Saturday, December 16, 2017

FESTER RAGE VIDEOS: A Testament of Youth (ATOY) at The Vaudeville Mews in Des Moines on August 31, 2007

Okay, this is the first in a new monthly series we will have on Iowa Music Showcase.

Fester Rage was an amateur videographer who from August, 2007, to September, 2015, recorded various live shows here in Des Moines, both from local acts and national. On this website, we will be only featuring the Iowa artists. But you can watch all his videos on his YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/unclefesterrage.

The first show he recorded was actually a reunion show from a popular 80s Des Moines punk band, A Testament of Youth, or ATOY as they were commonly called.



"Formed in 1981 by Factory Records aficionados Paul Standard and Dave Edwards, A Testament of Youth or ATOY (pronounced AE-TOI) were Iowa's first Post-Punk band. ATOY were Paul and Dave's response to the bland Styx and Journey-inspired rock that was prevalent throughout the midwest during the late 70s and early 80s. Looking to do something darker and more arty, guitarist Paul and producer Dave set out to forge a new midwest sound. Brad Roth, who was then singing in and playing bass for the power-pop trio The Blue Cruisers was recruited as a front man. With the addition of newcomers Mark Penner on bass and Lonnie Urich on drums, ATOY was set to play the now legendary 1981 2 day Iowa punk/new wave festival, Music For No-Man's Land. A surprise hit at the festival, ATOY contributed two songs to the 'Music For No-Man's Land' release, Roth's Television-inspired "Chemical Boys" and Standard's epic dirge "Requiem for a Priest". ATOY were soon playing gigs throughout Iowa. Due to differences in vision, Dave Edwards soon left the group. ATOY's music at the time was thin, brittle and experimental using rhythm machines, tape loops and incorporating short-wave radio broadcasts into their live shows. Brad's onstage antics were legendary, often getting the group banned from some of the more mainstream rock clubs. Paul decided to return to college late in 1981, leaving the band looking for a new guitarist. Greg Owen, who had played with Brad Roth previously in the Blue Cruisers joined in early 1982. Owen brought a tough, shredding guitar style to ATOY which propelled their sound into a more aggressive stance. Penner and Urich similarly toughened up their sound and Roth's wild stage persona evolved into a dadaist Iggy Pop. Brad's lyrics began to take a darkly poetic turn and led to him being called 'the Baudelaire of the heartland'. Over the next year and a half, the band began touring around the midwest to ever increasing crowds. During that period, many of ATOY's most popular songs, such as 'Stickmen', 'Creeps with Forks' and 'Cut and Restored' were written. The group gained in popularity and the now defuct nightclub So's Your Mothers, opened another venue, Mother's Underground, to regularly showcase ATOY and other Iowa underground bands. The volatile mix of personalities in the band began to take it's toll and in the Spring of 1983 ATOY decided to call it quits. Their final show was recorded and release on CD many years later. A videotape of that last show called "The Final Plunge" was aired on Des Moines TV... In 2005 ATOY were asked to do a reunion show. The success of that show surprised them as much as their fans. This led to the band resuming playing again. The volatile mix of personalities did lead to a couple of false starts, but ATOY is officially back together, writing new material and playing to new fans as well as old. Since ATOY never really sounded like anyone else, the band's music doesn't sound dated to new fans. New material has been written as well as a number of Buick McSnake songs being reworked into ATOY's sound...and then after a dozen or so gigs it all came crashing down. The volatile chemistry of the band once again blew up. As a longtime fan of the band remarked 'If everyone were mature and responsible, it wouldn't be ATOY. You guys have broken up for good before. Hopefully you'll do it again.' Here's to hoping that it'll happen again."
- from their Underground Archives entry



Fester Rage's YouTube Channel:
https://www.youtube.com/user/unclefesterrage

A Testament of Youth/ATOY on Underground Archives:
http://01.iowaunder.com/content/testement-youth


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One month ago...
Just what the heck is on this website! -
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/2017/11/just-what-heck-is-on-this-website.html

Three months ago...
EPISODE 51: Iowa Hip-Hop and Rap 2 (and 3 episodes of the Iowa Block Radio rap podcast) -
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/2017/09/episode-51-iowa-hip-hop-and-rap-2-and-3.html

