WMM Playlist from Feb. 6, 2019

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

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Betse Ellis + Marion Merritt
+ Todd Albright + Keaton Conrad

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

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

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

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

3. Betse Ellis – “Another Night Gone”
from: Don’t You Want To Go / Free Dirt / April 21, 2009
[Originally from Fayetteville, Arkansas, Betse Ellis is one of the founding members of one of Kansas City’s treasured bands The Wilders, an acoustic honky-tonk band, that toured nationally and internationally for 15 years, and released 10 albums. In 2011 the band ended. One if the side projects of The Wilders was a band called The Whittlers, made of up of Phil Wade and Tom Livesay who recorded 4 full length albums from 2000 to 2004 while they worked together at the Kansas City Art Institute. The Whitlers were the first to record this song written by Betse Ellis, and released on the finally album, Nobody’s Happy, from 2004, with Tom on Vocals, Ike Sheldon on Piano, Phil Wade on Guitar. The track was recorded as a surprise for Betse.]

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

Betse Ellis

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

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

Marion Merritt

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

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

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

10:15

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

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

5. Bob & Una Walkenhorst – “Get On The Bus”
from: For Tomorrow / BAT Records / October 12, 2018
[25 year old Una Walkenhorst is a singer/songwriter from Kansas City, Missouri. Following the release of her debut album “Scars” in 2014, Una immediately had “new fans. . . coming out of the proverbial woodwork” (AXS). Paired with refreshingly raw vocals, Una’s heartfelt lyrics “will stop you in your tracks (at once beautiful and chilling),” wrote Gilded Palace Radio, as she weaves stories of genuine human experience. Una told KCUR FM that her father was one of the people who made her love music. But having a famous father can be challenging: “I knew that if I started my music career here I would have a lot of opportunities, but not all of them would be because of my music. They would be because I am someone’s daughter,” Walkenhorst says. Loading up her 97 Honda Civic, Una then spent a year traveling across North America promoting her music and connecting with listeners one-on-one. She ended up living in New Orleans. Una Walkenhorst is the youngest daughter of Bob Walkenhorst, a founding member of The Rainmakers, which had national and international hits in the 1980s and 90s, and continue to this day touring and recording new music. In January of 2018 Una Walkenhorst returned home to Kansas City from New Orleans. Over the past several years, Una and Bob had performed together at selected events, including Folk Alliance International. This year the father and daughter duo decided to record an album together, where they split the difference, taking turns as songwriters for the album’s songs, written individually, and recorded together, in clear beautiful harmonies, with that extra special shared musical DNA, that can be heard in the harmonies of The Carter Family, Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, or Shy Boys.]

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

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

10:32 – Underwriting

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

10:38 – Interview with Keaton Conrad

Keaton Conrad

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10:49

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

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

10:59 – Station ID

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

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

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

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

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

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

11:13

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

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

11:16 – Interview with Todd Albright

Todd Albright

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11:26

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

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

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

11:32 – Underwriting

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

11:41

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

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

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

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

11:56

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Betse Ellis + Marion Merritt
+ Todd Albright + Keaton Conrad

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

Betse Ellis

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

Marion Merritt

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

Keaton Conrad

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

Todd Albright

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

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WMM Playlist from Jan. 30, 2019

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

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Brad Cox, Jennifer Owen & Krystle Warren
+ Kim Stanton & Betse Ellis & 20 Years Rural Grit
+ Drew Black & Killer City

Kim Stanton, Betse Ellis, Krystle Warren, Brad Cox, and Jennifer Owen on the January 30, 2019 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM

1. “It’s Showtime Folks”
from: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to All That Jazz / Casablanca / December 20, 1979
[WMM’s theme song]

2. Ex Hex – “Cosmic Cave”
from: It’s Real / Merge Records / Expected March 22, 2019
[Second album from three piece band formed in Washington DC in 2013. The band consists of Mary Timony lead vocals & guitar & songwriting, Betsy Wright on bass & songwriting, and Laura Harris on drums. Ex Hex released its first album, Rips, on October 7, 2014 on Merge Records. The band opened for Speedy Ortiz in Montreal in 2014. Ex Hex performed at Coachella 2016. The band takes its name from one of Timony’s solo albums. Mary Timony has been an important member of the bands: Helium, Wild Flag, Autoclave, and Mary Timony Band. She writes most of Ex Hex’s songs.]

3. Radar State – “Strays”
from: Strays / Wiretap Records / January 11, 2019
[Radar State features Josh Berwanger (The Anniversary, Berwanger) and Jim Suptic (The Get Up Kids, Blackpool Lights) trading off lead and rhythm guitar duties, with Matt Pryor (The Get Up Kids, The New Amsterdams) on bass, and Adam Phillips (The Architects, The Gadjits) on drums. Berwanger, Pryor, and Suptic all take turns on lead vocals.]

[Radar State play a Record Release Show at recordBar, 1520 Grand, KCMO, Friday, February 1, doors at 7:30 with The Whiffs, and Hip Shot Killer.]

4. Jeff Tweedy – “I Know What It’s Like”
from: WARM / dBpm Records / November 30, 2018
[Solo debut of Wilco frontman and producer of recent Mavis Staples albums. This new record was released just weeks after Jeff Tweedy’s memoir, “Let’s Go (So We Can Get Back)” was released.]

5. Sharon Van Etten – “Seventeen”
from: Remind Me Tomorrow / Jagjaguary / January 18, 2019
[5th studio album from Sharon Van Etten (born February 26, 1981 in Belleville, New Jersey and lived in Nutley, NJ before moving to Clinton as a pre-teen. Later, she moved to Tennessee to attend Middle Tennessee State University and studied recording, but dropped out of college after a year. Van Etten ended up working at the Red Rose, a coffee and record shop and music venue in Murfreesboro, for about five years. In 2004, she moved back to New Jersey, where she worked at Perryville Wine and Spirits. Van Etten moved to New York City in 2005. Van Etten self-released handmade CDs until 2009, when her debut studio recording was released. Before her studio debut, she worked at Astor Wines and as a publicist at Ba Da Bing Records. Van Etten’s debut, Because I Was in Love, was released on May 26, 2009, on Language of Stone, and was manufactured and distributed by Drag City. This is her third album from Jagjaguar]

6. Keaton Conrad – “I Think I Fell in Love with You”
from: I Think I Fell in Love with You – Single / Keaton Conrad / Jan. 11, 2019
[Keaton Conrad is a recording artist from Kansas City. He has been regarded as “exceptionally promising” (The Kansas City Star) and “making things happen on stages …with an engaging voice and passion for creating good music” (Ink Magazine). In 2015, Keaton Conrad released his debut EP, Panic & Blame, which contained five original songs that were heavily inspired by the pop rock sound he grew up on. His first full-length album, Waves, followed in January 2017 which ranged in style from pop rock to hip-hop to ambient. Conrad spent 2 years as the lead singer & keyboardist in the cover band ChangeUp, performing around KC. ]

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

7. Miki P – “Home”
from: Dome of Swallows / Miki P/ September 1, 2018
[Debut full length album from Miki P containing 10 original songs. Kansas City, Missouri Miki P. She started playing guitar in middle school,. She taught herself to play the drums, while listening to Mitch Mitchell, Keith Moon and Ringo Starr. As a teen she played drums for various groups including the band American Slim. She wrote songs for their first full-length album Irreplaceable in the Spring of 2017, followed by a single “Queen of Hearts” released April 11, 2018. She also plays ukulele & piano, teaching herself how to play both the instruments and using them frequently in all projects she is involved in. She has played Middle of the Map Fest, Royal’s Kaufman Stadium, the Record Bar, Uptown Theater, Arrowhead Stadium, Nelson Atkins Museum, the Crossroads Music Festival and the SXSW Music Fest.]

