Wednesday, April 25, 2018

CULTURE MYTH - Day 5: A rest

Written by Chad Taylor. Originally appeared on the Culture Myth website on March 22, 2016.



Rae Davis booked Sara Routh's tour. All three legs of it, in fact. For this west coast swing, Davis focused on finding gigs close to friends houses, which allowed Routh and Davis to save a ton of money on lodging.

We've talked about it before, but one can not put too fine a line on it: indie artists know they aren't going to make money on their self-funded tours, so every expenditure becomes vital to track. Anywhere you can find to cut costs, and potentially extend your tour one more day, you do it. This is what most galled indie artists who read about Pomplamoose's horrendous debacle of a tour back in 2014.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

IHEARIC VIDEOS - Some Prog Rock and a Guitar/Violin Duo






This week we present just two performances. One is from Iowa City band, The Main Sequence, with some ambient prog music. Then Boris and Natasha present some singer/songwriter music accompanied by violin.

Monday, April 23, 2018

IOWA MUSIC SHOWCASE PODCAST - Episode 63: Iowa Country and Folk Music



We have featured both country music and folk music on this podcast before. But to be frank and honest, I have huge backlog of submissions. And by combining them, I can get a bunch finally out of you people, so you can hear them instead of just me!

So mosey on up to the porch, grab a rocking chair, lean back, lift up your poop-kickin boots up, and pull down your cowboy hat, and have a listen to these fine Iowa artists bringing some of that western flavour!

Original painting by Monique Booker
Stretched and trimmed to make into a square

Friday, April 20, 2018

JAZZMAN JOE VIDEOS - Beaver Creek Jazz Ensemble at the Union Park United Methodist Church in Des Moines on Apr 12, 2018





"The Beaver Creek Jazz Ensemble keeps audiences entertained with a variety of swingin' tunes! The ensemble consists of 16 amazing musicians that perform at several venues throughout the year in Central Iowa including coffee shops, farmer's markets, retirement communities, corporate events, fundraisers and more."
- from an old event listed on Tockify.com

Jazzman Joe for the videos' YouTube pages: BEAVER CREEK JAZZ ENSEMBLE PRESENTED THEIR SPRING CONCERT AT UNION PARK UNITED METHODIST CHURCH ON 4/12/18. DENI BASH HOFFMAN WAS THE FEATURED VOCALIST. JAZZ STANDARDS FROM GOODMAN, ELLINGTON, & SHAW WERE HIGHLIGHTED."

Photo by Robert Bees

IOWA BLOCK RADIO PODCAST - Episode 2



This episode:
00:00 INTRO
02:07 DeCal Ft. DukeFTRG - "We Up"
05:46 CENTURIES
10:47 JayGee ft. The Future - Ball out (https://www.facebook.com/JayGee124/)
14:19 Johnny Ka - No Sleep ft Brickz Pee'a
17:42 BREAK1
24:13 TSIII Go Off feat Old Yungin
27:42 HOdge 3 unfinished (Jet Life)
31:42 Shawty Jizz - Made Men
36:18 Queen Kenzie Radiate These Vibes | Shot by @DarkPulseProductions (https://queenkenziemusic.bandcamp.com)
39:33 Unleashed Instrumental
47:14 FLEA DA GENIUS - DAY ONES MASTER (https://www.facebook.com/FleaDaGenius/ / https://www.reverbnation.com/midwestbest)
50:23 im gone 3
54:40 Johnny Ka - Sayenara ft YSL
57:53 INTRO

From Jan 11, 2016, to Nov 13, 2017, Iowa Block Radio produced 108 episodes (from 45 minutes to 3 hours of length) of a podcast featuring rap, hip-hop, and other music from our fair state. We present one of their podcast on the 20th of every month.


Thursday, April 19, 2018

IHEARIC PODCAST - Episode 19: Come to Our Concert this Friday (04/15/2018)



Usually when we have a concert, I do a preview on the preceding radio show. I don't really feel that's necessary this time as Friday's show will be Wombat with special guests. I'm pretty sure our radio listeners are already familiar with Wombat. If not, check out episodes 10 and 15 of this podcast. Otherwise, enjoy this week's selection of music from Iowa City-associated artists.

Two more iHearIC concerts for the Spring 2018 season:
April 20, 8PM at The High Ground Cafe (RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2545495305675710)
May 5, 2PM at Riverside Festival Stage in City Park! (this place: https://www.thinkiowacity.com/listing/riverside-festival-stage/265)

This episode features music by:
The High Water Mark (https://www.facebook.com/thehighwatermark)
Jonah Elrod (http://www.jonahelrod.com)
Collidescope (https://acollidescope.bandcamp.com / https://www.facebook.com/collidescopemagick / https://twitter.com/collid_e_scope)
Jason Palamara (http://jasonpalamara.com / https://jasonpalamara.bandcamp.com / https://soundcloud.com/jason-palamara / http://jc-jp.com)
Blake Shaw (http://blakeshawbass.com / https://www.facebook.com/blakeshawbass / https://twitter.com/blake_chyeah / https://www.instagram.com/theeblakebass / https://soundcloud.com/bshawbass)
University of Iowa Saxophone Quartet (John Cummins, Elissa Kana, Greg Rife [https://soundcloud.com/greg-rife], Dennis Kwok)
Jill Abruzzio
Will Yager (https://soundcloud.com/will-yager / https://twitter.com/willyager)
Christine Burke (https://www.burkechristine.com / https://soundcloud.com/burkec2)
Purcha$e (https://purchase.bandcamp.com / https://www.facebook.com/PVRCHASE / https://twitter.com/pvrchase)

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

IHEARIC VIDEOS: Two Classical Performances and Dana Telsrow Too!







