WMM Playlist from March 4, 2020

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

Wednesday, March 4, 2019

New & MidCoastal Releases + Amy Marcus
+ Jeff Harshbarger & Purna Loka Ensemble +
Stephanie Carey of The Pitch KC

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

2. KNIFECRIME — “Falcon”
from: “Falcon” – Single / KNIFECRIME / January 8, 2020
[Produced by Knife Crime. Mastered by Dave Gaume at Element Recording Studios. Knife Ccrime is a 4-piece Kansas City based band formed on January 19, 2011. Knife Crime is Byron Huhmann on bass, Brad Huhmann on lead vocals, Jeremiah James Gonzalez on guitar, and Jake Cardwell on drums.]

3. Ivory Blue – “Elite Dreamland”
from: “Elite Dreamland” – Single / Devin Robert Kesler / February 17, 2020
[KC based singer songwriter and rock & roller, Ivory Blue is currently in the studio putting together a new full length 10-song album called “Compound Love” for release in 2020. Ivory Blue’s debut EP, Ready Get Set was released in June 2015 and had wide radio airplay on this show and multiple radio and television stations in Kansas City and across the country. In 2017 Ivory was among 1800 bands that competed in neXt2Rock. Ivory won local & regional challenges and advanced to nationals in Los Angeles to win the top prize. Ivory Blue has played Crossroads Music festival, The Middle of the Map Festival, The Westport Roots Festival, the KCPT Screening of “Real Boy” at The Kansas City Public Library. Born in 1986 in Peoria Illinois, and given up for adoption at the age of four, it was difficult to find trust in people after living with eight different foster families. Running away at 15, Ivory moved from Indiana to Oklahoma and eventually ended up in Seattle. In 2011 Ivory moved to Kansas City, and has became a part of new family. Ivory will be our guest on WMM on April 29.]

4. Rosé Perez – “Masculine”
from: Born in A Bag (Split EP with Period BOMB) / Rosé Perez / October 23, 2019
[Rosé Perez is Carrie Wallen on guitar & keyboards, 2007 Balquier on bass & drums, and Lina Žemaitė on drums & bass. Rosé Perez recently released a new video for their song “Placenta Agenda” from their EP split with the band Period BOMB. The Rosé Perez tracks for this split were recorded, mixed, and mastered by Jametatone at The Infoaming Vortex. Rosé Perez will be with us on WMM on April 8.]

[Rosé Perez play Farewell Transmission, 6515 Stadium Drive, KCMO, on Wednesday, March 4, at 8:00 PM, with Diners (AZ), and Ranch Hands.]

[Rosé Perez play Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS, Saturday, March 7, at 10:00 PM, with La Guerre, Lava Dreams, and Sidehug.]

from: SURF / Bedroom Records / February 28, 2020
[Second album from, BlackStarKids, a pop/R&B/hip-hop group based in Kansas City, Missouri. Members include: TheBabeGabe, Deiondre, and TyFaizon (of the Drop Dead XX collective). The group released its first album, Let’s Play Sports, in 2019.]

[BLACKSTARKIDS play 1st Friday Benefit for Planned Parenthood, at Revolution Records, 1830 Locust St, KCMO, Friday, March 6, at 7:00 PM with The Creepy Jingles, Bad Ideas, Nan & The One Night Stands, and Videodisk. Revolution Records are also celebrating International Women’s Day all weekend long with their annual Wage Gap Event. Women/Femmes pay $.76 on the dollar to highlight the difference in average pay between women and men.]

6. Brotha Newz – “Americano (Rat Race) [feat. Jerad Tomasino]”
from: American Fiction: A Movie / Brotha Newz / July 28, 2019
[2nd album from David Muhammad, social studies teacher at Shawnee Mission East High and martial arts instructor who wanted to be a rapper since his own high school days at Shawnee Mission South. He released his debut album, “The Hanging Trees,” Dec. 9, 2016, and the EP “11:15,” Nov. 15, 2018, and 11 singles.]

7. GHOSTY – “Prodigal Son”
from: Prodigal Son – EP / More Famouser Records / February 28, 2020
[New EP from the Lawrence / Kansas City based band GHOSTY. The band was able to finally get back to finishing 3 tracks that were started in 2014. Andrew Connor on guitar & keyboards, & vocals, Bill Belzer on drums & percussion, Ross Brown on guitar & keyboards, and Mike Nolte – bass. Basic tracks were recorded in July 2014 at Westend, Kansas City, KS. Engineered by Mike Nolte. The songs were written by Andrew Connor. Mixed by Ross Brown and mastered by Mike Nolte at Eureka Mastering. Cover artwork by Paul Browning. This follows the band’s critically acclaimed 2013 album GHOSTY on High Dive Records.]

10:25 – Underwriting

8. Una Walkenhorst – “Pretty Face”
from: “Pretty Face” – Single / Una Walkenhorst / February 20, 2020
[2nd single from Una’s upcoming EP, “Woman of the Year,” to be released April 16. 25 year old Una Walkenhorst is a singer/songwriter from Kansas City. Una told KCUR FM that her father was one of the people who made her love music. But having a famous father can be challenging: “I knew that if I started my music career here I would have a lot of opportunities, but not all of them would be because of my music. They would be because I am someone’s daughter,” Walkenhorst says. Loading up her 97 Honda Civic, Una then spent a year traveling across North America promoting her music and connecting with listeners one-on-one. She ended up living in New Orleans. Una Walkenhorst is the youngest daughter of Bob Walkenhorst, a founding member of The Rainmakers, which had national and international hits in the 1980s and 90s, and continue to this day touring and recording new music. In January of 2018 Una Walkenhorst returned home to Kansas City from New Orleans. Over the past several years, Una and Bob had performed together at selected events, including Folk Alliance International. In 2018 the father and daughter duo decided to record an album together, where they split the difference, taking turns as songwriters for the album’s songs, written individually, and recorded together, with beautiful harmonies. Una will be on WMM on March 18]

[Una Walkenhorst plays The 517, 517 East 18th Street, KCMO, on Friday, March 13, at 6:30 with Parade, Calicoco, and LK Ultra, in a benefit for Kansas City Anti Violence Project.]

[Una Walkenhorst plays Gospel Lounge at Knuckleheads, 2715 Rochester, KCMO on Sat., March 21, 8:PM w/ Alison Hawkins (True Lions) on keys & backing vocals, and Christine Broxterman on cello.]

[Una Walkenhorst plays Records with Merritt, 1614 Westport Rd, KCMO, on Sat., April 4, at 7:00 PM w/ Poly Action (Austin TX), and Vanity Plates (side project of Lacey Hopkins lead singer of Dreamgirl).]

[Una Walkenhorst plays EP Release at The Rino, 314 Armour Rd, NKC, on Sat., April 18, at 7:PM with: Michelle Bacon, Alisön Hawkins, & Adee Dancy. Openers: True Lions, and Chloe Jacobson.]

Stephanie Carey Owner and Publisher of The Pitch Kansas City on the March 4, 2020 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM.

