WMM Playlist from January 9, 2019

Wednesday MidDay Medley
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Wednesday, Jan 9, 2019

Wednesday MidDay Medley Celebrates David Bowie

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

2. James Murphy – “Golden Years”
from: While We’re Young (Original Soundtrack) / Power Elite / March 23, 2015
[Born February 4, 1970. James Murphy is a musician, producer, DJ, and co-founder of record label DFA Records. His most well-known musical project is LCD Soundsystem. James Murphy was influenced by Bowie and remixed songs for Bowie’s The Next Day Extras, and is credited as a percussionist on Bowie’s Backstar.][“Golden Years” was written and recorded by David Bowie in 1975, and originally released in a shortened form as a single in November 1975, and in its full-length version in January the following year on, Station to Station. It was the first track completed during the Station to Station sessions, a period when Bowie’s cocaine addiction was at its peak. “Golden Years” was more similar in style to the Young Americans funk/soul material from earlier in 1975 than the rest of Station to Station, that foreshadowed the Kraftwerk-influenced Euro-centric and electronic music that Bowie would move into with his ‘Berlin Trilogy’.]

3. Col. Chris Hadfield – “Space Oddity”
from: Space Sessions: Songs From a Tin Can / Chris Hadfield / October 9, 2015
[The video has had over 27,000,000 views on YouTube. The performance was the subject of a piece by Glenn Fleishman in The Economist on 22 May 2013 analyzing the legal implications of publicly performing a copyrighted work of music while in earth orbit. The song is the only one of Bowie’s for which Bowie did not own the copyright. Bowie’s publisher granted Hadfield a license to the song for only one year. Due to the expiry of the one year license, the official video was taken offline on May 13, 2014, despite Bowie’s explicit wishes that the publisher grant Hadfield a license at no charge to record the song and produce the video. Following a period of negotiations, the video was restored to YouTube on November 2, 2014 with a two-year license agreement in place.]

In May of 2013, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, commander of Expedition 35 to the International Space Station, recorded a video of “Space Oddity” while on board the space station. This was the first music video ever shot in space. The lyrics were slightly changed to reflect Hadfield’s imminent return from his final mission. Hadfield announced the video on Twitter, writing, “With deference to the genius of David Bowie, here’s Space Oddity, recorded on board the Station. A last glimpse of the World.” Bowie responded to the video, tweeting back to Hadfield, “Hallo Spaceboy”.

David Bowie seemed to be from another world. He seemed to have multiple lives, he seemed immortal. His art kept coming. His influence vast. He was a guide. Much of my journey as an outsider queer kid finding a way through, was influenced by Bowie.

Bowie’s death, three years ago, in New York City, on January 10, 2016 sent shock waves of grief across the world. Bowie made over 50 years of music, for those of us who felt left out.

Bowie was a “gateway drug” to other important influences: The Velvet Underground, Lou Reed, Andy Warhol, Iggy Pop, Glam Rock, Electronica, Brian Eno, William S. Burroughs, Beat Poetry, Mick Ronson, Tony Visconti, T-Rex, Kraftwerk, Klaus Nomi, Nicolas Roeg, Bauhaus, Gender Expression, and more. Bowie was a synthesizer weaving them together.

Thanks for tuning into Wednesday MidDay Medley, on 90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio. I’m Mark Manning. Today we Celebrate David Bowie with selected songs from some of his 27 studio albums, and recordings that Bowie wrote and produced for Lou Reed, and Mott the Hoople.

Plus, we’ll play some of our favorite Bowie songs performed by musicians he influenced: Joan As Police Woman, Nile Rodgers, OK Go & Bonerama, including two Kansas City bands: Soft Reeds, and The Band That Fell To Earth. We started with James Murphy and Chris Hadfield

And into this mix of original songs and covers, we’ll feature short stories about David Bowie, from nine of his biggest fans: Michelle Bacon, Barry Lee, Ben Grimes, Cody Wyoming, Krystle Warren, Jesse Bartmess, Marion Merritt, Ian Michael Flanagan Johnson, and Nico Gray.

Our first story comes from band leader, musician, and director, Cody Wyoming, lead guitarist, singer, and founder of the Kansas City band, The Philistines, who released their debut full length album, “The Backbone of Night” on May 27, 2016 and was #1 on WMM’s 116 Best Recordings of 2016.

4. Cody Wyoming’s Bowie Story – “You’re Wonderful”
recorded by Mark Manning, Saturday, February 7, 2016

5. OK Go & Bonerama – “Rock ‘N’ Roll Suicide”
from: You’re Not Alone – EP / Capital / November 7, 2006
[Collaboration by rock band OK Go and brass funk rock band Bonerama, recorded to raise money for New Orleans musicians displaced in 2005 by Hurricane Katrina. The EP was recorded in August 2007 in New Orleans, Bonerama’s home city.] [“Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide” by David Bowie, was originally released as the closing track on the album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars in June 1972. Critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine found it to have “a grand sense of staged drama previously unheard of in rock & roll”. The exhortation “Oh no, love, you’re not alone” references the Jacques Brel song “You’re Not Alone” (“Jef”) that appeared in the musical Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris. Bowie covered Brel’s “My Death” during some Ziggy Stardust live shows. Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide”, recorded on February 4, 1972, was one of the last songs recorded for Ziggy Stardust, along with “Suffragette City”, which would immediately precede it in the album track list. As the final song on the album and climax to the Ziggy Stardust live shows throughout 1972-73, it soon became a slogan, appearing on many fans’ jackets.]

6. Jesse Bartmess’ Bowie Story – “Changes in my 4-year old ears”
recorded by Mark Manning, Saturday, February 27, 2016

7. David Bowie – “Changes”
from: Hunky Dory / RCA – (Rykodisk – Virgin – Sony – EMI – Columbia ISO) / Dec. 17, 1971
[Written by David Bowie, originally released on Hunky Dory and as a single in January 1972. “Changes” became one of Bowie’s best-known songs. The lyrics are often seen as a manifesto for his chameleonic personality, the frequent change of the world today, and frequent reinventions of his musical style throughout the 1970s. This single is cited as David Bowie’s official North American debut, despite the fact that the song “The Man Who Sold the World” was released in North America two years prior. This was the last song Bowie performed live on stage before his retirement from live performances at the end of 2006.]

8. Nico Gray’s Bowie Story – “Thank you Bowie!”
recorded by Nico Gray, Sunday, February 28, 2016

9. Mott The Hoople – “All The Young Dudes”
from: All The Young Dudes / Columbia / September 8, 1972
[The album was written and produced by David Bowie, during the same year he recorded and released The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. Regarded as one of glam rock’s anthems, the song originated after Bowie came into contact with Mott the Hoople’s bassist Peter Watts and learned that the band was ready to split due to continued lack of commercial success. When Mott rejected his first offer of a composition, “Suffragette City” (from The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars), Bowie wrote “All the Young Dudes” specially for them, allegedly sitting cross-legged on the floor of a room in Regent Street, London, in front of the band’s lead singer, Ian Hunter. With its dirge-like music, youth suicide references and calls to an imaginary audience, the song bore similarities to Bowie’s own “Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide”, the final track from Ziggy Stardust. Described as being to glam rock what “All You Need Is Love” was to the hippie era, the lyrics name-checked contemporary star T. Rex and contained references to The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. Bowie himself once claimed that the song was not intended to be an anthem for glam, that it actually carried a darker message of apocalypse. According to an interview Bowie gave to Rolling Stone magazine in 1973, the boys are carrying the same news that the newscaster was carrying in the song “Five Years” from Ziggy Stardust; the news being the fact that the Earth had only five years left to live. Bowie explains: “All the Young Dudes’ is a song about this news. It’s no hymn to the youth, as people thought. It is completely the opposite.” “All the Young Dudes” is also thought of as a gay anthem. Lou Reed said “It’s a Gay Anthem! A rallying call to the young dudes to come out in the streets and show that they were beautiful and gay and proud of it.

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1972 was an amazing year for the 25 year old David Bowie

Starting with Bowie’s third album, The Man Who Sold The World, in 1970, through Hunky Dory in ’71, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars in ’72, Alladdin Sane and Pin Ups in ’73, Bowie records were built around a 4-piece band that included the great Mick Ronson on lead guitar, backing vocals, piano, and arrangements.

Mott The Hoople’s “All The Young Dudes” was written and produced by Bowie, in 1972, the same year he recorded and released The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars. “All the Young Dudes” was written specially for the band to keep them from breaking up, with Bowie allegedly sitting cross-legged on the floor of a room in Regent Street Hotel, in London, in front of the band’s lead singer, Ian Hunter.

During the year that saw the recording, and release, of two of rock music’s most important albums, David Bowie and Mick Ronson also served as producers on Lou Reed’s second solo album, the classic, Transformer, released on Bowie’s label RCA, in November of 1972.

In many ways Bowie was giving back to one of his biggest influences. Six years earlier, David Bowie’s manager Ken Pitt, returned from a trip to New York City, where he had met with artist Andy Warhol about the possibilities of representing a new, unknown group called The Velvet Underground. Ken Pitt didn’t much care for their music, so he gave the Andy Warhol signed acetate of The Velvet Underground & Nico, the band’s unreleased debut, to the 19-year old Bowie. Bowie said that receiving this acetate was “life changing.” He immedately learned the songs, and encouraged his band to perform, “I’m Waiting for the Man” in live shows, long before the album had been officially released. The Velvet Underground would mark the start of Bowie’s love affair with New York City.

I was able to view up close, this holy grail of glam rock music, the very special acetate, from Bowie’s own personal collection, as part of the internationally touring exhibition, David Bowie Is, at the The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, in September 2014.

Next we play the rare, previously unreleased track from the recording sessions of Lou Reed’s, Transformer” produced by David Bowie and Mick Ronson, from the incredible year of 1972.

