WMM Playlist from July 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, July 24, 2013

Hot Summer Vinyl!
+ Philip Hooser & The KC Fringe Festival
+ 3 Son Green + The Record Machine Summer Showcase

1. Akkilles – “Waking Up” (Vinyl)
from: Something You’d Say / Akkilles / July 2, 2013
[Singer/songwriter David Bennett formed the KC based band Akkilles in 2011. David has been recording and performing with a collective of his friends and fellow musicians. Akkilles includes David Bennett on lead vocalsm guitar; Isaac Anderson, on drums; Rachel Pollock on violin, piano, percussion, & vocals; Nick Pick on Bass & vocals; Jeff Larison on lead guitar & dobro. David Bennett & Issac Anderson joined us on 6/26] [Akkilles has been nominated for a Pitch Music Award for Best Emerging Band]

2. PedalJets – “Riverview” (Vinyl)
from: What’s In Between / Electric Moth Records / June 25, 2013
[This song was released last Dec. as a 7′ green vinyl single. Now included on The Pedaljets first album of new material in 23 years. Paul Malinowski (Vocals, Guitar), Rob Morrow (Drums, Vocals), Mike Allmayer (Guitar, Vocals), Matt Kesler (Bass, Vocals). Produced by The Pedaljets and Paul Malinoski. The albums photos & design are from artist Archer Prewitt of the bands: the Sea and Cake and The Coctails. More info: thepedaljets.com]

[The Pedaljets play Austin, Texas, Friday, July 26th at Club De Ville.]

10:09

3. Bloodbirds – “Divorce Sea” (Vinyl)
from: Psychic Surgery / Independent / April 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. Rcorded by Kirk Kaufman and Mike Tuley. Mixed by Mike Tuley.]
[Bloodbirds have been nominated for a Pitch Music Award for Best Garage Band.

10:13 – Underwriting

4. Radkey – “Pretty Things” (Vinyl)
from: Cat & Mouse – EP / Wreckroom / June 4, 2013
[Radkey is a St. Joesph based band made up of three teenage brothers Darrion, Isaiah, and Solomon. Their influences include The Who and Nirvana. Thank you to Robert Moore for loaning me your vinyl. Radkey has been nominated for a Pitch Music Award for Best Live Act.]

[Radkey plays The Power & Light Distict KC Live Stage with Silversun Pickups Tuesday, July 30.]

5. The ACB’s – “Television” (Vinyl)
from: Little Leaves / High Dive Records / March 5, 2013
[Konnor Ervin, Bryan McGuire, Andrew Connor, and Kyle Rausch are The ACB’s. This week the band is releasing their new full length: “Little Leaves,” from High Dive Records. After five years of being nominated, The ACB’s won the 2012 Pitch Music Award for Best Pop Band. Their songs have been featured on MTV’s The Inbetweeners, and on Daytrotter. Their lead single, “Ocean,” released in late 2012, moved Popmatters to declare The ACB’s as one of its “Best Hopes to Break Out in 2013.” The ACB’s were our guests on Feb. 27. The ACB’s have been nominated for a Pitch Music Award for Best Pop Band.]

6. SSION – “Growin” (Vinyl)
from: Bent / Dovecote Records / September 18, 2012
[Written by Cody Critcheloe, produced by J. Ashley Miller. SSION, (pronounced “shun”) was formed in 1996, in Kansas City, by multi-talented vocalist, visual artist, musician, performance artist, music video director, Cody Critcheloe. SSION, have been known for their extravagant live shows and amazingly crerative and hilarious videos. SSION has toured with Gossip, Fischerspooner, CSS, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Cody Critcheloe has served as Music Video Director music videos from Santigold, CSS, Peaches, Gossip, and Tilly & the Wall. Ssion recently toured doing shows in San Francisco, Arizona, Texas, New Orleans, Atlanta, DC, Baltimore, Brooklyn.]

10:15 – Interview with Philip Hooser, Jack Philips, Patrick Rippeto & Tafik Muhammad

Playwright, Actor, Director – Philip Hooser joins us to talk about this year’s Kansas City Fringe Festival and the show he directed: EXTENDED 4PLAY containing four plays by Frank Higgins, Michael Ruth, Nicholas Sawin and Jack Phillips, playing at The Unicorn Theatre, 3828 Main St. KCMO, with final performances: Wednesday, July 24 at 6:30 pm; Thursday, July 25 at 9:30 pm; and Friday, July 26 @ 8:00 pm. More info at: kcfringe.org

Joining Philip on the show was: Jack Philips (playwright of Future Perfect and producer), Patrick Rippeto (actor and bass in band Attic Light) and Tafik Muhammad (actor in final role in KC before LA).

EXTENDED 4PLAY

UNICORN THEATER 3828 Main St. Kansas City, MO 64111
Mature Audiences (60 min) $10 (Fringe Button required)

Friday July 19 @ 9:30 pm Saturday July 20 @ 8:00 pm
Monday July 22 @ 6:30 pm; Wednesday July 24 @ 6:30 pm
Thursday July 25 @ 9:30 pm; Friday July 26 @ 8:00 pm

“Peggy” by Michael Ruth
Cassie is looking for a one-night stand. Josh is hoping for something more. But then Cassie meets Josh’s friend Peggy, and all expectations are changed. Cassie needs to decide: how deep is she willing to go?

“Future Perfect” by Jack Phillips
Billy and Pat are in love. Before popping the question, Billy wants to discuss the past. Pat is leery. Billy plunges ahead and they find themselves with a serious problem.

“Górecki in Silence” by Nicholas Sawin
Geoff likes playing Super Mario Brothers music on his accordion. Mikołaj likes listening to Górecki’s Symphony No. 3 on his stereo. Geoff likes having loud sex with Dawn. Mikołaj doesn’t like listening to Geoff having loud sex with Dawn. One night, Mikołaj blasts his favorite record until Geoff comes up to silence the music. These housemates may soon discover that true communication occurs in the spaces between sounds.

“KOKO’s ACHILLES’ HEEL” by Frank Higgins.– Koko, the most intelligent gorilla in the world, knows everything about everything…except love; but when she decides to learn first hand about love, and finds a gorilla that she’s attracted to, what exactly is she about to learn?

EXTENDED 4PLAY containing four plays by Frank Higgins, Michael Ruth, Nicholas Sawin and Jack Phillips, playing at The Unicorn Theatre, 3828 Main St. KCMO, with final performances: Wednesday, July 24 at 6:30 pm; Thursday, July 25 at 9:30 pm; and Friday, July 26 @ 8:00 pm. More info at: kcfringe.org

10:45

7. Cowboy Indian Bear – “I Want A Stranger’s Heart” (Vinyl)
from: Live Old, Die Young / The Record Machine / April 23, 2013
[Released on White Vinyl! 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. Cowboy Indian Bear has been nominated for a Pitch Music Award for Best Live Act.]

8. Schwervon! – “Truth Teller” (Vinyl)
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. Last year they opened for both The Vaselines and Belle & Sebastian. They recorded Courage with Memphis-based engineer Doug Easley who has worked with Pavement, Sonic Youth, Cat Power. In a gross oversight, Schwervon! was not nominated for a Pitch Music Award.]

[Schwervon! play CODA, Sat, July 27, w/ Christopher the Conqueror, H.D. Harmsen, and the Quivers]

9. Ghosty – “TAKE” (Vinyl)
from: GHOSTY / More Famouser Records / April 17, 2012
[3rd full length release from Lawrence and KC area band. Ghosty is Andrew Connor, Mike Nolte an Bill Belzer who recorded their new album themselves over the last couple of years with help from David Wetzel, Josh Adams, Jake Blanton, Konnor Ervin, Ryan Connor, Kirsten Paludan, and Dan Talmadge. The new release was pressed on vinyl and available on LP and digital download. More info at ghostysounds.com. Ghosty is currently touring with Making Movies, playing Brooklyn on Saturday night. Ghosty has been nominated for a Pitch Music Award for Best Pop Band ]

10. LAZY – “Party City” (Vinyl)
from: 7″ Single w/ Silence in Crisis & Boys in The Bathroom (45 RPM)/ Moniker Records / Aug 23, 2012 [Limited Edition 300 Copies] [Featured on the bands full length release Obsession which will be available on vinyl August 6 on Moniker records out of Chicago. Recorded by Ashley Miller, Mixed by Ashley Miller and LAZY, Mastered by Ashley Miller. LAZY includes: Brock Potucek, Zach Vanbenthuzen, Sarica Douglas, Billy Belzer. Lazy has been nominated for a Pitch Music Award for best Garage Band.]

11:00 – Station ID

11. The Grisly Hand – “Black Coffee” (Vinyl)
from: 7” Single – Western Avenue & Black Coffee (45 RPM) / Independent / February 1, 2012
[The Grisly Hand released their new full length recording this year. Jimmy Fitzner (Guitar & Vocals), Lauren Krum (Vocals & Percussion), Johnny Nichols (Bass & Vocals), Matt Richey (Drums), Mike Stover (Steel Guitar), and Ben Summers (Guitar & Mandolin). The Grisly Hand have been nominated for a Pitch Music Award for Best Americana / Bluegrass Band.]

[The Grisly Hand play Knuckleheads Saturday, July 26, with Al Scorch.]

