WMM Playlist from July 10, 2013

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

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Local & New Releases + Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear
+ Philip Bauer’s Summer Top 40 Favorites!

1. Sonny & The Sunsets – “dark corners”
from: Antenna To the Afterworld / Polyvinyl Records / June 11, 2013
[San Francisco based 5-piece band that list The Clash and Amy Goodman as influences. Helmed by the acclaimed singer / songwriter, playwright, author & onetime troubadour piano man Sonny Smith, The Sunsets have featured a revolving door lineup that became permanent with Kelley Stoltz, Tahlia Harbour, Ryan Browne and Zack Ehrlich.]

2. California Wives – “Purple”
from: Art History / Vagrant Records / Sept. 4, 2012
[Debut full-length from Chicago based 4-piece band, formed in 2009.]

[California Wives play the recordBar, tonight, July 10, with My Gold Mask, and Field Day Dreams]

11:10 – Underwriting

3. Mavis Staples – “Can You Get to That”
from: One True Vine / Anti Records / June 21, 2013
[Mavis Staple’s 13th studio album, and the second on which she collaborated with record producer and Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy. Their 2010 collaboration, “You Are Not Alone” won a Grammy in the category of Best Americana Album. Tweedy also played most of the instruments on the album, with the exception of the drums, which were played by his son, Spencer Tweedy. The album was recorded at the Wilco Loft in Chicago, and while working on it, Staples commuted back and forth between the Loft (on Chicago’s North Side) and her home on Chicago’s South Side.]

[“Can You Get to That” was originally written by George Clinton and Ernie Harris and recorded for “Maggot Brain,” the third studio album by the American funk band Funkadelic, released in 1971.]

10:15 – Interview with Madisen Ward & Ruth Ward

4. Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear – “Runaways” (LIVE)

Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, performed LIVE in our 90.1 FM studios. Madisen Ward & the Mama Bear are Madisen Ward and Ruth Ward. They are a modern soulful/folk music duo. Performing mostly all original music.

Madisen Ward was born in Oklahoma, and grew up in the outskirts of Kansas City, Missouri. He graduated from William Chrisman High School in 2007. Madisen’s journey to become a musician, was “melodically passed down” through the songs of his mother. Last year Madisen Ward and “The Mama Bear” (his mom) – Ruth Ward recorded and released their EP, “We Burned The Cane Field.”

Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear - We Burned the Cane Field

Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear – We Burned the Cane Field

Madisen wrote about the release “We Burned the Cabe Field” saying, “My Mother and I play music together; not because of the relation, but because it’s what works best. This is the sound that naturally emerges when we play together, so we went with it.”

Ruth and Madisen talked about how they ended up recording with Joel Nanos at Element Recording Studios.

The cover of “We Burned The Cane Field,” is a black and white photograph of a woman and three small children, each holding a box of cracker jacks, in the narrow street of an Japanese neighborhood market area. The photo is of Madisen’s paternal grandmother, his father, aunt and uncle.

10:27

5. Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear – “Down in Mississippi” (LIVE)
also available on: We Burned The Cane Field / Independent / October 6, 2012

Madisen is also involved with HitRECord.org

Ruth Ward and Madisen Ward in the 90.1 FM Studios

Ruth Ward and Madisen Ward in the 90.1 FM Studios

Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear – Upcoming Live Performances at:

Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club on Monday, July 15, 2013, at 7:15pm.

Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear play the Main Street Coffee House, 107 S Main, Independence, Missouri on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 7:00pm

Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear play the Great Day Cafe, 7921 Santa Fe Dr Overland Park, KS on August 10.

The new recording from Madisen Ward & The Mama Bear, “We Burned The Cane Field” is available through i-Tunes, CD Baby, Amazon, and other musical outlets.

10:39

6. Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear – “Whole Lotta Problems”
from: We Burned The Cane Field / Independent / October 6, 2012
[Singer songwriter, Madisen Ward graduated from William Chrisman High School in Independence, Missouri in 2007. He plays live and records with his Mother, Mama Bear, both on guitar, with Mama Bear harmonizing with her son. Their debut EP was recorded in Kansas city’s Element Recording by Joel Nanos.]

7. David Bryne & St. Vincent – “I Should Watch TV (M. Stine remix)”
from: Brass Tactics EP / Self Released / May 28, 2012
[Companion EP to their collaborative 2012 record, Love This Giant. The EP collects a previously unreleased Giant bonus track, two remixes, and two live tracks: versions of St. Vincent’s “Marrow” and Talking Heads’ “Road to Nowhere”.) The pair are on tour across North America, before heading to Europe in August.]

[David Byrne & St. Vincent play Kansas City, – FRIDAY NIGHT! – July 12 at Crossroads KC]

8. Gentleman Savage – “Today I Realized”
from: Demo Recordings / Independent / 2012
[The band’s EP debut: Gentleman Savage was released Oct. 12, 2012. Psychedelic-pop band from Kansas City with: Holden Simpson on Vocals/Guitar/Keys, Kyle Anthony on Bass, and Nick Talley on Drums/Percussion.]

[Gentleman Savage play The Kansas City Museum, 3218 Gladstone Blvd, Friday, July 12, at 7:00 pm]

[Gentleman Savage play Lawrence Field Day Fest, Sat, July 13, at Bottleneck w/ Y[our] Fri[end], Cloud Dog, Pale Hearts, Scruffy & the Janitors, Millions of Boys, Monsoon Lazer, Something & the Whatevers]

9. Sneaky Creeps – “Tired”
from: Bell St. Radio / Independent / January 5, 2013
[3rd release from Sneaky Creeps. Recorded in the Sneaky Creeps living room/practice space (A.K.A. Bell St. Radio) with a single AKG 414. It was later overdubbed with vocals and professionally mastered by Joel Nanos of Element Recording Studios. Max – Drums & Yell/Talk, Isaac – Bass, Andy – Guitar & Yell/Talk.]

10. The Bad Ideas – “Dead in My Head”
from: Lesson #1 / Independent / March 8, 2013
[Full length debut recording from the Kansas City based punk band, formed in October 2011. They’ve written all original songs and are influenced by post-hardcore, punk, and early pop punk. Their EP, Worse Thoughts, was one of our favorite recordings of 2012. Breaka Dawn on lead vocals; Britt Adair on Guitar, Back Up Vocals, Caitlin on Bass, back up vocals. The Bad ideas joined s last year on July 11.]

[The Bad Ideas play Czar, Friday, July 12, with Snake island, The Lucky, and The Pale Hearts.]

11. Schwervon! – “Cougar Pride”
from: Courage / Olive Juice Records / September 28, 2012
[Schwervon! is Nan who plays drums and Matt who plays guitar and they both sing. They lived in NYC for 15 years and have just relocated to KC. Last year they opened for both The Vaselines and Belle & Sebastian. They recorded Courage with Memphis-based engineer Doug Easley who has worked with Pavement, Sonic Youth, Cat Power.]

[Schwervon! play Lawrence Field Day Fest, Friday, July 12, at The Bottleneck w/: Radkey, Bloodbirds, Nature Boys, Many Moods of Dad, JOCKS, Going to Hell in a Leather Jacket, Bad, Kids To The Front.]

[Schwervon! play Czar on Tuesday, July 16, with Speedy Ortiz, and Lazy.]

11:00 – Philip Bauer’s Summer Top 40 Favorites!

KKFGI Volunteer - Philip Bauer

KKFI Volunteer – Philip Bauer

Philip Bauer, is one of KKFI’s incredible volunteers, who donates hundreds of hours each year helping 90.1 FM Community Radio. Philip brought his rich, deep voice to our airwaves to play his Summer Top 40 Favorites!

12. Rush – “Finding My Way”
from: Rush / Mercury Records / 1974
[Debut album by Canadian band. Original drummer John Rutsey performed all drum parts on the album, but was unable to go on extended tours because of diabetes and left the band after the album was released. Rutsey wrote some lyrics for the debut, but never submitted them to the band and some new lyrics had to be thrown together. He was soon replaced by Neil Peart. Rush was inducted into the rock and roll Hall of fame this year.]

13. Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble – “The Sky is Crying”
from: The Sky is Crying / Epic / November 5, 1991
[Released about one year after Vaughan’s death in 1990, the album features ten previously unreleased tracks, originally recorded between 1984 and 1989. Only one title, “Empty Arms” (complete reprisal), appeared on any of the group’s previous albums. The tracks were compiled by Vaughan’s brother, Jimmie Vaughan, in an effort to release the title track. The Sky Is Crying illustrates many of Vaughan’s musical influences, including songs in the style of traditional Delta blues, Chicago blues, jump blues, jazz blues, and Jimi Hendrix. The album’s tone alternates primarily between uptempo pieces and gritty, slow blues. The album includes a Grammy-winning extended instrumental cover version of Jimi Hendrix’s “Little Wing.”]

14. Santana featuring Rob Thomas – “Smooth”
from: Supernatural / Arista Records / June 15, 1999
[17th album by Santana. It went 15 times platinum in the US and won nine Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year as well as three Latin Grammy Awards including Record of the Year. Conceived by Clive Davis it was a big global hit, eventually selling more than 30 million copies. It is the most successful album by Santana, charting in ten countries, including in the United States, at number one. Supernatural debuted at number nineteen on the Billboard 200 on July 3, 1999 but topped (after 18 weeks) the chart on October 30, 1999 and stayed there for 12 non-consecutive weeks. It included the hit single “Smooth”, which featured Matchbox Twenty singer Rob Thomas on vocals, and was number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for 12 weeks.]

15. The Rolling Stones – “Far Away Eyes”
from: Some Girls / Rolling Stones / June 9, 1978
[14th British and 16th American studio album, peaked at #1 on the Billboard 200, and became one of the band’s biggest-selling albums in the US, and has been certified as having six million copies sold as of 2000. Many reviewers called it a classic return to form, and their best album since 1972’s Exile on Main St. With the advent of punk rock, The Rolling Stones were targeted by some in the movement as cultural dinosaurs. Mick Jagger felt invigorated by the provocations and was determined to answer them lyrically. It helped, however, that almost all the punks had, openly or not, idolized the Stones in the 1960s and were heavily influenced by the band’s rebellious records from that era. At least as important was the addition of Ronnie Wood to the line-up, as Some Girls was the first album recorded with him as a full member.]

11:26 – Underwriting

11:27

16. Michael Jackson – “Black or White”
from: Dangerous / Epic / November 26, 1991
[1st single from Jackson’s 8th studio album. Dangerous sold over 35 million albums worldwide, and has been cited as one of the best-selling albums of all time that produced 4 top ten singles on the Billboard Hot 100. To prepare the audience for the TV premiere of the “Black or White” video, Epic records released the song (without the accompanying images) to radio stations just two days in advance. In a period of 24 hours, “Black or White”, described by the record company as “a rock ‘n’ roll dance song about racial harmony”, had been added to the playlists of 96 percent of 237 of the USA’s top 40 radio stations the first day of release. “Black or White” entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number 35. A week later it shot up to number three and in its third week, December 7, 1991, it ascended to #1, making it the fastest chart topper since The Beatles’ “Get Back” also won the Hot 100 in just three weeks in 1969. It remained at the top of the singles chart into 1992 for a total of seven weeks, making Michael Jackson the first artist to have #1 popular hits in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. In the UK, the single became the first single by an American to go into the singles chart at #1 since 1960, when “It’s Now or Never” by Elvis Presley did in the same manner. “Black or White” hit #1 in 19 countries, including the US, the UK, Canada, Mexico, Cuba, Zimbabwe, Australia, New Zealand, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Israel, Italy, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. The single was certified platinum in the US, selling over one million copies and became the second best selling single of the year. Reviews of the song varied. Rolling Stone’s Allan Light in his Dangerous review, compares the song unfavorably to “Beat It”: “Neither this slow-burn solo nor the Stones-derived riff on ‘Black or White’ offers the catharsis of Eddie Van Halen’s blazing break on ‘Beat It'”.]

17. The Prodigy – “Firestarter”
from: The Fat of the Land / XL Recordings / July 1, 1997
[1st single from their 3rd album The Fat of the Land, and their 10th single. It featured Kieth Flint’s punky vocals which showcased him as the group’s frontman. Band members Liam Howlett & Keith Flint share songwriting credits with Kim Deal of The Breeders. The looped wah-wah guitar riff in “Firestarter” was sampled from The Breeders’ track “S.O.S.” from Last Splash. Because of the use of a sample from the 1984 single “Close (to the Edit)” songwriting credits also list Art of Noise’s then-members: Anne Dudley, Trevor Horn, J.J. Jeczalik, Gary Langan & Paul Morley. The album title comes from the old English phrase ‘living off the fat of the land.’ The album has sold over 10 million copies worldwide as of 2012. The album debuted at #1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart. The album has since gone double platinum, selling over 2 million copies.]

18. The Red Elvises – “Closet Disco Dancer”
from: Your Favorite Band – Live / Shoobah Doobah / May 1, 1999
[Russian-American band that performs rock & roll, surf, rockabilly, reggae, lounge and traditional Russian styles of music. They were founded in California in the mid-1990s and are based in Venice Beach.]

19. Ugly Kid Joe – “Everything About You”
from: As Ugly As They Wanna Be / Island Def Jam Records / August 31, 1992
[American rock band from Isla Vista, California, formed in 1990. The band’s name spoofs that of another band, Pretty Boy Floyd. Ugly Kid Joe’s sound includes a range of styles, including rock, hard rock, funk metal and heavy metal. To date, Ugly Kid Joe have released three full-length albums, two compilation albums and two EPs. Their best selling records are As Ugly as They Wanna Be and America’s Least Wanted, were both certified double platinum by the RIAA. The band broke up in 1997, but announced a reunion in 2010.]

20. No Doubt – “Different People”
from: Tragic Kingdom / Interscope / October 10, 1995
[3rd studio album from Anaheim, California, band that formed in 1986. Between 1995 and 1998, seven singles were released from it, including “Just a Girl” and “Don’t Speak”, which reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 . The album has sold over 16 million copies worldwide; and was certified diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in the United States and Canada, platinum in the United Kingdom, and triple platinum in Australia. It helped to initiate the ska revival of the 1990s, persuading record labels to sign more ska bands and helping them to attract more mainstream attention. No Doubt embarked on a tour to promote the album. The tourlasted two and a half years.]

21. Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Higher Ground”
from: Mother’s Milk / EMI America Records / August 16, 1989
[“Higher Ground” was written by Stevie Wonder for his 1973 album Innervisions. The Red Hot Chili Peppers released a cover as the second single from their fourth studio album Mother’s Milk.]

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

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WMM Playlist from April 24, 2013

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

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The Grisly Hand + Sneaky Creeps +
Bach Aria Soloists + Artist Judith Levy’s “NV in KC”

1. The Grisly Hand – “If You Say So”
from: Country Singles / Independent / April 26, 2013

10:05 – Interview with The Grisly Hand

The Grisly Hand, is a Kansas City based, six member band that first started playing live in 2009. The current line up includes: Jimmy Fitzner (Guitar and Vocals), Lauren Krum (Vocals and Percussion), Johnny Nichols (Bass and Vocals), Matt Richey (Drums), Mike Stover (Steel Guitar), and Ben Summers (Guitar and Mandolin). The band’s debut release “Safe House” was release in November of 2010. Their EP “Western Avenue” was one of our Best Recordings of 2012 . The Grisly Hand are now releasing their new full-length recording, “Country Singles” with a special concert, Friday, April 26, at 7:00 at Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester, KCMO. More info at: thegrislyhand.com

Lauren Krum and Mike Stover joined us live in the studio.

This band shares Matt Richey and Mike Stover with a few other bands including Dead Voices. Matt also plays with Tiny Horse and Victor & Penny. Mike also plays with Mr. Marcos V7, and three other bands.

The Grisly Hand will be headlining the Spring Dance – Spice of Life Productions 10th Anniversary, on Saturday, May 18, at Crossroads KC at Grinders, 8:00pm, with My Brothers & Sisters, and Starhaven Rounders.

This weekend The Grisly Hand is releasing their third recording. The cover of the new record “Country Singles” is a photograph where more than half of the frame is taken up by a blacktop country road, with four or five semi-trucks parked in the top left corner on the horizon with the big blue sky behind and the sun setting behind a line of bare trees.

“Country Singles” contains rousing country, truckstop spirited, tracks, but there is also the beautiful “Blind Horse” which is just Lauren’s voice with a piano. This song transcends category and displays the special vocal abilities of Lauren Krum. Mike Stover talked about how that track came to be after a piano had just been delivered to Element Studios.

10:15

2. The Grisly Hand – “Municipal Farm Blues”
from: Country Singles / Independent / April 26, 2013

10:15

“Safe House” gave us the anthem “Paris of the Plains” and many great songs that defined who and where. “Country Singles” has some introspective songs looking inside. Lauren talked about the songwriting process for the band.

Kian Byrne left the band to work full time in his family band The Elders, but it sounds like Mike Stover’s steel guitar has come into take the place of Kian’s fiddle in the composition of The Grisly Hand’s beautiful sound.

Bill Sundahl describes the band: “A mixture of down home and metropolitan Country, Blues, Rock, Bluegrass, and just the right infusion of Soul is what sets them apart from their peers, yet invites you in to the party. Brilliant!”

Friday night, April 26, is the “Country Singles'” CD Release Party at Knuckleheads, 2715 Rochester St, with: She’s A Keeper and Trevor McSpadden, lead singer of Chicago’s Hoyle Brothers. More info at: thegrislyhand.com

10:25

3. The Grisly Hand – “Coal & Black”
from: Country Singles / Independent / April 26, 2013

4. Soft Reeds – “Pregnant Actress”
from: Blank City / The Record Machine / Tuesday, April 23, 2013

[Soft Reeds play a Kansas City Album Release Party, Friday, April 26, at the Riot Room, 4048 Broadway, with Be/Non, and Rev Gusto.]

10:31 – Underwriting

10:32

5. Sneaky Creeps – “Mom Needs A Vacation”
from: December Demos / Independent / 2013
[Downloaded form their SoundCloud page.]

10:35 – Interview with William Andrew Erdrich, Max Crutcher, and Isaac (the new bass player) of Sneaky Creeps

William Andrew Erdrich & Max Crutcher met while going to KCAI. Their second release “The Thin Man Wigs Out” was on of our favorite recordings of 2012. The band recently brought in a bass player, Isaac, and are now a three piece again and have been recording new music. SNEAKY CREEPS kick off their tour with a special concert, Wednesday, May 1, at The Roost, 1100 Santa Fe, KCMO, with LAZY, and YUCKRATZ.

10:52

6. Sneaky Creeps – “Worn Out”
from: December Demos / Independent / 2013
[Downloaded form their SoundCloud page.]

7. David Bowie – “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)”
from: The Next Day / ISO Records – Columbia / March 12, 2013
[Bowie’s first new music in 10 years. In the works for over 2 years, Bowie is collaborated with longtime producer Tony Visconti who told the BBC that they worked on the new album at a very slow pace. “We never spent more than two to three weeks at a time recording,” Visconti said. “And then we’d take off as much as two months. We’d usually work on one or two songs in an afternoon and we’d whip them up to shape where they’d sound like great rock tracks. At that point there wouldn’t be any final vocals or lyrics. This is the same way I’d been working with him since The Man Who Sold the World. He hasn’t really changed in his approach.” Toward the end of Bowie’s 2004 tour in Europe the singer underwent emergency heart surgery for a blocked artery. There were rumors about Bowie’s health. Visconti told the BBC “He’s a very healthy man… I couldn’t explain how I know that, but I worked with a very healthy David Bowie in the studio and a very happy David Bowie in the studio.”]

11:00 – Station ID

8. Swimming in Speakers – “In Knowing”
from: Guessing The Others / Independent / February 5, 2013
[Debut full-length recording from Christopher Clarke & Meadow Elizabeth. Christopher Clarke was a professional actor in Kansas City after graduating from UMKC’s professional actor training program at the conservatory. After living and working in Prague, Christopher landed back in Adirondack Park, New York where Swimming in Speakers was formed, and ignited the rich Northeastern music scene with strong live performances and an impressive EP that twice landed them on episodes of Grey’s Anatomy. The band mixes indie ambient synth-pop, toe-tapping freak folktronica, and Christopher Clarke’s multi-layered production with Meadow Elizabeth’s hypnotic vocals.]

9. Palace – “Treetop Lover”
from: Single remix release / The Record Machine / March 2013
[St. Louis based band: Matthew James: Vocals/ Guitar/ Canadian-Tuxedos, Danny James: Drums/ Vocals/ Mustaches, Phil Grooms: Trumpet/Bass/Tall, Josh Eaker: Bass/fuzz, Crystal Owens: Vocals/X-bells]

[Palace returns to KC to open for COWBOY INDIAN BEAR’s KC ALBUM RELEASE PARTY! Thurs. April 25, 8:00pm, at Davey’s Uptown Rambler’s Club, 3402 Main St, KCMO, w/ Heartfelt Anarchy]

11:10 – Interview with Elizabeth Suh Lane, Beau Bledsoe, and Jeff Harshbarger

Elizabeth Suh Lane, has been acclaimed, “…among the finest chamber musicians in America today” by San Francisco Symphony’s Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas. She has performed across the globe as a chamber, solo and orchestral musician in the finest concert halls. Elizabeth is founder-Executive-Artistic Director and violinist of the Bach Aria Soloists. Her leadership has brought world-class collaborations to Kansas City to partner with the ensemble.

Beau Bledsoe comes from a large musical family in Little Rock, Arkansas. While in high school, he obtained a handful of old records from the Spanish guitar masters and began his formal studies at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, graduating with honors and receiving top prizes from regional music competitions. Beau relocated to the graduate guitar program at the University of Missouri-KC Conservatory of Music and has continued his professional career collaborating with Nathan Granner, composer/pianist Brad Cox, and the ensemble, Alaturka.

