Sunday, October 15, 2017

EPISODE 53: Happy Hawkeye Halloween 2017, Part 2 of 4 - Monster Turtle of Big Blue Lake and Other Iowa Sea Creatures



Welcome back to the booful abode of The Evil Doctor OlderMusicGeek, as we present another netherlandish node of Iowa Halloween music. This episode we bring you a grizzly group of rock, pop, rap, and electronic music.

Also, a warning, some of these delightful diddlies have words and situations that may frighten the parents of wee ones!


If you weren't here last time, shame on you! But for those not in the know, each episode this Halloween is named after one of Iowa's own monsters!


This episode named after the creepy creature in The Big Blue Lake in Mason City. This quarry turned lake apparently has a giant sea turtle the size of a Volkswagen lurking in its depths.

But Mason City also apparently has a SECOND monster, Mugwump, that hangs out in The Ventura Marsh.


I don't know why, but northern Iowa seems to have most of our sea monsters. Okoboji Lake is also suppose to have a creature swimming in its lake that has been said to brush up against various boats.

Of course, The Okoboji Monster, might be related to the evil spirit that the Native Americans said was in the connecting Big Spirit Lake.


But our lakes are not the only waterways holding deadly danger for you. No, our own Missisppi River has a monster of its own. 

The Kraken, or Pepie if you're from Wisconsin, or Maneto if you're a Meskwaki, is a creature that is claimed to have terrorized The Mississippi River since at least the 19th century if not longer!


So now that the monster lecture is over, it is time to go listen to some spine-chilling Iowa musical tales!

Other IMSC posts featuring Halloween:

Other IMSC posts featuring rock music:

Other IMSC posts featuring hip-hop:

Art by Dean Sturtevant
stretched to make into a square

TRACK LISTING:
For more information, click on the link below the track.

Cover by Dean Sturtevant
(https://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2017/10/ep-52-cover-by-dean-sturtevant.html)

Opening -  Iowa Music Showcase Halloween theme 2 by Jessica Villegas
(http://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2016/10/ep-34-iowa-music-showcase-halloween.html)

Song 1 - "Happy Halloween" by Damn Fine Lookin' Fake Bats (plus the video of the song)
(https://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2017/10/ep-53-song-1-happy-halloween-by-damn.html)

Song 2 - "Frightening Thing" by Inky the Cat
(https://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2017/10/ep-52-song-2-frightening-thing-by-inky.html)

Song 3 - "Super Dracula Necrosis Part I: Super Dracula" by Meet the Squidables
(https://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2017/10/song-3-super-dracula-necrosis-part-i.html)

Song 4 - "Voodoo Guitar" by The Law
(https://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2017/10/ep-53-song-4-voodoo-guitar-by-law.html)

Song 5 - "Everybody POLKA!" by DeSelect
(https://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2017/10/ep-53-song-5-everybody-polka-by-deselect.html)

Song 6 - "Electric Skull" by The Surf Zombies
(https://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2017/10/ep-53-song-6-electric-skull-by-surf.html)

Song 7 - "Beggar's Night" by 2AM Resistance
(https://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2017/10/ep-53-song-7-beggars-night-by-2am.html)

Song 8 - "Spookster" by Angle
(https://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2017/10/ep-53-song-8-spookster-by-angle.html)

Song 9 - "Surveillance Video" by Rhonda is a Dead Bitch
(https://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2017/10/ep-53-song-9-surveillance-video-by.html)

Closing - Iowa Music Showcase Halloween theme by Russ Kendall
(http://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2015/10/iowa-music-showcase-theme-halloween.html)

All song are copyrighted by the performers and composers, and used by their kind permission.


Next episode: We continue the Iowa willies and wailings next week as we educate you on Iowa's own dragons!

