WMM Playlist from August 19, 2020

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

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Nico Gray – Guest Producer

We welcome back to the show, Nico Gray, as “Guest Producer.” Nico is a writer, performance artist, and has worked as an actor with KC Rep, Gorilla Theatre, 8th St. Cafe Theatre, Actor’s Craft, and Big Bang Buffet. Nico has worked for Theatre League, The Midland Theatre and is currently a marketing & advertising consultant with Union Station, KC Fringe, and KC Creates. Nico grew up in KC but has lived in Chicago, New York & Marseille. For WMM Nico Gray has co-hosted several of fund drive shows, Glam Rock show, Bowie Tribute Shows, and our 700th show. Today is his 9th appearance as Guest Producer.

Nico Gray, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

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

2. The Orb – “Slave Till U Die No Matter What U Buy” (L’anse Aux Meadows Mix)
from: Abolition of The Royal Familia / Cooking Vinyl / March 27, 2020
[16th album from The Orb, an electronic music group founded in 1988 by Alex Paterson and The KLF member Jimmy Cauty. Beginning as ambient and dub DJs in London, their early performances were inspired by electronic artists of the 1970s and 1980s, most notably Brian Eno and Kraftwerk. Because of their psychedelic sound, the Orb developed a cult following among clubbers “coming down” from drug-induced highs. The Orb have maintained their drug-related science fiction themes despite personnel changes, including the departure of Cauty and members Kris Weston, Andy Falconer, Simon Phillips, Nick Burton, and Andy Hughes. Paterson has been the only permanent member, continuing to work as the Orb with Swiss-German producer Thomas Fehlmann and, later, with Martin “Youth” Glover, bassist of Killing Joke. Beyond recognition on their albums and concerts, his unauthorized use of other artists’ works has led to disputes with musicians, most notably with Rickie Lee Jones. During their live shows of the 1990s, The Orb performed using digital audio tape machines optimized for live mixing and sampling before switching to laptops and digital media. Despite changes in performance method, The Orb maintained their colorful light shows and psychedelic imagery in concert. These visually intense performances prompted critics to compare the group to Pink Floyd, whose guitarist, David Gilmour, collaborated with them on the album Metallic Spheres in 2010. http://www.theorb.com]

3. Ezra Furman —“I’m Coming Clean”
from: Sex Education Original Soundtrack / Bella Union / January 24, 2020
[Ezra Furman was born September 5, 1986, he is an American musician and songwriter. Furman currently performs solo and tours with her band. Ezra Furman and the Harpoons were a four-piece rock band active between 2006 and 2011. The band consisted of Ezra Furman (vocals, guitar), Job Mukkada (bass guitar), Drew “Adam” Abrutyn (drums), and Andrew Langer (guitar). They formed at Tufts University in 2006. They released four albums: the self-released Beat Beat Beat (2006), followed by Banging Down the Doors (2007), Inside the Human Body (2008) and Mysterious Power (2011). The group broke up in 2011. After their contract with Minty Fresh Records expired, the band released a self-produced compilation album in 2009, Moon Face: Bootlegs and Road Recordings 2006–2009, which included live recordings and some of Furman’s solo work. In 2018, 33⅓ published a book by Furman about Lou Reed’s album Transformer. Furman provided the soundtrack for the 2019 Netflix drama-comedy show Sex Education. The soundtrack consists of songs from Furman’s back catalogue, as well as songs written for the show. Furman and her band also appeared in episode seven of the first season of the show, “At the Bottom of the Ocean,” making a cameo as the band playing at the main characters’ school dance. Furman is Jewish. Her father is from a Jewish family and her mother converted to Judaism. Furman identifies as trans and bisexual, and uses he/him and she/her pronouns. Furman’s younger brother Jonah was lead singer and bassist in the Boston-based rock band Krill, until their split in October 2015. Ezra and Jonah also have two more siblings.]

4. Arthur Lee & Love —“Five String Serenade”
from: Five String Sernade / Last Call & New Rose Records / 1992 [Reissued August 26, 2002]
[Arthur Taylor Lee as born, Arthur Porter Taylor, on March 7, 1945. He died on August 3, 2006, and was an American singer-songwriter who rose to fame as the leader of the Los Angeles rock band Love. Lee was born in Memphis, Tennessee, on March 7, 1945 in John Gaston Hospital, to Agnes (née Porter), a school teacher, and Chester Taylor, a local jazz musician and cornet player. Love’s 1967 album Forever Changes was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, and it is part of the National Recording Registry. In late 1996, Lee was sentenced to 12 years for the negligent discharge of a firearm. California’s three strikes law meant Lee was forced to serve a prison term, having previously served two years in jail for arson, and having been charged with various drug, driving and assault offences. Lee denied that he had fired the gun, and visiting fan Doug Thomas who had denied involvement when the police responded later confessed to the deed. Lee was incompetently represented in court; a year-delayed analysis of a gunpowder residue test on him produced a negative result. Had he pleaded guilty, Lee would have been sentenced to nine months in jail but he fought the case and lost. With the charges enhanced on account of his prior felony conviction and coincidental accusations of domestic violence of the same time-frame, the court made an example of him: 12 years, 85 percent of time served: about 9 years. In prison Lee refused visitors and interviews. “I thought I would beat this case, so why would I want to broadcast it? This has been so humiliating to me.” Former bandmates Bryan MacLean and Ken Forssi both died while Lee was incarcerated, ending any speculation as to a full-fledged Love reunion. On December 12, 2001, Lee was released from prison, having served 5½ years of his original sentence. A federal appeals court in California reversed the charge of negligent discharge of a firearm, as it found that the prosecutor at Lee’s trial was guilty of misconduct. In April 2006 it was publicly announced that Lee was being treated for acute myeloid leukemia. A tribute fund was set up shortly after the announcement, with a series of benefit concerts to be performed to help pay medical bills. The most notable of these concerts was produced by Steve Weitzman of SW Productions at New York’s Beacon Theater on June 23, 2006, and featured Robert Plant, Ian Hunter, Ryan Adams, Nils Lofgren, Yo La Tengo, Garland Jeffreys, Johnny Echols (Love’s original lead guitarist), and Flashy Python & The Body Snatchers (featuring Alec Ounsworth of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah). Backed by Ian Hunter’s band, Plant performed 12 songs, including four Led Zeppelin songs and five recorded by Love in the 60s (“7 and 7 Is”, “A House Is Not A Motel”, “Bummer in the Summer”, “Old Man”, and “Hey Joe”).[20] A benefit concert was held in Dublin, Ireland. Lee underwent several months of treatment for leukemia, including chemotherapy and an experimental stem cell transplant using stem cells from an umbilical cord blood donor. His condition continued to worsen, and he died from complications of the disease in Memphis, Tennessee, at the age of 61. Robyn Hitchcock’s 1993 song “The Wreck of the Arthur Lee” from the Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians album Respect was written as a tribute to the singer. Arthur Lee is mentioned in the song “Are You Ready to Be Heartbroken”, by Lloyd Cole & the Commotions, as well as in the song “Mate of the Bloke”, by Half Man Half Biscuit. His prison term is the subject of “The Prison’s Going Down” by ex-Stranglers singer and guitarist Hugh Cornwell. Lee is the subject of the song “Byrds Turn to Stone” (originally titled “Mr Lee”) by Liverpool band (and former Arthur Lee backing group) Shack.]

5. Le Ren – “Love Can’t Be the Only Reason To Stay”
from: Morning & Melancholia / Secretly Canadian / July 31, 2020
[Montreal folk singer Le Ren (aka Lauren Spear) recently toured with Orville Peck aad now she signed to Secretly Canadian and released her first single for the label, “Love Can’t Be The Only Reason to Stay.” It’s a gorgeous, tender dose of Americana that sounds like a lost record from 1971.]

6. Oracle Sisters – “Asc. Scorpio”
from: Paris 1 – EP / 22Twenty / July 8, 2020
[Recorded at La Ferme records on a farm in the Arcachon region of France the band settled down to a live work/rhythm and routine for over a week, sleeping in the studio surrounded by chickens and an agriculture farm with a honey bee plantation, the ocean and pine trees. Recording all hours of the day and night when the mood was right they recorded 1 batch of songs with drums and drum machine layered live and 1 batch of songs, all playing live in 1 room….the difference in the sound, feel and aesthetic of the songs made them decide to split these in to two separate EP’s. Overdubs were done back in Paris. The songs represent a collection of the first songs written by Lewis & Chris & Juilia arriving in Paris from Scotland, New York and Helsinki. Music Produced by: Oracle Sisters, except Most of All (produced by Jerome Goldet & Oracle Sisters) / Sound Engineer: Maxime Kosinetz / Mixing: Noah Georgeson ((except for Most of All : Craig Silvey and Max Prior)). Creators of artistic dream rock, Oracle Sisters make music that is at once sonically soothing and lyrically compelling. Intricate vocal harmonies over lilting arrangements make an otherworldly vehicle for dreamlike stories of human connection, home and heartbreak.]