12. The Caves – “No Boss” (Vinyl)
from: Duplexiaville / Golden Sound Records / Nov. 24, 2012
[KC based: Andrew Ashby on Guitar & Voice, David Gaumé on Bass, Elizabeth Bohannon on Keyboards, Percussion & Voice, Jake Cardwell on Drums & Percussion. The Caves have been nominated for a Pitch Music Award for Best Rock Band]

13. 3 Son Green – “Redbird”
from: Redbird / Independent / Saturday, July 27, 2013
[Formed in 2007 with Jamie Anderson on Guitar & Vocals, Evan Carlson on Guitar & Vocals, Steven Pearson on Drums, and Trey Green on Bass & Vocals. More info at 3songreen.com]

[3 Son Green play a CD Release Show, July 27, at 9pm, at Californos in Westport w/ Shedding Watts.]

11:15 – Interview with Jamie Anderson, Evan Carlson, Steven Pearson, and Trey Green

The KC based band, 3 Son Green, was formed in 2007 with Jamie Anderson on Guitar & Vocals, Evan Carlson on Guitar & Vocals, Steven Pearson on Drums, and Trey Green on Bass & Vocals. 3 Son Green join us to discuss their debut recording, “Redbird” and their CD Release Show, July 27, at 9:00 pm at Californos in Westport with Shedding Watts.

More info at 3songreen.com

11:29 – Underwriting

11:30 – National Vinyl

14. John Vanderslice – “How The West Was Won” (Vinyl)
from: Dagger Beach / Tiny Telephone / June 11, 2013
[John Vanderslice launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the recording and distribution of his 9th full length recording of original songs. For Kickstarter donors he also recorded a limited edition vinyl recording: Vanderslice Plays Diamond Dogs. We will bring you some of these tracks on vinyl on future WMM shows.]

15. The Postal Service – “The District Sleeps Alone Tonight” (Vinyl) from: Give Up (Deluxe 10th Anniversary) (3 record set) / Sub Pop / April 9, 2013
[It’s been a decade since The Postal Service released “Give Up” Feb, 2003. The indie classic recently went platinum! Sub Pop is released a deluxe, 10th anniversary reissue featuring 15 bonus tracks, including covers by The Shins and Iron & Wine, and two brand new Postal Service songs, “Turn Around” and “A Tattered Line of String.” The Postal Service are currently on tour with Ben Gibbard, Jimmy Tamberello with Jenny Lewis.]

[The Postal Service play The Midland Theatre: Tues, July 30 and Wed, July 31 with Mates of State.]

16. Monophonics – “There’s A Riot Going On” (Vinyl)
from: 7″ Single w/ High Off You Love (45 RPM) / Ubiquity Records / 2012
[Included on full length release “In Your Brain.” Bay area Psychdelic Soul, 6-piece band formed in 2005]

11:44 – The Record Machine Summer Showcase

17. Palace – “I’m Still Learning”
from: Summer Don’t You Dare / The Record Machine / July 27, 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 plays The Record Machine Summer Showcase, Saturday, July 27, at Czar Bar, 1531 Grand Blvd., Kansas City. with Spirit Is the Spirit, and Volcanos.]

18. Spirit is the Spirit – “Pillows” (Vinyl)
from: Secret Handshakes/Golden Sound Records+The Record Machine(12″ Split Release)/Apr. 21, 2012
[Folk-psychedelic-rock from Lawrence, Kansas. Austen Malone, Noah Compo, Wayne Zimmerman, Josh Landau, Brook Partain, Danny Bowersox. “a Lawrence band with a cosmic hippie vibe plus horns (trumpet, trombone), lots of percussion and supernal vocal harmonies”- Tim Finn. Included on Baktun Baby [EP] released March 26, 2013, from Lawrence, Kansas based 5-piece band known for their beautiful Psychedelic-Folk-Rock sound. Members include: Austen Malone, Noah Compo, Josh Landau, Brook Partain, Danny Bowersox]

[Spirit Is the Spirit plays The Record Machine Summer Showcase, Saturday, July 27, at Czar Bar, 1531 Grand Blvd., KCMO, with Palace, and Volcanos.]

11:59:30

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

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WMM Playlist from: March 13, 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 13, 2013

Local & New Releases +
Tommy Donoho, Christian Hankel & The HomeGuard Festival!

1. David Bowie – “Dancing Out In Space”
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.”]

2. David Bowie – “I’ll Take You There (Bonus Track)”
from: The Next Day (Deluxe Version) / ISO Records – Columbia / March 12, 2013

3. 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.]

[Tommy Donoho, the singer/songwriter behind Kansas City’s Dollar Fox will open a special intimate house concert featuring Sam Baker Thursday, March 14, the first night of the HomeGuard Festival.]

4. The Blackbird Revue – “When You Are Mine”
from: Glow / Independent / February 23, 2013
[Produced by Don Chaffer & Jacob Prestidge. All songs by Jacob Prestige. Recorded at The Conductor Studio, Nashville, TN.]

[The Blackbird Revue play The HomeGuard Festival VIP Party]

10:16 – 3 bands playing in the HomeGuard Festival, Friday, March 15, at the recordBar.

5. Molly Picture Club – “Bomb Inside Your Head”
from: Molly Picture Club / Independent / March 3, 2012
[The power trio of Molly Picture Club are: Aniko Adany: vocals, plays synthesizers, keyboards, & the omnichord; Matthew Hayden: drums, & drum sequencing; and Michael Tipton: vocals, guitar, & bass. The album was mixed & mastered by Duane Trower at Weights & Measures Soundlab in KC.]

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

7. Be/Non – “Yoko’s Alright”
from: Midwestern Audio Vol. 1 / Midwest Music Foundation / September 23, 2012
[Brodie Rush – VOX, GUITAR, SYNTH, Ben Ruth – BASS, VOX, SYNTH, Ryan Shank – DRUMS, IPOD, SEX APPEAL, “yeahs” and “bom-bom-boms.” To be included in their new release coming soon!]

10:30 – Underwriting

10:30 – Interview with Tommy Donoho & Christian Hankel

The HomeGuard Festival
, is a 3-day celebration of KC music and culture, sponsored by Folk Alliance International and The Pitch. HomeGuard brings Sam Baker to town on March 14, features a local music showcase on Mar. 15, and special guests on Mar. 16. More info at homeguardfestival.com

Since 2009 Tommy Donoho has been a singer guitarist songwriter for the band Dollar Fox. In 2010 he also became the lead guitarist for The Hillary Watts Riot. In 2011 he co-founded Money Wolf Music a new Kansas City record label that has released music from alacartoona, The Rumblejetts, Hillary Watts Riot, The Peculiar Pretzelmen, and more. Tommy also performs as a solo artist.

Christian Hankel has been a guest on this radio show representing his early 1990s band Mongol Beach Party and his current bands alacartoona, and Hillary Watts Riot. Christian is a composer, singer, bassist, actor, playwright, producer, programmer, dad, and organizer. Christian has been a co-creator of original theatrical performance pieces “The Oil Boiler” staged at The Living Room, and the 2009 film “The Night is the Mirror.” Christian was seen in last year’s Fringe Festival in Sexing Hitler, and is a founder of the performance collective The Monocle.

Tommy Donoho & Christian Hankel talked about The HomeGuard Festival, a 3-day celebration of KC music and culture, sponsored by Folk Alliance International and The Pitch.

This seems to have evolved from last year’s SXSW trafficway Festival?

Over 50 local bands have left town to make their way through the crowns of Austin’s annual SXSW Music Festival. Does if feel lonely here in KC?

On day 2 of the HomeGuard Festival, on Friday, March 15 at the recordBar starting at 6:00: Nuthatch 47, M. Incroyable, Rumblejetts, Molly Picture Club, Dream Wolf, Be/Non

On day 1 of The HomeGuard Festival, on Thursday, March 14, singer/songwriter Sam Baker will be playing a special intimate house concert. Christian discussed how it was his girlfriend Catherine Tronnes who introduced him to the music of Sam Baker. Catherine then called Sam Baker on the phone to ask him if he would come to KC.

Sam Baker is working on a new full-length recording to be released this year.

10:38

8. Sam Baker – “cOTTON”
from: Cotton / Music Road / July 7, 2006
[Part of the Mercy Trilogy of recordings that included his 2004 release: Mercy, his 2007 release: Pretty World]

[Sam Baker plays an intimate house concert, Thurs, Mar. 14, the 1st night of the HomeGuard Festival.]

10:42

Christian talked about how the Folk Alliance International is relocating to Kansas City. and The Pitch?

Tommy discussed how Money Wolf Music came to be, and how this year they will be releasing their 20th recording.

In the last 5 years we’ve seen the development of The Record Machine, Golden Sound Records, Money Wolf Music, Sharp County Records, Saunders Street Records, High Dive Records. Area bands are taking control of their own destiny. It is a whole new world.

Tommy discussed the upcoming Money Wolf Music MWR014 vinyl release series. The Peculiar Pretzelmen, Jason Beers, The Hillary Watts Riot, Kevin Seconds, Dead Ven. There will probably be less than 20 of any of these albums pressed and then they’re gone for good.

10:49

9. The Peculiar Pretzelmen – “Howlin’ Gale”
from: A-side of 45′ vinyl single / Money Wolf Music / Net yet released
[This super exclusive Peculiar Pretzelmen track will be released as part of an ongoing series of super exclusive and limited vinyl releases under the MWR014 catalog number. This track will be the A-side of MWR014.1. The flip side will feature a new song by Jason Beers. This will be an endless resource of unique music featuring Money Wolf Music artists with most of the albums having only a handful of pressings.]

