WMM Playlist from Oct.30, 2019

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Other Americans + HMPH!
+ Sondra Freeman & Apocalypse Meow 12

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

2. Headlight Rivals – “Stuck”
from: Mattson / Black Site Records / November 1, 2019
[Manhattan, Kansas based three-piece band formed by Eric Kleiner on guitar & vocals, Seven Black on bass, and Kris Kleiner on drums. They previously released the EP Juliette on June 29, 2017.]

[Headlight Rivals play an LP Release Show! Friday, November 1, at 10:00 PM, at Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS with The Rackatees and Red Kate.]

Slights at Drexel Hall for Apocalypse Meow 12

3. Slights – “Higher Than Stoned”
from: Flow State / Slights / November 30, 2018
[Slights is a collaboration band between Ben Parks & Matthew Dunehoo. In late January, 2017 they recorded an album at Ghost Cat Studios in San Francisco w/ Ryan Kleeman and their friend Andrew Skikne on bass. Ben Parks is also visual artist & painter as well as part of the band, Of Tree. Matthew Dunehoo is also a filmmaker & actor, and has been a member of the bands: Loose Park, Baby Teardrops, Doris Henson. On Nov, 7, we interviewed Ben Parks & Matthew Dunehoo who joined us to talk about the debut release of their new band Slights. The new 11-song album was created over the past year. Matt is the founder of Elk’s Pride Pictures, based in KCMO More information at http://www.slightsband.com]

[Slights play Midwest Music Foundation’s 12th Annual Apocalypse Meow to benefit Abby’s Fund for Musicians’ Health Care, Saturday, November 2, at Drexel Hall, 301 Baltimore, with Jesus Loves the Atom Bomb, Shy Boys, and Nublvckcity, AP, Kristie Stremel, and Anna Cole and the Other Lovers.]

[Matthew Dunehoo’s First Friday Film Festival is this Friday, November 1, at Musical Theatre Heritage Stage in Crown Center 6:60 Cocktails / 7:30 Films]

4. The Sluts – “No Sober”
from: Break Their Heart / The Sluts / February 12, 2019
[New 6 song EP from the Lawrence based band The Sluts formed by Ryan Wise & Kristoffer Dover in 2011. Produced recorded, mixed, and mastered by Joel Nanos at Element Recording and Mastering Studios, KCMO]

[The Sluts play Midwest Music Foundation’s 12th Annual Apocalypse Meow to benefit Abby’s Fund for Musicians’ Health Care, Friday, November 1, at Mills Record Company, 4045 Broadway, with Chris Meck & The Second Sons.]

10:12 – Underwriting

5. Iris DeMent – “Listening to Singing”
from: The Trackless Woods / FlariElla / August 7, 2015
[6th album from Grammy nominated Iris DeMent who NPR said was ”one of the great voices in contemporary popular music.” The Trackless Woods sets 18 poems by acclaimed 20th century Russian poet Anna Akhmatova to life. Hailed as one of Russia’s finest poets, Akhmatova survived the Bolshevik Revolution, both World Wars and Stalin. She lost family, friends & fellow writers to political killings and labor in the gulags. When Iris randomly stumbled upon Akhmatova’s work in a book of poetry a friend sent as a gift, she was immediately taken by the sorrow and burden of the poems, juxtaposed with Akhmatova’s lightness and transcendence in the face of inhumanity. ”Anna’s gift of song is so strong, about alI I had to do was get really quiet and listen,” says Iris. After reading that first poem the melodies began pouring out of her, and before she even fully understood what was driving her, Iris was gathering musicians & friends, including co-producer Richard Bennett (Emmylou Harris, Neil Diamond, Steve Earle), to record ‘The Trackless Woods’ in her living room over 5-days. The result is a pairing of piano and voice in Iris’ style with timeless melodies that are rooted in the American South. On Oct 2, 2012 Iris released Sing The Delta. The album was a return to the roots of her mother, who had recently passed. The album was #1 on WMM’s 112 Best Recordings of 2012.]

[Iris DeMent plays Knuckleheads, 2715 Rochester St, KCMO, Saturday, November 2, at 8:00 PM with Pieta Brown.]

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

10:23

7. Carswell & Hope – “On My Way”
from: On My Way / Silly Goose Records / October 25, 2019
[New song from band with a new video. Last year on May 22, 2018 Carswell & Hope released the critically acclaimed EP Exit Plan with music by Carswell & Hope. Lyrics by Nick Carswell. Produced & mixed by Jason Slote & Nick Carswell. Mastered by Michael Fossenkemper @ TurtleTone Studio NYC. Lawrence KS based 5-piece band formed June 25, 2012. The band is: Nick Carswell, Jason Slote, Austin Quick, Chris Handley, and Jordan Tucker. Songwriter Nick Carswell is originally from Limerick, Ireland and has found a new home on the plains of Kansas. Nick has been living in Lawrence, KS since 2011. He formed Carswell & Hope in late 2012. The band released their debut album in 2014, coinciding with a two week Irish tour. Nick also plays bass in the electro-pop band Pink Royal and is the force behind Silly Goose Records and the annual MixMaster music conference, now part of the Crossroads Music Festival.]

[Carswell & Hope play The Brick, 1727 McGee St, KCMO Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 8:00 PM, with Joe’s Pet Project, and Mikal Shapiro.]

8. Other Americans – “Salt Mines”
from: OA2 / AWAL Records / October 19, 2019
[New EP follow up to the band’s debut self-titled EP from June 29, 2018. Julie Berndsen on lead vocals, Adam Phillips on drums, Brandon Phillips on guitar, Michelle Bacon on bass. Produced by Brandon Philllips. Engineered by Joel Nanos. Recorded at Element Recording Studios in Kansas City. All remixes by Mensa Deathsquad. Hailing from the musical hotbeds of Kansas City, MO, and Lawrence, KS, the electro-alternative OTHER AMERICANS are comprised of members of such regional luminaries as The Architects, Latenight Callers, The Philistines, Radar State and Brandon Phillips and The Condition. Other Americans is a virtual Midwestern supergroup. The cohorts first crossed paths in when a mutual friend and matchmaker introduced Brandon Phillips to vocalist Julie Berndsen “We were all looking for something new to do musically, recalls Brandon. “The way I remember it, a mutual friend (KC music producer Joel Nanos) told me that Julie was looking to start something new and I sent her a note about it. We had tacos to see if we liked each other.”]

Photo by Paul Andrews

10:30 – Interview with Julie Berndsen, Brandon Phillips, Adam Phillips

We just heard Other Americans with their song “Salt Mines’ form their new EP OA2. Other Americans is a Kansas City/Lawrence based 4 piece band made up of: Julie Berndsen on lead vocals, Adam Phillips on drums, Brandon Phillips on guitar, and Michelle Bacon on bass. Other Americans EP OA2, was produced by Brandon Phillips, engineered by Joel Nanos, and recorded at Element Recording Studios in Kansas City. We talk with 3 of the members of the band about their new music

Julie Berndsen, Brandon Phillips, Adam Phillips thanks for being with us on WMM

Brandon Phillips was last on Wednesday MidDay Medley on April 3, 2019 when Too Much Rock released the Brandon Phillips and The Condition single “People Talk.”

Brandon, Zach, & Adam Phillips come from an artistic family. Their father was a jazz musician, playwright, and actor and their mother an art teacher. The brothers started by playing AC/DC covers, but moved on to original songs and a broader range of influences. In 1991 they formed their first band and a 14-year-old Brandon led his younger brothers Zach & Adam into a seedy bar in KC to play their first gig to the small crowd of locals. In 1997 the brother’s a ska and rock & roll band, The Gadjits, released their debut album, Da Gravy on Yo’ Grits, on their own JoCo Ska label. They recorded five full length albums on Hellcat Records, Thick Records and an unreleased album for RCA Records. They played The Vans Warped Tour, and supported the Skatallites, Rancid, Let’s Go Bowling.

In 2004 The Gadjits ended and the brothers formed a new band called The Architects who have released six full length albums and two EPs, including The Border Wars graphic novel/EP series, on which they worked with illustrator Mallory Dorn.

The Phillips brothers found that the music they were making for The Architects was changing and moving in new directions. Rather than disappoint longtime fans of The Architects with new sounds, they instead created new musical projects to explore new musical territory they wanted to play. These new journeys include: Other Americans with Julie Berndsen (formerly of the Latenight Callers) on lead vocals, Brandon Phillips and The Condition with Brandon on vocals, and Radar State where Adam plays drums. The first Other Americans EP included brother Zach Phillips on bass, and former Gadjit member Ehren Starks who was brought in by Brandon to play keyboards with Brandon Phillips and The Condition and ended up helping to write songs for the Other Americans debut EP released last year. Julie Berndsen sings backup vocals in Brandon Phillips and The Condition, an ensemble that changes based on availability of musicians and family.

Other Americans came together when a mutual friend and Kansas City producer Joel Nanos introduced Brandon Phillips to vocalist Julie Berndsen. As Brandon told Nick Spacek of Pitch Kansas City, “We were all looking for something new to do musically. The way I remember it, a mutual friend (Joel) told me that Julie was looking to start something new and I sent her a note about it. We had tacos to see if we liked each other.”

“We had never met,” Phillips says of that first interaction. “So, we had to do the weird, sit-down, getting to know you: ‘What kind of records do you like? Is it okay if I double dip?’”

“I didn’t know that Brandon was into electronic dance stuff as much as he was,” Berndsen says, “so that was really exciting.”

“A big portion for the idea of this band, before it even started, was that it was supposed to be very different from the other stuff that we’ve done,” says drummer Adam Phillips.

Hailing from the musical hotbeds of Kansas City, MO, and Lawrence, KS, the electro-alternative OTHER AMERICANS are comprised of members of such regional luminaries as The Architects, Latenight Callers, The Philistines, Radar State and Brandon Phillips and The Condition.

    10:41

    10. Other Americans – “Neon Sunrise (Glitchjoy Remix)”
    from: OA2 / AWAL Records / October 19, 2019
    [New EP follow up to the band’s debut self-titled EP from June 29, 2018. Julie Berndsen on lead vocals, Adam Phillips on drums, Brandon Phillips on guitar, Michelle Bacon on bass. Produced by Brandon Phillips. Engineered by Joel Nanos. Recorded at Element Recording Studios in Kansas City. All remixes by Mensa Deathsquad.]

