WMM Playlist from August 9, 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, August 9, 2017

More New & MidCoastal Releases
+ Guest Producer Nico Gray

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

2. Oshwa – “Off You Go”
from: Off You Go – Single / Oshwa / July 11, 2017
[Newest single from Oshwa the musical project of Alicia Walter, who is based in Brooklyn, NYC. Written and recorded by Alicia Walter. Vocals, Piano, Synthesizers, Drum Machines, and Auxiliary Percussion by Alicia Walter. Produced by Alicia Walter and Jason Cupp. Mixed by Jason Cupp. Mastered by Dave Kutch.]

[Oshwa plays The Brick, Friday, August 11, at 10:00 PM, with Fritz Hutchinson Band, and Calvin Arsenia.]

3. Ivøry Black – “A Good Answer”
from: Ready Get Set EP / Independent / June 23, 2015
[Singer songwriter Ivøry Black has played Crossroads Music Fest, The Middle of the Map Fest, The Westport Roots Fest, the KCPT Screening of “Real Boy” at The Kansas City Publlic Library, and Kauffman Stadium. Born in 1986, in Peoria Illinois, and given up for adoption at the age of four, it was difficult to find trust in people, after living with eight different foster families. Running away at 15, Ivøry moved from Indiana to Oklahoma and eventually ended up in Seattle. In 2011 Ivøry moved to Kansas City, and has became a part of new family. Ivøry is now currently in the process of writng and recording a debut full-length album, to be released in early 2018. Including a new single, “Family Tables” that will be released in August. More information at http://www.ivoryblackmusic.com.]

[Ivøry Black plays Music Alley at Town Center Plaza, 5000 W 119th Street, (119th & Roe) in Leawood, Kansas, Thursday, August 10, at 7:00 PM, with Missio, and Colony House.]

4. Caamp – “I Keep Going”
from: Caamp / Caamp / March 8, 2016
[Evan plays the banjo, Taylor plays the guitar and together they slam stages as the power duo, Caamp. The childhood friends have been writing songs since 2012 and began performing as Caamp in 2015. In March of 2016, the duo released their self-titled, debut record that has since put them on the map. Their original song “Ohio” charted at #4 on the US Spotify Viral Chart and the album currently has over 2.5 million streams.]

[Caamp plays recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd, KCMO, Thursday, August 10, with Quick & Ruckus (Katy Guillen & Claire Adams.)]

5. Red Kate – “New Dreams”
from: Red Kate & The Bad Ideas – Split 7″ / Mills Record Company / May 31, 2013
[Written by Santiago Durango and originally recorded by Naked Raygun. Kansas City based Punk band Red Kate is a 4-piece that has been rocking venues since 2007. Bassist and lead vocalist L. Ron Drunkard, Andrew Whelan on drums, vocals; Brad Huhmann on guitar (for this recording), Desmond Poirier on guitar, vocals. Shaun Hammontree is now in this band). Red Kate and The Bad Ideas joined forces to release this Split 7” Single. Engineered by Duane Trower at Weights and Measures Soundlab in Kansas City.]

[Red Kate play recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd, Friday, August 11, doors at 7:00 PM, with Bruiser Queen, Big Iron, Witch Jail, Joy Subtraction, and Drop A Grand.]

6. Helen Gillet – “She’s Got You”
from: Helen Gillet performs covers – Live in New Orleans 2017 / Indep. / April 29, 2017
[“She’s Got You” is a pop song written by Hank Cochran and was first recorded (in December 1961) and released (in 1962) as a single by Patsy Cline. Originally from Leuven, Belgium and now based in New Orleans, Louisiana. Globe Trotting, multi-faceted, jazz-based cellist, singer, composer and improviser Helen Gillet is a “mixed bag” of musical influence. Downbeat Magazine recently nominated her a Rising Star in the 61st Annual Critic’s Poll. She believes music to be an expression of the honest human condition; performing an eclectic mix of French pop, Avant Garde Jazz, North Indian, Folk and Classical styles.]

[Helen Gillet plays 1900 Building, 1900 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Mission Woods, Kansas, on Tuesday, August 15, at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM with special guests Jessica Lurie and Brian Haas.]

[Helen Gillet plays The Brick, Wednesday, August 16, as part of her collective band Tephra Sound with Helen on cello, electronics, an vocals; Brian Haas (of Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey) on piano and keyboards; Jessica Lurie on reeds, flutes, toys electronics, vocals; and Nikki Glaspie on drums. Tephra Sound recently released their debut album Horizons in March 2017 recorded in Helen Gillet’s New Orleans living Room with sound engineer Andrew “Goat” Gilchrist.]

7. Black Stacey – “City’s Girl”
from: Electric Chariot / Sharaden Staten / June 2 2017
[Black Stacey is Sharaden Staten, a Missouri native, whose music brings the spirit of “Electric Church” to the Midwest. Sharaden, a 25-year-old, having grown up in the back woods of central Missouri, and couch surfed his way into the KC metro, pairs subtle notes of R&B, funk, soul, and rock; dramatically blending it into a raw eclectic mix. In 2015 Sharaden began writing, recording and producing Black Stacey’s debut, “Electric Chariot”. A project that has given him a solid foundation in the KC music scene, gaining him spots on local radio and the opportunity to work with producer Joel Nanos (Madisen Ward and The Mama Bear, Radkey, Sly/Robbie & the Taxi Gang). More infor at http://www.blackstacey.com.]

[Black Stacey plays The Rino, 314 Armout Blvd, North Kansas City, Fri, Aug. 25, at 8:00 PM w/ The Black Mariah Theater.]

8. Lovergurl – “My Body”
from: The President is a Sex Offender / Lovergurl / May 9, 2016
[The Kansas City based 4-piece band, Lovergurl caught our ear with their synth pop sound and lyrics reflecting social and political messages with hip hop and punk elements. Keyboardist and vocalist, Stephanie Bankston was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. She is a graduate of The University of Missouri. She moved abroad in her 20s, and lived in Seoul, Korea, where she played in a mostly female band called BaekMa (“White Horse”). Stephanie returned to Kansas City in the Fall 2015. Brook Worlledge, is 25 years old and is a Kansas City native. She is the band’s drummer and she sings and writes songs for the band. Brook is a defender of the proletariat. Brook’s influences range from the B52s, The Velvet Underground, The Brian Jonestown Massacre. Lovergurl guitarist and vocalist, Heather Andrews is also 25. She was born and raised in Rhode Island, and moved to Kansas City in 2011 and fell in love with the city.]

[Lovergurl plays miniBar, 3810 Broadway, KCMO, on Saturday, September 2, at 9:00 PM with Slop Sink (Chicago) and Bear Cub (St. Louis).]

10:32 – Underwriting

9. Novellesque – “Speak”
from: Speak – Single / Patrick Robinson / July 15, 2017
[Novellesque is a collective of musicians organized by Patrick Robinson on vocals, & guitar; Jordan Thompson on guitar & vocals; Blaire Geenens on drums & percussion; Carson Land on bass & vocals; Beau Gabriel Smith on drums & percussion; Davis Finley on guitar; and Max Levy on saxophone. Engineered & Co-Produced by Patrick Robinson with Co-Producer Jordan Thompson. Patrick, Jordan & Blaires’s other band, The Atlantic is back with a new single, “Fever Dream” released August 1, with Patrick Robinson on vocals & guitars; Brandon Gardner on guitar & vocals; Blaire Geenens on drums; Eric Fain on bass; and Jordan Thompson on vocals, guitar, & percussion. Production/Engineering/Mixing by Patrick Robinson.]

10. The New Pornographers – “High Ticket Attractions”
from: Whiteout Conditions / New P’s LLC – Concord Music / January 27, 2017
[Seventh album from Canadian indie rock band formed in 1997 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Presented as a musical collective of singer-songwriters and musicians from multiple projects, the band’s seven studio albums have all received critical acclaim for their use of multiple vocalists and elements of power pop incorporated into their music. The album features: Carl Newman on vocals & guitar, Neko Case on vocals, John Collins –on bass, Blaine Thurier on keyboards & synthesizer, Todd Fancey on lead guitar, Kathryn Calder on vocals, keyboards & guitar, and Joe Seiders on drums & vocals. This is the first album not to feature either longtime drummer Kurt Dahle or singer-songwriter Dan Bejar. ]

[The New Pornographers play Liberty Hall In Lawrence, Kansas, Saturday, August 12 with Ought.]

11. Nan & The One Nite Stands – “Hawkin’ It”
from: Hawkin’ It [EP] / Independent / May 14, 2014
[Written by Nan Turner. Recorded & Mixed & Co-Produced @ Emandee in Brooklyn by Mark Ospovat Mastered by Casey Holford. Thanks so much to my One Nite Stands in NYC and London who contributed to this collection of songs! Simon Beins on trumpet, Julie Delano on backing vocals, Susan Hwang on backing vocals. Mark “slave to production” Ospovat – so many instruments, especially bass, guitar, and textural things. Nan Turner also plays in Schwervon! a KC based 2 piece rock band, that tours all over the USA and Europe. Nan plays drums, Matt plays guitar, they both sing. They lived in NYC for 15 years before moving to KC.]

[Nan & The One Nite Stands plays Holy Cow Market & Music, 3109 Gilham Road, KCMOSunday, August 13, at 3:00 PM with Breaka Dawn & Tracey Flowers on backing vocals and dance moves, Lizz Weiler on bass, and Pat Tomek on drums.]

[Schwervon! play a Tour Kick Off Show at Californos, Aug 26, with Abandoned Bells, Folkicide Duo.]

[Schwervon! play a 7″ Release Show, Saturday, September 23, at 10:00 PM at Replay Lounge]

12. Herbie Hancock – “The Jungle Line (feat. Leonard Cohen)”
from: River: The Joni Letters / The Verve Music Group / September 25, 2007
[A tribute album, featuring covers of songs originally written and performed by singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell. It is Hancock’s 47th studio album. Hancock is a longtime friend of Mitchell’s, and both he and saxophonist Wayne Shorter, who plays throughout the album, had previously collaborated with Mitchell on her 1979 album Mingus, and both continued to work with her on occasion ever since. Guest vocalists on River include Leonard Cohen, Tina Turner, Norah Jones, Corinne Bailey Rae, Luciana Souza and Mitchell herself. In 2008 The album won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year and Best Contemporary Jazz Album at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards. The Album of the Year award surprised the music world; Hancock had faced competition from major-selling artists Kanye West, Foo Fighters, Amy Winehouse, and Vince Gill. River was only the second jazz album to win Album of the Year in the award’s history, the first being Getz/Gilberto by Stan Getz and João Gilberto in 1965. It peaked at #5 on the Billboard 200 after enjoying a huge post-Grammy sales boost.]

[Herbie Hancock plays The Kauffman Center For The Performing Arts, Saturday, August 12.]

13. Mess – “Bloodlines”
from: Bloodlines – Single / Mess / July 14, 2017
[Mess is a Kansas City based band formed by: Allison Gliesman, Kevin Briody, Tanner Pinkerton and Evan Velasquez. Recorded in Edwardsville, Illinois at Bird Cloud Recording. Production and recording by Ryan Wasoba. Mastering by Joel Hatstat in Athens, Georgia.]

[Mess play an EP Release Show at The Rino, 314 Armour Rd, North Kansas City, Missouri, on Saturday, August 12, at 7:00 PM, with Counterculture, and Chloe Jacobson.]

11:00 – Station ID

11:00 – Guest Producer – Nico Gray

Nico Gray in the 90.1 FM KKFI Studios

We welcome back to the show, our friend Nico Gray, who joins us as “Guest Producer” for our second hour. Nico is a theatre actor, performance artist, writer, and is currently a marketing and advertising consultant. Nico Gray recently performed an original piece at the Big Bang Buffet – “Black Sheep Rising” show at The Buffalo Room in April, as a benefit for 90.1 FM KKFI. Nico has also been a frequent co-host for our on-air-fund drives. Rooted in KC, Nico grew up with radio. Nico writes that, “Music has always served as the ‘passport’ through spiritual journeys that have transplanted him to the brownstones of Chicago, the rooftops of Paris, the sea-side of Marseille and the balconies of NYC. ”

14. Essaie Pas — “Retox”
from: Demain Est Une Autre Nuit/ DFA / February 19, 2016
[Electronic minimal techno synthpop from Montréal, formed in 2011 by Marie Davidson and Pierre Guerineau. More info at: https://essaiepas.bandcamp.com%5D

15. Prince & The New Power Generation – “Willing And Able”
from: Diamonds And Pearls / Paisley Park – Warner Bros. / October 1, 1991
[13th studio album by Prince, and the first with his band The New Power Generation. . The album produced several hit singles, including “Gett Off”, “Cream”, “Money Don’t Matter 2 Night”, “Insatiable”, and the title track. Dancers Lori Werner (then dancing under the stage name of Lori Elle) and Robia LaMorte, known as “Diamond” and “Pearl” respectively, appeared on the holographic cover. Diamond and Pearl also appeared in the music videos for “Cream”, “Strollin'”, “Gett Off”, and the title track, and also participated in Prince’s Diamonds and Pearls Tour. Diamonds and Pearls contains a hybrid of music styles, from the funk of “Daddy Pop”, “Jughead”, and first single “Gett Off”, to some of the more mainstream pop/rock songs Prince had recorded in some time, such as “Cream”, “Money Don’t Matter 2 Night” and the title song. “Willing and Able” was used in a video montage during the closing credits of CBS coverage of Super Bowl XXVI.]

16. Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood – “Jackson”
from: Nancy & Lee / Reprise / March 1968
also released as a single: Le Skate… Jackson – You Only Live Twice/ Reprise Records / 1967
[Nancy & Lee is a collaboration album by Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood. It was produced in 1968 by Reprise Records. Billy Strange was responsible for the arrangements and conducting. “Jackson” is a song written in 1963 by Billy Edd Wheeler and Jerry Leiber and first recorded by Wheeler. It is best known from two 1967 releases: a pop hit single by Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood, which reached number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and a country hit single by Johnny Cash and June Carter, which reached number two on the Billboard Country Singles chart and has become more appreciated by non-country audiences in recent years as a result of Cash’s continued popularity and its use in the 2011 film The Help. The song is about a married couple who find (according to the lyrics) that the “fire” has gone out of their relationship. The song relates the desire of both partners to travel to Jackson where they each expect to be welcomed as someone far better suited to the city’s lively night life than the other is. Actress Gaby Rodgers is cited as co-author of “Jackson”, because Leiber used his then-wife’s name as a pseudonym in writing the song with Wheeler.

17. Yoko Ono & Antony – “I Love You Earth”
from: 10” vinyl single b/w “I’m Going Away Smiling” (Antony) / Chimera Music / Feb 18, 2013
[New version of Ono’s 1985 song released in honor of her 82nd birthday. “I Love You, Earth”, was originally on her 1985 album Starpeace. Proceeds from Antony & Yoko will benefit the Rain Forest Trust. Yoko Ono (born February 18, 1933) is a Japanese multimedia artist, singer, songwriter, and peace activist who is also known for her work in performance art and filmmaking.[2] She performs in both English and Japanese. She was the second wife and widow of singer-songwriter John Lennon of the Beatles.]

18. Gildardo Zapata – “La Rasquina”
from: Narcos, Vol. 1 (More Music from the Netflix Original Series) / Lakeshore Records / September 2, 2016

19. Future Islands – “Shadows (feat. Debbie Harry)”
from: The Far Field / 4AD / April 7, 2017
[5th studio album by American synthpop band based in Baltimore, Maryland, currently comprising Gerrit Welmers on keyboards & programming; William Cashion on bass, acoustic & electric guitars; and Samuel T. Herring on lyrics & vocals. The band was formed in January 2006 by Welmers, Cashion and Herring—the remaining members of the performance art college band Art Lord & the Self-Portraits.]

11:28 – Underwriting

20. Atlas Sound — “The Shakes”
from: Parallax / 4AD / November 7, 2011
[3rd studio album from Atlas Sound, the musical solo project of Bradford James Cox (born May 15, 1982) an American singer-songwriter and musician, best known as the lead singer and guitarist of the indie rock band Deerhunter. Cox has described himself as gay, though he previously has stated that he leads a non-sexual/asexual lifestyle. However, in a 2011 interview with Rolling Stone, Cox said that he no longer identifies as asexual but rather as queer: “For a long time I just said I was asexual, but now I just realized that… I’m still, I guess… I mean, I’m queer. I just sort of, don’t really have a very big self-esteem, so asexuality is sort of like a comfort zone where you don’t get rejected.”Cox stated in an October 19, 2016 radio interview: “There’s so many types of sexuality, but one that I think is overlooked is to be asexual. I am absolutely asexual. I am a virgin at 34 years old.”]

21. Divine — “Native Love (Step By Step)”
from: 12” Single / “O” Records / 1982
[Divine’s 2nd Single and his first to chart on the Dutch Singles Chart. It debuted at #37 before climbing to and peaking at #28 in its second week. The song spent a total of 11 weeks on the chart. “Native Love (Step By Step)” remains Divine’s highest charting song on the U.S. Hot Dance Club Songs, where it peaked at #21. Harris Glenn Milstead, better known by his stage name Divine (October 19, 1945 – March 7, 1988), was an American actor, singer and drag queen. Closely associated with the independent filmmaker John Waters, Divine was a character actor, usually performing female roles in cinematic and theatrical appearances, and adopted a female drag persona for his music career.]

22. Bat for Lashes – “What’s a Girl to Do?”
from: Fur and Gold / Parlophone / September 11, 2006
[Debut album from Natasha Khan (born 25 October 1979), known professionally as Bat for Lashes, is an English singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. She has released four studio albums, Fur and Gold (2006), Two Suns (2009), The Haunted Man (2012) and The Bride (2016), receiving Mercury Prize nominations for Fur and Gold, Two Suns and The Bride. Khan is also the vocalist for Sexwitch, a collaboration with the rock band Toy and producer Dan Carey.]

11:44 – Nico Gray’s original piece about his father.
“The Hand That Divides Us / The Hand That Binds Us.”

23. Perfume Genius – “Normal Song”
from: Put Your Back N 2 It / Matador / February 17, 2012
[2nd album from Perfume Genius, the stage name for Seattle-based solo artist Mike Hadreas who was born in the suburbs of Seattle, Washington. Hadreas studied painting in school and took piano lessons as a child. His mother was a special education teacher,and is now an assistant principal at a middle school. His parents divorced when he was a teenager. Growing up, Hadreas was the only openly gay student at his school, and he received death threats which were not addressed by the administration. He dropped out of high school during his senior year. Two years after dropping out, he was attacked by several young men in his neighborhood. He moved to Williamsburg, Brooklyn and worked as a doorman for a club in the East Village. In 2005, Hadreas returned home to Seattle and began recording music. In 2008, Hadreas set up a MySpace page under the name Perfume Genius, and thus began his music career. Hadreas’s music explores topics including sexuality, his personal struggle with Crohn’s disease, domestic abuse, and the dangers faced by gay men in contemporary society. His newest album, No Shape was released May 5, 2017 and was produced by Blake Mills (Fiona Apple. John Legend, Alabama Shakes). The album was praised by critics. Pitchfork awarded it an 8.8 and named it “Best New Album”, deeming it “his most realized album yet, a tender and transcendental protest record of love and devotion.” The Guardian commented that “No Shape sounds like a unique talent coming into full bloom.” Hadreas will embark on a headline tour in the U.S. and Canada this spring and summer. He will also be performing at a number of the major European and British music festivals this summer.]

24. The Cure – “Halo”
from: Join The Dots (B-Sides & Rarities 1978-2001 The Fiction Years / Polydor / 2004
[4-disc set of B-sides and rarities, JOIN THE DOTS serves as a sort of alternate history for the Cure, one of the world’s most beloved post-punk/alt-rock bands. Painstakingly compiled by Cure frontman (and the group’s only constant member) Robert Smith, DOTS provides dozens of glimpses into the literal flip-side of their singles by collecting many long-lost tracks, including the classic songs previously featured only on the cassette version of STARING AT THE SEA: THE SINGLES. Disc one begins in the late 1970s and consists of early tracks that show the Cure in a wildly adventurous mode–tearing into the punky “Pillbox Tales”, drifting through the gloomy “Descent”, and bouncing along to the oddly danceable “Throw Your Foot”. By disc two, Smith and the lads have become college-rock heroes, and despite their goth looks, they move steadily into popier territory on songs such as the synth-laden “Breathe” and the upbeat “Hey You!!!”,eventually settling into their dreamy post-DISINTEGRATION era on “This Twilight Garden”, “Halo”, and “Home” on the third and fourth discs. Also included are cover tunes and remixes, topping off an impressive collection that features many could’ve-been A-sides (particularly “The Exploding Boy”, “Harold and Joe”, and “Signal to Noise”) and reveals why a younger generation has become entranced by the Cure’s dynamic sound.]

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

Next week, on August 16 vocalist and recording artist Erin Keller joins us in out 1st hour to share music from her debut album “Distracted” released March 6, 2017. In our 2nd hour, singer songwriter Summer Osborne joins us to share music from her recent release “Spiritual Revolution” and to talk about her upcoming show at InterUrban ArtHouse.

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

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WMM Playlist from June 5, 2013

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, June 5, 2013

The Latenight Callers
+ Crossroads Summer Block Party
+ Mark’s 50th Birthday

1. Various Artists -“The Twilight Zone”
from: All-Time Top 100 TV Themes / TVT / August 23, 2005

2. Various Artists -“The Dick Van Dyke Show”
from: All-Time Top 100 TV Themes / TVT / August 23, 2005

3. Various Artists -“The Mary Tyler Moore Show”
from: All-Time Top 100 TV Themes / TVT / August 23, 2005

50 years ago, on this date, I was born, so today i’ll play from some of my favorite recordings, from different times of my life, starting in 2nd grade when I discovered his Mom’s record collection in the basement.

I was in second grade, seven years old, in our unfinished basement we had an old TV that got one channel, CBS, out of Lincoln, Nebraska. Across the room was an old 1960’s wooden Stereo cabinet. Beside the cabinet was a box with several of my Mom’s albums. I pulled out “Meet The Beatles” put the needle on the groove, and this was this first spin of my life.

4. The Beatles – “All My Loving” (Mono)
from: Meet The Beatles / Capitol-EMI / Nov 23,1963

Next I pulled out a cover that looked like a portrait of a wedding couple, except they were brother and sister, not husband and wife. It was “Close To You.” The Carpenters covered “Help” by The Beatles, and the big hits “We’ve Only Just Begun” and “Close To You” a Burt Bacharach / Hal David classic. On the second side of the LP, they recorded another Burt Bacharach / Hal David song, originally written for the 1968 musical “Promises, Promises.” This song was made a hit by Bobbie Gentry, and also Dionne Warwick, but this version displays the amazing harmony and almost spooky studio arrangements of brother Richard Carpenter. It was 1971.

5. The Carpenters – “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again”
from: Close To You / A&M / 1971

10:10

I grew up in a small town in Nebraska. R&B wasn’t played on the radio. When I was 11 my parents got a divorce and we moved to the “other side of town.” My mom got a job working at the Women’s Prison. Since mom was a new employee, she had to work all of the holidays, so I spent Easter, Mother’s Day, 4th of July, at the prison. It was there that I heard this song for the first time. The best music in town was at the prison.

6. Al Green – “Lets Stay Together”
from: Lets Stay Together / Hi Records / Jan. 31, 1972

In my tween years my mother’s record collection was changing, her second husband Al drove a van, and listened to 8-track tapes. My mom was in the RCA Music Club where they would automatically send you the new release, that’s how she ended up with the soundtrack to the film “Superfly” from Curtis Mayfield.The movie never played our town. But the soundtrack tells the story, and we hear in the bridge Curtis singing, “Trying to get over” the theme we hear in so many of Curtis Mayfield’s incredible recordings.

7. Curtis Mayfield – “Superfly”
from: Superfly (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture) / Curtom Records / July 1972

10:18

In high school journalism class, working on the yearbook staff, we listened to this debut record, of a new band from Athens, Georgia. We listened on a little small portable stereo, checked out from the media department. The record’s label said, “play loud,” we did.

8. The B-52’s – “52 Girls”
from: The B-52’s / Warner Brothers / 1979

One summer morning, in 1982, in her apartment, in Crete, my friend BJ, woke me up, with the song, “Young Americans,” and it changed my life. I now had to have every Bowie recording ever made. Bowie actually helped me “come out,” and I learned that reinvention could prevent insanity. In my search back, I discovered “Hunky Dory,” recorded in 1971, just after his research trip to NYC & Andy Warhol’s Factory. This is the opening track on the second side of the album.

9. David Bowie – “Fill Your Heart”
from: Hunky Dory / RCA / 1971

10:26 – Underwriting
10:27

10. The Latenight Callers – “Tourniquets”
from: Songs for Stolen Moments / TLNC / June 8, 2013

10:32 – Interview with Krysztof Nemeth & Gavin Mac of The Latenight Callers

The Latenight Callers are releasing “Songs for Stolen Moments.” with a CD Release Party, Saturday, June 8, at the recordBar,1020 Westport Rd., KCMO, with In Back of a Black Car, and Thick and The Foolish.