10:52

Tommy Donoho & Christian Hankel discussed The HomeGuard Festival, a 3-day celebration of KC music and culture, sponsored by Folk Alliance International and The Pitch. More info at homeguardfestival.com.

Day 1 of The HomeGuard Festival, on Thursday, March 14, singer/songwriter Sam Baker will be playing a special intimate house concert.

Day 2 of the HomeGuard Festival, on Friday, March 15 at the recordBar starting at 6:00, with: Nuthatch 47, M. Incroyable, Rumblejetts, Molly Picture Club, Dream Wolf, Be/Non.

Day 3 of the HomeGuard Festival, on Saturday, March 16 at Midwestern Musical Co., 1830 Locust in the Crossroads for the HomeGuard Wrap Party. Doors open to the public at 8:00. Featuring: M. Incroyable, Patrick Deveny, Terrence Moore (Silver Maggies) will perform a singer/songwriter duel.

The Blackbird Revue plays The HomeGuard Festival VIP Party

More info at homeguardfestival.com.

11:00 – Station ID

10. Swimming in Speakers – “So Alive”
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.]

11. 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. Rcorded by Kirk Kaufman and Mike Tuley. Mixed by Mike Tuley.]

[Bloodbirds play Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club 3402 Main St, KCMO, March 14, at 9:00 PM with Peace Warrior, Meat Mist with special guests Pkack Blaque and Violator X fromm Lincoln.]

12. Metatone – “Reject The Death Cult”
from: Single digital release / Independent / December 2, 2012
[KC Based band formed in 2011 by J. Ashley Miller – lead vocals, guitar, songwriter, Abbi Miller – back up vocals, egg-shaker / dance-pants, Jon Kraft – drums, Gary Miller – auxiliary percussion, back up vocals , Rhys Ziemba- guitar, Rabbit Killer (Mark) – Mr. Squeaky. More info at metatone.bandcamp.com]

[Tatsuya Nakatani w/ Mark Southerland, Ashley Miller & Shawn Hansen play Walnut Place Laundro- mat, Fri, March 15, at 9:00 PM, as part of Byproduct: Laundromat series curated by Sean Starowitz.]

13. Pure X – “Things in my Head”
from: Crawling Up The Stairs / Acephale Records / May 14, 2013
[Pure X is the collaboration between Austin, Texas, musicians and friends Nate Grace, Jesse Jenkins and Austin Youngblood.]

11:15 – Underwriting

11:16

14. Helen Gillet – “Lithium”
from: Helen Gillet / Independent / June 8, 2012
[Recorded by Chad Meise in KCMO. Mastered by John Fishback (New Orleans); Produced, Composed and Performed by Helen Gillet. A familiar face in New Orleans’ experimental jazz scene. Her first New Orleans-recorded album, “Running of the Bells,” was released last year. Helen Gillet’s new album has been compared to intensity and grace of John Cale and the recordings of the Velvet Underground and Nick Drake. Hellen Gillet was part ow WE and art/performance/installation created in 2011 by Jane Gotch and Mark Southerland who often welcomes Gillet to KC for live shows with is band Snuff Jazz.]

15. Fourth Of July – “Drinking Binge”
from: Empty Moon / High Dive Records / 2013
[Comprised of two sets of siblings, Brendan Hangauer (guitar, vocals), Patrick Hangauer (bass guitar), Brian Costello (drums, vocals), Brendan Costello (lead guitar, vocals). The band is currently putting the finishing touches on their new record produced by Chris Crisci of Old Canes and Appleseed Cast.]

[Fourth of July play the High Dive Records Showcase with Ghosty, Shy Boys, and The ACB’s for Ink’s Middle of The Map Festival April 4-6]

16. Samantha Crain – “Somewhere All The Time”
from: Kid Face / Ramseur / February 19, 2012
[26 year old singer, songwriter, musician, from Shawnee, Oklahoma, born and raised in Shawnee, Oklahoma,. Samantha Crain is of Choctaw heritage.]

17. Thao & The Get Down Stay Down – “We the Common (for Valerie Bolden)”
from: We The Common / Ribbon Music / Feb. 5 2013
[4th full-length from San Francisco, Ca-based band led by Thao Nguyen who began playing guitar at 12 in Falls Church, Virginia, practicing songs while working at her mother’s laundromat. ]

[Thao & The Get Down Stay Down play the recordBar, Wednesday April 3, at 10:00 PM]

11:30

18. Paul Draper Band – “I’m Coming Home”
from: Paul Draper Band / Independent / December 1, 2012
[Paul Draper makes his debut as a leader on this recording. He spent his life as a sideman on countless recordings and tours beginning in 1964 playing Farfisa keyboard with the show/review band the Shampells. This record was produced by his son, professional Kansas City-based musician, Brandon Draper. The two have been sharing the stage since Brandon was 9 years old. Paul has been stealing the spotlight for years with his Hammond Organ skills and stage presence, AKA “The Wildman” as he was aptly named years ago for his energy and spirit. This recording features a vast array of styles of funk, blues, R&B, soul, country, and jazz, all with uplifting lyrical content. The instruments used were all vintage and there was no cutting corners on getting the right sounds spending 5 years to complete.]

[Paul Draper Band play a special CD Release and ‘Father Son’ Concert featuring Brandon Draper’s jazz group at the Blue Room on Saturday, April 13]

19. Denison Witmer – “Keep Moving Brother, Keep Moving Sister”
from: Denison Witmer / Asthmatic Kitty / April 30, 2013
[Ninth release from the singwr songwriter who has been recording for 15 years now. Hoping to print a hundred or so copies of his first CD, Safe Away (1998), a teenaged Denison found himself stuck with ten times that many, and went on his first tour in an attempt to keep the extras from going to waste. He sold the whole thousand, including one copy that found its way into the hands of the Burnt Toast Vinyl label, and a recording project intended for a tiny audience turned into a full-fledged album release.]

[Denison Witmer comes to Kansas City to be one of over 100 musical acts that will play Ink’s Middle of The Map Festival April 4-6.]

20. Morrissey – “Irish Blood, English Heart”
from: Live at Earls Court / Sanctuary Records / March 25, 2005

[Morrissey has rescheduled his postponed show at Liberty Hall in Lawrence, for this Monday, Mar. 18, at 9:00 PM. Kristeen Young will open. The show was initially scheduled for Feb. 2 but was one of several shows postponed in January after Morrissey needed emergency treatment for a bleeding ulcer.]

11:45

21. Spirit is the Spirit – “I Believe That We Will Win”
from: Baktun Baby / Independent / November, 2012
[Lawrence, Kansas based 5-piece band known for their beautiful Psychedelic-Folk-Rock sound. Members include: Austen Malone, Noah Compo, Josh Landau, Brook Partain, Danny Bowersox]

[Currently down in Austin for the SXSW Music Festival getting ready to play shows including the MidCoast Takeover sponsored by the Midwest Music Foundation. Spirit is The Spirit will also be one of over 100 musical acts that will play Ink’s Middle of The Map Festival April 4-6.]

22. Jeff Black – “Alice Carry”
from: B-Sides and Confessions, Vol. 2 / Lotos Nile Music / January 15, 2013
[Originally from Kansas City, Missouri and now based in Nashville, Tennessee. In his twenties Black began performing at Blayney’s, where he also worked as a bouncer. Soon Black began touring and eventually relocated to Nashville, Tennessee where he met, among others, Iris DeMent (Black lends some backing vocals on DeMent’s 1992 debut album, Infamous Angel). His writings have been described as “impressionistic songs that are smart without forgetting the emotional undercurrent.” His songs have been covered by Waylon Jennings, Sam Bush and BlackHawk. BlackHawk’s cover of Black’s song, “That’s Just About Right,” was a Top 10 Country single in 1994. Since then Black has released many of his own solo albums and tours widely. He also maintains his own free weekly podcast, Black Tuesdays.]

[Jeff Black comes back home to KC to play a special benefit concert with 2-Bit Palomino, Alan White & Friends, Laura Lisbeth, Kasey Rausch, LIVE on stage, Saturday, March 23, at 7:00 PM in honor of KKFI 90.1 FM and Coffeehouse Radio Show on KKFI’s 25th Anniversary!]

11:59:30

23. 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

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Show #464

WMM Playlist from: August 15, 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, August 15, 2012

Marideth Sisco of Blackberry Winter Band + The Quivers
+ The New Single Release from Dream Wolf!

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.]

2. Cat Power – “Cherokee”
from: Sun / Matador / September 4, 2012
[Forthcoming 9th studio album by Chan Marshall, also known by her stage name, Cat Power. Her first album of all-original material since 2006’s The Greatest. The album will be issued in a variety of formats, including a limited edition deluxe LP containing a 7″ vinyl of bonus tracks.]

3. Hidden Pictures – “Let’s Get On With It Already”
from: Rainbow Records / Golden Sound Records / July, 2012
[Richard Gintowt – vocals/guitar, Michelle Sanders – vocals /glockenspiel, Cameron Hawk – drums, Erik Voeks – bass, Nate Holt – piano/keys.]

