Wednesday MidDay Medley Playlist from August 5, 2015

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

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Spinning Records With Merritt + Calvin Arsenia

Marion Merrit & Calvin Arsenia

Marion Merrit & Calvin Arsenia


10:00

At the very beginning of the show, at 10:00, we welcomed KKFI’s Special Events Coordinator and Volunteer Coordinator, Bill Sundahl, who joined us to talk about:

Sprint Presents:
90.1FM Crossroads Music Fest
A Benefit for 90.1FM KKFI Kansas City Community Radio
This 11th Annual Fest is a Celebration of KC Music with talent from around the Midwest.

Saturday September 12th, 2015 – 6:00 pm to 2:00 am [All venues are within 2 blocks]

7 Stages:

Sprint Main Stage – All ages – Crossroads East 1837 Grand Blvd

Ink Stage – All Ages – The Record Machine Showcase – The Living Room~1818 McGee – Upstairs

Stage Name TBA – The Living Room~1818 McGee – Downstairs

Vinyl Renaissance Stage – All Ages – KC Psych Fest & Haymaker Records Showcase – Mod Gallery 1809 McGee

Kissick Construction Stage – 21+ – The Brick at 1727 McGee

KCPT Stage – 21+ – The Tank Room at 1813 Grand

Green Lady Stage – 21+ – Green Lady Lounge 1809 Grand

35 + Artists:

Not A Planet | My Brothers & Sisters | Katy Guillen & The Girls | Lauren Anderson | Willie Arthur Smith’s MARCHING COBRAS! | She’s A Keeper | The Philistines | Amanda Fish Band | Duncan Burnett & The Ministry | Spirit is the Spirit | Westerners | Light Music |The Free Years | Max Justus | Julian Davis | The Phantastics | Ruddy Swain | Slow Motion Commotion | Instant Karma | The Kemps | Pink Royal | GAV7D Project | Rural Grit All-Stars| Conner Leimer | Mod Professor | Riala | Dark Satellites | 3 Son Green | Freight Train Rabbit Killer | Janet The Planet | Molly Hammer Quartet | Organ Jazz Trio | Jessica Paige | Sara Morgan

Sponsors:

Sprint | Boulevard Brewing Co. | KCPT – Channel 19 | Missouri Bank | Live KC | Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund | Kissick Construction | Ink Magazine |
90.1 KKFI Kansas City Community Radio | 90.9 The Bridge | Vinyl Renaissance |
KC Area Development Council – America’s Creative Crossroads

TICKETS ON SALE NOW:
http://www.BrownPaperTickets .com | $15.00 in advance | $20.00 at gate day of show

10:10

Marion Merritt Guest Producer & Co-Host

Marion Merritt is our most frequent contributor to WMM, joining us to share her musical discoveries and information from her musically encyclopedic brain. Records With Merritt, is at 1614 Westport Rd. in Kansas City, Missouri. More info at: http://www.recordswithmerritt.com

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

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

3. Shin Joong Hyun – “‘J’ Blues 72 – Shin Joong Hyun”
from: Beautiful Rivers And Mountains: The Psychedelic Rock Sound Of South Korea’s Shin Joong Hyun 1958-74 / Light In The Attic / 2011

4. Darondo – “Didn’t I”
from: Listen To My Song: The Music City Sessions / Big Beat Records / 2015

5. Darondo – “Luscious Lady”
from: Listen To My Song: The Music City Sessions / Big Beat Records / 2015

10:37 – Underwriting

6. Ikebe Shakedown – “Tujunga”
from: Ikebe Shakedown / Ubiquity Recordings / 2011

7. Monophonics – “Lying Eyes”
from: Sound of Sinning / Transistor Sounds / 2015

8. Monophonics – “La La La Love Me”
from: Sound of Sinning / Transistor Sounds / 2015

9. Shuggie Otis – “Sweet Thang”
from: Freedom Flight / Music On Vinyl (1971 Epic) / 2015

10. Shuggie Otis – “Purple”
from: Freedom Flight / Music On Vinyl (1971 Epic) / 2015

11:03 – Station ID

11. Nightmares On Wax – “Passion”
from: In a Space Outta Sound / Warp Records (2008 Warp) / 2014

12. Andy Stott – “Violence”
from: Faith In Strangers / Modern Love / 2014

Marion Merritt, Calvin Arsenia, and Maria Vasquez Boyd

Marion Merritt, Calvin Arsenia, and Maria Vasquez Boyd

11:15 – Interview with Calvin Arsenia

13. Calvin Arsenia – “Aquamarine”
unreleased LIVE recording of performance in Edinburgh, Scotland, the night before Calvin returned to the United States.

11:19

24 year old Calvin Arsenia returns to Wednesday MidDay Medley after most recently joining us in March. His 2014 EP, Moments, was in our Top Ten, of The 114 Best Recordings of 2014. Calvin Arsenia recently came home to KC after living in Edinburgh, Scotland. Standing at 6 foot 5 inches, Arsenia’s powerful vocals span a 3.5 octave range, while playing piano, guitar and harp. Calvin Arsenia has written, arranged and produced 5 EPs including Prose, his new 9-song collection, released February 3, 2015. Calvin Arsenia plays The Riot Room, August 17, at 8:00pm. More info at: http://www.calvinarsenia.com

Calvin Arsenia has been very busy, releasing a new EP, graduating from the the Artist Inc. program, playing piano in Christian Hankel’s Silver: A Noir Ballet, for KC Fringe Fest.

Last time Calvin was on the show, in March, he performed his song “Cardiac” live in our 90.1 FM Studios. Since then he haa been working on this song as a new recording, collaborating with Jamie Searle of My Brothers & Sisters, who has created new arrangements for the recording.

11:25

14. Calvin Arsenia – “Cardiac”
unreleased track

11:29

Calvin is currently collaborating with metalsmith artist Sydney Pener on a project that will feature her crowns.

Calvin Arsenia Influences: Bjork, Dirty Projectors, Joanna Newsom, Sufjan Stevens

Calvin’s 2015 EP release, Prose, was recorded over the course of three live sessions at Edinburgh’s Napier University. Produced by Graham Coe. Engineered by David O’Leary. Music and Lyrics: Calvin Arsenia, with Fiona Reid & Liselot Van Oosterom on vocals, Graham Coe on cello, Mark Smith on percussion, Lyle Watt on guitar, Calvin Arsenia on vocals, guitar & piano.

Calvin Arsenia plays The Riot Room, August 17, at 8:00pm. More info at: http://www.calvinarsenia.com

11:35

15. Calvin Arsenia – “Kaleidescope Eyes”
unreleased track

11:39 – Underwriting

11:46

16. Jacco Gardner – “Cabinet of Curiosities”
from: Cabinet of Curiosities / Trouble In Mind / 2013

11:55

17. Fuzz – “What’s In My Head?”
from: Fuzz / In The Red Records / 2013

11:59:30



18. Noel Coward – “The Party’s Over Now”

from: Noel Coward in New York / drg / 2003 [orig. 1957]



Next week on Wed, August 12, Sterling Witt joins us to share new songs from his new album Satyagraha recorded with legendary producer Steve Albini in Chicago. Also joining us is Robin Rosenberger of Moondrop Circus who collaborated with Sterling on his “Perception Deception” music video and the Pledge Music campaign kick off concert featuring MoonDrop Circus to be held August 15, at The Workhouse – Kansas City Historic Castle, 2001 Vine Street, in Kansas City Missouri. Also Britt Adair, of The Bad Ideas, joins us to share information about Summer Kamp Fest II, Friday, August 14 at miniBar, Saturday, August 15 at Harling’s Upstairs, and Sunday, August 16, at FOKL, featuring 23 bands. At 11:30 Ryan Lee Toms & Jonathan Thatch, members of KC based, HMPH! Haymaker Records presents HMPH! “Headrush” Vinyl Release Party Friday, August 21 at 9:30pm, at Harling’s Upstairs in KCMO, with Rhunes & Arc Flash.



Sources for notes: artist’s websites, bios, wikipedia.org



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Show #589

WMM Playlist from Sept. 18, 2013

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

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Marion Merritt’s Musical Discoveries
+ Eccentric Soul + Jimi Hendrix + Damon Bailey

1. Dimitri From Paris – “Prologue”

2. The Heavy – “Coleen (feat. The Dap-Kings Horns)”
from: Great Vengeance and Furious Fire / Ninja Tune Records / Oct. 29, 2007
[Debut studio album by English indie rock band The Heavy, released September 17, 2007 in the United Kingdom and April 8, 2008 in the United States. The title is a reference to a line spoken by Samuel L. Jackson’s character Jules Winnfield in Pulp Fiction.]

3. The Heavy – “Brukpocket’s Lament”
from: Great Vengeance and Furious Fire / Ninja Tune Records / Oct 29, 2007
[Kelvin Swaby (Vocals), Dan Taylor (Guitar), Spencer Page (Bass) & Chris Ellul (Drums). Taylor & Swaby became friends when they bonded over vintage R&B music & Jim Jarmusch films and soon formed the band.]

4. The Julie Ruin – “Just My Kind”
from: Run Fast / Discharge – TJR Records / September 3, 2013
[The Julie Ruin was formed in 2010 in NYC. The band rehearses in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, and records at Oscilloscope. Band members include Carmine Covelli, Sara Landeau, Kathleen Hanna, Kathi Wilcox, and Kenny Mellman.]

5. The Julie Ruin – “Oh Come On”
from: Run Fast / Discharge – TJR Records / September 3, 2013
[In December 2010, The Julie Ruin previewed a performance at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn. In 2012, The Julie Ruin released the song “Girls Like Us,” featuring queercore artist Vaginal Davis, as a free download as part of a series inspired by the book Real Man Adventures by T. Cooper. ]

10:15

6. Willis Earl Beal – “Coming Through (feat. Cat Power)”
from: Nobody Knows. / XL Records / Sept. 6, 2013
[Beal was born in Chicago, Illinois. In his early twenties Beal joined the US Army, moving to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Beal was medically discharged from the army due to intestinal problems. He then returned to Chicago where he worked at Sears Tower, following a five month hospital stay. In 2007, Beal moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Here Beal spent some time homeless, and working entry-level jobs, notably as a night-shift security guard. During this time Beal began to record music, leaving CD-Rs in public spaces around Albuquerque. Beal would also leave self-illustrated flyers around the town in the hope of finding a girlfriend. One of these flyers was discovered by Found Magazine who put Beal on the cover of their magazine. Found later released a limited-edition box set called The Willis Earl Beal Collection, which included Beal’s poetry, artwork and a 17-song album. Through these flyers and the subsequent coverage in Found, Beal was contacted by more than 100 members of the public. Beal participated in auditions for Simon Cowell’s The X Factor television show, but dropped out of the “boot-camp” stage of the competition. In 2012, Beal signed a recording contract with Hot Charity, an imprint of independent record label, XL Recordings. Beal’s first single for the labels, “Evening’s Kiss” was released on February 17, 2012 and the accompanying music video was illustrated by Beal. Beal’s debut album, entitled Acousmatic Sorcery was released on April 2, 2012. He will also star in a film entitled ‘MEMPHIS’ directed by Tim Sutton that will premiere at the 2013 Venice film festival.]

7. Willis Earl Beal – “Burning Bridges”
from: Nobody Knows. / XL Records / Sept. 6, 2013 [.]

10:26 – Underwriting

10:27

8. King Khan & The Shrines – “Born To Die”
from: Idle No More / Merge Records / Sept/ 3, 2013
[King Khan and the Shrines, sometimes referred to as King Khan and (His) Sensational Shrines or The Supreme Genius of King Khan and His Sensational Shrines, are a Berlin-based garage rock and psychedelic soul band. The band was founded in 1999 by then 22-year-old King Khan, formerly of Canadian garage rock outfits The Spaceshits (where he operated under the pseudonym Blacksnake) and Kukamongas. The band is noted for its impressive stage antics. Typically King Khan is scantily clad, and the overwhelming frontman. His performances feature cheerleader/go-go dancer Bamboorella and a mixture of instrumentation including, but not limited to: keyboard, baritone saxophone, guitar, bass, and drums.]

10:30

9. King Khan & The Shrines – “Thorn in Her Pride”
from: Idle No More / Merge Records / Sept/ 3, 2013

10:33 – The Fabulous Rhythm Makers, Marva Whitney from the new Numero Group release Eccentric Soul: The Forte Label.

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10. The Fabulous Rhythm Makers – “Mini, Mini Afro Twist”
from: Eccentric Soul: The Forte Label / Numero Group – Cleanteen Records / Sept. 3, 2013
[The Numero Group record label (“Numero” for short) was founded in 2003, by Tom Lunt, Rob Sevier, and Ken Shipley (a former A&R manager for the equally eclectic Rykodisc label).The label’s first release was a reissue of rare soul and R&B music first released by the defunct Capsoul label, which was founded in Columbus, Ohio, by William Roger “Bill” Moss. Here is the label’s stated mission (according to their website at http://www.numerogroup.com): The mission was simple: to dig deep into the recesses of our record collections with the goal of finding the dustiest gems begging to be released from their exile on geek street. No longer would $500 singles sit in a temperature-controlled room dying for a chance to be played. No more would the artists, writers, and entrepreneurs who made these records happen go unknown and unappreciated.]

