview with Michael J C Taylor

Constitutional Historian, Dr. Michael J C Taylor joins us to talk about his new book, The Preamble and Mission of the Constitution, to be released December 9, 2018 from Peter Lang Publishing of New York. Michael J C Taylor earned his bachelor of arts from Rockhurst College and obtained his doctorate in history and political science from the University of Missouri Kansas City. He served as Professor of American History and Politics at Dickinson State University, Bemidji State University and Paine College.

Michael J C Taylor, thanks for being with us today on WMM.

From the book cover: “The Preamble and Mission of the Constitution is an intellectual history of the six essential phrases of the Preamble of the U.S. Constitution. These phrases convey what the essential goals and purposes of the Constitution are, and this book’s essential mission is to discern both the original intent they left to us. The Book examines the writing of the Framers, as well as the various works that inspire their ideas and the abstract concepts they studied.”

The Preamble to the United States Constitution is a brief introductory statement of the Constitution’s fundamental purposes and guiding principles. It states in general terms, and courts have referred to it as reliable evidence of the Founding Fathers’ intentions regarding the Constitution’s meaning and what they hoped the Constitution would achieve.

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

From wikipedia: The phrase “People of the United States” has sometimes been understood to mean “citizens.” This approach reasons that, if the political community speaking for itself in the Preamble (“We the People”) includes only citizens, by negative implication it specifically excludes non-citizens in some fashion. It has also been construed to mean something like “all under the sovereign jurisdiction and authority of the United States.”[49] The phrase has been construed as affirming that the national government created by the Constitution derives its sovereignty from the people, (whereas “United Colonies” had identified external monarchical sovereignty) as well as confirming that the government under the Constitution was intended to govern and protect “the people” directly, as one society, instead of governing only the states as political units. The Court has also understood this language to mean that the sovereignty of the government under the U.S. Constitution is superior to that of the States. Stated in negative terms, the Preamble has been interpreted as meaning that the Constitution was not the act of sovereign and independent states.

From wikipedia.org: The phrase “to form a more perfect Union” has been construed as referring to the shift to the Constitution from the Articles of Confederation. The contemporary meaning of the word “perfect” was complete, finished, fully informed, confident, or certain. The phrase has been interpreted in various ways throughout history based on the context of the times. For example, shortly after the Civil War and the ratification of the Fourteenth Amendment, the Supreme Court said that the “Union” was made “more perfect” by the creation of a federal government with enough power to act directly upon citizens, rather than a government with narrowly limited power that could act on citizens only indirectly through the states, e.g., by imposing taxes. Also, the institution was created as a government over the States and people, not an agreement (union) between the States. Later, the phrase came to mean the continual process of improvement of the country.

Jon Meacham wrote in 2018: “To know what has come before is to be armed against despair. If the men and women of the past, with all their flaws and limitations and ambitions and appetites, could press on through ignorance and superstition, racism and sexism, selfishness and greed, to create a freer, stronger nation, then perhaps we, too, can right wrongs and take another step toward that most enchanting and elusive destinations: a more perfect Union.”

Michael J C Taylor’s tie on the November 14, 2018 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM.

Michael J C Taylor wrote on his Facebook page: ““We, the people …” is the phrase the opens the U.S. Constitution. It is an inspiration to all of those who live or wish to live within the American republic. These words convey the vital foundation of this country and who is at the center of its governmental polices, its beneficence, and its aspirations.

Yet throughout it’s his history the people have been excluded from the choice of their representatives. When the republic was founded with the adoption of the Constitution only white land-owning males were allowed the voting franchise. It was argued by John Dickinson of Delaware and Gouveneur Morris of Pennsylvania that if all were allowed the right to vote the have-nots would take from the haves—an argument which appealed to the majority of the delegates for they were all men of position and wealth.

It was not until the opening of the West in the 1820s and 1830s the franchise was broadened to include all White males. Inspired by Mary Wollstonecraft’s “A Vindication of the Rights of Women”, published in 1798, the push for women to vote began in the early 1840s. The movement’s public launch came with the Seneca Falls Convention held on 19 July 1848. However when the movement became affiliated with abolitionist causes it became a popular pariah in both the North and the South during the 1850s, while gaining ascendency in the West.

