WMM Playlist from February 27, 2019

Wednesday MidDay Medley
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Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

New & MidCoastal Releases
+ Julia Othmer + 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. Violet and The Undercurrents – “Still Here”
from: “Still Here” – Single / Violet Vonder Haar Music / November 1, 2018
[The first single released from the band’s new 10-song album called, The Captain, to be released March 1. This Columbia, Missouri based 4-piece band is anchored by the intrepid songwriting of Violet Vonder Haar on lead vocals & guitar; with Linda Bott on bass guitar; Phylshawn Johnson on drums, and Lizzy Weiland on lead guitar. Violet Vonder Haar was raised in a small town at the edge of the Missouri River and nurtured by a thriving folk music-centered community. Vonder Haar started honing her craft as a songwriter, performer and vocalist at an early age. She was inspired by her father, a riverboat captain who introduced her to the music of folk legends and encouraged her journey as an artist. More information at: http://www.violetandtheundercurrents.com]

[Violet and the Undercurrents play an In-Store Album Release show Saturday, March 2, at 6:00 PM, at Mills Record Company, 4045 Broadway Blvd, KCMO.]

3. Dead Voices – “Passing Through”
from: Commoners / Dead Voices / February 4, 2019
[The follow up to their 2013 Debut EP. Kansas City Super-Group, formed in September of 2010, by David Regnier on lead vocals, Jason Beers on bass, Matt Richey on drums, Michael Stover on lap steel and other instruments, and Marco Pascolini on guitar.]

[Dead Voices play Westport Saloon, Saturday March 2 from midnight to 2:00 AM]

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

[Slights play MidCoast Takeover Fundraiser #3 with Dan Jones and The Squids, and (the)medicine theory, Saturday, March 2, at 9:00 PM, at The Brick, 1727 McGee St, KCMO]

10:15 – Survivors’ Stories: Stand Against Sexual Violence

In this next set we feature three artists who are participating in a special show tomorrow night, on Thursday, February 28, at 7:00 PM at The Rino, 314 Armour Road, North Kansas City. The show is called: Survivors’ Stories: Stand Against Sexual Violence. Proceeds will benefit MOCSA, The Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault.

The evening will consist of a curated lineup of performers sharing songs, poetry, and other performance art pieces that touch on their experience with sexual violence or harassment. Along with providing a safe space where survivors can connect and access services they may need, this is a chance for those who have not dealt with sexual violence to further understand what it means to be a survivor.

Performers include: Una Walkenhorst, Erin McGrane, Poet Jen Harris, Madison Mae Parker, Kat King, Maggie Cargill, Hannah Norris, Olivia Sloan, and Taylor Scholle. Organizer Una Walkenhorst shared with us a few pieces that will be performed live. We’ll hear the song “2017” from Lawrence based singer songwriter Kat King, a spoken word piece from Poet Jen Harris, and “On The Outside” written by Una Walkenhorst from the album, For Tomorrow, from Bob & Una Walkenhorst.

5. Kat King – “2017”
from: 2017 – Single / Kat King / November 18, 2018
[Lawrence Kansas based singer songwriter Kat King released her 5-song EP “Falling Up” on December 1, 2017. Kat King has been creating music since the 2nd grade. She’s produced one 13-song album and three EP’s, the first one released at the age of 14. About this song Kat wrote: “It’s been over a year since I’ve released new music. This past year + has been a whirlwind of self-reflection, anger, and change. Sometimes I get really sick of writing heart break songs (because how many of us can keep writing the same feelings, just in different words?). I had the honor of playing a New Years Eve show to welcome in 2018 and in the midst of the political chaos I thought, why not challenge myself to write about something bigger than being sad. Music has always been a device of encouraging change. I don’t want to spend the time or energy giving more attention to the leaders who I find incredibly disappointing, but rather to those who’ve been passionate and brave enough to speak out. I’m so tired of looking past inhumane actions in the name of being loyal to a side. I wrote this song because I needed to reflect about my own shame but I also needed to remind myself that there are lights of hope, people brave enough to address the bullshit and put their livelihood at stake in the name of change. I wish I were that brave but instead I’m releasing this song as a first step, inspired by 2017 which unfortunately is still relevant on our way into 2019, in honor of those who are. And it still feels scary. Enjoy and stay tuned for more songs to be released in the near future – heartbreak songs, of course. “]

[Kat King plays Survivors’ Stories: Stand Against Sexual Violence, February 28, at 7:00 PM at The Rino, 314 Armour Road, North Kansas City. Proceeds will go to MOCSA, The Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault.]

6. Jen Harris – “When You Die (feat. Eman Chalshotori)”
from: Flaunting Her Mediocrity / Jen Harris / October 9, 2016
[Poet Jen Harris is a professional public speaker, spoken word poet, activist, published author, founder and former host of Kansas City Poetry Slam. Harris graduated Cum Laude from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in May 2015 with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts, emphases in Communication Studies, English Language and Literature. She is the recipient of the 2015 UMKC Jim Wanser Pride Award for outstanding LGBT community activism in Kansas City. Additionally, she was nominated as the 2017 Spoken Word Host of the Year by the National Spoken Word Awards, is the recipient of The Pitch Magazine’s Top 3 Poets in Kansas City award 2014-2016, winning the coveted title in 2017, the same week that she gave her TED Talk at the University of Kansas, “Spoken Word Poetry Saved My Life,” Spoken Word Poetry as a form of mental health advocacy, and is the 2009 ACP Kansas Journalist of the Year. Her first book of poetry, Slammed, released via Spartan Press Feb. 27, 2016 to a sold out audience.]

[Jen Harris plays Survivors’ Stories: Stand Against Sexual Violence, February 28, at 7:00 PM at The Rino, 314 Armour Road, North Kansas City. Proceeds will go to MOCSA, The Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault.]

