WMM Playlist from December 6, 2017

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

The 117 Best Recordings of 2017
(Part 1 of 4)

Wednesday MidDay Medley presents part-one, of our four-week special: The 117 Best Recordings of 2017. Based on playlists of this little ole radio show, we’ve compiled representative tracks from our favorite full-length and EP recordings of the year. We realize that these “Best of” lists can seem very subjective, however we ask that you please accept our list as a celebration of the year of music.

In 2017 we’ve played nearly 1000 different songs on the show, and from over 360 New & MidCoastal Releases. More than 200 of these releases were New MidCoastal Releases. Over 35 of the bands and artists in our “Best of” list have joined us live in our 90.1 FM studios. This past year we’ve interviewed nearly 200 guests. 70 of the representative recordings in our “Best of” list were MidCoastal Releases, produced by artists from here. It’s all good!

Tune into 90.1 FM, Wednesdays in December, on the 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th. We’ll be packing 8-hours of radio with music that represent: The 117 of Best Recordings of 2017!

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

2. (117.) The Coathangers – “Wipe Out”
from: Parasite – EP / Suicide Squeeze Records / May 5, 20172011
[All female punk quartet from Atlanta, Georgia, includes: lead vocalist – Julia Kugel, drummer – Stephanie Luke, keyboardist – Candice Jones and bassist – Meredith Franco. The band formed in 2006 as a joke. After playing a house show, they were asked to open for The Hiss on the strength of their performance. The name “Coathangers” refers to a method of self-induced abortion and was chosen for its irreverent vulgarity; all of the band’s members are pro-choice]

3. (116.) Ani DiFranco – “Deferred Gratification”
from: Binary / Righteous Babe / June 9, 2017
[20th studio album from Ani DiFranco, who was born Angela Maria DiFranco on September 23, 1970. She is a singer, multi-instrumentalist, poet, songwriter and businesswoman. She is a feminist icon. Although DiFranco’s music has been classified as folk rock and alternative rock she has added punk, funk, hip hop and jazz influences. DiFranco created her own record label, Righteous Babe, giving her significant creative freedom. DiFranco supports many social and political movements by performing benefit concerts, appearing on benefit albums and speaking at rallies. Through the Righteous Babe Foundation DiFranco has backed grassroots cultural and political organizations supporting causes including abortion rights to gay visibility. She counts famed American folk singer and songwriter Pete Seeger among her mentors.] [Ani DiFranco attended Folk Alliance International’s 2017 conference to deliver a special presentation on Friday, February 17.]

[Ani DiFranco plays The Madrid Theatre, Tues, Feb 20, 2018 at 8:00 PM, at The Madrid Theatre, 3810 Main St, Kansas City, Missouri 64111]

4. (115.) Ramy Essam – “El Gahsh Wel Homar (The Donkey Song)”
from: Letter to the Unsecurity Council / Ramy Essam / 2016
[Ramy Essam was born in 1987, in Mansoura, Egypt. He is an Egyptian musician, best known for his appearances in Tahrir Square in Cairo during the Egyptian Revolution of 2011. His song Irhal, in which then Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak was urged to resign, gained great popularity among the demonstrators. It became internationally known through YouTube, and is referred to as the anthem of the revolution. In 2011, it was selected by Time Out as the third-most world-changing song of all time. He currently sings hard rock songs, one of the few singers in Egypt to sing rock. Ramy also expressed his mourning of the revolution’s martyrs on Facebook. On 9 March 2011, when the Egyptian Army forcibly cleared the square, he was arrested and tortured. In October 2014, Essam was offered safe city residence for two years by the Malmö Municipality of Sweden. He is the first musician who has been offered this by Malmö but two writers have been offered it before. In addition to the residence permit, he also gets accommodation. He describes his situation as an artist in Egypt as “terrible” and is happy he can come to Sweden to study. Essam says it will be the first time he has the chance to study music, that he will keep make music and be an ambassador of the Egyptian revolution. Essam was featured on the 2014 compilation Songs from a Stolen Spring that paired Western musicians with artists from the Arab Spring, Essam’s “Bread, Freedom” was meshed with Mighty Sam McClain’s performance of “If I Can Dream”. This year Ramy Essam released the single “The Camp” with PJ Harvey.][Ramy Essam played Folk Alliance International conference where he received the 2017 Spirt of Folk Award.]

5. (114.) The Ovaries-eez – “Sand”
from: Moon Birth / Whatever Forever / January 6, 2017
[Lawrence band’s 2nd full length. Recorded, mixed, & mastered by Dual Diamonds on Whatever Forever. Guitar & vocals by Monica George & Johni Lacore & Amber Hansen on vocals, Jim Martin on Instrumentation, Brett Grady on viola. Songs by The Ovaries-eez: Johni Lacore, Amber Hansen, Monica George.]

[The Ovaries-eez play Forever Fest! with CS Luxem, HighWesthus, Wendy Moira, Mazfield, and Invisible Public Library, Sat, Dec 9 at 10 PM at Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS.]

6. (113.) Combo Los Yogas – “Que No Muera el Son”
from: Cañabrava Música / Vampisoul – Discos Fuentes / February 10, 2017 Reissue
[Vampi Soul re-issue of an obscure 1968 Discos Fuentes gem Cañabrava by Combo Los Yogas, a short-lived early Colombian salsa band from Medellín directed and arranged by Aníbal José Ángel Echeverri, the famous antioqueño keyboardist known as Aníbal Ángel or simply Anán. Employing Barranquilla native Johnny Moré as his lead vocalist and a full combo with trumpet, trombone, congas and timbales, Los Yogas recorded a fantastic collection of cover tunes in the guaguancó, son, guajira, descarga, and cha-cha-chá rhythms. The sound is very raw and hard, something that makes this obscure 1968 Discos Fuentes record a sought-after collector’s item. Thanks to the inherent quality and execution of its repertoire, “Cañabrava” provides a wonderful snapshot of the influences and early development of the genre of salsa in 1960s Colombia.]

7. (112.) JohnnySuperColossal – “She Culture”
from: Doors in the Wall / HearYou Music / October 27, 2017
[JohnnySuperColossal is the musical project of KC based Shawn Stewart who is originally from Chicago.]

8. (111.) Golden Groves – “Dinosaurs”
from: Recess [EP] / Golden Groves / July 7, 2017
[Second EP from KC based 4-piece band: Isaac Hodges on vocals & guitar, Dylan Nelson on lead guitar, Max Kmeck on bass, Andrew Lewis on drums. All songs written & recorded by Golden Groves, Produced & mixed by Jim Barnes. Mastering by PNW Mastering. More info at: http://www.goldengrovesmusic.com][Golden Groves played an EP Release show on Friday, July 7, at 8:00 PM, at The Riot Room, 4048 Broadway St, KCMO, with Westside Royal, Shadow Rabbits, and Sleeptalk from L.A.]

9. (110.) Bobby Sauder – “If Only In My Dreams”
from: Dark Empire Fairgrounds / Whatever Forever / February 24, 2017
[Debut solo release from Bobby Sauder of the Lawrence Kansas based band Karma Vision and cofounder of Whatever Forever Records. After the birth of his first child, Sauder found himself putting on a lot of folk and country records to help keep the volume down around the house. The influence of musicians like Townes Van Zant, Emmylou Harris, and The Band influenced his songwriting. All the songs were written on a guitar that only had 5 strings. Music and lyrics by Bobby Sauder (except “Josie Darner” written by Carey Scott and “Will You Bury Me?” written by Jamie Lacore). Produced by Bobby Sauder and Ross Williams. Engineered by Ross Williams. Mixed by Ross Williams and Bobby Sauder. Mastered by Brian Miller. Drums on tracks 1,3,5,6 played by Mark Osman Organ on track 7 played by Ben Sauder. Lyrics Collaborator on tracks 3 and 4 is Carey Scott. Track 2 co-engineered by Brad Girard. Recorded in Lawrence, Kansas.]

10:29 – Underwriting

10. (109.) Westerners – “Wasn’t In My Right Mind”
from: Reoccurring Dream Theme / The Record Machine / July 14, 2017
[Debut full length album from Lawrence / Kansas City based band formed in August of 2013. The band includes: Mitch Hewlett, Josh Hartranft, Matthew Pesma and Gerardo Rojas. Westerners signed to Kansas City independent label The Record Machine in 2015.] [Westerners played an album release at Mills Record Co, Fri, July 7, w/ Shortsweather and at Love Garden Records, Lawrence, July 8, w/ No Magic, and CS Luxem.]

