Saturday, April 22, 2017

PLAYLISTS: Iowa Science Music

Well, besides being a big geek on music, I also happen to geek out on science, (Yes, it is allowed to geek out on more than one thing!)

So in honor of today's March for Science (which I and my dog, Joe, will be doing in Des Moines), I put together this playlist of science-related songs by Iowa artists!


Other IMSC posts and podcasts involving science:
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/search/label/science

Other IMSC playlists:
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/search/label/playlists

Other IMSC posts and podcasts involving Spotify:
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/search/label/Spotify



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Friday, April 21, 2017

EPISODE 45: Iowa Blues and Blues Rock



The blues have been a strong part of the Iowa music scene for decades!

From its earliest days, when blues musician left the south and went up north to look for work, some stopped by, and some stayed in, our fair state.

And our state has shown its appreciation.

We have a number of blues societies here: Central Iowa Blues Society (based in Des Moines), The Southeast Iowa Blues Society (based in Fairfield), The South Skunk Blues Society (based in Newton), The Mississsippi Valley Blues Society (based in The Quad Cities), The Linn County Blues Society (based in Cedar Rapids), and The Lizard Creek Blues Society (based in Fort Dodge).

Plus, of course, we have the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame and our Winter Blues Fest every February in Des Moines.


So even though, I have featured the blues before in various posts and podcasts, we were long overdue for a podcast episode exclusively dedicated to it!

Central Iowa Blues Society:
http://cibs.org/

Southeast Iowa Blues Society:
http://southeastiowabluessociety.org/

South Skunk Blues Society:
http://www.southskunkblues.org/

Mississippi Valley Blues Society:
http://mvbs.org/

Linn County Blues Society:
http://lcbs.org/

Lizard Creek Blues Society:
http://www.lizardcreekblues.org/

Iowa Blues Hall of Fame:
http://cibs.org/events-programs/iowa-blues-hall-of-fame/

Winter Blues Fest:
http://cibs.org/category/winter-blues-fest/


Other IMSC posts and podcasts featuring the blues:
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/search/label/blues

To download the podcast, right click on the link below and hit "Save as...":
https://archive.org/download/IowaMusicShowcaseEpisode45/Iowa%20Music%20Showcase%20-%20Episode%2045_.mp3

Bob Dorr taken by Russ Richardson
TRACK LISTING:
For more information, click on the link below the track.

Cover by Russ Richardson
(http://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2017/04/ep-45-cover-by-russ-richardson.html)

Opening - Iowa Music Showcase theme by Dylan Boyle
(http://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2015/01/intro-and-closing-dylan-boyle.html)

Song 1 - "Arc Welded" by Bob Dorr and The Blue Band
(http://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2017/04/ep-45-song-1-arc-welded-by-bob-dorr-and.html)

Song 2 - "One Man's Ceiling is Another Man's Floor" by Philbo King
(http://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2017/04/ep-45-song-2-one-mans-ceiling-is.html)

Song 3 - "Broken" by Laura McDonald
(http://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2017/04/ep-45-song-3-broken-by-laura-mcdonald.html)

Extra - "Tennessee Whiskey" by Blue Scratch
(http://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2017/04/extra-tennessee-whiskey-by-blue-scratch.html)

Song 4 - "A Man Who Loves You" by The Other Brothers
(http://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2017/04/ep-45-song-4-man-who-loves-you-by-other.html)

Song 5 - "Plight (of the Working Man)" by Soul Phlegm
(http://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2017/04/ep-45-song-5-plight-of-working-man-by.html)

Song 6 - "Sidetrack Lounge" by Bo Ramsey and The Backsliders
(http://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2017/04/ep-45-song-6-sidetrack-lounge-by-bo.html)

Closing - Iowa Music Showcase theme by Dylan Boyle
(http://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2015/01/intro-and-closing-dylan-boyle.html)

All song are copyrighted by the performers and composers, and used by their kind permission.

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Next episode: A celebration of 40 years of Star Wars featuring Iowa artists!