7. Bob & Una Walkenhorst – “On The Outside”
from: For Tomorrow / BAT Records / October 12, 2018
[25 year old Una Walkenhorst is a singer/songwriter from Kansas City, Missouri. Following the release of her debut album “Scars” in 2014, Una immediately had “new fans. . . coming out of the proverbial woodwork” (AXS). Paired with refreshingly raw vocals, Una’s heartfelt lyrics “will stop you in your tracks (at once beautiful and chilling),” wrote Gilded Palace Radio, as she weaves stories of genuine human experience. Una told KCUR FM that her father was one of the people who made her love music. But having a famous father can be challenging: “I knew that if I started my music career here I would have a lot of opportunities, but not all of them would be because of my music. They would be because I am someone’s daughter,” Walkenhorst says. Loading up her 97 Honda Civic, Una then spent a year traveling across North America promoting her music and connecting with listeners one-on-one. She ended up living in New Orleans. Una Walkenhorst is the youngest daughter of Bob Walkenhorst, a founding member of The Rainmakers, which had national and international hits in the 1980s and 90s, and continue to this day touring and recording new music. In January of 2018 Una Walkenhorst returned home to Kansas City from New Orleans. Over the past several years, Una and Bob had performed together at selected events, including Folk Alliance International. This year the father and daughter duo decided to record an album together, where they split the difference, taking turns as songwriters for the album’s songs, written individually, and recorded together, in clear beautiful harmonies, with that extra special shared musical DNA, that can be heard in the harmonies of The Carter Family, Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, or Shy Boys.]

[Una Walkenhorst plays Survivors’ Stories: Stand Against Sexual Violence, February 28, at 7:00 PM at The Rino, 314 Armour Road, North Kansas City. Proceeds will go to MOCSA, The Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault.]

10:30 – Underwriting

Julia Othmer

8. Julia Othmer -“Hungry Days (Make Me Feel)”
from: Hungry Days (Make Me Feel) – Single / Julia Othmer & James Lundie / February 2019
[One of several new singles released from Julia Othmer leading up to the release of “Sound,” her second full-length album, that took 3 years to complete, and was produced with James Lundie, who also married Julia in January of 2016, during the completion of the record. Julia Othmer, is a graduate of Park Hill High School. She moved to Los Angeles in 2006 to record her 1st full-length album, “Oasis Motel.” Julia has just returned from a US and UK tour opening for The Alarm.]

[Julia Othmer plays Knuckleheads, at 2715 Rochester Street, Thursday, February 28, at 8:30 pm.]

11:36 – Interview with Julia Othmer

Julia Othmer on the February 27, 2019 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM.

We are happy to welcome back to the radio show our friend, singer songwriter Julia Othmer. who went to Park Hill High and studied at Columbia University in New York City. Julia now lives in Los Angeles, California and she is back in her hometown to play Knuckleheads, at 2715 Rochester Street, tomorrow night, Thursday, February 28, at 8:30 pm.

Julia Othmer, thanks for being with us on WMM

Julia Othmer was born August 13, 1975. She is from Kansas City, Missouri. She went to Park Hill High and studied at Columbia University in New York City. Julia Othmer lives in Los Angeles, California.

Julia has lived in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, sand in Colorado

Julia moved to Los Angeles in 2006 to record her first full-length album, “Oasis Motel.”

Julia’s mother Sieglinde Othmer is from Hamburg, Germany, and is an artist who studied at Sorbonne in Paris. She is the author of sevrl award winning books. Julia’s father is Arthur Othmer

Julia first started playing piano in first grade.

Julia Othmer on the February 27, 2019 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM.

Julia Othmer on the February 27, 2019 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM.

Julia Othmer on the February 27, 2019 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM.

Julia Othmer on the February 27, 2019 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM.

Julia Othmer on the February 27, 2019 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM.

Julia Othmer on the February 27, 2019 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM.

Julia Othmer on the February 27, 2019 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM.

Julia is getting ready to release “Sound,” her second full-length album, produced with James Lundie, who married Julia in January of 2016 during the completion of the record.

James Lundie from London, United Kingdon

Julia Othmer just recently finished touring and opening for The Alarm in US show and shows in the United Kingdom.

Out of Print Magazine says: “This Thursday evening in the quaint little village of NYC, Julia Othmer, the mesmerizingly sultry singer/songwriter will be riding into town tucked under the wings of a Southwest jet. She will be performing at Rockwood Music Hall (196 Allen St. New York, NY) at 7PM sharp. If you haven’t heard of her, it may be because she has been diligently working on her new album for the last few years on the sunny and less immediate coast. Formerly a Kansas City native, Julia has put her pillow in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, some gondola in Colorado and finally Los Angeles, the city of lights and traffic, where she currently lives with her little white piano, her rock star and her cat Cosmo. Julia’s musical musings are so diverse that they become quite elusive to the simple description. Perhaps the best way to explain it would be if Nora Jones, Tom Waits, Billy Holiday and Lyle Lovett had a musical orgy and let you watch behind a curtain of burning lace and a whiskey waterfall. I’ll bring the unfiltered cigarettes, you bring your soul.”

Julia Othmer, thanks for being with us on WMM

Julia Othmer plays Knuckleheads, at 2715 Rochester Street, Thursday, February 28, at 8:30 pm. With with Johnny Hamil on bass, Chris Tady on guitar, and John Floyd Whitaker on drums! with special guests: Coleen Dieker on violin and Calvin Arsenia on electric harp.


9. Julia Othmer – “Frickin Awesome”
from: Sound / Julia Othmer & James Lundie / June 30, 2016
[From Julia Othmer’s upcoming full length release “Sound,” her second album, that took 3 years to complete, and was produced with James Lundie, who also married Julia in January of 2016, during the completion of the record. Julia Othmer, is a graduate of Park Hill High School. She moved to Los Angeles in 2006 to record her 1st full-length album, “Oasis Motel.”]

10. Remy Styrk – “Winter/Summer”
from: “Winter/Summer” – Single / Remy Sryrk / February 28, 2019
[20 year old Remy Stryk lives in Leawood Kansas. Originally from Newark, New Jersey. This multi instrumentalist has been writing & recording music for several years. About this new single Remy tells us “It represents the two major seasons and personifies them to create a feeling of trust, anger, love, uncertainty, inspiration and comfort. I wanted them to be applicable to many people’s situations in life, no matter who they are or what they believe in. This song is about universal feelings that connect us as one and value our ability to feel and express.” Last year Remy released “In Too Deep” one of 5 singles Remy has released in the last 2 years. Remy Styrk released the EP Sunday, on Jan 25, 2018 a follow up to the Aug 12, 2015 full length album, Telling Stories Through The Basement Door.]

Julia Othmer and Nico Gray on the February 27, 2019 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM.

11:00 – Station ID

Nico Gray on the February 27, 2019 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM.