11. (108.) Violent Bear – “Bayou Love”
from: Post Everything / Violent Bear / March 24, 2017
[KC based garage folk band with hints of Southern Gothic and nods to old country roots, formed by husband and wife musicians: Stephen & Danger Herzig, who rotate on a variety of instruments. The band also includes: Noah Cassidy on lead guitar, Jonas Cassidy on bass, and Jake Rogers on synthesizers. Violent Bear also released multiple single tracks this year.] [Violent Bear played PorchFest KC on Saturday, October 14.]

12. (107.) The Dear Misses – “Let Go”
from: Just Let Go / The Dear Misses / February 28, 2017
[This is The Dear Misses first full length album. “Just Let Go” was written over the course of 4 years. TDM started as a side project for lead singer Todd Anderson and Guitarist Cody Stapleton and caught full sail upon the addition of Drummer Bret Collins in 2014 and Bassist Shane Berggren in Late 2015. This Lawrence Kansas based 4-piece band made up of: Todd Anderson on lead vocals & rhythm guitar, Cody Stapleton on lead guitar & backing vocals, Bret Collins on drums, and Shane Berggren on bass. The band is currently in the studio recording songs for their upcoming release. More info at: http://www.reverbnation.com/thedearmisses%5D

13. (106.) Ivy – “All The Above”
from: Bad Intuition / Ivy / April 14, 2016
[Debut recording from Kansas City native singer songwriter, who plays piano and guitar, and produces beats. Her style ranges from R & B, Neo Soul, Hip Hop, Acoustic, and Pop. She has performed on stage at Lincoln Center in NYC, regional Festivals, Los Angeles, and collaborates with film and performance. Written and produced by Ivy. More info at http://www.itsjustivy.com] [Ivy played Crossroads Music Fest, Sat, Sept 9.]

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

15. (104.) Mene Mene – “Stone Steel, and Spark”
from: Stone, Steel, and Spark – EP / Mene Mene / September 9, 2017
[Their Bandcamp page described the band as: “Kansas City based Indie Alt Rock with some piano, some drums, and a whole lot of repressed feelings.” Written & performed by Brad Feagen & Alec Stockman.]

[Mene Mene plays The Rino, Sat, Dec 9, at 7:00 PM with Nick Siegel and Instant Karma.]

16. (103.) Cindy Wilson – “Brother”
from: Change / Kill Rock Stars / December 1, 2017
[Cindy Wilson’s solo debut arrives in time to celebrate the singer’s 40th anniversary in the musical spotlight. CHANGE began for Wilson nearly a decade ago upon her part-time return to her hometown of Athens, GA. She first encountered local musician Ryan Monahan when his Beatles tribute band was hired to play her son’s birthday party – “One of the best parties ever,” says Wilson. The veteran vocalist and talented young musician began teaming up for gigs, beginning with R.E.M.’s star-studded 30th anniversary event. “Ryan and drummer Lemuel Hayes and I put together a few songs and it was fantastic,” Wilson says. “That started our own musical relationship.” Wilson and her new bandmates continued performing together, first playing classic garage and psychedelic covers but ultimately deciding to create new music all their own. They hit the studio in 2014, with local producer-musician Suny Lyons manning the board. The songs and sonic concepts flowed like the Broad River, leading Wilson to invite Lyons to join her fast developing combo. “We went to Suny’s studio to kick around ideas and see if we can do anything interesting,” Wilson says. “We wanted to see how our styles would blend. He comes from a totally different place than I do but I was great. It also became immediately clear we had to bring Suny in to be part of the band, he also had wonderful ideas. I had a really great team.” Backed by her gifted collaborators, Wilson developed a distinctive sound rooted in her long history of kaleidoscopic pop reinvention. Earlier this year Cindy released a pair of EPs, SUNRISE and SUPERNATURAL with both acclaimed by PopMatters for possessing “an undeniable sense of adventure.” Produced by Lyons at The Space Station in Athens, melding future pop, disco drama, American standards, electronica, and more into her own distinctive creative vision. “Our sound is both consistent and still evolving,” Wilson says. “These ingredients come together from left field to create something really interesting.” Further album highlights include a pair of unexpected covers: a widescreen orchestral rendition of New Colony Six’s soft rock classic, “Things I’d Like to Say,” and “Brother,” written and originally performed by Athens’ own beloved Oh-OK. “We played a show, Athens musicians playing songs by other Athens bands,” Wilson says. “We did an R.E.M. song, a Pylon song, and ‘Brother’ by Oh-OK, which turned out so great we decided it had to be on record. It hits you over the head; it’s an interesting texture. It brings the album home I think.A veteran of one of pop’s most consistently entertaining live acts, Wilson is heralding CHANGE with an unprecedented multimedia concert tour. Merging conceptual structure, unique visuals, and kicked off in March with SXSW, Wilson and her bandmates are touring the US (in a van, it should be mentioned). “The show is totally different from anything I’ve done before,” Wilson says. “It has an incredible flow, from beginning to end. The great thing about touring a show like this is you can solve problems and tweak things as you go along.” “Everyone has other bands, other jobs,” Wilson says. “I’ve got the B-52s’ fortieth anniversary, there’s a lot going on with that. At the same time, I’m very committed to this record and continuing to perform with these guys. We’re trying to go into the studio at least once a month, to continue working creatively and keep the songs coming. We’re still experimenting, still growing, but it retains a certain sound. I feel very comfortable in this band. I’m loving it.” Cynthia “Cindy” Leigh Wilson was born February 28, 1957. She is a singer, and is one of the lead vocalists, songwriter and a founding member of new wave rock band The B-52s. The B-52’s were formed when Wilson (who was born in Athens, Georgia), alongside her older brother and guitarist Ricky, organist and vocalist Kate Pierson, drummer and percussionist Keith Strickland, and vocalist Fred Schneider played an impromptu musical jam session after sharing a tropical Flaming Volcano drink at a local Chinese restaurant. They later played their first concert in 1977 at a Valentine’s Day party for their friends. Wilson and the others broke into the music world with their campy, ’60s retro band. Their 1979 debut album The B-52’s, yielded the hit singles “Rock Lobster” and “Planet Claire” and launched the band into stardom. On April 21, 1985, Wilson married Keith Bennett, a successful advertiser who was a longtime friend of the band and Ricky’s guitar tech on tour. Ricky died later that year, leaving her devastated. Wilson took a sabbatical from the band in 1990 to concentrate on raising a family, during which time The B-52’s recorded and released the album Good Stuff as a trio of Pierson, Schneider and Strickland. During the live tour to promote the Good Stuff album in 1992 and 1993, Julee Cruise sang as a replacement for Wilson. Wilson rejoined The B-52’s in 1994. In 1998 she took part in recordings from which two new songs were selected to be included along with the band’s hit singles on the album Time Capsule: Songs for a Future Generation. Wilson then took maternity leave in 1999 (being replaced on tour by Gail Ann Dorsey), later rejoining the band in 2001 for regular touring of their greatest hits. The B-52’s completed the album Funplex in 2007 and it was released in March 2008. Wilson co-wrote every song on the album with the three other band members. In all, she has co-written much of the band’s back catalogue, including “Dance This Mess Around”, “Private Idaho” and all of the Cosmic Thing album including hit singles “Love Shack” and “Roam”. Wilson’s vocal efforts include the typical B-52’s “call-and-response” vocals with Schneider and/or Pierson, as well as her harmonies with Pierson on the band’s all-female songs such as “Roam”, “52 Girls”, “Cake”, “Legal Tender”, “Summer of Love” and “Juliet of the Spirits”. One of the band’s signature elements is the setup between the three vocalists. However, Wilson sings the greatest number of solo performances in the band, especially on their earlier albums. Examples of Cindy’s solo vocal performances in The B-52’s include “Hero Worship”, “Loveland”, “Nip It in the Bud”, “Girl from Ipanema Goes to Greenland”, “Ain’t It a Shame”, “She Brakes for Rainbows” and the live favorite “Give Me Back My Man”. Wilson is the band’s bongosero, playing the bongos in regular live favorites “Planet Claire”, “Mesopotamia”, “Pump” and “Party Out of Bounds” as well as other songs such as “6060-842” and “Big Bird”.] [The B-52s played The Uptown, Oct 22. Cindy Wilson played Riot Room, Nov. 17.]