One year ago...
Episode 35: Happy Hawkeye Halloween 2016, Part 2 of 4 - The Wind Howls -http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/2016/10/episode-35-happy-hawkeye-halloween-part.html

Two years ago...
Episode 18 - Happy Hawkeye Halloween! 2015, The Eerie Version -
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/2015/10/episode-18-happy-hawkeye-halloween-2015.html

Iowa Music Showcase can be listened to and/or downloaded on the following sites:
Home page:
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/
Feed:
http://feeds.feedburner.com/IowaMusicShowcase
Itunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/iowa-music-showcase/id1173339660
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Iowa-Music-Showcase/364796883703114
Soundcloud:
https://soundcloud.com/iowa-music-showcase
Bandcamp:
https://iowamusicshowcase.bandcamp.com/
YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXMPcIaIvvs0Aj4zk2JbXdQ/feed

Iowa Music Showcase is also on Code Zero Radio every Tuesday and Thursday at 10pm central time:
http://codezeroradio.com/

Other websites:
Twitter:
https://twitter.com/iamusicshowcase
Instagram:
https://instagram.com/iowamusicshowcase
ReverbNation:
https://www.reverbnation.com/iowamusicshowcase
Archive.org:
https://archive.org/details/@iowa_music_showcase#uploads
Spotify:
https://play.spotify.com/user/iowamusicshowcase

Ep 53 - Song 1: "Happy Halloween" by Damn Fine Lookin' Fake Bats (plus the video of the song)

"...the best undead rock band in town, here to shake your bones and wake the dead!"
- from their Facebook page

"Damn Fine Lookin' Fake Bats are an Omaha-based band (whose members all lived in Council Bluffs at the time of inception) and have been performing since 1998."
- from an email sent to IMSC




Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/fakebats/

Moose Epperson's ReverbNation page:
https://www.reverbnation.com/mooseepperson

To download the whole podcast, right click on the link below and hit "Save as...":
https://archive.org/download/IowaMusicShowcaseEpisode53/Iowa%20Music%20Showcase%20-%20Episode%2053_.mp3

Ep 52 - Song 2: "Frightening Thing" by Inky the Cat

"...Inky the cat was so angry and frightened that the only way his rescuers at BARCS could handle him was by trapping the 4-year-old black cat with a net."
- from an article on the U.S. News website

"Inky the Cat writes music mostly with a guitar but sometimes he uses drums and organs and stuff. Folky singer-songwriter type tunes from Iowa City."
- from his Facebook page

Lineup:
Dan DeMarco - guitar, vocals


Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/inkythecatmusic/

BandCamp:
https://inkythecat.bandcamp.com/

Dan DeMarco's Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/demarcotunes/

To download the whole podcast, right click on the link below and hit "Save as...":
https://archive.org/download/IowaMusicShowcaseEpisode53/Iowa%20Music%20Showcase%20-%20Episode%2053_.mp3

Ep 53 - Song 3: "Super Dracula Necrosis Part I: Super Dracula" by Meet the Squidables

Meet the Squidables that doesn't know how to advertise itself, but seems to have a lot of horror-related music.

Lineup:
Jacob Mathis - Vocals, guitars, bass, percussion, noise
Nick Leedom - Keyboards, synthesizer, vocals, piano, percussion, noise


Facebook:

BandCamp:

SoundCloud:

To download the whole podcast, right click on the link below and hit "Save as...":
https://archive.org/download/IowaMusicShowcaseEpisode53/Iowa%20Music%20Showcase%20-%20Episode%2053_.mp3

Ep 53 - Song 4: "Voodoo Guitar" by The Law

"The Law were an early punk band from Des Moines, Iowa founded in the early 1980s. Members went on play in Scuffy the Cat and the Fastbacks...

"Tim Johnson and Charlie Chesterman were in a 50s cover band know as the Flashbacks that didn't really go anywhere. They discovered this "new" British music called punk and decided to form a punk band. After going through a few member changes and a few name changes they became White Lunch. (Tim Johnson-Guitar/vocals, Charlie Chesterman-Guitar/vocals, Aaron Johnson-guitar/vocals, Eric Coleman - Drums) Played out a bit had member problems and broke up. Then became the Law. From what little information I could find this was around 79/80.

