Monday, January 25, 2016

Ep 25 - Song 1: "I Declare"



Lineup:
Vocals - John Busbee, Julie Bell, Jim Benda, John Robinson, Gina Gedler
Music Director - Ben Hagen
Orchestrator - David Sharp
Keyboard - Francine Griffith
Reeds - Amanda Nunn
Percussion - Joel Gettys
Sound Design - Virgil Kleinhesselink
Voiceovers and additional sound effects - Mike Meachum and Radio Garage
Chief Engineer - Matt Sepanic at Sound Farm Studio in Jamaica, Iowa



Robert John Ford's home page:
http://www.robertjohnford.com/

Robert John Ford's Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/Robert-John-Ford-The-RJF-Report-396002233796909/

Home page of "Caucus! The Musical":
http://www.robertjohnford.com/#!caucus-the-musical/c21g3

Facebook page of "Caucus! The Musical":
https://www.facebook.com/caucusthemusical

To download (right click and hit "Save as..."):
https://archive.org/download/IowaMusicShowcaseEpisode25/Iowa%20Music%20Showcase%20-%20Episode%2025_.mp3

Ep 25 - Song 2: "Anything for a Vote"



Lineup:
Vocals - Gina Gedler, Lester Small, Greg Millar
Music Director - Ben Hagen
Orchestrator - David Sharp
Keyboard - Francine Griffith
Reeds - Amanda Nunn
Percussion - Joel Gettys
Ensemble - Judy Blessington, Jenn Miller, Tim Sullivan
Sound Design - Virgil Kleinhesselink
Voiceovers and additional sound effects - Mike Meachum and Radio Garage
Chief Engineer - Matt Sepanic at Sound Farm Studio in Jamaica, Iowa



Robert John Ford's home page:
http://www.robertjohnford.com/

Robert John Ford's Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/Robert-John-Ford-The-RJF-Report-396002233796909/

Home page of "Caucus! The Musical":
http://www.robertjohnford.com/#!caucus-the-musical/c21g3

Facebook page of "Caucus! The Musical":
https://www.facebook.com/caucusthemusical

To download (right click and hit "Save as..."):
https://archive.org/download/IowaMusicShowcaseEpisode25/Iowa%20Music%20Showcase%20-%20Episode%2025_.mp3

Ep 25 - Song 3: "Halliday, Goldman, Jensen, Tate"



Lineup:
Vocals - Gina Gedler, Lester Small, Greg Millar
Music Director - Ben Hagen
Orchestrator - David Sharp
Keyboard - Francine Griffith
Reeds - Amanda Nunn
Percussion - Joel Gettys
Ensemble - Judy Blessington, Jenn Miller, Tim Sullivan
Sound Design - Virgil Kleinhesselink
Voiceovers and additional sound effects - Mike Meachum and Radio Garage
Chief Engineer - Matt Sepanic at Sound Farm Studio in Jamaica, Iowa



Robert John Ford's home page:
http://www.robertjohnford.com/

Robert John Ford's Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/Robert-John-Ford-The-RJF-Report-396002233796909/

Home page of "Caucus! The Musical":
http://www.robertjohnford.com/#!caucus-the-musical/c21g3

Facebook page of "Caucus! The Musical":
https://www.facebook.com/caucusthemusical

To download (right click and hit "Save as..."):
https://archive.org/download/IowaMusicShowcaseEpisode25/Iowa%20Music%20Showcase%20-%20Episode%2025_.mp3

Ep 25 - Song 4: "It's Time to Go to Iowa"



Lineup:
Vocals - Kathi Fieldsend, Carol Palmer, Charlie Reese, Barbara Merrill Wagner, John Busbee, Julie Bell, Jim Benda, John Robinson
Music Director - Ben Hagen
Orchestrator - David Sharp
Keyboard - Francine Griffith
Reeds - Amanda Nunn
Percussion - Joel Gettys
Ensemble - Judy Blessington, Jenn Miller, Tim Sullivan
Sound Design - Virgil Kleinhesselink
Voiceovers and additional sound effects - Mike Meachum and Radio Garage
Chief Engineer - Matt Sepanic at Sound Farm Studio in Jamaica, Iowa



Robert John Ford's home page:
http://www.robertjohnford.com/

Robert John Ford's Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/Robert-John-Ford-The-RJF-Report-396002233796909/

Home page of "Caucus! The Musical":
http://www.robertjohnford.com/#!caucus-the-musical/c21g3

