Sunday, February 28, 2016

Other Sources: Iowa Block Radio

Well, day job overtime is eating into my podcasting time. So part two of the Peace, Love, and Stuff retrospective is going up until next week.

Instead, we present another edition of Other Sources, our feature where we introduce you to other places where you can find and hear Iowa music.

This week, we cover Iowa Block Radio.

They describe themselves as "Block Radio is the Only platform in Iowa Dedicated to the Great Artists who Inspire it. Our vision here is to bring you the best of what Iowa has to offer!"

And... "'Iowa Block Radio' Is The Best Source of Iowa Local Music. We keep our Audience up to date on the latest events happening in Iowa. You will also enjoy weekly interviews with some of the best artists in the midwest. Iowa Block Radio Is a gateway into the future of midwest music."

I would argue with that description. I don't even say that about Iowa Music Showcase!

But they are a good source for Iowa hip-hop and rap music, which is what they cover. They present 3 podcasts a week running from one hour to three. Five of the last six episodes were 3 hours.

On the bottom of the page, we present the lastest episode that came out as of the time of this writing.

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Sunday, February 21, 2016

Other Sources: DMMC (Des Moines Music Coalition) on SoundCloud and YouTube

This is the first of what I hope is a regular feature on the blog. I'll just be showcasing other places you can hear and find Iowa music.

If you know if any good sources, please let me know at!

Our first one is just some playlists that The DMMC (The Greater Des Moines Music Coalition) has on SoundCloud and YouTube.

For any who don't know, The DMMC is the group here in Des Moinses that puts on the 80/35 music festival as well as Gross Domestic Product and Little Big Fest.

They do more than that, though. To quote from their website:

"What exactly does the DMMC do?

  • We make 80/35 music festival happen.
  • We make Little BIG Fest and Gross Domestic Product happen.
  • We produce Music University.
  • We provide startup funding/sponsorships to music related events and organizations.
  • We promote Iowa music on our blog, in our newsletter, and through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram by sharing news, upcoming shows, music, videos, reviews, and more.
  • We work in conjunction with other arts organizations in central Iowa through efforts, such as Capital Crossroads to strategize, plan, and execute music-related concepts that will have a positive impact on our community."

But in the blog post, I'm just going to deal with the playlists they make.

Before their festivals, they often have a contest for people to choose three bands that they would like to be in the festival. They make a playlist for all the submissions. These playlists are a great way to hear a bunch of different Iowa bands of various genres!

The latest is the upcoming Gross Domestic Product. You can vote, up to 5pm Thursday, Feb 25, for your three here -

Unfortunately, they do eventually take down the playlists. But three are still up on SoundCloud.

The DMMC is on SoundCloud at:

On the bottom of the page, I've included the three playlists they have up on SoundCloud at the time of this writing!

The DMMC also have two playlists of Iowa music up on their YouTube channel - I should warn you that there is a good bit of overlapping and redundancy on the two playlists.

The Channel also features videos and interviews dealing with the Des Moines and Iowa music scene.

Again, under the SoundCloud playlists, I've included one YouTube playlists on this blog. The other doesn't allow embedding, so here's the link -

Hope you find some new stuff or at least enjoy what you hear!


Sunday, February 14, 2016

Episode 26 - The Peace, Love, and Stuff Retrospective, Part 1 of 2

Back in September, this sad message appeared for us Peace, Love, and Stuff fans...

I meant to do this retrospective back then, but Halloween, benefits, Christmas, New Year, and the caucuses got in the way.

I don't really know what can I say, so I'm just going to repeat what I said on Facebook after Lavonne's announcement:

R.I.P. Peace, Love, and Stuff! You guys always held a special place in my heart.

You were the first band I started following shortly after my daughter got old enough to stay home alone and I was going to shows regularly again!

And apparently it was one of your first shows, at the 3rd (?) 80/35, on the local stage at the old Des Moines Social Club.

And I was quite happy being your oldest fan in more than one way!

I also enjoyed getting to know you guys as people, not just musicians. Saw you go from wild, crazy college students to responsible adults with jobs, mortgages, and rents! Guess it was preview now that the earlier mentioned daughter is now old enough to be in college!

Of course, the highlight for me was having you guys play my 50th birthday party with Lipstick Homicide and my high school buddy's band, Sinister Sons!

So good luck to each of you on your individual endeavors. I'll remember you!

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PureVolume page:

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Lavonne announcing the end of Peace, Love, and Stuff on "Great Day":

For more information on each song, click on the link below the song and artists....

Opening - Iowa Music Showcase opening by Dylan Boyle

Song 1 - "October Falls Take 1" by Peace, Love, and Stuff (plus Dylan Boyle on the formation of the band)

Extra 1 - "Folsom Prison Blues" (Live at the Ames Progressive, 2010) by Peace. Love, and Stuff

Song 2 - "Sexy Vintage Boy" by Peace, Love, and Stuff

Song 3 - "Je Recherche" by Peace, Love, and Stuff (plus Dave Murphy's review of "La Bohemia" from the Des Moines Is Not Boring website)

Song 4 - "Purple Lightning" (live and acoustic) by Peace, Love, and Stuff (plus the former "Iowa Unsigned" host, Benny Black, discussing the band)

Song 5 - "Paper Bracelets" by Peace, Love, and Stuff (plus David "Smitty" Smit on being in the band)

Extra 2 - "Ball and Chain" (Janis Joplin cover) by Peace, Love, and Stuff (plus a playlist featuring unrealeased Peace, Love, and Stuff material)

Song 6 - "Paper Bracelets" (a capella) by Peace, Love, and Stuff (plus Sharika Soal of Ladysoal on the band)

Song 7 - "Can't Get It Up!" by Peace, Love, and Stuff  (plus Bryon Dudley of Strong Like Bear and The Spacement Recording Studio on the band)

Song 8 - "Johnny Bravo" by Peace, Love, and Stuff (plus Kevin Muehlenthaler on playing with the band)

Extra 3 - Tony Tarbox interview with Lavonne McRoberts

Closing - Iowa Music Showcase closing by Dylan Boyle

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Next episode: Part 2 of our Peace, Love, and Stuff retrospective!

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