Monday, September 25, 2017

PLAYLISTS: New Iowa Music on YouTube 2

Well, it was moving day for me yesterday, and unpacking day today. So even though I had this playlist ready early in the week, it's only coming out now!

We have one of new Iowa music playlist once again. This week, the new stuff up on YouTube!

If you're an Iowa artist or band, and have a YouTube channel, send me a link at iowamusicshowcase@gmail.com!

We start off with an acoustic cover, then a string quartet cover, followed by some hip hop, piano boogie-woogie, Americana, and blues!


IMSC post featuring New Iowa Music on YouTube:
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/search/label/New%20Iowa%20Music%20on%20YouTube

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

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

IMSC posts featuring YouTube playlists:
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/search/label/YouTube%20playlists




One year ago...
PLAYLISTS: Random Iowa Music SoundCloud Playlist 1 -
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/2016/09/playlists-random-iowa-music-soundcloud.html

Two years ago...
Episode 16 - Lipstick Homicide Retrospective, Part 3 of 3 -
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/2015/09/episode-16-lipstick-homicide.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

Saturday, September 16, 2017

EPISODE 51: Iowa Hip-Hop and Rap 2 (and 3 episodes of the Iowa Block Radio rap podcast)



Well, we once again look at the hip-hop and rap music in Iowa.

There are other genres I haven't even covered yet, but the submissions are piling up, so here we are!


And if you want to hear more Iowa hip-hop and rap, don't forget about the podcast, Iowa Block Radio, that deals exclusively with hip-hop and rap from our fair state! You can find them at https://www.spreaker.com/user/iowa_block_radio.

They don't seem as active as they once were, but they got 105 episodes running from 1 to 3 hours, so there's plenty there to keep you busy. In fact, I'll embed the last three episodes on the bottom.


And just a gentle reminder that all of these were submissions, and you can send me your submissions at iowamusicshowcase@gmail.com.


Other IMSC posts with hip-hop:
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/search/label/hip-hop

Episode 30: Iowa Hip-Hop and Rap:
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/2016/06/episode-30-iowa-hip-hop-and-rap.html

Iowa Block Radio:
https://www.spreaker.com/user/iowa_block_radio

To download the podcast, click on the link below and hit "Save as...":
https://archive.org/download/IowaMusicShowcaseEpisode51/Iowa%20Music%20Showcase%20-%20Episode%2051_.mp3

Angle and Coolzey at Vaudeville Mews
Photo by Kristi Catrenich
No websites that I know of

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

Opening - Excerpt from "Catch Me in Iowa" by Czheck Productions
(http://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2016/06/ep-30-intro-and-outro-catch-me-in-iowa.html)

Song 1 - "Let Em Know Part 2" by Chino ft Captain Smith (prod AMMixes)
(https://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2017/09/ep-51-song-1-let-em-know-part-2-by.html)

Song 2 - "War wit My Goonz" by Alan N Mary
(https://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2017/09/ep-51-song-2-war-wit-my-goonz-by-alan-n.html)

Song 3 - "Good Night Bad Luck" by Chewy tha Hippie (prod nitetime)
(https://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2017/09/ep-51-song-3-good-night-bad-luck-by.html)

Song 4 - "Integrity" by Moecyrus (prod Brotha Gif)
(https://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2017/09/ep-51-song-4-integrity-by-moecyrus-prod.html)

Song 5 - "Shutup" by Gutshot Chayce
(https://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2017/09/ep-51-song-5-shutup-by-gutshot-chayce.html)

Song 6 - "OMG" by Angle (prod Samuel Jonathan Johnson Jr)
(https://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2017/09/ep-51-song-6-omg-by-angle.html)

Song 7 - "East Side" (clean) by King Meech
(https://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2017/09/ep-51-song-7-east-side-clean-by-king.html)

Song 8 - "sippin" by Phantom Flex
(https://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2017/09/ep-51-song-8-sippin-by-phantom-flex.html)

Closing - Excerpt from "Catch Me in Iowa" by Czheck Productions
(http://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2016/06/ep-30-intro-and-outro-catch-me-in-iowa.html)

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


Next episode: The first of our Halloween episodes!

