WMM Playlist from January 3, 2018

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Tributes to Iris DeMent & David Bowie
+ Michelle Bacon & Katy Guillen of The Band That Fell To Earth

In our 1st hour, we celebrated the birthday of Iris DeMent, born January 5, 1961, in rural Paragould, Arkansas. She was the youngest of 14 children. At the age of 3, her devoutly religious family moved to California, where she grew up singing gospel music. During her teenage years, Iris was exposed to country, folk, & R&B, drawing influence from Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, & Joni Mitchell.

Iris moved to the midwest and after a series of jobs as a waitress and typist, she wrote her first song at the age of 25. She moved to Kansas City and played Harling’s Upstairs and open-mic nights alongside Scott Hrabko and Howard Iceberg. Iris met producer Jim Rooney in Nashville, in 1988, who helped her land a record contract.

Iris Dement made her recording debut in 1992, with her independently produced album, “Infamous Angel.” The record won critical acclaim and John Prine mentioned Iris in his list of favorite recordings of the year published in Rolling Stone. Despite a complete lack of support from country radio, the word of mouth praise for Iris DeMent’s “Infamous Angel” earned her a deal with Warner Bros Records, which reissued “Infamous Angel” in 1993. We started the show with a song originally from that album called, “Let The Mystery Be” that was lovingly covered by her husband, the great folk singer songwriter – Greg Brown. “Let The Mystery Be” has also been covered by David Bryne, 10,000 Maniacs, Bun E. Carlos of Cheap Trick, and it was the theme song for the second season of The Leftovers.

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

2. Greg Brown – “Let The Mystery Be”
from: Freak Flag / Yep Roc / May 10, 2011
[Iris Dement’s song “Let The Mystery Be” from her debut Infamous Angel, from 1992. This song was covered by David Bryne, 10,000 Maniacs, Bun E. Carlos, and many others, it also became the theme song for the 2nd season of The Leftovers.While Greg Brown was recording this album, lighting hit the studio where Greg Brown he was recording songs for his 24th album: Freak Flag, the title track was all that remained of the lost original album. Greg wrote ten new songs, recording them at Memphis, Tennessee’s legendary Ardent Studios. Produced by Bo Ramsey, the album also includes a cover of Pieta Brown’s song ”Remember the Sun.”]

Full disclosure, I love Iris DeMent. I’ve seen her live, in-concert, over 8 times. I met Iris DeMent when I was working at Kinkos at 39th & Rainbow in 1992. Iris came in to copy press clippings, she was in the process of releasing her debut album. I wasn’t familiar with her music until I saw her on Late Night with Conan O’Brien in 1995, where she performed her song, “My Life.” I was blown away. I had video-taped the show, and I would replay that song for everyone that came to visit. I wanted everyone to know about Iris DeMent.

I ran into Iris at Classic Cup in Westport. By this point I had become a big fan of her music and I was sort of star stuck, but she approached me and asked, “How do I know you?” Our friendship was able to continue because we shared a mutual friend named Anne Winter, who invited me to a holiday party in Iris Dement’s River Market condo where we sang old fashioned hymns, with members of The Wilders. Anne Winter had become a close friend of Iris and even went out “on the road” with her at one point. Because of Anne, I stage managed a show at the Uptown Theatre with Michael Moore, Iris deMent and the Wilders all performing. Anne Winter also helped arranged for Iris to play one of our Big Bang Buffet shows in 1999 at The Hobbs Building. In 2002 Iris agreed to do a benefit show for Friends of Community Radio. At this point she was living in Coleman Heights in Kansas City and invited Linda Wilson and I to a home-cooked meal at her house, to talk aver the details of the show. In 2004 Iris and Greg Brown performed together in a show with Amy Goodman of “Democracy Now!” to raise over $10,000.00 for KKFI. Iris never took a penny from any of these shows, and has always been such a generous supporter of 90.1 FM. She recognized as a singer songwriter how important community radio is for independent artists like herself, and she has always given back, to help keep this radio station alive. Because of Iris DeMent’s generosity, and in honor of our dear friend Anne Winter, who we lost in 2009, I vowed to pay tribute to iris on her birthday, each year, with this radio show.

3. Iris DeMent – “My Life”
from: My Life / Warner Brothers / 1994

10:12 – Influences of Iris DeMent

Iris DeMent represents that place in the road, where Country and Folk music merged with honest stories, of working class people, not afraid to tell the truth about the times they are living through. Iris DeMent grew up singing gospel music, but in her teenage years, she discovered other music through the radio: country, folk, and R&B, and the music of Loretta Lynn, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, and Joni Mitchell.

4. Loretta Lynn – “You Ain’t Woman Enough To Take My Man”
from: Legends of Country Music / Columbis Legacy / 1997
[Live performance for Austin City Limits taped in 1983. Loretta Webb was the second of 8 children; grew up in Butcher Holler, a section of Van Lear, a mining community in Kentucky. Growing up with such humble roots had a huge effect on Lynn’s life and heavily influenced her music as an adult. Her autobiography describes how, during her childhood, the community had no motor vehicles, paved roads, or flush toilets. She married Oliver Vanetta Lynn, known as “Doo,” on Jan. 10, 1948, at age 13. In an effort to break free of the coal mining industry, at 14, Lynn moved to the logging community Custer, Washington, with her husband. The Lynns had 4 children – Betty Sue, Jack Benny, Cissy and Ernest Ray – by the time Loretta was 18, and in her early 20s she then had twin girls, Peggy & Patsy. No stranger to controversy, Loretta Lynn possibly had more banned songs than any other country music artist, prior to The Dixie Chicks, including “Rated X,” about the double standards divorced women face, “Wings Upon Your Horns,” about the loss of teenage virginity, and “The Pill,” lyrics by T. D. Bayless, about a wife and mother becoming liberated via the birth control pill. Her song “Dear Uncle Sam,” released in 1966 during the Vietnam War, describes a wife’s anguish at the loss of a husband to war. It has been included in live performances during the US – Iraq War.]

5. Merle Haggard – “Workin’ Man Blues”
from: Oh Boy Classic Presents Merle Haggard / Oh Boy Records / 2000
[Originally released in 1969, a tribute to a core group of his fans: The American blue-collared working man. Backed by an electric guitar that typified Haggard’s signature Bakersfield Sound, he fills the role of one of those workers expressing pride in values of hard work and sacrifice, despite the resulting fatigue and the stress of raising a large family. Included on Haggard’s 1969 album “A Portrait of Merle Haggard.” Included in this collection on John Prine’s Oh Boy Records.]

6. Johnny Cash – “Ring of Fire”
from: 16 Biggets Hits / Columbia Legacy / 2007
[co-written by June Carter (wife of Johnny Cash) and Merle Kilgore. The song was recorded on March 25, 1963 and became the biggest hit of his career, staying at #1 on the charts for 7 weeks. “Ring of Fire” refers to falling in love – which is what June Carter was experiencing with Johnny Cash at the time. Some sources claim that June had seen the phrase, “Love is like a burning ring of fire,” underlined in one of her uncle A. P. Carter’s Elizabethan books of poetry. She worked with Kilgore on writing a song inspired by this phrase as she had seen her uncle do in the past. In the 2005 film, Walk the Line June is depicted as writing the song while agonizing over her feelings for Cash despite his drug addiction and alcoholism as she was driving home one evening. She had written: “There is no way to be in that kind of hell, no way to extinguish a flame that burns, burns, burns”. Cash claims he had a dream where he heard the song accompanied by “Mexican horns”. Four years after the song was released, Carter and Cash were married which Cash states helped to stop his alcohol and drug addictions. Cash’s daughter, Rosanne has stated, “The song is about the transformative power of love and that’s what it has always meant to me and that’s what it will always mean to the Cash children.]

7. Bob Dylan – “I Shall Be Released”
from: The Essential Bob Dylan / Columbia – Sony / 2000 [Originally recorded October, 1971. ]

8. Joni Mitchell – “For The Roses”
from: For The Roses / Asylumn / 1972
[Released between her 2 biggest commercial and critical successes – “Blue” and “Court & Spark”. In 2007 it was one of 50 recordings chosen that year by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry. “For the Roses” was Mitchell’s farewell to the business; she took an extended break for a year after. The album was critically acclaimed with The New York Times saying “Each of Mitchell’s songs on For the Roses is a gem glistening with her elegant way with language, her pointed splashes of irony & her perfect shaping of images. Never does Mitchell voice a thought or feeling commonly. She’s a songwriter and singer of genius who can’t help but make us feel we are not alone.” A nude photograph of Joni Mitchell was included on the inside cover of the original LP and is included in the CD booklet. The photograph shows the singer from the rear & was taken from a considerable distance; she is shown standing on a rock and staring out at the ocean. This created some controversy at the time.]

10:26 – Underwriting

10:28 – Collaborations with Iris Dement

9. Nanci Griffith w/Iris & Emmylou – “Are You Tired of Me Darling”
from: Other Voices Other Rooms / Elektra / 1993
[High Harmony – Iris / Low Harmony – Emmylou Harris] [Nanci Griffith’s 10th album. Here she pays homage to other songwriters who have influenced her own career.]

10. John Prine w/ Iris Dement – “We’re Not The Jet Set”
from: In Spite Of Ourselves / Oh Boy / 1999
[In 1968 country superstar George Jones witnessed a fight between Tammy Wynette and her husband Don Chapel. At Jones’s urging, Wynette and her daughters drove away with him. Wynette and Jones married Feb. 16, 1969, and Wynette’s 4th daughter, Georgette, was born in 1970. Jones and Wynette, were nicknamed the “President and First Lady” of country music, and they recorded a string of hit duets that seemed drawn directly from their volatile relationship, which resulted in their divorcing in 1975. Their classic recordings included “Two Story House,” “Golden Ring,” and the humorous “(We’re Not) The Jet Set.” ]

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Iris DeMent’s first three releases, all on Warner Brothers records, were critically acclaimed, and she received two Grammy nominations during this time, in the “Folk Music” category. Meanwhile country radio completely overlooked her original songs, and amazing voice, that has been compared to Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette. For her 1992 debut record John Prine wrote the liner notes. [Read the liner notes from John Prine]

“One night after receiving a copy of “Let the Mystery Be,” I was listening to the tape while frying a dozen or so pork chops in a skillet. Well Iris DeMent starts singing about “Mama’s Opry,” and being the sentimental fellow I am, I got a lump in my throat and a tear fell from my eyes into the hot oil. Well the oil popped out and burnt my arm as if the pork chops were trying to say, “Shut up, or I’ll really give you something to cry about.” Of course, pork chops can’t talk. But Iris DeMent’s songs can. They talk about isolated memories of life, love and living. And Iris has a voice I like a whole lot, like one you’ve heard before— but not really. So listen to this music, this Iris DeMent. It’s good for you. And if pork chops could talk, they’d probably learn how to sing one of her songs. Then we’d all have something to cry about.” – John Prine, Songwriter, musician & president Oh Boy! Records”

11. Iris DeMent – “Infamous Angel”
from: Infamous Angel / Warner Brothers / 1992 / 1993
[Debut studio album. In 1995, her song “Our Town” was played in the closing moments of the last episode of CBS TV series Northern Exposure. “Let the Mystery Be” became theme for the 2nd season of The Leftovers.]

10:40 – Greg Brown

Iris followed up her debut record with the autobiographical, “My Life,” released in 1994 and quickly followed with her third Warner Brother’s release, “The Way I Should,” released in 1996, which contains some of Iris DeMent’s most political songs.

In the 2002 Iris DeMent did a benefit concert for The Friends of Community Radio at Unity Temple on The Plaza. I remember when Iris asked us if it was okay that she have a musician friend open the concert for her, we agreed because Iris was donated her talent to the cause of community radio. And then she told us that this musician friend was Greg Brown, who at this point was know all over the country, but had never before played KC.

Later that year, on November 21, 2002 Greg married Iris DeMent in a private ceremony in the office of Rev. Sam Mann of St. Mark Church in East KC.

Grammy Nominated Greg Brown is one of the most respected singer songwriters working in music today. He started singing professionally at the age of 18 organizing early folk concerts in New York City, Portland, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. In the 1980s, he worked and toured extensively as musical director for Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion radio program. He also founded his own record label, named Red House Records after a home in which he lived in Iowa. Greg Brown has released over 30 recordings and has allowed much of his music to be used to raise funds and awareness for environmental and social causes. His songs have been performed by Willie Nelson, Jack Johnson, Carlos Santana, Michael Johnson, Ani DiFranco, Shawn Colvin, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Iris DeMent and Joan Baez.

12. Greg Brown w/Iris -“Jacob’s Ladder”
from: Honey in The Lion’s Head / Trailer / 2003

13. Greg Brown – “Bucket”
from: Evening Call / Red House / 2006
[The Washington Post writes, “The singer-songwriter from Iowa has a baritone as rough and chunky as Thanksgiving gravy with the turkey bits still in, and that’s just how his words drip out on his album, “The Evening Call.” on “Whippoorwill” he sing as sweetly as his lover down in KC. That’s his wife, Iris DeMent, and on “Joy Tears,” he tells her, “When you start your singing, honey, the heavens open up with grace.”]

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In 2015 Iris DeMent released her 6th album, with national acclaim, and a #5 spot on WMM’s 115 Best Recordings of 2015. The Trackless Woods sets 18 poems by acclaimed 20th century Russian poet Anna Akhmatova to life. Hailed as one of Russia’s finest poets, Akhmatova survived the Bolshevik Revolution, both World Wars and Stalin. When Iris randomly stumbled upon Akhmatova’s work in a book of poetry a friend sent as a gift, she was immediately taken by the sorrow and burden of the poems. Iris recorded the album with co-producer Richard Bennett in her living room over a five-day period. The project also fulfilled a long yearned-for desire to connect with her adopted daughter’s culture and history. Iris and her husband Greg Brown adopted their daughter from Siberia in 2005, when she was 6, and Iris says ”I’d never have made this record were it not for her.”

