READ: Paste Magazine Features 5 MA Artists + LOOK: Christopher the Conquered Live from Ardent & MR NASTI – “Always Believe”

August 13, 2014

First things first: watch the above video. It’s for MR NASTI’s “Always Believe” from his upcoming album Truth Sound. The video has been previously released but this version features the remixed and remastered audio that’ll appear on the record. Preorder right here, right now.


50 States

Next? Our friends at Paste magazine just did a feature on 12 Iowa artists you should be listening to, and five of them are ours. We’re proud. We like the whole list, and a lot of other Iowa bands, too! Check ‘em out over at Paste’s website.


Christopher the Conquered Live Webshow

Last thing: Christopher the Conquered is mixing his new album at Ardent Studios in Memphis this week, so he’s gonna give a little sneak peek tomorrow night with a live webshow via Concert Window. Tune in at 8pm CST right here.



PRE-ORDER: MR NASTI – ‘Truth Sound’

July 21, 2014

MR NASTI - Truth Sound
That’s right, folks. It’s coming. MR NASTI’s long-awaited follow-up to his 2012 self-titled album is almost here. Pre-order the limited blue vinyl LP of Truth Sound now and get an exclusive bonus digital album and an advance stream of the record. Click here for details and to pre-order.

You might want to sit down before you watch this video for the single “Always Believe”:

LIVE: Max Ames FTW at 80/35 + LISTEN: TWINS on Daytrotter + ART: Get Your Gloom On

July 17, 2014

Gloom Balloon

Gloom Balloon started 80/35 2014 off with a bang! Click the photo above to see more from their set, which then led to our boys in TWINS slaying the house in classic Midwest power pop style. Click on the photo below to see some more snaps from the fest.


Oh, in case you missed it, our friends at Daytrotter recently released a badass session from TWINS, live in their studios. Hit their pretty mugs below to take a listen!

TWINS on Daytrotter

Anyway, 80/35 2014 was a golden event with phenomenal concert weather. The fest brought 12,000 attendees on Friday and 15,000 on Saturday. The weekend featured a great bill of Iowa talent including Brother Trucker, The Envy Corps, Foxholes, Holy White Hounds, The River Monks, Volcano Boys, The Maytags and many more!

Of course, headliners Conor Oberst and Cake weren’t too damn shabby, either.


As a backdrop to the Gloom Balloon show, 6 prominent Des Moines-based visual artists (Van Holmgren, Ramona Muse, Jen Mitchard, Derek Lambert, Ashley Tape Fleming, and John Huffman) collaborated in a live painting on an 8’x8’ canvas surface. Near the end of the show, the audience of approximately 2000 people was asked to take their “gloom” and blow it onto the painting to dry it, at which point a previously concealed taped-off portion of the painting was stripped to reveal the word “GLOOM”.

This painting is now being auctioned off online via silent bids. All proceeds will be donated to the Des Moines Gay Men’s Chorus (which joined Gloom Balloon at 80/35 for a performance of the duo’s new song “Show You My Love”) to support its concert programming. You can learn more and make your bid on the piece here.


- Maximum Ames