[Hidden Pictures play The Sandbox at Vinyl Renaissance on West 39th Street near Wyoming in KCMO, on Friday, August 17. ]

10:15

4. The Hearts of Darkness – “Got To Hustle”
from: Shelf Life / Shipshape Records / August 25, 2012
[Hearts of Darkness is a multivalent big band whose original material absorbs influences from 70s afrobeat to modern hip-hop, 60s and 70s soul and funk, as well as reaching back to 1920s big band jazz. Winner of the 2012 Pitch Music Award for Best Live Act. 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. Bobby Asher of Hearts of darkeness will be with us next week on WMM.]

[The Hearts of Darkness “Shelf Life” album release is Saturday, August 25, at Knuckleheads Saloon, 2700 Rochester, KCMO w/ an early set at 8:30 and a late set at 10:30 w/ special guests, The Good Foot.]

5. Antony & The Johnsons – “Cut The World”
from: Cut The World / Secretly Canadian / August 7, 2012
[A collection of live symphonic performances of songs from the band’s 4 full length albums. Recorded in Copenhagen, with The Danish National Chamber Orchestra. “Cut The World” is featured for the first time. One of Antony’s new songs for “The Life and Death of Marina Abramovi?” directed by Robert Wilson and staring Antony, Marina Abramovi? and Willem Dafoe. Formed by Antony in 1998. Antony’s first record, “Antony and the Johnsons” was released in 2000. “I Am A Bird Now” was released in 2005. The album featured guest appearances by Lou Reed, Rufus Wainwright, Boy George and Devendra Banhart and received the Mercury Award for the best UK album of 2005. “The Crying Light” was released in January 2009 and peaked at number 1 on the European Billboard charts. “Swanlights” was released in October of 2010. The album featured a duet with Björk called Flétta.]

10:27 – Underwriting

10:28

7. Blackberry Winter Band (w/Marideth Sisco) – “June Carter”
from: In These Ozark Hills / Light In The Attic Records / June 20, 2011

11:15 – Interview with Marideth Sisco

West Plains, Missouri native, Marideth Sisco is a journalist, teacher, author, musician, and creator of Elder Mountain Press, publishing stories of Ozarks culture. You can hear her essays “These Ozarks Hills” on public radio, ksmu.org. Discovered by producers of the Academy Award Nominated film, “Winter’s Bone” who asked her to be a part of the film and to serve as music consultant. “Winter’s Bone,” ended up winning best picture and best screenplay at Sundance Film Festival, it was honored at the Berlin Film Festival.

After the film festivals, the band that created the music for the film, completed a 27-city, “Amazing Geriatric Hillbilly U.S. World Tour” to promote the Winter’s Bone soundtrack, and then almost as quickly released their own critically acclaimed full length recording,”In These Ozark Hills,” from Light in The Attic Records.

Marideth Sisco and The Blackberry Winter Band return to KC to perform this Saturday, August 18, at 8:00 PM, at The Historic Folly Theatre, in benefit for the Bright Futures Fund.

“June Carter,” is from Blackberry Winter’s “In These Ozark Hills.” June Carter Cash was such a force of talent and spirit. Marideth talked about seeing June Carter and her sisters perform, when she was a young girl.

Even if Marideth had never met the producers of “Winter’s Bone,” I would still be impressed by her work as a writer, publisher, radio contributor, musician, storyteller. The film and the soundtrack received so much critical acclaim that they given her another platform to share these Ozark Stories. Marideth talked about being in a band and traveling around the world performing her songs.

The Blackberry Winter Band debut solo release: “In These Ozark Hills” contains several traditional songs one would expect from this band, along with several beautiful original songs, but the recording also includes several re-interpretations of songs by Tom Waits, Natalie Merchant, and a fantastic version of Buffy St. Marie’s “Cod’ine.” The reinterpretations seem like original songs when Marideth sings them, especially, “Who Will Watch The Home Place?”

The Blackberry Winter Band includes: Marideth Sisco and Linda Stoffel – Vocals, Dennis Crider – Guitar, Van Colbert – Banjo, Tedi May – Upright Bass, Bo Brown – Mandolin & Dobro. Tell us how The Blackberry Winter Band was originally formed?

The harmonies, banjo, fiddle, bass, dobro, mandolin, & guitar all are anchored by Marideth’s honest, clear vocals. One could say, “clear as gin,” as she sings in the opening track,”In These Hills.”

When she was 19, singing allowed Marideth enough money to pay her way through a year at Missouri State University, (then known as Southwest Missouri State College) majoring in music, but she was told that she “would never make it in performance, composition or orchestration, because she was a woman and would never make a living at any of those jobs.

Marideth left college and went West, landing in San Francisco, then Santa Cruz, then Los Angeles, playing plenty of music but always trying to maintain a day job, with limited success. Marideth came to Missouri to help her Aunt Juanita and Uncle Leonard move home, and somehow just never went back. She returned to school instead attending Southwest Mo. State University, and got a BFA in photography and minor in writing, and took a job as a journalist, finishing a 20-year career in that field in 2005. After heart surgery, she retired.

“Winter’s Bone” gave new found recognition to her voice and allowed Marideth to continue her passion of music.

Missouri is a big state, that many consider and smaller version of the entire country, with border coasts on the east and west, a north that is very different than it’s south. West Plains, Missouri, the county seat of Howell County, sits in the middle of Missouri’s southern border with Arkansas. West Plains is the birth place of Porter Waggoner and Dick Van Dyke, and the home of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways. Marideth talked about what she loved best about the Ozarks, the smells, the feeling of the air.

Marideth Sisco and The Blackberry Winter Band return to KC to perform this Saturday, August 18, at 8:00 PM, at The Historic Folly Theatre, in benefit for the Bright Futures Fund.

(Thank you to former KKFI Programmer Suzanne Myra Colbert for her help with this interview. Suzi is the sister-in-law to Blackberry Winter banjoist Van Colbert.)

10:45

8. Blackberry Winter Band (w/Marideth Sisco) – “These Ozark Hills”
from: In These Ozark Hills / Light In The Attic Records / June 20, 2011
10:48

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

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

[Spirit is The Spirit plays recordBar, 1020 Westport Rd., Thursday, Aug. 16 w/ Secret Cities & Howth]

11:00

10. 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.]

[Sharon Van Etten plays The Riot Room, Monday, August 20, with Hospital Ships, and Ruddy Swain]

11. Dent May – “Fun”
from: Do Things / Paw Tracks / June 12, 1972
[Based in Oxford, Mississippi. Signed to Animal Collective’s Paw Tracks label while the group was in Oxford recording Merriweather Post Pavilion. Dent May played every part on “Do Things” and recorded it at his home, the Cats Purring Dude Ranch. An NYU film school drop-out, this is his follow up to the critically acclaimed, Dent May and His Magnificent Ukulele.]

12. The Quivers – “Hip On Ya”
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.]

13. The Quivers – “I Sleep Here”
from: I Gots To Have It! / Independent / August, 2012

[The Quivers & The Cave Girls play the KC Wednesday Night Jamboree at Aftershock, 5240 Merriam Dr, Shawnee, Kansas, starting at 7:00 PM.]

11:15 – Interview with Terra Skaggs Peal and Bernie Dugan

Terra Skaggs Peal and Bernie Dugan of The Quivers joined us LIVE in the studios to discuss their brand new release: “I Gots To Have It!”

The Quivers and The Cave Girls play the KC Wednesday Night Jamboree at Aftershock, 5240 Merriam Dr, Shawnee, Kansas, starting at 7:00 PM.

The Band is: Terra Peal- Vocals & Bass, Todd Grantham- Keys & Vocals, Abe Haddad- Guitar & Vocals, Bernie Dugan- Drums.

This band has a lot of different sounds, all based in Rock and Roll.

14. The Quivers – “I Gots To Have It!”
from: I Gots To Have It! / Independent / August, 2012

Terra started playing bass 12 years ago. Originally the band had different bass players, Terra was going to just sing and play tambourine, but it just worked out best for Terra to play bass and sing lead. She now finds it natural to play and sing together.

Bernie plays with The Brannock Device, and recently recorded a new CD with Cher UK.

The Quivers & The Cave Girls play the KC Wednesday Night Jamboree at Aftershock, 5240 Merriam Dr, Shawnee, Kansas, starting at 7:00 PM.

Bernie, talked about the songwriting of Terra and Todd. Two lead singers and songwriters with different influences.

The Quivers & The Cave Girls play the KC Wednesday Night Jamboree at Aftershock, 5240 Merriam Drive, Shawnee, Kansas, starting at 7:00 PM.

11:30 – Underwriting

11:31

15. Slowdance – “Boyfriend”
from: 7″ Single / White Iris Records / 2012
[Slowdance was formed in 2009 with friends: Thomas Quigley playing bass guitar, Luke Fox playing keyboards, Kyle McKeveny on guitar, and Quay Quinn-Settel as lead singer, the band was rounded out in 2010 with the addition of friend and drummer Sam Koppelman.]

16. In Back of a Black Car – “Lips”
from: Single release / Silver Tongue Records / 2012
[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.]

[In Back of A Black Car play recordBar, Friday, Aug. 17, w/London Transit, Vehicles and Dream Wolf.]

17. Folkicide – “Black Metal”
from: The Genocide is Mean EP / Independent / 2012
[Follow up to “Devotional Hymns From the Church of the Darwinian Snuff Film.” Folkicide is the outlet for Kansas City songwriter Burnie Booth’s vision of constructive pessimism that he hopes in time will be recognized as a new acoustical genre fully devoted to the documentation of the delightful futility of existence. Folkicide continues their pessimistic exploration into the decaying frame of Western Civilization.]

