WMM Playlist from May 8, 2013

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

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Schwervon! + The Clementines
+ Emily Behrmann & the Performing Arts Series at Johnson County Community College

1. Janelle Monáe – “Q.U.E.E.N. (feat. Erykah Badu)”
from: Single Release (from upcoming: Electric Lady) / BadBoy Records / April 23, 2013
[Janelle Monáe moved from Kansas City, Kansas to New York to study theatre at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Her original planwas to pursue a career on Broadway, but she soon changed her mind and returned to music. After moving to Atlanta, GA, where she met OutKast’s Big Boi, Monáe founded the Wondaland Arts Society with like-minded young artists and madeappearances on Outcast’s Idlewild, where Janelle is featured on the songs “Call The Law” and “In Your Dreams”. In 2007, Monáe released her first solo work, titled Metropolis. A few months later she wassigned to Sean “Diddy” Combs’ label, Bad Boy Records.]

2. Not A Planet – “The Greatest Show On Earth”
From: The Few, The Proud, The Strange / Independent / May10, 2013
[Debut full-length release from KC based trio formed in 2010. Nathan Corsi, Liam Sumnicht, Bill Sturges.]

[Not A Planet plays a CD Release Party at Czar Bar this Friday, May 10, with Noah’s Ark Was A Spaceship, Month of May, and Appropriate Grammar.]

[Not A Planet performs LIVE at 90.1 FM CD Release Party – Times Four, Thurs, May 23, in KKFI’s Party Room. Featuring 4 KC bands: KanEyed, Two Headed Cow, Not a Planet, and Arm the Poor. Food, drinks, cds will be for sale. Advance tickets $5.00 and $8 at the door. More info at: KKFI.org.]

10:13 – Underwriting

10:15

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

[Lazy plays The Brick, Friday, May 10 with Cementarian, The Body, and Faultfinder.]

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

[GHOSTY plays The Bottleneck, Friday, May 17, with The Shy Boys, and Oils.]

5. Telekinesis – “Power Lines”
from: Dormarion / Merge Records / April 2, 2013
[Telekinesis is Michael Benjamin Lerner, an indie rocker based out of Seattle.]

[Telekinesis play The Riot Room, Saturday, May 18, with Deep Sea Diver, Outsides, and Me Like Bees.]

6. Howard Iceberg& The Titanics – “Baby’s Got A Dark Side”
from: Welcome Aboard / Independent / June 26, 2011
[7-CD set, includes over 100 original songs, feat. The Titanics: Gary Paredes on lead guitar, Dan Mesh on rhythm guitar, Scott Easterday on bass, Pat Tomek on drums. With contributions from over 70 localartists participating in Howard’s “never-ending recording project” conducted in Pat Tomek’s home studio.]

[Howard Iceberg & The Titanics play The Uptown Arts Bar, Friday, May 10, 7:00 to 9:00 pm.]

10:30 – Interview with Emily Behrmann

Emily Behrmann is General Manager of the Performing Arts Series at Johnson County Community College presenting cutting-edgeperformances, celebrity names, diverse cultures, dance and music. Emily joined us today to talk about their upcoming season of shows.

The 2013 – 2014 Season is connecting with local artists andcompanies, including: KC Ballet, Owen/Cox Dance Group and Bach Aria Soloists.

The season will also feature headliners: Rita Moreno, Taj Mahal, Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby and Arturo Sandoval.

The series also features 6 shows in the Polsky Theatre, nextdoor to Yardley Hall, including the Kinsey Sicks, America’s Favorite Dragapella Beauty shop Quartet, starring Trampolina – also known to KC audiences as Daisy Bucket.

Performing Arts Series at Johnson County Community College,12345 College Boulevard, Overland Park, KS. For more information about the Performing Arts Series at Johnson County Community College, you can call (913) 469-4445 or visit jccc.edu/TheSeries

Highlights from the upcoming 2013-2014 Performing Arts Series at Johnson County Community College

Nick Charles
Sunday, September 15
Charles is a regular at international festivals from Edinburgh, Scotland, to the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas.

Santa Fe & The Fat City Horns
Saturday, September 21
If you like Tower of Power or Earth Wind & Fire, you’lllove Santa Fe!

OWEN/COX DANCE GROUP
Founders Jennifer Owen and Brad Cox bring together some of Kansas City’s most talented artists, representing a variety of genres, to perform contemporary dance with live music. Their mission: to engage as wide anaudience as possible through affordable live performances, education andoutreach programs. We welcome them in residence at JCCC during Fall/Winter2013!

Petrouchka
8 p.m., Saturday, September 21
2 p.m., Sunday, September 22

The Nutcracker and the Mouse King
8 p.m., Friday, December 20
8 p.m., Saturday, December 21
2 p.m., Sunday, December 22

Omar Faruk Tekbilek
Thursday, September 26
Omar Faruk Tekbilek

Orchester Jakobsplatz München
Sunday, October 20
Founded under the leadership of Daniel Grossmann, musicians from more than 20 countries play rarely performed works by Jewish composers combined with music of the 20th and 21st centuries.

The Kinsey Sicks
Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26
America’s Next Top Bachelor Housewife Celebrity Hoarder Makeover Star Gone Wild

Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby
Friday, October 25

World Blues
Sunday, October 27
Taj Mahal (USA), Vusi Mahlasela (South Africa) and Fredericks Brown (New Zealand)

Shanghai Ballet, The Butterfly Lovers
Thursday, November 7
With a history spanning 33 years, the Shanghai Ballet has created and staged a production of The Butterfly Lovers.

An Evening with Rita Moreno
Saturday, November 16

Arturo Sandoval
Saturday, January 25

Ballet Memphis, Wizard of Oz
Friday, January 31 and Saturday, February 1

The Graduate
Saturday, February 8
L.A. Theatreworks

Diavolo, Transit Space
Friday, April 25 and Saturday, April 26

10:42

7. Knife Crime -“Falcon”
from: Single release / Independent / January 8, 2012
[Four piece , KC band formed in 1011. Falcon was recorded by Knife Crime, and mastered by Dave Gaume at Element Recording Studios. The band is getting ready for a new release.]

[Knife Crime play Davey’s Uptown Rambler’s Club, 3402 MainSt, KCMO, May 10, with Schwervon! and Sona.]

8. Schwervon! – “Truth Teller”
from: Courage / Olive Juice Records / September 28,2012

10:50 – Interview with Schwervon!

Nan and Matt of Schwervon!

Nan and Matt of Schwervon!

Schwervon! is a two piece rock band. Nan Turner plays drums and Matthew Roth plays guitar and they both sing. They lived in NYC for 15years and have just relocated to Kansas City. Last year they opened for bothThe Vaselines and Belle & Sebastian. They recorded Courage with Memphis-based engineer Doug Easley who has worked with Pavement, Sonic Youth, Cat Power.

Schwervon! is about to embark on their first West Coast tourthat officially kicks off: May 10th, at Davey’s Uptown Rambler’s Club, 3402 Main Street, KCMO, with Knife Crime, and Sona. More info at: schwervon.com

10:55

9. Schwervon! – “ Nova Scotia” (LIVE)

New music!!!

Western US Schwervon Bonanza Tour

Schwervon! has NEVER played out west before! They are goingto play rock shows from Kansas to California and up the west coast to the Northwest and back home through Utah and Colorado.

May 10 – Kansas City, MO @ Davey’s Uptownhttps://www.facebook.com/events/
May 14 – Denver, CO @ Three Kings
May 15 – Albequerque, NM @ Blackbird Buvette
May 16 – Phoenix, AZ @ Trunk Space
May 17 – Los Angeles, CA @ Echo County Outpost
May 18 – Santa Monica, CA @ Against The Stream BuddhistMeditation Society
May 20 – Isla Vista, CA @ Biko Info Shop
May 21 – San Francisco, CA @ 50 Mason Social House
May 22 – Oakland, CA @ Hi-Five (House)
May 24 – Portland, OR @ The Record Room
May 25 – Olympia, WA @ Northern
May 26 – Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey
May 27 – Seattle, WA @ Hotel Horseshit (House)
May 28 – Spokane, WA @ Baby Bar
May 29 – Boise, ID @ The Crux
May 30 – SLC, UT @ Burt’s Tiki Lounge
May 31 – Grand Junction, CO @ Casa Cyote
June 01 – Colorado Springs, CO @ The Coffee Exchang

11:00 – Station ID

11:03

10. Schwervon! – “Big Pink Eraser” (LIVE)
Also available on: Courage / Olive Juice Records / September 28, 2012

In Deli KC Magazine, Deli Editor Michelle Bacon asked Schwervon! about supporting local music, Matt said that: “Supporting local music is supporting yourself. It’s no different than supporting your local food co-op or farmers market or independently owned shop. It’s a way you can live a fulfilling life while staving off Big Business Corporate Evil that has no invested interest in the details of your daily happiness.”

Schwervon! is about to embark on their first West Coast tour that officially kicks off: May 10th, at Davey’s Uptown Rambler’s Club, 3402 Main Street, KCMO, with Knife Crime, and Sona. More info at: schwervon.com

11:12

11. Bill Callahan– “Baby’s Breath”
from: Apocalypse/ Drag City / April 5, 2011
[Born June 3, 1966, Bill Callahan is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist, who has also recorded and performed under theband name Smog. Callahan began working in the lo-fi genre of underground rock, with home-made tape-albums recorded on four track tape recorders.]

[Bill Callahan plays recordBar TONIGHT.]

11:15 – Underwriting

12. The Clementines – “Bayou”
from: New Recordings 2013 / Independent / 2013

11:20 – Interview with The Clementines

Tim Jenkins, Nicole Springer, Travis Earnshaw of The Clementines

Tim Jenkins, Nicole Springer, Travis Earnshaw of The Clementines

We first met The Clementines as a duo Tim Jenkins & Nicole Springer when they played LIVE on our show last year on April 25. Nicole Springer grew up in Oak Grove, MO, and graduated H.S. in 2004. She studied Music-Vocal/Choral at Missouri State University, in Springfield, MO, and studied Special Education with Music at Metropolitan MO CC, in KCMO. Tim Jenkins grew up in KC. Studied at UMKC. He has been playing music for over 10 years. Last year veteran drummer Stephanie Williams joined the band onDrums, along with Travis Earnshaw who joined the band on Bass.

Tim Jenkins, Nicole Springer, Travis Earnshaw, joined us live on the show.

13. The Clementines – “Footsteps”
from: New Recordings 2013 / Independent / 2013

[The Clementines play play Coda, 1744 Broadway, KCMO,Friday, May 10, with Max Freed, and Two Headed Cow.]

More info at: reverbnation.com/theclementinesnicoleandtim.

11:40

14. Madisen Ward & the Mama Bear – “Whole Lotta Problems”
from: We Burned The Cane Field Down / Independent / October6, 2012
[Singer songwriter, Madisen Ward graduated from William Chrisman High School in Independence, Missouri in 2007. He plays live and records with his Mother, Mama Bear, both on guitar, with Mama Bear harmonizing with her son. Their debut EP was recorded in Kansas City’s Element Recording by Joel Nanos.]

15. Ron Sexsmith – “Sneak Out The Backdoor”
from: Forever Endeavor / Cooking Vinyl / Ferbruary 15, 2013
[13th studio album from this Canadian singer-songwriter from Ontario, Born, January 8, 1964. Sexsmith started his own band when he was fourteen years old and released recordings of his own material in 1985 at age21. Sexsmith was the subject of a 2010 documentary called Love Shines.]

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

11:52

18. Tommy Donoho – “No Accord”
from: The Weekender / Independent / March 3, 2012

[Tommy Donoho plays Czar Bar, Tuesday, May 13, with Elkhearts Downtown Outlaw Fiasco]

11:59:30

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

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WMM Playlist from: Feb. 27, 2013

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

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The ACB’s + New & Local Releases + Stephanie Roberts & Eat This!
+ Music from the KC Friends of JJ’s Benefit at Uptown Theatre

1. Divine Fits – “Would That Not Be Nice”
from: A Thing Called The Divine Fits / Merge Records / August 28, 2012
[Debut album from U.S. / Canadian band made up of: Britt Daniel – lead singer & guitarist of Spoon, Dan Boeckner of Wolf Parade & Handsome Furs, Sam Brown, – drummer of New Bomb Turks, and Alex Fischel – keyboardist from the band PAPA. The vocals are shared between Daniel & Boeckner. The album was recorded in Los Angeles in a backyard studio, with producer Nick Launay in March through May 2012.]

[The Divine Fits were just added to the Middle of The Map Fest, April 4-6. middleofthemapfest.com]

Thanks for tuning into Wednesday MidDay Medley.

On Tuesday, February 19, a huge natural-gas explosion, in Kansas City’s west edge of the Country Club Plaza, destroyed the beloved restaurant JJ’s, reducing the area to a crater. 16 people were injured, including many JJ’s employees.

One JJ’s server, Megan Cramer, was killed in the blast. Megan Cramer had lived here in KC for over 26 years. She received her law degree from UMKC and started one of UMKC’s very first LGBT Student groups. As well as working with KC Human Rights Ordinance Project in the early 1990s, Megan was active in many other equality projects. Megan will be greatly missed by her Family from Springfield MO, and by her JJ’s Family, and all of us in the KC LGBT & Allied Communities, who have known and admired Megan for many years. A memorial service for Megan Cramer will be held at 1 p.m., Monday, March 4, at Community Christian Church, 4601 Main St., Kansas City, MO.