Six months ago...
PLAYLISTS: A Father's Day Playlist -
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/2017/06/playlists-fathers-day-playlist.html

One year ago...
Episode 40: Happy Hawkeye Holidays 2016, Part 3 of 3 - The Spiked Eggnog Edition -
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/2016/12/episode-40-happy-hawkeye-holidays-2016.html

Two years ago...
Episode 21: Happy Hawkeye Holidays 2015, the Flurries Edition -
http://feeds.feedburner.com/IowaMusicShowcase


OTHER IMSC WEBSITES AND LINKS:
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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Iowa Music NEEDS Net Neutrality - and So Does Iowa Music Showcase!

If you haven't been paying attention - or missed all the posts I've been putting up on social media - we are about to lose net neutrality, the rule that says all information and sites on the net have to be treated equally.

Without net neutrality, some sites could be paid to load and play faster than other sites.

And that means, those of us without any money, like most Iowa music acts and this website, would be stuck in the slow lane.

It also means that schools, small businesses, activist groups, and other groups with little funds who have trouble connecting and reaching the masses and other sites.

The only winners out of this would be internet providers, large businesses that could afford the fast lane, and people with money who can afford to spend it on a faster internet. The rest of us would have to take what we could get.



But it hasn't happened yet! And if you would like to prevent it from happening, please add your name to the petitions below -

Change.org - https://www.change.org/p/save-net-neutrality-netneutrality

White House petition - https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/do-not-repeal-net-neutrality

Battle for the Net - https://www.battleforthenet.com/

MoveOn.org - https://petitions.moveon.org/sign/tell-the-fcc-restore

ACLU - https://action.aclu.org/secure/FCC_preserve_net_neutrality

Save the Internet - https://www.savetheinternet.com/sti-home

Every Library - http://action.everylibrary.org/netneutrality



You can also email the members of the FCC and tell them how you feel about net neutrality -

•Ajit Pai, Chairman - Ajit.Pai@fcc.gov

•Mignon Clyburn, Commissioner - Mignon.Clyburn@fcc.gov

•Michael O’Rielly, Commissioner - Mike.O‘Rielly@fcc.gov

•Brendan Carr, Commissioner - Brendan.Carr@fcc.gov

•Jessica Rosenworcel, Commissioner - Jessica.Rosenworcel@fcc.gov



Also contact Senators Charles Grassley and Joni Ernst and your congresssional representative -

Sen. Charles Grassley - https://www.grassley.senate.gov/constituent

Sen Joni Ernst - 
https://www.ernst.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/email-joni

Rod Blum (R) - District 1 - https://blum.house.gov/contact/email

David Loebsack (D) - District 2 - https://loebsack.house.gov/forms/writeyourrep/

David Young (R) - District 3 - https://davidyoung.house.gov/contact

Steve King (R) - District 4 - http://steveking.house.gov/contact

Or use the ResistBot - Text "RESIST" to 50409


To read more about how ending net neutrality will affect the music scene -

From Rolling Stone - Net Neutrality: How a Repeal Could Kill the Careers of Indie Musicians -
http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/net-neutrality-how-a-repeal-could-kill-artists-careers-w513787

From Digital Music News - Goodbye, Net Neutrality? What This Could Mean For the Music Industry -
https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2017/11/20/fcc-net-neutrality-music-industry/

From Watt.CashMusic.org - NO INTERNET, NO MUSIC: WHY MUSICIANS NEED TO CARE ABOUT NET NEUTRALITY -
https://watt.cashmusic.org/writing/nointernetnomusic

From Medium.com - If the web loses net neutrality, independent musicians will lose their careers -
https://medium.com/cash-music/if-the-web-loses-net-neutrality-independent-musicians-will-lose-their-careers-d8226f9f2e3a

From WMOT Radio's website - NOT NEUTRAL: Anger, Activism Roil Indie Music Before Net Neutrality Vote -
http://wmot.org/post/not-neutral-anger-activism-roil-indie-music-net-neutrality-vote#stream/0

From Mashable -Here's what your favorite band thinks about killing net neutrality -
http://mashable.com/2017/12/07/musicians-tell-congress-killing-net-neutrality-threatens-art/#QAa2i_Tiemqb