One year ago...
Episode 28 - Guest Producer Craig Hlas of The Iowa Made Network, Part 1 of 2 -
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/2016/04/episode-28-guest-producer-craig-hlas-of.html

Two years ago...
Episode 8: Iowa City Children's Album -
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/2015/04/episode-8-iowa-city-childrens-album.html

Iowa Music Showcase can be listened to and/or downloaded on the following sites:
Home page:
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/
Feed:
http://feeds.feedburner.com/IowaMusicShowcase
Itunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/iowa-music-showcase/id1173339660
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Iowa-Music-Showcase/364796883703114
Soundcloud:
https://soundcloud.com/iowa-music-showcase
Bandcamp:
https://iowamusicshowcase.bandcamp.com/
YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXMPcIaIvvs0Aj4zk2JbXdQ/feed

Iowa Music Showcase is also on Code Zero Radio every Tuesday and Thursday at 10pm central time:
http://codezeroradio.com/

Other websites:
Twitter:
https://twitter.com/iamusicshowcase
Instagram:
https://instagram.com/iowamusicshowcase
ReverbNation:
https://www.reverbnation.com/iowamusicshowcase
Archive.org:
https://archive.org/details/@iowa_music_showcase#uploads
Spotify:
https://play.spotify.com/user/iowamusicshowcase

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Saturday, April 8, 2017

PLAYLISTS: Random Iowa Music SoundCloud Playlist 2

Once again, it is playlist time. And this time around, we're doing a random sampling of Iowa music that can be found on SoundCloud.

Our random shuffler picked a good deal of hip hop/rap, but we also have some metal, electronic house/trance music, acoustic music, and funk as well!

So sit back, relax, and check out some Iowa tunes!

Other IMSC posts that feature playlists:
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/search/label/playlists

Other IMSC posts that feature SoundCloud:
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/search/label/SoundCloud

Other IMSC posts and podcasts that feature hip hop:
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/search/label/hip%20hop






One year ago...
Other Sources: Locusic
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/2016/04/other-sources-locusic.html

Two years ago...
Episode 8: Iowa City Children's Album
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/2015/04/episode-8-iowa-city-childrens-album.html

Other IMSC websites and links:
Feed:
http://feeds.feedburner.com/IowaMusicShowcase
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Iowa-Music-Showcase/364796883703114
Twitter:
https://twitter.com/iamusicshowcase
Instagram:
https://instagram.com/iowamusicshowcase

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Sunday, April 2, 2017

OTHER SOURCES: DMMC'S 2006 compilation album

Since we recently covered the CarpeDM albums put out by The DMMC (Des Moines Music Coalition), with The Greater Des Moines Partnership, I thought we should cover an earlier work The DMMC did.

Turns out the CarpeDM albums were not The DMMC's first foray into compilation albums. Back when The DMMC first started, they came out with a compilation of Des Moines and Iowa artists called "Hear We Go".

From the BandCamp website:
"The hear and now. Here's to no more excuses. From the industry. Or the fans. Here's to no longer blaming the state for our state of mind. Here's to never being so close-minded that you can't believe for one tiny second that a single CD can put an entire city on the map. Here's to those who know good music can come from anywhere. And, to all of the naysayers, the never doers and the doubters who say it won't happen here. To those who say here is nowhere. Here it is. Hear we go.

"Special thanks: To the members of the DMMC, to our supporters, and to the musicians that enrich our lives and believe that a rising tide lifts all boats."

And for the 10th anniversary, the album was put on BandCamp. Thanks to the suggestion and urging of Iowa Music Showcase! And you can download it for FREE!

So go get yourself a taste of what was cool and happening in Des Moines's alternative music scene a decade ago!


