WMM Playlist from January 3, 2018

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Tributes to Iris DeMent & David Bowie
+ Michelle Bacon & Katy Guillen of The Band That Fell To Earth

In our 1st hour, we celebrated the birthday of Iris DeMent, born January 5, 1961, in rural Paragould, Arkansas. She was the youngest of 14 children. At the age of 3, her devoutly religious family moved to California, where she grew up singing gospel music. During her teenage years, Iris was exposed to country, folk, & R&B, drawing influence from Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, & Joni Mitchell.

Iris moved to the midwest and after a series of jobs as a waitress and typist, she wrote her first song at the age of 25. She moved to Kansas City and played Harling’s Upstairs and open-mic nights alongside Scott Hrabko and Howard Iceberg. Iris met producer Jim Rooney in Nashville, in 1988, who helped her land a record contract.

Iris Dement made her recording debut in 1992, with her independently produced album, “Infamous Angel.” The record won critical acclaim and John Prine mentioned Iris in his list of favorite recordings of the year published in Rolling Stone. Despite a complete lack of support from country radio, the word of mouth praise for Iris DeMent’s “Infamous Angel” earned her a deal with Warner Bros Records, which reissued “Infamous Angel” in 1993. We started the show with a song originally from that album called, “Let The Mystery Be” that was lovingly covered by her husband, the great folk singer songwriter – Greg Brown. “Let The Mystery Be” has also been covered by David Bryne, 10,000 Maniacs, Bun E. Carlos of Cheap Trick, and it was the theme song for the second season of The Leftovers.

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

2. Greg Brown – “Let The Mystery Be”
from: Freak Flag / Yep Roc / May 10, 2011
[Iris Dement’s song “Let The Mystery Be” from her debut Infamous Angel, from 1992. This song was covered by David Bryne, 10,000 Maniacs, Bun E. Carlos, and many others, it also became the theme song for the 2nd season of The Leftovers.While Greg Brown was recording this album, lighting hit the studio where Greg Brown he was recording songs for his 24th album: Freak Flag, the title track was all that remained of the lost original album. Greg wrote ten new songs, recording them at Memphis, Tennessee’s legendary Ardent Studios. Produced by Bo Ramsey, the album also includes a cover of Pieta Brown’s song ”Remember the Sun.”]

Full disclosure, I love Iris DeMent. I’ve seen her live, in-concert, over 8 times. I met Iris DeMent when I was working at Kinkos at 39th & Rainbow in 1992. Iris came in to copy press clippings, she was in the process of releasing her debut album. I wasn’t familiar with her music until I saw her on Late Night with Conan O’Brien in 1995, where she performed her song, “My Life.” I was blown away. I had video-taped the show, and I would replay that song for everyone that came to visit. I wanted everyone to know about Iris DeMent.

I ran into Iris at Classic Cup in Westport. By this point I had become a big fan of her music and I was sort of star stuck, but she approached me and asked, “How do I know you?” Our friendship was able to continue because we shared a mutual friend named Anne Winter, who invited me to a holiday party in Iris Dement’s River Market condo where we sang old fashioned hymns, with members of The Wilders. Anne Winter had become a close friend of Iris and even went out “on the road” with her at one point. Because of Anne, I stage managed a show at the Uptown Theatre with Michael Moore, Iris deMent and the Wilders all performing. Anne Winter also helped arranged for Iris to play one of our Big Bang Buffet shows in 1999 at The Hobbs Building. In 2002 Iris agreed to do a benefit show for Friends of Community Radio. At this point she was living in Coleman Heights in Kansas City and invited Linda Wilson and I to a home-cooked meal at her house, to talk aver the details of the show. In 2004 Iris and Greg Brown performed together in a show with Amy Goodman of “Democracy Now!” to raise over $10,000.00 for KKFI. Iris never took a penny from any of these shows, and has always been such a generous supporter of 90.1 FM. She recognized as a singer songwriter how important community radio is for independent artists like herself, and she has always given back, to help keep this radio station alive. Because of Iris DeMent’s generosity, and in honor of our dear friend Anne Winter, who we lost in 2009, I vowed to pay tribute to iris on her birthday, each year, with this radio show.

3. Iris DeMent – “My Life”
from: My Life / Warner Brothers / 1994

10:12 – Influences of Iris DeMent

Iris DeMent represents that place in the road, where Country and Folk music merged with honest stories, of working class people, not afraid to tell the truth about the times they are living through. Iris DeMent grew up singing gospel music, but in her teenage years, she discovered other music through the radio: country, folk, and R&B, and the music of Loretta Lynn, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, and Joni Mitchell.

4. Loretta Lynn – “You Ain’t Woman Enough To Take My Man”
from: Legends of Country Music / Columbis Legacy / 1997
[Live performance for Austin City Limits taped in 1983. Loretta Webb was the second of 8 children; grew up in Butcher Holler, a section of Van Lear, a mining community in Kentucky. Growing up with such humble roots had a huge effect on Lynn’s life and heavily influenced her music as an adult. Her autobiography describes how, during her childhood, the community had no motor vehicles, paved roads, or flush toilets. She married Oliver Vanetta Lynn, known as “Doo,” on Jan. 10, 1948, at age 13. In an effort to break free of the coal mining industry, at 14, Lynn moved to the logging community Custer, Washington, with her husband. The Lynns had 4 children – Betty Sue, Jack Benny, Cissy and Ernest Ray – by the time Loretta was 18, and in her early 20s she then had twin girls, Peggy & Patsy. No stranger to controversy, Loretta Lynn possibly had more banned songs than any other country music artist, prior to The Dixie Chicks, including “Rated X,” about the double standards divorced women face, “Wings Upon Your Horns,” about the loss of teenage virginity, and “The Pill,” lyrics by T. D. Bayless, about a wife and mother becoming liberated via the birth control pill. Her song “Dear Uncle Sam,” released in 1966 during the Vietnam War, describes a wife’s anguish at the loss of a husband to war. It has been included in live performances during the US – Iraq War.]

5. Merle Haggard – “Workin’ Man Blues”
from: Oh Boy Classic Presents Merle Haggard / Oh Boy Records / 2000
[Originally released in 1969, a tribute to a core group of his fans: The American blue-collared working man. Backed by an electric guitar that typified Haggard’s signature Bakersfield Sound, he fills the role of one of those workers expressing pride in values of hard work and sacrifice, despite the resulting fatigue and the stress of raising a large family. Included on Haggard’s 1969 album “A Portrait of Merle Haggard.” Included in this collection on John Prine’s Oh Boy Records.]

6. Johnny Cash – “Ring of Fire”
from: 16 Biggets Hits / Columbia Legacy / 2007
[co-written by June Carter (wife of Johnny Cash) and Merle Kilgore. The song was recorded on March 25, 1963 and became the biggest hit of his career, staying at #1 on the charts for 7 weeks. “Ring of Fire” refers to falling in love – which is what June Carter was experiencing with Johnny Cash at the time. Some sources claim that June had seen the phrase, “Love is like a burning ring of fire,” underlined in one of her uncle A. P. Carter’s Elizabethan books of poetry. She worked with Kilgore on writing a song inspired by this phrase as she had seen her uncle do in the past. In the 2005 film, Walk the Line June is depicted as writing the song while agonizing over her feelings for Cash despite his drug addiction and alcoholism as she was driving home one evening. She had written: “There is no way to be in that kind of hell, no way to extinguish a flame that burns, burns, burns”. Cash claims he had a dream where he heard the song accompanied by “Mexican horns”. Four years after the song was released, Carter and Cash were married which Cash states helped to stop his alcohol and drug addictions. Cash’s daughter, Rosanne has stated, “The song is about the transformative power of love and that’s what it has always meant to me and that’s what it will always mean to the Cash children.]

7. Bob Dylan – “I Shall Be Released”
from: The Essential Bob Dylan / Columbia – Sony / 2000 [Originally recorded October, 1971. ]

8. Joni Mitchell – “For The Roses”
from: For The Roses / Asylumn / 1972
[Released between her 2 biggest commercial and critical successes – “Blue” and “Court & Spark”. In 2007 it was one of 50 recordings chosen that year by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry. “For the Roses” was Mitchell’s farewell to the business; she took an extended break for a year after. The album was critically acclaimed with The New York Times saying “Each of Mitchell’s songs on For the Roses is a gem glistening with her elegant way with language, her pointed splashes of irony & her perfect shaping of images. Never does Mitchell voice a thought or feeling commonly. She’s a songwriter and singer of genius who can’t help but make us feel we are not alone.” A nude photograph of Joni Mitchell was included on the inside cover of the original LP and is included in the CD booklet. The photograph shows the singer from the rear & was taken from a considerable distance; she is shown standing on a rock and staring out at the ocean. This created some controversy at the time.]

10:26 – Underwriting

10:28 – Collaborations with Iris Dement

9. Nanci Griffith w/Iris & Emmylou – “Are You Tired of Me Darling”
from: Other Voices Other Rooms / Elektra / 1993
[High Harmony – Iris / Low Harmony – Emmylou Harris] [Nanci Griffith’s 10th album. Here she pays homage to other songwriters who have influenced her own career.]

10. John Prine w/ Iris Dement – “We’re Not The Jet Set”
from: In Spite Of Ourselves / Oh Boy / 1999
[In 1968 country superstar George Jones witnessed a fight between Tammy Wynette and her husband Don Chapel. At Jones’s urging, Wynette and her daughters drove away with him. Wynette and Jones married Feb. 16, 1969, and Wynette’s 4th daughter, Georgette, was born in 1970. Jones and Wynette, were nicknamed the “President and First Lady” of country music, and they recorded a string of hit duets that seemed drawn directly from their volatile relationship, which resulted in their divorcing in 1975. Their classic recordings included “Two Story House,” “Golden Ring,” and the humorous “(We’re Not) The Jet Set.” ]

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Iris DeMent’s first three releases, all on Warner Brothers records, were critically acclaimed, and she received two Grammy nominations during this time, in the “Folk Music” category. Meanwhile country radio completely overlooked her original songs, and amazing voice, that has been compared to Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette. For her 1992 debut record John Prine wrote the liner notes. [Read the liner notes from John Prine]

“One night after receiving a copy of “Let the Mystery Be,” I was listening to the tape while frying a dozen or so pork chops in a skillet. Well Iris DeMent starts singing about “Mama’s Opry,” and being the sentimental fellow I am, I got a lump in my throat and a tear fell from my eyes into the hot oil. Well the oil popped out and burnt my arm as if the pork chops were trying to say, “Shut up, or I’ll really give you something to cry about.” Of course, pork chops can’t talk. But Iris DeMent’s songs can. They talk about isolated memories of life, love and living. And Iris has a voice I like a whole lot, like one you’ve heard before— but not really. So listen to this music, this Iris DeMent. It’s good for you. And if pork chops could talk, they’d probably learn how to sing one of her songs. Then we’d all have something to cry about.” – John Prine, Songwriter, musician & president Oh Boy! Records”

11. Iris DeMent – “Infamous Angel”
from: Infamous Angel / Warner Brothers / 1992 / 1993
[Debut studio album. In 1995, her song “Our Town” was played in the closing moments of the last episode of CBS TV series Northern Exposure. “Let the Mystery Be” became theme for the 2nd season of The Leftovers.]

10:40 – Greg Brown

Iris followed up her debut record with the autobiographical, “My Life,” released in 1994 and quickly followed with her third Warner Brother’s release, “The Way I Should,” released in 1996, which contains some of Iris DeMent’s most political songs.

In the 2002 Iris DeMent did a benefit concert for The Friends of Community Radio at Unity Temple on The Plaza. I remember when Iris asked us if it was okay that she have a musician friend open the concert for her, we agreed because Iris was donated her talent to the cause of community radio. And then she told us that this musician friend was Greg Brown, who at this point was know all over the country, but had never before played KC.

Later that year, on November 21, 2002 Greg married Iris DeMent in a private ceremony in the office of Rev. Sam Mann of St. Mark Church in East KC.

Grammy Nominated Greg Brown is one of the most respected singer songwriters working in music today. He started singing professionally at the age of 18 organizing early folk concerts in New York City, Portland, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. In the 1980s, he worked and toured extensively as musical director for Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion radio program. He also founded his own record label, named Red House Records after a home in which he lived in Iowa. Greg Brown has released over 30 recordings and has allowed much of his music to be used to raise funds and awareness for environmental and social causes. His songs have been performed by Willie Nelson, Jack Johnson, Carlos Santana, Michael Johnson, Ani DiFranco, Shawn Colvin, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Iris DeMent and Joan Baez.

12. Greg Brown w/Iris -“Jacob’s Ladder”
from: Honey in The Lion’s Head / Trailer / 2003

13. Greg Brown – “Bucket”
from: Evening Call / Red House / 2006
[The Washington Post writes, “The singer-songwriter from Iowa has a baritone as rough and chunky as Thanksgiving gravy with the turkey bits still in, and that’s just how his words drip out on his album, “The Evening Call.” on “Whippoorwill” he sing as sweetly as his lover down in KC. That’s his wife, Iris DeMent, and on “Joy Tears,” he tells her, “When you start your singing, honey, the heavens open up with grace.”]

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In 2015 Iris DeMent released her 6th album, with national acclaim, and a #5 spot on WMM’s 115 Best Recordings of 2015. The Trackless Woods sets 18 poems by acclaimed 20th century Russian poet Anna Akhmatova to life. Hailed as one of Russia’s finest poets, Akhmatova survived the Bolshevik Revolution, both World Wars and Stalin. When Iris randomly stumbled upon Akhmatova’s work in a book of poetry a friend sent as a gift, she was immediately taken by the sorrow and burden of the poems. Iris recorded the album with co-producer Richard Bennett in her living room over a five-day period. The project also fulfilled a long yearned-for desire to connect with her adopted daughter’s culture and history. Iris and her husband Greg Brown adopted their daughter from Siberia in 2005, when she was 6, and Iris says ”I’d never have made this record were it not for her.”