From Future of Music Coalition - Rock the Net: Musicians for Net Neutrality -
https://futureofmusic.org/issues/campaigns/rock-net-musicians-net-neutrality

From Variety - Hundreds of Musicians — From R.E.M. to Turnip King — Sign Statement Defending Net Neutrality -
http://variety.com/2017/biz/news/hundreds-of-musicians-from-r-e-m-to-turnip-king-sign-statement-defending-net-neutrality-1202638012/

From Track Record - What The End of Net Neutrality Means For Music Fans -
http://trackrecord.net/what-the-end-of-net-neutrality-means-for-music-fans-1821231437

Monday, December 11, 2017

EPISODE 58: Happy Hawkeye Holidays 2017, Part 3 of 3 - Scrooge



Ho ho ho! We bring the last of this year's Holidays episodes.

And as in previous years, this episode features some situations and language that some of you may not want to hear. So you have been warned.

The rest of you I hope enjoy this last collection of festive musical frivolities.

And be back next week as we present a whole bunch of playlists featuring Iowa's own songs of the season!


IMSC posts featuring the holidays:
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/search/label/holidays

To download the podcast, right click on the link below and hit "Save as...":
https://archive.org/download/IowaMusicShowcaseEpisode58/Iowa%20Music%20Showcase%20-%20Episode%2058_.mp3

Art by John Leech
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Leech_(caricaturist)
TRACK LISTING:
For more information, click on the link below the track.

Opening -  Iowa Music Showcase Christmas Theme by Dylan Boyle and Dan OlderMusicGeek
(http://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2015/12/iowa-music-showcase-theme-christmas.html)

Song 1 - "A Collage of Impressions" by The Poison Control Center
s (https://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2017/12/ep-58-song-1-collage-of-impressions-by.html)

Song 2 - "Eggnog and Beer" by Less Poetry and Pizza Babe
(https://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2017/12/ep-58-song-2-eggnog-and-beer-by-less.html)

Song 3 - "High on Christmas" by Dan Bee
(https://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2017/12/ep-58-song-3-high-on-christmas-by-dan.html)

Song 4 - "Distracted When You Kiss" by Gloom Balloon
(https://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2017/12/ep-58-song-4-distracted-when-you-kiss.html)

Song 5 - "Happy Holidays" by Bryan Baker
(https://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2017/12/ep-58-song-5-happy-holidays-by-bryan.html)

Song 6 - "Christmas Makes Pants Happy" by Keepers of the Carpet
(https://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2017/12/ep-58-song-6-christmas-makes-pants.html)

Song 7 - "When No One Calls on Christmas" by Tuff Jerks
(https://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2017/12/ep-58-song-7-when-no-one-calls-on.html)

Song 8 - "Part of the Party" by Karen Meat
(https://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2017/12/ep-58-song-8-party-of-party-by-karen.html)

Song 9 - "Merry Christmas, Bats" by Personal Vendetta
(https://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2017/12/ep-58-song-9-merry-christmas-bats-by.html)

Closing - Iowa Music Showcase Christmas Theme by Dylan Boyle and Dan OlderMusicGeek
(http://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2015/12/iowa-music-showcase-theme-christmas.html)


All songs, artwork, and photography are copyrighted by the performers, composers, artists, and photographers, and used by their kind permission.


Next week: We present with playlists from various websites featuring holiday music from our own state's musicians!

Next episode: The favorites of 2017!


PREVIOUSLY ON IOWA MUSIC SHOWCASE:
One week ago...
EPISODE 57: Happy Hawkeye Holidays 2017, Part 2 of 3 - The Snowman -
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/2017/12/episode-57-happy-hawkeye-holidays-2017.html

Two weeks ago...
EPISODE 56: Happy Hawkeye Holidays 2017, Part 1 of 3: Nestor -
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/2017/11/episode-56-happy-hawkeye-holidays-2017.html

Three weeks ago...
PLAYLISTS: Thanksgiving - Iowa Style -
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/2017/11/playlists-thanksgiving-iowa-style.html