The Music & Restaurant Communities were quick to mobilize support for JJ’s and their employees. One example of this support is: the “Friends of JJ’s Benefit” Tuesday, March 5, at 7:00 PM at The Uptown Theatre, 3700 Broadway. Info: friendsofjjs@gmail.com

2. Krief – “Forever Goodnight”
from: Hundred Thousand Pieces / Pirates Blend Music / Released April 17, 2012 in Canada
[Montreal based musician and singer-songwriter, best known as the guitarist for The Dears since 2004. In August 2007 Krief released his debut solo EP Take It Or Leave, which was co-mixed by former Dears bandmate Murray Lightburn. In 2009 Krief released “Calm Awaits” with his band Black Diamond Bay..]

[Krief plays The Uptown Theatre, Tuesday, March 5 for the Friends of JJ’s Benefit]

10:12 – Underwriting

3. Jimbo Mathus & The Tri -State Coalition – “(I Wanna Be) Your Satellite”
from: White Buffalo / Fat Possom / Jan. 22, 2013 [Born in Oxford, MS. in 1967. In the early 1980s Jimbo help form the band Johnny Vomit & The Dry Heaves and participated in the South Memphis early punk scene with Jack Oblivion. In 1993 Jimbo co-founded the Squirrel Nut Zippers. Jimbo’s been nominated for 2 Grammys, and performed for Presidents, Olympics, & Dick Clark.]

[Jimbo Mathus & Tri-State Coalition play Knuckleheads Mar. 8 w/ Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band.]

4. Fourth Of July – “Friend of a Friend”
from: Before Our Hearts Explode / Rangelife Records / 2010
[Comprised of two sets of siblings, Brendan Hangauer (guitar, vocals), Patrick Hangauer (bass guitar), Brian Costello (drums, vocals), Brendan Costello (lead guitar, vocals). The band is currently putting the finishing touches on their new record produced by Chris Crisci of Old Canes and Appleseed Cast.]

[Fourth of July play The ACB’s Record Release Show, Fri, Mar 1, 7:00 PM, at the recordBar]

Music from Friends of JJ’s Benefit, Tuesday, March 5, at 7:00 at The Uptown Theatre

5. David George & A Crooked Mile – “Cold Rain”
from: Going Underground [EP] / Independent / June 21, 2012
[Featured on “Cold Rain” is Danielle and Jacob Prestidge of The Blackbird Revue.]

[David George & A Crooked Mile play Uptown Theatre, Tues, March 5 for the Friends of JJ’s Benefit]

6. The Grisly Hand – “Paris of The Plains”
from: Safe House [EP] / Independent / November 2, 2010

[The Grisly Hand play Uptown Theatre, Tues, March 5 for the Friends of JJ’s Benefit]

10:30

7. The ACB’s – “Feel Winter”
from: Little Leaves / High Dive Records / March 1, 2013
[Konnor Ervin on lead vocals, Andrew Connor on Guitar & Vocals, Bryan McGuire on Bass & Vocals, Kyle Rausch on Drums & Vocals. ]

10:32 – Interview with The ACB’s

Konnor Ervin, Bryan McGuire, Andrew Connor, and Kyle Rausch are The ACB’s. This week the band is releasing their new full length: “Little Leaves,” from High Dive Records. After five years of being nominated, The ACB’s won the 2012 Pitch Music Award for Best Pop Band. Their songs have been featured on MTV’s The Inbetweeners, and on Daytrotter. Their lead single, “Ocean,” released in late 2012, moved Popmatters to declare The ACB’s as one of its “Best Hopes to Break Out in 2013.” The ACB’s play a Record Release Show, Fri, Mar. 1, 7:00 PM, at recordBar, 1020 Westport Rd, with Fourth Of July. The ACB’s also play Vinyl Renaissance, 1415 West 39th Street, on Saturday, March 9, at 1:00 PM.

Konnor Ervin, Bryan McGuire, and Kyle Rausch, joined us live on WMM.

The ACB’s formed in 2006 in KC. In 2007 they released their self titled solo debut, went on tour, and played with The Get Up Kids, Republic Tigers. Music Editor of The Pitch, David Hudnall wrote: ‘The ACBs began 2010 as a broken band, but closed out the year as a super -group of sorts. After half the band moved to L.A., frontman Konnor Ervin & bassist Bryan McGuire regrouped, adding Andrew Connor from Ghosty and Kyle Rausch from Abracadabras. They released their first album in 4 years. On Stona Rosa, the ACBs moved beyond the power pop sound they’d cultivated on their debut and settled into a stranger, stonier, lonelier space. Ervin’s couching his inventive melodies in more tender, artful compositions, and the band has the chops & confidence to sell it. It’s a good look on them.’

Andrew Connor’s band Ghosty recorded one of our favorite releases of 2012.
Even though they weren’t officially released, the demos of Kyle’s band The I’ms, now known as Shy Boys, were included in our top ten Best Recordings of 2011.

Little Leaves, The ACBs 3rd full-length was inspired by Connor Ervin’s landscaping job.

The band’s 2nd single from “Little Leaves” is “Record Store.”

10:44

8. The ACB’s – “Record Store”
from: Little Leaves / High Dive Records / March 1, 2013
[David Hudnall of The Pitch wrote, “Nobody in the city is writing sharper or more inventive melodies than Ervin, who has honed his craft the old-fashioned way: working a part-time job, living in a (crappy) apartment and practicing music all the time.”]

10:46

Konnor Ervin, Bryan McGuire, Andrew Connor, and Kyle Rausch are The ACB’s. This week the band is releasing their new full length: “Little Leaves,” from High Dive Records. The ACB’s play a Record Release Show, this Friday, March 1, 7:00 PM, at recordBar, 1020 Westport Rd, with Fourth Of July. The ACB’s also play Vinyl Renaissance, 1415 West 39th Street, on Saturday, March 9, at 1:00 PM.

Fourth of July – this band is made up of good friends of The ACB’s.

Bryan McGuire talked about how the band’s new release comes out on a new label, High Dive Records.

There will be a High Dive Records Showcase with: Ghosty, Shy Boys, and Fourth of July, for Ink’s Middle of The Map Festival, April 4-6

Mark read from biographical information on The ACB’s where it was written that the band is influenced by the music of Michael Jackson, early Beatles, Matthew Sweet, and modern bands: Wolfdeerhorse and Bear Eyes.

The information went on to talk about how the The ACB’s are also influenced by an inability to interact comfortably with the opposite sex, fear of hair loss, male friendships that have been described by outsiders as bordering on homoerotic, and the lingering effects of their deeply Midwestern religious upbringing.

Konnor talked about his process of song writing and how he records his ideas on a small dictaphone for reference later.

The band talked about how they balance the connections between The ACB’s, Ghosty, and Shy Boys with the shows, recording process, and rehearsals.

The ACB’s have a brand new video for your new single “Television.” The video was directed by Brook Linder (SSLYBY, Free Energy), the clip’s grainy look is inspired by the grind house cinema of the ’70s. There was a disembodied beauty to the performances.

The ACB’s play a Record Release Show, Friday, March 1, 7:00 PM, at the recordBar, 1020 Westport Rd, with Fourth Of July. The ACB’s also play Vinyl Renaissance, on West 39th Street, on Saturday, March 9, at 1:00 PM.

10:57

9. The ACB’s – “Television”
from: Little Leaves / High Dive Records / March 1, 2013

11:00 – Station ID

10. Christopher Owens – “Here We Go”
from: Lysandre / Fat Possom / January 15, 2013
[Best known as the frontman & songwriter for the band Girls, Owens was born in Miami, Florida in 1979. At the time of his birth, both his parents were members of the Children of God traveling religious community. Shortly before Owens’ birth his infant brother Steven died of pneumonia due to the reluctance of the church’s members to seek professional medical assistance. In 1981, Owens’ family left the United States to travel with the church and he lived “all over Asia” until he was ten, before traveling throughout Western Europe. Owens learned to play guitar in his early teens and would perform covers of Everly Brothers and Fleetwood Mac songs on the street. At the age of sixteen, while living in Slovenia, he left the church and followed his sister to Amarillo, Texas. Owens spent his first four years in Texas working as a nighttime shelf stocker in Albertson’s grocery store as well as in various restaurants. In 2001 he met artist and oil tycoon Stanley Marsh 3, who hired him first as a lawn mower and later as a personal assistant. After nine years in Texas, Owens moved to San Francisco, California with the intention of becoming a “famous painter”. There he met musicians Matt Fishbeck and Ariel Pink and joined their band as a touring guitarist. In 2007, Owens was inspired to form his own band and began writing songs for the first time. In September 2012, it was announced by Saint Laurent Paris (formerly Yves Saint Laurent) that Owens would be the face of their Spring/Summer campaign.]

11. Beach Fossils – “Clash The Truth”
from: Clash The Truth / Captured Tracks / Feb. 19, 2013
[2nd release from Brooklyn band, formed in 2009, by Dustin Payseur’s who recorded the band’s self-titled debut album on his own, playing all instruments. After signing to Captured Tracks Beach Fossils became a full band, touring the U.S. endlessly with a scattered line-up that included 12 different drummers and 3 guitarists.]

12. Veronica Falls – “Teenage”
from: Waiting For Something to Happen / Slumberland Records / Feb. 12, 2012
[2nd album from English indie pop band, formed in London, in 2009. The band consists of Roxanne Clifford & James Hoare, both on vocals & guitar, Marion Herbain on bass and Patrick Doyle on drums & back vocals.]

13. The Wires – “Grappelli”
from: The Wires – Alternative Strings / Independent / March 9, 2013
[Hailing from KCMO, The Wires compose & perform original music performed by Laurel Morgan on violin (formerly of In The Pines) & Sascha Groschang on cello).]

[The Wires play a CD Release at the recordBar, Saturday, March 9, 2013, at 7:00 PM, accompanied by a video-installation by multi-media artist Ben Parks.]

11:15 – Underwriting

11:16 – Interview with Stephanie Roberts

Writer, Director, Performer, Stephanie Roberts, was the winner of the 2010 Charlotte Street Foundation’s Generative Performing Artist Award. She is Assistant Professor of Physical Theatre for the UMKC’s MFA Professional Actor Training Program. She has toured nationally and abroad, and taught and directed works for the Seattle Repertory Theatre as well Cornish College of the Arts. Her Ensemble-generated works include “Meanwhile” for UMKC’s Undergraduate Theatre Department, “Tallahassee” for KC Fringe Festival, and “Boom! An International Lost and Found Marching Band” for KC Fringe Festival, and The St. Mane in Lanesboro, MN. In 2010 she created a piece with graduate theater students called “Slammed! KC Speaks Out About the Recession,” based on interviews with Kansas Citians. She received an Inspiration Award from ArtsKC, to development of “The Mask of the Broken Heart,” a one-woman mask play which premiered at the Fishtank Performance Studio. She holds a BFA in Acting from Cornish, and an MFA in Ensemble Based Physical Theatre from Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre. Stephanie Roberts joins us today to discuss her work as writer and director of the new UMKC Theatre production, Eat This! “KC Chews on the Politics of Food,” with preview performances March 2 – 5, Opening on March 6, and continuing through March 10, in Studio 116, of the Olson Performing Arts Center, at UMKC.

Stephanie talked about how she believes that our society is in the middle of a food movement, and many people don’t realize that this movement is happening, but that this movement is very politicized.

Stephanie and other company members visited farms, elementary schools, slaughterhouses and processing plants. You interviewed urban farmers, and nutritionists who plan school lunch menus, teachers and students.

Stephanie told The KC Star that: “It’s important (to me) that it’s not journalism because we’re putting our own stamp on it,” she said. “Most of the interviews I do are at a coffee shop. A lot of the people we interview are more introverted and soft-spoken. We, as actors and theater-makers, need to bring that inner passion out.”

“And also, because it’s theater, there needs to be conflict. We used the audio recordings for inspiration for characters. So it’s not by any means an impersonation. But it’s important that we get it right so we don’t misrepresent the people we’re portraying.”

Stephanie told Bob Trussell, in the KC Star that, “We found that most people are not connected to where their food comes from, and we became curious about that,” she said. “What goes into our food? Not just the ingredients, but where did it come from? How do you eat it? Where do you buy it? Who brought it to you?”

Stephanie discussed how all of the interview assembled, virtually hours and hours of narrative, were edited into a stage show.

Stephanie talked about how there are 60 characters are in the show.

Stephanie talked about the technical abilities of Studio 116 known as a black box theatre, in the Performing Arts Center. The show will use video projections, special lighting and sound, and a huge set change between act one and act two

Eat This! serves up issues as well as a meal–prepared onstage and shared with the audience! “Food artists” for this project are Sean Starowitz and Andrew Erdrich from Bread KC. [breadkc.wordpress.com]

The UMKC Theatre production, Eat This! KC Chews on the Politics of Food, with preview performances March 1 – 5, Opening on March 6, and continuing through March 10, in Studio 116, of the Olson Performing Arts Center, at 4949 Cherry at UMKC.

For tickets and information you can call the Central Ticket office at 816-235-6222.

11:39

14. Me Like Bees – “The Ides”
from: The Ides / Indep. / 2013 [Formed in Joplin by Luke Sheafer, Nick Bynum, Pete Burton, Tim Cote.]

