WMM Playlist from November 29, 2017

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

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

2017 – The Year in Music
with: Tim Finn, Marion Merritt, Chris Haghirian, & Fally Afani

10:00 – Station ID

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

10:00 – Interview with Tim Finn

Originally from Youngstown, New York, Tim Finn studied at University of Missouri in Columbia and received his Masters of Arts, in Journalism from the University of Kansas. Tim is the Music Writer of the KC Star and Ink, he hosts the Kansas City Star Sessions – Live from The Blue Room every Monday at Noon. You can hear Tim Thursday afternoons between 4 and 6 on 90.9 The Bridge with Jon Hart. You can catch up on all of Tim’s features for the Star at Back to Rockville where Tim Finn blogs about the KC music scene.

Tim Finn’s Favorite Musical Releases of 2017

#5. Alex Lahey – I Love you Like A Brother / Independent / July 30, 2016

2. Alex Lahey – “Let’s call It A Day”
from: I Love You Like A Brother / Dead Oceans / October 6, 2017
[Alex Lahey is a 24 year old Australian singer-songwriter from Melbourne. In 2016, Lahey won the Josh Pyke Partnership. Her track “You Don’t Think You Like People Like Me” received Pitchfork’s Best New Track Award, and was featured in the Triple J Hottest 100, 2016. She also won a Triple J Unearthed prize, leading to a performance at Splendour in the Grass, and was nominated for a J Award for Unearthed Artist of the Year. Lahey’s EP B-Grade University was released in 2016. In January 2017, Alex Lahey signed to Dead Oceans which re-released her B-Grade University EP. On October 6th 2017, Alex Lahey released her debut album “I Love You Like A Brother” through her own independent label, “Nicky Boy Records”. Having toured Australia through October, Alex took her live show worldwide, performing across Europe and the USA. Lahey sees her life as ordinary: “I fall in love, I have a family, I go out with my friends, I like to have a drink.” However, most people can’t distil those universal experiences into wry, punchy indie-rock songs – three minute odes to millennial angst and all the complicated feelings that come with it. Alex Lahey can. ‘Love You Like A Brother’ is proof. Born and raised in Melbourne, Lahey initially studied jazz saxophone at university but unimpressed with “learning music in such a regimented way” she switched to an arts degree (see her ‘B-Grade University’ EP for more detailsThe themes of Alex Lahey’s album might be universal, but it’s the unique approach she takes unpacking them that’s earned her millions of Spotify streams, buzz-worthy showcases at SXSW and festival sets alongside the likes of Flume, The Kills, At The Drive-In and James Blake as well as guesting on tours with Catfish & The Bottlemen, Tegan & Sara and Blondie.]

#4 Berwanger – And the Star Invaders / Berwanger / October 28, 2017

3. Berwanger – “The Star Invaders“
from: And The Star Invaders / Berwanger / October 28, 2017
[Recorded in Norman, OK at Blackwatch Studios. This record features musicians from The Anniversary, Pink, Cher, Limbeck, the Flaming Lips, & Broncho. Josh wrote the songs for this record after witnessing UFO’s on family vacation 2 years ago. The songs for this record can almost make a trilogy collection including his 2 previous records, and bridge the gap nicely between his earlier bands, The Anniversary and The Only Children. Josh Berwanger on guitar & vocals, Ricky Salthouse on guitar & vocals, Eva Gardner on bass, Jonny Phillip on drums & cymbals & percussion, Matt Duckworth on percussion, and Penny Pitchlynn on backing vocals.Josh Berwanger was in The Anniversary, a Kansas band that released, 2000’s Designing a Nervous Breakdown & 2002’s Your Majesty and sold over 100,000 records before breaking up on tour in Japan. The band recently reunited for new shows and a tour this year. Berwanger was also in the band, The Only Children, and released, 2004’s Change of Living & 2007’s Keeper of Youth. When Keeper of Touth ended Josh Berwanger took a break and became a high school basketball coach. In the 2012 Josh formed the Josh Berwanger band. Berwanger released the EP Demonios November 11, 2016.]

#3. Making Movies – I Am Another You / Making Movies / May 26, 2017

4. Making Movies – “Spinning Out”
from: I Am Another You / Making Movies / May 26, 2017
[3rd full length release: from Kansas City based 4-piece band and made up of two sets of brothers: Enrique Chi on guitar and lead vocals; Diego Chi on bass & vocals; Juan-Carlos Chaurand on percussion & keyboards; and Andres Chaurand on drums. The band draws their influences from the origins of their families: Santiago, Panama, and Kansas City, Missouri, and Guadalajara, Mexico. Making Movies is kicking off their 22-date Immigrants Are Beautiful Tour, a celebration of solidarity in the face of fear-mongering and hate. Frontman Enrique Chi shared, “It’s time to realize we are all part of this continuum, this beautifully flawed human race that has migrated from every continent to bring us all the beauty we enjoy today.” The band’s social statement is straightforward enough that they can express it in four words: “We Are All Immigrants.” In supporting that cause, a portion of all proceeds from the album and tour go to the National Immigration Law Center. Enrique Chi, singer-songwriter in Making Movies describes, “since making the album, the tides have shifted and the underbelly of systematic racism has reared its ugly head. It is no longer time to be silent is time for us to raise our voices.” The quartet has toured with Arcade Fire, Thievery Corporation, Cold War Kids, Los Lobos, Ozomatli, Tennis, Sergio Mendoza of Calexico, Rodrigo y Gabriela, and Hurray for the Riff Raff.]

[Making Movies: I Am Another You Experience at Knuckleheads, Saturday, December 2, at 8 PM at Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester St, KCMO, with: Making Movies, The Elders, Jim Suptic (of the Get Up Kids), Bob Walkenhorst (of The Rainmakers), The Nace Brothers, Anthony Ladesich (The Hardship Letters), Hi-Lux, Wick (of Wick and the Tricks), Rory Cameron (of the Whiffs), and Special guest dancers from Quixotic ]

#2 Samantha Fish – Belle of The West / Ruf Records / November 3, 2017

5. Samantha Fish – “Need You More”
from: Belle of The West / Ruf Records / November 3, 2017
[Samantha Fish’s second full-length release within eight months, and her sixth since debuting in 2009.. Produced by Luther Dickinson. Growing up in Kansas City, Samantha Fish switched from drums to guitar at the tender age of 15. She spent much of her time in local watering holes listening to visiting blues bands. Samantha caught the attention of Ruf Records who released her album, Girls with Guitars, which found her co-billed with Cassie Taylor and Dani Wilde. That led to her forming her own trio and recording three more albums, Runaway (2011), Black Wind Howlin’ (2013) and Wild Heart (2015). She was awarded, Best Artist Debut at the 2012 Blues Music Awards in Memphis. In March of 2017 Fish released: Chills & Fever, where she traveled to Detroit to collaborate with members of the Detroit Cobras, a band popular in the Midwest punk/blues scene. The collaboration included Joe Mazzola on guitar, Steve Nawara on bass, Kenny Tudrick with Bob Mervak on keys, and Mark Levron and Travis Blotsky on trumpet and saxophone. The band covers songs from Jackie DeShannon, Jerry Ragavoy, Bert Berns and Allen Toussaint while also revisiting some earlier demos she cut along with producer Bobby Harlow.]

[Samantha Fish plays Knuckleheads Saloon, Sunday, December 31, at 9:00 PM]

#1. Katy Guillen and The Girls – Remember What You Knew Before / KG & The Girls /

6. Katy Guillen and The Girls – “If You Were Gone”
from: Remember What You Knew Before / KG & The Girls / November 11, 2017
[For this new album the band worked with producer Lennon Bone. The band reworked songs from the 2012 album Katy & Go-Go, the 2014 Katy & The Girls eponymous debut album, and from 2016’s “Heavy Days” with one new song. Katy Guillen and The Girls, were formed in September of 2012 in Kansas City. The blues influenced roots rock trio is made up of Katy Guillen on guitar & vocals, Claire Adams on bass & vocals, & Stephanie Williams on drums.]

[Katy Guillen and The Girls play BB’s Lawnside BBQ on Friday, December 15, at 8:00 PM.]

10:30 – Underwriting

10:32 – Interview with Marion Merritt

For nearly 14 years Marion Merritt has been sharing her musical discoveries and information from her musically encyclopedic brain. Marion is the creator of Records With Merritt, a small, independent, minority owned business, at 1614 Westport Rd. in Kansas City, Missouri.

Marion Merritt’s Favorite Musical Releases of 2017

#5 Pond – The Weather / Marathon Artists / May 5, 2017

7. Pond – “Sweep Me Off My Feet”
from: The Weather / Marathon Artists / May 5, 2017
[7th studio albumfrom Australian psychedelic rock bandformed in 2008. Featuring a revolving line-up, the band is currently: Nick Allbrook, Jay Watson, Joe Ryan & Jamie Terry. Pond shares its members with fellow Australian psychedelic rock band Tame Impala. Jay Watson is a full member of both acts, while Pond band leader Nick Allbrook contributed to both bands from 2009 until 2013. Current Tame Impala members Kevin Parker, Cam Avery and Julien Barbagallo are all former members of Pond, with Parker continuing to work with the band as its record producer. Pond frontman Nicholas Allbrook has described the album as a “concept album, not completely about Perth, but focusing on all the weird contradictory things that make up a lot of colonial cities around the world. Laying out all the dark things underneath the shimmering exterior of cranes, development, money and white privilege. It’s not our place, but it is our place. British, but Australian, but not REAL Australian. On the edge of the world with a hell of a lot of fucked things defining our little city, still we try and live a wholesome respectful life, while being inherently disrespectful. At the end of all this confusion in our weird little white antipodean world, there’s the beach, purity and nature that brings us all together”.]

#4. Phoebe Bridgers – Stranger in the Alps / Dead Oceans / 2017

8. Phoebe Bridgers – “Smoke Signals”
from: Stranger in the Alps / Dead Oceans / 2017
[Phoebe Bridgers was born August 17, 1994, and is from Los Angeles, California. Bridgers released her major label debut 7″ on Ryan Adams record label, PAX AM. In early 2016, Bridgers supported Julien Baker on her 2016 East Coast tour. Bridgers is a graduate of Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. In 2014 she was featured in a commercial for the Apple iPhone singing a cover of “Gigantic” by the Pixies. In June 2017, Phoebe Bridgers signed to Dead Oceans. The Alps was produced by Tony Berg and Ethan Gruska.]

#3. The Brian Jonestown Massacre – Don’t Get Lost / A Records / February 24, 2017

9. The Brian Jonestown Massacre – “Melody’s Actual Echo Chamber”
from: Don’t Get Lost / A Records / February 24, 2017
[Formed in San Francisco in 1990 by frontman Anton Newcombe. Their early music was in a shoegaze style. Following their debut album, Methodrone, the group’s sound transitioned to a broader style of psychedelic rock, incorporating styles such as garage rock, folk rock and, later, electronica into their sound. The act continue to experiment with musical styles. The band was the subject of the 2004 documentary film Dig!, and have gained media notoriety for their tumultuous working relationships as well as the erratic behavour of leader Newcombe. The Brian Jonestown Massacre have released seventeen albums, five compilation albums, five live albums, thirteen EPs, sixteen singles as well as two various-artist compilation albums to date.]

#2. Jackie Shane – Jackie Shane: Any Other Way / Numero Group / October 20, 2017

10. Jackie Shane – “Cruel Cruel World”
from: Jackie Shane: Any Other Way / Numero Group / October 20, 2017
[Jackie Shane was born May 15, 1940. She is an American former soul and rhythm and blues singer, who was most prominent in the local music scene of Toronto, Ontario, Canada in the 1960s. She is originally from Nashville, Tennessee. In 1960, Shane moved to Montreal, Quebec, where saxophonist King Herbert Whitaker invited a young Shane along to watch the popular band Frank Motley and his Motley Crew at the Esquire Show Bar. Shane, who showed up in a bright red dress and her hair done up, sat down near the front. When Motley said, “Get that kid up here and let’s see what they can do,” pianist Curley Bridges invited her up onstage for the next set, where she performed songs by Ray Charles and Bobby “Blue” Bland. She was soon the band’s lead vocalist, and relocated to Toronto with them in late 1961. She sometimes returned to the United States to perform shows in Nashville, Boston, and Los Angeles. A fan mythology linked her to Little Richard, including claims that she had been Richard’s backing vocalist before moving to Canada or even that she was Richard’s cousin, although no verification of either claim has ever been found and no evidence exists that Shane ever made either claim herself. Music critic Carl Wilson has concluded that, while in reality Shane had deep and identifiable roots in the traditions of the Southern US Chitlin’ Circuit, the mythology emerged because that scene’s traditions were not known to Torontonians in the 1960s, and thus Little Richard was the only antecedent for Shane’s style that most of her local fan base could identify. Throughout her active musical career and for many years thereafter, Shane was written about by nearly all sources as a man who performed in drag. The few sources that actually sought out her own words on the matter of her own gender identification were more ambiguous, however; she identified herself as male in two early quotes to the Toronto Star, but more often appeared to simply dodge questions about her gender altogether. Her identity as a trans woman was not confirmed on the record by a media outlet until 2017. CBC Radio’s Inside the Music aired a documentary feature, “I Got Mine: The Story of Jackie Shane”, in 2010. At the time, nobody involved in the documentary had been able to determine whether Shane was still living; she was subsequently found still alive in Nashville.Footage of Shane in performance also appeared in Bruce McDonald’s 2011 documentary television series Yonge Street: Toronto Rock & Roll Stories. Jackie Shane Live was reissued in 2011 on Vintage Music as Live at the Sapphire Tavern, although the reissue was labelled as being from 1963 (the date of the original live performance) instead of 1967 (the release date of the album). The reissue also included Shane’s performances from Honkin’ at Midnight as bonus tracks. A compilation album of the studio singles and rarities, Soul Singles Classics, was released the same year. In 2015, the Polaris Music Prize committee shortlisted Jackie Shane Live as one of the nominees for the 1960s-1970s component of its inaugural Heritage Award to honour classic Canadian albums. It was shortlisted for the prize again in 2016 and 2017. In 2017, a group of Toronto writers published the essay anthology Any Other Way: How Toronto Got Queer, a history of LGBT culture in Toronto; in addition to taking its title from Shane’s 1962 single, the book includes an essay devoted specifically to Shane. In the summer of 2017, the reissue label Numero Group announced that they would be releasing a double-LP/CD compilation of Shane’s music, Any Other Way, on October 20, 2017. The album marks the first time since her final single in 1969 that Shane has been directly involved in the production and release of a reissue of her music.]

#1. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Soul of a Woman / Daptone Records / 2017

11. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – “Matter of Time”
from: Soul of a Woman / Daptone Records / November 17, 2017
[The 6th and last studio album from this great band. In November 2016, Sharon Jones suffered a stroke while watching the 2016 United States presidential election results and another the following day. Jones remained alert and lucid during the initial period of her hospital stay, jokingly claiming that the news of Donald Trump’s victory was responsible for her stroke. She died on November 18, 2016, in Cooperstown, New York, aged 60. Sharon Lafaye Jones was born May 4, 1956 and died this year on November 18, 2016. She was an American soul and funk singer. Although she collaborated with Lou Reed, David Byrne and others, she is best known as lead singer of Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, a soul and funk band based in Brooklyn, New York. Jones experienced breakthrough success relatively late in life, releasing her first record when she was 40 years old. In 2014, Jones was nominated for her first Grammy, in the category Best R&B Album, for Give the People What They Want. Jones was born in Augusta, Georgia, the daughter of Ella Mae Price Jones and Charlie Jones, living in adjacent North Augusta, South Carolina. Jones was the youngest of six children; her siblings are Dora, Charles, Ike, Willa and Henry. Jones’s mother raised her deceased sister’s four children as well as her own. She moved the family to New York City when Sharon was a young child. As children, she and her brothers would often imitate the singing and dancing of James Brown. Her mother happened to know Brown, who was also from Augusta.Jones grew up in the Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. In 1975, she graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in Brooklyn. She attended Brooklyn College. A regular gospel singer in church, Jones often entered talent shows backed by local funk bands in the early 1970s. Session work then continued with backing vocals, often credited to Lafaye Jones, but in the absence of any recording contract as a solo singer, she spent many years working as a corrections officer at Rikers Island and as an armored car guard for Wells Fargo, until receiving a mid-life career break in 1996 after she appeared on a session backing the soul and deep funk legend Lee Fields. Sharon Jones was part of the very beginning of Daptone Records Daptone Records’ first release was a full-length album by Sharon Jones. A new band, the Dap-Kings, was formed from the former members of the Soul Providers and the Mighty Imperials. Some of the musicians went on to record for Lehman’s Soul Fire label, while some formed the Budos Band, an Afro-beat band. From the original Soul Providers, Roth (also known as Bosco Mann) on bass, guitarist and emcee Binky Griptite, percussionist Fernando Velez, trumpet player Anda Szilagyi and organist Earl Maxton were joined by original Mighty Imperials saxophonist Leon Michels and drummer Homer Steinweiss, plus Neal Sugarman from Sugarman 3, to form The Dap-Kings. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, then released the album Dap Dippin’ with Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings in May of 2002, for which they received immediate attention and acclaim from enthusiasts, DJs and collectors. Next they released, Naturally (2005), 100 Days, 100 Nights (2007), I Learned the Hard Way (2010), and Give the People What They Want (2014). They are seen by many as the spearhead of a revival of soul and funk.]