We once again present some videos from the IHearIC channel on YouTube. We present two classical pieces, one tuba solo and another ensemble piece, and a performance of more popular music on acoustic guitar.

The first video features Kate Wohlman on tuba. The second features Nathaniel Lee on trombone with support from Kate Wohlman and other musicians. The third features Dan Telsrow, a mainstay of the Iowa music scene for a few years now.



Monday, April 16, 2018

PLAYLISTS - New Iowa Music on SoundCloud 2 *AND* 3





I was going to present the first playlist last week, but instead put together some playlist for The Uncertainty Festival coming up this weekend. I'll be there Friday night. Say hi if you see a balding, overweight, middle age man in Clark Kent glasses!

But since I didn't put that playlist up last week, you guys get a twofer! I've got the playlist I made last week, plus a new up-to-date one.

Over half of the first one was hip hop. But there are some instrumentals in there, one rock, one electronic music, and one piano music.

The second is more eclectic featuring hip hop, electronic music, rock, and a singer-songwriter.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

IHEARIC PODCAST - Episode 18: Back to Basics



The snow's got me down, but not down enough to stay out of the KRUI studio to record another episode of iHearIC Radio! No guests tonight, just me alone on a mic playing recordings from past concerts. Just as it was in the beginning. Back to basics.

Two more iHearIC concerts for the Spring 2018 season:
April 20, 8PM at The High Ground Cafe (RSVP here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/2545495305675710)
May 5, 2PM at Riverside Festival Stage in City Park! (this place: https://www.thinkiowacity.com/listing/riverside-festival-stage/265)

Come see JCϟjp (http://jc-jp.com) in Chicago this week. April 12th and 13th, 7:30PM at The Chicago Moving Company (3035 N Hoyne Ave).

This episode features music by:
- Jonah Hatten (https://soundcloud.com/jlhatten / https://jonahlyddonhatten.bandcamp.com)
- Asher Brown (https://asherbrownmusic.com / https://www.facebook.com/asherbrownmusic / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQKJMRoU5X_QJPvM9yItymA / https://soundcloud.com/asherbrownmusic / https://www.bandsintown.com/a/12250694 / https://open.spotify.com/artist/3vlkFn8yanHZrVDgsxZMj7 / https://www.instagram.com/asherbrownmusic / https://twitter.com/asherbrownmusic / https://asherbrown.bandcamp.com)
- Peter Naughton (https://soundcloud.com/peter-naughton / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzJjMM4JV4y575jspFUp85w)
- Sarah Burgess Talons (https://soundcloud.com/soulphlegm / https://www.facebook.com/SoulPhlegm / https://soulphlegm.bandcamp.com / https://www.youtube.com/user/SoulPhlegm)
- Carlos Cotallo Solares (https://soundcloud.com/carloscotallo)
- Lisa Neher (http://www.lisanehermusic.com / https://www.facebook.com/LisaNeherMusic / https://twitter.com/LisaNeher / https://www.instagram.com/lisanehermezzo)
- Merrill Miller (https://www.facebook.com/merrillmillermusic / https://merrillmiller.bandcamp.com)
- machine gun clam (words by Kassia Lisinski [https://substration.wordpress.com] - music by Justin K Comer [http://justinkcomer.com / https://www.youtube.com/user/JustinKComer / https://justinkcomer.bandcamp.com / https://soundcloud.com/justin-comer-1 / https://www.facebook.com/justinkcomer / https://twitter.com/justinkcomer])
- Joe Sorensen (https://www.joesorensenmusic.com / https://www.facebook.com/joesorensenmusic / https://twitter.com/jsorensenmusic / https://www.instagram.com/joesorensenmusic / https://soundcloud.com/joesorensen / https://www.youtube.com/joesorensenmusic / https://joesorensen.bandcamp.com)
- Christopher Gainey (http://christophergainey.com)

And spoken words by:
- Dot Armstrong
- Jonathan Wilson (https://www.jonathanjawilson.com / https://soundcloud.com/jonathanjwilson) - - -- Laura Felleman (http://formandpower.blogspot.com)
- Jared Krauss (http://www.jaredkrauss.com / https://twitter.com/jaredkrauss)


FESTER RAGE VIDEOS: Mike Sangster and Sinister Sons at a house show in 2008



Though the video says "Tres Siniestro Hombres", the band was basically Sinister Sons, a three piece outfit of lead singer/guitarist, Mike Sangster. Most Iowans would probably know him best as "the other singer and guitarist" in The Hollowmen. He also had a band named Head Candy in the 90s.

In this version of Sinister Sons, or Tres Siniestro Hombres, Mike is joined by Greg Honnold, probably best known for Drednex, on bass and Troy Urich, probably best known for The Delstars, on drums.

Friday, April 13, 2018

JAZZMAN JOE VIDEOS: Mississippi Jake and The Bootlegger's Orchestra at The Whiskey House in Ankeny, Iowa, on Apr 6, 2018





"Mississippi Jake is storytelling, working class, folk music from the Midwest. Not the kind of folk that lulls you to sleep, the kind with teeth...