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

In his review for WHYY’s Fresh Air, Entertainment Weekly Music Editor – Ken Tucker wrote: “Iris DeMent possesses one of the great voices in contemporary popular music: powerfully, ringingly clear, capable of both heartbreaking fragility and blow-your-ears-back power. Had she been making country albums in the ’70s and ’80s and had more commercial ambition, she’d probably now be considered right up there with Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette. Instead, she’s lived a contemporary life, a somewhat private life. As she recently told an interviewer, “There’s a lot that goes into life besides songwriting.” And she’s taken her time in composing songs that fit into no genre easily.”

Iris released her 5th album, “Sing The Delta” in 2012, to glowing reviews from the UK publication UNcut, The New Yorker, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, and was #1 on WMM’s 112 Best Recordings of 2012. And Because we have lost so many great folks in 2016, I find it fitting to end this hour long tribute with “Go On Ahead and Go Home” from Iris DeMent’s album, Sing the Delta. Happy Birthday Iris DeMent. We love you!

15. Iris DeMent – “Go on Ahead and Go Home”
from: Sing The Delta / Flariella / Oct. 2, 2012
[Her first full-length release of original songs since 1996. Iris was our special guest on our Oct 10, WMM.]

11:00 – Station ID

Wednesday MidDay Medley Celebrates Bowie

16. Nico Gray’s Bowie Story – “Thank you Bowie!”
recorded by Nico Gray, Sunday, February 28, 2016

17. James Murphy – “Golden Years”
rom: While We’re Young (Original Soundtrack) / Power Elite / March 23, 2015
[Born February 4, 1970. James Murphy is a musician, producer, DJ, and co-founder of record label DFA Records. His most well-known musical project is LCD Soundsystem. James Murphy was influenced by Bowie and remixed songs for Bowie’s The Next Day Extras, and is credited as a percussionist on Bowie’s Backstar.] [“Golden Years” was written and recorded by David Bowie in 1975, and originally released in a shortened form as a single in November 1975, and in its full-length version in January the following year on, Station to Station. It was the first track completed during the Station to Station sessions, a period when Bowie’s cocaine addiction was at its peak. “Golden Years” was more similar in style to the Young Americans funk/soul material from earlier in 1975 than the rest of Station to Station, that foreshadowed the Kraftwerk-influenced Euro-centric and electronic music that Bowie would move into with his ‘Berlin Trilogy’.]

David Bowie seemed to be from another world. I thought he was immortal. His art kept coming. His influence so vast. He was a guide. So much of my journey, as a queer kid finding my way in the world, was influenced by Bowie.

David Bowie was born January 8, 1947. In school he studied art, music, and design before embarking on a music career in 1963. Over a span of 5 decades, he sold over 140 million records and released 27 studio albums, if count Tin Machine, which you should. His career is notable for his reinvention, his pushing of the boundaries of gender, art and music. He was the first to create a concert tour that was a big as a broadway touring show. He was also an actor in many influencial films including: The Man Who Fell to Earth, The Hunger, Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, Basquiat, and 20 other films. He also played John Merrick in The Elephant Man on Broadway. He influenced multiple generations with his music, films, music videos, and concert tours.

Bowie was a gateway to other discoveries: The Velvet Underground, Lou Reed, T-Rex, Iggy Pop, Andy Warhol, Glam Rock, Electronica, Brian Eno, William S. Burroughs, Kraftwerk, Mick Ronson, Tony Visconti, Klaus Nomi, Bauhaus, Gender Expression, and much more.

A year ago on January 10, 2016, two days after he released his 25th solo album, Blackstar, on his 69th birthday, David Robert Jones passed away at home surrounded by his wife Iman, son Duncan Jones from his marriage to Angela Bowie, and daughter Alexandria from his marriage to Iman. David Bowie’s death sent shock waves of grief across the world.

For his song, “Sweet Thing,” Bowie first used the William S. Burroughs’ “cut-up style” of writing. Sweet Thing was from Diamond Dogs, Bowie’s 8th album, released May 24, 1974.

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18. Joan As Police Woman – “Sweet Thing”
from: Real Life (B Sides) – EP / Cheap Lullaby Records / June 12, 2007
[Extra tracks from the solo debut recording of Joan Wasser, born July 26, 1970, known by her stage name, Joan As Police Woman. She is an American musician and singer-songwriter. She began her career playing violin with the Dambuilders. Throughout her career, she has regularly collaborated with other artists as a writer, performer and arranger. Kansas City artist Krystle Warren has toured around the world with her.] [“Sweet Thing” or “Sweet Thing/Candidate/Sweet Thing (Reprise)” is a suite of songs written by David Bowie for the album Diamond Dogs. Recorded in January 1974, the piece comprises the songs “Sweet Thing” and “Candidate” and a one-verse reprise of “Sweet Thing.” In the opening line, “Sweet Thing” contains the lowest note Bowie had recorded in a studio album (C2) until “I Took a Trip on a Gemini Spacecraft” for the album “Heathen” (2002), where he growled the word “Well” (G1) towards the end of the song. Diamond Dogs was the 8th studio album from Bowie, was released May 24, 1974, after the ‘retirement’ of Bowies’s Ziggy Stardust, character. Diamond Dogs featured a new lead character named Halloween Jack, “a real cool cat,” who lives in the decaying “Hunger City”. Bowie, however, still wore the Ziggy haircut on the cover of Diamond Dogs, and the first single, “Rebel Rebel” continues his glam rock sound. However, with the rest of the album, music writers noticed a new Bowie. For his song “Sweet Thing” / “Candidate”/ “Sweet Thing (Reprise)” Bowie first used the William S. Burroughs’ cut-up style of writing. The song “1984” reflected the “plastic soul” sound of Bowie’s next release, Young Americans, from 1975. The Diamond Dogs Tour of 1974 was one of the first huge Rock and Roll, bus and truck tours. Bowie produced the show with a giant set, like a big Broadway production.]

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David Bowie’s song ”Lazarus” was released on December 17, 2015, making it the second single from his twenty-fifth studio album “Blackstar”, as well as his last single released before his death on January 10, 2016. The track is used in Bowie’s off-Broadway musical of the same name. “Lazarus” was Bowie’s first top 40 hit single on the Billboard Hot 100 in more than 28 years. According to Bowie’s producer Tony Visconti, the lyrics and video of “Lazarus” were intended to be a self-epitaph, a commentary on Bowie’s own impending death. In November 2015 during the week of shooting for the Lazarus video, doctors reportedly informed Bowie the cancer was terminal and that they were ending treatment. The video features Bowie, appearing with a bandage and buttons sewn over his eyes, lying on a deathbed and finishes with Bowie retreating into a dark wardrobe. In the scenes featuring the wardrobe, Bowie is wearing a diagonally striped suit referencing the back cover of the 1991 CD reissue of the Station to Station album, where he is pictured sitting on the floor drawing the kabbalistic Tree of Life.

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19. David Bowie – “Lazarus”
from: Blackstar / ISO Records – Columbia / January 8, 2016
[Lazarus features David Bowie on vocals, acoustic guitar, and Fender guitar; Donny McCaslin on saxophone, flute, and woodwind; Jason Linder on piano, Wurlitzer organ and keyboards; Tim Lefebvre on bass; Mark Guiliana on drums. McCaslin and the rest of the jazz group recorded their parts in the studio over a period of about one week a month from January to March 2015, and until later in recording were unaware of Bowie’s declining health. The song “Lazarus” is part of Bowie’s Off-Broadway musical of the same name. The album has received universal critical acclaim and commercial success, reaching the number one spot in a number of countries in the wake of Bowie’s death and becoming his first album to reach number one on the Billboard 200 album chart in the U.S. Blackstar is the twenty-fifth and final studio album by musician, writer, actor, chameleon, David Bowie. It is the 27th when you count the Tin Machine records, which you should. The album was released worldwide on January 8, 2016, on Bowie’s 69th birthday, and just two days later David Robert Jones passed away at home surrounded by his wife Iman, and his son Duncan Jones from his marriage to Angela Bowie, and daughter Alexandria from his marriage to Iman.]

[The Band Who Fell To Earth – A Tribute to David Bowie, is Saturday, January 6, at 8:00 PM, at recordBar, 1520 Main St.]

Katy Guillen & Michelle Bacon of The Band that Fell To Earth, on the January 3, 2018 edition o f Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM.

10:18 – Interview with Michelle Bacon & Katy Guillen

Multi talented, musician and writer, Michelle Bacon, is Content Writer at 90.9 The Bridge, where she helps to shine a light on area musicians and events. Michelle Bacon works as a freelance writer and has written for The Kansas City Star, The Deli Magazine KC, and Folk Alliance International. Michelle Bacon plays drums and sings harmony vocals with Chris Meck and the Guilty Birds. She also plays with Heidi Lynne Gluck. Last year she also performed and recorded music with, Erica Joy, The Blackbird Revue, John L. Johnson, and Nathan Corsi.

Michelle Bacon is the producer and organizer of The Band That Fell To Earth: A Tribute to David Bowie, Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 8:00 PM, at recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd, KCMO. A portion of ticket sales will benefit Harmony Project KC, a music education and mentorship program for children in underserved communities in KCMO

Michelle Bacon, thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Katy Guillen is known as one of Kansas City premiere musicians and the lead singer and guitarist for the critically acclaimed blues influenced roots rock trio, Katy Guilen and the Girls, formed in September of 2012. On November 11 Katy Guillen and The Girls released their newest full length release, “Remember What You Knew Before.” a collection of reworked songs from the 2012 album Katy & Go-Go, the 2014 Katy & The Girls debut album, and from theoir 2016 “Heavy Days” with one new song.

Katy Guillen, thank you for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

The band was curated by musician/writer Michelle Bacon to pay homage to the groundbreaking artist while showcasing talent across Kansas City’s vast musical spectrum.
The thir annual With Bowie’s untimely passing only three weeks before the inaugural concert, the event garnered an attendance of more than 800 at the Uptown Theater, and generated press from KCPT, The Kansas City Star and various radio stations, along with high demand for an annual show.

Core members:

Alex Alexander – guitar
Michelle Bacon – bass
Nathan Corsi – vocals/guitar
Kyle Dahlquist – keys
Katy Guillen – guitar
Steve Tulipana – vocals
Stephanie Williams – drums

2017-18 auxiliary members:

Christine Broxterman – cello
Havilah Bruders – backing vocals
Betse Ellis – violin (2016-18)
Camry Ivory – backing vocals
Matt Ronan – percussion
Rich Wheeler – saxophone (2016-18)

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20. David Bowie – “Boys Keep Swinging”
from: Lodger / RCA / May 18, 1979
[Written by David Bowie. It was released as a single from the album Lodger on April 27, 1979. During the Lodger recording sessions, Bowie had wanted to capture a garage band style for the track, and agreed with Brian Eno that the best way to achieve this sound was to get the band to swap instruments after this was ‘suggested’ by Eno’s deck of ‘Oblique Strategies’ cards which supplied the suggestion “Reverse Roles”. Guitarist Carlos Alomar played drums and drummer Dennis Davis played bass. RCA decided against releasing the single in the US, choosing “Look Back in Anger” instead. Bowie performed the track with a puppet body special effect on Saturday Night Live on December 15, 1979, joined by Klaus Nomi and Joey Arias as backing singers. During the broadcast NBC censors muted the lines “life’s a pop o’the cherry” and “other boys check you out”, but failed to notice the puppet’s bouncing phallus at the close of the song. It was performed only during one tour, the 1995 Outside Tour. Interviewed in 2000, Bowie said the following about the song: “I do not feel that there is anything remotely glorious about being either male or female. I was merely playing on the idea of the colonization of gender.”]

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We are talking with Michelle Bacon & Katy Guillen about The Band That Fell To Earth: A Tribute to David Bowie, Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 8:00 PM, at recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd, KCMO. A portion of ticket sales will benefit Harmony Project KC, a music education and mentorship program for children in underserved communities in KCMO

Michelle Bacon & Katy Guillen, thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

“Bowie is a reminder that art and music and life are about adaptation, change and exploration,” said Steve Tulipana, one of the group’s lead vocalists.

Production crew:
American Sign Language interpretation: E. Peige Turner
Video projections: Steve Gardels (XO Blackwater)
Sound engineer: Mark “Buzz” Collins
Lighting: Canyon McClung

Last year, on the second annual show on January 7, 2017, at recordBar, the sold-out raised nearly $1000 that was donated to the AIDS Service Foundation of Greater Kansas City.

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Michelle Bacon & Katy Guillen thanks for being with us on Wednesay MidDay Medley

The Band That Fell To Earth: A Tribute to David Bowie 2017, Saturday, January 6, at doors open at 8:00, at recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd, KCMO.