17. (102.) Nancy and Beth – “Please Mr Jailer”
from: Nancy and Beth / Herpursef / April 7, 2017
[“Please Mr, Jailer’ was written by Wynona Carr (August 23, 1923 – May 11, 1976) an African-American gospel, R&B and rock and roll singer-songwriter, who recorded as Sister Wynona Carr when performing gospel material. Carr’s contralto vocals have a sensual, husky quality which made her eventual switch to R&B and rock & roll seem a logical choice in retrospect. Carr’s gospel recordings are very much influenced by Sister Rosetta Tharpe, incorporating blues and jazz stylings and R&.B. Her early R&B material (for which she is probably best remembered now) was often uptempo, rock & roll-styled and similar in sound to fellow R&B/rock & roll artists on the Specialty roster like Little Richard, Lloyd Price and Larry Williams, with a strong New Orleans-style backbeat and a rich, warm production. Her final Specialty sessions, conducted by Sonny Bono in 1959, cut down on the rock & roll influences. Both Carr’s gospel and R&B recordings went largely unappreciated during the time they were released, but found a new audience when Specialty Records released two CDs, covering Carr’s entire output on the label.Megan Mullally and Stephanie Hunt met in Austin Texas while filming the independent movie Somebody Up There Likes Me. The minute the two started singing together they realized they had something special. They formed the band Nancy and Beth in 2012. formed the band Nancy and Beth in 2012. They went on tour in March 2013. They are set to release their debut album just before a North American tour. Actress, singer, Emmy and Golden Globe Awards winner, MEGAN MULLALLY (Karen on NBC’s Will & Grace, Children’s Hospital, Party Down) . STEPHANIE HUNT (Friday Night Lights, Californication and How To Live With Your Parents For the Rest of Your Life). [Nancy and Beth played an Official Showcase at tFolk Alliance International Conference, February 15.] [Megan Mullally presented awards for the Best of 2016 Album, Song, and Artist of the Year, at the International Folk Music Awards, February 15, 2017 at the Westin Hotel in KC.]

11:00 – Station ID

18. (101.) Sudan Archives – “Oatmeal”
from: Sudan Archives / Stones Throw Records / July 14, 2017
[Self titled debut EP from LA based violinist Sudan Archives, combines elements of the modern and ancient. The 23 year-old self-taught violinist draws inspiration from Sudanese fiddlers, R&B, West African rhythms, and experimental electronic music. Building records around rhythms and melodies from the strings of her violin and raw vocals, Sudan effortlessly draws the link between traditional African music and contemporary electronic production.]

19. (100.) HighWesthus – “Burn (Radio Edit)”
from: HighWesthus – The Trilogy (Part I, II, III) / Datura Records / August 26, 2017
[Written, produced, performed by HighWesthus, and mixed & mastered by Leyone Tracks. HighWesthus was born Shaun Teamer, in Chicago, Illinose. Now based in Kansas City, in October 2016 HighWesthus released Part III. The ILLU as the last official album of the Trilogy Set that began with the May 2015 release, Part I. The Dead, and continued with the November 2015 release, Part II. The Wise. Recently Lawrence based Datura Records in co-release with Whatever Forever, released all 3 parts as one 29 song collection. HighWesthus is a freelance multimedia artist. He graduated from the KC Art Institute in 2012 with a BFA in Animation. He is one of four owners of Strange Paper Studio, based in Kansas City. HighWesthus specializes in illistration, animation, graphic design, dideo editing, sound editing, music producing, writng and storytelling.]

[HighWesthus plays Forever Fest! with CS Luxem, Wendy Moira, Mazfield, Ovaries-eez, and Invisible Public Library, Saturday, Dec 9 at 10:00 PM at Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS.]

20. (99.) Judith Owen – “Somebody’s Child”
from: Somebody’s Child / Twanky Records / March 3, 2017
[11th studio album from Welsh born singer songwriter and co-founder of Twanky Records with her husband, Harry Shearer. This albums follows her 10th release “Ebb & Flow.” It features three of the four members of “The Section”: Leland Sklar on bass, Russell Kunkel on drums and Waddy Wachtel on guitar.] [Judith Owen played The Uptown Theatre, Friday, March 24, at 8:00 PM with legendary bassist Leland Sklar, in her band, opening for Bryan Ferry.]

21. (98.) Ariel Pink – “Feels Like Heaven”
from: Dedicated To Bobby Jameson / Kemado Records / September 15, 2017
[11th studio album LA’s prodigal songwriting son Ariel Pink. The album’s title makes a direct and heartfelt reference to a real-life L.A. musician, long presumed dead, who resurfaced online in 2007 after 35 reclusive years to pen his autobiography and tragic life story in a series of blogs and YouTube tirades. “His book and life resonated with me to such a degree,” Pink states, “that I felt a need to dedicate my latest record to him.” Dedicated to Bobby Jameson begins at the end and ends at the beginning. “We follow the protagonist through a battery of tests and milestones, the first of which sees him reborn into life out of death,” Pink explains, referencing the opening track “Time To Meet Your God.” “From there, he seesaws his way between the innocent love and the rock-solid edifice of childhood-worn trauma that together constitute his lifelong initiation into the realm of artifice and theatrical disposability.” Ariel Pink started as a visual artist before becoming a recording artist in the late ‘90s while attending Cal Arts. Drawing on iconoclasts and trailblazers like the Shaggs, the Cure, the Velvet Underground, Destroy All Monsters, Cabaret Voltaire, and R. Stevie Moore, Pink set himself to redefining the musical lexicon for himself and others. “This mission,” he says, “remains mine to this day.” More info at: http://www.ariel-pink.com.]

22. (97.) Aimee Mann – “Patient Zero”
from: Mental Illness / Aimee Mann – SuperEgo Records / March 31, 2017
[9th solo studio release from Aimee Mann who was born September 8, 1960 and is a rock singer, singer-songwriter, bassist & guitarist. She was the bassist and a vocalist for the band ‘Til Tuesday during the 1980s and since then has primarily performed as a solo musician. She is married to Michael Penn. In 1999, Mann recorded original material for the soundtrack to the Paul Thomas Anderson film Magnolia, which earned both Academy Award and Grammy Award nominations for the song “Save Me”. She negotiated a contract release from David Geffen and founded her own label, SuperEgo Records.]

23. (96.) The Life and Times – “dark mavis”
from: The Life and Times / Slimstyle Records / April 28, 2017
[5th full length studio album, and 10th release from Chicago based indie band formed in 2002. Current members include: Allen Epley, Eric Abert, and Chris Metcalf. Past members include: Rob Smith, John Meredith, and Mike Meyers. Band has toured with: The Appleseed Cast, Murder by Death, Pelican, Mono, Sparta, Pinback, Engine Down, and William Elliott Whitmore.]

24. (95.) The Hearers – “Five Seasons”
from: Five Seasons / The Hearers / September 6, 2017
[Third full length release from KC/Seattle/San Diego/Lawrence based band, made up of Darren Welch on bass, vocals, 12-string, keys; Marc Tweed on guitar, vocals, synth; David Moore on guitar, vocals, Hammond; Chris Braun on piano, cello, Hammond, ukulele, flute, vocals; Jay Kakert on harmonica, glockenspiel; Jeff Doom on electric guitar; Eric Mardis on pedal steel, banjo; Rob Veitch on drums, percussion, concert bass drum; Michael Walker on trombone, monotron, horn arrangements. With Additional horns from: Rich Wheeler on tenor sax, C melody sax; Brett Jackson on baritone sax; Nick Howell on trumpet. Recorded, mixed and mastered by David Moore at Merriam Shoals. Additional recording by Marc Tweed at SexDungeon Studio.][The Hearers played Outer Reaches Fest, at recordBar, Sat, September 30]

25. (94.) The Ants – “Calling In”
from: Golden Submarine / Beyond Records / October 13, 2017
[The Ants 10th release and their 8th full length album. Band member Chad Bryan says that “It is safe to say they have been under the radar for the past 17 years. We’ve long been a band other bands enjoy, but haven’t really gotten past that and into a larger audience. We’ve been releasing music independently for the past ten years and were on a small label out of Chicago called Sickroom Records prior to that. We’ve been relegated to local and regional work the past several years due to real life obligations. We did quite a bit of touring 2003-2010. The nucleus of the band is a four piece that has been together since 2006. Half of the band lives in Lawrence, the other half in Kansas City.” Band members include: David Randall, Sean McEniry, Brad Nichols, Chad Bryan. http://www.killtheants.com] [The Ants played a KC Release show at Holy Cow, Nov 12.]