Jeff Harshbarger, was voted Kansas City’s Best Bassist by Pitch Magazine in 2007, has ecorded and performed across the globe with such varied groups as Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Bobby Watson, Curtis Fuller, Forever Tango, Eugene Chadborne, Mitt Abel, Tango and dozens more. He is the curator of Jeff Harshbarger Presents: An Alternative Jazz Series, promoting new improvised music in Kansas City.

The Bach Aria Soloists: Elizabeth Suh Lane, Beau Bledsoe, and Jeff Harshbarger perform Tango music LIVE in our 90.1 FM studios. And we’ll talk with these amazing musicians about their upcoming concert, “A Night of Tango,” on April 27, at 8:00 PM at HELZBERG HALL, in The Kauffman Center For the Performing Arts. The show highlights the rich music of Astor Piazzolla and his Piazzolla quintet, with legendary Tango master Héctor Del Curto.

10. Bach Aria Soloists: Elizabeth Suh Lane, Beau Bledsoe, & Jeff Harshbarger – “Libertango” (Live)

11. Bach Aria Soloists: Elizabeth Suh Lane, Beau Bledsoe – “Bordel 1900” (Live)

11:30 – Underwriting

11:32

12. Lyal Strickland– “Every Time It Starts To Rain”
from: Balanced On Barbed Wire / Independent / 2013
[From Buffalo Missouri]

[Lyal Strickland plays Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester Ave, KCMO, Thurs, April 25, at 7:30pm]

13. Diana Krall – “We Just Couldn’t Say GoodBye”
from: Glad Rag Doll (Deluxe Edition) / Verve Music Group / Oct. 27, 2012

[Diana Krall plays The Midland Theatre, Wednesday, May 1, at 8:00pm.]

14. Tim Coons – “Envy”
from: The Deadly Sins and Beatitudes / Tim Coons / Oct. 8, 2008
[Born in Hutchinson, Kansas, Tim Coons in now based in Greely, Colorado.]

11:35 – Interview with Judith Levy

Artist & Filmmaker, Judith Levy was the recipient of the Artopia, Visual Artist of the Year, by The Pitch Newspaper, 2012. Her work has been presented in multiple galleries in Kansas City as well as Indianapolis, Minneapolis, Chicago, and Winnipeg to name a few. Her 2012 video “On The Seventh Day” was sceened at film festivals across the country including the Kansas City Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. Judith joins us to discuss her new film, “NV in KC,” a community filmmaking project funded by an Andy Warhol Foundation Rocket Grant Award. The film takes place in the vibrant art world of present-day Kansas City. The film will have it’s premiere Thursday May 2, at the Tivoli Cinema in Kansas City, and on May 9, at the Lawrence Arts Center, in Lawrence, Kansas. More info at: nvinkc.com or judithglevy.com.

“NV in KC” combines performers and actors playing fictional characters in scripted scenes with real life documentary interviews conducted by you with notable arts leaders.

11:40

15. Audio Clip #2 from “NV in KC” Jealousy Vs. Envy – Erin McGrane (:35)

16. Audio Clip #3 from “NV in KC” Featuring Julian Zugazagoitia (1:04)

Well-known local performers, and notable arts leaders appear in the film: De De DeVille, Carol Holstead, Judith G. Levy, Erin McGrane, Shannon Michalski, Garry Noland, Jaimie Warren, Rachael Cozad, Saralyn Reece Hardy, Sherry Leedy, Raechell Smith, Julian Zugazagoitia. How did you find the cast?

The film is a diary-like tale about artist Lee J. Ross’ (played by Judith Levy) efforts to come to terms with her own envious feeling and those of her friends.

Kansas City’s May 2nd Tivoli Screening is SOLD OUT!

May 9, 2013 at 7:00 pm, At The Lawrence Art Center, 940 New Hampshire St. Lawrence, KS., (785) 843-2787

A community filmmaking project funded by an Andy Warhol Foundation Rocket Grant

NV in KC: a story about artists and envy in Kansas City is a humorous and probing film set in the vibrant art world of present-day Kansas City. Well-known, local performers and notable arts leaders star in this diary-like tale about artist Lee J. Ross’ efforts to come to terms with her own envious feeling and those of her friends. Invented narrative is blended with documentary-like interviews to tell a story that was filmed in Lawrence and Kansas City and captures the complexity of a challenging emotion.

The film was made possible through the support of the Charlotte Street Foundation and Spencer Museum of Art.

11:45

17. Audio Clip from “NV in KC” Success & Failure: Saralyn Reece Hardy(1:25)

“NV in KC” will have it’s premiere Thursday May 2, at the Tivoli Cinema in Kansas City, and on May 9, at the Lawrence Arts Center, in Lawrence, Kansas. More info at: nvinkc.com or judithglevy.com

11:59:30

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

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

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WMM Playlist from: Dec. 5, 2012 – The 112 Best Recordings of 2012 (Part 1)

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 5, 2012

The 112 Best Recordings of 2012
(Part 1 of 4)

Part-1, of our 4-week special: The 112 Best Recordings of 2012. Based on the playlists of Wednesday MidDay Medley. In 2012 we’ve played over 700 of New & Local Releases, we’ve presented dozens of LIVE in-studio performances from area performers, and we’ve interviewed over 150 local and national guests. 70% of the recordings on our list were locally produced. It’s all good! Tune into 90.1 FM, Wednesdays in December, on the 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th, we’ll play nearly 8-hours of music that represents: The 112 of Best Recordings of 2012!

1. (112.) Eternal Summers – “Millions”
from: Correct Behavior / Kanine Records / July 24, 2012
[This is the second proper full length from Virginia based Eternal Summers who have previously released a handful of 7 inches, EP’s and one debut as a duo. Now a power trio.]

2. (111.) The Bad Ideas – “What You Got”
from: Worse Thoughts [EP] / Independent /January 22, 2012
[Britt or Dare (guitar), Break-A-Dawn (vocals), the Caitlin Curry Implosion (bass), and Brittain Lawlessness (drums) joined us live on Wednesday MidDay Medley, July 11.]

3. (110.) Flying Lotus – “See Thru You (feat. Erykah Badu)”
from: Until The Quiet Comes / Warp Records / October 1, 2012
[Flying Lotus is Steven Ellison the great-nephew of the late jazz pianist Alice Coltrane, wife of saxophonist John Coltrane and cousin of musician Ravi Coltrane. Flying Lotus has released 4 studio albums and has produced much of the bumper music on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim programming block. He also contributed remixes for fellow Plug Research artists including Mia Doi Todd.]

4. (109.) SoundsGood – “Ice Cream”
from: Goodbye / Innate Sounds / March 1, 2012
[Vocals – Joe Good, Beats – Miles Bonny. The third and final album from this legendary KC Hip Hop band. Miles Bonny and Brenk Sinatra released S3 “Supa Soul Sh*t” in Nov.]

10:12 – Interview with Spencer Brown

“Considered America’s favorite “Dragapella,” The Kinsey Sicks present, “Oy Vey in a Manger” 8:00 PM Thursday at the Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th St. Proceeds Benefit AIDS Walk KC. Tickets can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com or by calling The Folly Theater Box Office at (816) 474-4444.

Rachel, Winnie, Trixie and Trampolina try to sell off their manger before it’s foreclosed upon. Look forward to songs like “I’m Dreaming of a Betty White Christmas” and “Don’t Be Happy, Worry.”

Kansas City’s own Spencer Brown is Trampolina Kinsey Sicks. His local ties bring the group here, and the show benefits AIDS Walk Kansas City. Spencer is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York and currently lives in Kansas City where he is known for his other drag alter ego, Daisy Buckët (pronounced ‘bouquet’). Daisy is a current member of the Kansas City Society of Burlesque. Favorite credits include writing and starring in a stage adaptation of the 1979 film The Rose, Riff Raff (The Rocky Horror Show), Chicklet (Psycho Beach Party), and Sue Snell (A Scarrie Carrie Christmas Carol). His work for AIDS organizations in Kansas City has raised over $33,000 in the past several years. He has been singing and mugging shamelessly with the Kinsey Sicks since October 2008.

The “Oy Vey in a Manger” Tour: Dec 6: Kansas City, MO / Dec 7: St. Louis, MO
Dec 20: Chicago, IL / Dec 22: San Francisco, CA / Jan 4-6: Ajijic, Mexico
Jan 8-9: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

The Kinsey Sicks: P.M.B. 387, 584 Castro Street, San Francisco, CA (kinseysicks.com)

Spencer Brown also performs as Daisy Buckët for Hamburger Mary’s Annual Holiday Show, Saturday, December 15, 2012, at 6:00pm until 11:00pm.Ticket proceeds will go to benefit the LIKEME Lighthouse and the AIDSWalk Kansas City.

10:20

5. (108.) The Kinsey Sicks – “T’aint it Love?”
fdddrom: 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”).]

[The Kinsey Sicks will be in Kansas City, presenting their holiday show, “Oy Vey in a Manger” Thursday Night, December 6, at 8:00 PM, at The Folly Theater 300 W. 12th St, Kansas City, as a benefit for AIDS Walk Kansas City. Oy Vey boasts The Kinsey Sicks reinterpretations of holiday classics, such as “God Bless Ye Femmy Lesbians,” “Satan Baby”, and “I’m Dreaming of a Betty White Christmas”, plus hilarious Jewish satiric fare, including “Don’t Be Happy, Worry,” the Chanukah spa classic “I Had a Little Facial” and, of course, the requisite and new Christmas cuisine standard, “Soylent Night.”]

6. (107.) Jason Vivone & The Billy Bats–”The Nina, The Pinta, The Santa Maria”
from: Lather Rinse Repeat / Independent / May 4, 2012
[Jason Vivone (vocals, guitar, mandolin, harp, cigarbox guitar, diddley bow, piano) ; Ben Hoppes (vocals, banjo, guitar) ; Imani Glasgow (vocals, fiddle, percussion); Jeremy Clark (bass); Matt Bustamante (vocals, drums); Paula Crawford (vocals, guitar). Jason Vivone joined us on Wednesday MidDay Medley on May 2.]

7. (106.) Daughn Gibson – “A Young Girl’s World”
from: All Hell / White Denim / March 26, 2012
[Carlisle, Pennsylvania based singer/songwriter, was formerly the drummer for the band Pearls and Brass. His debut solo album “All Hell” has received critical acclaim. Sub Pop records has signed Gibson \where is working on a full-length Sub Pop debut to be released next year. Gibson has recorded a new song called “Reach Into the Fire” that samples his new label mates Shabazz Palaces and Tiny Vipers (above).]

8. (105.) Caul – “A Clear Eye Loves The Shadows As Well”
from: Let The Stars Assume The Whole of The Night / Hypnos / March 29 2012
[12th full length album from Caul aka Brett Smith, a prolific musician based in Baldwin City, Kansas, who has been releasing music since 1996 on various electronica labels. Caul began in 1993, while he was playing guitar in John Bergin’s band Trust Obey.]

10:36 – Underwriting
10:37

9. (104.) Ruthie Foster – “Welcome Home”
from: Let It Burn / Blue Corn Music / Jan 31, 2012
[Texas born Ruthie Foster’s new album features special guests The Blind Boys of Alabama, soul legend William Bell, and the rhythm section of The Funky Meters (bassist George Porter Jr. and drummer Russell Batiste). Recorded in New Orleans with producer John Chelew (The Blind Boys of Alabama, John Hiatt, Richard Thompson), Let It Burn also includes New Orleans-bred guitarist Dave Easley, renowned saxophonist James Rivers and Ike Stubblefield (Curtis Mayfield, Marvin Gaye, and Eric Clapton) on organ. Ruthie Foster played Kansas City with Paul Thorn, March 28, at Knuckleheads.]

10. (103.) Gentleman Savage – “Overlord”
from: Gentleman Savage [EP] / Independent / Oct. 12, 2012
[Psychedelic-pop band from Kansas City with: Holden Simpson on Vocals/Guitar/Keys, Kyle Anthony on Bass, and Nick Talley on Drums/Percussion.]

11. (102.) Dirty Projectors – “Swing Lo Magellan”
from: Swing Low Magellan / Domino Recording Co. / July 10, 2012
[6th studio album by American experimental rock. The album was written, recorded, produced and mixed by Dirty Projectors frontman Dave Longstreth in Delaware County, New York.]

10:48

12. (101.) Himanshu – “Coca Cola Freestyle”
from: Nehru Jackets / Greedhead / January 23, 2012
[Himanshu Suri, aka Heems, from Queens Hip Hop band Das Racist, releases his own solo album-mix tape.]

13. (100.) Sneaky Creeps – “Flat”
from: The Thin Man Wigs Out [EP] / Independent / Jan. 8, 2012
[The 2nd EP from band formed by, Max Crutcher, Andy Davis, Andy Erdrich who all met while going to KCAI. Andy Davis moved away, making the Sneaky Creeps a duo of Max Crutcher on Drums and Yell/Talk, and Andrew Erdrich on Guitar and Yell/Talk. Recorded by Ashley at Infoaming Vortex. All songs were written by Sneaky Creeps. Andy Erdrich, who is also a co-founder of BREAD KC! Was happy to report that we were the very first to download their new, release, “The Thin Man Wigs Out,” through bandcamp. The Smeaky Creeps joined us several times throughout the year as our guest producers.]

14. (99.) The Casket Lottery – “Radiation Bells”
from: REAL FEAR / No Sleep Records / Nov. 3, 2012
[KC based band was formed by Nathan Ellis (guitar/vocals) and Stacy Hilt (bass) in July of 1997 while Nathan was in the band COALESCE. Nathan “Junior” Richardson joined in on drums. They toured with other late 1990s bands: GIANTS CHAIR, BOYS LIFE, and SHUDDER TO THINK. In the band’s initial 5 years they created over 50 songs, including three full length albums, three EPs, numerous 7″, split 7″, and compilation appearances. After one last tour to the West Coast in support of their 2006 release “Smoke and Mirrors,” the band called it quits. Now a 5-piece band, the group has returned like a phoenix with new music that was recorded with Ed Rose, at Black Lodge Recordings, in Eudora, KS, during the fall and winter of 2011/2012.]

[The Casket Lottery play The Riot Room, on Broadway, in Westport, Friday, Dec. 21, w/ Simple Lines.]

15. (98.) Sons of Great Dane – “To A City I Have Known”
from: You Can’t Lose It All, All At Once [EP] / Sharp County Records / September 4, 2012
[Brent Windler: Guitar/Vocals, Nolle Bond: Bass, Evanjohn: Guitar, and Brendan Culp: Drums. Recorded and Mixed by Paul Malinowski at Massive Sound. Mastered by Mike Nolte at West End Studios. ]

[Sons of Great Dane play The Riot Room, Sat., Dec. 8, with The Slowdown and Animal Empty.]

11:05

16. (97.) The Ned Ludd Band– “In A Duel”
from: Spacebar / Independent / November 17, 2012
[Recorded by DEERWOLFANIMALBEAR. The Ned Ludd Band includes: Clint Hoffmeier, Jordan Carver, Aaron Fuhr. Produced by Brent Jamison who now plays drums w/ the band. Clint Hoffmeir joined us on Wednesday MidDay Medley on September 12.]

17. (96.) The John McKenna Band –“Paz Contigo and the World is Mean”
from: Beautuful Dangerous [EP] / Independent / Jan. 25, 2012
[Born out of a conversation between McKenna and Jeff Larison (Blackbird Revue, Oriole Post, Sara Swenson, Red Guitar). Ryan Green (Satellite Soul) was quickly brought into the discussion and the three eventually started working on old and new McKenna tunes. Todd Way (Beggar’s Table, Satellite Soul) was brought in to play bass, but it wasn’t long before he was playing other instruments as well, namely piano and some guitar from time to time. Eventually, the sound was rounded-out by an old friend of everyone in the band, Allison Cloud. Current line-up: John McKenna- guitars & vocals; Jeff Larison- lap & pedal steel, guitars; Ryan Green- drums; Todd Way- bass, keys, & vocals; Allison Cloud- vocals; Nick “Pick” Pickrell – bass.]

18. (95.) Tina And Her Pony – “Far Away”
from: Tina And Her Pony / Independent / March 9, 2012
[Tina Collins and Quetzal Jordan perform as Tina And Her Pony, a critically acclaimed, alt Americana band. We interviewed them LIVE on Wednesday MidDay Medley on August 22. Tina And Her Pony joined Victor and Penny in concert, Aug 25, at The Kansas City Academy, Grassroots Concert Series.]

19. (94.) Jason Beers – “Roving Gambler”
from: No Banjo is An Island / Independent / April 11, 2012
[Jason Beers is almost everywhere these days. Playing the saw on the big stage at The Folly Theatre with The New Century Follies, and on the small stage at The Fishtank for Mel Neet’s annual anti-Valentine’s Day Show. Jason was seen playing on top of a downtown building, in a train car, with Betse Ellis, for the Prairie Logic Opening. Jason played in the Dead Voices band with Tiny Horse and Betse Ellis for Wednesday MidDay Medley’s LIVE show “A Story In A Song” in July at the recordBar. Jason also plays with his own band The Brannock Device who released their own new album this year too. That’s Elaine McMilian singing w/ Jason]

[Elaine McMilian will be in concert Saturday, December 15, at 7:00, at the recordBar with Troy Meiss.]

[Many of Elaine and Jason’s friends will be a part of, The Murder Ballad Ball Vol. 4 – Two Sisters, this Saturday, December 8, 2012, starting at 6:00pm at Davey’s Uptown, 3402 Main Street, KCMO includes a special showing of the short film Two Sisters by Mile Deep Films, and featuring: The Silver Maggies, Cadillac Flambe’, Rural Grit Allstars, The Pennysheets, Adam Lee, Anthony Ladesich and the Secret Liquor Cure, Blue Boot Healers, Victor and Penny, Partners In Glory, Vi Tran Band, Cody Wyoming, and Richard Alwyn. A portion of the proceeds from this event benefit the Midwest Music Foundation, who will be hosting a raffle and auction!]

11:20

20. (93.) La Guerre – “23”
from: Secret Handshakes / Golden Sound Records + The Record Machine (12″ Split Release) / Apr. 21, 2012
[Nathan Reush from The Record Machine, and Jerad Tomasina and Ross Brown from Golden Sound Records joined us LIVE on Wednesday MidDay Medley on April 11, to discuss Record Store Day and their special vinyl release that combined 6 special new tracks from each of their KC based labels.]

[La Guerre is the solo project for Katlyn Conroy, member of the acclaimed Lawrence band, Cowboy Indian Bear. La Guerre often involves a revolving group of musicians. Her EP, Savannah>Jacksonville was released, July 17, at The Record Machine, and I-Tunes. You can learn more at: laguerremusic.tumblr.com or katlynconroy.bandcamp.com]

[La Guerre plays The Record Machine Holiday Party with Soft Reeds, and Palace, Friday, December 14, at 10:00pm, at miniBar, 3810 Broadway, KCMO. There’s a Piñata smash at Midnight! Those who wear, their worst holiday sweater, could have a chance to win special The Record Machine gifts.]

[La Guerre plays Replay Lounge in Lawrence, KS. Saturday, Dec. 15, w/ Palace, and Hospital Ships.]

21. (92.) Shearwater – “You As You Were”
from: Animal Joy / Sub Pop / Feb. 15, 2012
[7th studio album from American indie rock band formed in Austin, Texas in 1999 by Okkervil River members Jonathan Meiburg and Will Sheff, although Sheff is no longer with the band.]

22. (91.) Rumblejetts – “Truck Stop Waitress”
from: Motor Honey / Spinjet – Money Wolf Music Records / September 12, 2012
[Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Justin Penney at Money Wolf Music. Rumblejetts include: Jim Holopter- Guitar, vocals; Jud Kite- Drums, vocals; Chad Hasty – Bass and Vocals. Rumblejetts were nominated this year for a Pitch Music Award for Best Country/Rockabilly Band.]

[Rumblejetts play TROUSER MOUSE in Blue Springs, Fri, Dec. 7, at 9:00 w/ King Devilles.]

[Rumblejetts play Knuckleheads at 2715 Rochester, Saturday, Dec. 15, at 7:00 with Blue Boot Heelers and King DeVilles the 14th Annual Toys for Tots Show sponsored by Chop Tops Salon on West 39th St.]

23. (90.) O, Giant Man – “Five Card Hand”
from: Our Friend Goes West [EP] / Independent / January 4, 2012
[Christopher Robbins – Lead Vocals, Guitars; Jake Schulenberg – Bass Guitar, Vocals; Andy Wendling – Percussion, Vocals; Rick Schulenberg – Keys, Vocals, Percussion.]

11:36 – Underwriting
11:37

24. (89.) Dent May – “Fun”
from: Do Things / Paw Tracks / June 12, 2012
[Based in Oxford, Mississippi. Signed to Animal Collective’s Paw Tracks label while the group was in Oxford recording Merriweather Post Pavilion. Dent May played every part on “Do Things” and recorded it at his home, the Cats Purring Dude Ranch. A NYU film-school drop out, this is his follow up to the critically acclaimed, Dent May and His Magnificent Ukulele.]

25. (88.) Sarah Jaffe – “Mannequin Woman”
from: The Body Wins / Kirtland Records / April 24, 2012
[2nd full-length release. Produced by John Congleton, showing another side of the amazing, 26 year old singer-songwriter from Denton, Texas. Very different from last year’s “Suburban Nature,” the new release shows the part of her that liked to dance and listen to hip-hop and cover Robyn songs live. “Glorified High.” Sarah Jaffe been on tour with Norah Jones and Blitzen Trapper in June and July.]

26. (87.) The Hillary Watts Riot – “Tube Top”
from: A/S/L / Money Wolf Music / April 20, 2012
[First single from their debut album, THWR include: Hillary Watts Bird, Christian Hankel, Tommy Donoho, Sergio Moreno, Justin Penney. They describe their music as “freak pop.” This band is so fun to see live.]

