Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Iowa Music NEEDS Net Neutrality - and So Does Iowa Music Showcase!

If you haven't been paying attention - or missed all the posts I've been putting up on social media - we are about to lose net neutrality, the rule that says all information and sites on the net have to be treated equally.

Without net neutrality, some sites could be paid to load and play faster than other sites.

And that means, those of us without any money, like most Iowa music acts and this website, would be stuck in the slow lane.

It also means that schools, small businesses, activist groups, and other groups with little funds who have trouble connecting and reaching the masses and other sites.

The only winners out of this would be internet providers, large businesses that could afford the fast lane, and people with money who can afford to spend it on a faster internet. The rest of us would have to take what we could get.



But it hasn't happened yet! And if you would like to prevent it from happening, please add your name to the petitions below -

Change.org - https://www.change.org/p/save-net-neutrality-netneutrality

White House petition - https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/do-not-repeal-net-neutrality

Battle for the Net - https://www.battleforthenet.com/

MoveOn.org - https://petitions.moveon.org/sign/tell-the-fcc-restore

ACLU - https://action.aclu.org/secure/FCC_preserve_net_neutrality

Save the Internet - https://www.savetheinternet.com/sti-home

Every Library - http://action.everylibrary.org/netneutrality



You can also email the members of the FCC and tell them how you feel about net neutrality -

•Ajit Pai, Chairman - Ajit.Pai@fcc.gov

•Mignon Clyburn, Commissioner - Mignon.Clyburn@fcc.gov

•Michael O’Rielly, Commissioner - Mike.O‘Rielly@fcc.gov

•Brendan Carr, Commissioner - Brendan.Carr@fcc.gov

•Jessica Rosenworcel, Commissioner - Jessica.Rosenworcel@fcc.gov



Also contact Senators Charles Grassley and Joni Ernst and your congresssional representative -

Sen. Charles Grassley - https://www.grassley.senate.gov/constituent

Sen Joni Ernst - 
https://www.ernst.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/email-joni

Rod Blum (R) - District 1 - https://blum.house.gov/contact/email

David Loebsack (D) - District 2 - https://loebsack.house.gov/forms/writeyourrep/

David Young (R) - District 3 - https://davidyoung.house.gov/contact

Steve King (R) - District 4 - http://steveking.house.gov/contact

Or use the ResistBot - Text "RESIST" to 50409


To read more about how ending net neutrality will affect the music scene -

From Rolling Stone - Net Neutrality: How a Repeal Could Kill the Careers of Indie Musicians -
http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/net-neutrality-how-a-repeal-could-kill-artists-careers-w513787

From Digital Music News - Goodbye, Net Neutrality? What This Could Mean For the Music Industry -
https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2017/11/20/fcc-net-neutrality-music-industry/

From Watt.CashMusic.org - NO INTERNET, NO MUSIC: WHY MUSICIANS NEED TO CARE ABOUT NET NEUTRALITY -
https://watt.cashmusic.org/writing/nointernetnomusic

From Medium.com - If the web loses net neutrality, independent musicians will lose their careers -
https://medium.com/cash-music/if-the-web-loses-net-neutrality-independent-musicians-will-lose-their-careers-d8226f9f2e3a

From WMOT Radio's website - NOT NEUTRAL: Anger, Activism Roil Indie Music Before Net Neutrality Vote -
http://wmot.org/post/not-neutral-anger-activism-roil-indie-music-net-neutrality-vote#stream/0

From Mashable -Here's what your favorite band thinks about killing net neutrality -
http://mashable.com/2017/12/07/musicians-tell-congress-killing-net-neutrality-threatens-art/#QAa2i_Tiemqb

From Future of Music Coalition - Rock the Net: Musicians for Net Neutrality -
https://futureofmusic.org/issues/campaigns/rock-net-musicians-net-neutrality

From Variety - Hundreds of Musicians — From R.E.M. to Turnip King — Sign Statement Defending Net Neutrality -
http://variety.com/2017/biz/news/hundreds-of-musicians-from-r-e-m-to-turnip-king-sign-statement-defending-net-neutrality-1202638012/

From Track Record - What The End of Net Neutrality Means For Music Fans -
http://trackrecord.net/what-the-end-of-net-neutrality-means-for-music-fans-1821231437

Monday, December 11, 2017

EPISODE 58: Happy Hawkeye Holidays 2017, Part 3 of 3 - Scrooge



Ho ho ho! We bring the last of this year's Holidays episodes.

And as in previous years, this episode features some situations and language that some of you may not want to hear. So you have been warned.

The rest of you I hope enjoy this last collection of festive musical frivolities.

And be back next week as we present a whole bunch of playlists featuring Iowa's own songs of the season!


IMSC posts featuring the holidays:
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/search/label/holidays

To download the podcast, right click on the link below and hit "Save as...":
https://archive.org/download/IowaMusicShowcaseEpisode58/Iowa%20Music%20Showcase%20-%20Episode%2058_.mp3

Art by John Leech
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Leech_(caricaturist)
TRACK LISTING:
For more information, click on the link below the track.

