WMM Playlist from Oct. 10, 2018

Holly Near photo by Irene Young

Wednesday MidDay Medley
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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Spinning Records With Marion Merritt
+ Holly Near

10:00

Marion Merritt

Today, we welcome back to the show, Marion Merritt as our special “Guest Producer.” For 14 years now she has been sharing her sonic discoveries and information from her musically encyclopedic brain. Marion is the creator of Records With Merritt, a small, independent, minority owned business, at 1614 Westport Rd. in Kansas City, Missouri.

Marion Merritt, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

1. “It’s Showtime Folks”
from: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to All That Jazz / Casablanca / Dec. 20, 1979
[WMM’s theme song]

2. Dimitri From Paris – “Prologue”
from: Sacrebleu / Atlantic / 2001

3. Tunde Mabadu – “Amupara Ko Ma Dara”
from: Viva Disco / Mr. Bongo / July 27, 2018 [Reissue]
[Viva Disco one was of two albums that Mabadu recorded as Tunde Mabadu & His Sunrise during the 1970s, the second of which was called Bisu. By this time, Mabadu was “already a fanciful and continental saxophonist of any language,” shares Femi Ewetade in Viva Disco‘s liner notes. Originally released on Afrodisia – and fetching upwards of £500+ – Viva Disco’s euphorically funky, horn-filled six tracks have been remastered for this new reissue.]

4. Femi Kuti – “One People One World”
from: One People One World / Knitting Factory Records / February 23, 2018
[Olufela Olufemi Anikulapo Kuti was born June 16, 1962 and is popularly known as Femi Kuti, a Nigerian musician born in London and raised in Lagos. He is the eldest son of afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, and a grandchild of a political campaigner, women’s rights activist and traditional aristocrat Funmilayo Ransome Kuti. Femi’s musical career started when he began playing in his father’s band, Egypt 80. In 1986, Femi started his own band, Positive Force, and began establishing himself as an artist independent of his father’s massive legacy. His first record was released in 1995 by Tabu/Motown, followed four years later by Shoki Shoki (MCA), which garnered widespread critical acclaim. In 2001 he collaborated with Common, Mos Def and Jaguar Wright on Fight to Win, an effort to cross over to a mainstream audience, and started touring the United States with Jane’s Addiction. In 2004 he opened The Shrine, his club, where he recorded the live album Africa Shrine. After a 4-year absence due to personal setbacks, he re-emerged in 2008 with Day by Day and Africa for Africa in 2010, for which he received two Grammy nominations. In 2012 he was both inducted into the Headies Hall of Fame (the most prestigious music awards in Nigeria), was the opening act on the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ European arena tour and became an Ambassador for Amnesty International.]

5. Still Corners – “In the Middle of the Night”
from: Slow Air / Wrecking Light / August 17, 2018
[Still Corners are a London-based dream pop/synthpop musical project consisting of songwriter/producer Greg Hughes and vocalist Tessa Murray. Still Corners self-released their debut EP, Remember Pepper?, on 13 June 2008, followed by a 7″ single, “Don’t Fall in Love”, released by UK label The Great Pop Supplement on 30 August 2010. The duo signed with record label Sub Pop in 2011 and issued their first full-length debut, Creatures of an Hour, to favourable reviews. In October 2012, the band released a new single, “Fireflies”, which was named “Best New Track” by Pitchfork. In February 2013, Still Corners announced that their second album, Strange Pleasures, would be released on Sub Pop in May 2013. The second single, “Berlin Lovers”, received widespread coverage.[6]On 29 June 2016, the band announced the 16 September release of their third album, Dead Blue, on their own Wrecking Light Records label; Still Corners also shared the video for the album’s first single, “Lost Boys.]

6. Cowboy Junkies – “All That Reckoning, Pt. 1”
from: All That Reckoning / Latent Records / July 13, 2018
[The Cowboy Junkies are an alternative country and folk rock band formed in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 1985. The group was formed in 1985 by Alan Anton (bassist), Michael Timmins (songwriter, guitarist), Peter Timmins (drummer) and Margo Timmins (vocalist). The three Timmins are siblings, and Anton worked with Michael Timmins during their first couple of bands. John Timmins was initially a member of the band but left the group before the recording of their first album. The band line-up has never changed since, although they use several guest musicians on many of their albums, including multi-instrumentalist Jeff Bird who has performed on every album except the first. The Junkies’ 1986 debut album, produced by Canadian producer Peter Moore, was the blues-inspired Whites Off Earth Now!!, recorded in the family garage using a single ambisonic microphone. The Junkies gained worldwide fame and recognition with their second album, The Trinity Session, recorded in 1987 at Toronto’s Church of the Holy Trinity. Their sound, again using the ambisonic microphone, and their mix of blues, country, folk, rock and jazz earned them both critical attention and a strong fan base. The Los Angeles Times named the recording as one of the ten best albums of 1988. The Cowboy Junkies have gone on to record a total of sixteen studio albums and five live albums, and remain an active band for over thirty years.]

7. Cowboy Junkies – “All That Reckoning, Pt. 2”
from: All That Reckoning / Latent Records / July 13, 2018

10:32 – Underwriting

8. Blood Orange – “Orlando”
from: Negro Swan / Domino Recording Co / August 24, 2018
[Devonté Hynes aka David Joseph Michael Hynes,was born December 23, 1985, better known as Blood Orange and formerly Lightspeed Champion, is a British singer, songwriter, composer, producer, dancer and director. From 2004 to 2006, Hynes was a member of the band Test Icicles, playing guitar, synth, and occasionally performing vocals. They released one full-length album in 2005. Hynes went on to release two solo studio albums as Lightspeed Champion and subsequently four more as Blood Orange, between 2008 and 2018. He has written, played or produced for artists such as Tinashe, Solange Knowles, Sky Ferreira, FKA twigs, Haim, Florence and the Machine, Carly Rae Jepsen, Diana Vickers, The Chemical Brothers, Kylie Minogue, A$AP Rocky and Blondie. Hynes was voted the 49th ‘coolest person in rock’ in NME’s 2007 Cool List, jumping to position 20 in the following year’s list]

9. Bosley – “I Just Can’t Stand It”
from: Unreal Fire / Bosley Music / June 15, 2018
[Bosley Brown is the soulful alter-ego of American singer, songwriter and producer Thomas Mayer. Bosley has performed alongside Sharon Jones and the Dapkings, Galactic, Dr. Dog, and many other contemporary rock/soul acts. His music has been featured in series on HBO, Comedy Central and in several feature films. With the release of his debut album Honey Pig in 2011, Bosley was born. Honey Pig showcased a talent for pop songwriting and a stylistic range from early James Brown to Waits-ian jazz ballads, all channeled through Mayer’s dynamic and powerful voice. Adopting a 70’s Soul Review format, Bosley began touring and performing with an immaculately dressed 9-10 piece band complete with a horn section and choreographed back up singers. The music and band were gaining popularity, but as the party raged on, behind the scene things for Mayer were on a personal decline. In 2012, Thomas came clean about a decade long struggle with Alcohol and drug addiction. After taking time off to seek treatment, he reassembled a new band and began writing and performing again. Seeing a second chance for a life beyond the grip of addiction, Mayer embraced sobriety and dedicated himself back to his music career. The result of these struggles was 2015’s deeply personal and hysterically fun follow up album, The Dirty Dogs Radio Show. TDDRS serves as a personal testament to loving the party and knowing it can’t last. Bosley’s 3rd album, Unreal Fire dances between the old and the new taking the vintage sounds of Stax and Motown and combining it with contemporary Pop appeal. UF is at once an tribute to the bygone days of analog recording and a retrospection of the music of that era. Recorded meticulously live in analog, Bosley delivers the best synthesis to date of his unique knack for danceable, melodic pop and heartfelt human experience. \]

10. Ural Thomas & the Pain – “Slow Down”
from: The Right Time / Tender Loving / September 26, 2018
[If life was at all fair Ural Thomas would be a household name, his music slotted into countless sweet, seductive mixtapes between James Brown, Otis Redding, and Stevie Wonder (all of whom Thomas has performed with.) Straddling the line between hot soul shouter and velvety-smooth crooner, Thomas released a few singles in the late 60’s and early 70’s; most notably “Can You Dig It”, which featured backing vocals from soul luminaries Merry Clayton, Mary Wells and Brenda Holloway. Thomas played over forty shows at the legendary Apollo Theater before turning his back on an unkind business and heading home to Portland, OR. It goes without saying that a man practically built out of rhythm would never stop playing music. Thomas began hosting a regular Sunday night jam session at his home that ran for nearly twenty years. A de facto mentor to many of the younger players, Thomas reminds us all that “If you care about what you’re doing, you need to build those muscles and do the work. Don’t get discouraged, do it for love. Even if you’re digging ditches, do it with passion.” In 2014, local soul DJ Scott Magee sat in on drums. The two became fast friends and at Magee’s urging Thomas decided to give his musical career another shot. Magee became the musical director, they put together a band, and in 2016 released a self-titled album on Mississippi Records. In 2017 Thomas signed with Tender Loving Empire and began work on what, in many respects, will be his debut full length. Diving deep into lifetime of melodic creativity, Thomas and his band got to work. Recorded in Magee’s studio Arthur’s Attic, The Right Time features the air-tight work of Magee on drums, percussion, and backing vocals, Bruce Withycombe (The Decemberists) on baritone sax, Portland jazz scene fixture Brent Martens on guitars and vibraphone, Arcellus Sykes on bass, Steve Aman (Lady Rizo) on piano and organ, Dave Monnie on trumpet, Willie Matheis (Cherry Poppin’ Daddies) on tenor sax, and Jasine Rimmel, Joy Pearson, Sarah King, Rebecca Marie Miller on backing vocals. The Arco Quartet performed the strings, and the record was engineered and mixed by Jeff Stuart Saltzman (Blitzen Trapper) and mastered by JJ Golden (Sharon Jones, Ty Segall). One might think after a sizeable taste of early success Thomas would be more than a touch bitter – yet the opposite is true. “We have to be positive if we want the world to get better” Thomas advises. “We’ve come a long way, but if you carry a grudge with the whole world you’ll stop your growth. We’re a family, all just brothers and sisters, descendants of Adam. You can’t get anywhere without an open heart.” A developing artist at nearly eighty years old, for Thomas music has always been about bringing people together. “If we play for twenty people we cook it like it’s twenty thousand” says Thomas. “If we make someone smile we’re satisfied. They’re ain’t no difference between us. It’s all love and brotherhood. If folks listen to my record and feel that I’ll feel very blessed.” Standing in bold defiance of the idea that aging is a reason to slow down and stop living, for Thomas the right time to get down is the next time someone plugs in a guitar or puts on a record. Ural is ready – are you?]

11. Spiritualized – “The Morning After”
from: And Nothing Hurt / Fat Possum Records / September 7, 2018
[Spiritualized are an English space rock band formed in 1990 in Rugby, Warwickshire by Jason Pierce (often known as J. Spaceman), formerly of Spacemen 3. The membership of Spiritualized has changed from album to album, with Pierce—who writes, composes and sings all of the band’s material—being the only constant member. Spiritualized have released eight studio albums. The best known and most critically acclaimed of these is 1997’s Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space, which NME magazine named as their Album of the Year, beating other critically acclaimed albums such as Radiohead’s OK Computer and The Verve’s Urban Hymns.]

12. Spiritualized – “The Prize”
from: And Nothing Hurt / Fat Possum Records / September 7, 2018

11:01- Station ID

13. Cat Power – “Stay”
from: Wanderer / Domino Recording Co / October 5, 2018
[10th studio album by Cat Power. The album was produced entirely by Marshall herself and was written and recorded in Miami and Los Angeles over the past few years, she stated: “The course my life has taken in this journey—going from town to town, with my guitar, telling my tale; with reverence to the people who did this generations before me. Folk singers, blues singers, and everything in between. They were all wanderers, and I am lucky to be among them.” The album includes a collaboration with Lana Del Rey, whom Marshall opened for on the European leg of her LA to the Moon Tour. It is her first album to not be released on Matador since 1996. In support of the release, Marshall has embarked a world tour, that began in September. Charlyn Marie “Chan” Marshall was born January 21, 1972, She is better known by her stage name Cat Power. She is a singer-songwriter, musician, occasional actress, and model. Cat Power was originally the name of Marshall’s first band, but has become her stage name as a solo artist. Born in Atlanta, Marshall was raised throughout the southern United States, and began performing in local bands in Atlanta in the early 1990s. She was discovered opening for Liz Phair in 1994 by Steve Shelley of Sonic Youth and Tim Foljahn of Two Dollar Guitar, with whom she recorded her first two albums, Dear Sir (1995) and Myra Lee (1996), on the same day in 1994. In 1996 she signed with Matador Records, and released a third album of new material with Shelley and Foljahn, What Would the Community Think. Following this she released the critically acclaimed Moon Pix (1998), recorded with members of Dirty Three, and The Covers Record (2000), a collection of sparsely-arranged cover songs. After a brief hiatus she released You Are Free (2003), featuring guest musicians Dave Grohl and Eddie Vedder, followed by the soul-influenced The Greatest (2006), recorded with numerous Memphis studio musicians. A second album of cover tracks, Jukebox, was released in 2008. In 2012 she released the self-produced Sun, which debuted at number 10 on the Billboard 200, the highest charting album of her career to date. Critics have noted the constant evolution of Cat Power’s sound, with a “mix of punk, folk and blues” on her earliest albums, and elements of soul and other genres more prevalent in her later material. Her 2012 album Sun incorporated electronica, in a self-proclaimed move from the “slower” guitar-based songs she initially wrote for the album.]

14. Adrianne Lenker – “symbol”
from: abysskiss / Saddle Creek / October 5, 2018
[Adrianne Lenker has been writing songs since she was 10 years old. Her “back story” has been well documented in various interviews and profiles for Big Thief over the last 3 years. Despite, or more likely because of, the constant touring and studio work, the last few years have been some of the most prolific for Lenker as a writer. Songs pop out at soundcheck. They pop out on late night drives between cities. They pop out in green rooms, hotel stairwells, gardens, and kitchens around the world. In the hands of Lenker, songwriting is not an old dead craft. It is alive. It is vital. With little regard for standard album cycle practice or the idea of resting at all, Lenker set out to make a document. Songs can be slippery and following 2+ years on the road with Big Thief, Lenker felt a growing need to document this particular time in her life in an intimate, immediate way. The result is her new album, abysskiss, out October 5th via Saddle Creek. “I want to archive the songs in their original forms every few years,” explains Lenker. “My first solo record I made was Hours Were the Birds. I had just turned 21 and moved to New York City where I was sleeping in a warehouse, working in a restaurant and photographing pigeons. Now five years later, another skin is being shed.” Following a two week road trip through the southwestern United States, Lenker headed into the studio with longtime friend Luke Temple. Temple put on his loosely fitting, bright orange, 100% wool producer hat and for one week they made music. The songs chosen for this collection were the songs that felt the most alive in the room. These are not castaways or B-sides. Some of these songs have been alive for years while some were written just days before the session. Some will appear in different future forms, some will not. The thread that connects these songs is not something that can easily be put down in words. Intuition connects these songs. They are a record of a time. With this collection, Lenker further illuminates to the listening public what those close to her already know; here we have a songwriter of the highest order, following her voice and the greater Voices that pass through her with an unflinching openness and clarity of translation.]

15. The Holydrug Couple – “I’ll Only Say This”
from: Hyper Super Mega / Sacred Bones / September 14, 2018
[The Holydrug Couple is a psychedelic rock duo from Santiago, Chile. The Holydrug Couple began in 2008. They released their first album in 2011 titled Awe via BYM Records. Shortly after the release, the band caught the attention of Sacred Bones Records, who signed the band to their label. Later that year, the band released an EP titled Ancient Land. In 2013, the band released their second full-length album and major label debut, Noctuary via Sacred Bones. In 2014, the band released a 7″, with Everyone Knows All on the A side and Quetzal on the B side. In 2015, The Holydrug Couple released their third full-length album (second on their label) titled Moonlust on May 12. In 2016, the band released their fourth full-length album (second on their chilean label BYM Records) titled Soundtrack for Pantanal. Band members include: Ives Sepúlveda (Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Keys) and Manuel Parra (Drums) In the studio: Ives Sepúlveda (Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Keys, Drums, Production, Engineering) Manuel Parra (Drums). Studio albums include: Awe (2011, BYM); Noctuary (2013, Sacred Bones); Noctuary Demos (2013, BYM); Moonlust (2015, Sacred Bones); Moonlust Demos (2016, BYM); Soundtrack for Pantanal (2016, BYM); and Hyper Super Mega (2018, Sacred Bones).]

16. Anemone – “Why Do I Worry”
from: Silver Star / Music On Vinyl / August 31, 2018
[Debut album. Raw and psychedelic soundscapes, Madchester grooves and nineties Pop songs, Anemone started combining these elements in the spring of 2017. The band from Rotterdam played dozens of shows in their first year and recorded their debut album ‘Silver Star’ in August with Patrick Delabie, who also recorded the first The Afterveins LP of frontman Xander van Dijck. Beside the Afterveins, band members also played in The Medics and Moon Tapes. In the record collections of the band members, you’ll find some nice albums of The Brian Jones Town Massacre/Oasis and during live shows you can hear people whisper about the Smiths.]

17. Waxahatchee – “Singer’s No Star”
from: Great Thunder – EP / Merge / September 7, 2018
[Waxahatchee is an American indie music project, formed in 2010 by American singer-songwriter Katie Crutchfield, previously a member of P.S. Eliot. The band is named after Waxahatchee Creek, in Alabama. Originally an acoustic solo project, her recordings tend to now involve a backing band and the music has increasingly more often been performed in this way. Crutchfield, as Waxahatchee, has released 4 albums to date; American Weekend (2012), Cerulean Salt (2013), Ivy Tripp (2015), and Out in the Storm (2017).]

Marion Merritt thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley. Marion is the creator of Records With Merritt, a small, independent, minority owned business, at 1614 Westport Rd. in Kansas City, Missouri. More info at: http://www.recordswithmerritt.com

11:29 – Underwriting

18. Holly Near – “Are You Kidding Me”
from: 2018 / Calico Tracks Music / June 29, 2018

Holly Near photo by Irene Young

11:34 – Interview with Holly Near

Earlier this month a new documentary film about Holly Near‘s life called “Holly Near Singing For Our Lives” from award winning director Jim Brown premiered at the Mill Valley Film Festival. On June 29th, legendary singer songwriter, actress, teacher and activist – Holly Near released her 31st album, titled “2018.” Born in Ukiah, CA in 1949, Holly started performing at the age of 8, then acting and soing in school plays and musicals and studiing theatre at UCLA. She built her performing career with acting parts on 1970s television shows like Mod Squad, Room 222, All in The Family, and The Partridge Family as well as work in motion pictures. In 1970 she was a cast member of the Broadway musical Hair. Following the Kent State shootings in May of that year, the entire cast staged a silent vigil in protest.

In 1971, Holly Near joined the Free The Army tour, an anti-Vietnam War road show organized by antiwar activist Fred Gardner, Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland. In 1972, Holly was one of the first women to create an independent record company Redwood Records. Often cited as one of the founders of the Women’s Music movement, Holly led the way for outspoken women in the music world, and worked for peace and multicultural consciousness. Throughout her long career Holly has continued working in film, stage, and music where she has collaborated with: Pete Seeger, Ronnie Gilbert, Arlo Guthrie, Mercedes Sosa, Bernice Johnson Reason, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Joan Baez, Phil Ochs, Harry Belafonte, Cris Williamson, and many others. This Sunday, October 14, 7:00 PM, Willow Productions presents Holly Near w/ Jan Martinelli & Tammy Hall at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 4501 Walnut, KCMO.

Holly Near Thanks for being with us on WMM

Holly Near’s new record “2018” is a direct response to the times we are currently living through: including environment, aging, domestic violence and the unresolved storm damage in Puerto Rico. Her career as a musician has been intrinsically woven into the fabric of our times, the Vietnam War, Kent State, Women’s Equality, Safe Energy, the rights of LGBTQ people.

On Sunday night at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church She will be performing with Jan Martinelli on electric and acoustic bass and Tammy Hall on keyboards. Both of these musicians play with her on “2018,” and have collaborated with her on past projects.

Holly Near’s professional career began in 1969 with a part on the television show The Mod Squad, followed by appearances in other shows, such as Room 222, All in the Family, and The Partridge Family. She also appeared in films such as Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five, Minnie and Moskowitz, and had a prominent role in the 1991 film Dogfight.

In 1970, Near was a cast member of the Broadway musical Hair. On May 4, Ohio National Guard opened fire on unarmed Kent State students protesting the bombing of Cambodia by the United States Military forces. The 28 guardsmen fired over 67 rounds, killing four and injuring nine. Following the Kent State shootings, the entire cast of Hair staged a silent vigil in protest. Holly wrote the song, “It Could Have Been Me” (released on A Live Album, in 1974), was her heartfelt response to the shootings.

In 1971, Holly Near joined the FTA (Free The Army) Tour, an anti-Vietnam War road show of music, comedy, and plays that performed for soldiers, many of whom were resisting war and racism from within the military. The tour was organized by antiwar activist Fred Gardner and actors Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland. Near was only 21 and the youngest member of the troupe.

In 1972, Near founded an independent record label called Redwood Records to produce and promote music by “politically conscious artists from around the world”. She was one of the first women to found an independent record company. Near’s record company went out of business in the mid-1990s due to financial difficulties.

In 1978 Holly Near wrote, “Singing For Our Lives” in the immediate wake of the assignation of openly gay San Francisco Board of Supervisors Member Harvey Milk, and Mayor George Moscone on November 27, 1978. “Singing For Our Lives” appears in Singing the Living Tradition, the official hymnal of the Unitarian Universalist Association, under the title “We Are A Gentle, Angry People” (Hymn #170). The hymn was also performed by Quaker Friends in an episode of the TV series Six Feet Under.

Elizabeth Anderson wrote: It urges us to follow Harvey’s imploring words: “Gay brothers and sisters, you must come out.” Kansas City’s Heartland Men’s Chorus sang this song two years ago.

Lee Hartman wrote: “Singing for Our Lives, written by Holly Near as she attended Harvey Milk’s memorial, was the most moving moment of the evening and even more so in retrospect. Audience members, at least those from my vantage point in the balcony, stood and joined in the singing of this unofficial anthem of the LGBTQ movement. Many held their loved ones closer and most were teary eyed. Rightfully, HMC reportedly repeated this piece at the (Pulse Orlando shootings) vigil following its Sunday performance.”

During her long career in folk and protest music, Holly Near has worked with a wide array of musicians, including Ronnie Gilbert, Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, Mercedes Sosa, Bernice Johnson Reagon, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Meg (Shambhavi) Christian, Cris Williamson, Linda Tillery, Joan Baez, Phil Ochs, Harry Belafonte, and many others, as well as the Chilean exile group Inti-Illimani.