"Hear We Go" on BandCamp:
https://desmoinesmusiccoalition.bandcamp.com/releases

DMMC home page:
http://www.desmoinesmc.com/


More IMSC posts and podcasts involving The DMMC:
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/search/label/Des%20Moines%20Music%20Coalition

More IMSC posts and podcasts involving compilation albums:
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/search/label/compilation%20albums

More IMSC posts and podcasts involving alternative music:
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/search/label/alternative%20music


One year ago...
Playlists: Random Iowa Music Spotify Playlist 1
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/2016/04/playlists-random-iowa-music-spotify.html

Two years ago...
Episode 7: Iowa Women of Rock and Pop
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/2015/03/episode-7-iowa-women-of-rock-and-pop.html


Other IMSC websites and links:
Feed:
http://feeds.feedburner.com/IowaMusicShowcase
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Iowa-Music-Showcase/364796883703114
Twitter:
https://twitter.com/iamusicshowcase
Instagram:
https://instagram.com/iowamusicshowcase

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Episode 44: Iowa Indie and Alternative Music



"It's funny, it's taken me this long to get to these genres, because this is actually my kind of music.

I listen to all kinds of music, but punk and alternative are my go-to music. I grew up listening to The Pistols, The Clash, Violent Femmes, Talking Heads, early Police, Devo, early R.E.M....

So I'm quite happy to finally present some of Iowa's figurative grandchildren of those guys, plus a Iowa band actually from that era!

Other IMSC posts and podcasts with indie music:
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/search/label/indie%20music

Other IMSC posts and podcasts with alternative music:
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/search/label/alternative%20music

Other IMSC posts and podcasts with 1980s music:
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/search/label/1980s

To download the podcast, right click the link below and hit "Save as...":
https://archive.org/download/IowaMusicShowcaseEpisode44/Iowa%20Music%20Showcase%20-%20Episode%2044_.mp3

original picture cropped and extended
Art by Robert Braune
https://robertbraune.wordpress.com/
http://most-modern.blogspot.com/

TRACK LISTING:
For more information, click on the link below the track.

Cover by Robert Braune
(http://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2017/03/ep-44-cover-by-robert-braune.html)

Opening - Iowa Music Showcase theme by Dylan Boyle
(http://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2015/01/intro-and-closing-dylan-boyle.html)

Song 1 - "King Size Cigarette" by The Law
(http://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2017/03/ep-44-song-1-king-size-cigarette-by-law.html)

Song 2 - "Candy Lips" by The Frank Lloyd Tribe
(http://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2017/03/ep-44-song-2-candy-lips-by-frank-lloyd.html)

Song 3 - "Rebekah (You've Got the Whole World)" by Liberty Hall Collective
(http://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2017/03/ep-44-song-3-rebekah-youve-got-whole.html)

Song 4 - "Good Intentions" by The World Is Flat
(http://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2017/03/ep-44-song-4-good-intentions-by-world.html)

Song 5 - "Masquerade" by No Good Deed
(http://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2017/03/ep-44-song-5-masquerade-by-no-good-deed.html)

Song 6 - "The Falling" by Karen Meats The Vahnevants
(http://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2017/03/ep-44-song-6-falling-by-karen-meats.html)

Song 7 - "30 Days" by Men of Science and Faith
(http://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2017/03/ep-44-song-7-30-days-by-men-of-science.html)

Song 8 - "Speak to Me" by Bonne Finken (plus video)
(http://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2017/03/ep-44-song-8-speak-to-me-by-bonne-finken.html)

Closing - Iowa Music Showcase theme by Dylan Boyle
(http://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2015/01/intro-and-closing-dylan-boyle.html)

All song are copyrighted by the performers and composers, and used by their kind permission.

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Next episode: Iowa Blues and Blues Rock!