14. Iris DeMent – “Listening to Singing”
from: The Trackless Woods / FlariElla / August 7, 2015 [6th album from Grammy nominated Iris DeMent who NPR said was ”one of the great voices in contemporary popular music.” The Trackless Woods sets 18 poems by acclaimed 20th century Russian poet Anna Akhmatova to life. Hailed as one of Russia’s finest poets, Akhmatova survived the Bolshevik Revolution, both World Wars and Stalin. She lost family, friends & fellow writers to political killings and labor in the gulags. When Iris randomly stumbled upon Akhmatova’s work in a book of poetry a friend sent as a gift, she was immediately taken by the sorrow and burden of the poems, juxtaposed with Akhmatova’s lightness and transcendence in the face of inhumanity. ”Anna’s gift of song is so strong, about alI I had to do was get really quiet and listen,” says Iris. After reading that first poem the melodies began pouring out of her, and before she even fully understood what was driving her, Iris was gathering musicians & friends, including co-producer Richard Bennett (Emmylou Harris, Neil Diamond, Steve Earle), to record ‘The Trackless Woods’ in her living room over a 5-days. The result is a pairing of piano and voice in Iris’ style with timeless melodies that are rooted in the American South.]

In his review for WHYY’s Fresh Air, Entertainment Weekly Music Editor – Ken Tucker wrote: “Iris DeMent possesses one of the great voices in contemporary popular music: powerfully, ringingly clear, capable of both heartbreaking fragility and blow-your-ears-back power. Had she been making country albums in the ’70s and ’80s and had more commercial ambition, she’d probably now be considered right up there with Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette. Instead, she’s lived a contemporary life, a somewhat private life. As she recently told an interviewer, “There’s a lot that goes into life besides songwriting.” And she’s taken her time in composing songs that fit into no genre easily.”

Iris released her 5th album, “Sing The Delta” in 2012, to glowing reviews from the UK publication UNcut, The New Yorker, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, and was #1 on WMM’s 112 Best Recordings of 2012. And Because we have lost so many great folks in 2016, I find it fitting to end this hour long tribute with “Go On Ahead and Go Home” from Iris DeMent’s album, Sing the Delta. Happy Birthday Iris DeMent. We love you!

15. Iris DeMent – “Go on Ahead and Go Home”
from: Sing The Delta / Flariella / Oct. 2, 2012
[Her first full-length release of original songs since 1996. Iris was our special guest on our Oct 10, WMM.]

11:00 – Station ID

Wednesday MidDay Medley Celebrates Bowie

16. Nico Gray’s Bowie Story – “Thank you Bowie!”
recorded by Nico Gray, Sunday, February 28, 2016

17. James Murphy – “Golden Years”
rom: While We’re Young (Original Soundtrack) / Power Elite / March 23, 2015
[Born February 4, 1970. James Murphy is a musician, producer, DJ, and co-founder of record label DFA Records. His most well-known musical project is LCD Soundsystem. James Murphy was influenced by Bowie and remixed songs for Bowie’s The Next Day Extras, and is credited as a percussionist on Bowie’s Backstar.] [“Golden Years” was written and recorded by David Bowie in 1975, and originally released in a shortened form as a single in November 1975, and in its full-length version in January the following year on, Station to Station. It was the first track completed during the Station to Station sessions, a period when Bowie’s cocaine addiction was at its peak. “Golden Years” was more similar in style to the Young Americans funk/soul material from earlier in 1975 than the rest of Station to Station, that foreshadowed the Kraftwerk-influenced Euro-centric and electronic music that Bowie would move into with his ‘Berlin Trilogy’.]

David Bowie seemed to be from another world. I thought he was immortal. His art kept coming. His influence so vast. He was a guide. So much of my journey, as a queer kid finding my way in the world, was influenced by Bowie.

David Bowie was born January 8, 1947. In school he studied art, music, and design before embarking on a music career in 1963. Over a span of 5 decades, he sold over 140 million records and released 27 studio albums, if count Tin Machine, which you should. His career is notable for his reinvention, his pushing of the boundaries of gender, art and music. He was the first to create a concert tour that was a big as a broadway touring show. He was also an actor in many influencial films including: The Man Who Fell to Earth, The Hunger, Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, Basquiat, and 20 other films. He also played John Merrick in The Elephant Man on Broadway. He influenced multiple generations with his music, films, music videos, and concert tours.

Bowie was a gateway to other discoveries: The Velvet Underground, Lou Reed, T-Rex, Iggy Pop, Andy Warhol, Glam Rock, Electronica, Brian Eno, William S. Burroughs, Kraftwerk, Mick Ronson, Tony Visconti, Klaus Nomi, Bauhaus, Gender Expression, and much more.

A year ago on January 10, 2016, two days after he released his 25th solo album, Blackstar, on his 69th birthday, David Robert Jones passed away at home surrounded by his wife Iman, son Duncan Jones from his marriage to Angela Bowie, and daughter Alexandria from his marriage to Iman. David Bowie’s death sent shock waves of grief across the world.

For his song, “Sweet Thing,” Bowie first used the William S. Burroughs’ “cut-up style” of writing. Sweet Thing was from Diamond Dogs, Bowie’s 8th album, released May 24, 1974.

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18. Joan As Police Woman – “Sweet Thing”
from: Real Life (B Sides) – EP / Cheap Lullaby Records / June 12, 2007
[Extra tracks from the solo debut recording of Joan Wasser, born July 26, 1970, known by her stage name, Joan As Police Woman. She is an American musician and singer-songwriter. She began her career playing violin with the Dambuilders. Throughout her career, she has regularly collaborated with other artists as a writer, performer and arranger. Kansas City artist Krystle Warren has toured around the world with her.] [“Sweet Thing” or “Sweet Thing/Candidate/Sweet Thing (Reprise)” is a suite of songs written by David Bowie for the album Diamond Dogs. Recorded in January 1974, the piece comprises the songs “Sweet Thing” and “Candidate” and a one-verse reprise of “Sweet Thing.” In the opening line, “Sweet Thing” contains the lowest note Bowie had recorded in a studio album (C2) until “I Took a Trip on a Gemini Spacecraft” for the album “Heathen” (2002), where he growled the word “Well” (G1) towards the end of the song. Diamond Dogs was the 8th studio album from Bowie, was released May 24, 1974, after the ‘retirement’ of Bowies’s Ziggy Stardust, character. Diamond Dogs featured a new lead character named Halloween Jack, “a real cool cat,” who lives in the decaying “Hunger City”. Bowie, however, still wore the Ziggy haircut on the cover of Diamond Dogs, and the first single, “Rebel Rebel” continues his glam rock sound. However, with the rest of the album, music writers noticed a new Bowie. For his song “Sweet Thing” / “Candidate”/ “Sweet Thing (Reprise)” Bowie first used the William S. Burroughs’ cut-up style of writing. The song “1984” reflected the “plastic soul” sound of Bowie’s next release, Young Americans, from 1975. The Diamond Dogs Tour of 1974 was one of the first huge Rock and Roll, bus and truck tours. Bowie produced the show with a giant set, like a big Broadway production.]

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David Bowie’s song ”Lazarus” was released on December 17, 2015, making it the second single from his twenty-fifth studio album “Blackstar”, as well as his last single released before his death on January 10, 2016. The track is used in Bowie’s off-Broadway musical of the same name. “Lazarus” was Bowie’s first top 40 hit single on the Billboard Hot 100 in more than 28 years. According to Bowie’s producer Tony Visconti, the lyrics and video of “Lazarus” were intended to be a self-epitaph, a commentary on Bowie’s own impending death. In November 2015 during the week of shooting for the Lazarus video, doctors reportedly informed Bowie the cancer was terminal and that they were ending treatment. The video features Bowie, appearing with a bandage and buttons sewn over his eyes, lying on a deathbed and finishes with Bowie retreating into a dark wardrobe. In the scenes featuring the wardrobe, Bowie is wearing a diagonally striped suit referencing the back cover of the 1991 CD reissue of the Station to Station album, where he is pictured sitting on the floor drawing the kabbalistic Tree of Life.

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19. David Bowie – “Lazarus”
from: Blackstar / ISO Records – Columbia / January 8, 2016
[Lazarus features David Bowie on vocals, acoustic guitar, and Fender guitar; Donny McCaslin on saxophone, flute, and woodwind; Jason Linder on piano, Wurlitzer organ and keyboards; Tim Lefebvre on bass; Mark Guiliana on drums. McCaslin and the rest of the jazz group recorded their parts in the studio over a period of about one week a month from January to March 2015, and until later in recording were unaware of Bowie’s declining health. The song “Lazarus” is part of Bowie’s Off-Broadway musical of the same name. The album has received universal critical acclaim and commercial success, reaching the number one spot in a number of countries in the wake of Bowie’s death and becoming his first album to reach number one on the Billboard 200 album chart in the U.S. Blackstar is the twenty-fifth and final studio album by musician, writer, actor, chameleon, David Bowie. It is the 27th when you count the Tin Machine records, which you should. The album was released worldwide on January 8, 2016, on Bowie’s 69th birthday, and just two days later David Robert Jones passed away at home surrounded by his wife Iman, and his son Duncan Jones from his marriage to Angela Bowie, and daughter Alexandria from his marriage to Iman.]

[The Band Who Fell To Earth – A Tribute to David Bowie, is Saturday, January 6, at 8:00 PM, at recordBar, 1520 Main St.]

Katy Guillen & Michelle Bacon of The Band that Fell To Earth, on the January 3, 2018 edition o f Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM.

10:18 – Interview with Michelle Bacon & Katy Guillen

Multi talented, musician and writer, Michelle Bacon, is Content Writer at 90.9 The Bridge, where she helps to shine a light on area musicians and events. Michelle Bacon works as a freelance writer and has written for The Kansas City Star, The Deli Magazine KC, and Folk Alliance International. Michelle Bacon plays drums and sings harmony vocals with Chris Meck and the Guilty Birds. She also plays with Heidi Lynne Gluck. Last year she also performed and recorded music with, Erica Joy, The Blackbird Revue, John L. Johnson, and Nathan Corsi.

Michelle Bacon is the producer and organizer of The Band That Fell To Earth: A Tribute to David Bowie, Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 8:00 PM, at recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd, KCMO. A portion of ticket sales will benefit Harmony Project KC, a music education and mentorship program for children in underserved communities in KCMO

Michelle Bacon, thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Katy Guillen is known as one of Kansas City premiere musicians and the lead singer and guitarist for the critically acclaimed blues influenced roots rock trio, Katy Guilen and the Girls, formed in September of 2012. On November 11 Katy Guillen and The Girls released their newest full length release, “Remember What You Knew Before.” a collection of reworked songs from the 2012 album Katy & Go-Go, the 2014 Katy & The Girls debut album, and from theoir 2016 “Heavy Days” with one new song.

Katy Guillen, thank you for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

The band was curated by musician/writer Michelle Bacon to pay homage to the groundbreaking artist while showcasing talent across Kansas City’s vast musical spectrum.
The thir annual With Bowie’s untimely passing only three weeks before the inaugural concert, the event garnered an attendance of more than 800 at the Uptown Theater, and generated press from KCPT, The Kansas City Star and various radio stations, along with high demand for an annual show.

Core members:

Alex Alexander – guitar
Michelle Bacon – bass
Nathan Corsi – vocals/guitar
Kyle Dahlquist – keys
Katy Guillen – guitar
Steve Tulipana – vocals
Stephanie Williams – drums

2017-18 auxiliary members:

Christine Broxterman – cello
Havilah Bruders – backing vocals
Betse Ellis – violin (2016-18)
Camry Ivory – backing vocals
Matt Ronan – percussion
Rich Wheeler – saxophone (2016-18)

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20. David Bowie – “Boys Keep Swinging”
from: Lodger / RCA / May 18, 1979
[Written by David Bowie. It was released as a single from the album Lodger on April 27, 1979. During the Lodger recording sessions, Bowie had wanted to capture a garage band style for the track, and agreed with Brian Eno that the best way to achieve this sound was to get the band to swap instruments after this was ‘suggested’ by Eno’s deck of ‘Oblique Strategies’ cards which supplied the suggestion “Reverse Roles”. Guitarist Carlos Alomar played drums and drummer Dennis Davis played bass. RCA decided against releasing the single in the US, choosing “Look Back in Anger” instead. Bowie performed the track with a puppet body special effect on Saturday Night Live on December 15, 1979, joined by Klaus Nomi and Joey Arias as backing singers. During the broadcast NBC censors muted the lines “life’s a pop o’the cherry” and “other boys check you out”, but failed to notice the puppet’s bouncing phallus at the close of the song. It was performed only during one tour, the 1995 Outside Tour. Interviewed in 2000, Bowie said the following about the song: “I do not feel that there is anything remotely glorious about being either male or female. I was merely playing on the idea of the colonization of gender.”]

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We are talking with Michelle Bacon & Katy Guillen about The Band That Fell To Earth: A Tribute to David Bowie, Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 8:00 PM, at recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd, KCMO. A portion of ticket sales will benefit Harmony Project KC, a music education and mentorship program for children in underserved communities in KCMO

Michelle Bacon & Katy Guillen, thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

“Bowie is a reminder that art and music and life are about adaptation, change and exploration,” said Steve Tulipana, one of the group’s lead vocalists.

Production crew:
American Sign Language interpretation: E. Peige Turner
Video projections: Steve Gardels (XO Blackwater)
Sound engineer: Mark “Buzz” Collins
Lighting: Canyon McClung

Last year, on the second annual show on January 7, 2017, at recordBar, the sold-out raised nearly $1000 that was donated to the AIDS Service Foundation of Greater Kansas City.

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Michelle Bacon & Katy Guillen thanks for being with us on Wednesay MidDay Medley

The Band That Fell To Earth: A Tribute to David Bowie 2017, Saturday, January 6, at doors open at 8:00, at recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd, KCMO.

