WMM Playlist from November 1, 2017

Wednesday MidDay Medley
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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Sondra Freeman & Nathan Corsi of Apocalypse Meow 10
+ Andrew Foshee + Rebecca Liberty & Guglielmo Pieragostini

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

2. Jefferson Airplane – “White Rabbit”
from: Surrealistic Pillow / RCA – Victor / February, 1967
[Marty Balin – vocals, guitar, album design, Jack Casady – bass guitar, fuzz bass, rhythm guitar, Spencer Dryden – drums, percussion, Paul Kantner – rhythm guitar, vocals, Jorma Kaukonen – lead guitar, vocals, Grace Slick – vocals, piano, organ, recorder. Jefferson Airplane was an American rock band formed in San Francisco, California in 1965. A pioneer of counterculture-era psychedelic rock, the group was the first band from the San Francisco scene to achieve international mainstream success. They performed at the three most famous American rock festivals of the 1960s—Monterey (1967), Woodstock (1969) and Altamont (1969) —as well as headlining the first Isle of Wight Festival (1968). Their 1967 record Surrealistic Pillow is regarded as one of the key recordings of the “Summer of Love”. Two hits from that album, “Somebody to Love” and “White Rabbit”, are listed in Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Songs of All Time”.]

3. Julia Othmer -“Hungry Days (Make Me Feel)”
from: Hungry Days (Make Me Feel) – Single / Julia Othmer & James Lundie / June 30, 2016
[One several new singles released this year from Julia Othmer, as part of her 10-week new song release, leading up to the January 2018 release of “Sound,” her second full-length album, that took 3 years to complete, and was produced with James Lundie, who also married Julia in January of 2016, during the completion of the record. Julia Othmer, is a graduate of Park Hill High School. She moved to Los Angeles in 2006 to record her 1st full-length album, “Oasis Motel.” Julia has just returned from an East Coast Tour.]

4. Rachel Mallin & The Wild Type – “Teenage Bodies”
from: Teenage Bodies – Single / Independent / September 13, 2017
[Indie synthpop from Kansas City based, 5-piece band that includes: Rachel Mallin on lead vocals & guitar, Justin Walker on bass, Austin Edmisten on drums & back-up vocals, Jesse Bartmess on synthesizers & keyboards. “Teenage Bodies,” the latest single from Rachel Mallin & the Wild Type, shows a band solidifying its identity. Mallin wrote, recorded and produced her first album, The Persistence of Vision, in 2014 — a solo effort that spoke to her synthpop sensibilities and landed her on Kansas City radio. That same year, she left the University of Missouri to pursue a music career, and enlisted bassist Justin Walker and drummer Austin Edmisten to form The Wild Type. By mid-2016, the act — with keyboardist Jesse Bartmess and former guitarist Matt Kosinski — released its debut EP, Degenerate Matters, recorded, produced, and mastered by Joel Nanos at Element Recording Studios. Musical Arrangements written and performed by Rachel Mallin, Justin Walker, Austin Edmisten, Jesse Bartmess, and Matt Kosinski. Lyrics written by Rachel Mallin. That same year, The Wild Type earned support slots for acts from Cold War Kids to Metric and The Struts, and widespread recognition in its hometown at festivals such as Middle of the Map and Boulevardia.]

[Rachel Mallin & The Wild Type play Sound Machine KC w/ Yes You Are, and Y god Y, Friday, November 24, at 10:00 PM, at recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd, KCMO.]

5. Calvin Arsenia – “Ashes”
from: Live at Greenwood Social Hall / Calvin Arsenia / Unreleased, 2017
[From Calvin’s June 11, 2017 live performance at Greenwood Social Hall, 1760 Bellevue. Since 2014 we have been celebrating the music of Calvin Arsenia who came home to KC after living in Edinburgh, Scotland, and has released his EPs, Moments, Prose, and his full length debut, Catastrophe. He has played Folk Alliance International, KC Fringe Fest, Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Kauffman Center For The Performing Arts, Middle of the Map Fest., The Folly Theatre. Calvin just finished his 3 month Outlyre Tour playing Portland, San Francisco, Vancouver, NYC, Boston, Edinburgh, Sweden, Denmark, Holland, Switzerland, and Paris.]

[Calvin Arsenia plays Apocalypse Meow 10, Sat, Nov 4, at recordBar, at 6:00 PM with Brandon Philips and The Condition, IVØRY BLACK, Nathan Corsi, Chris Meck and The Guilty Birds, Sandoval (reunion), and Split Lip Rayfield, 2 stages, and a silent auction & raffles. Apocalypse Meow is a three-day-event starts Fri, Nov 3, at 7:00 PM, at Mills Record Company, with The Country Duo, Bohemian Cult Revival, and Headlight Rivals. The weekend closes on Sunday, Nov 5, 2017, at recordBar, with the Meow Hangover Brunch at noon, and at 4:00 PM Expassionates play live on stage. For more information you can visit: http://www.midwestmusicfoundation.org/apocalypsemeow%5D

10:16 – Underwriting

6. Molly Hammer – “TV is the Thing This Year”
from: Out Of This World / Molly Hammer / September 13, 2017
[ For “Out Of This World,” Molly is backed by a terrific ensemble: arranger/producer Joe Cartwright on piano, Todd Strait on drums, Steve Rigazzi on bass, Brad Gregory on saxophone, and Jessalyn Kincaid and Molly Denninghoff on backing vocals.Molly Hammer has been performing in the Kansas City area since 2005. With an eclectic vocal background, she has found her home in the world of jazz and blues, drawing inspiration from the likes of Peggy Lee, Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughn, and others. She has had the privilege of performing with some of the finest jazz musicians in the Kansas City area. She performs regularly at The Green Lady Lounge. Molly is a graduate of the Artist INC program and has also had the honor of singing the National Anthem for both The Royals and The Chiefs.Molly Hammer studied Theatre at Chadron State College in Chadron, Nebraska. She is originally from Excelsior Springs, Missouri. She is married to Jeremy Kruse.]

[Molly Hammer Quartet plays The Chesterfield, 1400 Main St on Fri, Nov 3, at 9:00pm – Midnight.]

7. Joesph Warren and the Wanderlust Revival – “Love The Wander”
from: The Greenwood Demos / Joseph Warren / November 4, 2017
[Based out of Kansas City, Missouri, Joseph Warren & the Wanderlust Revival is a unique caravan of midwestern roamers. Joseph Warren Wheeler on vocals, tenor guitar, guitar, & banjo; Bill Wald on bass, Jake Gronbeck on drums & percussion, Eva Louise Hall on vocals. More info at: http://www.thewanderlustrevival.com]

[Joseph Warren and the Wanderlust Revival play a Demo Release Show, Saturday, November 4 at 8:00 PM at Californos 4124 Pennsylvania Ave, KCMO with Nuthatch-47, and Instant Karma.]

8. Expassionates – “Big Blue Town”
from: Landscapes / Independent / November 22, 2008
[Scott Easterday on guitar, vocals, Marco Pascolini on guitar, Richard Burgess on bass, and Sam Platt on drums. Expassionates began as a recording project in 1998. Scott Easterday had a collection of songs to record. He hired Chad Meise as recording engineer and they set up shop in the historic El Torreon Ballroom for its unique acoustics. The large ballroom is the only surviving jazz hall of its kind from Kansas City’s jazz era. El Torreon was a concert venue, the Cowtown Ballroom, and then a skating rink. After being a recording site for Expassioantes and other bands it became an antiques market and ultimately a church. Chad Meise set up recording equipment and a control room in the historic ballroom. Easterday sang and played guitar and keyboards and hired Kansas City musicians from diverse backgrounds in rock, country and jazz. Bryan Hicks, bass; Ryan Bennett, drums; Marco Pascolini, guitar; Richard Alwyn, harmonica; Mark Southerland, saxophone; Nate Hofer, pedal steel and Jazzbo (Bill Hargrave), trumpet. The resulting album, “Verse, Chorus, Bridge,” was released in December 1998. There was a live release show December 26th at Harlings Upstairs in Kansas City. For the next several years Scott Easterday played solo shows and duo shows with Marco Pascolini, who had played guitar on Verse, Chorus, Bridge, until they decided to find a permanent rhythm section to complete a four-piece band. Bass player Richard Burgess joined Easterday and Pascolini, followed shortly by Sam Platt on drums, who is also a recording engineer. Their first gig as a four-piece was Halloween 2006. The group played hundreds of show dates in and around Kansas City plus Austin, TX for Midcoast Takeover. In addition to the live shows the band teamed up again with recording engineer Chad Meise and drummer/engineer Sam Platt for a new CD album called Landscapes, released in 2008. Rather than growing stale, the four-piece live version of Expassionates decided to call it mostly quits in September 2011, although they continue to play selected shows since then. In 2015 Scott Easterday set about to reintroduce the first album “Verse, Chorus, Bridge” after 17 years. Scott brought together a new band of Kansas City musicians from rock, country and jazz styles to rival the one that recorded the record. Bryan Hicks, bass, and Nate Hofer, pedal steel, return from the original group but this time they are joined by Matt Richey, drums, Troy van Horn, guitar, and Patrick Alonzo Conway on sax and percussion.]

[Expassionates play Apocalypse Meow 10 weekend at recordBar, Sunday, Nov. 5 at 4:00 PM after the Meow Hangover Brunch at noon. Apocalypse Meow is a three-day-event that starts Fri, Nov 3, at 7:00 PM, at Mills Record Company, with The Country Duo, Bohemian Cult Revival, and Headlight Rivals. Apocalypse Meow 10, continues Sat, Nov 4, at recordBar, at 6:00 PM with Brandon Philips and The Condition, Calvin arsenia, IVØRY BLACK, Nathan Corsi, Chris Meck and The Guilty Birds, Sandoval (reunion), and Split Lip Rayfield, 2 stages, and a silent auction & raffles. For more information you can visit: http://www.midwestmusicfoundation.org/apocalypsemeow%5D

9. Dead Voices – “Trust A Fool”
from: Dead Voices / Independent / April 20, 2013
[Kansas City based super group, formed in September of 2010, by David Regnier, Jason Beers, Matt Richey, Michael Stover, Marco Pascolini.]

[Dead Voices recently played The Ship, with The Ants on September 23]

10:33 – Interview with Rebecca Liberty & Guglielmo Pieragostini

Guglielmo Pieragostini and Rebecca Liberty on the November 1, 2017 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM.

Rebecca Liberty & Guglielmo Pieragostini joined us to share a story of Kansas City’s music community. This past summer, Rebecca, a longtime friend of Guglielmo’s family from Fermo, Italy, proposed a music project for Guglielmo to come to Kansas City and experience our music community as an observer, and participant in live performances. In six weeks Guglielmo was able to see and hear over 55 bands, in 25 venues, with invitations to play in live performances with David Regnier, Dead Voices, The Ants, and to jam with Kaye Johnston, Mark Lowrey and Zach Morrow. In just a few days Guglielmo will be flying back home to Fermo, Italy, but before he we want to hear about his experience in Kansas City.

Rebecca Liberty has been a family friend of Guglielmo Pieragostini for over 30 years and has visited Italy quite often.