Opening -  Iowa Music Showcase Christmas Theme by Dylan Boyle and Dan OlderMusicGeek
(http://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2015/12/iowa-music-showcase-theme-christmas.html)

Song 1 - "A Collage of Impressions" by The Poison Control Center
s (https://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2017/12/ep-58-song-1-collage-of-impressions-by.html)

Song 2 - "Eggnog and Beer" by Less Poetry and Pizza Babe
(https://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2017/12/ep-58-song-2-eggnog-and-beer-by-less.html)

Song 3 - "High on Christmas" by Dan Bee
(https://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2017/12/ep-58-song-3-high-on-christmas-by-dan.html)

Song 4 - "Distracted When You Kiss" by Gloom Balloon
(https://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2017/12/ep-58-song-4-distracted-when-you-kiss.html)

Song 5 - "Happy Holidays" by Bryan Baker
(https://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2017/12/ep-58-song-5-happy-holidays-by-bryan.html)

Song 6 - "Christmas Makes Pants Happy" by Keepers of the Carpet
(https://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2017/12/ep-58-song-6-christmas-makes-pants.html)

Song 7 - "When No One Calls on Christmas" by Tuff Jerks
(https://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2017/12/ep-58-song-7-when-no-one-calls-on.html)

Song 8 - "Party of the Party" by Karen Meat
(https://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2017/12/ep-58-song-8-party-of-party-by-karen.html)

Song 9 - "Merry Christmas, Bats" by Personal Vendetta
(https://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2017/12/ep-58-song-9-merry-christmas-bats-by.html)


Closing - Iowa Music Showcase Christmas Theme by Dylan Boyle and Dan OlderMusicGeek
(http://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2015/12/iowa-music-showcase-theme-christmas.html)


All songs, artwork, and photography are copyrighted by the performers, composers, artists, and photographers, and used by their kind permission.


Next week: We present with playlists from various websites featuring holiday music from our own state's musicians!

Next episode: The favorites of 2017!


PREVIOUSLY ON IOWA MUSIC SHOWCASE:
One week ago...
EPISODE 57: Happy Hawkeye Holidays 2017, Part 2 of 3 - The Snowman -
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/2017/12/episode-57-happy-hawkeye-holidays-2017.html

Two weeks ago...
EPISODE 56: Happy Hawkeye Holidays 2017, Part 1 of 3: Nestor -
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/2017/11/episode-56-happy-hawkeye-holidays-2017.html

Three weeks ago...
PLAYLISTS: Thanksgiving - Iowa Style -
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/2017/11/playlists-thanksgiving-iowa-style.html

One month ago...
Just what the heck is on this website! -
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/2017/11/just-what-heck-is-on-this-website.html

Three months ago...
OTHER SOURCES: An Iowa Noise Music Compilation -
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/2017/09/other-sources-iowa-noise-music.html

Six months ago...
PLAYLISTS: Random Iowa Music BandCamp Playlist 1 -
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/2017/06/other-sources-random-iowa-music.html

One year ago...
Episode 39: Happy Hawkeye Holidays 2016, Part 2 of 2 - The Cola Edition -
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/2016/12/episode-39-happy-hawkeye-holidays-2016_11.html

Two years ago...
Episode 21: Happy Hawkeye Holidays 2015, the Flurries Edition -
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/2015/12/episode-21-happy-hawkeye-holidays-2015.html


Iowa Music Showcase can be listened to and/or downloaded on the following sites:
Home page:
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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 58 - Song 1: "A Collage of Impressions" by The Poison Control Center



"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 entry

"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... 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)."
- from their DMMC music directory entry

"From the Ames/Des Moines/Iowa state capital corridor, there's been a rattling for what seems to be decades, a great disturbance that became a lesser disturbance, that became a puzzlement, that was fleshed out, that was refined, that was commandeered by four principal songwriters all of distinguishably different persuasions, that was made into an operable quartet that has come to this day embracing all of its idiosyncrasies in a more controlled environment. The Poison Control Center, if it's appropriate in its syntax to claim the multi-headed project as a single being, was a madman in its earlier days of playing in green jump suits a la the yellow ones Dignan wore in 'Bottle Rocket.'

"It was an unhinged variation on the simple pop structure that spawned all of the Beatles crazies who made all of the fuzzed out, drugged up psychedelic indie rock for The Elephant Six Collective and Kindercore Records. They were and still are a group that bows to hermetic Jeff Mangum, hyper-kinetic Robert Schneider of The Apples in Stereo (lead singer Patrick Fleming would probably list being an invited guest to the Apples front man's wedding as a life highlight), Elf Power, Masters of the Hemisphere and all of the other various off-shoots and denominations of these incestuous bands. They've helmed in their more reckless leanings and stand before us with the tassel flipped over to the left side of their caps, signifying a graduation of sorts into the kind of rock and roll world that they always knew was out there waiting for them if they could just get there - surviving personal losses and creative differences and growing up (the biggest detriment to a band that lives and dines on doing things the hard and ambitious way).

"The PCC now - with its forthcoming new record A Collage of Impressions -- is going after legitimacy. It already has legacy and relative longevity, as well as experience playing ice cream parlors and Patrick Fleming and Devin Frank staging live battles with their bodies and guitars, like two feral bighorns clacking their bones together for the appealing hand of the lady bighorn. The record makes the most of their multi-dimensions and individual voices and egos. All four voices get their crack and the barnburning, waylaying is an attractive version of the closest this band will get to giving us a straight answer. It's still pop, via the weirder, non-cerebral form of the word, but it's an expansion of on the many years of trying and a testament to what plugging away at a sound burning a hole in your head can lead to. Poison Control Center sings that love is the answer, but the reason they're even able to repeat what was just said is by way of supreme companionship - which gets a lot of face time on the new album. It's a full developed friendship of mostly brothers that has taken their love of weird but simple music courting."
- from their entry on Daytrotter

Lineup:
Patrick Tape Fleming - vocals, guitar
Devin Frank - vocals, guitar
Joey Terry - bass, vocals
David Olson - drums, vocals


Home page:
http://thepoisoncontrolcenter.com/

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/The-Poison-Control-Center-98639736292

BandCamp:
https://thepoisoncontrolcenter.bandcamp.com

To download the whole podcast, right click on the link below and hit "Save as...":
https://archive.org/download/IowaMusicShowcaseEpisode58/Iowa%20Music%20Showcase%20-%20Episode%2058_.mp3

Ep 58 - Song 2: "Eggnog and Beer" by Less Poetry and Pizza Babe



Less Poetry used to go by Lesbian Poetry.

"my feelings about these songs are best summed up by 1000 multi-colored heart emojis" - katie b

"Rice-a-roni. Butts. Kissing. Lesbian Poetry is hard to define because Lesbian Poetry means a little something different to everyone.