10:31 – Underwriting

7. Noga Erez – “Hit U”
from: Off The Radar / City Slang / June 2, 2017
[Noga Erez was born 26 December 1989) is an Israeli singer, songwriter and producer. In 2017 her song “Dance While You Shoot” was used by Apple in an advertising campaign for its music streaming service. In the same year she released her debut album, Off The Radar to critical acclaim. She grew up in Caesarea from the age of six and studied composition at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. Through her childhood and while growing up she explored different instruments and studied different styles of music. She was a part of different groups and ensembles as a vocalist, keyboardist and percussionist. She served as a military musician during her conscription in the Israeli Defence Forces. In 2011 Erez worked on a jazz album, which she almost finished and decided to scrap and move to writing and producing electronic music. On stage, Erez performs as a three-piece-band with herself on vocals, Ori Rousso (sampler, synthesizer) and Jacobovitz Ran (electronic drums, percussion). In 2017, Erez was included in Forbes Israel’s “Under 30” list. Erez’s first single, “Toy” received a rave review from The New York Times: “the Israeli singer and electronic-music producer Noga Erez gives ‘Toy’ a beat that jitters and heaves, ratchets across the stereo field, speeds up fitfully and stops for a moment of dead silence halfway through the song; the melodies are brief modal phrases hinting at Middle Eastern origins… It’s a sparse, thorny, unstable track — and haunting, too.” Erez produced her first record “Off The Radar”, which was released 2 June 2017 via City Slang, with her partner Ori Rousso. This release was followed by festival shows at Primavera, SXSW, Pitchfork Paris, Roskilde, MELT! Visions Festival, Convergence and Great Escape in 2017. She also toured the UK and Europe in 2017.]

8. Moonlight Benjamin – “Papa Legba”
from: Siltane / Ma Case / March 23, 2018
[The priest of voodoo Rock ‘n Roll pulls no punches with a straight-for-the-jugular, guitar licked homage to Haiti evoking an Afro-energised Black Keys meets Dr. John. This is no world music foray rather a bountiful display of energy in an oft-growling record with plays host to flashes of light and shrouds of darkness, defying musical purity.]

9. Jean-Phillippe Goncalves – “Dance & Angela (Trip-Hop Version)”
from: Sharp Objects (Music from HBO Limited Series) / Entertainment One / Nov. 30, 2018
[Jean-Philippe “Jean-Phi” Goncalves was born in 1978, in Angoulême, France. He is a percussionist and record producer based out of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. An member of Montreal’s electronic music scene, Goncalves provides percussion for the bands Afrodizz, Plaster, Le Golden and Beast. As a producer he has worked with many French-speaking Quebecer musicians and in 2005 he collaborated with American recording artist Lauryn Hill. The musician was particularly busy at the 2005 Festival de Musique Émergente (FME)—an annual new music festival held in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec. During the fest he performed on 3 consecutive days for Afrodizz, Plaster and Dan Thouin respectively, causing a reporter to call him “the star of the FME”]

10. John Lewis – “You Can Redeem The Soul of Our Nation”
Mr. Lewis, the civil rights leader and U.S Representative died on July 17. He wrote this essay shortly before his death, to be published upon the day of his funeral in The New York Times. Read by Prentiss Onayemi (5:10 excerpt)

11. Kalu James – “Listen To the Wind”
from: Live / Kalu James / February 24, 2010
[Kalu and the Electric Joint blend the powers of psychedelic soul music with the driving beat of rock and roll and the ancient rhythms of Africa. Born in Nigeria, Kalu relocated to Austin, Texas, where he put together a stellar ensemble of players who graciously fuel and follow his deep well of eclectic influences. The group’s new record, Time Undone is a sonic masterpiece of original tunes with a positive message and soul-stirring beats. The arrangements are masterfully crafted allowing the songs to breathe and flow. From the first note, these musicians show that they’re prepared to carry modern music forward while still paying tribute to the inspirations of their past. Their music invokes a wide range of emotions while influencing with an uplifting message through masterful playing. Opening for acts like George Clinton & The Parliament Funkadelic, Vieux Farka Toure, Allen Stone, Keller Williams amongst many others, this band comes to play and when they do, the dance floor never stays empty.]

12. Nina Simone – “If You Pray Right”
from: Baltimore / CTI – Sony / January 1, 1978
[Born Eunice Kathleen Waymon; February 21, 1933 – April 21, 2003) was an American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and civil rights activist widely associated with jazz music. Simone aspired to become a classical pianist while working in a broad range of styles including classical, jazz, blues, folk, R&B, gospel, and pop. Born the sixth child of a preacher’s family in North Carolina, Simone aspired to be a concert pianist. Her musical path changed direction after she was denied a scholarship to the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, despite a well-received audition. Simone was later told by someone working at Curtis that she was rejected because she was black. When she began playing in a small club in Philadelphia to fund her continuing musical education and become a classical pianist she was required to sing as well. She was approached for a recording by Bethlehem Records, and her rendering of “I Loves You, Porgy” was a hit in the United States in 1958. Over the length of her career Simone recorded more than 40 albums, mostly between 1958—when she made her debut with Little Girl Blue—and 1974. Her musical style arose from a fusion of gospel and pop songs with classical music, in particular with influences from her first inspiration, Johann Sebastian Bach, and accompanied with her expressive jazz-like singing in her characteristic contralto. She injected as much of her classical background into her music as possible to give it more depth and quality, as she felt that pop music was inferior to classical. Her intuitive grasp on the audience–performer relationship was gained from a unique background of playing piano accompaniment for church revivals and sermons regularly from the early age of six years old. In the early 1960s, she became involved in the civil rights movement and the direction of her life shifted once again. Simone’s music was highly influential in the fight for equal rights in the United States. In later years, she lived abroad, finally settling in France in 1992. She received a Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 2000 and was a fifteen-time Grammy Award nominee over the course of her career.]

11:00 – Station ID

13. Prince – “Cosmic Day”
from: Sign ‘O’ the Times (Super Deluxe) / Warner Bros. / September 25, 2020
[The Super Deluxe Edition contains 92 audio tracks, of which 63 are previously unreleased, including 45 studio tracks from Prince’s legendary Vault. The Super Deluxe Edition opens with Prince’s iconic album, Sign O’ The Times, dazzlingly remastered for the very first time by Prince’s original mastering engineer Bernie Grundman. The set also includes an entire previously unreleased audio recording of Prince’s Sign O’ The Times tour performance in Utrecht, Netherlands, on June 20, 1987. The DVD features a complete previously unreleased recording of Prince’s benefit performance at Paisley Park, December 31st, 1987. The show includes Prince’s only on-stage collaboration with Miles Davis. Housed in a 12” box, and accompanied by a 12” 120 page hardback book featuring: Brand new liner notes by: Prince’s creative peers and friends Dave Chappelle (in conversation with photographer Mathieu Bitton) and Lenny Kravitz; Prince’s longtime engineer Susan Rogers; Daphne A. Brooks, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of African American Studies, American Studies and Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies at Yale University; Minneapolis radio host and author Andrea Swensson, host of the Official Prince Podcast; and Prince scholar Duane Tudahl. Rare and previously unseen photography by Jeff Katz. Prince’s handwritten lyrics. LP1-2: Sign O’ The Times album (2020 Remaster). LP3-4: 13x single mixes and edits, all newly remastered. LP5-10: 45x previously unreleased studio recordings from Prince’s Vault. LP11-13: 18x live tracks, comprising a complete previously unreleased concert performance recorded in Utrecht, Netherlands, on June 20, 1987. DVD: 23x tracks, comprising a complete previously unreleased concert performance recorded at Paisley Park, Chanhassen, on December 31st, 1987. Vinyl $268.99 // CD $159.98] [Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016) was an American singer-songwriter, musician, record producer, dancer, actor, and filmmaker. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest musicians of his generation. A multi-instrumentalist who was considered a guitar virtuoso, he was well known for his eclectic work across multiple genres, flamboyant and androgynous persona, and wide vocal range which included a far-reaching falsetto and high-pitched screams. Prince’s innovative music integrated a wide variety of styles, including funk, R&B, rock, new wave, soul, synth-pop, psychedelia, pop, industrial, and hip hop. He pioneered the Minneapolis sound, a funk rock subgenre that emerged in the late 1970s. He was also known for his prolific output, releasing 39 albums during his life, with a vast array of unreleased projects left in a vault at his home after his death; it is believed that the vault contains dozens of fully produced albums and over 50 music videos that have never been released, along with various other media. He released hundreds of songs both under his own name and multiple pseudonyms during his life, as well as writing songs that were made famous by other musicians, such as “Nothing Compares 2 U” and “Manic Monday”. Estimates of the complete number of songs written by Prince range anywhere from 500 to well over 1,000. Born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Prince signed a recording contract with Warner Bros. Records at the age of 19. In 1984, he and his backup band, The Revolution, released his sixth album Purple Rain, which was also the soundtrack to his hugely successful film acting debut of the same name. It quickly became his most commercially successful record, spending 24 consecutive weeks atop the Billboard 200. The film also won the Academy Award for Best Original Song Score, the final film to receive the award. After disbanding The Revolution, Prince released the critically acclaimed double album Sign o’ the Times (1987). In the midst of a contractual dispute with Warner Bros. in 1993, he changed his stage name to the unpronounceable symbol Logo. Hollow circle above downward arrow crossed with a curlicued horn-shaped symbol and then a short bar (known to fans as the “Love Symbol”), and was sometimes referred to as “The Artist Formerly Known as Prince” or simply “The Artist”. He signed with Arista Records in 1998 and began referring to himself by his own name again in 2000. On April 2016, at the age of 57, Prince died of an accidental fentanyl overdose at his Paisley Park home and recording studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota. He sold over 130 million records worldwide, ranking him among the best-selling music artists of all time. He was honored with special awards including the Grammy President’s Merit Award, the American Music Awards for Achievement and of Merit, and the Billboard Icon Award. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2006, and the Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame in 2016. Rolling Stone placed Prince among its list of both the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time and 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time. He is also ranked on the Top 100 Artists of All Time list by Billboard.]