Near has been recognized for her work for social change, including honors from the ACLU, the National Lawyers Guild, the National Organization for Women, NARAS, Ms. Magazine (Woman of the Year), and the Legends of Women’s Music Award. In 1989 Holly Near received a Dr of Humane Letters at World College West in California.

Holly Near (born June 6, 1949 in Ukiah, California) is an American singer-songwriter, actress, teacher, and activist. Holly Near was raised on a ranch in Potter Valley, California. She was eight years old when she first performed publicly, and she auditioned for Columbia Records when she was ten. She sang in all the high school musicals, talent shows and often was invited by local service groups to sing at their gatherings. Groups like the Soroptimist Club, Lions Club, and Garden Club. Her senior year she played Eliza Doolittle in Ukiah High School production of My Fair Lady. In the summer Holly attended performing arts camps such as Perry-Mansfield in Colorado and Ramblerny Performing Arts where she studied with jazz musicians Phil and Chan Woods and modern dancer/choreographer Joyce Trisler.

After starting high school in 1963, Holly Near began singing with three boys who called themselves the Freedom Singers, a folk group modeled after the Kingston Trio. When Holly joined, they began to sound more like The Weavers, three male voices and one female. Near learned later of the original Freedom Singers who sang as part of the Civil Rights Movement. Unbeknownst to her, Holly would soon meet one of the founding members of that group, Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon, an artist who would be a great influence for the next 40 + years. She would also meet and work with the female singer in The Weavers, Ronnie Gilbert.

After high school, Near enrolled in the Theatre Arts program at UCLA; her freshman year she got the lead in the UCLA production of Guys and Dolls playing soprano Sarah Brown. Because Near was trained in a lower range she got nodules on her vocal chords and had to leave the show. She entered in to a long period of silence until her voice healed. After one year, she left UCLA and began to work in film and television as well as with anti war groups such as Another Mother for Peace.

She was briefly a member of the musical comedy troupe, “First National Nothing”, and appeared on the troupe’s only album, If You Sit Real Still and Hold My Hand, You Will Hear Absolutely Nothing (Columbia Records – LP C 30006).

Near wrote an autobiography in the early nineties called Fire in the Rain, Singer in the Storm. Later, with her sister Timothy, Near co-wrote a one-woman show based on the stories in the book. The show was presented at The San Jose Rep and in Los Angeles at The Mark Taper Forum, as well as productions in San Francisco and off Broadway in NYC. In April 2004, Holly performed at the March for Women’s Lives in Washington, DC where she sang “We Are Gentle Angry People” and “Fired Up” a capella.

The following year, Near was named among the “1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize”. Near continues an active tour schedule and as of 2012 had a discography of 29 albums. She is still active as a performer and composer, and she has begun issuing CDs available through her website that include tracks from her out-of-print albums.

Holly Near was named an Honoree for National Women’s History Month for 2015. She continues performing concerts, music festivals & rallies. Near hosted many of the tributes to both Pete Seeger & Ronnie Gilbert, members of the seminal folk group The Weavers.

Holly has been an honored guest at several of the GALA Gatherings, a conference of GLBTQ choirs and choruses. In her work with the choruses she focuses on diction, drama, and understanding the intention of the lyric. She also appears as a soloist with several of the choruses and many of her songs have been arranged for choral singing.

In 2018, Holly released a new recording called, 2018 reflecting some of the issues of the day including environment, aging, domestic violence and the unresolved storm damage in Puerto Rico. In October of 2018, a documentary film about Near’s life and work made by award winning director Jim Brown premiered at the Mill Valley Film Festival and received standing ovations and high acclaim.

As a result of her travels in the Pacific with the FTA show, Near became a feminist, linking international feminism and anti-war activism. In 1976, Near came out as a lesbian and began a 3-year relationship with musician Meg Christian. Near was probably the first out lesbian to be interviewed in People Magazine. She added LGBT issues to her international peace work as she continued to present social change music around the world and at home. Although Holly was one of the most visible artists in the lesbian community, she was also becoming aware that “monogamous” defined her sexuality more than any other title.

Near is dedicated to the rights of LGBTQ+ communities and works to create a cultural forum for diversity. Near writes, “For many, sexual identity and/or gender identity is the primary door through which they walk. It is what politicized them. It is what feeds their emotional and spiritual perspectives. I totally honor this. Even though sexual preference is maybe 5th or 10th on my personal list of priorities now, I will always work for all of us to have self determination over our bodies, our identities, our relationship choices.”

Near spent a year traveling across the US camping out of her car and staying with friends. She went to Argentina and Chile to study & write. She currently rents a 1 bedroom apartment in Sonoma County, Ca. and she spends time in NYC. She drives a 2003 VW. “auntie” & “grandma” to several young people even though Near never had children.

Holly Near Discography

Hang in There, Redwood Records (1973) (support of the people of Vietnam)
A Live Album, Redwood Records (1975)
You Can Know All I AM, Redwood Records (1976)
Imagine My Surprise, Redwood Records (1978) (with Meg Christian)
Fire in the Rain, Redwood Records (1981) produced by June Millington
Speed of Light, Redwood Records (1982)
Journeys, Redwood Records (1983)
Lifeline, Redwood Records (1983) (with Ronnie Gilbert)
Watch Out!, Redwood Records (1984) (with John McCutcheon and Trapezoid)
Sing to Me the Dream, Redwood Records (1984) (with Inti Illimani)
HARP, Redwood Records (1985) (w/ Pete Seeger, Ronnie Gilbert & Arlo Guthrie)
Singing With You, Redwood Records (1987) (with Ronnie Gilbert)
Don’t Hold Back, Redwood Records (1987)
Sky Dances, Redwood Records (1989)
Singer in the Storm, Chameleon Music Group (1990) (with Ronnie Gilbert)
Musical Highlights, Redwood Records/Calico tracks (1993) (Fire in the Rain written by Holly Near & Timothy Near)
This Train Still Runs, Abbe Alice Music (1996) (with Ronnie Gilbert)
With a Song in My Heart, Calico Tracks Music (1997) (songs of 30s & 40s)
Edge, Calico Tracks Music (2000)
Cris & Holly, HC Recordings (2003) (w/Cris Williamson, pianist John Bucchino)
Show Up, Calico Tracks Music (2006)
Sing to Me the Dream, Calico Tracks Music (2008) (historic live recording of 1984 Peace in the Americas Tour w/ Inti Illimani)
We Came to Sing, Calico Tracks Music (2009) (with emma’s revolution)
Peace Becomes You, Calico Tracks Music (2012)
2018, Calico Tracks Music (2018)

Holly Near Filmography

Angel, Angel, Down We Go (1969), Tara Nicole Steele
The Magic Garden of Stanley Sweetheart (1970), Fran
The Todd Killings (1971), Norma
Minnie and Moskowitz (1971), Irish
F.T.A. (1972), Herself
Slaughterhouse-Five (1972), Barbara Pilgrim
The Weavers: Wasn’t That a Time! (1982), Herself (documentary interview)
Women of Summer (1985), Herself (documentary; performance at reunion)
Dogfight (1991), Rose Sr.
Heartwood (1998), Lucille Burris
Holly Near Singing For Our Lives (2018) Herself (documentary by Jim Brown)
Television movies[edit]
Mr. and Mrs. Cop (1974), Mrs. Salmon

Holly Near TV appearances

The Bold Ones: The Senator, Sylvia – in the episode “Power Play” (1970)
Room 222, Esther – in the episode “The Lincoln Story” (1970)
All in the Family, Mona – in the episode “Gloria Has a Belly Full” (1971)
The Partridge Family, Phyllis – in the episode “The Selling of the Partridges” (1973)
L.A. Law, Lucille Skerritt – in the episode “Spleen It to Me, Lucy” (1991)

Earlier this month a new documentary film about Holly Near’s life called “Holly Near Singing For Our Lives” from award winning director Jim Brown premiered at the Mill Valley Film Festival.

Holly Near, Thanks for being with us on WMM

Holly Near with Jan Martinelli & Tammy Hall / photo by Irene Young

Willow Productions presents Holly Near with Jan Martinelli & Tammy Hall at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 4501 Walnut, KCMO, on Sunday, October 14, at 7:00 PM. Tickets at http://www.brownpapertickets.com

19. Holly Near – “Singing For Our Lives”
from And Still We Sing: The Outspoken Collection / Calico Tracks Music / Sept 17, 2002
[Written in the immediate wake of Harvey Milk’s assassination in 1978. “Singing For Our Lives” appears in Singing the Living Tradition, the official hymnal of the Unitarian Universalist Association, under the title “We Are A Gentle, Angry People” (Hymn #170). It was also performed by Quaker Friends in an episode of the TV series Six Feet Under.]

20. Leela James – “A Change Is Gonna Come”
from: A Change Is Gonna Come / Warner Brothers – WEA / 2005
[Ms. James first burst onto the scene with her 2006 debut album A Change is Gonna Come, introducing audiences to her considerable vocal chops and garnering nominations for Outstanding New Artist at the NAACP Image Awards and Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist of 2008 at the Soul Train Music Awards. James has gone on to record three subsequent albums including My Soul, which reached #7 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip Hop Albums Chart and #37 on the Billboard 200 chart, and earned acclaim from critics for her songwriting skills. Fall For You has similarly climbed the charts, its single by the same name reaching the top 15 on the Urban AC charts in 2014/15.]

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

Next week on October 17, Jennifer Owen of Owen Cox Dance Ensemble joins us to share information about their latest production, “Morena” with soprano Victoria Botero October 20 – 21 at Polsky Theatre at Johnson County Community College. Also Jake Wells joins us to share information about his show at recordBar, Monday October 22 with Calvin Arsenia & Duncan Burnett. Plus Marion Merritt and Betse Ellis join me as Guest Co-Hosts for our Fall Fund Drive to encourage you our wonderful listeners to donate to the Voice of The Community – 90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio.

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:
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http://www.WednesdayMidDayMedley.org,
http://www.facebook.com/WednesdayMidDayMedleyon90.1FM

Show #755

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WMM Playlist from October 3, 2018

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, October 3, 2018

Of Tree + Sterling Witt + Aaron Rhodes

1. “It’s Showtime Folks”
from: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to All That Jazz / Casablanca / December 20, 1979
[WMM’s theme song]

2. The National – “Fake Empire (Live in Brussels)”
from: Boxer (Live in Brussels) / 4AD / July 13, 2018
[Recorded in Brussels on November 9, 2017, the recording of the band’s show – which saw them perform their 2007 album The Boxer in its entirety.‘Boxer (Live In Brussels)’ came out as an exclusive vinyl LP as part of Record Store Day 2018. The National were formed in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1999. The band consists of Matt Berninger (vocals), Aaron Dessner (guitar, keyboards), Bryce Dessner (guitar), Scott Devendorf (bass) and Bryan Devendorf (drums). Founded by Berninger, Aaron Dessner, and Scott and Bryan Devendorf, The National released their self-titled debut album, The National (2001), on Brassland Records, an independent record label founded by Dessner and his twin brother, Bryce Dessner. Bryce, who had assisted in recording the album, soon joined the band, participating as a full member in the recording of its follow-up, Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers (2003). Leaving behind their day jobs, the National signed with Beggars Banquet Records and released their third studio album, Alligator (2005), to widespread critical acclaim. The band’s fourth and fifth studio albums, Boxer (2007) and High Violet (2010), increased their exposure significantly. In 2013, the band released its sixth studio album, Trouble Will Find Me, which was nominated for Best Alternative Music Album at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards. In 2017 the band released the album Sleep Well Beast, which won the Grammy award for Best Alternative Music Album at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards. Four of the band’s albums were included on NME’s 2013 list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.]

[The National play Starlight Theatre, Sunday, October 7, at 6:00 PM, with Alvvays.]

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

[Bob & Una Walkenhorst play recordBar, 1520 Grand, KCMO, Friday October 12, at 7:00 with Of Tree for a DUAL ALBUM RELEASE SUPER SHOW! Both acts will be releasing debut albums. Special guest Storm Circus will open the evening.]

4. Janelle Monáe — “Americans”
from: Dirty Computer / Wondaland Arts Sociaety – Bad Boy – Epic / April 27, 2018
[Janelle Monáe moved from Kansas City, Kansas to New York to study theatre at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Her original plan was to pursue a career on Broadway, but she soon changed her mind and returned to music. After moving to Atlanta, GA, where she met OutKast’s Big Boi, Monáe founded the Wondaland Arts Society with like-minded young artists and made appearances on Outcast’s Idlewild, where Janelle is featured on the songs “Call The Law” and “In Your Dreams”. In 2007, Monáe released her first solo work, titled Metropolis. A few months later she was signed to Sean “Diddy” Combs’ label, Bad Boy Records. Dirty Computer is the third studio album by Janelle Monáe. In October 2016, Monáe made her big screen acting debut in the critically acclaimed film Moonlight. Monáe also starred in the film Hidden Figures. While filming her two movie roles, Monáe remained active in music with features on Grimes’ “Venus Fly” from her Art Angels album and also the soundtrack for the Netflix series The Get Down with a song titled, “Hum Along and Dance (Gotta Get Down)”. She was also on the tracks “Isn’t This the World” and “Jalapeño” for the Hidden Figures soundtrack. In an interview with People, Monáe revealed that she was already working on her third studio album when she received the scripts for her two first acting roles; therefore, she put the album on hold. It was confirmed by Monae after “Make Me Feel” was released that Prince, with whom she collaborated on her preceding album, The Electric Lady, had worked on the single, as well as the entire album, before he passed away. This was confirmed after listeners noticed similarities between the single’s sound and the late musician’s work. Monae stated in an interview with BBC Radio 1: “Prince was actually working on the album with me before he passed on to another frequency, and helped me come up with some sounds. And I really miss him, you know, it’s hard for me to talk about him. But I do miss him, and his spirit will never leave me.”

[Janelle Monáe plays Starlight Theatre, Saturday, October 13 as part of Open Spaces KC, with Sankofa Danzafro at 4:30. The McFadden Brothers at 6:00 pm, the Marcus Lewis Big Band with Kemet The Phantom and Kadesh Flow at 7:30, and Janelle Monae at 9:15 pm.]

5. Cat Power – “Woman feat. Lana Del Rey (Single Version)”
from: Woman – Single / Domino Recording Co / August 16, 2018
[From Wanderer the tenth studio album by Cat Power, released on October 5, 2018, through Domino. The album was produced entirely by Marshall herself and was written and recorded in Miami and Los Angeles over the past few years, she stated: “The course my life has taken in this journey—going from town to town, with my guitar, telling my tale; with reverence to the people who did this generations before me. Folk singers, blues singers, and everything in between. They were all wanderers, and I am lucky to be among them.” The album includes a collaboration with Lana Del Rey, whom Marshall opened for on the European leg of her LA to the Moon Tour. It is her first album to not be released on Matador since 1996. In support of the release, Marshall has embarked a world tour, that began in September. Charlyn Marie “Chan” Marshall was born January 21, 1972, She is better known by her stage name Cat Power. She is a singer-songwriter, musician, occasional actress, and model. Cat Power was originally the name of Marshall’s first band, but has become her stage name as a solo artist. Born in Atlanta, Marshall was raised throughout the southern United States, and began performing in local bands in Atlanta in the early 1990s. She was discovered opening for Liz Phair in 1994 by Steve Shelley of Sonic Youth and Tim Foljahn of Two Dollar Guitar, with whom she recorded her first two albums, Dear Sir (1995) and Myra Lee (1996), on the same day in 1994. In 1996 she signed with Matador Records, and released a third album of new material with Shelley and Foljahn, What Would the Community Think. Following this she released the critically acclaimed Moon Pix (1998), recorded with members of Dirty Three, and The Covers Record (2000), a collection of sparsely-arranged cover songs. After a brief hiatus she released You Are Free (2003), featuring guest musicians Dave Grohl and Eddie Vedder, followed by the soul-influenced The Greatest (2006), recorded with numerous Memphis studio musicians. A second album of cover tracks, Jukebox, was released in 2008. In 2012 she released the self-produced Sun, which debuted at number 10 on the Billboard 200, the highest charting album of her career to date. Critics have noted the constant evolution of Cat Power’s sound, with a “mix of punk, folk and blues” on her earliest albums, and elements of soul and other genres more prevalent in her later material. Her 2012 album Sun incorporated electronica, in a self-proclaimed move from the “slower” guitar-based songs she initially wrote for the album.]

6. Emmaline Twist – “Starcrossed”
from: Dissimulation / Black Site / Expected August 24, 2018
[Debut LP from Emmaline Twist, Kansas City’s Darkwave / Post-Punk / Shoegaze project. In 2017 the band released “Dissimulation 1,” four songs in digital format, their first since 2016’s single release of “Vega” b/w “Moon Eyes.” The band is Meredith McGrade on vocals & guitar, Kristin Conkright on bass, Jonathan Knecht on drums, and Krysztof Nemeth on baritone guitar. Recorded, Mixed, and Produced at Massive Sound by Paul Malinowski, and Mastered by Mike Nolte at Eureka Mastering. Matched with compelling cover-art created by Amy Abshier. Alex Alexander recently joined the band on synthesizers & guitar.]

[Emmaline Twist play Mercy Seat, 210 East 16th, Friday, October 5 at 8:00 pm, with Electric Lungs, and Strawbilly for First Friday, in the alleyway at Mercy Seat Tattoo..]

[Emmaline Twist play a Benefit for Sharice Davids, Oct. 25, at recordBar w/ Amy Farrand & The Like.]

7. Jon Batiste – “Don’t Stop”
from: Hollywood Africans / Naht Jona – Verve / September 28, 2018
[First single from the debut solo album pof Jon Batiste who has released most of his albus as part of his band Stay Human. Jon Batiste (born November 11, 1986) is an American musician, bandleader and TV personality. He has recorded and performed with artists in various genres of music (Stevie Wonder, Prince, Willie Nelson, Lenny Kravitz, Ed Sheeran, and Mavis Staples), released recordings consistently since 2005 and performed in more than 40 countries. Batiste regularly tours with his band Stay Human,[3] and appears with them nightly as Bandleader and Musical Director on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.[4] Batiste also serves as the Music Director of The Atlantic and the Creative Director of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem. Jon Batiste was born in Kenner, Louisiana, into a long line of musicians, including Lionel Batiste and Harold Battiste. At the age of 8, he played percussion and drums with his family’s band, the Batiste Brothers Band. At his mother’s suggestion, he switched to piano at the age of 11. Jon developed his piano skills by taking classical music lessons and transcribing songs from video games such as Street Fighter Alpha, Final Fantasy VII and Sonic the Hedgehog. At 17, Batiste released Times in New Orleans. He attended the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts with Trombone Shorty and graduated in 2004 before going on to receive a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the Juilliard School. While at Juilliard, he released his second album Live in New York: At the Rubin Museum of Art, and by the end of 2006, had been a featured performer in South Africa, London, Lisbon, Spain, Paris and the United States. In 2007, Batiste made his debut at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam at the age of 20, both producing and performing his own show. He conducted music clinics, classes and workshops throughout Netherlands in inner city schools and underprivileged neighborhoods. He was invited back to Carnegie Hall to produce and perform in his own show including six young musicians from the Netherlands. The performance concluded with a finale he composed for choir, jazz combo and orchestral instruments. In the year following, Batiste released a number of music projects including Social Music (2013) which spent over a month at the top of the Billboard and iTunes jazz charts, “The Late Show EP” (2016) with Stay Human and a holiday album “Christmas with Jon Batiste” (2016). In 2017, he released the singles “Ohio” with Leon Bridges and Gary Clark Jr. as well as “Battle Hymn of the Republic” for The Atlantic. Leading up to the Hollywood Africans release, Batiste completed a Summer Festival tour across the U.S. with The Dap-Kings.Batiste’s notable career performances include a tribute to Chuck Berry and Fats Domino during the 60th annual Grammy Awards (performing alongside Gary Clark Jr.), the Kennedy Center Honors in tribute to Carmen De Lavallade, the Concert for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama as well as the National Anthem at the 2017 NBA All Star Game and Opening Night of the 2017 US Open. He has curated the Global Citizen Advocacy Concert with Tom Morello and the Louis Armstrong Wonderful World Festival in Queens, N.Y.]

10:30 – Underwriting

8. Of Tree – “How Does It Feel”
from: How Does It Feel / Of Tree / October 12, 2018
[Of Tree is Benjamin Parks on guitar & vocals, Laurel Morgan Parks on violin & fiddle & vocals and John Bersuch on percussion & sub-bass. The band explains “we like to build layers, loop strings, bow guitars and mix sampled beats with real ones as a backdrop for melodies on voice and traditional instruments. Emotional and expressive, our music draws inspiration from loss and triumph, failure and hope.” Of Tree began in 2009 and has taken many forms as it has evolved over time, including a full 5 piece folk band and, at one time, a classical trio backing Parks’ voice and guitar. Of Tree launched a Kickstarter Campaign to help record their new album and release their music on vinyl. Of Tree have been actively writing music for this project since the summer of 2016. Laurel writes “As a married couple its been quite a road for us to be able work through music together without taking things too personally (as people in relationships tend to do), but the magic happened last summer when music started pouring out of us and we were able just allow it to happen. Both of us come from fairly strict religious backgrounds and a lot of our lyrics have to do with healing from those experiences. We also deal with themes of finding new footing in life, moving beyond the past and letting go. Really this album is all about healing on a very personal level.” Laurel writes that she is, “very interested in pushing the boundaries of what instrumentation I can marry to my classical violin training. I have been cross pollinating between electronic music I write on the computer using midi inputs with melodies I write on my violin. I enjoy putting a techno beat behind a folk instrument such as the Kalimba or chime and then morphing that into a journey of layered strings and melodic hooks. I am always interested in melody over lyrics. A lot of the music I wrote for this album is inspired from studying folk traditions such as Celtic fiddling, thematic movie music and Peruvian icaros. ” John Bersuch, has been playing with Of Tree since November of 2016. He adds tasteful beats and enjoys thinking outside the box. He once brought a tree to an “Of Tree” show and played it as a percussive instrument. Ben Parks is a visual artist who also plays in the band Slights with Matthew Dunehoo. Laurel Parks also plays in The Wires, John Bersuch is in Bacon Shoe, RLT, and many others.]

[Of Tree plays recordBar, 1520 Grand, Friday October 12, at 7:00 with Bob & Una Walkenhorst for a Dual AlbumRelease Show. Storm Circus will open the evening.]

Laurel and Benjamin Parks of the KC based band Of Tree on the October 3, 2018 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI

10:36 – Interview with Benjamin and Laurel Parks.