10:31 – Interview with Stephanie Carey of The Pitch Kansas City

Stephanie Carey is Owner & Publisher of The Pitch Kansas City. She joins us live in our 90.1 FM Studios to talks with us about the alternative news publication’s monthly printed editions, digital content, and three decade history. Stephanie Carey’s career in journalism includes her work as a reporter for newspapers and radio, as well as serving as a sales manager for media software and consulting firm Second Street. Founded in 1980 in the basement of a Westport record shop, The Pitch is Kansas City’s source for progressive, independent, street-level coverage of news, arts, music, and culture. You can find issues at over 1,000 locations across the metro, and online at: http://www.thepitchkc.com

Stephanie Carey, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

The Pitch is a free alternative newspaper distributed in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area, including Lawrence and Topeka, Kansas. While known for its investigative stories of the local government, it also covers local sports stories, restaurants, events, visual art, and concerts.

It was started in July 1980 as the “Penny Pitch” which was a monthly handout at Penny Lane Record Shop in the Westport area of Kansas City. The original editors were Dwight Frizzell and Jay Mandeville.

Village Voice Media bought The Pitch in 1999, and sold the paper in 2011 to SouthComm Communications. In 2017 The Pitch was sold to Stephanie Carey and Adam Carey.

The Pitch is a member of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies.

Stephanie Carey – Owner, Publisher
Brock Wilbur – Editor in Chief
Kelcie McKenney – Digital Editor
Jason Dockery – Marketing Director
Steven Suarez – Senior Multimedia Executive
Becky Losey – Account Executive
Rebecca Watson – Account Executive
Adam Carey – Owner, COO

The Pitch is a controlled-circulation magazine, printed the first week of each month. More than 35,000 copies are distributed in the Kansas City metro to more than 1,000 locations.

Emphasizing investigative reporting and long-form journalism, The Pitch covers every aspect of local life — government and politics, performing and visual arts, music, fashion, books, movies, food and drink — in print each month and online every day at pitch.com.

Call now to speak with a multimedia specialist and request a customized marketing plan to grow your business. Ask how you can be part of our full calendar of events.
Display-advertising inquiries: Call 816-218-6702 or email Publisher Stephanie Carey at stephanie@thepitchkc.com

Stephanie Carey, Owner & Publisher of The Pitch Kansas City

Stephanie Carey, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

You can find issues at over 1,000 locations across the metro, and online at: http://www.thepitchkc.com


9. The Black Creatures – “wretched (it goes)”
from: “Wild Echoes” / The Black Creatures / September 30, 2019
[Darkpop hip-hop musical pulling elements from sci-fi to tell an inter-dimensional story. Xavier Martin and Jade Green have made an impression of the KC music community with their videos and songs, live shows in clubs, art galleries, record stores, area music festivals and shows in surrounding areas. They’ve released an EP, an album, several singles.]

[Black Creatures play a RAISE for the ROOF: an Anti-Gentrification Benefit Show at Farewell Transmission, 6515 Stadium Drive, KCMO, on Saturday, March 7, at 6:00 PM with ARQuesta Del SolSoul, Black Tape, Mx.Mrs, Fall Boys, Doobie N.M., Hadiza, and Vice Grip..]

[Black Creatures play miniBar, 3810 Broadway BLVD, KCMO, on Monday, March 16, at 9:00 PM opening for Wyatt Waddell with Eddie Moore.]

[Black Creatures play MidCoast Takeover at The Shangri La in Austin Texas, on Wednesday, March 18 at 12:00 PM. Hosted by Midwest Music Foundation.]

10. Claire Adams – “Better Luck”
from: Better Luck – Single / Claire Adams / September 20, 2019
[Musically curious and multifaceted, Claire Adams has spent more than a decade touring, recording and songwriting to hone her melodic instincts and vision. A bassist, guitarist, singer and songwriter, Adams has lent a discerning ear and versatility to a number of projects. 2019 finds Adams collaborating with the KC based string quartet Rewound, jazz pianist Alyssa Murray & drummer Fritz Hutchinson. Recorded at The Blue House in Kansas City, MO. Additional tracking at MARZ Studios in Nederland, TX. Mixed & mastered at Weights + Measures Soundlab in KCMO. Written by Claire Adams, with Claire Adams on guitars, bass, and vocals; Alyssa Murray on keyboards & vocals; and Fritz Hutchison on drums & vocals.]

[Claire Adams Trio plays The Gospel Lounge at Knuckleheads, 2715 Rochester St, KCMO on Friday, March 6, at 6:00 PM her trio featuring Alyssa Murray on keyboards, and Steve Gardels on drums. Also on the bill is Dustin Arbuckle & The Damnations.]

11. DeMaur – “Love Is a Losing Game”rom: Love Is a Losing Game – Single / DeMaur / February 14, 2020
[DeMaur is Maurice Demetrius Roper. He is a singer/songwriter based in his hometown of Kansas City, Missouri. DeMaur is an R&B/Soul artist. He started singing at the age of 5 years old when he joined his Kindergarten choir and has enjoyed being an entertainer ever since. DeMaur got much of his musical influence and inspiration singing in his late uncle’s church in Kansas City, Missouri during his teenage years. During this time, he knew that singing would be a part of his everyday life. DeMaur performs with his band, The Movement, throughout the Kansas City, Missouri area.]

[DeMaur will be singing the National Anthem at the Big 12 Women’s Basketball Tournament, Friday, March 13 at 11:00 AM at Municipal Auditorium, 301 W 13th St, KCMO]

11:00 – Station ID

12. Amy Marcus – “Sweater”
from: Sweater – Single / Independent / January 28, 2019
[Singer songwriter Amy Marcus was born and raised in Kansas City. She has been writing song since she was a child and in May 2016 she released her debut 5-song EP Brave with Kansas City based Serve Productions. In January 2017 she released ” I Want More For My Daughters” that was produced by musician Zach Balch at his studios in Dallas. Amy writes music to bring her honest lyrics to life. Amy Marcus studied photography at the Kansas City Art Institute. She is a mother of three and works as a professional photographer and personal chef.]

Stephanie Carey and Amy Marcus on the March 4, 2020 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM.

11:04 – Interview with Amy Marcus

KC based singer-songwriter, Amy Marcus who in January released her new single, “Sweater” and will premiere another new single called “Heartsick” today. Amy Marcus was born and raised in Kansas City. She has been writing songs since she was a child. In 2016 she released her debut 5-song EP “Brave” and followed that up with the single, “I Want More For My Daughters” in 2017. Amy Marcus studied photography at the Kansas City Art Institute. She is a mother of three and works as a professional photographer and chef. Amy is currently working on a new EP set for release this year.

Amy Marcus, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Born and raised in KC, Amy Marcus has been writing songs since she was 4 years old, but only recently made the leap to begin recording and performing live. 26 years later, she got in 2016 she released her debut 5-song EP “Brave.” Amy followed that up with the single, “I Want More For My Daughters” in 2017.

Amy Marcus studied photography at the Kansas City Art Institute. She is a mother of three and works as a professional photographer and chef. Amy is currently working on a new EP set for release this year.

More information at: http://www.amymarcus.com


13. Amy Marcus – “Heartsick”
from: Heartsick Movement – Single / Amy Marcus / March 4, 2019

Amy Marcus

11:15 – Interview with Amy Marcus

We are talking with KC based singer-songwriter, Amy Marcus who in January released her new single, “Sweater.” We just premiered another new single, “Heartsick Movement.”

Amy wrote “Heartsick” a year into recovering from a relapse in an eating disorder she has dealt with since she was 11. She is passionate about speaking out about de-stigmatizing mental health issues, including eating disorders.

Amy also works for Sura Eats, a good friend’s Korean restaurant located in The Crossroads. Amy does all the photography and social media and marketing for Sura Eats.

