WMM Playlist from August 9, 2017

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

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

More New & MidCoastal Releases
+ Guest Producer Nico Gray

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10:32 – Underwriting

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11:00 – Station ID

11:00 – Guest Producer – Nico Gray

Nico Gray in the 90.1 FM KKFI Studios

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11:28 – Underwriting

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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 June 5, 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, June 5, 2013

The Latenight Callers
+ Crossroads Summer Block Party
+ Mark’s 50th Birthday

1. Various Artists -“The Twilight Zone”
from: All-Time Top 100 TV Themes / TVT / August 23, 2005

2. Various Artists -“The Dick Van Dyke Show”
from: All-Time Top 100 TV Themes / TVT / August 23, 2005

3. Various Artists -“The Mary Tyler Moore Show”
from: All-Time Top 100 TV Themes / TVT / August 23, 2005

50 years ago, on this date, I was born, so today i’ll play from some of my favorite recordings, from different times of my life, starting in 2nd grade when I discovered his Mom’s record collection in the basement.

I was in second grade, seven years old, in our unfinished basement we had an old TV that got one channel, CBS, out of Lincoln, Nebraska. Across the room was an old 1960’s wooden Stereo cabinet. Beside the cabinet was a box with several of my Mom’s albums. I pulled out “Meet The Beatles” put the needle on the groove, and this was this first spin of my life.

4. The Beatles – “All My Loving” (Mono)
from: Meet The Beatles / Capitol-EMI / Nov 23,1963

Next I pulled out a cover that looked like a portrait of a wedding couple, except they were brother and sister, not husband and wife. It was “Close To You.” The Carpenters covered “Help” by The Beatles, and the big hits “We’ve Only Just Begun” and “Close To You” a Burt Bacharach / Hal David classic. On the second side of the LP, they recorded another Burt Bacharach / Hal David song, originally written for the 1968 musical “Promises, Promises.” This song was made a hit by Bobbie Gentry, and also Dionne Warwick, but this version displays the amazing harmony and almost spooky studio arrangements of brother Richard Carpenter. It was 1971.

5. The Carpenters – “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again”
from: Close To You / A&M / 1971

10:10

I grew up in a small town in Nebraska. R&B wasn’t played on the radio. When I was 11 my parents got a divorce and we moved to the “other side of town.” My mom got a job working at the Women’s Prison. Since mom was a new employee, she had to work all of the holidays, so I spent Easter, Mother’s Day, 4th of July, at the prison. It was there that I heard this song for the first time. The best music in town was at the prison.

6. Al Green – “Lets Stay Together”
from: Lets Stay Together / Hi Records / Jan. 31, 1972

In my tween years my mother’s record collection was changing, her second husband Al drove a van, and listened to 8-track tapes. My mom was in the RCA Music Club where they would automatically send you the new release, that’s how she ended up with the soundtrack to the film “Superfly” from Curtis Mayfield.The movie never played our town. But the soundtrack tells the story, and we hear in the bridge Curtis singing, “Trying to get over” the theme we hear in so many of Curtis Mayfield’s incredible recordings.

7. Curtis Mayfield – “Superfly”
from: Superfly (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture) / Curtom Records / July 1972

10:18

In high school journalism class, working on the yearbook staff, we listened to this debut record, of a new band from Athens, Georgia. We listened on a little small portable stereo, checked out from the media department. The record’s label said, “play loud,” we did.

8. The B-52’s – “52 Girls”
from: The B-52’s / Warner Brothers / 1979

One summer morning, in 1982, in her apartment, in Crete, my friend BJ, woke me up, with the song, “Young Americans,” and it changed my life. I now had to have every Bowie recording ever made. Bowie actually helped me “come out,” and I learned that reinvention could prevent insanity. In my search back, I discovered “Hunky Dory,” recorded in 1971, just after his research trip to NYC & Andy Warhol’s Factory. This is the opening track on the second side of the album.

9. David Bowie – “Fill Your Heart”
from: Hunky Dory / RCA / 1971

10:26 – Underwriting
10:27

10. The Latenight Callers – “Tourniquets”
from: Songs for Stolen Moments / TLNC / June 8, 2013

10:32 – Interview with Krysztof Nemeth & Gavin Mac of The Latenight Callers

The Latenight Callers are releasing “Songs for Stolen Moments.” with a CD Release Party, Saturday, June 8, at the recordBar,1020 Westport Rd., KCMO, with In Back of a Black Car, and Thick and The Foolish.

Krysztof Nemeth told us the story of how the band came to be The Latenight Callers

Formed in Lawrence by baritone guitarist, Krysztof Nemeth, vocalist Julie Berndsen, w/ Bassist Gavin Mac, Nick Combs on keys.