11:00 – Station ID

11:00 – Interview with Chris Haghirian

Chris Haghirian has worked for The KC Star for 18 years and helped launch INK in April of 2008 where he puts together music promotions, and organizes music at, Boulevardia, The Plaza Art Fair, and Wednesday “Winsday” home game concerts at Kauffman Stadium for the Kansas City Royals. With Nathan Reusch of The Record Machine, Chris makes The Middle of The Map Fest happen each year, and Chris gets to share his amazing passion for the Kansas City music scene as host, with Sarah Bradshaw, of Eight One Sixty, heard Tuesday nights at 6:00 pm, on 90.9 The Bridge.

Chris Haghirian’s Favorite Musical Releases of 2017

#5. Fathers – “Solamente” – Single / Fathers / 2017

12. Fathers – “Solamente”
from: “Solamente” – Single / Fathers / 2017
[One of three songs recorded from Fathers is a new 8-piece band, formed this year, with Kenneth Storz on lead vocals, guitar, and keyboards; Brooke Honeycutt on vocals, bells, percussion; David Littlewood on voice, keyboards, bells; Snake Bourret on percussion, bells, keys; Matt Guilliums on bass & percussion; Bryce VZ on vibraphone, voice, and percussion; Josh Seerden on guitar, keys, bass, percussion; Celeste Tilley on trombone, vocals, and percussion.]

#4. Mess – heartswithholes / Mess / August 12, 2017

13. Mess – “soak”
from: heartswithholes / Mess / August 12, 2017
[Mess is a Kansas City based band formed by: Allison Gliesman, Kevin Briody, Tanner Pinkerton and Evan Velasquez. Recorded in Edwardsville, Illinois at Bird Cloud Recording. Production and recording by Ryan Wasoba. Mastering by Joel Hatstat in Athens, Georgia.]

#3 Joesph Warren and the Wanderlust Revival – The Greenwood Demos / Nov 4, 2017

14. Joseph Warren and the Wanderlust Revival – “Love The Wander”
from: The Greenwood Demos / Joseph Warren / November 4, 2017
[Based out of Kansas City, Missouri, Joseph Warren & the Wanderlust Revival is a unique caravan of midwestern roamers. Joseph Warren Wheeler on vocals, tenor guitar, guitar, & banjo; Bill Wald on bass, Jake Gronbeck on drums & percussion, Eva Louise Hall on vocals. More info at: http://www.thewanderlustrevival.com]

#2. KD Kuro – Good-Luck / Kwame Boateng / August 1, 2017

15. KD Kuro–”JULES(feat. Domineko & Chase the Horseman (radio edit)”
from: Good-Luck / Kwame Boateng / August 1, 2017
[This track was produced by Chase the Horseman. KD Kuro is the musical project of Kwame Boateng, a Kansas City based rapper. He was born in Arlington, Virginia, and graduated from Olathe South High School in 2008. After attending Coffeyville Community College Kwame as KD Kuro started his rap career in 2012 and has been cultivating and refining his sound over the course of the last 5 years. Kwame grew up with musical influences like N.E.R.D and Missy Elliot that helped to mold the music he creates. This debut album was co-produced by Chase the Horseman and Nathan “Geesace” Gisecke.]

#1 The Sluts – Only One / The Sluts / May 25, 2017

16. The Sluts – “Wonderful”
from: Only One / The Sluts / May 25, 2017
[New 5 song EP from the Lawrence based band The Sluts formed by Ryan Wise & Kristoffer Dover in 2011.]

11:29 – Underwriting

10:31 – Interview with Fally Afani

Fally Afani is an award-winning journalist with a career spanning more than 16 years in media. She has worked extensively in radio, television, newspapers, and magazines. She has received several Kansas Association of Broadcasters awards as well as an Edward R. Murrow award for her online work in journalism. Fally lives in Lawrence, Kansas, where she reports on local and touring musicians and where she is the founder of, I Heart Local Music a comprehensive website providing info and place for music lovers in Lawrence to gather. It was started out of a deep love and appreciation for the local music scene. More information at: http://www.iheartlocalmusic.com

11:33 – Fally Afani’s Favorite Musical Releases of 2017

#5. Stiff Middle Fingers – “3 Minutes to Midnight ” split 7″ / Black Site Records

17. Stiff Middle Fingers – “3 Minutes to Midnight (radio edit)”
from: Red Kate – Stiff Middle Fingers split 7″ / Black Site Records / April 8, 2017
[Lead vocals from TurdKing (aka Travis Arey) , guitarist Aaron “Barry” Swenson, drummer George Valyer, and bassist Doug Griffin. “Stiff Middle Fingers harness the angst and energy of early punk and the irreverent intelligence of early aughts Saddle Creek. The combination of these two elements makes their songs part-snarl and part-snark. Perfect for summertime skanking in the daytime or shaking the walls of any dive bar at night, Stiff Middle Fingers take all the frenetic energy of being dissatisfied with life after a few pots of coffee and directs at a single goal: making music that burns through the veins of their listeners.” Red Kate and the Stiff Middle Fingers have joined forces to release a new Split 7″ Single. Engineered by Duane Trower at Weights and Measures Soundlab in Kansas City.]

#4. Cuee – “Honey feat. Mich Anne (Clean)” Single / Cuee / November 27, 2017

18. Cuee – “Honey feat. Micha Anne (Clean)”
from: “Honey”- Single / Cuee / November 27, 2017
[Cuee is a Chicago rap artist currently in Lawrence. Fally Afani writes in I Heart Local Music: Your 2017 local queer anthem is here, and we are screaming. Cuee’s “Honey” features local trans songstress Micha Anne, and it’s blasting confidence all over our speakers. LISTEN TO US. This is the track you put on when you’re gussying up for a night of raging on the Replay dance floor. In the song, Micha encourages us to “work it out,” “get sexy now,” and just “slay.” Then, Cuee (always the charmer) pops in, proudly proclaims “I’m brown skinned, I like action” and that she could “pull your girl without askin’.” We’re already a hot mess. 2017 has been such a shit year and we need this unapologetic happiness right now. Together, Cuee and Micha Anne are looking good and slaying. They are our guiding lights in dark times, and we are going to sissy that walk when we follow them into the new frontier. If this is the future of music, sign us up. We are here for it.]

[Cuee and Micha Anne will be performing at I Heart Local Music’s Stop Day Party on Friday, December 8th, at the Replay in Lawrence, KS.]

#3. Truckstop Honeymoon – Big Things and Little Things / January 6, 2017

19. Truckstop Honeymoon – “L.P.”
from: Big Things and Little Things / S. West & M. West / January 6, 2017
[Katie West & Mike West are based in Lawrence, KS, relocated here after Hurricane Katrina and the devastation of their home. Hollering with all their hearts over a five string banjo and a doghouse bass, Truckstop Honeymoon live the life they sing about. Touring across three continents with four kids and a truck load of songs, Katie and Mike West tell stories about the strangeness of everyday life. Their music combines elements of bluegrass, music hall jazz and straight up rock’n’roll. Vaudevillian wit and showmanship spike their energetic live shows, while the fearless honesty of their songs touches the hearts of listners around the world. In eleven years Truckstop Honeymoon have released eight CDs and a full length documentary film on Baton Rouge label, Squirrel Records. They perform at International folk festivals, rock clubs, neighborhood bars, house concerts and hay barns from Nebraska to Tasmania. Truckstop Honeymoon’s story begins in New Orleans, where Katie played wash-tub bass and blues piano in the streets of the French Quarter. There she met Mike, who slung a banjo and sold his CDs to tourists as a curative for hangovers and small mindedness. After a court house wedding, they hit the road together. They spent their wedding night in a trucks stop somewhere between Lafayette and the Atchafalaya Swamp. There Truckstop Honeymoon was born. More info at: http://www.truckstophoneymoon.com.]

#2. HighWesthus – The Trilogy (Part I, II, III) / Datura Records / August 26, 2017

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

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

#1 The Sluts – Only One / The Sluts / May 25, 2017

21. The Sluts – “Only One”
from: Only One / The Sluts / May 25, 2017
[New 5 song EP from the Lawrence based band The Sluts formed by Ryan Wise & Kristoffer Dover in 2011.]

Fally Afani’s Honorable Mention: Serene Fiend

22. Serene Fiend – “Ephemeral Sound”
from: Serene Fiend [EP] / DK Records / June 20, 2017
[Serene Fiend is an industrial pop-rock project from Lawrence, Kansas based Joel Bonner. Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Synthesizers, Drum Programming, Mixing, Mastering by Joel Bonner. Additional Guitar on “Ephemeral Sound” and “Dangerous” by Ryan Wise. Written by Joel Bonner ]

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

Please tune into Wednesday MidDay Medley throughout December as we present our 4-week special: The 117 Best Recordings of 2017 on December 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th.

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

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Wednesday MidDay Medley Celebrates our 700th Show!

Wednesday MidDay Medley
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Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Our 700th Show! with Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, Krystle Warren, Calvin Arsenia, Ron Megee, Marion Merritt, Maria Vasquez Boyd, Necia Gamby, Scott Hobart, and Nico Gray.

On September 20, 2017, Wednesday MidDay Medley celebrates our 700th Show! with LIVE performances in our 90.1 FM Studios from: Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, who will play Yardley Hall, 12345 College Blvd, Overland Park, Kansas, on Saturday, December 2 at 8:00 PM. Krystle Warren also joins us live to chat about her new album, Three the Hard Way. Calvin Arsenia will call in from “the road” in Paris France, from his “Out Lyre” European tour. Also joining us to share original stories and a favorite song will be: Maria Vasquez Boyd, Nico Gray, Ron Megee, Necia Gamby and Scott Hobart. In addition, Marion Merritt who for the last 13 years, has been joining Mark on a quarterly basis as Guest Producer, will play one of her favorite tracks of the past 700 weeks.

During the past 700 weeks, Wednesday MidDay Medley has welcomed over 2000 guests, and we have featured 15,000 songs from thousands of musical artists. We have made it our mission to mix musical genres, playing with themes, diversity, equality, free speech, connecting artists and venues and listeners. Wednesday MidDay Medley has proudly endeavored to help tell the story of our growing Kansas City area music scene, “The Midcoast Sound,” as we like to call it. We have dedicated a majority of our programming to New & MidCoastal Releases. We have happily presented new formats in radio, with our popular, “A Story In A Song” series, and our specials featuring: The MidCoast Takeover, Middle of The Map, The Crossroads Music Fest, The Outer Reaches Festival, The Lawrence Field Day Fest, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a Tribute to David Bowie, The Pioneers of Punk, LGBT themes, Performance Art, Theatre, “The He Touched Me Gospel Hour,” our interviews with Tommy Ramone, Iris Dement, Laurie Anderson, Lily Tomlin and our annual 4-week special: the 100+ Best Recordings of the Year.

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WMM Playlist from April 26, 2017

Wednesday MidDay Medley
TEN to NOON Wednesdays – Streaming at KKFI.org
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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

IVØRY BLACK + Spencer Brown of The Kinsey Sicks
+ Music of Wednesday MidDay Medley’s – MOTM Day Party!

Spencer Brown and IVØRY BLACK on the April 26, 2017 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley

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

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

10:07 – Bands Playing WMM/90.1 FM Day Party at MOTM

3. Calvin Arsenia – “Experience”
from: Catastrophe / Calvin Arsenia / Expected: February 14, 2017
[Calvin Arsenia premiered these songs in a live show at recordbar last November. Since Calvin Arsenia came home to KC after living in Edinburgh, Scotland, he has released his EP, Moments, in 2014, and his EP Prose in 2015, and his Folk Alliance exclusive EP Catastrophe in 2016. He has played Folk Alliance International, Kansas City Fringe Fest, The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, The Kauffman Center For The Performing Arts. Standing at 6 foot 6 inches, Arsenia’s powerful vocals span a 3.5 octave range, while playing piano, bango, guitar and harp Calvin teaches music to elementary students. Calvin is also a graduate of Artist INC.]

[Calvin Arsenia plays the Wednesday MidDay Medley 90.1 FM KKFI Day Party at Middle of The Map Fest, Saturday, May 6, at 6:00 PM, at The Brick, 1727 McGee, KCMO Crossroads.]

4. Use Your Atlas – “Do You Know Me”
from: 30 / Independent / November 23, 2016
[Kansas City based five-piece band formed in 2007 by Jeremy Chugg on lead vocals & guitar, Jonny Wooddell on steel guitar, Josh Orwig on guitar, Dave Dalbey on drums, and Nick Welsch on bass. This group of friends and roommates were all single when the band began, but now ten years later, in 2017 the band are in their late 20s and early 30s, and they’ve all gotten married, and babies are being born, and they are becoming rock and roll daddies. Use Your Atlas describes themselves as “a rock band with (mid)western roots who are inspired more by their family than anything else.” The band’s critically acclaimed third album, “30” was released at the end of 2016. More information at: http://www.useyouratlas.com]

[Use Your Atlas plays the Wednesday MidDay Medley 90.1 FM KKFI Day Party at Middle of The Map Fest, Saturday, May 6, at 5:00 PM, at The Brick, 1727 McGee, KCMO Crossroads.]

10:15 – Underwriting

5. Julian Davis And The Hay-Burners – “Kansas Plains”
from: Make Americana Great Again / Little Class Records / May 28, 2016
[17-year-old, Julian Davis grew up in Pittsburg Kansas. He is a flatpicking phenomenon, singer and songwriter who walks, talks, and sings like he’s time-traveled here from the 1940s or early 1950s. Julian Davis and the Hay-Burners, are a 3-piece band formed with Julian Davis on guitar, & vocals, Seth Campbell on upright bass, and Shannon O’Shea on fiddle. The band was featured on season 11 of America’s Got Talent, and they flew to LA a few times for the production. Julian himself left home at an early age to play music on the road, traveling to cities all over the country. He currently calls the Lawrence and KC area home. At 16 years old, Julian won first place in the Kansas State Flatpicking Championship and Mandolin Championship. Julian also won first place in the Hillberry Arkansas 2016 flatpicking and mandolin competitions. Julian has also released, “Who Walks In When I Walk Out” and “Make Americana Great Again.” More info at: http://www.juliandavismusic.com]

[Julian Davis and The Hay-Burners play the Wednesday MidDay Medley 90.1 FM KKFI Day Party at Middle of The Map Fest, Saturday, May 6, at 4:00 PM, at The Brick, 1727 McGee, KCMO Crossroads.]

6. The Good Hearts – “Till I Met You”
from: Till I Met You – Single Track / The Good Hearts / unreleased 2017
[Single track from upcoming record release. The Good Hearts are a 4-piece soulful folk-pop group with an emphasis on strings and warming hearts. Their unique brand of folk music is led by singer songwriter, Nicole Springer with powerful vocals & acoustic guitar, Shannon O’Shea on violin & background vocals, Anna Cook on cello & background vocals, and Aaron Derington on percussion. This Kansas City based group are described as “folk pop with touches of old country and soul thrown in.” The Good Hearts have played the Plaza Art Fair, The Folk Music Festival, and Boulevardia. They are currently working on new recordings. More info at: http://www.thegoodheartsmusic.bandcamp.com]

[The Good Hearts play the Wednesday MidDay Medley 90.1 FM KKFI Day Party at Middle of The Map Fest, Saturday, May 6, at 3:00 PM, at The Brick, 1727 McGee, KCMO Crossroads.]

7. Nicholas St. James – “Sewer Service”
from: THEATRES / Independent / February 22, 2016
[Singer-songwriter-vaudeville-folk-troubadour, Nicholas St. James released his critically acclaimed debut album THEATRES in 2016. His music is described as “more of a throwback to Vaudeville than the Dust Bowl.” Music Blogger Brian Clifton wrote, “Nicholas St. James blends together old and new to create a sound as distinct as its stage show. St. James mixes folk, blues, vaudevillian drama, and country together.” Based in Lawrence, Kansas, by way of St. Louis, Missouri, Nicholas is an authentic Midwestern folk musician, and credits Tom Waits as an inspiration. Ed Danger, of American Roots Magazine, wrote, ”If Bob Dylan and Tom Waits were the same person, they’d write songs like Nicholas St. James. This guy can work a room as one man and a guitar better than many full bands. If you’re a fan of performance, soul and genuine subject content, you’ll love his set. You probably won’t be dancing as much as you’ll be captivated.” More information at: http://www.nicholasstjames.com]

[Nicholas St. James plays the Wednesday MidDay Medley 90.1 FM KKFI Day Party at Middle of The Map Fest, Saturday, May 6, at 2:00 PM, at The Brick, 1727 McGee, KCMO Crossroads.]

