WMM Playlist from: June 20, 2012

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

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

New & Local Releases + The Brannock Device
+ Richard Burgess LIVE!

1. Patti Smith – “April Fool”
from: Banga / Columbia Records a Division of Sony / June 1, 2012
[lead single off the 11th studio album by Poet / Biographer / Musician / Artist / Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee: Patti Smith. Recorded throughout 2011 at New York’s Electric Lady Studios and Hoboken’s Hobo Recorders, Banga was produced by Smith, Tony Shanahan, Jay Dee Daugherty and collaborator Lenny Kaye. with guest musicians: Tom Verlaine of Television and Smith’s own children, Jackson and Jesse Paris.]]

2. Laetitia Sadier – “Find Me The Pulse of The Universe”
from: Silencio / Drag City / July 24, 2012
[Stereolab frontwoman Laetitia Sadier solo follow up to her excellent 2010 record The Trip. Silencio features former Stereolab member/founder Tim Gane, the Zincs’ James Elkington, & The Sea and Cake’s Sam Prekop.]

3. Alejandro Escovedo – “Man of The World”
from: Big Station / Concord Music / June 5, 2012
[San Antonio, Texas native, singer/songwriter Alejandro Escovedo’s third album working with both writing partner Chuck Prophet and producer Tony Visconti.]

4. Father John Misty – “Nancy from Now On”
from: Fear Fun / SubPop / May 1, 2012
[1st album by Seattle-born musician Josh Tillman (born May 3, 1981), under the pseudonym Father John Misty. Joshua Tillman is the former drummer the Seattle-based band Fleet Foxes (2008 to 2012). He departed the Fleet Foxes to focus on his solo album under the moniker Father John Misty.]

5. The Mynabirds – “Body of Work”
from: Generals / Saddle Creek / June 5, 2012
[Laura Burhenn’s political follow up to the 2010 critically acclaimed debut, “What We Lose in the Fire, We Gain in the Flood.” Burhenn was inspired by the 1963 Richard Avedon photo “Generals of the Daughters of the American Revolution”, and the music of Woody Guthrie.]

6. Husky – “History’s Door”
from: Forever So / SubPop / May 18, 2012
[indie folk from Melbourne, Australia. They have opened for bands such as Devendra Banhart, Gotye and Noah And The Whale. In 2011, they became the first Australian band to be signed to Sub Pop Records.]

10:27 – Underwriting

10:28

7. Jason Beers – “Roving Gambler”
from: No Banjo is An Island / Independent / 2012

8. The Brannock Device – “Into The Witness Chamber”
from: Into The Witness Chamber / Independent / July, 2012

10:32 – Interview with Jason Beers, Elaine McMilian, Bernie Dugan

Originally formed in 1994, The Kansas City band The Brannock Device includes: Jason Beers on Bass & Vocals, Bernie Dugan on Drums, Marco Pascolini on Guitar, and Elaine McMilian on Vocals.

The band is getting ready to release their new album, “Into The Witness Chamber,” and will be participating in the Sonic Spectrum Tribute to the Minutemen, Sunday, June 24, at 8:00 PM, at the recordBar, 1020 Westport Road, KCMO, with Troy Meiss, Uft!, Robot Monkey Madman, Jorge Arena Trio, and Chad Rex.

Jason Beers, along with his work as a soloist, playing the saw at the Folly with The New Century Follies, or The Fishtank, or the recent Beatles tribute, or his work with other bands, has kept this band alive for nearly 20 years, having formed the band in 1994 with guitarist Jeremy Schutte and Bernie Dugan.

Jason Beers and Marco Pascolini also play together in the band Dead Voices with Mike Stover, Matt Richey and David Regnier. We’ll be hearing from David Regnier in our second hour when we play Ruddy Swain. Marco Pascolini also plays in the band Mr. Marco’s V7 with Mike Stover, Johnny Hamil, Kent Burnham, and Kyle Dahlquist. Marco Pascolini also played in the band Expassionates with Scott Easterday, Sam Platt and our guest in the second hour, Richard Burgess.

Bernie Dugan also plays in the band The Quivers, and in the band, Cher UK with Mike McCoy & Mark Reynolds. Cher UK and The Quivers will both be putting out a new music soon.

9. The Brannock Device – “The Consequence of Hope”
from: Into The Witness Chamber / Independent / May 15, 2012

All songs by Jason Beers, Bernie Dugan, Marco Pascolini & Elaine McMilian except “King of the Soapbox Derby” written by Jason Beers, Jeremy Schutte, and Bernie Dugan

Recorded by Mike Penner, Art work by Todd Grantham

Jason Beers, and Marco Pascolini will be part of our special benefit show for 90.1 FM Tuesday, July 10, when Wednesday MidDay Medley presents, “A Story in A Song,” LIVE onstage at the recordBar with 7 KC Writers sharing a story, about a song, that changed their life, and then we’ll hear the song…performed LIVE by members of the Dead Voices band, Tiny Horse, and Betse Ellis of The Wilders. Tuesday, July 10 at the recordBar.

10:50

10. Beach House – “Myth”
from: Bloom / SubPop / May 15, 2012
[4th studio album by American dream pop duo formed in 2004 in Baltimore, Maryland, consisting of French-born Victoria Legrand and Baltimore native Alex Scally.]

11. The B’Dinas – “Five-Day Weekend”
rom: Morning Party / Independent / Feb. 25, 2012

[The B’Dinas play The Brick, Friday, June 22, with the Jorge Arana Trio, and The Prolific.]

[The B’Dinas also play our Post Story Dance Party, Tuesday, July 10 at the recordBar, with Molly Picture Club and Red Kate, just after our special presentation of “A Story in A Song” LIVE at the recordBar. A Benefit for 90.1 FM KKFI.]

11:00

12. Quiet Corral – “Lonely Company”
from: Quiet Corral / Independent / December 21, 2010
[6-piece band from Lawrence, Kansas, includes: lead singer Jesse Braswell Roberts, with Jim Barnes, Garrett Childers, Isaac Flynn, Matt Green, and Zach Mehla. The band mixes folk and pop elements with four-part harmonies, and electric guitars mixed with acoustic instruments.]

[Quiet Corral plays Kauffman Stadium, In Kansas City, on Wednesday, July 27, at 1:00pm, before Royals vs. Rays game.]

13. Ruddy Swain – “Treasure of Love”
from: Ruddy Swain [EP] / Independent / November 13, 2011
[Ruddy Swain is David Regnier of Dead Voices and Lauren Krum of The Grisly Hand.] [Written by George Jones & J.p. Richardson. An early Mercury Records release from George Jones, one of the most prolific recording artists of all time with over 70 albums released from the 1950 into the 21st Century.]

[Ruddy Swain plays the recordBar, Monday, June 25 at 10:00pm, with Run Little Rabbit & Tiny Horse!]

14. The Grisly Hand – “Thinking About You”
from: Western Avenue / Independent / February 1, 2012
[EP contains 2 original songs, “Western Ave.” & “Black Coffee,” and 2 covers, Radiohead’s “Thinking About You” & “Still Feelin’ Blue” by Gram Parsons. The band is working on a new full length recording.]

[The Grisly Hand play Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club, 3402 Main, Sat, June 23, at 9:00 PM w/ Dead Voices, & Alley Ghost]

[The Grisly Hand play the Riot Room, Sunday, June 24, with Black Oak Arkansas & Savage 7]

15. Richard Burgess – “Midwestern Wind”
from: Midwestern Wind / Independent / June 2012
[Richard Burgess played live on our show, several years ago, as bass player with the KC band Expassionates.]

11:15 – Interview with Richard Burgess

Richard Burgess played live on our show, several years ago, as bass player with the beloved KC band Expassionates. Richard joined us today to discuss his new solo release, “Midwestern Wind,” and to play LIVE in our 90.1 FM Studios.

Richard Burgess will be in concert, Saturday, June 23 at 7:00 PM in a special CD Release Party at the recordBar, 1020 Westport Road.

Pendergast frontman, and film maker Tony Ladesich wrote that Richard Burgess is, “the best bass player ever, seriously, Rich “tennis racket” Burgess. Rich has, to my calculations, never EVER played a note that didn’t need to be played. He is a master of economy and soul. Always in search of a deeper truth musically and never afraid to lay down the law.”

Richard spent 15 years playing with the band Hadacol.

Richard grew up here in the midwest, graduated from Raytown High, graduated from Rockhurst University, the 12 songs on Richard’s new recording were all written by him, and seem timeless.

16. Richard Burgess – “Deep Down I’m Shallow” (LIVE)
also available on: Midwestern Wind / Independent / June 2012

Expassionates were an interesting combination of many different genre of music, including country. “Midwestern Wind” seems to continue with some of those americana themes.

The album was produced by Sam Platt and features Marco Pascolini, Fred and Greg Wickham, Kasey Rausch, Jason Beers, Mike Stover, and Sam Platt

17. Richard Burgess – “Where is Waylon” (LIVE)
also available on: Midwestern Wind / Independent / June 2012

Richard Burgess will be in concert, Saturday, June 23 at 7:00 PM in a special CD Release Party at the recordBar, 1020 Westport Road.Gavin Mac

11:40 – Underwriting

11:41

18. The Latenight Callers – “Calaveras”
from: Easy Virtues / TLNC / 2012
[TLNC were originally formed in Lawrence by baritone guitarist, Krysztof Nemeth, and vocalist Julie Berndsen, With the addition of Guitarist Ellen O’Hayer, Bassist Gavin Mac, and Nick Combs on keyboards.]

[The Latenight Callers play the Back Room at Nica’s 320 on SW Blvd & Broadway across from LuLu’s, Friday, June 22, starting at 8:00pm with The Blackbird Revue, and Kentucky Knife Fight]

19. Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey – “Cover Up”
from: Race Riot Suite / Kinnara Records – The Royal Family / August 30, 2011 [from Tulsa, Ok, their 20th album, Race Riot Suite, written by Chris Combs for the current quartet of Brian Haas on piano & keyboards, Josh Raymer on drums, Chris Combs on lap steel and Jeff Harshbarger on upright bass. For this recording the band is accompanied by a horn section consisting of Steven Bernstein, Jeff Coffin, Mark Southerland (Snuff Jazz, Malachy Papers), Peter Apfelbaum, and former JFJO member Matt Leland. The album is dedicated to the victims of the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot, the largest race riot in United States history.]

[Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey play the recordBar tomorrow night, June 21 at 10:00 PM.]

20. Krystle Warren & The Faculty – “Every Morning”
from: Love Songs: A Time You May Embrace / Proper -Parlour Door Music / April 9, 2012 UK]
[Kansas City’s very own: Krystle Warren, a Paseo Arts Academy Graduate was signed to a French Record Label and is touring Europe opening for Rufus Wainwright, Nick Cave, Norah Jones, and Joan As Police Woman. Krystle Warren’s new album came from a 13 day recording session in Brooklyn, where she recorded the songs live with 28 musicians including her band, The Faculty, alongside choirs, horn and string sections. Krystle wrote the songs, and produced the double vinyl release. ]

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

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WMM Playlist from April 11, 2012

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, 2012

New & Local Releases + Char Daniels of LIKE ME Lighthouse
+ Nathan Reusch, Jerad Tomasino, Ross Brown, & Coleen Voeks

1. Vacationer – “Trip”
from: Gone / Downtown Records / March 20, 2012
[A side project of Body Language, a Brooklyn synth pop outfit known for their EP, Social Studies. Vacationer plays The Midland, April 17, with The Naked and The Famous, and Now, Now.]

2. Ruddy Swain – “There Goes My Love”
from: Ruddy Swain [EP] / Independent / November 13, 2011
[Ruddy Swain is David Regnier of Dead Voices and Lauren Krum of The Grisly Hand. Ruddy Swain plays The Riot Room Tomorrow, April 12, with Mountain Sprout, and Deen-O & The Eskimo Bros.]

3. Dead Voices – “Dream Notes”
from: Studio Cut / Independent / 2010
[written by Dave Regnier of The Afterparty, who w/ Jason Beers of The Brannock Device, Mike Stover of Mr. Marco’s V7’s and Matt Richey of The Columns make up Dead Voices, who also sometimes include: Lauren Krum and Marco Pascolini. Dead Voices will play Davey’s Uptown Rambler’s Club, this Friday, April 13 w/ The Blessed Broke and The Sawyers.]

10:14

We gave away 2 tickets to Byrd Production’s 13th Annual Laid Back Fund Raiser, this Sat, April 14, 7:00pm at Just Off Broadway Theatre, w/ Boulevard Beer, Moxie Catering, Brody’s Bakery, performances from Last Free Exit, Jay Cady, Rod Sipe & Matt Gurley, Patricia Rusconi, The Flock, Victor Dougherty, Poets: Jason Ryberg, Iris Appelquist & William Peck, Burlesque from: Goldie Goldstein as LuLu Xanadu, Yvette D’Sin, Kinsey Scale, Ruby Sunset & Cher D Blame. More info: byrdproductions.org

4. Appropriate Grammar – “Lady in Love”
from: Lies and Stories [EP] / Independent / Spring 2012
[Appropriate Grammar includes: Nick McKenna – Guitar/Vocals, Alex Dunsford – Lead Guitar, Claire Adams – Bass/Vocals, and Steve Gardels – Drums. Appropriate Grammar play the recordBar TONIGHT with Goldenboy and Martin Bush.]