Amy Marcus, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Amy is currently working on a new EP set for release this year.
More information at: http://www.amymarcus.com


14. Crystal Rose – “Not Leaving (Stripped)”
from: “Not Leaving (Stripped)” – Single / rosebud / January 30, 2020
[Crystal Rose released her debut single “Come Alive” on May 6, 2016. Crystal is a Kansas City based singer songwriter and UMKC journalism student who has played solo and also with Paige Turner on guitar, Peter Marten on guitar, and Robert Castillo on bass. Crystal Rose is a singer song-writer based in heart of Kansas City. At a young age she was Influenced by powerhouse vocals like Whitney Houston, Celine Dion and Christina Aguilera. She has since drawn much inspiration from blusey and folk centered artist like James Bay, James Vincent Mcmorrow and Johnnyswim. To listen to more Crystal Rose please visit: http://www.crystalro.se]

15. Elevator Division – “Radio”
from: Years / Second Nature Recordings / September 7, 2004
[James Hoskins on guitar & vocals, Samuel Hoskins on drums, Chris Stuart on bass guitar, Jeremiah James Gonzales on guitar & vocals. Since their beginning in 1999, Elevator Division have received praise from critics and fans alike. They have been compared to U2, R.E.M., The Cure, Radiohead, and The Smashing Pumpkins. This is probably because, like the aformentioned bands, Elevator Division’s music has a classic, timeless quality to it and transcends mere entertainment. One critic noticed this and commented by saying, “Songs like this remind me why music matters.” Another critic even described Elevator Division’s music as having the ability to “change one’s entire outlook.” Whatever the response from critics and fans, Elevator Division have not let it affect their work ethic. Since their inception they’ve self-released two full-length albums and an EP and been booked with such bands and artists as Glen Philips (of Toad The Wet Sprocket), Pete Yorn, Elbow, The Faint, Pedro The Lion, Shiner, Cursive, The Secret Machines, and many others.]

[Elevator Division plays recordBar 1520 Grand Blvd., KCMO, on Sun, March 8, at 6:00 PM with Jaenki, Various Blonde, Bodye. All Proceeds go to Eschleman Family.]

11:30 – Underwriting

16. Purna Loka Ensemble – “Triality – Movement II”
from: Metaraga / Purna Loka / January 17, 2020
[Indian classical violinist and mathematician Purnaprajna Bangere has created a new musical syntax based on a geometric framework that integrates Indian classical music and Western music, encompassing elements from classical, blues and jazz. The result opens new frontiers with exciting new sounds and structures that transcend known genres of music. Most of his current compositional work of Purna is with multi Grammy winning director of Turtle Island String Quartet David Balakrishnan. Joining Purna and David to complete the ensemble are bass virtuoso Jeff Harshbarger from Kansas City and the talented Amit Kavthekar from Boston on Tabla, with special guest Robert Walzel on clarinet (track 6). Produced by David Balakrishnan and Purnaprajna Bangere. Recorded on October 23-25, 2018 & April 10, 2019 at Swarthout Recital Hall, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS. Engineered by Brock J. Babcock, Lawrence, KS. Mastered by Paul duGre, Los Angeles, CA. ]

Purna Loka Ensemble

11:36 – Interview with Jeff Harshbarger

Jeff Harshbarger joins us to share music and information about the debut recording of Purna Loka Ensemble‘s new album “Metaraga” released though Origin Records on January 17, 2020. Along with Purna Loka, Jeff Harshbarger has recorded and performed with: Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Bobby Watson, Forever Tango, Milt Abel, Tango Lorca, Krystle Warren, Brad Cox, Ghosty, and The People’s Liberation Big Band. Jeff is a co-founder of Tzigane Music, an artist-run record label, and is the curator of Jeff Harshbarger Presents: An Alternative Jazz Series, promoting new improvised music in KC. Jeff has received The Kennedy Center’s Betty Carter Fellowship, the Steans Institute Fellowship, and the 2015 Charlotte Street Generative Performing Artist Award. Jeff hosts “Jazz Afternoon” Wednesdays at 1:PM – 90.1 FM KKFI. Info at http://www.jeffharshbarger.com

Jeff Harshbarger, thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

From Rick Hellman’s feature piece in KU News: “After decades of playing the violin and years as a math professor at the University of Kansas, Purnaprajna Bangere has achieved an artistic breakthrough that synthesizes his musical and mathematical skills, creating an entirely new approach to music he calls “metaraga.”

“…the title Bangere gave to the debut recording by his Purna Loka Ensemble, which is generating critical praise, radio airplay and even sales and chart action.

“In 2008, the Turtle Island String Quartet tplayed the Lied Center of Kansas and that led to Bangere’s crucial meeting with the two-time Grammy-winning leader of that group, David Balakrishnan. Balakrishnan has now become Bangere’s collaborator, co-writing four of the “Metaraga” album’s five original tracks and playing counterpart to Bangere’s lead violin lines throughout.”


17. Purna Loka Ensemble – “Triality – Movement III”
rom: Metaraga / Purna Loka / January 17, 2020
[Indian classical violinist and mathematician Purnaprajna Bangere has created a new musical syntax based on a geometric framework that integrates Indian classical music and Western music, encompassing elements from classical, blues and jazz. The result opens new frontiers with exciting new sounds and structures that transcend known genres of music. Most of his current compositional work of Purna is with multi Grammy winning director of Turtle Island String Quartet David Balakrishnan. Joining Purna and David to complete the ensemble are bass virtuoso Jeff Harshbarger from Kansas City and the talented Amit Kavthekar from Boston on Tabla, with special guest Robert Walzel on clarinet (track 6). Produced by David Balakrishnan and Purnaprajna Bangere. Recorded on October 23-25, 2018 & April 10, 2019 at Swarthout Recital Hall, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS. Engineered by Brock J. Babcock, Lawrence, KS. Mastered by Paul duGre, Los Angeles, CA. ]

11:48 – More Interview with Jeff Harshbarger

Jeff Harshbarger joins us to share music information about the debut recording of Purna Loka Ensemble’s new album “Metaraga” released though Origin Records on January 17, 2020.

More info at http://www.jeffharshbarger.com

Jeff Harshbarger, thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Purnaprajna Bangere: Violin I (and Solo Violin)
David Balakrishnan: Violin II
Jeff Harshbarger: Bass
Amit Kavthekar: Tabla
With Special Guest Robert Walzel on Clarinet (Track 6)

(1,3,4,5) Purnaprajna Bangere/David Balakrishnan
(Purna Loka Music/Balapadam Music, BMI)
(2) Patnam Subramania Iyer (trad.);
(6) John Coltrane (JowcolMusic, BMI);
(7) Muthuswami Dikshitar (trad.);
(8) Purnaprajna Bangere (Purna Loka Music, BMI)

Along with Purna Loka, Jeff Harshbarger has recorded and performed with: Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Bobby Watson, Forever Tango, Milt Abel, Tango Lorca, Krystle Warren, Brad Cox, Ghosty, and The People’s Liberation Big Band.

Jeff hosts “Jazz Afternoon” on Wednesdays at 1:00 PM on 90.1 FM KKFI.

Jeff Harshbarger, thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

More info at http://www.purnaviolin.com or http://www.jeffharshbarger.com


18. Jake Wells – “Habit”
from: Sunday Morning – EP / Jake Wells Music / February 29, 2020
[Second EP from Kansas City based indie folk singer songwriter. Jake Wells was born in Florida grew up in Colorado. Jake studied Music Composition at University of Northern Colorado. “Jake’s sound evokes an emotionality and maturity much deeper than his age of 22 would imply.” He was named one of Spotify’s top 20. He has performed on stages since he was a teenager. His single releases are currently gaining radio play in the Midwest on several FM stations.]