Of Tree is a KC based alt-folk band created by husband and wife duo, Benjamin and Laurel Parks. Benjamin as a widely celebrated painter; Laurel as a classically trained violinist turned fiddler – they fuse together musically as Of Tree. Their music draws from each of their individual life experiences having to do with themes of loss, wandering, and spirituality. Following their 2017 EP “Sorry, We’re Chosen,” Of Tree is releasing their first full length album, “How Does It Feel?” recorded at Shadow Scape Records in Kansas City. Of Tree with Bob & Una Walkenhorst play a DUAL ALBUM RELEASE SUPER SHOW! Friday, October 12, at 7:00 at recordBar, 1520 Grand, KCMO, with special guest, Storm Circus. More info at: http://www.oftreemusic.com

Benjamin and Laurel Parks, thanks for being with us today on WMM.

Your EP, Sorry We’re Chosen, was one of WMM’s 117 Best Recordings of 2017, and while we were in love with those songs and your sound from that EP, those songs are like a bud that has broken open and blossomed into a giant flower that is the new album, How Does it Feel.

On the new record Ben is sharing the vocals with Laurel is singing lead on several tracks

“How Does It Feel” was recorded at the new Shadow Scape Records in Kansas City.

Of Tree — a minimalist electronic folk group from Kansas City, Missouri made up of Benjamin Parks on guitar & vocals; Laurel Morgan Parks on violin, fiddle, & vocals; and John Bersuch on percussion; and Scott Freeman on bass.

The band writes that the music we write is dynamic –we like to build layers, loop strings, bow guitars and mix sampled beats with real ones as a backdrop for melodies on voice and traditional instruments. Emotional and expressive, our music draws inspiration from loss and triumph, failure and hope.

Of Tree has been actively writing music for this project since the summer of 2016. Both Ben and Laurel write the songs together. As a married couple its been quite a road for them to be able work through music together without taking things too personally, but the magic happened when music started pouring out of us and we were able just allow it to happen.

Both Benjamin and Laurel come from fairly strict religious backgrounds and a lot of our lyrics have to do with healing from those experiences. They also deal with themes of finding new footing in life, moving beyond the past and letting go. They write that this album is all about healing on a very personal level.

The songs Ben writes express life experience beyond the limits of vocabulary to open the lid to feelings of loss, redemption and deranged hope. The timbre of his voice is low, soft and uniquely intimate. His lyrics are haunting and searching.

Laurel writes: Musically, I (Laurel), am very interested in pushing the boundaries of what instrumentation I can marry to my classical violin training. I have been cross pollinating between electronic music I write on the computer using midi inputs with melodies I write on my violin. I enjoy putting a techno beat behind a folk instrument such as the Kalimba or chime and then morphing that into a journey of layered strings and melodic hooks. I am always interested in melody over lyrics. A lot of the music I wrote for this album is inspired from studying folk traditions such as Celtic fiddling, thematic movie music and Peruvian icaros.

John Bersuch, our drummer, has been playing with us since November of 2016. He adds tasteful beats to our music and also enjoys thinking outside the box. He once brought a tree to an “Of Tree” show and played it as a percussive instrument. Lately he’s been our dedicated one handed drummer as he recently broke his wrist. We couldn’t be happier being able to play with such a good friend of ours!

We would like for the recording of our first full album to take place at Shadowscape Records here in Kansas City. We are excited to work with the sound engineers and producers there who have a beautiful studio with the latest technology and recording equipment (and a nice piano!) Both the producers there have their thumbs on the pulse of the music industry as it is now which is very important to us for the launching and marketing of our music once the album is completed. Also, the strings sound really great in their studio. (Sold!)

10:44

9. Of Tree – “What You’ve Got”
from: How Does It Feel / Of Tree / October 12, 2018
[Of Tree is Benjamin Parks on guitar & vocals, Laurel Morgan Parks on violin & fiddle & vocals and John Bersuch on percussion & sub-bass. The band explains “we like to build layers, loop strings, bow guitars and mix sampled beats with real ones as a backdrop for melodies on voice and traditional instruments. Emotional and expressive, our music draws inspiration from loss and triumph, failure and hope.” Of Tree began in 2009 and has taken many forms as it has evolved over time, including a full 5 piece folk band and, at one time, a classical trio backing Parks’ voice and guitar. Ben Parks is a visual artist who also plays in the band Slights with Matthew Dunehoo. Laurel Parks also plays in The Wires, John Bersuch is in Bacon Shoe, RLT.]

[Of Tree plays recordBar, 1520 Grand, Friday October 12, at 7:00 with Bob & Una Walkenhorst for a Dual Album Release Show. Storm Circus will open the evening.]

10:48 – Interview with Benjamin and Laurel Parks.

Of Tree

We are talking with Benjamin and Laurel Parks about their band Of Tree and their first full length album, “How Does It Feel” recorded at Shadow Scape Records in Kansas City. Of Tree with Bob & Una Walkenhorst play a DUAL ALBUM RELEASE SUPER SHOW! Friday, October 12, at 7:00 at recordBar, 1520 Grand, KCMO, with special guest, Storm Circus. More info at: http://www.oftreemusic.com

Benjamin and Laurel Parks, thanks for being with us today on WMM.

Ben Parks is a visual artist who also plays in the band Slights with Matthew Dunehoo.

Laurel Parks also plays in The Wires, and In The Pines

John Bersuch is in Bacon Shoe, RLT, and many others.

For their upcoming recordbar show they will be projecting images from film maker Lisa Marie Evans.

Benjamin and Laurel Parks, thanks for being with us today on WMM.

More info at: http://www.oftreemusic.com

10:56

10. Of Tree – “Oakheart”
from: How Does It Feel / Of Tree / October 12, 2018
[Of Tree is Benjamin Parks on guitar & vocals, Laurel Morgan Parks on violin & fiddle & vocals and John Bersuch on percussion & sub-bass. The band explains “we like to build layers, loop strings, bow guitars and mix sampled beats with real ones as a backdrop for melodies on voice and traditional instruments. Emotional and expressive, our music draws inspiration from loss and triumph, failure and hope.” Of Tree began in 2009 and has taken many forms as it has evolved over time, including a full 5 piece folk band and, at one time, a classical trio backing Parks’ voice and guitar. Ben Parks is a visual artist who also plays in the band Slights with Matthew Dunehoo. Laurel Parks also plays in The Wires, John Bersuch is in Bacon Shoe, RLT.]

[Of Tree plays recordBar, 1520 Grand, Friday October 12, at 7:00 with Bob & Una Walkenhorst for a Dual AlbumRelease Show. Storm Circus will open the evening.]

Sterling Witt with Laurel & Ben Parks of the band Of Tree on the October 3, 2018 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on @KKFI 90.1 FM.

11:00 – Station ID

11:00 – Interview with Sterling Witt

Kansas City based artist and musician – Sterling Witt who’ll play live in our 90.1 FM studios. For nearly 10 years Sterling has hosted Art Farm Festivals at his studios and home galleries in Freeman, Missouri. Since 2004 Sterling Witt has released five full-length albums and one 8-song EP, along with several singles. Witt’s latest album, “Satyagraha” was produced by Steve Albini at Electrical Audio Studios in Chicago, Illinois. Sterling is currently preparing for his first museum show at the Albrecht-Kemper Museum in St. Joseph, Missouri. Recently with his wife, Karla Deel, Sterling opened the Squeezebox Theatre, in the East Crossroads of KC. Sterling Witt plays live at the SqueezeBox Theatre, 1519 Oak Street, on Saturday, October 6, at 7:30 PM. More info at: http://www.sterlingwitt.com

Sterling Witt, thanks for being with us today on WMM.

Sterling Witt is an artist and musician. He lives in Missouri. He splits his time between the East Crossroads of KC and the Art Farm near Freeman, MO (about 45 min south of KC).

More information at: http://www.sterlingwitt.com http://www.sterlingwittmuseum.com

The Art Farm is an isolated oasis in the country designed for making art and music. We do not have Internet or TV.

Recently with his wife, Karla Deel, Sterling opened the Squeezebox Theatre, in the East Crossroads of KC. SqueezeBox Theatre – Fouded January 1, 2018. 1519 Oak St., KCMO

Call (816) 872-2948. A new mixed-use theatre designed with producers and performers in mind. We feature raw cedar walls, wooden bar serving the best of regional spirits, mosaic installations in the bathrooms, raised stage, green room, new audio and sound equipment.

Sterling has recently written a scary stories book for children, titled: Something’s Awry Ting Tong and Other Terrifying Tales.

The book is not published yet, Sterling is still working out the details of how it will be released. However he came prepared to play two songs live that are adapted from stories in the book.

11:07

11. Sterling Witt – “Werewolf” (LIVE)
from: Something’s Awry Ting Tong and Other Terrifying Tales / Sterling Witt

Sterling Witt playing live on the October 3, 2018 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM.

11:15

12. Sterling Witt – “Yara-Ma-Yha-Who” (LIVE)
from: Something’s Awry Ting Tong and Other Terrifying Tales / Sterling Witt

11:18 – Interview with Sterling Witt

Sterling Witt plays live at the SqueezeBox Theatre, 1519 Oak Street, on Saturday, October 6, at 7:30 PM. More info at: http://www.sterlingwitt.com

Sterling Witt on the October 3, 2018 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM.

Since 2004 Sterling Witt has released five full-length albums and one 8-song EP, along with several singles. Witt’s latest album, “Satyagraha” was produced by Steve Albini at Electrical Audio Studios in Chicago, Illinois

Witt’s last album, “Satyagraha” was produced by Steve Albini at Electrical Audio Studios in Chicago, Illinois. Sterling is currently preparing for his first museum show at the Albrecht-Kemper Museum in St. Joseph, Missouri

Rebel Rebelling is the new song Sterling and his bandmates recorded with Never Records directly to vinyl on September 26, part of Open Spaces KC.

The musicians who play on Rebel Rebelling are: Christopher Oppenhuis on Drums & Kitten Adventure Boggs on Bass.

NYC artist & musician Ted Riederer of Never Records was on our September 19 show.

Never Records is a collaborative project exploring the potential of a record store and record label to unite, educate, and uplift a community through recorded sound. Never Records began in January 2010, in an abandoned Tower Records near Union Square in New York City. Soon the project expanded to become a mobile record-making lab with Riederer traveling from city to city, opening a vinyl record shop with recording equipment and a vinyl record lathe to cut two, four-minute records on the spot for people who visit the store. Never Records has traveled to: Liverpool, Derry, Ireland, London, Lisbon, New Orleans, Victoria Texas, Amman Jordan, and now Kansas City. Never Records opened in KC on August 25, as part of Open Spaces Kansas City, and runs through October 28, in the Crossroads, at 1611 Oak, KCMO, Wed thru Sunday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. More info at: http://www.neverrecords.net.

Sterling Witt Thanks for being with us on WMM

11:25

11. Sterling Witt – “Rebel Rebelling”
from: Redel Rebelling – Single / Never Records / September 26, 2018
[Since 2004 Sterling Witt has released 5 full length albums and on 8-song EP. Witt’s latest album, Satyagraha as produced by Steve Albini at Electrical Audio Studios in Chicago, Illinois. Sterling is currently preparing for his first Museum show at the Albrecht-Kemper Museum, in Saint Joseph Missouri.]

Sterling Witt

[Sterling Witt plays live at the SqueezeBox Theatre, 1519 Oak Street, Saturday, October 6, at 7:30 PM. More information at http://www.sterlingwitt.com]

11:28 – Underwriting

11:30 – Interview with Aaron Rhodes

Aaron Rhodes on the October 3, 2018 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM.

21 year old Aaron Rhodes is a Kansas City music journalist and the owner/editor-in-chief of Shuttlecock Music Magazine. In addition to writing about concerts and local releases, Rhodes also hosts the blog’s flagship podcast. Rhodes is also a frequent contributor to The Pitch. Aaron Rhodes joins us to share music from Memphis gangster rap icon Tommy Wright III who is coming to KC for the first time. Aaron also shares tracks from KC’s Warm Bodies and Omaha’s Bib. Shuttlecock presents: Tommy Wright III, and Warm Bodies, and more, at recordBar, 1520 Grand, October 28, 7:00 PM.

Aaron Rhodes thanks for being with us on WMM.

Shuttlecock Music Magazine was launched in 2015 and is dedicated to featuring in-depth coverage of new and exciting music emerging from Kansas City and the surrounding areas. In their three years online, they’ve conducted several artists’ first interviews, hosted multiple shows, and posted concert reviews, photo galleries, videos, and new music write-ups. They’ve also co-hosted a Middle Of The Map Fest showcase, and printed two year-in-review photo zines. The blog is where punk rock, hip-hop, and everything in-between lives in Kansas City.

Shuttlecock presents: Tommy Wright III, and Warm Bodies, and more, at recordBar, 1520 Grand, October 28, 7:00 PM. This is an 18+ show where minors are allowed with a parent or legal guardian. More info at: http://www.therecordbar.com

Memphis gangster rap icon Tommy Wright III who is coming to KC for the first time. Best known for his ’90s mixtapes, “Runnin-N-Gunnin” and “Ashes 2 Ashes, Dust 2 Dust” the One Man Gang is back in action on his new “Back from the Dead Tour.” Tommy Wright III has collaborated with 2Chainz, Lil Jon & Gansta Boo, and Three 6 Mafia.

11:35

12. Tommy Wright III – “Meet Yo Maker”
from: Ashes 2 Ashes, Dust 2 Dust / Street Smart Records / 1994
[Memphis based indie gnsta rapper.]

[Tommy Wright III plays recordBar, 1520 Grand, Ave. Oct. 28, 7:00 PM with Warm Bodies and others]

11:41 – Interview with Aaron Rhodes

We are talking with Aaron Rhodes a Kansas City music journalist and the owner/editor-in-chief of Shuttlecock Music Magazine.

Aaron Rhodes thanks for being with us on WMM.

Shuttlecock presents: Tommy Wright III, and Warm Bodies, and more, at recordBar, 1520 Grand, October 28, 7:00 PM. This is an 18+ show where minors are allowed with a parent or legal guardian. More info at: http://www.therecordbar.com

Warm Bodies will be opening for Tommy Wright III

11:45

13. Warm Bodies – “Something Weird is Eating Me”
from: Warm Bodies / Lumpy Records / February 27, 2018

Pitchfork’s April 8, 2018 7.7 review:

Olivia Gibb’s messy, experimental garage rock sounds unhinged and strangely human on Warm Bodies’ debut. Come for the unnerving body horror, stay for the fiery guitar solos.

While some wonder who’s going to make rock’n’roll wild again, Warm Bodies’ Olivia Gibb is barking like a dog out here. The Kansas City, Missouri artist is effortlessly wild. When she sings, she jumps in and out of cartoonish shrieks. Her bug-eyed and immensely expressive live performances would make John Waters proud. If you visit her website, you can buy some ceramic clown nightmares. Punk’s underground has always been flush with fringe characters—Warm Bodies share a label with noxious weirdos Lumpy and the Dumpers, for example—but Gibb stands out from the heap. On Warm Bodies’ messy and muscular debut album, you can find her screaming about her eyes which have fallen out of their sockets.

“My Face Fell Off” is a minute-long blast of surrealist speed punk, so while Gibb screams for help in locating her face, her bandmates come in frenzied. Drummer Gabe Coppage crashes forward at a turbulent clip while Ian Teeple keeps pace, rattling out power chords and guitar solos. This exact sort of noisy punk maelstrom has been the band’s calling card for a couple years now. The song originally appeared on Warm Bodies’ 2016 demo, and while the two versions are similar, you can hear just how much they’ve leveled up. On Warm Bodies, they’re faster, the recording quality is less scuzzy, and most pressingly, Gibb sounds far more unhinged than she did on her relatively more reserved early recordings.

Take “Something Weird Is Eating Me,” a song that addresses the more uncomfortable truths of the human body. After alluding broadly to a “mess” under her clothes, she gets extremely specific: “A burning lump full of yellow gunk/And I’m itchy itchy itchy itchy,” her voice oozing the discomfort that the song’s lyrics so directly imply. Later, when Gibb shouts about her sexual encounter with real-life plane hijacker D.B. Cooper, Teeple sets the stage with a clattering, rapid-fire hook. This is the band’s secret formula: Gibb whips up fever dreams with her singular voice and Teeple grounds everything with earworms and sick guitar solos.

Across its 20 minutes, Warm Bodies isn’t strictly a wall-to-wall shredfest. It’s an album bookended by electronics, opening with the tense swell of warped synths and finishing with the pulse of crackling, ethereal noise. Then there’s “Stinky dUMBOMix,” a song that’s all synthesizers, drum machines, whistles, and handclaps. It’s only a minute long, but it’s a crucial moment that places the music beyond garage punk and into the context of low-key experimentation.

With that handful of left-field sonic tics, Warm Bodies lean fully into the psychedelia that powers Gibb’s lyrics: melted faces, gnarly rashes, dog cosplay, and fucking a never-been-caught skydiving thief. Chaos is an intrinsic part of their DNA, which means more relatable, day-to-day subjects adopt a funhouse-mirror approach. “Psychic Connection” is a love song that’s both surreal and knowable—Gibb breaks down the unspoken “mind control” shorthand you have with the person you love. Then there’s “I Need a Doctor,” where Teeple’s woozy guitar and the call-and-response of “I need a doctor! (She needs a doctor!)” invoke sick-day queasiness. On an album of hysterical vocals and high-speed guitar work, Warm Bodies is riveting because of how human it is—its joy, rage, infatuations, and yes, literal boils..]

[Warm Bodies open for Tommy Wright III at recordBar, 1520 Grand,, Ave. Oct. 28, 7:00 PM and Bib]

11:47 – Interview with Aaron Rhodes

We are talking with Aaron Rhodes a Kansas City music journalist and the owner/editor-in-chief of Shuttlecock Music Magazine. Shuttlecock presents: Tommy Wright III, and Warm Bodies, and more, at recordBar, 1520 Grand, October 28, 7:00 PM.

Aaron Rhodes thanks for being with us on WMM.

One of Aaron’s current favorite punk bands is Bib from Omaha, Nebraska. Bib has played several shows in Kansas City over the last year. Bib was just signed to play in the Tommy Wright II show at recordBar.

Aaron Rhodes thanks for being with us on WMM

11:50

14. Bib – “Pressure II”
from: Moshpit – EP / Pop Wig Records / December 1, 2017
[Four-piece hardcore group from Omaha, Nebraska, and their sludgy but rapid style has me hooked. The band recently released an excellent EP, called MOSHPIT, on Maryland punk label Pop Wig. Physical copies available @ http://www.popwigrecords.com Engineered and mixed by Matt Castore at A Harder Commune Studio in Saint Paul, Minnesota – July 2017. Mastered by Will Killingsworth at Dead Air Studios in Western Mass – July 2017.]

[Bib opens for Tommy Wright III at recordBar, 1520 Grand,, Ave. Oct. 28, 7:00 PM with Warm Bodies]

15. Joe Strummer and The Mescaleros – “Johnny Appleseed”
from: Joe Strummer 001 / Casbah Productions – Ignition Records / September 28, 2018
[Originally released on Joe Strummer and The Mescaleros 2nd album, Global A Go-Go / Hellcat Records / July 24, 2001, displaying trademark genre-melding folk-rock and Strummer’s unique lyrical style.]

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 October 10, Marion Merritt returns as our Special Guest Producer playing selections from: Adrianne Lenker, Cat Power, Femi Kuti, Blood Orange, Mark Lanegan and Duke Garwood, Bosley, Tash Sultana, Spiritualize, Still Corners and more. Plus Mark talks with legendary singer songwriter Holly Near who plays All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, Sunday, October 14, at 7:00 PM with Jan Martinelli and Tammy Hall.

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

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Show #754

WMM Playlist from August 8, 2018

Una Walkenhorst photo by Mike Schwabauer

Wednesday MidDay Medley
TEN to NOON Wednesdays – Streaming at KKFI.org
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Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Spinning Records With Marion Merritt
+ Una Walkenhorst

Marion Merritt

Today, we welcome back to the show, Marion Merritt as our special “Guest Producer.” For 14 years now she has been sharing her sonic discoveries and information from her musically encyclopedic brain. Marion is the creator of Records With Merritt, a small, independent, minority owned business, at 1614 Westport Rd. in Kansas City, Missouri.

Marion Merritt, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

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

2. Dimitri From Paris – “Prologue”
from: Sacrebleu / Atlantic / 2001

3. R+R=NOW – “The Night In Question (feat. Terry Crews)”
from: Collagically Speaking (feat. Robert Glasper, Terrace Martin, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Derrick Hodge, Taylor McFerrin & Justin Tyson) Blue Note / June 15, 2018
[Reflect+Respond=Now, a supergroup featuring Robert Glasper on keybords, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah on trumpet, Derrick Hodge on bass, Taylor McFerrin on synthesizer, Justin Tyson on drums, and Terrace Martin on synth and vocoder. Motivated by their ethos to “reflect and respond,” forward-thinking jazz supergroup R+R=Now makes an ambitious, socially conscious blend of post-bop jazz, electronic-tinged fusion, avant-garde improvisational music, and hip-hop-influenced funk. Led by acclaimed pianist Robert Glasper, the group came together while he was working on Nina Revisited, a companion album released in conjunction with the 2015 Nina Simone documentary What Happened, Miss Simone?]

4. Kamasi Washington – “Street Fighter Mas”
from: Heaven and Earth / Young Turks / June 22, 2018
[Kamasi Washington was born in Los Angeles, California, on February 2, 1981 to musical parents and educators, and was raised in Inglewood, California. He is an American jazz saxophonist, composer, producer, and bandleader. Washington is known mainly for playing tenor saxophone. He is a graduate of the Academy of Music of Alexander Hamilton High School in Beverlywood, Los Angeles. Washington next enrolled in UCLA’s Department of Ethnomusicology, where he began playing with faculty members such as Kenny Burrell, Billy Higgins and band leader/trumpeter Gerald Wilson. Washington features in the album Young Jazz Giants in 2004. He has played along with a diverse group of musicians including Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Horace Tapscott, Gerald Wilson, Lauryn Hill, Nas, Snoop Dogg, George Duke, Chaka Khan, Flying Lotus, Thundercat, Mike Muir, Francisco Aguabella, the Pan Afrikaan People’s Orchestra and Raphael Saadiq. Washington ventured into big band music when he joined the Gerald Wilson Orchestra for their 2006 album In My Time. Washington played saxophone on Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly. His debut solo recording, The Epic, was released in May 2015 to critical acclaim. His second studio album, Heaven and Earth, was released in June 2018, with a companion EP titled The Choice released a week later.]

5. Bernice – “Glue”
from: Puff: In the Air Without a Shape / Arts & Crafts / May 25, 2018
[Toronto-based experimental soul-pop group includes; robin dann, thom gill, dan fortin, felicity williams, and phil melanson. “Puff: In the air without a shape,” is that band’s airy, minimalist follow up to their 2017 kaleidoscopic maximalist EP. Puff was produced by Grammy Award-winner Shawn Everett). Reminiscent of recent records by Feist and Frank Ocean where soulful vocal melodies take the lead over sparse, airy arrangements, Bernice’s new album attempts to reproduce the playful intimacy of the band’s live show.]

