Wednesday MidDay Medley
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Wednesday, March 21, 2012
New & Local Releases + Middle of The Map Fest
+ John Velghe LIVE!
1. Mates of State – “Palomino”
from: Mountaintops / Barsuk / Sept. 13, 2011
[Single release: December 1, 2011. 7th full-length album from indie pop husband-and-wife duo of Kori Gardner (vocals, organ, synthesizer, piano, electric piano, and occasional guitar) and Jason Hammel (vocals, drums, percussion, and occasional synthesizer) who met in Lawrence, Kansas, and formed the band in 1997.]
[Mates of State play The Middle of The Map Fest. Friday April 6, 9:45pm – 10:45pm @ The Beaumont Club 4050 Pennsylvania Ave KCMO]
2. Jonquil – “It’s My Part”
from: Point of Go / Dovecote / Feb 21, 2012
[Hugo Manuel, Sam Hudson Scott, Robin McDiarmid and Dominic Hand, four men in their early twenties living in Oxford, England. All tracks produced by Manuel who also records solo under the name Chad Valley. Part of Oxford’s Blessing Force collective, Jonquil, alongside Pet Moon, Trophy Wife, Fixers, Rhosyn, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs and Chad Valley, represent the musically creative output of today’s Oxford.]
[Jonquil plays the Middle of The Map Fest. on Saturday April 7 at the recordBar.]
3. Capybara – “Neighbor Crimes”
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, since then they signed up with The Record Machine, released their debut recording “Try Brother” to critical acclaim, went on a 44 city tour, made a fan out of film maker Spike Jonze, recorded the soundtrack for the Independent film “One Two Many Mornings,” They backed up Daniel Johnston at last year’s Middle of The Map Festival, and now have just released their new record: “Dave Drusky.”]
[Capybara plays The Middle of The Map Fest. Fri. April 6, 7:45pm – 8:45pm @ The Beaumont Club 4050 Pennsylvania Ave KCMO]
4. Sam Billen – “Heartbeat of the City”
from: Tokyo Sessions / The Record Machine / 2009
[From Lawrence, Kansas, In 2009, Sam Billen released Headphones & Cellphones with The Record Machine. It was his first his first solo record in 5 years since leaving Northern Records who also released his decade-long band, The Billions, who disbanded in 2008. After the break up of the Billions, Sam took some time to focus on making his own music and starting a family. Sam works full time at the University of Kansas, and rstarted a new business, BillenSounds, LLC.]
[Sam Billen & The Billions play The Middle of The Map Fest. Saturday April 7, at 3:45pm – 5:00pm @ The Record Bar 1020 Westport Road, KCMO.]
5. White Denim – “Drug”
from: D / Downtown Records / May 24, 2011
[4th full-length studio album by four-piece rock band from Austin, Texas that includes: James Petralli – vocals, guitar; Joshua Block – drums; Steven Terebecki – vocals, bass; Austin Jenkins – guitar.]
[White Denim plays The Middle of The Map Fest. Sat. Apr. 7, 12:00 – 1:00am @ Riot Room 4048 Broadway KCMO.]
6. Mission of Burma – “Academy Fight Song”
from: Signals, Calls and Marches / Matador / (August 1981) Remastered by by Matador in 2008
[American post-punk band formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1979. The band was formed by Roger Miller (guitar), Clint Conley (bass), Peter Prescott (drums) and Martin Swope (tape manipulator/sound engineer). Miller, Conley and Prescott share singing and songwriting duties. In early years the band’s recordings were all released on the small Boston-based record label Ace of Hearts. Despite initial success, Mission of Burma disbanded in 1983 due to Miller’s development of tinnitus caused by the volume of the band’s live performances. The band released only one album in its original lineup, Vs.. Mission of Burma reformed in 2002, with Bob Weston replacing Swope, and has since recorded three more albums, ONoffON, The Obliterati, and The Sound The Speed The Light.]
[Mission of Burma plays The Middle of The Map Fest. Friday April 6, 11:30pm – 1:00am @ The Record Bar 1020 Westport Road, KCMO.]