We welcome back to the show, our friend Nico Gray, joins us as “Guest Producer” for our second hour. Nico has worked as a professional actor, a performance artist, a writer, and is currently a marketing and advertising consultant for several not-for-profit companies in Kansas City. Nico grew up in Kansas City but has lived in Chicago, New York and Marseille. For WMM Nico Gray has co-hosted several of our on-air fund drive shows. He participated in our special Glam Rock show, our special 700th show, and his writing and voice has been featured in our Bowie Tribute Shows. Today is his 7th appearance as Guest Producer from over the past four years.

Nico Gray welcome back to Wednesday MidDay Medley.

11. Baby Huey & The Baby Sitters – “California Dreamin'”
from: The Baby Huey Story – The Living Legend / Water Music / 1971 [City Hall 2013]
[Baby Huey & the Babysitters was a soul band hailing from Gary, Indiana. The band, founded in 1963, was the idea of organist / trumpeter Melvyn Jones and guitarist Johnny Ross. James Ramey was their front man, and he adopted the stage name of “Baby Huey” (after the cartoon/comic book character Baby Huey). They were well known on the club scene in Chicago. By 1970, most of the original Babysitter members had left and had been replaced by new personnel. Melvyn Jones was one of the last original founding members to leave. Ramey died on October 28, 1970. He was in the midst of recording the band’s debut album for the Curtom label. The album that was released posthumously only featured some songs by the Babysitters. The rest were with Curtom session musicians. The Babysitters re-formed, briefly, to play at Ramey’s funeral. Manager Marv Stuart would later take some former members, including Dave Cook, to form Goliath with Chaka Khan.]

12. Paul McCartney – “Get Enough”
from: Get Enough- Single / Capitol / January 1, 2019
[A surprise release with no promotion from McCartney or his label prior to its release. The song is a non-album track and does not appear on his Egypt Station studio album standard (or Target) version but will appear (only) on the “Traveller’s Edition” box set version of the album (a strictly limited Deluxe edition of 3,000 copies to be released on May 10, 2019. The song was co-written and produced with McCartney by Ryan Tedder and Zach Skelton and was one of three songs McCartney produced with Tedder during the recording of his album Egypt Station including “Fuh You” and “Nothing for Free”. “Get Enough” is a piano ballad that features heavy use of Auto-Tune to alter McCartney’s voice. McCartney was originally concerned about the possible backlash of using Auto-Tune, but decided to use it based on The Beatles willingness to embrace new production techniques. The release of the song marked 2019 as the 59th consecutive year (since 1961) either The Beatles, or a member of that group, has released a single or an album during the calendar year.]

13. Yma Sumac — “Medicine Man”`
from: Miracles / London / January 1, 1972
[Sept .10, 1923 – Nov. 1, 2008. She was a Peruvian–American coloratura soprano. In the 1950s, she was one of the most famous exponents of exotica music. Sumac became an international success based on her extreme vocal range. She had six-and-a-half octaves according to some reports, but other reports (and recordings) document four-and-a-half at the peak of her singing career. In one live recording of “Chuncho”, she sings a range of over four and a half octaves, from B2 to G♯7. She was able to sing notes in the low baritone register as well as notes above the range of an ordinary soprano and notes in the whistle register. Both low and high extremes can be heard in the song “Chuncho (The Forest Creatures)” (1953). She was also apparently able to sing in a remarkable “double voice”. In 1954, classical composer Virgil Thomson described Sumac’s voice as “very low and warm, very high and birdlike”, noting that her range “is very close to five octaves, but is in no way inhuman or outlandish in sound.” In 2012, audio recording restoration expert John H. Haley favorably compared Sumac’s tone to opera singers Isabella Colbran, Maria Malibran, and Pauline Viardot. He described Sumac’s voice as not having the “bright penetrating peal of a true coloratura soprano”, but having in its place “an alluring sweet darkness … virtually unique in our time.]

14. Art d’Ecco — “Dark Days (Revisited)”
from: Trespasser / Paper Bag / October 12, 2018
[Based in British Columbia, “There’s more than a little David Bowie in both the sonic and fashion leanings of Art d’Ecco, a performer who fluidly crosses musical and gender lines, creating highly memorable tracks — and sporting an unforgettable look. Often labelled “neo glam,” the music boasts hints of everything from ’50s pop to psychedelics, from Velvet Underground-era art rock to Grimes-inspired electronics.” – CBC Music]