This summer she proposed a music project for Guglielmo to come and experience Kansas City music and, hopefully, infuse him into the community that supports the variety of music and venue and the abundance of performance opportunities. While he has a band, the chance to play in public is scarce and collaboration hard to come by.

While he would not be able to earn any money during this project, the wealth of information and experience gained as well as exposure to a thriving community that works to support each other would far outweigh a lack of monetary payment.

Guglielmo Pieragostini wrote to us about his life:

I grew up in the small town of Fermo, Italy, near the coast of the Adriatic Sea.

I’ve been lucky enough to grow up in a family with a great passion for music, so I’ve been exposed to different types of music since I was born from classical to reggae to rock & folk.

I asked my parents if i could get an electric guitar, and i finally got it after a year at the age of 12. I created my first rock band,The Troubles, a year and a half later. I’ve continuously been in a band since then, composing mostly rock music and writing lyrics.

My current band is called Mojave. It’s a Stoner/Doom band that I formed two years ago with my friends Guido Andrenacci on vocals, guitar, & bass; and Lorenzo Mandolesi on drums. Our setlist is divided in two different tunings: Standard (E) and C. When we’re playing in Standard tuning I sing and play guitar and Guido Andrenacci plays the bass, while when we’re playing in C tuning i play the bass and he plays guitar and sings.

We’ve just finished recording a three songs demo before I left Italy to come to KC, and it will soon be available on our social media.

As Fermo is a very small town and has a poor music scene I haven’t been able to perform live a lot of times, also because of the nature of the music i play.

Rebecca Liberty has been a friend of my family over thirty years, and she’s been visiting us off and on over all this time.

Five years ago she visited and we had the chance to speak about music, my band and how hard it was for me to be a musician in my hometown. In that occasion she told me that Kansas City as a great music scene and that the music community is very supportive of each other.

This summer she returned to visit again and she invited me to come experience KC’s music community in real life. She proposed this to me as a music project.

She posted (without my permission) a video of me just jamming on my guitar on her Facebook, and within one or two hours the response was amazing. I rwas really surprised about it, because I didn’t expect it to be so strong and in such little time.

With a second post, she requested a loaner of an electric guitar, because i really didn’t trust to bring mine on the plane. Once again, in just half a day I not only had an electric guitar, but it was almost like the one I play. This made me feel more comfortable, and confirmed that this experience could really work.

Rebecca Liberty Responds

His English writing skills are so great because of MUSIC!!!!

Ha ha ha (without my permission) he writes because he is very shy! Something he has overcome a bit here in KC!!

Marco Pascolini loaned him the electric guitar Fender Jazzmaster

Kaye Johnston loaned him an acoustic whilst he was here.

Chad Bryan from The Ants loaned him electric guitar for rehearsal for the two shows he did with The Ants at Californo’s and Holy Cow.

Rebecca Liberty writes to us about herself:

Who am I? A lover of music and arts and supporter of the community. I am not a musician but do love to sing in the shower!

Thanks to our dear Anne Winter introducing me to many musicians here in town, my connection to the music community was enhanced. Anne also made a point to connect me to Howard Iceberg, leading to an amazing opportunity to sing a few times in public due to his kindness and encouragement. I was also fortunate enough to be recorded on one song, “It’s Not Over Yet”, from Smooth Sailing by Howard Iceberg & the Titanics.

I met with Abigail Henderson and organized a well-woman clinic for female musicians.

Overall, I invest in local music as often as possible rather than national concert tours. I invest time in supporting local musicians in as many ways as possible. Music has saved me on so many occasions. It has given me joy and celebration and solace in times of despair.

I am just trying to give back and this music project with Guglielmo was devised to expose him to the possibilities of life as a working musician as well as the realities of working a “day job” to support the passion of music.

Guglielmo Pieragostini arrived in KC in mid-September and leaves after 6 weeks of infusion into KC’s music community at over 15 venues, hearing over 55 bands and playing in live performances with 2 different bands, in 4 shows, and jamming with local musicians.

This music project provided him with a wealth of information and experiences as well as exposure to a thriving community that works to support each other often across genres.

Guglielmo Pieragostini’s performance diary:


– Westport Saloon with Country Duo + Met Marco Pascolini and Kasey Rausch

– The Ship with Soul Preservers: The Dropout Boogie

-Fall encampment hearing Native American drumming

-The Brick with Rural Grit +Met David Regnier who invited me to play a couple of songs with his band, The Dead Voices at the Ship on Saturday, the 23rd

-Waldo Bar with Country Duo

-It’s A Beautiful Day shop + Got Marco’s guitar from Kasey Rausch

-The Majestic with Mark Lowrey trio + Met Mark Lowrey

-The Ship with Snuff Jazzy time w? Mark Southerland on Sax, Micah Herman on bass, Arny Young on drums

-The Plaza Art Fair

-Ink! Live Stage with Smokey James and the Avalanche

-90.1 KKFI Community Stage with The Matchsellers and Ernest James Zydeco Duo

-The Riot Room with The Bon Ton Soul Accordion Band

-The Plaza Art Fair

-Ink! Live Stage with Barclay Martin Ensemble

-90.1 KKFI Community Stage with EEMS

-The Ship with The Ants with Dead Voices +Played with Dead Voices: David Regnier, Jason Beers, Matt Richey, Marco Pascolini, Mike Stover; +Met Chad Bryan from The Ants who invited me to sit in with his band

+Went to Kate Johnston’s house, jammed with her, borrowed her acoustic guitar

-The Brick – Rural Grit +Met Brian Frame and Andrew Luker from The Blessed Broke

-Davey’s Uptown Rambler’s Club with The Irieplaceables + Djama

-The Riot Room with Castle

-The Blue Room with KC Latin Jazz All-Stars +Met Pablo Sanhueza

-The Ship with Pope of Dope

-Knuckleheads Saloon with Country Duo, Broken Arrows, Hadacol

-The Brick with Mike Dillon Band

-Green Lady Lounge with Boogaloo 7 + Met Matt Hopper, Pat Conway and Nick Howell

-Recordbar Outer Reaches Festival Sego, The Hearers , Dead Rider, El Ten Eleven + Met Amy Farrand; +Met Chad Bryan, agreed for band practice with The Ants on the 1st of October

-Green Lady Lounge with Matt Villinger Organ Trio


-Chad Bryan’s house The Ants band practice +Met the Ants:, Chad Bryan, Sean McEniry, David Randall. Brad Nicols

-Recordbar with The People’s Liberation Band

-Pablo Sanhueza’s house with KC Latin All Star Jazz Band Practice +Met KC Latin All Star Jazz Band: Pablo Sanhueza, Evan Hoffman , Antonio Reyes, Trevor Smith, Michael Harris II, Trevor Turla, Teddy Krulewich

-The Riot Room with Tokimonsta

-Chad Bryan’s house with The Ants band practice

-Crossroads – First Friday

-The Ship, Soul Preservers:First Friday ft. Elliot Oliver

-The Davidson’s Backyard Bash, Johnny Green and My Six Gun Hearts

-Californos, GAV7D with The Ants +Played with The Ants +Met Johnny Hamil and Chris Fugitt

-Holy Cow with The Ants part 1 with Special Guest Mike Stover +Played with The Ants and Mike Stover

-The Ship with Honky Tonk Tuesday with The Naughty Pines

-Mini Bar \\Prog Night, The Great Vehicle , Cortegè

-The Ship, The Creighton Organization

+Jam with Marco Pascolini

-recordBar with The Philistines, The Brannock Device

-Green Lady Lounge – Boogaloo 7 +Hang out with Amy Farrand, met Troy Van Leeuwen from Queens of the Stone Age!

-Mid Town KCMO \\Porchfest 2017, KC Latin All Star Jazz Band, Lauren Krum and Fritz Hutchinson

-Recordbar with The Grisly Hand, +Hang out with the band at their place after the show;, +Met Lauren Krum

-MO Brew \\Soulful Sundays with Dj Jocmax, Ataxic

-The Riot Room, \\Jonwayne “Rap Album Two”, with Scotty WuWu Wooton, Emv , Danny Watts, Jonwayne

-The Ship , The Blessed Broke

-The Riot Room, Elder

-The Ship, The Young Lions

-Recordbar, Smokey James and The Avalanche, Tree Machines

-The Ship, Mr Marco’s V7 (original lineup) with Hadacol

-1412 W 12th Street, Apple Cider Jam Brunch Hosted by Camry Ivory and Justin Skinner +Met Kris Bruders and Havilah Bruders

-The Phoenix, Jazz Jam Session, +Played with Mark Lowrey and Zach Morrow

+Jam with David Regnier

-The Ship, Pope of Dope

-The Brick, with Hex Robot: Halloween in Space,Dead Voices Trio & Dually Jukes +Played with Dead Voices


Guglielmo Pieragostini playing live on the November 1, 2017 edition of Wednesday Midday Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM.

10. Guglielmo Pieragostini – “No One Knows” (Live)
A cover of a song from Screaming Trees, played with an acoustic guitar from Kaye Johnston.

Guglielmo Pieragostini’s Reflections on Kansas City:

It’s not easy for me to express in words all the feelings I went through during this music project. I really had no idea what I was going to experience.

The Kansas City music scene is way different than Italy’s especially Fermo’s. Mostly that’s because Fermo is a very small town compared to Kansas City. The main difference is that back in my hometown, we only have music shows on the weekend, and it’s mostly dj sets. It’s quite rare to stumble in a good live show. Sometimes to hear an interesting band we have to go in different towns.

In the first three or four weeks of my staying here, when I was walking around (or being driven around), I still kind of couldn’t believe that I really was here, being able to experience all this live music in this great city. It really felt like a dream to me.

Here in KC I had so many choices for many different shows every night. It was almost unsettling because I was so undecided about where to go. The quality of the music is incredibly high. Maybe I was just lucky, but in the month and a half that I spent here, I never heard bad music.

The most amazing thing is the kindness of KC’S music scene. All these people helped me without asking anything in exchange, and that’s the most precious and invaluable thing about it. I don’t know how else to express this.

First of all, Marco Pascolini is one of the most talented and creative guitarists I had the honor to hear and play with. He really took care of me, loaned me all the gear I needed to play and he was just so happy to do so. He really is one of a kind. He’s the man!! I think I would let someone borrow my guitar but six weeks would be a lot of time and I would need to know the person who has my guitar. Marco showed me a lot of trust to get things started but he wasn’t the only one.

He also co-founded Mr. Marco’s V7, which happens to be one of my favorite KC bands. I got the chance to jam with part of the band! That really was different to be playing with Johnny Hamil on his upright bass along with Chris Fugitt on the drums and, of course, Marco on one of his many guitars! It was so fun to share the passion for music that we all have and it was an honor for me to play with such way more experienced people.

I went to the Brick for Rural Grit and I had never seen anything like that in my life. These people created a tradition to gather to play American Roots music and at the same time there is also space for experimental music with unusual instruments and styles of playing instruments. Kim Stanton and Mark Smeltzer obviously are relentless in the effort to keep it alive and going.