"Mississippi Jake brings folklore from the hills of the Ozarks to the Midwestern stage. He tells fact and fiction with honest guitar chords and gravel in his voice. Solo or alongside his Bootleggers Orchestra, Mississippi Jake showcases one-of-a-kind folk with teeth."
- from his Facebook page

"Mississippi Jake and the Bootleggers Orchestra are working to bring folk music back to where its roots originated. Telling stories of the common person, hard lives, lost love, travel, vices, and adventure are at the core of the songwriting for the five piece band from the Midwest. Modern music has a focus that is fairy tale and fantasy but run from the raw issues that most people deal with on a daily basis. The aggression and victories felt by most are being expressed by Mississippi Jake and the Bootleggers Orchestra in bars and street corners throughout the Midwest."
- from the Mississippi Jake and The Bootlegger's Orchestra's home page

Jazzman Joe for the videos' YouTube pages: "MISSISSIPPI JAKE FROM AMES, IOWA PERFORMED WITH HIS BOOTLEGGER'S ORCHESTRA AT THE WHISKEY HOUSE IN ANKENY, IOWA ON 4/6/18"

Thursday, April 12, 2018

IHEARIC PODCAST - Sorry, latest episode isn't up yet

Well, there seems to be some technical difficulties or something. Episode 18 is NOT on MixCloud yet. So I guess we'll plan on presenting it on free slot on Sundays.


If you just can't wait, you can check out what's on it here - https://ihearic.blogspot.com/2018/04/ihearic-episode-18-back-to-basics.html - and download it here - https://archive.org/download/20180408Ihearic18/2018-04-08%20ihearic%2018.mp3.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

YOUR OWN PRIVATE IOWA - Episode 28: T&A





This last week T&A joined me in the studio. It was such a fun show. We read from Weird Al Trading Cards, they played a bunch of covers, I had my Terot read and they finished the set with a song they wrote the day before! This little Marshalltown band is something special.

This podcast is powered by ZenCast.fm All Recordings done by Jonathan Free in the Studio at [88.5 KURE Ames Alternative]

YOUR OWN PRIVATE IOWA is a podcast produced and hosted by Richard Sutton. We feature any new episodes the Wednesday after they were recorded.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

IHEARIC VIDEOS - Three Classical Pieces: Flute, Horn, and Violin







This week, we basically present three pieces of classical music. One on flute by Madeline Walker. One on horn by Drew Phillips. And one on violin and electronics by Megan Karls.

CULTURE MYTH - Day 4: Albuquerque and Santa Fe

Written by Chad Taylor. Originally appeared on the Culture Myth website on March 22, 2016.




We haven't even gotten the New Tour Smell out of our clothes yet, and Sara Routh and Rae Davis already find themselves in the middle of the longest, hardest stretch of the whole thing.

Leaving Omaha on the morning of day three, they drive eight hours to Oklahoma City for a show that night, then pile right back into the car for another seven hours of driving to Santa Fe where they grab a few hours sleep before playing an afternoon show in Albuquerque, followed by an evening house show back in Santa Fe.

Everything after this is cake.

Monday, April 9, 2018

PLAYLISTS: The Uncertainty Music Festival 2018






Today, we present to you four playlists - from YouTube, SoundCloud, Bandcamp, and Spotify - featuring artists who will be appearing at the Uncertainty Festival in Ames, IA, from Thurs, Apr 19, to Sat, Apr 21. For more information, you can go to http://www.novalabs.info/uncertainty-festival-2018/.

It's a fairly eclectic collection of blues, electronic music, folk music, indie music, among other genres. So have a listen, and if it sounds good, drop by Ames and check out the bands live!

"It’s just the second year for the Uncertainty Festival, but the music event has already grown to a three-day affair rather than two. The downtown Ames music fest will be held Thursday, April 19, through Saturday, April 21, and will include four showcases of talent, two of which will offer free admission.

"With a hint of a science theme, the Uncertainty Festival will have three parts: Particle, Wave and Light...

"Dudley said he’s excited by the growth of the Uncertainty Festival’s second year and hopes to expand it even further next year. 'It’s been an amazing experience,” he said. “This year we have all-Iowa performers. We feel like we have some of the greatest bands in the state.'”
- from the article, "Uncertainty Festival returns to downtown Ames April 19-21", by Ronna Lawless, in The Ames Tribune


Saturday, April 7, 2018

JAZZMAN JOE VIDEOS: Foxtrot Hot Shots at Noce Jazz Club in Des Moines on Mar 3, 2018







"Founded in 2005, the BALLYHOO FOXTROT ORCHESTRA is a vintage ensemble dedicated to recreating the jazz and popular music of the 1910s and 1920s. The eight-piece ensemble employs an instrumentation that enables the group to perform a wide variety of musical genres from the period, including foxtrots, Dixieland jazz, blues, novelty songs, waltzes, tangos, cabaret, patriotic songs, and light classical music. So whether the occasion calls for the Art Deco elegance of the Great Gatsby or the zany exuberance of a Prohibition-era speakeasy, the BALLYHOO FOXTROT ORCHESTRA can supply just the right music."
- from their home page

Jazzman Joe for the videos' YouTube pages: "THE FOXTROT HOT SHOTS qt NOCE JAZZ CABARET on 3/30/18. THIS PREMIER NIGHTCLUB PRESENTS THE FINEST MUSICIANS IN AN INTIMATE SETTING WITH ENTHUSIASTIC AUDIENCES. Musicians include John Benoit, leader on piano; Scott Davis on cornet; Seth Hedquist on banjo: Mike Short on tuba, and Drew Selim on drums. Gina Gedler handled vocals. SWING DANCERS from WWW.STEPINTOSWING.COM."