"I’ve seen Elliot play more times than I can probably count. The first time I ever listened to Elliot’s music was on his couch in 2009, and he offered me some cereal and we didn’t talk at all. Later, I watched Elliot sing songs a cappella in his backyard with hunnies and fellas floating in the pool behind him. I’ve seen Elliot on a 625-acre farm in Eastern Iowa, unblinkingly rejecting the stage and sound system. With his voice out-loud and arms tied awkwardly behind his back, he stopped hearts with his even-paced drawl against the Iowa countryside. Aided by bare instrumentation, Elliot’s songs read as poems or folk tales. His songs have an amazing sense of humor and life that the listener feels like they’re chatting with an old friend or maybe even someone they kissed at a party once. And sometimes they’re profoundly sad. And that’s okay.

"Many of us know and love Elliot Burke, the main brains behind the operation that is Lesbian Poetry, but he’s very earnest about involving other Iowa musicians in his musical efforts. He’s currently playing with Luke and Wesley Belknap, who are both involved in their own musical pursuits in Iowa. He toured last summer with Little Ruckus, playing solo stuff but always excited to strum along to Dom’s tunes with his acoustic guitar and sweat-power grin. In the past, he’s been so down for whatever that he picked up his trumpet and toured the country with Mumford’s. Something about Elliot’s spirit makes him a natural third or twelfth member to any band.

"Please please please, listen to Elliot’s stories. There’s nothing but hits in his discography. From the oldies but goodies like “You Want to Fuck Her Again” and “Wine and Cheese” to literally any song on Lo-Fi Country for the Whole Family, you will find something – a single line or a chorus – that will resonate with you as entirely true. And if you drop him a line, Elliot will definitely play a show in your backyard or local pizza parlor or jungle gym. That’s what Lesbian Poetry is to me."
- from the article, "GDP Hype: Lesbian Poetry", by Zooey Miller on the DMMC website

"Pizza Babe is happy-cozy-wonder-pop made by Eva Lewin, revolving mostly around magick, wonder parties, friendshipz, and cute animals. meow meow meow meow moo oink giggle giggle yo yoyo pajamas"
- from their Facebook page

Lineup:
Elliott Burke - vocals, ukulele
Eva Lewin - vocals


Less Poetry on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/lpoetryxo/

Less Poetry on BandCamp:
https://lesbianpoetry.bandcamp.com/

Pizza Babe on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/evalewinmusic/

Pizza Babe on BandCamp:
https://pizzababe.bandcamp.com/

To download the whole podcast, right click on the link below and hit "Save as...":
https://archive.org/download/IowaMusicShowcaseEpisode58/Iowa%20Music%20Showcase%20-%20Episode%2058_.mp3

Ep 58 - Song 3: "High on Christmas" by Dan Bee



"Dan Bee started off life stillborn in Evanston IL in the mid 1970's. After his revival he did the normal baby thing, then the toddler thing. After going through some torturous years being picked on and ostracized as a teenager the pure isolation led him to lock up in a room with a guitar becoming a musician. Today he is an adult man child making music which aids him to bypass the crippling nature of his normal reclusiveness.

"Dan Bee is a songwriter who marches to the beat of his own drum. He does what he does and does it as well as he can. Some people will like it and some people will not. The music isn't trying to be anything in particular other than an expression of the emotion the songwriter is going through at the time of creation.

"Dan Bee is one of those weird musicians who doesn't really care about what guitar they are playing on or playing with technical skill. While those things do have their merits, Dan feels as long as what you do has passion and you have passion for it then that is enough.

"The music on this page can and will be anything from a rough acoustic demo recorded on a cell phone in a bedroom, to a full band of friends recorded in a lush studio.

"Here you go, have a listen and enjoy your life. :)"
- from his Facebook page

Lineup:
Dan Bobek - vocals, instruments


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

BandCamp:
https://danbeemusic.bandcamp.com/

To download the whole podcast, right click on the link below and hit "Save as...":
https://archive.org/download/IowaMusicShowcaseEpisode58/Iowa%20Music%20Showcase%20-%20Episode%2058_.mp3

Ep 58 - Song 4: "Distracted When You Kiss" by Gloom Balloon



"Songs for a baroque heart."
- from their BandCamp page

"Gloom Balloon is full of surprises!'
- Spin Magazine

“Gloom Balloon is energizing, hilarious, heartbreaking, depressing, and sometimes it’s all of those things at the exact same instant. Gloom Balloon physically or emotionally grabs you by the head; there can be no doubt that Fleming will continue to be one of the best lyricists and one of the best performers you’ll ever see."
- themilkcarton.com

“One of the best records I’ve heard all year. […] Albums like this don’t come around every day, and we need to cherish them when they do."
Josh Terzino, Music-Defined.com (#6 Top Album of 2013)

Lineup:
Pat Fleming - vocals, guitar


Home page:
http://gloomballoon.com/

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

BandCamp:
https://gloomballoon.bandcamp.com/

To download the whole podcast, right click on the link below and hit "Save as...":
https://archive.org/download/IowaMusicShowcaseEpisode58/Iowa%20Music%20Showcase%20-%20Episode%2058_.mp3

Ep 58 - Song 5: "Happy Holidays" by Bryan Baker



"Singer / Songwriter, Geek Werewolves howling for lost love and regret, robots enslaving and destroying humanity, lost love returning in the zombiepocalypse, and that's just the first three songs!"
- from his ReverbNation page

"Bryan Baker (Kaklick Martin) is a metaverse musician: A singer/songwriter performing in, and writing songs about, the virtual world known as Second Life®. Bryan’s avatar Kaklick took the stage in Second Life® for the first time back in late 2005, so he is among the longest running performers in Second Life® and was an early evangelist for the live music scene there...