11. Marva Whitney – “With Fun In My Life”
from: Eccentric Soul: The Forte Label / Numero Group – Cleanteen Records / Sept. 3, 2013
[Born Marva Ann Manning, May 1, 1944 in Kansas City, Kansas. Whitney’s performing career started as early as three years old while touring with her family’s gospel group, the Manning Gospel Singers. In 1960, when she was 16, she joined a Kansas gospel group, the Alma Whitney Singers, and ended up marrying Harry Whitney, the brother-in-law of the group’s leader. Ever since, she has gone by her married name, Marva Whitney. Marva Whitney is well known as a funk vocalist. Singing with James Brown in the late 1960s, she was able to make a name for herself with powerful songs like “I’m Tired, I’m Tired, I’m Tired (Things Better Change Before Its Too Late)” and “If You Don’t Work (You Can’t Eat).” Her recording of “It’s My Thing (You Can’t Tell Me Who to Sock It To)” reached the R&B Top 20. Her song “Unwind Yourself” has been sampled numerous times, most recognisably by DJ Mark the 45 King on his 1987 track “The 900 Number”, which was then sampled by DJ Chad Jackson on his 1990 hit single “Hear the Drummer (Get Wicked)” (UK #3 in July 1990), by DJ Kool on his 1996 hit “Let Me Clear My Throat” (UK #6 in March 1997), Sway on his 2009 track Mercedes Benz and Mac Miller on his 2011 track Party On Fifth Ave. In 2006, Marva Whitney collaborated with German born DJ/collector/manager DJ Pari and Japanese funk orchestra Osaka Monaurail to produce a new single, “I Am What I Am”. Osaka Monaurail style themselves on the James Brown sound and the single was produced in the fashion of an authentic release of the recordings she produced with Brown in 1969. Two successful tours of Japan and a full length album release followed, also entitled “I Am What I Am”. In 2007, 2008 and 2009, the tour was also brought to Europe. In December 2009, Whitney collapsed on stage in front of thousands of fans in Lorne, Australia, while performing with The Transatlantics at Falls Festival. She was immediately rushed to Geelong Hospital, where doctors diagnosed a stroke. The remaining dates of her tour had to be canceled, but Whitney made a recovery and performed again in 2010. In December 2012, Whitney died from complications of pneumonia at her home. She was 68]

10:40

12. Okkervil River – “Down Down The Deep River (edited)”
from: The Silver Gymnasium / ATO Records / Sept. 3, 2013
[Okkervil River is an American indie rock band from Austin, Texas. Formed in 1998, the band takes its name from a short story by Russian author Tatyana Tolstaya. They self-released their first album, Stars Too Small to Use, which led them to the South by Southwest music festival. After recording their first album in a garage, they signed with Jagjaguwar. Okkervil River continued by releasing four more albums, including the critically lauded concept album Black Sheep Boy. After a period of touring for Black Sheep Boy, Okkervil River followed up with The Stage Names. The album sold 10,000 in its opening week in the United States. The group released a free covers album, Golden Opportunities Mixtape from their live performances. The band has garnered positive critical reception. Especially noted are each song’s lyrics, intricate instrumentation, and relation to the album’s themes. In addition, they were featured on the talk show Late Night with Conan O’Brien and have performed with high profile bands such as The Decemberists, The New Pornographers, The National, and Lou Reed. Okkervil River released the album The Stand Ins on 9 September, 2008. They promoted the release with a series of cover songs from the album on YouTube by people they’ve met as a band. Their 2010 collaboration as a backing band with psychedelic rocker Roky Erickson yielded True Love Cast Out All Evil. On 10 May, 2011, Okkervil River released their sixth full-length album, I Am Very Far, which peaked at No 32 on the Billboard 200. The band released their seventh album, The Silver Gymnasium]

13. Califone – “Stiches”
from: Stiches / Dead Oceans / August 30, 2013
[Experimental rock band from Chicago. The band is named after Califone International, an audio equipment manufacturer. Their work has been critically acclaimed. After the breakup of his former band Red Red Meat, frontman Tim Rutili formed Califone as a solo project. Rutili’s solo effort soon became a full-fledged musical project with a regular and rotating list of contributors, including many former members of Red Red Meat and some members of other Chicago bands. According to Rutili, Califone started as a home project: “The statement of intent would have been ‘easy listening’ compared to what we were doing with Red Red Meat. This was supposed to be making little pop songs out of found pieces. It was supposed to be just a little home project, and it slowly grew from there. Now it seems like just about anything goes.”Califone’s sound is a combination of Red Red Meat’s blues-rock and experimental music, with inspiration drawn from early American folk music, pop, as well as electronic and groups like Psychic TV. Listeners familiar with Red Red Meat can quickly tell that Califone is not an attempt to revive the old band; elements from a number of musical styles contribute to their distinctive sound. Califone’s current lineup includes Joe Adamik (drums), Jim Becker (banjo, violin), Ben Massarella (percussion), and Tim Rutili (vocals, guitar, keyboards). Each member is a multi-instrumentalist.]

10:55 – Two Bands with Justin Vernon as Member

14. The Shouting Matches – “I Had a Real Good Lover”
from: Mouthoil – EP / Middle West / August 27, 2012
[Brian Moen, Phil Cook and Justin Vernon (of Bon Iver) played one show as The Shouting Matches nearly seven years ago. They reunited in Eau Claire, Wisconsin this past year and a made a record fusing influences into what they do best: playing together. Over years of sharing stages and studios in a myriad of projects, they come together as a trio and give you this here ‘Grownass Man.’]

11:02 – Station ID

15. Volcano Choir – “Tiderays”
from: Repave / JagJaguar / Aug. 30, 2013
[Wisconsin based “Astro-Folk” band formed in 2008 by Jon Mueller, Chris Rosenau, Matthew Skemp Daniel Spack, Justin Vernon, Thomas Wincek. Over a year after its well-received release in September 2009, a decision was made to adapt ‘Unmap’ to live performance and to tour Japan. After which, it was clear that Volcano Choir existed as a fully formed entity, or as Justin Vernon succinctly puts it, “those six shows told us everything about what we could be.” There would be another record, but as with Unmap, there was no timeline. There were writing sessions that continued for years, sometimes within a couple of months of one another, sometimes within half of a year between Nov. 2010 and March 2013. Suddenly there was ‘Repave.’]

New Single Releases

16. of Montreal – “Fugitive Air”
from: Lousey With Sylvianbriar / Polyvinyl / October 8, 2013 [Single release July 23]
[Athens, Georgia based rock band, founded by frontman Kevin Barnes in 1996, named after a failed romance with a woman “of Montreal.” The band is one of the bands of the Elephant 6 collective. Throughout its existence, of Montreal’s musical style has evolved from vaudeville and Beatles-influenced psychedelic twee pop to a mixture of electronica, funk, glam, and afrobeat music influenced by Prince and David Bowie. Lousy with Sylvianbriar is the upcoming twelfth studio album.]

17. Mazzy Star – “California”
from: Seasons of Your Day / Rhymes of an Hour / September 24, 2013 [Single release Aug. 20]
[4th studio album by alternative rock band formed in Santa Monica, California, in 1989, a collaboration of guitarist David Roback and bassist Kendra Smith. Roback’s friend Hope Sandoval became the group’s vocalist when Smith left the band. Mazzy Star is best known for the song “Fade into You” which brought the band some success in the mid-1990s and was the group’s biggest mainstream hit, earning extensive exposure on MTV, VH1, and radio airplay. Roback and Sandoval are the creative center of the band, with Sandoval as lyricist and Roback as composer of the majority of the band’s material. Mazzy Star has deep roots within the Californian Paisley Underground movement of the early 1980s. David Roback, along with his brother Steven, was one of the main architects of leading Los Angeles psychedelic revival band, the Rain Parade.]

11:16 – Underwriting

11:17 – Interview with Damon Bailey

Kansas City based singer songwriter Damon Bailey was part of the popular reggae band Seed Love. He is now in the final stages of recording his new album with his new band Quest United Heart. Damon performs as a solo artist also and will be in concert, Friday, October 4, at Californos in Westport, along with members of Hidden Pictures.

Damon Bailey was a member of Seed Love, a very popular band that he played with for several years. He is now making different music as a solo artist and with various bands including Quest United Heart.

11:20

18. Damon Bailey – “Quest United Heart” (LIVE)
Song will be available on the Quest United Heart release to be expected on Valentine’s Day 2014

11:29

19. Damon Bailey – “Forrest Avenue” (LIVE)
written by Damon Bailey for Jesse Harris and his band Gypsy Sparrows

Damon Bailey will be in concert, Friday, October 4, at Californos in Westport, along with members of Hidden Pictures.

11:40

20. Quest United Heart – “Black and Mild”
from: Quest United Heart / Indep. / To Be released: Valentine’s Day 2014

11:44

21. Roky Erickson – “It’s A Cold Night For Alligators”
from: The Evil One / Light In The Attic Records / 2013 [orig. 1981]
[2nd album from American singer, songwriter, harmonica player & guitarist from Texas, born Roger Kynard Erickson on July 15, 1947). He was a founding member of the 13th Floor Elevators and a pioneer of the psychedelic rock genre.]

22. Roky Erickson – “Creature With the Atom Brain”
from: The Evil One / Light In The Attic Records / 2013 [orig. 1981]

11:53

23. Jimi Hendrix – “Somewhere”
from: People, Hell & Angels / Hendrix Music / March 1, 2013
[12 never before released Hendrix studio recordings, showcasing his work outside of the original Jimi Hendrix Experience trio. Beginning in 1968, Hendrix grew restless, eager to develop new material with old friends and new ensembles. Outside the view of a massive audience that had established the Experience as rock’s largest grossing concert act . Earth Blues is unlike the version first issued as part of Rainbow Bridge in 1971, this December 19, 1969 master take features just Hendrix, Billy Cox on bass, and Buddy Miles on drums.]

11:59:30

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

Marion Merritt is the co-creator of the blog: a2-m3.com providing information about: Music, Film, Art, Books, Television, Technology, with links, downloads, and articles keeping us current with the latest musical and film news.

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

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Show #491

WMM Playlist from August 7, 2013

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

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Marion Merritt’s Musical Discoveries + Carsie Blanton

Guest producer Marion Merritt joined us to share information from her musically-encyclopedic-brain. Marion Merritt is the co-creator of the blog: a2-m3.com providing info about: Music, Film, Art, Books, TV, Technology, with links, downloads, and articles.

1. Dimitri From Paris – “Prologue”

2. Matias Aguayo – “Una Fiesta Diferente”
from: The Visitor / Comeme Records / June 24, 2013
[3rd album from DJ Matias Aguayo is inspired from his years of touring and creates internationally flavored sounds, implementing his voice and using percussion, performing live with “the district union” a band that provides a powerful rhythm section.]

3. Matias Aguayo – “Rollerskate”
from: Rollerskate – Single / Kompakt Records / October 5, 2009

10:16

4. T-Model Ford – “Ask Her for Water”
from: Bad Man / Big Legal Mess Publishing / September 10, 2010

5. T-Model Ford – “Bad Man”
from: Bad Man / Big Legal Mess Publishing / September 10, 2010
[James Lewis Carter Ford (c.early 1920s – July 16, 2013). An American blues musician, using the name T-Model Ford, he was nable to remember his exact date of birth, he began his musical career in his early 70s, and recorded for the Fat Possum label, then switched to Alive Naturalsound Records. His musical style combined the rawness of Delta blues with Chicago blues & juke joint blues styles. According to records, Ford’s year of birth was between 1921 – 1925, though his record company gave his age as 94, suggesting a birth in 1918 – 1919. Starting with an abusive father who had permanently injured him at eleven, Ford lived his entire life in a distressed and violent environment, towards which he was quite indifferent. Ford, an illiterate, worked in various blue collar jobs as early as his preteen years, such as plowing fields, working at a sawmill, and later in life becoming a lumber company foreman and then a truck driver. At this time, Ford was sentenced to ten years on a chain gang for murder. Allegedly, Ford was able to reduce his sentence to two years. He spent many of his years following his release in conflicts with law enforcement. Ford lived in Greenville, Mississippi and for a time wrote an advice column for Arthur magazine. Reportedly, he had twenty six children. According to music writer Will Hodgkinson, who met and interviewed Ford for his book Guitar Man, Ford took up the guitar when his fifth wife left him and gave him a guitar as a leaving present. Ford trained himself without being able to read music or guitar tabs. Hodgkinson observed that Ford could not explain his technique. He simply worked out a way of playing that sounded like the guitarists he admired — Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf. Ford toured juke joints and other venues, for a while opening for Buddy Guy. In 1995, he was discovered by Matthew Johnson of Fat Possum Records, under which he released five albums from 1997 to 2008

10:22 – Underwriting

10:24

6. Anna von Hausswolff – “Mountains Crave”
from: Ceremony / Other Music Recording / July 9, 2013
[2nd album from Gothenburg, Sweden, based musician Anna Michaela Ebba Electra von Hausswolff (born Sept. 6, 1986). A singer, pianist, songwriter. She released her debut single, “Track of Time”, Feb. 5, 2010, followed by her critically acclaimed debut album Singing from the Grave. In March 2010 she toured Brazil with Taken by Trees. In 2011 she opened for Lykke Li and also for M.Ward. Hausswolff is noted for her expressive voice and her live performances, and is sometimes compared to Kate Bush. Hausswolff used to be a student of architecture at Chalmers University of Technology. She is the daughter of sound artist Carl Michael von Hausswolff.]