15. Shy Boys – “Postcardd”
from: demos from upcoming album / Independent / 2013
[Collin & Kyle Rausch, Konnor Ervin]

16. The Postal Service – “A Tattered Line of String”
from: Single Release / Sub Pop / Feb. 12, 2013
[It’s been a decade since The Postal Service released “Give Up” Feb, 2003. The indie classic recently went platinum! Sub Pop is releasing a deluxe, 10th anniversary reissue of Give Up on April 9th. The deluxe version will feature 15 bonus tracks, including covers by The Shins and Iron & Wine, and two brand new Postal Service songs, “Turn Around” and “A Tattered Line of String.” The Postal Service will also be setting out on a 10th anniversary tour with Ben Gibbard and Jimmy Tamberello as well as Jenny Lewis.]

17. Johnny Marr – “Upstarts”
from: The Messenger / Sire / Feb. 26, 2013
[Debut solo recording from British musician, Born October 31, 1963. Marr is best know as lead guitarist and co-songwriter for one of the most influencial bands of all time, “The Smiths.” Marr has also been a member of Electronic, The The and Modest Mouse.]

11:53

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

[Tiny Horse play a Video and EP Release Show, Mon, Mar. 4th, at recordBar, 1020 Westport RD.]

11:59:30

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

sources for notes: artists websites and wikipedia.org

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Show #462

WMM Playlist from February 6, 2013

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

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Sean Starowitz & Byproduct: The Laundromat
+ Folkicide + More Music from the MidCoast Takeover
+ A Middle of The Map Festival Announcement!

1. Foxygen – “San Francisco”
from: We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic / Jagjaguar / January 18, 2013
[Second full-length album by Californian experimental rock duo of Sam France, 22 year old vocalist and songwriter, originally from Olympia, Washington, and Jonathan Rado, also 22, who is a songwriter, guitarist, and keyboard player, originally form NYC. Formed in 2005, the band self-released several EPs between 2007 and 2011. In 2012 the group was signed to Jagjaguwar Records. This album was produced by Richard Swift and recorded at his National Freedom studio.]

2. Cowboy Indian Bear – “Does Anybody See You Out?”
from: Single Track Release / The Record Machine / Jan. 2013
[First Single release download from their upcoming 2nd full-length album: “Live Old, Die Young” that will be released on White Vinyl in April! The download also includes the songs: “Sheets,” “Live Old, Die Old,” and “Crime & Feel” on The Record Machine’s Tumblr page. Joshua Browning served the band as producer and engineer. The songs were recorded over a three year period, where the band was also constantly touring, living on the road, keeping the van running. Beau Bruns – percussion, vocals, glockenspiel, guitar, Charles Calhoun – vocals, guitar, bass, keys, percussion, Martinez Hillard – vocals, guitar, keys, bass, percussion; Katlyn Conroy vocals, piano, keys.]

[Cowboy Indian Bear play The Uptown Theatre February 15, at 7:00 for JayRock 8 w/ Quiet Corral]

10:15

3. The Depth and The Whisper – “Highway”
from: Single Track Release / Independent / December, 2012
[Produced and recorded by John Velghe at Guttersnipe recording. This song features Albert Bickley and Dave Tanner, the principle musicians and songwriters, with Troy Van Horn on lead guitar, Go Go Ray on Drums, John Velghe on keyboards.]

[The Depth & The Whisper play Uptown Arts Bar, KC, for the MBird Artist Showcase, Feb. 21.]

Two of the bands who will be part of Midwest Music Foundation’s MidCoast Takeover at the 2013 SXSW Music Festival in March.

4. Sleepy Kitty – “Don’t You Start”
from: Single Track Release b/w “All I Do Is Dream of You” / Euclid Records / Sept. 3, 2012
[St. Louis based band via Chicago. Paige Brubeck on vocals/guitar/keys, and Evan Sult (formerly of Harvey Danger) on drums/vocals/tapes. In the past few years the band has opended for Neon Trees, Dresden Dolls, Deerhoof, and Chuck Berry. While at home, Sleepy Kitty runs a screenprinting studio out of a 19th century warehouse where they specialize in handprinted show posters for bands & venues in St. Lu, Chicago & NYC.]

5. Radkey – “We’re Going Down”
from: Irrationally Yours – EP / Radkey/ March 29, 2011
[The Deli KC announced on their blog last week that The Deli’s Best Emerging Kansas City Artist of 2012 is Radkey! The three-piece band swept the competition, with a landslide of votes from local music jurors. Taking second place was Making Movies, followed closely by Schwervon! The complete ranking of the list of 48 very fine Kansas City area bands is posted at kansascity.thedelimagazine.com. Radkey is a band made up of three teenage brothers Darrion, Isaiah, and Solomon. Their influences include The Who and Nirvana.]

[Radkey plays the recordBar, Wednesday, February 13, with Local H in an 18 an over show.]

10:29 – Underwriting

10:30 – Interview with Sean Starowitz

Sean Starowitz is a 2010 graduate of the Interdisciplinary Arts program at the Kansas City Art Institute. Sean is also the co-founder of Bread! KC, with classmate Andrew Erdrich that since 2010 has fed over 1000 attendees and raised over $12,000 in grants for art and community projects. Last year Sean and Andrew created The Speakeasy a six-week temporary cultural center at the La Esquina Gallery, for the Charlotte Street Foundation. Currently Bread! KC is collaborating with the UMKC Theatre Department, for “Eat This! KC Chews on the Politics of Food,” written and directed by Stephanie Roberts. Sean Starowitz joined to discuss the launch of Byproduct: The Laundromat, a project he organized and received a Rocket Grant through the Andy Warhol Foundation to produce, that begins at 7:00 PM this Sat, February 9th, at Walnut Place Laundromat in KCMO.

Sean Starowitz talked about the reasons for doing, Byproduct: The Laundromat.

Sean Starowitz talked about challenging the notion of traditional art spaces.

During the first wash cycle, the series will begin with a screening of Kentucky-based filmmaker Ron Schildknect’s “My Porcelain Past,” a short documentary about that chronicles the last day of operation for a Louisville, Kentucky landmark, a White Castle Restaurant. You are from Louisville.

During the dry cycle, the programming will continue with KCAI professor and poet Jordan Stempleman, who will host a Common Sense Reading.

For more info please email seanstarowitz@gmail.com to rsvp, (seating is limited to the amount of washing/drying machines) and please bring your laundry.

Sean Starowitz talked about the Rocket Grant he received through the Andy Warhol Foundation.

Sean Starowitz and Bread! KC are collaborating with Stephanie Roberts and “Eat This! KC Chews on the Politics of Food.” Stephanie and company members will with us on WMM in three weeks on February 27.

“Starowitz creates opportunities for alternative economies and exchanges, such as Wheels for Meals, BREAD! KC , and The Burnt Ends Residency.”

Byproduct: The Laundromat will begin at 7:00 pm on Saturday, February 9th at Walnut Place Laundromat (4241 Walnut Street, KCMO.) For more info please email seanstarowitz@gmail.com to rsvp, (seating is limited to the amount of washing/drying machines) and please bring your laundry.

10:44

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

[Bloodbirds play the recordBar, Tuesday, February 12, with Ex-cult and Lazy.]

7. Schwervon! – “Daydream Ration”
from: Courage / Olive Juice Records / September 28, 2012
[2 piece rock band. Nan plays drums & Matt plays guitar and they both sing. They lived in NYC for 15 years and recently relocated to KC. Last year they opened for both The Vaselines and Belle & Sebastian. They recorded Courage with Memphis-based engineer Doug Easley who’s worked with Pavement, Sonic Youth, Cat Power.]

[Schwervon play the recordBar, Friday, February 15, 10:00pm with The Lucky, and The Heavy Figs, to celebrate the release of The Lucky’s Debut CD]

[Major Matt Mason USA plays Davey’s Uptown, 3402 Main St., Wed. February 13, in an acoustic set, with Rabbit Killer and Folkicide.]

[Schwervon! will play the Midwest Music Foundation’s MidCoast Takeover at the 2013 SXSW Music Festival in March.]

The MidCoast Takeover fundraiser shows will benefit the Midwest Music Foundation’s SXSW MidCoast Takeover, the annual showcase, featuring 40 bands from the KC area, over 4 days, March 13 – 16, at the Shangri-La, on East 6th Street, in Austin, Texas. For more information you can visit: midcoasttakeover.com or midwestmusicfound.org.

The MidCoast Takeover fundraisers continue, Sat, Feb 16 – The Brick w/ Rev Gusto – 10:00, Cherokee Rock Rifle – 10:45, David Hasselhoff on Acid – 11:30, Not A Planet – 12:30

8. Rev Gusto – “Click Click”
from: Rev Gusto [EP] / Catapult / November 10, 2012
[Jerry Frederick on Vocals & Guitar, Sam Frederick on Bass, Shaun Crowley on Guitar, Peter Beatty on guitar Quinn Hernandez on Drums, Rev Gusto just released their first self-titled EP recorded at Element Recording.]

[Rev Gusto play The Brick, Feb. 16, w/Not A Planet, Cherokee Rock Rifle, & David Hasselhoff on Acid.]

9. Not A Planet – “Black Dress”
from: Single Track Release / Independent / December 7, 2012
[Kansas City based Rock and Roll trio formed in 2010. Nathan Corsi, Liam Sumnicht, Bill Sturges.]

[Not A Planet plays The Brick, Saturday, Feb. 16, with Rev Gusto, Cherokee Rock Rifle, & David Hasselhoff on Acid.]

11:00 – Station ID

Middle of The Map Festival Announcement…

Now in its 3rd year, Ink’s Middle of the Map Fest, curated by The Record Machine, returns to Kansas City this spring with an expanded lineup. Ink’s Middle of the Map Fest is the brainchild of Nathan Reusch of The Record Machine. This year’s Music Fest will take place April 4th through 6th at the Record Bar, Riot Room, The Uptown Theater, Union, Gusto Lounge, and Westport Coffeehouse.

Returning to the Fest for the second year, the Forum will feature speakers, technological and cultural panel dialogues, collaborative performances April 17th 18th and 19th at OfficePort in the Crossroads Arts District.

The Festival expands this year to include its first Film Fest taking place May 1 – 5 at the Alamo Drafthouse in downtown KC.

For more info: middleofthemapfest.com

The 2013 line up for Ink’s Middle of the Map Fest includes:
Grizzly Bear, The Joy Formidable, Tennis, Deerhoof, JEFF the Brotherhood, Kids These Days, Iceage, The Whigs, Wovenhand, The Appleseed Cast, The Casket Lottery, White Lung, People Get Ready, Denison Witmer, Kitten, Guards, Cowboy Indian Bear, Soft Reeds, Palace, Making Movies, Détective, Owen Pallet, Mister Lies, The Last Bison, Pujol, Joe Pug, La Guerre, Spirit is the Spirit, Sleepy Kitty, My Gold Mask, Dots Not Feathers, Smoker, the Soil & the Sun, Trouper, Little Legend, Maps For Travelers, She’s A Keeper, Bloodbirds, Quiet Corral, Akkilles, Radkey, Steddy P & DJ Mahf, Thee Water MoccaSIns, the ACB’s, Shy Boys, Fourth of July, Ghosty, Shadow Paint, The Slowdown, Cherokee Rock Rifle, Clairaudients, White Girl, Antennas Up, Heartfelt Anarchy, Six Percent, The Regrets, The Belles, The Noise FM and many more to be announced.

Chris Haghirian will be with us on March 27 to talk more about The Middle of the Map Fest.

10. Tennis – “Origins”
From: Yound & Old / Fat Possum Records / February 13, 2012
[Produced by Patrick Carney of The Black Keys, 2nd album from Denver indie pop band of husband-and-wife duo Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley. The couple met each other while studying philosophy in college, and started the band after they got back from a 7-month sailing expedition down the Eastern Atlantic Seaboard.]

[Tennis will play Ink’s Middle of The Map Festival.]

The MidCoast Takeover fundraiser shows will benefit the Midwest Music Foundation’s SXSW MidCoast Takeover, the annual showcase, featuring 46 bands from the KC area, over 4 days, March 13 – 16, at the Shangri-La, on East 6th Street, in Austin, Texas.

The MidCoast Takeover fundraisers continue, Friday, March 8 – Uptown Arts Bar (acoustic show) with Cadillac Flambe – 8:00, Sons of Great Dane – 9:00, Clairaudients – 10:00, and Heroes & Villains – 11:00

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

[Sons of Great Dane play Uptown Arts Bar, Fri., Mar. 8, w/ Cadillac Flambe, Clairaudients, and Heroes and Villians.]

12. Cadillac Flambe’ – “The Devil’s Heavy 12”
from: Midwestern Audio Vol. 1 / Midwest Music Foundation / September 23, 2012
[“Midwestern Audio Vol. 1” is the indepth compilation assembled for Midwest Music Foundation by Brenton Cook and co-sponsored by Ink Magazine featuring over 40 bands. More info at MidwestMusicFound.org]

[Cadillac Flambe play Uptown Arts Bar, Fri., Mar. 8, w/ Maps for Travelers , Clairaudients, and Heroes and Villians.]

11:16 Underwriting

11:17 – Interview with Folkicide

13. Folkicide – “Empire of The Ants”
from: Devotional Hymns From the Church of the Darwinian Snuff Film / August 15, 2011

[Folkicide plays Czar Sat. Feb. 9 with Ari Lehman the original Jason Voorhees.]

[Folkicide plays Davey’s Uptown, 3402 Main St., Wed. February 13, in an acoustic set, with Rabbit Killer and Major Matt Mason USA.]