The voting franchise expanded with the 1870 ratification of the Fifteenth Amendment to the Constitution when all males regardless of color were provided the right to vote, but women were not included. Individual western states began allowing the votes of women in local and state election in the late 1870s. Victoria Woodhull offered herself as a presidential candidate in 1880, and Belva Lockwood actually ran for president in 1884, and was arrested when she attempted to vote for herself. The Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution was ratified in 1920 and allowed women the right to vote, although state laws barred Asian and Hispanic women that right until 1954, and women of color until the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965.

In short, the right to vote in a free and fair election for most Americans was long and hard-fought-for process. Those who benefitted from the casting of fewer votes, and who also already held the franchise, saw fit to block every action taken on behalf of “We, the people”. And they are engaged once again in this practice under the guise of “voter fraud”.

They have made laws in which some legitimate voters are barred from casting their ballots, or if they cast their ballots they are not counted. Then there are other laws which bar those with rural addresses lacking specific streets as locations which further contracts the voting populace. Then there are the political candidates who seek to stop recounting votes in fear of losing their provisional victory in the initial count which, of course, has the real effect of not counting every vote.

For a republic to function properly all who cast their ballots must be heard, and their votes tallied to determine the true victor in a popular election. To hinder this goal is the win by fraud, and to make public policy through malice and thievery. As the right to vote has been a hard-won process it does not benefit a country based upon the will of “We, the people” to exclude them from the choice of who is to represent them in a representative republic. And those who seek to gain from it have too much to gain from restricting the voice of American citizens.”

http://www.peterlang.com // Author Photo by Bill Pryor // Cover Image by Michael McQuary

Dr. Michael J C Taylor
Photo by Bill Pryor

Michael J C Taylor is not only a Scholar of U.S. Constitutional History he is also the co-founder and vocalist and 12-string acoustic guitarist and Composer with his band Hejira.

Side note: Hejira is the 8th studio album by Joni Mitchell, released in 1976. The songs on the album were largely written by Mitchell on a trip by car from Maine back to LA, with prominent imagery including highways, small towns and snow. The photographs of Mitchell on the front and back cover were taken by Norman Seeff and appear against a backdrop of Lake Mendota, in Madison, Wisconsin, after an ice storm. Characterized by lyrically dense, sprawling songs, and the distinctive fretless bass playing of Jaco Pastorius, Hejira marked Mitchell’s turn towards the jazz-based music she would implement on later recordings. The album did not sell as well as its predecessors, peaking at #22 in Mitchell’s native Canada. It also reached #13 on the Billboard 200 pop album chart in the U.S. (where it was certified gold by RIAA), and #11 in the UK, where it attained a silver certification. Critically, the album was generally well received, and in the years since its release, Hejira has been recognized as one of the high-water marks in Mitchell’s career.

The album title is a transliteration of the Arabic word “hijra”, which means “journey”, usually referring to the migration of the Islamic prophet Muhammad (and his companions) from Mecca to Medina in 622. She later stated that when she chose the title, she was looking for a word that meant “running away with honor.” She found the word “hejira” while reading the dictionary, and was drawn to the “dangling j, like in Aja… it’s leaving the dream, no blame”.

Michael J C Taylor is also the cofounder writer producer for ‘Greenwich Mean Time’ a satirical comedy radio sho produced for KKFI between 1988 and 1989 with Pete Bakely, Harris Deutch, and Sheila Gerber with episodes that were nominated for both a George Foster Peabody Broadcast Award and the Playboy Free Speech Awards.

Michael J C Taylor, thanks for being with us today on WMM.

Dr. Michael J C Taylor’s new book, The Preamble and Mission of the Constitution, will be released December 9, 2018 from Peter Lang Publishing of New York. His book will be available through amazon and where ever books are sold.

10:48

9. Ex Acrobat – “Let’s Get Lost”
from: Let’s Get Lost – EP / Ex Acrobat / October 10, 2018
[Ex Acrobat is a Kansas City based 4-piece rock band with Justin Warring on guitar & vocals, Duane Trower on guitar, Chuck Irons on bass, John Cruz on drums.]