14. Beck – “Nicotine & Gravy”
from: Midnight Vultures / Geffen Records / November 20, 1999
[Beck Hansen (born Bek David Campbell; July 8, 1970) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer. He rose to fame in the early 1990s with his experimental and lo-fi style, and became known for creating musical collages of wide-ranging genres. He has musically encompassed folk, funk, soul, hip hop, electronic, alternative rock, country, and psychedelia. He has released 14 studio albums (three of which were released on indie labels), as well as several non-album singles and a book of sheet music.Born and raised in Los Angeles, Beck grew towards hip-hop and folk in his teens and began to perform locally at coffeehouses and clubs. He moved to New York City in 1989 and became involved in the city’s small but fiery anti-folk movement. Returning to Los Angeles in the early 1990s, he cut his breakthrough single “Loser”, which became a worldwide hit in 1994, and released his first major album, Mellow Gold, the same year. Odelay, released in 1996, topped critic polls and won several awards. He released the country-influenced, twangy Mutations in 1998, and the funk-infused Midnite Vultures in 1999. The soft-acoustic Sea Change in 2002 showcased a more serious Beck, and 2005’s Guero returned to Odelay’s sample-based production. The Information in 2006 was inspired by electro-funk, hip hop, and psychedelia; 2008’s Modern Guilt was inspired by ’60s pop music; and 2014’s folk-infused Morning Phase won Album of the Year at the 57th Grammy Awards. His 2017 album, Colors, won awards for Best Alternative Album and Best Engineered Album at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards. His fourteenth studio album, Hyperspace, was released on November 22, 2019. With a pop art collage of musical styles, oblique and ironic lyrics, and postmodern arrangements incorporating samples, drum machines, live instrumentation and sound effects, Beck has been hailed by critics and the public throughout his musical career as being among the most idiosyncratically creative musicians of 1990s and 2000s alternative rock. Two of Beck’s most popular and acclaimed recordings are Odelay and Sea Change, both of which were ranked on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. The four-time platinum artist has collaborated with several artists and has made several contributions to soundtracks.] [Midnite Vultures is the seventh studio album by American musician Beck, released on November 23, 1999 by DGC Records. While similar to most of Beck’s previous albums in its exploration of widely varying styles, it did not achieve the same blockbuster success as his breakthrough album Odelay, but was still critically acclaimed and commercially successful. Several songs were directly inspired by other songs: “Get Real Paid” features a spiraling sequencer motif reminiscent of Kraftwerk’s “Home Computer”; a synth breakdown in “Milk & Honey” echoes a similar riff in Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five’s “The Message”; “Beautiful Way” came about after listening to The Velvet Underground’s “Countess from Hong Kong”; and “Debra” was inspired by both Prince’s song “Adore” and the David Bowie song “Win”. Midnite Vultures reached number 34 in the US, where it went gold, and also hit number 19 in the UK. As of July 2008, Midnite Vultures has sold 743,000 copies in the United States. Midnite Vultures was praised by most critics, and the album holds a score of 83 at Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, indicating “universal acclaim”.[4] Jon Pareles of Rolling Stone remarked that on Midnite Vultures, Beck “plays the insider, riding the executive plane through the good life with every need fulfilled.” Richard Cromelin of the Los Angeles Times wrote that he gives the album “a cinematic richness, depth and detail with an array of mutations and surprises, from banjo hoedown to electronic effects”.]

15. Christian Ihle Hadland – “Trois nouvelles études: Etude No. 3 in D Flat Major”
from: Paris Avenue Montaigne: Eclectic Selection of Haute Couture Classics from Bel Canto to Downtempo / 340 MS / May 20, 2014
[Christian Ihle Hadland is widely recognized as one of Norway’s most exciting young piano talents and following his recital debut at the Norwegian Opera in 2008 was hailed in the Norwegian press as an artist who shows himself as a unique musician whose artistry should be heard on the world’s concert stages. In 2009 he was appointed joint Artistic Director of the Stavanger Chamber Music Festival alongside Swedish clarinetist Martin Fröst. In 2011 he was selected for the prestigious BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artists scheme.]

16. The Lemon Twigs – “Those Days Is Comin’ Soon”
from: Do Hollywood / 4AD / October 14, 2016
[The Lemon Twigs are an American rock band from Long Island, New York, fronted by brothers Brian and Michael D’Addario. Both brothers are vocalists, songwriters and multi-instrumentalists, and are joined live by Daryl Johns on bass, Tommaso Taddonio on keyboards and Andres Valbuena on drums. Brian and Michael D’Addario had extensive stage experience as children. Brian played Gavroche in Les Miserables and Flounder in The Little Mermaid on Broadway. Michael appeared in The Coast of Utopia, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, and the 2008 production of All My Sons. Michael also appeared in a variety of television shows and films, such as John Adams on HBO, Are We There Yet? on TBS, and the 2012 films People Like Us and Sinister.[2] The Lemon Twigs were founded by the brothers while they were both students at Hicksville High School on Long Island, New York. The siblings both perform lead vocals, lead guitar, drums and other instruments. Their first release was the cassette What We Know, issued in a limited edition of 100 copies (with digital download) in 2015 by Winspear. On their debut release, Do Hollywood, each brother took the lead on vocals and guitar on the songs he composed; during live performances, this setup was preserved, with the remaining D’Addario playing the drums, and fellow schoolmates Megan Zeankowski and Danny Ayala (who have played with the D’Addarios on and off since their youth) playing bass and keyboards, respectively. Ayala also sang backing vocals. The album, produced by Jonathan Rado of Foxygen, was recorded in the spring of 2015, with the members being only 15 and 17 at the time of its creation. The Lemon Twigs served as opening act for fellow New York City/Long Island-based alt-rockers Sunflower Bean on their East Coast tour in late 2016 and performed on television programs like The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, CBS This Morning “Saturday Sessions” and Conan along the way. In early 2017 it was announced that the band would play on day one of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California on April 14, 2017. This performance saw the Twigs joined by one of the band’s “favorite musicians ever, in the whole world”, Todd Rundgren, to play “Couldn’t I Just Tell You” from Rundgren’s classic 1972 double album, Something/Anything?. The Lemon Twigs released the Do Hollywood tracks “These Words” and “As Long As We’re Together” as a double-A-side single, and made videos for both songs. The third single was the album opener, “I Wanna Prove to You”, with a video directed by Nick Roney. The band played at several major festivals in the summer of 2017, such as Glastonbury, Outside Lands, Lollapalooza, Austin City, and the Montreux, in addition to opening for Phoenix across the United States. These 2017 shows saw the band covering songs such as “Fish and Whistle” by John Prine, “I Walked with a Zombie” by Roky Erickson, “You Can’t Talk to the Dude” by Jonathan Richman, “I’ve Begun To Fall In Love” by R. Stevie Moore, “Love Stepped Out” by their father, Ronnie D’Addario, and “I Can Feel the Fire” by Ronnie Wood; they notably performed the latter song with Thomas Hedlund of Phoenix on drums while supporting Phoenix at the Hollywood Bowl alongside Mac DeMarco. In September 2017 the band released an EP, Brothers of Destruction, containing songs recorded during the Do Hollywood sessions.]

17. Armando Trovaioli – “Sessomatto (Feat. Edda dell’Orso)” (Vinyl)
from: Sesso Matto / Duse Records / 1973
[Armando Trovajoli was born September 2, 1917 in Rome and died February 28, 2013, in Rome. He was an Italian film composer and pianist with over 300 credits as composer and/or conductor, many of them jazz scores for exploitation films of the Commedia all’italiana genre. He collaborated with Vittorio De Sica on a number of projects, including one segment of Boccaccio ’70. Trovajoli was also the author of several Italian musicals: among them, Rugantino and Aggiungi un posto a tavola. Trovajoli was the widower of actress Pier Angeli. He died in Rome at the age of 95 on 28 February 2013. After graduating from the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome (1948), Trovajoli was entrusted by RAI with the direction of a pop music orchestra, set with 12 violins, 4 violas, 4 cellos, 1 flute, 1 oboe, 1 clarinet, 1 horn, harp, vibraphone, electric guitar, bass, drums and the piano (played by Trovajoli himself). In 1952–53 he collaborated with Piero Piccioni in Eclipse, a weekly musical broadcast in which the orchestra is directed alternately by the two composers, in a style extremely refined and sophisticated, very different from the music of radio orchestras at that time. Together with Goffredo Petrassi, Trovajoli composed the score of Giuseppe De Santis’ Bitter Rice (1949). In 1951, Trovajoli was invited by Dino De Laurentiis to write music for Anna, a film directed by Alberto Lattuada: particularly the song El Negro Zumbón became an international success: inspired by tropical rhythms, is sung in playback and danced by Silvana Mangano, but actually performed by Flo Sandon’s. Since then, Trovajoli wrote soundtracks for directors as Dino Risi, Vittorio De Sica, Ettore Scola and others.]