“Devotional Hymns From the Church of the Darwinian Snuff Film” was the 3rd full length release from KC based singer-songwriter, Folkicide, who has described his music as “despair-core” and writes that his vision of constructive pessimism, he hopes in time, will be recognized as a new acoustical genre, fully devoted to the documentation of the delightful futility of existence. Since 2010 Folkicide has released 4 full-length recordings and one EP, writing and arranging and recording over 60 tracks. Folkicide is also a visual artist. His works are currently on display at The Midwestern Musical Co. in the Crossroads. Folkicide plays Czar Sat. Feb. 9 with Ari Lehman the original Jason Voorhees. Folkicide also plays Davey’s Uptown, 3402 Main St. Wed. Feb 13, in an acoustic set, with Rabbit Killer and Major Matt Mason USA

Folkicide translated is death of folk? Folkicide explained his transition from Punk and Rock and Roll to his solo work playing non-electric. The sounds of the acoustic guitar, the expression.

Folkicide would appear to be KC’s own Nihilist anti-hero, truly rejecting all religious and moral principles, in the belief that life is meaningless.

“Empire of The Ants” is one of Folkicide’s songs from a few years ago, that he is adding drums for a future Mikal Shapiro video involving the song.

The titles of Folkicide’s recordings reflect the darkness of his songs and lyrics: Let’s Worship Degenerates, Ultimate Decimation Blues, Devotional Hymns From the Church of the Darwinian Snuff Film, The Genocide is Mean.

Last year Folkicide released “The Genocide is Mean” EP in July 1, 2012. Most of the music was recorded on May 11, 2012, by Chubby Smith at his magical tractor shed in Perry, KS.

After four years of tinkering with the idea, Folkicide’s NATO was finally recorded during April through August 2012 by Jonathan Brokow (the Anti-Roy Thomas Baker) mostly in the Folkicide basement via 4 track cassette.

It was engineered and mastered mid-August by David Moore at Merriam Shoals Studio.

All songs were originally composed by the various Queen members and then strategically deconstructed by Folkicide Mercury without disrespect or irony intended because he truly loves Queen (well, pre-Hot Space Queen anyway) and NATO in particular.

Even though the songs were written by Queen, the lyrics, especially Bohemian Rhapsody seems perfect for Folkicide’s “pessimistic exploration into the decaying frame of Western Civilization.”

Folkicide discussed the challenges of covering an entire record.

11:28

14. Folkicide – “Bohemian Rhapsody”
from: Folkicide’s A Night At The Opera / Independent / September 29, 2012

11:31

Art, the album covers, band posters, Folkicide has works on display at Midwestern Musical Co. in a show titled “Cut and Paste Manifesto” featuring the works of R. Ducan Burnett, Folkicide, Stan Morgan, and William L. Philyaw.

Other musicians who have played and recorded with Folkicide:
Zachary Turner: Drums, banjo, dulcimer, organ, synthesizer.
All Blood: Electric guitar, organ
Darrin Welch: Background vocals on “Best Friend”
Michael Walker: Trombone on “Seaside Rendezvous”
Jason Beers: Banjo, Saw.

The artwork of Folkicide is currently on display at The Midwestern Musical Co. in the Crossroads. Folkicide plays Czar Sat. Feb. 9 with Ari Lehman the original Jason Voorhees. Folkicide also plays Davey’s Uptown, 3402 Main St. Wed. Feb 13, in an acoustic set, with Rabbit Killer and Major Matt Mason USA. You can hear all of his music at: folkicide.bandcamp.com

11:41

15. Folkicide – “Little Nihilist”
from: Let’s Worship Degenerates / Independent / June 1, 2010
[From the debut recording of Folkicide. Recorded March 6, 2010, at Merriam Shoals Studio by David Moore (Rough Edges Smoothed the following weekend by David.]

11:45

16. The Wires – “Red Rock”
from: The Wires – Alternative Strings / Independent / November, 2012
[The Wires are an alternative exploration in string sound. Hailing from Kansas City, Missouri, The Wires compose and perform original music for violin and cello. Created, composed and performed by Laurel Morgan on violin (formerly of the band In The Pines) and Sascha Groschang on cello). The Wires will play live on WMM in two weeks on Feb. 20th.]

[The Wires play a CD Release at the recordBar, Saturday, March 9, 2013, at 7:00 PM, accompanied by a video-installation by multi-media artist Ben Parks.]

17. The Way Back– “How It Has To Be”
from: The Way Back [EP] / Independence / October 2 2, 2012
[The Way Back is an alternative rock band formed by Alex Ellis and Jeff Kinney (formerly of Roanoke and The Brisbanes) in March of 2012. In the midst of wrapping up their first studio EP, The Way Back quickly recruited music veterans Daniel Cole and Paul Herman to complete the group.]

[The Way Back play The VooDoo Lounge at Harrah’s Casino, 1 Riverboat Drive, KCMO, Tonight, Feb 6 for KC Raw presents: DISCOVERY, with artists, photographers, fashion designers, and music.]

[The Way Back play The Jackpot Saloon, in Lawrence, Thursday, Feb. 7, at 8:00 PM with Berwanger, Hidden Pictures, and Margo May.]

18. The Clementines – “Below”
from: The Clementines / Independent / 2012
[The Clementines are: Tim Jenkins & Nicole Springer with Stephanie Williams on Drums, and Travis Earndshaw on Bass. More info at: reverbnation.com/theclementinesnicoleandtim]

[The Clementines play the recordBar for the ASA Masquerade Mardi Gras Party Saturday, February 9th, with Drew Black & Dirty Electric, Molly Picture club, Alice Sweet Alice, and Mad Libby.]

11:59:30

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

sources for notes: artists websites and wikipedia

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Show #459

WMM Playlist from November 28, 2012

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

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

2012 – The Year in Music
with: Tim Finn, Marion Merritt, Chris Haghirian & Michelle Bacon

We welcomed four special guests to share their favorite musical releases of 2012. Guests included: Tim Finn, Music Editor of The KC Star, and creator of the influential music blog: Back to Rockville; Marion Merritt, of Barnes & Noble Music Dept. and creator of the music blog: a2-m3.com; Chris Haghirian from Ink, and KC Star; and Michelle Bacon, Editor of The Deli KC.

10:00 – Tim Finn’s Top 5

1. Firewater – “A Little Revolution”
from: “International Orange!” / Bloodshot Records / September 11, 2012
[From BloodshotRecords.com: 7th album from the Brooklyn born band, formed in a basement in the long, hot summer of 1997. Depressed, broke, and desperate, ex-Cop Shoot Cop leader Tod A tossed away a major label deal and a free meal ticket to launch what–at the time–was a crazy proposition: a punk band fueled by gypsy and klezmer tunes. International Orange!was produced by Tod A and mixed by Tamir Muskat of Balkan Beat Box, slipping across new borders into uncharted territory. Created in Istanbul and Tel Aviv during the 2011 Arab Spring, their latest release captures the frenetic pulse of a world in the state of flux. International Orange! continues in the proud Firewater tradition of cultural and stylistic mash-ups. High-energy Turkish percussion drives jagged guitars and horns on eleven anthems of frustration and hope, movement and transformation. The songs tap into grooves as disparate as Turkish maqsoum, Punjabi bhangra, Jamaican ska, Greek rebetiko, classic punk and old-school mambo]

10:05 – Interview with Tim Finn

Tim Finn, is originally from Youngstown, New York. He did his undergraduate at the University of Missouri in Columbia. He graduated with his Masters of Arts, in Journalism from the University of Kansas in 1986. Tim is the Music Editor of the Kansas City Star and theman behind the music blog of the Star: Back to Rockville.

2. Cory Branan – “Bad Man”
from: Mutt / Bloodshot Records / May 22, 2012
[His first album in six years and his debut on Bloodshot Records debut from the 37 year old singer songwriter born in Southaven, Mississippi. MUTT was self-produced and recorded primarily in San Francisco at Closer Studios, the album was engineered and mixed by Tim Mooney (drummer/engineer for American Music Club), and boasts notable contributors like Ralph Carney (Tom Waits’ horn player), Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars) and Jon Snodgrass (Drag The River). Additional guests include phenomenal rising talents like Amanda Shires, Danny Malone and John Elliott. You can download this song at: corybranan.com]

10:13

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

10:19

4. The Caves – “the Usual” (Radio edit)
from: Duplexiaville / Golden Sound Records / Nov. 24, 2012
[KC based: Andrew Ashby on Guitar & Voice, David Gaumé on Bass, Elizabeth Bohannon on Keyboards, Percussion & Voice, Jake Cardwell on Drums & Percussion.]

10:27

5. The Grisly Hand – “Still Feelin’ Blue”
from: Western Avenue / Independent / February 1, 2012
[“Still Feelin’ Blue” by Gram Parsons. The band is working on a new full length recording.]

10:30 – Underwriting

10:31 – Marion Merritt’s Top 5

6. The Orb featuring Lee “Scratch” Perry – “Hold Me Upsetter”
from: The Observer in the Star House / Cooking Vinyl / Aug. 28, 2012
[The 11th studio album from the English electronic music group known for spawning the genre of ambient house music, The Orb. Founded in 1988. This new release was recorded in Berlin over a period of several months and featured dub musician/producer Lee “Scratch” Perry.]

10:36 – Interview with Marion Merritt

Marion Merritt is the creator of the music film books and art blog: a2-m3.com a site that gives visitors a wealth of information on new releases. Marion also works in the music department at Barnes & Noble on The Plaza, and has been joining us on Wednesday MidDay Medley for over 7 years, sharing her newest sonic discoveries and information from her musically encylopedic Brain.

10:38

7. Robert Glasper featuring Erykah Badu – “Afro Blue”
from: Black Radio / Blue Note / Feb. 24, 2012
[ 5th studio album from Houston, Texas born, American jazz pianist and hip hop record producer. Black Radio, includes: Experiment saxophonist/flautist/vocoder player: Casey Benjamin; bass guitarist Derrick Hodge; and drummer/percussionist Chris Dave, with guest vocalists Bilal and Mos Def (now going by yasiin bey), and Erykah Badu (on a buoyant version of the Mongo Santamaria standard “Afro Blue”) to Meshell Ndegeocello and Lupe Fiasco. Lalah Hathaway can be heard on the two most recognizable covers—handling lead vocals on Sade’s “Cherish the Day” and trading dreamy, wordless crooning with Benjamin’s vocoder-aided vocals on an extended outro to Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”]

10:45

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

10:52

9. Donnie and Joe Emerson – “My Heart”
from Dreamin’ Wild / Light In The Attic / May 1, 2012
[Seattle-based label Light in the Attic spent more than a year planning a reissue of an album, recorded 33 years ago, by two teen brothers Donnie and Joe Emerson, (ages 17 and 19) on thier farm, in a new recording studio, built by their father, in the logging community of Fruitland, Washington. Original records of “Dreamin’ Wild” sat in their home studio, next to a concert venue, erected 30 yards from their house. Dreamin’ Wild Deferred]

11:56

10. James Blackshaw – “Love Is The Plan, The Plan Is Death”
from Love Is The Plan, The Plan Is Death / Important Records / April 24, 2012
[9th studio release from a Hastings, England based guitarist and pianist, James Blackshaw, born in 1981. James Blackshow primarily plays an acoustic 12 string guitar and has been compared to Bert Jansch, Robbie Basho, John Fahey, Jack Rose, and Leo Kottke. To enable his fingerstyle playing, Blackshaw has grown long picklike fingernails on his right hand. He has released albums on the labels Celebrate Psi Phenomenon, Static, Digitalis Industries, Important Records, Tompkins Square, and Young God Records.]

11:00 – Station ID

11:00 – Chris Haghirian’s Top 5

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

11:04 – Interview with Chris Haghirian

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

11:07

12. Pinback – “Proceed to Memory”
from: Information Retrieved / Temporary Residence / Oct. 15, 2012
[Pinback played a great show at Riot Room this year. One of Chris’s favorite songs of the year.]

11:13

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

Chris talked about upcoming events in 2013…

INK… Middle of the Map Festival
The Local Music Showcase with The Royals and Plaza Art Fair
Midcoast Takeover SXSW 2013

11:18

14. Lord Huron – “Time To Run”
from: Lonesome Dreams / IAMSOUND / Oct. 9, 2012
[played a great show at Replay in Lawrence in 2011. One of Chris’s favorite songs of the 2012.]

11:25

15. P.O.S – “Where We Land” (featuring Justin Vernon of Bon Iver)
from: We Don’t Even Live Here / Rhymesayers Entertainment / Oct. 22, 2012
[one of Chris’s favorite shows of the year at the Granada/one of my favorite songs/albums of the year]

11:29 – Underwriting

11:30 – Michelle Bacon’s Top 5

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

11:36 – Interview with Michelle Bacon

Michelle Bacon, is editor-in-chief of The Deli – Kansas City. She has a wrtten for The Kansas City Star and Ink. Michelle volunteers for The Midwest Music foundation and she plays drums with Deco Auto, Drew Black and Dirty Electric, and Dolls on Fire.