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

16. Super Borgou de Parakou — “Baba L’oke Ba’wagbe”
from: African Scream Contest 2 – Benin 1963 – 1980/ Analog Africa / May 18, 2018
[A great compilation can open the gate to another world. Who knew that some of the most exciting Afro-funk records of all time were actually made in the small West African country of Benin? Once Analog Africa released the first African Scream Contest in 2008, the proof was there for all to hear, gut-busting yelps, lethally well drilled horn sections and irresistibly insistent rhythms added up to a record that took you into its own space with the same electrifying sureness as any favorite blues or soul or funk or punk sampler you might care to mention. // Ten years on, intrepid crate-digger Samy Ben Redjeb unveils a new treasure trove of Vodoun-inspired Afrobeat heavy funk crossover greatness. Right from the laceratingly raw guitar fanfare which kicks off Les Sympathics’ pile-driving opener, it’s clear that African Scream Contest II is going to be every bit as joyous a voyage of discovery as its predecessor. And just as you’re trying to get off the canvas after this one-punch knock out, an irresistible Afro-ska romp with a more than subliminal echo of the Batman theme puts you right back there. Ignace De Souza and the Melody Aces’ “Asaw Fofor” would’ve been a killer instrumental but once you’ve factored in the improbably-rich-to-the-point-of-being-Nat-King-Cole-influenced lead vocal, it’s a total revelation. // The screaming does not stop there, in fact it’s only just beginning. But the strange thing about African Scream Contest II’s celebration of unfettered Beninese creativity is that it would not have been possible without the assistance of a musician who had been trained by the Russian secret services to “search and destroy” enemies of the country’s (then) Marxist-Leninist president Mathieu Kerekou. // Already familiar to fans of the first African Scream Contest as a mainstay of ruthlessly disciplined military band Les Volcans de la Capitale, Lokonon André vanished in a cloud of dust at Ben Redjeb’s behest with a list of names and some petrol money, only to return a few days later having miraculously tracked down every single name he’d been given. The source of this Afrobeat bounty-hunter’s impressive people-finding skills – his training with the KGB – highlights the tension between encroaching authoritarian politics and fearless expressions of personal creative freedom which is the back-story of so much great African music of the 60s and 70s. Happily, in this instance, Lokonon was tracking the artists down to offer them licensing deals, rather than to arrest them. // Where some purveyors of vintage African sounds seem to be strip-mining the continent’s musical heritage with no less rapacious intent than the mining companies and colonial authorities who previously extracted its mineral wealth, Samy Ben Redjeb’s determination to track this amazing music to its human sources pays huge karmic dividends. // Like every other Analog Africa release, African Scream Contest II is illuminated by meticulously researched text and effortlessly fashion-forward photography supplied by the artists themselves. Looming large – alongside Lokonon André – in the cast of biopic-worthy characters to emerge from this seductive tropical miasma is visionary space-nerd Bernard Dohounso, who laid the foundations for Benin’s vinyl predominance by importing and assembling the turntables that would play the products of his Bond villain-acronymed pressing plant SATEL, a factory that would revolutionise the music industry in the whole region. // The scene documented here couldn’t have been born anywhere else but in the Benin Republic , and the prime reason for that is Vodoun. It’s one of the world’s most complex religions, involving the worship of some 250 divinities, where each divinity has its own specific set of rhythms, and the bands introduced on the African Scream Contest series and other compilations from that country were no less diverse than that army of different Gods. At once restless pioneers and masters of the art of modernising their own folklore, the mystic sound of Vodoun was their prime source of inspiration. // One especially irascible Vodoun-adept was Antoine Dougbe, who styled himself “The devil’s prime minister” while turning ancestral rhythms into satanically alluring modern beats. As Orchestre Poly-Rythmo songwriter Pynasco has observed sagely, “Evil is not elsewhere, evil extends into the house”. And African Scream Contest II is a gloriously cinematic road-trip through an undiscovered realm of music lore whose familiarity is every bit as thrilling as its otherness. – Written by Ben Thomson, March 2018]

11:34 – Underwriting

17. Shad – “The Fool Pt. 1 (Get It Got It Good)”
from: A Short Story About A War / Secret City / October 26, 2018
[Shad is a Juno Award winning rapper and 3-time Polaris Music Prize shortlist nominee from London, Ontario. His 4 full-length albums have been recognized for their sharp lyrics and soulful arrangements.]

18. Jeen – “Shallow”
from: Gift Shop / Red Brick Songs / 2018
[Jeen Obrien is from Canada. Her self produced songs have been sought after for use in commercials (Google, Panasonic, Estée Lauder, Kraft, BlackBerry, KIA, Rogers, MasterCard) as well as movies and television programs (Cook Off, Republic of Doyle, Instant Star, Ruby Gloom, Degrassi, Killjoys, Hockey Wives, Workin’ Moms, MTV Catfish, MTV Are You the One). In addition to her solo work Jeen has written songs for many recording artists and is a member of Cookie Duster with Brendan Canning of Broken Social Scene.]

19. Emma Louise – “Wish You Well”
from: Lilac Everything / Henry’s Castle Pty / September 14, 2018
[3rd studio album from Emma Louise Lobb, who was born in July 1991, she grew up in Cairns, from Queensland Australia. Louise issued a five-track extended play, Autumn Tongues, in 2008. It was recorded with Mark Myers at Pegasus Studios, Cairns. She moved from Cairns to Brisbane in early 2010 where she initially worked as an events manager. In the following year described her influences, “My biggest musical role models are Missy Higgins, Josh Pyke, Sarah Blasko and Lior. Missy Higgins really inspired me to start writing music.” Louise released another EP, Full Hearts and Empty Rooms, in April 2011 and one of its four tracks, “Jungle”, received high rotation on the national youth radio, Triple J. The EP reached the ARIA Singles Chart top 100. During that year she toured in support of Boy & Bear. She was nominated for the 2011 J Award in the Unearthed talent contest for artist of the year. On the Triple J Hottest 100, 2011, “Jungle” was listed at No. 23 by the station’s listeners in its on line poll. American DJ and producer MK remixed Wankelmut’s version as “My Head Is a Jungle [MK Remix]”, in 2014, which reached No. 1 in the iTunes Electronic Charts and No. 2 in the United Kingdom. Also in that year, international fashion house Yves Saint Laurent used Louise’s “Jungle” in their worldwide advertising campaign for Black Opium perfume. She appeared in an advertising campaign for South Australian Tourism Commission. The ad has her singing a version of the INXS song, “Never Tear Us Apart”. She collaborated with Australian electronic duo, Flight Facilities, featuring on their single, “Two Bodies” (September 2014), which reached the ARIA top 100 and was placed at No. 39 on Triple J Hottest 100, 2014. In 2015 Louise was the opening act for English singer, Sam Smith, on the Oceania leg of his In the Lonely Hour Tour. She was also the main support on Smith’s second Australian tour, during November–December of that year. She issued her second solo album, Supercry, on 11 July 2016, which reached No. 14. She was featured on another single by Flight Facilities, “Arty Boy” (2017).]

20. Emma Louise – “Falling Apart”
from: Lilac Everything / Henry’s Castle Pty / September 14, 2018

21. Art d’Ecco — “Nobody’s Home”
from: Trespasser / Paper Bag / October 12, 2018
[Based in British Columbia, “There’s more than a little David Bowie in both the sonic and fashion leanings of Art d’Ecco, a performer who fluidly crosses musical and gender lines, creating highly memorable tracks — and sporting an unforgettable look. Often labelled “neo glam,” the music boasts hints of everything from ’50s pop to psychedelics, from Velvet Underground-era art rock to Grimes-inspired electronics.” – CBC Music]

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

Next week on March 6 Mark welcomes special guests Cody Wyoming & Rod Peal of The Philistines who share two new singles the band is getting ready to release! Plus Kenneth Storz and members of Fathers share tracks from their upcoming debut EP High Horses and play live in our 90.1 FM Studios! And Britt Adair of Josey Records Kansas City and The Bad Ideas joins us to talk about music, records, in-stores, and Record Store Day! PLUS, we play new music from The Freedom Affair, Mene Mene, Songs of Our Native Daughters with Rhiannon Giddens, Leyla McCalla, Amythyst Kiah, and Aspasia Allison Russell (of Birds of Chicago), Scott Hrabko & The Rabbits, The Black Creatures, Emmaline Twist, and more.