[Miki P plays Voltaire, 1617 Genessee, Tonight, Wed, Jan 30, at 10 w/ Jackson Grimm, & Dylan Moses]

10:29 – Underwriting

8. Killer City – “Summer Drug”
from: Summer Drug / Killer City / November 16, 2018
[Kansas City based musician Drew Black joins us to share music from his new band creation, Killer City a Goth-glam, stoner rock band, with dense atmosphere, pulsed with a dance beat.]

[Killer City plays Fat Tuesday, Mar 5, at 8:00 pm at Knuckleheads Saloon with Black Mariah Theatre.]

9. Killer City – “Invisible Ship”
from: Summer Drug / Killer City / November 16, 2018
[Kansas City based musician Drew Black joins us to share music from his new band creation, Killer City a Goth-glam, stoner rock band, with dense atmosphere, pulsed with a dance beat.]

[Killer City plays Fat Tuesday, Mar 5, at 8:00 pm at Knuckleheads Saloon with Black Mariah Theatre.]

10. Mikal Shapiro – “Everybody’s Baby”
from: The Musical II / Mikal Shapiro / May 26, 2018
[“Everybody’s Baby” is her pop song she wrote, but all the songs on The Musical 11 are great. The sequel to Shapiro’s 2015 concept album “The Musical.” Mikal Shapiro, on vocals & guitar, Chad Brothers on vocals & guitar, Johnny Hamil on bass, and Matt Richey on drums. Special guests include: Hermon Mehari on trumpet, Tina Bilberry on viola & violin, Damon Parker on keyboards, and Lauren Hughes on vocals. Engineered and co-produced by Joel Nanos at Element Recording & Mastering Studios. Mikal Shapiro is a KC songwriter whose musical influences span popular songs, psych rock, lounge, classic country and old time spirituals. She has toured extensively across the U.S. and has recorded five critically acclaimed albums. KC Star and Tim Finn declared her album “The Musical” to be one of his top five releases of 2015. A third generation storyteller, she draws inspiration from her travels, love life, and the state of the Union.]

[Mikal Shapiro plays with Claire Adams and Betse Ellis at Ca Va, 4149 Pennsylvania Ave, Thurs. January 31, at 9:00 PM.]

[Mikal Shapiro & Musical Band play Californos, Sat, Feb 2, 9PM w/ Under The Big Oak Tree, Gullywasher.]

11:42 – Interview with Drew Black

Drew Black

We just heard new music from Kansas City based musician Drew Black who joins us to share music from his new band creation, Killer City a Goth-glam, stoner rock band, with dense atmosphere, pulsed with a dance beat. Killer City will be playing Fat Tuesday, March 5, at 8:00 pm at Knuckleheads Saloon with Black Mariah Theatre.

Drew Black, thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Killer City formed in late 2017 as Drew Black and Dirty Electric dissolved.

Drew just felt it was time to move on from that band and force himself to write new songs. It was either going to be artistic suicide or a rebirth. Luckily, it was a rebirth.

Band members include:

Zach Hodson who played guitar in Drew Black and Dirty Electric now plays drums in Killer City.

Byron Humann, who also plays in Knife Crime and the Cure tribute band Magnificent, plays bass.

Alex Yoffie from Martian Martian Martian and Appropriate Grammar plays lead guitar.

Drew Black describes Killer City as goth stoner rock with a dance beat. He says “We sound rootsy and furious… and we’re loud.”

Drew Black, thanks for being with us on WMM.

Killer City will be playing Fat Tuesday, March 5, at 8:00 pm at Knuckleheads Saloon with Black Mariah Theatre.

10:55

11. Krystle Warren – “I Don’t Know”
from: Sing Me The Songs Celebrating The Works of Kate McGarrigle / Nonesuch / June 21, 13
[Features highlights from three concerts in honor of the late Kate McGarrigle. Proceeds from the concerts provided seed money for the Kate McGarrigle Foundation a non-profit organization dedicated to raising money in the fight against sarcoma and also to preserving her legacy through the arts. Net proceeds from the sale of Sing Me the Songs also will be donated to the Foundation. The double-disc set was produced by Joe Boyd, who curated the concerts, and features performances by Rufus and Martha Wainwright, Anna McGarrigle, Emmylou Harris, Antony, Norah Jones, and Teddy Thompson, among others. The New York concerts were filmed for a feature documentary entitled Sing Me the Songs That Say I Love You: A Concert for Kate McGarrigle, directed by Lian Lunson (Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man) and produced by Luson and Teddy Wainwright. Candid interviews with McGarrigle’s family and friends are paired with rousing performances of her music.]

11:00 – Station ID

12. Krystle Warren – “Station ID”

11:00 – Interview with Krystle Warren, Brad Cox and Jennifer Owen

Krystle Warren, Brad Cox, and Jennifer Owen on the January 30, 2019 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM

Krystle Warren, Brad Cox & Jennifer Owen join us to talk about Owen/Cox Dance Group’s, “What Keeps Mankind Alive” from the darkly comic world of Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht brought to life with dance, music and vocalists Krystle Warren, Shay Estes, and Leigh Adams. The program also features the Owen/Cox’s piece, Letterbox, described as “a beguiling union of music and dance.” All performances are on the main stage of the MTH Theater at Crown Center, 2450 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, MO. Performances are: Friday, February 1 at 8:00pm, Saturday, February 2 at 8:00pm, and Sunday, February 3 at 2:00pm. For Tickets or information: http://www.owencoxdance.org

Krystle Warren, Brad Cox & Jennifer Owen thanks for being with us on WMM

Krystle Warren began her musical career in KC in 2001 collaborating with area jazz and pop musicians. After living in San Francisco and NYC, Krystle was signed to a French label – Because Music, and moved to Paris to release “Circles” in 2009. Krystle played “Later with Jools Holland,” garnering critical acclaim and traveling all over the world with Rufus Wainwright, Nick Cave, Norah Jones, and Joan As Police Woman. Krystle created, Parlour Door Music to release her double album: “Love Songs,” from a 13-day session in Brooklyn, where she recorded 24 songs live with 28 musicians including her band, The Faculty. Krystle released, Three The Hard Way last year, co-producing by Ben Kane (D’Angelo). Three The Hard Way was #1 on WMM’s 117 Best Recordings of 2017.

Composer and arranger Brad Cox is co-founder of Owen/Cox Dance Group and founder and director of The People’s Liberation Big Band of Greater Kansas City, a musicians’ collective dedicated to the performance of new large ensemble jazz music. Cox’s musical influences range from liturgical chant and traditional folkloric music to popular music and free jazz, with a particular interest in the communal aspects of music making. A composer in the uniquely American Ellington tradition, he has dedicated his work to forming creative collaborative relationships with musicians and to writing music for those musicians. Cox studied composition at UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance under James Mobberley and Gerald Kemner and is a recipient of the 2010 Charlotte Street Foundation Generative Performing Artist Award and the 2009 Tanne Foundation Award.

Brad Cox is currently active with the following ensembles: The People’s Liberation Big Band of Greater Kansas City–a musicians’ collective dedicated to the creation and performance of new large ensemble jazz. //// Owen/Cox Dance Group–a contemporary dance ensemble lead by Jennifer Owen focussed on creative collaborations among dancers, musicians, composers and visual artists. //// Brad Cox Octet–an eight-piece ensemble made up of two saxophonists, two bass players, two drummers, and two keyboardists

Jennifer Owen is Artistic Director of Owen/Cox Dance Group, an ensemble she co-founded with composer Brad Cox in 2007. She has choreographed over fifty new works for Owen/Cox Dance Group, including two commissions by the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and works commissioned by Island Moving Co. of Newport, RI, Kansas City Dance Festival, Kansas City Baroque Consortium, and Kansas City Chamber Orchestra. She has also created nine new works for Kansas City Ballet’s In the Wings choreographic workshop, and a winning entry for the 2006 Columbus Choreography Project. Owen is the recipient of a 2000 Princess Grace Honorarium. Prior to founding Owen/Cox Dance Group, Owen enjoyed a 13-year international ballet career. After training with Pacific Northwest Ballet School, San Francisco Ballet School, School of American Ballet, and the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, she went on to dance with the Russian State Ballet, Moscow Renaissance Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Hong Kong Ballet, BalletMet, and was a guest artist with the National Ballet of Turkmenistan. She has performed principal roles in Giselle, Don Quixote, George Balanchine’s Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux and Donizetti Variations, and the central pas de deux in Todd Bolender’s Arena.