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21. David Bowie – “John, I’m Only Dancing”
from: John. I’m Only Dancing – Single / RCA / April , 1973 (sax version)
[“John, I’m Only Dancing” is a single by David Bowie, released in two versions — entirely different recordings, but carrying the same catalogue number — in September 1972 and April 1973. Bowie later re-worked the song into the disco-influenced “John, I’m Only Dancing (Again),” recorded in 1974, but unreleased until 1979. The song is widely believed to be concerned with a gay relationship, the narrator informing his boyfriend not to worry about the girl he’s with because he’s “only dancing” with her. Bowie had been ‘out’ as bisexual since an interview with Melody Maker in January 1972, and the subject matter did not affect the single’s radio airplay in the UK, where it and the earlier “Starman” became his first back-to-back hits. However, the original video directed by Mick Rock, featuring androgynous dancers from Lindsay Kemp’s mime troupe, was banned by Top of the Pops. The single was not released in America, being judged too risqué by RCA and did not officially appear stateside until it was finally issued on the compilation Changesonebowie in 1976. While the hook (“John, I’m only dancing / She turns me on / But I’m only dancing”) has long been considered a gay tease, author Nicholas Pegg asserts that the song’s narrator “could just as easily be a straight man reassuring the girl’s lover”. Alternatively, it has been suggested that Bowie wrote the song in response to a derogatory comment made by John Lennon about Bowie’s cross-dressing. Musically in a light R&B style, the track was recorded on June 26, 1972, released as a single, and then re-recorded on January 20, 1973 during the Aladdin Sane sessions, in a slightly different arrangement featuring Ken Fordham on saxophone. Often called the “sax version”, the second recording was issued as a single in April 1973 with exactly the same catalogue number as the first release, causing difficulties for collectors. Generally held to be superior to the original cut, the sax reworking also appeared on early pressings of Changesonebowie before it was replaced with the original single version. In 1974, a completely reworked funk-influenced version was recorded as “John, I’m Only Dancing (Again)”, made during the sessions for the album Young Americans. Released in December 1979, the re-recording featured a much more funk-influenced take on the track, and has some similarities with the song “Stay” recorded for the Station to Station album in 1976. Originally running at 6:57, the track was cut for a 7″ single release, but the full version was issued on 12″ vinyl – the first Bowie single to have a regular 12″ release in the UK. For the B-side, the original version of “John, I’m Only Dancing” was remixed. After the relative disappointment of the singles from Lodger on the charts, the single gave Bowie some greater degree of mainstream exposure during a period when his work was increasingly being perceived as esoteric and experimental. The long 12″ version was included as a bonus track on the 1991 Rykodisk/EMI remaster CD of Young Americans, on the 2007 collectors edition of the album, and on The Best of David Bowie 1974/1979. The 7″ single version was not released on CD until 2016’s Who Can I Be Now? (1974-1976).]

10:40

You are listening to Wednesday MidDay Medley’s Tribute to David Bowie on 90.1 FM. Our next story comes from our talented friend, singer, songwriter, Krystle Warren, who has worked with some of the musical artists we’ve played today, including Joan As Police Woman. Krystle sent us her story from France, where she now lives.

22. Krystle Warren’s Bowie Story – “Always be genuine in your expression”
recorded by Krystle Warren in Paris, February 2016

10:42

Our next story, about Bowie, comes from one of his biggest fans, Ben Grimes, founder of two influential KC bands: Soft Reeds and The Golden Republic. Ben Grimes now lives with his family in Los Angeles, where he recorded this story for us, along with sharing a special track, written by Bowie, from the 1977 album Low, of the Berlin Trilogy, and recorded by Ben’s band Soft Reeds.

23. Ben Grimes Bowie Story – “You are Never Stuck In One Thing”
recorded by Ben Grimes, Sunday, February 28, 2016

10:47

24. Soft Reeds – “Sound and Vision”
from: unreleased track recorded during the sessions for Soft Reeds album ‘Blank City’
[Blank City was Soft Reeds second album, released by The Record Machine on April 23, 2013. Produced at Element Recording with Joel Nanos. Soft Reeds is the brainchild of Ben Grimes (formerly of Astralwerks’ The Golden Republic), a Chicago native whose roots grip firmly in the ’77 Berlin sounds of Brian Eno, David Bowie and Iggy Pop, with Austin, TX native Josh Wiedenfeld on drums, Beckie Trost, a fellow Chicagoan and childhood friend of Grimes on bass, and KC native John Mitchell on guitar, saxophone, keys.]

10:52 – Underwriting

We end the show with one of my favorite Bowie songs, from one of my favorite Bowie albums, from 1971’s, Hunky Dory, here’s “Kooks.”

The Band That Fell To Earth: A Tribute to David Bowie, Saturday, January 6, at 8:00, at recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd, KCMO.

For Wednesday MidDay Medley I’m Mark Manning. Thanks for listening!

25. David Bowie – “Kooks”
from: Hunky Dory / RCA / June 11, 2002
[“Kooks” is a song written by David Bowie, which appears on his 1971 album Hunky Dory. Bowie wrote this song to his newborn son Duncan Jones. The song was a pastiche of early 1970s Neil Young because Bowie was listening to a Neil Young record at home on 30 May 1971 when he got the news of the arrival of his son. British indie band The Kooks named themselves after the song. Hunky Dory is the fourth studio album by the English musician David Bowie, released on 17 December 1971 by RCA Records. It was his first release through RCA, which would be his label for the next decade. Hunky Dory has been described by AllMusic’s Stephen Thomas Erlewine as having “a kaleidoscopic array of pop styles, tied together only by Bowie’s sense of vision: a sweeping, cinematic mélange of high and low art, ambiguous sexuality, kitsch, and class”. The album has received critical acclaim since its release, and is regarded as one of Bowie’s best works. Time chose it as part of their “100 best albums of all time” list in January 2010, with journalist Josh Tyrangiel praising Bowie’s “earthbound ambition to be a boho poet with prodigal style”. The style of the album cover, designed by George Underwood, was influenced by a Marlene Dietrich photo book that Bowie took with him to the photo shoot. With new bass player Trevor Bolder replacing Tony Visconti, Hunky Dory was the first production featuring all the members of the band that would become known the following year as Ziggy Stardust’s Spiders From Mars. Also debuting with Bowie, in Visconti’s place as producer, was another key contributor to the Ziggy phase, Ken Scott. The album’s sleeve would bear the credit “Produced by Ken Scott (assisted by the actor)”. The “actor” was Bowie himself, whose “pet conceit”, in the words of NME critics Roy Carr and Charles Shaar Murray, was “to think of himself as an actor”.]

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

Next Week on Wednesday, Jan 10, we present: “Remembering MLK” to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., born January 15, 1929. We’ll play music from: The Isley Brothers, Curtis Mayfield, Mahalia Jackson, Sweet Honey in The Rock, Tramaine Hawkins, Ella Mitchell, Billy Porter, Solomon Burke, Nina Simone, Pops Staples, Mavis Staples, The Staple Singers, Thelonius Monk Septet, Pete Seeger, Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Labelle, Darwin Hobbs & Karen Clark-Sheard, Bobby Watson & The I Have a Dream Project.

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

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Show #715

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WMM Playlist from September 20, 2017

Wednesday MidDay Medley
TEN to NOON Wednesdays – Streaming at KKFI.org
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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.

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

2. Dimitri From Paris – “Prologue”
from: Sacreblu / Atlantic Records / June 11, 1996

3. Sufjan Stevens – “Inaugural Pop Music For Jane Margaret Byrne”
from: The Avalanche: Outtakes And Extras From The Illinois Album / Asthmatic Kitty / July 11, 2006
[A press release on the Asthmatic Kitty website reported that the Illinois album was supposed to be a double record (with somewhere near 50 songs), but the idea was eventually scrapped. After the success of the album, Stevens returned to his analog 8-track recorder in late 2005 and began the process of finishing 21 of the previously abandoned songs, which would eventually become The Avalanche. Stevens has stated during interviews that although he doesn’t like The Avalanche as much as Illinois, he felt it was important to release the songs in light of the success of his most recent album. He has also said that he decided to release the album in order to buy time until his next “The 50 States” project,” release.]

Thanks for tuning into Wednesday MidDay Medley. I’m Mark Manning. Today’s show is a celebration of 700 weeks, 1400 hours of radio, 10,000 hours of preparation, nearly 2000 guests, and over 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 and communities. 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’ve happily presented new formats in radio, with our popular, “A Story In A Song” series, and our special shows featuring: Apocalypse Meow, The MidCoast Takeover, Middle of The Map, The Crossroads Music Fest, The Outer Reaches Festival, The Lawrence Field Day Fest, and our annual tribute shows to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., David Bowie, Iris Dement, Pioneers of Punk, Visual Art, The Spoken Word, Gay Pride, Civil Rights, and our interviews with Tommy Ramone, Iris Dement, Laurie Anderson, Lily Tomlin. Plus, our annual 4-week special: the 100+ Best Recordings of the Year.

To say I’ve been inspired by the KC music scene, is an understatement. In just this last year, we’ve played from over 100 local releases of 2017. The KC music community is fueled by a collaborative and generous heart that is beating in so many of the artists I’ve met while doing this show. I am inspired by the women who created radio on 90.1 FM long before me: my friend April Fletcher who know plays bass professionally in Los Angeles, and my friend Anne Winter, who left us in 2009, and reminded us how we’re all connected. I’m inspired by the diverse , intelligent, motivated, listeners, looking for place on the dial, where they can connect to the amazing stories and music and voice of our community.

Ruth Ward, Maria Vasquez Boyd, Marion Merritt, Ron Megee, Necia Gamby, Krystle Warren, and Madisen Ward

Today we celebrate the pure idea of community radio, free form radio, radio that tells the story of the people who live here, the artists, the writers, the teachers, the performers, the lovers. Today we celebrate 700 weeks of Wednesday MidDay Medley, the show that has brought us together, at this time, on this frequency, in these community airwaves. Thanks for listening.

10:05 – Marion Merritt Interview/Story

Marion Merritt

Marion Merritt is our most frequent contributor to WMM, She grew up in Los Angeles, and St. Louis. She went to college in Columbia, Missouri. She studied art and musical engineering, and is a avid lover of classic films and punk rock music. She saw Talking Heads on their first U.S. tour when they played One Block West, in 1978. For 13 years she has been sharing her musical discoveries and information from her musically-encyclopedic brain on Wednesday MidDay Medley. Marion has joined us for every on-air fund drive to help raise funds for the MidCoast Radio Project. Marion is also the proprietor of Records With Merritt, at 1614 Westport Rd. in Kansas City, Missouri. That features new vinyl releases, weekly in-store performances from young and upcoming bands, and most recenty was the location for a wedding.

Marion Merritt thank you for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

We always wanted someone from a record store to have a regular presence on WMM.

When I first met Marion, she walked up to me with a recording in hand and suggested I might like the Philip Glass recordings of the Low Symphony with David Bowie and Brian Eno.

Marion and I really didn’t know each other in the beginning, but throughout these 700 shows we’ve become very close friends, I’ve watched her life transition from corporate retail to owning her own record store in the neighborhood where I live.

For 13 years Marion Merritt haa had a huge influence on our playlists. It was during our first year that she interviewed Regina Spektor.

10:10

4. Regina Spektor – “Braile”
from: 11:11 / Regina Spektor / July 9, 2001
[Debut album by singer-songwriter Regina Spektor. It was self-released on CD and sold at Spektor’s early shows. The album is now out of print on CD and much sought-after by collectors, it is available as a download from online music outlets. Regina Spektor was born February 18, 1980, in Moscow (former Soviet Union, now Russia), and began classical training on the piano at the age of six. When she was nine years old, her family left the Soviet Union in 1989, during the period of Perestroika, when Soviet citizens were permitted to emigrate. Regina had to leave her piano behind. The seriousness of her piano studies led her parents to consider not leaving the Soviet Union, but they finally decided to emigrate, due to the racial, ethnic, and political discrimination that Jews faced. Traveling first to Austria and then Italy, the Spektor family was admitted to the United States as refugees with the assistance of HIAS (the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society). They settled in the Bronx, where Spektor graduated from the SAR Academy, a Jewish day middle school in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. Since the family had been unable to bring their piano from Moscow, Spektor practiced on tabletops and other hard surfaces until she found a piano on which to play in the basement of her synagogue. She began to write original songs shortly thereafter. Spektor gradually achieved recognition through performances in the anti-folk scene in downtown New York City, most prominently at the East Village’s SideWalk Cafe. She also performed at local colleges (such as Sarah Lawrence College) with other musicians, including the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players. She sold self-published CDs at her performances during this period: 11:11 (2001) and Songs (2002). After self-releasing her first three records and gaining popularity in New York City’s anti-folk scene, Spektor signed with Sire Records in 2004 and began achieving greater mainstream recognition. After giving her third album, Soviet Kitsch a major label re-release, Sire released her fourth album, Begin to Hope, which would go on to achieve a Gold certification by the RIAA. Her following two albums, Far and What We Saw from the Cheap Seats, each debuted at number 3 on the Billboard 200. Spektor married singer-songwriter Jack Dishel in 2011. Formerly a guitarist with the band the Moldy Peaches, Dishel is a member of the band Only Son and duets with Spektor in the song “Call Them Brothers”. On January 23, 2014, Spektor announced her pregnancy on Facebook. The couple announced the birth of a son in March 2014.]

[Regina Spektor plays A Special Solo Performance, Sun, Oct.28, at 8:00 PM, at The Uptown Theatre]

10:15 – Interview with Calvin Arsenia live from Paris!

Calvin Arsenia (Photo by Jenny Wheat)

Since 2014 we have been celebrating the music of Calvin Arsenia who came home to KC after living in Edinburgh, Scotland, and has released his EPs, Moments, Prose, and this year his full length debut, Catastrophe. He has played Folk Alliance International, Kansas City Fringe Fest, The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, The Kauffman Center For The Performing Arts, The Middle of the Map Fest., The Folly Theatre. Calvin is currently in the third month of his Outlyre Tour where he has played San Francisco, Portland, Vancouver, NYC, Boston, Edinburgh, Sweden, Denmark, Holland, Switzerland, Lyon and is currently in Paris where he joins us on the phone.

Calvin Arsenia thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Krystle Warren joined us in our brief phone conversation with Calvin in Paris.

Calvin has already played over 30 shows so far on this tour.

Calvin is on tour with musician and friend Simon Huntley who plays with Quixotic

Calvin wrote on Facebook:
“If you’ve been touring over a month you’ll probably want…
1) fingernail clippers
2) extra airplane sized toothpastes
3) back up phone case
4) hair brush (for I rarely brush this mop but when I do I use)
5) single use deep conditioner packets
6) black skinny jeans
7) better shoes
8) ear plugs (I’m sorry for snoring so much, Simon)
9) (to be continued….)”

Calvin is coming homing home to Kansas City on October 18.