    10:45 – More Interview with Julie Berndsen, Brandon Phillips, Adam Phillips

    We just heard “Neon Sunrise (Glitchjoy Remix)” from Other Americans new EP OA2 joining us in our 90.1 FM Studios are Julie Berndsen, Brandon Phillips, Adam Phillips.

    10:58

    11. Other Americans – “Ship of The Dessert”
    from: OA2 / AWAL Records / October 19, 2019
    [New EP follow up to the band’s debut self-titled EP from June 29, 2018. Julie Berndsen on lead vocals, Adam Phillips on drums, Brandon Phillips on guitar, Michelle Bacon on bass. Produced by Brandon Philllips. Engineered by Joel Nanos. Recorded at Element Recording Studios in Kansas City. All remixes by Mensa Deathsquad.]

    11:02 – Station ID

    12. HMPH! – “40 Tubesteaks”
    from: HMPH! / Haymaker Records / November 15, 2019
    [Ryan Lee Toms on guitar, Jonathan Thatch on drums, Kitten Adventure Boggs on bass. HMPH!’s second album, the self-titled “HMPH!” features their signature math-rock sound with a progressive rock and avant-jazz twist. The songs on HMPH! are more sprawling than on 2015’s Headrush, with lots of detours and left turns along the way. Recorded by the band in their home recording studio, the album had time to evolve, and the complicated arrangements materialized through this process. This album also features heavy bass lines provided by Kitten Boggs, a significant addition since their first record. This album is a choose your own adventure of abrupt rhythm changes, dissident chords, or even about-face genre-hops into funk, punk, or samba. “HMPH!” is a different kind of album from a different kind of band.]

    [HMPH! play a Record Release Party on Friday, November 1, at 8:00 PM, at Farewell Transmission, 6515 Stadium Drive, KCMO, with Shiny Jets, Jorge Arana Trio, and Dan Ohm.]

    [HMPH! play a Record Release Party on Saturday, November 2, at 10:00 PM, at Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS with Pale Tongue, and After Nations.]

    Ryan Lee Toms, Kitten Adventure Boggs, and Jonathan Thatch of HMPH! on the October 30, 2019 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley

    11:07 – Interview with Ryan Lee Toms, Jonathan Thatch, and Kitten Adventure Boggs

    Ryan Lee Toms, Jonathan Thatch, and Kitten Adventure Boggs make up the math-rock trio, HMPH! The band join us today to share music from their second album, the self-titled “HMPH!” to be released worldwide on November 15, 2019. HMPH! (the album) features the band’s signature math-rock sound with a progressive rock and avant-jazz twist. The band’s label haymaker Records reports that “the songs on HMPH! are more sprawling than on their debut album Headrush,” from 2015, “with lots of detours and left turns along the way. This album also features heavy bass lines provided by Kitten Adventure Boggs, a significant addition since their first record.” HMPH! play a Record Release Party on Friday, November 1, 2019 at 8:00 PM, at Farewell Transmission, 6515 Stadium Drive, KCMO, with Shiny Jets, Jorge Arana Trio, and Dan Ohm. HMPH! play a Record Release Party on Saturday, November 2, at 10:00 PM, at Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS with Pale Tongue, and After Nations.

    Ryan Lee Toms, Jonathan Thatch, and Kitten Adventure Boggs thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

    Congratulations on the new album.

    We just heard “40 Tubesteaks” the opening track from the new album. Opening tracks are sometimes great introductions to an interview about a new album.

    HMPH! was recorded by the band in their home recording studio, so the album had time to evolve, and the complicated arrangements materialized through this process.

    One of the biggest differences between the band’s 2015 debut Headrush and the new album is the addition of Kitten Adventure Boggs on bass.

    Kitten Adventure Boggs has actually been with the band for several years now.

    Kitten Adventure Boggs is also the Creative Director for PLY Magazine (plymagazine.com) a quarterly periodical, and source for spinning knowledge, and technique, going beyond the basics, to reflect a global community, and explore this fiber arts passion.

    More info at http://www.haymakerrecords.net

    Ryan Lee Toms, Jonathan Thatch, and Kitten Adventure Boggs are members of KC based, HMPH! a three-piece math-rock band infusing drums, guitar, bass, looping pedal and effects, to create a huge booming beautiful, complex sound of patterns and riffs and melody.

    11:14

    13. HMPH! – “The Upside”
    from: HMPH! / Haymaker Records / November 15, 2019

    [HMPH! play a Record Release Party on Friday, November 1, 2019 at 8:00 PM, at Farewell Transmission, 6515 Stadium Drive, KCMO, with Shiny Jets, Jorge Arana Trio, and Dan Ohm.]

    [HMPH! play a Record Release Party on Saturday, November 2, at 10:00 PM, at Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS with Pale Tongue, and After Nations.]

    HMPH! Art by Kitten Adventure Boggs

    11:17 – Interview with Ryan Lee Toms, Jonathan Thatch, and Kitten Adventure Boggs

    Ryan Lee Toms, Jonathan Thatch, and Kitten Adventure Boggs make up the math-rock trio, HMPH! The band join us today to share music from their second album, the self-titled “HMPH!” to be released worldwide on November 15, 2019. HMPH! (the album) features the band’s signature math-rock sound with a progressive rock and avant-jazz twist. The band’s label haymaker Records reports that “the songs on HMPH! are more sprawling than on their debut album Headrush,” from 2015, “with lots of detours and left turns along the way. This album also features heavy bass lines provided by Kitten Adventure Boggs, a significant addition since their first record.” HMPH! play a Record Release Party on Friday, November 1, 2019 at 8:00 PM, at Farewell Transmission, 6515 Stadium Drive, KCMO, with Shiny Jets, Jorge Arana Trio, and Dan Ohm. HMPH! play a Record Release Party on Saturday, November 2, at 10:00 PM, at Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS with Pale Tongue, and After Nations.

    Ryan Lee Toms, Jonathan Thatch, and Kitten Adventure Boggs thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

    Their debut full-length “Headrush” was released on limited edition cassette and vinyl in April, 2015 by Haymaker Records. Aside from going from a duo to a trio how has the band changed in these last 4 years.

    Ryan Lee Toms, Jonathan Thatch, Kitten Adventure Boggs wrote all the music.

    Ryan Lee Toms is also known for his musical recordings with FACEFACE a hip hop duo with Paul Nyakatura. Ryan is also as RLT, an experimental / Dance / Electronic Band consisting of Ryan Lee Toms and John Bersuch, recording on RUSTY RECORDS with: Loop heavy electronic psych-rock with intense rhythmic backgrounds. RLT relies heavily on spastic electronic loops and intense drum rhythm. At times it can sound swirly and fun and others dark and gritty, all while driving a complex under rhythm that can change frantically. RLT is a long ever changing project.

    Jonathan Thatch is also a drummer, DJ, and farmer at Shade Tree Collective, an urban farm on 33rd Street with his wife Rachel Hogan.

    Kitten Adventure Boggs is also the Creative Director for PLY Magazine (plymagazine.com) a quarterly periodical, and source for spinning knowledge, and technique, going beyond the basics, to reflect a global community, and explore this fiber arts passion.

    HMPH! is the three-piece math-rock outfit of Ryan Lee Toms (RLT), Jonathan Thatch, and Kitten Boggs. As an instrumental group with guitar, bass, drums, looping pedal and effects, the ingredients are simple but the result is not. Using staples of the math rock genre, such as technical patterned guitar riffs, odd time signatures, and herky-jerky start/stops, the songs greet your ears with a jarring wake up call. A unique sense of melody and structure cement a listening experience filled with unlikely anthems.

    HMPH!’s second album, the self-titled “HMPH!” will be released worldwide on November 15, 2019d.

    The album features album artwork by Ryan Lee Toms and Kitten Boggs and was pressed on CD and translucent green vinyl with digital download included. The LP includes a bonus re-working of the track “Trudge Dredge” from the first album.

    Ryan Lee Toms, Jonathan Thatch, Kitten Adventure Boggs

    More info at http://www.haymakerrecords.net

    11:24

    14. HMPH! – “Chredder”
    from: HMPH! / Haymaker Records / November 15, 2019

    [HMPH! play a Record Release Party on Friday, November 1, 2019 at 8:00 PM, at Farewell Transmission, 6515 Stadium Drive, KCMO, with Shiny Jets, Jorge Arana Trio, and Dan Ohm.]

    [HMPH! play a Record Release Party on Saturday, November 2, at 10:00 PM, at Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS with Pale Tongue, and After Nations.]

    11:28 – Underwriting

    NuBlvckCity at Drexel Hall for Apocalypse Meow 12

    15. NuBlvckCity – “All Night”
    from: All Night / Alive – Single / NuBlvckCity / July 12, 2019
    [NuBlvckCity is a KC-based music collective with Kartez Marcel (Addison), a native of Kansas City, Missouri, a Hip-Hop artist, and community program developer, sound engineer, entrepreneur, recording artist, musician, and songwriter. He provides resources to artists and assists with bringing their artistic visions to life, he also serves as the Director of A/V at a large faith-based organization. With Royce “Sauce” Handy he founded We Are Rap a hip hop program for youth. VP3 (Vernon Percy Howard III) is a Music Producer, Songwriter, Singer, Pianist, & Saxophonist. He recently gradualted from the University of Central Missouri where he studied digital media production. Mae C is a singer/songwriter who’s one of KC’s go-to voices and performer’s. Mae C is a KC based singer songwriter who we’ve played several times on the show. Her single “Anxious” was preceeded by her EP, Warning Sign of True Love. Influenced by Hip Hop, Rock, Jazz, Soul & R&B, Mae C is making her mark as an artist in the KC music scene. Royce “Sauce” Handy is a rapper, a songwriter, a beat maker, a designer, a teacher, an MC, a business owner, a social media manager, a husband, a father., a community organizer. He has worked with the AdHoc Group Against Crime, Teens in Transition, Storytellers Inc., Arts Tech, Mid-America Regional Council, UMKC, Representative Brandon Ellington, Mayor Sly James. He is co-owner of The Rap Asylum, We are RAP, and owner of Melanin Connoisseur.]