[Jake Wells plays recordBar, 1520 Grand Ave, KCMO, on Friday, March 13, at 7:30 PM.]

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

Next week, on March 11 we talk with Teri Quinn who shares new music. We welcome KC based band Dan Jones & The Squids. AND, Kadesh Flow joins us live in our 90.1 FM Studios.

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

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Show #827

WMM presents Calvin Arsenia + Rigby Summer & Ed Dupas + Dedric Moore & Nathan Reusch & 3 Deep

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

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Calvin Arsenia +
Dedric Moore & Nathan Reusch & 3 Deep
+ Rigby Summer & Ed Dupas

Mark plays more New & MidCoastal Releases from: Calvin Arsenia, Broken Heart Syndrome, Jaenki, NuBlvckCity, The Band That Fell To Earth, Pala Zolo, Dylan Pyles, Monta At Odds, Red Kate, Wick & The Tricks, The Black Tones, Joan Shelley, and Lee Fields & The Expressions.

At 10:30 Dedric Moore & Nathan Reusch join us to share details about 3 Deep – Chromadepth 3D Concert, presented by Sound Machine KC, Kosmic City, The Record Machine on Friday, September 20, at 7:00 PM at Recordbar, 1520 Grand Boulevard, KCMO. 3 Deep features: Jaenki, Pala Zolo (Ep Release Party), Flaural, Triptides, Monta At Odds (Dub Set), Live Visuals by VJDN8. Dedric Moore is a member of the bands Monta At Odds, Mysterious Clouds, and Gemini Revolution. He has also produced recordings for the Philistines, HMPH!, and others. He is co-founder of Outer Reaches Festival, the HQ Artspace in KCK, and Kosmic City Records. Nathan Reusch is co-founder of The Record Machine, Sound Machine KC, and Middle of the Map Fest. More info at http://www.therecordmachine.co

Calvin Arsenia

At 11:00 Mark talks with Calvin Arsenia about his LA Sessions Album Release Show at recordBar, 1520 Grand, on Thursday, September 19, at 7:00 PM. LA Sessions is a collection of subtly reimagined songs featuring musicians who have worked with some of music’s most iconic names including Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Wonder, Bonnie Raitt, and Buddy Guy. Guitarist Paul Brown worked with Aretha Franklin, keyboard player Mike Finnigan sessioned with Etta James, bassist Freddie Washington sat in with B.B. King and Elton John, and pianist David Garfield recorded with Smokey Robinson and Cher. The producer for LA Sessions was Tony Braunagel, who put together the band. Since 2014 we have been celebrating the music of Calvin Arsenia who came home to KC after living in Edinburgh, Scotland, and has released his EPs, Moments, Prose, Catastrophe, Caviar, Honeydew, and his beautiful full length self produced, Catastrophe. After signing with Center Cut Records he released his critically acclaimed album Cantaloupe in September 2018, with a giant show at The Gem Theatre. More info at http://www.centercutrecords.com http://www.calvinarsenia.com

Ed Dupas

Rigby Summer

At 11:30 Singer songwriters Rigby Summer and Ed Dupas play live in our 90.1 FM Studios. Rigby Summer and Ed Dupas play Carl Butler’s Gospel Lounge at Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester St, Wednesday, September 18, at 7:30, swapping songs to close out the night after Carl’s band kicks off the night. Ed Dupas’ soulful music has been compared to Steve Earle and Bruce Springsteen. Born in Houston, Texas and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Dupas is a self-described searcher and thinker, whose religious upbringing managed only to push him away from mainstream ideas, rather than box him in. Oklahoma-based songwriter Rigby Summer weaves an Americana soundscape that reflects the road she’s traveled, from her Kansas City jazz upbringing to the beach pop of her former home in southern California to the red dirt roots of her current home in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Her sound has been compared to Ingrid Michaelson and Peggy Lee. More info at: http://www.eddupas.com or http://www.thisissummerland.com

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Show #803

WMM Playlist from December 13, 2017

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

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The 117 Best Recordings of 2017
(Part 2 of 4)

Wednesday MidDay Medley presents part-two, of our four-week special: The 117 Best Recordings of 2017. Based on playlists of this little ole radio show, we’ve compiled representative tracks from our favorite full-length and EP recordings of the year. We realize that these “Best of” lists can seem very subjective, however we ask that you please accept our list as a celebration of the year of music.

In 2017 we’ve played nearly 1000 different songs on the show, and from nearly 375 New & MidCoastal Releases. More than 200 of these releases were New MidCoastal Releases. Over 35 of the bands and artists in our “Best of” list have joined us live in our 90.1 FM studios. This past year we’ve interviewed nearly 200 guests. 70 of the representative recordings in our “Best of” list were MidCoastal Releases, produced by artists from here. It’s all good!

Tune into 90.1 FM, Wednesdays in December, on the 13th, 20th, and 27th. We’ll be packing 8-hours of radio with music that represent: The 117 of Best Recordings of 2017!

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

2. (87.) The Souljazz Orchestra – “Lufunki”
from: Under Burning Skies / Strut Records / September 22, 2017
[8th album from Canadian six member band based in Ottawa. Their music is a fusion of soul, jazz, funk, Afrobeat and Latin styles. Members include: Pierre Chrétien on electric piano, clavinet, organ, guitar, bass, percussion, vocals; Marielle Rivard on percussion, vocals; Steve Patterson on tenor sax, percussion, vocals; Ray Murray on baritone sax, percussion, vocals; Zakari Frantz on alto sax, flute, percussion, vocals; Philippe Lafrenière on drums, percussion, vocals. The band signed to London-based Strut Records, a UK record label that focuses on dance music and afrobeat. Other musicians signed to Strut include “Ethio-Jazz pioneer Mulatu Astatke, Motown guitarist Dennis Coffey and Ghanaian highlife singer Ebo Taylor.”]

3. (86.) This Is the Kit – “Moonshine Freeze”
from: Moonshine Freeze / Rough Trade / July 7, 2017
[4th album from This Is the Kit, the alias of British musician Kate Stables, who is based in Bristol and Paris. This is The Kit formed in 2003. This Is the Kit perform regularly in various configurations from duo to quintet. The core members are Stables on vocals, guitar and banjo, and Jesse D Vernon on violin, guitar, bass and percussion. However, Stables is the only constant, and they are often joined onstage by The Liftmen, Rozi Plain, and other musicians of their acquaintance throughout the UK and Europe.]