11:42 – World Broadcast Premiere!!!

18. Dream Wolf – “Astro Wolf”
from: 1st single from our upcoming as-of-yet-unnamed album / Independent /November, 2012
[Christian Tady – Electric Guitar, Tess Jehle – Drums, Megan Zander – Vocals, Katelyn Boone – Keyboards, Brent Jamison – Bass. Dream Wolf plays the recordBar, Saturday night, February 18. Dream Wolf’s sister band The B’Dinas will be LIVE on our show next week.]

[Dream Wolf plays recordBar, Friday, Aug. 17, with London Transit, Vehicles and In Back of A Black Car.]

11:45

19. The Blackbird Review – “Daniel Johnston’s Piano”
from: The Whaler & Other Stories / Independent / November 13, 2010
[Indie Americana from husband and wife Jacob & Danielle Prestidge’s with Jeff Larison. The band has shared the stage with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Over the Rhine, and Vedera.]

[The Blackbird Revue plays The Brick, Sat, Aug. 18 with David Burchfield, and John McKenna Band.]

20. David Burchfield – “The Beginning”
from: The Beginning / Independent / 2011
[Produced, engineered, mixed and master by Mike Crawford at the Impossible Box in Kansas City, with David Burchfield on vocals & guitar; Leslie Hammer on banjo, fiddle and viola; Seth Jenkins on upright bass, Jeff Larison on pedal steel and dobro; Andy Michael on piano and accordion; and Devon Russell on vocals, choir.]

[David Burchfield plays The Brick, Sat, Aug. 18 with, The Blackbird Revue and John McKenna Band.]

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

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Show #434

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.]

11:50

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]

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Show #423

WMM Playlist from April 25, 2012

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

Playlist from: Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The Clementines + Missy Koonce & AIDS WALK KC

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

2. David Burchfield – “The Beginning”
from: The Beginning / Independent / 2011
[Produced, engineered, mixed and master by Mike Crawford at the Impossible Box in Kansas City, with David Burchfield on vocals & guitar; Leslie Hammer on banjo, fiddle and viola; Seth Jenkins on upright bass, Jeff Larison on pedal steel and dobro; Andy Michael on piano and accordian; and Devon Russell on vocals, choir.]

[David Burchfield and Friends play Davey’s Uptown this Friday night, April 27, with Betse Ellis, Loaded Goat, and The Great Stop.]

3. The Quivers – “Hip On Ya”
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 The Brick on April 27th with The Cave Girls and Deco Auto.]

4. Deco Auto – “Such A Bother”
rom: Single / Independent / 2012
[Steven Garcia – guitar, vocals; Tracy Flowers – bass, vocals; Michelle Bacon – drums. Recorded at Audio Cave Recording Studios with Scott Martinez.

[Deco Auto play The Brick on April 27th with The Cave Girls and The Quivers.]

5. Best Coast – “The Only Place”
from: Single / Kemando / March 26, 2012
[from their upcoming full length release “The Only Place.]

6. Real Estate – “It’s Real”
from: Days / Domino / Oct. 18, 2011

[Real Estate plays The Bottleneck this Saturday, April 28, with The Twerps, and Ghosty.]

7. Justin Townes Earle – “Look The Other Way”
from: Nothing’s Gonna Change The Way You Feel About Me Now / Bloodshot / Mar. 27, 2012

10:30 – Underwriting

10:31 – Interview with The Clementines

8. The Clementines – “Fair Trade”
from: The Clementines [EP] / Independent / Mar. 8, 2012
[Tim Jenkins & Nicole Springer are The Clementines]

Sasha Banks in Overground Magazine wrote, “When The Clementines hit the stage, they pretty much set the benchmark for excellence. Classically trained guitarists, with an alternative folk style with strong, sultry vocals, this duo did nothing short of completely shaking The Brick to the ground.” Tim Jenkins & Nicole Springer, are The Clementines, and they will play The Riot Room, tonight Wednesday, April 25, at 8:00 PM. They also play Jerry’s Bait Shop on Monday, April 30.

Tim & Nicole were introduced by a mutual friend, Craig, in late February of 2011.

The Clementines have been together since last February, when Springer put out a Craigslist ad seeking a musical collaborator. She received a number of responses but was most impressed by Jenkins. (“I’ve been playing for about 12 years but mostly just in garage bands that never left the garage,” Jenkins says.) They met and clicked, and in April they started gigging regularly at local open-mic nights. Since that time, they have written over 20 songs and have even recorded a demo.

The Clementines, music is labeled: acoustic alt. rock, blues, jazz, & folk-pop.

The Clementines, get their name from the main character in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

Nicole Springer grew up in Oak Grove, Missouri, and graduated H.S. in 2004. She studied Music-Vocal/Choral at Missouri State University, in Springfield, Missouri, and studied Special Education with Music at Metropolitan MO CC, in KCMO.

Nicole told The Pitch (in a Jan. 10, 2012 article): “I grew up singing in gospel choirs, in Oak Grove,” she says. “And I still love gospel music, though I’m not religious or anything. I did musicals throughout high school, and I went to school for a year at Missouri State for music education. But I’ve never been in a committed band before this one.”

Nicole told David Hudnall of The Pitch: (her) vision for the Clementines was initially inspired by the Irish folk duo the Swell Season. “I had just seen them in concert before I put up that ad,” Springer says. “They’re just so passionate, and I wanted to do something that had that much soul in it. It’s the same reason I like Aretha or the Gossip.”

Tim Jenkins grew up in KC. Studied at UMKC. He has been playing music for over 12 years.

From David Hudnall’s article in The Pitch: Jenkins, a fan of “geek rock, like ’70s prog stuff,” brought a different sensibility to the table.

“I usually bring in a song,” Springer says, “and Tim will tweak it and add solos and sometimes a riff ― he helps complete it.” “I think we know what our strong suits are,” Jenkins says. “Nicole’s voice is the main draw. And we try to mix that with a blues-folk sound that has a little pop sensibility.”

10:45

9. The Clementines – “Muddy Are The Waters” (Live)

10. The Clementines – “Of My Own” (Live)

The Clementines play The Riot Room, Wednesday, April 25, at 8:00 PM. They also play Jerry’s Bait Shop on Monday, April 30.

More information at: reverbnation.com/theclementinesnicoleandtim

10:59 – Ticket Give Away – Gypsy Kings at The Midland Sunday, April 29

11. First Aid Kit – “Emmylou”
from: The Lions Roar / Wichita / Jan 17, 2012
[A duo of two sisters Johanna (keyboards, autoharp, and Vocals) and Kiara Soderberg (guitar & Vocals). The are from Sweden]

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

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

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

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

11:20 – Interview with Missy Koonce

Missy Koonce is an Actor, Director, Producer, Writer, Emcee and Entertainer who has conducted multi-talented skills at venues including: The Coterie Theatre, The Unicorn Theatre, The American Heartland Theatre, Late Night Theatre, Missy B’s, and Bar Natasha. Missy has worked professionally as a critically acclaimed director, and an actress for over 20 years in Kansas City, and for 24 years she has served as Emcee for AIDS WALK KC, which is happening this Saturday, April 28 in Theis Park. You can find more information at aidswalkkansascity.org

Missy talked about seeing the event from the inside out, the people involved.

Missy talked with us about the Bar Natasha Reunion Show for KC Fringe Festival.

Missy Koonce will be appearing as Host of a special Burlesque Show – Late Night Stage Strut, Friday, April 28th 10:30PM at the Uptown Theater Complex in The Conspiracy Room as part of the Kansas City Burlesque Festival happening this weekend, April 26th, 27th, 28th, 2012! More info at: kcburlesque.com

Missy also works at Missy B’s

24th annual AIDS WALK KC, that is happening this weekend on Saturday, April 28th, 2012, starting at Theis Park, Kansas City, MO. More information at: aidswalkkansascity.org

11:35 – Underwriting

11:36

15. Santigold – “Disparate Youth”
from: Single / from upcoming release: Master of My Make-Believe / Atlantic / May 1, 2012

16. Lambchop – “Gone Tomorrow”
from: Mr. M / Merge / Feb. 21, 2012

17. M. Ward – “Primitive Girl”
from: A Wasteland Companion / Merge / Apr. 20, 2012

18. Jay Brannan – “Beautiful”
from: Rob Me Blind / Nettwerk – Great Depression / March 27, 2012

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

[Glen Campbell plays The Uptown tomorrow night, April 26.]

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

Show #418

WMM Playlist from April 11, 2012

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

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

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

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

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

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

10:14

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

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

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

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

10:30 – Interview with Char Daniels

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

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

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

Chely Wright grew up in the Kansas City area.

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

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

The LiKE ME Lighthouse lobby.

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

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

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

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

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

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

LikeMe Lighthouse is currently training new volunteers.

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

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

Phone:(855) RULIKEME

More info at: likemelighthouse.org.

10:44 – Underwriting

10:45

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11:04

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

11:08

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

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

11:10

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

11:15

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

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

Nathan brought in new music to feature.

11:17

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

11:23

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

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

11:25

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

11:29

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

11:31

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

11:35- Underwriting

11:37

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

11:39

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

11:41

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

11:43

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

11:46

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

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

11:51

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

11:53

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

11:56

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

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

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

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

Show #416

Playlist from April 4, 2012 – Music From The Middle

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 4, 2012

Music of the Middle of The Map Fest + Mike McCoy
+ Mike Alexander & Center of The City Fest + BCR & Local Releases!