7. David Lynch & Lykke Li – “I’m Waiting Here (Bonus Track)”
from: The Big Dream / Sacred Bones / July 2, 2013
[2nd album from David Keith Lynch (born January 20, 1946). An American filmmaker, television director, visual artist, musician and occasional actor, Lynch is known for his surrealist films, he has developed his own unique cinematic style, which has been dubbed “Lynchian”, a style characterized by its dream imagery and meticulous sound design. Born to a middle-class family in Missoula, Montana, Lynch spent his childhood traveling around the United States, before going on to study painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, where he first made the transition to producing short films. Deciding to devote himself more fully to this medium, he moved to Los Angeles, where he produced his first motion picture, the surrealist horror Eraserhead (1977). After Eraserhead became a cult classic on the midnight movie circuit, Lynch was employed to direct The Elephant Man (1980), from which he gained mainstream success. Then being employed by the De Laurentiis Entertainment Group, he proceeded to make two films: the science-fiction epic Dune (1984), which proved to be a critical and commercial failure, and then a neo-noir crime film, Blue Velvet (1986), which was critically acclaimed. Next, Lynch created his own television series with Mark Frost, the highly popular murder mystery Twin Peaks (1990–1991); he also created a cinematic prequel, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992), a road movie, Wild at Heart (1990), and a family film, The Straight Story (1999), in the same period. Turning further towards surrealist filmmaking, three of his subsequent films operated on “dream logic”, non-linear narrative structures: Lost Highway (1997), Mulholland Drive (2001) and Inland Empire (2006). Meanwhile, Lynch embraced the internet as a medium, producing several web-based shows, such as the animation Dumbland (2002) and the surreal sitcom Rabbits (2002). Allmovie called him “the Renaissance man of modern American filmmaking”, while the success of his films has led to him being labelled “the first popular Surrealist.]

10:40

8. The Three O’Clock – “Jet Fighter”
from: The Hidden World Revealed / Omnivore Records / June 25, 2013
[Alternative rock group associated with the Los Angeles 1980s Paisley Underground scene. Lead singer and bassist Michael Quercio is credited with coining the term “Paisley Underground” to describe a subset of the 1980s L.A. music scene which included bands such as Dream Syndicate, Rain Parade, Green on Red, and the Bangles. After 25 years of turning down reunion offers, The Three O’Clock finally reformed after being presented with a chance to play at the 2013 Coachella festival. Three quarters of the “Classic” line-up, Michael Quercio (vocals/bass), Louis Gutierrez (guitars) & Danny Benair (drums) – were joined by new recruit Adam Merrin (keyboards). The group played both weekends of the Coachella festival, and also played on Conan on April 10, 2013. They later embarked on a mini-tour, and released several archival recordings that same year. The final show was at Fingerprints record store in Long Beach California on June 24, 2013.]

9. The Three O’Clock – “In My Own Time (Alternate Version)”
from: The Hidden World Revealed / Omnivore Records / June 25, 2013

10:47

10. Charlie Boyer and the Voyeurs – “I Watch You”
from: I Watch You – Single / Heavenly Records / October 15, 2012
[The Voyeurs are led by Charlie Boyer with Sam Davies, Samir Eskanda, Danny Stead and Ross Kristian completing the line-up. Produced and engineered by Edwyn Collins & Sebastian Lewsley. Recorded at West Heath Studios, London on the 12th and 13th of September 2012. charlieboyerandthevoyeurs.bandcamp.com]

11. Irma Thomas – “We Wont Be In Your Way Anymore”
from: In Between Tears (Remastered) / Alive Natural Sounds / 2013
[Original 1973] [born February 18, 1941, Ponchatoula, Louisiana, United States) is an American singer from New Orleans. She is known as the “Soul Queen of New Orleans”. Thomas is a contemporary of Aretha Franklin and Etta James, but never experienced their level of commercial success. In 2007, she won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album for After the Rain, her first Grammy in a career spanning over 50 years. Born Irma Lee, as a teen she sang with a Baptist church choir, auditioning for Specialty Records as a 13-year old. By the age of 19 she had been married twice and had four children. Keeping her second ex-husband’s surname, she worked as a waitress in New Orleans, occasionally singing with bandleader Tommy Ridgley, who helped her land a record deal with the local Ron label. Her first single, “(You Can Have My Husband but) Don’t Mess with My Man,” was released in spring 1960, and reached number 22 on the Billboard R&B chart.]

12. Irma Thomas – “In Between Tears”
from: In Between Tears (Remastered) / Alive Natural Sounds / 2013
[Original 1973]

11:00 – Station ID

13. Miles Davis – “Mademoiselle Mabry”
from: The Complete In A Silent Way Sessions / Sony / September 11, 2001

11:18 – Underwriting

14. Carsie Blanton – “Smoke Alarm”
from: Idiot Heart / Self Released / 2012

11:16 – Interview with Carsie Blanton

Kasey Rausch, Carsie Blanton, Mikal Shapiro, and Kaya Rausch-Santee

Kasey Rausch, Carsie Blanton, Mikal Shapiro, and Kaya Rausch-Santee

Carsie Blanton is a singer/songwriter based in New Orleans and Philadelphia. She plays classic American pop music. She’s toured with Paul Simon, the Wood Brothers, the Weepies, Shawn Colvin, Joan Osbourne, and Loudon Wainright III. Carsie Blanton plays Kansas City for the Mama Ra Haus Concert, hosted Mikal Shapiro and Kasey Rausch, TONIGHT, Wednesday, August 7, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, at 632 W. 39th Terrace, KCMO 64111. Alexandra Fetterman kicks off the music with a short opening set at 7:00 pm. Also joining us was the amazing Kasey Rausch and Mikal Shapiro.

Carsie’s song “Smoke Alarm” features the festive and rich musical culture of New Orleans. Carsie is originally from the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, but New Orleans is a big influence on her music.

Carsie’s writes in her bio… “I didn’t go to school when I was a kid. Instead I ran around the farm and hunted salamanders and read books. I was raised on folk music by a house full of crazy people. When I was a teenager, I discovered Billie Holiday and Nina Simone, and I learned all of their songs. At sixteen, I moved away from home to join an artist colony in Oregon, where I learned to hitchhike and dumpster dive, and sang backups in a funk band. Then I moved to San Francisco, and then Philadelphia, and now I live in New Orleans, which is the most magical city in the world.”

Besides her music, Carsie also write a blog about sex: brighterthanabuoy.blogspot.com

Carsie writes: “Love is hard. Sex is fun. Life is messy. We’re all going to die. Our hearts are idiots, our wills are weak, we’re bumbling around fucking the wrong people and falling in love for the wrong reasons and pretending like we have all the time in the world to figure it out. My aim is to write songs that make you stop pretending, even if only for an instant. I want to wake you up to your brief, idiotic, miraculous life.”

Along with just releasing a new music video for her song “Smoke Alarm” and embarking on a new solo tour across the country, Carsie has also just launched a new Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to produce her new project: ‘Jazz Is for Everybody.’

You can learn more about Carsie Blanton at: carsieblanton.com.

15. Carsie Blanton – “Crazy He Calls Me” (LIVE)
a song Carsie is developing for her new “Jazz is For Everybody” project.

Carsie released Rude Remarks & Dirty Jokes, a 3-song EP, April 23, produced by Oliver Wood (The Wood Brothers). Carsie writes, “The 1st song is about a girl who killed her ex because he was an ass. The 2nd song is about somebody who accidentally falls in love with everyone she sleeps with. The 3rd song is about how people oughtta have a little backbone and say what they mean. The songs are about me, minus some details.”

Kasey Rausch and Mikal Shapiro are two KC based singer, songwriters, who perform together as Partners in Glory. Their longtime friendship also includes presenting House Concerts in Midtown backyards.

Mikal Shapiro

Mikal Shapiro

David Regnier

David Regnier

Mikal Shapiro is one of Kansas City’s true renaissance women, successfully working in film, music, performance, journalism, art, curating, puppetry, songwriting.

Carsie is playing a lot of House Concerts on this current tour, she spoke to our radio audience about playing a club, or hall, in comparison to playing a “House Concert.”

16. Carsie Blanton – “Chicken” (LIVE)
also available on: Idiot Heart / Self Released / 2012

Kasey Rausch & Friends play the Winfield Warm Up! Sunday, August 18, 2013
at 2:00pm to 10:00pm ay IBEW Local 124, 301 E 103rd Terr, KCMO a benefit for KKFI

Carsie Blanton plays Kansas City for the Mama Ra Haus Concert, hosted Mikal Shapiro and Kasey Rausch, Wednesday, August 7, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, at 632 W. 39th Terrace, KCMO 64111. Alexandra Fetterman kicks off the music w/ a short opening set at 7:00 pm. You can learn more about Carsie Blanton at: carsieblanton.com.

11:42

17. Carsie Blanton – “Together Too Long”
from: Idiot Heart / Self Released / 2012

11:45

18. Devo – “Auto Modown”
from: Hardcore, Vol. 1 / Devo Inc. / June 25, 2013

19. Devo – “Space Girl Blues”
from: Hardcore, Vol. 1 / Devo Inc. / June 25, 2013
[Hardcore documents DEVO’s beginning as pre-punk outcasts in the fertile Akron, Ohio underground rock scene. Spawned at the nearby college of Kent State, site of the infamous May 4 Massacre, DEVO formed as a conceptual art project armed with a radical philosophy of de-evolution. Brothers Mothersbaugh (Mark and Bob) and Brothers Casale (Jerry and Bob) along with drummer Alan Myers soon whipped-up an otherworldly brand of “devolved blues” that could hold its own alongside the beatnik groove of 15-60-75 (aka The Numbers Band) or the primal rock poetry of the Bizarros. Recorded on various 4-track machines and in tiny studios, basements, and garages between 1974-1977, Hardcore reveals their strikingly clear vision: rock n’ roll stripped bare of its collective cool and jerked back into propaganda fit for post-modern man. Threaded beneath it all are lyrical themes of post-McCarthy paranoia, middle-class ephemera, and DEVO’s long-running topic of choice: sex, or lack thereof.]

11:52

20. White Fence – “Chairs in The Dark”
from: Cyclops Reap / Castle Face Records / April 9, 2013

21. White Fence – “Mr. Adams”
from: White Fence / Woodsist / March 16, 2019

11:59:30

22. 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

Wednesday MidDay Medley in on the web:
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http://www.kkfi.org

Show #485

WMM Playlist from June 19, 2013

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

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Marion Merritt’s Musical Discoveries
+ John McCrite & “One Third The Terror”

Marion Merritt joined us to share information from her musically-encyclopedic-brain. Marion Merritt is the co-creator of the blog: a2-m3.com providing information about: Music, Film, Art, Books, Television, Technology, with links, downloads, and articles keeping us current with the latest musical and film news.

1. Dimitri From Paris – “Prologue”
from: Sacrebleu /

2. !!! – “Get That Rhythm Right (Edited)”
from: Thriller / Warp Records / March 5, 2013

3. Daft Punk- “Get Lucky (feat. Pharrell Williams)”
from: Random Access Memories / Columbia Records / May 21, 2013

10:16

4. CocoRosie – “After the Afterlife”
from: Tales of a Grasswidow / Transistor Recording / May 28, 2013

5. CocoRosie – “Tears for Animals”
from: Tales of a Grasswidow / Transistor Recording / May 28, 2013

10:26 – Underwriting

10:28

6. Mark Lanegan & Duke Garwood – “Pentacostal”
from: Black Pudding / Ipecac / May 14, 2013

7. Mark Lanegan & Duke Garwood – “Mescalito”
from: Black Pudding / Ipecac / May 14, 2013

10:40

8. Eleanor Friedberger – “I Don’t Want to Bother You”
from: Personal Record / Merge Records / June 4, 2013

9. Laura Marling – “I Was An Eagle”
from: Once I Was An Eagle / Ribbon Music / May 28, 2013

10:51

10. The Orb – “Fussball”
from: More Tales from The Orbservatory (feat. Lee “Scratch” Perry) / The End / June 11, 2013

11. Tricky – “Somebody’s Sins”
from: False Idols (Bonus Track Version) / False Idols / May 24, 2013

12. Tricky – “Valentine”
from: False Idols (Bonus Track Version) / False Idols / May 24, 2013

11:00

13. David Bryne & St. Vincent – “Cissus”
from: Brass Tactics EP / Self Released / May 28, 2012
[Companion EP to their collaborative 2012 record, Love This Giant. The EP collects a previously unreleased Giant bonus track, two remixes, and two live tracks: versions of St. Vincent’s “Marrow” and Talking Heads’ “Road to Nowhere”.) The pair are on tour across North America, before heading to Europe in August.]

[David Byrne and St. Vincent play Kansas City, MO July 12 at Crossroads KC]

14. David Bryne & St. Vincent – “Road To Nowhere (Live) ”
from: Brass Tactics EP / Self Released / May 28, 2012

11:11 – Interview with John McCrite

John McCrite directed plays in Kansas City and Chicago before moving to Los Angeles where he has made several short films and is the director for the web series “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Adjacent.” John’s new short film, “ONE THIRD THE TERROR” will make its premiere at the KC LGBT Film Festival – Out Here Now, June 21, at 5:30 pm, at The Tivoli Theater. John wrote and directed this film and will be at the premiere with the star, Scott Presley.

This is John’s second film to be selected for the KC LGBT Film Festival?

John grew up here in Kansas City and Film Festival Director Jamie Rich’s father was hissed Boy Scout Troupe Leader, in North Kansas City.

“ONE THIRD THE TERROR” features actor and drag performer Scott Presley and is based on a 1970s era, ABC made for TV movie, staring Karen Black called “Trilogy of Terror.” John told us about how he was inspired to make this film.

You will be at the premiere with the star, Scott Presley.

Following John’s film will be the KC premiere of “I AM DIVINE.”

