WMM Playlist from April 17, 2019

Wednesday MidDay Medley
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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Rita Chiarelli & Mikal Shapiro & Topeka Freedom Singers
+ Sean Mawhirter & Mundo Nouvo + Emmaline Twist

1. “It’s Showtime Folks”
from: Orig. Motion Picture Soundtrack All That Jazz / Casablanca / Dec 20, 1979
[WMM’s opening theme]

2. The Get Up Kids – “The Problem Is Me”
from: Problems / Polyvinyl Record Co / May 10, 2019
[KC / Lawrence KS based band with Matt Pryor on vocals & guitars, Jim Suptic on guitar, Rob Pope on bass, James Dewees on keyboards, Ryan Pope on drums. Formed in 1995, the band was a major player in the mid-1990s emo scene, otherwise known as the “second wave” of emo music. As they gained prominence, they began touring with bands such as Green Day and Weezer before becoming headliners themselves, eventually embarking on international tours of Japan and Europe. The Get Up Kids Members Rob Pope is also in the band Spoon; Jim Suptic is in the bands: Blackpool Lights, and Radar State; James Dewees is in the band Reggie and the Full Effect; and Matt Pryor performs often as a solo artists, and in the bands: Radar State, and The New Amsterdams. On their new album Problems—their first full-length in eight years—The Get Up Kids examine everything from life-changing loss to loneliness to the inevitable anxiety of existing in 2019. But by sustaining the essence of their sound—anthemic choruses with sing-along-ready melodies—the band highlights those troubles as a shared experience, giving way to an unbreakable solidarity. And at the heart of Problems is an invaluable element the band’s embodied since their 1997 debut Four Minute Mile: a penetrating lyricism that’s both acutely introspective and indelibly resonant. // The follow-up to 2018’s Kicker EP, Problems came to life in Bridgeport, Connecticut, with the band holing up together for a three-week span. Working with Grammy Award-winning producer Peter Katis (Kurt Vile, Japandroids, The National), The Get Up Kids took a characteristically riff-driven yet decidedly pop-minded approach to song structure, while also allowing themselves a new sense of creative freedom. “At one point with this band, if we came up with something that felt too much like when we first started out, we would’ve said, ‘No, we can’t do that anymore,’” says Pryor. “These days we’ve learned how to write without roadblocking the ideas that come naturally to us.” // Kicking off with lead single “Satellite,” Problems opens on a stark arrangement of acoustic guitar and stripped-bare vocals, then bursts into brightly crashing rhythms and lyrics revealing the time-bending quality of The Get Up Kids’ songwriting. “I started writing ‘Satellite’ about my son who’s 14 and a total introvert—not antisocial, he just genuinely likes to keep to himself,” says Pryor. “But then somewhere down the line I started singing about myself—about how even when you’re playing a show to a room full of people, I can still feel anxious and isolated.” // Throughout Problems, The Get Up Kids again prove themselves attuned to the nuance of highly specific emotions, and ultimately validate the messiest and most nebulous of feelings. On the joyfully swinging, piano-heavy “The Problem Is Me,” for instance, the band explores the notion of embracing your own romantic dysfunction, while “Salina” captures a small moment of melancholy with sweeping intensity and sprawling guitar work. Later, on “Your Ghost Is Gone,” The Get Up Kids deliver a gently devastating piano ballad sparked from an instrumental piece Dewees wrote soon after his mother’s death. // Through the years, The Get Up Kids have purposely pushed themselves toward previously unexplored songwriting material. “I’m 41 now, I could never write a song like when I was 19—all those ‘I miss my girlfriend’ kind of songs,” Suptic says. “It’s always important to us to write about wherever we are right now.” As shown on Problems, the resulting output both preserves the beloved spirit of The Get Up Kids and creates an entirely new context for their music. “A big part of the reason why we started writing new songs in the first place is that we have things we want to say about this moment in time,” says Pryor. “We’re still so connected to our past and where this all came from—it’s definitely a celebration of the fact that we still get to do this.” ]

3. Weyes Blood – “Andromedia”
from: Titanic Rising / Sub Pop Records / April 5, 2019
[Weyes Blood is Natalie Mering, born June 11, 1988, in Santa Monica, CA and grew up in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. She has released 4 albums and an EP. Both her siblings and parents are musicians and music played an important part in her upbringing. Her older brother, Zak Mering, is also a noteworthy recording artist, producer and songwriter under the “Raw Thrills” alias. At the age of 15 Mering began using the moniker Wise Blood to write songs. She changed to Weyes Bluhd on several self released records before changing the spelling to Weyes Blood. She took the name from the Flannery O’Connor novel Wise Blood. At the same time, while working on her own material, she toured the underground music scene with bands Jackie-O Motherfucker and Nautical Almanac. In 2011 she released the album The Outside Room as Weyes Blood And The Dark Juices on Not Not Fun Records. Uncut magazine described the album as “the vibe is devotional and ethereal, but with an edge”, while Beatbots found it “an impressive and ambitious album”. Natalie released her second record in October 2014 called The Innocents, which was released through Mexican Summer. In 2016 she released the album Front Row Seat to Earth on Mexican Summer to great acclaim throughout the music industry, and has spent the past few years touring throughout Europe and the states.]

4. Lambchop – “Everything for You”
from: This (Is What I Wanted to Tell You) / Merge Records / March 22, 2019
[Lambchop, originally from Nashville, was ever a band with a “core” lineup, Lambchop has consisted of a large and fluid collective of musicians focused around its creative centre, frontman Kurt Wagner. AllMusic referred to tLambchop as “arguably the most consistently brilliant and unique American group to emerge during the 1990s”. Initially indebted to traditional country, the music has subsequently moved through a range of influences including post-rock, soul and lounge music. Whatever the style, the characteristic mood of Lambchop’s music is evoked by Wagner’s distinctive songwriting: lyrically subtle and ambiguous, the vocals melodic but understated. Not so long ago, Lambchop had a famously sprawling line-up, toting a dozen or so members around the world and into the studio to document elliptical country-soul mutations. But in recent years, the band has become a more personal vehicle for Kurt Wagner. Anchored by him and framed by bassist Matt Swanson and Wagner’s incorrigibly grinning foil, the pianist Tony Crow, the Lambchop of this decade has become more pliant and adaptable, opening itself to unexpected collaborators that give Wagner’s thoughts and feelings the shape they need for each new album.]

5. Shy Boys – “Dim The Light”
from: Dim The Light / Brick By Brick – Single / Polyvinyl Record Co. / February 15, 2019
[New single release and follow up to the band’s second album and Polyvinyl debut, Bell House. Shy Boys line-up consists of brothers Collin Rausch and Kyle Rausch, Konnor Ervin, Kyle Little and Ross Brown. The group formed shortly after the trio became roommates in 2012. Kyle Rausch and Konnor Ervin were already band mates in the indie-pop band The ACBs and Collin had been playing for years in the Kansas City area in various bands. The three shared a love for 1960s era pop rock and soon started writing their own music. In 2014 they released the self-titled Shy Boys on High Dive Records. The album received generally positive reviews and the single “Bully Fight” was featured on Spin.com. In June 2014 the band recorded and released two more singles and one of them, “Life Is Peachy,” was featured on Stereogum. On April 4th, 2018, it was announced that the band had signed to Polyvinyl Record Co.]

[Shy Boys play VooDoo Lounge 1 Riverboat Dr, KCMO, with Berwanger And Kid Computer on Saturday, April 20 at 7:30 PM]

10:18 – Underwriting

6. LK Ultra – “Two Spirit”
from: Demos For Bengal / LK Ultra / March 19, 2019
[Lawrence, Kansas based 4-piece indigenous-fronted, queer music, straight from the birthplace of emo. Formed by Lily Pryor, Inez Robinson, Aoife Conway, and August Hyde. The EP release was mixed and recorded by Mitchell Hewlett in The Coop.]