"They put out a single and moved to Boston to hit the big time. Boston didn't work out and they moved back to Des Moines and split up shortly after that. Charlie Chesterman and Mac Stanfield went back to Boston and formed Scuffy the Cat. Tad Hutchinson headed off to college and on to play with the Fastbacks, Young Fresh Fellows and a number of other Seattle bands."
- from the entry for The Law in The Underground Archives

Lineup:
Tim Johnson - Guitar/vocals
Charlie Chesterman - Guitar/vocals
Mac Stanfield - bassist
Tad Hutchinson - Drums
Kevin Hensley - Organ, sax


The Law on The Underground Archives:

Charlie Chesterman home page:

Friends of Charlie Chesterman Facebook page:

To download the whole podcast, right click on the link below and hit "Save as...":
https://archive.org/download/IowaMusicShowcaseEpisode53/Iowa%20Music%20Showcase%20-%20Episode%2053_.mp3

Ep 53- Song 5: "Everybody POLKA!" by DeSelect

"4 bags of meat making noise...

"Acquaintances who enjoy making ruckus at hypersonic decibels. Driven to make music that is...great music."
- from their Facebook page

Lineup:
Zach Church - Bass
Adam M. PetersoN - Guitars/BackupVox/Programming
John Fitzpatrick - Drums/Samples
Brett Ubben - Lead Vox


Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/deselectband/

To download the whole podcast, right click on the link below and hit "Save as...":
https://archive.org/download/IowaMusicShowcaseEpisode53/Iowa%20Music%20Showcase%20-%20Episode%2053_.mp3

Ep 53 - Song 6: "Electric Skull" by The Surf Zombies

"Surf zombies are those apparently undead standing motionless on a beach watching the waves break. They often are surfers, and can be recognized by the glassy stare."
- from The Urban Dictionary

"Instrumental, all original, hot-rod surf rock and roll 4-piece out of the middle of Iowa."
- from their BandCamp page

"The Surf Zombies raise surf rock from the dead with fast, crazy surf originals that straddle alternative, underground, retro and kid-friendly fun. A Surf Zombies show is some combination of Saturday morning cartoon, beach party and hot rod convention. The jungle rhythms, swirling tremolo of dueling guitars and authentic growl of vintage tube amps make for a truly weird Midwestern wonder."
- from their decription for 2016 Halloween show at The Legion Arts

"Come feel The Surf Zombies. They are all about fun fast melodic surf instrumentals. They sprang forth from the fertile loins of eastern Iowa and have released 4 albums since forming in 2006 according to local legend. At first not everyone understood they meant no harm with these songs with no words, but slowly the people have accepted them as an efficient source of entertainment and now fans from across the globe have discovered The Surf Zombies."
- from their Facebook page

"'We just can’t resist doing it. We have to do it,' insists Brook Hoover as he describes his band’s desire to create original music and take their songs on the road...

“'Quite a few people were saying you ought to put a surf band together and I thought about it, you know, people mentioned it for maybe ten years before we finally did it in about 2006.'

"As the band’s lineup evolved, Hoover invited Tyler Russell, 27, to join the Surf Zombies and the drummer quickly learned it would be fun but a lot of hard work...

"Adds Russell, 'It’s something you have to experience live. As great as our albums are, it’s a different animal live.'”
- from a profile in the Iowa's Creative Corridor website

"Meet The Surf Zombies: We play fast crazy fun surf instrumentals...

"I am the guy who generates hype for the band and plays guitar. They call me Brook Hoover. I spend my days plotting my agenda in a dark dungeon. Someone has to do it. I also write a lot of tunes... Surf Zombies shows make me nervous, but we have stuck with it for about 8 years and it's getting easier and more fun all the time...

"I played instrumentals from a young age and always had a soft spot for the surf sound. My buddies and I were rehearsing when we were about 14 a weird uncle tested one of our guitars and played the slide down and EGBGEGBGEGBGEGBG riff of "Pipeline" over and over then he wandered off with a crazed look in his eye and were were hooked for life.

"Something about surf instrumentals seemed very distant, exotic and alluring to us. It's a happy sounds, but can be pretty heavy and menacing. We also learned "Wipe Out" and played it for our 9th grade talent assembly the whole school screamed like Beatlemania and it's been downhill ever since. I have been out punk rockin in the Midwest since the 70's. We re-discovered our landlocked surf roots a few years back and it's been a thrilling hellride ever since...