Middle of the Map Fest

1. Nerves Junior – “As Bright As Your Night Light”
from: As Bright As Your Night Light / sonaBLAST Records / Sept. 6, 2011
[9-song debut release from indie rock band from Louisville, Kentucky, formed in 2009. The band consists of Cory Wayne, Stuart Phelps, Christopher Snow, and Zachary O’Renick.]

[Nerves Junior play The Middle of The Map Fest. Saturday April 7, 9:30pm – 10:30pm @ Firefly Lounge 4118 Pennsylvania Ave Kansas City, MO ]

Mr. Gnome

2. Mr. Gnome – “Bit of Tongue”
from: Madness in Minature / El Marko Records / Oct. 25, 2011
[Duo from Cleveland, Ohio. Formed band in 2005. Nicole Barille on vocals & guitar; and Sam Meister on drums, piano & back-up vocals.]

[Mr. Gnome play the Middle of The Map Fest. on Saturday April 7, 10:30pm – 11:30pm @ The Union 421 Westport Rd KCMO.]

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

[FRIENDS play the Middle of The Map Fest. on Saturday April 7, 8:30pm – 9:30pm @ The Beaumont Club 4050 Pennsylvania Ave KCMO]

10:14

In the midst of The Middle of the Map Fest w/nearly 70 local bands in Westport April 5-7, The Center of The City Fest presents 16 of KC’s best Punk bands April 6-7 at The News Room. The depth of KC’s local music scene is staggering. In a town known for Jazz and Blues, Punk music can be easily misunderstood, or marginalized, but Punk has always remained a nesessary outlet to bring Rock back to the basics, and the beat. Local punk bands also offer some of the best political lyrics, songs about: war, working families, & fair wages. We present 5 area punk bands playing Center of The City Fest, April 6-7, at The News Room.

Center of the City Fest

4. LAZY – “Work It Out”
from: Obsession [EP] / Manic Static / late May 2012
[Manic Static, a Chicago label will release Obsession on Cassette, and CD. The band is currently working on it’s follow up to their debut full length from The Record Machine, and they are recording w/ J. Ashley Miller of Ssion. In January of 2012 the band started calling itself both Lazy and Knot Lazy. Knot Lazy comes from the band saying that it’s “Not” Lazy and the “K” in “Knot” is a reference back to Lazy K the band’s name when they first formed in late 2009.]

[Lazy play Center of The City Fest. Sat, April 7, at 12:45am @ The News Room, 3740 Broadway]

5. Red Kate – “Flirty Hips”
from: Little Red Songbook [EP] / Independent / Jan. 1, 2009
[In the review of the debut EP, The Pitch wrote, “Bassist and lead vocalist L. Ron Drunkard, (aka Shaun Saving) is a socialist activist by day, bellows like an Appalachian Roger Daltrey.” The band also features: Andrew Whelanon Drums & Vocals and Brad Huhmann on Guitar]

[Red Kate play Center of The City Fest. Fri, April 6, at 12:00am @ The News Room, 3740 Broadway]

6. Iron Guts Kelly – “Killology”
from: Killology / Violent Pacification / May 31, 2011
[Formed in Lawrence KS, in 2002 by Sean Riley who plays drums, and Shawn Reynolds who plays bass, with Josh Leon on guitar and Robert “Boj” Stevens on vocals. Iron Guts Kelly has released five CDs and have toured the midwest, northeast and southwest. In 2010 the band signed w/ KC based Violent Pacification records for their 5th release “Killology.” The band is currently writing their 6th studio album. Iron Guts Kelly’s lyrics confronts the plight of working class families and urban decay.]

[Iron Guts Kelly play Center of The City Fest. Fri, Apr. 6, at 11:15pm @ The News Room, 3740 Broadway]

7. Smash The State – “God Less America”
from: 5 Song Demo [EP] / 3rd Rate Records / November 1, 2011
[Formed in December of 2009, by Mike Yeager on Vocals, Dustin Bigelow on Guitars, Thad Nugent on Guitars, Matt Warriner on Bass, and Josh Smithey on Drums.]

[Smash The State play Center of The City Fest. Fri, Apr. 6, at 9:00pm @ The News Room, 3740 Broadway]

8. Hipshot Killer – “Straight Line”
from: Hipshot Killer / Locket Love Records / April 29, 2011
[Debut release from KC based 3-piece power punk band formed in the fall of 2008 by, Mike Alexander (Revolvers, Architects), on Guitar & Vocals, Chris Wagner (100 Years War, Jackie Carrol) on Bass & Vocals, Brad Wicklander (Dark Circles, Anvil Chorus), on Drums. They have recorded a 4 song EP that will be released as a 10inch this year.]

[Hipshot Killer play Center of The City Fest. Sat, Apr 7, at 9:00pm @ The News Room, 3740 Broadway]

10:30 – Interview with Mike Alexander and Matt Warriner

As we feature music from The Middle of the Map Fest we paused to recognize the Center of The City Fest, featuring 16 of the Kansas City area’s bast punk bands, all playing at The News Room at 3740 Broadway, this Friday and Saturday night, April 6 and 7, starting at 7:00 each night. Joining us to talk about Center of the City was the amazing Mike Alexander of Hipshot Killer, and the heroic Matt Warriner of Smash The State.

Mike Alexander is a very busy musician, playing guitar with John Velghe and The Prodigal Sons, and playing power punk with Hipshot Killer.

Mike talked about recently going to Austin for the SXSW Music Festival, where he played several shows with John Velghe and The Prodigal Sons.

Matt Warriner, is the bass player in Smash The State, and has served as principle organizer of the Center of The City Fest. Matt has “siezed the day” to bring to the table, one more venue, to showcase 16 local punk bands.

The Bands @ The News Room at 3740 Broadway, Friday & Saturday night, April 6 & 7,

FRIDAY APRIL 6TH:

7:30 – The Rackatees
8:15 – Dead Ven
9:00 – Smash the State!
9:45 – The Alerts
10:30 – Bent Left
11:15 – Iron Guts Kelly
12:00 – Red Kate
12:45 – Dismantle The Virus

SATURDAY APRIL 7TH:

7:30 – Pizza Party Massacre
8:15 – Bombs Over Broadway
9:00 – Hipshot Killer
9:45 – Death Valley Wolfriders
10:30 – They Stay Dead
11:15 – The Kingshifters
12:00 – The Bad Ideas
12:45 – Lazy

The Local Punk Music Scene has often had to create its own, very independent venues.

Kansas City and Lawrence have a long history of Punk Bands, Mike and Matt talked about some of their influences.

“I am always happily reminded that some of our most political music comes from our Punk bands. Speaking back to authority is an important element in Punk music.” – Mark

Programming note:
Every Monday night at midnight, 90.1 FM KKFI airs KCDIY Radio, Kansas City’s last and only punk radio program. Each week is a themed selection of punk and hardcore from the past 30 years, including new music. From the early days of KKFI in 1988, through most all of the early 1990s Anne Winter hosted a long running punk show as Little Orphan Annie. Radio hasn’t always been a friend to Punk music.

Mike Alexander discussed the new Hipshot Killer EP that will be coming out sometime this year.

Matt told us that more than likely, the Center of The City Fest will be an annual event.

The Center of the City Fest, features 16 of the Kansas City area’s best punk bands, Friday and Saturday, April 6 – 7, at 7:00 to 1:30 AM, at The News Room, at 3740 Broadway St. KCMO.

10:45

9. 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 w/ Megan Thomas & Gerry White. Golden Sound Records of KC 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.]

[Baby Teardrops play the Middle of The Map Fest. Friday April 6, 11:15pm – 12:00am @ Westport Coffeehouse 4010 Pennsylvania KCMO in a special evening curated by Golden Sound Records that also features: Oriole Post, The Caves, Fullbloods, The Empty Spaces and Everyday/Everynight.]

10. Christopher Paul Stelling – “King is Dead”
from: Songs of Praise and Scorn / Mecca Lecca Records / Feb. 21, 2012
[…”recordings where made in a matter of days in the wet heat of August in an apartment located above a functioning funeral home in Louisville, KY which has been in constant operation since 1848. At times the recording sessions would cease for various intervals out of respect for the family and friends of the recently departed.”]

[Christopher Paul Stelling plays the Middle of The Map Fest. tomorrow, Thursday April 5, 10:00pm – 10:45pm @ The Union 421 Westport Rd KCMO]

11. Keep Shelly in Athens – “Diy”
from: Our Own Dream / Forest Family Records / Nov. 5, 2011
[6-song EP follow up to their 2010 debut “In Love with Dusk” this duo is based in Athens, Greece.]

[Keep Shelly in Athens play the Middle of The Map Fest. Saturday April 7, 2012 11:00pm – 12:00am @ The Record Bar 1020 Westport Road, Kansas City, MO 6411]

12. Saintseneca – “Cold Water History”
from: Last / Mama Bird Recording / August 16, 2011
[debut full-length from Columbus, Ohio based folk band formed by lifelong friends rooted in the same small Appalachian town. The band has toured non-stop for 4 years and previously released 2 EPs.]