18. Alessandro Alessandroni – “Capelli Rossi”
from: Open Air Parade / SR Records / 1972
[Alessandro Alessandroni was born March 18, 1925 and died March 26, 2017. He was an Italian musician and composer. He played multiple instruments, including the guitar, mandolin, mandolincello, sitar, accordion and piano, and composed more than 40 film scores and countless library music. Alessandroni collaborated with his childhood friend Ennio Morricone on a number of soundtracks for Spaghetti westerns. Morricone’s orchestration often calls for an unusual combination of instruments, voices, and whistling. Alessandroni’s twangy guitar riff is central to the main theme for The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Alessandroni can be heard as the whistler on the soundtracks for Sergio Leone’s films, including A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, Once Upon a Time in the West, and Pervirella. Alessandroni founded the octet vocal group I Cantori Moderni in 1961. The group, which included his wife, Giulia De Mutiis [it], performed wordless vocals on several Italian movie soundtracks. Most notably, I Cantori Moderni are featured on the song “Mah Nà Mah Nà”, written by Piero Umiliani for the 1968 Luigi Scattini mondo film Sweden: Heaven and Hell (Italian: Svezia, inferno e paradiso [it]) and popularized on The Muppet Show. Alessandro has also composed film scores, including Any Gun Can Play (1967), Johnny Hamlet (1968), The Reward’s Yours… The Man’s Mine (1969), Lady Frankenstein (1971), The Devil’s Nightmare (1971), The Mad Butcher (1971), Seven Hours of Violence (1973), Poker in Bed (1974), White Fang and the Hunter (1975), Blood and Bullets (1976), L’adolescente (1976), La professoressa di scienze naturali (1976), The Opening of Misty Beethoven (1976), Women’s Camp 119 (1977), Killer Nun (1978), L’imbranato (1979), and Trinity Goes East (1998).]

19. Ennio Morricone – “The Braying Mule”
from: Django Unchained (OST)/ Visiona Romantica / January 1, 2012
[Ennio Morricone, was born November 10, 1928 and died July 6, 2020. He was an Italian composer, orchestrator, conductor, and trumpet player who wrote music in a wide range of styles. Morricone composed more than 400 scores for cinema and television, as well as more than 100 classical works. His score to The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) is considered one of the most influential soundtracks in history. It was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. His filmography includes more than 70 award-winning films, all Sergio Leone’s films since A Fistful of Dollars, all Giuseppe Tornatore’s films since Cinema Paradiso, The Battle of Algiers, Dario Argento’s Animal Trilogy, 1900, Exorcist II, Days of Heaven, several major films in French cinema, in particular the comedy trilogy La Cage aux Folles I, II, III and Le Professionnel, as well as The Thing, Once Upon a Time in America, The Mission, The Untouchables, Mission to Mars, Bugsy, Disclosure, In the Line of Fire, Bulworth, Ripley’s Game, and The Hateful Eight. Morricone is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential film composers of all time. After playing the trumpet in jazz bands in the 1940s, he became a studio arranger for RCA Victor and in 1955 started ghost writing for film and theatre. Throughout his career, he composed music for artists such as Paul Anka, Mina, Milva, Zucchero, and Andrea Bocelli. From 1960 to 1975, Morricone gained international fame for composing music for Westerns and—with an estimated 10 million copies sold—Once Upon a Time in the West is one of the best-selling scores worldwide. From 1966 to 1980, he was a main member of Il Gruppo, one of the first experimental composers collectives, and in 1969 he co-founded Forum Music Village, a prestigious recording studio. From the 1970s, Morricone excelled in Hollywood, composing for prolific American directors such as Don Siegel, Mike Nichols, Brian De Palma, Barry Levinson, Oliver Stone, Warren Beatty, John Carpenter, and Quentin Tarantino. In 1977, he composed the official theme for the 1978 FIFA World Cup. He continued to compose music for European productions, such as Marco Polo, La piovra, Nostromo, Fateless, Karol, and En mai, fais ce qu’il te plait. Morricone’s music has been reused in television series, including The Simpsons and The Sopranos, and in many films, including Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained. He also scored seven Westerns for Sergio Corbucci, Duccio Tessari’s Ringo duology and Sergio Sollima’s The Big Gundown and Face to Face. Morricone worked extensively for other film genres with directors such as Bernardo Bertolucci, Mauro Bolognini, Giuliano Montaldo, Roland Joffé, Roman Polanski, Henri Verneuil, Lucio Fulci, Umberto Lenzi, and Pier Paolo Pasolini. His acclaimed soundtrack for The Mission (1986), was certified gold in the United States. The album Yo-Yo Ma Plays Ennio Morricone stayed for 105 weeks on the Billboard Top Classical Albums. Morricone’s best-known compositions include “The Ecstasy of Gold”, “Se Telefonando”, “Man with a Harmonica”, “Here’s to You”, the UK No. 2 single “Chi Mai”, “Gabriel’s Oboe”, and “E Più Ti Penso”. In 1971, he received a “Targa d’Oro” for worldwide sales of 22 million, and by 2016 Morricone had sold more than 70 million records worldwide. In 2007, he received the Academy Honorary Award “for his magnificent and multifaceted contributions to the art of film music”. He was nominated for a further six Oscars, and in 2016, received his only competitive Academy Award for his score to Quentin Tarantino’s film The Hateful Eight, at the time becoming the oldest person ever to win a competitive Oscar. His other achievements include three Grammy Awards, three Golden Globes, six BAFTAs, ten David di Donatello, eleven Nastro d’Argento, two European Film Awards, the Golden Lion Honorary Award, and the Polar Music Prize in 2010. Morricone influenced many artists from film scoring to other styles and genres, including Hans Zimmer, Danger Mouse, Dire Straits, Muse, Metallica, and Radiohead.]

10:27 – Underwriting

Nico Gray

11:29 – Nico Speaks Out!

July 5th would’ve been my brother Benjamin’s 54th birthday. He died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in May 2001. On the day of his death, a beautiful sunny Tuesday, he walked into a K-Mart, and next to the Martha Stewart bath towels found the ‘outdoors’ department and purchased a case…

…of 12 gauge shotgun shells. Suicide accounts for the highest number of deaths by guns. He died that same afternoon. The bullet he used to kill himself added money into the pockets of the company who makes them – sells them like candy at our department stores.  

A gallon of milk, some t-shirts, toothpaste – the necessities – oh, and guns, and bullets.

Thank God for capitalism and the convenience of our 24 hour superstores. It’s good to be an American. Yes?

No, not today. I am embarrassed by our country, and have been since Nov. 8th 2016 when half of my blood family voted for a racist-white nationalist, bigoted, homophobic sex offender.

No, today I am NOT celebrating our independence. We ARE NOT FREE. We are chained and bound to witness the demise in self character and morals in our country. Greed and selfishness and a false sense of privilege drive these intentions – with a twist of hypocrisy.

Ah, let me squeeze a lemon and stir. Now it’s better. We Americans like our denial –
it’s as wholesome as the rotten apple pies we bake and pass off as patriotism.”


20. Rich Aucoin – “Reset”
from: United States / Haven Sounds / September 18, 2020
[4th full length studio album from the Canadian indie rock musician, based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is the younger brother of Paul Aucoin of Hylozoists. He performs and records both as a solo artist and as a collaborator and guest musician in Hylozoists.]

21. J.S. Ondara —“I’m Afraid of Americans”
from: Tales of America (The Second Coming) / Verve Forecast-UMG / Sept. 20, 2019
[28 year old J.S. Ondara is a Kenyan singer-songwriter whose debut album, Tales of America, was released on February 15, 2019 via Verve Label Group. J.S. Ondara was born in August 1992 in Nairobi, Kenya. As a child, he wrote poems and stories as well as songs despite not having an instrument to play them on because his family couldn’t afford one. He was inspired by Radiohead, Nirvana, Death Cab For Cutie, Jeff Buckley, Pearl Jam, Guns N’ Roses, and Bob Dylan. He grew up listening to rock songs on his older sisters’ battery-powered radio. Having discovered The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan following a dispute with a friend over whether Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door was a Guns N’ Roses song, Ondara resolved to travel to the United States to pursue a career in music. In February 2013, after winning in the green card lottery, he moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota at the age of 20. He taught himself to play guitar and perform during open mic nights. Eventually, he decided to study music therapy in college, but dropped out of school to return to playing small shows at coffee houses after attending a concert. After moving to Minnesota, Ondara tried his hand at making music and performing in small venues. His big break came when Minneapolis radio station KCMP 89.3 The Current played one of his songs on air by pulling audio from his YouTube channel, where he had been uploading covers of his favorite songs. At the time, he was going by the name Jay Smart. Ondara’s debut album, Tales of America, was released in February 2019 by Verve Label Group. Despite only 11 tracks making the final tracklist, Ondara wrote more than 100 songs for the album, all based on an immigrant’s life in America. The album was produced by Mike Viola of the Candy Butchers. In support of the album, Ondara embarked on his first headlining tour in March 2019. After the release of the album, Ondara debuted on Billboard’s Emerging Artist chart at No. 37 in March 2019. The album also landed on the Billboard Heatseekers Album, Americana/Folk Album Sales, and Rock Album Sales charts. He was nominated for Best Emerging Act at the 2019 Americana Music Honors & Awards. Ondara cites Bob Dylan as his musical hero, which is why he chose to live in Minnesota and why he wears his signature fedora. He has toured with the Milk Carton Kids, Lindsey Buckingham and in 2019, he opened for select dates on tour with Neil Young.]

22. Winds – “Don’t Fall Apart”
from: Don’t Fall Apart – Single / Winds Records / May 21, 2020
[Los Angeles, California based Winds is John Zabawa & Trevor Pritchett, This is one of two singles available other bandcamp page. Produced by Winds & Glenn Brigman. Written by John Zabawa & Trevor Pritchett. Drums & Percussion by Brendan Peleo-Lazar. Winds describe their sound as: “A breeze always blows in the direction it wishes to go.”]