"Surf instrumentals can be light and happy, medium tempo, slow and creepy or super fast and heavy. We take a lot of time when writing and arranging our songs, but once we get the sound the way we like it, it's well worth the work. It's the most challenging band we've ever been in... We'd like to thank everyone for coming to our shows and sharing the fun of this exciting form of music!'"
- from their ReverbNation page

Lineup:
Brook Hoover - guitar
Kyle Oyloe - guitar
Joel McDowell - bass
Ryan Hoagland - drums


Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/surfzombiesband/

BandCamp:
http://surfzombies.bandcamp.com/

ReverbNation:
https://www.reverbnation.com/surfzombies

To download the whole podcast, right click on the link below and hit "Save as...":
https://archive.org/download/IowaMusicShowcaseEpisode53/Iowa%20Music%20Showcase%20-%20Episode%2053_.mp3

Ep 53 - Song 7: "Beggar's Night" by 2AM Resistance

"In 2003 Michael created a side solo-project under the name MC Genetics. Jason McFall (DJ Blocko) handled the beat production and scratching until 2010 when Michael obtained the proper equipment to make his own music. During this time Michael began writing music with his Cousin Annie Gaster. Michael and Annie settled on a band name and began playing shows as 2 AM Resistance. 2 AM has various rotating members including Chris Gaster on turntables and Shan Reikena (Taciturn/Saturn Ascends) on drums."
- from Micheal Cooper's Des Moines Musicians' Association page


Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/2-AM-Resistance-455442324471012/

SoundCloud:
https://soundcloud.com/2amresistance/


To download the whole podcast, right click on the link below and hit "Save as...":
https://archive.org/download/IowaMusicShowcaseEpisode53/Iowa%20Music%20Showcase%20-%20Episode%2053_.mp3

Ep 53 - Song 8: "Spookster" by Angle

"I have a vision for every project I do and I follow it through to the very end. I've been rapping since I was in the 6th grade, before social norms and stereotypes had a chance to latch on. I've been recording and doing shows since 1998, when I was at the University of Iowa. I've released 3 solo albums, a group effort, and been featured on numerous other projects (check discography). Real life has dealt blow after blow after sucker punch to my creative endeavors as an emcee trying to get my truth out to as many folks I can. I'm not a starving artist because I belive in self presrvation, but I'm still very hungry. Throughout my treks I've had the laziest street team ever, but still love you people. Before I legally murder my stage name, I have much work to do. If you want to know anything else, just ask me. whoaYEAH!"
- from his Facebook page

"Angle is an emcee/rapper who has 15 years experience writing, recording and performing. While the Des Moines area has been his home on and off most his life, Angle has traveled the country perfecting his craft. His impressive discography includes 9 self releases. Despite a distinguished resume', he is often left in the outer rim of Des Moines music circles. However, this is not bothersome or unfamiliar to the veteran rapper, who for most of his career has been proving himself lyrically on records and stages for almost two decades with no signs of slowing down."
- from the description of the Pants Off Podcast he was on

“It is no secret that I am a fan of jam bands, but those that know me well also know that I love good hip hop. I am a bit unfamiliar with the hip hop scene in Des Moines, but after meeting with Angle the other night, I am definitely anxious to start checking out more hip hop shows. And he certainly had me interested when he told me that he opened for Atmosphere in Iowa City a few years ago. Angle started writing rhymes during class in high school at SE Polk. It wasn’t easy though, as hip hop and rap music was not well received there. He started meeting more people and performing when he moved to Iowa City to attend the University of Iowa, and his first solo album was released in 2001. Although trying to make a name for himself could be difficult in Iowa, Angle says he will never move and he is happy doing what he is doing even if he doesn’t 'make it.'” from the article, "A New “Angle” on Hip Hop", by Hippie Chick on the DSM Vibe website

Production: Written & Recorded by Angle
Production by Coolzey
Mixed by Luke Tweedy & Coolzey
Mastered by Eugene Toale & Coolzey
One Leg Up Productions & Public School Records

 

Facebook:

BandCamp:

ReverbNation:

To download the whole podcast, right click on the link below and hit "Save as...":
https://archive.org/download/IowaMusicShowcaseEpisode53/Iowa%20Music%20Showcase%20-%20Episode%2053_.mp3

