WMM presents Robert Castillo & Kansas City Syzygy + Black Lives Matter Compilation

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

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Robert Castillo & Kansas City Syzygy
+ New & MidCoastal Releases

We play New & MidCoastal Releases from: The Black Creatures, Rob Rice & The Devil’s Threesome, Miki P, Marcotte, Betse & Clarke, LyMerrick, The Guillotine Choir, Fritz Hutchison, Daniel Gum, Various Blonde, Johnny Hamil & Jeff Harshbarger, Palace Intrigue, Hotel Leo, Be/Non, Shay Estes, Julianna Barwick, Bijuu, Lonnie Holley, D’Angelo & The Vangaurd, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, and Funkadelic.

The production of “Kansas City Syzygy” was directed by Robert Castillo with J Ashley Miller mastering the raw audio files. JC Franco created the album design, utilizing a painting by KC native Madeline Gallucci.

We will feature tracks from: Kansas City Syzygy, a compilation of 19 songs created during the quarantine of 2020 with proceeds donated to KC Tenants, a local nonprofit organized to ensure that everyone in KC has a safe, accessible, & truly affordable home.

BLM cover art by Chicago-based Nigerian American illustrator, Unimuke Agada / Courtesy French Exit Records

We also continue featuring tracks from French Exit Records – Black Lives Matter Compilation of 22 acts from the area, with proceeds donated to One Struggle KC‘s Liberation Fund, a Black-led coalition of KC activists seeking to connect the struggles of oppressed communities, locally & globally. http://www.frenchexitrecords.bandcamp.com

Robert Castillo

At 11:00 Mark welcomes musician & band leader Robert Castillo, who shares music and information about Kansas City Syzygy a compilation of original tracks with over 25 KC based musicians who came together electronically to contribute. All of this music was created during the shutdown of the world in the Spring of 2020. The production of “Kansas City Syzygy” was directed by Robert Castillo with J Ashley Miller mastering the raw audio files. JC Franco created the album design, utilizing a painting by KC native Madeline Gallucci. All proceeds will be donated to KC Tenants, a local nonprofit. The album was released on July 17, 2020 and is available at http://www.kcsyzygy.bandcamp.com

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Show #847

WMM Playlist from July 15, 2020

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

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Stephonne Singleton + Heath Church
+ New & MidCoastal Releases

Today’s show features tracks from French Exit Records – Black Lives Matter Compilation, of 22 acts from the area, with proceeds donated to One Struggle KC‘s Liberation Fund, a Black-led coalition of KC activists seeking to connect the struggles of oppressed communities, locally & globally.

And from: Kansas City Syzygy, a compilation of 19 songs created during the quarantine of 2020 with proceeds donated to KC Tenants, a local nonprofit organized to ensure that everyone in KC has a safe, accessible, & truly affordable home.

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

2. UpKeep – “Burnt Hands”
from: Black Lives Matter Compilation / French Exit Records / July 6, 2020
[Electronic dream pop band from Springfield, Missouri formed in January 2017 by Spencer Pearson and Anna Redmond. “Burnt Hands” was mastered by Jordan Bleau. “Burnt Hands” was originally released as a single on March 1, 2019. Spencer Pearson also performs and records ambient music under the name, faulter. (https://faulter.bandcamp.com/album/regain). Anna also releases music as a solo artist and has played keyboards with Buckle Up Baby (https://anna-music.bandcamp.com/track/reason).French Exit Records launched two years ago and is an independent music label based out of Kansas City, Missouri founded by Brad Girard. French Exit Records has released albums for No Magic and Raymond, and has organized live events. The Black Lives Matter Compilation is available on French Exit Record’s Bandcamp page: https://frenchexitrecords.bandcamp.com/album/black-lives-matter-compilation. Black Lives Matter Compilation is 22 acts from the area, with all proceeds donated to One Struggle KC’s Liberation Fund, a Black-led coalition of KC activists seeking to connect the struggles of oppressed communities, locally & globally.]

3. Sam Wells – “Dear Black People” (Radio Edit)
from: Black Lives Matter Compilation / French Exit Records / July 6, 2020
[Earlier this year on April 21, 2020, Sam Wells released her single “Sugar” produced at the Lawrence Kansas Public Library recording studio. It was only a decade ago, Sam Wells sat in her bedroom learning the Corrine Bailey Ray classic “Put Your Records On”. This was all it took to ignite a lifetime love affair with music. Now based in Lawrence KS, the singer-songwriter brings her Folk-Americana sound to the greater Kansas City area. With her smooth and sultry voice and the warm tones of a baritone ukulele, she shares stories of love, loss and everything in between. Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, Sam Wells is now based in Lawrence, Kansas where she is bringing her music to the greater Kansas City area, in many venues, and now in live stream shows. Folk Americana singer and songwriter Sam Wells joins us to talk about her first two singles, “Lesson Learned” (her debut) and “Sugar” (her latest) that is “full of energy and funk.” These two tracks are leading up to the release of Sam’s first EP, “Not Too Broken,” be released in August, 2020. More info at: http://www.whoissamwells.com. French Exit Records launched two years ago and is an independent music label based out of Kansas City, Missouri founded by Brad Girard. French Exit Records has released albums for No Magic and Raymond, and has organized live events. The Black Lives Matter Compilation is available on French Exit Record’s Bandcamp page: https://frenchexitrecords.bandcamp.com/album/black-lives-matter-compilation. Black Lives Matter Compilation is 22 acts from the area, with all proceeds donated to One Struggle KC’s Liberation Fund, a Black-led coalition of KC activists seeking to connect the struggles of oppressed communities, locally & globally.]

4. Crystal Rose – “Not Leaving (Stripped)”
from: Black Lives Matter Compilation / French Exit Records / July 6, 2020
[Earlier this year Crystal Rose released, “Not Leaving (Stripped)” on January 30, 2020. Crystal Rose released her debut single “Come Alive” on May 6, 2016. Crystal is a Kansas City based singer songwriter and UMKC journalism student who has played solo and also with Paige Turner on guitar, Peter Marten on guitar, and Robert Castillo on bass. Crystal Rose is a singer song-writer based in heart of Kansas City. At a young age she was influenced by powerhouse vocals like Whitney Houston, Celine Dion and Christina Aguilera. She has since drawn much inspiration from blues and folk centered artist like James Bay, James Vincent McMorrow and Johnny Swim. To listen to more Crystal Rose please visit: http://www.crystalro.se. French Exit Records launched two years ago and is an independent music label based out of Kansas City, Missouri founded by Brad Girard. French Exit Records has released albums for No Magic and Raymond, and has organized live events. The Black Lives Matter Compilation is available on French Exit Record’s Bandcamp page: https://frenchexitrecords.bandcamp.com/album/black-lives-matter-compilation. Black Lives Matter Compilation is 22 acts from the area, with all proceeds donated to One Struggle KC’s Liberation Fund, a Black-led coalition of KC activists seeking to connect the struggles of oppressed communities, locally & globally.]

5. The Mammals – “If You Could Hear Me Now”
from: Nonet / Humble Abode Music / May 22, 2020
[Nonet may refer to a composition which requires nine musicians for a performance. The Mammals “Nonet” band is nine musicians: Ruth Ungar on fiddle, guitar, ukulele, vocals; Mike Merenda on guitar, banjo, vocals; Konrad Meissner on drums; Lee Falco on drums; Jacob Silver on upright & electric bass; Brandon Morrison on electric bass, baritone guitar, high-strung guitar, vocals; Ken Maiuri on piano, Wurlitzer, high-strung guitar, vocals; Will Bryant on Hammond organ, clavinet, vocals; and Charlie Rose om pedal steel, banjo, vocals. Special guests included: Lindsay Lou, Kate Pierson, Connor Kennedy, Jayla Kai Smith, Gail Ann Dorsey, Zach Djanikian, Joan Henry, and Will Puck Merenda on handclaps. All songs © 2020 M. Merenda / R. Ungar, Shake Sugaree Music, ASCAP. Recorded by Adam Armstrong at The Clubhouse, Rhinebeck, NY and Humble Abode Music, West Hurley, NY. Mixed by Adam Armstrong except “Coming Down Off Summer,” “Radio Signal,” and “Someone’s Hurtin” mixed by Paul Antonell & Shubham Mondal; “Beyond Civilization” and “You Gotta Believe” mixed by Mike Merenda. Mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound. Indie-roots trailblazers, The Mammals, bring politically-infused string-band fervor to their re-emergent new album and US tour in 2018. In an era of disconnect, The Mammals enjoy re-connecting generations thru their truth-telling lyrics, off-the-cuff storytelling and euphoric instrumentals, and by organizing a hometown community folk festival (The Hoot) near Woodstock, NY. Founded in 2001 by Seeger’s grandson, Tao, second generation fiddler/singer, Ruth Ungar, and multi-instrumental wordsmith, Mike Merenda, the original trio enjoyed a remarkable 7 year run that brought them to the largest folk festivals across North America, Australia and Denmark, Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium New York’s Carnegie Hall as the special guest of folk legend Arlo Guthrie, and to the pages of numerous publications lauding their unique “traditional-music-in-combat-boots-sound” including a feature in The New York Times handpicking them as a leader in a pack of new-wave stringbands “updating that old-time sound.” After a considerable break from the project during which time Merenda and Ungar married and started a family, a bi-annual folk festival, and a musical duo aptly called, Mike + Ruthy, and Seeger pursuing a solo career before retiring from music all together to start a family of his own, The Mammals returned fronted by Merenda and Ungar in 2017 “stronger than ever” (Folk Alley) with a pair of politically charged singles, “Culture War” and “My Baby Drinks Water,” and the The lineup includes some former Mammal members including Jacob Silver and Ken Maiuri when they are not touring with Lee Fields and the B-52’s respectively. “It’s a blessing to have a connection to the past and such great new players too,” says Mike. “The alchemy of fiddle, banjo, guitar, bass and drums is magic… and when keys, pedal steel, and horns are in the mix we leap to the next level.”] [The Mammals played Folk Alliance International Conference February 17, 2018 .]

6. Curtis Mayfield – “Superfly”
from: Superfly (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture) / Curtom Records / July 1972
[[We hear in the bridge Curtis singing, “Trying to get over” the theme we hear in so many of Curtis Mayfield’s incredible recordings. Super Fly is the third studio album by American soul musician Curtis Mayfield. It was released as the soundtrack for the Blaxploitation film of the same name. Widely considered a classic of 1970s soul and funk music, Super Fly was a nearly immediate hit. Its sales were bolstered by two million-selling singles, “Freddie’s Dead” (#2 R&B, #4 Pop) and the title track (#5 R&B, #8 Pop). Super Fly is one of the few soundtracks to out-gross the film it accompanied. Super Fly, along with Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On, was one of the pioneering soul concept albums, with its then-unique socially aware lyrics about poverty and drug abuse making the album stand out. The film and the soundtrack may be perceived as dissonant, since the film holds rather ambiguous views on drug dealers, whereas Curtis Mayfield’s position is far more critical. Like What’s Going On, the album was a surprise hit that record executives felt had little chance at significant sales. Due to its success, Mayfield was tapped for several film soundtracks over the course of the decade. Curtis Lee Mayfield was born in Chicago on June 3, 1942, He died on December 26, 1999. An American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer, and one of the most influential musicians behind soul and politically conscious African-American music, he first achieved success and recognition with The Impressions during the civil rights movement of the late 1950s and 1960s, and later worked as a solo artist. Mayfield started his musical career in a gospel choir. Moving to the North Side, he met Jerry Butler in 1956 at the age of 14, and joined the vocal group The Impressions. As a songwriter, Mayfield became noted as one of the first musicians to bring more prevalent themes of social awareness into soul music. In 1965, he wrote “People Get Ready” for the Impressions, which displayed his more politically charged songwriting. Ranked at no. 24 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, the song received numerous other awards, and was included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll, as well as being inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998. After leaving the Impressions in 1970 in the pursuit of a solo career, Mayfield released several albums, including the soundtrack for the blaxploitation film Super Fly in 1972. The soundtrack was noted for its socially conscious themes, mostly addressing problems surrounding inner city minorities such as crime, poverty and drug abuse. The album was ranked at no. 72 on Rolling Stone’s list of 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Mayfield was paralyzed from the neck down after lighting equipment fell on him during a live performance at Wingate Field in Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York, on August 13, 1990. Despite this, he continued his career as a recording artist, releasing his final album New World Order in 1996. Mayfield won a Grammy Legend Award in 1994 and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1995, and was a double inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as a member of the Impressions in 1991, and again in 1999 as a solo artist. He was also a two-time Grammy Hall of Fame inductee. He died from complications of type 2 diabetes in 1999 at the age of 57. In my tween years my mother’s record collection was changing, her second husband Al drove a van, and listened to 8-track tapes. My mom was in the RCA Music Club where they would automatically send you the new release, that’s how she ended up with the soundtrack to the film “Superfly” from Curtis Mayfield. The movie never played our town. But the soundtrack tells the story, of “Trying to get over.”]

10:28 – Underwriting

7. Stephonne Singleton – “Want Me”
from: SIS: Side A / Stephonne Singleton / August 7, 2020
[Co-produced by, Justin Mantooth, and recorded at Westend Recording Studios. Johnny Hamil on bass, Ben Byard on guitar and Adam McKee on drums. Stephonne grew up in KCK. He released his debut album, “Caged Bird Sings Songs About Red Beard.” The album was one of WMM’s 118 Best Recordings of 2018. Stephonne was born and raised in Wyandotte County, Kansas. He has performed in multiple shows for Late Night Theatre. Stephonne told John Long of Camp Magazine “I was surrounded by records, and my parents always had music on.” A video for “Want Me” was just released. “Want Me” is part of a new 4-song EP.]

[Stephonne plays Lemonad(e) Park, 1628 Wyoming (NW corner of Wyoming & 17th St.), behind Voltaire, on Friday, August 7, at 7:00 PM, with Dustin Rapier, and Lava Dreams. More info at: http://www.stephonne.com]

Stephonne Singleton on the July 15, 2020 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM.

10:33 – Interview with Stephonne Singleton

Singer songwriter, & actor, Stephonne Singleton talks about his new EP, SIS: Side A, to be released August 7, and the single “Deep,” released July 14, 2020. Stephonne co-produced his EP with Justin Mantooth who also engineered & mixed, at Westend Studios. Joining Stephonne was Johnny Hamil on bass, Ben Byard on guitar, & Adam McKee on drums. Stephonne describes himself as the lovechild of Prince & Billie Holiday. He grew up in KCK and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Benedictine College, and Masters in Entertainment Business from Full Sail University. His debut album, “Caged Bird Sings Songs About Red Beard” was one of WMM’s 118 Best Recordings of 2018.

Stephonne plays Lemonad(e) Park, 1628 Wyoming (NW corner of Wyoming & 17th St.), behind Voltaire, on Friday, August 7, at 7:00 PM, with Dustin Rapier, and Lava Dreams. More info at: http://www.stephonne.com

Stephonne Singleton, Thank you for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

After 2018’s Caged Bird Sings Songs About Red Beard and the release of two singles, ‘Want Me’ and ‘Dominate’, we finally get our hands on Stephonne’s SIS: Side A EP. “With ‘Want Me’, I finally found a full confidence and strength in myself again. There were a lot of years that passed, where I really felt that I couldn’t do this independently. I stopped listening to the music and instead listened to rejection, doubt and a lot of self-sabotage.” After a 2018 New York showcase, Singleton laid in A friend’s Philadelphia bed and thought about what was next. He had taken a step he hadn’t before and it was that precise step that woke up a sleeping giant. “It all hit me at once! I got so much closer to my dream than ever before and a dream with steps and goals that I’d written down and prayed aloud for since I was 7.” ‘Want Me’ would spawn a very successful Kickstarter for its major music video and an EP that Stephonne had no idea he’d end up writing.

Stephonne Singleton photo by Paul Andrews Photograph

“‘Want Me’ had been written before my debut was released but was just sitting and, honestly, after I decided I needed to go about this alone I remembered that I was broke,” laughs the singer-songwriter. From jobs in corporate America, local theatre and drag Stephonne put his money where his dreams were. After crowdfunding success, the songs just showed up and demanded attention. SIS, in the case of this EP, actually means Summoning Insatiable Spirits.

“That is what I do every time I write a song. The spirits are my emotions, thoughts, traumas, fears and joys.” On Side A and, an upcoming, B we find those spirits. “All of these songs came to me in an instant. They are really from some relationship that I have with the ether that I can’t explain. Whole songs in 10-15 minutes that I hear over and over until I get in with the band (Johnny Hamil, Ben Byard and Adam McKee) finish writing with everyone and then record them. They are literal sprits or ghosts that demand to be heard.”

Stephonne Singleton photo by Paul Andrews Photograph

Side A’s first single, ‘Deep’, came to Stephonne on a return to MCI from SEA. “There I was… crying on the plane like a big ass baby because of some dude I fell in love with and knew it wouldn’t work out with. The melody and lyrics hit me like a brick and after trying to hide my weeping face from the two passengers next to me, I went to that tiny bathroom and got everything on my phone.” Like ‘Want Me’, the pop gem would sit and scream at Stephonne until late 2019. The influence of 90’s and early 00’s radio rock reigns supreme on ‘Deep’ and we find Stephonne in his greatest melodic and lyrical territory yet. “I feel like you are always trying, unsuccessfully, to write a hit and with every single one of these songs there was no trying. I listened to life, wrote it down and got out of my own way.” Each song holds its ground without overproduction and a desperation for chart placement that holds back many industry hopefuls. What is delivered is sincere, raw but refined, pure and honest music that is accessible no matter your love of genre. With that being said, that this is a rock record is undeniable. “The frustrating thing for me about it, is that radio and audiences look at my skin color and automatically label everything as Hip-Hop and R&B. I’d say I did music as a kid and people would ask me if I was a rapper without even a second passing… Music of every genre has BLACK origin and yet where are we on the radio? We continue to carry the industry on our backs and are still having to use the back door!”

The genre jumper doesn’t deny his R&B, Soul and Jazz influences on SIS. It’s quite the opposite. Rock and R&B collide with the sultry, silky and vocal grit of Stephonne. He is an artist who conjures up the spirits of Prince and Billie Holiday (his biggest influences) but that delivers something inimitable, visceral, strange and beautiful. Even on the sugary and hyper sexuality of ‘Sweet Tooth’ and the dark but hopeful beauty of ‘Middle Man’, there is a triumphant transcendence that was a staple of yesteryears Popular music. A time when saturation wasn’t heavy and when artist development was embraced over carbon copying. “I only have interest in being me. Sis, I’m Black, unapologetically Queer, and very sex positive. I’m at a point in my life where I embrace every single part and won’t spend energy on anything but self-love, my music and the things that I can help with to change this world for the better.” SIS: Side A reflects all of the above exclamations of Stephonne but it also puts him in position to step into the world’s radar and officially begins his legacy as one music’s greatest treasures.

Stephonne Singleton photo by Paul Andrews Photograph

SIS: Side A will soon be up for pr-order on all music/streaming platforms, worldwide with ‘Deep’ arriving on July 14th and the full EP on August 7th! SIS: Side B will arrive late this year and SIS, the full album, is slated for Spring 2021! Production comes solely from Stephonne with co-production, engineering and mixing by Westend Studio’s, Justin Mantooth. For more visit www.stephonne.com!

Stephonne Singleton slinks and slides into ears with ‘Want Me’. The dark and slickly polished track oozes of sex, confusion and tension. “Those things describe my coming of age as a black gay man. I’ve put my heart and mental health through a lot, trying to find love.” With Stephonne you find a painfully personal style of writing. Here, he delves into the point of view of an ex-lover. “I kept trying to make it work and the outcome was always the same. It was so confusing, that it haunted me. I was with a person who loved me but that didn’t want anything to do with love. I was just a body for sex and a cheerleader when he decided it was game on.” The song was his final straw and a way to make sense of what he’d been through. It also examines the hookup culture of apps like Grindr and Scruff. “The app culture feels like shopping at a butcher shop for meat. It’s a bunch of ghosts, most of the time, who appear and disappear as soon as they cum. Sex can be utility but I suddenly don’t exist after that?!” Being black, becoming fetishized and turned away from members of queer communities has been an often occurrence for the singer-songwriter.

Stephonne Singleton photo by Paul Andrews Photograph

The writing and production comes solely from the Kansas City native, with a huge helping hand from co-producer, Justin Mantooth. Recorded at Westend Recording Studios the track features Johnny Hamil on bass, Ben Byard on guitar and Adam McKee on drums. Singleton continues to defy genre, but instead of dipping his toe into his alternative rock roots he takes a deep dive in. Still marked by breathy vocals, buttery falsetto, gospel rasp and innate jazz sensibilities, the track and brand new music video lift Stephonne to new heights. 

The “Want Me” video transports us into the center of a horror movie. Surrounded by candles and ancient vigil work, Stephonne is painted in a nod to Grace Jones and Kieth Haring. Artist, Ryan Wilks makes Stephonne and the set a canvas, where he resurrects someone he probably shouldn’t. From a mere snap, we travel through a film noire that is equal parts Nosferatu, The Craft and an inescapable heat and sexuality that emit from both the songwriter and featured dancer, Courtney Germany. “I needed black girl magic in this video and what was most important to me was to have someone who could express every bit of agony and yearning in the song with their body.” Courtney is breathtaking. Choreographed by Ashley Personett of Empire Dance Academy and That’s Entertainment KC, Germany turns into a lovelorn golem who will do anything for the attention of its maker. “There is a magic that BIPOC hold within us that comes from a 24/7, 365 day struggle just to survive. On top of that, we also have to live, love and try to find time to heal. We are worthy of so much more than this world gives us.” In this way, Stephonne becomes a symbol for what’s not given and for what doesn’t wish to be given in the video.

The multi-layered and cinematic masterpiece was helmed and directed by Method Media. You may know them from the critically acclaimed and TIME magazine reviewed/featured videos by Kansas City natives, SSION (Inherit, At least The Sky is Blue and Comeback). Every detail is given the utmost attention by director and editor, Jordon Rioux. Every tone, shot and transition contains an edge and sophistication that only heightens this supernatural affair. The video production is an affair of its own. A Kansas City love affair that showcases the talents, locations (filmed at Heidi Van’s Black Box) and savvy of a slept on city that has recently gained new notoriety due to shows like Queer Eye. “We are a city full of so much treasure and promise! Every part of this video was responsible because of Kansas City businesses, costume/jewelry makers, artists and more. I will always rep my city.” Over half of the funding for the musical thriller was given by KC locals through a very successful Kickstarter last year!

Stephonne Singleton photo by Paul Andrews Photograph

‘Want Me’ is currently available on all digital/streaming platforms but will also appear on the upcoming EP, SIS: Side A. SIS means Summoning Insatiable Spirits. “That is what I do every time I write a song. The spirits are my emotions, thoughts, traumas, fears and joys. It is like the ritual in the video but without blood and body paint,” laughs Stephonne. The ‘Want Me’ video ushers us into a slew of Alternative Rock tracks that are witchy, infectious, ready for radio and that bring R&B and Pop in the mix to create something inimitable but richly accessible. “I just want to make my city proud but I’ve got a lot in store for the entire world. It’s time to enter that stage.”

Stephonne Singleton, Thank you for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Stephonne plays Lemonad(e) Park, 1628 Wyoming (NW corner of Wyoming & 17th St.), behind Voltaire, on Friday, August 7, at 7:00 PM, with Dustin Rapier, and Lava Dreams. More info at: http://www.stephonne.com

10:49

8. Stephone Singleton – “Deep”
from: SIS: Side A / Stephonne Singleton / August 7, 2020
[Co-produced by, Justin Mantooth, and recorded at Westend Recording Studios. Johnny Hamil on bass, Ben Byard on guitar and Adam McKee on drums. Stephonne grew up in KCK. He released his debut album, “Caged Bird Sings Songs About Red Beard.” The album was one of WMM’s 118 Best Recordings of 2018. Stephonnewas born and raised in Wyandotte County, Kansas. He has performed in mutiple shows for Late Night Theatre. Stephonne told John Long of Camp Magazine “I was surrounded by records, and my parents always had music on.” A special video for “Want Me” was just released. “Want Me” is part of a new 4-song EP to be released laterthis month]

[Stephonne plays Lemonad(e) Park, 1628 Wyoming (NW corner of Wyoming & 17th St.), behind Voltaire, on Friday, August 7, at 7:00 PM, with Dustin Rapier, and Lava Dreams. More info at: http://www.stephonne.com]

9. Eydie Gorme & Los Panchos -“Piel Canela”
from: Amour / CBS – Columbia / June, 1964
[Recorded In New York February 14, 18 and 19, 1964. Hecho en México ℗1964. Guitar – Alfredo Gil, Chucho Navarro, Johnny Albino The trio became one of the leading exponents of the bolero and the romantic ballad in Latin America. Its current members are Chucho Navarro Jr., Eduardo Beristian and Misael Reyes. A characteristic instrument of Los Panchos and other Mexican tríos románticos since the 1950s is the requinto guitar, which is smaller and tuned higher than a standard guitar and was popularized by Alfredo Gil. Requinto solos found in many bolero recordings by Los Panchos. Los Panchos first met in 1944 in New York City.[1] The three original members were Chucho Navarro, and Alfredo Gil, both from Mexico, and Hernando Avilés from Puerto Rico. All three played guitar and contributed vocally. Los Panchos reached fame with their romantic songs, especially in Latin America where they are still regarded as one of the top trios of all time. They sold millions of records in Latin America and other countries. In the 1940s they collaborated with Alfredo Antonini’s Viva America Orchestra with the orchestral accordionist John Serry Sr. in a recording of “La palma” (a cueca) and “Rosa negra” (a conga) for Pilotone Records (#45 5067, #45 5069). They also appeared in around 50 movies, mostly during the Golden Age of Mexican cinema. Los Panchos began touring internationally in 1946 and would relocate later that same year to Mexico City. They were welcomed with open arms and XEW-AM, the most popular radio station in Mexico City, reserved a time slot for their music. In 1951, Los Panchos launched another international tour across Latin America. Julito Rodríguez joined the group in 1952; he was replaced by Johnny Albino in 1958. Johnny Albino and Chucho Navarro—Miguel Poventud and Yomo Toro were studio musicians for CBS—famously worked with singer Eydie Gorme on a series of bestselling albums in the 1960s. The Albino era was one of the most prosperous ones for Los Panchos whose classic albums are very popular among Los Panchos fans still. His departure in 1968 was a tumultuous one, as he did not leave on good terms with the group’s management. In 1971, Ovidio Hernández joined the band as lead vocalist, a part he would fulfill until his untimely passing of complications of meningitis in 1976. Following him, Rafael Basurto Lara joined as lead singer. A very interesting note, and one that not everyone knows about, is that during the illness of Ovidio Hernández and the integration of Rafael Basurto to the trio, Alfredo Gil (the trio’s director) met the Puerto Rican singer, David Ortiz, in New York City, and amazed by the quality of his voice and style, asked him to come to Mexico and sing with Los Panchos. David Ortiz accepted the invitation and was with the Trio Los Panchos for several months. However, after fulfilling several commitments with the trio, David Ortiz returned to New York. Alfredo Gil played with Los Panchos until his retirement in 1981; he died in 1999. Chucho Navarro played with the group until his death in 1993. Currently the trio using the Los Panchos name is the Trio Los Panchos de Chucho Navarro Fundador (“Trio Los Panchos of Founder Chucho Navarro”) under the direction of Chucho Navarro Jr., the son of original Los Panchos member Chucho Navarro.][Eydie Gormé died in 2013 at age 84. Her groundbreaking career in Latin music, highlighted by the 1964 album “Amor” recorded with Trio Los Panchos. When it comes to Latin-music icons, Las Vegas veteran Eydie Gormé isn’t exactly the first name that leaps to mind. But to generations of Hispanics, Gormé is eternally linked with nostalgic sounds in Spanish. The primary reason is “Amor,” her luminous 1964 collaboration with Mexican vocal group Trio Los Panchos. “Most artists have an album or two that define them,” says Texas journalist Ramiro Burr, author of “The Billboard Guide to Tejano and Regional Mexican Music.” “The Beatles have ‘Sgt. Pepper.’ Nirvana has ‘Nevermind.’ For Eydie Gormé, that timeless album is ‘Amor.'” Since its release more than 40 years ago, the disc has never gone out of print. It’s the biggest-selling album in Gormé’s long career. In the ’90s, Sony repackaged the album along with its 1965 sequel, “More Amor,” and the disc made the Latin charts all over again. Gormé’s career in Spanish may seem surprising until one looks at her background. The New York-born singer is the daughter of Sephardic Jews and grew up speaking mainly Spanish at home. Columbia Records President Goddard Lieberson came up with the concept of recording one of his top female vocalists with Los Panchos, a big-selling trio a few years past their prime.
“He was a really sophisticated, international man,” Lawrence recalls. “He knew of Eydie’s Spanish background. He thought of Los Panchos, and they were aware of Eydie. They all met in the studio, and it was like they were old friends.” Los Panchos chose the songs. Most of them were established tunes, such as “Piel Canela,” “Amor” and “Cuando Vuelva a Tu Lado,” that had been recorded by scores of artists. “They were drinking a lot of wine on those sessions,” she says with a laugh. “They were lovely people. Drunk, but lovely.” Whatever the reason, the artists had a once-in-a-lifetime chemistry.]]

