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Blogroll: September 2021

A lot of cool, good stuff in this month’s Blogroll. Enjoy yourself.

Reading material:

-Remembering Missouri’s Woodstock: Star-Studded 1974 Ozark Music Festival in Sedalia Subject of Film - Clarence Dennis, Flatland
This article rocks. Apparently I need to brush up on my Missouri rock history seeing that I had never heard of the Ozark Music Festival before. The lineup included the likes of Mahavishnu Orchestra, Ted Nugent, Lynyrd Skynrd, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Seger, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and more over the course of three days for a whole $15. The article states that estimates for attendance range from 160,000 to 400,000, leaving the small town completely overwhelmed. My favorite part of this article about the upcoming documentary is that it focuses on an interview with attendee Bill Manning who was at the festival with his roommate Bill and ended up running into their other roommate there by surprise (his name was also Bill).

-Feedback: Bygone Record Store Still Echoes in Heart of Kansas - Cami Koons, Flatland
I guess I’m a real city slicker, huh. Before reading this article I was unaware of the existence of Salina’s now-closed recorded music hub that was the House Of Sight And Sound. The rural Kansas shop was open for 40 years -- 1971 to 2011. Reporter Cami Koons spoke to owner Tom Headlee and several others involved with the business in that time.

-Liberation Lit provides connections for incarcerated populations - Dylan Pyles, Matthew Tran, The Pitch
This Pitch article outlines the goals of Liberation Lit -- a local non-profit aimed at matching penpals with incarcerated people and sending them literature -- and how the pandemic has worsened the already rotten state of America’s prison system. Read up, give the organization a follow on social media, and see how you can get involved. @FreeThoughtKC is another great local organization doing similar work.

-Baby and the Brains’s Dia Jane on the making of BrainBaby - Nick Spacek, The Pitch
It turns out something good can come out of a Zoom call after all. Local indie pop duo Baby And The Brain’s Dia Jane and Jo Mackenzie first met at a Nelson-Atkins open mic a few years back but became close during an Art As Mentorship virtual program last year. Their debut album, BrainBaby, is a lot of fun and the pair shows a lot of potential. Read Nick’s article for some more background before jamming it.

-Silicone Times’ August newsletter - Ian Teeple
Silicone Times is a cool newsletter that you should absolutely subscribe to, but I wanted to use this space to publicly disagree with two of Teeple’s takes in the August issue. Woodstock ‘99 was both a cool and fascinating cultural moment and I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson is a very funny program that makes me laugh upon each viewing. That is all.

-In Focus - Saber Magazine
I’ve enjoyed the new photographer feature on Saber called In Focus. So far, Andres has conducted brief interviews and showcased the work of Amir Williams, (a Zarin Micheal and Southside Dame collaborator), St. Paul’s Maggie Stout, and Scale Vision, who has taken some very neat cityscapes.

Video content:

-The Z Show Zoom interviews
Skylar Rochelle of The Z Show on 90.9 The Bridge has been scoring some big interviews as of late. Head to The Bridge’s YouTube channel to see her conversations with Pom Pom Squad, Lala Lala, Hovvdy, and Wolf Alice. Also, don’t miss Michelle Bacon’s interview with Japanese rock band Chai.

-Perfume - Live Session at Studio48
Superfans of Kansas City alt-rockers Perfume can tune into this live session which includes two new songs titled “Smile” and “Tapeworm.” The session was recorded in the Pittman family’s Shawnee, Kansas studio space.

-Coop Sessions
The guys behind Coop Sessions don’t quit. Get caught up on new sessions including performances from Love, Mae C and Supermoto.

-Local Legends on Vice
Kansas City Superman (Michael Wheeler) and Columbia, Missouri’s Hacky Sack Guy (Derrick Fogle) have been the subjects of two recent Vice mini documentaries highlighting public-facing eccentrics across America. Highly recommended if you want some local feel-good content to watch.

Audio content:

-Liam Kazar interview - Bryan Truta, 90.9 The Bridge
The Bridge’s Bryan Truta hopped on the phone with Chicago-born, Kansas City-based singer-songwriter Liam Kazar to talk about his new album, Due North, his new Persian-Armenian ghost kitchen Isfahan, and his laundry list of collaborations over the last decade. The interview is also intercut with tracks from the album.

-Third Gear Scratch with Allen Epley
Fans of Kansas City’s ‘90s alt-rock output have some podcast listening to do! Allen Epley of iconic local acts Shiner and The Life And Times has now hosted over 100 episodes of his Third Gear Scratch podcast and had plenty of local musician guests, but in the last two months he’s had both Heidi Phillips of recently reunited ‘90s rockers Frogpond and Jeremy Sidener from Zoom, Panel Donor, and Major Games (Sidener also owns Lawrence’s Eighth Street Taproom). Press play on these two and soak in some local music history.

[This article first appeared in Issue 4 of Shuttlecock's free monthly print edition. Click here to order a copy online, or pick one up for free at locations around KC/Lawrence/JoCo.]

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