23. The Innocence Mission — “On Your Side”
from: See You Tomorrow / Thérèse Records / January 17, 2020
[12th studio album from The Innocence Mission, an indie folk band with: Karen Peris (née McCullough), her husband (and fellow guitarist) Don Peris, and Mike Bitts (on bass guitar). The band was formed in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, when the members met during a Catholic school production of Godspell. Although all members of the band have contributed to their music, Karen Peris is their main writer. Before being signed to a record label, the band originally played local clubs, events and at Lancaster Catholic High School (the alma mater of the band members).Their self-titled debut album was released in 1989 on A&M Records and was produced by Larry Klein, then-husband of Joni Mitchell. Recorded in Mitchell’s Los Angeles studio, the album spent 10 weeks on the Billboard charts, peaking at #167 in 1990. Klein also produced their 1991 follow up, Umbrella. Their third A&M album, Glow (1995), was produced by Dennis Herring, who had previously produced two records for Camper Van Beethoven. This album is a departure from Klein’s heavier production style. Herring’s lighter touch gave more emphasis to the group’s guitar work and to Karen’s vocals and lyrics. Glow contains songs that appear on the soundtracks of the films Empire Records and Dream for an Insomniac, as well as the television series Party of Five. The album’s second track, “Bright as Yellow,” peaked at #33 on Billboard’s Modern Rock Tracks. After the band completed the recording of a follow-up album to Glow, A&M Records was bought by Universal Music Group. The group decided to mutually part ways with the label, shortly before it was merged with other companies to form Interscope-Geffen – A&M. 1999’s Birds of My Neighborhood inaugurated The Innocence Mission as they are today, following three albums as a quartet that drew comparisons to The Sundays and 10,000 Maniacs. When drummer Steve Brown left to become a chef, Karen Peris (guitars, piano, pump organ, accordion, voice), Don Peris (guitars, drums, voice) and Mike Bitts (upright bass) forged ahead with an orchestral and sometimes cinematic folk-pop sound, which they felt was truer to their real nature – in any case, a sound rich in atmosphere, innately sad, but ultimately hopeful. The album was followed by the release of The Lakes of Canada EP, which contains a remix of “Snow” by Icelandic electronic group GusGus, the band’s only remix thus far. The 2000 release, Christ Is My Hope, featuring folk songs and hymns that had inspired them over the years, was independently distributed by their own label, LAMP, with all proceeds from sales of the record being donated to hunger relief charities. An exclusive one-album deal signed with independent label WhatAreRecords? saw Small Planes following a year later. Their first album on Badman Records in the US and Agenda in Europe, Befriended, was released in 2003 and was followed a year later by a collection of lullabies, standards, traditional and classical songs called Now the Day Is Over. Recorded over two weeks in Aug. 2004, the album contained their well-known cover of Henry Mancini’s “Moon River.” Badman Records acquired license to re-master and re-issue the then-out-of-print Birds of My Neighborhood album in 2006. We Walked in Song was released in 2007 and included the song “Brotherhood of Man”, which appeared in two acclaimed films: the documentary The Human Experience and the short film Weathered, starring Tony Hale and Nicole Parker, which also featured a new version of the song “Our Harry”. Also on this album are “Happy Birthday” and closing song “Over the Moon”, both of which are featured in the Julia Roberts film Fireflies in the Garden. On June 6, 2008, “Bright as Yellow” was played as the official NASA wake-up call for the crew of Space Shuttle mission STS-124 on flight day 7. Street Map was released in December 2008 and was the second record to be distributed independently on their own LAMP label, while their eighth studio album, My Room in the Trees, was released on July 13, 2010. Their ninth studio album, Hello I Feel the Same, was released on October 17, 2015, followed by Sun on the Square in 2018. Their next studio album, See You Tomorrow, is due for release on January 17, 2020. Don Peris has recorded four solo albums: Ten Silver Slide Trombones (2001), the mostly instrumental Go When the Morning Shineth (2006), which features a vocal contribution from Karen Peris on “North Atlantic Sand”, and an instrumental solo guitar album, Brighter Visions Beam Afar (2007), which raised money for local food banks. His fourth studio album, The Old Century, was released on May 7, 2013. Karen Peris released her first solo album, Violet, on Dec. 3, 2012. The 10-song album was performed mainly on piano, and features six instrumental compositions. Don Peris appears as guitarist on two songs, while the couple’s two children performed violin and viola on a further two songs. A version of the album containing two bonus tracks, “First Days in the City” and “Getting Here”, was released in Japan through P-Vine Records on May 15, 2013. Sufjan Stevens calls The Innocence Mission “moving and profound”, adding, “What makes Karen Peris’ lyrics so remarkable is the economy of words, sensory language, concrete nouns – everyday objects take on tremendous meaning.]

24. The New Seekers — “Look What They’ve Done to My Song, Ma”
from: The Best of the New Seekers / Elektra Records / April 26, 2005
[Originally released on the album, Keith Potger and the New Seekers, November 1970 on Phillips Records. The band’s second album and second single. The New Seekers are an English pop group, formed in London in 1969 by Keith Potger after the break-up of his group, The Seekers. The idea was that the New Seekers would appeal to the same market as the original Seekers, but their music would have pop as well as folk influences. They achieved worldwide success in the early 1970s with hits including “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing”, “You Won’t Find Another Fool Like Me” and “Beg, Steal or Borrow.” “What Have They Done to My Song Ma,” is a song by Melanie. It was released in 1970 as the B-side of her “Ruby Tuesday” single and included on the album Candles in the Rain. The single reached the number 39 in the UK. Other artists have recorded the song as “Look What They’ve Done To My Song Ma”, after the song’s first line, and this title is used on the Music page at Melanie’s own website. Daliah Lavi recorded a successful German version of the song in 1971 and Ray Charles released a cover (as “Look What They’ve Done to My Song, Ma”) in 1972. The song has also been covered by many other artists, including Nina Simone, the New Seekers, and Billie Jo Spears. Dalida recorded the song in French and Italian [4] and released both version as singles. Czechoslovak singer Helena Vondráčková recorded it in 1971 as “Kam zmizel ten starý song” with Czech lyrics by Zdeněk Borovec. Jeanette did an English/French version in 1973. Yugoslav rock band Bajaga i Instruktori released a cover of it with lyrics in Serbian, called “Vidi šta sam ti uradio od pesme, mama”, in 1985. It was used in the 1970s as a commercial for Lifebuoy soap (“Look what they’ve done to my Lifebuoy”), and in the 1980s as a commercial jingle for Ramada Inn (as “Look what they’ve done to Ramada”) and for Oatmeal Crisp cereal (as “Look what they’ve done to my oatmeal”). In October 2012, Miley Cyrus released a video of her own acoustic version of the song as part of her Backyard Sessions series. In 2015, Melanie joined her to duet on the song in addition to “Peace Will Come (According to Plan)”. Another copy version was made by Jack Wild which appeared on his album «Everything’s coming up Roses», released in 1971.]

25. Alfred Hall —“Safe & Sound”
from: Wilderness / Sony / 2013
[Norwegian indie pop duo, formed in the summer of 2009 by Bjørn Tveit on vocals & guitar, and Hans Thomas Kiær on guitar, the Norwegian town Drammen. Their debut single, “So Bright” was nominated for “Ukas Urørt” in 2011, and was released the year after following a period of repackaging in the Tinnitus studio in Bergen. Their first album, “Wilderness”, came out exclusively in Norway in 2013, and was nominated for the Spellemann Award (the Norwegian “Grammy”) in the category “Pop Group of the Year”. On October 9th, Alfred Hall, as one of three artist, performed at the opening night of the first JaJaJa club night in Fluxbau, Berlin. They released their first international EP in the fall of 2014, called “Alfred Hall EP”. Their first international single, “The King of Cape” was released in the beginning of 2015. In April 2015, Alfred Hall was chosen as one of 14 finalists to play at the Midem festival in Cannes in June 2015.]

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

11:58 – ArtsKCGo – Arts Calendar

Nico Gray Thank you for being our Guest Producer today!

Happy Birthday to Caleb Belknap!

Next week on Wednesday, August 26 we talk with Folk Singer Eliza Gilkyson. We also talk with The Black Creatures who play shows on Friday and Saturday next weekend August 28 and 29 at Lemonaid(e) Park, and we welcome hip hop MC extraordinaire, Kemet Coleman who has a new EP and plays Greenline Grows KC – Benefit for The Greenline Initiative, Friday, August 28, 7:00 PM, streams LIVE on Facebook & YouTube with: Radkey, The Greeting Committee, Khrystal., Danny Cox & Bob Walkenhorst, Cuee, Enrique Javier Chi of Making Movies w/ Las Hermanas Altoro, Stephonne, Krystle Warren, They Call Me Sauce, The Phantastics and more! joins us to share new music.

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

Nico Gray Portrait by: Jan McNiel

Wednesday MidDay Medley in on the web:

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Show #851

WMM presents Nico Gray + Doby Watson

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

Wednesday, February 26, 2019

Nico Gray – Guest Producer
+ Doby Watson

Nico Gray Portrait by: Jan McNiel

Mark welcomes back Nico Gray, for his 8th time as “Guest Producer.” Nico is a writer, performance artist, and actor who has performed with KC Rep, Gorilla Theatre, 8th St. Cafe Theatre, Actor’s Craft, and Big Bang Buffet. Nico has worked for Theatre League, The Midland Theatre, and is currently a marketing & advertising consultant with Union Station, KC Fringe, and KC Creates. Nico grew up in KC but has lived in Chicago, New York, and Marseille.