Ep 53 - Song 9: "Surveillance Video" by Rhonda is a Dead Bitch



"But why bother alienating people with your band’s name when the music alone would do just fine?"
- from a review by Doug Musurock on the Still Single website

"Rhonda Is A Dead Bitch is a psych/krautrock/noise combo from Des Moines, Iowa consisting of Luke, Jason, Lindsay, Tyler and Emery."
- from their ReverbNation page

"As if their ballsy moniker and ballsier decision to release their new EP only on 180g vinyl (digital-only dicks be damned) didn’t already have my attention, I dropped the needle on my virgin copy of 'Laos' and proceeded to enjoy listening to Rhonda Is A Dead Bitch blast holes into the landscape of rock music in Des Moines with anti-hipster delight. What Rhonda Is A Dead Bitch admittedly lacks in musical mastery serves them well, because it allows them to play with refreshing gusto, honesty and creativity."
- from a review by Michael Swanger in Cityview

Lineup:
Em.Lu.Li.Js.Ty.
ON:
exponential noin
zee repercussions
heaviehunded bas (relieve)
whatelseworkds
yelpnstrung


Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/Rhonda-Is-A-Dead-Bitch-194602010194/

BandCamp:
https://rhondaisadeadbitch.bandcamp.com/

ReverbNation:
https://www.reverbnation.com/rhondaisadeadbitch

To download the whole podcast, right click on the link below and hit "Save as...":
https://archive.org/download/IowaMusicShowcaseEpisode53/Iowa%20Music%20Showcase%20-%20Episode%2053_.mp3

Sunday, October 8, 2017

EPISODE 52 - Happy Hawkeye Halloween 2017, Part 1 of 4: Killer Cows and Other Iowa Furry Monsters



Hello! Bwahahahaha!

Welcome back, you foolish souls who dare to tread in the abode of The Evil Doctor OlderMusicGeek.


This year, we have done something ingenuous! Bwahahaha!

We have given each episode more of an Iowa flavor by naming it after a monster that can be found in our quaint state, and provide you with a little information on said creatures and its relatives!

Oh yes, The Corn Spirit - whether you follow the Native American one or the pagan European corn gods - seems to have kept our state fairly safe from too many harmful creatures... unfortunately!

We don't seem to have an overabundance of aliens here, despite 3 "airships" with "Ma. rtians' chrashing in our state in mid-April 1897.

But like anywhere else, we do have a share of cryptids and cryptozoological creatures!


Some come in a furry form.

For instance, the cow! Yes, the benign bovine you moo at playfully.

Did you know this beast kills more people in the U.S. per year than sharks, alligators, bears, snakes, and spiders combined!

Makes you look at it a little differently doesn't it?


And Iowa also has its share of Bigfeet. Look at The Grassman, the plains' own version of Bigfoot, named because it likes to walk in the tall grass. - Though it would have been more awesome it had been made of grass!

The most famous case seems to be The Hairy Wild Woman seen in 1884 in Gordon's Ferry near Dubuque.

Also, our own Lockridge Monster has been claimed to be a Bigfoot or relative to Bigfeet.

Plus, we have had plenty of plain, good ole Bigfoot sightings here too.


Besides these Bigfoot types, we also have the shunka warakin, hyena/wolf creatures that carries off dogs, and phantom kangaroos have been spotted here as well!


So to celebrate this strange, furry animals that provide a little magic in our cornfields, we present, for this part, some acoustic and folky tunes that are bit bent and twisted.


IMSC posts related to Halloween:
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/search/label/Halloween

To download the podcast, right click on the link below and hit "Save as...":
https://archive.org/download/IowaMusicShowcaseEpisode52/Iowa%20Music%20Showcase%20-%20Episode%2052_.mp3

Art by Dean Sturtevant
stretched to make into a square
http://greenunicornart.com/
https://www.facebook.com/GreenUnicornArt/


TRACK LISTING:
For more information, click on the link below the track.