10:30 – Interview with Chris Haghirian and Nathan Reusch
Chris Haghirian is a 12 year veteran of The KC Star and helped launch INK in 2008. For the past 3 years Chris has heroically served a one of the primary organizers of MidCoast Takeover SXSW, recognized nationally by USA Today. For the past two years Chris has helped organize and cultivate The Middle of The Map Festival. Chris is also a regular contributor to The Mailbox, a weekly radio podcast produced & hosted by Michael Byars, available at midwestmusicfound.org.
Nathan Ruesch is co-founder and manager of The Record Machine, an Independent KC based record label, founded in 2003, Nathan Ruesch also djays at The Union, on a semi regular basis with Dan Eaton, who is one of the 30 plus artists & bands in The Record Machine family. With Chris, Nathan is the co-mastermind, of The Middle of The Map Festival.
Chris talked about the SXSW Music festival in Austin and The MidCoast Takeover
Ink’s Middle of the Map Fest, April 5-7, 100+ Bands. 8 Venues. 10 Stages. 3 Days.
Mission of Burma – legendary punk band
Friends – from Brooklyn,
Jonquil – 4 piece band from Oxford England fronted by Hugo Manuel aka Chad Valley
Chad Valley – Electronica (a.ka. Hugo Manuel) from Oxford England.
Baby Teardrops – from KC and NYC,
Saintseneca – folk band from Columbus, Ohio.
Neon Indian, – Indie electronica from Denton, TX and Mexican-born Alan Palomo
Phantasmagoria – electro-rock/pop duo from Detroit Michigan
Mr. Gnome – gritty, space-psychedelia duo from Cleveland, Ohio.
Nerves Junior – 4 piece indie rock band from Louisville, Kentucky
Keep Shelly In Athens – an electronic / downtempo duo from Athens, Greece.
A Lull – Indie Rock from Chicago
fun. – indie pop band from New York, New York
Beacon – Electronica from Brooklyn, NYC
Acid Mothers Temple, –
Venues: Record Bar, Riot Room, Beaumont Club, Union, Gusto Lounge, Firefly Lounge, McCoy’s, Westport Coffeehouse
Featuring over 70 KC area bands:
Capybara, Cowboy Indian Bear, Soft Reeds, Ad Astra Arkestra, Motorboater, Max Justus, Sam Billen, The ACB’s, Ghosty, The Life and Times, Molly McGuire, The Esoteric, Season To Risk, Cher UK, Olympic Size, Thee Water MoccaSins, Everyday/Everynight, Fullbloods, Empty Spaces, The Caves, Oriole Post, Maps For Travelers, Spirit Is The Spirit, Grisly Hand, Beautiful Bodies, The Latenight Callers, Miles Bonny, Les Izmore, Diverse Trio, Sara Swenson & The Pearl Snaps, Sons of Great Dane, Quiet Corral, American Catastrophe, Dollar Fox, Minden, Cherokee Rock Rifle, She’s A Keeper, Casket Lottery, We Are Voices, Blackbird Review, Deep Thinkers, Greg Enemy, Stik Figa, Making Movies, The Appleseed Cast, Thom Hoskins, Old Canes, Minus Story, Hospital Ships, La Guerre, Believers, Jaeniki, Steddy P, Louiz Rip, Gee Watts, the Phantom, Molly Picture Club, Deadringers, Team Bear Club, Apples for Archers, Mask and Glove, The Conquerors, Diverse Trio, The Slowdown, In The Grove, Waiting For Signal, Dan Jones, Fourth of July, Brent Tactic, The Devil, and Reflector.
Fucked Up, Murder by Death, El Ten Eleven, White Denim, Deastro, Coalesce, Hooray for Earth, Owen, Elite Gymnastics, Gold Motel, Broncho, Akkilles, Beau Jennings and The Tigers, the Loom, Christopher Paul Stelling, Sleepy Kitty, Farout, Altos, JBoamb, Dallas, schwervon, Telegraph Canyon, Murder By Death, Shaun DuVall, Mansions, The Phantom Family Halo, DJ Maxx, and Unicycle Loves You.
Special curated shows from The Record Machine and Golden Sounds Records.
