Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Still on hiatus

Hello everyone!

Sorry this website has been dead for so long.But I'm still job hunting and dealing with my divorce.

I promise soon as my life settles down, I start this baby up again. I've even had a few people offer to help, so hopefully we'll be able to keep this thing running.

But I'm still putting news and info on our Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Iowa-Music-Showcase/364796883703114 - and on our Twitter page - https://twitter.com/iamusicshowcase!

So until then, support local music!

Monday, June 18, 2018

Sorry once again!

Actually, I was circumcised at birth, so that is not the reason.

But my paying job is ending soon, so I need time to look for work, work that actually pays me unlike this website!

So until I get that squared around, you may not see a whole lot up here!

Now if someone wants to pay me to do this website, I will happily do so! Corey Taylor? Amedeo? DMMC? Iowa Partnership? Anyone?

Okay, yeah, looks like I need to get my resume in order and whatnot! Be back to normal as soon as I can. And if I can squeeze in a few posts in the meantime, I will!


Monday, June 11, 2018

DSM UNPLUGGED - Chris Ranallo on Jan 6, 2016

I fully admit that I know nothing about this show. DSM Unplugged, that took place on Jan 6, 2016.

I just found a bunch of the performances on YouTube and am sharing them with you. If anyone has any information on the show, please let me know!

Chris Ranallo is a singer/songwriter whose musical talent, songwriting ability, and vocal prowess have graced a variety of stages and venues spanning the Midwest to the West Coast over the last decade. His sound has been described as a fusion of John Mayer and Maroon 5, with heartfelt ballads and a funky soulful flare.

Chris' passion for music was ignited as a child growing up in a creative, musical family in Iowa. By the time he was 9 he was composing his own material on the piano, and at 12, Chris was playing the guitar and joined his first band. As a developing artist, he was influenced by iconic performers, including the Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Police and the Dave Matthews Band, as well as his musical parents’ artistry. Chris spent countless hours listening to his Dad playing the piano, and recalls being mesmerized by his mother’s “captivating” voice. He performed with rock bands all throughout high school, and went on to hone his musicality and performance skills at the University of Iowa.

After graduation, Chris moved to Chicago in 2001, and began to tour as a solo performer. He continued to pen his own material, and returned to Iowa to form a duo with Scott Kacher, a fellow singer/songwriter. Together they performed in Vail, Colorado in 2005, and collaborated on the album “Velcro Dog.”

Chris continued to light up venues as both a solo and duo performer. In 2009 he joined the band Decoy. The band developed an infectious enthusiasm among its loyal fan base. Their 2010 CD, “Nothing to Lose” has garnered well-deserved kudos for their tight harmonies and overall production in a fine first effort.

Chris recently released his solo album, “Exhale,” which features eight original tracks, and he is planning a tour in the Fall 2013. As Chris continues along his own trajectory as an artist, he will always be the kid that fell in love with acting and performing and will continue captivating audiences by sharing his stories through music and creating unforgettable moments with his fans, in the spotlight in which he truly shines.
- from his Facebook page

Thursday, June 7, 2018

IHEARIC PODCAST - Episode 26: Feed Me Weird Things (06/03/2018)

Carlos is back on co-host duty as we discuss the Feed Me Weird Things concert series with its director, Chris Wiersema! Chris brings avant-garde and experimental musicians from all over the country to Iowa City and pairs them with equally adventurous local acts, many of which have also played at our concerts and/or been featured on this radio show. Like the FMWT facebook page to keep up with their current season of shows, which started last month and will continue into the Fall: https://www.facebook.com/feedmeweird

This episode features music by:
Will Huff (https://www.huffcomposer.com / https://soundcloud.com/willhuff / https://www.youtube.com/user/TwitchSalivate / https://www.facebook.com/huff.composer / https://twitter.com/Monodreams)
Vero Rose Smith (http://verorosesmith.com / https://www.facebook.com/verorosesmithart / https://verorosesmith.bandcamp.com / https://twitter.com/verorosesmith / https://www.youtube.com/user/Cisoma)
David Clair (https://davidclair.bandcamp.com / https://soundcloud.com/david-clair-1)

Our intro music is from the new JCϟjp album (relics)! Stream and download it at jc-jp.com and check out the companion museum at museum.jc-jp.com!

Check out this Thursday's FMWT concert, where friend of iHearIC Ramin Roshandel (http://soundcloud.com/ramin-roshandel) opens for percussionist Sarah Hennies: https://www.facebook.com/events/192868274686081

If you're in or near Cedar Rapids and want some free weekly entertainment, check out the Cedar Rapids Municipal Band: crmuniband.org

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

YOUR OWN PRIVATE IOWA - Episode 30: Andersen Coates

"Hey, I'm Andersen. I'm a solo artist from Marion, IA, who enjoys writing, arranging, playing, and recording music as a means of self-expression and stress relief. I also lead worship weekly for my church's youth program. My main influences are various indie/folk artists such as Jon Foreman, the Lumineers, and others. My hope is that my music would bring you some of the same joy it brings me."
- from his ReverbNation page

"An independent singer-songwriter from the middle of Iowa, Andersen Coates creates a unique blend of heartland pop rock, somewhere in between the folky rock'-n'-roll of artists such as Tom Petty and the contemporary pop rock stylings of Coldplay and John Mayer."
- from his Bandcamp page

Last Thursday, Andersen Coates a student in the college of Design and fellow Ceder Rapidian sat down with me in the studio! Man this kid can play, what a fantastic songwritter and guitar player! From folk rock, to Tom Petty inspired Indie rock to Jazz guitar he can play it all! It was a lot of fun talking with Andersen and hearing about the work hes doing on an album with his father, I'm super stoked to get a copy and listen to it!