Owen/Cox Dance Group is a 501 (c) 3 not for profit corporation with a mission is to create new music and dance collaborations, to present high-quality contemporary dance performances with live music, and to engage as wide an audience as possible through affordable live performance, education and outreach programs

11:14

13. Barclay Martin, Krystle Warren, Lauren Krum – “An Old Letter”
from: unreleased recordings of songs from the show / written by Brad Cox

We are talking with Krystle Warren, Brad Cox & Jennifer Owen join us to talk about Owen/Cox Dance Group’s, “What Keeps Mankind Alive” at the MTH Theater at Crown Center, Feb 1-3.

“What Keeps Mankind Alive?” is a song composed by Kurt Weill with lyrics by Bertolt Brecht for their music drama The Threepenny Opera (Die Dreigroschenoper) which premiered in Berlin in 1928 at the Theater am Schiffbauerdamm. The title refers to the central line from the finale of act 2, “Denn wovon lebt der Mensch?”. In the opera, the two stanzas of the strophic piece are sung by Macheath and Mrs Peachum and the final line is sung in fortissimo by the chorus. It is an agitprop socialist anthem expressing that the comfortable lifestyle enjoyed by the rich is paid for by the suffering of the masses. The lyrics begin: “You gentlemen who think you have a mission / To purge us from the seven deadly sins / Should first sort out the basic food position / Then start your preaching, that’s where it begins.” The song ends with the conclusion, “For once you must not try to shirk the facts / Mankind is kept alive by bestial acts.”

The song has been covered by Tom Waits (on the 1985 album Lost in the Stars: The Music of Kurt Weill, and again on the 2006 album Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards), the Pet Shop Boys (as a B-side on the single “Can You Forgive Her?” and on the 1995 compilation album Alternative), William S. Burroughs (in the 1994 documentary September Songs – The Music of Kurt Weill), and others. The opening chapter in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Volume III: Century is named “What Keeps Mankind Alive?”.

Owen/Cox Dance Group’s, “What Keeps Mankind Alive” from Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht is brought to life with dance, music and vocalists: Krystle Warren, Shay Estes, and Leigh Adams. The program also features the Owen/Cox’s piece, Letterbox, described as “a beguiling union of music and dance.” All performances at the MTH Theater at Crown Center, 2450 Grand Blvd., KCMO. Friday, Feb 1 and Saturday, Feb 2 at 8:00pm, and Sunday, Feb 3 at 2:00pm. For info: http://www.owencoxdance.org

11:29 – Underwriting

11:31 – Interview with Betse Ellis and Kim Stanton

Betse Ellis

Betse Ellis is originally from Fayetteville, Arkansas. She received her Bachelors of Arts in Music and a Bachelors of Arts in English, from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. She has been playing the Violin for over 40 years, with over 20 years playing fiddle and also working as a teacher of music. Betse was one of the founding members of the critically acclaimed and internationally known band, The Wilders. Betse has released two solo records, and for the last several years is recording and performing with her partner, multi-instrumentalist Clarke Wyatt, as Betse & Clarke. Their debut album, “River Still Rise” was in our Top Ten, of The 116 Best Recordings of 2016. In 2017 they released a special analog recorded collection of tunes released on cassette called, Tunes We Like, was in our 117 Best Recordings of 2017. Betse & Clarke play Westport Saloon TONIGHT, January 30 at 8:00 PM with the Urban Pioneers

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

KIm Stanton

Kim Stanton is Executive Director of Rural Grit who with Mark Smeltzer, Principle Musician of Rural Grit is the mom of Noah. Kim is also a teacher in Kansas City with over 25 years of experience in classrooms. Kim received her Bachelor in Science from Northwest Missouri State University in 1987. Kim is also an angel, who volunteers herself for many non-profit community organizations, and who helps so many of her friends, is a huge supporter of the area music community.

Kim Stanton, thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Kim Stanton & Betse Ellis are with us to share details on The Rural Grit Happy Hour 20th Anniversary Opry Show is Monday, February 4, at 6:00 at the Brick 1727 McGee, KCMO.

Trouble in Mind, formed in Maryville, MO in 1990 created Rural Grit Records and produced shows at The Grand Emporium that led to the creation of “Brother Ike’s Rural Grit Happy Hour” starting Feb 1, 1999, until 2004 when the show moved to Mike’s Tavern, and then to The Brick where “Rural Grit Happy Hour” has been ever since.

Rural Grit is dedicated to the promotion, performance, and preservation of roots music.

For today’s show Betse & Kim have chosen 3 songs that represent the idea of collaboration or using the music that came before.

11:39

16. Betse Ellis – “Question to Lay Your Burden Down”
from: High Moon Order / Free Dirt Records / June 14, 2013
[2nd solo release from renowned fiddler, Betse Ellis, known by many as a founding member of The Wilders. This recording was number 3 on WMM’s list of The 113 Best Recordings of 2013.]

[Betse & Clarke play Westport Saloon TONIGHT, January 30 at 8:00 PM with the Urban Pioneers]

[Mikal Shapiro plays with Claire Adams and Betse Ellis at Ca Va, 4149 Pennsylvania Ave, Thurs. January 31, at 9:00 PM.]

11:42 – More Interview with Betse Ellis and Kim Stanton

Betse Ellis and Kim Stanton have a busy week

The Bridge 90.9 Tim Finn Thursdays – Thursday, January 31 from 4-5pm

Winter Potluck Gathering – Saturday, February 2 from 6-9pm @ First Lutheran Church (basement) 6400 Stateline Road, Mission, Kansas – Potluck. BYOB. Space for instruments. Stage for inpromptu performances. It’s a lowkey, winter Tick Fest.

Westport Saloon- Saturday, February 2 from 12-2am – Rural Grit All-Stars

Rural Grit Happy Hour 20th Anniversary Opry Show – Monday, February 4 from 6-9:30pm @ the Brick – Leo & Roger Eilts will host this Opry style evening. Wear your fancy duds, finery or superduper stage clothes. 20 slots available if you’d like to participate. Kim will finalize the playlist on Sunday, February 3. No guarantees for drop-ins. If you want to participate, let me know via email: kimruralgrit@gmail.com.

List of interested participants

Jason Beers // Betse & Clarke // Brett & Susan // David Regnier // Dually Jukes // Paul & Nancy // Val & Tim // Kasey Rausch // Mikal Shapiro // Sean Ewbank // Kelly Hunt // Howard Iceberg // John Greiner // Barry Lee // Scott Stanton // Bob & Diana // High & Dry // Grassfed

For today’s show Betse & Kim have chosen 3 songs that represent the idea of collaboration or using the music that came before.

11:50

14. Howard Iceberg & The Titanics – “Flowers in May”
from: Kansas City Songs / Independent / September 25, 2016
[26 new songs written by Howard Iceberg and Recorded by Phil Wade at Alluvial Fan Studio; and Pat Tomek at Largely Studios. Mixed by Pat Tomek at Largely Studios. Howard Iceberg on vocals, harmony vocals, guitar & harmonica; Chad Rex on guitar & vocals; Betse Ellis on violin, viola, cello, vocal, mandolin & tenor guitar; Clarke Wyatt on banjo, piano & organ; Chad Brothers on guitar & vocals; Brett Hodges on bass, vocals & mandolin; Phil Wade on dobro, guitar, mandolin, & lap steel, Johnny Hamil on bass; Mike Ireland on vocal & bass, Dan Mesh on guitar; Kasey Rausch on guitar & vocal; Mikal Shapiro on guitar & vocal; Josh Mobley on keyboards; Grisha Sandomirsky on violin; Erin Corriveau on vocals; Mary Pickert on vocals; Brendon Moreland on keyboards. Howard Iceberg writes in the liner notes to this collection: “You can hear a lot of these cats play most Monday nights at The Brick.”All songs written, performed, and recorded in Kansas City.]