    [NuBlvckCity play Midwest Music Foundation’s 12th Annual Apocalypse Meow to benefit Abby’s Fund for Musicians’ Health Care. Saturday, November 2, at Drexel Hall, 301 Baltimore, with Jesus Loves the Atom Bomb, Shy Boys, and Slights, AP, Kristie Stremel, and Anna Cole and the Other Lovers.]

    Sondra Freeman on the October 30, 2019 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley

    11:34 – Interview with Sondra Freeman

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

    Sondra Freeman joins us to share details about Midwest Music Foundation’s 12th Annual Apocalypse Meow to benefit Abby’s Fund for Musicians’ Health Care. The two-night event is Friday, November 1, at Mills Record Company, 4045 Broadway, with Chris Meck & The Second Sons, and The Sluts, and Saturday, November 2, at Drexel Hall, 301 Baltimore, with Slights, Jesus Loves the Atom Bomb, Shy Boys, and Nublvckcity, with an acoustic stage featuring: AP (spoken word), Kristie Stremel, and Anna Cole and the Other Lovers. Saturday night includes: a Silent Auction, raffles and a Health Clinic/Fairs. For more info visit: http://www.midwestmusicfoundation.org

    Sondra Freeman thanks for being with us again on WMM.

    The Midwest Music Foundation is proud to present the 12th Annual Apocalypse Meow to benefit Abby’s Fund for Musicians’ Health Care.

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

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

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

    Midwest Music Foundation’s 12th Annual Apocalypse Meow to benefit Abby’s Fund for Musicians’ Health Care.

    The two-night event is Friday, November 1, at Mills Record Company, 4045 Broadway, and Saturday, November 2, at Drexel Hall, 301 Baltimore

    Friday, November 1
    7:00 pm Doors
    Mills Record Company
    4045 Broadway, KCMO
    Free, All Ages

    8:00 Chris Meck & The Second Sons
    9:00 The Sluts

    Saturday, November 2
    6:00 pm Doors
    Drexel Hall Kansas City
    3301 Baltimore, KCMO
    (Street/lot parking on Baltimore w/ additional parking at McGilley Memorial on Linwood).
    All Ages, Under 18 with Guardian

    Too Much Rock Stage:
    7:05 Slights
    8:15 Jesus Loves the Atom Bomb
    9:25 Shy Boys
    11:00 Nublvckcity

    Acoustic Stage:
    7:40 AP (spoken word)
    8:50 Kristie Stremel
    10:10 Anna Cole and the Other Lovers

    Emcees: Mark Manning (KKFI 90.1 FM) & Jason Nivens (98.9 The Rock!)

    Saturday Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/74356021863
    $15 GA in advance, $20 at door
    $50 VIP in advance, $60 at door (Limited Availability)

    VIP includes:
    Access to the Boulevard Brewing Company V.I.Fling Lounge, commemorative cup, complimentary beverages, small bites and more!

    11:43

    Shy Boys at Drexel Hall for Apocalypse Meow 12

    16. Shy Boys – “Brick By Brick”
    from: Dim The Light / Brick By Brick – Single / Polyvinyl Record Co. / February 15, 2019
    [Single release follow up to band’s 2nd album and Polyvinyl debut, Bell House. Shy Boys line-up consists of brothers Collin Rausch and Kyle Rausch, Konnor Ervin, Kyle Little and Ross Brown. Kyle Rausch and Konnor Ervin were already band mates in the indie-pop band The ACBs and Collin had been playing for years in the Kansas City area in various bands. The three shared a love for 1960s era pop rock and soon started writing their own music. In 2014 they released the self-titled Shy Boys on High Dive Records. The album received generally positive reviews and the single “Bully Fight” was featured on Spin.com. In June 2014 the band recorded and released two more singles and one of them, “Life Is Peachy,” was featured on Stereogum. On April 4th, 2018, it was announced that the band had signed to Polyvinyl Record Co.]

    [Shy Boys play Midwest Music Foundation’s 12th Annual Apocalypse Meow to benefit Abby’s Fund for Musicians’ Health Care, Saturday, November 2, at Drexel Hall, 301 Baltimore, with Jesus Loves the Atom Bomb, Slights, and Nublvckcity, AP, Kristie Stremel, and Anna Cole and the Other Lovers.]

    11:46 – More Interview with Sondra Freeman

    We are talking with Sondra Freeman about Midwest Music Foundation’s 12th Annual Apocalypse Meow to benefit Abby’s Fund for Musicians’ Health Care. The two-night event is Friday, November 1, at Mills Record Company, 4045 Broadway, with Chris Meck & The Second Sons, and The Sluts, and Saturday, November 2, at Drexel Hall, 301 Baltimore, with Slights, Jesus Loves the Atom Bomb, Shy Boys, and Nublvckcity, with an acoustic stage featuring: AP (spoken word), Kristie Stremel, and Anna Cole and the Other Lovers. Saturday night includes: a Silent Auction, raffles and a Health Clinic/Fairs.

    Sondra Freeman thanks for being with us again on WMM.

    Saturday, November 2 includes a Silent auction, raffles and a Health Clinic/Fair

    RockDocs, physicians from University of KS Med Center, will be on site to offer free flu shots, colon cancer screening test kits, medical consultations/screenings on Sat. 6-10 pm.

    Bill Rogers, Physical Therapist, Orthopedic and Geriatric Clinical Specialist will be available to consult and help triage musculoskeletal problems.

    Sara Koron, Licensed Acupuncturist, supports individuals struggling with pain and stress who are looking to bring more balance and vitality into their daily life and activities. She is offering a sampling of services from her practice, Sunrise Acupuncture Studio; including Chinese Medicine evaluations, Auricular Acupressure, and Asian bodywork.
    http://www.sunriseacupuncturestudio.com

    There will also be a health fair with info tables from Truman Medical Centers, Linwood YMCA/James B. Nutter, Sr. Community Center, Narcotics Anonymous, and Get Your Rear in Gear – Kansas City.

    Contact rhonda@midwestmusicfound.org for info or schedule an appt. for health services.

    For more info and full list of sponsors visit: http://www.midwestmusicfoundation.org

    Midwest Music Foundation Staff

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

    Midwest Music Foundation Board

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

    Other Midwest Music Foundation Events:

    Daniel Johnston Tribute – October 30 @ 7:00 pm recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd KCMO
    A Tribute to Daniel Johnston to benefit Midwest Music Foundation October 30, 2019 recordBar 7:00 PM-Doors, 8:00 PM Show La Guerre CS Luxem No Magic Nate Allen Dylan Pyles Unikron of Drop a Grand Hospital Ships and more pay tribute to the great Daniel Johnston. RIP.

    Giving Tuesday – December 3
    Giving Tuesday December 3, 2019 Your opportunity to give to your favorite charity. Donate HERE to Midwest Music Foundation. Thank You!

    Cover Me KC – December 17 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd KCMO
    Cover Me KC #3 is December 17m with 12 of KC’s best folk acts at the recordBar for a celebration of KC music. Each act will perform two songs that were written by a different local artist of their choice. All proceeds from the show will be donated to the Midwest Music Foundation, which provides healthcare grants to working musicians. Tuesday, December 17 Doors open at 6pm Music starts at 7pm Tickets: $10 All Ages (those under 18 must be accompanied by adults).

    10:44

    Sondra Freeman thanks for being with us again on WMM.

    Midwest Music Foundation’s 12th Annual Apocalypse Meow to benefit Abby’s Fund for Musicians’ Health Care is Friday, November 1, at Mills Record Company, 4045 Broadway, with Chris Meck & The Second Sons, and The Sluts, and Saturday, November 2, at Drexel Hall, 301 Baltimore, with Slights, Jesus Loves the Atom Bomb, Shy Boys, and Nublvckcity, AP , Kristie Stremel, and Anna Cole and the Other Lovers.

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

    11:56

    Kristie Stremel as Drexal Hall for Apocalypse Meow,

    17. Kristie Stremel & The 159ers – “Color of Stars”
    from: Color of Stars / Stremeltone Records / August 21, 2010
    [Rob VanBiber drums, Scott Cameron, guitari, James Wheeler bass Kristie Stremel lead vocals. Produced by Lou Whitney in Springfield, MO. All Songs Written By Kristie Stremel & The 159ers.]

    [Kristie Stremel plays Midwest Music Foundation’s 12th Annual Apocalypse Meow to benefit Abby’s Fund for Musicians’ Health Care, Saturday, November 2, at Drexel Hall, 301 Baltimore, with Jesus Loves the Atom Bomb, Shy Boys, Slightsand Nublvckcity, AP, and Anna Cole and the Other Lovers.]

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

    Next week on November 6 – Colby Bales and Branden Moser share the release of a 7″ Single of a new project on Sunflower Soul Records. Also Ivory Blue returns to our 90.1 FM Studios. AND, Nicole Springer plays LIVE in our 90.1 FM Studios.

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

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    Show #809

    Other Americans photo by Paul Andrews
    HMPH! Art by Kitten Adventure Boggs

Wednesday MidDay Medley presents Other Americans + HMPH! + Midwest Music Foundation’s Apocalypse Meow 12

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

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Other Americans + HMPH!
+ Sondra Freeman & Apocalypse Meow 12

Mark plays more New & MidCoastal releases from: Headlight Rivals, Carswell & Hope, Other Americans, Scott Hrabko & The Rabbits, HMPH!, NuBlvckCity, Shy Boys, The Sluts, Iris DeMent, Slights, and Kristie Stremel & The 159ers.

Photo by Paul Andrews

At 10:30 Mark welcomes Julie Berndsen, Brandon Phillips, and Adam Phillips of the Kansas City/Lawrence band, Other Americans who just released their second EP OA2, with Michelle Bacon on bass. OA2 was produced by Brandon Phillips, engineered by Joel Nanos, and recorded at Element Recording Studios in Kansas City. Other Americans are comprised of members of such regional luminaries as The Architects, Latenight Callers, The Philistines, Radar State and Brandon Phillips and The Condition.