26. (93.) Approach – “The Luv (Radio Edit)”
from: Elegant Knock / Datura Records / January 20, 2017
[Lawrence based Sean Hunt is Approach. Sequenced, Produced, Recorded, Mixed & Mastered By: Aikido Bray at Prosidio Gardens in Lawrence. Sean Hunt writes: “Elegant Knock” started out as a beat album named after a production night I throw in Lawrence. It turned into a 10 track album that pays respect to a sound and vibe that I loved in High School. It isn’t a throwback project on some I wish it was 96′ ish, it’s a “why aren’t we still freaking these sounds now” thang. My original concept was flipped when I dug out my old Ensoniq EPS 16+ and started funking around. The next thing I knew I was making an album I wanted to rap on. I did all of the production on the EPS (everything and it’s was headache) and made a few mixing edits on the Ensoniq ASR-10 (mainly stereo pans). I pushed myself to use the tools of yesteryear to capture the feeling I was seeking out (it was a pain in the ass and I lost a ton of beats in the process). I loved every second of it though. I feel like it’s the perfect bridge between my Lincoln Marshall project with Milkdrop and my album “Antique Mall” (coming out soon).]

[Approach plays The Night Punk Stole Xmas the 3rd annual Hope House Toy Drive, Saturday December 9, at 7:00 PM at Revolution Records Kansas City 1830 Locust St, KCMO, with Hipshot Killer, Red Kate, Black Market Translation (Denver), Warm Bodies, and Nature Boys.]

27. (92.) Arc Flash – “Divination”
from: Carbon Copy/ High Dive Records / March 31, 2017
[Debut full length from Arc Flash. James Thomblison on lead vocals & guitar, and Mark Osman on drums & percussion. Music by Arc Flash. Mixed by Joel Martin & Arc Flash. Mastered by Mike Nolte. Album art by Tanner Spreer. Carbon Copy on CD & vinyl on High Dive Records and cassette on Whatever Forever. http://www.highdiverecords.com]

[Arc Flash play Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence, KS, Friday, December 15, at 10:00 PM]

28. (91.) Sauce – “Venus & Serena feat. Gee Watts”
from: Summer Sauce / Sauce / July 28, 2017
[Kansas City native Hip-Hop artist Sauce is also known as Royce Handy. “Summer Sauce” is his 3rd original release, it features Kendrick Lamar and Tech N9NE collaborator, Gee Watts, along with producer/rapper Duncan Burnett. Duncan Burnett produced all the songs except Childhood Crush, produced by M. Fasol. This concept EP sets the tone of love and greatness via future soul, live instruments, and summer vibes. Sauce’s earlier releases charted on Billboard, iTunes and Amazon Hip-Hop charts. He has released over 9 professional projects including a collaboration EP. He sold out his 2013 release party at 7th Heaven, landed on a billboard chart, has featured on various hip-hop blogs, and his anti- violence hit “Gunshots” has been featured on Hot 103 Jamz, 95.3 FM, 90.1 FM. Recently, he organized his first regional tour that included St. Louis, Tulsa, Oklahoma, Salina, Kansas and many other Kansas City metro venues.]

[Sauce plays live at the KC Streetcar Holiday Jam w/Sauce, Friday December 8, at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, at KC Power & Light District KC Streetcar Stop (14th & Main). It’s Downtown Dazzle time and the KC Streetcar is a great way to enjoy all things festive in downtown Kansas City.]

[Sauce and Gee Watts play THE GIVE BACK: A Harvesters FOOD drive at miniBar Saturday, December 9, at 8 PM, at miniBar, 3810 Broadway Rd, Free Entry with Three Non Perishible Food Items, Hosted by Reach, with LIVE performances by: Heartfelt Anarchy, Terence Tyrone, Shawn Majors, and Clark Roosevellte.]

29. (90.) Deerhoof – “I Will Spite Survive (ft. Jenn Wasner)”
from: Mountain Moves / Joyful Noise / September 8, 2017
[itchfork went so far as to label Deerhoof as “the best band in the world.” From their humble beginnings as an obscure San Francisco noise act, they’ve become one of indie music’s most influential bands with their ecstatic and unruly take on pop. Formed in San Francisco in 1994. Deerhoof currently consists of founding drummer Greg Saunier, bassist and singer Satomi Matsuzaki, and guitarists John Dieterich and Ed Rodriguez. Initially performing improvised noise punk, Deerhoof became widely renowned and influential in the 2000s through prodigious and self-produced creative output combining “noise, sugary [pop] melodies, and an experimental spirit into utterly distinctive music”. They have released 14 studio albums since 1997. Their live shows are characterized by minimal gear, maximal volume, and surrealist banter.][Deerhoof played Outer Reaches Fest, at recordBar, Friday, September 29.]

30. (89.) The War On Drugs – “Knocked Down”
from: A Deeper Understanding / Atlantic Recording / August 25, 2017
[The 4th studio album from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, band formed in 2005. The band consists of Adam Granduciel (vocals, guitar), David Hartley (bass), Robbie Bennett (keyboards), Charlie Hall (drums), Jon Natchez (saxophone, keyboards) and Anthony LaMarca (guitar). Founded by close collaborators Granduciel and Kurt Vile, The War on Drugs released their debut studio album, Wagonwheel Blues, in 2008. Vile departed shortly after its release to focus on his solo career. The band’s second studio album Slave Ambient was released in 2011 to favorable reviews and extensive touring. Written and recorded following extensive touring and a period of loneliness and depression for primary songwriter Granduciel, the band’s third album, Lost in the Dream, was released in 2014 to widespread critical acclaim and increased exposure. Previous collaborator Charlie Hall joined the band as its full-time drummer during the recording process, with saxophonist Jon Natchez and additional guitarist Anthony LaMarca accompanying the band for its world tour.]

31. (88.) Salty – “Hello Paradise”
from: Preservation Blues / Independent / February 8, 2017
[Salty is formerly know as Lil Toughies. Formed in early 2016 with Jonathan “JB” Brokaw on guitar & vocals, Zach Turner on synthesizers & sound terror, Andy Erdrich on bass, Ethan “macho man” Savage on drums. Recorded by Jonathan Brokaw. Mixed by Tim Harte and Jonathan Brokaw. Mastered by Tim Harte. all lyrics by Jonathan Brokaw. The current line up includes: Jonathan “JB” Brokaw on guitar & vocals, Zach Turner on synth & sound terror, Ethan “macho man” Savage on drums, Jesslay Huh on bass & texture. More info at http://www.saltykcmo.bandcamp.com ] [Salty played two Preservation Blues, Album Release Shows: Friday, April 28, at Mills Record Company, and Saturday, April 29, at Blind Tiger]

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

Please tune into Wednesday MidDay Medley throughout December as we present our 4-week special: The 117 Best Recordings of 2017 on December 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th. Next week, we continue with part 2 of our 4 week series, we’ll hear representative tracks from: Hembree, Black Stacey, Claire Adams, Via Luna, Salar Rajabnik, Sky Smeed, The MGDs, Pink Royal, Soul Revival, Nick Siegel, Wick & The Tricks, Pageant Boys, Keaton Conrad, Truck Stop Love, The Good Hearts, Pieta Brown, Joon Moon, Mount Eerie, The Souljazz Orchestra, This Is the Kit, Mavis Staples, The Safes, The Weather Station, Dirty Projectors, The Como Mamas, Las Cafeteras, Laura Marling, Big Thief, and Adult Mom.

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

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Wednesday MidDay Medley presents: The 117 Best Recordings of 2017 (Part 1 of 4)

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

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

The 117 Best Recordings of 2017
(Part 1 of 4)

Wednesday MidDay Medley presents part-one, of our four-week special: The 117 Best Recordings of 2017. Based on playlists of this little ole radio show, we’ve compiled representative tracks from our favorite full-length and EP recordings of the year. We realize that these “Best of” lists can seem very subjective, however we ask that you please accept our list as a celebration of the year of music.

In 2017 we’ve played nearly 1000 different songs on the show, and from over 360 New & MidCoastal Releases. More than 200 of these releases were New MidCoastal Releases. Over 35 of the bands and artists in our “Best of” list have joined us live in our 90.1 FM studios. This past year we’ve interviewed nearly 200 guests. 70 of the representative recordings in our “Best of” list were MidCoastal Releases, produced by artists from here. It’s all good!

Tune into 90.1 FM, Wednesdays in December, on the 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th. We’ll be packing 8-hours of radio with music that represent: The 117 of Best Recordings of 2017!