We are talking with Betse Ellis and Kim Stanton about The Rural Grit Happy Hour 20th Anniversary Opry Show is Monday, February 4, at 6:00 at the Brick 1727 McGee, KCMO.

Betse Ellis and Kim Stanton thanks for being with us again on WMM

For today’s show Betse & Kim have chosen 3 songs that represent the idea of collaboration or using the music that came before.

11:55

15. Freight Train Rabbit Killer -“The Tree of the Knowledge of Good + Evil”
from: Old Man of the Mountain – 7″ Single / Haymaker Records / 2018
[Side A of Volume 2 of a 4-part 7″ vinyl release called, Wake Snake Death Dance. Written by Eve Sheldon. Arranged by Mark Smeltzer. Recorded, mixed and mastered at Organica Studios with Andrew Crowley who also played keyboards. Freight Train Rabbit Killer, a musical duet made up of Kristopher Bruders (Freight Train) and Mark Smeltzer (Rabbit Killer).]

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

Next week on Feb 6 Betse Ellis will be back with us for the entire show with our other special co-host Marion Merritt of our Winter Fund Drive Show with guests Keaton Conrad, and Todd Albright.

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

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Show #771

History of Rural Grit Happy Hour

Rural Grit Happy Hour History- Rural Grit Happy Hour–What it started as…what it is today. – On August 23, 1998, the band Trouble In Mind was scheduled to play a Sunday night gig at the Grand Emporium. Three weeks before the gig, the other two scheduled bands cancelled and we were asked if we wanted to try and fill the night. What an exciting prospect…one whole night, designed by us, we couldn’t resist the lure. For a number of years, we had been putting on the legendary 15 hour Tick Festival out in the middle of nowhere, so we knew we could round up musicians and put on a show. In addition, we had also recorded the Tick Fest that summer and wanted to release the music. So, we moved into high gear, rounding up the musicians who had played at the Tick Fest, mastered a 90 minute cassette for release and advertised.

R.G. Records presented the 49th Annual Santa Rosa Tick Fest Tape Release Party, with Trouble In Mind, The Wilders, The Kemps, Sandoval, Rex Hobart & the Misery Boys, The Santa Rosa Stringband. It turned into a 5 1/2 hour show with main acts- acoustic & electric, in-between acts, to acts standing on chairs in the audience to battery powered amp wielding musicians mingling with the crowd.

Roger Naber, owner of the GE, asked us for a monthly show. After discussion, we decided that we could do it every 4 months. The next show was scheduled for Sunday, January 1, 1999. It was crazy to take on the odds of having a successful show on the day after New Year’s Eve but we decided to try. We even ended up competing with a snowstorm, but the musicians and audience still showed up to participate.

Not long after the success of the January 1st show, Roger, who had just returned from Austin where he had attended a variety of Happy Hour shows at clubs, like the Continental Club, contacted Kc, who had lived in Austin and was familiar with how the Happy Hour shows ran. They discussed Rural Grit putting on a weekly Happy Hour Show. We decided to do it—we’d have a weekly event at the GE, a reputable club; we would have a regular venue for our artists to perform; we could meet more musicians. After some discussion and sweet persuasion, Ike Sheldon (The Wilders and Trouble In Mind) agreed to host the weekly Happy Hour. ..Brother Ike’s Rural Grit Happy Hour at the Grand Emporium.. began on the first Monday of February in 1999.

..Brother Ike’s Rural Grit Happy Hour (RGHH) every Monday 6:00-8:00.. –In the beginning, we featured local bands–artists that were part of Rural Grit or networked with Rural Grit artists. Attendance was sparse during the first several months–what in the hell did we think we’re doing? We realized that what we were offering was too much like every other show offered in Kansas City. We decided to make the Happy Hour more like our big shows–constant music of a wide variety with some element of the unorthodox each night. We wanted to create a situation where musicians and music lovers were the regulars.

Our mission statement (Rural Grit is dedicated to the promotion, performance, and preservation of roots music and strives to provide opportunities for like-minded individuals to further their artistic causes.) provided the road map for the RGHH. We decided to keep the RGHH acoustic in nature and the focus on what we called Roots Music. The stage plot designed was a single mic set up, a large single diaphragm microphone. This eliminated the need for the full-time sound engineer (Randy, Little John, Jenna, Conrad, Mark) to take music time away using multiple mic set ups. We noticed that with the single mic, artists were placed in a situation where they had to listen to each other with out monitors and they were able to quickly get on and off the stage. There was usually a bass mic and an extra 57 as a spot for quiet instruments, however, these were seldom used.

To create a music, party-like atmosphere and check out booking prospects, the “Inbetweens” were created to allow artists who were not featured that evening to participate. “Duets & Trios” night (every 3rd Monday) was an opportunity for beginners to interface with skilled amateurs to professional road-dogs and for all artists to test new material/instruments. “Theme Nights” (to name a few popular ones were: Murder Ballads; Singer/Songwriter, Food; Death, Disaster and Destruction; Trainwrecks and Catastrophes; Outlaws and the Women Who Loved Them, Guilty Pleasures) and “VS” nights (as in Hank Williams Sr. VS Robert Johnson or Johnny Cash VS Muddy Waters) were created to add variety and encourage learning new material. “Electric Freakout” (every 5th Monday) was a night for our musicians who also played electrically to rock out. Occasionally we had touring bands featured, which opened the need for opening acts, in response the “Rural Grit All-Stars” were created. This is a changing group of artists who frequent the RGHH and can be tailored to compliment the touring band. We also put on two 6 hour shows a year–The Winter Tick Fest and The Anniversary Show.

By the end of 2002, the consistent touring of The Wilders kept Ike and company at the Happy Hour less, but by that time, we had met another wave of crazy, musician types who sure did like getting together and exploring musical roots firsthand. All the time The Wilders were beginning to trek across the country, spreading Rural Grit recordings far and wide. At this time we changed the name officially to the Rural Grit Happy Hour.

At the beginning of 2003, the Rural Grit Happy Hour was still in full swing, providing musicians with a unique networking opportunity and the audience with variety each week. Roger extended our hours and the RGHH was the only gig of our format offered on Monday nights. The RGHH had become a place where musicians connected and created new bands, where young bands came to spread their wings, and old timers came back to reconnect with the young. In addition, there was a core loyal following among musicians, patrons and staff. Amazing Grace was there each Mondays feedin’ us soul food; it went well with the soul of the music. It was real, honest, it was music from the heart for the heart. We felt like we had actually done something good, something to be proud of and something that was continuing to grow.

In May of 2004 a series of unforeseen events took place: Roger had cut a deal to sell the Grand Emporium. The new owners planned to rip out everything, down to the studs–nothing would remain the same except the stage. We did not want the RGHH to end but where to go after 5 years and 3 months. Memorial Day- a day we usually take off-would be the last day the GE’s doors would open and the RGHH would be the final event at the GE. We decided to put on a Big Show–Memoriam at The Grand Emporium–everyone was coming together for the last show, flyers were posted, radio and print interviews. Everything was high energy, people were exited. Musicians and fans alike had begged, pleaded, demanded that the RGHH go on somewhere else. We thought , “o.k. but where?” Where indeed. Venues from across the city were courting us. We didn’t want to make a decision in such a short period of time, so it was decided that we would “take a summer vacation” at Mike’s Tavern playing theme shows and scout out a permanent venue.