HMPH! Art by Kitten Adventure Boggs

At 11:00 Ryan Lee Toms, Jonathan Thatch, and Kitten Adventure Boggs of the math-rock outfit, HMPH! share music from their second album, the self-titled “HMPH!” to be released worldwide on November 15, 2019. HMPH! (the album) features the band’s signature math-rock sound with a progressive rock and avant-jazz twist. The songs on HMPH! are more sprawling than on 2015’s Headrush, with lots of detours and left turns along the way. This album also features heavy bass lines provided by Kitten Adventure Boggs, a significant addition since their first record. HMPH! play a Record Release Party on Friday, November 1, 2019 at 8:00 PM, at Farewell Transmission, 6515 Stadium Drive, KCMO, with Shiny Jets, Jorge Arana Trio, and Dan Ohm. More info at http://www.haymakerrecords.net

At 11:30 Sondra Freeman shares details about Midwest Music Foundation‘s 12th Annual Apocalypse Meow to benefit Abby’s Fund for Musicians’ Health Care. The two-night event is Friday, November 1, at Mills Record Company, 4045 Broadway, with Chris Meck & The Second Sons, and The Sluts, and Saturday, November 2, at Drexel Hall, 301 Baltimore, with Slights, Jesus Loves the Atom Bomb, Shy Boys, and Nublvckcity, with an acoustic stage featuring: AP (spoken word), Kristie Stremel, and Anna Cole and the Other Lovers. Saturday night includes: a Silent Auction, raffles and a Health Clinic/Fair with RockDocs, physicians from University of Kansas Medical Center, Bill Rogers, Physical Therapist, Orthopedic & Geriatric Clinical Specialist, Sara Koron, Licensed Acupuncturist, and info tables from Truman Medical Centers, Linwood YMCA/James B. Nutter, Sr. Community Center, Narcotics Anonymous, and Get Your Rear in Gear-KC. Contact rhonda@midwestmusicfound.org for more info or to schedule an appointment for any of the health services. For more info visit: http://www.midwestmusicfoundation.org

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

Show #809

WMM Playlist from Oct. 23, 2018

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

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Spinning Records With Marion Merritt
+ Shawn Stewart + Jon “Piggy” Cupit

Marion Merritt

Today, we welcome back to the show, Marion Merritt as our special “Guest Producer.” For 15 years now Marion has been sharing her musical discoveries and information from her encyclopedic brain. Marion is the creator of Records With Merritt, a small, independent, minority owned business, at 1614 Westport Rd. in Kansas City, Missouri.

10:00 – Marion Merritt – Guest Producer

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

2. Dimitri From Paris – “Prologue”
from: Sacrebleu / Atlantic / 2001

3. Marvin Gaye – “Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) [Live at the Kennedy Center Auditorium, Washington, D.C., 1972]”
from: What’s Going On (Live) / Motown / October 18, 2019
[Marvin Gaye What’s Going On Live is the only live performance by Marvin Gaye of his landmark 1971 album What’s Going On — his first concert for four years. Recorded at the Kennedy Center in his home town of Washington DC during the city’s Marvin Gaye Day on May 1, 1972 and then shelved for decades, it was released on CD in 2001 as part of the expanded deluxe edition of the album, but it has never before been issued on vinyl or as a CD in its own right. What’s Going On Live has been newly mixed by John Morales at M+M Mix Studios and mastered by Alex Abrash at AA Mastering. Its vinyl debut is in black 2LP and limited 2LP turquoise editions with deluxe gatefold packaging. The vinyl and CD packages of What’s Going On Live include rare images from Gaye’s performance as well as new liner notes by his biographer, David Ritz, who describes it as “an invaluable and vibrant historical document marking a milestone in the artist’s career.” The album includes the only known live recordings of Gaye performing four songs: ‘That’s The Way Love Is’ and ‘You’ (which opened the Washington concert as part of a meditative 13-minute medley), ‘Right On’ and ‘Wholy Holy.” A delay in switching reel-to-reel tapes during the concert meant that his performance of the What’s Going On hit ‘Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)’ was not successfully recorded. ‘Wholy Holy’ is now available for streaming and immediate download with pre-orders of the album. Marvin Gaye Day began with the Motown idol’s speech to students at Cardozo High, the school he had himself attended. Then a motorcade took Gaye and his parents to various other locations around Washington, including the office of city mayor Walter Washington, who presented Gaye with a key to the city. Then came a VIP reception at the US House of Representatives’ Rayburn House Office Building, before Gaye took to the stage of the Kennedy Centre at around 11pm. It was his first live show since 1968, and he gave only one other brief performance in the year of 1972 the following month, a short set in Chicago on 27 September which was filmed and recorded for the documentary Save the Children. Gaye later told Ritz about the withdrawal from performing that followed the tragic early death of his friend and Motown recording partner Tammi Terrell. “I understood that I’d been punishing myself by staying away so long,” he said. “I’d been denying myself love, and that’s one of the most foolish things a man can do.” Of Marvin Gaye Day, he added: “It was certainly the biggest day of my parents’ life. Here they came to Washington in the thirties without a penny, and their son was being honoured by the mayor as some sort of hero. At least on this one day I felt like I made Father proud.”

4. Flora Purim – “A Morte de Um Deus de Sal”
from: Flora e MPM / Sony BMG 2001 -/ Audio Clarity – 2019
[Flora Purim (born March 6, 1942) is a Brazilian jazz singer known primarily for her work in the jazz fusion style. She became prominent for her part in Return to Forever with Chick Corea and Stanley Clarke. She has recorded and performed with numerous artists, including Dizzy Gillespie, Gil Evans, Opa, Stan Getz, George Duke, Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead, Santana, Jaco Pastorius, and her husband Airto Moreira. In 2002, Purim was the recipient of one of Brazil’s highest awards, the 2002 Ordem do Rio Branco for Lifetime Achievement. She has been called “The Queen of Brazilian Jazz”.]

5. Dona Onete – “Mexe Mexe”
from: Rebujo / Mais Um Discos / May 24, 2019
[Dona Onete (born June 18, 1939) is a Brazilian singer & composer. She has been referred to as the “Queen of Carimbo”. She was born Ionete da Silveira Gama in Cachoeira do Arari and grew up in Igarapé-Miri. By the time that she was fifteen, she was singing songs from traditional music genres such as sambas, quadrilles and boi bumba. She taught history & Amazonian studies in Igarapé-Mir and conducted research into rhythms, dances and traditions of the region. She helped establish music & dance groups which preserved traditional music and customs. From 1993 to 1996, she served as secretary of culture for the municipality. Onete recorded her first album Feitiço Caboclo when she was 73. She developed her own hybrid genre of music carimbo chamegado. After she retired to Pedreira [pt], she continued to perform. Together with a local band, she has performed throughout Brazil as well as in the UK, France, Portugal and NYC. In 2013, a biography of Onete Menina Onete – Travessias & Travessuras was published by anthropologist Antônio Maria de Souza Santos and educator Josivana de Castro Rodrigues. In 2017, she was named Brazilian Ordem do Mérito Cultural.]

6. Christone “Kingfish” Ingram – “Outside of This Town”
from: Kingfish / Alligator / May 17, 2019
[Christone “Kingfish” Ingram (born January 19, 1999) is an American blues guitarist and singer from Clarksdale, Mississippi, United States, who became a well known performer as a teenager. His debut album, Kingfish, was released in May 2019. In addition to his own album, musicians he has recorded with include Eric Gales, Buddy Guy and Keb Mo. He has shared the stage with well-known blues artists and younger blues musicians such as The Tedeschi Trucks Band, Samantha Fish, Bob Margolin, Eric Gales, Rick Derringer, Guitar Shorty and Buddy Guy.One of his earliest influences is Muddy Waters. Christone Ingram was born to Princess Pride and Christopher Ingram of Clarksdale, Mississippi in 1999. His extended family sang and performed in church. Ingram grew up attending gospel performances, and while still young joined groups to play and perform. His mother, Princess Pride, is first cousin to country music legend Charley Pride. He listened to and learned from music by Robert Johnson, Lightnin’ Hopkins, B.B. King, Muddy Waters, Jimi Hendrix, Prince and others. Ingram became interested in the blues around age 5 when his father showed him a PBS documentary about Muddy Waters, and at the same time promised they would go to the Delta Blues Museum to learn all about the music. He was taught how to play by Bill “Howl -N- Mad” Perry and Richard “Daddy Rich” Crisman at the arts and education program of the museum. He has also attended Clarksdale’s Pinetop Perkins Workshop Experience, where the events are held every summer. He started playing drums at age six. By the time he was eleven he was playing bass and then he moved to guitar. He appeared on the Rachael Ray and the Steve Harvey shows. By the time he was fifteen, he had received offers to perform and for custom guitars.His early teachers gave him the name “Kingfish”. Ingram described how he explained his interest in the Blues to his childhood friends who were interested in hip hop music: “They really thought it was funny, cause it was like “Man you young but you listen to that old, sad stuff.” I’m like, “Man, I ain’t really like that, I’m listening more for a culture thing, you know? This is history. This birthed what you guys listen to today, because you know rap is nothing but the blues’ grandchild.]

