Sunday, April 30, 2017

Ep 46 - Cover from the 1978 Des Moines Roosevelt High School yearbook


This photo is from the 1978 Theodore Roosevelt High School Yearbook, which carries no copyright. The photographers are listed in the yearbook as: Jeff Jones, Mark Tatarud, Mark Parker, and a fourth name I cannot make out.
Original version of the photo

Ep 46 - Song 1: "Call of the Jedi" by Czheck Productions



"Czheck Productions has worked with many artists and producers from all around the world. Inspired by soul and baptized by fire Czheck Productions establishes a new era of hip-hop sound."
- from their Facebook page

"Hip Hop Artist/Producer who is influenced by soul and the unknown"
- from their ReverbNation page

"Producer/Artist Czheck has been working on this hip hop classic since 2007 with top production and chill vibes enter the middle of sound where reality meets unreality."
- from their DatPiff page

Lineup:
Cody Carlson - all instruments and programs


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

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

Artist Trove:
http://www.artisttrove.com/artist/145563185457754/Czheck+Productions

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Ep 46 - Song 2: "I Can Control You" by Jordan Mayland and The Thermal Detonators



"Known as having his hand in many projects, Jordan has put out three "solo" albums playing most instruments on every track. The newest album "This Mess" is the first full band Thermal Detonators album and out now!"
- from their BandCamp page

"Jordan Mayland and Thermal Detonators was the name Jordan chose for his original solo EP debut. After years of playing music from that EP solo the band has finally come to add new color and life into old songs and help create a new atmosphere of multiple live layers, sing-alongs, and new theatrical elements."
- from their Facebook page

"The soul-stirring Ames/Des Moines pop unit Jordan Mayland & the Thermal Detonators delivers a tantalizingly dark treat with its generous new record This Mess, their first LP from the hand-made Nova Labs label.

"Mayland is a veteran of some of Iowa’s best bands of the past two decades, starting with the beloved early 2000s (local) hitmakers Keepers of the Carpet and continuing through today with acts like Volcano Boys and TIRES. The Thermal Detonators are Dave Atchison, Paul Hertz, Sean Huston, Claire Kruesel and Frank McBroom — a seasoned outfit that blends voices and diverse instrumentation into a rich sound that feels gracious, even compassionate. You can hear the band listening."
- from a review by Nate Logsdon on the Little Village website

Lineup:
Jordan Mayland - vocals, instruments


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

BandCamp:
https://jordanmayland.bandcamp.com/

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Ep 46 - Song 3: "It's You" by Dagobah



"A long time ago in a midwestern town far, far away, the boogie began. And it hasn't stopped since.

"Iowa City-based band Dagobah takes its name from a sunny day meditation concerning Jedi master Yoda's weed-choked home planet. This six-man group's spaced-out, funky sound, goofball stage presence and tongue-in-cheek humor seem to flow naturally from the same source...

"'Blending the space-pirating, hopping-across-the-galaxy raucousness of Han Solo with Yoda's Zen-like teachings, Dagobah's "pfunklectic' music takes you on an emotional roller coaster. It runs the gamut of introspection to all-out psychedelia...

"'It's a matter of taking quality music seriously while poking fun at music in general,' said bassist Todd Fackler."
- from the May 4th, 1995, edition of Rebel Yell

"With a unique blend of horns, percussion, and "Star Wars', Dagobah, the latest local band to take Iowa City by storm, will have fans tearing down the walls...

"Singer, guitarist, and songwriter Pat Willis said Dagobah's sound is indescribable...

"'I know that sometimes I suck, but it's all part of the unique flavor - staying true to one's self and not caring about a specific formula,' Willis said.

"Adding to that flavor is the duo of Les Miller on trumpets and David McCray on saxophone... the hillbilly horn section...

"...Dagobah may be the only band to use the 'Star Wars' trilogy as a metaphor for its songwriting style.

"'Yoda, he's kind of like a figurehead, someone to look up to in a way, and the whole Force thing, the training, the Jedis, ya know, the dark side and the light side of The Force - it's all very applicable to us,' Willis said...

"Good or evil, Dagobah is definitely not boring...

