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


PREVIOUSLY ON IOWA MUSIC SHOWCASE:
One week ago...
JAZZMAN JOE VIDEOS - Soya Vista Jazz Orchestra With Gina Gedler at Noce on November 18, 2017 -
(http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/2017/12/jazzman-joe-videos-soya-vista-jazz.html)

Two weeks ago...
YOUR OWN PRIVATE IOWA - Episode 6: Jon Marko (Correa) -
(http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/2017/12/your-own-private-iowa-episode-6-jon.html)

Three 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)

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


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https://www.facebook.com/pages/Iowa-Music-Showcase/364796883703114
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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

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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


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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

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