Krysztof Nemeth told us the story of how the band came to be The Latenight Callers

Formed in Lawrence by baritone guitarist, Krysztof Nemeth, vocalist Julie Berndsen, w/ Bassist Gavin Mac, Nick Combs on keys.

“Songs for Stolen Moments” was recorded with Duane Trower at Weights and Measures

The Latenight Callers release their new record “Songsfor Stolen Moments.” with a CD Release Party, Saturday, June 8, at the recordBar, 1020 Westport Rd., KCMO, with In Back of a Black Car, and Thick and The Foolish. More info at: thelatenightcallers.com

11:43

11. The Latenight Callers – “Straight Razor”
rom: Songs for Stolen Moments / TLNC / June 8, 2013

I was a Prince fan from very early on. Many people heard this song on Cyndi Lauper’s debut album, but I heard it first on his second album, “Dirty Mind.”

12. Prince – “When You Were Mine”
from: Dirty Mind / Warner Brothers / 1980

Their debut album came out in 1977, but it took some of us until 1981 to discover it, their music has been therapy to me, both physically and psychologically. I love all of their recordings, but 77 is special. They were fresh young art students fearlessly being a band.

13. Talking Heads – “Uh-Oh, Love Comes To Town”
from: 77 / Sire / 1977

I knew I was gay when I was 5, but I kept it a secret. My first year in college I fell in love with a girl, but after 9 months I ended our relationship. I felt I was lying. That summer I started to “come out,” at least to myself, and then, in my second year in college, I sort of fell in love with my friend B.J.’s lesbian girlfriend Dani. She had moved into our dorm after a few dates with BJ. One night after a trip to KC, Dani and I ran across campus to Baba Rama’s room at Smith Hall. He had friends visiting, but we put on the cassette, “Combat Rock” by The Clash, and the three of us just started dancing. A straight guy, a lesbian girl, and a gay guy. I was 19, and trying to figure everything out. It was confusing. Thankfully I had a “kick-ass” soundtrack to help make the connections.

14. The Clash – “Should I Stay Or Should I Go”
from: Combat Rock / /May 14, 1982

11:00

50 years ago, on this date, I was born, so today I’m playing from some of my favorite recordings, from different times of my life

Baba Rama, was two years older than me in college, he was always luring me into new situations, and possible danger. He had a reputation. He introduced me to Patti Smith’s album “Wave” the same night he bought thai stick from several international students. From that day forward, I would always love Patti Smith. All of her recordings are worth their weight, for her authentic rock and roll voice has passed from underground poet to best selling author. Her debut was produced by John Cale, and I think this song is perfect.

15. Patti Smith – “Free Money”
from: Horses / Arista Records / November, 1975

1984, was my own personal “Year of Hell.” I was 22, it was my Senior year in college. I was taking 23 credits my 1st semester and 21 my 2nd. It was the same year my theatre director decided to “put the moves on me.” I went from denial to rebellion, in a 9-month ark, and left empty, and estranged. The Smiths helped me feel less alone, and they were cool.

16. The Smiths – “You’ve Got Everything Now”
from: The Smiths / Sire / February 1984

In the mid 1990s my friend Sandra was Manager of The Midland Theater. As a perk she arranged for our friends, to have front row seats, for multiple Patti LaBelle concerts. These shows were very special. The audience was so incredibly mixed, half of the audience was African American straight couples and the other half were gay men, and everyone was dressed like they were going to church, or a nightclub. The music and the love of Patti brought us all together. Patti performed all of her usual tricks, giving her eye lashes to someone in the audience; rolling across the stage from one side to the other; kicking her shoes off high into the air; crying, witnessing on stage. And of course singing, filling the room, with her voice, dropping the mic to the stage floor, to prove she could still be heard even if the electricity went out. Patti represents the history of modern pop music, from her days in The Bluebelles, and The Bluebelles fantastic transformation into LaBelle, a band that reinterpreted many rock classics, and also wrote many of their own best songs. This one was written by LaBelle member Nona Hendrix.

17. Labelle – “I Believe I Finally Made it Home”
from: Something Silver / Warner Archives / Feb. 11, 1997
[orig, from Moon Shawdow, 1972]

11:16 – Underwriting

11:17 – Interview with Jerad Tomasino of Golden Sound Records

The Crossroads Summer Block Party, is this Friday, June 7, at 19th & Wyandotte, 6:00 -12:00 pm, an evening of live music, food and KC culture. Joining us with all of thedetails is our friend Jerad Tomasino of Golden Sound Records.

Jerad Tomasino, Ross Brown & Mat Shoare are the founders of Golden Sound Records

The Crossroads Summer Block Party, June 7, at 19th & Wyandotte, features music from: Akkilles, Opossum Trot, Oils, Millions Of Boys, Shy Boys, Hidden Pictures, Fullbloods, and Cowboy Indian Bear.

Food Trucks: Gary’s On The Go, Nani’s Kitchen, KC Smoke Burger, and Los Tules.

Art & Fashion: Scarlett Garnet Jewelry, Tangled Mane, and Tyler Coey.

11:22

18. Hidden Pictures – “Girls Lie”
from: Sister Wife [EP] / Golden Sound Records / June 4, 2013
[All songs written by Richard Gintowt. Mixed by Joel Nanosat Element Recording Studios. Mastered by Doug Van Sloun at Focus Mastering, Omaha. Drums and bass recorded by Paul Malinowski at Massive Sounds, KCMO. Artwork by Patrick Giroux (pjgiroux.com). Richard Gintowt – vocals, guitars; Jeff Freling – better guitars; Claire Adams – vocals; Nate Holt – keys; Kyle Akers – bass; Lennon Bone – drums]

11:25

The Block Party is sponsored by: Golden Sound Records, The Pitch, Cremalab, Snow & Co., ThinkKC, Think Big Partners, C&C Custom Drums, Mildred’s Coffeehouse, Boveri Realty, Missouri Bank, Hammerpress, and the Midwest Music Foundation.

The Crossroads Summer Block Party, June 7, at 19th & Wyandotte, 6:00 -12:00 pm, an evening of live music, food and KC culture. More info at: crossroadsblockparty.com

11:31

This is the title song from one of my favorite albums of all time. If you broke up with your lover, you may never hold them again, this record speaks to that part of your heart. In 1988 we were buying all of our favorite albums again, on CD, and hearing Joni digitally through the speakers, it felt like she was singing directly to me. I got to see her live, when she toured with Dylan in 1998. I had front row, center seats, at The United Center in Chicago. I cried through the entire concert as Joni played guitar, with her Jazz Combo, smoking a cigarette, bringing all of her songs alive onstage, it was sacred, like this song…

19. Joni Mitchell – “Blue”
from: Blue / Warner / June 1971

BJ’s girlfriend was in a CD subscription service and was sent the 5 CD, Box Set “Peel Slowly and See,” featuring all of The Velvet Underground’s studio recordings. Before BJ’s girlfriend could send it back, BJ snagged it, and gave it to Caleb and I as a gift. The music filled our house on West 39th Street. Where our first floor was used as an art gallery, a rehearsal space, a place for Scorpio parties, Jen’s Seder. The Velvet Undergound were the house band for Andy Warhol’s Factory. When I think about The Factory, I hear this song.

20. The Velvet Underground – “Venus In Furs”
from: The Velvet Underground and Nico / Universal / March 1967

In the late 1990s while I was working at The Midland Theatre, my friend Julie Broski brought “The Charm of the Highway Strip” into the office to play, and I was hooked. I quickly began searching for all of the recordings of The Magnetic Fields. Then the band released the acclaimed, “69 Loves Songs.” Recently, Lisa and I were talking about how we love these recordings and how our favorite song changes from time to time. This is my current favorite, on “69 Love Songs,” from one of my favorite bands: The Magnetic Fields.

21. The Magnetic Fields – “Papa Was A Rodeo”
from: 69 Love Songs / Merge Records / June 8, 1999

I was able to sit in the front row of the Kauffman Center to witness the living legend, Mavis Staples. She came up through gospel music, and then secular R&B, when Pops decided to broaden their audience. When you hear The Staple Singers you feel their struggle for equality through beautiful melody. Mavis has brought her voice & spirit to collaborations with The Band, Prince, Dylan. Her collaboration with Ry Cooder, “Down In Mississippi” was a musical masterpiece, of first-hand, civil rights history, in song. She followed that up with a collaboration with Jeff Tweedy, who wrote this perfect song, for Mavis to sing.

22. Mavis Staples –“You Are Not Alone”
from: You Are Not Alone / Anti / Sept. 10, 2010
[Produced & written by Jeff Tweedy of Wilco]

I met Iris DeMent when I was working at Kinkos at 39th & Rainbow in 1992. Iris came in to copy her press clippings, she was in the process of releasing her debut album. I wasn’t familiar with her music until I saw her on Late Night with Conan O’Brienin 1994, where she performed her song “My Life.” I was blown away. I had video taped the show and I remember replaying that song for anyone that came to visit. I ran into Iris at Classic Cup in Westport. I was sort of star stuck, but she approached me and asked, “How do I Know You?” Our friendship continued because we shared a mutual friend named Anne Winter, who arranged for Iris play a Big Bang Buffet in 1999. Iris also did a benefit for Friends of Community Radio in 2002, and KKFI in 2004. I love Iris! This is one of her first songs.

23. Iris DeMent – “Let The Mystery Be”
from: Infamous Angel / Warner Brothers / 1992 / 1993

24. Various Artists – “Looney Tunes”
from: All-Time Top 100 TV Themes / TVT / August 23, 2005

11:59:30

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

Sources for notes on tracks: artist’s websites and wikipedia.org

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Show #476

WMM Playlist from Jan. 30, 2013

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

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Local & New Releases +
Jennie Greenberry & Bob Linebarger of Spinning Tree Theatre +
Deanna Hurst & Wildwood Highway

1. Foxygen – “No Destruction”
from: We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic / Jagjaguar / January 18, 2013
[Second full-length album by Californian experimental rock duo of Sam France, 22 year old vocalist and songwriter, originally from Olympia, Washington, and Jonathan Rado, also 22, who is a songwriter, guitarist, and keyboard player, originally form NYC. Formed in 2005, the band self-released several EPs between 2007 and 2011. In 2012 the group was signed to Jagjaguwar Records. This album was produced by Richard Swift and recorded at his National Freedom studio.]

2. My Brothers & Sisters – “Fall Winter Spring Summer”
from: Single Track Release / Independent / 2013
[Jamie Searle won critical acclaim as lead vocalist and songwriter for the band It’s Over who won a Pitch Music Award for Best Live Act. He left It’s Over to concentrate on his music education as a student of UMKC’s Conservatory of Music where he immersed himself in mucical theory, compostion, harmonic structure, melody. Now out of school, Jamie is in the process of recording a full length release of material he has composed for a large ensemble of musicians. The result is: My Brothers and Sisters, a collective of at times up to 18 musicians, including a strings, horns, percussionists, bass, keyboards, vocalists, and back-up vocalists, and Jamie on vocals and guitar and conducting.]

10:15

3. Sweet Honey In The Rock – “Confrontation”
from: Go In Grace / She Rocks 5 / Sept. 21, 2010

[Sweet Honey In The Rock play the Muriel Kauffman Theatre at Kauffman Center For the Performing Arts, TONIGHT, Jan. 30, at 7:30 PM!!!]

[All-woman, African-American a cappella ensemble. A Grammy Award-winning (and many times nominated) troupe who express their history as women of color. They have together worked from four women, to the difficult five-part harmony, with a sixth member translating with sign language. Founded in 1973 by Bernice Johnson Reagon, who was teaching a vocal workshop with the Washington, D.C. Black Repertory Company. Dr. Reagon retired from the group in 2004. Their name was derived from a song, based on Psalm 81:16, which tells of a land so rich that when rocks were cracked open, honey flowed from them. Sweet Honey in the Rock has been producing music for more than 30 years. Although the members of the group have changed over 3 decades, their music has consistently combined contemporary rhythms and narratives with a musical style rooted in the Gospel music, spirituals and hymns of the African-American Church. They’ve addressed topics including motherhood, spirituality, freedom, civil rights, domestic violence, immigration issues, and racism.]

[In 2008 Sweet Honey In The Rock joined forces with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for an historic collaboration, “Go In Grace.” Choreographed by Ailey dancer Hope Boykin, the work featured new music by Sweet Honey, who performed on stage with members of the Ailey troupe. Through song and dance he audience was taken on a journey into the challenges and joys of one special family. “Go with Grace” was part of the 35th anniversary celebration for Sweet Honey In The Rock, and the 50th anniversary celebration for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Sweet Honey In The Rock performed with Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre at The Midland Theatre in Kansas City.]

4. Sweet Honey In The Rock – “Give Love”
from: Go In Grace / She Rocks 5 / Sept. 21, 2010

Two bands who will be part of Midwest Music Foundation’s MidCoast Takeover at the 2013 SXSW Music Festival in March.