This Wednesday, we’ll count down #117 through #88 of our list, with music from: HighWesthus, The Hearers, Arc Flash, The Life and Times, Approach, Sauce, Salty, Westerners, Golden Groves, The Ovaries-eez, The Dear Misses, Violent Bear, The Ants, Mene Mene, Bobby Sauder, Ivy, JohnnySuperColossal, The War on Drugs, Aimee Mann, Ariel Pink, Judith Owen, Nancy and Beth, Combo Los Yogas, The Coathangers, Sudan Archives, Looming, Deerhoof, Cindy Wilson, Ramy Essam, and Ani DiFranco.

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

Show #711

WMM Playlist from November 15, 2017

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

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Victor & Penny + The Country Duo
+ Truck Stop Love + Chase the Horseman

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

2. Lucas Oswald – “Dark On Us”
from: Whet / Cosmic Dreamer Music / September 1, 2017
[Lucas Oswald is a singer, songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist, recording engineer, homebody road-warrior, and lover of dogs, and international touring musician. He is currently on tour in the United Kingdom supporting Jesca Hoop, and also playing in her band. He is also a member of a member of Shearwater, and past member of the bands The Appleseed Cast, Old Canes, Hospital Ships, and Minus Story. More info at: http://www.lucasoswald.com]

3. Flying Lotus – “Massage Situation”
from: Reset – EP / WArp records / October 1, 2007
[Steven Ellison, born October 7, 1983, is an experimental multi-genre music producer, electronic musician, DJ, filmmaker, and rapper from LA, California. Flying Lotus has released 5 studio albums: 1983 (2006), Los Angeles (2008), Cosmogramma (2010), Until the Quiet Comes (2012) and You’re Dead! (2014) He has produced much of the bumper music on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim programming block. He also contributed remixes for fellow Plug Research artists including Mia Doi Todd. He is the grand-nephew of the late jazz pianist Alice Coltrane, and her husband saxophonist John Coltrane. He is the grandson of singer-songwriter Marilyn McLeod, who is notable for having written Diana Ross’s “Love Hangover” and Freda Payne’s “I Get High (On Your Memory)”, and is Alice Coltrane’s sister. McLeod has been called by one writer “the biggest influence on Ellison’s music”. Ellison attended LA’s Film School and Academy of Art University.]

[Flying Lotus in 3D with Seven Davis Jr and PBDY play the Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland, 1228 Main Street, KCMO, TOMORROW NIGHT, Thursday, November 16, at 8:00 PM]

4. Angel Olson – “Only With You”
from: Phases / Jagjaguwar/ November 10, 2017
[Phases is a compilation or rare tracks, studio outtakes, studio tracks showing the range of Angel Olsen’s young career and evolution. Singer songwriter and musician Angel Olsen was born January 22, 1987 and grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. She currently lives in Asheville, North Carolina.She has recorded and toured as a backing singer with Bonnie “Prince” Billy and the Cairo Gang, before embarking on her own career. At age three, Olsen was adopted by a foster family that had cared for her since shortly after her birth. The difference in years between her and her parents left an impression. “Because there are so many decades of difference between us, I became more interested in what their childhood was like,” she says of her parents, both of whom still live in St. Louis. “I fantasized about what it was like to be young in the ’30s and ’50s, more so than other kids my age.” Olsen explained that “my mother just has this capacity for children.” Despite early adolescent aspirations to be a “pop star”, her interests later shifted in high school. Olsen became more introverted, regularly attending punk rock and noise music shows at the Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center as well as Christian rock shows throughout the city. She began learning the piano and guitar and writing her own music. Two years after graduating from Tower Grove Christian High School, Olsen moved to Chicago. After releasing her first EP, Strange Cacti, and a debut album, Half Way Home, on Bathetic Records, Olsen signed with Jagjaguwar, ahead of her first full-band record, Burn Your Fire for No Witness, which was released on 17 February 2014. Olsen’s third full-length album, My Woman, was released on September 2, 2016.]

5. Victor & Penny – “Wake Up Early”
from: Wake Up Early – Single / EAT.HEAR.RECORDS / November 15, 2017
[Erin McGrane, Jeff Freling formed Victor & Penny in 2010. The vinyl-only label was started by Steve Tulipana and the team at recordBar. Recorded by Duane Trower at Weights & Measures Soundlab.]

[Victor & Penny and their Loose Change Orchestra with special guest Brian Steever celebrate the launch of EAT. HEAR. RECORDS and their new release, with a full band show, Wed, Nov. 15, at 7:00pm, at recordBar, 1520 Grand. Info at: http://www.victorandpenny.com and http://www.therecordbar.com]

10:17 – Interview with Erin McGrane and Jeff Freling

Formed in 2010, Jeff Freling and Erin McGrane are Victor & Penny. The duo were honored to represent Kansas City at a New York City press event as part the America’s Creative Crossroads campaign, “Paris of the Plains Goes to NY.” Victor & Penny have also performed at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts Inaugural New Year’s, the Missouri Governor’s 2016 EDC Awards Luncheon, KC Union Station’s Centennial Celebration, and KC Mayor, Sly James’ 2015 State of the City Address.V&P are a four-time Official Showcase Artist for Folk Alliance International Conference, and have made over 1,000 personal appearances and traveled more than 200,000 miles in the last five years. In 2016 V&P released their 4th album, ‘Electricity.’ and after recently getting married, and traveling to Europe and Spain, Victor & Penny are back and are releasing their first ever vinyl 7-inch vinyl single though EAT.HEAR.RECORDS.

Victor & Penny and their Loose Change Orchestra with special guest Brian Steever celebrate the launch of EAT. HEAR. RECORDS and their new 7″ vinyl release, with a full band show, TONIGHT (Wed, Nov. 15), at 7:00pm, at recordBar, 1520 Grand

Jeff Freling and Erin McGrane recently returned from Europe and Spain from their honeymoon. Two of the hardest working people in show business, they are performing at recordBar in celebration of your new single.

Celebrating the simultaneous launch of EAT. HEAR. RECORDS and the first release on the new label, Victor & Penny and their Loose Change Orchestra will play a full band show at the Record Bar, home of the new label.

The 7”/ 45rpm vinyl record by Victor & Penny offers a new sonic landscape from the band as they have expanded to include drums with local jazz drummer, Brian Steever. Mr. Steever will join the band for a portion of the special concert.

The Loose Change Orchestra with James Isaac on clarinet, soprano saxophone and melodica; Rick Willoughby on upright bass; and trombonist Kyle Dahlquist.

EAT.HEAR.RECORDS. was created by Steve Tulipana and the team at recordBar.

Copies of the record will be available for purchase at the show. The songs will also be available digitally. Each quality vinyl record is highly collectible as only 500 copies will be pressed and no re-pressing will be offered. The limited run will be numbered and signed. EAT. HEAR. RECORDS plans to release a different artist each quarter on limited edition collectible vinyl.

Formally trained at Berklee School of Music (Boston) and the Conservatory of Music (Kansas City), Mr. Freling participated in the international program, The Acoustic Guitar Project in 2014 and is an accomplished composer, arranger, and outstanding instrumentalist.

Ms. McGrane is an ArtsKC Fund Inspiration Grant recipient and a Mid-America Arts Alliance Professional Development Grant recipient as well as a fellow of the ArtistINC program for which she currently serves as a peer facilitator and a workshop presenter. The duo was married in May 2017 and recently returned from an extended overseas honeymoon in Spain and Portugal (Oct. 2017).

Victor & Penny and their Loose Change Orchestra with special guest Brian Steever celebrate the launch of EAT. HEAR. RECORDS and their new 7″ vinyl release, with a full band show, TONIGHT (Wed, Nov. 15), at 7:00pm, at recordBar, 1520 Grand

10:30

6. Victor & Penny – “She Say She Knows”
from: She Say She Knows – Single / EAT.HEAR.RECORDS / November 15, 2017
[Erin McGrane, Jeff Freling formed Victor & Penny in 2010. The vinyl-only label was started by Steve Tulipana and the team at recordBar. Recorded by Duane Trower at Weights & Measures Soundlab.]

[Victor & Penny and their Loose Change Orchestra with special guest Brian Steever celebrate the launch of EAT. HEAR. RECORDS and their new release, with a full band show, Wed, Nov. 15, at 7:00pm, at recordBar, 1520 Grand. Info at: http://www.victorandpenny.com and http://www.therecordbar.com]

10:34 – Underwriting

Marco Pascolini, Jeff Freling, Erin McGrane, and Kasey Rausch on the November 15, 2017 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley.