6. Belle and Sebastian – “Fickle Season”
from: How To Solve Our Human Problems (Parts 1-3) / Merge / February 16, 2018
[A new Belle and Sebastian release is always something to cheer. So three new releases leads to the inevitable conclusion: three cheers! Here is the latest installment in a career that has always pursued a singular and delightful vision of what pop represents and what it can achieve, a career that has seen them triumph against the odds to win a Brit award, be one of the first bands to curate their own festival, and play at the official London residence of the US ambassador (the last president’s ambassador, not the current one’s). Murdoch, as ever, is not the only writer. Sarah Martin (violin/vocals) brought in the delicious ‘The Same Star’, which marries Belle and Sebastian’s melodiousness to a pounding Motown backbeat, and was produced by Leo Abrahams (Ghostpoet, Wild Beasts, Regina Spektor). “We’d met Leo in February of 2016, and I’d say that meeting and the recording of ‘I’ll Be Your Pilot’ were the first tangible steps of this EP project,” Martin says. “We didn’t have a stack of songs to play him, but we liked him and he became a part of the plan from that point – and when I’d got to a point with ‘The Same Star’ where it just needed to be recorded, I thought it could benefit from having a producer to steer things, and fortunately we had a slot in the diary marked ‘Leo’ coming up. It’s not a song we’d labored over playing for months – it fell together quite quickly thanks in large part to Bob’s [Bobby Kildea, guitarist] enthusiasm and Stuart’s willingness to dismember an old song and repurpose the break, so that it wasn’t just the same three chords over and over and over.” There’s one big reason why 15 songs are coming out on three EPs, rather than one album. “We’d made a couple of LPs, Tigermilk and If You’re Feeling Sinister, within the space of six months,” Murdoch says, remembering the early days of the band’s career, and how that fed into their decision-making this time.- from amazon.com]

10:28 – Underwriting

7. The Internet – “Roll (Burbank Funk)”
from: Hive Mind / Sony / July 20, 2018
[Los Angeles based band with: Syd Bennett, Matthew Martin, Patrick Paige II, Christopher Allan Smith and Steve Lacy. THE INTERNET began as two people – Syd and Matt. Syd taught herself how to record, engineer, and produce at age 15. She also sings, imbuing every song with a sultry, mellifluous, quiet power. Matt produces and plays synths. She’s now 23; he’s now 26. Like all post-modern relationships, the duo initially met on Myspace in 2008, only to meet in-person three years later. THE INTERNET have released two albums previously – 2011’s Purple Naked Ladies, and 2012’s Feel Good. THE INTERNET branched off from the Odd Future collective and started their own band in 2011. Syd had been writing music since she was small; she put this on hold to become OF’s DJ and producer, and picked her songs back up in 2011 to make her first full-length album with Matt. When they play live, THE INTERNET is a band – a six-person outfit whose youngest member is 17. They began playing as a full-band in order to tour behind Feel Good, and the band members all contributed their talents to THE INTERNET’s 2015 album EGO DEATH.]

8. Fantastic Negrito – “A Letter To Fear”
from: Please Don’t Be Dead / Blackball Universe – Cooking Vinyl / June 15, 2018
[Fantastic Negrito was raised in an orthodox Muslim household. His father was a Somali-Caribbean immigrant who mostly played traditional African music. When, at the age of 12, Negrito’s family moved from Massachusetts to Oakland, California. Oakland in 1970s was a million miles from Negrito’s conservative childhood. He went from Arab chants to Funkadelic in one day. By the time he was 20, Negrito had taught himself to play every instrument he could get his hands on. He was recording music, and after some difficulties on the streets he packed his bags and headed to LA, armed with a demo on cassette. Negrito signed with a million dollar deal at Interscope. The record deal was a disaster. Gangsta rap was ruling the airwaves and Negrito was in the wrong place at the wrong era. Negrito came out of the deal with a failed album and his confidence gutted. In 2000, Negrito was in a near fatal car accident that put him in a coma. For four weeks it was touch and go. Because his muscles atrophied while bedridden, he had to go through months of frustrating physical therapy to regain use of his legs. Rods were placed throughout his body. And worst of all, his playing hand was mutilated. Back in Oakland, Negrito forgot about life as a musician. He got married, he planted vegetables, raised his own chickens, and made money growing weed. He also settled into being a man, on his own, clear of the distractions of wanting to be a star. And then his son Kyu was born. He began recording without the hindrances that come with chasing trends. Negrito turned to the original DNA of all American music, the Blues. The beating life had given him primed him to channel his literal and musical forefathers: the Blues musicians of the Delta]

9. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – “Haunt”
from: Wrong Creatures / Abstrat Dragon – Cobraside – BMG – Vagrant / January 12, 2018
[Rock band from San Francisco, California with: Peter Hayes (on vocals, guitar, harmonica; Robert Levon Been on vocals, bass, guitar; and Leah Shapiro on drums. Former drummer Nick Jago left the band in 2008 to focus on his solo project. They have released eight studio albums: B.R.M.C. (2001), Take Them On, On Your Own (2003), Howl (2005), Baby 81 (2007), The Effects of 333 (2008), Beat the Devil’s Tattoo (2010), Specter at the Feast (2013) and Wrong Creatures (2018), as well as several EPs, and live albums. The band was formed in 1998, originally called The Elements. After discovering that another band had the same name, the members changed the name to Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, after Marlon Brando’s motorcycle gang in the 1953 film The Wild One.]

10. Emily Otis – “drunk and anxious”
from: Poor Traits / Self Released / February 12, 2017
[Singer songriter Emily Otis is originally from Cedar Falls, Iowa who is now based in Kansas City. She calls herself. “mildly abrasive, musically eclectic and wistfully sarcastic.” “Poor Traits” is a audio-biographical work about my loveless experiences. The album is a collection of actual songs and found recordings. “Poor Traits” features the talents of Amy Wonderlin, Graham Howland, Michael Bowman, and George Patti. Recorded at Rama Studios Waterloo IA & “The White House” Cedar Falls IA. Mixed by Emily Otis. All songs written by Emily Otis except “Bad Romance”]

11. Super Elcados – “Tambourine Party”
from: Togetherness Is Always a Good Venture (Tambourine Party, Vol. 2) / EMI / July 6, 1976 Reissued on Mr. Bongo / 2018
[Official Mr Bongo reissue of the ultra-rare album by ‘Super Elcados’. A fusion of heavyweight Nigerian funk, soul & disco, originally released by EMI Nigeria in 1976. The ‘Super Elcados’ (and ’Elcados’ on other recordings) recorded three albums in the mid and late-70’s, this is their first. It was followed by ‘This World Is Full Of Injustice’ and ‘What Ever You Need’.]

12. The Souljazz Orchestra – “Lufunki”
from: Under Burning Skies / Strut Records / September 22, 2017
[The Souljazz Orchestra is a Canadian musical group based in Ottawa that has toured Canada, the United States and Europe. Their music is a fusion of soul, jazz, funk, Afrobeat and Latin styles. The band has six members: Pierre Chrétien on electric piano, clavinet, organ, guitar, bass, percussion, vocals; Marielle Rivard on percussion, vocals; Steve Patterson on tenor sax, percussion, vocals; Ray Murray on baritone sax, percussion, vocals; Zakari Frantz on alto sax, flute, percussion, vocals; Philippe Lafrenière on drums, percussion, vocals. The band signed to London-based Strut Records, a UK record label that focuses on dance music and afrobeat. Other musicians signed to Strut include “Ethio-Jazz pioneer Mulatu Astatke, Motown guitarist Dennis Coffey and Ghanaian highlife singer Ebo Taylor, to name a few.” According to AllMusic, the band’s “overtly political 2006 single “Mista President,” off second album Freedom No Go Die (Do Right!), really increased their audience, [as it was] voted to the number nine spot in the 2006 Top 30 of BBC DJ Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide programme. In 2012, the band completed two US tours that included stops in cities such as Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Washington DC, and Chicago. Their Resistance album release tour of Europe, all October/November 2015, sees them among others in London, Liverpool, Zurich, Paris, Lyon, Milan, Barcelona, Madrid, Berlin, Cologne, Vienna, Prague, Athens, Marseille.]

11:00 – Station I.D.

13. Hand Habits – “Actress”
from: Wildly Idle (Humble Before the Void) / Woodsist / February 10, 2017
[“Meg Duffy, aka Hand Habits, is a singer, songwriter and guitarist from Upstate New York. She has been putting her time in on the road and in the studio over the past two years with pacific northwest band Mega Bog, and the Kevin Morby Band, making an impression on everyone she comes across with her natural charisma and uncharted talent as a multi-instrumentalist. But let Wildly Idle (Humble Before The Void) be her open invitation to the world to step inside and take a much deeper look into who Duffy actually is. Tracked in an Upstate New York living room, then finished in her current home in Los Angeles – it is appropriate that this album was recorded by Meg herself – for Meg, who has an acute ear for detail, has touched every corner, has seen every vision ’til its end. Because of this, Wildly Idle feels incredibly intimate, like a secret between her and the listener. It hits soft, like warm water, and before you know it it is all around you – a bath, and Meg’s whisper has made its way inside you. Like many bedroom-debuts before it (Microphones, Jessica Pratt, Little Wings, Grouper) let this be the first of many to come, for Meg has music in her touch – and this is only the beginning. But let us not look to the future now, but instead stand alongside her, our trust in her will, both humble before the void, with her first chorus as the mission statement; ‘hold you like a flower, hold you like an hour glass’.”- Kevin Morby”]

14. Vive la Void – “Red Rider”
from: Vive la Void / Sacred Bones / May 4, 2018
[Vive la Void is the new solo project of Sanae Yamada, co-founder and keyboard player of Moon Duo. Yamada wrote and recorded the self-titled debut album over roughly a two-year period, during windows of downtime in Moon Duo’s substantial touring and recording schedule. The dense, shape-shifting atmospheres of the seven songs grew out of late-night basement experiments in the layering of synthesizer tracks, a process that also led to meditations on the changeable nature of memory and perception. The result is an undulating blend of ethereal swirl, low end thrumming, and electric crackle, buoyed by Yamada’s understated but captivating vocal melodies and her striking lyrics. “The lyrics were a way of reckoning with my own memories and also of trying to process my reactions to the human situation,” Yamada explains. “I wanted the voice to have a kind of ghostly quality, to emerge from and recede back into the song, or to pass over it like weather. It’s one of many layers of sound, which are meant to blend together in such a way that on one listen you might hear one thing, and on another listen you might hear something else, so the music seems to change even as it stays the same.” Yamada has spent the last decade as a working musician, moving between semi-permanent home bases whenever she isn’t living in a tour van. In some ways, then, it feels inevitable that Vive la Void became a meditation on the strange rhythms of long-term touring, constant relocation, and the accompanying stream of brief but compelling encounters. It’s a testament to her empathy and creativity that these songs feel both specific and universal, familiar yet tantalizingly unknowable. “I feel like the movement of life in the sphere of consciousness is this process of trace-leaving,” Yamada reflects. “Wherever we go, whomever we interact with, whatever we touch, we leave and absorb these invisible traces, this residue of memory that lingers. I wanted the sonic textures of this record to explore that state of being there and not there, of something being with you but not tangible.”]

15. Ty Segall & White Fence – “Room Connector”
from: Joy / Drag City / July 20, 2018
[From Paste Magazine (July 18, 2018): Another month, another Ty Segall album. As noted in Paste earlier this year, the king of California psych/garage/punk-rock is arguably THEE most prolific major musician working right now, and the level of quality he achieves across his releases is incredibly high. The guy is quickly putting together an all-timer of a catalog. The newest entry in said catalog is Segall’s second collaborative album with veteran Los Angeles psych-pop experimenter White Fence, aka Tim Presley, formerly of The Nerve Agents and Darker My Love, and more recently Cate Le Bon’s partner in DRINKS. The two men joined forces in 2012 to produce a fun and fuzzed-out collection of songs called Hair, a “glorious mess of an album” we said way back when. Joy is a little more messy but almost as glorious. With track times mostly clocking in under 120 seconds, it’s a series of quick hits that are warped but relentlessly tuneful, like a Beatles LP that’s spent a blazing hot afternoon lying on a busy freeway. As songwriters, Segall and Presley complement each other nicely: Segall certainly knows his way around a catchy tune, but Presley’s a more natural melodicist, and while Presley definitely has his own rough edge, Segall’s a prodigious shredder. Wonder Twin Powers, activate! Form of…a fucked-up pop song! Highlights on Joy include “Body Behavior,” a pulsing acoustic rocker that snakes in the verses and sparkles in the chorus; “Other Way,” a dead-eyed noise excavation that feels like it fell off the Incesticide tree of influence; and “A Nod,” another rhythmic strummer that may just boast the prettiest melody on the album. There are other great songs here: the occasionally jazzy “Good Boy,” the beautiful and Neil Young-ish “My Friend,” and the propulsive “Do Your Hair,” which is powered by a bouncy bass line and uses its 95 seconds with impressive efficiency. The opposite is true for a couple of tracks that show up near the end of the album, “She Is Gold” and “Tommy’s Place,” two silly and/or stoney studio experiments that go nowhere, really. Joy would’ve been a tighter overall package if they’d been cut. With Segall, though, it’s worth hearing a couple of clunkers if it means he’ll keep making music at his preferred dizzying pace, because his hit-to-miss ratio is so high. And collaborating with Presley doesn’t dent that ratio. In fact, it brings out good things in both men. Here’s hoping their next album isn’t another six years away.

16. Ty Segall & White Fence – “Body Behavior”
from: Joy / Drag City / July 20, 2018

17. J.M. Black – “Lipstick (Shout)”
from: France chébran: French Boogie (1982 – 1989), Vol. 2 / Serendip Lab / May 25, 2018
[For fans of boogie in its Stateside form—think Kashif, Mtume, and the sprawling SOLAR Records oeuvre of producer Leon Sylvers III–Chébran Volume 2 offers both the comfort of the familiar and the thrill of the exotic. The brassy synthesizer tone on songs like “Heidi Bled Noum,” originally released by Shams Dinn in 1987, could just as easily have come out of Minneapolis circa 1983; and the Francophone flows on rap tracks like Phil Barney’s “Funk Rap,” JM Black’s “Lipstick,” and Alfio Scandurra’s “Qu’est Ce Qui Ne Va Pas?” demonstrate that even if the South Bronx was far away, the fruits of its culture had reached as far as Paris and Marseilles. But the songs collected here are more than just novel variations on American sounds; at their most intriguing, they reflect the unique cultural makeup of post-colonial France. Boogie, of course, grew out of the cross-pollinations between African American funk and European synthpop; the Gallic variety, with its roots in French immigrant communities, incorporated even further-flung influences from Africa and the Middle East. The aforementioned Dinn, born Mohammed Ben Bouchta, performs in Arabic, as do many of the other artists on the compilation; “Propriété Privée” singer Sammy Massamba hails from the Congo; the proto-electro “Ettika” was recorded by a group of Franco-Arab women of the same name. Chébran is rife with such intercontinental couplings and fascinating stylistic mutations, and the later chronological focus of this second volume opens up even more possibilities, with frequent forays into hip-hop and pure electronic music. It’s easy to picture Afro-French B-boys popping and locking to “Porquoi Tant de Haine,” the 1988 closing track by MC Joel Ferrati; or to Ethnie’s 1986 “De Chagrin en Chagrin,” which pairs a funky live hip-hop arrangement with an Arabic call-and-response chorus. Like most compilations of its ilk, Chébran’s sampling of international dance obscurities holds immediate appeal for DJs and other crate-digging connoisseurs of rare grooves. But there’s also an intrinsic value to hearing post-disco sounds defamiliarized and recontextualized in this way. A nebulous, short-lived genre even in its American form, boogie is often overlooked as a stopgap between disco proper and its sleeker, more mechanized offshoots, such as electro, house and techno. The hybrid formulations on Chébran Volume 2 offer a glimpse of the style’s unexploited possibilities, its adaptability into alternative cultures and contexts. More prosaically, but just as importantly, they also offer 17 monster grooves for lovers of synth-driven funk. – Zachary Hoskins Spectrum Culture, (June 20, 2018)]

Marion Merritt thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley. Marion is the creator of Records With Merritt, a small, independent, minority owned business, at 1614 Westport Rd. in Kansas City, Missouri. More info at: http://www.recordswithmerritt.com

Marion and Una

11:30 – Underwriting

11:32 – Interview with Una Walkenhorst

Una Walkenhorst photo by Mike Schwabauer

Following the release of her debut album “Scars” in 2014, Una Walkenhorst immediately had “new fans . . . coming out of the proverbial woodwork” (AXS). Loading up her 97 Honda Civic, Una then spent a year traveling across North America promoting her music and connecting with listeners one-on-one. Gilded Palace Radio wrote that Una’s heartfelt lyrics “will stop you in your tracks (at once beautiful and chilling)”. Una Walkenhorst has a new album, recorded with her father, (Bob Walkenhorst of The Rainmakers) called, For Tomorrow, that will be released on October 12. Bob & Una Walkenhorst play Rural Grit Happy Hour at The Brick, this coming Monday, August 13.

25 year old, Kansas City based singer/songwriter Una Walkenhorst joins us on Wednesday MidDay Medley to play a few songs live in our 90.1 FM Studios and talk with us about Songs For Justice: A Benefit for the Midwest Innocence Project, Monday, August 20, at 7:00 PM at recordBar, 1520 Grand, KCMO, with Instant Karma, and Blue False Indigo.

Una Walkenhorst Thanks for being with us on WMM

Una Walkenhorst recently played The Folly Theatre for 90.1 FM KKFI’s 30th Anniversary

Una Walkenhorst has lived in New Orleans, and Brooklyn, New York

After her 2014 debut release “Scars” Una Walkenhorst quit her job, got in her two-door Honda Civic and traveled across North America for a year and a half.

Una wanted to make it as a musician, on her own terms without help from her father.

Una Walkenhorst is the youngest daughter to dad Bob Walkenhorst, a founding member of The Rainmakers, which had a string of national and international hits in the 1980s and 90s.

Una told KCUR FM that her father was one of the people who made her love music. But having a famous father was sometimes challenging: “I knew that if I started my music career here I would have a lot of opportunities, but not all of them would be because of my music. They would be because I am someone’s daughter,” Walkenhorst says.

Una has a new album, recorded with her father, (Bob Walkenhorst of The Rainmakers) called, For Tomorrow, that will be released on October 12.

Bob & Una Walkenhorst play Rural Grit Happy Hour at The Brick, this coming Monday, August 13.

More information at: https://unawalkenhorst.bandcamp.com

10:39

18. Una Walkenhorst – “Pretty Face” (LIVE) 

Una says that this is a love song to Eugene Oregon. This song may end up being on Una’s second solo record that will be released in 2019.

Una Walkenhorst plays Songs For Justice: A Benefit for the Midwest Innocence Project, Monday, August 20, at 7:00 PM at recordBar.

The Midwest Innocence Project (MIP) is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to the investigation, litigation, and exoneration of wrongfully convicted men and women in our five-state region. Recent studies conservatively estimate that between 2% and 5% of all inmates in America are innocent of the crimes for which they were convicted, with some estimates reaching up to 7%. This means that somewhere between 2,000 and 7,000 moms, dads, sons, and daughters in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, and Arkansas are locked behind bars this very moment for crimes they did not commit.

After a conviction, it takes roughly seven to ten years for an innocent person to be exonerated, and the process is very expensive. As of May 2017, the 349 men and women across the country who have been exonerated through DNA served an average of 14 years in prison. The MIP staff, along with our Board of Directors, Advisory Board, Next Gen Board, and volunteers, works diligently to give freedom back to those whom the legal system has failed. Thanks to our partnerships with law schools at the University of Missouri in Kansas City and Columbia and the University of Kansas, our presence in the classroom gives us the opportunity to teach the next generation of lawyers and investigators how to identify and prevent these injustices.

The Midwest Innocence Project was founded in 2001 through the UMKC School of Law and is part of the national Innocence Network. In addition to our university partnerships, we also work in conjunction with the Nebraska Innocence Project, and Iowa Public Defender’s Wrongful Conviction Division. Read more about our partners here. We are based in Kansas City, Missouri.

More information at: http://www.mip.org

Songs For Justice: A Benefit for the Midwest Innocence Project, Monday, August 20, at 7:00 PM at recordBar, 1520 Grand, KCMO, with Instant Karma, and Blue False Indigo.

Una tells us the Blue False Indigo will have their own Album Release Show on September 8.

Una Walkenhorst is working on her second solo album to follow up on Scars (released in 2014). She says that her previous album was lighter, but for her second album she is older, and in a different place, and plans to focus on heavier topics including mental illness and depression.

Una told KCUR FM, “It can be very stigmatizing and people don’t want to talk about it a lot, but I feel that it’s very important thing to talk about. So quite few songs in my next album will touch upon mental illness, and what it’s like to live with anxiety and depression.”

10:49

19. Una Walkenhorst – “Middle Man” (LIVE) 

This song may end up being on Una’s second solo record that will be released in 2019.

Una Walkenhorst has a new album, recorded with her father, (Bob Walkenhorst of The Rainmakers) called, For Tomorrow, that will be released on October 12. Bob & Una Walkenhorst play Rural Grit Happy Hour at The Brick, this coming Monday, August 13.

Una Walkenhorst plays Songs For Justice: A Benefit for the Midwest Innocence Project, Monday, August 20, at 7:00 PM at recordBar, 1520 Grand, KCMO, with Instant Karma, and Blue False Indigo.

11:57

20. Una Walkenhorst – “What You Left Behind”
from: SCARS / Una Walkenhorst / July 1, 2014
[Una Walkenhorst is a singer/songwriter from Kansas City, Missouri. Following the release of her debut album “Scars” in 2014, Una immediately had “new fans . . . coming out of the proverbial woodwork” (AXS). Loading up her 97 Honda Civic, Una then spent a year traveling across North America promoting her music and connecting with listeners one-on-one. Paired with refreshingly raw vocals, Una’s heartfelt lyrics “will stop you in your tracks (at once beautiful and chilling)” (Gilded Palace Radio) as she weaves stories of genuine human experience. More information at: https://unawalkenhorst.bandcamp.com/%5D

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

Next week, on August 15, Chase The Horseman joins us in our first hour and in our second hour Kristie Stremel & Summer Osborne will play live in our 90.1 FM Studios

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

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

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Una Walkenhorst photo by Mike Schwabauer

Wednesday MidDay Medley Spins Records With Marion Merritt + Una Walkenhorst

Una Walkenhorst photo by Mike Schwabauer

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 8, 2018

Spinning Records With Marion Merritt
+ Una Walkenhorst

Marion Merritt

Mark welcomes Marion Merritt, of Records With Merritt, who joins us as “Guest Producer” to share sonic discoveries and information from her musically-encyclopedic-brain. Marion will spin tracks from: Robert Glasper & Friends, Kamasi Washington, Bernice, Belle and Sebastian, The Internet, Fantastic Negrito, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Emily Otis, Super Elcados, The Souljazz Orchestra, Hand Habits, Vive la Void, Ty Segall & White Fence, J.M. Black, Tunde Mabadu, Mulatu Astatke, ODESZA, and more. Records With Merritt is located at 1614 Westport Road, KCMO. More info at: http://www.recordswithmerritt.com.