8. Utah Carol – “The Golden West”
from: Rodeo Queen / Stomping Ground / Jannuary 4, 2007
[The indie rock group Utah Carol, taking their name from a traditional cowboy song, are a duo consisting of husband and wife Grant Birkenbeuel and JinJa Davis. They began writing songs together in 1995 and launched the band in Chicago in 1997. The first Utah Carol album, Wonderwheel, was released by Orchard Records in June 1999. “My Fear,” a song from it, was chosen for inclusion in The Rough Guide to Americana, while another track, “Mabel Custer,” was featured in the film All the Real Girls. Comfort for the Traveler, Utah Carol’s second album, produced by Van Dyke Parks, was released April 22, 2002, on the group’s own Stomping Ground label. Rodeo Queen, their third album, appeared on May 15, 2007, anticipating the release of two more films using the band’s music, Kabluey and Love and Mary.]

10:30 – Interview with IVØRY BLACK

IVØRY BLACK on the April 26, 2017 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley

IVØRY BLACK plays Middle of The Map Fest, Friday, May 5, at 9:45 PM, at The Westport Saloon. Born in 1986 in Peoria Illinois, and given up for adoption at the age of four, it was difficult to find trust in people after living with eight different foster families. Running away at 15, IVØRY moved from Indiana to Oklahoma and eventually ended up in Seattle. In 2011 IVØRY moved to Kansas City, and has became a part of new family. On June 23, 2015, Ivory released the debut EP, “Ready Get Set,” and is now finishing up work on a debut full-length album, to be released this Summer. Along with Middle of The Map, IVØRY BLACK is will play The Westport Roots Festival on May 27; Kansas City Public Library – Plaza Branch on June 10, for the KCPT screening of a documentary “Real Boy” about a young man’s transition from female to male; and the LIKEME LikeHouse – Teen Prom on May 12. More info at: http://www.ivoryblackmusic.com

IVØRY BLACK, welcome back to Wednesday MidDay Medley.

IVØRY BLACK is currently recording new songs for a new full length album to be release in late 2017.

Keenan Franklin plays bass with IVØRY.

IVØRY’s upcoming shows:

IVØRY BLACK plays Middle of The Map Fest, Friday, May 5, at 9:45 PM, at The Westport Saloon.

IVØRY BLACK plays the LIKEME LikeHouse Teen Prom, May 12, from 6:30PM till 10:30PM. This is the second year that LIKEME LikeHouse puts together a Teen Prom for the LGBTQA Community. IVØRY BLACK donated her time and talent in support of this event last year and is doing so again this year. If anyone would like to attend, they can do so by getting their tickets at http://www.likemelighthouse.org. The event is free and parents are welcome to attend and meet with other parents.

IVØRY BLACK plays Westport Roots Festival May 27th, at Westport Saloon

IVØRY BLACK plays the June 9th Charity concert to raise funds for Cross-Lines. The concert will be with the Smoke Out Hunger barbeque contest. Cross-Lines is a foundation that offers help to homeless people by providing food, shelter and mental support. The event is from 6pm to 10pm.

IVØRY BLACK plays the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library, June 10th at 2:00 PM. IVØRY BLACK will be taking the stage for the KCPT screening of a documentary called “Real Boy” about a young man’s transition from female to male. The subject of the film, 19 year old Bennett Wallace is a talented musician and finds his voice and comfort in music.

IVØRY BLACK takes the stage at the Royals Stadium prior to the game. on July 1st.

Events can be seen on ivoryblackmusic.com or Facebook/ivoryblackmusic

10:41

9. Ivory Black – “Tidal Waves” (Live)

IVØRY BLACK’s debut EP, Ready Get Set was released in June 2015, recorded and mastered by Larry Gann of Awestruck studios. Micah Burdick on guitar, Craig Kew on bass, and Lester Estelle, drummer for Kelly Clarkson, on drums.

Klaartje Van Lue is Ivory’s manager and she was the one who helped IVØRY find her way to KC. IVØRY has said that she saved her life.

Born in Peoria Illinois, in 1986, IVØRY BLACK, was Devin James Miclette, and has lived through many experiences in a journey that finds it’s way into the lyrics of IVØRY’s songs.

From IVØRY’s press materials: Growing up in a world where music was a way of self expressing oneself and turning to in times of trouble, it was inevitable that IVØRY would turn to it when waters were the roughest. “My parents listened to a lot of classics such as Fleetwood Mac, The Beatles, The Bee Gees, The Rolling Stones, and Tom Petty just to name a few”, Ivory has said. One of which, when a child, Ivory almost burned out a Robbie Dupree single “Steal Away’’ due to the catchy rhythms and melody of the song. “I wasn’t really allowed to listen to newer things, ultimately cause of how conventional my parents really were.”

10:50

12. Ivory Black – “So Tired” (Live)

11:00 – Station ID

9. David George – “Can’t Fight Love”
from: “Can’t Fight Love” – Single / David George / April 7 2017
[ALL PROCEEDS WILL GO TO BENEFIT THE ACLU. Can’t Fight Love was written and recorded live at Weights & Measures Recorded, Mixed, and Mastered by Duane Trower, featuring Kansas City Singer Songwriters & Musicians on Thursday, March 2, 2017. Produced by David George. Written by David George, Jen Appell, & Nathan Corsi ©2017 Moozer Music FEATURING… David George on guitar & vocals (Verse 1 & 5), David Luther on vocals (Verse 2), Jen Appell on guitar & vocals (verse 3), Nathan Corsi on guitar & vocals (Verse 4) , Erin McGrane on ukelele & vocals, Jeff Freling on guitar & vocals , Gordon gilges on dulcimer & vocals , Kristina Ning on upright bass & vocals , Matt Cathlina on upright bass & vocals, Nathan Showalter n piano & vocals, Daniel Starling on piano & vocals, Liam Summicht on cajón & vocals, Phil Jaggard on Vocals, Mark Manning on vocals, John Keck on guitar & vocals, Nate Nall on guitar & vocals, Jessica Paige on vocals Dave Tanner on vocals. David George also has a new EP release called Here I Go Again, released April 14.]

[David George plays an EP Record Release Show, Tuesday, May 9, at 7:00 PM, at recordBar with The Country Duo]

10. Via Luna – “Mirror House”
from: Wilt / Violent Bear / April 28, 2016
[3rd EP release in 3 years form the KC based Instrumental Post Rock / Math Rock band, with Gregory Baker on guitar, Christopher Gordon on guitar, Mike McDonough on drums, and Blain Bridges on bass.]

[Via Luna play ab EP Release Show for Wilt, Friday, April 28, at 8:00 PM at Californos, 4124 Pennsylvania Ave, KCMO, with Le Grand, Riala, and Parents.]

11. Salty – “Hello Paradise”
from: Preservation Blues / Independent / February 8, 2017
[Salty is formerly know as Lil Toughies. Formed in early 2016 with Jonathan “JB” Brokaw on guitar & vocals, Zach Turner on synthesizers & sound terror, Andy Erdrich on bass, Ethan “macho man” Savage on drums. Recorded by Jonathan Brokaw. Mixed by Tim Harte and Jonathan Brokaw. Mastered by Tim Harte. all lyrics by Jonathan Brokaw. The current line up includes: Jonathan “JB” Brokaw on guitar & vocals, Zach Turner on synth & sound terror, Ethan “macho man” Savage on drums, Jesslay Huh on bass & texture. More info at http://www.saltykcmo.bandcamp.com ]

[Salty play two Preservation Blues, Album Release Shows: Friday, April 28, at Mills Record Company, 4045 Broadway Blvd. The second release show is Saturdaym April 29, at Blind Tiger 3945 Main Street.]

11:14 – Underwriting

14. The Kinsey Sicks – “Get A Gun“
from: Eight Is Enough / The Kinsey Sicks / May 1, 2016

[The Kinsey Sicks will be returning to KC to perform the U.S. premiere of their new show, “Things You Shouldn’t Say,” Friday, April 28, at 8:00 PM, at The Arts Asylum, 1000 E. 9th Street. Tickets available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com // More info at: http://www.kinseysicks.com]

The Kinsey Sicks LIVE at the Arts Asylum (4/28/17)

10:18 – Interview with Spencer Brown

After graduating from Shawnee Mission North, Spencer Brown, moved to New York City where he studied Musical Theatre, Voice, Dance, and Acting at American Musical & Dramatic Academy. A professional actor, singer, spokesmodel, super hero, Spencer has appeared on stage at The Unicorn Theatre, Late Night Theatre, The KC Fringe, Union Station, The Folly Theatre, Off Center Theatre, Broadway Jazz Club, and and for over 10 years has also performed as Daisy Buckët, voted Kansas City’s Best Drag Performer by the Pitch Kansas City. For the past nine years Spencer has toured nationally and internationally and recorded several albums and single recordings as a member of The Kinsey Sicks, America’s Favorite Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet where Spencer plays Trampolina. The Kinsey Sicks will be returning to KC to perform the U.S. premiere of their new show, “Things You Shouldn’t Say,” Friday, April 28, at 8:00 PM, at The Arts Asylum, 1000 E. 9th Street.

Spencer Brown, welcome back to Wednesday MidDay Medley

Rachel, Winnie, Trixie and Trampolina

From The Kinsey Sicks press materials: Humble Beginnings. The Kinsey Sicks began in 1993 as a group of friends who went to a Bette Midler concert in San Francisco dressed as the Andrews Sisters. Assuming they’d be among many drag queens, they found themselves to be the only ones (other than Bette, of course). They were approached that night to perform at an upcoming event. Their reply – “we don’t sing” – was quickly disproved when they realized that all of them had musical backgrounds. They began singing and harmonizing that night, and the seed for the Kinsey Sicks was planted.

It has been nearly 11 years since Spencer Brown first premiered his alter ego Daisy Buckët at Bar Natasha. Since then Daisy Buckët has helped to usher in a new generation of drag in Kansas City.

11:27

15. The Kinsey Sicks – “Trampy’s Meltdown”/ “No Small Feat”
from: Eight Is Enough / The Kinsey Sicks / May 1, 2016

[The Kinsey Sicks will be returning to KC to perform the U.S. premiere of their new show, “Things You Shouldn’t Say,” Friday, April 28, at 8:00 PM, at The Arts Asylum, 1000 E. 9th Street. Tickets available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com // Moreinfo at: http://www.kinseysicks.com]

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

Spencer Brown, welcome back to Wednesday MidDay Medley

The Kinsey Sicks will be returning to KC to perform the U.S. premiere of their new show, “Things You Shouldn’t Say,” Friday, April 28, at 8:00 PM, at The Arts Asylum, 1000 E. 9th Street. Tickets at http://www.brownpapertickets.com
More info at: http://www.kinseysicks.com

11:39

16. The Kinsey Sicks – “Girls Like”
from: Eight Is Enough / The Kinsey Sicks / May 1, 2016

17. Nick Siegel – “Santa Monica Pier”
from: “Santa Monica Pier” – Single / Nick Siegel / April 28, 2017
[Nick Siegel writes: “I write aggressive piano rock music. I strike the 88 keys because one of them must be the key to your heart (oh the charm!). I grew up playing music in Chicago and moved to Kansas City in 2010 when I joined The Casket Lottery. Now venturing on my own, I’m excited to release a new record that will knock your clothes off. Book me, like me, come out and see me and I’ll introduce you to a fine mix of fast fingers, great hair and awkward banter. I’m Nick Siegel. I’m the piano rock you need in your life.”.]

18. Nature Boys – “Grave”
from: 3LP / Mandible Records / April 28, 2017
[Danny Fischer on guitar & vocals, Suzanne Hogan on bass & vocals, Evan Malone on drums. Nature Boys started playing together in Kansas City, MO in September of 2009. They had their first show at Dave’s Stagecoach Inn and then left for our first tour in January of 2010. Nature Boys are getting set for a big Summer European tour..]

[Nature Boys will play a 3Lp Record Release Show, Friday, April 28, at 9:00 PM, at Revolution Records, 1830 Locust St. KCMO, with HighWesthus.]

19. The Way Back – “We all started out together”
from: “We all started out together” – Single / The Way Back / April 14, 2017
[The Way Back is Alex Ellis and Jeff Kinney. Kansas City, Kansas based Alternative Rock. Electro indie band that fuse electronic music with rock elements and pop song structures.rock elements and pop song structures]

20. The Black Angels – “Half Believing”
from: Death Song / Partisan Records / April 21, 2017
[American psychedelic rock band from Austin, Texas. They have released four studio albums and one compilation album. Their name is derived from the Velvet Underground song “The Black Angel’s Death Song”Current members include: Stephanie Bailey on drums, percussion, bass; Christian Bland – guitar, vocals, bass, drums; Alex Maas – vocals, bass, guitar, keyboards; Kyle Hunt on keyboards, percussion, bass, guitar; Jake Garcia on guitar, bass, vocals.]

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

Next week on May 3, Chris Haghirian and Nathan Reusch join us for the entire show to play Music from The Middle of The Map Fest.

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

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Show #679

WMM Playlist from: May 1, 2013

Wednesday MidDay Medley
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Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Molly Picture Club + Bobcat Barker +
Chris Haghirian & Nathan Reusch & Middle of The Map Film Fest
+ Connie Dover & Bob Walkenhorst

1. Jefferson Airplane – “White Rabbit”
from: Surrealistic Pillow / RCA Victor / April, 1967
[2nd album was the first blockbuster psychedelic album by a band from San Francisco, announcing to the world the active bohemian scene that had developed there starting with The Beats during the 1950s, extending and changing through the 1960s into the Haight-Ashbury counterculture.]

2. Mount Moriah – “Bright Light”
from: Miracle Temple / Merge Records / February 26, 2013
[Sophomore album from North Carolina based trio, fronted by Heather McEntire who brings her postpunk roots to Americana sounds. The band is currently on tour with Telekinesis.]

2. Cindy Woolf – “Songs of May”
from: May / Independent / May, 2013
[3rd full-length release from Springfield, based singer songwriter who began recording “May,” on May 1, 2012. Produced by Mark Bilyeu (of Big Smith), “May” features a core ensemble of Bilyeu on guitar; David Bright (of Charliehorse) on drums; Joe Terry on keyboard (The Skeletons, Dave Alvin); Ryan Kennedy on upright bass; with guests: Travis Linville, Molly Healey, Bill Thomas and Jay Williamson and Reed Herron.]

[Cindy Woolf plays The Blue Note in Columbia, MO, Thursday, May 02, with Justin Townes Earle.]

4. Molly Picture Club – “We Want The Money”
from: In My Own Time Machine / Independent / April 30, 2013
[Aniko Adany: vocals, keys, synths & omnichord; Matthew Hayden: drums, & drum sequencing; Michael Tipton: vocals, guitar, & bass.]

10:16 – Interview with Michael Tipton of Molly Picture Club

The members of Molly Picture Club are: Aniko Adany on vocals, synthesizers, keyboards, & the omnichord; Matthew Hayden on drums, & drum sequencing; and Michael Tipton on vocals, guitar, & bass. These are some of the hardest working musicians in Kansas City. Their self-titled, full-length, debut release, Molly Picture Club, was one of our Best Recordings of 2012. The band is back with a new EP “In My Own Time Machine.”

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The following is excerpted from: This city’s like a small town – Molly Picture Club’s blog (mollypictureclub.blogspot.com)

The blog talks about how the band went back to the blackboard, to assess what the next phase of Molly Picture Club was going to look like.

“We talked about Madonna. We talked about how some bands seem to stay the same and some continually evolve. We talked a lot, but everyone agreeing what direction we wanted to truly go was another thing. This isn’t really a negative thing and in fact, from what I hear, is pretty common in all relationships. So we played in a space for awhile that had no direction, no end goal, no purpose other than to jam.”

“We talked about adding a bass player, since our bass tracks were pre-recorded and pumped through Matt’s Mac top. To some degree, it was nice because there wasn’t an additional schedule in the mix (we are all pretty busy the way it is), and no 150 lb. bass amp to lug around. Outside of playing live, it was also convenient to just plug in at the studio and record a bass part and then pick up a guitar and start playing to it.”

“Not having a bassist also came with it’s limitations. We are basically unable to change the song format on a whim, or go on a tangent during live performances.”

“In a way, this EP is a testimony of MPC finding its borders with the set of tools we had been working with for the past three years. Things change inevitably and the transition between seasons is undefinable and often relieving, and I think that’s the place this album comes from. But as Andre 3000 once said, “Ya’ll don’t wanna listen to me, you just wanna dance.”
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Michael also talked with us about: Found A Job – Talking Heads Tribute Band

More info at: mollypictureclub.com

Due to illness MPC will not be playing May 4, at The Brick, however Dream Wolf has been added to the bill with Rev Gusto.

10:29

5. Molly Picture Club – “We Live Underground”
from: In My Own Time Machine / Independent / April 30, 2013
[Aniko Adany: vocals, synthesizers, keys, & omnichord; Matthew Hayden: drums, & drum sequencing and Michael Tipton: vocals, guitar, & bass. All songs written, arranged, performed, & produced by Molly Picture Club. Additional percussion by Justin Skinner. Drums recorded, EP Mixed & Mastered by Duane Trower at Weights & Measures Soundlab. All other sounds recorded by Matthew Hayden at Southland Studios.]

10:33 – Underwriting

10:34

6. Bobcat Barker – “Go Time”
from: New Demos / Independent / April 28, 2013
[Bobcat Barker is a KC based band that includes: Willy Christie, Jacob Kruger, Jason Nash, Milton Vargas.]