“Songs for Stolen Moments” was recorded with Duane Trower at Weights and Measures

The Latenight Callers release their new record “Songsfor Stolen Moments.” with a CD Release Party, Saturday, June 8, at the recordBar, 1020 Westport Rd., KCMO, with In Back of a Black Car, and Thick and The Foolish. More info at: thelatenightcallers.com

11:43

11. The Latenight Callers – “Straight Razor”
rom: Songs for Stolen Moments / TLNC / June 8, 2013

I was a Prince fan from very early on. Many people heard this song on Cyndi Lauper’s debut album, but I heard it first on his second album, “Dirty Mind.”

12. Prince – “When You Were Mine”
from: Dirty Mind / Warner Brothers / 1980

Their debut album came out in 1977, but it took some of us until 1981 to discover it, their music has been therapy to me, both physically and psychologically. I love all of their recordings, but 77 is special. They were fresh young art students fearlessly being a band.

13. Talking Heads – “Uh-Oh, Love Comes To Town”
from: 77 / Sire / 1977

I knew I was gay when I was 5, but I kept it a secret. My first year in college I fell in love with a girl, but after 9 months I ended our relationship. I felt I was lying. That summer I started to “come out,” at least to myself, and then, in my second year in college, I sort of fell in love with my friend B.J.’s lesbian girlfriend Dani. She had moved into our dorm after a few dates with BJ. One night after a trip to KC, Dani and I ran across campus to Baba Rama’s room at Smith Hall. He had friends visiting, but we put on the cassette, “Combat Rock” by The Clash, and the three of us just started dancing. A straight guy, a lesbian girl, and a gay guy. I was 19, and trying to figure everything out. It was confusing. Thankfully I had a “kick-ass” soundtrack to help make the connections.

14. The Clash – “Should I Stay Or Should I Go”
from: Combat Rock / /May 14, 1982

11:00

50 years ago, on this date, I was born, so today I’m playing from some of my favorite recordings, from different times of my life

Baba Rama, was two years older than me in college, he was always luring me into new situations, and possible danger. He had a reputation. He introduced me to Patti Smith’s album “Wave” the same night he bought thai stick from several international students. From that day forward, I would always love Patti Smith. All of her recordings are worth their weight, for her authentic rock and roll voice has passed from underground poet to best selling author. Her debut was produced by John Cale, and I think this song is perfect.

15. Patti Smith – “Free Money”
from: Horses / Arista Records / November, 1975

1984, was my own personal “Year of Hell.” I was 22, it was my Senior year in college. I was taking 23 credits my 1st semester and 21 my 2nd. It was the same year my theatre director decided to “put the moves on me.” I went from denial to rebellion, in a 9-month ark, and left empty, and estranged. The Smiths helped me feel less alone, and they were cool.

16. The Smiths – “You’ve Got Everything Now”
from: The Smiths / Sire / February 1984

In the mid 1990s my friend Sandra was Manager of The Midland Theater. As a perk she arranged for our friends, to have front row seats, for multiple Patti LaBelle concerts. These shows were very special. The audience was so incredibly mixed, half of the audience was African American straight couples and the other half were gay men, and everyone was dressed like they were going to church, or a nightclub. The music and the love of Patti brought us all together. Patti performed all of her usual tricks, giving her eye lashes to someone in the audience; rolling across the stage from one side to the other; kicking her shoes off high into the air; crying, witnessing on stage. And of course singing, filling the room, with her voice, dropping the mic to the stage floor, to prove she could still be heard even if the electricity went out. Patti represents the history of modern pop music, from her days in The Bluebelles, and The Bluebelles fantastic transformation into LaBelle, a band that reinterpreted many rock classics, and also wrote many of their own best songs. This one was written by LaBelle member Nona Hendrix.

17. Labelle – “I Believe I Finally Made it Home”
from: Something Silver / Warner Archives / Feb. 11, 1997
[orig, from Moon Shawdow, 1972]

11:16 – Underwriting

11:17 – Interview with Jerad Tomasino of Golden Sound Records

The Crossroads Summer Block Party, is this Friday, June 7, at 19th & Wyandotte, 6:00 -12:00 pm, an evening of live music, food and KC culture. Joining us with all of thedetails is our friend Jerad Tomasino of Golden Sound Records.

Jerad Tomasino, Ross Brown & Mat Shoare are the founders of Golden Sound Records

The Crossroads Summer Block Party, June 7, at 19th & Wyandotte, features music from: Akkilles, Opossum Trot, Oils, Millions Of Boys, Shy Boys, Hidden Pictures, Fullbloods, and Cowboy Indian Bear.

Food Trucks: Gary’s On The Go, Nani’s Kitchen, KC Smoke Burger, and Los Tules.