Una Walkenhorst photo by Mike Schwabauer

At 11:30 Kansas City based singer/songwriter Una Walkenhorst joins us to play a few songs live in our 90.1 FM Studios and talk with us about Songs For Justice: A Benefit for the Midwest Innocence Project, Monday, August 20, at 7:00 PM at recordBar, 1520 Grand, KCMO, with Instant Karma, and Blue False Indigo. Following the release of her debut album “Scars” in 2014, Una Walkenhorst immediately had “new fans . . . coming out of the proverbial woodwork” (AXS). Loading up her 97 Honda Civic, Una then spent a year traveling across North America promoting her music and connecting with listeners one-on-one. Gilded Palace Radio wrote that Una’s heartfelt lyrics “will stop you in your tracks (at once beautiful and chilling)”. Una has a new album, recorded with her father, (Bob Walkenhorst of The Rainmakers) called, For Tomorrow, that will be released on October 12. Bob & Una Walkenhorst play Rural Grit Happy Hour on August 13, at The Brick. More information at: https://unawalkenhorst.bandcamp.com

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Wednesday MidDay Medley

WMM Playlist from July 25, 2018

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, July 25, 2018

Shy Boys + Heidi Lynne Gluck + Keaton Conrad
+ Sid Sowder & Too Much Rock

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

2. Soccer Mommy – “Last Girl”
from: Clean / Fat Possum Records / March 2, 2018
[Soccer Mommy is the stage name of bedroom pop and indie rock musician Sophie Allison. Allison was born in Switzerland and grew up in Nashville, TN. She attended Nashville School of the Arts, a speciality high school where she studied guitar and played in the swing band. She first picked up a guitar at age 6, which prompted her to start making music. She began posting home-recorded songs to Bandcamp as Soccer Mommy in 2015, during the summer when she was about to leave for college at New York University, where she studied music business. While in college, she played her first show as Soccer Mommy at the community art space Silent Barn in Bushwick, Brooklyn, and shortly after landed a record deal with Fat Possum.She dropped out after a year in 2017 to return to Nashville and pursue her music career. Since beginning her career as Soccer Mommy, Allison has released two full-length albums. Her first, For Young Hearts, was released in 2016 on Orchid Tapes. Her second album, Collection, was released in 2017 on Fat Possum Records. Her debut album proper, titled Clean, was released on March 2, 2018. She has toured with Mitski, Jay Som, Slowdive, Frankie Cosmos, Phoebe Bridgers and others]

[Soccer Mommy opens for Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks at recordbar, Sunday, July 29, at 8:00 PM.]

3. The Philistines – “1971”
from: The Backbone of Night / The Record Machine / June 4, 2016
[KC based rock band with a psychedelic bent, made up of: Kimmie Queen on lead vocals; Cody Wyoming on lead guitar & vocals; Steve Gardels on drums, Rod Peal on guitar; Josh Mobley on keyboard, and Barry Kidd on bass. For this record Michelle Bacon played bass & backing vocals. Recorded & mixed with Paul Malinowski at Massive Sound Studios and mastered by Mike Nolte at Eureka Mastering.]

[The Philistines play Jackpot Music Hall, 943 Massachusetts Street, in Lawrence, Kansas Friday, July 27, for the Serene Fiend Album Release Show at 9:00 PM.]

[The Philistines play The Riot Room, 4048 Broadway, Kansas City, MO., Monday, July 30, at 7:00 PM with in The Whale.]

[The Philistines play The Rino, 314 Armour Rd, North Kansas City, Sunday, August 19, at 7:00 PM, with Dream Version, and Westerners]

4. Under the Big Oak Tree – “Dear Brother”
from: The Ark / Under The Big Oak Tree / August 31, 2018
[3rd album from St. Joseph, Missouri based band made up of Kristin Hamilton on guitar & vocals; Doug Ward on bass & vocals; Simon Fink on mandolin, violin, banjo & vocals; and Jason Riley on electric & nylon string guitar. Under the Big Oak Tree’s honeyed blend of vintage folk, acoustic country, and traditional bluegrass has been described as “warm” and “picturesque” with “flawless harmonies.” (St. Joseph Newspress). The band’s 2014 debut recording stood out as “one of the most lush, beautiful records to come out of the local scene,” and made multiple year-end best lists. (St. Joe Live) The group’s second album, Local Honey was released on MudStomp Records in January, 2016 and hailed for it’s “crisp production and stellar musicianship” (The Hank Williams Reader) and christened as “sweet on the ears” (Madisen Ward- Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear).

[Under The Big Oak Tree play a CD Release! Matinee Show, Sunday, August 26 at 5:00 PM, at Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS with Signal Ridge.]

[Under The Big Oak Tree play a CD Release! in St. Joe, Wednesday, August 29 at 8:00 PM, at Unplugged, 2605 Frederick Avenue, Saint Joseph, MO]

[Under The Big Oak Tree play a CD Release! in Kansas City, Friday, August 31 at 8:00 PM, at Mike Kelly’s Westsider, 1515 Westport Rd, Kansas City, MO]

5. The Hollow Ends – “The Low”
from: Bears in Mind / Brave New Records / July 27, 2018
[Debut album from St. Louis, Missouri based singer-songwriter Zachary Schwartz who tracked the record in his bedroom. The record was mixed and mastered by Ben Majchrzak at Native Sound.]

[The Hollow Ends play The Brick, 1727 McGee, KCMO, on Saturday, July 28, at 7:00 pm with Luther Vincent, and Lily Brown.]

6. Mikal Shapiro – “Everybody’s Baby”
from: The Musical II / Mikal Shapiro / May 26, 2018
[The sequel to Shapiro’s 2015 concept album “The Musical.” Mikal Shapiro, on vocals & guitar, Chad Brothers on vocals & guitar, Johnny Hamil on bass, and Matt Richey on drums. Special guests include: Hermon Mehari on trumpet, Tina Bilberry on viola & violin, Damon Parker on keyboards, and Lauren Hughes on vocals. Engineered and co-produced by Joel Nanos at Element Recording & Mastering Studios. Mikal Shapiro is a KC songwriter whose musical influences span popular songs, psych rock, lounge, classic country and old time spirituals. She has toured extensively across the U.S. and has recorded five critically acclaimed albums. KC Star and Tim Finn declared her album “The Musical” to be one of his top five releases of 2015. A third generation storyteller, she draws inspiration from her travels, love life, and the state of the Union.]

[Shapiro Brothers play Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense Benefit, Wednesday, July 25, at 7:00 pm, at Uptown Arts Bar, 3611 Broadway, KCMO, with Howard Iceberg.]

7. Kyle Nachtigal – “Feeling This Way”
from: High Considerations / Kyle Nachtigal / April 20, 2018
[Originally from Springfield, Missouri, this talented guitarist, singer and songwriter has lived in Nashville, Tennessee, since 2009. He studied at Belmont University in the Music City and dedicated himself to full-time music making in February of 2016 which got him out on the road. In his travels he kicks it through Kentucky, meanders to Missouri, then heads back to Tennessee before wandering up to Illinois or down to Arkansas for a few gigs. Yes, the guy stays busy playing his style of percussive, melodic rhythm guitar on a custom designed Craig Southern model backing up his smooth and appealing voice. He works off a song list ranging from unique mashups to top shelf originals, plus all kinds of styles in between since he can “jump effortlessly between folk, rock, hip hop and jazz” without breaking a cool sweat. He released the seven-track recording titled Fort Dakota in 2016 and continues on the solo music adventure as a contemporary troubadour out to make music for the people. – Tom Irwin, IllinoisTimes, 10/26/17]

[Kyle Nachtigal plays Westport Saloon, 4112 Pennsylvania Ave, KCMO, on Friday, July 27, at 8:00 PM, followed by Duncan Hill and the Electric Prairie Surfers, and The Widowmakers.]

8. The War and Treaty – “Healing Tide”
from: Healing Tide / Strong World Entertainment / Expected August 10, 2018
[Full Length album debut from Michael Trotter Jr & Tanya Blount-Trotter are from Albion, Michigan. For Michael Trotter Jr., the journey began in 2004, when he arrived in Iraq, an untested soldier stricken by fear and self-doubt. His captain made it his personal mission to see to Trotter’s survival. The unit was encamped in one of Saddam Hussein’s private palaces, and in a forgotten corner in its basement, they found a black upright piano that once belonged to the dictator himself. When Trotter shared the fact he could sing, he was encouraged to teach himself to play piano on that confiscated keyboard. “I wrote my first song after that captain was killed,” Trotter recalls. “I sang it for his memorial in Iraq.” Soon after it became his mission to sing at the memorial services for those that had fallen. For the next three years, he sang songs that brought solace and comfort to the members of his unit. His efforts eventually garnered wider recognition as well. He came in first place in “Military Idol,” the army’s version of “American Idol,” during a competition held in Baumholder, Germany. Following his discharge, he was featured on the Hope Channel program “My Story, My Song.” Then he met Tanya Blount. Blount’s musically influences include Mahalia Jackson, Sister Odette and Aretha Franklin. The two fell in love, got married and used the experiences they had gained to create a new musical collaboration. The couple then secured the services of musicians whose skills add a distinctive sound to The War and Treaty’s blend of roots music, blue grass,folk, gospel and soul. Their 2017 EP Down to the River was released July 21, 2017. Recorded in Albion, Michigan, Down to the River boasts a sound that’s both stirring and sensual, driven by joy, determination and an unceasing upward gaze. The music is visceral but never morose, flush with emotion but void of despair… a style that touches on a variety of genres, but never finds itself confined to anyone. The arrangements are uncluttered– harmonies, basslines, guitar and mandolin licks, settle drum patterns and keyboards create an immensely moving soundscape — but the sentiments and emotions are fully realized and soar with a steady, chilling assurance. “The recording process wasn’t like anything I ever experienced,” Tanya recalls. “This EP has allowed me to breathe musically. I feel like all I have wanted to express for the past ten years has come forth with what we’ve done. The combination of heart, soul and the overwhelming amount of love that Michael and I have for one another comes across in this record.“ “I was sitting on the banks of the Euphrates River in Baghdad dreaming about one day being able to play and sing professionally for people all around the world,” Michael reflects. “As we recorded our music, I constantly had flashbacks of those desert dreams. I thought to myself that this is actually the perfect ending to usher in a new beginning in my life.”]

[The War and Treaty played an Official Showcase at Folk Alliance International Conference]

10:30 – Underwriting

9. Shy Boys – “Take The Doggie”
from: Bell House / Polyvinyl Record Co. / Expected August 3, 2018
[Shy Boys line-up consists of brothers Collin Rausch and Kyle Rausch, Konnor Ervin, Kyle Little and Ross Brown. This was the first single from their upcoming full length release.]

10:35 – Interview with Shy Boys

Shy Boys

Shy Boys are on the verge of their national release, Bell House, on Polyvinyl Records. Shy Boys originally formed as a trio in 2012 with brothers Collin Rausch, Kyle Rausch, and roommate Konnor Ervin (of The ACB’s fame). The three shared a love for 1960s era pop rock and started writing their own music. Kyle Little and Ross Brown (of Fullbloods) joined to make Shy Boys a 5-piece. In 2014 Shy Boys released their self-titled debut on High Dive Records. Their single “Bully Fight” was featured on Spin.com. In June 2014 the band recorded and released two more singles. “Life Is Peachy,” was featured on Stereogum. On April 4th, 2018, it was announced that Shy Boys had signed to Polyvinyl. Shy Boys play a Record Release Show, August 4, at 8:00 PM at recordBar, with The Whiffs, Jametatone’s Blastocyst.

Collin Rausch, Kyle Rausch, Konnor Ervin, Ross Brown, thanks for being on WMM

Band member Kyle Little had to work at his job at Retro Inferno and couldn’t be with us on the radio.

We gave Ross Brown a little kidding, asking him if he should change his name to Kevin or Carl so as to fit in more phonetically with Collin, Kyle, Konnor, and Kyle.

Shy Boys – Bell House
Shy Boys album art was done by Kit Landwehr

On the Bandcamp page for Shy Boys there is an essay written by fellow Kansas City area musician Kevin Morby who now lives in Los Angeles.

Being in a band is a sacred thing.
Being in a band in 2018 is a sacred thing.
Being from the Midwest is a sacred thing.
Being in a band that is from the Midwest in 2018…

Consider Shy Boys – DIY local champions of Kansas City, MO, who if you add it all up, are something sacred. Comprised of brothers Collin and Kyle Rausch and best friends Konnor Ervin, Kyle Little and Ross Brown, Shy Boys are the heartland’s answer to The Beach Boys had Alex Chilton been on guitar.

But if a harmony falls into a microphone in the middle of America does anyone really hear it? Some do. Take for instance Shy Boys’ 2014 self-titled debut on local Kansas City label, High Dive Records – I first came across this album while living in Los Angeles and catching wind of a band from my home town that I was told could “actually sing,” and after the first spin, through the muddy fidelity, man, could they actually sing.

Shy Boys’ history isn’t too dissimilar from any other Midwestern band. Like the many Replacements or Husker Düs before them – they exist neither here nor there, but instead, somewhere anonymously in the middle. And though you may not find the same opportunity floating in the middle as one would Here or There, you are allotted a certain amount of time and space to grow both yourself and your craft into what you want it to be. Over the past four years, that is exactly what Shy Boys have done and that is what brings us here today.

On August 3, 2018, the world will see the release of their second record, Bell House, out on legendary and globally cherished record label Polyvinyl, bringing both their profile and music to the surface for the first time.

The album’s title is taken from the band’s beloved headquarters – the old house on Bell Street in Kansas City where they lived together for the better part of 5 years.

“‘Lived’ is a loose term,” says lead songwriter Collin. “It was more like a bum den than anything else. There was a giant hole in the floor of the kitchen that had a piece of plywood over it. In the backyard, weeds got like 6 feet high in the summer. It was its own thriving biome. We lived in trash.”

Musically, Collin describes the songs on Bell House taking shape through “a group of guys trying to get through some sort of mutual identity crisis. The lifestyle became overwhelming and really seeped into the music.”

In the time since the release of ST, Collin saw himself falling in love and getting married, leaving the old house on Bell Street, and moving back into his mom’s house with his wife in a suburb of the city. It’s here where the songs of Bell House were born. Being back under the same roof he had grown up in where there was “still writing on the walls from childhood,” Rausch found himself reflective and looking out at his life as a whole.

Take closing track “Champion” for instance, a song Collin says is dedicated to his and Kyle’s mother. “It’s just a note saying that she took care of us when we were young, and now it’s time for us to be there and take care of her.”

The reflective spirit sprinkled throughout the album is also evident on lead single, “Take The Doggie,” a bouncy, guitar driven track centered around wanting to secretly rescue their neighbor’s dog from an abusive owner, or on album highlight “Evil Sin,” which tackles the memory of drummer/bassist Konnor Ervin getting robbed.

But through all of this, Rausch kept his passion in his band, if even for nothing more than to – in his own words – have an excuse to keep hanging out with his brother and best friends.

“I have to keep Shy Boys alive to have a regular excuse to hang out with them,” says Collin. “To keep the band alive, I have to write songs. To be able to travel with my buddies, there has to be a new record.”

There is an old term that’s kicked around in country music called a “blood harmony” – in which two people in the same blood line, usually siblings, harmonize with one another in real time. Perhaps that is Shy Boys’ magic touch, putting them just a notch above all the other angels out there in the indie rock choir, and it makes sense, though no longer practicing evangelicals, Collin and Kyle grew up singing besides their parents in their church choir, so their keen sense of harmony is nothing new to them, but instead a life practice devoted to the voice as an instrument.

The result is Bell House, and the result is beautiful. There is something sensitive to the touch about this album, which is perhaps another way of saying that, well – Shy Boys are indeed Shy Boys. I envision the band as a solid unit, with each moving part as an equal. There is a heavy sense of family in everything they do both, literally and figuratively. Bruce Springsteen’s 1980 song “Highway Patrolman” always seems to come to mind;

“Yeah me and Franky out laughing and drinking,
Nothing feels better than blood on blood.”

-Kevin Morby

Polyvinyl Recording Company based in San Francisco is home to may bands we love and play on Wednesday MidDay Medley: Of Montreal, The Get Up Kids, Anna Burch, Jay Som, Xiu Xiu, Psychic Twin and more.

“Something Sweet: is the third single released from the band’s upcoming album. It came out today.

10:44

10. Shy Boys – “Something Sweet”
from: Bell House / Polyvinyl Record Co. / Expected August 3, 2018
[Shy Boys are an American indie-pop band from Kansas City, Missouri. The line-up consists of brothers Collin Rausch and Kyle Rausch, Konnor Ervin, Kyle Little and Ross Brown.]

Shy Boys are on the verge of their national release, Bell House, on Polyvinyl Records. Shy Boys play a Record Release Show, August 4, at 8:00 PM at recordBar, with The Whiffs, Jametatone’s Blastocyst.

Kyle Rausch, Collin Rausch, Ross Brown, and Konnor Ervin of Shy Boys on the July 25, 2018 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM.

Collin Rausch, Kyle Rausch, Konnor Ervin, Ross Brown, thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

Konner Ervin talked about the status of The ACBs., and that there is a full length album, completely recorded, sitting in the vault waiting for the best opportunity to be released.

We talked with Ross Brown about Full Bloods and their critically acclaimed February 26, 2016 release Mild West released through High Dive Records. It was the second full length from Fullbloods. The band is made up of: Ross Brown, Jared Tomasino, David Seume, & Bill Pollock. Recorded at Westend Studios in Kansas City, Kansas by Mike Nolte. Mixed by Fullbloods. Mastered by Mike Nolte at Eureka Mastering. (Starfucker, Of Montreal).

Collin and Kyle Rausch talked about how Mike Nolte, who is a friend of the band and has worked on their recordings shared the band’s debut album with cohorts at Polyvinyl. When the band was getting ready to make a new album, Polyvinyl came calling.

Shy Boys released “Evil Sin” their 2nd single, with a video written & directed by Kyle Little

10:55

11. Shy Boys – “Evil Sin”
from: Bell House / Polyvinyl Record Co. / Expected August 3, 2018
[Shy Boys are an American indie-pop band from Kansas City, Missouri. The line-up consists of brothers Collin Rausch and Kyle Rausch, Konnor Ervin, Kyle Little and Ross Brown. On April 4th, 2018, it was announced that the band had signed to Polyvinyl Record Co. ]

[Shy Boys plays a Record Release Show, Sat, August 4, at 8:00 PM at recordBar, 1520 Grand, KCMO.]

11:00 – Station ID

12. Keaton Conrad – “(If I Told You to) Stay”
from: (If I Told You to) Stay – single / Keaton Conrad / July 20, 2018

11:04 – Interview with Keaton Conrad

Keaton Conrad

KC musician and recording artist Keaton Conrad joins us live in our 90.1 FM Studios. Keaton Conrad has received critical acclaim, being regarded as “exceptionally promising” by The Kansas City Star and “making things happen on stages … with an engaging voice and passion for creating good music” from Ink Magazine. In 2015, Keaton Conrad released his debut EP, Panic & Blame, which contained five original songs that were heavily inspired by the pop rock sound he grew up on. His first full-length album, Waves, followed in January 2017 which ranged in style from pop rock to hip-hop to ambient. Conrad’s newest single “(If I Told You to) Stay” is set to be released on July 20th, 2018. A lyric video will be coming out soon. Keaton Conrad is playing Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park as part of the Lenexa Outdoor Concert Series, September 16.

Keaton Conrad, thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

19 year old Kansas Native, Keaton Conrad records all of his own music in his home studio, mixing and mastering it all.

On “(If I Told You to) Stay” Jake Soltow plays bass, and Keaton Conrad plays everything else.

Keaton grew up in Olathe, Kansas (as did Calvin Arsenia, and Duncan Burnett). Keaton sang in High School Choir and performed in Olathe North West High School musicals.

11:12

13. Keaton Conrad – “What Am I Supposed to Do?”
from: What Am I Supposed to Do? – Single / Keaton Conrad / May 26, 2017
[19 year old Kansas native, Keaton Conrad released an original 5-song EP, Panic & Blame. In 2016 he recorded his first full-length LP entitled “Waves” released on January 27, 2017.]

We’re talking with KC musician and recording artist Keaton Conrad who joins us live in our 90.1 FM Studios. Keaton Conrad just released his new single “(If I Told You to) Stay” on Friday, July 20th. A lyric video will be coming soon. Keaton Conrad is playing Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park as part of Lenexa Outdoor Concert Series, Sept 16.

Keaton Conrad on the July 25, 2018 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on 90.1 FM KKFI.

Keaton Conrad is navigating the KC Music Scene while also getting ready for his second year in college at University of Missouri at Kansas City.

“Biscayne” was a single from Keaton Conrad’s 2017 album Waves

Keaton Conrad, thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

Keaton Conrad is playing Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park as part of Lenexa Outdoor Concert Series, Sept 16. More information at http://www.keatonconradmusic.com

11:25

14. Keaton Conrad – “Biscayne”
from: Waves / Keaton Conrad / January 27, 2017
[Debut full length from 19 year old Kansas native]

11:28 – Underwriting

11:30 – Interview with Heidi Lynne Gluck & Sid Sowder of Too Much Rock

Heidi Lynne Gluck and Sid Sowder on the July 25, 2018 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on 90.1 FM KKFI.

Lawrence, Kansas based songwriter, producer, singer and multi-instrumentalist, Heidi Lynne Gluck is a originally from Manitoba, Canada. After transplanting herself from the plains of Manitoba to the midwestern plains of the United States, Heidi quickly became an in demand player, performing on stage and in the studio both as a solo artist and with renowned musicians including: The Roseline, Approach, Josh Berwanger, Juliana Hatfield & Some Girls, Margot & The Nuclear So and Sos, Lily & Madeleine, The Pieces, The Only Children, and others. In 2015 Heidi released her critically acclaimed EP, Only Girl In The Room, last year on Lotuspool Records. In 2016 Heidi Lynne Gluck released her full length album called, Pony Show, also on Lotuspool, and on vinyl. Heidi Lynne Gluck joins us to share her new 7″ vinyl 45 rpm release through Too Much Rock. Heidi Lynne Gluck plays a Too Much Rock Single release Show, Saturday, August 4, at 6:00 pm, at Mills record Company, 4045 Broadway Blvd, KCMO. Heidi plays a Lawrence Single Release Show, Thursday, August 9, at 7:30 pm, at White Schoolhouse, 1510 N 3rd St, Lawrence, Kansas, with Jess Williamson, and CS Luxem.