One year ago...
Other Sources: Four Recent Iowa Compilation Albums - http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/2016/09/other-sources-four-recent-iowa.html

Two years ago...
Episode 15 - Iowa Metal and Hard Rock -
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/2015/09/episode-15-iowa-metal-and-hard-rock.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 52 - Cover by Kristi Catrenich

The only info I have on Kristi Catrenich is that she is probably married to rapper Angle and her Facebook profile lists her as listening to Angle!

Original version of photo by Kristi Catrenich

Ep 51 - Song 1: "Let Em Know Part 2" by Chino ft Captain Smith



"...Brothers doing music, Hoping y'all enjoy what we write."
- from their Sioux City Heavy Hitters Facebook page

Lineup:
Chino aka Albert Felix Moreno - vocals
Joshua Moreno (formerly Captain Smith) - vocals
AMMixes - production



SoundCloud:
https://soundcloud.com/albert-felix-moreno

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/Sioux-City-Heavy-Hittaz-301642646538256/

AMMixes' home page:
https://www.ammixes.com/

AMMixes on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/AMMixes/

To download the podcast, click on the link below and hit "Save as...":
https://archive.org/download/IowaMusicShowcaseEpisode51/Iowa%20Music%20Showcase%20-%20Episode%2051_.mp3

Ep 51 - Song 2: "War wit My Goonz" by Alan N Mary



I have nothing and could find nothing on this duet!

Lineup:
Alan
Mary Marshall


To download the podcast, click on the link below and hit "Save as...":
https://archive.org/download/IowaMusicShowcaseEpisode51/Iowa%20Music%20Showcase%20-%20Episode%2051_.mp3

Ep 51 - Song 3: "Good Night Bad Luck" by Chewy tha Hippie (prod nitetime)



Again, I have jack on this artist and couldn't find jack!

Lineup:
Chewy tha Hippie
Drippy Hippy
nitetime



SoundCloud:
https://soundcloud.com/carnales-flows-cartel

YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=chewy+tha+hippie

To download the podcast, click on the link below and hit "Save as...":
https://archive.org/download/IowaMusicShowcaseEpisode51/Iowa%20Music%20Showcase%20-%20Episode%2051_.mp3

Ep 51 - Song 4: "Integrity" by Moecyrus (prod Brotha Gif)



"Maurice Mauricio, better known by his stage name Moecyrus, is an American emcee from Chicago, Illinois, currently living in Iowa. He has collaborated with Chicago native artists such as Novatore, Baer Coon The Ewokk, Säge,The 64th Wonder, and local hardcore band Drowning. Straight from the southside of Chicago, Moecyrus has developed various styles of word play, constant homonyms, and bold statements to back his name. Moecyrus has raised the bar for Trip Hop performances and is considered a trailblazer for a new era, Chicago Trip Hop / Hip Hop. Moecyrus continues to promote a positive mind frame while connecting with his fans through shared experiences in depression, anxiety, drugs, and relationships."
- from an email sent to this website

"Just another south side Chicago resident rapping for a hobby. Not looking for fame. Expressing lyrical art and branching out to different styles of hip hop."
- from his BandCamp website

Lineup:
Moecyrus
Production - Brotha Gif
Additional Scratches - Christ Ruben
Recorded/Engineered at Masai Dhul Studio


Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/moecyrus35/

BandCamp:
https://moecyrus.bandcamp.com/

SoundCloud:
https://soundcloud.com/moecyrus

To download the podcast, click on the link below and hit "Save as...":
https://archive.org/download/IowaMusicShowcaseEpisode51/Iowa%20Music%20Showcase%20-%20Episode%2051_.mp3

Ep 51 - Song 5: "Shutup" by Gutshot Chayce



"Beat making since 2013"
- from his Facebook page

"Beatmaker from Iowa. Hip Hop. Some video edits. Producer of (gsc) x ozy. Bot hater. Cassette lover. DIY everything."
- from his Twitter page

"Beatmaker from Iowa. HMU if you're a producer tryna collab!