One month ago...
Just what the heck is on this website! -
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/2017/11/just-what-heck-is-on-this-website.html

Three months ago...
OTHER SOURCES: An Iowa Noise Music Compilation -
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/2017/09/other-sources-iowa-noise-music.html

Six months ago...
PLAYLISTS: Random Iowa Music BandCamp Playlist 1 -
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/2017/06/other-sources-random-iowa-music.html

One year ago...
Episode 39: Happy Hawkeye Holidays 2016, Part 2 of 2 - The Cola Edition -
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/2016/12/episode-39-happy-hawkeye-holidays-2016_11.html

Two years ago...
Episode 21: Happy Hawkeye Holidays 2015, the Flurries Edition -
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/2015/12/episode-21-happy-hawkeye-holidays-2015.html


Iowa Music Showcase can be listened to and/or downloaded on the following sites:
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YouTube:
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Iowa Music Showcase is also on Code Zero Radio every Tuesday and Thursday at 10pm central time:
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https://archive.org/details/@iowa_music_showcase#uploads
Spotify:
https://play.spotify.com/user/iowamusicshowcase

Friday, December 8, 2017

JAZZMAN JOE VIDEOS - Soya Vista Jazz Orchestra With Gina Gedler at Noce on November 18, 2017

"Hi! I'm Gina Gedler and I am a regular to the Des Moines entertainment scene and have been performing for many years.

"I was born in Newton, Iowa and my family moved to Arizona shortly after I was born. Ever since I was a little girl, I always loved to sing and act up! (My mom and dad always said that I entered this world screaming! Come to think of it, that may have been my first singing debut!) Because I had no opportunity for lessons; I grew up listening to records, watching old movies, teaching myself the different styles of music, and the ins and outs of singing and acting.

"In Arizona I became very involved, during my academic years, in Drama and Music.

"I returned to Des Moines, Iowa during the spring break of my Junior year of High School. That was tough! But I immediately became involved in the music and drama department to meet new people. And that I did! After meeting the love of my life Mike, in my senior year of High School, we married a year after graduating High School and within our first 5 years of marriage we were blessed with our wonderful son, Brandon!

"In Des Moines I have been heavily involved in music and stage. With hard work I have had the privilege and honor of appearing in numerous musicals on stage and many various professional acts throughout the state and outside of the state as well.

"For the past several years, I have been enjoying singing in Des Moines as well as outside of the metro area, with my small combo of musicians, for company parties/celebrations and in various restaurant and lounge venues. I am also the lead vocalist with the Ballyhoo Foxtrot Combo and the Soya Vista Jazz Orchestra as well as a guest lead vocalist for several other local bands.

"I am a singer as well as an entertainer. I pride myself on truly enjoying and delivering what I am singing. I am very versatile with my music styling and offerings. I think a combination of those things is what helps make me unique. One minute I could be singing a standard, or something soft and jazzy, and then break into an upbeat number from the 70's! You just never know what will happen. I love the excitement and emotion that comes from producing all kinds music.

"Helping people smile, laugh, and feel through music is what I LOVE!

"It makes my heart feel good!"
- from Gina Gedler's home page

"The SOYA VISTA JAZZ ORCHESTRA is an eight-piece ensemble that specializes in the swinging, lounge-inspired jazz of the 1950s and 1960s. The band's repertoire features songs popularized by such artists as Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, Billie Holiday, Henry Mancini, and Antonio Carlos Jobim. The music is smooth, sophisticated, and hip. Just the thing to appeal to the Jet Set."
- from the Soya Vista Jazz Orchestra home page

From Jazzman Joe's YouTube page: THE SOYA VISTA ORCHESTRA WITH GINA GEDLER PERFORMED @DESMOINES PREMIER NIGHTSPOT ,NOCE JAZZ CABARET THIS EVENING. LED BY JOHN BENOIT, TROMBONE ,THE MUSICIANS INCLUDED,DAVE SHARP, TENOR SX & FLUTE,JIM ROMAINE,BARATONE & ALTO SX;JIM BOVINETTE,TRUMPET & PFLUGEL HORN;JAMIE PAULSEN,PIANO,DAVE ALTMEIER,STICK BASS AND DREW ON DRUMS. GINA EXCELLED ON VOCALS.









