WMM Playlist from Sept. 16, 2020

Wednesday MidDay Medley
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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Chris Hazelton & The Freedom Affair
+ Blair Schulman talks about Brigid Berlin

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

2. The Jayhawks – “Living in a Bubble”
from: Xoxo / SHAM – Thirty Tigers / July 10, 2020
[11th studio album from alternative country and country rock band that emerged from the Twin Cities music scene during the mid-1980s. Since the departure of John Jackson as a full-time member, the current lineup of the Jayhawks consists of: Gary Louris on guitar, lead vocals, backing vocals; Tim O’Reagan on drums, backing vocals, lead vocals; Karen Grotberg on keyboards, backing vocals; Marc Perlman on bass, backing vocals, lead vocals. Originally led by vocalists, guitarists and songwriters Gary Louris and Mark Olson, its country rock sound was influential on many bands who played the Twin Cities circuit during the 1980s and 1990s like Uncle Tupelo, the Gear Daddies and the Honeydogs. They have released eleven studio albums with and without Olson who left the band in 1995, including five on the American Recordings label. On hiatus from 2005 to 2009, the 1994–1995 lineup of the band reunited, releasing the album, Mockingbird Time, in September 2011. After the tour, Mark Olson again left the band. After another hiatus in 2013, the 1997 lineup led by Louris reunited to play shows in 2014 to support the reissue of three albums released between 1997 and 2003. The band has remained active touring and recording since, including the release of the albums Live at The Belly Up in 2015, Paging Mr. Proust, produced by Peter Buck in 2016, Back Roads and Abandoned Motels in 2018 and XOXO in 2020.]

3. Jake Wells – “Habit”
from: Sunday Morning – EP / Jake Wells Music / February 29, 2020
[Second EP from Kansas City based indie folk singer songwriter. Jake Wells was born in Florida grew up in Colorado. Jake studied Music Composition at University of Northern Colorado. “Jake’s sound evokes an emotionality and maturity much deeper than his age of 22 would imply.” He was named one of Spotify’s top 20. He has performed on stages since he was a teenager. His single releases are currently gaining radio play in the Midwest on several FM stations. In 2018 he was featured on the nationally televised NBC reality – competition program The Voice.]

[Jake Wells plays live on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, 7:00 PM with Noah Davis & Heavy Electric at Lemonade Park, a limited capacity socially distanced outdoor venue created in partnership between recordBar, Voltaire, and Moxie Catering, 1628 Wyoming (NW corner of Wyoming & 17th St.), behind Voltaire.]

4. Crystal Rose – “Renegade”
from: Arena EP / Crystal Rose / September 18, 2020
[Crystal Rose is a singer song-writer based in heart of Kansas City. Last year she was featured on the nationally televised NBC reality – competition program The Voice. At a young age she was Influenced by powerhouse vocals like Whitney Houston, Celine Dion and Christina Aguilera. She has since drawn much inspiration from blusey and folk centered artist like James Bay, James Vincent Mcmorrow and Johnnyswim. Crystal Rose released her debut single “Come Alive” on May 6, 2016. Earlier this year Crystal released the single “Not Leaving (Stripped)” on January 30, 2020.Crystal is a Kansas City based singer songwriter and UMKC journalism student who has played solo and also with Paige Turner on guitar. To listen to more Crystal Rose please visit: http://www.crystalro.se]

5. Suzzy Roche & Lucy Wainwright Roche – “I Can Still Hear You”
from: I Can Still Hear You / StorySound records / August 23, 2020
[Suzzy Roche and her daughter Lucy Wainwright Roche shed some light on our troubled times on their third collaboration, I Can Still Hear You. Recorded from their New York City homes during the quarantine, this 11-track album showcases soul-searching, thought-provoking originals and perfectly chosen covers, along with guest appearances by Amy Ray and Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls. The 11 tracks, 8 original and 3 covers, explore themes of good and evil, youth and mortality, the absurd and the serious, the real and the imagined, and the connection between what is present and what is gone. Each of their albums together have documented a specific time and this one, according to Suzzy, “probably is the darkest, but at the same time, it’s the most fanciful too. This time, there seemed an extra urgency about it.” Lucy Wainwright Roche is the daughter of singer-songwriters Loudon Wainwright III, a Grammy Award winner, and Suzzy Roche, who, along with her sisters (Lucy’s aunts) Maggie and Terre Roche, made up the vocal group The Roches, known for their original harmonies. The couple split when Lucy was two years old and her father spent much of his time in the UK, so Lucy did not often see her father during her childhood. The Loudon Wainwright song “Screaming Issue” is written about Lucy. Lucy is also the half-sister of singer-songwriters Rufus Wainwright and Martha Wainwright (whose mother Kate was half of the Canadian folk duo Kate & Anna McGarrigle). She has toured with Rufus throughout the years. Through her father, she is a niece of singer-songwriter Sloan Wainwright. Suzzy Roche was born September 29, 1956), originally from Park Ridge, New Jersey, is best known for her work with the vocal group The Roches, alongside sisters Maggie and Terre. Suzzy is the youngest of the three, and joined the act in 1977. She is the author of the novel Wayward Saints and the children’s book Want To Be in a Band? Roche is also an active associate member of The Wooster Group and has appeared in a number of the group’s productions as well as composing original music for the group’s performances.[6] She was briefly a member of Four Bitchin’ Babes, appearing on their album Some Assembly Required. In 2004 Roche appeared on Crash Test Dummies album Songs of the Unforgiven. In addition to singing, she is an actress, having appeared in the 1988 romantic comedy Crossing Delancey, as well as a 1982 film, Soup for One. Roche also appeared with her siblings (playing themselves) in the 1996 comedy A Weekend in the Country.]

6. Krystle Warren & The Crew – “Gimme Some Truth”
from: The Crew EP / Parlour Door Music / September 15, 2020
[Through isolation came unity. The Crew is Lakecia Benjamin, Matthew Silberman, Jacob Snider, Joe Blaxx, Solomon Dorsey, Zach Djanikian, Cassorla, Krystle Warren, and Ben Kane. They have recorded unique versions of classic songs with the hope of encouraging the rallying cries of The Moment: the movement of the people. // In the lockdown of their homes, they sewed together their interpretations of “Bein’ Green” (based upon Ray Charles’ rendition); “Gimme Some Truth” (a mighty John Lennon composition); “Dear Landlord” (a scathing indictment from the blistering pen of Bob Dylan); and “Rhythm of Life”, (a timeless statement originally performed by Oleta Adams). // A portion of the proceeds from The Crew. EP will be donated to the various causes and organizations The Crew. support. From Billboard.com: Singer-songwriter Krystle Warren has made a powerful statement about the struggle for Black equality with the help of Kermit the Frog’s iconic song “Bein’ Green” (written by Joe Raposo). // The moving five-minute clip, over which Warren sings her rendition of the 1970 song — since recorded by Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra and others — sprang from a covers EP she recorded during the pandemic with a group of musicians known as The Crew. Warren embarked on the project after her forthcoming album with her regular group, The Faculty, was put on hold due to COVID-19. The EP, which tackles themes of racial injustice in the wake of nationwide Black Lives Matter protests this summer, also includes a cover of John Lennon’s “Gimme Some Truth.” // The “Bein’ Green” video weaves in footage of this year’s Black Lives Matter protests, and also includes a heartbreaking montage of young Black children choosing white dolls over dark-skinned ones. It additionally features archival footage of such transformative Black figures as James Baldwin, Angela Davis, Malcom X, Nina Simone, Marsha P. Johnson and Al Sharpton, as well as victims of police brutality including Sandra Bland, George Floyd and Eric Garner. It ends with a clip from a speech by civil rights activist Ella Baker. // “‘Bein’ Green,’ it’s such a gorgeous song, and it says so, so much,” says Warren. “I began thinking about what I wanted it to express visually before we started [recording the song]. Essentially — it’s not easy being Black. That’s what Ray Charles was saying, and we felt it needed to be said again.” // Warren, who now resides in Paris, began performing in her native Kansas City at the age of 16 before moving to New York City, where she started busking on the streets and later formed her regular band, The Faculty. She and the group have recorded several full-length albums, including 2009’s Circles, 2012’s Love Songs and 2017’s Three the Hard Way. Her next album is slated for release this winter. // A large percentage of proceeds from sales of the EP — which is available for digital downloads via Warren’s website now and released on all streaming platforms next Friday — will be donated to the ACLU.]

7. Joel Kraft – “Breathe”
from: Gold In The Bargain Bin / Honeyjar / 2003
[Joel Kraft is a curious animal that grew up among the rolling hills of Missouri. Climbing trees and walking through tunnels of Brush Creek, his head swam with all kinds of notions he could only just pin down and understand by singing them out loud over and over again. At first he sang them to himself, then into microphones he found at coffee shops and bars around the US. There were other people then, who would listen while sitting, or dance or sometimes sing along. What were those songs about? I don’t think Joel himself knew all the way. Were they about someone in particular? About an event? His songs are built with impressions, one stacked upon another to arrive at something new, perhaps the same way each letter in our alphabet was once a symbol for a thing or action, but now can be arranged in strings to mean all kinds of different things. This fascination with language and experience begins every moment of Joel’s performance, which often feels like more like a series of discoveries than a broadcast. He likes people very much (especially singing people), and his favorite part of performing is discovering new moments with them. Joel followed “Gold in the Garbage Bin” with the album “Big Ideas” (May 9, 2006) and then “Computer Geniuses”(June 20, 2008).]

8. Khruangbin – “Pelota”
from: Moredechai / Dead Oceans / June 26, 2020
[Khruangbin is a trio from Houston, Texas, with Laura Lee on bass, Mark Speer on guitar, and Donald Ray “DJ” Johnson Jr. on drums. The band has also released 3 albums. The band is known for blending global music influences, classic soul, dub and psychedelia. Their debut studio album, The Universe Smiles Upon You (2015), draws from the history of Thai music in the 1960s, while their 2nd album, Con Todo El Mundo (2018), has influences from Spain and the Middle East. Follow up to their 4th EP release Texas Sun with Leon Bridges. Speer and Johnson met in 2004 while playing in Rudy Rasmus’ St. John’s Methodist Church gospel band in Houston, Texas. The church employed Speer as the guitarist and Johnson as the organist. “When we first started the band, we wanted to have a formula,” he says. “It’s like, ‘This is what we do, and we’re not gonna try and go outside the box too much. We’re gonna explore the box we’re in. I’ve always been a big fan of that. I used to be in bands where was like, ‘Man, we’ve gotta think outside the box!’ And all I’m thinking is: ‘You guys don’t even know.’ Music should never be just for the sake of being experimental. Before you even start, you have to know what you’re experimenting with first.” Speer said. In 2007, Speer met Lee through friends, where they initially connected over a shared love of Afghan music and Middle Eastern architecture[disambiguation needed]. In 2009, Lee started to learn the bass with guidance from Speer. After playing for six months, she auditioned and got the gig to be the bassist for Yppah on his upcoming tour. Speer already had the gig as guitarist for Yppah and had encouraged Lee to audition. In 2010, both Lee and Speer went on tour with Yppah who opened for Bonobo. The tour motivated the two of them to make music together more seriously, leading them to form Khruangbin. Speer and Lee went to a barn where they developed the bass-heavy, psychedelic sound that became the basis of the band’s aesthetic. Upon their return, they asked Johnson to join the band as drummer, to play simple break-beats under the guitar and bass. The barn, located in the 300-person town of Burton, Texas, would become the site of all future Khruangbin recording sessions. The band has a longterm working relationship with Houston-based engineer Steve Christensen. When asked to play their first gig, Lee, who was learning to speak Thai at the time, decided they should use her favorite Thai word “khruangbin”, which means “flying engine”, literally, or “aeroplane,” as their name. Speer said that, had they had the foresight to predict the band’s success, they might not have chosen a name that was so difficult to pronounce. The band’s name symbolizes the international set of influences that shaped the band’s formation. A notable part of the band’s visual style is the black wigs that Lee and Speer wear on stage, and during promotional interviews and photoshoots. Originally this was to help them move from the stage to the merchandise stand without being recognized during early tours]

10:28 – Underwriting

9. The Freedom Affair – “Rise Up”
from: “Rise Up” – Single / Colemine Records / June 21, 2019 [7″ Vinyl Release]
[The Freedom Affair is a project of Chris Hazelton of Sunflower Soul Records and Chris Hazelton’s Boogaloo 7. The band includes members of the Boogaloo 7 with members of Instant Karma and three of the KC area’s leading vocalists. The Freedom Affair is: Misha Roberts on vocals, Seyko Groves on vocals, Paula Saunders on vocals, Cole Bales on guitar, Branden Moser on guitar, Chris Hazelton on bass, Dave Brick on drums, Pete Carroll on trumpet, and Brett Jackson on saxophone. The Freedom Affair and their track “Rise Up” were selected to be part of Colemine Records 3xLP box set, “Soul Slabs Vol. 2” a Record Store Day Exclusive, released April 13, 2019. Colemine Records writes: “The Freedom Affair is a freight train of Kansas City soul! Dirty, funky drums, gritty horns, and the combined vocals of Misha Roberts, Seyko Groves, and Paula Saunders to put this band over the top. Politically charged soul music for the dancefloor!”]

