Saturday, October 29, 2016

Ep 37 - Song 1: "Uncle Satan" by Flannel Season



"These rockers are children of autumn and the grunge era. As a band, Flannel Season, cut it’s teeth on a slew of 90’s rock tunes ranging from Nirvana to Toadies to L7 and beyond. Recombining these elements with doomy aspects of modern stoner rock and just a general, all-around band handsomeness, Flannel Season has grown into one of the heavier and melodic rock bands of the Iowa City scene. Where there is a need for rock, heavy riffs, harmonies and beards, you will find these plaid-clad headbangers."
- from their Facebook page

"I hear rumors that the ’90s are “in” again... I fully support any and all forays into the depths of the music I first came alive to — the music of late night D&D, of rambunctious rides down the shore, of dirty clubs and dirty guitar riffs.

"Flannel Season has, somehow, managed to channel these halcyon days into fresh new material that sounds like it was ripped straight from a missing second disc of the soundtrack to Clerks...

"It’s clear that Flannel Season is not content to remain mired in nostalgia. They are taking what worked best about grunge, dusting it off and finding its relevance as more than just a memory."
- from a Little Village review by Genevieve Trainor

"The three-piece band Flannel Season comprised of Larson (drums/vocals), Claire (bass/vocals) and Joe (guitar/vocals) has an appropriate name. For anyone old enough to remember growing up in the ‘90s it was a time where flannel shirts were associated with all things grunge. Kurt Cobain, Eddie Vedder and Chris Cornell made the apparel somewhat hip. Like a lot of fashion it was already passé by the time it became pervasive and department stores like Kmart and H&M were trying to make a quick buck of the trend.

"I'm pretty sure that Flannel Season knew what they were doing when they decided to use that as their name. Their music would fit perfectly into ‘90s grunge era where bands like The Melvins, Mudhoney and The Screaming Trees had some minor successes due to the cultural explosion of Nirvana."
- from a No More Division review by Ted Rogen

Lineup:
Larson - Drums, Vocals
jOE fINN - Electric Guitar, Vocals
Claire Thoele - Bass, Vocals


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Ep 37 - Song 2: "Seance" by Rhonda is a Dead Bitch



"As if their ballsy moniker.. didn’t already have my attention, I dropped the needle on my virgin copy of “Laos” and proceeded to enjoy listening to Rhonda Is A Dead Bitch blast holes into the landscape of rock music in Des Moines with anti-hipster delight. What Rhonda Is A Dead Bitch admittedly lacks in musical mastery serves them well, because it allows them to play with refreshing gusto, honesty and creativity."
- from a Cityview review by Micheal Swanger

"Rhonda Is A Dead Bitch, formed out of the ashes of previous local failures such as Mayfair & Huxley and Teen Pussy, was originally conceived as a showcase for Luke the Amazing Drummer. Using a traditional combo lineup of drums, bass, guitar and keyboards, augmented with various noise generators and other electronics, they have accidentally fallen into a sound best described as psych-Krautrock-ambient."
- from a description in a Cityview Best of Des Moines piece

Lineup:
Luke, Jason, Lindsay, Tyler and Emery
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exponential noin
zee repercussions
heaviehunded bas (relieve)
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yelpnstrung


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Ep 37 - Song 3; "...And the Blood Splatters" by Unidentified Suspects



"Unidentified Suspects were a rap group from Des Moines, IA who were active from 1999-2007. Rest In Piss."
- from their BandCamp page

Music Written By: Richard DeFrancisco & Solomon Moss
All Lyrics Written By: Michael Cooper, Brian Campos, & Richard DeFrancisco
Mixed By: Richard DeFrancisco & Michael Cooper
Engineered By: Kirk Kaufman


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Ep 37 - Song 4: "Terror Horror Revulsion" by Haunted Gauntlet



"Haunted Gauntlet (Producer behind M34N STR33T/ex-Oh Possum) is an active singer songwriter, instrumentalist, producer. 515/402"
- from his Facebook page

"I am an active singer songwriter, instrumentalist, beat maker, remixer and producer living in Omaha/Des Moines. Over the last 7 years I have performed and booked many of my own shows and bands in the Omaha/Dsm areas and have made a solid reputation as promoter and graphic designer, making event posters and putting on bands I believe in. I am currently active as the primary musician behind the band M34N STR33T which has recently gained nationwide attention(NPR) and was awarded Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards Best Hip Hop and Artist of the year in 2014 as well as being asked to perform at 80/35 Music Festival(DSM), Maha Music Festival(OMA), and Middle of the Map Festival(KC). On June 5th 2015 I played my first solo set as HAUNTED GAUNTLET at O’Leaver’s."
- from his home page

Lineup:
Adam Haug - vocals, instruments, programming





Home page:
http://hauntedgauntlet.com/

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

BandCamp:
https://hauntedgauntlet.bandcamp.com/

SoundCloud:
https://soundcloud.com/hauntedgauntlet

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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Ep 36 - Song 1: "Black Witch" by The Starry Nights



Starry Nights is a band from Iowa City who do NOT know how to write about themselves and publicize themselves very well!