To get all the details you can visit: middleofthemapfest.com
Middle of the Map Fest, Ink Magazine and The Record Machine are hosting The Forum at OfficePort, StagePort & Screenland on Thurs & Fri, Apr 5th & 6th, 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM.
BILL ZAHNER, President and CEO of Zahner, is recognized as expert on the use of metals in artwork and architecture. The American Institute of Architects bestowed upon him an honorary AIA membership in 2007 for his dedication to the profession of Architecture, his knowledge of metal building envelopes, and his contributions to advancing the quality of the built environment.
BOB BERKEBILE is a founding principal of BNIM and has contributed over four decades to the architectural profession. Bob and his firm are setting new standards for regenerative design & resource efficiency at the building & community scales. Thru their involvement, energy, materials & human resources efficiency strategies are being implemented on a broad range of projects across the country.
PORTER ARNEILL, KC Municipal Art Commission. Porter Arneill holds a Master’s degree in fine art from the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. He has served as the Director of Education and Adjunct Curator at Laumeier Sculpture Park and Museum and as the Director of Public Art and Education for the Regional Arts Commission, both in St. Louis. He has been the Director/Public Art Administrator for the Kansas City, Missouri Municipal Art Commission since 2002.
PETER WITTE, Dean of the Conservatory of Music and Dance and Professor of Conducting at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (appointed in August, 2008.) During this time, the Conservatory has partnered w/ the Kansas City Symphony, the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Friends of Chamber Music, the KC Ballet, the Greater KC Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Council, the Crossroads Arts District, the Arts Council of Kansas City, and the American Jazz Museum. Mr. Witte serves on the Mayor’s Task Force for the Arts in Kansas City.
JULIÁN ZUGAZAGOITIA, Director of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and took his post September 1, 2010. Since arriving at the Museum, he has shown a high interest in reaching out to the community and in making the Nelson-Atkins more open and accessible to all visitors. Born in Mexico and educated at the Sorbonne Paris IV in France, Zugazagoitia speaks six languages and has worked at institutions in the Americas and Europe. Before moving to Kansas City.
In the spirit of David Bohm’s “on Dialogue”, panelists will facilitate hour long dialogues exploring the challenges facing the future of art, culture, and technology.
Anthony Magliano | Quixotic Fusion
Rachel Hack | Google Fiber
Gregory Kratofil | Polsinelli Shughart
Ford Sypher | Team Rubicon
Joe Reardon | KCKS Mayor
Sly James | KCMO Mayor
Barry Anderson | UMKC
Steve Miller | MindMixer
Stephen Hardy | BNIM
Jon Stephens | Rockhill Strategic
Json Myers | Artist
Cara Lewis | Cara&Cabezas
Danny O’Neill | The Roasterie
Matt Dehaemers | Artist
Ryan Weber | KCnext
Jeff Owens | Goodfriends Entertainment
Andy McLeod | VML
Teri Rogers | Take2
Jonathan Arnold | Arnold Imaging
Christina Hoxie | BNIM
Shaul Jolles | OfficePort
Sean Kelley | City Arts Project
Rachel Pollack | New Roots for Refugees
Jase Wilson | Luminopolis
Jeremy Eccles | Rade|Eccles
Gregory Kolsto | Oddly Correct
John Raux | Artist
Michael Gelphman | KCITP
Daniel Dermitzel | Cultivate Kansas City
Chris Cardinal | Huddle Strategic
Mark O’Renick | Salva O’Renick
Anne St. Peter | Global Prairie
Kate Hackman | Charlotte Street
For more info: middleofthemapfest.com
Ink’s Middle of the Map Fest, April 5-7, featuring over 80 Bands, in 8 Venues, on 10 Stages, in 3 Days. More info at: middleofthemapfest.com
7. Ghosty – “You Saved Me”
from: GHOSTY / More Famouser Records / April 17, 2012
[Ghosty is Andrew Connor, Mike Nolte an Bill Belzer who recorded their new album themselves over the last couple of years with help from David Wetzel, Josh Adams, Jake Blanton, Konnor Ervin, Ryan Connor, Kirsten Paludan, and Dan Talmadge. The new release will be pressed on vinyl and available on LP and digital download. More info at ghostysounds.com.]