"'I think our strength is our absolute unpredictability.'"
- from the Oct 24th, 1994 edition of The Daily Iowan

"'It's a lot of fun, a lot of dancing; it's a good workout as well as good partying.' (said guitarist Pat Willis)...

"Dagobah is a strange mixture of people that produces a proportionally strange brand of music.

"Coyly described by Willis as 'lots of dancing, lots of funky beats, it just goes every which way and loose.' Dagobah throws innumerable influences into its stylistic blender to create a sound that doesn't even remotely resemble ingredients.

"'We do sound collages: we do... more somber, introspective stuff; we do reggae,' said Willis. 'I guess the main gist is eclectic funk. "Funklectic!" How about that?'"
- from the Feb 2nd, 1995, edition of The Daily Iowan

Lineup:
Pat Willis - vocals, guitar
Todd Fackler - bass
Les Miller - trumpets
David McCray - saxophone
Carey Steward - percussionists
Brad Engeldinger - drums


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Ep 46 - Extra: "20th Century Fox Fanfare/Star Wars theme/Cantina Band" by The University of Northern Iowa Panther Marching Band

"Each year the Panther Marching Band combines Panther spirit, pride, musicianship, and more than 120 years of tradition to create renowned gridiron excitement. The band consists of students from 79 different majors including nearly every discipline and major available at UNI. The band is open to both music majors and non-majors, and approximately 71% of our students are not music majors...

"The students of the Panther Marching Band take pride in their performances but also in the positive, friendly, and family-like atmosphere of the organization. Experience the energy and excitement of the Pride of Panther Nation!"
- from their home page

"Made up of over 330 members from all different backgrounds and majors, the Panther Marching Band performs five different shows each year at every UNI home game, as well as several away games and marching band showcases in the region. The band also performs service projects for high school bands in the Cedar Valley. Most importantly, though, we have a lot of fun! No audition is necessary for participation in the PMB; we are happy to welcome members of all skill level into our family!"
- from their Facebook page





Home page:
https://bands.uni.edu/pmb

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

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Ep 46 - Song 4: "Dagobah-bah-bah-bah" by The Han Solo Project



"The Han Solo Project was created by Tom Hummer and Mike Bal of Thoughts of Crossing. Their music covers a variety of rock styles and centers around the Star Wars universe."
- from their Locusic page

"This week, my long-time friend/drummer/collaborator/partner-in-crime Mike Bal and I released a new album as The Han Solo Project, titled The Force Hits Snooze. All the songs are about Star Wars."
- from Tom Hummer's home page

"Just another guy with a guitar... drums, bass, saxophone, piano, odd samples, and scary noises...

"One day Tom Hummer decided to make some music."
- from Tom Hummer's Facebook page

"Tom Hummer is a musician from Ames, Iowa...

"Tom has played bass for the rock band Thoughts of Crossing since their formation in 2003. He is also a founding member of the music review website Velocities In Music."
- from Tom Hummer's home page

Lineup:
Tom Hummer - vocals, instruments
Mike Bal - drums




Tom Hummer's home page:
http://www.tomhummer.com/

Tom Hummer's Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/tomhummermusic/

Thoughts of Crossing's Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/ThoughtsofCrossing/

Thoughts of Crossing's ReverbNation page:
https://www.reverbnation.com/thoughtsofcrossing

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Ep 46 - Song 5: "Amidala" by Lame



"Lame was started in Iowa City- we were all born in different Iowa towns and met while attending the University of Iowa."
- from an email from Eric Burchett

Lineup:
Eric Burchett - vocals, rhythm guitar
Andy Berthusen - lead guitar
Nate Sieveking- bass
Becky Shaw - drums


Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/Lame-59838221090/

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

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Ep 46 - Song 6: "It Sucks That Han Solo is Dead" by The Emblem Faction



"We're a progressive metal band based out of Des Moines, Iowa."
- from their Facebook page

"Fans of progressive metal out in the Midwest have some great local music be excited for. Hailing from Des Moines, Iowa, The Emblem Faction is a an aggressive five-piece that takes inspiration from the likes of Veil of Maya, Intervals, ERRA, After The Burial, and Monuments. They recently released their first EP, entitled Timescapes, carrying with it a handful of groove-laden anger-fueled music. Today we bring you “Stampede”, the lead track off their aforementioned EP – exclusively through ItDjentsTV.