Heidi Lynne Gluck, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Also joining us is Sid Sowder, founder of Too Much Rock, a music blog site he created in 1997 to share his photos, videos & comments of live music shows he attends. The Too Much Rock Singles Series is a collection of 45 rpm singles that marry great songs with great bands all for the love of vinyl. Each old-school two-song single features one unique song paired with one cover chosen by Too Much Rock who press 500 limited edition copies and then simply give them to the band. Schwervon!, Rev Gusto, Josh Berwanger Band, The Uncouth, Hipshot Killer, Witch Jail, and Red Kate have all recorded for the Too Much Rock Single Series.

Sid Sowder, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

More info at: http://www.heidilynnegluck.com or http://www.toomuchrock.com

11:37

Too Much Rock Single Series – Heidi Lynne Gluck

15. Heidi Lynne Gluck – “Party Line” [7” Vinyl]
from: Party Line – Single b/w “Good Guys and Bad Guys” / Too Much Rock / August 3, 2018
[Lawrence, Kansas based Heidi Lynne Gluck is a songwriter, singer and multi-instrumentalist, originally from Manitoba, Canada. Produced and engineered by Heidi Gluck at 200 Studios, Lawrence, Kansas. The tracks were co-produced, mixed and mastered by Paul Mahern at White Arc in Bloomington, Indiana.]

We are talking with Heidi Lynne Gluck who plays a Too Much Rock Single Release Show, Saturday, August 4, at 6:00 pm, at Mills record Company, 4045 Broadway Blvd, KCMO.

Too Much Rick – Single Series

16. Heidi Lynne Gluck – “Good Guys and Bad Guys” [7” Vinyl]
from: Good guys and Bad Guys – Single b/w “Party Line” / Too Much Rock / August 3, 2018
[Written by members of Camper Van Beethoven. Lawrence, Kansas based Heidi Lynne Gluck is a songwriter, singer and multi-instrumentalist, originally from Manitoba, Canada. Produced and engineered by Heidi Gluck at 200 Studios, Lawrence, Kansas. The tracks were co-produced, mixed and mastered by Paul Mahern at White Arc in Bloomington, Indiana.]

Heidi Lynne Gluck and Sid Sowder, Thanks for being with us on WMM

Heidi Lynne Gluck – Too Much Rock Single Series

Heidi Lynne Gluck plays a Too Much Rock Single Release Show, Saturday, August 4, at 6:00 pm, at Mills record Company, 4045 Broadway Blvd, KCMO. Heidi plays a Lawrence Single Release Show, Thursday, August 9, at 7:30 pm, at White Schoolhouse, 1510 N 3rd St, Lawrence, Kansas, with Jess Williamson, and CS Luxem. More info at: http://www.heidilynnegluck.com or http://www.toomuchrock.com

17. Heidi Lynne Gluck – “Waiting For You To Say It”
from: Pony Show / Lotuspool Records / August 26, 2016

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

Next week, on August 1, Calvin Arsenia joins us for the entire show to play live and share tracks from his new recordings. Also joining us is writer and reporter CJ Janovy, who will talk about her new book, No Place Like Home, Lessons in Activism from LGBT Kansas, from University Press of Kansas.

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

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

Show #744

WMM Playlist from May 23, 2018

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 23, 2018

Calvin Arsenia + Carswell & Hope
+ Ethan Eckert + Shaun Crowley

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

2. Mysterious Clouds – “Road To The Sun featuring Your Friend”
from: My Head is Going Round EP / Haymaker Records / To Be Released in May, 2018
[Mysterious Clouds is one of the musical projects of Kansas City, Kansas based post-punk psychedelic musical artists, Dedric Moore and Delaney Moore and special guests. For this track and one other on the new EP the band collaborated with Taryn Blake Miller a Lawrence Kansas based musician and songwriter who records as Your Friend. The Delaney brothers are also founders of the critically acclaimed band Monta At Odds. The Mysterious Clouds “Clear Reflection” was also included on the Haymakers Records compilation, Fairgounds Vol. 2 Released March 24, 2017.]

[Mysterious Clouds play an EP Release at recordbar, 1520 Grand, w/ Jorge Arana Trio, & Temp Tats]

3. Una Walkenhorst – “What You Left Behind”
from: SCARS / Una Walkenhorst / July 1, 2014
[Una Walkenhorst is a singer/songwriter from Kansas City, Missouri. Following the release of her debut album “Scars” in 2014, Una immediately had “new fans . . . coming out of the proverbial woodwork” (AXS). Loading up her 97 Honda Civic, Una then spent a year traveling across North America promoting her music and connecting with listeners one-on-one. Paired with refreshingly raw vocals, Una’s heartfelt lyrics “will stop you in your tracks (at once beautiful and chilling)” (Gilded Palace Radio) as she weaves stories of genuine human experience. More information at: https://unawalkenhorst.bandcamp.com/%5D

[Una Walkenhorst plays Records With Merritt, Sunday, may 27, at 7:30 pm w/ Lola Tried, and LUCAS]

4. Eve Sheldon – “My Beautiful Self”
from: Recorded in one-take from a facebook request / Eve Sheldon / May 20, 2018
[Originally recorded by Foolish Sad Robot and 1990s band made up of Tom Livesay and Ike Sheldon – now Eve Sheldon. On Sunday, May 20 early in the evening Eve Sheldon asked asked Facebook humans to request a song of her’s and she would record four of them on the couch and post them. She ended up recording 10 songs in an hour or so, and she write to Tim Finn that it “was a fun freakin snapshot of her singing life.” friends chose songs from Foolish Sad Robot, The Wilders, a Trouble In Mind rap. Eve wrote, that the recordings represent her “mellow vocal stylings of this century, and the VERY FIRST song she ever wrote.” (She was was14.) Eve Sheldon called out other singers to ‘get down with this…imagine some 90s cats layin’ down some of their old tunes…and new cats laying down new tunes. i wanna hear!” Eve called out: Mark Smeltzer, David Regnier, Lauren Krum, Betse Ellis, Howard Iceberg, J Ashley Miller…the list is endless…sing for us, y’all!!!!. ]

[Eve Sheldon will be playing The Folly Theatre for KKFI’s 30th Anniversary Celebration, June 30]

10:13 – Underwriting

5. Ethan Eckert – “Punishment”
from: Punishment Part One / Ethan Eckert / May 25, 2018
[second solo EP from Kansas City based multi-instrumentalist and singer songwriter, Ethan Eckert and his band recently returned home from a 31-day tour access the United States. Dedicated to Ramakrishna and Stephen Hawking. Ethan Eckert also plays drums in the band Salty. More info at: http://www.ethaneckert.com.]

[Salty plays Voltaire, 1617 Genessee, in the West Bottoms, on Tuesday, May 29]

[Salty opens for The Coathangers at recordBar, 1520 Grand, KCMO, on Tuesday, June 12, at 7:00 PM]

Ethan Eckert

10:18 – Interview with Ethan Eckert

The Ethan Eckert Trio recently returned home from a 31-day tour access the United States. Kansas City based multi-instrumentalist and singer songwriter, Ethan Eckert joins us to share music from his new solo EP, Punishment Part One. Ethan Eckert also plays drums in the band Salty. Salty plays Voltaire, 1617 Genessee, in the West Bottoms, on Tuesday, May 29. Salty opens for The Coathangers at recordBar, on Tuesday, June 12, at 7:00 PM.

Ethan Eckert thanks for being with us again on WMM.

Last time we talked on the radio Ethan was here with band mates from Salty. Jonathan Brokaw, and Jesslay Huh. The music of Salty and Ethan’s solo work represent different places in the musical perspective.

Punishment Part One was dedicated to Ramakrishna and Stephen Hawking.

“Punishment” (lyrics)

only as told,
let all and nothing go beyond,
back into

the coffee-clogged drain the red, potted plant
a stranger in a cage
the coroner

could not recognize
her only son
as time leaves your body behind, how will you know?

unholy beach celebrated among
the dirt and scum of
all we won
all we won with patience

Punishment Part One is not Ethan’s first release, he has 25 songs on Soundcloud.

Punishment Part One – Credits:

Ethan Eckert on vocals, electric & acoustic guitar, drums & cymbals, sequencing
Jesse Laycock on the electric bass, vocals
Dylan Flanner on electric guitar, vocals

All songs written by Ethan Eckert
Produced by James Looming
Recorded at Un Studio
Mastered at Dave’s Guitar Lounge

Art Direction and Photographs by Jeremy Ellsworth

Ethan is working on the new Salty record coming our soon.

10:33

6. Ethan Eckert – “Still”
from: Punishment Part One / Ethan Eckert / May 25, 2018
[second solo EP from Kansas City based multi-instrumentalist and singer songwriter, Ethan Eckert and his band recently returned home from a 31-day tour access the United States. Dedicated to Ramakrishna and Stephen Hawking. Ethan Eckert also plays drums in the band Salty. More info at: http://www.ethaneckert.com.]

[Salty plays Voltaire, 1617 Genessee, in the West Bottoms, on Tuesday, May 29]

[Salty opens for The Coathangers at recordBar, 1520 Grand, KCMO, on Tuesday, June 12, at 7:00 PM]

7. Westerners – “Wasn’t In My Right Mind”
from: Reoccurring Dream Theme / The Record Machine / July 14, 2017
[Debut full length album from Lawrence / Kansas City based band formed in August of 2013. The band includes: Mitch Hewlett, Josh Hartranft, Matthew Pesma and Gerardo Rojas. Westerners signed to Kansas City independent label The Record Machine in 2015.] [Westerners played an album release at Mills Record Co, Fri, July 7, w/ Shortsweather and at Love Garden Records, Lawrence, July 8, w/ No Magic, and CS Luxem.]

[The Westerners play Voltaire, 1617 Genessee, in the West Bottoms, in June 22.]

Shaun Crowley & Ethan Eckert on the May 23, 2018 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM.

10:40 – Interview with Shaun Crowley

We first met Shaun Crowley in the band Rev Gusto. He is a classically trained guitarist, and has studied at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory. Shaun is now part of the band Momma’s Boy and is a co-founder of Manor Records, a music label that grew out of Manor Fest, the first festival sized “house show” Shaun and friends produced in their basement featuring 12 bands. Shaun is here today to shares information about the Manor Records Summer Showcase, Friday, June 8, at 10:00 pm, at Replay Lounge in Lawrence, Kansas . In addition to his work with Momma’s Boy and Manor Records, Shaun is also organizing the live music at Voltaire, 1617 Genessee, in the West Bottoms.

Shaun Crowley, thanks for being with us today on Wednesday MidDay Medley

January 19, 2018 the 3rd and final track of Momma’s Boys’ Dead Summer Single Series was released. The song was written by Jared Bajkowski, and recorded at Element Recording Studios with Joel Nanos.

Momma’s Boy, is an Indie Surf Pop 4-piece band from KCMO, formed December 2015, and made up of former members of Rev Gusto: Peter Beatty on guitar & vocals, Shaun Crowley on guitar & vocals, Quinn Hernandez on drums, and Jared Bajkowski on bass & vocals.

Their debut EP Liquid Courage was released February 25, 2017.

Momma’s Boy play Haunted Kitchen, in Lawrence, Kansas on Friday, May 25.

Manor Records is a KC record label created by artists for artists.

Manor Records Summer Showcase, Friday, June 8, at 10:00 pm, at Replay Lounge in Lawrence, Kansas with The Phlegms (from Fayetteville), It’s Me: Ross (from Columbia), Tennis Club (from Joplin), Pale Tongue (from Lawrence), and Momma’s Boy (from Kansas City).

In addition to his work with Momma’s Boy and Manor Records, Shaun is also organizing the live music at Voltaire, 1617 Genessee, in the West Bottoms.

Salty plays Voltaire, 1617 Genessee, in the West Bottoms, on Tuesday, May 29

The Lawrence band Westerners will play Voltaire in June 22. More info at: http://www.voltaire.com

It’s Me: Ross play Manor Records Summer Showcase, Friday, June 8, at 10:00 pm, at Replay Lounge in Lawrence, Kansas with The Phlegms (from Fayetteville, Tennis Club (from Joplin), Pale Tongue (from Lawrence), and Momma’s Boy (from Kansas City).

10:55

8. It’s Me: Ross – “THE KNIFE”
from: The Knife – Single / It’s Me: Ross / November 1, 2017
[Columbia, Missouri based band made up of Ross, Spenser, Marielle, and Quintin.]

11:00 – Station ID

9. Carswell & Hope – “Exit Plan”
from: Exit Plan EP / Silly Goose Records / May 22, 2018
[Music by Carswell & Hope. Lyrics by Nick Carswell. Produced & mixed by Jason Slote & Nick Carswell. Mastered by Michael Fossenkemper @ TurtleTone Studio NYC. Lawrence KS based 5-piece band formed June 25, 2012. The band is: Nick Carswell, Jason Slote, Austin Quick, Chris Handley, and Jordan Tucker. Songwriter Nick Carswell is originally from Ireland and has found a new home on the plains of Kansas.]

[Carswell & Hope play an EP Release Show on the rooftop of The Oread Hotel, 1200 Oread Ave, Lawrence Kansas, June 2, at 7:00 PM.]

Nick Carswell of Carswell & Hope with Maria Vasquez Boyd on the May 23, 2018 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM.

11:04 – Interview with Nick Carswell

Songwriter Nick Carswell is originally from Limerick, Ireland, Nick Carswell has been living in Lawrence, KS since 2011. He formed Carswell & Hope in late 2012 with Jason Slote, Austin Quick, Chris Handley, and Jordan Tucker. The band released their debut album in 2014, coinciding with a two week Irish tour. Nick also plays bass in the electro-pop band Pink Royal and is the force behind Silly Goose Records and the annual MixMaster music conference, now part of the Crossroads Music Festival. Nick Carswell joins us to share music from Carswell & Hope’s new EP Exit Plan. Carswell & Hope play an EP Release Show on the rooftop of The Oread Hotel, 1200 Oread Ave, Lawrence Kansas, June 2, at 7:00 PM. More information at: http://www.carswellandhope.com

Nick Carswell thanks for being with us on WMM.

Exit Plan Credits:

Nick Carswell on guitar, vocals
Austin Quick on piano, organ, vocals
Jason Slote on drums, percussion, vocals
Jordan Tucker on guitar, vocals
Chris Handley on bass
Joel T. Bonner on pedal steel on track 4

1. Cordelia 05:13
2. Abilene 03:19
3. Exit Plan 03:58
4. Nobody Home 03:43
5. The Other Side 03:02
6. Seraphine 04:17

Music by Carswell & Hope
Lyrics by Nick Carswell

Produced and mixed by Jason Slote & Nick Carswell
except tracks 5, 6 mixed by Jim Barnes
Tracks 1, 2 mastered by Michael Fossenkemper @ TurtleTone Studio NYC
Tracks 3-6 mastered by Jason Slote

Cover artwork by Justin Marable http://www.justinmarable.com

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

11:13

10. Carswell & Hope – “Nobody Home”
from: Exit Plan EP / Silly Goose Records / May 22, 2018
[Music by Carswell & Hope. Lyrics by Nick Carswell. Produced & mixed by Jason Slote & Nick Carswell. Mastered by Michael Fossenkemper @ TurtleTone Studio NYC. Lawrence KS based 5-piece band formed June 25, 2012. The band is: Nick Carswell, Jason Slote, Austin Quick, Chris Handley, and Jordan Tucker. Songwriter Nick Carswell is originally from Ireland and has found a new home on the plains of Kansas.]

Carswell & Hope – Exit Plan Release Show

[Carswell & Hope play an EP Release Show on the rooftop of The Oread Hotel, 1200 Oread Ave, Lawrence Kansas, June 2, at 7:00 PM.]

11:17 – More Interview with Nick Carswell

We are talking with Nick Carswell lead singer and songwriter for Carswell & Hope. Carswell & Hope play an EP Release Show on the rooftop of The Oread Hotel, 1200 Oread Ave, Lawrence Kansas, June 2, at 7:00 PM. More info at: http://www.carswellandhope.com

Nick Carswell thanks for being with us on WMM.

Nick also plays bass in the electro-pop band Pink Royal. Pink Royal released their EP Do You Mind on September 12, 2017, one WMM’s The 117 Best Recordings of 2017

Do You Mind – Credits:
Music and Lyrics by Pink Royal (except Tracks 3 & 6 by Pink Royal and Dylan Guthrie.) Recorded and produced by Jim Barnes. Mastered by Dalton Brand at WaveBurner Recording. More info at: http://www.pinkroyalmusic.com

Pink Royal is an experimental groove pop, 5-piece band based in Lawrence, Kansas with Steven LaCour on guitar & vocals, Josh Dorrell on guitar & vocals, Alex Hartmann on drums, Nick Carswell on bass & vocals, Vik Govindarajan on Keyboards & vocals.

Nick Carswell is the force behind Silly Goose Records

Bands associated with Silly Goose Records

THE BRAD PITT LIGHT ORCHESTRA
PINK ROYAL
THE ELECTIVE ORCHESTRA
CRAWL & HOPE
STATE OF PLAY
FORRESTER
THE PHANTASTICS
F.A.I.T.H.

More information at: http://www.sillygooserecords.org

Nick Carswell is the force behind the annual MixMaster music conference, now part of the Crossroads Music Festival. MixMaster2018 is September 8th, 2018 at CMF

11:25

11. Carswell & Hope – “The Other Side”
from: Exit Plan EP / Silly Goose Records / May 22, 2018
[Music by Carswell & Hope. Lyrics by Nick Carswell. Produced & mixed by Jason Slote & Nick Carswell. Mastered by Michael Fossenkemper @ TurtleTone Studio NYC. Lawrence KS based 5-piece band formed June 25, 2012. The band is: Nick Carswell, Jason Slote, Austin Quick, Chris Handley, and Jordan Tucker.]

[Carswell & Hope play an EP Release Show on the rooftop of The Oread Hotel, 1200 Oread Ave, Lawrence Kansas, June 2, at 7:00 PM.]

11:28 – Underwriting

Simon Huntley, Mike Dillon, and Calvin Arsenia on the May 23, 2018 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM.

11:30 – Interview with Calvin Arsenia & Simon Huntley & Mike Dillon

Since 2014 we have been celebrating the music of Calvin Arsenia who came home to KC after living in Edinburgh, Scotland, and has released the EPs, Moments, Prose, and last year his full length debut, Catastrophe, and a LIVE recording from Greenwood Social Hall. This year he released the EP Caviar to special guests who attended his show at Wickstock West in West Bottoms. Calvin has played Folk Alliance International, Kansas City Fringe Fest, Apocalypse Meow, The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, The Kauffman Center For The Performing Arts, The Middle of the Map Fest., The Folly Theatre. Last year he undertook a three month US/European Outlyre Tour where he has played San Francisco, Portland, Vancouver, NYC, Boston, Edinburgh, Sweden, Denmark, Holland, Switzerland, Lyon and Paris. Calvin Arsenia returns to WMM to share new music and information about his upcoming concert at Greenwood Social Hall, 1750 Belleview Avenue, KCMO, on Tuesday, May 29 at 7:30 PM with Mike Dillon and Mary Ocher, presented by Haymaker Records and Bullseye Records.

Calvin Arsenia, Simon Huntley, and Mike Dillon thanks for being with us on WMM.

Calvin Arsenia was our most played artist of 2017, and his release Castatrophe was in our Top Three of WMM’s The 117 Best Recordings of 2017.

Calvin has been traveling a lot this year. He participated in Escape to Create in Seaside Florida during the month of January. He has traveled to Australia, Gothenburg Sweden, Edinburgh Scotland. Calvin has spent time in Los Angeles recording songs for a new vinyl EP that will be coming out on Bullseye Records.

On the radio show we’ve played from Calvin’s live recordings from his show last year at Greenwood Social Hall. Calvin is returning to Greenwood Social Hall, 1750 Belleview Avenue, KCMO, on Tuesday, May 29 at 7:30 PM with Mike Dillon and Mary Ocher, presented by Haymaker Records and Bullseye Records.

11:38

Simon Huntley and Calvin Arsenia play LIVE in the May 23, 2018 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM.

12. Calvin Arsenia – “The Best” (LIVE)
Calvin Arsenia on vocals & guitar, Simon Huntley on snare drum & percussion

11:41

We are talking with Calvin Arsenia, Simon Huntley, and Mike Dillon who play Greenwood Social Hall, 1750 Belleview Avenue, KCMO, on Tuesday, May 29 at 7:30 PM with Mary Ocher.

Calvin was recently signed by Bullseye Records a new record label formed in Kansas City by Jim Andrews and Patrick Sprehe. http://www.calvinarsenia.com

Mike Dillon

Mike Dillon is a percussionist, vibraphonist, bandleader, vocalist and songwriter born in San Antonio, Texas. He is a member of Critters Buggin, Les Claypool’s Fancy Band and Garage A Trois. He has performed with many musicians including Ani DiFranco, Galactic, Brave Combo, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Marco Benevento and New Orleans musicians Kevin O’Day, Johnny Vidacovich and James Singleton. Dillon also performed in the 80’s with local Dallas and Denton favorites Ten Hands. He has led Dallas-based Billy Goat, Kansas City-based Malachy Papers and Austin-based Hairy Apes BMX (HABMX).

In 2006, Dillon started a funky project “Mike Dillon’s Go-Go Jungle” which included members of Billy Goat, drummer Go-Go Ray, and bassist, J.J. Jungle. The live Go-Go Jungle also performs songs from Dillon’s prior projects. They released their second CD entitled Rock Star Bench Press in 2009.

Dillon contributed the majority of compositions to Garage A Trois’ Power Patriot CD released in 2009.

Dillon and saxophonist Skerik perform as a trio called “The Dead Kenny G’s” with alternate third members. National tours have included keyboardist Brian Haas and bassist Brad Houser. With Houser they have also toured as “Critters Buggin Trio”. They released a CD entitled Bewildered Herd in 2009. As a trio with bassist James Singleton, Dillon and Skerik have toured as “Illuminasti” and as a trio with Les Claypool they have been billed as “The Fancy Trio”.

Dillon resides in New Orleans, Louisiana, but a busy touring schedule keeps him on the road much of the time.

We have played musical releases from Mike Dillon’s Go Go Jungle and Malachy Papers multiple times on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

Recently Mike Dillon has been on tour with Rickie Lee Jones.

11:48

13. Calvin Arsenia – “Last Night’s Makeup” (LIVE)
Calvin Arsenia on vocals & guitar, Simon Huntley on snare drum & percussion

11:53

Simon Huntley is multi-talented. He is a lighting designer, drummer, percussionist, engineer. He works as head percussionist with Quixotic. He serves as head lighting technician at The Folly Theatre. Simon traveled with Calvin throughout Europe and the US on last year’s Outlyre tour.