IOWA BLUES SHOWCASE PODCAST - IBSC 106 Saylorhill Sliders featuring Jon East, and Jono Smith

Tonight we hear new recordings of Jon East and the Saylorhill Sliders (Jon, Norman Su, Tom Gary, and Jason Kadiwhompus) and Jono Smith!

The Saylorhill Sliders were recorded live at Dam to Dam performing at the finish line in Coles Commons.

We finish the night with Jono Smith and two of his recordings from his new release Peace & Love & War & Peace.

Thanks for listening please subscribe, share, like, and comment. If you are on Podbean please Follow! Thanks!!!!

The Iowa Blues Showcase Podcast is a weekly podcast put out by Tom Gary, who has been a long time member and supporter of the Iowa blues scene through not only podcasts, but through websites, videos, live shows, and other ways.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

LISTEN UP IOWA - 5 Iowa Music Festivals You Need To Visit

Listen Up Iowa was a school project for University of Northern Iowa student, Olivia Novak, from September to November of 2017. We will feature some of her pieces from time to time.

This was originally published the Listen Up Iowa website on Sep 18, 2017.

When people think of music festivals, they probably think about notorious ones like Lollapalooza, Coachella, or Bonnaroo, but Iowa has plenty of music festivals worth checking out. To make it easier on you, I’ve gathered five Iowa music festivals that stand out.

I couldn’t make this list without including 80/35. For two days in early July, Western Gateway Park comes to life with progressive indie and jam music. The festival is organized by the Des Moines Music Coalition, a non-profit company dedicated to building up the music community in Des Moines.

Boasting both free and paid stages, anyone is welcome to come an enjoy. DMMC brings in well-known artists like NAS, Weezer, The Decemberists, and Wu-Tang Clan, but also features many local artists. They even dedicate time to high school performances, encouraging young musicians.

80/35 celebrated its 10th anniversary this year, hosting artists like The Shins and MGMT. And it doesn’t show any signs of stopping.

Monday, June 4, 2018

PLAYLISTS - Random Iowa Music YouTube Playlist 3

Once again, using a random sampling method, we picked out 5 videos featuring Iowa artists.

And diverse lot this is! We start out with the countrified pop of The Nadas, then some experimental music with saxaphone, a polka parody, some more experimental music, and finally close out with some hard rock, showing once again the diversity of Iowa music!

If you're an Iowa (or Omaha, Quad Cities, or Sioux Falls) music act, and you have a YouTube channel, let me know at iowamusicshowcase@gmail.com and I'll follow you!

CULTURE MYTH - Day 7: Goodbye, Los Angeles

Written by Chad Taylor. Originally appeared on the Culture Myth website on March 24, 2016.

Our first two-day stint in a town, and it comes immediately before a four-day stop in our next locale. It's an easy week in California.

The appeal of Los Angeles continues to confound me, but more positives are showing their faces all the time. Rae Davis and I start making a list.

- The oppressively Californian weather

- There's a place on Santa Monica that sells $2 thrift clothing. It's all in a giant pile on the floor, but there you go.

- There's damn good food to be found

- The city is large enough and diverse enough to not only have a little China and little Italy, but a little Ethiopia.

So it grows. Today was originally scheduled as an off day. Davis spends most of it relaxing around our host home, while Sara Routh has brunch with a friend, then heads to a photo shoot. The hot LA sun blazes away as errands are run and friends are commiserated with.

Friday, June 1, 2018

JAZZMAN JOE VIDEOS - The Molly Brandt Band at Noce Jazz Cabaret in Des Moines on May 24, 2018

Photo by Meanz Chan

Just a little side note. This is the 900th video that Jazzman Joe has put up on his YouTube channel. To check all 900 of his videos, go to https://www.youtube.com/user/jazzmanjoe100/videos.

"Molly Brandt Band is eponymously named for its leader, Molly Brandt. You knew that though... Playing a classic mix of R&B, soul, blues, and jazz. Sources of Inspiration include the likes of Lake Street Dive, Etta James, Nancy Wilson, and Nina Simone...

"Molly Brandt lives and works in Des Moines as a jazz and R&B musician, piano educator, and arts advocate. A recent graduate of Drake University's Music Business program, Molly has found passion and fulfillment through community engagement with the arts and a deep love for the city of Des Moines.

"Since graduating, Molly has primarily worked with the Des Moines Music Coalition as the Advocacy Coordinator, with a goal of changing city ordinances to better serve music venues, musicians, and the overall city. Additionally, she has engaged in research with Drake University to help implement goals of Bravo's Regional Cultural Assessment and gauge challenges and needs for a robust creative economy in Des Moines. She currently teaches piano for all ages and levels. Molly serves on the Board of Directors for Civic Music Association and volunteers time with the 80/35 music festival. Then she sees as much live music as possible and explores the city she loves."
- from their Facebook page


GRIFFLETV - Poison Control Center Live at The Maintenance Shop in Ames on May 1, 2010

GriffleTV was a YouTube show that ran from May 2010 to Mar 2011 featuring local bands in live perfromances. We will feature some of these videos from time to time.