[The Hillary Watts Riot will play The Jackpot in Lawrence, Friday, December 7, with Dream Wolf.]

11:50

27. (86.) Grimes – “Genesis”
from: Visions / 4AD / February 21, 2012
[3rd album from Grimes aka Claire Boucher who was born March 17, 1988 and was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia. After Secondary School she moved to Montreal, Quebec to attend Montreal’s McGill University. It was during her studies that she began to record and perform under the name Grimes.]

28. (85.) Danny McGaw – “Lovers On The Mend”
from: Eccles Road / Zoe Records / October 27, 2012
[Born and raised in Northern England, Danny wrote his first song when he was 12 years old. He spent his childhood pursuing a professional football (with the feet) career. Danny left Manchester to travel at 18. His unique journey led him to Los Angeles where he recorded with the late Terry Melcher (producer of The Byrds, Taj Mahal, Ry Cooder).]

[Danny McGaw, will open for Truck Stop Honeymoon, Fri., Dec, 14, at The Brick, 1727 McGee in KC.]

11:59:30

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

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Show #450

The 112 Best Recordings of 2012

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

The 112 Best Recordings of 2012

The 112 Best Recordings of 2012 are based on the playlists of Wednesday MidDay Medley. In 2012 Wednesday MidDay Medley has featured hundreds of New & Local Releases, we’ve featured dozens of LIVE in-studio performances from area performers, and we have interviewed over 150 local and national artists. 70% of the recordings on our list are locally produced. Tune in Wednesdays in December, on 90.1 FM, for our annual 4-week special event. We’ll play nearly 8-hours of representative tracks from our favorite recordings. It’s all good!

Tune into 90.1 FM, Wednesdays in December, on the 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th. We’ll play nearly 8-hours of music that represent: The 112 of Best Recordings of 2012!

1. Iris DeMent – Sing The Delta / Flariella / October 2, 2012
[Iris Dement previewed many of her new songs when she was in concert with husband Greg Brown, last year for their 11-11-11 show at The Folly Theatre to benefit St. Mark Child and Family Development Center. Now those songs are part of her brand new release that includes a total of 12 new songs. It is her first full-length release of original songs since 1996. The new record, has been critically acclaimed, by the music-press, on both sides of the Atlantic. Iris DeMent was our special guest on our October 10, Wednesday MidDay Medley.]

2. Ghosty – GHOSTY / More Famouser Records / April 17, 2012
[3rd full-length release from Lawrence and KC area band. Ghosty is Andrew Connor, Mike Nolte an Bill Belzer who recorded their new album themselves over the last couple of years with help from David Wetzel, Josh Adams, Jake Blanton, Konnor Ervin, Ryan Connor, Kirsten Paludan, and Dan Talmadge. The new release was pressed on vinyl and available on LP and digital download. More info at ghostysounds.com.]

3. Schwervon! – Courage / Olive Juice Music / September 28, 2012
[Schwervon! is a two piece rock band. Nan plays drums and Matt plays guitar and they both sing. They lived in NYC for 15 years and have just relocated to Kansas City. Last year they opened for both The Vaselines and Belle & Sebastian. They recorded Courage with Memphis-based engineer Doug Easley who has worked with Pavement, Sonic Youth, Cat Power.]

4. The Hearts of Darkness – Shelf Life / Shipshape Records / August 25, 2012
[The 15 piece ensemble welcomed 6 additional musicians to record “Shelf Life” their 2nd full-length release, 2 years in the making. Recorded live at the Cooler Studio in Kansas City, Kansas, with Chad Meise, and mastered by Collin Jordan at the Boiler Room in Chicago, using both vintage analog and modern digital technologies. The album was released on CD and as a limited edition collectible vinyl LP at local music stores, and also available on iTunes. Contributing musicians to “Shelf Life” include: Bob Asher – Trumpet, Sean Branagan – drums and percussion, Rachel Christia – Vocals, Andrew Ford – Trombone, Brandy Gordon – Vocals, Richard Gumbel – Rhythm and Lead Guitar, Sam Hughes – Baritone Saxophone, Les Izmore – Vocals, Pete Leibert – Bass Guitar, Jolan Smith – Tenor Saxophone and Vocals, Miko Spears – Congas, Erica Townsend – Vocals, Ken Walker – Valve Trombone, Brad Williams – drums and percussion, Hermon Mehari – Trumpet, Shawn Hansen – Alto Saxophon, Phil Keegan – Bass Guita, Chris Meck – Rhythm Guita, Josh Mobley – Keyboards, Guitar, Alex Smith – Tenor Saxophone, Mark Vick – Rhythm Guitar. In 2011, the band opened for Huey Lewis and the News, for Snoop Dogg, played w/ Willie Nelson & Neil Young at Farm Aid and performed at the Kanrocksas Music Festival, and won “Best Jazz Ensemble” by the Pitch Music Awards. In 2012 the band released a new single, played the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas, shared the stage with Seun Kuti & the legendary Egypt 80, played the Wakaursa Festival, Kauffman Stadium, Davey’s Uptown in a benefit for 90.1 FM KKFI, the recordBar, KC Crossroads, and Knuckleheads. Members of The Hearts of Darkness: Bobby Asher and Peter Leibert joined us on Wednesday MidDay Medley on August 22.]

5. John Velghe & The Prodigal Sons – Don’t Let Me Stay / Lakeshore Records / March 13, 2012
[John Velghe – vox, guitars, keyboards. The Prodigal Sons: Mike Alexander – guitar, mandolin, backing vocals; Chris Wagner – bass, backing vocals; GoGo Ray – drum set; Hermon Mehari – trumpet; Sam Hughes – saxophone; Mike Walker – trombone. With: Kirsten Paludan – vocals; James Mitchell – cello; Whitney Williamson – violin; Catherine Root – violin. John Velghe was our special guest on Wednesday MidDay Medley on March 21.]

6. Hidden Pictures – Rainbow Records / Golden Sound Records / July 17, 2012
[Richard Gintowt – vocals/guitar, Michelle Sanders – vocals /glockenspiel, Cameron Hawk – drums, Erik Voeks – bass, Nate Holt – piano/keys. Richard Gintowt who was formerly in the band OK Jones, has been a frequent music writer and reviewer for The Pitch and other publications. Richard also operates his own DJ company. Richard Gintowt joined us on Wednesday MidDay Medley, on July 25.]

7. The Caves – Duplexiaville / Golden Sound Records / November 24, 2012
[KC based: Andrew Ashby on Guitar & Voice, David Gaumé on Bass, Elizabeth Bohannon on Keyboards, Percussion & Voice, Jake Cardwell on Drums & Percussion.]

8. Molly Picture Club – Molly Picture Club / Independent / March 3, 2012
[The power trio of Molly Picture Club were our guest on April 18 on Wednesday MidDay Medley. Aniko Adany: vocals, plays synthesizers, keyboards, & the omnichord; Matthew Hayden: drums, & drum sequencing; and Michael Tipton: vocals, guitar, & bass. The album was mixed & mastered by Duane Trower at Weights & Measures Soundlab in KC. Mike Tipton was one of our first guests on WMM, in 2004, when he was part of the band Tabla Rasa. Aniko Adany was born in Budapest, and was influenced greatly by 80s and 90s punk. Aniko was in the KC band Raising Grey. Members of MPC also play in the Talking Heads tribute band: Found A Job. MPC also played “A Story in A Song” Post Story Dance Party in July.]

9. The Latenight Callers – Easy Virtues [EP] / TLNC / February 25, 2012
[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. This band is constantly perfoming live in the KC area, and their new recording continues their reputation as being “the perfect band for a David Lynch pool party.”]

10. Thee Water MoccaSins – From The Rivers of Missouri and The Banks of Fear / Independent / February 22, 2012
[Thee Water MoccaSins is comprised of KC musicians Billy Smith on Guitar and Vocals; Steve Tulipana on Vocals, Guitar and Bass; John Bersuch on Drums and Percussion; and Wade Williamson on Guitar, Keyboards, and Bass. All musicians are currently involved with, or have been involved with: Roman Numerals, Season to Risk, Olympic Size, Dirt Nap, Stella Link, Bacon Shoe, Minds Under Cover and Starhaven Rounders. Billy Smith, now living in NYC.]

11. Grand Marquis – The Sun Session [EP] / Grand Marquis / January 13, 2012
[Recorded live, February 1, 2011 at Sun Studio, 706 Union Avenue, in Memphis Tennessee. This song is on their CD plus their limited edition 2 song 7 inch single on vinyl. Bryan Redmond – lead vocals, soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones; Chad Boydston – trumpet, backing vocals; Ryan Wurtz – guitar; Ben Ruth – upright bass, sousaphone, backing vocals; Lisa Mckenzie – drums, washboard.]

12. The B’Dinas – Morning Party [EP] / Independent / February 25, 2012
[The B’Dinas joined us LIVE on our February 22, Wednesday MidDay Medley. 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,” (follow-up to their 2010 debut “Homemade Rock & Roll.” The B’Dinas also played “A Story in A Song” Post Story Dance Party in July.]

13. The Cave Girls – The Cave Girls / Cave Out Records / February 4, 2012
[TCG played LIVE on our April 18 Wednesday MidDay Medley. The Cave Girls include: Robin Campbell, Sara Teasley, & Stephanie Williams. Their debut recording was produced by Pat Tomek at Largely Studios in KC. Robin Campbell was formerly the lead singer of The Last Call Girls. Robin shared with host Mark Manning their shared love of Loretta Lynn, when she gave Mark a special Loretta Lynn coloring book.

14. The Brannock Device – Into The Witness Chamber / Independent / May 15, 2012
[The Brannock Device is Jason Beers, Bernie Dugan, Marco Pascolini & Elaine McMilian. Members of the band joined us on Wednesday MidDay Medley on June 20. Bernie Dugan told the story, with an almost perfect vocal interpretation, of how guitarist – Marco Pascolini asked band founder – Jason Beers, if he could join the band. Bernie Dugan also plays drums with The Quivers, and Cher UK. Marco Pascolini, considered one of the best guitarists in the area, played guitar with Expassionates, currently he also plays with Mr. Marcos V-7, and Dead Voices. Elaine McMilian has performed with several KC area bands including: Easterday, Swinging Six, and last year she released a solo recording.]

15. Making Movies – A La Deriva / Independent / December 21, 2012
[Enrique Chi (guitar/lead vox), Brendan Culp (drums), Diego Chi (bass), Juan-Carlos Chaurand (percussion /keyboard). Their new full length was produced with Steve Berlin of Los Lobos. The band is on tour: Nov 29 – Prophet Bar – Dallas / Nov 30 – Club Rio – San Antonio / Dec 7 – The Playhouse – San Jose, CA / Dec 14 – El Callejon – Salinas, CA / Dec 15 – Sandrini’s – Bakersfield, CA. Then back in KC with a CD release December 21 at the recordBar. They also released the EP “Aguardiente” this year. The Record Machine pressed a limited number of the 7-inch vinyl, 4 song EP. More info at makingmoviesband.com]

16. Dream Wolf – Dream Wolf / Independent / December 1, 2012
[Full length debut from: Christian Tady – Electric Guitar, Tess Jehle – Drums, Megan Zander – Vocals, Katelyn Boone – Keyboards, Brent Jamison – Bass. Recorded by DEERWOLFANIMALBEAR and mastered by Element Recording Studios. Includes 9 songs, photos by Meredith McGrade, design work by Katelyn Boone, logo design by Michael Schultz, and disc artwork by Janelle Day.]

17. Tame Impala – Lonerism / Modular Records / October 9, 2012
[Trio from Perth, Australia.]

18. Alejandro Escovedo – 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. ]

19. First Aid Kit – The Lions Roar / Wichita / January 17, 2012
[A duo of two sisters Johanna (keyboards, autoharp, and Vocals) and Kiara Soderberg (guitar & Vocals). They are from Sweden Their album was recorded in Omaha.]

20. Father John Misty – 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.]

21. Frank Ocean – Channel ORANGE / Island Def Jam / July 10, 2012
[Debut studio album of American singer-songwriter, born October 28, 1987, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Ocean’s early career was as a ghostwriter for artists such as Brandy, Justin Bieber, and John Legend.]

22. Leonard Cohen – Old Ideas / Columbia-Sony / January 31, 2012
[Born in Montreal in 1934, this is the 12th studio album from the famed Canadian singer-songwriter. It is Cohen’s highest-charting release in the United States, reaching number 3 on the Billboard 200, 44 years after the release of his first album. The album topped the charts in nine countries, including Finland, where Cohen became, at the age of 77, the oldest chart-topper, during the album’s debut week.]

23. MeShell Ndegeocello – Pour une ame sourveraine – A Dedication To Nina Simone / Naive / October 9, 2012
[11th studio album from Meshell Ndegeocello, born Michelle Lynn Johnson, August 29, 1968. An American, singer-songwriter, rapper, bassist, and vocalist. Her music incorporates a wide variety of influences, including funk, soul, hip-hop, reggae, R&B, rock, and jazz. She has received significant critical acclaim throughout her career and has had ten career Grammy Award nominations. She has been credited for having “sparked the neo-soul movement.” She honed her skills in the DC Go-Go circuit.]

24. Best Coast – The Only Place / Kemando / May 15, 2012
[From wikipedia.org: American surf pop band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 2009. The band consists of duo Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno, with several drummers having joined the band for live performances, most notably former Vivian Girls drummer Ali Koehler. The band’s music is often categorized under the subgenres of garage rock, surf pop, and lo-fi.]

25. Laetitia Sadier – 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.]

26. Sharon van Etten – Tramp / Jagjaguar Records / February 6, 2012
[3rd studio album, produced by The National’s Aaron Dessner, and recorded in his studio over the period of several months. Sharon van Etten was born & raised in New Jersey. She moved to Tennessee to attend Middle Tennessee State University, where she discovered a variety of influential music. After moving back to New Jersey, Van Etten was encouraged by Kyp Malone of TV on the Radio to pursue a career in music.]

27. The Grisly Hand – Western Avenue [EP] / Independent / February 1, 2012
[The band is working on a new full length recording.The Grisly Hand includes: Jimmy Fitzner (Guitar and Vocals), Lauren Krum (Vocals and Percussion), Johnny Nichols (Bass and Vocals), Matt Richey (Drums), Mike Stover (Steel Guitar), and Ben Summers (Guitar and Mandolin).]

28. Amy Farrand – Amy Farrand (hearts) You [EP] / Independent / March 14, 2012
[Ernie Locke on harmonica. Recorded and mixed by Chris Meck. After three years of producing and hosting “The Weirdo Wednesday Supper Club,” every Wednesday night at Davey’s Uptown, Amy Farrand announced live on our November 14, Wednesday MidDay Medley, that at the end of the year she is taking a “hiatus” on Wednesdays at Davey’s.]

29. The Quivers – I Gots To Have It! [EP] / Independent / August 1, 2012
[Terra Peal- Vocals & Bass, Todd Grantham- Keys & Vocals, Abe Haddad- Guitar & Vocals, Bernie Dugan- Drums. Terra Peal and Bernie Dugan joined us LIVE on Wednesday MidDay Medley on August 15.]

30. Deco Auto – Past Mistakes and Hauntings [EP] / Independent / July 6, 2012
[Steven Garcia – guitar, vocals; Tracy Flowers – bass, vocals; Michelle Bacon – drums. Recorded by Pat Tomek. Produced by Steven Garcia with Pat Tomek at Largely Studios, 2012, in Kansas City, MO. Steven Garcia was a founding member of the bands: Armchair Martian and Knee Jerk. Michelle Bacon played with The Threes and currently with Drew Black & Dirty Electric and Dolls on Fire. Flowers and Bacon were both founding members of The Straight Ups. All songs by Steven Garcia, notdeadyet music (ASCAP). All songs performed by Steven Garcia (guitar/vox), Tracy Flowers (bass/vox), Michelle Bacon (drums).]

31. LAZY – Obsession / Independent / June 1, 2012
[Recorded by Ashley Miller, Mixed by Ashley Miller and LAZY, Mastered by Ashley Miller. LAZY includes: Brock Potucek, Zach Vanbenthuzen, Sarica Douglas, Billy Belzer]

32. SSION – Bent (Bonus Track Versions) / Dovecote Records / September 18, 2012
[Written by Cody Critcheloe, produced by J. Ashley Miller, this new bonus track versions release features 4 additional remixes. SSION, (pronounced “shun”) was formed in 1996, in Kansas City, by multi-talented vocalist, visual artist, musician, performance artist, music- video director, Cody Critcheloe. SSION, have been known for their extravagant live shows and amazingly crerative and hilarious videos. SSION has toured with Gossip, Fischerspooner, CSS, and yeah yeah yeahs. Cody Critcheloe has served as Music Video Director music videos from Santigold, CSS, Peaches, Gossip, and Tilly and the Wall. Ssion recently toured, doing shows in San Francisco, Arizona, Texas, New Orleans, Atlanta, DC, Baltimore and Brooklyn.]

33. Dollar Fox – Little Mother’s Things I Am Keeping / Money Wolf Music / Oct. 27, 2012
[“Letter” is included on the Midwestern Audio Vol. 1. Recorded by Patrick Meager at Fuzz Bomb. Produced by Meger and Dollar Fox. Mastered by Duane Trower at Weights & Measures Soundlab. This is the 7th release from Money Wolf Music. Dollar Fox is: Tommy Donoho, Justin Penney, Nick Dothage, Ethan Taylor, Ryan Watkins. Members of Dollar Fox joined us LIVE on Wednesday MidDay Medley for our Band Auction on April 18, and October 24 before the release of their new recording.]

34. Richard Burgess – Midwestern Wind / Independent / June 23, 2012
[Richard Burgess played live on our show, June 20, he played bass in the bands Expassionates and Hadacol.]

35. Ernest James Zydeco – 3 Steps From La La / Jam Rat Records / November 31, 2012
[From KC Missouri, the band lineup has been constant since 2008: Ernest James on accordion and vocals, Barry Barnes on washboard, Jaisson Taylor on drums, Mike Stover on bass guitar, and Tony LaCroix on guitar. This album also includes 4 songs featuring KC’s own Betse Ellis (of The Wilders). Recorded and mixed in KC, at Markosa Studios, with Mark Thies. The album was mastered by Collin Jordan at The Boiler Room in Chicago. Ernest James and Jaisson Taylor co-wrote and co-produced the songs. Members of Ernest James Zydeco joined us on Wednesday MidDay Medley on November 22.]

36. Appropriate Grammar – Lies and Stories / Independent / April 21, 2012
[Their song “Six Foot Dreams” is on the Midwestern Audio Vol. 1 compilation. Appropriate Grammar includes: Nick McKenna – Guitar/Vocals, Alex Dunsford – Lead Guitar, Claire Adams – Bass/Vocals, and Steve Gardels – Drums.]

37. The Shins – Port of Morrow / Columbia a division of Sony / March 20, 2012
[4th studio album by indie rock band The Shins. Co-produced by Greg Kurstin and frontman James Mercer, it is the band’s first studio album in five years, following the release of 2007’s Wincing the Night Away.]

38. Krystle Warren & The Faculty – 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 label and is has been 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.]

39. Sam Billen – Places / Primary Colors Collective / September 15, 2012
[From Lawrence, Kansas, In 2009, Sam Billen released Headphones & Cellphones with The Record Machine. It was his first his first solo record in 5 years since leaving Northern Records who also released his decade-long band, The Billions, who disbanded in 2008. After the break up of the Billions, Sam took some time to focus on making his own music and starting a family. Sam works full time at the University of Kansas, and started a new business, Primary Colors Music. Sam joined us live on Wednesday MidDay Medley on November 22 and Sam played LIVE in our studios.]

40. Beach House – 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.]

41. Purity Ring – Shrines / 4AD / July 20, 2012
[First single from debut album from Canadian indie electronic band based out of Montreal who formed in 2010. The band consists of two members: Megan James (vocals) and Corin Roddick (instrumentals).] [One of Chris Haghirian’s favorite shows/albums/songs of the year at the Jackpot]

42. Patti Smith – 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.]

43. Cat Power – Sun / Matador / September 4, 2012
[9th studio album by Chan Marshall, also known by her stage name, Cat Power. Her first album of all-original material since 2006’s The Greatest. The album was issued in a variety of formats, including a limited edition deluxe LP containing a 7″ vinyl of bonus tracks. Sun is being included on many, end of year, “Best of” lists.]

44. Two Headed Cow – Zen Again / Saunders Street Records / December 15, 2012
[Tod Davis and Bj McArthur moved to KC from Pensacola, Florida several years ago. Once in KC they changed the band’s name to: Two Headed Cow, for a more regional appeal. Their new release “Zen Again” is their follow up to 2008’s “Safe As Milk.” The release also features Glen Hockemeier on Drums and Matt Waddell on Bass. Two Headed Cow performed LIVE on Wednesday MidDay Medley, on November 14.]

45. The Sea and Cake – Runner / Thrill Jockey / September 18, 2012
[10th album from Chicago indie band formed in the early 1990s from members of The Cocktails, Shrimp Boat, and Tortoise. Sam Prekop (vocals, guitar), Archer Prewitt (guitar, piano, vocals), John McEntire (percussion, drums, some synthesizer), Eric Claridge (bass, synthesizer).]

46. Cate Le Bon – Cyrk II / The Control Group / August 20, 2012
[Based in Cardiff, Wales, she sings in both English and Welsh. Singled out by critics for her dark lyrical content, and “haunting voice.” She released one of our favorite records of 2012 so far Cate Le Bon has announced the new release of a five-song follow-up to the 10-track CYRK. According to her label, CYRK II serves as an “older sister” to the original release, “bearing songs of a more starkly confessional nature.”]