10:33 – Interview with Chris Hazelton

Chris Hazelton is with us to share the details about KC’s soul supergroup, The Freedom Affair and their debut album, Freedom is Love, to be released September 25, 2020 on Sunflower Soul Records. The album explores themes of love, heartache, empowerment, and togetherness. The Freedom Affair features three powerhouse female vocalists: Misha Roberts, Paula Saunders, and Seyko Groves in front of a dynamic six-piece band: Cole Bales on guitar; Branden Moser on guitar; Chris Hazelton on bass guitar & organ; Dave Brick on drums; Pete Carroll on trumpet; and Brett Jackson on tenor sax & baritone sax. The album was recorded and produced by Chris Hazelton.

Chris Hazelton, Thanks for being with us on WMM.

“Rise Up” (1 of 10 songs on the new album) was selected to be part of Colemine Records 3xLP box set, “Soul Slabs Vol. 2” a Record Store Day Exclusive, released April 13, 2019. Colemine Records writes: “The Freedom Affair is a freight train of KC soul! Dirty, funky drums, gritty horns, and the combined vocals of Misha Roberts, Seyko Groves, & Paula Saunders to put this band over the top. Politically charged soul music for the dancefloor!”

Earlier this year The Freedom Affair released their version of John Lennon’s Imagine as a single on March 20, 2020, Arranged, produced, recorded & mixed by Chris Hazelton

“Freedom Is Love” to be released September 25, 2020 is the debut album from KC’s newest soul supergroup, The Freedom Affair. The album explores themes of love, heartache, empowerment, and togetherness through a varying landscape of hard-hitting funk, luscious soul, and everything in between. The Freedom Affair is a unique collective featuring 3 powerhouse female vocalists in front of a dynamic 6-piece band. On “Freedom Is Love”, each of the ladies get their time to shine individually, but the magic is on full display when all 3 come together in unison and harmony, symbolically embodying the messages that they sing about. The album was recorded and produced by Chris Hazelton, utilizing the best of vintage and new recording technologies to create an authentic experience, befitting of a soul record that would have been relevant 50 years ago as much as it will be 50 years from now.

The Freedom Affair:
Misha Roberts – Vocals
Paula Saunders – Vocals
Seyko Groves – Vocals
Cole Bales – Guitar, Sitar (Track 3)
Branden Moser – Guitar
Chris Hazelton – Bass Guitar, Organ (Tracks 1, 2, 9, & 10), Tambourine (Track 1), Glockenspiel (Track 3), & Chimes (Track 4)
Dave Brick – Drums
Pete Carroll – Trumpet
Brett Jackson – Tenor Sax, Baritone Sax (Tracks 1 & 5), & Tambourine (Tracks 5, 6, & 8)

Additional Musicians:
Pat Conway – Congas (Tracks 1, 3, & 6)
Alyssa Bell – Viola (Tracks 3, 4, & 7)
Elizabeth Codd – Violin (Tracks 3 & 4)
Matt Bennett – Violin (Tracks 3 & 7)
John Wickersham – Timpani (Track 4)
Pamela Baskin-Watson – Piano (Track 10)
Nick Howell – Tambourine (Track 10)
The Freedom Family Choir (Track 10) – Misha Roberts, Erica Hazelton, Seyko Groves, Paula Saunders, Jordyn Saunders, Cole Bales, Chris Hazelton

All Horn & String Arrangements by Chris Hazelton except:
“Heartaches Don’t Come Easy” and “Give A Little Love” by Pete Carroll & Brett Jackson
“Don’t Shoot” by Chris Hazelton & Allyssa Bell

Produced, Recorded, & Mixed by Chris Hazelton
Assistant Produced by Dave Brick

Rhythm Section on Track 10 recorded by Chad Meise // Mastered by JJ Golden

Cover Artwork by Matthew “Mo” Manley

Front cover photograph of civil rights protesters in Kansas City, MO (April 9th, 1968) provided courtesy of LaBudde Special Collections, UMKC University Libraries.

1. Heartaches Don’t Come Easy
2. Make Me Surrender
3. Outta My Mind
4. I Know Better
5. Move On
6. Rise Up 02:59
7. Don’t Shoot
8. Give A Little Love 03:45
9. One Nation
10. Love Liberates (Featuring Dr. Maya Angelou)

Chris Hazelton oj the Sept. 16, 2020 editions Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI.

The new album was recorded and produced by Chris Hazelton, utilizing the best of vintage and new recording technologies to create an authentic experience, befitting of a soul record that would have been relevant 50 years ago as much as it will be 50 years from now.

Sunflower Soul Records

Chris Hazelton’s Boogaloo 7
Singles for Los Santos Caballeros, Hi-Lux, SUNU, and The 238s.

Chris Hazelton Thanks for being with us on WMM.

“Freedom Is Love” to be released September 25, 2020 is the debut album from KC’s newest soul supergroup, The Freedom Affair. https://sunflowersoulrecords.bandcamp.com or https://thefreedomaffair.bandcamp.com/album/freedom-is-love

10. The Freedom Affair – “Give A Little Love”
from: Freedom is Love / Sunflower Soul Records / September 25, 2020
[“Freedom Is Love” is the debut album from Kansas City’s newest soul juggernaut, The Freedom Affair. The album explores themes of love, heartache, empowerment, and togetherness through a varying landscape of hard-hitting funk, luscious soul, and everything in between. The Freedom Affair is a unique collective featuring 3 powerhouse female vocalists in front of a dynamic 6-piece band. On “Freedom Is Love”, each of the ladies get their time to shine individually, but the magic is on full display when all 3 come together in unison and harmony, symbolically embodying the messages that they sing about. The album was recorded and produced by Chris Hazelton, utilizing the best of vintage and new recording technologies to create an authentic experience, befitting of a soul record that would have been relevant 50 years ago as much as it will be 50 years from now. The Freedom Affair is: Misha Roberts on vocals; Paula Saunders on vocals; Seyko Groves on vocals; Cole Bales on guitar, sitar (Track 3); Branden Moser on guitar; Chris Hazelton on bass guitar, organ (Tracks 1, 2, 9, & 10), Tambourine (Track 1), Glockenspiel (Track 3), & Chimes (Track 4); Dave Brick on drums; Pete Carroll on trumpet; Brett Jackson on tenor sax, baritone sax (Tracks 1 & 5), & tambourine (Tracks 5, 6, & 8).]

11. Fantastic Negrito – “Chocolate Samurai”
from: Have You Lost Your Mind Yet? / Fantastic Negrito – Cooking Vinyl / August 14, 2020
[Follow up to his June 15, 2018 release, Please Don’t Be Dead on Blackball Universe – Cooking Vinyl Records that was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album. His 2016 album The Last Days of Oakland won a Grammy award for Best Contemporary Blues Album at the 59th Grammy Awards. In 2019, his album Please Don’t Be Dead won the same category for the 61st Grammy Awards.Fantastic Negrito was raised in an orthodox Muslim household. His father was a Somali-Caribbean immigrant who mostly played traditional African music. He was the eight of 15 children. When, at the age of 12, Negrito’s family moved from Massachusetts to Oakland, California. Oakland in 1970s was a million miles from Negrito’s conservative childhood. He went from Arab chants to Funkadelic in one day. By the time he was 20, Negrito had taught himself to play every instrument he could get his hands on. He was recording music, and after some difficulties on the streets he packed his bags and headed to LA, armed with a demo on cassette. Negrito signed with a million dollar deal at Interscope. The record deal was a disaster. Gangsta rap was ruling the airwaves and Negrito was in the wrong place at the wrong era. Negrito came out of the deal with a failed album and his confidence gutted. In 2000, Negrito was in a near fatal car accident that put him in a coma. For four weeks it was touch and go. Because his muscles atrophied while bedridden, he had to go through months of frustrating physical therapy to regain use of his legs. Rods were placed throughout his body. And worst of all, his playing hand was mutilated. Back in Oakland, Negrito forgot about life as a musician. He got married, he planted vegetables, raised his own chickens, and made money growing weed. He also settled into being a man, on his own, clear of the distractions of wanting to be a star. And then his son Kyu was born. He began recording without the hindrances that come with chasing trends. Negrito turned to the original DNA of all American music, the Blues. The beating life had given him primed him to channel his literal and musical forefathers: the Blues musicians of the Delta]

11:00 – Station ID

12. Bedouine, Waxahatchee & Hurray for the Riff Raff – “Thirteen”
from: Thirteen – Single / Spacebomb Records / September 9, 2020
[From Variety.com: It feels like ages ago that Bedouine, Waxahatchee and Hurray for the Riff Raff toured together on a sort of monsters-of-indie triple bill (it was actually 2018). While the three acts make dramatically different music, they complemented each other well on this tour and share some influences as well — as evidenced by this belated cover of Big Star’s classic “Thirteen” (which is often more readily recognized by its opening lyric, “Can I walk you home from school?”) that found its origins during the tour, when Bedouine (above, right), Waxahatchee singer Katie Crutchfield (left) and Riff Raff singer Alynda Segarra (center) would sing it together onstage. // Big Star, of course, is arguably the greatest power-pop group of all time. Led by singer-songwriter Alex Chilton, they released just three albums in the early ‘70s, which were barely noticed at the time but their legend grew over the years — they were covered and feted by the Replacements, the Bangles, R.E.M., Teenage Fanclub and many more — until the group reformed in 1993. // Bedouine explains how their cover came together. “This all started in 2018 when I opened a three-bill tour for co-headliners Waxahatchee and Hurray for the Riff Raff,” she wrote. “We threw the idea around of doing a song together but weren’t sure what. I was backstage in Columbia, Missouri, when I realized it was the anniversary of Big Star’s ‘93 reunion show that had also taken place in Columbia. // “I was fiddling around with the song in my dressing room when Katie and Alynda walked in. Suddenly, I remembered there were three verses to split up. We played it as an homage that night and every night after. After the tour wrapped up, I think it was Kevin Morby that insisted we track and share it. Down the road, Katie wrote me that she would be in L.A., so I tracked the guitar and she came by to visit and put down her part. Down the road some more Alynda put down her part from New Orleans and sent it over the ether. Now, two years later, we’re finally getting to share it.”] [Katie Crutchfield who recently relocated to Kansas City to live with her boyfriend Kevin Morby released one og our favorite albums of 2020 so far. Saint Cloud was released on Merge Records on March 27, 2020. All songs written by Katie Crutchfield. Recorded & mixed at Sonic Ranch in Tornillo, TX & Long Pond in Stuyvesant, NY. Produced by Brad Cook. Engineered by Jerry Ordonez. Additional engineering by Jon Low. Mixed by Jon Low. Mastered by Brent Lambert at The Kitchen. KATIE CRUTCHFIELD on vocals, acoustic guitar, piano, keys; BRAD COOK on bass, acoustic guitar, piano, keys, synth; BOBBY COLOMBO on electric guitar, acoustic guitar, keys; BILL LENNOX on electric guitar, acoustic guitar, keys, percussion; NICK KINSEY on drums, percussion; JOSH KAUFMAN on electric guitars, piano, organ, percussion. Katie Crutchfield’s southern roots are undeniable. The name of her solo musical project Waxahatchee comes from a creek not far from her childhood home in Alabama and seems to represent both where she came from and where she’s going. More info at: http://www.waxahatchee.com.]

13. Katy Guillen & The Drive – “Back To Normal”
from: Dream Girl [EP] / Katy Guillen / March 20, 2020
[New 7 song EP from Katy Guillen & The Drive, the latest project dedicated to Guillen’s songwriting that is founded on the creative spark and chemistry between Katy Guillen & Stephanie Williams. With Guillen on guitar & vocals and Williams on drums, the two sculpt a sound that recalls bands like Led Zeppelin, The Bangles, and Band of Skulls. In 2012, Guillen & Williams formed Katy Guillen and The Girls, and began to build a foundation of touring and recording that carried them through six years and produced three full-length albums: Katy Guillen & the Girls, Heavy Days, and Remember What You Knew Before. Between 2012 and 2018, they traveled the United States extensively, performed at the International Montreal Jazz Festival, toured Sweden, and supported major acts like The Doobie Brothers, Robin Trower, and Heartless Bastards. In these 6 years playing together, Guillen & Williams created a dynamic, sound informed by Guillen’s mesmerizing, emotive guitar style and poignant arrangements, and an equally captivating live show that showcased Williams’ technical, melodic style, resulting in a powerful on-stage chemistry. In addition to the compelling synergy formed by years of playing together, the two developed a method of working together on Guillen’s songs that only deepened their artistic connection, propelling them to forge a path to a new plateau in their music. KG & The Drive push ahead with a melodic, heavy, and soulful sound while maintaining the edge of the artist’s rock ‘n’ roll and blues roots. Guillen calls their genre-bending style “indie soul-rock.”]