[Ex Acrobat play miniBar, 3810 Broadway, Thur, Dec. 6, at 9:00 PM, with Dead Soft, and Man Bear.]

10. Dragon Inn 3 – “What Kind Of World Are You Living In”
from: Double Line / American Laundromat Records / August 17, 2018
[Kansas City based and formed in 2012 with Grace Bentley, Sharon Bowie, Philip K. Dickey, E.P. Marcus. Dragon Inn 3’s debut LP clocks in at 28 minutes, but the band spent six years whittling away on the songs that would eventually become Double Line. Combining sugary pop hooks, hypnotic beats, and huge MOOG synths, Dragon Inn 3’s playful take on 80s pop could double as the soundtrack to a John Hughes movie (if John Hughes directed Blade Runner). The cinematic origins of Dragon Inn 3 can be traced back to 2012, when Philip Dickey (leader of the indie-pop group Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin) wrote a theme song for the award-winning short film Ghoul School. “If you watch the trailer you can tell it’s the same premise and look as Stranger Things–we just accidentally made it three years before them,” Dickey says. “I had so much fun making the soundtrack with the director (E.P. Marcus) that we decided to start a band.” Dickey recruited his sister, Sharon Bowie, an occupational therapist, and his wife, children’s librarian Grace Bentley, to help with songwriting and vocal duties. The group self-released the Ghoul School Soundtrack EP in late 2012, receiving high praise from Consequence of Sound, Philadelphia’s WXPN, and The Riverfront Times, before climbing to #1 on Bandcamp’s cassette charts. Then it was back to the studio (i.e. the bedrooms, kitchens, garages, and hotel rooms that doubled as makeshift recording studios). In between full-time jobs, parenthood, graduate school classes, and cross country moves, the members of Dragon Inn 3 put Double Line to tape. “I’m a stay-at-home dad now, so I would work on song arrangements and rough mixes when our toddler was taking his naps,” explains Dickey. “Grace would come home from work and record all her parts after his bedtime. We recorded all the breathy vocals in the living room and all the yelly parts in the garage so we wouldn’t wake him up.” The result is a highly addictive album that creates “a soundtrack for the more introspective moments on and off the dance floor,” according to critic David Greenwald. Opening track “What Kind Of World Are You Living In” plays like Blondie if the band hired Hall and Oates to record guitars. The album takes an intimate turn with “Bad Boy,” Bowie’s dreamy “Rocket Launcher,” and Bentley’s introspective cover of Robin Gibb’s “Juliet.” “3 Minute Mile” swoons with arpeggios and a hypnotic MOOG bass, while Bentley softly repeats the phrase “desperation/bad desire.” Then there are Italo-disco tinged tracks “Backstabber” and “Club Sauce,” with sing-songy pop hooks that harken back to Madonna and Whitney Houston’s greatest hits. “Double Line Theme” and “Murder In The Third” show off DI3’s soundtrack aspirations, and sound like lost Tangerine Dream and Giorgio Moroder B-sides. “Up In The Business” provides indelible synth hooks and a triumphant ending to Double Line. With members spread out over the country (KC, LA, and Springfield, MO), the group signed to American Laundromat Records in early 2018. A demo of “Bad Boy” (co-written with Free Energy’s Paul Sprangers) landed in a commercial for Ryan Adams’ Beats 1 Radio show before the song was even completed.]

11. Oh Dear Oh My – “Bon Appetit”
from: ASHDLA’ / Oh Dear Oh My / July 11, 2018
[KC synth/drum duo, is made up of Rani & Curt. This is their 2nd release. They’ve been playing locally for 3 years. This EP Ashdla’ is named for the Navajo word for Five. There are five tracks on their EP, as Curt is himself Navajo. Oh Dear Oh My tend toward dark & dancy but can’t seem to commit to a single rock genre.]

