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Podcast #542 a sonic quilt built from Blackstarkids, Death Cab for Cutie, That's it it's Over, Daniel Romano, Patience, Martha & the Muffins, Little Girls, & The Appleseed Cast.

Podcast #541 is direct from my turntable to your ears with tracks from Screemer, The Exbats, Billie Joe Armstrong, The Starjets, The Glitter Kicks, Bis, Cran, & Waylon Payne.

Top 35 Songs of 2020

2020 was rough on everyone. I self-medicated with music. I added more releases to my library than in any other year ever. To put a number on it, 2,835 songs that equate to 6 days, 2 hours, 45 minutes (and 31 seconds) of music. Every track listened to multiple times when it was received and rated. Then all the highly rated songs listened to again in the last few weeks to sort them into the 35 songs you see here. This list would change every day, but here is a good ranking of songs that I loved, want to hear again, and mean the most to me.

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We count down our fav songs of 2020 on Podcast #540. Listen to songs from Outtacontroller, The Budweisers, Daniel Romano, Bill Callahan, Archers of Loaf, Blackstarkids, & The Exbats.

Top 50 Albums of 2020

It's no secret that I love singles. A big hook and two minutes to make your point. Albums have more to live up to. The ones below have met that bar. Listen to each of them from start to finish. Then do it again. Good tracks to be sure, but also a cohesiveness that tells you this is a real band with something to offer. My list is ordered, but otherwise presented without commentary.

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Fav Local Releases of 2020

I normally buy local releases from bands at shows, but no shows meant I had to rely on recommendations from friends in the scene [Confession: I totally stalk your Bandcamp purchases]. You really came through. So thanks to you for your support of the scene, to the local bands that continued to create, and to the local labels that helped get us tunes during this messed up year. Here's what hit me just right this year.

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I recorded a 2nd hour of the 2020 CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR for my Patreon subscribers. Later I was told that I didn't have a Patreon, so 17 more holidays tunes for everyone!

Podcast #538 is the 2020 Christmas Spectacular featuring 17 secular tunes that represent everything the holiday has to offer.

Podcast #537 offers you up something new from Wet Tropics, Soft Blue Shimmer, Suzie True, Radkey, Jordana, Ebony Tusks, & Daniel Gum.

Podcast #536 is alright alright alright with new tunes from Beebe Gallini, Dunes Day, The High Water Marks, Neutrals, Vintage Crop, The Snogs, All Ashore!, Helen Love, & Liturgy.

Podcast #535 lets it ride with new tunes from No Thanks, No Thank You, Mom, Die Toten Hosen, Natalie Sweet, Parsnip, Teen Angst, Ex-Void, & Filthy Friends.

Podcast #534 piles it on with Lunchbox, Superchunk, Outtacontroller, Shadow Show, Baby Shakes, The Bralettes, The Lemon Drop Gang, Descendents, & Elvis Costello.

Wick & the Tricks

Lemonade Park gave Halloween revelers a full bill of entertainers including drag artists, fire eaters, and performances from Wick & the Tricks, The Bad Ideas, & Thonggag.

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Podcast #533 returns with new music from Blackstarkids, The Mountain Goats, Smokescreens, Supercrush, LK Ultra, The Casket Lottery, & William Elliott Whitmore.

This week Rhonda Lyne discusses the upcoming Apocalypse Meow benefit and spins tunes from some of its acts including Ha Ha Tonka, Nathan Corsi Band, Alejandro Escovedo, Jon Dee Graham, & Kadesh Flow.

Miles Grimmer of Laffing Gas

Someone must slipped the fire marshal a mickey as every KC punk packed into the Blind Tiger for Sheer Mag, Laffing Gas, Wet Ones, Beta Boys, Drippies, & Kolumbine Kids.

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Podcast #531 feels the tug of winter with new music from Kurt Baker, Lady Di, Luxembourg Signal, Mega Emotion, Milky Wimpshake, No Germ Candy, & Rapt.

Next TMR Single Announced

Too Much Rock celebrates the tenth release in its vinyl single series alongside exciting new Kansas City duo No Germ Candy. For this project teens Zsofia Nemeth (vocals) and Harper Knecht (guitar) ignore genres entirely, building a sparkly world that tastes like cotton candy, and plays like Animal Crossing. It's twee. It's queer. It's indie pop. It's a musical that hasn't yet been staged.

