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

LIVE: Maximum Ames at 80/35 | Blues Pills Goes Boxing | Call and Response + LISTEN: Mumford’s Immediate Family + CELEBRATE: Max Ames Makes True Love

June 4, 2014

Iowa’s biggest music festival is here yet again, and we’re proud to have two of our artists, TWINS and Gloom Balloon, featured on the bill. Get tickets here.

Blues Pills

Blues Pills, now international rock stars who got their start right here at Maximum Ames, is gonna be playing “Devil Man” to escort a world champion boxer to the ring. Uh yeah. Wow. Details here.

Gloom Balloon and The Poison Control Center’s Patrick Tape Fleming has a new show he is hosting monthly and live at the Des Moines Social Club. The first show goes down on June 13th and features guest Christopher the Conquered. The two will talk and play Bob Dylan songs, plus some Christopher originals. The above tracks are some selections from a pilot episode they recorded of the concept back in 2011. Enjoy the rarities!

In case you missed it, Mumford’s released an incredible double LP last November. You can listen to the entire thing on Youtube now, which is fun! Check it:

Last thing: Our president Nate Logsdon and Trouble Lights’ Adrien Daller are in love. We think Maximum Ames can take credit for them knowing each other. Might be wrong. Either way. They’re getting married this month. Wish them well.

Nate & Adrien