Thursday, April 5, 2018

IHEARIC PODCAST - Episode 17: March Concert Recap with Michele Guild (04/01/2018)



We had a concert two nights ago at The Java House! My friend Michele Guild (of the advice and lifestyle show We Are Rhonda) joined me in the studio while I played some live recordings.

Here are all the We Are Rhonda links: https://www.wearerhonda.com / https://www.facebook.com/WeAreRhondaPodcast / https://twitter.com/WeAreRhonda / https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/we-are-rhonda/id1342645567?mt=2 / https://play.google.com/music/listen?u=0#/ps/Im56b54drzi45zcx7vy4emwxid4

Catch me this Friday in Marshalltown performing music I composed with the University of Iowa's Dancers in Company: https://www.facebook.com/events/2061989000686487

Catch the WOMBAT crew performing a piece composed by Carlos Cotallo Solares at the 2pm Exchange of Midwest Collegiate Composers concert this Saturday: https://uiowa.edu/cnm/concert-season-52/emcc-festival-concerts/emcc-concert-3

Two more iHearIC concerts for the Spring 2018 season:
April 20, 8PM at The High Ground Cafe
May 5, 2PM, location TBA

Photo by Siddhanta Chandra Saxena

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

YOUR OWN PRIVATE IOWA - Episode 27: Wiitch Tiit



Wiitch Tiit joined me this week, and what a blast we had. They wore black hoods, and lit candles. Five different insturments was a first for the show! We had a lot of fun taking about the interesting history of th band and their full moon shows. Every song they performed was beautiful!

This podcast is powered by ZenCast.fm All Recordings done by Johnathan Free in the Studio at [88.5 KURE Ames Alternative]

"┼ ┼ Full Moon Coven // Ritual Spookz ┼ ┼"
- from their Facebook page

YOUR OWN PRIVATE IOWA is a podcast produced and hosted by Richard Sutton. We feature any new episodes the Wednesday after they were recorded.



Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Friday, March 30, 2018

JAZZMAN JOE VIDEOS - Singers Summit with The Community Jazz Center Big Band at Java Joe's in Des Moines on Mar 18, 2018





"The (Community Jazz Center) was formed by Willie Thomas, a nationally known trumpet player, in March of 1988. It's mission was to provide young musicians an opportunity to interact and share their gifted talents with area students. Since the departure of Mr. Thomas, the CJC has thrived under the leadership of Phyllis Leaverton. Long-time volunteer, Abe Goldstien took over the reins of the CJC in August 2017 and has many new and exciting plans for the future of CJC!

"The main objective of the CJC is to provide young musicians an opportunity to develop their talents and enjoy music in a non-competitive environment. The structured monthly jam sessions are beneficial in this way - to both student musicians and professional musicians alike."
- from The Greater Des Moines Community Jazz Center website

Jazzman Joe from the video's YouTube page: "JAVA JOE'S COFFEEHOUSE, 214 FOURTH STREET IN DES MOINES, IOWA, WAS THE SITE FOR THE SECOND ANNUAL SINGERS SUMMIT. VARIOUS VOCALIST FROM THE METRO ENTERTAINED, ACCOMPANIED BY THE COMMUNITY JAZZ CENTER BIG BAND."


Thursday, March 29, 2018

IHEARIC PODCAST - Episode 16: March Concert Preview (03/25/2018)



Hey folks, this is a short one as everyone in the iHearIC inner circle was busy at the Composers' Workshop concert at Voxman (program here if you're interested: https://uiowa.edu/cnm/cnm/cnm/cnm/concert-season-52/concert-15-0).

Tonight's show was a quick preview of the performers gracing us with their art at this Friday's iHearIC concert at the Java House in downtown Iowa City. The show starts at 8pm and we'd love to see you there! Here's the facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/601537416848409

In case you miss this week's concert, tune in to the radio show next week (7pm Sunday on KRUI - 89.7FM if you're nearby and using a radio, krui.fm to stream online) to hear a few recorded selections.

After this week, we'll have two more concerts this season:
April 20, 8PM at The High Ground Cafe
May 5, 2PM, location TBA

This episode features music by:
Christine Burke (https://www.burkechristine.com / https://soundcloud.com/burkec2)
Christian Cripe (https://www.facebook.com/Official-Christian-Cripe-502198536839410)
Will Yager (https://soundcloud.com/will-yager / https://twitter.com/willyager)
Collidescope (https://acollidescope.bandcamp.com / https://www.facebook.com/collidescopemagick / https://twitter.com/collid_e_scope)


Wednesday, March 28, 2018

YOUR OWN PRIVATE IOWA - Episode 26: AIBU



This week I hung out with AIBU, her incredible talent of covering songs and making them "original covers" is beautiful. Joining her Quervo, who plays guitar and backs her vocals. Quervo was my first repeat customer as he calls it. These two had a lot of fun jamming out in the studio playing their original song, and covers from Bob Marley to Lorde.

This Podcast is powered by ZenCast.fm All Recordings done by Johnathan Free, at [88.5 KURE Ames Alternative]

"I sing anything, good music is good music. But I guess I prefer a lot of indie songs...

"Just a Yaady doing covers of songs to try and make your brainy parts happy �"
- from her Facebook page

YOUR OWN PRIVATE IOWA is a podcast produced and hosted by Richard Sutton. We feature any new episodes the Wednesday after they were recorded.