One year ago...
Other Sources: My Iowa Spotify Playlist -
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/2016/03/other-sources-my-iowa-spotify-playlist.html

Two years ago...
Episode 8: Iowa City Children's Album -


Iowa Music Showcase can be listened to and/or downloaded on the following sites:
Home page:
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/
Feed:
http://feeds.feedburner.com/IowaMusicShowcase
Itunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/iowa-music-showcase/id1173339660
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Iowa-Music-Showcase/364796883703114
Soundcloud:
https://soundcloud.com/iowa-music-showcase
Bandcamp:
https://iowamusicshowcase.bandcamp.com/
YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXMPcIaIvvs0Aj4zk2JbXdQ/feed

Iowa Music Showcase is also on Code Zero Radio every Tuesday and Thursday at 10pm central time:
http://codezeroradio.com/

Other websites:
Twitter:
https://twitter.com/iamusicshowcase
Instagram:
https://instagram.com/iowamusicshowcase
ReverbNation:
https://www.reverbnation.com/iowamusicshowcase
Archive.org:
https://archive.org/details/@iowa_music_showcase#uploads
Spotify:
https://play.spotify.com/user/iowamusicshowcase

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Saturday, March 11, 2017

OTHER SOURCES: The CarpeDM Compilation Albums

For the last three years, The Greater Des Moines Partnership and The DMMC (Des Moines Music Coalition) got together and produce a free cd of Des Moines music to present in Austin, Texas, at The South by Southwest (SXSW) Music Festival. Part of the purpose of these cd's was to entice people to move to Des Moines by showing them our awesome music scene. (It involved more than that, but this was one piece of the puzzle!)

""We see this as a new opportunity to spotlight our local bands and the diversity of music we have here, and a unique way to "sell" Des Moines,' said Mary Bontrager, the Greater Des Moines Partnership’s Executive Vice President of Workforce Development/Education."
- from the Greater Des Moines Partnership website

Also from Mary Bontrager on their website: “When recruiting talent we have found the music culture of a community is important to many people, whether it is how they make a living or how they live their passion.”


Actually Dave Murphy on the Des Moines Is Not Boring website explained the whole thing very well:

"I’m the music guy on this blog. So, I won’t go into the full scale of what the Greater Des Moines Partnership has unleashed with CarpeDM. I’d imagine someone with more gravitas or clout will tackle the full scale of what they are trying to do. The Seize Des Moines campaign helps to both draw people to Des Moines and help them while they are here. It highlights the city’s services, its attractions and much more. It’s exactly what we need: a targeted full-scale marketing strategy poised to show that this town is incredible and that, um, Des Moines is not boring, I guess…

"But again, I’m just the music guy, so all I really care about is the compilation they put together to help highlight the music scene in Des Moines. I think despite some initial hand-wcringing from, well, me, they put together a solid fifteen tracks."

A description of how the tunes were selected from the second mix from the Greater Des Moines Partnership website:

"The selection process for the Mix was based on three criteria: 1) songwriting – the quality of original musical and lyrical compositions, 2) musicianship – execution appropriate to the material, and 3) appropriateness for compilation – lyric content, production quality, and artist activity with the community. The top 25 songs with the highest score were then in the running to appear on the Mix. The public was invited to vote for their three favorite songs that best represent the Central Iowa music scene. The songs with the most votes are featured on the Mix."


The Greater Des Moines Partnership also brought some Iowa artists to play at The South by Southwest (SXSW) Music Festival in 2015 and 2016.


From an article by Joe Lawler in The Des Moines Register:

"The state of Texas' tourism slogan boasts that 'it's like a whole other country,' so it seems fitting that there be an embassy there. The Greater Des Moines Partnership is hosting a Des Moines Embassy tent in the heart of Austin's South by Southwest conference.

"The Des Moines Embassy is a 450-person circus tent located at 6th and Red River, a main thoroughfare for the conference's 72,000 registered attendees...

"The Des Moines Embassy will host a Des Moines: Hell Yes Showcase on Friday with music by 10 Iowa acts, including Bonne Finken, Holy White Hounds, The Maytags, Canby, Max Jury and others. The tent will also host showcases throughout the week focusing on bands from other locations and genres...

""It's going to be a good thing for the Des Moines music scene to have an outlet like this," (Gloom Balloon's Patrick) Fleming said. 'It will also be nice to have a base place to go. It's pretty crazy down there, like 80/35 times 10 within a radius not much bigger than 80/35 is.'


From an article by Matthew Leimkeuhler in The Des Moines Register:

"SXSW, the annual music conference and festival in Austin, Texas known for showcasing a mixture of up-and-coming talent and household names, kicked off the music portion of its event on Tuesday.