10. Prince – “Gotta Broken Heart Again”
from: Dirty Mind / Warner Bros. / October 8, 1980
[Dirty Mind is the third album by American recording artist Prince. It was released on October 8, 1980, by Warner Bros. Records as the follow-up to his self-titled second album, Prince, (1979). It was produced, arranged, and composed entirely by Prince in his home studio in Minneapolis, Minnesota during May to June of 1980. Dirty Mind has been considered by critics as Prince’s most creative and boldest album, setting the baseline for his artistic direction in the following years. During the spring of 1980, Prince and his backing band members Dez Dickerson, André Cymone, drummer Bobby Z, and keyboardists Doctor Fink and Gayle Chapman spent nine weeks on the road opening for Rick James, a musical rival of Prince. Following the end of James’ tour, Prince returned to Minnesota and rented a house in Wayzata where he set up a 16-track studio. During the recording of the album, Doctor Fink’s jam-out during a rehearsal provided the basis for the album’s title track. A fusion of post-disco, new wave, funk and dance, Dirty Mind is more prevalent in punk sounds than Prince’s previous albums. Prince’s high and feminine vocals, along with his androgynous image during the Dirty Mind era, has been recognized for bringing attention to gaydar. Controversially, the album’s theme is fueled by explicit topics including oral sex, threesome and ejaculation, which has been credited for opening the doors for sexually explicit albums in the coming years. The first single of Dirty Mind, “Uptown” reached number five on both the Billboard Hot Soul Singles and the Billboard National Disco Action Top 30 charts. Though the album only reached number 45 on the Billboard 200, it earned widespread acclaim from music critics and crossover success. Due to its fusion of genres, critics have hailed it for setting the sound for urban black music of the early 1980s. The album has been ranked by several publications as one of the greatest albums of all time. // Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016) was an American singer-songwriter, musician, record producer, dancer, actor, and filmmaker. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest musicians of his generation. A multi-instrumentalist who was considered a guitar virtuoso, he was well known for his eclectic work across multiple genres, flamboyant and androgynous persona, and wide vocal range which included a far-reaching falsetto and high-pitched screams. Prince’s innovative music integrated a wide variety of styles, including funk, R&B, rock, new wave, soul, synth-pop, psychedelia, pop, industrial, and hip hop. He pioneered the Minneapolis sound, a funk rock subgenre that emerged in the late 1970s. He was also known for his prolific output, releasing 39 albums during his life, with a vast array of unreleased projects left in a vault at his home after his death; it is believed that the vault contains dozens of fully produced albums and over 50 music videos that have never been released, along with various other media. He released hundreds of songs both under his own name and multiple pseudonyms during his life, as well as writing songs that were made famous by other musicians, such as “Nothing Compares 2 U” and “Manic Monday”. Estimates of the complete number of songs written by Prince range anywhere from 500 to well over 1,000. Born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Prince signed a recording contract with Warner Bros. Records at the age of 19. In 1984, he and his backup band, The Revolution, released his sixth album Purple Rain, which was also the soundtrack to his hugely successful film acting debut of the same name. It quickly became his most commercially successful record, spending 24 consecutive weeks atop the Billboard 200.[5] The film also won the Academy Award for Best Original Song Score, the final film to receive the award. After disbanding The Revolution, Prince released the critically acclaimed double album Sign o’ the Times (1987). In the midst of a contractual dispute with Warner Bros. in 1993, he changed his stage name to the unpronounceable symbol Logo. Hollow circle above downward arrow crossed with a curlicued horn-shaped symbol and then a short bar (known to fans as the “Love Symbol”), and was sometimes referred to as “The Artist Formerly Known as Prince” or simply “The Artist”. He signed with Arista Records in 1998 and began referring to himself by his own name again in 2000. On April 2016, at the age of 57, Prince died of an accidental fentanyl overdose at his Paisley Park home and recording studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota. He sold over 130 million records worldwide, ranking him among the best-selling music artists of all time. He was honored with special awards including the Grammy President’s Merit Award, the American Music Awards for Achievement and of Merit, and the Billboard Icon Award. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2006, and the Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame in 2016. Rolling Stone placed Prince among its list of both the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time and 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time. He is also ranked on the Top 100 Artists of All Time list by Billboard.]

11:00 – Station ID

11. Heath Church – “Extra Pain”
from: “Extra Pain” – Single / Heath Church / November 18, 2019
[Heath Church is an American singer-songwriter from KC who primarily plays indie-folk music. His style is inspired by Elliott Smith, John Prine, Rivers Cuomo, and The Smiths. Featuring melodies that are often melancholy but yet catchy, many of his songs include intimate vocals, poetic lyrics, and warm acoustic guitar tracks. Heath enjoys performing at many types of venues all over the Midwest and connecting with the locals at his shows. Heath enjoys playing music in smaller, intimate venues and interacting with his faudiences. Heath released his debut, The Things I’ve Tried on Dec. 23, 2017. More info at: http://www.heathchurchmusic.com]

Heath Church on the July 15, 2020 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM.

11:03 – Interview with Heath Church

Heath Church joins us on the phone to talk about his music and play his new single “The Stranger.” KC based singer-songwriter Heath Church grew up in Blue Springs, Missouri and performs all over the metropolitan area. Heath plays indie-folk music. His lyrics speak poetically about his own life, losses, struggles and intimate moments. His music is full of melancholy, catchy hooks, and sweet vocals. His style is inspired by artists such as Elliott Smith, John Prine, Rivers Cuomo, and The Smiths. In the last two years Heath has released two 5-song EPs and four singles. Heath is getting ready to release a new EP Cosmic Love this year. More info at http://www.heathchurchmusic.com

Heath Church, Thank you for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

“Extra Pain” is the first of three new singles you have released in the last 9 months.

Heath has released two 5-song EPs and four singles.

Heath Church photo by Sean Stratton⁣

Heath Church Discography

The Stranger – Single – July 10, 2020
Echoes of You – Single – May 8, 2020
Extra Pain – Single – November 18, 2019
Chemical Optometry – 5-song EP – June 14, 2019
All Messed Up – Single – December 7, 2018
Breaking Even – Single – April 6, 2018
The Things I’ve Tried – 5-song EP – December 23, 2017

Notes from Heath Church’s debut EP The Things I’ve Learned: THEMES & CONCEPTS DISCUSSED Coping with Life in Less Than Ideal Ways And Failing Miserably

The EPs main theme is sort of a tragicomic story of trying to find ways to cope with day to day life struggles but feeling trapped by the resulting disappointment that often comes from temporary solutions such as alcoholism and materialism. Below is part of a verse from the title track “The Things I’ve Tried” that reflects this theme.

“I tried drinkin’ alcohol to forget the things I saw, but every drink just brought back memories”

Running to a Place of Comfort

In “Kansas City Train”, I used my hometown to speak to the desire that most people have to leave their regular life behind for a new and brighter future. This track is more than just the desire to jump on the train out of town – It’s about wanting a new life that is free from the stressors we encounter everyday. I have always loved my hometown of Kansas City, Missouri and remember plenty of times when I was away at college longing to return to it and start a new life. The song isn’t just about Kansas City though. It’s really about the hope of a more promising future full of new friends and people who care about you. Below is a line from “Kansas City Train”.

“If your mind keeps yellin’ and you’re all stressed out -If your eyes keep cryin’ and they won’t slow down. You can pack your bags – you can leave right now. I hope you find yourself in my favorite town”

Heath Church photo by Sean Stratton

Heath Church has upcoming shows:

Jul 16 – Captain’s Sports Lounge – Lees Summit, MO
Jul 18 – The Corner Boutique – Belton, MO
Aug 20 – Captain’s Sports Lounge – Lees Summit, MO
Aug 29 – Tipsy Taco – Lees Summit, MO
Sep 19 – Tipsy Taco – Lees Summit, MO
Oct 08 – Captain’s Sports Lounge – Lees Summit, MO
Oct 16 – Tipsy Taco – Lees Summit, MO

Heath is getting ready to release a new EP Cosmic Love this year.

Heath Church – “The Stranger” Just released July 10

Heath Church, Thank you for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

Heath is getting ready to release a new EP Cosmic Love this year. More info at http://www.heathchurchmusic.com

Heath Church photo by Sean Stratton

11:17

12. Heath Church – “The Stranger”
from: “The Stranger” – Single / Heath Church / July 10, 2020
[Heath Church is a singer-songwriter from KC who plays indie-folk. His style is inspired by Elliott Smith, John Prine, Rivers Cuomo, and The Smiths, featuring melodies that are often melancholy but yet catchy, many of his songs include intimate vocals, poetic lyrics, and warm acoustic guitar tracks. Heath enjoys performing at many types of venues all over the Midwest and connecting with the locals at his shows. Heath enjoys playing music in smaller, intimate venue.. More info at: http://www.heathchurchmusic.com]

13. Brandon Phillips & The Condition – “Sunrise”
from: “Sunrise” – Single / Brandon Phillips & The Condition / July 13, 2020
[Another installment of the band’s Summer Singles 2020 Series. Brandon Phillips, Adam Phillips, Brent Kastler, Mike Alexander, Nathan Showalter, Julie Berndsen, Julia Haile, and featuring Eric Bikales on flute. Recorded and Mastered at Element Recording and Mastering with Joel Nanos. Produced and mixed by Brandon Phillips. Artwork by Jud Kite. Follow up to their June 16, 2020 single release “Contrition” and their May 28 double single: ‘C.A.R.D.I.A.C. A.R.R.E.S.T.” and “Whatever.” On April 13, 2019 Brandon Phillips and The Condition with Too Much Rock released the, “Angel Say No” / “People Talk” 7” single release. On November 14, 2017 the group rebased “Heartsick” and “Clean and Sober” as a double A-side single. The group is inspired by Elvis Costello and the “girl groups” of Motown Records. This is a project of Brandon Phillips (The Architects, The Gadjits, Other Americans) and features an ensemble cast with musicians from other bands.]

14. The Nicole Springer Band – “Birthday”
from: Birthday – Single / Nicole Springer / July 10, 2020
[Recorded, produced, mixed, & mastered by Joel Nanos of Element Recording Studios. The Nicole Springer Band’s follow-up to their debut EP, “Willing.” Nicole Springer on vocals & guitar, Mike Harper on bass, George Biggs on electric guitar, and Dane Walters on drums. Birthday is Nicole’s response to acknowledging the birthday of a family member removed from her life, is a nuanced recognition of both sorrow & joy, grief & peace, and a sincere hope that happiness rests in the heart of a loved one long gone. Last year The Nicole Springer Band released the EP Willing. On the April 10, 2019 WMM Nicole shared the radio debut of her single, “Hell.” Nicole Springer was the founder and songwriter of: The Clementines, The Good Hearts, Heart Machine, Nikki and the Rooftop Punch, and her solo projects. Nicole has performed at numerous festivals . Nicole Springer has a big amazing voice; once you hear it, you cannot ignore this voice. She defies categories because her voice sounds like so many things; Rock, Pop, Folk, Gospel, Broadway, and Blues. Nicole sings from the heart, writing every song to be a reflective piece of her life story and as a means to evolve and grow as a human. We first met Nicole as part of The Clementines, originally a duo with Tim Jenkins who played LIVE on our April 25, 2012 edition of WMM. In the true courageous spirit of DIY, she started her first band by putting an advertisement on Craigslist for a guitarist. The band added Stephanie Williams on drums, and Travis Earndshaw on bass. In 2014 she was the recipient of both a Pitch Music Award and Project Backstage Award. Nicole Springer grew up in Oak Grove, MO, and graduated high school in 2004. She studied Music-Vocal/Choral at Missouri State University, in Springfield, MO, and Special Education with Music at Metropolitan Community College, in KC. Nicole told The Pitch (Jan. 10, 2012 article): “I grew up singing in gospel choirs. I still love gospel music, though I’m not religious or anything. I did musicals throughout high school.” When she was 19, Nicole was disowned and made homeless by her family because of her sexual orientation. 15 years later she released her music video “Come Clean” dedicated to her wife Bethany Cain and the LGBTQIA Community. Nicole has recently found new confidence in her music and in telling her own story of her life. Last November Nicole was on the cover of Camp Kansas City Magazine in a feature written by John Long, where Nicole talks about being homeless, being rejected by her family for being lesbian, and overcoming her own fears while pursuing a career as a musician. More info at http://www.nicolespringersings.com]

11:29 – Underwriting

15. Rufus Wainwright – “Damsel In Distress”
from: Unfollow the Rules / BMG / July 24, 2020
[New York-born, Montreal-raised singer songwriter praised by the New York Times for his “genuine originality.” Unfollow the Rules is Wainwright’s ninth release of original material, his first since Out of the Game (2012), and his first under BMG. The album was produced by Mitchell Froom, and other contributors include Matt Chamberlain, Jim Keltner, and Blake Mills. “Trouble in Paradise”, released in October 2019, served as the album’s lead single. “Damsel in Distress”, “Peaceful Afternoon”, and “Alone Time” were released in February, March, and April 2020, respectively. Originally scheduled to be available on April 24, the album’s release date was pushed back to July 24 because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Rufus McGarrigle Wainwright was born July 22, 1973, He is an American-Canadian singer, songwriter, and composer. He has recorded nine albums of original music and numerous tracks on compilations and film soundtracks. He has also written two classical operas and set Shakespeare sonnets to music for a theater piece by Robert Wilson. Wainwright’s self-titled debut album was released through DreamWorks Records in May 1998. His second album, Poses, was released in June 2001. Wainwright’s third and fourth studio albums, Want One (2003) and Want Two (2004), were repackaged as the double album Want in 2005. In 2007, Wainwright released his fifth studio album Release the Stars and his first live album Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall. His second live album Milwaukee at Last!!! was released in 2009, followed by the studio albums All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu (2010) and Out of the Game (2012). The double album Prima Donna (2015), was a recording of his opera of the same name. His ninth studio album Take All My Loves: 9 Shakespeare Sonnets (2016), featured nine adaptions of Shakespeare’s sonnets. Wainwright is the son of musicians Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, and the older brother of singer Martha Wainwright.]

16. Krystle Warren – “I Don’t Know”
from: Sing Me The Songs Celebrating The Works of Kate McGarrigle / Nonesuch / June 21, 13
[Features highlights from three concerts in honor of the late Kate McGarrigle. Proceeds from the concerts provided seed money for the Kate McGarrigle Foundation a non-profit organization dedicated to raising money in the fight against sarcoma and also to preserving her legacy through the arts. Net proceeds from the sale of Sing Me the Songs also will be donated to the Foundation. The double-disc set was produced by Joe Boyd, who curated the concerts, and features performances by Rufus and Martha Wainwright, Anna McGarrigle, Emmylou Harris, Antony, Norah Jones, and Teddy Thompson, among others. The New York concerts were filmed for a feature documentary entitled Sing Me the Songs That Say I Love You: A Concert for Kate McGarrigle, directed by Lian Lunson and produced by Luson and Teddy Wainwright. Candid interviews with McGarrigle’s family and friends are paired with rousing performances of her music.] [Originally from KC, Krystle learned to play the guitar by listening to Rubber Soul & Revolver from The Beatles. Krystle graduated from Paseo Arts Academy in 2001 and began her musical career in collaborating with area jazz and pop musicians. After living in San Francisco and NYC, Krystle was signed to a French label, Because Music, and moved to Paris to release “Circles” in 2009. Krystle played French and British television programs, including Later with Jools Holland, garnering critical acclaim and traveling all over the world with Rufus Wainwright, Nick Cave, Norah Jones, and Joan As Police Woman. Krystle created, Parlour Door Music, to release “Love Songs: A Time You May Embrace” a recording from a 13-day session in Brooklyn, where she recorded 24 songs live with 28 musicians including her band, The Faculty, alongside choirs, horn and string sections. Krystle followed up Love Songs with her 2017 album Three The Hard Way, Produced by Krystle Warren and Ben Kane (D’Angelo, Emily King, PJ Morton). Recorded, engineered, and mixed by Ben Kane. Written & performed by Krystle Warren. Mixed at The Garden, Brooklyn. Mastered & cut by Alex DeTurk at Masterdisk. Last year in Krystle Warren premiered this song and her other new songs from this album at the Middle of the Map Fest in a packed room at Californos in Westport and later at The Polsky Theatre for the Performing Arts Series of Johnsons County Community College. For this record Krystle decided to play every instrument and vocals & back up vocals, “playing bass, drums, lap steel, piano, guitar, and vocals directly to analog tape. She and Ben Kane recorded in Villetaneuse, France, a small town on the outskirts of Paris in a vintage 70s era studio that offered just the right, rich sound to suggest the musical foundation for the record, and to do justice to the duo’s carefully balanced arrangements.” On the radio show last year Krystle shared inspirations for this record, early gospel recordings, that crossed over into Jazz from Pharoah Sanders, Edwin Hawkins, and The Swan Silvertones.]

17. Sly & The Family Stone – “Poet”
from: There’s A Riot Goin’ On / Epic / November 20, 1971
[There’s a Riot Goin’ On is the fifth studio album by American funk and psychedelic soul band Sly and the Family Stone. It was recorded from 1970 to 1971 at Record Plant Studios in Sausalito, California and released later that year on November 20 by Epic Records. The album’s recording was dominated by band frontman Sly Stone during a period of drug use and intra-group tension. Its music embraced a darker and more challenging sound than the optimistic style of the band’s previous releases, making use of hard funk rhythms, primitive drum machines, extensive overdubbing, and a dense mix. The album’s planned title was Africa Talks to You, but it was retitled in response to Marvin Gaye’s album What’s Going On, released six months before. There’s a Riot Goin’ On reached the Billboard Pop Album and Soul Album charts at number one upon its release, while its lead single “Family Affair” topped the Pop Singles chart. By 2001, it had sold one million copies and been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).[8] Received with ambivalence upon its release, the album is now praised as one of the greatest and most influential recordings of all time, and ranked at or near the top of many publications’ best album lists. In 2003, it was ranked number 99 on Rolling Stone’s list of 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. // Sly and the Family Stone was an American band from San Francisco. Active from 1966 to 1983, it was pivotal in the development of funk, soul, rock, and psychedelic music. Its core line-up was led by singer-songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist Sly Stone, and included Stone’s brother and singer/guitarist Freddie Stone, sister and singer/keyboardist Rose Stone, trumpeter Cynthia Robinson, drummer Greg Errico, saxophonist Jerry Martini, and bassist Larry Graham. It was the first major American rock group to have a racially integrated, male and female lineup. // Formed in 1966, the group’s music synthesized a variety of disparate musical genres to help pioneer the emerging “psychedelic soul” sound. They released a series of Top 10 Billboard Hot 100 hits such as “Dance to the Music” (1968), “Everyday People” (1968), and “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)” (1969), as well as critically acclaimed albums such as Stand! (1969), which combined pop sensibility with social commentary. In the 1970s, it transitioned into a darker and less commercial funk sound on releases such as There’s a Riot Goin’ On (1971) and Fresh (1973), proving as influential as their early work. By 1975, drug problems and interpersonal clashes led to dissolution, though Sly continued to record and tour with a new rotating lineup under the name “Sly and the Family Stone” until drug problems forced his effective retirement in 1987. The work of Sly and the Family Stone greatly influenced the sound of subsequent American funk, pop, soul, R&B, and hip hop music. Music critic Joel Selvin wrote, “there are two types of black music: black music before Sly Stone, and black music after Sly Stone”. In 2010, they were ranked 43rd in Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, and three of their albums are included on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All

11:45 – Kansas City Syzygy

We started the show with three tracks from the new French Exit Records – Black Lives Matter Compilation of 22 acts from the area, with proceeds donated to One Struggle KC‘s Liberation Fund, a Black-led coalition of KC activists seeking to connect the struggles of oppressed communities, locally & globally.

We are ending the show with three tracks from another new compilation called Kansas City Syzygy, 19 musical tracks created during the quarantine in April, 2020 with proceeds donated to KC Tenants, a local nonprofit organized to ensure that everyone in KC has a safe, accessible, & truly affordable home. Robert Castillo, of The Sextet, who organized this compilation will be with us next week on WMM to share more tracks and information.

18. We The People – “Don’t Get Wrapped Up”
from: Kansas City Syzygy / Kansas City Syzygy / July 17, 2020
[On June 26, 2020 Eddie Moore’s We The People released “Misunderstood” with a music video. This was the first single from the up-coming debut record of Eddie Moore’s group We The People. We The People is a power trio stemming from the roots of Black American Music, Hip-hip, Psych-Rock, and Classical. Crafted with raw passion, and unflinching groove this “Urban Gumbo” shares the pain, joy, fear, and dreams that inspire, and celebrate our unity. Eddie Moore on Rhodes & synthesizers, Jason Emmond on bass, Zach Morrow on drums & samples. /// Though COVID-19 may have shut down innumerable business and altered our lives forever, one thing it couldn’t stop is the creative drive and spirit in the world’s artists. Kansas City Syzygy is a glimpse into the music created in the middle of the map in the middle of a pandemic. Mastering by J Ashley Miller. Design by JC Franco. Direction by Robert Castillo. Over 25 Kansas City-based musicians came together to create “Kansas City Syzygy,” a compilation of music created during the shutdown of the world in the Spring of 2020. “Syzygy” is a term most commonly used in astronomy and is defined as “connected or corresponding events.” Album designer JC Franco states “like planets or stars aligning, so did our lives.” The nineteen songs on the album span the entire spectrum of music. Calvin Arsenia’s “Painted Ladies” is a dreamscape sung form his voice and harp, while Seth Andrew Davis’ “No Place But Home” invokes scenes of an underground dance club. Some musicians are collaborating for the first time on this album, as demonstrated on “Abyss.” Local electronic musician Chris Crabtree and Robert Castillo, bandleader of the groove jazz ensemble The Sextet, worked together with vocalist Audrey Chopin to create an experimental piece of EDM-adjacent music. Songs like “The Virus” by KC hip-hop artist Kemet Coleman comments on the impact of the coronavirus, as well as the virus that is racial injustice in America that has received global attention during the past months. The album can be purchased from Bandcamp beginning July 17, 2020. All proceeds will be donated to KC Tenants, a local nonprofit organized to ensure that everyone in KC has a safe, accessible, and truly affordable home.]

19. Calvin Arsenia – “Painted Ladies”
from: Kansas City Syzygy / Kansas City Syzygy / July 17, 2020
[Born in Orlando, Florida, Calvin’s creative journey really began when he moved to the KC suburb of Olathe, teaching himself the guitar, and eventually the harp. He learned his signature instrument at the age of 20 after he couldn’t find a harpist as determined as him to meld folk, rock, classical, rap and R&B into the irresistible fusion which has become his calling card in the Kansas City music scene and beyond. His passion for stretching the boundaries of musical expression saw him transform a trip to Edinburgh, Scotland’s Fringe Festival early in his career into a life-changing music mission, with an Edinburgh church offering him a role as musical liaison between the church and the city that would change his life. Two years and 300 shows later, Calvin returned to Kansas City reborn as a humanistic songwriter/performer whose impassioned and conceptual stage shows (regularly sold-out in Kansas City, currently catching fire on the West Coast with a diverse following across Europe), are collaborative, costumed-culture-bridging spectacles which In KC Magazine has hailed as ‘equal parts opera, symphony, musical theatre, rock show, all built around its creator: a charismatic 6-foot-6-inch harpist with a natural stage command and knack for gilding gold and painting lilies.’ Since Calvin Arsenia came home to KC after living in Edinburgh, Scotland, he has released the EP, Moments, in 2014, the EP Prose in 2015, the Folk Alliance exclusive EP Catastrophe in 2016, the full length album Catastrophe on February 14, 2017, the EP Caviar in November 2017, the 2018 national debut, Cantaloupe, released September 15, 2018 on Center Cut Records. On June 28, 2019 Calvin released Honeydew, an EP including a remix of three songs from Cantaloupe. On September 20, 2019 Calvin released LA Sessions. On December 13, 2019 Calvin released his full length Christmas album “all is calm.” Calvin is also a graduate of Artist INC. Since 2014 we have been celebrating the music of Calvin Arsenia. He has played Folk Alliance International, KC Fringe, The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Kauffman Center For The Performing Arts, The Middle of the Map Fest., The Folly Theatre. // Kansas City Syzygy is a glimpse into the music created in the middle of the map in the middle of a pandemic. Mastered by J Ashley Miller, designed by JC Franco, with compilation direction by Robert Castillo. Over 25 Kansas City-based musicians came together to create “Kansas City Syzygy,” a compilation of music created during the shutdown of the world in April of 2020. The album can be purchased from Bandcamp All proceeds will be donated to KC Tenants, a local nonprofit organized to ensure that everyone in KC has a safe, accessible, and truly affordable home.]

[Congratulations go out to: Calvin and his fantastic team of co-conspirators and creators: Khitam Jabr, John P. Beatty, Ignacio Galarza III, Ashlee Fairchild Jones, production assistants, and crew. And Center Cut Records with Patrick Sprehe and James Andrews. The Toxic music video earned its sixth set of laurels as an official selection of the L.A. Music Video Awards, where they were nominated for Best Music Video, Best Cover Song and Best Male Vocalist.]

20. Mikal Shapiro & The Musical – “The Distance of Elements”
from: Kansas City Syzygy / Kansas City Syzygy / July 17, 2020
[The Musical is Mikal Shapiro, on vocals & guitar, Chad Brothers on vocals & guitar, Johnny Hamil on bass, and Matt Richey on drums. Recorded separately and with social distancing. Mikal Shapiro released her critically acclaimed album The Musical II on May 26, 2018 which included “Everybody’s Baby” her pop song she wrote that got a lot of radio play, but all the songs on The Musical 11 are great. The Musical II is the sequel to Shapiro’s 2015 concept album, “The Musical.” Along with Mikal Shapiro, Chad Brothers, Johnny Hamil and Matt Richey, special guests included: 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 and her husband Chad Brothers also record and perform as Shapiro Brothers. Mikal is also part of the band Monta At Odds. // Kansas City Syzygy is a glimpse into the music created in the middle of the map in the middle of a pandemic. Mastered by J Ashley Miller, designed by JC Franco, with compilation direction by Robert Castillo. Over 25 Kansas City-based musicians came together to create “Kansas City Syzygy,” a compilation of music created during the shutdown of the world in April of 2020. The album can be purchased from Bandcamp. All proceeds will be donated to KC Tenants, a local nonprofit organized to ensure that everyone in KC has a safe, accessible, and truly affordable home.]

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

11:58 – Community Voices

Next week on Wednesday, July 22, musician and artist and band leader, Robert Castillo, of The Sextet, joins us to share three more tracks from the new compilation called Kansas City Syzygy, 19 songs tracks created in April 22 during the quarantine of 2020 with proceeds donated to KC Tenants, a local nonprofit organized to ensure that everyone in KC has a safe, accessible, & truly affordable home.

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

Stephonne Singleton photo by Paul Andrews Photograph
BLM cover art by Chicago-based Nigerian American illustrator, Unimuke Agada / Courtesy French Exit Records
Heath Church photo by Sean Stratton

Wednesday MidDay Medley in on the web:
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http://www.WednesdayMidDayMedley.org,
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Black Lives Matter

Show #846

WMM Playlist from April 8, 2020

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

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

New & MidCoastal Releases + Rosé Perez
+ Danielle Jones & Tim O’Connor of L A Jones +
Brenton Cook & Brodie Rush of Be/Non

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

2. R.I.Peter – “Rising Sun”
from: Cruis’n / Rising Sun – Single / Manor Records / April 10, 2020
[New Singles from musician and songwriter Peter Beatty plays in the band Momma’s Boy, who have been playing together since they were in the band Rev Gusto that was formed with Quinn Hernandez and friends, while they were in high school at Saint James Academy. Peter studied at University of Kansas. Peter released the debut EP solo project R.I.Peter on July 5, 2019. Manor Records described R.I.Peter’s music saying, “It’s like if you took video game music and mashed it with fleet foxes or something. All songs written by Peter Beatty . Additional songwriting and production by Jared Bajkowski. Mastered by Ross Brown. electronic pop ambient america folk mystic Kansas City.]

[R.I.Peter plays a “Cruis’n” / “Rising Sun” – Cassingle Release – Streaming Live Concert, Friday, April 10, at 7:00 PM on Manor Records Social Media Platforms on Facebook, Instagram, etc.]

3 Fullbloods – “Soft and Virtual Touch”
from: Soft and Virtual Touch / High Dive Records / April 3, 2020
[3rd full-length album from, Fullbloods, a Kansas City based band with: Ross Brown; Jared Tomasino; David Seume; & Bill Pollock. Follow up to their February 26, 2016 release, Mild West. All songs written, performed, recorded, and mixed by Ross Brown (℗© 2019 Bargain Hunt Music / ASCAP) in Kansas City, MO. Mastered by Mike Nolte at Eureka Mastering. Artwork created by Nika Winn. Kyle Rausch played drums on 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, and 9, sang on 9. Bill Pollock played drums on 3 and 5. David Seume played bass on 5. Jerad Tomasino played synth on 9 and 10, sang on 9. Jenni Kornfeld played cello on 4. Leslie Butsch played sax on 10. More information at: http://www.fullbloods.com.]