12. Meshell Ndegeocello – “Waterfalls”
from: Ventriloquism / Naive / March 16, 2018
[Singer-songwriter, rapper, bassist, and vocalist. Her music incorporates a wide variety of influences, including funk, soul, jazz, hip hop, reggae and rock. She has received significant critical acclaim throughout her career, and has had ten career Grammy Award nominations. She has been credited for having “sparked the neo-soul movement.”Ventriloquism is the 12th studio album from Meshell Ndegeocello. The album covers eleven R&B and pop tracks originally recorded in the 1980s and 1990s. A portion of the profits of the album will go to the ACLU. Tis album follows “Comet, Come to Me”, her 11th studio album. “Waterfalls” is a song by American recording group TLC. It was written by band member Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes with Marqueze Etheridge and Organized Noize for TLC’s second album, CrazySexyCool (1994), featuring production by the latter. The song was released as the third single from the album on May 29, 1995 in the United States, followed by a United Kingdom release on August 5, 1995. Often considered the group’s signature song, “Waterfalls” was an international hit, topping the charts in many different territories. The song spent seven weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, giving the group their second US No. 1. The song was the No. 2 song of the year on the Billboard 1995 year-end chart. “Waterfalls” also peaked at No. 1 in New Zealand, Switzerland, and Germany, while reaching the top 10 in many other countries. “Waterfalls” received critical acclaim, earning 2 Grammy nominations at the 38th Annual Grammy Awards in 1996 for Record of the Year and Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. The song tackled issues of the illegal drug trade, promiscuity and HIV/AIDS. Jarett E. Nolan of BMG noted that “Waterfalls” was the first #1 song ever to reference AIDS in one of its verses. The accompanying music video for the song reflected its socially conscious lyrics. With a million-dollar budget, the video was an MTV staple credited for giving the single much of its success. It stayed atop the MTV Video Monitor chart for over a month, making TLC the first act to ever achieve this feat. The video won 4 MTV Video Music Awards in 1995, including top honors for Video of the Year. TLC was the first African-American act to ever receive the trophy.]

[TLC plays Ameristar Casino, Saturday, November 17, at 8:30 PM]

11:00 – Station ID

13. Sauce – “Apologize”
from: Soul Food 4 / Sauce / November 21, 2018
[Kansas City based Hip-Hop artist Sauce is back with his 4th original release. Sauce’s earlier releases charted on Billboard, iTunes and Amazon Hip-Hop charts. More info at: http://www.soundcloud.com/theycallmesauce%5D

[Sauce plays the Stockyard Sounds Concert Series with LUCUS, Monday, November 19, at 7:00 PM, at Stockyards Brewing Co., 1600 Genessee, KCMO in the West Bottoms.]

[Sauce plays the SoulFood4 Release Show, A Concert to Celebrate Black Men, Health, Family and Purpose on Wed, Nov 21, at 6:00 PM at Ruby Jean’s Kitchen & Juicery, 3000 Troost Ave., KCMO.]

Royce “Sauce” Handy

11:04 – Interview with Royce “Sauce” Handy

Royce “Sauce” Handy is a rapper, a songwriter, a beat maker, a designer, a teacher, an MC, a business owner, a social media manager, a husband, a father., a community organizer. He has worked with the AdHoc Group Against Crime, Teens in Transition, Storytellers Inc., Arts Tech, Mid-America Regional Council, UMKC, Representative Brandon Ellington, Mayor Sly James. He is co-owner of The Rap Asylum, We are RAP, and owner of Melanin Connoisseur. Sauce has collaborated with visual artists, the hip hop community and with the collective NUBLVCKCITY. Last year Sauce released his EP Summer Sauce which was part of WMM’s 117 Best Recordings of 2017. Throughout November and December he will be touring midwestern and southern cities with Mae C., Kartez Marcel, VP3, and Kadesh Flow. Sauce joins us to share new music and information about the Stockyard Sounds Concert Series with LUCUS, Monday, November 19, at 7:00 PM, at Stockyards Brewing Co., 1600 Genessee, KCMO in the West Bottoms. Sauce is on the verge of sending out his newest release Soul Food 4, with a special SoulFood4 Release show – A Concert to Celebrate Black Men, Health, Family and Purpose on Wednesday, November 21, at 6:00 PM at Ruby Jean’s Kitchen & Juicery, 3000 Troost Ave., KCMO.