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

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Wednesday MidDay Medley presents Julia Othmer + 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, February 27, 2019

New & MidCoastal Releases
+ Julia Othmer + Guest Producer Nico Gray

Mark plays more New & MidCoastal Releases from: Violet and the Undercurrents, Remy Styrk, Dead Voices, Julia Othmer, and Slights. Plus, we’ll feature artists participating in Survivors’ Stories: Stand Against Sexual Violence at The Rino and tracks from: Kat King, Bob & Una Walkenhorst, and a spoken word piece from Poet Jen Harris.

Julia Othmer

At 10:30 Julia Othmer shares stories, and her new single, “Hungry Days (Make Me Feel)” produced with James Lundie, who married Julia in 2016 after the completion of the recording of Julia’s new record. Julia Othmer is a graduate of Park Hill High School and moved to Los Angeles in 2006 to record her first full-length album, “Oasis Motel.” Julia Othmer plays Knuckleheads, at 2715 Rochester Street, Thursday, February 28, at 8:30 pm. More info at http://www.juliaothmer.com.

At 11:00 Mark welcomes Nico Gray who joins us as a Guest Producer for our second hour. Nico Gray is a frequent contributor to Wednesday MidDay Medley. Nico will play tracks from: Baby Huey & The Baby Sitters, Paul McCartney, Yma Sumac, Art d’Ecco, Jackie Shane, Super Borgou de Parakou, Shad, Jeen, Sly Stone, and Emma Louise.

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Show #775

WMM Playlist from May 15, 2013

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

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

I’ll Take You There – Conversations with Mike Webber
+ Patrick Alonzo Conway & Gamelan Genta Kasturi
+ Spinning Tree Theatre’s “Hello Again”

1. Bloodbirds – “What Goes On”
from: Covers / Independent / July 30, 2012
[Originally recorded by Velvet Underground brought back to life by: KC based Psychedelic post-punk trio Mike Tuley, Brooke Tuley and Anna St. Louis. The band writes on their Bandcamp page that these are: “Various covers recorded at various times when we became frustrated with our own music during recording.”]

[Bloodbirds plays this year’s KC Psychfest, May 17 and 18, at FOKL, 556 Central Ave, Kansas City, Kansas, and Monta HQ in downtown Kansas City, Kansas. More info at: KCPSYCHFEST.COM.]

2. Monta At Odds – “in Six Measured Steps”
from: Midwestern Audio Vol. 1 / Midwest Music Foundation / September 23, 2012
[Monta At Odds’ main men, brothers Dedric & Delaney Moore, work with ambient textures, vintage keyboards in states of disrepair, guitars, melodic bass, and a variety of other found instruments that create their “technicolor sound.” Constructed to include diverse elements of detailed beats, quiet sparseness, Bollywood funk, Italian ‘60s cinema and outthere jazz. Now recording with Upstairs Recordings.]

[“Midwestern Audio Vol. 1” is a compilation assembled for Midwest Music Foundation by Brenton Cook and co-sponsored by Ink Magazine featuring over 40 bands. More information at MidwestMusicFound.org Brenton Cook will be at KC Psychfest with this new compilation.]

[Monta At Odds plays this year’s KC Psychfest, May 17 and18, at FOKL, 556 Central Ave, Kansas City, Kansas, and Monta HQ in downtown Kansas City, Kansas. More info at: KCPSYCHFEST.COM.]

3. Gamelan Genta Kasturi – “Angels and Demons At Play”
from: Angels and Demons At Play / Independent / February 27,2011
[“Angels & Demons at Play” was originally produced, Feb. 25, 26 and 27, 2011, at La Esquina (an Urban Culture Project venue) 1000 West 25th Street, KCMO. The work included original compositions written by Patrick Alonzo Conway for the Gamelan Orchestra, performed by Gamelan Genta Kasturi. The performance included Dwight Frizzell (clarinet & altoclarinet), & Shawn Hansen (piano, toy piano.) It also featured shadow puppets by Allan Winkler, original choreography, electronic visual media, original lighting design]

10:15– Interview with Patrick Alonzo Conway

KC’s community Balinese gamelan orchestra, Gamelan Genta Kasturi, is celebrating 10 Years, with a special concert, Sat May 18, 4:00 pm, in the Truman Forum of the Plaza Branch of the KC Public Library, 4801 Main St, showcasing material from 10 years.

Director Patrick Alonso Conway joined us to share information on this special concert from Gamelan Genta Kasturi.

“Angels and Demons at Play” was composed by Patrick Alonso Conway for Charlotte Street Foundation’s Urban Culture Project, in partnership with ArtSounds (a collaboration between the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance and the Kansas City Art Institute.)

Gamelan Genta Kasturi, is celebrating 10 Years, in a special Concert, Saturday May 18, 4:00 pm, in the Truman Forum of the Plaza Branch of the KC Public Library, 4801 Main St, KCMO, showcasing material from 10 years, including traditional Balinese and original compositions by founder I Ketút Gedé Asnawa and current director Patrick Alonzo Conway, with visual images by artist Jennifer Lynn Williams and shadow imagery by artist Nihan Yesil.

A gamelan is a traditional musical ensemble from Indonesia, typically from the islands of Java and Bali, featuring a variety of instruments such as metallophones, xylophones, kendang (drums) & gongs; bamboo flutes, bowed & plucked strings. Vocalists may also be included. For most Indonesians, gamelan music is an integral part of Indonesian culture.

The term refers more to the set of instruments than to the players of those instruments. A gamelan is a set of instruments, as a distinctentity, built and tuned to stay together – instruments from different gamelan are generally not interchangeable.

Bali is a province of Indonesia. The province covers a few small neighboring islands as well as the isle of Bali. The main island is located in the western most end of the Lesser Sunda Islands, lying between Javato the west and Lombok to the east. It is one of the country’s 34 provinces with the provincial capital at Denpasar towards the S. of the island.

Patrick Alonzo Conway went to Bali.