[Katy Guillen and the Drive play live on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, 7:00 PM with Men of Men, and Women of Women opening, at Lemonade Park, a limited capacity socially distanced outdoor venue created in partnership between recordBar, Voltaire, and Moxie Catering, 1628 Wyoming (NW corner of Wyoming & 17th St.), behind Voltaire. ]

14. Fred Wickham Caravan– “Town Without Soul”
from: Town Without Soul / Black Site Records / August 27, 2020
[The first single from the Fred Wickham Caravan’s upcoming debut LP tells of a place we all know, that city where something just ain’t right Fred Wickham on vocals & guitar, Marco Pascolini on pedal steel, Bart Colliver on piano & accordion & vocals, Richard Burgess on upright bass & vocals, Fred Wickham, Jr. on mandolin, Matt Brahl on drums & percussion. Music and lyrics by Fred Wickham. Produced by Fred Wickham Caravan. Recorded at The Nutthouse Recording Studio in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Engineered by Jimmy Nutt. Mastered by Chad Meise at Massive Sound Studios in Kansas City, MO. Fred Wickham is best known for his work with Hadacol, the Kansas City based quartet that released two critically acclaimed records and gained a national reputation for ferocious live shows across the country. The Caravan, formed to support the solo album, Mariosa Delta, blends country, soul and rock & roll into a sound that can only be called pure Americana. More info at: http://www.fredwickhamband.com]

[The Fred Wickham Caravan play an outdoor Picnic Party, Tuesday, September 22, from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM in the alley way of The Ship, 1217 Union Avenue, Kansas City, Mo in the West Bottoms. Bring your own chairs or blankets and set up where you like, keeping a considerate distance from others and masked as appropriate. Please respect your neighbors, be cool to each other, and let’s all stay safe. This is a FREE SHOW – no fence, no tickets, no admission ~ we just want you to have a good time and enjoy some good music, food, and drinks. Donations are very much appreciated and will help us pay for the incredible talent playing for you. Food and drinks may be purchased directly from The Ship at our walkup service counter or by using our online ordering at http://www.theshipkc.com. We’ll bring your order out to the pickup counter when ready – keep an eye on the chalkboard for your name. Clean outdoor restrooms with hand washing provisions will be provided. Online Donations may be made at https://theshipkc.square.site%5D

15. The Jubilee Mystics – “Jesus Take The Wheel”
from: In This World / The Jubilee Mystics / April 3, 2019
[The group was formed about four years ago by Alan Murphy, who’s been nominated for the Kansas Music Hall of Fame for his work in the legendary Lawrence band Ricky Dean Sinatra. The Mystics are a folk/country/skiffle/blues orchestra based in Lawrence, Kansas. The current members are Alan Murphy, lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Doug Byers, bass, mandolin, and vocals, Matt Falkenstien, lead guitar and vocals, Sue Ashline, accordion, Cotter Mitchell, electric washboard, Barry Lee, rhythm guitar and vocals. There are two albums, “The Jubilee Mystics” and “In This World,” the current release. It was recorded at Roll Away The Stone studios in Independence and produced by Dave Storms, who also plays drums on a few tracks and adds percussion and vocals to others. Most of the songs are composed by Alan Murphy but there are a few traditional tunes and covers. Special audio guests on the latest album are Robert Frost, Dwight D. Eisenhower and The Three Stooges]

16. Bill Callahan – “Breakfast”
from: Gold Record / Drag City Records / September 4, 2020
[22nd album release from Bill Callahan or Smog. Follow up to he 2019 released Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest. Bill Callahan (born June 3, 1966) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist who has also recorded and performed under the band name Smog. Callahan began working in the lo-fi genre of underground rock, with home-made tape-albums recorded on four track tape recorders. Later he began releasing albums with the label Drag City, to which he remains signed today. Callahan started out as a highly experimental artist, using substandard instruments and recording equipment. His early songs often nearly lacked melodic structure and were clumsily played on poorly tuned guitars, resulting in the dissonant sounds on his self-released cassettes and debut album Sewn to the Sky. Much of his early output was instrumental, a stark contrast to the lyrical focus of his later work. Apparently, he used lo-fi techniques not primarily because of an aesthetic preference but because he didn’t have any other possibility to make music. Once he signed a contract with Drag City, he started to use recording studios and a greater variety of instruments for his records. From 1993 to 2000, Callahan’s recordings grew more and more “professional” sounding, with more instruments, and a higher sound quality. In this period he recorded two albums with the influential producer Jim O’Rourke and Tortoise’s John McEntire, and collaborated with Neil Hagerty. Callahan also worked closely with his then-girlfriend Cynthia Dall in his early career, and they contributed vocals to each other’s albums. After 2000’s Dongs of Sevotion, Callahan began moving back to a slightly simpler instrumentation and recording style, while retaining the more consistent songwriting style he had developed over the years. This shift is apparent in albums such as Rain on Lens, Supper, and A River Ain’t Too Much to Love. Smog’s songs are often based on simple, repetitive structures, consisting of a simple chord progression repeated for the duration of the entire song. His singing is characterized by his baritone voice. Melodically and lyrically he tends to eschew the verse-chorus approach favoured by many contemporary songwriters, preferring instead a more free-form approach relying less on melodic and lyrical repetition. Themes in Callahan’s lyrics include relationships, animals, relocation, nature, and more recently, politics. On the subject of voice in his albums, Callahan has said, “It’s usually one character per record. So, the character appears in all or most of the songs on one record and then is gone. Though it makes me feel weird to talk about. Because I don’t really think in clear terms of characters. My albums as a whole could be seen as one character with many voices.” His generally dispassionate delivery of lyrics and dark irony often obfuscate complex emotional and lyrical twists and turns. Critics have generally characterized his music as depressing and intensely introverted, with one critic describing it as “a peep-show view into an insular world of alienation.” Cat Power (Chan Marshall) recorded Callahan’s song “Bathysphere” on her 1996 album What Would the Community Think and also covered another Callahan song, “Red Apples”, on her Covers Record, released in 2000. In 2007, Callahan released Woke on a Whaleheart, his first solo album released under his own name, Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle followed in April, 2009. Both recordings were released through Drag City, worldwide. In 2009, Callahan contributed cover songs on four separate tribute albums to Judee Sill, Kath Bloom, Chris Knox, and Merge Records. In 2010, he released his first live album Rough Travel for a Rare Thing, which was recorded in 2007 at The Toff in Melbourne, Australia. Apocalypse, was released in April 2011 to favorable reviews. Critic Sasha Frere-Jones called it “my favorite of Callahan’s albums, not because it has better songs—those are scattered among at least five others — but because it does exactly what he wants it to do: it conveys an album’s coherence.” A tour film chronicling Callahan’s 2011 Apocalypse tour was released in 2012.][Bill Callahan plays the Lawrence Public Library Lawn, Friday, July 5, at 7:00 PM at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St, Lawrence, KS with special guest Heidi Lynne Gluck.]

17. Fiona Apple – “Fetch The Bolt Cutters”
from: Fetch The Bolt Cutters / Epic – Sony / April 17, 2019
[The fifth studio album by American singer-songwriter Fiona Apple. It is Apple’s first release since The Idler Wheel… in 2012. The album was recorded from 2015 to 2020, largely at Apple’s home in Venice Beach. It was produced and performed by Apple alongside Amy Aileen Wood, Sebastian Steinberg and Davíd Garza; recording consisted of long, often-improvised takes with unconventional percussive sounds. GarageBand was used for much of this recording, and Apple credited the album’s unedited vocals and long takes to her lack of expertise with the program. Rooted in experimentation, the highly percussive album resists genre categorization. While conventional instruments, such as pianos and drum sets, do appear, the album also features prominent use of non-musical found objects as percussion. Apple described the result as “percussion orchestras”. These industrial-like rhythms are contrasted against traditional melodies, and the upbeat songs often subvert traditional pop structures. The album explores freedom from oppression; Apple identified its core message as: “Fetch the fucking bolt cutters and get yourself out of the situation you’re in”. The title, a quote from TV series The Fall, reflects this idea. The album also discusses Apple’s complex relationships with other women and other personal experiences, including bullying and sexual assault. It has nevertheless been referred to as Apple’s most humorous album. Fetch the Bolt Cutters was released during the COVID-19 pandemic, and many critics found its exploration of confinement pertinent. Fiona Apple McAfee-Maggart (born September 13, 1977) is an American singer-songwriter, pianist and poet. Her accolades include one Grammy Award, and an additional seven Grammy Award nominations in various categories. The daughter of actor Brandon Maggart, Apple was born in New York City but was raised alternating between New York and her father’s home in Los Angeles. Classically trained on piano as a child, she began composing her own songs when she was eight years old. Her debut album, Tidal, containing songs written when she was 17, was released in 1996 and received a Grammy Award for Best Female Vocal Rock Performance for the single “Criminal”. She followed with When the Pawn… (1999), produced by Jon Brion, which was also critically and commercially successful and was certified platinum. For her third album, Extraordinary Machine (2005), Apple again collaborated with Brion, and began recording the album in 2002. However, Apple was reportedly unhappy with the production and opted not to release the record, leading fans to protest Epic Records, erroneously believing that the label was withholding its release. The album was eventually re-produced without Brion and released in October 2005. The album was certified gold, and nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album. In 2012, she released her fourth studio album, The Idler Wheel…, which received critical praise and was followed by a tour of the United States and was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album in 2013. Apple’s fifth studio album, Fetch the Bolt Cutters, was released in 2020 to widespread acclaim. She has sold over 10 million albums worldwide and has received numerous awards and nominations, including a Grammy Award, 2 MTV Video Music Awards and a Billboard Music Award.]

18. Sam Prekop – “Comma”
from: Comma / Thrill Jockey Records / September 11, 2020
[From his Bandcamp page: Sam Prekop’s boundless imagination is guided by his strong sense of melody. For more than 25 years, as a solo artist or as part of The Sea and Cake, Prekop creates a singular sound inventive and warm. His distinctive vocals, guitar playing and work on modular analog synthesizers are inventive, delicate, and always bear his signature sense of melody. Comma finds Sam Prekop for the first time working extensively with beat programming, focusing his enveloping synthesizer pieces around a newfound rhythmic pulse. // Prekop’s creative process is a combination of preparation and improvisation. Writing sessions for Comma began with an open-ended exploration of sounds and textures from which the first fragments of songs would reveal themselves. The introduction of drum machines and additional synthesizer units to his modular setup shifted things in surprising new directions as he worked to bend them into more traditional pop song structures. Drum tracks and emergent rhythms provided the frameworks and narrative sketches to be fleshed out with lustrous widescreen synth pads and ribboning melodies. In approaching his writing with a completely open mind and letting himself be guided by the music, Prekop maintains a delicate balance between composition and chance, control and spontaneity. Comma embraces the analogue synthesizer’s often unpredictable nature, imbuing the record with a decidedly organic feel even while working within the relative rigidity of beat architectures. // Prekop’s wide-eyed sense of discovery guides his exploration of beat-driven music, pushing him to use rhythm as a narrative tool and to embrace electronic music’s romantic and emotional qualities. “Park Line” and “Circle Line” evoke the relentless forward motion of public transit and commuter routine, one propelled by juddering machine-drums, the other illuminated in glistening neon. “Summer Places” and title track “Comma” are utterly transportive in their intoxicating tropical futurism, aqueous electronic loops cascading over melodic percussion. “September Remember” is notable precisely for its lack of drum track, opening up the field of sound and obliterating all but the faintest after-echoes of skittering percussion in its astral melancholy. “Approaching” achieves an incredible depth of sound and feeling using minimal constituent parts, interlocking synth-lines revealing surprising new sonorities with every repetition. With Comma, Prekop compiles an incredible breadth of ideas into a surprisingly coherent sound-world. // Comma is Prekop’s modern minimal pop album that taps into the experimental heritage of the synthesizer. The album places Sam Prekop’s work squarely in the tradition of electronic music pioneers like Brian Eno and Yellow Magic Orchestra who brought together the unrestrained ambition of the avant-garde with the immediacy and accessibility of pop music. ]

11:28 – Underwriting

19. The Velvet Underground – “Atlantic Release Promo”
from: Live At Max’s Kansas City / Atlantic Recording Group / 2005 Reissue (orig. 1972)
[Recorded on a tape recorder by Andy Warhol protege Briget Berlin.]

20. The Velvet Underground – “Who Loves The Sun”
from: Live At Max’s Kansas City / Atlantic Recording Group / 2005 Reissue (orig. 1972)
[Recorded on a tape recorder by Andy Warhol protege Briget Berlin. Live at Max’s Kansas City is a live album by the Velvet Underground recorded at the famous nightclub and restaurant at 213 Park Avenue South in New York City. It was originally released on May 30, 1972, by Cotillion, a subsidiary label of Atlantic Records. The Velvet Underground signed a two-album deal with Atlantic in early 1970 and released their fourth studio album, Loaded, in November 1970. By the time of its release, singer/guitarist/main songwriter Lou Reed had left. The rest of the band stayed together, with bassist Doug Yule moving to vocals and guitar and Walter Powers being drafted in to play bass. This line-up did a tour of the United States and Canada promoting Loaded. As the band still had a contract for another album, they wrote and played new songs eventually to be included on it. Atlantic had lost faith in the band’s commercial prospects and, wanting to cut their losses after the disappointing chart showings of Loaded, decided to release an archive live recording instead. The tapes that would later become Live at Max’s Kansas City were recorded on August 23, 1970, by Andy Warhol associate Brigid Polk on a portable cassette recorder. While they were recording Loaded, the Velvet Underground held a nine-week engagement (June 24 – August 28, 1970) at New York City nightclub Max’s Kansas City, playing two sets a night. Polk recorded almost everything happening around her at the time, and this happened to include her attendance of the last concert that Lou Reed played with the Velvet Underground. She recorded both the early and the late set. Later that year, Atlantic A&R employee Danny Fields heard the tapes and submitted them to his superiors, who accepted the recordings and in 1972 decided to make an album out of them. The line-up at the concerts consisted of Reed, Yule, lead guitarist Sterling Morrison and drummer Billy Yule, the younger brother of Doug Yule; regular drummer Maureen Tucker temporarily left the group several months earlier when she became pregnant with her first child, Kerry “Trucker” Tucker. Originally, Live at Max’s Kansas City was a single album distillation of both sets re-sequenced and edited by Lou Reed and Atlantic staff producer Geoff Haslam to reflect the band’s loud and quiet sides, respectively. On August 3, 2004, Warner Music re-issue label Rhino Records released a two-CD Deluxe Edition that contains both sets in their entirety in their original running order. The songs were recorded on a mono recorder using a simple ferro musicassette in a small venue, resulting in tape hiss and an audience often drowning out the quieter bits of music. Author Jim Carroll can be heard speaking on the album, ordering drinks and inquiring about drugs between songs as he was the one holding the microphone.]