Nico will feature tracks from: Dyson, Art d’Ecco, Yoko Ono, CHOCOLAT, Deep, Passengers, Linda Ronstadt, Aretha Franklin, Pretenders, Air, Dimitri From Paris, Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballé, Barry Adamson, Jah Wobble’s Invaders Of The Heart, and Rich Aucoin.

Doby Watson

At 11:30 Mark talks with KC based singer-songwriter, Doby Watson who joins us LIVE in our 90.1 FM Studios. Doby Watson will be opening for Saintseneca on Sun, March 1, at 7:30 PM, at The Riot Room, 4048 Broadway, KCMO.

Mark will also play music from Miss Boating, who play The Riot Room, 4048 Broadway, KCMO, on Thursday, February 27, at 7:00 PM, for the Support Local Music Showcase with StylesbyStyle, Scotty Wu, Miss Boating, and Tiki Brawlers.

Nico Gray Portrait by: Jan McNiel

On your local radio dial 90.1 FM or
STREAMING LIVE at: kkfi.org

Show #826

WMM Playlist from July 10, 2019

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

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Nan Turner & Chase Horseman + Jade Osborne
+ Chris Hudson & Chad Brothers + Serene Fiend +
The Moose & Nathan Reusch of The Record Machine

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

Chase The Horseman

2. Chase The Horseman – “Disinformation Blues (Radio Edit)”
from: Disinformation Blues EP / Chase The Horseman / July 12, 2019
[music and lyrics by Chase Horseman. Recorded and Mixed by Joel Nanos and Chase Horseman at Element Recording. Mastered by Joel Nanos. Drums by Ian Dobyns, bass by Skylar Cowdry, guitar/vocals/synthesizers by Chase Horseman. Chase the Horseman is a band, film composer, multi-instrumentalist, audio engineer, & producer. He has composed music for over 36 films and as musician has collaborated with Clairaudients, Teri Quinn, Heidi Lynne Gluck, and many more. Chase The Horseman released the single “U Martyr U” June 19, 2018, and the single “Modern Ruins” on Oct 4, 2018.]

[Chase Horseman plays a Double EP Release Party at miniBar, Fri, July 12, 9:00 PM w/Nan Turner]

Chase Horseman & Nan Turner on the July 10, 2019 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM.

10:04 – Interview with Nan Turner and Chase Horseman

Nan Turner is one half of the critically acclaimed band Schwervon! Nan has been called the “Lucy Ricardo of Indie Rock.” She also performs as Nan & The One Night Stands. Her new EP is called For Champs and Losers, Version 2 and was Recorded, Mixed, and Co-Produced at Winky World in Kansas City, by Chase Horseman.

Chase The Horseman

Chase the Horseman is a band, film composer, multi-instrumentalist, audio engineer, and producer. He has composed music for over 36 films and as musician has collaborated with Clairaudients, Teri Quinn, Heidi Lynne Gluck, KD Kuro, and many more.

Nan Turner and Chase Horseman are playing a Double EP Release Party at miniBar, 3810 Broadway, KCMO, Friday, July 12, at 9:00 PM with Breaka Dawn & LosCauz.

Nan Turner and Chase Horseman thanks for being with us on WMM.

Chase the Horseman’s new EP is called Disinformation Blues.

Nan Turner’s new EP is called For Champs and Losers, Version 2. Chase Horseman helped produce and record and played on Nan’s new EP.

Nan Turner

Nan wrote on facebook about her new EP: “This whole thing started out as an experiment, but I have to say I’m proud as hell with how it turned out. I was just going to record one or maybe two songs. HA HA Welcome to my FIVE SONGER!!! Some songs were written out of heartbreak and some just made me laugh. Just doing this was transformative…stuff was moving around, it was cathartic. I allowed myself to “write bad songs”. I highly recommend doing that because there’s bound to be a gold nugget somewhere in the bunch if you give yourself permission. Me and my guitar got reacquainted. We were “dancing in the dark.” I’ve never quoted Bruce Springsteen before,. but also I didn’t know I was going to record this EP, so you know. I’m rolling with shit. I had the luxury of working with Chase Horseman every week or two…giving myself ample time to add/rework stuff. I took the slow road and enjoyed the process. Chase has great ears and is uber-talented in his own right and he’s releasing an EP called Disinformation Blues on July 12, as well. He and Ian Dobyns (Dreamgirl, Chase The Horseman) were my rhythm section on a few of these tracks and brought the songs to life in the way they needed but I didn’t know they needed (just MORE one nite stands I’m adding to the crew ha ha)!”

Chase has been out of town premiering new music he created for film.

Frida the dog help in the production.




Nan Turner

3. Nan Turner – “Strong”
from: For Champs and Losers, Version 2 / Nan Turner / July 12, 2019
[All songs by Nan Turner. Recorded, Mixed, and Co-Produced at Winky World in Kansas City, by Chase Horseman. Mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music, New Windsor, NY. Ian Dobyns plays drums on tracks 1, 2, and 4. Chase Horseman plays bass on tracks 1, 2, and 4.]

[Nan Turner plays a Double EP Release Party at miniBar, Fri, July 12, 9:00 PM with Chase Horseman]

John Mark Aladeen & Jade Osborne on the July 10, 2019 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM.

10:19 – Interview with Jade Osborne & John Mark Aladeen

Jade Osborne has performed nationally and internationally as a solo artist and with Voler – Thieves of Flight Performance Ensemble. She is a Non-Profit Arts Facilitator; International Performance Artist & Workshop Leader; Capoeira Beribazu Professora; AcroYoga Montreal & AcroFitness Instructor; Voler Aerial Acrobatics Instructor; Shamanic Yoga Instructor; and NEA & U.S. Dept. of Ed Grant Recipient.

John Mark Aladeen Studied at Stratford Career Institute for relaxation therapies, the School of Metaphysics in Springfield, Missouri, and The International Center for Reiki Training in Southfield, Michigan. He is a multi-instrumentals who has played with the critically acclaimed Dub Sutra. He has also performs at Kansas City Renaissance Festival.

Jade Osborne and John Mark Aladeen join us to share details about “The Shift Show” running July 19 through July 27 for the 15th annual KC Fringe Festival at Union Station in the H&R Block City Stage, at 30 W. Pershing Road, KCMO.

Jade Osborne, John Mark Aladeen, thanks for being with us again on WMM.

Both Mark and Jade work at Aquarius.

Jade recently preformed in a special outdoor event INTER RELATION >SHIP at Washington Square Park with Calvin Arsenia and John Baker as part of her “Fifty Shows of Jade.”

Jade was the person that introduced Calvin to WMM listeners on the radio on July 20, 2011 when she brought Calvin with her as one of the composers for her Voler Theives of Flight show for KC Fringe that was produced in the Kansas City Ballet Todd Bolender Dance Space.

There was an altar constructed during INTER RELATION >SHIP with Calvin Arsenia and John Baker a few weeks ago. Jade is recreating and extending the voices and memories into the next performance, The SHIFT SHOW.

Jade writes: “Rituals breathe life into my story. Constructing an altar…The deliberate placement of meaningful items is meditative and brings my mind peace and purpose.”

Jade Osborne from her KC Fringe production “The Shift Show” July 19 – July 27 at Union Station in the H&R Block City Stage

Five performances! At Union Station City Stage.
7/19 @ 7:30p
7/21 @ 3:00p
7/23 @ 6:00p
7/26 @ 9:00p
7/27 @ 4:30p

Tickets with Fringe button.

Jade Osborne, John Mark Aladeen, thanks for being with us again on WMM.

Jade Osborne’s KC Fringe production “The Shift Show” is running July 19 through July 27 at Union Station in the H&R Block City Stage, at 30 W. Pershing Road, KCMO. http://www.kcfringe.org

10:33 – Underwriting

Chris Hudson & Chad Brothers

10:35 – Interview with Chris Hudson & Chad Brothers

Chris Hudson & Chad Brothers are here in our 90.1 FM Studios to perform a couple songs from their 2019 album, “Premonition Scenes” that came together a year ago when the two were recording Chris’s original solo songs in Chad’s home studio. Chad Brothers plays in the bands Old Sound, Shapiro Brothers, and Super Massive Blackholes. Guitarist, singer songwriter, musician and visual artist, Chris Hudson is also a teacher through Kansas City Young Audiences.

Chris Hudson & Chad Brothers thanks for being with us on WMM.

Premonition Scenes” that came together a year ago when the two were recording Chris’s original solo songs in Chad’s home studio. They decided to combine forces with their dual guitar work around Chris’s vocals. released April 23, 2019

from: https://chrishudson.bandcamp.com

“Premonition Scenes” is a great duo collaboration of two of Kansas City’s finest musicians.. Chris Hudson(Gullywasher) and Chad Brothers(Old Sound, Shapiro Brothers, Super Massive Blackholes) came together in the spring 2018 and started recording Chris’s EMO Americana original solo songs when they decided to combine forces and put some excellent guitar work around Chris’s lyrics, music and vocals, the trade off guitar work between them is unbelievable interwoven stuff, capturing a one of kind performance, All recorded live in Chad’s home studio.

Chris Hudson: Guitar, Vocal’s and SongWriting Chad Brothers: Guitar, Engineering, Mixing and Production.

Chris Hudson’s band Gullywasher includes Susan Cedarquist Brewington on fiddle & vocals, Sam Wright on banjo & vocals, & Matt Cathlina on bass.