My first Monday in Kansas City and at Rural Grit, I met David Regnier and he almost immediately invited me to play with his band, Dead Voices, at the Ship five days later. It was a unique and very unexpected experience. This never happened to me in Italy and it happened so quickly I was shocked but quite happy.

At The Ship, I played two songs with no rehearsal at all so I was nervous but Marco and David made me feel more comfortable and at ease. They both were willing to take a big risk on me, a stranger… a guitar player from Italy that they barely knew. Being at The Ship for my first time playing in a show was a good start because Dead Voices had a great crowd and the vibe of The Ship is unique.

That same night, The Ants played and I loved them because they were just great. I loved their music. I met Chad Bryan, guitarist & singer of The Ants, who invited me to sit in with his band for an upcoming gig. The guys in the band, Chad, Sean, Brad, & David, really made me feel like a part of a family, practicing with them twice and playing 2 live shows!

Their music blending with lyrics is just so witty and clever and fun to hear and quite enjoyable. Playing with them was awesome because they taught me the basic foundation of their songs but they also told me to bring what I have to add to the songs. They let me loose and that made me feel free to play lead but I also did not take too much space.

I met Mark Lowrey at the Majestic the second week I was here, and I heard him playing with his outstanding jazz trio. He’s such a talented musician! He invited me to his jazz jam session that take place every Tuesday evening at the Phoenix, and finally last week I was able to go. I was very nervous about it because I never played jazz in public before, but Zach Morrow and Mark made me feel welcomed. We played a couple of funky jazz tunes including Chameleon Man by Herbie Hancock.

I was also lucky enough to meet Amy Farrand whom I had heard of and watched some of her videos back home in Italy. She made great music that was powerful and not only could she play electric guitar but she sang well, too. I really wanted to meet her when I got to Kansas City. I am actually quite shy but I introduced myself to her when I went solo to Outer Reaches music festival at The Record Bar. Even though we didn’t get the chance to jam, we hung out together a couple of times and had a great time.

In particular, Amy and I once met up at the Green Lady Lounge, another one of my favorite venues in KC, and we listened to Chris Hazelton’s Boogaloo 7, another one of my favorite bands. On that occasion, we met some of Queens of the Stone Age band members, that were just hanging out after their show in town! She was so kind to introduce me as a big fan to Troy, one of the guitarists, we got a picture together! She was very kind to me.

My experience at home is musicians normally have shows only on the weekend in Fermo but in Kansas City I saw that musicians play in a lot of different bands and genres and nearly every night there is some kind of show. Marco Pascolini was an example of this playing in so many shows. I also got to play with Mike Stover in two different shows and I saw him four different times impressively playing guitar, pedal steel, and the bass. There seem to be many musicians in KC do all this while at the same time having a day job.

When I arrived I wasn’t sure I could make it. I didn’t know if I was good enough to play here. It turned out that I could play here and along the way I learned more about myself and music. I became more encouraged to be less shy and more connected. I saw Mark Smeltzer from Freight Train Rabbit Killer play at Rural Grit three times. I told him I liked his experimental instruments and music. Our conversation turned to his philosophy of music which is to not be afraid to express yourself and put your heart out there with the music evolving. I really think this is how all musicians should make music.

I have been inspired to finally write some lyrics on a old riff of mine because of The Ants. It was great to work with David Regnier on song that we ended up playing at The Brick. I have absorbed a lot of new styles and new sounds that I can take back to my band in Italy and I can expand beyond my stoner band with this new experience.

I was very lucky to meet a lot of beautiful, talented, kind, and generous people who helped me out and made me feel welcome. It’s so satisfying to see how people of Kansas City welcomed someone, ME, that lives so far away and comes from a different culture. It was amazing that people can get together so easily and have such a great time playing music. This city really has a great music scene, and I really think that everybody should be proud of it and support it in the best way possible.

When I get back to Italy, I will try to do my best to improve the relationship between musicians in my hometown, and maybe, who knows, someday we will have a great music scene like the one in KC!

– Written by Guglielmo Pieragostini

Guglielmo Pieragostini will fly back to Fermo, Italy on Thursday, November 2, 2017.


11. The Ants – “Calling In”
from: Golden Submarine / Beyond Records / October 13, 2017
[This is The Ants 10th release and their 8th full length album. Band member Chad Bryan says that “It is safe to say they have been under the radar for the past 17 years. We’ve long been a band other bands enjoy, but haven’t really gotten past that and into a larger audience. We’ve been releasing music independently for the past ten years and were on a small label out of Chicago called Sickroom Records prior to that. We’ve been relegated to local and regional work the past several years due to real life obligations. We did quite a bit of touring 2003-2010. The nucleus of the band is a four piece that has been together since 2006. Half of the band lives in Lawrence, the other half in Kansas City.” Band members include: David Randall, Sean McEniry, Brad Nichols, Chad Bryan. More info at WWW.killtheants.com]

[The Ants play a Kansas City record Release show at Holy Cow, Sunday Nov 12, from 3:00 – 5:00 PM]

11:00 – Station ID

12. Andrew Foshee – “Thunderstorm”
from: Strange Relations / Andrew Foshee / October 31, 2017
[Andrew Foshee on acoustic guitar, vocals, sampling, keys; Jon Estes on classical guitar, electric guitar, standup bass, piano, keys, percussion, string arrangements; Jeremy Fetzer on electric guitar, acoustic guitar; Jack Lawrence on bass guitar; Dave Racine on drums, percussion; Alexis Saski on backing vocals; Jem Cohen on backing vocals; Molly Parden on backing vocals; Liz Estes on viola, violin; Amy Helman on viola, violin; Eduardo DuQuesne on words of encouragement. Produced, engineered and mixed by Andrija Tokic
At The Bomb Shelter in Nashville, TN. Mastered by John Baldwin At John Baldwin Mastering in Nashville, TN. Additional production and sequencing done by Andrew At Ye Ol’ Basement Studio in Kansas City, MO. Cover art by Mariano Peccinetti. Andrew Foshee is a songwriter from Kansas City, Missouri. His knack for cinematic home recordings has lead to several song placements in tv and new media. Earlier this year he teamed up with producer Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Benjamin Booker) and a high clergy of guest musicians at Tokic’s Nashville studio, The Bomb Shelter, to fully realize his latest project. More info at: http://www.andrewfoshee.com]

[Andrew Foshee plays The Truman, at One East Pershing Road, KCMO, Saturday, November 18, at 8:00 PM, with Wade Bowen.]

11:04 – Interview with Andrew Foshee

Andrew Foshee

Strange Relations

Kansas City based musician and songwriter Andrew Foshee joins us to share music from his new record, STRANGE RELATIONS, recorded earlier this year in Nashville, at The Bomb Shelter with producer and engineer Andrija Tokic, who has worked with, Alabama Shakes, Benjamin Booker, and Hurray for the Riff Raff. Andrew Foshee plays The Truman, at One East Pershing Road, KCMO, Saturday, November 18, at 8:00 PM, with Wade Bowen.

Strange Relations is “a hallucinatory song cycle from the perspective of a human being held captive by aliens in their spacecraft as they attentively study his dreams to better understand the human condition.”

“Previous to a few months ago, for the last six years I had been working as a sales rep and living a relatively comfortable but complacently unengaged lifestyle, making plenty of money but pissing it away on things like cars, going out to eat, and drinking heavily. Maybe a few things I won’t mention either. I would record demos from time to time when I felt inspired, but for some reason I always seemed to lead myself astray from my music right before something good would happen.

During this time I was also in an extremely toxic relationship where I became a jealous, insecure, piece of shit version of myself that eventually ended up going on hiatus from most of my close friends and family, usually drinking myself to sleep at night and becoming overwhelmingly depressed and anxious by the week.

This continued for quite some time until a rather surreal experience I had made me realize I was wasting my life and I needed to make some changes before it was too late. I felt like I had a lot left to experience in life and I had been sitting on a handful of songs I really wanted to share.

The whole Trump thing was also a real wake up call that this little spaceship we’re on could go down at any moment, so I guess I felt a sudden urge to produce.

I don’t want blab on, but the end result was me quitting my job, taking all of my money to Nashville last January, and making a record I always wanted to make.

Through the help of a friend I was able to connect with Andrija Tokic [who has produced records for The Alabama Shakes, Hurray For The Riff Raff, Benjamin Booker, The Deslondes, etc ] and we cut the tunes directly to tape at his sometimes creepy, always cozy, analogue home-studio, i.e. The Bomb Shelter.

Andrija ended up putting together this amazing crew of musicians, including Jack Lawrence, Jeremy Fetzer and Jon Esters, and it was a very surreal experience when everything came together in the end.

After things wrapped, I basically headed back home to Kansas City, left my sales job and started renting a room in this big, old house with four other musicians so I could save up some money and get back on my feet.

Honestly, I have never been so tired in my entire life but I have also never felt so alive.”


13. Andrew Foshee – “Honor Among Thieves”
from: Strange Relations / Andrew Foshee / October 31, 2017

[Andrew Foshee plays The Truman, at One East Pershing Road, KCMO, Saturday, November 18, at 8:00 PM, with Wade Bowen.]

11:17 – Interview with Andrew Foshee (continued)

Kansas City based musician and songwriter Andrew Foshee joins us to share music from his new record, STRANGE RELATIONS, recorded earlier this year in Nashville, at The Bomb Shelter with producer and engineer Andrija Tokic, who has worked with, Alabama Shakes, Benjamin Booker, and Hurray for the Riff Raff. Andrew Foshee plays The Truman, at One East Pershing Road, KCMO, Saturday, November 18, at 8:00 PM, with Wade Bowen.

Here is an excerpt from an interview Andrew Foshee did with PlaylistPlay.com:

“Ever since I was a kid I’ve struggled with reciprocation. I’ve always had this underlying tendency to try and gravitate towards things I feel connected with on somewhat of a deeper level, and when I finally find them I get really manic. I remember when I was like six or something, sitting in my parent’s bedroom in our old house and Bob Seger’s “Night Moves” came on. My eyes got really big, and my heart rate instantly doubled. I got this weird feeling I hadn’t felt before. I think I started shaking. I was like, ‘Holy shit man. This guy gets me.’ I don’t think I even paid attention to the lyrics, it was just that chord progression coupled with his voice and maybe the way the drums sounded in that bedroom. It just all made perfect sense in a very surreal way, like some sort of alien was speaking to me in this new language I’d never heard, yet I understood every word he was saying.

I think if you try hard enough you can find a common ground with most people, but really connecting is a different story. Music has always been one way for me to feel connected, even if with only myself, and I think that was the day I figured it out.

We live in a very strange world in which we constantly derive meaning and values from a completely nonsensical ethos based in fear and ego. Music helps me challenge these boundaries and make sense of the experiences I’ve had within them, with the hopes that others can relate.”


14. Andrew Foshee – “A Little Mess (Of Our Own)”
from: from the recording sessions of Strange Relations

[Andrew Foshee plays The Truman, at One East Pershing Road, KCMO, Saturday, November 18, at 8:00 PM, with Wade Bowen.]

Andrew Foshee, Nathan Corsi, and Sondra Freeman on the November 1, 2017 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM

11:29 – Underwriting

15. Nathan Corsi – “falls apart again”
from: 3-Song Demo / Nathan Corsi / October 31, 2017

[Nathan Corsi plays Apocalypse Meow 10 at recordBar, November 4n.]