7. Christone “Kingfish” Ingram – “Fresh Out (feat. Buddy Guy)”
from: Kingfish / Alligator / May 17, 2019

10:35 – Underwriting

8. Joan Shelley – “Coming Down for You”
from: Like The River Loves The Sea / No Quarter Records / August 30, 2019
[Joan Shelley was born in 1985,. She is a songwriter and singer from Louisville, KY. She draws inspiration from traditional and traditionally-minded performers from her native Kentucky, as well as those from Ireland, Scotland, and England, but she’s not a folksinger. Her disposition aligns more closely with that of, say, Roger Miller, Dolly Parton, or her fellow Kentuckian Tom T. Hall, who once explained—simply, succinctly, in a song—“I Witness Life.” Since the 2015 release of her fourth album Over and Even, Shelley has crossed the country and toured Europe several times as a headlining artist, joined by guitarist Nathan Salsburg and sharing shows with the likes of Jake Xerxes Fussell, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Doug Paisley, Daniel Martin Moore, the Other Years, and Michael Hurley. She has opened for Wilco, Chris Smither, Andrew Bird, and Richard Thompson. Jeff Tweedy produced her 2017 record “Joan Shelley” at The Loft in Chicago. She’ll be familiar to readers of guitar-centric magazines for having appeared, in the same season, on the covers of Fretboard Journal and Acoustic Guitar. Her latest album, “Like the River Loves the Sea,” was released to wide acclaim in Uncut magazine, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Mojo, and Q magazine. Her second album, Ginko, and third album Farthest Field (with Daniel Martin Moore) were released in 2012 on Ol Kentuck. In 2014, Shelley released her fourth album, Electric Ursa, on No Quarter Records. In 2015, Shelley released her fifth album, Over and Even, on No Quarter. In 2017, Shelley released her eponymous sixth album. Her seventh album, Like the River Loves the Sea, was released in 2019. ]

9. Angel Olsen – “All Mirrors”
from: All Mirrors / Jagjaguwar / October 4, 2019
[4th album from Angel Olsen who was born January 22, 1987. She is an American singer-songwriter and musician from St. Louis, Missouri who currently lives in Asheville, North Carolina. At age three, Olsen was adopted by a foster family that had cared for her since shortly after her birth. The difference in years between her and her parents left an impression. “Because there are so many decades of difference between us, I became more interested in what their childhood was like,” she says of her parents, both of whom still live in St. Louis. “I fantasized about what it was like to be young in the ’30s and ’50s, more so than other kids my age.” Olsen explained that “my mother just has this capacity for children.” Despite early adolescent aspirations to be a “pop star”, her interests later shifted in high school. Olsen became more introverted, regularly attending punk rock and noise music shows at the Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center and the Creepy Crawl as well as Christian rock shows throughout the city. She began learning the piano and guitar and writing her own music. Two years after graduating from Tower Grove Christian High School, Olsen moved to Chicago.After releasing her first EP, Strange Cacti, and a debut album, Half Way Home, on Bathetic Records, Olsen signed with Jagjaguwar, ahead of her first full-band record, Burn Your Fire for No Witness, which was released on February 17, 2014. Olsen’s third full-length album, My Woman, was released on September 2, 2016. In addition to her work with Bonnie “Prince” Billy and The Cairo Gang, Olsen has collaborated with a number of other notable figures of American indie rock, including Tim Kinsella of Cap’n Jazz, LeRoy Bach of Wilco and Cass McCombs. Her collaboration with Kinsella and Bach, as well as with Chicago poet Marvin Tate, resulted in the album Tim Kinsella Sings the Songs of Marvin Tate by Leroy Bach Featuring Angel Olsen which the group released on Indianapolis label Joyful Noise Recordings on December 3, 2013. Her song “Windows” was featured in the final episode of the Netflix original series 13 Reasons Why.]

10. Angel Olsen – “Chance”
from: All Mirrors / Jagjaguwar / October 4, 2019

11. Moon Duo – “Lost Heads”
from: Stars Are the Light / Sacred Bones / September 27, 2019
[Moon Duo is a psychedelic rock band from San Francisco, California formed in 2009 by Wooden Shjips guitarist Ripley Johnson and Sanae Yamada. Their debut album Mazes was released on Sacred Bones Records in 2011. The band’s style is inspired by psychedelic rock, combining repetitive rhythms and saturated guitars. Their influences include Alan Vega of Suicide, Spacemen 3 and Silver Apples. The band’s seventh full-length album, Stars Are the Light, was released on September 27, 2019.]

12. Moon Duo – “Fever Night”
from: Stars Are the Light / Sacred Bones / September 27, 2019

11:03 – Station ID

13. J.S. Ondara – “Saying Goodbye”
from: Tales of America / Verve / February 1, 2019
[J.S. Ondara is a Kenyan singer-songwriter whose debut album, Tales of America, was released on February 15, 2019 via Verve Label Group. J.S. Ondara was born in August 1992 in Nairobi, Kenya. As a child, he wrote poems and stories as well as songs despite not having an instrument to play them on because his family couldn’t afford one. He was inspired by Radiohead, Nirvana, Death Cab For Cutie, Jeff Buckley, Pearl Jam, Guns N’ Roses, and Bob Dylan. He grew up listening to rock songs on his older sisters’ battery-powered radio. Having discovered The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan following a dispute with a friend over whether Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door was a Guns N’ Roses song, Ondara resolved to travel to the United States to pursue a career in music. In February 2013, after winning in the green card lottery, he moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota at the age of 20. He taught himself to play guitar and perform during open mic nights. Eventually, he decided to study music therapy in college, but dropped out of school to return to playing small shows at coffee houses after attending a concert. After moving to Minnesota, Ondara tried his hand at making music and performing in small venues. His big break came when Minneapolis radio station KCMP 89.3 The Current played one of his songs on air by pulling audio from his YouTube channel, where he had been uploading covers of his favorite songs. At the time, he was going by the name Jay Smart. Ondara’s debut album, Tales of America, was released in February 2019 by Verve Label Group. Despite only 11 tracks making the final tracklist, Ondara wrote more than 100 songs for the album, all based on an immigrant’s life in America. The album was produced by Mike Viola of the Candy Butchers. In support of the album, Ondara embarked on his first headlining tour in March 2019. After the release of the album, Ondara debuted on Billboard’s Emerging Artist chart at No. 37 in March 2019. The album also landed on the Billboard Heatseekers Album, Americana/Folk Album Sales, and Rock Album Sales charts. He was nominated for Best Emerging Act at the 2019 Americana Music Honors & Awards. Ondara cites Bob Dylan as his musical hero, which is why he chose to live in Minnesota and why he wears his signature fedora. He has toured with the Milk Carton Kids, Lindsey Buckingham and in 2019, he opened for select dates on tour with Neil Young.]

14. Michael Kiwanuka – “Pin It Down”
from: KIWANUKA / Interscope Records / November 1, 2019
[Michael Samuel Kiwanuka (born 3 May 1987) is an English indie and folk rock singer-songwriter and record producer who is signed with Polydor Records. His 2012 debut album Home Again went gold in the United Kingdom and his second album, Love & Hate, debuted in 2016 at number one. He has been nominated for numerous honors, including the Brit Awards, MTV Europe Music Awards, Mercury Prize, BBC Music Awards. In January 2012, he won the BBC’s Sound of 2012. Born and raised in Muswell Hill, London, Kiwanuka is the son of Ugandan parents who escaped the Amin regime. He attended Fortismere School, leaving there in 2005 after completing his A-Levels. He went on to study at the School of Media, Arts and Design at the University of Westminster. Kiwanuka worked as a session guitarist, playing with Chipmunk and Bashy before working as a solo artist. His first proper gig was at The Oxford in Kentish Town at age 22. He came to the attention of Communion Records, which released his first two EPs, including his debut Tell Me A Tale on 13 June 2011. Kiwanuka supported Adele on her Adele Live 2011 tour, as well at her iTunes Festival 2011 gig, and played at the 2011 Hard Rock Calling. In 2011, he signed a deal with Polydor Records. He was included in the BBC’s Sound of 2012 poll and was named as the winner on 6 January 2012. In June 2012, he was illustrated in a BBC article regarding Spain vis-à-vis Uganda during the Eurozone crisis; his putative counterpart was actress Penélope Cruz. Kiwanuka released his debut studio album, Home Again, in 2012 to positive reviews from critics. The album peaked at number 4 in the UK and, as of 2012, has sold over 70,000 copies in the UK. In 2016, Kiwanuka released his follow-up to Home Again, Love & Hate. The album was a critical and commercial success, reaching a peak at number 1 on the UK albums chart. The album was produced by Danger Mouse and spawned several singles. The HiPipo Music Awards honoured Kiwanuka with the Best Global Act award for his Love & Hate album success and musical accomplishments since his 2012 debut album Home Again. Kiwanuka has acknowledged influences from musicians such as Jimi Hendrix, Bill Withers, Otis Redding,Jack Johnson, Pops Staples, The Band, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Eric Bibb, Tommy Sims, Wham!, Richie Havens and Funkadelic. He’s played with James Gadson, drummer for Bill Withers.]

15. Allah-Las – “Roco Ono”
from: Lahs / Mexican Summer / October 11, 2019
[Allah-Las are an American rock band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 2008. The band consists of Miles Michaud (vocals, guitar), Matthew Correia (percussion, vocals), Spencer Dunham (bass, vocals), and Pedrum Siadatian (lead guitar, vocals). The group was founded in 2008, when school friends Matt Correia and Spencer Dunham met Pedrum Siadatian while working together at Amoeba Records in Los Angeles. They began jamming, and together with Correia and Dunham’s fellow school friend, Miles Michaud, formed the band. They released their first 7-inch recording in 2011, “Catamaran/Long Journey”, produced by Nick Waterhouse for his Pres label. In 2012, they released a second single, “Tell Me (What’s on Your Mind)/Sacred Sands”, produced again by Waterhouse but this time for their new label, Innovative Leisure. One reviewer commented that “their sound is steeped in the pop sensibilities of The Zombies, The Kinks and The Yardbirds, laced with Northern Soul, lo-fi funk and the ever-enduring influence of Arthur Lee and Love”. Allah-Las were featured in a Daytrotter session in May 2012 and their performance of Catamaran was named one of the top 200 Daytrotter songs of the year. In September 2012, Allah-Las released their self-titled debut LP, also produced by Waterhouse for Innovative Leisure. The album has been described as “an effortlessly wistful batch of starry-eyed, minor-key beauties that gently ruminate on the usual young-guy subjects: sex, freedom, the ways the former can interfere with the latter and vice versa”. In October 2012, NPR’s World Café featured two songs of Allah-Las, noting that “the music captures the carefree, breezy sounds of California… dreamy romanticism [with] a vibe that can feel both joyous and melancholy”. In October 2019, the album landed at no. 22 on Happy Mag’s list of “The 25 best psychedelic rock albums of the 2010s”, labeled as “a staple in surf-rock and ’60s revival.” Allah-Las completed their first tour in 2011, up the California coast from San Diego to San Francisco. They toured the East Coast and Europe during 2012, where their first show in London, UK was described by The Guardian as “a blissful 45 minutes on a cold night”. In 2014 they released their second album, Worship the Sun. The group released their third album, Calico Review, on September 9, 2016, out on Mexican Summer. The album was recorded in 2016 at the Valentine Recording Studio in Los Angeles.]