"Bryan has been writing music since his childhood, but got serious in high school. Originally intending on a path that would have taken him to Berklee School of Music in the early 80s as a bassist, he was offered the chance to try out a musician's life straight out of high school and he hired on as a bass player in a lounge outfit of no consequence in the twin cities area. When this came to an end a few months later he returned to Iowa and joined a new-wave outfit called 'The Keyz' based in Ames. They played some great shows to appreciative fans, but this didn't last either. By this time he'd started studying at Iowa State, initially in music, then migrating to theatre and eventually graduating in that field...

"For several years he concentrated on other aspects of his life, and his career path led him to work on show control for many high profile entertainment venues, but he kept writing and playing music. In 2004 he started seriously recording and writing again and has been going full steam since."
- from his Facebook page

Lineup:
Bryan Baker - vocals, instruments


Home page:
http://ka-klick.com/

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/Bryan-Baker-54790471441/

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

To download the whole podcast, right click on the link below and hit "Save as...":
https://archive.org/download/IowaMusicShowcaseEpisode58/Iowa%20Music%20Showcase%20-%20Episode%2058_.mp3

Ep 58 - Song 6: "Christmas Makes Pants Happy" by Keepers of the Carpet



"Active 1996-2008 Originated in Buffalo Center, Iowa. Later involved in Bi-Fi Records in Ames, Iowa. Later self-released "Just Set Fire To The Prize." Members: Jordan Mayland, Jason Holland, Zack Smith, Pete Smith, Tyler Smith, Eric Moffitt, Rano LoVan, Paul Friemel, Dan Shea, Jacob Tyler Wolfgang."
- from their BandCamp page

"Iowa Rock Music. Hailing originally from Buffalo Center, Iowa, Keepers were well known for their exciting live shows & poppy rock music.

"Started in 1997 practicing in barns. We came to Ames and met Bi-Fi Records. We recorded an album. We got on the radio. We played shows. We went on tour. We broke up. We got back together. We changed members a lot. We put out another album. We got on the radio again. We have awesome fans."
- from their Facebook page


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

BandCamp:
https://keepersofthecarpet.bandcamp.com/

To download the whole podcast, right click on the link below and hit "Save as...":
https://archive.org/download/IowaMusicShowcaseEpisode58/Iowa%20Music%20Showcase%20-%20Episode%2058_.mp3

Ep 58 - Song 7: "When No One Calls on Christmas" by Tuff Jerks



"This is Jason Hennesy. I'm a songwriter and sales professional in southeast Iowa. I'm interested in failure."
- from their BandCamp page


BandCamp:
https://tuffjerks.bandcamp.com/

To download the whole podcast, right click on the link below and hit "Save as...":
https://archive.org/download/IowaMusicShowcaseEpisode58/Iowa%20Music%20Showcase%20-%20Episode%2058_.mp3

Ep 58 - Song 8: "Party of the Party" by Karen Meat



"Karen Meat is a pop rock project of Arin Eaton based between Des Moines and Iowa City. The band itself is a moody character, a sequined oversized sweater, crooning melodies and lyrics of a bored generation. She’s Drunk Like The Rest Of Us, Karen Meat’s recent November 2016 tape release, steers away from her DSM band (Brad Turk, John Huffman) as Eaton collaborates with her business partner Dana Telsrow. Karen Meat glitters with memorable beats, 60s-girl-pop inspired vocals, guitar solos by Dana, and coordinated outfits. Full band Karen Meat includes releases such as On The Couch (2016), and self-titled Karen Meat & The Computer (2015) – grumpy rock n’ roll songs with a tinge of partying and omnicord, with titles like “Who Cares?” and “Pizza and Beer”. Realistically, pop songs should be fun AND sad. Karen Meat embraces the power of rejection and depression as themes for her music, and her upbeat tunes are gems of sarcasm and truth. Follow Karen Meat on Twitter at @K_Meat for more declarations on how weird the world can seem."
- from their Facebook pag

"Culled together from the concrete deserts and decades-old industry of the city’s wrong-side-of-the-tracks, Karen Meat first appeared in the Des Moines scene at a Battle of the Bands. At the time, the band was a duo with Bradley Turk sharing songwriting and lead responsibilities with the band’s namesake member, Arin Eaton.

"What started with Eaton’s idea for pyrotechnic accompaniment to their performance, ended in arson charges, an entire remodeling of the Lincoln High School gymnasium, and a stint in a Tennessee juvenile detention center. There she continued to hone her skills as a songwriter and upon her release fell heavily into the influence of Nashville music.

"Meanwhile, Turk was overseas training to begin playing minor league basketball in the Euroleague after being drafted straight out of his Freshmen year at college. He continued to write songs in his downtime, and he and Eaton began exchanging demos back and forth.

"This exchange culminated in the 2011 release of the band’s impossible-to-find debut album The Midnight Meat Train. The album was pieced together from many of those early demos and was praised for its lo-fi sensibilities and tendency for each of its cheeky pop hooks to stick in your head like gum to the bottom of your shoe.

"Upon its release, Turk found himself released from the Euroleague due to his increasingly famous temper ('Turk the Jerk' his teammates called him). He found work on a fishing boat taking him down the western coast of Africa, eventually ending up in the American South where he met up with Eaton for the first time since her juvenile stint.

"However, an unsuccessful two-piece tour in support of their debut album ended early with a van in flames, thousands of dollars in gear and merchandise lost, and both Eaton and Turk landlocked back in Des Moines.

"Days after their return, Eaton was struck with a heart attack, likely over the stress of the failed tour. Her recovery left her in and out of the hospital for a year and with a new pacemaker in her chest.

"And thus, Des Moines’ first cyborg-led band, Karen Meat & The Computer was born. With the addition of local players, John Huffman and Phil Young, the band was an immediate success. Drawing heavy influence from the bubblegum pop of Philles Records girl groups and the slacker attitude of the Burger Records roster, their 2015 self-titled, self-released cassette was snagged up like parade candy.

