Album release week continues with a behind the scenes look at us recording the strings on the new Gloom Balloon record. Dan Welk captured it all, mr. H.D. Harmsen conducting his amazing arrangements, Christopher the Conquered recording on the tape machines, and Patrick singing in a whisper as to not bleed with the strings.. Thanks Dan for this beautiful shot document of us recording the record!
A couple years ago, I produced an album by Dolfish in a basement on no budget in Des Moines, IA. I was super excited to see Dolfish in the NY Times with an article we should all read and think about a lot!
What do you want to do when you retire… why not do it now!
Spin debuts Gloom Balloon’s 7inch single “She Was the One That Got Away.” Listen Now!
We are honored, stoked, and bewildered that Spin is debuting this..
Looking forward to speaking at the Iowa Jaycees State Convention on Oct. 5th..
They are a great organization that help communities around the state of Iowa.
Here is a bit more about them.
About the Iowa Junior Chamber
We are a membership-based nonprofit organization of young leaders ages 18 to 40. Â As a member of Junior Chamber International (JCI) we are part of a network of over 200,000 young leaders in 5,000 communities and more than 100 countries around the world.
Each JCI Member shares the belief that in order to create lasting positive change, we must improve ourselves and the world around us.
We seek targeted solutions to the unique problems in our communities to build a better world, creating global impact.
The JCI Mission
To provide development opportunities that empower young people to create positive change.
The JCI Vision
To be the leading global network of young active citizens
Have you seen the new Iowa State University Engineering Commercial During a football game yet. Yep they use the Poison Control Center song Thousand Colors! So rad, you know 3 members of the PCC graduated from ISU! So proud!
I got the opportunity to be on a Music University panel back at the 80/35 Festival sponsored by the Des Moines Music Coalition. They filmed the event and it’s fantastic. If your interested in being a touring musician or a tour manager this is a great piece!
Also super excited to announce I will be speaking at the DMMC’s Music University event on Oct 19th with a bunch of rad people!
We’re excited to announce the expansion of our Music University program into a full day music industry conference on Saturday, October 19, 2013, at Drake University’s Harmon Fine Arts Center. Music University, presented by the Greater Des Moines Music Coalition in partnership with the Iowa Arts Council and Drake University, will feature more than 15 panels, forums, workshops, and presentations by over 20 national and local speakers. Session topics will range from touring and recording to publishing and entrepreneurship. Registration begins Tuesday, September 3 at desmoinesmc.com.
The full schedule, including details on a networking event on October 18 and a concert on the night of October 19, will be announced on September 3.
The purpose of Music University is to provide artists and music industry professionals the resources, connections, and education to progress in their pursuit.
Nels Cline, lead guitarist for Wilco - Cline’s recording and performing career – spanning jazz, rock, punk, and experimental – is well into its fourth decade, with more than 160 recordings, including at least 30 for which he is leader. Born in Los Angeles in 1956, Cline has received many accolades including Rolling Stoneanointing him as both one of 20 “new guitar gods” and one of the top 100 guitarists of all time. His keynote presentation will be followed by an interactive guitar workshop with local musicians. Learn more at nelscline.com.
Nels Cline: Guitarist, Wilco
Kieran Kelly: Producer, Angus and Julia Stone , Sufjan Stevens, Will Stratton, studio owner
Andrea Troolin: Manager, Andrew Bird
Dick Prall: Asst. Tour Manager, Wilco; Songwriter, Musician
Joan Hiller: Publicist, Riot Act Media, formerly of Sub Pop Records; Visual & Musical Artist
Matt LeMay: Writer, Pitchfork; Musician, Kleenex Girl Wonder
Dave Deibler: Musician, House of Large Sizes; Owner, Octopus Bar
Brandon Darner: Producer, Imagine Dragons; Guitarist, The Envy Corps; Bilt Guitars
Bob Nastanovich: Musician, Pavement
Steve Capp: Engineer, Aretha Franklin
Tobi Parks: Copyright Administrator, Sony Music Entertainment
Andre Perry: Executive Director, The Englert Theatre; Director, Mission Creek Music Festival
Patrick Tape Fleming: Musician, The Poison Control Center, former rep for Vitriol Promotions and Daytrotter.com
Ben Mars: Bassist, Gavin Degraw, Taylor Hicks, Gregg Allman; Stage Designer/Producer, Bow & Arrow Productions (Sting, Elton John, Carrie Underwood)
Marc Hogan: Writer, Pitchfork, Spin, Paste
Sam Summers: Promoter, First Fleet Concerts; Owner, Wooly’s
Emma Peterson: Founder/CEO, Tikly; Tour Manager, The Nadas
Jill Haverkamp: Owner, On Pitch
Brandon Clark: Entertainment Attorney, Clark Law Firm
Tim Thelen: Bilt Guitars
Nate Logsdon: Director, Maximum Ames Music Festival; Musician, Mumford’s
Carrie Clogg: Director, Civic Music Association
Thomas Swartwood: Business School, Drake University
+ More speakers to be announced
Song of the Day… Pavement- AT&T
Recently at my friends Tony and Sami’s wedding there was a grand discussion of the top 5 greatest Pavement songs ever. I don’t think one list was the same as the other, but 1 song that that everyone could agree on as being one of the finest was Pavement AT&T from the crazy Wowee Zowee record.
I think the thing I love about the song is that it’s totally Pavement! It’s hooky, its sloppy, it’s crazy, it’s got great lyrics, great screams, and is my kind of punk rock. No other band in the world sounds like this and never will! It’s untouchable fun!
Song of the Day Leonard Cohen- One Of Us Cannot Be Wrong
When I start to think about the greatest songs ever written, I always bring this one up. Leonard Cohen was already a notable poet when his first musical recordings hit the world. He learned something presenting poetry at readings over the years, because the way he delivers the lyrics in this song, are so painful and beautiful that it’s pretty untouchable by anything his peers were doing at the time or ever for that matter. Turn off the lights and be enchanted by this one.
I decided that I need to get blogging again! So I thought what would keep me on task! So I decided I need to do a SONG OF THE DAY! This is where I will talk about the greatest songs ever made everyday! At a wedding this past weekend I was surrounded by friends who couldn’t name a GREATEST Song Ever! So maybe this will help!
The first one is Reelin In The Years- By Steely Dan
I love the songs weird time changes. It’s got great vocals, and lyrics and my that guitar solo is incredible! Such a weird cool song, that your bound to hear 4 times on Classic Rock Radio on a 10 hour drive.. That is how many times I heard it yesterday. So great! Here is a little more history…
The song was written by Donald Fagen and Walter Becker and features Fagen on vocals. The song was also a #11 hit on the Pop singles chart in 1973. In March 2005, Q magazine placed the song at number 95 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks. Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page has reportedly said that Elliott Randall's guitar solo on “Reeling In the Years” is his favorite solo of all time. That solo was also ranked the 40th best guitar solo of all time by the readers of Guitar World magazine. Fagen referred to the song as “dumb but effective” in Rolling Stone magazine. The 4-channel Quadrophonic mix of the recording has extra lead guitar fills not heard in the more common 2-channel Stereo version.
the Poison Control Center’s Patrick joins Christopher the Conquered as a part of his CTC SINGS Series as he covers, label mate Trouble Lights tune Safe With Me
Check it out and all the other covers Chris has done.