KC LGBT Film Festival – Out Here Now, June 20 – 27. More info at: OutHereNow.com

15. Scott Presley – “All About Me (With K)”
from: From The Real Housewives of Beverly Hill Adjacent / Indep. / 2013

11:24 – Underwriting

11:26

16. Boards of Canada – “Reach For The Dead”
from: Tomorrow’s Harvest / Warp Records / June 10, 2013

17. Boards of Canada – “Sick Times”
from: Tomorrow’s Harvest / Warp Records / June 10, 2013

11:36

18. Bleached – “Dead in Your Head”
from: Ride Your Heart / Dead Oceans / March 25, 2013

19. Camera Obscura – “This is Love (Feels Right)”
from: Desire Lines / 4AD / June 3, 2013

20. Savages – “Shut Up”
from: Silence Yourself / Matador / May 3, 2013

21. Washed Out – “Amor Fati”
from: Within and Without (Bonus Track Version) / Sub Pop / July 12, 2011
11:59:30

22. 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

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

Show #478

WMM Playlist from June 12, 2013

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

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

“The Midcoast Sound”
Some of The Best of 2013…So Far
+ Betse Ellis & “High Moon Order”
+ Marion Merritt & Betse Ellis co-host

1. Erik Voeks – “Dark Angel of Delmar”
from: Finulu [EP] / Independent / April 29, 2013
[Written by Erik Voeks. Produced by Patrick Hawley & Erik Voeks , mixed and mastered by Adam Schmitt, Drums, piano, pump organ, etc.: Patrick Hawley, Steel guitar: Mike Stover, Trumpet: Ryan Oldham, Handclaps: Coleen Voeks & Mary Hawley, Field recordings: Coleen Voeks. Everything else recorded at Sandusky Sound Co. by EV.]

Marion Merritt with Betse Ellis joined us for the entire show to encourage ALL of our wonderful listeners to call 888-931-0901 during Wednesday MidDay Medley, to express support for this show and 90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio.

10:04 – Pledge Break #1

Non-Commercial, Community Radio, means that three times a year, we interrupt our regularly scheduled programming, to ask YOU our beautiful-listeners, to help us continue 90.1 FM’s unique, 24-7 programming, that is…essentially free to you, to tune into. While the spirit of this station is kept alive by hundreds of volunteers who passionately donate their time and abilities to keep the transmission of our 100,000-watt, signal alive. We are a operated by a not-for-profit organization, incorporated over 25 years ago, called The MidCoast Radio Project. We’re non-profit but we still have to pay the electric bill, the rent on our fully accessible production studios and offices, the insurance, and for our small staff. Even though we have hundreds of committed volunteers, who donate thousands of hours every year, producing radio shows, answering phones, creating websites, producing benefits, rewiring the board, setting up our computer system, we still need YOU, our listener, to keep us alive!

YOU are the reason we were able to go onto the airwaves 25 years ago. You are the reason we’ve been able to continue all these years.

Wednesday MidDay Medley offers crucial info on: Music and Art. In just the last 4 months on Wednesday MidDay Medley we have interviewed musicians and bands including: The ACB’s, The Grisly Hand, Dead Voices, Making Movies, The Latenight Callers, The Wires, The Clementines, Dollar Fox, Bach Aria Soloists, Gamelan Genta Kasturi, Schwervon!, Connie Dover & Bob Walkenhorst, Bobcat Barker, Molly Picture Club, Sneaky Creeps, Soft Reeds, The Depth and The Whisper, Two Headed Cow, Dream Wolf, Claire Adams and The Crowded Stage, The Blackbird Revue, The Empty Spaces, My Brothers & Sisters, and The Brannock Device. We’ve also talked with artists involved with The Homeguard Festival, Middle of The Map Festival, The Midcoast Takeover, The Crossroads Summer Block Party, Spinning Tree Theatre, Judith Levy’s film NV in KC, The Charlotte Street Foundation, The Urban Culture Project, Amnesty International, The Innocence Project, UmKC Theatre’s EAT THIS!, The Rocket Grants and Byproduct The Laundromat. We’ve welcomed as our guests: artists, film makers, musicians & organizers to join us in telling the amazing story of what is happening in the Kansas City Arts Scene!

10:12

2. PedalJets – “Tangled Up”
from: What’s In Between / Independent / June , 2013
[The Pedaljets first new material in 23 years. More info: thepedaljets.com]

3. The Wires – “Banyan”
from: The Wires – Alternative Strings / Independent / March 9, 2013
[The Wires are an alternative exploration in string sound. Hailing from KCMO, The Wires compose & perform original music for violin & cello. Created, composed & performed by Laurel Morgan on violin (formerly of In The Pines) & Sascha Groschang on cello). The Wires played LIVE on Feb. 20th show.]

10:20 – Pledge Break #2

10:28 – Underwriting

10:29

3. The Grisly Hand – “Municipal Farm Blues”
from: Country Singles / Independent / April 26, 2013
[Kansas City based, six member band that first started playing live in 2009. The current line up includes: Jimmy Fitzner (Guitar and Vocals), Lauren Krum (Vocals and Percussion), Johnny Nichols (Bass and Vocals), Matt Richey (Drums), Mike Stover (Steel Guitar), and Ben Summers (Guitar and Mandolin). The band’s debut release “Safe House” was release in November of 2010. Their EP “Western Avenue” was one of our Best Recordings of 2012. Mike Stover and Lauren Krum of The Grisly Hand joined us LIVE on April 24.]

[The Grisly Hand & The ACBs play Davey’s Uptown, 3402 Main St., Sat, June 22, 9:00pm.]

4. The ACB’s – “Surface”
from: Little Leaves / High Dive Records / March 5, 2013 [Konnor Ervin on lead vocals, Andrew Connor on Guitar & Vocals, Bryan McGuire on Bass & Vocals, Kyle Rausch on Drums & Vocals. The band joined us LIVE on the show on Feb. 27.]

[The ACBs & The Grisly Hand play Davey’s Uptown, 3402 Main St., Sat, June 22, 9:00pm.]

5. Tiny Horse – “Ghost”
from: Darkly Sparkly / Independent / Mar. 4, 2013
[Outside of the band, we were the first to hear the very new, debut EP release from Abigail Henderson and Christopher Lynn Meck with Matt Richey on Drums, & Cody Wyoming on guitar. In our opinion, Abigail Henderson’s voice remains one of the most honest and moving voices in KC music scene, Christopher Meck’s guitar sings too. the addition of Matt Richey who also plays drums for Dead Voices and The Grisly Hand, and Cody Wyoming help give this Tiny Horse galloping power.]

6. The Latenight Callers – “Straight Razor”
from: Songs for Stolen Moments / TLNC / June 8, 2013
[formed in Lawrence by baritone guitarist, Krysztof Nemeth, and vocalist Julie Berndsen, With the addition of Bassist Gavin Mac, and Nick Combs on keyboards. The Latenight Callers joined us live on June 5.]

10:42 – Pledge Break #3

10:50

8. City and Colour – “Fragile Bird”
from: Little Hell / Vagrant Records / June 7, 2011

9. Betse Ellis – “Long Time to Get Here”
from: High Moon Order / Free Dirt Records / June 14, 2013

10. Betse Ellis – “The Traveler”
from: High Moon Order / Free Dirt Records / June 14, 2013

11:01 – Station ID

11:01 – Interview with Betse Ellis

A renowned fiddler, Betse Ellis, is known by many as a founding member of The Wilders. Betse is on the verge of officially releasing her 2nd full-length solo release “High Moon Order” and her album release show, Friday, June 14 at The Brick. We talked with Betse about touring, her musical life, and her new photographic exhibit of her original works now showing also at The Brick.

Mike West co produced Betse’s new recordings.

Betse is adept at the difficult technique of singing while playing the fiddle. Betse performs material, drawn from traditional American fiddle tunes, spirituals, original tunes, and her “personal old-time music”, influenced by avant-garde artists like Talking Heads, punk pioneers The Clash, and 19th century art music composer Gabriel-Marie.

11:12

11. Betse Ellis – “Straight To Hell”
from: High Moon Order / Free Dirt Records / June 14, 2013

11:17 – Pledge Break #4

11:25 – Underwriting

11:26

12. Dead Voices – “Trust Of A Fool”
from: Dead Voices / Independent / April 20, 2013
[The Kansas City Super-Group, Dead Voices was formed in September of 2010. The band includes: David Regnier, Jason Beers, Matt Richey, Michael Stover, Marco Pascolini and sometimes Lauren Krum who sings with David on “Pardoning”. The band joined us LIVE on the show and April 17.]

13. Soft Reeds – “Funky Friends Breathe, OK”
from: Blank City / The Record Machine / Tuesday, April 23, 2013

[Ben Grimes of Soft Reeds joined us LIVE on the show and April 17.]

14. Bloodbirds – “Patterned Sky”
from: Psychic Surgery / Independent / February 1, 2013
[KC based Psychedelic post-punk trio featuring ex-Ad Astra Per Aspera member Mike Tuley, his wife Brooke Tuley and Anna St. Louis. The album will be available as a vinyl LP in April. Recorded at Junior’s Motel, with additional recording at the Worst Place in the World, and House Tuley. Recorded by Kirk Kaufman and Mike Tuley. Mixed by Mike Tuley.]

11:34 – Pledge Break #5

11:42

15. Andrew Foshee – “Thunderstorm”
from: Headphones Required / Independent / June 11, 2013
[Headphones Required is an eclectic collection of home recordings that Andrew performed, recorded and mixed in his basement studio. Produced, engineered, performed and mixed by Andrew at home. Mastered by Duane Trower at Weights and Measures Soundlab ]

[Andrew Foshee plays a CD Release Party, Fri, June 14, at 7 PM, at the recordBar, 1020 Westport Rd.]

16. Cowboy Indian Bear – “I Could Believe in Anything”
from: Live Old, Die Young / The Record Machine / April 23, 2013
[Joshua Browning served the band as producer and engineer. The songs were recorded over a three year period, where the band was also constantly touring, living on the road, keeping the van running. Beau Bruns – percussion, vocals, glockenspiel, guitar, Charles Calhoun – vocals, guitar, bass, keys, percussion, Martinez Hillard – vocals, guitar, keys, bass, percussion; Katlyn Conroy vocals, piano, keys.]

17. The Blackbird Revue – “When You Were Mine”
from: Glow / The Blackbird Revue / January 23, 2013
[Recorded at The Conductor Studio, Nashville, TN. and produced with Don Chaffer. All songs by Jacob Prestige. The band includes: Jacob & Danielle Prestidge and Joesph Peak. The Blackbird Revue played LIVE on WMM on May 22.]

11:50 – Pledge Break #6

Betse Ellis and Marion Merritt Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who called in!

11:59:30

18. 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

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

Show #477

WMM Playlist from April 10, 2013

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

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Marion Merritt’s Musical Discoveries
+ Paul Draper & Brandon Draper

Marion Merritt joined us as our special guest producer and co-host, to share information from her musically-encyclopedic-brain. Marion Merritt is the co-creator of the blog: a2-m3.com providing information about: Music, Film, Art, Books, Television, Technology, with links, downloads, and articles keeping us current with the latest musical and film news.

1. Dimitri From Paris – “Prologue, Sacreblu”

2. N*Grandjean – “Shift To Reverse”
from: Carrying Stars / Music For Dreams / June 30, 2008

3. Rhye – “The Fall”
from: Woman / Polydor Records / March 5, 2013
[Debut release from Rhye, a musical duo based in Los Angeles, California, made up of: Mike Milosh, from Canada, and Robin Hannibal, from Denmark. Milosh had previously released albums as Milosh, and Hannibal had previously recorded as Quadron. Recorded in Copenhagen and Los Angeles, their sound brings together elements of their modern cultural aesthetics mixed withan homage to classic sensibilities; lush strings and melodies intertwined with simple electronic production and soft and sultry vocals – a marriage between refined decadence and modern elegance]

10:12

4. Charles Bradley – “Victim of Love (feat. Menahan Street Band)”
from: Victim of Love / Daptone / April 2, 2013

5. Charles Bradley -“Strickly Reserved for You (feat. Menahan Street Band)”
from: Victim of Love / Daptone / April 2, 2013

10:23 – Underwriting

10:25

6. Phosphorescent – “Song For Zula”
from: Muchacho / Dead Oceans / March 15, 2013

7. Phosphorescent – “The Quotidian Beasts”
from: Muchacho / Dead Oceans / March 15, 2013

10:40

8. Junip – “Your Life Your Call”
from: Your Life Your Call / Mute US Corporation / April 23, 2013

9. Chrissy Zebby Tembo & Ngozi Family – “My Ancestors”
from: My Ancestors / Qdk Media / March 19, 2013

10. Chrissy Zebby Tembo & Ngozi Family – “Fisherman”
from: My Ancestors / Qdk Media / March 19, 2013

10:53

11. The Holydrug Couple – “Counting Sailboats”
from: Noctuary / Sacred Bones Records / Jan. 22, 2013

11:00 – Station I.D.

12. The Holydrug Couple – “Out of Sight”
from: Noctuary / Sacred Bones Records / Jan. 22, 2013

11:08

13. Waumiss – “Calling Mary Punch”
from: Subtle for Flames / Waumiss / September 1, 2012

14. Waumiss – “Such Spirits We Sought to Imbibe”
from: Subtle for Flames / Waumiss / September 1, 2012

11:18 – Interview with Paul Draper & Brandon Draper

Since moving to Kansas City in 2006, Drum Set artist, world percussionist, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer, Brandon Draper, has made a name for his himself for his fierce and amazing drum and musical performances and collaborations with Alaturka, Flamenco Mio, Quixotic Performance Ensemble, Brandon Draper Group, Paul Draper Band, Free Band Radio, and his acoustic project Organic Proof. As a freelance musician, Brandon has performed with DJ Logic, Particle, Donna Summer, Mose Allison, Mike Moreno, and Bobby Watson. Brandon recently performed in the critically acclaimed world premiere of the new hiphop musical “Venice” in Los Angeles, and premiered his original work “Bass Darabukas” with Quixotic and the Kansas City Symphony in Spring of 2011. Brandon Draper is part of the music faculty at the University of Kansas, he is percussion director at Shawnee Mission West High School, and serves as music director at Kansas City Academy. He holds a Bachelors degree in percussion performance from Bethany College, and a Masters of Music with distinction from the University of New Mexico.

