WMM Playlist from September 20, 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 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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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


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. 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


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


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

Wednesday MidDay Medley in on the web:

Show #700


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.

On your local radio dial 90.1 FM or
STREAMING LIVE at: kkfi.org

Show #694

WMM Playlist from May 17, 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, May 17, 2017

New & MidCoastal Releases +
Sarah Beth Mundy + Lovergurl

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

2. girlpool – “It Gets More Blue”
from: Powerplant / girlpool – Anti / May 12, 2017
[Second album release from girlpool, a folk punk band from Los Angeles, California. Its members are Cleo Tucker on guitar & vocals, and Harmony Tividad on bass & vocals. The band does not have a drummer. Their self-titled debut EP was posted on their Bandcamp account in 2014, and re-released on Wichita Recordings later that year, on November 17. The band released its debut album, Before the World Was Big, on June 2, 2015, also on Wichita Recordings.]

3. Toughies – “Wind”
from: Wind – Single b/w What Are Hands For? / Replay Records / May 13, 2017
[This 5-piece, Lawrence, band formed in February 2015, with Brad Girard on guitar & vocals, Joe Gronniger on bass & vocals, Caroline Lohrenz on drums, Carl Smith on guitar & lead vocals, and Sam Ramer on keyboards & vocals.]

[Toughies play a 7″ Release Show at Mills Record Company, Sat, May 20, at 6:30 PM w/ Momma’s Boy]

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]

10:15 – Interview with Sarah Beth Mundy

Sarah Beth Mundy

Sarah Beth Mundy‘s writing is a blend of the intimate and the confessional. She is most known for the two years she devoted to KC’s Dear Diary series, where she performed for audiences her most cringe-inducing teenage diaries. Sarah Beth has also given spoken-word performance across multimedia collaborations, including the 2015 Art Sounds series event “As I See You,” and a multi-artist album currently in production titled “Muses and Mavericks,” curated by Kansas City musician Mark Lauer. Sarah Beth was also one of the writer/performers in our Wednesday MidDay Medley, live stage show at the recordBar, called: “A Story in A Song.” Sarah Beth is a part-time instructor in the English Department at UMKC, where she received her M.A. in English Literature in 2014.

Sarah Beth Mundy joins us to talk about her new monthly series, Hymen In Hysterics – Meditations on Mental Disorder, at The Outburst KC, 1715 Wyandotte, KCMO.

I first encountered Sarah Beth Mundy at Dear Diary, at The Fishtank Theatre space at 1715 Wyandotte, which is now called The Outburst KC and owned by Susanna Lee Lucky Deluxe. Sarah talked about feeling comfortable being back in the space where she first bravely shared her intimate and teenage diary entries to a room full of audience members. The intimacy of the space is often a good match for the intimacy of the material.

Sarah Beth Mundy, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Sarah Beth Mundy’s new monthly series, Hymen In Hysterics – Meditations on Mental Disorder, continues at The Outburst KC, 1715 Wyandotte, KCMO. The next showcase is Thursday, May 25, at 8:00 PM, featuring comedy, performance art, poetry, and storytelling, from Moe A. Barria, Laura Fred Michael, and Heath Poland.

5. 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 Whiffs play Blind Tiger, 3945 Main Street, Sunday, May 21, at 9:00 pm, with Twen, & TBA]

[The Whiffs play Crossroads Summer Flock Party, Friday, June 2, at 5:00 PM with Arc Flash, Claire Adams, HighWesthus, Dreamgirl, Natural Man and the Supreme Court, Reptil, and Blk Flanl.]