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21. David Bowie – “John, I’m Only Dancing”
from: John. I’m Only Dancing – Single / RCA / April , 1973 (sax version)
[“John, I’m Only Dancing” is a single by David Bowie, released in two versions — entirely different recordings, but carrying the same catalogue number — in September 1972 and April 1973. Bowie later re-worked the song into the disco-influenced “John, I’m Only Dancing (Again),” recorded in 1974, but unreleased until 1979. The song is widely believed to be concerned with a gay relationship, the narrator informing his boyfriend not to worry about the girl he’s with because he’s “only dancing” with her. Bowie had been ‘out’ as bisexual since an interview with Melody Maker in January 1972, and the subject matter did not affect the single’s radio airplay in the UK, where it and the earlier “Starman” became his first back-to-back hits. However, the original video directed by Mick Rock, featuring androgynous dancers from Lindsay Kemp’s mime troupe, was banned by Top of the Pops. The single was not released in America, being judged too risqué by RCA and did not officially appear stateside until it was finally issued on the compilation Changesonebowie in 1976. While the hook (“John, I’m only dancing / She turns me on / But I’m only dancing”) has long been considered a gay tease, author Nicholas Pegg asserts that the song’s narrator “could just as easily be a straight man reassuring the girl’s lover”. Alternatively, it has been suggested that Bowie wrote the song in response to a derogatory comment made by John Lennon about Bowie’s cross-dressing. Musically in a light R&B style, the track was recorded on June 26, 1972, released as a single, and then re-recorded on January 20, 1973 during the Aladdin Sane sessions, in a slightly different arrangement featuring Ken Fordham on saxophone. Often called the “sax version”, the second recording was issued as a single in April 1973 with exactly the same catalogue number as the first release, causing difficulties for collectors. Generally held to be superior to the original cut, the sax reworking also appeared on early pressings of Changesonebowie before it was replaced with the original single version. In 1974, a completely reworked funk-influenced version was recorded as “John, I’m Only Dancing (Again)”, made during the sessions for the album Young Americans. Released in December 1979, the re-recording featured a much more funk-influenced take on the track, and has some similarities with the song “Stay” recorded for the Station to Station album in 1976. Originally running at 6:57, the track was cut for a 7″ single release, but the full version was issued on 12″ vinyl – the first Bowie single to have a regular 12″ release in the UK. For the B-side, the original version of “John, I’m Only Dancing” was remixed. After the relative disappointment of the singles from Lodger on the charts, the single gave Bowie some greater degree of mainstream exposure during a period when his work was increasingly being perceived as esoteric and experimental. The long 12″ version was included as a bonus track on the 1991 Rykodisk/EMI remaster CD of Young Americans, on the 2007 collectors edition of the album, and on The Best of David Bowie 1974/1979. The 7″ single version was not released on CD until 2016’s Who Can I Be Now? (1974-1976).]

10:40

You are listening to Wednesday MidDay Medley’s Tribute to David Bowie on 90.1 FM. Our next story comes from our talented friend, singer, songwriter, Krystle Warren, who has worked with some of the musical artists we’ve played today, including Joan As Police Woman. Krystle sent us her story from France, where she now lives.

22. Krystle Warren’s Bowie Story – “Always be genuine in your expression”
recorded by Krystle Warren in Paris, February 2016

10:42

Our next story, about Bowie, comes from one of his biggest fans, Ben Grimes, founder of two influential KC bands: Soft Reeds and The Golden Republic. Ben Grimes now lives with his family in Los Angeles, where he recorded this story for us, along with sharing a special track, written by Bowie, from the 1977 album Low, of the Berlin Trilogy, and recorded by Ben’s band Soft Reeds.

23. Ben Grimes Bowie Story – “You are Never Stuck In One Thing”
recorded by Ben Grimes, Sunday, February 28, 2016

10:47

24. Soft Reeds – “Sound and Vision”
from: unreleased track recorded during the sessions for Soft Reeds album ‘Blank City’
[Blank City was Soft Reeds second album, released by The Record Machine on April 23, 2013. Produced at Element Recording with Joel Nanos. Soft Reeds is the brainchild of Ben Grimes (formerly of Astralwerks’ The Golden Republic), a Chicago native whose roots grip firmly in the ’77 Berlin sounds of Brian Eno, David Bowie and Iggy Pop, with Austin, TX native Josh Wiedenfeld on drums, Beckie Trost, a fellow Chicagoan and childhood friend of Grimes on bass, and KC native John Mitchell on guitar, saxophone, keys.]

10:52 – Underwriting

We end the show with one of my favorite Bowie songs, from one of my favorite Bowie albums, from 1971’s, Hunky Dory, here’s “Kooks.”

The Band That Fell To Earth: A Tribute to David Bowie, Saturday, January 6, at 8:00, at recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd, KCMO.

For Wednesday MidDay Medley I’m Mark Manning. Thanks for listening!

25. David Bowie – “Kooks”
from: Hunky Dory / RCA / June 11, 2002
[“Kooks” is a song written by David Bowie, which appears on his 1971 album Hunky Dory. Bowie wrote this song to his newborn son Duncan Jones. The song was a pastiche of early 1970s Neil Young because Bowie was listening to a Neil Young record at home on 30 May 1971 when he got the news of the arrival of his son. British indie band The Kooks named themselves after the song. Hunky Dory is the fourth studio album by the English musician David Bowie, released on 17 December 1971 by RCA Records. It was his first release through RCA, which would be his label for the next decade. Hunky Dory has been described by AllMusic’s Stephen Thomas Erlewine as having “a kaleidoscopic array of pop styles, tied together only by Bowie’s sense of vision: a sweeping, cinematic mélange of high and low art, ambiguous sexuality, kitsch, and class”. The album has received critical acclaim since its release, and is regarded as one of Bowie’s best works. Time chose it as part of their “100 best albums of all time” list in January 2010, with journalist Josh Tyrangiel praising Bowie’s “earthbound ambition to be a boho poet with prodigal style”. The style of the album cover, designed by George Underwood, was influenced by a Marlene Dietrich photo book that Bowie took with him to the photo shoot. With new bass player Trevor Bolder replacing Tony Visconti, Hunky Dory was the first production featuring all the members of the band that would become known the following year as Ziggy Stardust’s Spiders From Mars. Also debuting with Bowie, in Visconti’s place as producer, was another key contributor to the Ziggy phase, Ken Scott. The album’s sleeve would bear the credit “Produced by Ken Scott (assisted by the actor)”. The “actor” was Bowie himself, whose “pet conceit”, in the words of NME critics Roy Carr and Charles Shaar Murray, was “to think of himself as an actor”.]

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

Next Week on Wednesday, Jan 10, we present: “Remembering MLK” to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., born January 15, 1929. We’ll play music from: The Isley Brothers, Curtis Mayfield, Mahalia Jackson, Sweet Honey in The Rock, Tramaine Hawkins, Ella Mitchell, Billy Porter, Solomon Burke, Nina Simone, Pops Staples, Mavis Staples, The Staple Singers, Thelonius Monk Septet, Pete Seeger, Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Labelle, Darwin Hobbs & Karen Clark-Sheard, Bobby Watson & The I Have a Dream Project.

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

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

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WMM Playlist from June 12, 2013

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

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

“The Midcoast Sound”
Some of The Best of 2013…So Far
+ Betse Ellis & “High Moon Order”
+ Marion Merritt & Betse Ellis co-host

1. Erik Voeks – “Dark Angel of Delmar”
from: Finulu [EP] / Independent / April 29, 2013
[Written by Erik Voeks. Produced by Patrick Hawley & Erik Voeks , mixed and mastered by Adam Schmitt, Drums, piano, pump organ, etc.: Patrick Hawley, Steel guitar: Mike Stover, Trumpet: Ryan Oldham, Handclaps: Coleen Voeks & Mary Hawley, Field recordings: Coleen Voeks. Everything else recorded at Sandusky Sound Co. by EV.]

Marion Merritt with Betse Ellis joined us for the entire show to encourage ALL of our wonderful listeners to call 888-931-0901 during Wednesday MidDay Medley, to express support for this show and 90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio.

10:04 – Pledge Break #1

Non-Commercial, Community Radio, means that three times a year, we interrupt our regularly scheduled programming, to ask YOU our beautiful-listeners, to help us continue 90.1 FM’s unique, 24-7 programming, that is…essentially free to you, to tune into. While the spirit of this station is kept alive by hundreds of volunteers who passionately donate their time and abilities to keep the transmission of our 100,000-watt, signal alive. We are a operated by a not-for-profit organization, incorporated over 25 years ago, called The MidCoast Radio Project. We’re non-profit but we still have to pay the electric bill, the rent on our fully accessible production studios and offices, the insurance, and for our small staff. Even though we have hundreds of committed volunteers, who donate thousands of hours every year, producing radio shows, answering phones, creating websites, producing benefits, rewiring the board, setting up our computer system, we still need YOU, our listener, to keep us alive!

YOU are the reason we were able to go onto the airwaves 25 years ago. You are the reason we’ve been able to continue all these years.

Wednesday MidDay Medley offers crucial info on: Music and Art. In just the last 4 months on Wednesday MidDay Medley we have interviewed musicians and bands including: The ACB’s, The Grisly Hand, Dead Voices, Making Movies, The Latenight Callers, The Wires, The Clementines, Dollar Fox, Bach Aria Soloists, Gamelan Genta Kasturi, Schwervon!, Connie Dover & Bob Walkenhorst, Bobcat Barker, Molly Picture Club, Sneaky Creeps, Soft Reeds, The Depth and The Whisper, Two Headed Cow, Dream Wolf, Claire Adams and The Crowded Stage, The Blackbird Revue, The Empty Spaces, My Brothers & Sisters, and The Brannock Device. We’ve also talked with artists involved with The Homeguard Festival, Middle of The Map Festival, The Midcoast Takeover, The Crossroads Summer Block Party, Spinning Tree Theatre, Judith Levy’s film NV in KC, The Charlotte Street Foundation, The Urban Culture Project, Amnesty International, The Innocence Project, UmKC Theatre’s EAT THIS!, The Rocket Grants and Byproduct The Laundromat. We’ve welcomed as our guests: artists, film makers, musicians & organizers to join us in telling the amazing story of what is happening in the Kansas City Arts Scene!

10:12

2. PedalJets – “Tangled Up”
from: What’s In Between / Independent / June , 2013
[The Pedaljets first new material in 23 years. More info: thepedaljets.com]

3. The Wires – “Banyan”
from: The Wires – Alternative Strings / Independent / March 9, 2013
[The Wires are an alternative exploration in string sound. Hailing from KCMO, The Wires compose & perform original music for violin & cello. Created, composed & performed by Laurel Morgan on violin (formerly of In The Pines) & Sascha Groschang on cello). The Wires played LIVE on Feb. 20th show.]

10:20 – Pledge Break #2

10:28 – Underwriting

10:29

3. The Grisly Hand – “Municipal Farm Blues”
from: Country Singles / Independent / April 26, 2013
[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. Mike Stover and Lauren Krum of The Grisly Hand joined us LIVE on April 24.]

[The Grisly Hand & The ACBs play Davey’s Uptown, 3402 Main St., Sat, June 22, 9:00pm.]

4. The ACB’s – “Surface”
from: Little Leaves / High Dive Records / March 5, 2013 [Konnor Ervin on lead vocals, Andrew Connor on Guitar & Vocals, Bryan McGuire on Bass & Vocals, Kyle Rausch on Drums & Vocals. The band joined us LIVE on the show on Feb. 27.]

[The ACBs & The Grisly Hand play Davey’s Uptown, 3402 Main St., Sat, June 22, 9:00pm.]

5. Tiny Horse – “Ghost”
from: Darkly Sparkly / Independent / Mar. 4, 2013
[Outside of the band, we were the first to hear the very new, debut EP release from Abigail Henderson and Christopher Lynn Meck with Matt Richey on Drums, & Cody Wyoming on guitar. In our opinion, Abigail Henderson’s voice remains one of the most honest and moving voices in KC music scene, Christopher Meck’s guitar sings too. the addition of Matt Richey who also plays drums for Dead Voices and The Grisly Hand, and Cody Wyoming help give this Tiny Horse galloping power.]

6. The Latenight Callers – “Straight Razor”
from: Songs for Stolen Moments / TLNC / June 8, 2013
[formed in Lawrence by baritone guitarist, Krysztof Nemeth, and vocalist Julie Berndsen, With the addition of Bassist Gavin Mac, and Nick Combs on keyboards. The Latenight Callers joined us live on June 5.]

10:42 – Pledge Break #3

10:50

8. City and Colour – “Fragile Bird”
from: Little Hell / Vagrant Records / June 7, 2011

9. Betse Ellis – “Long Time to Get Here”
from: High Moon Order / Free Dirt Records / June 14, 2013

10. Betse Ellis – “The Traveler”
from: High Moon Order / Free Dirt Records / June 14, 2013

11:01 – Station ID

11:01 – Interview with Betse Ellis

A renowned fiddler, Betse Ellis, is known by many as a founding member of The Wilders. Betse is on the verge of officially releasing her 2nd full-length solo release “High Moon Order” and her album release show, Friday, June 14 at The Brick. We talked with Betse about touring, her musical life, and her new photographic exhibit of her original works now showing also at The Brick.

Mike West co produced Betse’s new recordings.

Betse is adept at the difficult technique of singing while playing the fiddle. Betse performs material, drawn from traditional American fiddle tunes, spirituals, original tunes, and her “personal old-time music”, influenced by avant-garde artists like Talking Heads, punk pioneers The Clash, and 19th century art music composer Gabriel-Marie.

11:12

11. Betse Ellis – “Straight To Hell”
from: High Moon Order / Free Dirt Records / June 14, 2013

11:17 – Pledge Break #4

11:25 – Underwriting

11:26

12. Dead Voices – “Trust Of A Fool”
from: Dead Voices / Independent / April 20, 2013
[The Kansas City Super-Group, Dead Voices was formed in September of 2010. The band includes: David Regnier, Jason Beers, Matt Richey, Michael Stover, Marco Pascolini and sometimes Lauren Krum who sings with David on “Pardoning”. The band joined us LIVE on the show and April 17.]