Paul Draper spent his life as a sideman on countless recordings and tours beginning in 1964 playing Farfisa keyboard with the show/review band the Shampells. Know as “The Wildman” Paul has been stealing the spotlight for years with his Hammond Organ skills and stage presence. Paul has recorded with Jimmie Bratcher and Grammy Award winning producer Jim Gaines. Paul Draper makes his recording debut as a leader of the band, with his new, critically acclaimed, full length recording titled: Paul Draper Band, that was five yearsin the making and was produced by his son Brandon Draper. The two have been sharing the stage since Brandon was 9 years old. This recording features a vast array of styles of funk, blues, R&B, soul, country, and jazz.

Paul Draper & Brandon Draper will perform together in a special Father and Son Concert, this Saturday night, April 13, 8:30pm, at the historic Blue Room at The American Jazz Museum, 18th and Vine, Kansas City MO, celebrating the release of the new full length recording: “Paul Draper Band.”

The April 13 concert will include: Paul Draper on HammondB3, Rhodes, Clavinet, Wurlitzer, vocals; Brandon Draper on drums, percussion,vocals; Luke Polipnick on Guitars; Ben Leifer on bass; Rich Wheeler on saxophone; and Hermon Mehari on trumpet.

More info at: draperama.com

15. Paul Draper Band – “I’m Coming Home”
from: Paul Draper Band / Independent / December 1, 2012

11:34 – Underwriting

11:35

16. Django Django – “Hail Bop (Jealov Remix)”
from: Hail Bop EP / Because Music / 2009

17. Grouper – “The Man Who Died in His Boat”
from: The Man Who Died in His Boat / kanky / Feb. 4, 2013

18. Grouper – “Vital”
from: The Man Who Died in His Boat / kanky / Feb. 4, 2013

19. Connie Converse – “Talkin’ Like You (Two Tall Mountains)”
from: How Sad, How Lovely / Lau derette Recordings / March5, 2009

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

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Show #468

WMM Playlist from: Feb. 20, 2013

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

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Marion Merritt’s Musical Discoveries
+ Laurel Morgan & Sascha Groschang of The Wires

Marion Merritt joined us to share information from her musically-encyclopedic-brain. Marion Merritt is the co-creator of the blog: a2-m3.com providing information about: Music, Film, Art, Books, Television, Technology, with links, downloads, and articles keeping us current with the latest musical and film news.

1. Dimitri From Paris – “Prologue, Sacreblu”

2. Follakzoid – “9”
from: 2 / Sacred Bones / Jan. 22, 2010
[Föllakzoid began in Santiago, Chile from what they describe as the result of “a product of a trance experience between friends, sort of a soul abduction in which they’ve been living since 2008.” The band is made up of multi-faceted artists: Juan Pablo (bass, vocals) is a producer of the Sangre Fresca Music Festival in Santiago, Diego (drums) is a photographer, Alfredo (synth) is an architect and Domingo (guitar) is also a filmmaker credited with long length movie “Partir to Live.”]

3. The Bryan Ferry Orchestra – “Love is the Drug”
from: The Jazz Age / BMG / February 12, 2013

4. Mac DeMarco – “Cooking Up Something Good”
from: Mac DeMarco 2 / Captured Tracks / Oct. 16, 2012

5. Mac DeMarco – “Annie”
from: Mac DeMarco 2 / Captured Tracks / Oct. 16, 2012

6. Junip – “Line of Fire”
from: Single Release / Mute US Corporation / Jan. 15, 2013

7. Matthew E. White – “Will You Love Me”
from: Big Inner / HOMETAPES / Aug. 21, 2012

10:33 – Underwriting

10:34

8. Foxygen – “In The Darkness”
from: We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic / Jagjaguar / Jan. 18, 2013
[Second full-length album by Californian experimental rock duo of Sam France, 22 year old vocalist and songwriter, originally from Olympia, Washington, and Jonathan Rado, also 22, who is a songwriter, guitarist, and keyboard player, originally form NYC. Formed in 2005, the band self-released several EPs between 2007 and 2011. In 2012 the group was signed to Jagjaguwar Records. This album was produced by Richard Swift and recorded at his National Freedom studio.]

9. Foxygen – “Shuggie”
from: We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic / Jagjaguar / Jan. 18, 2013

10. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “So Good at Being in Trouble”
from: II / Jagjaguar / Feb. 5, 2013

11. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “Swim and Sleep (Like a Shark)”
from: II / Jagjaguar / Feb. 5, 2013

10:48

12. Pantha du Prince & The Bell Laboratory- “Photon”
from: Elements of Light / Rough Trade US / Jan. 15, 2013

13. Pantha du Prince – “Bohemian Forrest”
from: Black Noise / Rough Trade / Feb. 9, 2010

11:00 – Station I.D.

14. Alfonso Lovo – “Firebird Feathers”
from: La Gigantona / Numero Group / Sept. 2012
[Alfonso Noel Lovo (Born August 12, 1951 in León, Nicaragua) Nicaraguan composer and guitarist. He started playing with Ricardo Palma founder of Los Rockets in 1963 and then co-founded Los Juniors, with Emilio Ortega, in 1965. Both were among the top guitar players of the Nicaragua rock movement in the 60’s. He also played with Edmundo Guerrero, a local guitar master of the Bossa Nova Brazilian jazz style. Lovo was hijacked on a Lanica airline flight out of Miami, where he almost lost his left hand due to bullet wounds. Lovo survived and later regained the use of his hand. He was one of the original exponents of Nicaraguan Latin Rock. He recorded an album, Terremoto Richter 6.3 in 1973, in New Orleans. It is a fusion of Nicaraguan-style classic Spanish guitar with New Orleans Jazz and Gospel. He collaborated in his home town with Chepito Areas, the original percussionist with Santana Band. This connected him with that band. Together they produced the Managua Earthequake Relief concert featuring Mario Moreno and ‘Cantinflas’ in October 1972. After the Nicaraguan Revolution, Lovo moved to the USA. In New Orleans, he got deeper into the Blues Guitar, influenced by New Orleans musicians and Louisiana bluesmen. In Miami, in the late 80’s he recorded the song Freedom Fighters with his band “Wolf and The Pack”. This song, is a mixture of rock and politics, earned him an invitation to perform at the White House. The Miami Herald front-paged the band, then known as Alfonso Lobo and Wolf and The Pack, which led to TV interviews with CBS, NBC, ABC and Univision. The Miami PBS channel dedicated a documentary program directed by Don Webb, to a Lovo interview and featured clips from the network coverage. In Patrick Carr’s book Sunshine States, the author titled chapter 7 ‘The King of Contra Rock’ and dedicated it to Lovo. Lovo recorded La Gigantona, originally in 1976, featuring acid Latin jazz music, with an all-star Nicaraguan band, including percussion by Areas. The Chicago-based record label The Numero Group reissued Lovo’s La Gigantona album in the fall of 2012. The reissue was sourced from a rare acetate and includes extensive liner notes on Alfonso Lovo, including historical photos of his musical background. Since its re-release, La Gigantona has been a success and Lovo has been the subject of many reviews and interviews worldwide, including praises from BBC music critic Gilles Peterson, radio, Relix Magazine, Dusted Magazine, and many more international stations, and several TV shows. La Gigantona has become a well known name, and in November 14 , it reached # 4 in Billboard, Tropical music category. A new version of Wolf and The Pack has been formed in Miami, with Latin jazz players, and new performances have been seen up to the end of 2012, of La Gigantona, considered a dormant hit record, that has been awakened by Numero Group, the reissue label from Chicago.]

15. Samuel Yirga – “Abet Abet (Punt Mix)”
from: Guzo / Real World / Sept. 25, 2012
[Ethiopian pianist who was introduced to Real World through his work with Ethio-fusion collective Dub Colossus. Influenced by Keith Jarrett & Herbie Hancock, he nonetheless creates his own highly unique style, experimenting with the music of his ethnic roots, American jazz, soul & r&b, Latin & classical music. Despite being in his early 20s and a recent alumnus of Addis Ababa’s Yared School of Music, he’s developed at a remarkable pace as both player and composer, and is already being heralded as one of his country’s most promising young musicians. GUZO, means “journey” in Sam’s native Amharic. Recorded partly in Addis and partly at England’s Real World Studios. Produced by Dubulah — aka Nick Page, the UK musician/producer behind TransGlobal Underground, Dub Colossus and Temple of Sound — it explores both the traditional musical history of Ethiopia and the modern Ethiojazz that has brought the country’s music to international attention. The album also ventures into bigband brass ensembles, soul and funk, and simmers with deeply impassioned piano solos that clearly mark Samuel Yirga as a major emerging talent.]

11:15 – Underwriting

11:16 – Interview with Laurel Morgan & Sascha Groschang of The Wires

Laurel Morgan grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska. A classically trained, she has been playing the violin for 25 years. Laurel graduated from the UMKC Conservatory of Music in 2005. She has also performed with the Des Moines Symphony, Quixotic fusion ensemble, Musical Theatre Heritage at the Off-Center Theatre and as a member of folk-rock band, ‘In the Pines” that won several Pitch music awards. As a composer, arranger, and musician Laurel Morgan has traveled to Germany, Austria, and throughout the United States, but is based here in Kansas City. Laurel Morgan is currently on faculty at the Cottey College department of music.

Sascha Groschang graduated from Paseo Academy of Performing Arts in 2000, UMKC Conservatory of Music in 2004, and Mannes College – The New School For Music in 2008. She had her solo recital debut at Carnegie Hall’s recital hall, Weill Hall in February 2009. Sascha has recorded or performed with Peter Gabriel, Joanna Newsom, Ashanti, Adina Menzel, Clay Walker, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. She has also worked for NBC and Rhino Records. She is currently working with Juniper String Ensemble, Saint Joesph Symphony, and is part of the faculty at Missouri Western State University. She also teaches out of her Midtown KC home studio. You can learn more at: cellolady.com

Together, Laurel Morgan & Sascha Groschang are The Wires, an alternative exploration in string sound from Kansas City, Missouri. They compose & perform original music for violin & cello. The Wires play in concert at the recordBar, Sat, Mar. 9, at 7:00 PM, for their CD Release, accompanied by a video-installation by multi-media artist Ben Parks.

Laurel Morgan on violin & Sascha Groschang on cello live next to each other in homes they purchased with their husbands in the Hyde Park area of Kansas City.

Both of Laurel and Sascha have spent a lifetime of collaboration with orchestras, bands, trios, ensembles. The Wires offer a diversion from the concert recital hall, bringing original music for strings to clubs like the recordBar.

16. The Wires – “Native” (LIVE)
also available on: The Wires – Alternative Strings / Independent / March 9, 2013

Sascha moved back to Kansas City in 2010, after living in NYC for 3 years. She and her husband were married in Brooklyn.

Many people are familiar with Laurel’s work in the acclaimed band, In The Pines. Laurel told us that the band is working on a new recording to be released soon.

11:28

17. The Wires – “Zero is The River” (LIVE)
also available on: The Wires – Alternative Strings / Independent / Mar. 9, 2013

Laurel, is also playing with The CAVES for Golden Sound Records new concert series, On The House, Saturday, February 23, at the recordBar, w/ Oils and Cowboy Indian Bear.

11:36

18. The Wires – “Sligo” (LIVE)
also available on: The Wires – Alternative Strings / Independent / Mar. 9, 2013

The Wires play a CD Release at the recordBar, Saturday, March 9, at 7:00 PM, accompanied by a video-installation by multi-media artist Ben Parks. More info at thewires.info

11:40

19. Widowspeak – “Perennials”
from: Almanac / Captured Tracks / Jan. 22, 2013

20. Ex Cops – “The Millionaire”
from: True Hallucinations / Fat Possum Records / Jan. 22, 2013

11:50

21. Blonde Redhead – “In Particular”
from: Melody of Certain Damaged Lemons / Touch and Go Records / June 6, 2000
[NYC’s Blonde Redhead developed a reputation as Sonic Youth imitators, because their sound originally depended on the same discordant guitar points and sexless machinelike rhythms. But over the course of five albums, they’ve grown out of that heady shadow. Incorporating sinister keyboards, conventional melodic guitar lines, and a stronger grasp of songwriting (“Melody of Certain Three,” among others, is hummable), Blonde Redhead is emerging from the underground rock world with a sound that mixes dissonant alt-rock (“For the Damaged”) with space-age pop grace (“Ballad of Lemons”) and orchestral ambitions (“Loved Despite Great Faults”). Mixed louder than the usual indie release, the atmospheric lead vocals of Kazu Makino bring the imagistic lyrics to the fore. “Hated Because of Great Qualities” builds into a teetering seesaw of notes while Makino admits, “It never meant a thing. So be it,” with Godardian detachment. Definitely one of the more noteworthy bands that have slowly been growing into a diverse and formidable act. –Rob O’Connor]

11:59:30

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

sources for notes: artists websites and wikipedia.org

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Show #461

WMM Playlist from November 28, 2012

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

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

2012 – The Year in Music
with: Tim Finn, Marion Merritt, Chris Haghirian & Michelle Bacon

We welcomed four special guests to share their favorite musical releases of 2012. Guests included: Tim Finn, Music Editor of The KC Star, and creator of the influential music blog: Back to Rockville; Marion Merritt, of Barnes & Noble Music Dept. and creator of the music blog: a2-m3.com; Chris Haghirian from Ink, and KC Star; and Michelle Bacon, Editor of The Deli KC.