Royce “Sauce” Handy, Thanks for being with us on WMM

Royce “Sauce” Handy grew up in Kansas City, Kansas. His father ran a small business Quindaro Boulevard. His mother grounded her son when he got into trouble. While being grounded he spent the days reading books. He had a large collection of Goosebumps books. He wrote, too, finding his way with words and language and rhthym. In 5th grade at Fairfax Elementary school he became known as a human jukebox. He memorized songs from Master P, Naz, Biggie and others that he heard on the radio.

He told Pitchweekly: “I think that kind of helped when I first heard hip-hop,” he says. “I was always into the lyrics.”

From Pitch KC: “By the time he attended Wyandotte High School, he and his friends would pound out beats on lunchroom tables and battle whenever they could. Everyone in the group had a rap name except Handy. At the time, the And1 Mixtape Tour filled ESPN airwaves with cartoon crossovers and impossible dunks; the king of the dribble back then was a scrawny kid named Philip Champion — Hot Sauce. Handy considered himself the king of his crew, so he cribbed the name. People called him Sauce.”

He got married at 22, and becoming a father transformed his perspective

In 2012 one of his best friends was injured seriously in a drive-by shooting. Multiple bullets struck the chest of Handy’s friend, who was hospitalized and fell into a coma for months.

When Handy returned to the recording studio he wanted his music to carry a message about the tragedy of his friend. His “Stop the violence,” music became a bridge for his involvement with began working with the AdHoc Group Against Crime, KC Mothers in Charge and other anti-violence groups around the city.

Handy’s track “Gunshots” was released in 2013 and spoke out against hip hop’s obsession with guns and violence. Handy performed his music in Boys & Girls Clubs, and after school programs and churches throughout the metro. “Gunshots” was played on Hot 103 Jamz and became a hit for Sauce.

Handy’s choice to use hip hop music to promote positive themes, and the celebration of women and men in our community started to grow from this experience and has formed Handy’s music in his last three professionally produced EPs, and continues into his new upcoming 4th EP Soul Food 4.

11:15

14. Sauce – “Cultivating Manhood feat. Ryan S. Harvey”
from: Soul Food 4 / Sauce / November 21, 2018
[Kansas City based Hip-Hop artist Sauce is back with his 4th original release. Sauce’s earlier releases charted on Billboard, iTunes and Amazon Hip-Hop charts. More info at: http://www.soundcloud.com/theycallmesauce%5D

11:17 – Interview with Royce “Sauce” Handy

Royce “Sauce’ Handy on the November 14, 2018 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM.

Royce “Sauce” Handy joins us to share new music and information about several shows he plays in the next week. Sauce plays the Stockyard Sounds Concert Series with LUCUS, Monday, November 19, at 7:00 PM, at Stockyards Brewing Co., 1600 Genessee, KCMO in the West Bottoms. Sauce plays the SoulFood4 Release Show, A Concert to Celebrate Black Men, Health, Family and Purpose on Wednesday, November 21, at 6:00 PM at Ruby Jean’s Kitchen & Juicery, 3000 Troost Ave., KCMO.

Royce “Sauce” Handy, Thanks for being with us on WMM

Royce “Sauce” Handy and his musical partner, rapper and producer Kartez Marcel have worked with young people through the Teens in Transition program at ArtsTech. Michael Toombs, the director of Storytellers Inc, who coordinates the program told Pitchweekly, “He really added another dimension.”

NUBLVCKCITY is a group Hip Hop artists who collaborate as a collective musical entity. The group includes Sauce, Mae C., Kartez Marcel, and others.

Royce “Sauce” Handy is a Hip-Hop entrepreneur, creative, urban leader, and more. He has worked as an Air Quality/Public Affairs Intern at Mid-America Regional Council. He serves as Social Media Manager at Big Mommas Bakery-Cafe. Handy is Co-Owner/Talent Buyer at The Rap Asylum and Co-owner/Teacher at We Are RAP. He is owner/Designer at Melanin Connoisseur

Providing soulful & empowering tunes, Kansas City native, Sauce, guarantees a live performance that will inspire any & everyone. On top of being a go-to voice for the region, and having music that has peaked on iTunes, Amazon, and Billboard charts, he works with youth through Hip-Hop based initiatives. He is available for performing, speaking, teaching (Hip-Hop education), and more.