[LK Ultra play an All Ages Show, at Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts St, Lawrence on Friday, April 19, with an early show at 6:00 pm and a late show at 10:00 pm for Tune In! A Girls Rock Lawrence Fundraiser and Rebrand Announcement with a new name that represents the range of identities we serve and a new mission statement that better reflects our goal: to amplify the voices and ideas of local youth through social justice and musical expression.]

7. Rita Chiarelli – “These Four Walls”
from: Music from the Big House Soundtrack / Mad Iris Music / April 5, 2011
[Rita Chiarelli was called “the goddess of Canadian blues” by CBC Radio One. Born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario, Chiarelli began performing in Ronnie Hawkins’ band in the early 1980s. She spent several years in Italy. When she returned to Canada, she attracted the attention of film director Bruce McDonald, who included her “Have You Seen My Shoes?” on the soundtrack to his 1989 film Roadkill. Chiarelli and Colin Linden recorded a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Highway 61 Revisited” for McDonald’s 1991 film Highway 61. Chiarelli released her debut album the following year. She has released 9 solo albums. Just Getting Started and Breakfast at Midnight were both nominated for the Juno Award for Best Blues Album. For her last release, Music From The Big House Soundtrack, Rita again collaborates with Director Bruce McDonald in a film that chronicles Rita’s pilgrimage to the birthplace of the blues, Louisiana State Maximum Security Penitentiary a.k.a Angola Prison, where Rita plays music with inmates serving life sentences.]

Rita Chiarelli & Mikal Shapiro on the April 17, 2019 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley.

10:30 – Interview with Rita Chiarelli & Mikal Shapiro

Rita Chiarelli was called “the goddess of Canadian blues” by CBC Radio One. Born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario, Chiarelli began performing in Ronnie Hawkins’ band in the early 1980s. She spent several years in Italy. When she returned to Canada, she quickly attracted the attention of film director Bruce McDonald, who included her “Have You Seen My Shoes?” on the soundtrack to his 1989 film Roadkill. Chiarelli and Colin Linden recorded a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Highway 61 Revisited” for McDonald’s 1991 film Highway 61, and Chiarelli released her debut album the following year on Stony Plain Records. She has released nine solo albums, two of which, Just Getting Started and Breakfast at Midnight were nominated for the Juno Award for Best Blues Album. For her last release, Music From The Big House Soundtrack, Rita again collaborates with Director Bruce McDonald in a film the chronicles her pilgrimage to the birthplace of the blues, the Louisiana State Maximum Security Penitentiary a.k.a Angola Prison, where Rita plays music with inmates serving life sentences. Rita is now in Kansas City working on a new documentary project that began at Folk Alliance International with Mikal Shapiro.

Mikal Shapiro

Mikal Shapiro is a singer, songwriter, artist, filmmaker, puppeteer, ring-leader. Mikal Shapiro is the founder of State City Films – a new media house based in KCMO that she founded to create content that amplifies independent voices and tells stories that ache to be told through documentary and experimental filmmaking practices. Mikal Shapiro has worked on commercial, non-profit and independent productions since 2008. She was Director of Photography for the regional Emmy award-winning film “Tipping Point.” She studied Film History, Film, & Writing at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York. She received her MFA in Film/Video/New Media/Animation from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2012. She has been involved in music and the arts for over two decades. Mikal’s full length solo releases “The Crow The Lark And The Loon” from 2008, and “For Good” from 2010 and “The Musical” from 2017 and “The Musical II” from 2018 have been acclaimed by local music writers.

Rita Chiarelli and Mikal Shapiro join us to talk about their work to facilitate a music program inside the Topeka Correctional Facility for Women. This project culminates with a concert on May 4 that will be presented to their fellow inmates, families, victims, and the community. Authorities from the Department of Corrections will be invited to attend including the Kansas Governor Laura Kelly. Rita & Mikal are currently in the midst of 10 days of filming, with an all-female crew, inside the facility.

Rita Chiarelli & Mikal Shapiro thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

Rita Chiarelli

Text from their Kickstarter Campaign:

We just heard “These Four Walls” from the Music From The Big House Soundtrack. Rita I heard you explaining in an interview that you “‘cold called” the Louisiana State Maximum Security Penitentary to begin the process of bringing a film crew into the prison.

Rita collaborated with Director Bruce McDonald in a film the chronicle her pilgrimage to the birthplace of the blues, Louisiana State Maximum Security Penitentiary a.k.a Angola Prison, where Rita plays music with inmates serving life sentences.

How It Began… Two years ago, through Folk Alliance International, acclaimed Canadian musician and film maker Rita Chiarelli and cinematographer Mikal Shapiro of State City Films were invited into ‘The Topeka Correctional Facility for Women’ in Kansas. For two days, the mission was to bring, perform and share some music with its inmates.

What They Found…It was quickly discovered that unlike penitentiaries that house male inmates, where there are instruments available and some forms of music programs, the women’s facilities more often than not have none, such was the case in Topeka.

So…Rita Chiarelli began to work with the women, teaching them to sing some traditional tunes, and encouraging them to bring into the mix their own writings.

What happened next…midst the bonding that came through working together on the music, stories of unbelievable abuse that the women have suffered in their lives started to emerge. They shared stories of beatings and frankly abuse too difficult to imagine. As Rita and the inmates worked together, the women’s voices began to ‘rise’, begging to be heard.

This story needs to be told…Why? – A phenomenon is happening. While abuse against women is on the rise… more women are being incarcerated than ever before. Sometimes the abuser is the system itself…poverty, social injustice…this story will reveal what some women in society are going through and what leads to their incarceration. Their stories reveal that they too are victims of the detrimental effects of poverty, addiction, physical and sexual abuse and assault.

Now What? A Film…Rita and Mikal plan to go back in. Rita will bring the healing power of music to this maximum security facility .Through the compassionate eye of Mikal’s lens; she will follow Rita as she works with a group of talented inmates and adds music to their compelling writing.

This work will culminate in a concert… a concert that will be presented to their fellow inmates, families, victims and the greater community. Authorities from the Department of Corrections will be invited to attend including the Kansas Governor Laura Kelly.

This concert is an opportunity for the inmates to express their thoughts and emotions as well as reveal a side of themselves that will showcase their humanity. Their expressions set to music and sung out in what will be a cathartic culmination of a difficult yet liberating soul search for the women involved. And through the power of music, these women will ask us all for a little more understanding, forgiveness and maybe another chance.

What we leave behind…Rita has been in touch with an organization that brings instruments and music programs to prisons that have none. They are now in contact to possibly facilitate a music program in Topeka Correctional Facility for Women. The impact this project could have on the wider public is also considerable. What goes on behind the gates of a prison–from the lives of the state employees and guards, to those imprisoned inside the cells–often goes unseen and unheard. This lack of transparency contributes to a lack of accountability on our justice system as well as stigma and stereotypes of lives behind the wall. Creative work that connects people on “both sides of the fence” contributes to a healthier dialogue around crime, crime prevention, justice, rehabilitation, and redemption and an unsustainable system for controlling crime. Bringing artists and musicians into the dialogue can help highlight our collective humanity and work to facilitate criminal justice reform.

Rita and Mikal have planned 10 days of filming with an all-female crew, and a budget of $32,500 to cover this project’s initial costs of filming this documentary.