Tuesday, March 27, 2018

IHEARIC VIDEOS - Lwa Live and in Pitch Darkness at The Englehart Theater in Iowa City on Oct 25, 2010



"Hailing from from Iowa City, Lwa usually consists of 2 core members who use a battery of electronic devices (from the hand built to the scavanged from garage sale, university surplus, etc) to produce strange aural landscapes. From the duo's inception in '03, their focus has shifted from cathartic, impenetrable tidal noise to dark skeletal pop structures with the collaboration of NIMBY's homemade electric drums, to their current mode. Collecting a great number of field recordings, the duo now focus on restrained and minimal tones emulating and embellishing the base of field recordings.

"Through out these years, the group has been active in their community, though touring is rare. They've played with many like-minded sound artists such as: Tim Hecker, Greg Davies, Kent Williams, Rene Hell, C. Spencer Yeh, Wet Hair, Boris, The Tanks, Melt-Banana, Outer Space, Moth Cock, David Daniell, Wolf Eyes, Raglani, Hair Police, Awesome Color, Sightings, Mountains, Gowns, and many, many other talented out-artists.

"Their recorded output is rare, since they primarily focus on a preparing a different set for each of their gigs. There have been a few tapes, CDRs, and a split lathe 10 inch. All in limited quantity. There exist several studio outings, though the bulk of their work has been documented in various live settings."
- from their page on Last.fm

Monday, March 26, 2018

IOWA MUSIC SHOWCASE PODCAST - Episode 62: Music of Sump Pump Records, Part 2 of 2



This episode, we just continue presenting some of the different and various artists that you can find on the Des Moines record label, Sump Pump Records.

You can catch the first part here - http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/2018/03/episode-61-music-of-sump-pump-records.html

Sump Pump Records NOT only produces their own records, but distributes a shit ton of Iowa music that you can find on their web page right here - http://sumppumprecords.com/promoted-1/

And they also feature videos from their records - http://sumppumprecords.com/videos-1/ - and a list of shows their bands are performing - http://sumppumprecords.com/events/

And in case, you didn't read the little history we presented last episode, here's how they describe themselves on their "About us" page on their website:

"SUMP PUMP RECORDS WAS FOUNDED IN 1998 BY DAN HUTCHISON, BRIAN WIKSELL AND BILL HEARD. WE RELEASED A VINYL 7" EP FOR WHY MAKE CLOCKS IN 1998 AND A FULL-LENGTH CD FOR CHAD O'NEALL IN 2000...THEN WE GOT PREOCCUPIED WITH OUR BANDS.

"NOW, IT'S A 5 WAY PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN DAN, BRIAN, WILL TARBOX, CHUCK HOFFMAN & TOM REELITZ RELEASING RECORDS WITH A DIY APPROACH, BY OURSELVES AND OTHER BANDS WE LOVE."

Artwork by Stutterin Jimmy

Sunday, March 25, 2018

YOUR OWN PRIVATE IOWA - Episode 23: Moonrabbit



Last Week Joshua and Sascha from Moonrabbit came by the studio and we played some tracks off their upcoming EP!! These guys had some hilarious stories to tell and it was a blast getting to talk to them.

This podcast is powered by ZenCast.fm. All Recordings done in the Studio at [88.5 KURE Ames Alternative].

YOUR OWN PRIVATE IOWA is a podcast produced and hosted by Richard Sutton. We feature any new episodes the Wednesday after they were recorded.


CULTURE MYTH - Day 3: Oklahoma City

Written by Chad Taylor. Originally appeared on the Culture Myth website on March 20, 2016.


There's nobody here. That's not even that big of an exaggeration: the crowd is so small, that at one point Sara Routh makes everyone go around the room and introduce themselves. And yet, this place is what you wish every show could embody.

The venue. Holy shit, the venue. JJ's Alley Bricktown Pub is a tiny, dirty, glorious clusterfuck of kitsch. The walls are covered with such a jumbled, eclectic collection of doll heads, signs, doors, toys, glasses and various random fuckery as to be nearly overwhelming in their incomprehensibility. The first thing one does when entering JJ's for the first time is gape.

Friday, March 23, 2018

JAZZMAN JOE VIDEOS - Kelly's Clan at Snus Hill Winery near Madrid on Mar 17, 2018





"Formed in 2005 and currently a favorite for Irish pub music at many festivals and pubs in Central Iowa.

"Kelly's Clan revels in the traditional melodies and acoustic instrumentation of the Celtic music genre. The fun-loving trio channels the communal feel of an Irish pub on raucous sing-alongs, and delivers the mellow richly beautiful ballads and stirring rebel songs of the 'auld sod.'

"With guitars/mandolin/percussion/horns the Clan's infectious tunes infuse roots/blues/world music influences, along with the jigs and reels of Ireland, into each performance.

"Based in the Des Moines area, Kelly's Clan is available to add a Celtic musical touch from Eire to inspire 'Ol, ceol agus craic' (a good pint, great music and wonderful entertainment) at any event."
- from their Facebook page

Jazzman Joe from the video's YouTube page: "IN CELEBRATION OF ST PATRICK'S DAY, SNUS HILL WINERY PRESENTED THE LOCAL IRISH GROUP, KELLY'S CLAN, TO ENTERTAIN THE PATRONS OF THIS POPULAR WINERY LOCATED JUST EAST OF MADRID, IOWA. LED BY ED KELLY, ON GUITAR & VOCALS, THE BAND INCLUDED JOHN MYERS, GUITAR & VOCALS, & JERRY PEOPLES, MULTI TALENTED MUSICIAN ON FLUTE, TENOR, SOPRANO SAX, BONGO'S & VOCALS."