Calvin Arsenia, Simon Huntley, Mike Dillon thanks for being with us on WMM

Calvin Arsenia plays Greenwood Social Hall, 1750 Belleview Avenue, KCMO, on Tuesday, May 29 at 7:30 PM with Mike Dillon and Mary Ocher, presented by Haymaker Records and Bullseye Records. http://www.calvinarsenia.com
11:56

14. Calvin Arsenia – “Tip Toe (Radio Edit)”
from: Caviar EP/ Calvin Arsenia / December 5, 2017
[Produced for attendees at Calvin’s “Secret Show,” Tuesday, December 5, at Wickstock West, 1324 West 12th Street, in The West Bottoms, and for supporters of his Outlyre Tour. Words and Music by Calvin Arsenia. Produced by Jametatone, Simon Huntley and Calvin Arsenia. Recorded at The Infoaming Vertex. Since Calvin Arsenia came home to KC after living in Edinburgh, Scotland, he has released his EP, Moments, in 2014, and his EP Prose in 2015, and his Folk Alliance exclusive EP Catastrophe in 2016. On Februay 14, 2017 Calvin released his critically acclaimed full length debut, Catastrophe. Calvin Arsenia premiered these songs in a live show at recordBar in November 2016 in a stage show that involved a cpmpany of 50 people, dancers, stilt walkers, special lighting, back up singers, guest artists. Calvin released Live at Greenwood Social Hall from his June 11, 2017 live performance at Greenwood Social Hall, 1760 Bellevue. In the late Summer and Fall Calvin went on a three month US/European Outlyre Tour where he has played San Francisco, Portland, Vancouver, NYC, Boston, Edinburgh, Sweden, Denmark, Holland, Switzerlnd, Lyon and Paris. in over 40 shows, with musician and friend Simon Huntley who plays with Quixotic. Since 2014 we have been celebrating the music of Calvin Arsenia. 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. Standing at 6 foot 6 inches, Arsenia’s powerful vocals span a 3.5 octave range, while playing piano, banjo, guitar and harp. Calvin teaches music. Calvin is a graduate of Artist INC.]

[Calvin Arsenia plays Greenwood Social Hall, 1750 Belleview Avenue, KCMO, on Tuesday, May 29 at 7:30 PM with Mike Dillon and Mary Ocher]

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

Next week, on May 30 we celebrate The Pride Season with our annual show, “That’s So Fabulous!” with music from: Liberace, Charles Nelson Reilly, Paul Lynde, Jim Nabors, Noel Coward, RuPaul, Grace Jones, Dos Fallopia, Judy Garland, Al Franken, Lily Tomlin, David Bowie, Anohni, Lou Reed, John Cale. We’ll talk with Josh Morgan, Festival Chair of KC Pride Fest, June 1st, 2nd, & 3rd, at Berkley Riverfront Park, KCMO, featuring Thelma Houston, Monique Heart, Frenchie Davis, material Girl, David Hernandez amd more. More info at: http://www.gaypridekc.org. We’ll also talk with Wick Thomas of Wick & The Tricks who play The I Heart Local Music Presents: Pride for the Masses, June 8 and June 9, at Jackpot Music Hall, 943 Massachusetts St., Lawrence, KS with Vibralux, Calvin Arsenia, Cuee, and Yanna the supa flowa. Also next week we’ll talk with Actor Philip blue owl Hooser about the play he starring in called Torch Song Trilogy, presented by The Barn Players, at The Arts Asylum, 1000 East 9th Street, KCMO, May 31 through June 10. More info at http://www.thebarnplayers.org

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

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

Show #735

Wednesday MidDay Medley is Spinning Records With Marion Merritt + Barry Lee

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 2, 2018

Spinning Records With Marion Merritt
+ Barry Lee & An Evening With the Music of The Beatles: Unplugge
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Marion Merritt of Records With Merritt

Mark welcomes Marion Merritt, of Records With Merritt, who joins us as “Guest Producer” to share sonic discoveries and information from her musically-encyclopedic-brain. Marion will spin tracks from: Cymande, Kevin Morby, CW Stoneking, Lou Johnson, Tim Maia, Miles & Trane, King Britt, Grouper, Epic Soundtracks, Cavern of Anti-Matter, Melody’s Echo Chamber, and more. Records With Merritt is located at 1614 Westport Road, KCMO. More info at: http://www.recordswithmerritt.com.

Barry Lee

At 11:30 Barry Lee joins us to share information about, An Evening With the Music of The Beatles: Unplugged, Saturday, May 12 at 7:30 PM, at Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St, Lawrence, KS. Signal to Noise’s Barry Lee hosts an All-Star group of KC & Lawrence musicians in a benefit for KPR’s Audio Reader Network. The evening will highlight the quieter side of the Beatles’ music. Special guests, The Volker Brothers (David George & Erik Voeks) will open the show with a set of acoustic Beatles songs.

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

Show #732

WMM Playlist from April 11, 2018

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, April 11, 2018

New & MidCoastal Releases + Doby Watson
+ Witch Jail + Kadesh Flow

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

2. Beach House – “Dark Spring”
from: 7 / Sub Pop Records / Expected May 11, 2018
[th studio album from American dream pop band from Baltimore, Maryland, formed in 2004. The band consists of vocalist and keyboardist Victoria Legrand and guitarist, keyboardist, and backup vocalist Alex Scally. Unlike with previous records, Beach House took their time with the recording process of this album. Instead of one long studio session, they recorded when inspired by batches of songs, which resulted in five mini-sessions over the course of eleven months. All of the songs on the album began in the duo’s home studio in Baltimore, and were finished at Carriage House in Stamford, CT and Palmetto Studio in Los Angeles. The band stated that their goal throughout the recording process of the album was “rebirth and rejuvenation,” continuing: “We wanted to rethink old methods and shed some self-imposed limitations. In the past, we often limited our writing to parts that we could perform live. On 7, we decided to follow whatever came naturally. As a result, there are some songs with no guitar, and some without keyboard. There are songs with layers and production that we could never recreate live, and that is exciting to us. Basically, we let our creative moods, instead of instrumentation, dictate the album’s feel.” The band also stated that 7 didn’t have a producer in the traditional sense, which let the ideas drive the creativity and not any one person’s process. The band’s touring drummer since 2016, James Barone, plays on the entire record. They also worked with Peter Kember, known by the stage name Sonic Boom, who helped “in the shedding of conventions and in helping to keep the songs alive, fresh and protected from the destructive forces of recording studio over-production/over-perfection. Thematically, 7 often deals with “the beauty that arises in dealing with darkness; the empathy and love that grows from collective trauma; the place one reaches when they accept rather than deny.” The album’s title itself simply represents it being the duo’s seventh studio album, saying they “hoped its simplicity would encourage people to look inside. No title using words that we could find felt like an appropriate summation of the album,” although they later mentioned that the number 7 represents some interesting connections in numerology, which further inspired them in naming the album as such. The band cited the “societal insanity” during 2016 and 2017 as a deep influence on the creation of the record, elaborating: “there is quite a bit of chaos happening in these songs, and a pervasive dark field that we had little control over. The discussions surrounding women’s issues were a constant source of inspiration and questioning. The energy, lyrics and moods of much of this record grew from ruminations on the roles, pressures and conditions that our society places on women, past and present. The twisted double edge of glamour, with its perils and perfect moments, was an endless source.”]

3. The Get Up Kids – “Maybe”
from: Kicker EP / Polyvinyl Record Co / To Be Released June 8, 2018
[Matt Pryor on vocals & guitars, Jim Suptic on guitar, Rob Pope on bass, James Dewees on keyboards, Ryan Pope on drums. On March 29, 2018, Polyvinyl Records announced on their Instagram account that they had signed the band and that new music will be coming soon. The Get Up Kids are an American rock band from Kansas City, Missouri. Formed in 1995, the band was a major player in the mid-1990s emo scene, otherwise known as the “second wave” of emo music. As they gained prominence, they began touring with bands such as Green Day and Weezer before becoming headliners themselves, eventually embarking on international tours of Japan and Europe. They founded Heroes & Villains Records, an imprint of the successful indie rock label Vagrant Records. While the imprint was started to release albums by The Get Up Kids, it served as a launching pad for several side-projects such as The New Amsterdams and Reggie and the Full Effect. The Get Up Kids were viewed throughout their existence as a prototypical emo band, having been major players in the Midwest emo movement of the mid-1990s. Their second album Something to Write Home About remains their most widely acclaimed album, and is considered to be one of the quintessential albums of the second-wave emo movement. However, like many early emo bands, The Get Up Kids sought to dissociate themselves with the term, as it was considered dismissive to be seen as an “emo band.” The band departed heavily from their established style with the release of their 2002 album On a Wire, which saw the band take on a much more layered, alternative rock sound. Years later, guitarist Jim Suptic even apologized for having the influence they did on many of the modern third-wave emo bands, commenting that “[t]he punk scene we came out of and the punk scene now are completely different. It’s like glam rock now … If this is the world we helped create, then I apologize.” Due to internal conflicts, the band broke up in 2005. Three years later, the band reunited to support the tenth anniversary re-release of Something to Write Home About, and soon afterward entered the studio to write new material. In early 2010, the band released Simple Science, their first release in six years, followed in 2011 by the full-length There Are Rules. The Get Up Kids Members Rob Pope is also in the band Spoon; Jim Suptic is in the bands: Blackpool Lights, and Radar State; James Dewees is in the band Reggie and the Full Effect; and Matt Pryor performs often as a solo artists, and in the bands: Radar State, and The New Amsterdams.]

[On June 14 The Get Up Kids will launch a 20 city month long US Tour]

4. Shy Boys – “Keeps Me On My Toes”
from: Shy Boys / High Dive Records / January 17, 2014
[On April 3, 2018 it was announced that Shy Boys had been signed to San Francisco based, national label, Polyvinyl Records. Hailed as “The Beach Boys on Robitussin”, Shy Boys (brothers Collin & Kyle Rausch, Konnor Ervin, Kyle Little & Ross Brown) were bred in the dankest basements of Kansas City, MO as a group of ill-fitting squares in a scene of punks and weirdos. We find these great friends now, still living & loving in KC, trading instruments while creating melodic, happy-sad tunes to make your heart swell. Shy Boys’ sophomore album will arrive later this year on Polyvinyl Record Co., bringing with it big, melancholic vocal harmonies of a past’s present, amidst these strange and bittersweet future daze. This was the bands debut release. Brothers Collin Rausch, Kyle Rausch, and friend and roommate at the time Konnor Ervin, created this record. Collin and Kyle’s father was a High School band director and music teacher. Konnor Ervin was the lead singer and songwriter of The ACBs, where Kyle also played drums. The 10 song release had two singles premiered by Stereogum. “Keeps Me On My Toes” was a song Collin wrote in 15 minutes while his girlfriend was in the shower. Wednesday MidDay Medley has been a big fan of The Shy Boys and all of the ACBs recordings. In 2011 we started playing songs from The I’ms, a duo made of up Collin and Kyle, who posted 6 of their self recorded songs on their facebook page. We included this informal release in our Top Ten of The 111 Best Recordings of 2011. 3 of the songs from The I’ms recordings ended up being re-recorded for Shy Boys. The album was recorded at West End Studio, over two-weekends.]

[On Saturday, April 14 Shy Boys launch their 15 city US tour at Replay Lounge, in Lawrence Kansas, with Cocordion, Fraydee Cat, and Fullbloods.]

5. Mac Lethal – “Backward”
from: 11:11/ Rhymesayers Entertainment / April 8, 2008
[David McCleary Sheldon was born July 25, 1981. Known by his stage name Mac Lethal, he released his debut album, Men Are from Mars, Pornstars Are from Earth, on HHI Recordings in 2002. Sage Francis took him on the Fuck Clear Channel Tour in 2004. In 2006, Mac Lethal founded Black Clover Records with longtime friend Jeremy Willis, who had been running the Datura Label. In 2007, he released the album entitled 11:11 on Rhymesayers Entertainment. In November 2011, Mac Lethal released a video on YouTube of him rapping over the beat to “Look at Me Now” while he prepares a dish of pancakes in his kitchen. The video became a viral hit and got millions of views in a matter of days and led to interviews on websites like CNN and The Washington Post. In 2011, he was offered a contract from Sony which he rejected, referring to the $250,000, 5 album, 2 option and one milestone option deal as “insane.” Mac Lethal has also managed a Tumblr feed called “Texts from Bennett”, in which he posts text message conversations between himself and his cousin Bennett. Although some have questioned whether or not Bennett is a real person, he insists that the conversations are genuine. He released the novel of the same name on Simon & Schuster in 2013. On Sept. 13, 2016, he released the album, Congratulations, which featured a guest appearance from Tech N9ne.]

[Mac Lethal plays recordBar Sunday, April 15, with Wax, the 21st date, on his 45-city US Tour.]

6. Kississippi – “Rinse, Repeat”
from: Sunset Blush / Bug Crusher Records / April 6, 2018
[Debut full length album from Philadephia based indie folk band fronted by Zoe Allaire Reynolds (with Adam DaSilva, Jeremy Probst, Allegra Eidinger, and Kaylen Alan Krebsbach.]

7. Jametatone – “No More Ignor”
from: Frog In The Pot / J. Ashley Miller / December 21, 2017
[New 10-song album from Jametatone, the solo project of J. Ashley Miller who also records with his band as Metatone. J. Ashley Miller is the 2016 Charlotte Street Generative Performing Artist Award Fellow. He is a composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist. His genre-bending trans-modern work has been performed everywhere from YJ’s to the Kauffman Performing Arts Center, to the MoMa PS1 in NYC. Ashley utilizes a diverse range of technologies, techniques, and collaborators to access obscure facets of the human emotional landscape. Jametatone opened all four shows at The Outburst KC, where Calvin Arsenia performed his 2017 Release Catastrophe Unplugged with guest musicians Beau Bledsoe, Fritz Hutchinson, Mark Southerland, and artist & vocalist Seth M. Jones. You can view more of Ashley’s work at http://www.jametatone.com.]

[Jametatone plays The Ship, 1217 Union Avenue, in the West Bottoms, Saturday, April 14, with Calvin Arsenia, and Tegu-Tegu Pro Fusion.]

8. Calvin Arsenia – “Experience”
from: Catastrophe / Calvin Arsenia / February 14, 2017
[Recently Calvin Arsenia was signed to a new record label in Kansas City called Bull’s Eye Records founded by Jim Andrews and Patrick Sprehe. Calvin Arsenia originally premiered the songs from Catstrophe in a live show at recordBar in November 2016, in a stage show that involved a company of 50 people, dancers, stilt walkers, special lighting, back up singers, guest artists. Since Calvin Arsenia came home to KC after living in Edinburgh, Scotland, he has released his EP, Moments, in 2014, and his EP Prose in 2015, and his Folk Alliance exclusive EP Catastrophe in 2016. Standing at 6 foot 6 inches, Arsenia’s powerful vocals span a 3.5 octave range, while playing piano, banjo, guitar and harp Calvin has also worked as a teacher of music to elementary students. Calvin is a graduate of Artist INC. Since 2014 we have been celebrating the music of Calvin Arsenia on WMM. 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 played at Kansas City’s newly restored Greenwood Social Hall, at 1750 Bellevue Ave. in KC on June 11, 2017 in a show that was recorded live. In the Fall of 2017 Calvin embarked on a three month US/European Outlyre Tour where he has played San Francisco, Portland, Vancouver, NYC, Boston, Sweden, Edinburgh, Denmark, Holland, Switzerland, Lyon and Paris. Calvin played over 40 shows, with musician and friend Simon Huntley who plays with Quixotic. On December 5, 2017 Calvin released his EP Caviar, produced for attendees at Calvin’s “Secret Show,” Tuesday, December 5, at Wickstock West, 1324 West 12th Street, in The West Bottoms, and for supporters of his Outlyre Tour. Words & Music by Calvin Arsenia. Caviar was produced by Jametatone, Simon Huntley and Calvin Arsenia. Recorded at The Infoaming Vertex.]

[Calvin Arsenia plays The Ship, 1217 Union Avenue, in the West Bottoms, Saturday, April 14, with Jametatone, and Tegu-Tegu Pro Fusion.]

9. Bobby Watson & The I Have a Dream Project–”My Song” [feat. Glenn North]
from: Check Cashing Day / Lafiya Music / August 28, 2013
[Bobby Watson was born in Lawrence, Kansas, August 23, 1953. he is an American post-bop jazz alto saxophonist, composer, producer, and educator. Watson now has 27 recordings as a leader. He appears on nearly 100 other recordings as either co-leader or in a supporting role. Watson has recorded more than 100 original compositions. Watson grew up in Bonner Springs and Kansas City, Kansas. Glenn North is a nationally recognized performance poet who has shared the stage with such noted poets as Nikki Giovanni, Sonia Sanchez, and Amiri Baraka. He served as Poet-In-Residence and Education Specialist at The American Jazz Museum from 2004 to 2014. He was a 2009 Charlotte Street Foundation Generative Performing Awards Fellow. North’s work has been commissioned by entities including Points of Light Foundation, the Norman Lear Center, the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, and Kansas City Public Library. He has been a featured poet at events hosted by MTV Rock the Vote, NAACP Black History Month, and KC Repertory Theatre in conjunction with the world premiere of Clay. He was accepted into the Cave Canem program. He has worked as director of the Urban Transcendence Poetry Project. His original spoken word tracks are featured on recordings including: Out of the Comfort Zone by the Jazz Disciples, Release by the Phantom, The Experience by Tru Sol, and Check Cashing Day from Bobby Watson & The I Have a Dream Project. He studied English at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, earned his BLS from Rockhurst University, and is currently pursuing his MFA in Creative Writing at UMKC.]

[On Friday, April 13, at 6:00 pm, Celebrating National Poetry Month, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art presents the debut screening of director Harold Smith’s documentary, The Gospel According to Glenn North. The film explores 18th & Vine Poet Laureate Glenn North’s unique poetic blend of jazz, blues, religion, black history, and social commentary. the screening will be followed by a Q&A with Kansas City native Glenn North. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is located at 4525 Oak St, Kansas City, MO. Tickets Available at http://www.nelson-atkins.org]

10:31 – Underwriting

10:33 – Interview with Doby Watson

Doby Watson

Singer-Songwriter Doby Watson has just released his new EP, Family Mattress Deluxe, a collection of songs written by Doby and co-produced with Zack Hames. Doby Watson was born in 1986. Instead of attending college, as Richard Gintowt wrote for The Pitch in 2009, “Watson spent his young-adult years touring the country with a guitar and a box of Clif Bars, one for lunch, then a real meal for dinner, and a bunch of sad and beautiful homespun songs that are as sparse and haunting as those of Leonard Cohen or Jason Molina.” In 2009 Doby released Twenty Two. In 2013 He released Watson & May an EP in collaboration with Margo May that was produced & engineered by Lennon Bone. Double Shift Music released Doby’s album Live-In Son in 2014, and the EP collaborative: Swearengin, Watson & May in 2016. More info at: http://www.dobywatson.bandcamp.com

Doby Watson, Thanks for being with us on WMM.

Midwestern DIY folk veteran, Doby Watson, returns from a break in his ceaseless tour schedule, with a new EP, titled “Family Mattress Deluxe’ available on limited cassette via eclectic hardcore label Error Records and across all streaming platforms.

Congratulations on the new EP Family Mattress Deluxe.

For nearly 15 years Doby has been traveling all over the country playing shows. While in KC he is often helping to put together shows for fellow traveling musician friends.

Family Mattress Deluxe EP

Side A (Family Mattress EP)
Miami Vomit II
Starve
Family Mattress III

Side B (bonus tracks)
Natural Ice (Early Morning version)
Family Mattress (AKADUNGEONMASTER remix)
Beer For Dinner II (with Austin Swearengin)
[a moody collaboration with New York based sculptor / songwriter Austin Swearengin. The warbly, lo-fi duet finds itself evolving into a slow burning, industrial-tinged jam that fizzles into feedback.]

10:40

Doby Watson playing live on the April 11, 2018 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on 90.1 FM KKFI.

10. Doby Watson – “In Rows” (Live)
This song was on Doby’s album: Live-In Son / Double Shift Music / October 17, 2014
[For the record: Watson performed the songs live, while being recorded, in Ross Brown’s basement in KCMO. The next day, also in Brown’s basement, Grant Buell (Rhodes), Jerad Tomasino (vocals) and Hannah Jensen (viola), having never practiced with each other or Watson, improvised their parts over the live recordings of Watson. Richard Gintowt added additional vocals at his home in San Francisco, CA. The songs sat for some time until they were picked up by Ryan Brewer, who added electric guitar, field recordings & auxiliary percussion while he mixed the songs in Champaign, IL. Mastered by Cory Schulz in Milwaukee, WI.]

We are talking with Singer-Songwriter Doby Watson who has just released his new EP, Family Mattress Deluxe, on February 23, 2018, on Error Records.

From Doby’s own words: “When I was a kid I played guitar in some hardcore bands. When I found myself without a band, at the end of high school, I started trying to sing and write songs. Falling on the moniker “Boo Hiss” (something a class mate of mine said in place of swear words). I put some songs online and got asked to be on a small DIY label from Ohio called Tract Records. Around that time, I befriended touring DIY artists’ such as Viking Moses, Real Live Tigers, Manipulator Alligator and a young man named Joseph Murphy (who was in tons of bands), as well. Through these connections I was encouraged to tour and became involved in the Midwest’s various DIY communities, making countless friends.”

“Rather than go to college, I chose to focus solely on DIY touring and releasing music (for much of it taking my good friend, then KC native, and amazing songwriter, Austin Swearengin with me for most of these tours). ”

“Around that same time, I made an attempt to be taken more “seriously”, dropped my moniker and unsuccessfully released a mini-album under my own name. After some rather chaotic and unorganized tours for the album, I became depressed and disillusioned with music. I set music aside as a priority, moved to Lawrence, KS and tried to assimilate to what I thought was a ‘normal’ life. ”

“I went to college, got a day job, and wound up generally hating life. This new ‘normal’ path inevitably didn’t work out for me – I moved back in with my parents and held various dead end jobs and sank deeper into a depression, completely ceasing to make any music.”

“I (Doby) performed the songs live, while being recorded, in Ross Brown’s basement in Kansas City, MO. The next day, also in Brown’s basement, Grant Buell (Rhodes), Jerad Tomasino (vocals) and Hannah Jensen (viola), having never practiced with each other or Watson, improvised their parts over the live recordings of Watson. Richard Gintowt added additional vocals at his home in San Francisco, CA. The songs sat for some time until they were picked up by Ryan Brewer, who added electric guitar, field recordings and auxiliary percussion while he mixed the songs in Champaign, IL. The results were mastered by Cory Schulz in MIlwaukee, WI. ”

10:47

11. Doby Watson – “Pick Up” (Live)
[Doby Watson recorded this song for a Daytrotter Session, August 11, 2016, in Horseshack, Davenport, Iowa. It was also featured in Paste Magazine, September 16, 2016, and American Songwriter on September 9, 2015, from his SoundCloud page.]

Doby Watson calls his music, “Experimental Americana from Missouri.”

Doby Watson on the April 11, 2018 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on 90.1 FM KKFI.