With a population recorded as 3,891,428 in the 2010 census, and currently 4.22 million, the island is home to most of Indonesia’s Hindu minority. In the 2000 census about 92.29% of Bali’s population adhered to Balinese Hinduism while most of the remainder, follow Islam. It is also the largest tourist destination in the country and is renowned for its highly developed arts, including traditional and modern dance, sculpture, painting, leather, metal working, and music. A tourist haven for decades, Bali has seen a further surge in tourist numbers in recent years.

Kansas City’s community Balinese gamelan orchestra, Gamelan Genta Kasturi, is celebrating 10 Years, with a special concert, Saturday May 18, 4:00 pm, in the Truman Forum of the Plaza Branch of the KC Public Library, 4801 Main St, KCMO, showcasing material from 10 years, including traditional Balinese and original compositions by founder I Ketút Gedé Asnawa and current director Patrick Alonzo Conway, with visual images by artist Jennifer Lynn Williams and shadow imagery by artist Nihan Yesil. Info:gamelangentakasturi.org.

10:29 – Underwriting

4. David Evans, John Cameron Mitchell – “Listen to The Music”
from: Hello Again (Original Cast Recording) / BMG / June 28,1994

10:30 – Interview with Andy Parkhurst and Charles Fugate of Spinning Tree Theatre

Spinning Tree Theatre‘s is presenting the Kansas City premiere of “Hello Again,” an Obie-winning musical that first premiered off Broadway in 1993. Adapted from Arthur Schnitzler’s play “La Ronde,” written in 1903, which depicts a chain of relationships. The musical open last friday and show runs through May 26 at the Off Center Theatre on the third level of Crown Center. For more information: Call 816-842-9999 or go to spinningtreetheatre.com.

“Hello Again” Co-Director and Spinning Tree Theatre Managing Director, Andy Parkhurst and Kansas City based professional actor, Charles Fugate who plays the role of The Senator in Hello Again, joinedus on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

“Hello Again” is the 6th show of Spinning Tree Theatre. Andy founded this new professional theatre company with partner Michael Grayson and have produced several shows and musicals that have made their Kansas City debuts. Andy talked about what moved the company to produce “Hello Again” here in Kansas City.

Produced 20 years ago, this show featured John Cameron Mitchell who later went on to create a little show called “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” and “Short Bus,” along with Broadway queen, Donna Murphey, and Malcolm Gets.

“Hello Again” is billed as an “Adult Musical”

Charles most recently performed in Spinning Tree Theatre’s Kansas City Premiere of “Shipwrecked! last February. Charles has worked at almost every theatre in Kansas City. Charles talked about his experience with Spinning Tree Threatre.

Charles Fugate plays the role of The Senator. The characters in the show all have names like: the Young Thing, the soldier, the whore

The Spinning Tree production features: Lena Andrews, Jerry Jay Cranford, Jacob Aaron Cullum, Tyler Eisenreich, Steven Eubank, Shelby Floyd, Charles Fugate, Seth Jones, Julie Shaw and Stefanie Wienecke.

Playwright Michael John LaChiusa is coming to Kansas City, May 24

Spinning Tree Theatre’s “Hello Again,” runs through May 26at the Off Center Theatre on the third level of Crown Center. For info: Call 816-842-9999 or go to spinningtreetheatre.com

10:45 – “I’ll Take You There – Conversations with Mike Webber”

5. The Staple Singers – “I’ll Take You There”
from: The Best of The Staple Singers / Stax / 1972
[featuring: The Memphis Horns]


Mike Webber is an encyclopedic musical jukebox, a music lover, you met at that record store, that helped you find that special song, that you could only hum a few bars for him to hear. His faith in music and truth guided him as he grew up in KC, spent childhood Summers in the Mississippi Delta, “came of age” working in area record stores, of the 70s and 80s, including: Caper’s Corner Records & Tapes at 47th & Mission, PennyLane, and Music Exchange. Mike went to college at KU and TulaneUniversity. He has chronicled and sometimes photographed many musical greats. Mike got married, raised a family, served time in Iraq, and has continued lifelong friendships with many local and national musicians. Mike and his wife Marta are moving to Austin, Texas in June.

Mike Webber grew up in KC but talked about his summer childhood experiences in the Mississippi Delta (Cleveland) as part of the Memphis media market listening to WHBQ in Memphis. In the late 1960’s to early 1970’s, the radio informed his musical tastes, but also influenced social/political outlook. Mixed in with some great childhood memories were many moments that made us wince even then.

Mike returned to live in Mississippi (Jackson) again in the early 90’s and had the chance to see BB King, the Staple Singers & others perform hometown gigs.

Mike Webber told us the story about photographing Pops Staples in Drew, MS and giving the photograph to Mavis Staples at the Kaufman Center last year.


“P.S. I Love You” – The Beatles – The Big Bang!

Mike Webber was born in March 1964, one month after the Beatles arrived in America. He discovered that the first albums in the house that weren’t children’s records were his brother’s copies of “Meet The Beatles” and “The Early Beatles.” The first record he ever asked for was the 45″ of “Hey Jude” when he was 4. Mike started asking for nothing but Beatles records for every birthday and Christmas. He had a check-list provided by Capitol Records, which is how he learned of things like non-LP B-sides. While he thought he had all of the Beatles records “inexistence,” he discovered bootlegs at a flea market in Memphis and then imports at Capers Corner! He realized that he’ll never have EVERYTHING. Everybody who knew Mike, his family, teachers & classmates – identified him with his fanaticism for The Beatles. All these years later, they still do.


6. The Beatles –”P.S. I Love You”
from: Please, Please, Me / Parlaphone – Capitol / March 22, 1963
[In February 1963, the Beatles recorded 10 songs during asingle marathon studio session for their debut LP, Please Please Me. The album was supplemented by the 4 tracks already released on their first 2 singles. Parlophone rush-released the album in the United Kingdom to capitalize on thesuccess of singles “Please, Please, Me” and “Love Me Do.” Of the album’s 14 songs, 8 were written by Lennon–McCartney.]

11:00 – Station Identification

“I’ll Take You There – Conversations with Mike Webber”

Mike talked about a story specific to “PS I Love You”, related to a skating rink in Mission, where a 10-year old Mike Webber decided to himself that if the skate parlor deejay played a good song, he would ask a girl to skate with him. The Deejay then played the Beatles,”P.S. I Love You,” Mike took the sign and headed toward the young lady to propose, but he slipped and took a header on the concrete bench.