Sp-404sx, sp505, Arturia MicroBrute, Cassette! Vinyl, VHS, Homemade percussion, Micro-cassette, Ableton Live."
- from his SoundCloud page

Lineup:
Gutshot Chayce - instruments, programming, etc
Shut Up - vocals


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

BandCamp:
https://gutshotchayce.bandcamp.com/

SoundCloud:
https://soundcloud.com/gutshotchayce

Shut Up on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/shutupbandia/

To download the podcast, click on the link below and hit "Save as...":
https://archive.org/download/IowaMusicShowcaseEpisode51/Iowa%20Music%20Showcase%20-%20Episode%2051_.mp3

Ep 51 - Song 6: "OMG" by Angle



"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 Brian Campos on the Pants Off Podcast SoundCloud page

"It is gratifying to follow the music of someone like Angle over a long period. This writer has known him for 15 years and lost count of the albums and EPs of his that have been reviewed in Little Village. Angle (aka Jarid Catrenich) has always had a distinctive flow and powerful voice, but his writing has gotten deeper over the years.
- from a review by Kent Williams on the Little Village website

"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

Lineup:
Angle
White Andy
Production -Samuel Jonathan Johnson Jr


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

BandCamp:
https://angle1.bandcamp.com/

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

To download the podcast, click on the link below and hit "Save as...":
https://archive.org/download/IowaMusicShowcaseEpisode51/Iowa%20Music%20Showcase%20-%20Episode%2051_.mp3

Ep 51 - Song 7: "East Side" (clean) by King Meech



"King Meech is an upcoming artist in the Midwest region. This artist has attained over 350,000 views via YouTube and 1,000,000 spins via SoundCloud!!! Enjoy"
- from his Facebook page

Lineup:
King Meech - vocals, instruments, programming, etc


Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/KingMeech319/

SoundCloud:
https://soundcloud.com/king_meech

To download the podcast, click on the link below and hit "Save as...":
https://archive.org/download/IowaMusicShowcaseEpisode51/Iowa%20Music%20Showcase%20-%20Episode%2051_.mp3

Ep 51 - Song 8 : "sippin" by Phantom Flex



"Coming out of central Iowa, PHANTOM FLEX is a force to be reckoned with. Mixing the styles of southern rap beats and heavy dubstep he is sure to turn the party up! He started djing in early 2013 after many years of playing in bands and experimenting in computer programs like fruity loops and acid pro studios. part time music maker, full time weed smoker."
- from his Facebook page

"My name is Adam Ellis also known as Phantom Flex. I was born and raised outside of Ames, IA in a terrible run down trailer park that was filled with junkies, people you generally don’t want your kids around. My grandparents took me in when I was a baby because my parents were unable to take care of multiple children. Being raised by my grandparents, while seeing my brother with my actual parents, made me feel isolated. It made me want to strive harder for what I wanted to achieve the goals I have set forth. My grandparents were very supportive growing up, which allowed me to get involved with art and music. They showed me how to love unconditionally without question. They taught me to accept people of all race, creed, color, sexual orientation, etc etc and treat them as my own brother or sister...

"(What what moitivates me to follow and pursue my passion is) the desire to share my creations. The satisfaction it gives me when I know something That I have put my heart and soul into can touch a person's emotion and make them move, dance, and feel a certain way.

'Music also brings people together in a place of no judgement. I like being the maestro and soundtrack to people's lives, making a difference for them even if they do not realize it."
- from an interview on the Made4Mankind Clothing website

Lineup:
Adam Ellis - all instruments, programming, etc


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

SoundCloud:
https://soundcloud.com/phantomflex

To download the podcast, click on the link below and hit "Save as...":
https://archive.org/download/IowaMusicShowcaseEpisode51/Iowa%20Music%20Showcase%20-%20Episode%2051_.mp3

Saturday, September 9, 2017

OTHER SOURCES: An Iowa Noise Music Compilation

Although it doesn't have a big following, the noise music scene here is still strong. What the scene lacks in numbers, it makes up in dedication.

