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.

Gross Domestic Product Song of the Day-ish – Christopher the Conquered & His Black Gold Brass Band – Treasure Catcher

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, thus the -ish. For more info on GDP visit the Facebook Event Page or Des Moines Music Coalition’s website

I am under attack by histamines today, so I am going to put up an easy one. I was going to try and save Christopher the Conquered for a later date, to kind of coincide with the release of his new album (which you can pre-order right here, please), but I dunno this is an easy one to talk about. I’m not going to go too in depth about the music and such because I want to save it for a later date, but I figured you could click this and listen to get you through the day. I mean, just watch this and try not to smile a little because of it. It is just insane, so imagine what they have planned for a show of this magnitude.

A few years ago I took a bit of a leap and tried to get more involved in music. Being as I don’t play an instrument, I figured the easiest thing I could get on board with was promoting. One of the first shows I booked with local artists was when I came upon Christopher the Conquered. Theatrically, their stage presence was unlike anything I had ever seen and musically, they were more gifted than anything else I had even thought to book. Personally, Chris Ford and Nate Logsdon and the rest of the band are some of the most humble and interesting people I have ever come across, and the fact that folks like them can succeed in an industry like this gives hope not only to music, but to humanity. It is because of people like them that I think arts can survive despite what is an increasingly dumbed down society. There ain’t a person alive that won’t get caught up in the joy of the video above.

What I have discovered in my few years being involved is that in the Iowa music scene, there are very few jerks. It seems that everyone wants the scene to succeed, not just their own personal ambitions, which just has to be rare. They are way more willing to help out another band as they are to try and undermine them. I think that’s why I do what I do, because I want to help out in any way I can. Because these aren’t just good artists, they are good people who deserve to be heard. So, please go pre-order the new album. Buy as many albums from local musicians as your budget allows. Go to Hotel Fort Des Moines April 14, or hell any local show you can, and support these artist. Because, dammit they would do the same for you.

Gross Deomestic Product Song of the Day-ish – The River Monks – Yellow Blue & Green

Gross Domestic Product is just around the corner, 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, thus the -ish. For more info on GDP visit the Facebook Event Page or Des Moines Music Coalition’s website

This may seem to some like a weird transition. Yesterday, I put up the blistering Father in the Sky by Mumford’s and today we move on The River Monks. The only way I would describe The River Monks as blistering is if you forget your sunblock when you lay in the sun and listen to this album. I would recommend doing that if you decide to listen to Jovials. It is so relaxing and smooth that I’d imagine a perfect day would be a chaise lounge, a good pair of sunglasses, about 74 degrees and slight breeze and nothing in the world to care about (wear sunblock, though).

Like I said about Bowerbirds a few days ago, this song is a perfect example of the type of background music you have when you’re doing something important. Even if it isn’t that important, it gives the feeling that you’re succeeding at a higher level, when in fact the music is just so suitably epic. I mean, I am currently listening to it while I lay on the couch with a laptop on my crotch while wearing pajama pants, so I ain’t exactly climbing Mt. Rainier. But somehow, it makes me feel like I am writing some sort of life changing document that the world will lap up and I will ge a Pulitzer and a job at Spin Magazine

I really like this song, and while I like the rest of the album, it was a big reason why this album gets such high marks for me. I am interested to see how they handle it live, since the above video isn’t the best representations of what the song can do feelings-wise.

The rest of the album can be listened to or purchased here