5. Olassa – “Where Will I Live”
from: I Love You Come Back To Me / Independent / Jan. 26, 2013
[Indie Folk from Lawrence, Kansas. Allison Olassa Guitar, Accordion, Organ and Vocals; Cain Robberson on guitar and vocals; and Tyler Bachert on drums.]

6. The Empty Spaces – “Party Line”
from: Party Line / Golden Sound Records / July 24, 2012
[KC based band formed as studio band for Mat Shoare’s 2010 solo release The Empty Spaces. Mat Shoare is a founding partner in Golden Sound Records along w/ Jerad Tomasina, and Ross Brown. On Dec 11, Mat released his solo recording: “Domestic Partnership.” Mat played LIVE on WMM last week on Jan. 23, 2013.]

[The Empty Spaces play the recordBar, tomorrow night, January 31, with La Guerre]

[The Empty Spaces play the Riot Room February 10, with Broncho]

7. Shay Estes & Trio All – “God Only Knows”
from: Despite Your Destination / Independent / 2009
[Shay Estes and Zack Albetta on drums, Mark Lowrey on piano, and Ben Leifer on Bass. Lowrey told INK that they, “We’re trying to cross over into the realm of modern jazz by writing arrangements of songs that aren’t staples in jazz repertoire.” The album title comes from the lyrics of “Under the Milky Way,” originally by new wave band The Church. That track was the first arrangement Estes and Lowrey worked on together five years ago, and features guest vocals from Jeff Harshbarger.]

10:29 – Underwriting

10:30 – Interview with Jennie Greenberry and Bob Linebarger of Spinning Tree Theatre

Spinning Tree Theatre is presenting the Kansas City Premiere of “Shipwrecked! An Entertainment – The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (As told by Himself)” by Donald Margulies, starring: Charles Fugate, Jennie Greenberry and Bob Linebarger. The show runs, this Friday, February 1st, through Sunday, February 17th, at Paul Mesner Puppet Studio, 1006 E. Linwood Blvd., Kansas City, MO. Jennie Greenberry and Bob Linebarger join us in our 90.1 FM Studios to share more information about the show.

Jennie Greenberry received her Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from Stephens College in 2008, she is a member of Actors Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers. Jennie has appeared on stage at the Kansas City Rep, The Coterie, New Theatre Restaurant, American Heartland Theatre, and in New York City at the New Victory Theatre, playing roles in Hairspray, Pippin, The Wiz, Little Shop of Horrors, Lucky Duck, A Christmas Carol, A Chorus Line and many others.

Bob Linebarger graduated from Baker University May 2010. He has worked at Theater for Young America, The Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, Chatterbox Audio Theatre and The Living Room Theatre, playing roles in Carousel, At The End of Apathy, and Tommy. You can also see him in a web series that he and his friend Matt McAndrews put together called “Between Bob and Matt.” Inspired by their deep love of comedian Zach Galifinakis and his “Between Two Ferns” web series, they interview actors and review shows from the Kansas City area in the worst way.

Jennie Greenberry and Bob Linebarger talked about the strong theatre community in KC.

Bob talked about “Between Bob and Matt” where he and Matt McAndrews interview actors and review shows from the Kansas City. You’ve garnered quite a following.

Both Jennie and Bob have strong musical theatre abilities. Mark talked with them about how it seems that Kansas City’s professional theatres are producing more musicals these days.

Jennie and Bob explained: “Shipwrecked! An Entertainment – The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (As told by Himself)” by Donald Margulies.

Spinning Tree Theatre presents the KC Premiere of “Shipwrecked! An Entertainment – The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (As told by Himself)” by Donald Margulies, starring: Charles Fugate, Jennie Greenberry and Bob Linebarger. The show runs, Friday, February 1st, through Sunday, February 17th, at Paul Mesner Puppet Studio, 1006 E. Linwood Blvd., Kansas City, MO. For more information you can visit: spinningtreetheatre.com or call Spinning Tree Theatre at 816-569-5277.

10:45

The MidCoast Takeover Fundraiser shows benefit the Midwest Music Foundation’s SXSW MidCoast Takeover, the annual showcase, this year featuring 46 bands from the KC area, over 4 days, March 13 – 16, at the Shangri-La, on East 6th Street, in Austin, Texas. For more information you can visit: midcoasttakeover.com or midwestmusicfound.org.

The fundraisers continue…

This Friday, February 1 at Czar with: Jorge Arana Trio – 9:45 / Eyelit – 10:30 / Tiny Horse – 11:15 / The Latenight Callers – 12:00

This Saturday, February 2 at The Riot Room with: Various Blonde – 9:45 / Drop A Grand – 10:30 / Maps for Travelers – 11:15 / Six Percent – 12:15

8. Eyelit – “High”
from: The Woe Dies / Independent / June 22, 2012
[Their song “Motionless” is on Midwestern Audio Vol. 1. Formed in Saint Joseph, MO, in 2008 by Austin (songwriter) and Dansare (voice). They released their first EP “Elephant” in early 2010. “The Woe Dies” was inspired by Bob Dylan, Iron & Wine, and Bright Eyes.]

[Eyelit play Czar, Friday, Feb. 1, with Jorge Arana Trio, Tiny Horse, & The Latenight Callers.]

9. Jorge Arana Trio – “Nightly Stroll”
from: Mapache / Independent / October 26, 2012
[Debut album by the Jorge Arana Trio. Recorded at Soundtrek Studios with Justin Wilson, May 7th, 2012.
Jorge Arana – Guitar / Keys , Josh Enyart – Drums , Jason Nash – Bass]

[Jorge Arana Trio play Czar, Fri. Feb. 1 with Eyelit, Tiny Horse, & The Latenight Callers.]
10:52

10. Six Percent – “Dying World”
from: The Years [EP] / Independent / October 26, 2012
[KC based punk rock band re-forming in 2010. Six Percent has shared the stage with Smashing Pumpkins, 311, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Slipknot and Norma Jean. The band features: Joel Friday on vocals, Jason Matthews on guitar & vocal, Jeremy Angotti on drums, Mike Mudry on guitar, Dustin Clements on trombone & vox, and Kenny Saunders on bass. The band is currently working on a new recording.]

[Six Percent play Riot Room, Sat, Feb. 2, with Drop a Grand, Maps for Travelers, and Various Blonde.]

10. Maps For Travelers – “Static”
from: Single Track Release / Independent / February 27, 2011
[Formed in the Spring of 2010 by 4 musicians who have played and toured nationally in various bands in and around the local KC area. RL Brooks on Vocals, Guitar, Trumpet; Zach Brotherton on Vocals, Guitar; Derek White on Bass, Kevin Medina on Drums. Maps For Travelers are currently putting the finishing touches on their new recording “Broken Antlers.” Their video for “Static” has been featured on FUSE TV – In Demand.]

[Maps for Travelers play Riot Room, Sat, Feb. 2, w/ Drop a Grand, Six Percent, and Various Blonde.]

11:00 – Station ID

12. Various Blonde – “Giant Steps”
from: The Dirty News / Independent / Decvember 11, 2012
[Conceived in 2008 by mutual friends, and now the brainchild of KC native Joshua Allen. The band includes Joshua Allen on Guitar & Vocals, Luis Arana on Bass, and Nick Organ on Drums. Various Blonde’s music has been described as “sonic devastation,” their sound includes a mix of: pop, rock, metal, soul, punk and jazz.]

[Various Blonde play Riot Room, Sat, Feb. 2, w/ Drop a Grand, Maps for Travelers, and Six Percent.]

13. Dollar Fox – “No Accord”
from: Little Mother’s Things I Am Keeping / Money Wolf Music / Oct. 27, 2012
[Recorded by Patrick Meager at Fuzz Bomb. Produced by Meger and Dollar Fox. Mastered by Duane Trower at Weights & Measures Soundlab. 7th release from Money Wolf Music. Dollar Fox: Tommy Donoho, Justin Penney, Nick Dothage, Ethan Taylor, Ryan Watkins. Members of Dollar Fox joined us LIVE on WMM April 18 for our Band Auction, and Oct. 24 before the release of their new recording.]

[Dollar Fox were named the winners The Deli KC Readers’ Best Kansas City Artist of 2012! ]

11:10 – Underwriting

14. Wildwood Highway – “Leap Of Faith”
from: Wildwood Highway / Independent / 2012 [Friends Periel, Deanna Hurst, Bradford Lee Stanfield formed Wildwood Highway in 2011 after years of backing each other on solo projects. They combined their individual styles, alternating between lead vocals & harmonies. They recorded in Nashville, and in LA where they mixed the recordings, legendary Bill Payne of Little Feat graced their album with his B3 and piano work.]

11:15 – Interview with Deanna Hurst

Kansas City native Deanna Hurst, performed in The Rocky Horrow Show at The Unicorn and Forbidden Broadway for Theatre League before moving to Los Angeles in 1990 where she who has worked as a professional actor, singer, and voice over artist. In 2011 Deanna formed the band Wildwood Highway with her friends Periel, and Bradford Lee Stanfield. In 2012 they recorded their self titled debut EP in Nashville.

Deanna Hurst co-wrote the song “Leap of Faith” with Roz Esposito, Deanna talked about the inspiration for the song.

Even though Kansas City is Deanna’s hometown, she worked professionally in Los Angeles and Dallas in the 1980s, and after returning to Kansas City to be on stage in productions at the American Heartland Theatre, The Unicorn, and Theatre League she traveled with the Forbidden Broadway show to Arizona and then permanently moved to LA in the 1990.

Deanna described Her early years in LA working at Aspen Optical, as “living a Bohemian lifestyle.” She worked for several years with The Circle X Theatre Company, (the LA home of our playwriting friend Jeff Goode.)

Deanna worked at the San Diego Repertory Theatre and the Northcoast Repertory Theatre.

Along with theatre Deanna has worked as a vocalist, singer, and voice-over artist, for commercials on radio and television. Deanna has also done several books on tape, including books by Ann Coulter, Teri Hatcher.

Deanna talked about how she ended up getting the same voice over agent as that of the late great “Voice of God” – Don LaFontaine who passed away in 2008, and was an American voice actor famous for recording more than 5,000 film trailers and hundreds of thousands of television advertisements, network promotions, and video game trailers.

Deanna talked about her work in a car commercial that will be air during this weekend’s big Super Bowl broadcast on CBS Television.

Throughout all of this Deanna also got married and became a step-mom.

Deanna met her good friend Periel in the early 1990s at Genghis Cohen, an asian restaurant and bar and one of LA’s hip musical venues.

Deanna met Bradford Lee Stanfield at The Alley several years later.

The three singers helped each other out as solo artists, and in 2011 they decided to form a band.

The band is unique because there are three lead singers, three separate, songwriters, who take turns singing lead vocals.

Bradford Lee Stanfield produced the new recordings for Wildwood Highway. The songs were recorded in Nashville.

The songs were mixed back in LA, it was there that Bill Payne of the famous band, Little Feat, brought his hammond B3 and Piano skills to your songs.

The band is working on releasing a full length recording this year.

Deanna Hurst formed the band Wildwood Highway with her friends Periel, and Bradford Lee Stanfield. Wildwood Highway released their self titled debut EP, with Bill Payne of Little Feat in 2012. More information about wildwoodhighway.us

11:41

15. Wildwood Highway – “I Don’t Need A Man”
from: Wildwood Highway / Independent / 2012
[Longtime close friends Periel, Deanna Hurst and Bradford Lee Stanfield formed Wildwood Highway in 2011 after many years of backing each other up on solo projects. The band combines their individual songs and styles, alternating between lead vocals and tight harmonies. The band recorded songs in Nashville, and in Los Angeles where they mixed the recordings, they had the great fortune of having the legendary Bill Payne of Little Feat grace their album with his B3 and piano work.]

11:45

Vive the Rock is a special Fundraiser for Académie Lafayette, Friday, February 8, at 9:00 PM at the recordBar, 1020 Westport Rd, KCMO, featuring: Federation of Horsepower, The Hillary Watts Riot, The Sexy Accident, The Quivers, and special Emcee: Cody Wyoming. More info at: vivetherock.brownpapertickets.com

16. The Quivers – “I Gots To Have It!”
from: I Gots To Have It! / Independent / August 1, 2012
[Terra Peal- Vocals & Bass, Todd Grantham- Keys & Vocals, Abe Haddad- Guitar & Vocals, Bernie Dugan- Drums. Terra Peal and Bernie Dugan joined us LIVE on Wednesday MidDay Medley on August 15]

[The Quivers play the recordBar on Fri. Feb. 8, w/ Federation of Horsepower, The Hillary Watts Riot, and The Sexy Accident]

17. The Hillary Watts Riot – “Killer Kind”
from: A/S/L / Money Wolf Music / April 20, 2012
[Debut album. THWR include: Hillary Watts Bird, Christian Hankel, Tommy Donoho, Sergio Moreno, Justin Penney. They describe their music as “freak pop.” This band is so fun to see live.]