Facebook page of "Caucus! The Musical":
https://www.facebook.com/caucusthemusical

To download (right click and hit "Save as..."):
https://archive.org/download/IowaMusicShowcaseEpisode25/Iowa%20Music%20Showcase%20-%20Episode%2025_.mp3

Ep 25 - Song 5: "One Happy Family - Reprise"



Lineup:
Vocals - Greg Millar
Music Director - Ben Hagen
Orchestrator - David Sharp
Keyboard - Francine Griffith
Reeds - Amanda Nunn
Percussion - Joel Gettys
Ensemble - Judy Blessington, Jenn Miller, Tim Sullivan
Sound Design - Virgil Kleinhesselink
Voiceovers and additional sound effects - Mike Meachum and Radio Garage
Chief Engineer - Matt Sepanic at Sound Farm Studio in Jamaica, Iowa



Robert John Ford's home page:
http://www.robertjohnford.com/

Robert John Ford's Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/Robert-John-Ford-The-RJF-Report-396002233796909/

Home page of "Caucus! The Musical":
http://www.robertjohnford.com/#!caucus-the-musical/c21g3

Facebook page of "Caucus! The Musical":
https://www.facebook.com/caucusthemusical

To download (right click and hit "Save as..."):
https://archive.org/download/IowaMusicShowcaseEpisode25/Iowa%20Music%20Showcase%20-%20Episode%2025_.mp3

Ep 25 - Song 6: "The Tough Question Sidestep"



Lineup:
Vocals - Kathi Fieldsend, Carol Palmer, Charlie Reese, Barbara Merrill Wagner
Music Director - Ben Hagen
Orchestrator - David Sharp
Keyboard - Francine Griffith
Reeds - Amanda Nunn
Percussion - Joel Gettys
Ensemble - Judy Blessington, Jenn Miller, Tim Sullivan
Sound Design - Virgil Kleinhesselink
Voiceovers and additional sound effects - Mike Meachum and Radio Garage
Chief Engineer - Matt Sepanic at Sound Farm Studio in Jamaica, Iowa



Robert John Ford's home page:
http://www.robertjohnford.com/

Robert John Ford's Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/Robert-John-Ford-The-RJF-Report-396002233796909/

Home page of "Caucus! The Musical":
http://www.robertjohnford.com/#!caucus-the-musical/c21g3

Facebook page of "Caucus! The Musical":
https://www.facebook.com/caucusthemusical

To download (right click and hit "Save as..."):
https://archive.org/download/IowaMusicShowcaseEpisode25/Iowa%20Music%20Showcase%20-%20Episode%2025_.mp3

Ep 25 - Song 7: "Goodbye, Good Luck, Good Riddance"


Lineup:
Vocals - Greg Millar, Susan Grozler, Emily Bida, Scott Siepker (alias Iowa Nice!)
Music Director - Ben Hagen
Orchestrator - David Sharp
Keyboard - Francine Griffith
Reeds - Amanda Nunn
Percussion - Joel Gettys
Ensemble - Judy Blessington, Jenn Miller, Tim Sullivan
Sound Design - Virgil Kleinhesselink
Voiceovers and additional sound effects - Mike Meachum and Radio Garage
Chief Engineer - Matt Sepanic at Sound Farm Studio in Jamaica, Iowa



Robert John Ford's home page:
http://www.robertjohnford.com/

Robert John Ford's Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/Robert-John-Ford-The-RJF-Report-396002233796909/

Home page of "Caucus! The Musical":
http://www.robertjohnford.com/#!caucus-the-musical/c21g3

Facebook page of "Caucus! The Musical":
https://www.facebook.com/caucusthemusical

To download (right click and hit "Save as..."):
https://archive.org/download/IowaMusicShowcaseEpisode25/Iowa%20Music%20Showcase%20-%20Episode%2025_.mp3

Ep 25 - Song 8: "Get Off Your Sorry Ass And Vote"



Lineup:
Music Director - Ben Hagen
Orchestrator - David Sharp
Keyboard - Francine Griffith
Reeds - Amanda Nunn
Percussion - Joel Gettys
Ensemble - Judy Blessington, Jenn Miller, Tim Sullivan
Sound Design - Virgil Kleinhesselink
Voiceovers and additional sound effects - Mike Meachum and Radio Garage
Chief Engineer - Matt Sepanic at Sound Farm Studio in Jamaica, Iowa