Leading off the band's debut is "Straight Talk." This A-side is a fresh declaration of romantic intent from Zsofia who is so crushed out she can't even think straight. Cloying pop? Maybe. Adorable? Certainly. A bop? If that's what the kids say. The B-side is a cover of Beat Happening's seminal "Indian Summer" turned inside out by replacing the original weary baritone vocals with new saccharine sincerity.

Left with no responsible choices for live launch parties, the band will be promoting the single on KKFI's Wednesday Midday Medley on October 21st, features in local print press, and through a series of comics commissioned by The Pitch Magazine running from October 19th through the 23rd.

The limited-edition single will be available October 30th at area record stores and online retailers. The record will be available in both standard edition black vinyl (414 copies) and in collectible germy-green swirl (108 copies). It will NOT be available on any streaming platform.

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Podcast #530 is a mad dash for pop with The Medicine Dolls, Nite Sobs, Gallows Birds, Attic Salt, Olivia's World, Kid Gulliver, Kitty Kat Fan Club, & Death Valley Girls.

The Pedaljets

The miniBar was packed with us olds for an early two-band affair celebrating the Pedaljets new album and the rare performance from Dan Jones and the Squids.

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Mike McCoy of Cher UK

KC's tried and true showed up on a chilly October night for Cher UK, Drop A Grand, and Schwervon.

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Podcast #529 is E ticket radio with music from The William Loveday Intention, The Lurkers, Bob Mould, Militarie Gun, Ducks Unlimited, The Buoys, & In the Airport.

Andrew Ashby of The String & Return

The String & Return, Knife Crime, & Wonderful Moments shared the stage on a cool autumn night, transporting the Lemonade Park audience back two decades.

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Podcast #528 is all comfort food with tracks from Ryan Allen, The Bookends, The Persian Leaps, Nick Frater, Shy Boys, Bartees Strange, & Amiensus.

Podcast #527 suggests you hang on tightly and don't let go. Music from Sunliner, Geoff Palmer & Lucy Ellis, Muck and the Mires, Nothin', Fenne Lily, Owen, & I Like Trains.

Podcast #526 holds steady with help from Daniel Romano, Rudy De Anda, The Crystal Furs, Emma Kupa, The Empty Hearts, The Saints, & Hop Along Queen Ansleis.

Podcast #525 carries that load with help from Graduate, Bully, Vial, Rabies Babies, Bill Callahan, Lomelda, & Cold Years.

Rex Hobart

Headliner Rex Hobart and support act Forrest McCurren combined to create a delightful night of classic country under the stars at Lemonade Park.

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Meredith McGrade of Emmaline Twist

Emmaline Twist, Other Americans, & Dan Jones and the Squids soundtracked a reunion for (masked) friends who hadn't seen each other since the clubs closed.

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Podcast #524 welcomes the return to normalcy with The Ophelias, Other Half, French Mouth, Jenny, Mom, The Uncouth, & Logan Farmer.

Podcast #523 manages these extraordinary times w/ Thank You I'm Sorry, Keys, Guided By Voices, Cindy, Hazel English, Susanne Sundfor, & Ages.

Podcast #522 repairs those bonds with music from Dog Day, The Rabies, Era Bleak, City Windows, Nick Piunti & The Complicated Men, Librarians With Hickeys, & Sebastian Maschat and Erlend Oye.

Podcast #521 tells a crazy story featuring Easy Love, The Speedways, Shehehe, Eyedress, Monograms, The Ire, & Kalmhain.

Joshua Allen of Various Blonde

Lemonade Park continued its summer concert series with a trio of synthy bands that included Various Blonde, Yum, & Redder Moon.

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Podcast #520 gives you permission to have fun w/ music from Illuminati Hotties, The Rabies, Harrisonics, Tommy and the Commies, Skewbald, Phoebe Bridgers, Finish Flag, & Inter Arma.

Podcast #519 has gotten a little surly with help from The Beths, Cocktails, Yum Yums, The Budweisers, Margo Price, The Bobby Lees, & Ensiferum.

Steve Tulipana of Men of Men

Temporary outdoor venue Lemonade Park opened this weekend with live music from Men of Men, The Whiffs, & Wick & the Tricks.

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