10. Lou Reed – “Take A Walk on The Wild Side”
from: Monitor This / Monitor This / June-July 2003 (Transformer / RCA / Nov. 8, 1972)
[Produced by David Bowie and Mick Ronson. A previously unreleased version found during remastering sessions for Transformer release – different from version found on the BMG album NYC Man: The Collection. A Lou Reed song from his 1972 second solo album Transformer. It was produced by David Bowie. The song received wide radio coverage, despite its touching on taboo topics such as transsexuality, drugs, male prostitution and oral sex. In the United States, RCA released the single using an edited version of the song without the reference to oral sex. The lyrics, describing a series of individuals and their journeys to NYC, refer to several of the regular “superstars” at Andy Warhol’s New York studio, The Factory, namely Holly Woodlawn, Candy Darling, Joe Dallesandro, Jackie Curtis and Joe Campbell (referred to in the song by his nickname Sugar Plum Fairy). Candy Darling was also the subject of Reed’s earlier song for The Velvet Underground, “Candy Says”. Mick Ronson (who was at the time the lead guitarist with Bowie’s band, the Spiders from Mars) played a major role in the recording of the album at Trident Studios, serving as the co-producer and primary session musician (contributing guitar, piano, recorder and backing vocals), as well as arranger, notably contributing the lush string arrangement for “Perfect Day”. Reed lauded Ronson’s contribution in the Transformer episode of the documentary series Classic Albums, praising the beauty of his work and keeping down the vocal to highlight the strings. The songs on the LP are now among Reed’s best-known works, including “Walk on the Wild Side”, “Perfect Day” and “Satellite of Love”, and the album’s commercial success elevated him from cult status to become an international star.]

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Marion Merritt grew up in Los Angeles and St. Louis and used to sing the lyrics to David Bowie’s “We Are The Dead,” at her family reunions, when she was just a kid. Marion is creator of Records With Merritt, a small, independent, minority owned business. Marion is keeping the tradition of, female-owned, independent record stores, on Westport Rd., alive. Here is Marion’s story…

11. Marion Merritt’s Bowie Story – “Strange Scary Bowie”
recorded by Mark Manning, Monday, February 22, 2016

12. Joan As Police Woman – “Sweet Thing”
from: Real Life (B Sides) – EP / Cheap Lullaby Records / June 12, 2007
[Extra tracks from the solo debut recording of Joan Wasser, born July 26, 1970, known by her stage name, Joan As Police Woman. She is an American musician and singer-songwriter. She began her career playing violin with the Dambuilders. Throughout her career, she has regularly collaborated with other artists as a writer, performer and arranger. Kansas City artist Krystle Warren has toured around the world with her.] [“Sweet Thing” or “Sweet Thing/Candidate/Sweet Thing (Reprise)” is a suite of songs written by David Bowie for the album Diamond Dogs. Recorded in January 1974, the piece comprises the songs “Sweet Thing” and “Candidate” and a one-verse reprise of “Sweet Thing.” In the opening line, “Sweet Thing” contains the lowest note Bowie had recorded in a studio album (C2) until “I Took a Trip on a Gemini Spacecraft” for the album “Heathen” (2002), where he growled the word “Well” (G1) towards the end of the song. Diamond Dogs was the 8th studio album from Bowie, was released May 24, 1974, after the ‘retirement’ of Bowies’s Ziggy Stardust, character. Diamond Dogs featured a new lead character named Halloween Jack, “a real cool cat,” who lives in the decaying “Hunger City”. Bowie, however, still wore the Ziggy haircut on the cover of Diamond Dogs, and the first single, “Rebel Rebel” continues his glam rock sound. However, with the rest of the album, music writers noticed a new Bowie. For his song “Sweet Thing” / “Candidate”/ “Sweet Thing (Reprise)” Bowie first used the William S. Burroughs’ cut-up style of writing. The song “1984” reflected the “plastic soul” sound of Bowie’s next release, Young Americans, from 1975. The Diamond Dogs Tour of 1974 was one of the first huge Rock and Roll, bus and truck tours. Bowie produced the show with a giant set, like a big Broadway production.]

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For his song “Sweet Thing” Bowie first used the William S. Burroughs’ cut-up style of writing. Sweet Thing was from Diamond Dogs, Bowie’s 8th studio album, released May 24, 1974. The first single from Diamond Dogs was “Rebel Rebel” which continued Bowie’s glam rock sound, but the rest of Diamond Dogs was different, Mick Ronson was gone, Bowie was on lead guitar, music writers noticed a new Bowie, and songs like “1984” reflected the “plastic soul” sound of Bowie’s next release, Young Americans, from 1975. Bowie released his 10th album, Station to Station in 1976. It’s first single “Golden Years” was completed during a period when Bowie’s cocaine addiction was at its peak. “Golden Years” was more similar in style to his previous album Young Americans, but the rest of the songs on Station to Station were all foreshadowing of the Kraftwerk-influenced and electronic music of Bowie’s Berlin Trilogy of 1977’s Low, Heroes, and 1979’s Lodger.

Our next story, about Bowie, comes from one of Bowie’s biggest fans, Ben Grimes, founder of two influential KC bands: Soft Reeds and The Golden Republic. Ben Grimes now lives with his family in Los Angeles, where he recorded this story for us, along with sharing a special track, written by Bowie, during that Berlin Trilogy, and recorded by Ben’s band Soft Reeds. Ben will also be performing with The Band That Fell To Earth, Saturday, January19 as a special guest.

13. Ben Grimes Bowie Story – “You are Never Stuck In One Thing”
recorded by Ben Grimes, Sunday, February 28, 2016

14. Soft Reeds – “Sound and Vision”
from: unreleased track recorded during the sessions for Soft Reeds album ‘Blank City’
[Blank City was Soft Reeds second album, released by The Record Machine on April 23, 2013. Produced at Element Recording with Joel Nanos. Soft Reeds is the brainchild of Ben Grimes (formerly of Astralwerks’ The Golden Republic), a Chicago native whose roots grip firmly in the ’77 Berlin sounds of Brian Eno, David Bowie and Iggy Pop, with Austin, TX native Josh Wiedenfeld on drums, Beckie Trost, a fellow Chicagoan and childhood friend of Grimes on bass, and KC native John Mitchell on guitar, saxophone, keys.]

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1977 was another big year for the 30 year old David Bowie. He released the first two albums of his “Berlin Trilogy” Low and Heroes, recording with longtime friend and producer Tony Visconti, and collaborating with musician Brian Eno.

Low came from the creative energy of Bowie’s previous album Station to Station, and music he had intended for the soundtrack to he film The Man Who Fell to Earth. When Bowie presented his material to Nicolas Roeg, the director decided that it wasn’t suitable. Elements from these pieces were incorporated into Low instead. The album’s cover, like Station to Station, is a photographic still from “The Man Who Fell To Earth.”

As a recovering cocaine addict, Bowie’s songwriting on Low dealt with difficult issues. Visconti contended that the title was partly a reference to Bowie’s “low” moods during the album’s writing and recording. Bowie said, “There’s oodles of pain in the Low album. That was my first attempt to kick cocaine, so that was an awful lot of pain.” Bowie and Iggy Pop went to Berlin together to try to kick their drug habit. Bowie said “And I moved to Berlin to do it. I moved out of the coke center of the world, Los Angeles, where Station to Station was recorded, into the smack center of the world, Berlin”.

Heroes was Bowie’s 12th studio album also released in 1977. The second installment of his Berlin Trilogy with Brian Eno .”Heroes” developed the sound of Low and featured the contributions of guitarist Robert Fripp, who flew in from the US to record his parts in one day. Of the Berlin Trilogy, it was the only one wholly recorded in Berlin. The title track remains one of Bowie’s best known. Recorded at Hansa Tonstudio in what was then West Berlin, “Heroes” reflected the zeitgeist of the Cold War, symbolized by the divided city. Co-producer Tony Visconti considered it “one of my last great adventures in making albums. The studio was about 500 yards from the Berlin Wall. Red Guards would look into our control-room window with powerful binoculars.”

11:00 – Station ID

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15. Ian Johnson’s Bowie Story – “My Dad Tim”
recorded by Mark Manning Sunday, February 13, 2016

16. David Bowie – “Heroes” (Single Version)
from: Heroes / RCA / October 14, 1977
[Twelfth studio album by David Bowie, released in 1977. The second installment of his Berlin Trilogy with Brian Eno – the other releases being Low and Lodger – “Heroes” developed the sound of Low and featured the contributions of guitarist Robert Fripp, who flew in from the US to record his parts in one day. Of the three albums, it was the only one wholly recorded in Berlin. The title track remains one of Bowie’s best known, and the song has received lasting critical acclaim and is continually mentioned as one of the greatest songs of all time. Recorded at Hansa Tonstudio in what was then West Berlin, “Heroes” reflected the zeitgeist of the Cold War, symbolised by the divided city. Co-producer Tony Visconti considered it “one of my last great adventures in making albums. The studio was about 500 yards from the Berlin Wall. Red Guards would look into our control-room window with powerful binoculars.” Earlier in 1977, Kraftwerk had name-checked Bowie on the title track of Trans-Europe Express, and he again paid tribute to his Krautrock influences: the title is a nod to the track “Hero” on the album Neu! ’75 by the German band Neu! – whose guitarist Michael Rother had originally been approached to play on the album – while “V-2 Schneider” is inspired by and named after Kraftwerk’s Florian Schneider.]

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Our next story about Bowie comes from another one of Bowie’s biggest fans, musician and writer, Michelle Bacon who talks about The Band That Fell To Earth and band she put together for a Tribute to David Bowie that has now become an annual event.