Calvin is working to release new music from his June 11th, live recording at Kansas City’s newly restored Greenwood Social Hall, at 1750 Bellevue Ave. in Kansas City.

He shared with us one of the tracks to play as a radio premiere.

11:20

5. Calvin Arsenia – “Nature Boy”
from: Live at Greenwood Social Hall / Calvin Arsenia / Unreleased, 2017
[from Calvin’s June 11, 2017 live performance at Greenwood Social Hall, 1760 Bellevue. Written by Eden Ahbez, first recorded by Nat King Cole in 1948, and 2001 by David Bowie for Moulin Rouge Soundtrack]

11:24 – Interview/Story with Maria Vasquez Boyd

Maria Vasquez Boyd

Maria Vasquez Boyd is an artist, poet, educator, and radio show host & producer. She has been a regular contributor to Wednesday MidDay Medley where she has produced shows about Ukuleles, Teachers, The Day of The Dead, and The Artist’s Studio. She has been a regular cast member in our “He Touched Me Gospel Hour” programs, and has contributed original material for almost all of our “A Story In A Song” shows, including our live show at recordBar, and this past Spring, for Big Bang Buffet Black Sheep Rising at The Buffalo Room. Maria is graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute, where she has taught in the Design/Illustration Department, as well as, the Nelson Atkins Museum. Maria is also a founding member of the Latino Writers Collective. Maria is also the host and producer of 90.1 FM’s ARTSPEAK Radio which airs Wednesdays at Noon, following Wednesday Midday Medley. ARTSPEAK Radio will be celebrating 5 years on the air!

Maria Vasquez Boyd, thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Congratulations on ARTSPEAK Radio!

When did Maria start calling Mark her “Radio Husband”?

We met at The Writer’s Place. I was serving on the Board of KKFI’s MidCoast Radio Project, you were serving on the board of the Latino Writer’s Collective. We would both go in early to set up for our meetings. You were a guest on the show and we welcomed you back to produce and host the show and eventually it became clear that you should host you own show. Through radio we became friends.

11:27 – Maria’s Story 10:32

6. Les Petits Minous – “À la claire fontaine”
from: À la claire fontaine – Single / Musicreche / September 25, 2008

10:34 – Underwriting

11:36 – Interview/Story Ron Megee

Ron Megee

Originally from Anaheim, California, Ron Megee has worked at every theater in Kansas City including The Kansas City Rep, The Coterie Theatre, New Theatre, The Unicorn Theatre, The Folly Theatre. I first met Ron Megee through The Unicorn Theatre. He was running the spotlight for The Rocky Horror Show. We became friends while working together with Lou Jane Temple at Cafe Lulu. This summer Ron starred in the Unicorn Theatre’s production of Priscilla Queen of the Dessert The Musical. Laughter is healing and Ron Megee is a comic genius. He has created one of Kansas City’s most enduring and successful theatre companies, Late Night Theatre that began in 1997, and after a hiatus, was reborn several years ago at Missie B’s, on West 39th Street. In the last 20 years Late Night Theatre has produced over 100 shows, including their most recent one-night-only performance of Valley of The Dolls at the Folly Theatre.

Ron Megee, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

Will & Grace Watch Party Benefit for AIDS Walk Memorial Team, Thursday, September 28 at 6 PM at Missie B’s, 805 W 39th St, Kansas City. All money raised stays right here in Kansas City to help those living with HIV/AIDS.

Missie B’s presents “Hocus! Poke Us!: The Staged Reading” October 5 – October 19, Missie B’s, 805 W 39th St, Kansas City, ONLY 6 SHOWS! Featuring Daisy Buckët, Genewa Stanwyck, Chadwick Brooks, Matt Anderson, Brian Cross, Dirty Dorothy, & Ron Megee, Written & adapted for the stage by Daisy Buckët

11:39 – Ron Megee’s story

11:44

7. Portugal.The Man – “Feel It Still”
from: Woodstock / Atlantic Recording / June 16, 2017
[8th studio album release from the Portland Oregon based band that was originally formed in Wasilla, Alaska in 2004. The new album was produced by Mike D of The Beasty Boys. The group consists of John Gourley, Zach Carothers, Kyle O’Quin, Jason Sechrist and Eric Howk. Gourley and Carothers met and began playing music together at Wasilla High School.]

10:47 – Interview with Krystle Warren

Krystle Warren

Krystle Warren is originally from Kansas City, Missouri, although she now lives outside of Paris. She learned to play the guitar by listening to The Beatles albums: Rubber Soul and Revolver. Krystle Warren graduated from Paseo Arts Academy in 2001 and began her musical career performing to Kansas City audiences and collaborating with local jazz and pop musicians. After living in San Francisco and New York City, Krystle was signed to a French recording label, Because Music, and moved to Paris and released her album “Circles” in 2009. Krystle played numerous French and British television programs, including Later with Jools Holland, garnering critical acclaim and traveling all over the world, touring with Rufus Wainwright, Nick Cave, Norah Jones, and Joan As Police Woman. Krystle created her own record label, Parlour Door Music, to release her, 2012 record: “Love Songs: A Time you May Embrace” a recording from a 13 day session in Brooklyn, where she recorded 24 songs live with 28 musicians including her band, The Faculty, alongside choirs, horn and string sections. For her most recent release, Krystle decided to go in a new direction, playing every instrument and singing all vocals & back up vocals herself, “playing bass, drums, lap steel, piano, guitar, and vocals directly to analog tape. Three the Hard Way was Produced by Krystle Warren and Ben Kane (D’Angelo, Emily King, PJ Morton).

Krystle Warren, thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

We’ve been playing various tracks from the album on the radio show, and Krystle shared music from the album last year on the show.

Some of the reviews:

OKAY Player wrote:
It was only a few months back that Krystle Warren, a midwestern musician with a taste for brawny, soul-rattling blues and gospel, graced us with gratitude on the singer’s first single off today’s offering, Three The Hard Way.

On “Thanks and Praise,” Warren’s sound is indebted to (and a lush extension of) spirited, slow-churn church grooves that have spent the last century empowering and emboldening protest and activism. Her new album, out today with production and engineering from Ben Kane (D’Angelo’s Black Messiah, Emily King’s The Switch) and Warren herself, cuts with encouraging wit against a sparse backdrop of country twang and handclap punctuation, a big, boisterous voice doing the heavy-lifting and heart-swelling.”

Impose Magazine wrote:
The devastating & mournful “Red Clay” recalls the horrific 1921 massacre of African Americans in Tulsa by the hands of the KKK that is painful reminder of an evil that persists in America, as evident by the last week’s tragic events at a neo-Nazi/KKK rally in Charlottesville, VA. Warren’s reiterations of “in the wet red clay” & pondering how evil can kill innocence are underlined with rhythm strums of sorrow that reiterates the concept that there is no place for hate in the world.

And through the entire album cycle, Krystle’s harmonies are a constant that keeps everything fluttering between the lessons of earth’s humble ground & inspirations & mythologies brought about by skies’ heavens. The art & act of waking up to the world & beyond is heard in the steps that follow “Get a Load”, to the psych-swimming “Learn to Bend”, right before you are taken to the tambourine shaking chapel of “Move” that closes out Three the Hard Way with something to wake up anyone may have fallen asleep in the back pews. Krystle leaves the audience with a message to get pro-active in your communities, to take a stand socially, politically, in any way you can make a difference to make our world a more loving place.

Krystle’s own notes on Three the Hard Way:

Three the Hard Way wasn’t supposed to be a political album. It was never my intention to delve into religion, socio-economics, depression…In fact, when Kane first suggested we work together, after I answered defensively that, yes, I had been writing new stuff, long story, and that the songs were all in my head, I said, Let’s make a happy record. And yet, and yet. Heading into the studio a year and a half ago, driving over an hour from my home in Yvelines to Villetaneuse in the early thaw of winter, our recording began as the world’s papers with any common sense at all published a steady stream of, What the FUCK Has The U.S. Done NOW! We couldn’t help but be affected by the uncertainty. It was all around us—still is.

I believe the first session started with “Get a Load”, or at least, attempted to. I had just completed “So We Say” the night before/that very morning, and was eager to lay it. “So We Say” took shape after everyone else went to bed, and I sat alone in the kitchen, plucking away at my guitar, swigging off a bottle of red, thinking about the The Challenger explosion. It was all over the news that day. I was a youngster when it happened, but I remember the image well. The thirtieth anniversary’s coverage provided deeper insight into the whys and hows. I felt disgusted by it all. People rise and fall in pieces, but that’s the price for being free… So began the first tune of the album.

It’s an odd feeling being of the time, artistically—that is to say, one who is reflecting the world around them, by accident, with purpose. Countless quotes exist attributed to various famous folk saying things to the effect of, If you’re not doing this, then you’re doing that, and that’s shitty. I don’t agree with that sentiment as it pertains to artistic expression. Not everyone should hold a megaphone. Pete Seeger, early Dylan, Woody Guthrie, Neil Young—hey, that’s all well and good. The general message is also extremely self-righteous. I don’t like being told what to do, do you?

Likewise, I feel that it’s best to be informed before throwing in your two cents, otherwise, you’re just feeding into the cacophony of yells and screams that currently passes for debate. The world has always been an awful place. Some of us are waking up to that reality now. I couldn’t have written Three the Hard Way five years ago, because I wouldn’t have known what to say, let alone how to say it. I’m here now, taking it all in, and weeping, and writing, and singing, listening, learning, getting through.

10:57

8. Krystle Warren – “Learn To Bend”
from: Three The Hard Way / Parlour Door Music / August 18, 2017
[Produced by Krystle Warren and Ben Kane (D’Angelo, Emily King, PJ Morton). Recorded, engineered, and mixed by Ben Kane. Written & performed by Krystle Warre. Mixed at The Garden, Brooklyn. Mastered & cut by Alex DeTurk at Masterdisk. Last year in Krystle Warren premiered this song and her other new songs from this album at the Middle of the Map Fest in a packed room at Californos in Westport and later at The Polsky Theatre for the Performing Arts Series of Johnson County Community College. For this record Krystle decided to play every instrument and vocals & back up vocals, “playing bass, drums, lap steel, piano, guitar, and vocals directly to analog tape. She and Ben Kane recorded in Villetaneuse, France, a small town on the outskirts of Paris in a vintage 70s era studio that offered just the right, rich sound to suggest the musical foundation for the record, and to do justice to the duo’s carefully balanced arrangements.” On the radio show last year Krystle shared inspirations for this record, early gospel recordings, that crossed over into Jazz from Pharoah Sanders, Edwin Hawkins, and The Swan Silvertones. Originally from KC, Krystle learned to play the guitar by listening to Rubber Soul & Revolver from The Beatles. Krystle graduated from Paseo Arts Academy in 2001 and began her musical career in collaborating with area jazz and pop musicians. After living in San Francisco and NYC, Krystle was signed to a French label, Because Music, and moved to Paris to release “Circles” in 2009. Krystle played French and British television programs, including Later with Jools Holland, garnering critical acclaim and traveling all over the world with Rufus Wainwright, Nick Cave, Norah Jones, and Joan As Police Woman. Krystle created, Parlour Door Music, to release “Love Songs: A Time You May Embrace” a recording from a 13-day session in Brooklyn, where she recorded 24 songs live with 28 musicians including her band, The Faculty, alongside choirs, horn and string sections.]

11:00 – Krystle Warren – “Station I.D.”

11:00 – Interview with Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear

Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear

We’re thrilled to welcome back to the show, for their 6th appearance on Wednesday MidDay Medley, Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear. Madisen Ward and Ruth Ward were with us for our 500th show, so we feel incredibly blessed to have them back for our 700th show. Between these two shows, they have skyrocketed out of Kansas City, garnering international acclaim, and new fans from all over the world. They signed with Glassnote Records and recorded their debut full length album in Nashville with acclaimed producer Jim Abiss. They performed their debut single “Silent Movies” on The Late Show with David Letterman, they’ve toured across the United States, and Europe, more than once. They were featured on CBS Sunday Morning, NBC’s The Today Show, and “Later With Jools Holland and played Bonnaroo, Pilgramage, and the Newport Folk Festival, and the Ryman Theatre, in Nashville. Ruth Ward has continually performed throughout her life, mostly in coffee shops and open mics, for over 30 years, even recording a solo record. In the midst of this she got married and became a mom, and was busy raising a family. Madisen Ward was born in Oklahoma, and grew up in the outskirts of Kansas City, Missouri. He graduated from William Chrisman High School in 2007. Madisen’s journey to become a musician, was “melodically passed down” through the songs of his mother, where Madisen grew up watching his mom perform at local coffee shops. Eventually he began to learn to play the guitar, and poured his talent for writing into the music to create original songs. They began playing shows together, playing Madisen’s original songs along with the occasional cover of a classic track, reinterpreted in their own incredibly beautiful performance of two voices and two guitars in harmony and orchestration. Their debut album, The Skeleton Crew, was released by Glassnote Records, May 9, 2015 and was our most played record that year and was #1 on our 115 Best Recordings of 2015. Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear are currently working on their 2nd album.

Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, will play Yardley Hall, 12345 College Blvd, Overland Park, Kansas, on Saturday, December 2 at 8:00 PM.

Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear thanks for being with us on WMM.

We first played music from Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear on this radio show in early May of 2013 after our mutual friend Joel Nanos of Element Recording sent us a copy of their independent EP, “We Burned The Cane Field” where they first recorded Madisen’s original songs.

When Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear opened for BB King at The Midland, 96.5’s The Buzz’s Lazlo Geiger saw them and he was blown away. He contacted his friend, Daniel Glass, founder of Glassnote Records who traveled to Kansas City to meet the band.

11:08

9. Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear – “Cannibal” (Live)

11:20

10. Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear – “How It Goes” (Live)

Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, will play Yardley Hall, 12345 College Blvd, Overland Park, Kansas, on Saturday, December 2 at 8:00 PM.