"Now, with a string of successful tours, 80-35 and Gross Domestic Product festival appearances, and a recent Daytrotter session under their belt, the band is poised for the recording of their first proper full-length in 2016."
- from their entry on the Mission Creek Festival website


Home page:
http://karenmeat.com/

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

BandCamp:
http://karenmeat.bandcamp.com/

To download the whole podcast, right click on the link below and hit "Save as...":
https://archive.org/download/IowaMusicShowcaseEpisode58/Iowa%20Music%20Showcase%20-%20Episode%2058_.mp3

Ep 58 - Song 9: "Merry Christmas, Bats" by Personal Vendetta



"we play awesome punk songs"
- from their Facebook page

Lineup:
Joshua Mutant - guitar/lead vocals
Danny Anderson - Bass
Kernan, the Korean Nun - drums/vocals


Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/vendettapunk801/

BandCamp:
https://personalvendetta.bandcamp.com/

To download the whole podcast, right click on the link below and hit "Save as...":
https://archive.org/download/IowaMusicShowcaseEpisode58/Iowa%20Music%20Showcase%20-%20Episode%2058_.mp3

Friday, December 8, 2017

JAZZMAN JOE VIDEOS - Soya Vista Jazz Orchestra With Gina Gedler at Noce on November 18, 2017

"Hi! I'm Gina Gedler and I am a regular to the Des Moines entertainment scene and have been performing for many years.

"I was born in Newton, Iowa and my family moved to Arizona shortly after I was born. Ever since I was a little girl, I always loved to sing and act up! (My mom and dad always said that I entered this world screaming! Come to think of it, that may have been my first singing debut!) Because I had no opportunity for lessons; I grew up listening to records, watching old movies, teaching myself the different styles of music, and the ins and outs of singing and acting.

"In Arizona I became very involved, during my academic years, in Drama and Music.

"I returned to Des Moines, Iowa during the spring break of my Junior year of High School. That was tough! But I immediately became involved in the music and drama department to meet new people. And that I did! After meeting the love of my life Mike, in my senior year of High School, we married a year after graduating High School and within our first 5 years of marriage we were blessed with our wonderful son, Brandon!

"In Des Moines I have been heavily involved in music and stage. With hard work I have had the privilege and honor of appearing in numerous musicals on stage and many various professional acts throughout the state and outside of the state as well.

"For the past several years, I have been enjoying singing in Des Moines as well as outside of the metro area, with my small combo of musicians, for company parties/celebrations and in various restaurant and lounge venues. I am also the lead vocalist with the Ballyhoo Foxtrot Combo and the Soya Vista Jazz Orchestra as well as a guest lead vocalist for several other local bands.

"I am a singer as well as an entertainer. I pride myself on truly enjoying and delivering what I am singing. I am very versatile with my music styling and offerings. I think a combination of those things is what helps make me unique. One minute I could be singing a standard, or something soft and jazzy, and then break into an upbeat number from the 70's! You just never know what will happen. I love the excitement and emotion that comes from producing all kinds music.

"Helping people smile, laugh, and feel through music is what I LOVE!

"It makes my heart feel good!"
- from Gina Gedler's home page

"The SOYA VISTA JAZZ ORCHESTRA is an eight-piece ensemble that specializes in the swinging, lounge-inspired jazz of the 1950s and 1960s. The band's repertoire features songs popularized by such artists as Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, Billie Holiday, Henry Mancini, and Antonio Carlos Jobim. The music is smooth, sophisticated, and hip. Just the thing to appeal to the Jet Set."
- from the Soya Vista Jazz Orchestra home page

From Jazzman Joe's YouTube page: THE SOYA VISTA ORCHESTRA WITH GINA GEDLER PERFORMED @DESMOINES PREMIER NIGHTSPOT ,NOCE JAZZ CABARET THIS EVENING. LED BY JOHN BENOIT, TROMBONE ,THE MUSICIANS INCLUDED,DAVE SHARP, TENOR SX & FLUTE,JIM ROMAINE,BARATONE & ALTO SX;JIM BOVINETTE,TRUMPET & PFLUGEL HORN;JAMIE PAULSEN,PIANO,DAVE ALTMEIER,STICK BASS AND DREW ON DRUMS. GINA EXCELLED ON VOCALS.









Jazzman Joe's YouTube page:
https://www.youtube.com/user/jazzmanjoe100

Gina Gedler's home page:
http://www.ggedler.com/

The Soya Vista Jazz Orchestra's home page:
http://www.ballyhoofoxtrot.com/svjowelcome.html


PREVIOUSLY ON IOWA MUSIC SHOWCASE:
One week ago...
JAZZMAN JOE VIDEOS: Home for the Holidays with Max Wellman and Tina Findlay Haase at The Bridge in Johnston on December 20, 2015 -
https://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/2017/12/jazzman-joe-videos-home-for-holidays.html

Two weeks ago...
JAZZMAN JOE VIDEOS: Ankeny Community Chorus at The Prairie Ridge Church on November 17, 2017 -
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/2017/11/jazzman-joe-videos-ankeny-community.html

Three weeks ago...
PLAYLISTS: Thanksgiving - Iowa Style -
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/2017/11/playlists-thanksgiving-iowa-style.html

One month ago...
Leave me alone! I'm resting! -
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/2017/11/leave-me-alone-im-resting.html

Three months ago...
OTHER SOURCES: An Iowa Noise Music Compilation -
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/2017/09/other-sources-iowa-noise-music.html

Six months ago...
PLAYLISTS: Random Iowa Music BandCamp Playlist 1 -
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/2017/06/other-sources-random-iowa-music.html

One year ago...
Episode 39: Happy Hawkeye Holidays 2016, Part 2 of 2 - The Cola Edition -
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/2016/12/episode-39-happy-hawkeye-holidays-2016_11.html

Two years ago...
Episode 21: Happy Hawkeye Holidays 2015, the Flurries Edition -
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/2015/12/episode-21-happy-hawkeye-holidays-2015.html


OTHER IMSC WEBSITES AND LINKS:
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https://www.facebook.com/pages/Iowa-Music-Showcase/364796883703114
Twitter:
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Instagram:
https://instagram.com/iowamusicshowcase

Thursday, December 7, 2017

YOUR OWN PRIVATE IOWA - Episode 7: Foxholes

This week Foxholes came on the show, and what a great experience I had getting to know and talk to the band! We were all over the place as far as topics go, from the bands origins, to shows they had been at, to getting paid $300 bucks for a gig, using paint for dinosaur music videos, jamming with Nels Cline, and so much more! This interview was a real treat and they played a fantastic stripped down set with tunes that normally don't get played on stage.