5. Bobby Womack – “Please Forgive My Heart”
from: The Bravest Man in The Universe / XL Records / Summer, 2012
[First album of new material in over 13 years. Late last month, the 68-year-old Bobby Womack was released from the hospital following a successful recovery from pneumonia. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee has also been battling cancer is scheduled to undergo surgery later this year and looks forward to touring in support of his upcoming album.]

6. Chely Wright – “Like Me”
from: Lifted Off The Ground / Vangaurd – EMI Records / May 4, 2010
[Produced by Rodney Crowell. Chely Wright’s 7th album was released the same day Random House published her groundbreaking autobiography, Like Me. On the strength of her debut album in 1994, the Academy of Country Music named her Top New Female Vocalist in 1995. Her first Top 40 country hit came in 1997 with “Shut Up and Drive.” Two years later, her 4th album yielded her first #1 single, the title track, “Single White Female”. She has had more than 15 singles on the country charts, and has sold over 1,000,000 copies in the United States. In May 2010, Chely Wright became the first major country music performer to publicly come out as gay. She cited among her reasons for “coming out” a concern with bullying and hate crimes toward gays, particularly gay teenagers, and the damage to her life caused by “lying and hiding”.]

10:30 – Interview with Char Daniels

Char Daniels is Director of Operations for LIKEME Lighthouse, 3909 Main Street, Kansas City, MO, a project of the LIKEME Organization, a not-for-profit, 501 – C (3) charity founded by musician Chely Wright. The organization chose to open an LGBT Community Center in KC to provide a safe and welcoming place for the area LGBT community to meet and work together to promote equality. More info at: likemelighthouse.org.

Char Daniels talked about Chely Wright’s song “Like Me” from her album “Lifted Off The Ground.”

Char talked about how she became involved in working with LikeMe Lighthouse.

Chely Wright grew up in the Kansas City area.

The LikeMe Lighthouse is located in the same building at 90.1 FM and provides a safe and welcoming space where LGBT individuals and their families, as well as straight allies, can come for education, resources and to build a cohesive LGBT community in the Midwest. The Lighthouse will provide educational and social events to bring all individuals into the Lighthouse, as well as an outreach program to make the Midwest aware of the needs of the LGBT community. The LIKEME Lighthouse will serve as a voice for the LGBT community in the Midwest.

Hours: Monday – Saturday 11AM to 7PM, Sunday Noon to 6PM

The LiKE ME Lighthouse lobby.

Lighthouse comes fully equipped with resources, staff, counselors and a sense of community and safety. Within the Lighthouse, the Community Center provides resources on such topics as the coming out process, gender identity, bullying and other issues the LGBT community faces.

Char and Mark discussed the Grand Opening Weekend of the LikeMe Lighthouse that included sold out events featuring a documentary premiere and a concert featuring Kristie Stremel, Jennifer Knapp, Tracy Ryerson, Stamie Karakasidis, Hal Sparks, Chely Wright, Alan Cumming, Jeff Parshley, Adam Bouska and Thomas Roberts who all came to Kansas City to support the LIKEME Lighthouse.

Char discussed the facilities of The LikeMe Lighthouse that include a Gallery, Library, a Cyber Center, Meeting rooms, a Welcome Center, with more to come.

Already several groups are now using the LikeMe Lighthouse for their Events details

March 24, 2012 – 10:00AM – Cardio 101
March 25, 2012 -2:00PM – VOLUNTEER TRAINING
March 25, 2012 – 4:00PM – GLSEN of Greater Kansas City Chapter Meeting
March 28, 2012 – 6:30PM – Hear Me Out Toastmasters Meeting

LikeMe offers scholarships for area LGBT graduating seniors, who are heading off to college this fall. Applications are due May 31.

LikeMe Lighthouse is currently training new volunteers.

LIKEME Lighthouse, is located at 3909 Main Street, Kansas City, MO, a project of the LIKEME Organization, a not-for-profit, 501 – C (3) charity founded by musician Chely Wright.

Open Monday – Saturday: 11:00am to 7:00pm, Sunday: 12:00pm to 6:00pm.

Phone:(855) RULIKEME

More info at: likemelighthouse.org.

10:44 – Underwriting

10:45

7. Kasey Rausch – “Grassroots”
from: Born Near The Waters… / Rausch House / 2004
[Kasey Rausch can be seen in the short film: “Two Sisters” Directed by Anthony Ladesich, that is playing today at 4:30pm, at the AMC Main Street 6 downtown, as part of The Kansas City FilmFest. ]

[Kasey Rausch will play a solo set first, and then will pick up the doghouse bass and join Buttermilk Boys at RecordBar, Tuesday, April 17, 7:00pm to 9:00pm. in an All ages show.]

[Kasey Rausch, The Grisly Hand, AJ Finney, Grand Marquis, Expo ’70, and Troglodyte all perform at Earwaxx Records and More, 6410 N Oak, Saturday, April 21, 11:00am to 9:00pm for Earwaxx Records Record Store Day Celebration.]

8. Ghosty – “Let Me In”
from: GHOSTY / More Famouser Records / April 17, 2012
[Ghosty is Andrew Connor, Mike Nolte an Bill Belzer who recorded their new album themselves over the last couple of years with help from David Wetzel, Josh Adams, Jake Blanton, Konnor Ervin, Ryan Connor, Kirsten Paludan, and Dan Talmadge. The new release will be pressed on vinyl and available on LP and digital download. More info at ghostysounds.com.]

[Ghosty celebrates the release of their 3rd full-length album (their 1st to be released on vinyl !!) w/ an instore performance at Vinyl Renaissance, 1415 West 39th Street, this Saturday April 14, at 3:00 PM.]

[Ghosty plays the recordBar, Sat, April 21, in a special album release show with Minden and ACBs]

9. Adam Lee & the Dead Horse Sound Company – “When The Spirit Moves Me”
from: When The Spirits Move Me / Independent / November 16, 2010
[Adam Lee & the Dead Horse Sound Co. play Davey’s Uptown tonight, w/ Mercer & Johnson, and JP Harris & the Tough Choices.]

10. Leon Russell – “Give Peace a Chance”
from: Leon Russell / The Right Stuff / Reissued 1995 (Originally released May 1970)
[Leon Russell plays KC this Friday, April 13, at 8:00 pm, at Knuckleheads, 2715 Rochester KCMO]

11:00 – Interview with Nathan Reusch, Jerad Tomasino & Ross Brown, & Coleen Shaw-Voeks

The 5th annual Record Store Day will take place on Sat, April 21. Record Store Day is an internationally celebrated day observed the 3rd Saturday of April each year. Its purpose is to celebrate the art of music. The day brings together fans, artists, and nearly 1000 independently owned record stores in the United States, along with hundreds of independent record stores across the world.

Joining us to talk about Record Store day are : Nathan Reusch of The Record Machine, Jerad Tomasino & Ross Brown of Golden Sound Records, & Coleen Shaw-Voeks of Vinyl Renaissance. We’ll play new music from: Akkilles, La Guerre, The Empty Spaces, Spirit Is The Spirit, Fullbloods, Millions of Boys, Baseball Project, The Sexy Accident, and Kimbra.

Coleen Shaw-Voeks has been working in record stores for over 15 years. She was formerly the owner of Need More Discs with her husband, musician Erik Voeks. Needmore Discs operated for 6 years in Shawnee, Kansas for 6 years before closing in August of 2009. Coleen is currently the manager at Vinyl Renaissance on West 39th Street in Kansas City. Coleen is also a distance runner and a running coach and prefer to spend my free time running through the woods.

Record Store Day was created for places just like Vinyl Renaissance.

Coleen brought in new music that will be released for Record Store Day.

11:04

11. Kimbra – “Settle Down”
from: Settle Down [EP] / Warner Bros. / Spring 2012
[From New Zealand, Kimbra will be joining Gotye on stage during his Saturday Night Live performance of “Somebody That I Used To Know” on April 14!]

11:08

Ross Brown & Jerad Tomasino are two of the founders (w/ Mat Shoare) of Golden Sound Records. Ross grew up in West rural Olathe. Jerad Tomasino moved around a lot growing up but spent some of his high school years living in Omaha. Jerad and Ross talked about their new Golden Sound Records, 12″ vinyl split release with The Record Machine, It is called “Secret Handshakes” and includes 6 tracks featuring Golden Sound Records artists and 6 tracks featuring The Record Machine artists, all created especially for Record Store Day!

Jerad Tomasino & Ross Brown brought in new music from Ross’s band Fullbloods, for us to feature.

11:10

12. Fullbloods – “Heavily Drugged”
from: Secret Handshakes / Golden Sound Records + The Record Machine (12″ Vinyl Split Release) / Apr. 21, 2012

11:15

Nathan Reusch is co-founder and manager of The Record Machine, an Independent KC based record label, founded in 2003. With Chris Haghirian, Nathan is the co-mastermind, of The Middle of The Map Festival, held last weekend that included over 100 Bands, in 8 Venues, on 10 Stages, in 3 Days.

Nathan, reported that over 6000 people attended The Middle of The Map Festival this year.

Nathan brought in new music to feature.

11:17

13. Spirit is the Spirit – “Pillows”
from: Secret Handshakes / Golden Sound Records + The Record Machine (12” Vinyl Split Release) / Apr. 21, 2012
[Folk-psychedelic-rock from Lawrence, Kansas. Austen Malone, Noah Compo, Wayne Zimmerman, Josh Landau, Brook Partain, Danny Bowersox. “a Lawrence band with a cosmic hippie vibe plus horns (trumpet, trombone), lots of percussion and supernal vocal harmonies”- Tim Finn]

11:23

Coleen Shaw-Voeks is currently the manager at Vinyl Renaissance on West 39th Street. She talked about the bands that will be playing at Vinyl Renaissance on April 21.

Record Store Day at Vinyl Renaissance on West 39th Street
These bands will perform (Starting at 1:00 PM): The Caves, Akkilles, The Empty Spaces, Max Justus, and The Sexy Accident

11:25

14. The Sexy Accident – “What’d We Do”
from: Ninja Ninja Fight Darth Vader / Independent / April 21, 2012
[The Sexy Accident will perform at Vinyl Renaissance on West 39th Street on Record Store Day, Saturday, April 21, in an all-ages, electric show. The Sexy Accident return to WMM on May 2]

11:29

Ross Brown & Jerad Tomasino founders of Golden Sound Records with Mat Shoare shared more music from Golden Sound Records and The Record Machine’s 12″ vinyl split release that includes a track from Mat’s band The Empty Spaces.

11:31

15. The Empty Spaces – “The 1960s Divorce Rate Blues”
from: Secret Handshakes / Golden Sound Records + The Record Machine (12″ Vinyl Split Release) / Apr. 21, 2012

11:35- Underwriting

11:37

Nathan Reusch is co-founder and manager of The Record Machine, an Independent KC based record label, founded in 2003.

11:39

16. Akkilles – “She’s Alright”
from: Secret Handshakes / Golden Sound Records + The Record Machine (12″ Vinyl Split Release) / Apr. 21, 2012

11:41

Coleen Shaw-Voeks Manager at Vinyl Renaissance on West 39th Street, talked about The Baseball Project.

11:43

17. The Baseball Project – “El Hombre”
from: Single Release / Euclid Records / 21, 2012

11:46

Ross Brown & Jerad Tomasino two of the founders (w/ Mat Shoare) played new music from Omaha based, Millions of Boys.
11:48

18. Millions of Boys – “Left For Dead”
from: Secret Handshakes / Golden Sound Records + The Record Machine (12″ Vinyl Split Release) / Apr. 21, 2012

11:51

Nathan Reusch is co-founder and manager of The Record Machine, an Independent KC based record label, founded in 2003.

11:53

19. La Guerre – “23”
from: Secret Handshakes / Golden Sound Records + The Record Machine (12″ Vinyl Split Release) / Apr. 21, 2012

11:56

Record Store Day is April 21. For more info you can visit: recordstoreday.com, therecordmachine.net, goldensoundrecords.com, vinyl-renaissance.com.

Next week on Wed, April 18 – WMM participates in the 90.1 FM Band Auction with 4 amazing Kansas City bands appearing on our show: Molly Picture Club, Dollar Fox, Two Headed Cow, and The Cave Girls. Call in to bid on these great bands.

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

Show #416

WMM Playlist from February 8, 2012

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 8, 2012

“The Midcoast Sound – our 90.1 FM Winter Fund Drive Special”

1. The B’Dinas – “Movin’ Movin’”
from: Morning Party / Independent / Feb. 25, 2012
[Winner of Audience Favorite on the Electric Stage at the HRC Battle of The Bands, this past Sunday January 15. The B’Dinas will perform at a special CD Release concert for their new 6 song EP, on Saturday, February 25 at Czar.]

2. Baby Teardrops – “ME Where”
from: X Is For Love / Golden Sound Records / November 15, 2011
[KC native and former Doris Henson leader, Matthew Dunehoo’s new band, was formed in NYC with Megan Thomas and Gerry White. Golden Sound Records of Kansas City re-released “X is for Love” on November 15th, in digital, CD, and for the first time, vinyl formats. The release also included exclusive remixes of album tracks. Matt Dunehoo and a Kansas City version of Baby Teardrops performed a Vinyl release concert on November 25 at The Brick, with Olivetti Letter opening the show.]

Joining us for the 90.1 FM – Winter Fund Drive Show, were very special co-hosts: Bill Sundahl, Maria Vasquez Boyd, Philip ‘blue owl’ Hooser, and Ginny Tadlock.

Bill Sundahl is the founder of Spice of Life Productions, “The Donkey Show,” and The Crossroads Music Festival. Bill Sundahl a musician and singer and songwriter who was part of the Pitch Music Award winning band It’s Over, that ended in 2009., and now the new KC supergroup: The Starhaven Rounders, in concert at the recordBar February 26.

Maria Vasquz Boyd is a regular contributor to Wednesday MidDay Medley where she has produced and hosted special programs. Maria is also an accomplished artist and poet and is a founding member of the Latino Writers Collective.

Philip ‘blue owl’ Hooser is an Actor, playwright, director, and dramaturgical speaker, A published poet, columnist, and sometimes theatrical reviewer. He has worked as a Teaching Artist for Coterie Theatre, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, and Heart of America Shakespeare Festival. Philip ‘blue owl’ Hooser is also creator of “Eat Their Words,” a series that is presented regularly at The Fishtank Performance Space and Prospero’s Books.

Ginny Tadlock Went to Bishop Miege High School and lives in Edgerton, Kansas. Ginny is a listener of 90.1 FM and has participated in KKFI’s Online Auction, and now she’s helping with our on-air fund drive. Ginny is also a big supportet of the arts and Kansas City’s Theatre scene.

Please take a moment to Call 1-888-931-0901 to donate to support Wednesday MidDay Medley and 90.1 FM That’s 888-931-0901. Again that number is Call 888-931-0901.

10:17

3. Molly Picture Club – “Idears (You Don’t Dance Enough)”
from: Molly Picture Club / Independent / March 3, 2012 [KC based band featuring: Aniko Adany- vocals, synths, keys, omnichord, Matthew Hayden- drums, drum sequencing, and Michael Tipton- vocals, guitar, bass. Mike Tipton recently passed on to us brand new tracks from M.P.C.’s new recordings to be released March 3, at 10:00 PM, at the recordBar. The album was mixed and mastered by Duane Trower at Weights and Measures Soundlab here in KC. M.P.C. recently participated in Sonic Spectrum’s Talking Heads Tribute at the recordBar, and Mike Tipton gave one of the best performances of the night. Mike Tipton was one of our first guests on WMM, in 2004, when he was part of the band Tabla Rasa.]

4. Cowboy Indian Bear – “Mathematician/Colour”
from: Each Other All The Time / The Record Machine / May 11, 2010 [Lawrence, KS band, made up of Beau Bruns, Charles Calhoun, Katlyn Conroy and Martinez Hillard. Currently on tour and playing Chicago tonight at Beat Kitchen. Cowboy Indian Bear will be part of The Middle of The Map Festival.]

5. Fullbloods – “Flowers”
from: The Perpetual Machine / Golden Sound Records / 2011
[Ross Brown, Alex Chapman, Bill Pollock, & Glenn Shipps. Fullbloods will be in concert, Saturday, February 18, at 10:00 PM, at The Brick, 1727 MCGEE, Kansas City, MO with Richard the Lionhearted from Columbia, and Millions of Boys from Omaha, there will also be an acoustic set by Jerad Tomasino. Ross Brown w/Mat Shoare & Jerad Colton Tomasino started Golden Sound Records. Ross Brown and Jerad Colton Tomasino will be our special guests next week on WMM.]

10:36

6. The Hearts of Darkness – “Numeration”
from: Numeration / Bad Way (Split Single) 7″ Vinyl / Shipshape Records / Feb. 18, 2012
[The Hearts of Darkness will play this year’s Midcoast Takeover in Austin for SXSW, they are also slated to appear at this year’s Middle of The Map Festival, and Wakaursa Festival. Bobby Asher tells us that the band expects to release the 2nd full length vinyl later in the Spring. The Hearts of Darkness and The Good Foot have teamed to release a split single 7” that features The Good Foot’s original tune: “Bad Way” and Hearts of Darkness’ first single “Numeration” off the upcoming album. The 7″ vinyl record w/ digital download will be released Sat, Feb 18, at The inaugural Carnivàle du Soul, at the Uptown Theater, 3700 Broadway. Hearts of Darkness and The Good Foot will headline the main stage. More info at: heartsofdarkness.net. This split single will be available at all local record stores.]

7. Everyday/Everynight – “You’ve Died In A Dream (single)”
from: Etc. / Golden Sound Records / May 3, 2011
[Evan Ashby on Guitar, Mat Shoare on Guitar/Keyboard/Vocals, Austin Lyon on Drums, and Jerad Colton Tomasino on Guitar/Keyboard/Vocals. Golden Sound Records is a new local recording company who also release the music of Oriole Post, Fullbloods, The Caves, Millions of Boys, Baby Teardrops, and The Empty Spaces, as well as the solo works of Jerad Colton Tomasino and Mat Shoare. Everyday/Everynight, Oriole Post, Empty Spaces and Run Little Rabbit play The Brick, this Friday Night, February 10, for the first of 4 Midcoast Takeover showcase fundraisers to raise money to send over 20 area band to Austin for the SXSW Music Festival.]

10:55

8. The Cave Girls – “I Wanna See The Band”
from: The Cave Girls / Cave Out Records / February 4, 2012
[Robin Campbell, Sara Teasley, and Stephanie Williams are The Cave Girls. Their debut Release was Produced by Pat Tomek at Largely Studios in Kansas City. ]

9. Victor & Penny – “I’ll Never Say ‘Never Again’ Again”
from: Antique Pop / V & P Productions / December 9, 2011
[Victor & Penny performed LIVE on our Sept. 7 WMM. This Chicago / KC based duo is Jeff Freling of the Chicago Blue Man Group; and Erin McGrane of the cabaret group Alacartoona. Antique Pop which contains 8 vintage songs plus 2 original songs written by Jeff Freling and a song written by Barclay Martin.]

11:00 – Station ID

10. Making Movies – “Worry For Me”
from: In Deo Speramus / Independent / May 9, 2011 [In March of 2012 Making Movies will head to Portland, OR, to record its sophomore record under the guidance of legendary artist and producer Steve Berlin of the Grammy Winning rock group Los Lobos. Making Movies will be playing Czar on Feb. 16.]

11. Soft Reeds – “Brave New World”
from: Soft Reeds Are Bastards / The Record Machine / 2010
[newest project from former Golden Republic frontman Ben Grimes. For more information: therecordmachine.net ]

11:14

12. The Grisly Hand – “Black Coffee”
from: Western Avenue / Independent / February 1, 2012
[The new EP contains 2 original songs, “Western Ave.” & “Black Coffee,” and 2 covers, Radiohead’s “Thinking About You” & “Still Feelin’ Blue” by Gram Parsons. The 2 originals are currently being pressed into a 7″ dual A-Side. Nick Davis reports that the band is already back in the studio working on another EP, and they’ll be releasing a full-length around this time next year, with or without any label support.]

13. David Burchfield – “Levee Walk”
from: The Beginning / Independent / 2011
[Produced, engineered, mixed and master by Mike Crawford at the Impossible Box in Kansas City, with David Burchfield on vocals & guitar; Leslie Hammer on banjo, fiddle and viola; Seth Jenkins on upright bass, Jeff Larison on pedal steel and dobro; Andy Michael on piano and accordian; and Devon Russell on vocals, choir of angels. David Burchfield and the gang will play LIVE on Wednesday MidDay Medley on February 22.]

14. Heather Thornton – “Obvious”
from: Obvious / Saunders Street Records / April 28, 2011
[Heather Thornton moved with her family to KC from Arkansas. She has been singing and performing for over 10 years in KC. She plays keyboards and sings and plays on the First Saturday of every month at Jazz 1823 W 39th Street KCMO with Jeramy Johnston – guitar/bass, Brian Ruskin – guitar, Bree Plaster – drums. Heather’s background vocals can be heard on the Saunders Street Records releases of Jen Lawless and William Sauders. More info at Saunders Street Records and Heatherthornton.com.]

11:33

15. The I’ms – “Keeps Me On My Toes”
from: Second MIXES / Independent / 2011 [from their Facebook Page – Collin Rausch, Kyle Rausch, Konnor Ervin. Konner & Kyle also play with The ACB’s. ]

16. The ACB’s – “Feel Winter”
from: Daytrotter Studio / Independent / Jan. 6, 2012
[Konnor Ervin on lead vocals, Andrew Connor on Guitar, Bryan McGuire on Bass, Kyle Rausch on Drums. David Hudnall of The Pitch wrote, “Nobody in the city is writing sharper or more inventive melodies than Ervin, who has honed his craft the old-fashioned way: working a part-time job, living in a (crappy) apartment and practicing music all the time.” Recenting while the band was out on the road, The ACB’s were invited to play for The Daytrotter Sessions, in the Horseshack studios, in Rockford, Illinois. The band recorded four songs: 2 from The ACB’s late 2010 release, “Stona Rosa,” and 2 brand new songs. On January 6, Daytrotter posted the songs at Daytrotter.com.]

17. Ruddy Swain – “Dark Moon”
from: Ruddy Swain [EP] / Independent / November 13, 2011
[Ruddy Swain is David Regnier of Dead Voices and Lauren Krum of The Grisly Hand.]

18. Howard Iceberg & The Titanics w/Kasey Rausch – “The Wrestler”
from: Welcome Aboard! Vol. 1 / Independent / June 26, 2011
[This 7-CD set, includes over 100 new songs, featuring The Titanics: Gary Paredes on lead guitar, Dan Mesh on rhythm guitar, Scott Easterday on bass, Pat Tomek on drums. With contributions from over 70 local artists, who’ve joined in on Howard’s “never-ending recording project” conducted in Pat Tomek’s home studio.]

11:50

19. The Depth and The Whisper – “Be Together”
from: One Steady Breath / Independent / June 28, 2011
[Produced and recorded by John Velghe at Guttersnipe recording. This song features Albert Bickley and Dave Tanner, the principle musicians and songwriters, with Troy Van Horn on lead guitar, Go Go ray on Drums, John Velghe on keyboards and backing vocals and Elaine McMilian on backing vocals. The Depth & The Whisper play Davey’s Uptown with The Brabbock Device, on Valentine’s Day, Feb 14.]

20. John Velghe & The Prodigal Sons– “Heaven’s Waitress”
from: Don’t Let Me Stay / Lakeshore Records / March 13, 2012
[John Velghe – vox, guitars, keyboards. The Prodigal Sons: Mike Alexander – guitar, mandolin, backing vocals; Chris Wagner – bass, backing vocals; GoGo Ray – drum set; Hermon Mehari – trumpet; Sam Hughes – saxophone; Mike Walker – trombone. With: Kirsten Paludan – vocals; James Mitchell – cello; Whitney Williamson – violin; Catherine Root – violin.]

[John will be concert at the recordBar, this Friday, Feb 10, w/ 7-piece, “The Prodigal Sons.” ]

[John Velghe will be our guest on Mar. 21, to talk about the new record and play a few songs LIVE.

[“Don’t Let Me Stay” will have a special release concert, Mar. 24, at The Record Bar that’ll include an 11 piece ensemble, including string players and a horn section.]

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Sources for Notes: Artist’s websites noted above and wikipedia.org

Show #407

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WMM Playlist from Dec. 14, 2011: The 111 Best Recordings of 2011 (Part 2 of 4)

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011:

The 111 Best Recordings of 2011
(Part 2 of 4)

Part-2, of our 4-week special: The 111 Best Recordings of 2011. Based on the playlists of Wednesday MidDay Medley. In 2011 we’ve featured hundreds of New & Local Releases, we’ve featured dozens of LIVE, in-studio performances from area musicians, and we’ve interviewed over 150 local and national artists. Over 40 recordings on our list are from the KC & Lawrence area. Please Tune in to 90.1 FM every Wednesday in December for our annual 4-week special event. We’re playing nearly 8-hours of music that represent: The 111 of Best Recordings of 2011!

1. (81.) Holy Ghost! – “Wait and See”
from: Holy Ghost! / DFA / April 4, 2011
[The brainchild of childhood friends Alex Frankel and Nick Millhiser, the Brooklyn-based band Holy Ghost! recently transformed from a duo into a 4-piece band that has spent the summer touring with LCD Soundsystem and Chromeo The tour culminated with Hot Chip and Hercules & Love Affair at Central Park Summerstage on August 4th. Holy Ghost uses a lot of vintage synths.]

2. (80.) Wild Beasts – “Albatross”
from: Smother / Domino Records / May 10, 2011
[3rd album and follow up to their Mercury Award nominated “Two Dancers.” One critic wrote the band possesses, “oscillating falsetto and baritone vocals, lyrical wit, and a penchant for seedier topics.”]

3. (79.) The Finsters – “Walkin’ Jay Bird”
from: The Finsters / Independent / 2011
[The Finsters, are an old time Americana band, dedicated to playing the music of Folk Artist-Harold Finster. The band includes: Andrew Connor on guitar and vocals, Liz Connor on fiddle and mandolin, Allan Winkler on accordion and percussion, and Jami Blakeley on banjo and vocals. ]

10:15

4. (78.) Sour Babies – “The Order of The Inseperable in Death”
from: Morning Star / Independent / Mar 30, 2011
[Brent Jamison, Chas Felkins, Mark Harvey, Mary Sanders, Ben Hume and Jason Martinez of The Sour Babies, played live on our July 20 WMM]

5. (77.) The Coathangers – “Go Away”
from: Larceny and Old Lace / Suicide Squeeze Records / June 7, 2011
[3rd album from the all female punk uartet from Atlanta, Georgia, includes: lead vocalist – Julia Kugel, drummer – Stephanie Luke, keyboardist – Candice Jones and bassist – Meredith Franco. ]

6. (76.) Yellow Ostrich – “Hold On”
from: The Mistress / Barsuk Records / August 16, 2011
[Barsuk records has re-released “The Mistress” originally put out on Vinyl by AFTERNOON RECORDS on February 15, 2011. It’s what they are calling “a bedroom project,” from Alex Schaaf, the individual behind the NYC based Yellow Ostrich, who now tour as a three piece band. Yellow Ostrich played the Bourbon Theatre in Lincoln, NE, on Nov. 16 with Ra Ra Riot + Delicate Steve.]

7. (75.) Sleepy Kitty – “Gimme A Chantz”
from: Infinity City / Euclid Records / July 12, 2011
Paige Brubeck on vocals/guitar/keys, and Evan Sult on drums/vocals/tapes. More info at: sleepykittymusic.com]

10:29 – Underwriting

10:30

8. (74.) Fruit Bats – “You’re Too Weird”
from: Tripper / Sub Pop / Aug 2, 2011
[5th album since signing with Sub Pop Records in 2001. Formed in Chicago in 1997 by singer/songwriter Eric D. Johnson who has performed as a side man in the the band Califone and as the leader of I Rowboat.]

9. (73.) Ruddy Swain – “Dark Moon”
from: Ruddy Swain [EP] / Independent / November 13, 2011
[Ruddy Swain is David Regnier of Dead Voices and Lauren Krum of The Grisly Hand.]

10. (72.) Kirsten Paludan – “The Levee”
from: All In / Independent / 2010
[released late 2010. Kirsten Paludan’s worked for over a decade as a solo artist and with the band Olympic Size. As an actress she has appeared on FOX Television’s “Melrose Place.” In the Ang Lee film “Ride With The Devil,” the Spike Lee produced, Confederate States of America, directed by Kevin Wilmoth. Kirsten Paludan joined us LIVE on our January 26 WMM.]

11. (71.) Heather Thornton – “Obvious”
from: Obvious / Saunders Street Records / April 28, 2011
[Heather Thornton moved with her family to KC from Arkansas. She has been singing and performing for over 10 years in KC. She plays keyboards and sings and plays on the First Saturday of every month at Jazz 1823 W 39th Street KCMO with Jeramy Johnston – guitar/bass, Brian Ruskin – guitar, Bree Plaster – drums. Heather’s background vocals can be heard on the Saunders Street Records releases of Jen Lawless and William Sauders. Heather has a new Christmas CD available at heatherthornton.com.]

10:45

12. (70.) Exene Cervenka – “Already in Love”
from: The Excitement of Maybe / Bloodshot / March 8, 2011
[2nd solo release. This song features Dave Alvin (The Blasters, X) on electric guitar. Exene is a singer, artist and poet and cofounder of the legendary punk band X as well as The Knitters and The Original Sinners. Her spoken word performances with Lydia Lunch in the 80’s led to the publication of “Adulterers Anonymous” and another four volumes of poetry followed. Upon relocating to rural Missouri, Cervenka found inspiration in the simplicity of country living and began writing her first solo album in 19 years. The product, Somewhere Gone, recorded and produced in Springfield by Lou Whitney, was released in 2009. It was on of our favorite recordings of that year. In 2009 Exene Cervenka revealed that she had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. She continue writng new songs and recorded her second solo record., but on April 14 her tour was cancelled, due to a flare-up of her MS.]

13. (69.) Wanda Jackson –“Shakin’ All Over”
from: The Party Ain’t Over Yet / Third Man Records / Jan. 21, 2011
[Wanda Lavonne Jackson was born October 20, 1937. She is an American singer, songwriter, pianist and guitarist who had success in the mid-1950s and 60s as one of the first popular female rockabilly singers and a pioneering rock and roll artist. She is known to many as the First Lady of Rockabilly. She has been releasing albums since 1958. This year at age 74, she released her 33rd album, produced by Jack White.]

14. (68.) PJ Harvey – “Written On The Forehead”
from: Let England Shake / Island / Feb. 15 2011
[8th studio album. Produced by Flood. Written between late 2007 and 2008, and recorded over a five-week period. Musically, Harvey dislikes repeating herself. She has experimented with rock, pop, electronica, and folk. She is also known for changing her appearance from album to album by altering her mode of dress or hairstyle. Each look is then incorporated into the album’s artwork, music videos, and live performances. One of the more unexpected British TV highlights of 2010 came when a black-clad PJ Harvey performed the title track, Let England Shake, in front of then prime minister Gordon Brown. As Brown sat soberly, Harvey played an autoharp, relishing the line “England’s dancing days are done.”]

15. (67.) Piney Gir – “Here’s Looking At You”
from: Geronimo! / Damaged Goods / Aug. 23, 2011
[Piney Gir is Angela Penhaligon who was born in Kansas and is now based in London, England. We had the chance to interview her on this show. She was encouraged by her parents to learn the piano from the age of four, she wrote her first song at the age of nine. Having earned a degree in music, she moved to England in 1998 to study at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. She released her debut solo electronica album, Peakahokahoo, in 2004 on UK label Truck Records (and licensed to Greyday Records for release in North America). She toured extensively, including opening for Erasure on a month long European tour. Geronimo! was recorded in early 2011 in Los Angeles.]

11:00

16. (66.) Digitalism – “2 Hearts”
from: I Love You, Dude / V2 Records / June 21, 2011
[2nd studio album by German electro pop duo who met at a record store in Hamburg in 2004, and became friends. Later, the store’s owner asked them to DJ a party, and they then began mixing and recording. They record their music in a World War II bunker they own in Hamburg. They perform live using a Macbook Pro laptop as the heart of the act.]

17. (65.) Pulseprogramming – “First They Fire”
from: Charade Is Gold / Audraglint / May 3, 2011
[born as an experimental, concept in Portland, Oregon in 1998. Pulseprogramming is currently centered around Marc Hellner and new member Chanel Pease, but also includes art directors: John Schacter and Hans Seeger, a filmmaker/video artist: Eric David Johnson, aka DJ Bunny Ears, and a poet: Joel Craig. Their 1999, self-titled debut album was predominantly a work of ambient music, and was released on Chicago’s Aesthetics Records. The group’s current work leans towards the early 1980s and is more song-oriented.]

18. (64.) Canon Blue – “Indian Summer (Des Moines)”
from: Rumspringa / Temporary Residence Limited / August 16, 2011
[Blue Canon is Daniel James, from Nashville. His 2007 debut, Colonies, was a collaboration w/ Grizzly Bear’s Chris Taylor. Rumspringa was made partly in Copenhagen with Danish orchestral pop ensemble Efterklang and partly in Iceland withmembers of Sigur Ros, “Canon Blue (Des Moines)” is the album’s first single.]

11:15

19. (63.) Seun Kuti – “African Soldier”
from: From Africa with Fury: Rise / Knitting Factory Records / June 21, 2011
[Nigerian musician, and the youngest son of legendary afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti. After Fela’s death of AIDS in 1997 Seun, then only 14 years old, became the lead singer of Egypt 80. While in school Seun had to choose between a career in music and one in American Football for which he has an outstanding talent. About three-fourths of the current Egypt 80 line-up consists of musicians that not only played with Fela Kuti, but often were arrested and harassed alongside the founder of the Afrobeat movement. Live sets consist of both new material and originals from Seun’s father. During his lifetime Fela Kuti never performed songs he had recorded, so for many fans this is their first chance to hear many Kuti classics.]

20. (62.) Beirut – “Sante Fe”
from: The Rip Tide / Pompeii Records / August 2, 1011
[Originally the solo musical project of Zach Condon, born in Santa Fe, New Mexico on February 13, 1986. He was brought up in Newport News, Virginia before moving back to New Mexico. Zach played trumpet in a jazz band as a teenager and cites jazz as a major influence. Condon attended Santa Fe High School, but dropped out at the age of 16. In Santa Fe he was exposed to Mariachi music. He also worked at a cinema showing where he was exposed to the international films of Fellini arias and Sicilian funeral brass as well Balkan music. He later enrolled in community college, but only attended for a short period before traveling to Europe at the age of 17 with his older brother, Ryan. Condon’s subsequent exploration of world music proved to be instrumental in the development of Beirut’s melodic sound. The Rip Tide was recorded in Upstate New York, Brooklyn and Condon’s hometowns of Albuquerque and Santa Fe.]

11:27 – Underwriting

11:30

21. (61.) Folkicide – “Friends”
from: Devotional Hymns of the Church of the Darwinian Snuff Film / Independent / 2011]
[After his band the Charge Droplets, ended Burnie Booth created his solo project: Folkicide to “continue the exploration into the decaying frame of Western Civilization.” Burnie Booth grew up in Spring Hill, Kansas. In high school in the latter half of the 1980s, he was in a band called Big Toe, that played the Outhouse in Lawrence. He moved to Seattle in 1991 and played for four years with the Moogs, working days in pest control. He eventually married and moved back to Kansas City with his wife in 1999. Folkicide performed a CD Release concert at the RecordBar on September 9.]

22. (60.) Jason Beers – “A Deer’s Version of Window Shopping”
From: Bangoism…Da / Independent / Late 2010
[Released in late 2010, this didn’t make it onto our playlists until 2011. Jason Beers has collaborated with many of KC’s best musicians. He writes, sings and plays bass with his band, The Brannock Device , made up of Jason, Elaine McMilian, Marco Pascolini, and Bernie Dugan. He is a father of two, who teaches children with special needs. The Brannock Device are currently working on their latesr recording expected in 2012. Banjoism…Da was recorded at Hideaway Studios.]

23. (59.) Elaine McMilian – “Too Far Gone to Cry”
from: The Messenger / Independent / July 22, 2011
[written by Howard Iceberg, features Scott Easterday playing guitar. Elaine McMilian grew up in Independence, and graduated High School in 1973. She went to college as a vocal music major, but left after her first year to get married and start a family. In her mid thirties she went back to college a UMKC where she met Christian Hankel, who introduced her to a whole new generation of musicians in KC. She graduated in 1991 and answered an ad in The Pitch which led to her being involved in the band Swingin’ Six with Erin McGrane and Suzi Seigler. Elaine has performed in and around KC for almost 20 years as a solo artist and in the bands: Swingin’ 6, Easterday, Bonnys’ McGill, Toy Box, Sugar Plums and The Brannock Device. Elaine recently created EME LLC, a musician’s representation company to promote bands and solo artists. Elaine has appeared on WMM several times this year to talk about her work organizing the Howard Iceberg tribute show at Crosstown Station, and the reunion show of Easterday at The Recordbar on August 26. She also joined us prior to the release concert of “The Messenger,” on July 22 at The Record Bar, in a show that included Dollar Fox and one of the last performances of the great band, Expassionates.]

24. (58.) Glen Campbell – “Ghost On The Canvas”
from: Ghost On The Canvas / Surf Dog Records / August 20, 2011
[Intended as his farewell to studio recording due to his diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. The album’s creation was made public in March 2010,but Campbell and his wife delayed informing the public about his illness until shortly before he embarked on the Glen Campbell Goodbye Tour. The duo decided to go public so fans of his would not be confused if the performer flubbed his lines or seemed erratic onstage.]

11:45

25. (57.) Gillian Welch – “The Way It Goes”
from: The Harrow & The Harvest / Acony Records / June 28, 2011
[Born October 2, 1967 in NYC, her biological mother was a freshman in college, and her father was a visiting musician. Alec Wilkinson of The New Yorker stated that “from an address they had been given, it appeared that her mother … may have grown up in the mountains of North Carolina”. Gilian was adopted by Ken and Mitzie Welch, comedy and music entertainers. When Welch was three, her adoptive parents moved to L.A. to write music for The Carol Burnett Show. As a youngster, Welch was introduced to the music of American folk singers Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, and the Carter Family. She performed folk songs with her peers at the Westland Elementary School in Los Angeles. After graduating from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in photography, Welch attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she majored in songwriting. Welch met her music partner David Rawlings at a successful audition for Berklee’s only country band. Upon finishing college in 1992, She recalled, “I looked at my record collection and saw that all the music I loved had been made in Nashville—Bill Monroe, Dylan, The Stanley Brothers, Neil Young,” so she moved there. Rawlings soon followed. “The Harrow & The Harvest” on Acony Records, is her first record in over 7 years. Gillian Welch played Liberty Hall in Lawrence, on Sunday, September 4.]

26. (56.) TV On The Radio – “Will Do”
from: Nine Types of Light / DGC Records / April 12, 2011
[4th album from Brooklyn based band formed in 2011. It is also the final TV on the Radio album to feature bassist Gerard Smith, who died of lung cancer nine days after Nine Types of Light was released. ]

27. (55.) Baby Teardrops – “Lucky 7 (Remix by Brik Mason of NYC)”
from: X Is For Love / Golden Sound Records / November 15, 2011
[KC native and former Doris Henson leader, Matthew Dunehoo’s new band, was formed in NYC with Megan Thomas and Gerry White. Golden Sound Records of Kansas City re-released “X is for Love” on November 15th, in digital, CD, and for the first time, vinyl formats. The release also included exclusive remixes of album tracks. Matt Dunehoo and a Kansas City version of Baby Teardrops performed a Vinyl release concert on November 25 at The Brick, with Olivetti Letter opening the show.]

Sources for notes: artist’s websites, wikipedia.org

Concert Calendar:

Wed. 12-14 – WE! VIDEO DOCUMENTARY SCREENING, 7 – 9:00pm, La Esquina 1000 W 25th St, KCMO. Live music performances by Brad Cox, Paul Rudy, and Mark Southerland, followed by the premier of the video documentary, which captures the Rocket Grant-funded, collaborative, installation-based dance performance that was staged this past spring in an abandoned downtown office space. The evening will conclude with a forum to meet the artists and discuss the project. Directed, produced and created by Jane Gotch and Mark Southerland, the documentary features video by Reid Bangert, Jane Gotch, and Jori Sackin.

Wed. 12-14 – Amy Farrand’s Weirdo Wednesday Supper Club is turning TWO YEARS OLD! 7 – 9:00pm, Davey’s Uptown Rambler’s Club 3402 Main Street, KCMO. Music by Mark Vick! Burlesque by Eartha Delights!
Puppets and juggling by Just! Delicious food! Massage and body work! Tarot readings! Bring your silly trick and compete for fantastic prizes!

Thurs. 12-15 – Sterling Witt/Camilla Camille/Wayne Esrey at The Riot Room

Fri. 12-16 – Hidden Pictures/Fullbloods/Katlyn Conroy at recordBar

Fri. 12-16 – Raul Malo & Band at Knuckleheads

Fri. 12-16 – The Sons of Great Dane/Howard Iceberg early show at recordBar

Fri. 12-16 – The Wilders at Liberty Hall

Sat. 12-17 – AM Taxi/The Architects/Cherokee Rock Rifle/The Runaway Sons at The Riot Room

Sat. 12-17 – B’dinas/Langen Neubacher/Appropriate Grammar at The Brick

Sat. 12-17 – Big Smith/Dumptruck Butterlips/Brothers Green at Beaumont

Sat. 12-17 – Hearts of Darkness at recordBar

Sat. 12-17 – Howard Iceberg & the Titanics at 3 at Jardine’s

Sat. 12-17 – Shay Estes & Mark Lowrey 6:30 & 9:30 at Jardine’s

Mon. 12-19 – Bowinero/Margo May/Atlas at The Riot Room

Mon. 12-19 – Jenny Carr Farewell and Birthday Show/Andrew Ashby/Jared Tomasino/Matt Shoare at recordBar

Tues. 12-20 – Deco Auto/Lollipop Factory/The Clementines at recordBar

Tues. 12-20 – John Velghe and Friends early show at recordBar

(Special Thanks to Chris Haghirian for concert information!)

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11:59:30

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

Show # 399

The 111 Best Recordings of 2011*

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

* The 111 Best Recordings of 2011 are based on the playlists of Wednesday MidDay Medley. In 2011 Wednesday MidDay Medley has featured hundreds of New & Local Releases, we’ve featured dozens of LIVE in-studio performances from area performers, and we’ve interviewed over 150 local and national artists. Over 40 recordings on our list are from the KC & Lawrence area. Tune in Wednesdays in December, on 90.1 FM, for our annual 4-week special event. We’ll play nearly 8-hours of representative tracks from our favorite recordings.

The 111 Best Recordings of 2011

1. Howard Iceberg & The Titanics – Welcome Aboard / Independent / June 26, 2011
[7-CD set, includes over 100 new songs, featuring The Titanics: Gary Paredes on lead guitar, Dan Mesh on rhythm guitar, Scott Easterday on bass, Pat Tomek on drums. With contributions from over 70 local artists, who’ve joined in on Howard’s “never-ending recording project” conducted in Pat Tomek’s home studio. Howard Iceberg, Pat Tomek, Scott Easterday, Elaine McMilian and Danny Alexander joined us LIVE on June 22, just days before the huge tribute to Howard Iceberg and his music at Crosstown Station on June 26.]

2. The Wilders – The Wilders
/ Free Dirt Records / June 21, 2011
[The 10th release from Ike Sheldon- Guitar, Lead Vocals, Betse Ellis- Fiddle, Vocals, Phil Wade- Dobro, Banjo, Mandolin, Vocals, Nate Gawron- Bass, Vocals. On December 6, Ike and the band announced that they would be taking a hiatus in 2012, after 12 years of almost constant touring. We absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE this band and each of the members who are some of the most amazing musicians and as well as being really great human beings. Betse Ellis was with us on WMM on March 2 as our guest producer and host in a show that celebrated Cajun Music.]

3. Hidden Pictures – Synchronized Sleeping / Hidden Pictures / April 1, 2011
[Richard Gintowt and Michelle Sanders first met at the Record bar and performed together in OK Jones before starting Hidden Pictures. This is their debut full length.]

4. Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey – Race Riot Suite / Kinnara – The Royal Family / Aug. 30, 2011
[from Tulsa, Oklahoma, their 20th album, Race Riot Suite, written by Chris Combs for the current quartet of Brian Haas on piano & keyboards, Josh Raymer on drums, Chris Combs on lap steel and Jeff Harshbarger on upright bass. For this recording the band is accompanied by a horn section consisting of Sex Mob’s Steven Bernstein, Jeff Coffin (of Dave Matthews and Bela Fleck fame), Mark Southerland (Snuff Jazz, Malachy Papers), Peter Apfelbaum, and former JFJO member Matt Leland. The album is dedicated to the victims of the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot, the largest race riot in United States history. Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey joined us LIVE in the studio on March 30.]

5. Everyday/Everynight – Etc. / Golden Sound Records / May 3, 2011
[Nominated for a Pitch Music Award for “Best Emerging Act”. Evan Ashby on Guitar, Mat Shoare on Guitar/Keyboard/Vocals, Austin Lyon on Drums, and Jerad Colton Tomasino on Guitar/Keyboard/Vocals of Everyday/Everynight. The band includes three members who sing and write songs. Golden Sound Records is a new local recording company who also released the music of Oriole Post, The Fullbloods, and The Empty Spaces, as well as the solo works of Jerad Colton Tomasina and Mat Shoare.]

6. Atlantic Fadeout – Better Run of Bad Luck / Flyover Records / May 23, 2011
[Debut album of Atlantic Fadeout featuring: the great…Abigail Henderson on lead vocals and guitar; Chris Meck lead guitar, steel guitar, vocals; Dutch Humphrey on bass, vocals; and Amy Farrand on drums. The new band was created from the ashes of The Gaslights, combined with the super powers of Amy Farrand who plays bass in American Catastrophe (amoung several other bands) and Dutch Humphrey who sings lead in Cherokee Rock Rifle.]

7. Mr. Marco’s V-7 – Sparkin’ Your Mama / Independent / 2011
[Drummer Kent “Precious Metalz’ Burnham, bassist Johnny “License Bolt” Hamil, guitarist Marco “Hair Party” Pascolini and console/steel / Theremin / moog man Mike “Creeping Death” Stover. 3 of the 4 members were our guests, February 16, on Wednesday MidDay Medley.]

8. Sara Swenson & The Pearl Snaps – Never Left My Mind [EP] / Indep. / Nov. 19, 11
[The Pearl Snaps are: Ian Davidson, John Flynn, Brandon Graves, Sarah Magill and Roger Strong. Their new EP, “Never Left My Mind,” features five tracks recorded and produced in Kansas City by Mike Crawford and Beau Davidson. Sara Swenson & The Pearl Snaps EP Release was November 19 at The Brick.]

9. Greg Brown – Freak Flag / Yep Roc / May 10, 2011
[Accomplished songwriter, co-founder of the influential indie roots label Red House, and former musical director for Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion radio program. While recording what was to be his next album lighting hit the studio where he was working, and Greg Brown lost the recordings. Greg, used the experience to turn inward and write more songs that comprise his 24th album: Freak Flag, the title track is all that remains of the lost original album. Greg wrote ten new songs, recording them at Memphis, Tennessee’s legendary Ardent Studios. Produced by Bo Ramsey, the album also includes a cover of Brown’s wife Iris Dement’s ”Let the Mystery Be” and Brown’s daughter Pieta’s song ”Remember the Sun.” Greg Brown played LIVE on our November 9 WMM.]

10. The I’ms – Second MIXES / Independent / 2011
[from The I’ms Facebook Page – Collin Rausch, Kyle Rausch. Collin Rausch & his cousin Kasey Rausch performed together at Barry Lee’s Beatles Tribute. Kyle Rausch also plays with The ACB’s.]

11. Cut Copy – Zonoscope / Modular / Feb. 8, 2011
[3rd studio album by electronic band Cut Copy, formed in 2001 in Melbourne, Australia. It was originally a solo-project of Dan Whitford, a DJ and graphic designer. The band now includes: Tim Hoey on guitar and sampler, Ben Browning on bass guitar and Mitchell Scott on drums. Zonoscope has also been nominated for Best Dance/Electronica Album at the 54th Grammy Awards.]

12. Cass McCombs – Wit’s End / Domino / April 26, 2011
[Born in Concord, California in 1977. Famed DJ John Peel called his music “unobtrusively brilliant.” Cass McCombs has received widespread critical acclaim. He has led a nomadic existence for most of his adult life, moving from one city to the next, living in cars, on couches and at campsites. McCombs spent time developing his music bouncing between NYC, San Francisco, the Pacific Northwest, England and Baltimore. McCombs has stated that his tombstone will read “Home At Last.”]

13. The Empty Spaces – Low Noise / Golden Sound Records / 2011
[Debut EP from a KC based band formed from a studio band that recorded Mat Shoare’s solo album: The Empty Spaces in 2010. The three piece began to collaborate more with song arrangements and came up with a kind of “retro-punk rock” that is fronted by an energetic, yelping vocal style. One writer described their sound as “charming fuzzed-out slacker rock.” The band has been touring to support the release. Mat Shoare is also a founding member of Everyday/Everynight and a founding partner in Golden Sound Records.]

14. John Vanderslice – White Wilderness / Dead Oceans / Jan 25, 2011
[9 new songs captured live over 3 days in a collaboration with the Magik*Magik Orchestra, a collective of classically trained musicians in the Bay Area led by artistic director Minna Choi who arranged and conducted White Wilderness with 19 members of the Magik*Magik playing strings and horns, vibraphone, pedal steel and piano, an assortment of reed instruments, and with the voice of Minna Choi singing backup at key moments throughout the album.]

15. tUnE- yArDs – W H O K I L L
/ 4AD Records / April 19, 2011
[2nd studio release by Merrill Garbus’ experimental solo-project tUnE-yArDs. When performing live, Garbus creates drum loops on the spot, and layers these w/ ukulele, voice, & electric bass played by Nate Brenner. tUnE-yArDs played The Jackpot Lounge in Lawrence on November 7.]

16. Deer Tick – Divine Providence / Partisan Records / October 24, 2011
[from Providence, Rhode Island led by guitarist and singer-songwriter John McCauley]

17. Wire – Red Barked Tree / Pink Flag / Jan. 10, 2011
[12th studio album from Wire, formed in London in 1976 by Colin Newman (vocals, guitar), Graham Lewis (bass, vocals), Bruce Gilbert (guitar), and Robert Gotobed (drums). They were originally associated with the punk rock scene. Wire’s debut album, Pink Flag from 1977, is one of my all-time favorite recordings.

18. Low – C’Mon / Sub Pop / April 12, 2011
[9th full-length album from the band formed in Duluth, Minnesota, in 1993. C’mon was recorded in an old church in Duluth, MN and mixed in an apartment in Hollywood, CA.]

19. Pieta Brown – Mercury / Red House / September 27, 2011
[Born in Iowa City, Iowa in 1973, she is the daughter of two preachers’ kids. Her early upbringing in Iowa was in a rural outpost with no furnace or running water. There, Brown was exposed to traditional and rural folk music through her father, singer songwriter Greg Brown. Brown spent her childhood living in 17 different residences between Iowa and Alabama. While living with her mother in Alabama, Brown began writing poetry and composing instrumental songs on piano. She has released four critically acclaimed albums and three EPs in the last decade. She has performed with artists such as Mark Knopfler, John Prine, Amos Lee and Calexico. Collaborator Bo Ramsey produced her 2002 debut record, Pieta Brown and co-produced her 2005 album In the Cool which was named one of the year’s best by Amazon. Pieta and Bo are now married.]

20. Victor & Penny – Antique Pop / V & P Productions / December 9, 2011
[Victor & Penny performed LIVE on our Sept. 7 WMM. This Chicago / KC based duo is Jeff Freling of the Chicago Blue Man Group; and Erin McGrane of the cabaret group Alacartoona. Antique Pop contains 8 vintage songs plus 2 original songs written by Jeff Freling and a song written by Barclay Martin.]

21. Austra – Feel It Break / Domino Records / May 17, 2011
[Co-founder and lead singer, and songwriter Katie Stelmanis, draws upon her classical and operatic upbringing and mixes it up with drummer Maya Postepski and bassist Dorian Wolf to create what Amazon calls, “a stark, danceable masterpiece suitable for both ritual incantations and clubs.”]

22. Tom Waits – Bad As Me / Anti Records / October 21, 2011
[17th studio album and Waits’ first album consisting completely of new material in seven years since Real Gone (2004). Waits’ label, ANTI-, recently agreed on a distribution deal with Warner Music Group allowing them to release the album internationally. This marks Waits’ first release through the Warner organization since Heartattack and Vine (1980). Upon its release, Bad As Me received widespread critical acclaim.]

23. David Kilgour and the Heavy Eights – Left By Soft / Merge / April 26, 2011
[8th album from former leader of legendary New Zealand band, the Clean.]

24. Thee Oh Sees – Carrion Crawler – The Dream / In The Red Records / Nov. 8, 2011
[From San Francisco. It began as an outlet for John Dwyer to release his instrumental, experimental home recordings. Over the course of several albums a full band evolved. We first played The Oh Sees on Sept. 28.]

25. Dengue Fever – Cannibal Courtship / Concord Music / April 19, 2011
[Newest release from 6-piece band formed by brothers: Zac and Ethan Holtzman in 1981 after being inspired by a trip to Cambodia.]

26. The Low Anthem – Smart Flesh / Nonesuch / February 21, 2011
[The follow up to their critically acclaimed “Oh My God, Charlie Darwin” where the three original band members-Jocie Adams, Ben Knox Miller, and Jeff Prystowsky took over a Block Island cabin in the dead of winter. To record Smart Flesh, the group expanded to a quartet with the addition of drummer Mat Davidson and they found a former pasta factory in Central Falls, Rhode Island, a cavernous loft space that became crucial to the shape of the album. Says vocalist Miller, “We knew right away when we stepped into the factory that the space was really the main instrument for the whole record. The resonance was chilling. We were able to experiment with new recording techniques to capture the sound at different distances. Mics 100-200 feet away caught the sound barreling across the room.” Additional tracks were recorded in a garage that had previously been home to a reptile breeder, another unconventional studio space that the quartet dubbed “the gator pit.”]

27. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – It’s A Corporate World / Warner Brothers / June 3, 2011
[A project started by Detroit based Joshua Epstein and Daniel Zott, recording in a basement without the benefit of expensive microphones or big-name producers.]

28. Wilco – The Whole Love / dBpm Records – Epitaph Records / Sept. 23, 2011
[8th album by Chicago based band was formed in 1994 by the remaining members of Uncle Tupelo following Jay Farrar’s departure. Wilco’s lineup has changed frequently, with only singer Jeff Tweedy and bassist John Stirratt remaining from the original incarnation. Since early 2004, the other current members are guitarist Nels Cline, multi-instrumentalists Pat Sansone and Mikael Jorgensen, and drummer Glenn Kotche. Wilco has released 8 studio albums, a live double album, and three collaborations: two with Billy Bragg, and one with The Minus 5. Wilco played The Uptown on December 3, in a show that had been sold out for months.]

29. Lykke Li – Wounded Rhymes / LL Records / March 1, 2011
[The second studio album by Swedish recording artist Lykke Li who spent six months writing and recording the album in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, while visiting the desert, and eventually coming up with songs she calls “hypnotic, psychotic and more primal”. In an interview with Pitchfork Media on November 18, 2010, she said, “I’m from Sweden so I don’t enjoy winter at all; there’s nothing cute about it. I was totally romanticizing the idea of Los Angeles when the Doors, Joni Mitchell, and Neil Young were hanging out there. I was trying to find David Lynch and Leonard Cohen with no luck. It was just more of a retreat. And Los Angeles is such a mysterious place because there’s so much evil in that city, but there’s also so much light. You can be totally alone on a hillside and I love that kind of secluded, deserted rawness.”]

30. Little Dragon – Ritual Union / Peace Frog / July 26, 2011
[From Gothenburg, Sweden. This is the 3rd release from the four-piece band that blends R&B, new wave, electronica and experimental pop with the lead vocals of Yukimi Nagano.]

31. Destroyer – Kaputt / Merge / Jan. 25, 2011
[9th album from the Canadian indie rock band fronted by singer-songwriter Dan Bejar (pronounced /ˈbeɪhɑr/) a singer-songwriter from Vancouver who formed Destroyer in 1995. Bejar is also a member of the supergroup: The New Pornographers. Last year we featured the Merge records reissue of 2001 release Streethawk: A Seduction on our list of the 100 Best recordings of 2010. ]

32. Radiohead – King of Limbs / Ticker Tape / Feb 18, 2011
[8th studio album by English rock band Radiohead, produced by Nigel Godrich. It was self-released on February 18, 2011 as a download in MP3 and WAV formats. The King of Limbs has been nominated for five categories in the 54th Grammy Awards: Best Alternative Music Album, Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package, Best Short Form Music Video (for “Lotus Flower”), Best Rock Performance (for “Lotus Flower”) and Best Rock Song (also for “Lotus Flower”).]

33. Vivian Girls – Share The Joy / Polyvinyl Records / April 12, 2011
[Third album by lo-fi/punk band Vivian Girls, the female trio from Brooklyn.]

34. Mary Fortune – Mary Fortune / Independent / May 6 2011
[Mary Fortune are: Jori Sackin- guitar, vocals, Laura Frank- vocals, singing saw, accordion; Billy Belzer- percussion; Andrew Connor- bass guitar, vocals; Liz Connor- violin. Mary Fortune played Midwestern Musical Company, 1830 Locust, Friday May 6 in a CD release concert with: Ghosty. Jori Sackin was out guest on WMM on September 28 joining us to discuss his film project with Pat Vamos called “Space Thang” that premiered at The Strand Theatre on Troost.]

35. Civil Wars – Barton Hallow / Sensibility Records / July 19, 2011
[First full length from singer-songwriters Joy Williams and John Paul White. The duo met during a Nashville, Tennesee songwriting session.]

36. Barnaby Bright – Gravity / Mishara / June 7 , 2011
[Brooklyn-based indie folk rock duo Barnaby Bright, have garnered high accolades for their lyrically captivating and impeccably balanced songwriting and sound. Finalists in the New York Song Circle Contest for two years in a row, Barnaby Bright was awarded the Grand Prize, winners in November 2010 for their song, “Don’t Look Down.”]

37. Spirit is the Spirit – Mother Mountain / Independent / February 26, 2011
[Folk-psychedelic-rock from Lawrence, Kansas. Austen Malone, Noah Compo, Wayne Zimmerman, Josh Landau, Brook Partain, Danny Bowersox. “a Lawrence band with a cosmic hippie vibe plus horns (trumpet, trombone), lots of percussion and supernal vocal harmonies”- Tim Finn]

38. Cherokee Rock Rifle – …and the plains are burning / Independent / Jan. 2011
[Debut EP from KC based band fronted by Dutch Humphrey. The 5-piece band also features: Douglas Nelson on lead guitar, Scott Reed on rhythm guitarr, Bert Northward on drum, and Evan John on bass. Cherokee Rock Rifle played the Crossroads Music Fest, on Sept 10 KC Uncovered II, and multiple shows through out the Mo/Kan region.]

39. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Unknown Mortal Orchestra / Fat Possum / June 21, 11
[Self-titled debut from Portland based band, initially conceived by New Zealand native, Ruban Neilson, who pieced a band together, with his producer, Jake, on bass, and a teenage drummer named Julien. Their facebook page describes them as, “bring(ing) break-beats together with 60’s/70’s Beatles sounding pop harmonies and a minimal Krautrock rhythm section.”]

40. The Sea and Cake – The Moonlight Butterfly / Thrill Jockey / May 10, 2011
[9th release from Chicago based band formed in the mid 1990s out of the ashes of local bands The Cocktails and Shrimp Boat. Archer Prewitt and Sam Precop have both also release several fine solo recordings.]

41. Times New Viking – Dancer Equired / Merge / April 26, 2011
[5th studio release from the lo-fi indie rock from Columbus, Ohio. With guitarist Jared Phillips, drummer and vocals from Adam Elliott, and Beth Murphy on keyboards and vocals. “Times New Viking,” is a play on the popular typeface Times New Roman.]

42. Joan As Police Woman – The Deep Field / 101 Distribution / Feb. 1, 2011
[Joan Wasser was a professional violinist, who after the death of her boyfriend Jeff Buckley, began to sing and write songs with some of Jeff’s band mates in a project called Black Beetle. Since assuming her current moniker in 2002 she assumed her new identity – a reference to the 70’s cop show, and has toured and collaborated with Rufus Wainwright and Antony and the Johnsons. She has received critical acclaim for her three studio albums REAL LIFE (2006), TO SURVIVE (2008) and a compilation of covers aptly titled COVER (2009).]

43. The Appleseed Cast – Middle States [EP] / GRAVEFACE RECORDS-RED / June 7, 2011
[Based in Lawrence, Kansas, with CHRIS CRISCI on guitar and vocals, TAYLOR HELENBECK on guitars, NATE WHITMAN on bass, NATHAN WILDER on drums. The Appleseed Cast played The Middle of The Map Festival on April 8, at The Riot Room, 4048 Broadway.]

44. King Creosote & John Hopkins – Diamond Mine / Domino / March 28, 2011
[Nominated for the Mercury Prize King Creosote is the stage name for Kenny Anderson, an independent singer-songwriter from Fife, Scotland, who has released over 40 albums. Anderson is also a member of Scottish-Canadian band, The Burns Unit.]

45. London Transit – Fake Figures [EP] / Independent / Jan 1, 2011
[Brian Schick – Vocals / Guitar / Keyboards, Rellemurd Jones – Keyboards / MPC / Vocals, Robert William Jarrett III – Drums / Percussion. Recorded from January 2010 to October 2010. All songs written and recorded by London Transit.]

46. Ha Ha Tonka – Death of A Decade / Bloodshot Records / April 5, 2011
[Originally formed in Springfield, Missouri their music is steeped in Ozark folk. They are currently signed to Bloodshot Records out of Chicago. Recently, Ha Ha Tonka was a guest on The Travel Channel’s flagship show, “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations.” In March 2011, Ha Ha Tonka kicked off a year of touring with shows at the SXSW festival in Austin, TX. In April and May, the band toured the US with stops at Wakarusa in June. The band is named after Ha Ha Tonka state park in southern Missouri.]

47. Margo May – Space/Face / Independent / July 2011
[She grew up in Kansas City and worked as an actor at The Coterie Theatre. She studied Liberal Arts and English at UMKC and made her national network television debut on American Idol in 2010. Margo May, first appeared on our show on March 17, 2010 where she performed live, just a few days before she traveled to Austin, Texas for the SXSW Music Fest. Her debut recording “Summerof” was one of our favorite recordings of 2010 and has received critical acclaim. She was the winner of the 2010 Pitch Music Award for Best Emerging Act. 24-year-old singer-songwriter Margo May is now based in Portland, Oregon. Margo May played LIVE on our June 8 WMM.]

48. Cornershop – Cornershop & The Double-O Groove of / Ample Play / March 14, 2011
[The follow up to their 2009 album Judy Sucks a Lemon for Breakfast. The album had been six years in the making and is a collaboration album a previously unrecorded, New Delhi-born, Lancashire-raised housewife, Punjabi singer, Bubbley Kaur, who sings all the lead vocals. Uncut Magazine wrote, “[It] isn’t just great music, it fuses disparate cultures with such joyous irreverence that, for 40 inspirational minutes, entire notions of national borders and racial divides cease to exist”.]

49. Dirty Projectors & Bjork – Mount Wittenberg Orca / Domino Records / Oct. 24, 2011
[In 2009, Björk and Dirty Projectors, were asked to perform a charity concert of seven songs written just for the occasion. A year later they recorded the songs and released a digital-only format. Now over two years later the recording was released on CD and Vinyl by Domino Records. All proceeds from the digital sales at mountwittenbergorca.com go to the National Geographic Society for the project of creating international marine protected areas. Mount Wittenberg is located at Point Reyes National Seashore in California. The inspiration for the EP came when Amber Coffman of Dirty Projectors saw a pod of whales off the coast while hiking at that spot.]

50. The Republic Tigers – No Land’s Man [EP] / Chop Shop – Atlantic / April 18, 2011
[Formed in Kansas City, Missouri by Kenn Jankowski, a pastor’s son, who moved all over the US, and ended up in the Springfield, Missouri suburb of Republic. In 1999, he moved to KC where he began playing guitar in The People, a band that later changed their name to The Golden Republic. When the Golden Republic split in early 2006, Jankowski reached out to his friend Adam McGill and a new band was born. Jankowski explained on the Chopshop website that “‘The Republic Tiger was my high-school mascot,” “… I don’t like band names very much and I don’t like thinking about them either, so I just took something that I knew was timeless to me, and big enough that we could color it with our music and create its meaning with our songs.” guitarist/pianist Ryan Pinkston, bassist Marc Pepperman, and drummer Justin Tricomi all brought their multi-instrumentalist talents to the band who were the first act to sign with Chop Shop Records (an imprint of Atlantic Records). The song The Infidel was also featured on the Grey’s Anatomy Vol. 4 Soundtrack.]

51. Ford & Lopatin – Channel Pressure / Software / June 7, 2011
[Full length debut from Daniel Lopatin and Joel Ford who began working together early in 2010 on music heavily influenced by 1980s-era production techniques, including the use of digital and analog synthesizers, drum machines, and sequencers.]

52. Motorboater – Sport / The Record Machine / June 21, 2011
[Motorboater is Kansas City’s very own Dan Eaton who performs with one of his primary instruments: a Mac laptop. Mark Schoneveld in his music blog, yvynyl (‘why-vinyl’) describes Dan Eaton as making, “frenetic mellow music. It’s got that slow rumbling bass that you feel in your solar plexus on a big system, but is just chill enough for a late night makeout sesh. Throw in some 80s synth hooks and a warped glitch-art video and you’ll understand where he’s going with this.”]

53. Wild Flag – Wild Flag / Merge / Sept. 21, 2011
[Debut of the four-piece super group, of sorts, based in Portland, Oregon and Washington, D.C. that consists of Carrie Brownstein (formerly of Sleater-Kinney), Mary Timony (formerly of Helium), Rebecca Cole (formerly of The Minders) and Janet Weiss (formerly of Quasi and Sleater-Kinney). The band recently played the RecordBar on Oct. 5.]