19. Michelle Bacon’s Bowie Story – “Putting together a perfect band”
recorded by Mark Manning, Saturday, February 27, 2016

19. The Band That Fell To Earth – “Boys Keep Swinging”
from: Recorded Live at recordBar for A Tribute To David Bowie / January 2018

11:15 – Interview with Michelle Bacon

Multi talented, musician and writer, Michelle Bacon, is Content Writer at 90.9 The Bridge, where she helps to shine a light on area musicians and events. Michelle Bacon works as a freelance writer and has written for The Kansas City Star, The Deli Magazine KC, and Folk Alliance International. Michelle Bacon plays drums, bass, and sings harmony vocals. Over the last several years she performed and recorded music with, Other Americans, The Band That Fell To Earth, Heidi Lynne Gluck, Erica Joy, Chris Meck and the Guilty Birds, The Blackbird Revue, John L. Johnson, The Philistines, and Nathan Corsi.

Michelle Bacon is the producer and organizer of The Band That Fell To Earth: A Tribute to David Bowie, with TWO nights of music: Friday, January 18 and Saturday, January 19, doors at 8:00 PM, show at 9:00 PM, at recordBar, 1520 Grand Ave, KCMO. A portion of ticket sales will benefit KC for Refugees, an organization that creates a welcoming environment for refugees moving to and living in the greater Kansas City area.

Michelle Bacon, thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

The band was curated by musician/writer Michelle Bacon to pay homage to the groundbreaking artist while showcasing talent across Kansas City’s vast musical spectrum. Their annual With Bowie’s untimely passing only three weeks before the inaugural concert, the event garnered an attendance of more than 800 at the Uptown Theater, and generated press from KCPT, The Kansas City Star and various radio stations, along with high demand for an annual show.

Michelle Bacon on bass,
Alex Alexander on guitar,
Nathan Corsi on vocals/guitar,
Kyle Dahlquist on keys/brass,
Katy Guillen on guitar,
Steve Tulipana on vocals,
Stephanie Williams on drums,
Havilah Bruders on backing vocals,
Camry Ivory on backing vocals,
Matt Ronan on percussion,
Christine Broxterman on cello,
Betse Ellis on violin,
Rich Wheeler on saxophone,

American Sign Language interpretation from Peige Turner and video projections from XO Blackwater.

Each night will contain a unique set list and different special guests.

Guest vocalists for Friday, Jan. 18:

Julia Haile who performs solo and with neo-soul/funk group Hi-Lux.

Rachel Mallin songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, leader of Rachel Mallin & The Wild Type.

Michael Tipton who fronts the Talking Heads tribute band, Found A Job!

Wick Thomas activist and educator who leads the glam punk band Wick & The Tricks.

Guest vocalists for Saturday, Jan. 19

Ben Grimes – musician, writer, filmmaker, leader of Soft Reeds and The Golden Republic. He works in TV production on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Baskets.

Madisen Ward of Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, “The Radio Winners” received accolades from NPR, the AP and was in the Top 5 of WMM’s 118 Best Recordings of 2018

Slim Hanson singer/songwriter, founding member of the Hellcat Trio and Grand Marquis. He now leads the honky tonk country band Slim Hanson and the Poor Choices.

Miki P is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, she was in American Slim, and recently released her debut solo album, “Dome of Swallows.”

Jeff Harshbarger is a bassist, composer, teacher, radio show host on KKFU, and has performed with jazz, rock, tango and avant-garde collectives including Bach Aria Soloists, Krystle Warren, and The People’s Liberation Big Band of Greater Kansas City.

A portion of ticket sales will benefit KC for Refugees, an organization that creates a welcoming environment for refugees moving to and living in the greater KC area.

Commemorative David Bowie prayer candles & pillows will be sold by Kitschup Creations.

Michelle Bacon, thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

The Band That Fell To Earth: A Tribute to David Bowie, with TWO nights of music: Friday, January 18 and Saturday, January 19, doors at 8:00 PM, show at 9:00 PM, at recordBar, 1520 Grand Ave, KCMO. A portion of ticket sales will benefit KC for Refugees, an organization that creates a welcoming environment for refugees moving to and living in the greater Kansas City area. More info at: http://www.therecordbar.com

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To study Bowies albums to to learn about the many guitarists and producers who worked with Bowie including on of the most influential guitarist of modern music…Nile Rodgers.

19. Nile Rodgers talks about making “Lets Dance”

20. David Bowie – “Let’s Dance” (Single Version)
from: Let’s Dance / EMI / April 14, 1983
[Let’s Dance was co-produced by Chic’s Nile Rodgers, the album contained three of his most successful singles; the title track, “Let’s Dance”, reached No. 1 in the US, “Modern Love” and “China Girl” both reached No. 2 in the UK. “China Girl” was a new version of a song which Bowie had co-written with Iggy Pop for the 1977 album The Idiot. The album also contains a re-recorded version of the song “Cat People (Putting Out Fire)” which had been a minor hit for Bowie a year earlier. Let’s Dance was a stepping stone for the career of the Texas blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan, who played on it. Let’s Dance has sold over 10.7 million copies worldwide, making it Bowie’s best-selling album. Let’s Dance is Bowie’s 18th official album release since his debut in 1967, including two live albums, one covers album (Pin Ups, 1973), and a collaboration with the Philadelphia Orchestra (1977). The success of the album surprised Bowie, who felt he had to continue to pander to the new pop audience he acquired with the album. This led to Bowie releasing two further solo albums in 1984 and 1987 that, despite their relative commercial success, did not sell as well as Let’s Dance, were poorly received by critics at the time and subsequently dismissed by Bowie himself as his “Phil Collins years”. Bowie would form the hard rock and grunge-predecessor band Tin Machine in 1989 in an effort to rejuvenate himself artistically. David Bowie had planned to use producer Tony Visconti on the album, as the two had worked together on Bowie’s previous four studio albums. However, he chose Nile Rodgers for the project, a move that came as a surprise to Visconti, who had set time aside to work on Let’s Dance. Visconti called [Bowie’s personal assistant] Coco and she said: “Well, you might as well know – he’s been in the studio for the past two weeks with someone else. It’s working out well and we won’t be needing you. He’s very sorry.” The move damaged the two men’s relationship and Visconti did not work with Bowie again for nearly 20 years (until 2002’s Heathen). Rodgers later recalled that Bowie approached him to produce his album so that Bowie could have hit singles. Rodgers reported that Bowie came into his apartment one day and showed him a photograph of Little Richard in a red suit getting into a bright red Cadillac, saying “Nile, darling, that’s what I want my album to sound like.”]

You are listening to Wednesday MidDay Medley’s Tribute to David Bowie on 90.1 FM. Our next story comes from our talented friend, singer, songwriter, Krystle Warren, who has worked with some of the musical artists we’ve played today, including Joan As Police Woman. Krystle sent us her story from France, where she now lives.

21. Krystle Warren’s Bowie Story – “Always be genuine in your expression”

22. David Bowie – “Without You” (Single Version)
from: Let’s Dance / EMI / April 14, 1983

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27 studio albums, 8 live albums, over 50 compilation albums, 119 singles, 58 music videos, over 25 films. He was a working artist. He was always working, always creating, always studying, always interested in how it could be put together.. Bowie inspired multiple generations of people with his beautiful catalog of song.

I would like to thank all of our contributors for sharing their stories: Cody Wyoming, Jesse Bartmess, Nico Gray, Marion Merritt, Ben Grimes, Ian Johnson, Michelle Bacon, Krystle Warren, and Barry Lee, who we will hear from in just a few moments.

And we’ll close with “Lazarus” the final single from David Bowie, released on his 27th and final studio album, on January 8, 2016, Bowie’s 69th birthday. Bowie died two days later. Co-producer Tony Visconti described the album as Bowie’s intended swan song and a “parting gift” for his fans before his death.

For Wednesday MidDay Medley I’m Mark Manning. Thanks for listening!

23. Barry Lee’s Bowie Story –”i wasn’t always a fan”

24. David Bowie – “Lazarus”
from: Blackstar / ISO Records – Columbia / January 8, 2016
[Lazarus features David Bowie on vocals, acoustic guitar, and Fender guitar; Donny McCaslin on saxophone, flute, and woodwind; Jason Linder on piano, Wurlitzer organ and keyboards; Tim Lefebvre on bass; Mark Guiliana on drums. McCaslin and the rest of the jazz group recorded their parts in the studio over a period of about one week a month from January to March 2015, and until later in recording were unaware of Bowie’s declining health. The song “Lazarus” is part of Bowie’s Off-Broadway musical of the same name. The album has received universal critical acclaim and commercial success, reaching the number one spot in a number of countries in the wake of Bowie’s death and becoming his first album to reach number one on the Billboard 200 album chart in the U.S. Blackstar is the twenty-fifth and final studio album by musician, writer, actor, chameleon, David Bowie. It is the 27th when you count the Tin Machine records, which you should. The album was released worldwide on January 8, 2016, on Bowie’s 69th birthday, and just two days later David Robert Jones passed away at home surrounded by his wife Iman, and his son Duncan Jones from his marriage to Angela Bowie, and daughter Alexandria from his marriage to Iman.]

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

Next Week on Wednesday, Jan 16, we present: “Remembering MLK” to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., born January 15, 1929. We’ll play music from: The Isley Brothers, Curtis Mayfield, Mahalia Jackson, Sweet Honey in The Rock, Tramaine Hawkins, Ella Mitchell, Billy Porter, Solomon Burke, Nina Simone, Pops Staples, Mavis Staples, The Staple Singers, Thelonius Monk Septet, Pete Seeger, Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Labelle, Darwin Hobbs & Karen Clark-Sheard, Bobby Watson & The I Have a Dream Project.