4. Nick Siegel – “Let’s Blouse”
from: For You, Dear, Anything [EP] / Nick Siegel / April 10, 2020
[Nick Siegel, is a KC piano rocker with influences such as Ben Folds, Death Cab for Cutie and the Mars Volta. Nick writes aggressive piano rock music. He grew up playing music in Chicago and moved to Kansas City in 2010 when he joined The Casket Lottery. Now on my own as solo artist, Nick has released his debut solo album, “Awake from the Golden State,” on Aug. 25, 2017. His new EP, “For You Dear, Anything,” is the first act, of three-act series, he plans to release in 2020. Act One, is a modern take on the vibe of the 1920s.]

[Nick Siegel plays a “For You, Dear, Anything” EP Release – Streaming Live Performance on Friday, April 10 at 7:00 PM on Facebook Live.]

5. Lyra Pramuk – “Mirror”
from: Fountain / Bedroom Community / March 20, 2020
[Lyra Pramuk’s debut explores a post-human, non-binary understanding of life. Lyra fuses classical training, pop sensibilities, performance practices and contemporary club culture in what may best be described as futurist folk music. The American opera-trained vocalist and electronic musician releases her album via Iceland’s Bedroom Community label. Created entirely from her own voice, although often shaped and structured by electronics, Fountain is an emotional, sensual, and devotional journey. The title is derived from her family name, Pramuk, which translates from Czech as ‘well spring’ or ‘fountain.’ Often wordless, these songs evoke a new wholeness sustained by the ritual force of drowning, immersion, cleansing, and bathing – also referred to in the album artwork by acclaimed visual artist Donna Huanca. Fountain plays with the perception of music, rhythms, speech, body, and the relation between technology and humanity, exploring a post-human, non-binary understanding of life and the fragile ecosystems it depends on. The work documents a healing that is still in process, and a full circle-moment that reunited Lyra with her sound engineer twin brother, Ben, for the final mix, which they completed in tandem. As a vocal activist and member of the queer community, Lyra moved to Berlin in 2013, following her degree at the Eastman School of Music in New York. Since then, she has also been awarded residencies at Elektronmusikstudion EMS Stockholm, Open Port Club Residency in Tokyo and Sapporo, and Future Music Lab of the Atlantic Music Festival in Maine. Her interests also encompass writing, poetry, and fashion, where she is sometimes called upon as a model. As a performance artist, she has collaborated extensively with Donna Huanca and at events such as Glasgow International and the Rochester Fringe Festival. Music composed and produced by Lyra Pramuk. Vocals recorded by Lyra Pramuk and Ben Pramuk in Berlin and at EMS Elektronmusikstudion in Stockholm. Mixed by Ben Pramuk in Berlin. Mastered by Valgeir Sigurðsson and Francesco Fabris at Greenhouse Studios.]

6. The Abracadabras – “Give Me Your Name”
from: Be Still, Be Cool / The Abracadabras / January 1, 2008
[5-piece KC band formed in the spring of 2007, with John Nixon on keyboards & vocals, Travis Mckenzie on lead guitar, Bobby (Wayne Hutcherson) Topaz on guitar & vocals, Collin Rausch on bass & vocals, and Kyle Rausch on drums & vocals. Richard Gintowt wrote about The Abracadabras for the October 9, 2008 edition of The Pitch: Be Still, Be Cool is …an avalanche of tunes inspired by alternative rock, Britpop, ’60s psychedelia, hippie folk, and swampy Southern blues. Regardless of what labels or managers get behind it (or not), Be Still, Be Cool sounds like a big-time record — not the annoying Fall Out Boy sort but rather the well-rounded Supergrass variety. Recorded with producer Mike Crawford at his upstart studio, The Impossible Box, the album showcases a breadth of recording techniques from one-take numbers to the sort of trickery that has informed albums since Sgt. Pepper’s. Each track is stacked with harmonies, guitar overdubs and vintage keyboards. “We threw the whole kitchen sink into it,” lead singer John Nixon says. “Mike added a lot of great X factors to tracks. He’d dial up perfect guitar and keyboard tones.” Nixon says the group intended to stack the front of the record with pop songs and then let it “slowly unveil itself as something else.” The song “Deep” is a mellow acoustic number in the vein of CSN&Y, while “Show Me the Sunrise, Callie Anne” summons the campfire country-rock of the Rolling Stones’ Sticky Fingers. Such detours complement infectious two-minute singles like “C’mon and Get It!” and “An Argument.” “We’re enthusiasts of the art of order and timing,” Collin Rausch says. “One of my favorite things to do is take classic rock records and rearrange them to see if I can make them better.” This Friday’s album-release party at the Riot Room should offer a sense of vindication after a long summer. The frustrating events unfolded in July, when a prospective label fell out of the loop and manager Harley Sears also exited the picture. Sears, who also worked with KC bands Lovers in Transit and the Rich Boys, relocated to New York City in May. He says the decision to part ways with the Abracadabras was “amicable and necessary” due to other commitments. “I enjoyed the time we spent together,” Sears says. “Their new album was a labor of love, and the end result was a true work of art.” However amicable the split was, the Abracadabras couldn’t help but feel a bit bummed. “We went from almost being signed and having a manager and possibly moving to nothing,” Rausch says. “No matter how hard you try to stay grounded, you get your hopes up.” Adds guitarist Bobby Topaz (real name: Wayne Hutcherson): “It was like the rug was pulled out from under us. There was a week where we all sitting around scratching our heads like, ‘What’s next?’” The events motivated the group to self-release Be Still, Be Cool. They began unveiling tracks on their MySpace page a couple of months ago, leading up to a free release of the album this week. Rather than invest in hard copies, the band is handing out cards with free download codes. They also plan to make the entire album available for download via MySpace. “I think in the long term it’ll be better to give it away,” Nixon says. “The point is that we’re not big, and we’re not making money now anyways, so we may as well try to get people to come to shows.” Nixon is also adamant about downsizing the group’s reputation for dressing up at shows, preferring to redirect the focus toward the music. “It became more of a thing to talk about what we were wearing than what we were doing,” he says. “[Making the record] was a long and frustrating journey, so we had to do things to entertain ourselves and the audience in the meantime. I think we all like making music more than putting on shiny jackets and making sure our hair is pretty. We like that, too, obviously”.]

10:25 – Underwriting

7. L A Jones – “Blonde”
from: Blonde – Single / L A Jones / March 1, 2020
[New single from LA Jones, from Kansas City. Formed in 2016 by Danielle Jones and Tim O’Connor, the band has now grown to feature a three piece horn section, keys, bass, & drums. Band Members include: Danielle Jones on lead vocals, Tim O’Connor on guitar & vocals, Marcus Grimes on keyboards, Jeramy Johnston on bass, Daniel Dissmore on trumpet, Trevor Turla on trombone, Matt Cook on saxophone, and Cade Pool on drums.]

Tim O’Connor & Danielle Jones of L A Jones on the April 8, 2020 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM.

10:31 – Interview with Danielle Jones & Tim O’Connor

Danielle Jones and Tim O’Connor formed the KC based soul-pop band LA Jones in 2016. After a string of singles they released their debut EP Bring Me Back Down last year. L A Jones includes: Danielle Jones on vocals, Tim O’Connor on guitar & vocals, Marcus Grimes on keyboards, Jeramy Johnston on bass, Daniel Dissmore on trumpet, Trevor Turla on trombone, Matt Cook on sax, and Cade Pool on drums. Danielle and Tim joined us last fall to premiere their single, “Behind The Times”. Danielle and Tim are back today to talk about the newest L A Jones single, “Blonde.”

Danielle Jones & Tim O’Connor, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Danielle Jones I Tim O’Connor of L A Jones

L A Jones includes:

Danielle Jones on vocals
Tim O’Connor on guitar & vocals
Marcus Grimes on keyboards
Jeramy Johnston on bass
Daniel Dissmore on trumpet,
Trevor Turla on trombone
Matt Cook on sax
Cade Pool on drums

Last year L A Jones played the Plaza Art Fair, on September 20, on the INK Live Stage, and they played Camp Leavenworth Festival, September 21.

Danielle Jones currently works for The Pet Project. She has previously worked as a Substitute teacher at Blue Springs School District she has also worked in the Independence School District and Liberty Public Schools.

Danielle Jones Studied Music theatre at Kansas State University from 2011 to 2015

She is originally from Dodge City, Kansas and currently lives in Independence, Missouri

Tim O’Connor & Danielle Jones of L A Jones on the April 8, 2020 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM.

Last year Danielle Jones married Tim O’Connor

Tim O’Connor has previously worked as a Percussion Instructor at Liberty North High School, Percussion Instructor at Blue Springs High School and Percussion Instructor at William Chrisman High School

Tim O’Connor studied at Kansas State University from 2011 to 2016

Tim is originally from from Louisburg, KS and currently lives in Independence, Missouri.

Danielle Jones & Tim O’Connor, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

For info about the new L A Jones single, “Blonde.” you can visit: http://www.officiallajones.com

10:42

8. L A Jones – “Addicted”
from: Bring Me Back Down EP / L A Jones / April 12, 2019
[LA Jones were formed in 2016 by partners Danielle Jones and Tim O’Connor, the band has now grown to feature a wide variety of instruments and members including a three piece horn section, keys, bass, and drums. They blend a style of funk and soul with contemporary pop/rock music drawing comparisons to Amy Winehouse, Stevie Wonder, and The Revivalists. Band Members include: Danielle Jones on lead vocals, Tim O’Connor on guitar & vocals, Marcus Grimes on keyboards, Jeramy Johnston on bass, Daniel Dissmore on trumpet, Trevor Turla on trombone, Matt Cook on saxophone, and Cade Pool on drums.]

9. Parade – “North/South”
from: Mend Melodies / Parade / March 1, 2020
[Parade calls their music “genre fluid.” The band is based in KC, with Seth Props on guitar, Claire Monroe on guitar, and Patrick Sanders on bass guitar. Seth who writes and produces most of their music also plays in the band Stary with Adam Stary and Marisa Tejeda. Parade released (Solo Demos) on August 20, 2019. Parade released the 13-song, self titled Parade on, September 2, 2019. Parade released the 13-track Mend Melodies on March 1, 2020, and recently the 13-track, Quarantine Demos on March 31, 2020]

10. Yves Tumor – “Identity Trade”
from: Heaven To a Tortured Mind / Warp Records / April 2, 2020
[4th album from Sean Bowie, best known by the recording alias Yves Tumor, is an American producer of experimental electronic music, born in Miami, Florida and currently based in Turin, Italy. Raised in Knoxville, Tennessee, Tumor started making music at age 17 as an outlet away from “dull, conservative surroundings.” They taught themself to play drums, bass, guitar, and keyboards. Describing their experience growing up in Tennessee as unpleasant, they moved at age 20 to San Diego, and after college to Los Angeles, where they met Mykki Blanco in 2012, with whom they later toured for two and a half years throughout Europe and Asia.In the early 2010s, Tumor recorded as Teams, and made music which AllMusic described as “post-chillwave”. They debuted their Yves Tumor project in 2015 with an EP for Berlin’s experimental club label Janus, and another one for Blanco’s label, Dogfood MG. That same year, they self-released their first album, When Man Fails You (which would later be re-released by Apothecary Compositions on April 29, 2016). In September 2016, Tumor signed with PAN Records and released its label debut, Serpent Music. They had worked on the album for three years after moving to Leipzig, Germany. The album was recorded between Miami, Leipzig, Los Angeles and Berlin. In Pitchfork’s review of the album, critic Andy Beta compared Tumor’s musical style to James Ferraro and Dean Blunt, and noted their use of “unsettling percussive loops and field recordings to create a mood as if lost in a strange urban landscape”. In September 2017, Tumor released a compilation album titled Experiencing the Deposit of Faith for free. Later that week, it was revealed through a tour announcement that Tumor had signed to Warp Records. Following the announcement, they embarked on a tour with a new audiovisual show. In September 2018, Tumor released their Warp debut, Safe in the Hands of Love, with no prior announcement. It was preceded by the singles “Noid” on July 24, “Licking an Orchid” featuring James K on August 29, and “Lifetime” on September 3. The album received universal acclaim from music critics. Pitchfork’s Jayson Greene stated in their review that the album “dwarfs everything the artist has released by several orders of magnitude. The leap is so audacious it’s disorienting.” Tumor’s fourth album, Heaven to a Tortured Mind, was released on April 3, 2020, preceded on March 3 by the single “Kerosene” featuring Diana Gordon. Alexis Petridis, reviewing the album for The Guardian, awarded it Album of the Week, describing it as “extraordinary: experimental, capable of any genre, with an internal logic powering its shifts in mood. Tumor has cited Throbbing Gristle as a major influence, saying: “There’s something about their music, like the hypnotic trance vibes, that really influenced me.]

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

12. Sudan Archives – “Confessions”
from: Athena / Stones Throw Records / November 1, 2019
[LA based violinist Sudan Archives, combines elements of the modern and ancient. The 23 year-old self-taught violinist draws inspiration from Sudanese fiddlers, R&B, West African rhythms, and experimental electronic music. Building records around rhythms and melodies from the strings of her violin and raw vocals, Sudan effortlessly draws the link between traditional African music and contemporary electronic production.]

11:00 – Station ID

13. Be/Non – “Over The Moon”
from: A Valley of No: The Alternative A Mountain of Yeses / Haymaker Records / Apr. 8, 2020
[Originally released May 12, 2009, A Mountain of Yeses was made by: Brodie Rush on vocals, guitar, bass, drums, keyboards; Ben Ruth on bass guitar; Ryan Shank on drums & percussion, and Jeremiah James on guitar, Moog & Vocals. Brodie writes: “This album is a journey into the sculpting process of creating “A Mountain of Yeses”. In contrast to the original release, this compilation contains alternate mixes, isolated tracks and demo versions. Be/Non presents a bizarro-like version of the AMOY album, showing an alternate universe what could have been if the creation of the album went on a divergent path. Behold the paradoxical serendipity of Be/Non’s unique take on constructing a space-themed story/album. A visual accompaniment to the album has been in production since 2008 and now has a 2021 release date.”]

11:04 – Interview with Brenton Cook & Brodie Rush

Brenton Cook of Haymaker Records on the April 8, 2020 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM.

Brenton Cook studied Computer Science at Missouri University of Science and Technology, in Rolla, Missouri, where he also had his own college radio show. Brenton has produced extensive compilations of area music for the Midwest Music Foundation. He formed the Kansas City independent music label, Haymaker Records in January 2014. The label has released multiple full length albums, for Monta At Odds, HMPH!, Be/Non, Jorge Arana Trio, Riala, Mysterious Clouds, Sie Lieben Maschinen, Schwervon!, and others on vinyl, cassette, CD, and 7 “. He has also produced two Haymaker compilation releases, called Fairgrounds. For the last 7 years, Brenton has been a co-curator of the Outer Reaches Fest.

Brenton Cook , thanks or being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Brodie Rush of Be/Non on the April 8, 2020 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM.

Brodie Rush is a musician, songwriter, band leader, graphic artist, actor, father and survivor. He is the Director of Animation & Motion Graphics at Crush Media. He is also the creative genius behind Be/Non, a Kansas City band that has been making music for over 20 years and released their critically acclaimed 6th album, Mystic Sunrise / Sunset Magic, on Haymaker Records on February 29, 2016, followed by Freedom Palace in 2018 that had been stuck in the studio for 12 years due to disputes with the original record label and personnel changes in the band until Brodie rescued the tapes and remastered the album for Haymaker Records. Now Brodie is back with a new release containing alternate mixes, isolated tracks and demo versions of Be/Non’s 2009 release, A Mountain of Yeses. The new release is called, A Valley of No: The Alternative A Mountain of Yeses. And it is being released today, through Haymaker Records.

Brodie Rush, thanks or being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Brenton Cook of Haymaker Records & Brodie Rush of Be/Non join us (on the phone), to share tracks from, A Valley of No: The Alternative A Mountain of Yeses which is being made available TODAY

Be/Non circa 2008-2009

Originally released May 12, 2009, “A Mountain of Yeses” was made by:
Brodie Rush on everything, vocals, guitar, bass, drums, keyboards;
Ben Ruth on bass guitar;
Ryan Shank on drums & percussion,
Jeremiah James on guitar, Moog & Vocals.

Brodie writes: “This album is a journey into the sculpting process of creating “A Mountain of Yeses”. In contrast to the original release, this compilation contains alternate mixes, isolated tracks and demo versions. Be/Non presents a bizarro-like version of the AMOY album, showing an alternate universe what could have been if the creation of the album went on a divergent path. Behold the paradoxical serendipity of Be/Non’s unique take on constructing a space-themed story/album. “

11:14

14. Be/Non – “Travel”
from: A Valley of No: The Alternative A Mountain of Yeses / Haymaker Records / Apr. 8, 2020
[Originally released May 12, 2009, A Mountain of Yeses was made by: Brodie Rush on vocals, guitar, bass, drums, keyboards; Ben Ruth on bass guitar; Ryan Shank on drums & percussion, and Jeremiah James on guitar, Moog & Vocals. Brodie writes: “This album is a journey into the sculpting process of creating “A Mountain of Yeses”. In contrast to the original release, this compilation contains alternate mixes, isolated tracks and demo versions. Be/Non presents a bizarro-like version of the AMOY album, showing an alternate universe what could have been if the creation of the album went on a divergent path. Behold the paradoxical serendipity of Be/Non’s unique take on constructing a space-themed story/album. A visual accompaniment to the album has been in production since 2008 and now has a 2021 release date.”]

11:17 – More Interview with Brenton Cook & Brodie Rush

We are talking with Brenton Cook & Brodie Rush about Be/Non’s A Valley of No: The Alternative A Mountain of Yeses., an album that contains track for track alternate mixes, isolated tracks and demos of A Mountain of Yeses, Originally released May 12, 2009. More info at http://www.haymakerrecords.net

Director of Animation & Motion Graphics at Crush Media

A visual accompaniment to the album has been in production since 2008 and now has a 2021 release date.”

Brenton Cook & Brodie Rush, thanks or being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Haymaker Records is releasing Be/Non’s A Valley of No: The Alternative A Mountain of Yeses., an album that contains track for track alternate mixes, isolated tracks and demos of A Mountain of Yeses, Originally released May 12, 2009. More info at http://www.haymakerrecords.net http://www.crushmediakc.com http://www.brodierush.com

11:27

15. Be/Non – “Assention”
from: A Valley of No: The Alternative A Mountain of Yeses / Haymaker Records / Apr. 8, 2020
[Originally released May 12, 2009, A Mountain of Yeses was made by: Brodie Rush on vocals, guitar, bass, drums, keyboards; Ben Ruth on bass guitar; Ryan Shank on drums & percussion, and Jeremiah James on guitar, Moog & Vocals. Brodie writes: “This album is a journey into the sculpting process of creating “A Mountain of Yeses”. In contrast to the original release, this compilation contains alternate mixes, isolated tracks and demo versions. Be/Non presents a bizarro-like version of the AMOY album, showing an alternate universe what could have been if the creation of the album went on a divergent path. Behold the paradoxical serendipity of Be/Non’s unique take on constructing a space-themed story/album. A visual accompaniment to the album has been in production since 2008 and now has a 2021 release date.”]

11:29 – Underwriting

Rosé Perez

16. Rosé Perez – “Megan’s Wedding”
from: Born in A Bag (Split EP with Period BOMB) / Rosé Perez / October 23, 2019
[Rosé Perez is Carrie Wallen on guitar & keyboards, 2007 Balquier on bass & drums, and Lina Žemaitė on drums & bass. Rosé Perez recently released a new video for their song “Placenta Agenda” from their EP split with the band Period BOMB. The Rosé Perez tracks for this split were recorded, mixed, and mastered by Jametatone at The Infoaming Vortex.]

11:35 – Interview with Carrie Wallen, 2007 Balquier, & Lina Žemaitė

Carrie Anne Wallen of Rosé Perez on the April 8, 2020 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM.

Carrie Anne Wallen is a multi media performance artist, She plays guitar and keyboards, and writes music. Carrie is currently a Charlotte Street Studio Resident working in illustration, 90’s glitch art inspired collage, audio/visual performance art, installations and musical satirization of the toxicities of contemporary culture. Carrie Anne writes irreverent songs that are based on factual information mixed with dark humor. Her performance art uses theater, digital data corruption, interactive video and costumes in a musical satirization of social injustice, gender roles and the prescriptive capitalist agenda. The majority of her work is collaborative. Carrie Anne’s focus is to inspire cheerfulness, inclusivity and resistance.Carrie was previously in pop-goth band, Ricki Wallen. In 2017 she received a bachelor’s degree in urban planning from Missouri State University.

Carrie Wallen, thanks for being with us on WMM.

2007 Balquier of Rosé Perez on the April 8, 2020 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM.

2007 Balquier, is also known as Whorxata. They are a multi-disciplined artist creating works in converging media, music production, and video work. Their work as Dj Whorxata (hor-chata) involves blending and mixing varieties of dance and club music to create a queer-inclusive, body positive, sex positive space. 2007 plays bass and drums in Rosé Perez.

2007 Balquier, thanks for being with us on WMM.

Lina Žemaitė of Rosé Perez on the April 8, 2020 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM.

Lina Zemaite is a Kansas City based multi instrumentalist, performance artist, and composer. Lina is the drummer for acclaimed girl pop group Rosé Perez. She is also the saxophonist and clarinetist for experimental jazz group HANNAH, as well as a vocalist for industrial act Killus.

Lina Žemaitė, thanks for being with us on WMM.

Rosé Perez join us to talk about their debut release, Born in A Bag, the band’s Split EP with post punk band / multi media project, Period BOMB, released on October 23, 2019.

Rosé Perez

Rosé Perez is:
Carrie Wallen on guitar & keyboards,
2007 Balquier on bass & drums,
Lina Žemaitė on drums & bass.

Rosé Perez recently released a new video for their song “Placenta Agenda.”

The Rosé Perez tracks were recorded, mixed, and mastered by Jametatone J. Ashley Miller at The Infoaming Vortex.

Rosé Perez recently released a new video for their song “Placenta Agenda.”

11:49

17. Rosé Perez – “Placenta Agenda”
from: Born in A Bag (Split EP with Period BOMB) / Rosé Perez / October 23, 2019
[Rosé Perez is Carrie Wallen on guitar & keyboards, 2007 Balquier on bass & drums, and Lina Žemaitė on drums & bass. Rosé Perez recently released a new video for their song “Placenta Agenda” from their EP split with the band Period BOMB. The Rosé Perez tracks for this split were recorded, mixed, and mastered by Jametatone at The Infoaming Vortex..]

18. John Prine – “Illegal Smile”
from: John Prine / Atlantic / 1971
[John Prine (October 10, 1946 – April 7, 2020) was an American country folk singer-songwriter. He was active as a composer, recording artist, and live performer from the early 1970s until his death, and was known for an often humorous style of country music that has elements of protest and social commentary. Born and raised in Maywood, Illinois, Prine learned to play the guitar at the age of 14. He attended classes at Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music. After serving in West Germany with the U.S. Army, he moved to Chicago in the late 1960s, where he worked as a mailman, writing and singing songs as a hobby. A member of Chicago’s folk revival, he was discovered by Kris Kristofferson (although Prine himself credited film critic Roger Ebert[2]), resulting in the production of Prine’s self-titled debut album with Atlantic Records in 1971. After receiving critical acclaim, Prine focused on his musical career, recording three more albums for Atlantic. He then signed to Asylum Records, where he recorded an additional three albums. In 1984 he co-founded Oh Boy Records, an independent record label with which he would release most of his subsequent albums. After his battle with squamous cell cancer in 1998, Prine’s vocals deepened into a gravelly voice.Widely cited as one of the most influential songwriters of his generation, Prine was known for humorous lyrics about love, life, and current events, as well as serious songs with social commentary, and songs which recollect melancholy tales from his life. // John Prine is the début album by American country/folk singer-songwriter John Prine, issued by Atlantic Records in 1971. In 2012, the album was ranked number 452 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. Prine was offered a recording contract by Jerry Wexler of Atlantic Records after the record executive saw the singer perform several of his own songs at a Kris Kristofferson show at the Bitter End. The song “Paradise” was recorded at A&R Studios in New York (with Prine’s brother Dave and good friend Steve Goodman as sidemen) but the remaining cuts were recorded at American Sound Studios in Memphis. Produced by Arif Mardin, who had previously collaborated with the likes of Aretha Franklin and King Curtis, Prine found his new studio surroundings intimidating. In the Great Days: The John Prine Anthology liner notes he admits, “I was terrified. I went straight from playing by myself, still learning how to sing, to playing with Elvis Presley’s rhythm section.” Initially, the musicians at American, accustomed to playing heavily rhythmic material and funky grooves, were thrown by Prine and his songs. As recounted in Eddie Huffman’s biography John Prine: In Spite of Himself, percussionist Hayward Bishop later recalled, “There was no evidence of groove whatever, and I was hungry for groove. Prine came off like a folk poet. This guy was really nasally, he didn’t have any tone to his voice, and all his songs were in the same key! I thought, ‘This is gonna be like milking a dag-blasted dog!’”]

19. True Lions – “Life is Gold”
from: You’re Not Invited / True Lions / November 9, 2019
[Second EP released in 2019 from True Lions with: Alison Hawkins on guitar, synth, and vocals; Elizabeth Kosko on percussion, vocals; Mikala Petillo on bass, vocals; Claire Adams on guitar, vocals; Leslie Butsch on saxophone, Ezgi Karakus on cello; and Teri Quinn on vocals. All songs written by True Lions and produced by Claire Adams and Alison Hawkins. Tracking Engineering by Claire Adams. Mixing and Mastering by Ian Dobyns and Chase Horseman. Album Artwork by Genevieve Sloan. Special thanks to Calvin Arsenia and Fritz Hutchison. The band released their debut EP”Cute At Best” Feb. 5, 2019 with Alison Hawkins on guitar, piano, synth, vocals; Mikala Petillo on percussion, bass, guitar, vocals; and with Ross Brown serving as producer & engineer; and Nika Winn providing artwork. This EP began as an unrelated, musical dispute between lovers, but triumphantly became the spunky collaboration of two midwestern “woms” whose passion for playing music nearly exceeds their desire to create it.]

[True Lions play a Live Stream Concert on Saturday, April 11, at 7:00 PM.]

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

Next week, on Wednesday, April 15 we will be presenting more New & MidCoastal Releases. We will also talk with Jesse Kates of The Sexy Accident, Mikala Petillo of Miki P and the Swallowtails, and Jenna Rae of Lost Cowgirl Records

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

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Show #832

WMM Playlist from March 25, 2020

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

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

New & MidCoastal Releases +
Fritz Hutchison + Colin Halliburton
+ Jennifer Owen of Owen/Cox Dance Group

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

2. Labelle – “Sunshine (Woke Me Up This Morning)”
from: Something Silver / Warner Archives / 1997
[orig. Pressure Cookin’ / 1973, 3rd album from the funk/soul trio of: Patti LaBelle, Nona Hendryx and Sarah Dash. Written and composed by Nona Hendryx. This release was their first and only for RCA Records, and was critically raved due to the songs that songwriter and member Nona Hendryx composed. The album is also notable for being the first album released following lead singer Patti LaBelle giving birth to her only child, son Zuri Edwards (she recorded the album while still pregnant with Zuri). Despite RCA releasing the Stevie Wonder composition, “Open Your Heart”, the album failed to become a success. In spite of its initial failure, the album has gone on to become a cult classic and is considered a revolutionary album because few female groups talked so openly about social issues and other topics. Wonder was uncredited due to contractual reasons – the production credit was listed as “Vicki Wickham and friend”. Musicians on this track included members out of a Philadelphia-based band, Buff, and others from a Latin-black band from Queens called Harlem River Drive. Several of them would morph to become Labelle’s road band, including guitarist, Eddie Martinez.]

3. The War and Treaty – “Healing Tide”
from: Healing Tide / Strong World Entertainment / August 10, 2018
[Full length debut album, from Michael Trotter Jr & Tanya Blount-Trotter from Albion, Michigan. For Michael Trotter Jr., the journey began in 2004, when he arrived in Iraq, an untested soldier stricken by fear and self-doubt. His captain made it his personal mission to see to Trotter’s survival. The unit was encamped in one of Saddam Hussein’s private palaces, and in a forgotten corner in its basement, they found a black upright piano that once belonged to the dictator himself. When Trotter shared the fact he could sing, he was encouraged to teach himself to play piano on that confiscated keyboard. “I wrote my first song after that captain was killed,” Trotter recalls. “I sang it for his memorial in Iraq.” Soon after it became his mission to sing at the memorial services for those that had fallen. For the next three years, he sang songs that brought solace and comfort to the members of his unit. His efforts eventually garnered wider recognition as well. He came in first place in “Military Idol,” the army’s version of “American Idol,” during a competition held in Baumholder, Germany. Following his discharge, he was featured on the Hope Channel program “My Story, My Song.” Then he met Tanya Blount. Blount’s musically influences include Mahalia Jackson, Sister Odette and Aretha Franklin. The two fell in love, got married and used the experiences they had gained to create a new musical collaboration. The couple then secured the services of musicians whose skills add a distinctive sound to The War and Treaty’s blend of roots music, blue grass, folk, gospel and soul. Their 2017 EP Down to the River was released July 21, 2017. Recorded in Albion, Michigan, Down to the River boasts a sound that’s both stirring and sensual, driven by joy, determination and an unceasing upward gaze. The music is visceral but never morose, flush with emotion but void of despair… a style that touches on a variety of genres, but never finds itself confined to anyone. The arrangements are uncluttered– harmonies, basslines, guitar and mandolin licks, settle drum patterns and keyboards create an immensely moving soundscape — but the sentiments and emotions are fully realized and soar with a steady, chilling assurance. “The recording process wasn’t like anything I ever experienced,” Tanya recalls. “This EP has allowed me to breathe musically. I feel like all I have wanted to express for the past ten years has come forth with what we’ve done. The combination of heart, soul and the overwhelming amount of love that Michael and I have for one another comes across in this record.“ “I was sitting on the banks of the Euphrates River in Baghdad dreaming about one day being able to play and sing professionally for people all around the world,” Michael reflects. “As we recorded our music, I constantly had flashbacks of those desert dreams. I thought to myself that this is actually the perfect ending to usher in a new beginning in my life.” ] [First Played February 7, 2018]

4. Bob & Una Walkenhorst – “Any Given Day”
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 present a Facebook LIVE Benefit for Mike Kelly’s Westsider Staff on Sun., Mar. 29 at 3:00 PM. You can find the broadcast at the Bob & Una Walkenhorst Facebook Page.]

