Here Is Some More Stuff To Make It Look Like I Write Stuff

Hi ya! Okay, so I am in the process of moving (among other very stressful things), which is my excuse for not being around. Again. I feel guilty that I am this excited to have an actual excuse for my disappearing act. Well anyway, since Max Ames Fest starts in like five minutes or something I thought I would use this space to show you that I have been up to a couple of things.

Here is little preview of the shows you shouldn’t miss.

Unrelated, but worthy of a mention. I also reviewed Viva Montesa’s new album. Go here for that.

A little programming note. I am going to be spending some time trying to find a new job. Maybe one that isn’t retail, maybe one that is. I’m not sure. The possibilities are endless. Well, there are ends. I mean I ain’t becoming CEO of anything, probably. Also, I am moving from the ‘burbs back to big city. So, yeah…I will be around, I just likely won’t be around. Ya dig?


Lots and Lots of Links to Lots and Lots of Stuff

There are a few things I have been meaning to mention for a while now, but you know, I got struck with an acute case of the lazies.

– First, I have a new review for the album Diatoms from Fairfield band Animal over at Des Moines Is Not Boring. This features Phil Rabalais from Trouble Lights and Utopia Park and Darla Murphy on vocals. Also a guy named David Murphy worked on the album as well, but it isn’t me. I may start telling people it was just because the album is so rad.

– Couple of cool shows coming up in the next couple of weeks. Quick and Dirty style. I’d say there is a good chance I will do some more for these shows, but for now BAM:

Cloud Nothings play M-Shop September 15th. Uh, yes please.

The Legendary Melvins at Wooly’s Sept 16

Sliversun Pickups with School of Seven Bells and Atlas Genius at Hoyt Sherman Sept 18.

Also, Sept 18 is MuteMath with Civil Twilight, also at Wooly’s.

– Three awesome local bands are all having album release shows very soon:

Rockers Viva Montesa release their first full length this Saturday at Wooly’s.

Local legends North of Grand have their release show on September 14 at Gas Lamp.

Finally, blog favorite Trouble Lights have two release shows planned. One in Ames during the Max Ames Festival (Tickets are inexplicably still available for Jeff Mangum. Go to that) on Sept 20 and one in Des Moines at Wooly’s on Sept 28.

-On a related note, Maximum Ames Records announced that on September 17 they will launch the Iowa Music Store. This is a one stop spot to purchase music from all kinds of different Iowa artists, not just ones on the Max Ames roster. Kind of a cool deal.

– Finally, Little BIG Fest, the third of three Des Moines Music Coalition event fundraisers will be happening on November 17. This event is usually a little more geared towards jam bands, roots, acoustic and world music. If you’re in a band and want to be a part of this, go to their website. They are currently accepting submissions until Sept 7. (Holy crap, that’s tomorrow. Man, I slacked a bit too much on this one. Uh, get on it!)

I’m sure there is more, but that’s all I can think of off the top of my head. But yeah, Iowa, huh? Who knew?

Sooooo, This Is Awkward…

So, uh, yeah. I have been away.

I went from trying to do two posts a day to pretty much taking the month of August off. And now here we are, my credibility is shot and my motivation has evaporated. I’m not sure what to attribute my lack of posts. I had a whole list of excuses to try and use, but the simple fact is I just haven’t been writing. I set out to take a few days off around my birthday, and well I guess if I just don’t keep myself motivated, everything falls to shit.

I did, however, manage to throw together a couple of reviews for Des Moines Is Not Boring over the month. Here is one for Ames band Jaw Harp Potential. In a nutshell, I think these ladies have an enormous amount of potential and this EP shows that. Go check it out, because this won’t be the last we hear of them.

The other is for the band Parlours. I loved this album. It hit me in the right spot for what I have been listening to lately. It is so pretty and vibrant.

Anyway, I’m going to do my best to ween this whole blogging thing back into my life. I mean, what else do I have going on?