The Saturday night before the last show at the GE was when the second of a series of unforeseen events took place. A F4 tornado cut a deadly path through Daviess County MO, home of the Santa Rosa Tick Festival and the magical Tick Ranch studio. Dale, Mary and cousin Jeff made it out alive, but some folks just down the road did not. As for the studio, (really an old farm house) the main record room was amazingly just fine but the roof above the engineer’s room was ripped off and 7 inches of rain was dumped inside. It would rain 5 more inches that week and another funnel cloud would threaten two weeks later. However, 40 yards away an earth contact home was destroyed. Now not only were we looking for a new venue, but we had less than 2 months to repair the studio and clean up the debris to get ready for Tick Fest. Ever cleaned up after a F4 tornado–it’s one hell of a job! The final RGHH at the GE was a huge success–over 150 patrons and 50 musicians closed the GE in Rural Grit style.

At the end of our summer vacation at Mike’s Tavern, we decided to move to The Brick. So the RGHH continues on Monday nights from 6-9 p.m. at The Brick. We keep to the same format that we used in the past. There are featured bands/artists with “Inbetweens”. Every third Monday of the month is Duets & Trios night. Every fifth Monday is the Electric Freakout. We still have theme nights or vs nights. We still use a single mic. We still encourage the networking between musicians.

The Rural Grit All-Stars are regular participants of the Rural Grit Happy Hour. Their consistent attendance and participation at the Rural Grit Happy Hour has honed their ability to easily connect musically with each other. At the RGHH we use a single mic and no monitors—artists need to listen to each other to connect. Quite often I witness a combination of artists that hit a musical “zone”. Magical-beautiful-inspiring. These moments create a bond that musicians crave to create again and again. It draws them together. It draws their music together. It strengthens their sense of a musical community, parlaying into an extended family that provides support in a multitude of ways for each artist’s existence.

As time has gone on our core group of participants has decreased then altered due to touring, raising families, moving and various other life crop ups. However, we still have a small group of folks that show up every week to create a bit of magic. Old-timers drop in occasionally and newbies give it a whirl. Over the last few years there have been numerous happy hour shows started throughout the city. It’s quite a different story now then when we began this adventure. It has been exciting to see artists who started at the RGHH, networked with the musicians there and went on to create their own band/scene. Most of them are still playing out today. The goal of the RGHH is to continue to network like-minded musicians together and provide opportunities for a little musical magic to occur.

WMM Playlist from June 27, 2012

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The Midcoast Sound – The 90.1 FM Summer Fund Drive Show
+ The Wilders + Gorilla Theatre

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

[On Friday, JULY 6, at 19th & Wyandotte, from 5:00 – 11pm, GHOSTY along with: Spirit Is The Spirit, The Caves, Fullbloods, Everyday/Everynight, Cowboy Indian Bear, The Empty Spaces, and Soft Reeds, play the big The Crossroads Summer Block Party featuring live music, & food trucks: The Good You, Magical Meatball Tour, Gary’s On The Go, Nacho Express, & the Funnel Cake Truck. More info at GoldenSoundRecords.com. Ross Brown, Jerad Tomasino, & Mat Shoare join us next week.]

Regular guest co-hosts & producers of Wednesday MidDay Medley: Maria Vasquez Boyd, & Philip ‘blue owl’ Hooser, with one of KKFI’s newest volunteers: Rebecca Tasetano were our special co-hosts for the entire show.

2. Hidden Pictures – “Oldies 104.3”
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.]

[Twice nominated for Best Pop Band by The Pitch, Hidden Pictures play a “Rainbow Records” CD release party, Fri, July 20, at 10pm at The Brick, w/ Fullbloods & Shy Boys. They play the recordBar, July 28, at 10:00 w/ Southeast Engine & Erik Voeks. More info at hiddenpicturesmusic.com]

10:09 – Pledge Break #1

10:16

3. Making Movies – “Hangover Blues”
from: Aguardiente [EP] / The Record Machine / June 2012
[The Record Machine pressed a limited number of 7 inch vinyl, 4 song EP. The digital release was June 5. More info at makingmoviesband.com]

[Making Movies play the Congress Theater in Chicago, IL, on Friday June 29. They play the Crossroads KC at Grinders, on July 6, with B-stee, Mike Scott and SpinStyles with Diverse, and Barbaric Merits with Hearts of Darkness. They play Mandalay Bay Resort, in Las Vegas, NV, July 9. And July 20 Making Movies Presents Carlos Santana’s Birthday Celebration @ Knuckleheads]

4. The Dead Girls – “She Laughed a Little”
from: 7” Single on Vinyl and Download / Rocket Heart Records / 2012 [Lawrence KS based 4-piece band. The Dead Girls (formerly Dead Girls Ruin Everything) was formed from the ashes of Ultimate Fakebook and Podstar. Guitarists/singers JoJo Longbottom and Cameron Hawk, of Podstar, combine their dual-guitar and vocal harmonies with drummer Eric Melin and bassist Nick Colby, of Ultimate Fakebook.]

5. Tiny Horse – “On The Market”
From: Midcoast Takeover / Independent / 2010
[Chris Meck and Abigail Henderson are Tiny Horse, an electric/acoustic duo from Midtown Kansas City. They also make up half of the band Atlantic Fadeout.]

[Tiny Horse will play LIVE at the recordBar, Tuesday, July 10, when they play before our special presentation of “A Story in A Song” LIVE at the recordBar. A Benefit for 90.1 FM KKFI.]

10:31 – Pledge Break #2 10:38

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

[Deco Auto will perform live to celebrated the release of their debut EP “Past Mistakes and Hauntings” with special guests The Pedaljets, at Midwestern Musical Company, Friday, July 6, at 7:00pm]

[Deco Auto also plays an In-Store Concert at Vinyl Renaissance at 1415 West 39th Street, in KC, Friday, July 13, 2012 at 6:00pm]

10:41 – Interview with David Luby with Jimmy Calderon

David Luby, is the Founder and Artistic Director or Gorilla Theatre, he joins us today to talk about Gorilla Theatre’s 21st annual Greek Show, “The Suppliant Maidens by Aeschylus,” to be performed on the South steps of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, this Saturday and Sunday, June 30th and July 1st, at 7:30 AM.

“The Suppliant Maidens by Aeschylus” this play is hardly ever produced outside of a rare academic production, this is the last of Aeschylus plays to be produced by Gorilla Theatre.

Live performance from Jimmy Calderon
with original music by Beau Bledsoe and musicians Pat Conway and Brad Cox.

Gorilla Theatre’s 21st annual Greek Show, “The Suppliant Maidens by Aeschylus,” to be performed on the South steps of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, this Saturday and Sunday, June 30th and July 1st, at 7:30 AM. For more information call Gorilla Theatre Productions at: 816-510-3372 of visit: gorillatheatre.org

10:50

7. The Sexy Accident – “Under Summer Stars”
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. ]

[The Sexy Accident play The Brick, Fri, July 27 at 10pm w/Howard Iceberg, Hillary Watts Riot]

10:53 – Intro / Pledge Break #3

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

11:00 – Station ID

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

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

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

[The Wilders play Knuckleheads Sat, June 30]

11:07 – Pledge Break #4

11:15

10. The Wilders – “Things They Say About Home”
from: The Wilders / Free Dirt Records / June 21, 2011 [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. On December 6, Ike and the band announced that they would be taking a hiatus in 2012, after 15 years of almost constant touring.

11:18 – Interview with Betse Ellis and Phil Wade

Betse Ellis and Phil Wade, are two of the members of the amazing KC based band, THE WILDERS who have toured all over the world, recorded 10 albums, and now…”after fifteen years , are taking a hiatus.” They’ll be performing one last time, before the break, this Saturday, June 30, at 9:00 pm, at Knuckleheads, 2715 Rochester KCMO.

The two of you have been making music together for a long time.