13. Soft Reeds – “Funky Friends Breathe, OK”
from: Blank City / The Record Machine / Tuesday, April 23, 2013

[Ben Grimes of Soft Reeds joined us LIVE on the show and April 17.]

14. Bloodbirds – “Patterned Sky”
from: Psychic Surgery / Independent / February 1, 2013
[KC based Psychedelic post-punk trio featuring ex-Ad Astra Per Aspera member Mike Tuley, his wife Brooke Tuley and Anna St. Louis. The album will be available as a vinyl LP in April. Recorded at Junior’s Motel, with additional recording at the Worst Place in the World, and House Tuley. Recorded by Kirk Kaufman and Mike Tuley. Mixed by Mike Tuley.]

11:34 – Pledge Break #5

11:42

15. Andrew Foshee – “Thunderstorm”
from: Headphones Required / Independent / June 11, 2013
[Headphones Required is an eclectic collection of home recordings that Andrew performed, recorded and mixed in his basement studio. Produced, engineered, performed and mixed by Andrew at home. Mastered by Duane Trower at Weights and Measures Soundlab ]

[Andrew Foshee plays a CD Release Party, Fri, June 14, at 7 PM, at the recordBar, 1020 Westport Rd.]

16. Cowboy Indian Bear – “I Could Believe in Anything”
from: Live Old, Die Young / The Record Machine / April 23, 2013
[Joshua Browning served the band as producer and engineer. The songs were recorded over a three year period, where the band was also constantly touring, living on the road, keeping the van running. Beau Bruns – percussion, vocals, glockenspiel, guitar, Charles Calhoun – vocals, guitar, bass, keys, percussion, Martinez Hillard – vocals, guitar, keys, bass, percussion; Katlyn Conroy vocals, piano, keys.]

17. The Blackbird Revue – “When You Were Mine”
from: Glow / The Blackbird Revue / January 23, 2013
[Recorded at The Conductor Studio, Nashville, TN. and produced with Don Chaffer. All songs by Jacob Prestige. The band includes: Jacob & Danielle Prestidge and Joesph Peak. The Blackbird Revue played LIVE on WMM on May 22.]

11:50 – Pledge Break #6

Betse Ellis and Marion Merritt Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who called in!

11:59:30

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

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

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Show #477

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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Show #470

WMM Playlist from: April 17, 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 17, 2013

Dead Voices + Ben Grimes of Soft Reeds +
and 90.1 FM’s Band Auction with…
Two Headed Cow + The Depth and The Whisper + Dollar Fox

1. Soft Reeds -“Funny Patterns”
from: Blank City / The Record Machine / April 26, 2013

2. Dead Voices – “Dream Notes”
from: Dead Voices [EP] / Independent / April 20, 2013

10:09 – Interview with David Regnier, Jason Beers, and Matt Richey of Dead Voices + Ben Grimes of Soft Reeds

The Kansas City Super-Group, Dead Voices were formed in September of 2010. The band includes: David Regnier, Jason Beers, Matt Richey, Michael Stover, Marco Pascolini, and sometimes Lauren Krum who sings with David on “Pardoning” from the new EP. The band is releasing their six-song debut EP with a special live performance, this Saturday, April 20, at 10:00 at the recordBar, 1020 Westport Rd. with Austerity Measures, and The Ants. More info at: facebook.com/deadvoices

David Regnier was part of critically acclaimed band The Afterparty, that released three full-length recordings. He formed Dead Voices with Jason Beers of The Brannock Device, and Mike Stover and Matt Richey of The Grisly Hand, and Marco Pascolini who plays in The Brannock Device with Jason, and is founder of Mr. Marcos V7 and band that also includes Mike Stover. Also joining the band on a semi regular basis is Lauren Krum who aside from her work as lead vocalist with The Grisly Hand, also sings with David as the duo Ruddy Swain.

Ben Grimes leads the band, Soft Reeds, releasing their new full-length recording, “Blank City” from The Record Machine. Soft Reeds play a Kansas City Album Release Party, Friday, April 26, at the Riot Room, 4048 Broadway, with Be/Non, and Rev Gusto. More info at: softreeds.com

“Blank City” is the follow up to the Soft Reeds 2010 debut full-length release “Soft Reeds Are Bastards.”

Ben is originally from Chicago. Many of us came to know hismusic through the Astralwerks Records signed band, Golden Republic. Ben talked about seeing the music industry from so many perspectives.

Mark also talked with Ben about his love for, Bowie, Eno, music of the “Berlin Trilogy. “ Ben promised to come back on a future show as aguest producer and play the music that has inspired him.

Soft Reeds new album “Blank City” is being released this week and Soft Reeds play a Kansas City Album Release Party, Friday, April 26, at the Riot Room, 4048 Broadway, with Be/Non, and Rev Gusto. More info at: softreeds.com

Dead Voices is releasing their six-song debut EP with a special live performance, this Saturday, April 20, at 10:00 at the recordBar, 1020 Westport Rd. with Austerity Measures, and The Ants. More info at: facebook.com/deadvoices

Matt Richey and Mike Stover play with The Grisly Hand, who also have a new record, coming out this month.

10:29

3. The Grisly Hand – “Phineas Gage”
from: Country Singles / Independent / 2010

10:31 – Underwriting

10:32 – Two Headed Cow

Two Headed Cow is: Bj McArthur, Tod Davis, Ike Goletz on bass and Matt Waddell on drums.

4. Two Headed Cow –”Flower Girls”
from: Zen Again / Saunders Street Records / March 22, 2013

“Zen Again” was recorded with Saunders StreetRecords.

Two Headed Cow will be playing LIVE at It’s Beautiful Day on 4/20.

10:40

5. Two Headed Cow – “A Little Bit Closer”
from: Zen Again / Saunders Street Records / March 22, 2013

11:48

6. Two Headed Cow – “Signs and Wonders”
from: Zen Again /Saunders Street Records / March 22, 2013

For more information you can visit:myspace.com/twoheadedcowmusic or facebook.com/TwoHeadedCowRevernation.com/TwoHeadedCow

11:55

7. Two Headed Cow – “Tao Jones”
from: Zen Again / Saunders Street Records / March 22, 2013

11:00 – The Depth and The Whisper

8. The Depth and The Whisper – “Be Together”
from: One Steady Breath / Independent / June 28, 2011
[Produced and recorded by John Velghe at Guttersnipe recording. This song features Albert Bickley and Dave Tanner, the principle musicians and songwriters, with Troy VanHorn on lead guitar, Go Go Ray on Drums, John Velghe on keyboards and backing vocals and Elaine McMilian on backing vocals.]

11:04

A KC native, Albert Bickley has been writing, recording and performing original music for years. Dave Tanner, a Canadian who calls Parkville, MO, home, has played bass in many bands through the years and also currently plays in Liverpool: A Tribute to The Beatles. Together Albert Bickley and Dave Tanner formed The Depth and The Whisper in late 2010 as a vehicle to share new songs and ideas.

Dave Tanner & Albert Bickley, and drummer Kelsey Cook joined us live in the studio.

In 2011 The Depth and The Whisper released their debut EP of six songs, titled “One Steady Breath” that was created with musician, producer and recording engineer – John Velghe who captured the band’s sound at his at Guttersnipe Recording Co. during the spring of 2011.

The song “Be Together” was used in a short film produced by people at Hallmark

11:08

9. The Depth and TheWhisper – “Waiting for the World To End” (LIVE)

Albert Bickley plays CODA, Thursday, April 25, with Laura Lisbeth.

The Depth and The Whisper play Flywheel Coffee House in KCK, Fri, April 26.

The Depth and The Whisper play recordBar, Fri, June 28, with Adam Marsden.

10. The Depth and The Whisper – “Too Late To Be Your Fool” (LIVE)
also available on: One Steady Breath / Independent / June28, 2011

The band is currently working on songs for a new recordingto follow “One Steady Breath.”

Albert talked about playing in NYC.

11:25

11. The Depth and TheWhisper – “Highway”
from: Demo / Independent / 2012

11:29 – Underwriting

11:30 – Dollar Fox (Interview with Justin Penney)

12. Dollar Fox –“Letter”
from: Little Mother’s Things I Am Keeping / Money Wolf Music / Oct. 27, 2012
[Recorded by Patrick Meager at Fuzz Bomb. Produced by Megerand Dollar Fox. Mastered by Duane Trower at Weights & Measures Soundlab. 7th release from Money Wolf Music. Dollar Fox: Tommy Donoho, Justin Penney, Nick Dothage, Ethan Taylor, Ryan Watkins.]

Tommy Donoho, Justin Penney, Ryan Watkins, Nick Dothage, and Ethan Taylor,
are Dollar Fox.

The band plays accordions, banjo, bass, drums, guitars, mandolin, piano, upright bass and vocals. You all have been very busy since releasing Little Mother’s Things I am Keeping. The HomeGuard Festival, Middle of The Map Festival, Money Wolf Music.

11:38

13. Dollar Fox – I Don’t Remember Names”
from: Little Mother’s Things I Am Keeping / Money Wolf Music / Oct. 27, 2012
[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: Tommy Donoho, Justin Penney, Nick Dothage, Ethan Taylor, Ryan Watkins.]

Dollar Fox play Knuckleheads on May 24th at with The Rumblejetts and The Deadstring Brothers. The band plays O’Malley’s in Weston on July 14th and 15th.

Money Wolf Music is currently working on the next Rumblejetts album.

Money Wolf Music is re-printing the sampler handed out at Middle of the Map Fest.

10:48

14. Dollar Fox – “Whiskey Tonight”
from: Whiskey Tonight / Independent / 2011

10:52

15. Dollar Fox – “Hollow As A Ghost”
from: Little Mother’s Things I Am Keeping / Money Wolf Music / Oct. 27, 2012
[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: Tommy Donoho, Justin Penney, Nick Dothage, Ethan Taylor, Ryan Watkins.]

11:59:30

16. 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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Show #469

WMM Playlist from: March 27, 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, March 27, 2013

Music From The Middle +
Chris Haghirian & Nathan Reusch
+ Claire Adams & The Crowded Stage

1. Sleepy Kitty – “Don’t You Start”
from: Single Release / Independence / Aug. 25, 2012
[Indie-Pop-Art-Rock from St. Louis based band via Chicago, featuring Paige Brubeck on vocals/guitar/keys, and Evan Sult on drums/vocals/tapes. Recorded by Jason McEntire at Sawhorse Studio in St. Louis, MO Written by Sleepy Kitty. More info at: sleepykittymusic.com.]

[Sleepy Kitty play Gusto Lounge, Saturday, April 6, at 12:15 AM, for the Middle of The Map Festival.]

2. Fullbloods – “Split It Up The Middle”
from: Making Face [EP] / Golden Sound Records / March 19, 2013
[Ross Brown, Alex Chapman, Bill Pollock, & Glenn Shipps.]

[Fullbloods play Westport Coffeehouse, Thurs, April 4, at 7:30pm as part of The Golden Sounds Records Showcase w/ Millions of Boys, Empty Spaces, Hidden Pictures, and The Caves, for MOTMF.]

10:13 – Underwriting

10:14

3. Deerhoof – “There’s That Grin”
from: Breakup Song / Polyvinyl / September 4, 2012
[12th self-produced album from the unpredictable noise band originally from San Francisco. Formed in 1994, Deerhoof has maintained that they never knew what kind of music they would create next, nor that they even had any idea what they were doing when they created it. The members of Deerhoof are: Satomi Matsuzaki, John Dieterich, Ed Rodriguez and Greg Saunier.]

[Deerhoof play the recordBar, Friday, April 5, at Midnight, for the Middle of The Map Festival.]

4. Grizzly Bear – “Speak In Rounds”
from: Shields / Warp Records / September 18, 2012
[Shields is the 4th studio album by Brooklyn-based indie rock band, composed of Edward Droste (vocals, guitar, omnichord, keyboard), Daniel Rossen (vocals, guitar, banjo, keyboards), Chris Taylor (bass, backing vocals, various instruments, producer) and Christopher Bear (drums, backing vocals, glockenspiel). ]

[Grizzly Bear play The Uptown Theater, on Friday, April 5, with The Joy Formidable, Owen Pallett, and Cowboy Indian Bear, for the Middle of The Map Festival.]

5. Hospital Ships – “Come Back To Life”
from: Destruction In Yr Soul / Graveface / June 18, 2013
[Follow up tho the band’s 2011 release Lonely Twin. This is Jordan Geiger’s Lawrence based band with Nathan Dixey, Taylor Holenbeck, Nathan Wilder. Jordan Geiger is the keyboardist for The Appleseed Cast and the occasional member of Shearwater and Minus Story. The choir on “Come Back To Life” is by Cowboy Indian Bear and the HIPS, by the way of The Record Machine.]

[Hospital Ships play the recordBar, Friday, April 5, at 9:00 PM, for the Middle of The Map Festival.]

10:30 – Interview with Chris Haghirian & Nathan Reusch

Chris Haghirian has worked for The KC Star for 13 years and helped launch INK in April of 2008. Chris works on the marketing side of INK and puts together all of the music promotions. Chris has been instrumental in the organization of The Middle of The Map Fest. In addition he has helped organize The MidCoast Takeover of SXSW Music Festival featuring KC and Lawrence area bands. Chris also is a regular co-host and contributor to The Mailbox, a weekly podcast radio show produced and hosted by Michael Byars that is available the the Midwest Music Foundation’s website: midwestmusicfound.org.

Nathan Reusch is co-founder and manager of The Record Machine, an Independent KC based record label, founded in 2003. With Chris Haghirian, Nathan is the co-mastermind, of The Middle of The Map Festival. Nathan also DJs in clubs from time to time and like Chris is a Passionate lover of music.

Chris Haghirian and Nathan Reusch join us to talk about Ink’s Middle of the Map Fest curated by The Record Machine. Now in its third year The Middle of The Music Fest will take place April 4th through 6th, featuring over 130 Local and national Emerging bands, performing in the Middle of The Map, at the recordBar, Riot Room, The Uptown Theater, Union, Gusto Lounge, and Westport Coffeehouse. More info at: middleofthemapfest.com

141 bands participating in this year’s festival, of those bands over 80 have KC connections, and I’m proud to say, that we have played from over 66 of these bands on Wednesday MinDay Medley in the past weeks.