[The Hillary Watts Riot play the recordBar on Fri. Feb. 8, w/ Federation of Horsepower, The Quivers, and The Sexy Accident]

18. The Smiths – “Still Ill”
From: The Smiths / Sire Records / 1984

11:59:30

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

sources for notes: artists websites and wikipedia.org

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Show #458

WMM Playlist from: November 16, 2011

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 16, 2011:

Lily Tomlin
+ Occupy Kansas City! + New & Local Releases

1. Wilco – “I Might”
from: The Whole Love / dBpm Records – Epitaph Records / Sept. 23, 2011
[8th album by Chicago based band was formed in 1994 by the remaining members of Uncle Tupelo following Jay Farrar’s departure. Wilco’s lineup has changed frequently, with only singer Jeff Tweedy and bassist John Stirratt remaining from the original incarnation. Since early 2004, the other current members are guitarist Nels Cline, multi-instrumentalists Pat Sansone and Mikael Jorgensen, and drummer Glenn Kotche. Wilco has released 8 studio albums, a live double album, and three collaborations: two with Billy Bragg, and one with The Minus 5. Wilco will be in concert at The Uptown Theatre on Sat. Dec. 3, at 8:PM the show is Sold Out.]

2. Sara Swenson and The Pearl Snaps – “Windows and Doors”
from: Never Left My Mind EP / Independent / Nov. 19, 2011
[The Pearl Snaps are: Ian Davidson, John Flynn, Brandon Graves, Sarah Magill and Roger Strong. Their new EP, “Never Left My Mind,” features five tracks recorded and produced in Kansas City by Mike Crawford and Beau Davidson. Sara Swenson & The Pearl Snaps EP Release is Saturday, November 19, at 7:00 PM at The Brick, 1727 McGee Street, Kansas City. Howard Iceberg & The Titanics will open the show.]

3. Lily Tomlin – “Alexander Graham Bell”
from: The Best of Lily Tomlin 20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection / Universal Motown / Aug 5, 2003

10:15 – Interview with Lily Tomlin

Lily Tomlin

Lily Tomlin was born in Detroit, MI and was originally headed for a career in medicine until elective courses in theater arts compelled her to leave college to become a performer. Over a 40-year career Tomlin has won two Tonys, two Peabodys, six Emmys, a Grammy, the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards, plus the Mark Twain Prize for American humor. She has made 18 films and was nominated for an Oscar for her debut in Robert Altman’s “Nashville.” Tomlin lives in Los Angeles with her partner, writer Jane Wagner.

Mark Interviewed Lily Tomlin in a 30 minute segment that was recorded Tuesday, November 15, by phone with Lily Tomlin calling in from Los Angeles.

10:46

5. Lily Tomlin – “Lud and Marie Meet Dracula’s Daughter”
from: On Stage / Polydor / 1977

Lily Tomlin, will be appearing in Kansas City at The Muriel Kauffman Theatre at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Sunday, November 20, at 7:00 PM. For more information kauffmancenter.org or 816-994-7222.

10:52 – Underwriting

10:54

6. Pieta Brown – “Mercury”
from: Mercury / Red House / September 27, 2011

7. Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – “Yellow Missing Signs”
from: Tape Club / Polyvinyl / October 18, 2011
[Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin are prolific songwriters despite only having released three albums in their 10-year history. In the summer of 2011, the band went through their archive of over 100 songs and picked out the cream of the crop for a truly unique double album that encapsulates the entire band’s career.]

11:00

8. Olivetti Letter – “Waiting”
from: 4 Songs / Independent / Not yet released (special leak)
[New KC band formed in 2011 featuring: Popy Ruiz Farias, Auggie Wolber, Chuck Irons, Duane Trower, and Mike Myers. The band is in concert Friday, November 25 at The Brick, 1727 McGee, Kansas City, MO ]

9. Baby Teardrops – “Still Singing The Same Songs”
from: X Is For Love / Golden Sounds Records / November 15, 2011
[KC native and former Doris Hensom leader, Matthew Dunehoo new band, formed in NYC with Megan Thomas and Gerry White. Kansas City’s own Golden Sounds Records recently announced they were reissuing “X is for Love” on November 15th in digital, CD, and for the first time, vinyl formats. The release will also include exclusive remixes of album tracks. The Vinyl release party is Friday, November 25 at The Brick, 1727 McGee, Kansas City, MO with Olivetti Letter opening the show.]

10. Baby Teardrops – “Lucky 7 (Remix by Brik Mason of NYC)”
from: X Is For Love / Golden Sounds Records / November 15, 2011
[KC native and former Doris Hensom leader, Matthew Dunehoo new band, formed in NYC with Megan Thomas and Gerry White. Kansas City’s own Golden Sounds Records recently announced they were reissuing “X is for Love” on November 15th in digital, CD, and for the first time, vinyl formats. The release will also include exclusive remixes of album tracks. the Vinyl release party is Friday, November 25 at The Brick, 1727 McGee, Kansas City, MO with Olivetti Letter opening the show.]

11. Brewer & Shipley – “People Love Each Other”
from: One Toke Over The Line: The Best of Brewer & Shipley / Buddha Records / Aug 7, 2001
[from their 1969 release WEEDS. The duo has released 12 albums and continued to tour together, part time. At present, Michael Brewer lives outside of Branson, Missouri. Tom Shipley lives in Rolla, Missouri, where he is part of the staff of Missouri University of Science & Technology (formerly the University of Missouri – Rolla). He is manager of distance learning, video, audio, and other special video productions for the university.]

11:15 – Interview with Marc Shipley

Marc Shipley, son of Tom Shipley of the musical folk-rock duo: Brewer & Shipley. Marc Shipley joins us to discuss Occupy KC which was inspired by Occupy Wall Street is an ongoing series of demonstrations in New York City, based in Zuccotti Park on Wall Street. These protests were inspired by the Arab Spring movement, especially Cairo’s Tahrir Square protests. Occupiers are protesting social and economic inequality, corporate greed, as well as the power and influence of corporations, particularly from the financial service sector, and lobbyists over government. in under 2 months, hundreds of thousands of people have demonstrated in over 900 cities. Occupy KC set up their site, on Sept. 27, 2011, at 1 Memorial Drive near the Federal Reserve Bank of KC, just south of Liberty Memorial.

Occupy KC!

The Occupy Wall Street protests seem to have entered a new phase as officials in several cities have moved in to clear camp sites and ban tents.

In New York City, the Occupy Wall Street headquarters at Zuccotti Park thinned considerably overnight after a judge ruled that the ejected protesters could return but without their camping equipment and tarps. Police even stopped people from bringing blankets into the lower Manhattan park. About 25 protesters stayed in the park overnight, but they were outnumbered by police and sanitation workers, WABC-TV reported.

Oakland and Berkeley, Calif., officials have enforced similar bans on overnight stays.

How did you get involved in OccupyKC?

The organizational structure: horizontal, transparent, consensus-based process during our General Assemblies, and you are encouraged to participate. The Occupiers are quick to note that this is a movement with no official leaders or titles. The is a community, consensus approach to decision making, planning.

GENERAL ASSEMBLIES (GAs) are held every night at 6:30pm. Everyone is welcome. Times for other events are on the Calendar. The group has joined with labor leaders, and activists and community members from a wide range.

November 17th is a national day of action against policies that have enriched the 1% while impoverishing the 99%.

Occupy KC askes, How can we continue to bail out the rich and prop up corrupt corporations when we have 30 million unemployed and underemployed Americans? Our roads are crumbling. Our sewers are rotting. Our schools are falling apart! How can we afford to keep blowing up infrastructure in overseas wars of aggression, and spend $44.6 billion in taxpayer funds on rebuilding Iraq, when so much work needs to be done here at home?

On November 17th Occupy KC will declare an Economic Emergency for the 99%. People in KC and in 35 other cities across the country will gather at structurally unsound bridges and other decaying infrastructure sites to demand that America stop enriching the 1% at the expense of basic needs that benefit all. It’s time to get America back to work. We call on Congress to create job growth, cut foreign spending, and make Wall Street pay.

Location: Prospect Bridge over I-70
Date: Thursday, November 17
Time: 4-6 PM

To get more information you can email: info@occupykc.net or Phone: (816) 301-4480 or visit: OccupyKC.net

11:30

12. John Prine – “Your Flag Decal Won’t Get You Into Heaven Anymore”
from: The Singing Mailman Delivers / Oh Boy Records / October 25, 2011
[2 CD archive collection of John Prine’s earliest recordings, taped a year before his debut album in August 1970 at WFMT studios in Chicago. These songs were recorded immediately after John’s interview with the legendary Studs Terkel. Disc Two is a live set from November 1970 at Chicago’s Fifth Peg. In 1970 and 1971, John Prine was a young guy working at the Post Office in Maywood, IL. While walking his route everyday just outside of Chicago, he was making up rhymes and songs to break up the boredoml and writing down the words on his lunch break.]

11:33 – Underwriting

13. Peter Murphy – “Velocity Bird”
from: Ninth / Nettwerk Productions / June 7, 2011
[Former Bauhaus frontman and Alt-Rock pioneer, his first studio album in seven years. Peter Murphy will be in concert on Sun, Nov 27, at The Beaumont Club w/ She Wants Revenge. TICKETS TO GIVE AWAY!]

14. Mr. Marco’s V-7 – “When the Good Foot of God Kicks You in the Butt…Keep Dancin'”
from: Spaceraser / Independent / April 28, 2003
[Drummer Kent “Precious Metalz’ Burnham, bassist Johnny “License Bolt” Hamil, guitarist Marco “Hair Party” Pascolini and console/steel / Theremin / moog man Mike “Creeping Death” Stover joined us on WMM way back on February 16 to talk about there 2011 release “Sparkin your Mama.” Mr. Marco’s V-7 will be in concert this Saturday, November 19, at Davey’s Uptown with The Brannock Device and Wyco Lowriders which feature more bass players than you’ve ever seen in one place!]

11:45

15. Barclay Martin Ensemble – “Lights & Sound”
from: Pools That Swell With The Rain / Independent / September 24, 2010
[Barclay Martin will be in concert, Saturday night, November 18 at the “R” Bar. Info at: BarclayMartin.com.]

16. Marketa Irglova – “Go Back”
from: Anar / Anti Records / October 7, 2011
[Solo debut from one-half of the Irish duo The Swell Season and co-star of the motion picture Once. Now at 23, she decided to branch out on her own after relocating to NYC and while The Swell Season were on hiatus.]

17. The Cure – “Boys Don’t Cry”
from: Staring at The Sea – The Singles 1979 – 1985 / Elektra / 1986
[Saturday November 26 there is a Cure Trubute at The Beaumont Club.]

11:59:30

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

Show # 395

WMM Playlist from: October 19, 2011

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, October 19, 2011:

Local & New Releases
+ Occupy KC with Marc Shipley

1. Raleigh Moncrief – “Lament for Morning”
from: Watered Down / Independent / expected release: October 25, 2011 [from: Sacramento We played this on March 23]

2. Youth Lagoon – “Cannons”
from: The Year of Hibernation / Fat Possum Records / Sept. 27, 2011
[YL is Trevor Powers of Boise, ID who played the Record Bar back on September 21.]

3. Wild Flag -“Romance”
from: Wild Flag / Merge / Sept. 21, 2011
[2nd single from the debut of the four-piece super group, of sorts, based in Portland, Oregon and Washington, D.C. that consists of Carrie Brownstein (formerly of Sleater-Kinney), Mary Timony (formerly of Helium), Rebecca Cole (formerly of The Minders) and Janet Weiss (formerly of Quasi and Sleater-Kinney). The band recently played the Record bar on Oct. 5.]

10:14 – Underwriting

10:15

4. Dollar Fox – “Happy To Be Alive”
from: Close To Home / Independent / Nov. 5, 2010
[played LIVE on our “Little Bit Country” show on Oct. 27. Dollar Fox will play live at the Record Bar on Friday, October 21, going on around 11:45.]

5. Mavis Staples – “We Shall Not Be Moved”
from: We’ll Never Turn Back / Anti / April 24, 2007
[Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Mavis Staples, of The Staple Singers, is a celebrated equal rights activist. She’s performed at inaugural parties for Presidents Kennedy, Carter and Clinton, The record is filled with freedom songs. Mavis Staples, who marched and sang and protested alongside Dr. Martin Luther King during the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, saw her sense of hope validated on Nov. 4th, 2008 when Barrack Obama was elected President. Mavis Staples plays Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Thursday, December 8, 2011. More Info at: kauffmancenter.org or 816-994-7222.]