4. (85.) Salar Rajabnik – “A to Z”
from: Black & White World / Salar Rajabnik / June 9, 2017
[Produced By: Salar Rajabnik. Engineered By: David Wright at Cherrybox Studios & RCA Studio B in Nashville, Tennessee. Mixed By: David Wright. Mastered By: Joshua Stuebe . Art Direction & Design: Kristøpher Martin of Arcane Path. Photography: Samon Rajabnik. Vocals, Electric, Acoustic, Baritone & 12 String Guitars, Piano, Drums & Percussion: Salar Rajabnik. Bass Guitar: Ben Garner. Keyboards, Organ, Piano & Percussion: Johnny Gentile. Fender Rhodes on “I Don’t Want To Wake Up”: Warren Pash. Additional Background Vocals: Leah Korbin. Special thanks to Noam Chomsky for graciously allowing use of his words in “Black & White World.” Black & White World is dedicated to those with the courage to speak truth to power. All Songs Written & Arranged By: Salar Rajabnik / BMI / 2017. Salar Rajabnik is a product of time spent in lots of seemingly contrasting places. Born in the Atlanta area, he was immersed in the world of southern American roots music. The strong Persian cultural influence of his father, an Iranian immigrant, was just as evident at a young age. This was strengthened by time ispent living in Iran. From the beginning this unexpected amalgamation of cultures began to create the foundation that would define him as a musician and person. A move to Kansas City at the age of 12 prompted Salar to pick up his first instrument, the bass guitar. Between the clubs, streets, festivals, churches, basements, bars, arenas, schools, & studios, playing bass, drums, or guitar, he took every opportunity to play that he could. While his influences seem conflicting on the surface level the underlying and unifying principles and themes are strong. Whether he was dancing to Persian music with his family in Iran, learning Motown basslines in his room while his friends listened to boy bands, or jamming in the historic 18th & Vine district with jazz veterans till sunrise, for Salar it’s always been about playing with heart, soul, and honesty. Salar has set out to venerate those who have and continue to respect the gift of music and it’s important role in life, regardless of any classification or style. After years of playing in bands and as a live & studio musician Salar relocated to Nashville, Tennessee & formed a backing band in 2014 & released a debut EP, both dubbed “Moon Age”. Leaving Nashville as a homebase & the Moon Age moniker behind, Salar recently relocated back to Kansas City to release his full length album.]

5. (84.) Truck Stop Love – “Tommy”
from: Can’t Hear It: 1991-1994 / Black Site Records / November 18, 2017
[Rich Yarges on vocals & guitar, Eric Melin on drums, Matt Mozier on vocals & guitar, Brad Huhmann on bass & vocals, Jim Crego on vocals & guitar. 25 years ago Truck Stop Love made their first recordings. These are previously unreleased demo tracks and never-before-heard recordings. To give these old recordings a new life on vinyl, audio archivist & sound engineer Kliph Scurlock remastered the songs from the original analog & digital audio tapes, and Chris Muth at Taloowa Corp cut the master lacquers.] [Truck Stop Love played an Album Release & Reunion, (their first in 13 years), Nov. 17 at recordBar with Pedaljets, Red Kate and Chris Tolle.]

6. (83.) Wick & The Tricks – “Drama Queen (Radio Edit)”
from: Not Enough 7″ Vinyl EP / Black Site / October 14, 2017
[4-piece band with Wick Trick on vocals & sleaze, Chris Stallion on guitar, Jane Asylum on bass & vocals, and JoJo Tornado on drums. The new EP was recorded and mixed by Justin Mantooth at Westend Recording Studios.] [Wick & the Tricks played a Record Release Show, Saturday, October 14, at 8:00 pm at Davey’s Uptown Rambler’s Club, 3402 Main Street, KCMO, with Red Kate, The Quivers, and The Midnight Devils.]

[Wick & The Tricks play Prohibition Hall, Sat, Dec 30, w/Alice Sweet Alice, Heart of Flesh, & Oh Dear Oh My.]

7. (82.) The Weather Station – “Thirty (Edited)”
from: The Weather Station / Paradise of Bachelors / October 6, 2017
[4th full length release from The Weather Station, a Canadian band, based in Toronto, fronted by Tamara Lindeman, formed in 2006. Band members have changed over the years, but now includes Lindeman, with Ben Whiteley on bass, Adrian Cook on pedal steel, and Ian Kehoe on drums.]

8. (81.) Keaton Conrad – “Cinnamon”
from: Waves / Keaton Conrad / January 27, 2017
[Debut full length from 18 year old Kansas native, Keaton Conrad mixes indie rock, house, jazz, and hip-hop. Conrad spent 2 years as the lead singer & keyboardist in the cover band ChangeUp, performing around KC. In 2015 he released a 5-song EP, Panic & Blame. ] [Keaton Conrad played the 4th annual PorchFest KC.]

[Keaton Conrad plays The Rino, 314 Amour Rd, North Kansas City, Fri, Dec. 22, at 7:00 PM with Late Nite Cavalry, and MikiP.]

10:29 – Underwriting

9. (80.) Mount Eerie– “Real Death”
from: A Crow Looked At Me / P.W. Elverum & Sun / March 24, 2017
[8th studio album from Mount Eerie, the musical project of Anacortes, Washington-based songwriter and producer Phil Elverum. Elverum (formerly of The Microphones) is the principal member of the band, but has collaborated with many other musicians on his records and in live performances. Most of Mount Eerie’s releases have been issued on Elverum’s label P.W. Elverum & Sun, Ltd., and feature inventive and highly detailed packaging with his own artwork. Elverum married Canadian artist and musician Geneviève Gosselin in 2003 shortly after meeting her. The two dated long-distance briefly before Geneviève moved to Washington to live with Phil. She recorded under the names Woelv and Ô Paon. Besides occasionally singing on each other’s records and playing in one another’s backing bands live, the couple did not collaborate artistically. The two did not want either of their artistic outputs to interfere with the other’s so they kept relatively quiet about their marriage. Occasionally one would mention that he or she was married, but not say who they were married to. In 2015, Geneviève was diagnosed with inoperable pancreatic cancer following the birth of the couple’s first child. After running out of funds to pay for Geneviève’s cancer treatments the two turned to the world and asked for their support through way of a GoFundMe page; an unexpected decision from the usually reclusive couple. On July 10, 2016, Geneviève died in the company of her husband and parents. The album’s release comes in wake of the passing of Elverum’s wife, Geneviève Castrée. On January 5, 2017, Elverum announced that he will “re-enter the world,” go on tour, and release a new album. The first single from A Crow Looked at Me, “Real Death”, was released on P.W. Elverum & Sun, Ltd.’s SoundCloud page on January 18, 2017, to widespread acclaim, netting the “Best New Track” distinction from Pitchfork. Paste wrote that in “Real Death”, “[t]he music gives Elverum all the room he needs to not so much sing, but document.”]

10. (79.) Dirty Projectors – “Little Bubble (Edit)”
from: Dirty Projectors / Domino Recording Co. / February 21, 2017
[2nd single from the 8th album, of the band and the follow up to Swing Lo Magellan, from 2012. Dirty Projectors are an American musical group, consisting of David Longstreth on vocals & guitar, Amber Coffman on vocals & guitar, Haley Dekle on vocals, Nat Baldwin on bass, Olga Bell on vocals & keyboards, and Michael Johnson on drums.]

11. (78.) The Como Mamas – “Move Upstairs”
from: Move Upstairs / Daptone Records / May 19, 2017
[2nd full length album from one of the The newer addition to the Daptone Family. tThe Como Mamas are three lifelong Gospel singers from the small town of Como Mississippi. On their debut album, the critically acclaimed album ‘Get an Understanding’ from 2013, there are only three instruments – The powerful, raspy voice of Ester Mae Smith, the deep soothing voice of Angela Taylor, and the energetic, spirited vocals of Della Daniels. The harmonies they create are so powerful, musical accompaniment is not missed. In December of 2015, The Como Mamas took their first trip from their home in Como, Mississippi up to Harlem, New York to crush the Apollo Theater as part of the Daptone Super Soul Revue. Taking full advantage of their presence in town, the Daptone crew brought Ester Mae Wilbourn, Della Daniels and Angelia Taylor into the House of Soul the week after the show to join forces for the first time with the musicians and studio that has defined their label’s sound. Jimmy Hill, Thomas Brenneck, Homer Steinweiss, and Bosco Mann, all stalwarts of the Daptone stable, came together as “The Glorifiers Band,” to put down a churning musical foundation for these amazing singers. The results are some of the heaviest tracks that Daptone has cut to date.]