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

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Wednesday MidDay Medley Celebrates David Bowie

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, Jan 9, 2019

Wednesday MidDay Medley Celebrates David Bowie

David Bowie’s death in New York City, on January 10, 2016 sent shock waves of grief across the world. Bowie made music for those of us who felt left out. Bowie taught us how to be ourselves, to celebrate being different. Bowie understood the theatre of rock and roll. Bowie was a gateway for his fans to other important discoveries like: The Velvet Underground, Lou Reed, John Cale, Andy Warhol and The Factory, Iggy Pop, Glam Rock, New Wave, Electronica, Brian Eno, Roxy Music, William S. Burroughs, Beat Poetry, Mick Ronson, Luther Vandross, Tony Visconti, Carlos Alomar, Robert Fripp, T-Rex, Kraftwerk, Klaus Nomi, Bauhaus, Gender Expression, Independent film, Arcade Fire, TV on The Radio, and so much more.

Wednesday MidDay Medley presents our Tribute to David Bowie, featuring short stories about David Bowie from nine of his biggest fans: Michelle Bacon, Barry Lee, Ben Grimes, Cody Wyoming, Krystle Warren, Jesse Bartmess, Marion Merritt, Ian Michael Flanagan Johnson, and Nico Gray.

We’ll feature selected songs from, and representing, some of David Bowie’s 27 studio albums, and recordings David Bowie wrote and produced for other artists, including: Lou Reed, Mott the Hoople, and Bowie songs performed by: Joan As Police Woman, OK Go, Bonerama Col. Chris Hadfield, Nile Rodgers and James Murphy and two bands with Kansas City connections: Soft Reeds, and The Band That Fell To Earth.

At 11:15, we welcome musician and writer, Michelle Bacon who joins us to share details about The Band That Fell To Earth and the 4th annual tribute to David Bowie with TWO nights of music: Friday, January 18 and Saturday, January 19, doors at 8:00 PM, show at 9:00 PM, at recordBar, 1520 Grand Ave, KCMO, featuring: Michelle Bacon on bass, Alex Alexander on guitar, Nathan Corsi on vocals/guitar, Kyle Dahlquist on keys/brass, Katy Guillen on guitar, Steve Tulipana on vocals, Stephanie Williams on drums, Havilah Bruders on backing vocals, Camry Ivory on backing vocals, Matt Ronan on percussion, Christine Broxterman on cello, Betse Ellis on violin, Rich Wheeler on saxophone, with American Sign Language interpretation from Peige Turner and video projections from XO Blackwater. Each night will contain a unique set list and different special guests, to be announced! A portion of ticket sales will benefit KC for Refugees, an organization that creates a welcoming environment for refugees moving to and living in the greater Kansas City area. More info at: http://www.therecordbar.com

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Show #768

WMM Playlist from March 28, 2018

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

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

New & MidCoastal Releases + Howard Iceberg
+ Guest Producer Nico Gray

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

2. The Decemberists – “Severed”
from: I’ll Be Your Girl / Capitol Records / March 16, 2018
[8th studio album by indie rock band The Decemberists from Portland, Oregon. The band consists of Colin Meloy (lead vocals, guitar, principal songwriter), Chris Funk (guitar, multi-instrumentalist), Jenny Conlee (piano, keyboards), Nate Query (bass), and John Moen (drums). Produced by John Congleton, the band experimented with new instrumentation during the album’s recording sessions, including several synth-based compositions inspired by New Order and Depeche Mode.]

[The Decemberists play The Uptown Theatre, Wednesday, May 23 with Eleanor Friedberger.]

3. MorMor – “Heaven’s Only Wishful”
from: Heaven’s Only Wishful – Single / Don’t Guess / February 2, 2018
[Artist, Singer-Producer, multi-instrumentalist, born and raised in Toronto. MorMor writes, records, and produces most of his own work. He tells pigeons and planes, “A lot of my inspiration stems from wanting to share a perspective of Toronto that I feel hasn’t been represented,” he says. “I’m glad Toronto is getting a lot of attention right now, but my experience of the city that has shaped me isn’t really part of the story yet.” he goes on to say, “I always felt different from the other kids at school. I went through a really hard time because I was the kid who always hung out with a wide variety of people. I kept searching for kids like me, but it never happened. In the end it gave me some good perspective. I was a pretty rebellious person when I was young. I had a problem with authority. I was reluctant to take orders if I didn’t believe in the cause. I might be the only kid who got suspended in the first grade. Music was something that I could escape through.]

4. Lucy Dacus – “Addictions”
from: Historian / Matador / March 2, 2018
[Lucy Dacus was born 1995 and grew up in Richmond, Virginia . She is an indie rock singer-songwriter who has has released two albums, both on Matador Records: 2016’s No Burden and 2018’s Historian. She started studying film at Virginia Commonwealth University but left to pursue her music career. She first performed in New York in March 2015. Sasha Gessen in Pitchfork wrote about Historian: ” It’s not an easy album to wear out. It lasts, and it should, given that so many of its lyrics pick at time, and the way time condenses around deep emotional attachments to other people.”

[Lucy Dacus plays Reverb Lounge in Omaha, NE, Monday, April 2, at 7:00 PM.]

5. Sinple – “SH-2 (SYSTEM SEGWAY)
from: Music For Machines Vol. 2 / Sinple / March 9, 2018
[Ambient Album Inspired by Brian Eno’s “Music for Airports.” Music for Machines: Written and Recorded by Sinple @ Moldy Basement. The Ambient, Darkwave, New Wave, R&B sounds of Sinple are created by KC based musician Jesse Bartmess on Synths, Drum Machine, and Vocals. Formed in 2011 and influenced by David Bowie, Kraftwerk, Gary Numan, Depeche Mode, Sade, Massive Attack, and Radiohead. Jesse Bartmess also plays keyboards in Rchel Mallin & the Wild Type. Info at: http://www.sinple.bandcamp.com/music%5D

[Today is the 30th Birthday of Jesse Bartmess who is hosting a skating Party, Friday night to celebrate.]

6. Khrystal. – “M e L A N i N P o P P i N”
from: Q u a r t e r C e n t u r y L i v i n g / Khrystal. / September 1, 2017
[Khrystal’s debut EP. Written and performed by Khrystal. Produced by Katheryne Johnson. Khrystal Coppage is Editor-in-Chief of Khorage Magazine. She served as Production Manager at UMKC University News from 2015 to 2016. She graduated from UMKC in 2016 where she studied Family Studies. She graduated from Kansas City Kansas Community College in 2013. She is a graduate of Sumner Academy of Arts & Science, in KCK. http://mixtapemonkey.com/2073/khrystal-q-u-a-r-t-e-r-c-e-n-t-u-r-y-l-i-v-i-n-g. Khrystal also released the three song EP, The Glow Up produced by Duncan Burnett on Novembr 7, 2017.

[Khrystal. plays the: I Heart Local Music Birthday Party Show at Jackpot in Lawrence, KS., with Bummer, and The Sluts on Friday, March 30, at 9:00 PM.]

7. Kadesh Flow – “Room Service”
from: Room Service EP / Ryan Davis / March 30, 2018
[Kadesh Flow is Ryan Davis is a rapper with an MBA. 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. Locally, Kadesh can be found rocking solo hip hop sets, laying down bone bars with KC funk juggernaut The Phantastics, or jamming with various bands throughout the city. The Room Service EP was conceived between shows at MAGfest 2018, when Kadesh Flow, Atlas, and Bill Beats began creating in their hotel room. Producers/Writers include: Kadesh Flow, Atlas, Bill Beats, Shubzilla, Eye-Q, O.Super. Mixed By: Kadesh Flow. Mastered By: Out D Park Productions.]

[Kadesh Flow plays Pax east in Boston, Mass, Thursday, April 5]

[The Phantastics play Record Store Day at Josey Record, Saturday, April 21, at 8:00 PM.]

8. Kid Computer – “Dive”
from: Dive – Single / Kid Computer / April 6, 2018
[A Kansas City based 4-piece band featuring Matt Gore, Christian Sanchez and George McMillian. The band is getting set to release two separate singles “Afterglow” and “Dive” on Friday.]

[Kid Computer play a Single Release Show, Friday, April 6, at 7:00 pm with The UK’s and Quasar, at The Rino, 314 Armour Rd, North Kansas City, MO]

10:30 – Underwriting

10:32 – Interview with Howard Iceberg & Rich Hill

Howard Iceberg & Rich Hill on the March 28, 2018 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM.

Legendary Kansas City Singer Songwriter – Howard Eisberg records and performs under the name Howard Iceberg. He is one of the most prolific and poetic songwriters of the Kansas City music scene. He has written hundreds, possibly thousands of songs. Howard has done all of this while also leading a distinguished career as an immigration attorney, and he has donated much of his time and music to valuable projects that serve our community. Howard Iceberg began performing in coffeehouses in the late 1980s with fellow area independent songwriters Scott Hrabko and Iris DeMent. Over the past three decades he has released countless CDs, and recorded multiple collections of songs. In 2011, Howard Iceberg & The Titanics released a seven CD, box set, of 106 new songs, all instant classics. In 2014 he released a collection called Spring 2014, on his birthday May 9, 2015 he released, Smooth Sailing which included 13 new songs. In September 2016 Howard released a 2 CD set of 26 new tracks called, “Kansas City Songs.”

Larry Kopitnik, for The Pitch writes, “Pianist-vocalist Rich Hill has a personal sound steeped in the rich jazz, blues and gospel traditions of his Kansas City hometown. His keyboard style is grounded in the long tradition of jazz piano from ragtime to stride, bebop and modern jazz. Depending on the song, he might play something that sounds like Fats Waller, then something with a kind of Bill Evans or Chick Corea feel, followed by a tune suggesting Ray Charles’ blues-tinged earthiness. His success entertaining audiences with his keyboard and vocal talents while maintaining a certain standard of artistry is a notable accomplishment proven by continued demand for bookings.”