6. Brewer & Shipley – “Shake Off The Demons”
from: One Toke Over The Line: The Best of Brewer & Shipley / Buddha Records / Aug 7, 2001
[The title track from their 4th album, “Shake Off the Demon,” recorded in San Francisco, released on Kama Sutra Records. The duo has released 12 albums and continued to tour together, part time. At present, Michael Brewer lives outside of Branson, Missouri. Tom Shipley lives in Rolla, Missouri, where he is part of the staff of Missouri University of Science & Technology (formerly the University of Missouri – Rolla). He is manager of distance learning, video, audio, and other special video productions for the university.]

10:30 – Interview with Marc Shipley

Marc Shipley, son of Tom Shipley of the musical folk-rock duo: Brewer & Shipley. Marc Shipley joins us to discuss Occupy KC which was inspired by Occupy Wall Street is an ongoing series of demonstrations in New York City, based in Zuccotti Park on Wall Street. These protests were inspired by the Arab Spring movement, especially Cairo’s Tahrir Square protests. The participants are mainly protesting social and economic inequality, corporate greed, as well as the power and influence of corporations, particularly from the financial service sector, and lobbyists over government. By October 9, similar demonstrations were either ongoing or had been held in 70 major cities and over 600 communities in the U.S., including the estimated 100,000 people who demonstrated on Saturday October 15. Internationally, other “Occupy” protests have modeled themselves after Occupy Wall Street, in over 900 cities. Occupy KC set up their site, on September 27, 2011, at 1 Memorial Drive, in an amazing location just south of Liberty Memorial, just West of The Federal Reserve Bank, and just east of the public art installation, created by artist, John Salvest that is titled IOU/USA. OccupyKC has held several rallies attracting over 700 people, and growing. More info at: occupy.com

Occupy KC has set up camp at 1 Memorial Drive, in an amazing location just south of Liberty Memorial, just West of The Federal Reserve Bank, and just east of the public art installation, created by artist, John Salvest that is titled IOU/USA.

10:45

7. Tom Morello: The Nightwatchman – “Save The Hammer for The Man”
from: World Wide Rebel Songs/ New West Records / August 29, 2010
[the song features Ben Harper. Born on May 30, 1964, in Harlem, New York, Tom Morello is a Grammy Award-winning American guitarist best known for his tenure with the bands Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, his acoustic solo act The Nightwatchman his alter-ego and solo act formed in 2003 as an outlet for his political views while he was playing apolitical music with Audioslave. Tom is also the co-founder of the non-profit political activist organization, Axis of Justice, which airs monthly on KPFK 90.7FM in Los Angeles. He is best known for his unique and creative guitar playing style, which incorporates feedback noises, unconventional picking and tapping as well as heavy use of guitar effects. He was ranked #26 in the Rolling Stone list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.”]

8. Joe Strummer – “Without People, You’re Nothing” (Spoken Word)
from: The Future is Unwritten / Capitol Records Records / March 30, 2007
[Music from the Rockumentory film directed by Julien Temple.]

9. Joe Strummer and The Mescaleros – “Johnny Appleseed”
from: Global A Go-Go / Hellcat Records / July 24, 2001
[2nd album by Joe Strummer and The Mescaleros, displaying trademark genre-melding folk-rock and Strummer’s unique lyrical style.]

11:00

10. Joel Kraft – “Catalpas”
from: Big Ideas / Blinking Light Records / April 11, 2006
[Now based in Portland. Joel Kraft will be in concert Saturday, October 22, at Prospero’s books at West 39th Street and Bell, with Mikal Shapiro.]

11. Mikal Shapiro – “The Situation”
from: the crow, the lark & the loon / Independent / 2008
[Artist, Singer & Songwriter, Mikal Shapiro’s recording The Crow, The Lark & The Loon made our list of The 100 Best Recordings of 2008. She has recorded several solo and collaborative recordings and performs in many different venues in Kansas City. Mikal will be in concert Saturday, October 22, at Prospero’s books at West 39th Street and Bell, with Joel Kraft. ]

12. Molly Picture Club – “Satellites”
from: four on the floor [EP] / Independent / 2011
[Kansas City Based band featuring: Aniko Adany- vocals, synths, keys, omnichord, Matthew Hayden- drums, drum sequencing, and Michael Tipton- vocals, guitar, bass. Playing the Riot Room tomorrow night, October 20, with Actors & Actresses.]

13. Barclay Martin Ensemble – “Dance In The Rain”
from: Pools That Swell With The Rain / Independent / September 24, 2010
[Barclay Martin will be in concert, TONIGHT at the Record Bar, going on at around 11:00 PM. Barclay Martin & Friends will be in concert on Saturday, October 22, at The R Bar. Info at: BarclayMartin.com.]

11:15

14. Howard Iceberg & The Titanics – “To Have and To Hold”
from: Welcome Aboard! Vol. 2 / Independent / June 26, 2011
[7-CD set, includes over 100 new songs, featuring The Titanics: Gary Paredes on lead guitar, Dan Mesh on rhythm guitar, Scott Easterday on bass, Pat Tomek on drums. With contributions from over 70 local artists, who’ve joined in on Howard’s “never-ending recording project” conducted in Pat Tomek’s home studio. Howard iceberg & The Titanics take the Czar Bar stage tonight, Oct. 19 at 7:15 PM]

15. Twin Sister – “Space Babe”
from: In Heaven / Domino / September 27, 2011
[from Long Island, NYC, recently played the Bottlenect opening for the Pains of Being Pure a Heart]

16. Milagres – “Glowing Moth (Radio Edit)”
from: Glowing Moth / Kill Rock Stars / September 13, 2011
[Official debut recording from Brooklyn-based, five-piece band.]

11:30

17. Laura Marling – “Sophia”
from: A Creature I Don’t Know / Virgin – Ribbon Music / Sept. 13, 2011
[3rd album by British singer-songwriter. Her debut album Alas, I Cannot Swim and her second album I Speak Because I Can were nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in 2008 and 2010 respectively. She won Best Female Solo Artist at the 2011 Brit Awards.]

18. The Beets – “Doing As I Do”
from: Let the Poison Out / Sub Pop / October 24, 2011
[from Queens, NY, and this is their 3rd full-length record. Recorded with Gary Olsen of the Ladybug Transistor, Let the Poison Out is a collection of 13 songs about letting the poison out of your system. ]

19. Iris DeMent – “I’ll Take My Sorrow Straight”
from: The Way I Should / Warner Brothers / 1996
[Produced by Randy Scruggs] [Iris DeMent will be in concert in a rare KC performance with her husband Greg Brown, on 11-11-11 at The Folly Theatre to honor and benefit United Inner City Services home of St. Mark Child and Family Development Center. For tickets call The Folly Box Office at 816.474.4444 or Ticketmaster.com]

20. Greg Brown – “Rain & Snow”
from: Freak Flag / Yep Roc Records / May 10, 2011
[Greg Brown will be in concert in a rare KC performance with his wife Iris Dement, on 11-11-11 at The Folly Theatre to honor and benefit United Inner City Services home of St. Mark Child and Family Development Center. For tickets call The Folly Box Office at 816.474.4444 or Ticketmaster.com]

11:45

21. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – “Same Mistake”
from: Hysterical / self released / September 13, 2011
[3rd album from Brooklyn and Philadelphia, based band. Their debut album, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, was self-released in 2005. All songs written by Alec Ounsworth. His first solo album, Mo Beauty was released October 20, 2009, on Anti- Records.]

22. William Shatner – “Bohemian Rhapsody”
from: Seeking Major Tom / Cleopatra Records / October 11, 2011
[4th studio album from actor, writer, director, William Shatner performing 18 space-themed cover songs on his first covers album since 1968′s “The Transformed Man.” Songs performed in Shatner’s unique vocal style, with Sheryl Crow, John Wetton, Patrick Moraz, Ritchie Blackmore, Alan Parsons, Peter Frampton, Nick Valensi, Zakk Wylde, Mike Inez, Chris Adler, Steve Howe, Michael Schenker, Dave Davies, Johnny Winter, Brad Paisley, Bootsy Collins, and Toots performing the instruments on nearly every track. It is “concept album” and Shatner ties all of the tracks together by utilizes actual NASA communication and reprises lines from “Rocket Man,” “Major Tom (Coming Home),” and “Space Oddity” on tracks throughout the two discs.]

11:59:30

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

Sources for Notes: Artist’s websites noted above and wikipedia.org

Show #391

#390 – October 12, 2011 Playlist

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, October 12, 2011:

The Midcoast Sound
The 90.1 FM Fall Fund Drive Show.

“The Midcoast Sound” featured songs from 11 of the best KC & Lawrence area bands, plus 7 tracks from nationally touring artists, all of them will be in concert, in the area, in the next few days and weeks. If you appreciate Wednesday MidDay Medley and our in-depth surveys of the local music scene, please show your support. You can also visit us online at kkfi.org to donate to support this program and 90.1 FM – Kansas City Community Radio.

1. Howard Iceberg & The Titanics w/Sara Swenson–”Playing Hard to Forget”
from: Welcome Aboard! Vol. 1 / Independent / June 26, 2011
[This 7-CD set, includes over 100 new songs, featuring The Titanics: Gary Paredes on lead guitar, Dan Mesh on rhythm guitar, Scott Easterday on bass, Pat Tomek on drums. With contributions from over 70 local artists, who’ve joined in on Howard’s “never-ending recording project” conducted in Pat Tomek’s home studio.]

Joining Mark for 90.1 FM – Fall Fund Drive Show:

Bess Wallerstein comes to us from the Kauffman Center for The Performing Arts. Bess has worked in the KC Theatre as an artist, administrator, producer & teacher. She has worked for The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival and for Theatre League. In 2005, she founded One Time Productions with KC visual artist, Johnny Naugahyde. In 2008, she directed True West by Sam Shepard in an airstream trailer outside in a backyard in Brookside. In 2009 she directed the KC Premiere of Arts or Crafts, at the Bloch Art Center, in collaboration with The Kansas City Art Institute. She is the founder of CounterClockwise Comedy, an experimental comedy group which performs comedy shows and live comedy movie roasts at Screenland Theatre. Last winter Bess also was a performer in “A White Nose Christmas” a show she created with David Wayne Reed and Heidi Van for The Fishtank Performance Space. The trio will be creating a new show this fall called: “Baby Bump.”

Philip ‘blue owl’ Hooser is an actor, playwright, director, and dramaturgical speaker, a published poet, columnist, and sometimes theatrical reviewer. He recently directed “Jet Propulsion” on the Unicorn Theatre’s Jerome Stage, for the KC Fringe Festival. Philip’s writing was included in the “America Now & Here” Exhibit at the Leedy Art Space. Philip’s plays include: Loving Lucy, Coyote Mischief Tales, and Dottie: A Story of Dorothy Parker. He has appeared onstage in over 100 shows working at the Coterie Theatre, Late Night Theatre, Gorilla Theatre, Mystery Train Theatre, Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, The Unicorn Theatre and The Fishtank where he recently performed as an actor in the new plays: “Discernment” and “Prop 8 On Trial.” He has worked as a Teaching Artist for Coterie Theatre, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Heart of America Shakespeare Festival. Philip is a regular speaker for the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival and a regular host of the Mid America Freedom Band Concerts. And he has been an integral voice performer on WMM’s special presentations of: “The He Touched Me Gospel Hour.” Philip ‘blue owl’ Hooser is also creator and curator of “Eat Their Words,” a series that is presented regularly at The Fishtank Performance Space and Prospero’s Books. On Friday, October 22, Eat Their Words returns to The Fishtank for another show.

Bill Sundahl is the founder of Spice of Life Productions which has presented multiple vaudvillian-variety performances billed as “The Donkey Show.” He is also the founder of The Crossroads Music Festival that celebrates and gives venue to the many incredible Kansas City, Lawrence and area bands. Bill Sundahl a musician and singer and songwriter who was part of the Pitch Music Award winning band It’s Over that ended in 2009. His new band The Columns have become part of the local music scene with many local performances and the release of their 2010 EP “The Columns.” The Columns are currently working on a new full-length release and will be in concert, as a three piece, on Friday, October 21 at The Record bar at 7:00 PM.

10:11

2. Soft Reeds – “Brave New World”
from: Soft Reeds Are Bastards / The Record Machine / 2010
[new project from former Golden Republic frontman Ben Grimes. For more information: therecordmachine.net The Soft Reeds play The Brick, Saturday October 15 with Minden and Deadringers]

3. The Empty Spaces – “Mind Over Matter”
from: Low Noise / Golden Sounds / 2011
[Mat Shoare’s side project when he is not busy doing solo work and working with his other band everyday/everynight. The Empty Spaces play the Record Bar, 1020 Westport Rd. on Friday October 15 at 9:30, with Vehicles, The Vi Tran Band, and David George]

4. Wye Oak – “Civilian”
from: Civilian / Merge Records / March 8, 2011
[Indie folk rock duo from Baltimore, Maryland, will open for explosions in the Sky, tonight, October 12, at The Uptown Theatre.]