For more info: kansascity.thedelimagazine.com

11:38

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

11:44

18. Hidden Pictures – “Calling Christine”
from: Rainbow Records / Golden Sound Records / July, 2012
[Richard Gintowt – vocals/guitar, Michelle Sanders – vocals /glockenspiel, Cameron Hawk – drums, Erik Voeks – bass, Nate Holt – piano/keys.] [Richard Gintowt was with us on WMM on July 25. ]

11:49

00. Antennas Up – “Pretenders” (On Michelle’s list but not played)
from: The Awkward Phase / Plastic Artifice / April 24, 2012
[Formed in KC in 2008. The band has played South By Southwest and over 30 Universities and toured w/ Girl Talk, Electric Six, Flogging Molly, Matt & Kim, Ha Ha Tonka, and Company Of Thieves. Kyle Akers – Lead Vocals/Bass; Bo McCall – Guitar/Vocals; The Ryantist – Drums/Vocals; Jonny Universe – Guitar/Keys/Vocals]

11:52

19. Schwervon! – “Cyclone”
from: Courage / Olive Juice Music / September 28, 2012
(Their song “Wake and Bomb” is on the Midwestern Audio Vol. 1 compilation)
[Schwervon! is a two piece rock band. Nan plays drums and Matt plays guitar and they both sing. They lived in NYC for 15 years and have just relocated to Kansas City. Last year they opened for both The Vaselines and Belle & Sebastian. They recently recorded with Memphis-based engineer Doug Easley (Pavement, Sonic Youth, Cat Power).]

Next week Wed, Dec 5 we begin our 4-week special: The 112 Best Recordings of 2011

11:59:30

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

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Show #449

WMM Playlist from July 11, 2012

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

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

New & Local Releases
+ Thom Hoskins + The Bad Ideas

Special Note: A Big Thank you to everyone who came out to see Wednesday MidDay Medley’s LIVE SHOW: “A Story in A Song” last night at the recordBar. Thank you to: David Wayne Reed, Lisa Cordes, Sarah Beth Mundy, Maria Vasquez Boyd, Meghan Whelan, Natasha Derakhshanian, Betse Ellis, Abigail Henderson, Christopher Meck, Jason Beers, Matt Richey, Marco Pascolini, Mike Stover, Molly Picture Club, The B’Dinas, Red Kate, Steve Tulipana, Nic Aldrich, Vi Tran, Clarence, Everybody in The Ukulele Fight Club, Rick Doderidge. Last night over 150 people came out to support 90.1 FM KKFI.

1. Hot Chip – “Night and Day”
from: In Our Heads / Domino Records / June 12, 2012
[English electronic music band from London, formed in 2000. They have released five studio albums.]

2. Hidden Pictures – “Solo Record Shop”
from: Rainbow Records / Golden Sound Records / July, 2012
[Richard Gintowt – vocals/guitar, Michelle Sanders – vocals /glockenspiel, Cameron Hawk – drums, Erik Voeks – bass, Nate Holt – piano/keys.] [Hidden Pictures will be on WMM July 25. ]

[Hidden Pictures play a CD release party, Fri, July 20, at 10pm at The Brick, w/ Fullbloods & Shy Boys. And the recordBar, July 28, at 10 w/ Southeast Engine & Erik Voeks. Info at hiddenpicturesmusic.com]

3. The Caves – “Weekend Blues”
from: Duplexiaville / Golden Sound Records / 2012
[KC based: Andrew Ashby on Guitar & Voice, David Gaumé on Bass, Elizabeth Bohannon on Keyboards, Percussion & Voice, Jake Cardwell on Drums & Percussion. Andrew Ashby, sent us a new track that’ll be part of upcoming release “Duplexiaville” available soon on Golden Sound Records.]

10:15

4. American Catastrophe – “Iron Horse”
from: OxBlood Records: First Blood Compilation / OxBlood Records / 2005
[Dark, Underground, Gothic Americana with Terrence Moore on guitar, banjo, and harmonica, frontman Shaun Hamontree on the grisly lead vocals, Amy Farrand on Bass, and Eric Bessenbacher on Drums.]

[American Catastrophe will give their Final Performance, Saturday, July 14, 9:00pm, at the recordBar, 1020 Westport Rd, Kansas City, with The Latenight Callers and Drakes Hotel from Omaha.]

5. Michael Kiwanuka – “I’m Getting Ready”
from: Home Again / Polydor / May 1 2012
[24 year old British soul musician has been compared to Bill Withers, Randy Newman, and Otis Redding, he grew up in North London, the son of Ugandan parents who had escaped the Amin regime.]

6. Eleni Mandell – “Magic Summertime”
from: I Can See The Future / Yep Roc / July 10, 2012

[Eleni Mandell plays Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club, Saturday, August 4.]

10:30 – Underwriting

10:31 – Interview with Thom Hoskins

7. Thom Hoskins – “Still Feeling Bronze”
from: Still Feeling Bronze [EP] / Independent / April, 2012

Thom Hoskins has been a fixture in the Kansas City music scene for 10 years. He is the former lead singer and guitarist for The Buffalo Saints and Black Pool Lights. As a solo artist Thom played Ink’s Middle of The Map Fest in April and this year he released his new EP, “Still Feeling Bronze.” Thom joined us to talk about his music and perform LIVE in our 90.1 FM Studios.

Thom Hoskins thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Thom Hoskins started playing & writing music with his brothers, when he was 13. Piano, organ, guitar, bass, drums were some of the first instruments Hoskins picked up.

10:38

8. Thom Hoskins – “Half of Eight” (LIVE)
Also available on: Still Feeling Bronze [EP] / Independent / April, 2012

10:41

In 2005 the band Buffalo Saints in which Hoskins was the primary singer and songwriter released their first and only record the (Walking the dead E.P.) It took over a year to record and release, after a short tour and no label the band decided to go their separate ways.

Thom met Chris Tolle of The Belles. Both songwriters were reciprocal in helping the other perform and at one time both musician’s were a member of the other’s band.

After having met Chris, Hoskins was introduced to Jim Suptic guitarist of The Get Up Kids. The Get Up Kids had just broken up and Suptic’s new band Blackpool Lights were without a lead guitar player and were looking to tour on there new record. Hoskins obliged.

After a summer of touring with Blackpool Lights Hoskins called it quits wanting to focus on his own music career.

After losing his father no more than a couple of years before joining Blackpool lights and meeting his future wife in addition to having two children Hoskins has been through some major life changes, which could be felt by listening to his new release, “Still Feeling Bronze.”

Hoskins is due to release another record this year, a split E.P. with songwriter Doby Watson.

10:51

9. Thom Hoskins – “Being a Mirror For A Fool”
from: Still Feeling Bronze [EP] / Independent / April, 2012

11:54

10. Gemini Revolution – “Other Side of Yesterday”
from: Informal Revolution EP / Independent / 2012
[Dedric Moore, Delaney Moore, Mika Tayana]

[Gemini Revolution play their last show of the season on July 14 at at FOKL in KCK with Parts Of Speech, Janet The Planet & more.]

11. John Cale – “Days Of Steam”
from: The Academy in Peril / Warner Brothers / July 19, 1972
[musician, composer, singer-songwriter, record producer and founding member of The Velvet Underground. Since departing from the Velvet Underground in 1968 he has released approximately 30 albums.]

11:00

12. Kathleen Edwards – “Change The Sheets”
from: Voyageur / Zoe Records / January 17, 2012
[4th studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter, produced by Edwards and Justin Vernon of Bon Iver.]

13. David George & The Croked Mile – “Cold Rain”
from: Going Underground [EP] / Independent / June 21, 2012
[The follow up album to David George’s 2010 “Love/Life”. 5 songs pulled from a 15 song session leading to a full length that will be released this fall. Featured on “Cold Rain” is Daniel and Jacob Prestidge of The Blackbird Revue. Daniel is also the featured vocalist on “Lift Me Up.” All songs written by David George]

14. Deco Auto – “Pointless Fight”
from: Past Mistakes and Hauntings / Independent / 2012
[Steven Garcia – guitar, vocals; Tracy Flowers – bass, vocals; Michelle Bacon – drums. Rec. at Audio Cave Recording Studios w/ Scott Martinez.]

[Deco Auto play an In-Store at Vinyl Renaissance at 1415 W. 39th Street, Fri, July 13, 2012 at 6:00pm]

15. Rev Gusto – “Click-Click”
from: from Demo recordings / Independent / 2011
[Jerry Frederick- Vocals & Guitar, Sam Frederick- Bass, Shaun Crowley- Guitar, Peter Beatty-guitar Quinn Hernandez- Drums. reverbnation.com/revgusto]

[Rev Gusto plays Jerry’s Bait Shop LEES SUMMIT, MO, Sunday July 15, at 8:00pm]

11:17 – Underwriting

11:18

16. The Bad Ideas – “Doctor Donelly”
from: Worse Thoughts / Independent /January 22, 2012

11:20 – Interview with The Bad Ideas

The Bad Ideas who were formed in October 2011. They’ve written all original songs and their practice space is in the heart of a small local punk community. Their new EP, Worse Thoughts, was recorded on January 22, 2012. We’ll talk with the band and hear tracks from their new recordings.

Britt Adair (guitar), Break-A-Dawn (vocals), Caitlin Curry (bass), and Brittain Lawless (drums)

Britt talked about the Punk / DIY scene in KC.

11:26

17. The Bad Ideas – “Judge Judy”
from: Worse Thoughts / Independent /January 22, 2012

The Bad Ideas recently did shows in Chicago.

The Bad Ideas will play Greaserama, at the SW Boulevard Drive In, September 1 & 2, Labor Day Weekend.

11:34

18. The Bad Ideas – “What You Got”
from: Worse Thoughts / Independent /January 22, 2012

11:36

19. Lisa Hannigan – “Little Bird”
from: Passenger / ATO / September 20, 2011
[Irish singer, songwriter, and musician. For several years she was a member of Damien Rice’s band before beginning her solo career in 2008. To date she has released two albums: Sea Sew (2008) and Passenger]

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

11:48

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

15. Tanlines – “All of Me”
from: Mixed Emotions / True Panther Sounds / March 20, 2012
[Debut album from Brooklyn, New York duo composed of percussionist Jesse Cohen and guitarist and vocalist Eric Emm. Their influence is drawn from various genres including pop, indie, dance and world music. ]

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

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Show #429

WMM Playlist from: May 30, 2012

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

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10:15 – Interview with Philip Hooser & Heidi Van

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10:29 – Underwriting

10:30

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

10:36 – Interview with Spirit Is The Spirit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10:51

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

6. Regina Spektor – “Don’t Leave Me (Ne me quitte pas)”
from: What We Saw From The Cheap Seats / Sire / May 25 , 2012
[6th studio album from Russian–American alternative singer-songwriter Regina Spektor. On November 21, 2011, recorded in Los Angeles during the summer of 2011 the album is a collection of new material along with the very first studio recordings of several of Spektor’s older live songs. The album’s second single, “Don’t Leave Me (Ne me quitte pas)” is a song originally from Spektor’s 2002 album Songs.]

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

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

11:00

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

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

10. Caul – “A Clear Eye Loves The Shadows As Well”
from: Let The Stars Assume The Whole of The Night / Hypnos / March 29 2012
[the 12th full length album from Caul aka Brett Smith, a prolific musician based in Baldwin City, Kansas, who has been releasing music since 1996 on various electronica labels. Caul began in 1993, while he was playing guitar in John Bergin’s band Trust Obey. This release came out this year and Caul is already working on his next two releases. Caul’s music is used in the film “My Friend Mott-ly.”]

11:15 – Interview with Chris Snipes

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

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

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

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

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

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

11:29 – Underwriting

11:31

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

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

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

11:50

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

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

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

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

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

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facebook.com/WednesdayMidDayMedleyon90.1FM and
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Show #423

WMM Playlist from May 2, 2012

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

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The Sexy Accident + Jason Vivone & The Billy Bats
+ Sangha Studios + The 2nd Annual Spring Dance

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

[The Good Foot return to play The 2nd Annual Spring Dance at Crossroads KC at Grinders, Saturday, May 5, at 7:00 PM from Spice of Life Productions.]

2. The Hearts of Darkness – “Numeration”
from: Numeration / Bad Way (Split Single) 7″ Vinyl / Shipshape Records / Feb. 18, 2012

[The 15 piece ensemble includes: Les Izmore – Vox, Percussion; Brandy Gordon – Vox; Erica Townsend – Vox; Rachel Christia – Vox; Brad Williams – Drum Kit, Percussion; Sean Branagan – Kit, Percussion; Miko Spears – Congas; Pete Leibert – Bass Guitar; Richard Gumbel – Rhythm Guitar; Jolan Smith – Tenor Sax; Shawn Hansen – Alto Sax, Sam Hughes – Baritone Sax; Andrew Ford – Slide Trombone; Ken Walker – Valve Trombone; Bob Asher – Trumpet. The band blends American funk & soul, hip-hop & KC jazz big-band traditions into an afro beat-based foundation to create a huge sound.]

[The Hearts of Darkness return to play The 2nd Annual Spring Dance at Crossroads KC at Grinders, Saturday, May 5, at 7:00 PM from Spice of Life Productions.]

3. The Grisly Hand – “The Good Wife”
from: Safe House [EP] / Independent / November 2, 2010
[The Grisly Hand new EP Western Avenue was released February 1, 2012. The band is working on releasing a a new full-length this year.]

[The Grisly Hand play Merlefest at Knuckleheads, May 4.]

[The Grisly Hand play 2nd Annual Spring Dance at Crossroads KC at Grinders, Sat, May 5, at 7:00 PM from Spice of Life Productions. The Band also opens for the Royals & Boston Red Sox May 9 at 6:00.]