Deerhoof, Grizzly Bear, The Joy Formidable, Tennis, Own Pallett, Iceage, Jeff The Brotherhood, Divine Fits… these are a few of the national bands participating with local and regional bands Nathan talked about how the festival comes up with that special mix of local and national.

Venues include: RecordBar, Riot Room, Uptown Theater, Union, Gusto Lounge, Westport Coffeehouse, Open Fire Pizza.

Besides venues, there are showcases involving Golden Sound Records, Money Wolf Music, High Dive Records, The Buzz, The Bridge, i Heart Local Music, MOKAN Twang, tell us about the showcases and day parties.

Venues, & showcases, are sponsored by: Westport, Kanrocksas, Seen Merch, Chevy Music Showcase.

At middleofthemapfest.com fans can create their own schedule to share with friends.

This year the Festival is expanded to include the Forum AND a Film Fest.

The Middle of The Music Fest will take place April 4th through 6th, featuring over 130 Local and National Emerging bands, performing in the Middle of The Map, at the recordBar, Riot Room, The Uptown Theater, Union, Gusto Lounge, and The Westport Coffeehouse. More info at: middleofthemapfest.com

10:48

6. Scratch Track – “Change It Up”
from: Brake Lights [EP] / Eclipse Partnership / August 19, 2011
[Alternative experimental hip hop rock soul from Kansas City , founded by Jason Hamlin who plays Guitar and sings, and David “DJ” Lee who performs beat-boxing and sings.Written by Jason Hamlin and David “DJ” Lee. Recorded at the Groove Kitchen in Greenville, IL. Produced by Scratch Track and Luke DeJaynes. Mixed by Luke DeJaynes. Mastered by Ben Kesler at Soulthink Productions, St. Louis MO.]

[Scratch Track play Gusto Lounge, Saturday, April 6, at 1:15 AM for the Middle of The Map Festival.]

7. Soft Reeds – “Pregnant Actress”
from: Blank City / The Record Machine / April, 2013
[Ben Grimes, Josh Wiedenfeld, Beckie Trost, John Mitchell, and Jeffrey Harvey. “The brainchild of Ben Grimes (The Golden Republic on Astralwerks Records), a Chicago native whose roots grip firmly in the ’77 Berlin sounds of Brian Eno, David Bowie and Iggy Pop, while embracing the ethos and attack of early American and English indie rock.” Originally started as Grimes’ post-The Golden Republic solo project, Soft Reeds became a full band in late 2009, and released the critically acclaimed ‘Soft Reeds are Bastards’ in 2010 which ranked #2 on our list of the 100 Best Recordings of 2010.

[Soft Reeds, play The Outdoor Stage, Saturday, April 6, at 7:00 PM for the Middle of The Map Fest.]

8. Radkey – “Pretty Things”
from: demo from their SoundCloud page / Radkey / February, 2013
[Winner of The Deli’s Best Emerging Kansas City Artist of 2012. Radkey is a band made up of three teenage brothers Darrion, Isaiah, and Solomon. Their influences include The Who and Nirvana. Tim Finn wrote in the KC Star, on Thursday, March 21, that The St. Joe band band traveled to New York, in February, to record their new EP at the Wreckroom. Radkey played several show for the SXSW Music Festival and were written about in the New York Times and the Atlantic.]

[Radkey plays The Outdoor Stage, Saturday, April 6, at 4:00 PM for the Middle of The Map Fest.]

11:00

9. Akkilles – “Leave Your Love”
from: Something You’d Say / The Record Machine / May – June, 2013
[Akkilles is the experimental project of singer/songwriter David Bennett. Bennett started the project in the summer of 2011. His debut full-length recording will be released early Summer 2013.]

[Akkilles play Gusto Lounge on Saturday, April 6, at 10:15 PM, for the Middle of the Map Festival.]

10. David Burchfield – “The Beginning”
from: The Beginning / Independent / 2011
[Produced, engineered, mixed and master by Mike Crawford at the Impossible Box in Kansas City, with David Burchfield’s band, The Great Stop, consists of David Burchfield on guitar and lead vocals; Leslie Hammer on fiddle, banjo, and viola; Devon Russell on piano, autoharp and vocals; and Seth Jenkins on upright bass.]

[David Burchfield & The Great Stop play Gusto Lounge, Thurs, April 4, at 8:00 PM for the MOTMF.]

11. Clairaudients – “Dixie Is Dead”
from: Single Track Release / Independent
Also on: Midwestern Audio Vol. 1 / Midwest Music Foundation / Sept 23, 2012
[Patrick Robinson (Vocals/Guitar), Brandon Gardner (Guitar), Eric Fain (Bass), Jordan Thompson (Guitar/Vocals) and M. Blaire Geenens (Drums) are the Kansas City based quintet that after 5 years under the name of “The Atlantic” in the summer of 2012 they changed their name to Clairaudients. The band is currently wrapping up work on their new release which they say is coming this Spring/Summer.]

[Clairaudients play Riot Room Patio, Saturday, April 6, at 2:00 PM for the MOTMF.]

11:14 – Underwriting

11:15

12. Claire and the Crowded Stage – “I Saw It All” (LIVE)
This song will be available on their new EP coming in July, 2013
[Performed LIVE by half of The Crowded Stage: Claire Adams, Katy Guillen, Peter Lawless, & Teri Quinn]

11:18 – Interview with Claire Adams & Katy Guillen, Peter Lawless, and Teri Quinn.

Kansas City based singer, songwriter, and musician, Claire Adams, is an integral part of multiple area bands including: Claire & The Crowded Stage, Appropriate Grammar, Hidden Pictures, The Katy Guillen Trio, and Quirk & Ruckus. Claire Adams grew up in Topeka and went to college in Nashville.

Claire & the Crowded Stage play CODA Friday, March 29, at 9:00 PM with Rev Gusto.

Hidden Pictures play Middle of the Map Fest, April 4 at 9:40 PM at the Westport Coffee House.

Claire talked about how one of the reasons she ended up being in so many bands, was because when she first moved to KC, three years ago, she wanted to make friends.

Claire grew up in a small farming town in Kansas. She went to High School in Topeka, went to college in Nashville. Claire lived in Nashville for 7 years before coming to KC.

Claire talked about how it would cost $2000.00 a night, for The Crowded Stage to happen in Nashville. Claire talked about the KC Music Scene, and the generous spirit of collaboration that exists between all of these musicians.

Among members of Claire & The Crowded Stage, many other bands are represented including: The B’Dinas (Peter, Katy, Katelyn), Dream Wolf (Katelyn Boone, Brent Jamison), The Katy Guillen Trio (Katy, Stephanie, Claire), Quick & Ruckus (Katy, Claire), Genessee (Jerod Rivers), Appropriate Grammar (Claire), Hidden Pictures (Claire), The Cave Girls (Stephanie), Found A Job (Peter), with all of you switching around on keyboards, bass, drums, guitar, lead vocals.

11:25

13. Claire and the Crowded Stage – “Night Side of Day” (LIVE)
This song will be availavle on their new EP coming in July, 2013
[Performed LIVE by half of The Crowded Stage: Claire Adams, Katy Guillen, Peter Lawless, & Teri Quinn]

11:30

Claire & The Crowded Stage are currently working on a new EP at Sangha Studios, with Jerod Rivers. Sangha Studios is also where Quirk & Ruckus are recording music and also where Vi Tran is working on his new recording.

When did you discover music, when did you start playing?

Claire (like everyone in The Crowded Stage) is a multi-instrumentalist, switching between bass in Appropriate Grammar, Ukulele in Quirk & Ruckus, and Hidden Pictures, you also guitar, piano and drums.

You are all multi-instrumentalists, but do you have a love of one instrument in particular?

Claire & the Crowded Stage play CODA Friday, March 29, at 9:00 PM with Rev Gusto.

Hidden Pictures play Middle of the Map Fest, April 4 at Westport Coffee House.

11:36

14. Appropriate Grammar – “Rights and Wrongs”
from: upcoming full length release / June 15, 2013
[Nick McKenna-Guitar/Vox, Alex Dunsford-Lead Guitar, Claire Adams-Bass/Vox, & Steve Gardels-Drums.]

[Appropriate Grammar play Side Door Lounge in Omaha, Saturday, March 30, at 9:00 PM with Claire & The Crowded Stage, Tenderness Wilderness, and Aly Peeler.]

15. Schwervon! – “Cougar Pride”
from: Courage / Olive Juice Records / 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. Schwervon! have produced 5 full length albums, 2 seven inch vinyl only singles, in addition to touring the world and performing with: Belle and Sebastian, The Vaselines, The Wedding Present, Kimya Dawson, The Thermals, Grass Widow, Jeffrey Lewis, The Essex Green, Comet Gain, and Veronica Falls. They recorded Courage with Memphis-based engineer Doug Easley who has worked with Pavement, Sonic Youth, Cat Power.]

[Schwervon! play Union on Saturday, April 6, at 10:15 PM, for the Middle of the Map Festival.]

11:45

16. Drew Black and Dirty Electric – “Grave”
from: Dead Kings & Queens / Independent / January 26, 2013
[Starting as a solo project with the early 2012 release Wanderlust, Drew Black (formerly of The Belated) soon enlisted frontmen from two other dynamic local bands (Terra Peal of The Quivers and Zach Hodson of Dolls on Fire) and multi-band drummer Michelle Bacon to create this new band. Their debut ED was mixed & mastered by Duane Trower at Weights & Measures SoundLab in Kansas City. ]

[Drew Black and Dirty Electric play Union on Sat, April 6, at 9:15 PM, for Middle of the Map Festival.]

17. The Hearts of Darkness – “Come Forward”
from: 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. 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.]

[The Hearts of Darkness, play The Outdoor Stage, Sat, April 6, at 2:00 PM for MOTMF.]

18. The Joy Formidable – “This Ladder is Ours”
from: Wolf’s Law / Atlantic Records / January 22, 2013
[Welsh alternative rock band, formed in 2007 in North Wales and currently located in London, England. The band consists of Rhiannon “Ritzy” Bryan (lead vocals, guitar), Rhydian Dafydd (bass, backing vocals), and Matt Thomas (drums, percussion). Their follow up album, Wolf’s Law is their second full length release.]

[The Joy Formidable play The Uptown Theater, on Friday, April 5, with Grizzly Bear, Owen Pallett, and Cowboy Indian Bear, for the Middle of The Map Festival.]

11:59:30

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

Sources for notes: artists websites and wikipedia.org

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

Show #466

WMM Playlist from October 10, 2012

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

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Iris DeMent
+ Spinning Tree Theatre
+ Betse Ellis, Marion Merritt, & Tom Crane

1. Thee Oh Sees – “Flood’s New Light”
from: 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.]

And joining Mark for the entire show were: Betse Ellis, Marion Merritt along with Tom Crane who joined in to encourage YOU to show your support for 90.1 FM.

10:04 – Pledge Break #1

Our Fund Drive Team: Betse Ellis, Marion Merritt, with Tom Crane

What 90.1 FM KKFI Kansas City Community Radio means to YOU.

Every now and then, we have to pass the hat, to pay the bills. 90.1 FM offers programming 24-7, that is, essentially free to you, to tune into. However, we do have expenses just like everyone else. Even though we are a non-commercial radio station, operated by a not-for-profit organization, we still have to pay the light bill, the rent, the insurance. Even though we have hundreds of committed volunteers, who donate thousands of hours every year, producing radio shows, answering phones, creating websites, producing benefits, rewiring the board, setting up our computer system, we still need to employ a small staff, to organize volunteers, to handle day to day business, development, and operations.

And so…every now and then, we have to pass the hat…to pay the bills. That’s where YOU come in! YOU are the reason we were able to go onto the airwaves nearly 25 years ago, and You are the reason we’ve been able to continue all these years. Volunteers are waiting to hear from YOU right now. Call 888-931-0901 to show your support for Community Radio and Wednesday MidDay Medley. You can also visit us online at kkfi.org to support Kansas City Community Radio 90.1 FM.

Why listeners need to support of this one-of-a-kind, programming.

Case #1 – 90.1 FM is a grassroots movement, a radio station created by the people in the village. 35 years ago those people created a not-for-profit, 501 (c) 3 organization called, The MidCoast Radio Project and for ten years volunteers worked to raise the funds to buy a signal, a tower, and create a physical station with studios and offices, to serve the community. In February of 1988, KKFI began broadcasting over the airwaves…

Those first radio shows were prerecorded on reel to reel tape in the basement of Tom Crane’s house on Pennsylvania Ave, and then delivered to the tower site and transmitter, where they were played. Tom Crane was there in the beginning and has played a vital role in KKFI’s development over the years.

Tom Crane talked about the early years, charity bingo, the reel to reel recordings.

Tom also talked about Anne Winter who hosted a KKFI show as “Little Orphan Annie” and produced Kansas City’s very first Punk show on the airwaves.

10:12

2. The Caves – “Liars”
from: Duplexiaville / Golden Sound Records / 2012
[KC based: Andrew Ashby on Guitar & Voice, David Gaumé on Bass, Elizabeth Bohannon on Keyboards, Percussion & Voice, Jake Cardwell on Drums & Percussion. A new track that’ll be part of the band’s upcoming release “Duplexiaville” available soon on Golden Sound Records.]

[The Caves play the recordBar, Friday, October 12, with Spring Standars, and John McKenna Band.]

3. The Hearts of Darkness – “Come Forward”
from: Shelf Life / Shipshape Records / August 25, 2012
(Their song “Debt On Me” is on the Midwestern Audio Vol. 1 compilation)
[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 will be 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.]

[Bob Asher and Peter Leibert joined us LIVE on August 22 prior to their big show at Knuckleheads.]