"The Poison Control Center is a band from Ames, Iowa.

"The band's indie rock sound is strongly influenced by bands of the 1960s, such as The Beatles and The Beach Boys, but they have also touched upon more unrelated genres since their inception. Their earlier recordings show influence of the lo-fi sound and pop sensibilities of indie rock bands of the 1990s, such as Guided by Voices and Pavement, although recent albums have featured more polished production."
- from their Wikipedia page

"The Poison Control Center have long been considered one of Iowa's personal favorite local bands. The creation of Patrick Tape Fleming and many of his friends, the band's inspiration has stood as one of Iowa's music scene's key ideals: community and friendship. Though the numbers and band members have changed throughout the years, the band has continued to release music in a more condensed version, having most recently released 2011's Stranger Ballet. The band is best known nowadays to consist of Patrick Tape Fleming on guitar and vocals as well as Devin Frank, who also plays guitar and sings, Joe Terry, who plays bass and sings (and does a cool thing with a trumpet and some swingin' hips), and Dave Olson, who plays drums (... and he sings, too). Though some of the members have moved away, the band still likes to get together to entertain the masses, doing cartwheels, standing on their heads while shredding through guitar solos, dancing in the crowd, and leading many a sing-a-long with the crowd (basically, putting on legendary rock shows). The PCC have spawned many other great bands around Iowa INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO: Mantis Pincers, Gloom Balloon, and Histo (technically, not an Iowa band, but we still have love for Don). The PCC have also had special guests perform with them, such as Bob Nastanovich of Pavement, and Paul Shaffer from Late Night with David Letterman."
- from their page in DMMC's Music Directory

Thursday, May 31, 2018

IHEARIC PODCAST - Episode 25: History II (05/27/2018)

There was some tech trouble at KRUI this week, so I wasn't sure if I'd be able to broadcast the show live. So, instead of lining up a guest for a show that might not happen, and in honor of Memorial Day, I put together a playlist of recordings from early iHearIC concerts (2010-2012). This is a sequel to Episode 14 of our podcast, which you can find earlier in the feed wherever you happen to be listening to this now!

This episode features music by:
Cassius Goens III (http://www.cassiusgoens.com / https://www.youtube.com/user/cassiusgoensjazz)
Karl McComas-Reichl (http://karlmccomasreichl.com)
Ex-Action Model (Brendan Hanks - https://soundcloud.com/brendanhanks / https://twitter.com/ex_actionmodel / https://brendanhanks.bandcamp.com / https://www.facebook.com/brendanhanks.music / https://open.spotify.com/artist/0p96ZLiiKDTNpLituNKq1t)
The Gams (Alexis Stevens and Craig Eley - https://alexisstevens.com / https://alexisstevens.bandcamp.com / https://www.facebook.com/pg/AlexisStevensMusic / https://twitter.com/AlexisStevensIA / http://craigeley.com / https://twitter.com/craigeley / https://www.instagram.com/craigeley / https://soundcloud.com/craigeley)
Olivia Rose Muzzy (http://www.orosemuzzy.com / https://graithe.bandcamp.com / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCttdLvZuv_ndpDccOe8GaRw)
David Anderson
Chaircrusher (Kent Williams - http://www.cornwarning.com / https://soundcloud.com/chaircrusher / https://chaircrusher.bandcamp.com / https://www.youtube.com/user/chaircrusher)
Manuel Tábora (https://soundcloud.com/manuel-t-bora)
Meagan Conley
Caitlin Berge
Drew Phillips (https://www.drewphillipshorn.com)
Nathaniel Lee (https://soundcloud.com/nathaniel-lee-23)
Kate Wohlman (http://www.katewohlman.com)
Dana T (http://www.danatelsrow.com / https://danatelsrow.bandcamp.com / https://www.facebook.com/danapalant / https://twitter.com/danatelsrow / https://www.instagram.com/danatelsrow / https://open.spotify.com/user/121411241)
Peter Gillette

and spoken words by:.
Idris Goodwin (http://www.idrisgoodwin.com / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCK_G2U8_UuPPSolGmunPaQA / https://soundcloud.com/idris-goodwin / https://twitter.com/idrisgoodwin)
Jessica King (http://jesshullo.wixsite.com/jessicarayking / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0vvtiQIiubwwspDlsLscxQ)

Our intro music is from the new JCϟjp album (relics)! Stream and download it at jc-jp.com and check out the companion museum at museum.jc-jp.com!

Come to the next Feed Me Weird Things concert featuring Forest Management with iHearIC favorites the Christine Burke Ensemble: https://www.facebook.com/events/971038089744717

If you're in or near Cedar Rapids and want some free weekly entertainment, check out the Cedar Rapids Municipal Band: crmuniband.org

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

IOWA BLUES SHOWCASE PODCAST - Jimmy Pryor at the Hull Ave 1999 Clarence Key Jr. and John Woody Wood

A special Memorial day tribute to WWII veteran Jimmy "The Midnite Cowboy" Pryor. This show was unmarked, but listening to the show was probably Memorial day weekend of 1999. It starred Jimmy Pryor with the Bad Boys of the blues (Tom Gary, Scott Long, Jim Farr, and John Wood) This was the original Sunday Night Blues Showcase at the Hull Ave.