Robert John Ford's home page:
http://www.robertjohnford.com/

Robert John Ford's Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/Robert-John-Ford-The-RJF-Report-396002233796909/

Home page of "Caucus! The Musical":
http://www.robertjohnford.com/#!caucus-the-musical/c21g3

Facebook page of "Caucus! The Musical":
https://www.facebook.com/caucusthemusical

To download (right click and hit "Save as..."):
https://archive.org/download/IowaMusicShowcaseEpisode25/Iowa%20Music%20Showcase%20-%20Episode%2025_.mp3

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Ep 24 - Song 1: "Ganglion Sister" by Love Songs for Lonely Monsters (from the most read blog post - Episode 7: Women of Iowa Rock and Pop)



Original podcast:


To read the most read blog post on Iowa Music Showcase:
http://iowamusicshowcase.blogspot.com/2015/03/episode-7-iowa-women-of-rock-and-pop.html

Devotion. Isolation. Brute, anthemic tales. All of this encapsulated in the fervent dread of a fiend, shaken by passion.

Des Moines, Iowa’s Love Songs For Lonely Monsters (LS4LM or Love Songs for short) have been wrapping deep, umbral guitars and zealous pulsating rhythms with the celestial vocals of the ever-enchanting Amy Badger since forming in late 2009. Upon inspection, it is possible for the listener to peel back the layers of Fugazi and Gang of Four-inspired post-punk aggression to find a heart within the madness; a soul purposefully melodic, maintaining a phenomenal pop sensibility.

After playing together in various musical projects since their teenage years, Nick Parks started Love Songs For Lonely Monsters with his good friend and former guitarist Justin Niceswanger. A chance encounter with bassist Chris Lachky and drummer Brian Gellerman in the fall of 2009 filled out the rhythm section and Amy Badger soon rounded out the quartet on vocals. After three years of writing music and playing locally, Neiswanger left the group. He was replaced on guitar in early 2013 by Kevin Neal.

Since their inception, Love Songs for Lonely Monsters has honed their craft and cemented themselves as one of the best live acts in the midwest, opening for such acts as Bob Mould, Deerhoof, and Purity Ring. In 2012, they were honored by winning Iowa Public Radio’s Play-In contest for the 80/35 Music Festival, and as such, played the main stage alongside -- among others -- Fucked Up, Dinosaur Jr, and Death Cab for Cutie.They have completed their first LP, recorded at Neal’s Redd7 Studios, and plan on a late winter/early spring release, and are currently booking shows in and around the Midwest in support.
- from their home page

Lineup:
Amy Badger - vocals, guitar
Brian Gellerman - drums
Chris Lachky - bass
Dan Hutchison- guitar
Nicklas Parks - guitar

To download the new podcast (right click and hit "Save link as..."):
https://archive.org/download/IowaMusicShowcaseEpisode24/Iowa%20Music%20Showcase%20-%20Episode%2024_.mp3



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

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/ls4lm/

Bandcamp:
https://ls4lm.bandcamp.com/

Ep 24 - Song 2: "North of the River" by Monday Mourners (from the most read post on Iowa Music Showcase Songs)


Original podcast:


Original post on Iowa Music Showcase Songs:
http://iowamusicshowcasesongs.blogspot.com/2015/06/episode-10-iowa-country-music-song-2.html

Just a Midwestern band trying to correct the contemporary misunderstanding of what country music is.
- from their Facebook page

Monday Mourners are an alt-country (whatever that means) band from Des Moines, Iowa. If you like country, we sound like rock. If you like rock, we sound like country. Midwestern Twang & Roll.
- from their ReverbNation page

Lineup:
Matt Handley - Guitar, Vocals
Clint Meyer - Guitar, Lap Steel, Vocals
Aaron Tinder - Bass, Vocals
Pat Curtis - Drums

To download the new podcast (right click and hit "Save link as..."):
https://archive.org/download/IowaMusicShowcaseEpisode24/Iowa%20Music%20Showcase%20-%20Episode%2024_.mp3


Home page:
http://mondaymourners.com/

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/Monday-Mourners-208913395564/

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

Ep 24 - Song 3: "Triplets (demo)" by Arent We All (from the most listened to episode on SoundCloud -Episode 4: Iowa Metal Music)



Original podcast:


Founded by Des Moines based musicians & long time collaborators; Ben Shields, HorHey Pachelli and Mark Boals. Mike Farrell joined the band on vocals in 2010 after a tour of duty in Iraq, and Arent We All spent the next two years writing music. Finally making their debut in 2012 in Des Moines at The House of Bricks.