10:00 – Tim Finn’s Top 5

1. Firewater – “A Little Revolution”
from: “International Orange!” / Bloodshot Records / September 11, 2012
[From BloodshotRecords.com: 7th album from the Brooklyn born band, formed in a basement in the long, hot summer of 1997. Depressed, broke, and desperate, ex-Cop Shoot Cop leader Tod A tossed away a major label deal and a free meal ticket to launch what–at the time–was a crazy proposition: a punk band fueled by gypsy and klezmer tunes. International Orange!was produced by Tod A and mixed by Tamir Muskat of Balkan Beat Box, slipping across new borders into uncharted territory. Created in Istanbul and Tel Aviv during the 2011 Arab Spring, their latest release captures the frenetic pulse of a world in the state of flux. International Orange! continues in the proud Firewater tradition of cultural and stylistic mash-ups. High-energy Turkish percussion drives jagged guitars and horns on eleven anthems of frustration and hope, movement and transformation. The songs tap into grooves as disparate as Turkish maqsoum, Punjabi bhangra, Jamaican ska, Greek rebetiko, classic punk and old-school mambo]

10:05 – Interview with Tim Finn

Tim Finn, is originally from Youngstown, New York. He did his undergraduate at the University of Missouri in Columbia. He graduated with his Masters of Arts, in Journalism from the University of Kansas in 1986. Tim is the Music Editor of the Kansas City Star and theman behind the music blog of the Star: Back to Rockville.

2. Cory Branan – “Bad Man”
from: Mutt / Bloodshot Records / May 22, 2012
[His first album in six years and his debut on Bloodshot Records debut from the 37 year old singer songwriter born in Southaven, Mississippi. MUTT was self-produced and recorded primarily in San Francisco at Closer Studios, the album was engineered and mixed by Tim Mooney (drummer/engineer for American Music Club), and boasts notable contributors like Ralph Carney (Tom Waits’ horn player), Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars) and Jon Snodgrass (Drag The River). Additional guests include phenomenal rising talents like Amanda Shires, Danny Malone and John Elliott. You can download this song at: corybranan.com]

10:13

3. Capybara – “Late Night Bikes”
from: Dave Drusky / The Record Machine / February 7, 2012
[Lifelong friends Mark Harrison, Jared Horne, Darin Seal, and Joel Wrolstad formed Capybara in January, of 2009. This is their follow up to their debut: “Try Brother,” ]

10:19

4. The Caves – “the Usual” (Radio edit)
from: Duplexiaville / Golden Sound Records / Nov. 24, 2012
[KC based: Andrew Ashby on Guitar & Voice, David Gaumé on Bass, Elizabeth Bohannon on Keyboards, Percussion & Voice, Jake Cardwell on Drums & Percussion.]

10:27

5. The Grisly Hand – “Still Feelin’ Blue”
from: Western Avenue / Independent / February 1, 2012
[“Still Feelin’ Blue” by Gram Parsons. The band is working on a new full length recording.]

10:30 – Underwriting

10:31 – Marion Merritt’s Top 5

6. The Orb featuring Lee “Scratch” Perry – “Hold Me Upsetter”
from: The Observer in the Star House / Cooking Vinyl / Aug. 28, 2012
[The 11th studio album from the English electronic music group known for spawning the genre of ambient house music, The Orb. Founded in 1988. This new release was recorded in Berlin over a period of several months and featured dub musician/producer Lee “Scratch” Perry.]

10:36 – Interview with Marion Merritt

Marion Merritt is the creator of the music film books and art blog: a2-m3.com a site that gives visitors a wealth of information on new releases. Marion also works in the music department at Barnes & Noble on The Plaza, and has been joining us on Wednesday MidDay Medley for over 7 years, sharing her newest sonic discoveries and information from her musically encylopedic Brain.

10:38

7. Robert Glasper featuring Erykah Badu – “Afro Blue”
from: Black Radio / Blue Note / Feb. 24, 2012
[ 5th studio album from Houston, Texas born, American jazz pianist and hip hop record producer. Black Radio, includes: Experiment saxophonist/flautist/vocoder player: Casey Benjamin; bass guitarist Derrick Hodge; and drummer/percussionist Chris Dave, with guest vocalists Bilal and Mos Def (now going by yasiin bey), and Erykah Badu (on a buoyant version of the Mongo Santamaria standard “Afro Blue”) to Meshell Ndegeocello and Lupe Fiasco. Lalah Hathaway can be heard on the two most recognizable covers—handling lead vocals on Sade’s “Cherish the Day” and trading dreamy, wordless crooning with Benjamin’s vocoder-aided vocals on an extended outro to Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”]

10:45

8. The Brian Jonestown Massacre – “I Wanna Hold Your Other Hand”
from Aufheben / ‘a’ Records / April 30, 2012
[13th studio album by The Brian Jonestown Massacre, released on band leader Anton Newcombe’s A Records label. The album was available for free streaming prior to its release, and was recorded in Berlin at Anton Newcombe’s studio and the East German Radio Station “Studio East”. The title of the album comes from a German word. It has several meanings, such as “to lift up” or “to abolish”. In philosophy, it is used by Hegel to explain what happens when a thesis and antithesis interact.]

10:52

9. Donnie and Joe Emerson – “My Heart”
from Dreamin’ Wild / Light In The Attic / May 1, 2012
[Seattle-based label Light in the Attic spent more than a year planning a reissue of an album, recorded 33 years ago, by two teen brothers Donnie and Joe Emerson, (ages 17 and 19) on thier farm, in a new recording studio, built by their father, in the logging community of Fruitland, Washington. Original records of “Dreamin’ Wild” sat in their home studio, next to a concert venue, erected 30 yards from their house. Dreamin’ Wild Deferred]

11:56

10. James Blackshaw – “Love Is The Plan, The Plan Is Death”
from Love Is The Plan, The Plan Is Death / Important Records / April 24, 2012
[9th studio release from a Hastings, England based guitarist and pianist, James Blackshaw, born in 1981. James Blackshow primarily plays an acoustic 12 string guitar and has been compared to Bert Jansch, Robbie Basho, John Fahey, Jack Rose, and Leo Kottke. To enable his fingerstyle playing, Blackshaw has grown long picklike fingernails on his right hand. He has released albums on the labels Celebrate Psi Phenomenon, Static, Digitalis Industries, Important Records, Tompkins Square, and Young God Records.]

11:00 – Station ID

11:00 – Chris Haghirian’s Top 5

11. Purity Ring – “Fineshrine”
from: Shrines / 4AD / July 20, 2012
[First single from debut album from Canadian indie electronic band based out of Montreal who formed in 2010. The band consists of two members: Megan James (vocals) and Corin Roddick (instrumentals).]
[One of Chris Haghirian’s favorite shows/albums/songs of the year at the Jackpot]

11:04 – Interview with Chris Haghirian

Chris Haghirian has worked for The KC Star for 13 years and helped launch INK in April of 2008. Chris works on the marketing side of INK and puts together all of the music promotions. Chris has intrumental in the organization of The Middle of The Map Fest, The past three years of MidCoast Takeover od SXSW Music Festival featuring KC and Lawrence area bands. Chris also is a regular co-host and contributor to The Mailbox, a weekly podcast radio show produced and hosted by Michael Byars that is available the the Midwest Music Foundation’s website: midwestmusicfound.org.

11:07

12. Pinback – “Proceed to Memory”
from: Information Retrieved / Temporary Residence / Oct. 15, 2012
[Pinback played a great show at Riot Room this year. One of Chris’s favorite songs of the year.]

11:13

13. Antennas Up – “Coming On”
from: The Awkward Phase / Plastic Artifice / April 24, 2012
[Formed in KC in 2008. The band has played South By Southwest and over 30 Universities and toured w/ Girl Talk, Electric Six, Flogging Molly, Matt & Kim, Ha Ha Tonka, and Company Of Thieves. Kyle Akers – Lead Vocals/Bass; Bo McCall – Guitar/Vocals; The Ryantist – Drums/Vocals; Jonny Universe – Guitar/Keys/Vocals]

Chris talked about upcoming events in 2013…

INK… Middle of the Map Festival
The Local Music Showcase with The Royals and Plaza Art Fair
Midcoast Takeover SXSW 2013

11:18

14. Lord Huron – “Time To Run”
from: Lonesome Dreams / IAMSOUND / Oct. 9, 2012
[played a great show at Replay in Lawrence in 2011. One of Chris’s favorite songs of the 2012.]

11:25

15. P.O.S – “Where We Land” (featuring Justin Vernon of Bon Iver)
from: We Don’t Even Live Here / Rhymesayers Entertainment / Oct. 22, 2012
[one of Chris’s favorite shows of the year at the Granada/one of my favorite songs/albums of the year]

11:29 – Underwriting

11:30 – Michelle Bacon’s Top 5

15. Thee Water MoccaSins – “Diablo Diablo”
from: From The Rivers of Missouri and The Banks of Fear / Independent / 2012
[Thee Water MoccaSins is comprised of KC musicians Billy Smith on Guitar and Vocals; Steve Tulipana on Vocals, Guitar and Bass; John Bersuch on Drums and Percussion; and Wade Williamson on Guitar, Keyboards, and Bass. All musicians are currently involved with, or have been involved with: Roman Numerals, Season to Risk, Olympic Size, Dirt Nap, Stella Link, Bacon Shoe, Minds Under Cover and Starhaven Rounders. Billy Smith, now living in NYC.]

11:36 – Interview with Michelle Bacon

Michelle Bacon, is editor-in-chief of The Deli – Kansas City. She has a wrtten for The Kansas City Star and Ink. Michelle volunteers for The Midwest Music foundation and she plays drums with Deco Auto, Drew Black and Dirty Electric, and Dolls on Fire.

For more info: kansascity.thedelimagazine.com

11:38

16. The Grisly Hand – “Thinking About You”
from: Western Avenue / Independent / February 1, 2012
[Cover of Radiohead song. The band is working on a new full length recording.]

11:44

18. Hidden Pictures – “Calling Christine”
from: Rainbow Records / Golden Sound Records / July, 2012
[Richard Gintowt – vocals/guitar, Michelle Sanders – vocals /glockenspiel, Cameron Hawk – drums, Erik Voeks – bass, Nate Holt – piano/keys.] [Richard Gintowt was with us on WMM on July 25. ]

11:49

00. Antennas Up – “Pretenders” (On Michelle’s list but not played)
from: The Awkward Phase / Plastic Artifice / April 24, 2012
[Formed in KC in 2008. The band has played South By Southwest and over 30 Universities and toured w/ Girl Talk, Electric Six, Flogging Molly, Matt & Kim, Ha Ha Tonka, and Company Of Thieves. Kyle Akers – Lead Vocals/Bass; Bo McCall – Guitar/Vocals; The Ryantist – Drums/Vocals; Jonny Universe – Guitar/Keys/Vocals]

11:52

19. Schwervon! – “Cyclone”
from: Courage / Olive Juice Music / September 28, 2012
(Their song “Wake and Bomb” is on the Midwestern Audio Vol. 1 compilation)
[Schwervon! is a two piece rock band. Nan plays drums and Matt plays guitar and they both sing. They lived in NYC for 15 years and have just relocated to Kansas City. Last year they opened for both The Vaselines and Belle & Sebastian. They recently recorded with Memphis-based engineer Doug Easley (Pavement, Sonic Youth, Cat Power).]

Next week Wed, Dec 5 we begin our 4-week special: The 112 Best Recordings of 2011

11:59:30

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

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Show #449

WMM Playlist from November 7, 2012

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

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Marion Merritt’s Musical Discoveries
+ Michelle Bacon and The Deli Music Showcase

Marion Merritt joins us on a semi regular basis to share information from her musically-encyclopedic-brain. Marion Merritt is the co-creator of the blog: a2-m3.com providing information about: Music, Film, Art, Books, Television, Technology, with links, downloads, and articles keeping us current with the latest musical and film news.

1. Dimitri From Paris – “Prologue, Sacreblu”

2. Terry Callier – “You Goin’ To Miss Your Candyman”
from: What Color Is Love / Verve / 2010

3. Terry Callier – “Dancing Girl”
from: What Color Is Love / Verve / 2010

4. Daedelus – “Endless Sun”
from: Scion A/V Presents Daedelus Looking Ocean / Scion A/V / 2012

5. Daedelus – “Flying Sail”
from: Scion A/V Presents Daedelus Looking Ocean / Scion A/V / 2012

10:33 – Underwriting

10:34

6. Johnny Thunder – “I’m Alive”
from: 7″ Johnny Thunder / Calla Records / 1968

7. Crystal Syphon – “Fuzzy and Jose”
from: Family Evil / Roaratorio Records / 2012

10:48

8. Lee Fields and The Expressions – “Wish You Were Here”
from: Faithful Man / Truth & Soul / 2012

9. Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings – “Stranded In Your Love (Feat. Lee Fields)”
from: Naturally / Daptone Records / 2005

10:57 – Station I.D.

10. Moon Duo – “Sleepwalker”
from: Circles / Sacred Bones / 2012

11. Moon Duo – “I Can See”
from: Circles / Sacred Bones / 2012

12. MeShell Ndegeocello – “Please Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”
from: Pour une ame sourveraine-A Dedication To Nina Simone / Naive / 2012

13. MeShell Ndegeocello w/ Liz Wright- “Nobody’s Fault But Mine”
from: Pour une ame sourveraine-A Dedication To Nina Simone / Naive / 2012

11:12 – Underwriting

11:13

14. Dolls On Fire – “GFY (300 Hands)”
from: Ladies and Gentleman…Dolls On Fire / Independent / November 10, 2012
[Second Single]

[Dolls on Fire play a CD release party for their debut LP “Ladies and Gentlemen…”at The Brick Sat, November 10, at 10:00 pm, with The Hillary Watts Riot and The Quivers]

11:15 – Interview with Michelle Bacon

“GFY (300 Hands)” is the second single from Dolls On Fire who will be in concert for a CD release party, for their debut LP: “Ladies and Gentlemen…”at The Brick, this Saturday, November 10, at 10:00 pm, with The Hillary Watts Riot and The Quivers. Dolls on Fire is one of the bands of our next guest…

Michelle Bacon, is editor-in-chief of The Deli – Kansas City. She also reviews music for Ink. She plays with Deco Auto, Drew Black and Dirty Electric, and Dolls on Fire. Her grandpa has a street in Malaysia named after him. Michelle joins us to discuss many things including: The Deli KC’s First Music Showcase, Friday, November 9, at the recordBar, 1020 Westport Rd. with performances from: Tiny Horse, The Wooden Sky (from Toronto), and Spirit Is The Spirit.