"Clocking in at just over two and a half minutes, the track wastes no time in getting into the thick of it. A powerful rhythm and crushing vocals greet the listener, rarely letting up over the courses of it’s short runtime. The vocals are harsh yet powerful; the drum patterns varied and consistent. You won’t find any clean vocals here, nor any melodic guitar work, but there is a lot here to like if you prefer gritty and uncompromising metal. If you need a good kick-start to your day, or just want something heavy to bang your head to, then The Emblem Faction have you covered!"
- from the It Djents TV page

Lineup:
Vocals - Mark Richardson
Bass - Steven Lucia
Guitar - William McHenry
Guitar - Brandon Feldt
Drums - Wade Niffenegger

Photograph by Dani Reed
http://danireedphotography.wordpress.com/
https://www.facebook.com/DaniReedPhotography/



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

BandCamp:
https://theemblemfaction.bandcamp.com

WixSite:
http://bfeldt.wixsite.com/theemblemfaction

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Ep 45 - Cover by Russ Richardson

"My passions are music, sports, and my faith."
- from his Facebook profile

"No website or anything. Whenever I go to a (Blue Band) gig, i take pictures. I do it because Bob has provided all of us so much over the years, it was a way for me to give back to him 👍."
- from a message sent to this podcast

Original version of photo used as the cover
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Ep 45 - Song 1: "Arc Welded" by Bob Dorr and The Blue Band



"I’m a little late to the party here, but I’ve just got to say it: Bob Dorr, Iowa Public Radio’s voice of blues and rock for the past 4+ decades — and the leader of Iowa’s beloved The Blue Band — is a state treasure.

"You’d expect someone with a voice that good — whether he’s singing the blues or growling his signature “This is Bob Dorr, driving the blues bus down Blue Avenue” into his studio microphone — to act a bit like the rock star he is.

"You’d be wrong."
- from a Dan Weeks article in The Iowan

"2015 finds Bob Dorr & The Blue Band celebrating their 34th anniversary. Beginning June 10, 1981, the band has averaged playing around 100 dates a year for its 30+ year existence, resulting in a multi generational, dedicated fan base, and making them one of Iowa’s most revered, storied, and requested bands. Kansas City music writer Paul Taylor says "If you wanted to furnish your own nightclub, you would want The Blue Band. They are like one of those gleaming bright white appliances that you oohh and ahh over, and when you open the doors, all the best features you ever wanted come spilling out." Mississippi Valley Blues Society Director Karen McFarland says "...the best damn rockin’ soul dance band in the heartland." Originally called "Bobby’s Blue Band" (an obvious tongue-in-cheek play on blues icon Bobby Blue Bland), The Blue Band is a 5-7 piece group whose sound can only be described as The blues/soul/rockabilly/reggae/creole/rhythm Band! The band can play nearly three hours of original music or another three hours of popular covers, done in Blue Band fashion. A typical night mixes originals and covers plus a few requests.

"These days The Blue Band has evolved into a veritable Iowa All-Star collection of regular and alumni players, spearheaded by founding members Bob Dorr with his unmistakable lead vocals (Dorr can also be credited with a 40+ year career on Iowa Public Radio) and Jeff Petersen on his 1968 Gibson Flying V guitar, lap steel guitar, vocals, and song writing. Two drummers split time on the Blue drum chair. Longtime eastern Iowa drum legend Steve "The Chief" Hayes has been part of the group since 2003, longtime Cedar Falls drummer John Rohlf (Johnny Metro) joined the drum team in December of 2011. "Uncle" Al Naylor brought his renowned trumpet chops to the Blue horn section in 2008. The "new guy" is bass player Doug Norton, who joined the group in 2013. It’s not unusual to catch a number of "Blue Alumni" also playing with the band on any given night including guitarists Ron DeWitte and Bryce Janey and sax men Nathan Peoples, Tom Barry, Bob Thompson, Heath Alan and Jerry Peoples. Iowa Blues and Jazz Hall of Famers Sam Salomone and Tommy "T-Bone" Giblin often lend their talents on keyboards. The band generally travels within a 300-mile area of their home base in Eastern Iowa which includes Minneapolis, Kansas City, Omaha, and Chicago, performing at live music venues, summer festivals, and private functions. The band also has had regular appearances in Summit County and Denver, Colorado, and has performed at Bluestock International Convention & Festival in Memphis, Tennessee and Sun Valley ski resort in Idaho. Bob Dorr &The Blue Band-STILL rockin’ your soul after all these years. Be part of the show some night soon!"
- from their home page