Howard Iceberg and Rich Hill share music from Howard Iceberg & The Titanics’ new album, Netherlands. Howard Iceberg & The Titanics play an Album Release show at The Ship, 1217 Union, in the West Bottoms, Thursday, March 29, 7-9pm, w/ 3 sets of music & special guests. This is a benefit for Care Beyond the Blvd, a non-profit organization providing medical & social services to homeless and vulnerable groups.

Howard Iceberg and Rich Hill, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

On Netherlands Howard teamed with jazz artist Rich Hill on keys & backing vocals.
Other collaborating musicians include Jazz musicians: Bryan Hicks on stand up bass, electric bass and backing vocals; Charles Perkins on saxophone and flute; Gary Cardile on percussion; and Doug Auwarter on drums. All frequent collaborators with Rich Hill.

Other musicians bringing their talents to the album include: Dan Bliss on guitar, Betse Ellis on violin, Camry Ivory on vocals & backing vocals, Marco Pascolini on on baritone guitar & pedal steel, Phil Wade on dobro, Jeff Freling on guitar, and Chad Rex on guitar.

Netherlands was produced by Howard Iceberg and Rich Hill. Recorded by Pat Tomek at Largely Studios and Rich Hill at The Hilltop. Mixed by Howard Iceberg and Pat Tomek.

The songs on Netherlands were written by Howard Iceberg

Pat Tomek at Largely Studios is part of Howard Iceberg’s long time recording project. Howard tells us that he has more than 4 albums worth of new songs in the works.

Pat Tomek is longtime member of The Titanics, drummer and member of legendary band The Rainmakers, and drummer in the band Deco Auto, that we played earlier in the show. Pat Tomek is also a recording engineer and producer who has worked with countless area bands and musicians and has been a primary partner and caretaker in the recording and production of Howard’s recording project of songs.

10:38

9. Howard Iceberg & The Titanics – “My Love For You Is Real” (CD #9) (2:16)
from: Netherlands / Howard Iceberg & The Titanics / December 20, 2017
[On this track: Howard Iceberg on lead vocals & harmony vocals Rich Hill on piano, Bryan Hicks on stand-up bass, Gary Cardile on percussion, and Charles Perkins on sax. Words and music by Howard Iceberg © 2017 Howard Iceberg. All rights reserved. Produced by Howard Iceberg and Rich Hill. Recorded by Pat Tomek at Largely Studios and Rich Hill at The Hilltop. Mixed by Howard Iceberg and Pat Tomek.]

Howard Iceberg calls this album, “More songs from another time and place. This time around, a story album. Not mine, but that of spirits both close and far. Help from Durrell and Hemingway. The stories fleshed out by some of KC’s jazz cats, not to mention the usual suspects. I keep my eyes open and my mouth shut (heh heh). Imagining I am seeing the arc of love and the arc of life more clearly with the years. Waiting for a train.”

10:44

10. Howard Iceberg & The Titanics – “All In For You”
from: Netherlands / Howard Iceberg & The Titanics / December 20, 2017
[On this track: Howard Iceberg on lead vocals, Rich Hill on organ, Bryan Hicks on electric bass, Doug Auwarter on drums, Dan Bliss on guitar, and Chad Rex on guitar. All words and music by Howard Iceberg © 2017 Howard Iceberg. All rights reserved. Produced by Howard Iceberg and Rich Hill. Recorded by Pat Tomek at Largely Studios and Rich Hill at The Hilltop. Mixed by Howard Iceberg and Pat Tomek.]

Howard Iceberg began performing in KC while in Law School. In the 1980s he was rubbing elbows with fellow area independent songwriters Scott Hrabko and Iris DeMent. At one point Howard was playing accordion in one of Scott Hrabko’s bands.

10:51

11. Howard Iceberg & The Titanics – “I Can’t Find You At All”
from: Netherlands / Howard Iceberg & The Titanics / December 20, 2017
[On this track: Howard Iceberg on lead vocals & harmony vocals, Rich Hill on organ, Bryan Hicks on electric bass, Doug Auwarter on drums, Dan Bliss on guitar. All words and music by Howard Iceberg © 2017 Howard Iceberg. All rights reserved. Produced by Howard Iceberg and Rich Hill. Recorded by Pat Tomek at Largely Studios and Rich Hill at The Hilltop. Mixed by Howard Iceberg and Pat Tomek.]

Care Beyond the Boulevard was conceived by Jaynell (KayKay) Assmann after she noted the number of homeless people coming into the hospital where she worked as a nurse. As soon as she became certified as a Nurse Practitioner, her first goal was to establish an outreach to the urban poor and especially the homeless. She worked as a volunteer at the Micah Ministry food kitchen and in 2016 while working at Family Health Care, KayKay developed Care Beyond the Boulevard. We see 10-25 people each session (most Monday evenings) and provide care for urgent and chronic health needs. In addition we go on the streets into homeless encampments, providing healthcare directly to the homeless one other night per week, seeing between 7-15 patients. Additional services are provided as necessary through Family Health Care’s Southwest Boulevard clinic. More info at: http://www.carebeyondtheboulevard.org

Howard Iceberg and Rich Hill, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Howard Iceberg & The Titanics play an Album Release show at The Ship, 1217 Union, in the West Bottoms, Thursday, March 29, 7-9pm, w/ 3 sets of music & special guests. This is a benefit for Care Beyond the Blvd, a non-profit organization providing medical & social services to homeless and vulnerable groups.

10:57

12. Howard Iceberg & The Titanics – “Rainy Rainy Day”
from: Netherlands / Howard Iceberg & The Titanics / December 20, 2017
[On this track: Howard Iceberg on lead vocals, Rich Hill on piano & organ, Camry Ivory on harmony vocals. All words and music by Howard Iceberg © 2017 Howard Iceberg. All rights reserved. Produced by Howard Iceberg and Rich Hill. Recorded by Pat Tomek at Largely Studios and Rich Hill at The Hilltop. Mixed by Howard Iceberg and Pat Tomek.]

11:00 – Station ID

11:00 – Guest Producer Nico Gray

Nico Gray

13. Orchestral Manoeuvres In the Dark — “The New Stone Age”
from: Architecture & Morality / Dindisc-Virgin / November 8, 1981
[3rd studio album by British electronic music group Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark. English electronic music band formed in Wirral, Merseyside in 1978. Spawned by earlier group The Id, the outfit is composed of co-founders Andy McCluskey (vocals, bass guitar) and Paul Humphreys (keyboards, vocals), along with Martin Cooper (various instruments) and Stuart Kershaw (drums); McCluskey is the only constant member. OMD released their influential debut single, “Electricity”, in 1979, and gained popularity throughout Europe with the 1980 anti-war song “Enola Gay”. The band achieved broader recognition via their album Architecture & Morality (1981) hailed as the band’s seminal work, the album received critical acclaim and has appeared on various “best albums” lists; The Morning News named it the finest record of 1981, and “the blueprint for synth-pop”. The album also became a commercial success, selling over 4 million copies by 2007. The record spawned three international hit singles, which sold more than 8 million copies combined.Critic Hugo Lindgren wrote that OMD have cultivated a “legacy as musical innovators”. In February 2007 a Scotsman journalist said: “If Kraftwerk were the Elvis Presley of synth-pop, then Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark were its Beatles.” In 2008, American publication The A.V. Club noted that McCluskey and Humphreys were “often labeled as the ‘Lennon-McCartney of synth-pop’.” In a 2008 piece on OMD, The Quietus magazine editor John Doran called them “the only Liverpool band to come near to living up to the monolithic standards of productivity and creativity set in place by the Beatles”, and asserted: “Orchestral Manouevres in the Dark are not one of the best synth bands ever: they are one of the best bands ever.” Veteran BBC DJ Simon Mayo described OMD as “the fathers of electronic music in this country [the UK].”]

11:03

We welcome back to the show, our friend Nico Gray, joins us as “Guest Producer” for our second hour. Nico is a former theatre actor, performance artist, writer, and is currently a marketing and advertising consultant. Rooted in KC, Nico grew up with radio. Nico writes that, “Music has always served as the ‘passport’ through spiritual journeys that have transplanted him to the brownstones of Chicago, the rooftops of Paris, the sea-side of Marseille and the balconies of NYC.” For WMM Nico Gray has co-hosted three of our on-air fund drive shows. He participated in our special 700th show, his writing has been featured on three of our Bowie Tribute Shows, and today is his 6th appearance as Guest Producer from over the past three years.

Nico Gray welcome back to Wednesday MidDay Medley.

11:09

14. Annie Hart — “Hard to Be Still”
from: Impossible Accomplice/ Instant Records / 2017
[Annie Hart is a keyboardist, songwriter and vocalist. She primarily composes and performs in the band Au Revoir Simone. In 2017, she released a solo album entitled Impossible Accomplice. She has contributed vocals to other artists’ projects and appeared on the 2017 series of Twin Peaks. Annie Hart was born on Long Island, New York. She has been in other groups including Uninhabitable Mansions, featuring members of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, and collaborated as a composer with French band Air for their soundtrack to Les Voyages Dans La Lune. In 2017, she began releasing music under her own name apart from Au Revoir Simone and embarked on a world tour. She has appeared on screen along with the other members of Au Revoir Simone in Episodes 4[8] and 9[9] of the 2017 series of Twin Peaks. Her song, “Hard To Be Still,” appeared on episode one of the Netflix series, Gypsy, starring Naomi Watts. Au Revoir Simone is an American dream pop/synth-pop band from Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York, formed in 2003. The group is composed of Erika Forster (vocals/keyboard), Annie Hart (vocals/keyboard/bass) and Heather D’Angelo (vocals/drum machine/keyboard). The band’s name comes from a line Pee-wee Herman says to a minor character (named Simone) in Tim Burton’s 1985 film Pee-wee’s Big Adventure.[1] The group’s musical inspirations were compared by the band’s European label, Moshi Moshi Records, to “a dutifully mined musical thrift store”; these diverse influences include Modest Mouse, Stereolab, the Mountain Goats, Louis Prima, Pavement, the Beach Boys, Björk, Broadcast, Belle & Sebastian, David Bowie, Bee Gees and Billie Holiday.]