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

6. Schwervon! – “Fuzzy Math”
from: Broken Teeth / Haymaker Records / September 30, 2014
[Kansas City based 2 piece rock band, that tour all over the USA and Europe each year. Nan plays drums and Matt plays guitar and they both sing. They lived in NYC for 15 years before moving to the Kansas City area, where Matt originally came from. Their music and their live shows are exceptional. Generally at live shows, as an added bonus, Matt will read an original poem while Nan performs an interpretive dance inspired by the poem. Matt also performs and records as Major Matt Mason USA , Nan also performs in her collaborative piece, Nan and The One Nite Stands. Easily this is one of my all time favorite area bands!!!]

[Schwervon! play The Brick, 1727 McGee, Fri, May 19, at 9:00 PM w/ Emmaline Twist, Andrew Ashby]

[Schwervon! play Records With Merritt, 1614 Westport Rd, Thurs, June 1, at 8:00 PM with Cat Tatt]

7. John Moreland – “Lies I Chose To Believe”
from: Big Bad Luv / 4AD / May 5, 2017
[Tulsa, Oklahoma based singer-songwriter John Moreland was born June 22, 1985 in Longview, Texas. The son of Robert Lloyd Moreland and Connie May, Moreland’s father worked for Sunoco as an electrical engineer, and because of this job the family moved a lot. When he was a baby they moved to Northern Kentucky, across the river from Cincinnati, Ohio. Moreland credits his love for Cincinnati Reds to this time in Kentucky. When Moreland was 10 years old Moreland’s family moved from Boone County, Kentucky to Tulsa, Oklahoma and with the help of his father, started playing the guitar. When he was 12 he played with a kid he went to church with who wrote songs and inspired him to start writing songs “that made sense.” John grew up in a conservative Southern Baptist family. “From the time I was born up until about age 16, my entire worldview and all my opinions were pretty much solely influenced by the evangelical church. All the years since then have sort of been this slow process of figuring out where I stand now that I’m not an impressionable kid anymore. I feel like I’m done with that at this point, but it keeps showing up in songs. I guess that stuff stays in your psyche forever.” His “High on Tulsa Heat” was in our 115 Best Recordings of 2015.]

[John Moreland just finished up a European tour and will be touring the U.S. this Summer]

8. 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.]

[Portugal.The Man play Kansas City at The Midland Theatre, on Friday, June 16.]

10:45 – Underwriting

9. 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. The band is also involved in a music camp they created as a service to the neighborhood that inspired songs. One of the band’s key collaborators on the camp is Clint Velasquez, a gifted music educator with a huge heart for the community. He created a non-profit in Kansas City called Base Academy of Music (B.A.M.) in order to provide quality music education in the inner city at a fraction of the cost of what it would be elsewhere. (B.A.M.) makes starting to learn a musical instrument accessible and affordable for urban youth. The organization believes music education is a reason and a means to succeed and collaborates with local schools and community centers to offer both private lessons and afterschool group programs.]

[Making Movies play recordBar, 1520 Grand, Friday, May 26, at 7:00 PM w/ Duncan Burnett X Riot.]

10. Samantha Fish – “Chills & Fever”
from: Chills & Fever / Ruf Records / March 24, 2017
[Growing up in Kansas City, Samantha Fish switched from drums to guitar at the tender age of 15. She spent much of her time in local watering holes listening to visiting blues bands. Samantha caught the attention of Ruf Records who released her album, Girls with Guitars, which found her co-billed with Cassie Taylor and Dani Wilde. That led to her forming her own trio and recording three more albums, Runaway (2011), Black Wind Howlin’ (2013) and Wild Heart (2015). She was awarded, Best Artist Debut at the 2012 Blues Music Awards in Memphis. For Chills & Fever, Fish traveled to Detroit to collaborate with members of the Detroit Cobras, a band popular in the Midwest punk/blues scene. The collaboration included Joe Mazzola on guitar, Steve Nawara on bass, Kenny Tudrick with Bob Mervak on keys, and Mark Levron and Travis Blotsky on trumpet and saxophone. The band covers songs from Jackie DeShannon, Jerry Ragavoy, Bert Berns and Allen Toussaint while also revisiting some earlier demos she cut along with producer Bobby Harlow.]