[Ghosty and Hospital Ships will be performing at College Night at the Kemper Museum, Saturday, March 31, From 7 to 10, with screenings of video works by students from the Kansas City Art Institute and University of Missouri-Kansas City. GHOSTY plays The Middle of The Map Fest. Friday April 6, 8:30pm – 9:30pm @ Gusto Lounge 504 Westport Rd, KCMO.]
8. Power and Light – “Joy in My Sorrow”
from: EP / Independent / January 14, 2012
[A new collaboration between Nathan Readey (production) and Andrew Connor (songs, vocals). Their music is described as pop, chill, downtempo, electropop, french pop. Mixing new Ghosty songs before Ghosty releases their new songs.]
9. Andrew Bird – “Give It Away”
from: Break It Yourself / Mom + Pop / March 6, 2012
[6th solo studio album from 38 year old musician, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist and follow up to his critically acclaimed 2009 release “Noble Beast.” Andrew Bird will be in Concert in Kansas City on Friday, March 23 at The Uptown Theatre.]
10. Ruthie Foster – “Welcome Home”
from: Let It Burn / Blue Corn Music / Jan 31, 2012
[Ruthie Foster will be in concert in Kansas City with Paul Thorn, Wednesday, March 28, at 8:00 pm, at Knuckleheads, 2715 Rochester KCMO]
11. Sara Swenson – “All Things Big and Small”
from: All Things Big and Small / Independent / 2010
[KC based singer songwriter Sara Swenson, is a full time high school teacher at Platte County High School in Platte City, in her 9th year of teaching. This is the follow-up to her 2009 critically acclaimed selt titled debut. She also released a new EP in late 2011. Sara Swenson & the Pearl Snaps will be in concert w/ David Burchfield at the R Bar March 24. Sara Swenson aand the Pearl Snapsl play the Middle of The Map Fest. Friday April 6, 10:00pm – 11:00pm @ McCoys 4057 Pennsylvania Ave, KCMO]
12. Diverse – “Sojourner”
from: Diverse / Origin Records / July 21, 2009
[Mentored by the great Bobby Watson at University of Missouri-KC, trumpeter Hermon Mehari, saxophonist William Sanders, pianist John Brewer, bassist Ben Leifer, and drummer Ryan Lee were the winners of the 2008 Origin Records / Gene Harris Jazz Festival Competition, and were awarded a deal to record this album of original music.]
Hermon Mehari, Ben Leifer, and Ryan Lee make up: Diverse Trio and will play The Middle of The Map Fest. Sat. Apr. 7, 12:15 – 1:00am @ Riot Room Patio 4048 Broadway St.
ALSO: Hermon Mehari & The KC High School All Star Jazz Ensemble Present the Music of Duke Ellington & Count Basie at the RecordBar this Saturday, March 24, at 7:00 PM.
At 10:00 PM Hermon Mehari & Diverse.
at 11:30 John Velghe & the Prodigal Sons play at 11:30 PM at the RecordBar, 1020 Westport Road.
13. John Velghe & The Prodigal Sons– “Assume The Ground”
from: Don’t Let Me Stay / Lakeshore Records / March 13, 2012
[John Velghe – vox, guitars, keyboards. The Prodigal Sons: Mike Alexander – guitar, mandolin, backing vocals; Chris Wagner – bass, backing vocals; GoGo Ray – drum set; Hermon Mehari – trumpet; Sam Hughes – saxophone; Mike Walker – trombone. With: Kirsten Paludan – vocals; James Mitchell – cello; Whitney Williamson – violin; Catherine Root – violin. John Velghe will be our guest on Mar. 21, to talk about the new record and play a few songs LIVE. John will be concert at The recordBar, Feb 10, w/ 7-piece, “The Prodigal Sons.” “Don’t Let Me Stay” will have a special release concert, Mar. 24, at The Record Bar that’ll include an 11 piece ensemble, including string players and a horn section.]