Tonight we hear Jimmy play his shuffle, and slow blues standards! Then Clarence Key Jr. joins the fun followed by Woody.

The crowd was very lively that night and its fun to listen to them banter with the band and Jimmy!

Please like, subscribe, and share. If on Podbean follow! Thanks!!!!!!!!!!

The Iowa Blues Showcase Podcast is a weekly podcast put out by Tom Gary, who has been a long time member and supporter of the Iowa blues scene through not only podcasts, but through websites, videos, live shows, and other ways.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

IHEARIC VIDEOS - A Steel Pan Player and a Cellist

Photo by Drew Morton

Once again, we have an usual pairing with today's IHearIC videos. The first is some pan drums.
And the second features a cellist.

LOCK N LOAD - Our Interview With Dustin Conaway- Sept. 27, 2014

Lock N Load was a Sioux City live talk show podcast that ran from Jul 2013 to Jan 2017. As the show progressed, music started playing a bigger role in it. Iowa Music Showcase will feature some of their shows and excerpts that have a strong component of Iowa music or nearby neighbors, like this one featuring Dustin Conaway from Allen, Nebraska, a stone's throw away from Sioux City.

Local Country music Artist Dustin Conaway came in studio with us to talk about his first album coming and and also to debut and play live on our show. This is the clip from the episode which is titled "Dustin Vs. Zombies".

Check out Dustins Stuff:
Also availble on Spotify, iTunes and AmazonMp3

Monday, May 28, 2018

OTHER SOURCES: The Iowa Hardcore Website

Anybody who knows me (Dan OlderMusicGeek) knows that I am a huge fan of punk rock. My favorite Iowa band is the underrated pop punk outfit, Lipstick Homicide.

So I was superexcited when I stumbled upon this site! Unfortunately, by the time I found it, it was already defunct.

But from 2010 to 2013, it presented to Iowans, and the world, the various punk bands from out state! It covered 16 bands in the time it ran. And with free downloads that you can still get!

And then for their swansong, they put together a compilation albums featuring Iowa punk music going as far back as the 80s!

So if you're into punk or hardcore music, then this is definitely a website you want to check out!

The Iowa Hardcore website:

Their compilation album:

IHEARIC PODCAST - Episode 22: May Concert Recap and Diversity in Music (05/06/2018)

This is the first of two IHearIC podcast we missed while I was gone for two weeks.

We're back with another double-length episode! I started the show off with some recordings from the final iHearIC concert of the Spring 2018 season (May 5th @ City Park). Then we had some visitors from Professor Trevor Harvey's Diversity in Music class. We discussed (as the title of the course suggests) issues related to diversity and inclusion in the world of (mostly classical) music, and heard a few in-studio performances!

Full list of guests:
Rebeca Furtado
Kenken Gorder (http://www.kenkengorder.com)
Matthew Halbert
Trevor Harvey
Heqing Huang
Hsin-Hui Liu
Rebecca Pape
Shawn Seguin

You won't want to miss the upcoming Black Stork*/Asher Brown show on May 11th at Trumpet Blossom:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1781343651887209 (*iHearIC organizer Carlos Cotallo Solares)

And the day after that you can also enjoy the Iowa Dance Festival Concert in Coralville, featuring some music by our very own Justin K Comer: https://www.facebook.com/events/185419328927494

And later that night, catch the season premiere of the 2018 Feed Me Weird Things concert series, 9pm at Trumpet Blossom. Featuring your favorite improvisation trio Wombat opening for pianist/composer/improviser Matt Blair:

Tune in to KRUI (89.7FM in the IC area, krui.fm to stream worldwide) at 7pm next Sunday for the next episode of iHearIC Radio! We might have another guest! Watch our social media pages this week for confirmation.

In addition to the guests listed above, this episode features music composed and/or performed by:
Joshua Johnson (https://www.facebook.com/thehighwatermark)
David Beyer (https://www.facebook.com/pg/paleonathmusic / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKIlJw5eWrmC9nQScRuAFEQ / https://twitter.com/paleonath)
Christine Burke (https://www.burkechristine.com / https://soundcloud.com/burkec2)
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)
Carlos Cotallo Solares (https://soundcloud.com/carloscotallo)
Tan Dun (http://tandun.com)
Philippe Hersant (http://www.philippehersant.com)
Nolwenn Leroy (http://www.nolwennleroy.com)
Jeremy Maas
Zachery Meier (https://soundcloud.com/zachery-meier)
Martin O'Donnell (http://www.martyodonnellmusic.com)
Pauline Oliveros (http://paulineoliveros.us)
Sonia Ray (http://ufg.academia.edu/SoniaRay)
Alexander Toth
Carlos Toro-Tobón (https://soundcloud.com/carlos-toro-33)
Gabi Vanek (https://foleysound.bandcamp.com)
Will Yager (https://soundcloud.com/will-yager / https://twitter.com/willyager)
Li Yinghai
Barbara York

Friday, May 25, 2018

JAZZMAN JOE VIDEOS - The CJC Big Band at Java Joe's in Des Moines on May 20, 2018

"The Greater Des Moines Community Jazz Center (CJC) was founded in the 1980's with the help of many people, including Scott Davis, Dave Koberdahl, Larry Green, Cecil Stanley, and Phillis Leaverton. As a part of the CJC's outreach efforts, the CJC Big Band was formed in order to travel and perform at the IAJE festival in New Orleans in the late 1980's.