4. Betse Ellis – “Run!”
from: Don’t You Want To Go / Free Dirt / April 21, 2009
[Originally from Fayetteville, Arkansas, Betse Ellis is one of the founding members of Kansas City’s The Wilders, an acoustic honky-tonk band, have been together for 15 years, and have gone on haitus.]

[Betse Ellis played the Opening reception for Prairie Logic, Fri, Oct 5, 5:00 rooftop at 12th & Main.]

10:19 – Pledge Break #2

This is WMM’s Fall Fund Drive Show Betse Ellis, and Marion Merritt

Why listeners need to support of this one-of-a-kind, programming.

Case #2. – Wednesday MidDay Medley brings resourceful Music, Arts, & Performing Arts Information to our listeners!

Wednesday MidDay Medley offers crucial info on: Music and Art. We offer listeners the best in New & Local musical releases. So far this year we’ve played new local releases from over 200 local bands and artists. We not only play the music, but we tell you the name of the release, the record label, year released, who’s in the band, and where you can go to hear this band or artist. We present local and national artists who share stories about their music and play LIVE. This year we’ve welcomed members of: The Cave Girls, The Clementines, The Hearts of Darkness, The Bad Ideas, The Depth and The Whisper, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Molly Picture Club, Dollar Fox, Victor & Penny, Vi Tran, The Brannock Device, The Quivers, everyday/everynight, The Soft Reeds, MBird, Pony boy, Clover Noir, The Blackberry Winter Band, Mikal Shapiro, Hidden Pictures, Eleni Mandell, The Sneaky Creeps, Richard Burgess, The Wilders, Sinple, Hipshot Killer, Spirit is The Spirit, Two Headed Cow, Sterling Witt, Thommy Hoskins, DJ Fat Sal, The Ned Ludd Band, The Billy Bats, John Velghe, Elsa Rae, The B’Dinas, Beautiful Bodies, David Burchfield, Tom Livesay, The Ukulele Fight Club, and The Sexy Accident.

10:27 – Underwriting

10:28

6. Iris DeMent – “Go On Ahead And Go Home”
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.]

10:32 – Interview with Iris DeMent

Grammy Nominated Iris DeMent has performed at all over the world, at Carnegie Hall, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Late Show with David Letterman, and the Grand Ole Opry. She was born in rural Paragould, AR, the youngest of 14 children. At the age of three, her family moved to California, where she grew up singing gospel music. Upon graduating high school, she relocated to KC to attend college. After a series of jobs waitressing and typing, she first began composing songs at the age of 25. Honing her skills at open-mic nights. In 1988 she moved to Nashville, where she contacted producer Jim Rooney, who helped her land a record contract. She made her recording debut in 1991 /1992, with her release: “Infamous Angel.” Iris has collaborated w/ John Prine, Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Nanci Griffith, John McCutcheon, Randy Scruggs, Tom Russell and Kansas City bus driver Gary Kirkland. Iris married singer-songwriter Greg Brown on November 21, 2002, while she still lived in KC. They now live together in Iowa. Last week Iris DeMent released her new recording “Sing The Delta” on Flariella Records, that includes 12 new songs. It is her first album of all new material in 16 years, since her fantastic 1996 release, “The Way I Should.” Iris’ new release “Sing The Delta” is already receiving great critical acclaim, and she is currently on the road singing her new songs.

Last year on 11-11-11 Iris and Greg Brown performed together here in Kansas City in a benefit for St. Mark Early Childhood and Family Development Center, That night she surprised me when she only performed one or two songs that I had heard before. Instead she shared with the packed crowd at the Folly, many of her new songs that ended up on this record. Iris discussed the process of writing the songs and getting them recorded and produced in the studio.

I read where Iris has said that she “learned about music from people who didn’t use music as entertainment.” That her “parents lived very on the edge. They had a gazillion kids and came from an area where people live on the edge. They used music as a life source. That music had to come through for them and make them feel like they could get up on Monday and keep going.” She said that “You think that’s one of the reasons why you didn’t write for so long. I learned about music as a life line. I feel like that’s the kind of task I’m trying to take on every time I try and write something. I’ve got to make somebody want to keep going. That’s what music was about.”

Iris DeMent has a long history of doing benefit shows for groups like 90.1 FM. In 2004 she and Greg Brown opened for Amy Goodman at Community Christian Church. In the 2002 she did a benefit concert for The Friends of Community Radio and invited Greg Brown to open the concert at Unity Temple, then several months later she and Greg were married in a private ceremony in the offices of Rev. Sam Mann of St. Mark Church here in KC.

Kansas City is where Iris started her musical career, singing in coffeehouses. Iris talked about how she loves that we claim her as one of our own, here in Kansas City.

The liner notes of Iris DeMent’s new record talks about St. Mark Church and how the Church took her in during a dark time of her life. She found inspiration at St. Mark, inspiration from the people of the church and also from the pastor of the church, Rev. Sam Mann who she originally heard over the airwaves of 90.1 FM KKFI, and met at an anti-war rally at the fountains near 47th and Broadway near the Country Club Plaza.

The photographs for Iris DeMent’s new album were taken by her stepdaughter Pieta Brown, all except for one photograph that is in many ways a symbol of this recording, that was photographed by her daughter, Dasha Brown. Iris talked about the photo and it’s special meaning.

The new recording contains many songs about her family, and especially her mother, who died last year at age 93. Iris DeMent’s mother sings on her debut “Infamous Angel” and we definitely feel her presence on “Sing The Delta.” Iris writes that her mother dreamed of being a professional singer, and how she asked Iris one day, “Ain’t you got tard yet of trapesin’ All over the country?”

I read a review of “Sing The Delta” that starts off by referencing Iris DeMent’s song, “Let the Mystery Be” from her debut “Infamous Angel.” The reviewer connected that song to her new 5th release, 20 years later, with new lyrics and stories that continue to examine the “religious doctrine on life and death.” The reviewer also references Iris DeMent’s 2004 release “Life Line” which was a collection of traditional protestant hymns.

In reading many of the reviews of Iris DeMent’s new recording, I was struck by the personal relationship Iris has with her fans, who fell in love with “Infamous Angel” and have followed her through these past 20 years, and this period where she has recorded with so many other artists, toured consistently, but also was busy with her family, husband, and daughter. That because her songs were so honest and heartfelt, and special, her fans accepted and understood why it might have taken some time for this new recording of 12 new songs.

We are in the middle of our Fall Fund Drive here at 90.1 KKFI. Iris has had many connections to this radio station. We mentioned Sam Mann, who at one time hosted a radio program on 90.1 FM. Another person who helped build this station was our mutual friend Anne Winter. Iris talked about how she met Anne Winter.

Iris is currently on the road doing shows in Toronto Canada, along the East Coast and Florida and also on the west coast in California.

Iris & Greg currently are living in Iowa City, Iowa.

“Sing The Delta” was released October 2, on on Flariella Records and includes 12 new songs. You can have Iris DeMent’s new CD as a “Thank You Gift” for your pledge of $50.00 or more during Wednesday MidDay Medley’s Fall Pledge Drive Show.

10:51

6. Iris DeMent – “There’s A Whole Lot Of Heaven”
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.]

7. Appropriate Grammar – “Woke Up All Askew”
from: Lies and Stories / Independent / 2010
(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.]

[Appropriate Grammar play The Riot Room, tomorrow, Oct. 11, w/ The Features, and Is Paris Burning]

10:57 – Pledge Break #3

This is WMM’s Fall Fund Drive Show with Betse Ellis, and Marion Merritt.

Why listeners need to support of this one-of-a-kind, programming.

Case #3. – So far this year, Wednesday MidDay Medley has interviewed over 136 guests.

We’ve featured segments and interviews about: Voler Thieves of Flight, The Living Room Theatre, The KC Fringe Festival, The Charlotte Street Foundation, The Latino Writers Collective, The Fishtank Theatre, The Spray Booth Gallery, The Kansas City Art Institute, Martin Luther King Jr., The Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, The Middle of The Map Festival, The Crossroads Music Festival, The Crossroads Summer Block Party, The Kauffman Center For The Performing Arts, The Midcoast Takeover, Midwestern Audio,
The Midwest Music Foundation, Center of The City Festival, Like Me Lighthouse, Record Store Day!, The Folly Theatre, AIDS Walk KC, The Nelson Art Gallery, Mattie Rhodes, Gay Pride, Gorilla Theatre, La Esquina, Golden Sound Records, The Record Machine, The Writer’s Place, Johnson County Community College Performing Arts Series, The New Century Follies, The Plug Project, Bread KC, and The Kansas City Film Festival.

We’ve interviewed writers including: Lisa Jo Sagolla, Crystal Boson, Kelly Barth, Blair Schulmann, Maria Vasquez Boyd, Marideth Sisco, Jose Faus, Philip Hooser, Cory Imig, Mitch Brian, Theresa Bembnister, Felicia Londre, Julia Kirt.

We’ve interviewed filmmakers: Mikal Shapiro, Chris Snipes, Mark Titus.

We’ve interviewed actors: Scott Cordes, Missy Koonce, Heidi Van, Rusty Sneary, Annie Cherry and Damian Blake, Spencer Brown, Forrest Attaway, Cody Wyoming, Jan Chapman, Alan Tilson, De De Deville, Kip Niven, and Julie Harris Shaw.

We’ve interviewed organizers Bill Sundahl, Chris Haghirian, Nathan Reusch, Barry Lee.

11:06

8. Schwervon! – “Dog Got Your Cat Tongue”
from: Courage / Olive Juice Records / September 28, 2012
(Their song “Wake and Bomb” is on the Midwestern Audio Vol. 1 compilation)
[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 recently recorded with Memphis-based engineer Doug Easley (Pavement, Sonic Youth, Cat Power).]

[Schwervon! are touring all over Europe returning to Kansas City, to play Davies Uptown November 14, with Paleface who will also join us on the Wednesday MidDay Medley on that day.]

9. Soft Reeds – “Magic”
from: a track from their upcoming release / Golden Sound Records / 2012
(Their song “Funky Friends Breathe, OK/” is on the Midwestern Audio Vol. 1 compilation)

11:11 – Interview with Michael Grayman

Leonard Bernstein called her “The Bible of Opera.” In 2006, Opera News wrote of her: “Nearly thirty years after her death, she’s still the definition of the diva as artist—and still one of classical music’s best-selling vocalists.” She was born in New York City on December 2, 1923 and she on September 16, 1977, at 53. Maria Callas was an American-born Greek soprano and one of the most renowned and versatile opera singers of the 20th century. Her remarkable musical and dramatic talents led to her being hailed as La Divina.

Tony and Emmy Award winning Playwright Terrence McNally, who has written about Maria Callas in several of his plays including The Lisbon Traviata, put his muse, Maria Callas center stage, for his play of 1995, “Master Class,” that focuses on Maria Callas after she has headlined every major opera house, and accepts an invitation from The Juilliard School to conduct a series of sold-out master classes for a select group of young professionals. Master Class won both the 1996 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding New Play and the 1996 Tony Award for Best Play.

Director Michael Grayman, joined us to discuss Spinning Tree Theatre’s production of Terrence McNally’s “Master Class” with performances Oct. 11 thru 28, Thurs, Fri, and Sat at 8:00 PM and Sun at 2:00 PM. at the Crown Center Off Center Theatre. Info: (816) 842-9999 or spinningtreetheatre.com

Spinning Tree Theatre has created it’s own new identity through the musicals and plays it has produced of these past two years.

In “Master Class” Maria Callas, is glamorous, commanding, larger-than-life, caustic, and surprisingly drop-dead funny. Alternately dismayed and impressed by the students who parade before her, she retreats into recollections about the glories of her own life and career. Included in her musings are her younger years as an ugly duckling, her fierce hatred of her rivals, the unforgiving press that savaged her early performances, her triumphs at La Scala, and her affair with Aristotle Onassis. It culminates into a monologue about sacrifice taken in the name of art.

Spinning Tree Theatre production of MASTER CLASS features:

Cynthia Hyer* as Maria Callas

Natalie Liccardello as First Soprano (Sophie)

Sylvia Stoner* as Second Soprano (Sharon)

Vigthor Zophoniasson as Tenor (Tony)

Tom Lancaster as Stagehand

and Tony Bernal as Accompanist (Manny)

*members of Actors’ Equity Association

Andy Parkhurst, Managing Director – Spinning Tree Theatre

Spinning Tree Theatre’s production of Terrence McNally’s “Master Class” with performances October 11 thru 28, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8:00 PM and Sunday at 2:00 PM. at the Crown Center Off Center Theatre (Level 3) 2450 Grand Blvd. KCMO. For more info: (816) 842-9999 or spinningtreetheatre.com

11:22

10. Maria Callas – “La Traviata, Act 1: “E’ Strano!…E’ Strano!””
from: Birth of a Diva – Legendary Early Recordings of Maria Callas / Warner/ Aug. 17, 2007

11:24 – Pledge Break #4

This is WMM’s Fall Fund Drive Show with special co-hosts: Betse Ellis, and Marion Merritt

Why listeners need to support of this one-of-a-kind, programming.

Case #4. KKFI keeps me culturally connected. Through both the great public affairs, news, and music programs on 90.1 FM, we can all be “in the loop” with all that is happening in the area and the world. Information and entertainment that is guided by a mission rather than a need to deliver consumers to advertisers.

KKFI’s daily Blues and Jazz Calendars let me know where LIVE music is being performed Today! While other stations may feature corporate owned and cloned programming, from national and regional media conglomerates and giant institutional systems, or commercial outlets, 90.1 FM KKFI is essentially owned by YOU the listener. Your investments, in your community airwaves, are what keep 90.1 alive. It is YOU we listen to, instead of advertisers selling breast enhancements, diet pills, or bad political campaign adverts.

Because of YOU, and your generous financial support, 90.1 FM KKFI is able to offer more locally produced programs than any other radio station, or broadcast or cable television outlet in the entire metro region.

No other station has a locally produced, weekly, LGBT Public Affairs Show.
No other station has a weekly Farsi language program.
No other station plays as much Blues or Jazz as KKFI.
No other station offers a weekly program hosted by atheists and skeptics.
No other station offers a weekly Eco program.
No other station offers weekly local theatre interviews.
No other station offers weekly New Age and Psychic information.
No other station offers as many weekly urban public affairs.