[Bobcat Barker play their first live show at Next Space, 512 E. 18th St., KCMO, on May 3 at 7:00pm, with Jorge Arana Trio.]

10:38 – Interview with Willy Christie & Jason Nash of Bobcat Barker

Bobcat Barker is a Kansas City based band includes that includes: Willy Christie, Jacob Kruger, Jason Nash, and Milton Vargas.

Willy Christie’s previous band: Yam just recently released Yam II in December 2012, Recorded in Willy’s living room, and bedroom, Mastered by Joel Nanos at Element Recording , Songs by Willy Christie & Yam, Yam was: Willy Christie – Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Synth / Luke Trenshaw – Bass / Chase Wells – Drums / Alex Tate – Sax on Walk Alone pt. I / Anna Hoard : Vocals on Sound Check

Bobcat Barker: Willy Christie, Jacob Kruger, Jason Nash, and Milton Vargas

Jason Nash also plays bass with the bands: Jorge Arana Trio, Various Blonde, and Parents

More info at: facebook.com/bobcatbarker

10:50

7. Bobcat Barker – “Wasted”
from: New Demos / Independent / April 28, 2013
[Bobcat Barker is a KC based band that includes: Willy Christie, Jacob Kruger, Jason Nash, Milton Vargas.]

[Bobcat Barker play their first live show at Next Space, 512 E. 18th St., KCMO, on May 3 at 7:00pm, with Jorge Arana Trio.]

10:56

8. The Black Angels – “Don’t Play With Guns”
from: Indigo Meadow / Blue Horizon Ventures / April 2, 2013
[4th full length release from Austin, Texas, based psychedelic rock band formed in 2004 and named after the Velvet Underground song “The Black Angel’s Death Song”.]

11:00 – Station ID

9. Iron & Wine – “Grace for Saints and Ramblers”
from: Ghost on Ghost / Nonesuch / April 16, 2013
[5th studio album from Iron and Wine, aka singer-songwriter Sam Beam. Sam Beam told the New York Times writer James C. McKinley Jr. that “Some of the tracks on the new LP are built over jazz rhythms and walking bass lines; others are constructed over funk beats.” “The songs feature Motown chord progressions with R&B horn lines, string parts and rich layered backup harmonies reminiscent of John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s late arrangements.’]

10. The Grisly Hand – “Blind Horse”
from: Country Singles / Independent / April 26, 2013
[The Grisly Hand, is a 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 . More info at: thegrislyhand.com]

11:10 – Underwriting

11:12

11. Efterklang – “Dreams Today”
from: Piramida / 4AD / September 24, 2012
[Copenhagen, Denmark, based indie rock band, formed in December 2000. The band has recorded four studio albums. Piramida is an abandoned mining town located deep within the Arctic Circle. In August 2010, French filmmaker Vincent Moon and Efterklang’s 8 piece-live band met up on this island off the Danish coast. The objective was to shoot a film the same length as an album. The result was: EFTERKLANG: THE GHOST OF PIRAMIDA where the group goes on an audio treasure hunt in the empty buildings of the abandoned town, while the narrator, former Piramida citizen Alexander, takes us back to a bygone era, when Piramida flourished and the immigrant Russian miners and their families lived in a Soviet parallel society far from the brutal reality of their homeland. The film makes it’s KC debut at the Middle of The Map Film Festival.]

11:15 – Interview with Chris Haghirian & Nathan Reusch

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 been instrumental in the organization of The Middle of The Map Fest. In addition he has helped organize The MidCoast Takeover of 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.

Nathan Ruesch is co-founder and manager of The Record Machine, an Independent KC based record label, founded in 2003. With Chris Haghirian, Nathan is the co-mastermind, of The Middle of The Map Festival. Nathan also DJs in clubs from time to time and like Chris is a Passionate lover of music.

Chris Haghirian and Nathan Reusch joined us to talk about Ink’s Middle of the Map Film Fest, begins today, May 1, starting at 5:00pm, and runs through Sunday, May 5, at 10:30pm, at Alamo Drafthouse, 1400 Main Street, in KCMO, featuring over 25 feature films, with parties, and live musical performances. Info at: middleofthemapfest.com.

A list of films:

EFTERKLANG: THE GHOST OF PIRAMIDA
A BAND CALLED DEATH
ANDREW BIRD: FEVER YEAR
ANOTHER VERSION OF THE TRUTH – NINE INCH NAILS
AWFUL NICE
CORPORATE FM – Kevin McKinney
EATING ALABAMA
THE EQUATION
I DECLARE WAR
THE KITCHEN
THE LESSER BLESSED
KANSAS CITY ART INSTITUTE COLLECTION OF SHORTS
UMKC COLLECTION OF SHORTS
LABYRINTH and an in-theater performance by Soft Reeds playing a set of David Bowie songs
MIAMI CONNECTION
MINECRAFT: STORY OF MOJANG
PICTURE DAY
SAVE THE DATE
SOMEBODY UP THERE LIKES ME
THE FRAMES: IN THE DEEP SHADE
SCOTT PILGRIM vs. THE WORLD with band in theater playing as SEX-BOB-OMB from the film
THE HISTORY OF FUTURE FOLK
THE REP
THIS IS MARTIN BONNER
VANUARY
WAR WITCH
WE ARE SUPERMAN
WHERE THE TRAIL ENDS

“Greetings from Tim Buckley” follows the story of the days leading up to Jeff Buckley’s eminent 1991 performance at his father’s tribute concert in St. Ann’s Church. Through a romance with a young woman working at the concert, he learns to embrace all of his feelings toward the father who abandoned him – longing, anger, forgiveness, and love. Culminating a cathartic performance of his father’s most famous songs, Jeff’s debut stuns the audience and launches his career as one of the greatest young musicians of his time.

SHOWTIMES: Friday, May 3 at 10:15PM and Saturday, May 4 at 10:15PM

Ink’s Middle of the Map Film Fest, runs May 1 at 5:00pm through May 5 at 10:30pm at Alamo Drafthouse, 1400 Main Street, KCMO, featuring over 25 feature films, with parties, and live musical performances. For more information visit: middleofthemapfest.com.

11:28

12. Jeff Buckley – “Hallelujah”
from: Grace / Columbia – Sony / August 23, 1994
[American singer-songwriter and guitarist. His biological father, Tim Buckley, was a singer-songwriter who released a series of highly acclaimed folk and jazz albums in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Jeff Buckley said he only met his father once at the age of eight. After his father died of a drug overdose in 1975, he took on his father’s name Buckley and his real first name, which he found on his birth certificate. After a decade as a session guitarist in Los Angeles, Buckley made his public singing debut at a tribute concert for his father called “Greetings from Tim Buckley”. The event was held at St. Ann’s Church in Brooklyn on April 26, 1991. Buckley rejected the idea of the concert as a springboard to his career. Buckley gained a following in the early 1990s for his live performances of Dylan and Cohen songs at venues in Manhattan’s East Village. After rebuffing much interest from record labels he signed with Columbia, recruited a band, and recorded what would be his only studio album, Grace. Over the following two years, the band toured widely to promote the album. In 1997, Buckley moved to Memphis, Tennessee, to resume work on the album, to be titled My Sweetheart the Drunk. While awaiting the arrival of his band from New York, he drowned during a spontaneous evening swim, fully clothed, in the Wolf River when he was caught in the wake of a passing boat. His body was found on June 4, 1997.]

11:35 – Interview with Bob Walkenhorst & Connie Dover

13. Connie Dover & Bob Walkenhorst – “The Streets of Laredo ” (Live)

The Boston Globe called Connie Dover “the finest folk ballad singer America has produced since Joan Baez.” An Emmy Award-winning producer and composer, she has released four critically acclaimed albums, and can be heard on many soundtracks and recordings of folk and world music. Her acclaimed vocal arrangements of Scottish, Irish and early American music have been featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition, A Prairie Home Companion, and Thistle and Shamrock. Connie Dover released her first book of poetry, Winter Count, in 2010 and is a recipient of the Speakeasy Prize in Poetry as well as the Yellowstone and Teton Song Contest Grand Prize.

Bob Walkenhorst is best known for his recording and live performances with The Rainmakers. He has released 6 successful albums. Popular author, Stephen King twice quoted lyrics from Rainmakers songs in his best seller The Tommyknockers and again in his 1991 novel Gerald’s Game. The song “Let My People Go-Go” gave Walkenhorst and the Rainmakers their first Top-20 single on the British charts. Bob Walkenhorst is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, drummer, producer, host, organizer and painter. Always making it look so easy when he plays and sings for annual benefits for 90.1 FM and other community service organizations. Bob hosts a weekly live show every Wednesday Night at 7:00 pm at the record Bar, and The Rainmakers continue to sell out local venues like Knuckleheads when the reunite for special shows.

An Evening with Connie Dover and Friends with special guest: Bob Walkenhorst, Friday May 3, 7:30 pm, at Prospero’s Uptown @ Cafe Caliban, 3600 Broadway. (816) 931-2665 or prosperosbookstore.com or facebook.com/ProsperosUptownBooks. Limited seating.

For this Friday night at Propero’s Uptown Books, the two will offer a special spoken word performance and put your voices together for a few of your favorite songs.

Doug Goodhart and Kelly Werts will round out the evening’s musical ensemble on guitar, fiddle, penny whistle, mandola, percussion, lute, banjo and accordion.

11:47

14. Connie Dover & Bob Walkenhorst – “The Water is Wide” (Live)

Connie has shows coming up in New Mexico.

Bob Walkenhorst performs Wednesday nights at 7:00 the recordBar.

An Evening with Connie Dover and Friends with special guest: Bob Walkenhorst, Friday May 3, 7:30 pm, at Prospero’s Uptown @ Cafe Caliban, 3600 Broadway. More Info at: (816) 931-2665 or prosperosbookstore.com or facebook.com/ProsperosUptownBooks. Limited seating.

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

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

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http://www.facebook.com/WednesdayMidDayMedleyon90.1FM
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Show #471

WMM Playlist from: April 3, 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 3, 2013

More Music From The Middle +
Jamnesty! at The Next Space + Brenton Cook

1. The Regrets – “India Ink”
from: New Directions / crank! a record company / May 5, 1997
[Formed in Lawrence in 1996 by Danny Pound, Dan Benson, Brad Allen, after the break up of their beloved indie rock band Vitreous Humor. The three-quarters of that band almost immediately began playing under the name The Regrets, but with the loss of one guitar in the mix, the Regrets didn’t have a wall of distortion to hide behind. The band recorded one critically acclaimed album. They would later briefly re-form as Vitreous Humor, whose posthumous album contains a bonus track by The Regrets.]

[The Regrets reunite for a special show at The Union, Saturday, April 6, at 1:15 AM, right after the reunion of the band The Belles, for the Middle of The Map Festival.]

2. The Silver Maggies – “Till I Die”
from: My Pale Horse / Money Wolf Music / March 28, 2013
[Fronted by lead singer/songwriters – Patrick Deveny and Terrence Moore (American Catastrophe, The Black Water). Founding members include Felix Dukes on electric guitar, Jonathan Knecht on drums and Steve Tubbert (Zoom) on bass. Terrence joined The Silver Maggies in 2010 after performing with them that year at the Murder Ballad Ball. He brought several original songs to add to the repertoire and splits singing and songwriting duties. This spring the band added Amy Farrand (American Catastrophe, Atlantic Fadeout, EIO) on vocals and additional instrumentation, as well as Samon Rajabnik on B3 organ. Both artists performed on “My Pale Horse” and joined the band for a raucous set at the 2012 Murder Ballad Ball in KansasCity. The album was recorded over the last year by Chris Cosgrove at Black Lodge, Cosgrove Audio, Wave Lab and Element Recording. Mixing was done in Tuscon, AZ at WaveLab by veteran producer/engineer Craig Schumacher (Calexico, Neko Case, DeVotchKa and many others).]

[The Silver Maggies play Gusto Lounge, Thurs, April 4, at 9:00pm as part of The MTMF.]

10:13 – Underwriting

10:14

3. Y[our] Fri[end] – “Jekyll/Hyde (Demo)”
from: Digital single download / Whatever Forever / March 30, 2013
[The first recorded material to come from Taryn Blake Miller, Lawrence, Kansas, based singer songwriter, who has been working in the studio all winter on her first solo recording.]

[Y[our] Fri[end] plays the I Heart Local Music Day Party from 2-6pm, at the recordBar, Saturday, April 6, for the Middle of The Map Festival.]

4. Making Movies – “Ego Trip”
from: A La Deriva / Independent / March 5, 2013 (KCPre-release: December 21, 2012)
[Enrique Chi (guitar/lead vox), Brendan Culp (drums), Diego Chi (bass), Juan-Carlos Chaurand (percussion /keyboard). Their new full length was produced with Steve Berlin of Los Lobos.]

[Making Movies play the recordBar on Saturday, April 6, for the Middle of The Map Festival.]

5. William Michael Dillon – “Chasing a Dream”
from: Black Robes and Lawyers / Flying Free Productions /August 16, 2011
[William Michael Dillon, spent 27.5 years in prison for amurder that DNA testing proved he did not commit.]

10:30 – Interview with Eddie Lowery, Alicia Dressman, and Megan Zander

Eddie Lowery spent 10 years in a Kansas prison on a wrongful conviction. He was exonerated in 2003. He played music while in prison, but it wasn’t until about a year after his release that he began to write his own songs. In 2010, he started playing performances with Exoneree including: Darby Tillis, William Michael Dillon, Raymond Towler and Antione Day. All of these men were exonerated from prison after being wrongfully convicted. Organizations like Amnesty International and The Innocence Project work to exonerate innocent people through DNA testing and reform the criminal justice system to prevent injustice.

Eddie Lowery, along with Alicia Dressman of the KC Chapter of Amnesty International, and Megan Zander of the band Dream Wolf, joined us to talk about, Jamnesty: Sights and Sounds to benefit Amnesty International, Friday, April 5, 6:00 to 10:00 PM, at The Next Space Gallery at 512, East 18thStreet, in the Crossroads. The benefit will include: Dennis Fritz, and Eddie Lowery, who will talk about their experiences. Eddie will also perform his original music. A documentary about Eddie Lowery will be shown. The benefit will also include music from: Dream Wolf, and art by Chico San, Hector Casanova, Tyson Schroeder, and Rob Tapley Bustamante.

Eddie Lowrey, talked about playing music from William Michael Dillon, and playing in the band Exoneree.

One of the other members of Exoneree, Darby Tillis, was sentenced to death in Illinois on October 15, 1979. After he was exonerated he began recording music and touring colleges teaching and educating the public about our prison systems and the death penalty.

Eddie talked about his own case, and the documentary MSNBC produced about him.

Alicia Dressman is a public policy researcher who has worked with lobbying efforts during the “Security with Human Rights” campaign for Amnesty International – Kansas City Chapter. For over 50 years Amnesty International has been working to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied. Alicia talked about the local chapter of Amnesty International and Jamnesty the benefit this Friday.

The benefit includes: Dennis Fritz, and Eddie Lowery, who will talk about their experiences. Eddie will also perform his original music. A documentary about Eddie Lowery will be shown. The benefit will also include music from: Dream Wolf, and art by Chico San, Hector Casanova, Tyson Schroeder, and Rob Tapley Bustamante.

Megan Zander is with the band Dream Wolf who will be playing on Friday at The Next Space Gallery. Megan talked about how became involved with this benefit and issue.

Jamnesty: Sights and Sounds to benefit Amnesty International, Friday, April 5, 6:00 to 10:00 PM, at The Next Space Gallery at 512, East 18th Street, in the Crossroads. The benefit will include: Dennis Fritz, and Eddie Lowery, who talk about their experiences. Eddie will also perform his original music. A documentary about Eddie Lowery will be shown. The benefit will also include music from:Dream Wolf, and art by Chico San, Hector Casanova, Tyson Schroeder, and Rob Tapley Bustamante.

10:46

6. Dream Wolf – “Skyline”
from: Dream Wolf / Independent / December 1, 2012
[Full length debut from: Christian Tady – Electric Guitar, Tess Jehle – Drums, Megan Zander – Vocals, Katelyn Boone – Keyboards, Brent Jamison – Bass. Recorded by DEERWOLFANIMALBEAR and mastered by Element Recording Studios. Includes 9 songs, photos by Meredith McGrade, design work by Katelyn Boone, logo design by Michael Schultz, and disc artwork by Janelle Day.]

[Dream Wolf play The Next Space, Fri, April 5, for Jamnesty: Sights & Sounds to benefit Amnesty Int.]

7. Shadow Paint – “Best Shadow”
from: Blank City / The Record Machine / April, 2013
[Angela Schroder-Dill – Vocals, Chris Brower – Drums, ChrisTurner – Bass, Corey Vitt – Guitar, Hanna Smith – Keys, Vocals. Formed in January 2012. When Angela moved to Boston, the remaining members formed the band, Rooms Without Windows. Angela Schroder-Dill joined the Boston electronic band Citrusphere, and with Corey Vitt, partnered up for LowGrumbles, sending tracks back and forth via email.]

[Shadow Paint will reunite for Middle of The Map Fest,Thurs, April 4, at 7:00 PM at the recordBar.]