Cover by Dean Sturtevant
(https://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2017/10/ep-52-cover-by-dean-sturtevant.html)

Opening - Iowa Music Showcase Halloween theme 3 by Dylan Boyle, Dan OlderMusicGeek, and freesounds.org
(https://iowamusicshowcase.bandcamp.com/track/iowa-music-showcase-halloween-theme-3-by-dylan-boyle-dan-oldermusicgeek-and-freesounds-org)

Song 1 - "Night after Night" by CW Smith
(https://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2017/10/ep-52-song-1-night-after-night-by-cw.html)

Song 2 - "The Devil's Bar" by Aaron Earl Short
(https://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2017/10/ep-52-song-2-devils-bar-by-aaron-earl.html)

Song 3 - "Watch Out" by Andy Mitchell
(https://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2017/10/ep-52-song-3-watch-out-by-andy-mitchell.html)

Song 4 - "Imaginary Black Cat" by Kate Kane
(https://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2017/10/ep-52-song-4-imaginary-black-cat-by.html)

Song 5 - "Black Witch" by The Starry Nights feat Heather Cousins
(https://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2017/10/ep-52-song-5-black-witch-by-starry.html)

Song 6 - "Ghost Train" by Cheshire Moon
(https://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2017/10/ep-52-song-6-ghost-train-by-cheshire.html)

Song 7 - "Nurse Jane" by Bryan Baker
(https://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2017/10/ep-052-song-7-nurse-jane-by-bryan-baker.html)

Song 8 - "The Door" by Old Scratch Revival Singers
(https://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2017/10/ep-52-song-8-door-by-old-scratch.html)

Closing - Iowa Music Showcase Halloween theme 2 by Jessica Villegas
(http://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2016/10/ep-34-iowa-music-showcase-halloween.html)

All song are copyrighted by the performers and composers, and used by their kind permission.


Next episode: We continue the Iowa willies and wailings next week as we educate you on Iowa's own dragons!

One year ago...
Episode 34: Happy Hawkeye Halloween 2016, Part 1 of 4 - A Branch Snaps -http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/2016/10/episode-34-happy-hawkeye-halloween-2016.html

Two years ago...
Episode 17 - A Joe Lawler Dedication -
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/2015/10/episode-17-joe-lawler-dedication.html

Iowa Music Showcase can be listened to and/or downloaded on the following sites:
Home page:
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/
Feed:
http://feeds.feedburner.com/IowaMusicShowcase
Itunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/iowa-music-showcase/id1173339660
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Iowa-Music-Showcase/364796883703114
Soundcloud:
https://soundcloud.com/iowa-music-showcase
Bandcamp:
https://iowamusicshowcase.bandcamp.com/
YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXMPcIaIvvs0Aj4zk2JbXdQ/feed

Iowa Music Showcase is also on Code Zero Radio every Tuesday and Thursday at 10pm central time:
http://codezeroradio.com/

Other websites:
Twitter:
https://twitter.com/iamusicshowcase
Instagram:
https://instagram.com/iowamusicshowcase
ReverbNation:
https://www.reverbnation.com/iowamusicshowcase
Archive.org:
https://archive.org/details/@iowa_music_showcase#uploads
Spotify:
https://play.spotify.com/user/iowamusicshowcase

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Eps 52 and 53 - Cover by Dean Sturtevant


"Local Des Moines artist that works in sharpie. Artist, Owner, Public Speaker at Green Unicorn Art. Come see me at my shows and cons."
- from his Twitter page

"Central Iowa native Dean Sturtevant is a self taught artist who has been drawing as long as he can remember. He always seeks to encourage and inspire others with his art, his own inspiration stemming from his love of comic books, movies and super-heroes. He does all his work with Sharpie markers, using a displacement style to fill in the colors. "Dean loves to delight others and make people laugh with his whimsical, fun drawings, often gifting custom work to people who need a pick-me-up or encouragement. He has been featured in many local art shows and cons over the last year..."
- from Green Unicorn Art's Facebook page

Original version of the cover of Episode 52


Cover of Episode 53

Home page:

Facebook:

Deviant Art:

Ep 52 - Song 1: "Night after Night" by CW Smith



"CW SMITH is a multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter from Des Moines. His original songs explore universal themes like love and family, faith and doubt, work and play, coffee and road construction. And they hearken back to the great rock, pop, blues and folk music of the 20th century."
- from his ReverbNation page

"Original acoustic and electric rock; Classic 20th century rock. CW sings, composes, and plays over a dozen different instruments...