11:25

11. Be / Non – “Journey”
from: A Mountain of Yeses / Unipegadong / 2009

12. The Magnetic Fields – BBC Radiophonic Workshop
from: Holiday / Merge / 1994

11:26 – Interview/Story – Scott Hobart

Scott Hobart

Singer-songwriter and guitarist Scott Hobart is a multi-talented artist. Known for his acclaimed honky-tonk country band, Rex Hobart & The Misery Boys (Bloodshot Records). Scott also works as the Coterie Theatre’s Resident Technical Director. He has also composed music and performed in the Coterie’s “Night of The Living Dead.” Scott met his friend Byron Collum at the Kansas City Art Institute in 1989. Eventually, they moved to Collum’s hometown of Green Bay, WI and formed the ‘post-hardcore power-trio’ GIANTS CHAIR in 1993. The band moved back to Kansas City became part of the burgeoning, mid-90’s KC rock scene – sharing bills with Germbox, Season To Risk, Molly McGuire and Shiner. After being signed to Caulfield Records out of Lincoln NE. on the strength of their debut 7″ single, GIANTS CHAIR recorded 2 critically-acclaimed full-length albums and toured the U.S. twice. GIANTS CHAIR sorted ended things in 1997 but have gotten back together here and there.

Recently the band released two new songs and are working on material for their 3rd studio album. Giants Chair play miniBar, Thursday, Sept. 21,at 8:00 PM with ExAcrobat and SWEATS from Lincoln.

Scott Hobart thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

13. Giants Chair – “Featureless Horizon”
from: The Streets – Single / Giants Chair / June 15, 2017
[Recorded May 2017 at Weights & Measures Soundlab, Kansas City, Missouri. Engineered and produced by Duane Trower. Kansas City based. Giant’s Chair was a band from fall of 1993 to the summer of 1997.]

[Giants Chair play miniBar, Thursday, Sept. 21, at 8:00 PM with ExAcrobat and SWEATS from Lincoln.]

11:36 – Underwriting

11:38 – Interview/Story – Necia Gamby

Necia Gamby

Necia Gamby is Licensed Massage Practitioner at own practice, NRGinMOTION. Shoe also serves as a licensed Massage Therapist at Alpha Chiropractic Center Inc. and at at Spa On Penn. She has been in practice 36 years. She uses Swedish (classical) massage technique. Over the years she has studied and practiced Hatha Yoga and is currently studying TaiChi. She founded and directed the Heartland School of Massage from 1988-1996. She has studied and incorporated Shiatsu, trigger point technique, lomi-lomi and a host of other philosophies and techniques into her massage style. She was an instructor for Johnson County Community College’s Certified Massage Program for 6 years. She taught Basic Swedish technique and Business Practices. She is an avid reader and especially loves science fiction and Korean dramas. Necia is the daughter of a KC Jazz pianist, and the mother of a graphic artist and MC for the acclaimed KC based hiphop duo SoundsGood and engineer with the 64111 Clinic.

Necia Gamby, thanks for being us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

11:39 – Necia’s Story

11:44

14. SoundsGood – “Best Song Ever (featuring iD)”
from: Goodbye / Innate Sounds / March 1, 2012
[The 3rd SoundsGood and final album. A collection of tracks that finalize the SoundsGood sound. Vocals – Joe Good, Beats – Miles Bonny.]

11:49 – Interview/story – Nico Gray

Nico Gray (Photo by Mark Manning)

We welcome back to the show, our friend Nico Gray, who joins us as “Guest Producer” for our second hour. Nico has worked as a writer, performance artistm and as an actor with The Kansas City Rep, Gorilla Theatre, the 8th Street Cafe Thetre, Actor’s Craft, and was recently a featured performer in Big Bang Buffet’s Black Sheep Rising. Nico has also worked for Theatre League, The Midland Theatre and is currently a marketing and advertising consultant who does work with Union Station. Rooted in KC, Nico grew up with radio. Nico writes that, “Music has always served as the ‘passport’ through spiritual journeys that have transplanted him to the brownstones of Chicago, the rooftops of Paris, the sea-side of Marseille and the balconies of NYC. ”

Nico Gray welcome back to Wednesday MidDay Medley.

11:50 – Nico’s Story

11:52

15. The Velvet Underground – “Heroin”
from: The Velvet Underground & Nico / Verve / March 12, 1967
[The Velvet Underground & Nico is the debut album by The Velvet Underground, with the first professional line-up of the Velvet Underground: Lou Reed, John Cale, Sterling Morrison and Maureen Tucker. German singer Nico was also featured, having occasionally performed lead vocals for the band. This resulted of the instigation of their mentor and manager, Andy Warhol, and his collaborator, Paul Morrissey. Nico sang lead on three of the album’s tracks—”Femme Fatale”, “All Tomorrow’s Parties” and “I’ll Be Your Mirror”—and back-up on “Sunday Morning”. In 1966, as the album was being recorded, this was also the line-up for their live performances as a part of Warhol’s Exploding Plastic Inevitable. Though the record was a commercial failure upon release and was almost entirely ignored by contemporary critics, The Velvet Underground & Nico is now widely recognized as one of the greatest and most influential albums in the history of popular music. In 1982, musician Brian Eno famously stated that while the album initially only sold approximately 30,000 copies, “everyone who bought one of those 30,000 copies started a band.” In 2003, it ranked 13th on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. It was added to the 2006 National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress. Many sub-genres of rock music and forms of alternative music were significantly informed by the album.]

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

Next week on Wednesday, September 27, Brenton Cook, Dedric Moore and Steve Tulipana join us to share music and information about the Outer Reaches Festival, Friday and Saturday, September 29th and 30th, at recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd.

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

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Show #700

Wednesday MidDay Medley Celebrates our 700th Show!

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

Wednesday, September 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.

Join us in our radio celebration!
Tune in on 90.1 FM KKFI
or streaming live at kkfi.org

Show #700

WMM Playlist from September 13, 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, September 13, 2017

MidCoastal & New Releases
+ D. Rashaan Gilmore + Erica Joy

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

2. LCD Soundsystem – “change yr mind”
from: american dream / DFA – Columbia / September 1, 2017
[4th studio album by American rock band LCD Soundsystem, released on September 1, 2017 through DFA and Columbia. It was first announced on January 5, 2016, the day after it was revealed that the band was reuniting after a disbandment lasting nearly five years. It is the band’s first album in seven years, following This Is Happening (2010). Prior to release, LCD Soundsystem performed at large music festivals as well as smaller shows to promote their reunion. “Call the Police” and “American Dream” were released together as the album’s lead single on May 5, 2017, and “Tonite” was released as the second single on August 16, 2017. The album received widespread acclaim from music critics. The album performed well commercially and became the band’s first number-one album in the United States.]

3. The Mynabirds – “Shouting at the Dark”
from: BE HERE NOW / Saddle Creek Records / August 25, 2017
[4th release from The Mynabirds, indie pop band founded by singer-songwriter and pianist Laura Burhenn, who was previously one half of the Washington, D.C. indie duo Georgie James. Burhenn formed The Mynabirds in 2009, and shortly after signed to Saddle Creek Records and relocated to Omaha, Nebraska. The sound has been described by Pitchfork as “…openhearted, politically engaged, feminist pop that, miraculously, never veers into schmaltz.” After years of classical piano and stints singing and playing keyboards in rock bands and electronica projects in Washington, D.C., Burhenn founded her own record label, Laboratory Records, and began releasing solo work. Burhenn’s first solo record “Not Ashamed to Say” was released in 1999 and is a collection of thirteen songs written from 1994 to 1998. After releasing a split 7″ in 2003, Burhenn released the full length “Wanderlust” in 2004. In 2005, Burhenn teamed up with John Davis, drummer of defunct DC trio Q and Not U, to form Georgie James. Laura first worked with Saddle Creek in 2007 on Georgie James’ debut LP “Places.” The duo parted ways in late 2008.]

10:13 – Underwriting

4. Kevin Morby – “Aboard My Train”
from: City Music / Dead Oceans / June 16, 2017
[4th release from Kevin Robert Morby born April 2, 1988, and learned to play guitar when he was 10. In his teens he formed the band Creepy Aliens. 17-year-old Morby dropped out of Blue Valley Northwest High School, got his GED, and moved from his native Kansas City to Brooklyn in the mid-2000s, supporting himself by working bike delivery and café jobs. He later joined the noise-folk group Woods on bass. While living in Brooklyn, he became close friends and roommates with Cassie Ramone of the punk trio Vivian Girls, and the two formed a side project together called The Babies, who released albums in 2011 and 2012. He began a solo career in 2013 releasing his debut album Harlem River with positive reviews. His 2nd album Still Life was released in 2014. His last album Singing Saw was ione of our 116 Best Recordings of 2016]

[Kevin Morby plays The Madrid, tomorrow night, September 14, opening for The Mountain Goats]

5. Sheer Mag – “Just Can’t Get Enough”
from: Need To Feel Your Love / WILSUN RC / July 14, 2017
[Sheer Mag is an American rock band from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, formed in 2014. Members include:Tina Halladay, Kyle Seely, Hart Seely, Matt Palmer, Ian Dykstra A combination of 1970s rock and punk ethos, the band continued to gather attention and has released three 7-inch EPs as of March 2016. In January 2015, Rolling Stone featured the band as one of “10 New Artists You Need To Know”, describing them as “a gang of punks with a not-so-secret love of Seventies classic rock.”Four of five band members attended the State University of New York at Purchase. In 2016, the band was part of the Coachella 2016 line-up and performed on Late Night with Seth Myers. On May 10, 2017, Sheer Mag released “Need To Feel Your Love,” the first track off their first full-length record, Need To Feel Your Love.]

[Sheer Mag play The Bottleneck, in Lawrence, KS, on September 18, with Laffing Gas, The Whiffs, and Nancy Boys]

6. Krystle Warren – “Nae-Nae and Ruthie”
from: Three The Hardway / Parlour Door Music / August 18, 2017
[Produced by Krystle Warren and Ben Kane (D’Angelo, Emily King, PJ Morton). Recorded, engineered, and mixed by Ben Kane. Written & performed by Krystle Warre. Mixed at The Garden, Brooklyn. Mastered & cut by Alex DeTurk at Masterdisk. Last year in Krystle Warren premiered this song and her other new songs from this album at the Middle of the Map Fest in a packed room at Californos in Westport and later at The Polsky Theatre for the Performing Arts Series of Johnsons County Community College. For this record Krystle decided to play every instrument and vocals & back up vocals, “playing bass, drums, lap steel, piano, guitar, and vocals directly to analog tape. She and Ben Kane recorded in Villetaneuse, France, a small town on the outskirts of Paris in a vintage 70s era studio that offered just the right, rich sound to suggest the musical foundation for the record, and to do justice to the duo’s carefully balanced arrangements.” On the radio show last year Krystle shared inspirations for this record, early gospel recordings, that crossed over into Jazz from Pharoah Sanders, Edwin Hawkins, and The Swan Silvertones. Originally from KC, Krystle learned to play the guitar by listening to Rubber Soul & Revolver from The Beatles. Krystle graduated from Paseo Arts Academy in 2001 and began her musical career in collaborating with area jazz and pop musicians. After living in San Francisco and NYC, Krystle was signed to a French label, Because Music, and moved to Paris to release “Circles” in 2009. Krystle played French and British television programs, including Later with Jools Holland, garnering critical acclaim and traveling all over the world with Rufus Wainwright, Nick Cave, Norah Jones, and Joan As Police Woman. Krystle created, Parlour Door Music, to release “Love Songs: A Time You May Embrace” a recording from a 13-day session in Brooklyn, where she recorded 24 songs live with 28 musicians including her band, The Faculty, alongside choirs, horn and string sections.]

7. Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals – “Shine”
from: Call It What It Is / Ben Harper – Concord Music Group / January 22, 2016
[Benjamin Chase Harper (born October 28, 1969) is an American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Harper plays an eclectic mix of blues, folk, soul, reggae and rock music and is known for his guitar-playing skills, vocals, live performances, and activism. He has released twelve regular studio albums, mostly through Virgin Records and has toured internationally. Harper is a three-time Grammy Award winner, with awards for Best Pop Instrumental Performance and Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album in 2005 and Best Blues Album in 2014. Harper was born in Pomona, California. His late father, Leonard, was of African-American and Cherokee ancestry, and his mother, Ellen Chase-Verdries, is Jewish. His maternal great-grandmother was a Russian-Lithuanian Jew. His parents divorced when he was five years old, and he grew up with his mother’s family. Harper has two brothers, Joel and Peter. Harper began playing guitar as a child. His maternal grandparents’ music store The Folk Music Center and Museum laid a foundation of folk and blues for the artist, complemented by regular patrons Leonard Cohen, Taj Mahal, John Darnielle, and David Lindley and quotes of William Shakespeare and Robert Frost made often by his grandfather. In 1978, at the age of 9, Harper attended Bob Marley’s performance in Burbank, California where Marley was joined by former bandmate Peter Tosh for the encore. It was, according to Harper, an important influence..]

[Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals play The Uptown Theatre, tonight, September 13, Doors at 7:00 PM, show at 8:00 PM with special guest, Hey, King]

D. Rashaan Gilmore with Maria Vasquez Boyd on the September 13, 2017 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley


10:31 – Interview with D. Rashaan Gilmore

D. Rashaan Gilmore is a life-long resident of Kansas City. He is community connector, organizer and collaborator. He joins us to share information about his new radio show, ‘Unbossed and Unbothered w/ D. Rashaan’ that can be heard right here on 90.1 FM KKFI, on the 3rd Saturday of each month, at 1:00 pm, during The Tenth Voice. D. Rashaan Gilmore is passionate about making a difference in the LGBTQ community of color. His current project is BlaqOut, a newly formed organization which seeks to organize and mobilize the black, gay community in Kansas City and develop a leadership core. Gilmore has previously managed multiple significant HIV/ AIDS awareness and prevention grants for the Kansas City CARE Clinic. And also served as the Senior Field Organizer for PROMO, Missouri’s statewide LGBT equality and advocacy organization.