4. The Latenight Callers – “Wrecking Ball”
from: Easy Virtues / TLNC / 2012
[TLNC were originally formed in Lawrence by baritone guitarist, Krysztof Nemeth, and vocalist Julie Berndsen, With the addition of Guitarist Ellen O’Hayer, Bassist Gavin Mac, and Nick Combs on keyboards.]

[The Late Night Callers play The Riot Room, 4048 Broadway, Sat, May 12, 8:00pm w/ The Royalty.]

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

[The Cave Girls play Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club, Friday night at 8:30. night, February 4, at 9:30 at The Brick with special guests The I’ms and Thee Devotion.]

10:30 – Underwriting

10:31 – Interview w/ Jesse Kates & Camry Ivory from The Sexy Accident, and Zac Eubank

6. The Sexy Accident – “Under Summer Stars”
from: Ninja Ninja Fight Darth Vader / Independent / April 21, 2012

10:35

Jesse Kates and Camry Ivory are part of the Kansas City based band, The Sexy Accident and their new full length release, “Ninja Ninja Fight Darth Vader” was released on Record Store Day, April 21. This week the band released a new music video for their song “What We’d Do” directed, filmed, & edited by Zac Eubank of Aren’t We Clever Productions. You can download the track at music.sexyaccident.com. All of the song’s proceeds go to charity.

The band’s 4th full length release, “Ninja Ninja Fight Darth Vader,” was released on April 21, and the band performed at Vinyl Renaissance on West 39th Street on Record Store Day

Jesse said that this was “the best thing that I, personally, have ever made (not counting my kids.”

Speaking of your kids, we played just a few moments of track 11, the title track.

7. The Sexy Accident – “Ninja Ninja Fight Darth Vader”
from: Ninja Ninja Fight Darth Vader / Independent / April 21, 2012

10:38

Jesse’s son Toby sings lead vocals and wrote the song “Ninja Ninja Fight Darth Vader”

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

Jesse wrote in his blog that this “whole thing started in March, 2010, when you wrote “I Guess I’ll Never Know” while driving home from a show in Columbia, MO.

The new release was produced, engineered and mixed in Kansas City and Seattle by Steve Fisk (Low, Unwound, Harvey Danger, Nirvana, The Wedding Present).

10:43

8. The Sexy Accident – “What We’d Do”
from: Ninja Ninja Fight Darth Vader / Independent / April 21, 2012

10:47

This week the band released a new music video for their song “What We’d Do” directed, filmed, & edited by Zac Eubank of Aren’t We Clever Productions.

Zac Eubank joined us on the phone live from L.A.

Download the track at music.sexyaccident.com, all of the song’s proceeds go to charity.

Directed/Shot/Edited: Zac Eubank
Assistant Director: Becca Scott
Executive Producer: Dale Maxfield
Starring: Brittney L. Schmitz and Scott Lucas
Grips: Samuel Towns and Justin Volker
Production Assistant: Sam Eubank
Hair/Makeup: Jen Woodford
Special thanks to the Savoy Hotel and Dale Maxfield

Zac talked about his previous collaboration with The Sexy Accident.

Zac, talked us about his process, and how much time it requires for a short film.

Zac’s company is called: Aren’t We Clever Productions

Currently you can see Zac’s latest videos at thezaceubank.com

Through the whole process of making the record and playing live shows Camry has been going to school at UMKC, studying Higher Education Administration.

From thesexyaccident.com:

(Earlier in 2012, The Sexy Accident released the You’re Not Alone EP, which includes two gender-flipped renditiqns of the songs All Surface and I’m Just Trying to Help (Me Like You) from the band’s prior full-length, the critically-acclaimed Mantoloking, which “addresses the noticeable failings of leaders, family, friendship, and love” and “proffers raw lyrics and bitter memories with aching honesty”) (Present Magazine)

(In 2010, The Sexy Accident released the Now That She’s Gone EP, “a smart, catchy, fulfilling course” (The Pitch) that reveals “a self-contained world of cheating and leaving lovers”) (Erasing Clouds)

(Ninja Ninja Fight Darth Vader reverberates with intimacy and magical realism. In turns playful and sincere, the record encircles a wide thematic range: from youth, wine and women to marriage and fatherhood.)

10:51

9. The Sexy Accident – “Love Doesn’t Get Old”
from: Ninja Ninja Fight Darth Vader / Independent / April 21, 2012

The Sexy Accident’s new full length release, “Ninja Ninja Fight Darth Vader” os available through their website and a local independent record stores. The band’s new music video for their song “What We’d Do” is available for download at music.sexyaccident.com. All of the song’s proceeds go to charity.

10:56

10. Dream Wolf – “Futureman”
from: Learn To Survive / Independent / January 2011
[Christian Tady – Electric Guitar, Tess Jehle – Drums, Megan Zander – Vocals, Katelyn Boone – Keyboards, Brent Jamison – Bass.]

[Dream Wolf plays the Spring Invitational, Friday, May 4th, at The Riot Room on the outside stage at 9:15!!! The Spring Invitational is hosted by Recycled Rockstar Industries! Featuring the many bands including: New Lost Souls, Mr. History, Various Blonde, and New Riddim!]

11:00 – Station ID

11. She’s A Keeper – “Headless King”
from: Live From Midwestern / Independent / March 12, 2012
[All songs written by She’s A Keeper, 2012, Recorded live at the Midwestern Musical Co. in Kansas City, MO. (midwesternmusic.com) Engineered by Dave Guame, Matt Kesler, & Cody Wyoming. Mixed and mastered by Steve Phillips. Band photo by Emmett Merrill. Design by Eric Lindquist.]

[5-piece band from Kansas City, includes: Fritz Hutchison – vocals, banjo, percussion; Zac Jurden – vocals, guitar; Colin Nelson – vocals, guitar; Elliott Phillips – bass, mandolin; Kate Sopcich – cello, keyboard. She’s A Keeper has just recently recorded their first music video in promotion of a live EP recorded at Midwestern Musical Co. in KC. The band is currently working on a second full-length album that will be available in the summer of 2012.]

[She’s A Keeper plzy the early show Tuesday, May 8, at the recordBar, and they play The Granda in Lawrence with The Elders on May 19.]

12. Cadillac Fambe’ – “Long Black Train”
from: Eli’s Porch / Independent / July 29, 2011
[KC based band dedicated to pushing the envelope and blending various styles to create a new class of blues.]

[Cadillac Flambe’ plays The Phoenix at 302 W. 8th St., KCMO, on Saturday, May 5, 2012. ]

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

[Howard Iceberg & The Titanics plays First Friday at Midwestern Musical Co. Howard Iceberg also plays The Brick on May 24 with Sara Swenson & Friends, David George, Barclay Martin, and Rachel Pollock.]

14. Now Now Sleepyhead – “Saturday Spectacular”
from: …For Science / Independent / Oct. 6, 2011

[Now Now Sleepyhead play The Beaumont on May 11 w/ Maps for Travelers, The Atlantic, O Giant Man, Hidden Pictures, Honest Cowboy]

11:17 – Underwriting

11:18 – Interview with Jason Vivone

15. Jason Vivone & The Billy Bats – “Photograph”
from: Lather Rinse Repeat / / May 4, 2012

11:22

Jason Vivone is the former Kansas City Blues Society’s International Blues Challenge solo winner. His band the Billy Bats were crowned KINGS OF THE ROOTS at the showdown at the Blue Note in Columbia, Missouri. In an annual event held by the Missouri Lottery and the Roots and BBQ fest, the Billy Bats beat out three other bands with their soulful, energetic live show.

Jason Vivone & The Billy Bats have a new album called “Lather Rinse Repeat.” and a CD Release show at Coda, Friday, May 4, at 8:00 PM. More info at billybats.com.

Jason was with us last November, not long after he had been in a car accident that injured his head, back, and neck. He was still recovering, then, and is still on the mend.

Last year Jason released his solo record “My Roaring Twenties.”

The Billy Bats are:
Jason Vivone (vocals, guitar, mandolin, harp, cigarbox guitar, diddley bow, piano)
Ben Hoppes (vocals, banjo, guitar)
Imani Glasgow (vocals, fiddle, percussion)
Jeremy Clark (bass) Matt Bustamante (vocals, drums)
Paula Crawford (vocals, guitar)

11:29

16. Jason Vivone & The Billy Bats – “The Nina, The Pinta, The Santa Maria”
from: Lather Rinse Repeat / Independent / May 4, 2012

11:33

Jason Vivone wrote and produced the new record, engineered by Ryan Sweeney, Mixed and mastered by Willilam Saunders.

Jasone Vivone is the 2011 – King of the Roots winner and former Kansas City Blues Society’s IBC solo winner.

Jason talked about when he started writing songs and playing music, and how his Grandmother was his greatest musical influence.

11:37

17. Jason Vivone & The Billy Bats – “One Hot Mother”
from: Lather Rinse Repeat / Independent / May 4, 2012

Jason Vivone & The Billy Bats have a new album called “Lather Rinse Repeat.” and a CD Release show at Coda, Friday, May 4, at 8:00 PM. More info at billybats.com.

11:44

This next set featured music from new KC based, record company: Sangha Studios who will have an inaugural show at the recordBar on Friday, May 4, at 9:00 PM. with special guest Claire Adams and Host Vi Tran. More info: facebook.com/Sangha Studios.

18. Genessee – “Letter”
from: Genessee [EP] / Sangha Studios / May 4, 2012 [Jerod Rivers: Lead Vocals, Guitar, Kensey Russell: Bass, Vocals, Aaron White: Drums, Vocals, Spencer Sands: Guitar, Vocals]

[Genessee will be in concert on May 4th @ the recordBar. ]

19. Low Standards – “Again”
from: Low Standards / Sangha Studios / Sept. 13, 2011
[Jerod Rivers – Bass, Justin Scott – Guitar, Jerry Rapp – Vocals, Jim Ward – Drums, Spencer Sands – Guitar, Steve Owens – Keyboards.]

[Low Standards will be in concert on May 4th @ the recordBar. ]

20. Dr. Wizard – “Language Barrier”
from: Doctor Wizard [EP] / Sangha Studios / May 4, 2012
[Zach Raihl – Guitar/Vocals, Aaron Mohr – Bass, Cody Bump – Keyboard/Harmonica, Wade Hulse – Drums, Andrew Weir – Congas/Auxillary Percussion, Becca Ascarrunz – Vocals]

[Dr. Wizard will be in concert on May 4th @ the recordBar. ]

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

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Show #419

WMM Playlist from February 15, 2012

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

Playlist from: Wednesday, February 15, 2012

New & Local Releases + Midcoast Takeover 2012
+ Jerad Colton Tomasino & Ross Brown of Golden Sound Records

1. Dream Wolf – “All Time”
from: Learn To Survive / Independent / January 2011
[Christian Tady – Electric Guitar, Tess Jehle – Drums, Megan Zander – Vocals, Katelyn Boone – Keyboards, Brent Jamison – Bass. Dream Wolf plays the recordBar, Saturday night, February 18. Dream Wolf’s sister band The B’Dinas will be LIVE on our show next week.]

2. The Magnetic Fields – “Andrew in Drag”
from: Love at The Bottom of The Sea / Merge Records / March 6, 2012
[The band’s 10th full-length album is their first release of new material with Merge since 1999’s highly acclaimed 69 Love Songs. After putting out their “synth-free trilogy,” The Magnetic Fields are returning to their signature mix of synth and acoustic sounds. Merritt notes about the new album that “Most of the synthesizers on the record didn’t exist when we were last using synthesizers.” The Magnetic Fields are on a North American tour and the closest they will get to KC is: IOWA CITY, Iowa, on Wednesday, March 28, at the Englert Theatre for the Mission Creek Festival 2012. More information at houseoftomorrow.com the website for The Magnetic Fields]

3. Vacationer – “Trip”
from: Gone [EP] / Downtown Records / January 31, 2012
[A side project of Body Language, a Brooklyn synth pop outfit known for their EP, Social Studies.]

4. Of Montreal – “Dour Percentages”
from: Paralytic Stalks / Polyvinyl Records / February 7, 2012
[11th full-length studio album from Athens, GA, psychedelic pop group, founded by Kevin Barnes in 1996.]

5. Cursive – “The Sun and Moon”
from: I Am Gemini / Saddle Creek Records / February 21, 2012
[Formed in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1995. This, the band’s seventh LP, was recorded in the summer/fall of 2011 at Omaha’s ARC Studios. Front man Tim Kasher, wrote the albums lyrics in a linear fashion, in order, from song 1 to song 13. Cursive will play KC at the recordBar on March 2. ]

11:22 – Underwriting

11:23

6. Cherokee Rock Rifle – “4 gram Shotgun”
from: …and the plains are burning / Independent / Jan. 2011
[Debut EP from KC based band fronted by Dutch Humphrey. The 5-piece band also features: Douglas Nelson on lead guitar, Scott Reed on rhythm guitarr, Bert Northward on drum, and Evan John on bass. Cherokee Rock Rifle, will be in concert, this Friday Night, February 17 at The Riot Room at 4048 Broadway, with Maps For Travelers, We Are Voices, and The Atlantic as part of the MidCoast Takeover SXSW 2012 benefit to send KC area bands to the South X Southwest Music Festival in Austin Texas.]

10:30 – Interview with Chris Haghirian

Chris Haghirian is a 12 year veteran of The Kansas City Star. Chris helped launch INK in 2008. Chris is one of the primary organizers of The Middle of The Map Festival, Midcoast cares: A Benefit for Joplin, and the past three years of MidCoast Takeover SXSW. Chris is also a regular contributor to The Mailbox, a weekly podcast radio show produced and hosted by Michael Byars that is available Midwest Music Foundation’s website: midwestmusicfound.org where you’ll also find links to MidCoast Takeover.