The Team
Rita Chiarelli – Director/Producer
Mikal Shapiro – Producer/Director of Photography
Khitam Jabr – 1st Assistant Camera/Camera Operator
Alexandra Lambdin – Audio Engineer/Boom Operator
Courtney Williams – Production Assistant

This project has been two years in the planning.

10:39

8. “T” – “T’s Rap”
from: T’s Rap / Mikal Shapiro footage / April, 2019
[Recorded on camera inside the Topeka Correctional Facility for Women]

We’re talking with Rita Chiarelli & Mikal Shapiro about their work to facilitate a music program inside the Topeka Correctional Facility for Women. This project culminates with a concert on May 4 that will be presented to their fellow inmates, families, victims, and the community. Authorities from the Department of Corrections will be invited to attend including the Kansas Governor Laura Kelly. Rita & Mikal have planned 10 days of filming with an all-female crew inside the facility.

10:42

9. Autumn – “Autumn’s clip for radio”
from: Topeka Freedom Singers / Mikal Shapiro footage / April, 2019
[Recorded on camera inside the Topeka Correctional Facility for Women]

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10:45

10. Vegas – “Vegas’s Verse clip for radio”
from: Topeka Freedom Singers / Mikal Shapiro footage / April, 2019
[Recorded on camera inside the Topeka Correctional Facility for Women]

We’re talking with Rita Chiarelli & Mikal Shapiro heir work to facilitate a music program inside the Topeka Correctional Facility for Women. This project culminates with a concert on May 4 that will be presented to their fellow inmates, families, victims, and community. Rita & Mikal have planned 10 days of filming with an all-female crew inside the facility.

Rita Chiarelli & Mikal Shapiro thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

Rita Chiarelli & Mikal Shapiro on the April 17, 2019 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley.

10:50

11. Rita Chiarelli – “I Can Change For You”
from: Breakfast At Midnight / Mad Iris Music / May 8, 2001
[Rita Chiarelli may very well be the most powerful singer in Canada! Bringing her brand of rock & blues to an ever-increasing loyal audience since she was 15 years old, Rita finished high school in Hamilton Ontario and formed the band Battleaxe, a nine piece R&B band which toured Canada and the US. She then joined the Ronnie Hawkins school of rock and roll for a year and in 1981 left Canada on a trip to Italy, staying six years, touring and working in studios. // Back in Canada in the late 1980s she released a succession of independent singles and had one of her most powerful songs, “Have You Seen My Shoes?”, used on the soundtrack of Bruce McDonald’s Canadian-made movie Roadkill, now a cult favorite. // The success of the first Stony Plain album Road Rockets helped cement Chiarelli’s solid reputation on the club circuit as an exciting, powerhouse performer with a stunning 3 octave range and a no-holds-barred delivery that rocked audiences across North America and Europe. Her 2nd album was co-produced with John Switzer, best known for his work with Jane Siberry, and featured guest appearances by Juno Award-winning guitarist & songwriter Colin Linden and members of country rock band Prairie Oyster. All songs with the exception of the Elvis Presley hit “Love Me” were written by Rita, who’s developed her songwriting skills to the point that other artists are paying attention; Long John Baldry recorded Rita’s song “Midnight in Berlin” on his Right To Sing The Blues. – Parsifal.com]

Heidi Lynne Gluck

12. Heidi Lynne Gluck – “Sadness Is Psychedelic”
from: Pony Show / Lotuspool Records / August 26, 2016
[Lawrence, Kansas based Heidi Lynne Gluck is a songwriter, singer and multi-instrumentalist originally from the middle of Canada. After transplanting herself from the plains of Manitoba to the midwestern United States, Heidi quickly became an in-demand player, performing on stage and in the studio both as a solo artist and with renowned musicians including Juliana Hatfield & Some Girls, Margot & The Nuclear So and Sos, Lily & Madeleine, The Pieces, The Only Children, and others. Heidi Lynne Gluck released the single “Party Line” on Too Much Rock on August 3, 2018.]

11:00 – Station ID

Sean Mawhirter on the April 17, 2019 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley.

11:00 – Interview with Sean Mawhirter

Sean Mawhirter, is originally from Wichita, Kansas. He is a guitarist and educator. During his over 20 years in the Kansas City metro music community, he has performed in a variety of settings and styles. Sean is a member of the Kansas City Guitar Society and Fractured Atlas. Sean Mawhirter is also the Artistic Director of Mundo Nouvo, KC’s salsa orchestra whee he also plays guitar in the band, Mundo Nouvo has been honing its style for three years and are ready to release their first full-length album, “Mejor Tarde Que Nunca.” This group play an Album Release Concert, Friday, April 19, at 8:00 PM, at The 10 Spot, 1000 Broadway, Blvd., KCMO.

Sean Mawhirter thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

Combining both Spanish and Haitian-Creole language, Mundo Nouvo [‘mun.do-nu.vo] means “New World”. This ensemble looks to source its material from the roots of Afro-Caribbean music with special emphasis on Cuban and Haitian traditions.

At its fullest, Mundo Nouvo operates as an 11-piece Salsa Orchestra that plays the dance halls for crowds that love the timeless groove of guaracha, merengue, mambo, etc.

This band also adapts to smaller formations (3-8 instruments) to play its repertoire in jazz clubs, restaurants, as well as concert programming.

Mundo Nouvo, KC’s salsa orchestra celebrating it’s first full-length album, “Mejor Tarde Que Nunca.”

Mundo Nouvo

Led by veteran Cuban singer Ramon Terrada.

Mundo Nouvo also includes Jose Miguel Ramos on congas & coro vocals, Felipe “Tato” Ramos on timbales & coro vocals, Tony Ramos on bongos, Will Crain on piano, Daniel Nonweiler on bass, Sean Mawhirter on guitar, Guy Montes on flute & coro vocals, Janne Silfverberg on trombone, Lawrence Jackson on trumpet, David Cunningham on trumpet and frequent contributors: Paul Roberts on piano, Armando Gutierrez on trumpet, and Pat Conway on Congas/Bongos & Drumset.

This group has been honing its style for three years and are ready to share an Album Release Concert, Fri, April 19, at 8:00 PM, at The 10 Spot, 1000 Broadway, Blvd., KCMO.

More information at: http://www.mundonouvo.org

Having assembled some of the best talent in Kansas City, this is not only an active band but a fiscally sponsored Arts Organization that has partnered with the Global Birthing Home Foundation (GBHF) to support their efforts with Maison de Naissance (translates to ‘Birth House’) in Torbeck, Haiti.

Maison de Naissance, a modern, culturally appropriate maternal center, was established in 2004 in Torbeck, Haiti, and is sponsored by GBHF, a 501(c)3 non-profit public charity based in Leawood, KS. Since its establishment, Maison de Naissance has delivered over 4,700 healthy babies, and conducted more than 132,000 consultations.

While all of the revenue raised through the fiscal sponsorship will be attributed to the overhead of maintaining the musical ensemble, the ticket sale proceeds will be donated to the Global Birthing Home Foundation (GBHF).

11:07

13. Mundo Nouvo – “La Esencia del Guaguanco”
from: Live at Kansas Public Radio / Mundo Nouvo – KPR / February 22, 2018

11:12 – Interview with Sean Mawhirter

We are talking with Sean Mawhirter, Artistic Director of Mundo Nouvo, Kansas City’s salsa orchestra celebrating it’s first full-length album, “Mejor Tarde Que Nunca” with an Album Release Concert, Friday, April 19, at 8:00 PM, at The 10 Spot, 1000 Broadway, Blvd., KCMO.

Sean Mawhirter thanks for being with us on WMM.

