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?

A Couple of Links To Take You Into The Weekend

Click this to hear the new Seedlings album, and then go buy it on iTunes.

It has been just over a year since I started writing about music. I started at Des Moines Is Not Boring in July of last year with a review of Mumford’s Triple Trinities, which turned out to be one of my favorite albums and an okay review. I’m going to level with you. When I first started, I thought I was going to be some sort of universally beloved figure who had a hit count of millions and the respect to waltz into any show an just say “Hey, I’m Dave Murphy” and get whatever I want. I thought that I would just be able to sit down and pound out a few hundred words, hit send, and dust off my hands and be awesome. I’m not real sure why I thought that. That is dumb. Throughout this year, I have learned a few other things:

– I am much better at this when I really try, so I shouldn’t half ass things and just accept the outcome.

– You are never universally beloved.

– It takes a year, at least, to figure out your voice. I will let you know how long after that it takes to actually perfect it.

– Iowa is bad ass. When you devote your free time to one area, that area better be awesome.

Anyway, here’s some stuff:

Earlier this week, I mentioned Heartless Bastards. Well, it’s tonight and you should go. I’m gonna go, and you want to be like me, right? I made my return to DMMC’s website just for a preview. That’s how much I am looking forward to this one.

It’s right here.

I also wrote a couple of things for Des Moines is Not Boring in the last couple of weeks. I reviewed the EP from Alex Kintzle and The Davis Brothers (hey, remember what I said about half-assing stuff. Here is me half-assing something). I actually feel bad about how little I like this review, because the album is great. I also reviewed the new album from Seedlings. Incredible album.

So yeah, have a good weekend. Be well.

This Week @ Des Moines Is Not Boring…and other stuff

This week at Des Moines is Not Boring is well…Monday from Iowavesmusic.com. I got busy/am lazy and wasn’t able to get anything written this week. So, DMiNB reprinted my now world famous (somebody from Kitts and Nevis read it! I don’t even know where that is!) GDP review. But, they’re good people and deserve your click, so head that way.

Incidentally, I want to try and feature some more metal acts, but well, I don’t really listen to metal. So, while I build up my knowledge, I want to send some love out to a couple of places that do know what they’re talking about.

One would be the Facebook group Iowacore. They post lots of stuff about upcoming shows to check out.

Also, my friend Curtis Morgan from Becoming the Villain and The Boston Hell Mask has started a new blog over at Iowaheavymusic

If you’re looking for something to do tonight, head to The Space For Ames to see Kimya Dawson, Patrick Tape Fleming and Kate Kennedy. They kick so much ass and this will be awesome. Head here for more info.

This Week @ Des Moines Is Not Boring

Hey everybody. I wrote this about the new Christopher the Conquered & His Black Gold Brass Band album Christopher the Conquered and His Black Gold Brass Band Decide…The Fate Of A Good Man. Does it live up to all of the hype? Spoiler alert: yup. Also, hopefully next week I will have something awesome from them as well, so keep your eyes peeled.

Today @ Des Moines Is Not Boring

OMG UTOPIA PARK! CLICK THIS IF YOU WANT BUT YOU MUST PRESS PLAY AND THEN DANCE AROUND YOUR OFFICE/CUBICLE/COFFEE SHOP/WHATEVER!!!! CAPITAL LETTERS AND EXCLAMATION POINTS ARE NECESSARY!!!!!

Today @ Des Moines is Not Boring

Today is about maybe my favorite album I’ve listened to in the last few weeks. Go here to read about Pennyhawk’s Sisterbones. Please click on the Bandcamp link and go buy it because it’s awesome and it’s only six bucks.