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!

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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:

Southeast Iowa Blues Society:

South Skunk Blues Society:

Mississippi Valley Blues Society:

Linn County Blues Society:

Lizard Creek Blues Society:

Iowa Blues Hall of Fame:

Winter Blues Fest:

Other IMSC posts and podcasts featuring the blues:

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Bob Dorr taken by Russ Richardson
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Cover by Russ Richardson

Opening - Iowa Music Showcase theme by Dylan Boyle

Song 1 - "Arc Welded" by Bob Dorr and The Blue Band

Song 2 - "One Man's Ceiling is Another Man's Floor" by Philbo King

Song 3 - "Broken" by Laura McDonald

Extra - "Tennessee Whiskey" by Blue Scratch

Song 4 - "A Man Who Loves You" by The Other Brothers

Song 5 - "Plight (of the Working Man)" by Soul Phlegm

Song 6 - "Sidetrack Lounge" by Bo Ramsey and The Backsliders

Closing - Iowa Music Showcase theme by Dylan Boyle

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 -

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

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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!

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One year ago...
Other Sources: Locusic

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

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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:

DMMC home page:

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One year ago...
Playlists: Random Iowa Music Spotify Playlist 1

Two years ago...
Episode 7: Iowa Women of Rock and Pop

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