Johnsoncountylifestyle.com reported on Sean Mawhirter travels abroad in both Haiti and Cuba for monthlong research trips in an effort to conduct further study into the musical roots of these two countries that are the guiding inspiration for Mundo Nouvo. This involved formal courses taken at two music academies and private studies with some of the nations’ finest instrumentalists.

For Mawhirter, was quoted as saying, “There are so many wonderful ways educate yourself in music nowadays, but there is no substitute for being in the context of the art. After all, how can you say that you know someone without sitting at their table?”

“I’m really excited about what is down the road for us”, Mawhirter says. “Aside from the academic aspect, there’ll be instruments coming back with me for our educational outreach with K-12 schools. Also, we’re looking to get some of these master musicians up here to perform with us in future concert events for Kansas City audiences.”

Mundo Nouvo has been honing its style for three years and are ready to share an Album Release Concert, Fri, April 19, at 8:00 PM, at The 10 Spot, 1000 Broadway, Blvd., KCMO.

Sean Mawhirter thanks for being with us on WMM.

Mundo Nouvo, KC’s salsa orchestra is celebrating it’s first full-length album, “Mejor Tarde Que Nunca” with an Album Release Concert, Friday, April 19, at 8:00 PM, at The 10 Spot, 1000 Broadway, Blvd., KCMO. More information at: http://www.mundonouvo.org

11:19

14. The Phantastics – “Heartbreaker”
from: Life of the Party – EP / Kemet Creative / August 24, 2018
[Eight member band from Kansas City formed in December 0f 2010 made up of: Kemet the Phantom -lead vocals; Kim “Phirst Lady” Newsome on lead vocals; JJ Cantrell on lead guitar & vocals; Danny Florez on electric bass; Ashley Thompson on drums, Ernest Melton on saxophone; Ryan Davis on Trombone and rap vocals; Austin Quick on keyboards. The Phantastics specialize in genre-blending dance floor activators. In 2015, the music group was crowned “Kansas City’s best party band” by the Kansas City Star. Musicianship and diversity are at the core of their success. Rock, Rap, Dance, Funk, Jazz and Soul are all incorporated into their music. “The band that can do it all”, according to I Heart Local Music, has shared the stage with some of music’s most legendary acts including George Clinton and the Parliament Funkadelic.]

[The Phantastics play The Jazzhaus of Lawrence, 926 Massachusetts St, with Tyler Sanford and the Coalition, Saturday, April 20, at 10:30 PM.]

15. Son Volt – “While Rome Burns”
from: Union / Thirty Tigers / March 29, 2019
[9th studio album from St. Louis, Missouri based band formed in 1994 after the break up of Uncle Tupelo. Jay Farrar on vocals & guitar & harmonica, Andrew Duplantis on bass & backing vocal, Mark Patterson on drums, Chris Frame on guitar, and Mark Spencer on keyboards & steel guitar.]

[Son Volt plays Knuckleheads, 2715 Rochester St. KCMO, on Tuesday, April 23, at 8:00 PM.]

16. Hi-Lux – “Dance With My Baby”
from: Hi-Lux – EP / Hi-Lux / February 1, 2018
[Originally released as a single on August 15, 2017. Now included in this 6 song EP. HI-LÜX is Julia Haile on vocals, Nick Howell on keyboards & organ, Kian Byrne on drums and vocals, Pete Leibert on bass, Tim Braun on guitar. Hi-Lux is based in KC. The band brings together elements of soul, reggae and funk for a unique and dance inspiring sound. More info at: http://www.hi-lux.bandcamp.com]

[Julia Haile Trio with Tim Braun on guitar and Brendan Culp on drums play The Phoenix, 302 W. 8th, KCMO, Saturday, April 20, at 9:30 PM]

11:28 – Underwriting

17. Priests – “The Seduction of Kansas”
from: The Seduction of Kansas / Sister Polygon / April 5, 2019
[Priests are a post-punk band from Washington D.C. Formed in 2012, they are composed of Katie Alice Greer on vocals, Daniele Daniele on drums, Taylor Mulitz on bass, and G.L. Jaguar on guitar. Strong proponents of DIY ethic, Priests have autonomously released three EPs through their independently run label Sister Polygon Records, as well as tapes and singles from acts such as Downtown Boys, Snail Mail, Shady Hawkins, and other local D.C. bands. In an interview with the Diamondback, guitarist G.L. expressed their commitment to “do it yourself” approaches in creating exposure for corporately marginalized music, “It’s important to try and make safe and supportive art spaces in communities that are very much community oriented.” In 2017, Priests released their full-length debut LP Nothing Feels Natural which found itself on several best albums of 2017 lists including Billboard, NPR, the Atlantic, Will’s Band of the Week, and Pitchfork. On inauguration day, just days before the release of the album, the band played an event which they helped organize called NO: A Night of Anti-Fascist Sound Resistance in the Capital of the USA at the Black Cat. Rolling Stone described the band as “forging jagged incantations that challenge norms ranging from the driving forces of capitalism to punk’s own chest-beating macho traditions.]

[Priests play recordBar, 1520 Grand BLVD. KCMO, on Tuesday, July 9, at 9:00 PM.]

15. Drugs & Attics – “So Tuff”
from: Clean Their Room / High Dive Records / April 19, 2019
[High Dive Records debut from Kansas City based 3-piece premiere party drug rock band.]

[Drugs & Attics play Minibar, 3810 Broadway Rd, KCMO with Dreamgirl and The Whiffs, Thursday April 18, at 9:00 PM celebrating the release of Drugs & Attics new record.]

[Drugs & Attics play Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence, w/ High WestHus, JC& The Nuns, and The Whiffs on Sat, April 20, at 10:00 PM celebrating the release of Drugs & Attics new record.]

16. Emmaline Twist – “Oblivion”
from: Dissimulation / Black Site / August 24, 2018
[Debut LP from Emmaline Twist, Kansas City’s Darkwave / Post-Punk / Shoegaze project. In 2017 the band released “Dissimulation 1,” four songs in digital format, their first since 2016’s single release of “Vega” b/w “Moon Eyes.” The band is Meredith McGrade on vocals & guitar, Kristin Conkright on bass, Jonathan Knecht on drums, and Krysztof Nemeth on baritone guitar. Recorded, Mixed, and Produced at Massive Sound by Paul Malinowski, and Mastered by Mike Nolte at Eureka Mastering. Matched with compelling cover-art created by Amy Abshier. Alex Alexander joined the band on synthesizers & guitar.]

Kristin Conkright & Krysztof Nemeth on the April 17, 2019 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley.

11:40 – Interview with Kristin Conkright & Krysztof Nemeth of Emmaline Twist

Emmaline Twist released their debut album “Dissimulation” on August 24, 2018 on Black Site Records. The record was in the Top 10 of WMM’s 118 Best Recordings of 2018. members of Emmaline Twist join us in our 90.1 FM Studios. Emmaline Twist play recordBar, 1520 Grand Boulevard, KCMO, Friday, April 19, at 8:00 PM with The Foreign Resort, Nite, and Monta At Odds. More information at http://www.emmalinetwist.com

Kristin Conkright and Krysztof Nemeth, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Emmaline Twist is: Meredith McGrade on vocals & guitar, Kristin Conkright on bass, Jonathan Knecht on drums, Krysztof Nemeth on baritone guitar, and Alex Alexander on keyboarders & guitar.