10:20 – Pledge Break #2
10:27

5. Greg Brown – “Someday House”
from: Freak Flag / Yep Roc Records / May 10, 2011
[Greg Brown will be in concert in a rare KC performance with his wife Iris Dement, on 11-11-11 at The Folly Theatre to honor and benefit United Inner City Services home of St. Mark Child and Family Development Center. For info you can call 816-994-5400 or visit: irisandgregbenefitconcert.com.]

6. The Low Anthem – “Charlie Darwin”
from: Oh My God, Charlie Darwin / Nonesuch / June 9, 2009 Reissue
[Orig. released 2008]

10:34 – Interview with Jeremy Lillig

Jeremy Lillig is a playwright & actor & co founder of The Doozers Theatre Project. He is a Resident Artist of The Fishtank Theatre, where he appeared in “Descernment” written by Damian Torres-Botello. Jeremy is Director of Marketing & Public Relations for The Friends of Chamber Music who present “The Darwin Project” a piece he co-wrote with Nancy Cervetti, Ph.D. and which is presented by The Friends of Chamber Music, this Friday, October 14, at Helzberg Hall, at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. More info at chambermusic.org.

The world premiere of The Darwin Project kicks off The Friends of Chamber Music’s 2011-2012 season, a multi-media concert explores the life of Charles Darwin and the theory that changed our view of life. Renowned actors; beautiful classical music performed by string quartet, solo piano, and chamber choir; historical images and original photography from leading field biologists bring Darwin’s story to life in this dynamic original event.

Scientific consultation by: Robert Powell, Ph.D., William Ashworth, Ph.D., Bruce Bradley

Produced by: The Friends of Chamber Music; Cynthia Siebert, president
Co-presented by: Friends of Chamber Music & Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Directed by: Kyle Hatley, Associate Artistic Director, Kansas City Repertory Theatre
Starring: Gary Neal Johnson as Charles Darwin and Kathleen Warfel as Emma Darwin
Narrated by: Cinnamon Schultz
Featuring: the Daedalus String Quartet, Alon Goldstein, piano, Kansas City Collegium Vocale, directed by Ryan Board, DMA

Original Nature Photography by: John Hess, Ph.D.

“The Darwin Project” presented by The Friends of Chamber Music, premieres this Friday, October 14, at Helzberg Hall, at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, MO. More info at chambermusic.org

10:45

7. Sara Swenson – “Snow”
from: All Thinks Big and Small / Independent / 2010
[Kansas City Based singer songwriter Sara Swenson, is a full time High School teacher at Platte County High School in Platte City. She teaches English and Journalism , this is her 8th year of teaching. This is her follow up to her 2009 critically acclaimed selt titled debut. Sara Swensom plays The Record Bar, Saturday, October 15, at 7:00 PM]

8. Hearts of Darkness – “Come Forward”
from: Studio Dailies / unreleased recording from sessions for new album / April 6, 2011 [Thank you Bobby Asher.]

9. The Black Angels – “Telephone”
from: Phosphene Dream / Blue Horizon Records / Sept. 14 2010
[3rd Album of Psychedelic rock from Austin, Texas band formed in 2004. The band’s name comes from “The Black Angel’s Death Song” from The Velvet Underground. The Black Angels play The Bottleneck, in Lawrence, this Saturday, October 15.]

10:51 – Pledge Break #3

10:58 – Station ID

10. The Grisly Hand – “Roll On. Little One”
from: Safe House [EP] / Independent / November 2, 2010
[The Grisly Hand are: Jimmy Fitzner, Johnny Nichols, Chas Snyder, Lauren Krum, Ben Summers, Mike Tuley & Kian Byrne. Winners of a 2010 Pitch Music Award. The entire band climbed into our studios and performed live on our Nov. 10 2010 show. Safe House was released on vinyl. For more info: myspace.com/thegrislyhand.]

11:01

11. Grand Marquis – “Hold On To Me”
from: Hold On To Me / Grand Marquis Music / 2010
[The 5th CD from Bryan Redmond – saxophones, vocals / Chad Boydston – trumpet / Ryan Wurtz – guitar / Ben Ruth – upright bass, sousaphone / Lisa McKenzie – drums, washboard, marimba. The Band plays the R Bar this Friday October 14. More info at grandmarquis.net or extravirginkc.com]

11:04 – Pledge Break #4

11:11

12. Iris DeMent -“Wasteland of The Free”
from: The Way I Should / Warner Brothers / 1996
[Produced by Randy Scruggs] [Iris DeMent will be in concert in a rare KC performance with her husband Greg Brown, on 11-11-11 at The Folly Theatre to honor and benefit United Inner City Services home of St. Mark Child and Family Development Center. For info 816-994-5400 or visit: irisandgregbenefitconcert.com.]

13. Judy Ancel – “Excerpt of Speech from Occupy KC Rally 10/9/11”
Judy Ancel is Director of the Institute for Labor Studies and Host and producer of The Heartland Labor Forum, heard every Thursday Evening at 6:00 PM on 90.1 FM KKFI.

The movement known as “Occupy Wall Street” has spread far beyond its starting point in lower Manhattan and now has offshoots in 25 cities nationwide, from D.C. to Alabama to Portland, to Topeka. Demonstrators are protesting everything from corporate greed to joblessness to economic inequality. Occupy KC has set up a site at 1 Memorial Drive, in an amazing location just south of Liberty Memorial, just West of The Federal Reserve Bank, and just east of the public art installation, created by artist, John Salvest that is titled IOU/USA.

Occupy Wall Street began as a call to march against economic policy in the U.S., particularly in regard to Big Business collusion with government and funding in politics. The failure elected leaders to bring to justice those who are responsible for the economic crisis. The Occupy Wall Street movement stands behind a call to the 99%, those of us who are not among the wealthiest 1% of our nation who wield political and financial power in the U.S, are now standing and demanding to be heard.

Occupy Kansas City stands in Solidarity with those Occupying in NYC at Liberty Park. The diversity of those occupying is the strength. We are all the 99%. We are proud to come together to voice our dissatisfaction and demand accountability, no matter the difference of our political backgrounds, heritage, and personal choices. As individuals we come together, for our strength is in our numbers.

The unemployment rate in the U.S. is at 9.1% and in Kansas City it is 8.5%. (http://bls.gov/web/metro/laummtrk.htm)

Memorial Drive (Outside the Federal Reserve of KC), In Penn Vally Park, KCMO. In solidarity with #OccupyWallStreet, and #EndtheMachine (www.occupywallst.org and http://www.october2011.org)

More info at: OCCUPYKC.COM

11:23

14. Mavis Staples – “Turn Me Around”
from: We’ll Never Turn Back / Anti / April 24, 2007
[Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Mavis Staples, of The Staple Singers, is a celebrated equal rights activist. She’s performed at inaugural parties for Presidents Kennedy, Carter and Clinton, The record is filled with freedom songs. Mavis Staples, who marched and sang and protested alongside Dr. Martin Luther King during the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, saw her sense of hope validated on Nov. 4th, 2008 when Barrack Obama was elected President. Mavis Staples plays Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Thursday, December 8, 2011. More Info at: kauffmancenter.org or 816-994-7222.]

11:27 – Pledge Break #5

11:35

15. Shay Estes & Trio All – “Day In / Day Out”
from: Despite Your Destination / Independent / 2009
[Shay Estes and Zack Albetta on drums, Mark Lowrey on piano, and Ben Leifer on Bass. Shay Estes will be performing with & Mark Lowrey]

16. Mike Doughty – “Russell”
from: Yes and Also Yes / Snack Bar / Aug 29, 2011
[He led the band Soul Coughing though the 1990s and in the past decade embarked on his solo career. Mike Doughty & His Band Fantastic play The Bottleneck in Lawrence on Sunday, Oct, 30. with Moon Hooch. Pipeline Productions.]

17. They Might Be Giants – “Old Pine Box”
from: Join Us / Idlewild Recordings / July 19, 2011
[15th studio album and the first non-children’s album from the band since “The Else” in 2007. They Might Be Giants play the Beaumont Club in Westport this Friday, October 14. Mammoth Productions.]

11:40 – Pledge Break #6

10:47

18. Blind Pilot – “We Are The Tide”
from: We Are The Tide / Expunged Records / Sept. 13, 2011
[2nd studio album from the Portland, Oregon indie group who will open for Brett Dennen at The Beaumont Club, this Friday, October 14. Mammoth Productions]

11:50

19. The Columns – “Allies”
from: The Columns / Split Oak Records / 2010
[The Columns played live on our March 31, 2010 show. The Columns are: Bill Sundahl, Andy Money, Nick Howell, Matt Richey & Sarah Carpenter. The band will be in concert, as a three piece, on Friday, October 21 at The Record bar at 7:00 PM.]

11:53 – Pledge Break #7

Thanks to all who donated to 90.1 FM – Kansas City Community Radio during Wednesday MidDay Medley! A Big thanks to Bess Wallerstein, Philip Hooser, Bill Sundahl, Maria Vasquez Boyd, Jeremy Lillig, Rev. Sam Mann, Howard Eisberg, Chris Haghirian, Mammoth Entertainment, Pipeline Productions, Jim “The Blind Guy”, Eleven Productions, Friends of Chamber Music, The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, St. Mark – Early Childhood & Development Center, You Say Tomato, Susan Haslam, Sebra Scrogum, Bruno, Warren Maus & Bill Clause for your help in making our Fund Drive show successful!

11:59:30

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

Sources for Notes: Artist’s websites noted above and wikipedia.org

Show #390

WMM Playlist from October 5, 2011

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, October 5, 2011

New & Local Releases + Laurie Anderson in Kansas City
+ Spinning Tree Theatre’s “Year of Magical Thinking”

1. The Coathangers – “Shake, Shake”
from: Shake, Shake (Single) / Suicide Squeeze Records / 2011
[all female punk group quartet from Atlanta, Georgia, includes: lead vocalist – Julia Kugel, drummer – Stephanie Luke, keyboardist – Candice Jones and bassist – Meredith Franco. They’ve recently released their 3rd album, Larceny and Old Lace.]

2. Veronica Falls – “Veronica Falls”
from: Veronica Falls / Slumberland Records / Sept. 20, 2011
[self-titled debut record from a UK band that daringly recruited a bass player that didn’t know how to play until joining the group. Their first live performance was opening for Pains Of Being Pure At Heart.]

3. Wilco -“Born Alone”
from: The Whole Love / dBpm Records – Epitaph Records / Sept. 23, 2011
[8th album by Chicago based band was formed in 1994 by the remaining members of Uncle Tupelo following Jay Farrar’s departure. Wilco’s lineup has changed frequently, with only singer Jeff Tweedy and bassist John Stirratt remaining from the original incarnation. Since early 2004, the other current members are guitarist Nels Cline, multi-instrumentalists Pat Sansone and Mikael Jorgensen, and drummer Glenn Kotche. Wilco has released 8 studio albums, a live double album, and three collaborations: two with Billy Bragg, and one with The Minus 5.]

10:13 – Underwriting

10:14

4. Soley – “Blue Leaves”
from: We Sink / Morr Music / October 3, 2011
[From Iceland comes Soley, an introverted singer-songwriter who was recently featured in “Backyard” a documentary about the influential Iceland music scene.]

5. St. Vincent – “Cruel”
from: Strange Mercy / 4AD / September 13 , 2011
[Manhattan based Annie Clark’s 11-song follow up to her critically acclaimed release “Actor” from 2009. Strange Mercy was recorded in Dallas, TX. St. Vincent will play Liberty Hall in Lawrence, KS on October 7.]

6. Little Dragon – “Ritual Union”
from: Ritual Union / Peace Frog / July 26, 2011
[From Gothenburg, Sweden. This is the 3rd release frpm the four-piece band that blends R&B, new wave, electronica and experimental pop with the lead vocals of Yukimi Nagano.]

7. Laurie Anderson – “The Beginning of Memory”
from: Homeland / Nonesuch Records / June 21, 2010
[Laurie Anderson will be in Kansas City to kick off the Vanguard Series at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, on Sunday, October 9, at 7:00 PM in Helzberg Hall. For more information kauffmancenter.org or 816-994-7222.]

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8. Laurie Anderson – “Only An Expert”
from: Homeland / Nonesuch Records / June 21, 2010
[Laurie Anderson will be in Kansas City to kick off the Vanguard Series at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, on Sunday, October 9, at 7:00 PM in Helzberg Hall. For more information kauffmancenter.org or 816-994-7222.]