[Samantha Fish plays the 2-day Memorial Day Weekend Event – Samantha Fish’s Big Summer Kick Off, at CrossroadsKC, 417 East 18th Street, on May 26 with Southern Avenue Band, and Brody Buster Band, and the 27th with Dumpstaphunk, and Moreland & Arbuckle.]

11. Big Freedia – “I Heard”
from: I Heard – Single / Queen Diva Music / February 23, 206
[Raised on Josephine Street in uptown New Orleans, Big Freedia, born Freddie Ross, was raised by his mother, a hairdresser, and stepfather, a truck driver for Coca-Cola. When Freddie was 15, the family moved to a more upscale neighborhood in New Orleans. Freddie, along with his brother Adam and sister Crystal Ross, were immersed in music at home by their mother, who often sang along to her Gladys Knight and Patty LaBelle records around the house. But it was the Baptist church choir where a young Freddie flourished. ”My mother made sure I never missed practice,” recalls Freedia. It’s no wonder that by the time he was 18, Freedia moved from member to director of the choir. Big Freedia is known as the Queen of Bounce, at the forefront of the Bounce rap movement (a subgenre of hip-hop born out of New Orleans and known for its call and response style and lightening speed booty-shaking dance). Though gay and proud, Big Freedia asserts that her (Freedia is a he but uses the feminine pronoun for her stage persona) sexuality has little to do with her music and rejects the term Sissy Bounce (the queer brand of Bounce). “All Bounce is Bounce,” he insists. “There’s no need to separate it out. All types of people—gay, straight, rich, poor, black, white come to my shows. People just wanna get out and shake their azzzz and have a good time!” And therein lies the beauty of Big Freedia: She can rock a pair of dangling gold earrings and light up a blunt and chop it up with the hardest rapper around. She’s not a gay artist, but rather an artist who happens to be gay. Big Freedia has gone from a local New Orleans phenomenon to a national one after appearing on the HBO series ‘Treme’ [as herself] and in 2010, she released her debut EP on Scion A/V Presents: Big Freedia, produced by NOLA producer BlaqNmilD. The EP featured notables “Excuse” and “Almost Famous; other fan-favorites include “Gin in my System” “Azz Everwhere” and “Y’all Get Back Now.” Shefollowed that up by releasing “Nah Who Mad” and “Booty Whop,” and she was featured on Spank Rock’s “Everything is Boring and Everyone is a Fucking Liar” LP, on the track “Nasty.” She was also featured on “Peanut Butter” with RuPaul. Freedia made her network television network debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live! She appeared on “Last Call with Carson Daly,” FADERTV, PITCHFORK TV and has been lauded in press outlets such as The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Fader, RollingStone.com, SPIN, OffBeat, Chicago Tribune.]

[Big Freedia plays, recordBar, 1520 Grand, on Saturday, May 20, at 9:00 with Childish Adults.]

11:00 – Station ID

Sarah Beth Mundy, Brook Worlledge, Heather Andrews, and Stephanie Bankston on the May 17, 2017 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley

12. Lovergurl – “La Problema”
from: The President is a Sex Offender / Lovergurl / May 19, 2016
[Heather Andrews on guitar & vocals, Brook Worlledge on drums & vocals & songwriting, and Stephanie Bankston on keys & vocals]

[Lovergurl will play a special EP release show, Friday, May 19, at 8:00 PM at recordBar, 1520 Grand, with The Bad Ideas and La Guerre.]

11:04 – Interview with Lovergurl

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. Band members include: Stephanie Bankston on keyboards & vocals, Brook Worlledge on drums & vocals, Heather Andrews on guitar & vocals, and Adam Speer on bass.

The band is getting ready to release their debut EP recording, “The President is A Sex Offender” and will play a special EP release show, this Friday, May 19, at 8:00 PM at recordBar, 1520 Grand, with The Bad Ideas and La Guerre.

