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Re: “Barry Lee shakes things up at KKFI 90.1

I wish Barry well. His is one of the few shows I will make an attempt to listen to. Its an example of what a DJ can add to a show.
KKFI is a dinosaur; old people playing old music to old people. The DJ's and the audience are dying off, and a lot of the music died a long time ago. I hope the Board listens to Barry, even when he's stepping in their territory.
KKFI has a lot of possibilities. It hasn't any competition. The AAA the Bridge plays is the most banal format ever; and I don't even need to talk about commercial radio. But I turn KKFI off more than I turn it on. Endless blather of public affairs mornings and evenings, and Saturday afternoons are a complete waste, then Tex-Mex, R&B and blues doing the same boring covers over and over. Most of the songs are: "I'm in love, he/she makes me high/hot or breaks my heart." Two verses, lead plays the melody line, chorus or refrain, then climax, played with I, IV, V chords. Please, local song-writers, don't you think listeners are smart enough to see the laziness this shows. Nothing more than templates to fill in the blanks.
Two of the best shows are Dr Mike's classical radio show and Tom Crane's world sound; especially Dr Mike's, because he plays contemporary works composed today.
Maybe Barry would want to consider adding well-engineered You-Tube clips of their live shows. Canned music tends to be dull. Music isn't any different than stage or dance; it needs to be visually experienced. A good example of using video is NPR's Tiny Desk Concert series, one of the best shows on the radio.

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Posted by Mike on 04/17/2014 at 8:22 PM

Re: “Barry Lee shakes things up at KKFI 90.1

KKFI is fucking awesome!!!

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Posted by Lux on 04/17/2014 at 8:58 AM

Re: “Barry Lee shakes things up at KKFI 90.1

Barry has already made several steps in the right direction, and his forward thinking approach is good for KKFI.

All the best in your mission!

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Posted by Cy Kosis on 04/16/2014 at 9:59 AM

Re: “Katie West finds lightning and peace with 40 Watt Dreams

Great story, I can't wait to get the album!

Posted by iradinosaur on 04/16/2014 at 8:24 AM

Re: “The Reverend Horton Heat's Jim Heath hears all kinds of things

Smoke'm if you got'em!

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Posted by Wink Dinklemeyer on 04/10/2014 at 9:26 AM

Re: “The Reverend Horton Heat's Jim Heath hears all kinds of things

Tickets are going fast for the 9th Annual Rock and Roll Prom at Knuckleheads on April 11 - starts at 7:30...go to www.knuckleheadskc.com for more info and to get your tickets!

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Posted by Hepkat on 04/09/2014 at 12:12 PM

Re: “In the early '70s, Kansas City was young, high and horny, and everyone went to the Ballroom

Hi
I remember you Devin. I owned the Genuine Article at 39th and Main which was a retail store from 1968 until 1975. We continued to use that name until 2005 for our wholesale jewelry business. Your mother, Susan Sells, worked at Genuine Article for a while and then left to go to Tennessee where she married David Marrow. Once they came back to Kansas City she worked, again, at Genuine Article for another 2 maybe 3 years. She's a great person and was a great employee and everyone loved her laugh and smile. I knew Steve Mitchell. He lived about 1 1/2 blocks east of the Genuine Articel on 39th street on the second floor of what became the Fish & Chips place. He was tall with at light complection. He had long thinning blond hair. He was a frequent customer at the Genuine Article and I knew that he was the father of Susan's son. You. There were several occasions where we had problems with some people and we called on him to come and help us deal with them. At the time I knew him I was renting a house on Troost. It was called "Troost House" (now a church parking lot) on occasion he would come over and visit us at that house. I think that we had about 9 people living there at the time, one group of which was the band "Tank" who had come to Kansas City from Cleveland. I am still in communication with Robert Leonard (Bob) who was the lead man from that band. There were a couple of guys from that band (all now dead except Bob) that were good friends with Steve. I am not certain who his other friends were. It might be worth trying to contact Chuck Boyd (now living in Canada) Or Bill Rublee (Dallas) they may know somebody who has more information. Rhonda Dixon who lives in Eureka Springs, AR. might be able to give you some information. Vivian, my wife, knew Steve and remembers having a number of conversations with him, but doesn't know what ever happened to him. As I remember Steve Mitchell left Kansas City about 1970. I have a lot of photos from the "olden" days but I don't remember seeing any with Steve in them. There are some photos I have with your mother in them.
Ralph Mathey
ralphma@cox.net