12. (77.) Nick Siegel – “Slum By The Sea”
from: Awake from The Golden State / Nick Siegel / August 25, 2017
[2nd single from the debut EP from Nick Siegel who writes: “I write aggressive piano rock music. I strike the 88 keys because one of them must be the key to your heart (oh the charm!). I grew up playing music in Chicago and moved to Kansas City in 2010 when I joined The Casket Lottery. Now venturing on my own, I’m excited to release a new record that will knock your clothes off. Book me, like me, come out and see me and I’ll introduce you to a fine mix of fast fingers, great hair and awkward banter. I’m Nick Siegel. I’m the piano rock you need in your life.”]

[Nick Siegel plays The Riot Room, Fri, Dec. 22, at 8:00, with Search and Seizure, Y U M, The Hillary Watts Riot, Brave the Spirit.]

13. (76.) Adult Mom – “Tenderness”
from: Soft Spots / Tiny Engines / May 19, 2017
[Adult Mom began as the solo project of Stephanie Knipe in a Purchase College dorm room in 2012. Honesty and intimacy form as Knipe writes clever pop songs that offer a glimpse into the journey of a gender-weird queer navigating through heartache, trauma and subsequent growth. Soft Spots, the project’s sophomore LP, is an exploration into the physical and emotional acts of opening up, the vulnerability that produces love, and then ache. Knipe shares with us their process of learning how to cradle and understand their own softness without finality, a story without an end.]

14. (75.) Sky Smeed – “Lunker Bass”
from: Lunker Bass / Sky Smeed / February 1, 2017
[Sky Smeed was born and raised outside of Chanute, Kansas, in an old, one-room schoolhouse his parents bought and turned into a home in the early 1970s. Last year, he sold the country home he built by hand and migrated to Lawrence, Kansas, a place that has provided a non-stop supply of creativity, community and culture, and began settling in to an old fixer-upper on the north side of the Kaw River. To date, Smeed has self-released five full-length albums: Flying High (2002), The Front Steps (2004), Mill River (2006), Sky Smeed (2012) and Drive All Night (2015). His sixth album, Lunker Bass (released February 1, 2017), was recorded and produced at The Ninth Ward Pickin’ Parlor in Lawrence by none other than award-winning folk duo Truckstop Honeymoon (Mike & Katie West).]

[Sky Smeed plays The Gospel Lounge at Knuckleheads, 2715 Rochester St. Saturday, Dec. 23]

15. (74.) Mavis Staples – “If All I Was Was Black”
from: If All I Was Was Black / Anti / November 17, 2017
[16th studio solo album from gospel R&B singer, actress and civil rights activist, born in Chicago, Illinois on July 10, 1939. She has recorded and performed with her family’s band The Staple Singers. She began her career with her family group in 1950. Initially singing locally at churches, appearing on a weekly radio show, the Staples scored a hit in 1956 with “Uncloudy Day” for the Vee-Jay label. When Mavis graduated from what is now Paul Robeson High School in 1957, The Staple Singers took their music on the road. Led by family patriarch Roebuck “Pops” Staples on guitar and including the voices of Mavis and her siblings Cleotha, Yvonne, and Purvis, the Staples were called “God’s Greatest Hitmakers.” With Mavis’ voice and Pops’ songs, singing, and guitar playing, the Staples evolved from enormously popular gospel singers (with recordings on United and Riverside as well as Vee-Jay) to become the most spectacular and influential spirituality-based group in America. By the mid-1960s The Staple Singers, inspired by Pops’ close friendship with Martin Luther King, Jr., became the spiritual and musical voices of the civil rights movement. They covered contemporary pop hits with positive messages, including Bob Dylan’s “A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall” and a version of Stephen Stills’ “For What It’s Worth”. Livin’ on a High Note was produced by M. Ward the album features songs written specifically for Staples by Nick Cave, Justin Vernon, tUnE-yArds, Neko Case, Aloe Blacc, and others. Mavis!, the first feature documentary about Staples and the Staple Singers, directed by Jessica Edwards, had its world premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival in March 2015. Mavis! was screened in theaters and on HBO in February 2016. Staples was briefly married to Spencer Leak in 1964; they divorced when Staples would not end her music career to stay home. She has no children. In the 2015 documentary Mavis! she reveals that Bob Dylan once proposed to her, and she turned him down. The album was written and produced by Jeff Tweedy. Staples said the album “brings us all together as a people. That’s what I hope to do. You can’t stop me. You can’t break me. I’m too loving. These songs are going to change the world.” Tweedy described the message of the album: “I’ve always thought of art as a political statement in and of itself-that it was enough to be on the side of creation and not destruction. But there is something that feels complicit at this moment in time about not facing what is happening in this country head on.]

16. (73.) Joon Moon – “Tiger (Radio Edit)”
from: Moonshine Corner / Kwaiden Records / September 29, 2017
[First full length album from band formed in 2014 in Montmartre area of Paris. This follows the June 2017 release of their EP Tiger, their April 2016 EP, Call Me, and their October 2015 EP Chess. Joon Moon is the meeting of House producer Julien Decoret, drummer Raphael Chassin and American expat and singer/song writer extraordinaire Krystle Warren. After ten years of touring the world playing double bass with Marc Collin’s Nouvelle Vague ensemble, alongside excursions into house music on the Yellow Productions Art of Disco compilations, not to mention co-producing Florent Marchet’s Bamby Galaxy album, it was time for songwriter/producer/renaissance man Julien Decoret to dedicate his heart and soul to a new challenge. With Raphaël Chassin, (Hugh Coltman, Vanessa Paradis, Pauline Croze) on drums, helping out with the production and arrangements, and Sébastien Trouvé as sound engineer, Decoret set out on his retromodern Joon Moon mission, laying out the contours of a world where trip-hop, jazz, soul and electronic music live side by side, sharing their joys and sorrows. The only missing element was that one last bit of magic, a voice that could take the project to ever-loftier heights. Enter Krystle Warren. She had worked with Rufus Wainwright, and Scritti Politti’s Green Gartside, and had made forays into house music herself by providing vocals to two cuts off Hercules and Love Affair’s, The Feast of the Broken Heart. That’s not even mentioning her own band, Krystle Warren and The Faculty – and its three albums – which display her impressive grasp of soul music, folk, blues…With Tiger, the band’s social concerns are brought to the forefront. A timely piece from a Franco-American band about the need to question authority and the power structure of society. Tiger sees its tension build up like an onimous populist, and turns into defiance. Art and love in a movement towards emancipation.]