Capers Corner provided a spontaneous meeting place for grieving Elvis & John Lennon fans who needed some kind of communal feeling and didn’t know where to go but knew they wouldn’t be judged in a place like that.


“Go Now” from Wings, but sung by Denny Laine, formerly of the Moody Blues, on Wings Over America, the live recording of Wings 1976 concert. This concert is still Mike’s all-time favorite live music event and certainly among the most memorable in Kansas City concert history. McCartney & Wings played the Kemper Arena in 1976. Mike’s first and third concerts were Elvis Presley at Kemper Arena. He was so glad to have seen the King, but he was always first and foremost a Beatles fan, so seeing McCartney – the first Beatle in KC in 12 years at that point – was earth shaking. McCartney was riding a wave of success with “Silly Love Songs” and “Let ‘Em In” both in the charts and in those pre-internet days, we didn’t need “spoiler alerts”. McCartney hadn’t toured America as a solo act before, and in his earlier European tours he hadn’t played any of his Beatles era compositions, so when he played that familiar piano intro to “Lady Madonna”, Kemper shook. In a long set-list full of solo and Wings hits, he only played four Beatles songs total but that was enough. Former Moody Blue Denny Laine was a member of Wings, so it was a huge bonus to also get to hear “Go Now” one of Mike’s favorite songs – live as well.


7. Wings – “Go Now”
from: Wings Over America / MPL Communications – Capitol / December 1976
[A song composed by Larry Banks and Milton Bennett. It was first recorded in 1964 by Bessie Banks, and then most successfully by The Moody Blues. Wings over America is a live album by the band Wings, in its initial release, it was a triple album and included a poster of the band, which peaked at number 1 in the US. The album was a collection of recordings gathered from Wings’ Wings Over America part of their world tour. A re-mastered recording, is set to be released, in May 2013. Denny Laine sang this song with The Moody Blues and also on tour as a member of Wings.]


That Wings show was atypical in that instead of the usual ticket outlets, the initial ticket sales were entirely at Kemper Arena. Mike’s brother & his friend Keith Copaken’s father, Paul Copaken, went to wait for tickets but the show sold out. They were crushed. Later, the Copakens were able to get “limited view” tickets behind the stage. Mike was already a customer at Capers Corner, barely 12 years old, but he used to spend all of his lunch money there, and they knew how badly he wanted to see Wings. A couple of weeks before the show, the guy who always helped Mike buy import EPs there (locked in an under bin) called Mike’s home to say he’d found a couple of great lower level tickets at face value. So Mike and his friend Keith wound up in Section 120, Lower Level and Corky Carrel became a lifelong friend with whom Mike is still in weekly contact.

Mike’s other memorable Kansas City concerts of the period:

1) Rolling Stones’ “Tattoo You” shows, in 1981, with the Mick Taylor appearance, which Mike and his friends had been told, might happen by Mick Taylor, himself, whose autograph they sought, at an Alvin Lee concert at the Uptown.

2) Elton John’s “Jump Up” show at Starlight Theater that was broadcast worldwide on Westwood One Radio Network.

3) The Kinks’ “Low Budget” shows at Memorial Hall- twice on the same tour’s beginning and end.

4) The Jacksons’ “Victory Tour” – which was really more memorable as Michael Jackson’s Thriller tour.


“Cynical Girl” – Marshall Crenshaw – While Mike was working at Capers, Marshall Crenshaw released what many still consider one of the best debut albums that anyone ever made in any genre. That song – and the album on which it appeared – still puts Mike’s head back in high school. Mike took some photos of Crenshaw playing the old Parody Hall a few years laterand last year when he played a solo show at Knuckleheads, Mike gave him copies. Crenshaw was genuinely moved by the images and appreciative of the set Mike gave him. Mike also had one that he’d taken with Crenshaw when he did an in-store at Capers Corner that had been so poorly attended that Mike had tocall his high school classmates and tell them to come in and act like fans.


8. Marshall Crenshaw – “Cynical Girl”
from: Marshall Crenshaw / Warner Brothers / April 28,1982
[Born in Detroit, November 11, 1953, singer, songwriter andguitarist best known for his song “Someday, Someway.” Crenshaw’s music has roots in classic soul music, British Invasion song craft, Burt Bacharach and Buddy Holly — the latter to whom Crenshaw was often compared inthe early days of his career, and whom he portrayed in the 1987 film La Bamba. Crenshaw is also a noted guitarist who uses off beat chord progressions (almost verging towards jazz) and concise solos.]


Capers Corner was the best job any kid could have had during that period in this town. Mike would go hang out at his job on his off-days. Reliable access to concert tickets improved his high school dating average. Bars would let them in without ID, albeit you could drink at 18 then, so Mike was only cheating by two years. Mike got jobs for a couple of his best friends from high school and was hanging out with the older guys who worked at Capers. Being over in Wyandotte County, you met a different group of people than over in Shawnee Mission East, so it just had everything going for it. When Mike gets nostalgic for those years, it’s really less about high school than about working at this really great record store where he got to hang out with his friends, meet touring artists, had the best possible influences for budding tastes in any genre of music, and then all the intangibles.

Mike Webber shared a few stories about the Kansas Bureau of Investigation undercover agents trying to bust the head shop inside Capers. Mike also talked about his high school counselor wanting Kenny Rogers tickets.

We didn’t have time to hear Mike’s stories of partying with the Grateful Dead and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers.

11:19 – Underwriting

11:20 – “So Blue About You” – True Believers

Mike stopped working at Capers when he started college at KU and he wanted a job where he could work in Lawrence during the school year and in KC during the summers, so he started working at PennyLane. Mike worked for and with a lot of great characters: LeRoi, Saul Tucker, April Fletcher, and Mike Soden who now lives in Austin. Capers always held a unique place in Mike’s heart, but PennyLane was great and had so many different locations. It was never boring. Working in downtown Lawrence wasn’t much like working at the Broadway store. They had in-store appearances by bands like Camper VanBeethoven, but then Mike also learned that the first time David George ever played an in-store, it was our Broadway location.