From the band’s website:
These veteran musicians first came together in early 2016 and immediately found an audience eager for their moody, darkwave sound. They produced their first video single, “Vega” (dir. Steve Gardels), later that same year. In the Fall of 2017, they self-released the digital EP, Dissimulation I, as well as their second video — “Desperate Measures” (dir. Matt Lepley). In August of 2018 Emmaline Twist released its debut vinyl LP, Dissimulation, on the Kansas City record label cooperative, Black Site. The album contains four brand new tunes plus completely remastered versions of the four tracks from the 2017 EP. Also in the Summer of 2018, the band released a 45 rpm single of “Vega” (b/w “Moon Eyes”) on Kansas City’s eat.hear.records.

Starting with the solid foundational rhythm section of Jonathan Knecht on drums and Kristin Conkright on bass, keyboardist Alex Alexander, baritone guitarist Krysztof Nemeth, and singer/guitarist Meredith McGrade add layer upon layer of structure and minimalist detail to reveal clean, tightly-crafted songs that are not so much autobiographical documents as they are universal pronouncements ─ sonic explorations of a dark-yet-hopeful aesthetic that is truly a reflection of these anxious times.

Emmaline Twist doesn’t “write songs”. This band constructs vast soundscapes that evoke the urgent, anxious energy of bustling cities enveloped by a sonic atmosphere as wide as the prairie sky. With the workmanlike spirit that is the hallmark of Midwestern rock music, Emmaline Twist combines the angular rhythms of post-punk with the dreamy ambience of shoegaze to create a sound unique to this Paris on the Plains.

This Friday Night will also be the last Emmaline Twist show for quite awhile as they are starting pre-production on their next record and will be recording during the summer.

Kristin Conkright & Krysztof Nemeth on the April 17, 2019 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley.

Kristin Conkright and Krysztof Nemeth, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Emmaline Twist

Emmaline Twist play recordBar, 1520 Grand Boulevard, KCMO, Friday, April 19, at 8:00 PM with The Foreign Resort, Nite, and Monta At Odds. More information at http://www.emmalinetwist.com

11:56

20. Emmaline Twist – “Starcrossed”
from: Dissimulation / Black Site / August 24, 2018
[Debut LP from Emmaline Twist, Kansas City’s Darkwave / Post-Punk / Shoegaze project. In 2017 the band released “Dissimulation 1,” four songs in digital format, their first since 2016’s single release of “Vega” b/w “Moon Eyes.” The band is Meredith McGrade on vocals & guitar, Kristin Conkright on bass, Jonathan Knecht on drums, and Krysztof Nemeth on baritone guitar. Recorded, Mixed, and Produced at Massive Sound by Paul Malinowski, and Mastered by Mike Nolte at Eureka Mastering. Matched with compelling cover-art created by Amy Abshier. Alex Alexander recently joined the band on synthesizers & guitar.]

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

Next week on April 24 Allaudin Ottinger joins us to share music from his new release “Vision Bewilderment & Love” and he brings along special guests HuDost.

Also next week we talk with Mike McCoy and Amy Farrand who share information about their fundraiser for Brianne Grimmer, supporting her medical expense fund, on Friday, April 26, at 6:00 PM, at recordBar, 1520 Grand BLVD. KCMO, with Amy Farrand & The Like, Pamper The Madman, Cher UK, Drop A Grand, Knife Crime, Godzillionaire, KC Bear Fighters, and Mahoots.

And, Shaun Crowley of Momma’s Boy and Manor Records shares details about Manor Records Speaks Up – Sat, April 27 at 9:00 pm, at miniBar, 3810 Broadway, with Mild Cats, The Golden Fleece, Mouton, Momma’s Boy, The Rub’s, and Drugs & Attics, Manor Records will also release “The Bennett Tapes” in honor & memory of a good friend Bennett Jones featuring a live un-released track from his old band Shortsweather. The bands & musicians are uniting for a purpose with all door proceeds going to the KC chapter of SPEAK UP, raising awareness about suicide & depression and to help end the stigma associated with suicide. Speak Up stands for Suicide Prevention Education Awareness for Kids United as Partners. More info at http://www.speakup.us

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

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Show #782

WMM Playlist from Feb. 6, 2019

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

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Betse Ellis + Marion Merritt
+ Todd Albright + Keaton Conrad

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

2. The Buhs – “Can’t Let Go”
From: Can’t Let Go – Single / The Buhs / February 14, 2016
[The Buhs is a super band collective with singers Julia Haile, Lee Langston, and Anthony Saunders along with emcees Reach and Les Izmore., and Ryan J. Lee, Hermon Mehari, Ben Leifer, Tim Braun, Brad Williams and Kinyon Price. IThe band shot a beutiful music video for this song on location in Paris. More info at: http://www.thebuhs.com. Singer Julia Haile is the lead singer for the band Hi-Lux. She also performs with the Julia Haile Trio and The Julia Haile band with guitarist Tim Braun and drummer Brendan Culp.]

[Julia Haile Band plays The Phoenix, 302 West 8th Street, KCMO, on Saturday, Feb 9, at 5:00 PM.]

[Julia Haile plays A Valentine’s Day Show at Y.J.s, February 14, at 7:00 with Port Jen Harris.]

3. Betse Ellis – “Another Night Gone”
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 one of Kansas City’s treasured bands The Wilders, an acoustic honky-tonk band, that toured nationally and internationally for 15 years, and released 10 albums. In 2011 the band ended. One if the side projects of The Wilders was a band called The Whittlers, made of up of Phil Wade and Tom Livesay who recorded 4 full length albums from 2000 to 2004 while they worked together at the Kansas City Art Institute. The Whitlers were the first to record this song written by Betse Ellis, and released on the finally album, Nobody’s Happy, from 2004, with Tom on Vocals, Ike Sheldon on Piano, Phil Wade on Guitar. The track was recorded as a surprise for Betse.]

10:08 – Winter Fund Drive Co-Hosts: Betse Ellis and Marion Merritt

Betse Ellis

Betse Ellis is originally from Fayetteville, Arkansas. She received her Bachelors of Arts in Music and a Bachelors of Arts in English, from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. She has been playing the Violin for over 40 years, with over 20 years playing fiddle and also working as a teacher of music. Betse was one of the founding members of the critically acclaimed and internationally known band, The Wilders. Betse has released two solo records, and for the last several years is recording and performing with her partner, multi-instrumentalist Clarke Wyatt, as Betse & Clarke. Their debut album, “River Still Rise” was in our Top Ten, of The 116 Best Recordings of 2016. In 2017 their special analog recorded collection of tunes released on cassette called, Tunes We Like, was in our 117 Best Recordings of 2017.

Betse Ellis, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Marion Merritt

Marion Merritt is our most frequent contributor to WMM, She grew up in Los Angeles, and St. Louis. She went to college in Columbia, Missouri. She studied art and musical engineering, and is a avid lover of classic films and punk rock music. She saw Talking Heads on their first U.S. tour when they played One Block West, in 1978. For 13 years she has been sharing her musical discoveries and information from her musically-encyclopedic brain on Wednesday MidDay Medley. Marion has joined us for every on-air fund drive to help raise funds for the MidCoast Radio Project. Marion is founder of Records With Merritt, at 1614 Westport Rd. in Kansas City, Missouri. Records With Merritt features, weekly in-store performances from young and upcoming bands, holds meetings for a vinyl listening club, and was once the location for a wedding. More information at: http://www.recordwithmerritt.com

Marion Merritt thank you for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

Non-Commercial, Community Radio, means that three times a year, we interrupt our regularly scheduled programming, to ask YOU our beautiful-listeners, to help us continue 90.1 FM’s unique, 24-7 programming. The spirit of this station is kept alive by hundreds of volunteers who passionately donate their time and abilities to keep the transmission of our 100,000-watt-signal alive. We are a operated by a not-for-profit organization, incorporated over 40 years ago, called The MidCoast Radio Project. YOU are the reason we are able to stay alive.