4. Chris Hudson and Chad Brothers– “No Getting Over” (LIVE)
also available on: Premonition Scenes / Gullywasher-Chud / April 23 2019
[Chris Hudson on guitar & vocals and song writing. Chad Brothers on guitar. Produced, Engineered, and mixing by Chad Brothers]

Chris Hudson & Chad Brothers are here in our 90.1 FM Studios to perform a couple songs from their 2019 album, “Premonition Scenes” that came together a year ago when the two were recording Chris’s original solo songs in Chad’s home studio. Chad Brothers plays in the bands Old Sound, Shapiro Brothers, and Super Massive Blackholes. Guitarist, singer songwriter, musician and visual artist, Chris Hudson is also a teacher through Kansas City Young Audiences.

Chris Hudson & Chad Brothers thanks for being with us on WMM.

Chris Hudson on the July 10, 2019 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM.

Chris Hudson a Kansas City Native. He is a classical guitarist, guitarist, musician, composer, multi-instrumentalist, singer songwriter, teacher and visual artist. Chris is a member of the band Gullywasher.

Chad Brothers on the July 10, 2019 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM.

Chad Brothers is a native of Winfield Kansas. He is a veteran of the Kansas City and Lawrence music scene, and a frequent collaborator with Mikal Shapiro (his wife), Scotty Stanton, Alexis Barclay, and many others.

Upcoming Shows:

Chad Brothers plays Mike Kelly’s Westsider, 1515 Westport Rd, KCMO, Thursday, July 11, at 9:00 PM.

Chris Hudson & Friends play Mike Kelly’s Westsider, 1515 Westport Rd, KCMO, Thursday, July 18, at 9:00 PM.

Chris Hudson’s band Gullywasher plays Madrigall, 1627 Oak St, KCMO, Saturday, July 20, at 8:00 PM with Of Tree, Super Massive Black Holes, and Ben Hoppes.

Chris Hudson with the Gullywasher Duo plays Hook Gallery on Friday, July 19 at 8:00PM.

Chris Hudson plays Ollie’s Local, 3044 Gillham Rd., for Saturday Storytellers, on August 3, at 5:00 PM with Melissa Weinman.

Chris Hudson plays Songbird Sundays with John Keck at The Mockingbird Lounge, 204 Orchard St. KCK, Sunday August 11, at 8:00 PM.

Gullywasher plays The Westport Saloon, 4112 Pennsylvania Ave, KCMO on Friday August 1, at 8:00 PM with Calamity Cubes! and Big Cedar Fever.


5. Chris Hudson and Chad Brothers– “We Wake” (LIVE)
also available on: Premonition Scenes / Gullywasher-Chud / April 23 2019
[Chris Hudson on guitar & vocals and song writing. Chad Brothers on guitar. Produced, Engineered, and mixing by Chad Brothers]

Chris Hudson & Chad Brothers thanks for being with us on WMM.

11:00 – Station ID

6. Blue False Indigo – “Letter”
from: More Light / Blue False Indigo / September 7, 2018
[They call their music “Spooky-Folk.” Makayla Scott on vocals & guitar; A.J Reynolds on vocals & keys; and Kara LePage on vocals & bass started the band in October 2013, in Springfield, Missouri.]

[Blue False Indigo play What’s Next KC, Saturday, July 13, at 6:00 PM at Legacy Park Amphitheater, 901 NE Bluestem Dr, Lees Summit, MO., with NuBlvckCity and The Moose. Sponsored by Mid-Continent Public Library and The Record Machine.]

7. The Moose – “Everyday Low Price”
from: Live Sessions Single / The Record Machine / July 13, 2019
This song is also available on: The First Real Encounter / The Moose / December 21, 2018
[The Moose is an alternative band from Lee’s Summit, formed in 2016 by Jake Hilger, Alex Huffman, and Tyler Frey with Emma Klein joining in 2016. The Moose released their debut full length album, The First Real Encounter, on December 21, 2018.]

[The Moose play What’s Next KC, Saturday, July 13, at 6:00 PM at Legacy Park Amphitheater, 901 NE Bluestem Dr, Lees Summit, MO., with NuBlvckCity, and Blue False Indigo. sponsored by Mid-Continent Public Library and The Record Machine.]

The Moose

11:06 – Interview with The Moose and Nathan Reusch of TRM

Nathan Reusch is founder of The Record Machine, a homegrown record label started in 2003. Originally created to promote music from Kansas City & Lawrence, TRM has grown to turnout records from bands all across the country. Nathan is also co-founder & curator of the Middle of The Map Fest.

Jake Hilger, Alex Huffman, Emma Klein and Tyler Frey, are members of the band The Moose an alternative band from Lee’s Summit, formed in 2016.

The Moose and Nathan Reusch are to share details about What’s Next KC, Sat, July 13, at 6:00 PM at Legacy Park Amphitheater, 901 NE Bluestem Dr, Lees Summit, MO. This is an all ages, family friendly event featuring: NublvckCity, The Moose, and Blue False Indigo. There will be concessions available and a BBQ Food Truck. Sponsored by Mid-Continent Public Library and The Record Machine.

The Moose is an alternative band from Lee’s Summit, Missouri: a suburb of Kansas City.

Originally formed by Jake Hilger, Alex Huffman, and Tyler Frey in the summer of 2016, they were later completed with the additions of Emma Klein in August 2016.

The Moose began as a psychedelic, neo-rock band in the summer of 2016.

Jake Hilger, Alex Huffman, Emma Klein and Tyler Frey on the July 10, 2019 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM.

Jake Hilger on keyboard, synths, guitar and vocals
Alex Huffman on bass and vocals
Tyler Frey on guitar and vocals
Emma Klein on percussion & vocals

Tyler, humored the idea after a choir show at their high school just outside of Kansas City, Missouri. Their plan went into full effect after the addition of Emma Klein (percussion and vocals). The group built their headquarters in Klein’s basement, hiding the cement walls with posters of their influencers: The Beatles, Tame Impala, and Electric Light Orchestra; and textile sheets separating their studio from their main base.

After many rumors of The Moose becoming an official band, the members spontaneously decided to have a Halloween Bash— costumes required— and unwarrantedly advertised so with posters all over their high school. Completely filling the backyard of Tozier’s house, fans all dressed up and singing classic rock covers with their new favorite band.

Because of the positive feedback from the Halloween bash, The Moose released their first single in February 2017, “New Kind Of Love,” which brought the band 15,000 listens and multiple bar shows with their name as the headliner.

The Moose’s success heightened after their performance at Battle of the Bands in Kansas City— winning first place and a cash prize. And once Frey— the oldest in the group— graduated from high school, summer kicked off, the band started taking their careers more officially.

In August of that year, The Moose released their first self-titled EP overflowing with classic psychedelic rock, and alternative sounds. The band did not receive as much support they originally began with but still sustained their local fan base, enabling them to continue bar shows and other small events.

After Middle of the Map Fest, and a concert at the recordBar in Kansas City, senior year was winding down for the rest of the band members. Parker Tozier who had joined the with Emma Klein in 2016, decided to pursue his aspirations at an out-of-state college, dropping the band from five to four.

The Moose released their debut album “The First Real Encounter” in December of 2018 on the winter solstice of 2018. They now prepare for a tour of the Midwest in the springtim


With backgrounds in choir, jazz band, and years of playing, each member implements their own unique touch to each track. The Moose’s “sound” includes ingredients of a funky alternative- pop/synth-rock genre, with heavy influences from neo-psychedelic bands k.

The Moose has played numerous shows and locations, such as: the recordBar, Llywelyn’s Pub, The Roxy, Aftershock, 825 Studios, and The Nelson-Atkins Museum,

The Moose won 2017 Shuttlerock: Teen Battle of the Bands at The Nelson-Atkins Museum. Winning the Battle of the Bands later gained them a spot on the Middle of the Map Festival Lineup, where artists such as Lewis Delmar, Jason Isbell, and De La Soul headlined.

Nathan Reusch, Jake Hilger, Alex Huffman, Emma Klein and Tyler Frey, thanks for being with us on WMM.


8. The Moose – “Exclusive”
from: Live Sessions Single / The Record Machine / July 13, 2019
also available on: The First Real Encounter / The Moose / December 21, 2018
[The Moose is an alternative band from Lee’s Summit, formed in 2016 by Jake Hilger, Alex Huffman, and Tyler Frey with Emma Klein and Parker Tozier joining in 2016. The Moose released their debut full length album, The First Real Encounter, on December 21, 2018.]

[The Moose play What’s Next KC, Saturday, July 13, at 6:00 PM at Legacy Park Amphitheater, 901 NE Bluestem Dr, Lees Summit, MO., with NuBlvckCity, and Blue False Indigo. sponsored by Mid-Continent Public Library and The Record Machine.]

11:28 – Underwriting

Daniel Glascock and Joel Bonner of Serene Fiend on the July 10, 2019 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM.

11:30 – Interview with Joel Bonner & Daniel Glascock of Serene Fiend

Joel Bonner and his Serene Fiend live bandmate Daniel Glascock join us to share the radio broadcast debut of Serene Fiend’s flagship single, “Unto Myself” from the upcoming Serene Fiend album “Elegies and Effigies.” Serene Fiend is an industrial rock artist from Lawrence, KS that blends pop and glam sensibility with nuances of the various movements within the industrial subgenre. All of Serene Fiend’s music is composed, produced, and recorded by Joel Bonner. When Serene Fiend plays live Sam Piper & Daniel Glascock are part of the band. Sam Piper & Daniel Glascock play in the band Hyper Mortal.

Serene Fiend plays Lawrence Field Day Fest 2019, hosted by I Heart Local Music, on Friday, July 19, at The Granada Theater, Lucia Beer Garden + Grill, The Bottleneck, and White Schoolhouse with “all ages” shows for the entire festival. Info at http://www.lfkfielddayfest.com

Joel Bonner & Daniel Glascock thanks for being on WMM.

I Heart Local Music writes: “In the ever-evolving attempt to bring electronic music back into Lawrence’s scene, another musician has switched gears– this time leaning towards a more industrial sound.”

I Heart Local Music continues “It comes from an unlikely source. Serene Fiend is the latest project from Joel Bonner, the man who’s been bringing animated live shows and rockabilly licks to Lawrence over the past year with his band The Boot Stompers. It’s unsurprising that his buzzing and provocative guitar style carries over to this project, though he’s piled it on with a lot more synths and electronic beats.”


Serene Fiend

9. Serene Fiend – “Unto Myself”
from: Unto Myself – Single / Vitality Records / July 10, 2019
[Industrial pop-rock project from Lawrence, Kansas based Joel Bonner. All instruments programmed and performed by Joel Bonner. Synth solo programmed and performed by Daniel Glascock. Written, recorded, mixed, and mastered by Joel BonnerI Heart Local Music calls Sowing Discord “warm and beautiful, wrapping you up its lush sound.” ]

[Serene Fiend plays Lawrence Field Day Fest, sponsored by I Heart Local Music, Friday, July 19, at 7:30 at The Granada Theatre, Lawrence, Kansas.]

Chase Horseman, Nan Turner, Daniel Glascock and Joel Bonner on the July 10, 2019 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM.

10:41 – Interview with Joel Bonner & Daniel Glascock of Serene Fiend

Joel Bonner and his Serene Fiend live bandmate Daniel Glascock join us to share the radio broadcast debut of Serene Fiend’s flagship single, “Unto Myself” from the upcoming Serene Fiend album “Elegies and Effigies.”

Joel Bonner, & Daniel Glascock of Serene Fiend thanks for being on WMM.

Unto Myself lyrics:

I’m not afraid to die, I’m just afraid of loss
My strength means nothing if I’m not tough enough
I am an effigy – new possibility
I must be decimated to be built back up

And I will die unto myself
And I will try to heal myself
All for you

Sacrosanct as our romance, I will keep what I am
But the bee hive swarming in my head will be calm instead
I’ll come as you want me, I’ll be everything
The heart wants what it wants and I want to make me better
(to make us better)

And I will die unto myself
And I will try to heal myself
And I will live all for you
I will die unto myself
All for you

And when it all comes crashing down
I just want to lose myself in you

And I will die unto myself
And I will try to heal myself
And I will live all for you
I will die unto myself
All for you

The heart wants what it wants and I want to make me better

Earlier this year Joel Bonner released “Environ” by Serene Fiend, released May 14, 2019 – an ambient project written and recorded in one day across three three-hour blocks of time, hence the track titles.

1. Morning 15:08
2. Afternoon 08:48
3. Evening 08:12

Joel Bonner & Daniel Glascock of Serene Fiend, please stand by.


10. Serene Fiend – “Just Wont Go Away”
from: Sowing Discord / Vitality Records / July 27, 2018
[Industrial pop-rock project from Lawrence, Kansas based Joel Bonner. Vocals, guitar, bass, synthesizers, Drum Programming, Mixing, Mastering by Joel Bonner. Written by Joel Bonner. I Heart Local Music calls Sowing Discord “warm and beautiful, wrapping you up its lush sound.”]

[Serene Fiend plays Lawrence Field Day Fest, sponsored by I Heart Local Music, Friday, July 19, at 7:30 at The Granada Theatre, Lawrence, Kansas.]

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

Next week on Wednesday, July 17, we talk with the band L A Jones. Enrique Javier Chi of Making Movies drops by for a chat about his show at Knuckleheads, Betse Ellis and Clarke Wyatt and members of Short Round Stringband join us live in our 90.1 FM Studios, and Fally Afani shares music from Lawrence Field Day Fest 2019, hosted by I Heart Local Music, on Thursday, July 18 through Saturday, July 20, at The Granada Theater, Lucia Beer Garden + Grill, The Bottleneck, and White Schoolhouse with “all ages” shows for the entire festival.

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

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WMM Playlist from Dec. 7, 2011 – The 111 Best Recordings of 2011 (Part 1 of 4)

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011:

The 111 Best Recordings of 2011
(Part 1 of 4)

1. (111.) Raleigh Moncrief – “Lament for Morning”
from: Watered Lawn / Anticon Records / October 25, 2011
[Debut full length recording from Sacramento 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.]

2. (110.) 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.]

3. (109.) 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.]


4. (108.) Bootsy Collins –“FreeDumb” w/ Dr. Cornel West
from: 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 band-mates: George Clinton & Bernie Worrell.]

5. (107.) The Go! Team – “T.O.R.N.A.D.O.”
from: 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 from.]

6. (106.) The Middle East – “Jesus Came To My Birthday Party”
from: 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.]

7. (105.) Telekinesis – “Car Crash”
from: 12 Desperate Straight Lines / Merge / Feb. 15, 2011
[Telekinesis is Michael Benjamin Lerner, an indie rocker based out of Seattle. This is his 2nd album on Merge.]

10:30 – Underwriting


8. (104.) Peter, Bjorn & John – “Breaker Breaker”
from: 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 appears on our list as we continue the count down. 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.]

9. (103.) The Decemberists – “Down By The Water”
from: The King Is Dead / Capitol / Jan. 18, 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.,[21] and three songs, feature R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck including “Down By The water.” The band played Uptown Theatre Monday, February 7.]

10. (102.) Marketa Irglova – “Go Back”
from: 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.]

11. (101.) Poly Styrene – “Kitsch”
from: 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.”]


12. (100.) Jen Lawless – “All Goes Down”
from: Running Hot / Saunders Street Records / April 8, 2011
[By day, the 5′ 3″ Kansas City Native, Jen Lawless, drives an ambulance for the KC 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.]

13. (99.) Sterling Witt – “Perfect Girl”
from: 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.]

14. (98.) William Saunders – “Undone”
from: 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 discovered that he had written nearly seven hundred songs. In 2010, he left the corporate life to created Saunders Street Records and pursue a career in music, and the development of other musical artists. William Saunders played LIVE on our March 23 WMM ]

15. (97.) Jason Vivone – “Lemme Come Up For Air”
from: 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 show.]


16. (96.) They Might Be Giants – “Judy Is Your Vietnam”
from: 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 played Beaumont Club on Oct. 14.]

17. (95.) Brian Eno – “Glitch”
from: Drums Between The Bells / Opal – Warp Records / July 5, 2011
[40 years in music as a 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. ]

18. (94.) Yuck – “Get Away”
from: 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.]

19. (93.) Jenny Carr – “tease”
from: Maybe Definitely Really For Sure / Independent / Dec, 2010
[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.]


20. (92.) 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 played Lawrence, KS on October 7.]

21. (91.) Robert Ellis – “Comin’ Home”
from: 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.]

22. (90.) Tom Russell – “Furious Love (For Liz)”
from: 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.]

11:27 – Underwriting


23. (89.) Stephin Merritt – “The Sun and the Sea and the Sky”
from: 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.]

24. (88.) Raphael Saadiq – “Stone Rollin’”
from: 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.]

25. (87.) Cadillac Fambe’ – “Devil’s Branch”
from: Eli’s Porch / Independent / July 29, 2011
[KC based band dedicated to pushing the envelope and blending various styles to create a new class of blues. The band will be featured at Murder Ballad Ball of 2011, a Benefit for the Midwest Music Foundation, Fri, Dec 9, 6 to 2:00 AM, 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.]

26. (86.) Mountain Man – “Animal Tracks”
from: 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.]


27. (85.) Neon Indian – “Polish Girl”
from: 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 from 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, relocating to Denton, Texas for college. Neon Indian played The Record Bar on October 11 tour with Com Truise and Purity Ring.]

28. (84.) 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.”]

29. (83.) Prefuse 73 – “The Only Recycled Intro”
from: 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]

30. (82.) Molly Picture Club – “Satellites”
from: four on the floor [EP] / Independent / late 2010
[Kansas City Based band featuring: Aniko Adany- vocals, synths, keys, omnichord, Matthew Hayden- drums, drum sequencing, and Michael Tipton- vocals, guitar, bass.]

31. Owen/Cox Dance Group & The People’s Liberation Big Band – “Spanish Dance”
from: The Nutcracker & The Mouse King / TZIGANE / December 2011
[Owen/Cox Dance Group Presents: The Nutcracker and the Mouse King featuring: Fifteen musicians of the People’s Liberation Big Band, horn sculptor Mark Southerland, artist Peregrine Honig, and students from the Paseo Academy of the Performing Arts as well as the award-winning choreography of Jennifer Owen. Performances: Friday & Saturday, December 9 & 10 at 8:00 PM, Sunday, December 11, at 2:00 PM. Friday & Saturday December 16 & 17, at 8:00 PM, Sunday, December 18, at 2:00 PM at The City Stage in Union Station, 30 West Pershing Rd Kansas City, MO. Tickets: $20 per person, $15 for students, seniors, and groups of 15 or more, $10 for children, ages 12 and under. Tickets & Information: http://www.unionstation.org/Nutcracker%5D

26. 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

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Wednesday, December 14 we continue with part-2, of our 4-week special: The 111 Best Recordings of 2011

Show # 398