(Betse and Phil were in a band called The Dhurries and Ike Sheldon was in a band called The Young Johnny Carson Story.)

The Wilders won the Independent Music Award, for Best Alt.Country Album, for 2011 for “The Wilders” on Free Dirt Records.

The Wilders play their last scheduled show this Saturday, June 30, at 9:00 pm, at Knuckleheads, 2715 Rochester KCMO. More info at: knuckleheadskc.com. thewilders.us

11:28

11. The Wilders – “No. 7”
from: The Wilders / Free Dirt Records / June 21, 2011
[10th release from Ike Sheldon- Guitar, Lead Vocals, Betse Ellis- Fiddle, Vocals, Phil Wade- Dobro, Banjo, Mandolin, Vocals, Nate Gawron- Bass, Vocals]

11:30 – Pledge Break #5

11:37

The B’Dinas, Red Kate and Molly Picture Club play our Post Story Dance Party, Tuesday, July 10 at the recordBar, just after our special presentatiopn of “A Story in A Song” LIVE at the recordBar. A Benefit for 90.1 FM KKFI.

12. The B’Dinas – “That’s Not What She Said”
from: Homemade Rock and Roll [EP] / Independent / 2010
[The B’Dinas are: Katy Guillen on guitar/vocals/harmonica, Meredith McGrade on guitar/vocals, Peter Lawless on bass/vocals/saxophone, Katelyn Boone on keys/vocals/bass, Tess Jehle on drums. This year The B’Dinas released their second EP Morning Party.]

11:40

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

14. Molly Picture Club – “Idears (You Don’t Dance Enough)”
from: Molly Picture Club / Independent / March 3, 2012
[KC based band featuring: Aniko Adany- vocals, synths, keys, omnichord, Matthew Hayden- drums, drum sequencing, and Michael Tipton- vocals, guitar, bass. The album was mixed and mastered by Duane Trower at Weights and Measures Soundlab here in KC. Mike Tipton was one of our first guests on WMM, in 2004, when he was part of the band Tabla Rasa.]

15. The Sleazebeats – “Goosesteppin’ Nazis”
from: The Sleazebeats / Independent / Jan. 1, 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 The Midwest QueerFest this Saturday, June 30, 12:00pm until 10:00pm at Washington Square Park at Pershing Road and Grand Boulevard! Queer and allied performers and artists, including: Amy Farrand, Mercury Mad, Grenadina, Ab5urdum, Wick & The Tricks, Showtyme & The ShowStoppers, Baer and Ani Mal, LAZY, Sleazebeats, and She’s a Keeper. In addition there will be a zine making station, interactive exhibits on LGBTQ history with ways to get involved, a clothing swap, and a drag race.]

11:50 – Pledge Break #6

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

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Show #427

WMM Playlist from January 25, 2012

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

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

I Formed a Band – The Tom Livesay Story

1. Foolish Sad Robot – “I Recorded It”
from: The Complete Foolish Sad Robot / Independent / 1995-96

2. Foolish Sad Robot – “Personal Rock Song”
from: The Complete Foolish Sad Robot / Independent / 1995-96
[One of 23 songs recorded with Ike Sheldon and Tom Livesay. Performed at The Rhumba Box.]

3. The Whittlers – “Vans”
from: Reduced Bit By Bit / Independent / Summer 2000
[One of four full length albums created by Tom Livesay and Phil Wade between 2000 – 2004]

“I Formed A Band – The Tom Livesay Story” chronicles the musical history of Tom Livesay‘s life, through every band he has played in, starting with The William Jewel Orchestra and Jazz band and following through 24 years of Tom’s life, playing in 12 bands, where Tom played bass, sang lead vocals, played synthesizers & casios, wrote or co-wrote (probably) over 150 songs, recorded (probably) over 200 songs, and engineered or produced just as many tracks, if not more. Tom Livesay has collaborated with a very long list of KC’s best musicians including: Ike Sheldon, Phil Wade, Beste Ellis & Nate Gawron (who became The Wilders) Amy Farrand, Jeff Brown, Tony Zager, Matt Brahl, Patrick Frazier, Mark Smeltzer, Randy Wolf, Mark Stevenson, Mike McCoy, Jeff Nichols, Mark Reynolds, Stephen DiFranco, Marco Pascolini, Paul Guinto, Wm. Howell, Jennifer Appell, and many others…

Tom grew up in Independence, and graduated from Chrisman High School in 1984.

WJC Jazz Band, February 12, 1988, Kansas State Jazz Festival

After High School Tom was accepted into William Jewell College in Liberty, MO where her played saxophone in the William Jewell Orchestra & Jazz Band. It was in this band where he met future longtime collaborators: Jeff Brown (trumpet) & Ike Sheldon (trombone).

1987 – 88 Tom formed The Freshman Senators with 3 friends who needed a bass player. Tom sold his saxophone, and bought a bass.

4. The Freshman Senators – “Butterfly Fan”
from: The Freshman Senators / Independent / 1988
[Originally released on cassette. Re-released as a single w/ 2 other songs on cassette in 1990. Winner of local radio station call in contest. William Jewell Band w/ Tony Zager – Guitar, David King – Drums, Brian Meredith – Guitar & Saxophone, Tom Livesay – Bass. Friend Jeff Brown formed rival band: The Industry.]

1988 after William Jewell College Tom moved to Midtown, near KCAI, and continued with The Freshman Senators.

1989 Tom formed Wig Newton with Ike Sheldon after Ike graduated and moved to midtown. Wig Newton was influenced by bands of the day: Jane’s Addiction, Faith No More.

1990 – 91 Tom formed Knotty Pines with Tony Zager (of Freshman Senators)

5. Knotty Pines – “Zuleika”
from: Geek Mythology / Independent / 1991
[Antony Zager – Guitars, Tom Livesay – Vocals & Bass. Released on Cassette. Recorded at Westend Studios. Dedicated to The Freshman Senators & Wig Newton.]

1989 to 1991 there was some overlapping between The Freshman Senators, Wig Newton and Knotty Pines. At William Jewel Ike Sheldon had been a vocal music major, in Wig Newton, Ike used his operatic tenor, as well as rapped. We do not have any Wig Newton recordings, but Ike did contribute guest vocals for the Knotty Pines, “Geek Mythology” release, which gives us an example of Ike’s pre-The Wilders vocals.

6. Knotty Pines – “Planet Janet”
from: Geek Mythology / Independent / 1991
[Special lead vocals by Ike O. Sheldon. co-written by Livesay/Zager/Sheldon. Antony Zager – Guitars, Tom Livesay – Vocals & Bass. Released on Cassette. Recorded at Westend Studios. Dedicated to The Freshman Senators & Wig Newton.]

1991 Tom formed The Young Johnny Carson Story with William Jewel Orchestra Members Jeff Brown, Ike Sheldon. The Band’s name came from Ike Sheldon’s dream where he was in a made-for-TV movie, playing the part of a young Johnny Carson.

1992 The Young Johnny Carson Story released “Nerd”

7. The Young Johnny Carson Story – “You’re Too Beautiful”
an unreleased track / Independent / 1992
[Jeff Brown – Guitar & Vox, Tom Livesay – Bass & Vox, Ike Sheldon – Guitar, Bass & Vox]

What happened when Tom Livesay asked Johnny Carson permission to use his name for their “musical project”?

A letter dated March 14, 1994, from Carson Productions read:

Mr. Livesay,

“Thank you for your recent inquiry regarding the use of mr. Carson’s name in your musical project. However, I must inform you that it is in the best interests of Carson Productions to unconditionally refuse permission for the use of the name in any form. To persist in doing so will result in immediate litigation. We wish you luck in the persuit of your project, but must insist in your finding a new name.”

– Carson Productiona

1994 the band changed their name to My Childhood Hero and added drummer Amy Farrand to the group.

In the notes, on the cassette release, it reads “We support, Rhumba Box, Gee Coffee, The Dhurries, Shallow, Trouble in Mind, Secular Theme, Danger Bob, Frogpond, and Shiner.”

8. My Childhood Hero – “fiesta ware”
from: The Young Johnny Carson Story Is Now My Childhood Hero / Whiney Piney / 1994 [Jeff Brown – Guitar, Tom Livesay – Bass, Ike Sheldon – Guitar & Bass, Amy Farrand – Drums. Guest artists: Betse Ellis – Violin & Angel, Mark Smelzer – feedback, Phil Wade – Angel. Recorded live to 2-track ny randy Wolf in Mark & Leslie’s attic, February, 1994.]

1991 (while playing with Young Johnny Carson Story, and My Childhood Hero) Tom also started playing bass with the band Cher fronted by Mike McCoy. Tom played with the band on two cassette releases: “By Named Sue” (1991) and “The Gambler” (1992).

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

Raucous life shows, sometimes hostile audiences, it was during a Halloween show when 3 of the 4 members quit and walked off stage, in the middle of the set, leaving Mike McCoy alone on stage. Mike eventually reformed the group with Lisa McKenzie on Drums, and Heather Grehan on Bass, and renamed the band Cher UK and rerecorded many of the songs from the two cassette releases, in Minneapolis, for the 1993 release on Red Decibel Records, “She’s A Weird Little Snack.”

1995 – 96 Tom formed, Foolish Sad Robot with Ike Sheldon, Tom’s 8th band in 8 years. With Ike, at least 23 songs were recorded. The band played in many venues & developed a following.

10. Foolish Sad Robot – “Postpone”
from: The Complete Foolish Sad Robot / Independent / 1995-96
[One of 23 songs written & recorded with Ike Sheldon and Tom Livesay.]

1993-95 The Dhurries, formed with Betse Ellis on Violin, and Phil Wade on sitar, drums, & guitar. Phil was into East Indian ragas. The Dhurries played local coffeehouses including Whistler’s Mother in Westport where they became fans of the Young Johnny Carson Story and Foolish Sad Robot. Tom Livesay, Ike Sheldon, Jeff Brown, Betse Ellis and Phil Wade played together a lot in those days.

11. The Dhurries – “Red Ribbon”
from: Yeppers / Barry Lee Compilation for KKFI / 1995
[Betse Ellis & Phil Wade. Originally recorded on Barry Lee‘s radio program, “Signal To Noise,” in 1995. On a Signal To Noise radio show Ike Sheldon joined Betse & Phil to play a “string tune” they’d been experimenting with after Ike started playing his father’s old country records. Some say this was the beginning of The Wilders. A You Tube video of Ike, Betse & Phil on Signal to Noise is on our Wednesday MidDay Medley Facebook Page.]

1996-97 William Jewell Orchestra members: Tom Livesay, Jeff Brown & Ike Sheldon teamed up with Phil Wade (formerly of the Dhurries and The Pedaljets) and Stephen DiFranco (formerly of Bad Manners) to form a new band: Day Sleeper

12. Day Sleeper – “Meteor (Reprise)”
from: When The Meteor Comes / Independent / 1997
[Tom Livesay (lead vox on this song) – Bass & Vox, Phil Wade – Lead Electric Guitar & Lap Steel Guitar & Vox, Ike Sheldon – Fender Rhoades & Electric Piano, Jeff Brown – Vox & Electric Guitar & Acoustic Guitar, Stephen DiFranco – Drums. Recorded at The Tic Ranch, Frazier Farm, mixed at band’s house, 3605 Jefferson. Songs written by Jeff Brown & Day Sleeper.]

“I Formed A Band – The Tom Livesay Story.” continues…
A chronicle of the musical history of Tom’s life, through every band he has played in, over the past 24 years.

1995, Phil Wade started listening to bluegrass music.

1996 Ike Sheldon, Betse Ellis and Phil Wade formed The Wilders with Matt Kesler (Phil’s band mate from The Pedaljets) sometimes on Bass.

1997 -1998 Tom moved to Arizona with a friend. While in Arizona Tom recorded some solo recordings using casio keyboards.

13. Tom Livesay – “Jumbo Jet Beat”
from: Tom Livesay’s Greatest Hits / Independent / 1998 [Tom’s solo work.]

1998 The Wilders released the first recording: “Cornbread, Molasses and Sassafras Tea” on Rural Grit Records. Ike started hosting The Rural Grit Hour at The Grand Emporium.

1999 Tom Livesay moved back to KC from Arizona and joined: Snakebite Orphans with Mark Stevenson, Marco Pascolini (of Mr. Marco’s V-7), and Matt Brawl (of Sandoval).

1999 Tom Livesay engineered the recording of The Wilders 2000 release: “The Wilders.”

The Wilders

(Note: In 2011 After 15 years, 10 albums, and constant touring, The Wilders announced last month that they would be taking an extended “hiatus.”)

14. The Wilders – “Righten That Wrong”
from: The Wilders / Rural Grit Records / 2000
[Ike Sheldon – Lead Guitar & Vox, Betse Ellis – Fiddle & Vox, Phil Wade – Mandolin & Dobro & Banjo & Vox, Nate Gawron – String Bass. Rec. Live Dec, 1999, at Randy Wolf’s house. Engineered by Tom Livesay & Randy Wolf. Jeff Brown plays Bass on this song.]

2000 – 2004 Tom formed The Whittlers with Phil Wade

15. The Whittlers – “They Wanted Songs”
from: Reduced Bit By Bit / Independent / Summer 2000
[One of four full length albums created by Tom Livesay and Phil Wade between 2000 – 2004]

2000-2004 Tom & Phil Wade recorded 4 albums, while working together at The KC Art Intitute.

16. The Whittlers – “Dressed Up and It’s Hot”
from: Sci Fi Runaway / Independent / January – February 2001
[Song includes a guest rap from Ike Sheldon. Album included guests: Betse ellis, Ike Sheldon, Nate & Mary Gawron, Wm. Howell and others.]

17. The Whittlers – “Stuck in Missouri With You”
from: Touch The Artist / Independent / Summer 2002
[Album was made up entirely of covers. This song was made famous by Stealer’s Wheel. Jeff Brown played drums on several tracks. Ike Sheldon played piano and keyboards on several tracks.]

18. The Whittlers – “Another Night Gone”
from: Nobody’s Happy / Independent / Summer 2004
[written by Betse Ellis. Tom on Vocals, Ike on Piano, Phil on Guitar. Recorded as a surprise for Betse.]

2001 Tom Produced albums for: Wm. Howell & played bass for Paul Guinto aka Redbirds

19. Wm. Howell – “Born Again”
from: Sweet Boy / Independent / 2001

2001 Tom released his first solo release with guest appearances from Ike Sheldon, Phil Wade, Beste Ellis, Tony Zager, Matt Brahl, Patrick Fraizer, Mark Smeltzer, Kim Stanton, Mark Stevenson, Paul Guinto, Wm. Howell,

20. Tom Livesay – “Kids Feel Stifled!”
from: Gazer / Independent / 2001
[co-written with student in Beijing, Tony Zager & Tom Livesay, Guitar by Tony Zager, cyborg vocal by Wm. Howell. Bass, Vocals & Synthesizers by Tom. Drums by Matt Brawl.]

21. Tom Livesay – “Lover Slash Friend”
from: Gazer / Independent / 2001 [co-written by Ike & Tom. Guitar & Tamborine by Ike Sheldon.]

22. Tom Livesay – “Stripmall Opens”
from: Gazer / Independent / 2001 [cello by Betse Ellis.]

23. Tom Livesay – “ReRelease”
from: Gazer / Independent / 2001 [Guitar by Patrick Frazier]

Present day – Tom is raising his 8 year old daughter Hirut, adopted from Ethiopia.

Recently Tom has been working on new songs.