Drawing influences from all the different genres of music that have influenced them throughtout the years. Arent We All strives to employ a unique sound implementing powerful drumming, unique bass riffs, and haunting guitar to bring this band together.
- from their ReverbNation page

Lineup:
Mark Boals- Drums
Ben Shields- Guitar/vocals
Mike Feral- Vocals
HorHey Pachelli- Bass/ Vocals

To download the podcast (right click and hit "Save link as..."):
https://archive.org/download/IowaMusicShowcaseEpisode24/Iowa%20Music%20Showcase%20-%20Episode%2024_.mp3


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

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

Ep 24 - Song 4: "Ocean Blue (live)" by Red Comet (from the most played episode on Bandcamp - Episode 13: Iowa Folk and Acoustic Music)


Original podcast:


Red Comet is a folk-inspired alternative band from Iowa City, Iowa. The group began in early 2015 when Reid Turner approached Allison Orvis and Mike Nelson to sing vocals in the group. They soon formed a group with four talented vocalists, a few jazz-trained instrumentalists, and extremely stellar songwriting.

Our goal is to convey stories through the guise of music. Each song acts as a unique perspective, describing the different challenges, ambitions, heartbreaks, and successes that we might face in life. Every person has a particular way of experiencing the world around them, and each experience is as significant as the last. Therein is the beauty of the arts; they act as a way to process and share these experiences. They serve to help evolve our understanding while enjoying our existence, and almost nothing in this world achieves this in the same way that music is able to.
- from their Facebook page

Lineup:
Allison Orvis - Vocals
Emily Roane - Drums/Percussion
Reid Turner - Piano, Melodica, PVC Pipe Marimba, Songwriter
Dan DiMonte - Vocals, Guitar, Trumpet
Genji Onishi - Upright Bass

To download the podcast (right click and hit "Save link as..."):
https://archive.org/download/IowaMusicShowcaseEpisode24/Iowa%20Music%20Showcase%20-%20Episode%2024_.mp3


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

Bandcamp:
https://redcometband.bandcamp.com/releases

SoundCloud:
https://soundcloud.com/reidwell

Ep 24 - Song 5: "That Kinda Tough" by Danny Grause (from the most watched episode of YouTube - Episode 10: Iowa Country Music)



Original podcast on YouTube:


Danny Grause is not a traditional country artist. Fortunately for him, his fans don't really care. His music sits comfortably in their playlists somewhere between Merle Haggard and Maroon 5, providing a fresh combination of gravel and groove for those who believe "Country" is merely a state of mind. Danny has been described as 'the theoretical love child of Willie Nelson and Chaka Khan', both for his style of performance and his song craftsmanship. On stage with his supporting band the "Black Dirt Kings" his music takes the listener on a virtual road trip full of twists and turns and occasional stops in funky town. In 2010 Danny's signature sound caught the attention of some kindred spirits when a demo of "Don't Tell Mama" made the Top 15 our of more than 700 acts in the "Sailing Southern Ground Contest", created and judged by none other than CMA and Grammy award-winning "Zac Brown Band". His music has also been featured in radio, television, and most recently in the new ad campaign for the "Hotsy" corporation. Deliberately unpolished and unapologetic, Danny's commanding stage presence is just what you would expect from a carpenter's son who's proud of every callous and scar he's earned along the way.
- from his home page

Lineup:
Danny Grause - all instruments and vocals

To download the podcast (right click and hit "Save link as..."):
https://archive.org/download/IowaMusicShowcaseEpisode24/Iowa%20Music%20Showcase%20-%20Episode%2024_.mp3


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

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/Danny-Grause-Music-203193329808427/

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

Ep 24 - Song 6: "Rhinemaidens (live)" by The Envy Corps (from the mostviewed episode on Archive.org - Episode 17: Joe Lawler Dedication)