Stephanie Bankston, Brook Worlledge, Heather Andrews, thanks for being on WMM

Lovergurl 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. She has been playing piano since she was 5 years old, and writing music since her teenge year. Stephanie has also been in various bands since college including” Stephanie’s musical influences include: M83, Passion Pit, Washed Out, LCD Soundsystem, and STRFKR.

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. (The workers, working-class people, wage earners, the working classes, the common people, the lower classes, the masses, the rank and file, the third estate, the plebeians.) 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. Heather Andrews influences include: Le Tigre, Best Coast, and Wolf Alice.

The band formed in 2016

Ron Knox of The Pitch wrote about the band in the August 16, 2016 edition saying, “Lovergurl takes aim at institutions, social structures and music scenes built by and seemingly for those who undeservedly wield power and privilege — men, rich people, white folks. It’s not rare subject matter; songs laser-focused on real-world issues are commonplace in hip-hop and punk. What’s unusual here is that Lovergurl leans on a sound that borders on straight-ahead pop. “Colorado Springs” couches its call for women’s safety, in the wake of the Planned Parenthood shootings in that city, within moody synths and a crooning vocal line. Another song, the yet-to-be-recorded “Prospect,” points out the irony in the name of the thoroughfare that runs through KC’s marginalized East Side, doing so with ease rather than by brute force.”

Lovergurl’s Electronic Press Kit contains this quote, “Lovergurl are a unique four-piece band whose music meets at the intersection pf Depache Mode and Salem 66 with a stop sign and crossing guard provided by Bikini Kill” – A dude on Facebook

Last year we fell in love with their song. “Colorado Springs” that the band put out as a single track, with three other songs, on the band’s Bandcamp page: http://www.lovergurl.bandcamp.com. This song was inspired by the real life event shooting and 6-hour siege at a Planned Parenthood Clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado, that left 3 people dead including a 44 year old policeman, and on Friday, November 27, 2015. This is one of 4 singles the band digitally released in 2016. Words and Music by Lovergurl.

None of the single tracks put out last year are on the new EP, which include 4 new songs.

“The President is A Sex Offender” is the name of their new EP.

The new songs contain lyrics about the personal and political, with great melodies and harmonies.

From their Press Kit:

“Kansas City based Lovergurl is the merciless political band you don’t know you needed.”

“Draped in tropical prints and pop melodies, the band have perfected their take-no-prisoners approach with a seamless blend of pop, surf-rock, and punk.”

“Armed with dance-enducing synth lines, moody guitar, and chorus like harmonies Lovergurl render your ears hard, and averting your eyes impossible.”


13. Lovergurl – “My Body”
from: The President is a Sex Offender / Lovergurl / May 19, 2016

Lovergurl is getting ready to release their debut EP recording, “The President is A Sex Offender” and will play a special EP release show, this Friday, May 19, at 8:00 PM at recordBar, 1520 Grand, with The Bad Ideas and La Guerre.

Lovergurl keyboardist and vocalist, Stephanie Bankston told the Pitch, “I know we just want it to be fun, and also important,” she says. “The unifying thing is the message, it’s our attitude. I don’t know if we belong in the punk scene. We like to scream. We like to confront people. But I don’t know if we belong in that scene. I don’t know if we belong anywhere.”