10:54

12. Doby Watson – “I Wish That Everything” (Live)
This song was also on Doby’s album: Live-In Son / Double Shift Music / October 17, 2014
[This song was written by Doby’s friend Matthew Hoppock. For the record: Watson performed the songs live, while being recorded, in Ross Brown’s basement in KCMO. The next day, also in Brown’s basement, Grant Buell (Rhodes), Jerad Tomasino (vocals) and Hannah Jensen (viola), having never practiced with each other or Watson, improvised their parts over the live recordings of Watson. Richard Gintowt added additional vocals at his home in San Francisco, CA. The songs sat for some time until they were picked up by Ryan Brewer, who added electric guitar, field recordings & auxiliary percussion while he mixed the songs in Champaign, IL. Mastered by Cory Schulz in Milwaukee, WI.]

Doby Watson recently wrote: “if I could make a deal with the devil I would trade voices with contemporary R&B singer Tank.”

Doby Watson, Thanks for being with us on WMM.

Doby Watson has just released his new EP, Family Mattress Deluxe, a collection of songs written by Doby and co-produced with Zack Hames. More info at: http://www.dobywatson.bandcamp.com

11:00 – Station ID

13. Witch Jail – “Saucer Season Revisited”
from: Music For Magic Moments / Witch Jail / April 13, 2017
[Kansas City based Post-exotic American death-pop band formed in 2013. The band explains that they are, “Too weird for the punks, too punk for the weirdos.” Current band members include: Guy Slimey on vocals, Eddie Morphine on guitar, Jack Suede on bass, and A. Ghost on drums. The band has recorded with Woody Records, Too Much Rock, and This Ain’t Heaven.]

11:04 – Interview with Guy Slimey, Eddie Morphine, and A. Ghost of Witch Jail

Witch Jail

The Kansas City based post-exotic, death-pop band, Witch Jail was formed in 2013. The band writes that they are, “Too weird for the punks, too punk for the weirdos.” Current band members include: Guy Slimey on vocals, Eddie Morphine on guitar, Jack Suede on bass, and A. Ghost on drums. The band has recorded with Woody Records, Too Much Rock, and This Ain’t Heaven. Witch Jail have a new album: Music For Magic Moments, that will be released Friday, April 13.

Witch Jail play an Album Release Show, Thursday, April 12, at 9:00 pm, at The Brick, 1727 McGee St., KCMO with Jorge Arana Trio, Bad Girls, and Neptune. More info at: http://www.witchjail.bandcamp.com

Guy Slimey, Eddie Morphine, & A. Ghost of Witch Jail thanks for being with us on WMM.

Witch Jail were on our radio show last February 8, 2017 with Sid Sowder talking about the Too Much Rock Single Series release of ”Slimewave USA”

Witch Jail are having a busy week:

Wednesday: on WMM talking about the new Witch Jail album

Thursday: Release show at The Brick with Jorge Arana Trio, Bird Girls, and Neptune

Friday: In Madison, playing at Mickey’s Tavern with Solid Freex and No Question

Saturday: In Cedar Rapids at The Hive Collective with Tu’mera Divine

Sunday: In Des Moines at Vaudeville Mews with Odd Pets, The Vahnevants, and Greg Wheeler and the Poly Mall Cops

Monday: Back at work!

Then in a month Witch Jail heads down south: Nashville, Memphis, NOLA, Austin, Ft. Worth, OKC, and Wichita. No rest for the wicked!

Witch Jail

11:13

14. Witch Jail – “Under The Volcano”
from: Music For Magic Moments / Witch Jail / April 13, 2017
[Kansas City based Post-exotic American death-pop band formed in 2013. The band explains that they are, “Too weird for the punks, too punk for the weirdos.” Current band members include: Guy Slimey on vocals, Eddie Morphine on guitar, Jack Suede on bass, and A. Ghost on drums. The band has recorded with Woody Records, Too Much Rock, and This Ain’t Heaven.]

11:25

15. Witch Jail – “Snake Church”
from: Music For Magic Moments / Witch Jail / April 13, 2017
[Kansas City based Post-exotic American death-pop band formed in 2013. The band explains that they are, “Too weird for the punks, too punk for the weirdos.” Current band members include: Guy Slimey on vocals, Eddie Morphine on guitar, Jack Suede on bass, and A. Ghost on drums. The band has recorded with Woody Records, Too Much Rock, and This Ain’t Heaven.]

[Witch Jail play an Album Release Show, Thursday, April 12, at 9:00 pm, at The Brick, 1727 McGee St., KCMO with Jorge Arana Trio, Bad Girls, and Neptune. More info at: http://www.witchjail.bandcamp.com]

16. Kadesh Flow – “Room Service”
from: Room Service EP / Ryan Davis / March 30, 2018
[Kadesh Flow is Ryan Davis is a rapper with an MBA. At age 11, he began rapping and playing trombone within two weeks of one another. His music has been featured on network television in multiple countries and territories across Southeast Asia. Locally, Kadesh can be found rocking solo hip hop sets, laying down bone bars with KC funk juggernaut The Phantastics, or jamming with various bands throughout the city. The Room Service EP was conceived between shows at MAGfest 2018, when Kadesh Flow, Atlas, and Bill Beats began creating in their hotel room. Producers/Writers include: Kadesh Flow, Atlas, Bill Beats, Shubzilla, Eye-Q, O.Super. Mixed By: Kadesh Flow. Mastered By: Out D Park Productions.]

[The Phantastics play Record Store Day at Josey Record, Saturday, April 21, at 8:00 PM.]

11:34 – Interview with Kadesh Flow

Kadesh Flow

Kadesh Flow aka Ryan Davis joins us to share music from his new EP, Room Service. Kadesh Flow is a rapper, trombonist, and producer. At age 11, he began rapping and playing trombone within two weeks of one another. His music has been featured on network television in multiple countries and territories across Southeast Asia. Locally, Kadesh can be found rocking solo hip hop sets, laying down bone bars with The Phantastics, or jamming with various bands throughout the city. The Room Service EP was conceived between shows at MAGfest 2018, when Kadesh Flow, Atlas, and Bill Beats began creating in their hotel room. The Phantastics play Record Store Day at Josey Records, Saturday, April 21, at 8:00 PM. More info at: http://www.kadeshflow.com

Kadesh Flow aka Ryan Davis, thanks for being with us again on WMM

The Room Service EP was conceived between shows at MAGfest 2018, when Kadesh Flow, Atlas, and Bill Beats began creating in their hotel room. Earlier in the year Kadesh found out he would be playing a showcase a South By Southwest, and he though it might be good to have new music to offer, and that’s when it sort of fell into place to record this new EP.

11:42

17. Kadesh Flow – “Glassy Eyes feat. Eye-Q”
from: Room Service EP / Ryan Davis / March 30, 2018
[Kadesh Flow is Ryan Davis is a rapper with an MBA. At age 11, he began rapping and playing trombone within two weeks of one another. His music has been featured on network television in multiple countries and territories across Southeast Asia. Locally, Kadesh can be found rocking solo hip hop sets, laying down bone bars with KC funk juggernaut The Phantastics, or jamming with various bands throughout the city. The Room Service EP was conceived between shows at MAGfest 2018, when Kadesh Flow, Atlas, and Bill Beats began creating in their hotel room. Producers/Writers include: Kadesh Flow, Atlas, Bill Beats, Shubzilla, Eye-Q, O.Super. Mixed By: Kadesh Flow. Mastered By: Out D Park Productions.]

[The Phantastics play Record Store Day at Josey Record, Saturday, April 21, at 8:00 PM.]

Kadesh Flow has also played with Hearts of Darkness, and is a part of The Nerdy People Of Color Collective.

Kadesh Flow on the April 11, 2018 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on 90.1 FM KKFI.

11:56

18. Kadesh Flow – “FYI feat. Atlas & O.Super”
from: Room Service EP / Ryan Davis / March 30, 2018
[Kadesh Flow is Ryan Davis is a rapper with an MBA. At age 11, he began rapping and playing trombone within two weeks of one another. His music has been featured on network television in multiple countries and territories across Southeast Asia. Locally, Kadesh can be found rocking solo hip hop sets, laying down bone bars with KC funk juggernaut The Phantastics, or jamming with various bands throughout the city. The Room Service EP was conceived between shows at MAGfest 2018, when Kadesh Flow, Atlas, and Bill Beats began creating in their hotel room. Producers/Writers include: Kadesh Flow, Atlas, Bill Beats, Shubzilla, Eye-Q, O.Super. Mixed By: Kadesh Flow. Mastered By: Out D Park Productions.]

[The Phantastics play Record Store Day at Josey Record, Saturday, April 21, at 8:00 PM.]

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

Next week, on April 18, Bach Aria Soloists including Elizabeth Suh Lane, Beau Bledsoe, and Jeff Harshbarger play live Tango music in our 90.1 FM Studios. Plus Amy Farrand joins us to share music from the debut release of her band, Amy Farrand & The Like. Plus, Brenton Cook joins us to share music and information about Outer Reaches Explores The World – Friday, April 20 at recordBar with SUNU, Enrique Javier Chi, Harptasia feat. Calvin Arsenia, Teri Quinn, Brandon Draper’s Drum Safari, and DJ Memo. Plus, the band, Thee Devotion joins us to share tracks from their new album, Chapel.

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

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Show #729

WMM Playlist from February 21, 2018

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Spinning Records With Marion Merritt
+ Red Kate & Too Much Rock

Marion Merritt of Records With Merritt

Today, we welcome back to the show, Marion Merritt as our special “Guest Producer.” For 14 years now she has been sharing her musical discoveries and information from her encyclopedic brain. Marion is the creator of Records With Merritt, a small, independent, minority owned business, at 1614 Westport Rd. in Kansas City, Missouri.

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

2. Dimitri From Paris – “Prologue”
from: Sacrebleu / Atlantic / 2001

3. The O’Jays – “For the Love of Money”
from: The Ultimate O’Jays / Sony Music / April 10, 2001
[A soul/funk song written and composed by Kenneth Gamble, Leon Huff, & Anthony Jackson; recorded by Philadelphia soul group The O’Jays for the album Ship Ahoy. Produced by Gamble & Huff for Philadelphia International Records, “For the Love of Money” was issued as a single in late 1973 (see 1973 in music), with “People Keep Tellin’ Me” as its b-side. The single peaked at number three on the U.S. Billboard R&B chart, and at No. 9 on Billboard’s Pop Singles chart in spring 1974. Though the album version of the song was over seven minutes long, it received substantial radio airplay. The song’s title comes from a well-known Bible verse, 1 Timothy 6:10: “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” (This translation is from the King James Version of the Bible.) The O’Jays are an American R&B group from Canton, Ohio, formed in 1958 and originally consisting of Eddie Levert (born June 16, 1942), Walter Williams (born August 25, 1943), William Powell (Jan. 20, 1942 – May 26, 1977), Bobby Massey and Bill Isles. The O’Jays made their first chart appearance with “Lonely Drifter” in 1963, but reached their greatest level of success once Gamble & Huff, a team of producers and songwriters, signed them to their Philadelphia International label in 1972. With Gamble & Huff, the O’Jays (now a trio after the departure of Isles and Massey) emerged at the forefront of Philadelphia soul with “Back Stabbers” (1972), and topped the Billboard Hot 100 the following year with “Love Train”. Numerous other hits followed through the 1970s and into the 1980s and 1990s, and The O’Jays were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2004, and The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005.]

4. The Chocolate Watchband – “Voyage of the Trieste”
from: Inner Mystique / Tower / 1968
[Reissued by Sundaze / 2018]

5. Wooden Shjips – “Staring At the Sun”
from: V. / Thrill Jockey / May 25, 2018

10:26 – Underwriting

6. LaVice & Company – “Thoughs Were the Days”
from: LaVice And Company’s Two Sisters From Bagdad / Jazzman / 2018
[Released as a single from Numero Group April 14, 2017]

7. THE DESCENDANTS OF MIKE AND PHOEBE – “Coltrane” (CD #7) (5:01)
from: A Spirit Speaks / Strata-East Records / 1974 [Reissued by Everland Music Group 2017]

8. Death & Vanilla – “Dioz Delirium”
from: The Tenant / Fire America / March 9, 2018

9. The Brian Jonestown Massacre & Asia Argento – “Le sacre du printemps”
from: Musique de film imaginé / ‘A’ Records / April 27, 2015

10. CSC Funk Band – “Above the Starrs”
from: Above the Starrs / Electric Cowbell – Newtown Creek Jamz / March 24, 2017

11:00 – Station ID

11. Orgone – “The Black Five”
from: Undercover Mixtape / Colemine Records / February 2, 2018

12. Funkadelic – “Undisco Kidd (Gay Marvine Edit)”
from: Reworked By Detroiters / Westbound – Ace Records / October 27, 2017

13. Bardo Pond – “Cud”
from: Volume 8 / Fire Records / Februry 2, 2018
[Brand new album from Philadelphia’s much loved neo-space rock stoner drone outfit. A euphoric transcendental journey to a mountain top nirvana, a psychedelic tapestry that slowly unwinds as they travel onwards into the inner mind. A 40-minute opus delivered from a hail of reverb soulfully caressed by a ceremonial flute, that makes way for a shroud of ‘Weld’—era Neil Young fog. Bardo Pond is your rather ruffled tour guide to this far off place, this distant sense of wonderment at the crossroads with bewilderment. Loved and lauded by the late Lou Reed and his wife Laurie Anderson, Jesus & Mary Chain, Mogwai and many more and acclaimed in the music press as such: “Dinosaur Jr guitar power with the glacial grandiosity of Black Mountain, as if Isobel Sollenberger is conjuring a thunderstorm with the sound of her voice and riding it across the heavens.” Stereogum “One of underground rock’s most extraordinary enigmas” The Quietus. “They alter brain chemistry by the alchemical effect of distressed sound alone, aspiring to become engineers of the soul’s passage to alternate states of consciousness.” Tony Dale (RIP), Ptolemaic Terrascope, 2001. “Playing fuzzed out stuff of stoner dreams since the mid ‘90s.” Pitchfork. “Fugazi on acid.” Noisey]

14. The Sufis – “Sri Sai Flora”
from: The Sufis / Ample Play Records / July 2, 2012

15. Tess Parks – “Gates of Broadway”
from: Blood Hot / 359 Music / 2013 [Reissued by Optic Nerve / 2018]

16. Jóhann Jóhannsson – “Part 5/ The Sun’s Gone Dim and the Sky’s Turned Black”
from: IBM 1401 a User’s Manual / 4AD / 2006 [Reissued by 4AD 2017]

Marion Merritt thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley. Coming up we talk with members of Red Kate and Sid Sowder of Too Much Rock

11:31 – Underwriting

11:33 – Interview with L. Ron Drunkard, Shaun Hamontree, and Sid Sowder

The KC based Punk Rock and Roll band, Red Kate has been rocking venues since 2007. In the review of their debut EP, The Pitch wrote, “Bassist and lead vocalist L. Ron Drunkard, (aka Shawn Saving) is a socialist activist by day, bellows like an Appalachian Roger Daltrey.”The band’s first full-length album, “When the Troubles Come” was released on Replay Records in 2013. In 2016 the band released their follow up full – length record, unamerican activities, on Kansas City’s coop record label, Black Site. The n]band has also release two 7″ split sinle releases with The Bad ideas, and Stiff Middle Fingers. Members of Red Kate join us today to share their newest release, “Iraqi Girl,” as part of the Too Much Rock – Singles Series, 7” vinyl 45-rpm release, with a B side cover of TSOL’s,” American Zone,” the first recording with the band’s newest member, rhythm guitarist Shaun Hamontree who joins bassist and lead vocalist L. Ron Drunkard Shawn Saving), Andrew Whelan on drums & vocals, and Desmond Poirier on guitar & vocals. Red Kate celebrates the release of the new record Friday, February 23 at Davey’s Uptown with Reacharounds from Springfield, MO, Arson Class and Vidco Kult. The band also plays an all ages show Saturday, March 3 at Mills Record Company with Martian Martian Martian. The single is out February 24.

Also with us is Sid Sowder, founder of Too Much Rock, a music blog site he created in 1997 to share his photos, videos & comments of live music shows he attends. The Too Much Rock Singles Series is a collection of 45 rpm singles that marry great songs with great bands all for the love of vinyl. Each old-school two-song single features one unique song paired with one cover chosen by Too Much Rock who press 500 limited edition copies and then simply give them to the band.

L. Ron Drunkard (Shawn Saving), Shaun Hamontree and Sid Sowder Thanks for being with us on WMM

Tracks were recorded at Weights and Measures Soundlab with engineer Duane Trower and producer L. Ron Drunkard.

10:45

18. Red Kate – “Iraqi Girl” (Vinyl)
from: Iraqi Girl – Single / Too Much Rock / February 24, 2018
[L. Ron Drunkard – bass/lead vocalist, Andrew Whelan – Drums/Vocals, Desmond Poirier – guitar/vocals]

[Red Kate plays release show Friday, Feb 23 at Davey’s with Reacharounds, Arson Class, Vidco Kult.]

[Red Kate plays All Ages show Saturday, March 3 at Mills Record Company w/ Martian Martian Martian.]

Sid Sowder, founder of Too Much Rock, a music blog site he created in 1997 to share his photos, videos & comments of live music shows he attends. The Too Much Rock Singles Series is a collection of 45 rpm singles that marry great songs with great bands all for the love of vinyl. Each old-school two-song single features one unique song paired with one cover chosen by Too Much Rock who press 500 limited edition copies and then simply give them to the band. Schwervon!, Rev Gusto, Josh Berwanger Band, The Uncouth, Hipshot Killer, and Witch Jail have all recorded for the Too Much Rock Single Series. More info at: http://www.toomuchrock.com

Red Kate is proud to announce the release of a new single on local label, Too Much Rock. As with all records in the Singles Series, this old-school, 45 rpm ripper contains one original track and one cover selected by the label. Side A, Iraqi Girl, is a grinding statement on American foreign policy, while side B follows suit with a cover of the TSOL song, American Zone. This frank indictment of how we treat those sent off to impose that foreign policy is as relevant today as it was in 1984. American Zone marks the first recording with the band’s newest member, rhythm guitarist Shaun Hamontree, whose contribution to the effort also includes his arresting, if not disturbing, cover art invoking the devastating reality of a war widow’s scrap book.

Both tracks were recorded at Weights and Measures Soundlab where engineer Duane Trower and producer L. Ron Drunkard have perfected Red Kate’s sonic signature. And like all 7” releases by the band, the covers were printed locally by the good folks of the Allied Printing and Trades Local 16C at Callender Printing in Kansas City, KS.

Red Kate will celebrate the release of the new record Friday, February 23 at Davey’s Uptown with Reacharounds from Springfield, MO, and up and comers, Arson Class and Vidco Kult. An all ages show is scheduled for Saturday, March 3 at Mills Record Company with the brand new Martian Martian Martian.

This limited edition release of 500 records includes 100 copies on clear vinyl with an alternate cover (collect away, nerds!). Distributed by Black Site, they will be available February 24 at record stores throughout the region and online at black-site.org/red-kate and redkate.bandcamp.com.

RED KATE released its first LP, When the Troubles Come, on Replay Records in 2013 and a 7″ split on Mills Record Company with fellow KC punks, The Bad Ideas, in 2014.

BLACK SITE is a record label cooperative created by Kansas City musicians interested in supporting regional punk and rock bands release their recordings on a physical medium. With the world around us becoming a deluge of digital 1’s and 0’s, transient as a trust fund crust punk on a cross country excursion, tangible art is critical to maintaining connections to our past, our sense of place, and who we are as a people. Only WE can create the world we want to live in. Reciprocity and solidarity are the cornerstones of building long lasting, self-sustaining community power that pushes back against the commodification of culture. Music is not a business; Punk is not a brand, and DIY is not a lifestyle to be consumed. This is a way of life, and if we don’t hang together, we’ll surely hang alone.

L. Ron Drunkard, Shaun Hamontree, and Sid Sowder thank you for being with us on WMM.

Red Kate plays release show Fri, Feb 23 at Davey’s w/ Reacharounds, Arson Class, Vidco Kult. Red Kate plays All Ages show Sat, March 3 at Mills Record Company w/ Martian Martian Martian.

11:56

19. Red Kate – “American Zone” (Vinyl)
from: American Zone – B-side Single / Too Much Rock / February 24, 2018
[L. Ron Drunkard – bass/lead vocalist, Andrew Whelan – Drums/Vocals, Desmond Poirier – guitar/vocals]

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

Next week on February 28 The Matchsellers join us live in our 90.1 FM Studios. Also, Poet Jen Harris joins us to discuss a performance show is working on with Gilda’s Club and the Owen Cox Dance Ensemble

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

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Show #722

Wednesday MidDay Medley presents Marion Merritt + Red Kate & Too Much Rock

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

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Spinning Records With Marion Merritt
+ Red Kate & Too Much Rock

Marion Merritt of Records With Merritt

Mark welcomes Marion Merritt, of Records With Merritt, who joins us as “Guest Producer” to share sonic discoveries and information from her musically-encyclopedic-brain. Marion will spin tracks from: The O’Jays, The Chocolate Watchband, Wooden Shjips, LaVice & Company, THE DESCENDANTS OF MIKE AND PHOEBE, Death & Vanilla, The Brian Jonestown Massacre & Asia Argento, CSC Funk Band, Orgone, Funkadelic, Bardo Pond, The Sufis, Tess Parks, Sunny War, Joan Armatrading, Jóhann Jóhannsson, and more. Records With Merritt is located at 1614 Westport Road, KCMO. More info at: http://www.recordswithmerritt.com.

At 11:30 members of Red Kate share their new Too Much Rock – Singles Series, 7” vinyl 45 rpm release. Their original song, “Iraqi Girl,” is on side A, with a side B cover of TSOL’s,” American Zone,” the first recording with the band’s newest member, rhythm guitarist Shaun Hamontree. Both tracks were recorded at Weight and Measures Soundlab with engineer Duane Trower and producer L. Ron Drunkard. Red Kate celebrates the release of the new record Friday, February 23 at Davey’s Uptown with Reacharounds from Springfield, MO, Arson Class and Vidco Kult. The band also plays an all ages show Saturday, March 3 at Mills Record Company with Martian Martian Martian. The single is out February 24 at record stores throughout the region and online at black-site.org/red-kate and redkate.bandcamp.com.

Also joining us is Sid Sowder, founder of Too Much Rock, a music blog site he created in 1997 to share his photos, videos & comments of live music shows he attends. The Too Much Rock Singles Series is a collection of 45 rpm singles that marry great songs with great bands all for the love of vinyl. Each old-school two-song single features one unique song paired with one cover chosen by Too Much Rock who press 500 limited edition copies and then simply give them to the band. Schwervon!, Rev Gusto, Josh Berwanger Band, The Uncouth, Hipshot Killer, and Witch Jail have all recorded for the Too Much Rock Single Series. More info at: http://www.toomuchrock.com

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

Show #722