"The CJC Big Band lost a consistent presence until 1993, when Mr. Doug Bown, at the suggestion of Larry Green, worked to start the CJC Big Band up again. Doug Bown was the part time assistant band director at Hoover High School and arranged for the band to rehearse at the school and make use of Hoover High School's music library to get started. Performing a variety of music, notably arrangements of Woody Herman and Count Basie music, the CJC Big Band began rehearsing and performed for a few high school events. Notable pianist Jason Danielson was a Hoover student and with the CJC Big Band during that year or two that Doug Bown led the band.

"Phillis Leaverton, who at the time oversaw the student jam sessions at Java Joes, arranged to have the CJC Big Band play on the third Sundays at the downtown location of Java Joe's. At the time, there was no Fourth Street Theater so the band had to squeeze onto the little stage in the coffee shop. Doug Bown assembled and directed the band for a year or two and then handed it over to Chris Paulson who played drums and directed band at East High School at the time.

"Since the mid 90's the group has been led by a number of musicians, including: Doug Bown, John Kendeigh, Frank IacovazziI, Bob Start, etc."
- from the CJC Big Band home page



Unfortunately, this podcast is no longer available. If anybody has a copy of it or any of the other Iowa Block Radio podcast episodes, please let me know at iowamusicshowcase@gmail.com!

This episode:
00:00 eps3intro
02:26 SPLASHY G - Track 02
05:51 Johnny Ka - Marilyn Monroe
09:28 DeCal Ft. DukeFTRG - "We Up"
13:08 We Ready ( Master Version )
17:26 TSIII Go Off feat Old Yungin
20:55 eps3break1
23:21 FLEA DA GENIUS - Just Like Dis
27:19 GMB - Track 14
30:14 Duke - Know The Feeling
37:10 lottobandz x TezzyB x Queen T simple shit
41:18 eps3break2
43:33 Shawty Jizz - Made Men
48:08 Stop RMIX
50:56 RRMG - shoot
54:52 JayGee ft. The Future - Ball out
58:25 GMB - Track 02
63:05 eps3exit
65:14 eps3intro
67:41 SPLASHY G - Track 02

Thursday, May 24, 2018

IHEARIC PODCASTS - Episode 24: chaircrusher (05/20/2018)

Last week I teased a guest appearance from Kent Williams (aka chaircrusher). Unfortunately he had to go out of town and couldn't join me in the studio, BUT he was kind enough to record some brand new music and an interview with his friend and collaborator Derek Piotr. In his place, Michele Guild returned to co-host with me in her third appearance on the show. We closed out today's show by brainstorming ideas for our upcoming project, the impedecast.

Find all of Kent's stuff here: http://www.cornwarning.com / https://soundcloud.com/chaircrusher / https://chaircrusher.bandcamp.com / https://www.youtube.com/user/chaircrusher

and Derek's stuff is here: https://derekpiotr.com / https://soundcloud.com/derek-piotr / https://derekpiotr.bandcamp.com / https://twitter.com/derekpiotr / https://www.instagram.com/derekpiotr / https://www.facebook.com/derekpiotrsound

Michele is on twitter and you should check out her weekly podcast We Are Rhonda too: https://twitter.com/michelekguild / 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

I opened and closed today's show with tracks from the new JCϟjp album (relics)! Stream and download it at jc-jp.com and check out the companion museum at museum.jc-jp.com!

Direct mp3 link: https://archive.org/download/20180520Ihearic24/2018-05-20%20ihearic%2024.mp3


Iowa Block Radio features a new podcast of the hip-hop music of our state every Monday at https://www.spreaker.com/user/iowa_block_radio.

02:35 Fly Life - The Motions Ft. UnoUp6
06:13 Rose to Great
13:29 Dro God ft. Young Rebel - stack up
17:26 BarJuice - FYTB
32:16 facts
34:07 Dope Bambam Blow My High
37:15 DubYou - The Matrix (Prod. By JCHL)
52:06 Tom Brady 1.26.18
53:06 Double'O - Team Player

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

YOUR OWN PRIVATE IOWA - Episode 31: Halfloves

"Hailed as 'the best currently active rock band in Iowa' by the Iowa Informer, indie rock outfit Halfloves offers a variety of songs on their self-titled debut album made with renowned producer Brandon Darner (Imagine Dragons, The Envy Corps). Halfloves mixes pop sensibilities with heady textures and space to create an emotionally charged sound."
- from their Bandcamp page

This episode was recorded back at the end of March when the guys from Halfloves were rolling through Ames. This is probably the goofiest and one of the most fun epsiodes I had recording. Half of what you hear the band didnt know they were being recorded so it created a good sense of general humor. I had a blast hanging out with these guys again!!

IOWA BLUES SHOWCASE PODCAST - IBSC 104 Regional Local blues 7 Happy Birthday!!!!!