8. The Conquerors – “Our Time”
from: The Conquerors / Independent / February 26, 2013
[First album by Kansas City based Psychedelic – Psychotropic Rock and Roll from: Rory Cameron on Guitar/Vocals, Christian O’Reilly on Bass/Vocals, Jim Button on Drums, Vince Lawhon on Guitar/Vocals, Mikee Pruitton Drums/Banjo/Vocals. Recorded live by: Willy Christie, Mixed by: Vincent Lawhon, Mastered by: David Gaume at Element Studios.]

[The Conquerors plays The Riot Room Patio, Sat, April 6, at 12:30 am for the Middle of The Map Fest.]

11:00 – Brenton Cook joins us as Guest Producer & Guest Co-Host

Brenton Cook joins us as Guest Producer & Guest Co-Host for our second hour. Brenton works as a computer programmer and is Web Administrator for the Midwest Music Foundation. Brenton recently assembled the Midwestern Audio Vol. 1 release featuring over 40 area bands for the Midwest Music Foundation. Brenton will feature music fromsome of his discoveries at SXSW Music Festival and bands he’s anticipating at Middle of The Map Festival. More info at midwestmusicfound.org and middleofthemapfest.com

Brenton Cook’s SXSW Discoveries…

9. Deep Sea Diver – “You Go Running”
from: History Speaks / Deep Sea Diver / May 21, 2012
[Debut album from Seattle based singer guitarist Jessica Dobson, has worked with The Shins, Beck, Connor Oberst, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Backed by her husband Peter Mansen on drums and John Raines on bass, theband toured with the Shins and did extensive shows at this year’s SXSW.]

10. BOY – “Little Numbers”
from: Mutual Friends / Nettwerk / February 26, 2013
[Debut album from duo based in Hamburg and Zürich, Switzerland, formed in 2007 by Valeska Steiner & Sonja Glass]

11. The Mole People – “Get Me Down”
from: Young Bummers [EP] / Independent / December 16, 2011
[Austin based punk-garage-pop power band. The Mole People on this recording are: Daren Carter III: Bass , Joshua Gamma: Lead vocals andpercussion , Art Levy: Guitar, backing vocals, percussion and psychedelic noise, Ben Seligson: Guitar and backing vocals , Artie Silva: Drums and backingvocals. Current Members include: DAREN CARTER III—bass, bad attitude, teenage lust; JOSHUA GAMMA—James Brown hollers,sax, percussion, art direction; ART LEVY—guitar, vocals, lap-steel, percussion; BEN SELIGSON—guitar, keys, brass, bass, vocals, full orchestra; JOSE ARTUROSILVA—drums.]

11:15 – More of Brenton Cook’s SXSW Discoveries…

12. Outer Minds – “Bohemian Grove”
from: Behind the Mirror / FDH Records / October, 2012
[Follow up to their 2012 Debut. Chicago based band who call their music “Baroque Bubblegum Psych” formed in 2012. Members include: Zach Medearis on vocal & guitar, Mary McKane on Vocal & Organ, A-Ron Orlowski on bass, Gina Lira on Vocal & Tambourine, and Brian Costelloon Drums. The New York Times described their 2013 SXSW performance as a band that “combines a garage-rock drive, and the bite of a Farfisa organ, with a deep understanding of Jefferson Airplane — the eager three-part harmonies, the right combination of fuzz and reverb on a 12-string electric guitar, the cosmic musings in the lyrics.”]

13. The Wolf – “The White Sea”
from: Part 1 / Independent / February 9, 2013
[Second release from the six-member band based in Austin,Texas, ]

11:28 – Underwriting

11:30

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

11:35 – Brenton Cook Anticipates the Middle of The Map Fest

15. The Great American Canyon Band – “Tumbleweed”
from: Tumbleweed 7″ or Lost At Sea [EP] / Independent /May, 2012
[Baltimore indie-folk, husband-and-wife duo of Paul and Krystal Jean Masson. “Tumbleweed,” is their first single decried as “a lovely, dreamy piece of countrified rock, destined for roadtrips.”]

[The Great American Canyon Band play Gusto Lounge, Sat., April 6, at 6:15pm as part of The MTMF.]

16. La Guerre – “23”
from: Secret Handshakes/Golden Sound Records+The RecordMachine(12″ Split Release)/Apr. 21, 2012
[Katlyn Conroy is a singer songwriter who is based in Lawrence, Kansas, and is also a member of Cowboy Indian Bear. Her next release, “The Three” will come out from The Record Machine soon.]

[La Guerre play the recordBar on Saturday, April 6, at 8:00pm, for the Middle of The Map Festival.]

11:45 – Brenton Cook Anticipates the Middle of The Map Fest

17. The Capsules – “Across The Sky”
from: Norther Lights and Southern Skies / Vespera Records /January 15, 2013
[With origins in Lawrence, Kansas, this Dream Pop trio is now based in Dallas Texas, featuring the husband and wife team of Julie andJason Shields with Kevin Trevino on drums. Their songs have also been used inthe PBS television show Roadtrip Nation and in several video games, includingthe megahit Borderlands 2. The Capsules have shared the stage with: The Flaming Lips, Garbage, Mercury Rev, and Low.]

[The Capsules play the I Heart Local Music Day Party from 2-6pm, at the recordBar, Saturday, April 6, for the Middle of The Map Festival.]

18. Owen Pallett -“Midnight Directives”
from: Heartland / Domino / January 12, 2010
[Michael James Owen Pallett, 34 year old, Canadian composer,violinist, keyboardist, and vocalist. Best known as a solo artist, formerly under the name Final Fantasy. From the age of a toddler, Owen studied classical violin and composed his first piece at age 13. He believes his work is implicitly influenced by his sexuality, saying, “As far as whether the music I make is gay or queer, yeah, it comes from the fact that I’m gay, but that doesn’t mean I’m making music about it.”]

[Owen Pallett plays The Uptown Theater, on Friday, April 5, with Grizzly Bear, The Joy Formidable, and Cowboy Indian Bear, for the Middle of The Map Festival.]

19. White Lung – “Take The Mirror”
from: Sorry / Deranged Records / May 29, 2012
[Punk rock from Vancover, British Columbia.]

[White Lung play Middle of The Map Fest, Thursday, April 4, at 9:00 PM at the recordBar.]

11:59:30

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

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

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Show #467

WMM Playlist from: March 27, 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, March 27, 2013

Music From The Middle +
Chris Haghirian & Nathan Reusch
+ Claire Adams & The Crowded Stage

1. Sleepy Kitty – “Don’t You Start”
from: Single Release / Independence / Aug. 25, 2012
[Indie-Pop-Art-Rock from St. Louis based band via Chicago, featuring Paige Brubeck on vocals/guitar/keys, and Evan Sult on drums/vocals/tapes. Recorded by Jason McEntire at Sawhorse Studio in St. Louis, MO Written by Sleepy Kitty. More info at: sleepykittymusic.com.]

[Sleepy Kitty play Gusto Lounge, Saturday, April 6, at 12:15 AM, for the Middle of The Map Festival.]

2. Fullbloods – “Split It Up The Middle”
from: Making Face [EP] / Golden Sound Records / March 19, 2013
[Ross Brown, Alex Chapman, Bill Pollock, & Glenn Shipps.]

[Fullbloods play Westport Coffeehouse, Thurs, April 4, at 7:30pm as part of The Golden Sounds Records Showcase w/ Millions of Boys, Empty Spaces, Hidden Pictures, and The Caves, for MOTMF.]

10:13 – Underwriting

10:14

3. Deerhoof – “There’s That Grin”
from: Breakup Song / Polyvinyl / September 4, 2012
[12th self-produced album from the unpredictable noise band originally from San Francisco. Formed in 1994, Deerhoof has maintained that they never knew what kind of music they would create next, nor that they even had any idea what they were doing when they created it. The members of Deerhoof are: Satomi Matsuzaki, John Dieterich, Ed Rodriguez and Greg Saunier.]

[Deerhoof play the recordBar, Friday, April 5, at Midnight, for the Middle of The Map Festival.]

4. Grizzly Bear – “Speak In Rounds”
from: Shields / Warp Records / September 18, 2012
[Shields is the 4th studio album by Brooklyn-based indie rock band, composed of Edward Droste (vocals, guitar, omnichord, keyboard), Daniel Rossen (vocals, guitar, banjo, keyboards), Chris Taylor (bass, backing vocals, various instruments, producer) and Christopher Bear (drums, backing vocals, glockenspiel). ]

[Grizzly Bear play The Uptown Theater, on Friday, April 5, with The Joy Formidable, Owen Pallett, and Cowboy Indian Bear, for the Middle of The Map Festival.]

5. Hospital Ships – “Come Back To Life”
from: Destruction In Yr Soul / Graveface / June 18, 2013
[Follow up tho the band’s 2011 release Lonely Twin. This is Jordan Geiger’s Lawrence based band with Nathan Dixey, Taylor Holenbeck, Nathan Wilder. Jordan Geiger is the keyboardist for The Appleseed Cast and the occasional member of Shearwater and Minus Story. The choir on “Come Back To Life” is by Cowboy Indian Bear and the HIPS, by the way of The Record Machine.]

[Hospital Ships play the recordBar, Friday, April 5, at 9:00 PM, for the Middle of The Map Festival.]

10:30 – Interview with Chris Haghirian & Nathan Reusch

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 been instrumental in the organization of The Middle of The Map Fest. In addition he has helped organize The MidCoast Takeover of 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.

Nathan Reusch is co-founder and manager of The Record Machine, an Independent KC based record label, founded in 2003. With Chris Haghirian, Nathan is the co-mastermind, of The Middle of The Map Festival. Nathan also DJs in clubs from time to time and like Chris is a Passionate lover of music.

Chris Haghirian and Nathan Reusch join us to talk about Ink’s Middle of the Map Fest curated by The Record Machine. Now in its third year The Middle of The Music Fest will take place April 4th through 6th, featuring over 130 Local and national Emerging bands, performing in the Middle of The Map, at the recordBar, Riot Room, The Uptown Theater, Union, Gusto Lounge, and Westport Coffeehouse. More info at: middleofthemapfest.com

141 bands participating in this year’s festival, of those bands over 80 have KC connections, and I’m proud to say, that we have played from over 66 of these bands on Wednesday MinDay Medley in the past weeks.

Deerhoof, Grizzly Bear, The Joy Formidable, Tennis, Own Pallett, Iceage, Jeff The Brotherhood, Divine Fits… these are a few of the national bands participating with local and regional bands Nathan talked about how the festival comes up with that special mix of local and national.

Venues include: RecordBar, Riot Room, Uptown Theater, Union, Gusto Lounge, Westport Coffeehouse, Open Fire Pizza.

Besides venues, there are showcases involving Golden Sound Records, Money Wolf Music, High Dive Records, The Buzz, The Bridge, i Heart Local Music, MOKAN Twang, tell us about the showcases and day parties.

Venues, & showcases, are sponsored by: Westport, Kanrocksas, Seen Merch, Chevy Music Showcase.

At middleofthemapfest.com fans can create their own schedule to share with friends.

This year the Festival is expanded to include the Forum AND a Film Fest.

The Middle of The Music Fest will take place April 4th through 6th, featuring over 130 Local and National Emerging bands, performing in the Middle of The Map, at the recordBar, Riot Room, The Uptown Theater, Union, Gusto Lounge, and The Westport Coffeehouse. More info at: middleofthemapfest.com

10:48

6. Scratch Track – “Change It Up”
from: Brake Lights [EP] / Eclipse Partnership / August 19, 2011
[Alternative experimental hip hop rock soul from Kansas City , founded by Jason Hamlin who plays Guitar and sings, and David “DJ” Lee who performs beat-boxing and sings.Written by Jason Hamlin and David “DJ” Lee. Recorded at the Groove Kitchen in Greenville, IL. Produced by Scratch Track and Luke DeJaynes. Mixed by Luke DeJaynes. Mastered by Ben Kesler at Soulthink Productions, St. Louis MO.]

[Scratch Track play Gusto Lounge, Saturday, April 6, at 1:15 AM for the Middle of The Map Festival.]

7. Soft Reeds – “Pregnant Actress”
from: Blank City / The Record Machine / April, 2013
[Ben Grimes, Josh Wiedenfeld, Beckie Trost, John Mitchell, and Jeffrey Harvey. “The brainchild of Ben Grimes (The Golden Republic on Astralwerks Records), a Chicago native whose roots grip firmly in the ’77 Berlin sounds of Brian Eno, David Bowie and Iggy Pop, while embracing the ethos and attack of early American and English indie rock.” Originally started as Grimes’ post-The Golden Republic solo project, Soft Reeds became a full band in late 2009, and released the critically acclaimed ‘Soft Reeds are Bastards’ in 2010 which ranked #2 on our list of the 100 Best Recordings of 2010.

[Soft Reeds, play The Outdoor Stage, Saturday, April 6, at 7:00 PM for the Middle of The Map Fest.]

8. Radkey – “Pretty Things”
from: demo from their SoundCloud page / Radkey / February, 2013
[Winner of The Deli’s Best Emerging Kansas City Artist of 2012. Radkey is a band made up of three teenage brothers Darrion, Isaiah, and Solomon. Their influences include The Who and Nirvana. Tim Finn wrote in the KC Star, on Thursday, March 21, that The St. Joe band band traveled to New York, in February, to record their new EP at the Wreckroom. Radkey played several show for the SXSW Music Festival and were written about in the New York Times and the Atlantic.]

[Radkey plays The Outdoor Stage, Saturday, April 6, at 4:00 PM for the Middle of The Map Fest.]

11:00

9. Akkilles – “Leave Your Love”
from: Something You’d Say / The Record Machine / May – June, 2013
[Akkilles is the experimental project of singer/songwriter David Bennett. Bennett started the project in the summer of 2011. His debut full-length recording will be released early Summer 2013.]

[Akkilles play Gusto Lounge on Saturday, April 6, at 10:15 PM, for the Middle of the Map Festival.]

10. David Burchfield – “The Beginning”
from: The Beginning / Independent / 2011
[Produced, engineered, mixed and master by Mike Crawford at the Impossible Box in Kansas City, with David Burchfield’s band, The Great Stop, consists of David Burchfield on guitar and lead vocals; Leslie Hammer on fiddle, banjo, and viola; Devon Russell on piano, autoharp and vocals; and Seth Jenkins on upright bass.]

[David Burchfield & The Great Stop play Gusto Lounge, Thurs, April 4, at 8:00 PM for the MOTMF.]

11. Clairaudients – “Dixie Is Dead”
from: Single Track Release / Independent
Also on: Midwestern Audio Vol. 1 / Midwest Music Foundation / Sept 23, 2012
[Patrick Robinson (Vocals/Guitar), Brandon Gardner (Guitar), Eric Fain (Bass), Jordan Thompson (Guitar/Vocals) and M. Blaire Geenens (Drums) are the Kansas City based quintet that after 5 years under the name of “The Atlantic” in the summer of 2012 they changed their name to Clairaudients. The band is currently wrapping up work on their new release which they say is coming this Spring/Summer.]

[Clairaudients play Riot Room Patio, Saturday, April 6, at 2:00 PM for the MOTMF.]

11:14 – Underwriting

11:15

12. Claire and the Crowded Stage – “I Saw It All” (LIVE)
This song will be available on their new EP coming in July, 2013
[Performed LIVE by half of The Crowded Stage: Claire Adams, Katy Guillen, Peter Lawless, & Teri Quinn]

11:18 – Interview with Claire Adams & Katy Guillen, Peter Lawless, and Teri Quinn.

Kansas City based singer, songwriter, and musician, Claire Adams, is an integral part of multiple area bands including: Claire & The Crowded Stage, Appropriate Grammar, Hidden Pictures, The Katy Guillen Trio, and Quirk & Ruckus. Claire Adams grew up in Topeka and went to college in Nashville.

Claire & the Crowded Stage play CODA Friday, March 29, at 9:00 PM with Rev Gusto.

Hidden Pictures play Middle of the Map Fest, April 4 at 9:40 PM at the Westport Coffee House.

Claire talked about how one of the reasons she ended up being in so many bands, was because when she first moved to KC, three years ago, she wanted to make friends.

Claire grew up in a small farming town in Kansas. She went to High School in Topeka, went to college in Nashville. Claire lived in Nashville for 7 years before coming to KC.

Claire talked about how it would cost $2000.00 a night, for The Crowded Stage to happen in Nashville. Claire talked about the KC Music Scene, and the generous spirit of collaboration that exists between all of these musicians.

Among members of Claire & The Crowded Stage, many other bands are represented including: The B’Dinas (Peter, Katy, Katelyn), Dream Wolf (Katelyn Boone, Brent Jamison), The Katy Guillen Trio (Katy, Stephanie, Claire), Quick & Ruckus (Katy, Claire), Genessee (Jerod Rivers), Appropriate Grammar (Claire), Hidden Pictures (Claire), The Cave Girls (Stephanie), Found A Job (Peter), with all of you switching around on keyboards, bass, drums, guitar, lead vocals.

11:25

13. Claire and the Crowded Stage – “Night Side of Day” (LIVE)
This song will be availavle on their new EP coming in July, 2013
[Performed LIVE by half of The Crowded Stage: Claire Adams, Katy Guillen, Peter Lawless, & Teri Quinn]

11:30

Claire & The Crowded Stage are currently working on a new EP at Sangha Studios, with Jerod Rivers. Sangha Studios is also where Quirk & Ruckus are recording music and also where Vi Tran is working on his new recording.