The third annual MidCoast Takeover, March 16th and 17th, at Shangri-La in Austin, TX.

MidCoast Takeover will showcase bands from Kansas City, Lawrence, and the Midwest region on the national stage at South by Southwest.

Bands included are:

American Catastrophe, Cherokee Rock Rifle, Hearts of Darkness, Les Izmore w/Hermon Mehari and Diverse Trio, Cadillac Flambe, Everyday/Everynight, Sons of Great Dane, Maps For Travelers, The Beautiful Bodies, Appropriate Grammar, Oriole Post, Quiet Corral, She’s a Keeper, The Atlantic, run little rabbit, Antennas Up, The Empty Spaces, Amy Farrand, The Blackbird Revue, Vi Tran Band, We Are Voices, David George & A Crooked Mile, O Giant Man, The Dead Girls, White Girl, and Future Kings.

Benefit Shows started last week

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10 at THE BRICK – 1727 MCGEE, KCMO
11:45 — Everyday/Everynight
10:30 — Oriole Post
9:45 — Empty Spaces
9:00 — Run Little Rabbit

and continue this weekend…

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17 at THE RIOT ROOM – 4048 BROADWAY, KCMO
11:45 — Cherokee Rock Rifle
10:30 — Maps For Travelers
9:45 — We Are Voices
9:00 — The Atlantic

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24 at RECORD BAR – 1020 WESTPORT ROAD, KCMO
11:30 — Hearts of Darkness
10:15 — She’s A Keeper
9:30 — Future Kings

FRIDAY, MARCH 2 at CZAR – 1531 GRAND BLVD, KCMO
11:00 — Quiet Corral
10:00 — Blackbird Revue
9:00 — Sara Swenson

“The Midcoast Takeover Benefit shows are created to raise funds specifically for the expense of two full days (and night) of the showcase in Austin, Texas, at The SXSW Music Festival. Renting a venue in a prime area is expensive. Unlike a lot of other showcases, the Kansas City organizers invest in top notch production for sound and lights, which are transported to Austin and back home. In addition, there are advertising costs, website design and maintenance, printing costs for posters and handbills. The showcase in Austin is free to the public, so organisers raise all the funds in advance. Everyone involved works to ensure that our Kansas City bands have the best production and best support that organisers can manage.”

MidCoast Takeover was born from The Midwest Music Foundation a not-for-profit organization that has the amazing mission of supporting and helping to create a safety net for our amazing, hard working, local musical artists. The Midwest Music Foundation has given birth to many annual events to raise funds and awareness for the Kansas City Music Scene. MidCoast Takeover is rooted this amazing objective.

Chris and Mark talked about some of the other principle organizers of MidCoast Takeover: Rhonda Lyne, Christopher Meck, Abigail Henderson, Sondra Freeman, and Amy Farrand. These people have donated hours and hours of time and work, to help make our Kansas City music community stronger.

“It takes a village”

Chris talked about the community involvement in MidCoast Takeover and the 2012 SPONSORS: The Brick, CM2 Audio, Czar, Harvest Productions, INK, Midwest Music Foundation, Record Bar, Riot Room, XO, Blackwater, TV Party, Boulevard Brewing Co., C & C Custom Drums, Chipotle, Mammoth/Hunt Productions, Scarlett Amps, Seen Merch, KC Creative Crossroads, J Naatz Design, Mike Nickells Studio, Pipeline Productions, and Eleven Productions.

For more information you can visit: midcoasttakeover.com

Chris Haghirian will be back with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley on March 21 to talk about The Middle of The Map Festival, April 5 – 7.

10:45

7. Cadillac Fambe’ – “Devil’s Branch”
from: Eli’s Porch / Independent / July 29, 2011
[KC based band dedicated to pushing the envelope and blending various styles to create a new class of blues. The band was featured at Murder Ballad Ball of 2011, a Benefit for the Midwest Music Foundation, on Dec 9, at The Riot Room. Cadillac Flambe’ is one of 26 bands chosen to represent KC at the MidCoast Takeover at SXSW in Austin. Cadillac Flambe’ plays The Phoenix at 302 W. 8th St. , KCMO, on Saturday, March 3, 2012 at 9:00 PM. ]

8. Pokey LaFarge & The South City Three – “So Long Honeybee, Goodbye”
from: Middle of Everywhere / Free Dirt / July 19, 2011
[From St. Louis, Missouri, they’re know for performing American roots music in a creative mix of early jazz, string ragtime, country blues and western swing. Released on Takoma Park, Maryland-based label Free Dirt Records, the label of The Wilders. The South City Three, include fellow St. Louis musicians Joey Glynn, Adam Hoskins & Ryan Koenig. Pokey Lafarge & The South City Three will play here in KC, tomorrow night, Thurs, Feb. 16th at 8:30 PM at Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club w/ the amazing Betse Ellis.]

9. Betse Ellis – “Bear Creek Sally Goodin’”
from: Don’t You Want To Go / Free Dirt / April 21, 2009
[Originally from Fayetteville, Arkansas, Betse Ellis is one of the founding members of Kansas City’s The Wilders, an internationally touring acoustic honky-tonk band, have been together for nearly 15 years. More information at wilderscountry.com. Betse received her BA Music from the University of Missouri – KC. Betse plays Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club, tomorrow night, Thurs, Feb. 16th at 8:30 PM]

10. Oriole Post – “Sparrow”
from: Silver City / Golden Sound Records / 2009
[KCK based band includes: Rachel Pollock – Vocals, Acoustic Guitars; Seth Jenkins – Mandolin, Bass, Acoustic Guitar; Michaela Meckel – Fiddle; William Pollock – Drums & Percussion, Michelle Strong – Vocals; Roger Strong – Double Bass. one of 26 bands chosen to represent KC at the MidCoast Takeover at SXSW in Austin.]

11:00

11. Honey & Darling – “Little Coats”
from: What Became Of What I Love / Golden Sound Records / 2009
[Three piece band, based in Omaha, Nebraska, includes: Sara Bertuldo – Guitar, Bass, Vocals; Mathew Carroll – Guitar, Drums, Vocals; and Robert Little – Drums, Bass, Vocals.]

12. Baby Teardrops – “Still Singing The Same Songs”
from: X Is For Love / Golden Sound Records / November 15, 2011
[Three peice band based in NYC with KC native and former Doris Henson leader, Matthew Dunehoo, Megan Thomas and Gerry White. Golden Sound Records of Kansas City re-released “X is for Love” on November 15th, in digital, CD, and for the first time, vinyl formats. The release also included exclusive remixes of album tracks. The Baby Teardrops will be part of The Middle of the Map Festival in April 5 – 7.]

13. Ross Brown – “Education”
from: The Human Condition / Golden Sound Records / 2007 [The initial songwriting effort from Ross, at 18 years old, the Human Condition was written, performed, produced and recorded by Ross Brown at home. It is a collection of songs documenting over a year of ideas and challenges.]

11:10 – Interview with Jerad Colton Tomasino & Ross Brown of Golden Sound Records.

Ross Brown & Jerad Tomasino are two of the founders (w/ Mat Shoare) of Golden Sound Records.

Ross Brown grew up in West rural Olathe. His band Fullbloods will be in concert this Sat, Feb 18, at 10:00 PM at The Brick, 1727 MCGEE, w/ Richard the Lionhearted from Columbia and Millions of Boys from Omaha, w/ an acoustic set by Jerad Tomasino.

Jerad Tomasino moved around a lot growing up but spent some of his high school years living in Omaha. Jerad has released solo recordings and his also a member of the critically acclaimed band, Everyday/Everynight. Jerad and Ross join us today to talk about Golden Sound Records, their involvement in the Midcoast Takeover 2012, The Middle of The Map Festival and the Kansas City Music Scene.

For info you can visit: goldensoundrecords.com

Ross grew up in west rural Olathe.

Jerad came from a Military family, and moved around alot, but claims Omaha as a hometown.

Ross Brown started playing trumpet in junior high school band and continued through high school playing euphonium, guitar and bass in jazz band, and singing in choir. Music classes were all he took from “public school” during high school. He started writing music when he picked up guitar around 12 years old. He picked up bass and drums shortly afterwards to accompany myself on recordings. Singing wasn’t really his thing until after high school.

Jerad told us that he was one of those kids who always sang along to the radio in the car. He picked up the guitar around 7 years old. He took up acting for most of his childhood, but spent countless hours with his ears full of radio and his eyes glued to MTV. He was addicted to studying pop music. Singing was his primary form of music making until Christmas of 2000 when he got his first electric guitar. He wrote his first riff/song, “Stuff” when he was 11 and played around until he moved to Omaha. At 13 he performed his first original song, “Chocolate Warfare”, at a local talent show and got hooked. He ditched acting and set his sights on music.

Ross Brown went to DeSoto high school for a year and home-schooled the rest. After that he took a two-year audio engineering course at BRC Audio Productions, where he met Jerad and everyone in his band Fullbloods.

Jerad Tomasino went to Bellevue West, in Bellevue, Nebraska for 2 years, then he attended Lee’s Summit West for 2 years. After high school Jerad started attending classes at BRC Audio Productions where he double majored in Music Ed. and Music Therapy at The Conservatory. He had a mental breakdown, changed majors and started EverydayEverynight. Jerad will graduate from the University of Missouri at Kansas City this year majoring in Music Composition with a minor in Entrepreneurship.

Jerad met Ross at BRC, and connected with Mat Shoare and Evan Ashby while in choir at The Conservatory at UMKC. Mat Shoare is also a founding member of Everyday/Everynight and a founding partner in Golden Sound Records.

11:17

14. The Empty Spaces – “Starting Over”
from: Low Noise / Golden Sound Records / 2011
[Debut EP from a KC based band formed from a studio band that recorded Mat Shoare’s solo album The Empty Spaces in 2010. The Empty Spaces are one of 26 bands chosen to represent KC at the MidCoast Takeover at SXSW in Austin, The Empty Spaces will be in concert Feb. 25th @ Riot Room w/ i hate you just kidding]

11:20

Why start a record label?

Ross Brown told us about how he and Jerad and Mat, wanted a platform for their own music and an organized body to support and encourage others to continue making music. Golden Sound Records keeps them involved in, and accountable to their craft.

Jerad told us about how music is always about more than yourself. Even the music that we personally create (as a necessity) must bounce off of other people to truly resonate. So, for Jerad, the idea of a label is an extension of his artistic output; fostering ideas and projects into realization. It makes him a stronger musician and more fulfilled person to touch and be touched by the records and artists he works with. On a logistical front, this label centralizes their efforts, and gives context to the art that is deemed as cool and lets Golden Sound Records present it in a specific way.

11:26

Ross Brown & Jerad Colton Tomasino are two of the founders (with Mat Shoare) of Golden Sound Records. Golden Sound Records will be involved in the Midcoast Takeover 2012, and The Middle of The Map Festival. For info you can visit: goldensoundrecords.com

11:33

15. Fullbloods – “Candy”
from: The Perpetual Machine / Golden Sound Records / 2011
[Ross Brown, Alex Chapman, Bill Pollock, & Glenn Shipps. Fullbloods will be in concert Saturday, February 18, at 10:00 PM at The Brick, 1727 MCGEE, with Richard the Lionhearted from Columbia, MO and Millions of Boys from Omaha, with an acoustic set by Jerad Tomasino.]

Golden Sound records is sending three bands to MidCoast takeover SXSW 2012: Everyday/Everynight, The Empty Spaces, and Oriole Post.

**everyday/everynight**
February 10th @ The Brick (Kansas City, MO)
March 9th @ House/Pizza Party (Kansas City, MO)
March 10th @ Riot Room w/ Capybara (Kansas City, MO)
April 7th @ MOTM (Kansas City, MO)
April 21st @ TBA, Record Store Day (Kansas City, MO)

**The Empty Spaces**
Feb. 10th @ The Brick, SXSW Midcoast Takeover Fundraiser
Feb. 25th @ Riot Room w/ i hate you just kidding
April 6th @ Westport Coffeehouse, MOTM

**Fullbloods**
February 18th @ The Brick, others tba
March 10th @ Czar w/ Noise FM, Photo Atlas, and Archie Powell & The Exports
April 6th @ Westport Coffeehouse, MOTM

**Oriole Post**
February 10th @ The Brick

**Baby Teardrops**
April 6th @ Westport Coffeehouse, MOTM

**The Caves**
April 6th @ Westport Coffeehouse, MOTM

GSR will be curating a special showcase at Westport Coffeehouse for Ink’s Middle of the Map Fest on April 6th.

Jerad Colton Tomasino & Ross Browno be back with us on Wedneday MidDay Medley on April 18 for our special show about Record Store Day.

For more about Golden Sound Records you can visit: goldensoundrecords.com

11:43

16. Everyday/Everynight –“Body Electric”
from: Etc. / Golden Sound Records / May 3, 2011
[Written by Jerad Colton Tomasino. Nominated for a Pitch Music Award for “Best Emerging Act.” Evan Ashby on Guitar, Mat Shoare on Guitar/Keyboard/Vocals, Austin Lyon on Drums, and Jerad Colton Tomasino on Guitar/Keyboard/Vocals. They played The Riot Room, November 5, as part of Apocalypse Meow 4. They are also one of 23 bands going to MidCoast Takeover in Austin, TX. as part of the SXSW Music Festival. Everyday/Everynight will be in concert on March 10th @ Riot Room w/ Capybara. ]

17. Jerad Colton Tomasino – “Two Kids”
from: White Hall / Golden Sound Records / 2010
[5 songs recorded live in White Hall performance hall. Songs written and performed by Jerad Colton Tomasino. Produced by Ross Brown & Hallie Richardson.]