We are happy to accept The Iowa Blues Showcase Podcast into the Iowa Music Showcase family!

Tom Gary, producer of the IBSC, has been a long time member and support of the Iowa blues scene through not only podcasts, but through websites, videos, live shows, and other ways.

This particular podcast, as you can see, has already been on for two years. We'll be presenting the new episodes every Wednesday morning, and presenting one of the older episodes in the morning of the second Friday of every month.

Its the second birthday of the Iowa Blues showcase podcast!!!!!!!

Tonight we are playing regional and local blues (plus one international blues performer!!!!) Its a cast of thousands!!!!

We feature tonight: Jimmy Pryor, Chicago Rick, Gene Jackson, Jono Smith, John Lee Eagan, Frank Strong, Matt Woods, Kent Burnside, Madam Jules, Jon East, Norman Su, Scott Hartung, Rob Lumbard, Bob Dorr, Molly Nova, Joe Price, Patrick Hazel, Scott Long, and Greg Sutherland!

That's a show!!!!!

Please like, subscribe, and share, if on podbean please follow!!!!!!! You can also find us on ITunes, Google Play, Tunein radio, and many other great podcast providers!!!! THANKS!!!!!

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

IHEARIC VIDEOS - Some Blues and A Chorus

This week's videos for IHearIC feature the blues band, Larry and the Belief System, and Combined Efforts Men Chorus.

IOWA BLOCK RADIO - Season Premiere

Okay, Iowa Block Radio is back, with a new episode now on every Monday! And we will be presenting here every Thursday. To get caught up, since I was gone last week, we present the first epiosde here, and the next episode this Thursday!

01:49 facts
02:01 BarJuice - FYTB
05:58 facts
07:25 Dro God ft. Young Rebel - stack up
20:08 A1 Yolla What I Want Stunt
26:15 Dope Bambam Life
44:46 Double'O - Team Player
51:36 DubYou - The Matrix (Prod. By JCHL)
53:21 PULL UP
56:27 BooBillz Rodeo Freestyle
69:49 The Quartet - Masters

Monday, May 21, 2018

PLAYLISTS - Vacation: Iowa Style

Well, since I've been on break, I'd thought I'd just be a playlist about that! So here are some tunes by Iowa artists about vacation, relaxing, and taking a break!

CULTURE MYTH - Day 6: Los Angeles

Written by Chad Taylor. Originally appeared on the Culture Myth website on March 23, 2016.

There are people who feel that Los Angeles is a city you know about right away: you pull in, and immediately know in your gut if you're going to love it or hate it. Conversely, I've heard that LA is so big, so diverse, that you really need to spend a couple of years submerged in it before you really have a handle on how you feel about it.

For me, as the most superficial of interlopers into the greater LA biosphere, I can say that it seems very much to be a place with a purpose. Not so much a city, as a tool. As such, I can understand why some people live here. If you're involved in entertainment in just about any way, LA is where you have to be. So for actors and screenwriters and directors and media types, I get it. I can see why people are here. What I haven't figured out quite yet, is why people would WANT to live here, all things being equal. The greater allure of the city, outside of the entertainment industry, has so far eluded me.

There's a shabbiness to LA. Part of that is affected. Shabby-chic is a definite way of life here. But another portion--I'd wager the greater portion--is just how the city has become. It looks tired. The people and their cars are all very shiny and well maintained and beautiful. But the city around them, the set upon which everyone plies their trade, is worn and frayed at the edges. You can see it in the trees and on the faces of buildings. A lot of it is unquestionably the fault of this great drought that is ravaging much of the American west, and hitting California particularly hard. But it's not the only explanation, because there is a general weariness that you can feel in the spirit of the place. I don't know if I've seen more than a handful of genuine expressions of emotion or desire in my time here.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Change of schedule and new features

Iowa Music Showcase has added some new features, so we've changed the schedule around a little bit.

We're happy to welcome Iowa BLUES Showcase Podcast (not be confused with our own Iowa Music Showcase Podcast), Listen Up Iowa website, Lock N Load podcast, and the GriffleTV YouTube channel to the IMSC family!

Here is the current schedule of our features:

Monday mornings-
- first Monday of the month - Culture Myth, a column by Des Moines writer on music, Chad Taylor
- second Monday of the month - Fester Rage Video - a video of one of Iowa's alternative acts from the past few yeas
- third Monday of the month - Culture Myth

Monday evenings -
Whichever of the following three I (Dan OlderMusicGeek) feel like putting out that week...
- Iowa Music Showcase Podcast - a half hour of Iowa music based on a theme or genre
- Playlists - Just a playlist I put together, again usually based on a theme
- Other Sources - This is just me (Dan OlderMusicGeek) informing and showing some other source where you can hear more Iowa music. Could be a website, a podcast, compilation album, YouTube channel, or anything.