14. Lovergurl – “Prospect”
from: The President is a Sex Offender / Lovergurl / May 1Andrews9, 2016
[Heather Andrews on guitar & vocals, Brook Worlledge on drums & vocals & songwriting, and Stephanie Bankston on keys & vocals]

[Lovergurl will play a special EP release show, Friday, May 19, at 8:00 PM at recordBar, 1520 Grand, with The Bad Ideas and La Guerre]

15. The Wires – “Banyan”
from: The Wires – Alternative Strings / Independent / March 9, 2013
[Laurel Morgan grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska. Classically trained, she has been playing the violin for nearly 30 years. Laurel graduated from the UMKC Conservatory of Music in 2005. She has also performed with the Des Moines Symphony, Quixotic fusion ensemble, Musical Theatre Heritage at the Off-Center Theatre and as a member of folk-rock band, ‘In the Pines” that won several Pitch music awards. As a composer, arranger, and musician Laurel Morgan has traveled to Germany, Austria, and throughout the United States, but is based here in KC. Sascha Groschang graduated from Paseo Academy of Performing Arts in 2000, UMKC Conservatory of Music in 2004, and Mannes College – The New School For Music in 2008. She had her solo recital debut at Carnegie Hall’s recital hall, Weill Hall in February 2009. Sascha has recorded or performed with Peter Gabriel, Joanna Newsom, Ashanti, Adina Menzel, Clay Walker, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. She has also worked for NBC and Rhino Records. She is currently working with Juniper String Ensemble, Saint Joesph Symphony, and is part of the faculty at Missouri Western State University. She also teaches out of her Midtown KC home studio. More info at: cellolady.com. Laurel Morgan & Sascha Groschang are The Wires, an alternative exploration in string sound from KCMO. They compose & perform original music for violin & cello.]

[The Wires play Westport Presbyterian Church, 201 Westport Rd, on Friday, May 19, at 12:10 PM to 1:00 PM for The Westport Center For The Arts – 23rd season of their Brown Bag Concert Series. There will be a reception following with coffee ad cookies provided by Friends of Westport Center For The Arts and Westport Coffee House.]

16. HighWesthus – “The Original”
from: Part III. The ILLU / Independent / October 25, 2016
[Written and produced and performed by HighWesthus, and mixed and mastered ny Leyone Tracks. HighWesthus was born in Chicago and is based in Kansas City. The last official album of the Trilogy Set that began with the May 2015 release, Part I. The Dead, and continued with the November 2015 release, Part II. The Wise. HighWesthus is a freelance multimedia artist living in Kansas City. He graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2012 with a BFA in Animation. He is one of four owners of Strange Paper Studio, based in Kansas City. HighWesthus specializes in illistration, animation, graphic design, dideo editing, sound editing, music producing, writng anf storytelling.]

[HighWesthus plays Jack Fest May 17, at The Jackpot Music Hall, 943 Massachusetts St, in Lawrence Kansas w/ Tyler Gregory, Kidd Commakahzee, Luther Vincent, Kevin Don Vito Barber, DJ Shwasted.]

[HighWesthus plays the Crossroads Summer Flock Party, Friday, June 2, at 5:00 PM with Arc Flash, Claire Adams, The Whiffs, Dreamgirl, Natural Man and the Supreme Court, Reptil, and Blk Flanl.]

17. Ha Ha Tonka – “Everything”
from: Heart-Shaped Mountain / Bloodshot Records / March 10, 2017
[45th studio album from the band that is based in Springfield, Missouri. Their music is steeped in Ozark folk. Originally from West Plains, Missouri. The band currently consists of: Brett Anderson on guitar, mandolin and vocals; James Cleare on absolutely everything; Lucas Long on bass & vocals; Mike Reilly on drums & vocals; Brian Roberts on guitar & vocals. the band is signed to Bloodshot Records out of Chicago. The band is named after Ha Ha Tonka state park in southern Missouri.]

[Ha Ha Tonka play recordbar, Tommorrow, Thurs, May 18, at 8PM w/ Trapper Schoepp & the Shades.]

18. Scott Hrabko & The Rabbits – “The Ogre’s Waltz”
from: Summer / Scott Hrabko / September 10, 2016
[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, Brt Colliver on pino and accordian, and Kevin Dolan on mandolin. Recorded in pat and mixed in full by Paul Malinowski at Massive Sound. Kansas City based, singer-songwriter Scott Hrabko has played with Kansas City’s oldest garage band, The Original Sinners, as well as various incarnations of the 1980s bands: The Splinters, and The Andersons. In the 1990s he performed with Iris Dement and Howard Eisberg. Scott Hrabko’s 2014 critically aclaimed solo release, “Gone Places” was said to be 30 years in the making.]