Thursday, March 22, 2018

IHEARIC PODCAST - Episode 15: WOMBAT (03/18/2018)



This is the first of our new series, the IHearIC podcast. We will feature a new episodes on Thursdays. And we present the previous episodes we have missed on Sundays until we catch up.

Tonight's show was very special. It was our first in-studio performance. Improvisation trio WOMBAT played for the entire hour. WOMBAT is:

Justin K Comer on saxophone (http://justinkcomer.com)
Carlos Cotallo Solares on electric guitar (https://soundcloud.com/carloscotallo)
Will Yager on double bass (https://soundcloud.com/will-yager / https://twitter.com/willyager)



Next week's radio show will be a preview of our March 30th concert and will air late as we'll be busy at a new music concert at Voxman during our regular airtime: https://uiowa.edu/cnm/concert-season-52/concert-15-0

IOWA BLOCK RADIO - Episode 1



From Jan 11, 2016, to Nov 13, 2017, Iowa Block Radio produced 108 episodes (from 45 minutes to 3 hours of length) of a pocast featuring rap, hip-hop, and other music from our fair state. We present one of their podcast on the 20th of every month.

This episode features Queen Kenzie, SPLASHY G, GMB, LAME NATION, lil scoobee, FLEA DA GENIUS, and HOdge 3.


Wednesday, March 21, 2018

YOUR OWN PRIVATE IOWA - Episode 21: SpaceCamp



After a long strange 30 minutes of technical difficulties, SpaceCamp finally made it on the airwaves last thursday. It was one of the most interesting and downright fun shows I have had doing this podcast, its all about the Reuban.

This podcast is powered by ZenCast.fm All Recordings done in the Studio at [88.5 KURE Ames Alternative]

YOUR OWN PRIVATE IOWA is a podcast produced and hosted by Richard Sutton. We feature any new episodes the Wednesday after they were recorded.

(This week's episode featured a band from Minneapolis, so it will NOT be on IOWA Music Showcase. But you can still listen to it on Your Own Private Iowa's Bandcamp page. So instead you get a previous episode with SpaceCamp.)


Monday, March 19, 2018

IOWA MUSIC SHOWCASE PODCAST - Episode 61: Music of Sump Pump Records, Part 1 of 2



This month on the Iowa Music Showcase podcast, we present to you a sampling of some of the offerings you can find from Des Moines record label, Sump Pump Records.


This actually started with Chuck Hoffman of Sump Pump sending me a few submissions. So I suggested he send a few more and we could do an episode. He and one of his partners in crime at Sump Pump, Tom Reelitz, ended up sending me enough material for two episodes!

So, if any of you are involved in a record label based somewhere in our fair state, feel free to get a hold of me here at iowamusicshowcase@gmail.com! I'll be happy to promote any of your Iowa (or Omaha, Quad Cities, and Sioux Falls) artists!

Cover by Stutterin Jimmy

But back to Sump Pump Records!

"The story of Sump Pump Records officially begins in 1998 when Dan Hutchison and Bill Heard formed the label to release the debut 7" EP of Why Make Clocks, then a duo of Hutchison and Brian Wiksell. A second release, Chad O'Neal's Evolution No. 9 CD, followed in 2001 before the label went dormant as its proprietors focused on their bands.

"In 2013, Hutchison embarked on a project of his own devising to release a compilation of music from artists based in Des Moines recorded entirely on 4-track cassette. Recording the majority of the tracks himself in his own basement, Hutchison enlisted Wiksell and a few other trusted former members of Why Make Clocks to re-launch Sump Pump Records for its release.

"Since then, Sump Pump Records has produced an eclectic selection of vinyl releases, and amassed a distribution inventory of other releases, largely by artists based in, rooted in, or connected in some way with the label's home state of Iowa, all available through their online store at sumppumprecords.com."
- from an email sent to us

Friday, March 16, 2018

JAZZMAN JOE VIDEOS: Freestyle at The Des Moines Social Club on Mar 7, 2018





"FREESTYLE is an energetic quintet of talented professional musicians from the Des Moines area. Each member's experience contributes to the group's broad musical background performing in dance and night club groups, cabaret jazz, show bands and appearing in shows with national concert artists from Dionne Warwick to country's Sawyer Brown to rock legends Bobby Vee & Little Richard...we've done it all!

"Our SHOWMANSHIP and VERSATILITY has been on display at hundreds of weddings, conventions, corporate and private parties, festivals and school events in the Midwest for over 25 years.

"PRIDE as a professional comes from knowing you have met the needs of the customer. Our pride is the versatility in musical styles we can present to your listening and dancing audience, aged 9 to 90. We tailor music to your needs!"
- from their home page

Jazzman Joe from the video's YouTube page: "THE ROCK & ROLL BAND "FREESTYLE" PERFORMED AT THE DES MOINES SOCIAL CLUB BASEMENT VENUE THIS EVENING, 3/7/18, IN A FUNDRAISER FOR THE CHILDREN'S MIRACLE NETWORK. LED BY ED KELLY GUITAR & VOCALS. OTHER MUSICIANS INCLUDED DAVE KING, GTR & VOCALS, JERRY PEOPLES TENOR SAX, SOPRANO SAX, & VOCALS, GARY MERRILL DRUMS & VOCALS, & SCOTT DAVIS,TRUMPET, PFLUGELHORN, HARMONICA & KEYBOARD."