"Kansas City music writer Paul Taylor says, 'If you wanted to furnish your own nightclub, you would want The Blue Band. They are like one of those gleaming bright white appliances that you oohh and ahh over, and when you open the doors, all the best features you ever wanted come spilling out.' Mississippi Valley Blues Society Director Karen McFarland says '...the best damn rockin' soul dance band in the heartland.' Originally called 'Bobby's Blue Band' (an obvious tongue-in-cheek play on blues icon Bobby "Blue" Bland), The Blue Band is a 5-7 piece group whose sound can only be described as 'The blues/soul/rockabilly/reggae/creole/rhythm Band!' The band can play nearly three hours of original music or another three hours of popular covers, done in Blue Band fashion. A typical night mixes originals and covers plus a few requests."
- from an article in The Chronicle Times

"It’s the band that’s been his baby, however, and it’s hard to let go.

“'I don’t have children, and essentially, The Blue Band has been my only child since I was 29 years old,' he said. 'This has been kind of an emotional roller coaster already, and I’ll bet it will just magnify itself as it goes along.

“'The Blue Band literally has given me a sense of purpose, and I think all humans need a sense of purpose in order to maintain some kind of sanity and reason to get up in the morning. So from that standpoint, I’m a little anxious as to what’s next,' he said.

"The last State Fair gig, the last Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival gig — the last this and the last that — were too hard to contemplate last year. But he’s steeling himself for these moments as the band goes on its last tour this spring and summer.

“'This gives me an opportunity to actually live in the moment for all of these ongoing Blue Band gigs,' he said."
- from the Diana Nollen article, "Blue Band sings its last goodbye", on the Gazette website

“"It’s fantastic to be recognized by people that do the same thing that you do,' Dorr says. 'To persevere through all the BS to where people recognize and honor your perseverance — that was really, really special.'

"Since 1981 Jeff Petersen has been The Blue Band’s guitarist (Dorr is the lead singer and harmonica player). Peterson first knew Dorr as 'that mysterious voice coming through the radio.' Since then he has come to know Dorr as a complex personality, a fair businessman, and a loyal friend. Petersen says Dorr’s relationship with music is a sacred union.

“'Anything to keep the blues alive, he’d be up for it,' Petersen says. 'He loves music. It’s the paramount thing in his life.'"
- from an article on the Intertnational Regional Magazines Association website

Lineup:
Bob Dorr - vocals, zydeco tie, harp
Jeff Petersen - guitar, vocals
Doug Norton - bass, vocals
John Rohlf - drums
Nolan Schroeder - tenor saxophone
Brian Crew - trombone
Cathy Henry - vocals


Home page:
https://theblueband.com/

Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/bobdorrandtheblueband/

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Ep 45 - Song 2: "One Man's Ceiling is Another Man's Floor" by Philbo King



"Independent artist performing original songs, operating Tangent Studio, and doing gigs throughout northeast Iowa

"Philbo has been playing guitar for more than 45 years, starting at the age of 10. He was in many groups over the years, and after taking off time to raise a family, has now decided to get serious about making some music with heart..."
- from his Facebook page

Acoustic and Delta blues performed on authentic delta instruments"
- from his Gig Salad page

Lineup:
Philbo King - vocals, all instruments


Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/philboking/

SoundClick page:
http://www.soundclick.com/bands/default.cfm?bandID=1157871

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Ep 45 - Song 3: "Broken" by Laura McDonald



"Laura McDonald is a twenty year veteran of the music scene. Coming friom a very musical background she started singing in various rick bands and was singing in casinos by the age of 22 doing up to 15 shows per week . Always very aware of taping into all aspects if music always accepting the challenge that she could sing all types of music not limiting herself to one genre.. Her roots are rock but heart and soul in blues."
- from their ReberbNation page


ReverbNation page:
https://www.reverbnation.com/lauramcdonald

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