No other station gives you such unfiltered news programs like: Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman, Alternate Radio produced in Bolder, Counterspin, Free Speech Radio News, Worker Independent News and more.

No other station offers the diversity of music, whether it be reggae, rockabilly, americana, electronic, tejano, latin rock, southern soul, funk, world, native american, women’s music, blues, local hip hop, folk, jazz, chamber music, rock, and traditional.

No other station plays as much local music.
No other station welcomes as many guests into our studios each week.

It really is radio like you’ve never heard it before.
It really is a rare medium done well.

11:32 – Underwriting

11:33

11. Shearwater – “You As You Were”
from: Animal Joy / Sub Pop / Feb. 15, 2012

[Shearwater plays The Riot Room, next Tuesday night, with Cowboy Indian Bear]

12. Root and Stem – “Ruby”
from: Ruby / Polydor / May 1 2012
[KC based band made up of James Embry – Guitar/Vocals, Baird Williams – Guitar/Vocals, Cody Barrett – Bass, and Joel Shipley – Drums. Nominated for a Pitch Music Award for Best Americana/Bluegrass Band.]

[Root and Stem will play Czar Bar tonight! with Grayshot, and Sage & Sour]

11:40 – Pledge Break #5

This is WMM’s Fall Fund Drive Show with special co-hosts: Betse Ellis, and Marion Merritt

Why listeners need to support of this one-of-a-kind, programming.

Case #5. – KKFI offers 24-7 programming, and YOU (the listener), basically get all of this amazing programming for “free.” I, for one, love that I can turn on my radio, or computer device, and tune into the 90.1 FM 100,000 watt crystal clear signal, and hear the music, information, news, entertainment, calendar of events, and stories, that I really cannot find anywhere else. 90.1 is my comfort, my special companion, my diverse friend, introducing me to all kinds of new and local music, as well as the news and information without the intrusion of advertisers, and ratings. It is radio brought to YOU by real people, who create these shows a out of love, and are guided by KKFI’s noble mission that “seeks to stimulate, educate and entertain our audience, to reflect the diversity of the local and world community, and to provide a channel for individuals and groups, issues and music that have been overlooked, suppressed or under-represented by other media.”

Driving in your car, at the office, at the gym, in your garage, at CODA, in your cubicle, in your art space, on your ipod, at your construction site, in your kitchen, YOU can take 90.1 with you, as your companion. 90.1 FM is generally a good date. Good for a few laughs, fun to dance with, always interested in good conversation. Isn’t 90.1 FM KKFI worth a few dollars a day, or a week? So many people tune in to kkfi.org everyday, but studies show, that less than 10 percent actually donate to keep this miracle of broadcasting alive. Your support means that you will help bring this programming to folks who could not donate at this time, for what ever the reason.

This is your chance to put your money where your ears are. Please help keep at least this part of our public airwaves alive, for our public to enjoy, free from commercials, free from religious sermonizing, free from extremly conservative and slanted right wing “talk monsters,” and free from corporately owned and cloned robotic affiliates that play the same 15 songs everyday at the same time. YOU deserve better. YOU deserve radio that really reflects our great city, and tells the story of our great music scene, and performing arts scene, and labor rights, and women’s issues, and LBGT information, and programming specifically produced for Latinos and African Americans, and Farsi speaking Americans. Support the free-form spirit that is 90.1 FM KKFI! It really is radio like you’ve never heard it before. It really is a rare medium done well.

11:48

13. Ghosty – “This Wolf”
from: GHOSTY / More Famouser Records / April 17, 2012
[Andrew Connor, Mike Nolte an Bill Belzer who recorded their new album, themselves, over the last couple of years w/ help from David Wetzel, Josh Adams, Jake Blanton, Konnor Ervin, Ryan Connor, Kirsten Paludan, Dan Talmadge. Pressed on vinyl and available on LP and digital download. More info at ghostysounds.com.]

14. Amy Farrand – “How You Feelin’”
from: Amy Farrand (hearts) You / Independent / 2012
[Ernie Locke on harmonica. Recorded and mixed by Chris Meck.]

[Amy Farrand plays Czar Bar, Saturday night, October 13, with The Collide & Conquer Tour with Hunter Valentin and Queen Caveat.]

[Amy Farrand’s “Weirdo Wednesday Supper Club” happens every Wednesday night at Davey’s Uptown]

11:53 – Pledge Break #6

11:59:30

15. 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 and
kkfi.org

Show #442

WMM Playlist from: May 30, 2012

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

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Spirit is The Spirit + Philip Hooser’s “The Woman”
+ Chris Snipes & “My Friend Mott-ly”

1. Gossip – “Move in The Right Direction”
from: 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.]

2. The Quivers – “Shake Me”
from: (Single) / Independent / Mar. 5, 2012
[One of 4 single releases from Terra Peal- Vocals & Bass, Todd Grantham- Keys & Vocals, Abe Haddad- Guitar & Vocals, Bernie Dugan- Drums.]

[The Quivers play Davey’s Uptown Rambler’s Club, 3402 Main Street, with Dream Wolf and The B’Dinas, this Saturday June 2 starting at 9:30 pm.]

[The Quivers with Erik Voeks play the Third Friday Artwalk at Vinyl Renaissance on 39th St. on Friday, June 15, 2012 at 6:00 pm.]

[The Quiver play with The Soft Reeds, Ghosty, and Radkey at the RecordBar on Saturday, June 30, at 9:00pm]

3. She’s A Keeper – “Happiest Hat in the Hat Shop”
from: She’s A Keeper / Independent / 2011
[5-piece band from KC, is: Fritz Hutchison – vocals, banjo, percussion; Zac Jurden – vocals, guitar; Colin Nelson – vocals, guitar; Elliott Phillips – bass, mandolin; Kate Sopcich – cello, keyboard. Just recently release a live EP recorded at Midwestern Musical Co.]

[She’s a Keeper play Kauffman Stadium, Wed, June 6, before the KC Vs. Minnesota Twins game.]

10:15 – Interview with Philip Hooser & Heidi Van

“The Woman Performance” is being presented at The Fishtank Performance Studio, Friday, June 1 thru Monday, June 4. The show was conceived and performed by Philip blue owl Hooser who portrays nearly 100 characters, all women, with the help of quite a few hats. Heidi Van, winner of the 2012 Charlotte Street Performative Fellowship Award, serves as Director of this one man tribute to the original 1939 film, “The Women,”

Philip’s show was originally staged at Late Night Theatre in 2004. Philip talked about when he first discovered the film and first decided to interpret and pay tribute to this film.

The TCM one-line synopsis of the original 1939 film, “The Women” – A happily married woman lets her catty friends talk her into divorce when her husband strays.

The film was directed by George Cukor and based on Clare Boothe Luce’s play of the same name, and continued the play’s all-female tradition with the entire cast of more than 130 speaking roles as female. Set in the glamorous Manhattan apartments of high society.

The film was a success. It starred Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell, Paulette Goddard, Joan Fontaine, Butterfly McQueen, and Hedda Hopper. Crawford has one of her best roles as bitchy homewrecker.

The Fishtank, is at 1715 Wyandotte, (Crossroads) KCMO For ticket info visit: brownpapertickets.com/event/250176 or fishtanktheater.com, (816) 809-7110.

“The Woman Performance” runs Fri, June 1 – Mon, June 4, at The Fishtank, 1715 Wyandotte, KCMO. For ticket info visit: brownpapertickets.com/event/250176

10:29 – Underwriting

10:30

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

10:36 – Interview with Spirit Is The Spirit

The Lawrence based band, Spirit is The Spirit, with: “Pillows,” from “Secret Handshakes” a 12″ vinyl release with The Record Machine and Golden Sound Records bands. Since releasing their EP last year, Spirit is The Spirit, has been busy working on new music, making a video and planning to tour. This 6-piece band includes: Austen Malone, Noah Compo, Wayne Zimmerman, Josh Landau, Brook Partain, and Danny Bowersox are just hours away from their Kickstarter campaign to acquire a van to begin to tour across the country, and outer space!

Joining us from Spirit is The Spirit was: Josh Landau, Brook Partain, Danny Bowersox and Nathan Ruesch of The Record Machine.

The band was formed in 2010 in Lawrence, formerly known as Seafarer

“Mother Mountain” is the band’s self-released 5-song [EP] and was part of our 111 Best Recordings of 2011, The EP received critical acclaim from all of the local music press.

Their music has been described as ethereal, lavish, dreamy, supernal, soothing, radiant.

The band is currently working to release a debut full length recording later this year through The Record Machine. “Pillows” is one of the new songs.

The Kickstarter campaign to acquire a van to begin to tour across the country, and outer space! For info visit: kickstarter.com/projects/spiritisthespirit

Spirit is The Spirit play Czar, Saturday night, June 2, with Deep Sea Diver, Me Like Bees, Refero, show starts at 9:00 pm.

Secret Handshakes, the Record Store Day collaborative split 12-inch between TRM and Golden Sound Records. For your song “Pillows,” the band also created a music video.

Spirit is The Spirit play Czar, Sat, June 2, with Deep Sea Diver, Me Like Bees, Refero.

You can learn more at spiritisthespirit.bandcamp.com and their Kickstarter campaign to acquire a van to tour the country & outer space! kickstarter.com/projects/spiritisthespirit

10:51

5. Making Movies – “Cuna De Vida”
from: Aguardiente [EP] / The Record Machine / June 2012
[Making Movies are on tour, currently in Texas, the band plays The Bottleneck Lawrence, on Friday, June 1. The Recod Machine pressed a limited number of 7 inch vinyl, 4 song EP. The digital release is June 5. More info at makingmoviesband.com]

6. Regina Spektor – “Don’t Leave Me (Ne me quitte pas)”
from: What We Saw From The Cheap Seats / Sire / May 25 , 2012
[6th studio album from Russian–American alternative singer-songwriter Regina Spektor. On November 21, 2011, 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.]

7. Soft Reeds – “Funky Friends Breathe, OK”
from: Secret Handshakes/Golden Sound Records+The Record Machine(12” Split Release)/Apr. 21, 2012

[The Soft Reeds, play the RecordBar, Sat, June 30, with Ghosty, The Quivers, and Radkey.]
[Ben Grimes from Soft Reeds will be our guest on WMM on June 13]

11:00

8. Lower Dens – “Brains”
from: Nootropics / Ribbon / 2012
[Baltimore Mariland based band with Jana Hunter as lead singer.]

9. Tennis– “Origins”
from: Young & Old / Fat Possum / Feb 14, 2012
[The single from their 2nd full length released of the Denver based band was produced by Patrick Carney of The Black Keys for the indie pop band from Denver made up of husband-and-wife duo Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley. The couple met each other while studying philosophy in college, and started the band after they got back from a seven-month sailing expedition down the Eastern Atlantic Seaboard.]

10. Caul – “A Clear Eye Loves The Shadows As Well”
from: Let The Stars Assume The Whole of The Night / Hypnos / March 29 2012
[the 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. This release came out this year and Caul is already working on his next two releases. Caul’s music is used in the film “My Friend Mott-ly.”]

11:15 – Interview with Chris Snipes

Chris Snipes is Director of the film, “My Friend Mott-ly” which is making its premiere, Saturday, June 2, at 6:30 pm, at The Screenland Crossroads, 1656 Washington, in KCMO. “My Friend Mott-ly” is a testament about the life of KC artist Lee Tisdale, a.k.a. Mott-ly. The film chronicles his life and the impact he had on those who knew him, in the Kansas City art/punk scene in the late 80s/early 90s, and as an art pioneer who opened one of the first galleries in the Crossroads.

Chris Snipes talked about how he started to actually make this film.

Grafitti: “Mott-ly has one leg” was for many years, spray painted on the building that is now the home of the Bloch Art Space of the Art Institute near 43rd and Walnut.

Mott-ly was known for his amazing Zines like: “Corn Rage”

Tom Deatherage of The Late Show is one of the people in your film telling their stories about Mott-Ly, along with family members and close friends.

Chris’ film, “My Friend Mott-ly” is making it’s premiere, Saturday, June 2, at 6:30 pm, at The Screenland Crossroads, 1656 Washington, in KCMO. For info visit: screenland.com/crossroads

11:29 – Underwriting

11:31

11. Here We Go Magic – “How Do I Know”
from: A Different Ship / Secretly Canadian / May 8, 2012
[5-piece band based in Brooklyn NYC fronted by Luke Temple.]

12. John Velghe – “Always a Friend”
from: Bindle Songs / released 27 April 2011
[This is the 1st of a few recordings John is doong called “Bindle Songs” (songs played on tiny instruments). Not all toy instruments, but small instruments that you can carry on your person, in your backpack or in a bindle. John recently got a ukelele and learned three-and-a-half chords on it. He wanted to learn a little bit more about how to record it so I recorded this version of “Always a Friend” by his friend Alejandro Escovedo. Written by Alejandro Escovedo and Chuck Prophet. Arrangement, and all instruments by John Velghe.]

13. 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.]

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14. Joel Kraft – “Big Ideas”
from: Big Ideas / Blinking Lights / 2006
[Joel Kraft will be visiting from Portland Oregon this month. He will be performing in a house concert on Saturday, June 10 from 3 to 6 PM at 5148 Baltimore just next to Visitation School. Call Marty at 816-333-5663, For more info on Joel’s music you can visit joelkraft.net]

15. Destroyer – “Blue Eues”
from: Kaputt / Merge / Jan. 25, 2011
[9th album from the Canadian indie rock band fronted by singer-songwriter Dan Bejar (pronounced /ˈbeɪhɑr/) a singer-songwriter from Vancouver who formed Destroyer in 1995. Bejar is also a member of the supergroup: The New Pornographers.]