[Saintseneca play the Middle of The Map Fest. Friday, April 6, 9:30pm – 10:30pm @ Gusto Lounge 504 Westport Rd, Kansas City, MO 64111 ]

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

[Spirit is The Spirit play the Middle of The Map Fest. Friday April 6, 11:00pm – 12:00am @ Riot Room 4048 Broadway Street, KCMO]

14. The Golden Motors – “Tiger in a Crate”
from: The Golden Motors / Daily Records / March 1, 2012
[After 3 critically acclaimed solo albums and a 4th with his indie collective, The Squids, Portland based singer-songwriter Dan Jones has put together a new band, The Golden Motors. On this debut blast of postpunk rock, the song craft is up front, the guitars are loud, and multiple decades of underground rock are jammed into one psychedelic punky-garage rock tour-de-force.]

[Dan Jones plays the Middle of The Map Fest. Saturday April 7, 6:00pm – 7:00pm @ Gusto Lounge 504 Westport Rd, KCMO]

15. Thom Hoskins – “Still Feeling Bronze”
from: Still Feeling Bronze [EP] / Independent / April, 2012
[Former lead singer and guitarist for The Buffalo Saints, singer-songwriter Thommy Hoskins has just released his new solo EP.]

[Thom Hoskins plays the Middle of The Map Fest. Saturday April 7, 2012 7:00pm – 8:00pm @ Gusto Lounge 504 Westport Rd, KCMO]

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16. Cher – “Chop-Chop Life”
from: Boy Named Sue Me / Independent / 1991
[Recorded in 1989. Released on Cassette. Mike McCoy Guitar & Vox, Jeff Nichols – Drums, Tom Livesay – Bass, Mark Reynolds – Free Bass]

11:17 – Interview with Mike McCoy

Mike McCoy

Mike McCoy grew up in Hutchinson, Kansas. In the early 1990s his band Cher U.K. filled venues in Kansas City with their their music playing with popular themes in punk rock music. Mike McCoy, now lives in Austin Texas and fronts his band the Service Industry. Mike is the founder of The North vs. South Music Festival. Tomorrow night, Mike’s bandperforms ina reunion show, as part of The Middle of The Map Fest, with: Molly McGuire, The Esoteric, & Season To Risk, tomorrow night Thursday, April 5, at the recordBar, 1020 Westport Rd.

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

Cher UK will also recording new songs for a new EP, here in KC.

Besides Cher UK, Mike McCoy have been in several other bands, and currently plays with his band, The Service Industry.

17. The Service Industry – “Bookstores and Restaurants”
from: Ranch is The New French / Build Gut Records / 2006

In 2004 Mike McCoy founded the North vs. South Music Festival, a bi-annual, bi-polar music festival designed to showcase independent rock along the I-35 corridor. This festival has grown each year. This years festival will be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Mike talked to us about how he recently met Kenny Rogers.

Mike McCoy, performs in a very special reunion show with his band Cher UK, as part of The Middle of The Map Fest, show with: Molly McGuire, The Esoteric, & Season To Risk, Thurs., April 5, the recordBar, 1020 Westport Rd.

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18. Fourth of July – “Friend of a Friend”
from: Before Our Hearts Explode! / Rangelife Records / Aug 31, 2010
[Lawrence, Kansas, based band formed in 2002, by Brendan Hangauer (vocals, guitar) Patrick Hangauer (bass) Kelly Hangauer (keys, trumpet, vocals) Brian Costello (drums, vocals) Brendan Costello (guitar) Steve Swyers (guitar on Album) w/ additional vocals by: Adrianne Verhoeven and Katlyn Conroy.]

[Fourth of July play the Middle of The Map Fest. Saturday April 7, 8:30pm – 9:30pm @ Firefly Lounge 4118 Pennsylvania Ave KCMO]

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19. Betse Ellis – “Looking The World”
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 internationally touring acoustic honky-tonk band, have been together for nearly 15 years. More information at wilderscountry.com. Betse received her BA Music from the University of Missouri -KC.]

[Betse Ellis plays The Brick, Saturday night, April 7th, with Run Little Rabbit]

20. BCR – “Blue Momo”
from: Speck of Dust / Sparkling Beatnic / December 31, 2004

Black Crack Review

[Black Crack Review, BCR, celebrates their 30th Anniversary as a band, with a special show at Californos in Westport, Thursday, April 5, at 9:00 PM.]

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

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WMM Playlist from Dec. 21 – The 111 Best Recordings of 2011 (Part 3 of 4)

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011:

The 111 Best Recordings of 2011
(Part 3 of 4)

Part-3, of our 4-week special: The 111 Best Recordings of 2011, based on the playlists of Wednesday MidDay Medley. In 2011 we’ve featured hundreds of New & Local Releases, we’ve featured dozens of LIVE, in-studio performances from area musicians, and we’ve interviewed over 150 local and national artists. Over 40 recordings on our list are from the KC & Lawrence area. Please Tune in to 90.1 FM every Wednesday in December for our annual 4-week special event. We’re playing nearly 8-hours of music that represent: The 111 of Best Recordings of 2011!

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

2. (53.) Wild Flag -“Romance”
from: Wild Flag / Merge / Sept. 21, 2011
[2nd single from the debut of the four-piece super group, of sorts, based in Portland, Oregon and Washington, D.C. that consists of Carrie Brownstein (formerly of Sleater-Kinney), Mary Timony (formerly of Helium), Rebecca Cole (formerly of The Minders) and Janet Weiss (formerly of Quasi and Sleater-Kinney). The band played the RecordBar on Oct. 5.]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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12. (43.) The Appleseed Cast – “Middle States”
from: Middle States EP / Graveface – Red / June 7, 2011
[Based in Lawrence, Kansas,with CHRIS CRISCI on guitar and vocals, TAYLOR HELENBECK on guitars, NATE WHITMAN on bass, NATHAN WILDER on drums. As part of The Middle of The Map Festival , The Appleseed Cast played The Middle of The Map Festival on April 8, at The Riot Room, 4048 Broadway]

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

14. (41.) Times New Viking – “No Room To Live”
from: Dancer Equired / Merge / April 26, 2011
[5th studio release from the lo-fi indie rock from Columbus, Ohio. With guitarist Jared Phillips, drummer and vocals from Adam Elliott, and Beth Murphy on keyboards and vocals. “Times New Viking,” is a play on the popular typeface Times New Roman.]

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15. (40.) The Sea and Cake – “Up On The Northshore”
from: The Moonlight Butterfly / Thrill Jockey / May 10, 2011
[9th release from Chicago based band formed in the mid 1990s out of the ashes of local bands The Coctails and Shrimp Boat. Archer Prewitt and Sam Precop have both also release solo recordings.]

16. (39.) Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “Ffunny Ffrends”
from: Unknown Mortal Orchestra / Fat Possum Records / June 21, 2011
[self-titled debut from Portland based band, initially conceived by New Zealand native, Ruban Neilson, who pieced a band together, with his producer, Jake, on bass, and a teenage drummer named Julien. Their facebook page describes them as, “bring(ing) break-beats together with 60’s/70’s Beatles sounding pop harmonies and a minimal Krautrock rhythm section.”]

17. (38.) Cherokee Rock Rifle – “4 gram Shotgun”
from: …and the plains are burning / Independent / Jan. 2011
[Debut EP from KC based band fronted by Dutch Humphrey. The 5-piece band also features: Douglas Nelson on lead guitar, Scott Reed on rhythm guitarr, Bert Northward on drum, and Evan John on bass. Cherokee Rock Rifle played the Crossroads Music Fest, on Sept 10 KC Uncovered II, and multiple shows through out the Mo/Kan region.]

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

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

20. (35.) Civil Wars – “C’est la Mort”
from: Barton Hallow / Sensibility Records / July 19, 2011
[First full length from singer-songwriters Joy Williams and John Paul White. The duo met during a Nashville, Tennessee songwriting session.]

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

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22. (33.) Vivian Girls – “I Heard You Say”
from: Share The Joy / Polyvinyl Records / April 12, 2011
[Third album by lo-fi/punk band Vivian Girls, the female trio from Brooklyn.]

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

24. (31.) Destroyer –“Chinatown”
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. Last year we featured the Merge records reissue of 2001 release, Streethawk: A Seduction, on our list of the 100 Best recordings of 2010. ]

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

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

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

Concert Calendar:
12-21 Mark Lowrey and the KC Hip Hop All Stars at recordBar
12-22 Mark Smeltzer on 90.1 FM’s Local Showcase 8 – 10
12-22 Cassie Taylor at Knuckleheads
12-22 Moaning Lisa/The Dead Girls/Dream Wolf at The Riot Room
12-22 Molly Picture Club/The Quivers at recordBar
12-23 Haunted Creepys/Cher U.K./Drop A Grand at recordBar
12-23 Sons of Great Dane/Filthy 13 Holiday show at The Brick
12-23 The Floozies/E.Z. Brothers FREE SHOW at Beaumont
12-24 American Catastrophe/Cadillac Flambe at Davey’s
12-26 Sonic Spectrum presents: ELO tribute with Be/Non, Oleo feat.members of Gardrails & Gourmet Mushroom x and more at recordBar
(Special Thanks to Chris Haghirian for concert information!)