Thursday, March 15, 2018

FESTER RAGE VIDEOS - House of Large Sizes at People's in Des Moines on Dec 30, 2007



"A succinct dadaist approach to contemporary power trio dynamics"
- from Joe Carducci from "Rock and the Pop Narcotic"

"House of Large Sizes is by far the most successful, prolific, and well-known band in the history of the Cedar Valley. Began in September of 1986 by core members Dave Deibler and Barb Schilf, the band released 8 full length albums and a smattering of EPs and singles. They have toured the country extensively, most notably with ex-Pixies front man Frank Black.

"They were signed to Columbia Records in 1994 and released their major label debut, My Ass-Kicking Life, on that label. Due to internal mismanagement at the label, they did not receive the support and attention for their record, and they left the label as a result. Undetered, they continued to play music and make records with What Are Records? and The Tyros Label until 2003.

"The band broke up due for unknown reasons in late 2003. Barb and Dave currently own and operate Mohair Pear, a vintage/retro clothing store on College Hill in Cedar Falls."
- from their page on the Secret History of the Cedar Valley website

"House of Large Sizes was an alternative rock band from Cedar Falls, Iowa, in the United States. The band's lineup was primarily Dave Deibler and Barb Schilf, and featured a number of drummers throughout the group's run...

"House of Large Sizes, often abbreviated HOLS, played a unique style of rock with a driving beat, lots of rhythmic changes, unexpected rests and false endings. Although the group's music was unusual, it drew on common influences--punk rock, funk and heavy metal. Punk shows itself in the short duration of many HOLS songs. The gut-level emotional energy of the music (largely attributable to Deibler's voice and guitar style) and the band's DIY ethic also show their punk roots. Deviating from the DIY standard, HOLS released one album, 'My Ass Kicking Life,' on Red Decibel/Columbia in 1993. They worked primarily with small labels like WAR (What Are Records?) and Toxic Shock or released recordings on their own.

"Funk can be heard in Schilf 's bass playing and the throbbing, danceable rhythms of the music. Heavy metal elements are present in Deibler's powerful guitar technique and the short musical phrases from which the songs are constructed."
- from their Wikipedia page

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

YOUR OWN PRIVATE IOWA - Episode 20: Bleujack

Bluejack joins me in the studio to play some folk rap tunes and talk about his musical and writting style. I learned a lot from him, and it was a really good conversation!

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Monday, March 12, 2018

OTHER SOURCES: The Des Moines 4 Track Compilation Vol​.​1

Coming up next week, we have our first of two episodes highlighting the music from the Iowa record label, Sump Pump Records.

In the meantime, to help sorta give you a taste of what's to come, we are presenting a special compilation album that they put out.

"This compilation features 13 Des Moines bands recorded from April 2013-Feb. 2014, on a Tascam MKII 4 Track Cassette Portastudio. Comes packaged in a beautifully screen printed black & white sleeve illustrated by John Huffman. Package also contains a full download of the LP, liner notes and a collage..."

"I wanted to release a compilation that was representative of the music of Des Moines, regardless of age, genre, personal connections, etc. All the bands were asked to contribute one unreleased song 4 minutes or less (give or take a little). The decision to use the 4 track to record them was to level the playing field for everyone: creating a consistency by allowing access to the same engineer & equipment, the same options and the same limitations. I wanted to capture a black and white snapshot of what these bands sound like when you're standing right in front of them.

All tracks were recorded by Dan Hutchison on the same Tascam 414 MKII 4 Track cassette Portastudio."
- from the compilation's Bandcamp page

In case you're interested, Sump Pump Records also released a compilation of Madison artists:
https://sumppumprecords.bandcamp.com/album/mesmerized-in-madison-2

UPDATE: The Madison compilation was mistakenly said to have been made by Sump Pump Records instead of just released by them. Thanks for correcting, Dan Hutchison!

And a 4-track album of artists from across the country:
https://sumppumprecords.bandcamp.com/album/the-national-4-track-compilation

Sump Pump Records' home page:
http://sumppumprecords.com/

Sump Pump Records on Bandcamp:
https://sumppumprecords.bandcamp.com/

More OTHER SOURCES posts from IMSC:
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Album cover by John Huffman

Sunday, March 11, 2018

YOUR OWN PRIVATE IOWA - Episode 19: Evan Campbell

Evan Campbell and I sat down and he played some fantastic acoustic tunes. We got pretty deep and talked about all kinds of weird stuff like weed t shirts and drinkin' Schlitz! It was a fun show with a dear friend.

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Saturday, March 10, 2018

CULTURE MYTH - Day 2: Omaha

Written by Chad Taylor. Originally appeared on the Culture Myth website on March 19, 2016.




"This is so easy, since you gals don't really sing."

That's Kevin, the sound guy. He's a dick, but on the upside, he also doesn't know what he's doing. We'll get back to him.

The road will always find a way to test your patience. Sometimes, as everyone found out tonight, it won't even wait that long to do so. We are one day onto the road, a literal stone's throw from our home state, and a solid nap in the back seat away from our actual homes. And yet...

Omaha is a fine town. I've been to some really good shows here, and there has always been a genuinely solid music scene, thanks in no small part to the bands that helped established the Saddle Creek sound back in the early '90s. But I don't care where you find yourself in this world, nothing is perfect.