Blair Schulman

11:33 – Interview with Blair Schulman

Art Writer Blair Schulman talks about Brigid Berlin aka Brigid Polk who passed away this year on July 12, 2020. She was the eldest daughter of Richard E. Berlin, chairman of the Hearst media empire for 32 years. Brigid was a prolific artist and Warhol Superstar who appeared in Chelsea Girls in 1966 and many other Warhol films. She also appeared in Serial Mom and Pecker for John Waters, and in the 1999 documentary film, Pie in the Sky: The Brigid Berlin Story. Blair Schulman is an art writer/critic, sometime curator and occasional artist. He is Senior Editor of Informality, an online arts platform in Kansas City, Missouri. His writing is found in Art in America, Cupcakes in Regalia, Huffington Post, Vice, Kansas City Star, Hyperallergic, Juxtapoz, Temporary Art Review, Whitehot, and was a longtime contributor to Review magazine. More info at: http://www.blairschulman.com

Blair Schulman, thank you for being with us one Wednesday MIdDay Medley

From wikipedia:

Brigid Emmett Berlin was born September 6, 1939, and died July 17, 2020. She was an American artist and Warhol Superstar.

Early years – Berlin was in Manhattan in New York City. She was the eldest of three daughters born to socialite parents, Muriel (Johnson) “Honey” Berlin and Richard E. Berlin. Her father was chairman of the Hearst media empire for 32 years.[3][4]

As a child, Berlin regularly mixed with celebrities and the powerful: I would pick up the phone and it would be Richard Nixon. My parents entertained Lyndon Johnson, J. Edgar Hoover, and there were lots of Hollywood people because of San Simeon – Clark Gable, Joan Crawford, Dorothy Kilgallen… I have a box of letters, written to my parents in the late 1940s and 1950s from the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.

Her socialite mother frequently worried about Brigid’s weight and constantly attempted to get her to lose it through any means, from giving her cash for every pound she lost at age 11 to having the family doctor prescribe amphetamines and dexedrine. Berlin recalled, “My mother wanted me to be a slim, respectable socialite. Instead I became an overweight troublemaker.”

She was briefly married to John Parker, a window dresser. They married in 1960 and later divorced. As Andy Warhol observed in his book Popism: “When Brigid brought her window dresser fiancé home to meet the family, her mother told the doorman to tell him to wait on a bench across the street in Central Park. Then she handed Brigid her wedding present – a hundred dollar bill – and told her to go to Bergdorf’s and buy herself some new underwear with it. Then she added, ‘Good luck with that fairy.'”

She had three siblings, all younger: sister Richie, who was, for a time, the roommate of Warhol Films’ “It Girl” and superstar Edie Sedgwick; youngest sister Christina “Chrissy” Berlin, who was instrumental in engineering the defection of Russian ballet star Mikhail Baryshnikov; and the youngest sibling, brother Richard Berlin Jr.[

Association with Andy Warhol – After years as a reluctant debutante and a failed marriage, Brigid Berlin met Andy Warhol in 1964 and quickly became a central member of his entourage. After moving to Hotel Chelsea, she took on the nickname Brigid Polk because of her habit of giving out ‘pokes’, injections of Vitamin B and amphetamines. These injections were available through ‘Doctor Feelgoods’ in NYC and perfectly legal.

Berlin appeared in several of Warhol’s films, including Chelsea Girls (1966), in which she is seen injecting herself while performing a monologue, and Ciao! Manhattan (1972), which starred Edie Sedgwick. Decades later, she appeared in minor parts in two John Waters’ films: Serial Mom (1994) and Pecker (1998). Pie in the Sky: The Brigid Berlin Story (2000) is a documentary in which she tells her life story in intimate detail and breaks her diet by consuming an entire meal of key lime pies. In its review, Variety suggests “Berlin comes across as a rather sad character despite her colorful and provocative life.”

Brigid Berlin and Andy Warhol

She was known for her obsessive taping and photographing of everyday life. Selections from these tapes were later compiled by Anthony Ingrassia to form the play Andy Warhol’s Pork. Other tapes made by her were the basis for Live at Max’s Kansas City (recorded 1970, released 1972), The Velvet Underground’s first live album.

Berlin was complicit in one of Warhol’s more infamous pranks when, in 1969, Warhol announced that all of his paintings were the work of Berlin. Brigid enthusiastically followed this line when interviewed by Time. The prank led to a drop in the value of Warhol’s work, and both parties eventually retracted their statements. The question of authorship looms large in valuing Warhol’s paintings to this day.

In 1975, Berlin began work as a permanent employee for Andy Warhol’s Interview magazine, a position that she held until well after Warhol’s death. Berlin transcribed interviews as well as knitted under the desk. Patricia Hearst (a close friend of Berlin who began work at Interview in 1988) observed “On my first day at work, I noticed two small pugs who seemed to have the run of the castle. They belonged to a woman who sat behind the front desk every day from 9:00 to 5:00, but who never seemed to answer the phone. Instead, she compulsively knitted, ate bags of candy and tended lovingly to the dogs.”

Artwork – Berlin was also a prolific artist. Therein it has been argued by some that her artwork was both influential to Andy Warhol’s and simultaneously overshadowed by Warhol’s celebrity and output. Berlin’s “Tit Prints” were artworks created using her bare breasts. Berlin would dip her breasts into multiple colored paints and then create a print by pressing them down onto canvas/paper. The Tit Prints are arguably Berlin’s most infamous work and were exhibited by Jane Stubbs at a gallery on Madison Avenue in 1996. On occasion, Berlin would publicly create Tit Prints, integrating visual art and performance art that “is totally not about nudity, this is about, you know, art.” She performed this act live at the Gramercy International Art Fair. After experiencing the performance, filmmaker John Waters later said “I think that she’s the most unselfconscious nude person…[She has] great confidence for a fat girl.”

Berlin also compiled and maintained scrapbooks that she referred to as “trip books.”[15] Volumes of these scrapbooks collecting cartoons and sketches of male genitalia were known as “The Cock Book” and included the genitalia of artists such as Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, and Warhol. Three volumes of “The Cock Book” sold for $175,000 at auction to artist Richard Prince.

Both Berlin and Warhol used the medium of Polaroid photography obsessively, and are said to have been very competitive in the Polaroid film department, whether over the best equipment or the best film. In 1969–1970 German art dealer Heiner Friedrich did a small showing of Berlin’s work called Polaroids and Tapes and created a catalogue for the work of the same name. The experimental nature of Berlin’s double-exposed Polaroids transcend the static, emotionless “icon” Polaroids of Warhol’s, clearly showing the power of her personal vision and photographic style. Common subject matter of Berlin’s Polaroids are self-portraits, Warhol Superstars, other artists and celebrities, and Off-Broadway one-woman shows. A one-woman show of her Polaroid self-portraits titled “It’s All About Me” showed in 2015 at the Invisible-Exports Gallery in New York City. The New York Times review stated “Ms. Berlin’s prints seem less of a lark and more like a strident, celebratory statement by an artist who was never shy about exposing…well, anything.”

Berlin’s digital archives were published in 2015 as Brigid Berlin Polaroids with a foreword by John Waters. In the Wall Street Journal review it was noted that Berlin was the first person Andy Warhol allowed to photograph his body after the 1968 assassination attempt.

Brigid Berlin Filmography

Chelsea Girls (1966)
Tub Girls (1967)
Bike Boy (1967)
The Nude Restaurant (1967)
Imitation of Christ (1967)
Four Stars**** (1967) aka 24 Hour Movie
Lonesome Cowboys (1967) (originally Berlin was to play a leader of a rival gang)
The Loves of Ondine (1967)
Women in Revolt (1971)
Ciao! Manhattan (1972)
Phoney (1973)
Fight (1975)
Andy Warhol’s Bad (1977)
The Critical Years (1987)
Serial Mom (1994)
Pecker (1998)
Pie in the Sky: The Brigid Berlin Story (1999)
Danny Williams and the Dream Factory (documentary, 2007)

Brigid Berlin aka Brigid Polk who passed away this year on July 12, 2020. She was the eldest daughter of Richard E. Berlin, chairman of the Hearst media empire for 32 years. Brigid was a prolific artist and Warhol Superstar who appeared in Chelsea Girls in 1966 and many other Warhol films. She also appeared in Serial Mom and Pecker for John Waters, and in the 1999 documentary film, Pie in the Sky: The Brigid Berlin Story.

Blair Schulman, thank you for being with us one Wednesday MIdDay Medley

Blair Schulman is an art writer/critic, sometime curator and occasional artist. He is Senior Editor of Informality, an online arts platform in Kansas City, Missouri. His writing is found in Art in America, Cupcakes in Regalia, Huffington Post, Vice, Kansas City Star, Hyperallergic, Juxtapoz, Temporary Art Review, Whitehot, and was a longtime contributor to Review magazine. More info at: http://www.blairschulman.com

11:48

21. Nico – “Chelsea Girls”
from: Chelsea Girl / Verve / October 1967
[Chelsea Girl is the debut solo album and second studio album by Nico. It was released in October 1967 by Verve Records and was recorded following Nico’s collaboration with the Velvet Underground on their 1967 debut. It was produced by Tom Wilson, who added string and flute arrangements against the wishes of Nico. The title is a reference to Andy Warhol’s 1966 film Chelsea Girls, in which Nico starred. Much of the album features instrumental work and songwriting credits from Velvet Underground members Lou Reed, Sterling Morrison, and John Cale. The song “I’ll Keep It with Mine” was written by Bob Dylan, while three songs are by Jackson Browne, who contributes guitar. After collaborating as a singer with the Velvet Underground on their debut The Velvet Underground & Nico (recorded during 1966, released in March 1967), Warhol superstar Nico toured with the band in Andy Warhol’s Exploding Plastic Inevitable (EPI) multimedia roadshow. Before the EPI came to an end in 1967, Nico took up residence in a New York City coffeehouse as a solo folk chanteuse; accompanied in turn by guitarists, such as Tim Hardin, Jackson Browne, and also her Velvet Underground bandmates Lou Reed, Sterling Morrison and John Cale. Christa Päffgen was born October 16, 1938 and died July 18, 1988, known by her stage name Nico, was a German singer, songwriter, musician, model, and actress. She had roles in several films, including Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita (1960) and Andy Warhol’s Chelsea Girls (1966). At the insistence of Warhol, she sang on three songs of the Velvet Underground’s debut album The Velvet Underground & Nico (1967). At the same time, she started a solo career and released Chelsea Girl. Nico’s friend Jim Morrison suggested that she start writing her own material. She then composed songs on a harmonium, not traditionally a rock instrument; John Cale became her musical arranger and produced The Marble Index, Desertshore, The End… and other subsequent albums. In the 1980s, she toured extensively in Europe, United States, Australia and Japan. After a concert in Berlin in June 1988, she went on holiday in Ibiza to rest and died as the result of a cycling accident.]

22. Leland Palmer – “After You’ve Gone”
from: Orig. Motion Picture Soundtrack All That Jazz / Casablanca / Dec. 20, 1979
[Leland Palmer (born June 16, 1945 in Port Washington, New York) is an American actress, dancer, and singer who has appeared on stage, in motion pictures, and on television. She appeared on Broadway in Bajour (1964), A Joyful Noise (1966) Hello, Dolly! (1967 replacement Minnie Fay), Applause (1970 replacement), and Pippin (1972). Palmer received two Tony Award nominations: in 1967 for featured actress in a musical (Miss Jimmie in A Joyful Noise), and in 1973 for actress in a musical (Fastrada in Pippin). Palmer appeared as Viola in the rock musical Your Own Thing during a highly regarded run at the Huntington Hartford Theater in Los Angeles in August 1968, in the role that she originated in the original Off-Broadway production in 1968. She appeared in Dames at Sea which opened in September 1970 at the theater at Plaza 9 in New York City. She played the role of Ruby, with The New York Times reviewer writing: “Ruby… is played like a virtuous, squeaking mouse by a girl named Leland Palmer, who is delicious in a mildly frightening way.” She appeared in the musical Double Feature at the Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, Connecticut, which opened in November 1979. The show had music by Jeff Moss and was directed by Mike Nichols. Her U.S. television appearances include guest roles on Love, American Style; Laverne & Shirley; and Rhoda. She was also a regular on Dinah Shore’s summer variety television show, Dinah and Her New Best Friends in 1976. She played Aŕlene in the 1976 NBC television movie James Dean. Palmer is known for Bob Fosse’s All That Jazz (1979), in which she played Audrey Paris, a character believed to be modeled on Fosse’s wife, Gwen Verdon. Palmer is known now as Linda Posner. She was born Linda Palmer, and discovered many years later that the family name was really “Posner.” Although she no longer performs, she works with theaters in California. She taught acting classes at Mendocino Community College and was the Artistic Director, Director, Teacher, and Consultant for the Willits Community Theater (Willits, California). Pearl Marill, Posner’s daughter who heads a dance company, presented a one-time event “My Mother on Broadway” in October 2014 in San Francisco. She served as choreographer of the 42nd Street Moon, San Francisco production of Irma La Douce in 2008. The 1990-1991 U.S. television series Twin Peaks and its 2017 continuation featured a fictional, male character named Leland Palmer who was played by Ray Wise.