7. The Country Duo – “The Crumbling Of My Heart”
from: Live At Sun Studio / The Country Duo / September 1, 2017
[Recorded live at Sun Studio, Memphis TN on August 14, 2016 for the Sun Studio Sessions television show as seen on PBS across the United States. All songs written by Kasey Rausch on vocals & acoustic guitar, and Marco Pascolini on pedal steel & baritone guitars. Engineered by Curry Weber, assisted by Ples Hampton at Sun Studio. Mixed by Paul Malinowski, Mastered by Chad Meise – Massive Sound, KCMO]

10:40 – Interview with Kasey Rausch and Marco Pasolini

Kasey Rausch is one of the first musicians to play live on Wednesday MidDay Medley. She is a 5th generation musician, songwriter and co-producer of River Trade Radio on KKFI 90.1FM. Her family and musical roots can be found in Parkville, Kansas City, the Missouri Ozarks, Winfield, Kansas , and deep Southeast Texas. Her third album, Guitar in Hand debuted at #3 on the Roots Music Reporting charts and was voted one of the top three albums of the year by readers of The Pitch. She was named 2013’s Female Performer of the Year by The Farmer’s Turnpike on KMXN 92.9 FM.

Marco Pascolini grew up in a family of artists. His parents were both artists at Hallmark. For more than twenty years Marco Pascolini has built a musical reputation as one of the most well-respected musicians in Kansas City playing in the bands Scott Hrabko and the Rabbits, Folkicide, Dead Voices, Mr. Marco’s V7, Expassionates, the Brannock Device, Snakebite Orphans, the Fred Wickham band, with Kasey Rausch in The Naughty Pines. Marco is also a graphic artist and has designed multiple album covers and sleave designs including the new Victor & Penny 7″ Single. On electric guitar and pedal steel he plays and tours with Kasey Rausch as The Country Duo.

The Country Duo play “Tonights the Night 2017 – The Music of Neil Young,” Wednesday, November 22 at 7:30 PM, at Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester St, KCMO with KC Bankroll, Broken Arrows, Volker brothers, Scott Stanton & Friends, Two Headed Cow, and Neal Wolahan & Friends. This is a benefit for 90.1 FM KKFI.

Bluegrass Goes Country w/ The Country Duo Benefit for Harvesters, Sunday, November 26 at 3 PM, at the Stockyards Brewing Co. 1600 Genessee St Ste 100, KCMO

After just a year of working together as a duo, 2016 found the two playing in Nashville at the Station Inn, recording at the legendary Sun Studio in Memphis, TN as well as being invited by Sun Studio to film the PBS Sun Studio Sessions. Airing on PBS stationsy.

The Country Duo

Recorded live at Sun Studio, Memphis TN on August 14, 2016 for the Sun Studio Sessions television show as seen on PBS across the United States. All songs written by Kasey Rausch on vocals & acoustic guitar, and Marco Pascolini on pedal steel & baritone guitars. Engineered by Curry Weber, assisted by Ples Hampton at Sun Studio. Mixed by Paul Malinowski, Mastered by Chad Meise – Massive Sound, KCMO

A passion for good ol’ country music, you’ll hear them play Rausch’s original tunes as well as the classics from Patsy to Merle, Gram to Emmylou

The Country Duo recently played Apocalypse Meow 10, November 3, at 7:00 PM, at Mills Record Company, w/ The Country Duo, Bohemian Cult Revival, and Headlight Rivals

The Country Duo is KC’s Kasey Rausch and Marco Pascolini. Armed with acoustic and electric guitars, a pedal steel, and a passion for good ol’ country music, you’ll hear them play Rausch’s original tunes as well as the classics from Patsy to Merle, Gram to Emmylou.

Kasey Rausch is co-producer of River Trade Radio

Marco Pascolini is a guitar legend be it an electric guitar or a pedal steel in his hands.

The Country Duo play “Tonights the Night 2017 – The Music of Neil Young,” Wednesday, November 22 at 7:30 PM, at Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester St, KCMO with KC Bankroll, Broken Arrows, Volker brothers, Scott Stanton & Friends, Two Headed Cow, and Neal Wolahan & Friends. This is a benefit for 90.1 FM KKFI.

10:56

8. The Country Duo – “Picking Up The Pieces”
from: Live At Sun Studio / The Country Duo / September 1, 2017
[Recorded live at Sun Studio, Memphis TN on August 14, 2016 for the Sun Studio Sessions television show as seen on PBS across the United States. All songs written by Kasey Rausch on vocals & acoustic guitar, and Marco Pascolini on pedal steel & baritone guitars. Engineered by Curry Weber, assisted by Ples Hampton at Sun Studio. Mixed by Paul Malinowski, Mastered by Chad Meise – Massive Sound, KCMO]

11:00 – Station ID

9. Truck Stop Love – “Tommy”
from: Can’t Hear It: 1991-1994 / Black Site Records / November 18, 2017
[Rich Yarges on vocals & guitar, Eric Melin on drums, Matt Mozier on vocals & guitar, Brad Huhmann on bass & vocals, (Jim Crego on vocals & guitar.) Twenty-five years ago Truck Stop Love made their first recordings. These previously unreleased demo tracks and never-before-heard recordings. To give these old recordings a new life on vinyl, audio archivist and sound engineer Kliph Scurlock remastered the songs from the original analog and digital audio tapes, and Chris Muth at Taloowa Corp cut the master lacquers. With art and design from Commercial Artisan’s Jon Sholly and vinyl-only liner notes from Edward Skoog.]

[Truck Stop Love play an Album Release Show and Reunion, (their first in 13 years), Friday, November 17 at recordBar with Pedaljets, Red Kate and Chris Tolle.]

11:04 – Interview with members of Truck Stop Love

Band Members:
Rich Yarges – vocals, guitar
Jim Crego – vocals, guitar
Matt Mozier – vocals, guitar
Brad Huhmann – vocals, bass
Eric Melin – on drums

Twenty-five years ago Truck Stop Love released their first recording – a cassette recorded by the band in the back room of Vital Vinyl, a local record store in Manhattan, Kansas. This weekend, the band will release three of those songs, plus 8 more previously unreleased demo tracks and never-before-heard recordings, on vinyl LP through Kansas City coop record label Black Site. Can’t Hear It: 1991-1994 captures the band’s Midwest rock twang at its most formative, and made Truck Stop Love the first-ever Manhattan-based band to sign to a major label , get featured on MTV, in Seventeen magazine, and tour nationally. Guitarist & vocalist Rich Yarges and drummer Eric Melin formed the band in 1990. Guitarist & vocalist Matt Mozier and bassist & vocalist Brad Huhmann joined Truck Stop Love in 1991. Jim Crego came on board a few years later. Truck Stop Love play an Album Release Show and Reunion, (their first in 13 years), Friday, November 17 at recordBar with Pedaljets, Red Kate and Chris Tolle.

Joining us on in the studio are band members: Matt Mozier & Brad Huhmann
Joining us on the phone are: Rich Yarges & Jim Crego

From press materials from Black Site Records:

One of the key bands in the early 90s Midwest underground rock scene, Truck Stop Love made Midwestern country-fuzz pop/rock and played it loud

1991 to 1994 was the key formative period for Truck Stop Love. Those years were likely even more successful for bar owners and liquor stores across the United States. When the band wasn’t out playing their music from town to town, they were writing and recording it — or “drinking,” as other people might call it.

In the beginning, the band would record anywhere someone would allow them to set up their 4-track reel-to-reel machine.

Later, they would favor Red House Recording in Lawrence, Kansas and its engineer Ed Rose. During the time leading up to their 1995 release, How I Spent My Summer Vacation, they would write and record some 50 songs, most under the mind-freeing influence of Old Crow and Schaefer’s beer. From the stoney drone of “Townie” to the frenetic blast of “How I Spent My Summer Vacation” to the head-slamming psych-pop of “You Keep Searchin’,” Can’t Hear It: 1991-1994 is Truck Stop Love at its wildest, sweatiest, beer-soaked best.

To give these old recordings a new life on vinyl, audio archivist and sound engineer Kliph Scurlock remastered the songs from the original analog and digital audio tapes, and Chris Muth at Taloowa Corp cut the master lacquers. With art and design from Commercial Artisan’s Jon Sholly, Can’t Hear It:1991-1994 not only sounds good, it looks good too!

The album will be available Nov. 18 at area record stores. More info at http://www.black-site.org

To celebrate the release of the record, Truck Stop Love will play three reunion shows – their first in 13 years – November 16-18, 2017 in Manhattan, Kansas City, and Lawrence.