Lineup:
Kate Kane - vocals, guitar
Trevor Treiber - vocals, guitar


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

BandCamp:
https://starrynights.bandcamp.com/

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Ep 36 - Song 2: "Wapsipinicon" by The Mayflies



"Original rock, with elements of bluegrass, honky tonk, blues, psychedelia, and just about any American roots music you can think of. Tremendous songwriting, agile and impressive musicianship, dynamic and engaging live shows; this is just some of what makes The Mayflies a stand-out musical force."
- from their SonicBids page

"The Mayflies have been pushing the outer limits of jam rock and bluegrass in the Midwest and Colorado since 2001. The Mayflies are known for their inexhaustible energy, whipping their fans into a sweat-drenched, blissful frenzy."
- from their ReverbNation page

"The Mayflies are a party—a delightful mess, a crazed amalgam. Electric and acoustic, fast and slow, a bewildering explosion of hectic elation and angry loss. They’re the rock end of roots and the country end of rock, and as such, they’re hard to describe, but impossible to forget.

"The Mayflies are a band you walk away from after a single hearing, humming the chorus and wondering, 'I could swear I’ve heard that somewhere before…'

"What ties it all together, what unifies their songs and their sounds—is a quality of movement. Movement in Stacy Webster’s frenzied sweat-flinging guitar that owes as much allegiance to Django Reinhardt and Willie Nelson as it does to Jerry Garcia. Movement in the rock/classical/celtic fiddling of Natalie Brown. Movement in the melodic, quick, clean jazz-grass mandolin picking of Benj Upchurch.

"Although their music is unquestionably Americana—a distinctly Midwestern mix of blues and country guitar, folk and rock lyrics, fiddle and mandolin—The Mayflies are also a firm bridge to that rabid universe of live music, that head-bobbing, crowd-shouting, young and wild world of jam and jazz.

"They Mayflies allow themselves to improvise, but as fiercely talented, serious musicians, they never lose the song in that experience. With the nuanced, livid, jazz drumming of James Robinson, and the undeniable backbone that is Dave Lumberg on bass, The Mayflies translate as few jam bands can, from the live stage to a tight recording. They don’t noodle or wander too far. They come back, always, to their lyrics, their melodies, their roots. Artful and purposeful, devoted to storytelling and tradition, with a clear sense of pathos and place, The Mayflies take jam rock to the edge of energy. Then they pull back a little, to leave a listener wanting more."
- from their Facebook page

Lineup:
David Lumberg: bass, vocals
James Robinson: drums
Stacy Webster: vocals, guitars
Natalie Brown- violin, accordion, vocals
Ben Upchurch- mandolin
Marty Letz- pedal steel guitar


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

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

BandCamp:
https://themayflies.bandcamp.com/

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Ep 36 - Song 3: "The Way That I Live" by Mumford's



"Mumford's began as a solo project in the summer of 2008 and has expanded into a wild freak-folk storyteller dance band with a horn section. The songs always have a strong emphasis on storytelling and character development and use a variety of voices and instrumentation to bring across specific characters and circumstances."
- from their Facebook page

"As a band that has toured all over the nation and performed in 32 states, the Mumford’s have stayed true to their roots through it all. 'We hang an Iowa flag at all of our shows,' said band leader Nate Logsdon.

"Logsdon, a talented individual who plays trumpet, piano, and guitar as well as performing vocals, originally started as a solo act playing acoustic guitar. The band formed in 2008 and has transformed over the past three years. Logsdon described their style of music as 'high energy rock with a horn section,' but their genre can also be identified as psycho folk.

"However, Mumfords’ music keeps its folksy vibe through narrative style lyrics. The songs tell stories with the added bonus of a heavy and dancey twist. The band also incorporates choreographed dances into their performances to help engage the audience.

"The band has another quirk to call their own: they’re nonexclusive. The band has a policy of remaining open to meeting and playing with new people. Things come up, and members may have to move or leave the band for personal reasons, so the band has grown and adapted to accommodate...

"When asked about the band’s creative process for writing songs, it came to light that the entire band has a hand in the creation as well as the singing, through collaboration and contribution of ideas. According to Lyng, Logsdon, the primary singer/songwriter, comes to the band with an idea and all members can add any thoughts or suggestions."
- from an article by Elaine Godfrey in the Iowa State University Digital Repository

Lineup:
Nate Logsdon - vocals, guitar, piano, horn
James Doxon - percussion, vocals
Kate Kennedy - sax, clarinet, accordion, vocals, more
Kai Tanaka - lead guitar
Chris Lyng / Tushar Dayal - bass


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

BandCamp:
https://mumfordsmusic.bandcamp.com/

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Ep 36 - Song 4: "Under Porches, Beds & Stairs" by Oh Possum



"Oh Possum formed in mid-2005 from the various musical projects of it's individual members. Adam Haug and Will Bliss had taken a hiatus from their two-piece singer/songwriter band a.lonely.rope, and started having improv, instrumental sessions with Will on drums and Adam playing guitar. At the same time, Adam had another musical project with then roommate, Nick Lambert, based on MIDI sequenced electronic music and Nick on turntables. Jake Nelson is a musician and video artist from the area who had been a long-time friend of everyone involved, and Micah Sturdevant joined the group in the spring of 2006, bringing a mastery of effects processing and a creative approach to building sounds.