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Posted by Ralph Mathey on 03/30/2014 at 7:47 PM

Re: “Ida McBeth returns to the spotlight at the Broadway Jazz Club

Wonderful !

Posted by Beloved Blewett on 03/28/2014 at 10:40 AM

Re: “Mary Ocher on rejection and swimming against the tide

I'm not sure I've ever been exposed to more insanely abhorrent music in my life.

Posted by It was so bad. on 03/28/2014 at 8:17 AM

Re: “Annie Clark on the intersection of her music, fashion, choreography and art

Come on, it's Penderecki, not Penderetsky. He's a Polish composer perhaps best known for the use of his music in Kubrick's The Shining.

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Posted by Steve on 03/27/2014 at 1:39 PM

Re: “Music Forecast 3.27-4.2: Middle Twin, Alejandro Escovedo, Joc Max, Arlo Guthrie, and more

Is the gentleman in the photo holding a quail or a pheasant??

Posted by cmcmcm on 03/26/2014 at 2:41 PM

Re: “Mary Ocher on rejection and swimming against the tide

Talk about self parody. This is seriously a character out of Portlandia.

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Posted by pab blow on 03/26/2014 at 11:08 AM

Re: “Jazz Beat: Jaleel Shaw, at Take Five Coffee + Bar

Jaleel is also headlining the KU Jazz Festival, Friday night at 7.30 with the KU Jazz Festival All Star Big Band. The concert is in Woodruff Auditorium in the Kansas Union on KU's Campus.

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Posted by Jeff Harshbarger on 03/05/2014 at 2:49 PM

Re: “Music Forecast 3.6-3.12: Diane Birch, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Dr. Dog, and more

@Bobo We featured a long Q&A with Valerie June (opening for Sharon Jones) in print this week. Generally, we don't give space to the same event twice.

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Posted by ngallagher on 03/05/2014 at 11:01 AM

Re: “Music Forecast 3.6-3.12: Diane Birch, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Dr. Dog, and more

How are you going to skip over Sharon Jones and the Dapkings at Liberty Hall this Saturday?

Posted by Bobo on 03/05/2014 at 10:53 AM

Re: “Xiu Xiu frontman Jamie Stewart on moving to L.A. and making difficult music

This tour is post-poned.

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Posted by tulipana1 on 02/28/2014 at 6:06 PM

Re: “Xiu Xiu frontman Jamie Stewart on moving to L.A. and making difficult music

recordbar's web page says this show is cancelled.

Posted by Severin on 02/26/2014 at 9:34 AM

Re: “Two friends bring music to the Crossroads with the Tank Room

Nice to see another Crossroads venue opening up. I like the smaller scale and the streaming idea is a great one. Looking forward to some shows!

Posted by haylo75 on 02/20/2014 at 3:18 PM

Re: “Why does everybody gotta harsh on the Rock Cafe's buzz?

If you live in Westport then you are a douche and you deserve to have your serenity disturbed. I know nothing about this place because I do not spend any of my time around the hipsters and fraudulent losers that infect the area. You people in KC are losers and I pray for the day that I can leave this god forsaken sHithole.

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Posted by Will Nott on 02/17/2014 at 11:44 AM

Re: “The Phantastics' debut takes everybody on a funky ride

These guys are epic. Highly recommend.

Posted by Steven Scott Ohlson on 02/07/2014 at 3:48 PM

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