READ: Mr. Nasti Shines In Pulse Magazine Review + LIVE: Maximum Ames Music Festival + LISTEN: Gloom Balloon Takes His Pants Off

September 10, 2014

Maximum Ames’ own MR NASTI has a lot of excitement coming your way. Not only is he one of the 100+ acts performing at Maximum Ames Music Festival this month, but he’s got his high anticipated new album Truth Sound coming out on Sept 23rd.  The album features “Always Believe” (which you can watch the video in our previous post) and his latest single “Stand Up Straight,” which premiered on Surviving the Golden Age, describing the single “like Vampire Weekend covering Peter Bjorn & John‘s “Young Folks” except without all the whistling. Truth Sound is available for pre-order in our store which includes an exclusive bonus digital album, Death Rattle, which is an alternate version of the album produced by MR NASTI! Or pre-order on iTunes which is discounted for pre-ordering and 4 songs already available.

Critic John Molseed recently reviewed Truth Sound for Pulse Magazine in Cedar Falls, giving the album glowing remarks: “The newest Maximum Ames Records release, MR NASTI’s “Truth Sound,” is an aural kaleidoscope of synth sounds and beats mixed with a little acoustic instrumentation to add soulful dynamics,” Molsee wrote. “Despite danceable, hooky beats, it’s the lyrics that give this album its genuine emotional wallop.” To read the full review of Truth Sound, click here.

MR NASTI will also be co-headlining a tour with Seth Moore the Band that will hit Missouri, Tennessee, Colorado, Iowa and several other locations across the nation. For a complete listing of dates, check out the event page on Facebook.

Christopher the Conquered
And while we are on the subject of touring, head on over to the new Christopher The Conquered website to see where the next show will be. You can also catch him at Maximum Ames Festival this year at the Cartouche Records Showcase in the soon to be open Iowa Music Store on Sept 28th.


Patrick Tape Fleming of Gloom Balloon sat down for a podcast on Pants OFF. Patrick took the time to talk about a wide range of topics including classic rock, current projects and Ames. Click here to give it a listen and check out other artists featured on the podcast.


We are fastly approaching Maximum Ames Music Festival and we could not be more excited! Over 100 acts will take stage across the Downtown Ames area for our fourth year. From rock and roll to bluegrass to pop music, anyone can find something suited to their unique music tastes. Make sure to check out this year’s  headliners Low, Elephant Revival, William Elliott Whitmore and Sage Francis, as well as our own Gloom Balloon, Twins and Mumford’s. It’s not too late to purchase tickets! Go to and grab yours!

Peace, MA

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”: