Announcements&EntertainmentWTEIKC | 03 Jul 2010 10:43 am

It took five years, but our friend Oimoi has finally released a CD of unique musical offerings a reviewer described as “…expressive harmonies, ear-catching grooves, soothing melodies, and a wide range of instruments and timbres to delight the ear.” This inaugural album, Federal Inspection Service, probably falls best into the ‘lounge’ category; those who make Internet radio streams like Groove Salad and 4clubbers.fm their life soundtrack will likely feel right at home. But there is plenty of subtle ear candy there for the hi-fi and music theory geeks, too!

Bill Morris - Walkin' ThereAnother debut album of note is Kansas City based musician Bill MorrisWalkin’ There. At the very least more info

it is a well-crafted celebration of folk music from Ireland, the British Isles, and America (plus a few original pieces in the same vein). For me it was a fifty-minute show about the weighty issues of love, loss, joy, and family that kept my ears stuck to the headphones until its conclusion. I have heard hundreds – probably thousands – of guitar-wielding balladeers riding the Celtic/Americana wave. But Bill’s self-admitted James Taylor-like voice and the simple, clear recording techniques used on this album lent a sense of intimacy and an emotional presence that is so hard to create outside a live performance setting. (The last time any recording did that for me it was the early ’90s, with Connie Dover’s Somebody.) Bill Morris is a regular performer at Stone Bridge Coffee House in Independence’s Englewood district.

EntertainmentWTEIKC | 19 May 2010 01:24 pm

Dead Wait is a new web-based miniseries, shot in KC and St. Joseph. While not really an interesting place to set most kinds of stories, I think KC may have found its theatrical calling as a backdrop for zombies.

Check it:

EntertainmentWTEIKC | 12 Jul 2009 03:35 pm

Jazz lovers around town welcomed the news there would be a live, late-night radio broadcast each week from the historic Mutual Musicians Foundation. Then we all started wondering why no one had done this sooner. The late Saturday / early Sunday hours at the Foundation are magical, and kudos to KCUR for letting the rest of the world listen in (and if you like the show, send them some dough). KCUR’s website lists an exciting lineup of guest musicians for 12 O’Clock Jump in the weeks to come.

The midnight program lasts an hour. Too bad, as Foundation regulars know the music goes on long after, sometimes past daybreak. Also disappointing is that 12OJ is billed as a variety show, to include painfully insipid comedy bits. But hopefully, someday, they’ll get the memo that KC isn’t on the map because of comedy, and this would be a world class show were there less yappin’ and just more great music.

12OJ has a sort of nostalgic, war-era feel, like when big bands and small combos alike played to the troops over shortwave from Manhattan ballrooms. Listen in bed with the lights out to heighten the illusion.

12 O'Clock Jump

EntertainmentWTEIKC | 06 Dec 2008 05:19 pm

On 12-1 at Jardine’s, I was lucky enough to see the Jake Blanton Quartet, which only gets together once or twice a year, now. Back with Jake (guitar) were Roger Wilder (piano), Craig Aikin (bass), and Tim Cambron (drums). They did an extended rendition of Jake’s ‘Garbage Truck Waltz’ that had some particularly moving solos by each member of the band.

Jake performs with other pop / soft rock groups like Ghosty and toured with Sia a while back. In addition to being a skilled and versitile musician, he’s also a magnet for some of the city’s best performers. Go hear him play if you have the opportunity.