11:35 – Interview with Sondra Freeman & Nathan Corsi

Sondra Freeman is Director of Promotions and Artist Relations for Midwest Music Foundation, a nonprofit created to support music and musicians in Kansas City and the surrounding areas, founded in 2008 by a collective of musicians and music lovers. The Midwest Music Foundation (MMF) unites and empowers the greater Kansas City music community by providing programs and resources to area musicians through outreach, support, education, and health care opportunities. Sondra is instrumental in MMF’s annual events: Apocalypse Meow, MidCoast Takeover and the MidCoast Takeover fundraiser shows, as well as many other collaborative musical events and fundraisers.

We fell in love with Nathan Corsi as lead singer and songwriter for the critically acclaimed and award winning Kansas City band Not A Planet. Formed in 2010 the bnd has constantly toured and released “The NapSack” EP in 2011, “The Few, The Proud, The Strange” full length on May 10, 2013, and last year’s EP release, “Smoke Bombs & Cigarettes: The History Of Now.” An Akron, Ohio native, Corsi’s musical tastes and influences grew in the same fertile soil that reaped rock and roll innovators like the James Gang, Devo, the Pretenders and the Black Keys. Nathan Corsi moved to Kansas City, by way of New York, after a featured role in a year-long documentary about life as a busker in New York. Nathan Corsi has recently recorded a 3-song, solo EP of new material and plays Apocalypse Meow this Saturday night at recordBar.

Sondra Freeman and Nathan Corsi join us to share all the details about Apocalypse Meow 10, a three-day-event starting Friday, November 3, at 7:00 PM, at Mills Record Company, with The Country Duo, Bohemian Cult Revival, and Headlight Rivals. and continuing on Saturday, November 4, at recordBar, starting at 6:00 PM with Brandon Philips and The Condition, IVØRY BLACK, Calvin Arsenia, Nathan Corsi, Chris Meck and The Guilty Birds, Sandoval (reunion), and Split Lip Rayfield, on two stages. Also featuring a silent auction and raffles with prizes donated from local businesses. The Apocalypse Meow weekend closes on Sunday, Nov 5, 2017, at recordBar, with the Meow Hangover Brunch starting at noon, and then at 4:00 PM Expassionates play live on stage. For more info: http://www.midwestmusicfoundation.org/apocalypsemeow

Abigail Henderson co-founded Midwest Music Foundation, since her death, four years ago, friends, musicians, collaborators have kept this not-for-profit alive.

Midwest Music Foundation is a part of events all year round: Midcoast Takeover, Middle of The Map Fest, Crossroads Music Fest, and more.


16. Brandon Phillips and The Condition – “Clean and Sober”
from: Apocalypse Meow 10 / Midwest Music Foundation / November 2, 2017
[Brandon Phillips on vocals, Adam Phillips on drums, Zach Phillips on bass,and Julie Berndsen (formerly of the Latenight Callers) on backup vocals.This new 34 track compilation of Kansas City Area bands and their most recent recordings, along with a few tracks that representative the 10 years of Midwest Music Foundation and Apocalypse Meow – the annual benefit for Abby’s Fund, named for Abigail Henderson, who co-founded the not-for-profit organization. Midwest Music Foundation unites and empowers the greater Kansas City music community by providing programs and resources to area musicians through outreach, support, education, and health care opportunities. ]

11:46 – interview with Sondra Freeman & Nathan Corsi

Sondra Freeman & Nathand Corsi, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley to share all the details about Apocalypse Meow 10, the annual event to benefit Midwest Music Foundation’s – Abby’s Fund.

The Midwest Music Foundation and 90.9 The Bridge are proud to present the 10th Annual Apocalypse Meow to benefit Abby’s Fund for Musicians’ Health Care.

RockDocs, a collaboration of University of Kansas and the Community Health Council of Wyandotte County will be on site Saturday and Sunday to offer health and ACA information, screenings, wellness programs, opportunities to discuss health conditions and concerns and arrange follow ups.

Special surprise presentation by Mile Deep Films & Television LLC, The Feral Few, Killer Kite Productions on Saturday and Sunday.

For more information http://www.midwestmusicfoundation.org/apocalypsemeow
Friday, November 3, 2017 – Mills Record Company – All ages – 7:00 pm

The Country Duo // Bohemian Cult Revival // Headlight Rivals
Emcee: Michael Byars of KCUR 89.3

Libations provided by our generous partners at Boulevard Brewing Company
We will have MMF free swag, merch for sale, and raffles!

Saturday, November 4, 2017 – recordBar – 6:00 pm // Tickets at http://www.therecordbar.com

Too Much Rock Main Stage: Brandon Phillips & The Condition // Chris Meck & The Guilty Birds // Sandoval (reunion) // Split Lip Rayfield
Emcee: Jason Nivens of 98.9 The Rock!

Acoustic Stage: IVØRY BLACK // Nathan Corsi // Calvin Arsenia
Emcee: Mark Manning of KKFI 90.1 FM

The main event on Saturday will also feature A silent auction and raffle will feature an assortment of fantastic items donated by many local businesses.

Sunday, November 5, 2017 – recordBar – Meow Hangover Brunch starts at noon

Expassionates at 4 pm

For more information you can visit http://www.midwestmusicfoundion.org.


17. Chris Meck & The Guilty Birds – “Destination Revolution”
from: Destination Revolution – Single / Independent / January 20, 2017
[A new Music Video from the band featuring this Song premiered January 20, 2017. Recorded by Chris Meck, down the rabbit hole at Whisker Gables, Kansas City, MO. Mastered by Chad Meise at Massive Sound Studios, Shawnee, KS. KC based trio with Chris Meck on lead guitar & vocals, Michelle Bacon on drums, and Calandra Ysquierdo on bass guitar & vocals. Chris Meck and The Guity Birds released their debut full-length, It’s 4 A.M. Somewhere, on April 8, 2016]

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

Next week on Wednesday, November 8, Marion Merritt joins us as Guest Producer and at 11:30 Katy Guillen and the Girls joins us to share music from their new full length release, Remember What You Knew Before.

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

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WMM Playlist from July 29, 2015

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

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Michael McQuary “Man of a 1001 Faces”
+ Riala

10:00 – Station ID

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

2. Radkey – “Dark Black Makeup”
from: Dark Black Makeup / Strange Loop Records / August 21, 2015
[Debut full length album from Radkey, a St. Joesph, Missouri based band, made up of brothers Darrion, Isaiah, and Solomon. Their influences include The Who and Nirvana. The brothers are going on the road for the rest of the year mostly throughout Europe.]

[Radkey play recordBar, Friday Night with Gnarly Davidson, Amanda X, and Spirit of The Beehive.]

3. Beautiful Bodies – “Catch & Release”
from: Battles / Epitaph / June 12, 2015
[Alternative rock band from Kansas City, Missouri featuring Alicia Solombrino on vocals, Thomas Becker on guitar and drums, and Luis Arana on bass. Beautiful Bodies have shared the stage and toured with The Smashing Pumpkins, My Chemical Romance, Jane’s Addiction, Paramore, and The Yeah Yeah Yeahs. They’ve played Warped Tour, Kanrocksas,and SXSW, and have toured the U.S. and Canada extensively. Beautiful Bodies won Ernie Ball’s 2013 Battle of the Bands for Warped Tour, beating out 32,000 bands. In May 2014, the band signed a record deal with Epitaph Records.]

[Beautiful Bodies play Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre, Thursday, July 30, for the Vans Warped Tour.]

4. Samantha Crain – “Killer”
from: Under Branch & Thorn & Tree / Ramseur Records / July 17, 2015
[29 year old singer, songwriter, musician, of Choctaw heritage, born and raised in Shawnee, Oklahoma.]


5. John Moreland – “Sad Baptist Rain”
from: High on Tulsa Heat / Old Omens / April 21, 2015
[Tulsa, Oklahoma based singer-songwriter John Moreland was born June 22, 1985 in Longview, Texas. The son of Robert Lloyd Moreland and Connie May, Moreland’s father worked for Sunoco as an electrical engineer, and because of this job the family moved a lot. When he was a baby they moved to Northern Kentucky, across the river from Cincinnati, Ohio. Moreland credits his love for Cincinnati Reds to this time in Kentucky. When Moreland was 10 years old Moreland’s family moved from Boone County, Kentucky to Tulsa, Oklahoma and, with the help of his father, started playing the guitar. When he was 12 he started playing with a kid he went to church with who wrote songs and inspired him to start writing songs “that made sense.” Moreland grew up in a conservative Southern Baptist family. “From the time I was born up until about age 16, my entire worldview and all my opinions were pretty much solely influenced by the evangelical church. All the years since then have sort of been this slow process of figuring out where I stand now that I’m not an impressionable kid anymore. I feel like I’m done with that at this point, but it keeps showing up in songs. I guess that stuff stays in your psyche forever.”]

[John Moreland, plays The Madrid, Tuesday, August 4, opening for Dawes.]

6. Sea of Bees – “Dad”
from: Build a Boat to the Sun / Loop Music / June 29, 2015
[1st single from new album. The musical project of Julie Ann Baenziger, Julie Bee, or Jules as everyone calls her, who came out of a small suburb of Sacramento called Roseville. She sings, writes the songs, and plays lots of musical instruments.]

7. Jill Scott – “Closure”
from: Woman / Blues Babe Records / July 24, 2015 [5th studio album by American singer, model and actress, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,April 4, 1972. Her 2000 debut, Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1, went platinum.]

10:29 – Underwriting

10:31 – Interview with Michael McQuary

Maria Vasquez Boyd & Michael McQuary

Maria Vasquez Boyd & Michael McQuary

“Michael McQuary is more than a pretty face, and he’s got a thousand, anyway. His is a talent today’s entertainment world needs more of. From Fu Manchu to Phantoms to Dietrich, Michael carries them all off to perfection, and I knew the originals. This talented entertainer perfects his transformations while allowing the audience a glimpse of the artist beneath the mask.” – Rex Reed

Stage & screen actor, Michael McQuary a master impressionist, joined us to share his unique take on the legendary monsters of film and the brightest stars of Hollywood’s golden age. Michael is the creator of the award winning one-man shows in New York City including: Matinee Idol, Man of 1001 Faces, Crystal Allan Strikes Back, My Own Space and most recently, for last year’s KC Fringe Festival “I’m Hollywood.” Michael McQuary is also a visual artist of personal portraits and life captures done with china ink that are collected internationally and he is the founder and designer for YourPowerSign.com where he creates art works of metal. Currently Michael is seen in multiple film shorts promoting the OM Film Festival and he is the star of the upcoming Mile Deep Films short film, “Corvalo.”

Michael McQuary was born and raised in Portland, Oregon in the 1960s.

Michael told us that, as a child, he had to “learn the world sideways.” “Movies took care of him, as a child.”

Michael remembers, at the age of 4, spellbound by Bela Lugosi as Count Dracula. “Look how he holds his cape!” he told his mother, and from then on, Michael’s childhood was focused on his own creative world.

Michael would do imitations of, Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Katherine Hepburn, Marlene Dietrich, and Cab Calloway

Arriving in New York at the age of 18, Michael was enrolled in the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Michael found himself drawn to the burgeoning downtown and nightclub scene, performing at the legendary Boy Bar, Bon Soir and Trocadero.

It was there that he conceived and developed Matinee Idol, a one-man cinematic collage of classic films ranging from Sunset Boulevard to Clash of the Titans.

Veteran New York cabaret impresario Erv Raible invited McQuary to bring his show to Eighty-Eights, where Michael worked his magic for five years, Playing dozens of characters and earning two 1988 Back Stage Bistro Awards for Outstanding Cabaret Debut and Best Characterization Show. This was followed by four consecutive MAC nominations.

Access cable icon Miss Sybil Bruncheon (a/k/a John Burke) invited McQuary to perform in his stage show Café Berlin, where Michael’s roles ranged from Marlene Dietrich to Cab Calloway and Bela Lugosi.

Michael’s cabaret shows also played at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theatre, the Duplex, and Judy’s Chelsea.

Michael was an acting student at the famous HB Studio in NYC, founded by Herbert Berghof in 1945 and located in Greenwich Village, New York City. In 1948, Uta Hagen joined the Studio as Berghof’s artistic partner, and the two wed ten years later. Her master classes led to the writing of her books Respect for Acting and A Challenge for the Actor.

It was at the HB Studio where Michael was discovered and cast in the revival of “The Royal Hunt of The Sun.”

After spending much of his career bringing movies to life on stage, Michael began working in film bringing his theatrical style to film.

Director Marc Briatack of Dynamarc Films saw Michael perform at the Public and began photographing him in many of his elaborate disguises. They were excited with the results and began to plan an internet serial: Fu Manchu’s Weapon of Evil.

Michael’s life in NYC gave him the opportunity to meet many people in show business including: Fred Schneider of the B-52s, Catherine Deneuve, Sonny Bono, Rachel Welch.

Michael’s NYC apartment was filmed by CNN and was styled like a mysterious residence in a forbidden city. Part living space part movie set.

Michael moved to Kansas City a couple of Halloweens ago. Last year he brought his one man show, “I’m Hollywood” to the KC Fringe Festival.

Michael has been embraced by the area film community, appearing in multiple short promotional pieces to the OM film festival.

Michael has been part of photographic shoots with Ron Megee, and Philip Hooser.

Michael is also the star of the upcoming Mile Deep Films short film, “Corvalo,” directed by Anthony Ladeish.

Michael McQuary is also a visual artist of personal portraits and life captures done with china ink that are collected internationally.

Michael is also and the founder and designer for YourPowerSign.com where he creates real jewelry from precious metals that are one of a kind works of art.

Michael will also be seen on KSHB TV with Joel Nichols, Saturday, August 8, at Midnight, in an interview.

[Portions of the notes for Michael’s chronology are taken from: Cabaret Scenes]

11:00 – Station ID

8. Katy Guillen & The Girls – “If You Were Gone”
from: Katy Guillen & The Girls / Independent / September 6, 2014
[Katy Guillen pn guitar & lead vocals, Claire Adams on bass & vocals, & Stephanie Williams on drums. Finalists in the 2014 International Blues Challenge, they have played Boulevardia, Middle of the Map Fest, US tours, opening for rock legend Joan Jett, playing the 35th Annual Montreal International Jazz Festival, winning Best Emerging Artist in the 2014 Pitch Music Awards, touring Sweden in November, 2014, and playing Joe Bonamassa’s Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea cruise in February 2015.]

[Katy Guillen and The Girls play The Tank Room, Friday, July 31, with The Philistines.]

9. The Philistines – “Twitch of the Death Nerve”
from: forthcoming debut LP that The Philistines
[KC based rock ‘n roll/pop band with a psychedelic bent, made up of: Kimmie Queen on lead vocals; Cody Wyoming on lead guitar and vocals; Rod Peal on guitar; Michelle Bacon on bass; Josh Mobley on keyboard, Steve Gardels on drums. Recorded and mixed with Paul Malinowski at Massive Sound, mastered by Dave Gaume.]

[The Philistines play The Tank Room, Friday, July 31, with Katy Guillen and The Girls.]

10. Betse & Clarke – “Riding on Your High Horse”
from: Bird Notes / Independent / May 28, 2015
[Betse Ellis on fiddle, and Clarke Wyatt on banjo. Arrangements by Betse & Clarke. Betse & Clarke also released Two Forks Acrylic On Cardboard Recorded January 2, 2015. Engineered & produced by Clarke Wyatt.]

[Betse & Clarke play Knuckleheads on Friday, July 31, with Pokey LaFarge, and Jack Grelle.]

11. Campdogzz – “Take”
from upcoming release: “Riders In the Hills of Dying Heaven” / Independent / To be released
[Chicago based musicians: Mike Price on drums, bass, and guitar; Jess Price on vocals and guitar, left their home in Logan Square in Chicago, to live in a converted school bus and tour the country. Singer, songwriter, Jess Price, is an Oklahoma native and multi-instrumentalist, and her voice is beautiful. Our friend Jerad Tomasino is playing bass for Campdogzz on their big tour through September. The band is stopping and camping in some of the most beautiful places across the country. Tonight they are at ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, tomorrow WHITE MOUNTAIN NATIONAL FOREST. Jerod created an Instagram account @JeradTomasino to document the tour and nature spots as well as create material for their debut album artwork for upcoming album.]

[Campdogzz will be playing FOKL on August 13 with She’s A Keeper.]

11:14 – Underwriting


12. Riala – “Aether”
from: Be Here | Be There / Haymaker Records / To be released: September 4, 2015
[Nick Turner on Voice & Guitar, Kalo Hoyle on bass, Morgan Greenwood on drums. Recorded, mixed.and mastered by Joel Nanos at Element Recording Studios.]

[Riala plays a tour kick-off show at Records With Merritt, Friday, July 31]

11:20 – Interview with Riala

Morgan Greenwood & Nicholas Turner of Riala

Morgan Greenwood & Nicholas Turner of Riala

Riala is three piece Kansas City based band was formed in May of 2013 by Nicholas Turner on voice & guitar, Kalo Hoyle on bass, and Morgan Greenwood on drums. The band’s debut EP, Be Here | Be There, was recorded, mixed and mastered by Joel Nanos at Element Recording Studios. The recording will be released on vinyl by area label, Haymaker Recordson September 4. More info at http://www.riala.bandcamp.com. Riala plays a tour kick-off show at Records With Merritt, Friday, July 31, at 8:00 with after nations, The Neighborhood Watch, and Paper Buffalo.

Nicholas Turner and Morgan Greenwood joined us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

The band formed after Morgan and Nicholas met at UMKC, where they were studying music and composition.

Over the past two years Riala has built a following performing constantly at FOKL, Vacant Farm, Art Closet, The Union, The Tank Room, recordBar, Harlings, The Brick.

Riala’s Facebook page describes their music as: Atmospheric-Rock, Math-Rock, Experimental-Indie

Haymaker Records describes Riala as: shoegaze indie rock


12. Riala – “The Diving Bell”
from: Be Here | Be There / Haymaker Records / To be released: September 4, 2015
[Nick Turner on Voice & Guitar, Kalo Hoyle on bass, Morgan Greenwood on drums. Recorded, mixed.and mastered by Joel Nanos at Element Recording Studios.]

More info at http://www.riala.bandcamp.com More info at http://www.haymakerrecords.net


14. Riala – “Captain (Dredge)”
from: Be Here | Be There / Haymaker Records / To be released: September 4, 2015
[Nick Turner on Voice & Guitar, Kalo Hoyle on bass, Mogan Greenwood on drums. Recorded, mixed.and mastered by Joel Nanos at Element Recording Studios.]

[Riala plays a tour kick off show, at Records With Merritt, Friday, July 31, at 8:00 with After Nations, The Neighborhood Watch, and Paper Buffalo]


15. Expassionates – “Midnight in the Desert”
from: Landscapes / Independent / November 22, 2008
[Scott Easterday-guitar, vocals, Marco Pascolini-guitar, Richard Burgess-bass, and Sam Platt-drums. Expassionates will have their last show, Saturday, September 17, 2011 at 7:00pm, recordBar, KCMO.]

[Scott Easterday plays Coda, tonight, Wednesday, July 29, in a solo show.]


16. Tame Impala – “Eventually”
from: Currents / Modular Recordings / July 17, 2015
[3rd studio album by Australian psychedelic rock act Tame Impala, written, performed, produced, recorded and mixed by primary member Kevin Parker. After releasing the group’s previous record, Lonerism in 2012, Parker began work on Currents, largely recording at his home studio in Fremantle. He engrossed himself with writing and recording, and owing to his reputation as a perfectionist, labored over the details of each song, ultimately forcing the release date to be delayed by two months.]


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

Next week on August 5, Marion Merritt of Records With Merritt joins us a special guest Producer and co-host. Also joining us is Calvin Arsenia.

Sources for notes: artist’s websites, bios, wikipedia.org, Haymaker Record’s press release

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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


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. 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.]


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


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 June 6, 2012 “That’s Soooo Gay”

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 6, 2012

That’s Soooo Gay! (Our Annual Gay Pride Show)
+ The Heartland Men’s Chorus + Barry Lee’s Beatles Tribute
+ Kansas City Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

Opening collage:

1. Judy Garland – “Intro / Keep Your Sunny Side Up”(outtake)
from: The Judy Garland Show – the show that got away /Hip-O /2002
[orig. taped June 24, 1963]

2. Bronski Beat – “Small Town Boy”
from: Age of Consent / London / 1984
[Debut single of English synthpop group. The song is a popular gay anthem and reached number 3 in the UK, number one in Holland, Italy, top 10 in Australia, Canada, France, Switzerland, and number 48 in the U.S.]

3. Company – “Opening: I Hope I Get It”
from: A Chorus Line – Original Cast Recording / Columbia / 1975

4. Divine – “You Think You’re A Man (7″ Mix)”
from: Essential Divine / RTR / 2006

5. Bambi – “Lets Sing A Gay Little Spring Song”
from: Bambi (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) / Buena Vista Pictures / 1996
[1942 Disney animated film classic]

6. Ken Jeong – “Hold On Gay Boys”
from: The Hangover Part II (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) / Water Tower Music / May 23, 2011

(Resume) Bambi – “Lets Sing A Gay Little Spring Song”

7. Dos Fallopia (Lisa Koch) – “Definition: Lesbian”
from: My Breasts Are Out Of Control / Tongueincheek Records / 1994

(Resume) Bambi – “Lets Sing A Gay Little Spring Song”

8. Alan T & His Entourage – “Spoken Intro”
from: Gay Classics – Outrageous / Hot JWP Music / 2001

(Resume) Bambi – “Lets Sing A Gay Little Spring Song”

9. Sharron Alexis – “Please Don’t Be Gay”
from: Sordid Lives (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) / Varese Sarabande / 2001

(Resume) Bambi – “Lets Sing A Gay Little Spring Song”

10. Al Franken and Phil Hartman – “Daily Affirmation Theme”
from: Original Soundtrack to: Stuart Saves His Family / Milan / 1995

11. Hedwig & The Angry Inch – “Tear Me Down”
from: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to Hedwig & The Angry Inch / Hybrid / 2001

10:13 – That’s Soooo Gay

12. Paul Lynde, Maureen Stapleton, Dick Van Dyke, Bryan Russell -“Kids”
from: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to Bye Bye Birdy / RCA – BMG / 1960

13. Noel Coward – “What’s Going To Happen To the Tots”
from: Noel Coward in New York / drg / 2003
[orig. 1957]

14. David Bowie – “Kooks”
from: Hunky Dory / RCA – (Rycodisk – Virgin – Sony) / 1971

15. Liberace – “The Impossible Dream” [Vinyl]
from: Liberace Sends You Love [3 record set] / Brookville Records – ABC Records / 1974

10:27 – Underwriting

10:28 – Interview with Brent Husher and Jamie Rich

One of the area’s longest-running and best-attended community film events, the Kansas City Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, is expanding to seven days for its 13th Annual showcase, June 21-28, being presented at Tivoli Cinemas, in Westport. Brent Husher, is Project Development Coordinator for the festival, and Jamie Rich, is Festival Director, joined us to discuss this year’s festival.

This year’s festival features over twenty-five new and emergent films will be featured including the heartland premiere of the biography of legendary civil rights activist Vito Russo (author of THE CELLULOID CLOSET), a fresh take on the screen classic HAROLD & MAUDE with a gay twist, and a road-trip comedy starring Oscar® winners Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker.

Two KC raised filmmakers return this year to present their latest projects. Lexington, MO native Nick Corporon is back to share his 2011 love story, EMPIRE, and offer a hometown preview of his latest short, BARBIE BOY. He’ll join Jackson Country raised Steven Tylor O’Connor who will present his just-completed comedy, WELCOME TO NEW YORK, in the LOCAL HEROES showcase on Monday, June 25.

• A record six films the 2012 were funded via KickStarter.com including this year’s Directors Showcase honoree ELLIOT LOVES. The film’s Latino director, Terracino, will be in attendance to introduce his film and be honored at the festival’s KickStarter reception before the screening.

• The national AIDS Story Project film, STILL AROUND will have its Midwest premiere on Wednesday, June 27. This cinematic survivors quilt is co-presented by the Good Samaritan Project, the KC Free Health Clinic, Hope Care Center and SAVE, Inc

• To uncover even more past and presents stories from the community, the newly-formed Gay & Lesbian Archives of Mid-America ( a joint initiative of the Kansas City Museum and UMKC) will be welcoming public donations of artifacts and documents to become part of the archives. Items can be brought to the Tivoli throughout the festival.

Sordid Lives – Preview Night Party & Benefit Screening
Get ready for laughs the size of Texas when Olivia Newton-John, Beau Bridges, Leslie Jordan and Delta Burke lead an all-star cast in this twisted, white-trash tale that puts the fun in dysfunctional. Don’t miss seeing this classic on the big-screen at a special anniversary party and screening celebrating 13 years of the KCGayFilmFest, 3 years of Castro Movie Nights, and 10 years since we first brought you Del Shores’ hilarious, all-time favorite, SORDID LIVES. Tonight’s proceeds benefit the Good Samaritan Project, so come laugh your socks off for a great cause.
Opening Night of Courage:

Wish Me Away
FRI JUNE 22 | 8:30PM
Kansas City’s LikeMe Lighthouse joins us for an encore screening of the poignant story of Chely Wright, the first country music star to come out as openly gay. One very brave Kansas native and Nashville musician reveals both the devastation of her own internalized homophobia and the transformational power of living an authentic life. Emerging from a life of hiding, she exposes her truth. Don’t miss this chance to see her powerful story with a like-minded audience. Early ticket purchase strongly recommended.

Vito – 2012 Opening Night Selection
FRI JUNE 22 | 6:30PM
Be here for the Heartland premiere of an inspiring and empowering film about Vito Russo, one of the most articulate, charismatic voices for gay rights and the founding father of the modern gay liberation movement. Best known for THE CELLULOID CLOSET, this moving film tells Russo’s story through the voices of many of his friends – such as Lily Tomlin, Armistead Maupin and Larry Kramer. GLAMA (the Gay & Lesbian Archives of Mid-America) will be welcoming donations of documents and artifacts for inclusion in their collection. Learn more at our website.


16. Vito Russo – a clip from an “In The Life” Tribute to Vito Russo

17. The Flirtations – “Something So Strong”
from: Live Out On The Road / Flirt Records / 1994
[Originally on their 1990 album “The Flirtations]
[LGBT a cappella musical group active from 1988 to 1997. Their music provided an opportunity for both a celebration of gay culture and a call to arms in the battle against AIDS and homophobia. They performed at a number of prominent national venues, and performed a song in the film Philadelphia. Past members include: Jon Arterton, Michael Callen, Aurelio Font, TJ Myers, Eliot Pilshaw, Jimmy Rutland, Suede, Cliff Townsend]

10:38 – Interview with Brent Husher and Jamie Rich (cont.)

KKFI-FM 90.1 Day at the Festival

SAT JUNE 23 | 1:00PM
The first of four films showing as part of KKFI-FM 90.1 Day at the Festival is a powerful, new documentary that brings you up-close and personal to the immigration struggles faced by gay and lesbian Americans in relationships with foreign citizens. What would you do if you had to choose between the person you love and your country? (after-screen discussion)

SAT JUNE 23 | 2:30PM
An extraordinary feature documentary about the transgender community, perhaps the most misunderstood and mistreated minority in America and around the world. Inspired by the incredible story of Dr. Christine McGinn and her important work as a transgender surgeon, TRANS provides an up-close and very personal vision into the lives, loves, and challenges of a remarkable cast of characters of all ages and from all walks of life. Hosted by TransTalk program on KKFI’s The Tenth Voice.

The Tenth Voice Shorts Showcase
SAT JUNE 23 | 4:45PM
Three fresh and uniquely original short films are brought to you by the equally fresh and uniquely original folks behind The Tenth Voice, the Kansas City area’s only weekly radio created by and for the LGBTQIA community. Learn more about the featured films online. Meet The Tenth Voice hosts and co-hosts as well as Chad Darnell (Director/Star of GROOM’S CAKE) who will be here in person to introduce his film.

A Perfect Relationship
SAT JUNE 23 | 6:45PM
KKFI-FM 90.1 Day at the Festival concludes with acclaimed director Nicole Conn’s (ELENA UNDONE, CLAIRE OF THE MOON) passionate and provocative contemporary romance. A repressed, uptight socialite has an unusual secret that not even her best friends know about. What begins as a comedy of errors ends up as a uniquely erotic journey. A Midwest premiere hosted by KKFI’s WomanSong.

Out Here Now Short Film Competition
THURS JUNE 28 | 6:00PM
NO ADMISSION CHARGE – Donations Welcomed at the Door
Back for its fourth year, at this very popular closing night event, you will have the opportunity to watch this year’s finalists and pick the winner. Each film is less than 15 minutes. The audience will rate each film, and the filmmaker whose film has the highest overall ranking will be awarded a $100 cash prize. (May I have the envelope, please?) Look for the names of the finalists selected for this year’s competition at our website on June 15.

This year, the KCGayFilmFest is also marking the launch of its OUT HERE NOW Short Film Project which will produce and distribute films gathered from the LGBT stories of Kansas City. Funds are being raised via KickStarter.com to select the filmmaker and subject matter for the project’s first film slated to debut in the 2013 festival.

Cloudburst – 2012 Closing Night Selection
THUR JUNE 28 | 7:45PM
Our closing night film has it all: Oscar-winners, a beautiful love story, a daring road trip, laugh out loud humor, and an unforgettable journey of the heart. Olympia Dukakis (Moonstruck) and Brenda Fricker (My Left Foot) star as an aging couple who escape from a nursing home in Maine and drive to Canada on a quest to be legally married. Along the way, they pick up a young pseudo-hustler hitchhiking to Nova Scotia to deal with his troubled home life. As they share past troubles — and create new ones— this improbable trio forms an unlikely kinship on a rollicking, life-changing road trip.


Brent Husher and Jamie Rich, thanks for being w/ us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

For ticket information, to watch previews and order festival passes you can visit: KCGayFilmFest.com.


18. The Magnetic Fields – “Andrew in Drag”
from: Love at The Bottom of The Sea / Merge Records / March 6, 2012
[The band’s 10th full-length album is their first release of new material with Merge since 1999’s highly acclaimed 69 Love Songs. After putting out their “synth-free trilogy,” The Magnetic Fields are returning to their signature mix of synth and acoustic sounds. More info at houseoftomorrow.com]

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

20. Patti LaBelle – “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”
from: Live: One Night Only / Columbia / 1996

11:00 – Station ID

21. Judy Garland – “Half – Time Tags”(sponsor announcement)
from: The Judy Garland Show – the show that got away /Hip-O /2002
[orig. taped June 24, 1963]

22. Scissor Sisters – “Only The Horses”
from: Magic Hour / Casablanca Records / May 29, 2012
[Playing KC Crossroads at Grinders, Mon, June 25 w/ Rye Rye. For info you can visit: crossroadskc.com]

23. The Kinsey Sicks – “Peoria”
from: Electile Dysfunction / The Kinsey Sicks / May 8, 2012
[Based on their hit musical, “ELECTILE DYSFUNCTION: THE KINSEY SICKS FOR PRESIDENT,” The Kinsey Sicks were formed in 1993, by original members: Ben Schatz (“Rachel”) is a Harvard-trained civil rights lawyer, former Director of the national Gay and Lesbian Medical Association, and one-time presidential advisor on HIV issues, who created the first national AIDS legal project and authored Clinton’s HIV policy during the 1992 presidential campaign, and Irwin Keller (“Winnie”) is a University of Chicago-trained lawyer and linguist and former director of the AIDS Legal Referral Panel of the San Francisco Bay Area, who authored Chicago’s gay rights ordinance, passed into law in 1989. In 2004, the Kinsey Sicks were joined by actor/singer/designer Jeff Manabat, who is responsible for Trixie’s inordinate glamour and soaring counter-tenor, as well as the entire group’s hot couture. Beginning in October of 2008, the Kinsey Sicks are joined by the hilarious and talented Spencer Brown (“Trampolina”), a Kansas City-based actor and singer, already known for his drag character Daisy Buckët (pronounced, of course, “bouquet”).]

24. Lady Bunny – “Speaks Out”
from: Wigstock (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) / Wea – Elektra / 1995

25. Lou Reed and John Cale – “Small Town”
from: Songs For Drella / Sire – Warner Bros. / 1990

26. The Beatles – “That Boy (Mono)”
from: Meet The Beatles / Capitol-EMI / Nov 23,1963

11:14 – Interview with Barry Lee

Barry Lee is host of 90.1 FM’s long running radio program Signal to Noise, which has presented many of KC best local bands live on the radio, Barry and Signal to Noise present, “Another Evening With The Music of The Beatles,” this Saturday, June 9, at 8:00 pm, at All Souls Church, 4501 Walnut, Kansas City, MO, featuring over 20 Kansas City and Lawrence area musicians coming together to play the music they love in a benefit for 90.1 FM KKFI. Tickets are $10 at the door.

This is another evening with the Beatles, because last year’s event was so very well attended with amazing Live performances

“Another Evening With The Music of The Beatles,” features over 20 Kansas City and Lawrence area musicians coming together to play the music they love in a benefit for 90.1 FM KKFI.

The evening features a core band for the Act Two Electric set:
Alan Wellman, Darrell Lea, Dan Mesh, Nate Holt

The night also features:

Vera Chuck & Dave with Lovely Rita,

Eric Melin, Chad Rex, Cody Wyoming

Kasey Rausch, Kim Rausch McLaws,

Mark Smeltzer, Jason Beers, Elaine McMilian,

Steve Wilson, Joey Skidmore, Jojo Longbottom,

Fast Johnny Ricker, and Kirk Scott.

“Another Evening With The Music of The Beatles,” this Saturday, June 9, at 8:00 pm, at All Souls Church, 4501 Walnut, Kansas City, MO, featuring over 20 Kansas City and Lawrence area musicians coming together to play the music they love in a benefit for 90.1 FM KKFI. Tickets are $10 at the door. More info at kkfi.org.


27. Scott Easterday – “Dig A Pony”
from: Barry Lee’s Tribute to The Beatles at All Souls / June 2011
[Original version released by The Beatles on “Let It Be” / May 8, 1970]

28. The Beatles – “Her Magesty”
from: Abbey Road / Capitol-EMI / Sept. 26,1969

10:28 – Underwriting

29. The Beatles – “All You Need is Love”
from: Magical Mystery Tour / Capitol-EMI / Nov 27, 1967

11:32 – Interview with Dr. Joseph Nadeau

Dr. Joseph P. Nadeau, has directed vocal ensembles on tours of New England, Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Canada, Austria, Germany, Switzerland and France. He is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, the Music Educators National Conference, the National Education Association, and he serves as Artistic Director for Heartland Men’s Chorus, presenting “All You Need is Love: The Music of the Beatles,” June 16, at 7:30 pm and June 17, at 4:00 pm, at the Muriel Kauffman Theatre at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway, Kansas City, MO.

The Heartland Men’s Chorus is Kansas City’s gay men’s chorus, singing out in Kansas City since 1986. This season marks Dr. Nadeau’s 14th year with Heartland Men’s Chorus.

This is the Chorus’ first full concert presentation at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

This exciting new venue means even more great seats are still available, with especially good availability for our Sunday performance!

The Chorus will be performing these songs:

A Hard Day’s Night | Across the Universe | Back in the USSR | Because | Blackbird | Can’t Buy Me Love | Come Together | Eleanor Rigby | Get Back | Hey Jude | I Want to Hold Your Hand | I Will | In My Life | Let It Be | Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds | Michelle | Norwegian Wood | Nowhere Man | Revolution | Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band | The Long and Winding Road | This Boy | We Can Work It Out | When I’m Sixty-Four | W/ a Little Help from My Friends | Yellow Submarine | You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Awa

The Atlanta Gay Chorus originally created this show.

Heartland Men’s Chorus, presents “All You Need is Love: The Music of the Beatles,” June 16, at 7:30 pm and June 17, at 4:00 pm, at the Muriel Kauffman Theatre at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway, Kansas City, MO For more info you can visit: hmckc.org or call (816) 931-3338.


For many Queer Kids growing up in small towns, in rural areas, during the 1970s, The CBS broadcast of the annual Tony Awards was the biggest night of LGBT programming. The Tony Awards, this year on Sunday, June 10, at 7:00 on CBS Television! Charles Nelson Reilly played Bud Frump, in the 1961 original cast of the Tony winning musical “How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”

30. Charles Nelson Reilly -“The Audition”
from: How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying / Victor / 1961

31. Charles Nelson Reilly -“Coffee Break”
from: How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying / Victor / 1961

32. Charles Nelson Reilly, Claudette Sutherland, Company -“Coffee Break”
from: How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying / Victor / 1961

33. Harvey Fierstein – “I Am What I Am”
from: Being Out Rocks /Centaur Entertainment/Oct. 9, 2007
[La Cage Aux Folles Music & Lyrics – Jerry Herman, Book – Harvey Fierstein]

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

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Show #424

WMM Playlist from: February 22, 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

Playlist from: Wednesday, February 22, 2012

New & Local Releases + The B’Dinas
+ David Burchfield & Friends LIVE!

1. Loretta Lynn – “The Pill”
from: Loretta Lynn – The Definitive Collection / MCA / 2005 (orig. 1975)
[Loretta Webb, 2nd of 8 children; grew up in Butcher Holler, a section of Van Lear, a mining community in Kentucky. She married Oliver Vanetta “Doo” Lynn, in 1948, at age 13. In an effort to break free of the coal mining industry, at 14, Lynn moved to the logging community Custer, Washington, with her husband. By the time Loretta was 18, The Lynns had 4 children – Betty Sue, Jack Benny, Cissy and Ernest Ray, and in her early 20s she had twin girls, Peggy & Patsy. Loretta Lynn possibly had more banned songs than any other country music artist, including “The Pill,” with lyrics by T. D. Bayless, about a wife and mother becoming liberated via the birth control pill.]

2. O, Giant Man – “Decisions”
from: YO! Giant Man / Independent / January 4, 2012
[Christopher Robbins – Lead Vocals, Guitars; Jake Schulenberg – Bass Guitar, Vocals; Andy Wendling – Percussion, Vocals; Rick Schulenberg – Keys, Vocals, Percussion. O, Giant Man opens for Cloud Nothings at The Riot Room on Mar 12. They will also be part of MidCoast takeover SXSW 2012 in Austin Texas, March 16-17, before going east to play shows Mar 19 in Youngstown, OH and March 22 in Brooklyn.]

3. Cloud Nothings – “Stay Useless”
from: Attack on Memory / Carpark Records / Jan. 24, 2012
[4 piece band from Cleveland, Ohio will be in KC on Mar. 12th, at The Riot Room w/ Mr. Dream and O, Giant Man!]


We gave away 2 tickets to attend The Latenight Callers CD Release Party, this Saturday Night, February 25, at The Beaumont Club. W/ Federation of Horsepower, American Catastrophe, The Delighted, & Voler Aerial Arts.

4. The Latenight Callers – “Easy Virtues”
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 band hosts a CD Release Party, Sat, Feb 25, at The Beaumont Club. W/ Federation of Horsepower, American Catastrophe, The Delighted, & Voler Aerial Arts.]

[Voler Thieves of Flight will also be performing at the Faction Magazine 2 Year Anniversary Party & Kick-Off Party for Kansas City Fashion Week, tomorrow night! Thursday, February 23, 7:00 PM, at One8Oak Event Space, 1814 Oak Street, KCMO.]

5. Mat Shoare – “Everything You Want”
from: The Empty Spaces / Golden Sound Records / September 7, 2010
[Mat Shoare’s 2010 solo album The Empty Spaces spawned the band The Empty Spaces. Mat Shoare is also a founding member of Everyday/Everynight and a founding partner in Golden Sound Records. The Empty Spaces are one of 26 bands chosen to represent KC at the MidCoast Takeover at SXSW in Austin, The Empty Spaces will be in concert Feb. 25th @ Czar, for the CD Release of The B’Dinas new record: “Morning Party” w/ I Hate You Just Kidding.]

6. The B’Dinas – “Five-Day Weekend”
from: Morning Party / Independent / Feb. 25, 2012
[The B’Dinas will perform at a special CD Release concert for new EP, on Saturday, February 25 at Czar with special guests: The Empty Spaces, Deadringers, and I Hate You Just Kidding.]

10:30 – Interview with The B’Dina’s

The B'Dinas (Photo by Angelic Davila)

What happens when your band’s new EP is being recorded in the home studio of your drummer and halfway through the recording process your drummer moves to a new house, with an irritable neighbor living next door? The B’Dina’s, joined us to answer this question and to talk about their upcoming show at Czar, with The Empty Spaces, and I Hate You Just Kidding, this Saturday Night, February. 25, to celebrate the release of their new EP “Morning Party,” Meredith McGrade and Tess Jehle both had to work, but Katy Guillen, Peter Lawless, and Katelyn Boone, joined us live.

The B’Dinas Roll Call:
Katy Guillen (guitar/vocals/harmonica)
Meredith McGrade (guitar/vocals)
Peter Lawless (bass/vocals/saxophone)
Katelyn Boone (keys/vocals/bass)
and Tess Jehle (drums)

“Morning Party,” is the follow-up to their 2010 debut “Homemade Rock & Roll.”

The new six-song disc is the product of a fraught year of home recording. Among the obstacles was a particularly irritable neighbor.

Drummer Tess Jehle explains: “We recorded the first half at my old house, but then I moved and immediately started getting noise complaints from next door.” Between delaying work on the EP to construct soundproof walls within their laundry-room-cum-rehearsal-space and paying strict attention to every detail of the recording and mixing process.

The B’Dinas feel that Morning Party is a long time coming. But of the effort, guitarist Katy Guillen says, “All the time we took was worth it. I’m very proud of this record, and I think it represents the band at its best.”

Morning Party draws on many genres, beginning w/ the slightly-surreal pop rager “Five-Day Weekend!” and ending w/ the saxophone-driven funky blues of “Mystery Face.”

The B’Dinas show off guitars both searing & sensitive, vocals ranging from gritty & distorted to floating choral arrangements, & lyrical themes from bittersweet to political.

The B’Dinas are already recording their next album.

We also discussed The B’Dinas brother and sister bands: Dream Wolf, Appropriate Grammar, and Claire & The Crowded Stage.

The B’Dinas were voted Audience Favorite at The 2012 HRC Battle of The Bands, back in January, congratulations!

The B’Dina’s, play Czar, with The Empty Spaces, and I Hate You Just Kidding, on Sat., Feb. 25, to celebrate the release of their new EP “Morning Party,” More info at: thebdinas.com


7. 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. In addition they are headlining a benefit show for MidCoast Takeover at the recordBar, 1020 Westport Road, Friday, Feb. 24, with She’s a Keeper and Future Kings. 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 was officially released Sat, Feb 18, at The Carnivàle du Soul. More info at: heartsofdarkness.net.}

8. The ACB’s – “Xanies”
from: Daytrotter Studio / Independent / Jan. 6, 2012 [Konnor Ervin on lead vocals, Andrew Connor on Guitar, Bryan McGuire on Bass, Kyle Rausch on Drums. 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. The ACBs play The Brick, 1727 McGee, on Friday, February 24, at 10:00 PM with 4th of July.]

We gave away 2 copies of Fullbloods – “The Perpetual Machine,” on Golden Sound Records.

