Gross Domestic Product Song of the Day-ish – Trouble Lights – Safe With Me

Gross Domestic Product is just around the corner, April 14 to be exact, and I thought to help promote it a little, I would feature a song from one of the bands each day-ish. I probably won’t do it everyday (although so far, so good), thus the -ish. For more info on GDP visit the Facebook Event Page or Des Moines Music Coalition’s website

I already blew it by posting this once to try and get y’all to like me, so it seems awkward to post it again. However, it is just too good to ignore. Trouble Lights will, legit, be the next big thing to come from this state, and arguably just the next big thing, period. I will reserve comment for now, both because I am lazy and it’s Friday and because I am making my triumphant return to promoting on April 13 (Trouble Lights headlines a Des Moines Social Club production: Subjective Vaudeville), so I need as much prose as I can to try and get y’all to come to the show. So, presented without comment, Trouble Lights.

Okay, some comment. This wouldn’t normally be my kind of music. But the technological ability and vocal range and just passion displayed in one song is enough to persuade me to buy into them. Also, there is quite a bit of pedigree involved. I heart Little Ruckus and I heart Utopia Park, so knowing that there is some level of genius from those two acts behind this, then I’m sold. Also, I know that there we be a vocal minority that are against this as being just some Gaga tribute. While, the influence is obvious, there just aren’t enough acts that nail the genre so significantly that I can honestly overlook that and know that there is more to come. I assure you, this is more than just civic pride. This is being happy that for a very rare moment, I am on the ground floor of greatness.


Listen To This, Please – Skye Carrasco – Belly

This came up because I was searching for Christopher the Conquered videos, so I figured I’d better share. This is from my 2011 Album of the Year Dark Pines. Go here and buy it.

The Heligoats At Vaudeville Mews – March 13

Chris Otepka (courtesy of The Heligoats Facebook Page)

The cool thing about being alive in 2012 is that we seemingly have access to pretty much anything we could want, right at our fingertips. So there really is very little excuse for people who bitch about not being able to find new music. Right now, I am listening to the new album Zoo by Ceremony. Who the fuck is Ceremony? I have no idea. But it was listed as a new album, so I am going to give it a shot. It is kind of loud and had some anger issues and so far I dig it, like, a whole bunch. And all it took was a mouse click.

Similar to that are the people who bitch about how a town the size of Des Moines doesn’t get cool acts. We get plenty of cool acts, you just have to be willing to put in a minor amount of effort. That minor amount of effort is what lead me to The Heligoats.

The Heligoats are the project of Chris Otepka, a DeKalb, IL native. They are a project much in the same way The Mountain Goats are John Darnielle’s project. Otepka plays shows with a band, and solo as The Heligoats, and they are both tremendous. Otepka has a kind of overt wit about him that just makes songs seem sillier than they ought to be, while at the same time writing and performing serious and intelligent melodies.

Back to my original point, bands like The Heligoats come to this town a lot (although, maybe not as good as The Heligoats, but you can see my point). What we seem to miss is that music at this point has gone way past the major record label business model and into an arena where someone with obscene talent can appear on a stage in front of 20 people and be just as good a show. Go to any of the venues’ websites or Facebook pages and they will usually list the bands who are playing, and a quick Google search can lead you to discover awesome new things. It was doing just that, that lead me to The Heligoats.

My point is this, you should go to The Heligoats and if you don’t you’re a lazy asshole.

More info is Here