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


https://www.facebook.com/yourownprivateiowa/

BandCamp:
https://yourownprivateiowa.bandcamp.com

Foxholes' home page:
http://foxholesmusic.com/

Foxholes on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/FoxholesMusic/


PREVIOUSLY ON IOWA MUSIC SHOWCASE:
One week ago...
YOUR OWN PRIVATE IOWA - Episode 5: Pink Neighbor -
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/2017/11/your-own-private-iowa-episode-5-pink.html

Two weeks ago...
YOUR OWN PRIVATE IOWA - Episode 2: Nate Logsdon -
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/2017/11/your-own-private-iowa-episode-2-nate.html

Three weeks ago...
Just what the heck is on this website! -
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/2017/11/just-what-heck-is-on-this-website.html

One month ago...
Leave me alone! I'm resting! -
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/2017/11/leave-me-alone-im-resting.html

Three months ago...
OTHER SOURCES: An Iowa Noise Music Compilation -
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/2017/09/other-sources-iowa-noise-music.html

Six months ago...
PLAYLISTS: Random Iowa Music BandCamp Playlist 1 -
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/2017/06/other-sources-random-iowa-music.html

One year ago...
Episode 39: Happy Hawkeye Holidays 2016, Part 2 of 2 - The Cola Edition -
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/2016/12/episode-39-happy-hawkeye-holidays-2016_11.html

Two years ago...
Episode 21: Happy Hawkeye Holidays 2015, the Flurries Edition -
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/2015/12/episode-21-happy-hawkeye-holidays-2015.html


OTHER IMSC WEBSITES AND LINKS:
Feed:
http://feeds.feedburner.com/IowaMusicShowcase
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Iowa-Music-Showcase/364796883703114
Twitter:
https://twitter.com/iamusicshowcase
Instagram:
https://instagram.com/iowamusicshowcase

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

EPISODE 57: Happy Hawkeye Holidays 2017, Part 2 of 3 - The Snowman



Ho ho ho! Welcome back to our second collection of holiday tunes for you.

Last week, we presented you with some of our fair state's more laidback holiday fair. But this week, instead of resting, we bring some tunes that are, at least, a little more feisty than the last batch. You have to wait until next week to get some with a little bite.

But these should cheer up any holiday doldrums you may have.

So Happy Holidays and enjoy!


More IMSC posts related to the holidays:
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/search/label/holidays

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

Opening -  Iowa Music Showcase Christmas Theme by Dylan Boyle and Dan OlderMusicGeek
(http://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2015/12/iowa-music-showcase-theme-christmas.html)

Song 1 - "Angels from the Realms of Glory" by Joel Hernandes and ACCalive
(https://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2017/12/ep-57-song-1-angels-from-realms-of.html)

Song 2 - "Jingle Bells" by Farewell 2nd South
(https://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2017/12/ep-57-song-2-jingle-bells-by-farewell.html)

Song 3 - "King Jesus Was His Name" with "What Child is This?" by Craig Johnson
(https://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2017/12/ep-57-song-3-king-jesus-was-his-name.html)

Song 4 - "Blessings at Yuletide" by Clark Ford
(https://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2017/12/ep-57-song-4-blessings-at-yuletide-by.html)

Song 5 - "Take Me to Rio for Christmas" by Bob Phelan
(https://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2017/12/ep-57-song-5-take-me-to-rio-for.html)

Song 6 - "Home for the Holidays" by Dominique Morgan (feat Jus B)
(https://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2017/12/ep-57-song-6-home-for-holidays-by.html)

Song 7 - "Christmas in the Air" by Jono and The Whatnauts
(https://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2017/12/ep-57-song-7-christmas-in-air-by-jono.html)

Song 8 - "Joy to the World! Every Man is Free!" by Christopher the Conquered (feat The Black Gold Brass Band)(https://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2017/12/ep-57-song-8-joy-to-world-every-man-is.html)


Song 9 - "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" by Tyler Larson
(https://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2017/12/ep-57-song-9-god-rest-ye-merry.html)


Closing - Iowa Music Showcase Christmas Theme by Dylan Boyle and Dan OlderMusicGeek
(http://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2015/12/iowa-music-showcase-theme-christmas.html)


All songs, artwork, and photography are copyrighted by the performers, composers, artists, and photographers, and used by their kind permission.


The next episode: Part 3 featuring our darker and naughtier holiday songs!