Thurs. Nov. 16 – Auntie Mae’s Parlor, Manhattan, KS – w/Red Kate and Chris Tolle

Fri. Nov. 17 – recordBar, Kansas City, MO – w/The Pedaljets, Red Kate, and Chris Tolle

Sat. Nov. 18 – The Bottleneck, Lawrence, KS – w/Red Kate and The Headlight Rivals

TRUCK STOP LOVE IS THREE F@#%ING WORDS

The early ’90s were a huge time for underground rock and roll. Everybody knows about “grunge” and the Seattle music explosion, but another movement was bubbling up around the same time in the Midwest, and it has proven to be just as influential on today’s music scene, if far less hyped.

Call it “No Depression”, Americana, Alt/Country, or whatever, but bands like Minneapolis’ The Jayhawks, St. Louis’ Uncle Tupelo, and other, smaller bands paved the way for artists like Ryan Adams and (insert hot-shit new country rock band here) to incorporate a little local twang into their punk rock ethos.

Long before it was cool to wear a trucker hat, a little band from Manhattan, Kan. called Truck Stop Love stopped drinking long enough (well, not really stopped) to record a 1993 self-titled EP and a 1995 full-length that, courtesy Los Angeles’ Scotti Bros/Backyard Records, slowly crept its way across the plains and into the stereos of America. And then those albums were played loud.

Guitarist/vocalist Rich Yarges and drummer Eric Melin formed the band in 1990, but it wasn’t until guitarist/vocalist Matt Mozier and bassist/vocalist Brad Huhmann joined Truck Stop Love in 1991, that the band solidified their aggressive, fuzzed-out rock sound. In the back room of a record store in Manhattan, TSL recorded a demo tape (yes, people used cassettes back then) that won them a spot in MTV’s national band competition, “Dodge’s Rockin’ Campus Bash.” A smashed guitar, a flat tire, and a many big hangovers followed.

Another well-received demo, recorded at Red House in Lawrence, garnered the attention of the College Music Journal, which gave it a glowing spotlight review that sent labels scurrying to the unlikely locale of Manhattan.

Ignoring the advice of their lawyer, Truck Stop Love signed with Scotti Brothers Records, a label best known for “Weird Al” Yankovic and Survivor. “We thought it would be a good idea because we heard they were run by the mob,” Melin explains. Truck Stop Love’s self-titled debut EP contains some of their best-loved tunes, including “Stagnation,” “River Mountain Love,” and “Townie.” The band hit the road hard after that in Hi-Tone, their 1954 Chevy school bus. The gas mileage was horrible, but it looked cool and it was big, allowing the members to be apart from each other whenever fights would break out.

The group covered “Listen To Her Heart” for You Got Lucky – A Tribute To Tom Petty and participated in the sold-out “Lucky” tribute concert at the House Of Blues in Los Angeles in January of 1995. The show was later seen by more than 3 million music fans when it aired on ABC’s late-night music show “In Concert.”

How I Spent My Summer Vacation is the album that defines Truck Stop Love for many in the Midwestern music scene. Produced at Memphis’ legendary Ardent Studios by Big Star drummer Jody Stephens and Jeff Powell (Afghan Whigs, Primal Scream), the album is a dizzying mix of TSL’s wide influences. Drenched with loud guitars and a twist of country, the album features a dozen songs that range from the subtle country yearnings of “Whiskey Waltz,” to the catchy hooks of “Other Stars,” and the in-your-face fury of “You Owe.” The raw emotions of small-town boredom and angst are evident on hard-rocking tracks like “Bitter Boy,” “Benny” and the title cut “How I Spent My Summer Vacation.” Rounding out the record are the bittersweet “Carolina’s Eyes,” and a hidden, thirteenth track – an acoustic duet between Stephens and guitarist/vocalist Mozier.

A great sounding record and an expensive video weren’t enough for the label to push four unpolished Kansas scrubs into the national spotlight, and, despite college radio airplay and the support of commercial Lawrence giant, KLZR (R.I.P.), the album didn’t catch on with the pre-TRL crowd. After a typical drunken fight (“Beatles or Stones?”) between band members escalated into a wrestling match on a concrete back porch, Mozier left the band, and the remaining members soldiered on.

Mozier’s replacement was Jim Crego, formerly of the Minneapolis powerhouse God’s Favorite Band. Truck Stop Love’s new focus was on a tighter, more focused pop sensibility. Crego brought his melodic chops into play immediately as the band recorded a split 7-inch with Lawrence rockers Action Man, and three tracks for various compilation CDs. More touring, more drinking, and a new demo with Ed Rose at Red House came next. The new material was some of the best stuff TSL had recorded, but Scotti Brothers’ experiment in the post-Nirvana alternative explosion had ended, and so had the band.

Aside from a string of three notoriously rowdy reunion gigs in 2004, it would seem the band had finally called it quits. But early in 2017, possibly after a few too many (no one will admit, or can remember), the band felt it was finally time to get the their material online for the next generation to hear (and before their generation’s CD players all stopped working). Not interested in angering their former mafia bosses, they decided to focus on the 50+ songs they had recorded themselves. Resurrecting those tunes from hibernation, however, would require special skills and high technology. Fortunately, longtime friend of the band, Kliph Scurlock, had both the skills AND the technology needed to remaster the songs back to life.

When Huhmann’s former band mates in Red Kate, founders of the Black Site record label cooperative, got wind of what Truck Stop Love was up to, they knew they had to put out a record. They were struck by the urgency and intensity of the recordings, especially in this age of over-produced, digitally perfect “rock.” After a couple beers and repeated assurances that Black Site was not in any way “connected,” Truck Stop Love’s second full-length LP, Can’t Hear It: 1991-1994, was born. From the stoney drone of “Townie” to the frenetic blast of “How I Spent My Summer Vacation” to the headslamming psych-pop of “You Keep Searchin’,” this is Truck Stop Love at its wildest, sweatiest, beer-soaked best.

Rich Yarges, Matt Mozier, Brad Huhmann and Jim Credo thanks for being on WMM

To celebrate the release of the record, Can’t Hear It: 1991-1994, on Black Site Records, Truck Stop Love will play three reunion shows – their first in 13 years – November 16-18, 2017 in Manhattan, Kansas City, and Lawrence.

Thurs. Nov. 16 – Auntie Mae’s Parlor, Manhattan, KS – w/Red Kate and Chris Tolle
Fri. Nov. 17 – recordBar, Kansas City, MO – w/The Pedaljets, Red Kate, and Chris Tolle
Sat. Nov. 18 – The Bottleneck, Lawrence, KS – w/Red Kate and The Headlight Rivals

11:22

10. Truck Stop Love – “Townie”
from: Can’t Hear It: 1991-1994 / Black Site Records / November 18, 2017
[Rich Yarges on vocals & guitar, Eric Melin on drums, Matt Mozier on vocals & guitar, Brad Huhmann on bass & vocals, (Jim Crego on vocals & guitar). Twenty-five years ago Truck Stop Love made their first recordings. These previously unreleased demo tracks and never-before-heard recordings. To give these old recordings a new life on vinyl, audio archivist and sound engineer Kliph Scurlock remastered the songs from the original analog and digital audio tapes, and Chris Muth at Taloowa Corp cut the master lacquers. With art and design from Commercial Artisan’s Jon Sholly and vinyl-only liner notes from Edward Skoog.]

[Truck Stop Love play an Album Release Show and Reunion, (their first in 13 years), Friday, November 17 at recordBar with Pedaljets, Red Kate and Chris Tolle.]

11. JohnnySuperColossal – “She Culture”
from: Doors in the Wall / HearYou Music / October 27, 2017
[JohnnySuperColossal is the musical project of KC based Shawn Stewart who is originally from Chicago.]

11:32 – Underwriting

12. Chase The Horseman – “RIPchord”
from: RIPchord – Single / Chase the Horseman / eOctober 24, 2017
[Recorded at Element Recording with Engineering, Mixing, Mastering, Coiling, Tutelage nu Joel Nanos , and Fritz Hutchison on C&C Drums, Kustom K Cymbals, Heidi Lynne Gluck on Fender Jazz Bass, Grounding, and Chase Horseman on Prophet 600, Wurlitzer 206, Drumbrute, Arp Explorer, Hagstrom 12-String, Framus 12 String, vox. Chase the Horseman is a band, film composer, multi-instrumentalist, audio engineer, and producer. He has composed music for over 36 films and as musician has collaborated with Clairaudients, Teri Quinn, Heidi Lynne Gluck, and many more.]

11:36 – Interview with Chase the Horseman

Chase The Horseman

Chase the Horseman is a band, film composer, multi-instrumentalist, audio engineer, and producer. He has composed music for over 36 films and as musician has collaborated with Clairaudients, Teri Quinn, Heidi Lynne Gluck, KD Kuro, and many more.