5. Charlotte Dos Santos – “Josef”
from: Harvest Time – EP / Because Music / March 13, 2020
[Charlotte Hall Dos Santos was born in 1990, in Oslo, Norway. She is a Brazilian-Norwegian jazz singer, composer, and arranger, currently based in Berlin. Dos Santos grew up in Bærum with a Norwegian mother and Brazilian father. She attended jazz studies at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts (2013–16), where she earned a Bachelor of Music in Contemporary Writing and Production, and Vocal Jazz Performance. Her music mixes “South-American traditions, jazz, neo soul, and tasty beats, with music history samples in a colorful way“. Dos Santos released her solo EP Cleo in 2017 on the label Fresh Selects. The EP was received positively in Norwegian media. Whilst Dos Santos spent her life in four different countries over three years, her debut project ‘Cleo’ EP took shape ending up functioning as a diary for the Brazilian-Norwegian composer, producer and vocalist. The metamorphosis of womanhood, falling in and out of love, betrayal, self realization and the passion for uplifting female musicians of color are all ideologies behind the restless musician’s 10 track EP. The character Cleo was created whilst Dos Santos studied Flamenco and Mediterranean music in Valencia, Spain. Cleo is a medieval deity, a moorish goddess that represents all women inspiring from Dos Santos lineage of strong women. She represents courage, independence, femininity, royalty and power only settling for success. She’s received recognition from Outkast’s Big Boi, Gilles Peterson, Pitchfork and Bandcamp. NyMag and The Cut, and was a nominee of the Norwegian Grammy Awards “Spellemannsprisen” in 2018.]

6. Scott Hrabko & The Rabbits – “Dog In The Backyard”
from: Dog In The Backyard – Single / Scott Hrabko / April 3, 2020
[Scott Hrabko’s new single, will be available online April 3, 2020. For this single the Rabbits were Scott Hrabko on vocals & guitar, Jason Beers on bass, and Chris Hudson on lead guitar. This single is a follow-up to Scott Hrabko & The Rabbits single “Pretty Good Day” was released on November 2, 2019. On February 14, 2019 Scott Hrabko released the EP Smash Hits From A Parallel Universe with Scott Hrabko on lead vocals, backing vocals, acoustic 6 and 12 string guitar, electric guitar, keyboards, & percussion; Jason Beers on bass guitar; Tim Higgins on drums, Marco Pascolini on junior electric guitar. Scott called this release: 4 songs for the new age of anxiety. Scott Hrako & The Rabbits released “Summer” in 2017, and “Biscuits and Gravity” in 2015. Scott Hrabko’s 2013 critically acclaimed solo release, “Gone Places” was said to be 30 years in the making. Singer-songwriter Scott Hrabko has played with KC’s oldest garage band The Original Sinners, as well as various incarnations of the 1980s bands: The Splinters, and The Andersons. In the early 1990s Scott performed as a solo artist in coffee houses with Iris Dement and Howard Eisberg.]

7. Jo MacKenzie – “Suicide Season”
from: “Suicide Season” – Single / Jo Mackenzie / February 1, 2020
[Newest single from 16 year old, Kansas City based singer songwriter, Jo MacKenzie, who released her Debut EP Proud on November 17, 2018. Along with the release of her EP Proud, Jo Mackenzie released the single “Just Like Rain” on August 18, 2018; “I Should Come with a Warning Sign” on September 28, 2019; and “Alaska” on November 23, 2019. More info at http://www.jomackenzie.com]

10:30 – Underwriting

Jennifer Owen on the March 25, 2020 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI.

10:32 – Interview with Jennifer Owen

Jennifer Owen is Artistic Director of Owen/Cox Dance Group, an ensemble she co-founded with composer Brad Cox in 2007. She has choreographed over fifty new works for Owen/Cox Dance Group. In accordance with the current COVID-19 local and international protocol, Owen/Cox Dance Group is postponing their upcoming U.S. State Diplomacy Tour in Ukraine. They are organizing to reschedule this tremendous opportunity as soon as possible. At this time, Owen/Cox Dance Group is looking forward with their world premiere performance of aRound & aRound on June 13, 2020 at Spencer Theatre. More info at: http://www.owencoxdance.org

Jennifer Owen, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Jen Owen’s husband and partner is Brad Cox, who is also the founder of The People’s Liberation Big Band of Greater Kansas City–a musicians’ collective dedicated to the creation and performance of new large ensemble jazz. AND, Brad Cox Octet–an eight-piece ensemble made up of 2 saxophonists, 2 bass players, 2 drummers, and 2 keyboardists.

Owen/Cox Dance Group is a 501 (c) 3 not for profit corporation with a mission is to create new music and dance collaborations, to present high-quality contemporary dance performances with live music, and to engage as wide an audience as possible through affordable live performance, education and outreach programs

When we scheduled this interview weeks ago Jennifer Owen was going to be sharing the details about Owen/Cox Dance Group’s upcoming U.S. State Diplomacy Tour in Ukraine. In accordance with the current COVID-19 local & international protocol, Owen/Cox Dance Group is postponing this trip until later.

Owen/Cox Dance Group is also having postpone their world premiere performance of aRound & aRound on June 13, 2020 at Spencer Theatre. Info at: http://www.owencoxdance.org

Congratulations again, to the entire company for last Fall’s world premiere dance work by the Owen/Cox Dance Group set to a live performance of singer/songwriter Krystle Warren’s acclaimed double album, “Love Songs” October 19 & 20 at Polsky Theatre at Carlsen Center at Johnson County Community College.

Jennifer Owen of Owen/Cox Dance Group

Jennifer Owen is Artistic Director of Owen/Cox Dance Group, an ensemble she co-founded with composer Brad Cox in 2007. She has choreographed over fifty new works for Owen/Cox Dance Group, including two commissions by the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and works commissioned by Island Moving Co. of Newport, RI, Kansas City Dance Festival, Kansas City Baroque Consortium, and Kansas City Chamber Orchestra. She has also created nine new works for Kansas City Ballet’s In the Wings choreographic workshop, and a winning entry for the 2006 Columbus Choreography Project. Owen is the recipient of a 2000 Princess Grace Honorarium. Prior to founding Owen/Cox Dance Group, Owen enjoyed a 13-year international ballet career. After training with Pacific Northwest Ballet School, San Francisco Ballet School, School of American Ballet, and the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, she went on to dance with the Russian State Ballet, Moscow Renaissance Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Hong Kong Ballet, BalletMet, and was a guest artist with the National Ballet of Turkmenistan. She has performed principal roles in Giselle, Don Quixote, George Balanchine’s Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux and Donizetti Variations, and the central pas de deux in Todd Bolender’s Arena.

Jennifer Owen, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

For more information about Owen/Cox Dance Group you can visit: http://www.owencoxdance.org

10:45

8. U.S. Girls – “4 American Dollars”
from: Heavy Light / 4AD / March 6, 2020
[7th studio album from U.S. Girls, the recording moniker of American-Canadian musician Meghan Remy. Formed in the United States in 2007 as a noise-pop project, Remy later moved the band to Toronto after marrying Canadian musician Max “Slim Twig” Turnbull. She released music on a variety of independent labels in both the United States and Canada before signing to 4AD in 2015. Her first record for that label, Half Free, was released the same year. Half Free garnered a Juno Award nomination for Alternative Album of the Year at the Juno Awards of 2016, and was a shortlisted finalist for the 2016 Polaris Music Prize. Heavy Light is a follow up to 2018 “In a Poem Unlimited” and is her third release on 4AD Records.]

9. David Byrne – “I Zimbra”
from: American Utopia on Broadway: Original Cast Recording / Nonesuch / Oct. 18, 2019
[We saw this show from the front row at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts on June 7, 2018. Following a sold-out world tour, the acclaimed theatrical concert had a highly successful run at Broadway’s intimate Hudson Theatre for a limited engagement. DAVID BYRNE’S AMERICAN UTOPIA delivers “an experience unlike anything else” (Billboard) and marks a major cultural milestone in the worlds of music and theater. Pitchfork reviewed American Utopia on Broadway, writing that Bryne, “… remains an artist to be grateful for—same as he ever was.” Innovative pop/rock icon David Byrne (Talking Heads, Here Lies Love) shares the spotlight with a diverse ensemble of 11 musical artists from around the globe. Together with production consultant Alex Timbers and choreographer Annie-B Parson (his collaborators on Here Lies Love), Byrne and ensemble deliver “a marvel of staging and motion” (Chicago Tribune) that’s as surprisingly poignant as it is supremely funky. Don’t miss this “thought-provoking example of the power of live music” (Forbes). “The boisterous ensemble surrounding Byrne is able to capture and amplify already-iconic moments in his catalog. Their Afropop drum grooves nod to My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, Byrne’s landmark 1981 collaboration with Brian Eno, while their guileless twitches of choreography and playful melodrama point back, once more, to Stop Making Sense. When they stomp in methodical marching band moves—including that rotating spiral that high school music nerds know all too well—they evoke the live show for Love This Giant, Byrne’s 2012 joint record with St. Vincent, only far more euphoric. Their greatest moment may well be their gauzy inversion of Remain in Light opener “Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On)”: Nimble in the melodies and forceful in the percussion, their version is even more thrilling than the original.” (Pitchfork).]

10. Kevin Morby – “Gift Horse”
from: Gift Horse / I Was on Time – Single / Dead Oceans / April 29, 2019
[Newest single from Kevin Robert Morby born April 2, 1988. Kevin Morby released his critically acclaimed 5th album, Oh My God on April 29, 2019. This was a follow up to his 2017 release City Music. Kevin learned to play guitar when he was 10. In his teens he formed the band Creepy Aliens. 17-year-old Morby dropped out of Blue Valley Northwest High School, got his GED, and moved from his native Kansas City to Brooklyn in the mid-2000s, supporting himself by working bike delivery and café jobs. He later joined the noise-folk group Woods on bass. While living in Brooklyn, he became close friends and roommates with Cassie Ramone of the punk trio Vivian Girls, and the two formed a side project together called The Babies, who released albums in 2011 and 2012. He began a solo career in 2013 releasing his debut album Harlem River. His 2nd album Still Life was released in 2014. His album Oh My God was #5 on WMM 119 Best recording of 2019. His album Singing Saw was in WMM’s The 116 Best Recordings of 2016. His album, City Music was in WMM’s The 118 Best Recordings of 2018.]

11:00 – Station ID

11. Fritz Hutchison – “Fortunate Flaws”
from: Wide Wild Acres / Center Cut Records / March 27, 2020
[From the debut album of Fritz Hutchison. Wild Wild Acres was written and performed by Fritz Hutchison. Produced by Fritz Hutchison and Joel Nanos. Recorded and mixed in Kansas City by Joel Nanos at Element Recording Studio. Mastered by Collin Jordan at The Boiler Room in Chicago.]

Fritz Hutchison on the March 25, 2020 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI.

11:04 – Interview with Fritz Hutchison

Musician and singer songwriter Fritz Hutchison joins us to talk about his debut solo album “Wide Wild Acres.” Multi-instrumentalist Fritz Hutchison is a life long resident of Kansas City. Since 2008 he’s been part of multiple bands playing drums with: She’s a Keeper, Freight Train Rabbit Killer, and Grand Marquis. On guitar he’s played with: J. Ashley Miller, Lauren Krum, Miki P, and Calvin Arsenia. After more than a decade of lending an ear and a hand to other music makers, Fritz is launching his own solo career as a singer-songwriter. His new album is being released through Center Cut Records.

Fritz Hutchison, thanks or being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Congratulations on the new music and the new album!

Mark talked about first meeting Fritz while he was a drummer and member of She’s A Keeper. Fritz was still in high school. Fritz has had such an interesting musical journey playing with Freight Train Rabbit Killer, Grand Marquis, J. Ashley Miller, Lauren Krum, Miki P, and Calvin Arsenia.

It was through his relationship playing with Calvin Arsenia that Frotz met the founders of Center Cut Records who sighed him as their second artist, after Calvin.

“Wide Wild Acres,” was produced by Fritz Hutchison and Joel Nanos, and recorded and mixed in Kansas City by Joel Nanos at Element Recording Studio.

We just heard “Fortunate Flaws” features Ian Teeple on bass, and Coleen Dieker on strings. All other instruments: drums, guitar, piano and vocals are performed by Fritz.

The first single from the new album is “Stationary” with a music video that was directed beautifully by Miki P (Mikala Petillo) whre she shot Fritz playing various instruments from the song and then films the projection of Fritz playing with-in these projections.

“Stationary” also features Ian Teeple on bass, and again Fritz on everything else.

11:11

12. Fritz Hutchison – “Stationary”
from: Wide Wild Acres / Center Cut Records / March 27, 2020
[1st single released February 21, 2020, from the debut album of Fritz Hutchison. Wild Wild Acres was written and performed by Fritz Hutchison. Produced by Fritz Hutchison and Joel Nanos. Recorded and mixed in Kansas City by Joel Nanos at Element Recording Studio. Mastered by Collin Jordan at The Boiler Room in Chicago.]

Fritz Hutchison

11:13 – More Interview with Fritz Hutchison

We are talking with musician and singer songwriter Fritz Hutchison about his debut solo album, “Wide Wild Acres,” released through Center Cut Records. All songs written, arranged, and performed by Fritz Hutchison.

The lyrics in “Wide Wild Acres” reference Fritz’ dad Pete, and his mom, who had seven children. Fritz has an older sister, and five siblings younger than him.

Multi-instrumentalist Fritz Hutchison was born May 27, 1991. He is 29 years old. Fritz is a life long resident of Kansas City.

Although Fritz plays guitar, piano, and other instruments, he first started o drums.

Wide Wild Acres was produced by Fritz Hutchison and Joel Nanos, and recorded and mixed in Kansas City by Joel Nanos at Element Recording Studio.

Mastered by Collin Jordan at The Boiler Room in Chicago.

Fritz Hutchison, thanks or being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Wide Wild Acres is being released on Center Cut Records on March 27, 2020 More info at: http://www.centercutrecords.com

11:20

13. Fritz Hutchison – “Police Dogs” (Radio Edit)
from: Wide Wild Acres / Center Cut Records / March 27, 2020
[From the debut album of Fritz Hutchison. Wild Wild Acres was written and performed by Fritz Hutchison. Produced by Fritz Hutchison and Joel Nanos. Recorded and mixed in Kansas City by Joel Nanos at Element Recording Studio. “Currach Mòr” recorded by Ross Brown at Escape Pod Audio. Mastered by Collin Jordan at The Boiler Room in Chicagor.]

14. BLACKSTARKIDS – “Dirty Dancing”
from: SURF / Bedroom Records / February 28, 2020
[Second album from, BlackStarKids, a pop/R&B/hip-hop group based in Kansas City, Missouri. Members include: TheBabeGabe, Deiondre, and TyFaizon (of the Drop Dead XX collective). The group released its first album, Let’s Play Sports, in 2019.]

15. 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 Billy Johnson who played drums on all of their recordings and who passed away on Feb 14, 2018 at the age of 42.]

11:29 – Underwriting

16. The Roseline – “Counting Sheep”
from: GOOD / GRIEF / Alt Country Club / April 3, 2020
[From the 6th album of the Lawrence, KS, based alt-country, Americana, rock band, formed by Colin Halliburton with friends in 2005.

Colin Haliburton on the March 25, 2020 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI.

11:35 – Interview with Colin Halliburton

Lawrence based musician Colin Halliburton joins us to talk about the new album, GOOD / GRIEF from his band The Roseline, formed in 2005. This is the band’s 6th release and it includes songs inspired by the death of Halliburton’s best friend (and keyboardist in The Roseline), as well as the loss of his mother-in-law to suicide. The album was recorded, engineered & produced by Joel Nanos at Element Recording Studios in KCMO. More info at: http://www.roselinemusic.com.

Colin Halliburton, thanks for being with us on WMM.

Congratulations on the new album, it is very beautiful, including a very fine vinyl release.

The album cover is a rendering of a sky full of giant clouds, and a tornado reaching down through the sky, with the words GOOD / GRIEF embossed in the upper center of the image. It’s beautiful and troubling at the same time.

The songs on GOOD / GRIEF were born, largely, in response to the death of Halliburton’s best friend (and keyboardist in The Roseline) Ehren Starks, as well as the loss of his mother-in-law to suicide. Additionally, the album explores themes of love & marriage, the grieving process, elder millennial existential dread, politicized rage, drugs, and mortality.

The Roseline include: Bradley McKellip on guitar, Colin Jones on bass, Heidi Gluck on keys & vocals, Jim Piller on drums, and Kris Losure on guitar,

AND, guest appearances from: Mike Stover on lap steel, Dan Loftus on piano, and Chase Horseman on vocals.

11:42

17. The Roseline – “Better To The Bone”
from: GOOD / GRIEF / Alt Country Club / April 3, 2020
[From the 6th album of the Lawrence, KS, based alt-country, Americana, rock band, formed by Colin Halliburton with friends in 2005.]

Colin Halliburton

11:46 – More Interview with Colin Halliburton

We are talking with Lawrence based musician Colin Halliburton about the new album, GOOD / GRIEF from his band The Roseline, formed in 2005.

Colin Halliburton, thanks for being with us on WMM.

The album was recorded, engineered & produced by Joel Nanos at Element Recording Studios in KCMO.

The Roseline were set to play an Album Release show at Replay Lounge in Lawrence, Friday, April 3 at 9:00 PM. AND, The Roseline were set play a Kansas City Album Release show at Mike Kelly’s Westsider, Saturday, April 4. – But these shows were cancelled.

The Roseline include: Bradley McKellip on guitar, Colin Jones on bass, Heidi Gluck on keys & vocals, Jim Piller on drums, and Kris Losure on guitar, with guest appearances from: Mike Stover on lap steel, Dan Loftus on piano, and Chase Horseman on vocals.

The Roseline has toured the US and Halliburton has completed two European solo tours thus far, taking him through Poland, Germany, Belgium, and The Netherlands. They have had the good fortune of getting sync placements in hit television shows like ABC’s Nashville and Resurrection as well as USA’s Queen of the South. They have been featured in/on NPR, Pop Matters, No Depression, and The Bluegrass Situation. They have had two records debut in the top five on the Euro Americana Chart. Spring 2020 tour dates as well as all other info can be found at: roselinemusic.com.

The band’s release includes songs inspired by the death of Halliburton’s best friend (and keyboardist in The Roseline). Ehren Starks was also a big part of The Roseline and your best friend, can you talk about is friendship and how it inspired the record.

Ehren Starks was also part of the band Other Americans, and when They were on the show last year Brandon Taylor Phillips talked about what a great loss it was after Ehren’s death, that he was such a big part of the creation of their early songs.

Colin Halliburton, thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

The Roseline’s new album is called GOOD / GRIEF. More info at: http://www.roselinemusic.com.

18. The Roseline – “Song For Ehren”
from: GOOD / GRIEF / Alt Country Club / to be released April 3, 2020
[From the 6th album of the Lawrence, KS, based alt-country, Americana, rock band, formed by Colin Halliburton with friends in 2005.]

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

Next week, on Wednesday, April 1, we talk with Charlie Colborne about his new band Miss Boating and their new EP “The Vhargon Sidestep.”

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:
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http://www.WednesdayMidDayMedley.org,
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Show #830

WMM Playlist from: Feb. 5, 2020

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 5, 2020

Belle and The Vertigo Waves + Marty Thomas
+ Sondra Freeman of Midwest Music Foundation +
New & MidCoastal Releases

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

2. Jametatone – “Is That What You Like? (feat. Calvin Arsenia)”
from: A Bird In The Hand / Jametatone / December 8, 2019
[Jametatone, is the solo project of J. Ashley Miller who has recorded with his band as Metatone. Jametatone collaborates with an esemble of musicians under the moniker Blastocyst. The recording of A Bird In The Hand was Engineered, Mixed and Mastered by Jametatone at The Infoaming Vertex Studio. Assistant Engineering by Simon Huntley. Dedicated to Love. bLASTOCYST is: Jon Kizilarmut on drums & percussion; Jeff Harshbarger on bass; Eddie Moore on Rhodes, Wurlitzer & Piano; Fritz Hutchison on guitar, percussion, & piano; Billy Winston on saxophone; Simon Huntley on drums & percussion; Allison Hawkins on piano; and Jametatone on vocals & guitar. J. Ashley Miller is the 2016 Charlotte Street Generative Performing Artist Award Fellow. He is a composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist. His genre-bending trans-modern work has been performed everywhere from YJ’s to the Kauffman Performing Arts Center, to the MoMa PS1 in NYC. Ashley utilizes a diverse range of technologies, techniques, and collaborators to access obscure facets of the human emotional landscape. You can view more of Ashley’s work at http://www.jametatone.com]

[Jametatone plays recordBar, 1520 Grand, KCMO, Wednesday, Feb. 12, at 7:00 PM w/ ARQuesta Del SolSoul and Collidescope.]

3. True Lions – “Life is Gold”
from: You’re Not Invited / True Lions / November 9, 2019
[Second EP released in 2019 from True Lions with: Alison Hawkins on guitar, synth, and vocals; Elizabeth Kosko on percussion, vocals; Mikala Petillo on bass, vocals; Claire Adams on guitar, vocals; Leslie Butsch on saxophone, Ezgi Karakus on cello; and Teri Quinn on vocals. All songs written by True Lions and produced by Claire Adams and Alison Hawkins. Tracking Engineering by Claire Adams. Mixing and Mastering by Ian Dobyns and Chase Horseman. Album Artwork by Genevieve Sloan. Special thanks to Calvin Arsenia and Fritz Hutchison. The band released their debut EP”Cute At Best” Feb. 5, 2019 with Alison Hawkins on guitar, piano, synth, vocals; Mikala Petillo on percussion, bass, guitar, vocals; and with Ross Brown serving as producer & engineer; and Nika Winn providing artwork. This EP began as an unrelated, musical dispute between lovers, but triumphantly became the spunky collaboration of two midwestern “woms” whose passion for playing music nearly exceeds their desire to create it.]

[True Lions play Wise Blood KC, at 300 Westport Rd, KCMO, on Friday, February 7 at 6:00 PM, with Charlotte B, and Ramona & The Phantoms.]

[True Lions play Stockyard Sounds with SoulTru, Monday, February 10, at 6:30 PM at Stockyards Brewing Co., 1600 Genessee St, KCMO.]

[True Lions play The Disaster Room at Minibar, 3810 Broadway Blvd, KCMO, on Tuesday, February 11, at 9:00 PM with Frankie Valet (STL), Chloe Jacobson, and Tellum.]

4. Vincent Herring, Bobby Watson & Gary Bartz – “These Foolish Things”
from: Bird at 100 / Smoke Session Records / November 29, 2019
[August 29, 2020 will mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Charlie Parker. Alto saxophonists and three of modern jazz’s most acclaimed voices: Vincent Herring, Bobby Watson, and Gary Bartz backed by a rhythm section that includes: pianist David Kikoski, bassist Yasushi Nakamura, and drummer Carl Allen shared the stage at Smoke Jazz Club in New York in August 2019, for shows celebrating what would have been the honoree’s 99th birthday. On Bird at 100, Herring, Watson, and Bartz revisit standards Bird transformed to blazing bebop numbers and also sharing new compositions written with Charlie Parker’s legacy in mind. Watson’s ballad-turn on “These Foolish Things” offers a master class in phrasing and articulation, and Kikoski is given plenty of room to stretch out a big, warm blanket of a solo. Bobby Watson was born in Lawrence, Kansas, August 23, 1953. he is an American post-bop jazz alto saxophonist, composer, producer, and educator. Watson now has 27 recordings as a leader. He appears on nearly 100 other recordings as either co-leader or in a supporting role. Watson has recorded more than 100 original compositions. Watson grew up in Bonner Springs and Kansas City, Kansas]

[Bobby Watson plays Searching for Charlie Parker w/ Logan Richardson & Bobby Watson on Thursday, February 6, at 9:00 PM, at The Ship, 1217 Union Avenue during Black History Month, At 9:00 PM: Music is Your Own Experience – Featuring Polish Jazz Artists., At 10:00 PM: Sanctified Rhythm – Featuring Bobby Watson. At 11:00 PM: No Boundaries to Art – Featuring Logan Richardson’s blues PEOPLE. At 12:00 AM: Just Play the Music – Featuring Five Saxophonists.]

10:20 – Underwriting

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

[The Creepy Jingles play miniBar, 3810 Broadway, Wed, Feb 5, at 9:00 PM with Momma’s Boy, Stary, and Shady Bug.]

[The Creepy Jingles play Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence, KS. on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 10:00 PM with Serene Fiend, and JC & The Nuns.]

6. Belle & The Vertigo Waves – “Fear or Faith”
from: Fear or Faith – Single / Drop Out Records / June 7, 2019
[New single from Belle & The Vertigo Waves, the sonic brainchild of Belle Loux. She resides in Kansas City, MO, and is slowly attempting world domination. Members include Belle Loux on lead vocals, John Loux on guitar. The band’s debut full length album”Aligned” was released on October 6, 2017.]

[Belle & The Vertigo Waves play “Night of the Loving Dead” Saturday, February 15, at 8:00 PM at Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club, 3402 Main St., KCMO with Wick & The Tricks, Annie Cherry, Freddye Dalma Starr, and Whorxata.]

Belle Loux and John Loux on the February 5, 2020, edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM.

10:30 – Interview with Belle & The Vertigo Waves

Belle & The Vertigo Waves joined us last summer to share their single “Fear Or Faith.” Belle & The Vertigo Waves are back on the show to share details about their show “Night of the Loving Dead” Saturday, February 15, at 8:00 PM at Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club, 3402 Main St., KCMO with Wick & The Tricks, Annie Cherry, Freddye Dalma Starr, and Whorxata. More information at: http://www.thevertigowaves.com

Belle Loux and John Loux, thanks for being on WMM.

Belle Loux is lead singer for Belle & The Vertigo Waves. John Loux is lead guitarist

Belle Loux is 22 years old. She has been writing music and fronting this band since she was 18 years old.

Early influences were: The Cure, The Smiths, Psychedelic Furs, Amy Mann

Belle & The Vertigo Waves have played Middle of The Map Fest, Plaza Art Fair, Boulevardia and most venues across the KC metro.

The band’s debut full length album “Aligned” was released on October 6, 2017. About the album, Belle told Michelle Bacon at The Bridge that, “Many of the tunes had been written around five years prior, when I was just 15 or 16.” Belle had only played them as a solo artist with occasional accompaniment from her dad, guitarist John Loux, and keyboardist Charlie Hibberd. In 2017, she hired the two musicians and a couple other friends to track “Aligned,” dubbing the project Belle and the Vertigo Waves, in the hopes that she’d eventually assemble a live band. “Recording was a surreal and emotional experience. Playing the songs with a band was like seeing them come to life,” she said. “I knew there was no way I could be a solo artist anymore, because I fell in love with the full band sound so much.”

The music of Belle & The Vertigo Waves have been described as having an “1980s pop-laden sound.” which drew local attention in 2018. After “Aligned” that band has gone through an evolution of sound and players. Belle Loux and John Loux have continued as founding members.

At various times, the group has included two of the “Aligned” musicians, including bassist Jeremiah Scott, plus the more recent additions of Elliott Holt on drums and Zach Nielsen on guitar.

Belle has said that in the past 4 years the band has grown to have more of a darker, glam rock sound, grittier and grungier. Their sound is influenced by three generations of musicians in the band, Belle’s growth as a songwriter and singer, and through the band’s work with engineer and producer Paul Malinowski. Belle & The Vertigo Waves are currently recording new music at Massive Sound Studios. Belle & The Vertigo Waves hope to release a new EP, and a new video later this year.

Belle Loux, & John Loux, thanks for being on WMM.

Belle & The Vertigo Waves play “Night of the Loving Dead” Saturday, February 15, at 8:00 PM at Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club, 3402 Main St., KCMO with Wick & The Tricks, Annie Cherry, Freddye Dalma Starr, and Whorxata.

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

10:46

7. Belle & The Vertigo Waves – “What You Wanted”
from: What You Wanted – Single / Drop Out Records / August 19, 2017
[Debut album from Belle & The Vertigo Waves is the sonic brainchild of Belle Loux. She resides in KCMO, and is slowly attempting world domination.”Aligned” is available on iTunes and all streaming services.]