Tuesday mornings -
Iowa Block Radio Rock podcast - a podcast from Iowa Block Radio featuring Iowa rock music

Tuesday evenings -
IHearIC Videos - a half hour's worth of videos from the IHearIC YouTube channel

Wednesday mornings -
Iowa Blues Showcase Podcast - a weekly podcast put out by Iowa blues stalwart, Tom Gary

Wednesday evenings -
Your Own Private Iowa - an interview podcast by Richard Sutton in Ames

Thursday mornings -
Iowa Block Radio Rap podcast - a podcast from Iowa Block Radio featuring Iowa's hip hop and rap

Thursday evenings -
IHearIC podcasts - a weekly podcast featuring music of various genres from Iowa City and nearby

Friday mornings-
- second Friday of the month - a classic episode of the Iowa Blues Showcase Podcast
- fourth Friday of the month - a classic episode of Iowa Block Radio

Fillers and substitutes -
These will be used when one of our regular features is off at that time...
- a classic episode of the IHearIC podcast
- Listen Up - a column from the website by Cedar Falls music fan, Olivia Novak
- Lock N Load podcast - a music podcast on hiatus from Sioux City
- GriffleTV - a YouTube show from 2009 and 2010 featuring Iowa bands

Thursday, May 17, 2018


Okay, I've put the word out, but I'm going to try again!


Seriously though, I could really use some help. I do my best to put this out on a regular basis, but it is something I do ON THE SIDE in my FREE time. And there are occasions when that free time disappears.

So it would be a nice if an extra person - or two! - or more!! - were assisting me on working on this website!

Therefore, if any of you lovely Iowa music fans would love to lose some of your free time to help promote the local music scene, I would greatly appreciate the help! Com'on! It's the next best thing to being a rock star!

Just write me at iowamusicshowcase@gmail.com!



Monday, May 7, 2018

On vacation! No new posts until Mon, May 14!

On vacation. If I have time, and I feel like it, I might post something. Then again, I might not!

But if you absolutely need some Iowa Music Showcase, look through our tags and labels! I'm sure you'll find something worth listening to!



Friday, May 4, 2018

JAZZMAN JOE VIDEOS - NOLA Jazz Band at Noce in Des Moines on Apr 27, 2018

"The NOLA Jazz Band began playing together for an initial gig at The Basement of The Des Moines Social Club March, 2015. It became so popular it is now an ongoing event. Since then band has taken the midwest by storm in a little over a years time.

"The bands monthly 'New Orleans Jazz Party' occurs every First Friday of the month at 'The Basement' playing to packed and many times sold out shows. Starting in 2017 the band will also be playing regularly at "NOCE" Des Moines new jazz and blues club. All band members have a common love for the sound and 'feel' of both traditional and current New Orleans based music – real, gutsy, raw, heartfelt, and entertaining.

"The NOLA Jazz Band has played alongside a number of well-known traditional jazz and music groups including Davina & The Vagabonds from Minneapolis, Sony recording artist Bria Skonberg from New York City, and Dom Flemons of The Carolina Chocolate Drops.

"Individual band members have shared the stage with Vincent Gardner, Maynard Ferguson, Benny Goodman, Kurt Elling, and many other well know jazz artists. NOLA Jazz Band members have also been inducted into the Iowa Jazz Hall of Fame, and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame."
- from their home page


Thursday, May 3, 2018

IHEARIC PODCAST - Episode 21: May Concert Preview (04/29/2018)

Folks, we have a concert this Saturday, May 5th at 2pm. That's the main motivating factor for this week's episode of iHearIC Radio, where we listen to recordings of poet Laura Felleman, musician Joshua Johnson, and members of the iHearIC Oliveros Ensemble. The show will be at Riverside Festival Stage in City Park, and you can check out all the details and rsvp here on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/190222161704598. This is the last concert of our Spring 2018 season, so it's your last opportunity to catch one of these before we take our Summer break. Come hang out with us at the park!

Make sure you also check out the upcoming Black Stork*/Asher Brown show on May 11th at Trumpet Blossom: https://www.facebook.com/events/1781343651887209 (*iHearIC organizer Carlos Cotallo Solares)

And the day after that you can also enjoy the Iowa Dance Festival Concert in Coralville, featuring some music by our very own Justin K Comer: https://www.facebook.com/events/185419328927494

Next week's radio show (May 6th) will feature recordings from the May 5th concert and some guests from Professor Trevor Harvey's Diversity in Music class!

This episode features music by:
Joshua Johnson (https://www.facebook.com/thehighwatermark)
Louis Andriessen (http://www.boosey.com/pages/cr/composer/composer_main?composerid=2690)
David Beyer (https://www.facebook.com/pg/paleonathmusic / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKIlJw5eWrmC9nQScRuAFEQ / https://twitter.com/paleonath)
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)
Marissa Flemming
Kenken Gorder (http://www.kenkengorder.com)
Alex Spenceri (https://soundcloud.com/alex-spenceri / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrTsq6rhxIIEwt_NFdN4WXQ)
Teddy Van Winkle
Will Yager (https://soundcloud.com/will-yager / https://twitter.com/willyager)
Merrill Miller (https://www.facebook.com/merrillmillermusic / https://merrillmiller.bandcamp.com)
David Clair (https://davidclair.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)

spoken words by:
Laura Felleman (http://formandpower.blogspot.com)
Kassia Lisinski (https://substration.wordpress.com)

and inaudible dancing by:
Dot Armstrong

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

YOUR OWN PRIVATE IOWA - Episode 29: Christopher The Conquered

"Christopher the Conquered and his piano have traveled North America and Europe for over 10 years, sharing his self-proclaimed 'Interstellar Soul' with anyone who will listen.