10:15

4. Calvin Arsenia – “Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around”
from: Live at Greenwood Social Hall / Calvin Arsenia / Unreleased, 2017
[From Calvin’s June 11, 2017 live performance at Greenwood Social Hall, 1760 Bellevue, KCMO. The first known recording of this song was by the Dixie Jubilee Singers, May 30, 1924. The first known printing of the song was by Clarence Cameron White, 1927, Forty Negro Spirituals, Theodore Presser Co. Philadelphia. “Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around” is an old spiritual song that was introduced in Albany, Georgia, by Reverend Ralph Abernathy during the summer of 1962 when mass arrests and demonstrations erupted for the second time during the Civil Rights Movement. Dr. Abernathy taught the song to a mass meeting of the Negro community at Mount Zion Baptist Church, in one night. It immediately caught on and became widely used in the demonstrations. Sources: Sing for Freedom: The Story of the Civil Rights Movement through its songs, edited and compiled by Guy and Candie Carawan.]

[Calvin Arsenia performs in Songs of Freedom: Honoring Black America History & Music, Sunday, February 10, at 7:00 PM, at Community Christian Church, 4601 Main St, KCMO. This special one-night event celebrates the legacy and resilience of Black People of Kansas City and America. The show includes: spirituals, anthems, songs from the civil rights movement, and classics featuring the voices of Calvin Arsenia & Misha Roberts, with Everett Freeman on piano, Brad Williams on drums, Reggie Watkins on organ, James Ward on bass. Also featuring special guest vocalists: Christopher Barksdale-Burns, Hope McIntosh, and poets: Glenn North and John Baker.]

5. Bob & Una Walkenhorst – “Get On The Bus”
from: For Tomorrow / BAT Records / October 12, 2018
[25 year old Una Walkenhorst is a singer/songwriter from Kansas City, Missouri. Following the release of her debut album “Scars” in 2014, Una immediately had “new fans. . . coming out of the proverbial woodwork” (AXS). Paired with refreshingly raw vocals, Una’s heartfelt lyrics “will stop you in your tracks (at once beautiful and chilling),” wrote Gilded Palace Radio, as she weaves stories of genuine human experience. 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. This year 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, in clear beautiful harmonies, with that extra special shared musical DNA, that can be heard in the harmonies of The Carter Family, Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, or Shy Boys.]

[Bob & Una Walkenhorst open for Brewer & Shipley, Saturday, February 9, at 8:00 PM – Liberty Hall, Lawrence, KS]

6. Hembree – “Culture”
from: House on Fire / OREAD Records / Expected April 26, 2019
[First single from band’s upcoming full length album debut. This Kansas City based band was formed in November of 2015. Band members include: Isaac Flynn, Garrett Childers, Eric Davis, Alex Ward and Austin Ward. This new single was written by Isaac Flynn and Eric Davis and performed by Hembree. The track was produced by Eric Hillman and Isaac Flynn and engineered by Joel Martin, Isaac Flynn, and Eric Hillman. The track was mixed by Joe Visciano at Studio 112 in Brooklyn, NY, and mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound. Hemree release their debut EP “Had It All” in Nov. 2017.]

10:32 – Underwriting

7. Keaton Conrad – “What Am I Supposed to Do?”
from: Nova / Keaton Conrad / February 1, 2019
[The 2nd full length album from 19 year old Kansas native, Keaton Conrad who released an original 5-song EP, Panic & Blame. In 2016 he recorded his first full-length LP entitled “Waves” released on Jan. 27, 2017.]

10:38 – Interview with Keaton Conrad

Keaton Conrad

KC musician and recording artist Keaton Conrad joins us live in our 90.1 FM Studios. Keaton Conrad has received critical acclaim, regarded as “exceptionally promising” by The Kansas City Star, and “making things happen on stages …with an engaging voice and passion for creating good music” by Ink Magazine. Conrad spent two years as the lead singer & keyboardist in the band ChangeUp, performing all around Kansas City. In 2015,

Keaton Conrad released his debut EP, Panic & Blame, which contained five original songs that were heavily inspired by the pop rock sound he grew up on. His first full-length album, Waves, followed in January 2017 which ranged in style from pop rock to hip-hop to ambient. Keaton Conrad has just released his second full length album Nova, on Feb 1.

Keaton Conrad, thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

19 year old Kansas Native, Keaton Conrad records all of his own music in his home studio, mixing and mastering it all..

Keaton Conrad recently played an Album Release show for his new record Nova, Friday, February 1, at 7:00 at the Rino, 314 Armour Road, North Kansas City with The Moose, and Eems.

Keaton grew up in Olathe, Kansas (as did Calvin Arsenia, and Duncan Burnett). Keaton sang in High School Choir and performed in Olathe North West High School musicals.

Keaton Conrad is navigating the KC Music Scene while also working through his second year in college at University of Missouri at Kansas City.

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

10:49

8. Keaton Conrad – “I Think I Fell in Love with You”
from: Nova / Keaton Conrad / February 1, 2019
[Keaton Conrad is a recording artist from Kansas City. He has been regarded as “exceptionally promising” (The Kansas City Star) and “making things happen on stages …with an engaging voice and passion for creating good music” (Ink Magazine). In 2015, Keaton Conrad released his debut EP, Panic & Blame, which contained five original songs that were heavily inspired by the pop rock sound he grew up on. His first full-length album, Waves, followed in January 2017 which ranged in style from pop rock to hip-hop to ambient. Conrad spent 2 years as the lead singer & keyboardist in the cover band ChangeUp, performing around KC.]

We are The Voice of The Community – 90.1 KKFI offers 104 different radio programs. 84 of these programs are locally created and produced and hosted and engineered and written by over 100 different people, who create content, and personally handcraft each show, each week. There are 143 hours each week of locally produced handcrafted programs. You we not find this kind of representative diversity anywhere else on your radio dial. Or from any singular source on your computer. It is very special. It needs to be nourished and kept alive in a world of corporate, nationally owned, commercial or religious broadcasting. Not only do we bring the most diverse and unfiltered news and information, but our musical playlists are very deep, and comprehensive. In one week you can hear over 2000 different songs played, in Blues, Jazz, Folk, Hip Hop, Reggae, Classical, World, Americana, Southern Soul, Fusion, Soul, Rock, New Wave, Electronic, Native, Local, Old Timey, Rockabilly, Women’s, Children’s, Gospel, and Experimental. With all of this, you also hear the voices from the hundreds of KKFI volunteers, and thousands of guests from the community, who share their stories, while broadcasting live from our non-commercial, midtown studios, here at 39th & Main, in the center of our metro, across two states, and many cities, and hundreds of communities, and thousands of radios. At http://www.wednesdaymiddaymedley.org you can find our playlists from the last 8 years.

10:59 – Station ID

9. The Philistines – “1971”
from: The Backbone of Night / The Record Machine / June 4, 2016
[KC based rock band with a psychedelic bent, made up of: Kimmie Queen on lead vocals; Cody Wyoming on lead guitar & vocals; Steve Gardels on drums, Rod Peal on guitar; Josh Mobley on keyboard, and Barry Kidd on bass. (For this record Michelle Bacon played bass & backing vocals.) Recorded & mixed with Paul Malinowski at Massive Sound Studios and mastered by Mike Nolte at Eureka Mastering.]

[The Philistines play the MidCoast Takeover Fundraiser #2, Friday, February 8, at 8:00 PM, at recordBar, 1520 Grand Boulevard, KCMO with Cadillac Flambé, and Momma’s Boy.]