The song “RIPchord” is the first single released by Chase the Horseman from a new recording project he has been working on for this year.

Recorded at Element Recording with Engineering, Mixing, Mastering, Coiling, Tutelage nu Joel Nanos , and Fritz Hutchison on C&C Drums, Kustom K Cymbals, Heidi Lynne Gluck on Fender Jazz Bass, Grounding, and Chase Horseman on Prophet 600, Wurlitzer 206, Drumbrute, Arp Explorer, Hagstrom 12-String, Framus 12 String, vox.

Chase the Horseman just returned from Mexico City where he attended the premiere of a new film project where he composed music for the score of the film series.

Chase the Horseman lists his influences as: Brian Eno, St. Vincent, A Tribe Called Quest, Grizzly Bear, Feist, and James Blake.

In February Chase released a digital album of 16 songs called Covers & Others, with for ACLU.

Last time Chase was on the radio show, he brought KD Kuro aka Kwame Boateng who he helped to produce his solo album. Earlier Chase was on the show with Teri Ann Quinn who he helped in her debut EP recording of Moons and Meltdowns, as producer, engineer, performer.

Chase also perform at Middle of The Map Fest a few years ago with Heidi Lynne Gluck at our Wednesday Midday Medley Day Party. A lot of Chase’s work is in collaboration with other artists.

More info: chasethehorseman.bandcamp.com

Bandography:
The Cherry Tree Parade – writer, performer 2007-2008 – Self Titled E.P. 2009
*The Low End – performer, producer, mixer, engineer 2009-2010 – House Fire E.P. 2009
Lower 48 Single 2010
*The Heat Index – producer, engineer, mixer 2010 – Horsehead E.P. 2010
*The Vowels – mixer/performer 2011 – Alligator Pear L.P. 2011
*Fake Natives – producer, performer, mixer, engineer 2011 – Self Titled L.P. 2011
*Towers – writer, performer, engineer, mixer, producer 2010-Present – For Whatever We Were & What Will Never Be L.P. 2012
*Clairaudients – guitar, keyboards, aux-percussion, vocals, writer 2013-
*Teri Quinn – Producer, engineer, performer – Moons and Meltdowns E.P. 2016
*Narkalark – Producer/Engineer – Narkalark Ep II released November 18, 2016
*Molly McGlaughlin – Producer/Engineer – A Beautiful Dying 2017

11:49

13. Chase The Horseman– “Theme”
from:Theme / Chase the Horseman / unreleased
[Chase the Horseman is a band, film composer, multi-instrumentalist, audio engineer, and producer. He has composed music for over 36 films and as musician has collaborated with Clairaudients, Teri Quinn, Heidi Lynne Gluck, and many more.]

14. Cris Williamson – “I Never Meant To Hurt You”
from: Motherland / Wold Moon Records / November 14, 2017
[30 release from Cris Williamson. Written by Laura Nyro. Cris Williamson is an American feminist singer-songwriter, who achieved fame as a recording artist, and who was a pioneer as a visible lesbian political activist, during a time when few who were not connected to the Lesbian community were aware of Gay and Lesbian issues. Williamson’s music and insight has served as a catalyst for change in the creation of women-owned record companies in the 1970s. Using her musical talents, networking with other lesbian artists of musical quality, and her willingness to represent those who did not yet feel safe in speaking for themselves, Williamson is remembered by many in the LGBT community for her contributions, both artistically, and politically, and continues to be a role model for a younger generation hoping to address concerns and obtain recognition for achievements specific to people who have historically been ignored. Williamson was born in 1947 in Deadwood, South Dakota, although her family moved to Colorado and Wyoming when she was still young. Her musical idol at the time was Judy Collins, and Williamson developed a musical style and sound that was similar to that of Collins. She released her first album, The Artistry of Cris Williamson in 1964, when she was sixteen. She became a local musical sensation in Sheridan, Wyoming, releasing two following LPs afterward. Williamson graduated from the University of Denver. She supported herself initially as a schoolteacher, while at the same time collaborating with other women who were also singer-songwriters and performing artists, and began to network with Holly Near, Meg Christian, and Margie Adam, all musicians who became women artists of stature, forming an entirely new genre of music, primarily about and for women. During a radio interview in Washington, D.C. in 1973, Williamson suggested that a record label aimed at gay women would be a good idea. The independent label Olivia Records was founded the next day. Olivia Records released Williamson’s The Changer and the Changed (1975), which became one of the best-selling independent releases of all time. As William Ruhlmann of AllMusic writes: “The Changer and the Changed was to women’s music what Michael Jackson’s Thriller was to the music industry in general in the mid-’80s, an album that sold far beyond the perceived size of the market, more than 100,000 copies in its first year of release. Eventually, it reportedly sold more than 500,000 copies, which would make it a gold album, although it has not been certified as such by the RIAA. (That does not disprove the sales estimate, however. Albums are not certified automatically; a record company must request certification and pay for an audit.)” Williamson went on to record more than a dozen more albums with Olivia Records, then after its demise formed her own label, Wolf Moon Records. This helped to set the pace for other recording artists who found it difficult to work with the major record labels.]

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

Next week on Wednesday, November 22, we play our Top Ten Favorite Singles of 2017. In our second hour Michelle Bacon joins us with het Top Ten Favorite releases of 2017.

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

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

Show #708

Wednesday MidDay Medley presents: Victor & Penny + The Country Duo + Truck Stop Love + Chase The Horseman

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

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Victor & Penny + The Country Duo
+ Truck Stop Love + Chase the Horsema
n

Mark plays New & MidCoastal Releases from Truck Stop Love, The Country Duo, Victor & Penny, Chase The Horseman, Flying Lotus, Lucas Oswald, JohnnySuperColossal, The Old Son, Angel Olson, and Cris Williamson.

Victor & Penny

At 10:15 Victor & Penny, aka Jeff Freling & Erin McGrane, join us to share music from their first vinyl release on the new EAT.HEAR.RECORDS. The vinyl-only label was started by Steve Tulipana and the team at recordBar. The release features two new songs recorded by Duane Trower at Weights & Measures Soundlab. Victor & Penny and their Loose Change Orchestra with special guest Brian Steever celebrate the launch of EAT. HEAR. RECORDS and their inaugural release, with a full band show, Wednesday, November 15, at 7:00pm, at recordBar, 1520 Grand. More info at: http://www.victorandpenny.com and http://www.therecordbar.com

The Country Duo

At 10:35, The Country Duo joins us LIVE in our 90.1 FM Studios to share songs from their debut EP, Live At Sun Studio, released September 1, 2017. The Country duo is: Kasey Rausch on vocals & acoustic guitar and Marco Pascolini on on pedal steel & baritone guitars. They recorded their EP at Sun Studio, in Memphis, Tennessee for the PBS television program, Sun Studio Sessions. The Country Duo play “Tonights the Night 2017 – The Music of Neil Young,” Wednesday, November 22 at 7:30 PM, at Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester St, KCMO with KC Bankroll, Broken Arrows, Volker brothers, Scott Stanton & Friends, Two Headed Cow, and Neal Wolahan & Friends. This is a benefit for 90.1 FM KKFI.

At 11:00 Mark welcomes members of Truck Stop Love who 25 years ago released their first recording – a cassette recorded by the band in the back room of a record store in Manhattan, Kansas. The week the band is releasing three of those songs, plus 8 more previously unreleased demo tracks and never-before-heard recordings on vinyl LP through the KC coop record label, Black Site. Guitarist & vocalist Rich Yarges and drummer Eric Melin formed the band in 1990. Guitarist & vocalist Matt Mozier and bassist & vocalist Brad Huhmann joined Truck Stop Love in 1991. Jim Crego came on board a few years later. Truck Stop Love play an Album Release Show and Reunion, (their first in 13 years), Friday, November 17 at recordBar with Pedaljets, Red Kate and Chris Tolle. More information at: http://www.black-site.org.

Chase The Horseman

At 11:30 Kansas City based Chase The Horseman joins us to share his latest single release, “RIPchord,” produced by Joel Nanos & Chase The Horseman at Element Recording with Fritz Hutchinson and Heidi Lynne Gluck. Chase The Horseman is a band, film composer, multi-instrumentalist, audio engineer, and producer. He has composed music for over 36 films and as musician and/or producer has collaborated with Clairaudients, Teri Quinn, Heidi Lynne Gluck, KD Kuro, and many more. More info at http://www.chasethehorseman.bandcamp.com

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

Show #708