24. Foolish Sad Robot – “Sad Hour”
from: The Complete Foolish Sad Robot / Independent / 1995-96

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

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

Show #405

WMM Playlist from Dec. 28 – The 111 Best Recordings of 2011 (part 4 of 4)

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

Wednesday, December 28, 2011:

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

The 111 Best Recordings of 2011 are based on the playlists of Wednesday MidDay Medley. In 2011 we’ve featured hundreds of New & Local Releases, we’ve featured dozens of LIVE, in-studio performances from area musicians, and we’ve interviewed over 150 local and national artists. Over 40 recordings on our list are from the KC & Lawrence area. All December we’ve been playing nearly 8-hours of music that represent: The 111 of Best Recordings of 2011!

Howard Iceberg's 7-CD collection of over 100 songs, "Welcome Aboard" tops our list of The 111 Best Recordings of 2011

The Wilders also make our list with their 2011 release, "The Wilders"

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

2. (26.) The Low Anthem – “Boeing 737”
from: Smart Flesh / Nonesuch / February 21, 2011
[The follow up to their critically acclaimed “Oh My God, Charlie Darwin” where the three original band members-Jocie Adams, Ben Knox Miller, and Jeff Prystowsky took over a Block Island cabin in the dead of winter. To record Smart Flesh, the group expanded to a quartet with the addition of drummer Mat Davidson and they found a former pasta factory in Central Falls, Rhode Island, a cavernous loft space that became crucial to the shape of the album. Says vocalist Miller, “We knew right away when we stepped into the factory that the space was really the main instrument for the whole record. The resonance was chilling. We were able to experiment with new recording techniques to capture the sound at different distances. Mics 100-200 feet away caught the sound barreling across the room.” Additional tracks were recorded in a garage that had previously been home to a reptile breeder, another unconventional studio space that the quartet dubbed “the gator pit.”]

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

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

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

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

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

10:30

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

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

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

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

10:45

12. (16.) Deer Tick – “Main Street”
from: Divine Providence / Partisan Records / October 24, 2011
[from Providence, Rhode Island led by guitarist and singer-songwriter John McCauley]

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

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

11:00

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

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

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

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18. (10.) The I’ms – “Bully Fight”
from: Second MIXES / Independent / 2011
[from their Facebook Page – Collin Rausch, Kyle Rausch. Hearing Collin Rausch and his cousin Kasey Rausch performed together at Barry Lee’s night of Beatles music was a real treat. Kyle Rausch also plays with The ACB’s.]

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

20. (8.) Sara Swenson and The Pearl Snaps – “Windows and Doors”
from: Never Left My Mind EP / Independent / Nov. 19, 2011
[The Pearl Snaps are: Ian Davidson, John Flynn, Brandon Graves, Sarah Magill and Roger Strong. Their new EP, “Never Left My Mind,” features five tracks recorded and produced in Kansas City by Mike Crawford and Beau Davidson. Sara Swenson & The Pearl Snaps EP Release was November 19 at The Brick.]

21. (7.) Mr. Marco’s V-7 – “Sweet 2”
from: Sparkin’ Your Mama / Independent / 2011
[drummer Kent “Precious Metalz’ Burnham, bassist Johnny “License Bolt” Hamil, guitarist Marco “Hair Party” Pascolini and console/steel / Theremin / moog man Mike “Creeping Death” Stover. 3 0f the 4 members were our guests, Feb 16, on Wednesday MidDay Medley.]

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

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

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

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25. (3.) Hidden Pictures – “It’s My Fantasy (It’s Not Your Fantasy)”
from: Synchronized Sleeping / Hidden Pictures / April 1, 2011
[Richard Gintowt and Michelle Sanders first met at the Record bar and performed together in OK Jones before starting Hidden Pictures. This is their debut full length. Several songs had been previously released in two separate EPs in 2010.]

26. (2.) The Wilders – “Things They Say About Home”
from: The Wilders / Free Dirt Records / June 21, 2011
[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. On December 6, Ike and the band announced that they would be taking a hiatus in 2012, after 12 years of almost constant touring. We absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE this band and each of the members who are some of the most amazing musicians and as well as being really great human beings. Betse Ellis was our guest producer and host on march 2, in a show celebrating Cajun Music.]

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

Concert Calendar:
12-29 BCR at Californos
12-29 Antennas Up/Not A Planet/Margo May at recordBar
12-30 Ad Astra Arkestra/The Caves/The Grisly Hand at Davey’s
12-30 Mr Marcos V7 at The Brick
12-30 Trampled Under Foot at Knuckleheads
12-31 INK PRESENTS: NYE w/The Sex Police/77 Jefferson/DJ 2-Tone at Beaumont
12-31 Hammerlord/Walking Oceans/Mansion/Humans at The Riot Room
12-31 Minden/Capybara/Ghosty at recordBar
12-31 Katy and Go-Go/New Years Eve Happy Hour at The Brick
12-31 Split Lip Rayfield/Dumptruck Butterlips/Ashes To Immortality at The Bottleneck
12-31 The Rainmakers & The Belairs (sold out) at Knuckleheads

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

Sources for note: Wikipedia.org, artist’s websites

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Show #401

The 111 Best Recordings of 2011*

Wednesday MidDay Medley
TEN to NOON Wednesdays – Streaming at KKFI.org
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Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning

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

The 111 Best Recordings of 2011

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WMM Playlist from November 30, 2011

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

Wednesday, November 23, 2011:

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

1. Victor & Penny – “I’ll Never Say ‘Never Again’ Again”
from: Antique Pop / V & P Productions / December 9, 2011
[Victor & Penny performed LIVE on our Sept. 7 Wednesday MidDay Medley. This Chicago / KC based duo is: Jeff Freling of the Chicago Blue Man Group; and Erin McGrane of the cabaret group Alacartoona. Victor & Penny have a brand new CD called Antique Pop which contain 8 vintage songs plus 2 original songs written by Jeff Freling and a song written by Barclay Martin. Victor & Penny will be in concert celebrating the release of their 1st album, “Antique Pop” on Friday, Dec 9, at 10 PM at the R Bar w/ The Latenight Callers.]

10:03 – Interview with Tim Finn

Mark Manning interviews Tim Finn

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

Five of Tim Finn’s Favorite Releases of 2011:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10:32 – Underwriting

10:32 – Interview with Coleen Voeks

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

Five of Coleen’s Favorite Releases of 2011:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11:03 – Interview with Chris Haghirian

Chris Haghirian has worked for The Kansas City Star for 12 years and helped launch INK in April of 2008. Chris works on the marketing side of INK and puts together all of the music promotions. Chris was instrumental in the organization of The Middle of The Map Festival, Midcoast cares: A Benefit for Joplin, The past two years of MidCoast Takeover SXSW Music festivals featuring KC and Lawrence area bands. To date, He has seen 634 bands live and has been to 346 shows. Chris also is a regular contributor to The Mailbox, a weekly podcast radio show produced and hosted by Michael Byars that is available at the Midwest Music Foundation’s website: midwestmusicfound.org.

Five of Chris Haghirian’s Favorite Releases of 2011:

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

Bon Iver – Bon Iver / Jagjaguwar / 2011

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

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

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

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

Chris Haghirian’s favorite concerts of 2011:

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

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

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

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

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

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

11:33 – Underwriting

11:35 – Interview with Marion Merritt

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

Five of Marion Merritt’s Favorite Releases of 2011:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

19. Wild Flag -“Romance”
from: Wild Flag / Merge / Sept. 21, 2011
[2nd single from the debut of the four-piece super group, of sorts, based in Portland, Oregon and Washington, D.C. that consists of Carrie Brownstein (formerly of Sleater-Kinney), Mary Timony (formerly of Helium), Rebecca Cole (formerly of The Minders) and Janet Weiss (formerly of Quasi and Sleater-Kinney). The band recently played the Record bar on Oct. 5.]
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11:59:30

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

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

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

Show # 397

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.]

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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.

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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

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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

Show #389