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

Next week on Wednesday, Sept. 23, we play more New & MidCoastal Releases. Plus Krystle Warren calls in from the south of France to talk about the new 4 song EP she just released from The Crew containing unique versions of classic songs with the hope of encouraging the rallying cries of The Moment: the movement of the people. We will also talk with Kansas City jazz musician and band leader Eddie Moore about his band We The People‘s new album, Misunderstood.

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

The Freedom Affair album cover is a photograph of civil rights protesters in Kansas City, MO (April 9th, 1968) provided courtesy of LaBudde Special Collections, UMKC University Libraries.

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Black Lives Matter

Show #855

WMM Playlist from April 22, 2020

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

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

New & MidCoastal Releases + R.I.Peter
+ Matt Kesler of The Pedaljets +
Lava Dreams aka Julia Hamilton

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

2. The Freedom Affair – “Imagine”
from: “Imagine” – Single / Sunflower Soul Records / March 20, 2020
[Music & Lyrics by John Lennon. The Freedom Affair is a project of Chris Hazelton of Sunflower Soul Records and Chris Hazelton’s Boogaloo 7. The Freedom Affair is: Misha Roberts on vocals, Seyko Groves on vocals, Paula Saunders on vocals, Cole Bales on guitar, Branden Moser on guitar, Chris Hazelton on bass, Dave Brick on drums, Pete Carroll on trumpet, and Brett Jackson on saxophone. Additional musicians include: Matt Bennett on violin, and Alyssa Bell in viola. Arranged, Produced, Recorded, & Mixed by Chris Hazelton. Mastered by Adam Boose at Cauliflower Audio. The Freedom Affair and their track “Rise Up” were selected to be part of Colemine Records 3xLP box set, “Soul Slabs Vol. 2” a Record Store Day Exclusive, released April 13, 2019. Colemine Records writes: “The Freedom Affair is a freight train of Kansas City soul! Dirty, funky drums, gritty horns, and the combined vocals of Misha Roberts, Seyko Groves, and Paula Saunders to put this band over the top. Politically charged soul music for the dancefloor!”]

3.Mavis Staples – “All In It Together”
from: All In It Together / Anti / April 2, 2019
[New single written by Mavis Staples and Jeff Tweedy. Produced by Jeff Tweedy. Mixed by Tom Schick. All proceeds from the song will be donated to My Block, My Hood, My City – a Chicago organization ensuring seniors have access to the essentials needed to fight COVID-19. More info here: http://www.formyblock.org. Mavis Staples on vocals; Jeff Tweedy on guitar, bass & vocals; Stephen Hodges on drums; Scott Ligon on piano; Glenn Kotche on percussion; Donny Gerrard on backing vocals; Vicki Randle on backing vocals; Kelly Hogan on backing vocals; and Akenya Seymour on backing vocals. Last year on May 10, 2019, Mavis Staples released “We Get By” her 14th studio solo album. Mavis Staples is an iconic rhythm & blues and gospel singer, actress and civil rights activist, born in Chicago, Illinois on July 10, 1939. The album’s cover features the photograph “Outside Looking In” by Gordon Parks from his 1956 photo essay The Restraints: Open and Hidden. The album was produced and written by Ben Harper. Staples & Harper had previously collaborated on “Love and Trust”, a song from Staples’ 2016 album, Livin’ on a High Note. In a statement, Staples said, “These songs are delivering such a strong message. We truly need to make a change if we want this world to be better.” Mavis Staples has recorded and performed with her family’s band The Staple Singers. She began her career with her family group in 1950. Initially singing locally at churches, appearing on a weekly radio show, the Staples scored a hit in 1956 with “Uncloudy Day” for the Vee-Jay label. When Mavis graduated from what is now Paul Robeson High School in 1957, The Staple Singers took their music on the road. Led by family patriarch Roebuck “Pops” Staples on guitar and including the voices of Mavis and her siblings Cleotha, Yvonne, and Purvis, the Staples were called “God’s Greatest Hitmakers.” With Mavis’ voice and Pops’ songs, singing, and guitar playing, the Staples evolved from enormously popular gospel singers (with recordings on United and Riverside as well as Vee-Jay) to become the most spectacular and influential spirituality-based group in America. By the mid-1960s The Staple Singers, inspired by Pops’ close friendship with Martin Luther King, Jr., became the spiritual and musical voices of the civil rights movement. They covered contemporary pop hits with positive messages, including Bob Dylan’s “A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall” and a version of Stephen Stills’ “For What It’s Worth.” Staples was briefly married to Spencer Leak in 1964; they divorced when Staples would not end her music career to stay home. She has no children. In the 2015 documentary Mavis! she reveals that Bob Dylan once proposed to her, and she turned him down.]

4. David Bowie – “Sunday”
from: Heathen / ISO – Columbia Records / June 11, 2002
[Heathen is the 22nd studio album by David Bowie. It was considered a comeback for him in the US market by becoming his highest charting album (number 14) since Tonight (1984). It also earned strong reviews. The BBC said the album’s title track “shows that Bowie could still pen disarmingly direct, affecting pop of a very individual inclination 30-plus years after he started”. World-wide, it sold one million copies and experienced a four-month run on the UK charts. Although its production had started before the September 11 attacks in 2001, the album was finished after that date, which resulted in the influencing of its concept. He supported the album on the Heathen Tour throughout 2002. Heathen marked the return of record producer Tony Visconti, who co-produced (with David Bowie himself) several of Bowie’s classic albums. The last album Visconti had co-produced was Scary Monsters in 1980. This was Bowie’s first album in over a decade to not include guitarist Reeves Gabrels, who debuted with the singer on Tin Machine (1989). Originally, Bowie had recorded the album Toy for release in 2001. This album was meant to feature some new songs and remakes of some of his lesser-known songs from the 1960s. Although Toy remains officially unreleased, re-recordings of the tracks “Afraid” and “Slip Away” (then titled “Uncle Floyd”), appear on Heathen. Some other re-recordings of songs from the Toy sessions were included as B-sides to the singles from Heathen. The album was recorded at the mountain-top Allaire Studios in Shokan. Early recording sessions for Heathen were by Bowie on guitars and keyboards, Visconti on bass, and Matt Chamberlain on drums. The trio recorded about forty songs, ranging from brief sketches to nearly-complete compositions. Additional recording sessions took place at several studios, and featured performances from newcomers and previous Bowie collaborators. Bowie regulars Carlos Alomar (guitar) and Sterling Campbell (drums) returned, as did The Who guitarist Pete Townshend, who played the solo on “Slow Burn” and had earlier played guitar on “Because You’re Young” from Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps). Newcomers included Foo Fighters frontman and former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl, Dream Theater keyboardist Jordan Rudess, pianist Kristeen Young, and prolific bassist Tony Levin of King Crimson. The song “I Took a Trip on a Gemini Spaceship” contains the lowest note Bowie has ever sung on an album (G1). Although many of its songs were written for Toy, and some are cover versions, biographers and critics of the time claimed that Heathen deals with Bowie’s impressions of the September 11 attacks. The lyrics of songs such as “Slow Burn”, “Afraid”, “A Better Future” and “Heathen (The Rays)” focus on the degradation of mankind and the world in general, recalling his earlier album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars and the song “Five Years”. Bowie denied that any of the album’s songs were written after September 2001, though he admitted that the songs deal with the general feeling of anxiety that he’d had in America for a number of years, adding “it’s not unlikely that you’re going to have a sense of angst in anything that’s recorded in New York or by New Yorkers.” He also said in a 2003 interview: “It was written as a deeply questioning album. Of course, it had one foot astride that awful event in September. So that was quite a traumatic album to finish. This one hints at that, but it’s not really trying to resolve any trauma. [September 11] did affect me and my family very much. We live down here.” The album contains cover versions of three songs: “Cactus” by Pixies, which features Bowie on all instruments except for bass and is his only recorded drum performance, “I’ve Been Waiting for You” by Neil Young (which had also been recorded by Pixies as a B-side for 1990’s “Velouria” single), and “I Took a Trip on a Gemini Spaceship” by Norman Odam, aka the Legendary Stardust Cowboy, from whom Bowie lifted part of his “Ziggy Stardust” moniker in 1972. The latter two songs were taken from a list of songs that Bowie compiled in the 1970s for his never-recorded Pin Ups 2 album. Bowie, who was 55 at the time of the record’s release, said, “I’m pretty much a realist. There’s a certain age you get to when you’re not really going to be shown [on TV] anymore. The young have to kill the old. … That’s how life works. … It’s how culture works.” For this reason there were no music videos released for any of the songs from this album. The song “Sunday” was played live at the Heathen Tour and A Reality Tour concerts. A live version recorded at The Point, Dublin in November 2003 was included on the A Reality Tour DVD. A Moby remix is available on the bonus disc of the 2-CD version of Heathen, and a Tony Visconti remix was released on the European version of the single “Everyone Says ‘Hi'” and the single “I’ve Been Waiting for You”.]

5. The MGDs – “Time For Love [feat. Danielle Nicole]”
from: Midtown / The MGDs / March 26, 2020
[Midtown is the MGDs fourth full length release following, Somos Como Somos, from November 4, 2017. The band includes: Matt Davis on drums, percussion & vocals; Greg Bush on bass; Damon Parker on keyboards & vocals; Scott “Snoof” Middleton on guitar; Rudy Vasquez on saxophones; and Eric Martens on trumpet. This Kansas City based 6-piece band that mixes piano and brass with a dynamic rhythm section that adds a unique flavor to the iconic Kansas City music culture, blending of funk and blues with soulful stylings. In what started as a 3-piece between longtime friends Matt, Greg and Damon in 2008, the MGDs have evolved into a potent powerhouse, high-energy ensemble with regular monthly appearances at the Phoenix, and appearances at the Sunset Music Fest, the City Market Crawfish Fest, the 6th annual Phoenix Fest, Crossroads Music Fest, Middle of The Map Fest, Boulevardia, The Plaza Art Fair, Kauffman Stadium before two Kansas City Royals games. In 2016 the band released, “Wake Up” their 2nd full length studio album.]

6. Jenny Lewis – “Wasted Youth”
from: On The Line / Warner Records / March 22, 2019
[On the Line is the fourth studio album by Jenny Lewis. Recorded at Capitol Records’ Studio B, the album has contributions from Beck, Ringo Starr, Ryan Adams, Don Was, Benmont Tench, Jason Falkner, and Jim Keltner. A month prior to the album’s release, Ryan Adams, who helped produce the record, was accused by several women of sexual misconduct. After the album was released, Lewis told Pitchfork: “The allegations are so serious and shocking and really fucked up, and I was so sad on so many levels when I heard, I hate that he’s on this album, but you can’t rewrite how things went. We started the record together two years ago, and he worked on it — we were in the studio for five days. Then he pretty much bounced, and I had to finish the album by myself. Jennifer Diane Lewis was born January 8, 1976, in Las Vega. She was the lead singer and rhythm guitarist for the indie rock band Rilo Kiley. Lewis gained prominence in the 1980s as a child actress, appearing in the films Troop Beverly Hills (1989) and The Wizard (1989) and the television series Brooklyn Bridge (1991–93). In the mid-1990s, Lewis semi-retired from acting to focus on her musical career, and formed Rilo Kiley in 1998 with fellow former child actor Blake Sennett. Rilo Kiley released four albums before they disbanded in 2014.Lewis has released four solo albums: Rabbit Fur Coat (2006), Acid Tongue (2008), The Voyager (2014) and On the Line (2019). In addition to Rilo Kiley and her solo career, Lewis has been a member of the Postal Service, Jenny & Johnny and Nice As Fuck.]

10:29 – Underwriting

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

R.I.Peter aka Peter Beatty on the April 22, 2020 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM

10:35 – Interview with Peter Beatty

R.I.Peter joins us (on the phone) to share music and information about his new cassette-single release, “Cruis’n” and “Rising Sun” from Manor Records. R.I.Peter is the new musical project from Peter Beatty who also plays lead guitar and sings in the band Momma’s Boy. Members of Momma’s Boy have been playing together since the band Rev Gusto with Quinn Hernandez and Jerry & Sam Frederick formed when they were in high school at Saint James Academy. Peter studied at University of Kansas.

Peter Beatty, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Peter Beatty released “Cruis’n” / “Rising Sun” – as a Cassingle Release – Streaming Live Concert, April 10, at 7:00 PM on Manor Records Social Media Platforms on Facebook, Instagram.

“Rising Sun” written by Peter Beatty

in the morning
the fun is gone
there’s nothing for me now
but the rising sun

9 in the morning
my joe is warm
there’s nothing to do now
but weather the storm

and I’ll do it tomorrow, how about you?
as if we have anything to lose
everything will still be here when we’re done
till we meet again, rising sun.

the room is still spinning
I’m feeling like I’ve died
but there’s no need to worry
with you by my side

We meet again, my only friend
we know this story from beginning to end
so stop the nonsense and quit playing pretend

dancing shadows fill the room
and ill sing that familiar tune
we all know that we’re going to soon
but it the end I know love will bloom

and I’ll do it tomorrow, how about you?
as if we have anything to lose
everything will still be here when we’re done
till we meet again, rising sun.

Peter Beatty

The new singles follow R.I.Peter’s self titled 5-song EP debut, that was released July 5, 2019. On last year’s EP Jerad Bajkowski helped with the songwriting and production.