"His 2016 album I'm Giving Up On Rock & Roll has received over 500,000 listens online and has garnered positive reviews, with the songwriter Ryan Adams proclaiming it 'crazy & incredible' and Alternative Press labeling it a 'raw, emotional' record. ABC News declares his music 'compelling, interesting, and funny'.

"Christopher developed his songwriting while growing up in Iowa, but he now calls Colorado home. He has spent time on stage supporting a wide array of magnificent artists, including Leon Russell, Andrew Bird, Sturgill Simpson, The Mountain Goats, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, and Julien Baker.

"If you've never listened to Christopher the Conquered, then take the advice of Paste Magazine and 'Listen now.'"
- from his home page

Christopher developed his songwriting while growing up in Iowa, but he now calls Colorado home. He has spent time on stage supporting a wide array "Last week Christopher The Conquered stopped by the studio. He was in town briefely working on a pretty sweet project, the Iowa Music 4x10 that we talk about in great detail on the show! Chris is one of the biggest names to come out of the Des Moines Music scene and is making a name for himself across the globe! We really dive into his music in the interview which is accompanied by Pre Recorded tracks off thr most recent album, a single, and an unreleased track*

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

IHEARIC VIDEOS - Dana T, a Violinist, and a Chorus

photo by Alexandria Crahan Art & Photography

This week present the singer/songwriter music of Dana T with accompanying trumpet, plus some classical work with violinst Timothy Hsu, and finally choral pieces with Combined Efforts Men's Chorus.

Monday, April 30, 2018

PLAYLISTS - Random Iowa Music on Bandcamp 2

Well, we once again present a random sampling of Iowa music found on Bandcamp.

This time around, we seemed to have ended up with a lot of electronic and ambient music, though there is one gospel song on here.

The gods of serendipity can be a strange lot!

Sunday, April 29, 2018

JAZZMAN JOE VIDEOS - Tina Haase Findlay sing Ella Fitzgerald at Noce in Des Moines on Apr 21. 2018

"More than thirty local and reigonal musicians have joined Tina and Brandon (Findlay) on their musical journey over the last four-plus years, including international award-winning bassist Scot Sutherland, renowed artist-educator Dr. Damani Phillips, percussionist/clinician Paul Thompson, and many more close friends.

"Blues, rock and soul meets jazz, jam and gospel- with theatre, jingles, ragtime and whatever the heck we feel like throwing in!"
- from the Diva and the Deacons Facebook page

"Tina is a local blues and jazz vocalist legend, and she brings her signature stage presence and swag..." - from Cady Colosimo on the DMMC (Des Moines Music Coaliton) website


Saturday, April 28, 2018

Going on vacation May 5-13! Don't expect much then!

Howdy all! Yours truly is taking a much overdue week off from Sat, May 5 to Sun, May 13! So during that week, don't expect much to appear on this website.

I'll just be skipping some of our regular features and others will be postponed for a while!

If you really need some Iowa Music Showcase posts, we have plenty of old ones you can check using tags and labels here - http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/2017/11/just-what-heck-is-on-this-website.html


Thursday, April 26, 2018

IHEARIC PODCAST - Episode 20: More Guests Than Microphones (04/22/2018)

To celebrate our TWENTIETH radio show on KRUI, I invited a bunch of my friends to come in and party for a couple hours. We listened to recordings from the 4/20 iHearIC concert at High Ground Cafe, discussed things both relevant and irrelevant to the arts and music scenes in and around Iowa City, and enjoyed a live performance from Joe!

Full list of guests (in order of appearance):
Ashley Yotty
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)
David Clair (https://davidclair.bandcamp.com)
Gabi Vanek (https://foleysound.bandcamp.com)
Michele Guild (https://twitter.com/michelekguild / 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)
Addison Benzshawel
Stella Hart

Just one more iHearIC concert for the Spring 2018 season:
May 5, 2PM at Riverside Festival Stage in City Park! (rsvp here:

Catch the New Music Collaborative Chamber Recital tomorrow night (4/23) at 7:30pm in the Opera Studio at Voxman, organized by Kenken Gorder and featuring iHearIC regulars Justin K Comer and Will Yager among many other excellent instrumentalists: https://www.facebook.com/events/143387889840322/

This episode features music by:
Wombat (http://justinkcomer.com / https://soundcloud.com/will-yager / https://soundcloud.com/carloscotallo)
Carlos Toro-Tobón (https://soundcloud.com/carlos-toro-33)
Gabi Vanek (look above)
Josh Levine (http://www.joshlevine-composer.com)

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

IHEARIC PODCAST - Episode 3 (11/05/2017)

Sorry, if you were expecting Your Own Private Iowa! I'm afraid there's still no new episodes yet, so we present an older episode of IHearIC.

Episode 3! Aired late on KRUI because Justin was out of town. Mostly a recap of our November 3rd concert, featuring music by:

Sarah Burgess (her show at Uptown Bill's)
Christian and Dave Cripe (facebook - performance at Mt. Vernon Porchfest)
Erik Whittaker (his band The Demon Possessed)
Ramin Roshandel (soundcloud)
Andrew Veit (website - "Tramp" composed by Justin K Comer)
Jonah Elrod (website)
and poetry by Laura Felleman (blog)

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

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