10:38 – Interview with Laurie Anderson (& Bess Wallerstein)

Bess Wallerstein joined us from the Kauffman Center for The Performing Arts. Bess has worked in the KC Theatre as an artist, administrator, producer & teacher. She has worked for The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival and for Theatre League. In 2005, she founded One Time Productions with KC visual artist, Johnny Naugahyde. In 2008, she directed True West by Sam Shepard in an airstream trailer outside in a backyard in Brookside. In 2009 she directed the KC Premiere of Arts or Crafts, at the Bloch Art Center, in collaboration with The Kansas City Art Institute. She is the founder of CounterClockwise Comedy, an experimental comedy group which performs comedy shows and live comedy movie roasts at Screenland Theatre. Last winter Bess also was a performer in “A White Nose Christmas” a show she created with David Wayne Reed and Heidi Van for The Fishtank Performance Space. The trio will be creating a new show this fall called Anchor Baby. Bess made our interview with Laurie Anderson possible. Thank you Bess!

Laurie Anderson is an American experimental performance artist, composer and musician. She began studying classical violin at five and performed with the Chicago Youth Symphony. In 1966 she moved to New York City, where she received her B.A at Barnard College in 1969 and her Masters in Fine Arts from Columbia University in 1972. For two years she taught art history at the City University of New York. One of her early performance art pieces was titled: Automotive (1972), for which she orchestrated car horns. In Duets on Ice, another early piece, she wore ice skates frozen in blocks of ice; and then proceeded to play a duet with herself on an altered violin. Laurie Anderson became widely known outside the art world in 1981 when her single “O Superman” reached number two on the UK pop charts. The success of O Superman, led to Laurie Anderson’s long and critically acclaimed recording career that has produced 8 studio albums, several live albums including the amazing 4 cd set of United States and her 2002 release Live in New York, her retrospective compilation: “Talk Normal,” several soundtrack albums, and musical collaborations with Brian Eno, William S. Burroughs, Peter Gabriel, John Zorn, Antony Hegarty and Lou Reed who she married in 2008. Laurie Anderson, performs her show “Transitory Life” as part of the Vanguard Series at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts this Sunday, October 9, at 7:00 PM, in Helzberg Hall. more information kauffmancenter.org

We talked with Laurie Anderson, on the phone, LIVE from Montreal where she was in rehearsals for a performance she would be doing in Montreal with Rufus Wainwright.

In the liner notes to “Talk Normal” the 2-CD retrospective collection of 35 songs from Laurie’s first seven studio albums, Laurie is quoted as saying: “I’m not really a professional anything,” “Well, maybe a professional storyteller. But all the music and the pictures are just ways to tell the stories.”

Laurie has called “Transitory Life” a survey of themes from her life, a mental movie that includes stories and characters from her adventures. Some of the stories in Transitory Life are inspired by Laurie Anderson’s “Happiness Project” where she worked on an Amish farm, at a McDonald’s in Chinatown in NYC, and when she hitch-hiked from her neighborhood in NYC to the North Pole.

“Transitory Life” is the opening track from Laurie’s critically acclaimed 2010 release: “Homeland” which she produced with Lou Reed and Roma Baran, and which was created over several years from improvisations on tour.

The themes explored in Homeland include: US foreign policy, torture, economic collapse, the erosion of personal freedom, medical malpractice, religion and cynicism. You approach these themes as journeys, asking where we are going, what we are doing, translating the headlines of today into perspectives that are haunting, but also demonstrate her great sense of humor.

Laurie Anderson is currently touring North America, performing her piece “Delusion” in Montreal and presenting your exhibition “Forty-Nine Days in The Bardo” in Philadelphia.

Laurie Anderson has described the violin as an alter ego of herself, where she does the talking and the violin does the crying. Another of her alter ego characters is achieved by her use of filters that alter her own voice to create what her husband, Lou Reed, has named: Fenway Bergamot. Fenway Bergamot appears on the cover of her critically acclaimed 2010 release HOMELAND. This character also played a role in the television series she did for PBS in the 1980s and he has made appearances in many of her live shows and recordings over the years. Laurie calls it: “Audio Drag”

You can learn more about Laurie Anderson’s release Homeland at: laurieanderson.com

The Vanguard Series at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts starts with Laurie Anderson, on Sunday, October 9, 2011 at 7:00 PM in Helzberg Hall. For more information kauffmancenter.org or 816-994-7222.

11:00

The Wilders, The Grisly Hand and Howard Iceberg will all be in concert TOGETHER that will be recorded LIVE on Friday, October 7 at Davey’s Uptown at 3402 Main Street, KCMO. More info at: daveysuptown.com.

9. The Wilders – “Things They Say About Home”
from: The Wilders / Free Dirt Records / June 21, 2011
[The 10th release from Ike Sheldon- Guitar, Lead Vocals, Betse Ellis- Fiddle, Vocals, Phil Wade- Dobro, Banjo, Mandolin, Vocals, Nate Gawron- Bass, Vocals. Sarah Carpenter also sings back-up on this track.]

10. The Grisly Hand – “The Good Wife”
from: Safe House [EP] / Independent / November 2, 2010
[The Grisly Hand are: Jimmy Fitzner, Johnny Nichols, Chas Snyder, Lauren Krum, Ben Summers, Mike Tuley & Kian Byrne. They played their first shows in January of 2009 and have since performed throughout the Kansas City/Lawrence area winning a 2010 Pitch Music Award. The entire band climbed into our studios and performed live on our Nov. 10 2010 show. Safe House was released on vinyl. For more info: myspace.com/thegrislyhand.]

11. Howard Iceberg & The Titanics – “Jacksonville”
From: Welcome Aboard! Vol. 2 / Independent / June 26, 2011
[7-CD set, includes over 100 new songs, featuring The Titanics: Gary Paredes on lead guitar, Dan Mesh on rhythm guitar, Scott Easterday on bass, Pat Tomek on drums. With contributions from over 70 local artists, who’ve joined in on Howard’s “never-ending recording project” conducted in Pat Tomek’s home studio. ]

12. Tom Russell – “Furious Love (For Liz)”
from: Mesabi / Shout! Factory Records / Septenber 5, 2011
[Playing Knuckleheads Thursday, October 6, at 8:00 PM]

11:15 – Interview with Peggy Friesen & Michael Grayman

Peggy Friesen & Michael Grayman joined us to discuss the KC premiere of Joan Didion’s “The Year of Magical Thinking,” produced by Spinning Tree Theatre, and running October 12-23, at The Living Room, 1818 McGee in KC.

Peggy Friesen has been a professional actress in the Kansas City for over 25 years. She received her masters of Fine Arts from Ohio State University and has performed in over 50 productions at Kansas City Repertory Theatre, and dozens of productions at the Unicorn Theatre where she won Best Actress Award from The Pitch in 2000 for the play “Wit.” On film, Peggy Friesen has appeared in many films and has worked with Directors: Robert Altman, Steven Soderbergh, and Ang Lee. Peggy is also a professional harpist, playing both concert and Celtic instruments. She shares an old house with her husband, musician, photographer, and T’ai Chi instructor, Royal Scanlon.

Michael Grayman is the Artistic Director at Spinning Tree Theatre. Michael most recently directed Spinning Tree Theatre’s inaugural production of “Make Me a Song: The Music of William Finn” at Kansas City Crown Center’s Off Center Theatre. As a resident director at The Barnstormers Theatre in New Hampshire he Directed A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Brigadoon and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. In the Fall of 2010 he was represented as Associate Director of Sylvia at The New Theatre in Kansas City. He is a teaching artist for Coterie Theatre and Accelerated School Overland Park. As a member of Actors’ Equity Association, he made his national tour debut at age 14 with The King and I. Other Broadway national tours include Mamma Mia! and the 40th anniversary production of West Side Story. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, Michael is a graduate of the Cincinnati School for Creative and Performing Arts. Michael holds a BFA from The Boston Conservatory and is also a member of Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.

Michael Grayman, after many years working in New York City and in Delaware, started Spinning Tree Theatre, with his partner Andy Parkhurst, here in Kansas City. Michael told us that the name Spinning Tree after a long brainstorming session to find a name that evoked the spirit of their theatre vision.

Michael talked about seeing the Broadway production of Joan Didion’s “The Year of Magical Thinking” starring Vanessa Redgrave.

KC premiere of Joan Didion’s “The Year of Magical Thinking.” The play will run October 12-23, at The Living Room, 1818 McGee in Kansas City. Performances are Wednesdays through Sundays. For info: spinningtreetheatre.com for tickets: thelivingroomkc.com

The last time Peggy Friesen was a guest on Wednesday MidDay Medley was when she visited us to discuss “Nickel and Dimed” a show produced by The Unicorn Theatre, another play, based on a popular book, written by another fierce female author/journalist. Peggy Friesen has been able to bring to life on the stage, many amazing female characters. Michael talked about how this play seemed to be perfect for Peggy Friesen. Peggy Discussed the challenges of a one-woman-show and how she uses the audience, as a character, she plays to, in her performances.

The Year of Magical Thinking is written in a stream-of-consciousness style, in which ideas are introduced and repeated, images and memories get triggered unexpectedly, and information is processed in real time and then integrated into the overall narrative. In this book, Didion doesn’t simply tell us how she thinks: she shows us.

The Year of Magical Thinking documents Didion’s experience of grief after losing her husband John, and also serves as a memorial to their relationship and forty-year marriage. At the same time, she is dealing with her daughter Quintana Roo Dunne, who spends most of the book in either a coma or a state of slow recovery. Her daughter Quintana also eventually dies, in a tragic postscript.

In the 2005 NY Times review of this book, critic Robert Pinsky wrote, “”The Year of Magical Thinking” is not a downer. On the contrary. Though the material is literally terrible, the writing is exhilarating and what unfolds resembles an adventure narrative: a forced expedition. As in Didion’s previous writing, her sense of timing, sentence by sentence and in the arrangement of scenes, draws the reader forward. Her manner is deadpan funny, slicing away banality with an air that is ruthless yet meticulous.”

The Book won the National Book Award in November 2005 and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award as well as the Pulitzer Prize for Biography/Autobiography.

On March 29, 2007, Didion’s adaptation of her book for Broadway, directed by David Hare, opened with Vanessa Redgrave as the sole cast member. The play expands upon the memoir by dealing with Quintana’s death. Redgrave reprised her role to largely positive reviews at London’s National Theatre.

Spinning Tree Theatre aims to produce works which celebrate and reflect the diversity of KC itself by exploring a variety of cultures & art forms through theatre, music and dance. Their goal is to present new, contemporary & classic pieces that are relevant, thought-provoking & entertaining. We hope to educate, challenge, stimulate & inspire audience & artist alike.

The KC premiere of Joan Didion’s “The Year of Magical Thinking,” produced by Spinning Tree Theatre, will run October 12-23, at The Living Room, 1818 McGee in KC. Performances are Wednesdays thru Sundays. For info: spinningtreetheatre.com For tickets: thelivingroomkc.com

11:35

13. Greg Brown – “Lovinest One”
from: Freak Flag / Yep Roc Records / May 10, 2011
[Greg Brown will be in concert in a rare KC performance with his wife Iris Dement, on 11-11-11 at The Folly Theatre to honor and benefit United Inner City Services home of St. Mark Child and Family Development Center. For more info you can call 816-994-5400 or visit: irisandgregbenefitconcert.com]

14. Jono McCleery – “Fears”
from: There Is / Counter Records / Sept. 26, 2011
[London based singer-songwriter new album opens with ‘Fears’ and includes collaborations with Fink and Vashti Bunyan.]

15. Kristie Stremel & The 159ers – “Clementine”
from: Color of Stars / Stremeltone / 2010
[Kristie Stremel & The 159ers will play the RecordBar Saturday Oct. 8 at 8:00 PM]

11:45 – New Electronica from: Neon Indian, Com Truise and Purity Ring

Neon Indian, Com Truise and Purity Ring will be in concert together, Tuesday October 11, at The RecordBar, 1020 Westport Road. in a show that starts at 8:30 PM

16. Neon Indian – “Hex Girlfriend”
from: Era Extrana / Mom + Pop / September 13, 2011

17. Com Truise – “Futureworld”
from: Galactic Melt / Ghostly / July 2011
[Com Truise, is New Jersey based designer and musician named Seth Haley, who said he envisioned this record as a “sort of film score…from the mind,” chronicling the life and death of Com Truise, the world’s first robotic astronaut, from his creation and life on Earth to his subsequent mission to a newly discovered galaxy called “Wave 1.”]

18. Purity Ring – “Ungirthed”
from: Ungirthed 7″ / Independent / Jan. 14, 2011

11:59:30

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

Sources for Notes: Artist’s websites noted above and wikipedia.org

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