54. Lazy – Lazy [EP] / The Record Machine / 2011
[Sarica Douglas, Brock Potucek, Matt Huff, and Zach Van Benthusen originally formed as Lazy K for late 2009 show in Lawrence, KS. The band eventually went on to write their own original material. In the summer of 2010 they recorded their self titled debut with the help of Mike Tuley of Ad Astra Arkestra. Local label The Record Machine signed on to release their debut ep just before the band took off on a summer tour down the west coast. Lazy is currently writing and working on material for the follow up release.The Pitch wrote: “The local art-rock band’s self-titled EP is sopped with Modern Loversbeats, Velvet Underground dissonance and lo-fi discord…” We first played Lazy back on March 23.]

55. Baby Teardrops – X Is For Love / Golden Sound Records / November 15, 2011
[KC native and former Doris Henson leader, Matthew Dunehoo’s new band, was formed in NYC with Megan Thomas and Gerry White. Golden Sound Records, of Kansas City, re-released “X is for Love” on November 15th, in digital, CD, and for the first time, vinyl formats. The release also included exclusive remixes of album tracks. Matt Dunehoo and a Kansas City version of Baby Teardrops performed in concert for a Vinyl release party on November 25 at The Brick, with Olivetti Letter opening the show.]

56. TV On The Radio – Nine Types of Light / DGC Records / April 12, 2011
[4th album from Brooklyn based band formed in 2011. It is also the final TV on the Radio album to feature bassist Gerard Smith, who died of lung cancer nine days after Nine Types of Light was released. ]

57. Gillian Welch – The Harrow & The Harvest / Acony Records / June 28, 2011
[Born October 2, 1967 in NYC, her biological mother was a freshman in college, and her father was a visiting musician. Alec Wilkinson of The New Yorker stated that “from an address they had been given, it appeared that her mother … may have grown up in the mountains of North Carolina”. Gilian was adopted by Ken and Mitzie Welch, comedy and music entertainers. When Welch was three, her adoptive parents moved to L.A. to write music for The Carol Burnett Show. As a youngster, Welch was introduced to the music of American folk singers Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, and the Carter Family. She performed folk songs with her peers at the Westland Elementary School in Los Angeles. After graduating from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in photography, Welch attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she majored in songwriting. Welch met her music partner David Rawlings at a successful audition for Berklee’s only country band. Upon finishing college in 1992, She recalled, “I looked at my record collection and saw that all the music I loved had been made in Nashville—Bill Monroe, Dylan, The Stanley Brothers, Neil Young,” so she moved there. Rawlings soon followed. “The Harrow & The Harvest” on Acony Records, is her first record in over 7 years. Gillian Welch played Liberty Hall in Lawrence on Sunday September 4.]

58. Glen Campbell – Ghost On The Canvas / Surf Dog Records / August 20, 2011
[Intended as his farewell to studio recording due to his diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. The album’s creation was made public in March 2010,but Campbell and his wife delayed informing the public about his illness until shortly before he embarked on the Glen Campbell Goodbye Tour. The duo decided to go public so fans of his would not be confused if the performer flubbed his lines or seemed erratic onstage.]

59. Elaine McMilian – The Messenger / Independent / July 22, 2011
[Elaine McMilian grew up in Independence, and graduated High School in 1973. She went to college as a vocal music major, but left after her first year to get married and start a family. In her mid thirties she went back to college a UMKC where she met Christian Hankel, who introduced her to a whole new generation of musicians in KC. She graduated in 1991 and answered an ad in The Pitch which led to her being involved in the band Swingin’ Six with Erin McGrane and Suzi Seigler. Elaine has performed in and around KC for almost 20 years as a solo artist and in the bands: Swingin’ 6, Easterday, Bonnys’ McGill, Toy Box, Sugar Plums and The Brannock Device. Elaine recently created EME LLC, a musician’s representation company to promote bands and solo artists. Elaine has appeared on WMM several times this year to talk about her work organizing the Howard Iceberg tribute show at Crosstown Station, and the reunion show of Easterday at The Recordbar on August 26. She also joined us prior to the release concert of “The Messenger,” on July 22 at The Record Bar, in a show that included Dollar Fox and one of the last performances of the great band, Expassionates.]

60. Jason Beers – Bangoism…Da / Independent / Late 2010
[Released in late 2010, this didn’t make it onto our playlists until 2011. Jason Beers has collaborated with many of KC’s best musicians. He writes, sings and plays bass with his band, The Brannock Device , made up of Jason, Elaine McMilian, Marco Pascolini, and Bernie Dugan. He is a father of two, who teaches children with special needs. The Brannock Device are currently working on their latesr recording expected in 2012. Banjoism…Da was recorded at Hideaway Studios.]

61. Folkicide – Devotional Hymns of the Church of the Darwinian Snuff Film / Indep. / 11
[After his band the Charge Droplets ended, Burnie Booth created his solo project: Folkicide, to “continue the exploration into the decaying frame of Western Civilization.” Burnie Booth grew up in Spring Hill, Kansas. In high school in the latter half of the 1980s, he was in a band called Big Toe, that played the Outhouse in Lawrence. He moved to Seattle in 1991 and played for four years with the Moogs, working days in pest control. He eventually married and moved back to Kansas City with his wife in 1999. Folkicide performed a CD Release concert at the RecordBar on September 9.]

62. Beirut – The Rip Tide / Pompeii Records / August 2, 1011
[Originally the solo musical project of Zach Condon, born in Santa Fe, New Mexico on February 13, 1986. He was brought up in Newport News, Virginia before moving back to New Mexico. Zach played trumpet in a jazz band as a teenager and cites jazz as a major influence. Condon attended Santa Fe High School, but dropped out at the age of 16. In Santa Fe he was exposed to Mariachi music. He also worked at a cinema showing where he was exposed to the international films of Fellini arias and Sicilian funeral brass as well Balkan music. He later enrolled in community college, but only attended for a short period before traveling to Europe at the age of 17 with his older brother, Ryan. Condon’s subsequent exploration of world music proved to be instrumental in the development of Beirut’s melodic sound. The Rip Tide was recorded in Upstate New York, Brooklyn and Condon’s hometowns of Albuquerque and Santa Fe.]

63. Seun Kuti – From Africa with Fury: Rise / Knitting Factory Records / June 21, 2011
[Nigerian musician, and the youngest son of legendary afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti. After Fela’s death of AIDS in 1997 Seun, then only 14 years old, became the lead singer of Egypt 80. While in school Seun had to choose between a career in music and one in American Football for which he has an outstanding talent. About three-fourths of the current Egypt 80 line-up consists of musicians that not only played with Fela Kuti, but often were arrested and harassed alongside the founder of the Afrobeat movement. Live sets consist of both new material and originals from Seun’s father. During his lifetime Fela Kuti never performed songs he had recorded, so for many fans this is their first chance to hear many Kuti classics.]

64. Canon Blue – Rumspringa / Temporary Residence Limited / August 16, 2011
[Blue Canon is Daniel James, from Nashville. His 2007 debut, Colonies, was a collaboration w/ Grizzly Bear’s Chris Taylor. Rumspringa was made partly in Copenhagen with Danish orchestral pop ensemble Efterklang and partly in Iceland withmembers of Sigur Ros, “Canon Blue (Des Moines)” is the album’s first single.]

65. Pulseprogramming – Charade Is Gold / Audraglint / May 3, 2011
[born as an experimental, concept in Portland, Oregon in 1998. Pulseprogramming is currently centered around Marc Hellner and new member Chanel Pease, but also includes art directors: John Schacter and Hans Seeger, a filmmaker/video artist: Eric David Johnson, aka DJ Bunny Ears, and a poet: Joel Craig. Their 1999, self-titled debut album was predominantly a work of ambient music, and was released on Chicago’s Aesthetics Records. The group’s current work leans towards the early 1980s and is more song-oriented.]

66. Digitalism – I Love You, Dude / V2 Records / June 21, 2011
[2nd studio album by German electro pop duo who met at a record store in Hamburg in 2004, and became friends. Later, the store’s owner asked them to DJ a party, and they then began mixing and recording. They record their music in a World War II bunker they own in Hamburg. They perform live using a Macbook Pro laptop as the heart of the act.]

67. Piney Gir – Geronimo! / Damaged Goods / Aug. 23, 2011
[Piney Gir is Angela Penhaligon who was born in Kansas and is now based in London, England. We had the chance to interview her on WMM. She was encouraged by her parents to learn the piano from the age of four, she wrote her first song at the age of nine. Having earned a degree in music, she moved to England in 1998 to study at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. She released her debut solo electronica album, Peakahokahoo, in 2004 on UK label Truck Records (and licensed to Greyday Records for release in North America). She toured extensively, including opening for Erasure on a month long European tour. Geronimo! was recorded in early 2011 in Los Angeles.]

68. PJ Harvey – Let England Shake / Island / Feb. 15 2011
[8th studio album. Produced by Flood. Written between late 2007 and 2008, and recorded over a five-week period. Musically, Harvey dislikes repeating herself. She has experimented with rock, pop, electronica, and folk. She is also known for changing her appearance from album to album by altering her mode of dress or hairstyle. Each look is then incorporated into the album’s artwork, music videos, and live performances. One of the more unexpected British TV highlights of 2010 came when a black-clad PJ Harvey performed the title track, Let England Shake, in front of then prime minister Gordon Brown. As Brown sat soberly, Harvey played an autoharp, relishing the line “England’s dancing days are done.”]

69. Wanda Jackson – The Party Ain’t Over Yet / Third Man Records / Jan. 21, 2011
[Wanda Lavonne Jackson was born October 20, 1937. She is an American singer, songwriter, pianist and guitarist who had success in the mid-1950s and 60s as one of the first popular female rockabilly singers and a pioneering rock and roll artist. She is known to many as the First Lady of Rockabilly. She has been releasing albums since 1958. This year at age 74, she released her 33rd album, produced by Jack White.]

70. Exene Cervenka – The Excitement of Maybe / Bloodshot / March 8, 2011
[2nd solo release. Exene is a singer, artist and poet and cofounder of the legendary punk band X as well as The Knitters and The Original Sinners. Her spoken word performances with Lydia Lunch in the 80’s led to the publication of “Adulterers Anonymous” and another four volumes of poetry followed. Upon relocating to rural Missouri, Cervenka found inspiration in the simplicity of country living and began writing her first solo album in 19 years. The product, Somewhere Gone, recorded and produced in Springfield by Lou Whitney, was released in 2009. It was on of our favorite recordings of that year. In 2009 Exene Cervenka revealed that she had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. She continue writng new songs and recorded her second solo record, but on April 14 her tour was cancelled, due to a flare-up of her MS.]

71. Heather Thornton – Obvious / Saunders Street Records / April 28, 2011
[Heather Thornton moved with her family to KC from Arkansas. She has been singing and performing for over 10 years in KC. She plays keyboards and sings and plays on the first Saturday of every month at Jazz 1823 W 39th Street KCMO with Jeramy Johnston – guitar/bass, Brian Ruskin – guitar, Bree Plaster – drums. Heather’s background vocals can be heard on the Saunders Street Records releases of Jen Lawless and William Sauders. Heather has a new Christmas CD available at heatherthornton.com.]

72. Kirsten Paludan – All In / Independent / 2010
[Released late 2010. Kirsten Paludan’s worked for over a decade as a solo artist and with the band Olympic Size. As an actress she has appeared on FOX Television’s “Melrose Place.” In the Ang Lee film “Ride With The Devil,” the Spike Lee produced, Confederate States of America, directed by Kevin Wilmoth. Kirsten Paludan joined us LIVE on our January 26 WMM.]

73. Ruddy Swain – Ruddy Swain [EP] / Independent / November 13, 2011
[Ruddy Swain is David Regnier of Dead Voices and Lauren Krum of The Grisly Hand.]

74. Fruit Bats – Tripper / Sub Pop / Aug 2, 2011
[5th album since signing with Sub Pop Records in 2001. Formed in Chicago in 1997 by singer/songwriter Eric D. Johnson who has performed as a side man in the the band Califone and as the leader of I Rowboat.]

75. Sleepy Kitty – Infinity City / Euclid Records / July 12, 2011
[From Chicago and St. Louis. Paige Brubeck on vocals/guitar/keys, and Evan Sult on drums/vocals/tapes. More info at: sleepykittymusic.com]

76. Yellow Ostrich – The Mistress / Barsuk Records / August 16, 2011
[Barsuk records has re-released “The Mistress” originally put out on Vinyl by AFTERNOON RECORDS on February 15, 2011. It’s what they are calling “a bedroom project,” from Alex Schaaf, the individual behind the NYC based Yellow Ostrich, who now tours as a three piece band. Yellow Ostrich played the Bourbon Theatre in Lincoln, NE, on Nov. 16 with Ra Ra Riot + Delicate Steve.]

77. The Coathangers – Larceny and Old Lace / Suicide Squeeze Records / June 7, 2011
[3rd album from the all female punk uartet from Atlanta, Georgia, includes: lead vocalist – Julia Kugel, drummer – Stephanie Luke, keyboardist – Candice Jones and bassist – Meredith Franco. ]

78. Sour Babies – Morning Star / Independent / Mar 30, 2011
[Brent Jamison, Chas Felkins, Mark Harvey, Mary Sanders, Ben Hume and Jason Martinez of The Sour Babies, played live on our July 20 WMM.]