When did you discover music, when did you start playing?

Claire (like everyone in The Crowded Stage) is a multi-instrumentalist, switching between bass in Appropriate Grammar, Ukulele in Quirk & Ruckus, and Hidden Pictures, you also guitar, piano and drums.

You are all multi-instrumentalists, but do you have a love of one instrument in particular?

Claire & the Crowded Stage play CODA Friday, March 29, at 9:00 PM with Rev Gusto.

Hidden Pictures play Middle of the Map Fest, April 4 at Westport Coffee House.

11:36

14. Appropriate Grammar – “Rights and Wrongs”
from: upcoming full length release / June 15, 2013
[Nick McKenna-Guitar/Vox, Alex Dunsford-Lead Guitar, Claire Adams-Bass/Vox, & Steve Gardels-Drums.]

[Appropriate Grammar play Side Door Lounge in Omaha, Saturday, March 30, at 9:00 PM with Claire & The Crowded Stage, Tenderness Wilderness, and Aly Peeler.]

15. Schwervon! – “Cougar Pride”
from: Courage / Olive Juice Records / September 28, 2012
[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. Schwervon! have produced 5 full length albums, 2 seven inch vinyl only singles, in addition to touring the world and performing with: Belle and Sebastian, The Vaselines, The Wedding Present, Kimya Dawson, The Thermals, Grass Widow, Jeffrey Lewis, The Essex Green, Comet Gain, and Veronica Falls. They recorded Courage with Memphis-based engineer Doug Easley who has worked with Pavement, Sonic Youth, Cat Power.]

[Schwervon! play Union on Saturday, April 6, at 10:15 PM, for the Middle of the Map Festival.]

11:45

16. Drew Black and Dirty Electric – “Grave”
from: Dead Kings & Queens / Independent / January 26, 2013
[Starting as a solo project with the early 2012 release Wanderlust, Drew Black (formerly of The Belated) soon enlisted frontmen from two other dynamic local bands (Terra Peal of The Quivers and Zach Hodson of Dolls on Fire) and multi-band drummer Michelle Bacon to create this new band. Their debut ED was mixed & mastered by Duane Trower at Weights & Measures SoundLab in Kansas City. ]

[Drew Black and Dirty Electric play Union on Sat, April 6, at 9:15 PM, for Middle of the Map Festival.]

17. The Hearts of Darkness – “Come Forward”
from: Shelf Life / Shipshape Records / August 25, 2012
[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. 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.]

[The Hearts of Darkness, play The Outdoor Stage, Sat, April 6, at 2:00 PM for MOTMF.]

18. The Joy Formidable – “This Ladder is Ours”
from: Wolf’s Law / Atlantic Records / January 22, 2013
[Welsh alternative rock band, formed in 2007 in North Wales and currently located in London, England. The band consists of Rhiannon “Ritzy” Bryan (lead vocals, guitar), Rhydian Dafydd (bass, backing vocals), and Matt Thomas (drums, percussion). Their follow up album, Wolf’s Law is their second full length release.]

[The Joy Formidable play The Uptown Theater, on Friday, April 5, with Grizzly Bear, Owen Pallett, and Cowboy Indian Bear, for the Middle of The Map Festival.]

11:59:30

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

Sources for notes: artists websites and wikipedia.org

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Show #466

WMM Playlist from: Feb. 27, 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 27, 2013

The ACB’s + New & Local Releases + Stephanie Roberts & Eat This!
+ Music from the KC Friends of JJ’s Benefit at Uptown Theatre

1. Divine Fits – “Would That Not Be Nice”
from: A Thing Called The Divine Fits / Merge Records / August 28, 2012
[Debut album from U.S. / Canadian band made up of: Britt Daniel – lead singer & guitarist of Spoon, Dan Boeckner of Wolf Parade & Handsome Furs, Sam Brown, – drummer of New Bomb Turks, and Alex Fischel – keyboardist from the band PAPA. The vocals are shared between Daniel & Boeckner. The album was recorded in Los Angeles in a backyard studio, with producer Nick Launay in March through May 2012.]

[The Divine Fits were just added to the Middle of The Map Fest, April 4-6. middleofthemapfest.com]

Thanks for tuning into Wednesday MidDay Medley.

On Tuesday, February 19, a huge natural-gas explosion, in Kansas City’s west edge of the Country Club Plaza, destroyed the beloved restaurant JJ’s, reducing the area to a crater. 16 people were injured, including many JJ’s employees.

One JJ’s server, Megan Cramer, was killed in the blast. Megan Cramer had lived here in KC for over 26 years. She received her law degree from UMKC and started one of UMKC’s very first LGBT Student groups. As well as working with KC Human Rights Ordinance Project in the early 1990s, Megan was active in many other equality projects. Megan will be greatly missed by her Family from Springfield MO, and by her JJ’s Family, and all of us in the KC LGBT & Allied Communities, who have known and admired Megan for many years. A memorial service for Megan Cramer will be held at 1 p.m., Monday, March 4, at Community Christian Church, 4601 Main St., Kansas City, MO.

The Music & Restaurant Communities were quick to mobilize support for JJ’s and their employees. One example of this support is: the “Friends of JJ’s Benefit” Tuesday, March 5, at 7:00 PM at The Uptown Theatre, 3700 Broadway. Info: friendsofjjs@gmail.com

2. Krief – “Forever Goodnight”
from: Hundred Thousand Pieces / Pirates Blend Music / Released April 17, 2012 in Canada
[Montreal based musician and singer-songwriter, best known as the guitarist for The Dears since 2004. In August 2007 Krief released his debut solo EP Take It Or Leave, which was co-mixed by former Dears bandmate Murray Lightburn. In 2009 Krief released “Calm Awaits” with his band Black Diamond Bay..]

[Krief plays The Uptown Theatre, Tuesday, March 5 for the Friends of JJ’s Benefit]

10:12 – Underwriting

3. Jimbo Mathus & The Tri -State Coalition – “(I Wanna Be) Your Satellite”
from: White Buffalo / Fat Possom / Jan. 22, 2013 [Born in Oxford, MS. in 1967. In the early 1980s Jimbo help form the band Johnny Vomit & The Dry Heaves and participated in the South Memphis early punk scene with Jack Oblivion. In 1993 Jimbo co-founded the Squirrel Nut Zippers. Jimbo’s been nominated for 2 Grammys, and performed for Presidents, Olympics, & Dick Clark.]

[Jimbo Mathus & Tri-State Coalition play Knuckleheads Mar. 8 w/ Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band.]

4. Fourth Of July – “Friend of a Friend”
from: Before Our Hearts Explode / Rangelife Records / 2010
[Comprised of two sets of siblings, Brendan Hangauer (guitar, vocals), Patrick Hangauer (bass guitar), Brian Costello (drums, vocals), Brendan Costello (lead guitar, vocals). The band is currently putting the finishing touches on their new record produced by Chris Crisci of Old Canes and Appleseed Cast.]

[Fourth of July play The ACB’s Record Release Show, Fri, Mar 1, 7:00 PM, at the recordBar]

Music from Friends of JJ’s Benefit, Tuesday, March 5, at 7:00 at The Uptown Theatre

5. David George & A Crooked Mile – “Cold Rain”
from: Going Underground [EP] / Independent / June 21, 2012
[Featured on “Cold Rain” is Danielle and Jacob Prestidge of The Blackbird Revue.]

[David George & A Crooked Mile play Uptown Theatre, Tues, March 5 for the Friends of JJ’s Benefit]

6. The Grisly Hand – “Paris of The Plains”
from: Safe House [EP] / Independent / November 2, 2010

[The Grisly Hand play Uptown Theatre, Tues, March 5 for the Friends of JJ’s Benefit]

10:30

7. The ACB’s – “Feel Winter”
from: Little Leaves / High Dive Records / March 1, 2013
[Konnor Ervin on lead vocals, Andrew Connor on Guitar & Vocals, Bryan McGuire on Bass & Vocals, Kyle Rausch on Drums & Vocals. ]

10:32 – Interview with The ACB’s

Konnor Ervin, Bryan McGuire, Andrew Connor, and Kyle Rausch are The ACB’s. This week the band is releasing their new full length: “Little Leaves,” from High Dive Records. After five years of being nominated, The ACB’s won the 2012 Pitch Music Award for Best Pop Band. Their songs have been featured on MTV’s The Inbetweeners, and on Daytrotter. Their lead single, “Ocean,” released in late 2012, moved Popmatters to declare The ACB’s as one of its “Best Hopes to Break Out in 2013.” The ACB’s play a Record Release Show, Fri, Mar. 1, 7:00 PM, at recordBar, 1020 Westport Rd, with Fourth Of July. The ACB’s also play Vinyl Renaissance, 1415 West 39th Street, on Saturday, March 9, at 1:00 PM.

Konnor Ervin, Bryan McGuire, and Kyle Rausch, joined us live on WMM.

The ACB’s formed in 2006 in KC. In 2007 they released their self titled solo debut, went on tour, and played with The Get Up Kids, Republic Tigers. Music Editor of The Pitch, David Hudnall wrote: ‘The ACBs began 2010 as a broken band, but closed out the year as a super -group of sorts. After half the band moved to L.A., frontman Konnor Ervin & bassist Bryan McGuire regrouped, adding Andrew Connor from Ghosty and Kyle Rausch from Abracadabras. They released their first album in 4 years. On Stona Rosa, the ACBs moved beyond the power pop sound they’d cultivated on their debut and settled into a stranger, stonier, lonelier space. Ervin’s couching his inventive melodies in more tender, artful compositions, and the band has the chops & confidence to sell it. It’s a good look on them.’

Andrew Connor’s band Ghosty recorded one of our favorite releases of 2012.
Even though they weren’t officially released, the demos of Kyle’s band The I’ms, now known as Shy Boys, were included in our top ten Best Recordings of 2011.

Little Leaves, The ACBs 3rd full-length was inspired by Connor Ervin’s landscaping job.

The band’s 2nd single from “Little Leaves” is “Record Store.”

10:44

8. The ACB’s – “Record Store”
from: Little Leaves / High Dive Records / March 1, 2013
[David Hudnall of The Pitch wrote, “Nobody in the city is writing sharper or more inventive melodies than Ervin, who has honed his craft the old-fashioned way: working a part-time job, living in a (crappy) apartment and practicing music all the time.”]

10:46

Konnor Ervin, Bryan McGuire, Andrew Connor, and Kyle Rausch are The ACB’s. This week the band is releasing their new full length: “Little Leaves,” from High Dive Records. The ACB’s play a Record Release Show, this Friday, March 1, 7:00 PM, at recordBar, 1020 Westport Rd, with Fourth Of July. The ACB’s also play Vinyl Renaissance, 1415 West 39th Street, on Saturday, March 9, at 1:00 PM.

Fourth of July – this band is made up of good friends of The ACB’s.

Bryan McGuire talked about how the band’s new release comes out on a new label, High Dive Records.

There will be a High Dive Records Showcase with: Ghosty, Shy Boys, and Fourth of July, for Ink’s Middle of The Map Festival, April 4-6

Mark read from biographical information on The ACB’s where it was written that the band is influenced by the music of Michael Jackson, early Beatles, Matthew Sweet, and modern bands: Wolfdeerhorse and Bear Eyes.

The information went on to talk about how the The ACB’s are also influenced by an inability to interact comfortably with the opposite sex, fear of hair loss, male friendships that have been described by outsiders as bordering on homoerotic, and the lingering effects of their deeply Midwestern religious upbringing.

Konnor talked about his process of song writing and how he records his ideas on a small dictaphone for reference later.

The band talked about how they balance the connections between The ACB’s, Ghosty, and Shy Boys with the shows, recording process, and rehearsals.

The ACB’s have a brand new video for your new single “Television.” The video was directed by Brook Linder (SSLYBY, Free Energy), the clip’s grainy look is inspired by the grind house cinema of the ’70s. There was a disembodied beauty to the performances.

The ACB’s play a Record Release Show, Friday, March 1, 7:00 PM, at the recordBar, 1020 Westport Rd, with Fourth Of July. The ACB’s also play Vinyl Renaissance, on West 39th Street, on Saturday, March 9, at 1:00 PM.

10:57

9. The ACB’s – “Television”
from: Little Leaves / High Dive Records / March 1, 2013

11:00 – Station ID

10. Christopher Owens – “Here We Go”
from: Lysandre / Fat Possom / January 15, 2013
[Best known as the frontman & songwriter for the band Girls, Owens was born in Miami, Florida in 1979. At the time of his birth, both his parents were members of the Children of God traveling religious community. Shortly before Owens’ birth his infant brother Steven died of pneumonia due to the reluctance of the church’s members to seek professional medical assistance. In 1981, Owens’ family left the United States to travel with the church and he lived “all over Asia” until he was ten, before traveling throughout Western Europe. Owens learned to play guitar in his early teens and would perform covers of Everly Brothers and Fleetwood Mac songs on the street. At the age of sixteen, while living in Slovenia, he left the church and followed his sister to Amarillo, Texas. Owens spent his first four years in Texas working as a nighttime shelf stocker in Albertson’s grocery store as well as in various restaurants. In 2001 he met artist and oil tycoon Stanley Marsh 3, who hired him first as a lawn mower and later as a personal assistant. After nine years in Texas, Owens moved to San Francisco, California with the intention of becoming a “famous painter”. There he met musicians Matt Fishbeck and Ariel Pink and joined their band as a touring guitarist. In 2007, Owens was inspired to form his own band and began writing songs for the first time. In September 2012, it was announced by Saint Laurent Paris (formerly Yves Saint Laurent) that Owens would be the face of their Spring/Summer campaign.]

11. Beach Fossils – “Clash The Truth”
from: Clash The Truth / Captured Tracks / Feb. 19, 2013
[2nd release from Brooklyn band, formed in 2009, by Dustin Payseur’s who recorded the band’s self-titled debut album on his own, playing all instruments. After signing to Captured Tracks Beach Fossils became a full band, touring the U.S. endlessly with a scattered line-up that included 12 different drummers and 3 guitarists.]

12. Veronica Falls – “Teenage”
from: Waiting For Something to Happen / Slumberland Records / Feb. 12, 2012
[2nd album from English indie pop band, formed in London, in 2009. The band consists of Roxanne Clifford & James Hoare, both on vocals & guitar, Marion Herbain on bass and Patrick Doyle on drums & back vocals.]

13. The Wires – “Grappelli”
from: The Wires – Alternative Strings / Independent / March 9, 2013
[Hailing from KCMO, The Wires compose & perform original music performed by Laurel Morgan on violin (formerly of In The Pines) & Sascha Groschang on cello).]

[The Wires play a CD Release at the recordBar, Saturday, March 9, 2013, at 7:00 PM, accompanied by a video-installation by multi-media artist Ben Parks.]

11:15 – Underwriting

11:16 – Interview with Stephanie Roberts

Writer, Director, Performer, Stephanie Roberts, was the winner of the 2010 Charlotte Street Foundation’s Generative Performing Artist Award. She is Assistant Professor of Physical Theatre for the UMKC’s MFA Professional Actor Training Program. She has toured nationally and abroad, and taught and directed works for the Seattle Repertory Theatre as well Cornish College of the Arts. Her Ensemble-generated works include “Meanwhile” for UMKC’s Undergraduate Theatre Department, “Tallahassee” for KC Fringe Festival, and “Boom! An International Lost and Found Marching Band” for KC Fringe Festival, and The St. Mane in Lanesboro, MN. In 2010 she created a piece with graduate theater students called “Slammed! KC Speaks Out About the Recession,” based on interviews with Kansas Citians. She received an Inspiration Award from ArtsKC, to development of “The Mask of the Broken Heart,” a one-woman mask play which premiered at the Fishtank Performance Studio. She holds a BFA in Acting from Cornish, and an MFA in Ensemble Based Physical Theatre from Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre. Stephanie Roberts joins us today to discuss her work as writer and director of the new UMKC Theatre production, Eat This! “KC Chews on the Politics of Food,” with preview performances March 2 – 5, Opening on March 6, and continuing through March 10, in Studio 116, of the Olson Performing Arts Center, at UMKC.

Stephanie talked about how she believes that our society is in the middle of a food movement, and many people don’t realize that this movement is happening, but that this movement is very politicized.

Stephanie and other company members visited farms, elementary schools, slaughterhouses and processing plants. You interviewed urban farmers, and nutritionists who plan school lunch menus, teachers and students.

Stephanie told The KC Star that: “It’s important (to me) that it’s not journalism because we’re putting our own stamp on it,” she said. “Most of the interviews I do are at a coffee shop. A lot of the people we interview are more introverted and soft-spoken. We, as actors and theater-makers, need to bring that inner passion out.”

“And also, because it’s theater, there needs to be conflict. We used the audio recordings for inspiration for characters. So it’s not by any means an impersonation. But it’s important that we get it right so we don’t misrepresent the people we’re portraying.”

Stephanie told Bob Trussell, in the KC Star that, “We found that most people are not connected to where their food comes from, and we became curious about that,” she said. “What goes into our food? Not just the ingredients, but where did it come from? How do you eat it? Where do you buy it? Who brought it to you?”