Art & Fashion: Scarlett Garnet Jewelry, Tangled Mane, and Tyler Coey.

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18. Hidden Pictures – “Girls Lie”
from: Sister Wife [EP] / Golden Sound Records / June 4, 2013
[All songs written by Richard Gintowt. Mixed by Joel Nanosat Element Recording Studios. Mastered by Doug Van Sloun at Focus Mastering, Omaha. Drums and bass recorded by Paul Malinowski at Massive Sounds, KCMO. Artwork by Patrick Giroux (pjgiroux.com). Richard Gintowt – vocals, guitars; Jeff Freling – better guitars; Claire Adams – vocals; Nate Holt – keys; Kyle Akers – bass; Lennon Bone – drums]

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The Block Party is sponsored by: Golden Sound Records, The Pitch, Cremalab, Snow & Co., ThinkKC, Think Big Partners, C&C Custom Drums, Mildred’s Coffeehouse, Boveri Realty, Missouri Bank, Hammerpress, and the Midwest Music Foundation.

The Crossroads Summer Block Party, June 7, at 19th & Wyandotte, 6:00 -12:00 pm, an evening of live music, food and KC culture. More info at: crossroadsblockparty.com

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This is the title song from one of my favorite albums of all time. If you broke up with your lover, you may never hold them again, this record speaks to that part of your heart. In 1988 we were buying all of our favorite albums again, on CD, and hearing Joni digitally through the speakers, it felt like she was singing directly to me. I got to see her live, when she toured with Dylan in 1998. I had front row, center seats, at The United Center in Chicago. I cried through the entire concert as Joni played guitar, with her Jazz Combo, smoking a cigarette, bringing all of her songs alive onstage, it was sacred, like this song…

19. Joni Mitchell – “Blue”
from: Blue / Warner / June 1971

BJ’s girlfriend was in a CD subscription service and was sent the 5 CD, Box Set “Peel Slowly and See,” featuring all of The Velvet Underground’s studio recordings. Before BJ’s girlfriend could send it back, BJ snagged it, and gave it to Caleb and I as a gift. The music filled our house on West 39th Street. Where our first floor was used as an art gallery, a rehearsal space, a place for Scorpio parties, Jen’s Seder. The Velvet Undergound were the house band for Andy Warhol’s Factory. When I think about The Factory, I hear this song.

20. The Velvet Underground – “Venus In Furs”
from: The Velvet Underground and Nico / Universal / March 1967

In the late 1990s while I was working at The Midland Theatre, my friend Julie Broski brought “The Charm of the Highway Strip” into the office to play, and I was hooked. I quickly began searching for all of the recordings of The Magnetic Fields. Then the band released the acclaimed, “69 Loves Songs.” Recently, Lisa and I were talking about how we love these recordings and how our favorite song changes from time to time. This is my current favorite, on “69 Love Songs,” from one of my favorite bands: The Magnetic Fields.

21. The Magnetic Fields – “Papa Was A Rodeo”
from: 69 Love Songs / Merge Records / June 8, 1999

I was able to sit in the front row of the Kauffman Center to witness the living legend, Mavis Staples. She came up through gospel music, and then secular R&B, when Pops decided to broaden their audience. When you hear The Staple Singers you feel their struggle for equality through beautiful melody. Mavis has brought her voice & spirit to collaborations with The Band, Prince, Dylan. Her collaboration with Ry Cooder, “Down In Mississippi” was a musical masterpiece, of first-hand, civil rights history, in song. She followed that up with a collaboration with Jeff Tweedy, who wrote this perfect song, for Mavis to sing.

22. Mavis Staples –“You Are Not Alone”
from: You Are Not Alone / Anti / Sept. 10, 2010
[Produced & written by Jeff Tweedy of Wilco]

I met Iris DeMent when I was working at Kinkos at 39th & Rainbow in 1992. Iris came in to copy her press clippings, she was in the process of releasing her debut album. I wasn’t familiar with her music until I saw her on Late Night with Conan O’Brienin 1994, where she performed her song “My Life.” I was blown away. I had video taped the show and I remember replaying that song for anyone that came to visit. I ran into Iris at Classic Cup in Westport. I was sort of star stuck, but she approached me and asked, “How do I Know You?” Our friendship continued because we shared a mutual friend named Anne Winter, who arranged for Iris play a Big Bang Buffet in 1999. Iris also did a benefit for Friends of Community Radio in 2002, and KKFI in 2004. I love Iris! This is one of her first songs.

23. Iris DeMent – “Let The Mystery Be”
from: Infamous Angel / Warner Brothers / 1992 / 1993

24. Various Artists – “Looney Tunes”
from: All-Time Top 100 TV Themes / TVT / August 23, 2005

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

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

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