47. Capybara – Dave Drusky / The Record Machine / February 7, 2012
[Lifelong friends Mark Harrison, Jared Horne, Darin Seal, and Joel Wrolstad formed Capybara in January, of 2009. This is their follow up to their debut: “Try Brother.” ]

48. The Brian Jonestown Massacre – Aufheben / ‘a’ Records / April 30, 2012
[13th studio album by The Brian Jonestown Massacre, released on band leader Anton Newcombe’s A Records label. The album was available for free streaming prior to its release, and was recorded in Berlin at Anton Newcombe’s studio and the East German Radio Station “Studio East”. The title of the album comes from a German word. It has several meanings, such as “to lift up” or “to abolish”. In philosophy, it is used by Hegel to explain what happens when a thesis and antithesis interact.]

49. David Byrne & St. Vincent – Love This Giant / 4AD / September 11, 2012
[Made in collaboration between Byrne and St. Vincent aka Annie Clark who began working together in late 2009, using a writing and promotion process that Byrne had previously used on his 2008 collaboration with Brian Eno on Everything That Happens Will Happen Today. The two artists first met in 2009 at a Radio City Music Hall benefit concert for the AIDS/HIV charity Dark Was the Night. The collaboration stemmed from their second meeting, at the New York bookstore Housing Works, where Björk and Dirty Projectors were performing. A concert organizer suggested that Byrne and Clark try a similar collaboration. Their work was initially slated just for a single live performance, but Clark suggested adding brass to their line-up and the two realized they could write original music around horns. The musicians composed lyrics in person and via e-mail, which resulted in an entire album’s worth of material. The performers enlisted a variety of brass musicians to augment their songwriting and have embarked on a tour to promote the album.]

50. Victor & Penny – Side By Side / V & P Productions / November 24, 2012
[2nd release from Erin McGrane & Jeff Freling who joined us LIVE on Wednesday MidDay Medley on November 22 to discuss “Side by Side,” inspired by their experiences on the road. Jeff, originally from Kansas City, calls Chicago home most of the time where he performs regularly with Blue Man Group, Tributosaurus, Mar Caribe, the Tom Waits tribute band B1G T1ME, and has performed alongside Doug Gillard (Guided By Voices). He began furiously studying the guitar at the age of 10 when he first heard Jimmy Page’s guitar solo on “Whole Lotta Love” and has considered himself a guitar geek ever since. In the late 80s and early 90s Jeff was the guitarist and co-songwriter for two of KCs favorite bands: The Mongol Beach Party and Grumpy. He studied at the Conservatory at UMKC and at the Berklee School of music in Boston. Erin has been an active performing artist in the KC arts and music scene for many years. She currently divides her time equally between Chicago and Kansas City, but calls KC home. Erin is a film, theater and commercial actress; a musician and songwriter; and one of the co-hosts of the new TV program CINEMAKC. Most notably, Erin appeared in the Emmy-winning web series THE UNREAL HOUSEWIVES OF KANSAS CITY and in the Oscar-nominated film, UP IN THE AIR alongside George Clooney. Look for Erin this year in the soon-to-be-released thriller feature film NAILBITER. As chanteuse Ruby Falls, she fronts the cabaret act Alacartoona who was awarded a 2009 Inspiration Grant from the Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City. She is proud to say she mis-spent her youth singing in a rock band and was named Kansas City’s sexiest musician in the Pitch Magazine’s “Best of KC 2005”. Victor & Penny played a CD release show, Friday, Nov 23, at 8:00 PM, at The Living Room Theatre, 1818 McGee St , Kansas City, with special guests Annie Cherry & Damian Blake.]

51. The Sexy Accident – Ninja Ninja Fight Darth Vader / Independent / April 21, 2012
[The Sexy Accident’s new full length release, “Ninja Ninja Fight Darth Vader” os available through their website and a local independent record stores. The band’s new music video for their song “What We’d Do” is available for download at music.sexyaccident.com. All of the song’s proceeds go to charity. The Sexy Accident joined us LIVE on Wednesday MidDay Medley on May 2.]

52. David George & The Crooked Mile – Going Underground [EP] / Independent / June 21, 2012
[The follow up to David’s 2010 “Love/Life.” EP contains 5 songs pulled from a 15 song session leading to a full length that will be released tnext year. Featured on “Cold Rain” is Danielle and Jacob Prestidge of The Blackbird Revue. Danielle is also the featured vocalist on “Lift Me Up.” All songs written by David George, except track 3, “I’m a Believer” was written by Neil Diamond.]

53. Lee Fields and The Expressions – Faithful Man / Truth & Soul Records / Mar. 13, 2012
[Since the late sixties, the North Carolina native Lee Fields has amassed a prolific catalog of albums and has toured and played with such legends as Kool and the Gang, Sammy Gordon and the Hip- Huggers, O.V Wright, Darrell Banks, and Little Royal. With a career spanning 43 years, releases on twelve different record labels, and having toured the world over with his raucous-yet- tender voice, itʼs mind-blowing that the music heʼs making today with Brooklynʼs own Truth & Soul Records is the best of his career.]

54. The Empty Spaces – Party Line / Golden Sound Records / July 24, 2012
[KC based band formed from a studio band that recorded Mat Shoare’s solo album The Empty Spaces in 2010. Mat Shoare is a founding member of Everyday/Everynight and a founding partner in Golden Sound Records. Mat Shoare, along w/ Jerad Tomasina, Ross Brown, & Evan Ashby, joined us on Wednesday MidDay Medley, on July 4, to talk about the Crossroads Summer Block Party hosted by Golden Sound Records & Mildred’s.]

55. Ross Brown – Small Victories / Golden Sound Records / October 16, 2012
[We first met Ross Brown on our February 15, WMM. He is co founder of Golden Sound Records, lead singer of the band Fullbloods, and drummer for The Empty Spaces. Ross started playing trumpet in junior high school band and continued through high school playing euphonium, guitar and bass in jazz band, and singing in choir. Music classes were all I took from “public school” during high school. He started writing music when he picked up guitar around 12 years old. Ross went to DeSoto high school for a year and home-schooled the rest. After that I took a two-year audio engineering course at BRC Audio Productions, where he met Jerad Tomasino and everyone in Fullbloods.]

56. Thee Oh Sees – Putrifiers II / In The Red Records / September 11, 2012
[14th album from San Francisco based band that began as a way for John Dwyer to release his instrumental, experimental home recordings, and over the course of several albums it evolved into a full band.]

57. The xx – Coexist / The Young Turks / September 11, 2012
[English indie pop band, formed in London in 2008. The group released their debut album, xx in August 2009. In 2010, the band won the Mercury Music Prize for their debut album. The band met while studying at Elliott School, the same school that produced Hot Chip, and Four Tet. Oliver Sim and Romy Madley-Croft started the band as a duo when they were 15. Guitarist Baria Qureshi joined once they began performing in 2005, with Jamie Smith joining a year after.]

58. Regina Spektor – What We Saw From The Cheap Seats / Sire / May 25 , 2012
[6th studio album from Russian–American alternative singer-songwriter Regina Spektor. Recorded in Los Angeles during the summer of 2011, the album is a collection of new material along with the very first studio recordings of several of Spektor’s older live songs. The album’s second single, “Don’t Leave Me (Ne me quitte pas)” is a song originally from Spektor’s 2002 album Songs. One of our first phone interviews ever on WMM. ][Regina Spektor played Kansas City at The Music Hall November 7.]

59. The Magnetic Fields – Love at The Bottom of The Sea / Merge / 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. Merritt notes about the new album that “Most of the synthesizers on the record didn’t exist when we were last using synthesizers.” The Magnetic Fields went on a North American tour and the closest they got to KC was: IOWA CITY, Iowa, March 28, at the Englert Theatre. More info at houseoftomorrow.com website for The Magnetic Fields]

60. Eleni Mandell – I Can See The Future / Yep Roc / July 10, 2012
[We interviewed Eleni Mandell for a second time. Her recent tour and musical release came from the legendary indie singer songwriter who seemed happier than we’ve ever seen her before. The music created while she was pregnant, was, after the birth of her twins, released with an extensive tour in support of the new music. We talked with Eleni on our August 1 Wednesday MidDay Medley, about touring with the babies, her ex boyfriend that she hired as her nanny, and the inspiration for the new songs. Eleni Mandell played Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club, on Aug 4, with Mikal Shapiro and Ruddy Swain.]

61. Organic Proof – Johan [EP] / Independent / February 21, 2012
[Acoustic song-writing project of multi-instrumentalist Brandon Draper, along with Barclay Martin and Rick Willoughby. Johan was inspired by the writings of Brandon’s 4th great grandfather Johan Augustin Pihl, a Swedish Immigrant that settled in the Kansas Plains in 1860. On Nov. 12 Organic Proof released a new single track called “Simple” at organicproof.bandcamp.com. Rick Willoughby works with Quixotic and he also plays with The Snow Globes, with Barclay Martin, and he joined us LIVE on Wednesday MidDay Medley, on November 21, with Victor & Penny, another KC based band where Rick plays bass.]

62. Eric Voeks – Free Range [EP] / Independent / March 30, 2012
[Produced by E. Voeks, Patrick Hawley and Troy Van Horn, drums and percussion by Patrick Hawley, steel guitar by Mike Stover, all other instruments and voices by Erik Voeks. All songs were written by, Erik Voeks. The drums and percussion recorded by Joe Thebeau ay Victory Over Gravity Productions. Steel Guitar recorded by Mike Stover at The Stoverdome. Everything else was recorded by E.Voeks at Sandusky Sound Co.]

63. Dolls On Fire – Ladies and Gentleman… / Independent / November 13, 2012
[Debut album, recorded, produced, mixed, and mastered by Dolls on Fire at Atzero Studios in Lee’s Summit, MO. Dolls On Fire include: Zach Hodson, Rachel Jaggard, Michelle Bacon, and Mark Johnson. All songs were written by Hodson, except “Minotaur,” that was written by Hodson/Jaggard/Johnson. Michelle Bacon joined us on November 7 on Wednesday MidDay Medley.]

64. Alacartoona – Fantoche / Money Wolf Music / September 14, 2012
[We broadcast the radio premiere of this song on our September 12 Wednesday MidDay Medley. This album is one of four new Money Wolf Music releases on our list. Alacartoona includes: Ruby Falls – vocals/guitar, Providence Forge – bass/vocals, Overton Wooldridge – accordion/vocals, Billings Marland – drums/percussion]

65. Thom Hoskins – Still Feeling Bronze [EP] / Independent / April 7, 2012
[Former lead singer and guitarist for The Buffalo Saints, singer-songwriter, Thommy Hoskins has just released his new solo EP. Thom was our guest on Wednesday MidDay Medley on July 11, where he performed LIVE.]

66. Bobby Womack – The Bravest Man in The Universe / XL Records / June 8, 2012
[First album of new material in over 13 years. Earlier this year, the 68-year-old Bobby Womack was released from the hospital following a successful recovery from pneumonia. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee has also been battling cancer and was scheduled to undergo surgery this year and looks forward to touring in support of his album.]

67. Eyelit – The Woe Dies / Independent / June 22, 2012
[Their song “Motionless” is on Midwestern Audio Vol. 1. Formed in Saint Joseph, MO, in 2008 by Austin (songwriter) and Dansare (voice). They released their first EP “Elephant” in early 2010. “The Woe Dies” was inspired by: Bob Dylan, Iron & Wine, and Bright Eyes.]

68. Cher UK – Little Blue Soldier [EP] / Independent / October 20, 2012
[Founded in 1990 by Mike McCoy who grew up in Hutchinson, Kansas. Cher U.K. filled venues in Kansas City playing punk rock music. Mike McCoy, now lives in Austin Texas and fronts his band the Service Industry. Mike is the founder of The North vs. South Music Festival. Cher UK reunited to play the Middle of the Map Festival in April. While in KC, Mike McCoy gathered up several musicians to record a new Cher UK EP. Mike McCoy – Guitar & Vox, Mark Reynolds – Bass, Bernie Dugan – Drums. Mike McCoy, Mark Reynolds, Bernie Dugan, Lyle Wells of Cher UK & Matt Kesler of The Pedaljets joined us live on Wednesday MidDay Medley on October 17 to talk about their CD Release show at Davey’s Uptown October 20.]

69. The Sleazebeats – The Sleazebeats / Independent / January 1, 2012
[Charlie Colborne – keyboards, guitar, vocals; Bill Belzer – drums; Jeff Harshbarger – bass; Recorded at More Famouser Studios w/ Mike Nolte engineer, mixing, mastering the recordings. The Sleazebeats have played Live on the show on several occassions.]

70. She’s A Keeper – Live From Midwestern [EP] / Independent / March 12, 2012
[All songs written by She’s A Keeper, 2012, Recorded live at the Midwestern Musical Co. in Kansas City, MO. (midwesternmusic.com) Engineered by Dave Guame, Matt Kesler, & Cody Wyoming. Mixed and mastered by Steve Phillips. Band photo by Emmett Merrill. Design by Eric Lindquist.] [5-piece band from Kansas City, includes: Fritz Hutchison – vocals, banjo, percussion; Zac Jurden – vocals, guitar; Colin Nelson – vocals, guitar; Elliott Phillips – bass, mandolin; Kate Sopcich – cello, keyboard. She’s A Keeper has just recently recorded their first music video in promotion of a live EP recorded at Midwestern Musical Co. in KC. The band is currently working on a second full-length album.]

71. Antennas Up – The Awkward Phase / Plastic Artifice / April 24, 2012
[Formed in KC in 2008. The band has played South By Southwest and over 30 Universities and toured w/ Girl Talk, Electric Six, Flogging Molly, Matt & Kim, Ha Ha Tonka, and Company Of Thieves. Kyle Akers – Lead Vocals/Bass; Bo McCall – Guitar/Vocals; The Ryantist – Drums/Vocals; Jonny Universe – Guitar/Keys/Vocals]

72. White Girl – White Girl Vol. Two [EP] / Independent / October 5, 2012
[White Girl is the brain-child of Martin Bush, a dance infused pop romp through eternal fields of post punk grasses and rolling new wave hills. He is joined by Marc Pepperman (the Republic Tigers); Nick Organ (Beautiful Bodies, Various Blonde); Skyler McClun; and Matt Epstein.]

73. Laura Spiegel – The Expanding Universe / Unseen Worlds / September 25, 2012
[Classic 1980 debut album by composer and computer music pioneer Laurie Spiegel. The album is reissued here for the first time in a massively expanded two-CD set, containing all four original album tracks plus an additional 15 tracks from the same period, nearly all previously unreleased! Chicago born, composer. She has worked at Bell Laboratories, in computer graphics, and is known primarily for her electronic-music compositions and her algorithmic composition software Music Mouse. Spiegel was seen by some, as a pioneer of the New York new-music scene. Spiegel’s piece “Sediment” was used in the “cornucopia scene” of the 2012 movie The Hunger Games.]

74. Power and Light – EP / Independent / January 14, 2012
[A collaboration between Nathan Readey (production), and Andrew Connor (songs, vocals). Andrew Connor saw the potential of Readey’s work and because of the success of Kansas City based bands like Ssion, he wanted to encourage Readey by allowing him to remix and release several new Ghosty songs, before Ghosty released them in their own new album. Even though we think they really need to change their name, Power and Light were nominated for a Pitch Musc Award for Best Electronic Band.]

75. Forrest Whitlow – Ghosts From The Old Country (Double Album) / eternal return music / November 8, 2012
[Originally from Greensburg, Kentucky, Forrst Whitlow is now based in kansas City, KS. 90.1 FM’s Signal To Noise host Barry Lee describes Forrest Whitlow as, “David Lynch meets Neil Young.” This is Forrest’s ninth studio album.]

76. Katy & Go Go – When I Get Away / Independent / April 19, 2012
[Katy & Go-Go is vocalist and guitarist Katy Guillen (of The B’Dinas) and drummer extraordinaire Go-Go Ray (of Mike Dillon’s Go-Go Jungle, Samantha Fish, John Velghe). They hit the KC stages in January of 2011, securing a steady monthly gig at The Brick’s Rhythm, Roots, & Soul Saturday Matinee. Nominated for a Pitch Music Award for Best Blues Band. Band-leader Katy Guillen has told us that Go-Go is on the road for an indefinite amount of time. Before he left to tour the country and Europe he replaced himself with an awesome drummer: Kelsey Cook, and Tim Braun of Good Foot has joined the band on bass.]

77. Helen Gillet – Helen Gillet / Independent / June 8, 2012
[Recorded by Chad Meise in Kansas City, MO. Photography by Zack Smith; Graphic Design by Kourtney Keller, Mastered by John Fishback (New Orleans); Produced, Composed and Performed by Helen Gillet. A familiar face in New Orleans’ experimental-jazz scene. Her first New Orleans-recorded album, “Running of the Bells,” was released last year. Helen Gillet’s new album has been compared to intensity and grace of John Cale and the recordings of the Velvet Underground and Nick Drake. Hellen Gillet was part of WE an art/performance/installation created last year by Jane Gotch and Mark Southerland who brings Gillet to KC, for live shows with is band Snuff Jazz.]

78. Michael Kiwanuka – Home Again / Polydor / May 1, 2012
[24-year old British soul musician has been compared to Bill Withers, Randy Newman, and Otis Redding, he grew up in North London, the son of Ugandan parents who had escaped the Amin regime.]

79. The Clementines – The Clementines / Independent / August 18, 2012
[We first met The Clementines as a duo Tim Jenkins & Nicole Springer when they played LIVE on our April 25 show. Since then they’ve added Stephanie Williams on Drums, and Travis Earndshaw on Bass. Nicole Springer grew up in Oak Grove, MO, and graduated H.S. in 2004. She studied Music-Vocal/Choral at Missouri State University, in Springfield, MO, and studied Special Education with Music at Metropolitan MO CC, in KCMO. Nicole told The Pitch (Jan. 10, 2012 article): “I grew up singing in gospel choirs,” she says. “And I still love gospel music, though I’m not religious or anything. I did musicals throughout high school, and I went to school for a year at Missouri State for music education. But I’ve never been in a committed band before this one.” Nicole told David Hudnall of The Pitch: that her vision for the Clementines was initially inspired by the Irish folk duo the Swell Season. “I had just seen them in concert before I put up that ad,” Springer says. “They’re just so passionate, and I wanted to do something that had that much soul in it. It’s the same reason I like Aretha or the Gossip.” Tim Jenkins grew up in KC. Studied at UMKC. He has been playing music for over 10 years. He is a fan of “geek rock, like ’70s prog stuff.” “I usually bring in a song,” Springer says, “and Tim will tweak it and add solos and sometimes a riff — he helps complete it.” More info at: reverbnation.com/theclementinesnicoleandtim]

80. Gossip – A Joyful Noise / Columbia Records a division of Sony Records / May 11, 2012
[Formed in 1999 in Olympia, Washington with vocalist Beth Ditto, guitarist Nathan “Brace Paine” Howdeshell and drummer Kathy Mendonca. All 3 were originally from Searcy, Arkansas; Mendonca moved to Olympia to attend Evergreen State College and Howdeshell and Ditto followed. Drummer Kathy Mendonca left the band to pursue a career as a midwife. Established punk drummer Hannah Blilie joined to replace her.]

81. Folkicide – The Genocide is Mean [EP] / Independent / August 18, 2012
[Follow up to “Devotional Hymns From the Church of the Darwinian Snuff Film.” Folkicide is the outlet for Kansas City songwriter Burnie Booth’s vision of constructive pessimism that he hopes in time will be recognized as a new acoustical genre fully devoted to the documentation of the delightful futility of existence. Folkicide continues their pessimistic exploration into the decaying frame of Western Civilization. Most of the music was recorded on May 11, 2012, by Chubby Smith at his magical tractor shed in Perry, Kansas. Folkicide also released “Folkicide’s Night at The Opera,” this year. Recorded April through August, 2012, mostly in Folkicide’s basement. Engineered and Mastered by David Moore at Merriam Shoals Studios. All songs were originally written by members of Queen, and then strategically deconstructed by Folkicide Mercury, without disrespect or irony, because he truly loves Queen (pre-Hot Space) and “Night at The Opera” in particular.]

82. Alt-J – An Awesome Wave / Infectious Records / September 18, 2012
[Debut. Winner of the 2012 British Mercury Prize. Pronounced “alt-J”, the delta sign is created when you hold down the alt key on your computer keyboard and punch ‘J’ on a Mac computer. The symbol has a deeper meaning, the band explains that, “in mathematical equations it’s used to show change.” Gwil, Joe Newman [guitar/vocals], Gus Unger-Hamilton [keyboards] and Thom Green [drums] met at Leeds University in 2007.]

83. Gemini Revolution – Gemini Revolution / Upstairs Recordings / September 20, 2012
[This year they also released: EPs: “Informal Revolution” “Sizuka.” Gemini Revolution is: Dedric Moore, Delaney Moore, Mika Tayana. They were asked to perform at this year’s Pop Montreal Festival in September 20. Upstairs Recordings of Vancouver, Canada, released their full-length debut to coincide with the festival.]

84. Black Moth Super Rainbow – Cobra Juicy / Rad Cult / October 22, 2012
[5th, and some say finest, album to date from the psychedelic-electronic-experimental band from Pittsburgh. Their sound is characterized by analog, electronic, instruments including the vocoder, Rhodes piano, and Novatron. Little is known about band members who’re all something of an enigma, keeping their true identities hidden behind monikers like: Tobacco, Bullsmear, The Seven Fields of Aphelion Fields. One critic described their music this way: “Imagine that disco put on a blonde wig, a denim jacket, and roller-skates; then proceeded to do a considerable quantity of acid and dance around in the abandoned roller rink in your hometown.”]