Dolls on Fire include: Zach Hodson – vocals, guitar, Moog (also in Drew Black & Dirty Electric), Rachel Jaggard – vocals, Mark Johnson – bass/drums (also mixed/mastered the album), and Michelle Bacon – bass/drums.

Debut LP: “Ladies and Gentlemen… CD Release Show, Saturday, November 10, at The Brick at 10:00 pm with The Hillary Watts Riot and The Quivers.

Another band Michelle plays with is: Deco Auto, we’ve featuring several tracks from, Past Mistakes and Hauntings, the band’s 2012 EP release. Deco Auto include: Steven Garcia – guitar, vocals; Tracy Flowers – bass, vocals; and Michelle Bacon – drums.

Michelle is Editor-in-chief of The Deli – Kansas City.

For more information http://kansascity.thedelimagazine.com

The Deli KC’s First Music Showcase, Friday, November 9, at the recordBar, 1020 Westport Rd. Doors open at 9:00 PM and music begins at 10:00 PM with performances from: Tiny Horse, The Wooden Sky (from Toronto), and Spirit Is The Spirit.

November 9 is also Michelle’s Birthday!

Michelle also reviews music for Ink.

Michelle is also doing an acoustic showcase at Julian with: Amy Farrand, David Burchfield and the Great Stop, Hidden Pictures, and Dead Girls.

Michelle’s grandpa has a street in Malaysia named after him.

Michelle also plays with Drew Black and Dirty Electric. You shared with us a track from Drew’s solo album before he formed Dirty Electric. The band plays this song live. Drew Black and Dirty Electric are going to be recording at the end of this month with Duane Trower at Weights & Measures. The track is called “Saint Andrew.”

The Deli KC’s First Music Showcase, Friday, November 9, at the recordBar, 1020 Westport Rd. Doors open at 9:00 PM and music begins at 10:00 PM with performances from: Tiny Horse, The Wooden Sky (from Toronto), and Spirit Is The Spirit.

Michelle’s band, Dolls On Fire, will be in concert for a CD release party, for their debut LP: “Ladies and Gentlemen…”at The Brick, this Saturday, November 10, at 10:00 pm, with The Hillary Watts Riot and The Quivers.

11:33

15. Drew Black and Dirty Electric – “Saint Andrew”
from: Wanderlust / Independent / 2012

11:36

16. Family Band – “Moonbeams”
from: Grace and Lies / No Quarter / 2012

17. Tamaryn – “Violet’s In A Pool”
from: Tender New Signs / Mexican / 2012

11:47

18. Django Django – “Hail Bop”
from: Django Django / Because Music / 2012

19. Django Django – “Hail Bop (Jealov Remix)”
from: Hail Bop EP / Because Music / 2009

20. Melody’s Echo Chamber – “Crystallized”
from: Melody’s Echo Chamber / Fat Possum / 2012

21. Alfonso Lovo – “Firebird Features”
from: La Gigantona / Numero Group / 2012

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

Wednesday MidDay Medley in on the web:
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Show #446

WMM Playlist from October 10, 2012

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

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Iris DeMent
+ Spinning Tree Theatre
+ Betse Ellis, Marion Merritt, & Tom Crane

1. Thee Oh Sees – “Flood’s New Light”
from: Putrifiers II / In The Red Records / September 11, 2012
[14th album from San Francisco based band that began as a way for John Dwyer to release his instrumental, experimental home recordings, and over the course of several albums it evolved into a full band.]

And joining Mark for the entire show were: Betse Ellis, Marion Merritt along with Tom Crane who joined in to encourage YOU to show your support for 90.1 FM.

10:04 – Pledge Break #1

Our Fund Drive Team: Betse Ellis, Marion Merritt, with Tom Crane

What 90.1 FM KKFI Kansas City Community Radio means to YOU.

Every now and then, we have to pass the hat, to pay the bills. 90.1 FM offers programming 24-7, that is, essentially free to you, to tune into. However, we do have expenses just like everyone else. Even though we are a non-commercial radio station, operated by a not-for-profit organization, we still have to pay the light bill, the rent, the insurance. Even though we have hundreds of committed volunteers, who donate thousands of hours every year, producing radio shows, answering phones, creating websites, producing benefits, rewiring the board, setting up our computer system, we still need to employ a small staff, to organize volunteers, to handle day to day business, development, and operations.

And so…every now and then, we have to pass the hat…to pay the bills. That’s where YOU come in! YOU are the reason we were able to go onto the airwaves nearly 25 years ago, and You are the reason we’ve been able to continue all these years. Volunteers are waiting to hear from YOU right now. Call 888-931-0901 to show your support for Community Radio and Wednesday MidDay Medley. You can also visit us online at kkfi.org to support Kansas City Community Radio 90.1 FM.

Why listeners need to support of this one-of-a-kind, programming.

Case #1 – 90.1 FM is a grassroots movement, a radio station created by the people in the village. 35 years ago those people created a not-for-profit, 501 (c) 3 organization called, The MidCoast Radio Project and for ten years volunteers worked to raise the funds to buy a signal, a tower, and create a physical station with studios and offices, to serve the community. In February of 1988, KKFI began broadcasting over the airwaves…

Those first radio shows were prerecorded on reel to reel tape in the basement of Tom Crane’s house on Pennsylvania Ave, and then delivered to the tower site and transmitter, where they were played. Tom Crane was there in the beginning and has played a vital role in KKFI’s development over the years.

Tom Crane talked about the early years, charity bingo, the reel to reel recordings.

Tom also talked about Anne Winter who hosted a KKFI show as “Little Orphan Annie” and produced Kansas City’s very first Punk show on the airwaves.

10:12

2. The Caves – “Liars”
from: Duplexiaville / Golden Sound Records / 2012
[KC based: Andrew Ashby on Guitar & Voice, David Gaumé on Bass, Elizabeth Bohannon on Keyboards, Percussion & Voice, Jake Cardwell on Drums & Percussion. A new track that’ll be part of the band’s upcoming release “Duplexiaville” available soon on Golden Sound Records.]

[The Caves play the recordBar, Friday, October 12, with Spring Standars, and John McKenna Band.]

3. The Hearts of Darkness – “Come Forward”
from: Shelf Life / Shipshape Records / August 25, 2012
(Their song “Debt On Me” is on the Midwestern Audio Vol. 1 compilation)
[The 15 piece ensemble welcomed 6 additional musicians to record “Shelf Life” their 2nd full-length release, 2 years in the making. Recorded live at the Cooler Studio in Kansas City, Kansas, with Chad Meise, and mastered by Collin Jordan at the Boiler Room in Chicago, using both vintage analog and modern digital technologies. The album will be released on CD and as a limited edition collectible vinyl LP at local music stores, and also available on iTunes. Contributing musicians to “Shelf Life” include: Bob Asher – Trumpet, Sean Branagan – drums and percussion, Rachel Christia – Vocals , Andrew Ford – Trombone, Brandy Gordon – Vocals, Richard Gumbel – Rhythm and Lead Guitar, Sam Hughes – Baritone Saxophone, Les Izmore – Vocals, Pete Leibert – Bass Guitar, Jolan Smith – Tenor Saxophone and Vocals, Miko Spears – Congas, Erica Townsend – Vocals, Ken Walker – Valve Trombone, Brad Williams – drums and percussion, Hermon Mehari – Trumpet, Shawn Hansen – Alto Saxophon, Phil Keegan – Bass Guita, Chris Meck – Rhythm Guita, Josh Mobley – Keyboards, Guitar, Alex Smith – Tenor Saxophone, Mark Vick – Rhythm Guitar.]

[Bob Asher and Peter Leibert joined us LIVE on August 22 prior to their big show at Knuckleheads.]

4. Betse Ellis – “Run!”
from: Don’t You Want To Go / Free Dirt / April 21, 2009
[Originally from Fayetteville, Arkansas, Betse Ellis is one of the founding members of Kansas City’s The Wilders, an acoustic honky-tonk band, have been together for 15 years, and have gone on haitus.]

[Betse Ellis played the Opening reception for Prairie Logic, Fri, Oct 5, 5:00 rooftop at 12th & Main.]

10:19 – Pledge Break #2

This is WMM’s Fall Fund Drive Show Betse Ellis, and Marion Merritt

Why listeners need to support of this one-of-a-kind, programming.

Case #2. – Wednesday MidDay Medley brings resourceful Music, Arts, & Performing Arts Information to our listeners!

Wednesday MidDay Medley offers crucial info on: Music and Art. We offer listeners the best in New & Local musical releases. So far this year we’ve played new local releases from over 200 local bands and artists. We not only play the music, but we tell you the name of the release, the record label, year released, who’s in the band, and where you can go to hear this band or artist. We present local and national artists who share stories about their music and play LIVE. This year we’ve welcomed members of: The Cave Girls, The Clementines, The Hearts of Darkness, The Bad Ideas, The Depth and The Whisper, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Molly Picture Club, Dollar Fox, Victor & Penny, Vi Tran, The Brannock Device, The Quivers, everyday/everynight, The Soft Reeds, MBird, Pony boy, Clover Noir, The Blackberry Winter Band, Mikal Shapiro, Hidden Pictures, Eleni Mandell, The Sneaky Creeps, Richard Burgess, The Wilders, Sinple, Hipshot Killer, Spirit is The Spirit, Two Headed Cow, Sterling Witt, Thommy Hoskins, DJ Fat Sal, The Ned Ludd Band, The Billy Bats, John Velghe, Elsa Rae, The B’Dinas, Beautiful Bodies, David Burchfield, Tom Livesay, The Ukulele Fight Club, and The Sexy Accident.

10:27 – Underwriting

10:28

6. Iris DeMent – “Go On Ahead And Go Home”
from: Sing The Delta / Flariella / Oct. 2, 2012
[Iris Dement previewed many of her new songs when she was in concert with husband Greg Brown, last year for their 11-11-11 show at The Folly Theatre to benefit St. Mark Child and Family Development Center. Now those songs are part of her brand new release that includes a total of 12 new songs. It is her first full-length release of original songs since 1996.]

10:32 – Interview with Iris DeMent

Grammy Nominated Iris DeMent has performed at all over the world, at Carnegie Hall, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Late Show with David Letterman, and the Grand Ole Opry. She was born in rural Paragould, AR, the youngest of 14 children. At the age of three, her family moved to California, where she grew up singing gospel music. Upon graduating high school, she relocated to KC to attend college. After a series of jobs waitressing and typing, she first began composing songs at the age of 25. Honing her skills at open-mic nights. In 1988 she moved to Nashville, where she contacted producer Jim Rooney, who helped her land a record contract. She made her recording debut in 1991 /1992, with her release: “Infamous Angel.” Iris has collaborated w/ John Prine, Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Nanci Griffith, John McCutcheon, Randy Scruggs, Tom Russell and Kansas City bus driver Gary Kirkland. Iris married singer-songwriter Greg Brown on November 21, 2002, while she still lived in KC. They now live together in Iowa. Last week Iris DeMent released her new recording “Sing The Delta” on Flariella Records, that includes 12 new songs. It is her first album of all new material in 16 years, since her fantastic 1996 release, “The Way I Should.” Iris’ new release “Sing The Delta” is already receiving great critical acclaim, and she is currently on the road singing her new songs.

Last year on 11-11-11 Iris and Greg Brown performed together here in Kansas City in a benefit for St. Mark Early Childhood and Family Development Center, That night she surprised me when she only performed one or two songs that I had heard before. Instead she shared with the packed crowd at the Folly, many of her new songs that ended up on this record. Iris discussed the process of writing the songs and getting them recorded and produced in the studio.

I read where Iris has said that she “learned about music from people who didn’t use music as entertainment.” That her “parents lived very on the edge. They had a gazillion kids and came from an area where people live on the edge. They used music as a life source. That music had to come through for them and make them feel like they could get up on Monday and keep going.” She said that “You think that’s one of the reasons why you didn’t write for so long. I learned about music as a life line. I feel like that’s the kind of task I’m trying to take on every time I try and write something. I’ve got to make somebody want to keep going. That’s what music was about.”

Iris DeMent has a long history of doing benefit shows for groups like 90.1 FM. In 2004 she and Greg Brown opened for Amy Goodman at Community Christian Church. In the 2002 she did a benefit concert for The Friends of Community Radio and invited Greg Brown to open the concert at Unity Temple, then several months later she and Greg were married in a private ceremony in the offices of Rev. Sam Mann of St. Mark Church here in KC.

Kansas City is where Iris started her musical career, singing in coffeehouses. Iris talked about how she loves that we claim her as one of our own, here in Kansas City.

The liner notes of Iris DeMent’s new record talks about St. Mark Church and how the Church took her in during a dark time of her life. She found inspiration at St. Mark, inspiration from the people of the church and also from the pastor of the church, Rev. Sam Mann who she originally heard over the airwaves of 90.1 FM KKFI, and met at an anti-war rally at the fountains near 47th and Broadway near the Country Club Plaza.

The photographs for Iris DeMent’s new album were taken by her stepdaughter Pieta Brown, all except for one photograph that is in many ways a symbol of this recording, that was photographed by her daughter, Dasha Brown. Iris talked about the photo and it’s special meaning.

The new recording contains many songs about her family, and especially her mother, who died last year at age 93. Iris DeMent’s mother sings on her debut “Infamous Angel” and we definitely feel her presence on “Sing The Delta.” Iris writes that her mother dreamed of being a professional singer, and how she asked Iris one day, “Ain’t you got tard yet of trapesin’ All over the country?”

