July 12, 2013
We’re gonna keep this simple. Listen to this incredible track from the Wheelers‘ new LP. It’s called “Ride by Fire”, and our friends at Iowa Public Radio just debuted this on air the other night! Now it’s time to listen to the original version (not the radio edit, yo!). Be sure to download for free and give to everyone you love. And then buy the record.
Since it’s Friday, we’re all about partying to new jams, which is why we’re extremely excited to present the first listen to a track from the upcoming 2XLP from Mumford’s. The track is “Caster” and the album is Immediate Family. We’re dropping the record in the 4th quarter, gonna be the game-winning score, we think! While you wait, pick up the band’s previous record Triple Trinities and get some religion for a change.
Last, check this video that our friend Tony Galloro (who just got married, much love to him and his lovely bride!) took of upcoming Maximum Ames artist Gloom Balloon performing at 80/35, which features the songwriting and vocal styles of The Poison Control Center‘s Patrick Tape Fleming and the something or other of Christopher the Conquered‘s Chris Ford. You’ll also spy Derek Lambert (of The Prairie Fires) and Trent Derby (Iowa music celebrity, if you know, you know) in this video. Enjoy!
July 10, 2013
Wow. Our minds are gone. So much amazing stuff has been happening lately. Amidst the incredibleness of 80/35 music festival (at which H.D. Harmsen, Trouble Lights, Mumford’s, and Gloom Balloon performed), our new best buds the Wheelers dropped a new record! Pigeons and Planes was kind enough to debut the first video, calling the tune “one part Pavement, one part Pixies, and two parts whiskey”. We’re down with that. Take a swig. The video also got some major love from Kids Like You and Me and Silver Soundz. Tonight, Iowa Public Radio is going to debut the album’s opening cut, “Ride by Fire”, on Studio One at 8pm CST. Tune in to get destroyed! And of course, get out your hard-earned money and spend it on something that matters, like the Wheelers’ new LP.
Speaking of 80/35, bust over here to check out a bunch of photos from our friend at Iowa Concert Photographers! That shot from above is from the Trouble Lights set, which you can see right now on a stage near you (hopefully) as part of The Exhibition Tour. Check out the details and tour dates (and some very exhilarating photos) right here.
The very rad folks of Tiny Mix Tapes popped over to 80/35 to check out the Trouble Lights set, and came away with this:
“Trouble Lights are an anomaly, sporting a punch of straight-forward, Top 40 pop music from a little town called Fairfield, surrounded by Iowa corn on all sides. The entire Sweat Power collective there has been concerned with dance music and dance music alone for the past six or seven years, and Trouble Lights are its biggest breakthrough yet, finding their way onto NPR last year with Maximum Ames full-length Endless Prom. It is becoming common knowledge that if you are attending any Sweat Power show, you are in for an experience because they don’t just play their music, they perform it. The shoulder-shrug attitude of so many musicians has not yet permeated the Fairfield city limits, and I can’t imagine it ever will.”
We’re so jumping on that band’s wagon. Read the full shindig if you like.
Oh, also, um…during the Mumford’s set at 80/35, our president Nate Logsdon proposed to Trouble Lights’ Adrien Daller! And she totally said yes! Damn! If you want to send us an email congratulating them, we’ll pass along the well wishes! Email us at email@example.com. Or you can mail us: Maximum Ames Records, 410 Douglas Ave., Ames, IA 50010.
Whew. Last thing of the day. A new video from Christopher the Conquered (who did play at 80/35 as part of Patrick Tape Fleming’s new project, Gloom Balloon), singing a song written by H.D. Harmsen for his January Rabbit project. If you dig a capella and funky alleys, then get to watchin’.
Catch up on the weekly series here. Ok, that’s it. Bye.
P.S. We also really like this article from the Ames Tribune about how 80/35 helps connect the Ames & Des Moines music scene! Rad.
July 3, 2013
Andre Perry, one half of the The Lonelyhearts, wrote a beautiful essay about choosing a life of creativity and pain for The Rumpus. You have to read it. Go here. It should make you ready to buy their new LP, Years in the Great Interior, which you can make happen right here.
Also, we hope y’all are getting pumped to head to Des Moines for Iowa’s biggest festival, 80/35. It all happens on July 5th & 6th. Max Ames artists H.D. Harmsen, Mumford’s, Trouble Lights, and Gloom Balloon will all perform, in addition to our friends Tires, Dylan Sires & Neighbors, Annalibera, Dustin Smith & the Sunday Silos, The River Monks, Emperors Club, and House of Large Sizes! Oh, and Wu-Tang Clan and David Byrne & St. Vincent are playing, too. No big deal.
Lastly, our newest crew members the Wheelers are releasing their new album with a badass free show right after 80/35 wraps up on Friday night! Come pick up the record and get an amazing exclusive screenprinted poster by Starman Press (while supplies last, don’t mess around). Details are here. You can still pre-order the record before July 9th and get loads of extra goodies.