R.I.Peter is also part of a new compilation benefit release from Manor Records. On April 13th, 2020 Manor Records released, “Keep the Change :: A Fundraiser for KC Service Industry” a compilation of Kansas City’s finest local musicians performaning of some of their favorite cover songs, with all proceeds going to the staff of local business that have hosted our events. (Fox & Pearl, Stray Cat Film Center, Blip Roasters, Voltaire, & The Mockingbird Lounge). The compilation includes: Pale Tongue, Chloe Jacobson, R.I.Peter, The Wild Type, True Lions, Momma’s Boy, Dylan Pyles, Blanky, Daniel Gum, Khrystal., Jairy, Feeble Hiss, & Vague Days. More info at: http://www.manorrecords.com

R.I.Peter performs “Swim and Sleep (Like a Shark)” (An Unknown Mortal Orchestra cover)

Cruis’n written by Peter Beatty

Ridin’ down the avenue
start to think about something new
have a heart to heart, me and you
figure out if our love is true

is he the one you want
is she the one you want
are they the one you want
am I the one you want

cruis’n down the boulevard
babe I know that your life’s been hard
I think its time that I pull your card
and figure out who you really are

is he the one you want
is she the one you want
are they the one you want
am I the one you want

Peter Beatty, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

The Cruis’n / Rising Sun – Cassingle were released through Manor Records on April 10, 2020 http://www.ripeter.bandcamp.com

10:48

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

9. Chloe Jacobson – “Secret Heart” (a Ron Sexsmith cover)
from: Keep the Change – A Fundraiser for KC Service Industry / Manor Records / April 10, 2020
[“Keep the Change – A Fundraiser for KC Service Industry” a compilation of Kansas City’s finest local musicians performaning of some of their favorite cover songs, with all proceeds going to the staff of local business that have hosted our events. (Fox & Pearl, Stray Cat Film Center, Blip Roasters, Voltaire, & The Mockingbird Lounge). The compilation includes: Pale Tongue, Chloe Jacobson, R.I.Peter, The Wild Type, True Lions, Momma’s Boy, Dylan Pyles, Blanky, Daniel Gum, Khrystal., Jairy, Feeble Hiss, & Vague Days. All rights to songs go to original artists. all funds received go to donation to local kc service staffs mentioned. More info at: http://www.manorrecords.com ]

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

[Nicole Springer presents a “Come Clean” Music Video Virtual Release Party! Hosted by Nicole Springer and Outskrts, Thursday, April 23 at 7 PM on Nicole Springers and Outskrts Facebook pages.]

[Nicole Springer joins us LIVE on next week WMM on April 29]

11:00 – Station ID

11. Pedaljets – “Disassociation Blues”
from: Twist The Lens / Electric Moth Records / February 14, 2020
[Twist The Lens was recorded in three main sessions, produced by the Pedaljets alongside their former lead guitarist Paul Malinowski (Shiner, Season To Risk). Though the Pedaljets core trio of Allmayer, bassist Matt Kesler, and drummer Rob Morrow has remained a constant throughout their tenure as a band, they’ve worked with multiple lead guitarists throughout the years, with Twist The Lens being the first record to showcase their newest addition, Cody Wyoming. Bringing in Wyoming, and working alongside Malinowski, allowed the new songs to benefit from a fresh and outside perspective, while still keeping the album within the Pedaljets family. It also lent itself to a more utilitarian process where, as Allmayer describes, “We would constantly listen back and ask ourselves, ‘Are you hearing something this song needs?’ We were really focused on pushing ourselves to make the best music we can and being extra critical.” To round out the team, the band brought in veteran producer John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr., Kurt Vile) to mix the record and reunited with Archer Prewitt (The Sea and Cake) whose artwork has adorned the last three Pedaljets album covers.]

Matt kesler of The Pedaljets, The Doo Dads, The Midtown Quartet, and SHE SAID, on the April 22, 2020 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM

11:04 – Interview with Matt Kesler

Matt Kesler plays bass and sings with the band Pedaljets who earlier this year released “Twist The Lens,” on Electric Moth Records. Formed in 1984, Pedaljets made a name for themselves playing alongside Hüsker Dü, The Replacements and Flaming Lips. In 1989 the band broke up just after the release of their second album, “The Pedaljets.” However, 20 years later, the band came back together in 2008, to give that album a proper, remastered release. Working with producer Paul Malinowski playing lead guitar, the band’s reunion led to “What’s In Between” in 2013, their first album of new material in 23 years. Now, six years later, “Twist The Lens” their fourth full-length, is the first to feature new guitarist Cody Wyoming (of The Philistines), while previous guitarist Paul Malinowski served as producer. Matt Kesler was also the proprietor of Midwestern Musical Company a music store that sold musical equipment, amps, instruments and served as a venue for years of live performances and Midwest Music Foundation Benefit shows. Matt Kesler was the original bass player for The Wilders and he also plays with the bands, SHE SAID, The Doo Dads and Midtown Quartet.

Matt Kesler Thanks for being with on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Because The Pedaljets broke up for 20 years, all of the members started their own families and other bands. Coming back together as a band, after all of those years, all of you were in different places and touring and live performances now were navigated in new ways. The Pedaljets were originally going to be on tour right now, coming back to Kansas City to play Record Store day at Mills Record Company. All of that has been postponed.

The Pedaljets, played an Album Release Party, Saturday, February 15, at 8:00 PM at miniBar, 3810 Broadway Rd, KCMO with Dan Jones and The Squids.

Pedaljets

Pedaljets are: Mike Allmayer, Matt Kesler, Rob Morrow, & Cody Wyoming

Studio legend John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr, Kurt Vile) mixed the new album, and Archer Prewitt (The Sea And Cake and The Cocktails) provided the artwork.

Formed in 1984, The Pedaljets made their name playing alongside Hüsker Dü, The Replacements and Flaming Lips. In 1989 the band broke up just after the release of their second album, “The Pedaljets.” 20 years later, the band came back together in 2008, to give that album a proper, remastered release. Working with producer Paul Malinowski playing lead guitar, the band’s reunion led to “What’s In Between” in 2013, the band’s first album of new material in 23 years. Now six years later, “Twist The Lens” their fourth full-length, is the first to feature new guitarist Cody Wyoming (The Philistines), while previous guitarist Paul Malinowski served as producer.

Matt Kesler

Matt Kesler was also the original bass player for The Wilders

Matt also plays with the bands:

Doo Dads
Doo-Dad Mike: Guitar and Vocals
Doo-Dad Joe: Drums and Vocals
Doo-Dad Matt Kesler: Bass Guitar and Vocals
Doo-Dad Ken: Keyboard and Vocals

The Doo-Dads, are a kid-cool rock ‘n’ roll band, was founded in 2002 by four friends and dads, all veterans of the Kansas City music scene. The band puts on a high-energy show that has every hallmark of a real rock concert – fun, excitement and . . . BUBBLES!

Midtown Quartet
Dwayne Mitchell on guitars
Dan Christensen on drums
Carl J Bender on sax
Matt Kesler on bass

Midtown Quartet played at Mstt’s wedding before he was a member of the band

SHE SAID
Jennie Ferguson – Vocals & Guitar
Scott Mize – Guitar
Doug Hitchcock – Drums
Matt Kesler – Bass & Vocals

11:13

12. SHE SAID – “These Are The Days”
from: “These Are The Days” – Single / SHE SAID / unreleased demo
[KC based, 4-piece, SHE SAID, is Jennie Ferguson on vocals & guitar, Scott Mize on guitar, Doug Hitchcock on drums, and Matt Kesler on bass & vocals. SHE SAID played live on the Juoy 12, 2017 edition or WMM. Matt Kesler and Scott Mize used to be in a band called Sylvan Grove. Jennie Ferguson and Scott Mize used to play in a band called Shotgun Solution. This was after the time of Jennie’s all-girl psych/pop band PMS. Doug Hitchcock has played with Matt Kesler in the Midtown Jazz Quartet. Doug has played with Freedie Johnston, and the band Near Death Experience. Matt Kesler also plays in The Pedajets and The Doo Dads.]

11:17 – More Interview with Matt Kesler

We are talking with Matt Kesler plays bass and sings with the bands SHE SAID, and the Pedaljets who earlier this year released “Twist The Lens,” on Electric Moth Records. Matt Kesler was also the proprietor of Midwestern Musical Company a music store that sold musical equipment, amps, instruments and served as a venue for years of live performances and Midwest Music Foundation Benefit shows. Matt Kesler was the original bass player for The Wilders and he also plays with the bands, Doo Dads and Midtown Quartet.

Mat Kesler, Thank you for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Once hailed as “Kansas City’s answer to The Replacements,” the Pedaljets formed in the mid-80s and immediately began touring the United States nonstop, gaining critical acclaim and support slots with some of the decade’s biggest acts, but never becoming a household name on their own.

After releasing two LPs, 1988’s “Today Today” and 1989’s “Pedaljets,” the band split up.

After laying low for a few years, Allmayer and Morrow formed the band Grither and signed with MCA before Morrow decided to go back to school and relocate to Scotland.

Kesler owned and operated the KC vintage music shop Midwestern Musical Company, selling gear to artists including St. Vincent, The Arcade Fire, Jason Isbell and more.

The Pedaljets couldn’t stay apart forever though, and returned in 2008 with a re-recorded version of their self-titled album and a rekindled hunger to perform.

20 years later, the band came back together in 2008, to give that album a proper, remastered release. Working with producer Paul Malinowski playing lead guitar, the reunion led to “What’s In Between” in 2013, the band’s first new material in 23 years.

6 years later, “Twist The Lens” their 4th full-length, is the first to feature new guitarist Cody Wyoming while previous guitarist Paul Malinowski served as producer.

More info at: http://www.thepedaljets.com

Matt Kesler, thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

The Pedaljets released their new album, “Twist The Lens,” Feb. 14, on Electric Moth Records. More info at: http://www.thepedaljets.com

11:25

12. Pedaljets – “Today Today”
from: Today Today / Newly remastered / Original: Twilight Records / 1988
[Newly remastered from the debut album from The Pedaljets, with Mike Allmayer on vocals & guitar, Matt Kesler on bass & vocals, Rob Morrow on drums & vocals, and John Harper on guitar. Produced by J.J. Johnson, and The Pedaljets at Holly Hill Recorders. Artwork by Richard Hoefle, photography by Mike Soden. Manufactured and marketed by Fundamental Music.]

11:29 – Underwriting

14. Lava Dreams – “Good Energy”
from: “Good Energy” – Single / Lava Dreams / April 22, 2020
[From the upcoming release Good Energy + Focus to be released soon. Written by Lava Dreams and produced by Duncan Burnett. Solo artist Lava Dreams aka Julia Hamilton writes songs influenced by pop, soul, RnB, jazz, trap, house, funk, reggae, rock, and world music. Hailing from Kansas City, MO, her guitar-based music is both dreamy & electric. Lava Dreams began writing lyrics and melodies as a young child. Growing up, she learned to play her first guitar chords from her father – who played around the house and in local bars. After playing guitar and singing in several Kansas City bands as a teenager, she set out to become a solo artist in 2018. Julia Hamilton is also a film maker who received her Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Film from Avila Unversity. You can listen to Lava Dreams on Spotify, iTunes, Tidal, Deezer, Google Play, YouTube Music, SoundCloud, Bandcamp, or at LavaDreamsMusic.com ]

Lava Dreams aka Julia Hamilton on the April 22, 2020 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM

11:36 – Interview with Julia Hamilton aka Lava Dreams

Solo artist Lava Dreams is the electronic music project of Julia Hamilton who writes songs influenced by pop, soul, RnB, jazz, trap, house, funk, reggae, rock, and world music. Hailing from Kansas City, MO, her guitar-based music is both dreamy & electric. Lava Dreams began writing lyrics and melodies as a young child. Growing up, she learned to play her first guitar chords from her father – who played around the house and in local bars. After playing guitar and singing in several Kansas City bands as a teenager, she set out to become a solo artist in 2018. Julia Hamilton is also a film maker who received her Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Film from Avila University. Lava Dreams releases her new single “Good Energy” produced by Duncan Burnett TODAY, April 22, 2020 on Spotify, iTunes, Tidal, Deezer, Google Play, YouTube Music, SoundCloud, Bandcamp, or at LavaDreamsMusic.com

Julia Hamilton thanks for being with us on WMM.

Hailing from Kansas City, MO, her guitar-based music is both dreamy & electric. Lava Dreams began writing lyrics and melodies as a young child.

Growing up, she learned to play her first guitar chords from her father – who played around the house and in local bars.

After playing guitar and singing in several Kansas City bands as a teenager, she set out to become a solo artist in 2018.

Lava Dreams will be releasing the EP “Good Energy + Focus” sometime in May or June. The new EP was produced by Duncan Burnett.

Lava Dreams met Duncan Burnett after a show in Lawrence, Kansas when she shared the stage with Khrystal. Duncan was playing drums for Khrystal. and he approached Julia and asked if they wanted to collaborate.

Lava Dreams writes songs influenced by pop, soul, RnB, jazz, trap, house, funk, reggae, rock, and world music.

Last year in 2019 Lava Dreams released the 12 song full length album, Meditation.

Prior to “Meditation” Lava Dreams released the song, “Sweet Sweet.”

Julia Hamilton is also a filmmaker who received her Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Film from Avila University.