PREVIOUSLY ON IOWA MUSIC SHOWCASE:
One week ago...
EPISODE 56: Happy Hawkeye Holidays 2017, Part 1 of 3: Nestor -
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/2017/11/episode-56-happy-hawkeye-holidays-2017.html

Two weeks ago...
PLAYLISTS: Thanksgiving - Iowa Style -
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/2017/11/playlists-thanksgiving-iowa-style.html

Three weeks ago...
Just what the heck is on this website! -
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/2017/11/just-what-heck-is-on-this-website.html

One month ago...
Leave me alone! I'm resting! -
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/2017/11/leave-me-alone-im-resting.html

Three months ago...
PLAYLISTS: New Iowa Music on Bandcamp 1 -
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/2017/09/playlists-new-iowa-music-on-bandcamp-1.html

Six months ago...
OTHER SOURCES: Lock N Load show and YouTube channel -
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/2017/06/other-sources-lock-n-load-show-and.html

One year ago...
Episode 38: Happy Hawkeye Holidays 2016, Part 1 of 3 - The Milk Edition -
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/2016/12/episode-39-happy-hawkeye-holidays-2016.html

Two years ago...
Episode 21: Happy Hawkeye Holidays 2015, the Flurries Edition -
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/2015/12/episode-21-happy-hawkeye-holidays-2015.html


Iowa Music Showcase can be listened to and/or downloaded on the following sites:
Home page:
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Feed:
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Itunes:
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Facebook:
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Soundcloud:
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YouTube:
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Iowa Music Showcase is also on Code Zero Radio every Tuesday and Thursday at 10pm central time:
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Other websites:
Twitter:
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Instagram:
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ReverbNation:
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Archive.org:
https://archive.org/details/@iowa_music_showcase#uploads
Spotify:
https://play.spotify.com/user/iowamusicshowcase

Ep 57 - Song 1: "Angels from the Realms of Glory" by Joel Hernandes and ACCalive



"Our band is composed of an eclectic and multi-ethnic group of musicians who facilitate the worship at Asbury Community Chapel in Asbury, IA. We live to glorify God, by using the gift of music to build and encourage His church...

"We hope you enjoy the music our church has come to appreciate. Better yet, we hope you come to experience the awe and joy and worship Jesus has given us. Come and worship!"
- from their BandCamp page

Lineup:
Marco Arjona — lead vocals, backup & crew vocals, cajon, accordion, toms, various percussion
Connie Fullan — crew vocals
Jesse Fullan — lead vocals, crew vocals, acoustic guitar, bass, piano, bells
Raymundo Guerra — lead vocals, crew vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass
Amy Hernandez — backup vocals, crew vocals
Joel Hernandez — lead vocals, backup & crew vocals, nylon guitar, bass, ukelele, bells, penny whistle
Jon Lauriat — cymbals, banjo, various percussion


BandCamp:
http://accalive.bandcamp.com/

Home page of ACCalive (The Ashbury Community Chapel):
http://accalive.org/

Music page of ACCalive (The Ashbury Community Chapel):
http://accalive.org/rekindle/

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Ep 57 - Song 2: "Jingle Bells" by Farewell 2nd South



"I'm a music composition major at Luther College, and I'm also on the cross country team. 12 of my teammates and I lived in a residence hall called Farwell last year. Farwell has a floor plan with 'clusters.' A cluster is basically a big living room with 7 dorm rooms attached. We lived on the 2nd floor, south side. One day, I said, 'Hey guys let's make a Christmas album.' So we started that day with 'Oh Holy Night' and basically just recorded Christmas songs here and there for about 2 weeks. Our philosophy for most of these was, 'First take, best take.'... But for the most part our goal first and foremost was to have fun, which really shines through on tracks like, 'Jingle Bells' (our breakout single). At the very least, our friends liked it.

For the most part, this project was, for me, a way to make music purely for fun and not worry so much about being artistic or serious or whatever. It's kind of similar to my joke project, DJ Yoyo (https://djyoyo1.bandcamp.com). I also have serious stuff here - https://hunterprueger.bandcamp.com.

As for the group now, we're all still friends and teammates but we no longer live in a cluster. Look out for a music video coming soon."
- from Hunter Prueger in an email to Iowa Music Showcase

"Merry Christmas from the guys who live and hang out in the Farwell 2nd south cluster. From covers of our favorite Christmas songs to a Kenny G diss track, you better not play this in the dorms as it may be considered a fire hazard. Recorded entirely in our dorm rooms, living room, and the practice room beneath us." - from their BandCamp page

Lineup:
Hunter Prueger - Ukulele, recorder, piano, melodica
Maape Finnegan - Vocals
Ranger Deranek - Vocals, recorder
Laika Amann - Vocals
Mance Streitz - Vocals, shaker
Ethan Harris - Vocals
Pike Selcke - Vocals
Sasso Lumbar - Vocals
Kenobi Warehime - Vocals, guitar
Sengi Duethman - Vocals
Taz Brandt - Vocals, ukulele
Solo Weber - Vocals
Chiron Kern - Vocals
Howl Orton - Vocals
Anna Ryden - Vocals
And Kenny G, of course


BandCamp:
https://farwell2ndsouth.bandcamp.com

Hunter Prueger's BandCamp page:
https://hunterprueger.bandcamp.com/

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Ep 57 - Song 3: "King Jesus Was His Name" with "What Child is This?" by Craig Johnson



"The songs... represent the ideas and works which is accomplished in IdeaSound Studios."
- from the BandCamp page


BandCamp:
http://ideasound.us/

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Ep 57 - Song 4: "Blessings at Yuletide" by Clark Ford

"Clark Ford is a songwriter from California, living in Iowa. He writes music in several genres including pop, rock, country, blues, sacred, operetta, and jazz. Much of his work is included in a series of stage musicals: '1961','1972', '1983', '1994', '2005', and '2016', the musicals."
- from his Facebook page

Lineup:
Doris Nash - vocals
Erica Fuchs- vocals
Clark Ford - vocals


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

SoundCloud:
https://soundcloud.com/cfford

YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/user/clarkfford

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Ep 57 - Song 5: "Take Me to Rio for Christmas" by Bob Phelan



"Singer/Songwriter (BMI), Originals, Christmas Parodies, Jingles

"Songs for Radio, Advertising and just for fun.

"I started playing drums in bands at age 11. Picked up the bass at age 16 and have played ever since. I started writing in the 80's and it was hit-and-miss through the 90's. The writing bug hit me again around 2009, and I got into writing classic songs into Christmas parodies as well as more original songs. I found that parodies are a real challenge. Taking a classic song and re-writing it into a Christmas story and maintaining the same sound and feel as the original can be tricky.