Stephanie discussed how all of the interview assembled, virtually hours and hours of narrative, were edited into a stage show.

Stephanie talked about how there are 60 characters are in the show.

Stephanie talked about the technical abilities of Studio 116 known as a black box theatre, in the Performing Arts Center. The show will use video projections, special lighting and sound, and a huge set change between act one and act two

Eat This! serves up issues as well as a meal–prepared onstage and shared with the audience! “Food artists” for this project are Sean Starowitz and Andrew Erdrich from Bread KC. [breadkc.wordpress.com]

The UMKC Theatre production, Eat This! KC Chews on the Politics of Food, with preview performances March 1 – 5, Opening on March 6, and continuing through March 10, in Studio 116, of the Olson Performing Arts Center, at 4949 Cherry at UMKC.

For tickets and information you can call the Central Ticket office at 816-235-6222.

11:39

14. Me Like Bees – “The Ides”
from: The Ides / Indep. / 2013 [Formed in Joplin by Luke Sheafer, Nick Bynum, Pete Burton, Tim Cote.]

15. Shy Boys – “Postcardd”
from: demos from upcoming album / Independent / 2013
[Collin & Kyle Rausch, Konnor Ervin]

16. The Postal Service – “A Tattered Line of String”
from: Single Release / Sub Pop / Feb. 12, 2013
[It’s been a decade since The Postal Service released “Give Up” Feb, 2003. The indie classic recently went platinum! Sub Pop is releasing a deluxe, 10th anniversary reissue of Give Up on April 9th. The deluxe version will feature 15 bonus tracks, including covers by The Shins and Iron & Wine, and two brand new Postal Service songs, “Turn Around” and “A Tattered Line of String.” The Postal Service will also be setting out on a 10th anniversary tour with Ben Gibbard and Jimmy Tamberello as well as Jenny Lewis.]

17. Johnny Marr – “Upstarts”
from: The Messenger / Sire / Feb. 26, 2013
[Debut solo recording from British musician, Born October 31, 1963. Marr is best know as lead guitarist and co-songwriter for one of the most influencial bands of all time, “The Smiths.” Marr has also been a member of Electronic, The The and Modest Mouse.]

11:53

18. 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.]

[Tiny Horse play a Video and EP Release Show, Mon, Mar. 4th, at recordBar, 1020 Westport RD.]

11:59:30

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

sources for notes: artists websites and wikipedia.org

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Show #462

WMM Playlist from February 6, 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 6, 2013

Sean Starowitz & Byproduct: The Laundromat
+ Folkicide + More Music from the MidCoast Takeover
+ A Middle of The Map Festival Announcement!

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

2. Cowboy Indian Bear – “Does Anybody See You Out?”
from: Single Track Release / The Record Machine / Jan. 2013
[First Single release download from their upcoming 2nd full-length album: “Live Old, Die Young” that will be released on White Vinyl in April! The download also includes the songs: “Sheets,” “Live Old, Die Old,” and “Crime & Feel” on The Record Machine’s Tumblr page. 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.]

[Cowboy Indian Bear play The Uptown Theatre February 15, at 7:00 for JayRock 8 w/ Quiet Corral]

10:15

3. The Depth and The Whisper – “Highway”
from: Single Track Release / Independent / December, 2012
[Produced and recorded by John Velghe at Guttersnipe recording. This song features Albert Bickley and Dave Tanner, the principle musicians and songwriters, with Troy Van Horn on lead guitar, Go Go Ray on Drums, John Velghe on keyboards.]

[The Depth & The Whisper play Uptown Arts Bar, KC, for the MBird Artist Showcase, Feb. 21.]

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

4. Sleepy Kitty – “Don’t You Start”
from: Single Track Release b/w “All I Do Is Dream of You” / Euclid Records / Sept. 3, 2012
[St. Louis based band via Chicago. Paige Brubeck on vocals/guitar/keys, and Evan Sult (formerly of Harvey Danger) on drums/vocals/tapes. In the past few years the band has opended for Neon Trees, Dresden Dolls, Deerhoof, and Chuck Berry. While at home, Sleepy Kitty runs a screenprinting studio out of a 19th century warehouse where they specialize in handprinted show posters for bands & venues in St. Lu, Chicago & NYC.]

5. Radkey – “We’re Going Down”
from: Irrationally Yours – EP / Radkey/ March 29, 2011
[The Deli KC announced on their blog last week that The Deli’s Best Emerging Kansas City Artist of 2012 is Radkey! The three-piece band swept the competition, with a landslide of votes from local music jurors. Taking second place was Making Movies, followed closely by Schwervon! The complete ranking of the list of 48 very fine Kansas City area bands is posted at kansascity.thedelimagazine.com. Radkey is a band made up of three teenage brothers Darrion, Isaiah, and Solomon. Their influences include The Who and Nirvana.]

[Radkey plays the recordBar, Wednesday, February 13, with Local H in an 18 an over show.]

10:29 – Underwriting

10:30 – Interview with Sean Starowitz

Sean Starowitz is a 2010 graduate of the Interdisciplinary Arts program at the Kansas City Art Institute. Sean is also the co-founder of Bread! KC, with classmate Andrew Erdrich that since 2010 has fed over 1000 attendees and raised over $12,000 in grants for art and community projects. Last year Sean and Andrew created The Speakeasy a six-week temporary cultural center at the La Esquina Gallery, for the Charlotte Street Foundation. Currently Bread! KC is collaborating with the UMKC Theatre Department, for “Eat This! KC Chews on the Politics of Food,” written and directed by Stephanie Roberts. Sean Starowitz joined to discuss the launch of Byproduct: The Laundromat, a project he organized and received a Rocket Grant through the Andy Warhol Foundation to produce, that begins at 7:00 PM this Sat, February 9th, at Walnut Place Laundromat in KCMO.

Sean Starowitz talked about the reasons for doing, Byproduct: The Laundromat.

Sean Starowitz talked about challenging the notion of traditional art spaces.

During the first wash cycle, the series will begin with a screening of Kentucky-based filmmaker Ron Schildknect’s “My Porcelain Past,” a short documentary about that chronicles the last day of operation for a Louisville, Kentucky landmark, a White Castle Restaurant. You are from Louisville.

During the dry cycle, the programming will continue with KCAI professor and poet Jordan Stempleman, who will host a Common Sense Reading.

For more info please email seanstarowitz@gmail.com to rsvp, (seating is limited to the amount of washing/drying machines) and please bring your laundry.

Sean Starowitz talked about the Rocket Grant he received through the Andy Warhol Foundation.

Sean Starowitz and Bread! KC are collaborating with Stephanie Roberts and “Eat This! KC Chews on the Politics of Food.” Stephanie and company members will with us on WMM in three weeks on February 27.

“Starowitz creates opportunities for alternative economies and exchanges, such as Wheels for Meals, BREAD! KC , and The Burnt Ends Residency.”

Byproduct: The Laundromat will begin at 7:00 pm on Saturday, February 9th at Walnut Place Laundromat (4241 Walnut Street, KCMO.) For more info please email seanstarowitz@gmail.com to rsvp, (seating is limited to the amount of washing/drying machines) and please bring your laundry.

10:44

6. Bloodbirds – “Radiation”
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. Rcorded by Kirk Kaufman and Mike Tuley. Mixed by Mike Tuley.

[Bloodbirds play the recordBar, Tuesday, February 12, with Ex-cult and Lazy.]

7. Schwervon! – “Daydream Ration”
from: Courage / Olive Juice Records / September 28, 2012
[2 piece rock band. Nan plays drums & Matt plays guitar and they both sing. They lived in NYC for 15 years and recently relocated to KC. Last year they opened for both The Vaselines and Belle & Sebastian. They recorded Courage with Memphis-based engineer Doug Easley who’s worked with Pavement, Sonic Youth, Cat Power.]

[Schwervon play the recordBar, Friday, February 15, 10:00pm with The Lucky, and The Heavy Figs, to celebrate the release of The Lucky’s Debut CD]

[Major Matt Mason USA plays Davey’s Uptown, 3402 Main St., Wed. February 13, in an acoustic set, with Rabbit Killer and Folkicide.]

[Schwervon! will play the Midwest Music Foundation’s MidCoast Takeover at the 2013 SXSW Music Festival in March.]

The MidCoast Takeover fundraiser shows will benefit the Midwest Music Foundation’s SXSW MidCoast Takeover, the annual showcase, featuring 40 bands from the KC area, over 4 days, March 13 – 16, at the Shangri-La, on East 6th Street, in Austin, Texas. For more information you can visit: midcoasttakeover.com or midwestmusicfound.org.

The MidCoast Takeover fundraisers continue, Sat, Feb 16 – The Brick w/ Rev Gusto – 10:00, Cherokee Rock Rifle – 10:45, David Hasselhoff on Acid – 11:30, Not A Planet – 12:30

8. Rev Gusto – “Click Click”
from: Rev Gusto [EP] / Catapult / November 10, 2012
[Jerry Frederick on Vocals & Guitar, Sam Frederick on Bass, Shaun Crowley on Guitar, Peter Beatty on guitar Quinn Hernandez on Drums, Rev Gusto just released their first self-titled EP recorded at Element Recording.]

[Rev Gusto play The Brick, Feb. 16, w/Not A Planet, Cherokee Rock Rifle, & David Hasselhoff on Acid.]

9. Not A Planet – “Black Dress”
from: Single Track Release / Independent / December 7, 2012
[Kansas City based Rock and Roll trio formed in 2010. Nathan Corsi, Liam Sumnicht, Bill Sturges.]

[Not A Planet plays The Brick, Saturday, Feb. 16, with Rev Gusto, Cherokee Rock Rifle, & David Hasselhoff on Acid.]

11:00 – Station ID

Middle of The Map Festival Announcement…

Now in its 3rd year, Ink’s Middle of the Map Fest, curated by The Record Machine, returns to Kansas City this spring with an expanded lineup. Ink’s Middle of the Map Fest is the brainchild of Nathan Reusch of The Record Machine. This year’s Music Fest will take place April 4th through 6th at the Record Bar, Riot Room, The Uptown Theater, Union, Gusto Lounge, and Westport Coffeehouse.

Returning to the Fest for the second year, the Forum will feature speakers, technological and cultural panel dialogues, collaborative performances April 17th 18th and 19th at OfficePort in the Crossroads Arts District.

The Festival expands this year to include its first Film Fest taking place May 1 – 5 at the Alamo Drafthouse in downtown KC.

For more info: middleofthemapfest.com

The 2013 line up for Ink’s Middle of the Map Fest includes:
Grizzly Bear, The Joy Formidable, Tennis, Deerhoof, JEFF the Brotherhood, Kids These Days, Iceage, The Whigs, Wovenhand, The Appleseed Cast, The Casket Lottery, White Lung, People Get Ready, Denison Witmer, Kitten, Guards, Cowboy Indian Bear, Soft Reeds, Palace, Making Movies, Détective, Owen Pallet, Mister Lies, The Last Bison, Pujol, Joe Pug, La Guerre, Spirit is the Spirit, Sleepy Kitty, My Gold Mask, Dots Not Feathers, Smoker, the Soil & the Sun, Trouper, Little Legend, Maps For Travelers, She’s A Keeper, Bloodbirds, Quiet Corral, Akkilles, Radkey, Steddy P & DJ Mahf, Thee Water MoccaSIns, the ACB’s, Shy Boys, Fourth of July, Ghosty, Shadow Paint, The Slowdown, Cherokee Rock Rifle, Clairaudients, White Girl, Antennas Up, Heartfelt Anarchy, Six Percent, The Regrets, The Belles, The Noise FM and many more to be announced.

Chris Haghirian will be with us on March 27 to talk more about The Middle of the Map Fest.

10. Tennis – “Origins”
From: Yound & Old / Fat Possum Records / February 13, 2012
[Produced by Patrick Carney of The Black Keys, 2nd album from Denver indie pop band of husband-and-wife duo Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley. The couple met each other while studying philosophy in college, and started the band after they got back from a 7-month sailing expedition down the Eastern Atlantic Seaboard.]

[Tennis will play Ink’s Middle of The Map Festival.]

The MidCoast Takeover fundraiser shows will benefit the Midwest Music Foundation’s SXSW MidCoast Takeover, the annual showcase, featuring 46 bands from the KC area, over 4 days, March 13 – 16, at the Shangri-La, on East 6th Street, in Austin, Texas.

The MidCoast Takeover fundraisers continue, Friday, March 8 – Uptown Arts Bar (acoustic show) with Cadillac Flambe – 8:00, Sons of Great Dane – 9:00, Clairaudients – 10:00, and Heroes & Villains – 11:00

11. Sons of Great Dane – “To A City I Have Known”
from: You Can’t Lose It All, All At Once [EP] / Sharp County Records / September 4, 2012
[Brent Windler: Guitar/Vocals, Nolle Bond: Bass, Evanjohn: Guitar, and Brendan Culp: Drums. Recorded and Mixed by Paul Malinowski at Massive Sound. Mastered by Mike Nolte at West End Studios. ]

[Sons of Great Dane play Uptown Arts Bar, Fri., Mar. 8, w/ Cadillac Flambe, Clairaudients, and Heroes and Villians.]

12. Cadillac Flambe’ – “The Devil’s Heavy 12”
from: Midwestern Audio Vol. 1 / Midwest Music Foundation / September 23, 2012
[“Midwestern Audio Vol. 1” is the indepth compilation assembled for Midwest Music Foundation by Brenton Cook and co-sponsored by Ink Magazine featuring over 40 bands. More info at MidwestMusicFound.org]

[Cadillac Flambe play Uptown Arts Bar, Fri., Mar. 8, w/ Maps for Travelers , Clairaudients, and Heroes and Villians.]

11:16 Underwriting

11:17 – Interview with Folkicide

13. Folkicide – “Empire of The Ants”
from: Devotional Hymns From the Church of the Darwinian Snuff Film / August 15, 2011

[Folkicide plays Czar Sat. Feb. 9 with Ari Lehman the original Jason Voorhees.]

[Folkicide plays Davey’s Uptown, 3402 Main St., Wed. February 13, in an acoustic set, with Rabbit Killer and Major Matt Mason USA.]

“Devotional Hymns From the Church of the Darwinian Snuff Film” was the 3rd full length release from KC based singer-songwriter, Folkicide, who has described his music as “despair-core” and writes that his vision of constructive pessimism, he hopes in time, will be recognized as a new acoustical genre, fully devoted to the documentation of the delightful futility of existence. Since 2010 Folkicide has released 4 full-length recordings and one EP, writing and arranging and recording over 60 tracks. Folkicide is also a visual artist. His works are currently on display at The Midwestern Musical Co. in the Crossroads. Folkicide plays Czar Sat. Feb. 9 with Ari Lehman the original Jason Voorhees. Folkicide also plays Davey’s Uptown, 3402 Main St. Wed. Feb 13, in an acoustic set, with Rabbit Killer and Major Matt Mason USA

Folkicide translated is death of folk? Folkicide explained his transition from Punk and Rock and Roll to his solo work playing non-electric. The sounds of the acoustic guitar, the expression.

Folkicide would appear to be KC’s own Nihilist anti-hero, truly rejecting all religious and moral principles, in the belief that life is meaningless.

“Empire of The Ants” is one of Folkicide’s songs from a few years ago, that he is adding drums for a future Mikal Shapiro video involving the song.

The titles of Folkicide’s recordings reflect the darkness of his songs and lyrics: Let’s Worship Degenerates, Ultimate Decimation Blues, Devotional Hymns From the Church of the Darwinian Snuff Film, The Genocide is Mean.

Last year Folkicide released “The Genocide is Mean” EP in July 1, 2012. Most of the music was recorded on May 11, 2012, by Chubby Smith at his magical tractor shed in Perry, KS.

After four years of tinkering with the idea, Folkicide’s NATO was finally recorded during April through August 2012 by Jonathan Brokow (the Anti-Roy Thomas Baker) mostly in the Folkicide basement via 4 track cassette.

It was engineered and mastered mid-August by David Moore at Merriam Shoals Studio.

All songs were originally composed by the various Queen members and then strategically deconstructed by Folkicide Mercury without disrespect or irony intended because he truly loves Queen (well, pre-Hot Space Queen anyway) and NATO in particular.

Even though the songs were written by Queen, the lyrics, especially Bohemian Rhapsody seems perfect for Folkicide’s “pessimistic exploration into the decaying frame of Western Civilization.”

Folkicide discussed the challenges of covering an entire record.

11:28

14. Folkicide – “Bohemian Rhapsody”
from: Folkicide’s A Night At The Opera / Independent / September 29, 2012

11:31

Art, the album covers, band posters, Folkicide has works on display at Midwestern Musical Co. in a show titled “Cut and Paste Manifesto” featuring the works of R. Ducan Burnett, Folkicide, Stan Morgan, and William L. Philyaw.

Other musicians who have played and recorded with Folkicide:
Zachary Turner: Drums, banjo, dulcimer, organ, synthesizer.
All Blood: Electric guitar, organ
Darrin Welch: Background vocals on “Best Friend”
Michael Walker: Trombone on “Seaside Rendezvous”
Jason Beers: Banjo, Saw.