Royce “Sauce” Handy, Thanks for being with us on WMM

Sauce plays the Stockyard Sounds Concert Series with LUCUS, Monday, November 19, at 7:00 PM, at Stockyards Brewing Co., 1600 Genessee, KCMO in the West Bottoms.

Sauce plays the SoulFood4 Release Show, A Concert to Celebrate Black Men, Health, Family and Purpose on Wednesday, November 21, at 6:00 PM at Ruby Jean’s Kitchen & Juicery, 3000 Troost Ave., KCMO.

11:25

15. Sauce – “Black Power Ranger”
from: Summer Sauce / Sauce / July 28, 2017
[3rd original release from Kansas City based Hip-Hop artist Sauce. It features Kendrick Lamar and Tech N9NE collaborator, Gee Watts, along with producer/rapper Duncan Burnett. Duncan Burnett produced all the songs except Childhood Crush, produced by M. Fasol. This concept EP sets the tone of love and greatness via future soul, live instruments, and summer vibes. Sauce’s earlier releases charted on Billboard, iTunes and Amazon Hip-Hop charts.]

11:28 – Underwriting

16. Rachel Cion – “One More Time 35mm”
from: One More Time 35mm – Single / Rachel Cion / November 9, 2018
[Rachel Cion is Rachel Cionitti an Olathe, Kansas based singer-songwriter who has posted multiple songs on her SoundCloud page.]

[Rachel Cion plays Manor Records for MOCSA, on Friday, November 16, at 5:00 PM, at Blip Roasters, 1101 Mulberry, KCMO in The Bottoms with Chloe Jacobsen, and Mason Blaize.]

11:33 – Interview with Shaun Crowley and Mason Blaize

Royce “Sauce” Handy, Shaun Crowley, and Mason Blaize on the November 14, 2018 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM.

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

Kansas City based singer songwriter Mason Blaize who is a classically trained vocalist who has performed with The Lyric Opera of Kansas City. Mason plays piano, bass, ukulele and has played guitar snce she was 8 years old. Mason has gain fans through her shows at The Rino, Ollie’s Local and Californos. Mason Blaize will play live in our 90.1 FM Studios.

Shaun Crowley & Mason Blaize join us to share details about Manor Records for MOCSA, on Friday, November 16, at 5:00 PM, at Blip Roasters, 1101 Mulberry, KCMO in The Bottoms. This is a benefit for the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault. MOCSA’s mission is to improve lives of those impacted by sexual abuse and assault and prevent sexual violence in our community. The show features musical sets from three of KC’s upcoming singer songwriters: Chloe Jacobsen, Rachel Cion, and Mason Blaize.
Shaun Crowley and Rachel Mallin thanks for being with us on WMM.

Shaun Crowley & Mason Blaize thanks for being with us on WMM.

Manor Records for MOCSA, on Friday, November 16, at 5:00 PM,
Blip Roasters, 1101 Mulberry, KCMO in The Bottoms.

This is a benefit for the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault. MOCSA’s mission is to improve lives of those impacted by sexual abuse and assault and prevent sexual violence in our community. More info at: http://www.mocsa.org.

The show features musical sets from three of KC’s upcoming singer songwriters: Chloe Jacobsen, Rachel Cion, and Mason Blaize.

11:42

Mason Blaize

17. Mason Blaize – “Time” (LIVE)

[Mason Blaize plays Manor Records for MOCSA, on Friday, November 16, at 5:00 PM, at Blip Roasters, 1101 Mulberry, KCMO in The Bottoms with Rachel Cion, and Chloe Jacbson.]