85. Danny McGaw – Eccles Road / Zoe Records / October 27, 2012
[Born and raised in Northern England, Danny wrote his first song when he was 12 years old. He spent his childhood pursuing a professional football (with the feet) career. Danny left Manchester to travel at 18. His unique journey led him to Los Angeles where he recorded with the late Terry Melcher (producer of The Byrds, Taj Mahal, Ry Cooder).]

86. Grimes – Visions / 4AD / February 21, 2012
[3rd album from Grimes aka Claire Boucher who was born March 17, 1988 and was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia. After Secondary School she moved to Montreal, Quebec to attend Montreal’s McGill University. It was during her studies that she began to record and perform under the name Grimes.]

87. The Hillary Watts Riot – A/S/L / Money Wolf Music / April 20, 2012
[First single from their debut album, THWR include: Hillary Watts Bird, Christian Hankel, Tommy Donoho, Sergio Moreno, Justin Penney. They describe their music as “freak pop.” This band is so fun to see live.]

88. Sarah Jaffe – The Body Wins / Kirtland Records / April 24, 2012
[2nd full-length release. Produced by John Congleton, showing another side of the amazing, 26 year old singer-songwriter from Denton, Texas. Very different from last year’s “Suburban Nature,” the new release shows the part of her that liked to dance and listen to hip-hop and cover Robyn songs live. Sarah Jaffe was on tour with Norah Jones and Blitzen Trapper in June and July.]

89. Dent May – Do Things / Paw Tracks / June 12, 2012
[Based in Oxford, Mississippi. Signed to Animal Collective’s Paw Tracks label while the group was in Oxford recording Merriweather Post Pavilion. Dent May played every part on “Do Things” and recorded it at his home, the Cats Purring Dude Ranch. An NYU film school drop-out, this is his follow up to the critically acclaimed, Dent May and His Magnificent Ukulele.]

90. O, Giant Man – Our Friend Goes West [EP] / Independent / January 4, 2012
[Christopher Robbins – Lead Vocals, Guitars; Jake Schulenberg – Bass Guitar, Vocals; Andy Wendling – Percussion, Vocals; Rick Schulenberg – Keys, Vocals, Percussion.]

91. Rumblejetts – Motor Honey / Spinjet – Money Wolf Music Records / Sept. 12, 2012
[Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Justin Penney at Money Wolf Music. Rumblejetts include: Jim Holopter- Guitar, vocals; Jud Kite – Drums, vocals; Chad Hasty – Bass and Vocals. Rumblejetts were nominated this year for a Pitch Music Award for Best Country/Rockabilly Band.]

92. Shearwater – Animal Joy / Sub Pop / Feb. 15, 2012
[7th studio album from American indie rock band formed in Austin, Texas in 1999 by Okkervil River members Jonathan Meiburg and Will Sheff, although Sheff is no longer with the band.]

93. Secret Handshakes / Golden Sound Records + The Record Machine (12″ Split Release) / Apr. 21, 2012
[Nathan Reusch from The Record Machine, and Jerad Tomasina and Ross Brown from Golden Sound Records joined us LIVE on Wednesday MidDay Medley on April 11, to discuss Record Store Day and their special vinyl release that combined 6 special new tracks from each of their KC based labels.]

94. Jason Beers – No Banjo is An Island / Independent / April 11, 2012
[Jason Beers is almost everywhere these days. Playing the saw, on the big stage at The Folly Theatre, with The New Century Follies, and on the small stage at The Fishtank for Mel Neet’s annual anti-Valentine’s Day Show. Jason was seen playing on top of a downtown building, in a train car, with Betse Ellis, for the Prairie Logic Opening. Jason played in the Dead Voices band with Tiny Horse and Betse Ellis for Wednesday MidDay Medley’s LIVE show “A Story In A Song” in July at the recordBar. Jason also plays with his own band The Brannock Device, who released their own new album this year too. That’s Elaine McMilian singing harmony with Jason]

95. Tina And Her Pony – Tina And Her Pony / Independent / March 9, 2012
[Tina Collins and Quetzal Jordan perform as Tina And Her Pony, a critically acclaimed, alt Americana band. We interviewed them LIVE on Wednesday MidDay Medley on August 22. Tina And Her Pony joined Victor and Penny in concert, Aug 25, at The Kansas City Academy, Grassroots Concert Series.]

96. The John McKenna Band – Beautuful Dangerous [EP] / Independent / Jan. 25, 2012
[Born out of a conversation between McKenna and Jeff Larison (Blackbird Revue, Oriole Post, Sara Swenson, Red Guitar). Ryan Green (Satellite Soul) was quickly brought into the discussion and the three eventually started working on old and new McKenna tunes. Todd Way (Beggar’s Table, Satellite Soul) was brought in to play bass, but it wasn’t long before he was playing other instruments as well, namely piano and some guitar from time to time. Eventually, the sound was rounded out, by an old friend of everyone in the band, Allison Cloud. Current line-up: John McKenna- guitars & vocals; Jeff Larison- lap & pedal steel, guitars; Ryan Green- drums; Todd Way- bass, keys, & vocals; Allison Cloud- vocals; Nick “Pick” Pickrell – bass.]

97. The Ned Ludd Band – Spacebar / Independent / November 17, 2012
[Recorded by DEERWOLFANIMALBEAR. The Ned Ludd Band includes: Clint Hoffmeier, Jordan Carver, Aaron Fuhr. Produced by Brent Jamison who now plays drums w/ the band. Clint Hoffmeir joined us on Wednesday MidDay Medley on September 12.]

98. Sons of Great Dane – You Can’t Lose It All, All At Once [EP] / Sharp County Records / September 4, 2012
[Brent Windler: Guitar/Vocals, Nolle Bond: Bass, Evanjohn: Guitar, and Brendan Culp: Drums. Recorded and Mixed by Paul Malinowski at Massive Sound. Mastered by Mike Nolte at West End Studios. ]

99. The Casket Lottery – REAL FEAR / No Sleep Records / Nov. 3, 2012
[KC based band was formed by Nathan Ellis (guitar/vocals) and Stacy Hilt (bass) in July of 1997 while Nathan was in the band COALESCE. Nathan “Junior” Richardson joined in on drums. They toured with other late 1990s bands: GIANTS CHAIR, BOYS LIFE, and SHUDDER TO THINK. In the band’s initial 5 years they created over 50 songs, including three full length albums, three EPs, numerous 7″, split 7″, and compilation appearances. After one last tour to the West Coast in support of their 2006 release “Smoke and Mirrors,” the band called it quits. Now a 5-piece band, the group has returned like a phoenix with new music that was recorded with Ed Rose, at Black Lodge Recordings, in Eudora, KS, during the Fall and Winter of 2010 – 2011.]

100. Sneaky Creeps – The Thin Man Wigs Out [EP] / Independent / Jan. 8, 2012
[The 2nd EP from band formed by, Max Crutcher, Andy Davis, Andy Erdrich who all met while going to KCAI. Andy Davis moved away, making the Sneaky Creeps a duo of Max Crutcher on Drums and Yell/Talk, and Andrew Erdrich on Guitar and Yell/Talk. Recorded by Ashley at Infoaming Vortex. All material was written by Sneaky Creeps. Andy Erdrich, who is also a co-founder of BREAD KC! was happy to report that we were the very first to download their new, release, “The Thin Man Wigs Out,” through Bandcamp. Sneaky Creeps joined us several times throughout the year as our guest producers.]

101. Himanshu – Nehru Jackets / Greedhead / January 23, 2012
[Himanshu Suri, aka Heems, from Queens Hip Hop band Das Racist, releases his own solo album-mix tape.]

102. Dirty Projectors – Swing Low Magellan / Domino Recording Co. / July 10, 2012
[6th studio album by American experimental rock. The album was written, recorded, produced and mixed by Dirty Projectors frontman Dave Longstreth in Delaware County, New York.]

103. Gentleman Savage – Gentleman Savage [EP] / Independent / Oct. 12, 2012
[Psychedelic-pop band from Kansas City with: Holden Simpson on Vocals/Guitar/Keys, Kyle Anthony on Bass, and Nick Talley on Drums/Percussion.]

104. Ruthie Foster – Let It Burn / Blue Corn Music / Jan 31, 2012
[Texas born Ruthie Foster’s new album features special guests The Blind Boys of Alabama, soul legend William Bell, and the rhythm section of The Funky Meters (bassist George Porter Jr. and drummer Russell Batiste). Recorded in New Orleans with producer John Chelew (The Blind Boys of Alabama, John Hiatt, Richard Thompson), Let It Burn also includes New Orleans-bred guitarist Dave Easley, renowned saxophonist James Rivers and Ike Stubblefield (Curtis Mayfield, Marvin Gaye, and Eric Clapton) on organ. Ruthie Foster played Kansas City with Paul Thorn, March 28, at Knuckleheads.]

105. Caul – Let The Stars Assume The Whole of The Night / Hypnos / March 29 2012
[12th full length album from Caul aka Brett Smith, a prolific musician based in Baldwin City, Kansas, who has been releasing music since 1996 on various electronica labels. Caul began in 1993, while he was playing guitar in John Bergin’s band Trust Obey.]

106. Daughn Gibson – All Hell / White Denim / March 26, 2012
[Carlisle, Pennsylvania based singer/songwriter, was formerly the drummer for the band Pearls and Brass. His debut solo album “All Hell” has received critical acclaim. Sub Pop records has signed Gibson \where is is working on a full-length Sub Pop debut to be released next year. Gibson has recorded a new song called “Reach Into the Fire” that samples his new labelmates Shabazz Palaces and Tiny Vipers (above). He’s also added more dates to his U.S. tour.]

107. Jason Vivone & The Billy Bats – Lather Rinse Repeat / Independent / May 4, 2012
[Jason Vivone (vocals, guitar, mandolin, harp, cigarbox guitar, diddley bow, piano) ; Ben Hoppes (vocals, banjo, guitar) ; Imani Glasgow (vocals, fiddle, percussion); Jeremy Clark (bass); Matt Bustamante (vocals, drums); Paula Crawford (vocals, guitar). Jason Vivone joined us on Wednesday MidDay Medley on May 2.]

108. The Kinsey Sicks – 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”).]

109. SoundsGood – Goodbye / Innate Sounds / March 1, 2012
[Vocals – Joe Good, Beats – Miles Bonny. Third and final album, from this legendary KC Hip Hop band. Miles Bonny and Brenk Sinatra released S3 “Supa Soul Sh*t” in Nov.]

110. Flying Lotus – Until The Quiet Comes / Warp Records / October 1, 2012
[Flying Lotus is Steven Ellison the great-nephew of the late jazz pianist Alice Coltrane, wife of saxophonist John Coltrane and cousin of musician Ravi Coltrane. Flying Lotus has released 4 studio albums and has produced much of the bumper music on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim programming block. He also contributed remixes for fellow Plug Research artists including Mia Doi Todd.]

111. The Bad Ideas – Worse Thoughts [EP] / Independent /January 22, 2012
[Britt or Dare (guitar), Break-A-Dawn (vocals), the Caitlin Curry Implosion (bass), and Brittain Lawlessness (drums) joined us live on Wednesday MidDay Medley, July 11.]

112. Eternal Summers – Correct Behavior / Kanine Records / July 24, 2012
[This is the second proper full length from Virginia based Eternal Summers who have previously released a handful of 7 inches, EP’s and one debut as a duo. Now a power trio.]

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

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WMM Playlist from October 17, 2012

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Mike McCoy, Mark Reynolds, Bernie Dugan, Lyle Wells of Cher UK
& Matt Kesler of The Pedaljets
+ Andrew Erdrich of Sneaky Creeps

1. Todd Snider – “Conservative Christian, Right-Wing Republican,
Straight White, American Males”
from: East Nashville Skyline / Oh Boy! Records / July 20, 2004
[From Todd Snider’s 7th release of 2004. This year Todd’s 15th release: Agnostic Hyms & Stoner Fables, came out.]

[Todd Snider, plays Knuckleheads, Tuesday, October 23, with Amanda Shires.]

2. Kasey Rausch – “Live How You Love”
from: Live How You Love / Rausch House / July 1, 2007
[January 2 on WMM we’ll present “The Rausch House of Music” with Kasey and Kim Rausch, their daughters, and songs from the grandparents and cousins.]

[Kasey Rausch with Mikal Shariro perform as Partners in Glory, at The Brick, Thursday, October 18, with Victor and Penny.]

3. Iris DeMent – “Livin’ On The Inside”
from: Sing The Delta / Flariella / Oct. 2, 2012
[Iris Dement previewed many of her new songs when she was in concert with husband Greg Brown, last year for their 11-11-11 show at The Folly Theatre to benefit St. Mark Child and Family Development Center. Now those songs are part of her brand new release that includes a total of 12 new songs. It is her first full-length release of original songs since 1996. Iris was our guest on last week’s WMM.]

10:15

4. Dollar Fox – “The Letter”
from: Little Mother’s Things I Am Keeping / Money Wolf Music / Oct. 27, 2012
(This song is on the Midwestern Audio Vol. 1 compilation)
[Recorded by Patrick Meager at Fuzz Bomb. Produced by Meger and Dollar Fox. Mastered by Duane Trower at Weights & Measures Soundlab. 7th release from Money Wolf Music. Dollar Fox is Tommy Donoho, Justin Penney, Nick Dothage, Ethan Taylor, Ryan Watkins. Tommy Donoho will be with us next week on WMM.]

[Dollar Fox plays CODA, Friday, October 19 with The Peculiar Pretzelmen and The Latenight Callers.]

[Dollar Fox plays recordBar on Saturday, October 27 from 7:00 to 9:00 with a CD Release concert.]

5. The Cave Girls – “I Wanna See The Band”
from: The Cave Girls / Cave Out Records / Feb 4, 2012
[TCG played LIVE on our April 18 WMM. The Cave Girls (Robin Campbell, Sara Teasley, & Stephanie Williams) debut release was produced by Pat Tomek at Largely Studios in KC. The Cave Girls were recently named by The Pitch as Best Sexy Musicians.]

[The Cave Girls play recordBar on Saturday, October 20 with The Empty Spaces and Mad Spirits]

6. Pedaljets – “Tangled Up”
from: from their studio recordings / Independent / To be release in 2013
[KC’s very own Pedaljets have regrouped and now include respected sound engineer and producer Paul Malinowski who has replaced long time lead guitarist Phil Wade (of The Wilders). Malinowski joins drummer Rob Morrow, frontman Mike Allmayer and bassist Matt Kesler. The band is working on all new material in the first album of new Pedaljets songs, in over 20 years.]

[The Pedajets play Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club on Sat, Oct. 20 w/ Cher UK and Hot Dog Skeletons]

7. Cher UK – “Peace, Love & Fun in The Sun”
from: Little Blue Soldier / Independent / October 20, 2012]

[Cher UK play Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club on Sat, Oct. 20 w/ The Pedajets and Hot Dog Skeletons]

10:30 – Interview with Mike McCoy, Mark Reynolds, Bernie Dugan, Lyle Wells, and Matt Kesler

Mike McCoy, Matt Kesler, Bernie Dugan, Mark Reynolds, and Lyle Wells on the October 17, 2012 edition of WMM.

Mike McCoy grew up in Hutchinson, Kansas. In the early 1990s his band Cher U.K. filled venues in Kansas City with their their music playing with popular themes in punk rock music. Mike McCoy, now lives in Austin Texas and fronts his band the Service Industry. Mike is the founder of The North vs. South Music Festival. This Saturday night, October 20, Cher UK play Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club on Sat, Oct. 20 w/ The Pedajets and Hot Dog Skeletons.

Mike McCoy, Mark Reynolds, talked about the early days of Cher UK and the local music scene.

The band was originally called Cher. Many of their first recordings were released on cassette, the band went through several line-up changes and the band’s name changed to Cher UK.

Mike McCoy talked about his love of metaphor in music and the inspirations Cher UK’s new songs for their new EP.

10:38

8. Cher UK – “Little Blue Soldier”
from: Little Blue Soldier / Independent / October 20, 2012

[Cher UK play Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club on Sat, Oct. 20 w/ The Pedajets and Hot Dog Skeletons]

10:42

Mike McCoy talked about the contributions of Mike Stover on guitar for the new recordings and the musicianship of Kyle Dahlquist who contributed on horns.

In 2004 Mike McCoy founded the North vs. South Music Festival, as you call is a bi-annual, bi-polar music festival designed to showcase independent rock along the I-35 corridor. This festival has grown each year.

Matt Kessler discussed the new recordings of The Pedaljets and how the band will release a single in December and their new full length record on vinyl in 2013.

10:53

9. Cher UK – “Reagan VS. Nola”
from: Little Blue Soldier / Independent / October 20, 2012

[Cher UK play Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club on Sat, Oct. 20 w/ The Pedajets and Hot Dog Skeletons]

10. The Grisly Hand – “Thinking About You”
from: Western Avenue / Independent / February 1, 2012
[Cover of Radiohead song. The band is working on a new full length recording.]

[The Grisly Hand play The Riot Room Tonight, Oct. 17, Hudson Falcons, and Clearway 51.]

[Lauren Krum plays the Take Five Coffee bar, 5336 West 151st Street, in Leawood KS. on October 27, Lauren will be joined by her Grisly Hand band mate Mike Stover (guitar), as well as TJ Martley (piano), Bryan McGuire (bass) and Matt Leifer (drums).]

11:00 – Guest Produers / Co-Hosts: Sneaky Creeps

Sneaky Creeps were originally formed by Artists: Max Crutcher, Andy Erdrich and Andy Davis, who met while attending to KCAI. Andy Davis moved away, making the Sneaky Creeps a duo of Max Crutcher on Drums and Yell/Talk, and Andrew Erdrich on Guitar and Yell/Talk. Sneaky Creeps EP, “The Thin Man Wigs Out” is available at: sneakycreeps.bandcamp.com.

Sneaky Creeps were last with us as Guest Produers / Co-Hosts, on WMM on June 13 when Max joined us live in the studio, and Andrew joined us by phone from Indianapolis, where he was working on an installation.

For today’s show Andrew Erdrich joined us live in the studio. Andrew is a graduate of The Kansas City Art Institute, who with Sean Starowitz, founded: BREAD! KC, an art project that celebrated their 2nd year of creating funding for local artists by hosting a dinner, where for a $10 donation, diners are served a bowl of fresh soup, fresh baked bread, and a ballot. Three different creative projects are presented, and diners vote for one to receive the money collected from the evening. In under a year, BREAD! KC has awarded over many thousands in micro-grants to area writers, gardeners, bands and artists. Andrew Erdrich has also been part of the Urban Culture Project and works at Vahalla Press.

For more info about Bread KC! – breadkc.wordpress.com

11:00

11. Beat Happening – “Tiger Trap”
from: You Turn Me On / K Records – Sub Pop / 1992
[indie pop and punk rock band formed in Olympia, Washington in 1982. Calvin Johnson, Heather Lewis and Bret Lunsford have been the band’s continual members. Beat Happening were early leaders in the American indie pop and lo-fi movements, noted for their use of primitive recording techniques, disregard for the technical aspects of musicianship. You Turn Me On is the 5th and last album, released in 1992. It is often considered as their best.]

12. Hamza El Din – Greeting Card”
from: Al Oud / Vanguard / 1965
[Born in the village of Toshka, in southern Egypt, he was originally trained to be an electrical engineer. After working in Cairo for the Egyptian national railroad, El Din changed direction and began to study music at the Cairo University, and traveled in Egypt on a government grant collecting folksongs. His performances attracted the attention of the Grateful Dead, Joan Baez, and Bob Dylan in the 1960s, which led to a recording contract and to his eventual emigration to the United States.]

13. Wevie Stonder – “Gamilnutbike”
from: Drawing On Other People’s Head / Skam / 2002
[ an absurdist electronic music collective.Their name is a spoonerism of the name of musician Stevie Wonder]

14. Poor Lord – “Another Fight”
from: Randomniscity / Independent Release / 2011
[Tulsa Oklahoma band]

11:19 – Underwriting

11:20

15. Gastr Del Sol – “Blues Subtitled No Sense Of Wonder”
from: Camoufleur / Drag City / 1998
[Chicago band consisting, for most of their career, of David Grubbs and Jim O’Rourke. Between 1993 and 1998 they put out seven albums. Grubbs, a former member of Squirrel Bait and Bastro, formed the band in Chicago in 1991. They released their first album, The Serpentine Similar, in 1993. This early lineup saw Grubbs joined by Bundy K. Brown and John McEntire, both members of Bastro’s final incarnation, on bass guitar and drums respectively. In 1994 Brown and McEntire left to join Tortoise and guitarist, composer and producer Jim O’Rourke joined.]

16. John Fahey – “Poor Boy”
from: Transfiguration of Blind Joe Death / Tacoma / 1965
[Born February 28, 1939 – Died February 22, 2001. American fingerstyle guitarist and composer who played the steel-string acoustic guitar as a solo instrument. His style has been greatly influential and has been described as the foundation of American Primitivism, a term borrowed from painting and referring mainly to the self-taught nature of the music and its minimalist style. Fahey borrowed from the folk and blues traditions in American roots music, having compiled many forgotten early recordings in these genres. He would later incorporate classical, Portuguese, Brazilian, and Indian music into his sound. Fahey spent many of his later years in poverty and poor health, but enjoyed a minor career resurgence with a turn towards the more explicitly avant-garde, and created a series of abstract paintings during the last years of his life. He died in 2001 due to complications from heart surgery. In 2003, he was ranked 35th in the Rolling Stone “The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” list.]