[The Philistines play Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS, Saturday, February 9, at 10 PM with Stone Grower, and Sona.]

10. Stacy Busch – “End in Flames”
from: Music from “Mass” / Stacy Busch / Unreleased February, 2018
[28 year old Stacy Busch is Operations Manager for Owen/Cox Dance Group. Stacy is originally from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. She is a multimedia artist & performer. Her collaborative concert experiences are designed to be provocative and accessible to cultivate broader artistic interest and, reach under-served and/or misrepresented communities. Stacy is the founder and president of No Divide KC, an arts and social justice non-profit that creates artistic events for various social causes. Stacy’s work has been performed nationally as well as in France and Iceland. She recently partnered with Gilda’s Club KC, Owen/Cox Dance and Charlotte Street Foundation to compose and perform the music for “Collective: Our Stories of Cancer.” In 2018, her service with No Divide KC will include partnerships with the Kansas City Ballet School and the Johnson County Library. Stacy’s work has been performed at: the Kansas City Fringe Festival, Art in the Loop Kansas City, the experimental concert series ArtSounds, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City and UMKC Composer’s Guild Concerts. She has partnered with the Kansas City Streetcar, the UMKC dance program, Charlotte Street Foundation and the electronic music non-profit KcEMA. In addition to Kansas City, Stacy’s work has been featured at the University of Colorado-Boulder, the University of Michigan, Western Michigan University, Central Michigan University. It has also been performed by ensembles including: Bent Frequency, the Beo String Quartet and the Zodiac Trio. She is a two-time ArtSounds Grant recipient, a UMKC Women’s Council Grant recipient and was a CITS Scholar at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Stacy received her Masters in Music in composition from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and her Bachelors in Music in composition from Western Michigan University. Her teachers include Rome Prize winners Paul Rudy and James Mobberley as well as Pulitzer Prize winners Zhou Long and Chen Yi. Other influential teachers include Guggenheim Fellow Curtis Curtis-Smith, Christopher Biggs and Lisa Coons. Prior to studying music, Stacy studied print journalism at Boston University.]

[Stacy Busch presents, Mass: Live Performance and Art Gallery, Saturday, February 9, 6:00pm Cocktail hour and Art Gallery / 7:00pm Live Performance, at Musical Theater Heritage, in Crown Center, 1800 Central St, KCMO. Multimedia artist and performer Stacy Busch is collaborating with Australian experimental artist Jade Suine and choreographer/dancer Tianna Morton to create Mass, a new music concert and exhibition. The project is born out of Busch’s month long journey at the Listhus Artist Residency in Northern Iceland, in which she experienced silence, isolation and extreme natural landscapes, which allowed Busch to uncover a more honest connection with her artistic voice and connect it to her spiritual practice. The full live performance is an evening length concert of new music largely conceived during her time in Iceland. Suine is providing a series of visual pieces and Morton brings all new choreography to the live performance. This concert event transports viewers to an environment that is unlike any other: the harsh yet breathtaking northern Icelandic landscape, which is meant to stir an ancient connection to the divine within each person and to transport the viewer someplace otherworldly. In this distinct atmosphere, the live performance will push the audience to explore themselves, and foster acceptance and empathy towards others.]

KKFI’s Mission Statement: KKFI is the Kansas City area’s independent, noncommercial community radio station. We seek to stimulate, educate and entertain our audience, to reflect the diversity of the local and world community, and to provide a channel for individuals and groups, issues and music that have been overlooked, suppressed or under-represented by other media.

11:13

11. Todd Albright – “My Money Never Runs Out”
from: Detroit Twelve String Blues & Rags / Third Man Records / March 10, 2017
[Todd Albright is a Country Blues, finger-style guitar player and singer living in Detroit, Michigan. Playing on 6 and 12 string guitars, Todd brings to life an era composed of, among others—Blind Lemon Jefferson, Sylvester Weaver, Blind Blake, and Big Bill Broonzy, throwing in the occasional John Fahey number for good measure. Todd’s history playing the Blues reaches 23 years, though he does not remember a time that a guitar wasn’t in his hands. He first heard the Country Blues at the age of thirteen, thanks to a gifted John Lee Hooker record from his sister. The experience was a profound one—the Blues felt right, and he immediately became a self-taught student of the genre aiming solely to interpret the sounds of the masters.]

[Todd Albright plays Records With Merritt, 1614 Westport Rd, Friday, February 8, at 7:00 PM with special guest Mikal Shapiro.]

11:16 – Interview with Todd Albright

Todd Albright

Todd Albright is a Country Blues, finger-style guitar player and singer living in Detroit, Michigan. Playing on 6 and 12 string guitars, Todd brings to life an era composed of, among others—Blind Lemon Jefferson, Sylvester Weaver, Blind Blake, and Big Bill Broonzy, throwing in the occasional John Fahey number for good measure.

Todd Albright plays Records With Merritt, 1614 Westport Rd, Friday, February 8, at 7:00 PM with special guest Mikal Shapiro.

Todd Albright, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

Todd’s history playing the Blues reaches 25 years, though he does not remember a time that a guitar wasn’t in his hands.

Todd first heard the Country Blues at the age of thirteen, thanks to a gifted John Lee Hooker record from his sister. The experience was a profound one—the Blues felt right, and he immediately became a self-taught student of the genre interpreting the masters.

Todd was playing music in a book store in Detroit, playing transition music between poets. Jack White was in the audience and heard Todd playing and offered him an opportunity to record with Third Man Records.

Todd has performed across the Midwest both as a solo musician and alongside his band of 20 years, The Staving Chain, which specializes in the Delta Blues.

Compelled by the golden age of the blues, Todd upholds the traditions of the masters such as Blind Willie McTell, George Carter, Blind Lemon Jefferson, and Leadbelly.

Throughout the years, Todd has enjoyed sharing the stage with notable musicians and friends such as Dakota Dave Hull, Roy Book Binder, Charlie Parr, and Paul Geremia. .

11:26

12. Todd Albright – “O Mary Don’t You Weep”
from: Todd Albright Folk Blues Night No. 9 / Todd Albright / February 18, 2014
[“O Mary Don’t You Weep” is a Negro spiritual that originates from before the American Civil War –scholars call a “slave song,” “a label that describes their origins among the enslaved,” and it contains “coded messages of hope and resistance.” It is one of the most important of Negro spirituals. The song tells the Biblical story of Mary of Bethany and her distraught pleas to Jesus to raise her brother Lazarus from the dead.With liberation thus one of its themes, the song again become popular during the Civil Rights Movement.]

[Todd Albright plays Records With Merritt, 1614 Westport Rd, Friday, February 8, at 7:00 PM with special guest Mikal Shapiro.]