[Belle & The Vertigo Waves play “Night of the Loving Dead” Saturday, February 15, at 8:00 PM at Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club, 3402 Main St., KCMO with Wick & The Tricks, Annie Cherry, Freddye Dalma Starr, and Whorxata.]

8. Misha Roberts – “Exposed”
from: Exposed – EP / Misha Roberts / January 2020 (Unreleased)
[Originally from San Antonio, Texas, Misha Roberts has worked extensively in Kansas City as a vocalist for over 10 years. Misha is currently in the studio working on her solo album. She recently released this song as a you Tube Video. Misha plays with the band The Freedom Affair.]

[The Freedom Affair play The Ship, 1217 Union Avenue, KCMO (West Bottoms) TONIGHT Wednesday, February 5, at 9:00 PM]

9. Betse Ellis – “Another Night Gone”
from: Don’t You Want To Go / Free Dirt / April 21, 2009
[Originally from Fayetteville, Arkansas, Betse Ellis is one of the founding members of one of Kansas City’s treasured bands The Wilders, an acoustic honky-tonk band, that toured nationally and internationally for 15 years, and released 10 albums. In 2011 the band ended. One if the side projects of The Wilders was a band called The Whittlers, made of up of Phil Wade and Tom Livesay who recorded 4 full-length albums from 2000 to 2004 while they worked together at the Kansas City Art Institute. The Whitlers were the first to record this song written by Betse Ellis, and released on their final album, “Nobody’s Happy” from 2004, with Tom on vocals, Ike Sheldon on piano, Phil Wade on guitar. The track was recorded as a surprise for Betse.]

[Betse Ellis plays Sunday Service at Stockyards Brewing Co. on Sunday, February 9, at 2:00 PM at Stockyards Brewing Co. 1600 Gennessee St. KCMO with 3 Trails West and Bill Dye.]

11:00 – Station ID

Marty Thomas

10. Marty Thomas – “We Belong”
from: Slow Dancing With A Boy / Broadway Records / December 6, 2019
[Originally from Trenton, Missouri where he graduted from Trenton High School in 1997.As a child he famously won Ed McMahon’s Junior Star Search over then-unknown Britney Spears. As an adult, Marty Thomas created a name for himself on Broadway in Xanadu, Wicked and The Secret Garden, on television’s Grace & Frankie, and has been a staple of the New York City nightlife for well over a decade. With his sophomore album “Slow Dancing With a Boy”, Marty takes his rightful place among the vocal icons that have long inspired him. Produced by Jamey Ray, this album explores the music of a young closeted mans coming of age memories, and dares to question the possibility of having lived those memories honestly and openly. Fusing pop and musical theatre music with a song stack that runs the gamut of Vanessa Williams to Les Miserables, this album features collaborations with The X Factor’s Rachel Potter, Voctave’s Jamey Ray and viral sensation Mykal Kilgore. “We Belong” is a song written by Eric Lowen and Dan Navarro. It was made popular by American rock singer Pat Benatar after being released as the lead single from her sixth studio album, Tropico (1984). It matched the success of “Love Is a Battlefield” on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the United States, peaking at #5. It reached #3 on Billboard’s Top Rock Tracks chart and #34 on the Adult Contemporary.]

[Marty Thomas will bring his “Slow Dancing with a boy” tour, to Kansas City, Friday, February 7, at 8:00 PM at Music Theatre Kansas City 16301 Midland Drive (inside B&B Theatres), Shawnee, Kansas. Presented by Music Theatre Kansas City. More information at http://www.martythomas.com]

Marty Thomas

11:05 – Interview with Marty Thomas

Originally from Trenton, Missouri, where he graduated from Trenton High School in 1997. While in middle school, in 1992, Marty Thomas beat out a then-unknown Britney Spears to win Ed McMahon’s “Junior Star Search” competition. At that time Marty Thomas was already a veteran of Broadway, as a cast member of “The Secret Garden” in 1991. As an adult, Marty Thomas created a name for himself on Broadway in the musicals “Xanadu,” and “Wicked,” and Off Broadway in “Pageant – The Musical.” He has appeared on television’s Grace & Frankie, and in several films. Marty Thomas has been nominated for a Grammy Award, and has appeared on MTV, VH1, 20/20. and The Tony Awards. Marty Thomas released his second solo album, “Slow Dancing With A Boy,” on Broadway Records, on December 6, 2019. The new album “explores the music of a young closeted man’s coming-of-age memories, and dares to question the possibility of having lived those memories honestly and openly.”

Marty Thomas will bring his “Slow Dancing with a Boy” tour, to Kansas City, Friday, February 7, at 8:00 PM at Music Theatre Kansas City 16301 Midland Drive (inside B&B Theatres), Shawnee, Kansas. Presented by Music Theatre Kansas City. More information at http://www.martythomas.com

Marty Thomas, thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Trenton, Missouri is a town of about 6,000 people about an hour and a half north of Kansas City. It is near the halfway point between Kansas City and Des Moines, Iowa in Interstate 35 North.

Slow Dancing With A Boy explores the music of a young closeted man’s coming of age memories. What was your “Coming Out” process like? And how did your childhood experiences of being on Broadway and on television affect your ‘coming out”?

Of the 12 album tracks on the new album, you recommended that we play “We Belong.”

Album Tracks:

1. Slow Dance
2. As (written by Stevie Wonder)
3. Dancing On My Own All By Myself
4. Dreamlover (featuring Jamey Ray and Rachel Potter)
5. Crazy For You (written by John Bettis and Jon Lind for Madonna)
6. Remember Me This Way
7. Show Me Heaven (written by Maria McKee, Eric Rackin, Jay Rifkin)
8. Seventh Grade [Save the Best For Last / Everything I Do] (featuring Mykal Kilgore)
9. I Want You to Need Me (written by Diane Warren for Celine Dion)
10. Someone to Fall Back On
11. We Belong (written by Eric Lowen and Dan Navarro for Pat Benatar)
12. Somewhere (composed by Leonard Bernstein / lyrics by Stephen Sondheim)

“We Belong” is a song written by Eric Lowen and Dan Navarro. It was made popular by American rock singer Pat Benatar after being released as the lead single from her sixth studio album, Tropico (1984). It matched the success of “Love Is a Battlefield” on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the United States, peaking at #5. It reached #3 on Billboard’s Top Rock Tracks chart and #34 on the Adult Contemporary.

This album was born of the epiphany that the artists coming of age years were not his own. He traded them to his church, his family and the deeply troubling belief that he wasn’t worthy of honest love. Convinced if he told enough lies and believed them that he could fit in and have a happy life by pleasing everyone around him but himself. Obviously, the truth is always king and will always find the light eventually.

‘Slow Dancing With A Boy’, is a collection of music from Thomas’ middle school, high school and college years rearranged, reclaimed and placed firmly in the light. It’s a second chance to live truthfully and make music honestly.

Slow Dancing With A Boy was officially released on Broadway Records on December 6, 2019 and is available on all digital and streaming platforms.

Marty takes his rightful place among the vocal icons that have long inspired him.
Produced by Jamey Ray.

This album features collaborations with The X Factor’s Rachel Potter, Voctave’s Jamey Ray and viral sensation Mykal Kilgore.

The album reached #19 on the iTunes pop charts and has received rave critical reviews. Physical copies will be available for sale the night of the concert.

Xanadu – for this musical your work as a skater was put to great use. Can you talk about this musical? Ventriloquism and 30 minute lips in 18 minutes

11:19

Marty Thomas, thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Marty Thomas brings his “Slow Dancing with a Boy” tour, to Kansas City, this Friday, February 7, at 8:00 PM at Music Theatre Kansas City, 16301 Midland Drive (inside B&B Theatres), Shawnee, Kansas. Presented by Music Theatre Kansas City. More information at http://www.martythomas.com

11:19- Underwriting

11. Suzannah Johannes – “Hanging On”
from: Suzannah Johannes EP / Range Life Records / September 2, 2008
[Recorded by Steve Squire, with additional recording by Mike Nolte. Mixed by Mike Nolte at More Famouser. Mastered by Roger Seibel at SAE. Artwork by Pre Sense Form. Released by Range Life Records. For this track: Josh Adams on drums & percussion , Dave Wetzel on guitar, Steve Swyers on guitar, Mike Nolte on bass, and Suzannah Johannes on vocals. Suzannah Johannes is a singer and songwriter living in Lawrence, KS. She has performed with David Wetzel (Ghosty), Steve Swyers (Say My Name), Jeff Stoltz (Drakkar Sauna), and Dustin Kinsey (New Amsterdams).]

[Suzannah Johannes plays the Myers Hotel Bar, 220 South Main, Tonganoxie, KS. on Friday, February 7, at 8:00 PM with the band Sidehug.]

12. Kadesh Flow – “Accolades”
from: Motivated / Ryan Davis / January 31, 2020
[Executive Produced by Kadesh Flow. Mixed by Kadesh Flow. Mastered by Bill Beats. Kadesh calls this EP a “collection of tracks that I made to motivate myself. Hopefully they get you fired up as well.” Kadesh Flow is Ryan Davis is a rapper with an MBA. He is an emcee, producer, & trombonist. At age 11, he began rapping and playing trombone within two weeks of one another. His music has been featured on network television in multiple countries and territories across Southeast Asia. Kadesh performs as a solo hip hop artist. He also plays with KC funk juggernaut The Phantastics, and Marcus Lewis Big Band.]

[Kadesh Flow plays Kansas Cith Bier Company, 310 West 79th St., KCMO, on Fri., Feb. 7, at 7:00 PM]

13. The MGDs – “Let Me In”
from: Let Me In – Single / The MGDs / Feb. 5, 2020 (Unreleased)
[Damon Parker sent me this new song from the MGDs which will be on their upcoming album “Midtown” to be released later this spring. Midtown will be the follow-up to the band’s 3rd studio release, their November 4, 2017 release, Somos Como Somos. Matt Davis on drums, percussion & vocals, Greg Bush on bass, Damon Parker on keyboards & vocals, Scott “Snoof” Middleton on guitar, Rudy Vasquez on saxophones, and Eric Martens on trumpet. This Kansas City based 6-piece band that mixes piano and brass with a dynamic rhythm section that adds a unique flavor to the iconic Kansas City music culture, blending of funk and blues with soulful stylings. In what started as a 3-piece between longtime friends in 2008, the MGDs have evolved into a potent powerhouse, high-energy ensemble with regular monthly appearances at the Phoenix, and appearances at the Sunset Music Fest, the City Market Crawfish Fest, the 6th annual Phoenix Fest, Crossroads Music Fest, Middle of The Map Fest, Boulevardia, The Plaza Art Fair, Kauffman Stadium before two Kansas City Royals games. In 2016 the band released their 2nd studio LP, “Wake Up”.] [The MGDs played an EP Release show, Saturday, November 4, at 9:00 pm, at The Black Dolphin.]

[The MGDs play MidCoast Takeover Fundraiser #1, Friday, February 7, at 7:00 PM at recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd., KCMO with Verbose, and Jesus Loves The Atom Bomb.]

11:30 – Interview with Sondra Freeman

Sondra Freeman is Director of Promotions and Artist Relations for Midwest Music Foundation, a nonprofit created to support music and musicians in Kansas City and the surrounding areas, founded in 2008 by a collective of musicians and music lovers. The Midwest Music Foundation (MMF) unites and empowers the greater Kansas City music community by providing programs and resources to area musicians through outreach, support, education, and health care opportunities. Sondra is instrumental in MMF’s annual events: Apocalypse Meow, MidCoast Takeover and the MidCoast Takeover fundraiser shows, as well as many other collaborative musical events and fundraisers.

Sondra Freeman joins us to share details about Midwest Music Foundation’s Annual MidCoast Takeover. The event began in 2010 as a group of musicians and music lovers gathering for a Kansas City-focused showcase at the nation’s largest music festival in Austin, Texas. Midwest Music Foundation presents the 11th annual MidCoast Takeover, a 4-day, 2-stage KC-focused showcase, March 18 through 21, at Shangri La, hosting over 40 bands at the nation’s largest music festival in Austin, Texas.

Sondra Freeman joins us to share info about MidCoast Takeover Fundraiser #1, Friday, February 7, at 7:00 PM at recordBar, 1520 Grand, KCMO with Verbose, Jesus Loves The Atom Bomb, and The MGDs.

Sondra Freeman thanks for being with us again on WMM.

MidCoast Takeover Fundraiser #1, Friday, February 7, at recordBar, 1

7:00 pm – Doors open
8:00 pm – Verbose
9:00 pm – Jesus Loves the Atom Bomb
10:00 pm – The MGDs

The Midwest Music Foundation is proud to present the 11th annual MidCoast Takeover. The event began in 2010 as a group of musicians and music lovers gathering for a Kansas City-focused showcase at the nation’s largest music festival in Austin, Texas. The showcase has grown into a four-day, two-stage event at Shangri La. Taking musicians to Austin reflects attention back on the vibrant music scenes in KC and throughout the Midwest.

These fundraiser shows help us raise funds to pay for the production costs of hosting this showcase. MidCoast Takeover is funded through these fundraiser shows and sponsors, separate from our other programs and services.

Huge thanks to our sponsors: Boulevard Brewing Company, Seen Merch, Nebraska Exposed, Eastern Afternoon, recordBar, The Brick, Shangri La, City Rent A Truck,
XO Blackwater, Rad’s FX LLC, and CM2 Audio.

Abby’s Fund for Musicians’ Health Care was named for Abigail Henderson (1977-2013).

Death notice from St. Louis Post Dispatch: Abigail Hope Henderson the Kansas City vocalist who started a nonprofit organization to help musicians pay health-care costs, died on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 of cancer at her home. She was 35. For more than a decade, Abigail was the lead singler of several area bands: Trouble Junction, The Gaslights, Atlantic Fadeout, and Tiny Horse. In 2008 she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She had health insurance, but the cost of the treatments prompted her and her husband Christopher Meck, to start the Midwest Music Foundation which raised funds to help area musicians pau health care costs. “Medical bills can throw you into poverty in a week – in one day,” she said. “There’s nothing like standing in your kitchen opeing a j]hospital bill for $63,000.00 in one day and $47,000.00 the next. After a while you don’t want to open them anymore. Who can pay that?”

Midwest Music Foundation – http://www.midwestmusicfoundation.org

Midwest Music Foundation Staff

Rhonda Lyne, Executive Director rhonda@midwestmusicfound.org
Sondra Freeman, Director of Promotions and Artist Relations
Michelle Bacon, Editor
Canyon McClung, Production Specialist
Brenton Cook, Promotions Specialist
Christopher Tate, Technical Officer, Website Specialist

Midwest Music Foundation Board

Scott Easterday, President, Website, Musician
Chris Meck, Vice President, Musician and CM2 Audio
Garrett Nordstrom, Treasurer, Musician and Birdsway Productions
Ellen Sherman, Secretary, Chair of Marketing
Eric Barton, General Counsel
Dr. K. Allen Greiner, MD, MPH, Chair of Health + Wellness, University of KS Med Center
Erin Corriveau, MD, MPH, Public Health Officer, University of Kansas Medical Center
Bryant Miller, JD, Chair of Development
Vi Tran, Musician and The Buffalo Room
Camry Ivory, Musician
Amber Hulet, Volunteer Coordinator, Social Media

Other Midwest Music Foundation Events:

MidCoast Takeover #2 is March 7

JayRock 15, on Friday, February 28, at 6:00 PM at Uptown Theater, 3700 Broadway Rd, KCMO. Hosted by JayDoc Free Clinic, featuring Yes You Are, Third Degree of Kansas City, and Everett the Grey!

The headliner of JayRock 15 is Yes You Are. They are a local pop band whose first single debuted on Pepsi’s Superbowl 51 commercial as well as being featured in Bad Moms amongst other FX and MTV shows. Vocalist Kiarra Alarid has been a guest at Coachella amongst other musical festivals and have appeared on Sesame Street and Sesame Street.

JayRock 15 will be opened by Everett the Grey, a band including a fellow second year medical student Alex Hill. The second opener of the night will be Third Degree of Kansas City, a group who describes their sound as classic and eclectic rock ‘n’ roll. Third Degree is made up of some of KUMC’s finest faculty members: Pete DiPasco, Dianne Durham, Beth Levant, Ken McCarson, and Peter Smith.

10:44

Sondra Freeman thanks for being with us again on WMM.

MidCoast Takeover Fundraiser #1, Friday, February 7, at 7:00 PM at recordBar, 1520 Grand, KCMO with Verbose, Jesus Loves The Atom Bomb, and The MGDs.

More info at: http://www.midwestmusicfoundation.org

11:45

14. Verbose – “The Victim”
from: Idle Hour at Barto’s / Verbose / November 8, 2019
[Verbose is a four piece alternative blues rock band from Joplin, Missouri. The band is made up of Logan Glasgow on vocals & drums, Cody Morris on guitar, Tim Cote on bass & vocals, and Zach Martin on Guitar.]

[Verbose plays MidCoast Takeover Fundraiser #1, Friday, February 7, at 7:00 PM at recordBar, 1520 Grand, KCMO with Jesus Loves The Atom Bomb, and The MGDs. ]

15. Trixie Mattel – “Malibu”
from: Barbara / PEG Records / February 7, 2020
[Trixie Mattel is the stage name of Brian Michael Firkus, an American singer, actor, drag queen and recognized “Skinny Legend.” Trixie is the winner of “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars” season 3 (originally competing on season 7). He is also a Billboard Heatseekers #1 charting recording artist (One Stone, 2018), a wildly successful theater touring act, and one half of a comic duo on Viceland (“The Trixie and Katya Show”) and on YouTube (“UNHhhh”). In 2019, Trixie worked the festival circuit as the subject of a bio documentary, “Trixie Mattel: Moving Parts.” Trixie Mattel is managed by Producer Entertainment Group and online at twww.rixiemattel.com or @trixiemattel.]

[Trixie Mattel plays The Truman, 601 East Truman Rd, KCMO, Tuesday, Feb. 11, At 8:00 PM.]

16. Soultru – “Must Be”
from: “Must Be” – Single / The Record Machine / August 24, 2019
[Drums and Piano by Kierstyn Graham, Vocals by Terrance Banks. Singer, songwriter, poet and emcee Terrance A Banks aka Soultru is a native of Davenport, Iowa and is currently based out of the Quad Cities area of NW Illinois/NE Iowa. Combining his poetic and lyrical talents with a soulful voice, Soultru has forged his own unique sound. Soultru credits a wide range of influences, including Gavin Degraw, John Legend, Yelawolf and Son Little.]

[Soultru plays play Stockyard Sounds with True Lions, Monday, February 10, at 6:30 PM at Stockyards Brewing Co., 1600 Genessee St, KCMO.]

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

Next week, on February 12The Pedaljets join us live in our 90.1 FM Studios to share music from their new album, “Twist The Lens.”

Also next week, special co-hosts Betse Ellis and Marion Merritt join us for our Winter Fund Drive Show encouraging YOU, our beautiful listeners to call us and show your support for the most original radio station you’ve ever listened to, 90.1 FM KKFI where over 85 locally produced radio shows air each week.

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 #823

WMM presents Hadiza. + Les Izmore + Scott Hobart

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

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Hadiza. & Les Izmore
+ Scott Hobart of Giants Chair
+ New & MidCoastal Releases

Mark plays more New & MidCoastal Releases from: Pedaljets, Una Walkenhorst, Miss Boating, Jametatone and Blastocyst, Ebony Tusks, Adam Scott York, Miki P & The Swallowtails, Hadiza., Arquesta Del SolSoul, The Black Creatures, Giants Chair, Emily King, Anti-Flag, and David Byrne’s American Utopia on Broadway. We’ll also play Kate Bush and David Bowie.

Les Izmore

At 10:30 we talk with KC Hip Hop Superstar Les Izmore and singer, songwriter & pianist Hadiza. We’ll play music from Hadiza’s new album, “Shadow Weight,” and from Les Izmore’s Kansas City based collective Arquesta Del SolSoul. Hadiza. plays Hadiza’s Shadow Weight Release Ritual at miniBar, 3810 Broadway, KCMO on Sat, January 25, at 9:00 PM with Hadiza., Babydoll, The Black Creatures, and Les Izmore and the GOATs. Hadiza’s band Collidescope play recordBar, 1520 Grand Boulevard, KCMO, Wednesday, February 12, at 7:00 PM with Jametatone and ARQuesta Del SolSoul.

At 11:30 we talk with Scott Hobart of the midwestern post hardcore/emo trio, Giants Chair who joins us live in our 90.1 FM Studios. Giants Chair were part of the mid-90’s KC rock scene, sharing bills with Germbox, Season To Risk, Molly McGuire and Shiner. Giant’s Chair recorded two full-length albums and toured the U.S. twice before ending in 1997. On December 6, 2019, Giants Chair released their third album on Spartan Records.

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Show #821

WMM Playlist from Dec. 11, 2019

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

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

The 119 Best Recordings of 2019
(Part 2 of 4)

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

In 2019 we have broadcast nearly 800 musical recordings through our 90.1 FM Community Radio Airwaves, powered by our 100,000 watt transmitter. Over 400 of these tracks were from New & MidCoastal Releases. We played tracks from 145 National Releases, and 183 MidCoastal Releases. 75 of the representative tracks in our “Best of” list are from MidCoastal Releases. In 2019 we conducted 127 interviews, with 209 special guests. 43 of the bands and artists in our “Best of” list have joined us as guests on WMM.

Tune into Wednesday MidDay Medley throughout December for our 4-week series: The 119 Best Recordings of 2019, on December 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th. We are packing 8-hours of radio with music that represent: The 119 of Best Recordings of 2019!

We count down #90 through #61 on our list with representative tracks from: Kemet The Phantom, Calvin Arsenia, The Nicole Springer Band, The Depth and The Whisper, The Wires, Approach, True Lions, The Butter Band, Sky Smeed, Miki P, Y god Y, Cuee, Chase The Horseman, Deco Auto, Lovergurl, Digital Leather, Blue False Indigo, Wonderfuzz, Billie Eilish, Rina Mushonga, Bill Callahan, Black Pumas, Better Oblivion Community Center, Ibibio Sound Machine, The National, Lambchop, Lee Fields and The Expressions, Amyl and The Sniffers, Lana Del Rey, and Jamila Woods.

10:00 AM

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

2. (90.) Billie Eilish – “bad guy”
from: When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? / Darkroom – Interscope / March 29, 2019
[17 year old singer songwriter Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O’Connell was born December 18, 2001, and is known professionally as Billie Eilish. She was raised in Highland Park, Los Angeles to actress-musician-screenwriter Maggie Baird & Patrick O’Connell. Billie joined the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus at 8. At age 11, she began writing and singing her own songs, following her brother Finneas O’Connell, known as Finneas, an actor, musician, & producer, known for his role as Alistair in the Fox TV series Glee. Finneas was already performing his own songs with his band. In October 2015, when she was 13, Billie recorded the song “Ocean Eyes”, initially written by Finneas for his band, and sent it to her dance teacher, who hoped to choreograph a dance to it. Billie Eilish released “Ocean Eyes” on SoundCloud in 2016. A music video was released on (4/24/16), and a video of Eilish performing a dance to the song was released (11/22/16). “Ocean Eyes”, racked up over 35 million streams on Spotify. It was rereleased worldwide through Darkroom-Interscope (11/18/16). She released the singles: “Six Feet Under” (2/3/17), “Bellyache” (5/5/17) followed by her debut EP, Don’t Smile at Me (8/11/17) followed by more singles and remixes: “Bored,” “Watch,” “Copycat,” “Idontwannabeyouanymore,” “My Boy,” and “Don’t Smile at Me” (8/12/17). Billie collaborated with American rapper Vince Staples for a remix of “Watch” titled “&Burn.” For 2018 Record Store Day, Billie will release a 7″ vinyl acoustic version of “Party Favor” & acoustic version of “Hotline Bling” by Drake.]

3. (89.) Rina Mushonga – “In a Galaxy”
from: In a Galaxy / Rina Mushonga / February 15, 2019
[Rina Mushonga was born in India and raised in Harare, Zimbabwe. She attended college in the Netherlands and eventually moved to Peckham, in London, where her music career ignited. As a child she learned to play guitar and piano and began writing her own songs. She names her influences as Paul Simon, Oliver Mtukudzi, Nina Simone, and Fleetwood Mac. She started out by playing at open-mike nights in Harare. Her 2014 debut, The Wild, The Wilderness, was recorded while she was living in the Netherlands and released on Sony Music. The album contained a folk/rock-influenced sound in the vein of her early influences, but Mushonga was unsatisfied, feeling she was unable to express her authentic self. It was only after she moved to Peckham, a multiculturally rich neighborhood of London, that she felt more at home and able to explore her African heritage in music. The resulting album took five years, as she juggled making music with working and caring for her young daughter. She made a demo with Frans Verburg in Rotterdam, recorded with Brett Shaw at his studio in Peckham, and eventually released “In a Galaxy” on PIAS in 2019. The album has a rich, kaleidoscopic sound incorporating elements of Afro-pop, indie, and electro into a catchy yet experimental whole. ~ John D. Buchanan, Rovi]

4. (88.) Bill Callahan – “747”
from: Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest / Drag City Records / June 14, 2019
[21st release as Bill Callahan or Smog. Bill Callahan (born June 3, 1966) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist who has also recorded and performed under the band name Smog. Callahan began working in the lo-fi genre of underground rock, with home-made tape-albums recorded on four track tape recorders. Later he began releasing albums with the label Drag City, to which he remains signed today. Callahan started out as a highly experimental artist, using substandard instruments and recording equipment. His early songs often nearly lacked melodic structure and were clumsily played on poorly tuned guitars, resulting in the dissonant sounds on his self-released cassettes and debut album Sewn to the Sky. Much of his early output was instrumental, a stark contrast to the lyrical focus of his later work. Apparently, he used lo-fi techniques not primarily because of an aesthetic preference but because he didn’t have any other possibility to make music. Once he signed a contract with Drag City, he started to use recording studios and a greater variety of instruments for his records. From 1993 to 2000, Callahan’s recordings grew more and more “professional” sounding, with more instruments, and a higher sound quality. In this period he recorded two albums with the influential producer Jim O’Rourke and Tortoise’s John McEntire, and collaborated with Neil Hagerty. Callahan also worked closely with his then-girlfriend Cynthia Dall in his early career, and they contributed vocals to each other’s albums. After 2000’s Dongs of Sevotion, Callahan began moving back to a slightly simpler instrumentation and recording style, while retaining the more consistent songwriting style he had developed over the years. This shift is apparent in albums such as Rain on Lens, Supper, and A River Ain’t Too Much to Love. Smog’s songs are often based on simple, repetitive structures, consisting of a simple chord progression repeated for the duration of the entire song. His singing is characterized by his baritone voice. Melodically and lyrically he tends to eschew the verse-chorus approach favoured by many contemporary songwriters, preferring instead a more free-form approach relying less on melodic and lyrical repetition. Themes in Callahan’s lyrics include relationships, animals, relocation, nature, and more recently, politics. On the subject of voice in his albums, Callahan has said, “It’s usually one character per record. So, the character appears in all or most of the songs on one record and then is gone. Though it makes me feel weird to talk about. Because I don’t really think in clear terms of characters. My albums as a whole could be seen as one character with many voices.” His generally dispassionate delivery of lyrics and dark irony often obfuscate complex emotional and lyrical twists and turns. Critics have generally characterized his music as depressing and intensely introverted, with one critic describing it as “a peep-show view into an insular world of alienation.” Cat Power (Chan Marshall) recorded Callahan’s song “Bathysphere” on her 1996 album What Would the Community Think and also covered another Callahan song, “Red Apples”, on her Covers Record, released in 2000. In 2007, Callahan released Woke on a Whaleheart, his first solo album released under his own name, Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle followed in April, 2009. Both recordings were released through Drag City, worldwide. In 2009, Callahan contributed cover songs on four separate tribute albums to Judee Sill, Kath Bloom, Chris Knox, and Merge Records. In 2010, he released his first live album Rough Travel for a Rare Thing, which was recorded in 2007 at The Toff in Melbourne, Australia. Apocalypse, was released in April 2011 to favorable reviews. Critic Sasha Frere-Jones called it “my favorite of Callahan’s albums, not because it has better songs—those are scattered among at least five others — but because it does exactly what he wants it to do: it conveys an album’s coherence.” A tour film chronicling Callahan’s 2011 Apocalypse tour was released in 2012.][Bill Callahan plays the Lawrence Public Library Lawn, Friday, July 5, at 7:00 PM at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St, Lawrence, KS with special guest Heidi Lynne Gluck.]

5. (87.) Black Pumas – “Old Man”
from: Black Pumas / ATO / 2019
[Black Pumas are a funk and soul duo based in Austin, Texas, consisting of singer Eric Burton and guitarist/producer Adrian Quesada. Their work also has strong Latin music influences. The duo received their first Grammy nomination ever for Best New Artist at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards. The duo formed in 2017 and released their debut album, Black Pumas, on June 21, 2019. They performed at South by Southwest in 2019 and won a best new band trophy at the 2019 Austin Music Awards. On November 20, 2019, they were nominated for a Grammy Award for Best New Artist. Quesada was a member of Latin funk band Grupo Fantasma when it won the Grammy Award for Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album for the 2010 album El Existential, and when it was previously nominated for the same award in 2008 for Sonidos Gold.]