I read a review of “Sing The Delta” that starts off by referencing Iris DeMent’s song, “Let the Mystery Be” from her debut “Infamous Angel.” The reviewer connected that song to her new 5th release, 20 years later, with new lyrics and stories that continue to examine the “religious doctrine on life and death.” The reviewer also references Iris DeMent’s 2004 release “Life Line” which was a collection of traditional protestant hymns.

In reading many of the reviews of Iris DeMent’s new recording, I was struck by the personal relationship Iris has with her fans, who fell in love with “Infamous Angel” and have followed her through these past 20 years, and this period where she has recorded with so many other artists, toured consistently, but also was busy with her family, husband, and daughter. That because her songs were so honest and heartfelt, and special, her fans accepted and understood why it might have taken some time for this new recording of 12 new songs.

We are in the middle of our Fall Fund Drive here at 90.1 KKFI. Iris has had many connections to this radio station. We mentioned Sam Mann, who at one time hosted a radio program on 90.1 FM. Another person who helped build this station was our mutual friend Anne Winter. Iris talked about how she met Anne Winter.

Iris is currently on the road doing shows in Toronto Canada, along the East Coast and Florida and also on the west coast in California.

Iris & Greg currently are living in Iowa City, Iowa.

“Sing The Delta” was released October 2, on on Flariella Records and includes 12 new songs. You can have Iris DeMent’s new CD as a “Thank You Gift” for your pledge of $50.00 or more during Wednesday MidDay Medley’s Fall Pledge Drive Show.

10:51

6. Iris DeMent – “There’s A Whole Lot Of Heaven”
from: Sing The Delta / Flariella / Oct. 2, 2012
[Iris Dement previewed many of her new songs when she was in concert with husband Greg Brown, last year for their 11-11-11 show at The Folly Theatre to benefit St. Mark Child and Family Development Center. Now those songs are part of her brand new release that includes a total of 12 new songs. it is her first full-length release of original songs since 1996.]

7. Appropriate Grammar – “Woke Up All Askew”
from: Lies and Stories / Independent / 2010
(Their song “Six Foot Dreams” is on the Midwestern Audio Vol. 1 compilation)
[Appropriate Grammar includes: Nick McKenna – Guitar/Vocals, Alex Dunsford – Lead Guitar, Claire Adams – Bass/Vocals, and Steve Gardels – Drums.]

[Appropriate Grammar play The Riot Room, tomorrow, Oct. 11, w/ The Features, and Is Paris Burning]

10:57 – Pledge Break #3

This is WMM’s Fall Fund Drive Show with Betse Ellis, and Marion Merritt.

Why listeners need to support of this one-of-a-kind, programming.

Case #3. – So far this year, Wednesday MidDay Medley has interviewed over 136 guests.

We’ve featured segments and interviews about: Voler Thieves of Flight, The Living Room Theatre, The KC Fringe Festival, The Charlotte Street Foundation, The Latino Writers Collective, The Fishtank Theatre, The Spray Booth Gallery, The Kansas City Art Institute, Martin Luther King Jr., The Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, The Middle of The Map Festival, The Crossroads Music Festival, The Crossroads Summer Block Party, The Kauffman Center For The Performing Arts, The Midcoast Takeover, Midwestern Audio,
The Midwest Music Foundation, Center of The City Festival, Like Me Lighthouse, Record Store Day!, The Folly Theatre, AIDS Walk KC, The Nelson Art Gallery, Mattie Rhodes, Gay Pride, Gorilla Theatre, La Esquina, Golden Sound Records, The Record Machine, The Writer’s Place, Johnson County Community College Performing Arts Series, The New Century Follies, The Plug Project, Bread KC, and The Kansas City Film Festival.

We’ve interviewed writers including: Lisa Jo Sagolla, Crystal Boson, Kelly Barth, Blair Schulmann, Maria Vasquez Boyd, Marideth Sisco, Jose Faus, Philip Hooser, Cory Imig, Mitch Brian, Theresa Bembnister, Felicia Londre, Julia Kirt.

We’ve interviewed filmmakers: Mikal Shapiro, Chris Snipes, Mark Titus.

We’ve interviewed actors: Scott Cordes, Missy Koonce, Heidi Van, Rusty Sneary, Annie Cherry and Damian Blake, Spencer Brown, Forrest Attaway, Cody Wyoming, Jan Chapman, Alan Tilson, De De Deville, Kip Niven, and Julie Harris Shaw.

We’ve interviewed organizers Bill Sundahl, Chris Haghirian, Nathan Reusch, Barry Lee.

11:06

8. Schwervon! – “Dog Got Your Cat Tongue”
from: Courage / Olive Juice Records / September 28, 2012
(Their song “Wake and Bomb” is on the Midwestern Audio Vol. 1 compilation)
[Schwervon! is a two piece rock band. Nan plays drums and Matt plays guitar and they both sing. They lived in NYC for 15 years and have just relocated to Kansas City. Last year they opened for both The Vaselines and Belle & Sebastian. They recently recorded with Memphis-based engineer Doug Easley (Pavement, Sonic Youth, Cat Power).]

[Schwervon! are touring all over Europe returning to Kansas City, to play Davies Uptown November 14, with Paleface who will also join us on the Wednesday MidDay Medley on that day.]

9. Soft Reeds – “Magic”
from: a track from their upcoming release / Golden Sound Records / 2012
(Their song “Funky Friends Breathe, OK/” is on the Midwestern Audio Vol. 1 compilation)

11:11 – Interview with Michael Grayman

Leonard Bernstein called her “The Bible of Opera.” In 2006, Opera News wrote of her: “Nearly thirty years after her death, she’s still the definition of the diva as artist—and still one of classical music’s best-selling vocalists.” She was born in New York City on December 2, 1923 and she on September 16, 1977, at 53. Maria Callas was an American-born Greek soprano and one of the most renowned and versatile opera singers of the 20th century. Her remarkable musical and dramatic talents led to her being hailed as La Divina.

Tony and Emmy Award winning Playwright Terrence McNally, who has written about Maria Callas in several of his plays including The Lisbon Traviata, put his muse, Maria Callas center stage, for his play of 1995, “Master Class,” that focuses on Maria Callas after she has headlined every major opera house, and accepts an invitation from The Juilliard School to conduct a series of sold-out master classes for a select group of young professionals. Master Class won both the 1996 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding New Play and the 1996 Tony Award for Best Play.

Director Michael Grayman, joined us to discuss Spinning Tree Theatre’s production of Terrence McNally’s “Master Class” with performances Oct. 11 thru 28, Thurs, Fri, and Sat at 8:00 PM and Sun at 2:00 PM. at the Crown Center Off Center Theatre. Info: (816) 842-9999 or spinningtreetheatre.com

Spinning Tree Theatre has created it’s own new identity through the musicals and plays it has produced of these past two years.

In “Master Class” Maria Callas, is glamorous, commanding, larger-than-life, caustic, and surprisingly drop-dead funny. Alternately dismayed and impressed by the students who parade before her, she retreats into recollections about the glories of her own life and career. Included in her musings are her younger years as an ugly duckling, her fierce hatred of her rivals, the unforgiving press that savaged her early performances, her triumphs at La Scala, and her affair with Aristotle Onassis. It culminates into a monologue about sacrifice taken in the name of art.

Spinning Tree Theatre production of MASTER CLASS features:

Cynthia Hyer* as Maria Callas

Natalie Liccardello as First Soprano (Sophie)

Sylvia Stoner* as Second Soprano (Sharon)

Vigthor Zophoniasson as Tenor (Tony)

Tom Lancaster as Stagehand

and Tony Bernal as Accompanist (Manny)

*members of Actors’ Equity Association

Andy Parkhurst, Managing Director – Spinning Tree Theatre

Spinning Tree Theatre’s production of Terrence McNally’s “Master Class” with performances October 11 thru 28, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8:00 PM and Sunday at 2:00 PM. at the Crown Center Off Center Theatre (Level 3) 2450 Grand Blvd. KCMO. For more info: (816) 842-9999 or spinningtreetheatre.com

11:22

10. Maria Callas – “La Traviata, Act 1: “E’ Strano!…E’ Strano!””
from: Birth of a Diva – Legendary Early Recordings of Maria Callas / Warner/ Aug. 17, 2007

11:24 – Pledge Break #4

This is WMM’s Fall Fund Drive Show with special co-hosts: Betse Ellis, and Marion Merritt

Why listeners need to support of this one-of-a-kind, programming.

Case #4. KKFI keeps me culturally connected. Through both the great public affairs, news, and music programs on 90.1 FM, we can all be “in the loop” with all that is happening in the area and the world. Information and entertainment that is guided by a mission rather than a need to deliver consumers to advertisers.

KKFI’s daily Blues and Jazz Calendars let me know where LIVE music is being performed Today! While other stations may feature corporate owned and cloned programming, from national and regional media conglomerates and giant institutional systems, or commercial outlets, 90.1 FM KKFI is essentially owned by YOU the listener. Your investments, in your community airwaves, are what keep 90.1 alive. It is YOU we listen to, instead of advertisers selling breast enhancements, diet pills, or bad political campaign adverts.

Because of YOU, and your generous financial support, 90.1 FM KKFI is able to offer more locally produced programs than any other radio station, or broadcast or cable television outlet in the entire metro region.

No other station has a locally produced, weekly, LGBT Public Affairs Show.
No other station has a weekly Farsi language program.
No other station plays as much Blues or Jazz as KKFI.
No other station offers a weekly program hosted by atheists and skeptics.
No other station offers a weekly Eco program.
No other station offers weekly local theatre interviews.
No other station offers weekly New Age and Psychic information.
No other station offers as many weekly urban public affairs.

No other station gives you such unfiltered news programs like: Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman, Alternate Radio produced in Bolder, Counterspin, Free Speech Radio News, Worker Independent News and more.

No other station offers the diversity of music, whether it be reggae, rockabilly, americana, electronic, tejano, latin rock, southern soul, funk, world, native american, women’s music, blues, local hip hop, folk, jazz, chamber music, rock, and traditional.

No other station plays as much local music.
No other station welcomes as many guests into our studios each week.

It really is radio like you’ve never heard it before.
It really is a rare medium done well.

11:32 – Underwriting

11:33

11. Shearwater – “You As You Were”
from: Animal Joy / Sub Pop / Feb. 15, 2012

[Shearwater plays The Riot Room, next Tuesday night, with Cowboy Indian Bear]

12. Root and Stem – “Ruby”
from: Ruby / Polydor / May 1 2012
[KC based band made up of James Embry – Guitar/Vocals, Baird Williams – Guitar/Vocals, Cody Barrett – Bass, and Joel Shipley – Drums. Nominated for a Pitch Music Award for Best Americana/Bluegrass Band.]

[Root and Stem will play Czar Bar tonight! with Grayshot, and Sage & Sour]

11:40 – Pledge Break #5

This is WMM’s Fall Fund Drive Show with special co-hosts: Betse Ellis, and Marion Merritt

Why listeners need to support of this one-of-a-kind, programming.

Case #5. – KKFI offers 24-7 programming, and YOU (the listener), basically get all of this amazing programming for “free.” I, for one, love that I can turn on my radio, or computer device, and tune into the 90.1 FM 100,000 watt crystal clear signal, and hear the music, information, news, entertainment, calendar of events, and stories, that I really cannot find anywhere else. 90.1 is my comfort, my special companion, my diverse friend, introducing me to all kinds of new and local music, as well as the news and information without the intrusion of advertisers, and ratings. It is radio brought to YOU by real people, who create these shows a out of love, and are guided by KKFI’s noble mission that “seeks to stimulate, educate and entertain our audience, to reflect the diversity of the local and world community, and to provide a channel for individuals and groups, issues and music that have been overlooked, suppressed or under-represented by other media.”

Driving in your car, at the office, at the gym, in your garage, at CODA, in your cubicle, in your art space, on your ipod, at your construction site, in your kitchen, YOU can take 90.1 with you, as your companion. 90.1 FM is generally a good date. Good for a few laughs, fun to dance with, always interested in good conversation. Isn’t 90.1 FM KKFI worth a few dollars a day, or a week? So many people tune in to kkfi.org everyday, but studies show, that less than 10 percent actually donate to keep this miracle of broadcasting alive. Your support means that you will help bring this programming to folks who could not donate at this time, for what ever the reason.

This is your chance to put your money where your ears are. Please help keep at least this part of our public airwaves alive, for our public to enjoy, free from commercials, free from religious sermonizing, free from extremly conservative and slanted right wing “talk monsters,” and free from corporately owned and cloned robotic affiliates that play the same 15 songs everyday at the same time. YOU deserve better. YOU deserve radio that really reflects our great city, and tells the story of our great music scene, and performing arts scene, and labor rights, and women’s issues, and LBGT information, and programming specifically produced for Latinos and African Americans, and Farsi speaking Americans. Support the free-form spirit that is 90.1 FM KKFI! It really is radio like you’ve never heard it before. It really is a rare medium done well.

11:48

13. Ghosty – “This Wolf”
from: GHOSTY / More Famouser Records / April 17, 2012
[Andrew Connor, Mike Nolte an Bill Belzer who recorded their new album, themselves, over the last couple of years w/ help from David Wetzel, Josh Adams, Jake Blanton, Konnor Ervin, Ryan Connor, Kirsten Paludan, Dan Talmadge. Pressed on vinyl and available on LP and digital download. More info at ghostysounds.com.]

14. Amy Farrand – “How You Feelin’”
from: Amy Farrand (hearts) You / Independent / 2012
[Ernie Locke on harmonica. Recorded and mixed by Chris Meck.]

[Amy Farrand plays Czar Bar, Saturday night, October 13, with The Collide & Conquer Tour with Hunter Valentin and Queen Caveat.]

[Amy Farrand’s “Weirdo Wednesday Supper Club” happens every Wednesday night at Davey’s Uptown]

11:53 – Pledge Break #6

11:59:30

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

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

Show #442