"CW Smith started entertaining early, singing popular songs of the 60s and early 70s for family members at age 3. He formed his first "band" with cousin Leanne at age 7, wrote his first song at 10, performed with the Indianola High School swing choir at 11, had singing and non-singing roles with the Des Moines Metro Opera at 12 and 13, formed his first "real band" at 17, and started producing solo and band recordings at 18.

"CW took piano and trombone lessons at age 9, but grew impatient with them. He taught himself guitar at age 15, bass guitar at 19, and drums at 21.

"CW has played with several Des Moines and surrounding area bands over the years, including Sound System, the audubon society, Velvet Picasso, Village Idiots, Indigo Dream, One Eye Closed, Mystic East, Amethyst, The Stains, The Word Green, Smith & Straughn, The Grape Ape Trust, dUUdes, and TMI."
- from his Facebook page

"From the time I could walk, say the folks closest to me, I’ve been singing. I’d entertain the family at picnics from the age of three. My cousin Leanne and I formed our first “band” -- The Flowerbuds --- when I was seven. I wrote my first song when I was ten, performed with the Indianola High School swing choir when I was eleven, and had choral and non-singing roles with the Des Moines Metro Opera when I was twelve and thirteen. My first formal music lessons were on piano and trombone when I was 10 years old, but I never really stuck with either of them: I never had the lung power for trombone or the patience for piano. I taught myself guitar when I was 15, bass when I was 18, and drums when I was 19. During my time working at Trifecta Studio, I learned mandolin and harmonica, and got much better at the drums. I’ve since taken up baritone guitar, upright bass, ukuleles (soprano, tenor and baritone), banjo, bajo sexto and sitar. Piano still spooks me for some reason, though.

"I joke that I have a musical attention deficit, and just can’t manage to stick with one instrument. But it was actually a valuable skill in the studio: if a client needed a particular instrument on a recording, it was just about as easy for me to learn a part as to go through my list of instrumentalists’ phone numbers. Usually in the time it took just to get a response on the phone, I could learn a part and we could finish the recording. In my current recordings and with my current bands, I bounce back and forth between guitar, bass, mandolin and drums to fill whatever void we hear in the arrangement...

My solo recording career began with the breakup of Sound System in 1989, and continues to this day. I’m working and playing now with a band (The Grape Ape Trust) and three duet projects (TMI, The Word Green and Smith & Straughn) and feeling more motivated now than ever before to get my my music recorded and performed out in front of an audience.
- from his home page

"To say that CW Smith is an interesting dude would be an understatement...

"His basement is divided into two parts, One half is a display of guitars, keyboards, and other stringed instruments. In the back sits a complete trap set and a few hand drums. Macintosh computer screens adorn his counter space which he uses to record and mix his music. Nearby is a custom patch bay that he uses to track and layer his songs. He has instruments from every faction of music including a sitar, numerous electric guitars, two baritone guitars, a stand-up bass, a couple of keyboards, the aforementioned drum set and a trumpet. Being in his basement is a lot like being in a music store. He says that when he records an new album, he tries to implement as many instruments into the mix as possible and most of them he plays himself...

"CW Smith grew up in Pleasantville, Iowa and has lived in Norwalk, Harford and Des Moines. He graduated high school in Indianola and then attended Iowa State University for a year in 1987. He enjoyed his short tenure in Ames, but while he maintains that Iowa State is a great school, he also maintains that he was not a great student. At the time CW was studying Computer Science, which isn't exactly what an engineering school like Iowa State is known for. After studying for a year, he moved back to Indianola to attend Simpson College. There he he changed his majors to Music and Communication.

"In 1992 he was offered a co-ownership position at Trifecta Studios just north of Easton Boulevard in Des Moines. CW seized this opportunity, and with his business partner, Steve Hudspeth, they operated a full function studio for ten years.