11:00 – Station ID

17. (72.) The Safes – “Hometown”
from: Tasty Waves / Hidden Volume Records / September 8, 2017
[The Safes are Frankie O’Malley on vocals, guitars, drums, piano, Wurlitzer, vibes, bells; Patrick O’Malley on vocals, guitars; Dex Fontaine on drums; Curt Schmelz on bass. The record includes special guest musicians:
Siobhan Hunter on violins, Dominique DiValerio on french horn, and Ben Levin-O’Leary on trumpet. Produced, Recorded, Mixed by Patrick O’Malley. Recorded, Mixed by Brian Deck. Mixed by Frankie O’Malley. Recorded at IV Lab and StudiO’Malley. Mixed at StudiO’Malley and at Brian Deck’s home studio. Mastered by Josh Bonati at Bonati Mastering. Assistant Engineer at IV Lab – Shane Hendrickson. Photograph: Andrew Ballantyne. All songs written by Frankie O’Malley, except “Streets and Sanitation”: lyrics written by Frankie and music written by Patrick & Frankie. http://www.thesafes.com.] [The Safes play Crossroads Music Festival, September 9 at 10:00 at The Brick on the Do816 Stage.]

18. (71.) The Good Hearts – “Sinking Boat”
from: A Beginner’s Guide to The Good Hearts / The Good Hearts / May 21, 2017
[The Good Hearts are a 4-piece soulful folk-pop group with an emphasis on strings and warming hearts. Their unique brand of folk music is led by singer songwriter, Nicole Cain with powerful vocals & acoustic guitar, Shannon O’Shea on violin & background vocals, Anna Cook on cello & background vocals, and Aaron Derington on percussion. This Kansas City based group are described as “folk pop with touches of old country and soul thrown in.” The Good Hearts have played the Plaza Art Fair, The Folk Music Festival, and Boulevardia. More info at: http://www.thegoodheartsmusic.bandcamp.com] [The Good Hearts played the Wednesday MidDay Medley 90.1 KKFI Day Party at Middle of The Map Fest, Saturday, May 6, ]

[The Good Hearts are currently working on their new debut album full length with Kristie Stremel serving as producer.]

19. (70.) Pieta Brown – “Street Tracker”
from: Postcards / Lustre Records / March 10, 2017
[Postcards features a number of Brown’s musical friends, including Calexico, Bon Iver, Mark Knopfler and the Pines. She compiled the album by writing simple acoustic demos of what would become the album’s songs, sending them to the musicians that make up Postcards‘ roster of guests, and having those artists finish the tracks. Brown and her collaborators never worked in the same room, which lent the album its distance-implying title. Released on Brown’s new, in her words, “underground label” Lustre Records. Pieta Brown was born in 1973 in Iowa City, Iowa. Her early upbringing was in Iowa. 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. As a musician and singer-songwriter she has released five albums and four EPs. 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. Her next album Remember The Sun was released in 2007 and was cited as one of the year’s best in a The Wall Street Journal article. After the release of her next album, One and All, Brown joined Mark Knopfler’s North American tour, had a string of performance dates with John Prine, participated in a full orchestral show with Brandi Carlile, and embarked on her own performance tour in Australia. Brown’s 2009 EP, Shimmer was produced by Don Was after hearing her on his car radio in a live solo performance. In addition to Mark Knopfler, John Prine and Brandi Carlile, Brown has shared stages with JJ Cale, Emmylou Harris, Richard Thompson, Ani DiFranco, Calexico, Neko Case, Mason Jennings, Shawn Mullins, Carrie Rodriguez and Jim Lauderdale. She has performed at festivals throughout North America including Bonnaroo, Mountain Jam, Edmonton Folk Music Festival and more. Her national radio credits include performances on eTown and Mountain Stage. Brown is married to guitarist and producer, Bo Ramsey.]

20. (69.) Big Thief – “Black Diamonds”
from: Capacity / Saddle Creek Records / June 9, 2017
[Debut album from Brooklyn, NYC, based Big Thief is lead vocalist and songwriter Adrianne Lenker, Buck Meek on guitar, Max Oleartchik on bass, and James Krivchenia on drums.] [Big Thief played The Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence, Thur, Oct. 12 at 8:00 PM w/ Mega Bog.]

21. (68.) Las Cafeteras – “If I Was President”
from: Tastes Like L.A. / Las Cafeteas / April 14, 2017
[Chicano band from East Los Angeles, California. Their music fuses spoken word, folk music, with traditional Son Jarocho, Afro-Mexican music and zapateado dancing. The band started out as students of the Eastside Café, a community space in El Sereno, LA, where they took Son Jarocho classes. Influenced by music from Veracruz, Mexico and eager to teach others about it, they started formally playing in 2005. Since forming, they have shared the stage with artists such as, Caifanes, Lila Downs, Juanes, Ozomatli, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Their namesake derives from the organization where they took classes. To honor women, they feminized their group name by naming themselves Las Cafeteras, rather than Los Cafeteros. Las Cafeteras’ songs have themes and references that range from the Civil Rights Movement, United Farm Workers, DREAM Act, immigration reform to female homicides in Ciudad Juárez. Their song, “La Bamba Rebelde”, a remake of The traditional Mexican song from the state of Veracruz “La Bamba”, denotes their Chicano pride. They say that they construct their music as a tool for creating positive change and inspiring others to do so. Band Members include: Daniel French on vocals, jarana, MC; David Flores on requinto jarocho; Denise Carlos on vocals, jarana, zapateado, glockenspiel; Jose Cano on cajón, Native American flute, harmonica; Hector Flores on vocals, zapateado; Leah Gallegos on vocals, quijada, zapateado.] [Las Cafeteras played Folk Alliance International 2017 Conference.]

22. (67.) Pageant Boys – “Last Rites”
from: Shadowboxing EP / The Record Machine / May 19, 2017
[On what was originally slated to be a short trip to Istanbul, Alex Sheppard started recording music with his girlfriend’s laptop and a bluetooth headphone mic. None of Sheppard’s previous musical efforts incorporated electronics in a major way; “It was born of necessity,” says Sheppard. The songs on his new EP, Shadowboxing, came out of those original sessions. The songs are a sensual and almost effervescent approach that combine R&B elements with electronic and processed instrumentation. While in Istanbul, Sheppard established a routine in collaborating with a close friend and poet. He said they developed a fairly specific daily routine for working on music, with the intent of finishing songs, regardless of their quality. “I would wake up at 8 in the morning and start the song and get the chord structure. And then at 10, he would wake up and I would show him what I had. I’d make breakfast, and then I’d show him the melody I wanted for the vocal line. He’d go down and start writing the lyrics, we’d eat breakfast, and he’d have the lyrics written after we got done with breakfast. At 1, I’d start recording the vocals. It was a good schedule.” Sheppard has been writing and recording for the last decade even though he is just in 20’s. Before Sheppard started performing and recording as Pageant Boys he released several albums as Alexandre. Shadowboxing is the maturation of Sheppard’s artistic vision and introduction to a larger audience.] [Pageant Boys played Crossroads Music Fest, Sat, Sept. 9 .]

[Pageant Boys play the Sonic Spectrum Tribute Series to New Order, Thursday, December 28, at recordbar 1520 Grand, with Calvin Arsenia, Mysterious Clouds, Sinple, Vacay Vay, and FAC 816 featuring members of Emmaline Twist, and Black Water.]