6. (86.) Lovergurl – “The One About Moms”
from: Buzzkill – EP / Lovergurl / September 7, 2019
[Last release from Lovergurl who disbanded in September 2019 after the trio announced that their guitarist and vocalist, Heather Andrews was moving out of Kansas City to pursue her career in animation. KC based 4-piece band, Lovergurl caught our ear with their synth pop sound and lyrics reflecting social and political messages with hip hop and punk elements. The trio released their EP, The President is a Sex Offender on May 19, 2017. Keyboardist and vocalist, Stephanie Bankston was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. She is a graduate of The University of Missouri. She moved abroad in her 20s, and lived in Seoul, Korea, where she played in a mostly female band called BaekMa (“White Horse”). Stephanie returned to Kansas City in the Fall 2015. Brook Worlledge, is a Kansas City native. She is the band’s drummer and she sings and writes songs for the band. Brook is a defender of the proletariat. Brook’s influences range from The B-52s, The Velvet Underground, and The Brian Jonestown Massacre. Lovergurl guitarist and vocalist, Heather Andrews was born and raised in Rhode Island. The band released multiple singles and two EPs.]

7. (85.) Deco Auto – “Turnaround”
from: Another Great Decision / Deco Auto / April 5, 2019
[Newest EP from Kansas City based alternative pop-punk / power-pop trio. Guitar/vocals: Steven Garcia on guitar and lead vocals, Tracy Flowers on bass & vocals, and Pat Tomek on drums. Written by Steven Garcia, $tudent Loans For Life Music (ASCAP). Recorded, and mixed and by Pat Tomek at Largely Studios, Kansas City, MO. Mastered by Gabe Fry at Kimura Studios. Produced by Steven Garcia and Pat Tomek. “Deco Auto is the perpetual opener, the also-rans, the nice-guys-finish-last band in the KC rock scene. Songwriter Steve Garcia is to blame, and he knows it. His songs straddle the line between power pop and pop punk — never casual enough for the former, nor saccharine enough for the latter.” ~ Too Much Rock]

8. (84.) Blue False Indigo – “Don’t Dream It’s Over”
from: Around The Fire / Blue False Indigo / October 31, 2019
[This is the follw up recording to their September 7, 2018 release More Light. They call their music “Spooky-Folk.” Formed in October 2013, in Springfield, Missouri, by Makayla Scott on vocals & guitar; A.J. Valle on vocals & keys; and Kara LePage on vocals & bass. With Michael Schley on electric guitar. and McQuiston Bowes on drums. “Don’t Dream It’s Over” is a song by the Australian rock band Crowded House, recorded for their 1986 self-titled debut studio album. The song was written by band frontman Neil Finn, and released in October 1986 as the fourth single from the album.]

[Blue False Indigo play Cover Me, Kansas City, Tuesday, Dec. 17, at 6:00 PM at recordBar, 1520 Grand, KCMO. This is a benefit for Midwest Music Foundation.]

10:29 – Underwriting

9. (83.) Better Oblivion Community Center – “Dylan Thomas”
from: Better Oblivion Community Center / Dead Oceans / January 23, 2019
[Better Oblivion Community Center is an American indie rock duo composed of musicians Conor Oberst and Phoebe Bridgers. Oberst and Bridgers first met in 2016 when Bridgers performed at a secret showcase Oberst hosted at the Bootleg Theater in Los Angeles. They collaborated on the duet “Would You Rather” from Bridgers’ 2017 debut album Stranger in the Alps. The duo’s album received critical acclaim upon release.They performed “Dylan Thomas” on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert the day before it’s release. On January 29, 2019, the band announced their initial concert tour of the United States and Europe along with releasing a music video for their initial single, “Dylan Thomas”, directed by Michelle Zauner a.k.a. Japanese Breakfast.]

10. (82.) Lana Del Rey – “Doin’ Time”
from: Norman Fucking Rockwell! / Polydor Records – Interscope Records / August 30, 2019
[Elizabeth Woolridge Grant was born June 21, 1985, and she is known professionally as Lana Del Rey, an American singer and songwriter. Her music has been noted by critics for its stylized cinematic quality; its themes of tragic romance, glamour, and melancholia; and it’s references to pop culture, particularly 1950s and 1960s Americana. Born in New York City and raised in Upstate New York, Del Rey returned to New York City in 2005 to begin her music career. Following numerous projects including her debut studio album and the unreleased Sirens, Del Rey’s breakthrough came after the viral success of her debut single “Video Games” in 2011. She signed with Interscope and Polydor later that year. Her major label debut Born to Die (2012) proved an international success and spawned her only top-ten single on the Billboard Hot 100 with the Cedric Gervais remix of “Summertime Sadness”, as well as the internationally successful singles “Blue Jeans”, “Born to Die”, and “National Anthem”. Del Rey released the Grammy-nominated EP, Paradise in 2012. The next year, Del Rey ventured into film as she wrote, directed and starred in the short music film, Tropico, and released “Young and Beautiful” for the film The Great Gatsby (2013). Del Rey subsequently issued her sophomore major label effort, Ultra violence (2014), to critical success, topping the charts and spawning the single, “West Coast”. That same year, Del Rey recorded the eponymous theme for Big Eyes, which garnered her both Grammy and Golden Globe nominations. Shortly afterwards, Del Rey released the critically acclaimed Honeymoon (2015) and Lust for Life (2017), the latter of which topped the charts in the U.S. and was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album. Del Rey’s sixth studio album, Norman Fucking Rockwell, was released on August 30, 2019, to widespread acclaim. In 2019, Del Rey also released the commercially successful singles “Doin’ Time” and “Don’t Call Me Angel”, the latter being a trio with Ariana Grande and Miley Cyrus. As of 2019, Del Rey has sold over 5 million singles in the UK and has sold 5.5 million units in the US. Her YouTube and Vevo pages have combined lifetime views of 3.5 billion.]

11. (81.) Digital Leather – “White Man”
from: FEEET / Digital Leather / January 13, 2018
[“Feeet” is an eclectic compilation of mainly tape-only released songs written and recorded between 2008 and 2018. Ranging from catchy synth-pop to colder dark-wave tunes, these tracks represent a dark journey, where sometimes, despair reigns freely. Sometimes hatred is the only food there is. Sometimes love is an extended nightmare. But it goes further than that. This is the 15th album release from Omaha, Nebraska based Synth punk, New Wave, pop, lo-fi, and psychedelic musical project led by multi-instrumentalist Shawn Foree. Originally from Yuma, Arizona, Foree began calling his project Digital Leather when he moved to Tucson, where he studied American Literature at University of Arizona. He used student loan money to buy equipment. He managed to release his first three albums after recording them in his bedroom on labels such as Tic Tac Totally, Jay Reatard’s Shattered Records imprint, and FDH Records. He supported this “bedroom project” with several nationwide and European tours. Sorcerer, released on Goner Records in 2008, is a half-live, half-studio record. In 2009, Foree began working on a collection of songs in a fully operational studio. Released in September 2009 by Fat Possum Records, Warm Brother garnered positive reviews. After relocating to Omaha, Nebraska, a 5-piece band formed. They toured around and as a band with synth-leads courtesy of The Faint’s Todd Fink. Digital Leather writes: “We design our shifting realities. One minute, things make sense. The next minute, we are unraveled. We must fight to create ourselves or die.” Fueled on desert energy, cheap synthesizers, and 4-track home recorders, Digital Leather began as Shawn Foree’s one-man bedroom project in Tucson, Arizona. The music was intended to be shared with a small circle of friends only. Without warning, that circle grew. Digital Leather has since moved in several stylistic directions, but has always adhered to one law: nothing lasts. Shawn Foree writes: “I just keep writing. Usually I feel like my life is passing me by while I’m holed up in my apartment hunched over a synthesizer. It’s hard to maintain relationships when you live in your head all the time. Some people will treat you like you’re crazy for having an imagination. That’s bullshit on their part, but it still sucks to be chastised for having a brain, especially when it’s from someone you care about. The payoff is worth it, though, even if you lose that someone in the process. The raw energy of honest art, to express yourself in a real way, connects you to something higher than love. Creation is a unique high and I’m addicted to it. This album spans a long period of time and represents these kind of lows and highs well. The tracks have appeared on various small run releases, but now I understand that they belong together. It feels worth it.” The band writes: “We sincerely hope this exceptional collection of dark, outsider pop music feels fresh and alive to you. At least for the time being, before the world blows up.” All music invented by Shawn Foree. Human drum sounds provided by Jeff Lambelet, Sean Ruse, and Gregory Elsasser.

12. (80.) Y god Y – “Say”
from: Y god Y – EP / High Dive Records / April 5, 2019
[Y god Y is an electronic duo from Lawrence Kansas that formed in the summer of 2017. The project consists of producer Joel Martin and singer / multi-instrumentalist, Garrett Marsh. The two write, record and produce their music entirely on their own. With only a handful of singles released, they have quickly garnered attention in the Midwest by performing with the likes of Phoenix, and at several Midwest Festivals alongside Grizzly Bear, Spoon, Lion Babe, and Leikeli47. This was also their 4th single and part of their debut 5-song EP released on High Dive Records. Garrett Marsh on vocals & Joel Martin on music, making “experimental R & B” with influences of 80’s electro-pop.]

13. (79.) Calvin Arsenia – “Oh Marie [feat. J. Ashley Miller]”
from: Honeydew / Center Cut Records / June 28, 2019
[On September 15, 2018 Calvin released Cantaloupe on Center Cut Records. This new EP is a remix of three of the songs from Cantaloupe, plus a Talking Heads cover that was performed live in this style at a New Year’s Eve show at The Truman opening for Making Movies who performed the entire Talking Heads album, Remain in Light. The last three songs on Honeydew were from performed in this style at The Nelson Atkins 2019 event “Party Arty.” Honeydew was produced by Jametatone, Simon Huntley, and Calvin Arsenia. Calvin Arsenia who came home to KC in 2014 after living in Edinburgh, Scotland, and has released the EPs, Moments, Prose, Caviar, and the full length debut, Catastrophe. Standing at 6 foot 6 inches, Arsenia’s powerful vocals span a 3.5 octave range, playing piano, banjo, guitar & harp. Calvin has played Folk Alliance Int., KC Fringe Fest, Apocalypse Meow, The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, 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 playing San Francisco,Vancouver, NYC, Boston, Sweden, Denmark, Holland, Switzerland and Paris.]

[Calvin Arsenia plays Home for the Holidays with Calvin Arsenia & Friends Friday, December 13, at 7:00 PM, at Second Presbyterian, 318 E 55th St]

[Calvin Arsenia plays Center Cut Records Holiday Party, Wednesday, December 18, at 7:00 recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd, KCMO with Fritz Hutchison, and The Black Creatures.]

14. (78.) Ibibio Sound Machine – “I Will Run”
from: Doko Mien / Merge Records / March 22, 2019
[Ibibio Sound Machine is an English electronic afro-funk band from London. Formed in 2013, the band currently consists of vocalist Eno Williams, guitarist Alfred Kari Bannerman, percussionist Anselmo Netto, drummer Jose Joyette, bassist John McKenzie, trombonist/keyboardist Tony Hayden, trumpeter/keyboardist Scott Baylis and saxophonist/keyboardist Max Grunhard. The band was formed in London 2010 by producers Max Grunhard, Leon Brichard, and Benji Bouton. The trio were interested in producing music fusing elements from 1980s afrobeat and 90s drum-and-bass. They approached singer Eno Williams to create vocals for the project. After the first sessions had been successfully finished, live musicians were added to create a full band. These included the Ghanaian guitarist Alfred Bannerman from the band KonKoma and Afro-rock band Osibisa, Brazilian percussionist Anselmo Netto, and multi-instrumentalists Tony Hayden and Scott Baylis. The band released their first single in January 2014 on Soundway, entitled Let’s Dance. Their self-titled debut album followed in March the same year. In 2016, the band signed to Merge Records to create their follow-up record. Their second album, Uyai, was released in 2017. Ibibio Sound Machine is a clash of African and electronic elements. The band claims their sound is inspired in equal measure by the golden era of West African funk and disco, modern post-punk, and electro. The name of the band itself finds influence from Eno Williams’ mother, whose native tongue was Ibibio. While Williams was born in London, she spent most of her childhood in Nigeria with the rest of her family. Her mother often recounted numerous folk and children’s stories from her own heritage and passed them on to her daughter. Williams took this inspiration and crafted lyrics from these sources and married them to modern themes.]

15. (77.) Sky Smeed – “If You’re Taught You Learn to Be Mean”
from: Leaving Again / Sky Smeed / February 9, 2019
[Sky Smeed told us that he wrote this song while watching the horrible things that happened in Charlottesville, WV a few weeks ago. It’s influenced by a bunch of things for certain. Sky Smeed was born and raised outside of Chanute, Kansas, in an old, one-room schoolhouse his parents bought and turned into a home in the early 1970s. Last year, he sold the country home he built by hand and migrated to Lawrence, Kansas, a place that has provided a non-stop supply of creativity, community and culture, and began settling in to an old fixer-upper on the north side of the Kaw River. To date, Smeed has self-released five full-length albums: Flying High (2002), The Front Steps (2004), Mill River (2006), Sky Smeed (2012) and Drive All Night (2015). His sixth album, Lunker Bass (released February 1, 2017), was recorded and produced at The Ninth Ward Pickin’ Parlor in Lawrence by none other than award-winning folk duo Truckstop Honeymoon (Mike & Katie West).]

[Sky Smeed plays The Bottleneck in Lawrence, Friday, December 13 with Opal Agafia.]

16. (76.) Lee Fields & The Expressions – “A Promise is a Promise”
from: It Rains Love / Big Crown Records / April 5, 2019
[With a career spanning 43 years, releases on twelve different record labels, and having toured the world over with his raucous-yet- tender voice, itʼs mind-blowing that the music heʼs making today. Elmer Lee Fields was born in 1951 in Wilson, North Carolina, the son of Emma Jean Fields and John Fields. He was the second child of six children. Fields had an interest in music from an early age. He decided to go to New York, at the age of 17 to pursue a music career. Although his mother (whom he later named an album in honor of) tried to convince him not to go, she ended up giving him her last 20 dollars. With moves and style inspired by James Brown, Fields soon had the nickname “Little JB” because of his physical and vocal resemblance with James Brown. He has worked with Kool and the Gang, Hip Huggers, O.V. Wright, Darrell Banks, and Little Royal. Fields has also worked with such legends such as B.B. King, Clarence Carter, Dr. John, Tyrone Davis, Johnny Taylor, Denise LaSalle, Bobby Blue Bland, Betty Wright, The Manhattans, Little Milton and Bobby Womack. He recorded his first single in 1969 on the Bedford label, “Bewildered” b/w “Tell Her I Love Her.” He recorded “Gonna Make Love” on London Records in 1973. That same year, Fields released the popular 45, “Let’s Talk It Over” b/w “She’s a Love Maker”. Fields dropped “Everybody Gonna Give Their Thing Away to Somebody (Sometime)” b/w “East Coast Rapper,” on SoundPlus in 1975. Most of the second half of the 70’s Fields spent cutting singles for Angle 3 Records, including “The Bull Is Coming” b/w “Funky Screw”. In 1980 he released a full-length album with Angle 3 called Let’s Talk It Over. In the 1980s, disco became increasingly popular, at the expense of soul. Venues that had previously booked Fields now booked DJs. Fields moved into real estate in Newark, New Jersey, in order to provide for his family. In the 1990s, Fields returned singing soul-blues on the Southern circuit. He signed with Mississippi-based Ace Records and debuted Enough Is Enough. On Ace, Fields released Coming to Tear the Roof Down in 1995 and Dreaming Big Time in 1996 in which he played keyboards and synthesizers. Later that year Fields signed to Desco Records founded by Gabriel Roth and Phillip Lehman. Sharon Jones, who was signed to Desco also at that time, sang backup for Fields on an early 45. Fields was featured on the debut album Gimmie the Paw by the label’s band The Soul Providers in 1997. He released several singles with in Desco and in 1999, dropped a full-length album Let’s Get a Groove On. Desco later split into, Daptone Records and Soul Fire, and Fields eventually recorded for them both. “Give Me a Chance” and “Shot Down” were two 7″ singles he released on Daptone over 2001-2002 and in late 2002, the album Problems, on Soul Fire. In early 2005 he performed on “Stranded In Your Love” included on Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings’ Naturally LP. In 2006 French House DJ Martin Solveig approached him to do a dance track. They toured in France and recorded the songs “Jealousy”, “Everybody”, “I’m a Good Man”, and “I Want You”. Truth and Soul Records recorded a single with Fields that later became “Honey Dove”. Lee Fields & The Expressions released “My World” for Truth and Soul in 2009. In 2011 he followed up with the album titled Treacherous. After releasing Faithful Man in 2012 with Truth and Soul, the singer toured globally. He then released two albums Emma Jean in 2014 and Special Night in 2017 (on Big Crown Records by former Truth and Soul co founder Leon Michels).][Lee Fields & The Expressions play Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester KCMO, Friday, September 20, at 7:00 PM, with Neal Francis.]

11:00 – Station ID

17. (75.) Amyl and The Sniffers – “Got You”
from: Amyl and The Sniffers / ATO Records / May 24, 2019
[Debut album from Melbourne, Australia based, 4-piece punk band fronted by singer Amy Taylor who explains of the song, “‘Got You’ is about that feeling you get when you first start seeing someone and you’re excited to see them, no matter what shit they got. You just see them at the pub and it feels like the most exciting thing in the world, like you’re so lucky they’re even there. It’s definitely one of the “sweetest” songs on the album, and less punky. It was kind of inspired by Split Enz.”]

18. (74.) Lambchop – “Everything for You”
from: This (Is What I Wanted to Tell You) / Merge Records / March 22, 2019
[Lambchop, originally from Nashville, was ever a band with a “core” lineup, Lambchop has consisted of a large and fluid collective of musicians focused around its creative centre, frontman Kurt Wagner. AllMusic referred to Lambchop as “arguably the most consistently brilliant and unique American group to emerge during the 1990s”. Initially indebted to traditional country, the music has subsequently moved through a range of influences including post-rock, soul and lounge music. Whatever the style, the characteristic mood of Lambchop’s music is evoked by Wagner’s distinctive songwriting: lyrically subtle and ambiguous, the vocals melodic but understated. Not so long ago, Lambchop had a famously sprawling line-up, toting a dozen or so members around the world and into the studio to document elliptical country-soul mutations. But in recent years, the band has become a more personal vehicle for Kurt Wagner. Anchored by him and framed by bassist Matt Swanson and Wagner’s incorrigibly grinning foil, the pianist Tony Crow, the Lambchop of this decade has become more pliant and adaptable, opening itself to unexpected collaborators that give Wagner’s thoughts and feelings the shape they need for each new album.]

19. (73.) Approach / “Rapper’s Delight”
from: Merely Minutes, In A Day / Datura Records / February 4, 2019
[Produced, Sequenced, Recorded, Photography, Mixed & Mastered By: Aikido Bray. Artwork & Design By: The Art My Life Imitates. Sean Hunt aka Approach is a Kansas emcee/producer who’s been in the game for almost 20 years. He’s released almost a dozen records and traveled the world over the span of his career. He’s also the cofounder of Datura Records, a hip hop label started in 2000 that he helps curate the roster for. ]

[Lincoln Marshall play The Riot Room, 4048 Broadway, KCMO, Thursday, January 2, at 10:00 PM with Domineko, NuBlvckCity, and Black Radio.]

20. (72.) Cuee – “Broken Memories”
from: Shameless / Cuee / November 23, 2018
[Originating from Chicago, Illinois, Cuee is a 27 year old Lawrence based hip-hop artist emcee, and educator. Cuee who has gained fans over the last three years in Lawrence and Kansas City for their critically acclaimed musical releases and live performances. Cuee recently received their Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Kansas where Cuee also worked as a graduate assistant. Cuee is also a recently graduate of Artist Inc. and has a passionate drive for everything hip-hop. Drawing major influence from hip-hop artists such as Missy Elliot, J. Cole, and Chance The Rapper.]

21. (71.) The Depth and The Whisper – “Break Me”
from: The Waiting is the Hardest Part / The Depth and The Whisper / January 18, 2019
[Dave Tanner on bass, guitar & vocals; Albert Bickley on guitar & vocals. Albert Bickley, a Kansas City native, who now lives in New York 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.”]

22. (70.) The Wires – “Uncaged”
from: Wilder / The Wires / May 11, 2019
[2nd album from KC based duo, The Wires who compose and perform original music for violin and cello. Inspired by a myriad of genres and eclectic sounds, The Wires are not your typical strings group. The project encompasses a blend of wide-ranging styles, from tango to gypsy, jazz to rock and infused with the precision of classical form. Created, composed & performed by Laurel Morgan (violin) and Sascha Groschang (cello). Laurel Morgan grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska. A classically trained musician, she has been playing the violin for 30 years. Laurel graduated from the UMKC Conservatory of Music in 2005. She has also performed with the Des Moines Symphony, Quixotic Fusion, Musical Theatre Heritage at the Off-Center Theatre, the folk-rock band, ‘In the Pines” that won several Pitch Music Awards. And with her husband artist Ben Parks she is ia founder of the band Of Tree As a composer, arranger, and musician Laurel Morgan has traveled to Germany, Austria, and throughout the United States, but is based here in Kansas City. Sascha Groschang graduated from Paseo Academy of Performing Arts in 2000, UMKC Conservatory of Music in 2004, and Mannes College – The New School For Music in 2008. She had her solo recital debut at Carnegie Hall’s recital hall, Weill Hall in February 2009. Sascha has recorded or performed with Peter Gabriel, Joanna Newsom, Ashanti, Adina Menzel, Clay Walker, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. She has also worked for NBC, Rhino Records, Juniper String Ensemble, Saint Joesph Symphony, and is part of the faculty at Missouri Western State University. She also teaches out of her Midtown KC home studio. You can learn more at: cellolady.com The Wires joined us live on WMM on May 8, 2019.]

[The Wires are playing a series of Solstice concerts at various Mid-Continent Libraries around KC starting Monday, Dec. 16, at 6:30 PM at Mid-Continent Public Library (Riverside Branch), 2700 N.W. Vivion Rd, Riverside, MO. And continuing Thursday, Dec. 19, at 2:00 PM at Mid-Continent Public Library (Boardwalk Branch), 8656 N. Ambassador Drive, KCMO. and Friday, Dec. 20, at 3:30 PM at Mid-Continent Public Library (Parkville Branch), 8815 Tom Watson Pkwy, Parkville, MO.]

23. (69.) Jamila Woods – “FRIDA”
from: LEGACY! LEGACY! / Jagjaguwar / May 10, 2019
[Second album from Jamila Woods who was born October 6, 1989, and is a Chicago-based American singer, songwriter and poet. Woods is a graduate of St. Ignatius College Prep and Brown University, where she received a BA in Africana Studies and Theater & Performance Studies. Her work focuses on themes of Black ancestry, Black feminism, and Black identity, with recurring emphases on self-love and the City of Chicago. In 2012, Jamila Woods published her first chapbook, entitled The Truth About Dolls. Her work can be found in the anthologies The Breakbeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop (2015), Courage: Daring Poems for Gutsy Girls (2014), and The UnCommon Core: Contemporary Poems for Learning & Living (2013). Her influences include Lucille Clifton, Gwendolyn Brooks, Toni Morrison, and Frida Kahlo. Woods was also one of three editors of The Breakbeat Poets Volume II, entitled Black Girl Magic. The 2018 publication is an anthology of poetry by contemporary Black women, “exploring themes of beauty, unapologetic blackness, intersectionality, self-definition, and more.” Woods is the Associate Artistic Director of Young Chicago Authors (YCA), an organization in the Chicago dedicated to uplifting youth voices through arts education and mentorship. Through YCA, Woods helps to organize Louder Than a Bomb, the world’s largest youth poetry slam festival. She also facilitates poetry workshops and creates curriculum for Chicago Public Schools. She is widely known for her collaborative works with Chance the Rapper on the hit song “Sunday Candy” from the album Surf as well as “Blessings” from Coloring Book. Woods is also featured on the Macklemore & Ryan Lewis song “White Privilege II”. In January 2016, Woods signed to Chicago’s independent hip-hop label, Closed Sessions. Jamila released her debut album HEAVN on her SoundCloud page on July 11, 2016 to critical acclaim. The album features collaborations with Chance the Rapper, Noname, Saba, Lorine Chia, Kweku Collins and Donnie Trumpet.]

24. (68.) Wonderfuzz – “Get There”
from: Get There / MASKT / April 19, 2019
[Wonderfuzz is a Kansas City based band formed on May 11, 2012 with Natalie Norman on vocals, Jordan Smith on bass & vocals, Sam Hoskins on drums & vocals, Josh Johnson on guitar & vocals, and EvanJohn McIntosh on guitar. The 5-piece band started out working for several years as a cover band, studying multiple styles of rock & roll and rhythm & blues. In 2018 Wonderfuzz began to write and record original material releasing a few singles in 2018. In April of 2019 the band released their debut full length album “Get There” and their first music video, for the title track. On November 7, 2019, Wonderfuzz releases their second full length album this year. Wonderfuzz released a second full length live album “Live With It” Nov. 8, 2019]

11:30 – Underwriting

25. (67.) Scott Stanton & The Butter Band – “Bicycle”
from: Crag-o-lea / Scott Stanton / February 25, 2019
[Three years in the making, the newest album from Scott Stanton & The Butter Band features the songs of Scott Stanton one of KC’s finest songwriters of original, down-to-earth songs weaved with inspiration from songwriters Bob Dylan & John Prine. Recorded at Rob Nold Studio. Mixed & mastered by James Albright. Scott Stanton (songwriter) on vocals & acoustic guitar; Chad Brothers on acoustic guitar & harmonies; Kasey Rausch on upright bass & harmonies & fiddle; Marco Pascolini on pedal steel guitar; Grady Keller on banjo. Scott Stanton is also a host & Producer for River Trade Radio airing Sundays from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM.]

[Scott Stanton & The Butter Band play Cover Me, Kansas City, Tuesday, December 17, at 6:00 PM at recordBar, 1520 Grand, KCMO. This is a benefit for Midwest Music Foundation.]

26. (66.) Chase The Horseman – “Disinformation Blues (Radio Edit)”
from: Disinformation Blues EP / Chase The Horseman / July 12, 2019
[Music & lyrics by Chase Horseman. Recorded & Mixed by Joel Nanos & Chase Horseman at Element Recording. Mastered by Joel Nanos. Drums by Ian Dobyns, bass by Skylar Cowdry, guitar/vocals/synthesizers by Chase Horseman. Chase the Horseman is a band, film composer, multi-instrumentalist, audio engineer, & producer. He has composed music for over 36 films and as musician has collaborated with Clairaudients, Teri Quinn, Heidi Lynne Gluck, and more. Chase The Horseman released the single “U Martyr U” June 19, 2018, and the single “Modern Ruins” on Oct 4, 2018.]

[Chase the Horseman plays Stockyard Sounds at Stockyards Brewing Co.. 1600 Genessee, KCMO, on Monday, December 16, at 7:00 PM with Lava Dreams.]

[Chase the Horseman plays Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS. Saturday, January 4, 2020 at 10:00 PM with True Lions and Pala Zolo.]

27. (65.) The Nicole Springer Band – “Willing”
from: Willing / Nicole Springer / November 10, 2019
[Nicole Springer is a singer-songwriter + multi-instrumentalist out of the Kansas City Metro. She was the founder of critically acclaimed + award wining local groups, The Clementines, and The Good Hearts. She’s written original music for her bands The Good Hearts, Heart Machine, and her solo projects. Nicole Springer is a 2019 Pitch KC nominee for Best Vocalist, multi-award winning and critically acclaimed singer-songwriter. Nicole has performed at numerous festivals and venues. In 2014 she was the recipient of both a Pitch Music Award and Project Backstage Award. More info at http://www.nicolespringersings.com]

[Nicole Springer plays The Brick, on Saturday, December 14 with True Lions and Teri Quinn.]

28. (64.) Kemet the Phantom – “Electric (feat. Kadesh Flow)”
from: Electric Park / Kemet Creative / August 16, 2019
[Through the lens of the 32-year-old rap artists’ upbringing from birth to present day in Kansas City, each song represents eight topics: SEDUCTION, POWER, VICE, DEATH, EUPHORIA, LUST, PRIDE, CHANGE. With songs like “Rollin’ Down Paseo”, Kemet explores the nostalgia and confusion of emotions that fester as the future of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, formally known as The Paseo, is determined by a vote. Electric Park was co-produced by Kemet and the legendary producer and sound designer, Leonard Dstroy.
Executive Produced by Kyle Dykes. Written by Kemet Coleman. Artwork by Kemet Coleman, Michael Picman and Jon Conway. Kemet Coleman is Kemet the Phantom, a Kansas City based musicians who calls himself a rap Artist, actor, and Urbanist. Kemet is a member of the Hip-Hop duo COA (Center of Attention) and is the lead singer of the 8-member Funk/Rap/Soul band The Phantastics. Kemet, shines as a complete showman embracing a James Brown-esque persona via syncopated vocals, rhythmic dance moves and dapper costume style. Kemet the Phantom is a two time Pitch Music Award nominee for “Best Hip-Hop Act.” Kemet created the first ever Kansas City mayoral candidate rap song for the Sly James for Mayor campaign in 2010. A University of Missouri – Kansas City alumnus, Kemet, created “Gold and Blue” for UMKC’s sports teams, which has garnered thousands of plays on YouTube and has been featured on prime-time television commercials for the university. More info at: http://www.kemetthephantom.com.] [Kemet The Phantom plays with Marcus Lewis Big Band presenting his hip hop poetry with, 18-piece jazz ensemble called Brass and Bougee.]