9. Fullbloods – “Flowers”
fFrom: The Perpetual Machine / Golden Sound Records / 2011
[Ross Brown, Alex Chapman, Bill Pollock, & Glenn Shipps]


10. The King Canutes – “She”
from: Last Callers and Losers / Independent / 2008
[The King Canutes, a Brooklyn-based duo of: Richard Alwyn Fisher and Keir Woods, who will be in concert in KC at the recordBar Fri. Feb. 24 at 7:00 PM and they’ll be backed up by KC friends: Scott Easterday, Elaine McMilian, Kyle Dahlquist and Pat Tomek. Howard Iceberg and the Titanics go on at 8:00 PM. all before the big MidCoast Takeover benefit show with The Hearts of Darkness.]

11. Howard Iceberg & The Titanics with Lauren Krum – “Not Unless It’s Gonna Be Real”
from: Welcome Aboard! Vol. 6 / Independent / June 26, 2011
[This 7-CD set, includes over 100 new songs, with contributions from over 70 local artists. This track features Lauren Krum on vocals, Richard Burgess on Bass, Pat Tomek on Drums, Chad Rex on Guitar. Howard Iceberg & The Titanics play the recordBar, 1020 Westport Road, this Friday, February 24, with The King Canutes, all before the big MidCoast Takeover benefit show with The Hearts of Darkness.]


12. David Burchfield – “The Beginning”
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.]

11:13 – Interview with David Burchfield

Devon Russell, Leslie Hammer, David Burchfield and Seth Jenkins LIVE in the 90.1 FM studios on Wednesday MidDay Medley 2/22/2012

David Burchfield recently moved back to the Kansas City area after living in Golden, Colorado and working with a solar energy company. David has spent the last 4 years of his life working in environmental education and youth development; helping migrant farmworkers; teaching, hiking, and clearing trails at the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico; working with justice issues and children in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Last December David released his new recording, “The Beginning,” which was recorded here in Kansas City with Mike Crawford . David Burchfield joined us to talk about his music and he brought along some of his friends: Leslie Hammer, Devon Russell & Seth Jenkins who played live in our 90.1 FM Studios.

davidburchfieldmusic.com describes the music as “at one time appalachian and at the next sampling field recordings, soaking fiddles in effects, and soaring into the realms of epic indie ballads.” It seems like the music is a reflection of the journeys David’s life has taken.

David’s amazing resume:

Cascade Solar USA – Installer · Aug 2011 to Oct 2011 · Golden, Colorado

Mile High Youth Corps – Roving Crew Leader · May 2011 to Aug 2011 · Denver, Colorado, Conservation, environmental education, youth development, and commuting.

Jewish Community Center – Kids Konnection Coordinator · Mar 2011 to May 2011 · Overland Park, Kansas

Migrant Farmworkers Project – Advocate/Caseworker · Jul 2010 to Feb 2011 · KCMO

Philmont Scout Ranch May 2007 to Jun 2010 · Cimarron, New Mexico
Hiking, teaching, clearing trail, playing bluegrass, adapting a characteristically 1914 affect.

International Justice Mission Legal Intern · Oct 2009 to May 2010 · Guatemala City, Guatemala. Working for security and justice for child victims of sexual violence.

Kansas City Center for Urban Agriculture Research/Field Work Intern · Jan 2009 to May 2009 · Kansas City, Kansas Rock n roll n vegetables n justice n stuff.

Heartland Tree Alliance Intern · Aug 2008 to Dec 2008 · KCMO

David performed a song from “The Beginning” called “Have Tried.” Joining David Burchfield on guitar, was Leslie Hammer on fiddle, Devon Russell on mountain dulcimer & vocals, and Seth Jenkins on upright bass.


00. David Burchfield – “Have Tried” (LIVE)
also available on: The Beginning / Independent / 2011


David Burchfield’s upcoming live performances:

Friday, March 2 7:00 pm, First Friday at the Beggar’s Table, 2009 Baltimore Ave., KCMO

Saturday, March 24 8:30 pm at R Bar with Sara Swenson, R Bar is located at 1617 Genessee, KCMO in the West Bottoms.

Sara Swenson is a musical mentor to David.

David Burchfield’s CD release show was in December, at Davey’s Uptown. He recently performed with Devon Russell as part of The “Love Hangover” last week at Californos, organized by Scott Easterday.

“The Beginning” was Produced, engineered, mixed and master by Mike Crawford at the Impossible Bo, here in Kansas City.

David Burchfield performed a new song that is not included on his new CD. With David on lead vocals and guitar, Leslie Hammer on banjo, Devon Russell on autoharp and Seth Jenkins on upright bass.


00. David Burchfield – “Perseids” (LIVE)


“The Beginning” is available through davidburchfieldmusic.com, at local independent record stores like Vinyl Renaissance, and also through i-tunes.

David Burchfield will be in concert, Friday, March 2 7:00 pm, on First Friday at the Beggar’s Table, 2009 Baltimore Ave., KCMO, and Saturday, March 24 8:30 pm at R Bar at 1617 Genessee, KCMO with Sara Swenson, More info at: davidburchfieldmusic.com.


13. LAZY – “Lin and Gin”
from: LAZY [EP] / The Record Machine / 2012
[Lazy plays Davey’s Monday February 27.]

14. Adam Lee and the Dead Horse Sound Company – “Drinking, Cheating, Loving, and Leaving”
from: When The Spirits Move Me / Independent / November 16, 2010
[The Sonic Spectrum Tribute Series continues at recordBar, this Sunday, February 26 at 8:00PM with: Honky Tonk Legends, Celebrating Johnny Cash’s Birthday, featuring: Adam Lee & The Dead Horse Co., Whiskey Breath, Starhaven Rounders, and Rex Hobart. A portion of the proceeds goes to Midwest Music Foundation..]

15. The Blackbird Review – “The Whaler”
from: The Whaler & Other Stories / Independent / November 13, 2010 [One of 26 bands chosen to represent KC at the MidCoast Takeover at SXSW in Austin. The Blackbird Review will play R Bar, this Friday, February 24. They’ll also be in concert with: Sara Swenson and the Pearl Snaps, and Quiet Corral, at Czar, Friday March 2, in a special benefit for The MidCoast Takeover.]

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

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

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WMM Playlist from Dec. 28 – The 111 Best Recordings of 2011 (part 4 of 4)

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, December 28, 2011:

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

The 111 Best Recordings of 2011 are 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. All December we’ve been playing nearly 8-hours of music that represent: The 111 of Best Recordings of 2011!

Howard Iceberg's 7-CD collection of over 100 songs, "Welcome Aboard" tops our list of The 111 Best Recordings of 2011

The Wilders also make our list with their 2011 release, "The Wilders"

1. (27.) Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – “Morning Thought”
from: 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.]

2. (26.) The Low Anthem – “Boeing 737”
from: 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.”]

3. (25.) Dengue Fever – “Cement Slippers”
from: 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.]

4. (24.) Thee Oh Sees – “Crushed Grass”
from: 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, and over the course of several albums evolved into a full band. We first played The Oh Sees on Sept. 28.]

5. (23.) David Kilgour & the Heavy Eights – “I’ll Climb Back Up That Hill”
from: Left By Soft / Merge Records / April 26, 2011
[8th album from former leader of legendary New Zealand band, the Clean.]

6. (22.) Tom Waits – “Chicago”
from: 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.]

7. (21.) Austra –“Lose It”
from: 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.”]


8. (20.) Victor & Penny – “Exactly Like You”
from: Antique Pop / V & P Productions / December 9, 2011
[Victor & Penny performed LIVE on our Sept. 7 Wednesday MidDay Medley. 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.]

9. (19.) Pieta Brown – “Mercury”
from: 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.]

10. (18.) Low – “Something’s Turning Over”
from: 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.]

11. (17.) Wire – “Adapt”
from: 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.]


12. (16.) Deer Tick – “Main Street”
from: Divine Providence / Partisan Records / October 24, 2011
[from Providence, Rhode Island led by guitarist and singer-songwriter John McCauley]

13. (15.) tUnE- yArDs – “Gangsta”
from: 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.]

14. (14.) John Vanderslice – “Sea Salt”
from: Whte 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. (13.) The Empty Spaces – “Mind Over Matter”
from: Low Noise / Golden Sounds / 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.]

16. (12.) Cass McCombs – “County Line”
from: 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 New York City, San Francisco, the Pacific Northwest, England and Baltimore. McCombs has stated that his tombstone will read “Home At Last.”]

17. (11.) Cut Copy – “Where I’m Going”
from: 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.]


18. (10.) The I’ms – “Bully Fight”
from: Second MIXES / Independent / 2011
[from their Facebook Page – Collin Rausch, Kyle Rausch. Hearing Collin Rausch and his cousin Kasey Rausch performed together at Barry Lee’s night of Beatles music was a real treat. Kyle Rausch also plays with The ACB’s.]

19. (9.) Greg Brown – “The Lovinest One”
from: 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 Nov. 9 WMM.]

20. (8.) Sara Swenson and The Pearl Snaps – “Windows and Doors”
from: Never Left My Mind EP / Independent / Nov. 19, 2011
[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.]

21. (7.) Mr. Marco’s V-7 – “Sweet 2”
from: 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 0f the 4 members were our guests, Feb 16, on Wednesday MidDay Medley.]


22. (6.) Atlantic Fadeout – “Traveling Girl”
from: 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.]

23. (5.) Everyday/Everynight –“Breathe Deep”
from: Etc. / Golden Sound Records / May 3, 2011
[Nominated for a Pitch Music Award for “Best Emerging Act” this is the brand new release from 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 of the members who sing and write songs. Golden Sound Records is a new local recording company who also release the music of Oriole Post. The Fullbloods, and The Empty Spaces, as well as the solo works of Jerad Colton Tomasina and Mat Shoare.]

24. (4.) Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey – “Mt. Zion”
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 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 join us LIVE in the studio on March 30. ]


25. (3.) Hidden Pictures – “It’s My Fantasy (It’s Not Your Fantasy)”
from: 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. Several songs had been previously released in two separate EPs in 2010.]

26. (2.) The Wilders – “Things They Say About Home”
from: The Wilders / Free Dirt Records / June 21, 2011
[10th release from Ike Sheldon- Guitar, Lead Vocals, Betse Ellis- Fiddle, Vocals, Phil Wade- Dobro, Banjo, Mandolin, Vocals, Nate Gawron- Bass, Vocals. Sarah Carpenter also sings back-up on this track. 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 our guest producer and host on march 2, in a show celebrating Cajun Music.]

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

Concert Calendar:
12-29 BCR at Californos
12-29 Antennas Up/Not A Planet/Margo May at recordBar
12-30 Ad Astra Arkestra/The Caves/The Grisly Hand at Davey’s
12-30 Mr Marcos V7 at The Brick
12-30 Trampled Under Foot at Knuckleheads
12-31 INK PRESENTS: NYE w/The Sex Police/77 Jefferson/DJ 2-Tone at Beaumont
12-31 Hammerlord/Walking Oceans/Mansion/Humans at The Riot Room
12-31 Minden/Capybara/Ghosty at recordBar
12-31 Katy and Go-Go/New Years Eve Happy Hour at The Brick
12-31 Split Lip Rayfield/Dumptruck Butterlips/Ashes To Immortality at The Bottleneck
12-31 The Rainmakers & The Belairs (sold out) at Knuckleheads


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

Sources for note: Wikipedia.org, artist’s websites

Wednesday MidDay Medley in on the web:

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