Jazzman Joe's YouTube page:
https://www.youtube.com/user/jazzmanjoe100

Gina Gedler's home page:
http://www.ggedler.com/

The Soya Vista Jazz Orchestra's home page:
http://www.ballyhoofoxtrot.com/svjowelcome.html


PREVIOUSLY ON IOWA MUSIC SHOWCASE:
One week ago...
JAZZMAN JOE VIDEOS: Home for the Holidays with Max Wellman and Tina Findlay Haase at The Bridge in Johnston on December 20, 2015 -
https://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/2017/12/jazzman-joe-videos-home-for-holidays.html

Two weeks ago...
JAZZMAN JOE VIDEOS: Ankeny Community Chorus at The Prairie Ridge Church on November 17, 2017 -
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/2017/11/jazzman-joe-videos-ankeny-community.html

Three weeks ago...
PLAYLISTS: Thanksgiving - Iowa Style -
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/2017/11/playlists-thanksgiving-iowa-style.html

One month ago...
Leave me alone! I'm resting! -
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/2017/11/leave-me-alone-im-resting.html

Three months ago...
OTHER SOURCES: An Iowa Noise Music Compilation -
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/2017/09/other-sources-iowa-noise-music.html

Six months ago...
PLAYLISTS: Random Iowa Music BandCamp Playlist 1 -
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/2017/06/other-sources-random-iowa-music.html

One year ago...
Episode 39: Happy Hawkeye Holidays 2016, Part 2 of 2 - The Cola Edition -
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/2016/12/episode-39-happy-hawkeye-holidays-2016_11.html

Two years ago...
Episode 21: Happy Hawkeye Holidays 2015, the Flurries Edition -
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/2015/12/episode-21-happy-hawkeye-holidays-2015.html


OTHER IMSC WEBSITES AND LINKS:
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Twitter:
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Instagram:
https://instagram.com/iowamusicshowcase

Thursday, December 7, 2017

YOUR OWN PRIVATE IOWA - Episode 7: Foxholes

This week Foxholes came on the show, and what a great experience I had getting to know and talk to the band! We were all over the place as far as topics go, from the bands origins, to shows they had been at, to getting paid $300 bucks for a gig, using paint for dinosaur music videos, jamming with Nels Cline, and so much more! This interview was a real treat and they played a fantastic stripped down set with tunes that normally don't get played on stage.

This podcast is powered by ZenCast.fm All Recordings done in the Studio at [88.5 KURE Ames Alternative]


https://www.facebook.com/yourownprivateiowa/

BandCamp:
https://yourownprivateiowa.bandcamp.com

Foxholes' home page:
http://foxholesmusic.com/

Foxholes on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/FoxholesMusic/


PREVIOUSLY ON IOWA MUSIC SHOWCASE:
One week ago...
YOUR OWN PRIVATE IOWA - Episode 5: Pink Neighbor -
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/2017/11/your-own-private-iowa-episode-5-pink.html

Two weeks ago...
YOUR OWN PRIVATE IOWA - Episode 2: Nate Logsdon -
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/2017/11/your-own-private-iowa-episode-2-nate.html

Three weeks ago...
Just what the heck is on this website! -
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/2017/11/just-what-heck-is-on-this-website.html

One month ago...
Leave me alone! I'm resting! -
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/2017/11/leave-me-alone-im-resting.html

Three months ago...
OTHER SOURCES: An Iowa Noise Music Compilation -
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/2017/09/other-sources-iowa-noise-music.html

Six months ago...
PLAYLISTS: Random Iowa Music BandCamp Playlist 1 -
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/2017/06/other-sources-random-iowa-music.html

One year ago...
Episode 39: Happy Hawkeye Holidays 2016, Part 2 of 2 - The Cola Edition -
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/2016/12/episode-39-happy-hawkeye-holidays-2016_11.html

Two years ago...
Episode 21: Happy Hawkeye Holidays 2015, the Flurries Edition -
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/2015/12/episode-21-happy-hawkeye-holidays-2015.html


OTHER IMSC WEBSITES AND LINKS:
Feed:
http://feeds.feedburner.com/IowaMusicShowcase
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