15. Nina Simone — “Seems I’m Never Tired Lovin’ You”
from: Nina Simone and Piano! / RCA Victor / 1969
[Born Eunice Kathleen Waymon, on February 21, 1933 and died in France on April 21, 2003. Nina Simone was an American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and civil rights activist. She worked in a broad range of musical styles including classical, jazz, blues, folk, R&B, gospel, and pop. The sixth child of a preacher’s family in North Carolina, Simone aspired to be a concert pianist. Her musical path changed direction after she was denied a scholarship to the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, despite a well-received audition. “Simone said she later found out from an insider at Curtis that she was denied entry because she was black.” To fund her continuing musical education and become a classical pianist, she began playing in a small club in Atlantic City where she was also required to sing. She was approached by Bethlehem Records, and her rendition of “I Loves You, Porgy” was a hit in the United States in 1958. Over the length of her career Simone recorded more than 40 albums, mostly between 1958, when she made her debut with Little Girl Blue, and 1974. Her musical style arose from a fusion of gospel and pop songs with classical music, in particular with influences from her first inspiration, Johann Sebastian Bach, and accompanied with her expressive jazz-like singing in her characteristic contralto voice. She injected her classical background into her music as much as possible to give it more depth and quality, as she felt that pop music was inferior to classical. Her intuitive grasp on the audience–performer relationship was gained from a unique background of playing piano accompaniment for church revivals and sermons regularly from the early age of six years old.]

11:17

16. Sabina — “Won’t Let You Break Me”
from: Toujours / Bar None Records / March 24, 2014
[The singer of avant-garde electro-punk outfit Brazilian Girls, Sabina Sciubba is a multi-lingual artist whose music transcends both space and time. Across no less than five different languages, her straight talking debut solo album Toujours is a compelling, intimate, narcotic dreamscape you might call The Parisienne Velvet Underground and Nico, with a surprising sense of humour. “I photographed myself naked, sitting on a closet, like a French dresser,” she laughs describing the DIY semi-animated video for the album’s title-track. Paying homage to Pythonesque surrealism it sees Sciubba riding a donkey whilst playing a ukulele, wearing nothing but a smile. “The actual photos are ridiculous. My older son was looking at me like, ‘oh no, she’s lost it’.” Equally adept at casting opinion as well as writing songs, Sciubba is a modern day heroine, skilled in the art of elegant seduction. Cut from the same rebellious cloth as other uncompromising femme fatales Patti Smith or Madonna, whilst channelling the visual impact of Grace Jones and Bjork (one billowing outfit appeared to be a ventilation shaft, made of crepe), she is a fearless woman, whose passion for speaking her mind – in German, Italian, French, Spanish, and English – only enhances her sophisticated lo-fi pop music. Born in Rome to German and Italian parents, raised in Munich and Nice, and discovered in Hamburg at age 19 by virtuoso guitarist Antonio Foricone before relocating to New York to lend her stunningly sultry vocals to Brazilian Girls (incidentally one girl – Sciubba – and no Brazilians), the new album was written on guitars in Paris and has found Sciubba reunited with Brazilian Girls producer Frederick Rubens.]

17. Jacqueline Taieb — “7 Heures Du Matin”
from: 7 Heures Du Matin – Single / Impact / 1967
[Jacqueline Taïeb was born November 9, 1948 in Tunis, French protectorate of Tunisia. She is a French singer and songwriter of Tunisian descent. She achieved her greatest success as a pop and yé-yé singer in France in the 1960s. Taïeb arrived in France from Tunisia with her parents at age eight. She began composing songs with her guitar at 12 and in 1966 was discovered by a talent scout while Taïeb was singing with friends. After arriving in Paris, she was signed to Impact Records and released the song “7 heures du matin” in 1967, which became her biggest French hit. She was subsequently voted Best Newcomer at the inaugural Midem music festival in Cannes for the song. The song was about a bored teenage girl who doesn’t wish to go to school that day and fantasizes about rock and roll stars such as The Who and Paul McCartney. In the early 1970s, Taïeb took a break from recording. In 1988, she penned the song “Ready to Follow You”, which became an international hit for American singer Dana Dawson. The single sold more than 500,000 copies, and the album sold 300,000 in France alone.]

11:28

18. Miley Cyrus — “Twinkle Song”
from: Saturday Night Live / October 6, 2015
[Originally recorded for her 5th studio album, Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz, which was independently released on SoundCloud on August 30, 2015. Opting for an album relying less on computerized elements than her previous release, Bangerz (2013), Cyrus began planning the project in 2013 before Bangerz was released. Work continued into 2014 and 2015, when she befriended and began collaborating with the Flaming Lips. Without previous promotion, Cyrus announced that Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz was available for free online streaming when she hosted the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards, released independently. Cyrus has promoted the album with music videos for “Dooo It!”, “Lighter” and “BB Talk”, performances of “Karen Don’t Be Sad” and “Twinkle Song” when she hosted Saturday Night Live, and the Milky Milky Milk Tour in November and December 2015. Miley Ray Cyrus was born Destiny Hope Cyrus on November 23, 1992. She is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. After playing minor roles in the television series Doc and the film Big Fish in her childhood, she became a teen idol starring as the character Miley Stewart on the Disney Channel television series Hannah Montana in 2006. Her father Billy Ray Cyrus also starred on the series, which aired for four seasons until 2011. Cyrus has earned five number-one and eleven top-ten albums on the US Billboard 200, including releases credited as both herself and Hannah Montana.]

19. David Bowie — “Sorrow”
from: Pin Ups / RCA Records / October 19, 1973
[7th studio album by David Bowie, containing cover versions of songs. Pin Ups entered the UK chart on November 3 1973 the same day as Bryan Ferry’s covers album These Foolish Things and stayed there for 21 weeks, peaking at No. 1. According to co-producer Ken Scott, the LP was originally conceived as “a complete opposite of [Bowie’s] other albums”, consisting of all cover songs except one original composition, and mainly turned towards the US market since “he wanted to do songs that weren’t known as well in the States as they were in England”, yet eventually the plan was dropped. Pin Ups was the first of two “1960s nostalgia” albums that Bowie had planned to release. The second, which was planned to be called “Bowie-ing Out,” would have contained Bowie covering his favorite American artists, but was never recorded. Bowie also apparently considered making a Pin Ups sequel: he had compiled a list of songs he wanted to cover, some of which showed up on his later releases of Heathen (2002) and Reality (2003). In the album booklet, Bowie, writing in his own hand, describes Pin Ups as: “These songs are among my favorites from the ’64–67′ period of London. / Most of the groups were playing the Ricky-Ticky-Scene club circuit. / Some are still with us. / Pretty Things, Them, Yardbirds, Syd’s Pink Floyd, Mojos, Who, Easybeats, Merseys, The Kinks. / Love-on ya!”The woman on the cover with Bowie is 1960s supermodel Twiggy in a photograph taken by her then-manager Justin de Villeneuve. It was shot in Paris for Vogue magazine, but at Bowie’s request was used for the album instead. “Sorrow” was originally recorded by The Merseys.]

11:35 – Underwriting

20. Bert Kaempfert — “Wonderland By Night”
from: Wonderland By Night – Single / Decca Records / August 1960
[“Wonderland by Night” (German title “Wunderland bei Nacht”) is a popular song by Bert Kaempfert that was a Billboard #1 hit for 3 weeks, starting Jan 9, 1961. Written by Klaus-Günter Neumann with English lyrics by Lincoln Chase. It was Kaempfert’s 1st hit with his orchestra. The song featured Charly Tabor on trumpet. The original version of “Wonderland by Night” also crossed over to the R&B chart where it peaked at number five. Another cover, recorded and released by Louis Prima, also charted in the same year, reaching #15 on the Billboard charts. Anita Bryant’s version, which included orchestrations by Lew Douglas, reached #18 on the US Pop Chart. Berthold Heinrich Kämpfert, (Oct. 16, 1923-June 21, 1980), better known as Bert Kaempfert, was a German orchestra leader, music producer, arranger, & songwriter. He made easy listening and jazz-oriented records and wrote the music for a number of well-known songs, including “Strangers in the Night” and “Moon Over Naples”. Kaempfert’s own first hit with his orchestra had been in 1960, “Wonderland by Night”. Wonderland by Night, which was recorded in July 1959, couldn’t get a hearing in Germany. Instead, Kaempfert brought the track to Decca Records in New York, who released it in America in 1959 (or fall 1960); with its haunting solo trumpet, muted brass, and lush strings, the single topped the American pop charts and turned Bert Kaempfert and Orchestra into international stars. Over the next few years, he revived such pop tunes as “Tenderly”, “Red Roses for a Blue Lady”, “Three O’Clock in the Morning”, and “Bye Bye Blues”, as well as composing pieces of his own, including “Spanish Eyes (Moon Over Naples)”, “Danke Schoen”, and “Wooden Heart”, which were recorded by, respectively, Al Martino, Wayne Newton, and Elvis Presley. For Kaempfert, little may have brought him more personal satisfaction than Nat King Cole recording his “L-O-V-E”. As a producer, Kaempfert also played a part in the rise of The Beatles when he signed a Liverpool-based singer named Tony Sheridan, who was performing in Hamburg, and needed to recruit a band to play behind him on the proposed sides. He auditioned and signed the Beatles, and recorded two tracks with them during his sessions for Sheridan: “Ain’t She Sweet”, sung by rhythm guitarist John Lennon and the instrumental “Cry for a Shadow”, co-written by Lennon and lead guitarist George Harrison. Kaempfert’s recording of the Beatles, even as a backing band for Sheridan, provided an impetus to their subsequent success, even though none of the Kaempfert-recorded sides resembled the music for which they became famous. On October 28, 1961, a man walked into the music store owned by Brian Epstein to ask for a copy of “My Bonnie”, recorded by the Beatles (but, actually credited to Tony Sheridan). The store did not have it, but Epstein noted the request and was so intrigued by the idea of a Liverpool band getting a record of its own out, he personally followed up on it. This event led to his discovery of the Beatles and, through his effort, their signing by George Martin to Parlophone Records after getting clear of any contractual claim by Polydor. Jimi Hendrix included the melody of “Strangers in the Night” in his improvised guitar solo for his famous guitar-burning version of “Wild Thing” at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival.]