D. Rashaan Gilmore thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Last month D. Rashaan premiered his new radio program: ‘Unbossed and Unbothered w/ D. Rashaan’, on The Tenth Voice. During his first show he interviewed John Eligon, reporter for the New York Times AND featured a live musical performance from the St. Louis-based artist, MAVEN LEE aka Trent Omar Ramsey.

D. Rashaan Gilmore said in an interview (The Phoenix Newsletter / May 31, 2017 written by Joel Barrett) “I believe in living out loud.”

He also said, “I feel like I’m in a position to help others and I take that responsibility seriously, however, I can’t talk about what impact I have had in Kansas City without talking about the impact Kansas City has had on me.”

In the Phoenix Newsletter piece he said, “I don’t believe in practice what you preach. To me, that is too high a standard. I believe in preaching what you practice. I can tell you and show you what has worked for me and that alone. Everything else I’m aspiring to and we can work on that together.”

D, Rashaan Gilmore is particularly passionate about making a difference in the LGBTQ community of color. Recently, he’s found a home for his voice in service of marginalized and stigmatized communities where he brings his candor, intelligence and wit to empower individuals to assert their right to be visible and thrive.

His current project is BlaqOut, a newly formed organization which seeks to organize and mobilize the black, gay community in Kansas City and develop a leadership core.

BlaqOut has received funding for a major community needs assessment of Kansas City’s black, 18- to 34-year-old MSM community. MSM is a term used by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that means men who have sex with men.

Gilmore has previously managed multiple significantly-sized SAMHSA and CDC-funded HIV/ AIDS awareness and prevention grants for the Kansas City CARE Clinic.

D. Rashaan Gilmore calls himself a “serial entrepreneur.” His first business was a bakery, that he started as a 14 year old teenager.

His newest company is ‘Nuts & Bolts’, a premier lifestyle brand for men, that will launch its debut collection of sustainably produced garments and accessories in 2018.

As an outspoken social justice advocate and passionate serial entrepreneur with deep roots in the business, civic and non-profit communities in Kansas City and beyond.

Gilmore’s keen insight and vast professional experience establish him as a sought after cultural and political analyst and commentator on radio, television and online.

D. Rashaan Gilmore thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

D. Rashaan Gilmore is the host and producer of a new radio show, ‘Unbossed and Unbothered w/ D. Rashaan’, on the 3rd Saturday of each month, at 1:00 PM, during The Tenth Voice on 90.1 FM KKFI Kansas City Community Radio.

10:50

8. The War On Drugs – “Holding On”
from: A Deeper Understanding / Atlantic Recording / August 25, 2017
[The 4th studio album from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, band formed in 2005. The band consists of Adam Granduciel (vocals, guitar), David Hartley (bass), Robbie Bennett (keyboards), Charlie Hall (drums), Jon Natchez (saxophone, keyboards) and Anthony LaMarca (guitar). Founded by close collaborators Granduciel and Kurt Vile, The War on Drugs released their debut studio album, Wagonwheel Blues, in 2008. Vile departed shortly after its release to focus on his solo career. The band’s second studio album Slave Ambient was released in 2011 to favorable reviews and extensive touring. Written and recorded following extensive touring and a period of loneliness and depression for primary songwriter Granduciel, the band’s third album, Lost in the Dream, was released in 2014 to widespread critical acclaim and increased exposure. Previous collaborator Charlie Hall joined the band as its full-time drummer during the recording process, with saxophonist Jon Natchez and additional guitarist Anthony LaMarca accompanying the band for its world tour.]

9. Hurray For The Riff Raff – “Living In The City”
from: The Navigator / ATO Records / March 10, 2017
[Hurray for the Riff Raff is an American folk-blues and Americana band from New Orleans, Louisiana formed by lead singer and songwriter Alynda Segarra. Segarra was raised by her aunt Nereida in the Bronx where she developed an early appreciation for doo-wop and Motown. She is of Puerto Rican descent. Her mother was former New York City Deputy Mayor Ninfa Segarra. Segarra became a regular attendee of hardcore punk shows at ABC No Rio when she was young. She left her home in the Bronx at age 17, spending time crossing North America, hopping freight trains. During this time, around 2007, Segarra became a part of the Dead Man Street Orchestra, a band that was documented in a photo essay by Time Magazine in 2007. After two self-released albums, 2008’s It Don’t Mean I Don’t Love You and 2010’s Young Blood Blues, Hurray for the Riff Raff released a self-titled CD composed of Segarra’s favorite songs from those records on Loose Music in Europe on March 21, 2011. Tracks from the band’s debut release received airplay on BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music. In February 2011, the band were featured in an article in The Times, based around the HBO TV series, Treme, with their track “Daniella” being listed in their selection of New Orleans’ essential songs. In May 2012, Hurray for the Riff Raff released Look Out Mama on their own label, Born to Win Records. Loose Music released Look Out Mama in Europe on August 20, 2012. The album was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee at The Bomb Shelter Studios and produced by Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes).In February 2014, Hurray for the Riff Raff had their ATO Records debut, Small Town Heroes. The record features original songs written or co-written by Segarra, and features fiddler Yosi Perlstein, keyboard player Casey McAllister, and two members of The Deslondes: Sam Doores on guitar and Dan Cutler on bass.]

11:00 – Station ID

10. Giants Chair – “The Streets”
from: The Streets – Single / Giants Chair / June 15, 2017
[Recorded May 2017 at Weights & Measures Soundlab, Kansas City, Missouri. Engineered and produced by Duane Trower. Kansas City based. Giant’s Chair was a band from fall of 1993 to the summer of 1997. Singer-songwriter / guitarist Scott Hobart and bassist Byron Collum met at the Kansas City Art Institute in 1989. Eventually, they moved to Collum’s hometown of Green Bay, WI to play with drummer, Paul Ackerman and form the ‘post-hardcore power-trio’ GIANTS CHAIR in 1993. The band moved back to Kansas City soon thereafter to be a part of the burgeoning, mid-90’s KC rock scene – sharing bills with Germbox, Season To Risk, Molly McGuire and Shiner. After being signed to Caulfield Records out of Lincoln NE. on the strength of their debut 7″ single, GIANTS CHAIR recorded 2 critically-acclaimed full-length albums and toured the U.S. twice. Though Hobart would shift styles to front the honky-tonk country band, Rex Hobart & The Misery Boys (Bloodshot Records) while Collum and Ackerman continued with other rock projects, GIANTS CHAIR has continued to play the occasional show in Kansas City over the years and has recently released two new songs and a video – as well as letting it be known that they are working on material for their 3rd studio album. Hobart says GIANTS CHAIR’s best-known earliest influences would probably be bands like Fugazi, Swervedriver, Drive Like Jehu and Jawbox.]

[Giants Chair play miniBar, Thursday, Sept. 21,at 8:00 PM with ExAcrobat and SWEATS from Lincoln.]

[Scott Hobart will be with us live in the studio next week for our very special 700th show with guests: Nico Gray, Necia Gamby, Marion Merritt, Ron Megee, Maria Vasquez Boyd, Lesley Poiries, and more.]

11. La Guerre – “sweetness is objective”
from: B Side Your Heart / The Record Machine / January 20, 2015
[La Guerre is the French for “war.” B Side Your Heart is a gathering of love themed b sides from over the last few years. All proceeds will be donated to the ACLU. All songs written by Katlyn Conroy. Katlyn Conroy, is a female singer and songwriter from Lawrence, Kansas. She was part of the critically acclaimed band, Cowboy Indian Bear. She was the recipient of the 2013 Pitch Music Award for Best Singer-Songwriter. You can a listen to her music at http://www.katlynconroy.bandcamp.com.]

[La Guerre plays The Riot Room, 4048 Broadway, Monday, September 18, at 8:00 PM with local band Mess, opening from Athens, Georgia band Mothers.]

12. Ariel Pink – “Feels Like Heaven”
from: Dedicated To Bobby Jameson / Kemado Records / September 15, 2017
[11th studio album Los Angeles’s prodigal songwriting son Ariel Pin. The album’s title makes a direct and heartfelt reference to a real-life L.A. musician, long presumed dead, who resurfaced online in 2007 after 35 reclusive years to pen his autobiography and tragic life story in a series of blogs and YouTube tirades. “His book and life resonated with me to such a degree,” Pink states, “that I felt a need to dedicate my latest record to him.” Dedicated to Bobby Jameson begins at the end and ends at the beginning. “We follow the protagonist through a battery of tests and milestones, the first of which sees him reborn into life out of death,” Pink explains, referencing the opening track “Time To Meet Your God.” “From there, he seesaws his way between the innocent love and the rock-solid edifice of childhood-worn trauma that together constitute his lifelong initiation into the realm of artifice and theatrical disposability.” Ariel Pink started as a visual artist before becoming a recording artist in the late ‘90s while attending Cal Arts. Drawing on iconoclasts and trailblazers like the Shaggs, the Cure, the Velvet Underground, Destroy All Monsters, Cabaret Voltaire, and R. Stevie Moore, Pink set himself to redefining the musical lexicon for himself and others. “This mission,” he says, “remains mine to this day.” less. More info at: http://www.ariel-pink.com.]

13. Foxygen – “Follow The Leader”
from: Hang / Jagjaguwar / January 20, 2017
[Foxygen is an American indie rock duo from Westlake Village, California, formed in 2005. The band consists of Jonathan Rado and Sam France. They have released four albums and a number of self-released EPs. Rado and France started their band in high school when both were fifteen. After their formation in 2005, the band played experimental music; influenced by psychedelia and avant-garde. They self-released four EPs between 2007 and 2011. In early 2011, they were ‘discovered’ by producer Richard Swift after handing him one of their EPs at a Mynabird’s show in New York. The group were later signed on to Jagjaguwar Records and their first studio album, Take the Kids Off Broadway, was released by Jagjaguwar on July 24, 2012. On January 22, 2013, Jagjaguwar released Foxygen’s second album, We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic. This album was produced by Richard Swift and recorded at his National Freedom studio. The record was preceded by the single “Shuggie,” released on October 4, 2012. In March 2013, Foxygen was named one of Fuse TV’s 30 must-see artists at SXSW. The band has gained a reputation for its unhinged live shows and maniacal behavior of lead singer France. In 2014, for their tours promoting the sprawling double album …And Star Power, the group expanded to a nine-piece including three back-up singer/dancers. The band released their fourth LP, the theatrical Hang, on January 20, 2017, via Jagjaguwar. The album features collaborations with The Lemon Twigs, the Flaming Lips’ Steven Drozd and a 40+ piece orchestra arranged by Trey Pollard and Matthew E White. The Irish Times described the album as “Theatrical is an apt description of this collection as a whole,” while noting that the album “edges perilously close to pastiche”.]

14. Erica Joy – “Happy Villain”
from: Introduction / Independent / February 3, 2017
[Erica Joy on vocals, Britt Wild on lead guitar, Khitam Jabr on acoustic guitar,. Recording and produced by Kyle Ward at Counterpoint Studio.]

[Erica Joy plays an intimate theatre show, Sunday, October 1st, at 7:00 PM, at Westport Coffeehouse Theatre where she will be debuting new songs, and playing with her new backing band – Colby Bales, Zach Harris, and Branden Moser.]

11:19 – Interview with Erica Joy

Erica Joy in the September 13, 2017 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley.

KC based singer and songwriter, Erica Joy who joins us to share information about her new band, and her upcoming intimate theatre show, Sunday, October 1st, at 7:00 PM, at Westport Coffeehouse Theatre where she will be debuting new songs, and playing with her new backing band – Colby Bales, Zach Harris, and Branden Moser. In 2015 Erica Joy released her first single “Fun to Hold You” and it remained in Homegrown Buzz’s rotation for over a year. She followed the single by releasing her debut EP, “Introduction” on February 3, 2017, in a special show at recordBar.

Erica Joy, thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Band Members:
Vox: Erica Joy
Lead Guitar: Colby Bales (of Instant Karma)
Rhythm Guitar: Erica Joy
Drums: Zach Harris (drummer of Instant Karma)
Bass: Branden Moser (bassist with Instant Karma)

There are only 100 seats available. More information at: http://www.ericajoymusic.com

Erica Joy was Born April 8, 1991. She is 26 years old. She grew up in Springfield Missouri went to Kickapoo High, class of 2009. She came to nKansas City on a cross-country / track scholarship. She spent a few years running in Kansas City before discovering the music community. Erica Joy graduated from UMKC in 2013.

Short bio: In 2015 her first single “Fun to Hold You” was released and remained in Homegrown Buzz’s rotation for over a year. EJ then released a full EP titled “Introduction” on February 3rd 2017 at Record Bar in Kansas City. After the release of the EP, Joy gained much love from critics and fans wanting to see what she will do next and also “leaving the tracks on repeat in the car.”

There has never been a time where Erica has started singing and the room didn’t stop, even if for a few seconds to admire her voice. It doesn’t matter what genre or style she sings in, she’s going to tell you a story and she’s going to make you feel things. It has perhaps never been described better than “she’ll turn you into a puddle of melted butter” reviewed by “I Heart Local Music’s” take of Ej’s performance at Middle of the Map. Her voice is dreamy and haunting. It’s a calling, it’s Erica Joy.

11:26

15. Erica Joy – “Carol” (Live) 
(a new song not yet recorded)

This year Erica Joy released her debut EP, she played a big EP Release show at recordBar. She played Middle of The Map Fest, she was part of the HearQueer Issue 001 launch, she has a new band, and is writing and recording new music,

Erica Joy, thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

Erica Joy plays an intimate theatre show, Sunday, October 1st, at 7:00 PM, at Westport Coffeehouse Theatre where she will be debuting new songs, and playing with her new backing band – Colby Bales, Zach Harris, and Branden Moser.