79. The Finsters – The Finsters / Independent / 2011
[The Finsters, are an old time Americana band, dedicated to playing the music of Harold Finster. The band includes: Andrew Connor on guitar and vocals, Liz Connor on fiddle and mandolin, Allan Winkler on accordion and percussion, and Jami Blakeley on banjo and vocals.]

80. Wild Beasts – Smother / Domino Records / May 10, 2011
[3rd album and follow up to their Mercury Award nominated “Two Dancers.” One critic wrote the band possesses, “oscillating falsetto and baritone vocals, lyrical wit, and a penchant for seedier topics.”]

81. Holy Ghost! – Holy Ghost! / DFA / April 4, 2011
[The brainchild of childhood friends Alex Frankel and Nick Millhiser, the Brooklyn-based band Holy Ghost! recently transformed from a duo into a 4-piece band that has spent the summer touring with LCD Soundsystem and Chromeo The tour culminated with Hot Chip and Hercules and Love Affair at Central Park Summerstage on August 4th. Holy Ghost uses a lot of vintage synths.]

82. Molly Picture Club – four on the floor [EP] / Independent / late 2010
[KC Based featuring: Aniko Adany- vocals, synths, keys, omnichord, Matthew Hayden- drums, drum sequencing, & Michael Tipton- vocals, guitar, bass.]

83. Prefuse 73 – The Only She Chapters / Warp Records / April 25, 2011
[Guillermo Scott Herren was born in Miami, Florida and grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. His father is Catalan and his mother is Irish and Cuban. At an early age his parents encouraged him to play piano and other instruments; his mother “forced” Herren to play a wide variety of instruments, even going so far as to teach him the Suzuki Method in order to “keep him out of trouble”. Growing up, Herren’s musical tastes branched out and he became interested in hip-hop, punk rock, and electronic music.]

84. Com Truise – Galactic Melt / Ghostly / July 2011
[Com Truise, is New Jersey based designer and musician named Seth Haley, who said he envisioned this record as a “sort of film score…from the mind,” chronicling the life and death of Com Truise, the world’s first robotic astronaut, from his creation and life on Earth to his subsequent mission to a newly discovered galaxy called “Wave 1.”]

85. Neon Indian – Era Extrana / Mom + Pop / September 13, 2011
[Recorded in Helsinki, Finland during the winter of 2010, Era Extraña translates: “Strange Era.” Neon Indian is an indie electronic band from Denton, Texas with music created by Mexican-born composer by Alan Palomo who was born in Monterrey, Mexico in 1988 and moved to San Antonio, Texas at the age of 5. He relocating to Denton, Texas for college. Neon Indian played The Record Bar on October 11 tour with Com Truise and Purity Ring.]

86. Mountain Man – Live At The Wiltern / Partisan Records / July 5, 2011
[Molly Erin Sarle, Alexandra Sauser-Monnig and Amelia Randall Meath met at Bennington College, in the small town of Bennington, Vermont. This fall the trio toured with Feist.]

87. Cadillac Fambe’ – Eli’s Porch / Independent / July 29, 2011
[KC based band dedicated to pushing the envelope and blending various styles to create a new class of blues. The band was featured at Murder Ballad Ball of 2011, a Benefit for the Midwest Music Foundation, Fri, Dec 9, at The Riot Room, 4048 Broadway, KCMO also appearing: American Catastrophe, Rural Grit All Stars, Tommy Donoho, Bob & Diana Suckiel, Sons of Great Dane, Cody Wyoming, Tony Ladesich, The Delighted, and others.]

88. Raphael Saadiq – Stone Rollin’ / Sony / May 10, 2011
[Born Charles Ray Wiggins in Oakland, California on May 14, 1966, Saadiq has been representing “old school” R&B since his early days as a member of the group Tony! Toni! Toné! He’s produced songs for TLC, Joss Stone, D’Angelo, Mary J. Blige, and John Legend. For his 4th studio album he pushed beyond the “classic soul revival” with more rock-inspiring funk, Chess Records-blues, and the more expansive orchestral sound of post-Detroit Motown and 1970s Philadelphia sound.]

89. Stephin Merritt – Obscurities / Merge Records / August 30, 2011
[In 1999, The Magnetic Fields’ three-CD collection 69 Love Songs established Stephin Merritt as one of this generation’s most talented songwriters. The LA Times called Merritt, “one of indie-rock’s most acclaimed figures.” “The Sun and the Sea and the Sky,” could be considered the 70th love song. Stephin Merritt writes that “this song didn’t go on 69 Love Songs because it wasn’t actually about romantic love. Now it sounds like a Germanic hymn to nature, as directed by Leni Riefenstahl.” This previously unreleased track is part of Stephin Merritt’s latest release, Obscurities, in his return to Merge Records, a collection of Merritt’s hard-to-find recordings dating back to his time on Merge (1994 1999) and prior, as well as 5 previously unreleased tracks. Pitchfork reports The Magnetic Fields will be releasing a new album on Merge in early 2012.]

90. Tom Russell – Mesabi / Shout! Factory Records / September 5, 2011
[Identified with the Texas Country music tradition, his music also includes elements of folk, Tex-Mex, and cowboy music of the American West. Mesabi includes songs about Bob Dylan, James Dean, Elizabeth Taylor, Cliff “Ukulele Ike” Edwards, Jimmy Driscoll and Sterling Hayden. Furious Love (For Liz)” was the last song written for Mesabi. Following the recent death of Elizabeth Taylor, Russell says, “I married a Swiss lady and we have a place in Switzerland in the Alps, and Liz Taylor had a chalet right down the street. Then I found out she lived for a short while in a penthouse in El Paso, with her first husband, Nicky Hilton. That overlooks Juarez, Mexico, and I thought, I’d write a waltz about Liz looking out on Juarez.” Tom Russell played Knuckleheads on October 6, 2011.]

91. Robert Ellis – Photographs / New West / July 5, 2011
[The New York Times writes that Robert Ellis is “Equally inspired by Jackson Browne and George Jones.” Based in Houston, Texas, the 22 year old singer songwriter was first brought our attention by our Artist Joey Grimm, KCAI graduate from 2010, (now doing graduate work in Delaware) who played him on WMM back on August 10. Joey had just seen him live in Texas.]

92. St. Vincent – Strange Mercy / 4AD / September 13 , 2011
[Manhattan based Annie Clark’s 11-song follow up to her critically acclaimed release “Actor” from 2009. Strange Mercy was eecorded in Dallas, TX. St. Vincent played Lawrence, KS on October 7.]

93. Jenny Carr – Maybe Definitely Really For Sure / Independent / Dec, 2010
[A Missouri native, Jenny Carr has fronted the KC band the Waiting List and played bass for indie-rock bands: Anvil Chorus and Lights & Siren. She lists her influences as: The Beatles, The Kinks, Joni Mitchell, Elliott Smith and The Cranberries.]

94. Yuck – Yuck / Fat Possum Records / Feb. 15, 2011
[Indie rock from London, England. Critics have compared their self-titled debut album to Dinosaur Jr and Sonic Youth.]

95. Brian Eno – Drums Between The Bells / Opal – Warp Records / July 5, 2011
[40 years in music as an glam rocker, Ambient pioneer, producer, multimedia artist, technological translator, world beat drum-beater, and self-described non-musician. In the early years of Roxy Music, he set up a sound table off stage and turn knobs to create textures and echos.]

96. They Might Be Giants – Join Us / Idlewild Recordings / July 19, 2011
[15th studio album and the first non-children’s album from the band since “The Else” in 2007. They Might Be Giants playde Beaumont Club October 14.]

97. Jason Vivone – My Roaring Twenties / Independent / 2011
[Jason Vivone is the former Kansas City Blues Society’s International Blues Challenge solo winner. His band the Billy Bats were crowned KINGS OF THE ROOTS at the showdown at the Blue Note in Columbia, Missouri. In an annual event held by the Missouri Lottery and the Roots and BBQ fest, the Billy Bats beat out three other bands with their soulful, energetic live show. In January, Jason Vivone’s new solo CD “MY ROARING TWENTIES” was released to acclaim and terrific on-line sales. In March the new line up of the Billy Bats opened for Fishbone and also performed at the SXSW Festival in Austin. Jason Vivone performed LIVE on our Nov. 2 WMM show.]

98. William Saunders – Tales of Weathered Plains / Saunders Street Records / 2011
[Born in L.A. and raised in KC and Raymore, Missouri, he spent eight years in the U.S. Army and served in the first gulf war. In Riyadh, Saudi Arabia he first started singing and writing. After the military, he started his business career. In the early 90’s he formed a band called “The Decadent.”After 16 years in the corporate world he had written nearly seven hundred songs. In 2010, he left the corporate life to created Saunders Street Records and pursued a career in music and the development of other musical artists. William Saunders played LIVE on our March 23 WMM.]

99. Sterling Witt – Sounds of The Future [EP] / Bright Orange Records / 2011
[Born and raised in the rural countryside of Cass County he went to school in Harrisonville. At 15, he picked up the bass guitar, and taught myself how to play a right-handed instrument upside-down, left handed. Sterling Witt joined us LIVE on April 13 on WMM for the 90.1 FM Band Auction and again on August 31st.]

100. Jen Lawless – Runnin’ Hot / Saunders Street Records / April 8, 2011
[By day, the 5′ 3″ Kansas City Native, Jen Lawless, drives an ambulance for the Fire Department and is responding to emergencies and racing between hospitals. Her occupation is the inspiration for many of the original songs on her Saunders Street Records release. Jen appeared on our May 11th WMM.]

101. Poly Styrene – Generation Indigo / Future Noise Music / April 26, 2011
[On the verge of the release of her third solo release, singer Poly Styrene, former singer with the X-Ray Spex, died at the age of 53, after suffering from cancer. In February, in an interview published in The Sunday Times magazine, she revealed that she had been treated for breast cancer, and that it had spread to her spine and lungs. She died on April 25. She was one of the first female punk icons. She was very influential, with an unorthodox style. Poly Styrene formed her band the X-Ray Spex after watching the Sex Pistols perform on Hastings Pier on her 18th birthday. The band released just one album, “Germ Free Adolescents,” in 1978, before splitting up. The singer went on to record a solo album, Translucence, in 1980, before retreating from the music industry to join the Hare Krishnas. Singer Billy Bragg told a radio station that, “It’s always hard for women in rock music but it was particularly hard in the 70s,” he said. “I think she cut right through that. The work that she did and the things that she produced always stayed true to that original spirit of punk.”]

102. Marketa Irglova – Anar / Anti Records / October 7, 2011
[Solo debut from one-half of the Irish duo The Swell Season and co-star of the motion picture Once. Now at 23, she decided to branch out on her own after relocating to NYC and while The Swell Season were on hiatus.]

103. The Decemberists – The King Is Dead / Capitol / Jan. 14, 2011
[Recorded during the spring of 2010 in the Portland area. The album title has been speculated to pay homage to The Smiths The Queen Is Dead, due to front man, Colin Meloy’s long-touted influence from the band.Meloy has cited that a primary musical influence for much of The King Is Dead is R.E.M., and three songs, feature R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck including “Down By The Water.” The band played The Uptown Theatre Monday, February 7.]

104. Peter, Bjorn & John – Gimme Some / Star time / March 29, 2011
[Our “Best of…” lists always seem to include representatives from Sweden. Gothenburg is a music town that rivals Montreal, Brooklyn, Omaha, and Nashville. Lykke Li also appears on our list . Peter Morén from Dalarna in the North of Sweden and Björn Yttling from Västerbotten – even further to the North – had been playing music together for 8 years when they in 1999 met John – from Norrbotten – which is yet even further to the North! Peter, Bjorn & John are back in our playlists this year with their sixth album.]

105. Telekinesis – 12 Desperate Straight Lines / Merge / Feb. 15, 2011
[Telekinesis is Michael Benjamin Lerner, an indie rocker from Seattle. This is his 2nd album on Merge.]

106. The Middle East – I Want That You Are Always Happy / Spunk Records / April 2011
[debut studio album by Australian folk band The Middle East, released in Australia and New Zealand. Based in Townsville in Queensland, Australia. Formed in 2005, the group played locally and completed several East Coast tours of mainly Christian festivals throughout Australia. They played their last show on July 31, 2011.]

107. The Go Team – Rolling Blackouts / Memphis Industries / 2011
[3rd studio album from Brighton, England-based band that combine indie rock & garage rock w/ a mixture of blaxploitation & Bollywood soundtracks, double dutch chants, old school hip hop and distorted guitars. Their songs mix of live instruments and samples.]

108. Bootsy Collins – Tha Funk Capitol of The World / Mascot / April 26, 2011
[23rd studio album by funk musician Bootsy Collins, features an incredible line up of Bootsy’s friends including Chuck D, Snoop Dogg and Bootsy’s Parliament and P-Funk bandmates, George Clinton & Bernie Worrell.]

109. Veronica Falls – Veronica Falls / Slumberland Records / Sept. 20, 2011
[self-titled debut record from a UK band that daringly recruited a bass player that didn’t know how to play until joining the group. Their first live performance was opening for Pains Of Being Pure At Heart.]

110. Soley – We Sink / Morr Music / October 3, 2011
[From Iceland comes Soley, an introverted singer-songwriter who was recently featured in “Backyard” a documentary about the influential Iceland music scene.]

111. Raleigh Moncrief – Watered Down / Anticon Records / October 25, 2011
[Debut full length recording from Sacremento based, Raleigh Moncrief, who has collaborated with Dirty Projectors for their Bitte Orca recording that is also on our list of 111 Best Recordings of 2011.]

Note: Sources for notes: artist’s websites, wikipedia.org