Friday, March 9, 2018

JAZZMAN JOE VIDEOS: The Central Iowa Wind Ensemble at The Scottish Rite Consistory in Des Moines on Mar 4, 2018

"The Central Iowa Wind Ensemble is an adult symphonic band with musicians drawn from the greater Des Moines area. The ensemble was founded in 2002 by a group of central Iowa music educators under the leadership of Dr. Evan Feldman, who led the group until 2005. To this day, the ensemble maintains a strong contingent of educators, but membership has expanded to include musicians from a wide variety of musical backgrounds and occupations. The Central Iowa Wind Ensemble is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization registered as a corporation the State of Iowa.

"The Central Iowa Wind Ensemble is a charitable fine arts organization dedicated to providing opportunities for listening to, and participating in, outstanding performances of wind band music. We do this by assembling musicians of advanced proficiency, performing concerts throughout the community, and reaching out to young and/or disadvantaged audiences."
- from The Central Iowa Wind Ensemble's home page

"Band Interests - Serve as a cultural resource by providing outstanding performances of quality wind music. - Provide an opportunity for its volunteer members to participate in a cultural service organization. - Provide an opportunity for musical expression and growth among musicians of advanced proficiency. - Continue the community concert band tradition as an important part of America's musical heritage."
- from The Central Iowa Wind Ensemble's Facebook page

From Jazzman Joe on video one's YouTube page: "THE CENTRAL IOWA WIND ENSEMBLE PRESENTED THEIR WINTER CONCERT AT SCOTTISH RITE CONSISTORY IN DESMOINES 3/4/18. GUEST VOCALISTS INCLUDED TAYLOR ANNE WEAVER 'OVER THE RAINBOW' & FRED GAZZO, 'EMBRACEABLE YOU & MOON RIVER'"

From Jazzman Joe on video two's YouTube page: "FINALE THEME FROM LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, 'ADVENTURES ON EARTH'... PLEASE NOTE *** MISSED 2# DUE TO A TECHNICAL PROBLEM."


Wednesday, March 7, 2018

YOUR OWN PRIVATE IOWA - Episode 24: Jared Miller

Jared Miller, former guitarist in Audio Spaghetti joined me in the studio for a great chat about recording in Johnny Cash's studio, our mutual love of Half Japanese, goth girls and body oil, and his beautifully well used guitar! I had a blast getting to know Jared and listening to his "Doom Country"

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Monday, March 5, 2018

PLAYLISTS: We're Back!

Well, yours truly, Dan OlderMusicGeek, had to take a few weeks off to get some things in my life back in proper order, leaving me no time for Iowa Music Showcase.

But we're back now! And to celebrate, I created a playlist of songs from Iowa artists about coming back and returning, or just doing something again.

Again, as with most of our Spotify playlists, these songs are in no particular order and are best listened to in shuffle play.

More IMSC posts featuring playlists:
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Sunday, March 4, 2018

YOUR OWN PRIVATE IOWA - Episode 18: Mississippi Jake

Last Thursday, I sat down with Mississippi Jake. Who is actually from Missouri! We had a great talk about his punk rock and southern gospel roots, he told some very personal and heartfelt stories and played us some fantastic accoustic jams. It was really nice getting to know Jake better, and learning about his songwritting style.

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Friday, March 2, 2018

We now return you to your regularly scheduled program!

Hey all!

Sorry, you haven't seen much of Iowa Music Showcase lately. Although I get the material from wonderful contributors like Richard Sutton, Jazz Man Joe, Fester Rage, Chad Taylor, and tons of the wonderful musicians in this state, I'm the one who puts it all together on this website.

And due to family matters, I had to concentrate on other things and didn't have time for any side projects. It also didn't help that I didn't have internet for over a week!

But I got my life back on track. I got internet back. So Iowa Music Showcase is back! Plan to work on it this weekend, and hopefully have some stuff up this next week!


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

PLAYLISTS: Mardi Gras - Iowa Style

Some people may find it strange for a website specializing in Iowa music to have a Mardi Gras post.

Well, there is a town named Iowa in Louisiana! - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iowa,_Louisiana



And although we are much further up The Mississippi River than New Orleans, I appear not to be the only lover in Iowa of the sounds and music coming from The Mississippi Delta and the Lousiana swamps and bayous. A few other Iowans, and Omahans, have found that sound as captivating as myself.

So with these two playlists, we present some Mardi Gras music for you with an Iowa flavor.

The first playlist features shorter clips with one or two songs. I put it in order of popularity, but I think it works best on shuffle. It features tunes from Omaha's Polka Police, their cajun/Zydeco band, The Prairie Gators, and their accordion party band, The Mighty Nish Band, as well as Des Moines's own NOLA Jazz Band, The Pelicans when they were The Party Gras Band, and our brass band, Grand Avenue Ruckus, plus some Dixieland jazz performed by Iowa jazz musicians.

The second playlists features whole shows, mostly from the NOLA Jazz Band, but a couple from The Pelicans, again when they were The Party Gras Band, and Grand Ave Ruckus, as well as Iowa jazz musicians doing New Orleans music.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Sorry! Been busy!

Sorry, folks! But some personal stuff has come up that take precedence over this website!

So for the next couple of weeks, you won't see as much from this website as you have the last few weeks!

But soon as I have everything straightened up - which should be a couple of weeks, I will be back to normal!


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