We’re talking with Shaun Crowley & Mason Blaize about Manor Records for MOCSA, on Friday, November 16, at 5:00 PM, at Blip Roasters, 1101 Mulberry, KCMO in The Bottoms. The show features musical sets from three of KC’s upcoming singer songwriters: Chloe Jacobsen, Rachel Cion, and Mason Blaize.

This is a benefit for the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault. MOSCA’s mission is to improve lives of those impacted by sexual abuse and assault and prevent sexual violence in our community.

Momma’s Boy opens for BRONCHO atThe Riot Room, 4048 Broadway, on Saturday, November 17, at 8:00 PM with Valen.

Shaun Crowley and Mason Blaize thanks for being with us on WMM.

11:54

18. Chloe Jacobson – “True Blue”
from: Frozen Fruit / Chloe Jacobson / to be released soon
[Kansas City, Missouri based singer songwriter. Her soulful, bluesy vocals are colored with the pop cadence of aughts-era emo. Her first album release, titled “Frozen Fruit” is expected to drop in late 2018 or early 2019 following with a midwest tour soon to be announced. More info at: http://www.chloejacobson.online]

[Chloe Jacobson plays Manor Records for MOCSA, on Friday, November 16, at 5:00 PM, at Blip Roasters, 1101 Mulberry, KCMO in The Bottoms with Rachel Cion, and Mason Blaize.]

19. 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 21, Tim Finn – Music writer for IN Kansas City, Marion Merritt – owner of Records With Merritt, Chris Haghirian – from Ink and KC Star and host of Eight One Sixty on 90.9 The Bridge, and Fally Afani – founder of I Heart Local Music who all join us to share their favorite releases of 2018.

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 #760

Wednesday MidDay Medley presents: Royce “Sauce” Handy + Shaun Crowley, Rachel Mallin & Mason Blaize + Michael J C Taylor

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 14, 2018

Royce “Sauce” Handy +
Shaun Crowley, Rachel Mallin & Mason Blaize

+ Dr. Michael J C Taylor + New & MidCoastal Releases

Mark plays more New & MidCoastal Releases from: Monta At Odds, The UK’s, Shoebox Money, The Depth and the Whisper, Sauce, Heidi Phillips and Danny Krause, Oh Dear Oh My, Eggs On Mars, Ex-Acrobat, Chloe Jacobson, Dragon Inn 3, Rachel Cion, Broncho, and Meshell Ndegeocello.

Dr. Michael J C Taylor
Photo by Bill Pryor

At 10:30 Constitutional Historian, Dr. Michael J C Taylor joins us to talk about his new book, The Preamble and Mission of the Constitution, to be released December 9, 2018 from Peter Lang Publishing of New York. Michael J C Taylor earned his bachelor of arts from Rockhurst College and obtained his doctorate in history and political science from the University of Missouri Kansas City. He served as Professor of American History and Politics at Dickinson State University, Bemidji State University and Paine College.

Royce “Sauce” Handy

At 11:00 Royce “Sauce” Handy joins us to share new music and information about several shows he plays in the next week. Sauce plays the Stockyard Sounds Concert Series with LUCUS, Monday, November 19, at 7:00 PM, at Stockyards Brewing Co., 1600 Genessee, KCMO in the West Bottoms. Sauce plays the SoulFood4 Release Show, A Concert to Celebrate Black Men, Health, Family and Purpose on Wednesday, November 21, at 6:00 PM at Ruby Jean’s Juicery (Ruby Jean’s Kitchen & Juicery), 3000 Troost Ave., KCMO. More info at: http://www.soundcloud.com/theycallmesauce

Mason Blaize

At 11:30 Shaun Crowley & Rachel Mallin join us to share details about Manor Records for MOCSA, on Friday, November 16, at 5:00 PM, at Blip Roasters, 1101 Mulberry, KCMO in The Bottoms. This is a benefit for the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault. MOSCA’s mission is to improve lives of those impacted by sexual abuse and assault and prevent sexual violence in our community. More info at: http://www.mosca.org. The show features musical sets from three of KC’s upcoming singer songwriters: Chloe Jacobsen, Rachel Cion, and Mason Blaize. Mason Blaize will play live in our 90.1 FM Studios.

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

Show #760