13. Digital Leather – “White Man”
from: FEEET / Digital Leather / January 13, 2018
[“Feeet” is an eclectic compilation of mainly tape-only released songs written and recorded between 2008 and 2018. Ranging from catchy synth-pop to colder dark-wave tunes, these tracks represent a dark journey, where sometimes, despair reigns freely. Sometimes hatred is the only food there is. Sometimes love is an extended nightmare. But it goes further than that. This is the 15th album release from Omaha, Nebraska based Synth punk, New Wave, pop, lo-fi, and psychedelic musical project led by multi-instrumentalist Shawn Foree. Originally from Yuma, Arizona, Foree began calling his project Digital Leather when he moved to Tucson, where he studied American Literature at University of Arizona. He used student loan money to buy equipment. He managed to release his first three albums after recording them in his bedroom on labels such as Tic Tac Totally, Jay Reatard’s Shattered Records imprint, and FDH Records. He supported this “bedroom project” with several nationwide and European tours. Sorcerer, released on Goner Records in 2008, is a half-live, half-studio record. In 2009, Foree began working on a collection of songs in a fully operational studio. Released in September 2009 by Fat Possum Records, Warm Brother garnered positive reviews. After relocating to Omaha, Nebraska, a 5-piece band formed. They toured around and as a band with synth-leads courtesy of The Faint’s Todd Fink. Digital Leather writes: “We design our shifting realities. One minute, things make sense. The next minute, we are unraveled. We must fight to create ourselves or die.” Fueled on desert energy, cheap synthesizers, and 4-track home recorders, Digital Leather began as Shawn Foree’s one-man bedroom project in Tucson, Arizona. The music was intended to be shared with a small circle of friends only. Without warning, that circle grew. Digital Leather has since moved in several stylistic directions, but has always adhered to one law: nothing lasts. Shawn Foree writes: “I just keep writing. Usually I feel like my life is passing me by while I’m holed up in my apartment hunched over a synthesizer. It’s hard to maintain relationships when you live in your head all the time. Some people will treat you like you’re crazy for having an imagination. That’s bullshit on their part, but it still sucks to be chastised for having a brain, especially when it’s from someone you care about. The payoff is worth it, though, even if you lose that someone in the process. The raw energy of honest art, to express yourself in a real way, connects you to something higher than love. Creation is a unique high and I’m addicted to it. This album spans a long period of time and represents these kind of lows and highs well. The tracks have appeared on various small run releases, but now I understand that they belong together. It feels worth it.” The band writes: “We sincerely hope this exceptional collection of dark, outsider pop music feels fresh and alive to you. At least for the time being, before the world blows up.” All music invented by Shawn Foree. Human drum sounds provided by Jeff Lambelet, Sean Ruse, and Gregory Elsasser.

11:32 – Underwriting

In this past year, we’ve featured segments shining a light on: Bach Aria Soloist, KC Gamelan Genta Kasturi, The Workers Revival Festival, Open Spaces Kansas City, The Arts Asylum, KC PrideFest, Midwest Music Foundation and the MidCoast Takeover, Kansas City Public Library, The Midwest Innocence Project, Record Store Day, Folk Alliance International Conference, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. , Spinning Tree Theatre, Middle of The Map Fest, Shuttlecock Music Events, Clay Platte Montessori, a farm based School, American Jazz Museum, Never Records, KC Fringe Theatre Fest, Late Night Theatre, The Barn Players, Crossroads Music Fest, Lawrence Field Day Fest, Girls Rock! and the Annual Girls Rock! Camp, The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Apocalypse Meow, Union Station, Outer Reaches Festival, Plaza Art Fair, Bullseye Records, Black Site Records, Haymaker Records, Squeezebox Theatre, Crossroads KC, The Midland Theatre, Johnson County Performing Arts Series, Voltaire, Datura Records, Too Much Rock, Shelf Life, The Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, The Band That Fell To Earth A Tribute To David Bowie, The Kauffman Center for The Performing Arts, UMKC Conservatory of Music, and more…

11:41

14. Kat King – “Song From Spain”
from: Song From Spain – Single / Kat King / February 9, 2019
[Lawrence Kansas based singer songwriter Kat King released her last single “2017” October 18, 2018. She released her 5-song EP “Falling Up” on December 1, 2017. Kat King has been creating music since the 2nd grade. She’s produced one 13-song album and three EP’s, the first one released at the age of 14. ]

[Kat King is playing a Single Release Show, Saturday, February 9, at 9:00 PM, at The Brick, 1727 McGee St, KCMO with Blue False Indigo, and Chase The Horseman.]

15. Motherfolk – “Die a Little More”
from: Die a Little More – Single / Motherfolk / January 31, 2019
[Motherfolk began as a collaborative effort between Nathan Dickerson and Bobby Paver, two college friends with a penchant for writing songs with one another. In the first year of the project, the two songwriters made frequent trips to Nashville to record their first endeavor. In 2014, their eponymous debut album showcased the duo’s musical prowess through a genre-bending collection of elegantly crafted songs. Since then, Karlie Dickerson, Clayton Allender, Joel Call, and Ethan Wescott have joined Motherfolk’s ranks, and the band has made a name for themselves touring all across the nation. The outfit’s high-energy live performances have won over audiences from coast to coast, and their infectious musical persona has become one of the most exciting rising success stories in the indie scene. In 2016, Motherfolk released their 2nd album, ‘Fold’.]

[SoundMachineKC presents Motherfolk, Stay Outside, Faintheart, Thursday, February 7, at 9:00 PM, at miniBar, 3810 Broadway Rd, KCMO.]

11:56

16. Akkilles – “Feelin’ My Self”
from: Feelin’ My Self – Single / Akkilles / February 1, 2019
[Kansas City based Akkilles is the recording project of musician and composer David Bennett. Written by Akkilles. Made at Aorist Studios. Mastered By: Duane Trower of Weights & Measures SoundLab. Artwork: Original Photo & Photo Direction by Bryan Koehler (El Rey-Tones). Design: Jim Button (The Beholders). More info at http://www.akkilles.bandcamp.com.]

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

Next week on February 13 Marion Merritt is back as out Guest Producer, playing her latest sonic discoveries and sharing information for her musically encyclopedic brain.

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

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

Show #772

WMM presents Betse Ellis, Marion Merritt, Keaton Conrad & Todd Albright

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

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Betse Ellis + Marion Merritt
+ Todd Albright + Keaton Conrad

Mark plays The MidCoast Sound from: The Philistines, Calvin Arsenia, Bob & Una Walkenhorst, The Buhs, Akkilles, Kat King, Hembree, Stacy Busch, Betse Ellis, Keaton Conrad, Digital Leather, Todd Albright, and Motherfolk.

Betse Ellis

Betse Ellis, critically acclaimed fiddler, singer, and songwriter, and one half of Betse & Clarke returns to Wednesday MidDay Medley for the entire show as our special guest co-host.

Marion Merritt

Marion Merritt, longtime contributor to Wednesday MidDay Medley, and founder of Records With Merritt, also joins us as special co-host with Betse to encourage our diverse and loyal listeners to call 888-931-0901, to support 90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio during our Winter Fund Drive Show.

Keaton Conrad

At 10:35, Mark talks with Kansas City recording artist, Keaton Conrad who has been regarded as “exceptionally promising” by The Kansas City Star, and “making things happen on stages …with an engaging voice and passion for creating good music” by Ink Magazine. Conrad spent two years as the lead singer & keyboardist in the band ChangeUp, performing all around Kansas City. In 2015, Keaton Conrad released his debut EP, Panic & Blame, which contained five original songs that were heavily inspired by the pop rock sound he grew up on. His first full-length album, Waves, followed in January 2017 which ranged in style from pop rock to hip-hop to ambient. Keaton Conrad has just released his second full length album Nova, on Friday, February 1.

Todd Albright

At 11:15 we talk with Third Man Records recording artist, Todd Albright a Detroit, Michigan based, twelve-string finger-style guitarist who specializes in country blues. Compelled by the golden age of the blues, Todd upholds the traditions of the masters such as Blind Willie McTell, George Carter, Blind Lemon Jefferson, and Leadbelly. Todd’s history playing the blues reaches over 25 years. Throughout the years, Todd has enjoyed sharing the stage with notable musicians and friends such as Dakota Dave Hull, Roy Book Binder, Charlie Parr, and Paul Geremia. Todd Albright plays Records with Merritt, 1614 Westport Rd, KCMO, on Friday, February 8, at 7:00 PM with special guest Mikal Shapiro.

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STREAMING LIVE at: kkfi.org

Show #772