The artwork of Folkicide is currently on display at The Midwestern Musical Co. in the Crossroads. Folkicide plays Czar Sat. Feb. 9 with Ari Lehman the original Jason Voorhees. Folkicide also plays Davey’s Uptown, 3402 Main St. Wed. Feb 13, in an acoustic set, with Rabbit Killer and Major Matt Mason USA. You can hear all of his music at: folkicide.bandcamp.com

11:41

15. Folkicide – “Little Nihilist”
from: Let’s Worship Degenerates / Independent / June 1, 2010
[From the debut recording of Folkicide. Recorded March 6, 2010, at Merriam Shoals Studio by David Moore (Rough Edges Smoothed the following weekend by David.]

11:45

16. The Wires – “Red Rock”
from: The Wires – Alternative Strings / Independent / November, 2012
[The Wires are an alternative exploration in string sound. Hailing from Kansas City, Missouri, The Wires compose and perform original music for violin and cello. Created, composed and performed by Laurel Morgan on violin (formerly of the band In The Pines) and Sascha Groschang on cello). The Wires will play live on WMM in two weeks on Feb. 20th.]

[The Wires play a CD Release at the recordBar, Saturday, March 9, 2013, at 7:00 PM, accompanied by a video-installation by multi-media artist Ben Parks.]

17. The Way Back– “How It Has To Be”
from: The Way Back [EP] / Independence / October 2 2, 2012
[The Way Back is an alternative rock band formed by Alex Ellis and Jeff Kinney (formerly of Roanoke and The Brisbanes) in March of 2012. In the midst of wrapping up their first studio EP, The Way Back quickly recruited music veterans Daniel Cole and Paul Herman to complete the group.]

[The Way Back play The VooDoo Lounge at Harrah’s Casino, 1 Riverboat Drive, KCMO, Tonight, Feb 6 for KC Raw presents: DISCOVERY, with artists, photographers, fashion designers, and music.]

[The Way Back play The Jackpot Saloon, in Lawrence, Thursday, Feb. 7, at 8:00 PM with Berwanger, Hidden Pictures, and Margo May.]

18. The Clementines – “Below”
from: The Clementines / Independent / 2012
[The Clementines are: Tim Jenkins & Nicole Springer with Stephanie Williams on Drums, and Travis Earndshaw on Bass. More info at: reverbnation.com/theclementinesnicoleandtim]

[The Clementines play the recordBar for the ASA Masquerade Mardi Gras Party Saturday, February 9th, with Drew Black & Dirty Electric, Molly Picture club, Alice Sweet Alice, and Mad Libby.]

11:59:30

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

sources for notes: artists websites and wikipedia

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Show #459

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

Playlist from April 4, 2012 – Music From The Middle

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 4, 2012

Music of the Middle of The Map Fest + Mike McCoy
+ Mike Alexander & Center of The City Fest + BCR & Local Releases!

Middle of the Map Fest

1. Nerves Junior – “As Bright As Your Night Light”
from: As Bright As Your Night Light / sonaBLAST Records / Sept. 6, 2011
[9-song debut release from indie rock band from Louisville, Kentucky, formed in 2009. The band consists of Cory Wayne, Stuart Phelps, Christopher Snow, and Zachary O’Renick.]

[Nerves Junior play The Middle of The Map Fest. Saturday April 7, 9:30pm – 10:30pm @ Firefly Lounge 4118 Pennsylvania Ave Kansas City, MO ]

Mr. Gnome

2. Mr. Gnome – “Bit of Tongue”
from: Madness in Minature / El Marko Records / Oct. 25, 2011
[Duo from Cleveland, Ohio. Formed band in 2005. Nicole Barille on vocals & guitar; and Sam Meister on drums, piano & back-up vocals.]

[Mr. Gnome play the Middle of The Map Fest. on Saturday April 7, 10:30pm – 11:30pm @ The Union 421 Westport Rd KCMO.]

3. Friends – “Friend Crush”
from: (Single) / Lucky Number / Mar. 21, 2011
[Debut single of Brooklyn band, fronted by Samantha Urbani. Appearing at this year’s Middle of The Map Festival, to be held April 5 – 7.]

[FRIENDS play the Middle of The Map Fest. on Saturday April 7, 8:30pm – 9:30pm @ The Beaumont Club 4050 Pennsylvania Ave KCMO]

10:14

In the midst of The Middle of the Map Fest w/nearly 70 local bands in Westport April 5-7, The Center of The City Fest presents 16 of KC’s best Punk bands April 6-7 at The News Room. The depth of KC’s local music scene is staggering. In a town known for Jazz and Blues, Punk music can be easily misunderstood, or marginalized, but Punk has always remained a nesessary outlet to bring Rock back to the basics, and the beat. Local punk bands also offer some of the best political lyrics, songs about: war, working families, & fair wages. We present 5 area punk bands playing Center of The City Fest, April 6-7, at The News Room.

Center of the City Fest

4. LAZY – “Work It Out”
from: Obsession [EP] / Manic Static / late May 2012
[Manic Static, a Chicago label will release Obsession on Cassette, and CD. The band is currently working on it’s follow up to their debut full length from The Record Machine, and they are recording w/ J. Ashley Miller of Ssion. In January of 2012 the band started calling itself both Lazy and Knot Lazy. Knot Lazy comes from the band saying that it’s “Not” Lazy and the “K” in “Knot” is a reference back to Lazy K the band’s name when they first formed in late 2009.]

[Lazy play Center of The City Fest. Sat, April 7, at 12:45am @ The News Room, 3740 Broadway]

5. Red Kate – “Flirty Hips”
from: Little Red Songbook [EP] / Independent / Jan. 1, 2009
[In the review of the debut EP, The Pitch wrote, “Bassist and lead vocalist L. Ron Drunkard, (aka Shaun Saving) is a socialist activist by day, bellows like an Appalachian Roger Daltrey.” The band also features: Andrew Whelanon Drums & Vocals and Brad Huhmann on Guitar]

[Red Kate play Center of The City Fest. Fri, April 6, at 12:00am @ The News Room, 3740 Broadway]

6. Iron Guts Kelly – “Killology”
from: Killology / Violent Pacification / May 31, 2011
[Formed in Lawrence KS, in 2002 by Sean Riley who plays drums, and Shawn Reynolds who plays bass, with Josh Leon on guitar and Robert “Boj” Stevens on vocals. Iron Guts Kelly has released five CDs and have toured the midwest, northeast and southwest. In 2010 the band signed w/ KC based Violent Pacification records for their 5th release “Killology.” The band is currently writing their 6th studio album. Iron Guts Kelly’s lyrics confronts the plight of working class families and urban decay.]

[Iron Guts Kelly play Center of The City Fest. Fri, Apr. 6, at 11:15pm @ The News Room, 3740 Broadway]

7. Smash The State – “God Less America”
from: 5 Song Demo [EP] / 3rd Rate Records / November 1, 2011
[Formed in December of 2009, by Mike Yeager on Vocals, Dustin Bigelow on Guitars, Thad Nugent on Guitars, Matt Warriner on Bass, and Josh Smithey on Drums.]

[Smash The State play Center of The City Fest. Fri, Apr. 6, at 9:00pm @ The News Room, 3740 Broadway]

8. Hipshot Killer – “Straight Line”
from: Hipshot Killer / Locket Love Records / April 29, 2011
[Debut release from KC based 3-piece power punk band formed in the fall of 2008 by, Mike Alexander (Revolvers, Architects), on Guitar & Vocals, Chris Wagner (100 Years War, Jackie Carrol) on Bass & Vocals, Brad Wicklander (Dark Circles, Anvil Chorus), on Drums. They have recorded a 4 song EP that will be released as a 10inch this year.]

[Hipshot Killer play Center of The City Fest. Sat, Apr 7, at 9:00pm @ The News Room, 3740 Broadway]

10:30 – Interview with Mike Alexander and Matt Warriner

As we feature music from The Middle of the Map Fest we paused to recognize the Center of The City Fest, featuring 16 of the Kansas City area’s bast punk bands, all playing at The News Room at 3740 Broadway, this Friday and Saturday night, April 6 and 7, starting at 7:00 each night. Joining us to talk about Center of the City was the amazing Mike Alexander of Hipshot Killer, and the heroic Matt Warriner of Smash The State.

Mike Alexander is a very busy musician, playing guitar with John Velghe and The Prodigal Sons, and playing power punk with Hipshot Killer.

Mike talked about recently going to Austin for the SXSW Music Festival, where he played several shows with John Velghe and The Prodigal Sons.

Matt Warriner, is the bass player in Smash The State, and has served as principle organizer of the Center of The City Fest. Matt has “siezed the day” to bring to the table, one more venue, to showcase 16 local punk bands.

The Bands @ The News Room at 3740 Broadway, Friday & Saturday night, April 6 & 7,

FRIDAY APRIL 6TH:

7:30 – The Rackatees
8:15 – Dead Ven
9:00 – Smash the State!
9:45 – The Alerts
10:30 – Bent Left
11:15 – Iron Guts Kelly
12:00 – Red Kate
12:45 – Dismantle The Virus

SATURDAY APRIL 7TH:

7:30 – Pizza Party Massacre
8:15 – Bombs Over Broadway
9:00 – Hipshot Killer
9:45 – Death Valley Wolfriders
10:30 – They Stay Dead
11:15 – The Kingshifters
12:00 – The Bad Ideas
12:45 – Lazy

The Local Punk Music Scene has often had to create its own, very independent venues.

Kansas City and Lawrence have a long history of Punk Bands, Mike and Matt talked about some of their influences.

“I am always happily reminded that some of our most political music comes from our Punk bands. Speaking back to authority is an important element in Punk music.” – Mark

Programming note:
Every Monday night at midnight, 90.1 FM KKFI airs KCDIY Radio, Kansas City’s last and only punk radio program. Each week is a themed selection of punk and hardcore from the past 30 years, including new music. From the early days of KKFI in 1988, through most all of the early 1990s Anne Winter hosted a long running punk show as Little Orphan Annie. Radio hasn’t always been a friend to Punk music.

Mike Alexander discussed the new Hipshot Killer EP that will be coming out sometime this year.

Matt told us that more than likely, the Center of The City Fest will be an annual event.

The Center of the City Fest, features 16 of the Kansas City area’s best punk bands, Friday and Saturday, April 6 – 7, at 7:00 to 1:30 AM, at The News Room, at 3740 Broadway St. KCMO.

10:45

9. Baby Teardrops – “ME Where”
from: X Is For Love / Golden Sound Records / November 15, 2011
[KC native and former Doris Henson leader, Matthew Dunehoo’s new band, was formed in NYC w/ Megan Thomas & Gerry White. Golden Sound Records of KC re-released “X is for Love” on November 15th, in digital, CD, and for the first time, vinyl formats. The release also included exclusive remixes of album tracks.]

[Baby Teardrops play the Middle of The Map Fest. Friday April 6, 11:15pm – 12:00am @ Westport Coffeehouse 4010 Pennsylvania KCMO in a special evening curated by Golden Sound Records that also features: Oriole Post, The Caves, Fullbloods, The Empty Spaces and Everyday/Everynight.]

10. Christopher Paul Stelling – “King is Dead”
from: Songs of Praise and Scorn / Mecca Lecca Records / Feb. 21, 2012
[…”recordings where made in a matter of days in the wet heat of August in an apartment located above a functioning funeral home in Louisville, KY which has been in constant operation since 1848. At times the recording sessions would cease for various intervals out of respect for the family and friends of the recently departed.”]

[Christopher Paul Stelling plays the Middle of The Map Fest. tomorrow, Thursday April 5, 10:00pm – 10:45pm @ The Union 421 Westport Rd KCMO]

11. Keep Shelly in Athens – “Diy”
from: Our Own Dream / Forest Family Records / Nov. 5, 2011
[6-song EP follow up to their 2010 debut “In Love with Dusk” this duo is based in Athens, Greece.]

[Keep Shelly in Athens play the Middle of The Map Fest. Saturday April 7, 2012 11:00pm – 12:00am @ The Record Bar 1020 Westport Road, Kansas City, MO 6411]

12. Saintseneca – “Cold Water History”
from: Last / Mama Bird Recording / August 16, 2011
[debut full-length from Columbus, Ohio based folk band formed by lifelong friends rooted in the same small Appalachian town. The band has toured non-stop for 4 years and previously released 2 EPs.]

[Saintseneca play the Middle of The Map Fest. Friday, April 6, 9:30pm – 10:30pm @ Gusto Lounge 504 Westport Rd, Kansas City, MO 64111 ]

11:00

13. Spirit is the Spirit – “Oh, Speckled Bird”
from: Mother Mountain / Independent / February 26, 2011
[Folk-psychedelic-rock from Lawrence, Kansas. Austen Malone, Noah Compo, Wayne Zimmerman, Josh Landau, Brook Partain, Danny Bowersox. “a Lawrence band with a cosmic hippie vibe plus horns (trumpet, trombone), lots of percussion and supernal vocal harmonies”- Tim Finn]

[Spirit is The Spirit play the Middle of The Map Fest. Friday April 6, 11:00pm – 12:00am @ Riot Room 4048 Broadway Street, KCMO]

14. The Golden Motors – “Tiger in a Crate”
from: The Golden Motors / Daily Records / March 1, 2012
[After 3 critically acclaimed solo albums and a 4th with his indie collective, The Squids, Portland based singer-songwriter Dan Jones has put together a new band, The Golden Motors. On this debut blast of postpunk rock, the song craft is up front, the guitars are loud, and multiple decades of underground rock are jammed into one psychedelic punky-garage rock tour-de-force.]

[Dan Jones plays the Middle of The Map Fest. Saturday April 7, 6:00pm – 7:00pm @ Gusto Lounge 504 Westport Rd, KCMO]

15. Thom Hoskins – “Still Feeling Bronze”
from: Still Feeling Bronze [EP] / Independent / April, 2012
[Former lead singer and guitarist for The Buffalo Saints, singer-songwriter Thommy Hoskins has just released his new solo EP.]

[Thom Hoskins plays the Middle of The Map Fest. Saturday April 7, 2012 7:00pm – 8:00pm @ Gusto Lounge 504 Westport Rd, KCMO]

11:15

16. Cher – “Chop-Chop Life”
from: Boy Named Sue Me / Independent / 1991
[Recorded in 1989. Released on Cassette. Mike McCoy Guitar & Vox, Jeff Nichols – Drums, Tom Livesay – Bass, Mark Reynolds – Free Bass]

11:17 – Interview with Mike McCoy

Mike McCoy

Mike McCoy grew up in Hutchinson, Kansas. In the early 1990s his band Cher U.K. filled venues in Kansas City with their their music playing with popular themes in punk rock music. Mike McCoy, now lives in Austin Texas and fronts his band the Service Industry. Mike is the founder of The North vs. South Music Festival. Tomorrow night, Mike’s bandperforms ina reunion show, as part of The Middle of The Map Fest, with: Molly McGuire, The Esoteric, & Season To Risk, tomorrow night Thursday, April 5, at the recordBar, 1020 Westport Rd.

The band was originally called Cher. They released many of their first recordings on cassette, the band went through several line-up changes and the band’s name changed to Cher UK.

Cher UK will also recording new songs for a new EP, here in KC.

Besides Cher UK, Mike McCoy have been in several other bands, and currently plays with his band, The Service Industry.

17. The Service Industry – “Bookstores and Restaurants”
from: Ranch is The New French / Build Gut Records / 2006

In 2004 Mike McCoy founded the North vs. South Music Festival, a bi-annual, bi-polar music festival designed to showcase independent rock along the I-35 corridor. This festival has grown each year. This years festival will be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Mike talked to us about how he recently met Kenny Rogers.

Mike McCoy, performs in a very special reunion show with his band Cher UK, as part of The Middle of The Map Fest, show with: Molly McGuire, The Esoteric, & Season To Risk, Thurs., April 5, the recordBar, 1020 Westport Rd.

11:40

18. Fourth of July – “Friend of a Friend”
from: Before Our Hearts Explode! / Rangelife Records / Aug 31, 2010
[Lawrence, Kansas, based band formed in 2002, by Brendan Hangauer (vocals, guitar) Patrick Hangauer (bass) Kelly Hangauer (keys, trumpet, vocals) Brian Costello (drums, vocals) Brendan Costello (guitar) Steve Swyers (guitar on Album) w/ additional vocals by: Adrianne Verhoeven and Katlyn Conroy.]

[Fourth of July play the Middle of The Map Fest. Saturday April 7, 8:30pm – 9:30pm @ Firefly Lounge 4118 Pennsylvania Ave KCMO]

11:45

19. Betse Ellis – “Looking The World”
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 internationally touring acoustic honky-tonk band, have been together for nearly 15 years. More information at wilderscountry.com. Betse received her BA Music from the University of Missouri -KC.]

[Betse Ellis plays The Brick, Saturday night, April 7th, with Run Little Rabbit]

20. BCR – “Blue Momo”
from: Speck of Dust / Sparkling Beatnic / December 31, 2004

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[Black Crack Review, BCR, celebrates their 30th Anniversary as a band, with a special show at Californos in Westport, Thursday, April 5, at 9:00 PM.]

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

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