[Destroyer plays The Granda in Lawrence, Sunday, June 10 at 9:00 pm]

16. Junkyard Empire – “The Oldest Thing You Know”
from: The Oldest Thing You Know / Media Roots / 2012
[5-piece band that plays political hip-hop/rock/jazz/dark electronics, based out of St. Paul Minnesota.]

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

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

Show #423

WMM Playlist from February 29, 2012

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

Wednesday, February 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. ]

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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.]

11:26

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

WMM Playlist from February 8, 2012

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

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10:55

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

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

11:00 – Station ID

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

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

11:14

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

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

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

11:33

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 #407

Thanks for listening!

#390 – October 12, 2011 Playlist

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

Wednesday, October 12, 2011:

The Midcoast Sound
The 90.1 FM Fall Fund Drive Show.

“The Midcoast Sound” featured songs from 11 of the best KC & Lawrence area bands, plus 7 tracks from nationally touring artists, all of them will be in concert, in the area, in the next few days and weeks. If you appreciate Wednesday MidDay Medley and our in-depth surveys of the local music scene, please show your support. You can also visit us online at kkfi.org to donate to support this program and 90.1 FM – Kansas City Community Radio.

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

Joining Mark for 90.1 FM – Fall Fund Drive Show:

Bess Wallerstein comes to us from the Kauffman Center for The Performing Arts. Bess has worked in the KC Theatre as an artist, administrator, producer & teacher. She has worked for The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival and for Theatre League. In 2005, she founded One Time Productions with KC visual artist, Johnny Naugahyde. In 2008, she directed True West by Sam Shepard in an airstream trailer outside in a backyard in Brookside. In 2009 she directed the KC Premiere of Arts or Crafts, at the Bloch Art Center, in collaboration with The Kansas City Art Institute. She is the founder of CounterClockwise Comedy, an experimental comedy group which performs comedy shows and live comedy movie roasts at Screenland Theatre. Last winter Bess also was a performer in “A White Nose Christmas” a show she created with David Wayne Reed and Heidi Van for The Fishtank Performance Space. The trio will be creating a new show this fall called: “Baby Bump.”

Philip ‘blue owl’ Hooser is an actor, playwright, director, and dramaturgical speaker, a published poet, columnist, and sometimes theatrical reviewer. He recently directed “Jet Propulsion” on the Unicorn Theatre’s Jerome Stage, for the KC Fringe Festival. Philip’s writing was included in the “America Now & Here” Exhibit at the Leedy Art Space. Philip’s plays include: Loving Lucy, Coyote Mischief Tales, and Dottie: A Story of Dorothy Parker. He has appeared onstage in over 100 shows working at the Coterie Theatre, Late Night Theatre, Gorilla Theatre, Mystery Train Theatre, Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, The Unicorn Theatre and The Fishtank where he recently performed as an actor in the new plays: “Discernment” and “Prop 8 On Trial.” He has worked as a Teaching Artist for Coterie Theatre, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Heart of America Shakespeare Festival. Philip is a regular speaker for the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival and a regular host of the Mid America Freedom Band Concerts. And he has been an integral voice performer on WMM’s special presentations of: “The He Touched Me Gospel Hour.” Philip ‘blue owl’ Hooser is also creator and curator of “Eat Their Words,” a series that is presented regularly at The Fishtank Performance Space and Prospero’s Books. On Friday, October 22, Eat Their Words returns to The Fishtank for another show.

Bill Sundahl is the founder of Spice of Life Productions which has presented multiple vaudvillian-variety performances billed as “The Donkey Show.” He is also the founder of The Crossroads Music Festival that celebrates and gives venue to the many incredible Kansas City, Lawrence and area bands. Bill Sundahl a musician and singer and songwriter who was part of the Pitch Music Award winning band It’s Over that ended in 2009. His new band The Columns have become part of the local music scene with many local performances and the release of their 2010 EP “The Columns.” The Columns are currently working on a new full-length release and will be in concert, as a three piece, on Friday, October 21 at The Record bar at 7:00 PM.

10:11

2. Soft Reeds – “Brave New World”
from: Soft Reeds Are Bastards / The Record Machine / 2010
[new project from former Golden Republic frontman Ben Grimes. For more information: therecordmachine.net The Soft Reeds play The Brick, Saturday October 15 with Minden and Deadringers]

3. The Empty Spaces – “Mind Over Matter”
from: Low Noise / Golden Sounds / 2011
[Mat Shoare’s side project when he is not busy doing solo work and working with his other band everyday/everynight. The Empty Spaces play the Record Bar, 1020 Westport Rd. on Friday October 15 at 9:30, with Vehicles, The Vi Tran Band, and David George]

4. Wye Oak – “Civilian”
from: Civilian / Merge Records / March 8, 2011
[Indie folk rock duo from Baltimore, Maryland, will open for explosions in the Sky, tonight, October 12, at The Uptown Theatre.]

10:20 – Pledge Break #2
10:27

5. Greg Brown – “Someday House”
from: Freak Flag / Yep Roc Records / May 10, 2011
[Greg Brown will be in concert in a rare KC performance with his wife Iris Dement, on 11-11-11 at The Folly Theatre to honor and benefit United Inner City Services home of St. Mark Child and Family Development Center. For info you can call 816-994-5400 or visit: irisandgregbenefitconcert.com.]

6. The Low Anthem – “Charlie Darwin”
from: Oh My God, Charlie Darwin / Nonesuch / June 9, 2009 Reissue
[Orig. released 2008]

10:34 – Interview with Jeremy Lillig

Jeremy Lillig is a playwright & actor & co founder of The Doozers Theatre Project. He is a Resident Artist of The Fishtank Theatre, where he appeared in “Descernment” written by Damian Torres-Botello. Jeremy is Director of Marketing & Public Relations for The Friends of Chamber Music who present “The Darwin Project” a piece he co-wrote with Nancy Cervetti, Ph.D. and which is presented by The Friends of Chamber Music, this Friday, October 14, at Helzberg Hall, at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. More info at chambermusic.org.

The world premiere of The Darwin Project kicks off The Friends of Chamber Music’s 2011-2012 season, a multi-media concert explores the life of Charles Darwin and the theory that changed our view of life. Renowned actors; beautiful classical music performed by string quartet, solo piano, and chamber choir; historical images and original photography from leading field biologists bring Darwin’s story to life in this dynamic original event.

Scientific consultation by: Robert Powell, Ph.D., William Ashworth, Ph.D., Bruce Bradley

Produced by: The Friends of Chamber Music; Cynthia Siebert, president
Co-presented by: Friends of Chamber Music & Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Directed by: Kyle Hatley, Associate Artistic Director, Kansas City Repertory Theatre
Starring: Gary Neal Johnson as Charles Darwin and Kathleen Warfel as Emma Darwin
Narrated by: Cinnamon Schultz
Featuring: the Daedalus String Quartet, Alon Goldstein, piano, Kansas City Collegium Vocale, directed by Ryan Board, DMA

Original Nature Photography by: John Hess, Ph.D.

“The Darwin Project” presented by The Friends of Chamber Music, premieres this Friday, October 14, at Helzberg Hall, at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, MO. More info at chambermusic.org

10:45

7. Sara Swenson – “Snow”
from: All Thinks Big and Small / Independent / 2010
[Kansas City Based singer songwriter Sara Swenson, is a full time High School teacher at Platte County High School in Platte City. She teaches English and Journalism , this is her 8th year of teaching. This is her follow up to her 2009 critically acclaimed selt titled debut. Sara Swensom plays The Record Bar, Saturday, October 15, at 7:00 PM]

8. Hearts of Darkness – “Come Forward”
from: Studio Dailies / unreleased recording from sessions for new album / April 6, 2011 [Thank you Bobby Asher.]

9. The Black Angels – “Telephone”
from: Phosphene Dream / Blue Horizon Records / Sept. 14 2010
[3rd Album of Psychedelic rock from Austin, Texas band formed in 2004. The band’s name comes from “The Black Angel’s Death Song” from The Velvet Underground. The Black Angels play The Bottleneck, in Lawrence, this Saturday, October 15.]

10:51 – Pledge Break #3

10:58 – Station ID

10. The Grisly Hand – “Roll On. Little One”
from: Safe House [EP] / Independent / November 2, 2010
[The Grisly Hand are: Jimmy Fitzner, Johnny Nichols, Chas Snyder, Lauren Krum, Ben Summers, Mike Tuley & Kian Byrne. Winners of a 2010 Pitch Music Award. The entire band climbed into our studios and performed live on our Nov. 10 2010 show. Safe House was released on vinyl. For more info: myspace.com/thegrislyhand.]

11:01

11. Grand Marquis – “Hold On To Me”
from: Hold On To Me / Grand Marquis Music / 2010
[The 5th CD from Bryan Redmond – saxophones, vocals / Chad Boydston – trumpet / Ryan Wurtz – guitar / Ben Ruth – upright bass, sousaphone / Lisa McKenzie – drums, washboard, marimba. The Band plays the R Bar this Friday October 14. More info at grandmarquis.net or extravirginkc.com]

11:04 – Pledge Break #4

11:11

12. Iris DeMent -“Wasteland of The Free”
from: The Way I Should / Warner Brothers / 1996
[Produced by Randy Scruggs] [Iris DeMent will be in concert in a rare KC performance with her husband Greg Brown, on 11-11-11 at The Folly Theatre to honor and benefit United Inner City Services home of St. Mark Child and Family Development Center. For info 816-994-5400 or visit: irisandgregbenefitconcert.com.]

13. Judy Ancel – “Excerpt of Speech from Occupy KC Rally 10/9/11”
Judy Ancel is Director of the Institute for Labor Studies and Host and producer of The Heartland Labor Forum, heard every Thursday Evening at 6:00 PM on 90.1 FM KKFI.

The movement known as “Occupy Wall Street” has spread far beyond its starting point in lower Manhattan and now has offshoots in 25 cities nationwide, from D.C. to Alabama to Portland, to Topeka. Demonstrators are protesting everything from corporate greed to joblessness to economic inequality. Occupy KC has set up a site at 1 Memorial Drive, in an amazing location just south of Liberty Memorial, just West of The Federal Reserve Bank, and just east of the public art installation, created by artist, John Salvest that is titled IOU/USA.

Occupy Wall Street began as a call to march against economic policy in the U.S., particularly in regard to Big Business collusion with government and funding in politics. The failure elected leaders to bring to justice those who are responsible for the economic crisis. The Occupy Wall Street movement stands behind a call to the 99%, those of us who are not among the wealthiest 1% of our nation who wield political and financial power in the U.S, are now standing and demanding to be heard.

Occupy Kansas City stands in Solidarity with those Occupying in NYC at Liberty Park. The diversity of those occupying is the strength. We are all the 99%. We are proud to come together to voice our dissatisfaction and demand accountability, no matter the difference of our political backgrounds, heritage, and personal choices. As individuals we come together, for our strength is in our numbers.

The unemployment rate in the U.S. is at 9.1% and in Kansas City it is 8.5%. (http://bls.gov/web/metro/laummtrk.htm)

Memorial Drive (Outside the Federal Reserve of KC), In Penn Vally Park, KCMO. In solidarity with #OccupyWallStreet, and #EndtheMachine (www.occupywallst.org and http://www.october2011.org)

More info at: OCCUPYKC.COM

11:23

14. Mavis Staples – “Turn Me Around”
from: We’ll Never Turn Back / Anti / April 24, 2007
[Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Mavis Staples, of The Staple Singers, is a celebrated equal rights activist. She’s performed at inaugural parties for Presidents Kennedy, Carter and Clinton, The record is filled with freedom songs. Mavis Staples, who marched and sang and protested alongside Dr. Martin Luther King during the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, saw her sense of hope validated on Nov. 4th, 2008 when Barrack Obama was elected President. Mavis Staples plays Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Thursday, December 8, 2011. More Info at: kauffmancenter.org or 816-994-7222.]

11:27 – Pledge Break #5

11:35

15. Shay Estes & Trio All – “Day In / Day Out”
from: Despite Your Destination / Independent / 2009
[Shay Estes and Zack Albetta on drums, Mark Lowrey on piano, and Ben Leifer on Bass. Shay Estes will be performing with & Mark Lowrey]

16. Mike Doughty – “Russell”
from: Yes and Also Yes / Snack Bar / Aug 29, 2011
[He led the band Soul Coughing though the 1990s and in the past decade embarked on his solo career. Mike Doughty & His Band Fantastic play The Bottleneck in Lawrence on Sunday, Oct, 30. with Moon Hooch. Pipeline Productions.]

17. They Might Be Giants – “Old Pine Box”
from: Join Us / Idlewild Recordings / July 19, 2011
[15th studio album and the first non-children’s album from the band since “The Else” in 2007. They Might Be Giants play the Beaumont Club in Westport this Friday, October 14. Mammoth Productions.]

11:40 – Pledge Break #6

10:47

18. Blind Pilot – “We Are The Tide”
from: We Are The Tide / Expunged Records / Sept. 13, 2011
[2nd studio album from the Portland, Oregon indie group who will open for Brett Dennen at The Beaumont Club, this Friday, October 14. Mammoth Productions]

11:50

19. The Columns – “Allies”
from: The Columns / Split Oak Records / 2010
[The Columns played live on our March 31, 2010 show. The Columns are: Bill Sundahl, Andy Money, Nick Howell, Matt Richey & Sarah Carpenter. The band will be in concert, as a three piece, on Friday, October 21 at The Record bar at 7:00 PM.]

11:53 – Pledge Break #7

Thanks to all who donated to 90.1 FM – Kansas City Community Radio during Wednesday MidDay Medley! A Big thanks to Bess Wallerstein, Philip Hooser, Bill Sundahl, Maria Vasquez Boyd, Jeremy Lillig, Rev. Sam Mann, Howard Eisberg, Chris Haghirian, Mammoth Entertainment, Pipeline Productions, Jim “The Blind Guy”, Eleven Productions, Friends of Chamber Music, The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, St. Mark – Early Childhood & Development Center, You Say Tomato, Susan Haslam, Sebra Scrogum, Bruno, Warren Maus & Bill Clause for your help in making our Fund Drive show successful!

11:59:30

20. 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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