16. Allah-Las – “Star”
from: Lahs / Mexican Summer / October 11, 2019

17. Kay Kyser & His Orchestra, Harry Babbitt & Julie Conway – “Jingle Jangle Jingle”
from: Jingle Jangle Jingle (Remastered) – Single / Bacci Bros Records / April 6, 2012
[“Jingle Jangle Jingle”, also known as ‘I’ve Got Spurs That Jingle Jangle Jingle”, is a song written by Joseph J. Lilley and Frank Loesser, and published in 1942. It was featured in that year’s film The Forest Rangers, in which it was sung by Dick Thomas. The most commercially successful recording was by Kay Kyser, whose version reached no. 1 in the Billboard charts in July 1942. Versions were recorded by many other musicians, including Tex Ritter, Gene Autry, Glenn Miller and The Merry Macs. Members of the Western Writers of America chose it as one of the Top 100 Western songs of all time. Kay Kyser’s recording of the song is featured in the 2010 role-playing video game Fallout: New Vegas. The song was performed by Jon Walmsley and Lisa Harrison on The Waltons, Season 9, Episode 13, “The Gold Watch” (26 Feb. 1981).]

Marion Merritt thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

Marion is the creator of Records With Merritt, a small, independent, minority owned business, at 1614 Westport Rd. in Kansas City, Missouri. More info at: http://www.recordswithmerritt.com

11:26 – Underwriting

18. Shawn Stewart – “Til You Didn’t Want Me (feat. Jocelyn Nixin)”
from: Radio / Shawn Stewart / October 23, 2019

Shawn Stewart

11:31 – Interview with Shawn Stewart

Shawn Stewart started playing music in Kansas City after he moved here from Chicago in 1991. His band, “Tin Roof Echo” played venues around town through 1993 when he retired to the suburbs to raise a family as a “stay at home dad.” In 2014, after his kids were grown, he moved to midtown to pick up where he left off. He released four albums under the moniker, “JohnnySuperColossal” and today is releasing is newest album, Radio, under his own name.

Shawn Stewart thanks for being with us again on WMM.

Radio was recorded by Pat Tomek, Mike Moreland, and Rob Nold, with mixing, mastering, and engineering performed by Pat Tomek. Drums and most percussion was by Pat Tomek. All songs, 2019, “Hear You” Music.

Track-listing of Shawn Stewart’s Radio / Released October 22, 2019

1. Til You Didn’t Want Me (Feat: Jocelyn Nixon)
2. My Bourgey Baby
3. Just Move On (Feat: Helen Proctor w/Martin Ferrell and Dylan Moses)
4. Poppies & Puppies
5. Let’s Just Say I Like You A Lot (feat: Bram Wijnands)
6. Surprise
7. I Don’t Care (Feat: Sascha Groschang)
8. Better Than Me (Feat: Ro Myra)
9. Kid Gloves
10. A Song For You

11:42

19. Shawn Stewart – “My Bourgey Baby”
from: Radio / Shawn Stewart / October 23, 2019

Jon “Piggy” Cupit

11:45 – Interview with Jon Piggy Cupit

Jon “Piggy” Cupit was a graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute, in the fibers department. Jon Piggy Cupit is a multi media artist. He’s always had an affinity to the theatre & stage, both in front of the curtain and behind it, starting his career in the 5th grade as the back end of a dancing donkey and things have just been coming up roses ever since. Just last week Jon finish an extended run of “Golden Girls Gone Wild Part 3” for Late Night Theatre, where he has also appeared in “The Birds,” “The Stepford Wives,” “Super Models in Space” (a show he wrote) and many other productions. Jon designed the set for David Wayne Reed’s Mother Trucker. In the 1990s with his Thunder Pussy Productions, and with Big Bang Buffet Jon created multiple performance art pieces integral soundtracks, video projections and lots of wigs.

Jon “Piggy” Cupit joins us to share details about his new solo ONE NIGHT ONLY pop up show, “There’s an Army on the Dancefloor” on Tuesday, October 29, 5:00 to 8:00 pm, at Missy B’s, 2nd floor, 805, West 39th Street, KCMO.

Jon Piggy Cupit thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

Congratulations on another great run with Golden Girls Gone Wild. This year you all took the show on the road, to Tybee Island, how was the adventure?

Jon “Piggy” Cupit’s new solo ONE NIGHT ONLY pop up show,
“There’s an Army on the Dancefloor”
Tuesday, October 29, 5:00 to 8:00 pm,
at Missy B’s, 2nd floor, 805, West 39th Street, KCMO.

Along with the larger pieces, which will be part of a silent auction,

Jon will also have a ‘POP shop’ for his smaller multiple art pieces he has created especially for this event. It’s very colorful, shiny & glittery pop inspired stuff. Jon has been exploring a few different series lately.

Works included are from the REvolutions series, the SEXIT series and the WTF series, which is jewelry inspired.

Jon Piggy Cupit thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Jon “Piggy” Cupit’s new solo ONE NIGHT ONLY pop up show, “There’s an Army on the Dancefloor” on Tuesday, October 29, 5:00 to 8:00 pm, at Missy B’s, 2nd floor, 805, West 39th Street, KCMO.

11:56

Jon “Piggy” Cupit & Shawn Stewart on the October 23, 2019 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM.

20. Shawn Stewart – “Better Than Me (feat: Ro Myra)” (CD #20) (2:57)
from: Radio / Shawn Stewart / October 23, 2019

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

Next week on Wednesday MidDay Medley, October 30, 10-Noon, on KKFI 90.1 FM we welcome special guests Julie Berndsen, Adam Phillips, and Brandon Taylor Phillips of Other Americans. We also talk with Ryan Lee Toms, Jonathan Thatch, and Kitten Adventure Boggs of HMPH! Plus we talk with Sondra Freeman of Midwest Music Foundation about Apocalypse Meow 12 – Friday, Nov. 1 at Mills Record Company and Saturday, Nov. 2 at Drexel Hall Kansas City. We will also spin more New & MidCoastal Releases from: Headlight Rivals, Carswell & Hope, Other Americans, Scott Hrabko & The Rabbits, HMPH!, Nublvckcity, Shy Boys, The Sluts, Iris DeMent, Slights, and Kristie Stremel & The 159ers.

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Show #808

WMM Playlist from May 29, 2013

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

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

That’s Soooo Gay! (Our Annual Gay Pride Show)
+ Jamie Rich & Kansas City LGBT Film Festival – Out Here Now
+ Kristie Stremel & Girls With Guitars

1. Judy Garland – “Intro / Keep Your Sunny Side Up”(outtake)
from: The Judy Garland Show – the show that got away /Hip-O/2002 [orig. taped June 24, 1963]

2. RuPaul – “The Beginning”
from: Glamazon / RuCo / April 25, 2011
[RuPaul Andre Charles (born November 17, 1960), best known as simply RuPaul, is an American actor, drag queen, model, author, andrecording artist, who first became widely known in the 1990s when he appeared in a wide variety of television programs, films, and musical albums. Previously, he was a fixture on the Atlanta and New York City club scenes during the 1980s and early 90s. RuPaul has on occasion performed as a man in a number of roles, usually billed as RuPaul Charles. RuPaul is noted among famous drag queens for his indifference towards the gender-specific pronouns used to address him—both “he” and “she” have been deemed acceptable. “You can call me he. You can call me she. You can call me Regis and Kathie Lee; I don’t care! Just as long as you call me.” He hosted a short-running talk show on VH1, and currently hosts reality television shows RuPaul’s Drag Race and RuPaul’s Drag U.]

3. Bronski Beat – “Small Town Boy”
from: Age of Consent / London / 1984
[Debut single of English synth-pop group. The song is apopular gay anthem and reached number 3 in the UK, number one in Holland, Italy, top 10 in Australia, Canada, France, Switzerland, and number 48 in the U.S.]

4. Dos Fallopia (Lisa Koch) – “Definition: Lesbian”
from: My Breasts Are Out Of Control / Tongueincheek Records/ 1994

5. Company – “Opening: I Hope I Get It”
from: A Chorus Line – Original Cast Recording / Columbia /1975

6. Dos Fallopia (Lisa Koch) – “Definition: Equal Rights”
from: My Breasts Are Out Of Control / Tongueincheek Records/ 1994

7. Divine – “You Think You’re A Man (7″ Mix)”
from: Essential Divine / RTR / 2006

8. Dos Fallopia (Lisa Koch) – “Definition: ProChoice”
from: My Breasts Are Out Of Control / Tongueincheek Records/ 1994

9. Al Franken and Phil Hartman – “Daily Affirmation Theme”
from: Original Soundtrack to: Stuart Saves His Family /Milan / 1995

10. Hedwig & The Angry Inch – “Tear Me Down”
from: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to Hedwig & The Angry Inch / Hybrid / 2001

10:13 – That’s Sooo Gay

11. The BTC Orchestra – “The Liberace Fanfare”
from: Behind The Candelabra (Music from the HBO Original Film) / Elektra / May 20, 2013
[2013 American drama film directed by Steven Soderbergh about the life of pianist Liberace and the secret affair he had with young Scott Thorson, based on Thorson’s memoir, Behind the Candelabra: My Life With Liberace (1988). It premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival on May 21, 2013. It aired on HBO on May 26, 2013. It will not be released theatrically in the United States. It will be released theatrically June 7, 2013 in the United Kingdom. The film features Michael Douglas as Liberace and Matt Damon as Scott Thorsen.]

Liberace

Liberace

12. Liberace – “The Impossible Dream” [Vinyl]
from: Liberace Sends You Love [3 record set] / Brookville Records – ABC Records / 1974
[Born in West Allis, Wisconsin, his career spanned four decades of concerts, recordings, motion pictures, television, and endorsements, Liberace became world-famous. During the 1950s–1970s he was the highest-paid entertainer in the world and embraced a lifestyle of flamboyant excess both on and off stage. He publicly denied being gay during his lifetime, and sued those who said he was. Towards the end of his life his chauffeur, Scott Thorson, sued him for palimony. He died of an AIDS-related illness in 1987.]