23. (66.) Laura Marling – “Next Time”
from: Semper Femina / More Alarming Records / March 10, 2017
[6th studio album from Laura Beatrice Marling was born February 1, 1990, from Eversley, Hampshire. Her debut album Alas, I Cannot Swim, her second album I Speak Because I Can, and her fourth album Once I Was An Eagle were all nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in 2008, 2010, and 2013, respectively. She won the Brit Award for Best British Female Solo Artist at the 2011 Brit Awards, and was nominated for the same award at the 2012 and 2014 Brit Awards. The youngest of three daughters, Marling learned guitar at an early age. Her father, Sir Charles William Somerset Marling, the 5th Marling Baronet, ran a recording studio, introduced her to folk music and shaped her musical taste, an experience that Marling later described as, “a bit of a blessing and a bit of a curse….[because] I couldn’t slot myself into the age-appropriate genre”. Marling received a scholarship to attend Leighton Park School, a private Quaker school in Reading, Berkshire. During her secondary school years she felt uneasy around other people and was afraid of death. Marling dated Noah and the Whale singer/guitarist Charlie Fink briefly before the pair separated in 2008. She also dated Marcus Mumford of Mumford and Sons until late 2010. She moved to Silver Lake in Los Angeles, California in 2013, before relocating back to London in December 2014. In September 2013, Marling explained: “I am a solitary person but I love people, I’m not a misanthrope. I like the idea of speaking only when it’s strictly necessary. The closest I ever feel to people is in shared experience. I’m still exploring that, I don’t know where it’s going to lead me.]

11:29 – Underwriting

24. (65.) Via Luna – “Upstairs Neighbor”
from: Wilt / Via Luna / April 28, 2017
[3rd EP release in 3 years form the KC based Instrumental Post Rock / Math Rock band, with Gregory Baker on guitar, Christopher Gordon on guitar, Mike McDonough on drums, and Blain Bridges on bass.] [Via Luna played an EP Release Show for Wilt, April 28, at Californos, with Le Grand, Riala, and Parents.]

25. (64.) The MGDs – “Snakebite”
from: Somos Como Somos / The MGDs / November 4, 2017
[From the band’s new EP, their 3rd studio release. Matt Davis on drums, percussion & vocals, Greg Bush on bass, Damon Parker on keyboards & vocals, Scott “Snoof” Middleton on guitar, Rudy Vasquez on saxophones, and Eric Martens on trumpet. This Kansas City based 6-piece band that mixes piano and brass with a dynamic rhythm section that adds a unique flavor to the iconic Kansas City music culture, blending of funk and blues with soulful stylings. In what started as a 3-piece between longtime friends in 2008, the MGDs have evolved into a potent powerhouse, high-energy ensemble with regular monthly appearances at the Phoenix, and appearances at the Sunset Music Fest, the City Market Crawfish Fest, the 6th annual Phoenix Fest, Crossroads Music Fest, Middle of The Map Fest, Boulevardia, The Plaza Art Fair, Kauffman Stadium before two Kansas City Royals games. In 2016 the band released their 2nd studio LP, “Wake Up”.] [The MGDs played an EP Release show, Saturday, November 4, at 9:00 pm, at The Black Dolphin.]

[The MGDs play The Riot Room, Sat, Dec. 30, at 8:00 PM with Pink Royal, Dylan James Guthrie, and Sara Nicole Glass.]

26. (63.) Claire Adams – “Boom”
from: Waiting for The Winds to Change / KG&G Records / October 22, 2017
[1st single from 5-song EP, featuring new recordings of original songs by Claire Adams on vocals, guitar, & bass; Katy Guillen on guitar & harmony vocals; Lennon Bone on drums. Recorded, mixed & mastered by Duane Trower at Weights + Measures Soundlab, Kansas City, MO. More info at: http://www.claireadamsmusic.com]

[Katy Guillen & The Girls play B.B.’s Lawnside BarB-Q, 1205 E. 85th Street, on Friday, Dec. 15]

27. (62.) Black Stacey – “Electric Woman”
from: Electric Chariot / Sharaden Staten / June 2 2017
[Black Stacey is Sharaden Staten, a Missouri native, whose music brings the spirit of “Electric Church” to the Midwest. Sharaden, a 25-year-old, having grown up in the back woods of central Missouri, and couch surfed his way into the KC metro, pairs subtle notes of R&B, funk, soul, and rock; dramatically blending it into a raw eclectic mix. In 2015 Sharaden began writing, recording and producing Black Stacey’s debut, “Electric Chariot”. A project that has given him a solid foundation in the KC music scene, gaining him spots on local radio and the opportunity to work with producer Joel Nanos (Madisen Ward and The Mama Bear, Radkey, Sly/Robbie & the Taxi Gang). More infor at http://www.blackstacey.com.]

[Black Stacey plays Davey’s Uptown Friday, January 12, with Gypsy Rose Frequency, and Oxykitten.]

28. (61.) Hembree – “Had It All”
from: Had It All – EP / Ribbon Music / Expected November 3. 2017
[Formed in November of 2015, band members include: Isaac Flynn, Garrett Childers, and Eric Davis. “Had It All” the single was released July 26, 2017. Engineered by: Isaac Flynn and Hembree. Produced by: Eric Hillman and Hembree. Mixed by: Joe Visciano. Mastered by: TW Walsh. Hemmer are currently on a multiple city North American tour opening for JR JR, the band formally known as Dale Earnhart Jr. JR JR is Detroit-area natives: Josh Epstein and Daniel Zott.]

29. (60.) Soul Revival – “Comeback”
from: Back to Love – EP / Soul Revival / June 2, 2017 [Debut EP from R & B – Soul duo, Soul Revival, KCK based producer, and musician and keyboard player, Desmond Mason is originally from Los Angeles. He went to Southeast High school and studied History and Higher Education at UMKC. Desmond has worked at Park University, and the American Jazz Museum. Desmond is a versatile performer and composer, who desribes his music as “firmly rooted in KC Kazz, R & B, gospel, and hip-hop music and strives to be something that the audience can feel in their spirit.” Derick Cunigan is a singer, songwriter who is originally from St. Louis, Missouri. He studied broadcasting at Northwest Missouri State University. He has worked for KMBC, Steel City Media and KBEQ, KFKF, KCTV5. More info at http://www.soulrevivalmusic.com]

30. (59.) Pink Royal – “Bring It On Back”
from: Do You Mind EP / Pink Royal / September 12, 2017
[Experimental groove pop, 5-piece band based in Lawrence, Kansas with Steven LaCour on guitar & vocals, Josh Dorrell on guitar & vocals, Alex Hartmann on drums, Nick Carswell on bass & vocals, Vik Govindarajan on Keyboards & vocals. Music and Lyrics by Pink Royal (except Tracks 3 & 6 by Pink Royal and Dylan Guthrie.) Recorded and produced by Jim Barnes. Mastered by Dalton Brand at WaveBurner Recording.]

[Pink Royal play The Riot Room, Sat, Dec. 30, at 8:00 PM with The MGDs, Dylan James Guthrie, and Sara Nicole Glass.]

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

Please tune into Wednesday MidDay Medley throughout December as we present our 4-week special: The 117 Best Recordings of 2017 on December 20th, and 27th.

Next week, December 20, 10-Noon, we continue with part 3 of our 4 week series, The 117 Best Recordings of 2017, we’ll count down #58 through #30, and we’ll hear representative tracks from: The Whiffs, Instant Karma!, Eems, Jametatone, Lovergurl, Run With It, Mad Libby, The Sluts, KD Kuro, Erica Joy, Of Tree, Khrystal, Erin Keller, Nature Boys, David George, Broken Arrows, Kevin Morby, Sheer Mag, Curtis Harding, Japanese Breakfast, Sampha, Beck, Diet Cig, Jackie Shane, Phoebe Bridgers, The New Pornographers, Hurray For The Riff Raff, The National, and St. Vincent

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

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