"And in the heart of the chaos is The Des Moines Embassy, a pop-up venue put on by the Greater Des Moines Partnership.

"One of the eight scheduled showcases at the Des Moines Embassy is the second annual edition of “Des Moines: Hell Yes,” an all-Iowa music spectacle taking place Thursday night. The showcase helps elevate the Iowa music scene on a national stage, amid growing efforts among other Midwestern hubs to showcase their music nationally as well. An estimated 40,000 people visited the Des Moines Embassy last year, with each showcase reaching capacity — 450 people — at least once."

From the article, "Des Moines city leaders expand music, tech scene nationwide" on the KCCI website:

"The Greater Des Moines Partnership plans to sell the Des Moines music scene at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, an epicenter for music and technology.

"The festival attracted over 80,000 people from across the country last year.

"Greater Des Moines Partnership CEO Jay Byers said it’s the perfect state to sell Des Moines’ music and technology scene.

“'This helps us to reach a lot of new audiences, a lot of new people in terms of telling that story people might not know about great Des Moines,' Byers said.

"The Partnership set up a Des Moines Embassy tent for the second consecutive year featuring Iowa bands, including the Maytags, and tech companies.

“'Letting bands know that Des Moines has an amazing live music scene, but all from the tech side,' said Mary Bontrager, executive vice president of Greater Des Moines Partnership.

"The goal is to convince bands and companies to come to central Iowa...

“'People are pleasantly surprised at what they learned... when they hear we’ve got this thriving music scene,' he said.

From Dave Murphy on the Des Moines Is Not Boring website:

"Des Moines: Hell Yes Showcase – 3/20 – E. 6th and Red River (Austin, TX) Starting at 12:30

"Okay, so I know darn near everyone reading this probably isn’t going to make this show, but I just want to throw a quick highlight out there for people who may not know. Sonic Factory and the Des Moines Partnership have thrown together a showcase of Des Moines artists in a prime spot for SXSW. It is super cool that this is happening and I hope everyone who is playing becomes big stars, but at minimum it is a great lineup featuring Bonne Finken, The Maytags, Holy White Hounds, Gloom Balloon, MAIDS, Canby, Will Locker and more. Kudos to the Sonic Factory and the Partnership for putting together a stellar lineup and I hope this draws some eyes and ears towards what we in Des Moines have known about for years."

The CarpeDM BandCamp page:
https://seizedesmoines.bandcamp.com/

Des Moines Is Not Boring article, "CarpeDM Project Helps Shed Light on the Des Moines Scene":
http://www.desmoinesisnotboring.com/wordpress/2014/03/carpedm-project-helps-shed-light-des-moines-scene/

Des Moines Register article on The Des Moines Embassy at SXSW 2015:
http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/entertainment/music/2015/03/18/sxsw-des-moines-embassy/24989239/

Des Moines Register article on The Des Moines Embassy at SXSW 2016:
http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/entertainment/music/2016/03/16/music-industry-turns-its-eye-iowa-sxsw/81803012/

KCCI article on The Des Moines Embassy at SXSW 2016:
http://www.kcci.com/article/des-moines-city-leaders-expand-music-tech-scene-nationwide-1/6918539

KCCI video on The Des Moines Embassy at SXSW 2016:
http://www.kcci.com/article/des-moines-city-leaders-expand-music-tech-scene-nationwide/6487697


Other IMSC posts and podcasts on compilation albums:
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/search/label/compilation%20albums

Other IMSC posts and podcasts on The DMMC (Des Moines Music Coalition):
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/search/label/Des%20Moines%20Music%20Coalition

Other IMSC posts and podcasts using BandCamp:
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/search/label/Bandcamp







Other IMSC websites and links:
Feed:
http://feeds.feedburner.com/IowaMusicShowcase
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Iowa-Music-Showcase/364796883703114
Twitter:
https://twitter.com/iamusicshowcase
Instagram:
https://instagram.com/iowamusicshowcase

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