More information at: http://www.ericajoymusic.com

10:36 – Underwriting

16. The Dear Misses – “Stage Fright“
from: Just Let Go / Independent / February 28, 2017
[This is The Dear Misses first full length album. “Just Let Go” was written over the course of 4 years. TDM started as a side project for lead singer Todd Anderson and Guitarist Cody Stapleton and caught full sail upon the addition of Drummer Bret Collins in 2014 and Bassist Shane Berggren in Late 2015. This Lawrence Kansas based 4-piece band is made up of: Todd Anderson on lead vocals & rhythm guitar, Cody Stapleton on lead guitar & backing vocals, Bret Collins on drums, and Shane Berggren on bass. More information at: http://www.reverbnation.com/thedearmisses%5D

[The Dear Misses play The Rino, 34 Armour Rd, North Kansas City, Saturday, September 16, at 8:00 PM, with CUDO and Faintheart.]

17. Jack Johnson – “My Mind Is For Sale”
from: All the Light Above it Too / Jack Johnson / September 8, 2017
[7th studio album by musician Jack Johnson (born May 18, 1975) singer-songwriter, musician, actor, record producer, documentary filmmaker and a former professional surfer. The album’s lead single, titled “My Mind Is for Sale”, was released on July 14, 2017. It is the first of Jack’s releases since his 2013 album From Here to Now to You. The album was produced by a friend of Jack Johnson, Robbie Lackritz, and recorded at Mango Tree Studio, just as many of his others were. The album was mostly inspired by the sayings of Donald Trump, surfing, and camping. Also, Johnson had just recently worked on the short documentary, “Smog of the Sea”, and released his song “Fragments”. The documentary took a one-week journey through the sea to study animals, and sea creatures. This got Johnson thinking about what Trump has said about pollution and global warming, and has also included this in his album. Johnson’s songs were mostly written while he was camping in the wilderness, or on boats. This was because his home studio is too quiet and you can hear your thoughts when you are trying to write, which makes it not such a productive writing place. “I wrote these songs when I was out of [cellular] reception and phones can’t ring, there’s not a lot else to do, so we play a lot of guitar,” Johnson says. On these trips, Johnson brought his backpack with a ukulele in it and with an acoustic guitar.]

18. Iron & Wine – “Call It Dreaming”
from: Beast Epic / Sub Pop / August 25, 2017
[6th full-length studio album by Iron & Wine which is the musical project of Samuel “Sam” Ervin Beam (born July 26, 1974). He has released five studio albums, several EPs and singles, as well as a few download-only releases, which include a live album (a recording of his 2005 Bonnaroo performance). He occasionally tours with a full band. Beam was raised in South Carolina before moving to Virginia and then Florida to attend school. He now resides in Durham, North Carolina. The name Iron & Wine is taken from a dietary supplement named “Beef, Iron & Wine” that he found in a general store while shooting a film. Beam was raised in Chapin, South Carolina, where his father worked in land management and his mother was a schoolteacher. When he was a child, his family took regular trips to the country, where his grandfather ran a farm. He attended Seven Oaks Elementary School, Chapin Middle School, and Chapin High School. While home from college, he was a waiter at California Dreaming restaurant in Columbia. Beam earned a bachelor’s degree in art from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. He specialized in painting before graduating from the Florida State University Film School with an MFA degree. Before the release of the first Iron & Wine album, Beam’s main source of income was as a professor of film and cinematography at the University of Miami and Miami International University of Art & Design. He had been writing songs for over seven years before a friend lent him a four-track recorder. He began making demos and gave one to his friend Michael Bridwell, brother of Band of Horses lead singer, Ben Bridwell. Michael handed it to Mike McGonigal, editor of Yeti magazine, who chose “Dead Man’s Will”, later released on In the Reins, for inclusion on one of his magazine’s compilation CDs. Beam later came to the attention of Sub Pop Records co-owner, Jonathan Poneman, who contacted Beam to propose a deal.Beam released his first Iron & Wine album, The Creek Drank the Cradle, on the Sub Pop label in 2002. Beam wrote, performed, recorded and produced the album in his home studio. Featuring acoustic guitars, banjo, and slide guitar, the album’s music has been compared to that of Nick Drake, Simon and Garfunkel, Elliott Smith, Neil Young and John Fahey. Also in 2002, Beam recorded a cover of The Postal Service’s then-unreleased song “Such Great Heights”. Rather than being included on an Iron & Wine release, the track was initially included as a b-side of the original version by The Postal Service. It was later included on the B-sides and rarities album, Around the Well. He followed up his debut album in 2003 with The Sea & The Rhythm, an EP containing other home-recorded tracks with a similar style to this debut.]

19. EMA – “Down and Out”
from: Exile In the Outer Ring / City Slangl / August 25, 2017
[5th studio album from Erika Michelle Anderson, (born April 2, 1982) better known by her stage name EMA, is an American singer and songwriter from South Dakota. Originally the lead singer of drone-folk band Gowns, she released her debut album Little Sketches on Tape in 2010 on Night People, an independent music label founded by former Raccoo-oo-oon member Shawn Reed. In 2011 EMA released her second album Past Life Martyred Saints, which received positive reviews from Pitchfork Media, Drowned in Sound, and the NME. After releasing her debut album, EMA was named “New Band of the Day” by The Guardian and “Artist to Watch” by Rolling Stone. In 2011 she performed “Endless, Nameless” for Spin’s twentieth anniversary tribute to Nirvana’s album Nevermind. Her song “The Grey Ship” was used on an episode of Adult Swim’s Off the Air, and in the 2014 Carter Smith film Jamie Marks Is Dead. She made her network television debut performing on Late Show with David Letterman on August 26, 2014.]

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

Next week, on Wednesday September 20 we present our 700th show with special guests: Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, Krystle Warren, Calvin Arsenia, Marion Merritt, Maria Vasquez Boyd, Nico Gray, Necia Gamby, Ron Megee, and Scott Hobart.

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

Wednesday MidDay Medley in on the web:
http://www.kkfi.org,
http://www.WednesdayMidDayMedley.org,
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Show #699

WMM Playlist from August 9, 2017

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

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

More New & MidCoastal Releases
+ Guest Producer Nico Gray

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10:32 – Underwriting

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11:00 – Station ID

11:00 – Guest Producer – Nico Gray

Nico Gray in the 90.1 FM KKFI Studios

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11:28 – Underwriting

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Show #694

WMM plays New & MidCoastal Releases + Guest Producer Nico Gray

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

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

More New & MidCoastal Releases
+ Guest Producer Nico Gray

Mark plays more New & MidCoastal releases from: Black Stacey, Helen Gillet, IVØRY BLACK, Novellesque, Mess, Lovergurl, Red Kate, Oshwa, CAAMP, Herbie Hancock & Leonard Cohen, and The New Pornographers.

At 11:00 Nico Gray, returns as “Guest Producer” for the Wednesday MidDay Medley. Nico is a former theatre actor, performance artist, writer, and is currently a marketing and advertising consultant. Nico is a frequent contributor to the radio show. Nico will spin music from: Essaie Pas, Prince & The New Power Generation, Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood, Yoko Ono & Anohni, Gildardo Zapata, Future Islands & Debbie Harry, Atlas Sound, Divine, Bat for Lashes, Perfume Genius, The Cure, and Portugal. The Man.

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Show #694

WMM Playlist from June 7, 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, June 7, 2017

Favorite MidCoastal Releases of 2017, So Far
+ Marion Merritt + Nico Gray +
Chase the Horseman + Dwight Frizzell

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

2. Mysterious Clouds – “Visions of 10”
from: Panic on the Non Meridian / Haymaker Records / May 26, 2017
[For this release the band writes: “Crazy times call for crazy music. Panic is a reflection of the turmoil in our hearts, minds, and country. Sometimes you have to embrace the wild times to get a clear mental picture of how to make thing better.” Mysterious Clouds is one of the musical projects of Kansas City, Kansas based post-punk psychedelic musical artists, Dedric Moore and Delaney Moore and special guests. The brothers are also founders of the critically acclaimed band Monta At Odds. Mysterious Clouds also releaxed the EP, Clear Reflection, February 3, 2017. Their song “Clear Reflection” was also include ion the Haymakers records compilation, Fairgounds Vol. 2 Released March 24, 2017.]

[Mysterious Clouds play Replay Lounge, in Lawrence KS, Friday, June 9, w/ Karma Vision, and Wild Eye.]

3. dead dads club – “5cheeselasagna”
from: Cupid Talez / dead dads club / May 20, 2017
[On January 27 dead dads club released, the 11-song, “Dead Dad Money,” and since the release of the 8 song “Cupid Talez,” on May 20, dead dad’d club released the 8-song “:0,” yesterday, June 6. Dead Dads Club is 17 year old KC based songwriter Alice who self produces her acoustic pop music in her bedroom.]

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

10:06 – Pledge Break #1

5. Making Movies -“Brave Enough (feat. Hurray for the Riff Raff & Alaina Moore)”
from: I Am Another You / Making Movies / Expected 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.]

[Enrique Chi of Making Movies is performing at KKFI Collaborations June 30, The Folly Theatre.]

[Making Movies will be performing with Ensemble Iberica, Thursday, July 27, at recordbar.]

6. 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 5 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 Greenwood Social Hall 1750 Belleview, Sun June 11, at 7:00 PM in a Solo Concert Show that will be Recorded for a later release]

[Calvin Arsenia plays Boulevardia, Saturday, June 17, on the Greenville Acoustic Stage at 3:00 pm.]

[Calvin Arsenia plays KKFI Collaborations with Quixotic on June 30, The Folly Theatre.]

7. Pageant Boys – “Ease Me”
from: Shadowboxing EP / The Record Machine / May 19, 2017
[On what was originally slated to be a short trip to Istanbul, Alex Sheppard started recording music with his girlfriend’s laptop and a bluetooth headphone mic. None of Sheppard’s previous musical efforts incorporated electronics in a major way; “It was born of necessity,” says Sheppard. The songs on his new EP, Shadowboxing, came out of those original sessions. The songs are a sensual and almost effervescent approach that combine R&B elements with electronic and processed instrumentation. While in Istanbul, Sheppard established a routine in collaborating with a close friend and poet. He said they developed a fairly specific daily routine for working on music, with the intent of finishing songs, regardless of their quality. “I would wake up at 8 in the morning and start the song and get the chord structure. And then at 10, he would wake up and I would show him what I had. I’d make breakfast, and then I’d show him the melody I wanted for the vocal line. He’d go down and start writing the lyrics, we’d eat breakfast, and he’d have the lyrics written after we got done with breakfast. At 1, I’d start recording the vocals. It was a good schedule.” Sheppard has been writing and recording for the last decade even though he is just in 20’s. Before Sheppard started performing and recording as Pageant Boys he released several albums as Alexandre. Shadowboxing is the maturation of Sheppard’s artistic vision and introduction to a larger audience.]

10:25 – Pledge Break #2

10:32 – Underwriting

7. Chase the Horseman – “Modern Ruins”
from: from new recordings / Chase the Horseman / May/June 2017
[Chase the Horseman is a band, film composer, multi-instrumentalist, audio engineer, and producer. He has composed music for over 36 films and as musician has collaborated with Clairaudients, Teri Quinn, Heidi Lynne Gluck, and many more.]

[Chase the Horseman plays recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd, KCMO, on Saturday, June 10, with Nation of Language, Bedroom Wounds, Y The Ghost, and The Black Creatures.]

10:39 – Interview with Chase the Horseman

Chase the Horseman thank you for being with us on WMM.

The song “Modern Ruins” is from a new recording project you are working on for release later this year?

In February you released a digital album of 16 songs called Covers & Others, with all proceeds going to the ACLU.

“Modern Ruins” is also the name of a short film you composed the music for. You’ve composed music for over 36 films (short films and full length films.) How did you get started working in film?

Last time Chase the Horseman was on the radio show, was with Teri Ann Quinn who he helped on her debut EP recording, Moons and Meltdowns, as producer, engineer, performer.

chasethehorseman.bandcamp.com

Bandography

The Cherry Tree Parade – writer, performer 2007-2008 – Self Titled E.P. 2009
*The Low End – performer, producer, mixer, engineer 2009-2010 – House Fire E.P. 2009
Lower 48 Single 2010
*The Heat Index – producer, engineer, mixer 2010 – Horsehead E.P. 2010
*The Vowels – mixer/performer 2011 – Alligator Pear L.P. 2011
*Fake Natives – producer, performer, mixer, engineer 2011 – Self Titled L.P. 2011
*Towers – writer, performer, engineer, mixer, producer 2010-Present – For Whatever We Were & What Will Never Be L.P. 2012
*Clairaudients – guitar, keyboards, aux-percussion, vocals, writer 2013-

*Teri Quinn – Producer, engineer, performer – Moons and Meltdowns E.P. 2016
*Narkalark – Producer/Engineer – Narkalark Ep II released November 18, 2016
*Molly McGlaughlin – Producer/Engineer – A Beautiful Dying 2017

Chase the Hoarseman plays Bottleneck in Lawrence on Friday, August 18, at 8:00 pm.

Chase the Horseman plays recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd, KCMO, on Saturday, June 10, with Nation of Languge, Bedroom Wounds, Y The Ghost, and The Black Creatures.

10:49

9. The Whiffs – “Never Be Free”
from: Take A Whiff / High Dive Records / March 1, 2017
[Kansas City based power pop 4-piece band featuring members of Conquerors, Wet Ones, and Nubiles. Zach Campbell on bass & vocals, Rory Cameron on gutar & vocals, Nic Allred on guitar & vocals, Jake Cardwell on drums. Recorded and mixed by Vincent Lawhon at Element Studios, Kansas City, MO]

[The Conquerors play Boulevardia, Saturday, June 17, on the Chipoltle Homegrown Stage at 3:40 pm.]

