DSMShows.com Presents Spring Live Music Series

Earlier this month, we declared our intention to branch out from simply promoting live music to actually contributing our own lineups as part of our new Chapman House show series. In the wake of the success of that March 10 show, we’ve lined up a couple more bills that we’d like to invite you to. Jack Lion, DJ DJ TANNER at Chapman House, Sunday, April 24 First and first-mostly, we have booked pretty much dsmshows’ favorite band, Iowa City-based jazztronica ensemble, Jack Lion. I’ve been to a number of house shows in my life, but I can’t recall ever seeing a jazz band play. Considering the command this band has live and the intimacy of the charming ol’ Chapman House, its sure to be a captivating show. In addition, Des Moines avant-pop allstar, DJ DJ TANNER, will be opening the show. His music was made for and made from shows such as this, like Ariel Pink run through the basement trade-routes of the Bible Belt. With these shows we are continuously looking for ways to promote the community aspect of local art. This event will be a potluck event with dinner before the show. Please feel free to bring your favorite dish (or buy something from The Chomp). As always, we’ll provide some additional food and drinks and play some nice cassettes between bands. We’d love it if you would join us. April 24 Chapman House (1711 Ninth St.) Donations for bands All Ages Jack Lion DJ DJ TANNER More information available here. Night Stories, Annalibera, Skyscraper at Chapman House Attic, Friday, May 13 Friday the 13th is the only...
Skin of Earth at The Fremont, Dec. 19

Skin of Earth at The Fremont, Dec. 19

On Saturday the 19th Skin of Earth will return to The Fremont to release the 5-track self-titled LP recorded in the very room you will listen to them in. The record, put out by none other than Sump Pump Records, promises to be one of the memorable records of the year. The show will be free, so you should bring proper funds to purchase the Skin of Earth LP. You can preview the album by listening to their single “Bin Bin Mary Bin Bin.” Skin of Earth will be joined by Fetal Pig and The Wheelers for what will be a loud, furious, and memorable night of music. I had the chance to correspond with Dan Hutchison, who helped record and mix the Skin of Earth LP, about the record. ———————————– BRUCE BALES: What was the process of recording and mixing the Skin of Earth album live inside a room like The Fremont? DAN HUTCHISON: We came in on Sunday, April 19th 2015, the band set up like a live show and Eric Kennedy and I got everything mic’d up, ran it into some preamps & into a mixing board. We used a real nice ribbon microphone of Eric’s to capture the room sound. After about two hours of dialing it in on the mixing board we ran that into 2 tracks of my cassette 4 track recorder hard panned left and right and pressed record. Skin of Earth really had everything well rehearsed and ready to go. Once everything was set up, we recorded the entire LP and the 11-minute bonus track in three hours. We only took two...
Spewfest 2015 at Vaudeville Mews, Oct. 31

Spewfest 2015 at Vaudeville Mews, Oct. 31

Spewfest 2015. There hasn’t been a show this stacked with local talent since 80/35. What we love about this lineup is that all of the artists on this bill seem to lean in a more unconventional direction with their music, making it perfect for a Halloween show. Then, of course there is Night Stories and Haunted Gauntlet, the team behind setting up the show, both of which are directly geared towards crafting spooky music. Haunted Gauntlet is a solo project of Adam Haug of the Omaha-based hip hop group M34N STR33T. He grew up in Des Moines playing in bands such as Oh! Possum & Deep Sleep Waltzing. We had the pleasure of seeing Adam premiere his Haunted Gauntlet project last June at O’leaver’s Pub in Omaha and we’re very excited to see him bring his hypnotizing horror music to his hometown. Haunted Gauntlet will also be releasing a beat tape that night that is filled with classic horror themes put to more modern beats. You can hear a small preview of it along with an in-depth interview on Haug’s Pants Off! Podcast appearance. Night Stories is more of a concept than a band. They write scores for horror films that don’t exist, put out said scores on vinyl and make “music videos” as trailers for the films. The group only plays shows in October (or on Friday the 13th dates) so be sure to check them out before you have to wait another year. They will be scoring the 1922 silent film HAXAN on October 29 at the Des Moines Social Club’s Kum & Go Theater as well. Halloween in the midwest is just simply...
Remote Screening at The Lift, Aug. 10

Remote Screening at The Lift, Aug. 10

I’ve spoken previously about the excellently curated Silent Film Sundays series that has been taking place here in Des Moines throughout the summer. This month, that series is combining forces with the House Shows at The Lift series which takes place every second Monday of the month. Tonight, the Center for Image and Spatial Politics: DSM (CISP) will be putting together a screening of two Grecian short films, exploring the country’s financial history. As part of the Silent Film Sundays series, the films will be soundtracked live by local musicians, Dylan Boyle and Betsy Soukup. Blake Fisher, the curator of the series has put together a prompt for the screening, explaining tonight’s screening in depth: “We have to apologize to those that attended last month’s event ‘Austerity Measures’ as this month’s #SilentFilmSunday will show the same collection of films. “Also, it won’t be on a Sunday, but a Monday.  On the plus side, the films will be ‘re-mixed’ in an attempt to chart a chronology of exploitation from the historical fiction of the 1932 film ‘Social Rot’ to the first session of what Yanis Varoufakis recently refered to as ‘financial waterboarding’ that began in 2010 with the first bailout from the IMF. “Let’s use 50 minutes of video to tie a nice bow around the span of time between the Greco-Turkish war (1919-22) to the anti-austerity protests of 2010 and, subsequently, the overthrow of the Greek government via financial/economic means…or we can just use our imaginations and try to think about how little has changed (economically) since the first quarter of the 20th century. “If you recall, the previous event was set on the eve of the Greek referendum.  It was a moment in which...
The 80/35 Music Festival at Western Gateway Park, July 10-11

The 80/35 Music Festival at Western Gateway Park, July 10-11

The 80/35 Music Festival begins in a few hours. In an ideal world we could have provided all our faithful readers with some words to chew on about every one of the festival’s nearly 50 acts that will be playing on four different stages this weekend. Time, however, is vexingly finite and we are tragically only capable of writing so many previews and seeing so many bands. Some fans won’t get a chance to see The Orwells and The Maytags or Annalibera and Run The Jewels this weekend, and some of our writers didn’t get to chance to blurt out their thoughts about Christopher the Conquered or Lettuce, and so on and so forth. But that’s okay. What we aim to do here at DSM Shows, and what the Des Moines Music Coalition does when it’s at its best, is simply lay the groundwork. We want to create an infrastructure for artists and fans to come together and make some of that simple, world-shaking magic that is live musical performance. This weekend we don’t have to worry about the pettiness and the politics that we sometimes let ourselves get tripped up in, we don’t have to worry about who or what is “Des Moines good”, we can just lay back in the sun and rest easy in the knowledge that despite what those people up in those airplanes flying overhead might assume, Des Moines is good. So very, very good. Your Local Previews Karen Meat & The Players The Olympics prettygirlhatemachine Annalibera The Maytags Your Non-Local Previews St. Lucia Run The Jewels Rome Fortune Natural Child Your Generation Z...