Sunday, April 12, 2015

EPISODE 8: Iowa City Children's Album

This project is outgrowth of an University of Iowa couple, Kembrew "Roboprofessor" McLeod and Iowa Review managing editor Lynne Nugent, having a child and thinking they would no longer be able to rock. They turned out to be more capable than me and found a way to rock, as well as put together a children's music album  featuring Iowa City musicians of all stripes and children of Iowa City.

You can read the whole story in the liner notes -!

This episode features nine of the songs from the album. You can download the whole album for FREE at The Iowa City Public Library website -!

The podcast also includes one of five songs the album has from Girls Rock! Iowa City's 2014 summer camp!

And you can also check out The Folk Family Machine Trio, who sing on this episode and the album, at a fundraiser at Public Space 1 in Iowa City at 7 pm on Thursday, April 30.

And finally, a special shout out to Rachel Feldmann of pop punk band, Lipstick Homicide ( for introducing to this project!

For more information, click on the artist or song...

Opening - Iowa Music Showcase opening by Dylan Boyle
Song 4 - "Adelita Polka" by Dave Moore
Song 5 - "Bonbons" by Coolzey
Song 6 - "Higher than Trees" by Neon Daisies
Song 7 - "Control" by Brooks Strause
Song 8 - "Rocky Road" by Family Folk Machine Trio
Song 9 - "Iowa Wanna Be in a Band" by Fire Signs
Closing - Iowa Music Showcase closing by Dylan Boyle

All rights reserved by the composers and performers. Used by their kind permission.

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Ep 8 - Song 1: "Find the Time" by Ramona and The Slimdudes

"Ramona Muse is one of the craftiest ladies we know! She draws, she paints, she sews, she sings, and she has mad dance skills. She even hosts one of the most entertaining pub quizzes around. (Check out her blog to see what she’s up to.) But if you haven’t seen her live on stage, you’re really missing out on one of Iowa’s most clever and real musicians around. With lyrics everyone and their moms can relate to, simple and super catchy beats, and stage presence that instantly makes you feel like you found your new best friend, Ramona is a must-see."
- Lindsay Fullington on Band Bombshell

Vocals - Ramona Muse Lambert
Bass/vocals - Willy Muse
Drums/vocals - Derek Muse Lambert

Home page:



Ep 8 - Song 2: "Robot Song" by Prairie Green Preschoolers

"My six preschoolers and I wrote the song together last year,' Nicole Upchurch says, "and it has become a favorite at music time again. ‘Robot Song’ was the very first song we ever wrote. I simply posed the questions, ‘Do you all want to write a song together? What do you want to sing about?’ And they all agreed, ‘Robots!’ The chorus came easily and then we found rhymes together for the verses.” She adds, “Sometimes my students will say something in the bathroom or at snack time that makes a great song lyric!” Nicole says that this songwriting process often takes place over the course of weeks, so it can happen at any part of the day. Nicole’s daughter Waelyn helped write the song, along with everyone else. “For Waelyn, and for my other students, songwriting is a shared effort—like cooking or playing tag.”
- from the For Kids & By Kids liner notes

Vocals - students of Prairie Green School: Parker and Will Boback, Amelia and Elizabeth Buckley, Maggie Ebinger, Henry and Claire Lawler, Jay Mascardo, Avery Nepple, Kobi Nott, Ana Rippentrop, Carrera Sulentic, Waelyn Upchurch, Lucy Wolf, Nicole Upchurch
Soprano ukuleles - Caroline Mascardo, Lucy Westemeyer, B.J. Wolf, Nicole Upchurch
Banjo ukulele - Luca Chackalackal
Harmonica - Lucy Wolf
Bass Ukulele - Craig “Pappy” Klocke

Prairie Green School home page:

Nicole Upchurch's band Awful Purdies:

Nicole Upchurch's band The Feralings:

Ep 8 - Song 3: "Everyone Loves Elephants" by Samuel Locke Ward

"Samuel Locke Ward is a self-made song writer, singer, multi instrumentalist, producer & performance artist. He has built one of the largest & most diverse catalogs of recorded music in the Midwest; collaborating with a wide variety of players and bands of all ages in a genre-bending style that combines sincereity with the absurd to create a sound that is undeniably catchy & unmistakably his own."
- from his Bandcamp page

Samuel Locke Ward - all instruments, vocals

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Ep 8 - Song 4: "Adelita Polka" by Dave Moore

"Dave Moore is one of the great songwriters to come out of the state of Iowa. Known for his elegant songwriting and instrumental prowess on blues guitar, button accordion and harmonica he has become somewhat of a legend."