17. Singer – “Please Tell the Justices We’re Fine”
from: Unhistories / Drag City / 2008

18. D. Vassalotti – “L’Ange De L’Assassinat”
from: Book of Ghosts / Vinyl Rites / 2012

19. Television – “Marquee Moon”
from: Marquee Moon / Elektra /1977
[American rock band, formed in New York City in 1973. They are best known for the album Marquee Moon, their debut studio album from 1977. They have been credited as highly influential on guitar based post-punk. Part of the early 1970s New York underground rock scene, with the Patti Smith Group, The Ramones, Blondie, Richard Hell and The Voidoids, and Talking Heads. In contrast to the Ramones’ rock ‘n’ roll minimalism, Television’s music was more complex and more technically proficient, defined by guitarists Tom Verlaine and Richard Lloyd. While critically acclaimed at the time of its release, the album failed to garner commercial success. Marquee Moon has since been cited by numerous publications as one of the greatest albums ever made.]

11:59:30

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

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Show #443

WMM Playlist from February 29, 2012

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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

New & Local Releases + Beautiful Bodies
+ Sneaky Creep
s

1. Field Music – “Start The Day Right”
From: Plumb / Memphis Industries / Feb. 13, 2012
[4th full-length studio album from Sunderland, England band, recorded in their newly-built studio. The band’s core consists of brothers David & Peter Brewis, who played drums for fellow Sunderland band The Futureheads. Plumb was released on plum-colored vinyl. David Brewis told DIY magazine, “I love the fact that the English language has so many homophones. I think it’s one of those unique things about the language which really informs the English sense of humor. It tickles me that we can colour all of the album text and the vinyl plum.” The album’s cover art is a collage assembled by Peter Brewis and based on the painting “Standard Station” by American pop artist Ed Ruscha, a print of which hung in Peter’s bathroom.]

The next 7 tracks represent area band participating in MidCoast Takeover SXSW 2012. The next 14 tracks are all from area bands!

2. The Future Kings – “First Impressions”
from: We Are / Nation of Love Records / February 2, 2011 [Indie rock from Olathe, KS. The Future Kings include: lead vocalist and keyboardist – Jules Starr; and her drummer brother – Brett Pippin; bassist/multi-instrumentalist Matt Epstein; and guitarist Trey Durkin. The Future Kings are part of 26 area bands chosen to be part of MidCoast Takeover SXSW 2012 in Austin Texas, March 16-17. The MidCoast Takeover is a project of The Midwest Music Foundation, a not-for-profit organization working for healthcare of all working musicians. MidcoastTakeover.com gives you all the information you need plus a 30 song download representing all of the local and national bands appearing on stage at the 2012 MidCoast Takeover.]

3. Appropriate Grammar – “Six Foot Dreams”
from: Single release / Independent / 2010 [Appropriate Grammar includes: Nick McKenna – Guitar/Vocals, Alex Dunsford – Lead Guitar, Claire Adams – Bass/Vocals, and Steve Gardels – Drums. Their new release, “Lies and Stories” is coming this Spring. The Future Kings are part of 26 area bands chosen to be part of MidCoast Takeover SXSW 2012 in Austin Texas, March 16-17. ]

10:14

4. She’s A Keeper – “Guidance”
from: She’s A Keeper / Independent / 2011
[5-piece band from Kansas City, includes: Fritz Hutchison – vocals, banjo, percussion; Zac Jurden – vocals, guitar; Colin Nelson – vocals, guitar; Elliott Phillips – bass, mandolin; Kate Sopcich – cello, keyboard. She’s A Keeper has just recently recorded their first music video in promotion of a live EP recorded at Midwestern Musical Co. in KC. The band is currently working on a second full-length album that will be available in the summer of 2012. She’s A Keeper are part of 26 area bands chosen to be part of MidCoast Takeover SXSW 2012 in Austin Texas, March 16-17. More info at: midcoasttakeover.com]

5. Quiet Corral – “One, Two, Three, Oh”
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 is in concert tonight, Feb 29th @ Chaser’s in Scottsdale, AZ. They’ll be back in KC to be in concert with: The Blackbird Review, and Sara Swenson & the Pearl Snaps, at Czar, this Friday March 2, in a special benefit for The MidCoast Takeover SXSW 2012. Quiet Corral is one of 26 bands chosen to represent KC at the MidCoast Takeover at SXSW.]

6. The Atlantic – “How To Start A War”
from: How To Start A War [EP] / Independent / June 1, 2010
[indie four piece from Kansas City includes: Patrick Robinson (Vocals/Rhythm Guitar), Brandon Gardner (Lead Guitar/vocals), Eric Augustus Fain (Bass), and M. Blaire Geenens (Drums). One of 26 bands chosen to represent KC at the MidCoast Takeover at SXSW.]

7. Beautiful Bodies – “She’s A Blast”
from: Single / Shipshape Records / 2012
[Indie/rock band from Kansas City that mixes elements of punk, dance, new wave, and rock. Fronted by the magnetic – and at times, mischievous – Alicia Solombrino on VOCALS; Thomas Becker on GUITAR & BACKUP VOX; Luis Arana on BASS; Aaron Crawford on DRUMS. The band has received comparisons to Blondie, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the Runaways and Metric. One of 26 bands chosen to represent KC at the MidCoast Takeover at SXSW. More info at thebeautifulbodies.com]

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8. The Blackbird Review – “Mother’s Radio”
from: The Whaler & Other Stories / Independent / November 13, 2010
[KC based 6-piece band includes: the husband & wife team of: Danielle Prestidge & Jacob Prestidge, with: Jeff Larison, Brain Griffith, Ryan Riggs & Jake Myszka. They’ve shared the stage w/ Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Over the Rhine, & Vedera. One of 26 bands chosen to represent KC at the MidCoast Takeover at SXSW in Austin. The Blackbird Review will be in concert w/: Sara Swenson & the Pearl Snaps, and Quiet Corral, at Czar, Fri Mar 2, in a benefit for MidCoast Takeover. More info at: midcoasttakeover.com]

9. Sara Swenson – “Lights Brighter”
from: All Things Big and Small / Independent / 2010
[KC based singer songwriter Sara Swenson, is a full time high school teacher at Platte County High School in Platte City, in her 9th year of teaching. This is the follow-up to her 2009 critically acclaimed selt titled debut. She also released a new EP in late 2011. Sara Swenson & the Pearl Snaps will be in concert w/ Quiet Corral, & The Blackbird Revue, at Czar, Fri Mar 2, in a benefit for MidCoast Takeover. More info at midcoasttakeover.com. Sara Swenson also plays the recordBar, Mon, Mar. 5 at 10:00 PM with Katie Herzig.]

10. David Burchfield – “Arkansas”
from: The Beginning / Independent / 2011
[Produced, engineered, mixed & master by Mike Crawford at the Impossible Box in KC, w/ David Burchfield on vocals & guitar; Leslie Hammer on banjo, fiddle & viola; Seth Jenkins on upright bass, Jeff Larison on pedal steel & dobro; Andy Michael on piano & accordian; and Devon Russell on vocals, choir. David Burchfield will be in concert this Fri, Mar 2 7:00 pm, First Friday at the Beggar’s Table, 2009 Baltimore Ave., KCMO. & Sat, Mar 24 8:30 pm w/ Sara Swenson, at R Bar 1617 Genessee, KCMO in the West Bottoms.]

10:45 – Interview with Alicia Solombrino of Beautiful Bodies

Beautiful Bodies have been compared to Blondie, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and the Runaways. Fronted by the playful and charismatic Alicia Solombrino on Lead Vocals; with Thomas Becker on Guitar & Back-up Vocals; Luis Arana on Bass; Aaron Crawford on Drums, Beautiful Bodies have been playing live since 2005 and have shared the stage with Nine Inch Nails, Smashing Pumpkins, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, My Chemical Romance, Cake.

Beautiful Bodies play Beaumont Club, March 12, at 7:00 PM in an all ages show, with Company of Thieves.

The band takes its name from one of Solombrino’s favorite books, the Beautiful Bodies by Laura Cunningham.

Alicia Solombrino was born and raised here in Kansas City and she explained the moment when she knew that she wanted to be a musician. It was when she was in kindergarten. “I saw Madonna on the (1990) MTV (Video Music) Awards performing Vogue,” she said.

Along with being Lead singer, Alicia is also known as a videographer, director, photographer, promotions manager, and web designer, she has been able to put her talents to use in many different ways and with many different venues. Alicia has created videos with many bands including The Republic Tigers and Alacartoona.

Guitarist Thomas Becker, is a Harvard Law graduate. (in Miami, representing victims of a Bolivian massacre in a civil lawsuit against the country’s former president.)

Beautiful Bodies have been playing and touring since 2005, sharing the stage with bands such as Nine Inch Nails, Smashing Pumpkins, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, My Chemical Romance, Cake. Har Mar Superstar, Shny Toy Guns, and others.

Beautiful Bodies released the single “You’re A Risk” Oct. 12, 2010?

Over the past few years the band has been writing new songs and now have the opportunity to record these songs with multi-platinum selling producer John Feldmann who has worked with The Used, Panic at the Disco, Good Charlotte, Neon Trees and Hilary Duff. How did you all meet up with John Feldman?

The band will be traveling to Los Angeles and recording for about a month. And have started a Kickstarter grant to help complete the recording of their new record. This past Saturday, February 25, Beautiful Bodies were in concert for their Album Kickstarter Party at the Riot Room, with Mute the Idol, Bears & Company, Last Nights Vice. Tell us about your Kickstarter. You can learn more at thebeautifulbodies.com.

Beautiful Bodies are one of 26 area bands chosen to represent KC at the MidCoast Takeover at SXSW. This is their third year participating in the MidCoast takeover in Austin.

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11. Molly Picture Club – “Idears (You Don’t Dance Enough)”
from: Molly Picture Club / Independent / March 3, 2012
[KC based band featuring: Aniko Adany- vocals, synths, keys, omnichord, Matthew Hayden- drums, drum sequencing, and Michael Tipton- vocals, guitar, bass. Mike Tipton recently passed on to us brand new tracks from M.P.C.’s new recordings to be released March 3, at 10:00 PM, at the recordBar. The album was mixed and mastered by Duane Trower at Weights and Measures Soundlab here in KC. Molly Picture Club will be in concert for a special CD Release Party, Saturday, March 3, at 10:00 PM at the recordBar, 1020 Westport Road. Molly Picture Club will also be participating in 90-.1 FM KKFI’s annual Band Auction. They’ll be on Wednesday MidDay Medley on March 14, listeners get your bidding ready!]

12. In Back of a Black Car – “Spare Me Love”
from: Single / Silver Tongue Records / August 2011
[Made up of former members of: Lovers in Transit, Five Star Crush, and Monta At Odds. This KC based, 4-piece includes: Matt Pluff on Drums, Backing Vocals and iPod; Zachary Bozich on Keyboards, Backing Vocals, and Hand Claps; Mychael Scott Reed on Bass, Programming, Keyboards, Theremin, and Backing Vocals; and Joel Hines on Lead Vocals, Guitar, and Bass.]

11:09

13. Sneaky Creeps – “It Must Be Chemical”
from: World Cup / Independent / Nov. 2010 [Max Crutcher, Andy Davis, Andy Erdrich all met while going to KCAI. Andy Erdrich, who is also a co-founder of BREAD!]

11:13 – Interview with Max Crutcher & Andrew Erdrich

Sneaky Creeps were originally formed by Artists: Max Crutcher, Andy Davis, Andy Erdrich who all met while going to KCAI. Andy Davis moved away, making the Sneaky Creeps a duo of Max Crutcher on Drums and Yell/Talk, and Andrew Erdrich on Guitar and Yell/Talk.

Max Crutcher moved to KC from Tulsa, Oklamoma.

Andrew Erdrich you and Sean Starowitz, both recent graduates of The Kansas City Art Institute, founded: BREAD! KC, an art project conceived in 2010 that creates funding for local artists by hosting a dinner, where for a $10 donation, diners are served a bowl of fresh soup, fresh baked bread, and a ballot. Three different creative projects are presented, and diners vote for one to receive the money collected from the evening. In under a year, BREAD! KC has awarded many thousands in micro-grants to area writers, gardeners, bands and artists.

Andrew Erdrich, besides playing with Sneaky Creeps, organizing and conducting Bread KC events each month, also works as the pressman at Vahalla Studios.

Andrew Erdrich is part of the Urban Culture Project.

Max Crutcher has a blog: yourniverse.blogspot.com

“The Thin Man Wigs Out” was Recorded by Ashley at Infoaming Vortex

11:24

14. Sneaky Creeps – “Flat”
from: The Thin Man Wigs Out / Independent / Jan. 8, 2012
[The 2nd EP from band formed by, Max Crutcher, Andy Davis, Andy Erdrich who all met while going to KCAI. Andy Davis moved away, making the Sneaky Creeps a duo of Max Crutcher on Drums and Yell/Talk, and Andrew Erdrich on Guitar and Yell/Talk. Recorded by Ashley at Infoaming Vortex All material written by Sneaky Creeps, Andy Erdrich, who is also a co-founder of BREAD! Was happy to report that we were the very first to download their new, release, “The Thin Man Wigs Out,” through bandcamp.]

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Max Crutcher and Andrew Erdrich have both been involved in may local art projects and shows at: Spray Booth Gallery, 130 W 18th Wyandotte St. (Volker Bicycles) SprayBoothGallery.com, and City Arts Projects, 2015 Campbell St.

Spray Booth Gallery is largely curated by Andrew Lyles, a classmate of theirs from KCAI.

To check out Max Cruthcher & Andrew Erdrich’s new EP, “The Thin Man Wigs Out” visit: sneakycreeps.bandcamp.com.

For more info about Bread KC! – breadkc.wordpress.com

11:38

We are gave away 2 CDs of: Soft Reeds, “Soft Reeds Are Bastards,” from The Record Machine.

15. Soft Reeds – “Thick of Thin Things”
from: Soft Reeds Are Bastards / The Record Machine / 2010
[newest project from former Golden Republic frontman Ben Grimes. For more info: therecordmachine.net ]

16. Unicycle Loves You – “Wow Wave Cinema”
from: Failure / Mecca Lecca/Highwheel / 2012
[One of the bands coming in to play The Middle of The Map Festival in April. 3rd full length from Chicago based indie rock trio featuring: Jim Carroll on vocals/guitar/keys; Nicole Vitale on vocals/bass; and J.T. Baker/John Rungger on drums.]

11:45

17. Sharon van Etten – “Serpents”
from: Tramp / Jagjaguar Records / February 6, 2012
[3rd studio album, produced by The National’s Aaron Dessner, and recorded in his studio over the period of several months. Sharon van Etten was born & raised in New Jersey. She moved to Tennessee to attend Middle Tennessee State University, where she discovered a variety of influential music. After moving back to New Jersey, Van Etten was encouraged by Kyp Malone of TV on the Radio to pursue a career in music.]

18. Frankie Rose – “Interstellar”
from: Interstellar / Slumberland Records / February 7, 2012
[2nd full-length album from Brooklyn vocalist, songwriter and musician She was formerly an original member of acclaimed garage rock acts Crystal Stilts, Dum Dum Girls, and the Vivian Girls.]

17. Fun. – “All The Pretty Girls”
from: Aim and Ignite / Nettwerk Records / Sept. 28, 2010 [One of the bands coming to play The Middle of The Map Festival in April. This is from the debut full length. You may’ve heard this song on Glee.]

11:59:30

18. 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

Show #410

Playlist from February 1, 2012

Wednesday MidDay Medley
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Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

New & Local Releases + The Sexy Accident
+ Lisa Jo Sagolla & “Rock ‘N’ Roll Dances of the 1950s”

1. Capybara – “Neighbor Crimes”
from: Dave Drusky / The Record Machine / February 7, 2012
[Lifelong friends Mark Harrison, Jared Horne, Darin Seal, and Joel Wrolstad formed Capybara in January, of 2009, since then they signed up with The Record Machine, released their debut recording “Try Brother” to critical acclaim, went on a 44 city tour, made a fan out of film maker Spike Jonze, recorded the soundtrack for the Independent film “One Two Many Mornings,” backed up Daniel Johnston at last year’s Middle of The Map Festival, and now are set to release “Dave Drusky.”]

2. The Cave Girls – “I Said Wow!”
from: The Cave Girls / Cave Out Records / February 4, 2012
[Robin Campbell, Sara Teasley, and Stephanie Williams are The Cave Girls. Their debut Release was Produced by Pat Tomek at Largely Studios in Kansas City. The Cave Girls will have a CD Release show this Saturday night, February 4, at 9:30 at The Brick with special guests The I’ms and Thee Devotion.]

3. John Velghe & The Prodigal Sons– “Blood Line”
from: Don’t Let Me Stay / Lakeshore Records / March 13, 2012
[John Velghe – vox, guitars, keyboards. The Prodigal Sons: Mike Alexander – guitar, mandolin, backing vocals; Chris Wagner – bass, backing vocals; GoGo Ray – drum set; Hermon Mehari – trumpet; Sam Hughes – saxophone; Mike Walker – trombone. With: Kirsten Paludan – vocals; James Mitchell – cello; Whitney Williamson – violin; Catherine Root – violin. John Velghe will be our guest on Mar. 21, to talk about the new record and play a few songs LIVE. John will be concert at The recordBar, Feb 10, w/ 7-piece, “The Prodigal Sons.” “Don’t Let Me Stay” will have a special release concert, Mar. 24, at The Record Bar that’ll include an 11 piece ensemble, including string players and a horn section.]

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

5. Dream Wolf – “Water is Full of Lead”
from: Learn To Survive / Independent / January 2011
[Christian Tady – Electric Guitar, Tess Jehle – Drums, Megan Zander – Vocals, Katelyn Boone – Keyboards, Brent Jamison – Bass. Dream Wolf play The Brick, 1727 McGee, KCMO Friday night, February 3 with The Brannock Device, and Jorge Arana Trio.]

6. The I’ms – “Keeps Me On My Toes”
from: Second MIXES / Independent / 2011
[from their Facebook Page – Collin Rausch, Kyle Rausch, Konnor Ervin. Konner & Kyle also play with The ACB’s. The I’ms will be playing at The Cave Girls CD Release show this Saturday night, February 4, at 9:30 at The Brick also with Thee Devotion.]

7. Bill Hailey & His Comets– “Rock Around The Clock”
from: ’50s Songs Vol. 1 / Old Gold Media / 2009
[Recorded in Philadelphia, April 12, 1954, for Decca Records, with producer Milt Gabler, who had produced Louis Jordan and Billie Holiday. The song was recorded the same month that Atlantic Records issued Big Joe Turner’s “Shake Rattle and Roll.” A slightly different version of the song was used in the soundtrack to the film “Blackboard Jungle,” over the film’s opening credits, as well as in the first scene, in an instrumental version in the middle of the film, and at the close of the movie. The record had been released a year earlier, but after bthe film’s release, “Rock Around the Clock” reached #1 on the Billboard charts, and remained there for 8 weeks. The music also led to a huge teenage audience for the film, and their exuberant response to it sometimes overflowed into violence and vandalism at screenings. The film has been seen as marking the start of a period of visible teenage rebellion.]

10:30 – Interview with Lia Jo Sagolla

New York City based Lisa Jo Sagolla is the author of “The Girl Who Fell Down: A Biography of Joan McCracken.” She is a columnist and critic for Backstage Magazine and The Kansas City Star. She teaches at Columbia University and works as an educational consultant for K-12 arts programs. Lisa Jo has choreographed more than 170 Off-Broadway, regional, summer stock, and university productions. She holds a Doctorate in Education from Columbia University’s Teachers College. Lisa Jo joins us to discuss her new book: “Rock ‘N’ Roll Dances of the 1950s,” published by Greenwood Books, as part of The American Dance Floor series.

Lisa Jo Sagolla describes Rock ‘N’ Roll in the first paragraph of her book as, “a hybrid composed of elements of three strands of American music: Pop, Country and Western, and Rhythm and Blues. All three were Adult-oriented forms popular in the early 1950s.” Individually they appealed to adults, but as a hybrid the music was linked to a growing youth movement.

We talked with Lisa Jo about how, on the surface, the 1950’s seemed like a quiet decade, “Father Knows Best,” “Ozzy and Harriet,” but if you scratch the surface, you can see a volatile movement simmering. Rock ‘N’ Roll really was subversive? It subverted racial segregation.

Lisa Jo writes how Rock ‘N’ Roll records skyrocketed with “Shock Speed” and how new 1950’s Technology: The Transistor Radio propelled the movement.

Lisa Jo writes about how Rock ‘N” Roll was a savior of radio, a medium that embraced the new music and found new audiences, and new marketing demographics. Disc Jockey’s like Alan Freed became superstars in their own way.

While radio fueled the revolution, it was also in film where Rock “N’ Roll took root in our culture. Lisa Jo watched a lot of those early films from the 1950s. While there are those that are more respected, like “Blackboard Jungle,” there were many others where the music was used more as a devise.

Lisa Jo writes about the revival of the 50’s Culture that came in the late 1970s with “American Grafitti,” “Happy Days,” “Grease,” and into the 1980s with “Hairspray” and the films of John Waters. This revival seemed more authentic to the time period.

Television eventually got on board with dance programs, many locally produced and some, like American Bandstand, that introduced the dances of the time, to millions of viewers.

American Bandstand came out of Philadelphia, the same city where “Rock Around the Clock” was recorded. Philly had it’s own “Dancing Style.” Lisa Jo grew up in Philadelphia, and she talked about how what eventually ended up on American Bandstand was a dance that most likely came out of the streets of Philadelphia. She discussed how the African American kids were doing these dances in the streets, and they were adopted by the white kids.

The dances were a reflection of our culture at that time.

The Jitterbug, The Hand Jive, The Madison, The Bop, The Stroll,

The Slop, The Walk, The Circle Dance, the Twist

Lisa Jo also discussed how American Bandstand, was the first “reality show” ever.

You can read Lisa Jo Sagolla’s columns in Backstage Magazine. She is the author of “The Girl Who Fell Down: A Biography of Joan McCracken.” Her new book “Rock ‘N’ Roll Dances of the 1950s,” was published by Greenwood Books, as part of The American Dance Floor Series and is available at all fine bookstores everywhere or you can visit http://www.abc-clio.com for a complete list of titles.