[Scott Hrabko & The Rabbits play Westport Saloon, Sat, May 20, at 8:00 PM, with Playing For Horses, The Vine Brothers]

[Scott Hrabko and lauren Krum of The Grisly Hand will both be featured tomorrow night, May 18, on 90.1 FM’s Local Showcase at 8:00 PM with Diana Linn of The Tasty Brew Music Radio Show.]

[Scott Hrabko will be our guest on WMM on June 14.]

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

19. Mac DeMarco – “This Old Dog”
from: This Old Dog / Captured Tracks / May 5, 2017
[3rd full-length album by singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Mac DeMarco. Following the release of Another One, DeMarco moved from his isolated Queens home to a house in Los Angeles to create the album. The album spawned two singles in January, “My Old Man” and “This Old Dog”, which are the two first tracks on the album. The singles “On The Level” and “One More Love Song” were released in April 2017. The album leaked on April 13, 2017. DeMarco recorded This Old Dog while moving to Los Angeles, he describes the experiences and time it took to develop and make the album: “I demoed a full album, and as I was moving to the West Coast I thought I’d get to finishing it quick. But then I realized that moving to a new city and starting a new life takes time. And it was weird, because usually I just write, record, and put it out; no problem. But this time, I wrote them and they sat. When that happens, you really get to know the songs. It was a different vibe.” McBriare Samuel Lanyon “Mac” DeMarco (born Vernor Winfield McBriare Smith IV, April 30, 1990) is a Canadian singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer. He has released three full-length studio albums, 2 (2012), Salad Days (2014), and This Old Dog (2017) and two mini-LPs, his debut record Rock and Roll Night Club (2012) and Another One (2015). His style of music has been creatively described as “blue wave”, “slacker rock”, or self-described by DeMarco as “jizz jazz”.]

11:52 – Underwriting

20. The Shins – “So Now What”
from: Heartworms / Columbia / March 10, 2017
[5th studio album from The Shins and their first studio album in 5 years. Produced by James Mercer.The Shins were formed in 1996 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The band’s current lineup consists of James Mercer on vocals, guitar, songwriter; Jon Sortland on drums; Mark Watrous on guitar; Casey Foubert on guitar; Yuuki Matthews on bass; and Patti King onkeyboards. The band is based in Portland, Oregon.The band was formed by Mercer as a side project to Flake Music, who were active from 1992 to 1999. The band released two 7″ singles and a full-length album When You Land Here It’s Time to Return on Omnibus Records and were touring with Modest Mouse when they were signed to Sub Pop Records. The band’s first two records, Oh, Inverted World (2001) and Chutes Too Narrow (2003) performed well commercially and received critical acclaim. The single “New Slang” brought the band mainstream attention when it was featured in the 2004 film Garden State. Consequently, the band’s third album, Wincing the Night Away (2007), was a major success for the group, peaking at number two on the Billboard 200 and earning a Grammy Award nomination.]

[The Shins play The Midland Theatre, 1228 Main Street, Thurs, June 1 at 8:00 PM with Surfer Blood]

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

Next week on May 24 on Wednesday MidDay Medley, we’ll talk with members of Spinning Tree Theatre’s production of Assassins. Plus, Barry Lee returns to share details about the Signal To Noise benefit for Audio Reader Thetare, at recordBar, Saturday, June 3, at 8:00 PM with Maria The Mexican, The Pedaljets, and Broken Arrows. Also next week, Laurel Parks and Ben Parks of the band Of Tree join us to talk about their new record and Kickstarter Campaign. And KC based musican Noah Davis will play live on the show.

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:

Show #682