11:16 – Interview with John Velghe
KC based musician John Velghe has just returned from the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas, where his band The Prodigal Sons, were featured in Alejandro Escovedo’s annual SXSW Party, held at The Continental Club, on Sunday Night, March 19, and where John performed on the same stage as Lenny Kaye of The Patti Smith Band, Garland Jeffreys, Tommy Stinson of The Replacements, and Peter Buck and Mike Mills of R.E.M. For over 20 years now John Velghe has been creating music and touring in bands including: The Daybirds, Saint Jude, famous fm, and Mendoza Lie. As a composer John Velghe has scored feature-length documentaries and short films. In 2010 John released his first solo EP and last week his new, full length album, “Don’t Let Me Stay,” was released on vinyl from Lakeshore Records. John Velghe & The Prodigal Sons will be concert this Saturday, March 24, at the recordBar, 1020 Westport Rd, in a special recording release show that will include an 11-piece ensemble, including string players and a horn section.
Alejandro Escovedo joined John Velghe on stage to sing Iggy Pop’s “I Wanna Be your Dog.”
John Velghe’s new recording, “Don’t Let Me Stay,” features a track called “Austin (you sorta stole my heart),” that you wrote on the street in Austin, at last year’s festival.
“Don’t Let Me Stay” features John Velghe on lead vocals, guitars, & keyboards, with, The Prodigal Sons: Mike Alexander on guitar, mandolin, backing vocals; Chris Wagner on bass, backing vocals; GoGo Ray on drum set; Hermon Mehari on trumpet; Sam Hughes on saxophone; Mike Walker on trombone. With: Kirsten Paludan on vocals; James Mitchell on cello; Whitney Williamson on violin; Catherine Root on violin.
The Prodigal Sons:
Mike Alexander, on guitar, also of punk band Hipshot Killer, country band Starhaven Rounders, and Irish rock band, Blarney Stoned.
Chris Wagner on bass, also of punk band Hipshot Killer, and the Revolvers, played with John in their band The Mendoza Lie.
“Go-Go Ray” Pollard on the drum kit, a nationally recognized drummer.
Mike Walker, on Trombone who played in tow of my favorite bands: Doris Henson and Olympic Size (with Wade Williamson and Kirsten Paludan, both of whom play in Mike Alexander’s Starhaven Rounders) as well as The Maytags, a “neo-dub explosion” led by Zach Phillips of the Architects and The Gadjits.
Sam Hughes, on Saxophone who plays with Hearts of Darkness, and the Gamelan and was a founding member of the band Sky Burial.
Hermon Mehari on trumpet, who also is know as a founding member of Diverse Trio. Who also collaborates with many area hip hop artists including Lez Izmore of H o D.
This Saturday Night, March 24, Hermon Mehari & The KC High School All Star Jazz Ensemble Present the Music of Duke Ellington & Count Basie at the RecordBar at 7:00 PM. At 10:00 PM Hermon Mehari & Diverse Jazz open for John Velghe & the Prodigal Sons who go on at 11:30 PM at the RecordBar.
14. John Velghe & The Prodigal Sons – “The Occupier” (Live)
Also available on: Don’t Let Me Stay / Lakeshore Records / March 13, 2012
John Velghe has also produced and recorded projects for Krystle Warren, The Depth and The Whisper, and hip hop artist Blydell. John created Guttersnipe Recording 10 years ago.
We mentioned Alejandro Escovedo, some of your other influences include Brian Wilson, The Replacements, John Lennon, The Stooges, Hayden, The Daybirds, Brian Eno, Daniel Lanois, Jay Bennett, Jeff Tweedy, Will Johnson, Quincy Jones, Jim Keltner, Richard Buckner, Townes Vansandt, Big Star, Bob Wills, Superchunk, Husker Dü, Matt Wilson, REM, Guadal Canal Diary, Thin White Rope, The Loud Families.
In your 20 years of working in the music scene what are your thoughts of the Kansas City Music Scene?
Lakeshore Records is based in Beverly Hills, California.
From John’s biographical information:
John Velghe writes songs leaning towards personal narratives and accounts of people he’s met over 20 years of playing in bands and touring. From a friend’s ex-wife in Austin to a four-year-old waitress in Lucas, Kansas to a transvestite railroad worker he met on the banks of Lake Superior in Duluth, Minnesota; Velghe populates his songs with real characters who’ve informed personal allegories about escape, transformation and fear.