While Mike was working at PennyLane on Broadway, He heard about this great band that was playing around the corner at the Lone Star. He had actually met one of the guys – Alejandro Escovedo – when he was in Rank & File but hell, he had barely been old enough to drive at that time. So by now, Mike was in college and after that poorly-attended show at the Lone Star, what seemed like all of the coolest people he knew from here, and the guys in True Believers, started this friendship that continues through to today. They’d come through town pretty regularly until about 1987 and Mike would get together with them every time. They had some incredibly memorable moments – not least being an occasion when they hung out with Martha Reeves, Mary Wells, David Ruffin & Eddie Kendricks of the Temptations – who happened to be staying at the same hotel. Like Marshall Crenshaw, True Believers seemed like a “can’t miss” act that somehow just couldn’t get over the hump at the time. Now, they’re playing together again in Austin and Mike is still in touch with them, so the last page on all this hasn’t been written yet.


9. True Believers – “So Blue About You”
from: Hard Road / Warner Bros /
[1980s Texas band led by Alejandro Escovedo & Jon DeeGraham.]


After PennyLane (and KU), Mike worked at Music Exchange for a year while not planning his next move. On a whim, Mike took the GMAT and did well enough that Tulane University in New Orleans offered him a full academic scholarship, so Mike moved to New Orleans and never again drew a paycheck from the music business, but remained an ardent music fan.

“Message to Michael” – Dionne Warwick – was co-written by Kansas City-born Burt Bacharach. Mike’s habit of championing all things Kansas City really was pronounced whenever he lived away from KC. At Tulane, Mike had a fellow student ask, “what in the hell is wrong with you?” that he was such a partisan of his hometown. Mike was born and mostly raised in KC and although he had left before and is now leaving again, Mike has never regretted having grown up here. Unfortunately, Kansas City happens to straddle two dysfunctional states, but the impression left by when and where Mike grew up is what caused his wife & he to move back to KC about 9 years ago to finish raising their kids. Oh yeah, the wife and kids …Tying back to that Dionne Warwick recording, the first line of that song is “spread your wings for New Orleans” and that’s really what Mike did.


10. Dionne Warwick – “Message to Michael”
from: The Dionne Warwick Collection: Her All-Time GreatestHits / Warner / 2005
[1966 “Top Ten” hit by Dionne Warwick, written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David. The song’s lyrics, are addressed to a bluebird, by a woman, in Kentucky, whose sweetheart is vainly pursuing musical stardom in New Orleans. The woman asks the blue bird to take a message to Michael, asking him to return to her.]


Coincidentally, the two gender-specific versions of that song are “Message to Michael” and “Message to Martha” and New Orleans is where Mike would meet his wife, Marta, and where their first-born arrived. Their second child was born in Jackson, Mississippi. Both finished high school at Shawnee Mission East where Mike had graduated in 1982. New Orleans was transformative. Mike really went down there still a kid in very many ways, but he left with a wife and daughter. That city and the woman he married there, turned the boy into a man.

“Rosalie” – Alejandro Escovedo – Mike’s wife is Mexican and this song is one of Marta’s favorites, written by Austin, Texaslocal legend Alejandro Escovedo – previously discussed as a True Believer – whore mains a friend of theirs. Austin is the city where Mike most wanted to live but hadn’t until now.

Austin is also near where Marta was raised in San Antonio, so they’ll be near some of her family. They’ll be straight down I-35 and will still see a lot of their KC friends when they play in Austin – many during the MidCoast takeover at SXSW. That means a lot to Mike because particularly during this last 9-year stint in KC, they’ve made so many very dear friends, including a lot of KC’s music scene. Mike has been watching the KC music scene for over 30 years and it is his considered opinion that KC has not had a comparable level of local talent, like it currently possesses, since he’s been aware. Itis the one thing that he feels is so much better than when he was working in the record stores here. Mike is comforted by the knowledge that their couches and spare rooms will be a destination for many touring KC acts in years to come.


11. Alejandro Escovedo – “Rosalie”
from: A Man Under the influence / Bloodshot Records /April 21, 2001
[San Antonio, Texas native, singer/songwriter. Alejandro Escovedo enlisted the help of John Velghe and the Prodigal Sons for a few showsin Austin, Texas, during the SXSW Music Festival.]

11:39 – I’ll Take You There – Conversations with Mike Webber

We’ve been playing songs to help move the conversation along but while all of them are favorites, several songs that automatically feature in any list Mike makes have not been played, so perhaps we could wind up with three that usually go 1-2-3 in my all-time list of favorites (which bars Beatles songs as part of my own personal Fairness Doctrine).

All three of these songs have always had a hold on Mike, even before he was experienced to know what they really meant. A couple of notes from any of them and he is back in his dad’s car in the 60’s, hearing music on a single speaker in the dashboard and probably waiting for burgers and onion rings at Sydney’s on the Plaza. Mike loved these songs as a toddler but only when he got a little older and your heart gets broken, a parent dies, other loved ones die, you talk to a doctor about a tumor … those are the experiences that will cause you to get in a car, happen to catch one of these songs on the radio and just melt in a way that is crushing yet reminds you that you’re alive as well.


12. The Left Banke – “Walk Away Renee”
from: There’s Gonna Be a Storm – The Complete Recordings 1966-1969 / Island Def Jam / 1992
[Formed in NYC in 1965, disbanded in 1969, and reformed in 2011. The band often utilized “baroque” string arrangements, which led to their music beingvariously termed as “Bach-rock”, “baroque rock” or “baroque ‘n’ roll”. The band’s vocal harmonies borrowed from: The Beatles, The Zombies and British Invasion groups.]

13. The Walker Brothers – “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore”
from: Scott Walker & the Walker Brothers – 1965-1970 / Island Def Jam / Feb 17, 2009
[Originally released in US in 1966. The Walker Brothers were an American pop group of the 1960s and 1970s, comprising Scott Engel (eventually known professionally as Scott Walker), John Walker (born John Maus, but using the name Walker since his teens), and Gary Leeds (eventually known as Gary Walker). Formed in 1964, the three unrelated musicians adopted the ‘Walker Brothers’ name as a show business touch—”simply because we liked it.” They provided a unique counterpoint to the British Invasion in that they were a group from the United States that achieved much more success in the United Kingdom than in their home country, during the period when the popularity of British bands such as The Beatles dominated the US.]

14. The Faces – “Ooh La la”
from: Rushmore / Island Def Jam / September 20, 2011

Personal notes about Mike Webber’s life experiences were taken directly from Mike Webber’s show notes.

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

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