Friday, January 12, 2018

JAZZMAN JOE VIDEOS - Ankeny Community Chorus performs for The Epiphany at Our Lady's Immaculate Heart Church in Ankeny on Jan 6, 2018

"The Ankeny Community Chorus is a choir of 80+ singers dedicated to sharing rich and diverse musical selections. Founded in June of 2001 by Ankeny Resident Bill Konnath, the choir sings a full range of classical and contemporary music...

"In June of 2001, Ankeny resident Bill Konnath approached Steve Carstenson, Ankeny High School Choral Music Director, about interest in a community chorus in Ankeny. Carstenson was a little skeptical, but with Konnath's encouragement, agreed to consider directing if Konnath could pull enough singers together to make it worthwile. Eighty-two Ankeny area residents showed up for the group's first gathering, and the Ankeny Community Chorus was born...."
- from their home page


Thursday, January 11, 2018

CULTURE MYTH - Day 1: Des Moines

Starting today, and continuing on or near the 10th and 25th of every month, we will be reprinting a post from Chad Taylor's blog, Culture Myth. Chad Taylor was the music reporter for Cityview magazine in Des Moines, although he has also written for other publications like DSM Magazine.

Written by Chad Taylor. Originally appeared on the Culture Myth website on March 18, 2016

Rae Davis' cousin came to see her play tonight.

"All this time, I didn't even know we were living in the same city," she says afterward, still in disbelief. "Then I look up from the stage, and there she is."

The Davis clan is not the only one represented in the Des Moines Social Club's Basement Bar tonight, either. For both Davis and Sara Routh, the venue is full of parents and relatives and friends and loved ones. It's full of family.

For nearly 500 years of our human history, it was customary for people at home to come to the shore and watch ships leaving the harbor. It was a chance to say a final farewell to loved ones standing on deck, and a way of wishing the vessel good luck as it pushed forth into the great unknown or, at very least, the great known but still really dangerous and unpredictable.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

YOUR OWN PRIVATE IOWA - Episode 16: Sisko Diq

Sisko Diq sits down with me in the studio this week to talk about his music career, touring a little bit, and what lies in the future. I got to learn alot about him on this episode and pick his mind about writting songs on the road!

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

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Monday, January 8, 2018

IOWA MUSIC SHOWCASE PODCAST - Episode 59: Favorites of 2017 (and The State of The Website Speech)

Howdy all! And welcome to Year 4 of this website and podcast! It was 3 years ago on Jan 4, 2015, when the first post and podcast went up.s

Oh, how things have changed! This website was originally just a place to put the podcast. But since then, I've add playlists from Spotify, YouTube, SoundCloud, and BandCamp, and soon ReverbNation, to our repertoire! And also, on the occasional post about Other Sources, you can hear and find Iowa music, like compilation albums, other podcasts, other websites, among other places.

And now, starting since last month, we have added a new interview podcast, Your Own Private Iowa, featuring one- to two-hour interviews from Richard Sutton with Iowa musicians. And once a week, we present a video of a live performance from an Iowa jazz or classical act on Jazzman Joe Videos. And once a month, we present a video of an alternative act on our Fester Rage Videos.

And soon, we will be reprinting Culture Myth articles from former Cityview music writer, Chad Taylor!

Also, on the Iowa Music Showcase podcasts, I manage to get covers by Iowa artists or photographers on them! This is a trend I would like to continue. So if you know any Iowa artists or photographers who would be interested, please send them my way!

A Whole Bunch of Boring Statistics on Favorites of 2016 and the Favorite Posts of the Year

Well, once again, for you big math nerds and fans of Top Ten, I have a whole bunch of list and statistics for our various websites.

Here's the closest thing I have to a list of the top ten songs. These are the top ten posts about songs on the podcast episodes.

10. Ep 50 - Song 3: "Mona Lisa Overdrive" by Head Candy (plus the video of their unreleased song, "Thunderbolt Raft")
9. Ep 45 - Song 1: "Arc Welded" by Bob Dorr and The Blue Band
8. Ep 45 - Song 2: "One Man's Ceiling is Another Man's Floor" by Philbo King
7. Ep 43 - Song 1: "Tsunami" by Permasmile
6. Ep 42 - Song 9: "say it with me!" by JC//jp
5. Ep 52 - Song 2: "The Devil's Bar" by Aaron Earl Short
4. Ep 54 - Song 3: "Creepshow" by Space Burial
3. Ep 43 - Song 5: "Happy" by Far from Innocent
2. Ep 49 - Song 1: "Nets" by Clay Carnivore
1. Ep 44 - Song 1: "King Size Cigarette" by The Law

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