29. (63.) The National – “You Had Your Soul with You [feat. Gail Ann Dorsey]”
from: I Am Easy to Find / 4AD / May 17, 2019
[The National is an American rock band from Cincinnati, Ohio, formed in 1999. The band consists of Matt Berninger (vocals), Aaron Dessner (guitar, piano, keyboards), Bryce Dessner (guitar), Scott Devendorf (bass) and Bryan Devendorf (drums). Founded by Berninger, Aaron Dessner, and Scott and Bryan Devendorf, The National released their self-titled debut album, The National (2001), on Brassland Records, an independent record label founded by Dessner and his twin brother, Bryce Dessner. Bryce, who had assisted in recording the album, soon joined the band, participating as a full member in the recording of its follow-up, Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers (2003). Leaving behind their day jobs, the National signed with Beggars Banquet Records and released their third studio album, Alligator (2005), to widespread critical acclaim. The band’s fourth and fifth studio albums, Boxer (2007) and High Violet (2010), increased their exposure significantly. In 2013, the band released its sixth studio album, Trouble Will Find Me, which was nominated for Best Alternative Music Album at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards. In 2017 the band released the album Sleep Well Beast, which won the Grammy award for Best Alternative Music Album at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards. Their eighth studio album, I Am Easy to Find, was released on May 17, 2019. Four of the band’s albums were included on NME’s 2013 list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. Pitchfork writes: “On nearly every song Berninger is accompanied and sometimes silenced by a rotation of featured female vocalists who step in to offer perspective, commentary, and dissent. The National have recruited some of the best singers out, among them Lisa Hannigan, Mina Tindle, Kate Stables, Sharon Van Etten, and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, whose spotlight “Dust Swirls in Strange Light” benches Berninger all together. Most revelatory of all is Gail Ann Dorsey, David Bowie’s longtime bassist and backing singer, who heralds the album’s new direction midway through opener “You Had Your Soul With You.” Her extraordinary voice of saffron arrives like a divine intervention, instantly parting a track that had previously been National-by-numbers.]

30. (62.) Miki P – “I Get Lost [Feat. The Swallowtails]”
from: Swallowtail – EP / Miki P/ September 1, 2018
[1st single of new EP from Miki P, with The swallowtails, a follow up to her debut full length album Dome of Swallows from last year. Labeled: “Introspective pop music with lyric-driven folk influences, mixed with collaborative energy & an odd pairing of instruments, Miki P locked in with the Swallowtails create a moment with music written and arranged from the heart.” Miki P started playing guitar in middle school. She taught herself to play the drums, while listening to Mitch Mitchell, Keith Moon and Ringo Starr. As a teen she played drums for various groups including the band American Slim. She wrote songs for their full-length album Irreplaceable released in 2017, followed by a single “Queen of Hearts” released April 11, 2018. She also plays ukulele & piano, teaching herself how to play both the instruments and using them frequently in all projects she is involved in. She was a featured vocalist with The Band That Fel to Earth – Bowie Tribute in January. She has played Boulevardia, Middle of the Map Fest, Royal’s Kaufman Stadium, recordBar, Uptown Theater, Arrowhead Stadium, Nelson Atkins Museum, the Crossroads Music Festival and the SXSW Music Fest.]

31. (61.) True Lions – “Birthday Party”
from: You’re Not Invited / True Lions / November 9, 2019
[This is the band’s second EP release of this year. They released their EP debut, “Cute at Best,” on February 5, 2019. True Lions is: Alison Hawkins on guitar, synth, and vocals; Elizabeth Kosko on percussion, vocals; Mikala Petillo on bass, vocals; Claire Adams on guitar, vocals; Leslie Butsch on saxophone, Ezgi Karakus on cello; and Teri Quinn on vocals. All songs written by True Lions and produced by Claire Adams and Alison Hawkins. Tracking Engineering by Claire Adams. Mixing and Mastering by Ian Dobyns and Chase Horseman. Album Artwork by Genevieve Sloan. Special thanks to Calvin Arsenia and Fritz Hutchison.]

[True Lions plays The Brick, on Sat., Dec. 14 with Nicole Springer and Teri Quinn.]

[True Lions plays The RINO, on Sun., Dec. 29 with Chloe Jacobson, Other Suns, and Pealds.]

[True Lions play Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS. Sat., Jan. 4, 2020 at 10:00 PM with Chase The Horseman and Pala Zolo]

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

Next week on December 18, we bring you part 3 of our 4-week special, the 119 Best Recordings of 2019. We will count down #60 to #31 with representative tracks from: The Sextet, Violet and the Undercurrents, Other Americans, Yes You Are, Fathers, Akkilles, Volker Brothers, Ensemble Iberica, Simon Fink & The Wires, The Greeting Committee, The UK’s, Radar State, Headlight Rivals, OLIVIA FOX, Berwanger, Radkey, Hipshot Killer, Nan Turner, LK Ultra!, Florist, Hadiza., Our Native Daughters (feat. Rhiannon Giddens, Leyla McCalla, Amythyst Kiah & Allison Russell), Brittany Howard, Durand Jones & The Indications, Big Thief, Hand Habits, Cass McCombs, Michael Kiwanuka, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, and Yola.

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Show #815

Wednesday MidDay Medley presents The 119 Best Recordings of 2019 (Part 2 of 4)

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

The 119 Best Recordings of 2019
(Part 2 of 4)

Wednesday MidDay Medley presents part-two, of our four-week special: The 119 Best Recordings of 2019. Based on playlists of this little ole radio show, we’ve compiled representative tracks from our favorite full-length and EP recordings of 2019. We realize these “Best of” lists can seem subjective, please accept our list as a celebration of the year in music.

In 2019 we have broadcast nearly 800 musical recordings through our 90.1 FM Community Radio Airwaves, powered by our 100,000 watt transmitter. Over 400 of these tracks were from New & MidCoastal Releases. We played tracks from 145 National Releases, and 183 MidCoastal Releases. 75 of the representative tracks in our “Best of” list are from MidCoastal Releases. In 2019 we conducted 127 interviews, with 209 special guests. 43 of the bands and artists in our “Best of” list have joined us as guests on WMM.

This Wednesday, we’ll count down #90 through #61 on our list with representative tracks from: Kemet The Phantom, Calvin Arsenia, The Nicole Springer Band, The Depth and The Whisper, The Wires, Approach, True Lions, The Butter Band, Sky Smeed, Miki P, Y god Y, Cuee, Chase The Horseman, Deco Auto, Lovergurl, Digital Leather, Blue False Indigo, Wonderfuzz, Billie Eilish, Rina Mushonga, Bill Callahan, Black Pumas, Better Oblivion Community Center, Ibibio Sound Machine, The National, Lambchop, Lee Fields and The Expressions, Amyl and The Sniffers, Lana Del Rey, and Jamila Woods.

Tune into Wednesday MidDay Medley throughout December for our 4-week series: The 119 Best Recordings of 2019, on December 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th. We are packing 8-hours of radio with music that represent the 119 of Best Recordings of 2019!

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Show #815

WMM Playlist from August 21, 2019

Wednesday MidDay Medley
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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Mike McCoy’s Trompe L’oeil
+ Robert Castillo & The Sextet

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

2. Clairo – “Impossible”
from: Immunity / Fader / August 2, 2019
[Claire Cottrill was born August 18, 1998. She is known professionally as Clairo, and is from Carlisle, Massachusetts. Her fame escalated after releasing “Pretty Girl” in 2017, a lo-fi-produced song that attracted over 35 million views on YouTube. She credited her sudden popularity to the website’s algorithm system. Claire was born in Atlanta, Georgia, the daughter of marketing executive Geoff Cottrill. According to her, “Pretty Girl” was inspired by 1980s pop music, and that although she was tagged with the “bedroom pop” label, it was not her intention to make that style of music. After the popularity of “Pretty Girl”, Clairo signed a record contract with Fader. Clairo’s father, Geoff Cottrill, formerly held top positions at Procter & Gamble, Coca-Cola, Starbucks, Converse, and MusiCares a philanthropic organization associated with the Grammy Awards. Between 2015 and 2017, he was president of American operations at MullenLowe Lintas Group. Claire began recording covers at the age of 13 and taught herself guitar from Internet tutorials. During this time, MTV contacted her to record a song to be used as background music for one of their shows, but the song was never used. Under the names Clairo and DJ Baby Benz, she began posting music to Bandcamp while in high school before beginning to post covers and songs in addition to DJ mixes of rap music on SoundCloud. She also maintained a YouTube channel where she would post covers and short films. In 2017, she began attending Syracuse University. Clairo’s “Pretty Girl” was recorded for an indie rock compilation benefiting the Transgender Law Center. According to her, she recorded the track “using the resources around me which were pretty shitty. I used like a little keyboard that I had and I was really into ’80s pop music — my mom is obsessed with it — so it kind of inspired me to do something like that.” The video also became popular on vaporwave-centric Facebook groups. Another video that was uploaded to YouTube a month earlier, “Flamin Hot Cheetos”, garnered 3 million views by July 2018. The success of “Pretty Girl” led to interest from major labels such as Capitol, RCA, and Columbia. Clairo signed a 12-song record contract with Fader Label. According to The New York Times, this was made possible by her father’s connection to Jon Cohen, co-founder of The Fader and an executive at the publication’s marketing agency, Cornerstone. He signed Clairo to the magazine’s associated record label. Clairo is managed by Mike Ahern and Jimmy Bui. “The whole ‘do-it-yourself’ attitude is everything that I’m about. […] I think it’s really important to be genuine and authentic with everything you do.” —Claire Cottrill, 2017 interview with Fader. In October 2017, an article about Clairo was published by Fader, in which she stated that she was most inspired by Brockhampton, and cited their “do-it-yourself ‘attitude'” as her ethos. Some online communities criticized her comments as disingenuous, arguing that her professional career was borne from nepotism, and thus she should not be considered a true DIY musician. They accused her of being an “industry plant”, in other words, an artist who has backing from the music industry to advance or kick-start their careers, but are deceptively presented as an independent start-up. Such discussion appeared mostly on Reddit. One of the widely shared posts lamented that, although the user enjoyed her music and thought she was an “inspiring” songwriter, they could not fathom why none of her articles and interviews acknowledged her father’s significant industry connections. Clairo described the “industry plant” accusation as sexist and denied that there was “a man behind my success”. The Ringer contributor Lindsay Zoladz commented that it would have likely been more difficult for Clairo to get a record contract without her father’s connections, and that “it is impossible to imagine Clairo’s success in a Gen X world, so vital is the internet to her appeal.” On May 25, 2018, Fader Label released Clairo’s debut record, titled Diary 001. In her review for Pitchfork, Fader contributor Sasha Geffen wrote that the EP ought to subside the “legions of naysayers who dismissed her as a one-hit fluke or an industry plant.” By then, “Pretty Girl” had amassed more than 15 million views on YouTube. A piece written by Joe Coscarelli of The New York Times said that the work: “bridges both worlds, building on the coy, understated bedroom pop of ‘Pretty Girl’ and ‘Flamin Hot Cheetos’ toward sturdier numbers like ‘4EVER’ and ‘B.O.M.D.'”. That same month, she announced a headlining tour throughout North America, opening for Dua Lipa on multiple dates. Her July performance at the Bowery Ballroom in New York was a sold-out show. In October 2018, she performed at Lollapalooza. She is scheduled to perform at Coachella 2019.]

[Clairo plays Middle of The Map Fest, Friday, October. 4 at Crossroads KC, 417 E. 18th St. KCMO with Snail Mail, and others]

3. Sleater-Kinney – “The Future Is Here”
from: The Center Won’t Hold / Mom+Pop Records / August 15, 2019
[9th studio album from Sleater-Kinney, formed in early 1994 in Olympia, Washington, by Corin Tucker and Carrie Brownstein. The group’s name is derived from Sleater Kinney Road, Interstate 5 exit number 108 in Lacey, Washington, the location of one of their early practice spaces. Tucker was formerly in the influential riot grrrl band Heavens to Betsy, while Brownstein was formerly in the queercore band Excuse 17. They often played at gigs together and formed Sleater-Kinney as a side-project from their respective bands. When Heavens to Betsy and Excuse 17 disbanded, Sleater-Kinney became their primary focus. Janet Weiss of Quasi is the band’s longest lasting and final drummer, until after this was released when she announced she was leaving the band. Sleater-Kinney has had other drummers, including Lora Macfarlane, Misty Farrell, and Toni Gogin. Upon Tucker’s graduation from The Evergreen State College (where Brownstein remained a student for three more years), she and then-girlfriend Brownstein took a trip to Australia in early 1994. Their last day there, they stayed up all night recording what would become their self-titled debut album. It was released the following spring. They followed this with Call the Doctor (1996) and Dig Me Out (1997), and became critical darlings. The lineup features: Corin Tucker (vocals and guitar), Carrie Brownstein (guitar and vocals), and Janet Weiss (for this record on drums).]

Photo by Gordon Parks

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

[The 780’s Series presents A Conversation with Mavis Staples, Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at 6:00 PM at Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS]

10:16 – Underwriting

5. Ensemble Iberica – “Chan Chan”
from: Live Recordings / Tzigane Music / July 19, 2019
[One of two different volumes of live recordings release this Summer from the collective.Kansas City based Ensemble Ibérica performs the music of Iberia (Spain and Portugal) and their former colonies. Programs explore diverse time periods, styles and locations including the Spanish Baroque, Portuguese Fado and Argentine Tango. Ensemble Ibérica features extraordinary musicians from classical, jazz and urban folk music traditions giving the audience something that is truly unique. Band Members include: Beau Bledsoe, Victoria Botero, Karim Memi, Rich Wheeler, Brandon Draper, Victor Penniman, Jeff Harshbarger, Jordan Shipley, and Michael McClintock. Live Recordings (Vol 1) features highlights from our 2015 and 2016 Concert Series. Ensemble Iberica records every concert, and this collection was edited down from approximately fifty hours of recordings in concert halls, theaters, and intimate clubs. The energy and mutual engagement between musicians and a live audience is an irreplaceable experience for all involved. This spontaneous dynamic allows a musician to embrace an unscripted accident or to extend an improvisation into unimagined territory. A live recording can transmit these aspects of performance much more than a studio recording can ever attain. Performers include: Nathalie Pires on vocals, Mireya Ramos on vocals & violin, Shae Fiol ob vocals, Bruno Bessa on vocals, Victoria Botero on soprano, Fedra Cooper Barrera on vocals, Beau Bledsoe on guitar, Michael McClintock on guitar, Jeff Freling on guitar, Jordan Shipley on guitar, Rod Fleeman on guitar, Clarke Wyatt on banjo, Victor Penniman on viola da gamba, Christian Fatu on violin, Betse Ellis on fiddle & vocals, Norma Pacheco O’Neil on castanets, Amado Espinoza on charango, flutes & percussion, Brandon Draper on percussion, John Currey on percussion, Pat Conway on percussion, Zsolt Eder on violin, Rich Wheeler on Saxophone, Jeff Harshbarger on bass, Dominique Sanders on bass, Pedro Pimentel on bass, Hermon Mehari on trumpet, Mark Strozier on flute. More info at: http://www.ensembleiberica.org]

[Ensemble Iberica presents “Taste of Cuba”, Friday, August 23, at 7:00 PM at The Culinary Center of Kansas City, 7920 Santa Fe Dr, Overland Park, KS. with members of the band Cubanisms.]

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

[Mike McCoy presents Mike McCoy’s Trompe L’oeil Q & A Jam, on Friday, August 23, at 6:00 PM, at The Vinyl Underground at 7th Heaven, 7621 Troost Ave, KCMO.]

Mike McCoy

DJ Timmy Tilton

10:33 – Interview with Mike McCoy (with an assist from DJ Timmy Tilton)

Mike McCoy grew up in Hutchinson, Kansas. In the early 1990s his band Cher U.K. filled venues in Kansas City playing with popular themes in punk rock music. Mike McCoy, now lives in Austin Texas and plays in his band Mike McCoy’s Trompe-l’œil. Mike has also played in the bands The Service Industry and The American People. Mike McCoy presents Mike McCoy’s Trompe L’oeil Q & A Jam, on Friday, August 23, at 6:00 PM, at The Vinyl Underground at 7th Heaven, 7621 Troost Ave, KCMO.

Mike McCoy thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

Mike’s new band is called: Mike McCoy’s Trompe-l’œil Formed in Austin, Texas in August 2015, Band Members include: Andrew Duplantis, Jacob Schulze, Travis Garaffa, David Garrett, and Mike McCoy.

The new album s called Eyein’ Lies from Mike McCoy’s Trompe-l’œil.

Mike McCoy presents Mike McCoy’s Trompe L’oeil Q & A Jam, on Friday, August 23, at 6:00 PM, at The Vinyl Underground at 7th Heaven, 7621 Troost Ave, KCMO. Mike McCoy is best known in Kansas City for his band Cher UK. Mike will be stopping by The Vinyl Underground at 7th Heaven to play a few songs from the new album and maybe even a few Cher UK songs.

A gifted singer, composer, songwriter, social commentator and conceptual artist from the heartland, McCoy has been making music for more than 30 years, incorporating a whiplash array of styles and genres from country-roots to punk to performance art and power pop. All overlap in McCoy’s world.

Mike founded the KC power-pop band Cher UK (Cargo/FistPuppet) & (Red Decibel/Columbia Records) in the mid 1990s and has fronted other quirky conceptual bands (often, tongue planted firmly in cheek) such as the Black Rabbits of Lawrence, Kansas, and two Austin critics’ darlings, the American People and the Service Industry. Mike is also a prolific solo artist whose latest venture, The Death Bus (digital release only), harkens back to his earliest and perhaps most natural milieu — roots/country/balladeer
expanding his solo repertoire and he hopes to wrap up the year with a new record.

A religion studies and art-history graduate of TCU, fund-raising researcher at Yale, a carpenter/designer in Austin, an online “word contortionist” and a former museum administrator in KC, McCoy’s truest calling is the crafting of songs. He’s a hayseed intellectual-philosopher whose compositions strike the right balance of plaintive and high-brow, sardonic and humble.

McCoy brings a singular, poet’s sensibility to the music equation. He writes about a wonderful waitress in a rundown town who has the power to make or break your stay (“if you treat her well, you might get what you want…”), about an immigrant woman whose dreams of America lead her to a lonesome life as a domestic (“feather duster I believe her, no one sees the way I see her…”), about American apathy and how winter is a submarine (“winter is a submarine — I lay inside and I no longer dream…”). In most of McCoy’s songs, there is something deeply wistful, despite the freighted narratives and their dizzying wordplay. He’s a serious guy and he writes about serious stuff. Yet in the lyrics and in the spaces between words and melody, you can almost hear that lone whistle blow in the dark of a heartlands night; you hear a style of writing that combines political commentary and snarky populism with an inextinguishable belief that somehow, with the right blend of gumption and fortitude, we humans might just pull off something good.

He’s equal parts punk-rock-Americana — a strange brew of Bob Dylan, Iggy Pop, John Mellencamp, Ramones and Burl Ives. But no matter in what incarnation you encounter Mike McCoy, you’ll find he’s driven by the same basic themes: ideas and ideals of humanity, principles and hopes, outrage and indignation, absurdism and dadaism, puns and poetry and parody, with a large dose of red-white-and-blue wishful thinking.

The latest versions of Cher UK in Kansas City consisted of: Mike McCoy Guitar & Vox, Mark Reynolds – Bass, Bernie Dugan – Drums

The band was originally called Cher. First recordings on cassette, the band went through several line-up changes and the band’s name changed to Cher UK and got a record deal with Red Decible Records from Minneapolis.

In 2004 Mike founded the North vs. South Music Festival, as a bi-annual, bi-polar music festival designed to showcase independent rock along the I-35 corridor.

Mike McCoy, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

The new album Eyein’ Lies from Mike McCoy’s Trompe-l’œil

10:50

7. Mike McCoy’s Trompe-l’œil – “The Hard Way”
from: Eyein’ Lies / Mike McCoy’s Trompe-l’œil / July 19, 2019
[Formed in Austin, Texas in August 2015, Band Members include: Andrew Duplantis, Jacob Schulze, Travis Garaffa, David Garrett, and Mike McCoy. Kansas native and Austin resident Mike McCoy is a man for all seasons. A gifted singer, composer, songwriter, social commentator and conceptual artist from the heartland, McCoy has been making music for more than 30 years, incorporating a whiplash array of styles and genres from country-roots to punk to performance art and power pop.]

[Mike McCoy presents Mike McCoy’s Trompe L’oeil Q & A Jam, on Friday, August 23, at 6:00 PM, at The Vinyl Underground at 7th Heaven, 7621 Troost Ave, KCMO.]

8. Olivia Fox – “Blame”
from: Carbon / OLIVIA FOX / August 23, 2019
[Lauren Flynn, Aubrey Callahan and Tiffany Smith make up the KC band, OLIVIA FOX who released their self titled debut EP, June 2, 2017. OLIVIA FOX followed with three singles: “Slow Motion” released Dec 14, 2017, “Utah” released Feb 16, 2018, and “Easy” released June 1, 2018. On November 2, 2018 the band released their EP Renditions, with 4 songs written by The Doors, The Beatles, The Cranberries, and Bon Jovi. OLIVIA FOX call their sound Folk/Pop, a marriage between classic folk vocals & harmonies to modern programmed beats & synth pads.]

[Olivia Fox play an Album Release Show on Saturday, August 24, at 8:00 PM, at Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester St, KCMO, with Crystal Rose and Nicki White.]

11:00 – Station ID

Robert Castillo and Tim Tilton on the August 21, 2019 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley

9. The Sextet – “To Be Determined (feat. J.F. Letters, Miki P, & Adee Dancy)”
from: Among Friends / ARC / September 15 , 2019
[First Single (released May 10, 2019) from The Sextet’s upcoming album Among Friends. The title of the band’s third release refers to the collaboration of nine other musicians & artists who joined the six members of The Sextet: Joe Tesoro on soprano sax, Max Levy on tenor sax, Trevor Turla on trombone, Forrest Fowler on guitar, Nik Douglas on drums, and Robert Castillo on bass, in the studio to create this new 15 track release.]

[The Sextet play an Album Release Show, Sunday, September 15, at 7:00 PM at recordBar, 1520 Grand Boulevard, KCMO. Joining the band are special guests: Calvin Arsenia, Poet Jen Harris, Jose Faus, Miki P, Eddie Moore, and JF Letters. Jametatone & Blastocyst will open the show.]

Robert Castillo on the August 21, 2019 edition Wednesday Midday Medley on KKFI, 90.1 FM.

11:08 – Interview with Robert Castillo

Musician & band leader Robert Castillo, joins us to share new singles from The Sextet’s upcoming album “Among Friends.” The title of the band’s third release refers to the collaboration of nine other musicians & artists who joined the six members of The Sextet: Joe Tesoro on soprano sax, Max Levy on tenor sax, Trevor Turla on trombone, Forrest Fowler on guitar, Nik Douglas on drums, and Robert Castillo on bass, in the studio to create this new 15 track release.

The Sextet play an Album Release Show, Sunday, September 15, at 7:00 PM at recordBar, 1520 Grand Boulevard, KCMO. Joining the band are special guests: Calvin Arsenia, Poet Jen Harris, Jose Faus, Miki P, Eddie Moore, and JF Letters. Jametatone & Blastocyst will open the show.

Robert Castillo thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley
We just heard the first single, released May 10, “To Be Determined” featuring J.F. Letters.

Later we will play “Moving On (feat. Poet Jen Harris)” released July 19

and also: My Funny Valentine (feat. Calvin Arsenia & Miki P)”

Along with J.F. Letters, Calvin Arsenia, Poet Jen Harris, and Miki P other collaborators include: Jose Faus, Sean Branagan, Fritz Hutchinson, and Eddie Moore.

Among Friends is being released through are label ARC (Chris Burnett).

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

Robert Castillo also plays with Miki P and The Swallotails, Calvin Arsenia, SUNU, KCKCC Jazz Choir, North Kansas City OBG.

Robert Castillo has collaborated with Tim Harte, Lauren Krum, Dirty Force Brass Band, and Charles Williams,

Robert Castillo is from Kansas City. He went to Northgate Middle School and North Kansas City High School.

He learned piano in 2nd grade, violin in 4th grade, cello in 6th grade, bass in 7th grade. He played in the high school jazz band,

When he was 18 he moved to Chicago and took classes in Jazz Studies at North Central College.

In the Spring of 2014 Robert Castillo moved to rural Oregon where he enrolled in the Americore program and put himself in “Service to America.” He was placed in Fossil Oregon where he worked as a K- 8 grade Music Teacher, (28 students total).

It was during his free time in Oregon that The Sextet began as a band.

Robert Castillo is married to Kathryn Castillo. They have been married for 4 years, and have been together for 10 years.

Robert Castillo is also a painter and his works have been featured at PT’s Coffee, Mattie Rhodes, and InterUrban ArtHouse. He works in watercolor, oils, and acrylics.

Robert Castillo was a graduate of Artist Inc. He was in the same class as Jen Harris.

11:19

10. The Sextet – “Moving On (feat. Poet Jen Harris)”
from: Among Friends / ARC / September 15 , 2019
[Second Single (released July 19, 2019) from The Sextet’s upcoming Amoung Friends. The title of the band’s third release refers to the collaboration of nine other musicians & artists who joined the six members of The Sextet: Joe Tesoro on soprano sax, Max Levy on tenor sax, Trevor Turla on trombone, Forrest Fowler on guitar, Nik Douglas on drums, and Robert Castillo on bass, in the studio to create this new 15 track release.]

[The Sextet play an Album Release Show, Sunday, September 15, at 7:00 PM at recordBar, 1520 Grand Boulevard, KCMO. Joining the band are special guests: Calvin Arsenia, Poet Jen Harris, Jose Faus, Miki P, Eddie Moore, and JF Letters. Jametatone & Blastocyst will open the show.]

The Sextet’s upcoming album “Among Friends”

11:27 – Interview with Robert Castillo

Musician & band leader Robert Castillo, who shares new singles from The Sextet’s upcoming album “Among Friends.” The title of the band’s third release refers to the collaboration of nine other musicians & artists who joined the six members of The Sextet: Joe Tesoro on soprano sax, Max Levy on tenor sax, Trevor Turla on trombone, Forrest Fowler on guitar, Nik Douglas on drums, and Robert Castillo on bass, in the studio to create this new 15 track release.

The Sextet play an Album Release Show, Sunday, September 15, at 7:00 PM at recordBar, 1520 Grand Boulevard, KCMO. Joining the band are special guests: Calvin Arsenia, Poet Jen Harris, Jose Faus, Miki P, Eddie Moore, and JF Letters. Jametatone & Blastocyst will open the show.

Robert Castillo thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Robert Castillo is assistant director of programming for Art As Mentorship.

Later this week, Robert Castillo (from Aug 23 – Sept 2), can be found at: blob
The Dump, 7:00 @ Center Plaza c/o BRCPO, Burning Man, Gerlach, NV 89412

The Sextet: Joe Tesoro on soprano sax, Max Levy on tenor sax, Trevor Turla on trombone, Forrest Fowler on guitar, Nik Douglas on drums, and Robert Castillo on bass,

The most recent single from The Sextet and their new album Among Friends is “My Funny Valentine (feat. Calvin Arsenia & Miki P)” with collaborators from Sean Brannigan, Fritz Hutchinson, and Eddie Moore giving the song an Afro-Beat treatment.

Robert Castillo, thanks for being with us on Wednesday Midday Medley.

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

11. The Sextet –”My Funny Valentine (feat. Calvin Arsenia & Miki P)”
from: Among Friends / ARC / September 15, 2019
[Third Single (released August 16, 2019) from The Sextet’s upcoming Amoung Friends. The title of the band’s third release refers to the collaboration of nine other musicians & artists who joined the six members of The Sextet: Joe Tesoro on soprano sax, Max Levy on tenor sax, Trevor Turla on trombone, Forrest Fowler on guitar, Nik Douglas on drums, and Robert Castillo on bass, in the studio to create this new 15 track release.]

[The Sextet play an Album Release Show, Sunday, September 15, at 7:00 PM at recordBar, 1520 Grand Boulevard, KCMO. Joining the band are special guests: Calvin Arsenia, Poet Jen Harris, Jose Faus, Miki P, Eddie Moore, and JF Letters. Jametatone & Blastocyst will open the show.]

10:46 – Underwriting

12. Oso Oso –”dig”
from: basking in the glow / Triple Crown Records / August 16 , 2019
[Oso Oso calls themselves a “music thing from Longbeach, New York. Triple Crown Records offers: Oso Oso is the latest project of Jade Lilitri out of Long Beach, New York. After a couple of early records, the band self-released their first fully realized album The Yunahon Mixtape on Bandcamp in early 2017. Despite this low key release, the album quickly gained traction across the scene, winning over both fans and critics with it’s diverse, recognizable knack for memorable choruses and instantly relatable lyrics.]