11:41

21. Janelle Monáe — “Make Me Feel”
from: Dirty Computer / Wondaland Arts Society – Bad Boy – Epic / April 27, 2018
[Janelle Monáe moved from Kansas City, Kansas to New York to study theatre at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Her original plan was to pursue a career on Broadway, but she soon changed her mind and returned to music. After moving to Atlanta, GA, where she met OutKast’s Big Boi, Monáe founded the Wondaland Arts Society with like-minded young artists and made appearances on Outcast’s Idlewild, where Janelle is featured on the songs “Call The Law” and “In Your Dreams”. In 2007, Monáe released her first solo work, titled Metropolis. A few months later she was signed to Sean “Diddy” Combs’ label, Bad Boy Records. Dirty Computer is the third studio album by Janelle Monáe. In October 2016, Monáe made her big screen acting debut in the critically acclaimed film Moonlight. Monáe also starred in the film Hidden Figures. While filming her two movie roles, Monáe remained active in music with features on Grimes’ “Venus Fly” from her Art Angels album and also the soundtrack for the Netflix series The Get Down with a song titled, “Hum Along and Dance (Gotta Get Down)”. She was also on the tracks “Isn’t This the World” and “Jalapeño” for the Hidden Figures soundtrack. In an interview with People, Monáe revealed that she was already working on her third studio album when she received the scripts for her two first acting roles; therefore, she put the album on hold. It was confirmed by Monae after “Make Me Feel” was released that Prince, with whom she collaborated on her preceding album, The Electric Lady, had worked on the single, as well as the entire album, before he passed away. This was confirmed after listeners noticed similarities between the single’s sound and the late musician’s work. Monae stated in an interview with BBC Radio 1: “Prince was actually working on the album with me before he passed on to another frequency, and helped me come up with some sounds. And I really miss him, you know, it’s hard for me to talk about him. But I do miss him, and his spirit will never leave me.” The synth groove in “Make Me Feel” was played at one of Prince’s parties years prior to its inclusion in the single, as confirmed by Prince’s DJ, Lenka Paris.]

22. Jimmie Spheeris – “Open Up”
from: Original Tap Dancing Kid / Columbia / 1973
[2nd studio album from Jimmie Spheeris (Nov. 5, 1949-July 4, 1984). He was an American singer-songwriter who released 4 albums in the 1970s on Columbia and Epic Records. He was of Greek descent. He was brother of film director & producer Penelope Spheeris, and cousin of musician Chris Spheeris and film director Costa Gavras. Jimmie (James) Spheeris was born in Phenix City, Alabama, to Juanita ‘Gypsy’ and Andrew Spheeris, who owned and operated a traveling carnival called the Majick Empire. These childhood years of colorful transience were a major influence on later work, as evidenced in songs such as “Lost in the Midway” and “Decatur Street,” among others. Spheeris had two sisters, Penelope and Linda, and a brother, Andy. After his father was murdered by a “belligerent carnival-goer,” Gypsy Spheeris moved the family to San Diego, CA. The family eventually settled in Venice, California. Gypsy Spheeris tended bar at an establishment on Main Street called The Circle. Spheeris moved to NYC in the late 1960s to pursue and develop his songwriting career. The liner notes on his debut album credit friend and fellow songwriter Richie Havens, who introduced Spheeris to Columbia Records executive Clive Davis. Davis signed Spheeris to a 4 album recording contract and his debut album was released on Columbia. Spheeris’ 1971 debut album, Isle of View, garnered a devoted following and FM radio airplay, notably for the song “I am the Mercury.” His 1973 album, The Original Tap Dancing Kid, was followed by a period of extensive concert touring. Spheeris returned to the recording studio in 1975 with The Dragon is Dancing and released Ports of the Heart in 1976. After Ports of the Heart, Spheeris had no recording contract. Except for a 1980 single, “Hold Tight,” Spheeris released no new material through a major record label. Spheeris died at the age of 34 in Santa Monica, CA, when his motorcycle collided with a van at 2 a.m. on the morning of July 4, 1984. The driver of the van, Bruce Burnside, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and felony vehicular manslaughter.[5] Hours before his death, Spheeris finished the self-titled album, Spheeris, which was produced by Paul Delph. This final album was not publicly released for 16 years. Delph would later record two of Spheeris’ songs for his final album A God That Can Dance.

11:47 – Original Spoken Word Piece by Nico Gray about his father Terry Edward Gray, 84, who passed away on March 7, 2018 in Harrisonville, Missouri, surrounded by his family.

11:57

23. Sinéad O’Connor — “Kyrié Eléison”
from: Faith and Courage / Atlantic / June 13, 2000
[5th full-length album by Irish singer Sinéad O’Connor. It was O’Connor’s first release in three years, her previous album being the greatest hits package So Far… The Best of Sinéad O’Connor in 1997, plus it was her first studio album in six years. O’Connor composed a majority of the tracks on Faith and Courage and production duties were shared by a variety of artists including Wyclef Jean, David A. Stewart, Brian Eno, Kevin “She’kspere” Briggs, Anne Preven and Scott Cutler among others. The album sold 1,000,000 copies worldwide and was certified gold in Australia in 2000. As of 2014, sales in the United States have exceeded 219,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Magda Davitt was born Sinéad Marie Bernadette O’Connor December 8, 1966. She rose to fame in the late 1980s with her debut album The Lion and the Cobra. As Sinéad O’Connor, she achieved worldwide success in 1990 with a new arrangement of Prince’s song “Nothing Compares 2 U”. Since then, while maintaining her singing career, she has occasionally encountered controversy, partly due to her statements and gestures—such as her ordination as a priest despite being a woman with a Roman Catholic background—and her strongly expressed views on organised religion, women’s rights, war, and child abuse. In addition to her ten solo albums, her work includes many singles, songs for films, collaborations with many other artists, and appearances at charity fundraising concerts. In 2017, O’Connor said that she had changed her legal name to Magda Davitt.]

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

Nico Gray thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

Next week, on April 4 Austin Williams and his band Ten Thousand One join us live in our 90.1 FM studios. Also the band Olivia Fox will join us to share their new music, and Artist Ryan Wilks joins us to share the latest news about his new exhibit, Here Where You Wish, an immersive public installation coming to the Kansas City Public Library, at 14 West 10th Street, First Friday, April 6, 2018.

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

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Show #727

WMM Playlist from August 21, 2013

Wednesday MidDay Medley
TEN to NOON Wednesdays – Streaming at KKFI.org
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Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Red Kate + Wells The Traveler + Sinple

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10:35

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

10:38 – Underwriting

10:39 – Interview / Performance with Sinple

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

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

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

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

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

10:47

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

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

10:55

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

11:00 – Station ID

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

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

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

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

11:08 – Underwriting

11:09

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11:25

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

11:28

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

Red Kate has two upcoming shows:

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

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

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

Distributed by Revolver / Midheaven.

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

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

11:39

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

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

11:43

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11:59:30

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

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Show #487

WMM Playlist from August 8, 2012

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

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Sinple + Crystal Boson + Ponyboy

David Zey (of Ponyboy.), Crystal Boson, Megan, and Charles S. McVey (of Ponyboy.) in the Green Room in the 90.1 FM Studios after our August 8, 2012 Wednesday MidDay Medley.

1. The Sea and Cake – “Harps”
from: Runner / Thrill Jockey / September , 2012
[10th album from Chicago indie band formed in the early 1990s from members of The Coctails, Shrimp Boat, and Tortoise. Sam Prekop (vocals, guitar), Archer Prewitt (guitar, piano, vocals), John McEntire (percussion, drums, some synthesizer), Eric Claridge (bass, synthesizer).]

2. The Smiths – “Bigmouth Strikes Again”
from: The Sound of The Smiths / Warner-Rhino / Nov. 7, 2008
[Orig. from “The Queen is Dead” – June 16, 1986]
[Former Smiths front-man Steven Patrick Morrissey has announced a new 33-date U.S. tour that kicks off Oct. 5 in Boston and wraps Dec. 8 in Atlantic City, N.J. The tour will include both his greatest hits and new, unreleased songs. Iggy and the Stooges are set to open the Nov. 24 show at L.A.’s Staples Center. Morrissy is not playing KC. The closest city is Lincoln, Nebraska at The Rococo Theatre on Nov. 1.]

3. The ACB’s – “Boy Like Me”
from: Stona Rosa / Independent / Dec. 1, 2010
[Produced by Mike Nolte at More Famouser Records. The follow up to their critically acclaimed, 2006 debut recording The ACB’s.]
[Nominated for a Pitch Music Award for Best Pop Act.]

10:15

4. Ghosty – “This Wolf”
from: GHOSTY / More Famouser Records / April 17, 2012
[Andrew Connor, Mike Nolte and Bill Belzer who recorded their new album themselves over the last couple of years with help from David Wetzel, Josh Adams, Jake Blanton, Konnor Ervin, Ryan Connor, Kirsten Paludan, and Dan Talmadge. More info at ghostysounds.com.]
[GHOSTY is nominated for a Pitch Music Award for best Pop band.]

8. Power and Light – “Earthly Schemes”
from: EP / Independent / January 14, 2012
[A new collaboration between Nathan Readey (production) and Andrew Connor (songs, vocals).]
[Nominated for a Pitch Music Award for Best Electronic Band.]

