Sunday, October 22, 2017

IOWA MUSIC SHOWCASE PODCAST - Episode 54: Happy Hawkeye Halloween 2017, Part 3 of 4 - The Van Meter Visitor and Other Iowa Dragons

Welcome to this year's third installment of an enticing index of hawkeye musical horrors!

In this aural assault, we present an unique unit of punk, experimental, electronic, progressive, psychedelic, goth, metal, and industrial rock music to give creepiess and crawlies.

And to help with the creepies and crawlies, we present a little lecture on The Van Meter Visitor and Other Iowa Dragons.

Art by Dean Sturtevant

In 1903, apparently some smelly manbat creature terrorized the town of Van Meter, shooting a bright light out of its head. Bullets had no effect on it.

It was said to have come out of the mines. And after it finished harassing the town, it was never seen from again.

Whether it had anything to do with the strange "flying ships" with strange men that crashed 8 years earlier in Iowa is unknown.

In the early 2000s, Burlington residents saw a strange flying reptile with a 15-foot wing span and snake-like body flying over its town.

And supposably, the city of Grand Mound sees them regularly.

And sort of related, a giant crow with a 8 foot wingspan was spotted between Marshalltown and Nevada in 2009.

So some nice pleasant stories to think as you listen to the following tunes....

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