"After a few haphazard experiments, the entire project took on a life of it's own. The band now includes an audio/visual live show and multi-instrumental music bringing an ever-growing array of musical approaches and sounds, incorporating electronic music, moog styth, guitar, drums, various percussion, xylophone, turtablism, lap steel guitar and bizarre circuit bent effects.

"The result of the various influences and backgrounds of the individuals involved is a juxtaposition of melodius low points to grating and heavy highs, with a union of hip hop and drum & bass influenced electronic beats and varied instrumentation. Live shows include art-video projections that sync to the music, and epic crescendos of sound, creating a sensory mosaic of music and imagery."
- from the Oh Possum page on the Underground Archives website

Lineup:
Adam Haug - Guitar, Programming
Jake Nelson - Moog, Percussion, sonar axe
Nick Lambert - Turntables, Xylo, drum machine
Will Bliss - Drums
Micah Sturdevant - lapsteel, tricked out Casiotone, Fog, Experiments
Becca Smith - Violin


Underground Archives:
http://underground-archives.com/content/oh-possum

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Ep 36 - Song 5: "Alexander" by Angers/Powers



"A.P. was formed in 2009 when Rob and Trevor, having finished practicing the night away with their other bands, would find themselves still wanting to make songs. Rob's wife's grand piano and Trevor's acoustic guitar were available, and the two started writing and playing songs in that format. Often this was done very late at night, and frequently well into the morning. Trevor's girlfriend Amanda would sometimes come to these experimental practices to listen, and when it was learned she too could play piano, she was given an accordion and electric reed organ and coerced into joining the band. In February 2011 Steven recorded and played on the band's first album at Animal Kingdom Studios. James joined in 2012 and the band recorded 'The Bicycle E.P.' on Halloween 2012 at the Sonic Factory, with Kevin Drew behind the helm. On a very foggy weekend in December 2012, another full length album was recorded, again with Steven working his recording magic. Angers Powers is available to play weddings, plays, movies, bat and bar mitzvahs, funerals, and any other occasion where champagne is consumed."
- from their Facebook page

Lineup:
Rob Ogg
Trevor Powell
Amanda Schreiber
Steven Heathcote
James White


Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/lynyrd.cohen/

BandCamp:
https://sumppumprecords.bandcamp.com/album/angers-powers

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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Ep 35 - Song 1:"Alnilam" by The Vahnevants



"Listening to The Vahenevants is a lot like walking into a late-50’s/early-60’s themed diner, then immediately leaving that shithole through the backdoor after gagging at the abundant kitsch, only to find yourself outside next to four frycooks, hunched over on their break in paper hats with cigarettes in their hands and dice and dollars on the asphalt. Yeah, the aesthetic is present, but the rawness and realness is there tenfold.

"On The Last Drag, the follow up to their excellent debut Bum Out!, The Vahnevants contiue their warbly, don’t-wop-ness with eight tracks of new material. Balanced between drugged vocals and softly tape-manipulated sonics, The Last Drag settles into the dirt much like dead-skin flaking off the body. Proper placement, y’all."
- from a review by Bort on the Tine Mix Tapes website

"Straight from the mean streets of Des Moines, IA. The Vahnevants are a group of warblely sounding miscreants with a “Back From the Grave” vibe."
- from the Pop Occulture website

"The Vahnevants are a 50’s-early 60’s inspired garage band. They are a warbly, surf rock band that would also fit into rockabilly and even some old-fashioned country-western, only, I dunno, less clean. Not like, language or content, but they just feel like they’re covered in muck. They’re like The Everly Brothers if Phil had just completed a 12 hour shift as a bus driver then headed straight to the studio and Don got hit in the head with a rubber mallet just prior to recording...

"Why I think it works is the same reason why I think Nevermind I Love You works: Sincerity. Sincerity doesn’t always mean taking yourself seriously, but it does mean believing in what you are doing. No, I don’t think The Vahnevants are some emotional powerhouse and we need to take everything they do to heart and really think about their art and what it all means. But they aren’t just screwing around either. They mean this and they believe this and whether it is high art or just super sincere shtick, it works."
- from a Dave Murphy review on the Des Moines Is Not Boring website

Lineup:
jared james vaughan III
Micah Sturdevant
Ryan C. Meier
james dean brittenson


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

BandCamp:
https://thevahnevants.bandcamp.com/

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