One of these days, I plan on doing a podcast episode on Iowa's more experimental music, including noise. But for now, I can give you this compilation put together by The Centipede Farm, an Iowa record label that has supported the noise scene for many years.

But in the meantime, here's a compilation put out by Centipede Farmer, who is well known to the noise and metal music scenes.


Other IMSC posts with noise music:
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/search/label/noise%20music

Other IMSC posts with compilation albums:
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/search/label/compilation%20albums

Other IMSC posts under Other Sources:
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/search/label/Other%20Sources





One year ago...
PLAYLISTS: Two YouTube Playlists of Fairfield Musicians -
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/2016/09/playlists-two-youtube-playlists-of.html

Two years ago...
Episode 15 - Iowa Metal and Hard Rock -
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/2015/09/episode-15-iowa-metal-and-hard-rock.htmll

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

Saturday, September 2, 2017

PLAYLISTS: New Iowa Music on Bandcamp 1

This is our first of many playlists featuring new releases from Iowa music from BandCamp.

This time around we feature indie pop, alternative folk rock, synth pop, and drony noise music!


More IMSC posts featuring New Iowa Music on BandCamp playlists:
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/search/label/New%20Iowa%20Music%20on%20BandCamp

More IMSC posts featuring playlists:
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/search/label/playlists

More IMSC posts featuring new music:
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/search/label/new%20music

More IMSC posts featuring BandCamp:
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/search/label/Bandcamp



One year ago...
Other Sources: Four Recent Iowa Compilation Albums -
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/2016/09/other-sources-four-recent-iowa.html

Two years ago...
Episode 15 - Iowa Metal and Hard Rock -
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/2015/09/episode-15-iowa-metal-and-hard-rock.htmll

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

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

EPISODE 50: Nepotism



Sorry! I have been helping the missus get the house ready to sell and get ourselves ready to move, so that why this is so late! Sorry again!

I was trying to decide what to do for my 50th episode for a while. I thought about doing my favorites, but I've played most of them already.

Then I saw that Brian Compos, for the Pants Off Podcast's 100th episode, had Brian Campos as the guest! I thought if he can get away with being so narcissistic, I could get away with being self-centered and playing a bunch of people I know.

So this episode features music acts that have either a friend of mine, a family member, or a family member of a friend.

Well, all except one. It has a member who has the same name as an old high school friend of mine. And I only found out last week that it wasn't his band!

So, yes, this episode once again proves it doesn't matter what you know or if you're talented.  Long as you have connections, you too - after 49 episodes and almost 3 years - could appear in one of my podcasts!


To download this podcast, right click on the link below and hit "Save as...":
https://archive.org/download/IowaMusicShowcaseEpisode50/Iowa%20Music%20Showcase%20-%20Episode%2050_.mp3

Cover by Dan OlderMusicGeek using BitStrips

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

Opening - Iowa Music Showcase theme by Dylan Boyle
(http://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2015/01/intro-and-closing-dylan-boyle.html)

Song 1 - "Tip of My Tongue" by Hold for Swank
(http://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2017/08/ep-50-song-1-tip-of-my-tongue-by-hold.html)

Song 2 - "Body Drive" by Dharma Street Groove
(http://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2017/08/ep-50-song-3-body-drive-by-dharma.html)

Extra 1 - Extra 1: My stepson playing piano in his school jazz combo and percussion in his middle school band
(http://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2017/08/ep-50-extra-1-my-stepson-playing-piano.html)

Song 3 - "Mona Lisa Overdrive" by Head Candy (plus the video of their unreleased song, "Thunderbolt Raft")
(http://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2017/08/ep-050-song-4-mona-lisa-overdrive-by.html)

Song 4 - "Waterside" by The Winfield Middle School Varsity Marching Band
(http://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2017/08/ep-50-song-5-waterside-by-winfield.html)

Extra 2 - My daughter in her high school marching band
(http://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2017/08/ep-50-extra-2-my-daughter-in-her-high.html)

Song 5 - "Loretta" by Exit
(http://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2017/08/ep-50-song-6-loretta-by-exit.html)

Song 6 - "Ember Mountain" by David Goes to Boarding School
(http://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2017/08/ep-50-song-7-ember-mountain-by-david.html)

Closing - Iowa Music Showcase theme by Dylan Boyle
(http://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2015/01/intro-and-closing-dylan-boyle.html)

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


Next episode: Another look at Iowa's hip hop!