18. Millions of Boys – “Dead Girls”
from: Competing For Your Love / Golden Sound Records / 2012
[Omaha based, Sara Bertuldo on Guitar, Bass &Vocals; Alex van Beaumont on Guitar, Bass & Vocals; and Ryan Haas on Drums & Vocals. Millions of Boys will be in concert Saturday, February 18, at 10:00 PM at The Brick, 1727 MCGEE, with The Fullbloods, Richard the Lionhearted from Columbia, MO and, an acoustic set by Jerad Tomasino]

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

11:59:30

20. Noel Coward – “The Party’s Over Now”
from: Noel Coward in New York / drg / 2003 [orig. 1957]
Sources for Notes: Artist’s websites noted above and wikipedia.org

Show #408

WMM Playlist from October 5, 2011

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

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

New & Local Releases + Laurie Anderson in Kansas City
+ Spinning Tree Theatre’s “Year of Magical Thinking”

1. The Coathangers – “Shake, Shake”
from: Shake, Shake (Single) / Suicide Squeeze Records / 2011
[all female punk group quartet from Atlanta, Georgia, includes: lead vocalist – Julia Kugel, drummer – Stephanie Luke, keyboardist – Candice Jones and bassist – Meredith Franco. They’ve recently released their 3rd album, Larceny and Old Lace.]

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

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

10:13 – Underwriting

10:14

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

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

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

7. Laurie Anderson – “The Beginning of Memory”
from: Homeland / Nonesuch Records / June 21, 2010
[Laurie Anderson will be in Kansas City to kick off the Vanguard Series at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, on Sunday, October 9, at 7:00 PM in Helzberg Hall. For more information kauffmancenter.org or 816-994-7222.]

10:30

8. Laurie Anderson – “Only An Expert”
from: Homeland / Nonesuch Records / June 21, 2010
[Laurie Anderson will be in Kansas City to kick off the Vanguard Series at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, on Sunday, October 9, at 7:00 PM in Helzberg Hall. For more information kauffmancenter.org or 816-994-7222.]

10:38 – Interview with Laurie Anderson (& Bess Wallerstein)

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

Laurie Anderson is an American experimental performance artist, composer and musician. She began studying classical violin at five and performed with the Chicago Youth Symphony. In 1966 she moved to New York City, where she received her B.A at Barnard College in 1969 and her Masters in Fine Arts from Columbia University in 1972. For two years she taught art history at the City University of New York. One of her early performance art pieces was titled: Automotive (1972), for which she orchestrated car horns. In Duets on Ice, another early piece, she wore ice skates frozen in blocks of ice; and then proceeded to play a duet with herself on an altered violin. Laurie Anderson became widely known outside the art world in 1981 when her single “O Superman” reached number two on the UK pop charts. The success of O Superman, led to Laurie Anderson’s long and critically acclaimed recording career that has produced 8 studio albums, several live albums including the amazing 4 cd set of United States and her 2002 release Live in New York, her retrospective compilation: “Talk Normal,” several soundtrack albums, and musical collaborations with Brian Eno, William S. Burroughs, Peter Gabriel, John Zorn, Antony Hegarty and Lou Reed who she married in 2008. Laurie Anderson, performs her show “Transitory Life” as part of the Vanguard Series at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts this Sunday, October 9, at 7:00 PM, in Helzberg Hall. more information kauffmancenter.org

We talked with Laurie Anderson, on the phone, LIVE from Montreal where she was in rehearsals for a performance she would be doing in Montreal with Rufus Wainwright.

In the liner notes to “Talk Normal” the 2-CD retrospective collection of 35 songs from Laurie’s first seven studio albums, Laurie is quoted as saying: “I’m not really a professional anything,” “Well, maybe a professional storyteller. But all the music and the pictures are just ways to tell the stories.”

Laurie has called “Transitory Life” a survey of themes from her life, a mental movie that includes stories and characters from her adventures. Some of the stories in Transitory Life are inspired by Laurie Anderson’s “Happiness Project” where she worked on an Amish farm, at a McDonald’s in Chinatown in NYC, and when she hitch-hiked from her neighborhood in NYC to the North Pole.

“Transitory Life” is the opening track from Laurie’s critically acclaimed 2010 release: “Homeland” which she produced with Lou Reed and Roma Baran, and which was created over several years from improvisations on tour.

The themes explored in Homeland include: US foreign policy, torture, economic collapse, the erosion of personal freedom, medical malpractice, religion and cynicism. You approach these themes as journeys, asking where we are going, what we are doing, translating the headlines of today into perspectives that are haunting, but also demonstrate her great sense of humor.

Laurie Anderson is currently touring North America, performing her piece “Delusion” in Montreal and presenting your exhibition “Forty-Nine Days in The Bardo” in Philadelphia.

Laurie Anderson has described the violin as an alter ego of herself, where she does the talking and the violin does the crying. Another of her alter ego characters is achieved by her use of filters that alter her own voice to create what her husband, Lou Reed, has named: Fenway Bergamot. Fenway Bergamot appears on the cover of her critically acclaimed 2010 release HOMELAND. This character also played a role in the television series she did for PBS in the 1980s and he has made appearances in many of her live shows and recordings over the years. Laurie calls it: “Audio Drag”

You can learn more about Laurie Anderson’s release Homeland at: laurieanderson.com

The Vanguard Series at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts starts with Laurie Anderson, on Sunday, October 9, 2011 at 7:00 PM in Helzberg Hall. For more information kauffmancenter.org or 816-994-7222.

11:00

The Wilders, The Grisly Hand and Howard Iceberg will all be in concert TOGETHER that will be recorded LIVE on Friday, October 7 at Davey’s Uptown at 3402 Main Street, KCMO. More info at: daveysuptown.com.

9. The Wilders – “Things They Say About Home”
from: The Wilders / Free Dirt Records / June 21, 2011
[The 10th release from Ike Sheldon- Guitar, Lead Vocals, Betse Ellis- Fiddle, Vocals, Phil Wade- Dobro, Banjo, Mandolin, Vocals, Nate Gawron- Bass, Vocals. Sarah Carpenter also sings back-up on this track.]

10. The Grisly Hand – “The Good Wife”
from: Safe House [EP] / Independent / November 2, 2010
[The Grisly Hand are: Jimmy Fitzner, Johnny Nichols, Chas Snyder, Lauren Krum, Ben Summers, Mike Tuley & Kian Byrne. They played their first shows in January of 2009 and have since performed throughout the Kansas City/Lawrence area winning a 2010 Pitch Music Award. The entire band climbed into our studios and performed live on our Nov. 10 2010 show. Safe House was released on vinyl. For more info: myspace.com/thegrislyhand.]

11. Howard Iceberg & The Titanics – “Jacksonville”
From: Welcome Aboard! Vol. 2 / Independent / June 26, 2011
[7-CD set, includes over 100 new songs, featuring The Titanics: Gary Paredes on lead guitar, Dan Mesh on rhythm guitar, Scott Easterday on bass, Pat Tomek on drums. With contributions from over 70 local artists, who’ve joined in on Howard’s “never-ending recording project” conducted in Pat Tomek’s home studio. ]

12. Tom Russell – “Furious Love (For Liz)”
from: Mesabi / Shout! Factory Records / Septenber 5, 2011
[Playing Knuckleheads Thursday, October 6, at 8:00 PM]

11:15 – Interview with Peggy Friesen & Michael Grayman

Peggy Friesen & Michael Grayman joined us to discuss the KC premiere of Joan Didion’s “The Year of Magical Thinking,” produced by Spinning Tree Theatre, and running October 12-23, at The Living Room, 1818 McGee in KC.

Peggy Friesen has been a professional actress in the Kansas City for over 25 years. She received her masters of Fine Arts from Ohio State University and has performed in over 50 productions at Kansas City Repertory Theatre, and dozens of productions at the Unicorn Theatre where she won Best Actress Award from The Pitch in 2000 for the play “Wit.” On film, Peggy Friesen has appeared in many films and has worked with Directors: Robert Altman, Steven Soderbergh, and Ang Lee. Peggy is also a professional harpist, playing both concert and Celtic instruments. She shares an old house with her husband, musician, photographer, and T’ai Chi instructor, Royal Scanlon.

Michael Grayman is the Artistic Director at Spinning Tree Theatre. Michael most recently directed Spinning Tree Theatre’s inaugural production of “Make Me a Song: The Music of William Finn” at Kansas City Crown Center’s Off Center Theatre. As a resident director at The Barnstormers Theatre in New Hampshire he Directed A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Brigadoon and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. In the Fall of 2010 he was represented as Associate Director of Sylvia at The New Theatre in Kansas City. He is a teaching artist for Coterie Theatre and Accelerated School Overland Park. As a member of Actors’ Equity Association, he made his national tour debut at age 14 with The King and I. Other Broadway national tours include Mamma Mia! and the 40th anniversary production of West Side Story. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, Michael is a graduate of the Cincinnati School for Creative and Performing Arts. Michael holds a BFA from The Boston Conservatory and is also a member of Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.

Michael Grayman, after many years working in New York City and in Delaware, started Spinning Tree Theatre, with his partner Andy Parkhurst, here in Kansas City. Michael told us that the name Spinning Tree after a long brainstorming session to find a name that evoked the spirit of their theatre vision.

Michael talked about seeing the Broadway production of Joan Didion’s “The Year of Magical Thinking” starring Vanessa Redgrave.

KC premiere of Joan Didion’s “The Year of Magical Thinking.” The play will run October 12-23, at The Living Room, 1818 McGee in Kansas City. Performances are Wednesdays through Sundays. For info: spinningtreetheatre.com for tickets: thelivingroomkc.com

The last time Peggy Friesen was a guest on Wednesday MidDay Medley was when she visited us to discuss “Nickel and Dimed” a show produced by The Unicorn Theatre, another play, based on a popular book, written by another fierce female author/journalist. Peggy Friesen has been able to bring to life on the stage, many amazing female characters. Michael talked about how this play seemed to be perfect for Peggy Friesen. Peggy Discussed the challenges of a one-woman-show and how she uses the audience, as a character, she plays to, in her performances.

The Year of Magical Thinking is written in a stream-of-consciousness style, in which ideas are introduced and repeated, images and memories get triggered unexpectedly, and information is processed in real time and then integrated into the overall narrative. In this book, Didion doesn’t simply tell us how she thinks: she shows us.

The Year of Magical Thinking documents Didion’s experience of grief after losing her husband John, and also serves as a memorial to their relationship and forty-year marriage. At the same time, she is dealing with her daughter Quintana Roo Dunne, who spends most of the book in either a coma or a state of slow recovery. Her daughter Quintana also eventually dies, in a tragic postscript.

In the 2005 NY Times review of this book, critic Robert Pinsky wrote, “”The Year of Magical Thinking” is not a downer. On the contrary. Though the material is literally terrible, the writing is exhilarating and what unfolds resembles an adventure narrative: a forced expedition. As in Didion’s previous writing, her sense of timing, sentence by sentence and in the arrangement of scenes, draws the reader forward. Her manner is deadpan funny, slicing away banality with an air that is ruthless yet meticulous.”

The Book won the National Book Award in November 2005 and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award as well as the Pulitzer Prize for Biography/Autobiography.

On March 29, 2007, Didion’s adaptation of her book for Broadway, directed by David Hare, opened with Vanessa Redgrave as the sole cast member. The play expands upon the memoir by dealing with Quintana’s death. Redgrave reprised her role to largely positive reviews at London’s National Theatre.

Spinning Tree Theatre aims to produce works which celebrate and reflect the diversity of KC itself by exploring a variety of cultures & art forms through theatre, music and dance. Their goal is to present new, contemporary & classic pieces that are relevant, thought-provoking & entertaining. We hope to educate, challenge, stimulate & inspire audience & artist alike.

The KC premiere of Joan Didion’s “The Year of Magical Thinking,” produced by Spinning Tree Theatre, will run October 12-23, at The Living Room, 1818 McGee in KC. Performances are Wednesdays thru Sundays. For info: spinningtreetheatre.com For tickets: thelivingroomkc.com

11:35

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

14. Jono McCleery – “Fears”
from: There Is / Counter Records / Sept. 26, 2011
[London based singer-songwriter new album opens with ‘Fears’ and includes collaborations with Fink and Vashti Bunyan.]

15. Kristie Stremel & The 159ers – “Clementine”
from: Color of Stars / Stremeltone / 2010
[Kristie Stremel & The 159ers will play the RecordBar Saturday Oct. 8 at 8:00 PM]

11:45 – New Electronica from: Neon Indian, Com Truise and Purity Ring

Neon Indian, Com Truise and Purity Ring will be in concert together, Tuesday October 11, at The RecordBar, 1020 Westport Road. in a show that starts at 8:30 PM

16. Neon Indian – “Hex Girlfriend”
from: Era Extrana / Mom + Pop / September 13, 2011

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

18. Purity Ring – “Ungirthed”
from: Ungirthed 7″ / Independent / Jan. 14, 2011

11:59:30

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

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

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