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8. Grand Marquis – “The Jungle”
from: The Sun Session / Grand Marquis / Jan. 13, 2012
[Recorded live, February 1, 2011 at Sun Studio, 706 Union Avenue, in Memphis Tennessee. This song is on their CD plus their limited edition 2 song 7 inch single on vinyl. Bryan Redmond – lead vocals, soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones; Chad Boydston – trumpet, backing vocals; Ryan Wurtz – guitar; Ben Ruth – upright bass, sousaphone, backing vocals; Lisa Mckenzie – drums, washboard.]

9. The Latenight Callers – “Electric Park”
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 TLNC have become a KC Band known for their enchanting live performances. 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.]

10. Richard Burgess – “Misery is Company”
from: Midwestern Wind / Independent / to be released sometime in 2012
[Richard Burgess played live on our show, several years ago, as bass player with the KC band Expassionates. Richard passed on to us tracks from his new project, to play on the show. These are not the final mixes. Richard tells us that in a few weeks, his 12 new tracks will go to Nashville, for mastering.]

11:00 – Middle of The Map Festival Announcement!

Ink’s Middle of the Map Fest is April 5-7, with over 80 Bands, at 8 Venues, at 10 Stages, in 3 Days.

The 2012 line-up will feature:

Friends – from Brooklyn.

Chad Valley – Electronica (a.ka. Hugo Manuel) from Oxford, England.

Baby Teardrops – from KC and NYC,

Saintseneca – folk band from Columbus, Ohio.

Neon Indian, – Indie electronica from Denton, TX and Mexican-born Alan Palomo

Phantasmagoria – electro-rock/pop duo from Detroit Michigan

Jonquil – 4 piece band from Oxford England fronted by Hugo Manuel

Mr. Gnome – gritty, space-psychedelia duo from Cleveland, Ohio.

Nerves Junior – 4 piece indie rock band from Louisville, Kentucky

Keep Shelly In Athens – electronic / downtempo band from Athens, GA

A Lull – Indie Rock from Chicago

fun. – indie pop band from New York, New York

Beacon – Electronica from Brooklyn, NYC

Also featuring:
Mission of Burma, Fucked Up, Murder by Death, El Ten Eleven, White Denim, Deastro, Coalesce, Hooray for Earth, Acid Mothers Temple, Casket Lottery, The Life and Times, Owen, Elite Gymnastics, Gold Motel, Capybara, Cowboy Indian Bear, Soft Reeds, Molly McGuire, Reflector, Minus Story, The Esoteric, Season To Risk, Hospital Ships, Broncho, Ad Astra Arkestra, Thee Water MoccaSins, Deadringers, La Guerre, Motorboater, Everyday/Everynight, Maps For Travelers, Spirit Is The Spirit, Max Justus, Sam Billen, Believers, Akkilles, Beau Jennings, Christopher Paul Stelling, Sleepy Kitty and Unicycle Loves You.

Venues:
Record Bar, Riot Room, Beaumont Club, Union, Gusto Lounge, Firefly Lounge, McCoys’s, Westport Coffeehouse

For more info:
middleofthemapfest.com
therecordmachine.net
inkkc.com

11. Friends – “Friend Crush”
from: (Single) / Lucky Number / Mar. 21, 2011
[Debut single of Brooklyn band, fronted by Samantha Urbani. Appearing at this year’s Middle of The Map Festival, to be held April 5 – 7.]

12. Malachy Papers with Earl Harvin – “Brilliant Corners”
from: Malachy Papers with Earl Harvin / Reap and Sow / 2005
[a track written by Thelonious Monk, featuring Mark Southerland on horns, Mike Dillon on vibraphone, Johnny Hamil on Bass, and Earl Harvin on Drum Kit &Tiympani. Recorded in Dec. of 2004. Mike Dillon appearing w/ New Orleans sensation Yojimbo and The Malachy Papers play The Brick, TONIGHT, Feb. at 8:00. Tomorrow night, Thurs, Feb. 2, Mike Dillon, w/ Snuff Jazz & Jeff Harshbarger play Grunauer, 101 W 22nd, KCMO.]

Sneaky Creeps, Andrew Erdrich and Max Crutcher at The Spray Booth Gallery, Friday, February 3, 1212

14. Sneaky Creeps – “Spoiled”
from: The Thin Man Wigs Out / Independent / Jan. 8, 2012
[The 2nd EP from band formed by, friends who met while going to KCAI.featuring: Max Cruthcher on Drums and Yell/Talk, and Andrew Erdrich on Guitar and Yell/Talk. The Sneaky Creeps EP Release show, this Friday, February 3, at 10:00 PM, at Harling’s, 3941 Main, KCMO, with Mosquito Bandito, Dormant Whelm, and Witch and Hare.]

11:14 – Underwriting

11:15 – Interview with Jesse Kates and Camry Ivory from The Sexy Accident

13. The Sexy Accident – “You’re Not Alone”
from: You’re Not Alone (EP) / The Sexy Accident / Jan 1, 2012
[The Sexy Accident – EP Release – All Ages – Early Show, is Friday, February 3, at 7:00 PM, at the recordBar, 1020 Westport Rd. KCMO. Samantha Clemons opens the show at 7:00 PM, The Sexy Accident goes oat 8:00 PM For more information you can visit: sexyaccident.com.]

“You’re Not Alone” was recorded at The Westend Studios in Kansas City.

Since 2005 T.S.A. has released 3 full-length and 3 EPs.

The current line includes: Jesse Kates, Daniel Torrence, Camry Ivory, and Michael Young.

Jesse mailed out the “You’re Not Alone” EP and press releases to about 250 journalists this week.

The Sexy Accident has already recorded your next full-length record: “Under Summer Stars.”

“I’m Just Trying To Help (Me Like You)” is a track co-written by Jesse and Camry

11:30

14. The Sexy Accident – “I’m Just Trying To Help (Me Like You)”
from: You’re Not Alone (EP) / The Sexy Accident / Jan 1, 2012
[The Sexy Accident – EP Release – All Ages – Early Show, is Friday, February 3, at 7:00 PM, at the recordBar, 1020 Westport Rd. KCMO. Samantha Clemons opens the show at 7:00 PM, The Sexy Accident goes oat 8:00 PM For more information you can visit: sexyaccident.com.]

11:33

Future shows:

Thurs, Feb 9, at 8:00 pm, at The Brick – Camry & Jesse play the Songwriter’s Forum

Thursday, March 8, at 9:00pm, at The Drop – Camry & Jesse

Sun, Mar. 25, at 2:00pm, at Cowtown Mallroom – Camry & Jesse, full-length sneak preview

The Sexy Accident, and will be in concert this Fri, Feb 3, at 7:00 PM, at the recordBar, 1020 Westport Rd. w/ Samantha Clemons.

11:44

16. Elaine McMilian – “Get Away”
from: The Messenger / Independent / July 22, 2011
[Elaine McMilian grew up in Independence, and graduated High School in 1973. She went to college as a vocal music major, but left after her first year to get married and start a family. In her mid thirties she went back to college a UMKC where she met Christian Hankel, who introduced her to a whole new generation of musicians in KC. Elaine has performed in and around KC for almost 20 years as a solo artist and in bands. Elaine will be in concert at Good Juju on Friday, February 3, from 6 to 8, and thenshe be with Brannock Device later that night at The Brick, with Dream Wolf.]

17. The Caves – “bad astronomy”
from: 5 Songs From The Caves / Independent / 2010
[KC based: Andrew Ashby on Guitar & Voice, David Gaumé on Bass, Elizabeth Bohannon on Keyboards, Percussion & Voice, Jake Cardwell on Drums & Percussion. Andrew Ashby, sent us a new track that’ll be part of upcoming release “Duplexiaville” available this Spring on Golden Sound Records. Andrew Ashby also reports to us that this week The Caves are recording a new song for a compilation of KC/Lawrence bands due out for Record Store Day. The Caves will be in concert this February 6, at the recordBar.]

18. Elsa Rae– “Don’t Move To Minnesota”
from: Plays Tiny Instruments / Independent / August 16, 2011
[Recorded at Cathouse Studios in August, 2011. All songs recorded and mixed by Mike Dresch. All songs written and performed by Elsa Rae. Elsa Rae will perform in the Indie Hit Makers Music Showcase, 7:00 – 9:30PM, at Czar Bar 1531 Grand Blvd KCMO ]

11:59:30

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

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

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

Show #406

Thanks for listening!

WMM Playlist from January 18, 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, January 18, 2012

Local & Future Releases
+ Albert Mazibuko of Ladysmith Black Mambazo

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

2. Thee Water MoccaSins – “Diablo Diablo”
from: Thee Water MoccaSins / Independent / April 5, 2012
[Thee Water MoccaSins is comprised of KC musicians Billy Smith on Guitar and Vocals; Steve Tulipana on Vocals, Guitar and Bass; John Bersuch on Drums and Percussion; and Wade Williamson on Guitar, Keyboards, and Bass. All musicians are currently involved with, or have been involved with: Roman Numerals, Season to Risk, Olympic Size, Dirt Nap, Stella Link, Bacon Shoe, Minds Under Cover and Starhaven Rounders. Billy Smith, now living in NYC, told us that the band will release their new record during this year’s Middle of The Map Festival, to be held April 5 – 7.]

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3. John Velghe & The Prodigal Sons– “The Occupier”
from: Don’t Let Me Stay / Lakeshore Records / March 13, 2012
[John Velghe – vox, guitars, keyboards. The Prodigal Sons: Mike Alexander – guitar, mandolin, backing vocals; Chris Wagner – bass, backing vocals; GoGo Ray – drum set; Hermon Mehari – trumpet; Sam Hughes – saxophone; Mike Walker – trombone. With: Kirsten Paludan – vocals; James Mitchell – cello; Whitney Williamson – violin; Catherine Root – violin. John Velghe will be our guest on Mar. 21, to talk about the new record and play a few songs LIVE. John will be concert at The recordBar, Feb 10, w/ 7-piece, “The Prodigal Sons.” “Don’t let Me Stay” will have a special release concert, Mar. 24, at The Record Bar that’ll include an 11 piece ensemble, including string players and a horn section.]

4. The Depth and The Whisper – “Blindsided”
from: One Steady Breath / Independent / June 28, 2011
[Produced and recorded by John Velghe at Guttersnipe recording. This song features Albert Bickley and Dave Tanner, the principle musicians and songwriters, with Troy Van Horn on lead guitar, Go Go ray on Drums, John Velghe on keyboards and backing vocals and Elaine McMilian on backing vocals. The Depth and The Whisper will be in concert at the Record bar on Jan. 27 with the entire band. Dave Tanner told us Elaine McMilian, will be with them for this show.]

5. Christopher Tolle – “We Belong Together”
from: We Belong Together (Digital Single) / Capitol / Jan. 14, 2011
[One of the founding members of Olympic Size, Christopher Tolle told us because of the “feel” of several of his new songs, he is going to wait for Summer to release the full length record. He said it’s just a summer-y-kind-of-record. He is, however, going to release an EP of brand new songs this winter. (2 of the 4 songs are already recorded). He promised us that as soon as the new stuff is out he will send the songs to us, to share with listeners on WMM. CT with Bill Latas will be in concert at The Brick, KCMO – with The CAVES, this Friday, January 20.]

10:27 – (Bands with Andrew Connor)

6. Power and Light – “Earthly Schemes”
from: EP / Warp / January 14, 2012 [A new collaboration between Nathan Readey (production) and Andrew Connor (songs, vocals). Their music is described as pop, chill, downtempo, electropop, french pop.]

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

8. Ghosty – “This Wolf”
from: unmastered track from Spring release / More Famouser Records / April 2012
[Andrew Connor performs with: The ACB’s, Power and Light, The Finsters, Mary Fartune, many know him for the band Ghosty. Andrew told us that Ghosty is currently wrapping up the production of their new album this week, at More Famouser Studios, w/ Mike Nolte. Andrew says they’re “trying for a big vinyl release party in March or April.” The album is not mastered yet, but he passed on a mix of their new song, “This Wolf.”]

10:35

9. The Latenight Callers – “Calaveras”
from: Easy Virtues / TLNC / 2012
[TLNC have been invited to perform in San Francisco, Sat, Jan. 28, at The Noir City Nightclub, in a celebratory fundraiser for The Film Noir Foundation. 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 TLNC have become a KC Band known for their enchanting live performances. 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.]

10. Grand Marquis – “The Jungle”
from: The Sun Session / Grand Marquis / Jan. 13, 2013
[Recorded live, February 1, 2011 at Sun Studio, 706 Union Avenue, in Memphis Tennessee. This song is on their CD plus their limited edition 2 song 7 inch single on vinyl. Bryan Redmond – lead vocals, soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones; Chad Boydston – trumpet, backing vocals; Ryan Wurtz – guitar; Ben Ruth – upright bass, sousaphone, backing vocals; Lisa Mckenzie – drums, washboard.]

10:45 – Wednesday MidDay Medley Exclusive!

Two of Kansas City’s favorite bands: The Hearts of Darkness and The Good Foot have teamed up for the release of their first collaborative project, a split single 7” record titled “Numeration / Bad Way”. This single grew out of a discussion between the two bands about ways to cooperate on a release, share expenses and to grow the spirit of friendly competition. The record jacket features two “front covers”, so it’s up to the bands are leaving it up to their fans and listeners to determine which song is the “A” side and which is the “B” side. The single features The Good Foot’s first released original tune: “Bad Way” on one side and Hearts of Darkness’ first single “Numeration” off the forthcoming album on the other side.

The 7″ vinyl record w/ digital download will be released Sat, Feb 18, at The inaugural Carnivàle du Soul, at the Uptown Theater, 3700 Broadway. Carnivàle du Soul was created as the gala event, of the 11 year tradition of Mardi Gras carnival season in KC. Hearts of Darkness and The Good Foot will headline the main stage. Opening the show will be DJ Fat Sal w/ Voler Aerial Fabrics. Also featured will be DJ sets by Superwolf & Joc Max. These DJs specialize in rare funk, soul, R&B, Afro-Caribbean, & reggae on vinyl. More info at: heartsofdarkness.net. The split single will be available at local record stores.

The Hearts of Darkness

11. 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 Wakaursa Festival. The 15 piece ensemble includes: Les Izmore – Vox, Percussion; Brandy Gordon – Vox; Erica Townsend – Vox; Rachel Christia – Vox; Brad Williams – Drum Kit, Percussion; Sean Branagan – Kit, Percussion; Miko Spears – Congas; Pete Leibert – Bass Guitar; Richard Gumbel – Rhythm Guitar; Jolan Smith – Tenor Sax; Shawn Hansen – Alto Sax, Sam Hughes – Baritone Sax; Andrew Ford – Slide Trombone; Ken Walker – Valve Trombone; Bob Asher – Trumpet. The band blends American funk & soul, hip-hop & KC jazz big-band traditions into an afrobeat-based foundation to create a huge sound. Bobby Asher tells us that the band expects to release the 2nd full length vinyl later in the Spring.]

12. The Good Foot – “Bad Way”
from: Numeration / Bad Way (Split Single) 7″ Vinyl / Shipshape Records / Feb. 18, 2012
[7-piece, KC soul revue that is one of the most popular bands in the area. The band includes: Julia Haile, Adam Wagner, Tim Braun, Quentin Schmidt, David Conarroe, Nick Howell, and Nick Rowland. Known for their interpretations of the Motown & Stax songbook, as well as their own original compositions.]

11:00

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

14. Sneaky Creeps – “Flat”
from: The Thin Man Wigs Out / Independent / Jan. 8, 2012
[The 2nd EP from band formed by, Max Crutcher, Andy Davis, Andy Erdrich who all met while going to KCAI. Andy Davis moved away, making the Sneaky Creeps a duo pf Max Cruthcher on Drums and Yell/Talk, and Andrew Erdrich on Guitar and Yell/Talk. Recorded by Ashley at Infoaming Vortex All material written by Sneaky Creeps, Andy Erdrich, who is also a co-founder of BREAD! Was happy to report that we were the very first to download their new, release, “The Thin Man Wigs Out,” through bandcamp.]

15. The Brannock Device – “The Consequence of Hope”
from: Into The Witness Chamber / Independent / Spring 2012
[The Brannock Device has been making music for 15 years w/ Jason Beers on vocals & bass; D Bernard Dugan on drums & vocals; Marco Pascolini on guitar; Jeremy Schutte on long distance lover, guitar & vocals; and Elaine McMilian on Vocals. Jason Beers tells us that The Brannock Device’s new album is all done and awaiting packaging.]

11:13 – Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Ladysmith Black Mambazo will be in concert at The Kauffman Center for The Performing Arts on Tues, Jan 24, at 7:30 PM. Info at kauffmancenter.org.

16. Ladysmith Black Mambazo – “Diamonds on The Soles of Her Shoes”
from: The Very Best / Springbot Records / September 28, 2011

17. Ladysmith Black Mambazo – “Yangiluma Inkukhu (The Biting Chick)”
from: Songs From a Zulu Farm / Razor & Tie / Feb. 1, 2011

11:20 – Interview with Albert Mazibuko of Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

South Africa’s Ladysmith Black Mambazo, was formed by Joseph Shabalala, in the early 1960s. In the mid-1980s, Paul Simon visited South Africa and incorporated Black Mambazo’s harmonies into his 1986 album “Graceland” and introduced World music to mainstream audiences. “Graceland” won the Grammy Award for Best Album of the Year. In 1987, Paul Simon produced Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s first U.S. release, “Shaka Zulu,” which won the Grammy Award, for Best Traditional Folk Album in 1988. Since then, the group has received 15 Grammy Award Nominations and three Grammy Award wins, and have recorded 40 albums and sold more than 6 million records. The 10-member ensemble will be in concert at The Kauffman Center for The Performing Arts on Tues, Jan 24, at 7:30 PM. (Info at kauffmancenter.org.)

Albert Mazibuko talked about how “Diamonds on The Soles of Her Shoes” a song wriiten by his cousin Joseph Shabalala and Paul Simon, originally released on “Graceland” in 1986, (and later re-recorded for their 2006 release “Long Walk To Freedom” w/ guest Melissa Etheridge) introduced Black Mambazo to the U.S.

The band traveled to London to record “Graceland” w/ Paul Simon. Many people forget that The Apartheid system was still in place during this time, however the Apartheid government allowed the group to tour to parts of Europe. Albert Mazibuko discussed how it was difficult in those years. He talked about how when the band left the country to play ion parotids of Europe they were never sure if they would be allowed back home.

The Apartheid system was abolished in 1994. The after the release of Nelson Mandela, after 27 years imprisonment, Ladysmith Black Mambazo celebrated the end of Apartheid with their song “Isikifil’ Inkululeko” (“Freedom Has Arrived”). Nelson Mandela (shortly after his release from prison) publicly stated that the members of Ladysmith Black Mambazo were “South Africa’s cultural ambassadors”. In 1993 The band accompanied Mandela to the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo, Norway at his request. Mambazo sang again at President Mandela’s inauguration in May 1994, after he became the first democratically elected President of South Africa. Albert told us how this period felt to him as a citizen of South Africa, seeing these changes in his life.

We asked Albert Mazibuko about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and how his life affected Albert and his family in South Africa. Albert told us that he viewed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as an angel sent from heaven.

The name Ladysmith Black Mambazo represent the hometown of Shabalala’s family, Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal; the black ox, considered to be the strongest farm animal; and Mambazo, which means axe in the Zulu language, and is symbolic of the choir’s ability to “chop down” the competition? I read that, by the early 1970s, the group was forbidden to compete in the competitions because of their continual success.

Albert Mazibuko told us about the style of music of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, how this music evolved out of working in the mines, where workers were separated from there families for long periods.

We told Albert about how 90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio plays the music of Ladysmith Black Mamboza every week on our program World Sound, produced and hosted by Tom Crane, on Sundays from 1:00 to 3:00 PM.

It is reported that the group has had over 30 different members at one point or another over the past forty-five years. However it seems that the core of the group has been the families of Joseph Shabalala; his brothers (Headman and Enoch,) and currently his sons (Thamsanqa, Msizi, Thulani, and Sibongiseni and his cousins (Albert) and Albert’s brother (Abednego Mazibuko currently); (and his brothers Milton, Funokwakhe, and Joseph Mazibuko) (as well as close friends Matovoti Msimanga and Walter Malinga) and close friends Russel Mthembu and Ngane Dlamini, currently with the band. Albert discussed how it’s easier traveling with family, his brothers and cousins, because they are from the same family their voices blend in together in positive ways.

We interviewed Albert Mazibuko live on the phone from Brownsville, Texas, where the band has a show. It’s the 3rd show of their current tour that is taking them to 59 cities over the next 4 months. The group tours 8 months of the year and has traveled all over the world performing for Queens and Presidents, for Olympics. We asked Albert where his favorite places to tour & perform are and he replied his favorite place is “on the stage,” sharing their music with the audiences all over the world.

The members of the group currently reside in or near Pinetown, just outside of the coastal city of Durban in KwaZulu-Natal. We asked Albert what he misses most about being away from home, and he told us that it was a food served in South Africa that is not available here: sour milk.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo has been nominated for a Grammy for their recent release, “Songs From a Zulu Farm.” This recording is important to the group because the older members were born and raised on the farms outside of Ladysmith. It is a collection of original and traditional songs that sing of life on the farm.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo will be in concert at The Kauffman Center for The Performing Arts on Tues, Jan 24, at 7:30 PM. Info at kauffmancenter.org.