Dave Moore - button accordion
Chuck Henderson - electric guitar
Dave Hanson - bass
Paul Cunliffe - drums


Ep 8 - Song 5: "Bonbons" by Coolzey

"Hip-hop raised and alt-rock influenced songs range from pop comedy to dark brooding horror. Self-aware conscious meets reckless cathartic fun times.

"Golden era hip-hop roots planted in black Iowa dirt are the foundation. Growth tempered by alternative era rock influence. This along with a love for the juxtaposition of the dark, horrific nature of life paired with a slapstick and comedic view of the world allow for a wide, unpredictable arsenal ranging from soul-spilling indie bedroom rock to wise-cracking battle rap and on to radio pop."
- from his Facebook page

Coolzey - all instruments, vocals
Ivy Rose Tweedy - guest vocals

Home page:



Ep 8 - Song 6: "Higher Than Trees" by Neon Daisies

Neon Daisies were part of the Girls Rock! Iowa City 2014 summer camp.

"Girls Rock! Iowa City is a community organization dedicated to fostering girls’ creative expression, positive self-esteem, and community awareness through rock music. With music education programs for girls ages eight to sixteen, Girls Rock! is committed to educating girls about the musical, technical, and creative aspects involved in musicianship. Unlike boys, who have long dominated rock ’n’ roll, young girls are rarely encouraged to explore self-expressive creative outlets and are less likely to be given access to musical and technical instruction or equipment. Girls Rock! Iowa City wants to change that...

"Most of the Girls Rock! campers had never picked up a musical instrument, and within a week they formed five bands, wrote original songs, performed them live, and recorded studio versions of their tracks at the United Action for Youth facilities. That’s some week!"
- from the For Kids & By Kids liner notes


Guitar - Maia Hartwigsen, 15
Keyboard - Gabby Finlayson, 14
Drums - Samantha Brown, 13

Girls Rock! Iowa City:

Ep 8 - Song 7: "Control" by Brooks Strause

"Brooks Strause is a singer-songwriter and producer/arranger who lives in Iowa City, IA and makes a lot of music."
- from his Facebook page


Brooks Strause - guitar, banjo, bass, percussion, vocals
Brad Highnam - bass drum, tom-toms, cymbal, djembe
Dave Moore - accordion




Ep 8 - Song 8: "Rocky Road" by Family Folk Machine Trio

"The Family Folk Machine is an intergenerational, non-auditioned choir supported by the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center that welcomes kids and adults of all ages and backgrounds to sing together with a folk band. We seek to build community through singing songs with our neighbors, to explore American history and culture through song, to foster individual musical growth, and to pursue excellence as an ensemble."
- from their home page

Tara McGovern - fiddle
Jean Littlejohn - guitar
Jim Schepker - guitar
Caleigh and Greta Stanier and Claire Sauder - singers

Ep 8 - Song 9: "I Wanna Be in a Band" by Fire Signs

"Fire Signs is a family band that includes twenty-year-old Gabriel Basile on drums, his mother Monica Basile on bass, and her husband Jonathan Hansen on guitar. “We love making music as a family,” Monica says. “I feel like we really understand each other well, and it’s easy to get into sync with each other.” Gabriel used to be a regular at the after-school program run by United Action for Youth, whose downtown Iowa City facility has a professional recording studio. "I think it’s great that they have a music studio,' says Jonathan, 'because the behind-the-scenes of making music is still elusive to most people. When kids get to see how a studio works early on, I think it can change their attitude towards culture. It helps them understand, from a young age, that being a cultural producer—as opposed to only being a consumer—is a reasonable and attainable goal. UAY caters to kids who are right at the age when this kind of lesson is most resonant and important.” We hope that For Kids and By Kids will have a similar positive effect."
- From the liner notes


Gabriel Basile -drums, vocals
Monica Basile - bass, vocals
Jonathan Hansen - guitar, vocals

Fire Signs do not have a web site.

Gabriel Basile's band Bass/Drum:

Gabriel Basile's band The Projectors:

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