One year ago...
Other Sources: Four Recent Iowa Compilation Albums - http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/2016/09/other-sources-four-recent-iowa.html

Two years ago...
Episode 15 - Iowa Metal and Hard Rock -
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/2015/09/episode-15-iowa-metal-and-hard-rock.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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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Ep 50 - Song 1: "Tip of My Tongue" by Hold for Swank



"Like Weezer but poppier. Like NOFX but funnier. Like the Beatles but cuter."
- from their Twitter page

"Influences including Weezer, Blink-182, Green Day, and even prog-rockers Rush and radio gods Huey Lewis and the News find their way into Hold For Swank’s songwriting. Humor - sometimes oddly specific - weaves among power chords and the occasional fist-pumping breakdown to create an urgent sound that’s both modern and nostalgic - a little ‘90s, a little right now.

"Learn to love again... or for the first time. Contradictions and all..."
- from their Facebook page

"Our story begins nearly 15 years ago, when Eric's moping around the campus of Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa, caught Max's attention. 'What's got you down, friend?' Max inquired. 'I need a bassist,' Eric replied. 'I play bass!' Max exclaimed. And the rest is history. History that shall be recounted right here in this next sentence.

Four drummers, three studios, two albums and one unfinished trilogy..."
- from their GoFundMe page

"Remember when you were young and breaking up with your significant other and having a fling was a rite of summer? Maybe you're trying to forget. Iowa rock group Hold For Swank hasn't, which is why their breezy tunes of young love (and lust) sugar-coated with digestible pop melodies might be the perfect soundtrack for adventurous young lovers - or gruff old hopeless romantics."
- from their CDBaby page

"...the band continues its love affair with the sounds of Alkaline Trio and Blink 182. It’s an album out of time, which gives it the benefit of not sounding like anything else happening right now.

"The songs on “The Stuff” are fun, fast and just angsty enough to dredge up high school memories (even if they are performed by 30 somethings)... for the most part it’s reflections on relationships, friendships and breakups. Is it groundbreaking? No, but it fits in with the sound Hold for Swank has established for itself over the last dozen years."
- from a review by Joe Lawler in Cityview

Lineup:
Eric Nelson - Vocals/Guitar
Max Kenkel - Bass/Vocals
Jason Wacha - Guitar/Vocals
Eric Haughey - Drums/Percussion

Photo by Dani Reed
https://danireedphoto.com/
https://www.facebook.com/DaniReedPhotography/

Facebook:

SoundCloud:

YouTube:

Ep 50 - Song 2: "Body Drive" by Dharma Street Groove



"Dharma Street Groove is a techno-house studio band, drawing inspiration from retro funk, dance, Motown, and R&B. This sound comes from the heart of the Des Moines, Iowa music scene and is the culmination of work through gothic, alternative, and rave bands since the mid-1980's with a love for the timeless urban groove."
- from their ReverbNation page

"DSG is a studio project of Keane Douglas Wren & an outgrowth of years different musical explorations to arrive at this particular Electronica House Dance style."
- from their Twitter page

"Dharma Street Groove is a techno-house dance-oriented studio band from the heart of the Des Moines, Iowa music scene. This is the culmination its songwriter Keane D. Wren, work through gothic, alternative, and rave bands since the mid-1980's to arrive at this current sound."
- from their Push Power Promo page

Lineup:
Keane Douglas Wren and friends


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

BandCamp:
https://dharmastreetgroove.bandcamp.com/

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

To download this podcast, right click on the link below and hit "Save as...":
https://archive.org/download/IowaMusicShowcaseEpisode50/Iowa%20Music%20Showcase%20-%20Episode%2050_.mp3

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Ep 50 - Extra 1: My stepson playing piano in his school jazz combo and percussion in his middle school band

The first video is exactly what the title says - my stepson playing piano with his middle school's jazz combo.