Lava Dreams Influences are: Sade, Billie Holiday, Solange, Frank Ocean, Daniel Ceasar, The Internet, Washed Out, The Cranberries, Tame Impala, Heart, Prince, Steve Lacy, Janelle Monae, Tracy Chapman, Fleetwood Mac, Mereba, and Nao.

Lava Dreams conveys optimism and vulnerability with lyrics that drive home personal truths. Lava’s second album will be released Summer 2020.

Julia Hamilton, thanks for being with us on WMM.

Lava Dreams aka Julia Hamilton

Lava Dreams release the new single Good Energy produced by Duncan Burnett TODAY, April 22, 2020 on Spotify, iTunes, Tidal, Deezer, Google Play, YouTube Music, SoundCloud, Bandcamp, or at LavaDreamsMusic.com

11:48

15. Lava Dreams – “The Heat”
from: The Heat / Lava Dreams / April 11, 2020
[From the upcoming release Good Energy + Focus to be released soon. Written by Lava Dreams and produced by Duncan Burnett. Solo artist Lava Dreams aka Julia Hamilton writes songs influenced by pop, soul, RnB, jazz, trap, house, funk, reggae, rock, and world music. Hailing from Kansas City, MO, her guitar-based music is both dreamy & electric. Lava Dreams began writing lyrics and melodies as a young child. Growing up, she learned to play her first guitar chords from her father – who played around the house and in local bars. After playing guitar and singing in several Kansas City bands as a teenager, she set out to become a solo artist in 2018. Julia Hamilton is also a film maker who received her Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Film from Avila Unversity. You can listen to Lava Dreams on Spotify, iTunes, Tidal, Deezer, Google Play, YouTube Music, SoundCloud, Bandcamp, or at LavaDreamsMusic.com]

16. John Lennon – “Nobody Told Me”
from: Milk and Honey / Polydor-Geffen / January 27, 1984
[“Nobody Told Me” was a song that John Lennon had intended for Ringo Starr’s 1981 album “Stop and Smell the Roses.” It was released as a single and became a worldwide Top 10 hit. Other singles from Milk and Honey were “I’m Stepping Out” and “Borrowed Time”. The songs “Let Me Count the Ways” and “Grow Old with Me” were written by Lennon and Ono to each other using inspiration from poems by Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Robert Browning. They are presented in their demo form. Milk and Honey is the sixth and final album by John Lennon and Yoko Ono, released in 1984. Following the compilation The John Lennon Collection, it is Lennon’s eighth and final studio album, and the first posthumous release of new Lennon music, having been recorded in the last months of his life during and following the sessions for his 1980 album Double Fantasy. It was assembled by Yoko Ono in association with the Geffen label. Milk and Honey was the duo’s projected follow-up to Double Fantasy, though Lennon’s death caused a temporary shelving of the project. It took Ono three years to be able to resume work to complete it. Ono’s material largely comprises new recordings, which she undertook during the album’s preparation in 1983, which give her songs a more commercial and contemporary edge. Conversely, Lennon’s material, being rough takes and rehearsal recordings, has a more casual feeling. The album title came from Ono, who explained that it referred to their journey to the US, “the land of milk and honey”. “But also, in the Scripture, the land of milk and honey is where you go after you die, as a promised land”, Ono went on to say. “So it’s very strange that I thought of that title. Almost scary – like someone up there told me to call the next album Milk and Honey.” The cover is an alternative take from the same photo session that produced the front cover of Double Fantasy, though this time it appears in colour. After a falling out with David Geffen, whose Geffen Records had initially released Double Fantasy, Ono moved future projects to Polydor Records, which initially released Milk and Honey. EMI, home of Lennon’s entire recorded output—including that with the Beatles—acquired this and all Lennon releases in the late 1990s. Predictably, the reaction to Milk and Honey was less fanatical than the one that afforded Double Fantasy in the wake of Lennon’s death, but it was still well received, peaking at No. 3 in the UK and No. 11 in the US, where it went gold. Jack Douglas, who had co-produced Double Fantasy with Lennon and Ono, also had input into the initial sessions for Milk and Honey, though Ono declined to credit him after their professional relationship soured following Lennon’s death. In 2001, Ono supervised the remastering of Milk and Honey for its CD reissue, adding three bonus tracks and a 22-minute excerpt from Lennon’s last interview in the late afternoon of 8 December 1980, hours before his death. The bonus tracks include home demo recordings of “I’m Stepping Out” and “I’m Moving On” (from Double Fantasy) along with a version of “Every Man Has a Woman Who Loves Him” featuring Lennon’s vocals only, which was planned to be included on the Ono tribute album Every Man Has a Woman (released 1984).]

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

Next week, on Wednesday, April 29 we’ll play more New & MidCoastal Releases. We’ll also talk with: Kimmie Queen and Cody Wyoming, They Call Me Sauce, Nicole Springer, and Ivory Blue.

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Show #834

WMM Playlist from April 25, 2018

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

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Grand Marquis + Cris Williamson + John Keck +
Patrick Alonzo Conway & Gamelan Genta Kasturi

10:00 – Station ID

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

Caroline Lee & Barry Lee

We lost one of our own at KKFI as Caroline Lee passed away early in the morning on Wednesday, April 18th, surrounded by her family. Caroline was married to Barry Lee. Together they have been a constant presence in the area music scene and on the radio. Caroline was an early volunteer and organizer for 90.1 FM. When the station went the air in 1988 Caroline hosted and produced “Watusi Rodeo,” (one of the first alternative country radio shows). When that program ended its run, she was often a guest-host on, Signal To Noise. Barry Lee will present a radio memorial for Caroline on May 4th at 9:00 pm. There will also be a concert at Knuckleheads Saloon in July in her memory.

In honor of Caroline’s passing I would love to play a song from Cris Williamson’s 2001 release “Ashes,” 12 original songs about transformation, love, and the Phoenix rising. Helping Cris with the vocals is her friend Bonnie Raitt.

10:01

2. Cris Williamson – “Cry Cry Cry”
from: Ashes / Wolf Moon Records / September 18, 2001
[Written by Cris Williamson. Produced by Teresa Trull. Lead vocals – Cris Williamson, piano – Bonnie Hayes, supporting vocals – Bonnie Raitt, string arrangments & keyboard – Frank Martin, violin – Jeremy Cohen.]

[Cris Williamson will be in KC for the first time in 10 years, at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church Kansas City, Missouri, 4501 Walnut, Saturday, April 28, at 7:00 pm. ]

10:07

3. John Keck – “Dear Life”
from: Out In The Cold – 12th Street Singles / John L. Keck / Expected May 2018
[Written by John Keck. Produced/Engineered/Mixed by Chase Horseman at Element Recording & Mastering Studios. Mastered by Ian Dobyns. John Keck on Guitar & vocals; Shannon O’Shea on violin; Chase Horseman on bass, drums, organ, & wurlitzer. This EP represents the first studio release in 5 years and is the first of 3 songs in a planned series of work. “Out in the Cold” a reflection on our society. These 3 songs were written while living on historic 12th Street in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. This is John’s first release since his 2013 Jack Moon Sessions, which was recorded at Sun Studios in Memphis. More at: http://www.johnlkeck.com]

[John Keck will be in concert with John Statz on Friday, April 27 at Replay Lounge in Lawrence.]

[John Keck will be in concert with John Statz, and Kelly Hunt, Saturday, April 28, at 7:00 pm at Pilgrim Chapel, 3801 Gilliam Rd, KCMO]

10:11 – Interview with John Keck

John Keck on the April 25, 2018 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI.

Kansas City based singer songwriter John Keck joins us to share music from his new EP, Out In The Cold – 12th Street Singles. This is John’s first release since his 2013 Jack Moon Sessions, which was recorded at Sun Studios in Memphis.

John Keck, thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Out In The Cold – 12th Street Singles. This EP represents the first studio release in 5 years and is the first of 3 songs in a planned series of work. “Out in the Cold” a reflection on our society. These 3 songs were written while living on historic 12th St. in downtown KCMO.

Produced, engineered, & mixed by Chase Horseman at Element Recording Studios.

John Keck’s mom was a teacher.

Missouri Queen.

John’s words – This is an ode to my single mother and the advice she’s given me. I wanted a short biographical song that allows me to give a frame of reference for where all of my songs come from and this was born. My Grandfather flew a B-29 in WWII called the “Missouri Queen”. There were Japanese fighters with floodlights on their noses that would chase the B-29s and light them up so they could be shot down. She told me that he would say “Don’t get caught in the light”, which is advice that she passed down for me to interrupt My Dad was a pilot and always gone when i was growing up, I would look up at the stars and confuse them with taillights of airplanes. Hence the shooting stars. When my parents separated, my mom returned to the farm where my grandparents lived and it became an integral part of my life. When I pushed my mom for more advice for the song she repeated what she has always told me, which is this story. “A Persian king asked the wisest man of his country for advice that would always be true, and he replied ‘This too shall pass’”

10:20

4. John Keck – “Missouri Queen”
from: Out In The Cold – 12th Street Singles / John L. Keck / Expected May 2018
[Written by John Keck. Produced/Engineered/Mixed by Chase Horseman at Element Recording & Mastering Studios. Mastered by Ian Dobyns. John Keck on Guitar & vocals. This EP represents the first studio release in 5 years and is the first of 3 songs in a planned series of work. “Out in the Cold” a reflection on our society. These 3 songs were written while living on historic 12th Street in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. This is John’s first release since his 2013 Jack Moon Sessions, which was recorded at Sun Studios in Memphis. More at: http://www.johnlkeck.com]

10:22 – Interview with John Keck

John Keck

We are talking with Kansas City based singer songwriter John Keck joins us to share music from his new EP, Out In The Cold – 12th Street Singles. This is John’s first release since his 2013 Jack Moon Sessions, which was recorded at Sun Studios in Memphis.

John Keck will be in concert with John Statz on Friday, April 27 at Replay Lounge in Lawrence.

John Keck will be in concert with John Statz, and Kelly Hunt, Saturday, April 28, at 7:00 pm at Pilgrim Chapel, 3801 Gilliam Rd, KCMO.

“Song For Mother”

John’s words – The last piece began after the shooting in Ferguson, MO. In following weeks I heard an interview with a woman who was protesting, I remember her saying “We’re just trying to keep our sons alive in the streets, don’t you understand, why can’t people understand”. Her voice stayed with me, haunting me as I watched and read about shooting after shooting. Eventually I dreamt a conversation with a mother who has been confronted all of her days with the death of their child. I woke up and sang this song to myself in the middle of the night. At first she is hesitant to say anything, but then can’t stop herself, going through grief, confusion, sadness, anger, frustration and finally feeling hopeless, pointless. The faint piano represents the child voice/spirit and the violin is speaking for the mother.

John’s words – Just before recording I spoke to the violinist, Shannon O’Shea, I told her what the song represented and asked her to play a solo with that represents the physical struggle when you’re sobbing so hard you can’t control your breath.

John Keck will be in concert with John Statz on Friday, April 27 at Replay Lounge in Lawrence. John Keck will be in concert with John Statz, and Kelly Hunt, Saturday, April 28, at 7:00 pm at Pilgrim Chapel, 3801 Gilliam Rd, KCMO.

10:30

4. John Keck – “Song For Mother”
from: Out In The Cold – 12th Street Singles / John L. Keck / Expected May 2018
[Written by John Keck. Produced/Engineered/Mixed by Chase Horseman at Element Recording & Mastering Studios. Mastered by Ian Dobyns. John Keck on Guitar & vocals; Shannon O’Shea on violin; Chase Horseman on piano & pump organ. This EP represents the first studio release in 5 years and is the first of 3 songs in a planned series of work. “Out in the Cold” a reflection on our society. These 3 songs were written while living on historic 12th Street in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. This is John’s first release since his 2013 Jack Moon Sessions, which was recorded at Sun Studios in Memphis. More at: http://www.johnlkeck.com]

[John Keck will be in concert with John Statz on Friday, April 27 at Replay Lounge in Lawrence.]

[John Keck will be in concert with John Statz, and Kelly Hunt, Saturday, April 28, at 7:00 pm at Pilgrim Chapel, 3801 Gilliam Rd, KCMO]

10:34 – Underwriting

6. Gamelan Genta Kasturi – “Sekar Jagat”
from: unreleased track “welcoming dance” / Gamelan Genta Kasturi /
[written by Patrick Alonzo Conway]

10:39 – Interview with Patrick Alonzo Conway

Patrick Alonzo Conway on the April 25, 2018 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI.

Patrick Alonzo Conway is a Kansas City based composer, performer, educator, and independent musician. He holds a Masters in Music Composition from the UMKC Conservatory of Music. He was a founding member of newEar, and he works with Terrestrial Consort, People’s Liberation Big Band of Greater Kansas City, Owen/Cox Dance Group, Mambo DeLeon, Chris Hazelton’s Boogaloo 7, Expassionates, and BCR. He is a 2012 recipient of the Charlotte Street Foundation Generative Performing Artist Fellow Award. Patrick Alonzo Conway is also the Director of Gamelan Genta Kasturi.

Patrick joins us to share details about KC’s Gamelan Genta Kasturi – 15th Anniversary performance at The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Sunday, April 29 at 2:00 PM.

Patrick Alonzo Conway thanks for being with us again on WMM.

Congratulations on KC’s Gamelan Genta Kasturi – 15th Anniversary!