"In 2002 the studio closed it's doors, and it's actually where CW acquired much of the equipment and a good amount of the musical instruments that he keeps in his basement today. He keeps busy by playing solo gigs in and around the city. He says that he tries to keep it down to just a few gigs a month, but sometimes the opportunities exceed that. You can find him at various coffee shops in the city or at the occasional neighborhood bar, or at the place where he attends worship, the First Unitarian Church...

"When asked about his influences, Smith offers a wide variety, all of which find their way into his musical vein. There's Big Star, David Bowie, Tom Petty and even Television and Crowded House. But he admits that most of his influence comes from The Beatles, whom obviously, CW pays a strong homage to...

"Whether CW Smith is playing an acoustic solo show or if he is removing a virus from a laptop computer in his shop, one thing is certain: He approaches each task he does with genuine love. When you meet CW, you instantly realize what a great and friendly guy he is. He conducts himself in a manner that defies ego but he operates with a high sense of integrity.

"Extremely proud of the life he has created for himself and his family, he makes no excuses for who he is. Whether he is in his shop or making music, he leaves no stone unturned in regards to detail and the values in which he lives his life. CW Smith is a rare bird and an incredible asset to the Des Moines community."
- from "Getting to Know: C.W. Smith" on the Bigfoot Diaries website

Lineup:
CW Smith - rhythm guitars, bass guitar, drums, vocals
Stevan Robinson - slide guitar
Rob Straughn - co-writer


Home page:
http://www.cwsmith.fm

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/cwsmithsongs/

BandCamp:
https://cwsmith.bandcamp.com/

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Ep 52 - Song 2: "The Devil's Bar" by Aaron Earl Short



"Aaron Earl Short: One Man Traveling Front Porch Show – a one-man band performance from a well-seasoned songwriter & storyteller, Dobro slidin’, guitar pickin’, harmonica wailin’ & stomp box stompin’ musician.

"Growing up in the Midwest, Short wrote and played rock and roll, folk, Americana, blues, country and roots, landing where he is today: a music mutt.

"Now emerging with his full solo sound he has recorded his new album, Watchlist. This is Short’s latest collections of personal politically charged songs to be released spring 2017 followed by an album release tour through the summer.

"Performing live is a committed passion that not everyone has the road weary troubadour nature to pursue, but for Short, it is a great fit. Performing live and entertaining audiences is what he is built for. With a large repertoire of cover songs and very relatable likable solo material, he is able to keep his dream of performing alive and well.

"There's a worn and weathered honesty to Aaron Earl Short's pistol-whip songwriting and self-inflicted humor he's developed on stage over the past 20 years. To get to know Short and his music is to get to know a true song man.

"'Aaron's songs are seasoned with hymns that call on the Greg Brown school of Midwestern roots music.' - Todd Partridge, Old School Records

"With the songwriting style of Kris Kristofferson and the musical energy of John Hiatt, he continues to engage and grow audiences of all styles. Through the years of performing, Short has adapted his material to fit into a variety of festivals, venues, bars, coffee shops and street corners."
- from his home page

Lineup:
Aaron Earl Short - guitar, harmonica, vocals


Home page:
http://www.aaronearlshort.com/

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/aaronearlshort/

ReverbNation:
https://www.reverbnation.com/aaronearlshort

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Ep 52 - Song 3: "Watch Out" by Andy Mitchell



I don't really have a lot of information on Andy. He's a student at The University of Iowa where he writes for the newspaper, The Daily Iowan, and the radio station, KRUI. And he's NOT the former lead singer of The Yardbirds.

Lineup:
Andy Mitchell - guitar, vocals


BandCamp site for the compilation this record is on:
https://workerbeerecords.bandcamp.com/album/low-fidelity-living-5-free

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Ep 52 - Song 4: "Imaginary Black Cat" by Kate Kane



Kate Kane is an Iowa City and Iowa music scene icon. She is the head of the band, Starry Nights, was one third of Lipstick Homicide, has played and worked in various other bands, helps run Bloated Kat Records, books and does sound at Trumpet Blossom Cafe, and used to run Open Mic at The Yacht Club.

She also puts out occasional solo tunes.

Lineup:
Kate Kane - guitar, vocals


BandCamp:

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