[Oso Oso plays The Rino, 314 Armour Rd, NKC, Sunday, September 15, at 7:00 PM with The Sidekicks and Future Teens.]

11:55

One of our favorite area bands is Under The Big Oak Tree, an Acoustic Folk, Country Roots from St Joseph, Missouri band formed by: Kristin Hamilton, Doug “Sluggo” Ward, and Simon Fink. We have played music from all three of their albums. Band member Simon Fink who was on WMM on June 5, sharing music from his beautiful book/CD release LULLABIES TIL DAWN that he recorded with The Wires, writes:

Dear friends of Under the Big Oak Tree,

With some sadness I must report that UBOT is going on hiatus for the foreseeable future. I’m taking a job beginning next month that will have me commuting out of state for the next year.

We have booked a night at Unplugged—Friday, August 23, 8—10pm to celebrate seven amazing years of Under the Big Oak Tree and to get one last chance to be on stage all together before I head out. Please join us!

Thank you for all your love and support over the past several years.

Yours,

Simon Fink

13. Under The Big Oak Tree – “Stars Songs Faces (After Sandburg)”
from: Local Honey / Mudstomp Records / January 22, 2016
[Acoustic Folk, Country Roots from St Joseph, Missouri band formed by: Kristin Hamilton, Doug “Sluggo” Ward, and Simon Fink. More info at: http://www.UnderTheBigOakTree.net/ Under The Big Oak Tree play multiple showcases at this year’s Folk Alliance International, including The MudStomp Records Fri, Feb 19.]

[Under The Big Oak Tree play a farewell (for Now) Show!, Friday, August 23, at 8:00 PM, at Unplugged, 2605 Frederick Avenue, Saint Joseph, Missouri.]

11:59:30

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

Next week on Wednesday, August 28, members of the area band L A Jones join us to share their new single to be released September 4. Also Enrique Chi will be with to talk about Making Movies Carnival, September 7, at Knuckleheads.

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

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Show #799

WMM Playlist from July 3, 2019

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

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Heavy Grams + Radial Red + Jaclyn Bell
+ NuBlvckCity & Nathan Reusch

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

2. Calvin Arsenia – “Psycho Killer”
from: Honeydew / Center Cut Records / June 28, 2019
[On September 15, 2018 Calvin released Cantaloupe on Center Cut Records. This new EP is a remix of three of the songs from Cantaloupe, plus a Talking Heads cover that was performed live in this style at a New Year’s Eve show at The Truman opening for Making Movies who performed the entire Talking Heads album, Remain in Light. The last three songs on Honeydew were from performed in this style at The Nelson Atkins 2019 event “Party Arty.” Honeydew was produced by Jametatone, Simon Huntley, and Calvin Arsenia. Calvin Arsenia who came home to KC in 2014 after living in Edinburgh, Scotland, and has released the EPs, Moments, Prose, Caviar, and the full length debut, Catastrophe. Standing at 6 foot 6 inches, Arsenia’s powerful vocals span a 3.5 octave range, playing piano, banjo, guitar & harp. Calvin has played Folk Alliance Int., KC Fringe Fest, Apocalypse Meow, The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, 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 playing San Francisco,Vancouver, NYC, Boston, Sweden, Denmark, Holland, Switzerland and Paris.]

[Calvin Arsenia plays The Elephant Room, 314 Congress Ave, Austin Texas on Thursday, July 4, with VEERS, The Den Brothers, and Keith Sanchez]

[Calvin Arsenia plays the Oregon Country Fair (with Quixotic) July 12 – July in Veneta, Oregon]

[Calvin Arsenia plays Collide (w/ Quixotic), July 19 – 20, 8:00 PM at Quixotic, 1616 Broadway KCMO.]

[Calvin Arsenia plays Bad in Bed LIVE Aug 22 – Aug 24, 8:00 PM at recordBar 1520 Grand, KCMO]

[Calvin Arsenia plays The Sextet Album Release for Among Friends, Sun, Sept 15, 7:00 PM at recordBar, 1520 Grand, KCMO]

[Calvin Arsenia plays The LA Sessions EP Release, Sept 19, 8:PM at recordBar, 1520 Grand, KCMO]

3. Bill Callahan – “747”
from: Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest / Drag City Records / June 14, 2019
[21st release as Bill Callahan or Smog. Bill Callahan (born June 3, 1966) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist who has also recorded and performed under the band name Smog. Callahan began working in the lo-fi genre of underground rock, with home-made tape-albums recorded on four track tape recorders. Later he began releasing albums with the label Drag City, to which he remains signed today. Callahan started out as a highly experimental artist, using substandard instruments and recording equipment. His early songs often nearly lacked melodic structure and were clumsily played on poorly tuned guitars, resulting in the dissonant sounds on his self-released cassettes and debut album Sewn to the Sky. Much of his early output was instrumental, a stark contrast to the lyrical focus of his later work. Apparently, he used lo-fi techniques not primarily because of an aesthetic preference but because he didn’t have any other possibility to make music. Once he signed a contract with Drag City, he started to use recording studios and a greater variety of instruments for his records. From 1993 to 2000, Callahan’s recordings grew more and more “professional” sounding, with more instruments, and a higher sound quality. In this period he recorded two albums with the influential producer Jim O’Rourke and Tortoise’s John McEntire, and collaborated with Neil Hagerty. Callahan also worked closely with his then-girlfriend Cynthia Dall in his early career, and they contributed vocals to each other’s albums. After 2000’s Dongs of Sevotion, Callahan began moving back to a slightly simpler instrumentation and recording style, while retaining the more consistent songwriting style he had developed over the years. This shift is apparent in albums such as Rain on Lens, Supper, and A River Ain’t Too Much to Love. Smog’s songs are often based on simple, repetitive structures, consisting of a simple chord progression repeated for the duration of the entire song. His singing is characterized by his baritone voice. Melodically and lyrically he tends to eschew the verse-chorus approach favoured by many contemporary songwriters, preferring instead a more free-form approach relying less on melodic and lyrical repetition. Themes in Callahan’s lyrics include relationships, animals, relocation, nature, and more recently, politics. On the subject of voice in his albums, Callahan has said, “It’s usually one character per record. So, the character appears in all or most of the songs on one record and then is gone. Though it makes me feel weird to talk about. Because I don’t really think in clear terms of characters. My albums as a whole could be seen as one character with many voices.”[4] His generally dispassionate delivery of lyrics and dark irony often obfuscate complex emotional and lyrical twists and turns. Critics have generally characterized his music as depressing and intensely introverted, with one critic describing it as “a peep-show view into an insular world of alienation.” Cat Power (Chan Marshall) recorded Callahan’s song “Bathysphere” on her 1996 album What Would the Community Think and also covered another Callahan song, “Red Apples”, on her Covers Record, released in 2000. In 2007, Callahan released Woke on a Whaleheart, his first solo album released under his own name, Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle followed in April, 2009. Both recordings were released through Drag City, worldwide. In 2009, Callahan contributed cover songs on four separate tribute albums to Judee Sill, Kath Bloom, Chris Knox, and Merge Records. In 2010, he released his first live album Rough Travel for a Rare Thing, which was recorded in 2007 at The Toff in Melbourne, Australia. Apocalypse, was released in April 2011 to favorable reviews. Critic Sasha Frere-Jones called it “my favorite of Callahan’s albums, not because it has better songs—those are scattered among at least five others — but because it does exactly what he wants it to do: it conveys an album’s coherence.” A tour film chronicling Callahan’s 2011 Apocalypse tour was released in 2012.]

[Bill Callahan plays the Lawrence Public Library Lawn, Friday, July 5, at 7:00 PM at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St, Lawrence, KS with special guest Heidi Lynne Gluck.]

4. Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear – “Mother Mary”
from: Radio Winners – EP / Glassnote Records / July 27. 2018
[Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear have garnered international acclaim,. 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, 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 KCMO. 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 performace 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.]

[LiveOnMass Presents: Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, Saturday, July 6 at 6:00 PM at The Granada Theater, 1020 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS with Pony Bradshaw and Sky Smeed.]

Jaclyn Bell

5. Jaclyn Bell – “Wanna Be Mine”
from: Wanna Be Mine / Jaclyn Bell / March 28, 2019
[Kansas City based singer songwriter Jaclyn Bell. Jaclyn released her first full-length album, “Wanna Be Mine” recorded here in Kansas City, Missouri at Dwelling Place Music with John Hendrickson. Jaclyn Bell released her EP “Memories” in 2018, that featured her songwriting capabilities combined with the Nashville talent where it was recorded. http://www.jaclynbellmusic.com]

[Jaclyn Bell and her band play, Made in KC for First Fridays on Friday, July 5th]

[Jaclyn Bell & band play, Bull Creek Distillery, 20559 S Lone Elm Rd. Spring Hill, KS, Sat, July 6.]

[Jaclyn Bell Duo play Sunset Grill, 14577 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park, KS, Sat., August 3, at 8:00 pm.]

10:19 – Interview with Jaclyn Bell & Josh Bell

Josh Bell & Jaclyn Bell on the July 3, 2019 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM.

Singer, songwriter, producer, Jaclyn Bell released her first full-length album, “Wanna Be Mine” recorded here in Kansas City. Jaclyn Bell released her EP “Memories” in 2018, that featured her songwriting capabilities combined with the Nashville talent where it was recorded.

Jaclyn Bell thanks for being with us on WMM.

Also joining us is Jaclyn’s husband Josh Bell, thanks for being with us on WMM.

Josh plays saxophone and plays live with Jaclyn and on Wanna Be Mine.

Jaclyn Bell studied at Berklee College of Music

Jaclyn Bell studied Audio Engineering/Music Production at Recording Radio Film Connection

Josh Bell is a NOC-Technician at Sprint

Josh Bell Studied Audio Engineering/Music Production at Recording Radio Film Connection

Jaclyn & Josh Bell live in Overland Park, Kansas. Jaclyn grew up in the Kansas City area. Josh is originally from Highlands, Texas.

Jaclyn Bell married Josh Bell on February 15, 2013

Jaclyn released her first full-length album, “Wanna Be Mine” recorded here in Kansas City, Missouri at Dwelling Place Music with John Hendrickson.

Jaclyn started singing as a child in church and at 4-H competitions.

Jaclyn Bell played The Rino, 314 Armour Rd, North Kansas City, MO, last week on Friday, June 28 with The Dear Misses, Radiant Bones [NE], Thames [STL].

In an interview with Johnson County Library Jaclyn explained the she has “been working on (her new album, Wanna Be Mine) for about three years and I recorded here in Kansas City with some great local musicians and producers. The songs I would say I’m most proud of on the album are “Wanna Be Mine”, “Killing All of You”, and “Young and Free”. “Wanna Be Mine” because it’s one of my most melodic songs. It’s really raw honesty when you put yourself out there in front of someone and tell them what you want.”

She also talked about how she has “been a songwriter since I was about 17. But the past five years I’ve been really writing loads of songs and making it a career, [studying how] Taylor Swift [and] Ed Sheeran write and compose [their] music. Some of her earliest musical influences were Taylor Swift, Colbie Caillat, and Paramore.”

“For my songwriting process it’s a bit different. It’s like I catch a writing bug I could go months without writing songs and then once I feel inspired, I could write seven songs in three days. With editing, each song is different. Some songs I write once and don’t change anything about it. Others […] take four or five different editing sessions to get it perfect. Each song is a different art piece so doing it all the same doesn’t really make sense to me. I think that each one deserves its own unique attention and style.”

“2019 is the year that I put out my first album Wanna Be Mine and is officially the kickoff of my music journey and my career in making this what I do. I have a really good team and we have a bunch of stuff planned this year with a few media releases, a few singles that are already in the works, and obviously I’m still writing for my next album because the goal is to keep this going. We have some plans for getting my music out there for people to hear so I’m really excited!”

Upcoming Shows:

Jaclyn Bell and her band play, Made in KC for First Fridays on Friday, July 5th

Jaclyn Bell & band play, Bull Creek Distillery, 20559 S Lone Elm Rd. Spring Hill, KS, Sat, July 6.

Jaclyn Bell Duo play Sunset Grill, 14577 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park, KS, Sat., August 3, at 8:00 pm.

10:32

Jaclyn Bell and Josh Bell, thanks for being with us again on WMM.

Wanna Be Mine was released March 28 and is available at iTunes and where music is available.

10:32

6. Jaclyn Bell – “Am I The One”
from: Wanna Be Mine / Jaclyn Bell / March 28, 2019
[Kansas City based singer songwriter Jaclyn Bell. Jaclyn released her first full-length album, “Wanna Be Mine” recorded here in Kansas City. Jaclyn Bell released her EP “Memories” in 2018, that featured her songwriting capabilities combined with the Nashville talent where it was recorded. http://www.jaclynbellmusic.com]

[Jaclyn Bell and her band play, Made in KC for First Fridays on Friday, July 5th]

[Jaclyn Bell & band play, Bull Creek Distillery, 20559 S Lone Elm Rd. Spring Hill, KS, Sat, July 6.]

[Jaclyn Bell Duo play Sunset Grill, 14577 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park, KS, Sat., August 3, at 8:00 pm.]

10:35 – Underwriting

Dustin Mott, Calandra Ysquierdo Wall, Jaclyn Bell, and Josh Bell on the July 3, 2019 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM.

7. Heavy Grams – “A Little Luck”
from: Heavy Grams EP / Heavy Grams /May 25, 2019
[Heavy Grams were formed in 2018. Members include: Jeff Wall on guitar & vocals, Calandra Ysquierdo on bass & vocals, and Dustin Mott on drums. Heavy Grams just recently released their self titled, debut EP, that was recorded at Weights and Measures Sound Lab with Duane Trower, with Damon Parker on piano, Jen Lawless on backing vocals, Trey DeBose on saxophone.]

10:40 – Interview with Calandra Ysquierdo Wall, and Dustin Mott of Heavy Grams

Dustin Mott and Calandra Ysquierdo Wall o the July 3, 2019 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM.

Heavy Grams were formed in 2018. Members include: Jeff Wall on guitar & vocals, Calandra Ysquierdo on bass & vocals, and Dustin Mott on drums. Heavy Grams just recently released their self titled, debut EP, that was recorded at Weights and Measures Sound Lab with Duane Trower.

Calandra Ysquierdo, and Dustin Mott thanks for being with us on WMM.

Heavy Grams were formed in 2018.

Members include: Jeff Wall on guitar & vocals, Calandra Ysquierdo on bass & vocals, and
Dustin Mott on drums.

Calandra Ysquierdo and Dustin Mott played together in the band The Lucky

Jeff Wall also plays in the band 3 Hour Drive

Calandra Ysquierdo and Jeff Wall were married on July 7, 2018

Jeff Wall Studied Sociology, Philosophy and Religious Studies at Benedictine College

Jeff wall is from Oak Grove, Missouri. June 29 is his birthday.

Dustin Mott is a Music teacher, drummer, who serves as Band Director at Northgate Middle School

Dustin Mott lives in Kansas City, Missouri

Dustin Mott studied Music Education at UMKC Conservatory and graduated in 2018.

Dustin Mott studied Music Performance – Percussion · Music education at Missouri Western State University, where he graduated in 2011 · Kansas City, Missouri

Dustin Mott graduated from Independence Senior High, in Independence, Kansas

Heavy Grams just recently released their self titled, debut EP, that was recorded at Weights and Measures Sound Lab with Duane Trower, with Damon Parker on piano, Jen Lawless on backing vocals, Trey DeBose on saxophone.

Calandra Rene Ysquierdo Wall, and Dustin Mott thanks for being with us on WMM.

10:54

8. Heavy Grams – “Pavement”
from: Heavy Grams EP / Heavy Grams /May 25, 2019
[Heavy Grams were formed in 2018. Members include: Jeff Wall on guitar & vocals, Calandra Ysquierdo on bass & vocals, and Dustin Mott on drums. Heavy Grams just recently released their self titled, debut EP, that was recorded at Weights and Measures Sound Lab with Duane Trower, with Damon Parker on piano, Jen Lawless on backing vocals, Trey DeBose on saxophone. ]

9. Hipshot Killer – “Places We Want To Be”
from: All This Time is Ours / Hipshot Killer / March 20, 2019
[KC based 3-piece power punk band formed in the fall of 2008. The current line up consists of: Mike Alexander (Revolvers, Architects, John Velge and The Prodigal Sons, The Starhaven Rounders), on guitar & vocals, Chris Wagner (100 Years War, Jackie Carrol, John Velge and The Prodigal Sons) on bass & vocals, legendary drummer Jon “Buddy” Paul, who plays in (The Big Iron, The Revolvers.) The band released their debut record Hipshot Killer, April 29, 2011. The band released their second album They Will Try To Kill Us All on January 16, 2016. It was number 7 in Wednesday MidDay Medley’s 116 Best Recordings of 2016.]

[Hipshot Killer play Davey’s, 3402 Main, KCMO, Sat, July 6, 9:PM w/ The Right Here, Chad Rex, and The Rackatee’s.]

11:00 – Station ID

Radkey

10. Radkey – “Rock & Roll Homeschool”
from: No Strange Cats…P.A.W. / The Century Family / February 22, 2019
[This new 7 song EP is sessetially a collection of the band’s most recent singles. It comes after the January 11, 2019 release of No Strange cats…Spiders – EP a 6 song EP of several new songs mixed with several singles from late 2018. Isaiah, Dee, and Solomon Radke of the critically acclaimed rock trio Radkey joined us live in our 90.1 FM studios on September 5, 2018 to talk about their performance at recordBar with Quixotic Performers, as headliners for the 14th Annual Crossroads Music Fest. Radkey was formed in 2010 in St. Joseph, where the brothers were raised. The family moved to Kansas City several years ago. The band has released two full-length recordings — “Dark Black Makeup” in 2015 and “Delicious Rock Noise” in 2016 — plus multiple EPs and singles, and recently were part of a MasterCard advertising campaign on digital billboards in NYC along with a national televison commercial that aired during the Grammy Awards that brought the band to the attention of Jack White who asked the band to tour with him. After Crossroads Music Fest the band went back on the road playing shows with The Damned throughout the United States. In December they went back into the studio to record songs for this release with producer Bill Stevenson of the California punk rock group Descendents. In early 2019 they played shows in Amsterdam and Stockholm. Last year the nad released “Basement” , “St. Elwood” “Rock & Roll Homeschool” as well as several other singles.]

[Radkey plays recordBar 1520 Grand. KCMO, TONIGHT! July 3, 7:00 PM w/ Salty, and Deco Auto]

NuBlvckCity

11. NuBlvckCity – “Alive”
from: All Night / Alive – Single / The Record Machine / July 12, 2019
[NuBlvckCity is a KC-based music collective, members include (but not limited to) Mae C; They Call Me Sauce; Kartez Marcel. The collective represents positive vibes, creativity, showmanship, and community.]

[NuBlvckCity play What’s Next KC, Saturday, July 13, at 6:00 PM at Legacy Park Amphitheater, 901 NE Bluestem Dr, Lees Summit, MO., with The Moose, and Blue False Indigo. sponsored by Mid-Continent Public Library and The Record Machine.]

11:06 – Interview w/ VP3, and Kartez Marcel (NuBlvckCity) and Nathan Reusch of TRM

VP3 and Kartez Marcel of NuBlvckCity on the July 3, 2019 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM.

Nathan Reusch is founder of The Record Machine, a homegrown record label started in 2003. Originally created to promote music from Kansas City & Lawrence, TRM has grown to turnout records from bands all across the country. Nathan is also co-founder & curator of the Middle of The Map Fest.

Kartez Marcel (Addison) is a native of Kansas City, Missouri, he is a Hip-Hop artist, community program developer, sound engineer, entrepreneur, recording artist, musician, and songwriter. He provides resources to artists and assists with bringing their artistic visions to life, he also serves as the Director of A/V at a large faith-based organization. With Royce “Sauce” Handy he founded We Are Rap a hip hop program for youth.

VP3 (Vernon Percy Howard III) is a Music Producer, Songwriter, Singer, Pianist, & Saxophonist. He recently gradualted from the University of Central Missouri where he studied digital media production.

VP3, and Kartez Marcell (half of the collective NuBlvckCity) and Nathan Reusch (of The Record Machine) join us to share details about What’s Next KC, on Saturday, July 13, at 6:00 PM at Legacy Park Amphitheater, 901 NE Bluestem Dr, Lees Summit, MO. sponsored by Mid-Continent Public Library and The Record Machine.

Nathan Reusch, VP3, Kartez Marcell thanks for being with us on WMM.

NuBlvckCity went on a Winter Tour last year and a Spring 2019 Tour in March. The collective represents positive vibes, creativity, showmanship, and community. NuBlvckCity is a Kansas City-based music collective, members include Mae C; They Call Me Sauce; Kartez Marcel and VP3.

Mae C is a singer/songwriter who’s one of Kansas City’s go-to voices and performer’s. Mae C is a Kansas City based singer songwriter who we’ve played several times on the show. Her single “Anxious” was preceeded by her EP, Warning Sign of True Love. Influenced by Hip Hop, Rock, Jazz, Soul & R&B, Mae C is making her mark as an independent artist in the Kansas City music scene. A self-acclaimed black girl nerd, she originally planned on becoming an engineer and studied computer design at Lincoln University of Missouri. After leaving Lincoln to pursue her true passion of singing and songwriting, she finds that her techy side impacts how she writes music. “As a kid, I was always picking things apart and figuring out how to put them back together,” she said. “As an artist, I do the same thing – I pick apart my favorite singers to discover what made them great so I can walk in their footsteps.” With Kansas City becoming a place of movement for arts and entertainment, Mae C says now is the time to reinvent the wheel, break barriers, build bridges, but most of all support each other. “Supporting each other is the secret to rising to the top and putting the town on the map”, says Mae C. She aspires to inspire other artists to capitalize in their craft by not putting themselves in a box. “I’m an African American woman, but I refuse to allow anyone to use that against me. I’m an artist & proud black girl and I deserve a chance at every opportunity just as anyone else,” she said..] [Mae C. played The Riot Room, 4048 Broadway, KCMO, Saturday, February 23, at 8:00 PM. with Trxz Jones, They Call Me Sauce, JaySol Music, Guest DJ: DJ G3wizz, and Special Guest: Jo Blaq.

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, and the hip hop community. In 2017 Sauce released his EP, Summer Sauce which was part of WMM’s 117 Best Recordings of 2017. In 2018 Sauce released his newest album Soul Food 4.

What’s Next KC, is on Saturday, July 13, at 6:00 PM at Legacy Park Amphitheater, 901 NE Bluestem Dr, Lees Summit, MO. This is an all ages, family friendly, community event featuring live performances by: NublvckCity, The Moose, and Blue False Indigo. There will be concessions available and a BBQ Food Truck. What’s Next KC is sponsored by Mid-Continent Public Library and The Record Machine.

Kartez Marcel’s passion for artistic expression and vision not only led him to establish the League of Lifestyles, but also guides him in working to ensure generations that follow have access to unique and relevant mediums of expression. As such Kartez has partnered in the delivery of M.E.D.I.A over the past few years, which is an after/in-school program designed to expose local students to various facets of the music industry while providing practical experience they can apply both in and out of creative spaces. Kartez was educated in the KC and Hickman Mills School Districts, and later attended college at Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida where he studied music production and sound engineering.

VP3, Kartez Marcell of NuBlvckCity & Nathan Reusch of TRM thanks for being on WMM.

What’s Next KC, is on Sat, July 13, at 6:00 PM at Legacy Park Amphitheater, 901 NE Bluestem Dr, Lees Summit, MO. This is an all ages, family friendly event featuring: NublvckCity, The Moose, and Blue False Indigo. There will be concessions available and a BBQ Food Truck. Sponsored by Mid-Continent Public Library and The Record Machine.

11:23

12. NuBlvckCity – “All Night”
from: All Night / Alive – Single / The Record Machine / July 12, 2019
[NuBlvckCity is a KC-based music collective, members include Mae C; They Call Me Sauce; Kartez Marcel. The collective represents positive vibes, creativity, showmanship, and community. This track was produced by VP3 who also sings on the song.]

[NuBlvckCity play What’s Next KC, Sat, July 13, 6:00 PM at Legacy Park Amphitheater, 901 NE Bluestem Dr, Lees Summit, MO., w/ The Moose, and Blue False Indigo. Sponsored by Mid-Continent Public Library and The Record Machine.]

11:27 – Underwriting

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

[The Creepy Jingles play Summer Benefit Series: July First Friday for Bandwaggn, Friday, July 5, at 8:00 PM at Revolution Records 1830 Locust St, KCMO with Hadiza, & True Lions.]

[Jocelyn Olivia Nixin of The Creepy Jingles, plays Saturday Storytellers with Radial Red on Sat, July 6, at 5:00 PM at Ollie’s Local, at 3044 Gillham Rd, KCMO.]

Radial Red

14. Radial Red – “As It Should Be”
from: 3-Songs for Radio (Unreleased) / Radial Red / July 3, 2019
[Radial Red is an all original Kansas City based female fronted rock trio that was formed in 2015 with Alisa Jefferson on vocals and bass, Barb Wilmoth on drums, Scott Mitchell on guitar. They released their debut 7-song EP “Radiate” on June 1, 2015..]

[Radial Red plays Saturday Storytellers with Jocelyn Olivia Nixin of The Creepy Jingles, Saturday, July 6, at 5:00 PM at Ollie’s Local, at 3044 Gillham Rd, Kansas City, MO.]

11:34 – Interview with Alisa Jefferson, Barb Wilmoth, Scott Mitchell

Scott Mitchell, Alisa Jefferson, and Barb Wilmoth of Radial Red on the July 3, 2019 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM.

Radial Red is an all original Kansas City based female fronted rock trio that was formed in 2015 with Alisa Jefferson on bass & vocals, Barb Wilmoth on drums & vocals, and Scott Mitchell on guitar & vocals. They released their debut 7-song EP “Radiate” on June 1, 2015. The band has been busy working in the studio and making new recordings of prvious songs and also recording new material. Radial Red plays Saturday Storytellers with Jocelyn Olivia Nixin of The Creepy Jingles, Saturday, July 6, at 5:00 PM at Ollie’s Local, at 3044 Gillham Rd, Kansas City, MO.

Alisa Jefferson, Barb Wilmoth, and Scott Mitchell thanks for being on WMM.

The band started when Barb Wilmoth found Alisa Jefferson through the Kansas City Women’s Music Network. Barb has been playing drums for seven years, before that she played bass. Alisa met Scott through the insurance industry and knew he played guitar.

The band’s debut 7-song EP “Radiate” was released on June 1, 2015.

Radial Red has played for the last four years at KC Pride Fest at Berkeley Riverfront Park.

Radial Red is currently writing original songs and working on influential covers sprinkled around their set. The members of Radial Red describe their musical and personal friendship with one another as a common core with mutual respect, love of similar music and commitment to band together to see their drive and passion through. They each feel genuinely excited and proud of this collaboration.

11:41

15. Radial Red – “Infinity”
from: 3-Songs for Radio (Unreleased) / Radial Red / July 3, 2019
[Radial Red is an all original Kansas City based female fronted rock trio that was formed in 2015 with Alisa Jefferson on vocals and bass, Barb Wilmoth on drums, Scott Mitchell on guitar. They released their debut 7-song EP “Radiate” on June 1, 2015..]

[Radial Red plays Saturday Storytellers with Jocelyn Olivia Nixin of The Creepy Jingles, Saturday, July 6, at 5:00 PM at Ollie’s Local, at 3044 Gillham Rd, Kansas City, MO.]

Radial Red

10:45 – Interview with Alisa Jefferson, Barb Wilmoth, Scott Mitchell

We are talking with members of Radial Red is an all original Kansas City based female fronted rock trio that was formed in 2015 with Alisa Jefferson on vocals and bass, Barb Wilmoth on drums, Scott Mitchell on guitar.

Alisa Jefferson, Barb Wilmoth, and Scott Mitchell thanks for being on WMM.

Radial Red also has an upcoming show at Davey’s Uptown.

Alisa Jefferson has also played with the band RetroTherapy

Alisa Jefferson, Barb Wilmoth, and Scott Mitchell thanks for being on WMM.

11:55

16. Radial Red – “Karma”
from: 3-Song EP / Radial Red / July 3, 2019
[Radial Red is an all original Kansas City based female fronted rock trio that was formed in 2015 with Alisa Jefferson on vocals and bass, Barb Wilmoth on drums, Scott Mitchell on guitar. They released their debut 7-song EP “Radiate” on June 1, 2015..]

[Radial Red plays Saturday Storytellers with Jocelyn Olivia Nixin of The Creepy Jingles, Saturday, July 6, at 5:00 PM at Ollie’s Local, at 3044 Gillham Rd, Kansas City, MO.]

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

Next week on Wednesday, July 10, Nan Turner and Chase Horseman share songs from their new EP’s that they are releasing in a Double EP Release Party at miniBar, Friday, July 12, at 9:00 PM. release. Jade Osborne shares details about her KC Fringe production “The Shift Show” running July 19 through July 27 at Union Station City Stage Theatre. Chris Hudson and Chad Brothers play live in our 90.1 FM Studios. Nathan Reusch returns to talk more about What’s Next KC with The Moose. And, Joel Bonner brings members of his band Serene Fiend to share new music in anticipation of their new release and their appearance at Lawrence Field Day Fest.

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

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