11:40

18. Fullbloods – “Candy”
from: The Perpetual Machine / Golden Sound Records / 2011
[Ross Brown, Alex Chapman, Bill Pollock, & Glenn Shipps. Ross Brown with Mat Shoare & Jerad Colton Tomasino started Golden Sound Records]

19. Millions of Boys – “Dead Girls”
from: Competing For Your Love / Golden Sound Records / 2011-12
[Omaha based, Sara Bertuldo on Guitar, Bass &Vocals; Alex van Beaumont on Guitar, Bass & Vocals; and Ryan Haas on Drums & Vocals will be performing a Vinyl Release of their album “Competing For Your Love” this Sat, Jan. 21 at The Slowdown, 729 N 14th St. in Omaha, NE.]

20. The Pedaljets – “Tangled Up”
from: New unreleased recording / Independent / 2012
[Formed in Lawrence, in 1984 they toured all over the country, opening for Hüsker Dü, The Flaming Lips, The Replacements. In 1988 they released their debut, “Today, Today.” Their 2nd album, “Pedaljets,” was released in 1989. And In 1990 the band went their separate ways. 20 years later The Pedaljets find themselves back in the studio. Bassist Matt Kessler passed on this track, from the band’s new sessions. The PedalJets will be in concert at the recordBar Sat, Jan 28, for Michael Byers’ B-day Party. Matt said they’ll be playing all new songs and he told us the band has been recording a lot, and are not sure about a release date, but are hoping for sometime this spring. Matt’s other band, The Doo-Dads will be in CONCERT at the recordBar, Fri, Jan 20 at 6:00 PM. ]

21. The Caves – “Weekend Blues”
from: Duplexiaville / Independent / 2012
[KC based: Andrew Ashby on Guitar & Voice, David Gaumé on Bass, Elizabeth Bohannon on Keyboards, Percussion & Voice, Jake Cardwell on Drums & Percussion. Andrew Ashby, sent us a new track that’ll be part of upcoming release “Duplexiaville” available this Spring on Golden Sound Records. Andrew Ashby also reports to us that this week The Caves are recording a new song for a compilation of KC/Lawrence bands due out for Record Store Day.]

22. The Sleazebeats – “Goosesteppin’ Nazis”
from: The Sleazebeats / Independent / Jan. 1, 2012
[Charlie Colborne – keyboards, guitar, vocals; Bill Belzer – drums; Jeff Harshbarger – bass; Recorded at More Famouser Studios w/ Mike Nolte engineer, mixing, mastering the recordings. The Sleazebeats will play in a CD Release show at the recordBar, Thurs, Feb 16, at 9:30, w/ The Features from Tennessee.]

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

Thanks for listening!

11:59:30

23. 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

Show #404

Playlist from September 28, 2011

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

Playlist from: Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Jori Sackin & Pat Vamos & “Space Thang”
+ City Arts Project with Sean Kelley
+ Matt Jacobs & David Rhoads – Guest D.J.s

1. Laurie Anderson – “Cartoon Song”
from: Talk Normal: The Laurie Anderson Anthology (Remastered) / Warner Bros. / Oct. 17, 2000
[Originally from United States Live, the third album release by avant-garde singer-songwriter Laurie Anderson. Released as a 5-record boxed set (later reissued, slightly truncated, on four CDs), the album was recorded at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York City in February 1983 as part of her 4 and one half hour performance that also included film and video segments. Laurie Anderson will be in Kansas City in concert at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Helzberg Hall, Sunday October 9, 2011, at 7:00 PM.you can go to Kauffmancenter.org or call 816-994-7222 for more information.]

HAPPY BIRTHDAY PHILIP ‘blue owl’ HOOSER!!!

2. Tammar – “The Last Line (Dylan Ettinger remix)”
from: Visits / Suicide Squeeze Records / Sept. 20, 2011

3. The Velvet Underground – “I’ll Be Your Mirror”
from: Peel Slowly and See / PolyGram / 1995 [5 CD Box Set – Out of Print] [orig. from LIVE AT MAX’S KANSAS CITY, released May 1972. Recorded by Brigid Polk on a cassette recorder with Lou Reed on vocals & guitar, Sterling Morrison on guitar, Doug Yule on bass & vocals, and Billy Yule on drums. Lou and Doug sing with an accent to immitate Nico’s original vocals.]

4. Mary Fortune – “Sheets on the Bed”
from: Mary Fortune / Independent / May 6, 2011
[Mary Fortune is: Laura Frank, Jori Sackin, Andrew Connor, Liz Connor, Bill Belzer. Mixed by Mike Nolte.]

10:15 – Interview with Jori Sackin and Pat Vamos

SPACE THANG is a new film created by artists Jori Sackin and Pat Vamos that will premiere, this Saturday, October 1, in a special screening at The Strand Theatre, 3544 Troost, in Kansas City. The band Mary Fortune will kick things off at 9:00 PM with a live musical performance that will be followed by trailers that Pat Vamos has assembled. The video: “Follow The Sun” created by MK12 will be screened, followed by the premiere of SPACE THANG.

Pat Vamos, has worked with the Upright Citizens Brigade, and has recently done music videos for local bands: Ghosty, The Get-up Kids and Bill Belzer’s “Devil Girl” song.

SPACE THANG tells the story of The Chicken. Interspersed between Chicken segments will be found footage cut-ups from early sexploitation and porn movies.

SPACE THANG will premiere, this Saturday, October 1, at The Strand Theatre, 3544 Troost. Mary Fortune will kick things off at 9:00 PM with a live musical performance, followed by trailers, original music videos, “Follow The Sun” created by MK12, followed by the premiere of SPACE THANG.

10:29 – Underwriting

10:31

5. Radiohead – “Lotus Flower”
from: King of Limbs / Ticker Tape / Feb 18, 2011

10:36 – Interview with Sean Kelley, Matt Jacobs and David Rhoads

Sean Kelley, is Co-Founder and Director at City Arts Project, 2015 Campbell Street, Kansas City, a new art space that is located in the historic City Ice building at the northeast corner of 21st and Campbell Streets that combines a gallery, pop shop and six artist workspaces. Co-Curators: Matt Jacobs and David Rhoads joined us to discuss C.A.P.’s newest exhibit, Twenty Something, opening this October 7.

More information at: 816-820-4105. For more information about Matt and David’s work you can visit: thatmattjacobs.com or davidjrhoads.com

10:50

6. Jim Noir – “One Note World”
from: Rainbuns and Blank Ends EP / Noir Club – jimnoir.com / June, 2011

7. Neon Indian – “Polish Girl”
from: Era Extrana / Mom + Pop / September 13, 2011

11:00 – Guest DJs – Matt Jacobs & David Rhoads

Matt Jacobs grew up in the Chicago area while David Rhoads is from St. Louis. After receiving their BFA’s from the Kansas City Art institute in 2010, both have continued creating works and helping to develop new artist spaces. Both have also found work at You Say Tomato where they have served as Line Cooks among other positions at the store. A frequent customer of You Say Tomato, Jim “The Blind Guy” Hoschek, recently donated to 90.1 FM during our last fund drive and he received a “Guest DJ” Thank you gift for his generous donation. Jim passed the Guest DJ certificate on to Matt Jacob & David Rhoads.

8. Ken Nordine – “Yellow”
from: Colors / Asphodel Records / May 9, 2000
[From Amazon.com: The voice-over man from a thousand commercials, Ken Nordine registers in your subconscious instantly: Wait, I know that guy! Smooth as an ice sculpture and ringing with “the voice of our sponsor,” Nordine has personified authority since the 1960s. It’s disorienting at first to hear the way Nordine lets go on this record with a Beat-inspired, mellifluous-sounding, Dr. Seuss-like exploration of the meanings of different colors. Many of the pieces are parables on racism and human behavior, but they’re also totally silly, and meant to be. Recorded in the late 1960s, the 34 tracks manage to be sort of psychedelically goofy but charming at the same time. “Absolute gray is the grayest gray / That’s the same distance from absolute white as it is from absolute black,” Nordine almost-sings to a delightful, freeform studio backing of hip jazz. All your mix tapes will be very happy that you’ve bought this strange record to flavor them with. –Mike McGonigal]

9. Little Eva – “The Loco-Motion”
from: The Loco-Motion / Rhino / Feb. 26, 1996
[The original recording of the song was sung by Eva Boyd, under the stage name Little Eva. Boyd was actually Carole King’s babysitter, having been introduced to King and husband Gerry Goffin by The Cookies, a local girl group who would also record for the songwriters. The song is notable for appearing in the American Top 5 three times – each time in a different decade: for Little Eva in 1962 (U.S. #1); for Grand Funk Railroad in 1974 (U.S. #1); and for Kylie Minogue in 1988 (U.S. #3).]

10. The Shangri-Las – “Give Him A Great Big Kiss”
from: Stonewall: Music From The Motion Picture / Sony / 1996

11. The Chips – “Rubber Biscuit”
from: Super-Size Me: A Soundtrack of Epic Porportions / Kinkysweet / 2004
[a short-lived New York doo-wop vocal group consisting of teenage friends Charles Johnson (lead vocal), Nathaniel Epps (baritone), Paul Fulton (bass), Sammy Strain and Shedrick Lincoln (tenors). The group’s first recording is their most enduring; “Rubber Biscuit” started life as Johnson’s answer to the marching rhythms of the Warwick School For Delinquent Teenagers while he was an intern there.]

12. Thee Oh Sees – “Ghost in The Trees”
from: The Master’s Bedroom is Worth Spending the Night In / Tomlab / April 8, 2008

11:15

13. The Sugarcubes – ” Motorcrash”
from: Life’s Too Good / Elektra / 1988

14. Sneaky Creeps – “All Sales Final”
from: World Cup / Independent / 2011

11:30 – Underwriting

15. Gorillaz featuring Lou Reed – “Some Kind of Nature”
from: Plastic Beach / Virgin Records / March 3, 2010
[The third studio album by British virtual band and alternative hip hop supergroup Gorillaz. Conceived from an unfinished Gorillaz project called Carousel, the album was recorded during June 2008 to November 2009 and produced primarily by group co-creator Damon Albarn. It features guest appearances by several artists, including Snoop Dogg, Gruff Rhys, De La Soul, Bobby Womack, Mos Def, Lou Reed, Mick Jones, Mark E. Smith, Paul Simonon, Bashy, Kano, Little Dragon and the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble.]

16. The Magnetic Fields – “Underwear”
from: 69 Love Songs / Merge / 1999

17. Ken Nordine – “Beige”
from: Colors / Asphodel Records / May 9, 2000

18. Jonathan Richman – “Monologue About Bermuda”
from: Having A Party With Jonathan Richman / Rounder Records / 1991

11:45

19. Cyndi Lauper – “When You Were Mine”
from: She’s So Unusual / Portrait / October 14, 1983 [written by Prince]

20. Lady Ga Ga – “Monster”
from: The Fame Monster / Interscope / 2009

21. 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

Show #388

WMM Playlist from August 31, 2011

Wednesday MidDay Medley

TEN to NOON Wednesdays – Streaming at KKFI.org

90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio

Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

New & Local Releases + BREAD! KC + Sterling Witt LIVE!

1. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – “Heart in Your Heartbreak”

from: Belong / Slumberland Records / March 29, 2011

[2nd studio album from NYC band, who’s name comes from an unpublished children’s story of the same title that a friend of vocalist Kip Berman wrote.]

2. Everyday/Everynight –“Breathe Deep”

from: Etc. / Golden Sound Records / May 3, 2011

[Nominated for a Pitch Music Award for “Best Emerging Act.” Evan Ashby on Guitar, Mat Shoare on Guitar/Keyboard/Vocals, Austin Lyon on Drums, and Jerad Colton Tomasino on Guitar/Keyboard/Vocals The band includes three members who sing and write songs. Golden Sounds Records is a new local recording company who also release the music of Oriole Post and The Empty Spaces, as well as the solo works of Jerad Colton Tomasina and Mat Shoare. KC band, Everyday/Everynight plays Knickerbockers in Lincoln, NE, Sat, Sep 17; The Brick, 1727 McGee St. in KC, on Thu, Nov 3; Barley Street Tavern in Omaha, NE on Nov. 4; and Sideshows in Columbia, MO, Sat, Nov 5.]

3. Rex Hobart and The Misery Boys – “I Just Lost My Mind”

from: Empty House / Bloodshot Records / February 22, 2005

[4th album from KC’s very own multi-talented, Rex Hobart, who’ll be performing in concert, Tues, Sept 6, at The Record Bar, 1020 Westport Rd.]

10:15

4. Yellow Ostrich – “Hold On”

from: The Mistress / Barsuk Records / August 16, 2011

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

5. Maria Taylor– “Bad Idea?”

from: Overlook / Saddle Creek Records / Aug. 16, 2011

[5th solo album from the singer songwriter originally from Birmingham, Alabama. Maria was one half of the band Azure Ray with Orenda Fink. Maria Taylor recently moved back home to Alabama after living for many years on the West Coast. For the first time she has self-produced her own record, in an attempt to capture the sound of the South, of Alabama and its music scene, enlisting local musicians to flesh out the album and lend their personalities to the songs. The sessions ran loose and easy, with family and friends often stopping in and spending time as she recorded. ]

6. Digitalism – “2 Hearts”

from: I Love You, Dude / V2 Records / June 21, 2011

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

7. Sneaky Creeps – “It Must Be Chemical”

from: World Cup / Independent / Nov. 2010

[Max Crutcher, Andy Davis, Andy Erdrich all met while going to KCAI. Andy Erdrich, who is also a co-founder of BREAD! KC reports that The Sneaky Creeps are working on a new album to be released very soon!]

10:35 – Interview with Sean Starowitz and Joy Costa

Originally from Louisville Kentucky, Sean Starowitz, is a recent graduate of The Kansas City Art Institute, and founder of BREAD! KC, an art project he conceived in 2010 that creates funding for local artists by hosting a dinner, where for a $10 donation, diners are served a bowl of fresh soup, fresh baked bread, and a ballot. Three different creative projects are presented, and diners vote for one to receive the money collected from the evening. In under a year, BREAD! KC has awarded over $3000.00 in micro-grants to area writers, gardeners, bands and artists. Joining us in the conversation was Joy Costa who along with Andrew Erdrich became partners with Sean to continue creating BREAD! KC events.

Sean, talked about how moving to KC, going to art school, during the recession, meant that some of his Community Art Projects were motivated by hunger, including his “Wheels for Meals project.” Another early project that Sean was a part of was the “S’Mores Cart” with Kurt Flecksing, and “No Show Thursdays.”

Food and Art seem to always go together, with Culinary Artists working to make our food into art. Kansas City is know for many great restaurants, and many great art spaces too, and often they come together, like Cafe Sebastienne at The Kemper Museum of Modern Art. BREAD! KC seems to celebrate a more basic element, that we all need to eat, and why not find a creative, community art project, to share the feast and make new connections.

Joy has had the opportunity to work in many of KC’s finest kitchens and currently works for Bistro Kids. Sean was offered a job working for Farm to Market Bakery, through his work with BREAD! KC. Door to Door Organics and Farm to Market have been a big help to BREAD! KC. BREAD! KC events have raised over $3000.00 in under a year for worthy projects.

Andy Erdrich, Erin Alm Shipman, Winifred Wright are part of BREAD! KC Team and are currently looking to find a venue for your September 25th BREAD! KC Event. In October the BREAD! KC event will be at the Kansas City Art Institute. More info at breadkc.wordpress.com

10:45

8. City and Colour – “Fragile Bird”

from: Little Hell / Vagrant Records / June 7, 2011

[1st single from, the 3rd album from, City and Colour, the recording alias for Award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter Dallas Green, who was also the guitarist & vocalist of the post-hardcore band Alexisonfire. He plays acoustic and folk music and is often accompanied by a rotating number of Canadian indie rock musicians. The name City and Colour comes from his own name: Dallas, a city, and Green, a colour. His reasoning for the name was that he felt queasy “putting the album out under the name Dallas Green.”]

9. Fruit Bats – “You’re Too Weird”

from: Tripper / Sub Pop / Aug 2, 2011

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

10. Caveman – “Thankful”

from: Coco Beware / Smiling Violet – Trade Root / Digital Release: Sept. 13, 2011

[Physical Release: November 15, 2011. Formed in New York in January of 2010]

11:00

11. Gillian Welch – “Summer Evening”

from: Going Driftless An Artist’s Tribute to Greg Brown / Red House / 2002

[Going Driftless features female songwriters including: Lucinda Williams, Ani DiFranco, Iris Dement, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Greg Brown’s three daughters & more, who’ve joined forces to record a tribute album, each selecting their own favorite song by Brown to benefit The Breast Cancer Fund. Grammy nominated singer songwriter and big friend to 90.1 FM, Iris DeMent married Greg Brown on November 21, 2002, here in Kansas City, in the offices of Rev. Sam Mann, at St. Mark Church. Iris DeMent and Greg Brown will be making a very rare appearance, in concert TOGETHER, here in Kansas City, at The Folly Theatre, on 11-11-11, in a special benefit for St. Mark’s Early Childhood Development Center. More info and suprises to come!]

[Gillian Welch’s new release, “The Harrow & The Harvest” on Acony Records, is her first record in over 7 years. Gillian Welch plays Liberty Hall in Lawrence on Sunday September 4]

12. Guy Forsythe – “Hometown Boy”

from: Calico Girl / Small and Nimble Records / May 20, 2008

[Austin Texas, singer songwriter Guy Forsythe plays Knuckleheads, 2715 Rochester, Saturday September 3, at 9:00 PM. knuckleheadskc.com for more information.]

13. Bon Iver – “Calgary”

from: Bon Iver / Jagjaguary Records / June 21, 2008

[2nd full-length album from indie-folk band Bon Iver, founded by singer-songwriter Justin Vernon who released Bon Iver’s debut album, For Emma, Forever Ago independently in July 2007. That album was recorded while Vernon spent three months in a remote cabin in Northwestern Wisconsin. This second album has been described as an “ambitious musical departure.” It made it’s debut at number one on the Danish and Norwegian Album Charts. Bon Iver will be playing The Uptown Theatre on Friday, September 9, with Kathleen Edwards, in a show that is now SOLD OUT.]

11:15- Interview & Live performance from: Sterling Witt

14. Sterling Witt – “Desensitized” LIVE

also available on: Shadows and Secrets / Bright Orange Records / 2010

Sterling Witt is an Artist and Musician who since 2000 has released six full length recordings. Sterling joins us today to share his latest songs and talk about his new band, The Evolution, featuring: Eric Knight on bass, and Allan Winkler on drums. Sterling Witt & The Evolution will be in concert Sat, Sept 3, at 9:30 PM, at CODA, 1744 Broadway Blvd KC. Nicolette Paige will also be joining Sterling on stage and opening the evening! Michelle Gormlie who will be in town for the show from San Diego CA, will join Sterling on stage for a song.

11:22

15. Sterling Witt – “Perfect Girl” LIVE

also available on: Sounds of The Future / Bright Orange Records / 2010

Sterling went to Joplin last week with a volunteer crew, to help clean up and rebuild the town.

11:30

16. Sterling Witt – “You’re The One” LIVE

also available on: Sounds of The Future / Bright Orange Records / 2010

Sterling is releasing a new single: “You’re the One” a duet with Michelle Gormlie. This single CD also includes a cover version of “Lacucaracha.” Sterling is also releasing brand new “Perfect Girl” shirts that he designed in homage to the song: “Perfect Girl.”

Sterling, recently hosted the 2nd Annual Birthday Bash at his farm house – art farm, with a 50 foot bonfire and an acoustic concert, with Jon Stubblefield opening.

11:38

17. Sterling Witt – “Hollow Moon” LIVE

also available on: Sounds of The Future / Bright Orange Records / 2010

Sterling Witt and The Evolution, featuring: Eric Knight on bass, and Allan Winkler on drums will be in concert Sat, Sept 3, at 9:30 PM, at CODA, 1744 Broadway Blvd KC. Nicolette Paige will also be joining Sterling on stage and opening the evening! More info at: sterlingwitt.com

11:45

18. Stephin Merritt – “The Sun and the Sea and the Sky”

from: Obscurities / Merge Records / August 30, 2011

[In 1999, The Magnetic Fields’ three-CD collection 69 Love Songs established Stephin Merritt as one of this generation’s most talented songwriters. The Los Angeles Times hails Merritt as “one of indie-rock’s most acclaimed figures.” For those who’ve wondered if the Magnetic Fields had a spare, 70th love song in the cupboard back in 1999, the answer is yes: “The Sun and the Sea and the Sky,” which skewers songwriting clichés about the natural world even as Mr. Merritt beckons his lover to frolic in the great outdoors. Stephin Merritt writes that “this song didn’t go on 69 Love Songs because it wasn’t actually about romantic love. Now it sounds like a Germanic hymn to nature, as directed by Leni Riefenstahl.” This previously unreleased track is part of Stephin Merritt release, Obscurities, in his return to Merge Records. This is a collection of Merritt’s hard-to-find recordings dating back to his time on Merge (1994 1999) and prior, as well as five previously unreleased tracks. The Magnetic Fields will be releasing their new album on Merge in early 2012.]

19. Death Cab For Cutie – “Underneath the Sycamore”

from: Codes and Keys / Atlantic Records / May 27, 2011

[7th studio album was recorded in studios up and down the West Coast, in short bursts over a period of seven months. Lead singer and band lyricist, Ben Gibbard stated, “I feel like if there is a theme of home throughout the record, it has as much to do because of the changes that have happened in my life,” Gibbard says. “I’ve moved from Seattle to Los Angeles, I’ve gotten married, I’ve rediscovered what the definition of home is.”.]

20. Nicolette Paige – “Do You Love Me?”

from: The Other Side / Independent / (As yet unreleased allbum)

[Nicolette Paige is a Kansas City based singer-songwriter from Kansas City, Kansas. More info: nicolettepaige.com or myspace.com/nicolettepaigemusic. Nicolette Paige will perform with and open for Sterling Witt & The Evolution, Sat, Sept 3, at 9:30 PM, at CODA, 1744 Broadway Blvd KC.]

21. 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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