13. Jim Nabors -“It Takes All Kinds To Make The World Go Round”
from: Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C. / Sony / 1965
[Jan. 29, 2013, Hawaii News Now reported that Jim Nabors married his partner of 38 years, Stan Cadwallader, at Seattle, Washington’s Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Jan. 15, a month after same-sex marriage became legal in Washington. An urban legend maintains that Nabors married Rock Hudson in the early ’70s, shortly before Nabors began his relationship with Cadwallader. At least publicly, the two were never more than friends. According to Hudson, the legend originated with a group of “middle-aged homosexuals who live in Huntington Beach” who sent out joke invitations for their annual get-together. One year, the group invited its members to witness “the marriage of Rock Hudson & Jim Nabors,” at which Hudson would take the surname of Nabors’ most famous character, Gomer Pyle, becoming “Rock Pyle.”Those who failed to get the joke spread the rumor. Hudson was also gay but closeted, and because of the fear that one or both of them might be outed, Nabors & Hudson never spoke to each other again.]

14. Paul Lynde, Maureen Stapleton, Dick Van Dyke, Bryan Russell – “Kids”
from: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to Bye Bye Birdy / RCA – BMG / 1960
[Paul Lynde’s sexual orientation was an open secret in Hollywood, although, in keeping with the prejudices of the time, it was not acknowledged or discussed in public. In a 2013 radio interview, Dick Van Dyke recalled the wrap party for Bye Bye Birdie. A series of men gave short speeches, each one praising Ann-Margret and predicting success and stardom for the young actress. When it was Paul Lynde’s turn to speak, he began, “Well, I guess I’m the only one here who doesn’t want to fuck Ann-Margret.” In 1965, Lynde was involved in an accident in which a young actor, reputed to be his lover, fell to his death from the window of their hotel room in San Francisco’s Sir Francis Drake Hotel. The two had been drinking for hours before 24-year-old James “Bing” Davidson slipped and fell eight stories, an event witnessed by two policemen, yet the event was largely kept out of the press, thus saving Lynde’s career. Despite his campy television persona, Lynde never publicly came out as gay and the press generally refrained from commenting about it. In 1976, a People magazine article on Lynde featured him and Stan Finesmith; the latter was dubbed Lynde’s “suite mate” and “chauffeur-bodyguard.” In the 1970s, this was as close as the press would come to hinting at his sexuality.]

15. Noel Coward – “What’s Going To Happen To theTots”
from: Noel Coward in New York / drg / 2003 [orig. 1957]
[Born Dec. 16, 1899 / died Mar. 26, 1973. English playwright, composer,director, actor and singer, known for his wit, flamboyance, and what Time magazine called “a sense of personal style, a combination of cheek and chic, pose and poise”. Coward did not publicly acknowledge hishomosexuality, but it was discussed candidly after his death by biographers including Graham Payn, his long-time partner, and in Coward’s diaries &letters, published posthumously.]

16. Charles Nelson Reilly, Claudette Sutherland, Company -“Coffee Break”
from: How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying /Victor / 1961

10:27 – Underwriting

10:28 – Interview with Jamie Rich

One of the area’s longest-running and best-attended community film events, The Kansas City LGBT Film Festival – Out Here Now, is expanding to eight days for its 14th Annual showcase, held June 20-27, at The Tivoli Cinema in Westport. For more information, or to watch trailers & previews, you can visit: OutHereNow.com.

10:49

18. Lou Reed and John Cale – “Small Town”
from: Songs For Drella / Sire – Warner Bros. / 1990
[Dedicated to the memory of Andy Warhol, their mentor, who had died unexpectedly in 1987. Drella was a nickname for Warhol coined by Warhol Superstar Ondine, a contraction of Dracula and Cinderella, used by Warhol’s crowd. The song cycle focuses on Warhol’s interpersonal relations and experiences, with songs falling roughly into three categories: Warhol’s first-person perspective (which makes up the vast majority of the album), third-person narratives chronicling events and affairs, and first-person commentaries on Warhol by Reed and Cale themselves. The songs on the album are, to some extent, in chronological order.]

19. David Bowie -“Kooks”
from: Hunky Dory / RCA – (Rycodisk – Virgin – Sony) / 1971
[David Bowie wrote this song to his newborn son Duncan Jones. The song was a pastiche of early 1970s Neil Young. Bowie was listening to a Neil Young record at home as he got the news of the arrival of his son. British indie band The Kooks named themselves after the song. Duncan Jones was born May 30, 1971. Tomorrow is his birthday! Duncan Jones has become a successful film director best known for directing the award-winning science fiction films Moon (2009) and Source Code (2011).]

20. Klaus Nomi – “Ding Dong”
from: Simple Man / RCA – BMG / November 1982
[Klaus Sperber in Immenstadt, Bavaria, Germany on Jan 24,1944. In the 1960s, he worked as an usher at the Deutsche Oper in West Berlin where he sang for the other ushers and maintenance crew on stage in front of the fire curtain after performances. Nomi moved to NYC in 1972. In the late 1970s while performing at Club 57, The Mudd Club, The Pyramid Club, and other venues, Nomi assembled a group of up-and-coming models, singers, artists, and musicians to perform live with him, which at times included Joey Arias, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, John Sex and Kenny Scharf. He also appeared on Manhattan Cable’s TV Party. David Bowie heard about Nomi’s performances in New York and soon met him and Joey Arias at the Mudd Club. Bowie hired them as performers and backup singers for his appearance on Saturday Night Live which aired on December 15, 1979. The band performed “TVC 15”, “The Man Who Sold the World”, and “Boys Keep Swinging”. During the performance of “TVC 15”, Nomi and Arias dragged around a large prop pink poodle with a television screen in its mouth. Nomi was so impressed with the plastic quasi-tuxedo suit that Bowie wore during “The Man Who Sold the World” that he commissioned one to be made for himself. Nomi can be seen wearing the suit on the cover of his self-titled album, as well as during anumber of his music videos. Nomi wore his variant of the outfit, in monochromatic black-and-white with spandex and makeup to match, until the last few months of his life. Klaus Nomi released his second album, Simple Man, in November 1982.]

21. Judy Garland – “Half – Time Tags”(sponsor announcement)
from: The Judy Garland Show – the show that got away / Hip-O / 2002 [orig. taped June 24, 1963]

11:00 – Station ID

21. Judy Garland – “Half – Time Tags” (sponsor announcement)
from: The Judy Garland Show – the show that got away / Hip-O / 2002 [orig. taped June 24, 1963]

22. Sharon Needles – “Call Me On The Ouija Board”
from: PG-13 / Sharon Needles / January 29, 2013
[Sharon Needles was born Aaron Coady on November 28, 1981 in Newton, Iowa. He has been candid in discussing his childhood years growing up in Iowa as a difficult time when he faced anti-gay and anti-“outsider” harassment, which prompted him to drop out of school before he could complete his high school education. In 2004, Needles moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he began working as a professional drag performer in nightclubs and various other venues. Needles rose to prominence on the 4th season of the Logo TV reality competition series, RuPaul’s Drag Race where he was crowned “America’s Next Drag Superstar” in April 2012.]

23. The Kinsey Sicks – “Toucha Touch Me – Tsa Security”
from: Electile Dysfunction / The Kinsey Sicks / May 8, 2012
[Based on their hit musical, “ELECTILE DYSFUNCTION: THE KINSEY SICKS FOR PRESIDENT,” The Kinsey Sicks were formed in 1993, by original members: Ben Schatz (“Rachel”) is a Harvard-trained civil rights lawyer, former Director of the national Gay and Lesbian Medical Association, and one-time presidential advisor on HIV issues, who created the first national AIDS legal project and authored Clinton’s HIV policy during the 1992 presidential campaign, and Irwin Keller (“Winnie”) is a University of Chicago-trained lawyer and linguist and former director of the AIDS Legal Referral Panel of the San Francisco Bay Area, who authored Chicago’s gay rights ordinance, passed into law in 1989. In 2004, the Kinsey Sicks were joined by actor/singer/designer Jeff Manabat, who is responsible for Trixie’s inordinate glamour and soaring counter-tenor, as well as the entire group’s hot couture. Beginning in October of 2008, the Kinsey Sicks are joined by the hilarious and talented Spencer Brown (“Trampolina”), a Kansas City-based actor and singer, already known for his drag character Daisy Buckët (pronounced, of course, “bouquet”).]

24. The Sleazebeats – “Goosesteppin’ Nazis”
from: The Sleazebeats / Independent / Jan. 1, 2012
[Charlie Colborne – keyboards, guitar, vocals; Bill Belzer -drums; Jeff Harshbarger – bass; Recorded at More Famouser Studios w/ Mike Nolte engineer, mixing, mastering the recordings. The Sleazebeats have played Live on the show on several occassions.]

For many Queer Kids growing up in small towns, in rural areas, during the 1970s and 1980s and 1990s, The CBS broadcast of the annual Tony Awards was the biggest night of LGBT programming. One of this year’s most nominated shows, “Kinky Boots” is the recipient of 13 Nominations, including: Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical – Harvey Fierstein, Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre – Cyndi Lauper, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical – Billy Porter, Best Direction of a Musical – Jerry Mitchell, Best Choreography – Jerry Mitchell. The Tony Awards, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, Sunday, June 9, at 7:00 on CBS Television!

25. Billy Porter & Stark Sands – “Everybody Say Yeah!”
from: Kinky Boots (Soundtrack) / Sony – Kinky Boots LLC /May 28, 2013

11:15 – Interview with Kristie Stremel and Chynsia Hinesley

26. Kristie Stremel& The 159ers – “Clementine”
from: Color of Stars / Stremeltone Records / August 21,2010
[Rob VanBiber drums, Scott Cameron guitar, James Wheeler bass, Kristie Stremel lead vocals. Produced by Lou Whitney in Springfield, MO. All Songs Written By Kristie Stremel & The 159ers. Kristie Stremel & The 159ers played live on our show on October 13, 2010.]