15. John Velghe & The Prodigal Sons – “Heaven’s Waitress” (LIVE)
Also available on: Don’t Let Me Stay / Lakeshore Records / March 13, 2012
John Velghe & The Prodigal Sons will be concert on Saturday, Mar. 24, at The Record Bar, 1020 Westport Road, in a special recording release show that will include an 11-piece ensemble, including string players and a horn section. More info at: johnvelghe.com
16. Hidden Pictures – “Just A Little Bit More”
from: Synchronized Sleeping / Hidden Pictures / April 1, 2011
[Richard Gintowt and Michelle Sanders first met at the recordBar and performed together in OK Jones before starting Hidden Pictures. This is their debut full length. Several songs had been previously released in two separate EPs in 2010. Hidden Pictures will be in concert at The recordBar, 1010 Westport Road, on Friday, March 23 at 10:00 PM followed by Rusty Scott & The Enormous at 11:00 PM and Wildlife City at Midnight.]
17. The Cars – “Just What I Needed”
from: The Cars / Elektra / May 1978
[Lead singer and rhythm guitarist Ric Ocasek, lead singer and bassist Benjamin Orr, guitarist Elliot Easton, keyboardist Greg Hawkes and drummer David Robinson formed The Cars in Boston, Mass, and were signed to Elektra Records in 1977. The Cars were at the forefront in merging 1970s guitar-oriented rock with the new synth-oriented pop. The band broke up in 1988. Bassist Benjamin Orr died in 2000 from pancreatic cancer. The surviving original members reunited in 2010 to record a new album, titled Move Like This, which was released May 10, 2011, and toured to support the album. Sonic Spectrum presents a tribute to The Cars featuring members of Minden, White Girl, Be/Non, Deco Auto, Lazy, The Sexy Accident and more. March 25 at 7:00 PM at the recordBar. A portion of the proceeds will go to the midwest music foundation.]
I met Greg Clark though my friend April Fletcher. Greg & April were young students together at UMKC, just starting out in the world. Gregory Russell Clark had went to Bishop Hogan High School and eventually graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the UMKC Conservatory of Music in 1991.
Greg worked professionally in NYC as a singer, arranger, producer, coach, and contractor. His vocals can be heard on the NBC Television show “Smash” where he worked with composer Marc Shaiman. Greg sang with so many of the most successful artists in the business, including: The Roots, Queen Latifah, Dolly Parton, the list goes on forever. Greg sang all over the world, in venues including Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Carnegie Hall. Greg’s voice can be heard in numerous television on a radio commercials, singing back up for superstar vocalists and producers in the studio, and touring with many many artists and bands. Oleta Adams gave Greg his first big break in the music business.
Greg’s voice was rich with a beautiful range. He could sing as deep as Barry White and seamlessly climb to his beautiful falsetto.
In the early hours of Tuesday, March 20, Gregory Russell Clark, passed away, in his NYC apartment, leaving friends & musical comrades in shock. We just cannot believe he is gone.
Greg’s voice was so very big, and so was his heart, and his soul, and his loyalty to friends, and his sense of justice, and his unforgettable laugh. I once asked Greg to be a part of a performance art piece I performed in the early 1990’s, about North Carolina Senator Jesse Helms. Greg played the part of Mr. Rogers, and even though he was a little nervous, he played the part with honesty, and with his beautiful heart and voice shining through.
Steffani Bennett, gave me permission to play a song that Greg recorded as a demo. The song is called “This Love Won’t Wait.”
Gregory Russell Clark was a man who followed his dreams and lived them, we’ll miss his voice & heart, Gregory Russell Clark, we love you.
18. Gregory Russell Clark – “This Love Wont Wait”
written by Steffani Bennett & Nunzio Signore (recorded as a demo)
19. Noel Coward – “The Party’s Over Now”
from: Noel Coward in New York / drg / 2003 [orig. 1957]
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Sources for Notes: Artist’s websites noted above and wikipedia.org