The performance will feature guest Balinese artists: I Ketút Gedé Asnawa, Putu Oka Mardiani, Ni Made Nias Yunirika and Ni Nyoman Nias Yonitika;

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Gamelan Students: Putu Tangkas Hiranmayena, Ika Putri and Fedelia Trivianti;

and The Indonesian Community of KC Dancers; plus special guest Shawn Hansen on electronics.

This concert of will demonstrate traditional and modern Balinese Gamelan Music and Dance. This event is free, but requires a ticket to enter.

To reserve tickets: https://nelson-atkins.org/events/performance-gamelan-genta-kasturi-15th-anniversary-concert/

For over 15 years KC’s community Balinese gamelan orchestra, Gamelan Genta Kasturi, has been presenting community concerts.

The group’s founder and family return in a special concert of Balinese Music & Dance featuring original compositions by Mr. Asnawa and traditional classics.

Gamelan Genta Kasturi

Gamelan Genta Kasturi with Balinese Guest Artists, under the direction of I Ketút Gedé Asnawa, featuring his wife Putu Oka Mardiani Asnawa, and two daughters Yunirika Asnawa & Yonitika Asnawa performing several dances with the music.

Mr. Asnawa has been faculty at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in conjunction with the Robert E. Brown Center For World Music since leaving Kansas City in 2006. He and his family maintain an active schedule performing, teaching and promoting Balinese Cultural Arts.

Gamelan Genta Kasturi have been Studio Residents as part of the Charlotte Street Foundation/Urban Culture Project Studio Residency Program.

Gamelan Genta Kasturi, premiered a large scale collaborative work in 2011 featuring his Patrick Alonzo Conway’s original composition Angels & Demons at Play through Urban Culture Project and ArtSounds.

A gamelan is a traditional musical ensemble from Indonesia, typically from the islands of Java and Bali, featuring a variety of instruments such as metallophones, xylophones, kendang (drums) & gongs; bamboo flutes, bowed & plucked strings. Vocalists may also be included. For most Indonesians, gamelan music is an integral part of Indonesian culture.

The term refers more to the set of instruments than to the players of those instruments. A gamelan is a set of instruments as a distinct entity, built and tuned to stay together – instruments from different gamelan are generally not interchangeable.

Bali is a province of Indonesia. The province covers a few small neighboring islands as well as the isle of Bali. The main island is located in the westernmost end of the Lesser Sunda Islands, lying between Java to the west and Lombok to the east. It is one of the country’s 34 provinces w/ the provincial capital at Denpasar towards the S. of the island.
Patrick Alonzo Conway went to Bali.

Kansas City’s Gamelan Genta Kasturi – 15th Anniversary performance at The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Sunday, April 29 at 2:00 PM. http://www.gamelangentakasturi.org

https://nelson-atkins.org/events/performance-gamelan-genta-kasturi-15th-anniversary-concert/

10:57

7. Gamelan Genta Kasturi – “Samvartaka”
from: Rehearsal recording / Gamelan Genta Kasturi /
[Original composition written by Patrick Alonzo Conway for 20th aniversary of Charlotte Street Foundation.]

11:00 – Station ID

Grand Marquis

8. Grand Marquis – “Another Lover”
from: Brighter Days / King Forward Records / April 28, 2018

11:04 – Interview with Bryan Redmond and Ben Ruth

Grand Marquis were founded in 1998, over the last 20 years they have logged well over 2000 performances from Seattle to South Beach Miami playing their very own mix of American Roots, Blues, & Prohibition Jazz. They have now released 8 albums including a 7” 45 rpm vinyl recorded at legendary Sun Studio in Memphis, TN. Grand Marquis write powerful original songs and mix classic standards into their sets. Bryan Redmond on lead vocals & saxophones, Chad Boydston on trumpet, Trevor Turla on trombone, Ryan Wurtz on guitar, Ben Ruth on upright bass & sousaphone, and Fritz Hutchison on drums.

Grand Marguis are releasing their new album, Brighter Days and play a Brighter Days – Release Party on Saturday, April 28, at 8:30 at Knuckleheads, with Victor & Penny, and Brandon Phillips and The Condition.

Bryan Redmond and Ben Ruth thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

Grand Marquis are playing the Zoo Bar in Lincoln Nebraska, Friday, April 27.

“This band plays as if the joint was literally on fire.” Billtown Blues Association

“Completely infectious…it begs to be played loud, it begs to be danced to!” Boston Blues Review

“…moving the genre forward into the next century.” Graham Clarke, Blues Bytes

“Few bands have more fun or produce more joy in an audience while onstage.” Jason Harper, The Pitch

Accolades:

2013 International Blues Challenge Finalists: “Best Self-Produced CD”
2011 International Blues Challenge Finalists (The Blues Foundation)
2011 Best Blues Band – The Pitch (Kansas City, MO)
2010 Topeka Blues Society International Blues Challenge Champions
2007 Best Jazz Band – The Pitch (Kansas City, MO)
2006 Best Jazz Band – The Pitch (Kansas City, MO)
2006 Best Local Band – The X Entertainment Magazine (Kansas City metro area)

11:12

9. Grand Marquis – “Brighter Days”
from: Brighter Days / King Forward Records / April 28, 2018

11:16 – More Interview with Bryan Redmond and Ben Ruth

Bryan Redmon and Ben Ruth of Grand Marquis on the April 25, 2018 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI.

Grand Marquis Discography:

“Brighter Days”2018
“Blues and Trouble” 2013
“The Sun Session” 2011
“Hold On To Me” 2010
“One More Day” 2007
“Grand Marquis” 2004
“Le Chant Du Diable Bleu” 2002
“Burlesk” 2000

The band has grown and evolved over the years.

Grand Marquis are Bryan Redmond on lead vocals & saxophones, Chad Boydston on trumpet, Trevor Turla on trombone, Ryan Wurtz on guitar, Ben Ruth on upright bass & sousaphone, and Fritz Hutchison on drums. Brighter Days is the band’s 8th release. Grand Marquis play a Brighter Days – Release Party on Saturday, April 28, at 8:30 at Knuckleheads, with Victor & Penny, and Brandon Phillips and The Condition.

Bryan Redmond and Ben Ruth have kept this band alive and made all of this music while also growing families and raising kids.

Ben Ruth also plays in the bands: The Hardship Letters, Be/Non.

http://www.grandmarquis.net

Grand Marguis are releasing their new album, Brighter Days and play a Brighter Days – Release Party on Saturday, April 28, at 8:30 at Knuckleheads, with Victor & Penny, and Brandon Phillips and The Condition.

11:23

10. Grand Marquis – “Many Rivers to Cross”
from: Brighter Days / King Forward Records / April 28, 2018

11:28 – Underwriting

11. Cris Williamson – “Motherland”
from: Motherland / Wolf Moon Records / November 14, 2017
[30th release from legendary singer songwriter. Produced by Julie Wolf.]

11:34 – Interview with Cris Williamson

Cris Williamson

Legendary singer songwriter Cris Williamson recently released her 32nd album, Motherland. Cris Williamson is a brilliant songwriter, poet, pioneer, and renegade who recorded her first album in the 1964 when she was sixteen. Cris Williamson’s groundbreaking album, The Changer and the Changed, was released in 1975, and became one of the best-selling independent releases of all time, selling over 500,000 copies. The sales of these records allowed the independent label Olivia Records to release music from a whole new movement of diverse female artists, all overlooked by mainstream music. Cris Williamson helped to forge a historic movement in the male dominated music industry, fostering the creation of completely female owned record labels, touring companies, and music festivals. The movement, (often misclassified as a genre) was about opening the doors, and smashing glass ceilings, for so many women to follow, who had been shut-out of the game, simply because of their gender. Cris seemed to shrug all of that off with an earthy sexy confidence that makes audiences swoon for her. She wrote music for people desiring to find their own identities in modern folk and pop music. No one had ever courageously written and performed so many brilliant full length albums of songs by women, about women, for women. At the same time, these songs are universal to us all. These songs were all impeccably and professionally produced and have stood the test of time and could go up against any of the songs by Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, or James Taylor. Only difference is mainstream radio and television has almost completely ignored Cris Williamson. Despite this injustice, through her amazing voice, and spirit, and open heart, Cris has helped make the world a better place for all female and LGBTQIA artists who follow the path she cleared. We owe her for that. Cris Williamson has written and recorded hundreds of beautiful, incredible songs, while remaining one of our most underrated singer songwriters of the last 50 years. If you’ve never seen her in concert, now is your chance! Cris Williamson will be in KC for the first time in 10 years, at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church , 4501 Walnut, on Saturday, April 28, at 7:00 pm.

Cris Williamson thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

On Motherland we just heard the title track, a song Cris wrote. All of the other songs on the new record are written by her musical contemporaries of the past 50 years: Joni Mitchell, Eliza Gilkyson, Laura Nyro, Patty Griffin, Bob Dylan, Jackson Brown, James Taylor, Leonard Cohen & Jennifer Warnes. We’ve heard you cover songs from Joni Mitchell & James Taylor on earlier releases.

Cris Williamson was part of NPR Music’s 2017 feature on The 150 Greatest Albums Made By Women with her record – The Changer and the Changed: A Record of the Times (Olivia Records, 1975)

Cris Williamson

From NPR Music’s The 150 Greatest Albums Made By Women (7/24/2017):
“I’m kind of hand-carried, person to person,” Cris Williamson told the journalist Ben Fong-Torres in 1981, when asked how people discovered her music. “There are secretaries who’ve told me they can’t get through the day without running home during lunch hour and playing it.” Such was the impact of the Wyoming native’s voice, clear as a mountain stream, and her empathetic songwriting, which made this album one of the best-selling independent releases of all time and the cornerstone of the feminist “women’s music” movement. Produced by Williamson and featuring dozens of the era’s finest women musicians — including guitarists Meg Christian and June Millington, bass virtuoso Jacqueline Robbins and vocalists Holly Near and Margie Adam — Changer blended pop, country and folk elements in songs that were both cuttingly intimate and generously communal. (A few featured large choruses inspired by the sing-alongs women’s music artists inspired in concert.) Williamson’s own keyboard playing ranged from contemplative to dance-floor funky. The clear and confident lesbian desire behind love songs like “Sweet Woman” and “Dream Child” made Williamson a sex symbol; her philosophical side made Changer a record of spiritual growth, too. Speaking what at the time remained mostly unspoken in pop, this album truly changed lives. —Ann Powers (NPR Music)

Cris Williamson

From http://www.smithsonianmag.com:
Ginny Berson belonged to the Furies collective, a radical, separatist household that published journals, taught classes, and advocated communal living apart from men. Judy Dlugacz, 20, had postponed law school to pursue lesbian activism and was interested in finding an economically workable means of serving the women’s community. Performing as a folk musician at area clubs and coffeehouses, Meg Christian was eager to meet other women songwriters like Cris Williamson—who had released her first album in 1964 at age 16.

When Williamson came on tour to D.C., Christian and Berson not only arranged to bring other women’s music fans to the concert; in a gesture that changed history, they also scheduled a follow-up interview on Georgetown University’s “Radio Free Women” program. On the show, Berson spoke about how she and other members of the Furies collective were searching for a bigger project to invest in— “something that’s for women, by women, and supported by women’s money”—and Williamson responded with a simple yet provocative suggestion, “Why don’t you start a women’s record company?”

It has been over 10 years since Cris Williamson has been back to Kansas City.
Cris will be playing at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church Kansas City, Missouri, 4501 Walnut, Saturday, April 28, at 7:00 pm.

Cris is also doing a show in St. Louis on April 28, at MCC of St. Louis

http://www.criswilliamson.com

Never one to rest on her laurels, to which Cris replied laughing, “What Laurels?” In the last 17 years Cris have released 11 full length albums (a few of those were double albums). That works out to be a new album every year and half. Considering the process of writing, recording, mastering, raising the funds to produce and launch a new record, we asked Cris to share what she might be currently working on for the next release. She told us that she has a back log of new songs she has written and collected and from those songs she is working through what she may release next. She has been playing with the idea of releasing an album of American standards, but held back because so many other musicians have been doing this.

(Note: The laurels that are being referred to when someone is said to ‘rest on his laurels’ are the aromatically scented Laurus Nobilis trees or, more specifically, their leaves. The trees are known colloquially as Sweet Bay and are commonly grown as culinary or ornamental plants. Rest on his laurels. The origins of the phrase lie in ancient Greece, where laurel wreaths were symbols of victory and status.)

Throughout the last 15 years Cris Williamson has also conducted Songwriting Workshops.

This summer Cris will be traveling to Norway with Olivia Cruises, and returning to National Women’s Music Festival, and in the fall, attending Women’s Week in Provincetown.

11:55

12. Cris Williamson – “Woman”
from: Motherland / Wolf Moon Records / November 14, 2017
[30th release from legendary singer songwriter. Produced by Julie Wolf.]

[Cris Williamson will be in KC for the first time in 10 years, at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church Kansas City, Missouri, 4501 Walnut, Saturday, April 28, at 7:00 pm. ]

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

Next week, on May 2, Marion Merritt of Records With Merritt, returns as our Guest Producer sharing musical discoveries and information from her encyclopedic brain. Also next week, Barry Lee joins us to share information about, An Evening With the Music of The Beatles: Unplugged, Saturday, May 12 at 7:30 PM, at Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St, Lawrence, KS where Signal to Noise’s Barry Lee hosts an All-Star group of KC & Lawrence musicians in a benefit for KPR’s Audio Reader Network. The evening will highlight the quieter side of the Beatles’ music. Special guests The Volker Brothers (David George & Eric Voeks) will open the show with a set of acoustic Beatles songs.

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

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