[The Whiffs play Tito’s Sound Machine, Sun, June 18, at recordBar, 1520 Grand w/ St/ Pé, Count Tutu]

10. Red Kate – “Urban Church” (Vinyl)
from: Red Kate – Stiff Middle Fingers split 7″ / Black Site Records / April 8, 2017
[Bassist and lead vocalist L. Ron Drunkard, Andrew Whelan – Drums/Vocals, Brad Huhmann – Guitar, Desmond Poirier – guitar/vocals. The band writes, “With the election of an authoritarian narcissist to the White House and white supremacy again on the rise, this hard, fast and angry polemic on the current state of affairs has turned out to be unfortunately prescient.” The KC based Punk Rock and Roll band, Red Kate has been rocking venues since 2007. In the review of their debut EP, The Pitch wrote, “Bassist and lead vocalist L. Ron Drunkard, (aka Shawn Saving) is a socialist activist by day, bellows like an Appalachian Roger Daltrey.”The band’s first full-length album, “When the Troubles Come” was released on Replay Records in 2013. Last year the band released their follow up full – length record, “unamerican activities,” on Kansas City’s coop record label, Black Site. Both releases were recorded and engineered by Duane Trower at Weights and Measures Soundlab. Red Kate includes bassist and lead vocalist L. Ron Drunkard, Andrew Whelan on drums, & vocals, Desmond Poirier on guitar & vocals, and most recently Brad Huhmann left the band, and Shaun Hamontree joined the band on rhythm guitar.]

10:53 – Pledge Break #3

11:00 – Station ID

11. Krystle Warren – “Get A Load”
from: Three The Hardway / Parlour Door Music / expected Spring, 2017
[Krystle Warren was born June 13, 1981 in Kansas City, Missouri. She now lives in Paris. Krystle released the first single “Thanks and Praise” from her new album on May 22. She shared with us a few other tracks we could play. Last year in Krystle Warren premiered this song and her other new songs from this album at the Middle of the Map Fest in a packed room at Californos in Westport and later at The Polsky Theatre for the Performing arts Series of Johnsons County Community College. For this record Krystle decided to play every instrument and do all of the vocals and back up vocals. Krystle was on the show several times last year where she shared the inspirations for this record, early gospel recordings, that crossed over into Jazz fro Pharoah Sanders, Edwin Hawkins, The Swan Silvertones and more. Krystle Warren is originally from Kansas City. Krystle learned to play the guitar by listening to The Beatles albums Rubber Soul and Revolver. Krystle Warren graduated from Paseo Arts Academy in 2001 and began her musical career in Kansas City and collaborating with local jazz and pop musicians. After living in San Francisco and New York City, Krystle was signed to a French recording label, Because Music, and moved to Paris and released her album “Circles” in 2009. Krystle played numerous French and British television programs, including Later with Jools Holland, garnering critical acclaim and traveling all over the world, touring with Rufus Wainwright, Nick Cave, Norah Jones, and Joan As Police Woman. Krystle created, Parlour Door Music, to release “Love Songs: A Time you May Embrace” a recording from a 13 day session in Brooklyn, where she recorded 24 songs live with 28 musicians including her band, The Faculty, alongside choirs, horn and string sections. Mark fisrt interviewed Krystle Warren on The Tenth Voice in 2002.]

12. Kemet the Phantom – “After My Money”
from: Lexus Nexus / Center of Attention / April 12, 2017
[Produced, mixed and mastered by Kemet the Phantom who wrote about this recording, “Two years ago my uncle was turned up missing from his home in Chicago. My family would have never believed the news we received on April 11, 2017, the day before his birthday. We were informed that his DNA matched that of a body that was found shortly after he was reported missing. This is my attempt to grapple with the reality that I will never see my beloved and genius uncle again. Released just a month after the release of, The Invisible Man. Kemet The Phantom’s other full length release on Center of Attention Records. Kemet Coleman is Kemet the Phantom, a Kansas City based musicians who calls himself a rap Artist, actor, and Urbanist. Kemet is a member of the Hip-Hop duo COA (Center of Attention) and is the lead singer of the 8-member Funk/Rap/Soul band The Phantastics. Kemet, shines as a complete showman embracing a James Brown-esque persona via syncopated vocals, rhythmic dance moves and dapper costume style. Kemet the Phantom is a two time Pitch Music Award nominee for “Best Hip-Hop Act.” Kemet created the first ever Kansas City mayoral candidate rap song for the Sly James for Mayor campaign in 2010. A University of Missouri – Kansas City alumnus, Kemet, created “Gold and Blue” for UMKC’s sports teams, which has garnered thousands of plays on YouTube and has been featured on prime-time television commercials for the university. More information at: http://www.kemetthephantom.com.]

[The Phantastics play Boulevardia, Friday, June 16, on the Chipolte Homegrown Stage at 3:00 pm.]

6. Broken Arrows – “To Try To Touch The Earth Again”
from: Extended Play EP / Broken Arrows / March 18, 2017
[KC/Lawrence based 5-piece band, formed by Mike Penner on lead guitar & vocals; Bill Ryan on lead guitar, keyboards & vocals; John Chevalier on bass guitar & vocals; Barry Lee on guitar & vocals; and Dave Storms on drums. Broken Arrows got together to play a Neil Young Tribute at Davey’s Uptown in 2015. They received such a positive reaction and enjoyed playing together so they decided to continue as a band. This song was written by Calvin Russell, Barry Lee sings lead vocals.This song was written and sung by John Chevalier, with backing vocals by Mike Penner and Bill Ryan.]

11:05 – Pledge Break #4

14. Of Tree – “Feel It”
from: Sorry We’re Chosen [EP] / Of Tree / June 1, 2017
[Of Tree is vocalist/guitarist Benjamin Parks and violinist Laurel Morgan who write folk music with a pop edge provided by the technology of looping and sampling. Parks’ deep vocals coupled with Morgan’s sensitive vocals, fiddle playing and dynamic layered strings take the listener deep into themselves and to, perhaps, places once forgotten. Of Tree began in 2009 and has taken many forms as it has evolved over time, including a full 5 piece folk band and, at one time, a classical trio backing Parks’ voice and guitar.]

[Of Tree play The Brick, 1727 McGee, Fri, June 9 w/Abandoned Bells, Andrew Ashby & John Bersuch.]

15. Momma’s Boy – “Sleepin”
from: Liquid Courage / Independent / February 17, 2017
[Momma’s Boy is an Indie Surf Pop 4-piece band from KCMO, formed December 2015, and made up of former members of Rev Gusto: Peter Beatty on guitar & vocals, Shaun Crowley on guitar & vocals, Quinn Hernandez on drums, and Anthony Hernandez on bass. This song is also included in a new cpompilation by Justin mantooth and Westend Recording Studios called Amplify KC that also has songs from The Conquerors, Toughies, The Whiffs, The Cave Girls, Rev Gusto, and Katy Guillen & The Girls.]

11:19 – Interview with Dwight Frizzell

Dwight Frizzell, of the KC based “groovy polyphonic jazz/dance” band, Black Crack Revue, now in their 35th year, joins us to talk about The National Audio Theatre Festivals, 5th Annual, HEAR Now: The Audio Fiction & Arts Festival, June 8 – June 11, in Kansas City. Frizzell works as an assistant professor at The KC Art Institute, is a founding member of the newEar contemporary chamber ensemble, and is host & producer of “From Arc To Microchip” Wednesdays at 11:30 PM on 90.1 FM. BCR play The Brick, 1727 McGee Street, KCMO, on June 8, at 9:00 PM. More info at: http://www.hearnowfestival.org

Dwight Frizzell, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

Dwight Frizzell, of the KC based “groovy polyphonic jazz/dance” band, Black Crack Revue, now in their 35th year, BCR play The Brick, 1727 McGee Street, KCMO, on June 8, at 9:00 PM.

11:25

16. BCR – “Thunder Perfect Mind”
from: Unreleased track from current BCR recording sessions / BCR / June, 2017
[BCR is Black Crack Revue, formed 35 years ago in Kansas City]

[BCR play The Brick, 1727 McGee Street, KCMO, on June 8, at 9:00 PM.]

11:30 – Underwriting

11:31 – Pledge Break #5

17. Hermon Mehari– “Cold (Feat. Kevin Johnson”
from: Bleu / Unlabeled Publishing / March 17, 2017
[Debut solo release from Kansas City based jazz trumpeter. Hermon Mehari featuring Logan Richardson on saxophone, Aaron Parks on piano, Peter Schlamb on vibraphone, Rick Rosato on bass, Ryan J. Lee on drums, and a guest appearance by Kevin M. Johnson on vocals. Hermon Mehari grew up in Jefferson City, Missouri, home of Lincoln University. He is a 2010 graduate of the University of Missouri – Kansas City Music Conservatory. In 2015 he finished first, at the prestigious Carmine Carusa International Jazz Trumpet Competition at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville Texas. Hermon was a semifinalist in the 2014 Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition. In 2014 he released the CD “Our Journey” with Diverse, which was recorded in Paris featuring Logan Richardson on alto saxophone. Hermon was also the winner of the 2008 National Trumpet Competiton and placed second in the International Trumpet Guild competition in Sydney, Australia. He splits his time between touring and playing all over the world and creative projects in Kansas City. Hermon has collaborated with Cat Mahari on BAM! the Workshop, he is also a founding member of Diverse Jazz, Diverse Trio, and The Buhs. He also plays with Peter Schlamb, Making Movies, John Velghe & the Prodigal Sons. Hermon was featured on the world-renowned saxophonist Bobby Watson’s 2013 release, “Check Cashing Day”. More information at: http://www.hermonmehari.com]

[The Hermon Mehari Trio plays La Fontaine de Belleville in Paris on Sat, June 10 at 4:30 to 8:00 PM]

18. Jametatone – “Too Late”
from: Empty Bliss / J. Ashley Miller / March 21, 2017
[New EP from Jametatone, the solo project of J. Ashley Miller who also records with his band as Metatone. J. Ashley Miller is the The 2016 Charlotte Street Generative Performing Artist Award Fellow. J. Ashley Miller is a composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist. His genre-bending trans-modern work has been performed everywhere from YJ’s to the Kauffman Performing Arts Center to the MoMa PS1 in NYC. Ashley utilizes a diverse range of technologies, techniques, and collaborators to access obscure facets of the human emotional landscape. Jametatone opened all four shows last Friday and Saturday night at The Outburst KC, where Calvin Arsenia performed his 2017 Release Catastrophe Unplugged with guest musicians Beau Bledsoe, Fritz Hutchinson, Mark Southerland, and artist & vocalist Seth M. Jones. You can view more of Ashley’s work at http://www.jametatone.com.]

19. Erica Joy – “All In My Head”
from: Erica Joy, Introduction / Independent / February 3, 2017
[Erica Joy on vocals, Britt Wild on lead guitar, Khitam Jabr on acoustic guitar. Recording and produced by Kyle Ward at Counterpoint Studio.]

11:48 – Pledge Break #6

20. Scott Hrabko & The Rabbits – “Sunshine Girl”
from: Summer / Scott Hrabko / June 23, 2017
[3rd full length album release and follow up to his 2015 release Biscuits and Gravity. Scott Hrabko on vocals & guitar; Marco Pascolini on pedal steel, lap steel, and baritone guitar; Fred Wickham on lead guitar; Josh Arnold on bass & vocals; and Tim Higgins on drums, with guest artists: Brett Hodges on fiddle, Havilah Bruders on vocals, Dan Bliss on guitar, Mikal Shapiro on vocals, Chad Brothers on guitar & vocals, Bart Colliver on piano and accordian, and Kevin Dolan on mandolin. Recorded in part and mixed in full by Paul Malinowski at Massive Sound.]

[Scott Hrabko & The Rabbits play a CD Release Show, Friday, June 23 at 7:00 PM at The Brick]

21. The Ovaries-eez – “Sand”
from: Moon Birth / Whatever Forever / January 6, 2017
[Lawrence Kansas, based vocal trio. The Ovaries-eez second full length was recorded, mixed, & mastered by Dual Diamonds on Whatever Forever. Guitar and vocals by Monica George and Johni Lacore and Amber Hansen on vocals, with Jim Martin on Instrumentation, Brett Grady on viola. Songs written by The Ovaries-eez: Johni Lacore, Amber Hansen, Monica George.]

[The Ovaries-eez play Replay Lounge o the Patiom in Lawrence, KS, Sat, July 11, at 6:00 pm]

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

Marion Merritt is our most frequent contributor to WMM, She grew up in Los Angeles, and St. Louis. She went to college in Columbia, Missouri. She studied art and musical engineering, and is a avid lover of classic films and punk rock music. She saw Talking Heads on their first tour when they played One Block West, in 1978. For 13 years she has been sharing her musical discoveries and information from her encyclopedic brain on Wednesday MidDay Medley. Marion has joined us for every on-air fund drive to help raise funds for the MidCoast Radio Project. Marion is also the proprietor of Records With Merritt, at 1614 Westport Rd. in Kansas City, Missouri. More at: recordswithmerritt.com

Nico Gray has been placing the needle on the record before he was able to read and turn pages of a book. Rooted in Kansas City, and growing up in front of a radio, he is a former theatre actor, performance artist, writer, and is currently a marketing and advertising consultant, where he serve Union Station. Nico is an avid concert goer, his search for his own “Original Music Soundtrack” to his life has transplanted him to the brownstones of Chicago, the rooftops of Paris, the sea-side of Marseille and the balconies of NYC.

Marion Merritt, and Nico Gray, joined us for our Spring Fund Drive Show, to encourage our diverse and loyal listeners to call 888-931-0901, to support 90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio, “The Voice of The Community.” http://www.kkfi.org/donate

Next week on June 14 Marion Merritt returns as Guest Producer to share new musical discoveries, and information from her musically encyclopedic brain. Also next week Scott Hrabko joins us to share music from his new full length release Summer.

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

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