The picture used, though, is actually him playing at Noce with his Simpson College Jazz Camp group.

The next two video are him playing percussion with his middle school band.

And the last is him performing in his class's vocal performance.









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Ep 50 - Song 3: "Mona Lisa Overdrive" by Head Candy (plus the video of their unreleased song, "Thunderbolt Raft")



"A straight-up rock band with touches of 80s alternative via The Smithereens and Replacements with enough pop to cross over..."
- from the website of the Dig Me Out podcast

"...an incredible Iowa quartet that traded in medium-loud, complex guitar rocka la Television or Dumptruck. Almost psychedelic in its shifting textures and lyrical imagery, but always melodic...

"Iowa has long been a fertile breeding ground for driving pop bands. With guitarists Mike Sangster and Doug Roberson coming from two such bands, the Hollowmen and the Dangtrippers respectively, Head Candy is poised to carry on the tradition. Sangster's vocals oscillate between an uneasy tension and a mellow smoothness in much the same way that Head Candy's songs reflect both a world-weary callousness and a vulnerable sweetness...

"(The album's) uncomplicated production gives it an even mesh, comprised of grinding guitars and fuzzy vocals vibrating over a firm rhythm section. Every sound falls neatly into place without being jelled into a sticky gloss, creating a steadfast sound throughout...

"Why it went unnoticed, is beyond the knowledge of God or even Captain Beefheart."
- from a review by Rainy Day Sponge on the Matt Lostintyme website

"Head Candy won a battle of the bands which gave them a record deal with Link Records distributed by Hollywood/Elektra/Warner. This band had Doug Roberson & Jim Viner from Iowa City, Iowa, who are the current guitarist and drummer, respectively, for The Diplomats of Solid Sound as well as Mike Sangster who came from the Des Moines-based band The Hollowmen who had a couple of records out in the late 80’s. Dubuque, Iowa native JIm Vallet, whose current project is entitled Track a Tiger (Chicago), rounded out the line-up on bass. This band was praised for its use of layered guitars and unique tunings. The resulting album Starcaster (released 1991) is an album still considered to be one of the better efforts of this period and area. At the time there was a lot of speculation that Iowa City was going to blow up like another Athens or Seattle given the shear number of bands the area had to offer. Head Candy also had a video shown on MTV’s 120 Minutes." - written by Last.fm user fortheear and tidfeloy for Head Candy's Last.fm page

"Dave (Kendall of MTV's '120 Minutes" rambled on about the Red Hot Chili Peppers and tinkled the floor with golden rushes of urine before changing topics to a new and upcoming band. The band he was speaking of was called Head Candy, a veritable “supergroup” of Iowa scenesters who missed alternative notoriety by that much.

"Headed by Mike Sangster, the Iowa City quartet made pleasing and catchy music that seemed a bit too tame for those big bad grunge years. They may have been the Hawkeye state’s last hope for rock infiltration before a bunch of dudes from Des Moines put on some masks and screamed about their discontent on the second stage of Ozzfest.

"Head Candy landed a record deal with Link Records out of Boston who score about a three album boutique deal with Hollywood Records. Don't bother looking for the label...Either one of them...They're not around anymore.This may have made them Iowa first modern day rock band with a major label deal back when having a major label deal was a big thing.

"What the deal provided them was enough cash ‘n clout to have Andy Wallace, the same dude that mixed Nirvana’s Nevermind, man the knobs for their debut album Starcaster. It’s a really good album, and you can probably find it at a used record store outside of the Hawkeye state for next to nothing."
- from a review by Todd Totale on the Glam Rocket website

Lineup:
Mike Sangster - Vocals, Guitar
Doug Roberson – Guitar, Vocals
Jim Viner – Drums
Jim Vallet – Bass





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Ep 50 - Song 4: "Waterside" by The Winfield Middle School Varsity Marching Band



"Its not actually a marching band! The head dude in that group loves to troll...

"Winfield died but reformed... as Faux-Shon and The Gamma Rays!"
- from a private FB message to me


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