11:20

Kristie Stremel and Chynsia Hinesley joined us to talk about Kristie’s new recordings, and also to give us all the details about: Girls With Guitars – Acoustic Vibrations, June 15, 7:00 pm, at Uptown Theatre, 3700 Broadway, featuring: Kristie Stremel from KC/Lawrence, Jen Foster from Nashville, Summer Osborne from St. Louis, and Corday from Los Angeles. Dirty Dorothy will serve as emcee. The show is produced by DYCON Productions, LLC.

11:23

27. Kristie Stremel & James Johann – “Don’t Do Crazy Anymore”
from: Don’t Do Crazy Anymore – Single / Stremeltone Records/ April, 2013

11:26

Girls With Guitars, June 15, 7:00 pm, at Uptown Theatre, 3700 Broadway, The performers include both local and national artists who are iconic in the lesbian scene and in the independent music industry. Dirty Dorothy will serve as emcee.

Girls With Guitars features: KC & Lawrence based Kristie Stremel. Described as “Joan Jett & Tom Petty’s lovechild,” armed with her guitar, fueled by coffee, and over 70 published songs, Stremel continues to tour with a band and as a solo acoustic. Stremel is described as “Aggressive and provocative, the singer/guitarist leans into her material with the passion of a true believer” by Jim Musser of Harp Magazine.

With her band the 159ers she received the Pitch newspaper’s prestigious Kansas City/Lawrence Area Music Award for both Best New Band and Band of the Year. She has also won the “Best Female Vocalist” in Kansas City awarded by The Pitch Weekly.

After a decade of playing music, singer/songwriter Kristie Stremel and her former band mates from Exit 159 (drummer Rob VanBiber and bassist Jamey Wheeler), along with lead guitarist Scott Cameron, reunited to form Kristie Stremel & The 159ers. After a year of writing new material, “Color Of Stars” (Stremeltone Records) was released Aug. 31, 2010. This 12 song offering, recorded in Springfield, MO and Produced by Lou Whitney.”

Recently Stremel has released several singles including “Don’t’ Do Crazy Anymore” a duet with James Johan and “Ten Little Hens” a song she wrote for kids. She is currently working on a new project and “Getting fired up to record a new album! New songs with some old pals!” So far only her dogs have had the privilege of hearing her new songs.

Jen Foster, from Nashville, TN, an award-winning singer/songwriter who regularly sells out shows across the country. Her video for “Closer To Nowhere” went to #1 on the LOGO Channel and stayed in their Top 10 list for 6 months as well as being a featured song on MTV’s “The Hills.” Her voice has been compared to Sheryl Crow, Tracy Chapman and the Cranberries’ Dolores O’Riordan, just released “You Stayed”, an EP recording that is atribute to her loving and loyal fans.

Corday will be flying in from Long Beach, CA. Corday has performed at events including Dinah Shore in Palm Springs, Womenfest in Key West, L.A., Sweet Lesbian Cruises, and numerous Gay Pride Festivals. Corday’s latest full-length studio album, Weekend Warrior, is available now on iTunes. The title track snagged Best DIY Video at the RightOutTV Awards. The new album includes the song “Coming Undone,” as heard in the lesbian film “Elena Undone”. Recently Corday just penned “Second Shot” for placement as the theme song in the new lesbian series Second Shot, starring Jill Bennett. Corday is the rock and roll front-woman of her all girl band Kiss Me Deadly, but also has a softer side, as winner of Best Female Acoustic Act and Best Live Band at the Orange County Music Awards.

St. Louis based singer songwriter Summer Osborne has been performing on stage since the age of four. She has been performing her original music since 2005, releasing 7 full-length albums and an EP. Since 2009, Summer has been constantly on tour playing Pridefests in St. Louis, Vancouver, Columbia, Memphis, Springfield, Lexington, Belleville. Summer is a champion of the KC HRC Battle of The Babes – Acoustic Stage. Summer has shared the stage with The Indigo Girls, God-Des and She, Tiffany, Jen Foster, Sugarbeach, The Cliks, Crystal Waters, Betty, Martha Wash, RJ Helton, Jennifer Holliday, Kimberley Locke, Tret Fure, and Shannon Curtis. Her new album “As I Am” will be out soon.

Girls With Guitars, is Saturday, June 15, 7:00 pm, at Uptown Theatre, 3700 Broadway, featuring: Kristie Stremel from KC/Lawrence, Jen Foster from Nashville, Summer Osborne from St. Louis, and Corday from Los Angeles. Dirty Dorothy will emcee. The show is produced by DYCON Productions, LLC.Tickets available through Ticketmaster, Uptown Theatre. Info at: dyconproductions.com, or uptowntheatre.com

11:30

28. Summer Osborne –“I Love Your Shine”
from: The Scenic Route / Summer Osborne / June 23, 2012

11:35 – Underwriting

10:36 – Tribute to Larry Kramer

The day Larry Kramer hugged me. The day before the National March on Washington, 1993. It was outside the Capitol Building where Larry Kramer had just passionately delivered a speech to a crowd of LGBT Activists. ACT UP had just organized us in wrapping a giant red ribbon around the Capitol Building. After the building was wrapped, the ribbon broke into hundreds of little pieces. I attached my piece to my ACT UP KC button.

The day Larry Kramer hugged me. The day before the National March on Washington, 1993. It was outside the Capitol Building where Larry Kramer had just passionately delivered a speech to a crowd of LGBT Activists. ACT UP had just organized us in wrapping a giant red ribbon around the Capitol Building. After the building was wrapped, the ribbon broke into hundreds of little pieces. I attached my piece to my ACT UP KC button.

The 67th Annual Tony Awards, will present the Isabelle Stevenson Award to Larry Kramer.

If you believe theatre can change the world, it may be because you know of Larry Kramer.

American playwright, author, public health advocate, and LGBT rights activist, Larry Kramer was born June 25, 1935. He began his career rewriting scripts for Columbia Pictures, which led him to London where he worked with United Artists and earned an Academy Award nomination for the screenplay of “Women in Love” in 1969.

In 1980 and 1981 Larry Kramer began to witness many his friends becoming sick and dying from the spread of an unknown disease, that became known as Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). He co-founded the Gay Men’s Health Crisis, which has become the largest private organization to assist people living with AIDS in the world.

Larry Kramer co-founded the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) in 1987, a direct action, multi-faceted, protest organization credited with changing public health policy and perception of people living with AIDS, HIV and AIDS-related diseases.

Based on his own struggles, in the early years of the AIDS crisis, Larry Kramer wrote about his frustrations with our government’s lethargic response, to do anything to help. Larry Kramer was also frustrated by the gay community itself, criticizing gay men who he felt were in denial of what was killing them. From all of this came Larry Kramer’s nearly auto-biographical play, “The Normal Heart” that focused on the rise of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City between 1981 and 1984, as seen through the eyes of writer/activist Ned Weeks, a gay Jewish-American founder of a prominent HIV advocacy group. Ned was known and disliked for his loud, angry, public confrontations, in contrast to the calmer, more private strategies favored by his associates, friends, and closeted lover Felix Turner.

The Normal Heart was produced by Joesph Papp at The PublicTheater in NYC in 1985, in a critically acclaimed Off-Broadway run that starred Brad Davis in the role of Ned Weeks.

In Kansas City, no professional theatre would do this show. The Normal Heart was produced independently in the Summer of 1991, as the very first production of Actors & Artists Against AIDS, Directed by John McCrite, staged with a cast of professional actors, in the basement of Unity Temple on The Plaza, the production earned critical acclaim and $10,000.00 in ticket sales from 8 performances, all to benefit The Good Samaritan Project.

Later, the play was revived in Los Angeles and London and again Off-Broadway in 2004. The Normal Heart made it’s Broadway debut, in April 2011, winning the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play. This year The Normal Heart will launch a national tour. Julia Roberts, Jim Parsons, Matt Bomer and Alec Baldwin are joining Mark Ruffalo in the upcoming film of THE NORMAL HEART. Larry Kramer will adapt his script for the movie, and Ryan Murphy, best known for creating GLEE, is set to direct the film.

10:39

29. The Cast – “Scene 16: Felix’s Hospital Room”
from: The Normal Heart a play by Larry Kramer – The Broadway Benefit Reading / Broadway Cares – Equity Fights AIDS / 1994
[The Cast is: Jonathan Hadary reading stage directions, Eric Bogosian as Ned Weeks, D.W. Moffett as Felix Turner, Stockard Channing as Dr. Emma Brookner, and Tony Roberts as Ben Weeks. The Broadway Benefit Reading was directed by Jerry Zaks with an inroduction by Barbara Striesand. Performed live, as a staged reading on April 18, 1993.]

30. Michael Callen – “Love Don’t Need a Reason”
from: Purple Heart / Significant Other / 1988
[In partnership with Oscar winner Peter Allen and Marsha Melamet, Michael Callen wrote his most famous song, “Love Don’t Need a Reason”, which he sang frequently at gay pride and AIDS-related events around the country. Michael Callen (b. April 11, 1955) was a singer, songwriter, composer, author, and AIDS activist. He was a significant architect of the response to the AIDS crisis in the United States. First diagnosed with “Gay related immune deficiency” (GRID) in 1982, Callen quickly became a leader in the response to the epidemic. He was a founding member of the People With AIDS Self-Empowerment Movement among other organizations, and he testified before the President’s Commission on AIDS and both houses of the United States Congress. He was a founding member of the gay male a cappella singing group The Flirtations, with whom he recorded two albums. He also had a solo album, Purple Heart, which a review in The Advocate called “the most remarkable gay independent release of the past decade.” During the last year of his life, Callen recorded over 40 songs. On December 27, 1993, Michael Callen died of AIDS-related complications in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 38.]

31. The Magnetic Fields – “I Think I Need A New Heart”
from: 69 Love Songs / Merge Records / June 8, 1999

32. Harvey Fierstein – “I Am What I Am”
from: Being Out Rocks / Centaur Entertainment /Oct. 9, 2007
[La Cage Aux Folles music & lyrics by Jerry Herman]

33. Patti LaBelle – “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”
from: Live: One Night Only / Columbia / 1996

11:59:30

34. 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 #475

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.]

10:30

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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