Original podcast from Archive.org:
The Envy Corps’ indie quasi-anthems, filled with galvanizing arrangements and elasticized melodies have garnered the Des Moines band the affection of the attentive Midwest and fans internationally. Fans have been anxiously awaiting a follow-up to The Envy Corps’ major label debut, Dwell (2008), and the Kid Gloves EP (2009). Now Luke Pettipoole (vocals, bass), Brandon Darner (guitar), Micah Natera (synthesizer, guitar) and Scott Yoshimura (drums) return with their sophomore full-length, It Culls You, released in fall 2011 on their own independent imprint, Tempo Club. The new albumredefines their sound by taking the pop melodies of their early work and marrying them with a heightened rhythmic sense and a more stripped down, concise approach to instrumentation. The Envy Corps’ first new material in two years have fans and critics embracing the band’s exploration into a landscape that stretches the boundaries of the conventional immediate pop song. Content to take the reigns of any and all aspects of their sophomore effort, The Envy Corps are eager to share their new music with those willing to listen.
- from their Facebook page

Lineup:
Luke Pettipoole - vocals, bass
Brandon Darner - guitarist
Scott Yoshimura - drums
David Yoshimura - guitar

To download (right click and hit "Save link as..."):
https://archive.org/download/IowaMusicShowcaseEpisode24/Iowa%20Music%20Showcase%20-%20Episode%2024_.mp3


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

Ep 24 - Song 7: "Vampire Club" by Lipstick Homicide (from the most downloaded episode on SoundCloud - Episode 19: Happy Hawkeye Halloween! 2015, The Terrifying Version)



Original podcast:

Hair is flying everywhere over what I thought were two high school girls. A young guy behind them making faces that would look like extreme pain if he wasn’t smiling.

Despite the hair all over her face, the blonde is shredding wildly on her guitar, adding nice high harmonies that play well with the lead singer’s deeper voice. Short, exciting solos sporadically shooting out of those blinding fast hands!

Catchy, thumping basslines come from an instrument that almost looks too big for the short brunette. With a sometimes painful expression, she sings using a ferocity and energy that shouldn’t come from someone that small.

Meanwhile behind them, the thin young guy is pounding out a strong punk beat, despite the fact that his goofy smiles are the only thing letting you know he’s not having an epileptic fit.

This was my first impression of Lipstick Homicide two or three years ago at The Space’s anniversary show in Ames. It was a short 20 minute set, but I was blown away and hooked! I found out I could fall in love with a lesbian couple and straight guy!

And in the years since, I’ve seen them multiple times, including at my 50th birthday party! And the band’s live show has just become tighter and stronger. I think they are best thing coming out of Iowa! So if you enjoy fun, catchy pop tunes done in a hard, punk style, this is a band not to be missed!
- from The Des Moines Music Coalition (DMMC) website

Lineup:
Rachel Feldmann - vocals, bass
Kate Kane - guitar, vocals
Luke Ferguson - drums

To download (right click and hit "Save link as..."):
https://archive.org/download/IowaMusicShowcaseEpisode24/Iowa%20Music%20Showcase%20-%20Episode%2024_.mp3


Home page:
http://lipstickhomicide.com/

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

Bandcamp:
https://lipstickhomicide.bandcamp.com/

Ep 24 - Song 8: "Yesterday I Was Talking to My Sister" by Jack Joe Talcum & The Powders (from the most downloaded on Bandcamp - Episode 14: Lipstick Homicide Retrospective, Part 2 of 3)

Original podcast:


Jack Joe Talcum is NOT an Iowan. But he was included on this podcast, because Rachel Feldmann of Lipstick Homicide played in his back up band, The Powders. And this was part of a tribute to Rachel's band, Lipstick Homicide.

And although Jack Joe Talcum is not an Iowan, we won't hold that against him. He is a Midwesterner. And all the members of The Powders were Iowans. In fact, put together by Iowa City musician Samuel Locke Ward and some of his Iowa City cohorts.

And in case, you don't know who Joe Jack Talcum is, he was a member of the nineties alternative band, The Dead Milkmen, before having his own solo career.

Lineup:
Joe Jack Talcum - vocals, guitars, harmonica
Grace Locke Ward - drums
Samuel Locke Ward - keyboards, guitar
Rachel Feldmann-bass

To download (right click and hit "Save link as..."):
https://archive.org/download/IowaMusicShowcaseEpisode24/Iowa%20Music%20Showcase%20-%20Episode%2024_.mp3


Joe Jack Talcum's home page:
https://jacktalcum.com/

Joe Jack Talcum's Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/thejoejacktalcum/

Joe Jack Talcum & The Powders' split album with Samuel Locke Ward on Bandcamp for FREE:
https://samuellockeward.bandcamp.com/album/just-add-tears

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