"I do all my own vocals and most instrumentation myself in my little basement studio.

"I hope you find my music entertaining and inspiring."
- from his ReverbNation page

Lineup:
Bob Phelan - vocals, all instruments


Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/Bob-Phelan-238189963033723/

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

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Ep 57 - Song 6: "Home for the Holidays" by Dominique Morgan (feat Jus B)



"Lyrics, Life and Love are the foundations of the artist known as Dominique Morgan. Since age 7, this storyteller narrates tales of the heart; recalling personal trials, tribulations and chronicles of passion. This 12-time Omaha Entertainment & Arts Award nominee has been deemed by Encounter Magazine as '…one of the most celebrated R&B artists in the Midwest.' Composing hit songs like 'In My Zone' (from the album Party Soul by Jus.B). Mr. Morgan has composed over 400 songs of expression throughout his music career - with albums like Loveaholics and Love Chronicles, Dominique eloquently translates life’s pain into musical memoirs of strength and courage."
= from his home page

"Dominique Morgan got into the music scene very early on and knew that music was what he was meant to do with his life. In 2005 he began to work at Icon One Music as a member of the writing staff, Penfluence while crafting songs for his own project. He spent years contributing to other artists projects until he was featured on the Icon One Music Christmas compilation Icon Onederland in 2009... This entire time he was writing and producing songs that would come to be his first project 'A Thin Line Between Love & Hate' in 2011 and that same year he won Performer of the Year from Brainstorm Promotions one of the largest LGBT promotions companies in the Midwest."
- from his ReverbNation page

"'I’m gonna be so honest with you right now it will piss…you…off. I started writing music at seven. Music just comes to me. I don’t read music. The shit just happens and I just go with it and I just go with it ‘til I can’t go anymore.'

"Dominique Morgan, orator of the aforementioned, was a show choir kid at Benson High. At age 14, he came out as gay to his family, “who were cool with it.” He left home during his senior year, 'making a stink about being grown,' and followed friends to UNL, where almost no one knew he wasn’t enrolled or that he got by sleeping in cars. Bad checks led to prison.

"That was before 2009. Now he is one of the metro’s most celebrated R&B recording artists and a prominent activist. Morgan recently headlined at the Baltimore Pride Celebration, which he described as a highlight of his career...

"An unguarded man expressing his pain and hope on- and off-stage, Morgan brought himself and his fans to tears during an acoustic set with Kevin Sullivan of Bells and Whistles during the 2015 OEAA nominee showcase at Reverb Lounge. His album, Loveaholics Anonymous, is a well-received tribute to the highs and lows of romance, earning him three nominations for best R&B artist, album of the year, and artist of the year. A holiday album, Dom’s Favorite Things, launched in late 2015. If the past is prologue, the next act for this Omaha original could be biblical. What comes after a year like that?"
- from the article, "Dominique Morgan: Fusing Reinvention and Love 
with Activism and Music", by Greg Jerrett on the website, OmahaMagazine.com

'R&B and soul singer-songwriter Dominique Morgan, 33, has emerged as an urban music force with multiple Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards nominations for his Love Chronicles album.

"His tunes of love and loss come from personal experience: an abusive relationship, homophobia, both parents passing, incarceration.

"Alfonzo Lee Jones, founder-president of Icon One Music, the local label Morgan records on, says the artist has 'absolute determination.'

"Music is Morgan's passion and sustenance. When he bravely came out at 14, he leaned on music for solace.

"'It was an important part of my secret life. I spent a lot of time in my room listening to music. No one knew this was my salvation, this was my safe space,' Morgan says. 'I was very closeted about music. I didn't sing in front of people. But I had this desire to perform. I wrote songs in a notebook I hid under my bed. I was just very insecure and being a performer is the ultimate exposure.'

"He got up enough nerve to sing in Benson High's mixed chorus and to audition for its Studio Singers show choir.

"'I was frightened to death to audition. I didn't know how to dance in time, I didn't know how to read music, I felt so behind.'

"He made the cut anyway.

"'It was the first time I had been chosen for something and somebody saw something special in me. That experience was amazing. It opened me up to discipline, group dynamics, being a leader.'...

"While incarcerated his father died suddenly. He'd been Morgan's only regular visitor. Morgan stopped calling home. Hearing freedom on the other end only made his confinement worse. 'It was too much for me.'

"He turned to music to cope.

"'It was like this wall burst in my head and these words, these songs, these melodies just flooded out of me. I thought, One day I want to sing my songs. Music kept me going. It was my saving grace.'

"He wrote the songs in long-hand, with a pen, in notebooks and on kites (internal request forms). He utilized mics and mixing boards in prison music rooms, buying access to the gear via handmade checks he covered with the $1.21 a day he made working in the kitchen. He earned a culinary degree he uses today as a caterer.

"In a prison talent contest he revealed music chops he'd kept on the down low. The prospect of using those chops on the outside kept him sane. After serving eight-plus years, he got out February 2009 and cared for his ill mother until she died that December.

"'It was devastating.'

"His youngest sibling, Andrea, came to live with him.

"He tracked down Icon One's Alfonzo Lee Jones and began writing songs for the label. Jones admires 'the soul and feeling Morgan puts into his writing,' adding, 'Dom paints a vivid picture with every song he composes. You can feel the emotion. That's powerful.'

Morgan says in Jones he's found 'more than a producer – he's like a brother to me.'...

"His music took off as a recording artist and live performer, he says, once he stopped trying to position himself as a gay singer-songwriter. That transition came with his outreach work for the nonprofit LGBT advocacy group, Heartland Pride.

"'I am a singer who happens to be gay. I can still be myself through that but I let the music speak for itself.'
- from the article, "Dominique Morgan's voice will not be stilled", by Leo Adam Biga on the website, The Reader


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

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

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

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