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

Show # 400

The 111 Best Recordings of 2011*

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

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

The 111 Best Recordings of 2011

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WMM Playlist from November 30, 2011

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

Wednesday, November 23, 2011:

2011: The Year in Music
with: Tim Finn, Coleen Voeks, Chris Haghirian, and Marion Merritt

1. 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 Wednesday MidDay Medley. This Chicago / KC based duo is: Jeff Freling of the Chicago Blue Man Group; and Erin McGrane of the cabaret group Alacartoona. Victor & Penny have a brand new CD called Antique Pop which contain 8 vintage songs plus 2 original songs written by Jeff Freling and a song written by Barclay Martin. Victor & Penny will be in concert celebrating the release of their 1st album, “Antique Pop” on Friday, Dec 9, at 10 PM at the R Bar w/ The Latenight Callers.]

10:03 – Interview with Tim Finn

Mark Manning interviews Tim Finn

Tim Finn, is originally from Youngstown, New York. He graduated with his Masters of Arts, in Journalism from the University of Kansas in 1986. He did his undergraduate at the University of Missouri in Columbia. Tim is the music writer of the Kansas City Star. Tim joined us to talk about The Year in Music.

Five of Tim Finn’s Favorite Releases of 2011:

The Wilders – The Wilders / Free Dirt Records / June 21, 2011

Mr. Marco’s V7 – Sparkin’ Your Mama / Independent / March 2011

Thee Oh Sees – Carrion Crawler – The Dream / In The Red / Nov. 8, 2011

David Kilgour & the Heavy Eights – Left By Soft / Merge / April 26, 2011

Tom Waits – Bad As Me / Anti Records / October 21, 2011

2. The Wilders – “Get Up Kid”
from: The Wilders / Free Dirt Records / June 21, 2011
[The 10th release from Ike Sheldon- Guitar, Lead Vocals, Betse Ellis- Fiddle, Vocals, Phil Wade- Dobro, Banjo, Mandolin, Vocals, Nate Gawron- Bass, Vocals.]

3. Mr. Marco’s V-7 – “Sweet 2”
from: Sparkin’ Your Mama / Independent / March 2011
[3 of 4 members of Mr. Marco’s V7 joined us live on WMM on February 16. Mr. Marcos V 7 could be called a local super group as members Mike Stover (aka DJ Clem) also plays with The Dead Voices; Johnny Hamill also plays with The Malachy Papers, and New Ear; Marco Pascolini also plays with The Expassionates, Kent Burnham also plays with The Jeff Sheetz Band, Bob Harvey Band, and Snuff Jazz. Point is, these guys are some of KC’s finest musicians.]

Back To Rockville, Tim Finn’s Music blog of The Kansas City Star, is where you can find reviews of many of the shows in Kansas City, links to many music venues, publications and broadcasting companies. More info at: backtorockville.com

4. Thee Oh Sees – “Crushed Grass”
from: Carrion Crawler – The Dream / In The Red Records / Nov. 8, 2011
[From San Francisco. It began as an outlet for John Dwyer to release his instrumental, experimental home recordings, and over the course of several albums evolved into a full band.]

We talked with Tim Finn about several area bands who given us a single or leaked a few demo tracks. We looking forward to new releases in 2012: Hearts of Darkness, Dead Voices, The Grisly Hand, The Caves, The Brannock Device, The Pedaljets, American Catastrophe, Ghosty, and In The Pines

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

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

10:32 – Underwriting

10:32 – Interview with Coleen Voeks

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

Five of Coleen’s Favorite Releases of 2011:

Spirit is The Spirit – Mother Mountain / Independent / February 26, 2011

Sleepy Kitty – Infinity City / Euclid Records / July 12, 2011

Glen Campbell – Ghost On The Canvas / Surf Dog Records / August 20, 2011

Dirty Projectors & Bjork – Mount Wittenberg Orca / Domino / Oct. 24, 2011

King Creosote & John Hopkins – Diamond Mine / Domino / March 28, 2011

7. Spirit is The Spirit – “Little Bear/Wild Fox”
from: Mother Mountain / Independent / February 26, 2011
[Folk-psychedelic-rock from Lawrence, Kansas. Austen Malone, Noah Compo, Wayne Zimmerman, Josh Landau, Brook Partain, Danny Bowersox]

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

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

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

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

Chris Haghirian of The KC Star & INK and Coleen Voeks of Vinyl Renaissance on West 39th Street

11:03 – Interview with Chris Haghirian

Chris Haghirian has worked for The Kansas City Star for 12 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 was instrumental in the organization of The Middle of The Map Festival, Midcoast cares: A Benefit for Joplin, The past two years of MidCoast Takeover SXSW Music festivals featuring KC and Lawrence area bands. To date, He has seen 634 bands live and has been to 346 shows. Chris also is a regular contributor to The Mailbox, a weekly podcast radio show produced and hosted by Michael Byars that is available at the Midwest Music Foundation’s website: midwestmusicfound.org.

Five of Chris Haghirian’s Favorite Releases of 2011:

Everyday/Everynight – Etc. / Golden Sound Records / May 3, 2011

Bon Iver – Bon Iver / Jagjaguwar / 2011

Spirit is the Spirit – Mother Mountain / Independent / February 26, 2011

Cut Copy – Zonoscope / Modular / Feb. 8, 2011

The Joy Formidable – The Big Roar / Atlantic – Canvasback / Jan 21, 2011

12. Everyday/Everynight –“You’ve Died In A Dream (Single)”
from: Etc. / Golden Sound Records / May 3, 2011
[Nominated for a Pitch Music Award for “Best Emerging Act.” Evan Ashby on Guitar, Mat Shoare on Guitar/Keyboard/Vocals, Austin Lyon on Drums, and Jerad Colton Tomasino on Guitar/Keyboard/Vocals. The band includes three members who sing and also write songs. Golden Sound Records is a new local recording company who also release the music of Oriole Post and The Empty Spaces, Fullbloods, Baby Teardrops, as well as the solo works of Jerad Colton Tomasina and Mat Shoare. Golden Sound Records is a partnership between: Mat Shoare, Jerad Colton Tomasino, and Ross Brown.]

Chris Haghirian’s favorite concerts of 2011:

February 18 – Exile on Main Street at Crosstown Station
May 15 – Other Lives at the record bar
April 8 – A Lull at The Riot Room

April 20 – Arcade Fire at Starlight Theatre
June 18 – Peter Gabriel at Starlight Theatre
September 9 – bon iver at The Uptown Theatre

13. Spirit is the Spirit – “Oh, Speckled Bird”
from: Mother Mountain / Independent / February 26, 2011
[Folk-psychedelic-rock band 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]

Chris is looking forward to the new albums in 2012 from:
Making Movies – in studio in FEB
Quiet Corral
Thee Water MoccaSins
Spirit is the Spirit

With INK Chris will be working on:
The Middle of the Map Festival
The Local Music Showcase with The Royals and Plaza Art Fair
And other new projects

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14. The Joy Formidable – “The Greatest Light is The Greatest Shade”
from: The Big Roar / Atlantic – Canvasback / January 21, 2011
[Alternative rock / indie rock/ shoegazing /dream pop from the three-piece band formed in 2007 in North Wales and currently located in London, England, includes: childhood friends: Ritzy Bryan & bassist Rhydian Dafydd. On April 23 – the band played the riot room. On August 5 they played kanrocksas.]

11:33 – Underwriting

11:35 – Interview with Marion Merritt

Marion Merritt is the creator of the blog: a2-m3.com a site that gives visitors a wealth of information on new CD, Vinyl, and DVD releases. Marion also shares the latest news on: Theatres, Bookstores, and Art Galleries. The site features links, downloads, and articles to keep us current with all the latest releases and arts news. Marion is also the manager of the music department at Barnes & Noble on The Plaza. Marion has been joining us on Wednesday MidDay Medley for over 7 years, once a quarter, to place her newest music discoveries and information from her musically encyclopedic Brain.

Five of Marion Merritt’s Favorite Releases of 2011:

tUnE- yArDs – W H O K I L L / 4AD Records / April 19, 2011

Robert Johnson – The Centennial Collection / Columbia – Sony / 2011

Miles Davis Quintet – Live in Europe / Sony Legacy / 2011

Amy Winehouse – Lioness Hidden Treasures / Island – Universal / Dec 6, 2011

Wild Flag – Wild Flag / Merge / Sept. 21, 2011

15. tUnE- yArDs – “Bizness”
from: W H O K I L L / 4AD Records / April 19, 2011
[The second studio release by Merrill Garbus’ experimental solo-project tUnE-yArDs. When performing live, Garbus creates drum loops on the spot, and layers these with ukulele, voice, and electric bass (played by Nate Brenner). tUnE-yArDs play the jackpot Lounge in Lawrence on Monday, November 7.]
11:38

16. Robert Johnson – “Cross Road Blues”
from: The Centennial Collection / Columbia – Sony / 2011

17. Amy Winehouse – “Our Day Will Come”
from: Lioness Hidden Treasures / Island – Universal / December 6, 2011

19. Wild Flag -“Romance”
from: Wild Flag / Merge / Sept. 21, 2011
[2nd single from the debut of the four-piece super group, of sorts, based in Portland, Oregon and Washington, D.C. that consists of Carrie Brownstein (formerly of Sleater-Kinney), Mary Timony (formerly of Helium), Rebecca Cole (formerly of The Minders) and Janet Weiss (formerly of Quasi and Sleater-Kinney). The band recently played the Record bar on Oct. 5.]
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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, wikipedia.org

Wed, Dec 7 we begin our 4-week special: The 100 Best Recordings of 2011

Show # 397