6. Fourth of July – “I Don’t Want To Lose You”
from: Before Our Hearts Explode! / Rangelife Records / Aug 31, 2010
[Lawrence based band formed in 2002, by Brendan Hangauer (vocals, guitar) Patrick Hangauer (bass) Kelly Hangauer (keys, trumpet, vocals) Brian Costello (drums, vocals) Brendan Costello (guitar) Steve Swyers (guitar on Album) w/ additional vocals: Adrianne Verhoeven & Katlyn Conroy.]
[Nominated for a Pitch Music Award for Best Pop Band.]

7. Grizzly Bear – “Yet Again”
from: Shields / Warp Records / September 18, 2012
[Shields is the 4th studio album by Brooklyn-based indie rock band, composed of Edward Droste (vocals, guitar, omnichord, keyboard), Daniel Rossen (vocals, guitar, banjo, keyboards), Chris Taylor (bass, backing vocals, various instruments, producer) and Christopher Bear (drums, backing vocals, glockenspiel). ]

10:29 – Underwriting

10:30 – Interview / Performance with Sinple

Experimental, electronic, musical artist, Jesse Bartmess , performs under the moniker, Sinple. He joined us to play LIVE in our 90.1 FM Studios. Later that night Sinple played the recordBar, 1020 Westport Rd. with Portland bands: Au, and Tu Fawning. Doors open at 9:00 PM.

Jesse talked about how he started making experimental, electronic music at the age of 21.

8. Sinple – Live performance in 90.1 FM Studios

You can hear all of sinple’s music at single.bandcamp.com

People think of electronic music as a product of the studio, but Sinple is performing live in area clubs, and he described one of his recent experiences on stage as Bliss.

10:40

9. Sinple – Live performance in 90.1 FM Studios

10:44

Jesse Bartmess graduated from Shawnee Mission North. He is a big fan of music and big supporter of the local scene going to see 2 or 3 shows each week

10:45

10. Sinple – “Genesis”
from: Single track release / Independent / July 20, 2012

10:54

11. Rumblejetts – “Truck Stop Waitress”
from: Motor Honey / Spinjet Records / 2012
[Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Junstin Penney at Money World Music.] [Rumblejetts are nominated for a Pitch Music Award for Best Country/Rockabilly Band]

[Rumblejetts play Granada in Lawrence, Sat. August 11, w/ Brutally Frank & The Spectrumatics.]

12. Wanda Jackson – “Funnel of Love” with The Cramps
from: Rock N Rolla (Orig. Motion Picture Soundtrack) / Universal / Sept. 1, 2008

[Wanda Jackson plays Knuckleheads, Friday, August 10.]

11:00

13. Quixotic Fusion – “Stella”
from: Hand of Time [EP] / Quixotic Fusion / June 6, 2011

[Quixotic plays Crossroads behind Grinders, this Sat, Aug. 11, w/ Emancipator, and The Floozies.]

14. The I’ms – “Strange”
from: Second MIXES / Independent / 2011
[Tracks originally available from their Facebook Page – Collin Rausch, Kyle Rausch, Konnor Ervin. Konner & Kyle also play with The ACB’s. ]
[The I’ms are nominated for Pitch Music Awards for Best Emerging Act.]

15. War – “Southern Part of Texas”
from: The Best of War – The Hits / Far Our Productions / July 10, 2010
[Originally from their 6th album, “Deliver the Word,” released in 1973 on United Artists Records.]

11:10 – Interview with Crystal Boson

Poet, Writer, Teacher, Scholar, Crystal Boson, is a PhD student in American Studies at the University of Kansas. Crystal holds both a B.A and M.A in English Literature, from the University of Missouri and Texas A&M University. Crystal’s new poetry collection: “The Queer Texas Prayerbook,” will be released this fall by Seven Kitchens Press, Her previous work has been published in Callaloo, Pank, the Black Bottom, and in an anthology of Queer Midwestern Writers. She also has a chapbook, “The Icarus Series’ , with Seven Kitchens Press. Crystal currently lives in Lawrence Kansas, with her Macbook, a basil plant named Lazarus and her cat, Delphina Jenkins Boson-Lease III.

Crystal Boson and Mark met while they were both participating in an event this past June at The Writer’s Place.

Crytal is currently working on her PhD at the University of Kansas, but prior to this she received her Masters Degree from Texas A&M. Texas A&M is located in College Station, Texas. Crystal described how living in College Station, Texas, was source material for your upcoming book of poetry, “The Queer Texas Prayerbook.”

11:14
[Crystal read two poems from her book]

11:16

Texas A&M has a LGBT Student group, but Crystal explained the homophobia, and racism she encountered in College Station.

You teaches undergraduate students at the University of Kansas. Crystal talked about some of the challenges she has faced in this position.

11:19
[Crystal read 2 more poems from her new book “The Queer Texas Prayerbook”]

Crystal and Mark talked about how being identified as Lesbian, Queer, African American, a Woman, these identities have historically been used to hold a person back, to deny them equality, even offer that person violence and hate.

11:23
[Crystal read more poems from her new book, “The Queer Texas Prayerbook”]

Crystal’s new poetry collection: “The Queer Texas Prayerbook,” is being released this month by Seven Kitchens Press.

11:25 – Underwriting

11:26

16. Hipshot Killer – “I’ll Tell You”
from: Hipshot Killer / Locket Love Records / April 29, 2011
[Debut release from KC based 3-piece power punk band formed in the fall of 2008 by, Mike Alexander (Revolvers, Architects), on Guitar & Vocals, Chris Wagner (100 Years War, Jackie Carrol) on Bass & Vocals, Brad Wicklander (Dark Circles, Anvil Chorus), on Drums. They have recorded a 4 song EP that will be released as a 10inch this year.] [Nominated for a Pitch Music Award for Best Garage/Punk Band]

[Hipshot Killer play the recordBar this Friday, August 10 with The Architects, and Radkey.]

17. Icky Blossoms – “Stark Weather”
from: Icky Blossoms / Saddle Creek Records / July 17, 2012
[Played Granada in Lawrence Mon. w/ Washed Out] [Debut album from Omaha based 3-piece band, In this song, they play with a name: Starkweather, as in Charles Raymond Starkweather, born in Lincoln, Nebraska, the third of seven children, an American teenaged spree killer who murdered eleven people in Nebraska and Wyoming during a two-month road trip with his 14-year-old girlfriend, Caril Ann Fugate. The couple was captured on January 29, 1958. Starkweather received the death penalty, and Fugate received a life sentence on November 21, 1958. Starkweather was executed in the electric chair at the Nebraska State Penitentiary in Lincoln, Nebraska, at 12:01 a.m. on June 25, 1959. Fugate was paroled in June 1976 after serving 18 years at the Nebraska Correctional Center for Women in York, Nebraska. She settled in Lansing, Michigan, where she changed her name and worked as a janitor at a Lansing hospital. Fugate married in 2007.]

18. Ponyboy. – “Luka”
from: Pussy Killer / Impure Records / July 24, 2012

11:35 – Interview with Charles S. McVey and David Zey

Charles S. McVey and David Zey make up the Lawrence based, grunge band, Ponyboy. Their new release is described as, “a forty-minute slugfest concerning the strange case of ‘Canadian Cannibal’ Luka Magnotta and the impact sensationalized violent crime has on our culture.” Ponyboy. plays the RecordBar Thursday, August 9, with Skinjob. Doors open at 9:00.

Charles S. McVey and David Zey’s song “Luka” is about Luka Rocco Magnotta (born Eric Clinton Kirk Newman; July 24, 1982), a Canadian pornographic actor and model accused of killing and dismembering Lin Jun, a Chinese international student, then mailing his severed limbs to the offices of Canadian political parties and to elementary schools in another province. After a video allegedly depicting the murder was posted online, Magnotta fled the country, becoming the subject of an Interpol Red Notice and prompting an international manhunt. He was apprehended on June 4, 2012, in an Internet café in Berlin while reading news stories about himself. He was previously sought by animal rights groups for allegedly making videos of himself torturing kittens and posting them online. Thus the name of their new release, “Pussy Killer.”

This was big news in May and June, and it came at the same time as the Miami Face-Eating Attack. Since then we’ve had the tragic shootings in Aurora Colorado at the Batman movie premiere, the shootings in Wisconsin at the Mosque, and Jerad Loughner pleaded guilty this week to the shootings in Arizona, that targeted Rep. Gabby Giffords.

[Mark’s footnote to the conversation: “Female Trouble” (1974) co-composed, filmed, co-edited, written, produced, and directed by John Waters, is the ultimate satire on how our culture almost celebrates, and makes famous, the super criminal, the mass murderer.

By choosing this material, Ponyboy. definitely lives up to their objective of “creating in-your-face music that deals with the darker side of life.”

Charles S. McVey wrote: “It is my attempt at creating a dialogue about the sensationalism of violence and a man’s desire for fame at any cost. The focus is not Luka Rocco Magnotta but on the madness surrounding a horrible crime.”

Charles S. McVey on bass and vocals and David Zey on drums.

Charles S. McVey talked about how his music is made by outsiders for outsiders. And sometimes he has felt outside of an outsider group.

There is a long history in Rock, and especially in Punk music, to confront the listener with darker themes, in an effort to deal with bigger problems. There is a growing Punk community in KC with a large number of Punk bands. We talked about how Ponyboy us searching for their own audience, and the reception to the new music in Lawrence.

This is their third EP as a Ponyboy. Recently the band composed music for the soundtrack to a film starring transgender, female to male, adult film star Buck Angel.

For information and to hear all of the Ponyboy recordings you can visit: ponyboymusicltd.bandcamp.com

19. Ponyboy. – “Buck Angel Opus 2”
from: Buck Angel (Original Soundtrack) / Impure Records / 2011

11:59

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

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Show #433